Yawning is contagious for lions, who synchronize their behaviors to help group cohesion

Some animals, including humans, will start yawning after someone else nearby yawns, and a new study suggests this ‘contagious yawning’ helps fuel group cohesion. Researchers observing lions in South Africa found the animals do not just mimic each other’s yawns, they would copy subsequent behaviors. If one lion yawned, then got up and moved somewhere … Read more

Quinton de Kock is set to avoid punishment for tricking Fakhar Zaman into being run out for 193

Quinton de Kock ‘set to escape any punishment’ after fooling Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman to run him out following stunning knock of 193 – despite South Africa wicketkeeper laughing in ODI victory South Africa won the second ODI by 17 runs to level the three-match series 1-1 Fakhar Zaman was run out for 193 in the … Read more

A prickly situation! Moment man discovers giant PORCUPINE standing in his kitchen in South Africa 

A prickly situation! Moment man discovers giant PORCUPINE standing in his kitchen in South Africa Tim Baynham had left back door open in Hoedspruit Wildlife Estate, South Africa The 43-year-old heard noise coming from another room and went to investigate He was surprised to discover a 20kg African porcupine looking back at him By Raven … Read more

Elephant captures some interesting angles when it picks up a hidden camera in its trunk 

What the ‘el is that? Elephant captures some interesting angles when it picks up a hidden camera in its trunk  Herd of elephants walk through the Olifants West Nature Reserve in South Africa One of the elephants moves trunk towards hidden GoPro and gives it a sniff Another curious elephant picks up the camera and … Read more

Henry Slade OUT of England’s Six Nations clash against Ireland with Elliot Daly starting

England XV: 15. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 7 caps), 14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 50 caps), 13. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 51 caps)12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 92 caps) (C), 11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 65 caps), 10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 76 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 108 caps); 1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 66 caps), … Read more

Wasps on the verge of signing South Africa star Francois Hougaard

EXCLUSIVE: Wasps set to sign South African scrum half Francois Hougaard with Worcester star poised to join Premiership rivals Wasps are on the verge of signing South Africa scrum half Francois Hougaard  The 46-cap Springbok is out of contract this summer but will stay in England  The 32-year-old had been linked with a move to … Read more

Liverpool nominated for Team of the Year again at 22nd annual Laureus World Sports Awards

Liverpool nominated for Team of the Year again at Laureus World Sports Awards following Premier League triumph as Lewis Hamilton battles it out with Robert Lewandowski and LeBron James for Sportsman gong ahead of virtual ceremony in May Liverpool are nominated for Laureus’ best team award for a second year in a row It comes … Read more

Australia’s offer to stage the Lions’ series against South Africa ‘gaining support’ ahead of meeting

Australia’s offer to stage the British and Irish Lions’ series against South Africa ‘is gaining support ahead of key talks on Thursday amid hopes of playing Tests in front of capacity crowds’ Australia have offered to host the British and Irish Lions tour against South Africa The offer has been warmly received and is gaining … Read more

Australian states raise overseas arrival caps – paving way for stranded Aussies to return home

Scott Morrison announces major changes to international travel – and it’s good news for stranded Aussies and permanent residents Stranded Aussies may be able to come home as caps on overseas arrivals raised Scott Morrison announced that the limits on arrivals will be lifted on February 15 Ceiling on international arrivals have returned to levels they … Read more

Australian cricket tour of South Africa was an ‘unacceptable risk’ for players catching Covid-19

Cricket tour of South Africa was an ‘unacceptable risk’ for players catching the super-infectious local Covid strain – after Proteas turned down offer to play series in Australia Australian cricket team was set to play a test series in South Africa from March 3 South Africa is battling its own strain of Covid-19, which has … Read more

England must win three matches in India to reach final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s

England must win three of the four matches in India to reach final of the World Test Championship at Lord’s New Zealand are guaranteed a top-two finish and a place in the final England can qualify if they win the Test series 3-0, 3-1 or 4-0 in India Root’s men helped by Australia cancelling tour of South … Read more