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  1. Country has lost faith in the England team, Michael Owen says
  2. Andorra v Wales, 19:45 BST
  3. Michael Schumacher released from Lausanne hospital
  4. Hodgson says bold approach paid off for England
  5. Pakistan's Ajmal suspended for illegal bowling action
  6. GET INVOLVED: Will Wales qualify for Euro 2016?

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Foxes release Ireland and Thornely


Leicestershire are to release seamer Anthony Ireland, 30, and top-order batsman Michael Thornely, 26, at the end of this season.

Toffees sign Northampton whizz kid


Everton have

signed 15-year-old midfielder Fraser Hornby from Northampton Town under the terms of
the Elite Player Performance Plan.

The Cobblers will receive an initial £65,500 and could earn up to a maximum of £1.3m in the future, depending on how many first-team games he plays.

Everton will have to pay £150,000 for every 10 Premier League games played by the teenager, up to 60 games.

They will pay £100,000 for every further 10 appearances, up to 100 games.

Fifa medical chief wants new concussion rules


Michel D'Hooghe
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Fifa's medical chief has called for matches to be halted for three minutes if a player suffers a suspected concussion.

Michel D'Hooghe - speaking at the

Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester - said he will make the proposal to Uefa and Fifa, adding only team doctors should be allowed to decide whether a player can continue, not the manager.

'Give Cook until World Cup'


Alastair Cook
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Alastair Cook should be allowed until after the World Cup to decide his future as England's one-day captain, that's

according to Essex coach Paul Grayson.

Cook's position in the ODI side has come under scrutiny since the 3-1 series defeat by India.

"I think he's the man to lead the side forward," Grayson told BBC Essex.

Berahino double


England Under 21s have doubled their lead against Moldova in Tiraspol.

Saido Berahino has netted his second of the game on 51 minutes.

Watson agrees new deal with Bath

Rugby Union

Anthony Watson
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England prospect Anthony Watson, 20, has signed a two-year contract extension to stay with Bath until 2017.

Watson toured New Zealand with England in the summer and

joined Bath from London Irish.

"Anthony is an incredible talent and we're obviously delighted he's staying with us," said Bath head coach Mike Ford.

Wales have to qualify - Savage insists


Ahead of their opening European Championship qualifying match in Andorra, former Wales international Robbie Savage has told

BBC Radio Wales: "It's a huge campaign for Chris Coleman with the players he has at his disposal.

"I remember when we lost to Russia

[in the Euro 2004 play-off], the players we had then, and I think this is Wales' best team since then. I think they have got to win tonight, they have got to win by a few goals. It's their best opportunity since that play-off defeat against Russia.

"There will be no excuses this time. They have to qualify."

Early games under way


Two of this evening's European Championship qualifiers have reached half time.

Group A's early kick off is goalless between Kazakhstan and Latvia in Astana, while Bulgaria hold a 1-0 lead against Azerbaijan in Baku in the Group H game.

Ainslie's America's bid


Joe Wilson

BBC News sports correspondent

Sir Ben Ainslie's a man with a new focus in sailing.

Ben Ainslie

After tasting glory in dramatic fashion

in the America's Cup last year with Oracle Team USA, he's now attempting to put together Britain's first winning team ahead of the 2017 event.

A British team has never won the oldest trophy in international sport since it first took place off the Isle of Wight in England in 1851.

See how he told me it would be

an "incredible opportunity" in "righting a wrong" in British sport.

Yorkshire take charge


Adam Lyth
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Yorkshire have taken huge strides in their bid to wrap up the county championship against Nottinghamshire.

The Tykes

closed the first day at Trent Bridge on 319-4 having won the toss and chosen to bat.

Adam Lyth registered his sixth first class hundred of the season before he was dismissed for 122.

England Under 21s ahead


England Under 21s are in action in their final Euro 2015 qualifier against Moldova.

West Brom's Saido Berahinho's given Gareth Southgate's side a 16th-minute lead.

England have already secured top spot in their group.

Ajmal 'a quality player'


Saqlain Mushtaq
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Former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq (pictured above) has backed Saeed Ajmal to return to international cricket following his

suspension by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Peter Allen, he said: "I believe the quality of a great player is that they can change and adapt their technique.

"He is a very intelligent bowler, who I believe can work on that and he can come back."

'The accidental world champion'

Anna Thompson

BBC Sport

Emma Pooley

"If you love something enough, you can put up with a bit of suffering," that's the sporting philosophy of Emma Pooley.

The 31-year-old was crowned a world champion at the first attempt on Sunday, but not in the sport she originally made a name in.

A month after retiring from professional road cycling -

Pooley won honours in her new sport - long distance duathlon.

Dexter to stay with Middlesex


Neil Dexter
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Former Middlesex captain Neil Dexter, 30, has agreed a contract extension to stay with the county until the end of next season.

Dexter began his career at Kent but moved to Middlesex five years ago, and was club captain when the club won promotion as

Division Two county champions in 2011.

