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Stoke City sign striker Bojan Krkic, 23, on a four-year deal from Barcelona.

The player, who is often known as Bojan, has been capped once by Spain and has also played for Roma and had loan spells at AC Milan and Ajax.

"Anyone who knows European football will be aware of him as a player and the fact he sees his future at Stoke City is really exciting and an endorsement of the club itself," said Stoke manager Mark Hughes. "He's desperate to prove himself in the Premier League."

Yorkshire return to the top

Cricket - County Championship Division One

Yorkshire 253 & 400-5 beat Middlesex 232 & 201 by 220 runs

Yorkshire return to the top of the County Championship First Division table as they complete a comprehensive 220-run victory over Middlesex at Scarborough by bowling them out for 201.

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The win put them five points ahead of second-placed Nottinghamshire and 16 points in front of Somerset, and each of the leading three sides have four matches still to play.

For a long while it looked as if Middlesex may well hold out but leg-spinner Adil Rashid did much of the late damage with his season's best figures of 4-27.

'Man City just buy trophies'


Ex-Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre thinks Manchester City will never have the worldwide support that his former club has.

"I have been to Asia, and the support there is unbelievable and honestly City is nowhere near that," said Silvestre. "The way they do their business doesn't get people to support them.

"They just buy trophies. Growing players, giving them a chance and sticking by them when they make mistakes, shows courage. That is what United is all about."

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Sport Lived: Controversial: Drogba, Malouda, Anelka, Lampard: Record for highest goals (103) in probably the world's best league. #greateststrikeforce

'It's an excellent signing'


Some quotes from QPR manager Harry Redknapp on his new signing Steven Caulker.

"It's an important signing for the club - for the here and now, and for the future," said Redknapp. "I had him at Tottenham and was very surprised when they decided to let him because I thought he had a big future there.

"He's already a fine player but he has so much more potential - it's a really excellent signing. I couldn't be more pleased to have him."

'Harry was a big factor for me'


Some quotes from QPR's new signing Steven Caulker, who has moved from Cardiff City.

"It was important for me to be back playing in the Premier League, and Harry Redknapp has given me the opportunity to be at this fantastic club," says Caulker. "Harry was a big factor for me, having worked with him at Tottenham. He was very keen for me to join and that was a big plus.

"Being able to play with Rio (Ferdinand) was also a big draw. He has been a role model of mine for many years. To have the opportunity to play alongside him was something I felt I couldn't miss out on."

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Emmet Gates: #Greateststrikeforce Inter Milan of 1999/00. Ronaldo, Baggio, Vieri, Recoba, Zamarano. Will never be beaten for quality.

BreakingQPR sign Caulker


Queens Park Rangers sign England centre-half Steven Caulker on a four-year deal from Championship side Cardiff City for a fee believed to be £8.5m.


Caulker, 22, who has played for England once, moves back to London after leaving Tottenham to join Cardiff last year.

His arrival comes shortly after QPR announced the signing of ex-Manchester United centre-half Rio Ferdinand on a free transfer.

Rodgers keen on defender Manquillo


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in striking a deal to bring young Atletico Madrid defender Javier Manquillo to Anfield.

The 20-year-old has played just six league matches in the last two seasons for the Primera Division champions as understudy to Spain international Juanfran.

Press Association Sport understands Rodgers is interested in taking the right-back on loan with a view to a permanent deal, although reports in Spain of an agreement already having been reached are premature.

Cavendish to compete in four weeks' time

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Isle of Man cyclist Mark Cavendish hopes to be back racing in four weeks' time and is targeting September's World Championships to make his comeback.


The 29-year-old sustained a shoulder injury after crashing on the opening stage of the Tour de France a fortnight ago, forcing him to pull out of the event and also miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

"Initially I thought I could get back for the Commonwealth Games," he told ITV4. "On Sunday I got on the bike for the first time since (the crash). I can ride my bike but I don't want to risk racing. It will be four weeks before I'm racing."

'No chance of summer 2022 World Cup'


FA Chairman Greg Dyke says he believes there is "no chance" Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup during the summer and that the tournament will more likely be staged in November or December.

Appearing before MPs, he also suggested that a report on safety, in relation to heat in the country, "was ignored" during the bidding process.

