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Sportsday - Monday 4 August as it happened
- Manchester City will pay all of Frank Lampard's wages
- Australia promises to deliver "best" Games following Glasgow success
- Gary Lineker says corruption allegations around Fifa are 'nauseating'
- Rory McIlroy tops world rankings after Ohio victory
- GET INVOLVED: Football League - which teams will shine this season?
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 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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on Twitter: Can't wait to watch the boys tonight. Gutted not to play @LFC vs Mufc is always a great game. Never a friendly. Who's staying up?
Liverpool play Manchester United in the International Champions Cup in Miami later today.
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 AS.com (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).
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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?
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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!
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 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.
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.
Rio 2016 organisers say they cannot afford to leave preparations for the Olympics and Paralympics to the last minute, as was arguably the case with the 2014 World Cup.
"The work we do impacts on a lot of people," says Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada. "They cannot wait until a week before the Games open.
"Although we would love to do everything in the last minute we cannot afford this luxury."
Trent Bridge has been given an official warning by the International Cricket Council after its pitch was rated 'poor' after last month's first Test between England and India.
The match referee David Boon reported the surface after the game ended in a high-scoring draw.
A ICC statement said: "The ICC observed that the pitch did not provide a fair contest between bat and ball throughout, and concluded that the pitch prepared for the match was of an unacceptable standard for Test cricket."
Rory McIlroy says he is in the best mental condition of his career as he chases a third win on the spin and a second major of the season at this weekend's PGA Championship.
The 25-year-old, crowned Open Champion last month, lifted the WGC Bridgestone Invitational on Sunday ahead of the final major of the season at Valhalla.
"It was the most comfortable I've ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament," he says.
"When I say mentally it's the best I've ever been, I didn't get ahead of myself. I didn't start to think about my score. I didn't think about where I was in the tournament. I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot."
West Brom boss Alan Irvine is confident of winning a Football Association work permit appeal hearing for Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa.
The 24-year-old has already agreed personal terms and passed a medical, but his move from Rosenborg is delayed after failing the criteria for a permit.
He falls just short of appearing in 75% of his country's games over the last two years.
But Irvine says: "We're not in control, it's out of our hands, but I think it would be amazing if we didn't get this one over the line."
Forward Steven Naismith reveals he has bought tickets for Everton home matches which will be handed out to unemployed supporters on Merseyside.
The Scot, who says he has seen how people struggle to find work through no fault of their own in his home city of Glasgow, has asked the Job entre to give the tickets to those "trying hard to find employment."
"I thought this might be a small gesture to help those in that situation to enjoy a day out at one of our league matches. Hopefully it can bring some joy to many people," says Naismith, 27.
Earlier we brought you news of Portsmouth's tribute to local soldiers who lost their lives in World War One.
Pompey's new strip includes the names of the 'Pompey Pals' - officially the 14th and 15th battalions of the Hampshire Regiment - who recruited heavily at Fratton Park and the club have released this image of the detailed stitching.
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?
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Fred Holker: All eyes on Fulham's £11m man Ross McCormack. Fulham's promotion bid could well depend on him.
John McEnerney: After seeing St Johnstone in Europe last week, they might push Celtic if they can get it together. Need an experienced player.
Corinne Diacre, the only female coach of a men's professional team in a major European country, takes charge of Clermont Foot today.
Diacre, 40, was appointed in June on a two-year deal and leads the French second division team against Brest.
"All this interest is over the top with regards to my presence," Diacre says. "I'd like to concentrate on Clermont."
Southampton's players are seemingly being put through a number of tests today.
The club have tweeted a series of images and videos showing the likes of new signing Dusan Tadic (pictured) running on treadmills and being measured by an army of people in white coats.
Saints start their season at Liverpool on 17 August.
England women's cricketers Kate Cross and Danielle Hazell will be at BBC Sport later today answering your questions.
The pair have both been named in the England squad for next month's one-day and Twenty20 series with India and South Africa.
Post your questions on Facebook and we will get the best answered for you.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero tweets: Already in Manchester to meet my team-mates once more and eager to start a new Manchester City season!
Aguero was given an extended summer break because of Argentina's run to the World Cup final.
Southend United sign Danish central defender Mads Ibenfeldt on a one-year deal, with the option of a second year.
Ibenfeldt, 29, impressed in pre-season friendlies against Ipswich and QPR and played for Danish first division side Akandemisk last season.
Notts County sign former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll.
The 36-year-old Northern Ireland international, a free agent after leaving Greek champions Olympiakos, has put pen to paper on a one-year contract with the League One club.
