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Catch up with the South's Saturday football scores

In the Championship, Brighton travelled to Birmingham looking for their first win, but it wasn't to be. The Seagulls lost 1-0. And Bournemouth look to hold onto the top spot with a 1-0 win at home over Brentford. A 1-0 win also for Reading against Ipswich.

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Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (Left) and Brighton & Hove Albion's Rohan Ince battle for the ball Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

In League One, Crawley beat fellow south side Swindon 1-0 and there was a 2-0 win for Gillingham against Yeovil. And in League Two, Southend United hosted Stevenage - that match ended 2-0. Oxford United return home from Mansfield having lost 2-1 and Portsmouth won 2-1 to newly promoted Cambridge.

Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (left) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal of the match.
Birmingham City's Wesley Thomas (left) celebrates after scoring his sides second goal of the match Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport


Home of horse racing plays host to best pilots on planet

It's the fastest motor sport in the world and possibly the most high-octane racing on two wings. Today, the best pilots on the planet will be in Berkshire for the Red Bull Air Race.

The spectacle, which sees planes travelling at more than 200 miles an hour, is taking place at the home of horse racing, Ascot. And 60,000 spectators are expected. Sally Simmonds has been speaking to some of the pilots taking part.

Dartford sprinter one of favourites to win 200m final

Adam Gemili at last month's Commonwealth Games Credit: PA

Dartford sprinter Adam Gemili is one of the favourites to win today's 200m final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 20-year-old qualified quickest for today's race.

He also set the fastest time in the heats, easily winning his semi-final in 20.23 seconds.

Emsworth Dragon Boat Race cancelled

Regretfully due to the unavoidable last minute withdrawal of a number of teams that had entered, the Emsworth Business Association are faced with no alternative but to cancel the Emsworth's Dragon Boat Event that was due to be held on Sunday 17th August 2014 on the Millpond. A lot of hard work and organisation has gone into bringing this event back to Emsworth, so to cancel at this late stage is extremely disappointing. The Emsworth Business Association would like to take the opportunity to say a particular thank you to Fat Face & The Southdowns Water Co. who very kindly provided sponsorship for the event The Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club for hosting and the support of Havant Borough Council.


Anton Ferdinand signs two year deal with Royals

Reading Football Club have completed the signing of central defender Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old was most recently plying his trade with Antalyaspor in Turkey, and he has a wealth of experience in English football with more than 300 career appearances for West Ham, QPR and Sunderland, who he joined for £8million in 2008.

The brother of Rio and cousin to former Reading striker Les, Anton will wear squad number 4 for the Royals.

The deal is subject to the normal ratification and receipt of international clearance. Having not played for almost a year, Anton is likely to need a couple of weeks before he can make his mark on the first team squad, and he began that process by training with his new teammates today.

Anton Ferdinand has signed a two year deal with Reading FC Credit: Reading Football Club

"I’d like to officially welcome Anton to the club, we’re pleased to have signed three players in the last few days with him, Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie. I know they will all add to what is a very hard-working group of players."

– Manager Nigel Adkins

"I’d like to wish Anton the best of luck here, he is a hugely experienced defender with more than 230 games in the Premier League, and that experience will also help all of our young players here."

– Director of Football Nick Hammond

"It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. The first thing you feel when you come here is that it's a family environment. I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times. Turkey is a fantastic place to go and play football, but certain things off the field didn't allow me to enjoy my football. That chapter is closed now, and I've opened a new chapter at Reading and I'm looking forward to it. I've got things to prove, to myself and everyone. A lot of people have written me off and doubted me because I've been away for a year, but I'm here to prove to people that I can offer a lot to English football. I want to offer what I can to Reading, and hopefully that means promotion. I'm champing at the bit to play my first game. I don't know when that will be as I'm lacking match fitness - I'm a bit behind the boys. I'm going to train hard, and when the gaffer thinks I'm ready, then I'll be ready."

– Anton Ferdinand, Reading FC
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