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Great Birmingham Run taking place

The Great Birmingham Run is taking place in Birmingham today.

The finish line on Broad Street Credit: ITV News Smith/Wesley Smith

21,000 runners are taking part in the 13.1-mile race, which is the biggest half-marathon in the Midlands.

The course includes iconic sites in the city, including the Bullring, Cadbury's factory in Bournville and Edgbaston cricket ground.

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Froch: I am so proud of my Nottingham roots

Nottingham boxer Carl Froch has spoken of his pride in his home city, as he prepares to be awarded the title of Honorary Freeman of the City.

I feel deeply honoured to be made a Freeman of the City.

I've always been proud of my roots in Nottingham and I'm very grateful for the fantastic support I've received from the people of this city throughout my career.

I would like to take this opportunity to invite my fans and the people of Nottingham to join me in this celebration of my sporting achievements.

– Carl Froch

He will be presented with the accolade at a free special event at the Royal Concert Hall from 6pm.

Carl Froch to be named 'Freeman of the City' today

Champion boxer Carl Froch will be made an Honorary Freeman of the City at a free special event in Nottingham today.

An Evening with Carl Froch will be held at the Royal Concert Hall, where the IBF and WBA World Super-Middleweight title holder will be awarded the honour.

Froch is first the first Nottingham sportsman to receive the accolade while still competing. Credit: PA

The ceremony will then be followed by a celebration of his life and career, with a Q&A session to give fans the chance to quiz their sporting hero.

Being made an Honorary Freeman of the City is the highest honour the council can bestow, and is only given to a "person of distinction or who has rendered eminent service to the city".

Froch is first the first Nottingham sportsman to receive the accolade while still competing.

Carl Froch may quit if special fight not in the pipeline

Nottingham boxing champion Carl Froch has told ITV News that he'd consider retiring if a special bout is not in the pipeline.

In an exclusive interview with ITV Central reporter Steve Clamp, the four time world champion said that that he is close to confirming a Las Vegas fight with Mexican middleweight Julio Chavez Junior.

Watch the full interview here:

Froch will be awarded the freedom of his home city at a ceremony tomorrow evening.

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Director of cricket role axed at Leicestershire CCC

Leicestershire announce the role of director is to be scrapped but Phil Whitticase has not left the club.

Phil Whitticase Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Archive/Press Association Images

After failing to win a County Championship match for the second time in a row, The Foxes have reviewed their set-up and announced that the position of director of cricket is being 'out-structured'.

The former director of cricket Phil Whitticase's new role has not yet been confirmed.

Froch near to confirming Vegas fight with Chavez Jnr

Carl Froch has told ITV News exclusively that he is near to confirming he will fight in Las Vegas against Mexican boxer Julio Chavez Jnr.

He told us:

I've said before if I can't fight in Vegas I'll probably call it a day, it has to be big, and Chavez Jnr is that man, and I have had a good chat with my promoter this morning and we are making good progress with that fight and hopefully we'll have an announcement soon.

– Carl Froch
Nottingham boxer Carl Froch Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"I've said before if I can't fight in Vegas I'll probably call it a day, it has to be big, and Chavez Jnr is that man, and I have had a good chat with my promoter this morning and we are making good progress with that fight and hopefully we'll have an announcement soon."

More tickets available for Carl Froch's 'Freeman of the City'

A final extra batch of free tickets to see boxer Carl Froch be awarded the Freeman of the City will be released later today.

Carl Froch Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Members of the public have been invited to the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham to watch the IBF and WBA World Super-Middleweight Boxing Champion be awarded the City’s highest honour this Thursday.

The free tickets go on sale at 12pm

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