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To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them

Ian Holloway

Former Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway appointed by Millwall

The Championship side are hovering above the relegation zone

Wales centre Jonathan Davies, second left, is set to miss the Six Nations

Gloucester sign up five to ease pain of Freddie Burns’ impending exit

Wales centre Jonathan Davies is set to miss the Six Nations

Welsh wing George North was the galvanising force in Northampton's win over Bath

The star in George North starts to appear for Saints

Northampton paid a fine of £60,000 to the Premiership for allowing George North to play for Wales outside the official international window last month, and if it made a nonsense of the league’s collective policy on the subject, everyone else appears to believe it was a stand worth taking.

JULY Superb Murray ends Wimbledon wait
Great Britain came to a virtual standstill for little over three hours on a hot Sunday in July. The 77-year wait for a men's singles Wimbledon champion finally came to an end with a superb display by Andy Murray. In searing summer sunshine, Murray made his fourth championship point count to beat Novak Djokovic in straight sets and sent the 15000 strong crowd into raptures. On realisation of his magnificent achievement, Murray fell to his knees before being handed the historic trophy and seeing his name forever engraved on the Wimbledon honours board. In the women's tournament, France's Marion Bartoli took the title.

The 100 greatest sporting moments of 2013 - 41-60

We look back at 12 months of unforgettable action

Owen Farrell tries to break through the Leicester defence

Saracens 49 Leicester 10 match report: Toby Flood leaves and Sarries gates open

Record defeat for Leicester follows confirmation they will lose their England fly-half to France

Alastair Cook looks dejected after Australia win the Ashes at Perth

Ashes 2013-14: England must start change sooner rather than later - it is the only option

The humiliating defeat to Australia has prompted talk that this England side is past it and a new crop of players should be given a chance to shine

Grace Dent on TV: Lucan, ITV

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Elephant Appeal: The continent I fell in love with may be changed forever

My two sons may never experience Africa and its wildlife like I had the chance to

Some lions in the zoo in 2006 - animal-rights activists have long been concerned about conditions at Giza

‘Hell for animals’: Egypt's Giza Zoo beset by tear gas, bear ‘riots’ and giraffe ‘suicide’

Animal-rights activists have long been concerned about conditions there

Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron, of the Detroit Lions

NFL: Normality returns to chaotic season with Dallas Cowboys blowing big lead over Green Bay Packers

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England captain Alastiar Cook has been pleased with his side's response in training but has admitted it's now time to produce in Perth

Ashes 2013-14: England need evolution not revolution if they are to win back the Ashes in 2015

Time is short but England can rebuild before they meet Australia again

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Villas-Boas sent packing by Spurs after dismal display

Wales coach Warren Gatland has called for his side to display the same 'never-say-die attitude' that New Zealand displayed last weekend

Wales keep Warren Gatland till 2019 but agree to release him if Lions come calling

Warren Gatland will be free to lead the 2017 Lions if asked

Richard Hibbard has agreed to join Gloucester from next season, becoming the latest Wales international to leave the country for either England or France

Wales exodus continues as Gloucester confirm signing on British and Irish Lions hooker Richard Hibbard

Hibbard has been in tremendous form for Wales over the past year and will join the Cherry and Whites from next season

Keeping Marland Yarde will be a priority for London Irish

Takeover will enable Exiles to recycle Irish cash

England's leading clubs may not know who the hell they will be playing next season, thanks to the latest rampant outbreak of political squabbling over Europe, but the uncertainty has not stopped London Irish negotiating a bright new future for themselves. The Exiles, badly strapped for cash in recent seasons, are on the point of confirming a takeover by a consortium headed by an Irish businessman, Mick Crossan, who made his pile in recycling and waste management.

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