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  1. This is Wales' time to shine - Bale
  2. Gossip: Michy Batshuayi close to £33m Chelsea move
  3. Ibrahimovic Man Utd deal by end of the week
  4. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger linked with England manager job
  5. Southgate considered for interim role

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By Ian Woodcock and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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That's it from Sportsday for today.

Join Mike Henson, Caroline Chapman and Tom Fordyce for live text of Marcus Willis against Roger Federer here.

We'll be back tomorrow at 08:00 BST, hopefully with lots of reaction to one of the greatest tennis upsets of all time...

Willis is on court

World number 772 Marcus Willis is on court ready for his match against Roger Federer.

Both players were given an absolutely tremendous reception when they walked out for this David v Goliath match.

You can follow the match here.

England's footballers are probably hoping Willis can pull off the biggest sporting shock of the week...

Lawro predicts Ronaldo misery

Cristiano Ronaldo
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Mark Lawrenson has done his predictions for the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

Amongst his predictions, he fancies Poland to end Portugal's tournament.

See the rest of his predictions here.

Shoes off for Willis

Wimbledon 2016: Marcus Willis fans give supporters guide

Novak Djokovic made hard work of the third set against Adrian Mannarino but victory in a third-set tie-break means he has now won 30 consecutive Grand Slam matches.

Marcus Willis, world number 772, has one tour win in his career and is now about to take on Roger Federer on centre court.

If you were wondering, Federer has won 1076 matches.

Now's the time to slip your shoes off and get behind the Briton.

On this day...


2009: Wimbledon's new Centre Court roof was used in a match at the tournament for the first time after rain interrupted the clash between Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo.

Coincidentally, rain today means there's still no play on the outside courts.

Dinara Safina and Amelie Mauresmo on centre court at Wimbledon
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Willis's big moment approaches...

Wimbledon 2016: Roger Federer v Marcus Willis - Two worlds collide

It's currently 5-5 in the third set between Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.

Djokovic is two sets to love up but just served three double faults to fail close out the third.

Next up on centre court it's British world number 772 Marcus Willis against 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer.

Fuchs on retirement


Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs has tweeted this after retiring from international football.

The 30-year-old decided to quit after Austria were knocked out in the group stage of Euro 2016.

It was an honour to play for & lead my country. Thanks to the staff, my teammates & the fans for their support 🇦🇹

It was an honour to play for & lead my country. Thanks to the staff, my teammates & the fans for their support 🇦🇹

Lynch joins QPR


QPR have signed Huddersfield Town defender Joel Lynch for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year deal with the Loftus Road side.

Presumably he's happier about the move than this picture would suggest...

Joel Lynch
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'Is English football beyond redemption after embarrassing exit?'

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That's the question BBC Sport reporter Richard Conway is asking.

Conway says: "Losing to one of the smallest nations in world football represents a new low for England."

You can read his piece here.

'Krychowiak to join PSG for £33m'

Latest gossip

Grzegorz Krychowiak

Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak is set to move to French champions Paris St-Germain from Spanish side Sevilla for 40 million euros (£33m), according to media reports in Spain and Poland.

The deal, if confirmed, will make the 26-year-old, who is currently at Euro 2016, the most expensive Polish player. 

Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo said the main terms of the contract have been agreed. 

The midfielder who has previously played in Ligue 1 with Bordeaux, Reims and Nantes, will be reuniting with former Sevilla boss Unai Emery.

A Question of Sport Teaser

Did you get the answers to our Question of Sport teaser from earlier?

We asked which four players whose surnames begin with 'B' scored in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

The answers? Belgium's Michy Batshuayi, Poland's Jakub Blaszczykowski, Germany's Jerome Boateng and the Republic of Ireland's Robbie Brady.

'Wales' time to shine'


Gareth Bale
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More now from the Gareth Bale news conference we brought you earlier. 

The Wales forward says his side have lifted their game "to another level" from their last meeting with Belgium in qualifying for Euro 2016.

