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  1. Ranieri 'older but ambitious' for Leicester
  2. Comedian disrupts Blatter news conference
  3. Ings scores first Liverpool goal in win
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By Caroline Chapman

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Time to say goodbye...

Sportsday is over and out for Monday.

Join us back here from 08:00 BST on Tuesday for football gossip, transfers and the latest breaking news, plus the best of the rest from the sporting sphere.

bbc-coverageThe Open 2015 final round

It's almost time for us to bow out of Sportsday for Monday.

But don't click away from BBC Sport. The Open Championship is in its final throes and it's getting pretty tense at St Andrews.

Follow our

live text commentary here.

Bamford to Crystal Palace?

Football gossip

A bit of late Monday football gossip for you.


Daily Mail are reporting that highly-rated Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is on his way to Crystal Palace on a season-long loan.

The 21-year-old has previously had successful spells on loan at Middlesbrough and Derby.

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WSL highlights


Toni Duggan celebrates

Who wants to see a round-up of the best of the action from the weekend's Women's Super League fixtures?

Highlights include England forward Toni Duggan helping Manchester City to victory over Bristol Academy and Sunderland striker Beth Mead's hat-trick against league leaders Chelsea.

Click here to watch.

Welcome to Villa


Aston Villa's new boys posed for the traditional photo shoot before their first training session on Monday.

Jordan Amavi
Aston Villa

Senegalese midfielder Idrissa Gueye, signed for £9m from Lille, and left-back Jordan Amavi from Nice - signed for the same fee - met up with their new teammates, including fellow new arrivals Mark Bunn and Micah Richards, for the first time.

"Hi mate, I'll give you a grand. Cheers, Stuart."


World champion Stuart Bingham has provided £1,000 to help with prize money for an

amateur snooker tournament.

The Snookerbacker Classic found itself in dire straits after a major sponsor pulled out.

But thanks to Bingham and others, including six-time world champion Steve Davis who also donated £1,000, the tournament is now able to offer a total of £11,500 in prize money, with £3,000 going to the winner.

Stuart Bingham text message

Crolla targeting Perez rematch


Anthony Crolla and Darleys Perez
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Manchester's Anthony Crolla is targeting a second WBA lightweight title fight with Colombia's Darleys Perez following their controversial draw on Saturday.

Judges scored the fight 116-111 for Crolla, 114-113 for Perez and 113-113.

"It was a really tough fight and there were a lot of close rounds, but I definitely thought I won," the 28-year-old told

BBC Radio Manchester.

"I'm yet to come across anyone, whether it be on social media or in person, who actually thought Perez had done enough for the title."

Ranieri issues plea to Cambiasso


Claudio Ranieri
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In case you missed it earlier, Claudio Ranieri met the media for the first time as Leicester City's new manager.

Ranieri, 63, was appointed by the Foxes last week, returning to England 11 years after leaving Chelsea.

And he revealed he has spoken to

Esteban Cambiasso about a return to the club.

Ranieri said he has pleaded with Cambiasso, whom he has managed before, to "please come back".

How can England bounce back?


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Can England get their Ashes campaign back on track after their humiliating 405-run defeat by Australia at Lord's?

BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham assesses the challenges facing the hosts as they aim to rally against their bitter rivals.

Chelsea's Houghton in Gills loan


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League One side Gillingham have signed Chelsea youngster Jordan Houghton on loan until 3 January 2016.

The 19-year-old midfielder is captain of the Premier League club's under-21 side and he has represented England at Under-20 level.

Celtic's Ciftci banned after bite


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Nadir Ciftci has been

found guilty of biting Jim McAlister in last season's Dundee derby.

The 23-year-old striker was given an eight-match ban with two suspended until the end of the season for "excessive misconduct".

The penalty was decided by a judicial panel convened by the Scottish FA after Ciftci denied the offence.

Everton youngster signs new deal


Teenage striker Courtney Duffus has signed a two-year contract extension with Everton to keep him at Goodison Park until 2017.

Courtney Duffus

The 19-year-old forward is yet to make his senior bow for the Toffees, but he was named on the bench for a Europa League tie against Young Boys in February and spent a month on loan with Bury last term.

Duffus is currently sidelined following knee surgery but is targeting a return to action in September.

Thomas crashes as Plaza wins stage 16

Tour de France

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Britain's Geraint Thomas suffered a spectacular crash as Spain's Ruben Plaza won stage 16 of the Tour de France.

Team Sky's Thomas collided with Warren Barguil on the final descent and he hit his head on a telegraph pole and fell off the side of the road, but was soon back on his bike.

Plaza held off green jersey leader Peter Sagan to win the stage as Britain's Chris Froome retained his overall lead.

Read BBC Sport's

full report here.

Doncaster sign Taylor-Sinclair


Doncaster Rovers have signed defender Aaron Taylor-Sinclair on a two-year deal from Wigan Athletic.

