Football fixtures and transfers - Wednesday 19 June

Football fixtures announced, Man Utd head to Swansea, Jose Mourinho begins with Hull trip, plus more

20 June 2013 Last updated at 09:17 GMT

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    That's it for Sportsday for today, but there's still plenty of live sports news to follow across the BBC Sport website.

    We have live text commentary of the Confederations Cup clash between Brazil and Mexico live on the BBC website and BBC3.

  2. 1834: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    David Beckham

    David Beckham's goal from the halfway line in Manchester United's opening-day victory over Wimbledon in 1996 is among the most memorable starts to a Premier League season.

    We want to hear what your most memorable opening day fixture memory is. Tweet us your thoughts via the hashtag #footyfixtures

  3. 1830: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Sportsday rounds up the big sporting stories of the day on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website. including key football fixtures of the new 2013-14 season, Royal Ascot and the Aegon Championship in Eastbourne at 1835 BST.

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    Alex Clark: Sunderland need to get off to a good start with our fixtures! Could be a tough season otherwise!

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    SWFC Transfers: QPR away first game is difficult but hope Sheffield Wednesday can get off to a great start this season.

  5. 1821:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCYCLING

    Tonight on BBC Radio 5 Live: Simon Brotherton presents a two hour special, '100 Years of the Tour De France' with a cast of thousands and some beautiful stories from a century of the greatest bike race on earth.

    From the fez wearing Tunisian to the Tashkent Terror from The Eagle of Toledo to The Look, it's a vast look at the Tour, it's many characters and its greatest stages. That's '100 Years of the Tour De France' on #5LiveSport from 1930 BST this evening.

  6. 1817: 
    TENNIS
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray: The Man Behind The Racquet

    BBC One, 2225 BST, Sunday 23 June

    This Sunday BBC One will be broadcasting a 'behind the scenes' documentary on Andy Murray showing a unique glimpse into the life of a global superstar yet very private man.

    The programme includes contributions from Andy's girlfriend Kim, his family, Ivan Lendl and a whole host of stars from the world of sport and entertainment - Nadal, Djokovic, Federer, Agassi, McEnroe, Sir Alex Ferguson, Kevin Spacey and James Corden to name but a few.

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    pat harper: If Crawley can do well in the first month we could be OK but to have Coventry, Wolves and Peterborough it will be tough.

    Greg Andrews: Happy with the mighty Leeds United's first game at home to a Brighton side having a troubling few months. I hope it continues...

    grahame robinson: Two new signings for Tranmere. Ronnie Moore showing spirit to push the club into promotion. Good chance this season.

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  8. 1809: 
    CRICKET

    Former captain Sanath Jayasuriya says Sri Lanka will target India's bowling when the sides meet in Thursday's Champions Trophy semi-final at Cardiff.

    India start as favourites after wins over South Africa, West Indies and Pakistan, but Jayasuriya, now a selector, is confident of pulling off an upset.

    He said: "Their bowling isn't the best, so we need to have a very good plan."

  9. 1803: 
    FOOTBALL
    Fortaleza

    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in Brazil: "Police estimate that between 20-30,000 protestors have taken to the streets here in Fortaleza.

    The demonstrators have blocked the main road into the stadium but police are holding them back from actually getting close to the stadium by using a 2km exclusion zone.

    The protestors have already attempted to walk towards the stadium once and have been dispersed with tear gas and rubber bullets. I have just visited a pop up hospital directly outside the stadium and there are five police officers in there being treated for injuries sustained by rocks.

    A number of protestors do have tickets and will be in the stadium. I have spotted one banner that read 'professor vale mais que Neymar' - a teacher is worth more than Neymar."

  10. 1757: 
    FOOTBALL
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is ready for an "emotional" start to life back at Stamford Bridge, with Hull City the opponents for their season opener.

    The newly promoted Tigers will visit on the weekend of 17-18 August.

    "Starting the season at home is a great way for our supporters to show the players they are ready to be behind the team all the way," said Mourinho.

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    Jacob Mignano: Man Utd 5-1 Fulham. We all wondered how Rooney & Ronaldo would play together after WC 2006. 4-0 in 20 mins - perfect response.

    Andrew Priestley: Wimbledon 0-3 Manchester United, 1996/97 season. Beckham scoring from half-way. "Beckham has seen Sullivan off his line!"

    Richard Fowell: Boro v Liverpool 3-3, Ravanelli hat-trick on his debut, Emerson pulling the strings in midfield, oh how we dreamed...

    We want to hear what your best opening day fixture memory is. Tweet us your thoughts via the hashtag #footyfixtures

  12. 1745: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Annecdote (11-1) wins the Sandringham Handicap in a tight finish from Auction in second 16-1. Woodland Aria comes in third 7-1.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  13. 1740: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackpool secretary Matt Williams has described the Football League's fixture scheduling policy as "farcical".

    Williams revealed to BBC Radio Lancashire that he had been told by the Football League they were now looking to maximise Saturday attendances.

    As a result, the Tangerines face a number of long trips for matches on a Tuesday, including journeys to Yeovil, Millwall and Reading next season.

    "I really, really feel sorry for the supporters," he said. "It is a complete policy shift from previous years where the Football League, where possible, tried to make it only a maximum two-and-a-half-hour journey so supporters can get to the game."

  14. 1733:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in EastbourneTENNIS

    Elena Baltacha took the positives out of a three-set defeat to world number 10, Maria Kirilenko. "I think eight weeks ago, if someone would have said to me that you're going to win Nottingham and then you're going to get a shot at Kirilenko second round of Eastbourne, I don't think I would have believed them," said the Scot. "I think what I have done in the last two, three months is actually quite amazing, really."

  15. 1728: 
    TENNIS

    Laura Robson is out of the Aegon International in Eastbourne, losing 6-4 6-4 to Caroline Wozniacki.

    Follow all the action from Eastbourne on the BBC Sport website via our live text commentary.

  16. 1723: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at Royal Ascot: Three and easy for jockey James Doyle - Rizeena brings up a treble at Royal Ascot. His first winners here and he tops jockey standings.

  17. 1720: 
    ATHLETICS
    Yohan Blake

    Yohan Blake will not run the 200m at the World Championships after the Olympic silver medallist pulled out of this weekend's Jamaican national championships with hamstring problems.

    Blake, 23, suffered the injury in April and has not sufficiently recovered.

    As defending champion, he does not need to qualify for the 100m in Moscow.

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    onionb25: Arsenal's 2-1 home win against Everton in 2003-4, the start of an extremely special season for the Gunners.

    Freedom Of Football: Eden Hazard's debut for Chelsea against Reading, setting up two goals and getting a MOTM award.

    Claire Gould: Reading's first game in the Premier League, 2-0 down at home to Middlesbrough before coming back to win 3-2.

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  19. 1709: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Rizeena wins the Queen Mary Stakes at 6-1 from Sweet Emma Rose in second 16-1. One Chance comes in third 66-1.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  20. 1705: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland complete the signing of Swedish winger David Moberg Karlsson from IFK Goteborg.

    The 19-year-old Swedish U19 international winger, who can also play in attack, has signed a four-year contract on Wearside and moves to the Stadium of Light for an undisclosed fee.

