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28 August 2013 Last updated at 18:05 GMT

As it happened

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    Another day of Sportsday Live comes to a close. Thanks for your company. Don't forget there is live text commentary on Wednesday's football on the BBC Sport website while there is all the latest from the US Open as Andy Murray prepares to begin his defence from 0000 BST.

    We will be back on Thursday from 0800 BST for another day of breaking sports news.

  2. 1859: 

    Northants 85-0 v Glamorgan 241

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Northampton: "A fascinating day's play on a good wicket and it finishes with Northants on top, after James Middlebrook and Stephen Peters adding 85 off 21 overs in an unbroken first wicket partnership.

    "They needed a stroke of luck during the Glamorgan innings and got three - Chris Cooke hitting his wicket and then two David Willey wickets off successive deliveries."

  3. 1853:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Ajax confirm to BBC Radio 5 live that 21-year-old Denmark international midfielder Christian Eriksen has been given permission to speak to Tottenham.


    Daniel Tinkler: Erik Lamela signed and Christian Eriksen in talks. Reinvesting in a team instead of relying on one player. Who needs Bale?

    Admiral AHD: Erik Lamela, Willian & many more all signed. Means English players getting less game time. Problems for national team.

    Matthew Coote: Gareth Bale is slowing losing friends amongst Spurs fans. Saying you want to leave is fine, but do it professionally.

  5. 1839:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Tottenham are working on a deal to sign 21-year-old Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen. There is no agreement in place yet and the highly-rated Dane would still need to undergo a medical and agree terms."

  6. 1838: 

    Middlesex v Somerset 332-8

    BBC Sport's Kevin Hand at Lord's: "A first day that swung wildly between the counties has ended relatively even. Having won the toss, Somerset reached 101-1 at lunch after the Middlesex seamers toiled on a slow track.

    "It was occasional bowling of club captain Neil Dexter that saw the hosts dominate the afternoon session, as the medium pacer forced a mini collapse that left the visitors 211-7 just after tea.

    "However a century stand for the eighth wicket between Alex Barrow and Piyush Chawla helped Somerset recover to the verge of an unlikely fourth batting point at the close."

  7. 1825: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: My opinion on Fellaini/Baines - think Fellaini will end up at Man Utd but Baines will stay at Everton. And if no Baines deal agreed between Man Utd/Everton (and Everton show no sign of budging) he will happily stay & be as professional as ever.

    "And just to add Everton's stance on Baines has not changed at all. Not for sale. Martinez will no doubt clarify later."

  8. 1816: 

    Australia's Michael Matthews wins stage five of the Vuelta a Espana after coming out on top in a sprint finish in Lago de Sanabria as Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall lead at the top of the general classification.

    Matthews edged out Maximiliano Richeze and Gianni Meersman to finish in four hours 28 minutes 22 seconds.

  9. 1812: 

    Manchester United's 19-year-old Chile international striker Angelo Henriquez goes on loan to Spain's Real Zaragoza for the rest of the season, United announce.

  10. 1807:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveUS OPEN TENNIS

    BBC Radio 5 live's tennis correspondent Russell Fuller: "Play has just been suspended at the US Open because of the threat of lightening - Laura Robson was out on court and just about to start her second round match against Caroline Garcia.

    "It has been raining hard in Manhattan and the forecast is not good for the rest of the day. Andy Murray is due to play his first round match at midnight UK time."

  11. 1804: 

    Nick Johnson: Spurs fans - what Gareth Bale is doing to get his move is exactly what Clint Dempsey did last year to join Spurs. What goes around...

    Matt Allen: Erik Lamela will turn out to be a better signing than Willian! Will play more games for a start! Great business by Daniel Levy again!

    Adam Harvey: Even Luis Suarez turns up for training. Poor by Gareth Bale.

  12. 1755: 

    West Bromwich Albion release a statement saying striker Nicolas Anelka is to rejoin his team-mates in training on Thursday after compassionate leave.

    The statement reads: "Albion can confirm that Nicola Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be available for selection for Sunday's game against Swansea.

    "The striker was excused from club duty for the fixtures against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds and, having met with head coach Steve Clarke today, he will rejoin his team-mates tomorrow."

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    Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker: I've missed the odd episode of the Bale saga lately. Will have to wait for the box set.

  14. 1751: 

    Striker Nicolas Anelka is persuaded to play on by West Bromwich Albion, the Daily Telegraph report. The 34-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City player has been on compassionate leave since last Thursday after telling staff he wanted to retire just one game into his Baggies career.

  15. 1745: 

    Serbia forward Adem Ljajic signs a four-year deal with Roma after joining from Fiorentina - after Roma announce a deal to sell Erik Lamela to Tottenham.

  16. 1740: 

    A Morocco player is provisionally suspended for 30 days after failing a doping test following a World Cup qualifier in June, Fifa announce. The world governing body has not named the player or the substance, saying only that disciplinary proceedings had been opened for an "adverse analytical finding".

  17. 1733: 

    Hull stalwart Richard Whiting has been granted a 12-month testimonial by the Rugby Football League. The 28-year-old utility player has made 221 appearances, scoring 70 tries, since joining Hull from Featherstone in 2004, a total which would have been far greater but for lengthy spells on the sidelines with breaks to his arm and leg.

  18. 1726: 

    Manchester City are close to completing a deal for 32-year-old Atletico Madrid defender Martin Demichelis, according to the Manchester Evening News. The Argentina international worked under Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga before joining Diego Simeone's team in the summer.

  19. 1725: 

    Andy Murray: Raining harddddd in Manhattan! But play still goes on at Flushing Meadows, hope it holds.

    Murray must wait until 0000 BST to begin his US Open defence against Frenchman Michael Llodra

  20. 1718: 

    The Independent's chief football correspondent Sam Wallace: Leighton Baines has asked Everton to agree deal with Manchester United.

  21. 1715: 

    Blackburn Rovers sign Leicester City forward Ben Marshall for an undisclosed fee. The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract.

  22. 1708: 
    Erik Lamela

    Roma agree to sell 21-year-old Argentinia international forward Erik Lamela to Tottenham for 30 million euros, the Serie A club have confirmed.

