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  1. Trevor Bayliss appointed England coach
  2. Dylan Hartley cited for striking opponent with head
  3. Oshoala is BBC Women's Footballer of the Year
  4. West Ham to play in Europa League qualifying
  5. Ancelotti, Di Matteo & McClaren leave jobs
  6. DEBATE: Is Stokes England's new hero?

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By Steve Canavan and Patrick Jennings

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Well that brings us to a close for the day. Thanks for all your comments in support of omelette sandwiches. Not that I'm biased (but honestly it was delicious).

We will be back tomorrow, same place, from 08:00 BST.

But for now, we'll be seeing you.


Lycra time

We mentioned earlier that West Brom keeper Ben Foster is taking part in Geoff Thomas's summer cycling marathon as part of his rehabilitation from a cruciate ligament injury.

Well, it seems he is keen as mustard, for he has just tweeted this pic...


And the message? "Can't wait to get started."

The cycle ride from London to Paris takes place from 18-22 June.

Rafa the great


Rafael Nadal

Remember, you can catch a special programme on BBC Radio 5 live at 20:00 BST called La Decima, focusing on Rafael Nadal's quest to become the first man in history to win the same Grand Slam title 10 times. Here's a sneak peak at what some tennis royalty had to say:

Three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander: "The domination of winning nine grand slam titles on one surface is incredible. I don't think you can compare it actually. Most probably Michael Phelps in swimming with as many gold medals as he has in multiple Olympics? But the domination of winning nine grand slam titles on one surface is incredible. It's unbelievable how you can keep your focus and win something nine times out of 10."

Serena Williams: "I think for tennis and for sport in general it's iconic and I don't know if it can ever be done again"

F1 driver and fellow Spaniard Fernando Alonso: "In Spain he's the biggest sportsman probably in our history. He's not only the best when he's playing tennis but he's also a very kind person and a very normal guy when he's outside the tennis court."

'No fear under Bayliss'


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England and Nottinghamshire batsman Michael Lumb believes Trevor Bayliss is the right man for the England head coach job. The Australian was

named as Peter Moores' successor earlier today.

"He's a great man, he's had a lot of success in white ball cricket and he's someone that can take England forward in the future." Lumb said.

"He brings a big calmness to the group and I think with the England group he'll let them be able to express themselves and play with no fear almost like the Australian way that they do now and get all the guys to enjoy the game and play positive cricket.

"Bayliss knows a lot of the New South Wales players in that Ashes squad so he'll come with a lot of homework on them as well."

Man Utd targeting Dani Alves?


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Manchester United are targeting Barcelona's 32-year-old Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, but only as a backup option should they fail to sign their favoured defensive recruits - that's according to the

Daily Telegraph.

I'm wondering how Alves would fit in at Old Trafford. And was this red tuxedo moment a sign of things to come? He's also a pretty

good singer...

Plenty more

gossip over here by the way.

Boro 'will achieve Premier League goal' - Karanka


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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka insists Boro are on track for a return to the Premier League despite their Championship play-off final loss to Norwich on Monday.

Boro ended the Spaniard's first full season in charge fourth in the Championship, their best finish since dropping out of the Premier League in 2009.

"I prefer to remain positive," Karanka told BBC Tees. "To think where we were 18 months ago, five points above the relegation zone, and now we're playing at Wembley."

Watford closing in on Quique Flores


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Watford are close to appointing the Getafe and former Atletico Madrid manager Quique Sanchez Flores after talks with current boss Slavisa Jokanovic broke down over his contract demands.

Jokanovic guided Watford to automatic promotion from the Championship this season but his contract is due to expire at the end of next month. Talks over a new deal broke down after the former Chelsea midfielder asked for a pay rise the owners felt was beyond what they could pay.

Watford have now approached Flores and while no deal has yet been agreed, it is understand he has been offered the chance to take charge of the Hornets on their return to the Premier League.

GB announce World Championships squad

Modern Pentathlon

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Great Britain announce their squad for the modern pentathlon World Championships, which take place in Berlin from 28 June.

World champion and Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray will be joined by Kate French,Freyja Prentice and Francesca Summers.

