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22 August 2013 Last updated at 18:07 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    That is all from Sportsday Live today but the evening's entertainment continues. Live coverage of the Diamond League meeting in Stockholm is about to get under way on BBC Three and online on the BBC Sport website, giving you a chance to see newly crowned world champions LaShawn Merritt, David Oliver and Abeba Aregawi in action.

    Merritt runs in the 400m at 2035 BST, with Oliver going in the 110m hurdles at 2005 BST and Aregawi racing in front of a home crowd in the final event, the 800m, at 2050 BST.

    Britain's Marilyn Okoro also runs in the evening's finale with Chris Tomlinson, overlooked in favour of Olympic champion Greg Rutherford for the Britain's world championship squad, jumping in long jump at 1920 BST.

    Bye for now. See you tomorrow on Sportsday Live for all the latest breaking news.

  2. 1856: 

    Tottenham are all but assured of progressing in the Europa League after swatting aside Dinamo Tbilisi 5-0 in Georgia. New signing Roberto Soldado, recruited from Valencia this summer, scored twice with Andros Townsend, Paulinho and Danny Rose also finding the net.

    Live text commentary of Swansea v Petrolul Ploiesti, which kicks off in five minutes, is available on the BBC Sport website.

  3. 1844: 

    Sky Sports chief news reporter Bryan Swanson on Twitter: We're told Chelsea in advanced talks over signing Willian. Deal close. Not done yet

  4. 1837:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportLATEST GOSSIP

    "Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in talks with the Gunners over a return to Emirates Stadium.

    "The 29-year-old France international is a free agent after AC Milan decided not renew his contract at the end of last season and has been training with the north London club in recent week.

    "A deal for Flamini, who can operate as a holding midfielder or provide cover at full-back, is likely to be finalised in the coming days.

    "He joined Arsenal from Marseille in 2004 and spent four years with Arsene Wenger's side, helping them to the Champions League final in 2006."

    Mathieu Flamini
  5. 1834: 

    England have begun their innings in the fifth Test at The Oval, chasing an imposing 492 posted by Australia.

    Live text commentary, accompanied by live radio commentary from Test Match Special, is available via the BBC Sport website and app.


    London sports correspondent for Agence France-Presse Tom Williams: "Nicolas Anelka's agent, Doug Pingisi, tells AFP that he has suffered a personal bereavement but says: 'Nicolas has not ended his career.'"

  7. 1827: 
    BBC coverage

    The BBC Radio 5 Live commentary team will have an amazing view at Spa this weekend and you can join them at 8pm this evening for their special F1 preview of the Belgian Grand Prix.


    In tonight's 5 Live Sport show with Eleanor Oldroyd, which starts at 1900 BST, there is also a look back on day two of the Oval Test and a look ahead to the Challenge Cup Final and the US Open tennis.

  8. 1820: 

    Former Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace defender Gareth Southgate is appointed as England Under-21 head coach on a three-year contract.

    Stuart Pearce's contract was not renewed after the team lost all three of their group games in the under-21 European Championships in Israel earlier this summer.

  9. 1809: 

    News of the women's draw at the US Open where British number one Laura Robson, seeded 30th, has been drawn against Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino while compatriot Heather Watson will face Romania's Simona Halep.

    Defending champion Serena Williams will open against Italy's Francesca Schiavone.

  10. 1803: 

    Swansea have named a strong starting XI for their Europa League match against Petrolul Ploiesti with Michu, Wilfried Bony, Hernandez and Jonjo Shelvey all starting.

    Meanwhile Tottenham lead Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi 2-0 courtesy of goals from Paulinho and Andros Townsend.

    You can keep up with all the evening's action on the BBC Sport live text commentary.

  11. 1755: 

    Former 110m hurdles world record holder two time world champion and BBC Sport analyst Colin Jackson on Twitter: Diamond league rolls into Sweden... Lush


    Live coverage of the first Diamond League meeting in the wake of the world championships is on BBC Three from 1900BST.

  12. 1748: 

    QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar, long linked with Arsenal, could be about to agree a move to Benfica according to the Daily Star.

    Luis Felipe Scolari, Cesar's coach at international level with Brazil, had previously said that he expected the 33-year-old to see out the rest of the season with QPR.

  13. 1736: 

    Top seed Novak Djokovic will open his US Open campaign against Ricardas Berankis while second seed Rafael Nadal will take on American Ryan Harrison in the first round.

  14. 1730: 

    Andy Murray's projected route to the US Open final involves matches against Nicolas Almagro in the last 16, Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals and world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

  15. 1726: 

    Defending champion and British number one Andy Murray has been drawn against Frenchman Michael Llodra in the first round of the US Open.

    Murray has won all three of his previous meetings with the 49th-ranked 33-year-old.

    Murray, seeded third, is in Novak Djokovic's half of the draw.

  16. 1719: 
    Scott Sinclair

    Joined Chelsea from Bristol Rovers for a fee of around £200,000 as a 16-year-old in 2007.

    Left for Swansea in 2010 and scored 28 goals in 82 appearances for the Welsh club.

    Moved to Premier League champions Manchester City in August 2012 but made just two Premier League starts.

    Also had loan spells at Plymouth Argyle, QPR, Charlton, Crystal Palace, Birmingham City and Wigan Athletic.

    Capped seven times by England at Under-21 level.

  17. 1719: 

    Rian Hoskins: West Brom did need a winger and Sinclair could resurrect his career there as he has the assets to be a Premier League regular.

    Russell Reynolds: #Sinclair to #WBFC will add needed width and hopefully be the goal threat from midfield they were lacking. Great signing

    #bbcsportsday for all your views on the day's sports news.

  18. 1713: 

    Chelsea may opt to make a bid for Porto's Jackson Martinez as they reassess their chances of prising Wayne Rooney from Manchester United.

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho aims to bring in a striker before the end of the transfer window, but United are reportedly reluctant to allow their rivals to sign Rooney.

    While Anzhi Makhachkala's Samuel Eto'o and Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz remain possibilities, ESPN report that Martinez, who scored 34 goals in 43 games last season, is Chelsea's preferred fall-back option.


    Russell Reynolds: Sinclair to West Brom will add needed width and hopefully be the goal threat from midfield they were lacking. Great signing.

