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Summary

  1. Australia reach 348-3 versus Kent
  2. Everton seal £4.3m Deulofeu deal
  3. Nicola Adams wins Euro Games gold
  4. Johanna Konta loses at Eastbourne
  5. GET INVOLVED #bestsportingword

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By Caroline Chapman and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Right, that is all we have for you on this fine Thursday evening. BBC Radio 5 live is the place to head to now for plenty of football and cricket chat for the next few hours.

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Where did it all go wrong?

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

England
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On BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST, Joey Barton, Danny Mills & Trevor Brooking give their post-mortem on England U21's Euro exit.

Ramos asks to leave Real?

Football gossip

Sergio Ramos
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Manchester United target Sergio Ramos has asked to leave Real Madrid according

to Spanish daily AS.

The newspaper says that Spain defender Ramos and his agent brother met Real Madrid's general director to say he wants to leave this summer and asked the club to listen to offers.

Ramos has made 445 appearances for Real since joining from Sevilla in 2005.

Coming up tonight

The inside story of one of the greatest series of all time. Join @flintoff11, @MichaelVaughan & @Aggerscricket 8pm @5liveSport & Red Button

Boxing or football?

Boxing

Tommy Martin
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Unbeaten English light welterweight champion

Tommy Martin says choosing between football and boxing was easy.

Martin was previously on the books of League One side Peterborough, but turned down a goalkeeping scholarship.

"You've got to put your focus on one sport if you want to make it," the 21-year-old told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "As soon as I stepped into the gym, I thought 'I don't want to be on a cold, muddy football pitch - I want to be in the gym punching someone's head in'."

Question of Sport Teaser

A Question of Sport Teaser

BBC

Earlier, we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Name the seven Big 4 teams from America whose franchise name starts with a T?

The answers are: Thunder, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers from NBA, Tigers & Twins from MLB & Texans & Titans from NFL

Batters hit form for Australia

Cricket

Australia Kent
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Australia reach 348-3 versus Kent on the first day of their Ashes tour.

Shaun Marsh staked his claim for a place in the first Test in Cardiff starting on 8 July by scoring 114 on the first day against Kent, while his rival for an opening spot, Chris Rogers, added 84 in a first-wicket stand worth 181 runs.

Jockey has 'achieved impossible'

Horse Racing

Brian Toomey
Brian Toomey

Irish jockey Brian Toomey

says he has "achieved the impossible" as he prepares for his return to competitive horse racing early next month.

Toomey, 26, suffered severe head injuries and died for six seconds in 2013 when his horse fell at Perth. Medical experts said his recovery is unprecedented, but he will not be at any greater risk than any other jockey.

"They can't get over it. I never gave up, and they reckon that was a massive help to me," he told BBC Sport.

Webber versus Button. Just like old times

Formula 1

It's @AussieGrit's first time at McLaren! He's come to MTC to interview Jenson for a @bbcf1 feature.

It's @AussieGrit's first time at McLaren! He's come to MTC to interview Jenson for a @bbcf1 feature.

On this day

Football

England
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On this day in 1950 England played their first ever World Cup finals match, beating Chile 2-0 in Rio. England would go on to lose to the United States and Spain as they failed to get out of their group.

Burns 'does not remember' collision

Cricket

Rory Burns
Empics

Surrey batsman Rory Burns says he

does not remember his on-field collision with Moises Henriques earlier this month which left them both in hospital.

The teammates collided while attempting to take a catch during a T20 Blast game with Sussex at Arundel on 14 June. Both players are now "on the mend" although Henriques, 28, broke his jaw in three places and Burns, 24, required stitches after cuts near his left eye.

"I literally don't remember any of the collision. The first thing I remember is waking up," Burns told BBC London 94.9.

Kilmarnock sign Higginbotham

Football

Kallum Higginbotham
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Kilmarnock

signKallum Higginbotham after the forward rejected a new contract with Partick Thistle.

Higginbotham had spent two seasons at Firhill and scored two goals in 35 appearances in the last campaign.

The 26-year-old said Killie manager Gary Locke's persistence persuaded him to sign a two-year contract with Thistle's Scottish Premiership rivals.

Ecclestone should go - Jordan

Formula 1

Bernie Ecclestone
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Bernie Ecclestone should step down as Formula 1 supremo, says BBC chief F1 pundit Eddie Jordan.

Jordan believes the 84-year-old, who has been in charge since 1978, should allow "somebody radical" to take over. F1 owners CVC Capital Partners and RSE Ventures, working with investors from Qatar, are in talks about a takeover of the sport.

"I think he's done a remarkable job but time has played its role and he should go,"

Jordan told BBC Radio 5 live.

