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County cricket: Essex v Surrey, Kent v Sussex and Glamorgan v Durham – live!

• All the final day action from Chelmsford plus news from around the grounds
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11.40am BST

Wicket at Tunbridge Wells! Harris bowls Wiese and Kent are three away from victory over Sussex. 211 for seven. Still 293 adrift…

11.37am BST

Grievous Bodily Harmer on here. About time that one of these got out so that Sanga can have a shot at his sixth straight ton.

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England v South Africa: third ODI – live!

10.15am BST

It’s Lord’s, it’s a bank holiday, it’s England v South Africa, it’s AB de Villiers. But… it’s a dead rubber, it’s due to rain, and England are expected to be without Stokes, Woakes or Moeen. To lose one all-rounder to a minor injury may be considered a misfortune; to lose three looks like it may have been unwise to let two of them play in the IPL.

The astonishing twist on Saturday, when South Africa needed seven off the last over and managed only four, has left this game looking a bit limp. In cricket, though, there are always sub-plots. South Africa need a win to pump up their tyres for the Champions Trophy, in which they are widely tipped to reach the semi-finals. They also need to make their mark at Lord’s, having never won a one-day game there: in three appearances, all against England, they’ve made totals ranging from 107 to 220. It’s an odd record given that Lord’s Tests bring out the best in tndhem – they’ve played five in modern times, won four a drawn one.

10.02am BST

Tim will be here soon.

In the meantime, here’s some follow-up from England’s victory in the second ODI to seal the series.

Related: Ben Stokes leads England injury worries before final ODI against South Africa

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Arsène Wenger smiles better as he shakes off Arsenal hurt and suffering | David Hytner

FA Cup-winning manager says: ‘One thing you cannot question is my commitment … I have desire, I love my job, I love to win, I love to build’

More than anything, Arsène Wenger looked happy. For months, the Arsenal manager has furrowed his brow and tensed his body as the blows have rained down on him. He has sensed conspiracy at every turn; a trap in every question. There have been enemies everywhere, including within club ranks. It has been draining.

At Wembley on Saturday, the worry lines could finally soften and the enduring image of Arsenal’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea was that of Wenger’s smile. Even those who have hounded and denounced him might have felt its warmth.

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Football transfer rumours: Ivan Perisic to Manchester United or Chelsea?

Today’s fluff would like to apologise for any inconvenience

Welcome to a special spring-bank-holiday edition of the Rumour Mill. Think of it in the same way you would another great British bank-holiday service, the rail replacement bus. It’s the same old journey, just even more tedious, long-winded and painful than usual. But we’ll get there in the end.

Related: Manchester City set to pay world record £34.9m for goalkeeper Ederson

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Francesco Totti brings down curtain on ‘something beautiful’ at Roma | Paolo Bandini

The 40-year-old attracted a sellout crowd to the Stadio Olimpico for his farewell but Genoa briefly looked like spoiling his party thanks to a player born in 2001

Francesco Totti tried to raise a smile. Striding out on to the Stadio Olimpico pitch for a farewell address at the end of his last-ever match for Roma, he shushed the home crowd and then teased that staying quiet “ought to be easy for you”.

Related: European football season review: how did your club do this season?

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Widnes reject offers but still want to move out of rugby league heartland

• Super League club set to take advantage of relaxation in rules over location
• Board remains reluctant to sanction departure away from Greater Manchester

Widnes Vikings have rejected approaches from a number of investors in non-heartlands areas as they look to sell their Super League franchise and become the first top-flight club to take advantage of a relaxation in the rules surrounding relocation.

The Guardian revealed in March how the Rugby Football League had become increasingly receptive to Super League sides holding talks with potential bidders about selling up and moving elsewhere. In recent weeks the Vikings have received offers from several parties away from the sport’s traditional territories.

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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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Brendan Rodgers targets European progress after Celtic’s domestic treble

• Manager warns ’We’re 10 times behind budget-wise. You have to be realistic’
• Rodgers wants to be in European competition in second half of season

No sooner had Celtic completed their domestic treble by defeating Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final than discussion moved towards what exactly Brendan Rodgers can do next. Celtic are believed to be keen on four players – a centre-back, midfielder, winger and striker – as they plan for the new campaign.

Rodgers, who has seen his career rejuvenated in Glasgow, presided over a Celtic team that did not lose a domestic game all season; Saturday’s 2-1 triumph at Hampden, where Tom Rogic scored an injury-time winner, proved their toughest test. Rodgers speaks routinely about continuing improvement, with European football surely the true barometer of that. As the dust settled on Saturday’s win, Celtic’s manager warned competing with the Champions League’s elite is still a formidable challenge.