    He made 28 appearances for Goteborg, including 10 during the current campaign.

  21. 1702: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    England, France, Australia and defending champions New Zealand have all named their squads for the 2013 Women's Rugby League World Cup which kicks-off on Friday July 5.

    New Zealand begin the defence of their title against France at Dewsbury's Tetley's Stadium on Friday 5 July as part of a double-header which will also see hosts England begin their campaign against Australia.

  22. 1658: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith ahead of the Confederations Cup tie between hosts Brazil v Mexico (2000 BST): "There are already thousands, perhaps even tens of thousands, of protestors on the streets of Fortaleza.

    "The main road to the stadium is blocked by the demonstration. We have had to turn back and fans, media, anyone with a ticket is being told to go the convention centre in Fortaleza and we will be bused in from there. Already this looks like the most significant match day protest yet and by some distance."

  23. 1658: 
    CRICKET

    England beat South Africa by seven wickets with 75 balls remaining to reach the final of the Champions Trophy, Jonathan Trott with an unbeaten 82.

  24. 1655: 
    FOOTBALL
    Andy Carroll

    Striker Andy Carroll hopes his club record £15m move to West Ham from Liverpool will help him cement a place in the England squad ahead of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    "I just want to keep fit now, keep scoring goals and performing week in and week out for West Ham," Carroll told West Ham TV. "If I do that here, play well and keep fit, then hopefully I will get in the England team."

    Carroll has scored two goals in nine senior England appearances, but has not featured for his country since the World Cup qualifier with San Marino in October 2012.

  25. 1649: 
    CRICKET

    England are 135-2 after 30 overs at The Oval, only 41 runs short of the target required to beat South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final. Jonathan Trott has 64 and Joe Root 37. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

  26. 1645: 
    FOOTBALL

    New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes faces a challenging first few weeks of the Premier League season, according to chief executive Tony Scholes.

    The Potters travel to Liverpool in Hughes' first league game in charge of the Staffordshire club on 17 August.

    Manchester City visit on 14 September before Arsenal host Stoke a week later.

    "It's a tough start as we play three of the so-called big clubs in our first five games, but we're looking forward to the challenge," Scholes said.

  27. 1640: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Highest-scoring Premier League season opening matches:

    20 August 1994: Crystal Palace 1-6 Liverpool

    20 August 1994: Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Tottenham

    19 August 1995: Southampton 3-4 Nottingham Forest

    15 August 2009: Everton 1-6 Arsenal

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  28. 1634: 
    CRICKET

    England are close to confirming their place in the Champions Trophy final. Chasing 176 runs for victory against South Africa, they require another 30 to win from 18 overs. Crucially, they have seven wickets remaining.

  29. 1632: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Belgian Bill wins the Royal Hunt Cup at 33-1 from Premio Loco in second 40-1. Arsaadi comes in third.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

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    Phillip: Don't know how to look at our fixtures until I know what players will be actually pulling on a Birmingham City shirt.

    Alan McSwiggan: It doesn't matter about fixtures. The only thing that matters is we have a club. In Pompey we trust.

    Alex Clark: Sunderland need to get off to a good start. Could be a tough season otherwise.

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    FOOTBALL
    Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli

    Manchester City face a possible reunion with former striker Mario Balotelli, 22, in Germany this summer after confirmation City will play Balotelli's current club AC Milan at the four-team Audi Cup in Munich in July and August.

    Hosts Bayern Munich and Brazilian club Sao Paulo are the other clubs taking part in the two-day competition, which will see games played at the Allianz Arena on 31 July and 1 August.

  32. 1618: 
    CYCLING

    Britain's Chris Froome says he is coming into his prime and is ready to win the Tour de France, which starts on 29 June.

    "I'm 28 now and for the next six or seven years I could make this my goal, to be at my best for the Tour and fight for the yellow jersey," Froome told BBC Sport. "If I could win it once in that time, I would be chuffed to bits.

    "I know winning the Tour is no easy feat and certainly for now I'm only focused on this year. Anything else is looking a bit too far in the future, but that's where I would like to go with my career."

  33. 1613: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas on his club's 2013-14 fixture programme: "At certain times of the season we have compact fixtures with the top teams again. So, for example, last season we had Arsenal and then Manchester City, both away, and we have the same this time.

    "November and December is when we gathered many points last season and we will look to do the same again. This time we go to Old Trafford on New Year's Day, a huge game.

    "I think there will be big changes in every team and the managerial changes (at Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United) will see different ways of playing. Other teams will look to create strong teams and we will look to do the same, and build a strong, competitive side."

  34. 1612: 
    CRICKET

    England reach 100 for the loss of only two wickets as they seek 176 to beat South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval. Jonathan Trott has 44 and Joe Root is on 23 and they have had 24 overs. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

  35. 1606: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Celtic player Henrik Larsson is set to make a return to competitive football with his first club, Hogaborg, reports Scottish TV.

    Larsson, now 41, retired from playing in 2009 after a career that saw him star for Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United amongst other clubs, and earn 106 international caps. The Swede pursued a career in coaching and is currently an assistant with Hogaborg, where he played from 1988 to 1992.

    "Henrik will be on the bench," Hogaborg manager Kenneth Karlsson told STV. "He has been working as assistant coach here and we have had some injury problems with the team. He decided to help."

  36. 1559: 
    FOOTBALL
    Kwadwo Asamoah

    Juventus buy Ghana international Kwadwo Asamoah outright on a four-year deal after ending their co-ownership deal with Udinese for the midfielder. They will pay Udinese around £7m over the next three years for the 24-year-old.

  37. 1553: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tranmere Rovers sign defenders Stephen Foster and Evan Horwood, each on a two-year contract. Foster, 32, joins after his release by Barnsley where he spent six years, including a spell as captain while full-back Horwood, 27, joins following his release by Hartlepool, where he spent three years.

  38. 1552: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Al Kazeem narrowly wins the Prince of Wales's Stakes at 11-4 from Mukhadram in second 14-1. The Fugue comes in third at 13-2.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  39. 1549: 
    FOOTBALL

    Vitesse Arnhem name former Netherlands international Peter Bosz as their new coach. Bosz, a former Feyenoord player, returns to the club where he started his playing career.

  40. 1545: 
    CRICKET

    England are 77-2 after 20 overs in pursuit of 176 to beat South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval. Jonathan Trott has 28 and Joe Root is on 16. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

  41. 1544:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC SportTENNIS

    Elena Baltacha went desperately close to knocking out world number 10, Maria Kirilenko, in Eastbourne before going down 4-6 6-4 6-3. In unfamiliar hot conditions and watched by a large crowd on Court Two, the Briton - ranked 185 as she makes her way back from injury - had break points at 3-3 in the decider. Kirilenko showed why she is currently at a career-high ranking though, coming through in a gruelling two hours and 33 minutes before consoling the crestfallen Scot at the net.

    Follow all the action via BBC2 and the BBC Sport website.

  42. 1542: 
    FOOTBALL

    Protesters are blocking the main access road to the stadium where Brazil will play Mexico in the Confederations Cup at 2000 BST. Police are diverting traffic away from the road as hundreds of demonstrators gather near the venue in Fortaleza.

