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

Barack Obama hails Nelson Mandela as an 'inspiration' during a speech in South Africa's capital

The President is on a week-long tour of Africa

Tributes pile up for South Africa's hospitalised former president, Nelson Mandela

Family wrangle over Nelson Mandela's final resting place nears conclusion after court order

Barack Obama has not confirmed whether he will visit the ailing president

South Africans protest against Barack Obama's visit, just streets away from the hospital treating Nelson Mandela

South African protesters campaigning against President Barack Obama’s three-nation tour of the continent gathered today just streets from the hospital where Nelson Mandela is critically ill. 

Oscar Pistorius as the South African Paralympic star

Oscar Pistorius resumes 'low key' training - but with no competitive return in sight

Official statement say focus for Paralympian who allegedly murdered his girlfriend 'remains entirely on the court case'

Pietersen must wait until the opening Ashes Test next month to make his first appearance

Kevin Pietersen's return delayed as rain ruins final T20 game

Kevin Pietersen must wait until the opening Ashes Test next month to make his first international appearance of the summer after only two balls were possible in England's second Twenty20 international against New Zealand last night.

Makaziwe Mandela leaves after visiting the Mediclinic Heart Hospital where Nelson Mandela is being treated in Pretoria

Nelson Mandela's daughter Makaziwe lashes out at 'media vultures' as former South African leader remains in stable but critical condition

Makaziwe Mandela says interest in former president's condition has 'gone overboard' and media are 'vultures waiting for the carcass'

Nelson Mandela is in a 'critical' condition, say doctors

Indyplus update: Nelson Mandela is 'at peace with himself', says daughter as he remains in 'critical condition'

South African president Jacob Zuma asks the country to pray for 'the father of democracy'

Mr Mandela's condition had become critical in the past 24 hours

Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in hospital, says Zuma

The former South African president Nelson Mandela is in a critical condition in hospital, just two weeks after the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader was admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The news, broken by President Jacob Zuma after a hospital visit late on Sunday evening, left millions of South Africans fearing the worst.

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Gas attack: Riot police go into heavy-handed action against one of the 300,000 demonstrators on the streets of Rio

The Last Word: Mr Blatter, the party's over

Brazilians riot against football and Pele is ridiculed – the end is nigh for costly World Cups and Olympics

Sound of Munich is sweeter than mutterings of Merion for Sergio Garcia

Sergio Garcia responded to a disappointing showing at the US Open to vault into contention for the BMW International Open here with a spectacular third round of 65.

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket of J P Duminy of South Africa first ball

James Lawton: Firmer fist will be required if England are to win Champions Trophy final

Such timidity won't do against either the aggressive Indians or stalwart Sri Lanka

Jonathan Trott and Eoin Morgan of England celebrate hitting the winning runs as England secure a place in the final

Champions Trophy: Jonathan Trott’s style is made to measure as England get an easy ride

Under-fire batsman delivers shot at glory in final as South Africa self-destruct again

A B De Villiers urged the ICC to look at why England get early reverse swing

Champions Trophy: AB De Villiers stokes suspicions of England ball-tampering

The most significant aspect of ball-tampering scares is that they do not fade away easily. Once the finger of suspicion has been pointed it tends to stay pointed, which made it inevitable that it would be raised before the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

Nelson Mandela's wife thanks well-wishers

The wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela said today that love and generosity from across the world have brought comfort and hope during the 94-year-old's latest spell in hospital.

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