CAPE TOWN - While the world mourns his death, Nelson Mandela will also be celebrated as the man at the heart of South Africa's return to world competition after decades of Apartheid-enforced isolation, using sport as a means of reconciliation between the country's diverse racial groups.
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LONDON - Winded by a third successive defeat, Southampton must patch up a suddenly leaky defence when they host free-scoring Manchester City on Saturday.
MADRID - Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso will decide "very soon" whether to extend his contract beyond the end of this season, coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Friday.
- Ernie Els led a brief tribute to Nelson Mandela as play continued as scheduled at the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City in South Africa on Friday, one day after the death of the former South African president.
LONDON - Switzerland's Sebastien Buemi and Portugal's Antonio Felix da Costa will be Red Bull's test and reserve drivers next season, the Formula One world champions said on Friday.
ROME - The return of defenders Mattia De Sciglio and Phillipe Mexes, and goalkeeper Christian Abbiati should give troubled AC Milan a boost ahead of their trip to Livorno on Saturday.
World number one Magnus Carlsen toppled local favourite Viswanathan Anand in Chennai to add the world championship title to his already impressive resume on Friday.