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Messages of support for Huddersfield Giants' Ronan Costello

The Rugby League family have come out in support for the critically-injured Huddersfield Giants academy player Ronan Costello.


Announcement of racing driver's death

The 37-year-old former Formula One driver from Rotherham, who now competes for Andretti Autosport, was in the closing laps of a race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania on Sunday when a competitor crashed in front of him, hurling debris through the front of his car.

He suffered a severe head injury and had been in a critical condition in hospital since the smash.

Jessica Ennis-Hill wins heptathlon gold at 2015 World Championships in Beijing

Jessica Ennis-Hill wins gold Credit: PA

Jessica Ennis-Hill has completed her golden comeback at the World Championships, winning her first major championship since London 2012 just 13 months after the birth of her son.

It was still unclear just four weeks ago whether the Olympic heptathlon champion would compete in Beijing, having only returned to action in May following the arrival of Reggie last summer.

The Olympic champion led the heptathlon going into today's final three events from nearest challenger and Team GB teammate Katrina Johnson-Thompson.

And after Jess recorded a seasons best of 6 metres 43 in the long jump, Johnson-Thompson fouled three times to end her challenge.

Jess then threw 42 metres 51 in the javelin which meant she went into the final event, the 800 metres, with a six second lead.

But just like in the Olympic stadium three years ago she romped home in first place to regain the title she last won in 2009.


Bulls land Featherstone's Mendeika

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone.

Bradford have signed Ireland international James Mendeika from Championship rivals Featherstone. Credit: Bradford Bulls

The 23-year-old former Warrington and London Broncos utility back, who appeared in all of Ireland's group games against Australia, Fiji and England in the 2013 World Cup, has joined the Bulls with immediate effect on a deal that takes him through to the end of the 2017 season.

"It is great to be back within a full-time environment and I am looking forward to repaying the faith the club has shown in me," said Mendeika.

Bradford coach James Lowes, who coached Mendeika during his time in charge of Warrington, said: "James is a very talented, up-and-coming player and we are pleased to have secured his services.

"Injuries have set him back a little over the past couple of years but he has a long career ahead and he is certainly looking to make a name for himself here."

Bruce determined despite six-game winless run

Hull City travel to Everton in the Premier League tonight in desperate need of three points after a run of six games without a win.

That winless streak leaves the Tigers perilously close to the relegation zone with only goal difference keeping them out.

Just last season Hull finished 16th in their first campaign back in the Premier League and also reached the FA Cup final:

Castleford Tigers' head coach Daryl Powell signs new long-term deal

Head Coach Daryl Powell during the First Utility match at the Mend-a-Hose Stadium Credit: PA Pictures

Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has signed a new long-term deal which will keep him at the club until the end of the 2019 season. Powell has masterminded an unbelievable 2014 season so far taking them to the top four in Super League – as well as the semi-finals of the cup.

Only Widnes Vikings stand between Powell leading the Tigers out at Wembley, and the club have moved quickly to tie down their man.

Tipped to be amongst the relegation candidates for 2014, Powell has overseen a remarkable transformation since arriving from Featherstone.

The club has three England internationals in Michael Shenton, Craig Huby and Daryl Clark.

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