    "AS Roma announce that they have signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur for the definitive sale of Erik Lamela for 30 million euros," the Serie A club said in a statement to the Italian Stock Exchange. The deal also includes five million euros linked to performance, the club added.

  23. 1700: 

    Tottenham agree a deal to sign forward Erik Lamela from Roma, the Italian club claim.

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    Many thanks for all your contributions regarding last night's Yeovil-Birmingham furore. There are more Capital One Cup matches this evening plus Champions League so don't forget to follow the BBC live text commentary to see what drama unfolds tonight and please tune in to Sportsday from 08:00 BST to see what our talking point will be tomorrow.

    Under Maintenance: Issue I have with people kicking ball out is they only expect it when they are not in possession, other way round they play on.

    Gareth Ackroyd: Don't stop play. Allow the Physio on (a la Rugby League) and see how often players stay down. Too many tactical "injuries".

    Ally Boswell: If you kick the ball out when an opposition player is injured then expect it back. Shouldn't apply for own player.

  25. 1657: 

    Celtic agree a fee with FC Ashdod for midfielder Nir Biton, BBC Scotland reports. The 21-year-old Israel international will sign a contract with the Scottish champions if he passes a medical and secures a work permit.

  26. 1654: 

    More from new Chelsea signing Willian after signing a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge: "When the offer came I never gave a thought to anybody else, I said to myself that I would run here, and I'm happy to be here now. Chelsea was always my first choice.

    "I intend to help the team as much as I can in order to be successful. I want to train hard, work hard and give everything to earn my place in the side. This is a very strong team with great players.

    "I hope I am going to start matches very strongly and help the team do the best we can, whether that's through scoring goals, creating chances or defending."

  27. 1650: 

    Manchester United announce a three-year regional sponsorship with Federal Corporation, one of Taiwan's leading tyre manufactures.

  28. 1645: 

    Former international Tim Jones has returned to the sport after being appointed head of performance pathway for British Swimming.

    Jones worked in swimming for more than 10 years before becoming director of high performance at Loughborough for UK Athletics and most recently head of performance sport at British Gymnastics, overseeing the sport's most successful Olympics in its history at London last year.

  29. 1641: 

    Britain's Jeanette Chippington wins three paracanoe world titles in the space of an hour at canoe sprint's Worlds in Duisburg, Germany.

    GB team-mate Emma Wiggs has also won gold while Nick Heald took silver and Dan Hopwood bronze. Paracanoe will make its Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    A word about tonight's radio coverage and 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 BST comes lives from the Globe Arena and we have live commentary as Morecambe take on Premier League Newcastle in the Capital One Cup.

  31. 1632: 

    The former Tottenham captain Ledley King tells the BBC's World Football programme that Spurs are stronger than last season despite Gareth Bale's absence. Spurs have twice broken their transfer record this summer with the signings of Paulinho and Roberto Soldado.

    Etienne Capoue and Nacer Chadli have also arrived at White Hart Lane and King thinks they're better off even without the prospect of Bale's goals. The World Football programme is on BBC World Service at 1432 GMT on Friday.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Grant Shipcott: You should not kick the ball out for your own player especially 2-1 in stoppage time. That should still count as time wasting.

    Joe Foley: Teams should not kick the ball out. Ref decides whether to stop play for urgent attention and restarts with a drop ball.

    Lewis Lloyd: Play should only be stopped at the referee's discretion. It's far too easy for play acting to slow the game.

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    Returning to the Yeovil-Birmingham saga and Blues boss Lee Clark has told BBC WM: "Everyone connected with the club, the supporters, the staff, the players, can be immensely proud of what they've achieved. I'm proud to be their manager. There's fight there. There's spirit there. We've shown we'd do anything within the laws to win the game."

  34. 1621: 
    Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly

    Liverpool say they will pay tribute to their former manager Bill Shankly - who was born 100 years ago on 2 September - with a one minute's applause prior to the game with Manchester United at Anfield on 1 September.

    Fans in the Kop will also hold aloft cards to display a special mosaic.

    Shankly won three league titles, two FA Cups and one Uefa Cup during 15 years in charge at Liverpool between 1959-1974.

  35. 1618: 

    Striker Marlon King leaves Birmingham City by mutual consent after both parties opt to terminate the remainder of his contract, which was due to expire until the summer of 2014. The 33-year-old former Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic player joined the club in June 2011 and scored 29 goals in 67 league appearances.

    A club statement said King was informed at the end of last season that he was free to talk to potential employers due to the club having to trim its player wage costs in order to meet Financial Fair Play regulation requirements.

  36. 1613: 

    Bournemouth have signed Malmo's South Africa international Tokelo Rantie subject to gaining a work permit and international clearance.

  37. 1607: 

    Essex fast bowler Maurice Chambers, who has made only three first-class appearances this season, the last of which was against Northamptonshire in April where he took 1-62 from 10 overs, has joined Warwickshire on loan for the remainder of the season.

  38. 1600: 

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez plays and scores in a training ground match against Port Vale, reports the Daily Mail. The game, refereed by Mark Halsey, ends in a 2-2 draw and is watched by manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Uruguay international Suarez is currently serving a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in April.

  39. 1554: 

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he rejected an opportunity to join Premier League side Crystal Palace.

    Responding to a Twitter user, he posted: "They tried but it's not the right move for me and my family right now. Hope they stay up as I like [Palace manager Ian] Holloway."

  40. 1547: 
    Swansea's Dwight Tiendalli

    Swansea City secure the return of Dutch international Dwight Tiendalli on a three-year contract.

    The full-back made 25 appearances for the Swans last season after arriving as a free agent in September. Although his return to the Liberty Stadium looked unlikely after failing to agree a new deal earlier in the summer, Tiendalli signed a new deal on Wednesday.

    "I was very grateful to Swansea for the chance they gave me last season, especially to play in the Premier League - the best league in the world," said Tiendalli. "Also, without Swansea I wouldn't have made an appearance in the national squad.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Mark Jeavons: If we keep changing/tightening rules then what will we have left to debate!? Leave our sport as it is.

    Neil Etherington: Lee Clark should get off his moral high horse. If BCFC had been behind they wouldn't have kicked it out, for sure!

    SportingNewsComments: Yeovil-Birmingham match shows there is sportsmanship around and it can only be praised, unlike Broad in the first Test.

