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Round-up: Warrington crush Bulls with 12-try hammering

Warrington were back to their destructive best with a 64-6 annihilation of Bradford yesterday.

Little Dragon - Time to hear Sweden's cult favourites roar

They've toured and recorded with Gorillaz – now Little Dragon are poised to make an overdue breakthrough, says Elisa Bray

'Sea dragon' ventures 5,000m below sea to find jewels of the deep

China leads the way as discovery of rare-earth metals on floor of the Pacific Ocean triggers race to the bottom

Wasps role delights ex-Dragon Turner

Wasps' director of rugby, Dai Young, has made the Newport-Gwent Dragons' former head coach Paul Turner an attack and skills coach. The 51-year-old is Young's first appointment after arriving at Adams Park in June.

Album: Little Dragon, Ritual Union (Peacefrog)

The idea of setting the human against the robotic has provided electronic pop with a rich seam of inspiration ever since Yazoo. In recent years, few acts have carried it off with greater style than this Swedish-Japanese quartet.

A Dance with Dragons, By George RR Martin

It is hard to accept that something that enormous and that popular can be as good as people tell you it is. A Song of Ice and Fire, George RR Martin's vast fantasy epic – simply reading that phrase will close some minds instantly – has been appearing at irregular intervals since 1996. It is now being adapted as a television series. The first season, A Game of Thrones, recently aired on HBO and Sky Atlantic.

Album: Little Dragon, Ritual Union (Peace Frog)

Collaborations with Gorillaz and Big Boi have made the Swedish quartet Little Dragon one of the more intriguing new prospects, arousing an interest which the piquant electro-soul stylings of Ritual Union more than bear out.

Round-up: Hull KR ruin Parish's big day to keep play-off hopes alive

Salford failed to welcome their new coach Matt Parish with a win at Hull KR yesterday. Vinnie Anderson gave them a first-half lead but Ben Galea and Matt Cook tries steered Rovers to a 21-8 victory that keeps them challenging for a top-eight place.

Crusaders punish seven over drinking

Crusaders have suspended seven players for breaking the club's rules on drinking. Jason Chan, Gil Dudson, Richard Moore, Peter Lupton, Jarrod Sammut, Jordan Tansey and Lloyd White are all out of the squad to play Hull KR tomorrow.

Dave Hadfield: The in-flight reading habits of the Catalan Dragons

Those of you who follow this thread – don’t laugh, there are such people – will be glad to hear that I have learned a good deal more about the in-flight reading habits of the Catalan Dragons.

Old man Menzies guides Dragons past eager Bulls

Bradford Bulls 28 Catalan Dragons 34

Millard decides to remain with Dragons

Daryl Millard has committed his immediate future to Catalan Dragons.

Striker Ji Dong-won set for Sunderland

Ji Dong-won is set to become the eighth South Korean to move to the Premier League after his K-League club Chunnam Dragons announced today that the striker has reached a deal with Sunderland.

Hull hit Bradford's hopes of climbing

Bradford missed the chance to break into Super League's top eight for the first time this season when they lost 28-14 at home to Hull yesterday.

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