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Intensity, passion, scale and a sincere rapport with his audience are the hallmarks of Bruce Springsteen's finest shows. As the singer's Glastonbury debut approaches, Andy Gill celebrates a great American star and performer

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A German man who posed as a member of America's wealthy Rockefeller family was convicted by a jury today of kidnapping his young daughter in Boston last year following a bitter divorce.

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Moss Bros, the branded suit specialist, posted a widening loss of £9m in the year to the end of January, but said suit sales had rebounded recently as British office workers smarten up during the recession.

Peter Bills: Referees must punish cheats

When, oh when, will rugby’s referees take off their kid gloves and sort out the mess at the breakdown?

Ruck and Maul: Twickenham embraces steamy new tales of rugby in the raw

Yes, it is now official, the game has gone completely professional and, in fact, is almost joining the oldest profession. The Rugby Football Union have climbed into bed not with a couple of half-backs, but with Mills & Boon. "No Knickers at Twickers" was the headline of the email flashed from the RFU informing us that they have "teamed up with the world's biggest romance publisher to produce eight raunchy tales from the touchline, including 'The Virgin Secretary's Impossible Boss' and 'The Prince's Waitress Wife'". Had it been 1 April you would have had second thoughts. Is Francis Baron, the RFU's chief executive, being fingered here? Not likely. Nevertheless, it's an intriguing scenario. What's next? A film called 'Carry on Up The Cabbage Patch?' "A steamy series of rugby romances will hit the shelves next month," Jane Barron, the RFU licensing and marketing manager, said. "Rugby has always been a game enjoyed by women, and a partnership with Mills & Boon is a fantastic way to encourage even more women and their families to get involved." Indeed. Publication will coincide with the start of the Six Nations' Championship, offering "great rugby moments and brooding alpha-male sporting heroes... plus a little added ruck and maul." Well, for our part, Ruck and Maul would be willing to lend a hand,but we're tasteful and we're not cheap.

Disintegrated sail ends Malbon’s debut journey in the Vendée Globe

Britsh solo sailor Jonny Malbon yesterday became the 16th of the original 30 starters to pull out of the non-stop Vendée Globe round the world race.

Thomson's Vendee Globe bid hits trouble

Down but not out, a dejected Alex Thomson was nursing his 60-foot Hugo Boss back to the French Atlantic coast port of Les Sables d'Olonne yesterday, not knowing if he had a chance of rejoining the Vendee Globe singlehanded round the world race.

Thomson suffers as storms batter Globe racers

A wild and bumpy second night saw Britain's Alex Thomson reporting structural damage to Hugo Boss when lying ninth and two of the Vendée Globe singlehanders dismasted as the non-stop round the world race turned into a demolition Derby, hit by 50-knot winds and big seas yesterday.

Fishing boat dismasts Thomson's Hugo Boss

The bad luck which seems to dog British singlehanded sailor Alex Thomson struck again in the early hours this morning when his Open 60, Hugo Boss, was rammed by a French fishing boat just two miles off Les Sables d'Olonne.

Philip Mountford: Moss Bros chief must move quickly to keep pace with high-street fashions

Like his Vespa scooter, Philip Mountford must be adaptable and nimble to deal with today's challenging retail scene

British Vendée Globe hopes on show

Record-breaking will be on the agenda today as a clutch of Open 60s joins Skandia Cowes Week for a 50-mile dash round the Isle of Wight.

Hamilton takes cover after racing into Atomic collision

Britain's middle order racing sailors will have to be at their best this week if they are to see the union flag fluttering proudly in the Rolex Commodores' Cup off Cowes this week. With conditions indicating near-perfect racing, any errors will be severely punished.

Problems for Malbon as he asks for deadline extension

Fighting to put a €5m singlehanded ocean racing campaign back on track, Johnny Malbon was yesterday on a training run in the Atlantic aboard his new Open 60, Artemis.

Pandora: Dave gets shirty over order to undress

This month's edition of the men's magazine GQ carries a 22-page photoshoot by David Bailey, featuring the nation's leading political movers. The Foreign Secretary David Miliband – spotted at the weekend vainly trying to coax his three-year-old son back on to his bicycle – stares steely-eyed from the glossy pages, flecks of grey in his hair. The small print reveals that Miliband, the son of a Marxist theorist, wore a £495 Hackett suit, a £69 Hugo Boss tie – and a Marks & Spencer shirt. Truly a man of the people!

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