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Alfie feeling Yankee Doodle Dandy ahead of US open debut

Alfie in semi-final action later Credit: PA Images

Norfolk wheelchair tennis star Alfie Hewett makes his US Open debut later today.

Alife and doubles partner Gordon Reid play in the men’s doubles semi-final against Argentina’s Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

"“I'm really looking forward to making my US Open Grand Slam debut. It's an event I've always wanted to play at and to now be here is a great feeling – and to be playing my first match in Arthur Ashe Stadium, too, I’m buzzing,”

– Alfie Hewett

Hewett will renew acquaintances Kuneida again tomorrow when he takes him on in the men's singles. .

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett: Once in a career moment

Maldon cyclist Alex Dowsett says he's "super excited" about the Tour of Britain time trial. Speaking before the stage he said he would have lots of friends there to watch him race.

The stage is taking place in his home county, which he describes as a "once in a career moment".

The Movistar rider will be hoping to put on a show having missed out on selection for the Tour de France. This could be one of the last outings for Dowsett with the Spanish teams and is switching to Katusha next season.


Ipswich Town's M&M up for EFL awards

Mick McCarthy and Martin Waghorn.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy has been nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month award for August.

McCarthy has seen his side get off to the best start for almost 20 years, winning four out of their opening five league games.

Martin Waghorn has been nominated for Player of the Month having scored four times since his move from Rangers.

They'll find out tomorrow if they've won. Ipswich play QPR at Loftus Road on Saturday.

Mallinder says signing Biggar is a 'statement of intent' by Northampton Saints

Saints Jim Mallinder says the signing of Dan Biggar is a statement of intent by the club

Northampton Saints Director of Rugby Jim Mallinder says the signing of Wales and Lions fly-half Dan Biggar is a 'statement of intent' by the club.

Biggar will join from Ospreys in time for the start of next season.

Click below to see Donovan Blake's interview with Jim Mallinder on Dan Biggar's signing

Cash help for budding athletes in South Cambridgeshire

Budding athletes in South Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to apply for a council grant to help boost their chances of success.

Since the Olympics in London 2012 the 'Elite Athlete Award Scheme' has handed out 50 thousand pounds of grants to 100 promising sports stars. The money is often used to pay for things like equipment and travel to competitions.

The local authority is now taking applications for the next round of grants.

Click below to watch a report by Liz Summers

Wales and Lions star Biggar signs for Saints

Welsh star Dan Biggar is joining Northampton Saints next summer

Northampton Saints has confirmed that Dan Biggar has signed a contract to join the club next summer.

The fly half has been one of the Northern Hemisphere’s stand-out performers in recent years, having made 56 appearances for Wales, 203 for the Ospreys and toured with the British and Irish Lions to New Zealand earlier this summer, during which he played in five of the 10 matches.

The 27-year-old has been Wales’s starting fly half for the majority of the past four years, winning the 2013 Six Nations title and being the man of the match in Wales’s memorable Rugby World Cup win over England in 2015, a game in which he kicked 23 points.

At club level Biggar was the youngest player to pass the 200-appearance mark for the Ospreys, a feat he achieved last season. To date he has scored over 2,000 points for the region, earning a reputation as one of the league’s most accurate marksmen in the process.

Director of rugby Jim Mallinder says that Biggar’s signing is a big statement of intent about the Saints’ ambitions over coming seasons.


Hasselbaink keen to bring stability to Northampton Town

Northampton Town have unveiled the new man charged with turning around their fortunes after their terrible start to League One.

As a player, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a goalscoring superstar for the likes of Chelsea, Leeds United and Middlesbrough.

Later, he became a sought-after manager following his exploits with one of the league's smaller clubs, Burton Albion.

Today, the Dutchman is the third boss to be taken on by the Cobblers since their promotion two seasons ago

Hasselbaink to be unveiled as new Northampton Town boss

Northampton Town will be hoping for a brighter future under Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink. Credit: PA

Northampton Town will officially unveil Jimmy Floyd-Hasselbaink as their new manager at Sixfields later.

The former Chelsea striker was appointed on a three-year contract on Monday.

He replaces Justin Edinburgh who was sacked last week.

Hasselbaink's first game will be against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.

The Cobblers are currently bottom of League One and have yet to pick up a point so far this season.

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