News Sunbathers in St James Park, London, as much of Britain is bathed in sunshine

Heavy downpours might have blighted the start of the Bank Holiday weekend for some, but tomorrow the whole country will once again be bathed in sunshine.

Poulter's rollercoaster back on the right track

There is only one thing worse than not getting to play in the Masters and that is only getting to play for two days.

Mobsters on a mission: How Japan's mafia launched an aid effort

Just hours after the worst earthquake in a generation plunged Japan into crisis, the nation's mafia sprang into action. So began the yakuza relief effort

The strangest red card ever? Neymar sent off for putting on mask of himself

Wayne Rooney may be feeling hard done by after being handed a two-match ban for foul language, but he can consider himself fortunate next to Brazilian prodigy Neymar. The striker was sent off on Wednesday for marking a goal by wearing a mask – of his own face.

The Hacker: Arrested development after police inspector lays down law

Among the tell-tale signs of approaching spring last week were daffodils, crocuses, primroses and an old fool proving once more how treacherous it is to emerge from a long winter feeling as if the green shoots of improvement are creeping up your trouser leg.

Jessie J, Scala, London<br/>Richard Thompson, Royal Festival Hall, London

The industry insiders' current favourite seems to have come from nowhere, and it's difficult to see what else is there besides her kooky image

The Hacker: Sad when we can only push trolleys round supermarkets

The devil makes work for idle hands to do and I've seen more hackers pushing trolleys around Tesco over the past week than I normally see on the golf course – and they are not very good at letting people through there, either.

The ex-mistresses club celebrates Tiger 'anniversary'

Three of the golfer's former lovers hold a party to mark their part in his continuing downfall

The Hacker: Hunter's flop is horrible... but he is welcome to join our club

Even hackers found a place in that glorious Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor last week. None of us were playing, of course, because we don't go in for that sort of thing, but a few shots were stolen from our repertoire. None more telling than Hunter Mahan's chip on the 17th in the final game on Monday which flopped sadly short of the green from about 10 yards away.

Rocca warns of losing focus in the rain delays

Constantino Rocca, who featured in three Ryder Cups, said the players will struggle to keep their focus if further rain hampers play at Celtic Manor.

Woods imparts knowledge to partner Mahan

Tiger Woods went from pupil to teacher today during the first practice round for the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor.

Mary Ann Sieghart: Blair has much to teach his successors

You have to be prepared to let your advisers go when they've had enough. This was the mistake he made with both Alastair Campbell and Anji Hunter and he regretted it

Man dies after US police station shoot-out

A 29-year-old man towed a trailer full of explosives into a suburban Dallas police station's parking lot, then set fire to his pick-up truck and began shooting at the building, authorities said today.

NET debuts on AIM to raise &#163;5m

New Energy Technologies, a wood- chips-to-pellets supplier to the power industry, is planning its debut on the Alternate Investment Market next month to raise £5m tfor new plants.

Roddick through after serve and volley switch

Andy Roddick knew what to expect from Frenchman Michael Llodra, he just had to mimic him to keep his Wimbledon bid on track today.

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