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Summary

  1. Southampton complete Soares deal
  2. England U21 v Portugal U21 (19:45 BST)
  3. US Open golf first round
  4. Trip to Paris wins Ascot Gold Cup

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

You can keep up to date with all of the evening's action via the BBC Sport website and Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Friday.

England set for Euro opener

Football

It is a

big night for Gareth Southgate's England U21 side as they take on Portugal in their European Championship opener in the Czech Republic.

There will be commentary of the game on BBC Radio 5 live but to whet your appetite you can

read about what 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis thinks of England's hopes of success.

Ireland make strong start against Scotland

Cricket

Ireland are taking on Scotland in the first of three T20 internationals at Bready Cricket Club in Tyrone at the moment.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat and are 84 for 3 after just over 13 overs.

You can

follow the latest score on the BBC Sport website.

Rugby League

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Thursday night's Super League game sees leaders St Helens travel to fifth placed Castleford Tigers and you can

hear all the action on 5 Live Sports Extra.

Build-up starts at 19:30 BST with the game at 20:00.

Webber issues Formula One warning

Formula 1

Mark Webber
AFP

Former Red Bull driver Mark Webber believes Formula One is in bad shape and revealed a number of drivers have been asking him about the increasingly popular World Endurance Championship.

The 38-year-old former Red Bull driver left F1 in 2013 and has since been driving for Porsche in endurance racing, finishing second to current F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg in last weekend's Le Mans 24 Hours race.

"We're disappointed what's going on with the cars, the lap times, it's just not stimulating for the drivers and this is rubbing off, the fans can see this," said the Australian.

"Over the last five or six years, they've got many, many, many things wrong to try and make the sport better and it became a sniff too artificial."

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Here's the final bunch of comments on your perceptions of the Women's World Cup

Jonathan Elderfield: It's been a great cup so far. The quality has been excellent. Seems so stupid and pointless to compare to the men. Enjoy it for what it is. It's like boxing - what's the point comparing a heavyweight with a bantamweight- it's just different.

Steve Drabble: I have watched more women's football at the WWC than ever before. I don't think it right to compare with the men's game ... its different on so many levels. But I found it entertaining & think the game has progressed.

Luke Johnson: I used to love women's football. Poor organisation, poor discipline, space all over the pitch, shots at goal every two minutes, ridiculous scoreline. Now there's much more discipline and shape, the games are slow dull and devoid of any quality.

Baku bronze for Muhammad

Taekwondo

Lutalo Muhammad
AFP

Great Britain's Lutalo Muhammad has won -80kg bronze at the European Games in Baku.

Muhammad beat Italy's Roberto Botta 12-7 to add to team-mate Jade Jones's gold on Wednesday.

Welsh competitor given four-year ban

Weightlifting

Welsh weightlifter Andrew Riddiford has been banned for four years after testing positive for banned substances, UK Anti-Doping has announced.

The 26-year-old is the first British athlete to be suspended for such a period since the minimum sanction for intentional cheating was raised from two to four years by the World Anti-Doping Agency in January.

He tested positive for the anabolic steroid Epistanozolol-N-glucuronide, and Clenbuterol following an in-competition test at the Welsh Senior Championships on 8 March.

Hammer-time at the US Open

What was your greatest achievement at the age of 15?

Cole Hammer
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American Cole Hammer has just made par on the first hole of the US Open at Chambers Bay. The Texan is the third-youngest player in the tournament's history.

From deep rough he bounces one onto the putting surface brilliantly and leaves his putt an inch short. Impressive teenager.

NFL safety boss says the league could ban helmets one day

American Football

The chairman of the National Football League's health and safety advisory commission

believes American football could ban helmets in the future.

The NFL has tried to reduce the risk of head injuries over the last five years and recently reached an almost $1bn legal settlement with ex-players suffering with head trauma.

But some experts think helmets give the players a false sense of security.

"Can I see a time without helmets? Yes," said Dr John York. "It's not around the corner, but I can see it."

Toulson claims Baku diving gold

Diving

15-year-old diver Lois Toulson has won Great Britain's third gold medal at Baku 2015 after success in the 10m platform event.

The Leeds athlete won her first British title earlier this year.

Lopez and Isner in tight battle

Tennis

Feliciano Lopez
AFP

Action is continuing at Queen's Club with Feliciano Lopez up against John Isner.

It's been a battle of the big serves so far with Isner winning the first set 7-6 and Lopez taking the second by the same scoreline so they are into a decider before fourth seed Marin Cilic faces Viktor Troicki.

You can follow the latest

on the BBC Sport website and you can also see the
five best shots from Andy Murray's earlier win over Fernando Verdasco.

GB reach semi-finals

Hockey

Alex Danson
Getty Images

Great Britain women's hockey team have beaten South Africa 2-0 in the semi-finals of the World League 3 quarter-final in Valencia.

