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Schalk Brits ready to face Ruan Pienaar and Johann Muller

Pride at stake for Brits as Sarries hooker goes head-to-head with fellow Boks

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Main man: Ulster rely heavily on Pienaar's creativity

Main man: Ulster rely heavily on Pienaar's creativity

Brits said: ‘I’ve been blessed with no injuries, and for the first time in two years I don’t feel over-played.

‘The club look after us unbelievably well and in return all we can do is to work very, very hard on the pitch.

‘That’s not been flashy. If it means making 20 tackles or hitting 20 rucks to ensure we win then that’s what we will do.’

Corrie Sanders dies: Former heavyweight champion shot dead during robbery in South Africa

Klitschko conqueror Sanders shot dead during restaurant robbery in South Africa

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11:02 GMT, 23 September 2012

South African heavyweight Corrie Sanders, who beat Wladimir Klitschko to win the WBO world title in 2003, has died after being shot during a robbery.

Sanders caused a major shock when he inflicted a second-round knockout defeat on Klitschko in Hanover nine years ago.

He gave up the belt later in the year and lost in eight rounds to the Ukrainian's brother Vitali Klitschko for the WBC title in Los Angeles in April 2004.

Tragedy: Corrie Sanders who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2003 was shot dead in South Africa

Tragedy: Corrie Sanders who beat Wladimir Klitschko in 2003 was shot dead in South Africa

North West Police Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said that gunmen entered a restaurant in the town of Brits where 46-year-old Sanders was attending his nephew's birthday celebrations.

Brigadier Ngubane said: 'I can confirm Corrie and his family were celebrating his nephew's birthday, turning 21, and enjoying a meal last night. In the midst of the celebrations, at about 7.45pm in the evening, about three suspects came in.

Big win: Sanders knocked Klitschko down four times before a second round stoppage

Big win: Sanders knocked Klitschko down four times before a second round stoppage

'They were planning to commit an armed robbery.

'Then in the armed robbery they shot randomly. Corrie was shot in the hand and also the stomach.

'They fled with a digital camera and also a handbag of one of the people who was in the restaurant.'

Sanders was rushed to Kalafong hospital but died 'in the early hours of the morning', Brigadier Ngubane said.

There have been no arrests in the case, he added, but stated police are 'in hot pursuit'.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Mark Cavendish wins final stage

Tiernan-Locke clinches Tour of Britain title as Cavendish wins final stage

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16:08 GMT, 16 September 2012

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke held off his nearest challengers to become the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years.

The 27-year-old Devonian had led Austrian Nathan Haas by 18 seconds and Italian Damiano Caruso by 23 seconds heading into Sunday's final stage in Surrey.

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Making history: Tiernan-Locke became the first home rider to win the Tour of Britain for 19 years

Tiernan-Locke was able to finish in the
main bunch to clinch victory as Mark Cavendish sprinted home in
Guildford to win his third stage of this year's race.

Fellow Brits Peter Williams and Kristian House won the sprint and king of the mountains jerseys respectively.

Williams, won the stage's three intermediate sprints to pick up nine points and finish on 45, almost double the amount of the second-placed rider, his Node 4 Giordana team-mate Marcin Bialoblocki.

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

Manx missile: Cavendish is cheered on by the locals as he sprints home

London 2012 Olympics: Andy Murray and Laura Robson lose mixed doubles

Murray denied second gold medal as Belarusians fight back in mixed doubles final

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17:47 GMT, 5 August 2012

Andy Murray and Laura Robson were beaten by Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi in the mixed doubles final.

Murray had earlier raced to a straight-sets win over Roger Federer to win gold in the men's singles before teaming up with Robson against the No 1 seeds.

The Brits took the first set but lost the second and were beaten in the champions tie break.

