Spurs turn attentions to Ten Hag after missing out on Nagelsmann, Sarri...

Finding a replacement for Jose Mourinho proving difficult for Tottenham, while Launchbury’s Lions’ hopes fade.

SOCCER: Another day, another Tottenham managerial favourite.

Today, it is Ajax boss Erik ten Hag who has gone to the head of the betting.

He replaces Mauricio Sarri who is being lined up to replace Daniel Fonseca at Roma, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Tottenham have already missed out on Julian Nagelsmann who appears destined to step into Hansi Flick's shoes at Bayern Munich.

And now, Ten Hag is among the candidates Levy is considering to replace Mourinho.

The Ajax boss' current deal expires at the end of next season which means he is likely to be relatively cheap to release from his existing contract. That will suit Tottenham who are working within a tight financial framework due to the impact of COVID-19.

Ten Hag's side will win the Dutch title this season, Ajax's second under the 51-year-old, and, according to the Daily Mail, he could be tempted by a fresh challenge.

Ten Hag is 3/1 with Sky Bet to get the Spurs job, with Sarri 7/2.

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is 9/2.

Murray urges Wimbledon stars to follow the rules

TENNIS: Andy Murray has urged fellow players to adhere to the strict new rules being imposed on them at this year's Wimbledon.

The All England Club are set to impose heavy fines and disqualification on players if they or their entourage breach strict COVID-19 rules at this year's tournament.

Players have been told they must not venture beyond tournament or practice sites, or the designated hotel.

And, according to the Daily Mail, competitors will only be allowed to book one extra room at the sanctioned hotel for their support team.

It is a far cry from previous years which have seen Roger Federer book two houses in the same road in Wimbledon village to accommodate his family and support group.

However, Murray, who lives in nearby Surrey, says the players have no alternative if they wish to carry on competing.

"I appreciate that it is difficult," he said. "But, at the same time, seeing 60,000 people died in Brazil last month because of coronavirus, this is what we have to do to be able to continue to do our jobs and to give the tournaments some security.

"Obviously I would way rather not be staying in a hotel. It would be a shame but, if that's what we've got to do to keep everyone safe, then that's what we'll do."

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Murray, who has resumed hitting again after having to withdraw from Miami with a groin issue, is a 28/1 shot with Sky Bet to lift the singles crown in the summer.

However, he has yet to announce when he will return to competition.

Fellow Brit Dan Evans is priced at 100/1, while Kyle Edmund is 125/1.

Novak Djokovic, who won the event in 2018 and 2019, is 6/4 favourite.

Launchbury set to miss out on Lions tour

Rugby union: The Times report that Joe Launchbury is expected to discover today the full extent of the knee injury he sustained playing for Wasps against Bath on Sunday.

The England lock twisted his knee as he attempted to tackle Jonathan Joseph and now looks a major doubt for the British & Irish Lions tour.

Wasps head coach Lee Blackett described it as a "gut-wrenching moment" and predicted Launchbury had suffered a long-term injury.

Launchbury, who has 69 England caps, just missed out on Lions selection in 2017.

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Thought of as a lively contender to make the South Africa tour, Launchbury drifted to 4/1 with Sky Bet following news of his injury.

George North is also facing an anxious wait after suffering an injury in the second half of the Ospreys' 36-14 Rainbow Cup victory over the Cardiff Blues.

The Wales wing limped off after sustaining damage to his right knee.

North remains 1/5 to make the Lions squad, also with Sky Bet.

* All odds correct at time of publication

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