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Summary

  1. Wimbledon qualifying continues
  2. Konta beats Cirstea 6-2 6-2 at Eastbourne
  3. England U21s lose on penalties to Germany
  4. Your sporting inevitability - #bbcsportsday
  5. Lawes makes Lions Test claim - Guscott

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By Alex Bysouth and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye....

It's goodbye from Sportsday for today, we've loved you sporting inevitability stories but all good things have to come to an end, so they say.

HOWEVER...

You can continue to watch Wimbledon qualifying here and all the action from Eastbourne right here.

And from 18:00 BST we'll also have a live text commentary on the Confederations Cup semi-final between Portugal and Chile.

So here are some not-really-relevant football people to wave you off.

Until the next time....

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Who should make Saturday's squad?

New Zealand v British and Irish Lions (Saturday, 08:35 BST)

Jeremy Guscott

Former Lions and England centre

Neither George Kruis nor Alun Wyn Jones imposed themselves in the series-opening 30-15 defeat at Eden Park.

However, I don't think Iain Henderson or Courtney Lawes did enough in the 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes on Tuesday to displace Kruis, Jones or Saturday's replacement Maro Itoje in the race for a starting slot.

I might be tempted to use one, or perhaps both, to make an impact off the bench, though.

Lawes is a thunderous tackler in defence, while Henderson is a slightly better ball player, as he showed with his nice offload for George North's try on Tuesday.

Read Jeremy Guscott's Lions column here.

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Rain, rain go away

Headingley
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The third day of the day-night County Championship match between Yorkshire and Surrey at Headingley was abandoned without a ball bowled because of rain.

Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Neil Mallender called the day off at 15:30 BST after persistent rain on Wednesday.

Yorkshire are 27-1 in reply to the visitors' 516-7, still 489 runs behind, and better weather is forecast for Thursday.

Anyone know a decent rain dance?

Welsh clubs set for Europa League ties

Connah's Quay Nomads v Bala Town
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Five weeks after Manchester United won the Europa League, the tournament is up and running again...

Welsh Premier League sides Connah's Quay Nomads, Bala Town and Bangor City begin their Europa League campaigns on Thursday.

Nomads, who finished as league runners-up in 2016-17, will host HJK Helsinki of Finland in the first qualifying round first leg at Bangor City's Nantporth.

Welsh Cup winners Bala will face FC Vaduz of Lichtenstein in their first leg ties at Rhyl's Belle Vue.

Bangor secured their place in Europe via the play-offs and they will be away to Danish side Lyngby BK.

Best five shots: Konta beats Cirstea

Konta 6-2 6-2 Cirstea

Best five shots: Johanna Konta beats Sorana Cirstea at Eastbourne

Wire's Gidley to retire

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Warrington Wolves half-back Kurt Gidley will retire at the end of the season.

The Australian, 35, joined Warrington at the start of 2016, having played for Newcastle Knights in Australia's National Rugby League since 2001.

Gidley has made 48 appearances so far for the Super League club, scoring 13 tries and kicking 111 goals.

"I knew deep down that two years was probably the right amount of time, although I was open to playing more," he said.

"I had played all my career at Newcastle but always had the desire to come over to Super League," added Gidley, who helped Warrington to the 2016 Super League Grand Final.

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Paul Hallett: playing to compensate for a slight fade, only for the ball to go straight for the first time

Alan: Playing beautifully straight to the opening bowlers only to hoick across the line and be back-leg lbw as soon as the "pie-chucker" comes on

Stephen Smith: After a glorious 250yd drive I will fluff the chip shot from just off the green

Ajax midfielder Clement joins Reading

Pelle Clement signs for Reading
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Reading have made their first signing of the summer after agreeing a three-year deal with midfielder Pelle Clement from Ajax.

The Dutchman, 21, joins last season's beaten Championship play-off finalists for an undisclosed fee.

Clement is a graduate from the Ajax academy and made his senior debut for the club last season in the Dutch Cup.

"He is a young, very promising player with a good personality," Reading manager Jaap Stam said.

Another Sessegnon signs...

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What's that they say about twins doing everything together...?

Borini to join AC Milan

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Sunderland striker Fabio Borini is set to join Italian giants AC Milan, according to BBC Newcastle.

