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Bristol Rovers reject Leeds bid for Clarke

Bristol Rovers have rejected an approach from championship strugglers Leeds United for their manager Darrell Clarke. They've offered Clarke a new contract instead.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

Bristol Rovers can confirm that they have received an approach from Leeds United to speak to Darrell Clarke regarding him taking over as manager at Elland Road.

As yet, the Yorkshire side have failed to meet the conditions set out by Rovers to enable any talks to take place and until that happens there is nothing else to report.

We can also confirm that Rovers have offered Darrell a new and improved three-year contract to remain as Bristol Rovers manager.

Bristol Rovers will not make any further comment until, and unless, there have been any further developments.

– Bristol Rovers

Olympic fanzone comes to Bristol

The Olympic Games 2016 are being held in Rio

People in the West can get one step closer to the Rio Olympics this summer as an official fanzone comes to Bristol.

Team GB supporters will be taking over Millennium Square as they show live coverage of the Games, as well as other offerings.

Entry will be free, and there will be an opportunity to learn more about how you can participate in some of the Olympic sports on show.

Team GB Beijing Homecoming Parade in London, 2008 Credit: PA


Leeds make formal approach for Rovers boss

ITV understands that Leeds United have made a formal request to Bristol Rovers to speak to Darrell Clarke about taking over at Elland Road. Clarke emerged yesterday as the bookies' favourite to become Leeds manager, after guiding Rovers to successive promotions. So far neither club has confirmed the news.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

Rovers boss off to Leeds?

Bristol Rovers Manager Darrell Clarke is favourite with the bookies to take over at Championship strugglers Leeds United. Back-to-back promotions for Rovers have catapulted Clarke to prominence and Skybet have him at evens.

Darrell Clarke, Bristol Rovers Manager Credit: ITV West Country

Other odds: Karl Robinson 6/4 John Sheridan 7/1 Neil Warnock 18/1


Blackwell reveals he 'flatlined' before doctors saved his life

Blackwell during the fight Credit: PA

Trowbridge boxer Nick Blackwell has revealed that his heart stopped before he was put into an induced coma which ultimately saved his life.

Blackwell flatlined in an ambulance after the British Middleweight bout in March which left him fighting for his life.

The fight was stopped in the 10th round, and the boxer taken to an ambulance where he collapsed and "died".

Blackwell, who can remember nothing of the fight or his subsequent injury, was saved when a doctor injected adrenaline into his heart, and placed him into a coma.

The boxer says he was only told of the horrors after waking up.

I passed out, into the ambulance, and I flatlined, so I died for a little while.

– Nick Blackwell
Boxer Nick Blackwell has announced his retirement from boxing in April Credit: Nick Potts/PA

The 25 year-old was also critical of his opponent, Chris Eubank Junior, for holding a press conference in the immediate aftermath - despite pleas from Blackwell's family not to.

Let there be lights - cricket club causes controversy

Lights but not much action at the County Ground Credit: ITV News

This year's cricket T20 Blast began tonight, with Gloucestershire and Somerset both in action. It's the competition that makes the counties the most money, with sell-out crowds expected in Bristol and Taunton.

Somerset began with an away game in Kent tonight - losing by 8 wickets.

Gloucestershire started at home against Sussex, using their controversial floodlights for the first time. There has been lots of opposition to the lights that can be seen from around the city.

One resident told ITV News, "I think they're necessary for the cricket ground to get the matches they need to remain competitive. Without them we're told that they wouldn't get the games that they need. Unfortunately it does have a bit of a detrimental impact on the residents".

But tonight the main talking point was the rain - the match was abandoned and Sussex won by one run according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Many are concerned about the brightness of the floodlights which mean Gloucestershire can host important matches Credit: ITV News
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