Flintoff's Ashes RoadshowLive

Andrew Flintoff and Mark Chapman present a live Ashes Roadshow previewing the third Test between England and Australia.

30 July 2013

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  1. 2106: 

    The next Flintoff Ashes Roadshow will come from Durham next week with Steve Harmison, Andrew Flintoff's former Ashes team-mate, among the guests.

    But that is it for today's programme and Sportsday Live for Tuesday. We will be back with all the latest breaking news ahead of the third Test, along with all the transfer news and rumours, from 0800 BST tomorrow.

  2. 2102: 

    "I think that whoever has advised Eoin Morgan has had a shocker. He has gone off to play in the Indian Premier League and although he has earned a few bob, we won't be walking out at Old Trafford and he didn't at Lords for the last Test."

  3. 2059: 

    "Maybe it is a good job that the England Cricket Board and the Board of Control for Cricket in India are at loggerheads, because it means that some of the franchises take a pass on the guys who are central contracted. That means that they can stay over here and build a bit of momentum with England."

  4. 2059: 

    On Stuart Broad: "Everybody matures and I think he knows his game better than two years ago. His batting has come back to the party in the last couple of games. I believe he is a bowling all rounder. Being captain of the T20 team has given him responsibility and he has grown up now."

  5. 2054: 

    On Johnny Bairstow, another of his clients: "There are not many people in county cricket who can do the job that that Johnny Bairstow can do. If he can get the time, and I'm sure that he will under this management, then he can be another superstar."

  6. 2051: 

    On Joe Root, who Fairbrother manages: "Joe Root plays with a smile on his face, he can't ask for more. He is 21 or 22 with a head of a 30-year-old. I can't speak highly enough of him. He was driving down to Lord's last week and he called me up and said 'I can't believe I am going to Lord's and could be opening the batting for England. It is unbelievable.' I don't know if he believes everything that has happened to him so far but he is enjoying every minute. He has stepped up, stepped up and stepped up again. He loves every minute of it."

  7. 2048: 

    "Australia just lack match-winners. They do not have the players who can take the match away from you. England have those guys in Joe Root and James Anderson. I think Australia have to bring back David Warner to inject some of that into the team."

    Did Hammam and Neil Fairbrother
  8. 2046: 

    "Old Trafford should be a Test match ground. When people see what has happened to that ground on Thursday, it will be absolutely amazing. As a Lancastrian, I am so proud of the work that has been done. Hopefully by Sunday afternoon it will be 3-0, we will have won the Ashes and it will happen at Old Trafford."

  9. 2045: 

    "I made my debut in the Alderley Edge over-40s league. It was the first rime I had played cricket, I have been a passionate followers of the sport, but it was the first time I had played. There was a bit of an inquest after though as I am still a little short of my 40th birthday!"

  10. 2043: 

    He is joined by former Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann.

  11. 2041: 

    Next up is Neil Fairbrother, former England Test international.

  12. 2041: 

    Dave Nicholson, chief executive of Grappenhall Cricket Club: "I reckon there were around 2,000 in the ground and 500 in the marquee. There will be a team of volunteers down in the morning to clean up and it is really rewarding to see all the effort pay off. Hopefully it will raise around £50,000 towards the £600,000 cost of refurbishing the pavilion."

  13. 2035: 

    "When they want to ramp the crowd up they introduce me as an 'English cricketer'"

  14. 2033: 

    "My enjoyment of punching people outweighs my fear of getting hit!"

  15. 2032: 

    On his post-cricket career in mixed martial arts: "The massive ego part of me said that I had been professional at cricket and boxing, and when the chance to do mixed martial arts came up I said 'throw me in there and lock me in there'. It is the biggest buzz, I will struggle to give it up."

  16. 2029: 

    "I would like to see Australians willing to get stuck in and hang about at the top of the order. There has not been enough of that."

  17. 2028: 

    "Having seen the way Damien Martyn has batted at this charity game, it shows you never lose your class. Anyone watching here today will be thinking he could walk back in that Australia team."

  18. 2027: 

    "Most of us hated each other when I played cricket. There were guys in my sides who were idiots, but it is like kids. Even people are saying things about each other, you have to ignore them."

  19. 2026: 

    "I'm not sure if Simon Katich is overly keen to get that phone call, but they [Australia] could do a lot worse than have him on the top of the order. When you are on tour not everyone is going to get on, but when you go out there in the baggy green, you go out and do your job for the country. Katich is a class player and he could still do a job."

  20. 2024: 

    Today's match between Ashes legends from both England and Australia has been in aid of Ben Westwood.

    The Warrington Wolves rugby league player took part in the match but seems a little confused after his weekend's Challenge Cup exploits. "I think I got about 30 points in runs and a reverse sweeep in there. I hit the first six of the day," he said.

  21. 2019: 

    Grappenhall's Australian fast bowler Josh McClelland, who played cricket for the national team at under-19 level: "I know of Ashton Agar, I played with him a little bit - the 98 in the first Test was a bit of a surprise. He could always bat but I didn't think he was that good. Bowling-wise he has done well. I was excited for him. "

  22. 2019: 

    "Judas, Turncoat and traitor, they were some of the terms served up by Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. That was when I realised that this Australian team was not only a great cricket team but a great sledging team as well. They had even learned the names of my relatives back in Australia!"

  23. 2016: 

    "When I left Australia, it was the first time I saw that the Australian people turning against their sports team. People were really disillusioned with how they played and the state that the team and the management is in. Even people like Jeff Thompson today. Back when they played it was not about homework, it was about playing hard and drinking a few beers."

  24. 2012: 

    Next up on the Flintoff Ashes Roadshow, is Adam Hollioake. Born in Australia, he made four Test appearances for England.

  25. 2009: 

    Former England all-rounder Dominic Cork believes there is little Australia can do to reverse the momentum of the current Ashes series.

    England can retain the urn with victory in the third Test at Old Trafford over the next week after opening the series with wins at Trent Bridge and Lord's.

    "They are still a proud nation and I expect them to push us a little bit but I still expect England to dominate and win the series," he said.

    "They could maybe bring back Warner but I don't see that making too many inroads into the England attack."

  26. 2006: 

    "It was a daunting environment in the England dressing room, I absolutely love this country and playing for England, but there was a huge gap between first class and international level back then. I remember sitting in the dressing room, having been described by some of the English press as this 'great white hope', and looking at the likes of these great players like Graham Gooch and Robin Smith. There is a bit of a target on you as the new guy on the dressing room."

  27. 2004: 

    "When I first went into an England dressing room it felt selfish. There were some players who knew that they were going to play and the others who were moving around the edge. I looked back at my debut back at 1998 and I bowled 16 of the first 45 overs. That would not happen now. It is more like a club side."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Grappenhall Cricket Club

    "Former Liverpool and Man City midfielder Didi Hamann is waiting backstage before appearing on tonight's Flintoff roadshow. He said he got into cricket during his time with the Reds and used to go to the odd game at Old Trafford. On his Test-watching debut in 2006, he remembers watching Steve Harmison take a five-fer against Pakistan."

  29. 2001: 

    "I feel for Steven Finn. People ask me would Steven Finn play at Lord's and I would have put my arm round him and told him bowl as you do usually here at your homeground and tried to ease his worries. Clearly that did not happen."

  30. 1957: 

    "Central contracts were key. You are now not thinking 'could this be my last game' after every game".

  31. 1955: 

    "Man management when we played for England was poor. It was individuals. It was a team you represented then, it is a club you join now.

    "Take the Aussies now, part of their problem is they don't stay with a settled side.

