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By Steve Canavan and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Well, that's all from us.

We've had goblins, lots of Maria Sharapova grunting, and a Masterchef winner signing for Oldham Athletic.

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Sportsday is back again at 08:00 BST tomorrow. Will you join us? What's that, you will. Lovely. See you then.

Play-offs please

Football

No pressure on manager Steve Clarke but Reading's new owner is expecting a push for a Premier League place this season.

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Narin Niruttinanon, who owns owns 50 per cent of the Royals following his Thai consortium's takeover, says the club should aim for the play-offs this season.

"I may be too optimistic, but I think with the team we have, I don't see why we can't aim for play-offs and hopefully have a chance to compete," said Niruttinanon at a press conference in Bangkok, "We need to aim high and I really hope we can do well."

Reading finished 19th last season after a disappointing campaign.

Former Swan gets Iraq job

Football

Bosnian Dzemal Hadziabdic has been appointed the new coach of Iraq, the country's football association said on Tuesday.

Hadziabdic, who played for Swansea City in the 1970s and 80s, will lead Iraq in their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.

Goblin talk

Road Cycling

Ultra-cyclist Shusanah Pillinger says she "saw goblins" as she made history by completing the 3,004-mile Race Across America (RAAM) last month.

The 39-year-old Briton completed the race from California to Maryland in 12 days, nine hours and 14 minutes.

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Shusanah Pillinger

She said hallucinations during her "witching hour" were common.

"It's weird, but once you've seen it, you're not quite as shocked. None of them look particularly friendly. A lot of them are ugly looking," she said.

The definition of a goblin, by the way, is an evil or mischievous grotesque dwarf-like daemon or monster that appeared in European stories and accounts during the Middle Ages. Now you know.

Phillips gets top job

Rugby Union

Martyn Phillips has been named as the new chief executive of the Welsh Rugby Union.

He succeeds Roger Lewis, who stands down in October.

Phillips is a former chief executive of B&Q and is currently the director of consultancy firm Leading-Edge.

Bojan looking 'a million dollars'

Football

Bojan Krkic will take another step towards full fitness on Stoke's pre-season trip to Singapore - even though he will not play any games.

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But Potters left-back Erik Pieters will not travel to the Asia Trophy, which also features Everton, Arsenal and the Singapore Select XI, as he continues his rehabilitation following groin surgery this summer.

Bojan suffered a cruciate ligament injury in an FA Cup tie at Rochdale in January,

"We didn't really expect to see him on the first day of training, we thought it might be a week or 10 days - but he's come in with a smile on his face and he's looking a million dollars," assistant boss Mark Bowen told the

Stoke Sentinel.

"We still have to protect him - and from himself at times, because he'd want to pull his boots and the red and white stripes on next Wednesday against Everton if he could."

New deal for Anderson

Rugby League

Catalans Dragons' former New Zealand Test forward Louis Anderson will finish his career in Perpignan after signing a new two-year contract which will take him to the end of the 2017 season.

The 30-year-old second rower has made 68 appearances for the Dragons since joining them from Warrington in 2012 and has missed only two matches so far this year.

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Here's what has happened in the sporting world today...

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has

not returned to the club for pre-season having been granted compassionate leave after a family bereavement.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli
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Former champion

Maria Sharapova withstood some heavy hitting from American Coco Vandeweghe to reach her fifth Wimbledon semi-final.

Britain's Chris Froome has

lost the lead in the Tour de France to Tony Martin after the German won stage four from Seraing to Cambrai.

Southampton have signed defender Cuco Martina from Dutch club FC Twente on a

two-year contract.

Double major winner Jordan Spieth says Rory McIlroy's absence from the Open will

"dampen" the occasion and is hoping the defending champion can recover from injury in time to play.

Williams facing fight

Tennis

Serena Williams is in trouble at Wimbledon.

The number one seed, bidding to take another step closer to a calendar Grand Slam, has lost the first set to Victoria Azarenka.