    Official Fifa vehicles were among those struggling to get to the venue for the group stage match, according to a report by Associated Press. The protest is being organized by several local groups complaining about the local government and demanding better public services.

  43. 1535: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Alan Shearer

    WHO HAS SCORED MOST GOALS ON THE OPENING DAY OF A PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON?

    8 - Alan Shearer

    7 - Teddy Sheringham, Frank Lampard

    6 - Louis Saha, Didier Drogba

    5 - Dennis Bergkamp, Kevin Campbell, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Les Ferdinand, Darren Bent, Wayne Rooney

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  44. 1531: 
    ATHLETICS

    Britain's top shot putter Sophie McKinna says she will learn from her senior British debut at the European Team Championships. The 18-year-old will join Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford in Gateshead this weekend.

    "Being alongside names like that is going to be such a brilliant experience," McKinna told BBC BBC Radio Norfolk. "Hopefully I'll learn a lot from them and apply to it other competitions later this year."

  45. 1527: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official asked which three players scored a brace of goals on the opening day of the 2012-13 season in the Premier League? Well done to everyone who correctly replied Nathan Dyer, Michu and Mladen Petric.

  46. 1522: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Manchester United

    On the opening day of the 2012/13 season:

    2011-12 Premier League champions: Manchester City - won.

    2012-13 Premier League champions: Manchester United - lost.

    Promoted clubs: Reading - drew; Southampton - lost; West Ham United - won.

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    Kit Marsden: Why get worked-up over Norwich's last four games? If we win the first 34, we won't care about the 'run-in'.

    Lizzy Michael: Man Utd hosting Chelsea at Old Trafford. That will decide if Moyes and Mourinho will have a competitive season with each other.

    Murat Kaan: Most looking forward to Liverpool v Stoke. Need a good start for once."

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  48. 1510: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Duntle wins the Duke Of Cambridge Stakes at 10-3. Lady's First takes second 25-1 and Dank comes in third at 7-2.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  49. 1508: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith ahead of Brazil v Mexico (2000 BST) in the Confederations Cup on Wednesday: "Thousands of protestors blocking road to the stadium in Fortaleza. Brazil v Mexico could be interesting."

  50. 1506: 
    ROYAL ASCOT

    Favourite Gale Force Ten wins the Jersey Stakes at 9-2. Montiridge takes second 15-2 and Tawhid comes in third at 25-1.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  51. 1503: 
    CRICKET

    England lose a second wicket against South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final. Ian Bell is out for 20 and England are 41-2, chasing 176 at The Oval. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

  52. 1502: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Players have voted overwhelmingly to reject the Rugby Football League's radical plan to split a two-division Super League into three leagues of eight during the season. The proposal is one of three options put forward by the RFL for a restructuring of the domestic competition from 2015.

  53. 1500: 
    ROYAL ASCOT
    Camelot

    Follow all the action from Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text commentary as former Derby winner Camelot and Prix de l'Arc Triomphe prospect Al Kazeem go head-to-head on the second day of Royal Ascot.

  54. 1457: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Carroll is one of the most expensive English players in the history of the Premier League - during his career his transfer fees have reached £50m.

    Some other notable expensive players signings include (£=total spend):

    Darren Bent (Aston Villa): £53.5m

    Peter Crouch (Stoke City): £50.6m

    Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United): £48.5m

    James Milner (Manchester City): £41.6m

  55. 1454: 
    CRICKET

    England captain Alastair Cook is out for six in the seventh over against South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval. England, chasing 176 for victory, have progressed to 39-1 after nine overs.

  56. 1451:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Liverpool take a £20m hit on Andy Carroll - a very expensive lesson but one you suspect they will never suffer again. Different approach now. Carroll has the potential to be a very good signing for West Ham and will always be well thought of at Liverpool. And not buying the argument already being aired that "Carroll was bought with the Torres money" as if that makes paying £35m correct.

    "Yes Liverpool had the Torres money - but that does not mean they had to pay £35m for a striker who clearly wasn't worth it. Liverpool and the owners approaching things differently now. Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho were two excellent January signings."

  57. 1445: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Brad Friedel

    MOST SEASON OPENING-DAY GOALS CONCEDED:

    21 - Brad Friedel

    19 - Nigel Martyn

    18 - David James, Mark Schwarzer

    16 - Jussi Jaaskelainen

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  58. 1438: 
    CRICKET

    Six overs gone in England's pursuit of 176 against South Africa in the Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval and they are 22-0, skipper Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both on six. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

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    Sam Wigginton: Palace v Hull on a mid-winter Tuesday night? It'll be like being back in the Championship (probably with matching football)

    30 something London: Spurs will generally get one in five opening day fixtures at home. Not surprised we have an away day first up.

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  60. 1433: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool statement on Andy Carroll's move to West Ham United: "Everybody at Liverpool would like to wish Andy all the best for the future."

  61. 1429: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Carroll scored six Premier League goals for Liverpool in 44 League appearances - that works out at out at £5.8m per goal scored following his £35m move from Newcastle United in January 2011.

    Then Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish said of Carroll at the time: "He's only a boy, he'll settle in here no problem."

    "We are not weighing him up against any price. If someone has come in for nothing it doesn't mean to say he's going to be better or worse than someone who cost £20m. Money is irrelevant really. If you can pass, you can score, you can play, you deserve to be in the team," Dalglish added.

  62. 1427: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scottish club Hearts will start next season on minus 15 points after officially entering administration. The insolvency firm BDO have been appointed administrators.

  63. 1424: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on starting the 2013-14 Premier League season at home to newly-promoted Hull City: "Starting the season at home is a great way for our supporters to show the players they are ready to be behind the team all the way, and at the same time it is a great way for the players to show how much they are motivated and committed."

    Mourinho tells Chelsea's website: "I am so happy to start at the Bridge, but at the same time Hull City is a team who were promoted from the Championship and they will have that spirit, even if now they are in the Premier League. So it is an emotional but a hard start."

  64. 1420: 
    FOOTBALL

    ANDY CARROLL CAREER STATS:

    Newcastle (2006-11): 91 games, 33 goals

    Preston (loan Aug 2007-08): 12 games, 1 goal

    Liverpool (2011-present): 57 games, 11 goals

    West Ham (loan 2012-13): 24 games, 7 goals

    England (2010-present): 9 games, 2 goals

    The 24-year-old cost Liverpool £35m from Newcastle United and has been on loan at West Ham since 2012, scoring seven times in 24 games.

  65. 1419: 
    FOOTBALL
    West Ham United striker Andy Carroll

    Andy Carroll describes his move from Liverpool to West Ham United as "fantastic". West Ham United have not disclosed the fee they have paid to sign the England striker, who spent last season on loan at Upton Park. But it is believed to be in the region of £15m, a club record.

    "Since the end of last season I've had a lot of time to think, I've missed it and that's why I'm back," said the 24-year-old. It's fantastic for me to be here. I really enjoyed last season, and that shows in me coming back and making it permanent."

  66. 1412: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    West Ham United announce striker Andy Carroll has signed a six-year contract for a club record fee.

  67. 1409: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has started 15 consecutive opening Premier League matches.

