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Ten years ago, Cornwall’s Kate Jackson entered the cage for her first MMA fight with little knowledge of the career she had just embarked on, writes Craig Bratt. Having scrapped her university studies to take on a full-time career in a sport which has seen colossal growth in the UK, Jackson will face her toughest …

Before Eddie Howe had his dream, on minus 17, as the chant that echoes around Dean Court every other Saturday goes, Bournemouth encountered a pretty nomadic, almost insignificant existence as a club that perpetually wallowed around the third and fourth tiers. Granted there were occasional good times such as the famous FA Cup run of …

Many facets of football continue to move on at a breakneck pace nowadays – so much so that the game is virtually unrecognisable from the game I first fell in love with whilst watching Harry Redknapp’s Bournemouth in the old Second Division during the late 1980s. Hooliganism was seen as the biggest issue for the …

“My teammate is one of my heroes I remember watching her winning her bronze medal in Beijing, I remember watching her at five in the morning in my pyjamas.” From watching Bryony Shaw to competing alongside her in the, Saskia Sills’ journey from rookie windsurfer to World Cup silver medallist has been an enduring tale …

A network for LGBTQ+ people within the sports media world has held its most successful event yet after an evening of panel discussion, networking and chat amongst leading figures across the sport, writes Craig Bratt. Sports Media LGBT was created by Barnstaple-born Jon Holmes – who works for Sky Sports – as a safe space …

Since winning promotion to the Premiership, on a damp late May evening at Bristol’s Memorial Ground, nine years ago, Exeter Chiefs have grown accustomed to non-stop success. Establishing themselves as a Premiership side by right was something that came almost instantly and by 2016, they had reached the Twickenham play-off final. A year late, amidst …

CORNISH Pirates back rower Alex Cheesman admits he is “completely gutted” to have been forced to retire after suffering a series of concussions last season. The 29-year-old, who joined the Pirates from Loughborough Students in 2012, has never fully recovered from the last of the knocks to the head that he took in the opening …

FOR THE first time, the four Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the Tank Corps in World War One will be brought together and put on display. The Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, has managed to secure them all and will unveil them on Monday, August 6 in a special exhibition. The museum owns one …