'Hodgson did quite a good job in Brazil'


FA chairman Greg Dyke says he is pleased with England manager Roy Hodgson's performance at the World Cup, despite the side only getting one point from their three group games.

"I thought Roy Hodgson did quite a good job [at the World Cup] - I've got a lot of time for him, he's a good guy," says Dyke.

"It's unfair to pick on him. One of the big problems English football has is the average Premier League manager lasts 12 months if you take Arsene Wenger out. So the ability to look long-term is going to be quite limited."


Rare win for Afghanistan


Afghanistan are surprise two-wicket victors over Zimbabwe in the third game of their four-match one-day international series in Bulawayo.

Chasing 262 to win, the Afghans needed 61 from the last five overs but Dawlat Zadran (24 not out) secured victory by smashing a six with two balls to spare.

It is only the second win over a Test-playing nation for Afghanistan, whose national team was formed in 2001. They beat Bangladesh in the Asia Cup in March, also in the 50-over format.

Man City hope for quick Negredo return


Manchester City are hopeful striker Alvaro Negredo will only be out for two months with the broken foot he sustained on Friday.

The 28-year-old, injured in a friendly against Hearts on Friday, posted a picture on Instagram of his right foot in a protective boot.

"I want to let you know that it's going to be hard for the next few months," he wrote. "I fractured my fifth metatarsal and will be out a few months.

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Rahul Dalal: It has to be Messi, Henry and Eto'o for Barcelona. They were more than prolific. #greateststrikeforce

Spurs close in on Davies signing


Tottenham appear close to completing the signing of Ben Davies as photos of the Swansea left-back training in Spurs kit circulate on the internet.

The pictures and video footage show Davies practicing with the London club in Toronto ahead of Wednesday's pre-season friendly against Major League Soccer outfit Toronto FC.

It has been reported that the 21-year-old has already completed a medical ahead of his move to White Hart Lane.



Pool are reporting that Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina has agreed a four-year contract with Arsenal and will join the club in a £3.5m deal from Nice after the club's tour of the United States.

Hamilton happy at fair treatment

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton is happy that he is being treated the same as Mercedes' team-mate Nico Rosberg.

The German has a 14-point lead in this year's F1 drivers' championship, with Rosberg winning three of the past five races.

Asked whether he was receiving equal treatment to Rosberg, Hamilton said: "Yep. I feel really comfortable. The team is doing great.

"I've great engineers and the support from my guys on my car. It's the same on Nico's side, they want to win so badly."

Deila has no qualms about Murrayfield

Champions League

Manager Ronny Deila says the new pitch at Murrayfield is "perfect" as Celtic prepare to host KR Reykjavik in round two of Champions League qualifying this evening.

Celtic play the second leg of the tie, which they lead 1-0, at the home of Scottish rugby as Celtic Park hosts the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

A mixture of grass and artificial fibres make up the Edinburgh surface, and Deila is impressed. "It is a very good pitch," he said. "I don't think there will be any problem."

Rogers breaks Tour duck

Tour de France

Australian Michael Rogers took victory in stage 16 of the Tour de France - the longest of this year's race.

The 34-year-old Tinkoff-Saxo rider made his break on the descent with three kilometres remaining on the Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon route. It was his first stage victory on the Tour and followed his two stage wins at the Giro d'Italia earlier this year.

Vincenzo Nibali, the yellow jersey holder, and Alejandro Valverde, who is second overall, crossed the line together about nine minutes down on Tuesday's leaders and retain the top two spots in the general classification.

Hope for Fury


Promoter Frank Warren ‏tweets: While the Chisora v Fury fight is being rescheduled a new date will be announced shortly, Fury is still expected to fight on Saturday's show.

Dereck Chisora, who was expected to fight Fury in a world heavyweight title eliminator in Manchester, withdrew yesterday because of a hand injury.

Hunt moves to Forest


Nottingham Forest sign Crystal Palace defender Jack Hunt on loan until 31 December.

The 23-year-old joined the Eagles in September 2013, but spent the second half of last season on loan at Barnsley.

Evans barred from competing

Commonwealth Games

Wales' Olympic silver-medal winning boxer Fred Evans will miss the Commonwealth Games after having his accreditation refused.

The welterweight did not travel with his team-mates to Glasgow today after being informed he had been denied the chance to compete based on checks completed by the Home Office and Commonwealth Games officials.

