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 

ELO man's hay-bale death to go to trial

Two men are to stand trial after a founder member of the 1970s rock group Electric Light Orchestra was killed by a giant rolling hay bale.

Football in Brief: Season over for Frimpong; Stoke appeal over Huth red card; Plymouth probe racism allegation

The Wolves midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong is returning to Arsenal after his loan spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers was cut short by a serious knee injury that has ended his season.

Phil Brown, who has left Preston

Preston show exit to Brown after poor run

Preston North End have parted company with manager Phil Brown after less than a year in charge at Deepdale. Brown, 52, who had guided Hull City into the Premier League via the play-offs in 2008, was appointed in January but was unable to save them from relegation from the Championship.

Hunt names 20 local TV areas

Twenty cities likely to launch local TV services have been named by Jeremy Hunt, the Culture Secretary.

Ridsdale joins as Preston chairman

Preston North End have appointed Peter Ridsdale as their new chairman.

Johnny Williams: Footballer and Plymouth Argyle stalwart of the 1950s and '60s

Johnny Williams cut a majestic figure as he bestrode the Plymouth Argyle midfield for 11 seasons from the middle 1950s, surging forward with a dignity and style which called to mind some Atlantic-bound ship in full sail departing the city's historic harbour.

Skeletons reveal sailors' grisly deaths

Botched amputations and scurvy are among the grim realities of naval life during the Napoleonic Wars revealed by a scientific examination of skeletons buried in three Royal Navy graveyards.

Leader who shot polar bear has op

A leader of the Arctic expedition in which a British public schoolboy was mauled to death by a polar bear is to undergo surgery.

Operation for man who shot polar bear

One of the leaders of the Arctic expedition in which a British public schoolboy was mauled to death by a polar bear is to undergo surgery today.

11-year-old girl in Facebook riot plot

An 11-year-old girl has been told off by police after being involved in a Facebook plot to encourage people to riot.

Norway bear tragedy expedition called off

Plans were being made today for an expedition party to return to the UK after a 17-year-old boy was killed by a polar bear in Norway.

Polar bear killer hailed as a hero

The man who shot the polar bear that killed a schoolboy and savaged four others in Norway has been hailed as a hero.

Orville finally takes flight

Remember the little green bird? And his plaintive little song about his flightless state? Well, at last Keith Harris's feathery friend gets his wish

Man charged by police investigating double killing

A man has been charged by police investigating the disappearance of two men in June.

Police find body and van in double murder case

Police investigating the murders of two men who disappeared in June have found at least one body and a van buried on farmland.

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Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
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Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
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Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

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