"This is our time to shine. We're the only home nation left in the competition, which is an amazing achievement in itself," he said.

You can read more from Bale here.

Italy 'can do something really huge'

Italy v Germany, Euro 2016 QF (Saturday, 20:00 BST)

Alessandro Florenzi

Alessandro Florenzi believes Italy "can do something really huge" as they prepare to face Germany in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday.

The Italians have looked one of the most impressive sides so far in France and beat holders Spain 2-0 in the round of 16.

"For some games, you don't even need to motivate yourself – it comes naturally. It will be the same against Germany," said Florenzi.

"They're world champions and they have confidence. We're slowly building our confidence levels.  

"We’ve got to find Germany deficits - there are not many of them, but it's not words now that matter, but what we say on the field."  

'Conte is only tame when he sleeps'

Italy v Germany, Euro 2016 QF (Saturday, 20:00 BST)

Antonio Conte
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Chelsea's players could be in for a shock when they return for pre-season training under incoming manager Antonio Conte, judging by the words of Italy's Alessandro Florenzi.

Conte has steered the Italians to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, where they will face Germany on Saturday.

Florenzi, who can play in defence or midfield, told "Conte is only tame when he sleeps."  

He should keep us all entertained...

Taylor critical of golf pull-outs

Rio 2016

London 2012 gold medalist Katie Taylor has questioned the motives of golfers who have pulled out of the Rio Olympics citing the Zika virus.

The Irish boxer tweeted: "I wonder what excuse they would have made if there was no virus," after world number one Jason Day became the latest to opt out.

"More chance of him getting killed by a spider in Australia than getting infected by the Zika virus."

Rory McIlroy and Shane Lowry, who were due to compete for Ireland, are among a number of players to withdraw. 

Katie Taylor
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Water, water, everywhere

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Bad news from both the cricket and tennis as the British summer refuses to play ball.

Rain has stopped play at The Oval where Sri Lanka are 127-1.

All the courts at Wimbledon are currently inactive apart from centre court, where Novak Djokovic has just gone one set up against Adrian Mannarino.

Law returns to Bradford

Bradford City have re-signed midfielder Nicky Law on a two-year deal.

Law, 28, who has had two loan stints at Valley Parade, rejoins the Bantams after spells with Motherwell and Rangers.

'Batshuayi set for £33m Chelsea move'

Latest gossip

Michy Batshuayi

Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi is set to join Chelsea from Ligue 1 club Marseille, reports French sports daily L'Equipe. 

The 22-year-old is expected to sign a five-year contract for the Premier League side for a fee of 40 million euros (£33m). 

Marseille had reached a deal with another Premier League club, Crystal Palace, earlier this week but Batshuayi turned down the offer, L'Equipe claimed. 

Batshuayi, who joined Marseille from Belgian side Standard Liege in 2014, scored 23 goals in all competitions this season. 

'Are you sure you're not afraid?'


Novak Djokovic interrupts Grigor Dimitrov press conference

Turns out Novak Djokovic 's timing is exceptional on and off court.

The world number one just happened to interrupt Grigor Dimitrov's press conference just after the Bulgarian had insisted he "wasn't afraid of anyone".

Europe going in One Direction

Ryder Cup

One Direction's Niall Horan really loves sport, doesn't he?

Now he's an ambassador for the European Ryder Cup team as they attempt to defend the trophy against USA this autumn.

Delighted to welcome my friend @niallofficial to Team Europe as one of our ambassadors for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Delighted to welcome my friend @niallofficial to Team Europe as one of our ambassadors for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

'Newcastle close to signing £10m Gayle'


Dwight Gayle
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Newcastle United are close to signing striker Dwight Gayle from Premier League side Crystal Palace after agreeing terms, BBC Newcastle reports.

Gayle, 25, will undergo a medical with the Championship club, managed by Rafa Benitez, and it is believed they would pay a fee of about £10m.

