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Hereford United beaten 6-0 in non publicised match

Hereford United were beaten 6-0 by Turkish side Besiktas last night.

The friendly match was not publicised to fans or the media until it was revealed by the club on Twitter shortly before kick-off, the Hereford Times has reported.

Hereford cannot play matches at Edgar Street in front of fans because of safety concerns from Herefordshire Council.

Ex-Tigers hooker attacked by machete gang

Three international rugby players - including one former Leicester Tigers star - are recovering in hospital after being attacked by a machete-wielding gang in the south of France.

Former hooker for the Tigers, Benjamin Kayser, was walking back to a hotel with fellow Clermont players Julien Pierre and Aurelien Rougerie when they were set upon, suffering serious cuts from weapons including knives, machetes and swords.

Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked
Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Kayser had to undergo surgery for his wounds, which included the slicing of his left arm and hand. His recovery is expected to take around four weeks.

Rougerie was hit in the neck with a shovel, while Pierre - the most seriously injured - had severe cuts and a hip injury.

An investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, members of the rugby world have been taking to Twitter to express their shock, including Tigers academy coach Brett Deacon.

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Bloody hell this is nuts! Get well soon lads! http://t.co/PaTazOCfU8 3 French rugby players attacked with machetes and swords

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Hundreds take part in Birmingham triathlon

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Swimmers finish water stage of Birmingham triathlon Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

The City of Birmingham Triathlon is taking place in Sutton Park this morning.

Organisers say more than 1,300 people are competing in the event - now in its third year.

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Runners finishing Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

It involves an open water swim in Powell's Pool, a cycle around the closed-to-traffic roads within Sutton Park, before finishing with a run through heathland and woodland.

Starting in different 'waves' the Olympic male competitors were in the water at 7 am, with the last competitors expected to cross the finish line around 1.30 pm.

West Brom sign Brown Ideye for club record fee

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Brown Ideye has signed from Dynamo Kiev Credit: PA

West Brom have announced the club-record signing of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev.

The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth, and moves for an undisclosed fee in excess of that paid for Stephane Sessegnon when the midfielder moved from Sunderland last year.

Albion head coach, Alan Irvine, said:

Brown is a quality striker and I'm looking forward to working with him.

He's a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.

Ideye has been handed the number nine shirt at the Hawthorns and will join up with the squad when they return from a pre-season training camp in California.

He scored 34 goals in three seasons in Ukraine, having previously played for Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax after starting his career in his homeland with Ocean Boys.

He has won 24 caps for Nigeria, scoring five times including in the semi-final as the Super Eagles won last year's African Nations Cup.

Derby County sign George Thorne from West Brom

Derby County has confirmed signing of George Thorne from West Bromwich Albion.

The 21-year-old midfielder has joined the club on a four-year deal after an undisclosed fee was agreed with the Baggies.

Thorne was identified as one of Derby’s top transfer targets this summer after he impressed during a loan spell with the Rams last season.

He made 12 appearances in total and scored twice.

Head Coach Steve McClaren, said:

We’re really pleased that George Thorne has joined us on a permanent basis.

I am sure the fans will be delighted to welcome him back and we’re equally pleased that he sees Derby County as the right place for him at this point of his career.

He was one of the first players Ispoke about with our Head of Football Operations Chris Evans when he arrived inNovember, and we were well aware of his qualities when he joined us on loan in January.

After being patient in waiting for his chance in the side, he showed what he could do on the pitch. His level of performance was excellent.

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Martin O'Neill 'confident' Roy Keane will benefit from his dual role

The Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is confident his number two Roy Keane will benefit from his joint role as Aston Villa's assistant manager.

O'Neill told the Irish Independent:

My view is if it doesn't impinge on the job here with Ireland, then in actual fact it will end up being good for him.I know that if we couldn't have made it work, he wouldn't have taken the job in the first place.If his commitments to us - both on the commercial side and certainly from my viewpoint in terms of the time working with players - is not impinged at all, then I'm happy for it to go ahead, genuinely happy.Villa have agreed to give him all that time with us and therefore I don't really have a problem with it.

– Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland manager
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