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  1. West Ham & other UK clubs in Europa League action
  2. England players 'go home as heroes' - Sampson
  3. Man Utd's Javier Hernandez breaks collarbone
  4. #mysportingtears: Your stories of sporting woe

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By Neil Johnston and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday. We'll have more of the same on Friday.

In the meantime, there is still

plenty of action going on at Wimbledon and you can also keep up to date with the rest of the night's
Europa League first qualifying round ties with West Ham in action at 20:00 against Lusitans of Andorra.

Have a good evening.

Warrington v Wigan (20:00 BST)

Rugby League

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Wigan Warriors can close the gap on Super League leaders Leeds Rhinos with a win over Warrington Wolves in tonight's Super League game, which you can hear live on 5 live sports extra from 19:30 BST with kick-off at 20:00.

Recently retired St Helens full-back Paul Wellens joins commentator Dave Woods at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Brown giving Nadal a test


Dustin Brown

Over at Wimbledon, things are getting interesting on Centre Court in the game between former champion Rafa Nadal and Germany's Dustin Brown.

It's one set apiece and Brown, whose Twitter name is @dreddytennis, has a break in the third set.

Follow the latest from SW19

on the BBC Sport website.

South Africa duo need more recovery time

Rugby Union

Heyneke Meyer
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South Africa have sent the Sharks' pair of centre Frans Steyn and lock Pieter-Steph du Toit back to their province for rehabilitation having ruled them out of their Rugby Championship opener in Australia on 18 July.

Steyn has a pectoral muscle tear and Du Toit is recovering from a knee injury but coach Heyneke Meyer hopes they will be fit in time for the World Cup.

South Africa have five matches before the tournament, starting with a clash against a World XV in Cape Town on 11 July before facing Australia, New Zealand and Argentina in the Rugby Championship, and then a one-off test against the latter in Buenos Aires to finish off their preparations.

Lampard starts training in New York


Former Chelsea and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard has

taken part in his first training session with New York City ahead of his Major League Soccer debut against Toronto on 12 July and his new team-mates are happy to see him.

"Obviously he has had a fantastic career so far, but he's just another guy out there," midfielder Tommy McNamara said on the MLS website.

"It's great to see that, great to see he knows everyone's name already and how he interacts like one of the guys."

De Gea spotted in Madrid


David De Gea

According to the Independent and Spanish website, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been spotted arriving at Madrid's Barajas Airport.

However, rather than arriving for talks over his proposed move to the Bernabeu, the 24-year-old told journalists: "I am fine. I have just come home to have some rest."

Europa League latest


Welsh side Bala Town are already up against it in their Europa League first qualifying round first leg game in Luxembourg.

They trail Luxembourg Cup winners Differdange 03 3-0 after less than half an hour of the tie.

Pendleton makes racing debut

Horse Racing

Victoria Pendleton

Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton has completed her first horse race at Newbury.

Riding Mighty Mambo in a charity race, she was some way off the pace throughout the race but closed on the leaders on the final two furlongs.

She finished in a group disputing sixth place.

Australia are not invincible - Stokes


Ben Stokes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes says

he is not going to go "overboard" on the aggression but will be making every game of the Ashes against Australia a "battle".

Stokes says England have nothing to fear when they take on Australia saying they are "not invincible" and are just "normal blokes".

Paire gets warning for kicking chair


With the temperature still high, tempers got a bit overheated at Wimbledon on Thursday.

Watch as Frenchman Benoit Paire took out his frustrations on a line judge's chair during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain, and promptly received a warning from the umpire.

Rome to bid to stage 2024 Games

Olympic Games

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"Rome has entered the race to stage the 2024 Olympic Games. Organisers say it is "opportunity for growth and investment" for all of Italy."

Alashkert 1-0 St Johnstone

Full time

BBC Sport's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: "St Johnstone wilted in the heat of Yerevan as Mihran Manasyan's second-half strike gave Alashkert a deserved victory on their European debut."

Read more from Brian on the BBC Sport website.

Odemwingie given new one-year deal


Peter Odemwingie
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Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie has been given a new one-year contract extension.

The Nigeria international will remain at the Britannia Stadium until the end of the 2015-16 campaign but there is the option of a further 12 months.

Odemwingie, who joined the Potters in January 2014, recovered from a serious knee injury which sidelined him for eight months to return to action in April.

Bassett will recover - mum


Laura Bassett

Laura Bassett's mother says England's meeting with bitter rivals Germany in Saturday's third-place World Cup play-off will help her daughter recover from her

last-minute own-goal heartache.

Marie and husband Keith watched from their home as Bassett broke down in tears after she deflected a cross

to put Japan into the final.

"I know she will pick herself up,"

Marie told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. "She has another game to get through which she'll relish, playing Germany."

Newly-wed Peers opts to change name

Rugby Union

Ospreys and former Wales Under-20 lock Lloyd Peers

has changed his surname to Ashley after getting married to wife Febe.