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Gary Cahill rues ‘crazy’ offside rule in wake of Chelsea’s FA Cup final defeat

• Defender says ‘maddest rule I have ever seen’ led to Arsenal’s opener
• ‘If Ramsey is not there, I can run out and get the ball,’ says Thibaut Courtois

Gary Cahill has described the current interpretation of the offside rule as “the maddest rule I have ever seen” as the Chelsea defender struggled to come to terms with the decision to award Alexis Sánchez’s opening goal in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Chelsea were also perplexed that the referee, Anthony Taylor, did not penalise the Arsenal forward for handball in the buildup. After that Aaron Ramsey’s initial movement towards the ball from an offside position prompted the assistant referee, Gary Beswick, to raise his flag. Yet while Ramsey’s presence may have been a distraction, the fact he did not touch the ball, directly interfere with an opponent or ensure his side gained an unfair advantage through his position meant Taylor eventually allowed the fifth-minute goal.

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Manchester City set to pay world record £34.9m for goalkeeper Ederson

• Benfica keeper is expected in Manchester for medical this week
• Fee would eclipse £32.6m Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon

Manchester City look set to sign the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for a reported fee of £34.9m.

The 23-year-old, who has been followed by some of Europe’s biggest clubs this season, admitted on Sunday night that Benfica’s cup final victory over Vitoria was “probably my last game” for the club.

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Arsène Wenger says Arsenal FA Cup win should answer questions over future

• Board meeting will decide manager’s future after almost 21 years at club
• ‘Best presentation I could make is for board to watch Cup final again’

Arsène Wenger will tell Arsenal’s directors to watch a recording of Saturday’s FA Cup final victory over Chelsea if they have any doubt about his suitability to stay on as the club’s manager.

The saga of Wenger’s future will finally be resolved this week, with an announcement set for Wednesday – the day after a meeting of the full board, which Wenger himself will attend as usual. Wenger has made it clear he thinks he ought to be allowed to continue into what would be his 22nd season at the club while he says he knows “what I would like to happen”.

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Departing John Terry urges Chelsea to spend big on their squad

The former captain of many triumphs said the club need to invest heavily in the transfer market to compete in the Champions League

First rewind almost eight years to the day and John Terry had stood confronted by massed ranks of dictaphone wielding media, deep in the bowels of Wembley stadium, contemplating what Chelsea must do next. The names that had tripped off his tongue that afternoon were David Villa and Franck Ribéry, “the kind of players we want to attract, the best out there”, with the senior pros sensing the current crop might fall marginally short when it came to Europe.

A year on and, with the club having recruited only Yuri Zhirkov of note in the interim, the captain’s rhetoric remained steadfast. “The big four need to strengthen next year because everyone’s become closer,” he had said before the successful defence of the FA Cup which would complete Carlo Ancelotti’s Double in his first season in charge. The established quartet were coming to terms with Manchester City’s new financial strength and, this time, Chelsea would react. Ramires, David Luiz and Fernando Torres arrived over the next seven months for a combined £90m, an eye-watering outlay at the time. Two years later the team would lift the European Cup in Munich.

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Departing John Terry urges Chelsea to spend big on their squad

The former captain of many triumphs said the club need to invest heavily in the transfer market to compete in the Champions League

First rewind almost eight years to the day and John Terry had stood confronted by massed ranks of dictaphone wielding media, deep in the bowels of Wembley stadium, contemplating what Chelsea must do next. The names that had tripped off his tongue that afternoon were David Villa and Franck Ribéry, “the kind of players we want to attract, the best out there”, with the senior pros sensing the current crop might fall marginally short when it came to Europe.

A year on and, with the club having recruited only Yuri Zhirkov of note in the interim, the captain’s rhetoric remained steadfast. “The big four need to strengthen next year because everyone’s become closer,” he had said before the successful defence of the FA Cup which would complete Carlo Ancelotti’s Double in his first season in charge. The established quartet were coming to terms with Manchester City’s new financial strength and, this time, Chelsea would react. Ramires, David Luiz and Fernando Torres arrived over the next seven months for a combined £90m, an eye-watering outlay at the time. Two years later the team would lift the European Cup in Munich.

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Jaap Stam confident Reading can handle pressure of £170m play-off final

• Manager believes his side were toughened by FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford
• Huddersfield coach David Wagner: ‘This game can decide all of our futures’

Jaap Stam has insisted Reading will not freeze on the big stage when his side take on Huddersfield Town at Wembley on Monday, as they seek a passage to the Premier League and the biggest financial prize in football. According to Deloitte, promotion is worth a guaranteed £170m, a figure that could rise to £290m if the club retain their top-flight status.

