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Riverside Leisure Centre pools closed today

The pools at Riverside Leisure Centre are closed today Credit: ITV News

The main pool and learner pool at Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter will remain closed today (Friday 7 November) as the water temperature heats up following essential maintenance yesterday.

It is hoped that the pool will be back in operation on Saturday.

In the meantime, swimmers are advised to use Pyramids Leisure Centre or Northbrook Swimming Pool.


Warrington v Exeter in FA Cup tie tonight

Exeter City will get this season's FA Cup competition underway tonight, hoping to avoid an upset.

The Grecians travel to Cheshire for a first round tie against non-league side Warrington.

The match has been brought forward to Friday night so it can be shown live on television.

We're not on TV because we're playing good football or because we think we're a good team, we're on the TV because of the three million plus viewers who will watch the game, 2,995,000 will be hoping that we lose so let's just remember why we're there and it's our job to be professional and make sure that doesn't happen."

– Paul Tisdale, Manager of Exeter City FC
Paul Tisdale. Credit: PA

Exeter's Pym and Grimes retain England U20 places

Matt Grimes. Credit: PA

Exeter City players Christy Pym and Matt Grimes have retained their places in the England Under 20 football squad.

The goalkeeper and midfielder will join up with the national team for a friendly against Canada next week.

The game will be played at Bournemouth's Goldsands Stadium on Wednesday.

Following the match in Bournemouth, the squad head to Coimbra for a match against Portugal on Monday 17 November.

Exeter goalkeeper Christy Pym (left) during a training session at St George's Park, Burton Upon Trent. Credit: PA

World Cup success for Plymouth's star robot athletes?

The team's star performer Mustachio Credit: Plymouth University

This year Plymouth is pinning its sporting hopes on a world cup team with a difference - they're all robots.

The Plymouth Humanoids, based at Plymouth University, will compete against the international elite of robot sport at the FIRA RoboWorld Cup in Beijing this week.

A five-strong squad of robots supported by academics and students from the University’s School of Computing and Mathematics, they will be led at the competition by monocle-wearing star Mustachio.

This team has previously won the Marathon and Sprint events, though in robot sport a marathon is 200m, rather than 26 miles.

Since these victories, new technical improvements have given the athletes better balance and gait control - no wonder they fancy their chances.

Our achievements in global events are furthering Plymouth’s reputation as one of the world-leading universities for robotic technology.

Through technical and software developments, our students and staff are pushing the boundaries of innovation and engaging new audiences with the potential for this technology to have a positive impact on their lives.

– Dr Phil Culverhouse, Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems, Plymouth University

Haldon Cup Day at Exeter Racecourse

The richest race in the South West racing calendar takes place at Exeter today.

The Haldon Gold Cup is regarded as the first major contest over two miles in the jump racing calendar and is considered a stepping stone to the world's most prestigious race over this distance - the Queen Mother Champion Chase which takes place at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Somersby ridden by Dominic Elsworth on their way to victory in the BetVictor Haldon Gold Cup Chase at Exeter Racecourse, 2013. Credit: PA


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David James' memorabilia to be sold in online auction

Unique football memorabilia and personal effects from one of England’s most iconic goalkeepers are to be sold by online auction.

David James amassed over 50 caps for England and in excess of 800 senior appearances at prestigious clubs such as Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, West Ham, Portsmouth, Watford, Bournemouth and Bristol City, winning the League and FA Cup.

The auction will include:

· Over 150 signed football shirts, shorts and match balls

· Signed English Premiership shirts

· FIFA World Cup finals and qualifying tournament signed shirts

· UEFA European Championship finals and qualifying tournament shirts

David James as Bristol goalkeeper. Credit: PA
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Goalkeeper David James declares bankruptcy

David James playing for Bristol City Credit: PA

Former Bristol City and England goalkeeper David James has declared himself bankrupt.

According to a report in The Sun he built up debts after divorcing from his wife Tanya in 2005.

The goalkeeper reportedly earned £20 million in his 25-year career. He played for several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Manchester City. He then signed a one-year contract with Bristol City in 2010.

James and his family live in Devon.

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Sherborne shooter announces his retirement

Peter Wilson's ecstasy at winning gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

A west-based Olympic champion has announced his retirement.

Dorset's Peter Wilson, who won the Double Trap gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, said in a tweet today that he was quitting competitive shooting.

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