Pensioner jailed for smuggling heroin

A pensioner has been jailed for five years for attempting to smuggle almost £100,000 worth of heroin into Britain.

Mac McGann: Folk musician in the vanguard of the singer-songwriter movement

Michael "Mac" McGann was a folk singer and songwriter, a unique guitarist, barrelhouse blues pianist, harmonica player, graphic artist, wood carver and cartoonist. He was best-known for his live performances in pubs and clubs around London alongside guitarists and singers who would become more famous – including John Martyn, John Renbourn, Ralph McTell and the "King of the Buskers" Don Partridge. McGann co-founded several folk bands, including the Levee Breakers in the 1960s with the 12-string guitarist Johnny Joyce and singer Beverley Kutner (later to become Beverley Martyn). They were a breakthrough outfit who became a major influence on McTell and such folk groups as Pentangle, with Renbourn and Bert Jantsch, and later the Incredible String Band.

Woods signals intent with improved finish

It may be premature to announce "he's back", but there was no denying that Tiger Woods was at least worthy of his traditional Sunday shirt colour yesterday. With a deep-in-the-red 66, the former world No 1 produced his best final round in any tournament since he returned from the sex scandal to gain his highest placing of the season at the WGC Cadillac Championship.

Tiger can end drought here, says ex-coach

Not since he stunned the world as a 21-year-old has Tiger Woods been so unfancied to win a golf tournament. That is the opinion of the bookmakers, who have the former world No 1 as a 14-1 shot to prevail here at the Accenture Match Play Championship. It happens to be the longest price on Woods for 14 years and more than 250 events.

Sky take further action in Sian Massey row

The controversy surrounding comments by Sky Sports presenters Richard Keys and Andy Gray took a new twist today when reporter Andy Burton was disciplined for referring to assistant referee Sian Massey as a "bit of a looker".

Family trio sentenced for £500,000 charity fraud

Three family members were sentenced today for defrauding charities of more than £500,000 by applying for funding for spurious projects.

Girl, 11, killed by sports speedboat

A girl aged 11 girl died after she fell off an inflatable banana water-sled and was struck by a speedboat. Marie-Simone Cronje had been on a weekend day out in a lake at the Princes sports club, near Feltham, west London. She died from her injuries in hospital in Isleworth.

Battle of Britain: 'Take off, shoot, land, sleep, take off again ...'

Kate Youde hears the stories of fighter pilots, Waaf plotters, a stretcher bearer, code breaker and telephone operator who took part on 15 September 1940, the day the tide turned

Two charged in supercar crash

Two men from the United Arab Emirates were arrested after a supercar span out of control and crashed into four other vehicles, police in central London said.

Three convicted of £500,000 charity fraud

Three Congolese immigrants were convicted today of conning a host of high profile charities out of more than £500,000.

Missing boy aged three found safe and well

A three-year-old boy who went missing more than a week ago was found safe and well, police said.

Woods sneaks off to Augusta to fine tune his comeback swing

World No 1 serves Masters warning to rivals with intense 72-hole practice session

Woods' return could be revealed this week

Tiger Woods is expected to announce in the next few days when and where he plans to end his "indefinite break" from golf. Last night the commissioner of the PGA Tour, Tim Finchem, revealed that the world No 1 has promised to give them early notice at which tournament he will return. Finchem also reiterated his belief that "we will know soon".

Woods employs President’s adviser to plan for return

Tiger Woods has called in the former press secretary to President George W Bush to prepare him for his competitive comeback at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in less than two weeks’ time, it was reported last night.

O'Meara hints at Woods return

As if the speculation of an imminent Tiger Woods return needed any more bolstering Mark O'Meara last night said he “would not be surprised” if the world No1 decides to play on his team at the Tavistock Cup in 12 days time.

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