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Lambert's farewell to Saints

Striker Rickie Lambert has written a letter to Southampton fans thanking them for their support during his time at the club.

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South's athletes limber up for Commonwealth Games

As the Commonwealth Games begin today, many athletes competing are based in the Meridian region.

The Games will take place in Glasgow until the 3rd August.

Dani King from Southampton will take part in the cycling Credit: PA
Adam Gemili from Dartford will run the 100m Credit: PA
Chris Mears from Reading hopes to do well in the diving competition Credit: PA


Athletes get ready for the Commonwealth Games

A number of athletes taking part in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which starts today, are from the Meridian region.

They include:

  • Amber Hill, Shooting, Binfield in Berkshire
  • Adam Gemili, 100m, Dartford
  • Louise Damen, Marathon, Winchester
  • Steven Way, Marathon, Poole
  • Freya Jones, Javelin, Eastleigh
  • Grace Clements, Heptathlon, Dartford
  • Heather Oliver, Badminton, Eastbourne
  • Dani King, Cycling, Southampton
  • Chris Mears, Diving, Reading
  • Kelly Simm, Gymnastics, Fareham
  • England Hockey - includes men who play for East Grinstead and women from the Reading club
  • Caroline Kinnane, Judo, Aylesbury
  • Andrew Knapper, Lawn Bowls, Reading

Salisbury City FC has new owners

Salisbury City FC have announced they have new owners after taking legal action against former owner and boss Outail Touzar.

Mark Winter and four other directors are now the new collective owners.

They say their immediate objectives are to pay off outstanding debts and to try to secure reinstatement into the Conference South.

The five board members have already started the process of finding a new manager and putting together a squad to compete this season.

Olympic Windsurfer Bryony Shaw confident of success this season

Bryony Shaw in European Championship action in Cesme. Credit: Vincenzo Bagglione.

The Weymouth-based 2008 Olympic bronze medallist finished fourth – just three points from the medal places. Friday’s penultimate day of the 6-day competition had to be abandoned due to excessive wind speeds and big seas.

The world number two said she was frustrated not to have had the chance to better her standing heading into yesterday's final 10-sailor medal race, in which she also finished fourth. Overall she has been pleased with her speed on the course this week.

“I started well but a bad second day with a 20th and an OCS [starting penalty] dropped me out of the top three. With only one day of gold fleet racing since then after Wednesday’s lay day and yesterday’s abandonment, it was difficult to break back into the medal spots,” Shaw explained.

France’s Charline Picon successfully defended her European title, with Spain’s Marina Alabau Neira in second and Zofia Noceti-Klepacka of Poland taking bronze.

Praise for Southampton's new kit


Love the Saints new home kit. Hopefully Liverpool don't buy it. #TheStripesAreBack


Sir Ben Ainslie releases new video of world class sailing centre in Portsmouth

Ainslie Racing has released this computer generated artists's impression of what his proposed America's Cup sailing centre in Portsmouth if the scheme gets the go-ahead. Yesterday the Prime Minister pledged £7.5 million support for the project with an additional £1.4 million from the city council.

Adam Lallana's big thank you to Southampton

The full page advert from the former Saints player in today's Daily Echo Credit: Daily Echo
Lallana's message to Saints fans Credit: Daily Echo

The former Southampton FC player, Adam Lallana, has paid for a full page advertisement in his local paper to thank Saints for all their support when he was at the club. The player completed a £25 million move to Liverpool yesterday.

He thanked fans for all their encouragement during his 14 years at the club.

Ben's bid to win back America Cup could be possible...

Video. First he got the Duchess of Cambridge backing him, now he has the Prime Minister too. Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to win back the oldest trophy in sport got a big gust of wind in its sails today, thanks to a multi-million pound grant.

At 10 Downing Street this morning he was promised more than £7 million for his dream to win back the America's Cup. It will bring investment and jobs to Portsmouth too.

Malcolm Shaw spoke to the man himself Sir Ben Ainslie, Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt and Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage.

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