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Summary

  1. Man Utd's Van Persie opens talks with Fenerbahce
  2. Man Utd interested in Sakho? Schweinsteiger flattered by Old Trafford link
  3. Stoke midfielder Nzonzi moves to Sevilla
  4. Sick Sterling misses second day of Liverpool training
  5. GET INVOLVED: footballing swansongs #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Emlyn Begley and Liz Byrnes

All times stated are UK

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Robin van Persie
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As Robin van Persie looks set to wave farewell to Manchester United, it is also time for us to say goodbye. I know, I know, it's a sad time.

But don't fear - there is still plenty to keep you entertained tonight. Ashes?

Here you go. Wimbledon.
Head this way.

And then make sure you come back to Sportsday from 08:00 BST tomorrow for more football-filled fun.

Europa League action

Football

As well as West Ham, there are plenty of other British and Irish sides taking part in a bit of Europa action. Here's what is going on...

Latest: Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1-0 Glenavon - 17:30 (2-1)

Lokomotiva Zagreb v Airbus UK Broughton - 18:30 (3-1)

MSK Zilina v Glentoran - 18:30 (4-1)

Bala Town v Differdange 03 - 19:00 (1-3)

NSI Runavik v Linfield - 19:00 (0-2)

Aberdeen v Shkendija - 19:45 (1-1)

St Johnstone v Alashkert FC - 19:45 (0-1)

Valletta FC v Newtown AFC - 19:45 (1-2)

Bilic in the hotseat

Football

West Ham
@WHUFC_OFFICIAL/Twitter

No wonder Slaven Bilic has decided to take charge of his first West Ham match tonight. Look at those surroundings! Picture postcard stuff.

The Croatian takes his place in the dugout for the first time since being appointed manager when the Hammers face Europa League opponents Lusitanos in the Andorran sun.

He "lacked respect" for not taking charge of last week's first qualifying round first leg, according to Lusitanos boss Xavi Roura.

Killie sign Celtic youngster

Football

Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock sign Scotland Under-21 defender Stuart Findlay from Celtic on a season-long loan.

The 19-year-old centre-back has had similar loan stints with Morton and Dumbarton over the past two years.

McKeever spearheads GB team

Canoeing

Olympic champion Ed McKeever will lead a 16-strong Great Britain senior sprint team at the 2015 World Championships in Milan next month.

Also competing will be London bronze medallists Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, along with fellow 2012 Olympian Rachel Cawthorn.

All are heading to the competition in Italy which offers the first of two opportunities to qualify boats for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Ed McKeever at the European Games in Baku
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Swan ducks out of Wimbledon

Tennis

Talented British teenager Katie Swan's run in the Wimbledon girls' singles is over after a straight-sets defeat by Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova in the quarter-finals.

Swan, the 16-year-old fifth seed, was the highest-ranked player left in the competition but lost 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to her unseeded opponent.

No Newcastle panic - McClaren

Football

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is confident the Magpies are closing in on some of their top transfer targets.

The former England boss says the Premier League club, who have targeted PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and QPR striker Charlie Austin, will not make any panic signings.

"It's about getting the right players here. There has been a lot of speculation and we are close on one or two," says McClaren.

"It would be nice if we could get one or two soon, if not, we'll just have to be a little bit more patient and make sure we get the right players."

Previous fights make Ogogo 'cringe'

Boxing

Anthony Ogogo
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Unbeaten middleweight Anthony Ogogo says

he has "cringed" watching videos of past fights because his performances were affected by injury.

The London 2012 bronze medallist, who has won all seven professional contests, returns to action in Berlin on 18 July after a year out of the ring, following two operations to fix an Achilles problem.

His opponent has yet to be confirmed, but he told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I'm going to do everybody proud; it's my first step back to greatness."

Rutherford keeps Glamorgan at bay

Cricket

Derbyshire v Glamorgan
BBC

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

"Derbyshire batted through the final day to earn a comfortable draw against Glamorgan as New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford led the way with a century, well supported by skipper Wayne Madsen.

"It was a repeat of the final day of their meeting in Cardiff earlier in the season, which also ended in a tame draw.

"Glamorgan remain in third place, 20 points behind Surrey, but with a game in hand."

