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  1. Wales squad 'are like brothers', says Bale
  2. Euro 2016 starts tomorrow
  3. Farrell preferred to Ford at fly-half for England's first Test against Australia
  4. GET INVOLVED: #bbcsportsday

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By Neil Johnston and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Thursday's Sportsday.

Many thanks for your company - especially those who sent us your football chants. We're back again on Friday at 08:00 BST for all the build-up to the start of Euro 2016.

Who's excited?

BreakingNadal out of Wimbledon


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Rafael Nadal will miss this summer's Wimbledon because of a wrist injury.

The Spaniard had to withdraw from the French Open after sustaining the injury in a second-round match.

A statement said Nadal's left wrist will continue to be 'immobilised' for two weeks.

"After that the player will start an anti inflammatory rehabilitation and physiotherapy based treatment once the cast is removed," the statement added.

England pass 200

We're coming to an end on Sportsday but don't forget we have live text commentary from Lord's as England face Sri Lanka in the third and final Test. England are currently 218-5.

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Tributes to Hamza Ali


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Hampshire all-rounder Gareth Berg has called young fast bowler Hamza Ali "100% committed as a bowler and player". 

Berg captained the seamer, who died aged 20, in a number of games this season.

"I haven't seen many trialists like him at his age that knew exactly what he wanted to do with the ball," Berg told BBC Radio Solent. 

"He delivered it 99% of the time in the games I captained. He was always listening to you and soaked it up like a sponge when you gave him any feedback.

"He was a talented cricketer and I was really hoping good things would come to him."

Bristol City sign O'Neil from Norwich


Gary O'Neil
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Midfielder Gary O'Neil signs for Championship club Bristol City on a free transfer from recently relegated Norwich City.

Watch the BBC's opening titles


Only one day to go. Only one day to go!

And now you can have a look at BBC's opening titles that will be shown on all of our programmes during the Euro 2016 tournament. Enjoy.

Euro 2016: Opening titles to the UEFA tournament in France

Bale says Wales are no one-man team

Euro 2016

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Dinard, France

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Wales are often described as a one-man team. When you consider Gareth Bale scored seven and assisted two of their 11 goals in qualifying for Euro 2016, you can see why there would be such claims.

But the 26-year-old offered a firm rebuttal on Thursday , saying the brotherly bond in the Wales squad means they are not overly-reliant on their talismanic forward.

'Every manager wants Defoe'

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on striker Jermain Defoe extending his contract until 2019: "Jermain is one of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the Premier League and is a player that every manager would want to have in their team."

Allardyce tells the club's website: "He proved that beyond doubt last season by scoring 15 league goals, he is in fantastic physical condition and we are very pleased that we have been able to extend his stay with us.”

England v Sri Lanka third Test update


England are currently 182-5, with Jonny Bairstow moving past 50, after captain Alastair Cook earlier made 85.

But, as you can see in this clip, Bairstow is living dangerously and was nearly run out.

Jonny Bairstow is nearly run-out

Follow our full live text commentary, including action clips, here.

BreakingDefoe signs new Sunderland deal

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Sunderland forward Jermain Defoe, 33, signs new contract extension until 2019.

Winning start for France?

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National security threats, accusations of racism, sex-tape blackmail plots involving star players, late injuries to key squad members… it is fair to say the build-up to Euro 2016 has not gone exactly to plan for France coach Didier Deschamps.

Click here for a full preview of France v Romania in the opening game of Euro 2016

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Make up and send us your football chants

We asked for your new chants. Well Jonathan Chirnside has gone even further with a whole song dedicated to Northern Ireland. 

Good effort. But just why do you have a picture of former Scotland manager Craig Brown on your guitar?

Here's Jonny...

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On the road to Euro 2016

Euro 2016


Thousands of Northern Ireland fans are on their way to France for Euro 2016.

But how are they getting there?

Lee Brooks and his five friends have set off in a revamped second-hand caravan which includes a tribute to Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg, who plays for Wigan Athletic.

"I am a chef, that's why I ripped out the cooker," he says. "I don't want to cook on holiday, I feel I'm already doing enough with the driving."

Read more about how Northern Ireland's fans are making their way to France

Live rowing chat now


Our reporter Alistair Magowan has been at the announcement of the British rowing squad for this summer's Olympics.

