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Rossiter welcomes Wright and Rose to their reserves

Swindon Robins Credit: Press Association

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter is pleased to be welcoming Charles Wright and Lewis Rose to the Abbey as their reserves for the 2015 campaign. The pair were chosen by the Robins at Wednesday’s Elite Riders Draft meeting to fill their two lower order spots for next season. Wright, who was selected with the final pick of the opening round by Rossiter, enjoyed a spectacular 2014 season with Somerset whilst also impressing on several guest appearances in the top flight. Meanwhile, late motocross convert Rose impressed withKing’s Lynn during his debut Elite League campaign and will be looking to build on his success as he makes the switch to Wiltshire. Rossiter believes the draft system is set to work much more effectively following changes to strengthen the scheme after its introduction in 2014. And after a nervy afternoon to determine his selections, he is confident they are well-placed to benefit from a strong lower order.

Southampton FC midfielder has home burgled

Victor Wanyama had home burgled when he was playing at away game on Monday evening Credit: Press Association

The home of a Premier League footballer has been burgled while he was away with his club for a match. Thieves broke into the home of Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama when his club was away for the game at Aston Villa on Monday night. When he returned he found his Range Rover Sport, electrical items and jewellery had been stolen from his home in Winchester. The vehicle was later found in Iver, Buckinghamshire.

Officers are currently investigating a burglary at a house in the St Cross area of Winchester. Entry was forced to thehome between 8.30am on November 23 and 2.15am on November 25. Items of electrical property and jewellery were stolen from the address along with the keys to a Range Rover Sport which was then stolen from the driveway. The car was located during the early hours of Tuesday November 25 in Iver, Buckinghamshire, and has been recovered. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Priority Crime team at Winchester police station by calling 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppersanonymously on 0800 555111

– Hampshire Police spokesman

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Portsmouth to host America's Cup events

News conference about the America's Cup Credit: America's Cup

Portsmouth will host two America's Cup World Series events over the next two years.

The America's Cup World Series is the preliminary race series of the 35th America’s Cup, consisting of eight to ten regattas taking place around the world during 2015 and 2016.

All America’s Cup teams will compete in the series. Their overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the America’s Cup Qualifier events in 2017.

Saints remain 2nd in Premier League after drawing with Aston Villa

Nathaniel Clyne in action Credit: PA

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was delighted as his side stole a late point in their 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw against Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Villa broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark as Gabriel Agbonlahor collected Ciaran Clark's long ball forward and beat the advancing Fraser Forster to the ball, sliding it into an empty net to end Southampton's four-match clean-sheet run in the league.

The visitors equalised after 81 minutes as Nathaniel Clyne collected Ryan Bertrand's cross and slotted the ball past Brad Guzan to claim a share of the spoils.

Koeman said "We had a good team to win to tonight but after going 1-0 down, in an attacking way we didn't have the freshness to create the opportunities what we normally have.

"If you score that late (in a) 1-1 (draw) then I think you can be happy with the result at the end, but we missed some freshness and some qualities and it was difficult because at 1-0 - the misunderstanding defensively - it was more difficult.

"It was completely a misunderstanding in defence. But it's football, we're human people and we can make mistakes, but after going 1-0 down it was more difficult."

Koeman's side face a testing month ahead that brings games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea.

The Saints also have to play four games in nine days over Christmas including league fixtures on Boxing Day and New Year's Day before the FA Cup third round on the first weekend in January.

He added: "It's a nice week to play and we live game to game and of course, it's three big teams but as I said before the game, every game is a battle, every game is difficult.

"Aston Villa had some key players injured and maybe they were more dangerous, it was difficult and we didn't reach our level. We need that to be competitive against City for Sunday."

Hampshire record-breaking sailor, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, takes third place in Route du Rhum

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Sir Robin completes another record breaking voyage across the Atlantic

Sir Robin came third in the Rhum class as he crossed the finish line at Pointe a Pitre at 4.52pm local time/8.52pm GMT after 20 days, 7 hours, 52 minutes and 22 seconds at sea. He managed to hold off rival Wilfrid Clerton, who was 20 miles behind.

When he last sailed in the race 32 years ago he finished in 14th place in a time of 20 days, 20 hours, 20 minutes.

The first man to sail solo, non-stop round the world in 1968/9 said he was happy to finish the 3,542 mile race after the "intense" contest for the final podium place.

He sailed the 3,542 mile (Rhumb line) course at an average speed of 7.26 knots but in reality he actually did 4,416 miles at an average of 9.05 knots.

Sir Robin, who founded the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, returned to his solo ocean-racing roots by entering his Open 60 yacht Grey Power into the Route du Rhum competition which started today in St Malo, France.

The veteran sportsman, who was the oldest participant, last competed in the 3,542-mile race from St Malo, France, to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean in 1982 in his 70ft catamaran Olympus.

And this is his first solo race since his Velux 5 Oceans circumnavigation in 2006-7, which he also sailed in Grey Power.

Celebrations in Kent as Maidstone United win FA Cup tie

Maidstone United beat Stevenage in historic FA Cup tie

Lethal Collin scored at the beginning and end of the game to take his tally for the season to 16 to spark delirious scenes of celebration at the final whistle.

Stevenage recovered from conceding a goal after only 108 seconds to have the better of the second half and a goal from Darius Charles gave them hope of avoiding a giant-killing only for Collin to strike again three minutes from time.

Isthmian League Maidstone went ahead in the most basic of manners, a long clearance from goalkeeper Lee Worgan was headed on by Alex Flisher into the path of Jay May. Veteran Stevenage goalkeeper Chris Day could only parry May's soft shot but the rebound fell for Collin to lash home from 10 yards.

Worgan made excellent saves from Lee Barnard and Roarie Deacon in the first half as Stevenage fought desperately to get back into the match.

But they had to wait until the 47th minute before Charles volleyed in a centre from Charlie Lee and for long spells it looked as if Graham Westley's side, 60 places above seventh tier Maidstone in the league pyramid, would take control.

But with extra time looming, substitute Ben Greenhalgh got clear on the left and his perfect centre was headed in by Collin, with Stevenage appealing for offside.

F1 star out of artificial coma

The Frenchman remains in a critical condition Credit: PA

Jules Bianchi is no longer in an artificial coma but remains unconscious and in a critical condition, his family have said.

The 25-year-old Frenchman, who drives for Banbury-based Marussia suffered serious brain damage in an horrific crash in wet conditions at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5.

He underwent immediate surgery upon his arrival at the Mie General Medical Centre in Yokkaichi, but after weeks of little change in his condition, Bianchi's family issued an update on Wednesday.

The statement also said that, following the improvement in his condition, Bianchi has been flown from Japan to a hospital in Nice, France.

The crash happened at the Japanese Grand Prix on October 5th Credit: PA

Bianchi was hurt when his Marussia collided with a recovery vehicle that was removing the Sauber of Adrian Sutil, who had spun off the track and into a tyre one lap previously. The crash occurred under double yellow waved flags, in poor weather and in fading light.

Following an investigation into the cause of the crash, FIA race director Charlie Whiting concluded there was ''a perfect storm'' of conditions.

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