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Yacht racers flood into Devon's Riviera

Thousands of people will have the chance to see some of the world's fastest and most expensive yachts on Devon's Riviera over the next couple of days.

Boats competing in the prestigious Solitaire du Figaro race have spent the day arriving in Torquay at the end of the third leg. They will be there until Sunday, when one of the world's most gruelling yacht races restarts. Richard Lawrence has more.


Torquay hire former Mansfield Town boss as new manager

Paul Cox managed Mansfield Town for three-and-a-half years. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Former Mansfield Town manager Paul Cox has just been announced as the new manager of Torquay United.

Cox's three-and-a-half years at Mansfield saw the club promoted back to the Football League after five years.

Torquay parted ways with former boss Chris Hargreaves in a dispute over pay.

Torquay United closes youth academy

Torquay United has a new board of directors. Credit: ITV News

Torquay United has announced it is closing its youth academy as part of cost-cutting measures.

The club said the "painful and stark reality" was that it could no longer afford to run it while still ensuring a future for the club.

In a statement on its website the club apologised to the "outstanding" and "talented" young footballers who will now be released.

A new board of directors took over the troubled club yesterday. The club's new Director of Football Dean Edwards will explain the decision to close the youth department at a meeting at the Launa Windows Stadium tomorrow night.

"We would like to put on record that we did not create this situation. For months now, the precarious nature of the football club has been obvious and, in truth, this should have been resolved a long time ago.

"The comments made by former vice-chairman Bill Phillips in suggesting the youth department would be retained were both premature and misleading to the young footballers in our structure.

"We are extremely sorry for all the young boys who have been in the system and the dedication shown by these talented youngsters, and their families, has been outstanding at all times."

"Now this decision has been reached, we can confirm that all the Academy and youth-team players are free agents.

"Despite our disappointment at being placed in this position, we are in no way abandoning the culture of trying to develop young players and the future plan involves working closely with local clubs to help nurture talent.

"We are already in discussion with Paul Devlin and his team of coaches in Football in the Community to see how we can play a role in expanding their operation to develop elite pathways for the best young players in our region.

"We will also seek to enhance the scouting network available to Torquay United, with the aim of identifying talented teenagers who we believe can make the step up to training with our first-team squad.

"Finally, Torquay United would like to thank all the coaching staff in the youth department for their tremendous commitment. Geoff Harrop, Robbie Herrera, Kevin Nancekivell, Craig Easton, Matt Scholes, Matt Williams and all the part-time coaches did a superb job and we are very grateful."

– Torquay United Football Club

Exeter Chiefs players hope for part in world semi-final

Jack Innard, Sam Skinner and Stuart Townsend are all in the England U20 squad.

Two Exeter Chiefs players will be hoping for a part in England's Under 20 rugby world championship semi-final this evening.

Jack Innard and Sam Skinner will both start as substitutes in the match against South Africa. Stuart Townsend is also in the squad, but hasn't been selected for the match.

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T20 Blast: Somerset lose match by two runs

Somerset's Tom Cooper scored a career-best of 84 not out. Credit: David Davies/PA

Glamorgan beat Somerset by a marginal two runs on the Duckworth-Lewis system after rain prevented them from finishing their innings.

Somerset 159 for 5 (20 overs) Glamorgan 43 for 1 (6 overs) Glamorgan won by 2 runs (D/L)

Glamorgan won the toss and put Somerset first to bat. Tom Cooper scored a career best of 84 not out.

But the rain was an obstacle from the start and play was called off just after 6pm.


Derek Adams appointed Plymouth Argyle manager

Former Ross County boss Derek Adams is the new manager of Plymouth Argyle. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Archive

Plymouth Argyle have appointed former Ross County boss Derek Adams as their new manager.

The 39-year-old Scot replaces John Sheridan, who left Home Park by mutual consent last month after two and a half years in charge.

Adams led County to a Scottish Cup final in 2010 and into the Premier League two years later, but was sacked in August after a winless start to the season.

100 days to go until the Rugby World Cup

Exeter is one of the cities hosting the World Cup Credit: England Rugby 2015

It's 100 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup 2015. Sandy Park in Exeter is one of 13 match venues.

The games at Sandy Park include:

- Tonga v Namibia, 29 September

- Namibia v Georgia, 7 October

- Italy v Romania, 11 October

It's thought the three matches at Sandy Park will generate £39 million of economic activity to city, create 286 new jobs, increase visitor numbers to the city and wider area and establish a long lasting legacy.

As well as the 100 day countdown to the start of the Tournament, the Webb Ellis Cup starts its journey around the UK and Ireland as part of the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

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