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 

Katy Guest: Slip on a tight jumper and you can save a life

We must learn first aid, St John Ambulance says. I did

Tory hopefuls will pocket £500,000 if they become PM

Two Conservative candidates will win £500,000 each if they make it to be Prime Minister after they backed themselves for the top job while they were students, it emerged today.

Why capturing the magic number of seats is harder for the Tories

There is one simple target for Gordon Brown and David Cameron (and, in theory, Nick Clegg) on 6 May. It is to secure at least 326 seats in the next House of Commons. With 650 MPs to be elected, that is the number needed to secure an overall majority of two.

Johnson parts with Bristol City

Gary Johnson has left Bristol City by mutual consent following a disappointing run of form.

Aristocracy of the left turns out for Foot

Gordon Brown leads the tributes at the funeral of 'one of the greatest parliamentarians'

Taarabt keeps Warnock's revival rolling

Queen's Park Rangers 2 Plymouth Argyle 0

Michael Foot: Leftwing fighter who led Labour to poll collapse

Michael Foot was the brilliant left-wing crusader, unequalled in his day as a parliamentarian, who in 1983 led his beloved Labour party to its worst electoral humiliation.

Mother of murder suspect makes emotional plea

The mother of a missing man suspected of murdering his girlfriend and baby daughter broke down yesterday as she made an appeal for him to come forward.

Woman crashed through garage into river

An elderly woman was rescued from her car after she crashed through a garage and into a river, police said today.

Reading's caretaker manager hopeful for job

Brian McDermott has managed one win during his time in temporary charge of Reading, but the nature of that triumph makes impressive reading on a fledgling managerial CV.

Women jailed for child abuse at day nursery

Paedophiles who met via Facebook 'plumbed depths of depravity', judge says

Nursery worker jailed indefinitely

Nursery worker Vanessa George was jailed indefinitely today after she admitted feeding the lust of a Facebook accomplice with sick pictures of children in her care.

Mariner handed reins to try to keep Plymouth shipshape

The former England striker Paul Mariner has taken charge of football activities at Championship strugglers Plymouth Argyle following a management reshuffle.

Mariner takes over as Plymouth boss

Former England striker Paul Mariner has taken charge of football activities at Coca-Cola Championship strugglers Plymouth after they announced a reshuffle of their management team.

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