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Bournemouth fire three past Cardiff

A delighted Eddie Howe Credit: PA

Cardiff's awful start to the campaign took another terrible turn after an embarrassing 3-0 home defeat to Bournemouth to exit the Capital One Cup.

The managerless pre-season promotion favourites, who have won just two Championship games and sit in 17th, were second best throughout the 90 minutes and were lucky not to have lost by a heavier margin.

Dan Gosling scored either side of Charlie Daniels' left-footed drive within 35 minutes as the Cherries picked off the hapless home side at will. Gosling could have had a hat-trick had it not been for an offside flag while Harry Arter thundered a late effort off the crossbar.

What began as a dream evening for Danny Gabbidon quickly turned into the stuff of nightmares for the joint-caretaker boss.

With Scott Young prowling the touchline, Gabbidon named himself in what could turn out to be the pair's only team sheet on home soil as Cardiff managers. In doing so, the centre-back gave himself a second Bluebirds debut having returned to his cherished boyhood club last month.

His inclusion was one of eight changes to the starting line-up but there was no place for Tuesday afternoon's loan signing Ravel Morrison, cup-tied having appeared in this competition for West Ham.

But right from the first whistle there was scant sense this would be the morale-boosting victory that the majority of the sparse 6,000 crowd craved.

Brett Pitman fired a warning sign at Simon Moore after just eight minutes and seconds later the game's first goal arrived as Gosling was allowed space to bend a low right-footed shot into the bottom corner.

Bournemouth's classy midfielders were dictating the game and it was no surprise when they cut open the Cardiff rearguard with ease again in the 22nd minute when Eunan O'Kane's defence-splitting through-ball was lashed into the far corner by Daniels.

Only an offside flag then stopped Gabbidon's first start of 2014/15 hitting a new low. The 35-year-old was caught in possession on the edge of his own box and was a relieved man to see Pitman flagged as he went to roll in Gosling for a third.

Former Everton man Gosling would only have to wait eight minutes for his second goal of the evening, the midfielder firing through a crowd of red shirts after Moore could only push Pitman's curling effort into his path.

That was enough for Young who hauled off Kim Bo-kyung and Javi Guerra with just 36 minutes on the clock and their withdrawals did have a impact before the home side were booed off the pitch.

Federico Macheda blazed over the bar after Nicky Maynard's shot was well saved by Bournemouth's Southampton loanee Artur Boruc and the Pole then pulled off a stunning save to claw out Tom Adeyemi's hooked effort on the stroke of half-time.

Macheda's clever finish six minutes after the break, after Declan John's fine cross, was ruled out for offside and that was as close as Cardiff came.

With 10 minutes to go Bournemouth were only a lick of paint away from another. Arter, scorer of a memorable long-range effort on Saturday, almost grabbed his second stunning strike in four days only for his fizzing effort to bounce back off the underside of the crossbar.

A minute later Cardiff needed Gabbidon to clear two efforts off his own line to deny Bournemouth, in what was certainly not the end to the evening the caretaker boss would have envisaged.

Reading rammed out of Capital One Cup

Reading were beaten 2-0 Credit: PA

Johnny Russell fired Derby through to round four of the Capital One Cup for the first time since their semi-final appearance six seasons ago.

The Rams edged past Reading 2-0 at the iPro Stadium, with Russell breaking the deadlock in the 67th minute and an own goal from Alex Pearce after 82 minutes ending any doubt about the outcome.

Steve McClaren's home side dominated and, despite making six changes to the team that drew with Cardiff on Saturday, looked fluid and attacked with a good tempo, on-loan Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe catching the eye on his first start for the club.

For a long spell, however, Derby did not work Mikkel Andersen in the visiting goal enough, and it looked like it might be a frustrating night for the Rams as chance after chance went begging.

Reading occasionally offered a reminder that they were still a threat on the break and young Kelle Roos, making his debut in the Derby goal, made a superb save to deny Jamie Mackie, on loan from Nottingham Forest, as half-time approached.

Ibe was denied the goal his performance deserved when Andersen tipped his shot onto the crossbar but shortly afterwards Russell made the breakthrough, before a Alex Pearce own goal with eight minutes remaining sealed victory for McClaren's side.

While Derby made half a dozen changes, with teenager Will Hughes reaching the milestone of 100 appearances for the club, Reading went even further by making seven alterations. Danny Guthrie, Pavel Pogrebnyak and Mackie were among those recalled to the startling line-up, as was Aaron Kuhl - the 18-year-old son of former Rams midfielder Martin Kuhl.

The hosts looked lively early on as Hughes and Craig Bryson went close with efforts from just outside the area.

Leon Best, from a little further out, at least tested Andersen who pushed it away. From the resulting corner Best then headed over from eight yards out.

An error by Cyrus Christie just after the half-hour mark let in Mackie but Roos denied him with a fine save, low to his left.

Andersen saved from Hughes after 38 minutes. before Ryan Shotton powered a header wide. At the other end, Roos tipped over a Ryan Edwards effort.

Ibe was denied a superb goal six minutes into the second half when Andersen pushed his 20-yard shot on to the bar.

Just as Derby must have been beginning to think it would not be their night, substitute Chris Martin flicked the ball into Russell's path and the Scot beat two defenders before firing a low shot past Andersen and into the bottom corner of the net.

It was little more than the Rams deserved, but there was more to come.

With their tails up, McClaren's men continued to pour forward and the impressive Ibe set up Martin whose cross into the six-yard box struck the unfortunate Pearce on the knee and bounced into the net.

