This is the weekend for...Getting ready for autumn

As members of the Ryder Cup team and the drenched spectators not watching golf at Celtic Manor will testify, the weather this weekend has taken a turn for the worse.

Johnson makes most of chance to blunt Blades

Leeds United 1 Sheffield United 0

Drug wars on hold as party spirit takes over Mexico

Mexico looked beyond its drug war to throw a 200th birthday bash celebrating a proud history, whimsical culture and resilience, embodied in the traditional independence cry: "Viva Mexico!"

Net Gains: Helfant sets off fireworks with bid to extend off-season by three weeks

Adam Helfant, the executive chairman of the Association of Tennis Professionals, has kept a low profile since stepping into the job last year and built a reputation as a cool and calm administrator. However, the American could set off some fireworks when the ATP, who run the men's tour, decides later this year whether to make changes to the tournament schedule.

Perseid meteor shower peaks

Shooting stars are set to provide a dazzling display of celestial fireworks tonight. Experts said the annual Perseid meteor shower would be one of the most spectacular in recent years.

The Stars: August

In 1974, Frank Drake, director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, had completed the task of resurfacing the world's biggest radio telescope. This enormous dish, 300 metres across, was now the most powerful on Earth. How to celebrate its switch-on?

The Big Picture: No fireworks on the pitch but fans bring colour to terraces

Despite the stellar cast list – Ronaldo, Luis Fabiano, Maicon, Simao – the much-anticipated Group G meeting of Brazil and Portugal in Durban yesterday was something of an anticlimax, finishing as it did in a goalless draw.

Green Day, Wembley Stadium, London

Fiery rockers slam-dunk the punk

Britten Sinfonia/Aimard, Aldeburgh

Although the Aldeburgh Festival has an obviously intelligent artistic director in Pierre-Laurent Aimard, it was three days before a cogently planned event took place in the riverside hall at Snape. Despite the inclusion of several interesting items in preceding concerts, there was a glaring lack of focus. It wasn't until the appearance of the legendary Leon Fleisher, and his wife Katherine Jacobson Fleisher, with a fascinating and well thought-through recital for two and four hands at one piano, that the festival achieved lift-off.

Teenage bullies jailed for firework attack death

Three teenagers who killed a woman by pushing a firework through her letterbox following a string of bullying attacks on her son were jailed today.

Thai government shows protesters' arsenal

Thai officials today revealed a large cache of weapons confiscated from the stronghold of protesters cleared from the heart of Bangkok in a military operation that ended a two-month standoff that left at least 85 dead.

Mother killed by gang's firework 'prank'

A teenage gang killed a mother in a prank by pushing a lit firework through her letterbox after a string of bullying attacks on her son, a court heard today.

A Gambling Man, By Jenny Uglow

As a clapped out-regime falls apart, "a young, charismatic man is called to power". But what happens when "the fireworks fade and the euphoria cools"? Jenny Uglow, the learned, stylish doyenne of biographers, turns her hand to Charles II and the decade after his 1660 Restoration.

Leading article: Political battle

Here in Britain, we often talk about the "aggressive" and "confrontational" atmosphere of the House of Commons during Prime Ministers' Questions. But the reality is that the gravest injury one of our politicians is likely to suffer is a psychological wounding from a rhetorical barb, or perhaps a paper cut from a vigorously-waved order paper.

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