    "It started for England after central contracts, without a shadow of a doubt."

  32. 1951: 

    Next up is former England fast bowler Andy Caddick, who played in 162 tests and ex England international Dean Headley.

  33. 1949: 
    Flintoff Roadshow

    Mark Chapman and Andrew Flintoff were joined by former England batsman Mark Ramprakash and ex-Australia fast bowler Jeff Thomson as they kicked off the Ashes roadshow at Grapenhall Cricket Club. More to come.

  34. 1947: 

    Thomson said: "Money comes too easy sometimes that might be the problem. I am not going to say we played for nothing but we played for the right reasons, now they perhaps don't."

  35. 1945: 

    Thomson on Australia falling behind England in Test cricket: "England is in a better position than Australia now because of attitude. We are wishy washy about how we want to play. The players rule the roost in Australia and that is the wrong way round

    "You guys were way behind the eight ball but you have turned it round."

  36. 1941: 

    Mark Ramprakash, who played in five Ashes series, is now batting coach at Middlessex.

    He said: "I miss batting, I don't miss fielding."

  37. 1939: 

    Former Australia fast bowler Jeff Thomson and England batsman Mark Ramprakash are the first guests speaking to Andrew Flintoff and Mark Chapman.

    Thomson, 62, took 200 Test wickets before retiring in 1986, and is regarded as one of the fastest bowlers to ever play Test cricket.

    His bowling partnership with Dennis Lillee was one of the most fearsome in Test cricket history.

  38. 1937: 
    Andrew Flintoff

    Andrew Flintoff warms up for his Ashes Roadshow by mock interviewing his nephew Mitch.

  39. 1935: 

    Flintoff's Ashes Roadshow is being held from Grappenhall cricket club, where a host of former England and Australia players will be asked their views about the Ashes series.

  40. 1926: 

    Now, Sportsday will turn its attentions to the Ashes and the forthcoming third Test at Old Trafford.

    Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff will join Mark Chapman for an Ashes roadshow from Grappenhall cricket club. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live and follow updates here.

  41. 1912: 

    Amir Khan has parted company with long-term business manager Asif Vali by mutual consent.

    Vali, a minibus company owner from Bolton, has been a central figure in Khan's management team since the 26-year-old turned professional.

    He departs Premier Consultancy UK, the sports management company founded in 2005, after overseeing Khan's business affairs for the past eight years.

  42. 1908:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES
    Ian Harvey

    From BBC Sport's Anna Thompson: "What's this? An Aussie with the Ashes urn? Thankfully for England fans Ian Harvey is only collecting a replica for a legends team who beat an England XI in a charity match at Grappenhall. The real urn could be well out of Australia's reach by the end of the third Test!"

  43. 1901:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES
    Simon Katich

    From BBC Sport's Anna Thompson: "Young cricket fan Ethan McArthur was hit on the head by a Simon Katich shot in the Ashes legends T20 at Grappenhall.

    "As well as a nice bruise for a trophy he received a signed t-shirt and gloves. Australia wrapped up a seven-wicket win, Adam Hollioake hitting a six out the ground!"

    Join Andrew Flintoff and Mark Chapman with a live Ashes Roadshow ahead of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia.

  44. 1855: 

    Olympic champion Ruta Meilutyte is now the world champion after winning the final of the 100m breastroke.

    The Plymouth-based Lithuanian just missed out on the world record she set in last night's semi final.

  45. 1851: 

    Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte is up next in the final of the 100m breastroke after setting a world record in the semi-finals.

    The Plymouth-based 16-year-old clocked one minute 04.30 seconds in Barcelona, 0.15 secs faster than the previous best time set by Jessica Hardy in 2009.

  46. 1849: 
    Roberto Pavoni

    Britain's Roberto Pavoni fails to qualify for the 200m butterfly final after finishing eight in his semi-final.

  47. 1838: 

    Funniest England teammate to room with and why? ‏(@Simon7Lid)

    "Thankfully I didn't have to room with any of them. We were lucky enough to get own rooms. I would hate rooming because I'm very anti-social and need my own space!"

  48. 1838: 

    Who was the hardest Aussie batsman to get out? (@peders246)

    "All of them! Ricky Ponting, Adam Gilchrist, Steve Waugh - they had so many great batsmen. Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, Damien Martyn, Darren Lehmann - they just kept coming at you. To say one was the hardest is impossible - they all could score loads on their day. I always said Matthew Hayden put the heebie-jeebies up me - but I got him out the most. But Hayden did put the heebie-jeebies up me!"

  49. 1836: 

    Norway's former world road race champion Thor Hushovd won the third stage of the Tour of Poland on Tuesday after the peloton covered 226km between Krakow and Rzeszow.

    Australia's Mark Renshaw and Steele Von Hoff took second and third while Poland's Rafal Majka of Saxo-Tinkoff retained the leader's yellow jersey and will carry a four second lead into Wednesday's 231.5 ride from Tarnow to Katowice.

    British rider and 2012 Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins continues to struggle this season and finished the day 49th overall and already 23min 43secs adrift of Majka.

  50. 1830:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES

    From BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham: "I've just been catching up with former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff ahead of his Ashes roadshow on 5 live this evening. Here's his take on the likely recall for Aussie bad boy David Warner in the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

    "Flintoff said: 'I think they have to play him. I don't think they want to. They sent him to Zimbabwe and it's alright saying he needs to go out there and get practice and bat but it was more of a punishment.

    "I think it just shows the state Australia are in at the moment to recall him. They have backtracked on the firm stance they have taken on him. It is almost as if all is forgotten."

    You can listen to the live coverage of the roadshow on BBC Radio 5 Live from 1930 BST and get updates here on Sportsday.


    Kofi Tawiah Quansah: Why worry about Cesc when Fellaini's clause expires tomorrow? Get him and then worry about Cesc.

    Mutale Masongo: £85 Million+ for Bale. Wow, if spurs turn it down. Then both Real Madrid and Spurs are insane.

    Oluyinka Afolabi: Moyes please sign on Fellaini and Gareth Bale. You need them to solidify the trust the fans will have in you.

    What do you think your club still need to do before the transfer window closes in early September? Are you worried about a lack of activity? #bbcsportsday.

  52. 1821:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES
    Dominic Cork

    From BBC Sport's Anna Thompson: "Former England and Derbyshire legend Dominic Cork was in demand for autographs after he was bowled for three in the charity Ashes T20 match at Grappenhall."

    You can join Andrew Flintoff and Mark Chapman with a live Ashes Roadshow ahead of the third Ashes Test between England and Australia on BBC Radio 5 Live from 1930BST.

  53. 1821: 

    Bradford City have signed former Swindon Town forward Raffaele De Vita, 25, on a one-year deal after a successful trial.

  54. 1818: 
    Dereck Chisora

    Dereck Chisora's drive to secure a world title showdown with Wladimir Klitschko has intensified following a chance meeting at an Ibiza nightclub last week.

    The heavyweight rivals exchanged words at Pacha in Ibiza Town on Thursday night, although promoter Frank Warren today stressed that reports there was a brawl are inaccurate.

    "There was no brawl. There may have been a few words flying about," Warren said.

  55. 1814: 

    Olympic champion Matt Grevers, from America, wins the world title in the 100m backstroke with compatriot David Plummer taking silver in Barcelona.

    Frenchman Jeremy Stravius finished third.

  56. 1810: 

    Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola says there is no truth to rumours linking his club with a bid for Chelsea defender David Luiz.

    In the wake of a 4-2 Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund at the weekend, it had been speculated that Bayern were in the market for a new defender, with Brazilian Luiz reportedly topping the list.