Carvalhal lands at the Owls

Football

Wondering why Championship side Sheffield Wednesday decided to appoint a little-known Portuguese bloke, with no experience of the English game, as their new manager?

Let Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri explain the arrival of 49-year-old former Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon boss Carlos Carvalhal.

"The reason that I chose Carlos from many candidates that we had to interview is because we want to play with new, attacking football," he told a news conference. "That is our philosophy. And we think that Carlos is suitable for this job."

Hodgson impressed by Rooney

Football

England manager Roy Hodgson believes that Wayne Rooney has clearly improved since he was made captain of the national team.

The Manchester United forward was appointed skipper in September 2014 and succeeded Steven Gerrard who retired from international football after the World Cup in Brazil.

The England boss told American radio station Sirius: "Wayne has been fantastic all the time I've been with the national team but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy."

England captain Wayne Rooney alongside team manager Roy Hodgson
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Williams walks in Wimbledon final

Tennis

All over on Centre Court! And it won't surprise you to learn that world number one Serena Williams has cruised into her eighth Wimbledon final. The American earns a 6-2 6-4 win over last-four opponent Maria Sharapova, teeing up a meeting with young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

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our dedicated coverage, live from SW19, for the post-match reaction and analysis.

Thursday's football headlines

Been locked in the meetings all day? Don't know what has been happening away from the world of Wimbledon and the Ashes. Fear not...

Top story: Turkish side Fenerbahce confirm they have opened talks to sign Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

Top feature: Who are the top transfer targets likely to be - and who will be spending big money on them? BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty goes on a scouting mission.

England
Twitter

Top Tweet:England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley gives the thumbs up to the Royal Family's choice of breakfast pastries.

Wright joins Stanley on loan

Football

A League Two signing to tell you about - Accrington Stanley have added 20-year-old defender

Joe Wright from Huddersfield Town on loan until January.

He's yet to make a first-team appearance in the Football League.

NZ striker joins Liverpool Ladies

Football

Rosie White
Liverpool FC

Transfer news from the Women's Super League. Liverpool Ladies sign New Zealand striker Rosie White,

subject to international clearance.

The 22-year-old recently featured for her country at the World Cup, making two substitute appearances.

Liverpool manager Matt Beard tells the club's website he was "really pleased" with the signing.

Kane excited by new Spurs stadium

Football

Tottenham striker Harry Kane: Enjoying my break and catching up on yesterday's news. New stadium designs look great! Can't wait to see NFL there!

Tottenham
Twitter

If you, like England striker Kane, are enjoying a summer break and missed the story -

here's what he is talking about.

Williams

Tennis

Maria Sharapova
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Looks like Maria Sharapova's hoodoo against Serena Williams is going to continue. The Russian has not beaten the world number one since 2004 - now she is a set and a break down in their Wimbledon semi-final.

Can Sharapova produce something special and stop the American moving within one win of the 'Serena Slam'?

Head over here to find out.

Stoke net £7m from Nzonzi deal

Football

Steven Nzonzi
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More details on the transfer of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi to Spanish side Sevilla.

The Potters say they have raked in a fee of £7m for the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has signed a four-year deal with the Europa League winners.

Sevilla, who finished fifth in La Liga last season, have inserted a buy-out clause of 30m euro (£21.5million) in his contract.

Essex holding on for draw

County Championship Division Two

Lancashire v Essex tea
BBC

Lancashire dismissed Essex openers Nick Browne and Jaik Mickleburgh in the afternoon session at Old Trafford but their hopes of victory are diminishing.

Browne was out for 50, following his first-innings century, as Essex were made to follow-on. There's a minimum of 35 overs left to bowl and Lancashire are desperate for quick wickets after the interval.

Snap it like Beckham

Football

England
Reuters

As well as watching the tennis, members of England Women's team also grabbed a perfectly-coiffured, tattooed, 40-year-old bloke for some selfies.

Not any perfectly-coiffured, tattooed, 40-year-old bloke mind you. As you can probably tell by the back of his head, instantly-recognisable ex-England skipper David Beckham was the subject of their snaps.

