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Summary

  1. FA to ban players for diving
  2. Williams beats Konta in Italian Open third round
  3. Leicester v Tottenham (19:45 BST)
  4. Huddersfield beat Sheff Weds on penalties to reach the Championship play-off final
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday or text 81111

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By Matt Davis and Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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That's your lot today.

Have a good one all! Join us again for more of the same tomorrow!

Speaking of which, let's give them the last word today....

Follow the latest from that match from 18:45 BST here on the BBC Sport website with a very happy Gary Rose...

(He is a Terriers fan...)

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If the Foxes win tonight, they would have six consecutive home league victories for the first time since March 1966.

Full of interesting facts here...

Premier League action tonight...

Leicester City v Tottenham (19:45 BST)

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Leicester City central defenders Wes Morgan and Robert Huth will again miss out on Thursday because of respective hamstring and foot injuries.

Andy King is absent with a hamstring complaint and Danny Drinkwater and Nampalys Mendy remain unavailable.

Tottenham's Kieran Trippier is sidelined with concussion and fellow right-back Kyle Walker misses out with an ankle problem.

Mousa Dembele may be rested and Danny Rose has undergone knee surgery.

Nottingham Forest takeover: The Marinakis manifesto

Richard Conway

BBC Sports news correspondent

Marinakis spelt out his vision for Nottingham Forest earlier:

  • To return "stability" to a club with "huge potential" which "belongs to the elite of the Premier League" Will not make rash pledges, saying "I never give promises - I deliver"
  • Backs Mark Warburton and says he will work within EFL financial rules to support him in the transfer market
  • Will formulate a 'fans advisory body' and 'youth council' with a representative attending board meetings
  • Promises ticket price reductions to reward fan loyalty

*doffs imaginary cap to Geoff*

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Two-time European Cup winners Forest only escaped relegation to England's third tier on goal difference with a win on the final day of the season.

The new owner was previously accused of being involved in the bombing of a referee's bakery but faced no action.

Marinakis, who is heading a consortium with Greek businessman Socrates Kominakis, denies all the claims and has not faced any charges. He is waiting to find out whether a remaining case against him will proceed, but says: "I have nothing to be afraid of and to worry about as I have done nothing wrong."

The EFL has approved the deal after reviewing the business plan and applying the owners' and directors' test. They saw no reason to disqualify the prospective owners under the test. The EFL also asked Uefa for its views on Marianakis' ownership of Olympiakos and received a positive response.

Evangelos Marinakis buys Nottingham Forest with EFL approval

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Evangelos Marinakis buys Nottingham Forest with EFL approval
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Nottingham Forest have been bought by Greek shipping magnate Evangelos Marinakis after his takeover was passed by the English Football League (EFL).

The businessman and Olympiakos owner is facing accusations of match-fixing in Greece but has passed the EFL's owners' and directors' test.

Marinakis' buyout brings to an end Fawaz Al Hasawi's five-year reign in charge of the Championship club.

A previous takeover by a United States consortium fell through in January.

In an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, Marinakis said that allegations he is involved in a "criminal organisation" were invented by "jealous" opponents to "destroy" his success with the Greek champions.

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Some breaking Nottingham Forest news for you now...

Get Involved - Your views on the FA's diving ban

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Dietrich Jeffreys: The ban should continue to double up for every repeat offence at the very least.

Shane Daly: It's about time we have this ban. Allardyce is talking nonsense. Every club has players that dive.

Cactus Kash: Long overdue. I have always said that the only way to try and stamp out cheating is to give retrospective bans for diving.

Marshall goes pro - looks like she has challengers already...

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British two-time Olympian Savannah Marshall has turned professional and will be promoted by Floyd Mayweather.

Marshall became the first British woman to win World Championship gold when she took the 75kg title in 2012.

She appeared at London 2012 and Rio 2016, and becomes one of three female boxers at Mayweather Promotions.

The 25-year-old, who also won gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is the only woman to beat two-time Olympic champion Claressa Shields.

