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Hundreds of kite surfers descend on Hayling Island

World Champion Nick Jacobsen showing off his skills in Hampshire today Credit: Aidy Brooks KAPO

Hundreds of kite surfers have taken to the water off the south coast.

It's all part of the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada on Hayling Island, which kicked off today and runs until Monday.

The free beach festival attracts some of the biggest names in the sport.

With live music, family zones and plenty of opportunities to get out on the water, the event has so far raised more than £160,000 for charity.

Below is an interview with Lewis Crathern, a three times UK kitesurf champion.


Ben Ainslie's dream of winning America's Cup over

Sir Ben Ainslie Credit: BAR

Sir Ben Ainslie's dream of winning the America's Cup is over for this year.

Despite winning one of tonight's three races it was not enough to overturn the lead by New Zealand.

The Portsmouth based Land Rover BAR team could not match the boat speed of their rivals.

But Ainslie has vowed to continue his bid to bring the worlds oldest sporting back to Britain.

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England women's hockey team prepare for match

England's hockey teams are in action over the next few days hoping to prove they are world beaters.

The women's team take on two sides ranked in the top 3, while the men have World Cup qualifiers.

They were all training at Bisham Abbey on the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire border today.

Andrew Pate went along to see how preparations are going.

Andrew spoke to Olympic Gold medallists Alex Danson and Maddie Hinch. He also spoke to David Condon and Chris Griffiths from England & East Grinstead.

Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup bid suffers major blow

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Sir Ben Ainslie's bid to win the America's Cup has suffered a major blow today.

The Portsmouth-based team broke part of their wing during the first of their semi finals. Land Rover BAR were forced to retire from both of their races this evening.

It gives their rival New Zealand team a two-nil lead. The first team to five wins goes through to the challenger final.

Ainslie's crew are due to race again tomorrow if they can repair the damage.


Kenny Jackett appointed as new Portsmouth manager

Kenny Jackett is the new Portsmouth manager Credit: Portsmouth FC

Portsmouth Football Club have appointed Kenny Jackett as first team manager.

The former Watford, Swansea, Millwall, Wolves and Rotherham boss has signed a two-year deal at Fratton Park.

The club are in advanced talks with Joe Gallen – who has worked with Jackett at QPR, Millwall and Wolves – about becoming assistant manager.

Jackett said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to getting started. It’s an exciting challenge.

“This club has a passionate fan-base and they can be a 12th man for us. Hopefully we can build on the momentum of last season and continue to progress.

“I can promise that I’ll work as hard as I possibly can to make sure that we can bring success to Portsmouth.”

Trainer offers £10,000 reward to clear his name

One of horse racing's top trainers has offered a £10,000 reward for information to clear his name - after allegations of doping.

Hughie Morrison, who is based at East Ilsley near Newbury, says he is innocent - after a horse tested positive for an anabolic steroid.

He could face a 10-year suspension, but he says he's been the victim of sabotage. Mary Stanley reports

Sorrow for Reading FC after defeat at Wembley

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Reading FC's hopes of playing in the top flight were dashed yesterday after their defeat at Wembley.

The Royals have missed out on promotion to the Premier League, which is worth £170 million.

More than 30,000 fans travelled to the match full of hope but after a goalless 120 minutes Reading lost 4-3 on penalties.

It is not the first time the Royals have lost in the Championship play-off final.

As Andrew Pate reports.

Andrew spoke to Captain of Reading FC, Chris Gunter and Co-Chairman of the club Sir John Madejski.

John Madejski: Reading 'lives to fight another day'

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'We live to fight another day' was the reaction from Reading FC's Chairman after their defeat at Wembley last night.

Huddersfield beat the Royals 4 - 3.

It's the first time the Championship play-off has gone to penalties in 15 years.

John Madejski, Chairman, Reading FC

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