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Caroline Chapman and Gary Rose

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  1. See ya

    Right, that is all we have for you on this fine Thursday evening. BBC Radio 5 live is the place to head to now for plenty of football and cricket chat for the next few hours.

    My work here is done. Cheerio, bye, ta ta.

  2. Where did it all go wrong?


    BBC Radio 5 live


    On BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST, Joey Barton, Danny Mills & Trevor Brooking give their post-mortem on England U21's Euro exit.

  3. Ramos asks to leave Real?

    Football gossip

    Sergio Ramos

    Manchester United target Sergio Ramos has asked to leave Real Madrid according to Spanish daily AS.

    The newspaper says that Spain defender Ramos and his agent brother met Real Madrid's general director to say he wants to leave this summer and asked the club to listen to offers.

    Ramos has made 445 appearances for Real since joining from Sevilla in 2005.

  4. Coming up tonight

  5. Boxing or football?


    Tommy Martin

    Unbeaten English light welterweight champion Tommy Martin says choosing between football and boxing was easy.

    Martin was previously on the books of League One side Peterborough, but turned down a goalkeeping scholarship.

    "You've got to put your focus on one sport if you want to make it," the 21-year-old told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "As soon as I stepped into the gym, I thought 'I don't want to be on a cold, muddy football pitch - I want to be in the gym punching someone's head in'."

  6. Question of Sport Teaser

    A Question of Sport Teaser


    Earlier, we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Name the seven Big 4 teams from America whose franchise name starts with a T?

    The answers are: Thunder, Timberwolves, Trail Blazers from NBA, Tigers & Twins from MLB & Texans & Titans from NFL

  7. Batters hit form for Australia


    Australia Kent

    Australia reach 348-3 versus Kent on the first day of their Ashes tour.

    Shaun Marsh staked his claim for a place in the first Test in Cardiff starting on 8 July by scoring 114 on the first day against Kent, while his rival for an opening spot, Chris Rogers, added 84 in a first-wicket stand worth 181 runs.

  8. Jockey has 'achieved impossible'

    Horse Racing

    Brian Toomey

    Irish jockey Brian Toomey says he has "achieved the impossible" as he prepares for his return to competitive horse racing early next month.

    Toomey, 26, suffered severe head injuries and died for six seconds in 2013 when his horse fell at Perth. Medical experts said his recovery is unprecedented, but he will not be at any greater risk than any other jockey.

    "They can't get over it. I never gave up, and they reckon that was a massive help to me," he told BBC Sport.

  9. Webber versus Button. Just like old times

    Formula 1

  10. On this day



    On this day in 1950 England played their first ever World Cup finals match, beating Chile 2-0 in Rio. England would go on to lose to the United States and Spain as they failed to get out of their group.

  11. Burns 'does not remember' collision


    Rory Burns

    Surrey batsman Rory Burns says he does not remember his on-field collision with Moises Henriques earlier this month which left them both in hospital.

    The teammates collided while attempting to take a catch during a T20 Blast game with Sussex at Arundel on 14 June. Both players are now "on the mend" although Henriques, 28, broke his jaw in three places and Burns, 24, required stitches after cuts near his left eye.

    "I literally don't remember any of the collision. The first thing I remember is waking up," Burns told BBC London 94.9.

  12. Kilmarnock sign Higginbotham


    Kallum Higginbotham

    Kilmarnock signKallum Higginbotham after the forward rejected a new contract with Partick Thistle.

    Higginbotham had spent two seasons at Firhill and scored two goals in 35 appearances in the last campaign.

    The 26-year-old said Killie manager Gary Locke's persistence persuaded him to sign a two-year contract with Thistle's Scottish Premiership rivals.

  13. Ecclestone should go - Jordan

    Formula 1

    Bernie Ecclestone

    Bernie Ecclestone should step down as Formula 1 supremo, says BBC chief F1 pundit Eddie Jordan.

    Jordan believes the 84-year-old, who has been in charge since 1978, should allow "somebody radical" to take over. F1 owners CVC Capital Partners and RSE Ventures, working with investors from Qatar, are in talks about a takeover of the sport.

    "I think he's done a remarkable job but time has played its role and he should go," Jordan told BBC Radio 5 live.

  14. Shark versus Robin


    Robin van Persie

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie got more than he bargained for while on a deep sea fishing trip on holiday recently.

    The Dutchman caught a shark, and then wrote on his Facebook page: "Unaware this was going to be our best fishing day ever!!! What a catch!"

    Van Persie, who scored 10 goals in 27 Premier League appearances for Manchester United last season, continued: "Nobody got hurt, and of course we released the shark."

    Watch the video here

  15. Ba Baggies bound?

    Football gossip

    Demba Ba

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis wants to sign former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, reports the Daily Mirror.

    According to the newspaper, Pulis is willing to make the 30-year-old Senegal international the highest-paid player in club history, on £60,000-a week, to lure him from Turkish side Besiktas.

  16. Ainsworth's advice for Mohsni


    Bilel Mohsni

    Motherwell winger Lionel Ainsworth tells Bilel Mohsni to take his seven-game ban 'on the chin'.

    The former Rangers defender has hit out at his punishment for kicking and punching Lee Erwin at Fir Park after his side's 6-1 aggregate defeat in the top-flight play-offs.

    "It's unfortunate for him but he's the one that reacted like that," says Ains As my missus says to me quite a lot, you choose how you react. He's got to look at himself and take it on the chin."

