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Summary

  1. Defoe joins Bournemouth on three-year deal
  2. Sunderland approach Preston for Grayson talks
  3. Murray pulls out of second exhibition match, plus tennis updates
  4. Sexton & Farrell to start together for the British & Irish Lions in 2nd All Blacks Test
  5. GET INVOLVED: Gifts for the new Ronaldo twins - #bbcsportsday, text 81111

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That's all from us today but you can still watch live tennis from Wimbledon qualifying and Eastbourne using the live pages on the BBC Sport website or mobile app.

It's Friday tomorrow... There. If all the live tennis hasn't already, then that surely has made your day.

Willis down two sets

Marcus Willis is hanging on in there but is looking pretty uncomfortable at Wimbledon qualifying...

He has heavy strapping on his right knee and is hobbling around the baseline.

He is two sets down but has held his serve to keep things even in the third...

Remember he just needs to win this match and he is in the main draw at SW19.

Join it at 4-4 here.

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Fleetwood starts well at Open de France

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England's Tommy Fleetwood continued his good recent form with an opening round of 67 at the Open de France.

The 26-year-old carded four birdies to sit a shot behind clubhouse leaders fellow Englishman Nathan Kimsey and Sweden's Alexander Bjork in Paris.

Kimsey recovered from a bogey on his opening hole to card five birdies in the next six on his way to 66.

Former champions Martin Kaymer and Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell are three off the pace after rounds of 69.

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40 players sacked at the same time...

Football

Mighty Jets sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu is a former Nigeria striker
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Mighty Jets sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu is a former Nigeria striker

Nigerian second-tier side Mighty Jets FC, from the city of Jos, have sacked 40 players from their 65-man squad for performing below the club's expectations.

Struggling Jets, currently seventh in the 13-team Northern Conference of the Nigeria National League (NNL) - Nigeria's second tier - have also snapped up a further 10 new players to increase competitions and "separate wheat from chaff."

"We had a big squad of 65 players, too crowded and unproductive, so we had to release 40 players," the club's sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu told BBC Sport.

"We only need 35 players for the season and some players were not even registered but training with the club. It was just too much."

Vettel should not be punished further for Azerbaijan clash - Button

Jenson Button believes Sebastian Vettel should not be punished further for his collision with Lewis Hamilton in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver faces a disciplinary hearing on 3 July after swerving into Hamilton's Mercedes.

Vettel was given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty in the race on Sunday.

Button tweeted: "Azerbaijan GP was a pleasure to watch because adrenalin and emotions were high. What Vettel did was silly but he's been punished. Move on."

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Crewe move on after Brown snub

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Crewe Alexandra are "looking at different options" after being unable to meet with former Manchester United defender Wes Brown.

The Alex had hoped to sign the former England international, 37, when he was released by Blackburn following their relegation from the Championship.

"He was supposed to come in and speak to us," assistant manager Kenny Lunt told BBC Radio Stoke.

"He never did come in. It would have been nice to sit down with him."

Lunt added: "Since then we've moved on and we're now looking at different options.

Just a note...

Tennis

Kerber v Konta will be the next match on Court one at Eastbourne but we're not expecting to play for at least an hour.

Konta has obviously only just finished her match against Ostapenko and there is a chance other matches could be moved ahead of Konta's.

Heading north and to Wimbledon qualifying, it appears Marcus Willis is struggling with a little knee pain but the doctor was called, purple tape was used and he is back out on court...

He is not looking comfortable though. He has lost the second set 6-1... ouch.

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Police unable to find driver after Froome 'rammed'

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

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Police have been unable to trace a car driver accused of ramming into three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome while on a training ride in May.

The Briton, who rides for Team Sky, posted a picture on Twitter of his damaged bike and reported the incident to local police in southern France.

Commissioner Frederic Le Pollozec, of Menton police, said there had not been significant progress in the inquiry.

"We couldn't find any other person to say anything about the crash," he said.

