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West Yorkshire derby for Peacock testimonial

Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls are to play each other in the New Year to honour Jamie Peacock, who played for both the West Yorkshire clubs.

West Yorkshire derby for Peacock testimonial Credit: Press Association

The game will be on 25 January at Headingley stadium and could be the only time the clubs meet this season following the Bulls' relegation to the Championship.

Peacock won three Grand Finals, two Challenge Cups and two world club titles between 1999 and 2005 with Bradford before moving to his home town club in 2006. At the Rhinos he has continued his incredible run of success with five more Grand Final wins, two World titles and last year's Challenge Cup Final win.

As the last pre-season game before the Rhinos begin their Super League campaign, Head Coach Brian McDermott is expected to name a strong side.

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Ched Evans ban 'sends a message' about behaviour

Sheffield United's decision to ban Ched Evans from training "sends a message" about kind of behaviour is acceptable in 21st century Britain, the head of a feminist campaign group said.

Object chief executive Roz Gardie told Good Morning Britain said rehabilitation was "obviously" important but the striker had shown no remorse over his actions.

Hull FC honour Steve Prescott with shirt tribute

Hull FC will honour former player and club legend Steve Prescott by having the name of the foundation started in his memory on their shirts in place of a sponsor.

Hull FC honour Prescott with shirt tribute Credit: Hull FC

The special purple away shirt marks the club's 150th year as they celebrate the contribution of former players throughout its history.

Steve Prescott MBE played for the black and whites 107 times over two spells with the club, scoring 600 points, including 56 tries.

Set up in 2007, the Steve Prescott Foundation continues to raise funds for the Christie Cancer Hospital, Try Assist and the Oxford Transplant Foundation and the shirt was formally launched by his wife Linzi, and son's Koby and Taylor, as well as a dozen of Prescott's former team mates at the KC Stadium.

A donation will be made to the Steve Prescott Foundation from every 2015 Hull FC away shirt sold throughout the year, as well as fundraising at the Steve Prescott Cup fixture against St. Helens.

Seeing all of the former players here at the Stadium shows just what impact Stephen had on them. They have all turned out and they are all here for Hull FC as well, the club they have played for too so it was brilliant to see them all. Now Stephen is no longer around we need a number of players like these and other ambassadors to keep the Foundation going and to keep Steve's memory alive. They are all putting their hand up and participating in challenges which is just fantastic. I hope that the players will be able to take some inspiration from the shirt because I know that Steve is continuing to inspire people even though he is no longer here.

– Linzi Prescott

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Dave Berry welcomes United's retraction on Evans

Sheffield United has withdrawn an offer to allow Ched Evans to train with the club. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Singer Dave Berry, who resigned as a patron at Sheffield United following the Ched Evans row, has welcomed a decision to withdraw an offer for the footballer to train at the club but says it should not have taken so long.

Mr Berry told ITV news: "I'm very pleased to hear it but why has it taken so long? And still, where are all the men in this? I haven't seen anyone commenting from football clubs."

He added: "I'm rather disappointed at men not supporting this girl and making any gestures. They've said nothing about the contract - we're still only halfway there."

Scarborough Athletic unveil plans to return "home"

Football clubs playing outside their home town is not anything new - Rotherham spent 4 years playing in Sheffield at the Don Valley stadium recently, whereas Grimsby Town actually play their home games in Cleethorpes.

But how about having to travel 20 miles to watch your team play at home?

That is the situation facing fans of Scarborough Athletic, the club that was formed 7 years ago after Scarborough FC went bust. But as Chris Dawkes reports, plans are in place for a return home.

TV presenter praises Blades' decision over Evans

Television presenter and lifelong Sheffield United supporter Charlie Webster has tonight gone on Twitter to praise the Blades' decision to withdraw its offer to allow convicted rapist and former player Ched Evans to use the club's training facilites.

Blades withdraw training offer to Evans

Sheffield United have tonight in a dramatic u-tturn withdrawn their offer to convicted rapist Ched Evans to train at the club.

Sheffield United have tonight withdrawn its offer to allow convicted rapist Ched Evans train with the club

In a statement on the official Sheffield United website the club said:

"Following the statement dated 11th November and after ongoing and extensive deliberation, Sheffield United Football Club has decided to retract the opportunity for its former player, Ched Evans, to use the Club's facilities for training purposes, as was previously intended.

"Members of the Board have consulted dispassionately with the Club's supporters, Vice Presidents, Community Foundation members, executives, staff, sponsors and other relevant stakeholders in order to help it reach this decision. Also, the Club has been diligent in communicating with The Football Association, The Football League, The Professional Footballers' Association (The PFA), The Football Association of Wales and The National Probation Service to take further soundings.

"We recognise that a number of our supporters will be disappointed with this decision, but would ask that they remember the responsibilities we have not only to a fine and proud Club, whose history stretches back over 125 years, but also to the communities in which Sheffield United is active and to the City we represent.

"The Club initially accepted a request from The PFA for Ched Evans to be able to train. The reaction to this has been at an intensity that could not have been anticipated when first announced.

"As noted in previous statements from the Club, the legal system of this country provides for both the punishment and the rehabilitation of every person who has been found guilty of a crime. Sheffield United will not be used to promote the view that professional footballers should be treated differently, as has been the want of certain sections of the media and various commentators. In addition, we remain disappointed at some of the inaccurate reporting, misinformed views and commentary, as well as the actions of a minority of individuals on social media. Professional footballers must be treated as equals before the law.

"The Club condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms. The Club is aware that Ched Evans is pursuing legal recourse via the Criminal Cases Review Commission in the determination he has to clear his name. We trust that he will be afforded a fair hearing.

"During this whole period, we have been served a timely reminder of what we have been throughout our history: Sheffield United is a Family and Community Club that, even in times of adversity, will remain strong and grow from its experiences."

– Sheffield United FC
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