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Hope that Tour of Britain will boost Borders' reputation

The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon Credit: ITV Border

Community leaders in Kelso hope the Tour of Britain will boost the Borders' reputation internationally. The first stage of the event finished in the town yesterday afternoon, Sunday 3 September. It was shown live on ITV 4:

Not only is it bringing people in but there'll be great footage that's going to be seen around the world. They'll hopefully see what we've got to offer and come for other events."

– Councillor Mark Rowley, Scottish Borders Council

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Carlisle United out of EFL Cup, but give Sunderland a fright

Keith Curle: proud of United's performance Credit: PA

Carlisle United lost out to Sunderland in the second round of the EFL Cup, played at Brunton Park on Tuesday evening.

Sunderland led at half-time after Donald Love's opener who scored in the 34th minute.

In front of an 8,187 crowd United rallied in the second half and equalised in the 60th minute when Danny Grainger followed up after Robben Ruiter saved his initial penalty.

But Blues hearts were to be broken when Lynden Gooch, a USA international, scored the winner for Sunderland in the 80th minute.

United had given the championship side a fright, but ultimately Sunderland proved too strong and it is they who will be in the draw for the next round when it takes place in China tomorrow morning.

Manager Keith Curle said he was proud that Carlisle had managed to push Sunderland all the way,

"I don't like losing football matches, but if you are going to lose a cup tie that's the way to do it," he said.

All England Stone Skimming Championships sees new records

Next year’s championships will be held on Saturday 18 August. Credit: PA

The All England Stone Skimming Championships, held on Windermere on Saturday 19 August, saw records broken and new entries into the official English sporting record books.

This included a 72-meter skim in the 11 to 16s category set by Gregg Heynes, who made the championship record, braking the previous one by 14 meters.

We’ve had a fabulous day of skimming here today and attracted hundreds of entrants. We haven’t yet counted the money taken, but we could also have made a record amount, on a day of hugely impressive records. If so, it will be great news for South Lakes conservation, as this event is organised as a fundraiser for vital conservation work in the South Lakes.”

– Julius Barratt, Trustee, South Cumbria Rivers’ Trust

Next year’s championships will be held on Saturday 18 August.

Carlisle United prepare to meet Sunderland in the EFL cup

"Every game we go into we've got a plan." - Keith Curle Credit: PA

Carlisle United are preparing to meet Sunderland in the EFL cup tomorrow, Tuesday 22 August. They've had three consecutive wins coming into the game.

"We get the analysis from Sunderland and then we start plotting our game plan and identify strengths that they've got. Some of them are quite obvious. They've got some good players. Every game we go into we've got a plan."

– Keith Curle, Manager, Carlisle United F.C.
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