  20. 1656: 

    West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke says he is "delighted" to sign ex-England Under-21 international Scott Sinclair.

    "He is the type of player we were missing from the squad," says the Scot. "He is a pure winger, who is quick, direct and scores goals - he has proven that over his career."

  21. 1652: 

    West Bromwich Albion sign Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent deal.

    The 24-year-old started his career at Chelsea, where he worked with Baggies boss Steve Clarke, and has also played for Swansea and Wigan in the top flight.

  22. 1650: 

    Australia reach tea on day two of the final Ashes Test against England on 397-6, largely thanks to Steven Smith's maiden Test century.

    Smith reached his landmark 100 with a six - becoming the sixth Australian to do so. The others are John Benaud (1972), Ian Davis (1976), Greg Matthews (1985), Andrew Symonds (2006) and Mitchell Johnson (2009).

    Follow the final session at the Oval in our live text commentary.

  23. 1644: 
    Diamond League in Stockholm

    BBC Sport's athletics team is ready at trackside in Stockholm ahead of tonight's Diamond League meeting.

    Remember you can watch the action on BBC Three from 1900 BST, while we will be providing live updates right here on Sportsday.

  24. 1637: 

    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado wants his future with the team to be sorted before the end of the season.

    The Venezuelan was forced to wait until the season finished in each of the past two years before discovering he had secured another drive with the team.

    Ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, he says: "I hope I don't face the same situation as before. As a driver you want to stay calm and to be sure of your future, so I hope it is sorted quite soon."

  25. 1628: 

    Switzerland international Innocent Emeghara is a possible target for Celtic as the Scottish champions look to strengthen their striking options, reports BBC Scotland.

    The Nigeria-born 24-year-old was loaned to Italian club Siena from French outfit Lorient last season.

  26. 1623: 

    Australia batsman Steven Smith smashes a six to clinch his maiden Test century in his 12th match.

    But moments later the tourists are reduced to 385-6 when England part-time spinner Jonathan Trott claims the scalp of Brad Haddin.

    Follow all the over-by-over action from the final Ashes Test at The Oval in our live text commentary.

  27. 1617: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Somerset 340 and 55 for 0, Warwickshire 407

    BBC WM's Mike Taylor: "Somerset have had much the better of the afternoon here and have restored a balance to the match, which now looks more likely to be drawn than not. With no apparent sign of the pitch breaking up, as had been expected, they almost erased their 67-run first-innings deficit before tea, without any loss. Rikki Clarke bowled well and Jeetan Patel looks threatening, but neither has had any success so far.

    "Earlier, Warwickshire's last seven wickets fell for 100, so they didn't go on to build the substantial lead that looked possible when they were 307 for 3 this morning. Much of the credit for that should go to George Dockrell, the young Irish left-arm spinner who bowled long, thoughtful spells and was not flattered by figures of six for 96."

    Live commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.

  28. 1614: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Durham 207-2

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "That's tea and it has been Durham's afternoon against Surrey as they put on 125 runs without loss. Scott Borthwick will resume on 90 and Will Smith on 57. They have put a partnership of 130 together in 36 overs so far for the third wicket.

    "Borthwick has also passed the 2,000 first class runs mark today as well when reaching 62."

    Live audio commentary is available on the BBC Sport website.

  29. 1611: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Yorkshire 407 all out. Notts 111 for 8
    Jonny Bairstow

    BBC Leeds' Dave Callaghan: "This has been a dreadful afternoon for Notts and one to cherish for title chasing Yorkshire. Some excellent bowling and some poor shot selection sees Notts 78 for 8 at tea. Steve Patterson and Ryan Sidebottom have each taken four wickets as Notts crumbled before their home support.

    "Earlier, Yorkshire added 80 runs for their last two wickets. Jonathan Bairstow made 62 and Patterson, whose having a fine all round match, hit a valuable 40 to take the leaders to 407 all out.

    "The quest to make Notts follow on has been halted by rain and an early tea."

    Notts have since battled on to 111-8. Live audio commentary is available online on the BBC Sport website.

  30. 1610: 

    Championship side Barnsley sign ex-Celtic midfielder Paddy McCourt until the end of the season.

    The Northern Ireland international, 29, has been a free agent since leaving the Scottish champions earlier this summer.

  31. 1607: 

    Former world champion Tom Boonen, 32, is ruled out for the rest of the season as he struggles with a cyst which prevents him sitting comfortably in the saddle.

    "Though the perineum cyst that has been tormenting him for the past few weeks is shrinking, it is still very painful and the wound has not completely healed," his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team said on their website.

  32. 1605: 

    Tottenham begin their continental campaign in about an hour's time when they face Dinamo Tbilisi in their Europa League play-off in Georgia.

    Here's the Tottenham starting XI: Lloris; Naughton, Dawson, Kaboul, Rose; Capoue, Paulinho; Townsend, Dembele, Sigurdsson; Soldado.

    Follow all the action from Tbilisi in our Europa League live text commentary.

  33. 1600: 
    Nicolas Anelka

    Earlier, West Bromwich Albion confirmed that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's Premier League game at Everton.

    "The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds," said an Albion statement.

  34. 1558: 

    Liverpool will step up their search for a centre-back with Sebastian Coates likely to be missing for the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament while on international duty with Uruguay last week.

    "It's probably going to rule him out for most of the season, which is disappointing for me because he's never given me a minute's problem since he's been here," said manager Brendan Rodgers of Coates.

    "I think a replacement is something that we're looking at, certainly."

    Manager Brendan Rodgers added that the arrival of a new defender would also allow Andre Wisdom to go out on loan.

  35. 1553: 

    Peterborough director of football Barry Fry says there were "amazing scenes" in his first midwifery experience - when he helped his daughter give birth.

    Fry left Wembley, where he watching England v Scotland, after daughter Amber was taken to hospital when she went into labour. Hear BBC Radio Cambridgeshire's full interview with Fry.

  36. 1548: 

    West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka walks out on the Baggies, less than two months after signing for the club as a free agent, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Bolton striker has reportedly cleared his locker at the club's training ground and may even retire from the game entirely.

    "Albion head coach Steve Clarke and technical director Richard Garlick have both attempted to persuade the former France international to change his mind but Anelka did not train on Thursday and subsequently walked out of the club," writes Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy.

