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

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India 331-7 South Africa 305 (India won by 26 runs)

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A shop steward from the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was shot dead at one of Lonmin's South African mines yesterday, sparking fears of a renewed cycle of violence in the country's troubled platinum mining belt.

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The comments, from Arnold Pistorius, uncle of the "Blade Runner", come as the athlete prepares once again to face the public gaze as he returns to court

Calum Clark has only just returned from a 32-week suspension

Northampton flanker Calum Clark misses out on third England spot

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been ruled out of England action for a third time in 12 months after he failed to overcome an ankle injury in time to make the tour of Uruguay and Argentina.

The president of the Italian parliament, Laura Boldrini

Italy: MP writes open letter to 'suicidal' gay teen

In a public exchange of letters that has touched many Italians, the speaker of the parliament has asked to meet a young gay man who says he feels suicidal in one of Europe’s most homophobic societies.

Oscar Pistorius at the Olympic Stadium during London 2012

Oscar Pistorius, who awaits trial for murder, will not compete this year, confirms agent

The six-time Paralympic gold medallist was charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Lonmin recovers after troubled year

The platinum miner Lonmin more than doubled first-half profits compared to a troubled 2012 and lifted its production guidance for the year yesterday but warned of the "significant challenge" of wage talks ahead.

Suarez punches his Gonzalo Jara during Uruguay's defeat against Chile

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez escapes punishment for 'punching' opponent in World Cup qualifier

The incident occurred in Uruguay's game with Chile

William Hague said the UK would clear up any 'bureaucratic confusion'

William Hague acts to tackle confusion over decision to end support to South Africa

Britain will clear up any confusion within the South African government about the decision to end aid to the country, Foreign Secretary William Hague said today.

Neil Jenkins' appointment adds to the Welsh influence in the Lions party for this summer’s tour

Lions land Neil Jenkins as kicking coach

The British and Irish Lions have won only four Test series in a century, three of them through the boot, so the addition of Neil Jenkins to the coaching team for this summer's tour of Australia makes complete sense. Jenkins was appointed to the back-room staff – a move that can only enhance Leigh Halfpenny's chances of making the starting line-up for the opening meeting with the Wallabies in Brisbane on 22 June.

A sound of deafening beating rain

It may have the presidential seal of approval but football fans in Brazil are reserving judgment on their answer to the vuvuzela.

Triathlon: US victory for Alistair Brownlee

Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee began his 2013 World Triathlon Series season with a comfortable win in San Diego.

England's Nick Compton (left) celebrates reaching his century

Nick Compton named among Wisden cricketers of the year

England batsman follows grandfather in earning accolade

Nelson Mandela has been discharged from hospital

Nelson Mandela discharged from hospital

The 94-year-old was in hospital for nine days

Lonmin poaches new chief executive from Amplats

Lonmin, the beleaguered platinum miner, has appointed Amplats' head of engineering, Ben Magara, as chief executive. He will start on 1 July, replacing Ian Farmer, who stepped down last August due to illness.

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