New House of Fraser management boosts sales and profits

House of Fraser has delivered a healthy uplift in sales and profits, as the changes made by its new management team bear fruit despite tough trading conditions on the high street.

Mears and Stevens return as Bath battle on two fronts

It is a confusing time of year. Steve Borthwick, the new England captain, played his final game for Bath at the Recreation Ground without realising it, while Lawrence Dallaglio, one of the half-dozen most celebrated players of the professional era, does not know for sure whether he will kiss goodbye to the game he loves at High Wycombe tomorrow or at Twickenham next weekend. Leicester, meanwhile, have flummoxed themselves by qualifying for a Premiership semi-final they publicly declared to be beyond them. Contrary to expectation, not least their own, they may yet retain their title.

Point-to-Point: Green to narrow gap in title race on Just Here

Oliver Greenall is assured of the men's championship as he is 14 winners clear (37 to 23) of James Tudor, but the ladies' title is developing into a close scrap between former holders Polly Gundry and Rachael Green.

The ice breakers: B-boys are taking their craft into top theatres

You might be popping, flaring, waving or freezing. Or maybe you're locking or windmilling, head-spinning or top rocking. All the same, you'd be hip-hop dancing, or b-boying. It's more than a quarter of a century since hip-hop was spawned in New York and the rap music that is its signature in the 21st century is now a multi-million dollar industry, represented by rhyming global superstars who slurp Cristal and drip with jewellery.

Meet the dinner party anti-terror squad

After a series of arrests in their town, the people of High Wycombe have a new weapon in the battle against Britain's cultural divide

Point-to-point: Greenall likely to extend lead

Today's Lady Dudley Cup at Chaddesley Corbett has attracted a higher class field than last year and Irilut, last season's winner, will struggle against Gaelsbob, who is on a roll after completing a hat-trick last week, and Coolefind, who last Saturday made a pleasing comeback from a pulled muscle.

Peter and the Wolf, The Swan, High Wycombe<br/>Carlos in Cuba, Coliseum, London

Who's afraid of a big, bad wolf with shaggy wrists? Not the audience, in this expanded version

Terror suspects 'played tennis amid bomb planning'

Several members of a gang of British Islamic terrorists played tennis together as they finalised their plans to attack transatlantic aircraft, a court heard today.

Juniors&rsquo; tournament 2008

RGS High Wycombe were the winners of the 2008 Juniors’ tournament at Rosslyn Park.

Point-to-Point: Splodge returns to make mark at old haunt

Tomorrow's Blackmore and Sparkford Vale meeting at Charlton Horethorne

Cipriani storm threatens to blow apart England plans

The less England said about Danny Cipriani yesterday – and they went out of their way to say as little as possible about the decision to drop the Wasps prodigy from the team for being spotted and snapped at a Mayfair nightspot in the small hours of Thursday morning – the more the incident dominated the build-up to this afternoon's Calcutta Cup match at Murrayfield. The game is likely to be played in conditions that might have been designed to make life impossible for a full-back. Strange to relate, Cipriani may yet have cause to thank his lucky stars.

House of Fraser reports 2.4 per cent sales boom

House of Fraser delivered a set of sparkling Christmas figures yesterday and helped to spread some cheer in the beleaguered retail sector.

Boxing: Macklin taken to hospital after brutal defeat

Matt Macklin was taken to hospital after suffering a knockout in his challenge for the British light-middleweight title last night at the George Carnall leisure centre in Manchester.

Robson backs McClaren bid to use Venables

Sir Bobby Robson approves of Steve McClaren's attempts to persuade the Football Association to appoint Terry Venables as an adviser to the England team.

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