  17. Australia batsmen 'not as strong' in England



    This summer's Ashes series could be decided by the performance of Australia's batting line-up, says former England spinner Graeme Swann.

    Australia were beaten 3-0 the last time they toured England, but were 5-0 victors at home in the 2013-14 series.

    Swann, part of BBC Test Match Special's ball-by-ball commentary team, said: "I don't think the Australian batting line-up in England is as strong. Nearly all of their batsmen struggled when we beat them here in 2013."

  18. Ashes build-up with the BBC


    The Ashes

    There's plenty going on in the build-up to the Ashes, starting with Flintoff and Vaughan's 2005 Ashes Roadshow tonight from 20:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live, Red Button and online.

  19. Valdivia makes Al Wahda move


    Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia, one of the stars of this year's Copa America, has moved to Abu Dhabi club Al Wahda.

    The 31-year-old, who previously played for UAE side Al Ain, was most recently at Palmeiras.

  20. Blatter to miss Women's World Cup final?


    Sepp Blatter

    Sepp Blatter's attendance at the Women's World Cup final in Canada next week appears to be in jeopardy because of the twin investigations into Fifa by American and Swiss justice authorities.

    Blatter would normally attend the final but Fifa will not confirm whether he or secretary general Jerome Valcke will travel to Canada.

    A Fifa spokesperson said: "In terms of the Fifa president and the Fifa secretary general, their future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."

  21. Mings move latest


    Tyrone Mings

    Tyrone Mings is to leave Ipswich Town after the Blues accepted a significant offer for the player from AFC Bournemouth, reports BBC Radio Suffolk.

    Get all the latest on Mings in BBC Local Live here.

  22. Arthur Ashe - More than a champion


    Arthur Ashe
    Image caption: Arthur Ashe won three Grand Slam titles, the US Open (1968), Australian Open (1970) and Wimbledon (1975)

    Forty years ago, Arthur Ashe stunned Wimbledon.

    Ashe became the only black man to win the tournament when he upset Jimmy Connors and you can read about "one of the most amazing matches ever seen" here.

    You can also watch Arthur Ashe - More Than a Champion on BBC Two on Friday 26 June, from 21:00 BST.

  23. Sotherton wants test 'transparency'

    Competitors in all sports should be open and honest about missed doping tests, according to former Great Britain heptathlete Kelly Sotherton.

    Kelly Sotherton

    Sotherton said 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome had "got the ball rolling" by explaining how he missed a test on holiday in Italy this year.

    Sotherton, 38, tweeted: "I believe in honesty, transparency and openness.

    "Therefore I feel all anti-doping info regarding testing and results should be public. Why don't sportspeople past and present state whether they've missed tests or not now?"

  24. Wozniakci advances at Eastbourne


    Caroline Wozniacki

    Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki has eased into the Aegon International semi-finals at Eastbourne with a 7-5 6-1 win against Germany's Andrea Petkovic.

    The second seed will now face 18-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic, who beat Britain's Johanna Konta earlier today.

  25. De Gea on the move?


    David De Gea

    Could this be bad news for Manchester United fans? David De Gea's house in Altrincham, which the Spanish goalkeeper rents, has reportedly been put up for sale, increasing speculation that he is on his way to Real Madrid.

    If you fancy the six-bedroom property yourself, it's yours for a cool £2.75m...

  26. Injury scare for Bolt


    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt seems likely to miss the 100m trials at Jamaica's national senior trials, sparking fears over his fitness ahead of the world championships in August, according to the Guardian.

  27. Ashworth on England


    BBC Radio 5 live


    From 19:00 BST we have an exclusive broadcast interview with the FA's technical director Dan Ashworth on BBC Radio 5 live, reflecting on England U21's European Championships exit.

  28. Whole new world


    Apparently, the phrase "Sheffield Wednesday" is trending in Amsterdam...

    The Championship club signed FC Twente defender Darryl Lachman earlier today (15:35 BST)

  29. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver

    Casey Stoney

    Casey Stoney came out last year and had twins via IVF with former team-mate Megan Harris, so her eight-month olds have been able to watch 'mummy' as a World Cup footballer. "They were in my head all day," Stoney said.

    Having not seen her family since arriving in Canada, the 33-year-old defender has more reason than most to miss home. But after learning the lessons of a wretched Euro 2013 campaign when the players fell out with former coach Powell, Stoney has been key to the squad's harmony this time around.

    That's the last of our seven inspirational England stories. You can watch their Women's World Cup quarter-final against Canada on Sunday (00:30 BST)

  30. Irvine takes silver in Baku


    Brendan Irvine

    Belfast light-flyweight Brendan Irvine had to settle for a silver medal at the European Games after narrowly losing his final in Baku.

    Ireland fighter Irvine, 19, lost the contest on a split decision to Russian gold medallist Bator Sagaluev.

  31. Song set for Hammers?

    Football gossip

    Alex Song

    West Ham are close to agreeing a deal with Barcelona to sign Alex Song on a permanent deal, according to the Telegraph.

    The Hammers are prepared to match his £70,000-a-week wages, but are haggling over performance-related bonuses Barca want included in the deal.

  32. Former Belgium cap joins Notts County


    Notts County have signed former Belgium international Gill Swerts, 32.

    The midfielder, who has played 17 times for his country, has agreed a two-year contract with the League Two club and will also be involved in coaching their academy players.