  37. 1546: 

    Scarlets announce British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies as a joint captain for the forthcoming season.

    Davies, 25, joins last term's skipper Rob McCusker, the Wales back-rower, as one of the Welsh region's leaders.

    "These two players will support each other very well, they bring different skill sets as well as having complementary qualities," says Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby.

  38. 1543: 

    Atletico Madrid's Arda Turan is attracting interest from teams "like Liverpool and Arsenal" according to the Turkey international's agent.

    "Arsenal and Liverpool? A destination in the Premier League would be to the liking of the player and I can confirm there are clubs interested, like the two mentioned," Ahmet Bulan told

  39. 1534: 

    LaShawn Merritt, David Oliver and Abeba Aregawi are just three of the gold medallists from the World Championships who will be competing in the Diamond League later.

    United States 400m champion Merritt faces compatriot and silver medallist Tony McQuay while fellow American Oliver goes in the 110m hurdles. Aregawi, who won 1500m gold in Moscow, will be cheered on by her home fans in Stockholm when she races in the 800m.

    BBC Three coverage starts at 19:00 BST and we will be bringing regular updates here on Sportsday.

  40. 1529: 

    Australia fast bowler Jackson Bird is returning home for treatment on a lower back injury after being dropped for the fifth Test at Trent Bridge.

    Bird took two wickets in the fourth test in Durham, but joins James Pattinson and Ashton Agar as bowlers who have headed back to Australia from the touring party.

  41. 1526: 

    Hull FC head coach Peter Gentle recalls Richard Horne, Ben Crooks and Mark O'Meley to his 19-man squad for Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Wigan.

    Veteran half-back Horne, leading try-scorer Crooks and prop O'Meley all return from injury, but the Black and Whites are still without Shannon McDonnell, Ben Galea and Tom Lineham.

    Hull: Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Ellis, Green, Heremaia, Horne, Holdsworth, Houghton, Lynch, Miller, O'Meley, Pitts, Shaul, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

    BBC Radio 5 live preview the Challenge Cup final tonight from 2100 BST with live coverage of the match on BBC One from 1415 BST on Saturday.

  42. 1519: 

    It's the moment you have been waiting for - the answers to our daily Question of Sport Teaser. Earlier we asked:

    Who are the four English clubs to have appeared in a Heineken Cup final since it began in 1995?

    The answers are Bath, Northampton Saints, Leicester Tigers and London Wasps.

  43. 1515: 

    Your thoughts on Gareth's Bale's prospective world-record move from Tottenham to Real Madrid and the end of the window in general are coming in on Twitter via #bbcfootball.

    Jerm Deeks: Bale probably isn't objectively worth ~£95m, but he's worth that to Spurs; and if Madrid want him, they have to pay that price

    Gavin Scott: So Gareth Bale, fantastic player that he is, is now worth 2 Zidanes and 3 Luis Figos. Football has officially gone mad

    Paul Johnson: What's Newcastle's plan for the end of window? Turn off phones and lights, close the curtains and hope no-one knows they're home?

  44. 1500: 

    Arsenal's search for midfield reinforcements may move on to Sporting Lisbon winger Diego Capel according to the Daily Express.

    Liverpool reportedly had a £3m offer turned down for the 26-year-old earlier this summer, but the Portuguese club may be willing to do business at double that price.

  45. 1455: 
    England's James Anderson

    Play is back underway at The Oval and England paceman James Anderson has just taken the wicket of nightwatchman Peter Siddle with a lovely piece of swing bowling to reduce Australia to 320-5 in their first innings.

    You can follow all the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary with live audio commentary from the Test Match Special team.

  46. 1447: 

    Tottenham are another step closer to finalising a £30m move for Anzhi Makhachkala attacker Willian according to the Daily Mail after the Brazilian, 24, passed a medical with the north London club.

  47. 1441: 

    Arsenal have not made a second bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye after the Magpies turned down a £10m offer last week.

    "The situation with Yohan is ongoing. We've had one bid, and we've turned it down. That's all I can comment on with Yohan," said Newcastle manager Alan Pardew according to the Hartlepool Mail.

    Pardew added that Newcastle have a "gameplan" for the final days of the transfer window.

  48. 1433: 

    Captain Sean O'Loughlin and Darrell Goulding return from injury to take their place in Wigan's Challenge Cup final squad which will take on Hull at Wembley on Saturday.

    Sam Tomkins, who has been heavily linked with a move to NRL side New Zealand Warriors, is also in the 19-strong group after coming through a Super League match in Perpignan unscathed after his own injury lay-off.

    Wigan: Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Darrell Goulding, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson

    BBC Radio 5 live preview the Challenge Cup final tonight from 2100 BST with live coverage of the match on BBC One from 1415 BST on Saturday.

  49. 1424: 

    Midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, whose Fulham contract expired at the end of last season, could yet be offered another year's contract with the Cottagers.

    The Mali international, 32, has been training with Fulham since becoming a free agent in an attempt to win a new deal.

    "He needs another three or four weeks before playing games with us or the reserves and then we will make a decision on him," manager Martin Jol told the Fulham Chronicle.

  50. 1418: 

    Simon Kerrigan's former coach says the Lancashire left-arm spin bowler has the character to bounce back from his nightmare England debut at The Oval.

    Kerrigan appeared to be overcome by nerves as he conceded 53 runs in eight overs on day one of the fifth Ashes Test.

    But Lance Hall, who coached Kerrigan at Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club between 2001 and 2007, says the 24-year-old can still prosper for England. "He has such self-belief I know he will come back from it," he tells BBC Sport.

  51. 1413: 

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann's comments, describing Stuart Broad's failure to walk despite nicking a ball in the first Ashes test as "blatant cheating" and calling on the Australian public to "get stuck into him", are to be investigated by the International Cricket Council.

    Lehmann may have contravened the ICC's code of conduct which forbids "inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an international match or any international player."

    If found guilty, could be fined some or all of his match fee and, in extreme cases, suspended from future matches.

  52. 1408: 
    Brett Kenny

    Wigan and Hull FC are preparing for Saturday's Challenge Cup final at Wembley knowing the last time the two clubs met in the annual showpiece they produced a classic.