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    The Press Association understands Birmingham have written to the Football Association over the furore in last night's Capital One Cup second round tie at Yeovil that we have been discussing on Sportsday today. A reminder that UK users can watch the bizarre scenes on the BBC website now.

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    Salford City Reds and Wales prop Jordan James is to join Wigan's coaching staff at the end of the 2013 season.

    The 33-year-old will complete his contract with the Reds and is likely to represent Wales at the World Cup later this year before taking his new role.

  44. 1535: 
    Darren Barker

    On the boxing index of the BBC website there is a feature by Ben Dirs examining the battles IBF middleweight world champion Darren Barker has recovered from, both in an out of the ring.

    "I was on the deck for less than 10 seconds but it seemed like an eternity. So many thoughts going through my head. I saw my brother, I saw my daughter. Like they were in there with me," Barker says.

    "Suddenly I thought: 'I'm not going out like this, I've got to get up.' I wanted to dedicate the fight to my brother so badly, I wanted to secure the future for my daughter. So I made it to my feet with a second to spare."

  45. 1528: 

    Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore says veteran defender Ian Goodison has given him a selection problem after a man-of-the-match display against Bolton.

    At 40 years and nine months, the Jamaica international is the Football League's oldest outfield player and he played the full 120 minutes as the League One side progressed to round three of the League Cup on penalties.

    "He's shown me he can do it, as long as we don't have to push him out on a wheelchair on Saturday [at Oldham] and he can recover in time," joked the 60-year-old Tranmere manager. "But it's given me food for thought. It's the best the back four has looked. They looked solid."

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Graham Roberts: 1) I suppose Yeovil action proves spirit of fair play still overrides the all that matters is the money attitude. 2) Barcelona U-15 did similar 2 yrs ago & won FIFA award. However overall question must be seriously addressed by all.

    Jonathan Chase: Football has long been bereft of genuine sportsmanship. Why do we get uproar over this one tiny area whilst conniving abounds?

    Neil Thorneycroft: Kicking the ball out should stop. It. never used to happen. Let the ref decide! What happened to the drop-ball?

  47. 1514: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke is keen to resolve the future of Nicolas Anelka, who is on compassionate leave following the death of his agent and has suggested he could retire from football.

    "I have to sit down and speak to Nicolas. That's the first thing. We have to get in touch with him or he has to get in touch with us and we have to see where he is, where he's at, how he feels, as quickly as possible. We have to have that chat," Clarke says.

    "The furthest away he can be is London, because that's where he lives. I don't think he has a house in France. He's not there, as far as I know."

  48. 1507: 

    More from Australia Twenty20 skipper George Bailey ahead of tomorrow night's T20 international with England at Southampton. Asked if counterpart Stuart Broad faced being sledged by the Australians following recent controversies with Australia coach Darren Lehmann and then celebrations on the pitch at The Oval, he says: "I'm sure they'll always be a few comments to Stuart Broad. He's Australia's number one poster boy at the moment isn't he.

    "But I don't think the players have really spoken about it at all. But it's obviously a big thing for the media here. But we have enough worries trying to play some good cricket ourselves without worrying about how England celebrate their wins."

  49. 1500: 

    Earlier we asked you to name the seven baseball teams in the MLB that have the letter K in their name? The answers from @QofS_Official are: Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland Athletics.

  50. 1456: 

    We have been debating the controversial events in last night's Yeovil v Birmingham Capital One Cup tie today and UK users can now watch the bizarre events on the BBC website.

  51. 1451: 
    The legendary risk and reward 10th hole at the Belfry

    Dave Thomas, who co-designed the world famous Brabazon course at the Belfry with Peter Alliss, the venue for four Ryder Cups, has died aged 79. Thomas was also twice a runner-up in The Open and Alliss said: "We travelled together. Dare I say, we knew each other's innermost secrets. We designed over 50 golf courses together, though perhaps our partnership was rather forgotten over the latter years.

    "He was good company and over indulged, certainly on good food and good wine. How he lived to be 79 is a miracle of the human spirit. My thoughts are with Carol and boys at this sad time. He leaves behind a big footprint which I've always been delighted to walk alongside. Rest easy old friend."

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Adam Mathews: They should have done it straight away.. The game wouldn't have needed to go to ET then! Poor by Yeovil.

    Josh Wilson: I was at the game and all of the second half was ruined by B'ham's play acting. Webster did what all the spectators would have.

    Ryan McBurney: Very rich of Michael Owen to say kicking ball out when a player is down doesn't make sense when he was usually the one on the deck.

  53. 1443: 

    A note for your diaries that Bolt will be in action against Britain's Adam Gemili in the Diamond League in Zurich tomorrow evening and you can watch live coverage on BBC Three and the Red Button from 19:00 BST.

  54. 1440: 

    Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt gives his thoughts on the threat from the World Anti-Doping Agency of expulsion from major competitions due to claims Jamaica's drugs-testing programme is completely inadequate after several of its athletes failed drug tests this year. "Personally I get tested all the while. It might not be from the Jamaican association but I am always being tested by Wada and the IAAF," Bolt says.

    "When it comes to us being kicked out, I think Jamaica should put it in place if its going to cost me a spot at the Olympics in Rio but am sure we will get that done in time, we have four years."

  55. 1432: 

    Crystal Palace are in preliminary talks with Reading for winger Jimmy Kebe, BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan reports.


    Gareth Bale's failure to report for training at Tottenham for a second day has not gone down well with fans. Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Matt Coombe-Boxall: Sad day to be a Spurs fan - the inevitable confirmed. And a sad end to Bale's #THFC career - sulking. Could have been a legend.

    Gavin Brittain: Had respect for Bale until now. Players should be publicly loyal to their contracted clubs.

    Paul Gibbons: Acting like a petulant child & not turning up for work is showing a lack of class to those who have paid his wages all summer.

  57. 1420: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas rules out signing Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata. Spurs did enquire about the possibility of signing Mata, but Villas-Boas concedes there is no chance that the Blues will offload one of their players to a rival club.

    "First, Chelsea wouldn't sell to Tottenham in any way or form, as they think that we are title contenders," he said. "Mata is a great, great player - player of the season last season - very, very important player for Chelsea.