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On the upside, she has just broken Azarenka to go 4-2 ahead in the second set of what is an absorbing contest - full live coverage

here.

Miracle man returns

Horse Racing

'Miracle jockey' Brian Toomey - the man who

'died for six seconds' after a fall two years ago - is set to make his competitive return to racing on Sunday.

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Empics

The 26-year-old - had been given just a 3% chance of survival and spent 157 nights in hospital - is set to ride 'Kings Grey' in the 4.20 at Southwell.

This will be confirmed when the horse is formally 'declared' on Friday, but it will definitely run unless there are last minute complications.

Show us the money

Football gossip

The Mirror: Watford have been told by Blackburn to pay at least £6m for striker Rudy Gestede.

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Rovers' 22-goal top scorer last season is a target for the newly-promoted Hornets.

On this day

Football

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In 2014, Real Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano died at the age of 88, two days after he was hospitalised following a cardiac arrest.

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'Bowling as fast as I've faced'

Cricket

This is something to make England's batsman gulp.

Ahead of the start of the Ashes tomorrow - 11:00 BST, don't you dare miss our live text coverage from 09:00 - Australia captain Michael Clarke says pace bowler Mitchell Johnson is ready to have a "huge impact" on the series.

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Johnson took 37 wickets in Australia's 5-0 win of 2013-14, but averages 37.73 with the ball in England.

"He's bowling as fast as I've faced in the nets, but the harder thing is that he's swinging it," said Clarke. "People doubt how well he can bowl in these conditions, but that has given him that fire in his belly."

As well coverage online, there is ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and Radio 4 LW, online.

Scouts needed

Football

David Weir admits Rangers' lack of scouting network is hampering Mark Warburton's Ibrox rebuilding job.

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Rangers have operated without scouts since the club's liquidation three summers ago.

Former Brentford boss Warburton was appointed last month but his assistant Weir said: "Scouting is a fundamental part of any football club and it is a big thing Rangers have lacked.

"It is definitely one thing we are working on but there has been no changes as of yet."

Lancashire 120-4 v Essex

County Championship Division Two

An early tea was taken at 15:40 BST at Old Trafford where rain has allowed less than 10 overs of play so far on day two.

Lancashire have added 24 to their overnight 96-4, with Alex Davies 19 not out and skipper Steven Croft on 17.

Worcestershire 478 v Hampshire

County Championship Division One

Worcestershire skipper Daryl Mitchell carried his bat for an unbeaten 206 as they posted a big first-innings total in the game between Division One's bottom two at New Road.

Mitchell faced 413 balls during his 542-minute innings and hit 25 fours, but ran out of partners when last man Charlie Morris was caught behind off Jackson Bird (4-146) and tea was taken during the innings break.

Joe Leach contributed 59 as he and Mitchell shared a seventh-wicket stand of 123.

Golden Horn the one to watch

Horse racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

The success of Epsom Derby winner Golden Horn in Saturday's Eclipse Stakes at Sandown is being rated the best performance by a racehorse in the world this year.

The John Gosden-trained colt, the winner of all of his five starts to date, has been allotted an official rating of 130, 2 pounds ahead of US Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Leeds boss McDermott takes on USA role

Rugby League

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has been appointed the head coach of USA.

He will combine the two roles as he looks to guide the country to the 2017 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Terry Matterson led the Tomahawks to the last eight of the 2013 finals, eventually losing to winners Australia.

"I am honoured to be appointed head coach of the USA Hawks. We saw in 2013 the impact the USA team can have on the international rugby league game," McDermott told the Rhinos website.

Wood to cook up a storm

Football/Cooking

Simon Wood, who you may recall - if you're a fan of cookery programmes - recently won MasterChef, is the new executive chef at Oldham Athletic.

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We got very confused when we initially read that and thought it said CHIEF executive - which would have made it a much more interesting story to be honest

The 38-year-old will be developing a 'Simon Wood menu' three times a year, reports the

club.

