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See Jess Varnish claim bronze in cycling time trial

Birmingham-born Jess Varnish earlier claimed a bronze in the 500m time trial cycling event at the Commonwealth Games.

Varnish's time of 34.267 seconds was enough to get her on the podium. One of the sports greatest names Anna Meares from Australia took the gold there. There was also a 6th placed finish for Solihull's Danni Khan.

Pictures from BBC Sport.

Thorne 'gutted' after injury rules out Derby midfielder

Derby County midfielder, George Thorne, has posted on social media of his devastation that he will miss up to 9 months of football action with an injury.

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Obviously gutted doesn't really cut it, but I know how to handle it. Appreciate all the messages guys

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Dont forget what the team achieved last year. Exciting season ahead & I'll join them for the run in. Look forward to seeing the iPro rocking

Read: Injury blow for Derby County's new midfielder

Injury blow for Derby as new signing out for 9 months

George Thorne in action for Derby at Wembley last season
George Thorne in action for Derby at Wembley last season Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Derby County have been dealt a huge injury blow as new signing George Thorne has been ruled out of action for up to 9 months.

The 21-year-old only joined Derby last weekend after his transfer from West Bromwich Albion, but got injured during his first pre-season friendly against Zenit St Petersburg on Tuesday.

Scans have confirmed he has injured his Anterior Cruciate Ligament in his left knee, and will have to undergo surgery.

Derby boss, Steve McClaren told the club website:

At the time it looked to be innocuous as there was no-one near George and we thought he had just jarred his knee...

... It is a huge disappointment for George personally and we wish him a speedy recovery.

– Steve McClaren on dcfc.co.uk

His team mates have taken to Twitter to send their best wishes:

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Devastated to hear the news of @georgethorne15 injury! Huge blow 2 him + @dcfcofficial I'll look forward 2 seeing u come back stronger mate!

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Gutted for @georgethorne15 massive loss for us! But know he will bounce back again! Get yourself back for the run in bro x

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Midland hopefuls prepare for Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony gets underway tonight in Glasgow.

Commonwealth Games 2014 facts:

  • 71 nations and territories are taking part in the games.
  • This is the 20th Commonwealth Games.
  • The Games were originally known as the British Empire Games until a name change in 1978.
  • 3,000 volunteers from all over Scotland are taking part in the opening ceremony at Celtic Park.
  • The Queen's baton, containing a message from Her Majesty, has travelled for 250 days, visiting all of the 71 nations represented on its way to the opening ceremony.
  • Although there will be 40,000 people watching the opening ceremony at Celtic Park, the global TV audience for the curtain-raiser is expected to be a whopping 1.5 billion.

Adam Dixon from Nottingham is in the hockey team for his second Games after narrowly missing out on a medal in Delhi four years ago.

19-year-old Omar Tafail from Birmingham is taking part in the wrestling event and is hoping to come away a winner.

Click here for the latest from the Commonwealth Games.

The New Saints FC out of Champions League

The New Saints FC failed to reach the next round of the Champions League after losing 2-0 to SK Slovan Bratislava last night.

TNS are the current Welsh Premier League champions and are based in Oswestry in Shropshire.

They lost the Second Qualifying Round by 3-0 on aggregate.

Stoke City sign Barcelona's Bojan Krkic

Barcelona winger Bojan Krkic has signed a four-year deal to join Stoke City, the club has announced.

Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City
Bojan Krkic has been signed by Stoke City Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS

The 23-year-old left the Spanish team after 15 years, having started out at the club's La Masia Academy before going on to make 162 first team appearances.

He's the second FC Barcelona player to be snapped up by the Potters, who also signed Marc Muniesa last year.

Boost for West Bromwich Albion with summer signings

by James Clark

West Bromwich Albion have signed defender Andre Wisdom from Liverpool on a season-long loan. The England Under-21 international will wear the No.2 shirt at the Hawthorns. Wisdom, who spent last season on loan at Derby County, will fly out to meet his new team-mates at the club's pre-season training camp in California.

Meanwhile, Ben Foster has signed a new four-year deal with the Baggies.

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The @england keeper has signed a four-year deal, plus a further 12-month option in the club’s favour #wba

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.@benfoster: “It was something I wanted to get sorted as soon as possible. I’m very happy here. It was a very obvious & easy decision." #wba

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