    Under the old Twin Towers in May 1985, Wigan emerged from an enthralling encounter as 28-24 winners, with captain Graeme West ending their 20-year wait to lift the famous trophy.

    Wigan stand-off Brett Kenny was the star - scoring a sensational individual try and becoming the first Australian to collect the Lance Todd Trophy. Here, Kenny takes a look at that memorable day.

  53. 1402: 

    Great Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton is to have knee surgery in the next few days after injury hampered her attempt to add the world 400m hurdles title to the European indoor in March.

    The 24-year-old suffered tears to her cartilage and posterior cruciate ligament as she came home seventh in Moscow.


    Independent journalist Sam Wallace: Reliably informed that Gareth Southgate is to be appointed by the FA as new England Under-21s coach.


    Paul Johnson: £93m for Bale makes Manchester United's bid for Baines and Felliani even more insulting…

    Sabbir Ahmed: Astute transfer dealing from Levy, invested really well. Sold a player with massive potential but brought in proven quality.

    Chris Love: I've said it a million times, but £90m+ is far too much for a player who only has half a good season per year!

  56. 1358: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is committed to promoting young English talent at the club.

    A national newspaper study on Monday revealed the opening weekend of the Premier League reached an all-time low in terms of Englishman starting games.

    Saints fielded four players against West Brom at the weekend from their famed academy, while eight of their matchday squad were English.

  57. 1358: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Somerset 340, Warwicks 353 for 6

    BBC WM's Mike Taylor: "A morning of steady accumulation for Warwickshire but they will perhaps want to increase the scoring rate this afternoon. Ateeq Javid batted more serenely than yesterday, extending his maiden century to 133 at lunch. Somerset's persistence was rewarded with three wickets, and the dismissal of Rikki Clarke - unluckily run out at the non-strikers end when Alfonso Thomas tipped a Javid drive onto the stumps - was a bonus, as he was perhaps the man most likely to lift the scoring rate.

    "Nevertheless, with a strong lower order in this match, Warwickshire will still be hopeful of a substantial lead.

    Live audio commentary is available online.

  58. 1355: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Durham v Surrey

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "The morning probably belonged to Durham, who reached lunch on 82-2, despite losing opener Mark Stoneman in the second over for just 8.

    "Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick put on 77 for the second wicket before Jennings edged Chris Tremlett to Zander De Bruyn in the slips to depart for 35, just three overs before the break.

    "Borthwick will resume this afternoon 30, Will Smith on 3."

    Durham have progressed to 91-2 on the resumption of play. Live audio commentary is available online.

  59. 1354: 

    Play could finally be about to begin on the second day of the final Ashes Test between England and Australia. The covers are starting to come off at The Oval, with a pitch inspection taking place shortly.

    Follow all the latest news in our live text commentary.

  60. 1350: 

    Sunderland complete the signing of Greek winger Charis Mavrias from Panathinaikos on a three-year deal. The 19-year-old is reported to have switched clubs for a fee of £2.5m.


    Nikhil, via text: People need to remember Ronaldo scored 26 goals the season he was sold. Bale has scored the same amount and single-handedly won 24 points last season. He is a match winner and they are certainly priceless.

  62. 1344: 

    Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi's injury from Wednesday's 1-1 draw against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup first leg is a muscle bruise his club have confirmed.

    The 26-year-old, who was substituted at half-time, suffered a right hamstring at the end of last season.

    The Spanish champions say that it is unclear how long he will be out of action.

    Lionel Messi
  63. 1336: 

    Four British women, including defending champion Mhari Spence and London 2012 silver medallist Samantha Murray, have qualified for the final of the World Championships in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

    Kate French and Freyja Prentice are also through to the final of the women's event. Ukraine will be the only other nation with four athletes in Friday's final.

  64. 1327: 

    Manchester City are waiting to see if there will be any rivals offers for midfielder Gareth Barry before they allow the 32-year-old midfielder to move to Everton on loan.

    Barry has been given the option of fighting for his place at City by new manager Manuel Pellegrini, but according to the Daily Mail, is likely to leave the Etihad in pursuit of first-team football.

  65. 1324: 

    Rain is still pouring down at The Oval where the second day of the final Ashes Test between England and Australia is still to get underway.

    However, our live text commentary is refusing to be curtailed by the gloomy weather - and definitely adds a touch of brightness to the proceedings.

  66. 1320: 

    Bernd Wiesberger of Austria moves to the top of the leaderboard at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles after coming home in a seven-under 65.

    The 27-year-old's biggest result of the season so far was third-place finish at the Nordea Masters in June.

    Spain's Ignacio Garrido and England's Oliver Fisher lead the chase a shot further back.


    Dale Robert Rowland: Bale is class, but he isn't Ronaldo or Messi standard at all, price tag will affect him I think. A lot of pressure on him.

    Oliver Cook: £94m for Bale? World class player but has done nowhere near as much as Ronaldo did at United before leaving for £80m.

    Aidan Williams: Bale isn't worth it. But they're paying it because he could be as good as Ronaldo. Very very few players have that potential .


    Richard, Bath, via text: Bale is a very good player, but is he worth THREE Brazilian internationals (Paulinho, Willian, Leandro Damiao)?

  69. 1310: 

    The Russian government assures the International Olympic Committee it will not discriminate against homosexuals during the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has written to the IOC to commit the host country to the Olympic Charter's provision against discrimination of any kind.

    Kozak wrote that a controversial new law, which penalizes anyone who distributes information aimed at persuading minors that "non-traditional'" relationships are normal or attractive, applied equally to everyone and "cannot be regarded as discrimination based on sexual orientation".


    Duncan, Tonbridge, via text: A* for Daniel Levy. Not just for this summer but for creating a trust with his players during his time at the helm that enables him to play his cards on his terms. Spurs could easily have been sitting ducks in terms of having players poached like days of old but the Bale saga has been perfectly played. If you'd have told me, a devout Spurs fan, that I'd end the summer begging for Bale to LEAVE, I'd had thought you crazy. Top work.

  71. 1302: 
    Paul Lambert and Jose Mourinho

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says that his touchline exchanges with Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho in last night's Premier League match were merely "banter".