The 24-year-old, who is predominantly a left-back, has previously played for Aberdeen, Montrose and Partick Thistle.

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George has got it good in Yorkshire...

#bbcsportsday I don't need to pull a sickie, watching from an empty Silkstone Golf Club

#bbcsportsday I don't need to pull a sickie, watching from an empty Silkstone Golf Club

'He'll have an outstanding year'


Jordan Henderson will become an even better player this season despite the additional responsibility of captaining Liverpool, according to the club's manager Brendan Rodgers.

England international Henderson takes over the captain's armband from Anfield hero Steven Gerrard.

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"When I was aware that Stevie was going I wanted to look at somebody who would be a great ambassador for Liverpool on and off the pitch," said Rodgers.

"I've told Jordan to do it his way and have his own ideas and I think he'll have an outstanding year."

England primed for Women's Ashes


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England start their Women's Ashes campaign against Australia on Tuesday, with the first one-day international at Taunton.

Captain Charlotte Edwards was speaking to the media on Monday and said: "We want really good batting pitches to show the women's game in a great light.

"We've played well in the last two Ashes series but they've outdone us in the World Cup. Come the 31 August, the best team will win."

Every ball of the Women's Ashes will be live on 5 live sports extra.

Wakefield fear Locke out for season

Super League

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Wakefield full-back

Kevin Locke could miss the rest of the Super League season after he had to go off in Sunday's 58-20 defeat by Castleford.

Locke, 26, was replaced in the first half of only his third appearance for the Wildcats.

"It's serious, sort of chest and upper arm, it's to do with his pectoral and maybe ligaments," head coach Brian Smith told BBC Radio Leeds.

Meanwhile, Wakefield have signed Tonga international

Bill Tupou from Canberra Raiders for the rest of the season.

'Racism rife in Russia'


Zenit St Petersburg striker Hulk says he encounters racism in "almost every game" in Russia and fears it could tarnish the country when it hosts the 2018 World Cup.

Brazil international Hulk - the most expensive signing in Russian Premier League history - has repeatedly faced monkey chants in Russia and also accused a referee of racially abusing him.

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"If racism happens in the World Cup, it will be really gross and really ugly. Usually it happens when Russian clubs play and it doesn't come out to the world and the world doesn't know about this,'' he said,

"I used to get angry, but now I see this doesn't help, so I just send a kiss to our fans and try not to get angry."

Taylor's heroics

Nottinghamshire 570-7 dec, Sussex 53-0

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms

at Horsham:

"Nearly a record-breaking afternoon at Horsham where, under leaden skies, James Taylor fell just 21 runs short of the all-time Nottinghamshire score by Walter Keeton in 1939. However, his 291 was a career-best, and his partnership of 365 with Chris Read, who made 121 was a Notts sixth-wicket record against Sussex."

Plaza wins sprint finish

Road Cycling

Spain's Ruben Plaza

won the 16th stage of the Tour de France after a gripping chase down the final descent with green jersey leader Peter Sagan.

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It is the fifth time in this year's Tour that Sagan has finished second.

Britain's Chris Froome led by three minutes 10 seconds going into the 201km stage, from Bourg-de-Peage to Gap.

But he and the other race leaders remained in the peloton, which was 20 minutes behind the stage leaders going into the final descent.

After Tuesday's rest day, the Tour continues on Wednesday with a 161km stage starting in Digne-les-bains.

Rooney to play in 'Big Dunc' testimonial


Former Everton striker Duncan Ferguson - or 'Big Dunc' to his mates - has enlisted a famous face for his testimonial on 2 August.

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England captain and former Toffees youngster Wayne Rooney has signed up for the match against Villarreal at Goodison Park.

"As a young lad growing up in Croxteth, Duncan Ferguson was a hero of mine," said the Manchester United striker.

"Had he not asked me to play I would have gone and supported him on the day as I am sure most other Evertonians will."

Picture perfect


Arty photo of the day from The Open so far...

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Chapple continues Lancashire dominance

Lancashire 698-5 dec, Glamorgan 51-2

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Colwyn Bay:

Lancashire turned the screw on Glamorgan on the second afternoon, with Glen Chapple claiming two early wickets after massive career-best scores from former South African Test batsmen Alviro Petersen (286) and Ashwell Prince (261). They became only the 13th pair in first-class history to share a 500-run partnership.

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Platini speaks


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Michel Platini gives his views on what Fifa's new 11-strong task force and the upcoming election:

"I feel it is an important step towards improving overall processes and transparency within the organisation," he said.

"We must now make sure that the reforms outlined today will be undertaken in a swift and effective manner. As I have said various times in the recent past, we need to reform FIFA and we need to do it now.

"Regarding the election, we now have a concrete date which means we can look forward to new leadership which will surely bring with it new ideas and new solutions."

