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Relic is considered to be of great religious significance

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Care delivers as Quins land shock win at shabby Saints

Northampton 13 Harlequins 16: Visitors' victory against leaders Northampton leaves them hoping a corner has been turned

Chapelle du Roi, St John’s Smith Square

The British a cappella ensemble Chapelle du Roi was set up by singer-conductor Alistair Dixon with two objectives: to bring Renaissance music to a wider audience, and also, as their brochure puts it, ‘to unearth music that has languished unseen and unheard’.

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Ashton and Saints pack give Cardiff the Blues

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Talking about regeneration

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Danny Boyle's new film recounts the harrowing tale of Aron Ralston. But is cutting off your own arm a heroic act?

Outback nun becomes Australia's first saint

It's a chant usually reserved for sporting heroes, but the Australian pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square could not help themselves. "Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi!" they yelled, as a 19th-century outback nun with a rebellious streak was canonised by the Pope yesterday, becoming the country's first saint.

Fast-finishing Exeter take heart from giving Saints a late scare

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Budgen takes role of Chiefs tormentor as Saints sweat

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Pressure grows as the new boys prepare to run Saints gauntlet

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Saints plan a final flourish at end of Knowsley Road

A place at the season's showpiece is the prize as St Helens play the last match at their home of 120 years

Christina Patterson: Saints, sinners and cloud cuckoo land

On Sunday, the son of a banker was set on the path to sainthood. This is a very big deal. It's a big deal not just because Britain has, for the past few centuries, been seriously under-represented in the higher echelons of heaven, or because it would seem to indicate that even the spawn of Satan can be redeemed, or even because, although his predecessor (who is himself on the waiting list) catapulted Catholics to the corridors of celestial power pretty much every time he brushed his teeth, God's current representative on earth has, in matters of beatification, been rather slower. It's a big deal because it's a hassle. You've got to have committees, and documentation and declarations and exhumations and certificates and then, after all that, you've got to have a miracle. You'd love to slash the bureaucracy and cut straight to frontline services, but rules are rules and you can't.

Saints pick Giants as Cunningham calls system 'daft'

Huddersfield will have to do something they have not managed since 1978 to reach the Super League Grand Final, after being given the dubious honour of bringing down the curtain at Knowsley Road.

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Shoulder surgery rules Bath fly-half out for two months but you can't wipe the smile off his face
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