  33. Aggers at the allotment



    Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew: "Ashes promo take one with Graeme Swann and comedian Dan March playing 'A Man in an allotment'."

  34. Sri Lanka in control


    Tharindu Kaushal took five wickets on his home debut as Sri Lanka took control of the second Test against Pakistan in Colombo.

    The tourists batted first but were all out for just 138 as off-spinner Kaushal took five for 42. Sri Lanka then reached stumps on 70 for one.

  35. Bournemouth sign £8m Mings - reports

    Football gossip

    Tyrone Mings

    The Guardian are reporting thatBournemouth have broken their transfer record by signing Tyrone Mings from Ipswich Town in a deal believed to be worth £8m.

  36. Lachman joins Sheffield Wednesday


    Darryl Lachman

    Sheffield Wednesday have signed FC Twente defender Darryl Lachman for an undisclosed fee.

    The 25-year-old has agreed a two-year deal with the Championship side.

    The former Ajax player has won four caps for Curacao, who are managed by ex-Netherlands and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert.

  37. No Liverpool bid for Bacca - Sevilla


    Carlos Bacca

    Sevilla say they have not received any formal bids for reported Liverpool target Carlos Bacca.

    Bacca has scored 34 goals in 71 appearances since joining Sevilla two years ago from Club Brugge and is believed to have attracted interest from Brendan Rodgers's side as well as Manchester United, Roma and AC Milan.

    "We have not received an official offer for Bacca," Sevilla sporting director Monchi said on his club's website. ""We gave him a new contract 10 months ago and I believe he and his family are very happy here. But I cannot predict the future."

  38. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver

    Karen Carney

    Karen Carney has a lot to thank team-mate Laura Bassett for. At one point in her life, when depression had gripped her so tightly she refused to leave her car, Carney had to be literally dragged out by her former Birmingham team-mate in order to take part in training sessions.

    England should be thankful to Bassett too. Forward Carney has struggled to cope in previous tournaments, citing the claustrophobia of being cooped up in hotels.

    But since talking about her past, Carney has tasted a new lease of life on the biggest stage.

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  39. $100,000 for a ballboy


    Your eyes do not deceive you. Ghana really did pay $100,000 to an "equipment officer" at the World Cup, as BBC World Service's John Bennett reveals in this tweet.

  40. Champions League striker on way to Dubai?

    Football gossip

    Luiz Adriano

    The joint leading scorer in last season's Champions League could be on his way to Al Ahli, according to the chairman of the Dubai club.

    Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian striker Luiz Adriano had been linked with a move to Italy after scoring nine times in Europe's premier club competition last term.

    But Al Ahli chairman Abdullah Al Naboodah has tweeted: "It has been agreed with Shakhtar Donetsk on the transfer of Luiz Adriano to Al Ahli. The details of the financial contract and the medical report will follow in the coming days".

  41. Stanley re-sign McConville


    A transfer to tell you about in League Two - Accrington Stanley have re-signed midfielder Sean McConville from National League club Chester for an undisclosed fee.

    McConville, 26, left Stanley in 2011 having helped the club to the fourth-tier play-offs in the 2010-11 season.

  42. Ponting decision cost Australia - Vaughan


    BBC Radio 5 live


    England would have lost the 2005 Ashes if Ricky Ponting had decided to bat first at Edgbaston, rather than bowl, according to England captain Michael Vaughan.

    Ponting infamously decided to bowl having won the toss, despite having lost Glenn McGrath in the warm-up due to injury. England won the match by two runs and Ponting's decision led to a public argument with spinner Shane Warne ahead of play.

    "I couldn't believe what he had said," Vaughan recalls on what happened at the toss. "If he had batted on that day we wouldn't have won the Ashes."

    Watch more in Flintoff and Vaughan's 2005 Ashes Roadshow today at 20:00 BST on the BBC Red Button and the Sport website or listen on BBC Radio 5 live.

  43. Making herself at home

    Wimbledon 2015

    Second seed Petra Kvitova, who pulled out of this week's Aegon International at Eastbourne, has been doing at recce at Wimbledon...

  44. Pompey sign Burgess


    Portsmouth have been busy in the transfer market since Paul Cook became manager last month and they've added another new face today.

    League Two side Pompey have signed defender Christian Burgess from Peterborough on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

  45. Kent v Australia

    Australia 181-1

    It has taken more than three hours, but Australia have finally lost their first wicket of the 2015 Ashes tour.

    Chris Rogers has fallen for 84, trapped lbw by Matt Hunn to a ball that nipped back towards the stumps.

    Shaun Marsh is still there on 85, and he's just been joined by Steve Smith, the number one Test batsman in the world.

  46. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver

    Jade Moore

    At the age of 17, a cardiac screening at Loughborough University revealed midfielder Jade Moore had two holes in her heart.

    "Everything is fine now [after surgery] but they did say that had I kept playing I would have been dead by the age of 40. In that sense, football saved my life."

    Moore admits that the news came at a good age. "I didn't really think about it much, I just wanted to get back playing football," she says matter-of-factly.

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  47. Get Involved

    #bestsportingword or BBC Sport Facebook

    We've been asking for your favourite sporting words...

    Mark: Technician? Brendan Rodgers seemed to like using it to describe his players. Usually with the word wonderful before it.

    Phil Taylor: Englandtestcollapse. That's all one word, isn't it..?

    Steve Sharman: Best sporting word: humdinger, or howitzer. Both to be associated with Thomas Hitlzesperger.

