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Odemwingie extends Stoke contract by another year

Peter Odemwingie flashed a big thumbs-up and an even bigger smile as he signed a one year extension to his Stoke City contract.

The Nigerian forward once famously turned up at QPR's Loftus Road ground on deadline day, only to be told by his club at the time, West Brom, that he wasn't going anywhere.

Stoke are also reportedly in talks with former Bayern Munich winger Xherdan Shaqiri after agreeing a £12m fee with Inter Milan for his signature.

Northampton Town sign sacked Leicester City goalkeeper

Former Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith Credit: Northampton Town FC

Northampton Town have given a second chance to disgraced Leicester City goalkeeper Adam Smith, after he was recently sacked by Leicester City for his part in a sex tape on their tour of Thailand.

The Cobbler's have signed the 22-year-old on a two-year-deal, subject to a medical.

Smith joined Leicester City in 2010 and spent five years with the Foxes, but had loan spells with six clubs including Cambridge and Stevenage.

"I'm aware that this signing will create debate. Adam was involved in an incident at Leicester that was very wrong and he knows that better than anyone. He paid a price for that, he has apologised and is ashamed of what happened.He is a very good goalkeeper, and one who needs to be in and around a first team place to push himself forward and I am sure he will prove a good addition."

– Chris Wilder, Manager, Northampton Town


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Broad sorry over missing event with 'migraine'

Stuart Broad reportedly went out drinking. Credit: PA

Stuart Broad says he missed a sponsors event on Thursday morning due a migraine.

It was reported that the England bowler has not returned to his hotel room until 7am on Thursday morning following a drinking session with Matt Prior, but the Nottinghamshire seamer has played down the claims.

I don't want to go into massive detail about it but I think it was probably not as bad as it was portrayed. And I woke up with a migraine.

I wasn't on England duty for the ECB but I did apologise for putting them in that position because after the week they've had with (Andrew) Strauss and Pietersen, it was probably not what they needed.

I feel like now is the time as a team that we need to go 'cricket, cricket, cricket' because when we do that, that is generally when we get some good results.

– Stuart Broad

Police warn against racist chanting at East Midlands derby

Racict chanting will not be tolerated during Wednesday's clash at the City Ground Credit: PA

Police have warned fans that racist chanting 'will not be accepted' during the game between Nottingham Forest and Leicester City tomorrow night.

Both clubs have been working with police to ensure that there are no incidents and measures are in place that will allow fans in attendance to report anybody falling foul of the rules.

A win for Leicester would see them open up a ten point gap between themselves and second place Burnley.


Sky Blue Trust react to High Court decision

The Sky Blues Trust, the Coventry City supporters club, has reacted to the decision in the High Court to grant a full-judicial review into the City Council's 'bailout' of the clubs former home at The Ricoh Arena.

The Ricoh Arena, former home of Coventry City FC, is the subject of a high-court case... Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A statement from Sky Blue Trust states:

"The club is dying in Northampton yet a resolution now appears as far away as ever...

...Sky Blue Trust calls upon all parties to put this matter to one side and use the time before the hearing to work together to find a way of bringing Coventry City home."

The owners of Coventry City, SISU, are pursuing the case in court because they say the council's £14million loan in January to the firm Arena Coventry Limited was unlawful under European 'state aid' legislation as ACL is part-owned by the council.

New Tigers Club Captain

Toby Flood has been confirmed as Leicester Tigers club captain for the 2013/14 season.

Toby Flood playing for Leicester Tigers at Twickenham Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

The England international led Tigers during the latter part of the 2012/13 season, including at the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill has revealed the fly-half will continue in his leadership role, following the retirement of Geordan Murphy.

Local sporting heroes join Athletics Open Day

Daniel Caines, an English athlete who competes in 400 metres, was born in Solihull Credit: Chris Clark/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former World Indoor Athletics Champion, Daniel Caines, will take part in an Athletics Open Day at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium today.

Paralympic Martin Crutchley is from Staffordshire Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

He will be joined by local hero and Paralympic shot putter Martin Crutchley, along with more than 30 aspiring young athletes.

The event is being held by the Join In initiative, which aims to encourage local sports clubs and communities to open their doors to visitors and volunteers.

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