Sport First home. The Swiss-owned 131-foot trimaran Spindrift, co-skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard, ghosts across the finish line off the breakwater in Plymouth having completed the 611-mile Rolex Fastnet Race from Cowes in 38hr 53min 58sec.

Skippered by Dona Bertarelli and Yann Guichard Spindrift completes the Rolex Fastnet Race in 38hr 53min 58sec 

Plymouth police taser man with Samurai sword

A mental health patient given home leave after being declared “no risk” was later found by police brandishing a Samurai sword in the street.

Synchronised swimming duo Olivia Federici and Jenna Randall

Team GB's synchronised pair Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici continue Olympic campaign

Team GB's synchronised swimming duo Jenna Randall and Olivia Federici will be competing today and hoping to prove that their sport is more than just "splashing around in the pool". 

Hockey: Controversial Falklands film ramps up tensions ahead of Argentina clash with Team GB

A tasteless promotional film has added to the rivalry between Great Britain and Argentina ahead of tonight's men's match.

The pressure is on: Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley

Beijing water baby Adlington ready for her next big splash tonight

Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley are hardly alike but both thrive when the pressure is on

Flood warning for Devon after torrential downpours

The South West was hit by torrential downpours overnight, as one river was given the highest grade flood warning and the heavy rain continues to wreak havoc.

Kurt Perschke pushes a giant ball into Paignton's esplanade

Coming soon to a public space near you – a big red ball

A New York artist is the latest to bring his witty works to our streets

Olympic torchbearers cash in by selling torches on eBay

Olympic torchbearers have cashed in on their once-in-a-lifetime privilege by selling their torches on eBay.

Two torch bearers pass-over the flame as they pass through Newquay, Cornwall

Sale of Olympic torches on eBay ignites controversy

70 police officers to guard one little flame might seem excessive, but the seven and a half thousand Olympic torch bearers still to run will no doubt be glad of the protection, after it has emerged that the torches they will carry have a street value of more than £100,000.

Labour leader Ed Miliband greets supporters in Birmingham – but was hit by an egg in Southampton

Labour takes power across country – and Miliband tightens grip on party

Leader's position secure after difficult spell in charge as more than 800 council seats are won

Warship sets sail for Falklands

Crowds of people gathered today to wave off one of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships as it set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

Warship set to sail to Falklands

One of the Royal Navy's newest and most powerful warships is to set sail for the Falkland Islands a day before the 30th anniversary of the British task force setting sail for war.

Man found guilty of impersonating barrister in court

A man has been found guilty of impersonating a qualified barrister at crown court after he donned a wig and robe to represent a friend he met in prison.

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Tom Daley

Tom Daley told to put medals before media

Tom Daley faces missing out on an Olympic medal unless he reduces his media commitments, according to British Diving's performance director Alexei Evangulov.

Members of the USA Olympic diving team have been making a splash while training at Ponds Forge swimming pool in Sheffield

Lane closed – the US Olympic diving team is over here already

It is an afternoon session at Sheffield's council-run Ponds Forge pool, and the usual flotilla of keep-fit swimmers is determinedly groping its way up and down the lanes.

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