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  1. Breaking transfer news
  2. Injured McIlroy out of Open
  3. Man Utd close in on Darmian deal
  4. Cabaye set for Palace for £10m, Spurs sign Alderweireld
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By Steve Canavan and Gary Rose

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OK, that's a wrap for today's Sportsday but there's still plenty of live sport going on. Point your browser

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Otherwise, not a lot left for me to say except cheerio!

Bolt to race in London


Oganisers of the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium on 24/25/26 July are confident that Usain Bolt will be competing at the event.

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It follows today's Chancellor's Budget including provision for income tax exemption for non-residents participating in the Games.

The BBC understands this should help ensure Bolt will be back in the stadium later this month with a contract due to be signed within next 24 hours.

Hearts part company with striker


Striker Dale Carrick has left Hearts by mutual consent.

The striker was sent to Raith on loan last January but picked up a season-ending injury just two games into his Rovers stint.

Now head coach Robbie Neilson has allowed the 21-year-old's contract to be torn up while he looks to kick-start his career elsewhere.

Rotherham sign defender Halford


Rotherham United sign defender Greg Halford following his release by Championship rivals Nottingham Forest.

Halford made 82 appearances for Forest having joined from Portsmouth in July 2012 for an undisclosed fee.

The 30-year-old former Colchester trainee finished last season on loan at Brighton, featuring in 20 games.

"Not only is he a talented footballer, he is a talented footballer in a vast number of positions," Rotherham manager Steve Evans told

the club's website.

Richards signs in

Rugby League

Catalans Dragons have signed Pat Richards on a two-year contract, from the start of the 2016 season.

The prolific goal kicker, who had an eight-year stint at Wigan before returning to Australia, has scored almost 3000 points over 15 seasons in the NRL and Super League.

Say it with flowers at Sunderland


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Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat

has thanked fans who raised money to send his wife flowers after he announced he was staying at the club.

Advocaat originally said he would leave at the end of last season because his wife wanted him to retire. But the Dutchman, 67, who helped the Black Cats to Premier League safety, signed a new one-year contract in June.

"It's the first time in my life that the fans have sent some flowers to our house," said Advocaat.




Reading confirm that Englandstriker Fran Kirby has joined Chelsea Ladies for a British record transfer fee.

Kirby scored England's first goal at the Women's World Cup, in a 2-1 win over Mexico, and helped the Lionesses go on to finish third overall in Canada.

She was the top goalscorer in WSL 2 last season, netting 24 times, and has scored 11 goals in five league appearances for Reading so far in 2015.

There were also bids from Man City and Arsenal for the forward.

Football returns to Hereford on Saturday


Hereford FC
Hereford FC

Hereford FC expect to play in front of a capacity 5,000 Edgar Street crowd

in this Saturday's first home friendly against FC United of Manchester.

A month before the reformed Bulls are due to kick off their first season in the ninth tier, the 'Phoenix Club' will play English football's foremost 'Protest Club'.

"They've been a big help to us," said Bulls media officer Jamie Griffiths. "It's certainly fitting that we should play them in our first home game."

Catalans sign winger Richards

Super League

Former Wigan Warriors winger Pat Richards will return to Super League with Catalans Dragons in 2016 after two seasons in Australia with Wests Tigers.

The Ireland international, who will turn 34 in February, scored 149 tries in 199 Super League games at Wigan, and was the 2010 Man of Steel.

More players please


Dick Advocaat has revealed he wants up to four more summer signings as he attempts to rebuild his Sunderland team.

The 67-year-old Dutchman agreed to return to the Stadium of Light as head coach last month after a nine-game cameo at the end of last season.

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Chairman Ellis Short promised to fund a summer rebuilding programme and the club has already signed Liverpool central defender Sebastian Coates and Celtic full-back Adam Matthews.

But Advocaat said: "We still hope that we can get three or four extra players in the squad. That makes everything a little bit easier. We need more competition in the squad."

Swan makes last eight in juniors


Katie Swan
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Britain's Katie Swan has made the quarter-finals of the girls' singles at Wimbledon following a rain-affected victory over American Sofia Kenin.

Swan was a break of serve down at 2-4 when the match was halted but recovered to take the first set on a tiebreak. The 16-year-old was then 3-0 up in the second, with two breaks of serve, when the match was stopped a second time.

Bristol-born Swan, who is seeded fifth, held her nerve on the resumption to win 7-6 (7-1) 6-2 and reach the last eight.

Liverpool move a 'no brainer' - Ings


Danny Ings

New Liverpool striker Danny Ings says joining the Reds from Burnley was "a no brainer".

Ings, 22, scored 11 goals in the Premier League last season but could not help Burnley stay in the top flight.

"Liverpool was the only club on my mind, to be fair. And now that it has happened, it's fantastic for me and my family,"

Ings told Liverpool's official website.

"The manager is fantastic at developing young players. For a player like me, I think it will be perfect to work with him."

Ings will wear the number 28 shirt.

Stoke - European City of Sport (yes, really!)


Stoke City

Stoke-on-Trent is named the UK's European City of Sport for 2016.

