Sport Jacques Kallis gets a kiss on the head from South Africa captain Graeme Smith after the all-rounder's century

He allowed himself a brief teary moment as he reached his 45th Test ton

Sex and Stravinksy, By Barbara Trapido

In this novel, Barbara Trapido, a writer fascinated by the intricacies of plot, examines how luck and timing can lend shape to a life. It opens in the late 1970s when Josh Silver, a South African PhD student, stumbles bleary-eyed into his squalid student kitchen to find Caroline, a leggy Australian blonde, doing the washing up.

Will Hawkes: Surrey's Manchester United boast is heavy load for Hamilton-Brown

County Focus: Having invested heavily since Chris Adams took over as director of cricket at the end of 2008 and achieved little, the pressure is on to return to winning ways

Semenya eases to double triumph

Caster Semenya powered to an impressive double at the South African championships yesterday, winning the 800 metres and 1,500 metres in the build-up to defending her 800m title at the World Championships.

Sharks end losing run by routing disappointing Lions

Sharks 27 Lions 3

South African rugby player charged with axe murders

Joseph Ntshongwana, a retired top-flight rugby union player, appeared in a Durban courtroom yesterday charged with the brutal murders of three people, who he attacked with an axe.

Rugby player held after three are butchered in axe killings

A former professional rugby player from South Africa has been arrested after allegedly butchering three people with an axe in revenge for the gang rape of his daughter. The 34-year-old man, who used to play for the Blue Bulls, was seized by police in an early morning raid on a house in Durban.

Superficial or super? Twickenham can decide

Southern game comes to HQ tomorrow with a galaxy of stars on show – but can it win over the traditionalists?

South Africa choke at a World Cup again – this time at hands of Oram

New Zealand 221-8 South Africa 172 (New Zealand win by 49 runs)

The Hedonist: Durban

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South Africa v England Live!

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Father stands by honeymoon accused

The father of a British businessman accused of murdering his bride on honeymoon broke his silence yesterday to insist: "I know he is innocent."

Toxins from South African mines threaten city

Toxic liquids building up in defunct gold mines beneath Johannesburg could reach environmentally dangerous levels by June 2012, officials and scientists said yesterday.

Rajan's Wrong-Un: Ganguly's spite no match for great Bedi

What is it about splenetic former Indian captains? True, Sourav Ganguly has never been one for diplomatic niceties. The Prince of Bengal did his bit for relations between India and Australia over the weekend by saying the Baggy Greens are overrated, and worse even than crisis-stricken Pakistan. "The days of Australian dominance seem to be over," Ganguly wrote in his newspaper column. Yet this vitriol was merely upholding a venerable tradition of spiteful, outspoken former captains of India.

Rugby round-up: Leeds move Back to front after Key departure

In the Aviva Premiership today, Leeds – who sacked their director of rugby, Andy Key, in midweek – are away to Saracens. Neil Back, who has taken sole charge of the team, will have the England forwards Steve Thompson and Hendre Fourie back in his pack. Next Sunday, bottom-placed Leeds are at home to 11th-placed Newcastle in what, to apply a football cliché to bonus-point-enhanced rugby, will be "a real 10-pointer". An unlikely Leeds win at Vicarage Road would overhaul the Falcons a week early.

Sun and lovers in the rainbow nation

Women in Love is the latest British TV drama to be filmed in South Africa. Gerard Gilbert asks why it beats Nottinghamshire
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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor