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Football transfer rumours: Jack Wilshere to Juventus? Alexis Sánchez to Man City?

Today’s fluff is feeling sprightly

We start at Manchester City, so bereft of attacking talent, who will try to fill that chasm with Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez with a bid of £60m in the coming days, which leaves Arsenal with a modern twist on a familiar riddle: would you rather have one season of Alexis Sánchez or a silo filled with 60 million £1 coins?

Related: Premier League clubs to discuss shorter transfer window for the summer

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World Athletics Championships 2017: Mo Farah goes for 5,000m gold – live!

7.54pm BST

KJT aces 1.95m with a perfect leap! It didn’t even graze the bar. She’s the fourth high jump finalist to clear the height, although the one blot on her card at 1.92m means she is technically fourth and outside the medals.

7.51pm BST

Britain’s Morgan Lake has a perfect card so far, clearing 1.84m, 1.88m and 1.92m comfortably. She raises her arms to get the home crowd behind her before steaming into her arced approach, but nudges the bar and it’s her first failure of the competition, at 1.95m. She is followed by the 19-year-old Ukrainian Yuliia Levchenko, who makes it look easy, and the teenager will join Lasitskene at 1.97m, as will the German Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch. Next up, it’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson.

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Football League: Cardiff City sweep aside Aston Villa as Blackburn lose again

• Nottingham Forest beat Brentford 4-3, Hull thrash Burton
• Oxford beat Portsmouth, Coventry fly high in League Two

Aston Villa continue to search for their first win of the season after they were well beaten 3-0 by Cardiff City in south Wales. Kenneth Zohore powered down the wing brilliantly before crossing for Junior Hoilett to slam in on the hour, a goal which came between two Nathaniel Mendez-Laing strikes on his full debut to leave Neil Warnock’s side with maximum points from their opening two games and top of the embryonic Championship table.

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World Athletics Championships 2017: Usain Bolt qualifies for 100m final – live!

8.03pm BST

In about an hour and a half Usain Bolt will return to the track. Will he sign off from the 100m in style?

@lawrenceostlere Bolt 2 do the business like he’s always done! Legend of sport not just athletics! What a hero #Unbelievablyamazinglyunreal

7.58pm BST

USA’s Jennifer Simpson and Morocco’s Malika Akkaoui took the other two spots in Monday’s 1500m final: “Today I really ran a great race,” says Laura Weightman. “I knew I had three or four people to overtake in the final straight. That was fantastic and I can’t wait for the final. If I just keep believing in myself I can put in a good performance.”

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League One 2017-18 season preview | Lawrence Ostlere

Blackburn need to bounce straight back and Venky’s seem to have kept their word, Wigan are looking to repeat their 2015-16 feat and Shrewsbury need to keep their eye on the ball and not the planned alterations at their stadium

It seems scarcely believable that Blackburn Rovers will be playing in the third tier, even if most of their supporters will say it has been coming. It has been a painful fall for a former staple of the Premier League and they will be the biggest fish in the League One pond, and begin as title favourites.

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F1: Hungarian Grand Prix – live!

12.43pm BST

F1 managing director Ross Brawn is enjoying the sunshine on the grid, and he’s excited for this grand prix. “Ferrari have come back again here – [their form] is circuit dependent I think, because I understand there’s no great change to cars. It doesn’t look like Mercedes had a great qualifying but what’s great is we don’t know who’s going to win.”

12.39pm BST

Sky Sports’ F1 team are depleted today. Martin Brundle is in Belgium I hear while Paul di Resta has stepped up to replace the unwell Felipe Massa for Williams. Quite a switch from commentary box to cockpit. In Brundle’s stead, Ted Kravitz will take on The Grid Walk.

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Manchester City sign £52m Benjamin Mendy to take spending over £200m

• Mendy signs five-year contract from Monaco
• Transfer fee is world record for a defender

Manchester City have announced the signing of Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on a five-year contract for a fee of around £52m (€57.5m). The France international had been identified as a key target by Pep Guardiola following the departure of left-back Gaël Clichy, while Aleksandar Kolarov also left for Roma last week.

Mendy came through Le Havre’s youth system before a move to Marseille in 2013. The 23-year-old switched to Monaco last summer for £11m where he established himself as one of the best full-backs in world football with his powerful and direct style of play, during a season in which the club claimed the French title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

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Euro 2017: Scotland v Portugal – live!

5.11pm BST

9 min Scotland are camped in the Portuguese half but they haven’t been able to carve out a chance so far. Fiona Brown tries a long-range effort but it’s comfortably blocked.

5.08pm BST

6 min Neto gets her first touches of the ball, scooting along the right wing before feeding Diana Silva, but the striker can’t keep hold of it under pressure from the Scottish defence.

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La Course by the Tour de France 2017: stage one – live!

10.21am BST

18km to go Villumsen looks extremely relaxed as she pumps hard to try and maintain her advantage at the front, which has dropped only slightly to 35 seconds. Boels-Dolmans coax Cervelo-Bigla into the action at the front of the peloton, who themselves want to put Ashleigh Moolman in position for the finish. Villumsen approaches the start of the steep 17km climb (average 7.3% gradient) up the Col d’Izoard to the finish. Despite the short-ish stage, after such a high-paced ride this is going to be a brutal ascent.

10.17am BST

20km to go Linda Villumsen has plenty of pedigree – the 32-year-old is a former world time trial champion and the peloton are keeping an eye on the time gap, which remains at around 40 seconds.

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La Course by the Tour de France 2017: stage one – live!