Contador opts out of world road race event

Road Cycling

Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador will not compete in the world road race championships later this month after deciding the course in Ponferrada in the north east of Spain was not suited to his strengths.

King appeal refused


Marlon King

Former Premier League footballer Marlon King has

lost the chance to appeal against an 18-month jail term for dangerous driving.

The 34-year-old was jailed in May after causing a pile-up in Nottinghamshire while eating ice cream.

The former Birmingham City striker applied to the Court of Appeal to have his sentence suspended so he could spend time with his family in Zambia.

But three top judges said it was an "unusually bad offence" and that it was a just sentence.

Get involved

You've been having your say ahead of

Wales' opening European Championship qualifier against Andorra later.

How do you think they'll get on in a group also containing Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Israel and Cyprus? Let us know your thoughts via

#bbcsportsday, the
BBC Sport Facebook page and

Connor Graves: I can see Wales finishing second in their group, they've got a better team than Israel and Bosnia and of course have got Bale.

Mac's Football: On paper the first 11 is good enough for third at least, I hope they do it for Speedo, his 45th birthday yesterday.

Patrick Evans: As Fifa have ballooned the tournament to 24 teams making the qualifying ridiculously easy it would be a joke if Wales didn't.

Kiryu ruled out of Asian Games


Yoshihide Kiryu
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Japan's 18-year-old sprint sensation Yoshihide Kiryu, who clocked 10.01 seconds in the 100m as a schoolboy last year, has withdrawn from this month's Asian Games, which begin in Incheon, South Korea on 19 September with a torn left hamstring.


Two-time Olympian Nick Robinson-Baker, 27, has announced his retirement from diving after 13 years competing for Great Britain.

Clubs to benefit from FPP fines


Manchester City's fine for

breaching Uefa's financial fair play rules is to be shared out around the other clubs in the Champions League. City were fined £50m for the FFP breaches but will only have to pay around £20m if they comply with the break-even rules in future seasons.

The first payments from City, Paris St Germain and Zenit St Petersburg will total £20m and will be split among the Champions League and Europa League clubs who did comply with the rules last season.

Windies thrash Bangladesh


West Indies completed a 10-wicket win over Bangladesh in the first Test at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex in Kingstown, St Vincent. Despite 116 from captain and wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, Bangladesh were all out for 314 after following on, leaving the Windies just 13 to win.

The second and final Test begins at Gros Islet in St Lucia on Saturday.

Wales face 3G test in Andorra


Roman Pavlyuchenko scores Russia's winner against England in 2007
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Wales begin their European Championship qualifying campaign against Andorra, kick off 19:45 BST, the first meeting between the teams. The match will be played on a 3G artificial pitch and the Welsh will hope there is no repeat of England's experience of 3G surfaces during Euro 2008 qualifying when Steve McClaren's team were

beaten 2-1 by Russia, former Tottenham striker Roman Pavlyuchenko [pictured] scoring the winner from the penalty spot.

PCA's Moeen Ali statement reaction


The BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew

tweets: "I really hope that someone is knocking at the PCA front door and says: "Shall we try that again." Racism is racism. Full stop"

Reaction to Moeen statement


The cricketing press have been reacting to the Professional Cricketer's Association's statement over abuse Moeen Ali received at Edgbaston (see 15:28).

The Daily Mirror's cricket correspondent Dean Wilson

tweets: "Astonishing response to the booing of Moeen Ali from the PCA. The players union should be standing up for him, not encouraging it."

Zardini takes tour win


Italy's Edoardo Zardini has

won the third stage of the Tour of Britain.

Zardini pulled clear as the peloton tackled the ascent of The Tumble on the outskirts of Abergavenny, South Wales to win by nine seconds from Michal Kwiatkowski. The Bardiani-CSF rider's victory takes him top of the general classification. Defending champion Bradley Wiggins finished fifth.

Man Utd to reveal financial results


Former Manchester United manager David Moyes

BBC Sport's Simon Stone: "Manchester United are set to reveal the cost of David Moyes' disastrous season in charge when they release their end of year financial results on Wednesday.

"Failure to qualify for this season's Champions League, a £7.4m reduction in Premier League prize money due to their seventh-placed finish and the pay-offs for Moyes and four members of his backroom team are expected to reach around £50m.

"United spent a record

£151.5m this summer on six players, yet are still to win under Louis van Gaal in the Premier League this term and were beaten 4-0 at League One MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

"This is not expected to halt their commercial success though. United are in the first season of a seven-year shirt sponsorship deal with US car giant Chevrolet worth around £50m a year. They have also just negotiated a

10-year agreement with adidas to manufacture their kits from next season.

"Overall commercial revenue for the year is expected to be around £190m, part of overall income of £430m."

Trump and Higgins in surprise Shanghai defeats


Judd Trump and John Higgins have joined Ronnie O'Sullivan in an early exit from the Shanghai Masters. Trump was beaten 5-2 by Welshman Dominic Dale, while Ryan Day rolled in breaks of 55, 102 and 77 in successive frames to overturn a 4-2 deficit and beat Higgins 5-4.

