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Bears announce Varun Chopra will be new captain

Champion cricketer Varun Chopra will take over as captain at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, team bosses have announced.

It comes after current skipper Jim Troughton was forced to retire through injury.

Varun Chopra will take over as captain at Warwickshire County Cricket Club Credit: PA

Currently the vice captain, 27 year old Chopra joined the Bears ahead of the 2010 season and was part of the victorious LV= County Championship side, led by Troughton, in 2012.

He has recorded 1,000 First Class runs in each of the last three seasons for Warwickshire.

The club's director of cricket, Dougie Brown, said:

Varun has done an outstanding job as vice-captain and in deputising for Jim. His captaincy credentials have been proven by the team’s excellent results in recent months and he is the natural successor to lead the club.

Whilst Jim’s injury has resulted in his premature retirement from the game, he remains a key member of the team management as we prepare for the Royal London Cup Final at Lord’s and approach our final LV= County Championship match next week.

– Dougie Brown, Warwickshire County Cricket Club

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Young players celebrate City of Football status

Young players from across Nottingham have joined forces to celebrate becoming Sport England's first City of Football.

The East Midland city beat competition from Manchester and Portsmouth to claim the title, which will see £1.6 million ploughed into attracting more young people to the sport.

The bid team and players Nottingham Forest and Notts County have gathered to celebrate the successful application Credit: ITV News Central

The footballers, members of Nottingham City Council and other representatives from public, private and voluntary groups involved gathered outside the council house to celebrate the announcement.

Read: Nottingham named Sport England's City of Football

The bid team and players Nottingham Forest and Notts County have gathered to celebrate the successful application Credit: ITV News Central
The bid team and players Nottingham Forest and Notts County have gathered to celebrate the successful application Credit: ITV News Central

Nottingham named as the first City of Football

Nottingham has today been named as Sport England's City of Football in a £1.6 million boost to the city.

It beat competition from Manchester and Portsmouth for the title with promises to attract more people aged between 14 and 25 into the sport.

The city will get £1.6m from the National Lottery after being named Sport England's City of Football Credit: PA

Sport England said Nottingham has clinched the deal by teaming up with a large group of private, public and voluntary groups - both inside and outside the usual football organisations - to draw up their bid.

The money, funded by the National Lottery, will go towards developing its GameCity festival, among other schemes designed to get more people involved in football.

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Could Wolves achieve successive promotions?

In 2013 they became the first club in history to endure back to back relegations from football's top flight - twice.

Now though, Wolves could achieve something really quite remarkable - successive promotions back to the top.

It is early days, but the team is currently one of the Championship's form sides and it seems everyone is crediting the turn around to one man.

Steve Clamp reports.

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