  48. Glamorgan finish off Foxes

    Glamorgan 278 & 298 beat Leicestershire 253 & 186 by 137 runs

    Glamorgan celebrate

    Glamorgan made it four wins in a row in Championship Division Two - the first time they have done so since 2004 - as they defeated Leicestershire on the final afternoon in Cardiff.

    Matthew Boyce (60) and Niall O'Brien (41) were the only batsmen to offer prolonged resistance, with the latter caught behind off Andy Carter, who ended the match with two wickets in the same over.

    The Welsh county remain third in Division Two, but only 11 points behind Surrey, with a game in hand.

  49. Ask Sampson

    Women's World Cup

    Mark Sampson

    Got a question for England Women head coach Mark Sampson?

    Tweet #AskSampson and we'll put the best to him later today.

  50. Konta out of Eastbourne


    British number two Johanna Konta's impressive run at the Aegon International comes to an end against Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the Eastbourne quarter-finals.

    Konta, 24, had beaten two top-20 players to reach the last eight, but loses 2-6 6-0 6-3 to the 18-year-old.

  51. Who is Gerard Deulofeu?


    Gerard Deulofeu

    Here's the lowdown on Everton's new £4.3m man:

    • Born in Spain on 13 March 1994
    • Came through Barcelona's youth academy and made his first-team debut aged 17
    • Joined Everton on loan during 2013-14 season, scoring four goals in 29 games
    • Spent last term on loan at Sevilla
    • Has one international cap for Spain
  52. Konta in danger

    Aegon International

    Oooh, you could cut the tension in Eastbourne with a knife.

    British number two Johanna Konta wastes three break points in the opening game of the third set against Belinda Bencic, who keeps her cool to hold before the pair exchange service games. It's currently 4-2 to the Swiss in the final set.

    Has that tipped the match decisively in her favour? Watch here to find out.

  53. BreakingGold for Adams in Baku


    Nicola Adams

    Team GB Nicola Adams wins gold at the European Games in Baku by beating Poland's Sandra Drabik on a majority points decision in the 51kg final.

  54. Evans staying positive

    Wimbledon qualifying

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    Dan Evans

    Dan Evans might have lost in straight sets in the final round of Wimbledon qualifying (see 13:27 BST), but the Briton told BBC Sport he can still crack the top 100.

    The 25-year-old, who reached the last 32 of the US Open in 2013, has fallen to 752 in the world rankings after a knee injury. Now he plans to head for the grass courts of Frinton and Felixstowe instead.

    "I love playing tennis and that's the only thing I really want to do," he said. "I still think I can be top 100 - that's why I am playing tennis. If I didn't think I could be top 100 I wouldn't be playing tennis. There's no reason why not."

  55. Deulofeu signs for Everton


    Barcelona's Gerard Deulofeu has tweeted his response to re-signing for Everton for £4.3m 

  56. Cathro agrees to Newcastle move


    Ian Cathro

    Former Valencia assistant coach Ian Cathro has agreed in principle to become Steve McClaren's number two at Newcastle United.

    The 28-year-old Scot left the La Liga club at the end of last season and his appointment could be confirmed later on Thursday.

  57. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Everton have completed the signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona for £4.3m on a three-year deal.

    The 21-year-old right winger had a loan spell at Goodison Park during 2013-14 season.

    "Gerard needs no introduction to anyone here at Everton. We are all well aware of his incredible footballing talent," said manager Roberto Martinez.

    "Gerard considers Everton as home and we are getting an even more mature player now than he was a couple of seasons ago."

  58. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver

    Lucy Bronze

    If you hadn't heard of Lucy Bronze before her sensational winner in England's last-16 win over Norway, chances are you have now.

    The Manchester City defender spoke to her mum on the phone from the dressing room and was told: "Your nan's lost her voice, your auntie's going crazy and my phone's going wild." Mark Sampson said Bronze has the "potential to be the best right-back in the world".

    Hailing from Holy Island, the small outpost off the North-East England coast, Bronze also has Tough as her middle name, stemming from her dad's Portuguese heritage where it's traditional to take your mother's maiden name. Despite cajoling from her friends, she has resisted the temptation to have both tagged on the back of her shirt.

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  59. Everton close to £5m Deulofeu


    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty tweets...

  60. Konta loses second set


    Ah. If Johanna Konta is going to reach the Eastbourne semi-final, then she is going to have to rediscover her game - quick.

    Johanna Konta

    After taking the opening set 6-2, the British number two loses her way, as Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic shows why she is regarded as one of the game's brightest talents by winning 6-0 in the second set.

    Hang on, all is not well in Konta's corner. The doctor is on, takes the Briton's blood pressure, then gives her the nod to go back on for the deciding set....

  61. #Bestsportingword

    Get Involved

    Keep your favourite sporting words coming to us via Twitter on #bestsportingword and BBC Sport's Facebook page.

    Chris Harvey: How about 'derisory'? Only ever dusted off during football transfer negotiations.

    Kevin Temple: Pearler, full speed ball right through middle stump.

    Jon Ridge: Bombing on, to refer to full-backs and nothing else.

    Pete Ratcliffe: Unhandleable, created by Iain Dowie.

    Spell check didn't like that one, Pete.

  62. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver

    Katie Chapman

    Katie Chapman is another player who has come through hardship to reach the World Cup in Canada, but in her case it was because of an issue which is still unresolved in women's football - motherhood.

