Woods is back in the swing of things

Speculation of an imminent Tiger Woods return intensified last night after reports that he has summoned his swing coach, Hank Haney, to work with him in Florida.

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10-year-olds deny rape

Two 10-year-old boys denied raping a girl under the age of 13 when they appeared in court today.

Back on course: Tiger plans to return next month in Florida

Woods expected to announce his comeback today at Bay Hill tournament near his home in Orlando

Student jailed for G20 window smashing

A student who threw a computer monitor through a bank window as part of last year's G20 protests was jailed for two-and-a-half years today.

On the Front Foot: Swann is a phenomenon but he is playing to different rules

In Graeme Swann's dramatic rise to the top of his profession the role of leg before wicket has played the most prominent role. Of Swann's 62 wickets, no fewer than 26 have been lbw. At 42 per cent of the total, this is a considerably higher proportion than any other bowler in the game with more than 50 Test wickets. In second place on 34 per cent (that is 58 of his 170 wickets) is the Australian swinger Terry Alderman. Swann has been aided and abetted by a much more flexible interpretation of Law 36 (about time too), his ability to get drift and turn while attacking the stumps, and the decision review system which will play an increasingly significant part in the conduct and outcome of Tests. To compare Swann to other England slow bowlers is to conclude that they must have been playing to different rules. After 14 Tests he already has the third most lbw victims. Other off-spinners include Jim Laker, who had 32 lbw victims in his total of 193, Fred Titmus (23 from 153), John Emburey (16 from 147), Ray Illingworth (12 from 122) and David Allen (nine from 122). No fewer than 37, or 59.7 per cent, of Swann's victims have been left-handers. Benedict Bermange, the Sky Sports statistician, points out that no bowler with more than 40 wickets has dismissed left-handers for more than half of them. Small wonder that when England coach Andy Flower was asked if Swann would have got him out, he replied: "Yes, probably, and probably lbw."

A very merry birthday: The festive season can leave those born on 25 December feeling short-changed

Christmas baby Joanna Biddolph offers a guide to celebrating with sensitivity

Woods delays police questioning over crash

Tiger Woods was facing police questions today after officers investigating the champion golfer's mysterious early morning car crash were denied an interview opportunity for the second day in a row.

Tiger Woods out of hospital following car crash

World number one golfer Tiger Woods has been released from hospital following a car crash, according to US reports tonight.



Osterley Park café, Jersey Road, Isleworth, Middlesex

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Pair charged with attack on homeless man

Two people were charged today with slitting the throat of a homeless man in a horrific street attack.

Drug mule swallowed 106 cocaine packages

A man who swallowed 106 packages of cocaine to smuggle them into the UK was today starting a 10-year jail sentence.

Minister faces inquiry into second home cash claims

MPs join backlash over expenses as committee considers pay reform

Constituent sues MP in 'legal first'

A Government minister is set for a court battle with a war veteran constituent who claims she has failed in her duty to represent him properly in a fight for compensation.

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