Nick Westby

Sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

Story of a champion that leaves even Clinton Woods himself humbled

For Clinton Woods, the former light heavyweight champion of the world, the sport of boxing was a way to make a living, it was an escape, it was his saviour, but it was never his passion.

Setting the tone: Nile Wilson at Leeds Gymastics Club where he trains, ahead of the world championships in Montreal which start next week. (Picture: James Hardisty)

World Championships: Balanced Nile Wilson hoping to meet all-around ambition

One year on from the highs of winning an Olympic medal, Nile Wilson heads to Montreal this weekend seeking a performance that will underline his place among the world’s elite.

Chantal Blaak of The Netherlands crosses the finish line in first place, during the UCI Cycling Road World Championships World Championships Women Elite Road Race in Bergen, Norway on Saturday. (Cornelius Poppe/NTB Scanpix via AP)

Ben Swift and Lizzie Deignan show bravery but Peter Sagan steals the show again

There was to be no Yorkshire winner of the major prizes at the UCI Road World Championships over the weekend, but there were two notable performances.

Lizzie Deignan won the world title in 2015 (Picture: Chris Etchells)

Deignan up off the operating table for world bid

Twenty-three days after undergoing an emergency appendectomy, Yorkshire’s Lizzie Deignan bids to win the UCI World Road Race title for a second time in Bergen, Norway, today.

STAYING PUT: Yorkshire Carnegie took on Doncaster Knights at Headingley on Sunday. Picture: Steve Riding.

Nick Westby: Ring-fencing a step closer as Championship clubs become wary of joining elite

A crowd of a little over 2,500 saw Yorkshire’s two leading rugby union clubs contest a local derby in the second tier of English rugby yesterday.

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2015 world champion cyclist Lizzie  Deignan. Can she repeat the feat in Bergen? (Picture: Bruce Rollinson)

Yorkshire stars bid for rainbow jerseys at world championships

Two years out from Yorkshire’s staging of the UCI Road World Championships and the White Rose county is well-represented in the 2017 edition in Bergen, Norway, over the next week.

Back in the game: Andy Key.

Nottingham v Rotherham Titans: Coach Andy Key relishing Clifton Lane rebuilding job

Andy Key – the co-architect of Leeds Carnegie’s rise to and initial survival in the Premiership – suddenly found himself out of work six-and-a-half years ago.

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Switch: Doncaster have signed Charlie Foley from Rotherham Titans.
Picture: Scott Merrylees

Jersey v Doncaster Knights: Wise recruitment gives Clive Griffiths belief

In the last two years, Doncaster Knights have become quite adept at upsetting the established elite in rugby union’s Championship.

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Confident: Sir Ian McGeechan.

London Scottish v Yorkshire Carnegie: Coach Lowes backed to make Carnegie the big entertainers

Sir Ian McGeechan has backed head coach Jimmy Lowes to create excitement for Yorkshire Carnegie fans in what is expected to be a season of treading water for the Headingley club.

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Yorkshire Carnegie head coach, James Lowes. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Yorkshire Carnegie pin their hopes on three-year promotion plan

THE NEW Championship season kicks-off in a little over 48 hours with one of the biggest names in the competition admitting that a promotion push this year is financially beyond them.

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Yorkshire Carnegie executive president Ian McGeechan (left) and chairman David Dockray.

Yorkshire Carnegie pin their hopes on three-year promotion plan

The new Championship season kicks-off in three days’ time with one of the biggest names in the competition admitting that a promotion push this year is financially beyond them.

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Sir Ian McGeechan (left) and David Dockray, chairman for Yorkshire Carnegie at Headingley (Picture: Gary Longbottom)

Calling for cash to back Yorkshire Carnegie’s Premiership dream

Yorkshire Carnegie have issued a fresh plea for local investment as they bid to keep alive their ambition of reclaiming a place in the Premiership.

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On target: Billy Sharp celebrates his second goal.

Big-match verdict: Sheffield United’s desire helps them make big step up

IF ever confirmation was needed as to the strength of the commitment to one another that is the hallmark of this Sheffield United team it arrived in the 36th minute at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

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Billy Sharp celebrates his first goal (Photo: Sportimage)

Sheffield United ratings: John Fleck bosses midfield battle as Blades sink Derby County at Bramall Lane

Sheffield United picked up maximum reward for a whole-hearted display with a 3-1 win over Derby County at Bramall Lane.
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Sheffield United 3-1 Derby County

Analysis: Billy Sharp brace gives Sheffield United full reward for effort against poor Derby County at fortress Bramall Lane

Sheffield United’s greater work-rate and hunger was rewarded with two gift-wrapped goals as they made it three wins from three at Bramall Lane by accounting for a lacklustre Derby County.
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Aqua Blue Sport rider Adam Blythe finished third on stage two of the Vuelta Espana (Picture: Karen Edwards)

Blythe ‘a bit gutted’ after third-place finish in Gruissan

Yorkshire’s Adam Blythe finished in a highly-creditable third place on a windy second stage of the Vuelta a Espana, but conceded that he should have done better.

Adam Blythe prepares for La Vuelta start at Nimes, France at the team hotel in Arles. (Picture: Karen Edwards)

Adam Blythe aiming to sprint past star names in Vuelta a Espana

La Vuelta a Espana begins today, where else, but in France, with the cycling calendar’s third and final grand tour boasting a stellar cast list in the race for the general classification, a favourite in Chris Froome, and a rare appearance from a Yorkshireman tucked away in the peloton.

On target: Ryan Hedges put Barnsley in front for the second time in the match.

Sheffield United v Barnsley: Ryan Hedges looking for more goals in derby

Ryan Hedges has revealed how his rich vein of goal-scoring form is a direct result of the work he put in over the summer.

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Great Britain's Rabah Yousif celebrates taking bronze in the Men's 4x400m relay final (Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire)

World Championships: Rabah Yousif proud to raise the bar in London

Middlesbrough’s Rabah Yousif says the desire not to let his team-mates down was the major motivation behind his part in Great Britain’s 4x400m relay squad winning a bronze medal on the final night of the World Championships in London.

Justin Gatlin, left, bows as he celebrates his win in the Men's 100m final as third placed Jamaica's Usain Bolt watches. (AP).

Nick Westby: Bolt vs Gatlin is no simple tale of hero and villain

A convenient narrative has been spun since Saturday night, that evil conquered good, that cheats prosper, that fairytales do not always have a happy ending.

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