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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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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

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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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Hereford United beaten 6-0 in non publicised match

Hereford United were beaten 6-0 by Turkish side Besiktas last night.

The friendly match was not publicised to fans or the media until it was revealed by the club on Twitter shortly before kick-off, the Hereford Times has reported.

Hereford cannot play matches at Edgar Street in front of fans because of safety concerns from Herefordshire Council.

It has been reported the match took place somewhere near Leeds.

Ex-Tigers hooker attacked by machete gang

Three international rugby players - including one former Leicester Tigers star - are recovering in hospital after being attacked by a machete-wielding gang in the south of France.

Former hooker for the Tigers, Benjamin Kayser, was walking back to a hotel with fellow Clermont players Julien Pierre and Aurelien Rougerie when they were set upon, suffering serious cuts from weapons including knives, machetes and swords.

Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked
Former Leicester Tigers star Benjamin Kayser was among those attacked Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Kayser had to undergo surgery for his wounds, which included the slicing of his left arm and hand. His recovery is expected to take around four weeks.

Rougerie was hit in the neck with a shovel, while Pierre - the most seriously injured - had severe cuts and a hip injury.

An investigation has been launched.

Meanwhile, members of the rugby world have been taking to Twitter to express their shock, including Tigers academy coach Brett Deacon.

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Medal winners hopes for Commonwealth Games success

Chris Adcock is preparing for this year's Commonwealth games
Chris Adcock is preparing for this year's Commonwealth games. Credit: PA

Leicester's Chris Adcock is preparing for this year's Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

Chris, who is in England's badminton team and plays alongside his wife Gabby, says he's aiming to improve on his performance from four years ago.

He won a bronze medal at the competition in Delhi.

Hundreds take part in Birmingham triathlon

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Swimmers finish water stage of Birmingham triathlon Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

The City of Birmingham Triathlon is taking place in Sutton Park this morning.

Organisers say more than 1,300 people are competing in the event - now in its third year.

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Runners finishing Credit: ITV News / Andy Bevan

It involves an open water swim in Powell's Pool, a cycle around the closed-to-traffic roads within Sutton Park, before finishing with a run through heathland and woodland.

Starting in different 'waves' the Olympic male competitors were in the water at 7 am, with the last competitors expected to cross the finish line around 1.30 pm.

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