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  68. 1409: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    HOW THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS HAVE FARED ON OPENING DAY (Part 5):

    SWANSEA: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Win % 50

    TOTTENHAM: Played 21, Won 6, Lost 9, Drawn 6, Win % 29

    WEST BROM: Played 7, Won 1, Lost 4, Drawn 2, Win % 14

    WEST HAM: Played 17, Won 8, Lost 7, Drawn 2, Win % 47

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  69. 1407: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes believes facing Liverpool at Anfield on the opening weekend of the season could benefit his side.

    "The start could have been slightly easier," he says. "Liverpool at Anfield is a test for everyone. But maybe catching them early could be good for us."

  70. 1357: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    HOW THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS HAVE FARED ON OPENING DAY (Part 4):

    NORWICH: Played 6, Won 1, Lost 3, Drawn 2, Win % 17

    SOUTHAMPTON: Played 14, Won 1, Lost 7, Drawn 6, Win % 7

    STOKE CITY: Played 5, Won 1, Lost 2, Drawn 2, Win % 20

    SUNDERLAND: Played 12, Won 4, Lost 3, Drawn 5, Win % 33

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  71. 1354: 
    CYCLING

    Team Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador will be supported by Michael Rogers, Roman Kreuziger and Ireland's Nicolas Roche as he bids for a third Tour de France title.

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    Paul Pharoah: First 38 fixtures very winnable for Arsenal!

    Steven Jerjian: Mourinho, Liverpool and a derby in the first five games for Moyes. If ever there was a chance to prove yourself.

    Tom Bradstreet: Reminder to Daniel Levy: the season starts mid-August - not after deadline day. First game counts as much as the last one.

  73. 1338: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    HOW THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS HAVE FARED ON OPENING DAY (Part 3):

    LIVERPOOL: Played 21, Won 10, Lost 4, Drawn 7, Win % 48

    MANCHESTER CITY: Played 15, Won 5, Lost 5, Drawn 5, Win % 33

    MANCHESTER UNITED: Played 21, Won 13, Lost 4, Drawn 4, Win % 62

    NEWCASTLE: Played 19, Won 7, Lost 6, Drawn 6, Win % 37

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  74. 1338: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona defender Carles Puyol successfully undergoes surgery to treat a painful swelling in his right knee. Doctor Ricard Pruna, who was in charge of the operation, says the 35-year-old club captain's cyst was extracted on Wednesday in a 35-minute routine operation.

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    CRICKET

    South Africa are bowled out for 175 - despite a ninth-wicket partnership of 95 - in the first Champions Trophy semi-final against England at The Oval. Wicketkeeper Jos Buttler takes six catches. Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra and there is text commentary on the BBC website.

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    HOW THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS HAVE FAIRED ON OPENING DAY (Part 2):

    CRYSTAL PALACE: Played 4, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 2, Win % 25

    EVERTON: Played 21, Won 6, Lost 9, Drawn 6, Win % 29

    FULHAM: Played 12, Won 4, Lost 4, Drawn 4, Win % 33

    HULL CITY: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1, Drawn 0, Win % 50

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    David Keel: 2013-14 fixtures mean Watford will have opened the season at home only twice in 14 years. How does that work?

    Matthew Head: Most looking forward to Bournemouth v QPR. Reunion with Harry. Up the Cherries.

    Nick Stevens: Another year without a home fixture on Boxing Day for Ipswich Town. This is getting ridiculous.

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    Andy Schleck

    Luxembourg's Andy Schleck will return to lead the RadioShack Leopard Trek team at this year's Tour de France. Schleck missed last year's Tour due to a pelvis fracture and the three-time Tour podium finisher has since struggled to regain his form. The Tour, which lasts three weeks, starts on 29 June.

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    A record ninth-wicket partnership in ODIs for South Africa takes them to 159-8 after 36 overs in the first Champions Trophy semi-final with England at The Oval. David Miller has 42 and Rory Kleinveldt 35 as the partnership extends to 72.

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    HOW THE PREMIER LEAGUE CLUBS HAVE FARED ON OPENING DAY (Part 1):

    ARSENAL: Played 21, Won 12, Lost 3, Drawn 6, Win % 57

    ASTON VILLA: Played 21, Won 6, Lost 8, Drawn 7, Win % 29

    CARDIFF: N/A

    CHELSEA: Played 21, Won 13, Lost 3, Drawn 5, Win % 62

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    Former Test bowler Shaun Tait says Australia can "surprise a few people" in the forthcoming Ashes series. Australia's build-up to the first Test on 10 July has been marred by an early exit from the Champions Trophy, the suspension of batsman David Warner and an injury to captain Michael Clarke.

    "The Ashes is different to playing one-day tournaments," Tait told BBC Essex. England are the favourites. But I'm looking forward to seeing Australia surprise a few people."

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    South Africa reach 123-8 after 30 overs against England in the Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval. David Miller is unbeaten on 34. Live commentary on 5 live sports extra and text commentary on the website.

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    Tottenham

    With the fixture list for the 2013/14 Premier League season announced this morning, we remember three of the best performances on opening days over the last 25 seasons by players new to the top flight.

    Sheffield Wednesday 3-4 Tottenham Hotspur -20 August, 1994

    Tottenham chairman Sir Alan Sugar pulled off one of the most memorable deals in Premier League history as he convinced German international Jurgen Klinsmann to swap sunny Monaco for White Hart Lane.

    In a seven-goal thriller at Hillsborough, the striker helped set up two of Spurs's goals before heading Ossie Ardiles' side into a 4-2 lead and celebrating with a trademark swan dive. He scored 21 top-flight goals in the 1994-1995 season.

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    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond says he fully expects Hearts to survive their difficulties. The club is expected to formally go into administration later on Wednesday.

    "Like other clubs who've gone through that process, it's a great time of anxiety for the employees of Heart of Midlothian," said Salmond. "One comfort I would have at this time is that other clubs have gone through it and emerged at the other end of the tunnel, and that's what I fully expect Heart of Midlothian to do.

    "They've been around for a long time and I'm sure they'll be around for a long time to come."

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    Sheffieldowl: I can seriously see Tottenham doing well this season if they keep Gareth Bale, plus get an extra forward.

    Snoddy_Johnson_Howson_NCFC: People seem to have Norwich going down because the last four games are against very tough teams. People also seem to forget that a run of four tough games at the end of the season (two of which last season, Norwich won) means that Norwich have a nice run of games without playing top teams.

    Harbourmaster: Very winnable last three games for Manchester United. Might prove vital in the final analysis.

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    Preston North End goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann, 32, signs a new one-year contract with the League One club.

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    French daily newspaper Le Parisien is reporting that Pierfilippo Capello, Fabio's son and agent, is at the Parc des Princes sorting out details of his father's contract with Paris St-Germain.

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    Daniel Payne: Crazy how fans are worrying about the last few games and relegation. Shows it's a much tighter league now.

    Dale Wright: Tough start for Derby County with Blackburn, Brighton, Leicester, and Burnley. Let's see where we are at the end of August.

    Luke: West Ham have a good chance to pick up early points, important given our games at the end of the season.