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Golden glory: Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray were unable to win the mixed doubles final

Golden glory: Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray were unable to win the mixed doubles final


Net gains: Murray looks to he heavens after beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men's singles

Net gains: Murray looks to he heavens after beating Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the men's singles

Flying the flag: The British No 1 parades his gold medal to the delight of the home support

Flying the flag: The British No 1 parades his gold medal to the delight of the home support

London 2012 Olympics: Sailing – Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson win Star silver

Percy and Simpson settle for silver as defending Star champions are pipped by Swedish pair

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12:56 GMT, 5 August 2012

Olympics 2012

British hearts were broken on the water on Sunday afternoon as Sweden denied Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson gold in the Star class.

The defending Olympic champions sailed exceptionally throughout the week and came into Sunday's medal race with an eight-point lead over Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada.

However, it was Sweden, not Brazil, that proved Percy and Simpson's undoing as the Brits lost their crown to Fredrik Loof and Max Salminen.

More to follow…

Close call: Percy (wearing hat) and Simpson were favourites going into Sunday's race

Close call: Percy (wearing hat) and Simpson were favourites going into Sunday's race

Golden boys: Loof and Salminen shocked Percy and Simpson

Golden boys: Loof and Salminen shocked Percy and Simpson

Silver lining: The defending champions finished second overall

Silver lining: The defending champions finished second overall

Golden moment: Loof and Salminen were not aware they had won when they crossed the finishing line

Golden moment: Loof and Salminen were not aware they had won when they crossed the finishing line

London 2012 Olympics: Rebecca Tunney 13th in all-around gymnastics

Teenage star Tunney finishes 13th in all-around gymnastics final

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22:23 GMT, 2 August 2012

Olympics 2012

Team GB's youngest member Rebecca Tunney finished 13th place in the all-around individual artistic gymnastics event at the North Greenwich Arena.

British champion, Tunney, 15, put on a fine display to finish with 56.932 points, in a final won by American favourite Gabrielle Douglas who was part of the US quintet that struck gold in Tuesday's team event.

Teen star: Tunney finished 13th overall

Teen star: Tunney finished 13th overall

But Team GB's Hannah Whelan, who finished ninth at last year's World Championships and had hopes for a high-ranking finish, failed to land feet-first from her vault, receiving a zero score from the judges, and subsequently finished 24th and last.

Both Brits were part of the artistic gymnastics team that finished sixth in the team final on Tuesday.

Olympic debutant Tunney said: 'It's been an amazing experience here in London; the best week of my life. To compete at a home Games in front of this crowd has been incredible.

Distraught: Whelan (right) finished 24th

Distraught: Whelan (right) finished 24th

'To be the youngest in Team GB I'm very proud and I've learnt so much. I'm looking forward to the rest of the Games, the atmosphere and cheering on team GB.'

Tears from a devastated Whelan betrayed her emotions and she said: 'I'm devastated, I don't know what happened on the vault, I think I had too much adrenaline going into it.

'I'm so proud of Rebecca though, the whole team have done so well here and we are all looking forward to supporting Beth Tweddle in bars final on Monday.'

London 2012 Olympics: Britain out of men"s skeet

Brit pair off target in skeet shoot despite promising start at Royal Barracks

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11:57 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Great Britain duo Rory Warlow and Richard Brickell narrowly missed out on places in the final of the men's skeet.

Warlow, 22, from Plymouth, began the day four points off the lead and 36-year-old Brickell, from Newbury, a point further back following Monday's opening qualifiers.

Another big crowd had gathered on the shotgun range at the Royal Artillery Barracks for the skeet – where competitors fire at clay targets from seven different positions.

Blank shooting: Rory Warlow couldn't make it to the skeet shoot final in London

Blank shooting: Rory Warlow couldn't make it to the skeet shoot final in London

Both Brits realistically needed to shoot perfect 50s over their two remaining rounds to stand any chance of progressing, and both opened up with 25 to raise the hopes of the noisy home support.

But Warlow missed two shots in round two and Brickell one, leaving them tied on 118, just two points short of forcing a shoot-off.

America's Vincent Hancock leads the way going into this afternoon's final with a total of 123, missing just two clays over all five rounds.

Enzo Maccarinelli fails drug test

Former world cruiserweight champ Maccarinelli joins list of Brits to fail drug test

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22:43 GMT, 17 July 2012

Boxer Enzo Maccarinelli is the latest British fighter to test positive for a banned substance.