Froome, 32, is due to begin the defence of his Tour de France title on 1 July. He was not badly hurt in the incident which happened at Beausoleil, near his Monaco home, on 9 May.

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'I am going to try and beat Kerber now' - Konta

Amazingly Johanna Konta now has to face Angelique Kerber this afternoon. She has been speaking on BBC Two:

"That was a tough match and Jelena played amazingly well. It's difficult to accept you don't have much say in some games but I trusted I was going to keep taking my chances.

"I haven't had the opportunity to beat (Kerber) yet but I am going to try again now...

"I am feeling good. I just need to make sure I recover well from this match and get myself ready for the next."

Konta into Eastbourne quarter finals

Jo Konta has done it!

She managed to dig her way out of danger, saving a series of break points and has made it to the quarter final of her home tournament, Eastbourne.

The Australian born Brit beat French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 and will face world number one Angelique Kerber in the next round...

Tough draw.

Elsewhere, fellow Brit Heather Watson also reached the quarters beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.

Konta a game away...

Britain's Johanna Konta will serve for the match and a place in the Eastbourne quarter final...

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Team Willis in action

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Wimbledon qualifying

With wife Jennifer and baby daughter Martha in tow, Marcus Willis arrived on Court 11 for his biggest match in a year as he takes on Ukraine's Illya Marchenko for a place in the main draw.

His opponent had a spot of physio a moment ago but is getting himself ready to come back on court...

We rejoin the play at 4-3 with serve...

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Evans could return after ban - Smith

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Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith believes Dan Evans could return to the game after serving a doping ban.

But he pointed out the British number three had reached the "lowest it can get" and would have to "pay the price" for a "stupid mistake".

Evans, 27, last week revealed he had tested positive for cocaine and has been provisionally suspended by the International Tennis Federation. The case will be dealt with in due course but Evans could be banned for up to four years if it is deemed the substance was performance-enhancing.

Smith said: "I have known him well since he was 13 or 14 years old and, of course, have gone through many ups and many downs. Unfortunately this is a very low point, the lowest it can get. It's a very sad situation.

"Whatever the ITF end up giving him as a suspension is up to them, but he will serve it. During that time it is a question of us offering support and education, and of whether or not he can come back.

"He can come back but it is going to be tough for him - starting at zero and working his way through

Football + drones = drone football.... duh

It’s football with drones, sort of! The first official tournament of the new born sport drone football has taken place in South Korea.

Fans hope the sport will rise to the status of drone racing, which is dubbed the "F1 in the sky" and for which professional teams already exist.

At the starting signal, drones all fly into the air, clashing as one side dashes toward the other's goal against blocking manoeuvres.

Whenever a drone passes through the other team's goalpost, a score is gained. This is a drone football match.

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Ostapenko 1-1 Konta...

Tennis

We are in a third set on Centre Court at Eastbourne...

Jelena Ostapenko following a stern-looking pep-talk from her coach took the second set against Johanna Konta.

Watch live on BBC Two or via the live page now.

Everton close in on Keane

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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Everton are closing in on a £25m deal for Burnley's England defender Michael Keane.

Keane, 24, has been a top target for Everton manager Ronald Koeman and he publicly revealed his admiration for the ex-Manchester United player last season.

Talks are continuing and Everton hope to secure a deal before they report back for pre-season training on Monday.

United had been interested in re-signing Keane.

Louis van Gaal, manager at Old Trafford at the time, sold Keane to Burnley for £2m in 2015, but United will profit from any deal after inserting a 25% sell-on clause in his initial transfer.

Current Super League season the hardest - Smith

Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith says the current campaign has been the toughest during his nine years in charge of the Super League club.

Warrington won the League Leaders' Shield and lost in both major finals in 2016, while three Challenge Cups have been won since Smith took over in 2009.

But this year Wolves are ninth in Super League and have lost 11 of their 19 matches in the competition.