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    Alan Shearer

    With the fixture list for the 2013-14 Premier League season announced this morning, we remember three of the best performances on opening days over the last 25 seasons by players new to the top flight.

    Southampton 4-2 Arsenal - 9 April, 1988

    A 17-year-old Alan Shearer put down a marker for his brilliant career with a hat-trick on his full debut for Southampton in their 4-2 win against George Graham's Arsenal at The Dell.

    The teenage Geordie's treble came against a Gunners team that would be eventually crowned champions just 12 months later.

    It made the man who went on to captain England the youngest player ever to score a top-flight treble.

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    St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin says the decision to allow Celtic to postpone their second league game of the 2013-14 season is "ridiculous". The Scottish champions were due to host St Mirren at Celtic Park on 10 August - a week after the new Scottish Professional Football League kicks off.

    But the Glasgow giants have been given permission to cancel the fixture so they can instead face Liverpool in a money-spinning friendly in Dublin.

    "It's obviously worth a lot of money to Celtic. Going to play Liverpool in Dublin in the Aviva Stadium will no doubt draw a full house," said Goodwin. "There is massive revenue at stake for Celtic, but I don't see why it can't be organised during pre-season."

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    Amazingly, it's 80-8 for South Africa in the Champions Trophy at The Oval. Today not the day for Chris Morris, out for three as James Tredwell takes his third wicket. Live commentary on 5 live sports extra and text commentary on the website.

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    South Africa's collapse continues in the first Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval. Ryan McLaren is run out for one and the Proteas are 76-7 in the 21st over. Live commentary on 5 live sports extra and text commentary on the website.

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    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh at Royal Ascot: "Going on second day has been changed to good to firm, good in places (from good) after drying conditions. Showers tonight."

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    Chris Froome is in discussions over an extension to his Team Sky contract in a deal which could have implications for Sir Bradley Wiggins. The 28-year-old Froome will next week begin his bid to succeed Wiggins as Tour de France champion when the 100th edition of the race starts in Corsica.

    "I do feel at home at Team Sky," Froome tells Press Association Sport. "I feel I've worked really well with them for the past three years and I feel really fortunate to be in the position that I'm in now.

    "I've still got another year on contract with Team Sky, but I'm busy talking with management now to look at lengthening that."

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    Fabrizio Ravanelli

    With the fixture list for the 2013-14 Premier League season announced this morning, we remember three of the best performances on opening days over the last 25 seasons by players new to the top flight.

    Middlesbrough 3-3 Liverpool - 17 August, 1996

    Fabrizio Ravanelli moved to the North East on the back of scoring for Juventus in the Champions League final the previous May. Any expectations or doubts the Boro fans may have had were cancelled out by a spectacular hat-trick against Roy Evans's Liverpool on his Premier League debut.

    The Italian cancelled out Stig Inge Bjornebye's opening penalty, before equalising again after John Barnes had put the Reds ahead and popped up again in reply to Robbie Fowler's strike. He then pulled his shirt over his head in a trademark goal celebration Boro fans would see on 13 occasions that season.

    However, Ravanelli's goals were not enough to keep Bryan Robson's side in the Premier League at the end of the 1996-1997 campaign.

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    Southampton team captain Adam Lallana on his team's fixture programme at the start of the 2013-14 campaign: "Last season everyone was bound to be excited about the fixtures and, with the tough start we got, people kind of wrote us off but we did quite well even though we didn't get results.

    "This year it feels slightly different - you play every team twice at some point in the season, so we're more concentrated and focused on getting back for pre-season and getting out fitness up to the level it needs to be ahead of that game at West Brom."

    The Saints start their second successive campaign in the Premier League away at West Brom before entertaining Sunderland. They then travel to Norwich, with West Ham United visiting St Mary's Stadium.

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    James Tredwell removes Faf du Plessis and South Africa are 70-6 in the 19th over of the Champions Trophy semi-final with England at The Oval. Live text commentary on the BBC website.

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    Champions League winners Bayern Munich are catering for up to 25,000 fans to watch Pep Guardiola's first two training sessions next week.

    The 42-year-old, who won 14 titles in four years during his time at Barcelona, will give his first press conference as Bayern's head coach next Monday, then oversees his first two training sessions the following Wednesday and Thursday, with both to be held at the Allianz Arena.

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    England take a fifth South Africa wicket in the Champions Trophy semi-final, JP Duminy is bowled by James Tredwell and the Proteas are 63-5 in the 17th over. Live commentary is on 5 live sports extra and text commentary on the website.

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    Neil Robertson and John Higgins have safely negotiated their passages into the last 16 of the Wuxi Classic in China. World number one Robertson reeled off the last three frames to ease out Martin Gould 5-2, while Higgins was a 5-1 winner over Dechawat Poomjaeng, who proved a crowd favourite at the World Championship in Sheffield in April.

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    Alex Byrom: Shame Manchester United are not playing Tottenham, Arsenal and Everton. Want to get all big games out of the way at start.

    Ben: Remember guys "It's a marathon not a sprint".

    Mark Adamson: Not getting too carried away, but Arsenal have a pretty decent start to the fixture list.

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    Petr Cech

    Petr Cech could hold the outright record for the most clean sheets on opening matches if the Chelsea goalkeeper earns a seventh shutout at the start of the 2013-14 campaign against Hull.

    The 31-year-old has not conceded a goal in the first match of the past three seasons and is level on six with Mark Schwarzer, whose contract with Fulham expires at the end of this month.

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    South Africa are reduced to 50-4 after 14 overs against England in the Champions Trophy. Live commentary is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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    Chirpy: As a Norwich fan, I'm very worried about our run-in: Liverpool (h), Man Utd (a), Chelsea (a), Arsenal (h).

    The Hand of Cod: March looks like a cracking month of games for the likely top 6 -

    Chelsea v Tottenham

    Chelsea v Arsenal

    Tottenham v Arsenal

    Arsenal v Man City

    Man Utd v Liverpool

    Liverpool v Tottenham

    Man Utd v Man City

    HFrizby14: Arsenal v Tottenham on transfer deadline day, interesting things will happen. Guaranteed.

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    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tells Sky Sports News that his former club need to start the 2013-14 campaign well. Brendan Rodgers's side open the season at home to Stoke City and then travel to Aston Villa before entertaining Manchester United.

    "In the first couple of games, hopefully they can get three, four, maybe six points and get off to a good start," Carragher added. "That's certainly what they need because Liverpool need to be doing a lot better in terms of challenging for the top four and getting back into the top four. They really need to make a good start."

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    Portsmouth

    It has been 1,859 days since then Premier League side Portsmouth lifted the FA Cup with a 1-0 win over Cardiff.

    They will begin their League Two campaign at home to Oxford United.

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    A third wicket for England in the Champions Trophy semi-final. Robin Peterson is lbw to James Anderson for 30 and South Africa are 45-3 having been put in at The Oval. Live commentary on sports extra and text commentary on the website.

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    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Which three players scored a brace of goals on the opening day of last season's EPL? We will have the answer just after 1400 BST. #footyfixtures

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    Luke: West Ham have a good chance to pick up early points, important given our games at the end of season.