Goals from Alex Danson and Kate Richardson-Walsh set up a semi-final against Germany or Spain and puts them one step clear to qualification for the Rio Olympics.

Full-back Locke resigns from Salford

Rugby League

Salford Red Devils full-back

Kevin Locke has resigned from the Super League side over unpaid wages, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

The 26-year-old Kiwi moved to Salford from New Zealand Warriors last year but has struggled with injuries and form.

Locke's solicitor Richard Cramer has confirmed that Locke offered his resignation on Monday, 15 June.

US Open latest

Golf

Phil Mickelson
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A hot start to the US Open sees household names Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson top of the leaderboard on two under.

It is early stages with Mickelson - on the seventh hole - more advanced than his rivals.

Rory McIlroy is a shot adrift and anyone fancy Colin Montgomerie? Monty is one under through three holes.

Ciftci charged with biting

Football

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci has been charged by the Scottish Football Association with biting Dundee FC's Jim McAlister during the derby on Sunday 24 May.

Wales should believe - Henry

Football

Gareth Bale celebrates
PA

Wales should believe they can win Euro 2016 if they qualify for next summer's finals,

says former Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry.

Wales are three points clear at the top of qualifying Group B with four games remaining after beating Belgium 1-0 and Henry thinks Wales should be inspired by Euro 2004's shock champions Greece.

"They have an amazing chance to qualify. Look what happened back in 2004. Nobody expected Greece to win it but they did," he told BBC Wales Sport.

"If they do manage to do it [qualify], then they need to go to France with the mentality and desire to win the competition. Otherwise they might as well stay at home and not bother qualifying."

Moore continues Royal Ascot dominance

Horse Racing

Jockey Ryan Moore has equalled the modern day Royal Ascot winners with his eighth of the week after War Envoy (10-1) won the Britannia Stakes.

Magath link with 1860 Munich rejected

Football

Felix Magath
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Former Fulham manager Felix Magath will not be returning to management with German second division club 1860 Munich, say the club.

Magath had been linked with a return to Munich, where he won back-to-back Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal doubles with Bayern.

But 1860, who only narrowly missed out on relegation to the third division last season, say the speculation is "false".

Lottery winner ends gamble on Newport

Football

The EuroMillions winner who has bankrolled Newport County's rise to league football is stepping down from the League Two club's board with immediate effect.

Les Scadding
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Les Scadding was chairman when Terry Butcher (left) was named manager in April

Les Scadding, who won £45m with his ex-wife in 2009, has spent about £1.25m on Newport since becoming chairman in August 2012.

But the 58-year-old said in February he would stop bankrolling the club - who are now managed by former England international Terry Butcher - in the long term.

Ruddock in injury scare

Rugby Union

Rhys Ruddock
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Ireland flanker Rhys Ruddock could miss the World Cup

after suffering a suspected broken arm.

The Leinster player, 24, suffered the injury while captaining Emerging Ireland in the victory over Uruguay in Tbilisi, Georgia on Wednesday and is awaiting the results of an X-ray.

He missed the Six Nations after breaking the arm in a European Champions Cup game against Harlequins and had additional surgery on the arm in April.

Golf

US Open

This is how you'd like to imagine all golfers prepare for a US Open . . .

England's Jason Palmer is out at 21:00 BST alongside American Roberto Castro and Andres Romero of Argentina  

My preparations for the #USOpen2015 are almost complete. Just one more thing to do and I'm ready.....

My preparations for the #USOpen2015 are almost complete. Just one more thing to do and I'm ready.....

European Under-21 Championships

England v Portugal (19:45 BST)

Wolves striker Benik Afobe has been called into Gareth Southgate's squad following the withdrawal of West Brom's Saido Berahino.

Thanks for the messages. Looking forward to meeting up with @England 21s. First game's tonight v Portugal. Come on the boys!

Shattered by success

Golf

Swedish golfer Anna Nordqvist won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in New Jersey in May, but she won't be kissing the trophy again in a hurry after it was delivered to her house in little bits...

Well thank you @fedex for delivering my @shopriteLPGAClassic winning in a thousand pieces. No words to describe it.😭

Well thank you @fedex for delivering my @shopriteLPGAClassic winning in a thousand pieces. No words to describe it.😭

Heatly's medal success

Diving

James Heatly
EPA

Scottish diver James Heatly has added to the GB medal tally at the European Games in Baku with bronze in the 1m Springboard competition.

Heatly qualified for the final in fourth place and finished with a total of 483.40 points for Team GB's first aquatics medal.

New Fifa candidate poised?

Football

BBC sports editor Dan Roan tweets...

Hearing a 2nd candidate for the FIFA Presidency (after Zico) will declare their intention to run in the next couple of hours.

Trip to Paris wins Ascot Gold Cup

Horse Racing

Chester Cup winner Trip to Paris claimed a second big success after a superb win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

The horse's owners paid £30,000 to add the horse to the field and the gamble paid off in style as the 12-1 finished ahead of Kingfisher (5-1) with the 5-2 favourite Forgotten Rules back in third.