He has scored 26 goals in 74 games for Palace following a £6m move from Peterborough United in July 2013.

The Magpies signed Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent on Wednesday.

'Sloppy' Iceland annoy Lagerback...

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... By being late for dinner.

Iceland's co-coach Lars Lagerback is not letting standards slip in the wake of his team's 2-1 victory over England, and has even criticised some of his players for turning up late for dinner.

Lagerback said: "It was a little sloppy yesterday in that a few of the guys were late to dinner. It's not a big thing. Normally we don't care if it's not a very long time, we're quite flexible.''

Lagerback said his team has to keep the focus and not get carried away by Monday's win, which ranks as one of the biggest surprises in European Championship history.

Iceland meets France in a quarterfinal on Sunday at the Stade de France.

'Sigurdsson chased by Spurs & Leicester'


Ragnar Sigurdsson

Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson, who scored the equaliser in the 2-1 defeat of England at Euro 2016 on Monday.  

Read the Guardian story here.

Some sympathy for Joe Hart

No, not that one.

British comedian Joe Hart has faced a huge amount of criticism on Twitter after his namesake was at fault for Iceland's second goal on Monday.

You can watch him talking about his sorry predicament with BBC trending here.

'Bilic would not be interested in England'

England manager search

Slaven Bilic

West Ham co-chairman David Gold says manager Slaven Bilicwould not be interested in becoming England coach.

Bilic, 47, has been in charge at West Ham since last summer, and guided them to seventh place in the Premier League.

He coached Croatia from 2006 to 2012.

But Gold said: "I don't believe he would be the slightest bit interested in taking on England. I don't believe either the FA will come for him, as they have been down the foreign manager route and it hasn't worked.

"England is simply not part of Slaven's mission. We have backed him 100% and he us - our commitment to each other is total."

Ake joins Bournemouth


Chelsea defender Nathan Ake has joined Bournemouth on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old made 24 appearances while on loan at Watford last season.

“For a player of his age he already has great experience in the Premier League and we believe he will bring a lot to our squad," chief executive Neil Blake told the club website.

“He is an international player with great pedigree, so we are really excited to have him join us for the upcoming season.”

Hughes for England?

England manager search

Meanwhile, Daily Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward believes there is a Welshman who should be considered for the England managerial position...

Surprised Mark Hughes hasn't been mentioned as a possible England manager. International experience, mostly good club record, tough, clear.

Gareth Bale news conference

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

Gareth Bale

Gareth Bale is asked about the impact Wales boss Chris Coleman has had on the team.

"Since he's put his own stamp on the team's he been incredible, his preparation is second to none," Bale says.

"For me, he's been absolutely incredible and, hopefully, he can keep continuing the rise and we can keep going in this competition.

"With our team spirit, it's like being with your mates and being on holiday. Doing quizzes all the time, playing games. The fact we all enjoy spending time with each other, it helps with the down time." 

Gareth Bale news conference

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

More from Gareth Bale:

"I think Iceland have been a breath of fresh air and so have we.

"I've said if you go out and enjoy your football then you will play better and get better results."

Gareth Bale news conference

Gareth Bale was asked about his thoughts on being the last home nation side left in Euro 2016.

Chris Coleman's side knocked Northern Ireland out in the last round and were seen celebrating England's defeat by Iceland on Monday.

"I'm very happy we're the last home nation left. It's our time to shine," he said.

"The game against Northern Ireland was very ugly but to win and play badly is good.

"We've already got one over England."

Gareth Bale and Aaron ramsey

Gareth Bale news conference

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

More from Wales forward Gareth Bale:

"Every day now is important, leading up to the biggest game for us.

"We have our reasons for staying behind closed doors. Ashley [Williams] took part in most of training today so he's OK.

"We're used to teams trying to predict the way we're going to play but we have our own game-plan and identity."

Bale is asked about Belgium apparently expecting to beat Wales.

"We don't need extra motivation at all - they are a very good team and their goal is to win the Euros.

