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Summary

  1. Euro 2016 qualifiers build-up
  2. Former England wicketkeeper Prior retires
  3. Athletes injured in Baku bus collision
  4. GET INVOLVED #sportingfilmstars

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By Marc Higginson and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

That's your lot for today, we started the day with a double fist-pump and we can end with one, as there is a feast of football for you to enjoy throughout the evening.

In the Women's World Cup it's Germany v Norway at 21:00 BST on BBC Three and China v Netherlands at 23:00 BST on the BBC Red Button and on BBC Sport.

Chile play Ecuador in the first match of the Copa America at 00:30 BST and you can follow it live on the BBC Sport website.

While England under-21s play Belarus at 19:45 BST as Gareth Southgate's side warm-up for the Under-21 European Championships.

Check the BBC Sport website for match reports and live text commentary on all the games.

'We can still qualify' - Bronze

Women's World Cup

Defender Lucy Bronze says England can

still qualify for the Women's World Cup knockout stages despite their 1-0 defeat by France in their opening match.

Mark Sampson's side are bottom of Group F after Mexico and Colombia drew 1-1.

"We have no points but we know two wins out of two and we are qualified so it's fine.

"We performed well against France, the result was not the greatest but we still have every chance of qualifying."

Bees bring in midfielder Williams

Football

Brentford have

signed midfielder following his departure from League Two side Morecambe.

The 24-year-old has agreed a 12-month contract with the Championship club, with the option for a further year.

"Ryan is a player who we feel has a lot of unreleased potential and we can really help develop him," Bees co-director of football Phil Giles said.

West Indies v Australia

Cricket

Jerome Taylor
Jerome Taylor

Australia are 91-2 at lunch on the first day of the second Test against the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

Jerome Taylor got the early wickets of David Warner and Shaun Marsh but Steve Smith, 38 not out, and Michael Clarke, 35 not out, have steadied the ship.

'Underwear optional'

Football

Kilts
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A football club in Dublin has come up with a novel way to piggyback on the influx of Scottish football fans over for the Euro 2016 qualifying match against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday at the Aviva Stadium.

St Patrick's Athletic is giving free entry to anyone who

wears a kilt to their league match against Limerick on Friday.

The club says underwear is optional but warns of the blustery conditons forecast.

Fifa set date for emergency executive committee

Football

Fifa have set the date for the emergency executive committee - 20 July in Zurich.

The meeting will decide the date of the extraordinary elective congress which is scheduled to happen between December 2015 and February 2016 where members will vote for Sepp Blatter's successor.

Aberdeen sign City striker

Football

Aberdeen have signed Manchester City striker Joe Nuttall on a two-year deal.

The 18-year-old, a product of City's youth academy, impressed recently during a trial with the Dons and has now clinched a move to Pittodrie.

He said: "I am very happy to be joining Aberdeen, as it is such an historic club with a fantastic following. I'm really looking forward to what will be an exciting project ahead."

£73m price tag for Courtois

Football

Thibaut Courtois
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Chelsea have warned Real Madrid off making a bid for Thibaut Courtois by demanding £73 million for the goalkeeper according to the

Daily Telegraph.

The paper reports that Real were prepared to pay almost £37 million for Courtois as their first choice replacement for Iker Casillas but then turned their attentions to Manchester Unite's David De Gea.

Adams relishes 'terrific' opportunity

Football

Newly-appointed Plymouth manager Derek Adams says he is

expecting a "terrific journey" with the League Two club.

The 39-year-old former Ross County boss has agreed a two-year deal to replace John Sheridan at Home Park.

"It had to be the right club for me and I feel this is the right club. I want to get this club back to where it believes it belongs," he told BBC Radio Devon.

'We can see the finish line' - Baird

Northern Ireland v Romania (Saturday 19:45 BST)

Chris Baird
AFP

West Brom defender Chris Baird claims Northern Ireland can "see the finishing line" as they look to book their place at a first ever European Championship.

Michael O'Neill's side have won four of their first five games to sit second in Group F and face Romania on Saturday.

"To qualify for a first major tournament in 30 years, a first Euros ever, would be massive not just for us but for the whole country,"

"Now that we're in this position we can see the finishing line in front of us and we want to get there sooner rather than later.

Nadal through to quarters in Germany

Tennis

Rafael Nadal has beaten Marcos Baghdatis 7-6 (7-5) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

It was the two-times Wimbledon champion's first match on grass this season and followed his quarter-final defeat to Novak Djokovic at the French Open.

The World number 10 will now play Australian Bernard Tomic in the next round.

'I wasn't surprised by England' - Williamson

England v New Zealand (Friday 13:00 BST)

Jos Buttler
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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson said he wasn't surprised by England's performance in the first ODI.

England scored 408-9 in their innings as they beat New Zealand by 210 runs at Edgbaston.

