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Stuart Lancaster says England are prepared for Dublin atmosphere

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They may spend their lives rolling around lumps of dung, but scientists have proven that dung beetles are still looking at the stars.

Football round-up: Real Sociedad inflict Barcelona's first La Liga loss of the season

Mid-table Real Sociedad did what no other La Liga side have managed this season – they beat champions and runaway leaders Barcelona. And, moreover, they came back from 2-0 down, Lionel Messi and Pedro having put Barça firmly in charge at half-time in the Anoeta Stadium.

Everton’s Steven Pienaar has retired from international duty

Lucas Radebe warns that Premier League players will choose to miss national service

Lucas Radebe, the former Leeds United and South Africa captain, expects more Premier League players will follow Steven Pienaar and decide not to play in future African Cup of Nations because of its scheduling.

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MBA blog: A truly global business experience

Stepping off the plane in Johannesburg, I already had my flip flops on and was ready for a week-long vacation. I spent the previous few months on an academic exchange in cold Philadelphia, and was ready for sunshine.

Nelson Mandela pictured in August

Mandela is back to health, says Zuma

Nelson Mandela has recovered from his recent lung infection and a gallstones operation, President Jacob Zuma said today.

John Mitchell was in charge of Sale for only five matches in a stint that began at the end of November

Aviva Premiership round-up: Sharks shaken by Mitchell's quick exit

Sale Sharks' poor and chaotic season has taken a turn for the worse with the departure of John Mitchell as head coach after only a month.

Nelson Mandela recovering after successful gallstones operation

After eight days in hospital, officials finally reveal why South Africa's former president is there - but not the location

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Nelson Mandela's 'sparkle is fading' as he receives treatment for lung infection

Former wife says it is painful to see him 'ageing'

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MBA Blog: Global experience is invaluable

London Business School decided to call its week-long trek to Boston and New York - for a group of 70 students interested in the asset management industry - the ‘Global Business Experience’. 

Alf Khumalo: He photographed apartheid struggle

You had to be brave to photograph apartheid in action, and even more so if you were black. Alf Khumalo was both, and he applied his talent and sensitivity to recording the bad years in South Africa. The police did not like to be photographed, since it made them vulnerable to attack. Khumalo remembered his encounters with them, being "arrested, beaten up. They cracked my skull. That's how it was."

ANC agrees to 'Shoot the Boer' ban

South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged yesterday to stop its supporters singing the "Shoot the Boer" anti-apartheid anthem to avoid upsetting white farmers and stirring racial tension.

Lumb the driving force as Sydney clinch title

Englishman Michael Lumb hit a sparkling unbeaten 82 as the Sydney Sixers made light work of the Highveld Lions to canter to a 10-wicket victory in the Champions League Twenty20 final at The Wanderers in Johannesburg.

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