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Thomson is third in Vendée Race

Celebrations after crossing the line Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez

Alex Thomson arrived into Les Sable d’Olonne, France, after successfully finishing the Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race in third place.

Crossing the finishing line at 18:43 CEST, Thomson completed the race in 9 days, 21 hours, 3 minutes and 34 seconds, which secured him a place on the podium.

“This is a fantastic achievement; not only for me but for the entire team.” said Thomson.

The Ocean Masters New York to Vendée Race is a 3,100 mile single-handed sprint from downtown New York across the Atlantic to Les Sables D’Olonne, and is the penultimate challenge before the all-important Vendée Globe, which begins in November.

Alex Thomson finished in third place Credit: Alex Thomson Racing Thierry Martinez


Koeman set to become Everton manager

Koeman appears to be on his way to Everton Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is expected to complete his move to Everton over the next 24 hours.

ITV Meridian understand Saints are to receive around £5 million in compensation. It's being reported the Dutchman will receive £6 million a year at the Merseyside club.

Southampton have drawn up their own shortlist - with Bournemouth's Eddie Howe among those mentioned.

Koeman on the brink of leaving Southampton

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Ronald Koeman has agreed a deal with Everton to become their new manager, his agent has reportedly told Dutch media.

Agent Rob Jansen said, according to the popular Voetbal International website, that it was now down toSouthampton and Everton to agree a compensation package for the Dutchman, who has a year remaining on his contract at St Mary's.

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Manuel Pellegrini, Unai Emery and Frank de Boer were all linked with the Everton job which became vacant when Roberto Martinez was sacked last month.

Jansen is quoted as saying: "We have reached an agreement with Everton. Now it is up to the clubs."

Koeman, who this season steered Southampton to sixth-place finish in the Barclays Premier League, hinted following the 4-1 home win against Crystal Palace on the final day of the campaign that he would like to see signs of ambition from the club before he committed to a new contract.

He said:

It is important to know what we can do to be stronger because in my opinion that's ambition.

"If you don't have that ambition, you start to be sloppy and that is not what I like to be.

– Ronald Koeman
Moyes is the bookies' favourite to take over Credit: PA

Ironically, former Everton boss David Moyes has been installed as the favourite to replace Koeman at St Mary’s.

William Hill have made Moyes – who was Everton boss from 2002 until 2013 – their 8/1 favourite ahead of ex-Saints striker Mark Hughes and Manuel Pellegrini, who are both 10/1.


Loss of equipment dashes pole vaulter's hopes

After surgery to his shoulder and a year out, decathlete Ashley Bryant has been training hard at the Thames Valley Athletics Centre in Eton to make sure he can fulfil his lifetime ambition of competing in the Olympics.

But with just two months to go his hopes have been dashed - he failed to qualify following a disappointing pole vault round.

And he says if he doesn't get the call-up it's down to the airline who lost his pole vault poles en-route to the competition. Natalie Boare reports.

Getting their skates on at Goodwood!

Centerstage Productions Youth Theatre race around Goodwood for charity Credit: ITV

Ever fancied racing around Goodwood race track? This weekend's annual South Coast Roll saw 800 people making their way round the 2.367mile course on skates and scooters.

Among them were 65 members of Centrestage Productions Youth Theatre from Chandler's Ford who raised £2000 towards their summer show - 'Starlight Express'. The skaters and scooters were able to access the course for 5 hours in the bank holiday sunshine.

36 heroes break world record for longest football game - after 108 hours

This has to be one of the most heroic and inspiring football matches in history.

This afternoon 36 amateur players completed the world's longest game ever - 108 hours of goals, saves, shots and tackles, and a lot more blisters besides. The final score 872 - 1,009.

The match was staged in memory of three Sussex players including Jacob Schilt and Matt Grimstone, killed in the Shoreham aircrash.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to organiser Michael Standing, captains Paul Grimstone and Jordan Lucas, and players Kevin Widdows and James Fernandes.

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