    Villa lost 2-1, but Lambert was angered after referee Kevin Friend failed to give a late penalty after Blues' defender John Terry appeared to handle the ball in the box.

    "A lot has been made of me moaning - he does his fair share as well," said Lambert.

    "It is not a problem. We had a bit of banter between us and I saw him afterwards. I like him and he is a brilliant football manager."


    James Rowson: Bale is absolutely nowhere near the player Ronaldo was when he moved to Real Madrid.

    Henry Taylor: Bale is good, but Ronaldo was considered the best player in the world when he was at Man U. He's not worth anywhere near £90m.

    Graham Oxley: I don't think Bale is worth 100m quid, but I do know that this will kick off a flurry of activity. The window is not yet closed.

    Is Graham right? Could Bale's likely departure allow Spurs' arch rivals to snare Real pair Karem Benzema and Angel Di Maria? Or could Manchester United take advantage in moves for Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil?

  73. 1254: 

    As the transfer dealings at the top end of the market hot up, BBC Sport's Ben Smith takes you through the latest rumours surrounding Tottenham, Manchester United and Chelsea in Gossip Column Extra.

  74. 1251: 

    Great Britain's Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin and her horse Valegro beat their own world record in the Grand Prix team competition at the European Jumping and Dressage Championships in Denmark.

    Their performance, which earned a score of 85.942%, helped Great Britain take bronze behind Germany and the Netherlands.

  75. 1246: 

    Tottenham's summer spending may continue with a renewed attempt to make a deal for long-term target Leandro Damiao if unwanted striker Emmanuel Adebayor makes a move away from White Hart Lane according to Metro.

    Damiao, 24, currently plys his trade for Internacional in his native Brazil.


    Sam Denham: Bristol City A* signing Jay Emmanuel-Thomas. Best player in League 1, swapped for a bit part player, lots of goals and assists.

    Mountysaurus Rex: B+ for Villa, depth and consistency added to the squad and I'm confident they'll grow into a top 10 team.

    Aidan Dunne: Liverpool B overall. Aspas may be Michu of this season A*. Alberto B, Mignolet B, Toure too old C, Cissoko B. If we sign one 30m+ A.

    On GCSE results day, we have also been asking you to grade your team's new signings.

  77. 1239: 

    Leeds United deny that they are contemplating banning the sale of alcohol at Elland Road.

    The Daily Mail reported earlier today that that director Salem Patel, who is the head of investment management at owners GFH Capital, was keen to end the sale of alcohol.

    However, Leeds managing director David Haigh said that was not the case.

    "The board has never discussed banning alcohol and has no plans to change the current licensing arrangements at Elland Road," he said.

    "Enjoying a pint before and after watching the match is a time-honoured Yorkshire tradition as indeed it is among many British football fans."


    So with Gareth Bale's world-record move to Real Madrid expected to be rubber-stamped in the coming days, does the Welshman deserve the 'world's most expensive player' tag? Is the 24-year-old good enough to be bracketed alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo?

    Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  79. 1230: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith and David Ornstein: "Bale has made it clear that he wishes to be allowed to join the Spanish giants and has not travelled with Spurs for their Europa League tie against Dinamo Tiblisi because of a foot problem.

    "Any deal will not be announced before Real's friendly with Qatar side Al Sadd, the annual Santiago Bernabeu trophy, on Thursday. The match will mark the return of club legend and leading scorer Raul."

    Gareth Bale
  80. 1228: 

    Galatasaray have made a £10m bid for Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel - but Napoli, under the stewardship of former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, could enter the race for the 26-year-old according to talkSPORT.

  81. 1227: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith and David Ornstein: "Tottenham and Real Madrid are in advanced talks over a deal that could see Gareth Bale become the world's most expensive player.

    "No deal has yet been agreed for the 24-year-old Welshman, but there is a possibility the sale could now happen in the coming days."

  82. 1226: 

    Nick Compton ends speculation about his future at Somerset by signing a new three-year contract.

    The 30-year-old, who has appeared in nine Tests for England, was approaching the end of his existing deal.

    County champions Warwickshire had made an approach for Compton and team-mate Jos Buttler, but the opener has chosen to remain at Taunton.

  83. 1224: 

    England will play in shirts featuring a charity logo for the first time on Friday.

    Captain Alastair Cook's side with play the third day of the fifth Test against Australia with a Cricket United emblem that brings together Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and the Professional Cricketers' Association Benevolent Fund.

    Play on the second day of the fifth Test has been suspended because of rain with Australia on 307-4 in their first innings.


    Tomo: U - Arsene you've not handed in any work. Please see me.

    GBD: A* Mignolet & Touré - both class additions to add quality to 1st XI. A Iago Aspas - quick, versatile, will get the goals.

    JamieGriffith3: West Ham, B overall. Carroll B, Downing A, Rat C, Adrian C. Carroll and Downing are a recipe for goals.

  85. 1216: 

    Australia full-back and sometime stand-off Kurtley Beale signs a one-year contract with the Australian Rugby Union. He will return to former club the New South Wales Waratahs from the Melbourne Rebels as part of the deal.

    The 24-year-old went into rehabilitation to deal with issues involving alcohol before playing in all thee Tests against the British and Irish Lions.

  86. 1214: 
    Harlequins' Chris Robshaw

    England captain Chris Robshaw signs a contract extension at Harlequins until the end of the 2015-16 season.

    The back-row forward, 27, has skippered Quins since 2010, leading them to the Premiership title in 2012.

    "I have learnt so much in my time here and continue to do so from all the people around me," he says. "I am really looking forward to kicking off this season and winning more silverware with this great club."

  87. 1211: 

    Pro12 side Edinburgh sign former Stormers and Biarritz loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw on a two-year deal, subject to a medical.

    Blaauw, 27, will join the Scottish side next month and will replace Welsh prop John Yapp, who has moved to London Irish on a season-long loan.

  88. 1207: 

    Derby manager Nigel Clough denies that there has been any offers for 18-year-old midfielder Will Hughes who has been linked with a £10m move to Liverpool.

    "There's obviously speculation about Will Hughes flying around but we have had no bids or contact from anyone. Nothing has changed," he said.

    Commenting on the £6m valuation that featured in earlier reports on Hughes' future, Clough said it would not be enough to take the youngster from Pride Park.

