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Solomona expected to be fit for England

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Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona is "expected to be fit" for England's tour to Argentina, says head coach Eddie Jones.

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Meet Buffon's hero

Juventus v Real Madrid (Saturday, 19:45 BST)

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The man who inspired Gianluigi Buffon to be a keeper has told Sport Today the Juventus number one has to treat Saturday's Champions League final as just another game.

Former Cameroon International Thomas N'Kono was Buffon's hero as a child.

Buffon decided to move from midfield to going in goal after watching N'Kono play for Cameroon at Italia 90 & he even called his first son Louis Thomas after him.

So how does N'Kono feel about being Buffon's hero?

Have a listen here.

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Nicest person in sport: Ex Man Utd/Chelsea/N Ireland pro Mal Donaghy. He once knocked me off the ball in a charity match. I shouted "it's alright for you Donaghy, you've won 90 caps!!" He stopped, trapped the ball under his foot, turned around and shouted "91!" Legend.

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Del Potro comforts injured opponent



Talking of Juan Martin del Potro....

The Argentine consoled his opponent Nicolas Almagro after the Spaniard quit their second round match in tears with a knee injury.

Del Potro helped a sobbing Almagro from the court and will now face Britain's Andy Murray in the third round.

Del Potro is playing in his first French Open since 2012 having suffered a series of injuries.

"I wish you a speedy recovery. I can imagine what you are feeling. Strength," he tweeted.

Edmund beats Olivo

Edmund 7-5 6-3 6-1 Olivo

And Murray, who faces Juan Martin Del Potro in round three, is being followed by another Brit...

Kyle Edmund is also through after beating Renzo Olivo in straight sets.

Murray through to third round

Murray 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-2 7-6 (7-3) Klizan

Andy Murray is through to third round of the French Open, he's beaten Martin Klizan in four sets at Roland Garros.

Follow all the reaction to his win here.

'The club has not been run as it should have'

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Incoming Nottingham Forest chairman Nicholas Randall has described the current state of the club as "not fit for purpose" in an open letter to fans.

The sports lawyer has accepted an offer from new Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis to take up the position at the City Ground.

In the letter, Randall said: "We know that the necessary infrastructure is not in place to take the club forward.

"It is clear to any outsider the club has not been run as it should have."

Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup remains on track

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Irish Rugby chief Philip Browne says Ireland's 2023 Rugby World Cup bid is on track despite the revelation that new government legislation is required.

The Republic's Minister for Sport Shane Ross said on Wednesday that a bill needed to be rushed through before the Irish parliament's summer recess.

This is following financial guarantees sought by World Rugby but IRFU chief executive Browne played down the issue.

"We're going to deliver a unique event full of atmosphere," insisted Browne.

As cool as the St Petersburg winter...


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Russia's Zenit St Petersburg have appointed ex-Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini as their new head coach on an initial three-year contract.

The former Italy forward, 52, replaces Mircea Lucescu who was sacked last week after one season in charge.

Zenit finished third in the Russian Premier League club and missed out on Champions League qualification.

Mancini, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City in 2012, most recently managed Inter Milan.

The Italian, who left Inter by mutual agreement in 2016, has the option of extending his contract at Zenit for a further two years.

'Home Run Derby' at Hyde Park



Major League Baseball will host a 4 July party in London, with a full takeover of the British Summer Time Hyde Park music festival site that culminates in a 'Home Run Derby'.

Boston Red Sox and LA Dodgers will battle it out to score the most home runs against the clock.

“This represents an exciting statement of intent for Major League Baseball in Europe,” said Charlie Hill, managing director of MLB Europe.

The Home Run Derby is traditionally a feature of MLB’s All-Star Weekend.

The MLB has been in talks over playing matches in London.

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2009: Chelsea confirmed Carlo Ancelotti as their new manager.

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Horse trainer's yard closes after equine herpes case found

Trainer Kevin Ryan has been suspended from running horses after a case of equine herpes was found at his yard.

Only one case has been discovered in Ryan's string but the yard near Thirsk has been placed under quarantine by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

The nearby stables of trainers Bryan Smart and Michael Herrington have also been quarantined as a precaution.

The BHA said they are working with Ryan and staff to ensure the correct disease control measures are in place.