Now you can watch him talk to several members of the squad, who will be discussing their chances of glory in Rio and answering your questions.

Click here to watch, via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Helen Glover
Will Helen Glover be able to win another Olympic medal? Well, why not ask her and see what she thinks.

'Can't wait to get back to work'

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has a message for his fans after agreeing a new one-year deal with the club.

Can't wait to get back to work.. 1 more year for this great club and hopefully more of this !!!

Can't wait to get back to work.. 1 more year for this great club and hopefully more of this !!!

'Big question marks'

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"England are a funny batting side - they've got two world-class players in Cook and Root, but deep down they know that two, three and five are a wobble," says Geoffrey Boycott on BBC Test Match Special. "There are big question marks." 

England are 165-5 at tea on the first day of the third Test against Sri Lanka.

Click here for live text commentary of the action at Lord's

Durrant to leave Rangers

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Ian Durrant is to end his long association with Rangers as part of a coaching reshuffle.

He spent last season in charge of the Under-20 development squad, but will not return for the start of pre-season training. Durrant spent 14 years as a player at Rangers, before returning as a coach in 2005.

Gibson signs new Everton deal

No manager but Everton announce midfielder Darron Gibson has extended his contract until 2018.

NEWS ALERT! @D_gibson4 has extended his contract by two years to 2018. #EFC.

NEWS ALERT! @D_gibson4 has extended his contract by two years to 2018. #EFC.

'Few steps to go'

Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport

"So no Katherine Grainger or Vicky Thornley in the GB announcement.

"But performance director Sir David Tanner said its his "confident intention" to get them back in their women's double sculls boat for Rio despite their poor form this season.  "Cryptically, he also said there were a "few steps to go" but added that the decision was only made on the same day as the team announcement, so the fact they were not included was more down to a timing issue after they tested to try and make the women's eight crew on Monday."

Glover & Gregory join rowing chiefs as 44 of 47 rowers announced. No Grainger or Thornley "decision in due course"

Glover & Gregory join rowing chiefs as 44 of 47 rowers announced. No Grainger or Thornley "decision in due course"

Performance chief Sir David Tanner says its a "confident intention" to get Grainger & Thornley back in women's double after missing out on 8

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Alistair Magowan

Juanmi joins Real Sociedad

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Southampton announce forward Juanmi has completed a permanent move to Real Sociedad for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old signed for Saints last summer from Malaga but did not make a Premier League start.

'Carrick an intelligent player'

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is delighted Michael Carrick has signed a new one-year contract extension.

"Michael is a very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game," Mourinho tells the club's website.

"I am pleased that he will be extending his contract. His form this year shows his ability and his enjoyment of the game are as strong as ever. 

"Michael has a wealth of experience from his many years at the club and that knowledge will be invaluable to me. I am really looking forward to working with him."

'Man Utd part of my life'

Michael Carrick on signing a new one-year contract extension tells Manchester United's website: "This great club has been a part of my life for the past 10 years, so I am delighted that this incredible journey is continuing. 

"It’s great to have the opportunity to work under Jose Mourinho, who has achieved so much during his managerial career.

"I would like to thank the fans for their unwavering support. Winning the FA Cup was a special moment and, hopefully, we can go on to win more trophies in the future."

BreakingCarrick agrees new Man Utd deal

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Manchester United announce midfielder Michael Carrick has agreed terms to extend his contract to June 2017.

Grainger faces Olympic wait

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Katherine Grainger is being made to wait before learning whether or not she will be selected for her fifth Olympic Games.

The British Olympic Association has announced the names of 43 of the 47 rowers to compete for Team GB in Rio in August.

Grainger, who at London 2012 claimed a first Olympic gold at the fourth attempt after silvers in three prior Games, was seeking selection in the women's double scull with Vicky Thornley but the names to compete in that boat are still to be confirmed.

The names of two spares are also to be announced.

Evans' promise to brother

Euro 2016

Lyle Jackson

BBC Sport NI in France

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If Jonny Evans scores against Poland on Sunday, brother Corry promises to be watching this time. The 28-year-old West Brom defender’s only international goal came against the Poles in a World Cup qualifier in Belfast in 2009.

“I was at that match at Windsor Park, but missed Jonny’s goal because I had gone to the toilet,” said Corry, a 25-year-old Blackburn Rovers midfielder who is also in the NI squad at Euro 2016.