The title was handed out by ACES Europe, a not-for-profit group based in Brussels. The initiative is supported by the European Commission.

The city council said the title was won with the support of Stoke's two major football clubs - Stoke City and Port Vale - as well as other sporting bodies and its university.

Sport England said the title was "well-deserved".

Glamorgan 410-9 dec, Derbyshire 252

County Championship Division Two

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

"Glamorgan enforced the follow-on after Derbyshire lost their last five wickets for 83 in the afternoon session.

"Shiv Thakor made 41 and Tom Taylor 30, but Derbyshire fell nine runs short of their target with Ruaidhri Smith's career-best 3-23 providing the best bowling figures for the visitors, who are in search of a county record fifth straight win."

Greipel takes stage five win

Tour de France

No such luck for @MarkCavendish today in #TDF2015 - Andre Greipel takes the stage. Tony Martin retains yellow jersey.

No such luck for @MarkCavendish today in #TDF2015 - Andre Greipel takes the stage. Tony Martin retains yellow jersey.

McIlroy out of Open Championship


Statement from The Open (1/3): “We are naturally very disappointed that Rory will be unable to defend his title at St Andrews next week.

(2/3) Rory will play in many more Open Championships and our primary concern is for his complete recovery.

(3/3) Everyone associated with The Open wishes Rory the very best as he looks to return to full fitness.”

BreakingMcIlroy out of Open Championship


As that tweet below confirms, Rory McIlroy has pulled out of The Open because of an ankle injury.

"I'm taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive,"

he wrote on Instagram.

"Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can.... In the mean time, come on Andy!!!"

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Murray into Wimbledon semi-final



Andy Murray is through to the Wimbledon semi-finals after beating Vasek Pospisil 6-4 7-5 6-4. He will next face Roger Federer for a place in the final. Read more in our dedicated

live coverage.

Keeper joins Celtic


Celtic have completed the signing of Belgian keeper Logan Bailly, the club have announced.

The former OH Leuven stopper will be expected to push Parkhead number one Craig Gordon after he was handed a three-year deal by boss Ronny Deila.

Given to Stoke, not Boro


Middlesbrough were

left reeling this afternoon after Shay Given slipped through their fingers at the final moment, reports the Gazette.

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The club thought they had secured the Republic of Ireland keeper after he was released from the final year of his contract at Aston Villa.

But the Gazette understands Premier League side Stoke made a last gasp raid to snatch the veteran shot-stopper at the eleventh hour.

Nani thanks Sir Alex



Nani has paid tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson as he says goodbye to Manchester United following his move to Fenerbahce.

The winger spent eight years at Old Trafford from 2007, and he posted on his Instagram account: "I leave Manchester United with many titles and memories, I want to thank all the people who helped me on this journey and wish you all the luck and success!

"Thanks to all my colleagues, to all staff and management structure, thank you Sir Alex Ferguson!"

Lancashire 402-8 dec, Essex 24-1

County Championship Division Two

Steven Croft's 122 helped Lancashire achieve maximum batting points before he declared on the third afternoon at Old Trafford.

The Red Rose skipper hit 16 fours in his 270-minute innings, and shared a sixth-wicket stand of 144 with James Faulkner (68).

When Essex began their reply, Toby Lester marked his Championship debut by bowling Jaik Mickleburgh off the inside edge in his second over.

Somerset collapse against Sussex

County Championship Division One

Somerset v Sussex score

BBC Radio Bristol's Anthony Gibson

at Taunton:

"At 69-0, with only another 48 overs to survive, Somerset looked odds-on for a comfortable draw.

"Five overs later and they're five wickets down, all to spinners Luke Wells and Ashar Zaidi, the rot having been started by Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, who perished with a wild slog at his first ball from Wells.

"Somerset's remaining batsmen will need to show a good deal more resolve than their predecessors if they are to deny Sussex the five wickets that they need in the final session."

Yorkshire 213 & 289-7 dec, Warwickshire 69 & 217-8

County Championship Division One

Reigning champions Yorkshire need two more wickets in the final session at Edgbaston to register their sixth win of the season and extend their lead at the top of the table.

Former England seam bowler Ryan Sidebottom took the first four to fall, giving him 10 in the match, but since then they have been shared between Jack Brooks, Steve Patterson and James Middlebrook.

Only youngster Sam Hain has resisted for long and was 78 not out at tea, having already batted for almost three and a half hours.

Worcestershire head towards vital win


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Another fine bowling performance from Worcestershire in the afternoon session at New Road has put them in a winning position against fellow Division One strugglers Hampshire.

After Joe Leach took the visitors' final first-innings wicket shortly after lunch, Daryl Mitchell enforced the follow-on with his side holding an imposing lead of 295.

Michael Carberry and Sean Terry took Hants to 74-1, but a quick burst of three wickets in 10 balls has left them perilously placed at tea.

They still need 204 runs just to make Worcestershire bat again with six wickets left.

Northants 215-8 v Gloucestershire

County Championship Division Two

Captain Alex Wakely's first century of the summer has saved Northants from total collapse on the opening day at Cheltenham.

