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Lennon agrees Hibs deal + Sharapova

Neil Lennon bw vidFootball: Former Celtic manager and midfielder Neil Lennon has agreed to succeed Alan Stubbs as Hibernian manager.

He is expected to bring Garry Parker, his assistant at Celtic and Bolton on board as his number two at Easter Road.

The former Northern Ireland international missed out to Brendan Rodgers in a bid to return to Parkhead.

But after struggling at Bolton Wanderers, who were relegated from the English Championship last season, he will now have the task of trying to guide Hibs back into the Scottish top flight as well taking the the current Scottish FA Cup holders into Europe.

Stubbs left to join Rotherham United.

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Tennis: Sports firm Nike said it will continue its sponsorship of Maria Sharapova even though the Russian grand slam winner has been given a two-year suspension for a doping violation.

The International Tennis Federation made the ruling today following an investigation after Sharapova, 29, failed a drugs test at the Australian Open in January.

She tested positive for meldonium, a substance she said she had been taking since 2006 for health issues.

The ban – effective from 26 January 2016 –  means the five-time grand slam winner will miss the Rio Olympic Games and will not be eligible for a grand slam tournament until the French Open in 2018.

The former Wimbledon champion says she will appeal.

Nike said that, since the tribunal found that she did not intentionally break the rules, it would continue to partner her.

Her relationship with Nike began when she was 11 years old. In 2010, she signed a new eight-year contract with the US sportswear giant worth $70m (£49m).

Her other sponsors have not yet responed. In March, Swiss watchmaker Tag Heuer withdrew and the carmaker Porsche said it was “postponing planned activities”.

The racket manufacturer Head said it would stand by Sharapova.

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Football: Arsenal are continuing to monitor Celtic duo Tom Rogic and Kieran Tierney.

Losing 23-year-old Rogic, who has won 17 caps for Australia, and defender Kieran Tierney would be a setback for new Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers.

But he may struggle to prevent the pair being tempted by a big move to the English Premiership.

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Football: Dutchman Ronald Koeman will replace Roberto Martinez as manager of Everton after a deal was agreed with Premier League rivals Southampton. The Saints will receive an estimated £5m in compensation.

The 53-year-old Dutchman, who has been in charge at St Mary’s for two years, is expected to be confirmed as manager at Goodison Park on Friday.

In his two seasons at Southampton the former Netherlands international led the club to seventh and sixth place – their best Premier League campaigns.

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Football: Chelsea have agreed an undisclosed settlement with former club doctor Eva Carneiro who claimed constructive dismissal. An agreement has also been reached in a discrimination case against the club’s former manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea said it apologised “unreservedly” to the former first team doctor for the distress caused.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Dr Carneiro had rejected an offer of £1.2m to settle her claims.

She alleged she was subject to sexual discrimination after entering the pitch to treat a player during the opening day of the Premier League season.

She claimed that as she ran on to the pitch Mourinho shouted the Portuguese phrase “filha da puta” at her, which means “daughter of a whore”.

In a statement to the tribunal, Mr Mourinho admitted that he used the term “filho da puta” but insisted he had been using it throughout the match.

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