Live updates

Relegation reprieve for Hampshire Cricket

Generic: cricket glove and bat Credit: PA Images

Just over a week after being relegated, Hampshire County Cricket Club has been reinstated in Division One of the County Championship.

Hampshire have won a reprieve because the game's governing body, the ECB, has relegated Durham amid financial issues with the north-east county.

In return for a £3.8 million support package, Durham had to accept a huge points deduction, which left them below Hampshire in the revised standings for the 2016 season - so Hampshire can look forward to 2017 in the top flight of domestic county cricket.


Managing England is 'the ultimate job' says Cherries boss

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said he is "committed" to the Premier League club but reiterated his belief that managing England is "the ultimate job".

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is a leading candidate to replace Sam Allardyce. Credit: PA Images

Howe was one of the leading candidates to replace Roy Hodgson when he stepped down as England boss in the summer and is now being linked with the post again following Sam Allardyce's shock departure.

The 38-year-old has previously said he would relish the chance to coach England one day but insisted this morning that he has not heard from the Football Association, while reaffirming his commitment to Bournemouth.

Eddie Howe said he needed to show loyalty to the players who had committed to him and the club. Credit: PA Images

They haven't come to me and my message is very similar. I am committed here, I love the job.

The England job is the ultimate job, I have signed players very recently and I am committed to them. I need to show them the same loyalty that they showed me. It's all hypothetical.

– Eddie Howe, Bournemouth manager

Saints celebrate first Premier League win

Happy days- Saints celebrate their first Premier League win Credit: PA

Claude Puel was relieved to end his wait for a first Premier League win as Southampton manager.

Charlie Austin climbed off the bench to secure a 1-0 victory over Swansea to lift Saints out of the bottom three.

Austin, back among the substitutes despite his two-goal heroics in the Europa Cup win over Sparta Prague on Thursday evening, watched his team-mates spurn a host of chances.

Charlie Austin came off the bench to score Credit: PA

Nathan Redmond was the chief culprit with some glaring misses, including one from just eight yards.

But Austin had been on for just 10 minutes - and already hit the crossbar - when he controlled Dusan Tadic's deflected cross and hammered it into the net.

"It's a good feeling," admitted Puel. "Also it's very important for my players.

"It's difficult when you don't score from all those chances. But congratulations to my players - they kept a good attitude, a good spirit and a good structure to create those chances.

"To finish with a victory is very important for the confidence."

Claude Puel reacts at the final whistle Credit: PA


3-0 win for Saints in historic Europa match

Credit: PA

Saints beat Sparta 3-0 in tonight's Europa match.

Southampton's Charlie Austin scored the first goal on the penalty spot and the second taking the team to a 2 goal lead.

In extra time, Jay Rodriguez secured Saints win with the third goal of the night at St Mary's Stadium.

Injured veterans plan to set new powerboat record

A 'superboat' goes through its paces Credit: Pixabay

Twelve injured veterans are undergoing intensive training on a specially designed 'superboat' in Southampton.

As Team Britannia they’re hoping to break the current 23,000-mile round the world powerboat record.

The team will launch their record bid on 23 October from Europa Point in Gibraltar.

Sir Ben's team maintains lead in the America's Cup

Toulon played host to the weekend's America's Cup races

Sailing fans from Hampshire were in Toulon in France over the weekend to show their support for the Portsmouth-based Ben Ainslie Racing team.

The Land Rover BAR crew won the second race on Sunday, and came third overall in the weekend's events at Toulon. Sir Ben Ainslie's team still lead the America's Cup World Series event as a whole. The next leg will be in Japan in November. Sally Simmonds sent this report.

Supporters from home travel to France to see Portsmouth-based team
Load more updates