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Do not miss the next issue of the Independent! Available from Sunday 7th January.

FOOTBALL:

Football
AFC Bournemouth v Wigan Athletic – first report, pictures and reaction as the Cherries look to see off their Sky Bet One opponents and book their place in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup

Bristol City at Watford – first report, pictures and reaction as Lee Johnson’s men look to defeat their Premier League opponents for the second time this season

All the latest news from Bristol Rovers

Plymouth Argyle v Bury – first report, pictures and reaction as the Pilgrims aim to keep up their unbeaten League run and continue to climb the Sky Bet One table

Exeter City v West Bromwich Albion – first report, pictures and reaction as the Grecians look to cause an FA Cup upset against their Premier League opponents

Forest Green Rovers v Port Vale – first report, pictures and reaction as Forest Green aim to move off the bottom of the Sky Bet Two table

Yeovil Town v Bradford City – first report, pictures and reaction as the Glovers aim to take another Sky Bet One scalp in the Emirates FA Cup

Torquay United at Wrexham – first report, pictures and reaction as the Gulls aim to start moving up the Vanarama National League table

Don’t miss our comprehensive football results and fixtures pages, covering every League in the West Country

Plus all the scores and scorers from the Nash and Co Devon Junior and Minor League, and the latest from the Function 28 Exeter and District Youth League

RUGBY:

Rugby
Aviva Premiership action as Bath travel to Worcester on Friday night and Gloucester make the trip to Northampton on Saturday, plus a preview of Sunday’s big home as Exeter Chiefs make the long trek to Newcastle

Keep up to date on all the latest news with our regular columnists, John Harding, Neale Harvey, Drew Hill, Barry Knott, Nigel Walrond, and Conrad Sutcliffe

PLUS… SSE reports from Plymouth Albion in National One; Barnstaple, Cinderford, Clifton, Old Reds, Redruth and Taunton in National Two, and Brixham, Camborne, Cleve, Dings Crusaders, Exmouth, Newton Abbot and Weston-super-Mare in South West Premier.

BASKETBALL

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British Basketball League action as the Bristol Flyers take on the Esh Group Eagles Newcastle, plus previews of Sunday’s match-ups with the Flyers on their travels to Leeds while the Plymouth Raiders welcome Cheshire Phoenix to the Pavilions

Hockey

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Unrivalled coverage of the West of England men and women’s hockey scene with reports, pictures, results, tables and fixtures

RACING

Horse Racing
Always first with the late, late Saturday night race results and SP

Plus

More than 25 sports in 44+ colour pages – and if we’re not covering your sport, just let us know!

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