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Risk pays off for all-female crew in sailing race

The only all female crew competing in the Volvo Ocean Round the World Race are finding what could have been a risky decision to navigate in the opposite direction from all but one team - is paying off.

Team SCA have made visual contact with two other teams and we spoke to Dee Caffari on board, in the dead of night, as the team make their way towards the Equator on Leg Four which ends in Auckland early next month.

Calls for improvements to Britain's oldest Velodrome

Preston Park Velodrome Credit: Brighton and Hove Council

More than 3,200 people have signed a petition for improvements to be made to a cycling track in Brighton. The Preston Park Velodrome is the oldest of its kind in the country. It's been closed to racing since last month after British Cycling said it was too dangerous to use for competitive events.

Organisers of a campaign to save the Preston Park Velodrome are to stage a slow-ride around the track to raise awareness. The ride, which is billed as the first of many, will take place on Saturday, 28 February at 11am.

Preston Park velodrome Campaigner Kim Fortescue Talwar said: "It's brilliant to see so much support for the Velodrome"

Since the launch of the petition, the council and British Cycling have had further meetings to discuss the repairs and costs involved, and agree a way forward for the work required.

A spokesman for British Cycling said: "British Cycling recognises the value of the Preston Park facility and we are working with Brighton and Hove Council to find a solution as quickly as possible. Some repairs were carried out by the Council but concerns remain about certain parts of the track where it is thought that safety may be compromised in competitive events. The council has agreed to look into what will be required to bring the track up to standard. Like the hundreds of people in the area who value the facility, we look forward to competitive cycling returning to Preston Park in the near future."

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Seagull's "zero tolerance" to discrimination

Bosses at Brighton and Hove Albion have said the club has a "zero tolerance approach on all forms of discrimination" after a fan was arrested at the weekend on suspicion of using racist language. The alleged incident happened ahead of a recent home game at the Amex Stadium.

We pride ourselves on welcoming everyone at Brighton & Hove Albion and we simply will not tolerate any kind of xenophobic behaviour. We expect our fans to to conduct themselves in a manner befitting to our club - and I am pleased that the vast majority are a credit to us.

– Paul Barber, Chief Exec

The club says anyone found guilty of any discriminatory offences can expect a lengthy or indefinite ban from all Albion fixtures.

Former Oxford rowing coach dies aged 69

Daniel Topolski Credit: ITV NEWS MERIDIAN

Former Oxford rowing coach and rowing commentator Daniel Topolski has died aged 69. He died on Saturday following a period of ill health.

As Oxford's coach he led the team to ten straight wins between 1976 and 1985. In total the team won 12 races under his leadership.

Topolski went on to become a BBC Sport commentator and an author writing the book 'True Blue' which later got turned into a film.

He is survived by his wife, Suzy and their children, Emma, Tamsin and Luke, and his sister, Teresa

Pictures: Saints in action at St Mary's. Saints 0-2 Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho's exceptional strike amid a series of controversial decisions from referee Kevin Friend helped Liverpool overcome Southampton 2-0 in what could prove a crucial result in the chase for a Champions League place.

There was no lack of vim and vigour on display in miserable conditions at St Mary's, where Brendan Rodgers' side moved within two points of the top four as the season enters the home straight.

Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) and Filip Djuricic (centre right) wait to restart after Raheem Sterling's goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel battles for the ball with Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires
Liverpool's Martin Skrtel battles for the ball with Southampton's Graziano Pelle (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's, Southampton. Credit: PA Wires

Saints cry foul as Liverpool win again

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was unimpressed Credit: PA

Philippe Coutinho's exceptional strike amid a series of controversial decisions from referee Kevin Friend helped Liverpool overcome Southampton 2-0 in what could prove a crucial result in the chase for a Champions League place.

There was no lack of vim and vigour on display in miserable conditions at St Mary's, where Brendan Rodgers' side moved within two points of the top four as the season enters the home straight.

Raheem Sterling wrapped up the points by adding to Coutinho's early wonder goal. However, Liverpool's seventh win in 10 league matches might not have come about had referee Friend made different calls on a clutch of match-defining incidents.

Brazilian Coutinho's third-minute effort off the underside of the bar took the breath away of many at St Mary's, where the home crowd focused as much of their ire - if not more - on Friend as the returning Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren.

The latter got away with a handball towards the end of a first half which began with Filip Djuricic twice being taken down in the penalty box, yet Friend did not deem the challenges of Emre Can and Joe Allen to be fouls.

Those frustrations were compounded by Southampton's belief that Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet handled outside the penalty area in a first half which ended with the players departing to chants of "One-nil to the referee".

Southampton's James Ward-Prowse in action against Liverpool's Adam Lallana Credit: PA

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Runners galore for 25th Brighton Half Marathon

A record number of runners gathered in Sussex this morning for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon. Places sold out in record time for this year's event through the city of Brighton and Hove.

The race grows in popularity every year, from 200 in the very first event in 1990 to 12,500 runners today. Sarah Saunders reports.

Campaigners fight to save IOW's only ice rink

A rally will take place at 3pm on Sunday Credit: ITV news

Campaigners fighting to save the Isle of Wight's only ice rink are holding a rally today to highlight their plight.

Staff at Planet Ice in Ryde were told last week that the rink would close on 25 March because it is making a loss.

Forty jobs are at risk at the rink - 34 staff and six self-employed coaches.

It is home to Wightlink Raiders Ice Hockey Team and is used by a number of figure skaters. The nearest rink is on the mainland at Gosport 24 miles away - a 1 hour 40 minute journey via a ferry.

Among those campaigning to save the venue is John Giddings, promoter of the multi-million pound Isle of Wight Festival, who has a home in Ryde, He tweeted that he'd donate £1000 and suggested that if every Islander gave £1, the debts could be cleared and the venue saved.

An online petition to save the ice rink has had more than 8000 signatures.

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