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Cheshire equestrian is China's 'One in a Billion'

The Olympic dreams of China's leading equestrian has brought Alex Hua Tian to a stables in Cheshire.

Alex has British and Chinese heritage.

An international upbringing saw him spend his early years in Beijing and Hong Kong where he first rode a horse.

He shot to fame in China in 2008 when at the Beijing Games he became the first person to represent his country in an equestrian event. A feat that's led to people in China calling him "One in a Billion."

Now from his base in Alderley Edge he's hoping for success at the Rio Olympics.


Football League fixtures announced

Wigan Athletic celebrate promotion back to the Championship Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The fixtures for the 2016/17 Football League season have been announced. Find out who our North West teams face on the opening games of the season right here.

Saturday August 6th


  • Blackburn v Norwich
  • Bristol City v Wigan
  • Reading v Preston
New Bolton manager Phil Parkinson begin his reign at the club at home to Sheff United Credit: Steven Paston/PA Archive/Press Association Images


  • Bolton v Sheff United
  • Bury v Charlton
  • Millwall v Oldham
  • Northampton v Fleetwood
  • Rochdale v Peterborough
Gary Bowyer starts life as Blackpool manager with a home game against Exeter Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Archive/Press Association Images


  • Accrington v Doncaster
  • Blackpool v Exeter
  • Grimsby v Morecambe
  • Stevenage v Crewe


Prince Harry in Stockport for rugby skills workshop

Prince Harry joined an RFU-backed community rugby programme in Alexandra Park in Stockport to get youngsters to play the sport.

Harry is Vice-Patron of the Rugby Football Union Credit: ITV Granada

The RFU has partnered with StreetGames, as part of their Try for Change initiative designed to promote and broaden the reach of rugby to more young people in local communities.

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Harry gets involved in the skills workshop Credit: ITV Granada

As Vice-Patron of the RFU, Prince Harry is keen to support the organisation's efforts to make rugby more inclusive across society, and in doing so, use the sport to help tackle a number of significant social challenges around educational and social inclusion, mental and physical wellbeing, unemployment and community cohesion.

UFC champion wants first title defence in Manchester

UFC Middleweight Champion Michael Bisping says he wants the first defence of his title to be in Manchester.

UFC Middleweight Champions Michael Bisping Credit: PA Images

In a Twitter Q&A session with fans Bisping was asked what the chances were of his first defence being in the UK.

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