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Carlisle United prepare for second leg of play-off tie with Exeter

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Carlisle United fans are preparing for the second leg of their play-off tie with Exeter on Thursday.

The Blues fought back from 3-1 down, to make it 3 all at yesterday's match.

The game was played in front of the club's biggest home crowd of the season - nearly 10,000 fans.

Many supporters feel the comeback bodes well for a trip to Wembley to end the season.

The fact that we came back to three all...so much strength, so much character. I actually think we are going to win the next leg I really do. 100% we'll do it at Exeter it is worth it."

– Carlisle United fan

Borders paralympian sets new World Record

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Borders wheelchair racer Samantha Kinghorn has set a new world record.

The 21-year-old Paralympian from Gordon, recorded a time of 28:67 seconds in the 200m T53 race at the Arizona Grand Prix.

She beat the previous record which was held by America's Jessica Galli with a time of 28:41 seconds.

Samantha went on to set a time of 1:52:05 in the 800m race which was enough to secure the win.

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Standing room only for Carlisle United play-off clash

Brunton Park is expected to be full for the Exeter clash Credit: ITV Border

Fans looking to buy a last minute ticket for Carlisle United's match against Exeter this evening will only have the option of a 'standing' ticket.

All seated tickets have sold out in what's going to be one of the club's most important games of the season as they look to gain first leg advantage in the play-offs.

Ahead of the tie at Brunton Park, captain Danny Grainger says there's a lot of belief in the team:

Annan Athletic boss reflects on play-off defeat

Annan Athletic fail to reach play-off finals Credit: ITV Border

Annan Athletic boss Jim Chapman says it's time for his players to reflect and rebuild for next year, after their promotion hopes came to an end last night.

The Galabankies lost 4-2 to Forfar Athletic in the League One second leg play off.

It meant they were beaten 6-2 on aggregate and will remain in the bottom tier for next season.

Gregor Townsend 'excited' by Scotland's RWC draw

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Scotland's Head Coach, Gregor Townsend, says he's excited that his team will play hosts Japan in the 2019 Rugby World Cup pool draw.

The former Gala player takes over from New Zealander Vern Cotter, who coached Scotland to their highest ever ranking of fifth in the world following a successful Six Nations Campaign.

The boys in blue will also face 2016 Six Nations Champions Ireland in Pool A, whilst England were drawn with France and Argentina.

"The first reaction is one of excitement that we know which pool we’ll be in. The Rugby World Cup now comes in to sharper focus for everyone and it looks, from the draw today, like it’s going to be another great tournament.

“It’s a new venue for the World Cup and I’m sure there’ll be a lot of interest in our Pool draw, especially when we get there, because we’re taking on the host country.

“The 2015 World Cup was a great tournament with some brilliant rugby played and I’m sure the next one in Japan will be even better.”

– Gregor Townsend, speaking to Scottish Rugby

Pool A will be completed by and the remaining group qualifiers ‘Europe 1’, and the ‘Play-Off Winner’.

The pool draws are as follows:

  • Pool A: Ireland, Scotland, Japan, Europe 1, play-off winner
  • Pool B: New Zealand, South Africa, Italy, Africa 1, repachage winner
  • Pools C: England, France, Argentina, Americas 1, Oceania 2
  • Pool D: Australia, Wales, Georgia, Oceania 1, Americas 2

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Ben Stokes to welcome cricket stars to Cockermouth

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Cockermouth cricket star Ben Stokes is to host a PCA Masters day at Cockermouth Cricket Club.

Stokes wanted to repay the club for his early years and to leave a legacy for the next generation of local cricket stars.

The PCA Masters day, being held on Thursday 10th August, will see some of the country's top ex-international cricketers take on the Cockermouth team.

There will also be junior competitions held throughout the day and a special question and answer session with Stokes.

The club was badly flooded in both 2009 and 2015 and say the day will help to mark the long recovery.

Both corporate and general tickets sales will begin on 1st June.

Annan Athletic chairman charged with match betting

Henry McClelland Credit: ITV Border

The chairman of Annan Athletic, Henry McLelland, has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with alleged match betting.

The complaint involves more than 4,000 bets with 430 including his own club.

The charges date from July 2011 until May 2017.

Mr McLelland has until 16th May to respond to the complaint, with the principal hearing date scheduled for 1st June.

In a statement, the club say they will support the chairman until the matter has reached a conclusion.

"Annan Athletic Football Club recognise the complaint that has been raised by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and the club will co-operate fully with the enquiry.

"In the interim, the club will offer its support to the chairman until the matter is resolved’

– Annan Athletic club statement

Annan Athletic prepare for play-offs

Annan Atheltic Credit: ITV Border

Annan Athletic are preparing to take on Forfar this evening in the first leg of their third division play off.

The club are hosting Forfar at Galabank and go into the game with the upper hand, having beaten them 4-2 during the last game of the league season.

The second leg takes place in Forfar on Saturday.

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