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  1. England U21 v Italy U21 (19:45 BST)
  2. Farah coach Salazar responds to doping allegations
  3. Liverpool sign £29m Firmino, subject to medical
  4. Brit Konta causes second shock at Eastbourne
  5. #bbcsportsday on 'plastic Brits'

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By Alan Jewell and Tom Rostance

All times stated are UK

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And that's all the Sportsday there is for today.

Get yourselves over to our

live coverage of England U21s v Italy U21s right here, and we'll see you tomorrow.

Have a good evening.

Broad show not enough


Yorkshire moved up to second in the table as they swept away Notts despite a superb bowling display by birthday boy Stuart Broad at Headingley.

The England paceman removed day two centurions Andrew Gale (148) and Jack Leaning (110) and finished with 7-84.

But Yorkshire's 430 all out gave them a 206-run lead and the visitors were soon in trouble in their second innings.

Ryan Sidebottom took 4-39 as Notts were dismissed for 198, despite 50 by Broad, to lose by an innings and eight runs.

Ings in for England


England boss Gareth Southgate has named his XI for the key under-21s game against Italy tonight.

Danny Ings and Jake Forster-Caskey both come into the starting line-up. Is that a lesser-spotted 4-4-2?

There will be full live text commentary on this site shortly.

England Under-21s: Butland (c), Jenkinson, Garbutt, Forster-Caskey, Stones, Gibson, Kane, Redmond, Chalobah, Ings, Lingard

Watson crashes out


And then there was one.

Heather Watson loses 6-2 6-3 against Sloane Stephens in the last-16 of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, leaving Johanna Konta as the last remaining British hope.

Watson lacked rhythm and intensity against the powerful American, who eased into the quarter-finals in one hour and 16 mins.

The Chennai Cobblers?


Unusual takeover of the day? Head down to Sixfields stadium in Northampton, where the club surprisingly announced this afternoon that they are being bought out by an Indian consortium.

"We've been looking for investment for a while, more on a 50-50 sale - but the buyers have said they want to take control of everything," said chairman David Cardoza.

"It's a bit out of the blue, but it's unquestionably in the best interests for everyone to get this deal done."

Read more here.

Ruddock out of Ireland squad

Rugby Union

Rhys Ruddock's second broken arm in six months has cost the Leinster flanker a place in Ireland's World Cup squad.

Head coach Joe Schmidt admitted Ruddock would have made his initial World Cup training squad, but for the broken arm sustained while captaining Emerging Ireland against Uruguay.

Schmidt confirmed Paul O'Connell is the captain of his 45-man training squad, with Ruddock the main casualty.

What do England Under-21s need?

BBC Radio 5 live

England's Under-21s play Italy this evening in their final group game in the Czech Republic.


But what are the permutations?

If they win they qualify for the semi-finals where they will face Denmark or Germany.

If they draw they must hope Sweden do not beat Portugal, otherwise they go out.

If they lose, they are out.

Kick-off is at 19:45 BST. There will be live text commentary on this website, and full radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

India win third ODI


Half-centuries from India's Shikhar Dhawan and captain MS Dhoni helped set up a 77-run victory against Bangladesh in the third and final one-day international.


Dhawan's 73-ball 75 and Dhoni's 69 off 77 balls laid the foundation for India's 317-6 in their 50 overs after Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and put the visitors in to bat with threat of rain in the evening.

The rain, however, did not arrive and Bangladesh, who had comfortably won the first two ODIs of the three-match series, were bowled out for 240 in 47 overs.

See the full scorecard here.

Watson wobbling


Heather Watson
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Not so elementary for Watson - Heather Watson that is. The British number one loses the opening set against Sloane Stephens in their last-16 tie at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Watson goes a double break down after her first two service games and, unsurprisingly, can't turn around the deficit.

The American cruises to a 6-2 success in the opener.

See if Watson can fight back by clicking here.

'Under-21s need more time'


Harry Redknapp said many of England's young players "think they have made it" as they prepare for Wednesday's crucial European Under-21 Championship game.

England will exit at the group stage for the second successive time if they lose to Italy and Redknapp, 68,

said the players need more club game time.

"Half of them play in the Championship, half can't get a game," he said.

