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Nottingham Panthers make history with Continental Cup win

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The Nottingham Panthers have made ice hockey history as the first British winners in Europe.

The went into the game against Ritten Sport in Italy knowing a point would give them a place in the history books.

Panthers went in as the lowest-ranked team in the final but ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over the Italian hosts to earn the trophy.

Rittner, needed 3 goals in the final 20 minutes but were unable to come up with the necessary pressure to worry a strong Nottingham defense.

Panthers face Ritten in European decider

Nottingham Panthers Credit: PA

Nottingham Panthers coaching staff say they'll be ready when the puck drops tonight in the deciding match of this year's Continental Cup against Ritten Sport in Italy.

Panthers, Odense and Ritten are competing to win the trophy.

Panthers' head coach Corey Neilson said:

Ritten are the team most used to the ice conditions here so we have a big job to do but we've come a long way and we don't want to go home empty handed.

– Panthers' head coach, Corey Neilson

Stephen Schultz has been ruled out of tonight's European decider through injury but Alex Nikiforuk has flown back to Ritten to help boost Panthers' chances.

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Trust urges Nottingham Forest Chairman to reconsider takeover talks

Forest Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi Credit: PA

Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust has released a statement urging Forest Chairman, Fawaz Al Hasawi, to continue talks with multi-millionaire businessman, John Moores, to buy the club.

It is after Nottingham Forest announced the proposed takeover had fallen through, after negotiations had broken down.

Our club needs to draw a line under the poor performances and leadership on and off the pitch and the takeover gave us that chance.

So we urge Fawaz and JJM to get back round the table and find a way of concluding the deal.

– Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust

The trust has asked Fawaz to give the following assurances:

  • Can you assure us that you remain financially committed to the football club?
  • Can you assure us that we will not be selling the players we need to keep us in the championship and that we will be active in the transfer market?
  • Can you make it clear who is running the football club on a day to day basis?

In the interests of our great club, please open up.

– Nottingham Forest Supporters Trust

Breaking: Nottingham Forest transfer embargo lifted

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Drivers urged to take care on the roads after snow warning

Berryhill in Stoke on Trent Credit: Eddy Atkinson

Parts of the region have had a snowy start to the day. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and ice and are warning drivers to take extra care while on the road and allow extra time for their journeys.

There are also flood warnings in place for parts of Lincolnshire and residents are being told to prepare for large waves and possible flooding.

The Ministry of Defence said about 100 soldiers from the Catterick army base have been deployed to Skegness, where about 3,000 residents have been urged to leave their homes or move upstairs.

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Woman taken to hospital after collision with police car

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A woman has been taken to hospital after a collision with a police car.

The police vehicle was on its way to an incident when the collision happened.

Wilkinson Street in Nottingham was closed off near to the Whitemoor tram stop following the‎ incident at 6.45pm on Wednesday 11 January.

She was taken to hospital but the extent of her injuries are not yet known.

Warning for commuters in the Midlands over snow forecast

Gritters have been out overnight Credit: ITV News Central

Commuters are braced for travel disruption during the evening rush hour on Thursday with sleet and snow forecast for parts of the region.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow and say heavy rain and strong winds may prove additional hazards. As skies clear on Thursday night there is also potential for widespread ice to form quite rapidly on untreated surfaces.

Councils across the Midlands have said they are ready to deal with the weather disruption and that gritting teams will be working through the night.

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