10.21am BST

18km to go Villumsen looks extremely relaxed as she pumps hard to try and maintain her advantage at the front, which has dropped only slightly to 35 seconds. Boels-Dolmans coax Cervelo-Bigla into the action at the front of the peloton, who themselves want to put Ashleigh Moolman in position for the finish. Villumsen approaches the start of the steep 17km climb (average 7.3% gradient) up the Col d’Izoard to the finish. Despite the short-ish stage, after such a high-paced ride this is going to be a brutal ascent.

10.17am BST

20km to go Linda Villumsen has plenty of pedigree – the 32-year-old is a former world time trial champion and the peloton are keeping an eye on the time gap, which remains at around 40 seconds.

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New Zealand v Lions: third Test and series decider – live!

10.17am BST

72 min It’s a scrappy minute or so as both teams try to gain the advantage. New Zealand do the better job and when Aaron Smith kicks to Liam Williams, the full-back can’t collect a tricky bobbler and knocks on. Watson off, Nowell on.

10.15am BST

71 min The All Blacks come again, before Barrett kicks deep. Watson collects it near the corner but keeps his composure brilliantly to beat Savea and make 10 yards. Webb kicks down Jordie Barrett’s throat, who comes running back down the field…

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Rangers suffer humiliating loss to Luxembourg side in Europa League qualifying

• Progrès Niederkorn 2-0 Rangers (2-1 agg)
• Françoise and Thill seal shock result for Progrès Niederkorn

Rangers suffered a humiliating defeat in the first round of Europa League qualifying on Tuesday night when they were eliminated by Luxembourgian club Progrès Niederkorn, losing 2-1 on aggregate to the side who finished fourth in their National Division last season.

Rangers led 1-0 from the first leg in Glasgow, but fell behind after 66 minutes at the 8,000-capacity Stade Josy Barthel when the forward Emmanuel Françoise converted the captain Sebastien Thill’s cross.

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Tour de France 2017: stage three – live!

1.46pm BST

The intermediate sprint is won by Nils Politt at the front of the breakaway without much challenge from his co-conspirators. Behind them, the sprint giants move to the front of the peloton anticipating a race for the remaining points. Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Peter Sagan get their legs working and it’s Sagan – the man whose relationship with the Tour de France green jersey is much like Rafa Nadal’s relationship with the French Open – who wins the battle.

1.43pm BST

“The Guardian’s live blog of the Tour is even more valuable than usual for fans in India this year,” emails Prateek Chadha. “For the first time in over a decade none of the sports networks here seems to have bought the rights to it. It seems that reruns of any and all sports (cricket, football, kabaddi, darts, hockey, horse racing, wrestling etc.) are more financially rewarding.” That’s a shame, Prateek, but I’m glad you’re on board with the live blog. You’ll miss those darts re-runs when they’re gone.

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George North and Robbie Henshaw ruled out of remaining Lions Tests

• Both backs suffered injuries in 31-31 draw with Hurricanes
• Players to fly home following Lions’ second Test with All Blacks

George North and Robbie Henshaw have been ruled out of the rest of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of New Zealand after sustaining injuries in Tuesday’s 31-31 draw with the Hurricanes.

Both backs will fly home following the second Test against the All Blacks in Wellington on Saturday to undergo further treatment.

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Football transfer rumours: Real Madrid to buy Kylian Mbappé for world-record fee?

Today’s rumours are out of kilter

It’s expensive-forward dominoes in the transfer market! Real Madrid are poised to make a record-breaking move for Monaco’s astronomically priced Kylian Mbappé, but first they need Manchester United to put in an astronomical bid for Álvaro Morata, which now looks a little more likely after Bayern Munich told United to stop sniffing around Robert Lewandowski.

Bayern meanwhile are closing in on Bayer Leverkusen’s talented 21-year-old forward Julian Brandt, forcing a disappointed Jürgen Klopp to look elsewhere. Ah, that’s about the end of that slightly scattered chain (The Mill was never very good at dominoes). Somewhere down the stairs and along the hallway Everton’s Oumar Niasse has hands on hips waiting for a nudge to a new club.

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New Zealand v Samoa: international Test match – live!

9.37am BST

31 min New Zealand 14-0 Samoa The replay showed just how well Sonny Bill Williams collected the ball mid-air having initially juggled it, before releasing in the tackle. Barrett adds the conversion.

9.36am BST

A crazy try, this. It started from a lightning Samoa break through the All Blacks defence, but they can’t quite find the finish and when Ben Smith pinches the ball near his own line he sparks a rapid counterattack. The All Blacks move the ball brilliantly via Sonny Bill Williams and then to Barrett, who fly-hacks his way to the line and touches down near the corner.

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Borrowed time: Premier League loanees who could make a top-flight impact next season

Tammy Abraham and Joe Hart are among the players who were sent on loan outside the Premier League this season but could return to star in 2017-18On loan at Bristol City from Chelsea Continue reading…

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Borrowed time: Premier League loanees who could make a top-flight impact next season

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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Indy 500 2017 – live!

11.48am BST

It’s the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil! Hereby known as the Indy 500. Participating in one of motor sport’s iconic races is one of Formula One’s great champions, Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard hasn’t had a whole lot of fun over the past couple of years, chugging to a halt at various F1 circuits around the world in his McLaren Honda. Faced with the familiar scrap for minor points in Monaco this weekend or taking on an entirely new challenge, Alonso elected the latter, and here he is.

He has made a promising start to life in an Indy car, qualifying fifth for the race and generally carrying the aura of a man with little to lose and everything to gain, and why not: he has the opportunity to join an elite list of F1 champions to have tasted Indy 500 success and an even smaller group who have done it as a rookie.

Related: The plan to make Fernando Alonso a 35-year-old rookie Indy 500 champion

I walked out of the hospital today. On to rehab now! pic.twitter.com/bwTOsBNDaD

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