England failed to make a breakthrough before rain forced the abandonment of play on the fourth day of the second test at Headingley as South Africa reached 39 without loss in their second innings.
Defending shot put champion Valerie Adams will - after all - get a chance to add to her Beijing gold medal.
West Indies have secured an impressive 2-0 test series victory over New Zealand on Sunday with Shivnarine Chanderpaul guiding them to a five-wicket win in the second test at Sabina Park, Jamaica.
A group of al Qaeda prisoners was caught trying to tunnel out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, an official said , after the militants said they would step up their fight against the government.
Swimming's governing body presented Michael Phelps with a special statuette on Saturday with a silver plaque on the base hailing "the greatest Olympic athlete of all time."
A suicide bomber struck at a wake in Yemen's southern city of Jaar overnight, killing at least 35 people and wounding dozens more including the leader of a local group fighting al Qaeda-linked militants, officials and medics say.
The ancient Greeks believed athletes should avoid sex before sport, but modern Olympians and scientists are torn over the merits of in-competition coitus and whether abstinence enhances performance.
Jessica Ennis became the golden girl of the London Olympics when she won the heptathlon title in front of 80,000 roaring fans to give Britain their first track and field gold of the Games.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said he and fellow 1980s action star Sylvester Stallone wanted to work together for decades, but it wasn't until they met up at a hair salon that their first collaboration came together.
Kevin Pietersen led an England counter-attack with a scintillating unbeaten century to lift his side to 351 for five on the third day of the second test against South Africa.
South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer has announced five uncapped players in the 30-man Springbok squad for the two Rugby Championship tests against Argentina.
Serena Williams has demolished Russia's Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 to grab Olympic tennis singles gold, becoming the first player in the sport to win all four grand slams and an Olympic title in both singles and doubles.
The plan was ambitious: to turn a rundown docklands site on the River Thames into a cultural oasis, but the London Pleasure Gardens have so far failed to live up to their name, leading the venue's artistic director to resign this week.
Citroen's world champion Sebastien Loeb has won Rally Finland for the third time in his record-breaking career to stretch his overall lead in the standings.
The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has said it will send a first batch of emergency food aid to impoverished North Korea, where a series of deluges and a typhoon have left hundreds of people dead or missing.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged Kenya to hold free and fair elections and be a role model for Africa, underlining the need to avoid the bloodshed and economic loss suffered during the last vote five years ago.
Gay rights activists and backers of same-sex marriage have held "kiss-ins" at Chick-fil-A restaurants across the United States to protest the fast-food chain president's opposition to homosexual unions.
US weather has been lousy this year, with droughts, heat and killer storms. But a solar superstorm could be far worse.
After a rip-roaring first day of action in the athletics, the London Olympics gets its first glimpse of the biggest name in the sport today when Usain Bolt takes to the track for the 100 metres heats.
Six miners were killed in a coal mine collapse in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, an emergency rescue team source on the site told Reuters.