The equine herpes virus can cause respiratory disease and abort foetuses, while a less common neurological form of the virus can cause co-ordination problems and paralysis, and is potentially fatal.

Pakistan & Afghanistan matches cancelled


The proposed matches between Afghanistan and Pakistan have been cancelled in acrimonious circumstances
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A series of proposed fixtures between Pakistan and Afghanistan have been cancelled in acrimonious circumstances after a bomb attack in Kabul.

Afghanistan's intelligence agency blamed Wednesday's attack on militants allegedly backed by Islamabad.

An Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) statement it could not agree to play against "a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens".

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later accused the ACB of "playing politics".

England get Mexico in last eight

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England Under-20s get Mexico in the quarter-finals.

Everton teenager Ademola Lookman scored either side of half-time for Paul Simpson's side as they beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the last 16.

'Hand of God' assistant dies, aged 80


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Bulgarian Bogdan Dochev, the assistant referee who failed to notice Diego Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal during the 1986 World Cup match between Argentina and England, has died at the age of 80, the Bulgarian Football Union said.

Argentina won the quarter-final 2-1, with Maradona producing two of the most talked about goals in the history of football - the first a handballed effort, the second dribbling past five England players in a brilliant solo effort.

Following the handball, TV images showed Tunisian referee Ali Bin Nasser running slowly backwards towards the centre of the pitch and looking at Dochev.

The Bulgarian, however, did not wave his flag.

"Although I felt immediately there was something irregular, back in that time Fifa didn't allow the assistants to discuss the decisions with the referee," Dochev told Bulgarian media a few years ago.

'These are special times'

Mike Costello

BBC boxing correspondent at Bramall Lane

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Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko took us back to heavyweight heaven.

Tony Bellew and David Haye stirred emotions ranging from admiration to disgust.

Then, last weekend, it was the turn of Errol Spence and Kell Brook to extend a mind-blowing three-month spell that has catapulted boxing back into Britain's sporting mainstream.

An edition of 'Desert Island Rounds' could include one from each of those three fights which, between them, attracted crowds of about 135,000.

These are special times, and at no point since the emergence of satellite and cable TV almost three decades ago has boxing in this country flourished to such a degree.

Read on here.

Leicester confirm signings

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Leicester have announced the signing of Tonga international back-row forward Sione Kalamafoni from their Aviva Premiership rivals Gloucester.

The 29-year-old, who spent five seasons with Gloucester, has played in two World Cup tournaments.

The Tigers also confirmed the signings of Yorkshire Carnegie pair Joe Ford and Jonah Holmes.

Fly-half Ford will link up with his brother - England number 10 George - at Welford Road next season while prolific try-scorer Holmes, who has played wing, full-back and scrum-half, also heads to the east midlands.

Wawrinka through at Roland Garros



Third seed and 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka has reached the French Open last 32 on Thursday with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win over Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.

Wawrinka will face either Fabio Fognini or Andreas Seppi, both from Italy, for a place in the fourth round.

Murray wins back-to-back sets

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Andy Murray has turned in round of 64 clash with Martin Klizan around, he won successive sets 6-2 6-2 after losing the opener to the world number 50.

Kyle Edmund is also under way at the French Open, he leads Renzo Olivo 5-3.

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2012: Brendan Rodgers was confirmed as the new manager of Liverpool.

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England lose an early wicket as Jason Roy is caught by Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman during the opening match of the Champions Trophy at The Oval.

'Choir practice harder than line-outs'

Second row Alun Wyn Jones is on his third tour with the British and Irish Lions but admit he still find some of it tough.

"Choir practice is harder than learning line-out calls," he tells a media conference in Auckland.

Alun Wyn Jones: Choir practice harder than line-outs

Is Bale finished at Real Madrid?

Juventus v Real Madrid (Saturday, 19:45 BST)

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Real Madrid are playing in the Champions League final in Cardiff on Saturday - but Gareth Bale looks set to miss out against Juventus in his home city.

Wales forward Bale has been out with a calf injury for the past six weeks and, although he has now returned to full training, the former Tottenham player admitted he has not fully recovered from an ankle operation earlier in the season - and he also believes that caused the latest problem.

With the team's other 10 places more or less set in stone, the debate about whether Bale or Isco should be named in Zinedine Zidane's starting line-up has been the talking point in Spain in the build-up to Saturday's final, in which Real could complete their first league and European double since 1958.