In April, Evans admitted his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham, for which he was ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines and costs, but it was not immediately clear if this was the reason for the accreditation refusal.

Marveaux moves to Guingamp


French midfielder Sylvain Marveaux leaves Newcastle United to join Ligue 1 side Guingamp on a season-long loan.

Since signing from Rennes in July 2011, the 28-year-old has made 57 appearances for the Magpies, scoring twice.

Smith's 'arms are aching'

Commonwealth Games

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BBC Sport's Nick Hope in Glasgow:

Olympic medal-winner and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smith admits that his return to the England gymnastics team for the Commonwealth Games has been "extremely" tough.

"I wasn't sure I'd come back [to gymnastics] after London 2012, but I always left the door open," he said. "The training has been so hard after a year-and-a-half out and my arms are always aching, but I've worked as much as I can and hopefully I can surprise a few people in Glasgow."

Bolt fit and ready to go

Commonwealth Games

Usain Bolt has brushed aside concerns over his fitness ahead of the Commonwealth Games, insisting he is back in sub-10 second shape after training twice a day following foot surgery and a hamstring injury.

The Jamaican 100m and 200m world record holder missed nine weeks of training after surgery on his left foot in March and will only run in the 4x100m relay in Glasgow.

"It's been rough, but I've been through it a couple times so I know what it takes to get back so I'm just pushing on and working towards what's necessary for this season," said the six-time Olympic gold medallist.

Which is the strongest Commonwealth nation?

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When it comes to the Commonwealth Games, which nation is the most successful? Australia perhaps, given their proud sporting tradition and love of beating England at anything? South Africa, maybe? Or how about Canada?

Wrong, wrong and wrong again.

Kean to make amends


Remember Steve Kean? Well, the former Blackburn Rovers manager has guided Brunei DPMM past Geylang International on penalties to reach Friday's Singapore League Cup final against Tanjong Pagar United.

Indeed the Scot - who was chased out of Ewood Park after a turbulent tenure - could win a treble in his first season in south-east Asia, with Brunei three points clear at the top of the 12-team table and also in the semi-finals of the Singapore Cup.

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Neil Horton: "Real in early/mid 2000's was not bad... Zidane, Ronaldo & Raul."

Who is your greatest strikeforce? Send us your suggestions on Twitter (using #greateststrikeforce or #bbcsportsday), the BBC Sport Facebook page or text us on 81111.

Buttler in line for Test debut


Jos Buttler is in line for his England Test debut after being called up as a replacement for Matt Prior for the third Test against India. Spinner Simon Kerrigan is not included in the squad for the encounter, which begins in Southampton on Sunday.

Advocaat agrees to Serbia stint


Dick Advocaat, the former Rangers manager who has coached both the Netherlands and South Korea at World Cup finals, has agreed to take charge of Serbia. Football Association of Serbia president Tomislav Karadzic has confirmed the appointment will be finalised this week.

Jamieson's hunger games

Commonwealth Games

Team Scotland

What do you eat in the morning? Suspect it's not as much as Scottish swimmer and Glasgow 2014 poster-boy Michael Jamieson...

England make Glasgow 2014 changes

Commonwealth Games

Further alterations have come in cycling, with Russ Downing taking the place of Jon Dibben in the men's road race and Liam Kileen replacing David Fletcher.

And in judo, Caroline Kinnane has withdrawn from -78kg event with a neck injury and will be replaced by Katie-Jemima Yeats-Brown.

England make Glasgow 2014 changes

Commonwealth Games

England have announced several changes to their Glasgow 2014 team little under 24 hours before the Games begin.

In the athletics events, the injured Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Meghan Beesley are replaced by Jess Tappin and Laura Wake in the heptathlon and 400m hurdles respectively.

Jo Pavey has chosen to contest only the 5,000m and her place in the 10,000m will be taken by Kate Avery.

Dwain Chambers has withdrawn from the 4x100m relay squad to concentrate on the European Championships and Chris Thompson will miss the 10,000m with a lower leg injury.

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Ben Halls: "Andy Cole - Dwight Yorke - Teddy Sheringham - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer."

Andy West, European football expert: "James Rodriguez is obviously wonderful but Real Madrid could use a different Colombian even more: Falcao for Benzema would be bigger upgrade."

