Guinea will play in the African Nations Cup quarterfinals after qualifying instead of Mali by the drawing of lots at a ceremony in Malabo on Thursday.
The PSL season is about to resume after a gap of several weeks, with traditional giants Chiefs and Pirates in the driving seat.
Pierre Spies, Handre Pollard and Marcel van der Merwe will all get game time when the Vodacom Bulls face English Premiership giants Saracens in their pre-season friendly this weekend, but only from the bench.
Injury-stricken Sri Lanka gained a morale boost ahead of the World Cup by beating New Zealand by 34 runs in Thursday's last match of the seven-game one-day series in Wellington.
Fernando Alonso said he was ready to write a fresh chapter at McLaren as his new Formula One team unveiled their 2015 car on Thursday at the start of a new era with engine partners Honda.
A dynamic sequence of five birdies in a row lifted Austrian Bernd Wiesberger to the top of the leaderboard on eight-under 64 after the Dubai Desert Classic first round on Thursday.
Andy Murray secured another shot at Australian Open glory by overhauling Tomas Berdych on Thursday after women's top seed Serena Williams set up a blockbuster title-decider with Maria Sharapova.