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Judd hopes to make it through to the 800m final

Jessica Judd in the 800m heats at the European Championships in Zurich.
Jessica Judd in the 800m heats at the European Championships in Zurich. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Essex runner Jessica Judd is on course for a second major championship final of the summer.

Judd, who finished fourth in the 800m at the Commonwealth Games last month, qualified in third place in her heat at the European Championships in Zurich this morning.

The 19-year old will run in tomorrow's semi-final. She is hoping to qualify for the final on Saturday.

Corby hurdler sprints into the semi finals

William Sharman (left) during the Men's 110m Hurdles Heats in Zurich.
Great Britain's William Sharman (left) during the Men's 110m Hurdles Heats in Zurich. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Corby hurdler Will Sharman is on course for a second major championship medal of the summer.

Sharman, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games last month, finished first in his 110m hurdles heat at the European Championships in Zurich this morning.

His time of 13.29 seconds was the joint fastest in the four heats.

The semi-finals and final take place tomorrow.

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Promising Norfolk golfer to represent England

Amelia Williamson, of the Royal Cromer Golf Club.
Amelia Williamson, of the Royal Cromer Golf Club. Credit: Leaderboard Photography.

A young Norfolk golfer has been selected to play for England in an under-16 girls' match against Switzerland.

Amelia Williams, who plays for the Royal Cromer Golf Club, is one of six promising teenagers to be chosen for the competition at Heswall in Cheshire on Tuesday August 19.

Amelia is 14 years old and was runner-up in the English U16 schools' championship and third in the national schools' championship.

Earlier this season, while still only 13, she became the youngest ever winner of the mothers and daughters foursomes alongside her mum Tracey.

Two fans suspended over Norwich City racism allegations

Norwich City Football Club.
Two fans have been suspended from matches at Carrow Road. Credit: Stephen Pond/ PA Images

Norwich City Football Club has suspended two supporters allegedly involved in racist abuse at last Sunday's match against Wolves.

The Canaries said the fans had been banned from attending games at Carrow Road pending the outcome of an investigation.

The club received a number of complaints from Norwich supporters who were at NCFC's opening match of the Championship season at Molineux.

"If, as a result of our investigation, the club is satisfied any individuals are guilty of racist behaviour, we will issue them with lifetime bans from attending games at Carrow Road."

– Norwich City Football Club spokesman.

City has passed its evidence on to police who are also investigating the matter.

Former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria loses bid appeal against life ban

Former Essex and Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria.
Former Essex and Pakistan cricketer Danish Kaneria. Credit: PA Images

A former Essex cricketer Danish Kaneria has once again had an application to appeal his life ban from cricket dismissed, the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced.

Kaneria was banned by an ECB disciplinary council in June 2012 after being was found guilty of corruption while playing with Essex during a Pro40 match in 2009.

The 33-year-old has repeatedly tried to overturn the punishment, but his latest appeal was "totally without merit", according to Rt Hon Sir Stanley Burnton, sitting in the Court of Appeal, Civil Division.

With Kaneria unable to have the decision reconsidered, the ECB said he has "exhausted all the legal options available to him to appeal a life ban".

Kaneria was convicted of "cajoling and pressurising" former team-mate Mervyn Westfield into accepting cash in return for trying to concede a set number of runs in an over while with Essex.

Westfield was sentenced to four months in prison and received a five-year ban from professional cricket for his part in the scandal although Kaneria has repeatedly protested his innocence.

Yet he has seen numerous appeal attempts thrown out and the ECB's announcement that Kaneria has no legal options available to him that would appear to bring the saga to a close.

ECB chairman Giles Clarke said: "ECB welcomes today's decision to dismiss the application by Mr Kaneria to appeal the life ban imposed for his corrupt activity. Mr Kaneria acted as a recruiter of potential 'spot-fixers' and used his seniority and international experience to target and corrupt a young and vulnerable player."

"It is high time that Mr Kaneria came clean about his involvement in these corrupt activities and stopped misleading the Pakistan cricket fans and wider public with his empty protestations of innocence.

"We once again urge him to apologise publicly for his past actions and to start the process of redeeming himself by supporting the Pakistan Cricket Board's anti-corruption initiatives and assisting the police and law enforcement bodies in the Asian sub-continent with the vital job of exposing and cutting off the primary source of cricket corruption."

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New football season: Fixtures for 9th/10th August

The football season returns this weekend and here is a list of fixtures for this weekend (August 9th/10th)

  • CHAMPIONSHIP - IPSWICH TOWN v Fulham - 5.15pm

  • LEAGUE ONE - COLCHESTER UNITED v Oldham Athletic; MK DONS v Gillingham Rochdale v PETERBOROUGH UNITED - all 3.00pm

  • LEAGUE TWO - Accrington Stanley v SOUTHEND UNITED; CAMBRIDGE UNITED v Plymouth Argyle; Carlisle United v LUTON TOWN; NORTHAMPTON TOWN v Mansfield Town; STEVENAGE v Hartlepool United - all 3.00pm

  • SUNDAY

  • CHAMPIONSHIP - Wolverhampton Wanderers v NORWICH CITY - 4.00pm

Britt earns tribute from Peterborough boss

by Donovan Blake

Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson hopes striker Britt Assombalonga succeeds at new club Nottingham Forest - despite losing him two days before the start of the new League One season.

Assombalonga moved to the City Ground having spent just one season at London Road. In that time the 21 year old former Watford striker scored 33 goals, with all bar 10 coming in the league.

"The timing could be better, but you can't hand pick what day or what month of someone's going to come in for one of your players. It's the way football is.

The boy made his mind up that he wanted to leave and you've got to respect that. And I have to say good luck to the boy because he was fantastic for us in the short spell he was here."

– Darren Ferguson, Peterborough United manager

Assombalonga was the second striker to leave Posh this week. On Tuesday Nicky Ajose completed his move from London Road to join another Championship side, Leeds United.

The former Manchester United trainee, however, was one of a number of players transfer-listed by Posh following their failure to win promotion from League One in May via the play-offs.

Read more: Assombalonga seals £5million Forest move

Wes Hoolahan performs stunning U-turn to stay at Norwich City

Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road.
Wes Hoolahan is staying at Carrow Road. Credit: PA

Norwich City midfielder Wes Hoolahan has performed a remarkable U-turn, by signing a new two-year contract with the club.

Hoolahan will now stay with Norwich until 2017.

The 32-year-old submitted a transfer request in January in a bid to push through a move to Aston Villa, but the Canaries refused to sell.

He then failed to celebrate after scoring for Norwich against Villa in March.

Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa.
Hoolahan fails to celebrate against Aston Villa. Credit: PA

However, new Norwich boss Neil Adams has now persuaded the talented playmaker that his future lies at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan joined Norwich in 2008 from Blackpool and has established himself as a fans' favourite.

The news is a major boost for the club ahead of the new Championship season which kicks off at Wolves on Sunday.

"I'm delighted to have signed.

Obviously last year it was a bad season for me but I came back in for the pre-season and the manager spoke to me and talked me through his plans.

Now I just can't wait to get started and I'm delighted to be here for another couple of seasons."

– Wes Hoolahan, Norwich City

Read more: Hoolahan defends 'non-celebration'

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