    "They're just not going to strengthen another team that, in their opinion, are rivals for the title."

  58. 1417: 

    Team GB name the first athletes for Sochi 2014. Eve Muirhead, who skipped Scotland to gold in the World Championships in March, will once again be joined by Claire Hamilton, Anna Sloan and Vicki Adams as they look to add Olympic gold in 2014 to their 2013 world title.

  59. 1412: 
    Mesut Ozil

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan in Madrid as Gareth Bale moves closer to completing a move from Tottenham to Real Madrid: Mesut Ozil at a sponsor's event at the Bernabeu today.

  60. 1359: 
    New Chelsea signing Willian

    Willian says it is 'a dream come true' after signing for Chelsea on a five-year contract. "'Chelsea are one of the best clubs in the world, and now I'm going to play for one of the best managers in the world, so I'm very happy and looking forward to it," said the 25-year-old midfielder. 'I'm very happy to be here, it's been a dream of mine to come and play here."

  61. 1352: 

    Chelsea confirm the signing of 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala on a five-year contract.

  62. 1350: 

    Andre Villas-Boas says Tottenham hope to announce some new signings before the transfer window closes. The club is being linked with Roma forward Erik Lamela.

    "We will continue re-strengthening the squad," he added. "We're looking at different positions to make us stronger."

  63. 1344: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on Real Madrid setting up a stage at the Bernabeu Stadium to welcome Gareth Bale: "I can't comment on the actions another club has taken. They can do whatever they want. Whether it's responsible or or irresponsible, I don't care. If Tottenham accept [Real Madrid's offer] and everything goes all right, it will be the end of the story."

  64. 1340: 

    Asked if there had been a bid from a second club for Gareth Bale, Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says: "I can't confirm anything. I gave the player the weekend off. Monday was a day off for the squad. He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid and if it happens, we wish him all the best.

    "What he leaves are great memories, but the fact he did not turn up [to training] I think it's not the correct behaviour. It is up to the club now to decide if it's a fineable offence."

  65. 1335: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on Gareth Bale's proposed move to Real Madrid: "At the moment the two clubs are speaking. I'm not sure how much time it is going to take. It can can happen very soon, it might not happen so soon. I suppose it could go to the last day or it could happen in next two days. But you wouldn't expect the biggest transfer in world football to happen easily."

  66. 1331: 

    Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey ahead of tomorrow opening T20 international with England at Southampton. "Both sides have probably got enough changes that there won't be much residue from the Ashes, what happens in Test matches has little bearing on limited overs," he says.

  67. 1322: 

    The Guardian's David Hytner at the Tottenham news conference: Avb says that Spurs are in the final stages of drafting Bale's contract with Real. "It's a dream move for him." AvB: "This [transfer] can happen in a different way ... [but] Tottenham will accept most likely the biggest transfer in world football."

  68. 1317: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Yorkshire v Durham

    From Martin Emmerson, BBC Radio Newcastle:

    Durham 117-3 "It's about honours even at lunch with Durham on 117-3 after they lost two of their first two batsmen for ducks inside 2.3 overs.

    "Having won the toss Durham decided to bat but Keaton Jennings and Scott Borthwick both went lbw to Ryan Sidebottom in his second over of the morning, in the heat of Scarborough. He needs one more wicket now for 600 in first-class cricket.

    "But Yorkshire have not had an answer for Mark Stoneman who was 73 not out at lunch and put on 62 for the third wicket with Will Smith. It's Stoneman's sixth half century of the summer in the Championship."

  69. 1316: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas on Gareth Bale: "He is involved in a big transfer move to Real Madrid and in the end if it happens, we wish him all the best, but the fact that he hasn't turned up is not the correct behaviour.

    "That is the position they chose to take and it's up to the club to decide if it's a fineable offence. It could happen very, very soon."

  70. 1313: 
    COUNTY CRICKET- Northants v Glamorgan

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Glamorgan 96-2 Despite being put in by Northants captain Stephen Peters, Glamorgan have had the better of the morning session. The pitch is green looking but as with many at Wantage Road, is playing better than you might have imagined.

    Both sides left out the extra batsman - Northants, Rob Keogh and Glamorgan, Ben Wright. But Northants will be thankful Glamorgan chose to rest Division Two's top wicket taker Michael Hogan.

  71. 1312: 

    Tottenham will consider fining Gareth Bale after he did not show up for training for two consecutive days, manager Andre Villas-Boas says.

  72. 1307: 

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini had bottles and a pie thrown at him outside Old Trafford as he arrived for Monday's goalless draw between Manchester United and Chelsea.

    The Chilean is said to have laughed the incident off and says he doesn't want to take any further action, the Manchester Evening News reports.

  73. 1300:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    More from former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod ahead of tonight's Champions League play-off with Kazakhstan outfit Shakhtar Karagandy, who hold a 2-0 lead from the first-leg.

    "The bonus last year was the European campaign, Barcelona at home and there was a fantastic atmosphere at Celtic Park throughout the whole year and that kept the fans going because they were involved in the Champions League," he tells 5 live. "I think if they don't get through tonight, it will be a major disappointment for the fans."

  74. 1254: 

    Belguim international defender Jan Vertonghen is speaking at Tottenham's training ground ahead of Thursday's Europa League tie with Dinamo Tbilisi.

    The Daily Telegraph's Ben Rumsby tweets: #thfc refuse to allow Vertonghen to answer questions about Gareth Bale.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Jerm Deeks: Pure class by Yeovil. There are unwritten rules in sport. Yeovil did the gentlemanly thing. Absolute respect.

    Karen Lockett: Only took them 15 mins and they only did it after they had taken lead in game. Total disgrace to football.

    Neil Richards: In boxing they fight to the bell or ref, why is football different! 99% of the time the magic sponge is all they need!

  76. 1251: 

    Stuart Broad is asked how England might celebrate if they win the T20 series against Australia: "I think a few of the guys fly to Ireland the next day. But you don't really focus on the celebration, you focus on the field."

  77. 1247: 

    Stuart Broad responds to a question about the England team apologising for their "inappropriate" behaviour in the aftermath of their Ashes triumph, following reports some players urinated on the pitch at The Oval.