    However, speaking at the presentation of the Audi Cup pre-season tournament in Munich, Guardiola rejected the speculation.

    "He's not coming to Munich," he said. "We've got four or five central defenders."

  57. 1809: 

    Hoggy, have you still got the man of the match motorbike you won on the sub-continent? ‏(@bomb_gouge)

    "No! The way that worked was that you were given the cash equivalent, which was put into the players pool and spread out. I wish I had been able to keep it!"

  58. 1808: 

    Why have Yorkshire had such a terrible T20 season after reaching finals day last year? (@nick_raynor)

    "T20 is such a fickle game and takes something to click early on. You need luck and momentum to go your way and kickstart your campaign, then it is easier to carry forward. Because it is such a short form it only takes one person to take the game away from you and you've lost it."

  59. 1808: 

    Do you feel 248 test wickets short-changes you? And you should have been given the chance for 250 and then onto 300? (Simon Aindow)

    "I would have loved to got 250 plus, but if you said when I was a 10-year-old '248 Test wickets and at one stage be England's sixth highest wicket taker of all time - would you take it?' I would have chopped your hand off. Yes I'm disappointed I didn't get 250 but it's not be all and end all of life."

  60. 1802: 
    Katie Ledecky

    American Katie Ledecky sets a new world record on her way to winning the 1500m freestyle title at the World Championships in Barcelona, in 15.36.53 to lower the record by 6.01 seconds.

    Denmark's Lotte Friss takes silver, with Lauren Boyle, of New Zealand, in third.

  61. 1759: 

    From BBC Sport's Anna Thompson: "Australia legends have been set 163 to beat England in a charity T20 at Grappenhall.

    "Openers Simon Katich and Damien Martyn are making light work of it so far, they're 55-0 off six overs."

    Listen to a live Ashes road show ahead of the third Test from Grappenhall from 1930 BST this evening on BBC Radio 5 Live, with Andrew Flintoff and Mark Chapman. There will also be live updates here on Sportsday.

  62. 1753: 

    American Cesilie Carlton became the first high diving world champion when she claimed gold in a fearsome spectacle at the inaugural championships in Barcelona on Tuesday.

    Launching herself into the void from a platform a mind-boggling 20 metres above the Catalan capital's harbour, Carlton amassed 211.60 points to top the six-strong field, with compatriot Ginger Huber taking silver on 206.70 and Anna Bader of Germany the bronze with 203.90.

  63. 1750: 
    Gareth Bale

    John Hartson believes Tottenham Hotspur's Gareth Bale would take a move to Real Madrid in his stride, if it were to happen.

    Wales international Bale, 24, has indicated he wants to speak to the Spanish giants.

    And national assistant manager Hartson told BBC Wales the star winger has the temperament to handle the pressure.

    "It wouldn't be an issue for Gareth. He's very level headed, his feet are firmly on the ground," he said.

  64. 1745: 

    Louis Oosthuizen will take two months away from golf to let a series of injuries heal.

    The South African had to withdraw from the U.S. Open and the British Open because of injuries to his neck, back and hip. He will miss the Bridgestone Invitational this week and the PGA Championship next week at Oak Hill.

  65. 1743:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES

    Former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff joins Mark Chapman at Grappenhall cricket club for a live Ashes Roadshow ahead of the third Test between England and Australia tonight. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  66. 1737: 

    Liverpool have issued their staff with guidelines detailing unacceptable words and phrases in a bid to eradicate discrimination in the stands at Anfield.

    The club have produced a handbook which highlights common slurs against race, religion, sexual orientation, gender and disability which the club want to stamp out.

    "As part of the club's continued commitment to tackle all forms of discrimination, as well as promoting its approach to equality and diversity, Liverpool FC has been actively engaged in a full club-wide education and awareness programme," Liverpool's social inclusion officer Rishi Jain said.


    Jason Birnie: Not concerned at United's lack of activity. Have a great young squad already. A big name midfielder to boost morale will be nice.

    Steven Gilroy: If Chelsea and Mourinho really want Rooney why are they not breaking the bank for him? Simple. Mind games.

    Mark: Would like to see Oxford City strengthen their midfield. New owner and a 5-1 over Oxford United in Pre-Season. Good start.

    Are you happy with your club's transfer activity so far this summer? #bbcsportsday.

  68. 1731: 

    Are you still angry about getting dropped back in 2008? (Kyle McGrath)

    "No. James Anderson came in and look what sort of bowler he is now. It's very harsh but I'm not a bitter man. It was ruthless but it's what you have to be to be successful in sport."

  69. 1731: 

    If you were Stuart Broad, would you have walked in the first Test against Australia? (@neiljameskohler)

    "No because if I was Stuart Broad I would have done exactly what Stuart Broad did. But if I had done that I would have walked! He's a much better batsman than me."

  70. 1730: 
    Matthew Hoggard

    Are you leaving Leicestershire at the end of this season? (Rizwan)

    "Who knows is the answer. Some decisions have to be made. I'm out of contract with Leicestershire so we will see what happens."

  71. 1723: 

    From BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham: "The sun is shining on Grappenhall Cricket Club near Warrington for a charity T20 match between England and Australia Legends.

    "England captain Andrew Flintoff was bowled early by Dirk Nannes but England have recovered to 131-3 off 15 overs."

  72. 1720: 

    In the second final of the evening four-time Olympic gold medallist Missy Franklin wins the women's 100m backstroke world gold.

  73. 1715: 

    Renwick swam his fastest ever individual 200m Freestyle swim, 1:46.52, to finish sixth - only bettered by his opening splits from 4x200 Free relays at 2009 Worlds.

  74. 1712: 

    In the opening race of the evening, Olympic champion Yannick Agnel, of France, becomes world champion as he takes an impressive victory in the 200m freestyle, setting the fastest time of the year.

    America's Conor Dwyer took silver with Russia's Danila Izotov in third. Britain's Robbie Renwick finished in sixth.


    The evening action of day two of the World Swimming Championships is now underway. You can watch the action live on the Red Button or updates here.

  76. 1700: 

    Two time world high jump champion Blanka Vlasic rules herself out of next month's world championships in Moscow as a precaution after suffering a recurrence of pain from an old injury.

    The Croatian returned to competition this year after missing the whole of 2012 following surgery on her Achilles tendon.

    "The pain in my foot became more intense after the Diamond League competition in Monaco and it still has not calmed down as after the other competitions," she wrote on her website.

  77. 1651: 

    Ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard popped in to BBC Sport earlier - and we put him in the middle to face your Twitter questions.

    Matthew Hoggard and James Anderson

    James Anderson is not going to be around forever, so have you spotted anyone similar who could perhaps take over the reins? (@Shanz888)

    "As a swing bowler? Not that I've seen. Jimmy is world class - number one in the world - and that's one of reasons why Australia have struggled because they have not had Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie or Brett Lee to call on. Hopefully England won't struggle in the same way."

  78. 1647: 

    A creditors meeting which could see Coventry City come out of administration has been adjourned for the final time until Friday 2 August.

    They went into administration in March, and the meeting was set up to try to broker a Company Voluntary Agreement between the creditors and the club.

    But one creditor, the Ricoh Arena's operators Arena Coventry Limited, requested a final adjournment.

    This meeting will be one day before Coventry are set to start their season.

  79. 1642: 

    A 25-man Chelsea squad will fly out to America this afternoon, bound for Washington DC.

    Tomas Kalas, has pulled out owing to injury, and has not been replaced in the travelling party, which will play four games before returning to London on August 10.

