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

Relatives and co-workers of the victims gathered in Marikana yesterday

Legacy of South African mine killings is still bitter, one year on

Gathering for 34 South African miners shot dead by police is boycotted by ANC

Steval Pumas and MTN Golden Lions compete in the Vodacom Cup final earlier this year

South Africa bring back racial quotas for teams

Almost a decade after they were dismissed as "window dressing", racial quotas are on their way back to South African sport.

George Smith: Prolific goalscorer for Manchester City

George Smith, who once scored four times for Manchester City in a derby rout of Manchester United, died just five days before the passing of his friend and team-mate Bert Trautmann. Like the celebrated German goalkeeper, the 92-year-old's story was one of triumph over adversity inflicted by the Second World War: Smith became a prolific goalscorer despite a shocking injury sustained under "friendly fire" while serving in East Africa.

Mandela, 95, has spent two months in a Pretoria hospital battling a lung infection

Nelson Mandela receives notice threatening to turn off the electricity supply for not paying utility bill

The City of Johannesburg has apologised to Nelson Mandela and his family for mistakenly posting a non-payment notice on the former South African president's house threatening to cut his electricity off.

Pietersen smashes the first of two consecutive sixes off Nathan Lyon

Ashes 2013 third Test day three match report: Kevin Pietersen century saves England but there is still plenty of work to do

Australia 527-7 dec England 294-7: Tourists are still on top despite star turn's disciplined century, but with bad weather forecast England can clinch the series at Old Trafford

David Warner calls for a review after being caught yesterday

The Ashes: Dopey cameo from David Warner inspires Roses rivalry truce

Hats off to David Warner. How many other cricketers could inspire an Old Trafford crowd to feel protective towards a Yorkshireman?

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Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia fail to reach agreement over pre-Ashes dismissal

Both parties remain confident out-of-court settlement can be reached

Celebrating my century in the second Test at Lord's

Ian Bell on the Ashes 2013: Our aim was to keep Australia in the field and wear them down mentally

View From The Middle: I can’t really explain my recent form. I’m trying to keep things as simple as possible

Schoolchildren sing

South Africa marks Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday, as he remains in 'stable' condition in Pretoria

South Africans have been asked to mark his 67 years of public service by spending 67 minutes on charitable acts

Michael Clarke (left) and Shane Watson are all friends in the slips at Trent Bridge

Ashes 2013: Michael Clarke called Shane Watson 'a cancer on the team' alleges fired Australia coach Mickey Arthur

Leaked documents for unfair dismissal case  reveal full extent of the split in Australian camp

Sky’s Chris Froome (second right) finished back in the pack on Stage 7 yesterday

Tour de France 2013: Pyrenees provide Chris Froome with the perfect platform to attack the front

Sky leader looks forward to today’s climbs after Cavendish loses out in sprint again

The battle for Mandela’s legacy is only beginning

Even before Mandela’s illness, the political parties of South Africa were at loggerheads over their versions of the anti-apartheid struggle. Now the struggle is intensifying

Hockey: England reach World League quarter-finals

England's men beat the hosts Malaysia 2-1 in their final pool match of the World League to book a quarter-final place against Japan.

Obama's debt to Nelson Mandela

It is a pity that Nelson Mandela’s illness has stopped America’s first black President from meeting the first black President of South Africa, not least because such a meeting would have brought home the great transformation that has occurred in both countries.

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