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  1. Man Utd sign Villarreal defender Eric Bailly
  2. Maria Sharapova given two-year ban from tennis
  3. England unchanged for third Test with Sri Lanka
  4. Ronald Koeman set to become Everton manager
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Football brings France hope - Desailly


Euro 2016: France needs football - Marcel Desailly

France needs Euro 2016 to help repair the nation after recent economic and security troubles, says World Cup winner Marcel Desailly.

Protests broke out over labour law reforms in May, while 130 people were killed in attacks on Paris in November.

Desailly, 47, said there should be no fears over security, adding that his "own kids are going to the fanzone".

"We need football. We need football to be there for us to enjoy and to have hope," he told BBC Sport. "France is going through a little bit of trouble. I'm sure it's going to be secure. The information I have, people will be protected."

Leyton Orient sign Colchester's Massey


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League Two side Leyton Orient sign winger Gavin Massey from Colchester United for an undisclosed fee.

Euro 96 rewind: England v Germany

Remember Euro 96, when football came home? Gazza's dentist's chair celebration? More penalty heartache.

It was a summer when the Spice Girls released their first single, the Prince and Princess of Wales got divorced and Alan Shearer became the most expensive footballer in the world when he moved from Blackburn to Newcastle for £15m.

To get you in the mood for Euro 2016, tonight we're going to relive the rollercoaster of emotions from England's semi-final tie against Germany. It will be replayed in full on the BBC website and on the Red Button from 18:45 BST.

Click here for more details.

Wolves move for Lonergan

David Guetta
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Wolves have increased their goalkeeping options by signing Andy Lonergan from Championship rivals Fulham.

The 32-year-old has agreed a two-year deal at Molineux, with the club having an option for an extra 12 months.

He began his career at Preston and had spells with Leeds and Bolton before joining the Cottagers in June 2015, making 31 appearances last season.

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Your reaction to Maria Sharapova's two-year ban from tennis

Thomas Hewitt: Feel for Sharapova. Her punishment certainly doesn't fit the crime. Six months maybe. Two years is way too long.

TheRedWoman: First-time offender, banned for two years? Think that's a bit harsh on Sharapova.

Sarah Morgan: Maria Sharapova is being made a scapegoat and example for drug cheats when she's an honest person who made an honest mistake!



The first Uefa news conference for Euro 2016 was held a little earlier today. 

It featured a number of Uefa officials...and DJ David Guetta.

Republic aim for more iconic moments


Many doubted that Martin O'Neill's managerial partnership with Roy Keane would be successful
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The Republic of Ireland are determined to do themselves justice at Euro 2016 after their poor displays in Poland four years ago.

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Which players will shine at Euro 2016?

Adam Tollerton: I think Kevin De Bruyne will be player of the tournament.  

Ephraim: Jamie Vardy has been unstoppable during the Premier League season and he can carry that blistering form over into the Euros.

Mikey Newton Dimitri Payet. A late bloomer, but he's been absolute magic for West Ham this year. Being in the form of his life, with N'Golo Kante there to mop up anything behind him, and it being his home tournament, he could be the stand-out player.  

Kevin De Bruyne

Taylor has surgery for heart condition


James Taylor

Former England batsman James Taylor has had an operation to fit a defibrillator as part of the treatment for his career-ending heart condition.

The former England batsman was forced to retire in April at the age of 26.

He was diagnosed with Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), similar to the condition which affected footballer Fabrice Muamba.

"At the bottom of a very steep hill, I can't wait to see the view from the top!" he wrote on Twitter.

'I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension'


Sharapova statement (part 2/2): "While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension.

"The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days.

"I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible."

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Sharapova responds to ban


Maria Sharapova has responded to her two-year ban on her Facebook page and says she will appeal.

Here's her statement in full (part 1/2): 

"Today with their decision of a two-year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional.

"The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance-enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not.

"You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation -- and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position."

England women qualify for Euro 2017


Stephanie Houghton and Ellen White
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England women have today qualified for Euro 2017 without kicking a ball after an administrative error.

The Lionesses beat Serbia 7-0 away on Tuesday, but had been told before the match that victory would not guarantee qualification for July's tournament.

However, it emerged on Wednesday that England's win assured them one of the six best runners-up slots and a place in the finals in the Netherlands.

"It is a bit curious. We were confident ourselves," said coach Mark Sampson. "We did the maths and were clear that we would be going to Holland next year, but of course you have to wait for the official governing body to give you the go-ahead."

BreakingSharapova banned for two years

Maria Sharapova
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Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation after failing a drugs test. 

The Russian was provisionally banned in March after testing positive for meldonium at January's Australian Open. 

The heart disease drug, which 29-year-old Sharapova says she has been taking since 2006 for health issues, became a banned substance on 1 January 2016. 

