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Summary

  1. Under-20 World Cup semi-final: England 3-1 Italy
  2. England to play Venezuela in Sunday's final (11:00 BST)
  3. Craig Shakespeare to be named permanent Leicester boss
  4. #bbcsportsday

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Rochdale midfielder on his second cancer diagnosis

Rochdale's Joe Thompson on his battle with cancer

Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has already fought off cancer once but is now battling the disease a second time.

Thompson overcame nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma after a six-month course of chemotherapy while at Tranmere in 2014, but the illness returned and he was forced to stop playing football in March.

This week, Thompson, 28, was admitted to Christie's Hospital in Manchester for further chemotherapy and stem cell replacement.

Days earlier, Joe and his wife Chantelle spoke to BBC Sport's Simon Stone.

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Golden State increase advantage

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Golden State Warriors took a 3-0 lead over defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers with a 118-113 victory in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.

Kevin Durant scored 31 points for the Warriors, who have the opportunity on Friday to become the first team to go unbeaten en route to a title.

Cleveland led by six points with three minutes to play but Durant led an impressive 11-0 run to secure the win.

No team has come from 3-0 down to win an NBA play-off series in 126 attempts.

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Middlesex batsman suffers torn calf muscle

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Middlesex batsman Adam Voges will be out until August after suffering a torn calf muscle in his right leg.

Voges was forced to retire hurt on 86 after suffering the injury while batting during the County Championship draw with Somerset on 4 June.

Middlesex hope to have the Australian back for their T20 Blast game against Hampshire at Lord's on 3 August.

The 37-year-old has scored 230 runs in four first-class games this season at an average of 57.50.

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BreakingShakespeare set for permanent position

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BBC Radio Leicester: A deal to confirm Craig Shakespeare as the permanent manager of Leicester City is almost complete. The club are expected to make an announcement later today.

Kokkinakis faces legal action over nickname

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has got himself into a bit of bother with cereal company Kellogg's. The reason will become clear when I tell you that the 21-year-old Australian's nickname is Special K.

Kellogg's has initiated court proceedings to defend the Special K trademark which it has owned in Australia for 59 years.

Kokkinakis, 21, wants to use the brand on clothing and other merchandise, according to The Advertiser newspaper.

A hearing in Adelaide at the Federal Court of Australia sent the case to a mediation conference in August.

Matsuyama to play at Irish Open

Hideki Matsuyama
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Hideki Matsuyama is the latest top-10 golfer to confirm he will compete at the Irish Open from 6-9 July.

The Japanese star will join Justin Rose, Jon Rahm, Danny Willett and Rory McIlroy in the field at Portstewart.

The world number four has been in superb form over the past 12 months with three wins on the PGA Tour, including the WGC-HSBC Champions.

This year's Irish Open is one of the eight tournaments on the European Tour's lucrative new Rolex Series.

Chester sign midfielder from Barrow

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Chester have signed Paul Turnbull on a two-year contract from Barrow.

Turnbull, 28, made 31 appearances in the National League for Barrow last season, but turned down a new contract.

The midfielder previously played for Stockport County, Northampton Town, Lincoln City and Macclesfield Town before joining Barrow in June 2016.

He becomes manager Jon McCarthy's sixth summer signing following the arrivals of Harry White, Nyal Bell, Andy Halls, Ross Hannah and John McCombe.

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Brilliant stuff from @England U20s reaching the World Cup final. Bright future for these players. #YoungLions

Brilliant stuff from @England U20s reaching the World Cup final. Bright future for these players. #YoungLions

Happy Birthday

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Lindsay Davenport (tennis) - The three-time grand slam singles champion and Olympic gold medallist, born 1976, turns 41 today.

Nadia Petrova (tennis) - The two-time French Open semi-finalist from Russia, born 1982, is 35 today.

Kim Clijsters (tennis) - The former US Open and Australian Open champion, born 1983, is celebrating her 34th birthday.

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Close season thrills Neville

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Expanding Superleague has made it "much more competitive" as the top four teams challenge for the title this weekend, says England head coach Tracey Neville.

The top division of British netball was expanded to 10 teams for this season, with Loughborough Lightning, Team Bath, Wasps and Manchester Thunder reaching the play-offs.

"This has been one of the closest seasons in recent years," said Neville.

"Our league is getting better and becoming higher quality."

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Steven Williams: Get in there! The young Lions level and this lad Solanke looks a snip at £3m for LFC. Unlucky Chelsea.

Portsmouth left-back signs new contract

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Portsmouth left-back Brandon Haunstrup has signed a new one-year deal, with an option for a further year.

Haunstrup made only one appearance for the newly-promoted League One side last season, starting in the 2-2 EFL Trophy draw with Reading Under-21s in October.

The 20-year-old joined Sutton on loan in October, featuring in three National League games.

