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Essex to play at Olympic stadium

Essex are set to play T20 cricket at the Olympic stadium in London Credit: Press Association

Essex chief executive Derek Bowden has revealed an agreement "in principle" has been reached with regard to the club playing Twenty20 cricket at the London Olympic Stadium from 2016.

Essex have been looking into the possibility for a number of years.

Bowden said: "In principle there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016.

The London Legacy Development Corporation is responsible for future uses of the stadium, and Bowden added: "London Legacy and the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer."

Neil Lennon for Norwich City?

There is fresh speculation that Neil Lennon could be heading south to become the new manager at Norwich City after quitting his job at Celtic.

Reports in Scotland say Lennon has left the Scottish giants after feeling he has taken the club as far as he can.

Former City and Celtic star Malky Mackay is still the bookies favourite to be the new boss at Carrow Road, but Lennon's odds have also tumbled after the news of his resignation broke.

Both men have also been linked with the managerial vacancy at West Brom with speculation now also linking Mackay with Celtic.


U's goalkeeper signs new deal

Mark Cousins has signed a new deal to stay at Colchester United Credit: ITV Anglia

Colchester United goalkeeper Mark Cousins has signed a new contract to stay at the club.

The 26-year-old was offered a new deal by manager Joe Dunne towards the back end of last season and has now decided to commit his future to the U's.

Cousins will be hoping to establish himself as the U's no.1 next season.

He lost his place to on loan Chelsea 'keeper, Sam Walker, during the last campaign.

Saints sign new prop

Northampton Saints have announced the signing of Gareth Denman from Championship outfit Rotherham Titans.

The tight-head came through the ranks at Leeds Carnegie before moving to the Titans a year ago.

The 22-year-old played 18 times last season in his debut campaign at Clifton Lane.

He joins the likes of George North and Alex Corbisiero, who have also made the switch to Franklin's Gardens ahead of the new season.

Saints director or Rugby Jim Mallinder said:

"The Championship is one of the toughest leagues to play in if you're a front row forward, and Gareth will have learned a lot very quickly over the past couple of years.

"We believe that Gareth is ready to make the step up to Aviva Premiership level, and that he has the ability to be successful at Franklin's Gardens over the next few years."

– Jim Mallinder, Northampton Saints Director of Rugby
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