The couple share the same middle name and decided to use it as their new surname to become Mr and Mrs Ashley.

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David Myers: Losing crazy golf when I was seven playing against my mum

Dan Miles: Troy Deeney scoring to send Watford to Wembley play off final in 97th min straight after Leicester missed a pen.

Drew Thorpe: There may not have been tears, but watching Rosberg miss out on the title last year was the worst day of my life

Westley impresses for Essex


Tom Westley
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BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt at Essex v Australia: "Tom Westley might expect a call from his Essex colleague Alastair Cook for a spot of advice. Westley has a hundred against Australia, wonderful innings that has put the touring bowlers under the pump in their last warm-up match before the Ashes begin.

"Westley, promoted from number three because of an injury to Nick Browne, has shared a stand of 141 with Ravi Bopara as Essex have moved to 219-1.

"Of all the bowlers on show, the pick has been Peter Siddle, the man least likely to feature in Cardiff next Wednesday."

Alashkert 1-0 St Johnstone (16:00 BST)


BBC Sport's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: "The home side have continued to dominate and have deservedly taken the lead 14 minutes into the second half.

"A cross into the box by Karen Muradyan was thundered home from close range by Mihran Manasyan. It's no more than Alashkert deserve."

Jagielka backs Cleverley to impress


Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Tom Cleverley

Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes midfielder Tom Cleverley has proved his critics wrong.

The 24-year-old impressed for Aston Villa as they escaped relegation and reached the FA Cup final and having joined Everton on a free transfer this summer, Jagielka is looking forward to seeing the best of his England international colleague.

"He's really excited to come here because it is a fresh start for him," he told evertontv.

"He proved a lot of people wrong at Aston Villa and will fit into the manager's thoughts very well. He can play in a number of positions as well."

Alashkert 0-0 St Johnstone (16:00 BST)


BBC Sport's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: The second half is under way here with Saints boss Tommy Wright no doubt looking for a much better performance in the second 45 minutes."

Hiddink linked with Leicester role


Guus Hiddink

The Mirror reports that Guus Hiddink has emerged as a potential rival to Neil Lennon for the Leicester job.

The 68-year-old Dutchman is available to succeed Nigel Pearson after leaving his role in charge of Holland's national team.

Former Celtic boss Lennon, who is in charge of Championship side Bolton, is also keen on the vacancy.

Rotherham sign Ledesma


Rotherham United

complete the signing of attacking midfielder Emmanuel Ledesma, 27, subject to a medical and Football League ratification.

The Argentine joins the Millers on a permanent deal following a successful loan stint with the club last season from Middlesbrough.

Alashkert 0-0 St Johnstone

Half-time update


BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: "It took half an hour for Saints to get their first shot on goal.

"Good link up play between John Sutton and David Wotherspoon on the edge of the box saw Wotherspoon's shot pushed around the post by Kasparov in the home goal.

"The players then took the first of two water breaks during the game to try to help them combat the searing heat!

"Murray Davidson is still feeling the effects of the early head knock and is replaced by Scott Brown just before half-time."

Cathcart signs new Watford deal


Craig Cathcart (centre)
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Watford's Northern Ireland international defender Craig Cathcart, 26,

signs a new four-year contract with the newly-promoted Premier League club.


Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
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After a busy week which featured a guest appearance on The Graham Norton Show and a trip to Glastonbury, Lewis Hamilton has

answered the best of the #AskLewis questions you sent to the BBC Sport website.

In the run-up to Sunday's British Grand Prix, the world champion explains what he enjoys about racing at home, his dream team-mate, favourite grand prix and the other Formula 1 team he would like to drive for.

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#mysportingtears Hearts fan >50yrs. Lost Cup final in '68 - after many near misses saw them win at last in 1998. 2 more since without tears

@BBCSport #mysportingtears Being in goals and losing 19-0 in an under 12's match despite being told after "not one goal was my fault"...

Seeing Mayo lose 7 All Ireland finals since 1996 and not win one since 1951!! #mysportingtears #bbcsportsday

Ward through at Wimbledon


James Ward

Earlier, we brought you the news that Andy Murray had reached the third round at Wimbledon.

And he has been joined by compatriot James Ward after he beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 3-6 6-3 to reach the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

In the women's draw, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and French Open semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky are all through but eighth seed Ekatarina Makarova is out after losing 6-2 7-5 to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.

You can

follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

'Tom Westley eyeing century'

Essex v Australia

If England need some advice on how to play the Australia attack, then they might want to speak to Essex's Tom Westley. Promoted from number three to open after an injury to Nick Browne, Westley is 91 not out at tea, Essex 170-1 on a glorious afternoon in Chelmsford. He's taken advantage of some pretty ordinary Aussie bowling. Mitchell Starc has been wayward and off-spinner Nathan Lyon has conceded 54 runs from five overs. Getting the bad balls out of the way before the Ashes, or a bigger problem?

