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Is Manchester big enough for two ice hockey teams?

The Manchester Storm ice hockey franchise has re-formed after a 13-year absence.

The side used to regularly pull in crowds of 17000 and more in the late 1990s before folding due to financial problems in 2002.

They have now been handed a place in the Elite League once again and both they and the Manchester Phoenix, the club originally set up to replace them, have insisted there is room in Manchester for two teams.

Mike Hall reports.

Griffin pens Salford extension

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Former Hull KR and London Broncos forward George Griffin has signed a two-year contract extension with Salford.

The 23-year-old back rower joined the Red Devils on a 12-month deal at the start of the season and has so far made nine appearances, two of them alongside his older brothers Josh and Darrell, after returning from a loan spell at Wakefield.

Salford coach Iestyn Harris said:

"We're delighted that George has extended his contract at the club. In his time here he's shown real potential as a first-team player and worked hard to cement his place in the squad. We'll hopefully see a lot more of him during his next two years at the club."

– Salford coach Iestyn Harris

Centre Junior Sa'u and prop Carl Forster also signed new two-year contracts with the Red Devils earlier this week.


"Pressure all on Canada", says England and Man City's Jill Scott

England and Man City midfielder Jill Scott has said the pressure is all on Canada ahead of their World Cup quarter final on Saturday.

Scott and her England team-mates take on the hosts in Vancouver in front of what is likely to be a large home-crowd but she believes England can overcome that disadvantage.

She also hailed Manchester City team-mates Lucy Bronze and Steph Houghton who score the key goals in England's 2-1 victory over Norway in the Second Roudn earlier this week.

Stockport duo given winnable first round matches at Wimbledon

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Stockport's Liam Broady has been drawn against world number 138 Marinko Matoseviic from Australia in the first round of Wimbledon which starts next week.

The 21-year-old was given a wildcard for the Championships but has a good record in the Juniors at Wimbledon, winning a Doubles title in 2010 and making the Boys' Singles Final in 2011.

If the Brit can make a strong run on home soil he could face French Open champion and fourth seed Stan Wawrinka in the Round of 16.

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In the Ladies' Singles Liam's sister Naomi Broady takes on Mariana Duque-Marino from Colombia.

She delivered her best performance in the Singles last year making the second round.

If she makes it through Broady could face women's fourth seed and former champion Maria Sharapova in the third round.


Predator's instinct: Robin van Persie accidentally lands shark during holiday deep-sea fishing expedition

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has posted a video on Facebook of a deep-sea fishing expedition in which he caught a shark.

The predator gave his Dutch counterpart and the crew of his boat quite a shock as it pulled on the boat's fishing line before careering to the surface of the water.

The Dutchman confirmed he released the shark and nobody was hurt.

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