    Paul Thompson: Two consecutive Lancashire derbies for Blackburn, the end of August and beginning of September. Burnley and Bolton had better watch out!

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    Former Manchester United and Everton player Phil Neville tells BBC World Service: "It's such an exciting day as a footballer when the fixtures come out for the Premier League. You look at these fixtures and think 'can we get off to a good start?'

    "(Manchester) United away at Swansea and Everton away at Norwich - so two tough away games for my old clubs. They'll be hoping to get off to good starts but Swansea had a great season last year, and it's always a tough place to go to Norwich.

    "It's hard to predict but I'm sure David Moyes and Roberto Martinez just want to get the season started now. They are always difficult games early on in the season because you can't judge the form of the opposition because you've not seen them that often."

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    Piers Newbery, BBC SportTENNIS

    "As expected, Wimbledon's seedings have stuck with the world rankings for both the men and women, which means two-time champion Rafael Nadal is fifth. That means he could face Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray or Roger Federer as early as the quarter-finals. As Murray told his BBC Sport column on Monday: "I'd sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that." Serena Williams, on a 31-match winning run, tops the women's list ahead of Victoria Azarenka.

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    Tonight on #5LiveSport, Simon Brotherton presents a two hour special, '100 Years of the Tour de France' with a cast of thousands and some beautiful stories from a century of the greatest bike race on earth. From the fez wearing Tunisian to the Tashkent Terror from The Eagle of Toledo to The Look, it's a vast look at the Tour, it's many characters and its greatest stages.

    That's '100 Years of the Tour de France on 5 Live Sport from 1930 BST.

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    West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke on his team's opening fixture at home to Southampton: "We took six points off Southampton last season and hopefully that run can continue - but we had to work very hard for those wins."

    Clarke tells West Brom's official website: "Southampton spent big 12 months ago and it looks as though this summer won't be any different. They have already splashed the cash to sign a defender and they're one of the teams that will be looking to improve on last season and finish above us."

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    Goodison Park could be a key venue in the Premier League title run-in. Everton's final three home games are against Arsenal (5 April), Manchester United (19 April) and Manchester City (3 May).

    Meanwhile, Arsenal face five away games after Champions League group games including trips to Manchester City and Manchester United.

    For all the Premier League fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    More on Franco Baldini's appointment as Tottenham's technical director. Chairman Daniel Levy tells the club's website: "Franco is extremely well respected in the industry, possessing an extensive knowledge of players around the world.

    "He will strengthen our football management team, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood across all levels on the playing side."

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    Russell Hodder: Under Fergie I could see Man Utd recovering after a bad start. Under Moyes a bad start = big trouble.

    Andy Leary: #LFC fixtures looking good. Hoping for a good start to get confidence up before the big December games.

    Simon Jenkins: Cardiff have Man City at home in the second week. That's enough time for Pellegrini to lose the first game and get sacked.

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    Superb start by England in the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy. Having put South Africa in they reduced them at 4-2 in the second over, James Anderson dismissing Colin Ingram and Steven Finn claiming the key wicket of Hashim Amla. South Africa have moved to 11-2 after four overs. Live commentary is on 5 live sports extra with text commentary on the website.

  118. 1048:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC SportTENNIS

    "Rafael Nadal could play Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer as early as the quarter-finals at Wimbledon after being confirmed as the fifth seed. Two-time champion Nadal is making his way back up the rankings after seven months out with a knee injury. Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka head the women's list, with the draw to be made on Friday. Wimbledon starts on 24 June."

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    Elliot Stevenson: Wow! Leicester City have a fairly decent start to the season. Derby early but all winnable. Bring on August.

    Leon Mark Walters: Cannot wait until 17 August. Huge test for Mark Hughes but an even bigger test for Liverpool's new players.

    Jordan King: Is it too early to use the cliche that we always hear at this time of year "at the end of the day, everyone plays everyone".

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    Franco Baldini

    Franco Baldini joins Tottenham as their technical director, the club confirms on their official Twitter feed. Baldini, 52, is a former member of England's backroom team under Fabio Capello.

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    Alan Pardew is staying as manager of Newcastle United, according to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle's Lee Ryder. It follows the return of former manager Joe Kinnear as director of football. Managing director Derek Llambias resigned earlier today.

    "Had contact with AP who says: "I'm staying"," Ryder has tweeted.

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    Eddie Howe

    A number of managers will return to former clubs for the first time in the 2013-14 season. Wigan's Owen Coyle will have to wait until 29 December to return to Burnley and 29 March for his return to Bolton's Reebok Stadium. That's three weeks before Manchester United's David Moyes goes back to Everton's Goodison Park for the first time.

    Leeds United boss Bryan McDermott will return to Reading's Madejski stadium on 17 September. Bournemouth's Eddie Howe will expect an interesting reception when he goes back to Burnley on 9 November.

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    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp says he is relishing the visit of Sheffield Wednesday to Loftus Road on the opening weekend of the Championship season. Wednesday are managed by Dave Jones while their chairman is Milan Mandaric, who worked with Redknapp at Portsmouth.

    "They're both big characters in the game and Sheffield Wednesday are a massive club with a huge following," Redknapp told the QPR website. "I saw them beat Millwall towards the end of last season and Dave's got them playing some good football."

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    Saem Shohid: West Ham have have Man City and Spurs to end the season. I hope we are not in a relegation battle.

    Jay: ‏Looks like March will be the testing month for Arsenal with back-to-back matches against Tottenham, Chelsea & Manchester City.

    Martin: First five games of the season will dictate where the season will head for Man Utd. Three very tough games to start off with.

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    Cardiff's Mark Hudson, whose team open at West Ham, says the 2 November visit of Swansea is the fixture his team-mates are really looking forward to.

    "It's going to be massive to have that derby in the top league," Hudson tells Sky Sorts News. "We've been waiting a long time for this, for sure. It's really starting to sink in now. We're a great group, we'll stick together and won't get carried away.

    "We will work to get things right on the training field and look forward to the season."

    Cardiff supporters can see a list their team's Premier League fixtures on the BBC Sport website.

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    Camelot

    Dawn Approach beat Toronado in a photo finish to win the St James's Palace Stakes on the opening day of Royal Ascot.

    Animal Kingdom disappointed in the Queen Anne Stakes as he finished 11th of the 13 runners.

    Today the 2012 Derby winner Camelot faces recent conqueror Al Kazeem in the feature race, the Prince of Wales's Stakes (15:45 BST), at Royal Ascot.

    Other Wednesday highlights include the Royal Hunt Cup (16:25 BST), the BBC Sport website will have live text commentary from 1330 BST.

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    Former Manchester United player Quinton Fortune says Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho should be more worried about the second weekend showdown at Old Trafford than new Old Trafford manager David Moyes.

    Fortune describes United's opening five fixtures, which start at Swansea, followed by that titanic meeting with Chelsea before trips to Liverpool and Manchester City, as "unbelievable".

    "Mourinho has been boasting about his record against United," Fortune told MUTV. "He always brings it up. But this is a different manager, with a different style of play. If David Moyes brings the same desire and fighting spirit that he had at Everton I am sure Mourinho will find it tough. He is playing a completely different United and I am sure he is worried about that."

