Sport Richardt Strauss could return to the Ireland squad for the Six Nations following his rapid recovery from heart surgery

Schmidt coached Strauss at Leinster and believes that his return is a bonus for Ireland ahead of the Six Nations campaign

Graham Ford (L) talking to Angelo Matthews (R) during his time as head coach of Sri Lanka

Surrey appoint Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford on a three-year deal

Ford will work alongside former England captain Alec Stewart who takes on director of cricket role

Steven Gerrard wants England to beat Montenegro and Poland to secure their qualification for the 2014 World Cup

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard would welcome reduction in foreign players in the Premier League

England trails in terms of the percentage of homegrown players playing domestically in comparison to Spain and Germany

Roy Hodgson takes an England training session

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Roy Hodgson will have an entire squad to choose from for the match against Montenegro

Bright spark: As autumn approaches there is one firework of a flower that really catches the eye

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Willie le Roux scored a try helping the team towards their victory

South Africa 28 Australia 8 match report: Springboks make it look all too easy

South Africa's storming opening half-hour created the platform for a 28-8 victory over Australia in an ill-tempered Rugby Championship clash. Although the bonus-point the hosts craved eluded them, the victory ensured that the tournament goes to the final weekend.

Andrew Strauss ends silence over last summer's stand-off with 'destabilising' Kevin Pietersen

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has given a compelling account of last summer's stand-off with Kevin Pietersen, lifting the lid on a deeply uncomfortable period that ruined his final days as an international cricketer.

Mitul Shah with wife Rupal and daughter Sarai, aged two; while he was unable to convince gunmen to agree he gave victims time to flee

Nairobi mall attack: The hero of Westgate - Briton who died to save children in Kenyan mall siege

Mitul Shah offered himself as a hostage so children in cooking competition could flee

Police check the bodies of miners after opening fire on the strikers outside the Nkageng settlement last August

Police in South Africa 'lied about killing 34 miners' during pay strikes

Commission of inquiry finds police falsified and withheld documents and gave fabricated accounts of events in August last year

<b>Martin O'Neill</b><br/> The 61-year-old is the bookies favourite with odds as short as 5-6, and is available after being sacked by Sunderland in March after a disastrous run of eight matches without victory. Reports that he was contacted by the FAI before Tuesday’s 1-0 loss in Austria have been dismissed.

Indyplus gallery: Who will replace Giovanni Trapattoni?

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Glencore digs itself deeper in at Lonmin

The coal miner-to-wheat trading giant Glencore Xstrata moved to take greater control of Lonmin yesterday, as the beleaguered platinum group continues to struggle with trade unions in South Africa.

Nelson Mandela has not left hospital for home despite media reports, says presidency

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has not returned home, and is still in hospital, the country's presidency has told a South African news agency.

Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital

Nelson Mandela remains in 'critical but stable' condition in South Africa hospital

The South African government says former leader Nelson Mandela remains in critical but stable condition in hospital, though “medical interventions” are required because his health sometimes becomes unstable.

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Transfer news: Wayne Rooney and Manchester United could be moving closer to conciliation despite continued interest from Chelsea

Joking with the press is a sign Manchester United striker may be nearer making up than breaking away

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South Africa blow away Argentina with nine-try 73-13 victory

Springboks romp home to staggering win to get their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start

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