Stephan ShemiltBBC Sport

Blackpool optimistic over Ranger


SPORT: @BlackpoolFC manager Neil McDonald says he's hopeful that Nile Ranger will return to the club on July 15.

SPORT: @BlackpoolFC manager Neil McDonald says he's hopeful that Nile Ranger will return to the club on July 15.


Bristol Rovers give Montano 'second chance'

Cristian Montano
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Cristian Montano also spent time at West Ham and Oxford United before joining Oldham

Bristol Rovers have

signed former Oldham midfielder Cristian Montano, subject to international clearance.

Montano was one of 13 footballers arrested on suspicion of spot-fixing by the National Crime Agency in November 2013. He "vehemently denied" any involvement.

Montano was sacked by the Latics a month later only for the Crown Prosecution Service to drop their investigation into alleged spot-fixing.

"I know that he is desperate for another opportunity to play league football and I'm a firm believer in giving everyone a second chance," said Rovers boss Darrell Clarke.

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Alashkert 0-0 St Johnstone (16:00 BST)


BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: "The home side started the match brightly and forced a corner in the opening minute.

"Saints midfielder Murray Davidson was forced off to receive treatment for a head wound as he helped clear the corner. He was off for six minutes.

"Alan Mannus was called into early action saving shots from Gevorg and Sirarhei as the home side continue to dominate."

Carney wants to play for England

Rugby League

Justin Carney
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Castleford's Australian winger Justin Carney wants to play for England.

The 27-year-old former Canberra and Sydney Roosters player is in his third season in Super League and therefore qualifies on residential grounds later this year.

"I have thought about this in passing because I've been asked the question before by family and yes I would [play for England)," Carney told his club website.

"Now to some people that sounds totally ridiculous but to me this is my home now and I feel really at home at Cas. It's a chance to play international footy which I've never done before and I'll take any chance to do that."


Question of Sport teaser

We asked earlier: Who are the eight players to score 100 goals in the Premier League that haven't played for England?

The answer... Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Ryan Giggs, Thierry Henry, Robbie Keane, Robin van Persie and Dwight Yorke.

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@BBCSport 15 years ago today Britain lost one of its best sportsmen Joey Dunlop Definitely one of #mysportingtears

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Alashkert v St Johnstone (16:00 BST)


BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin in Yerevan: "Both teams will be wearing black armbands as a mark of respect for Billy and Lisa Graham who were killed in the attack on tourists in Tunisia last week.

"Billy worked as a turnstile operator for St Johnstone and was a well known figure at the club.

"A one-minute silence will take place at next week's second leg in Perth."

Mitchell remains key for Worcestershire

Nottinghamshire 240 & 366 v Worcestershire 283 & 189-3

Daryl Mitchell
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A tense final session is on the cards at Trent Bridge as Worcestershire require 135 more runs to win with seven wickets in hand.

Notts picked up two wickets after lunch, Tom Fell for 58 and teenager Joe Clarke, but captain Daryl Mitchell is currently unbeaten on 75.

There are 33 overs left in the day so the visitors will have to score at more than four an over if they are to reach the target of 324.

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Doncaster winning the League One title after Brentford missed a penalty in the last minutes and Donny went and scored #mysportingtears

@BBCSport got stuck in the net after scoring, got untangled, got up and ran into post breaking my nose #mysportingtears

Harris's Salford future in doubt

Rugby league

Iestyn Harris

Salford head coach Iestyn Harris's future is in doubt and he is unlikely to take charge of the team on Sunday against Catalans Dragons, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

The 39-year-old former Wales head coach, who took over in April 2014 from Brian Noble, is said to be "off sick" at the Red Devils but it is understood he is currently involved in talks with the club over severance terms.

Assistant coach Ian Watson took charge of training on Thursday and is likely to select the team for Sunday's home game against Catalans Dragons as the club, who are currently second from bottom in Super League, await the arrival from Australia of new director of rugby Tim Sheens.

Alashkert v St Johnstone (16:00 BST)


Europa League

Here are the line-ups from the Europa League first qualifying round first leg from Armenia.

Alashkert FC: Kasparov, Fofana, Arakelyan, Poghosyan, Usenya, Minasyan, Muradyan, Veranyan, Bareghamyan, Artak Grigoryan, Narek Gyozalyan. Subs: Khachatryan, Dos Santos, Voskanyan, Ghazaryan, Manasyan, Karapetyan, Arman Hovhannisyan.

St Johnstone: Mannus, Scobbie, Shaughnessy, McKay, Brian Easton, Lappin, Davidson, Wotherspoon, MacLean, Sutton, O'Halloran. Subs: Clark, Wright, Anderson, Caddis, Brown, Kane, Thomson.

Referee: Jakob Kehlet (Denmark)