Stam has previously dismissed the significance of his own big-game experience, saying there is only so much he can do from the touchline, and he believes his players have toughened from prevailing in important matches this season. “I think they have learned throughout the season, they have made progress during the season and we have had several games where we needed to do it and needed to win and they have done it,” Stam said. “The last two games against Fulham [in the play‑offs] for example, the game at home to Leeds [a 1-0 win] or away at Sheffield Wednesday [a 2-0 win].

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Owen Farrell rebuffs claims British & Irish Lions will be underprepared

• Farrell insists Lions’ world-class players will be ready for tour start
• ‘We’ll be on the same page. This squad can challenge anyone’

Owen Farrell insists the British & Irish Lions will not arrive in New Zealand underprepared despite taking off just two days after the end of the domestic season as part of a gruelling tour schedule that has come in for fierce criticism of late.

The Lions fly from Heathrow on Monday and land on Wednesday – stopping overnight in Melbourne – leaving only three days to prepare for the tour opener against the New Zealand Barbarians. In all, Warren Gatland’s troops play 10 matches in six weeks – a schedule labelled “suicidal” by Sir Graham Henry, the 2001 Lions coach and 2011 World Cup winner with New Zealand – and gathered together as a whole squad for just the second time on Sunday.

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Rob Baxter and Exeter’s merry men aim to follow Clough path to European glory

After their thrilling extra-time win against Wasps to win Premiership title, the Chiefs seek to follow the Nottingham Forest side of the late 70s

So much for a mellow bank holiday weekend beside the river Exe. Never before has the West Country played host to a Monday afternoon street parade to salute England’s league champions and the warm and fuzzy feeling from Newlyn to Newton Abbot is equally unprecedented. Even for those locals still crawling back from “the Smoke” or struggling to raise heads off pillows, the thrill will take a lifetime to fade.

Three contrasting post-match snapshots showed what it all meant. Rob Baxter’s genuine fly-in-the-eye emotion on the pitch and the receiving line of supporters waiting to shake the hand of the chairman, Tony Rowe, both summed up the storybook nature of the Chiefs’ crowning achievement but the most telling image was the picture of the entire squad blinking in the Sunday morning light outside Gareth Steenson’s bar-cum-garage, all cheerfully clad as Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

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Takuma Sato wins Indy 500 as engine failure ends Fernando Alonso’s race

  • Forty-year-old Japanese driver wins 101st running of Indianapolis 500
  • Two-time F1 world champion Alonso held lead before race ended early

Takuma Sato has won the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 after a dramatic race at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 40-year-old Japanese driver came through in the last few laps of the race to take victory over Hélio Castroneves in second.

Sato, a former Formula One driver, had only won one IndyCar race previously since joining the series in 2010. He had come close to winning the race in 2012, however, when he crashed out on the final lap as he battled Dario Franchitti for the lead. This time he held his nerve to give Andretti Autosport its third victory in four years at the Brickyard and shouted “Awesome!” into his radio as his win was confirmed. Ed Jones, Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan finished third, fourth and fifth respectively.

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French Open 2017: Dan Evans puts up fight before losing to Tommy Robredo

• Robredo wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 in draining heat
• Evans hampered by stomach cramps after fine start

Dan Evans remains convinced he will never fall in love with clay but, for the first half of his losing match against Tommy Robredo in draining heat over four sets on the first day of the 2017 French Open, his aversion to the dirt looked to be a grand bluff.

The elegant Birmingham strokemaker might never master the surface that so bothers those brought up on grass or hard courts yet, before his stamina leaked and stomach cramps kicked in, he mixed selective power and teasing touches of the highest class to raise hopes of what he, at least, would have regarded as an upset.

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Aidan O’Brien first to sweep Guineas board as Winter triumphs at Curragh

• Ryan Moore pays tribute to O’Brien: ‘He sees things from a different direction’
• Trainer limits news of his Derby hopes to: ‘We have six very strong possibles’

Aidan O’Brien became the first trainer to sweep the Guineas in England and in Ireland when Winter loped clear of her rivals in the 1,000 Guineas here on Sunday. Like her stablemate Churchill on Saturday, she was following up on an authoritative success in the Newmarket equivalent three weeks ago and, also like him, she is now an even-money favourite for a Royal Ascot race next month – in her case, the Coronation Stakes.

O’Brien has enjoyed so many such victories that even dedicated racing fans can hardly be expected to be thrilled by each one, especially when he wins yet another Irish Classic and when the winner is unbackably short, as Winter was at odds of 8-13. But the significance of this particular achievement should not be missed.

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