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Teams send out warnings

The Bidvest Namibia Cup is set to take centre stage this weekend with the competition proper taking place in Tsumeb and Windhoek. Having played the preliminaries and all ties now secured, teams in the competition are eager to make their mark. One such team is Oshakati-based Vietnam Rangers, who are set to take on Namibia Premier League (NPL) outfit Blue Waters at the Oscar Norich Stadium in Tsumeb on Sunday. The Oshakati team won the Oshana Second Division (OSD) preliminaries to get to this stage. Read more about Teams send out warnings

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Confident Djokovic ready for Wawrinka

Supremely confident Novak Djokovic is the hot favourite for a fifth Australian Open crown but he is expecting a draining battle with defending champion Stan Wawrinka to make Sunday's final.
Wawrinka upset the Serb world number one in the quarter-finals on the way to winning his first Grand Slam final in Melbourne last year and has shown so far he is not willing to give up his title without a big fight.
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No love lost as managers face title showdown

It is hard to imagine two more different characters than Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini, so it is no surprise that the Chelsea manager and his Manchester City counterpart seem to rub each other up the wrong way.
Their simmering rivalry is set for another chapter in Saturday's top-of-the-table English Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge, with a potentially pivotal three points on offer.
Should Chelsea claim the spoils, they would lead the champions by eight points, while a City success would leave them just two points adrift with 15 games to play.
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Kinda Promotions to take Outapi by storm

Kinda Promotions are in the final stages of their plans to host a boxing bonanza in the northern town of Outapi.
The seven-fight event is set to see some of the leading boxers under the stable taking to the ring on February 28.
Among them are Gotlieb ‘The Bite’ Ndokosho, who will be defending his IBF international featherweight title, Anthony Jaarman, and the all-action boxer, Abraham ‘Energy’ Ndaendapo.
Former youth world champion Albinus ‘Danny Boy’ Felesianu and Johannes ‘Tito’ Mwetupunga are also due to fight on the night.
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Nel defends title at AFRO Pumps shoot

Louw Nel defended his title in the compound men’s category at last weekend’s AFRO Pumps Archery Shoot.
The event at the SKW sports grounds in Olympia marked the official beginning of the 2015 season.
A total of 26 archers from all over the country participated in 10 different categories.
As usual, the participants had to shoot a 720 round during qualification to determine how they would be ranked for the elimination round that followed shortly after.
It was in the qualification round that Nel really made his presence felt, scoring an exceptional 680 points.
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Swimming braces for year-opening event

After a long December and January summer vacation, the swimming season will start this weekend with the first Bank Windhoek gala for 2015.
The gala will take place at the Olympia swimming pool in Windhoek.
With this being the last gala to qualify for Level 2 and Level 3 galas in South Africa, swimmers will put the extra effort to achieve qualifying times. Therefore, a high level of swimming is expected.
This is also the last gala before the Bank Windhoek Namibian National Swimming Championships, which will be held at the end of February.
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Ivory Coast advances

The luck of the draw was due to decide the final quarterfinalist at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Ivory Coast earned its spot from Group D by beating Cameroon 1-0 on Wednesday, but Mali and Guinea drew 1-1 yet again, meaning they cannot be separated in the standings.
Instead, the African football confederation was due to put the names of the two teams into balls yesterday afternoon at a hotel in Malabo and an official would pick one of them.
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Runners step up in Khomas event

The Khomas Regional Athletics Championships took place at the Independence Stadium last weekend.
The event delivered some interesting results even though some of the better-known athletes opted to skip the meet.
All in all 27 events took place in the men’s and women’s competition with Windhoek Hochland Sport winning the majority of gold medals.
The team claimed 12 gold medals as both sexes enjoyed dominance in their events.
Kristien Kruger was the biggest medal contributor as she took the gold in the 200m dash, the high jump and the long jump.
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Cricket team head to SA for more competitions

Hot on the heels of a second-spot finish in an international competition, Cricket Namibia will contest several competitions in South Africa from today until Sunday. The Namibian team left yesterday to take part in the annual Cricket South Africa competitions in Johannesburg. Namibia’s coach Doug Watson told Nampa on Tuesday that they are going to participate in three-day and one-day matches. He said the competitions are important for Cricket Namibia in efforts to grow its player base and develop junior players. Read more about Cricket team head to SA for more competitions

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Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest

The Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo, the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year runner-up, and Brooklyn Nets standout Mason Plumlee are among four rising stars who were on Tuesday named to the 30th NBA Slam Dunk Contest.
Greek 20-year-old forward Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine will also compete in the annual showdown of acrobatic leaps and spectacular ball-jamming staged on the eve of the annual NBA All-Star Game.
The February 14 event will highlight the All-Stars’ Saturday festivities at the Barclays centre in the city of New York. Read more about Plumlee, Oladipo among young stars in Dunk Contest

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