    Broad says: "The whole team felt like an apology was a good way to go and see that as the end of the matter. Now it's up to this England team to focus on winning this game of cricket tomorrow.

    "I think as cricketers you have skills of having to deal with different issues from time to time, but the most important one is making sure you get down and hit the ball out the ground tomorrow and get some wickets." Asked if the team were embarrassed about the newspaper headlines he adds: "I haven't seen them to be honest."

  78. 1242: 

    More from England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad, who confirms his row with Australia coach Darren Lehmann was resolved after the final Test at The Oval.

    "The Aussies came into the changing room for a beer and we had a chat, the tweet said it all I think and that's the end of it in our eyes," Broad explained.

  79. 1237: 
    Erik Lamela in action for Roma against Chelsea this month

    Argentina forward Erik Lamela is at Tottenham ahead of a £30m move from Roma, report the Daily Mirror.

  80. 1232: 

    England bowler Stuart Broad on Michael Vaughan's comments that fans should be refunded due to England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson, Ian Bell, Broad and Graeme Swann being rested for the one-day series against Australia: "It's disrespectful to the side that's going out on the field.

    "As a one-day team building towards the 2015 World Cup you need to have a big group of players with experience. They wouldn't be in the squad if they weren't good enough."

  81. 1221: 

    Harlequins full-back Mike Brown, a graduate from the club's Academy who made his first team debut in 2005, has signed a new deal with the club until the end of the 2015-16 season.

  82. 1211: 

    Rotherham United manager Steve Evans thinks his League One side are capable of surprising Aston Villa in tonight's Capital One Cup match at Villa Park. [1945 BST].

    "I believe that my team can win there if we have a top night and they're off form," he tells BBC Radio Sheffield. "We need their young players to perhaps not respond to the fact that it's Rotherham and not Liverpool and maybe not be used to having players in their face, because we will be."

  83. 1207: 

    Nottinghamshire have told bowler Ben Phillips that he will not be offered a new contract at Trent Bridge.

    The 38-year-old joined Notts from Somerset in 2011 and has featured in 16 first-class matches, taking 33 wickets along the way with a best of 4-33 against Durham at Chester-le-Street in April 2012.

  84. 1201: 

    Match of the Day 2 is now available on the BBC iPlayer and includes highlights of the clash between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Jeff Lloyd: Rule changes? No need. If you kick the ball out of play it is the other side's ball. This is very clear. It was your choice.

    From The wing: Clark didn't complain when they tried to score on the 1st day of the season when Watford kicked the ball out for an injury!

    James Clements: It is the referees job to manage the game and only he should be permitted to stop play. Put the ball out at your own risk.

  86. 1155: 

    The Scotland selectors have named a squad of 14 to face Australia in their one-day international at the Grange on 3 September.

    Hamish Gardiner, the 22 year old top-order batsman, is in line to make his full Scotland debut after a number of impressive performances for the Highlanders in the Livesport Pro series and the Scottish Saltires in the YB40 this season.

    Scotland squad: Kyle Coetzer (Northants, captain), Richie Berrington (Greenock), Freddie Coleman (Warwickshire), Gordon Drummond (Carlton), Hamish Gardiner (Carlton), Gordon Goudie (Grange), Majid Haq (Clydesdale), Matt Machan (Sussex), Calum MacLeod (Uddingston), Preston Mommsen (Carlton), David Murphy (Northants), Safayaan Sharif (Clydesdale), Rob Taylor (Leicestershire), Iain Wardlaw (Yorkshire).

  87. 1151: 

    Midfielder Willian has his work permit confirmed ahead of a £32m move to Chelsea, the Daily Mail is reporting. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho gave evidence for the Brazilian, who looks set to complete his move from Anzhi Makhachkala.

    The 25-year-old had a medical at the club last week, and is expected to be confirmed as Mourinho's fourth major signing since returning to the club in the summer.

  88. 1149: 

    Arsenal are into the group stage of the Champions League for a 16th consecutive season but are they really one of the best six teams in Europe, as Uefa's seeding system would have us believe? BBC Sport has looked at how Uefa calculate the coefficient they use for their rankings, and how the system has helped Arsenal but hindered Scottish champions Celtic.

  89. 1143: 

    Australia coach Holger Osieck says veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer's chances of playing in a third World Cup for Australia next year have not been jeopardised by his status as second-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea.

    Osieck named 40-year-old Schwarzer and uncapped Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak in his 22-man squad for next month's friendly against World Cup hosts Brazil and said: "He will get enough playing time. I have discussed it with Mark and with (Chelsea manager) Jose Mourinho, of course."

  90. 1136: 

    Tottenham's Gareth Bale fails to report for training for a second day, Press Association Sport is reporting. Bale, who is keen to finalise a move to Real Madrid, also missed training on Tuesday.

    The 24-year-old did not take part in Wednesday's open training session and PA Sport understands he was not at the training ground at all.

  91. 1135: 

    Former Wales international Robbie Savage is on his way to interview Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for Football Focus and he wants to know if you have any questions for the Reds boss. Tweet #askbrendan

  92. 1131: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky and West Bromwich Albion forward Matej Vydra are named in the Czech Republic squad for World Cup qualifiers at home to Armenia on 6 September and away to Italy on 10 September.

  93. 1125: 
    Stuart Broad in training at Southampton

    We'll be hearing from England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad shortly ahead of tomorrow's opening Twenty20 international with Australia, and he is sure to be asked about the post-match celebrations at The Oval on Sunday after the final Ashes Test, which prompted an apology from the England players this morning.

  94. 1121: 

    Yorkshire opening batsman Adam Lyth has signed a new deal with the County Championship leaders.

    The 25-year-old, who has an average of 38.30, is now contracted to the club until the end of 2015.

  95. 1118: 

    Here's one to test you, from @QofS_Official, who are the seven baseball teams in the MLB that have the letter K in their name? Answers for you this afternoon.

  96. 1116: 

    Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia in Skopje on 6 September and Serbia in Cardiff on 10 September:

    Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Wolverhampton Wanderers - on loan at Yeovil), Glyn Myhill (West Bromwich Albion), Owain Fon Williams (Tranmere Rovers).

