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.

Australian McKinnon to join Hull

Hull have clinched the signing of the Australian full-back Wade McKinnon from Wests Tigers. The 30-year-old former New Zealand Warriors, Parramatta and South Sydney player will arrive next season on a three-year contract, having been released from the final year of his deal with his present club.

Welham the star as Hull KR rout Bulls with eight-try salvo

Hull KR 46 Bradford 18

Huddersfield survive scare against Batley

Huddersfield, twice finalists in recent years, were the Super League side to suffer the biggest scare in yesterday's Challenge Cup ties.

Crusaders take two steps on right road

Crusaders might be at the foot of the Super League table, but they have made what their coach, Iestyn Harris, says are a couple of steps in the right direction. Harris believes the long-term future for the Wrexham-based club lies in recruiting young British players. If they happen to be Welsh-qualified, like the former St Helens and Warrington second-rower Andy Bracek, so much the better.

Crusaders hand Tansey chance to make Super League comeback

Jordan Tansey is in line to make his debut for Crusaders this weekend after being offered a Super League lifeline.

MP told to apologise for insurance claim

A former Government minister was told today to apologise to Parliament for claiming expenses to cover the cost of insuring his wife's £8,000 engagement ring.

One game too far for Scorpions' season

Rochdale Hornets 60 South Wales Scorpions 26

Richards runs Bulls ragged as Wigan enjoy a lap of honour

Wigan 34 Bradford 12

Man in court accused of throwing egg at peer

A man accused of pelting Baroness Warsi with eggs will appear in court today.

Small-time club relishes place in the big time

No matter how hard their coach tries to make it a normal match-day, today is a huge occasion for the ultimate small-town club.

Shannon Matthews case workers escape censure

Social Services did not fail Shannon Matthews because her abduction in a plot hatched by her mother to claim a £50,000 reward from a newspaper could not have been foreseen, an official report into the case has concluded.

Officials 'could not have foreseen Shannon abduction'

Social workers and other agencies which worked with Shannon Matthews' family for 13 years could not have prevented her abduction by her own family, a report said today.

Timeline of Shannon Matthews disappearance

Here are the key dates and times in the story of the disappearance of Shannon Matthews.

Man charged over eggs thrown at Baroness Warsi

A man has been charged with a public order offence after Baroness Warsi was pelted with eggs in the street, police said today.

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