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Jodie Stimpson: 'missing London 2012 was the kick up the backside I needed'

Midlands athlete Jodie Stimpson says missing the Olympic Games was 'the kick up the backside she needed.'

She didn't compete in London 2012 but says it spurred her on to medal victory this year.

She won gold for England in the Women's individual triathlon at the Commonwealth games yesterday.

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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.

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