    "We just think it is going to be a very, very substantial figure to tempt him away," he added.

    Will Hughes
  89. 1205: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury: "You might have read reports and seen pictures of 'Bale' Real Madrid replica shirts on sale in Spain. Neither the shirt manufacturers or the club are responsible for this - it is understood that it was 'an independent retailer being slightly presumptuous.' The wait continues."

  90. 1159: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says that the Hammers have not received any bids from Cardiff for 26-year-old striker Ricardo Vaz Te.

    "It always happens at this time of year - it's just agents getting busy," Allardyce said.

    Allardyce also claimed he is unlikely to make any late signings before the transfer window closes on Monday 2 September.

    "I've got no more money left, so the squad I've got is the squad I've got," he added.


    A Fletcher, via text: Swansea's Wilfried Bony A*. Three goals in three games - enough said!

    Mark Edwards, via text: A for Villa's six signings at reasonable prices all looking good additions.

  92. 1149: 

    Elsewhere in the top division, Warwickshire are well-placed for a first-innings lead against Somerset at Edgbaston, beginning day three of 283-3, just 57 in arrears and with Laurie Evans (130no) and Ateeq Javed (103no) set to continue their unbroken stand of 245.

    Middlesex need runs from their lower order after ending day two on 197-6 in reply to home side Derbyshire's 385 all out.

  93. 1147: 
    Hashim Amla

    South Africa Test star Hashim Amla makes his debut for win-less Surrey as they start a County Championship Division One game against fourth-placed Durham at Chester-le-Street.

    Meanwhile, leaders Yorkshire hope to eke out extra batting points when they start day two of their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge on 327-8, with England discard Jonny Bairstow 24 not out.

  94. 1141: 

    Kimi Raikkonen calls in sick for Thursday's media sessions at Spa Francorchamps ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

    However, his Lotus team say the Finnish driver will be at the circuit on Friday for first practice. Raikkonen has been in the headlines this week with BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan saying the 2007 world champion wants a move to Ferrari.


    David Payne: A for Nottingham Forest; captures of Champions League quality in Wilson and Abdoun plus application from Mackie and Hobbs too.

    Joe Barnes: B for Chelsea with van Ginkel and Schurrle. Van Ginkel has a long way to come and I think we missed out on a lot of strikers!

    Donovan Greeff: A definitely for Pocchetino for grabbing three very good additions! Wanyama, Lovren and now Osvaldo! But loaning Punchy to Crystal Palace = E-.

    On GCSE results day, we're asking you to grade your team's new signings. Your views can be aired using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  96. 1136: 

    Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie gives under-fire boss Pat Fenlon his vote of confidence - despite the club describing their European exit as a "nightmare".

    Petrie met with a supporters' group on Tuesday following the Edinburgh club's terrible start to the season and says Fenlon will be given "every opportunity" to turn results around.

    Hibs suffered Scotland's worst ever European result when they were thumped 9-0 in the Europa League qualifiers by Malmo and have not won in their opening five Scottish Premiership matches.

  97. 1131: 

    Veteran coach Brian Smith takes charge of the United States ahead of their debut Rugby League World Cup campaign.

    Ex-Hull FC boss Smith, 59, the older brother of Warrington and former England coach Tony Smith, replaces former Bradford Bulls coach Matt Elliott, who has stepped down from the role because of his commitments with New Zealand Warriors.

    The RLWC, which takes place in England with matches also being hosted in Wales, France and Ireland, begins on 26 October.


    Simon, Market Harborough, via text: A* for overhyped Tottenham purchases. Buying lots of different players and getting them to gel into a unit will be difficult. I can't believe they are talking themselves up to be title contenders. Laughable.

    Joe Corneille, via text: Fulham boss Martin Jol - A*. Parker, Bent, Amorebieta and Steckelenburg all quality signings. COYW!

    Luke, Devon, via text: Mignolet has to be the star pupil after the induction day, well on course for an A*!

  99. 1123: 

    Burnley winger Ross Wallace could miss several months of the Championship season as he prepares for knee surgery.

    The Scottish winger, 28, will have the operation in the next few days after scans confirm he needs immediate surgery to repair the damage.

    "He did have a niggly knee last season, but we felt we were on top of it and so did he," says Clarets boss Sean Dyche. "But it has just gathered a little bit of pace and got too sore to continue, so it's about time he had something done about it."

  100. 1117: 
    England v Australia

    Grey skies menacingly hover above The Oval as rain delays the start of play on day two of the final Test between England and Australia.

    But don't worry cricket fans, there is still plenty of chat in our live text commentary to keep you entertained until the covers are removed.


    Dalbir Mahal: A* to Spurs for smart early moves for Paulinho, Soldado and Willian. Happy to see Arsenal getting F.

    Alex Le May: Southampton = A* focussing on quality not quantity. Two international captains and Italy's No.9 - we were League 1 three seasons ago.

    Paul McIntosh: Spurs get A*, it's becoming a squad to upset the applecart for the title let alone for CL football. Write us off at your peril.

  102. 1111: 

    Been working hard this morning? Then it is time to leave your desk, grab your hot beverage of choice and spend 10 minutes mulling over today's Question of Sport teaser.

    Who are the four English clubs to have appeared in a Heineken Cup final since it began in 1995?

    We will reveal the answers later today.


    Andy Kershaw: Tottenham's best signing - Franco Baldini. Definitely A*.

    Kaiser Clemmow: Jesus Navas: A* Fernandinho: A*, Negrado and Jovetic A.

    Andy Read: F for Man Utd, no new signings, wasted time on Fabregas and still haven't got rid of dead wood like Nani and Anderson!

    On GCSE results day, we're asking you to grade your team's new signings. Your views can be aired using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  104. 1103: 

    Sale winger Mark Cueto says he thought about retiring at the end of last season after a long battle with a knee injury.

    But the ex-England international, who is in the final year of his contract, may extend his stay after previously indicating this season would be his last.

    "I feel as good as I have for a long time," says the 33-year-old. "If the season goes well, my body feels good and I feel I can contribute at the right level, I'll potentially look at another year."

  105. 1058: 

    Ireland name a 13-man squad for the one-day international against England at Malahide on 3 September.

    Seven County Championship players are named in the experienced squad, while 23-year-old Eddie Richardson is the one new face.