It is the first Gold Cup for trainer Ed Dunlop and gives jockey Graham Lee, who won the Grand National on Amberleigh House in 2004, a unique double.

Leaders Durham make it six wins from eight

Cricket

Scott Borthwick
Getty Images

County Championship Division One leaders

Durham completed a resounding 178-run win over Sussex at Arundel.

Set a target of 514 to win, Sussex looked as though they may salvage a result as they progressed from their overnight 114-2 to 242-4 thanks to Luke Wells' first century of the season.

But once Wells fell for 108, a collapse followed as the hosts lost six wickets for 93 runs to be bowled out for 335.

Off-spinner Scott Borthwick starred with the ball as he took 4-46.

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We've been asking for your thoughts on the Women's World Cup. Here are a few...

Simon Broughton: Been impressed with the use of pace and width, need to be more clinical in front of goal and maybe play the ball a little quicker in to the strikers.

Anthony Pearson: One thing to note is the number of goals scored because the keepers in general are relatively small compared to the size of the goal. It makes you wonder if there was a change in the men's game whereby the goals were enlarged, would it lead to better entertainment?

Mick Trezise: I've seen good games and poor ones, exactly as with the men.

Grass not always greener?

Football

The Old Trafford ground staff are hard at work preparing the Theatre of Dreams ahead of the new season. #mufc

The Old Trafford ground staff are hard at work preparing the Theatre of Dreams ahead of the new season. #mufc

Arsenal need mental toughness

Football

Thierry Henry
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Arsenal have won back-to-back FA cups but now need to show more mental strength to challenge for the Premier League and Champions League, according to former Gunners forward Thierry Henry.

"One of the things the team has to focus on more is mental toughness and consistency," he told the club's official website.

"There have been games that we have not won that we should have, so we have to be more consistent to get to the next level."

Clyne to Liverpool?

Football

Nathaniel Clyne
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Southampton have signed right-back Cedric Soares from Sporting today so what does that mean for Nathaniel Clyne.

According to the

Liverpool Echo in today's gossip column, the arrival of Soares paves the England international to move to Liverpool.

The Reds had an initial £10m offer rejected and will put in an improved bid.

Glamorgan beat Surrey by seven wickets

Surrey 406 & 277, Glamorgan 437 & 247-3

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Guildford:

"Glamorgan have recorded three consecutive Championship wins for the first time in five years as they strolled to victory over Surrey after being set a modest 247 for victory.

"Will Bragg top-scored with 83 in a second-wicket stand of 128 with Ben Wright, who contributed 68.

"Surrey remain in second place but Glamorgan are now the only unbeaten side in Division Two."

Question of Sport teaser

Football

A couple of hours ago, we asked which five nations have scored four or more goals in a game at the 2015 Women's World Cup.

The answers? Cameroon, France, Germany, Norway and Switzerland.

Murray beats Verdasco

Aegon Championship

BBC Tennis correspondent Russell Fuller is at Queen's...

Murray beats Verdasco 75 64: he had to soak up a lot of pressure & was gifted a few free points with double faults, but looks in good shape

Royal Ascot

Horse racing

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh tweets...

The Magnificent Seven 15 races 7 wins Jockey Ryan Moore redefining the riding records at #RoyalAscot #Curvy @Ascot

With half the 2015 #RoyalAscot meeting to go, Ryan Moore has most winners (7) since Frankie Dettori in 1998 Pat Eddery rode 8, 1989

Murray beats Verdasco

Tennis

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray is safely through to the next round at Queen's after beating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in straight sets 7-5 6-4.

Murray will now play Gilles Muller.

Follow the action from Queen's

right here.

Curvy wins Ribblesdale Stakes

Horse Racing

It is a magnificent seven for jockey Ryan Moore as his 9-2 shot Curvy beats the evens favourite Pleascach in the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot to give him his seventh winner of the meeting - and his second on the day.

You can find

all of the day's horse racing results on the BBC Sport website.

US Open underway

Golf

Play is underway in the US Open. The 156-strong field is around 30 minutes into round one and Phil Mickelson has just began his tournament. Lefty still does not hold a US Open title remember.

Morgan Hoffman
Morgan Hoffman

It will be big, big news if he picks up the trophy come Sunday but the biggest news for now coming in from Chambers Bay on America's west coast is that of Morgan Hoffman's trousers. Wow.

Rory McIlroy

tees it up at 16:28 BST. Tiger Woods at 10:28 BST.

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You're still telling us what you think of the Women's World Cup...

Stuart Bennett: I don't watch women's football because it's sub-standard but none more so than non-league football which I don't watch for the same reason.

Matthew Frost: People won't remember the good stuff in the women's World Cup, they'll remember the 10-0 thrashings. Set the women's game back.

Karl Digby: WWC has been brilliant so far. Some quality goals. I make no comparison to the men's game, I just love football.