The former WBO world cruiserweight champion is waiting to hear his fate from the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) after failing a random drugs test.

The Welshman, who lost his WBO title to David Haye in 2008, won the British title with a victory over Shane McPhilbin in March.

In the dock: Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

In the dock: Maccarinelli has failed a drug test

Heavyweight Larry Olubamiwo, cruiserweight Terry Dunstan, light-heavyweight Michael Banbula and former British super-middleweight champion Tony Dodson – are all serving bans for taking banned substances.

British Grand Prix 2012: Live F1 coverage from Silverstone

LIVE: British Grand Prix… follow all the Formula One drama from Silverstone

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UPDATED:

13:05 GMT, 8 July 2012

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Fernando Alonso will start on pole for the British Grand Prix after mastering the conditions in yesterday's rain-hit qualifying session.

But it was a day to forget for the McLaren duo of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button who could manage only eighth and 18th to the disappointment of the home crowd.

Stay tuned for all the action, and get involved by sending me an email or by directing your Tweets to @PhilDuncanF1

Click here to follow our dedicated Formula One service on Twitter British Grand Prix: Lap 38 of 52
Fernando Alonso leads from Mark Webber
Lewis Hamilton is P8
Jenson Button in 13th
Di Resta retires after contact on first lap

Lap 37: Fastest lap from Webber again… surely Ferrari will have to react.

Lap 36: Another hot lap from Webber. Can the Aussie hunt down Alonso here He's 20 seconds adrift of the Spaniard who is yet to pit.

Lap 35: Grosjean makes his move at Brooklands as Hamilton slips back to P8. A poor day for the Brits, so far. Massa is in for his second stop as Webber sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 34: In comes Raikkonen from P2 for the harder tyre and Schumacher is in, too.

Lap 33: 'Grosjean is much faster than me', is the message from Hamilton as Webber comes in for his second stop of the day promoting Massa to second and Raikkonen to third.

Lap 32: Grosjean is putting Hamilton under intense pressure and it's the Lotus which is looking like the quicker car.

Lap 31: Button stands his ground and holds up Hamilton, but Lewis finally makes his move on the approach to Copse, and Grosjean follows suit through Maggots. In comes Button for his second stop of the day.

Lap 30: Great move from Hamilton who passes Rosberg, and Grosjean sails past, too. Button up next for the pair of them.

Lap 29: McLaren are happy with Hamilton: 'We've exited ahead of Grosjean, and he was the target', Lewis is told. 'We've got 23 laps to go and we're not stopping again. Your'e doing a great job.'

Lap 28: The top 10 is evenly scattered here as Hamilton comes in for his second stop of the day after only eight laps on the softer tyre. He comes out behind Rosberg, there. Let's see how this one plays out.

Lap 26: Alonso's lead over Webber is up to almost six seconds and he's looking very good for back-to-back wins at Silverstone.

Lap 25: Fastest lap of the race from Raikkonen, who is in clear air after passing Schumacher, and the Finn is bringing Hamilton with him. Alonso leads from Webber, Vettel, Massa, Raikkonen, Hamilton and Schumacher. Button is running in P12.

Lap 24: The Mercedes of Schumacher is struggling here, and Raikkonen goes around the outside on the run into Brooklands before Hamilton makes his move at Copse, leaving Schumacher, who started in P3, down in seventh. Quite damning comments from Perez there, by the way.

Lap 23: Here's Perez on his collision with Maldonado: 'He's a driver that doesn't respect the other drivers. That is just a matter of fact. I don't understand the way he is driving. The last three or four races he has done something. He has not respect.'

Lap 22: They've taken a bit of flak for their pit-stop work this term but kudos to McLaren whose stops for Button and Hamilton are the quickest of the day, at 2.8 seconds.

Lap 21: And here comes Hamilton from second place for his first stop of the day. It's a good stop from the McLaren boys, and Hamilton is in P7 behind Schumacher in fifth and Raikkonen on P6.