Thomas Toolis,James Cooke, Joseph Choong and Joseph Evans have been selected for the men's team. Toolis, Cooke and Evans will also be heading to the World Cup Final, held in Minsk between 11- 14 June.

'More to come from Oshoala'


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Asisat Oshoala

Natasha Dowie has been speaking about fellow Liverpool Ladies forward Asisat Oshoala, who won the first ever B

BC Women's Footballer of the Year award today.

"She's a great talent and I'm sure she would have been surprised going up against the likes of Nadine Kessler who won the Ballon D'or this year, Kim Little, and Marta - who's won the world player of the year year on year.

"She's 20 years old and she's obviously been recognised for the good work she did last year with Nigeria in the Under-20s World Cup and then when she went away with the seniors. What an achievement. I'm very happy for her. I definitely think there is still more to come."

Ipswich's Bishop faces betting charge


Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop has been

charged by the Football Association for alleged multiple breaches of betting rules.

The player has until 1 June to respond to the charge.

Bishop, 18, made 36 appearances for Championship side Ipswich this season, 26 of them starts, and scored once.

Where are you off to Sergio?


With the summer transfer window not too far away, soon we'll be treated to all the usual 'sightings' of international superstars in Befordshire DIY outlets.

Which leads us to wonder - just where is Manchester City Sergio Aguero off to? Hmmm....

OK fair enough, he'll be off to play for Argentina in the Copa America, which gets under way in Chile on 11 June. 

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One last time for Xavi at the Nou Camp


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Surely Barcelona's Xavi must be one of the most liked figures in football? He's certainly one of the most respected.

The 35-year-old midfielder is saying goodbye to the Camp Nou on Saturday, as Luis Enrique's side contest Athletic Bilbao for the Spanish Cup.

It won't be his last game for the club though - will he sign off before leaving for Qatari club Al-Sadd by winning the Champions League too? The final against Juventus is to come on Saturday, 6 June...

Landa wins stage, Contador extends Giro lead


Mikel Landa won a second successive mountain stage of the Giro d'Italia with victory on stage 16, as Alberto Contador (pictured) strengthened his grip on the race lead.

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Landa convincingly won the 174-kilometres route from Pinzolo to Aprica, with Steven Kruijswijk second and Contador third, both 38 seconds behind.

Yury Trofimov was fourth, two minutes three seconds adrift of Landa, as Contador enhanced his position in the leader's pink jersey.

Fabio Aru began the day in second, 2mins 35secs behind Contador, but finished the stage behind his Astana team-mate Landa to slip to 4:52 adrift overall.

Stokes - the real deal?

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Panasonic: I think one good Test is not enough time to say he's a 'hero' but I think a couple more great performances then yes.

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Big Brenny: Stokes looks like he has better all-round batting game than Beefy and Freddy but he has nowhere near the bowling skill, yet.

Topher Welburn: Here we go, building up another talent as some 'Messiah' until he starts playing badly and the media cut him to shreds.


The future of the game

Rafael Nadal has been paying tribute to the 18-year-old he has just knocked out of the French Open in straight sets.

After completing victory, Nadal - aiming for a 10th win at Roland Garros - described French wild card Quentin Halys as "the future of tennis".

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"The new style of game he has, trying to hit winners from everywhere - that is the way tennis is moving now," Nadal said. "Playing on centre court for the first time is not easy, so I wish him all the best."

Halys, ranked 296th in the world, was playing his first ever match in the main draw of a grand slam.

Pakistan dominate Zimbabwe


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Shoaib Malik now has eight ODI centuries in 217 ODIs

I'm sure you knew this already, but there's international cricket being played in Pakistan today as Zimbabwe's tour continues with the first one-day international in Lahore.

And the hosts' batsmen have enjoyed themselves - racking up an imposing 375-5 in their 50 overs, with Shoaib Malik smashing 112 off 76 balls.

Zimbabwe have just started their reply. Best of luck chasing that, lads.

Full scorecard here

Sussex beat Warwickshire in thriller


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Division One - Sussex 191 & 190-9 beat Warwickshire 180 & 200 by one wicket at Hove

Chris Jordan's half-century helped Sussex to a

dramatic one-wicket win over Warwickshire in Division One.

