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Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team lose two America’s Cup qualifiers

• British team lose to USA and New Zealand on day two
• Team second in the group standings with New Zealand

Great Britain’s sailing team endured an afternoon to forget as they lost both races on day two of the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR, who won one out of two on Saturday, were beaten by the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday. A big nosedive after gate three led to a 39-second defeat by the Americans.

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Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team lose two America’s Cup qualifiers

• British team lose to USA and New Zealand on day two
• Team second in the group standings with New Zealand

Great Britain’s sailing team endured an afternoon to forget as they lost both races on day two of the America’s Cup qualifiers in Bermuda.

Sir Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR, who won one out of two on Saturday, were beaten by the defending champions, Oracle Team USA, and Emirates Team New Zealand on Sunday. A big nosedive after gate three led to a 39-second defeat by the Americans.

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Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey final triumph against Alavés

• Barcelona 3-1 Alavés
• Messi 30, Neymar 45, Alcácer 45; Hernández 33

Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home.

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Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to Copa del Rey final triumph against Alavés

• Barcelona 3-1 Alavés
• Messi 30, Neymar 45, Alcácer 45; Hernández 33

Lionel Messi produced yet another masterclass as Barcelona marked the end of Luis Enrique’s Camp Nou reign by lifting the Copa del Rey.

Barcelona became the first team since the early 1950s to lift the cup three seasons running as Messi masterminded a 3-1 victory at the final game to be staged at Atlético Madrid’s Vicente Calderón home.

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Scarlets score six tries to sweep aside Munster and win Pro12 title

• Munster 22-46 Scarlets
• Scarlets claim their second Pro12 title – first since 2004

Six-try Scarlets swept Munster’s meek challenge aside to win a one-sided Pro12 final 46-22 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

Wayne Pivac’s men captured the Welsh region’s second Pro12 title – and first since 2004 – as their devastatingly potent attack floored an Irish province for the second week running.

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Borussia Dortmund’s Aubameyang sinks Eintracht Frankfurt to land cup

• Eintracht Frankfurt 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
• Rebic 29 Dembélé 8, Aubameyang 67pen

Borussia Dortmund ended a run of three successive German Cup final defeats with a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Frankfurt in Berlin.

The striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who reportedly handed in a transfer request this week, scored his 40th goal of the season from the penalty spot for Dortmund midway through the second half to clinch the club’s fourth DFB-Pokal title and first in five years.

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Watford appoint Marco Silva as manager on two-year deal

• Silva had been linked with vacancies at Porto and Crystal Palace
• ‘Marco was one of the most sought after head coaches in the Premier League’

Watford have named the former Hull manager Marco Silva as their new head coach. Silva left Hull following their relegation from the Premier League at the end of the season, and replaces Walter Mazzarri at Vicarage Road. He has signed a two-year deal.

Related: Garry Monk leaves Leeds United ‘shocked’ but clubs line up for talks

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Everton’s Kieran Dowell seals top spot for England at Under-20 World Cup

• England through to last-16 after win against hosts South Korea
• Dowell’s team-mate Ademola Lookman hits post twice

England sealed top spot in Group A as they beat hosts South Korea 1-0 in the Under-20 World Cup in Suwon.

Kieran Dowell’s second-half goal ensured England reached the second round with South Korea also qualifying as the group runners-up.

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West Ham sign Pablo Zabaleta after defender’s release by Manchester City

• Full-back signs two-year deal with east London club
• Álvaro Arbeloa, Jonathan Calleri and Gokhan Tore all exit

West Ham have signed the former Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta. The Argentina full-back will join the London club on a two-year deal from 1 July, when his contract with City expires having been released at the Etihad Stadium.

“This is an absolute pleasure to be part of West Ham,” Zabaleta told West Ham TV. “I hope I can give you good moments. Of course, I come to the club to enjoy myself and hopefully we can have a very successful time.”

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Jesús Navas, Willy Cabellero and Gaël Clichy join Manchester City mini-exodus

• All three players were out of contract this summer
• Future uncertain for Touré, Sagna, Hart, Nasri, Bony and Mangala

Manchester City have confirmed the departures of the winger Jesús Navas, the left-back Gaël Clichy and the goalkeeper Willy Caballero. All three players were out of contract this summer.

