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Awards for Sheridan, Keith and Mel B

There were awards for Lincolnshire actress Sheridan Smith and Leeds comedian Keith Lemon at last night's National Television Awards.

Best drama performance Credit: PA

Sheridan Smith, who's from Epworth landed the best drama performance prize, but failed to make it to the ceremony on time after her taxi got stuck in traffic, causing her to turn up late with an apology.

She saw off competition from the likes of Dame Maggie Smith, Sarah Lancashire and Benedict Cumberbatch to claim the award.

Keith Lemon's "Celebrity Juice" won the best multichannel programme. The X Factor - with Leeds lass Mel B as a judge - won best talent show, beating off competition from Strictly Come Dancing.

Best multichanel programme Credit: PA

Blades boss Clough still dreams of final despite first leg defeat

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough believes that his side can still book a place at Wembley despite losing their Capital One Cup first leg semi final at Spurs 1-0.

Blades Manager Nigel Clough claps off the fans after their 1-0 defeat at Spurs Credit: Press Association

The Blades managed to hold out until the 73rd minute when Jay McEveley handled the ball under pressure from Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend put away the resulting penalty.

Clough said: "We're still in the tie. Only that one-goal deficit, disappointed at that, I thought we were on for a nil-nil.

"We were comfortable up to half-time, just a mistake (from McEveley), it caught his arm, a bit unfortunate. He thought the ball just checked up but it's definitely handball. He didn't mean it, it's unintentional but it's certainly handball."

Clough says that they will enter the return leg with plenty of hope, adding:

"We're going to give it everything we can."

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino also paid tribute to a valiant effort from the Yorkshire outfit.

"I think that Sheffield played very aggressive in the first half and cut every action and played narrow and deep too, that was difficult for us," he said.

"We didn't find the best positions to create more chances.

"I think that was a very, very difficult game but we were aware of that. Now we need look forward and try to win the second game in Sheffield."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to a valiant effort from Nigel Clough's side Credit: Press Association


Tour de Yorkshire route announced

In a matter of months, the first ever Tour de Yorkshire will be getting underway and the route has finally been announced today.

The Tour will begin in Bridlington on 1st May and head up the coast through Pickering and up to Whitby before making its way back down to Scarborough.

On day two, the riders head out from Selby to take in Market Weighton, Beverley and Malton before ending the day in York.

The third and final day will begin in Wakefield, before they head south to Barnsley, up through Hebden Bridge and Addingham before finishing in Leeds.

Guest house owners in the region hope they'll be able reap the benefits of the race, much in the same way as those who did during the Tour de France.

Michael Billington reports:


Detectives: Witnesses in murder case 'choosing to stay silent'

The grandmother of a man shot dead in Sheffield has appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Jordan Thomas was killed as he sat in a car with a friend at traffic lights on the outskirts of the city centre. Detectives say people who know what happened are choosing to remain silent. David Hirst reports.

Silver medal for Sheffield-born Slopestyle skier Katie Summerhayes

Katie Summerhayes with her coach Jamie Matthew

Sheffield-born Slopestyle skier Katie Summerhayes has taken 2nd place in today’s Ski Slopestyle at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard Championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

In a historic day for British skiing, the 19-year-old, a member of the GB Park and Pipe Team, held off strong competition to win the Silver medal, beaten into 2nd spot by Germany’s Lisa Zimmerman.

Katie Summerhayes said: “I'm really stoked, I stepped up each run the way I wanted to. It's taken a lot of hard work to get here and all the girls put on an awesome performance today, it was a great atmosphere out there!”

Park and Pipe Team Coach Jamie Matthew said: “Today's result is all down to the dedication and hard work Katie has put in throughout the summer and in the build up to these Championships. On a fast, icy course she put in a great performance and I couldn't be happier with today's result.”

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