Brady keen on Norwich switch


Chris Goreham

BBC Radio Norfolk commentator

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that midfielder Robbie Brady wants to join Norwich City.

The Premier League new boys have had four bids rejected for the Irishman, but

Bruce told BBC Humberside that he fears the player could still move to Carrow Road.

Looking Golden

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

Unbeaten Epsom Derby and Eclipse Stakes winner Golden Horn, the mount of Frankie Dettori, heads a list of 11 horses going forward to Saturday's King George V1 and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot

The 11 also includes Royal Ascot winner Snow Sky, supplemented as a late entry for £75,000, and due to be ridden by inform jockey Pat Smullen.

Get the latest racing results here

Comedian in custody for Blatter prank


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Comedian Lee Nelson has been taken into custody by Swiss police following his Sepp Blatter prank.

Nelson was driven away in a police car from Fifa HQ in Zurich after throwing fake dollar bills at Blatter press conference.

BBC Sport

'Bianchi would have driven for Ferrari'

Formula 1

Jules Bianchi was being lined up as a future Ferrari driver, according to the Italian team's former chairman Luca di Montezemolo.

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"Jules Bianchi was one of us," Di Montezemolo said. "He was a member of the Ferrari family and was the driver we had picked for the future - once the collaboration with Kimi Raikkonen was over.

"He was first class: private, fast, polite, very attached to Ferrari and promising."

The 25-year-old Frenchman died on Saturday from severe head injuries sustained in a crash at last October's Japanese Grand Prix.

Pep in politics


Bayern Munich coach and Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola is to make a symbolic stand for election to the Catalan parliament in a campaign for his native region to be independent from Spain.

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Spanish newspaper El Pais said Guardiola would stand as the last candidate on the electoral list for the pro-independence alliance planning to run in the election in September.

The 44-year-old has several times publicly displayed his support for the drive to make Catalonia break away from Spain. He flew over from Munich last November to vote in a symbolic non-biding ballot on the issue held by regional leaders.

Claudio Ranieri news conference


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Ranieri was sacked from his last job, as the coach of Greece, last November after the 2004 European champions lost to the Faroe Islands. That, he insists, should to count against him.

"In Greece, I must rebuild everything because two or three good players left the national team. Claudio is not the problem. It was difficult to coach a new national team. I arrived a a day before a match. I had four matches, three defeats and one draw.

"I am an older man. I won divisions, Super League, cups and I'm ready and hungry and restart again early. I'm ambitious. There is a good project and a good programme here at the club."

Claudio Ranieri news conference


Claudio Ranieri

Here's a little bit more from new Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri...

"The first part of last season was not so good and I don't understand why. The

Manchester United result changed something.

"At the end the character of the manager, the players and the fans made a miracle as the last part of the season was amazing.

"I want to know the true Leicester - the first or the second? I believe the second."


Open Championship

If you want to see just how wayward Phil Mickelson's drive on the 17th at St Andrews was,

watch it here.

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The out of bounds shot - which landed on the balcony of a nearby hotel room- meant Mickelson scored a triple-bogey seven at the end of his fourth round, effectively putting him out of contention for victory.

Remember you can follow our

live coverage here. It's not been a good start for amateur Paul Dunne - he's dropped shots on each of the opening holes and has slipped to 10 under

Selling the jersies


Does anyone else find that Norwich City's new third kit makes their eyes throb?

EXCLUSIVE | #ncfc reveal third @ErreaOfficial kit ahead of 2015-16 @premierleague season:

EXCLUSIVE | #ncfc reveal third @ErreaOfficial kit ahead of 2015-16 @premierleague season:

Room service

Open Championship

Confirmation from the @OldCourseHotel: Phil Mickelson's tee shot on 17 ended up on the balcony of Room 130. #TheOpen

Confirmation from the @OldCourseHotel: Phil Mickelson's tee shot on 17 ended up on the balcony of Room 130. #TheOpen

A nice little momento for the guests staying there. Beats a complimentary biscuit...

Taylor smashes double ton

Nottinghamshire 570-7 v Sussex

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms

at Horsham:

After the debacle at Lords yesterday, James Taylor could not have picked a better time to score the sixth double hundred of his career - he smashed a mammoth 291 - a timely reminder of his abilities to the England selectors.

Notts declared immediately afterwards on 570-7.

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Fifa news conference


Fifa president Sepp Blatter has now finished speaking...

Blatter finishing press conference with lecture on fair play and respect. It's analogy to what is going on with investigation I think. Think

Typically confident performance from Blatter in front of media. Chutzpah has never been an issue.

Claudio Ranieri news conference


Ranieri on how many players he may need to sign: "I think 2 maximum 3 players before the end of the window."

Ranieri on backroom staff: "Everybody will remain. Everyone can work together. I am sure that I don't want to change too many things."