    Defenders: Ben Davies (Swansea City), Neal Eardley (Birmingham City), Danny Gabbidon (Crystal Palace), Chris Gunter (Reading), Adam Matthews (Celtic), Sam Ricketts (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Neil Taylor (Swansea City), Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

    Midfielders: Andy King (Leicester City), Joe Ledley (Celtic), Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), Joe Allen (Liverpool), Jack Collison (West Ham United), Andrew Crofts (Brighton & Hove Albion).

    Forwards: Sam Vokes (Burnley), Craig Bellamy (Cardiff City), Simon Church (Charlton Athletic), Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Gareth Bale (Tottenham).

  97. 1111: 

    Gareth Bale is named in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Macedonia in Skopje on 6 September and Serbia in Cardiff on 10 September.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Ian Hunt: They should've done it immediately instead of waiting until they were in front in extra time 20 mins later.

    Gareth Parry: Kicking the ball out has gone too far, players go down too often. Let the ref decide. If no-one gives the ball back it'll stop.

    Peter Smith: Kick it out for the opposition to get help then you get it back, if you do so for your side you do not.

  99. 1107: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is refusing to rule himself out of the Manchester derby on 22 September.

    The 27-year-old defender suffered a groin injury in the 4-0 win over Newcastle in City's first game of the campaign and there are doubts whether he will be available for Manchester United's visit next month.

    Belgium international Kompany tells City's website: "I'll be out for a little while, but not too long. I may miss the internationals but I hope to be back after that."

  100. 1100: 

    Chelsea are set to beat Tottenham and Liverpool to the signing of Porto young winger Christian Atsu, reports the Daily Telegraph.

    The 21-year-old Ghana international has a year left on his contract and is expected to travel to London for a medical and to discuss personal terms after a fee was agreed in the region of £3.5m.

  101. 1054: 

    Olympic bronze medallist Alan Campbell won his single sculls quarter-final in the Rowing World Championships in Chungju, South Korea. New Zealand's Mahe Drysdale, who took Olympic gold in the single sculls, failed to reach the semis.

    The women's eight won their quarter-final repechage as all 17 of Britain's Olympic and International Class boats reached the top 12.

    A quarter-final top three finish for lightweight single sculler Jamie Kirkwood and second place for Vicky Thornley in her open single scull repechage saw them safely through to the semi-finals.

  102. 1049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOUNTY CRICKET

    On 5 live sports extra at 11:00 BST there is commentary from the famous North Marine Road ground at Scarborough as Yorkshire take on Durham in Division One of the County Championship.

  103. 1044: 

    Fenerbahce are expelled from the Europa League and barred from qualifying for next season's Champions League in a match-fixing case. The Turkish club were due to enter the Europa League after being eliminated by Arsenal in the Champions League play-offs on Tuesday.

    Uefa expelled Fenerbahce in June after judging that club officials helped fix matches to win the 2011 Turkish league title. The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed the Turkish club's appeal against a two-year competition ban imposed by Uefa.

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Alistair Marriott: I have no problem with what Yeovil did yesterday! My view is play to the whistle! Let the Referee make the decisions!

    Matthew: Correct thing to do, Yeovil could have easily chose not to so Lee Clark should be thankful instead of moaning.

    James Lehmann: It was an impressive show of sportsmanship, but waiting until extra time and when they were leading seems ridiculous.

  105. 1042: 

    Newcastle are interested in re-signing striker Demba Ba on loan from Chelsea, according to Sky Sports News.

    The 28-year-old Senegal international scored 29 Premier League goals in 54 appearances for the Magpies before joining Chelsea in a £7m move in January.

  106. 1040: 
    Gareth Bale

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan is in Madrid as speculation continues over Gareth Bale's proposed move from Tottenham Hotspur to Real Madrid. Dan has tweeted this picture of Spanish daily sports newspaper AS as Bale continues to make front page news in Spain. The headline reads: "Bale Furious".

  107. 1032: 

    Just to reassure fans attending tonight's match, Shakhter Karagandy's unusual ceremony of sacrificing a sheep will not be performed on the Parkhead playing surface. A Celtic spokesman said: "Clearly this would not happen."

  108. 1030: 

    More from former Celtic midfielder Murdo MacLeod, who tells 5 live Breakfast of his old club's opponents Shakhter Karagandy, the Kazakhstan team who hold a 2-0 advantage going into tonight's second leg of the Champions League play-off, which you can hear live on BBC Radio Scotland, "I don't think they're a great side, but they are two nil up which makes it very, very difficult.

    "Firepower is the problem Celtic have got at the moment, because you've got Stokes who might be missing tonight, Kris Commons and James Forrest are struggling with an injury, so all of their flare players going forward are not fully fit. And a few main players from last season's European campaign, the best players, are away from the club now."

  109. 1025: 

    Tottenham are ready to follow up interest in 21-year-old Denmark international Christian Eriksen by making a firm bid for the Ajax midfielder before next week's transfer deadline, according to the London Evening Standard.

    Spurs have been monitoring Eriksen more than a year and they are understood to have renewed their interest in him after Willian chose to join Chelsea instead of Spurs when he left Anzhi Makhachkala.

  110. 1019: 

    Former England striker Michael Owen labels the controversial events at Tuesday's Yeovil v Birmingham Capital One Cup tie as 'farcical'.

    Owen has tweeted: Another farcical situation occurs last night owing to players kicking the ball out of play and then their opponents failing to give the ball back to them. I've never understood why players don't just get on with the game and leave referees to decide if the game needs stopping.

    "Coincidentally the incident happened towards the end of the game and the team in question were one goal ahead! The sooner the authorities sanction a clock [like in most other sports] to stop and start play during the game the better. Otherwise we will continue to have players wasting time using various means. It also offers greater transparency and gives referees less things to worry about."

  111. 1012: 

    West Bromwich Albion are to give Nicolas Anelka an ultimatum over his future, the Express & Star is reporting.

    The 34-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City striker has been missing since leaving the club on compassionate leave last Thursday after telling staff he wanted to retire just one game into his Baggies career.

    Clarke said: "I'm conscious that time is short and it's something I will be trying to address today. We have to arrange a meeting as quickly as we can to get it sorted. I have to sit down and speak to Nicolas.

    "We have to get in touch with him or he has to get in touch with us to see how he is and where he's at. As quickly as possible, we need to have that chat."

