Aston Villa suspends assistant manager

Aston Villa has suspended the assistant manager and a key off-field official as the club fights to stay in the English Premier League. The sudden announcement on Tuesday comes with Villa just four points above the relegation zone with five games remaining. The central England club says Ian Culverhouse, assistant to manager Paul Lambert, and … Read more

Manchester City’s Toure set to miss three games

Manchester City could be without midfielder Yaya Toure for three of the team’s final six Premier League games. The Ivory Coast international limped out of Sunday’s 3-2 loss at Liverpool, and City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will need 10-to-14 days to recover from the muscle injury. He did not specify which leg was injured. … Read more

Refocused, restructured BCX now ready to start flying – CEO

  BCX shares have moved little in the past year, a reflection of investor concern at what comes next after the company sold its QLink operation a year ago. In our CNBC Africa Power Lunch interview today CEO Benjamin Mophatlane suggested the hiatus could be over as BCX’s investments into other parts of Africa get … Read more

No SABMiller shares for us, too expensive – RECM’s Hertzog

South African-born SABMiller released a trading statement this morning ahead of finalising full year results to end March. Volumes continue to grow in low single digits and the strength of the US dollar, its reporting currency, is set to hit the bottom line. Deep value investors Re:CM won’t be paying much attention. In our CNBC Africa Power Lunch interview today, … Read more

Nigeria’s tragedy, a continental setback – Daily Newsletter

Hi there, It’s a joy to be alive. But some days not as much as others. Yesterday was one of those. From the eye-witness and social media reports, during yesterday’s peak morning rush, four young men drove a VW Golf into a crowded bus terminus near Nigeria’s capital city of Abuja. Minutes after they had … Read more

Rugby: Bulls Dewald Potgieter out for six months

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Bulls loose forward Dewald Potgieter has been ruled out for six months after surgery on a torn bicep, the Super Rugby franchise said on Monday. Potgieter, who has six caps for South Africa, was injured in a defeat at the Wellington Hurricanes a fortnight ago and flew back from New Zealand for … Read more

Michael Phelps ends retirement ahead of 2016 Rio Olympics

(Reuters) – Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. The American, who has not competed since the 2012 London Games, will headline an April 24-26 … Read more

Title race memories give Manchester City’s Dzeko hope

(Reuters) – Edin Dzeko remembers clearly how Manchester City’s title hopes were written off prematurely two years ago and the striker is hoping the pundits are similarly wide of the mark after the weekend’s defeat at Liverpool. After a 1-0 defeat at Arsenal in early April 2012, City trailed Manchester United by eight points but … Read more

FIFA World Cup tickets on sale

FIFA says nearly 200,000 tickets will be available in the last online sales phase for the World Cup in Brazil. Football’s governing body says fans will be able to purchase tickets for 54 of the 64 matches beginning on Tuesday at 1000 GMT (0500 EDT). The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis … Read more