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German footballers play by different rules from ours – look at them on the Underground! Tony Paterson in Berlin explains why materialism is a dirty word in the Bundesliga

Audi A6 Allroad 3.0 BiTDI - First Drive

Engine: 3.0-litre V6 biturbo
Transmission: eight-speed tiptronic
Power: 313PS between 3,900rpm 4,500rpm
Torque: 650Nm between 1,450 and 2,800rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 42.2mpg
CO2 emissions: 176g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 5.6 seconds
Price: £49,445; A6 Allroad Avant range from £43,150

Sport In Brief: Rising Welsh star of rallying dies after crashing during Sicily event

Gareth Roberts, who had been tipped for great things in the world of rallying, died after the car in which he was co-driver crashed during the Targo Florio rally in Sicily.

Audi RS 4 Avant - First Drive

Engine: 4.2-litre normally aspirated V8 petrol
Transmission: seven-speed S-Tronic automated manual
Power: 450PS at 8,250rpm
Torque: 430Nm between 4,000 and 6,000rpm
Fuel consumption (combined cycle): 26.4mpg
CO2 emissions: 249g/km
Top speed: artificially limited to 155mph, option to increase governed top speed to 174mph
Acceleration (0-62 mph): 4.7 seconds
Price: from £54,925

Stoke City's Jermaine Pennant charged with drink-driving after car crash

Premier League footballer Jermaine Pennant has been charged with drink-driving.

VW's Audi division buys Ducati motorcycles

Volkswagen's Audi unit is to buy the Italian high-performance motorcycle maker Ducati from Investindustrial Group. The move gives VW another glossy brand to go with its Lamborghini, Bugatti and Bentley luxury car makers.

Ian Burrell: The secret weapons of the most powerful woman in media

Karen Blackett is star-spotting over afternoon tea in London's Wolseley restaurant. She picks out Dennis Wise, the diminutive former England midfielder and David Dein, one-time Arsenal vice-chairman. But maybe the stars should be spotting Blackett, who has £1bn a year to spend.

Got those Cardiff blues: Three experienced coaches have failed to tame the beast in Gavin Henson; he just could not and would not do what he was told

David Flatman: Some role models fall short – why does it make us angry?

From the Front Row: Rehabilitation won't take place in rugby - it is just too public and too brutal

China's luxury cars appetite lifts GKN

Strong sales of luxury cars in China have helped the car and plane parts maker GKN to a 15 per cent jump in profits for 2011.

Audi Q3

This small Audi SUV lacks style but oozes class

Audi A6 Avant

Audi A6 Avant - iDrive

'More luxury jet than family car – with the price tag to match'

Britain leads Star class world championship

Britain leads the Star class world championship, one of 10 being contested off Fremantle, W. Australia, as reigning Olympic gold medallists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson have been the most consistent of the 41 with a scoreline of 4,3,5,4.

Luke Patience (left) and Stuart Bithell revel in conditions in which they scored three wins and went to the top of the 470 table at the world championships of sailing off Fremantle, W Australia

Shark sighting hurries World Championship racing

A shark sighted close inshore led to a hurried morning meeting of leaders from the 78 countries and 1,100 competitors taking part in the world championships of sailing.

Bribon remains at top of Audi MedCup leaderboard

Nip and tuck all the way, the fan master in the sky pressed the on button, produced a steadily strengthening breeze, and set up some furiously close racing, three of them, on the third day of the Murcia trophy. He also brought a ration of woe.

Light winds affect Audi MedCup once more

Off to a bad start on the opening day of the Audi MedCup regatta in Cartagena, Spain, the British-based TP52 Rán, owned by Skype founder Niklas Zennström, added a couple more on a second day delayed by light wind.

Light winds benefit specialists in Audi MedCup

The light air specialists came through strongly in the opening race of the fourth regatta for the Murcia Trophy in the Audi MedCup series, but it was a day to put in the bin for Niklas Zennström’s south coast-based Rán team.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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