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Sheffield to host British Diving Championships

Great Britain's best divers will be hoping to book themselves a place on the plane for the Rio Olympics at the event Credit: PA

Sheffield's Ponds Forge has been announced as the venue for next summer's British Diving Championships.

Great Britain's best divers will be hoping to book themselves a place on the plane for the Rio Olympics at the event, which will take place from June 10-12.

GB sealed five Olympic quota places at the World Championships earlier this year and will be aiming to secure more berths at the World Cup in February.

Sheffield is a great pool that has showcased some of the best competitions we have hosted and I look forward to bringing the very best level of competition back to Yorkshire. This is an important competition for athletes on the road to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and I know this will bring out the very best performances from our athletes. The competition will be exciting, with a high standard, and I know we will have a strong team once this meet is finished."

– National performance director Alexei Evangulov

Ballance back in England team

Ballance was dropped from the England team after a poor Ashes performance Credit: PA

Yorkshire cricketer Gary Ballance has been recalled to the England squad for the winter tour to South Africa.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the England team after struggling in the first two Ashes tests against Australia this summer.

He joins county teammates Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in the 16 man squad.

Although there is no place for either Adil Rashid or Liam Plunkett.


Lauitiiti returns to New Zealand Warriors for 2016

Former Leeds and Wakefield forward Ali Lauitiiti is end his career where it began after signing for New Zealand Warriors for 2016.

Ali Lauitiiti has returned to New Zealand Warriors for 2016 Credit: Press Association

The 36-year-old former New Zealand international second rower has spent the last 12 years in Super League and played his final game on English soil as a guest for the Rhinos against the touring Kiwis in October.

Lauitiiti's contract with the Wildcats expired at the end of the 2015 season and Warriors' recruitment and development manager Tony Iro announced he has signed a one-year second-tier deal, paving the way for him to return to where his top-level career began 17 years ago.

Lauitiiti made a try-scoring NRL debut for the Warriors as an 18-year-old against North Sydney in 1998 and went on to play 115 games before moving to Leeds in 2004. He won six Grand Finals and two World Club Challenges in his eight years with the Rhinos.

Fifth and final signing for Tigers

Castleford Tigers have completed their recruitment drive for next year with the signing of former Featherstone Rovers utility back, Jy Hitchcox.

He is the fifth player to join for the 2016 season, alongside Ben Crooks, Greg Minikin, Joel Monaghan and Ryan Hampshire.

The Australian joins on a 12-month deal, but the Tigers have the option to extend his stay further.

Hitchcox bagged 11 tries in 25 appearances during his time at Featherstone.

"I’m delighted to finalise our 2016 squad with the addition of a player who I feel will prosper in our environment.

''Jy will provide quality competition in our outside backs, he has real speed and his footwork will trouble defences of any level. He is a player who is hungry to prove himself in Super League and I am confident in his ability to do just that.”

– Daryl Powell, Castleford Tigers head coach

Honorary degrees for men behind Tour de France

Cycling supremos Sir Gary Verity and his Tour de France cohort Christian Prudhomme will be awarded honorary degrees at York St John University today.

Christian Prudhomme visited a 'bike library' in Leeds

Ahead of this afternoon's ceremony, Christian saw for himself the impact made by last year's grand depart and this year's inaugural Tour de Yorkshire, when he visited a bike library at Fearnville Leisure centre in Leeds.

The bike library offers free bike loans and support around cycling, to children and families of all ages and abilities.


Cricketer Mel Ryan dies aged 82

Mel Ryan. Credit: Yorkshire CCC

Former Yorkshire cricketer Mel Ryan has died at the age of 82.

The tall fast bowler from Huddersfield played for the county in 150 first class matches in the 50s and 60s - often sharing the new ball with Fred Trueman - and was a member of four county championship winning sides.

He took 413 wickets at 22.92 runs apiece with a best return of 7-45 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 1958, claiming five wickets in an innings on 12 occasions, and twice taking ten wickets in a match.

After retiring from playing, he also served on the Yorkshire Committee.

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