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Harrogate footballers crowned world champions

A squad of ex-professionals and veteran amateurs from Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football World Champions for the 4th time.

Harrogate Veterans FC have been crowned football Seniors World Champions for the 4th time Credit: Paul Bell

The Harrogate Veterans have represented England at the annual Seniors World Cup in Thailand for the past 10 years - the players are in their 40s and 50s.

They won the World Cup in 2016 and this year proved victorious again, defeating Iran 2-0 in the final in the torrid tropical temperatures of Northern Thailand.

The tournament was first played in 2006 following the devastating tsunami that hit the country.

Authorities hoped the competition, featuring teams from around the world, would help rebuild tourism after the disaster - and provide additional football coaching for underprivileged children.

Former Leeds RU stars set to face Argentina

Former Leeds rugby union stars George Ford and Danny Care are in the starting line-up for England to face Argentina on Saturday.

Former Otley schoolboy Danny Care Credit: PA

Care, 30, who was at Leeds Tykes between 2003 - 2006 before moving to Harlequins, and Ford, 24, who played twice on loan for Leeds Carnegie in 2012 are coach Eddie Jones' first choice half-back pairing for the first Test against the Pumas in San Juan.

George Ford, who went to Rishworth School , near Halifax Credit: PA

Former Castleford Tigers record-breaking winger Denny Solomona , who controversially switched codes last year, has been named on the bench.

The England team for Saturday's first Test in San Juan is:

England: M Brown (Harlequins); M Yarde (Harlequins), H Slade (Exeter), A Lozowski (Saracens), J May Gloucester); G Ford (Bath), D Care (Harlequins); E Genge (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton, capt), H Williams (Exeter), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Ewels (Bath), M Wilson (Newcastle), T Curry (Sale), N Hughes (Wasps).

Replacements: J Singleton (Worcester), M Mullan (Wasps), W Collier (Harlequins), N Isiekwe (Saracens), D Armand (Exeter), J Maunder (Exeter), P Francis (Northampton), D Solomona (Sale).

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Yorkshire soldier revealed as London Bridge hero

An off-duty Yorkshire soldier has revealed how he used battlefield training to save victims of Saturday's terrorist attack in London. Lieutenant Jared Bambridge, of the1st Battalion, the Yorkshire Regiment, ran towards danger to tend to stab victims, saving a 51-year-old man with two knife wounds. In fact, he helped 10 of the wounded over more than two hours, as Jon Hill reports.

Brit, 31, falls to death from hotel balcony in Thailand

Christopher Laidler was on holiday in the resort of Pattaya. Credit: Family handout

A 31-year-old British man has fallen to his death from a hotel balcony in Thailand.

Christopher Laidler, from Pontefract, was on holiday in the resort of Pattaya at the time.

He fell into the street below in the early hours of Friday and is understood to have died on his way to hospital.

A Foreign Office spokesman confirmed a man had died and they were providing assistance to his family.

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Picasso prints coming to Barnsley

A Barnsley museum is preparing to welcome ground-breaking artwork by Picasso.

Jacqueline Reading by Picasso Credit: Gareth Jones

The free exhibition featuring 17 original linocut prints will open at the town centre’s newly transformed Cooper Gallery on Saturday 21st January. It will be the first time the famous artist’s work has been displayed in Barnsley, and the first time these linocuts have visited Yorkshire.

Barnsley was chosen as one of only three places in the country to host the exhibition, which is on loan from the British Museum for its inaugural tour of the UK.

The artwork has already been on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery in Liverpool, and will go on to be shown in Coventry.

The exhibition pieces will include the iconic ‘Still Life under the Lamp’, and ‘Jacqueline Reading’, which depicts his wife and muse. Both prints were made in 1962, when Picasso was 80 years old.

The artist explored the technique of linocutting in the late 1950s and early 1960s, repeatedly cutting, printing and cleaning just one piece of lino to build up bold and often colourful images.

Picasso's Still Life Under The Lamp is coming to Barnsley Credit: Gareth Jones

“Picasso is often referred to as the most influential and celebrated European artist of the 20th century so we are incredibly proud that these prestigious works will be on display here in Barnsley.

“The techniques he employed to create the prints were ground-breaking at the time and this is a fantastic opportunity for people from across Yorkshire to experience original artworks by a world-renowned artist right on their doorstep.”

– Sarah Briggs, exhibitions officer at Barnsley Council

The Cooper Gallery, which is run and operated by Barnsley Council on behalf of the Cooper Gallery Trustees, was transformed in the spring of 2016 to double its exhibition space.

‘Picasso Linocuts’ will run until April 29th, and a series of educational talks and activities are planned to take place alongside the display.

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with the British Museum and the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with support from the Dorset Foundation.

Yorkshire sign Aussie star Handscomb for 2017

Australian Test star Peter Handscomb has signed for Yorkshire County Cricket Club for the forthcoming season.

Peter Handscomb

Handscomb made his Test debut for Australia at the end of November and has impressed as a top order batsman, scoring 105 in only his second match for the baggy green.

The 25-year-old has played 64 First-Class matches and has a batting average of 41.37. The Victoria and Melbourne Stars batsman will be available to play in all three formats for Yorkshire over the summer.

Peter Handscomb

Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket said: “We are delighted to secure Peter’s signature for the 2017 season. Peter is a player that we have been aware of for a couple of years now and he has made an excellent start to his Test career.

“We look forward to welcoming him to Headingley and hope that he enjoys playing his cricket for Yorkshire next year.”

– Martyn Moxon, Director of Cricket

“Peter is someone that we have had our eye on for a while. We looked at him as an option for last season, but the schedules didn’t quite work out. Since then he has gone from strength-to-strength, breaking into the Australian team and scoring his first Test hundred last week.

“We are getting a guy who is on the up. He is young and wants to prove himself on the biggest stage. That will be good for us in county cricket.

“Number three is where he might slot into in county cricket, but that is yet to be decided. He gives us another option with the gloves as well as he keeps wicket in the shorter forms for Victoria.

“The good thing is that he is a good player in all formats which suits us well given that he will be available for most of the season.”

– Andrew Gale, First Team Coach
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