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Winter wedding and a sailing honeymoon for Ainslie

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: Press Association

Four-time Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie will wed his TV presenter fiancee Georgie Thompson over the festive period.

Writing in today's Daily Telegraph about his achievements this year, the sailor said: "To top it all off, I got engaged to Georgie [Thompson] a couple of months ago and we will be getting married over the festive period.

"Truly, this has been a remarkable year.”

Sir Ben hinted that the couple's honeymoon might involve sailing, saying:

"And yes, there may be a boat involved on the honeymoon."

The couple got engaged in October, with Thompson tweeting: "This just in...@AinslieBen and I are getting married!"

Divulging that he had suffered from "a touch of man flu" during the Extreme 40Sailing Series in Sydney this month, Sir Ben said: "With luck, I will not be sneezing and sniffling my way down the aisle."

Thompson previously dated Declan Donnelly, one half of TV double act Ant and Dec.

In his article, Sir Ben also described his shock in returning from Sydney after his team's placed fifth in the competition to hear of the siege that happened at a cafe in the Australian city.

He said: "It was a shame in the context of that event, but our disappointment was put into perspective when we got off the plane in England and heard the news about the gunman who held all those people hostage in a cafe just a couple of miles from the park in which we had been relaxing the previous day.

"It was a reality check to think that we had been so close to such an appalling tragedy."

Sir Ben said his team, Ben Ainslie Racing, will "return with renewed vigour in the New Year. I've just got a small date to keep first".

Football fan banned for racist abuse of player

A supporter at a Gillingham game has been hit with a three-year Football Banning Order after pleading guilty to the racial harassment of a Peterborough player.

Tony Edward Jackson, 33, of Medway Road in Sheerness, was arrested during a League One fixture between Gillingham and Peterborough United at Priestfield Stadium on Tuesday 16 September.

He was later charged with a racially aggravated public order offence, which he admitted and as well as the banning order, he was given a community order to carry out 40 hours of unpaid work within 12 months, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

Football fan banned from games Credit: Kent Police

Medway Magistrates’ Court heard that during the second half, Jackson was sat behind the Peterborough dug-out and was heard by the victim shouting abuse at a player leaving the pitch during a substitution.

It caused the victim, who was sitting on the substitutes’ bench to turn and look at him. As he did so, Jackson shouted a racially offensive comment which was likely to incite public disorder.

Officers were made aware of the incident and arrested Jackson at the stadium.

Jackson was served a three-year Football Banning Order, which precludes him from attending any football match above Conference South level, which is the second tier of non-league football, upwards.

The orders are a preventative measure designed to stop potential troublemakers from travelling to and attending football matches, both at home and abroad. Anyone who commits a football-related offence at one of these stadiums can be arrested and a Football Banning Order applied for.

These totally unacceptable comments made by Jackson are so out of place in what is a family-friendly environment and will simply not be tolerated.

Instances like this happen very rarely, but my officers attend matches to ensure those thinking of ruining the game and match day experience for others will be swiftly ejected and put before the courts where they run the risk of being banned from entering football grounds for several years.

We want to work with clubs and the FA and other organisations to stamp out such deplorable behaviour and would encourage anyone who experiences or hears anyone committing these types of offences to report it to police.

– Chief Superintendent Alison Roden


Reading sack manager Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins has been sacked Credit: ITV

Reading have sacked manager Nigel Adkins.

Club statement: "The Club met with Nigel in person today and we would like to place on permanent record our thanks to him for his hard work and diligence since his appointment in March 2013.

'Following this weekend's 6-1 defeat at Birmingham, the board feel that a change in manager is necessary, with the club 16th in the Sky Bet Championship"

"As part of this process, Assistant Manager Andy Crosby and First Team Coach Dean Wilkins will also be leaving the club, and we would also like to thank them for their efforts.

"The board of Reading Football Club are committed to taking this club forward and will make a further announcement to our supporters in due course."

Marussia assets under the hammer

Marussia HQ in Banbury Credit: ITV

The assets of Oxfordshire based Formula one team Marussia will be sold at auction later.

It was announced in October that the Group which is located in Banbury and employs two hundred staff, was going into administration.

The auction will see items including race cars, car parts and Memorabilia go under the hammer.

Third straight defeat for Brighton

Brighton and Hove Albion's David Stockdale is dejected at the end of the match Credit: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

It was another miserable experience for home fans at the Amex Stadium, as Brighton & Hove Albion slipped to their third defeat in a row.

The club remain in the bottom three of the Championship after losing 1-0 at home to Millwall.

The defeat will increase the pressure on manager Sami Hyypia after only three league wins so far this season.


Yarnold take gold in world cup race

Kent's Lizzie Yarnold takes gold in first world cup race of season Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Lizzy Yarnold made a roaring start to the defence of her overall World Cup title, by producing a dominant performance to take victory by 0.77 seconds at the first World Cup race of this season in Lake Placid, USA.

In fast conditions at the two-time Olympic venue in New York State, the slider from Kent was in prime form as she completed her two runs in 1:51.13 (55.47 & 55.66), to finish comfortably ahead of Canada’s Elisabeth Vathje, who made an impressive World Cup debut.

Senior skydivers enjoy the thrills of their lives

Age is but a number! Nigel Hague, 86, and David Powell, 79, decided to skydive and wingwalk up to 13,000 feet high all in the name of charity.

Self-proclaimed thrill-seeker Nigel who has been sky diving and wing walking since the age of 80, also happens to be the father of Leader of The House, William Hague. David, who lives in Surrey, said the skydive was the biggest thrill of his life.

FA Cup third round draw - Dover to face Crystal Palace

The ties will be played on the weekend of 3/4 January Credit: PA

The draw's been made for the third round of the FA Cup, and it's thrown up some interesting ties in the Meridian region.

Non-league Dover will host Premier League Crystal Palace, while Oxford entertain Swansea City.

Here are the fixtures in full:

Southampton V Ipswich

Dover V Crystal Palace

Aldershot/Rochdale V Nottingham Forest

Rotherham V Bournemouth

Huddersfield V Reading

Oxford Utd V Swansea

Brentford V Brighton and Hove Albion

The ties will be played on the weekend of 3/4 January

Football fans asked to look out for stolen items taken from former Saints player's home

Police are asking people to look out for stolen goods which were taken from Francis Benali's home this week. Computers and jewellery were taken from the former Saints player's home on Wednesday evening.

Mr Benali is well known in Southampton and among football supporters and I hope that if anyone comes into contact with the laptops in particular they will recognise his photographs and get in contact with us.

– DC Mark Bradley
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