    The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder had her central contract cancelled in 2010 after asking for a short break to look after her children.

    "It was really upsetting," she said. "The time I needed time out, I didn't feel very supported. I don't know if it was because I was a mum, but I needed that time for my children."

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  63. Baghdatis progresses at Nottingham


    Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis is into the semi-finals of the Nottingham Open after a straight-sets victory over Simone Bolelli of Italy.

    You can listen to live commentary of the tournament via this link, courtesy of BBC Radio Nottingham.

  64. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Vancouver


    When Fara Williams converted her penalty in England's 2-1 win against Colombia, the 32-year-old matched David Beckham's record of being the only England player to score in three World Cups.

    For an England midfielder with a record 144 appearances, it was another milestone in an incredible international career, where for parts of it she was homeless.

    After a family fall-out led to her being estranged from her mother, Williams spent seven years moving between hostels, and somehow managed to keep it secret from her England team-mates. She has since been reunited with her mum, Tanya, who she calls a 'hero'.

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  65. Evans fails in Wimbledon bid

    Wimbledon qualifying

    Dan Evans

    Dan Evans has been knocked out in the third round of qualifying, the Briton losing in straight sets to Yuichi Sugita 7-6 6-2 7-5.

  66. Konta wins first set in Eastbourne


    Johanna Konta

    Sealed with an ace! British number two Johanna Konta wraps up the opening set of her Aegon International quarter-final against Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in 35 minutes.

    Bencic is coached my Martina Hingis's mum - and is being watched by the former world number one herself in Eastbourne. Both player and mentor look a little shocked by Konta's intensity in the first set.

    See if world number 146 Konta can wrap this up in straight sets by clicking here.

  67. Glamorgan press for fourth successive win

    Glamorgan 278 & 298, Leicestershire 253 & 158-7

    Niall O'Brien

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb in Cardiff:

    "Glamorgan moved to within striking distance of a fourth successive Championship win as they claimed four Leicestershire wickets in the morning session.

    "The key moment came when stubborn opener Matt Boyce was given out caught at silly point off leg-spinner Colin Ingram for 60, his second half-century off the match.

    "Boyce had shared a stand of 52 with Niall O'Brien who was unbeaten on 31 at lunch - but Leicestershire are 166 runs short of their victory target."

  68. Kent v Australia

    Australia 108-0 at lunch

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Canterbury

    Australia could not have hoped for a better morning on the opening day of their Ashes tour opener against Kent in Canterbury.

    The tourists have been in cruise control as they reached lunch on 108-0, with Chris Rogers on 53 and Shaun Marsh on 45.

    Rogers offered the only chance when he was dropped at second slip by Adam Riley off Mitchell Claydon on 21. But the final ball of the morning, effortlessly flicked for four by Marsh, offered a more accurate reflection of proceedings so far.

  69. Konta bidding for Eastbourne semi-finals


    Johanna Konta

    British number two Johanna Konta has sizzled in the Eastbourne sun this week - and she is already on fire in her Aegon International quarter-final.

    The 24-year-old, who lives in the south coast town, has broken the opening serve of 18-year-old Swiss sensation Belinda Bencic to lead 4-2 in the first set.

    Konta, the world number 146, has already earned two of the finest wins of her career this week - beating two women ranked in the top 20.

    Can she hold on to win this first set against Bencic? Find out by watching live action here.

  70. Locke switches to Wakefield

    Rugby League

    Kevin Locke

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed full-back Kevin Locke until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old left Super League rivals Salford last week, claiming he was owed money in unpaid wages - something Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash denies.

    The New Zealand international could make his debut for the league's bottom side in next Wednesday's home game against Hull FC.

  71. Get Involved

    #bestsportingword or BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking for your favourite sporting words...

    Ben Lyle: Capitulated, as soon as one commentator used it they all tried to. Same happened with "ended in ignominy".

    Stephen Roberts: Impudent. Only to be used when deftly chipping the keeper.

    Lewis McFarlane: Squiggler. As in a textbook long-range effort from John Rankin that flies all over the shop.

    That's the name the midfielder gave to a shot that earned Hibs a win over Celtic in 2008. The now Dundee United veteran has been trying without success to emulate it ever since...

  72. Evans facing tough Wimbledon task


    British player Dan Evans is going to be watching Wimbledon with the rest of us - unless he produces a dramatic turnaround in the final qualifying round at Roehampton.

    The former Davis Cup player, who has plummeted to 752nd in the world, is losing 7-6 (8-6) 6-2 to Japan's Yuichi Sugita in their best-of-five-sets match.

  73. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport in Canada

    Fran Kirby

    Despite being the second youngest player in the squad, 21-year-old Fran Kirby was responsible for providing the spark to ignite England's World Cup campaign with her goal in the 2-1 win over Mexico.

    Yet the added significance of that strike only became apparent afterwards. Seven years ago, Kirby's mother passed away, and in the hours after the goal, she tweeted to reveal it was her mum's birthday.

    Having quit football four years ago after a spell of depression, the Reading forward said: "Everything I do is to make mum proud. I'm sure I've done that."

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan is revealing seven inspirational England stories

  74. BreakingEverton close to £5m Deulofeu deal


    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Gerard Deulofeu

    Everton are close to confirming the return of Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu in a £5m deal.

    The 21-year-old had a successful loan season at Goodison in 2013/14 but spent much of last season on the sidelines during another loan at Sevilla.

