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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

Brian Viner: If the best tales are often urban myths, it's best to tell them as if they're true

The grand old man of English cricket, Sir Alec Bedser, died on Sunday. The obituaries have been extensive and properly reverential, so it falls to me to tell one of my all-time favourite stories of misunderstanding, featuring Bedser and his international teammate, the sublimely named Jack Crapp.

Audi to show off Mini rival at Geneva

Audi will launch its Mini-rivalling A1 at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. Unlike the Mini, Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Beetle, though, Audi's new small car won't be a retro design – mainly, perhaps, because there isn't much of a tradition of distinctive small Audis to draw upon.

BMW 5 Series

The new 5 Series is too anodyne for its own good

Three held over man's murder

Three people were being questioned today in connection with the murder and abduction of a man found collapsed in the street suffering from fatal injuries.

Car Choice: Something elegant and sporty, with room for a border collie

Sharon Finch is looking to replace her Ford Puma with something similar which is also elegant, sporty, has good performance, is very responsive, and is not too big. Sharon says the Puma is easy to park, but she does not want a Mini. Style is the most important factor – although a border collie occasionally needs a seat. Sharon has up to £20,000 to spend. Her mileage is on the low side, running at 7,500 miles a year around the M25.

Britain's America's Cup challenge team step up involvement

The pace is quickening at Britain's America's Cup challenge team with an announcement expected tomorrow that not only has its entry as a preferential shareholder in the Louis Vuitton World Series been confirmed but that Team Origin's America's Cup class yacht, GBR75, will be one of four boats to be used at the inaugural regatta in Nice in November.

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Britain's sailors take seven medals

Britain’s Olympic sailors gave notice of continuing success in the build-up to 2012, taking seven medals in the finals of the Skandia Sail for Gold regatta in Weymouth today.

Britons dominate leaderboard in Weymouth

Windy Weymouth set some testing conditions for the second day of the Skandia Sail for Gold Olympic regatta. Lifejackets were compulsory, racing for the high performance 49ers was abandoned, and the damage-prone Star boats were brought in after one race.

Man aged 24 abducted and killed

A 24-year-old man was abducted by a group of men and murdered, Scotland Yard said today.

Audi makes miniscule alteration to corporate logo

This is the new Audi badge - spot the difference if you can. Apparently it's supposed to have a slightly “3D” appearance compared with the old one. But while this latest alteration is rather boring, the basic four-ring emblem itself has an interesting history.

Kia prepares handsome new big saloon – but not for Britain

Kia has just released the first pictures of its smart new large luxury saloon, which is known at present only by its development code name, VG. If its styling really is as good as the initial images suggest, Kia can look forward to substantially increased sales in this segment, because looks-wise, this car's predecessor, the Opirus, was not so much VG as NBG.

Schiaparelli should prove the class act on parade for Cup

It might be sponsored by Coutts, but this is the least distinguished rabble to contest the Goodwood Cup in many years. We know that Yeats owes his unprecedented four Gold Cups not just to his undoubted class, but also to the dearth of competent opposition. In his absence today, Patkai would have been hot favourite, having pulled 15 lengths clear of the third at Ascot – but he is not here, either. In fact, the form is "represented" only by Centennial, who was tailed off and last to finish.

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Audi star McNish fears power shift at Le Mans

They may not be ringing the changes as dramatically as in Formula One, but Audi could be the victims of a power shift at Le Mans this weekend.

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