The Italian, 26, who scored two goals last season as Sunderland were relegated to the Championship, will have a medical on Thursday.

The Black Cats signed Borini for £10m in 2015, following a loan spell during the 2013-14 season.

The former Swansea and Roma player made 93 appearances in total for Sunderland and scored 17 goals.

Sessegnon signs new deal

Gossip

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Fulham have secured the future of 17-year-old Ryan Sessegnon on a three-year contract, as well as his twin brother Steven, ending the hopes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in signing him in the immediate future, reports the Telegraph.

Back to some transfer goss...

Game, set and match - Konta

Konta 6-2 6-2 Cirstea

And through to the third round goes Johanna Konta! A fine service game to see out the match, outmuscling her opponent with relative ease.

She gets a short break now - enough time to watch compatriots Heather Watson and Cameron Norrie take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Gael Monfils respectively - before she heads back out onto Centre Court to face Jelena Ostapenko.

Chile's objective - stop Ronaldo scoring

Portugal v Chile (19:00 BST)

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Chile will attempt to keep Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo away from the ball when the sides meet in Wednesday's Confederations Cup semi-final in Kazan, says midfielder Marcelo Diaz.

Real Madrid forward Ronaldo, 32, has scored twice to help guide his country to the last four in Russia.

"We all know he's an amazing player, he's very dangerous and can decide a game alone," said Diaz.

"He has had an amazing season. He's playing here with the same strength. The main thing is trying to stop him getting the ball and scoring."

Konta 6-2 4-1 Cirstea*

Sorana Cirstea has just ended Johanna Konta's run of seven consecutive victories with a good service game.

There was a momentary worry for the Briton as she took another tumble on the grass, seemingly jarring her knee, but after a bit of a jog around she's been okay to continue. She's just two games away from a third round meeting with Jelena Ostapenko.

Old rivalry renewed

Portugal v Chile (19:00 BST)

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There's a tasty encounter in prospect tonight, with the fixture also pitting together old La Liga rivals Alexis Sanchez and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Arsenal forward Sanchez played for Barcelona between 2011 and 2014 and consequently faced Real Madrid star Ronaldo a number of times.

Sanchez, who became his country's leading scorer with a goal against Germany in the group stage of the Confederations Cup, has been linked with replacing Ronaldo should he leave Real this summer.

Needing your football fix? Well, there's Confederations Cup action tonight as Portugal face Chile in the semi-final at 19:00 BST...

20 years since 'Bite Night'

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

Tyson v Holyfield
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A staggering 20 years has passed since Evander 'Real Deal' Holyfield leapt around the ring having had Mike 'The Baddest Man on the Planet' Tyson bite the top of his right ear off.

It remains a moment which has followed Tyson ever since and for all the glory boxing throws up year in, year out, it is still one of the sport's stand-out moments.

Even eccentric promoter Don King admitted so. “Of all the goddamn crazy things you might see,” King told Yahoo Sports, “you would never expect to see one guy bite the other guy’s ear off.”

Interestingly, Holyfield - who needed eight stitches - said the injury didn't hurt too much. And let it be known he carried on after bite number one, only for Tyson to sink his teeth in a second time.

The theory goes that Tyson knew early on in what was a rematch that he was going down and he therefore opted to give it up, albeit in a very controversial way. Tyson's camp said he was reacting to being repeatedly headbutted.

Type the names of both fighters into You Tube and take a look at the end of round three after bite number two. You will be dazzled by the mother of all melees.

Some end to a fight night promoters had titled 'The Sound and The Fury' beforehand.

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Here's something that will make you feel old, a tale from two decades ago...

Konta breaks

*Konta 6-2 2-0 Cirstea

A very long opening game in the second set went Johanna Konta's way as she broke Cirstea on the second attempt.

Konta's own service game is good and she seals it with an ace down the T. Konta's won the last five games.

Miller banned for biting

Ricky Miller and Grant McCann
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Ricky Miller will miss the first six games of the season for new club Peterborough United... after being banned by the Football Association for biting.

The incident is understood to have happened while Miller was playing for National League side Dover last season.

It is believed to have occurred in March's league match against Guiseley.

Miller joined Posh last month, and chairman Darragh MacAnthony said he was aware of the suspension before signing the 28-year-old.