    Deulofeu believes Everton manager Roberto Martinez is the man to revive his career and has turned down other more lucrative offers to return to Merseyside.

    Personal terms have been agreed and it is believed Barcelona will insert a buy-back option into the deal for some future point should he develop as they once hoped.

  75. Inspirational England

    Women's World Cup


    England boss Mark Sampson insists he has not just got a special group of footballers with him at the Women's World Cup in Canada, they are special people too.

    In the build-up to the tournament, the 32-year-old encouraged them to divulge their personal stories so they could inspire one another when times got tough. Some of the players have since admitted they were shocked by what they learned.

    Throughout the course of Thursday, BBC Sport's Al Magowan will reveal seven inspirational England stories, beginning with Fran Kirby...

  76. Varney to have rehab at Ipswich Town


    Former loanee Luke Varney will undergo rehab for an Achilles injury at Ipswich Town, following his release by Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers.

    The 32-year-old striker played 12 times for Town last season on loan, but injured himself in the play-off semi-final first leg against rivals Norwich.

    He has undergone surgery and Town are hopeful of a full recovery.

  77. Get Involved

    A Question of Sport Teaser


    Here's Thursday's teaser...

    Name the seven Big Four* teams from America whose franchise name starts with a T?

    *The Big Four are the main leagues in the United States, so Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and the National Hockey League.

  78. Liverpool's Clyne deal not done yet

    Football gossip

    Nathaniel Clyde

    There's a lot of noise around a deal between Liverpool and Southampton for right-back Nathaniel Clyne.

    BBC Sport have been told that reports of a £12.5m bid being accepted are premature and that any agreement remains some way off.

  79. Evans bidding for Wimbledon place


    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport

    What's synonymous with Wimbledon? Centre Court. Strawberries and cream. And 'plucky' British players trying to battle past the opening round (except for Andy Murray of course).

    "The likes of Heather Watson, Laura Robson, James Ward and Kyle Edmund have already been given wildcards, but there was no such luck for Dan Evans.

    "The 25-year-old from Birmingham is the sole Briton left in the qualifying for SW19, where he will appear for a fourth time if he beats Japan's Yuichi Sugita at Roehampton today.

    "But it hasn't started well. Evans appeared on the verge of winning the first-set tie-break, only to see Sugita fight back to nab an 8-6 success."

  80. Zlatan the Olympian?


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be set to play for Sweden at the 2016 Olympics after a late equaliser against Portugal in the Under-21 European Championship on Wednesday guaranteed the Scandinavians their place in Rio.

    Simon Tibbling's 89th-minute strike earned the Swedes a 1-1 draw, a result which sent both sides to the semi-finals as well as securing their Olympic places.

    Each team can choose three over-age players in their 18-man Olympic squads, and Ibrahimovic said: "If I have the chance to represent my Sweden at an Olympics, why not? We'll have to see how the situation is... but if I'm available, absolutely."

  81. Cabella's had enough?

    Football gossip

    Remy Cabella

    Newcastle playmaker Remy Cabella could join Marseille on loan this season, according to French media.

    Cabella, who only joined Newcastle in a £12m move from Montpellier last summer, is reportedly unhappy at the Premier League club and is looking for a return to his home country.

  82. England's last knockout blow



    Nine years ago today, England's men last won a tournament knockout game with a 1-0 victory against Ecuador in 2006.

  83. Kent v Australia


    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Canterbury

    Australia's openers look like they are settling in for bed and breakfast on the opening day of their Ashes tour in Canterbury.

    Put in to bat by Kent - curious decision that - they are making hay on a belter of a track, and have cruised to 35-0.

    Chris Rogers, fresh from the furore over his involvement in the attempted sale of Lord's hospitality packages, so far has the edge over his Ashes opening rival Shaun March. Rogers, thanks to a couple of lusty cover drives, has 20, Marsh is on 11.

    Follow the game here

  84. Happy Sanchez


    Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez looked very pleased with himself after helping Chile reach the Copa America semi-finals on Wednesday. 

  85. On this day


    India win Cricket World Cup

    In 1983, India won the third Cricket World Cup, beating reigning champions West Indies at Lord's.

  86. West Ham make Salah move - reports

    Football gossip

    Mohamed Salah

    The Mirror are reporting that West Ham have asked Chelsea if they can sign forward Mohamed Salah on loan, with the option to complete a permanent deal.

    The £17m-rated Egyptian, 23, spent the second half of last term on loan at Fiorentina.

  87. 'England can still win World Cup'


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate has told BBC Sport that he believes the country can still win the 2022 World Cup.

    Speaking after his side were knocked out of the European Championships at the group stage, the former Middlesbrough manager was asked if FA chairman Greg Dyke's claim that England would win the finals in 2022 was realistic.

    Danny Ings

    "Yes," Southgate said. "I think what we need to be doing is challenging regularly in semi-finals an finals of tournaments in the next period of years. When you are doing that, coupled with experience at the top end of the Premier League, then there will be a challenge for a World Cup.

    "That is the target that gives us a goal to aim for. It is not an unrealistic time-scale."

  88. Is ego the key to greatness?


    Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Cristiano Ronaldo
    Image caption: Henry, Cantona and Ronaldo all possess the ego to help them maximise their potential

    "Physical gifts and world-class skill are key to the success of sport's finest athletes, but is a big ego the secret ingredient that elevates good to great?"

    This fascinating feature investigates.