Lionesses take Centre stage

Football

England
Reuters

After having breakfast with the Duke of Cambridge and meeting the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street, members of the England Women's football squad have joined the crowd on Centre Court for ladies' semi-finals day.

But for England and Arsenal Ladies defender Casey Stoney, this is not her first visit to SW19 - she's been telling BBC London 94.9 about her time as a ball girl at Wimbledon.

"The training was unbelievable, and the discipline you needed had to have to be a ball girl was unbelievable," Stoney said. "I suppose it stood me in good stead for what was to come in years to come."

Tour reaching stage conclusion

Cycling

The Tour de France is gearing up for the conclusion of the sixth stage between Abbeville and Le Havre. The sprint section saw a three-man breakaway with Thomas Voeckler having gone off the front of the group.

Now there is little more than 35km of the 191.5km stage remaining.

Follow the action here.

Overall leader Tony Martin (right) with Andre Greipel
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Stoke's Nzonzi joins Sevilla

Football

These football transfer stories are arriving like Tube trains at Oxford Circus. On the days when there isn't debilitating strike action of course.

Next to arrive at the Sportsday platform is Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi. The Potters announce that the 26-year-old Frenchman has completed his transfer to Europa League winners Sevilla.

BreakingFenerbahce open Van Persie talks

Football

Want big football transfer news? Here you go....

Turkish club Fenerbahce say they have begun talks with Dutch forward Robin van Persie and his club Manchester United over the 31-year-old's transfer.

Taylor stars with magnificent century

County Championship Division Two

Northants Glos
BBC

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt

at Cheltenham:

"A wonderful afternoon session for Gloucestershire came to an end when Jack Taylor was eventually dismissed for 156; equalling the record score for number eight for the home team.

"All out for 372, they added 290 in the day in only 51 overs."

Rogers going well in Cardiff

Cricket

Chris Rogers hits his way to an unbeaten 74
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Chris Rogers was 74 not out as Australia reached tea on 145 for two on the second day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

David Warner and Steven Smith are the men out for the tourists off James Anderson and Moeen Ali after making 17 and 33 respectively.

It means Australia will resume for the final session of the day 285 runs behind England.

Follow the action here.

Derbyshire duo frustrate Glamorgan

County Championship Division Two

Derbyshire v Glamorgan score
BBC

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Chesterfield:

"Derbyshire's third-wicket pair of Hamish Rutherford and Wayne Madsen batted comfortably through the afternoon session to frustrate Glamorgan's victory bid.

"Rutherford was on 108 at tea, reaching his century with successive sixes, immediately after being dropped at slip off Colin Ingram.

"Derbyshire's lead of 58 looked enough to end Glamorgan's run of four wins."

Man Utd want £15m West Ham striker

Football

Diafra Sakho
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Diafra Sakho scored twice in West Ham's one competitive game this season - against Lusitanos in the Europa League

Manchester United are interested in West Ham striker Diafra Sakho

according to the Daily Mail.

The 25-year-old Senegal international, who is valued at £15m, cost the Hammers a reported £3.5m last summer when they signed him from Metz.

Danilo living the dream

Football

Danilo
Reuters

Real Madrid right-back Danilo says he is realising a "childhood dream" after his unveiling.

The 23-year-old Brazil international agreed a

£23m move from FC Porto in March to go through at the end of the season.

"This is one of the best days of my life," he said. "I can only promise I will give everything in every game. I know no other way."

"I am honoured and I feel truly valued by the club. I know the financial effort the club has done to sign me. I hope to repay it on the pitch."

Muguruza makes maiden final

Tennis

And it's a first Grand Slam final for Garbine Muguruza after she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the first semi-final at Wimbledon.

The Spaniard had won a quickfire first set 6-2 only for her opponent to level 6-3 in the second.

However, Muguruza was undaunted, putting away a drive volley to take the decider 6-3 and set up a final against either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova.

Garbine Muguruza after reaching the Wimbledon final
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Follow the action here.

Notts fielding must improve, says captain Read

Cricket

Chris Read
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Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read admits his team need to improve their fielding, as it continues to cost them the chance of vital points.

Notts drew their latest County Championship match against Middlesex after several rain interruptions.

