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Curle admits Carlisle United play-off dream may be over

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Carlisle United manager Keith Curle has admitted their play off dreams are all but over after defeat at the hands of Luton Town last night saw them drop into the bottom half of the League Two table.

United lost 2-1 and are now seven points adrift with seven teams between them and the last play off place.

While still mathematically possible, Curle has acknowledged that the task may be a bridge too far:

You'd probably say we need snookers. I think we are behind the yellow and there is one red on the table and we have got to go the full length of the table and a lot of things need to happen in between but we won't give up trying and ultimately now we have got to finish as high up the table as we can and use it as a stepping stone.

– Keith Curle

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Queen of the South sack manager James Fowler

Queen of the South manager James Fowler during the Scottish Championship match at Palmerston Park, Dumfries. Credit: PA

Queen of the South have parted ways with manager James Fowler.

The Dumfries-based football club announced the news via their website.

The departure comes following a poor second half of the season which has been marred by disappointing results:

Following discussions last night, the Club and manager James Fowler have agreed to part company. Assistant manager Gavin Skelton and Jim Thomson will take temporary charge of the side until the end of the season. The club will be making no further comment.

– http://www.qosfc.com/

Cumbrian swimmer takes gold in British Swimming Championship

Luke Greenbank at the British Swimming Championships Credit: British Swimming

Cumbrian swimmer Luke Greenbank has claimed his first British senior title at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow.

The eighteen-year-old from Cockermouth competed in the 200m backstroke, where he bested his competition to finish in first place.

His next big event is the European Championships in London next month.

The Cockermouth teenager is hotly tipped to make the Team GB squad for the 2020 Olympics, but he still has time to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Keith Curle: 'If we don't get to the playoffs, it's completely and utterly my fault'

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Carlisle United are in League Two action away at Cambridge tomorrow.

Despite stuttering form, the Blues remain promotion contenders sitting just two points outside the play-off places with five games remaining.

Manager Keith Curle says the pressure doesn't belong on the players, but on him:

I take all the pressure off them. If we don't get to the playoffs, it's completely and utterly my fault. If we don't make it, if we don't help score goals, if we let in too many goals, it's my fault.

– Keith Curle, Carlisle United Manager

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Ben Stokes named as one of Wisden's top five cricketers of the year

Ben Stokes, who attended school in Cockermouth Credit: PA

Cockermouth's Ben Stokes has been named as one of Wisden's top five cricket players of the year.

Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, known as the cricket world's 'bible', praised the 28-year-old's 'string of match-changing performances' for England last year.

Stokes scored 258 against South Africa in Cape Town in just 198 balls.

WATCH: Carlisle's new deaf football team

Carlisle's newest football club is looking for players.

Carlisle City Deaf FC had their first training session over the weekend and are hoping to get enough people interested to join a deaf league.

They are Cumbria's first side for people with hearing impairments and the team says anyone interested in joining is welcome.

ITV Border's Ryan Dollard reports:

Should Borders Rugby include a winter break?

The Six Nations is traditionally played in cold and wet spring weather Credit: PA

There are calls now for the rugby season to be moved to avoid fixture delays.

It's been a tough winter for residents across the Scottish Borders with flooding and difficult travelling conditions, but the sporting calendar has also been badly affected with frozen pitches and sodden grounds.

Flooded fields and frozen pitches are not ideal conditions for free-flowing rugby, but this has been the scene for many a club across the Scottish Borders since December.

It's resulted in some games being postponed or rescheduled up to five times.

It's left many asking for a change to the fixture schedule and the possibility of a winter break or moving the season to the summer altogether:

I think we've talked about a winter break for years and years. I mean I've been involved in rugby at different levels and different aspects for twenty, thirty years and we've always talked about potentially a winter break. I mean when you actually look at it, we probably don't play any rugby from about mid-December through to the end of January anyway so we actually have that kind of break through default. Yeah I would, I would play better weather rugby, I wouldn't want to call it summer rugby but I would certainly play better weather rugby. I would potentially start the season March and play right through to November.

– Peter Wright, Former Head Coach at Selkirk RFC

Evanna Holland will have more on this story on tonight's Lookaround, at 6pm.

Carlisle City Deaf FC looking to recruit players

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Carlisle's newest football club is looking for players.

Carlisle City Deaf FC had their first training session over the weekend and are hoping to get enough people interested to join a deaf league.

They are Cumbria's first side for people with hearing impairments and the team says anyone interested in joining is welcome.

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