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A giant laser image of Nelson Mandela has been projected onto Table Mountain in South Africa in an illuminated tribute to the late leader.

BBC to show Dewani CCTV tape

CCTV footage which allegedly shows the honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani paying a taxi driver for organising his wife's death is to be shown on television.

Sachin Tendulkar marks the moment he reaches his 100th Test century

Sachin Tendulkar hits 100th international century for India

India batsman Sachin Tendulkar's long wait for his 100th international century came to an end today as he moved into three figures in the Asia Cup clash with Bangladesh.

Swann is a doubt for the first Test against Pakistan

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann are doubts for England

Chris Tremlett and Graeme Swann's fitness remains in doubt for England's final warm-up match against a Pakistan Cricket Board XI tomorrow.

Ricky Ponting will be one of those involved in the camp

Australia batsmen face selection 'boot camp'

Australia's bid to address its recent crisis at the crease has already been dubbed the batting boot camp.

Wearing number two and lying second Giles Scott is determined to challenge Olympic champion Ben Ainslie for the Finn title at the world championships of sailing off Fremantle, W Australia

Ben Ainslie grabs slender lead at World Sailing Championships

In a slug it out, last man standing confrontation between rival members of a British squad that is eclipsing the rest of the world, the Finn class world championship, one of 10 being staged off Fremantle, W. Australia, saw reigning Olympic champion Ben Ainslie grab a slender lead over reigning European champion Giles Scott.

Go for close encounters with the famous colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach

Cape Town: Get an appetite for Africa

City Slicker: Cape Town - This modern gem has great beaches, mountain views, and no jet lag. James Litston offers tips for new and returning visitors

Rob Andrew, the man with more job titles than friends

New role of Rob Andrew within RFU

Rob Andrew is to be appointed as the Rugby Football Union's professional rugby director following today's meeting of the Professional Game Board.

Broken mast forces Puma out of Volvo race

And then there were three. The American yacht Puma became the third of the original six to have officially retired from leg one of the Volvo round the world race after becoming the second to suffer a broken mast.

Travel Challenge: City and safari in South Africa

Each week we invite three companies to give us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a 10-day trip to South Africa combining a city break and a safari adventure. Prices are per person based on two sharing. All include flights from Heathrow in January and twice-daily guided wildlife drives or walks at the respective safari lodges.

Newlands has a crowd capacity of 45,000

Saracens' sun break heads for Newlands

Saracens' much talked-about decision to play their Heineken Cup pool contest with Biarritz in sun-kissed Cape Town, as opposed to – er – wintry Watford, was being talked about even more yesterday as South African rugby officials demanded that the fixture go ahead at Newlands, one of the oldest and most evocative venues in the sport.

Peter Roebuck felt that cricket attracted people with a fragile nature

David Frith: 'Cricket has its dark secrets, its skeletons'

Poignantly, 20 years ago Peter Roebuck wrote a foreword to a book about suicides, as its author recalls

Ex-cricket captain 'jumps to his death'

A former Somerset cricket captain has died after apparently committing suicide at a hotel in South Africa on Saturday night, police said.

Sport on TV: Aussies are left looking for a hero in virtual world

Cricket is facing a test of credibility – but not because some players cheat. It's also because of the number of nurdlers and sloggers masquerading as Test cricketers. Last summer's series against India was billed as the battle for the world No 1 slot but they sent over a pub team – though admittedly one with a rather good ringer in Sachin Tendulkar. Now South Africa and Australia are contesting the main series of the winter as if it was an Under-9s house match. It's becoming difficult to tellif a player is deliberately underperforming or if he's just rubbish.

Australian batsman Shaun Marsh leaves the pitch after being dismissed

Australia humiliated by South Africa with innings of 47

Australia were bowled out for their lowest total against South Africa as 23 wickets fell on an enthralling second day in the first Test at Cape Town.

Minister is Dewani's last hope as judge backs extradition

His defence team said he was mentally unfit to stand trial and would face violent sexual assault in prison

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