Jordan, left out of England's team for their Test victory over New Zealand at Lord's, scored 56 not out and hit Boyd Rankin for six to clinch victory.

The visitors were dismissed for 200 in the morning, leaving Sussex 190 to win.

They slipped to 38-3 at lunch, Chris Wright (3-54) taking all three wickets, but Ben Brown (53) gave the hosts hope and all-rounder Jordan saw them home.

Ibe withdraws from England U20s


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Liverpool winger Jordan Ibe withdraws from the England under-20 squad because of a recurring knee injury.

The 19-year-old will be replaced by Derby County forward Kwame Thomas, 19.

Aidy Boothroyd's side are playing at the Toulon Tournament this summer - an annual competition in the south of France - alongside China, Ivory Coast, Mexico and Morocco, who they face in their first game on Thursday, 28 May.


Plain sailing

Novak Djokovic looks to be sailing through his first round match at the French Open.

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The world number one has taken the opening two sets against Jarkko Nieminen, 6-2 7-5.

Finally home!


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Good news for those hundreds of Houston Rockets supporters who were stuck inside an arena hours after an NBA game because of flash flooding.

They've gone home! After 10 and a half hours. Even a day at the Test doesn't last that long...

Lunchtime snack


More on the curious omelette sandwich debate...

Ryan Keyes: The potato omelette sandwich is a staple snack in Spain. Got me through many tough mornings as a student out there.

We'll take your word for it Ryan.

Yeovil boss Sturrock signs new deal


Manager Paul Sturrock has

agreed a new two-year deal with Yeovil Town, who were relegated to League Two this season.

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Sturrock, 58, was appointed Glovers boss in April but had never signed a contract until now.

"I have got a big job to do here at Yeovil and it's something I am enjoying immensely," he told

the club's website.

Whelan set in stone


A statue of Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan is to be erected outside the DW Stadium.

The plan has been announced by the club's chairman David Sharpe, who is the 23-year-old grandson of Mr Whelan.

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"What my grandfather achieved at Wigan Athletic is beyond the dreams of anyone connected with the club and I feel it is fitting to honour those achievements," he said.

Whelan resigned as chairman in March, a few months after being banned from football-related activity for six weeks and fined £50,000 for making racist comments.

Stokes - the real deal?

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Aintree Hammer: He's had a good test match. Give him chance to develop and who knows, but talk of him being the next Botham, or even Flintoff, is wildly premature and possibly damaging to the lad.

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Stuart: As a Durham member I have watched a fair bit of Ben. He is a batsman who always looks to have far more time than anyone else in any match I have seen him in. His batting is better on fast bouncy wickets, against pace bowling. He's more vulnerable at the moment to spin. His bowling is also better suited to fast pitches. Give him those conditions and yes he's got huge potential.

Jeff: Enjoy the moment rather than enjoy the man. Stokes has to be judged over a longer period of time.

Accrington sign Davies


Accrington Stanley have

signed defender Tom Davies on a one-year deal after his release by Fleetwood Town.

The 23-year-old had loan spells at Alfreton and Scunthorpe last season.

Oshoala wins BBC award



Check out this for a cushioned finish. 

Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala, the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year,shows just how good she is with this one.  

Just follow the link below...

Nice example of how good Asisat Oshoala is. Lovely finish 40 seconds in... #Nigieria

Lunch-time teaser ... oops

So, a short while ago we asked you to name the eight teams promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking since 2001 - and gave you the answers.

Except we missed one.


Thank goodness you're more alert than we are Mark. Apologies to all and you can rest assure that it will never, ever happen again. Hopefully.

Gossip - Benzema for De Gea?


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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema is being monitored by Manchester United - that's according to the


Arsenal are also reported to be interested in the 27-year-old France international, but United may have the upper hand...

The newspaper suggests Louis van Gaal's Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea could be used as leverage in a deal, with Benzema's future uncertain following Carlo Ancelotit's sacking as Real boss. It does seem as they though were pretty close...