    The first game is against Inter Milan on Thursday, in Indianapolis.

  80. 1639: 

    Great Britain long-jumper Chris Tomlinson says he is "disappointed" to miss out on a place at the World Championships in Moscow.

    Olympic gold medallist Greg Rutherford was selected for next month's event instead of the 31-year-old. "Hugely disappointed that I'm not going to Moscow, especially when in better current form and 100% fit and ready," tweets Tomlinson, who won bronze at the 2010 European Championships.

  81. 1635: 

    The evening action from day three of the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona gets underway from 1700BST. You can watch the action live on the BBC Red Button and follow updates here on Sportsday Live.

    Plymouth-based Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte returns for the 100m breaststroke final after the 16-year-old broke the world record in Monday's semi-final.

  82. 1627: 

    Group-One winning jockey Eddie Ahern fails in his appeal against 10-year corruption ban issued by the British Horse Authority.

    Ahern, 35, was found guilty of breaching three BHA rules in May. But his claims of insufficient evidence and a disproportionate penalty were rejected by the governing body.


    Carl: To all those people who say Rooney would be good for Chelsea? Rooney can not play upfront on his own in 4-2-3-1 formation.

    Cameron R L Smith: As a QPR fan, I am bittersweet in Harry Redknapp's new signings. Dunne, Simpson and Henry are experienced but quite old.

    Greg Surtees: As a Newcastle fan I'm not sure Joe Kinnear knows the transfer window's open or that it's his responsibility to make signings

  84. 1617: 

    Brazil winger Bernard's future may be decided in the "next few days", a spokesman for his club Atletico Mineiro tells BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury.

    The 20-year-old, who played in the Confederations Cup and helped his club win the Copa Libertadores, has been linked with Arsenal, Porto and Shakhtar Donetsk.

    The spokesman adds: "It is still a mystery. All I know is that it looks like Shakhtar offered the best financial proposal, but I don't know if he wants to go there."


    Stepper, via text: As a Villa fan, I am pleased with our signings. Six young talents and seven new deals for the first team. Best team transfer business.

  86. 1612: 

    Former Open winner Louis Oosthuizen is ruled out of next week's US PGA Championship because of injury.

    The South African, 30, withdrew from this year's Open Championship at Muirfield because of long-standing injuries to his neck, back and hip. Now he is expected to spend two months out of the game to undergo "a period of rest, rehabilitation and strengthening".

  87. 1606: 

    Would you rather win the Ashes in the manner you did in 2005 or beat this Australian team 5-0? (@jjtucker475)

    "No disrespect to the Aussie side now, but I would rather beat the team we did. It would be lovely to have the drama and tension we had in 2005, which is arguably the best series ever played, but it also would have been lovely to stuff them 5-0 in 2005!"


    Jim Atkins: Manchester United only need one signing, Fabregas may be unavailable, he's the right type. We need to look at Modric, Cabaye, Herrera etc.

    Mike Hunkin: As a Spurs fan I hope we can keep Bale for this season at least, and if we can get Soldado we have a good shot at fourth place.

    Ben King: As a Chelsea fan I think there is still work to be done. We missed out on Falcao, Cavani and Lewandowski. 100% Rooney for me.

    Are you happy with your club's transfer activity this summer? Tell us using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  89. 1559: 

    Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner believes he and fellow left-back Patrice Evra brought the best out of each other last season.

    "Manchester United need two good left-backs," he said. "I put pressure on Patrice because I did well when I played. But Patrice did well also. That is the way it works at United, you put pressure on each other."

    The Premier League champions had a £12m bid for Everton left-back Leighton Baines rejected last month.

  90. 1555: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen takes part in training and bats in the nets for several minutes ahead of Thursday's third Test against Australia in Manchester.

    Pietersen had strapping around his left calf to protect the injury picked up in the second Ashes Test. After joining his team-mates in an initial warm-up, he went through his own exercise routine with England physiotherapist Craig de Weymarn.

  91. 1550: 
    Matthew Hoggard

    The 2005 Ashes and your barnet. What were you thinking? (@Mr_Drylunch)

    "Hey! Chicks dig it haha! I wasn't thinking anything really - it was a fad."

  92. 1546: 

    Zara Phillips says she wants to compete at the 2016 Olympics and hopes to have "a good few years" left as a top-level event rider.

    The Queen's granddaughter, 32, announced on 8 July that her first child was due in early 2014.

    But the 2006 world individual three-day eventing champion and London 2012 team silver medallist is determined to carry on competing after the birth. "I would definitely love to go to another Olympics," she tells BBC Sport.


    Lindsay Easton, via text: As a Newcastle fan I'm more than worried about a distinct lack of activity. A striker is desperately needed, Cisse had a great start but needs full support from a 20+ goals a season striker. Come on Alan and Joe pull your finger out!

  94. 1539: 

    Ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard popped in to BBC Sport earlier - and we put him in the middle to face your Twitter questions.

    How would you merge the 2005 Ashes team with the current one? Who would be in or out? (@GibboDgibbo)

    "Very difficult question - there are not many survivors. Which of the current team would make the 2005 team? James Anderson in the form he is in - he's a fantastic player. Alastair Cook, but then would he replace Trescothick and Strauss? It's tough. I know it's only eight years between them, but it is hard to compare eras. All the players have their merits."

    Stay glued to Sportsday today for the rest of the Yorkshireman's answers.

  95. 1535: 

    Dynamo Moscow make a £1.5m offer for QPR defender Armand Traore, reports the Daily Mirror.

    They claim the former Arsenal left-back, 23, has been told he can go as part of QPR's cull after relegation from the Premier League.

  96. 1531: 

    BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Goodwood: "Goodwood guru Richard Hannon won the first two races and had three horses in the feature race, the Group 2 Lennox Stakes, but it is Richard Fahey's Garswood who comes through in the seven furlong race, with the hot favourite Hannon and Hughes' Producer unplaced. Gordon Burns fans backing Krypton Factor also out of luck."

  97. 1525: 

    German prosecutors file tax evasion charges against Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness.

    Ken Heidenreich, a spokesman for Munich prosecutors, declined to comment on details of the indictment, citing tax secrecy laws.

    "We have filed the charges to the Munich state court,'" Heidenreich said. `"The defence now has one month to pronounce itself."


    Patrick Mgala: I am particularly concerned with my team Chelsea, because we are busy signing midfielders while all we need is a central striker.

    Tunde Akere: Rooney is absolutely important for Chelsea, he can run, play alone upfront and score goals. Why saying Chelsea don't need him?

    Shan Mugaraja: Wish Arsenal would swap Gazidis for Levy, Less talks and more actions, Fourth place at Spurs' mercy.

    Are you happy with your club's transfer activity so far? Are you worried by a lack of activity with the season drawing near? #bbcsportsday.

  99. 1518: 

    Garswood, the 9-4 favourite, clinches the feature race on the first day of Glorious Goodwood, holding off Caspar Netscher in the seven-furlong Lennox Stakes.

  100. 1516: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton refuses to rule out a move for Juventus striker Fabio Quagliarella.

    Hughton did not deny an interest in the 30-year-old, instead comparing the scenario to his pursuit of Gary Hooper, who joined from Celtic last week.

    "That is a story I have seen and heard. But it was exactly the same with our work with Gary," he said.

    "Most were aware there was an interest. Until there was something official to say then we didn't say it."

  101. 1510: 
    Graham Gooch

    In 1990, England batsman Graham Gooch made 456 in the match against India at Lord's, hitting 333 in the first innings and 123 in the second.

  102. 1506: 

    Sir Stirling Moss believes Lewis Hamilton now has an outside chance of winning this year's Formula One world title.

