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The 17-year-old senior at Duluth High School has been suspended for violating school rules on sexual harassment

Lee Westwood admits his putting must improve if he is to win a major

Putting remains major obstacle for Westwood

World No 3 believes he will end England's 16-year title wait despite his terrible time on the Augusta greens

President Obama pictured in Hawai earlier this week

Mystery of two Obama's who arrived in US on slave ships

They never got within a country mile of the White House, but some of Barack Obama's distant ancestors may very well have crossed the Atlantic about 130 years before his father, Barack Senior, first made it to the US.

One in five American women 'has been raped'

More than one in five women questioned for a US survey reported having been raped. Nearly a third of all women said they had experienced episodes of sexual assault, physical violence or stalking at the hands of an intimate partner.

Allegations of a 13-year affair look to have ruined Herman Cain, pictured with his wife Gloria

Herman Cain suspends presidential campaign

Former pizza magnate Herman Cain dropped out of the US presidential race today after accusations of sexual misconduct overwhelmed his bid to win the Republican nomination as an anti-Washington tax reformer.

Herman Cain: 'My wife understands that I'm a soft-hearted, giving person'

Wife's verdict awaits Cain as he admits 'friend' was a secret

Herman Cain's bizarre odyssey seemed near an end yesterday as the pizza magnate-turned-White House candidate headed home for discussions with his wife about a woman's claim she had a 13-year affair with him, his former front-runner status in the contest for the Republican nomination no more than a distant memory.

The end of Cain? Pizza king rocked by new sex scandal

Herman Cain, the former pizza chain executive, indicated to members of his campaign staff yesterday that he will be reconsidering whether to stay in the race for the Republican nomination for president in the wake of an Atlanta woman coming forward and claiming she had a 13-year affair with him that only ended this year.

Rose holds nerve to drive off with BMW

Englishman wins by two strokes at Cog Hill to have a strong chance of pocketing the FedEx Cup’s $10m prize

Dufner implodes with victory in sight to give Bradley his chance

America at last has another major champion champion to hail, although absolutely nobody in this vast country would have suspected that a Tour rookie would be their man. Young Keegan Bradley became just the second player since 1913 to win a major on his first attempt when prevailing in dramatic circumstances.

Captive chimps choose to help their neighbours

The willingness to help strangers and not expect anything in return is supposed to be a uniquely human characteristic but scientists have shown that chimps are also capable of altruism.

Which player can complete the 'Chubby Slam' in Atlanta?

Agent whose stable has won the year's first three majors tells James Corrigan what shape his men are in heading to USPGA

Who can complete the 'Chubby Slam'?

Agent whose stable has won the year's first three majors tells James Corrigan what shape his players are in heading to Atlanta

US air traffic controllers told to 'wake up!'

The US Federal Aviation Administration changed air traffic control work schedules on Saturday, acknowledging it has a widespread problem with fatigue after another controller fell asleep on duty, this time in Miami.

Britain cleared for beach volleyball bid

British men's and women's beach volleyball teams have been given the opportunity to qualify for the 2012 Olympics under host nation rules, the British Olympic Association (BOA) said yesterday.

Going for gold: the 2012 Olympic merchandisers

London mascots lead the way to souvenir sales of up to £1bn

Who can forget Spitz feat? He inspired my Olympic dream

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We flinch, but there are degrees of paedophilia

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