The own goal confirmed Derby's place in the fourth round for the first time since the 2008/09 season, when the Rams reached the last four - where they were defeated over two legs by Manchester United.

Saints stun Gunners - Match report

Nathaniel Clyne's stunning finish made it 2-1 Credit: PA
Saints came from behind to be Arsenal Credit: PA

Southampton's fine start to the season continued as Nathaniel Clyne's stunning strike dumped Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup in the third round.

The Gunners, who fielded a relatively strong attack alongside an inexperienced back line, went ahead through Alexis Sanchez's wonderful 14th-minute free-kick but were pegged back when Dusan Tadic slotted home from the penalty spot six minutes later.

Clyne then rifled home from 35 yards following a corner and Ronald Koeman's hastily rebuilt Saints, who sit second in the Barclays Premier League, held on to a 2-1 win at the Emirates.

Everton were thrashed 3-0 in the all-Premier League tie against Swansea, a result which at least eases a fixture list that is already congested by the Europa League.

Nathan Dyer opened the scoring just before the half-hour mark before Gylfi Sigurdsson doubled the lead in the 65th minute.

Marvin Emnes added the finishing touch in the closing minutes to complete a miserable night in Wales for the Toffees.

Last season's beaten finalists Sunderland are also out having lost the lead in a 2-1 defeat by Stoke.

Jozy Altidore's first goal since December had put the Black Cats in front but the Potters had an even more unlikely matchwinner up their sleeve as left-back Marc Muniesa scored his first two goals for the club.

League Two side Shrewsbury followed up their second round win over Leicester with another impressive result, this time turning over in-form Championship side Norwich.

James Collins was the scorer, netting 10 minutes into the second half.

Managerless Cardiff were humbled at home by Bournemouth, going down 3-0 to make it five games without a win.

All three goals came inside 33 minutes, as Charlie Daniels' effort separated two from Dan Gosling.

Manchester United's conquerors in the previous round, MK Dons, continued to impress in the competition.

Benik Afobe scored twice against the Red Devils and repeated the feat against the lesser lights of Bradford to seal a 2-0 win.

Derby saw off Championship rivals Reading 2-0, Johnny Russell opening the scoring in the 67th minute before an Alex Pearce own-goal.

Sheffield United got the better of their fellow League One representatives Leyton Orient, Michael Higdon securing a 1-0 victory in the second minute at Brisbane Road.

Jose Fonte applauds the crowd Credit: PA


Bart's Bash sets new Guinness World Record

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation which took place on 21st September, has set the new Guinness World Record for the Largest Sailing Race (24 hours).

While the Bart’s Bash technical team are still processing the data submitted by some of the 768 venues who took part, the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation is delighted to announce that the threshold of 2,500 boats sailing in regattas including at least 25 boats, the key criteria to meet the record, has been reached. This announcement comes after processing the results of 3,600 boats, who have sailed over 10,000,000 metres in total, which equals 18% of the data the organisation expects to receive in the coming days. “The event has proved a huge success and we are delighted to announce that, subject to ratification, we have set the new Guinness World Record. And we have done it in style with 82% of the results still to be processed,” said Richard Percy, CEO of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. “The turnout on 21st September exceeded our expectations and we are very happy that we provided a truly global opportunity for people to come together and enjoy sailing. We hope this event will become a regular feature in the global sailing calendar.” The event was a world-wide celebration of sailing attracting over 18,000 participants of all ages and abilities, taking part in 68 different countries. For many people it was their first time sailing. Races were held between 0.00 and 23.59 GMT on 21st September 2014 globally.

Friends pay tribute at Bart's Bash sailing day

Thousands have taken part in the largest sailing race in the world today, in memory of Olympic Champion Andrew 'Bart' Simpson.

The father of two from Sherborne in Dorset died while training for the America's Cup in May last year.

Today more than fourteen thousand sailors from sixty five countries took part in the inaugural "Bart's Bash", including his four-year-old son Freddie and sailing partner Iain Percy.

We'll have a special report on Meridian Tonight tomorrow at 6pm.

Thousands run in Surrey town's first half marathon

The course starts and finishes at Reigate's Priory Park Credit: Run Reigate

Thousands of runners are taking part in Reigate's first half-marathon, in aid of three local charities.

The Children's Trust at Tadworth, East Surrey Samaritans and Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance will benefit from funds raised at today's event.

The route, which starts and finishes in Priory Park, passes through Woodhatch, Meath Green and Ironsbottom and alongside Reigate Heath.

About 5,000 runners are expected to take part.

A fitness and food festival is also taking place in Priory Park during the day.

World record attempt in memory of Olympic champion

Andrew "Bart" Simpson receives his MBE in 2009 Credit: PA

A Guinness World Record attempt for the biggest sailing race in the world is taking place at venues all around the south coast.

Bart's Bash has been organised by the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

It will feature more than 13 thousand sailors and has so far raised more than one hundred thousand pounds for the charity.

Andrew Simpson(right) with his team mate Iain Percy at London 2012 Credit: PA
Andrew's close friend Sir Ben Ainslie is backing Bart's Bash Credit: PA

Olympic gold and silver medalist sailor Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, died in an America's Cup training accident last year.

Over 550 sailing venues in more than 50 countries are so far signed up to take part in Bart's Bash including a number across Dorset, Hampshire, Kent and Sussex.

As Bart's closest and oldest friends, Sir Ben Ainslie and two-time Olympic champion sailor Iain Percy are spearheading the Bart's Bash crusade.

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