Wood is a lifelong Oldham fan.

Pair stay put

Football

Bristol Rovers duo striker Jamie Lucas and defender Danny Greenslade have signed new contracts to keep them at the League Two club for a further year.

Rovers will play in League Two next season, having won promotion back to the Football League after winning the National League play-off final in May on penalties.

Sussex in strong position

County Championship Division One

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BBC Somerset's Anthony Gibson

at Taunton:

"With the wind howling across the County Ground from the west, Sussex added 175 in a 38-over afternoon session to put themselves in a strong position, leading by 121.

"Their captain, Ed Joyce, led the way, scoring only his second fifty of the season before he holed out to Peter Trego on 66, off 100 balls with 10 fours.

"At the other end, Matt Machan helped himself to an unbeaten 86, as the Somerset bowling lost its cutting edge."

The Tour in pictures

Road Cycling

Arty photograph of the day from the Tour's fourth stage...

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Or maybe this.

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Or, if you're a fan of cyclists footwear, perhaps this.

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More fascinating Tour images tomorrow....

BreakingMartin wins stage four

2015 Tour de France

Britain's Chris Froome has lost the lead in the Tour de France to Tony Martin after the German won stage four from Seraing to Cambrai.

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Etixx - Quick-Step's Martin made the decisive break late on to take a nine second lead at the end of a stage including seven sections of cobbles.

Team Sky's Froome, 30, finished in the chasing pack and stays in contention.

He wore the race leader's yellow jersey for a British record 15th day on Tuesday's fourth stage.

Hull reject Norwich bids for Brady

Football

Hull City have rejected

three bids from Norwich City for winger Robbie Brady, BBC Radio Humberside reports.

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The 23-year-old, capped 13 times by the Republic of Ireland, played 32 games for Hull in 2014-15 as they were relegated to the Championship.

The latest bid by Premier League newcomers Norwich for the ex-Manchester United trainee is believed to be £3m.

More cheer for Murray

Tennis

A first Grand Slam men's doubles SF for Jamie Murray: he and John Peers beat Peya & Soares in straight sets

Read stands firm from Notts

County Championship Division One

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex
BBC

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand

at Trent Bridge:

"Captain Chris Read is steering Nottinghamshire towards parity and was ably supported in a wicketless session by Brett Hutton, who has compiled a patient 26.

"Middlesex will be mightily disappointed that the new ball, now 27 overs old, failed to bring about a breakthrough, and with 34 overs remaining, they may themselves face a tricky period with the bat before stumps."

Sharapova powers through

Tennis

Maria Sharapova looked in trouble for a while but showed the fighting qualities she's known for to eventually see off unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe in three sets.

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The Russian won 6-3 6-6 (3-7) 6-2 and is through to Thursday's semi-finals.

Live Wimbledon coverage

here.

When Liverpool played Crusaders

Football

Crusaders play Estonian side Levadia Tallinn in a qualifying round of the Champions League today.

Thirty-nine years ago, when Irish League sides went straight into the first round of the European Cup, the Belfast club played English champions Liverpool.

Here's what happened.

Yorkshire press on against Warwickshire

County Championship Division One

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Yorkshire lost Will Rhodes and Jack Leaning during the afternoon session but the champions look in complete control against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.

With in-form Jonny Bairstow and quick-scoring Australian Aaron Finch at the crease, the visitors will look to press home their advantage further in today's final session and add to their 371-run lead.

Spanish delight

Tennis

What a day for Garbine Muguruza.

The 20th seed has just sealed victory over Timea Bacsinszky to become thefirst Spaniard woman into the Wimbledon last four since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1997.

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Live Wimbledon coverage continues

here.

No Vidal bid from Real

Football

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta has rejected claims Real Madrid have made a bid for Arturo Vidal, reports The Mirror.