Geoff Ogilvy ended a four-year wait for a PGA Tour victory at the Barracuda Championship on Sunday and has shed some light on his struggles for form in recent years.
The Australian penned an article for Golf Australia shortly before his win in Nevada and highlighted the contrast between struggling golfers and successful players.
"I can go into the locker room at almost any tournament and observe the varying levels of stress in players," writes Ogilvy, 37. "Those playing well are cruising along, calling their private jets to take them to the next tournament. The guys who are struggling are looking miserable and kicking things across the room."
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Sierra Leone's Commonwealth Games chef de mission Unisa Deen Kargbo says he expects all his athletes to now leave the UK this week.
Kargbo had indicated last week that up to 30 members of Sierra Leone's delegation were considering staying in Britain given the outbreak of the Ebola virus in west Africa.
But she said: "I have a mandate back home for everyone to return after the Games."
Kargbo also confirmed that Mohamed Tholley, a Sierra Leone cyclist who he claimed was missing last week, is expected to meet the team in London tomorrow and return to his country.
Manchester United striker Robin van Persie tweets: "Back in training today after a short break. Looking forward to the new season sooo much!! Hope you all feeling the same."
We are all feeling the same Robin but your manager is not overly confident you will be ready for the start of the campaign.
Asked if Van Persie, 31, will be fit to face Valencia in a friendly four days before United's Premier League opener against Swansea, Louis van Gaal said: 'I'm sure he won't play in those games. He has to train. I'm sorry, but when you have three weeks' holiday you need training sessions, not a game."
The Football League and Scottish leagues get started this weekend, so who will be the standout teams? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or text on 81111.
Guy Janaway: I can see Exeter City being relegated. Many of their players have left. Also been losing all their pre-season games.
Andrew Priestley: I have a feeling that Aberdeen are going to seriously challenge Celtic for the SPL title this season. It would be great to see.
We would love to be able to bring you huge stories of multi-million pound transfer deals taking place this lunchtime but, as things stand, it is quiet.
In recent weeks though, the big activity has taken place in the afternoon so stick with us. Could Spurs wrap up Musacchio? Will Liverpool finalise Manquillo?
If you are just joining us, then thanks for doing so and feel free to get involved with our debate.
Reading chairman Sir John Madejski believes he has found the right people to take over the Championship club.
"I have great hopes and as far as I am concerned this is the best we can do by a mile," Madejski tells BBC South Today.
Madejski adds the new shareholders have "extremely deep pockets" and hopes if the deal goes through soon they will be able to sign new players ahead of the transfer deadline.
Last week the Royals announced a "partnership" with a Thai consortium led by 76-year-old businesswoman Khunying Sasima Srivikorn.
Real Madrid's latest recruit - Keylor Navas - arrives in the Spanish capital.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper, who starred for Costa Rica at the World Cup, moves from Levante and has signed a six-year contract.
The media attention has intensified and he hasn't even got out of the car.
Kathryn Bate: Plymouth Argyle to get promoted with Rueben Reid top goalscorer. Jason Banton to shine too. Been in League Two far too long.
Tyler Gilson: I like the signings West Ham are in for. Young and talented. Rather than QPR going for players at the end of their careers.
Charlie in Lincoln: Watford will be the stand out team in the Championship. With Vydra back and Cassetti gone, they have the perfect team.
The Football League starts on Friday while proceedings get under way in Scotland on Saturday so we want to know which teams you think will set their respective leagues alight - and, crucially, why?
Italian prosecutors reopen an investigation into the death of cyclist Marco Pantani after his family presented evidence contending the former Tour de France winner was murdered.
Pantani, who won both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France in 1998, was found dead in a Rimini hotel room in 2004. A coroner ruled he died from an overdose of cocaine.
His mother, Tonina Pantani, has always claimed her son was murdered.
"Paul Bittar's departure will be widely seen as a blow for British racing. The laid-back Australian helped modernise the BHA, has a genuine passion for the sport and was a world away from the blazer brigade who once ruled racing.
"He helped oversee safety changes, two major doping investigations and introduced stricter rules on drugs. While some critics believe the Godolphin inquiry could have been more transparent, he skilfully trod the difficult line between promoting the sport and regulating it."
Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is planning on holding talks with captain Ron Vlaar after their opening Premier League game against Stoke on 16 August, in a bid to resolve the defender's future.
"Ron's got another year still to go on his contract - it's not as if he's at the end of it," says Lambert.
"Once we get back I'll sit with him - we'll have a bit more time - but he loves it at Villa, that's well known."
Australia has promised to build on the "standout" Glasgow 2014 and deliver the "best" Commonwealth Games.
Jann Stuckey, the minister for the next Games on Australia's Gold Coast in April 2018, also believes the event will "continue for a long time".