"The centre half, one of them can't get into Leicester's team. These guys need to play."


England backing England

England women captain Steph Houghton lends her support from Canada to the Under-21s ahead of their crunch clash with Italy this evening.

Wishing all the @england u21s good luck v Italy today! Come on the boys! @JackButland_One @chalobah @Prowsey16 @NathanRedmond22 👊🏻😊

Bernie here to stay?

Formula 1

Max Mosley says he doesn't see Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone's role changing "unless he wants it to change".

Bernie Ecclestone

The Miami Dolphins American football team owner Stephen Ross is reportedly working with investors from Qatar to buy a stake in Formula 1 racing, including Ecclestone's shares.

"If it is taken over I don't really see Bernie's role changing unless he wants it to change," said Mosley. "He's the person who has managed to sell it everywhere. I'm sure CVC have had thoughts about an 84-year-old chief executive. The fact is there is no one else who does the job as well.

"He's really interested in what he does, he does it very well, so age tends to be flexible," he added later.

You can listen to the full clip from BBC Radio 5 live here.

Salazar addresses allegations


Athletics coach Alberto Salazar has written an open letter to address allegations that he has practised doping techniques on athletes.

Salazar has been accused of violating anti-doping rules, including claims he was involved in doping US record holder Galen Rupp - training partner of Britain's Mo Farah - in 2002.

The 56-year-old coach said he will "never permit doping".

He added: "I believe in a clean sport and hard work and so do my athletes."

Read the full - and very long- letter here.

Robson must 'be patient' - Keothavong


Laura Robson
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Laura Robson must be "patient" as she

comes back from injury, says former British number one Anne Keothavong.

Robson, 21, lost in her first match for 17 months, 6-0 6-1 to Russia's Daria Gavrilova on Saturday in qualifying for the Aegon International at Eastbourne.

"You don't expect to play your best when you first come back," Keothavong told BBC Sussex. "It takes a long time."

The defeat was Robson's first competitive appearance since a first-round loss at last year's Australian Open, before she underwent wrist surgery.


Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter in Baku

"Team GB followed up their haul of four medals on the opening night of junior swimming at the Baku 2015 European Games on Tuesday with three further honours 24 hours later.

"Luke Greenbank claimed 100m backstroke gold in the first final of the night, finishing in an impressive 54.76 seconds.

"The 17-year-old - who favours the 200m distance - believes competing at last year's Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China, played a big role in his Baku performance."


Huth moves on

STOKE YOU HAVE BEEN SENSATIONAL!!! Thanks for everything, I'll never forget it!

Robert Huth has left Stoke after six years to join Premier League rivals Leicester.

Elementary for Watson?


British number two Johanna Konta is there. Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki is also there.

But will that pair be joined by Heather Watson - Britain's leading female player - in the Aegon International quarter-finals in Eastbourne?

Heather Watson
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Let's find out. Watson has just started her third-round match against dangerous American Sloane Stephens in the south-coast sun.

Click here to watch live.

Allan on the move


Celtic and Rangers have

enquired about Hibernian's Scott Allan - although neither Glasgow club has made an offer for the midfielder.

Hibernian's Scott Allan
Allan impressed for Hibs last summer

Allan moved to Easter Road in July last year after being released by English Premier League club West Brom.

The former Dundee United midfielder and Hibs missed out on promotion to the top flight last season.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila refused to talk about Allan or any players with other clubs when asked on Wednesday.

Bond will return...?


QPR have confirmed that first-team coach Kevin Bond

is to leave the Championship club.

The 58-year-old, who previously managed Bournemouth, has a contract until the end of June and will depart Loftus Road when that deal expires.

Kevin Bond
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Kevin Bond has been at QPR since November 2012

Bond joined Harry Redknapp's backroom team in November 2012.

He stayed at the club alongside new boss Chris Ramsey when Redknapp resigned in February, before the club were relegated from the Premier League.


England completely outclassed by Russia at Cerebral Palsy World Champs at St George's Park HT 3-0 #bbcsportsday

England completely outclassed by Russia at Cerebral Palsy World Champs at St George's Park HT 3-0 #bbcsportsday

Huth completes Foxes switch


Robert Huth

Leicester have completed the signing of defender Robert Huth from Stoke City for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old moved to the King Power Stadium on loan in February and played a key part in helping them escape relegation.