"It's completely their opinion and we're happy with that. 

"We've beaten them before and we're happy with that."

Gareth Bale news conference

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

Wales forward Gareth Bale has said that Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium is the country's biggest match since 1958.

Wales reached the last eight of the World Cup in Sweden.

"It's definitely the biggest game in Welsh football since then," Bale said

"We want to enjoy the occasion and take ti all in and hopefully get through to the semis."

Bournemouth sign Chelsea defender Ake


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Bournemouth have signed Chelsea defender Nathan Ake on a season-long loan deal.  

Wales news conference coming up

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

Gareth Bale is the man due to face the media after training earlier today in preparation for Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium in Paris...

The Wales boys were training hard this morning as preparations continue for the #WALBEL #Euro2016 Quarter-Final #WAL
The Wales boys were training hard this morning as preparations continue for the #WALBEL #Euro2016 Quarter-Final #WAL
The Wales boys were training hard this morning as preparations continue for the #WALBEL #Euro2016 Quarter-Final #WAL
The Wales boys were training hard this morning as preparations continue for the #WALBEL #Euro2016 Quarter-Final #WAL

The Wales boys were training hard this morning as preparations continue for the #WALBEL #Euro2016 Quarter-Final #WAL

England claim early wicket


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England have made an early breakthrough in the fourth one-day international against Sri Lanka, with Kusal Perera run out by Jonny Bairstow for one.

The tourists are 43-1 after six overs at The Oval.

England lead the five-match series 1-0.

Follow our live text commentary with highlights here.

Pearson leaves Motherwell for India

Stephen Pearson
Stephen Pearson

Motherwell veteran Stephen Pearson leaves the club to join Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata.

Stephen Pearson

Pearson leaves Motherwell for India

Motherwell veteran Stephen Pearson leaves the club to join Indian Super League side Atlético de Kolkata.

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Bale in the spotlight - again

Wales v Belgium, Euro 2016 QF (Friday, 20:00 BST)

Dafydd Pritchard

BBC Sport Wales in Dinard, France

Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

Another day, another Gareth Bale interview.

Wales' talisman seems to have loved every minute of his country's Euro 2016 campaign - and that would appear to even include his media duties.

Today will be the fifth time the Real Madrid forward appears for a pre-match media conference, with Friday's quarter-final against Belgium top of the agenda.

It starts at 13:30 BST, and we'll have the latest on here.

Zlatan Man Utd deal close


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Zlatan Ibrahimovic should complete his long-anticipated move to Manchester United by the end of the week.

The Swedish striker is a free agent after leaving Paris St-Germain and is expected to sign a one-year deal.

Ibrahimovic, 34, removed the final barrier to his switch to the Premier League when he said he did not wish to be considered for Olympic duty following Sweden's exit from Euro 2016.

It will be his first spell in England after winning titles in four countries.

Federer 1,076 wins, Willis 1

Wimbledon 2016

We've already mentioned the contrast between 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and world number 772 Marcus Willis, who meet in the second round of Wimbledon later.

Here's another one, courtesy of BBC commentator Annabel Croft: Federer's Tour-level record is 1076-244. Willis' is 1-0.

Funny comparison in Win/loss ratio. 1076 wins for @rogerfederer Vs 1 for Willis. Most importantly 0 losses haha

Funny comparison in Win/loss ratio. 1076 wins for @rogerfederer Vs 1 for Willis. Most importantly 0 losses haha

Injured Smith to miss Olympics

Rio 2016

British weightlifter Zoe Smith will miss the Rio Olympics in August with a shoulder injury that requires surgery.

The Commonwealth champion was hurt during the British Championships earlier this month.

"It would be an understatement to say I'm disappointed not to be going to Rio," she said.

"I've been struggling with injury since the beginning of the year which has seriously hindered (and eventually ended) my road to Rio, so although I'd obviously rather be competing, I'm glad I can give myself the break from competing that my body clearly needs."

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