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Birmingham City take three points at Doncaster

Birmingham City have moved closer to safety after an important win away at Doncaster Rovers.

Doncaster looked on course to maintain their unbeaten home record when they scored just before half time.

Blues came back with goals in the 57th, 72nd and 76th minutes.

After the 3-1 victory, Birmingham are now 18th in the table with six games left to play.


Marlon King admits dangerous driving charge

King faces up to two years in jail
King faces up to two years in jail Credit: Press Association

Former Premier League footballer Marlon King today pleaded guilty at Nottingham Crown Court to dangerous driving after a three-car crash left a motorist with a fractured elbow.

King, of Torksey, Lincolnshire, was due to go on trial at Nottingham Crown Court today after pleading not guilty to a charge of dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

The footballer, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue suit and open-necked white shirt, changed his plea to one of guilty to the charge this morning.

The striker, who has played for Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Birmingham City, faces a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment.

Marlon King to go on trial on dangerous driving charge

Marlon King was released by Birmingham City in 2013
Marlon King was released by Birmingham City in 2013 Credit: Dave Howarth/EMPICS Sport

A former Premier League striker is to go on trial today charged with dangerous driving after a crash in Nottinghamshire left a motorist with a fractured elbow.

Marlon King, who has played for Nottingham Forest, Coventry City and Birmingham City is alleged to have committed the offence on his 33rd birthday while driving a Porsche Panamera on the A46 on 26 April.

A 35-year-old man was airlifted to hospital after the collision at Winthorpe, near Newark, which was witnessed by an off-duty police officer.

King, who is on bail, pleaded not guilty to dangerous driving, which carries a maximum sentence of two years' imprisonment, at a hearing at Nottingham Crown Court last November.

The Jamaican international was released by League One side Sheffield United in December.

Lee Clark says Yeung trial is not 'his concern'

Speaking at a press conference this morning ahead of Birmingham City's championship clash with Ipswich, manager Lee Clark refused to comment on the impending verdict of Carson Yeung's money laundering trial in Hong Kong.

He told ITV News Central that he was only concerned with matters on the pitch, and 'whatever happens elsewhere happens'.


Carson Yeung awaiting verdict of fraud trial

Carson Yeung arriving at court in Hong Kong today Credit: Reuters

Birmingham City Football Club's owner Carson Yeung is awaiting a verdict on charges of money laundering, following a trial in Hong Kong.

Yeung, who denies the allegations, resigned from his positions on boards relating to the club earlier this month.The judge in the case spent a full day in court reading just under a third of the 112-page report, on which he's based his decision.

The hearing will conclude at the beginning of next week.

Care home 'missed' opportunities to help pensioner killed by train

A coroner says neglect contributed to the death of a dementia patient from Birmingham. John Nicholls, 76, was a former football player for Birmingham City.

He escaped from his care home and was hit by a train in February 2011. The coroner says the care home did not assess his needs properly and that it missed opportunities to refer his case to social services.

The coroner said Mr Nicholls was in a home not sufficient for his needs and that staffing levels were insufficient. She said he had made previous attempts to escape because he "simply wanted to go home." Not referring these to social services was a "missed opportunity".

Speaking via her lawyer, Mr Nicholls' youngest daughter Justine said:

"Our concerns are that lessons must be learned to ensure that vulnerable elderly people are provided with appropriate levels of care and in the correct environment for their particular needs in order to avoid these tragedies occurring in the future."

At the time of Mr Nicholls death, Heartlands Care Home was run by Southern Cross. In a statement, the new owners said:

"Orchard took over the running of this home in October 2011 and since then we have made significant changes to the security of the home.

Our most recent Care Quality Commission inspection in October 2013 was extremely positive. Heartlands today is a very different place from the one we inherited and we consider it to be a safe and happy home."

Can Leicester City make history in Birmingham clash?

Seven straight successive league wins have earned Leicester City the current top spot in the Championship.

The Foxes take on Birmingham City in the league this evening and are on the verge of breaking a club record.

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson will be hoping for a win tonight Credit: Joe Giddens /EMPICS Sport/PA

If Leicester beat Birmingham at St Andrews, the club's all-time record of eight successive wins will be broken.

Leicester currently sit eight points clear at the top of the Championship, with Birmingham in 17th position.

You can follow live updates from St Andrews from 19:45 on the ITV Sport website.

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