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Former Saints player's home burgled

Ex-Southampton player, Francis Benali, has had his computers and jewellery stolen in a burglary.

The football player's home in the Highfield area was broken into between the hours of 5.30pm-8.30pm on Wednesday 3rd December.

The Saints FC has had his house burgled Credit: ITV Meridian

Jewellery, including four wrist watches, earrings, necklaces and rings, was among items stolen.

Also taken were two Apple Macbooks belonging to Mr and Mrs Benali’s children that contained family photographs.

This has been a distressing intrusion of our family home especially for my wife and children.

In particular we have lost extremely sentimental items that cannot be replaced including photographs on the laptops and jewellery.

Anyone who has any information regarding this burglary, please contact the police.

– Francis Benali

Kent's Lizzy Yarnold to receive MBE from the Queen

Kent's Lizzy Yarnold will receive an MBE from the Queen today Credit: ITV News

Kent's Olympic skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold will be awarded an MBE by the Queen today for services to her sport after she slid to victory at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

The athlete became a household name after she won Team GB's first gold medal of the Games, cruising to victory after leading the field in every training run leading up to the Games and over the entire four-race event.<

The 26-year-old lives who grew up in West Kingsdown took over the crown of Olympic champion from her landlady - former British skeleton athlete Amy Williams.

Yarnold also won the skeleton World Cup in the 2013/14 season, reaching the podium in every race, and her feats have seen her shortlisted for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

She will be honoured for services to skeleton racing at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.


Music stops as ice skater performs at rink...but the show goes on!

An ice skater whose music stopped during her solo performance at the opening of the Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink said the crowds who helped her by singing the rest of the song made it “really special”.

Eighteen-year-old Bella Larkin was half-way through her captivating performance to Disney’s Frozen song Let It Go when the soundtrack cut out.

She was being watched by hundreds of people who had gone to skate on the opening night of the rink in Calverley Grounds in Tunbridge Wells.

Man City ease past Saints in 3-0 home defeat

Lampard scored the visitors' second goal Credit: PA

Three second half goals saw Southampton comprehensively beaten at St Mary's by the Premier League champions Manchester City.

The visitors move into second place above Saints cutting Chelsea's Premier League lead to six points.

City played the final 16 minutes with 10 men after Eliaquim Mangala saw red.

But Frank Lampard's strike and a close-range finish from Gael Clichy saw City clinch their third straight win as Saints suffered a first home defeat.

Graziano Pelle tangles with the Man City captain Credit: PA
it was the first home defeat for manager Koeman Credit: PA

Eubank Jnr consoled by dad after losing fight on points

Chris Eubank Jnr is consoled by his father after brave fight Credit: PA

Billy Joe Saunders beat Chris Eubank Jr on points to retain his British, European and Commonwealth middleweight titles in a thrilling encounter at London's ExCel Arena.

Eubank, from Brighton,the far less experienced of the pair, grew stronger as the contest wore on and proved a worthy opponent but it was Saunders who edged a close and enthralling battle.

A split decision saw two judges score the fight 115-114 and 115-113 in Saunders' favour while one had Eubank victorious 116-113.

The 25-year-old Saunders has now won all 21 of his professional fights and will have a shot at claiming the WBO title against the winner of Andy Lee's bout with Matt Korobov in Las Vegas next month.

Eubank, who had never gone further than eight rounds before, suffered his first career-defeat in 19 bouts but may well chase a rematch given the close result.

It was a close encounter at the ExCel Arena Credit: PA
Chris Eubank Snr looks on Credit: PA

Saunders was highly critical of Eubank in the build-up to the fight, insisting he would retire if he lost to his opponent but the Hertfordshire traveller was pushed to the very end by his bitter rival.

There was no love lost from Eubank's camp either, with the 25-year-old labelling Saunders' behaviour a "disgrace" to boxing and vowing to establish himself in the biggest fight of his career so far.

Father and son before the fight Credit: PA


Ascot to host Red Bull air race again

Ascot Race course in Berkshire will once again host the Red Bull air race.

Air race at Ascot, August 2014

50,000 people watched the event in August this year where pilots navigate an obstacle course at speeds of over 200mph.

2014 champion Nigel Lamb from Oxfordshire will return to defend his title next summer.

We’re always making efforts to bring the sport to our fans and we’re delighted that we can now officially announce that Red Bull Air Race will visit 2015 two new countries. We will race in Japan and Russia, countries full of enthusiastic motorsport and aviation fans and once again Hungary, where the Red Bull Air Race has a great fan base.

– Erich Wolf, General Manager of Red Bull Air Race
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'Remarkable talent Phil Hughes was loved by everyone'

Tributes have flooded in for Australian batsman Phil Hughes, who has been described as a "remarkable talent" who was "loved by everyone".

Loved by everyone, Phillip was a really terrific person and a remarkable talent.

He had many friends and teammates here and interstate that will need support, and it is important we offer them our love and care as we all come to terms with this tragic event.

– South Australian Cricket Association Chief Executive Keith Bradshaw

Phillip is fondly remembered as a bright and cheeky young man with an infectious smile who emerged as an outstanding junior more than a decade ago.

It is unspeakably sad he cannot now achieve his potential in the game.

– Cricket New South Wales Chief Executive Andrew Jones
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Australian cricketer Phil Hughes dies aged 25

Australian batsman Phillip Hughes has died, days after being hit on the head with a ball.

Australian cricketer Phil Hughes has died aged 25. Credit: Cricket Australia

Australian team doctor Peter Brukner said the 25-year-old "never regained consciousness" following his injury on Tuesday.

Hughes, who would have turned 26 on Sunday, was "not in pain before he passed and was surrounded by his family and close friends", Bruckner added.

Hughes collapsed after being struck in the head while batting for South Australia in a match against New South Wales in Sydney.

He was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on the pitch before being rushed to hospital for emergency surgery.

Ebbsfleet United sack manager Steve Brown

Ebbsfleet United have sacked manager Steve Brown, following a 3-0 defeat at home to Gosport Borough.

Brown spent just under 18 months at the club, having been appointed as Liam Daish’s successor in June 2013.

I feel that the team needs a change of direction. I would like to thank Steve for all his efforts on behalf of the club and wish him well for the future."

– Dr Abdulla Al-Humaidi, Ebbsfleet Chairman

Brown leaves Ebbsfleet fourth in Vanarama Conference South.

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