Shark versus Robin

Football

Robin van Persie
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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie got more than he bargained for while on a deep sea fishing trip on holiday recently.

The Dutchman caught a shark, and then wrote

on his Facebook page: "Unaware this was going to be our best fishing day ever!!! What a catch!"

Van Persie, who scored 10 goals in 27 Premier League appearances for Manchester United last season, continued: "Nobody got hurt, and of course we released the shark."

Watch the video here

Ba Baggies bound?

Football gossip

Demba Ba
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West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants to sign former Chelsea striker Demba Ba,

reports the Daily Mirror.

According to the newspaper, Pulis is willing to make the 30-year-old Senegal international the highest-paid player in club history, on £60,000-a week, to lure him from Turkish side Besiktas.

Ainsworth's advice for Mohsni

Football

Bilel Mohsni
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Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth tells Bilel Mohsni to take his seven-game ban 'on the chin'.

The former Rangers defender has hit out at his punishment for kicking and punching Lee Erwin at Fir Park after his side's 6-1 aggregate defeat in the top-flight play-offs.

"It's unfortunate for him but he's the one that reacted like that," says Ains As my missus says to me quite a lot, you choose how you react. He's got to look at himself and take it on the chin."

Australia batsmen 'not as strong' in England

Cricket

England
BBC

This summer's Ashes series could be decided by the performance of Australia's batting line-up,

says former England spinner Graeme Swann.

Australia were beaten 3-0 the last time they toured England, but were 5-0 victors at home in the 2013-14 series.

Swann, part of BBC Test Match Special's ball-by-ball commentary team, said: "I don't think the Australian batting line-up in England is as strong. Nearly all of their batsmen struggled when we beat them here in 2013."

Ashes build-up with the BBC

Cricket

The Ashes
BBC

There's plenty going on in the build-up to the Ashes, starting with Flintoff and Vaughan's 2005 Ashes Roadshow tonight from 20:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live, Red Button and online.

Valdivia makes Al Wahda move

Football

Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia, one of the stars of this year's Copa America, has moved to Abu Dhabi club Al Wahda.

The 31-year-old, who previously played for UAE side Al Ain, was most recently at Palmeiras.

Blatter to miss Women's World Cup final?

Football

Sepp Blatter
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Sepp Blatter's attendance at the Women's World Cup final in Canada next week appears to be in jeopardy because of the twin investigations into Fifa by American and Swiss justice authorities.

Blatter would normally attend the final but Fifa will not confirm whether he or secretary general Jerome Valcke will travel to Canada.

A Fifa spokesperson said: "In terms of the Fifa president and the Fifa secretary general, their future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."

Mings move latest

Football

Tyrone Mings
BBC

Tyrone Mings is to leave Ipswich Town after the Blues accepted a significant offer for the player from AFC Bournemouth, reports BBC Radio Suffolk.

Get all the latest on Mings in BBC Local Live

here.

Arthur Ashe - More than a champion

Tennis

Arthur Ashe
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Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam titles, the US Open (1968), Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975)

Forty years ago, Arthur Ashe stunned Wimbledon.

Ashe became the only black man to win the tournament when he upset Jimmy Connors and you can read about "one of the most amazing matches ever seen"

here.

You can also watch Arthur Ashe - More Than a Champion on BBC Two on Friday 26 June, from 21:00 BST.

Sotherton wants test 'transparency'

Competitors in all sports should be open and honest about missed doping tests, according to former Great Britain heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

Kelly Sotherton
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Sotherton said 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome had "got the ball rolling" by explaining how he missed a test on holiday in Italy this year.

Sotherton, 38,

tweeted: "I believe in honesty, transparency and openness.

"Therefore I feel all anti-doping info regarding testing and results should be public. Why don't sportspeople past and present state whether they've missed tests or not now?"

Wozniakci advances at Eastbourne

Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki
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Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has eased into the Aegon International semi-finals at Eastbourne with a 7-5 6-1 win against Germany's Andrea Petkovic.

The second seed will now face 18-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic, who beat Britain's Johanna Konta earlier today.

De Gea on the move?

Football

David De Gea
Right Move

Could this be bad news for Manchester United fans? David De Gea's house in Altrincham, which the Spanish goalkeeper rents,

has reportedly been put up for sale, increasing speculation that he is on his way to Real Madrid.

If you fancy the six-bedroom property yourself, it's yours for a cool £2.75m...

Injury scare for Bolt

Athletics

Usain Bolt
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Usain Bolt seems likely to miss the 100m trials at Jamaica's national senior trials, sparking fears over his fitness ahead of the world championships in August,

according to the Guardian.