"Hopefully this will be the year when I get the chance to cement a place in the first team," he told the club website.

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Simon Adepetun: We have talked about our youngsters playing the English way & its definitely working

BreakingIbrahimovic set to leave Man Utd

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Manchester United are not expected to offer Zlatan Ibrahimovic a new contract when his current one expires on 30 June.

The Premier League's retained list is due to be released tomorrow.

If United have asked Ibrahmovic to stay at Old Trafford, it will be documented.

However, as the 35-year-old is months away from being able to play again after rupturing his knee ligaments in April, such a scenario is thought to be unlikely.

Ibrahimovic agreed a one-year deal, with an option for second season, last summer.

However, the option had not been triggered by the time the Swede suffered his season-ending injury and now there appears little point in United offering him a lucrative contract, knowing he would not be able to play for a significant proportion of it.

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Neil McManus: Nice to see our youth starting consistently doing well at youth level. Our system has improved. Now we just need them in first teams

D. Ho: They were fabulous in the second half! Let's just swap the senior team man for man for these lads!

Paul Lee: Cracking little team, they showed exactly how an England team should play, all the best for the final, you deserve it !!

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England U20 3-1 Italy U20

For the first time in our history, we're in the #U20WC Final! 🙌

#younglions

For the first time in our history, we're in the #U20WC Final! 🙌 #younglions

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Laurence Mason: Chelsea's loss is liverpools gain Dominic Solanke certainly has a bright future under Jurgen Klopp's management.

Hiroto Mason: Tireless fullbacks, clever MF movement, FWs threat. Should all be playing for their clubs.PL needs #homegrown

simon adepetun: #YoungLions are the real deal. Take a bow. 1st major #Final post 66. Tune in this Sunday #epic

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England are through to the World Cup final. Did you think you'd read those words again?

It is 51 years since the country's last appearance in a World Cup final, when Bobby, Geoff, Jack, Alf et al did the business on home soil.

On Sunday, Jonjoe, Fikayo, Ainsley and Dominic have their chance.

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A final change from England to eat into some time. Ademola Lookman - scorer of the second - comes off to be replaced by Charlton's Ezri Konsa.

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Three minutes of added time left.

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Dominic Solanke

Get the suits pressed and shoes polished, England are going to a World Cup final!

Dominic Solanke probably didn't expect to score when he unleashed his shot from 30 yards but score he does as Italy keeper Zaccagno's weak dive and save allows the ball to beat him and find the net.

It is the recent Liverpool signings second of the game and it has booked his side a spot in a showdown with Venezuela.

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Desperate times for Italy. Defender Giuseppe Scalera is taken off and midfielder Alfredo Bifulco sent on. They have two minutes plus added time to rescue this.

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All hands to the pump now. Italy come forward but Fikayo Tomori uses all his strength to win the ball, turn the man he is challenging and get the ball away.

Inevitably, England are sitting deeper now but as Gabs has just suggested, sitting back is a recipe for disaster.

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Gabs: Get in England! Now, don't make the same mistake as Italy and sit back! Keep the pressure up.

BreakingGoal - England U20 2-1 Italy U20

Ademola Lookman

Yes! They've done it! England lead!

The ball is swung into the box from the right towards two England men - one of whom is Ademola Lookman - challenging with a couple of Italy defenders and the keeper. None of them get a decisive head on the ball and when it drops at their feet, Lookman is the first to react, lashing the ball into the net.

England are bang on it now. Italy look tired and tetchy. A place in the World Cup final is England's to lose!

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Looks like Italy keeper Zaccagno has a problem. He is no longer taking goal-kicks, handing over duty to one of his defenders.

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England are on the charge. Walker-Peters gets to the ball first on the far left of the Italy box before his strike is deflected over. The corner is cleared as far as Ainsley Maitland-Niles, whose shot drifts high and wide.

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Off goes Guiseppe Pannico, who has been increasingly isolated up front for Italy. Midfielder Paolo Ghiglione replaces him.

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Oh, almost 2-1 to England. Italy are rocking and Calvert-Lewin does well to get in down the right before sending in a low cross that Solanke looks certain to finish until Filippo Romagna's flick clears the ball away from danger.

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Dominic Solanke

Dominic Solanke (centre)
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Back in the game!

It has been coming. No surprise that Sheyi Ojo is involved. He has looked threatening from the moment he came on and when his cross from the right is palmed out limply by Zaccagno, Dominic Solanke is there to side-foot into the empty net.

England will feel they can win this in normal time now.

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England continue to knock on the door. Lookman finds Ojo, who finds a yard and side-foots a low shot that Zaccagno kicks away with his right boot.

The Liverpool forward has made a notable difference since he came on.

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Closer and closer still. A free-kick is taken to allow Ojo to cut in from the right and curl a shot that nips through a group of players and clips the far post on its way wide.