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Bristol Rovers to take Sainsbury's to High Court

The club wants to build a new stadium at Stoke Gifford but needs to sell the Memorial Stadium site Credit: Bristol Rovers

Bristol Rovers have confirmed that they will take supermarket Sainsbury's to the High Court in an final attempt to save their hopes of building a new £40 million stadium.

Speaking on their website, the club published this statement:

It is with regret that we have felt it necessary to revert to High Court action to complete our contract with Sainsbury’s but it was felt that this course of action was necessary to allow us to invest in our new stadium at UWE.

– Bristol Rovers website

Plans for a new stadium have been uncertain since Sainsbury's announced a dramatic cutback in new stores following a slump in profits.

A hearing is due to be heard in the High Court next month where the club will try to persuade a judge that Sainsbury's have entered into a contract to buy the site, which should be honoured.

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Impressive Bath bag a bonus point at Toulouse

Chris Cook scored Bath's second try. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

Bath kept alive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Champions Cup alive with an impressive bonus point win at pool leaders Toulouse.

First half tries by Matt Banahan, Chris Cook and Jonathan Joseph were added to by Francois Low in the second half, to give a final score of Toulouse 18 Bath 35.

Mike Ford's men must now beat Glasgow at the Rec next Sunday.

Gloucester booked their place in the quarter-finals of Challenge Cup yesterday with a 33-3 win over French side Oyonnax.

And in the Championship this afternoon, Bristol needed a last minute try from Mitch Eadie, converted by Matthew Morgan, to beat Yorkshire Carnegie 29-28 at Ashton Gate.

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'Bart's Bash' sets new world record

Andrew 'Bart' Simpson died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup. Credit: Chris Ison/PA Archive

A global sailing event held in memory of Dorset sailor Andrew "Bart" Simpson has been declared a world record.

More than 30,000 people from 60 countries took part in 'Bart's Bash', which was held to raise money for his Foundation.

The Olympic gold medallist from Sherborne died in 2013 while training for the America's Cup.

City through to face West Ham in the FA Cup

Bristol City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas celebrates scoring their first goal with Aden Flint Credit: PA

In football, Bristol City are through to the fourth round of the FA Cup after beating Doncaster 2-0 in tonight's replay.

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas scored both goals.

City will play Premier League side West Ham at Ashton Gate in the next round, after The Hammers beat Everton on penalties in their replay tonight.

Swindon back at the top after 3-0 win at Coventry

Goal-scorer Jon Obika rises high to win the ball at the Ricoh arena Credit: PA

Swindon Town have returned to the top of League One after a convincing 3-0 win at Coventry.

Andy Williams headed Town in front in the eighth minute. The in-form striker soon doubled the advantage from the penalty spot, after Louie Thompson was brought down. Jon Obika added the third late in the game.

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