  89. #Bestsportingword

    Get Involved

    The rumours are true: 'Meh' and 'Twerk' have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

    We want to know your favourite sporting words.

    Get involved on Twitter via #bestsportingword or on BBC Sport's Facebook

    Mark Jackson: Cultured. Used as in "The new Stoke City full-back has a cultured left foot". N.b. Cultured shall only be applied to a person that has a "left foot".

    Josh Galer: Aguerooooooooo!

    Gearoid Kelly: Shamozzle, an Irish word for a melee, particularly used in the GAA.

    A great word, Gearoid, and the first mention of Gaelic Games we've had in a while.

  90. Pakistan out for just 138


    Pakistan v Sri Lanka

    Pakistan are 138 all out in the first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka. Tharindu Kaushal, playing only his second Test, took five wickets.

  91. Tiger feet


    Ever wanted to see Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny walk a tiger? Well here you go...

    "Took my new baby for a walk," he posted on Instagram.

    Wojciech Szczesny
  92. Griezmann set for Chelsea move?

    Football gossip

    Antoine Griezmann

    Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann is wanted by Chelsea, according to reports in Italy.

    Griezmann enjoyed a fine first season in Spain, scoring 25 goals in 54 games in 2014-15.

    Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Chelsea will offer £35.6m and Mohamed Salah to tempt Atletico into letting the forward go.

  93. Joyce guarantees Baku silver


    Joe Joyce

    Team GB's Joe Joyce is guaranteed a silver medal at the European Games in Baku after a unanimous points win over Tony Yoka of France secured his place in Saturday's final.

    He will fight Russia's Gasan Gimbatov for gold on Friday.

    Sandy Ryan took bronze in the light-welterweight division after she lost her semi-final against Russia's Anastasia Beliakova.

    At 14:00 BST, Nicola Adams fights for flyweight gold against Sandra Drabik of Poland.

  94. Parting is such sweet sorrow


    A touching Twitter exchange between former Stoke team-mates Jonathan Walters and Robert Huth after the German defender made his loan move to Leicester permanent...

  95. Wilkins gets Villa role


    Ray Wilkins

    Ray Wilkins has confirmed he has taken up the position as assistant manager to Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa.

    Former Chelsea midfielder Wilkins, 58, previously managed QPR and Fulham and most recently had a spell as Jordan's national team coach.

    Wilkins told Sky Sports: "Tim is similar to me in that he wants to win and is pretty bubbly. As soon as I spoke to him it seemed to click.

    "I've been very fortunate over my coaching career to be involved with lots of managers of a very high level. Hopefully I can give the lads at Villa that experience."

  96. Up, up and away

    This man riding the water jets is a recent Champions League winner. But who is it?

    Scroll down for the answer.....

    Ivan Rakitic

    Answer: Ivan Rakitic

    The Croatia and Barcelona midfielder has posted an Instagram video of himself flyboarding on holiday. Be careful up there, Ivan.

  97. Kent v Australia


    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport in Canterbury

    It's a warm sunny morning in Canterbury for the opening day of Australia's Ashes tour.

    The captains have just shaken hands in the middle, with Kent skipper Sam Northeast winning the toss and choosing to bowl first against the Australians. That means we'll soon be seeing opening pair Chris Rogers and Shaun Marsh in action as they vie for a berth alongside David Warner in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff from 8 July.

    Kent are expecting 5,000 fans through the gates today for the the opening thrashes of this four-day encounter.

    Australia team: Michael Clarke (capt), Chris Rogers, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Fawad Ahmed.

  98. #Bestsportingword

    Get Involved

    New Leicester signing Robert Huth is talking 'sexy' football, in the same week that the Oxford English Dictionary added 500 to the dictionary.

    So we want you favourite sporting word.

    Goonerama: Shambolic. Oxford Reference Online is lying, it was definitely invented by Alan Hansen on MOTD.

    Jean-Paul Breyer: Sensational. I get goosebumps every time a commentator comes out with that word after an insane goal.

    James Leggett: Duckworth-Lewis, it's hyphenated so I'm counting it.

    Get involved via #bestsportingword on Twitter or on BBC Sport's Facebook.

  99. Ipswich sue Suffolk Police


    Portman Road

    Here's an intriguing one. Ipswich Town are suing Suffolk Police for more than £500,000 of "illegal charging" for match-day policing costs.

    According to the club, they paid £511,869 for police to keep order on the streets around Portman Road between 2008 and 2013 but now claim those charges were illegal.

    The case comes after Leeds United successfully sued West Yorkshire Police for match-day policing costs.

  100. Ranting and raving


    Wimbledon: Andy Murray, McEnroe & Rusedski feature in top 5 meltdowns

    Who doesn't enjoy seeing sports starts have a rant and a rave?

    We at Sportsday certainly do, so it is with some relish that we bring you the top five Wimbledon huffs.

    There will be live coverage of Wimbledon from 29 June, across BBC TV, Red Button, radio, online, mobile, the BBC Sport app and Connected TV.

  101. Kane on England U21s defeat


    Tottenham strikerHarry Kanehas tweeted his reaction to England Under 21s exiting the European Championship in the group stages. 

    Kane played the full 90 minutes of Wednesday's 3-1 defeat by Italy. 

  102. Asian firm strike Birmingham City deal


    Birmingham City

    An Asian-based firm have been granted a two-year exclusivity period to bid for Birmingham City by the club's Hong Kong-based parent company.

