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'Gills' footballers spread festive cheer at hospital

Football team visit children in hospital to share some festive cheer

Players from Gillingham Football Club have visited children in hospital ahead of Christmas Day.

They handed out presents and some festive cheer at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, even leading staff and children in a round of carol singing. Among the players were Cody McDonald, Stuart Nelson, Josh Wright and Emmanuel Osadebe. Derek Johnson reports.

Saints U-23's serve up Christmas feast before cup clash

Southampton U-23s serving up a Christmas feast Credit: ITV Meridian

Members of the Southampton U-23 squad cooked and served an early Christmas lunch for those in need at their local YMCA.

The players prepared turkey, gammon and chocolate fudge cake for the feast ahead of their match in the Checkatrade Trophy.

It's the first time that the U-23 squads for Premier League and Championship clubs have been allowed to take part in the competition, which used to be called the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Our reporter Sam Holder went to join the players at Christmas lunch.

Sam Holder spoke with player Alfie Jones, YMCA resident Ben Martin and Lisa Latona from 'Saints4Sports' community project

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REPORT: Tennis hot shots say Kent academy serves them well

It's been a great year for British tennis, with Andy Murray ending the year as World number one, and Eastbourne's Johanna Konta making great strides in the women's game.

But what about the youngsters trying to follow in their footsteps?

Abigail Bracken's been to a unique school in Kent, which is already producing world ranked players and county champions:

Abigail spoke to Eb Apetti, founder of the school, and Executive Principal Phil Karnavas.

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Bournemouth must dominate, not chase games - Howe

Eddie Howe wants his team Credit: PA

Eddie Howe has no interest in Bournemouth becoming the Premier League's comeback kings.

The Cherries twice came from two goals behind against Liverpool last week to grab a stirring 4-3 win and were battling from the back foot again at Burnley on Saturday.

After 17 minutes at Turf Moor Howe's men were 2-0 behind and with quarter-of-an-hour left it was 3-1 to Burnley.

But Charlie Daniels reduced the deficit to one with a 90th-minute rocket and Bournemouth missed a couple of chances to steal an unlikely point before the final whistle.

While that speaks well of Bournemouth's fitness levels and spirit, it is not a reputation Howe is keen to encourage.

We don't want become a team that plays well when chasing the game.

That's the easier side. We want to be the team that dominates games from start to finish, that's leading the game and seeing it out.

There's still growth to come from this team, we're not the finished article and I think this proves that.

– Eddie Howe

'I wonder why I do it sometimes' - Sailor Alex Thomson crosses date line

Thomson has been keeping a video diary

Hampshire sailor Alex Thomson is 'enjoying' a second Sunday, after crossing the international date line in his quest to become the first British winner of the Vendee Globe.

He's currently in second place behind Armel Le Cleach'h, as they head toward Cape Horn.

The 42 year old from Titchfield has been filming regular video diaries, and today has been speaking about how the mind starts to play tricks when you're in appalling conditions, entirely on your own in the South Pacific:

The skipper reported to his team today that he is in fair shape, physically and mentally, but was very much looking forward to quieter weather.

“Alex is still crawling around the boat. It is impossible to move around at all. He is pretty tired as you would expect. But he seems to be OK.

– Ross Daniel, Technical Director
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