Mick Potter questions Super League licence process

Bradford Bulls head coach Mick Potter has questioned the validity of the Super League licence process in the week when the Championship hopefuls find out their fate.

Outside the Box: Madness of having full top-flight programme on same day as FA Cup final

Exciting as it may be to have the Champions' League final at Wembley on 28 May, the demands and restrictions that Uefa put on the occasion are not only keeping Football Association staff at full stretch but are causing all sorts of other ramifications.

Harlequins RL boss Rob Powell determined to prove doubters wrong

Harlequins RL boss Rob Powell is determined to prove age and a lack of professional playing experience is no barrier to succeeding in Super League.

St Helens expect Kyle Eastmond form to improve

Royce Simmons is hoping Kyle Eastmond can finish his St Helens career with a bang.

Martin Offiah wants rugby league to be aspirational

Former Wigan Warriors and Great Britain star Martin "Chariots" Offiah believes it is time for Rugby League to make itself a sport that everyone wants to be part of.

Tips and deals of the week: 27/02/2011

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New online agency Escape2Holidays offers more than 70 destinations as tailor-made or escorted tours and packages.

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Fraudsters make iTunes top of the crime pops

The public sector now suffers more from fraud than financial services, one of the nation's leading firms of accountants says – while iTunes is proving a hit with white-collar criminals.

Musician admits iTunes sales fraud

A musician yesterday admitted using stolen credit cards to buy his own songs on iTunes and Amazon to rake in royalties.

Cash prize helps app stand out

A games designer is giving away a cash prize to one gamer who completes his recently-released iPhone game - claiming independent developers have to work harder than ever for their titles to be noticed in Apple's App Store.

Album: Breathe Owl Breathe, Magic Central (Hometapes)

Henry David Thoreau and Bon Iver did it to escape lives of "quiet desperation", but the trio behind BOB appear to have retreated to the wilderness (in this case rural, snow-covered Michigan) as part art prank, part escape, part musical merriment.

Cyberclinic: Did The Beatles need iTunes? No, but EMI did

With another autumn came another flood of anticipation that The Beatles' back catalogue might be made officially available for download, which in turn offered another chance for music and technology hacks to sign off a speculative article with the phrase "Tomorrow Never Knows". But no longer. An annual tradition is over; you can finally buy The Beatles' tunes in disembodied digital format from Apple's iTunes store. What a relief.

Apple to sell Beatles music on iTunes

The Beatles are finally coming to the Internet.

Apple reaches end of long and winding road

The Beatles have finally got a ticket to ride the digital music bandwagon, after many years when the remaining band members have resisted making their back catalogue available for download.

Bollywood Podcast: John Abraham

John Abraham - officially one of the loveliest, most down to earth stars in Bollywood.

A new stage: When sportsmen venture into the recording studio

Andrew Sheridan, the Sale and England loose-head prop who can rearrange an opponent's ribs with a single flexing of the biceps in the tree trunk that passes for his left arm, quietly fancies himself as a self-accompanying crooner of gentle country and western-style love songs.

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