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Daniel Davies: losing count of the goals in our five-a-side games. "I think we're one up" and ending with 'next goal winner'

Tammy D: the infamous Bradenham CC Bumps causing an unlucky fielder at mid on to take a rolling ball to the face...

Ahhh, the Bradenham bumps... sounds painful.

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Konta takes first set

Konta 6-2 Cirstea

And that's the first set in Eastbourne to Johanna Konta! A few too many double faults for the Briton, perhaps, but she fought back from 0-30 in that final game to take a 6-2 lead.

Konta 4-2 Cirstea*

Another double fault from Konta on her serve - which is unlike her - hands the Romanian two break points, but the Brit saves the first with an ace. And again! That'll be deuce.

Konta finally wins a point on her second serve but only by a whisker as Cirstea overhits, but the Romanian has an almighty power behind her shots. A forehand and a backhand halt Konta's momentum, but Konta lobs her nicely to hold.

Scott Parker announces retirement - reports

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It's being reported that former England midfielder Scott Parker has retired from football.

The 36-year-old started his career at Charlton before playing for Chelsea, Newcastle, West Ham, Tottenham and most recently Fulham.

Parker made over 450 appearances at club level and was capped 18 times by England.

It wouldn't be right to mention a player's retirement without embarrassing them with a picture from early on in their career, so here's Parker as a fresh-faced 17-year-old at Charlton back in 1998. Awwww.

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Payne 'disappointed and embarrassed'

Horse racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Trailblazing rider Michelle Payne is "disappointed and embarrassed" after testing positive for a banned substance, says a jockeys' chief.

Payne, the only female rider to win the Melbourne Cup, faces a ban for taking appetite suppressant Phentermine.

Australia Jockeys' Association chairman Des O'Keeffe said she took the drug on her doctor's advice, but failed to check if it was on the banned list.

"She acknowledges that is an error of judgement," he told BBC Sport.

Racing Victoria stewards in Australia will hold an inquiry on Thursday, where Payne is set to admit breaching the rules.

O'Keeffe said he expected her to be given a suspension of about four weeks.

"I've spoken to her at length and she's disappointed and embarrassed by what's happened," he said.

Konta breaks and holds

Konta 3-1 Cirstea*

We've been trading breaks in Eastbourne. Konta fires a brutal backhand past Cirstea, who dives but can't get even a hint of racquet on it. A wide serve from the Romanian, and Konta breaks back.

She gets a warm round of applause from her hometown crowd. That's a good service game from Konta though, plenty of fizz, and she holds.

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Landing on the green 6ft from flag, birdie opportunity.. then 3 putting

Tom, Stevenage

Tom! Where do you play? Aston? Chesfield Downs? Not that I've ever given myself a birdie chance at any of those...

Bristol City smash transfer record

Famara Diedhiou
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Bristol City have broken their transfer record to sign Senegal international striker Famara Diedhiou for £5.3m from French Ligue 1 club Angers.

The 24-year-old has agreed a four-year deal at Ashton Gate.

"I think he's going to be a huge player for us," head coach Lee Johnson told Bristol City's website. "He's powerful, he's quick. Now is his time to shine."

Chief executive officer Mark Ashton added: "It's big business. He's someone we'd identified a while ago as having real potential to fill the front man's shoes."

Ben's glad all Rover

Ben Gladwin
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Relegated Blackburn have made their fourth signing of the summer - bringing in midfielder Ben Gladwin from Queens Park Rangers for an undisclosed fee on a two-year deal.

Gladwin joined QPR from Swindon in 2015 but only played 17 games for the club and has had four loan spells away.

And Cirstea breaks back

Konta 1-1 Cirstea*

Hmm. Konta's not quite got her serve firing yet. She double faults twice in a row and that allows Cirstea to break straight back.

Today's winner will have to play twice in one day, thanks to the rain. They'll face French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the final match on Centre Court.

Although first, a tennis update...

A couple of Football League tidbits for you now...

Konta breaks in first game

*Konta 1-0 Cirstea

Most of yesterday at Eastbourne was spent watching the water come tipping down, so it's no surprise it's a bit slippy underfoot as Konta and Cirstea get under way.

A slight tumble hasn't stopped Konta, though - quick hands and a powerful forehand means she's broken Cirstea in the first game of the match.