Benzema for De Gea? Who would you rather have? Plenty more transfer gossip

over here, by the way.


Working hard


Forster has not played since

undergoing knee surgery in March.

Hoff's moment of madness


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The last thing you need when you're angry is people laughing at you.

But we challenge you to do anything but that after watching this moment of madness for IK Start's Norwegian winger Espen Hoff.

The 33-year-old was sent off against Sarpsborg on Monday and promptly stormed off the pitch and down the tunnel.


happens next though, as Hoff goes to kick something in frustration, measures at least a seven on the hilarity-Richter scale.

Rugby Union

Hartley cited

England and Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley of Northampton Saints has been cited for striking an opponent with his head.

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The incident happened during Northampton's Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens at the weekend, when Hartley is alleged - the BBC understands - to have head-butted Saracens hooker Jamie George.

Hartley will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel on Wednesday.

KP tweets

We nearly didn't mention Kevin Pietersen today. Nearly.

Trevor Bayliss the new England coach - I wish him all the success! He has some incredibly talented youngsters to work with! What a pleasure!

Lunch-time teaser: the answer

Remember the Question of Sport teaser we set earlier?

We asked you to name the eight teams promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking since 2001?

The answers, in chronological order… Man City, Leicester City, WBA, Birmingham City, Sunderland, Newcastle United, QPR and, of course, Norwich City.

Pat on the back for all those who got it.

Match of the Day running order

Our reader Kit Marsden has come up with a novel way of picking the Match of the Day running order. Earlier - at 11:27 to be precise - we revealed that Swansea have appeared in the bottom slot more times than anyone else.

Writing in his blog, Norwich fan Kit has devised a formula which "would take an aggregate league position (ALP), by calculating the mean average of the two teams' standings in the table. For example, if the top two teams in the table were to play each other, their ALP would be 1.5 [1st place + 2nd place, divided by two] and so this would be the first game shown".

What do you reckon?

Oshoala's joy at award


After being named as the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year, Nigeria and Liverpool forward Asisat Oshoala said: "I would like to say thank you to the BBC, to my fans around the world and to everyone who voted."

Oshoala also said the honour was a big lift for Nigeria ahead of this year's World Cup and would help inspire young players in her homeland.

She said: "It's a really good thing for us as a team because we now know that we have something great and now we want to go at the trophy. We can do it, we did it in 2014 we can also do it this year as well.

"There is going to be a lot of motivation for women's football in Nigeria now because of this award because there are a lot of fans out there."

BreakingOshoala wins BBC award

Liverpool Ladies and Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala

Liverpool Ladies and Nigeria forward Asisat Oshoala has been named as the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year.

Fans voted for the winner and Oshoala, 20, won the award after starring at the Under-20 World Cup in Canada last summer. In addition to being the tournament's leading scorer and voted the best player, her performances led Nigeria to the final, where they were narrowly beaten by Germany.

Stokes - the real deal?

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Ben Stokes is being hailed as the saviour of English cricket by all and sundry today, after the all-rounder's man-of-the-match performance in the Test win over New Zealand.

In only his 10th Test, the 23-year-old hit the fastest century in a Lord's Test, a swashbuckling 101 from 92 balls with 15 fours and three sixes.

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So the question is this: have England found a new cricketing hero or are we making the age-old mistake of building up a young sportsman too quickly?

Send us your thoughts at #bbcsportsday or at the

BBC Sport Facebook page.


Clarke hopes he won't need his alarm clock

Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has set his sights on a lie-in on Saturday morning as he looks to win the Irish Open for the first time at the 24th attempt.

"It's one event I've always aspired to play really, really well in," Clarke said at Royal County Down, ahead of a tournament which starts on Thursday.

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"Unfortunately, more Irish Opens than I can count, I've been first off on the Saturday morning which meant that I was not involved in the business end of the tournament. Hopefully this week will be a little bit different."

Clarke has not recorded a single top-10 on the European Tour since winning the Open Championship at Sandwich in 2011, but comes into the event on the back of a closing 66 in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday.


Staying put?

Is this Gareth Bale's way of telling us he will, contrary to some rumours, be a Real Madrid player again next season?