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Council reject new sports centre plans

posted 22.01.15 at 10:33pm

The proposed new sports village has been refused planning permissionThe proposed new sports village has been refused planning permission

The University of Nottingham has blasted Nottingham City Council after the planning committee rejected its planning application for a new £40 million sports centre on University Park campus on Wednesday.

The plans were thrown out by seven votes to six amid councillors' concerns over the felling of three ancient oak trees to make way for the facilities.

But in a fiery statement, university registar Dr Paul Greatrix has accused the council of hypocrisy. The authority recently felled at least 40 trees on University Boulevard for tram and ring road improvements.


Sports Editor Patrick Hildred spoke to Cllr Sally Longford, who voted against the plans, to find out the reasons for her decision. He put the university's accusation of hypocrisy to the Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey representative, and asked why the ancient trees were judged to outweigh the benefits of the new sports centre.

Australian Open, Superbowl and gooner gloating

posted 22.01.15 at 9:50pm

Nick and David joined Simon on Tuesday's URN Sport to cast their eyes over the latest news and talking points from the world of sport.

First on the agenda was the Australian Open. The boys discussed Andy Murray's progression from the first round, and Simon asked whether anybody other than Serena Williams could win the women's event.

Next up the team discussed the England cricket team, who are also in Australia at the moment.

The panel covered the ball deflation scandal ahead of this year's Superbowl.

Lastly, Arsenal fan David took a rare opportunity to gloat about an Arsenal win in a big game, following the Gunners' 2-0 win at Manchester City on Sunday.

For more chat about national and international sport, tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Goal of the year, QPR's away troubles and the title race

posted 14.01.15 at 1:03pm

Simon was joined by David, Chris and Adam for the first URN Sport of 2015, and they began by discussing the goal of the year award at the Ballon d'Or awards. James Rodriguez's stunner for Colombia against Uruguay in the World Cup beat Stephanie Roche's effort to the top prize.

The lads also discussed QPR's terrible away record. The Hoops are yet to win on the road in the Premier League this season, in stark contrast to their home form.

The panel also touched on Manchester City's hopes of winning the title as well as Everton's season so far after the Toffees held City to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

For more international and national sports chat tune in to URN Sport every Tuesday from 6-7pm.

Breaking: Men's Football Team Banned from Varsity

posted 09.01.15 at 5:55pm

The University of Nottingham Students Union has told URN Sport that the University's Men's Football Team have been banned from participating in the 2015 Varsity Series.

The decision follows a sports disciplinary hearing which found that the team broke the Students' Union Code of Conduct. Having initially been disciplined before Christmas, URN has learnt that the team's appeal against the report has failed and have subsequently been punished.

The team was found to have broken the sections of the Code of Conduct which states that teams must hold social events which are 'ethical and non-degrading', and that they 'should not use initiation events'.

Having been found guilty of breaking these clauses, the team have faced a number of punishments, most notably their ban from Varsity 2015. The fixture will continue to take place as planned, however now will consist of a University of Nottingham team made up of players selected from IMS teams. No player registered with the football team will be allowed to participate in Varsity, although the club will be able to help coach, train and select the side.

Olympics revamp, doping and West Ham flying high

posted 10.12.14 at 12:29am

This Tuesday's URN Sport saw David joined by Paddy, Adam and James. As the IOC announced plans to drop its 28-sport cap on the summer Games and to make the bidding process cheaper for potential host cities, the panel offered their thoughts on the revamp.

The boys also discussed doping after a German television documentary claimed to present evidence of systematic doping and corruption in Russian sport. The Russia Athletics Federation's president has rejected those claims as "a pack of lies".

As the show moved on to focus on the weekend's Premier League results, West Ham's start to the season - and how sustainable it is - was debated.

Finally, the panel chatted about Manchester City and Liverpool ahead of their midweek Champions League clashes.

URN Sport will be back this Thursday from 6pm with all the latest university sports coverage.