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Torquay bidding to host top yacht race

Torquay is hoping to host one of the world's most prestigious yacht races next year.

Solitaire Du Figaro is a 2000-mile race around the world. The town is launching its bid to be the UK stopover later.

Hosting the race could bring thousands of pounds to the local economy.

The start of the 2013 Solitaire race in France. Credit: PA

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Glovers and Grecians stage dramatic comebacks

There were wins Yeovil and Exeter City today.

Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to beat ten-man Notts County. The hosts had Gary Jones sent off for a two-footed tackle, then went ahead when Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass. But Jordan Clarke scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the three points for Gary Johnson's men.

In League Two, Exeter City also came from behind to beat Shrewsbury at St James Park. The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a Tom Nichols double and David Wheeler turned the game around.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in 8 games, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. Kelvin Mellor had Argyle's best chance, but hit the crossbar with an open goal.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 2-2 with Gateshead at Plainmoor. The Gulls were leading for most of the match after Ryan Bowman's 8th minute penalty. The visitors then scored twice in the last five minutes, but Bowman rescued a point in stoppage time.

New outdoor gym arrives in Hamp, Bridgwater

The ground works to install a ten-piece outdoor gym have been completed in Mansfield Park on Hamp estate in Bridgwater, with the equipment now available for use.

Works were completed slightly ahead of schedule and within budget.

The free to use outdoor gym includes a double shoulder press, double leg raiser, cross trainer, leg press, spinning bike, bench and double assisted pull-up unit.

Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

The outdoor gym, which cost £15,577, was funded through RLT2 developer contributions which are held by Sedgemoor District Council.

These works follow a £30,000 investment in new play equipment at Mansfield Park which was completed in October 2013.

Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council
Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

Devon's Jo Pavey recognised at sports awards

Jo Pavey Credit: PA

Devon's Jo Pavey cam third in the Sportswoman of the Year category at a ceremony in London last night.

The runner, who lives in West Hill near Exeter, became the oldest female European champion in history when she won 10,000m gold in Zurich earlier this year when she was almost 41. She was honoured at the Sunday Times and Sky awards.

Jo will be back in Exeter tonight to switch on the City's Christmas lights.

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Jo Pavey to turn on Exeter Christmas lights tonight

Exeter's Christmas Lights will be turned on in the city tonight. Local athlete Jo Pavey will do the honours at 6:30pm in Princesshay.

40 year-old Pavey, from Honiton, became the oldest European female champion in history when she won the 10,000m final this year.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the Women's 10000m Final at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich during the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Credit: PA

Rugby World Cup will bring millions to Exeter's economy

The Webb Ellis Cup Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA

It is estimated that the Rugby World Cup in 2015 will bring £17 million to Exeter's economy.

An economic impact study has revealed that the Tournament will generate economic output of £39 million - £17 million of which will be added to the local economy.

Sandy Park will be one of 13 venues hosting matches during the Tournament - which begins next September.

Bankrupt James auctions football memorabilia

David James declared himself bankrupt in May Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Former England footballer David James will auction off football memorabilia today after falling into financial difficulties.

The goalkeeper, who lived on Dartmoor, declared himself bankrupt in May, despite earning an estimated £20 million during his football career. He will hold an online auction of hundreds of items of football memorabilia to help pay off his debts.

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