Button holds McLaren talks

Formula 1

Jenson Button
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Jenson Button has revealed he held an "interesting and encouraging" conversation with Ron Dennis about the future direction of McLaren at the weekend.

McLaren are still to decide on their driver line-up for next season and have been linked with moves for both Fernando Alonso and Sebatian Vettell.

Button said: "Forgetting the driver situation, it was good to talk about the future of the team, the direction it is going and how it is performing. It was all interesting and encouraging, which comes on the back of the last couple of races in particular."

British duo reach semi-finals

Disability Sport

The GB Para Table Tennis Team is assured of at least two medals in the 2014 ITT PTT World Championships in Beijing after Will Bayley and Sue Gilroy reached the semi-final stages of the men's class 7 and women's class 4 singles respectively.

World number two Bayley beat Stephane Messi's conqueror Daniel Horut 3-1 and now plays Mykhaylo Popov in the semi-finals on Wednesday morning, in a repeat of the European final last year that the Ukrainian won.

PCA plays down Ali abuse


Professional Cricketers' Association chief executive Angus Porter does not want the row over Moeen Ali's Edgbaston abuse to boil over. England all-rounder Moeen was booed by Indian fans during the hosts' T20 win in Birmingham on Sunday and his father Munir believed it was because of his Pakistani background.

"His dad offered his view sincerely and I hope it doesn't stoke the fire because he was just standing up for his boy," Porter said. "There is an element of taking it as a compliment. You are more likely to boo someone when you think they are someone to be feared. Take it as as a positive, you'd rather be booed than ignored."

Welsh Euro qualifying history


John Hartson after Wales are beaten by Russia in a play-off for Euro 2004
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There have been many agonising moments in qualifying campaigns for Wales down the years, but they came close to reaching Euro 2004 after finishing second to Italy in Group Nine. They began the campaign with a 2-0 win in Finland and also beat the Italians at home, but only the group winners qualified automatically and Wales

lost a two-legged play-off to Russia 1-0 in November 2003.

Get involved

You've been having your say ahead of

Wales' opening European Championship qualifier against Andorra later.

How do you think they'll get on in a group also containing Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Israel and Cyprus?

alistair smalley: If Wales have Bale centre forward, Ramsey in behind and Williams commanding the defence there's no reason not to finish second.

Connor Lowden: I'm English but I think I'm rooting for Wales more than I was England last night. Great to see James Chester in the squad.

Tim Edwards: Coleman knows qualifying will reignite his stuttering managerial career. Fail and he's good as finished.

Let us know your thoughts via

#bbcsportsday, the
BBC Sport Facebook page and

McIntyre named new boss


Jim McIntyre

Jim McIntyre's been named new Ross County manager after resigning from Queen of the South.

McIntyre replaces Derek Adams, who was

sacked on 28 August along with his father George Adams, who was the Dingwall club's director of football.

'Looking bleak' for Ajmal


Saeed Ajmal

Pakistan Cricket Board's media spokesman Agha Akbar has told

BBC Radio 5 Live the future "looks bleak" for Saeed Ajmal.

The 37-year-old has been

suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.

Mr Akbar told presenter Tony Livesey: "We have referred the matter to our own committee and once they have made their conclusions, we will look at all the options.

"But, I'm afraid we may have seen the last of him in international cricket."

A Question of Sport


It's answer time for our A Question of Sport teaser.

Earlier we asked, which six players whose surname begins with a C have won a men's Grand Slam singles title since 1980?

The answer: Pat Cash, Michael Chang, Marian Cilic, Jimmy Connors, Albert Costa and Jim Courier.

Sporting birthdays

Neil Fairbrother
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Former England and Lancashire batsman Neil Fairbrother turns 51 today.

Now a successful players' agent, the left-hander played 10 Test Matches and 75 ODIs for England, including appearances at three World Cups.

He shares his birthday with Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan (30), Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric (29) and England and Durham cricketer Graham Onions (32).

More on Schumacher's release from hospital

Formula 1

Michael Schumacher's management have issued a statement following news of his release from hospital in Lausanne.

It reads: "Considering the severe injuries he suffered, progress has been made in the past weeks and months. There is still, however, a long and difficult road ahead.

"We ask that the privacy of Michael's family continue to be respected, and that speculations about his state of health are avoided."

Schumacher to continue recovery at home

Formula 1

Former world champion Michael Schumacher has left Lausanne hospital to continue his recovery at home.

The 45-year-old German was left fighting for his life after sustaining head injuries in a

skiing accident in the French Alps last December. He was
transferred to Lausanne university hospital in Switzerland in June and brought out of a coma.

Welsh Euro qualifying history

September 2006

Tomas Rosicky attempts to pass Carl Robinson of Wales

Continuing our look back at previous European Championship qualifying campaigns for Wales, and for Euro 2008 they were in Group D with the Czech Republic, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Slovakia, Cyprus and San Marino.

Their opening match saw a

2-1 defeat in the Czech Republic in September 2006 and through they went on to hold Germany 0-0 in Frankfurt, they won only four of their 12 games and finished fifth.