15/03/2014 Midlands Today


15/03/2014

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about half hour's time, could overtake them with

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Good afternoon. West Bromwich Albion have sacked their striker, Nicolas

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Anelka, for gross misconduct. In December, the FA found him guilty of

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making an offensive gesture after scoring at West Ham. The Frdnchman

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was banned for five games and fined ?80,000. Yesterday, he reve`led on

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social media he was terminating his contract. But the club say he hadn't

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followed the correct legal process and have sacked him. Meanwhhle, the

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club visit Swansea this aftdrnoon in a game which could decide the future

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of Head Coach Pepe Mel. Albhon are still looking for their first win

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since Mel took over two months ago. That's led to speculation hd could

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be sacked if they're beaten again today. If I did not believe there

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were winners in the changing rooms then I would have spoken to the

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chairman, in order to leave. What I need is players who are willing to

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work and willing to win. Now with the winter weather a fading memory,

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there's hopes of a tourism boost in Staffordshire. The Uttoxeter

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Racecourse has had to cancel all meetings so far this year btt today

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will play host to the Midlands Grand National where thousands ard

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expected. Kevin Reide reports. It's been a winter of spectacular sights

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but ones we'd all rather forget and that's what staff at Uttoxeter

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Racecourse are trying to do as they white wash away those winter blues.

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So far all of this years medts have been cancelled. It has been

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terrible. But we had five inches in January. That is a lot of r`infall.

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There has not been a day in February Word has not rained. Out on the

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course you can see the damage this winter has caused. Only last Tuesday

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there was a layer of water on here. It's now cleared, but you c`n still

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see the damage. The nightmare `` it is a nightmare, the grass h`s not

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been growing. We have not h`d frost, but we were not able to get a

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tractor on it until the beghnning of this week. But it will suit star

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attraction, Harry Topper. The seven`year`old was pulled from

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Cheltenham's Gold Cup at thd last minute because it was too dry. He

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goes the same speed on soft ground as good ground which is the reason

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he is good on soft ground. We have no control over what is going on. I

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do not watch the weather forecast. And with prize money of ?100,00 ,

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Uttoxeter are expecting arotnd 15,000 visitors and with it a boost

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to the local economy. When xou think that the population is only 13, 00,

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you can imagine how benefichal it is. We are very proud that here we

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are hosting such a big event. So, with spring in the air, Uttoxeter's

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hoping for a day to remember rather than a season to forget. Kevin

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Reide, BBC Midlands Today, Stafforshire. Let's have a look at

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the weather now. Here's Sar` Blizzard.

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The skies have been brightening and it will remain fine and dry as we

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head into the afternoon. Thdre will be some cloud toward Stoke`on`Trent

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of which could produce light showers. A daytime temperattre of 17

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degrees. A breezy westerly wind which will continue overnight

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keeping the temperature is `bove freezing, and minimum of six

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degrees. More cloud in the north of the region, producing some patchy

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light rain, but it will be divided on Sunday. We might start off with

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brighter skies, but there whll be cloud later. Sunny spells l`ter in

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the day. That's it for now. We'll have all the day's football results

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in our next bulletin at ten past seven. Until then, have a good

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afternoon. Following on from what has been

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largely dry and settled week with high pressure

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