The ITF said the ban would be backdated to 26 January 2016, the day when she provided the positive test.

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Which players will shine at Euro 2016?

Rob Knowles: Lukaku. Belgium are a good strong team, he's in great form (he's scored four in four for Belgium) and he wants to leave us (Everton) so will be playing for a move. He's going to score a lot.

Kev Hughf: As long as Sweden stay in, Zlatan should be entertaining. Martial v Pogba. I'm hoping Rashford silences some critics. 

Jay Ramejkis: Nolito for Spain if he gets a run of games. Looks clinical in front of goal. 

Romelu Lukaku
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Grigg ready to step up

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Wigan's Will Grigg says he is ready to step in if Kyle Lafferty is not fit for Northern Ireland's first Euro 2016 match against Poland on Sunday.

Norwich man Lafferty sat out training on Wednesday because of a groin injury picked up on Tuesday.

NI boss Michael O'Neill has expressed confidence that top scorer Lafferty will be OK to face the Poles in Nice.

But Grigg, 24, said: "I am in the form of my life and the best shape I can possibly be."

Phil McNulty Q&A


Maybe Phil McNulty will know more about Leo the Lion? 

Our chief football writer will be doing a Facebook Q&A from 18:00 BST. Get your questions to him now by clicking on the link below.

Live Facebook Q&A here at 6pm BST - England. Euro 2016 & Premier League if you have any pressing questions. Join in…

Who is Leo the Lion?

Euro 2016

Euro 2016: Chris Smalling coy on Leo the Lion

England defender Chris Smalling tries to avoid discussing the exact nature of 'Leo the Lion' and how members of the squad are selected to look after the fluffy mascot.  

Formula 1

Here's Lewis Hamilton. On a motorbike. On a mountain. With Justin Bieber.

And I thought that picture of the pentathletes standing in a field with a horse would be the most unexpected photo we'd see today.

Trailblazing 🔥🔥🔥@justinbieber

Trailblazing 🔥🔥🔥@justinbieber

Sharapova to learn her tennis future


The International Tennis Federation say they will publish their verdict of Maria Sharapova's doping tribunal at 16:00 BST.

The 29-year-old Russian failed a doping test at the Australian Open in January after she took Meldonium, a heart disease drug which was only added to the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list on 1 January.

She has been provisionally suspended since 12 March and the ITF panel could issue a four-year-ban, but experts say a six-month or 12-month punishment is more likely.

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Interesting photoshoot...

Modern Pentathlon

Will you see a stranger photo today than this one? I doubt it.

Room with a view

Euro 2016

Euro 2016

Here's the BBC Match of the Day studio in Paris for Euro 2016.

Not a bad view...

Here we go again @FAIreland next stop @UEFAEURO #EURO2016 #COYBIG 🇮🇪☘

Here we go again @FAIreland next stop @UEFAEURO #EURO2016 #COYBIG 🇮🇪☘

The Republic are on their way


The Republic of Ireland are currently on their way to France. The lads look in good spirits.

See you in France! ⚽️☘🇮🇪 #EURO2016 #COYBIG

See you in France! ⚽️☘🇮🇪 #EURO2016 #COYBIG

Republic of Ireland
FA Ireland

Benteke to decide Liverpool future after Euros

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Liverpool striker Christian Benteke says he may have to consider his future if it becomes clear that he does not feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans. 

Since October, Benteke started just 13 of 52 matches and was used sparingly as a substitute having fallen behind compatriot Divock Origi. 

"At 25 years old, I'm neither old nor young but it's important to play," the Belgium striker said.

"I still have a contract at Liverpool and I'd like to stay there, if I remain in the coach's plans. "If that's not the case, it will become difficult to stay. I'll think about if after the Euros."

Van Aanholt signs new Sunderland deal


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Sunderland defender Patrick van Aanholt signs a new four-year contract with the Premier League club.

Robson-Kanu ready to start


Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Dinard, France

There is more good news for Wales on the fitness front.

After manager Chris Coleman yesterday said Joe Ledley, Joe Allen and Hal Robson-Kanu are all fit enough to feature in their Euro 2016 opener against Slovakia on Saturday, striker Robson-Kanu has today said he feels ready to start.

The unattached player, who left Reading in May, has missed Wales' last four friendly matches because of various injuries, but said: "I've trained. I'm feeling good, feeling fresh. Come Saturday I'll be 100%."

On this day...


In 2008 Rafael Nadal thrashed world number one Roger Federer 6-1 6-3 6-0 to win a fourth consecutive men's singles crown at the French Open.

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
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Cech and the Czech Republic are on their way


Chinos, no socks and white trainers are the order of the day as the Czech Republic have their pre-flight photo.

Note the pilot grabbing a cheeky snap in the background. Surely all he'll get is the back of their heads. What good is that?

