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Ferrara: Interim coach Ciro Ferrara has only given himself a 33 per cent chance of staying on the Juventus bench next season. Last week, he led the team to a 3-0 victory away to Siena on his debut after Claudio Ranieri's dismissal and had said it was a 50-50 shot between him and Bari coach Antonio Conte. "It seems that another name has entered the fray, so my chances have dropped from 50 per cent to 33," Ferrara said. "It is no longer a two-horse race."

Promoted: Montpellier and Boulogne-sur-Mer join second division champions Lens in gaining promotion to the French first division next season. Montpellier assured themselves of life in the top league with a 2-1 win over Strasbourg while Boulogne thumped Amiens 4-0 on the last day of the season. Lens were already assured of their promotion.

Miuccoli: Fabrizio Miccoli has extended his contract with Palermo until 2012. The diminutive striker put pen to paper yesterday on a new deal tying him to the Sicilian side for another three seasons. Miccoli, 29, has been with Palermo since joining from Juventus in a £3.5m deal in the summer of 2007. This has been a fine season for him with 13 Serie A goals, overcoming the 12 he scored with Fiorentina in 2004-05.

Besiktas: Besiktas clinched the Turkish league title for the 11th time yesterday with a 2-1 win away to Denizlispor, adding to their Turkish Cup success. It has been a bitterly disappointing season for Besiktas's major Istanbul rivals, Fenerbahce and Galatasaray, who have both won the title 17 times and who finished in fourth and fifth place.

Friendly: Cyprus vs Canada 0-1.

Primera Liga: A. Madrid vs Almeria 3-0; Deportivo vs Barcelona 1-1; R. Mallorca vs Villarreal 2-3; Valencia vs A. Bilbao 2-0.

Ligue 1: Last day - Caen vs Bordeaux 0-1; Lorient vs Le Mans 1-1; Nantes vs Auxerre 2-1; Grenoble vs Sochaux 0-1; Lille vs Nancy 3-2; Nice vs Le Havre 0-0; O. Marseille vs S. Rennes 4-0; Paris SG vs Monaco 0-0; St Etienne vs Valenciennes 4-0; Toulouse vs O. Lyon 0-0. Bordeaux champions.

Rallying: A rally driver died when his car crashed into a tree during a speed test yesterday in the Czech domestic race Rallye Posazavi, news server iDnes reported. His co-driver was seriously injured, but no spectators were hurt in the accident near Havlickuv Brod, around 100 kilometres southeast of the Czech capital. The rally, in its 12th year, is part of the five-race series of the Czech Open Cup.

Doping: Former women's road race world champion Marta Bastianelli has had her doping ban doubled to two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Bastianelli was banned for a year by the Italian Olympic Committee after testing positive for flenfluramine last July but the International Cycling Union deemed the punishment too light and appealed to CAS.

Rugby Union: Former England internationals Martin Corry and Josh Lewsey ended their rugby careers yesterday by helping the Barbarians to a 33-26 win over England at Twickenham. Corry, 35, and Lewsey, 32, joined Mike Catt and Iain Balshaw in the line-up against an England side preparing for two tests against Argentina. All four were in the England squad who won the 2003 World Cup.

Boxing: Briton Amir Khan will not be forced to fight a re-match against Marco Antonio Barrera who he beat in Manchester in March when the Mexican suffered a bad cut. Khan's promoters said that Barrera's appeal to the World Boxing Organisation for an immediate re-match had been turned down, as had his request to have the fight declared a no-contest.

Basket, NBA: Kobe Bryant scored 35 points to guide the Los Angeles Lakers back to the NBA Finals with a 119-92 rout of the Denver Nuggets on Friday, as the visitors closed out their Western Conference series in style. The Lakers triumphed 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. Los Angeles, beaten by Boston Celtics in last year's title showdown, await the winner of the Eastern Conference finals series between Orlando Magic and Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cycling: Australian sprint specialist Robbie McEwen appears certain to miss this year's Tour de France after badly injuring his knee following a race fall in Belgium. McEwen has been one of the world's top sprinters for the past decade. He has won 12 stages at the Tour de France. Starting in Monaco, the Tour runs from July 4-26.

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