Inspired bowling by Liam Norwell (5-41) saw them slip from 90-1 to 122-6 in the space of 12 overs.

Wakely, however, reached 104, with 16 boundaries, before he was caught off James Fuller from the last ball before tea.

Federer through to Wimbledon semis


Federer beats Simon 6-3 7-5 6-2 in 1hr 34mins, into his 10th Wimbledon SF. Murray/Pospisil next #bbctennis #Wimbledon

Casillas leaves, De Gea on the move?



Real Madrid have agreed terms with Porto for the transfer of Iker Casillas,

reports Spanish Daily Marca.

The newspaper expects the deal to be officially confirmed in the next few hours.

Does that mean David De Gea is on his way from Manchester United to Real Madrid then?

What should your team's budget be spent on?

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What should your football club spend its budget it on? New players? Better pies? Cambridge United spent some of their £1m windfall from playing Manchester United in the FA Cup on some new toilets, does your ground's lavatories need sprucing up?

And we are not just talking about the club you support too, what about your Sunday League side? Where could their budget be well spent?

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Steven swapping Stoke for Sevilla?


Steven Nzonzi
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Stoke City accept a £7m bid from Sevilla for midfielder Steven Nzonzi,

the Sentinel reports.

The 25-year-old, who is into the last 12 months of his current Stoke deal, is to travel to Spain on Wednesday to join the Europa League winners.



Meanwhile at Old Trafford...

A young cricketer's shock County Championship debut has just got a whole lot better - by taking his first wicket in just his second over.

Toby Lester, 22, was playing for Fylde's second XI near Blackpool in the fully-amateur Moore and Smalley Palace Shield just five years ago.

Called up for Lancashire's match against Essex at Old Trafford, left-arm bowler Lester has taken the wicket of Jaik Mickleburgh for one.

Tea at the Test

England v Australia (The Ashes, First Test)

It's tea in Cardiff and England will be pretty chuffed at the position they find themselves in.

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After being reduced to 43-3 in the morning session, they have steadied the ship and are now 190-3.

Yorkshire pair Joe Root and Gary Ballance are the men responsible for the fightback. Root is 93 not out, Ballance unbeaten on 59.

Shelvey signs new deal



Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has signed a new four-year contract, keeping him at the Premier League club until 2019.

He looks delighted.

Robson returns to form

County Championship Division One

Nottinghamshire v Middlesex

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand

at Trent Bridge:

"Bad light stopped play moments before the scheduled tea interval on the final day, with Middlesex leading by 94 runs.

"Sam Robson, who was dropped on eight, has made a welcome return to form, the first time the England hopeful has passed fifty this summer other than his 178 against Durham in Middlesex's third match of the season.

"Nottinghamshire needed early wickets if they were to force an unlikely victory on a flat pitch in a game that has already lost some time to the weather."

Black named as new Rotherham coach


Eric Black

Rotherham United have appointed Eric Black as

their new first team coach.

The 51-year-old former Coventry and Motherwell boss left Wigan at the end of last season.

He has previously spent time on the coaching staff at Birmingham City, Sunderland and Blackburn.

Keeper has surgery


Liverpool Ladies have confirmed that goalkeeper Danielle Gibbons has undergone surgery after discovering a benign brain tumour earlier this year.

Gibbons was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma in January and underwent the surgery to successfully remove the tumour this week.

She is targeting a return to action for the Reds' UEFA Women's Champions League campaign later in the year.

'Disappointed and awkward'


Phil Mickelson has expressed his disappointment at the controversial comments on immigration made by Donald Trump and the "awkward situation" they have created for professional golf.

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Trump stated his views on Mexican immigrants when announcing his decision to stand for president of the United States last month, and since then the PGA of America announced that the Grand Slam of Golf would not take place as scheduled at Trump National in Los Angeles on October 20-21.

"I think we were all disappointed to hear his comments," Mickelson said ahead of the Scottish Open.

"It puts everybody in an awkward situation because we don't agree with those comments, but yet we are appreciative of what he's done to help promote the game of golf, and that puts everybody in a tough spot."

Six months off


Barcelona's new midfield playmaker Arda Turan has said it will be tough not being able to play until January due to a ban on the club registering players.

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Barca signed the Turkey captain from Atletico Madrid on Monday and Spanish media say the European champions may send Arda out on loan until 2016, possibly to his former club Galatasaray.

FIFA banned Barca from two transfer windows after they were deemed to have broken rules on the signing of foreign under-18 players.

"It's going to be hard not playing for six months but I will work until I am able to make my debut in January," Arda said.

Stadium plan passes first test


AC Milan have cleared a major hurdle in their plans to build a new stadium after their bid to acquire the land to build on was approved.

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Milan, who currently share the ageing municipal San Siro stadium with rivals Inter Milan, are planning to build a 48,000-capacity arena in time for the 2018-19 campaign.

"It is the first historic step," said club director Barbara Berlusconi. "It is a first step because we will have to submit the entire project to the institutions for approval."