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Selectors bowled AB a Philander yorker

Cricket SA's board hung Vernon Philander out to dry by demanding his selection for the World Cup semi-final, making captain AB de Villiers reluctant to play in the match, say sources close to the Proteas.

Vavi okay with the sack

If I am fired "so be it", Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi declared yesterday.

Mental check call for pilots

A database accessible through the internet that would allow examiners to check on the mental health of pilots might one day red-flag individuals with psychological problems.

Dawning of the disease-free age

The first baby conceived by means of an artificial insemination procedure that includes checking embryos for genetic disorders has been born.

Science baffled by wet Casper

Casper the Ghost does not exist, in the eyes of science, that is, but for a group of divers he is very real - they see him all the time.

Nigeria election nightmare

A fingerprint recognition machine refused to identify President Goodluck Jonathan as a legitimate voter in Nigeria's crucial national election on Saturday.

Bafana again lack finishing power

This Nigerian team should have been hammered. But we've been here before with Bafana Bafana. And we all know that almost doesn't count.

Wind beats Jobodwana

Anaso Jobodwana flew on a strong tail wind to record the fastest-ever 200m by a South African as he won at the Texas Relays on Saturday.

Fiji uses brute force to crush Kiwis in Sevens

Fiji produced a trademark flair-filled display to beat holders New Zealand 33-19 and win the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens in front of a packed celebratory crowd yesterday.

Sharpen wooden stakes, Breaking Dawn is upon us

The term "war room" stirred hope in the most sceptical and weary of us when it was coined as part of a new attempt at getting Eskom back to fighting fitness.

The Big Read: Good clean fun for dirty young minds

In one of Agatha Christie's otherwise obscenity-free novels her crime-writer character Ariadne Oliver is speculating about the perfect opening line.

'Happy ending' is on Greek leader's mind

After weeks of ugly threats and stalling tactics from both sides, Greece is approaching crunch time in its negotiations with EU chiefs over a financial bailout.

Losing nuclear bidder threatens appeal

Westinghouse, the world's largest nuclear fuel producer, will appeal a South African court ruling dismissing its application to have the bidding process of a $334-million (about R4-billion) contract reopened, it said at the weekend.

Strike alert as unions, government deadlock

South Africa's public service unions and the government have failed to reach agreement in pay talks, increasing the risk of a strike.

No Limits: The tracks of their fears

Doctor Peter Berning, 64, may be a small-town doctor, but for him the world is limitless.

Allergy Alert: Truth from the peanut gallery

Fifteen years ago, with nut allergies on the increase, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that children avoid peanuts until the age of three.

Idols reap teen ecstasy

British boy band One Direction enjoyed the perks of an all-boy band when performing before thousands of screaming and adoring fans during their first show in South Africa at the weekend.

Miss SA laurels go to little Liesl

Liesl Laurie, of Eldorado Park, southern Joburg, was named the 57th Miss South Africa at the climax of a 90 minute-long ceremony at Sun City's Superbowl last night.

Next stop LA for soap diva

South Africa's top soap actress is now gunning for an Oscar.