"To come out and get 400 on any surface - although it was a very, very good one - is a great effort."

"I'm familiar with most of the players, having played county cricket over here, and I knew to expect they'd play aggressively.

"There's a lot of strokemakers. It wasn't a surprise."

The second ODI is on Friday at the Oval and there will be live ball-by-ball commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

'This is not a strip club'

Boxing

Here's

an interesting tale from Russia, where the country's main boxing promoter has moved to ensure scantily-clad "ring girls" will soon be a thing of the past.

A ring girl in a gold bikini holding up a "round 3" sign
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Many ring girls don bikinis, but in Russia's mainly Muslim Caucasus regions they already wear less revealing outfits

Andrei Ryabinsky, who runs Mir Boksa, says the women will have to cover up so that both fighters and fans of different cultures and religions feel comfortable.

"Muslim boxers take to the ring, and we respect them," Andrei Ryabinsky

told the Tass news agency. "This is a serious international sporting event, not a strip club."

'The pressure is on' - McClean

Republic of Ireland v Scotland (Saturday 17:00 BST)

Wigan's James McClean has challenged his Republic of Ireland team-mates to pile the pressure on Scotland by leap-frogging them back into contention for Euro 2016 qualification.

The Scots are currently level with world champions Germany behind Group D leaders Poland.

But victory for Ireland at the Aviva Stadium would see Martin O'Neill's side, who currently trail Scotland by two points, go above them.

"The pressure is on them as well - if they lose the game, we go ahead of them, so there's pressure on both teams and make no mistake about it, we'll be going out all guns blazing to try to get the win. It's like an international derby. Both teams don't want to lose."

Ingham and Swan sign York deals

Football

York City goalkeeper Michael Ingham has signed a new one-year deal, while defender George Swan has joined from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Ingham, 34, has made 255 league appearances for the Minstermen since joining from Hereford in May 2008.

Swan, 20, joined Wolves in September after being released by Manchester City but never made a first-team appearance for the club.

Haka tribute to Jerry Collins

Rugby Union

All Blacks perform an emotional roadside tribute to former team-mate Jerry Collins
Neemia Tialata

Ex-All Black Neemia Tialata has led an emotional roadside tribute to former team-mate Jerry Collins, who died alongside his wife Alana in a car crash last week.

Toulouse prop Tialata led a group of players, including Toulon's Ali Williams, in performing a Haka at the site of the accident near the southern French town of Beziers.

You can view footage of the Haka

here.

Footballers on holiday

Rio Ferdinand's Twitter picture
Rio Ferdinand

What footballers get up to on their holidays always provides some interesting sights.

We have had Chris Smalling and turtles, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with chimps, Wayne Rooney and pigs and now we have newly retired Rio Ferdinand with this character.

"Decent bit of lunch in Portugal today with this legend,"

tweeted the former England captain.

Wakefield eye fresh blood

Rugby League

New Wakefield coach Brian Smith is confident of being able to bring in new players to help the club's fight for Super League survival.

On the eve of his first game in charge, Smith discovered he has lost another of the club's regulars when the Wildcats announced they have released Australian centre Dean Collis with immediate effect.

Smith, who has succeeded fellow Australian James Webster on a short-term deal, does not anticipate much difficulty in bringing in reinforcements, although they are unlikely to arrive in time for Sunday's game at home to Salford.

"Sometimes they come to us," he said. "Our phones have been ringing the last few days so, without getting everybody too excited, something will happen in the next week or two.

"We've got some space now, finance-wise and quota-wise."

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Xavi - the architect of tiki-taka

Football

Spanish newspaper AS have createdthis fantastic graphicof Xavi as the totemic midfielder completes his move from Barcelona to Al-Sadd in Qatar.

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La ejemplar trayectoria de Xavi, arquitecto del Tiqui-taca #infografíaver.as/nazhj

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Women's World Cup

Football

Germany women's team
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Fresh from their

10-0 drubbing of the Ivory Coast, Germany play Norway in group B of the Women's World Cup in Canada at 21:00 BST.

The match from Ottawa is live on BBC Three with coverage stating at 20:30 BST.

At 23:00 BST China play Netherlands in Edmonton in Group A. The match will be on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.

Windies strike early

Cricket

West Indies v Australia
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West Indies captain Denesh Ramdin won the toss and put Australia into bat on the opening day of the second and final Test at Sabina Park.

So far, it's working for them as Jerome Taylor has dismissed David Warner for a three-ball duck. The Aussies are 16-1.

Follow the action via our scorecard here.

Messi or Marta

Football

Messi and Marta
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Brazilian superstar Marta is making all the headlines at the moment as she guides her team through the Women's World Cup. But how does she match up against arguably the best male footballer around right now, Lionel Messi? They're both at the top of their game but can you figure out who owns each stat? Have a go at this

great little quiz from the team at MOTD Kickabout.