Lap 20: Hamilton is already 2 seconds behind Alonso… surely it is time for McLaren to call the Hertfordshire-born racer in

Lap 19: Great action between Alonso and Hamilton as the pair enjoy a bit of a ding-dong for the lead. Alonso takes Hamilton who then promptly regains the lead before running a notch wide and allowing Alonso through. Stellar driving from both drivers there, but how long can Hamilton go on this set of tyres

Lap 18: Button is setting PB after PB on the softer tyre as Hamilton continues to hold off Alonso.

Lap 17: Hamilton leads the British Grand Prix, and he is told to 'push' and 'not worry' about Alonso. He's a mere second ahead of Alonso, who has pitted, of course.

Lap 16: Button, struggling on the hard tyre now, is swallowed up by Massa. How long can the McLaren man last here He's a sitting duck at present, and no surprises, there's the McLaren boys getting ready for the 2009 world champion. Button takes on the softer tyre as he exits the pits in P12, just behind Nico Rosberg.

Lap 15: Ferrari respond to Webber's pit stop and haul Alonso in for another set of the prime tyre. Vettel moves up to P6 after passing Button on the exit of Stowe.

Lap 14: Button, yet to stop, passes Senna for what is P8 as Webber comes in for a new set of rubber. Purple sectors from Alonso suggests he is still making the prime tyre work. Hamilton, also on the harder compound is now up to second.

Lap 13: Massa and Raikkonen in the pit-lane for a fresh set of rubber which leaves Hamilton in P3. Alonso leads Webber by 5.4 seconds, who is a further six seconds ahead of home-favourite Hamilton. The incident between Maldonado and Perez will be investigated after the race.

Lap 12: Fresh from their first pit-stops, Perez and Maldonado collide. Perez is out and stopped on track as Maldonado limps back top the pits. The Williams man looks to be at fault after having a wobble of oversteer and running into Perez. Let's see what the stewards make of that one. Schumacher comes into the pits for his first stop of the day.

Lap 11: 'We're not sure if somebody hit us but we turned into turn 4 and there was no pressure,' says Di Resta. 'As I brought it back to the pits I damaged the floor quite badly and there was no way I could continue.' As we hear Di Resta on his early retirement, Massa makes his move on Schumacher at Stowe corner to take P3.

Lap 10: Webber is now three seconds behind Alonso as Perez makes a move on Hamilton but has the door firmly closed in his face. Meanwhile, Vettel pits.

Lap 9: Huge train behind Schumacher here. This is really playing into the hands of both Alonso and Webber, and you have to say the Spaniard is looking good for another win at Silverstone. He won here last year, of course. A long way to go, mind. Some 43 laps in fact.

Lap 8: Hamilton is struggling, too. The McLaren man is losing ground to Maldonado in P7. Massa really needs to make a move on Schumacher. He's much, much quicker than the Mercedes at this point in the race. Meawnhile, the message to Hamilton is don't panic… 'Our pace is as good if not better than everyone else in front of us other than Alonso,' he's told.

Lap 7: Massa has a sniff at Schumacher into Brooklands. The German isn't enjoying the opening stint of the race today'. Use KERS in seven and 13,' Massa is told.

Perfect start: Alonso maintains the lead ahead of Webber and Schumacher

Perfect start: Alonso maintains the lead ahead of Webber and Schumacher

Lap 6: Remember Alonso and Hamilton are on the harder tyres, and Lewis is reporting problems with this set of rubber. We'll have to see whether his gamble pays off. It's looking good for Alonso up front.

Lap 5: Alonso leads Webber by just seven tenths as Schumacher comes under pressure from Massa again, with Vettel, Raikkonen, Maldonado, Hamilton and Perez for company. The top nine are separated by just eight seconds.

Lap 4: Replays of the start show a very cautious start from Hamilton, and Di Resta is the second retirement of the day. A big blow to the British star.

Lap 3: And Massa has a sniff at Schumacher into Copse, but the Mercedes man slams the door shut, and the Brazilian immediately comes under pressure from Vettel behind. The pair touch, but there isn't any damage and Massa maintains the place. A breathtaking start at Silverstone.