See all of the completed transfer deals here.

Wozniacki battles through


Second seed Caroline Wozniacki is through to the last eight at Eastbourne after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 6-3 6-1.

She told BBC Sport: "It's all about momentum. I was 5-1 up in the first set and threw it away so in the third set I was determined not to do it again.

"I have another tough match now but I am just excited to play in the quarters."

Wozniacki will now play Andrea Petkovic.

Fan leaves Bishop Auckland £300,000


Colin Rowell
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Mr Rowell had been a supporter of the club for more than 70 years

A lifelong football fan has left his favourite amateur club more than £300,000 in his will.

Colin Rowell was an avid Bishop Auckland supporter and left the bulk of his estate to the Northern League club following his death in January at the age of 79.

Stunned officials said the bequest would help secure the County Durham club's future.

Mr Rowell, from nearby Cockton Hill, has no surviving family members and had been a fan for more than 70 years.

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Ramsey wants to emulate Gerrard


Steven Gerrard and Aaron Ramsey
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Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey says he wants to emulate ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in his style of play.

The 24-year-old Wales international says Gerrard's all-round game is the template for modern midfielders.

"I think a top-class midfielder needs to be able to tackle, get up and down the pitch, pass, create opportunities and score goals," Ramsey told

Bleacher Report. "That's why I try to do everything, that's what I judge my game on.

"If you look at someone like Steven Gerrard, he combines all of those elements. That's what I want to [emulate]… so that's what I base my game on."

Glamorgan set testing target

Glamorgan 278 & 298, Leicestershire 253

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

in Cardiff:

"Leicestershire need 324 to win after an another extraordinary display of hitting brought Glamorgan 193 for their last four wickets.

"Jacques Rudolph top-scored with a patient 74, but Andrew Salter, with a maiden half-century, and his fellow tail-enders swung merrily in the afternoon session.

"Earlier, Ben Raine's four-wicket burst blew away the top order, but his career-best 5-43 could not prevent Leicestershire from requiring the highest score of the match to win the game."

Salazar to make statement?

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

We may well be hearing from Mo Farah's coach, athletics coach Alberto Salazar today, I understand.

Your say on 'plastic Brits' - #bbcsportsday


Chris Parker: Brazilian parents, born in Italy, moved to Spain at 5; what nationality is Thiago Alcantara meant to be?

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago plays for Spain, while his brother Rafinha - at Barcelona - was on standby for Brazil's Copa America squad.


Former champs Federer and Hewitt meet up at Wimbledon

Always great seeing @lleytonhewitt, especially at @Wimbledon

Always great seeing @lleytonhewitt, especially at @Wimbledon

Wozniacki levels it up


Caroline Wozniacki

Down in Eastbourne, second seed Caroline Wozniacki has levelled her match with Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Kuznetsova took the first set on a tie-break but former world number one Wozniacki has took the second set 6-3.

You can watch the finale of the match on BBC Two or

in this page on the BBC Sport website and app.

What do England Under-21s need?


BBC Radio 5 live

England's Under-21s play Italy this evening in their final group game in the Czech Republic.


But what are the permutations?

If they win they qualify for the semi-finals where they will face Denmark or Germany.

If they draw they must hope Sweden do not beat Portugal, otherwise they go out.

If they lose, they are out.

There will be live text commentary on this website, and full radio commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

McClatchey announces retirement


Caitlin McClatchey
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Former Commonwealth Games champion Caitlin McClatchey has announced her retirement from swimming.

The 29-year-old competed at three Olympics and won two gold medals for Scotland at the 2006 Commonwealths in Melbourne, in the 200m and 400m freestyle.

"I have some amazing memories and I am very proud of my achievements in the sport. My career highlight was when I became double Commonwealth Champion and won Scotland's first gold medal at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games," said McClatchey.

Yorkshire on course for victory

Nottinghamshire 224 & 108-7, Yorkshire 430

Reigning champions Yorkshire are just three wickets away from their fourth win of the season after demolishing Nottinghamshire's top order during the afternoon session at Headingley.

