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Leeds sign Antenucci

Italian striker Mirco Antenucci has joined Leeds for an undisclosed fee.

The 29-year-old had been at Elland Road for talks on Wednesday and tweeted a photograph of himself in front of the pitch as well as one of him signing his papers with the club's football consultant, Graham Bean.

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Leeds then confirmed he had signed a two-year deal subject to international clearance.

Antenucci has done the rounds in Italian football, playing for the likes of Giulianova, Catania, Ascoli, Torino and Ternana, for whom he scored 19 goals last season.

His best return came in the 2009-10 campaign when he scored 24 times for Ascoli to win the Serie B golden boot.

He arrives at the Leeds the day after their 2-0 home defeat to Brighton - their second loss from three Championship games under new coach David Hockaday.

Antenucci's signing is Leeds' 11th of the summer and he becomes the fourth Italian purchased by owner Massimo Cellino.

The former Cagliari president said last week that he still hopes to sign a further five or six players and is understood to be pursuing a move for Adryan, the Brazilian playmaker on loan at his old club from Flamengo.

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Bomber Command survivor's tale preserved for future generations

Work will begin tomorrow on the home of a new memorial in Lincoln to more than 25,000 airmen from Bomber Command who lost their lives in World War Two.

Veterans will be at a ceremony on Canwick Hill - as building work gets underway. Among them will be a 95-year-old veteran, who not only swam the channel to escape occupied France, but who also survived his Lancaster Bomber being blown up. Michael Billington's been to meet him.

Apprenticeship campaign launched ahead of GCSE results

The Business Secretary Vince Cable came to Yorkshire to launch a new campaign which aims to show young people the benefits of on the job training.

With just hours to go before they get their GCSE results - tens of thousands of students across the region are being urged to take up apprenticeships.

But Labour critics say it is now twice as hard to get an apprenticeship as it is to get into university.

Lisa Adlam reports:

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Weather Forecast for the Leeds Festival

by JON MITCHELL
Last year at Leeds Festival
Damp underfoot! Credit: MIKE NEWTON

The Leeds Festival is looming so that means rain right? Right! (but hopefully not too much).

Thursday will see a drop of rain in the form of light showers, but they won't amount to very much.

Thursday night is expected to be chilly, especially for camping.

Friday will see sunshine and mainly dry weather but a few showers are possible late afternoon/evening. Another chilly night will follow.

On Saturday expect a sunny morning but a few heavy, possibly thundery showers late afternoon/evening.

Saturday night will be really chilly due to clearing skies but that means a nice day on Sunday with long sunny spells.

Then it all goes pear shaped as rain edges in Sunday night to give a wet and windy day Monday.

Have a great time and stay up to date with the latest forecast here.

JON MITCHELL

Apprentice drive comes to Yorkshire

The Business Secretary Vince Cable has been in Yorkshire today launching a new scheme providing more apprenticeships and encouraging young people to apply for them.

Mr Cable visited the ITV Yorkshire studios and the Emmerdale set in Leeds this morning to see how apprentices here bring the show to life.

He is visiting a range of companies across the city to launch the Government's new campaign calling on young people to "Get In, Go Far" by choosing an apprenticeship:

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