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Big weekend for Cumbria's rugby league teams

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It's a big weekend for rugby league fans in Cumbria, with three of our sides in action in the 4th round of the Challenge Cup.

Amateur side, Kells, took on the might of Toronto Wolfpack last night at Whitehaven's Recreation Ground. But despite some excellent defensive play they were eventually well beaten 6-56.

Tomorrow Whitehaven are at home to Dewsbury Rams and Workington Town play host to London Broncos. Both games start at 3pm.


Carlisle's Ellie Dickinson named in Commonwealth Games cycling team

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19-year-old Ellie Dickinson has been selected to ride for England at the Commonwealth Games on Australia's Gold Coast.

It's her first Commonwealth Games and she is one of 27 British cyclists to take part.

Ellie will ride in track endurance and road events.

The games begin on 4 April 2018.

Restoration of Donald Campbell's Bluebird nears completion

In 1967 Donald Campbell tried to break the world water speed record on Coniston Water in the Lake District. The attempt cost him his life.

18 years ago the wreckage of his boat, Bluebird, was recovered.

Since then a team has been using some of the original parts to revive the craft. The final phase is nearly complete.

Cumbrian badminton star named in Commonwealth Games team

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Lauren Smith, from Carlisle, has been chosen to compete in the Commonwealth Games this coming April, in Australia’s Gold Coast.

Team England today named a full complement of ten badminton players to represent the nation.

They will travel to Australia with royal backing, after members of the squad recently enjoyed a private invitation with HRH Prince Andrew, Duke of York, at Buckingham Palace.


Stokes to appear in court on same day he was due to make international comeback

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes is set to appear in court on an affray charge, on the same day he was expected to return to international cricket in a Twenty20 match in New Zealand.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that Stokes is due at Bristol Magistrates' Court on February 13, following an incident outside a nightclub in the city in September.

The 26-year-old from Cockermouth, who missed the Ashes after being suspended from playing for England, is accused of affray alongside two other men.

Stokes charged with affray after nightclub fight

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Cumbrian cricketer Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub.

The incident, which happened in September, left a man with a fractured eye socket.

The England all-rounder missed the Ashes series, with the England and Wales Cricket Board stating he would not be considered for England 'until further notice'.

The 26-year-old has been charged along with two other men, Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale.

A CPS spokesperson said:

The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon & Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre. Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today (Mon 15 Jan) authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident.

“Ben Stokes, 26, Ryan Ali, 28, and Ryan Hale, 26, are all due to appear before Bristol Magistrates’ Court on a date to be fixed in relation to this charge."

– CPS spokesperson
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