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    Robert Kostur: Wolves at Brentford. Wolves fan who grew up near Griffin Park, so it's a fixture I've been waiting for for years.

    James Herbert: So excited for the season to start now. Fixtures being published makes it all the more real.

    Hedi: Manchester United v Chelsea, Chelsea v Liverpool and Arsenal v Spurs - great games great start of the season.

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    Hull City

    Hull City will do well to pick up any points on their travels from their first five fixtures on the road. Their first two trips to Champions League opponents Chelsea and Manchester City are followed by away games at Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham.

    For all the Premier League fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    BBC Sport's Adam Mountford at England v South Africa: Toss shortly, but no Steyn for South Africa and no Bresnan or Swann for England.

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    Yeovil Town start their first Championship season at Millwall. Assistant manager Terry Skiverton tells Sky Sports News: "It's a tough test for us but the whole season is going to be the biggest test of Yeovil Town's history.

    "We've faced Millwall, Leicester and Leeds before in League One. There's nothing for us to fear."

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    Danial Kennedy: Two out of the first three of Manchester United's fixtures are Chelsea and Liverpool. Great just great.

    Navin Gopal: Comfortable early few months for Liverpool. One tough game until October. Good chance to start well and bed in new players.

    Joseph: West Ham v Arsenal, London derby, family rivalry Boxing Day. Can't wait

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  133. 0947:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at EastbourneTENNIS

    The Wimbledon seedings are announced today, with all eyes on whether Rafael Nadal is confirmed as number five - and so a potential quarter-final opponent for Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer. Day three in Eastbourne could be a significant one for British players, with Laura Robson, Heather Watson, Elena Baltacha and Kyle Edmund all in singles action. Robson faces a rematch against Caroline Wozniacki, after losing to the Dane at the French Open last month, with live coverage on BBC Two and online from 1300 BST.

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    Former Newcastle player Joey Barton: "As much as I personally didn't warm to Llambias, I don't think it's the smartest move to see him resign at a key time for the club."

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    Newly-promoted Scottish Second Division Rangers kick off with a home match against Brechin, while demoted Dunfermline meet East Fife. The campaign will see all of Scotland's senior clubs under the banner of a newly-created Scottish Professional Football League, which will be ratified later this month.

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    IRN-BRU SCOTTISH THIRD DIVISION

    Clyde v Berwick

    Elgin v Albion

    Montrose v Stirling

    Peterhead v Annan Athletic

    Queen's Park v East Stirling

    For all the Scottish Third Division fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    IRN-BRU SCOTTISH SECOND DIVISION

    Arbroath v Ayr

    East Fife v Dunfermline

    Forfar v Airdrieonians

    Rangers v Brechin

    Stenhousemuir v Stranraer

    For all the Scottish Second Division fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    IRN-BRU SCOTTISH FIRST DIVISION

    Saturday, 10 August 2013

    Alloa v Livingston

    Dumbarton v Falkirk

    Morton v Cowdenbeath

    Queen of South v Dundee

    Raith v Hamilton

    For all the Scottish First Division fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    Scottish Premier League champions Celtic will kick off next season at home to Ross County on 3 August.

    Dundee United travel to Firhill in what will be Partick Thistle's first top-flight match in nine years.

    Financially stricken Hearts are scheduled to visit St Johnstone, Inverness host St Mirren and Aberdeen welcome Kilmarnock to Pittodrie.

    Motherwell, who finished runners-up last season, visit Hibernian the following day.

    For all the Scottish Premier League fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    Celtic

    SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE

    Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Aberdeen v Kilmarnock

    Celtic v Ross County

    Inverness CT v St Mirren

    Partick v Dundee Utd

    St Johnstone v Hearts

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    SEASON OPENING DAY HAT-TRICKS:

    14 August 1993: Mick Quinn (Arsenal 0-3 Coventry)

    19 August 1995: Matthew Le Tissier (Southampton 3-4 Nott'm Forest)

    17 August 1996: Kevin Campbell (Coventry 0-3 Nott'm Forest)

    17 August 1996: Fabrizio Ravanelli (Middlesbrough 3-3 Liverpool)

    9 August 1997: Dion Dublin (Coventry 3-2 Chelsea)

    17 August 2008: Gabriel Agbonlahor (Aston Villa 4-2 Man City)

    14 August 2010: Didier Drogba (Chelsea 6-0 West Brom)

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    Stoke City assistant manager Mark Bowen on facing Liverpool away on the opening day of the Premier League season on 17 August: "My first impressions are it is a little bit daunting."

    Stoke also face West Ham (a), Manchester City (h) and Arsenal (a) before the end of September.

    Bowen tells Sky Sports News: "Four of our first five league games are against teams that finished in the top 10 last season."

  143. 0920: 
    FOOTBALL

    The FA Cup final will have its own day in the football calendar next year on Saturday 17 May 2014, the Football Association announces. The Premier League season will finish the previous weekend.

    Wigan Athletic lifted the trophy at Wembley after overcoming Manchester City on 11 May - the same day Chelsea won 2-1 at Aston Villa in the Premier League.

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    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand: Fixtures out. Lively start to the season! Let us at them. Anyone else get chills as the fixtures came out. Love this!

  145. 0912: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard will be making a record 18th appearance in an opening fixture of the Premier League season if he features for Chelsea against Hull at Stamford Bridge in their first match of 2013-14 season.

    TOP OPENING-DAY APPEARANCES:

    17 - Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard

    16 - Phil Neville

    15 - Ryan Giggs, Jamie Carragher

    14 - David James, Emile Heskey, Mark Schwarzer, Gary Speed

    Are you happy with your football fixtures? Who is going to have a hard time in the opening few matches? Get involved and tweet us your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #footyfixtures

  146.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jon Bromage: Chelsea, Liverpool and Man City in the first five games for Moyes. We shall see what he is really about.

    Gully Burrows: Last time Chelsea played Hull at home on the opening day they won the the title, Is this a sign?

    Tom Stokes: Could villa have a harder few opening games?

    Let us know your reaction to your team's fixtures using #footyfixtures

  147. 0904: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Mansfield Town

    Mansfield Town will make their Football League return at relegated Scunthorpe when the new season starts on 3 August.

    Relegated Portsmouth, who were in the Premier League until 2010, start their League Two campaign at home to Oxford.

    Newport will begin life back in League Two after a 25-year absence with a home game against Accrington Stanley.

    Former League One sides Bury host Chesterfield and Hartlepool travel to Rochdale while play-off finalists Northampton travel to York.

    For all the League Two fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

  148. 0904: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    NPOWER LEAGUE TWO OPENING DAY FIXTURES

    Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Bury v Chesterfield

    Cheltenham v Burton Albion

    Exeter v Bristol Rovers

    Fleetwood Town v Dag & Red

    Newport County v Accrington Stanley

    Portsmouth v Oxford Utd

    Rochdale v Hartlepool

    Scunthorpe v Mansfield

    Southend v Plymouth

    Torquay v AFC Wimbledon

    Wycombe v Morecambe

    York v Northampton

    For all the League Two fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Bradford beat Northampton at Wembley to clinch promotion

    Phil Parkinson's Bradford City will begin their League One campaign after promotion with a trip to relegated Bristol City on 3 August.