"We appreciate that our fielding is not up to scratch really, it impacts us in four-day cricket where you need to get 20 wickets,"

Read told BBC Radio Nottingham.

"It's something that we're aware of and we're working hard to fix."

Wolves striker joins Shrewsbury on loan

Football

Liam McAlinden
Empics

League One side Shrewsbury Town have signed Wolves striker Liam McAlinden on a six-month loan deal.

McAlinden,

who featured nine times for the Shrews in a loan spell in 2013, has scored one goal in 19 appearances for the Molineux side.

Varney grateful for Ipswich help

Football

Luke Varney
Empics

Striker Luke Varney says he appreciates Ipswich helping him

with his rehab from an Achilles injury, after his release by Championship rivals Blackburn.

The 32-year-old injured himself in the play-off semi-final first leg against rivals Norwich while on loan at Town.

"I was in bits in the changing room, high on gas and air, I was crying," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"It makes you realise how close things are to changing. I was about to sign a contract at the club."

Six Nations stays free to air

Rugby union

Sean O'Brian
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The BBC and ITV have secured a free to air rights deal that will see both broadcasters become home to Six Nations rugby from 2016 to 2021.

The new deal extends BBC Sport's current contract, allowing fans to continue to access rugby's biggest annual event across BBC TV, radio and online. This year saw 6 Nations audiences on the BBC rise to their highest level since 2003 when a peak of 9.6m tuned in to watch England v France, and over 24m watched in total.

Under the terms of the deal, each year the BBC will show live coverage of all Scotland, Wales and France home matches and ITV will show live coverage of all England, Ireland and Italy home matches. BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra will continue to have live commentary of all matches.

Get Involved - Football swansongs

Ken Smith: Gordon Strachan years at Leeds - promotion and then the title in his mid 30s as part of THAT midfield Bats, Macca & Speed

Jake M: Paolo di Canio when he came to Charlton still had that touch of class and helped inspire us to a 7th place finish in the prem!

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Former Leeds player Gordon Strachan
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Cech may make Singapore debut

Football

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could make his Gunners debut in Singapore next week after being named in Arsene Wenger's 27-man squad for the Asia Trophy.

The Czech international moved to the Emirates last month for £10m from Premier League champions Chelsea.

Arsenal face a Singapore Select XI team at the National Stadium on Wednesday, 15 July following a match between Stoke and Everton on the same day.

Petr Cech before his move frpm Chelsea to Arsenal
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Cuba players goes missing

Football

Cuba have selection problems for their Gold Cup match against Mexico tonight - after one of their players went missing from their Chicago camp.

They are still waiting on six players and coach Raul Gonzalez because of visa issues, with the US and Cuba having had a troubled relationship in the past.

Assistant coach Walter Benitez would not name the player who has left.

"Now we have only 16 players because one has gone absent. We don't know where he is. The lad who went away was a first-choice player but we'll manage. We came to play a tournament and we're going to play it."

Communist Cuba has a history of sporting defections. Six players left the team at the 2013 Gold Cup in the US.

Europa League fixtures

Football

Slaven Bilic
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There are several British teams in action in the Europa League tonight, including West Ham. Slaven Bilic will even be there tonight.

Selected first qualifying round, second leg games (first-leg scores) (all times in BST):

Shakhtyor Soligorsk v Glenavon - 17:30 (2-1)

Lokomotiva Zagreb v Airbus UK Broughton - 18:30 (3-1)

Lusitanos v West Ham United - 18:30 (0-3)

MSK Zilina v Glentoran - 18:30 (4-1)

Bala Town v Differdange 03 - 19:00 (1-3)

NSI Runavik v Linfield - 19:00 (0-2)

Aberdeen v Shkendija - 19:45 (1-1)

St Johnstone v Alashkert FC - 19:45 (0-1)

Valletta FC v Newtown AFC - 19:45 (1-2)

Mujati in talks over Sale move

Rugby Union

Premiership side Sale Sharks are in discussions to sign prop Brian Mujati from French club Racing Metro 92.

The 30-year-old began his career at South African club Lions and won 12 international caps for the Springboks.

"He's on the radar. We've met him and we've met several others and we'll see where the negotiations take us," said Sale boss Steve Diamond.