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"Vidal? It's just rumours, Real Madrid have not come forward," said Marotta. "We have a great relationship with them."

Vidal, fresh from winning the Copa America with Chile, has also been linked with Arsenal.

Midfielder O'Hara joins Fulham

Football

Fulham have signed former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder Jamie O'Hara on a

one-year contract.

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The 28-year-old made 28 appearances for relegated Blackpool last season and was offered a new deal to stay, but decided to leave the club.

O'Hara is Fulham's fifth signing of the summer.

Farah confirms run

Athletics

Mo Farah has confirmed he will return to the former Olympic Stadium in London to take part in the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games next month.

It will be Farah's first competitive appearance in Britain since the doping allegations against his coach Alberto Salazar and team-mate Galen Rupp.

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Farah said: "This year's World Championships are hugely important to me and the 3,000m at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games will be the best possible preparation.

"I can't wait to run in front of a home crowd again and thank the British public for all their support. I hope that the fans will come out and cheer me on."

Maximum batting points for Glamorgan

County Championship Division two

Derbyshire v Glamorgan
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BBC Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

Most of Glamorgan's batsmen have been in the runs as they reached maximum batting points by tea against Derbyshire.

Colin Ingram, Craig Meschede, Graham Wagg and David Lloyd all took an aggressive approach, and although Mark Footitt claimed four wickets for the hosts, his colleagues could not back up the England hopeful consistently enough.

It's a rich man's world

Football

You know how we all slog our guts out five days a week, then look at our wage packets and think 'surely there's been some kind of mistake, it must be more?'

Well, I daresay former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan never thinks that.

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The 29-year-old Ghanaian, who spent one full season in the Premier League on the back of the 2010 World Cup, is on the brink of signing for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG for a reported salary of £227,000-a-week - making him one of the world's highest paid footballers.

Shanghai SIPG, by the way, are managed by Sven-Goran Eriksson.

All square

Wimbledon 2015

Remember we told you the tennis was getting interesting? We weren't wrong.

Coco Vandeweghe has just bought Centre Court to its feet by taking the second set on a tiebreak against an increasingly stressed-looking Maria Sharapova.

Both ladies have just nipped off to the loo but the third, deciding set will start soon. Find out who books their place in the semi-finals

here.

Dettori return to form no surprise - Gosden

Horse Racing

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Frankie Dettori's

return to winning big races has come as no surprise, according to trainer John Gosden.

The 44-year-old three-time champion jockey struggled for form after leaving Godolphin in October 2012, but this year on the Gosden-trained Golden Horn he has won both the Epsom Derby and Eclipse Stakes.

"The ability is always there, but you need the horses. He was moving from one job to another where the horses weren't there," Gosden told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"There's no point in driving a Formula 2 car in a Formula 1 race. You're not going to look too smart."

Maria pegged back

Tennis

It's getting interesting at the tennis.

Hard-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe looked down and out in her quarter-final against Maria Sharapova, a set and 5-4 behind.

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But the unseeded 23-year-old hit back, breaking Sharapva's serve to stay in the contest, and whipping the Wimbledon crowd into a frenzy in the process.

It's now 6-6 in the second set, with the tiebreak about to begin. You can follow the action

here.

Happy birthday

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Were we to gather together those sporting luminaries celebrating their birthdays on Tuesday, we would have quite the party.

The guests would include golf's 1969 Open champion Tony Jacklin (71) former England and Lions centre Jeremy Guscott (50), former Irish bantamweight boxer Wayne McCullough (45), cyclist Erik Zabel (45), India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (34) and Celtic and Scotland winger James Forrest (24).

Alberto heading back to Spain

Football

Luis Alberto is heading to Deportivo de La Coruna on a season-long loan after being told he no longer features in Brendan Rodgers's plans at Liverpool, reports

The Guardian.

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The 22-year-old, who has three more years left on his Liverpool contract, cost £6.8m from Sevilla in 2013 but spent last season on loan at Malaga.