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    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham controversy, the goal after the ball was kicked out for an injury, the gifted goal, and the ethics of it all.

    Stoaty Moments: When will teams like Birmingham City learn that ONLY THE REFEREE should stop play, not the players by kicking the ball out.

    Andrew Priestley: There is too much diving, play-acting & cheating in football these days, it's hard to know when a player is actually injured. As a defender, all you have to do when the opposition are attacking is fall over holding your head & the game will be stopped.

    Tony Bickley: When the ball is out of the play the referee should've stopped play for the player to receive treatment.

  113. 1004: 

    In Division Two, leaders Lancashire could extend their 34-point advantage over second-placed Northants with a win against Hampshire, while the FLt20 champions host Glamorgan at Wantage Road.

    Essex, who are third, travel to Gloucestershire in fourth, with both needing to win to keep their promotion hopes alive, and bottom club Leicestershire will be looking for their first victory of the County Championship season when they take on Worcestershire.

  114. 1002: 

    Third-placed Middlesex will feel they need to beat relegation-threatened Somerset at Lord's if they are to keep their title hopes alive, while fourth-placed Sussex face a similar task when they visit Warwickshire, whose ambitions of defending the crown they won last year are quickly fading despite being just one place further back in fifth.

  115. 1000: 
    Gareth Bale T-Shirts

    Gareth Bale has already said his goodbyes to his team-mates at Tottenham, according the Sun, while the Times claim the attacking midfielder is not expected to train with the London club again as he tries to push through his world-record transfer to Real Madrid.

    Spurs continue to claim they are considering other bids but there is only one club in the market for the 24-year-old Wales international, say the Daily Mail. The Daily Mirror claim Real had to postpone plans to unveil Bale at the Bernabeu Stadium on Tuesday and hopes are fading that he would be presented before the end of the week.

    And the Guardian say Bale is worried about his lack of a pre-season and the related absence of match fitness, which stands to make it difficult for him to make an explosive start at Real.

  116. 0958: 

    The Press Association reports that Newcastle have reopened talks with Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis, 28. Discussions stalled earlier this summer after the clubs had agreed a fee.

  117. 0954: 

    Another boxing line and Liverpool heavyweight David Price has announced a split with his long-time trainer Franny Smith. The 30-year-old, who has has been under the guidance of his former amateur coach since he turned professional in 2009 and won the British, Commonwealth and English heavyweight titles in that time, suffered back-to-back defeats to American Tony Thompson.

    "I have made up my mind that I have to start a new chapter in my career and I am sad that I will be starting this without Franny, but for me to achieve my goal as heavyweight champion of the world, I feel that I need a change," he said.

    "Franny has always been a huge part of my career and after discussion we've agreed that this is the best way forward."

  118. 0952: 

    Olympic bronze medallist Anthony Ogogo, who won his maiden professional fight against Kieron Gray in April, withdraws from his second bout due to a "niggly little injury" which has restricted his training.

    He was due to fight on Floyd Mayweather Junior's undercard in Las Vegas on 14 September.

  119. 0949: 
    Chemmy Alcott

    British alpine skier Chemmy Alcott has re-broken her leg while training, the latest in a long line of injuries stemming from a crash in December 2010 on a training run at the Lake Louise downhill where she shattered her right leg. Last season she had the metal rod removed after injuring herself in training in Austria at the work championships.

    She wrote on her Facebook page: "Slight set back in my Sochi prep as the last day of a fabulous camp where I was skiing technically stronger than ever, I had a little whoopsie.

    "Rebroken my leg. Clean, easy break already weight bearing. Medical opinion is I will miss first races but will be good to go full speed ahead after. Unfortunate set back but I am used to the adversity, just another chapter before the Hollywood finish in Sochi!"

  120. 0944: 

    Former England and Everton striker James Beattie could play in Accrington Stanley's Capital One Cup second round tie at home to Premier League Cardiff [1945 BST]. The 35-year-old, who was appointed Accrington manager in May, has not played for three months but injuries to several players means he could be on the bench.

    "I still think as a player I would have a lot to offer but I said it was only fair to the club and to the boys and to myself as well to concentrate on one thing," said Beattie. "But if needs must there's no better man. I'll roll my sleeves up and get on with it."

  121. 0941: 

    The big game of the day in Division One of the County Championship is in Scarborough, where leaders Yorkshire take on second-placed Durham.

    With 25.5 points separating the two teams, it won't be possible for Durham to snatch top spot by the end of this week but, having played one game fewer, they are able to put matters firmly back into their own hands with a positive result. It will be far from straightforward, however, as the Tykes have not lost in four-day cricket since April.


    More of your thoughts on the Yeovil-Birmingham game. Yeovil scoring after Birmingham kicked the ball out for an injury, Yeovil gifting Birmingham a goal after realising there may have been an ethical dilemma. Should a law to clarify the situation be put in place?

    Matt Chapman: Simple answer - tell players not to put the ball out and allow the ref to stop the game when necessary - takes away any doubt.

    Sam Almond: I was at the YTFC game yesterday and it wasn't clear what happened. Sportsmanship is great, but sometimes things just happen.

    Jay: If the referee doesn't stop the game and a team kicks the ball out, they shouldn't expect to receive the ball back. Simple.

  123. 0931: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals his interest in signing Chelsea's 25-year-old midfielder Juan Mata and says he believes the Spaniard is 'on the market' despite Jose Mourinho's repeated denials to the contrary, reports the London Evening Standard.

    "I like him," said Wenger following Arsenal's 2-0 win against Fenerbahce which sealed their place in Thursday's Champions League group draw.

    "I watched the [Manchester United v Chelsea] game and I've heard, like you, Juan Mata could be on the market. There is anyway in England a reluctance to sell to each other."

  124. 0926: 

    Now for some items from today's BBC Sport Gossip Column and Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has lined up Wigan midfielder James McCarthy, 22, to replace Yohan Cabaye should the 27-year-old France midfielder join Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

    Aston Villa and Southampton are both considering bids to sign Porto and Senegal defender Abdoulaye Ba, 22, on loan. (Daily Mail)

    Swansea City have reportedly tabled a £2.5m bid for Getafe striker Alvaro Vazquez, 22. (South Wales Evening Post)

  125. 0920: 

    Manchester City deny reports they are considering a bid for Australian A-League side Western Sydney Wanderers. The Australian Financial Review reported this week that City were one of two English clubs - the other unnamed - that had made preliminary enquiries about either buying a stake in the Wanderers, or the whole club.

