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West Brom's Saido Berahino misses out on England debut

West Bromwich Albion star Saido Berahino was forced to watch England from the sidelines last night as he missed out on making his senior international debut.

Saido Berahino Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The 21-year-old looked on from the bench, for the second match running, as England secured a 3-1 victory over Scotland.

He will have to wait until March at the earliest now to win his first senior cap.

Former Premier League footballer denies match-fixing

A former West Brom footballer has denied being part of a match-fixing conspiracy.

Ex-Premier League star Delroy Facey pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit bribery at Birmingham Crown Court.

Former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey leaves Birmingham Crown Court Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The striker, who played for Bolton, Hull and West Brom, is alleged to have committed the offence by offering financial advantage to others, including professional footballers, in November 2013.

Officers from the National Crime Agency charged Facey in September as part of what they described as an ongoing match-fixing investigation.

The 34-year-old was bailed to appear for trial at the same court on April 13 next year.

Wasps rugby club announce full ownership of Ricoh Arena

Wasps rugby club have announced that it now has a 100% shareholding of Arena Coventry Limited, the company that owns the Ricoh Arena, having acquired a 50% shareholding from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.

Coventry City taking on Yeovil Town at the Ricoh Arena in September. Credit: PA

The Club had previously acquired a 50% shareholding in Arena Coventry Limited from Coventry City Council on Wednesday 8 October.

Wasps have also also announced that they will rename the ‘North Stand’ of the Ricoh Arena as ‘The Higgs Charity Stand’.

For every Wasps match ticket sold in this newly renamed stand, the club will donate 50p to the Alan Edward Higgs Charity.

We are delighted to confirm our acquisition of the remaining 50% shareholding in the Ricoh Arena. Since the news was first announced of our move, we have been overwhelmed by the warm welcome we have received from the local community. We are looking forward to embedding ourselves in the region and helping promote rugby – something we have already committed to by making over 12,000 free tickets available to Coventry schools and rugby clubs.

– Nick Eastwood, Wasps Chief Executive


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink new Burton Albion Manager

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink during his stint at Nottingham Forest Credit: PA

Burton Albion has announced former Chelsea and Athletico Madrid player Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has been appointed as manager.

Hasselbaink has previously worked with the coaching staff at Nottingham Forest, and also spent a year managing Royal Antwerp in the Belgian Second Division.

He'll start training with the Brewers from today, replacing Gary Rowett who left to manage Birmingham City last month.

Sir Stanley Matthews' FA Cup medal sells for £220,000

Sir Stanley Matthews' winning FA Cup medal has been sold for £220,000 in an auction.

The medal was auctioned by Stoke based Nick Hancock for £220,000. Credit: Michael Stephens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The medal was auctioned for Stoke-based former BBC presenter, Nick Hancock, who originally bought it in 2001.

Sir Stanley, who is also from Stoke, won the medal in the 1953 FA Cup final.

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