The visitors began their second innings 206 runs in arrears after Stuart Broad claimed 7-84, with Tim Bresnan finishing on 52 not out for Yorkshire.

Ryan Sidebottom removed Brendan Taylor in his opening over and has so far taken 3-21, with Michael Lumb's 47 the only contribution of note for Notts.

Your say on 'plastic Brits' - #bbcsportsday

Peter: ‏I am concerned we cannot produce top athletes. EPL and cricket import, our top tennis players and golfers are based abroad etc.

Liam Quinn: Plastic Brit debate on #bbcsportsday is ridiculous. You have to beat everybody, especially in athletics. What's the point if you can't?

Michael Laverton: Born abroad to Brits is fine by me but how an Aussie-born Hungarian can be British, I don't know.

Swan beaten in Wimbledon qualifiers


British teenager Katie Swan's hopes of playing in the main draw at Wimbledon have been put on hold.

The 16-year-old Bristolian shocked world number 118 Kristina Kucova in the first round of qualifying yesterday, but today lost 6-3 6-3 against Austria's Tamira Paszek - a two-time SW19 quarter-finalist - in the second round.

The 2015 Australian Open junior finalist is the latest British female to be eliminated after Tara Moore and Katy Dunne lost earlier at Roehampton.

Go Ahead Henk, watch the game


Go Ahead Eagles
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One fan of Dutch side Go Ahead Eagles has been named on the board for one game - so he can watch a Europa League match.

They face Ferencvaros in the first qualifying round but cannot take any fans to Hungary because of a Uefa ban on the Budapest side.

Supporter Henk de Haan won a trip for himself and his wife at a quiz night before the draw, and the club have named him "temporary management member for international relations" so he can go.

It is a first away European match for the Eagles, who were relegated at the end of the season, since visiting Celtic 50 years ago.

Ramos in Real adios?


Sergio Ramos

Real Madrid centre-half Sergio Ramos has been in the middle of the summer speculation wave over the last few weeks and Spanish newspaper AS now say that

he has asked to leave.

Ramos has been at the Bernabeu since 2005 but wants a pay rise to 10m euros a year according to the newspaper. If he doesn't get a rise, he wants out.

Manchester United have been linked with him - could he be on his way to Old Trafford?

New contracts for Salford duo

Rugby League

Centre Junior Sa'u and prop Carl Forster have agreed new two-year contracts with Super League club Salford Red Devils.

The 28-year-old Sa'u, a former New Zealand and Samoa international, has scored 16 tries in 37 appearances since joining Salford at the start of last season from Melbourne Storm.

Former St Helens forward Forster, 23, has crossed once in eight league outings for the Red Devils in 2015.

'Liverpool have learned from mistakes'


Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

Roberto Firmino

Liverpool have been active in the transfer market, the latest signing being the £29m purchase of Brazil forward Roberto Firmino from Hoffenheim.

The fact that Liverpool have done the big deal early - and without complications - will act as a morale-booster to everyone at the club, including fans who were left in despair at the end of last season.

Their determination to do the deal for a player who had been linked with Manchester United and others across Europe can be seen by chief executive Ian Ayre being dispatched to Chile to swiftly finalise negotiations to ensure it got over the line.

Liverpool have suffered in the past when big targets such as Diego Costa, Willian and Henrikh Mkhitaryan have been spirited away to other clubs despite strong interest from Anfield - this time there were no mistakes.

Read more of Phil McNulty's thoughts here.

Arsenal sign Romanian teenager


Arsenal have signed Romania Under-16 captain Vlad Dragomir, news agency Reuters report.

Midfielder Dragomir is said to have rejected offers from Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest to join the Gunners from ACS Poli Timisoara.

"I am very glad and I hope not to disappoint anyone. The Arsenal offer seemed the best to me, I felt that this is my place," he said.

Wozniacki suffers Eastbourne collapse


Carolibe Wozniacki
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An eventful afternoon of play in Eastbourne where second seed Caroline Wozniacki has just lost the first set to Svetlana Kuznetsova on a tie-break.

Former world number one Wozniacki was 5-1 up but her opponent then won four games in a row to take it to a tie-break, which Kuznetsova won 7-3.

You can watch the match on BBC Two or

in this page on the BBC Sport website and app.