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Proteas rattle Aussies for 47

Cricket: Australia were bowled out for their lowest total against South Africa as 23 wickets fell on day two of the first Test in Cape Town.

Australia crumbled to 47 all out in their second innings to, somehow, hand the initiative back to South Africa after the hosts had themselves been skittled for 96 earlier in the day.

The Proteas were on course to take advantage as they began today on 81-1, chasing 236 for victory.



Schumi unsure of Mercedes future

Motorsport: Michael Schumacher is to bide his time before making a decision on whether he will sign a new deal with Mercedes.

Team-mate Nico Rosberg yesterday pledged his future to the team with a contract that ties him to the German car giant through to "2013 and beyond".

"I need a little more time to look at myself, where we are heading, to gain some input to see if it is what I want or not," said 42-year-old Schumacher.

Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton has admitted it is in his nature to beat himself up after poor performances in races.



Djokovic sets up Tsonga challenge

Tennis: Top seed Novak Djokovic battled past compatriot Viktor Troicki to book a quarter-final with local favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Paris Masters.

The Serbian world number one, who came into the event under an injury cloud, lost the first set before going on to beat his countryman 4-6 6-3 6-1.

Tsonga had life a lot easier as he beat Andreas Seppi 6-3 6-4.

BASKETBALL: NBA owners and the players union have concluded their latest negotiating efforts, with a proposal to be voted on by the players that, if accepted, will allow for a 72-game season beginning on December 15.

WATERSPORTS: A former Australian water-skiing world champion has died after collapsing into the water while training for an endurance race in Sydney.

Stephen Robertson, 37, the 1999 and 2001 World Waterski Racing champion, was training for this weekend's 112km Bridge to Bridge Water Ski Classic.

NFL: Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes and Michael Bush ran 30 times for a season-high 157 yards and one touchdown to lead the Oakland Raiders to a 24-17 win over San Diego yesterday.


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