“I had to queue up and heard the big cheer. People were saying Jonny Evans had scored and I was gutted I’d missed it.”


Katherine Grainger left out of initial Great Britain rowing squad for the 2016 Olympics. The final seats in the open women’s double scull, women’s spare and lightweight spare to be named in due course.

Back to school

Euro 2016


Pupils from Whitchurch High School in Cardiff - Gareth Bale's former school - ask the Wales forward questions at a news conference from the team's Euro 2016 base in Dinard.

From Bradford to Bolton?

BREAKING: Phil Parkinson will be unveiled as the new Bolton Wanderers manager tomorrow afternoon at the Macron.

BREAKING: Phil Parkinson will be unveiled as the new Bolton Wanderers manager tomorrow afternoon at the Macron.

Konta out of Nottingham Open

Delyth Lloyd

Reporter, BBC Sport

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"Johanna Konta has been knocked out of the Nottingham Open in the second round. The British number one lost in straight sets to Saisai Zheng of China 6-4 7-5 in two hours.

"It leaves qualifier Tara Moore as the only Brit left. She takes on Christina McHale later."    

Wickets tumble at Lord's

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"England have now lost their first four wickets before reaching 100 in five of their last seven innings."  

England 113-4 against Sri Lanka at Lord's

Click here for live text commentary

Bristol City sign O'Neil

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Bristol City announce the signing of midfielder Gary O'Neil, 33, from Norwich City.

Koeman announcement delayed

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Ronald Koeman's official appointment as Everton manager is set to be delayed until next week, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Echo says "practical issues over finalising contracts" have arisen due to the 53-year-old Southampton boss being away on holiday.

Ban a 'powerful' message

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More from the fall out of Maria Sharapova's two-year drugs ban.

According to former Great Britain Fed Cup captain Judy Murray, the suspension has sent a "powerful message" to drug cheats.

Read more here

Vote result

Who will be the top goalscorer at Euro 2016?

We asked for you to vote on who will be the top goalscorer at Euro 2016.

The results are in and the clear winner is Germany's Thomas Muller, who collected 29.8% of the vote.

The top six were...

1. Thomas Muller (Germany) 29.8%

2. Antoine Griezmann (France) 15.9%

3. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) 9.5%

4. Olivier Giroud (France) 8.9%

5. Harry Kane (England) 8.3%

6. Robert Lewandowski (Poland) 8.1%

Out of our 12 options, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) came last with only 2.1% of the vote. He won't like that.

Thanks to everyone who voted.

Bolton set to name new boss

Jack Dearden

BBC Radio Manchester

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"Bolton Wanderers have called a news conference for noon Friday to reveal the identity of their new manager.

"The leading contenders are Steve Cotterill and Nigel Adkins while the odds on former Bury player Phil Parkinson taking charge have reduced dramatically in the last 24 hours.

"However Bolton have always insisted they won't - or can't - pay compensation to another club, and Parkinson is currently employed by Bradford City”

Will we see Grainger or Thornley?


Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport

"Olympic double sculls champion Katherine Grainger and partner Vicky Thornley, who have been struggling this season and missed on a place in the GB Rowing eight crew this week, were not present at the morning rowing session for assembled media at Caversham.

"The news conference announcing the squad for Rio is at 14:30 BST, with all crews expected to be present. Will we see Grainger and Thornley or will they be kept out of the limelight?"

'This is one of my dreams'

Euro 2016

Some good quotes from Gareth Bale, who says: "It was one of my dreams to qualify. To be here now we have to take it all in and give 100%."

Asked if this Welsh team is the golden generation, Bale adds: "We just want to get on the football pitch and give the best we can. It's up to the media what they call us."

'We are like brothers'

Euro 2016

"We don't just want to be here to make up the numbers," says Gareth Bale on Wales' first appearance at a European Championship.

"The Welsh side here...we are like brothers. We want to enjoy it and when you enjoy your football you play your best."

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'Our security has been amazing'

Euro 2016

Gareth Bale has been asked about security surrounding Euro 2016.

"Obviously what went on in Paris is not very nice," he replies. "You can't let these things stop your life.

"Since we have been here we have felt comfortable. We've had no problems. The French authorities have been amazing and our own security has been amazing."