LiveSportsday - Monday 4 August as it happened


  1. Manchester City will pay all of Frank Lampard's wages
  2. Australia promises to deliver "best" Games following Glasgow success
  3. Gary Lineker says corruption allegations around Fifa are 'nauseating'
  4. Rory McIlroy tops world rankings after Ohio victory
  5. GET INVOLVED: Football League - which teams will shine this season?

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By Lawrence Barretto and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Munari is a Hornet


Watford announce the signing of midfielder Gianni Munari from Parma on a season-long loan.

The 31-year-old has represented 10 Italian sides, with his longest stint at Lecce between 2007 and 2011.

Liverpool step up Lavezzi chase


Liverpool are still waiting for some of the funds from their sale of Luis Suarez, 27, to Barcelona in order to step up their chase of Paris-St Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi, 29, reports the Daily Express.

Raikkonen retains faith in Ferrari

Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen retains faith in his ability, despite struggling following his move to Ferrari from Lotus while Ferrari hope signs of improvement in their car are enough to persuade driver Fernando Alonso to stay.

Read more about those stories and more in today's F1 gossip column.

Mutch the man for QPR


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Queens Park Rangers are closing in on the signing of Jordon Mutch from Cardiff City for a fee of close to £6m.

BBC Sport understands the 22-year-old will undergo a medical on Tuesday and will follow Stephen Caulker in moving from relegated Cardiff to Loftus Road.

Ex-Greece coach Santos banned


Former Greece coach Fernando Santos has been banned for eight competitive international matches after he was sent off at the end of the World Cup match against Costa Rica.

Governing body Fifa said Santos, who left his role after Greece lost to Costa Rica on penalties as his contract expired at the end of the tournament, had been guilty of "several acts of unsporting conduct towards the match officials."

Transfer latest


The summer transfer window is open until 23:00 BST on 1 September and you can keep up with all the latest transfers with this handy page, which details each transfer, the fee and the date of completion.

Biggest British signing so far: Alexis Sanchez - Barcelona to Arsenal for about £35m.

Busiest clubs this summer: Shrewsbury Town and Crawley Town have signed 16 players.

Busiest Premier League clubs: Newcastle have signed seven players.

Latest gossip


Here are the top three global gossip entries from today's column.

Tottenham are lining up 33-year-old Cameroon forward Samuel Eto'o, who is a free agent after leaving Chelsea reports Tuttosport (in Italian).

Liverpool are on the verge of signing Alberto Moreno after striking a £16m deal with Sevilla for the 22 year-old Spanish defender reports (in Spanish).

Midfielder Marco Reus, 25, who had been linked with Bayern Munich and Liverpool, will remain at Borussia Dortmund for another season, reports L'Equipe (in French).

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Tom Smith: Brentford to be Championship surprise package. Great signings, young team and classy management team.

Matt Nichols: Wimbledon have a shout. Neal Ardley made good signings and addressed last year's lack of firepower with Akinfenwa and Tubbs.

Which Scottish or Football League sides will prosper this season? Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Storey leads British team for worlds

Road Cycling

Dame Sarah Storey will lead a five-rider British squad to the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in the United States later this month.

The 11-time Paralympic champion returns to road racing at world level in following the birth of daughter Louisa last year. The championships, which take place in Greenville, South Carolina, start on 28 August.

Women's World Cup

Rugby Union

The second round of matches at the Women's Rugby World Cup will be played on Tuesday, when England will meet Spain.

England have finished runners-up on the last three occasions and opened their 2014 tournament with a 65-3 win over Samoa on Friday.

Hooker Emma Croker has been talking to BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour and said morale in the camp was great, adding: "We're in the best position we've ever been in. We had a lot more time together as a squad, we're a lot more experienced and we're very focused."

Arsenal make £23.9m Carvalho bid



Arsenal submit a £23.9m bid for 22-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, reports London's Evening Standard.

Check out the second edition of today's gossip column here.

Harlequins name Marler captain

Rugby Union

Harlequins name Joe Marler as the club's new captain, taking over from Chris Robshaw, who has captained the club for the last four seasons.

Director of tugby Conor O'Shea says: "Chris is a massively influential player and person within the group and will bring his own personality and style to the role, with the full backing of the entire squad and management."

Finn extends Middlesex stay


England bowler Steve Finn signs a new three-year contract with Middlesex.

The 25-year-old was recalled by England yesterday, with his last Test match coming in July of 2013 against Australia.

Carney charged for throw

Rugby League

Castleford wing Justin Carney could miss his side's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-final with Widnes on Sunday after being charged by the Rugby Football League's Match Review Panel.

Carney, 26, has been accused of making a Grade B dangerous throw on London centre Thomas Minns in the Tigers' 64-18 victory over the Broncos.

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As the first Football League and Scottish action of the season draws closer as the weekend nears, we are asking you which teams will shine this year?

Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Chris: Think it's going to be a long season for Fulham fans, money doesn't guarantee a return to the premier league, hoping derby can build on last season and finally get back where they belong!

Luke in Essex: Grimsby have been stuck in the conference far too long. This is the year that changes, no messing around with the playoffs. Automatic promotion! Ross Hannah to lead Grimsby back to where they belong!

Revenue change in Spain possible


Spanish clubs have moved closer to adopting a similar television rights model as the Premier League, Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu tells The Times.

At present, La Liga sides negotiate their own TV deals, unlike the collective approach undertaken by the Premier League which sees TV revenue distributed more evenly.

"Barcelona and Madrid sell individually and we negotiate with a lot of success," says Bartomeu. "That helps us to have as many of the best players in the world as possible. But we know the problem: the Premier League is very competitive."

England announce West Indies 2015 fixtures


England will play Test cricket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua next year for the first time since the abandoned game in 2009.

Just 10 balls were bowled by West Indies in that Test before it was abandoned because of an unsafe outfield caused by excess sand.

The venue will now play home to the first of three Tests against England on 13 April 2015 followed by the tourists' maiden Test in Grenada and a series-ending trip to Barbados.

Man City to pay all of Lampard's wages


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Manchester City will pay all of Frank Lampard's wages during his loan spell with the club, amid suggestions they are using the deal to bypass Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations.

Lampard, 36, signed on a free for New York City last month - who are part-owned by Manchester City - and with the MLS season not starting until March he will spend the next six months at City.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger questioned whether the move was designed to "get round" FFP rules - which Manchester City failed to meet last season.

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