Lap 2: Great duel between Button, Kobayashi and Grosjean, but the latter limps back to the pits after damaging his Lotus. Button loses out to the Sauber and slips behind the Japanese driver. Massa meanwhile, is all over the gearbox of Schumacher.

Lap 1: Fernando Alonso leads from Mark Webber, with Michael Schumacher tucked in behind. As you were then at the front. Felipe Massa leapfrogs Sebastian Vettel, as lewis Hamilton re-takes Bruno Senna for P8. Jenson Button up to 12th as as Alonso leads Webber by six tenths. Heartbreak for Paul Di Resta who makes his way back to the pits with a right-rear puncture.

1.00pm: Alonso and Hamilton are the only drivers in the top ten to start on the harder tyre. An interesting move from the Ferrari and McLaren drivers. Button also joins Alonso and Hamilton. 'Predicting a dry race throughout', is the message to Michael Schumacher. We're just moments away from the start of the 2012 British Grand Prix.

12.58pm: A kiss and a wave for the camera from Schumacher as he makes his final preparations. He's a more relaxed character these days, isn't he A winner today Not for me… I think the victor will come from Red Bull or Ferrari, IF it stays dry.

12.55pm: 'Engine failure ends Vitaly's race before it's started,' is the official message from Caterham on Twitter. 'Such a shame as he was very positive about today's race. Time now to focus on Heikki'.

12.50pm: Ten minutes until the start of the British Grand Prix, and it looks as though Petrov's race is over before it's even begun. He won't be starting today's race after suffering a mechanical issue on his way to the grid.

In the paddock: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock with IOC President Jacques Rogge

In the paddock: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone walks in the paddock with IOC President Jacques Rogge

12.45pm: 'Sun is shining for the first time,' says Sebastian Vettel in P4. 'There is rain forecast but we don't know when, if and how much, but we will see.' Meanwhile, three-time world champion Sir Jackie Stewart backs Alonso to win if it stays dry.

12.42pm: Let's go down to the grid, and start with the winner of the 2010 British Grand Prix, Mark Webber. The Aussie is in P2: 'It's dry everywhere and it is a slick tyre of sure. Start on whatever you want, so we'll see what people do when the blankets come off. Not much running in the dry so it will be interesting to see how the car balances.'

12.37pm: That doesn't look good for Vitaly Petrov whose Caterham has stopped on track with what appears to be a hydraulic problem. I'll keep you posted on that one.

Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner (left) with actor Hugh Grant

Rowan Atkinson

Famous faces: Hollywood actor Hugh Grant and Rowan Atkinson at today's British Grand Prix

En route to the grid: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton make way to their drivers' parade

En route to the grid: Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton make way to their drivers' parade

12.35pm: 'Keep it quiet, but there are blue patches appearing through the leaden sky here at Silverstone,' reports Sportsmail's F1 correspondent Simon Cass. ' British Grand Prix.

Centre of attention: Hamilton signs autographs on his way into the track

Centre of attention: Hamilton signs autographs on his way into the track

British Grand Prix: Guide to iconic Silverstone circuit

Your golden guide to Britain's iconic Silverstone circuit

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21:26 GMT, 6 July 2012

Britain's Paul di Resta, who finished sixth for Force India on his Silverstone debut in F1 last year, explains what makes the famous circuit a favourite among F1 drivers – especially the Brits…

The atmosphere is electric. The drivers' parade really opened my eyes to the following F1 gets in the UK and being a Brit that is so special. It gives you goose bumps. My first experience of Silverstone was in Formula Renault and I remember going out and thinking, 'My God this place is massive'.

Everything seemed so far away and so distant. But a few years down the line I have understood why it is like that – you are going a bit quicker in an F1 car so things need to be a bit further away! It has a very special atmosphere that I don't think you can replicate at these new generation tracks. They have kept the spirit and history of the track. The biggest positive is getting more grandstands in and getting more people in to see the show. To me, it is the home of motorsport, the home of Formula One.

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