World Sport

Lions’ Roar is Silenced by the Boot of Steyn

The Lions might have lost another series, but they have salvaged their ­battered reputation this tour. Seldom can there have been a more fluctuating, absorbing and thrilling international than this – the 80 minutes contained four seasons in one, and it was 13 minutes into stoppage time when the local hero, Morne Steyn, who had come off the bench in the final quarter, kicked a penalty from five yards inside his own half to seal the series and deny the ­tourists the draw that was the very least they deserved for their tactical acuity and forward power.

South Africa scored three tries to one, the third in the right corner by another replacement, Jaque Fourie, two minutes into stoppage time …

Paul O’Connell to Lead Strong British & Irish Lions Against Sharks

Paul O’Connell will lead a strong British & Irish Lions against the Sharks on Wednesday as they look to maintain their unbeaten start to the tour of South Africa.

Ian McGeechan, the Lions head coach, has tinkered with his side again as the Lions look to bounce back from a disappointing performance in their 26-24 win over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

He has returned to proven combinations in the form of Brian O’Driscoll and Jamie Roberts, who proved almost unstoppable in the Lions’ record 74-10 victory over the Golden Lions, and in the back row.

The dynamic trio of Tom Croft, Jamie Heaslip and David Wallace will all start against the Sharks, who finished sixth in the Super 14. O’Connell, …

‘I know how Ricky’s Girl Felt. It’s Horrific. One Lethal Blow and That Could be it’

The pain and fear of watching a loved one get hurt in the ring was all too clear to see on the face of Jennifer Dooley, the fiancée of Ricky Hatton, when he was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas the last week. Those feelings are known all too well by Elouise Maccarinelli, the wife of Enzo Maccarinelli, the former WBO cruiserweight champion with whom she has four children.

Sitting ringside supporting a loved one can be a harrowing experience. Last year, Elouise, 33, was feet away when Enzo, 28, was stopped in two rounds by David Haye and, in March, she was there when he was heavily knocked down and stopped against Ola Afolabi. Here she tells …

Ronaldo Stunner Puts Holders United through

Cristiano Ronaldo’s sixth-minute strike saw holders Manchester United become the first English team to win in Porto, reaching the semifinals of the Champions League 3-2 on aggregate in the process

The European Player of the Year fired a spectacular 35-yard strike into the top corner as United remained on course to become the first team to retain the Champions League — and will now face Premier League rivals Arsenal for a place in the final in Rome.

The stunning goal was Ronaldo’s 20th of the season but only his second in the Champions League since scoring the opener in last year’s final in Moscow.

After drawing the first leg 2-2 at Old Trafford, Porto only needed a low-scoring draw to …