    Hamilton's triumph in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix was not only his first for Mercedes, but also the German manufacturer's first with a Briton at the wheel since Moss won the 1955 British Grand Prix.

    Going into F1's summer break Hamilton now trails championship leader Sebastian Vettel by 48 points with nine races remaining.

    He said: "There's no doubt the team is the equal of any other. He's a really exciting driver and a late-braker, and I think the result will give him a great kick-off."

  103. 1503: 

    Birmingham City striker Marlon King is arrested in connection with a hit-and-run crash that left a man injured.

    The crash happened near London's West End at 06:00 on Saturday.

  104. 1457: 

    How does this side compare to the great Ashes winning side you were in Hoggy? (@eamonmcintyre)

    "This England side is very exciting and has a lot of strength in depth - that's the major difference between 2005 and now. We had 12 players who played throughout whole series, This current crop can call on 16 or 17 players and still be very successful."


    Tate Ellison: Worried about West Brom's failure to sign anyone with the season approaching fast! Need to stop getting Bosmans and loans.

    Adegoke Peter: Chelsea have the best midfielders in the Premier League this season. We don't even need Rooney, we have got 3 box to box strikers

    David Field: Another year of lip service from Arsenal. Linked to top players with no real intention. Lucky if we finish 4th next season.

    Are you happy with your club's transfer activity this summer? #bbcsportsday.

  106. 1448: 

    Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison wants two more fights before ending his career at the end of the year and wants a match-up against British heavyweight Derek Chisora.

    He tweeted: "Looking at the horizon I can see my finish line ... By end of year it's likely over & out. Determined to get two wins before I go.

    "He knows, his promoter knows, styles makes fights. Small brawlers are good for me."

  107. 1442: 
    Uruguay win World Cup 1930

    In 1930, Uruguay became the first ever winners of the World Cup with a 4-2 final victory over Argentina in Montevideo.

  108. 1437: 

    Would you get into the current Aussie team as a batsman? (Stuart Clifford)

    "No! There's a lot of good players who aren't performing - but I'm nowhere near that as a batsman."

    Hoggard's Test batting average from 92 innings was 7.27....

  109. 1435: 

    UCI President Pat McQuaid welcomes that he has received three valid nominations to stand for re-election.

    The UCI President has been nominated by the Swiss Cycling Federation, the Thai Cycling Association and the Fédération Royale Marocaine de Cyclisme in accordance with the UCI Constitution.

    "No one has changed the rules. No one has broken the rules. I have received enormous support from federations around the world urging me to stand for re-election and expressing their hope that I will continue on as UCI President. These nominations are a testament to that," he said.

  110. 1431: 

    We asked for your questions to ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard and put a selection of the best to the 2005 Ashes winner.

    As a cricketer who was your idol when you were growing up? (@WasiyullahB)

    "I didn't really have an idol growing up. When I played in the garden my dad said 'you should want to be Matthew Hoggard and not anybody else' - so that pooh-poohed my ideas of having any heroes! But if I did it would have been South African star Allan Donald - because he was quick!"

    Stay glued to Sportsday today for the rest of the Yorkshireman's answers.

  111. 1429: 

    Former Olympic hurdles great Edwin Moses has entered the race to become the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency.

    The two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter hurdles submitted his candidacy last week, become the third contender for the job, the IOC said Tuesday.

    Also in the running are IOC vice president Craig Reedie of Britain and former IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch of France.

  112. 1425: 

    Millwall boss Steve Lomas hopes to conclude a deal for Nicky Shorey this week, reports talkSPORT.

    The former England international, 32, has been training with the Lions after being released by Reading at the end of last season.

    Lomas said: "Nicky would be a good addition to the squad. I know Nicky and his Dad very well - Steve Shorey is a personal friend from back in the day. He wanted to come in and train and we could then have a look at him."

  113. 1417: 

    Greg Rutherford, after recovering from injury to be named in Britain's squad for the World Championships in Moscow: "Would like to say a big thanks to @BritAthletics and Neil Black for giving me the extra time and for overseeing my fitness test.

    "I'm incredibly happy with my bodies response. I'm lucky to have strong healing abilities and a great team aiding me. Moscow is on!"

  114. 1407: 

    Torquay have signed former Notts County defender Krystian Pearce, 23, on a two-year deal.

  115. 1410: 

    Dunfermline are saved from liquidation after creditors waived their right to £10m of money owed to them by the Fife club.

    The club, which had been in administration since March, has struck a Company Voluntary Arrangement to finally end months of uncertainty.

    Gavin Masterton, the club's former owner, abstained from the CVA vote, effectively giving up his claim to around £8.5m owed to him and his companies. However, the agreement means that players and staff that are due salary payments dating back to last year will be paid in full.

  116. 1405: 
    Matthew Hoggard

    Ex-England cricketer Matthew Hoggard popped in to BBC Sport earlier - and we put him in the middle to face your Twitter questions.

    The Leicestershire captain talks about the 2005 Ashes-winning side, the end of his England career and winning a motorbike as a man-of-the-match prize!

    We will be feeding the answers into Sportsday throughout the afternoon - so stay tuned.

  117. 1401: 

    Here are the answers you have all been waiting for. Our Question of Sport teaser earlier was which five British swimmers won a medal at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

    The answers are are Becky Adlington, Elly Gandy, Hannah Miley, Keri-Anne Payne and Liam Tancock.

  118. 1354: 

    Opener Chris Rogers believes Australia can only benefit from having David Warner back in their side for the third Test.

    Warner was suspended for punching England's Joe Root in a bar after a Champions Trophy game last month and was sent to join up with Australia A.

    He scored 193 against South Africa A in Pretoria and the 26-year-old could be in line to make his Ashes debut at Old Trafford on Thursday.

    "David brings a lot of energy to the group. He goes 100mph and it is fantastic to see him get runs," Rogers told a press conference.


    Si Hawkes: I don't think I can be angry at Arsenal's lack of activity. It's hardly a surprise. Same thing happens every year.

    Mark Gillespie: Liverpool need to sign a top quality player, less of the young players and club rejects.

    Tom Heath: I would like to see Southampton sign a striker to take pressure of Lambert, a centre back and most importantly a goalkeeper!

    Are you happy with your club's transfer dealings so far this summer? Are you worried about a lack of activity? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or via text 81111.

  120. 1345: 

    Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says a deal for Aston Villa's Barry Bannan may still happen after revealing their move for the midfielder has stalled.

    Rovers have had a bid accepted for the Scotland international, 23, but talks over personal terms are on hold.

    "We're exploring all options," Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire. "There may be a chance it might happen, and if not we'll be prepared for it not happening. We've just got to keep as many plates spinning as we can."

  121. 1339: 

    BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Goodwood: "Not the customary fine weather for day one of the prestigious Glorious Goodwood on the sweeping South Downs. Usually views stretch for miles but I could barely see the 1 furlong post.

    "The skies are very slowly lifting but the going has changed from Good to Firm to Good to Soft after some heavy, sweeping rain that is still persisting and which is keeping the majority of the punters under cover in the hospitality areas."

  122. 1335: 

    Former Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper is "honoured" an AC Milan legends team will face a Magpies all-star side in his 20-year charity game.

    Alan Shearer, Franco Baresi and Paolo Maldini are among the players confirmed for the match on Wednesday 11 August.

    Proceeds from the game will benefit The Great North Children's Hospital, Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation.

    "I'm honoured such a great team is coming," Harper told BBC Newcastle.