Ready for #Euro2016 🇨🇿

Ready for #Euro2016 🇨🇿

Wales news conference


Joe Ledley
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Joe Ledley. Possessor of quick healing bones and the finest beard in football

Is there a harder footballer than Joe Ledley?

One month again he broke his leg. Today he has been training away like a trooper. No sign of injury at all. Nails.

"It is remarkable," said Ledley's team-mate Hal Robson-Kanu in Wales' news conference today.

"It is a credit to him and credit to the physio staff. We are going to need everyone."

Euro '96 in emojis

Euro 96

This is good fun. 

Can you guess the Euro 96 moment via the medium of emojis?

Have a go here.

Chris Coleman's spoof team

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Euro 2016: Pele & Maradona picked up front for Wales by cheeky Chris Coleman!

As if we hadn't had our fill of the word 'banter' in today's Sportsday, we're only going to go and include it again. This time, you can watch Chris Coleman trolling England with his cheeky team sheet.

Bailly targets trophies at Man Utd


Some quotes from new Manchester United signing Eric Bailly, who has just been speaking to MUTV.

“English football is different to Spanish football - it is more physical and direct - but I always thought it would suit my style," says defender Bailly, whose move from Villarreal could cost United up to £30m.

“Things have moved quickly (in his career) but most importantly, it is down to hard work. It has been fast progress but I want to progress more and hope that involves winning trophies as well.  

"It is a real confidence boost that a manager with so much experience trusted me to make me his first signing."

Eric Bailly
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Ribeiro a contender for Port Vale job


Bruno Ribeiro
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Ex-Leeds and Sheffield United midfielder Bruno Ribeiro is in the frame to become new Port Vale boss, reports BBC Radio Stoke.

Grigg ready to answer N Ireland call


Will Grigg scored his first international goal in the victory over Belarus two weeks ago
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Wigan's Will Grigg is ready to step in if Kyle Lafferty is not fit for Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 opener against Poland.

Grigg is quickly becoming a cult hero to the Northern Irish fans, whose chant / song of 'Will Grigg's On Fire', set to the tune of 1990s cheese-fest Freed From Desire by Gala, has reached number seven in the ITunes UK Top 100.

What song are we talking about?

Click on this link and watch this video and you will see what we're talking about.

Don't blame us though if you find yourself humming it for the rest of the day.

Meet the 'new Messis' and 'the Russian Ronaldo'

Euro 2016

Euro 2016
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From Dele Alli to Anthony Martial, some of the Premier League's best young talent is heading for Euro 2016 and hoping for a chance to shine in France.

But which new faces from across Europe could be joining them in England next season?

While total unknowns are hard to find, there are bound to be some surprise stars who emerge this summer.

BBC Sport's TV and radio Euro 2016 commentators have picked out the 12 young non-Premier League players who are worth watching out for. See if you agree with their choices here.

Vote result

Who will be the top scorer from England, N Ireland, Rep Ireland, Wales at Euro 2016?

We asked which player from England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales would score the most goals at Euro 2016 and you have voted in your thousands.

The winner by a long way was England's Harry Kane with 47.5% of the vote.

The other notable options included 13.7% Gareth Bale (Wales), 9.5% Jamie Vardy (England), 6% Will Grigg (Northern Ireland), 5.6% Wayne Rooney (England), 5.5% Marcus Rashford (England), 4.9% Daniel Sturridge (England), 2.6% Shane Long (Republic of Ireland), with not much voting love for any of the other nine players.

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy
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Manchester United analysis


Simon Stone

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"Jose Mourinho has wasted no time in starting to reshape Manchester United’s squad. Less than two weeks after he was confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s successor, Mourinho has made his first signing in Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly.

"By giving Bailly a contract that could extend to six years, double the length of his own deal, Mourinho is showing huge faith in the former Villarreal man.

"And with a fee it is suggested could eventually rise to £30m, United are committed themselves to spending more than it cost them for their most expensive defender, Rio Ferdinand, who cost £29.1m."

Eric Bailly
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Hodgson relaxed


Pascal Chimbonda may have written England off, but Roy Hodgson looks like he does not have a care in the world and is having a great time in France.

This is him enjoying the sunshine earlier today.

Roy Hodgson
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England 'have no chance' of winning Euro 2016

Euro 2016

Pascal Chimbonda
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Ex-Wigan and Tottenham defender Pascal Chimbonda doesn't fancy England's chances much at Euro 2016. In fact, he thinks they have 'no chance' of winning the tournament.

He told BBC Radio 5 live: "England are good in the midfield, good at the front, but when you play in this competition you have to be strong at the back, and don’t concede many goals."

Chimbonda was part of France’s 2006 World Cup squad and he believes the host nation can win the tournament this time round. 

“If they don’t put too much pressure on them, I think they can win the cup," he added.