    Full Ireland squad: William Porterfield (captain) (Warwickshire), George Dockrell (Somerset), Trent Johnston (YMCA), Ed Joyce (Sussex), John Mooney (North County), Tim Murtagh (Middlesex), Kevin O'Brien (Railway Union), Niall O'Brien (Leicestershire), Eddie Richardson (North County), Max Sorensen (The Hills), Paul Stirling (Middlesex), Andrew White (Instonians), Gary Wilson (Surrey).


    Happy Juve fan, Kent, via text: A for Tevez, who comes with champions league experience already, and an A* for Llorente who joins us on a free transfer! Excellent business already done.

    Big Booda, Ipswich, via text: Mick McCarthy at Ipswich. Twelve signings, only one loan. £20k spent. A*.

    Jake Reilly, via text: Reading's Royston Drenthe - A*, best player in the football league by a country mile.

    On GCSE results day, we're asking you to grade your team's new signings. Your views can be aired using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  107. 1048: 
    Phillip Price

    Former Ryder Cup star Phillip Price, who has not won a tournament for 10 years, is setting the early pace in the first round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

    Welshman Price famously beat Phil Mickelson at The Belfry in 2002 as Europe regained the trophy and claimed his third European Tour title the following season, but has struggled to reproduce that form since.

    The 46-year-old, who has finished outside the top 100 on the money list in each of the last seven years, birdies four of his opening eight holes to take a share of the lead.

  108. 1043: 

    Chelsea's Premier League campaign under the returning Jose Mourinho has started with two home victories - but can the Blues go all the way and win the title this season? A debate is raging on BBC Sport's Facebook page about their chances, so head over and have your say.

  109. 1038: 

    Hull KR agree to sign Australian half-back Kris Keating from Canterbury Bulldogs on a three-year contract.

    The 24-year-old, who started his career at Parramatta Eels, will join the Super League side ahead of next season.

    "It's a big change but it's a really good quality league over in England. It was an opportunity that I couldn't refuse," Keating tells BBC Radio Humberside.

  110. 1032: 

    Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan believes Wayne Rooney will not leave Old Trafford unless David Moyes signs another striker.

    "I can't see United letting him go at this late stage if they want to let him go at all," Phelan tells BBC Radio Manchester's Red Wednesday programme.

    "If they bring in another striker possibly their stance might change but if they bring in a midfielder and a full-back surely you would want to keep Wayne Rooney as part of that. The one thing that needs to be resolved is if Wayne Rooney still wants to be at Manchester United."


    Shaun, East Midlands, via text: A* on his re-sit for Dzeko, poor in the past but improved immensely this time round.

    Tom King, via text: Leicester City - Bakayogo B, Miquel A. Overall must try harder.

    Jamo, Stoke, via text: Stoke City - Mark Hughes. B for style change. D for transfers, must try harder.

  112. 1027: 

    French football writer Matt Spiro: Paris St-Germain have submitted a higher offer than Arsenal's bid for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, thought to be €15m, say L'Equipe."

  113. 1022: 

    The World Anti-Doping Agency warns Jamaica it risks expulsion from the next Olympics if it does not address drugs-testing failings highlighted by a senior ex-employee, according to the Daily Telegraph.

    In an interview with Sports Illustrated, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission's former executive director Renee Anne Shirley accuses the country's politicians and administrators of ignoring her warnings that the positive tests returned by Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a "disaster" waiting to happen.


    Mike: Liverpool's Mignolet deserves an A*. Southampton's Shaw good for an A as well.

    Rian Hoskins: Norwich deserve an A for their signings. Van Wolfswinkel, Hooper, Redmond and Fer can all have a big impact this season.

    AP: If staff count as signings as well, Joe Kinnear would almost certainly get an unclassified!

  115. 1011: 

    Premier League champions Manchester United will move for Real Madrid's Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil once the transfer of Tottenham's Gareth Bale to the Spanish giants is completed, reports the Manchester Evening News.

  116. 1006: 

    Super League side Widnes issue life-time bans to two fans who were involved in crowd trouble during the recent 72-10 defeat at Hull.

    "The vast majority of our fans are a credit to the club and support us passionately both home and away," says Widnes chief executive James Rule.

    "However, a small minority have brought the club into disrepute. We will not stand by and let this minority damage the good name and reputation of the Widnes Vikings."


    Alex, Gatwick, via text: Chelsea A* for the return of the 'Happy One'. Could be the decisive factor this season at the Bridge.

    Luke, West Midlands, via text: WBA - C Overall. Anelka - B, Lugano - C. Hard to replace A* pupil Lukaku though. Waiting on a B* Sinclair to follow for satisfactory results. In keeping with FFP though!

    Gunners fan, via text: Arsenal - U, no work submitted.

    On GCSE results day, we're asking you to grade your team's new signings. Your views can be aired using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  118. 0955: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez praises the attitude of left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini after they were subject to a £28m joint bid from Manchester United.

    "I couldn't be prouder of their professionalism and the way they've been behaving," says the Spaniard.

    "They're two great assets of the football club and they understand that this is a vital time for us. All they are focused on is being the best as they can for us on the pitch."

  119. 0950: 
    Simon Kerrigan

    Former England captain Mike Gatting backs debutant Simon Kerrigan to bounce back after a difficult opening day in the final Ashes Test against Australia.

    Lancashire left-arm spinner Kerrigan allowed nerves to get the better of him as he conceded 53 runs in eight overs.

    "The good thing is he's got a chance to have another go, hopefully in the second innings - providing England bat reasonably well and we bowl Australia out today," says Gatting.


    Samuel Hall: Newcastle signings for the summer so far. One loanee who is injured and rejected us in the last window = G.

    Chaz Brett: Chelsea made their key signings, De Bruyne and Lukaku, in previous years. Sending them on loan to mature. A* for preparation.

    Chris: Iago Aspas for Liverpool B+ overall for effort, movement, vision not sure he'll score the goals though.

  121. 0938: 

    Former Wolves manager Stale Solbakken returns to old club FC Copenhagen after the Danish champions FC Copenhagen sacked manager Ariel Jacobs.

    Solbakken, 45, was sacked by the Molineux club in January after just over six months in charge.