Navas spent four years the club, making 77 Premier League starts, with Clichy leaving after six years’ service and more than 200 appearances. Caballero joined City in 2014.

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London Irish return to Premiership after thrilling win over Yorkshire Carnegie

• London Irish 55-48 Yorkshire Carnegie (84-66 on aggregate)
• Twelve tries and two red cards as Irish edge breathless contest

London Irish secured an instant return to the Premiership as they beat Yorkshire Carnegie 55-48 in an enthralling encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Leading 29-18 following last week’s Championship final first-leg win at Headingley, Irish completed the job in style in front of their own fans to banish the memories of last season’s relegation with an 84-66 aggregate victory.

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London Irish return to Premiership after thrilling win over Yorkshire Carnegie

• London Irish 55-48 Yorkshire Carnegie (84-66 on aggregate)
• Twelve tries and two red cards as Irish edge breathless contest

London Irish secured an instant return to the Premiership as they beat Yorkshire Carnegie 55-48 in an enthralling encounter at the Madejski Stadium.

Leading 29-18 following last week’s Championship final first-leg win at Headingley, Irish completed the job in style in front of their own fans to banish the memories of last season’s relegation with an 84-66 aggregate victory.

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John Terry: ‘I could not care less about the criticism of my Chelsea farewell’

• Blues captain ridiculed for staged 26th-minute exit during final match
• Garth Crooks complained: ‘This isn’t Hollywood, it’s a Premier League game’

John Terry has insisted he “could not care less” about the criticism surrounding his Chelsea farewell.

The Blues captain said an emotional goodbye to Stamford Bridge by arranging his own substitution after 26 minutes of last Sunday’s clash with Sunderland.

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Massimo Cellino era ends at Leeds as Andrea Radrizzani takes full control

• Italian businessman buys remaining 50% of shares in Championship club
• Radrizzani also becomes chairman with immediate effect

The Italian businessman Andrea Radrizzani has taken full control of Leeds after buying the remaining 50% of shares held by the co-owner Massimo Cellino.

Radrizzani, 42, bought a 50% stake in the Championship club through his company Aser Group Holding in January and it has been widely reported he had the option of completing a 100% takeover at the end of the season if Leeds failed to win promotion.

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Jimmy Anderson facing long spell on the sidelines with torn groin

• ECB medical team to determine extent of seamer’s injury
• England’s leading Test wicket-taker collapsed in pain on Friday

Jimmy Anderson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the seamer has torn his groin.

The 34-year-old, England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 467, collapsed in pain on Friday while bowling for Lancashire against Roses rivals Yorkshire.

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Jimmy Anderson facing long spell on the sidelines with torn groin

• ECB medical team to determine extent of seamer’s injury
• England’s leading Test wicket-taker collapsed in pain on Friday

Jimmy Anderson is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after the England and Wales Cricket Board announced the seamer has torn his groin.

The 34-year-old, England’s leading Test wicket-taker with 467, collapsed in pain on Friday while bowling for Lancashire against Roses rivals Yorkshire.

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Cracksman pleases John Gosden in spin around Epsom before next week’s Derby

• Epsom Derby Trial winner was partnered by big-race jockey Frankie Dettori
• Jim Crowley reports Eminent handled the track contours with aplomb

John Gosden was satisfied with Cracksman as he put the finishing touches to his Derby preparation with a spin around Epsom on Tuesday morning.

Joint-favourite with Cliffs Of Moher for the blue riband Classic, he was one of a handful of horses to work on the track at the annual Breakfast With The Stars event.

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Antoine Griezmann: I have six out of 10 chance of Manchester United move

• Atlético forward: ‘I should know more in the next two weeks’
• Griezmann was speaking as guest on French TV programme

The Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said there is a six out of 10 chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.

Related: Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

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Antoine Griezmann: I have six out of 10 chance of Manchester United move

• Atlético forward: ‘I should know more in the next two weeks’
• Griezmann was speaking as guest on French TV programme

The Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said there is a six out of 10 chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.

Related: Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

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Antoine Griezmann: I have six out of 10 chance of Manchester United move

• Atlético forward: ‘I should know more in the next two weeks’
• Griezmann was speaking as guest on French TV programme

The Atlético Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has said there is a six out of 10 chance of him joining Manchester United this summer.

Related: Juan Mata: José Mourinho is the man to take Manchester United back to the top

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