Clough: Forget favourites tag

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough does not think his side are favourites for the FA Cup quarter-final with Charlton on Sunday.

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Blades sign Higdon from Nijmegen

Sheffield United have made striker Michael Higdon their ninth summer signing.

The 30-year-old joins from Dutch Eredivisie side NEC Nijmegen after scoring 14 in 32 games.

He has previously played at Crewe, Falkirk, St. Mirren and then at Motherwell where he won PFA Scotland Players' Player of the Year award and Golden Boot in 2012-13.

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Ched Evans to appeal rape conviction

Former Sheffield United player Ched Evans has asked for a review into his rape conviction in a fresh attempt to get it overturned.

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Ched Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, Denbighshire while he was a player for the Blades.

He was jailed for five years in April that year and is due to be released in October.

But Evans is now asking the Criminal Cases Review Commission to look at his case in the hope it may lead to a fresh appeal.

Blades sign defender Alcock

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Versatile defender Craig Alcock is United’s latest signing, he has agreed a 2-year deal. #sufc #twitterblades http://t.co/aZkuds5akc

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Rape victim support charity urges club to consider impact of Evans return

A national rape support charity has urged Sheffield United to consider the impact of allowing Ched Evans to return to the club.

Evans was convicted of rape and is to be released later this year after serving half of a five year sentence. It has been reported that he could then return to the Blades.

Katie Russell from Rape Crisis England and Wales told ITV Calendar that bosses at the club should carefully consider whether they allow him to return:

Rival petitions over reported return of footballer convicted of rape

Rival petitions have been started online over rumours linking former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans with a return to the club.

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Ched Evans Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old could be released from prison early next season and it has been reported that he could resume his career when he is released.

He was convicted of the rape of a 19-year-old woman in 2012.

Around 60,000 people have signed a petition against his return, while a campaign in support of the Welsh striker has attracted around 3,000 signatures.

The petition in support of Evans says signatories believe he deserves another chance and in no way condone rape.

The petition against Evans states: "For the male leaders of the club to endorse him and "welcome him back" is an absolute humiliation to all women".

In a previous statement the club said: "The club can confirm that, as part of its ongoing policy of providing a duty of care to former employees and their families, it was in contact with Mr Evans subsequent to his conviction."

Sheffield United stressed today that Evans is not an employee.

Soap stars line up for charity football match

Stars of Emmerdale, Hollyoaks and Coronation Street are to take on a team of ex-Sheffield United players in a charity football match today

Actors Jamie Lomas, Anthony Quinlan, Luke Roskell and Nico Mirallegro will be among those taking part in the match at Bramall Lane.

They will face a team of ex-Blades featuring Chris Morgan, Curtis Woodhouse, Craig Short and Keith Curle.

Others in the line-up include Chris Wilder, Dave Kitson and Leigh Bromby, with more names due to be confirmed.

Proceeds from the match will go to Prostate Cancer UK and the Once Upon A Smile Foundation, which offers financial support and respite breaks to families who have suffered a bereavement.

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