American Shields, 22, has two wins from two fights since turning pro.

Writing 13 days before Marshall officially joined the paid ranks, she tweeted: "Yes, yes, yes. Savannah Marshall has turned pro! The amateur brackets can't save her."

Permian wins the Dante Stakes

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

The 10-1 shot Permian, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by jockey Franny Norton, won today's Dante Stakes at York to earn a place in next month's Derby.

The colt, who beat Benbatl by three quarters of a length, isn't currently entered in the Epsom Classic, but can be added to the line-up at a cost of £85,000.

Errrrmmm.....

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Ronaldo: "Recovery session"...

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Meanwhile on the other side of Madrid...

Atletico Madrid's new stadium taking shape...

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Hope the hi-vis is not their new strip....

Visitando la que será nuestra nueva casa #ForzaAtleti 🔴⚪️

Visitando la que será nuestra nueva casa #ForzaAtleti 🔴⚪️

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This doesn't happen very often...

'Utter rubbish' - Allardyce on ban for diving

Fair to say Sam Allardyce is not on board with the FA's new rules on diving...

'Utter rubbish' Sam Allardyce on diving ban proposal

Makelele to join Swansea permanently

Swansea v West Brom (Sun, 15:00 BST)

Former France and Chelsea midfielder Claude Makelele is to become a permanent part of the Swansea City coaching staff.

The 44-year-old was brought in until the end of the season following Paul Clement's appointment in January but he is now set to sign a long-term deal.

"All the terms have been agreed, he just needs to sign. We are very happy Claude is gong to be staying on."

"He is very well liked by all the staff and the players here. He brings great experience of what it is like to play at a very high level.

"He has used that a lot with the players. He and all my backroom staff have been fantastic."

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Arsenal's Ozil should join PSG - Draxler

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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil should join Paris St-Germain, according to Germany team-mate Julian Draxler.

Ozil has just over a year left on his Arsenal contract, with manager Arsene Wenger saying talks with the 28-year-old were on hold until the summer.

Draxler, who said he turned down a move to the Premier League in favour of PSG in January, says Ozil would "enjoy life" in the French capital.

"I would love to play with him every day," Draxler told BBC World Service.

Mesut Ozil and Julian Draxler

Arsenal's Ozil should join PSG - Draxler

Julian Draxler says Germany team-mate Mesut Ozil should leave Arsenal and join him at Paris St-Germain.

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Griezmann would leave Atletico...for the NBA

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Antoine Griezmann will be a striker in demand this summer and has already been linked to Manchester United about 100 times already.

But the Frenchman says he would only leave Atletico Madrid to play alongside with the New York Knicks in America's NBA.

With his tongue, firmly in his cheek, he told told Cadena Ser's El Larguero: "I would only leave Atleti to play with Derrick Rose."

Rose is a point guard for the Knicks.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to the 39-year-old, who is still playing for Shanghai in the Chinese Super League.

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PAOK coach hit by bottle

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Four red cards, a mass brawl and a manager struck on the head by a bottle - little wonder then that Panathinaikos v PAOK Salonika was abandoned.

Panathinaikos led 1-0 in a play-off to secure a place in next season's Champions League.

On 55 minutes, with the sides each down to 10 men, a melee saw two more sent off.

Moments later, PAOK coach Vladimir Ivic fell to the ground after being hit by a bottle thrown by a fan and the game was halted before being abandoned.

The 40-year-old was struck on the right side of the head and received treatment in the dressing room at Stadio Apostolos Nikolaidis in Athens before having stitches in hospital.

This next story may sound like something from UFC but....

I've agreed Mayweather deal - McGregor

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"Let's go get some boxing ones now son," is the caption on this Instagram post from Conor McGregor.

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I've agreed Mayweather deal - McGregor

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UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor claims he has signed his half of a deal to fight former five-weight boxing world champion Floyd Mayweather.