Ashworth on England

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

Football
BBC

From 19:00 BST we have an exclusive broadcast interview with the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth on BBC Radio 5 live, reflecting on England U21's European Championships exit.

Whole new world

Football

Apparently, the phrase "Sheffield Wednesday" is trending in Amsterdam...

The Championship club signed FC Twente defender Darryl Lachman earlier today (15:35 BST)

Inspirational England

Women's World Cup

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Vancouver

Casey Stoney
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Casey Stoney came out last year and had twins via IVF with former team-mate Megan Harris, so her eight-month olds have been able to watch 'mummy' as a World Cup footballer. "They were in my head all day," Stoney said.

Having not seen her family since arriving in Canada, the 33-year-old defender has more reason than most to miss home. But after learning the lessons of a wretched Euro 2013 campaign when the players fell out with former coach Powell, Stoney has been key to the squad's harmony this time around.

That's the last of our seven inspirational England stories. You can watch their Women's World Cup quarter-final against Canada on Sunday (00:30 BST)

Irvine takes silver in Baku

Boxing

Brendan Irvine
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Belfast light-flyweight Brendan Irvine had to settle for a

silver medal at the European Games after narrowly losing his final in Baku.

Ireland fighter Irvine, 19, lost the contest on a split decision to Russian gold medallist Bator Sagaluev.

Song set for Hammers?

Football gossip

Alex Song
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West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona to sign Alex Song on a permanent deal,

according to the Telegraph.

The Hammers are prepared to match his £70,000-a-week wages, but are haggling over performance-related bonuses Barca want included in the deal.

Former Belgium cap joins Notts County

Football

Notts County have signed former Belgium international Gill Swerts, 32.

The midfielder, who has played 17 times for his country, has agreed a two-year contract with the League Two club and will also be involved in coaching their academy players.

Aggers at the allotment

Cricket

Ashes
Twitter

Test Match Special commentator

Jonathan Agnew: "Ashes promo take one with Graeme Swann and comedian Dan March playing 'A Man in an allotment'."

Sri Lanka in control

Cricket

Tharindu Kaushal took five wickets on his home debut as Sri Lanka took control of the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

The tourists batted first but were all out for just 138 as off-spinner Kaushal took five for 42. Sri Lanka then reached stumps on 70 for one.

Bournemouth sign £8m Mings - reports

Football gossip

Tyrone Mings
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The Guardian are reporting thatBournemouth have broken their transfer record by signing Tyrone Mings from Ipswich Town in a deal believed to be worth £8m.

Lachman joins Sheffield Wednesday

Football

Darryl Lachman
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Sheffield Wednesday have signed FC Twente defender Darryl Lachman for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old has

agreed a two-year deal with the Championship side.

The former Ajax player has won four caps for Curacao, who are managed by ex-Netherlands and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert.

No Liverpool bid for Bacca - Sevilla

Football

Carlos Bacca
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Sevilla say they have not received any formal bids for reported Liverpool target Carlos Bacca.

Bacca has scored 34 goals in 71 appearances since joining Sevilla two years ago from Club Brugge and is believed to have attracted interest from Brendan Rodgers's side as well as Manchester United, Roma and AC Milan.

"We have not received an official offer for Bacca," Sevilla sporting director Monchi said

on his club's website. ""We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future."

Inspirational England

Women's World Cup

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Vancouver

Karen Carney
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Karen Carney has a lot to thank team-mate Laura Bassett for. At one point in her life, when depression had gripped her so tightly she refused to leave her car, Carney had to be literally dragged out by her former Birmingham team-mate in order to take part in training sessions.

England should be thankful to Bassett too. Forward Carney has struggled to cope in previous tournaments, citing the claustrophobia of being cooped up in hotels.

But since talking about her past, Carney has tasted a new lease of life on the biggest stage.

Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

$100,000 for a ballboy

Football

Your eyes do not deceive you. Ghana really did pay $100,000 to an "equipment officer" at the World Cup, as BBC World Service's John Bennett reveals in this tweet.

Breakdown of #Ghana's appearance fees at the World Cup in Brazil. "Ball boy" (kit man) got as much as the head coach.

Breakdown of #Ghana's appearance fees at the World Cup in Brazil. "Ball boy" (kit man) got as much as the head coach.

Champions League striker on way to Dubai?

Football gossip

Luiz Adriano
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The joint leading scorer in last season's Champions League could be on his way to Al Ahli, according to the chairman of the Dubai club.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano had been linked with a move to Italy after scoring nine times in Europe's premier club competition last term.

But Al Ahli chairman Abdullah Al Naboodah has tweeted: "It has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk on the transfer of Luiz Adriano to Al Ahli. The details of the financial contract and the medical report will follow in the coming days".