Dunga appointed Brazil coach


Brazil have confirmed that Dunga will assume command of the national team for the second time.

The 50-year-old, who captained Brazil to their fourth world title success in 1994, was sacked in 2010 after reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

He replaces Luiz Felipe Scolari, who presided over the 7-1 World Cup semi-final evisceration by Germany earlier this month.

Malaysian athletes mark tragedy

Commonwealth Games

Malaysian athletes and officials in Glasgow held a minute's silence at their flag-raising and will wear black armbands at tomorrow's opening ceremony in memory of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash over Ukraine which killed 298 people.

None of the 180 athletes and 72 officials were directly affected by the tragedy.

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Zain Ali: "I believe that Barcelona's strike force is something else Neymar, Messi, Suarez. Barca's attack over Madrid's any day."

Force India target podium places

Formula 1

Force India co-owner Vijay Mallya has challenged drivers Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg to continue their impressive form in the second half of the Formula 1 season.

The Silverstone-based team are enjoying the best year in their history, with 98 points from the first 10 grands prix. That is just 11 points shy of their record haul of 109 from a 20-race season in 2012.

"In terms of targets I certainly feel more podiums are possible," Mallya said. "We need to end the season in the way we started it."

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James Jamieson: "Arsenal's invincible strike force of Pires and Ljungberg on the flanks with Bergkamp and Henry up top."

Keep your suggestions coming in for most potent strikeforces on Twitter, using #greateststrikeforce

Matthew is England's standard bearer

Three-time world squash champion Nick Matthew will be the flag bearer for England at tomorrow night's opening ceremony in Glasgow.

The 33-year-old, who won singles and doubles gold at the 2010 Commonwealths in Delhi, was voted for by fellow Team England athletes.

Tour de France - Stage 16

Road Cycling

The 16th stage of this year's Tour de France, from Carcassonne to Bagneres-de-Luchon, is under way.

You can follow all the action from the 237km-stage with our live text commentary.

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Helles Mammut: "In my opinion it has to be Real Madrid's in the 50s: Gento-Puskas-di Stefano = 5 consecutive European Cups."

You can throw in the feted Frenchman Raymond Kopa and Argentine striker Hector Rial - pictured above with the trio - to make a sensational front five, Helles.

Gymnast Jones given Wales flag honour

Commonwealth Games

Rhythmic gymnast Francesca Jones has been named as Wales' flag bearer for tomorrow evening's opening ceremony at Celtic Park.

Dyke still keen on B league


FA chairman Greg Dyke has told a panel of MPs he still hopes to introduce his controversial B league.

The 67-year-old was criticised when he attempted to introduce a new tier for Premier League second teams between League Two and the Conference in a bid to develop young English talent.

That plan was rejected by the Football League and prompted protests from supporters. However, Dyke told politicians: "The game is not over yet."

Strachan carries Queen's Baton

Commonwealth Games

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Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan carried the Queen's Baton on the final leg of the relay's journey.

Strachan took hold of the baton outside Glasgow's Hampden Park, the home of Scotland's national football team, which is hosting athletics competitions during the Commonwealth Games.

"I think it's a chance for Scotland to grab a hold of sport and use it as a tool to help us," the former Celtic manager said. "When asking politicians to do anything, I always say 'do something about the sport because it can help your country no end'."

Short Chelsea stay for Pasalic


Mario Pasalic has joined Spanish club Elche on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The 19-year-old Croatian midfielder moved to Stamford Bridge from Hajduk Split earlier this month.

BBC Sport's Tom Rostance tweets: Possible Real Madrid XI next year which cost approx £376.5m: Lopez (£3.5m), Carvajal (£6m), Pepe (£25m), Ramos (£25m), Marcelo (£6m); Kroos (£20m), Modric (£33m); James (£63m), Bale (£85m), Ronaldo (£80m); Benzema (£30m).

Anderson hearing set for 1 August


James Anderson is in danger of being banned for his home Test at Old Trafford after his International Cricket Council disciplinary hearing was set for 1 August.

The England fast bowler was charged with a Level 3 offence for allegedly "abusing and pushing" India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during the first Investec Test at Trent Bridge. An initial hearing this morning "addressed preliminary issues" and set the date for the next stage of the disciplinary process. The charge, if proven, carries a penalty of up to a four-Test ban.