Barnet sign defender Hoyte

Football

League Two newcomers Barnet have signed defender

Gavin Hoyte on a two-year deal after his departure from Gillingham.

The 25-year-old right-back, a Trinidad & Tobago international, made 35 appearances for the Gills last season.

Alves gets Brazil call

Football

Dani Alves
AFP

Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has been added to Brazil's Copa America squad, to replace defender Danilo who sustained a right ankle injury in Brazil's warm-up against Mexico on Sunday.

Walsh staying with Saints

Rugby League

St Helens' Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh has committed himself to the reigning Super League champions until the end of 2016.

"It was an easy decision to make," Walsh said. "The club and the fans have been great to me, especially after the injury and it felt like the right thing to do. I now want to win things."

McAuley should get new deal - Brunt

Football

Brunt & McAuley
AFP

Chris Brunt has told West Brom a new contract for team-mate Gareth McAuley is "a no-brainer".

McAuley's previous deal has expired but the 35-year-old defender is considering a one-year extension with the Baggies.

"He's a guy who plays every week in the Premier League," said Brunt. "People keep speaking about his age but if you see him day to day in training he's an extremely fit lad.

"For the age of him he's a bit of a freak really and for him to keep grinding the level of performance he does week in, week out... it's just a no brainer."

Women's World Cup

Football

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan from Moncton: "Only substitutes and players not used in the France defeat trained yesterday but the whole squad will be back on it today and in the mix for Saturday's crucial game against Mexico. We're hoping to speak to Fara Williams, who scored in England's 1-1 draw with Mexico in their opening game of the 2011 World Cup, and Eni Aluko, who received abuse on social media after missing chances in that game, so it should be an interesting afternoon."

Party time in Guam

Football

They'll be partying on the streets of Guam tonight after their football team won their first ever World Cup qualifier, courtesy of an own goal by Turkmenistan defender Serdar Annaorazov.

Guam, a United States territory with a population of less than 200,000, was playing in its first home World Cup qualifier. The Pacific Island's last World Cup campaign was in 2000 when it was routed 16-0 by Tajikistan and 19-0 by Iran.

Next for Guam? India.

Iron sign Preston defender Laird

Football

Scunthorpe United have signed Preston North End defender Scott Laird on a three-year deal.

The 27-year-old is the third player to join the Iron from the Lilywhites this summer after

defender Scott Wiseman and midfielder
Jack King.

Laird turned down a new deal with Championship side Preston to join League One Scunthorpe.

Rugby World Cup at Villa Park

Rugby Union

Aston Villa
Aston Villa

There are 99 days to go until the start of the Rugby World Cup and Aston Villa have

tweeted this picture as the Midlands club get ready to host two matches. "Rugby post foundations going in today. Under 100 days to go until Villa Park will host pool matches between South Africa v Samoa and Australia v Uruguay."

Women's World Cup

Football

BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan from Moncton: "Dark and gloomy here in Moncton today and the local newspaper carries reports of the Moncton Stadium organisers urging fans to turn up 90 minutes early for the second set of group games on Saturday. Supporters were still queuing 30 minutes after England kicked-off their opener against France last Tuesday. Only two entrances to the stadium hardly helped."

Bardet goes it alone

Cycling

Romain Bardet
AFP

French rider Romain Bardet won the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine after an impressive solo attack, while American Tejay van Garderen finished second to take the overall lead.

The relatively short but steep 161km stage - a replica of the 17th stage of this year's Tour de France - featured two category-two climbs either side of a sharp ascent up Col d'Allos.

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Walker unfazed by dad's Forest link

Football

Tyler Walker (right) and his father Des
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Tyler Walker

insists he is not fazed by the pressure of following his legendary father Des at Nottingham Forest.

Walker senior won 59 England caps and played 408 matches for the Reds during two spells totalling nearly 12 years.

Striker Tyler, 18, has made just seven first-team substitute appearances but has

just signed a four-year contract and has already scored a goal - as many as his dad managed in 858 senior games.

"I don't really think about what my dad did," Walker told

BBC Radio Nottingham.

Crisis? What crisis?

Football

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Here's a little flavour of Sepp Blatter's latest column in Fifa's 'The Weekly' magazine...

"Fifa is going through difficult times," writes the president of football's governing body. "This makes me all the more proud that our organisation runs smoothly in a crisis. The ball keeps rolling on. In New Zealand, the world's best young players are currently competing at the Under-20 World Cup."

The column is published in full on Friday.

Xavi unveiled in Qatar

Football

Xavi
Al Sadd

Former Barcelona and Spanish midfielder Xavi has been unveiled by Qatar club Al-Sadd.

Xavi, 35, left Barcelona after winning 25 trophies in 17 years at the club.

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