  123. 1329: 

    Fabio Capello continued: "In my opinion the football played in the first half of the English season is much better than in the second half.

    And because of that, if you want to be a competitive team in the Premier League, you need a really big squad, which is a luxury you don't get with the national team."

    It is 47 years today since England won their only World Cup in 1966.

  124. 1320: 
    Fabio Capello

    Former England manager Fabio Capello blames 'tiredness' on England not being able to challenge for major trophies.

    The Italian presided over 42 matches as England boss between 2008 to 2012, winning 28, losing six and drawing eight.

    "They're the least fresh of any of the competing national sides, because their league doesn't have a break," he told Fifa.com.

    "It's like when you're driving a car: if you stop halfway to put fuel in then you'll definitely get where you want to go, but if you don't then there's always the chance you'll be running on empty before you reach your goal."


    While there is plenty of transfer talk about some of the Premier League's biggest stars, we are still waiting for a flurry of major deals to be completed.

    Are you happy with your club's transfer dealings so far? Or are you worried about a lack of activity? Let us know using #bbcsportsday or via text 81111.

  126. 1314: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith offers the latest news on the summer's transfer stories, including Gareth Bale's proposed move to Real Madrid, and the future of Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

    For a full list of confirmed transfers, check out our transfers page.

  127. 1309: 

    Midfielder Liam Davis signs a two-year contract with Yeovil following his release by Oxford United.

    The 26-year-old, who started his career at Fulham, was recently on trial at Birmingham City.

  128. 1308: 

    Sri Lanka name two uncapped players in their 15-man squad to face South Africa in the fifth and final one-day international in Colombo on Wednesday.

    All-rounder Chathuranga de Silva and left-arm seam bowler Vimukthi Perera, both 23, are among changes made to the team who have already taken a winning 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

    Openers Kusal Perera and Dimuth Karunaratne have been recalled, while Upul Tharanga and Jehan Mubarak have been dropped from the squad.

  129. 1304: 

    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse says he wants to "concentrate 100% on football" as he prepares to make his first pre-season appearance tonight since resolving his dispute over wearing a shirt bearing the logo of new sponsors Wonga.

    Cisse, a Muslim, pulled out of Newcastle's pre-season tour after telling the club he was not prepared to promote the money-lending company. He was later criticised after pictures emerged of him visiting a Newcastle casino.

    "I have had some useful discussions with my club, my family and Islamic teachers in the last few weeks. After a huge amount of thought and reflection, I have made the decision to follow my team-mates and wear the kit," the Senegal international tells Newcastle's official website.

  130. 1259: 
    Christine Ohuruogu

    "When Neil called me up the other week, I thought I was in trouble!" says Christine Ohuruogu, who won gold in Osaka in 2007. "I am not normally someone who likes the spotlight, but this is a lovely feeling to be trusted in this role, and it's nice for myself and my coach Lloyd Cowan for the hard work we have put in over the years."

  131. 1256: 

    Christine Ohuruogu is named as captain of the Great Britain team to compete at the forthcoming World Championships in Moscow.

    Former World 400m champion Ohuruogu, 29, has been chosen by British Athletics performance director Neil Black to lead the side at the event which begins on 10 August.

  132. 1254: 

    Also in the Tees Sport K2 Sussex Open, Matt Ware won the band one singles event, Sussex's Mark Scutts won the band two singles and Bedfordshire's Josh Robinson was victorious in the band three event.

    Kent's Jamal Dennison was the winner in band four, Cornwall's Dave Wetherall in band five and Poland's Pawel Gasiorski won the band six event.

    Also from Kent, Daniella Gray won the women's Band 3 Singles, with Anthony Corbin, from Hertfordshire, winning the Veterans Singles.

    Mike O'Driscoll and Niall Cameron won the doubles, Lewis Gray triumphed in the under 21's men's singles, Emma Torkington won the under-21s women's singles, Daniel McTiernan was the winner in the u-18 boys, with Hib Feredj victor in the girls event.

  133. 1249: 

    England number one Liam Pitchford became the Tees Sport K2 Sussex Open champion when he beat the reigning champion and Scotland's top player Gavin Rumgay 3-1 in the final.

    Pitchford beat Dorset's Matt Ware 3-0 in the semi final.

    Olympian Joanna Parker finished the highest woman, following her victory in Women's Band 1 on Saturday without dropping a game.

  134. 1242: 

    Leicestershire head coach Phil Whitticase says spin bowler Jigar Naik will be out for a minimum of four months because of his shoulder injury.

    Naik dislocated his shoulder during the FLt20 win over Nottinghamshire on 12 July, but Whitticase told told BBC Radio Leicester the operation went well.

    "There was quite a lot of damage in the shoulder," said Whitticase.


    With Mo Farah challenging Usain Bolt to a 600m race, we are asking you which quirky match-ups would you like to see?

    Colin Toms: I'd like the male & female winners of tennis grand slams play each other for the ultimate slam title! Nadal v Williams.

    Nathan James: Barcelona basketball team vs FC Barcelona, one game of basketball, one match of football.

    Tom Heath: I'd love to see the Great Britain Rugby League side re-formed and play The British and Irish Lions two tests one of each code.

    Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or via text on 81111.

  136. 1231: 

    Assistant manager Mark Cooper will take charge of Swindon Town for the opening game of the 2013-14 season.

    The 44-year-old took over as caretaker boss following the departure of Kevin MacDonald earlier this month.

    And with no permanent replacement lined up, Cooper will lead Town in Saturday's trip to Peterborough - his former club.

  137. 1228: 

    England fast bowler James Anderson on the third Ashes Test at his county Lancashire's Old Trafford ground:

    "I'm very excited about it. I've not played an Ashes Test here before," he told a news conference.

    "We are very conscious of not getting too ahead of ourselves. We have played really well in the first two games and we need to improve.

    "The ground looks amazing and the redevelopments have made some huge improvements. The atmosphere will be incredible."

    The third Test begins on Thursday with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 4 LW, and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app.

  138. 1222: 
    Jurgen Klinsmann

    Former Germany striker and coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who had two spells at Tottenham in the 1990s and is now national coach of the United States, was born on this day in 1964.

  139. 1214: 

    Veteran Reading striker Jason Roberts says he is not ready to call time on his career as he prepares for his 17th season in professional football.

    Roberts suffered a career-threatening hip injury in March, but is making good progress and is not far off a return.

    "It's coming along quite well," Roberts, 35, told BBC Radio Berkshire.

  140. 1211: 

    Brian Cookson, who is challenging Pat McQuaid for the presidency of UCI, cycling's world governing body, has posted the following statement on his website.

    His comments are a response to attempts to change the constitutional rules before the presidential poll in September.

    He said: "The efforts to change the nomination and electoral process announced last night on behalf of the UCI director general are a clear sign of desperation from the incumbent president, Pat McQuaid.

    "The man at the top of the organisation is prepared to embarrass an entire sport in an attempt to try and cling onto power."

  141. 1207: 

    Rochdale manager Keith Hill believes his side will be able to cope with the departure of last season's top scorer Bobby Grant to Blackpool.

    Grant requested a transfer at the end of last term, having scored 16 goals in 38 games for the League Two club.

    "It won't be just down to one player to score the amount of goals that Bobby did," Hill told BBC Radio Manchester.

  142. 1202: 

    Britain's Aled Davies has been reacting on Twitter to the news that there will be no F42 discus at the Rio Olympics. He won Paralympic gold in the event at London 2012 and also won gold at the IPC World Athletics Championships last week:

    "So the event list is out for Rio. I'm absolutely gutted I won't be able to defend my discus title."