"It has been a challenge for all sorts of reasons and circumstances," he said.

Warrington Wolves' Head Coach, Tony Smith, on his toughest season in charge.

Sunderland close to confirming Grayson

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Sunderland are close to confirming the appointment of Simon Grayson as their new manager.

The Black Cats were given permission to speak to Grayson by Preston earlier today and it is understood an announcement could come as early as tonight, or tomorrow.

Sunderland will have to pay a release clause in Grayson’s contract, which is believed to be around £750,000.

Grayson, 47, is the second longest serving manager in the Championship.

In the period since his appointment in February 2013, Sunderland have had seven managers, including Kevin Ball, who did the job on a temporary basis.

The latest was former Preston manager David Moyes, who quit after one season this summer following Sunderland’s relegation from the Premier League.

British Swimming CEO steps down...

Swimming

Some niche swimming news for you...

British Swimming Chief Exec David Sparkes will step down at end of month after involvement with the sport stretched over 45 yrs, 23 as CEO

Konta takes first set against Ostapenko

Tennis

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British number one and local resident Johanna Konta has narrowly taken the first set against French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in third round at Eastbourne.

Konta broke at the opportune moment to make it 7-5 and takes one step closer to the quarter finals...

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Perera joins Gloucestershire for T20 Blast

Gloucestershire have made Thisara Perera their second overseas signing for this season's T20 Blast.

The Sri Lanka all-rounder, a right-arm seamer and left-handed batsman, replaces Australia's Andrew Tye.

Tye was set to be the county's second T20 Blast overseas player until heinjured his shoulder in May.

Australian batsman Cameron Bancroft is Gloucestershire's other overseas recruit for the summer, playing in all three formats of the game.

BreakingBournemouth sign Jermain Defoe on three-year deal

Football

Bournemouth sign Jermain Defoe
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Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe has re-signed for former club Bournemouth on a free transfer.

The England international, 34, joined the Black Cats in January 2015, scoring 15 league goals last season.

The former Tottenham, Portsmouth, West Ham and Charlton player is seventh on the Premier League all-time goals list with 158 in 468 appearances.

A teenage Defoe spent the 2000-01 season on loan at Bournemouth from West Ham, scoring in 10 successive matches.

Defoe moved to Sunderland after a brief spell at MLS side Toronto and after saving the club from relegation in the 2015/16 season with 15 goals, he signed a contract extension until 2019.

Southend United re-sign Hendrie

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League One side Southend United have re-signed former West Ham left-back Stephen Hendrie on a two-year contract, with the option of a third.

The 22-year-old former Scotland Under-21 international made five appearances on loan with the Shrimpers in 2016.

He was let go by West Ham this summer, failing to make a senior appearance since joining from Hamilton in 2015.

"I came here on loan for a short spell and it's a great club, I can't wait to start playing," he said.

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Football

In 2015 Petr Cech completed his protracted move to Arsenal on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee following 11 seasons and nearly 500 appearances with London rivals Chelsea.

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Fischer leaves Middlesbrough

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Mainz have signed winger Victor Fischer from Middlesbrough on a four-year contract.

The 23-year-old Denmark international, who joined Middlesbrough from Ajax at the start of last season, made just 13 Premier League appearances as the Teesside club were relegated from the top flight.

"Sporting director Rouven Schroeder and head coach Sandro Schwarz absolutely convinced me about the path Mainz is on," Fischer said. "I want to become a part of this team and this club quickly, find my form and show my qualities as an attacking player."

World number 360 Clark a set away from Wimbledon first round

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Djokovic through at Eastbourne

Tennis

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Novak Djokovic had to dig deep to earn a straight-set win over American Donald Young in their Aegon International quarter-final at Eastbourne.

After taking the first set, the 12-time Grand Slam champion survived two set points before clinching victory.

Djokovic, making a rare appearance in a pre-Wimbledon event, took his fourth match point to win 6-2 7-6 (11-9).