    George, Guildford, via text: A*- Paulinho, box to box the whole game, brilliant! A - Navas, tore Newcastle apart. B- Wanyama, will be the rock for Southampton this season. C- Van Wolfswinkel, got a goal, but nothing more. D - Fernandinho, £30m for that?

    Mike, Sutton, via text: Palace - Dwight Gayle. Z, waste of money.

  123. 0931: 

    Our coverage of day two of the final Ashes Test is underway. Australia resume on 307-4 but it looks like being a rain-affected day at The Oval in London.

  124. 0925: 

    Australia winger Digby Ioane is found not guilty of an assault charge after an incident at a Melbourne bar.

    The 28-year-old, who is undergoing rehabilitation after sustaining a shoulder injury in the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in June, was involved in a scuffle over a mobile phone.


    Ronen Weinstein: A* for Soldado at Spurs - top class player. Also Willian will be a A* player if they sign him.

    Matt Bedwell: Villa have an A* for keeping Benteke, the best business of the transfer window.

    G Remon: I think Agbonlahor an A for effort so far. Sets up Villas chances and is an unsung hero for them.

    On GCSE results day, we're asking you to grade your team's new signings. Your views can be aired using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.


    Ben, Spalding, via text: My club Newcastle deserve a F+ at best. Sign Kinnear to look after transfers, who then justifies his role by signing only Remy, who rejected us last year and is currently injured. The Toon are doomed I fear...

  127. 0913: 
    Cuthbert Ottaway and his new memorial, covered with an Eton flag

    England's first football captain was arguably the greatest sportsman of his - or perhaps any - era.

    Cuthbert Ottaway lifted the FA Cup as skipper of Oxford University, represented them at five different sports ranging from athletics to real tennis, and once shared a 150-run partnership with WG Grace in the highest level of cricket.

    Now his largely-forgotten sporting genius has been rediscovered.

  128. 0907: 

    You can also have your say on Gareth Bale over on BBC Sport's Facebook page. If the move goes through, will the Welshman be a success in La Liga? Join the debate.

  129. 0903: 

    Plenty of football gossip is knocking around as we move towards the final week of the summer transfer window. Here's three of the top stories in our Gossip Column.

    Real Madrid are on the verge of completing a £94m deal to bring Tottenham's 24-year-old forward Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy discussed the deal on Wednesday night with the Spanish club. (Daily Mail)

    French side Paris St-Germain could outbid Arsenal for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye, 27, as the Ligue 1 club prepare a £20m bid. (Independent)

    Manchester City will have to spend £4.26m if they want to sign Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis, 32, this summer. (Guardian)


    Callum Esberger: Been so impressed with Swansea's signings this summer and Bony is A*

  131. 0854: 
    Paul Lambert

    Furious Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert believes two crucial decisions failed to go his way in his team's 2-1 loss at Premier League rivals Chelsea.

    Lambert argues match-winner Branislav Ivanovic should have been dismissed for an elbow and his side should have had an injury-time penalty. "There were two major decisions that were called wrong," he told BBC Sport.

  132. 0848: 

    England are targeting a first 4-0 Ashes victory over old foes Australia - but they have plenty of work to do on day two.

    Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson dismantled England's new-look attack to blast his first Ashes century and put the tourists in a commanding position in the final Test at The Oval.

    Australia start this morning on 307-4 and you can follow all the action in our live text commentary which begins around 0900.


    Rich, Manchester, via text: Another day closer to the transfer window closing and no sign of a midfielder arriving at Old Trafford.

    Manchester United boss David Moyes has already seen bids for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and Everton's Marouane Fellaini rebuffed - will he finally get one of his men before the transfer window shuts? Or does he have another target bubbling under the radar? Let your thoughts be heard by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  134. 0836: 
    Andy Murray

    Former champion Maria Sharapova is not going to be part of the US Open draw which takes place around 1700 BST today.

    However, Andy Murray's name will be in the men's hat as the Briton looks to defend his crown at Flushing Meadows. The final Grand Slam of the year begins in New York on Monday.

    We will bring you all the details of the draws later on Sportsday Live.


    Nick Searing: Arsenal getting Benzema and Di Maria will give Madrid the funds to get Bale. Arsenal strengthen, Spurs weaken, Wenger a genius.

  136. 0828: 

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says there has been no further approach from Manchester United for left-back Leighton Baines and midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

    United's joint £28m bid for the pair earlier this week was rejected by the Toffees, who described the offer as "derisory and insulting". And the Merseyside club has no intention of "cashing in" on any of their players, says Martinez.


    Carrying on the GCSE theme, today we want you to grade your club's new signings. Clearly it is still early days - but who has impressed you after the opening weekend of the Premier League and the first few matches of the Football League?

    Anyone deserve an A* for their early efforts? And surely no newcomer has delivered a grade D display yet - have they? You tell us. Predicted grades for the new term are also welcome. Get involved using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  138. 0820: 

    Four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova pulls out of next week's US Open tennis tournament with a shoulder injury.

    The 2006 winner, who was seeded third, is suffering from inflammation in her right shoulder.

  139. 0815: 

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says the club are likely to make a third bid for Wayne Rooney - but not until after Monday's clash with Manchester United.

    Premier League champions United have rejected two bids, the latest £25m plus add-ons, from Chelsea for the 27-year-old England striker.

  140. 0810: 

    Firstly, let's take a swift look at the big overnight stories which you might have missed.

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is working on deals to sign Real Madrid pair Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.

    The Gunners are prepared to pay £40m for France striker Benzema, 25, after missing out on Gonzalo Higuain and Liverpool's Luis Suarez, while Wenger also wants Argentina winger Di Maria, 25.

  141. 0805: 
    Arsene Wenger

    Good morning! While many youngsters anxiously prepare for their big day, there are a few apprehensive football managers dotted around the country as they look to finalise their squads ahead of 2 September's deadline day. Arsenal are expected to be big movers, while the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid saga will also reach a conclusion - one way or the other. Stay with us today as we bring you all the latest happenings from the sporting world.

  142. 0800: 

    It's that time of the year when millions of teenagers and their parents are feeling nervous. Will their lofty expectations be realised? And what will it mean for the future? No, not GCSE results day - I'm talking about the final throes of the football transfer window...

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