Sport Ben Westwood had a return to his marauding best putting the Wolves on the fast track to a Super League Grand Final

A quartet of tries from Ben Westwood, back to his marauding best, put the Wolves on the fast track to a Super League Grand Final.

Sam Tomkins beats the challenge of Leeds' Zak Hardaker (left) and Danny McGuire at Headingley last night

Tomkins runs the show as champions are crushed

Leeds 8 Wigan 50

Giants cut loose to storm into last four

Huddersfield Giants 50 London Broncos 14
Wolves' Joel Monaghan makes a break during the Engagae Super League

Wolves surge into last eight

Warrington Wolves 32 Bradford Bulls 16

SAM TOMKINS: The England full-back scored six tries as Wigan made easy progress

Wigan rout the Crusaders on a weekend when minnows are put to the sword

Sam Tomkins scored six tries, out of 18 by his team, as Wigan beat the North Wales Crusaders 98-4 in the Challenge Cup fourth round yesterday. The England full-back improved on his debut for Wigan in a 2008 fifth-round match against Whitehaven, when he scored five times.

Karen Matthews: Denies being part of a false kidnap plot to gain money

Karen Matthews 'released from prison'

A mother jailed for eight years for what a judge described as a "truly despicable" plot to abduct her nine-year-old daughter is thought to have been released from prison.

Hood on hand to help champions put down Wolves' rising

Leeds 26 Warrington 18

'Mum, I'm fine': letter from the soldier, 20, who just days later would be dead

Pte Frampton's mother called him her 'little Afghan hero'

Council confirms 600 jobs are to be axed

A council has confirmed it will lose 600 jobs in the coming year as it tries to save millions of pounds from its budget.

Pontefract hospital where Dr Michalak was harassed and falsely accused

£4.5m payout for doctor hounded out of job for having baby

The financial crisis engulfing three hospitals in Yorkshire was dramatically worsened yesterday after an employment tribunal awarded £4.5m compensation to a consultant who was hounded out of her job.

Killeen, second from left, celebrates St Helens' Challenge Cup final win against Wigan in 1966

Len Killeen: Rugby league player who found fame in Britain and Australia

South African rugby union players who made a successful transition to rugby league were not unusual in the 1960s. Where Len Killeen was unique was in the success he achieved on both sides of the world. An accomplished left-winger with the ball in his hands, Killeen had an extra string to his bow. He was many of his contemporaries' choice as the best goal-kicker they ever saw, especially when the pressure was on.

League looks into crowd trouble at Featherstone

The Rugby League has launched an investigation into crowd trouble at the Northern Rail Cup semi-final between Featherstone and Halifax on Thursday.

Chavs: The Demonization of the Working Class, By Owen Jones

The chavs and the chav-nots

Millard fires Dragons to a league double over Wigan

Catalan Dragons 20 Wigan 12
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