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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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  1. Post update

    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.

  2. 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.

    Willis
  3. Fleetwood starts well at Open de France

    Tommy Fleetwood

    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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  4. 40 players sacked at the same time...

    Football

    Mighty Jets sporting director Benedict Akwuegbu is a former Nigeria striker
    Image caption: 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."

  5. 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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  6. Must be so tough being a Premier League player...

  7. Crewe move on after Brown snub

    wes brown

    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.

  8. 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.

    Watch here.

  9. 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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  10. '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."

  11. 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.

  12. Konta a game away...

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

    Watch it here or on BBC Two NOW.

  13. 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...

    Willis
  14. Evans could return after ban - Smith

    Dan Evans

    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

  15. 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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  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

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    Video caption: Warrington Wolves' Head Coach, Tony Smith, on his toughest season in charge.
  19. 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.