Racing: Malhub snub works wonders

Royal Ascot: Sheikh Hamdan's third-choice outsider romps to surprise victory after recovering from throat surgery

Cricket: England win but Ndima exposes bowling attack

England 274-5 Gauteng Invitation XI 236-9 England win by 38 runs: Tudor and Swann still struggle to master South African pitches but Maddy gives encouraging performance as opener

Around the World's Markets: Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA's stock market surged to fresh year highs, as institutions grabbed stock in anticipation that supply would be tight ahead of the millennium.

Cricket: Flintoff passes fitness test to ease the strain

England 303 & 195-8 dec Northerns/Gauteng 201 & 195

Cricket: Race row threatens South African hopes

Disagreements over team selection policy could undermine home team's morale for Test series

Cricket: Tudor and Hamilton come up short in Test rehearsal

England 303 Northerns/Gauteng XI 85-3

Cricket: Vaughan underlines case for Test debut

England 238-6 v Northern/Gauteng XI

Cricket: Tudor's big chance to stake his Test claim

TWO DROUGHTS were broken in the high veldt this week as England's first tour victory over first-class opposition was followed yesterday by thunderstorms in Johannesburg. With only a week remaining before the first Test hopes are that rain stays away over the next four days as England take on a combined Northerns/ Gauteng side which, if not able to quite harness the awesome power of Mother Nature's thunderbolts, should at least provide Nasser Hussain's team with their sternest challenge to date.

Around the World's Market: Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICAN gold shares roared to their highest levels in two- and-a-half years as bullion shot through the crucial $300-an-ounce mark.

Rugby Union: Scots' revival falls just short

Golden Lions 33 Scotland 31

Blair in South Africa: Township visit rouses emotions

AFTER A DAY of official meetings and photo opportunities in the plush surroundings of Pretoria, Tony Blair made a brief detour to the Johannesburg township of Alexandra yesterday afternoon for a flying visit to the Third World.

Obituary: West Nkosi

AS A performer and a producer, West Nkosi was one of the most important forces in developing a distinctive form of South African popular music, and in introducing it to the outside world.
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