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 

Arrow: Soca singer who came to worldwide fame with his hit 'Hot, Hot, Hot'

Alphonsus Cassell, better-known as "Arrow" or "The Mighty Arrow", was considered the king of soca (soul-calypso) music, taking the traditional Caribbean calypso to a worldwide audience with the upbeat addition of soul, merengue, salsa, rock, zouk, reggae and hip-hop influences. His self-penned 1980s hit "Hot, Hot, Hot" became one of the most-played songs ever – from beaches and cruise ships to discos and wedding receptions – and has been recorded in more than a dozen languages, including Hindi.

IoS letters, emails & online postings (12 September 2010)

Emily Dugan's excellent article uncovers the tip of an iceberg ("Our patronising approach to 10 million Britons", 5 September). As one of the 50 per cent of disabled people in employment, I expected to work until I was 60. A few months before retirement, I was advised by doctors to discontinue working. My employer chose to accept the advice of the pension fund's consultant, who, having seen me for an hour at most, felt that I was using my disability manipulatively, rather than that of three doctors, two of whom had know me for a combined total of almost 50 years.

Susie Rushton: A lesson needed in lightening up

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Probe launched after death paraglider

A paraglider died after falling 150ft near cliffs, the Coastguard said.

Are we losing the fight to save our hedgerows?

A decade after the first legal moves to protect them, they are still under attack – and now they could fall victim to spending cuts

Torrential rain hits Britain

Parts of Britain were hit by torrential rain and gale force winds today as summer looked to have come to a rude end.

Poll: more councils cutting speed cameras

A growing number of local authorities in England have switched off some of their speed cameras due to cuts to central government funding, according to a new survey.

Pilgrims progress shocks Saints

Southampton 0 Plymouth Argyle 1

Another crown for beauty queen stripped of title

A beauty queen who was stripped of her title after lying about her age was today celebrating another crown.

Peter Reid named as Plymouth boss

Peter Reid has returned to football management after being confirmed as the new boss of League One side Plymouth.

Navy wren jailed for smuggling £2m of cocaine on warship

A Royal Navy wren who came to Britain as an asylum seeker was jailed for seven-and-a-half years today for smuggling £2 million worth of cocaine into the UK on board a warship.

Woman 'sexually assaulted' in nightclub toilet

Witnesses to a sexual assault in Plymouth have been asked to come forward, police in the city have said.

Irish pay for Heaslip's moment of madness

New Zealand 66 Ireland 28

Girl, two, falls under car wheel

A two-year-old girl was seriously ill in hospital today after falling under the front wheel of a moving car.

Woman injured by falling nightclub sign

A woman was freed by passers-by from beneath a nightclub's 30ft-long sign after it fell on top of her, police said.

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A descent into madness in America's heartlands

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BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
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Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

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The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

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