    "Constantly preaching legacy, when the event I live for is taken out of the Paralympic Games.... Devastated."


    With Mo Farah challenging Usain Bolt to a 600m race, we are asking you which quirky match-ups would you like to see?

    Sir Paul of Upward: Why has Ali vs Tyson not been mentioned yet?

    Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  144. 1150: 
    Daley Thompson

    Daley Thompson, Britain's 1980 and 1984 Olympic decathlon champion, was born on this day in 1958. That means he has 55 candles on his birthday cake.

  145. 1146: 

    Pro12 side Edinburgh Rugby appoint former Springboks assistant Alan Solomons as their new head coach.

    The Scottish side finished third bottom last season, leading to the exit of head coach Michael Bradley in March.

  146. 1143: 

    Former Australia paceman Brett Lee calls for "pure match-winner" David Warner to be included in Australia's starting XI for the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

    Warner scored 193 for Australia A against South Africa A in Pretoria last week after being sent to join the second-string side's tour to gain match practice.

    Lee said: "I'd like to think they can get a win in the third Test coming up and maybe if they inject someone like a David Warner - a pure match-winner - I reckon that'd be a great way to get the Australians on the board."

  147. 1139: 

    From BBC Lancashire: "Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says talks with Aston Villa's Barry Bannan have stopped, but a deal could be resurrected."

  148. 1137: 

    Former Blackpool defender Ian Evatt rejoins Chesterfield on a two-year contract.

    The 31-year-old says: "I'm delighted to be back. My family is from around here and I know the area well."

  149. 1126: 

    Meanwhile, Kick It Out has launched a free phone app that will allow fans report incidents of discrimination.

    "There's a number of ways you can report incidents," says Kick It Out director Roisin Wood. "Some fans have no problem approaching stewards on the day, but for others this is a really easy way without maybe drawing attention to yourself."

  150. 1124: 

    The director of football's anti-discrimination campaign Kick It Out suggests that clubs should consider employing a 'minority' candidate if there are two equally-qualified people to choose from.

    "Positive discrimination is illegal in this country, but positive action is allowed and has got to be looked at," Kick It Out director Roisin Wood tells BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury. "It's not about giving someone a role they cannot do and are not qualified to do.

    "When it comes down to the final two equally-qualified candidates, then it's about looking at where are your levels of under-representation are at the club. Positive action should be looked at when it comes to diversification in football."

  151. 1119: 
    Daniel Fogg

    British swimmer Daniel Fogg fails to qualify for the final of the 800m freestyle at the World Swimming Championships in Barcelona.

    He admits he swam ''really slow'' and says the swim came too soon after his 10km open water race.

  152. 1111: 

    Time for a tea break and the chance to test your grey matter for a few minutes with our latest Question of Sport teaser.

    Which five British swimming team members won a medal at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai?

    Answers will be revealed later.


    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Perhaps a case of omitting the Glorious from Goodwood right now as heavy rain sees the going change to Good, with Good to Soft places.

  154. 1109: 

    Glorious Goodwood begins in about three hours' time, with Producer and Aljamaaheer heading the field in the Lennox Stakes (1505 BST).

    The five-day fixture on the picturesque Sussex Downs is a midsummer highlight of the Flat racing season.

    While Wednesday's Sussex Stakes duel between Dawn Approach and Toronado has top billing, the seven-furlong Lennox Stakes is the feature race on day one.

  155. 1103: 

    From BBC Sport Global News: "South African organisers say they made a slim profit of 3.6 million rand (£239,000) from the African Cup of Nations in January and February.

    "Delivering the final report and financial results, the local organising committee said that it exceeded its own expectations on the three-week tournament by about $305,000.

    "Although LOC chairman Mwelo Nonkonyana said the report 'clearly depicts a positive financial position for the tournament,' it underlines the gap between Africa's top tournament and the money-spinning World Cup, and shows how far the Cup of Nations lags behind in commercialising its product."


    D Tipping, Andover, via text: The only person who knows where Bale is himself, papers are just guessing and it's annoying us Spurs fans to put it politely.

    MCK, London, via text: Can we stop talking about Gareth Bale moving until someone actually makes a bid for him!

  157. 1057: 

    Former sprint cyclist Erik Zabel is suspended from his role as Katusha coach following his doping admission, the Russian squad announces.

    The 43-year-old German, who won the points classification green jersey at the Tour de France on six occasions, resigned from the Professional Cycling Council after admitting to "many years" of doping.


    England World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst: "Thank you for your messages marking the anniversary of '66. Great team. Great memories. It was definitely an above average day for me."

  159. 1050: 
    England win World Cup

    It is 47 years today since England last won the World Cup.

    A crowd of 93,000 spectators - including the Queen and Prince Phillip - filled London's Wembley Stadium to watch the host nation play West Germany in the final. Another 400 million people around the world watched on television.

    In the final moments of extra time Sir Geoff Hurst powered home his third goal to give England a 4-2 victory and to become the first man ever to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.

    Reminisce by watching this BBC Sport highlights video.

  160. 1048: 

    Britain's Roberto Pavoni qualifies in 16th place for tonight's 200m fly semi-finals after clocking 1:57.37 in the World Swimming Championships heat in Barcelona.

  161. 1043: 

    England cricket hero Matthew Hoggard is visiting BBC Sport towers today - and we are going to put your questions to the Leicestershire star.

    Are you an England fan who wants to know the inside track about the Ashes 2005 win? Maybe you want to hear his thoughts on the current Ashes series? Or are you a Yorkshire supporter desperate to find out about his time at Headingley?

    Tweet using #AskHoggy before 1230 BST and we will put a selection of the best ones to the Yorkshireman.

  162. 1039: 

    Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski pledges his commitment to the Champions League finalists after failing in his bid to move to treble winners Bayern Munich.

    Lewandowski, whose contract at Dortmund runs to 2014, had refused to sign an extension late last season and had said he hoped to be joining his "club of choice" very soon.

    "I will give everything I've got for Dortmund," Lewandowski tells Bild newspaper. "It does not matter what happened. I am not interested about that on the pitch."


    With Mo Farah challenging Usain Bolt to a 600m race, we are asking you which quirky match-ups would you like to see?

    Tom George: David Rudisha vs Usain Bolt over 400m.

    James Ofori: A European 11 vs a South American 11. What a match.

    Alex: NFL Superbowl Champs vs Heineken Cup winners - Half of Gridiron, Half of Rugby.

    Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  164. 1031: 

    Liverpool are interested in taking Benfica's Lorenzo Melgarejo on a season-long deal as they look to add cover in the left-back position, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    It is reported the Reds have contacted the Portuguese side to express their interest in signing the Paraguayan, and are hopeful they will be allowed to take the 22-year-old on an initial loan deal, with the option to make the move permanent should it be a success.

  165. 1027: 

    Mo Farah IS going to face one of the world's most recognisable athletes - but it's not Usain Bolt. Not yet anyway.

    While there is talk of Farah going up against the Jamaican sprinter, Great Britain's double Olympic champion will race Ethiopian superstar Haile Gebrselassie at the Great North Run.

    The pair, along with another Ethiopian legend, triple Olympic champion Kenenisa Bekele, will compete in the same race for the first time at the Tyneside half-marathon on 15 September.

  166. 1021: 
    Loic Remy

    Newcastle United are still trying to secure QPR striker Loic Remy, 26, on a season-long deal, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

    But they claim the Magpies are still monitoring Bafetimbi Gomis's situation with Lyon.

    Newcastle's pursuit of Remy is reported to have intensified in the last 24 hours after United took a step back from negotiations to sign Gomis due to Lyon asking more than their £6.9m bid.