And more significantly, it has become much more than a debate about this game, with Bale's longer-term future at the Bernabeu under more scrutiny than at any other time since he arrived from Tottenham for a world-record fee four years ago.

Andy West looks at whether Bale's time in Madrid is coming to an end.

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I once shared a cab with Vijay Singh- he paid the fare and in return i shared with him some grapes!


Some lovely tales, keep them coming...

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Rory Delap - despite never having met me (I worked with his sister) he offered me tickets to the Derby vs Chelsea game. I asked whether he'd mind if my best friend (Chelsea fan) and his disabled son (Derby fan) could have them instead and he said "no problem". Not only did he give them tickets, he collected them and took them to Pride Park, gave them a tour, got them into the players lounge afterwards and presented Joe (the son) with his shirt, signed by all the players. It probably helped that Derby had won and he'd scored two! Absolutely top man.


Get the kids into cricket this summer


Children taking part in an All Stars Cricket session at Cuckfield CC

The ECB's All Stars Cricket scheme has already attracted 35,000 youngsters, aged five to eight, to pick up bat and ball this summer and there's still time to get involved.

The eight-week course offers kids a backpack of cricket kit and weekly coaching at a cricket club or sports centre near you, with 500 centres starting their sessions in June.

To find the participating club nearest to you, go to the ECB's centre finder, and for more details of the scheme read the full story, here.

Hosts out to bat

England v Bangladesh

England are making their way out to bat at The Oval, they've been set a target of 306 to win by Bangladesh.

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Conley Low: Nicest person in sport... In 2008, I sat opposite Carlos Tevez on a train from Manchester to London. He shared a "generic chocolate bar" with me!

These are levels of sharing I am yet to witness. Can you imagine a Brit doing that...? I'll help - you can't.

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NOT the nicest person in sport....

Mascots are typically thought to bring luck, but baseball's Mr Met appears to have fallen short after his team, the New York Mets, lost 7-1 to the Milwaukee Brewers in New York on Wednesday.

Exiting the stadium after the game, one of America's most popular mascots gestured at a fan with his middle finger in a clip shared on Twitter.

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Mr Met has been the official mascot for the New York Mets since 1962 and the costume is worn by more than one person every season.

The New York Mets have apologised for the "inappropriate" action of the employee, saying they were dealing with the matter "internally".

But social media users took a different stance, asking the mascot be given a raise.

King Klaas returns


Striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has returned to Ajax on a one-year deal after leaving Schalke.

Huntelaar, 33, scored 105 goals for Ajax during his last stint in Amsterdam between 2006 and 2008.



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Murray loses first set

Murray 6-7 (3-7) 0-1 Klizan

Andy Murray has lost the first set against world number 50 Martin Klizan at the French Open.

You can follow the Scot's progress here.

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Adam Latchford: Jussi Jaaskelainen consoled me as a 7 year old when I only hit one pin down at bowling. He was in the lane next to me.

These tales are warming our cynical hearts....

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Aww this has melted our cold Sportsday hearts...

All-French final

Lyon v PSG (19:45 BST)

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Two French teams contesting this season's Women's Champions League final is "no coincidence", says France and Lyon captain Wendie Renard.

Clubs from the same country meet in the final for the first time since the competition was rebranded in 2009.

French champions Lyon are in the final for the sixth time in eight years.

"It shows French football has evolved," said 26-year-old centre-back Renard.

"It will be a high-level match. I've been at this club for 11 years and I've seen progress. We've got the titles to prove it."

Lyon, who have won 11 consecutive French titles, are attempting to win their fourth Champions League title, while PSG are bidding for their first.

The French giants have invested significantly in their women's teams in recent years, attracting world-class internationals, including United States star Alex Morgan and the 2017 BBC Women's Footballer of the Year, Norway's Ada Hegerberg.

Almost Champions League time...

Lyon v PSG (19:45 BST)

BBC Sport's Sarah Mulkerrins is in Cardiff ready for the Women's Champions League final tonight.

Paris St-Germain face holders Lyon in Wales.

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Will, friend of a Sportsday reader: I was once 20p short for a train into London and Martin Jol was behind me in the queue and gave me the 20p! Legend!

Yes, Martin Jol - this is my favourite story of the day so far...