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Everton in talks with Cuco Martina over signing Southampton defender

• The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month
• Koeman wants cover due to Seamus Coleman’s long-term injury

Everton have held talks with Cuco Martina over signing the Southampton defender on a free transfer.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at St Mary’s Stadium this month and open to a move having failed to secure a regular place in Claude Puel’s team this season, making only 18 appearances in all competitions.

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India advertise for new head coach despite Anil Kumble’s success in role

• Kumble will be considered but other applicants welcomed
• Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman will make call

India have invited applications to take over from head coach Anil Kumble, who will also be considered for a contract extension.

Kumble’s current deal comes to an end after next month’s Champions Trophy and the Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to advertise for candidates.

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Lack of a Plan B for Ajax costs them dear when chasing Europa League final | Michael Cox

Peter Bosz’s Ajax had been drilled so relentlessly in a specific style they were helpless when they needed to get back into the game against Manchester United

It is rare to see a final contested between teams using such utterly different approaches, and equally rare for the game to pan out so predictably. Ajax had plenty of the ball, Manchester United counterattacked and proved more ruthless in the penalty area.

The stylistic contrast was remarkable. Ajax are a possession-based side rejuvenated under their attack-minded coach, Peter Bosz, a man who greatly admired Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side, and in transferring that template on …read more

Doug Bracewell blames killing of pet cockatoo by dogs for drink-driving

Fast bowler drunk drove from function after panicked call from girlfriendFast bowler sentenced to 100 hours after failing breath test in March

The New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for a third drink-driving offence after blaming the killing of a pet cockatoo by dogs for his decision to drive home drunk from a function.

The 26-year-old fast bowler was pulled over by police in March and returned a blood-alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit.

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Football transfer rumours: Manchester United chasing Bayern Munich duo?

Today’s tittle-tattle is set for a long summer

Job done for Manchester United, then. And having become only the second English club to complete a clean sweep of the major European prizes, they’ll make like the first, Chelsea, and embark on a serious summer spending spree. Admittedly they’d have done this whatever the result last night, but after doing a comprehensive number on Ajax, they’ve earned the right to spoil themselves a little, huh.

The president of Atlético Madrid has gone on the radio to insist that Antoine Griezmann hasn’t asked for a move, and in any case nobody in their …read more