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Rashid in the mix for new award

Yorkshire and England all-rounder Adil Rashid has been nominated for Professional Player of the Year at the inaugural Asian Cricket Awards.

Yorkshire all-rounder Adil Rashid Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Rashid was part of Yorkshire's LV= County Championship triumph this season and has played for the England one day squad.

Also nominated is Worcestershire's Moeen Ali, who contributed much towards England's recent series win against India, Warwickshire skipper Varun Chopra and Essex man Ravi Bopara


Shenton relishes a week off

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton says his side would relish the opportunity to have a week off.

Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton Credit: Press Association

Along with Challenge Cup winners Leeds Rhinos , the Tigers have played every week of the season since mid-February and they are hoping they can book their semi-finalplace at the first attempt when they take on St Helens tonight, especially having twice failed to secure silverware over the last month.

Beaten by the Rhinos at Wembley in August, Castleford let the League Leaders' Shield slip through grasp when losing 28-6 to the Catalans last Saturday but Shenton is confident they can still salvage something tangible from a season that promised so much.

We did a bit of sulking on the way back from France but, in the grand scheme of things, we should be proud of what we've achieved this season.

"Top four is a real achievement. It gives us either a week off or a second chance but the week is off is the one we'll be looking for because we haven't had one all year, we'd like that.

"There is so much more we can achieve this season if we get ourselves out of this little hole we've got ourselves into, this little slump of form.

"I think the pressure is off us, the pressure is on Saints a little bit more than it is on us. We'll just go and play, enjoy our rugby and give ourselves a good chance.

"We've had big challenges all year and most of the time managed to put good performances together. We will start afresh and go there real confident.

"The character is great in our team. The defeats hurt and I've not seen that for a long time at Castleford."

– Michael Shenton, Castleford Tigers captain


Redfearn doesn't know if he'll be in charge Huddersfield game

Leeds United's caretaker head coach Neil Redfearn says he doesn't know whether he'll be in charge of Leeds or not for the West Yorkshire derby between Leeds and Huddersfield on Saturday.

He has been in control of the team at Elland Road since the departure of Dave Hockaday last month. Earlier this week, Massimo Cellino revealed that Redfearn is now out of the running for the permanent head coach job.

'Twelve people a week' admitted to A&E in West Yorks with alcoholic liver disease

The true scale of heavy drinking in parts of our region is laid bare today with new figures showing that on average 12 people a week have to be admitted to as an emergency to hospitals in West Yorkshire because of liver disease caused by alcohol.

Figures for drinking in our region have been revealed Credit: PA

Leeds has the second highest number of emergency admissions to hospital in the country because of alcohol related liver disease. Manchester is the worst. In total 655 heavy drinkers in West Yorkshire had to be treated as an emergency because of damage to their livers in the last year, according to The Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Giants up for Super League playoff

The Huddersfield Giants get their Super League playoff campaign underway tonight when they travel to last year's champions Wigan.

But, even if they fail to beat the champions tonight they know they will get another chance after finishing the regular season in the top four.

Head Coach Paul Anderson is hoping they will get to the next stage at the first time of asking:

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