News A male Asiatic lion guarding his cub at London Zoo

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

A shell-shocked Simon Kerrigan is comforted by England's senior spin bowler Graeme Swann

Kevin Garside on the Ashes: Australia feast on England's new boys as brutal Shane Watson flays Simon Kerrigan

There was no shortage of advice for the lad. Every punter in the gallery, even those in green and gold, would not have wished a repeat of the pre-lunch flogging administered to Simon Kerrigan. Pitch it up, son, bowl to your field and let fate take care of the rest.

Luke Fletcher celebrates after taking the wicket of Phil Jacques

Luke Fletcher slows Yorkshire attempt to build on lead

Yorkshire 327-8 v Nottinghamshire

Oxlade-Chamberlain picked up a knee injury

Blow for Arsenal and England as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain ruled out for six weeks

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of action for the next six weeks because of his knee injury, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

The Maracana stadium during the Confederations Cup final

2014 World Cup tickets go on sale...so how much will it cost you if England go all the way?

We take a look at how ticket prices and accommodation costs could soon escalate out of control

Simon Kerrigan could win his first Test cap against Australia in the fifth Test at The Oval

Ashes 2013: Who is Simon Kerrigan? After uncapped Test spinner called up for England squad for fifth Ashes Test

All the information you need ahead of Test debut for the spinner

Uncapped Simon Kerrigan has been called up to the England squad to face Australia in the fifth Test on The Oval

Ashes 2013: England call up uncapped pair Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes for fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval

Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions miss out with injury but Steve Finn recalled

Mooen Ali on his way to 61 against the Australians yesterday

Ashes 2013: England look to Chris Tremlett for injection of new pace

Squad for final Ashes Test delayed as injuries to Bresnan and Onions leave unfilled vacancies

I am lion, hear me... bark? Chinese zoo accused of fraud after substituting wild animals with less fearsome creatures

Ruse discovered when Tibetan bull mastiff barked from the lion enclosure

The Waikato Chiefs celebrate their second consecutive Super Rugby title victory

Waikato Chiefs defeat ACT Brumbies to claim back-to-back Super XV titles

Victory continues New Zealand's strangehold on the sport after consecutive wins backs up World Cup triumph

Dylan Hartley now 'knows where the line is'

Dylan Hartley in England squad – but told to toe the line

Stuart Lancaster gives banned hooker latest chance and says depth of talent made selections tricky

Andrew Flintoff of England looks dejected as Brett Lee (L) and Glenn McGrath hold on in 2005

Ashes 2013: England v Australia - top five moments at Old Trafford

The Manchester ground plays host to the third Test

The hot weather’s sting in the tail: Jellyfish numbers boom after warm July

Conservationists ask people to report sightings but warn beach-goers not to get too close to some species

Gibbons, swans, French angelfish and humans can all be monogamous

Humans evolved monogamous relationships to stop men killing rivals' babies, says study

Only about 3 per cent of mammal species are monogamous and it has been a puzzle as to why it evolved in some monkeys and apes but not others

Robin Scott-Elliot: Ashes wheel won't turn back if Aussies would rather watch 'Shaun the Sheep'

The Last Word: Here people watch sport, from football down, in numbers envied elsewhere

Quade Cooper has been recalled to the Australian national squad

Australia recall exiled fly-half Quade Cooper in Ewen McKenzie's first squad announcement since replacing Robbie Deans

McKenzie names 10 uncapped players and lists James O'Connor in the back three

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