    After months of speculation, Birmingham International Holdings Ltd have made a statement to the HK Stock Exchange announcing that Trillion Trophy Asia Ltd have become the preferred bidders.

    Trillion Trophy have promised the club a loan facility of £12.5m.

    That will be secured against the club's 109-year-old home at St Andrew's.

  103. England in Vancouver



    England arrived in Vancouver on Wednesday ahead of their Women's World Cup quarter-final match against hosts Canada, which kicks off at 00:30 BST on Sunday, and have been taking in some of the sights.

    "Amazing day with the girls in Vancouver! I love this city," England goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeted.

  104. Celtic close in on Janko

    Football gossip

    Saidy Janko

    The Daily Mail are reporting that Celtic are closing to completing a deal to sign Manchester United teenager Saidy Janko.

    The Swiss right-sided player spent part of last season on loan at Bolton.

  105. Marseille accept Hammers bid for striker



    Marseille say they have accepted an offer from West Ham for forward Dimitri Payet, but are hopeful the player will stay at the French club.

    Payet has 15 caps for France and made the most assists in Ligue 1 last season.

    He has two years remaining on his current Marseille deal.

  106. #Bestsportingword

    Get Involved

    Your favourite sporting words, please:

    R. El Jumaili: Bad tackles are never frenzied or rash or reckless, they're always 'cynical'

    Paul Snowdon: Whompf! Said when someone scores a long-range great goal.

    Adam Sweeney: Googly

    Get involved on Twitter via the hashtag #bestsportingword or on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  107. Kane 'gutted' after Euros exit


    Harry Kane

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane fronted up to the media after England Under 21s were dumped out of the European Championships on Wednesday.

    You can watch Kane's full interview here.

  108. 'Dive to your right, Packie'


    BBC Sport commentator Conor McNamara has tweeted about his brush with stardom, in the shape of Celtic and Ireland goalkeeper Packie Bonner.

    The 12-year-old Conor had some advice for the custodian who, 25 years ago today, saved from Daniel Timofte in a last-16 shootout at Italia 90 as the Irish advanced to the quarter-finals.

    You can relive that glorious moment here.

  109. Done deal: Brighton sign Hemed


    Tomer Hemed

    Championship side Brighton have signed Israel international forward Tomer Hemed from Almeria for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

    The 28-year-old joined Almeria from Mallorca last summer, and scored eight goals in 35 games for the Spanish side.

    Hemed has also represented Israel at every level, scoring 10 goals in his 15 senior international appearances.

  110. Brentford sign French defender


    Brentford have completed the signing of Chamois Niortais central defender Yoann Barbet. The 22-year-old began his career at Bordeaux.

  111. Villa eye £10m Begovic

    Football gossip

    Asmir Begovic

    The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Aston Villa are considering a £10m move for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

  112. On this day


    Michael Ballack

    In 2002, Michael Ballack's goal took Germany past co-hosts South Korea and into the World Cup final. However, the former Chelsea midfielder would miss that match with Brazil after being booked in the last-four tie.

  113. Reading set to seal Sa signing


    Orlando Sa

    Reading are close to completing the £1m signing of Portuguese striker Orlando Sa from Legia Warsaw.

    According to, the 27-year-old flew to London on Wednesday and is set to undergo a medical before sealing a switch to the Championship club.

    Sa scored 13 goals in 26 appearances last season.

  114. On this day


    Joe Louis

    In 1948, Joe Louis beat 'Jersey' Joe Walcott at New York's Yankee Stadium to make the 25th and final defence of his world heavyweight title a successful one. Louis won in the 11th round and retired eight months later.

  115. Lady Cecil to retire from training

    Horse Racing

    Lady Cecil

    Sir Henry Cecil's widow says she will retire from training at the end of the Flat season, and her late husband's Newmarket base will be sold.

    Cecil, a 10-time champion Flat trainer, died in 2013, with Lady Cecil subsequently taking a training licence.

    Leading racehorse owner Sheikh Mohammed is thought to be favourite to buy the base.

  116. England 'learned from Euro 2013'


    Midfielder Fara Williams says lessons learned from England's disastrous Euro 2013 campaign have played a part in their success at the Women's World Cup.

    Fara Williams

    The Lionesses went out at the group stage in Sweden two years ago amidst media criticism and a fractured squad.

    But Williams, 31, said before Saturday's quarter-final with hosts Canada: "Two years ago we listened too much to the media, there was too much criticism.

    "We've had criticism [this time] but I think this is the best England team you've seen for a long while."

  117. #Bestsportingword

    Get Involved

    Defender Robert Huth has promised Leicester fans "sexy football" in the same week that the Oxford Dictionary admitted 500 new words.

    So we're asking for your favourite sporting words.

    Ali Barton: Doesn't get much better than 'Bouncebackability'

    Adam Baker: Worldy. My most hated is "unplayable". It's lazy, describe how he played.

    Fqiren: Has to be "slammed". No idea why transfer windows can't shut gently.

    Get involved on Twitter via the hashtag #bestsportingwords or on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  118. On this day


    England v India

    In 1932, India made their Test debut against England at Lord's. The hosts, captained by Douglas Jardine, won by 158 runs.

  119. 'Overpaid and not hungry enough'


    BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson has offered a frank opinion of the performance of England Under 21s at the European Championship.

    Too much money, lacking desire and too much focus on the Premier League. Read more on Lawro's views here.

    Danny Ings