    Peterborough, who came down with the Robins from the Championship, start with a home game against Swindon, with Wolves making the trip to Preston.

    Gillingham, League Two champions last season, will be at home to Colchester.

    Beaten play-off finalists Brentford travel to another promoted side, Port Vale, on the opening day.

    For all the League One fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    NPOWER LEAGUE ONE OPENING DAY FIXTURES

    Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Bristol City v Bradford

    Carlisle v Leyton Orient

    Crawley Town v Coventry

    Crewe v Rotherham

    Gillingham v Colchester

    Peterborough v Swindon

    Port Vale v Brentford

    Preston v Wolverhampton

    Sheff Utd v Notts County

    Shrewsbury v Milton Keynes Dons

    Stevenage v Oldham

    Walsall v Tranmere

    For all the League One fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    Owen Coyle

    Harry Redknapp's Queens Park Rangers will kick off their Championship season at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

    Owen Coyle's first game in charge of Wigan Athletic will be at Barnsley.

    Reading will also be looking for a quick return to the Premier League and they are at home to Ipswich Town on the opening day of the season.

    Yeovil Town's first-ever season in the Championship will begin at Millwall, who will have manager Steve Lomas in charge for his first game.

    For all the Championship fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

  152. 0901: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    NPOWER CHAMPIONSHIP OPENING DAY FIXTURES

    Saturday, 3 August 2013

    Barnsley v Wigan

    Birmingham v Watford

    Bournemouth v Charlton

    Burnley v Bolton

    Derby v Blackburn

    Doncaster v Blackpool

    Leeds v Brighton

    Middlesbrough v Leicester

    Millwall v Yeovil

    Nottm Forest v Huddersfield

    QPR v Sheff Wed

    Reading v Ipswich

    For all the Championship fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

  153. 0900: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES
    David Moyes

    New manager David Moyes begins his reign as Manchester United manager with a trip to Swansea on the opening weekend of the season.

    Jose Mourinho starts his second spell as Chelsea boss with a home game against newly-promoted Hull.

    Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of Manchester City is against Newcastle at the Etihad Stadium.

    Following their promotion from the Championship, Cardiff travel to West Ham and Crystal Palace host Tottenham.

    For all the Premier League fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

  154. 0900: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    PREMIER LEAGUE OPENING DAY FIXTURES:

    Saturday, 17 August 2013

    Barclays Premier League

    Arsenal v Aston Villa

    Chelsea v Hull

    Crystal Palace v Tottenham

    Liverpool v Stoke

    Man City v Newcastle

    Norwich v Everton

    Sunderland v Fulham

    Swansea v Man Utd

    West Brom v Southampton

    West Ham v Cardiff

    For all the Premier League fixtures head to the BBC Sport website.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Steve Collins: Liverpool away to Arsenal, Man Utd home to Hull, Man City away to Chelsea. Liverpool top after week.

    Pratik Singh: Fixtures comes out. Everyone excited then the excitement is killed knowing its 8 weeks until the start.

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    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United release a statement on their website that managing director Derek Llambias has resigned.

    It says: "I have had an incredible journey during my five years at the club, including some challenging times. I will reflect with great fondness on my time in the north east and, in me, Newcastle United have a lifelong supporter."

    The resignation of Llambias comes 24 hours after Newcastle confirmed the return of former manager Joe Kinnear as director of football.

  157. 0844: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle United announce that managing director Derek Llambias has resigned.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Hill: I would love Spurs to have West Ham at home first and Arsenal at home last.

    Darsh: North London derby on opening day. We deserve that after almost going a quarter of a year with no Premier League fixtures.

    Graham Jack Thirkill: After the managerial merry-go-round, let's hope we see plenty of new manager v new manager on the opening day.

  159. 0838: 
    FOOTBALL

    Netherlands international winger Jeremain Lens, 25, joins Dynamo Kiev from PSV Eindhoven on a four-year deal that Dutch media put at £8.5m. Lens has 13 caps for the Netherlands and spent the last three seasons at PSV.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Andrew Priestley: I feel like a child waking up on Christmas Day. Why? Because next season's football fixtures are announced today. Excited.

    Mr Awesome: A Manchester derby would be a nice start or even Chelsea going to Old Trafford with Mourinho leading them.

    Jacob Daske-Knowles: This is Leeds United's season. New start with a quality manager. Be kind fixture list!

  161. 0827: 
    BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS

    World Cup-winning coach Sir Clive Woodward says the Lions will be angry and hurting after their first defeat by a provincial Australian side since 1971. But he says that resting players for Tuesday's 14-12 defeat to Brumbies was correct.

    "Warren Gatland was right to rest all his Test players. In the context it was a necessary risk. But at least these Lions have the consolation that they lost with their weakest team of the tour against arguably the strongest opponents to date," said Woodward in the Daily Mail.

    Gatland's side face Australia in the first Test on Saturday. There will be live text commentary on BBC Sport website and updates on BBC Radio 5 live.

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    GET INVOLVED

    AnthonySamuelJackson: Fixtures out today. Hope #LFC open with Man Utd at home or Palace away.

    Steve Haywood: I'm more interested in where Coventry are going to play next season to be honest.

  163. 0813: 
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    Sky Sport Italia claim former England manager Fabio Capello will be announced as Paris St-Germain coach later today, freeing Carlo Ancelotti to take over at Real Madrid. The report circulating on Tuesday evening suggests Capello was chosen ahead of Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas.

  164. 0811: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Manchester United are favourites to sign Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Thiago Alacantara, 22, for £15m. Thiago scored a hat-trick as Spain Under-21s beat Italy 4-2 in the final of the European Championships on Tuesday. (the Sun)

    Michael Appleton, 37, who was sacked by Blackburn in March, is favourite to take over from Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 coach. (Daily Star)

    Manchester City defender Micah Richards, 24, will open talks about a new four-year deal this week. The defender has two years left on his current deal. (Daily Telegraph)

  165. 0807: 
    FOOTBALL FIXTURES

    With just over eight weeks to go to the start of the new Premier League season, Manchester United's David Moyes, Chelsea's Jose Mourinho and Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini are about to discover who they will meet on the opening day of the new campaign.

    Yes, the fixtures for the new Premier League and Football League season are out at 0900 BST.

    Who will champions United get on the opening weekend? Who will Football League new boys Newport and Mansfield Town open the season against? We will have all the latest news and reaction right here throughout the day.

  166. 0804: 
    BRITISH AND IRISH LIONS
    George North

    We start with news from the British and Irish Lions camp, where George North has been passed fit to face Australia in Saturday's first Test in Brisbane. The Welshman, 21, has missed the last two matches due to a hamstring problem.

    But Lions assistant coach Rob Howley said North was available for the weekend, adding: "I've not seen him in a better physical shape."

  167. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    Hello and welcome to another day of Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport centre in Salford. Today we will have all the latest reaction as the fixtures for the 2013-14 Premier League and Football League season are released at 0900 BST.

    We will also bring you all the football transfer news and the latest on the British and Irish Lions ahead of Saturday's first Test with Australia, as well as keeping an eye on England's progress in the ICC Champions League semi-final with South Africa at The Oval.

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