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Video view of King Alfred plans revealed for first time

It could be the biggest ever development on Hove's seafront. Plans for a new multi-million pound leisure centre along with hundreds of new homes were revealed for the first time this morning.

The King Alfred Centre on the historic promenade has been standing since the 1930s but a council-backed scheme could now replace it.

However, similar plans sparked controversy almost a decade ago when world famous architect Frank Gehry was on board. So will this project fare any better?

Andy Dickenson reports. He speaks to Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, Valerie Paynter of the Save Hove campaign, local resident David Jewell, and Robert Starr of the Starr Trust, with video courtesy of LA Architects.

Eastleigh plan £10m, 9000-seat stadium

Eastleigh enjoyed a lucrative run in the FA Cup Credit: ITV

Non-league side Eastleigh FC have launched a £10 million plan to expand their Silverlake Stadium to a multi-purpose 9,000 seat stadium.

After a heroic FA Cup run, the Hampshire side are aiming to put the club firmly on the footballing map with the multi-million pound stadium, which is currently being drawn up by designers.

Eastleigh are currently fourth in the National League, aiming to gain promotion into the SkyBet League 2 after meeting the league’s criteria with the introduction of the 2,290 seat Mackoy Community Stand last year.

Chief Executive Mark Jewell said the plan is to ensure the facilities offer something for the community as well as increasing the stature of the club.

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Johanna Konta beaten in Australian Open semi-final

Johanna Konta lost to Angelique Kerber 7-5, 6-2 Credit: Reuters

Britain's Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Australian Open after losing her semi-final match.

The British number one was beaten 7-5, 6-2 by Germany's Angelique Kerber.

The 24 year old was the first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open.

Kerber will now face Serena Williams in the final.

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Johanna Konta reaches Australian Open semi-finals

Johanna Konta will face Germany's Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals. Credit: Reuters

British No.1 Johanna Konta has secured her place in the Australian Open semi-finals with a straight-sets victory over Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai.

Konta won the match 6-4, 6-1 on Rod Laver Arena.

The 24 year old is the first British woman in a Grand Slam semi-final since Jo Durie at the 1983 US Open and the first at the Australian Open since Sue Barker in 1977.

She will now face Germany's Angelique Kerber, who earlier beat two-time champion Victoria Azarenka.

Konta began her run to the semi-final with a first-round victory over seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams.


Football referees 'face less criticism from commentators than they think'

Referees face less criticism from commentators than they think Credit: Nigel French/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Football referees do not receive as much criticism from sports commentators as they believe, according to new research. A study carried out at the University of Portsmouth found that professional pundits do not make as many negative comments about the decisions made by referees as the officials think they do.

Dr Tom Webb, a senior lecturer in sports management and development, analysed live commentaries and post-match discussions for 20 English Premier League matches and found the amount of time spent discussing the referee during live commentaries was a total of 37.5 minutes during the entire 20 matches.

And of the 267 total comments made about the referee during the matches, only 29 were judged negative.

Dr Webb said:

"Most people will be surprised by these statistics. We analysed 20 live matches, including the post-match analysis, which is a significant amount of coverage - at least two hours of content per match. The negative comments were minimal compared to the positive or neutral comments. That was really unexpected."

– Dr Tom Webb, Senior Lecturer

However, interviews with referees in previous academic studies have found that match officials believe the media was responsible for much of the pressure they felt.

And an online survey of referees found that 60% reported being verbally abused at least every couple of games.<

Eastleigh fans optimistic ahead Bolton clash

Coachloads of Eastleigh fans have made the long journey north for tonight's FA Cup clash with Bolton.

Eastleigh are the lowest-ranked team left in the competition but face a Bolton side in poor form. The Lancashire club are 3 divisions higher in the Championship but will be without their goalkeeper Ben Amos, who is suspended.

Around 350 fans gathered at Eastleigh's stadium to travel up to this evening's match. Sam Holder went to them and see whether they think the Spitfires can make it to the fourth round for the first time in their history.

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