Hu Yaobang The late reformist leader has been a sensitive figure on the mainland since he was purged in 1987. But state media this week broke with tradition, heaping praise on the former party general secretary on the 24th anniversary of his death. Could it be due to Hu's close relationship with Xi Zhongxun, father of President Xi Jinping? Avery Ng Man-yuen The League of Social Democrats vice-chairman was cleared at Tsuen Wan Court of causing a public nuisance for dropping a T-shirt off a bridge in a gesture of protest during former president Hu Jintao's visit last year. Ng hailed the decision and condemned what he called a "political prosecution". But prosecutors have vowed to appeal. Adam Scott The Australian held his nerve to become the first golfer from Down Under to claim the Masters, the sport's most prestigious prize, in Augusta. Scott overcame Angel Cabrera in a nailbiting play-off with a 12ft putt sealing victory in Augusta - something not even the great Greg Norman ever managed.