    Waliu I Aforlabi: Bale! Bale!!...everywhere he's been overhyped, £85m is too much at most £50m is good for him.

    Sam Pearce: The tragic Benitez news should prove to Gareth Bale to take every opportunity. Only get one shot at life.

    James Cook: I don't know what's more crazy, Real offering £85m for Bale, or Spurs not biting their hand off.

  168. 1012: 

    Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas describes Spurs winger Gareth Bale as "one of the top three or four players in Europe".

    Bale, 24, is thought to want to talk to the Spanish giants, who have reportedly targeted the Welshman as their key summer signing.

    "It's normal that his name is being discussed because he has all the qualities a footballer needs," says the Spain goalkeeper. "Every transfer is controversial in its own way, for better or worse, but we are speaking about a very good, decisive player."

  169. 1005: 

    Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne is to pass on tips to teenager Ashton Agar about how to bowl at Old Trafford, while Kevin Pietersen will be fit for the third Test. Here's today's Ashes gossip column.


    David Hall, via text: Some years ago Northampton Town FC used to play an annual charity match against Northampton Saints RFC playing a game of football using a rugby ball.

  171. 0953: 
    Greg Rutherford

    Greg Rutherford is named in Great Britain's team for the World Championships having satisfied the selection committee that he is fit enough to be able to perform strongly in Moscow.

    "Greg has shown a remarkable level of recovery during a short space of time, something he has shown an aptitude for throughout his athletics career," says British Athletics performance director Neil Black.

  172. 0948: 

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford is named in the Great Britain team for the World Championships in Moscow.

    Rutherford's place for the event, which starts on 10 August, had been in doubt because of a hamstring injury.

    The 26-year-old was not named in the initial selection, but British Athletics performance director Neil Black left the spot open to give him time to recover.

  173. 0940: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is considering a move for Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini if Barcelona cannot be tempted to sell Cesc Fabregas, reports the Manchester Evening News.


    With Mo Farah challenging Usain Bolt to a 600m race, we are asking you which quirky match-ups would you like to see?

    Ross Lawson: Eleven England bowlers to play a game against eleven England batsman. One all-rounder allowed per side!

    Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  175. 0924: 

    Paralympians will compete for a record number of medals at Rio 2016, announces governing body IPC Athletics.

    The Brazilian city will host 177 track and field medal events - seven more than London 2012 - with 95 for men and 82 for women. It is a 22% increase in the number of medal events for women from the 67 at last year's Paralympics.

  176. 0917: 

    Championship side Bolton Wanderers confirm American midfielder Stuart Holden tore a cruciate ligament in his country's Gold Cup final win.

    Holden, 27, was forced off in Sunday's 1-0 victory against Panama, having been affected by knee problems for more than two years. "I will rise again! Big love and thanks to all," he tweeted.

  177. 0912: 

    As I said earlier (0848), speculation linking Gareth Bale to Real Madrid is dominating the British back pages - and it is also making the headlines in Spain. Daily sports newspaper Marca says Tottenham are demanding 145m euros (£125m) for the Welshman. It prompts a headline of 'Una Locura' - which translates as 'Crazy' - on the front page.


    Matt, Telford, via text: England could face Australia in a series of sprints. Each country choosing their fastest 100m runner, racehorse over 6 furlongs, 50m freestyle swimmer etc. The series could be repeated every 2 years and the winning country be awarded The Dashes.

  179. 0900: 

    Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor fears English football is "in danger of losing its soul" because of selfish players and impatient owners and managers.

    "The players don't know how lucky they are nowadays," Taylor tells the Telegraph. "When you see the turnover in managers and owners wanting success yesterday, wanting ready-made players, with no time and no patience to develop youngsters, I'm quite fearful for the future."


    Ollie Holden: RC Toulon also recently played Olympique Marseille in a half football/half rugby game.

    Trevor Hawthorne: I'd like to see a greyhound race a racehorse over a certain distance.

    Andrew Priestley: Stoke City should go head-to-head with the All Blacks to decide who plays the best brand of rugby union!

  181. 0848: 

    Gareth Bale's future is still dominating the back pages of the British national newspapers - here are three of the top stories in today's gossip column.

    Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will reluctantly bow to Gareth Bale's desire to leave if Real Madrid offer a world record £85m - plus a player - for the 24-year-old forward. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester United are also keen on Bale if Tottenham decide they are ready to sell the Welshman this summer. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea are resolute in their refusal to entertain any bids for David Luiz after it emerged Bayern Munich are considering a £34.5m move for the 26-year-old defender. (the Telegraph)

  182. 0838: 

    England are drawn in the same group as co-hosts Australia and New Zealand for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

    Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, plus two associate nations from the qualifying tournaments, will join them in Pool A of the 14-team tournament.

    Holders India, South Africa, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and a qualifier will compete in Pool B.


    Sportsday Live just would not be the same without your input. So why don't you get involved? In fact I insist. Would you like to see Farah take on Bolt? Who do you think would win?

    We have seen a few strange sporting contests in the past - Wigan RL took on Bath RU in the 1990s, 100m sprinter Donovan Bailey raced 200m king Michael Johnson over 150m, while there are regular battles between Aussie Rules and Gaelic Football sides. Meanwhile, tennis star Andy Murray recently raised the possibility of playing Serena Williams in a 'Battle of the Sexes'.

    So which quirky match-ups would you like to see? Tell us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  184. 0828: 

    Great Britain's middle-distance hero Mo Farah has cheekily challenged sprint king Usain Bolt to a fun race over 600m - but who would win?

    Prof Neil Fowler, head of exercise and sport science at Manchester Metropolitan University, is backing Farah.

    "Every day of the week Mo Farah would win that race over 600m," says Prof Fowler. "At 400m, Bolt will be 20m in front. By 600m he'll be gasping, he'll be bent on his knees and spent."

  185. 0821: 

    Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte breaks the 100m breaststroke world record in the World Championship semi-finals.

    The 16-year-old, who is based in Plymouth, clocked one minute 04.30 seconds in Barcelona, 0.15secs faster than the previous best time set by Jessica Hardy in 2009.

  186. 0815: 

    Tottenham forward Gareth Bale is "too young" to move abroad and would be making a mistake by joining Real Madrid this summer, according to ex-Spurs manager David Pleat.

    "I doubt he'd find it easy. Many have failed when they have moved overseas," he says.

    Pleat does not think Spurs would let the 24-year-old Wales international, who has indicated he would like to speak to Real, leave White Hart Lane for less than £100m.

  187. 0809: 

    Before we tuck into that little lot, let's have a quick recap of the big overnight stories which you might have missed.

    Ferrari reveal that their ex-world champion driver Fernando Alonso has been rebuked by the company's president.

    The team said Luca Di Montezemolo phoned the Spaniard on Monday to wish him a happy birthday but also "tweaked his ear" for his "latest comments". Ferrari have not said which remarks by Alonso, 32, upset Di Montezemolo.

    But when he was asked what birthday present he would like after finishing fifth in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix, Alonso replied: "Someone else's car."

  188. 0804: 

    Good morning! As always, we will be bringing you all the latest football news, including any transfer ins and outs at your club, as the new season looms large.


    Build-up begins for the third Ashes Test between England and Australia, with both sides holding media conferences in Manchester ahead of Thursday's first day. And Glorious Goodwood, one of the highlights of the British Flat horse racing calendar, begins on the picturesque Sussex Downs. Is that enough for starters?

  189. 0800: 

    Up early and raring to go for another jam-packed day of sporting news? Good. Because so are we.

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