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Injured Ben Stokes called up to England squad

Ben Stokes Credit: PA

Durham cricketer Ben Stokes has been called up to the England squad to play South Africa in a four-test series.

Stokes, who grew up in Cockermouth, Cumbria, injured his collarbone on the first day of the third test against Pakistan, in Sharjah.

But he has since made sufficient progress to be included in the tour.

The full squad to face South Africa:

  • A Cook (captain, Essex)
  • M Ali (Worcestershire)
  • J Anderson (Lancashire),
  • J Bairstow (Yorkshire)
  • G Ballance (Yorkshire)
  • S Broad (Nottinghamshire)
  • J Buttler (Lancashire)
  • N Compton (Middlesex)
  • M Footitt (Surrey)
  • A Hales (Nottinghamshire)
  • C Jordan (Sussex)
  • S Patel (Nottinghamshire)
  • J Root (Yorkshire)
  • B Stokes (Durham)
  • J Taylor (Nottinghamshire)
  • C Woakes (Warwickshire).
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Stokes hopeful of being fit for South Africa tour

England and Durham all-rounder Ben Stokes is hopeful of being fit for his country's upcoming tour of South Africa despite suffering a serious shoulder injury.

The 24-year-old sustained the injury during the opening day of England's third Test against Pakistan earlier this month, leaving England cricket bosses sweating over his fitness.

However, speaking during a visit of Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, Stokes said he is confident he will be fit.

England begin their 2015-16 tour of South Africa on December 15.


Bristol Rovers v Carlisle United preview

Jabo Ibehre. Credit: PA

Carlisle United welcome top-scorer Jabo Ibehre back for their League Two fixture away at Bristol Rovers this weekend.

But manager Keith Curle says there's no guarantee the striker, who has ten goals, will make the starting lineup.

Ibehre has been out for seven weeks with a hamstring injury, so will lack sharpness.

If he does get a run out he will certainly fancy his chances against a nervous defence... Rovers haven't won at home since August.

But, as Curle pointed out in his press conference this week, he's competing with Steven Rigg, Charlie Wyke, Derek Asamoah and Hallam Hope for a starting place in the front line.

It'll also be an interesting game for Curle - Bristol Rovers was his first professional club, so he'll be hoping for a happy trip home.

If Carlisle United win away in Bristol they'll return to the play-off places, and it'll set them up nicely for next month's FA Cup tie at Welling United.

CUFC: Jabo Ibehre not guaranteed place

Jabo Ibehre battles Liverpool's Dejan Lovren for the ball. Credit: PA

Carlisle United travel to Bristol Rovers in League Two tomorrow, with top scorer Jabo Ibehre available for selection again after a seven-week absence through injury.

But manager Keith Curle says he has competition for his place.

The options that we've got now up front - Steven Rigg, Charlie Wyke, Derek Asamoah, Hallam Hope, Jabo Ibehre - we've got five centre forwards there vying for one two or three positions and I think that is good competition."

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

Stuart Lancaster resigns as England Head Coach

Stuart Lancaster Credit: PA

Stuart Lancaster has stepped down as England head coach by mutual consent, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

The ex St. Bees pupil first took the reigns as an interim coach for England's 2012 Six Nations campaign.

Memorable victories for his side included the 2014 Triple Crown and the 2012 demolition of New Zealand at Twickenham.


Cumbrian 17-year-old is World Netball Champion

Faye Bateson with her Gold medal at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Credit: ITV Border

A 17-year-old netball player who plays for Westmorland Wanderers in Cumbria is back on home soil after becoming a World Champion in Australia.

Faye Bateson was part of the squad which took gold in the under-18 side at the Indoor Netball Age World series . She plays Nets, a new, faster and more high-intensity version of the traditional game. It's the first time an English squad has won gold in that catergory. They beat off compettition from New Zealand and South Africa, as well as hosts Australia

"We've previously won a silver but never before a gold so it's a really good achievement for England"

– Faye Bateson
Faye is back training with the Westmorland Wanderers Credit: ITV News Border

Fellow player Nicole Malloy has also been selected to train with the under-19 academy. Faye has played at county and at regional level and is now setting her sights on being picked for the under-21s squad.

Watch Hannah McNulty's full report:

Rangers legend Andy Goram loses license for speeding in Dumfries

Andy Goram Credit: PA

Former Scotland goalkeeper Andy Goram had to accept defeat when he lost his licence despite an extra time plea in a court.

For the 51-year-old, who had been caught speeding at 45 mph in a 30 limit, had put forward a plea at an exceptional hardship hearing before Dumfries JP Court that the loss of his licence would affect his charity work.

He claimed that he needed his car to attend events such as charity football matches, after dinner speeches and other events to enable him to return home.

He told the Justices: “The places and times make it impossible to rely on public transport.”

Goram, who was living in Rutherglen at the time, had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to committing the speeding offence on the A11 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road in April.

He had been heading to a charity event in Dalbeattie when he was pulled over.

Solicitor Roger College said that Goram already had 9 penalty points on his licence and stressed: “This man has thrown himself into charity work and the concern is that he will not be able to keep up his commitments if he loses his licence.”

The Justices, however, fined him £100 and imposed three points and disqualification under the totting up procedures.

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