"I am glad I overcame the challenge - it is exactly what I was looking for," said the 30-year-old Serb.

The world number four will play either Russia's Daniil Medvedev or American Steve Johnson in the semi-finals.

Jones and Sinden guarantee more World medals

Taekwondo World Championships

Earlier at the Taekwondo world championships, Britons Jade Jones and Bradly Sinden guaranteed themselves at least bronzes by reaching the semi-finals.

Their respective fights take place on Friday and you will be able to watch them live on the BBC Sport website.

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Sunderland's revolving manager's door

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Simon Grayson has indicated he wants to join Sunderland, which given the size of the club, would be a step up from Preston.

However, he won't be getting the same job security at the Stadium of Light.

Grayson is the second longest serving manager in the Championship, taking over in February 2013.

To put that into context, including Kevin Ball's three-game stint in temporary charge, Sunderland have had seven managers in that time.

Paolo di Canio and Dick Advocaat didn't last 20 games.

Phillips out of BMX Worlds

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Former champion Liam Phillips has withdrawn from the BMX World Championships due to a wrist injury.

The 28-year-old Somerset rider, world champion in 2013 and twice an Olympic finalist, has been replaced in the Great Britain team by Tre Whyte.

Phillips injured his wrist in February and has not fully recovered to compete in Rock Hill, United States, from 25-29 July.

Swansea sign keeper Mulder from SC Heerenveen

Football

England's Women's World Cup squad in full...

Forwards: Zoe Aldcroft (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Sarah Bern (Bristol), Rochelle Clark (Worcester Valkyries), Amy Cokayne (Lichfield), Vickii Cornborough (Harlequins), Vicky Fleetwood (Saracens), Sarah Hunter (Bristol), Heather Kerr (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Justine Lucas (Lichfield), Alex Matthews (Richmond), Harriet Millar-Mills (Lichfield), Izzy Noel-Smith (Bristol), Marlie Packer (Bristol), Abbie Scott (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Tamara Taylor (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks).

Backs: Rachael Burford (Harlequins), Natasha Hunt (Lichfield), Megan Jones (Bristol), La Toya Mason (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Katy Mclean (Darlington Mowden Park Sharks), Amber Reed (Bristol), Leanne Riley (Harlequins), Emily Scarratt (Lichfield), Emily Scott (Saracens), Lydia Thompson (Worcester Valkyries), Danielle Waterman (Bristol), Kay Wilson (Richmond), Amy Wilson Hardy (Bristol).

England name Women's Rugby World Cup squad

England have named an experienced 28-player squad for August's Women's Rugby World Cup in Ireland.

The defending champions include 15 of the squad that beat Canada to win the last World Cup in 2014.

Bristol's Sarah Hunter, who led the world number ones to the Six Nations title in March, captains a squad with a combined total of 1,207 caps.

Stand by for the full squad list...

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Rugby Union

In 2012 London Welsh won promotion to rugby union's Premiership after winning their appeal against a Rugby Football Union decision to block them from the top flight on the grounds that they did not meet minimum standards.

The appeal's success meant Newcastle were relegated.

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Dropped Henderson told to 'keep head up'

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Lions head coach Warren Gatland says Iain Henderson could regain his place in the team for the last Test against New Zealand.

The Ulster forward was omitted from the squad for Saturday's second Test in Wellington.

"I told him 'just because you're not involved this weekend, it doesn't mean you're going to be excluded for the next match,'" said Gatland.

Dropped Henderson told to 'keep head up'

Strong start from teenager Clarke

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Wimbledon qualifying

Andy Murray might be struggling with his hip but 18-year-old Briton Jay Clarke is moving beautifully down at Wimbledon qualifying - the teenage wild card is one set from the main draw, and leads Austrian Sebastian Ofner 6-2.

Court 16 is packed - or at least the grass verge next to it is - with the great and good of British tennis, along with Marcus Willis's wife Jennifer and baby Martha.

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World silver for Cho

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