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Wolves and Ipswich share the spoils in early kick-off

Benik Afobe equalised by Wolves needed a win. Credit: PA

Wolves striker Benik Afobe kept their fading promotion hopes alive as his 31st goal of the season salvaged a 1-1 Championship draw against play-off rivals Ipswich at Molineux.

Afobe, who scored 19 goals on loan at MK Dons before joining Wolves from Arsenal in January for £2million, pounced after 50 minutes to cancel out a 21st-minute own goal from Richard Stearman.

It was a vital strike from Afobe as the Black Country side were heading for a third successive defeat which would have all but ended their play-off hopes.

While Wolves are just about still alive in the promotion race, Ipswich remain well placed for a top-six finish despite failing to hold on to the advantage they were presented by Stearman.

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy, who was in charge at Wolves for almost six years before being sacked in February 2012, has steered them to 75 points and knows that winning their final two games of the season would secure a place in the play-offs.

Run from Shropshire to London for 53 marathon champion - before tackling London Marathon

Credit: Amy Huges

A runner from Shropshire who smashed a world record by completing 53 marathons in 53 days is beginning a new challenge today - running from Oswestry in Shropshire to London, before taking on the London Marathon.

Amy Hughes completed the 53 marathons to raise money for a children's brain tumour research charity and to promote healthy living.

Her itinerary for the next few days is:

  • Saturday 18th Oswestry - Telford. (33 miles)
  • Sunday 19th Telford - Birmingham (35 miles)
  • Monday 20th Birmingham - Rugby (35 miles)
  • Tuesday 21st Rugby - Northampton (22 miles)
  • Wednesday 22nd Northampton - Luton (37 miles)
  • Thursday 23rd Luton - St Albans (12 miles)
  • Thursday 23rd Travel to Bedford to attend a Kelly Holmes event.
  • Friday 24th St Albans - Trafalgar Square (25 miles)
  • Friday 24th Attend and present an award at the running awards at the O2 arena.
  • Saturday 25th Marathon registration.
  • Sunday 26th London Marathon Day (26.2 miles)


Pearson: 'Confidence high' as Leicester City look to continue fight for survival

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson says his players belief they can avoid relegation from the Premier League as they look to make it three wins on the bounce tomorrow.

The Foxes host Swansea, and a win could put them level on points with Hull City in 17th in other results go their way.

Pearson also revealed another boost, declaring that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash at the King Power Stadium.

However, he admits he does need other sides in the relegation dog fight to start dropping points.

Dare to dream? PM excited by Aston Villa's semi-final

On a visit to Solihull to make an announcement on jobs as part of the Conservatives' election campaign, the Prime Minister David Cameron said he was looking forward to Aston Villa's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley tomorrow.

Villa beat local rivals West Bromwich Albion to reach Wembley, and recorded an important win at Tottenham Hotspur last weekend to give their Premier League survival hopes a boost.


Head injuries on agenda for FA experts' panel after Jeff Astle case

The FA has asked a number of leading professionals in head injury and concussion to form a new independent panel of experts to advise the organisation and football in England.

Jeff Astle Credit: PA

In recent years there has been an increasing awareness of the possible effects of head injuries and concussion across a number of sports including football, driven by the high-profile case of former West Bromwich Albion and England forward Jeff Astle.

At the weekend, Albion honoured their former centre-forward and celebrated his career at the fixture against Leicester City, playing in the famous all-white kit they wore in the 1968 FA Cup Final win over Everton, when Astle scored the only goal of the game to complete his record of scoring in every round of the Cup.

Charity match played in honour of Northampton Saints' former chairman

Leon Barwell died aged 46 after suffering from cancer for 18 months. Credit: ITV News Central

Rugby World Cup winners came together to support a cancer charity set up in memory of Northampton Saints' former chairman, Leon Barwell.

Stars like Jason Robinson and Matt Dawson took to the field for a charity football match at Sixfields in his memory this afternoon.

The money raised by the game will help support families of other cancer victims.

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