    But City told the Sydney Daily Telegraph they had "expressed no interest whatsoever" and added: "the matter is not under consideration."

  126. 0914: 
    Arsenal v Fenerbahce

    In addition to reaching the group stages of the Champions League for the 16th consecutive season, Arsenal's 5-0 aggregate win over Fenerbahce also eliminated the possibility of the Turkish side progressing despite the prospect of a two-year European ban after being found guilty of match-fixing. The Court of Arbitration for Sport are expected to hear the Turkish club's appeal today.

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    Your views on the bizarre scenes at Yeovil v Birmingham last night when Yeovil scored after Birmingham had kicked the ball out of play for an injury and Yeovil later gifted Birmingham a goal after realising their earlier actions were wrong. Should there be a law to clarify these scenarios? Please keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday.

    DeathApeDisco: Like most things in football, kicking the ball out for an injured player has been cynically manipulated for gain too often.

    The eternal optimist: If its in 90th min and you're 2-1 down of course you want to play on. Not morally right but Yeovil had every right to do it.

    Tunde Akere: Since FIFA want fair play as part of the game, they need to made a law that will not make that kind of goal count. It's unethical.

  128. 0906:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveUS OPEN TENNIS

    BBC commentator and former British number one Andrew Castle speaks to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of Andy Murray's defence of the US Open which begins around midnight against Michael Llodra. "To win seven matches over what will be now, perhaps for him, a shortened period of time does put physical demands on over five sets, especially if the temperatures pick up, but there's nobody fitter or stronger or more ready going into Grand Slams than Andy Murray now," Castle says.

    "He's been in the final in the last four of them that he's been in and won the Olympic gold as well. So he's a man of confidence, despite having a summer where he hasn't won quite as many matches as he would have liked

  129. 0900: 

    A player from a third-division Argentine club has died of a heart attack during a match. Club Deportivo Laferrere says Hector Sanabria collapsed in the 29th minute of a game against General Lamadrid on Tuesday, a day before his 28th birthday. The Argentine Football Federation says all weekend matches will be preceded by a minute's silence in Sanabria's honour.

  130. 0856: 

    Castleford sign Salford centre Ashley Gibson, the 26-year-old former Leeds player, whose contract with the Reds runs out this year, on a two-year deal.

  131. 0850: 

    Ginger-beer maker Crabbie's has been named new sponsor of the Grand National and race festival for three years. The deal will see the famous Aintree steeplechase run for a £1m purse for the first time.

  132. 0846: 

    England spinner Graeme Swann explains a little more about those celebrations at The Oval in the Daily Telegraph this morning.

    "We did go out to the middle of the pitch, all the lads, drinking beers, singing a few songs and enjoying each other's company," he wrote. "I think the call of nature might have come once or twice but it was nothing untoward.

    "It was midnight, a private celebration in the middle of the pitch and the ground was dark."

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    There was controversy in the Capital One match between Yeovil and Birmingham last night when Blues goalkeeper Colin Doyle kicked the ball out of play following an injury to teammate Dan Burn and Yeovil's Byron Webster promptly chipped into an empty net to take the match into extra time.

    Yeovil then went ahead but allowed Birmingham to walk through and equalise. Birmingham went on to win the match on penalties but their manager Lee Clark was still angry and said: "I'm going to go down the right channels to complain; something has got to be done."

    So we're asking this morning what you think about the ethics of returning the ball to the opposition after it has been kicked out because of an injury, or of gifting the opposition goals when it is decided a team was wrong to profit from such an instance. Should an official law be put in place to cover these scenarios? Please send in your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  134. 0833: 

    Wednesday's late matches have already had more drama by virtue of the fact that reigning champion Andy Murray has been kept waiting for three days to play his first match. "I'm playing my first round match at the US Open at 7pm on a Wednesday..." he tweeted on Tuesday evening. Laura Robson will attempt to reach the third round against Caroline Garcia on Court 11 at around 13:00 BST, with live BBC text and radio commentary on both matches.

  135. 0825:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing MeadowsUS OPEN TENNIS

    Ticket holders for Tuesday's night session might have felt a little short changed as they witnessed just 35 games across two matches, with Novak Djokovic beating Ricardas Berankis 6-1 6-2 6-2 and Victoria Azarenka crushing Dinah Pfizenmaier 6-0 6-0.

  136. 0817:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Celtic attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the Champions League play-off against Kazakhstan's Shakhter Karagandy tonight, a match you can hear live on BBC Radio Scotland, and former midfielder Murdo MacLeod told 5 live Breakfast this morning: They can do it, but it has to be one of those special nights at Celtic Park, the fans really noisy, great support, but the team has to do it on the pitch.

    "They have to go forward, they have to close them down and most importantly, they have to get the goals."

  137. 0810: 
    England celebrate at The Oval

    The England team issue an apology for their conduct during celebrations after the final Ashes Test at The Oval on Sunday. A statement says: "The England cricket team would like to state that during our celebrations after winning the Ashes at no time was there any intention to disrespect Surrey CCC, the Oval or anyone else involved in the game we love.

    "As a team we pride ourselves on respecting all things cricket including the opposition and the grounds we play at. We got carried away amongst the euphoria of winning such a prestigious series and accept that some of our behaviour was inappropriate.

    "If that has caused any offence to anyone we apologise for that and want to reassure people that it was a simple error of judgement more than anything else."

  138. 0808: 

    There were scrapes for several Premier League teams in the Capital One Cup last night but Crystal Palace were the only top flight team to lose, beaten 2-1 at Bristol City, who reached the third round of the League Cup for the first time in 10 years.

  139. 0805: 

    Arsenal completed a 5-0 aggregate victory over Fenerbahce to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League for the 16th consecutive year.

  140. 0801: 

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday. There is much to look ahead to, with Andy Murray beginning the defence of his US Open title later around midnight and another busy programme of Champions League and Capital One Cup matches, but we begin with a look at the top stories on the BBC website so far this morning.

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