There have been rumours of a proposed bout between the Irishman and Mayweather since late 2016 following McGregor's win over Eddie Alvarez to become a two-weight UFC world champion.

“The first and most important part of this historic contract has now officially been signed off on," McGregor, 28, told themaclife.com. "Congratulations to all parties involved."

He said the emphasis was now on 40-year-old American Mayweather and his advisor Al Haymon.

Williams beats Konta in Rome in three sets

Williams 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Konta

It's all over 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Venus Williams takes her bow to the relatively sparse Centre Court crowd - oh and a little twirl for good measure.

The stats seem to tell the story of the match - 15 unforced errors for the seven time grand slam champion - more than double that for Britain's Jo Konta - she made 32.

But Konta can take positives from the match - she played brilliantly, just not as well as Williams...

Get Involved - Your views on FA's diving ban

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The Muffinman: Great in principle but we have enough problems agreeing on dives etc. How will the FA get it right?!

Moon: 3 years too late .... easy solution, finally something to be done.

Nicola: Finally! Hopefully this puts players off cheating..But still need video technology too so it doesn't change games at the time.

Williams to serve for the match

Williams* 6-1, 3-6, 5-1 Konta

Venus Williams has reverted to the player she was in the first set here in Rome...

She leads 4-1 in the third - her coaching team giving it the full air-grab, fist bump treatment.

She has played sublimely and despite a lull in form in the second set, it looked like she had no intention of letting the British number one to out-play her today.

She takes a double break and serves for a place in the quarter final.

FA to punish players who dive retrospectively

A bit more information on the FA's new rule on diving:

"Players will be punished where the there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player’s team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed."

If found guilty the player would receive a two-game ban.

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BreakingPlayers who dive to face bans next season

Players who dive in English football will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations.

Under the new rules, passed by the governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday, a panel will review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation.

Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

Some breaking news from the FA's annual general meeting at Wembley coming next...

Reid has knee surgery

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West Ham's New Zealand defender Winston Reid has had knee surgery and will miss this summer's Confederations Cup in Russia.

Reid, who expects to be back for pre-season, said: “I’m done for the season as I’ve had an operation. I’ve struggled with it for the last six weeks and it hasn’t got any better, so it’s just been about managing the load, really."

Jo Konta takes it to a third set in Rome

Williams 6-1, 3-6 Konta

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She has done it. It looked like Williams would walk this but not on Konta's watch...

An outstanding performance from the Brit takes it to a third set.

Updates to come...

Konta breaks in second set

Williams 6-1, 3-5 Konta*

A few amazing back to back games from the Brit, upping her form when receiving the terrifying Williams serve and cleaning up her own.

Konta manages to create two break points but Williams refuses to give up that easily. She brings it back to deuce with a 113 mile per hour ace...

Almost immediately, the American makes two unforced errors to hand Konta another break point.

Ooof it appears that Konta's return is good but it is called long - an umpire overrule means they replay the point... But there was no question of the second. It's long from Williams and Konta takes the lead in the second set.

This is the contest we expected now.

'I could not force Rhodes to take pen'

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has defended striker Jordan Rhodes for not taking a penalty in his side's Championship play-off semi-final defeat by Huddersfield.

The Owls lost 4-3 on penalties after the tie finished 1-1 on aggregate, with Sam Hutchinson and Fernando Forestieri seeing efforts saved by Danny Ward.

"He said he did not feel confident," Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"The worst thing I could have done was force him to take one."

Terry to Swansea?

Swansea v West Brom (Sun, 15:00 BST)

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John Terry brings down the curtain down on his Chelsea career on Sunday after 19 years.

The 36-year-old says he could retire at the end of the season, but one man hoping he won't is his former coach and now Swansea manager Paul Clement.

Asked if signing Terry was a realistic possibility, Clement said: "I am not sure. We will have a conversation. I have known him a long time. But I do not know what his thinking is, whether he will carry on? There is talk it could be his last game or he could go on, whether here in the Premier League or abroad."