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VIDEO: Djokovic beats Tomic: Five best shots

BBC Sport - 4 hours 58 min ago
Defending champion Novak Djokovic cruises past Bernard Tomic into the fourth round.

VIDEO: Sharapova beats Begu - 5 best shots

BBC Sport - 4 hours 58 min ago
Fourth seed Maria Sharapova battles into the last 16 at Wimbledon as she defeats Irina-Camelia Begu 6-4 6-3.

Aston Villa to sign Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye from Lille for £9m

Guardian Sport - 4 hours 59 min ago
• 25-year-old has completed medical and agreed personal terms
• Gueye turned down last-ditch approach from Marseille to join Villa

Aston Villa will sign Idrissa Gueye from Lille in a deal worth about £9m after the Senegal international completed a medical and agreed personal terms with the Midlands club.

Marseille made a late attempt to hijack the transfer but the 25-year-old was keen to come to the Premier League and Tim Sherwood convinced him that Villa was the right place for his development.

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Maria Sharapova’s serene Wimbledon continues with win over Irina-Camelia Begu

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 2 min ago
• Sharapova beats 29th-seeded opponent 6-4, 6-3 in 83 minutes
• Russian has not dropped a set on journey to last 16

The former champion Maria Sharapova continued her smooth, relatively untested progress through the Wimbledon draw as she saw off Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-4, 6-3 on Friday to book her place in the last 16. After dropping serve in the opening game, the 2004 winner eased her way through the gears and, despite a late rally from the world No40, was good value for her win as she moved into the second week here for the 10th time.

With so much focus on Serena Williams and her quest for a 21st grand slam title, the Serena Slam and the third leg of the calendar year Grand Slam, Sharapova has been in the unusual position of being able to go about her business without too much fuss. It seems to be helping and her 83-minute victory means she is into the last 16 without losing a set.

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France rejects Assange 'asylum plea'

BBC - 5 hours 4 min ago
France's President Francois Hollande rejects an apparent appeal by the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange to grant him asylum.

Slow Hamilton 'has work to do'

BBC Sport - 5 hours 11 min ago
World champion Lewis Hamilton says he is "in trouble" for this weekend's British Grand Prix if he does not improve his car.

Lancashire and Australia’s James Faulkner charged with drink-driving

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 17 min ago
• All-rounder was stopped by Greater Manchester Police
• Faulkner: my decision to drive was an error in judgement

Australia and Lancashire all-rounder James Faulkner has admitted making “an error of judgement” after being charged with drink-driving by Greater Manchester Police.

Red Rose overseas star Faulkner, 25, has been released on bail and faces a court hearing in Manchester on 21 July.

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Laidlaw relaxed on captain's role

BBC Sport - 5 hours 17 min ago
Greig Laidlaw hints that a decision may already have been made on Scotland's World Cup captaincy.

Horse racing tips: Saturday 4 July

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 19 min ago
Basem in the Coral Challenge Handicap at Sandown rates the day’s best bet

1.50 Mistymoistymorning 2.25 Koothrappali 3.00 Bahamian Sunrise 3.35 Castle Talbot 4.10 Sallabeh (nb) 4.45 Krafty One 5.20 Grand Beauty

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Fiorentina ponder Salah legal action

BBC Sport - 5 hours 35 min ago
Fiorentina could take legal action after claiming Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah has refused to return to the Serie A club.

Novak Djokovic marches on at Wimbledon against Bernard Tomic

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 40 min ago
• Defending champion untroubled in 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory
• ‘I’m really pleased the way I’m playing,’ says Serb

Novak Djokovic reminded everyone just why he is the defending champion with an utterly ruthless victory over Australia’s Bernard Tomic to move into the last 16.

The Serb had been expecting a tough match against such a talented opponent but he produced another consummate performance, breezing through 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 to throw down a marker as he heads into the second week.

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VIDEO: Hamilton struggles as Rosberg sets pace

BBC Sport - 5 hours 48 min ago
Lewis Hamilton is only fourth fastest in second practice at the British Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg sets the pace.

Deeney signs extended Watford deal

BBC Sport - 5 hours 49 min ago
Watford's top scorer from last season Troy Deeney commits his future the newly promoted Premier League club until 2020.

Nico Rosberg stays ahead of Lewis Hamilton in British F1 GP practice

Guardian Sport - 5 hours 50 min ago
• Rosberg tops both practice sessions at Silverstone
• Low fuel run error costs Mercedes team-mate Hamilton

Nico Rosberg, the winner of three of the last four races, maintained his advantage over his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, on Friday, when he topped both practice sessions before Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Hamilton, second in the morning, was only fourth in the afternoon, when he was also slower than the Ferrari pair of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel. He made a final sector error on his low-fuel run. Rosberg was almost half a second quicker than Hamilton in the second outing, and the world champion and current championship leader – by ten points – complained that “the car is all over the place.”

Related: Nico Rosberg: ‘With a good weekend at Silverstone, I can beat Hamilton’

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VIDEO: 12-year-old Watson calls Serena as hero

BBC Sport - 5 hours 59 min ago
As Heather Watson takes on Serena Williams this afternoon, BBC Sport delves into the archive to hear who Heather Watson's heroes and what her ambitions were back in 2004.

Fifa must tackle Iranian football's gender apartheid

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 30 sec ago

With the Women’s World Cup final ahead, the soccer world must call for an end to the Islamic republic’s ban on women watching the sport live, say prominent human rights activists

As the world watches Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final, TV cameras will capture the joyful faces of spectators of all ages, races, and genders. Such joy, taken for granted by many people around the world, is unfortunately denied to women in Iran.

Since 1982, the Islamic republic has prohibited women from attending football and other sporting events. Though such discrimination is a blatant violation of the statutes and guiding principles of Fifa, it has counted the Islamic republic of Iran football federation as a member for over 30 years without the slightest reproach. The time has come for the world to call on Fifa, and for Fifa to call on Iran, to put an end to discrimination against women.

Related: Iranian women stand united in protest and hope at Asian Cup

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Kevin Locke sees a future with Wakefield despite relegation threat

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 7 min ago

• World Cup winner ‘wouldn’t say no’ to longer stay with Wildcats
• Injury forces Locke out of Sunday’s Super League rematch with Hull FC

Kevin Locke has revealed he would be open to staying with Wakefield regardless of the division they are in next year, as he looks to rebuild his career with the Super League strugglers.

A former World Cup winner with New Zealand, Locke has signed for Wakefield initially until the end of the season after securing his release from an unhappy stint with Salford Red Devils, where he made just 13 appearances after being heralded as a major signing following his arrival from the NRL.

Related: Wakefield 26-16 Hull | Super League match report

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VIDEO: Tarango's love of cooling lettuce

BBC Sport - 6 hours 17 min ago
Former tennis player Jeff Tarango demonstrates how a simple few lettuce leaves can keep someone cool during the high temperatures of summer.

Fiorentina threatening legal action against Mohamed Salah

Guardian Sport - 6 hours 20 min ago
• Chelsea player was expected to spend another season on loan at club
• But Egyptian’s representatives tell Italians he is not returning

Fiorentina have threatened to take legal action against Mohamed Salah after the player informed them he did not wish to extend his loan from Chelsea for the forthcoming season, with Internazionale having indicated a desire to bring the Egypt winger to San Siro.

Salah, an £11m recruit from Basel in 2014, moved to Florence in January on a six-month temporary deal and duly revived his career in Serie A, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances. The Italian club, who had paid an initial loan fee to Chelsea, had an option in writing to extend the agreement for a further season ahead of a potential permanent transfer next summer, and duly exercised that clause by paying a further agreed fee.

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