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Sherwood 'bets' Benteke won't join Liverpool

Benteke is wanted by Liverpool Credit: PA

Tim Sherwood says that Christian Benteke will be at Aston Villa next season despite Liverpool wanting to secure the Belgian striker's services.

Sherwood won a bet with a reporter for £100 that Randy Lerner wouldn't sell the club last season and when asked if Benteke would be at the club for the upcoming campaign, the Villa boss responded: “Yes, another £100 that he will."

"We want Christian here,” Sherwood told Sky Sports News. “We want to keep our best players and Christian is certainly one of those”.

It's been reported that Liverpool have bid for Benteke but are unwilling to meet his £32.5million buyout clause.


Pictures: Silverstone crowds in high spirits after Lewis Hamilton win

Crowds cheering as Lewis Hamilton wins the British Grand Prix for the third time. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
Thousands of people were at Silverstone today for the British Grand Prix. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
Lewis Hamilton waves to fans after his win at Silverstone. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
The atmosphere has been described as amazing on social media. Credit: ITV News Central/ Joe Davies
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Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton has won the British Formula One Grand Prix for Mercedes.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg finished second while Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel was third at a rain-hit Silverstone.

The 30-year-old home favourite extended his lead over his Mercedes team-mate to 17 points in the championship, after overcoming a poor start and two rain showers.

Today's win seals Hamilton's fifth victory from nine races this season.

Travelling to Silverstone: Road closures and diversions

The A43 is closed to non-race traffic. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire/PA Images

No through traffic on the A43 due in both directions between the B4525 (Syresham) and Brackley Road (Towcester). Only race traffic can use this section of the A43.

A one way system is due to be in place for traffic heading to Silverstone in the morning and away in the afternoon.

This system will be in place between 5:30 and 18:00 today.

Diversions will be in place on the A421 and A422 past Buckingham and the A508 to/from M1 J15 as well as the A361 from Daventry to M40 J11.

Local traffic is advised to use back routes past Litchborough, Adstone and Thorpe Mandeville.


Former Derbyshire cricketer has heart attack

The former Derbyshire and England cricketer, Bob Taylor, has suffered a heart attack, and is in hospital awaiting a bypass operation.

Wicketkeeper Bob Taylor in action for England against Pakistan in 1982 Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport

The 73-year-old suffered the heart attack last Wednesday, according to Derbyshire Cricket Club.

Bob is a legend of the game and has been a tremendous supporter of cricket in the county following his retirement from the game.

We have passed on the best wishes of everyone associated with Derbyshire County Cricket Club and the county's cricket communities to his wife Cathy and his family and will continue to hold them in our thoughts."

– Chris Grant, Derbyshire CCC chairman

Taylor played 57 Tests and 27 one-day internationals for England. In his first-class career he scored 12,065 runs, taking 1,473 catches and 76 stumpings in 639 matches.

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West Brom in talks over takeover

West Brom could get new owners very soon. Credit: PA

The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

Speculation has linked a Chinese consortium with the club but there has been no confirmation of the identity of the party to whom exclusivity has been granted.

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Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.

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