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Golden girl Jess has " no regrets" over speaking out about shamed soccer star Evans

Jessica Ennis-Hill says she has no regrets about speaking out in the row over convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Last month Jess said she'd ask Sheffield United to remove her name from one of the stands at Bramall Lane - if they didn't retract their offer to let him train with the club following his release from prison.

In a wide-ranging interview for ITV News, the Olympic heptathlon champion also talked about motherhood, and her preparation for the Rio Olympics.

Jessica Ennis-Hill's fears about Don Valley closure

On the eve of her first return to the stadium where she won heptathlon gold, Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill has spoken of her fears about losing all her outdoor training facilities in her home city.

Don Valley Stadium will close in September and Jess says she's not confident that its replacement will be ready in time for her winter training regime.

She will take part in the anniversary games that begin tonight, exactly a year after the Olympic opening ceremony in London. She wants to prove her fitness ahead of the World Championships in Moscow in three weeks, but today she was looking even further ahead.

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Jess Ennis-Hill prepares for Loughborough meet

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Sheffield's Jessica Ennis-Hill will make her return to athletics this evening in a low-key meeting in Loughborough.

The 27-year-old, who won triathlon gold at the London Olympics last summer, has been struggling with an ankle injury but tonight she'll compete in the javelin and the long jump as she prepares for the world championships in Moscow in less than 3 weeks time.

Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from event

Jessica Ennis-Hill

Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of her scheduled heptathlon in Tallinn this weekend because she is still not ready to return from an ankle injury.

This is the third time the Olympic champion, who has not competed yet this year, has delayed her start to the season.

UK Athletics said the 27-year-old would continue to train and receive treatment rather than put her ankle through unnecessary high levels of impact.

Jess pulls out of Oslo meeting

Jess Ennis... Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Sheffield's Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill has pulled out of this Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Oslo as she continues her recovery from an Achilles injury.

The 27-year-old pulled out of Saturday's Women's Athletic League Meeting in Edinburgh on the advice of the UKA medical team but she had been scheduled to compete in the Norwegian capital.

A statement released by her manager revealed Ennis-Hill's foot has been responding well to treatment but she has been advised to rest it further rather than risk aggravating it with only two months to go until the World Championships in Moscow.

Freedom of the city for Jess

Jessica Ennis with the the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Olympic heptathlon and gold medallist Jessica Ennis has been honoured with the Freedom of the City in her home city of Sheffield. A private reception for Jessica and invited guests took place at Sheffield Town Hall where she officially signed the scroll granting her the honour.

Jessica, who was welcomed home from the Olympics with a huge civic reception attended by thousands in the summer, attended a more intimate function to officially mark her becoming a Freeman of Sheffield. Presenting the award, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Cllr John Councillor Campbell said:

"Becoming a Freeman of Sheffield is the highest civic honour we can display and Jessica truly deserves it. Jessica is an amazing sportswoman, with incredible success and worldwide appeal. She continues to inspire young people here in the city."

A proud Jessica with the scroll Credit: Dean Hodson – Image Factory

Jessica said:

“Winning the Olympics in Britain has exceeded everything I could have ever wished for and the reception I have received from my home city has been unbelievable. Being Olympic Champion is the best feeling ever and as an athlete the ultimate achievement. "

"I have to say a big thank you to the people of Sheffield who have believed in me and backed me over the years. To become a Freeman of Sheffield is the biggest civic honour anyone can get and I’m so proud to receive it.”

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Council: Stadium closure 'one of bigger options on table'

Recently, Sheffield City Council said of proposals to close Don Valley Stadium:

These are extraordinarily difficult times and we have said that we will have to look at tough budget options because of the devastating Government cuts to public spending and local government.

We have said all along that we have to consider all options and Don Valley Stadium is one of the bigger options on the table.

I want to make it clear that no decisions have been made and when we are in a position to confirm our spending decisions we will do so.

– Cllr Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

A decision on the future of the stadium will be made later today.

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Council considers Don Valley stadium closure

Sheffield City Council is due to make a decision over the closure of Don Valley stadium today.

The council has said that it faces £50m in cuts as a result of government budget reductions and cannot afford to subsidise the stadium which cost £700,000 per year to run.

Councillors are considering a plan to demolish Don Valley and reopen the nearby Woodbourn athletics stadium.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis was discovered at Don Valley stadium. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis has appealed for the stadium to remain open, saying its closure "would be a huge shame".

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Ennis coach: Losing 'iconic' stadium would be a shame

Jessica Ennis' coach Toni Minichiello has joined the athlete in appealing against the closure of Sheffield's Don Valley stadium.

He told Sky News:

It is an iconic stadium and its a place that has inspired youngsters and none more so than Jessica Ennis.

It is a fantastic facility and it is an incredible shame to lose something like this from the sporting map.

Having taken the youngsters all the way through to Olympic gold you see that this actually can be done in Sheffield.

Why, if you can have one Jessica Ennis, can you not have two or three?

That opportunity all of a sudden looked to be there and now it's going to be taken away from a whole new generation of youngsters."

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Ennis appeals against Don Valley Stadium closure

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis has made a last-ditch appeal to save the stadium where she was discovered as a teenager and still trains.

Councillors are expected to approve the closure of the Don Valley Stadium at a meeting later today.

Ennis said: "I've got some amazing memories, starting my athletic career there and having that iconic stadium in my home city is incredible.

Jessica Ennis after she received her Commander of the British Empire medal on Thursday.

"To lose that would be such a shame for future athletes coming through, so I hope that the right decision's made and we can find a way to keep it."

The Don Valley stadium in Sheffied was opened in 1991 Credit: Press Association
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