"The Gold Coast won't be the beginning of the end - it will be a reinvigoration," said Stuckey.
Sixteen players from Hearts FC joined up in the World War One effort, most of them enlisting in the 16th Battalion of Royal Scots, the oldest infantry regiment in the Army.
BBC Radio 5 live's Nicky Campbell went to Tynecastle to meet Jack Alexander - director at McCrae's Battalion Trust.
The Football League starts on Friday with Blackburn hosting Cardiff in the Championship while proceedings get under way in Scotland on Saturday.
So we want to know which teams you think will set their respective leagues alight - and, crucially, why?
Tottenham open negotiations with Lazio over a deal to sell defender Younes Kaboul as they look to make room in their squad for the imminent arrival of Mateo Musacchio for £17m, reports London's Evening Standard.
Manchester United and Chelsea have been left disappointed as one of their key transfer targets has opted to stay in Spain, reports the Daily Star.
Atletico Madrid's Joao Miranda was reportedly unsettled at the Spanish champions after their sale of key players this summer, but the acquisitions of Antoine Griezmann and Mario Mandzukic have convinced the 29-year-old to stay.
Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell, 23, will hold talks with Sunderland today over a permanent switch to the Stadium of Light, reports the Daily Mail. Rodwell, who signed from Everton in the summer of 2012, is reported to be valued at £10m by City.
The chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority, Paul Bittar, is to leave the organisation in early 2015.
In his three years in the role to date, the Australian has overseen the Godolphin doping inquiry and significant changes to the Grand National.
The BHA announced he will be involved in the recruitment of his successor.
Great Britain's Ellie Simmonds and Susie Rodgers win gold medals on the first day of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.
Paralympic and world champion Simmonds took the 400m freestyle S6 title in five minutes 28.31 seconds, and Rodgers won the 400m freestyle S7 in 5:22.74.
Their Great Britain team-mate Amy Marren won silver in the women's 50m freestyle S9.
Britain's Andy Murray, who will play in this week's Rogers Cup in Toronto, has moved up one place to ninth in the latest world rankings.
Serbia's Novak Djokovic remains on top, 460 points clear of Spaniard Rafael Nadal in second with Roger Federer of Switzerland 6,600 further adrift in third.
West Ham United's Ravel Morrison is granted bail and will be released from prison, reports the Manchester Evening news.
The 21-year-old midfielder was kept in custody after being charged with two counts of common assault following his arrest on 27 July.
The charges relate to his ex-girlfriend Reah Mansoor, 19, and her mother, 39-year-old Parveen Mansoor.
Newcastle United are close to signing Nottingham Forest duo Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.
The Magpies, who have already signed seven players this summer, will loan defender Lascelles, 20, and goalkeeper Darlow, 23, back to Forest.
Former Juventus forward Alessandro Del Piero dismisses speculation that he will retire and insists he wants to carry on playing for at least one more season.
The 39-year-old completed a two-year spell in Australia with Sydney, playing his last competitive match in April, but will return to captain them in the A-League All Stars clash with Juventus on Sunday.
"I'm in good shape to play on again, to play for one more year," he says. "And this is my idea."
Watford remember the club's 12 ex-players who served their country in World War One with an away kit which is based on the colours used in 1914.
Read more on sporting stories of bravery a century on from the start of the war.
There is also a special programme - First World War and Sport - on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:30-20:30 BST today.
Liverpool defender Glen Johnson says the high quality of the Reds' opponents during pre-season will prove a benefit in the long term.
"When you're at a top club, you need to be playing the best teams because they're the ones you're going to be fighting with throughout the season," he tells LFCTour.com. "It has been a fantastic pre-season."
Liverpool play Manchester United in the International Champions Cup final later on Monday at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
Atletico Madrid right-back Javier Manquillo will undergo a medical at Liverpool today ahead of a season-long loan move, reports the Daily Star.
The 20-year-old will rival Glen Johnson and Jon Flanagan for a starting place and the Reds have ensured the deal offers the chance to make the move permanent for about £5m next summer.
Derby County confirm the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Leon Best, 27, on a season-long loan deal.
Head coach Steve McClaren said: He is a player with Premier League and Championship experience, knows how to score goals and he will provide a different option in our attacking armoury."
Rory McIlroy will start as outright favourite for this week's PGA Championship and he will not be short of a bob or two for his stay in Valhalla.
The 25-year-old's win at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational yesterday quickly followed his success at the Open Championship and sets him up for the final major of the season.
American golfer Steven Fox (left), 23, has tweeted: "Rory has made $3.2 million his past two starts... I've made $6,200 hahaha."