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Rams 'seriously' considering Wildcats' ground share request

Wakefield are considering a ground share with Dewsbury next season, Rams chairman Mark Sawyer has revealed.

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue Credit: Press Association

The Wildcats announced a month ago that they had issued a six-month notice to ground owners Bank of Ireland to leave Belle Vue, which has been their home for 120 years, because the rent was "unsustainable".

The club had hoped to move to a new 12,000 community stadium as part of a 100-acre business park just off the M62, but those plans have stalled and Wakefield chairman Michael Carter has ruled out sharing Castleford's proposed new ground.

It was thought the Wildcats were considering Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium as an option while Sawyer announced on his club's website that the Championship outfit have entered in to discussions with Wakefield over a possible ground-share at The Tetley's Stadium in 2016.

The Wildcats are considering possible avenues for a playing venue for next season and they have ear-marked The Tetley's Stadium as a serious option. We are looking at this very seriously, in constant and current liaison with Wakefield, and further announcements will be made should there be any developments in the weeks ahead.

– Mark Sawyer, Dewsbury Rams chairman

Carter has maintained that his club would be willing to stay at Belle Vue if the rent can be renegotiated.


Swimmer becomes first Briton to secure place at Rio Olympics

Britain's Jack Burnell clinched a trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a fifth-place finish in the men's 10km at the World Aquatic Championships in Kazan.

The 22-year-old from Scunthorpe, who is the current World Cup leader, was among 70 swimmers competing at the Kazanka River venue, with the top 10 securing Olympic qualification.

USA's Jordan Wilimovsky, 21, won the race, finishing 12.1 seconds ahead of Dutchman Ferry Weertman. Burnell was 17.6secs behind the winner.

The race included the reigning Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, who finished in 23rd place

Hull City exclusive: Bruce hopes to add Clucas to travelling party

Hull City are in action this evening against German side Hannover in Austria and could be joined on their pre-season camp tomorrow by Chesterfield's Sam Clucas.

Steve Bruce has exclusively told Calendar that a deal has been agreed to sign the 24 year old winger for around 1 million pounds. Bruce and his players flew out to Austria yesterday afternoon and had their first training session at their base in Leogang, 75 kilometres outside Salzburg, last night.

As well as revealing the Clucas deal Steve Bruce talked about trialists Wilson Palacios and Ryan Taylor. Bruce worked with them both at Wigan.

Billy Sharp signs for Sheffield United

Leeds United striker Billy Sharp has signed for Sheffield United, on a two-year deal, with an option on a third. The Blades say the 29-year-old signed after an undisclosed deal. It is Sharp's third spell at Bramall Lane, having made his professional debut for the club in the 2004-05 season. Sheffield United have also signed Derby County striker Conor Sammon on loan.

"Delighted to get both players over the line and I'm looking forward to working with them. Billy is someone I know well and Conor is a player we have admired from afar and have monitored his progress since he was at Kilmarnock."

– Nigel Adkins, Sheffield United Manager

Sheffield's Jess takes major step towards world athletics championship

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill took a major step towards the world athletics championships last night when she impressed in the stadium where she captured Olympic gold three years ago.

Jess Ennis-Hill Credit: Press Association

Having only returned to action in May following the birth of her son Reggie she shattered her season's best by clocking 12.7 seconds to finish fifth in a world class 100 metres hurdles.

Today she is due to further assess her fitness when she takes part in the long jump and the 200m at the Anniversary Games, in London's Olympic Stadium.


York City Knights sign stadium agreement with council

York City Knights Rugby League Club has officially signed an agreement with City of York Council over a new Community Stadium partnership.

York City Knights’ Directors joined Cllr Nigel Ayre (Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism), Cllr Chris Steward (Leader of City of York Council) and Tim Atkins (Community Stadium Project Manager) at the council’s West Offices today to formalise the contractual agreement. Credit: City of York Council

The York Community Stadium will provide a new 8,000 seat stadium for football and rugby league, a leisure facility which will include a gym, 25 metre, six-lane swimming pool, a fun pool and training pool, as well as a new sports hall and dance studio.

Boxer Kid Galahad banned for two years

UK Anti-Doping has today confirmed that former British, European and WBC International Super Bantamweight boxing champion Abdul Barry Awad, also known as Kid Galahad, has been suspended from all sport for two years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

Kid Galahad Credit: Press Association

25-year-old Awad from Sheffield, tested positive for a metabolite of stanozolol, an exogenous anabolic androgenic steroid, following an in-competition test on 20 September 2014, after a bout against former WBO Super Bantamweight champion and former WBC World Youth champion Adeilson Dos Santos.

Following the closure of all appeal windows, Awad has been banned from all competitive sport from 20 September 2014 until midnight on 19 September 2016.

Awad is also disqualified from his bout against Dos Santos and forfeits any associated prize money.

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