Parliament released new documents Tuesday that cast doubt on the veracity of testimony given to lawmakers last month by James Murdoch, the son and heir apparent to Rupert Murdoch's media empire, about News International's role in the phone hacking scandal.
Phone hacking was "widely discussed" at News of the World, the royal correspondent jailed and sacked for the practice wrote in 2007, according to documents released Tuesday by a Parliament committee investigating the scandal.
Seated side by side, News Corp. magnate Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, told British lawmakers Tuesday they were not to blame in a burgeoning scandal that has raised questions of how much top executives knew about illegal phone hacking and when.
Roy Hodgson arrived at Fulham in 2007 without much fanfare. He was regarded, probably largely because of an unhappy spell at Blackburn Rovers, as a mediocre manager who'd had reasonable success abroad with a string of mid-ranked countries -- Finland, Switzerland, Sweden -- but who couldn't really cut it at the highest level. His two years of rebuilding work at Internazionale in the 1990s, in which the Italian club finished seventh and third and reached the final of the UEFA Cup, was broadly ignored.
Two very different thoughts crossed my mind when I heard the cringe-worthy Tiger Woods voice message left on the phone of a woman named Jaimee Grubbs. For those of you who have not heard the message, here it is in verse:
College admissions are competitive, and not just from the student's side. Sure, sometimes it's hard to get into the college of your choice, but the schools are fighting just as hard to lure in top applicants.
AUGUSTA, Ga., April 8 -- How can it be? How can it be that a bunch of world-class talents -- Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Chad Campbell, Robert Allenby and Steve Stricker, among others -- didn't make the cut at the Masters this year, but a foursome of graybeard former champions did?
Augusta, Ga., April 7, 2007 -- By PGA Tour standards, Vijay Singh is an old man. At 44 in the Age of Tiger Woods, he should be counting his pension assets and preparing to break Hale Irwin's Champions Tour record of 45 wins. He shouldn't be staying on the range all hours of the night, making busy work for the Augusta National grounds crew.
AUGUSTA, Ga.(AP) Last year's Ryder Cup rookies were this year's early leaders at the Masters. Zach Johnson and Henrik Stenson were among the few players shooting under par Thursday during a slow start at Augusta.
My Friday 7:10 a.m. tee time -- first group, first round -- was fast approaching, and there was no daylight in the sky, and now in the clubhouse dining room Fuzzy Zoeller was asking if he could join me for breakfast. Zoeller, winner of the 1979 Masters and the '84 U.S. Open, a man who makes everything look easy, asking me, your garden-variety duffer with a golfing nervous disorder, if he could sit down with me.
Tom Watson and Bill Murray each broke through at the Outback Steakhouse Pro-Am at the TPC Tampa Bay, but it was a case of something old and something new. Murray, playing with his regular straight man, Scott Simpson, tried the latter. He charged $50 a pop to professional autograph collectors seeking his signature on Caddyshack glossies and posters. At the awards ceremony he turned over his wad -- $900 -- to Jan Horn, the founder of the Clearwater charity Blooming Place for Kids. It was the first time Murray and Simpson had won a pro-am together after dozens of tries. The 57-year-old Watson, invigorated by his fine play at Pebble Beach the week before (19th overall, second in the pro-am), looked like his former self, carving shots in a Tampa wind that at times was arctic to get his first win in Florida in 94 pro starts in the state. Jay Haas, who is 0 for 105 in Florida, finished second. No word on whether Haas will sell autographs the next time he plays there.... Watson will skip this year's British Open
1. Phil Mickelson After a month of playing his way into shape, he was in complete control of his game -- physical and mental -- during a dominant win at Pebble Beach. He and Tiger Woods obviously have different ways of preparing, but the destination is the same. I can't wait to see them get it on at Augusta.
Trying to quell politically damaging turmoil snowballing within the ranks of his own Labor Party, British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to announce Thursday that he will leave office within a year.
Augusta. St. Andrews. Pebble Beach. For most golfers, those three courses represent the sacred trinity of 18-hole layouts. Play one and consider yourself among the truly fortunate. Play all three? Welcome to duffer nirvana.