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Summary

  1. Watford sign defender Britos & midfielder Jurado
  2. West Ham sign Argentine playmaker Lanzini
  3. Stjarnan v Celtic (20:15 BST)
  4. Your favourite sporting celebrations #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

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bbc-coverageCeltic in the Champions League

Football

BBC Radio Scotland has live coverage of Celtic's Champions League qualifying match tonight against Stjarnan of Iceland.

5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport begins in a few minutes after the 19:00 BST 5 live news and features a Track and Field Show segment with former British sprinters Darren Campbell and Jeanette Kwakye and Paralympian Dan Greaves. There is also racing with correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and journalists Derek Thompson and Lee Mottershead, plus a look back at the famous Edgbaston Test match of 2005.

Leaving Spurs was stupid - Van der Vaart

Football

Rafael van der Vaart
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The

Daily Mirror have an exclusive with former Spurs playmaker Rafael van der Vaart who says of leaving White Hart Lane in 2012: "It was a stupid decision, the most stupid in my career to leave Tottenham. I absolutely regret it because it was the best two years in my football life."

Good news for Wales fans

Rugby Union

Wales' 2015 World Cup warm-up games against Ireland and Italy will be

broadcast on BBC Wales television, radio and online.

Jamie Roberts moves in to tackle Rob Kearney in the 2015 Six Nations
Huw Evans agency

Wales face Ireland home and away on 8 and 29 August, before head coach Warren Gatland trims his squad to 31 for the World Cup.

Then they host Italy in their last tournament warm-up on 5 September.

BBC Wales will show both home matches live on television and highlights of the 29 August clash in Dublin.

Whitehawk's Gargan banned

Football

The FA confirm that following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Sam Gargan of National League South side Whitehawk has been suspended from all football activity, with immediate effect, for three months and fined £300 after he admitted multiple breaches of FA Rule E8 in relation to betting.

Bannan linked with Palace exit

Football gossip

John Cross in the

Daily Mirror says Barry Bannan could be set to leave Crystal Palace after not travelling on the pre-season trip to South Africa.

Froome prepared for Tour challenge

Tour de France

With only three competitive stages left in the Tour de France, leader Chris Froome believes his rivals are going to take greater risks in the race.

"I think we're definitely seeing an all-or-nothing approach from the GC (general classification) contenders," said Froome, who leads Colombian Nairo Quintana by three minutes 10 seconds.

'Leicester misses you, Esteban'

Football

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

"There were some heavy blue hearts in Leicester when the news broke that Esteban Cambiasso

would not be returning to The King Power Stadium this season.

Esteban Cambiasso
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"Last term's player of the year was so good at the heart of the Leicester City midfield that we had debates on our airwaves about whether he was the greatest to play for The Foxes. While I don't think he'd have won a formal vote, he was a class above.

"The hole Cambiasso leaves both on and off the pitch is the biggest issue now. A consummate professional in his preparation, he inspired new and old players with his training practices and was calm on the ball in defeat and victory alike.

"He was a regular 8/10 last season. Some described his decision to be like dealing with a break up. Leicester misses you, Esteban."

Pre-season shindig

Stoke visit Wrexham tonight for a pre-season friendly and Daniel Bachmann starts in goal against the club he was on loan at last season

A number of Potters fans have arrived at the Racecourse Ground #SCFC

A number of Potters fans have arrived at the Racecourse Ground #SCFC

Coles signs new deal at Kent

Cricket

Kent's fast bowling all-rounder Matt Coles has committed his future to the club by signing a long-term contract extension.

The 25-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate has taken 54 Championship wickets this season at an average of 22.05 with two five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket match since returning to his home county from Hampshire earlier this year.

Johnstone to discuss Old Trafford future

Football

Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will hold talks with manager Louis van Gaal before deciding whether to re-join Preston on loan.

The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at his hometown club last year, said: "The manager here gives kids opportunities. I have been at this club since I was 10 years old so you have to look at it, speak to the right people and see what the club want from me."

Hampshire hold out for a draw

Durham 421 & 190-4 dec, Hampshire 307 & 175-9

What a finish to the final County Championship game of the day with Division One bottom club Hampshire clinging on for a draw with Durham at the Ageas Bowl.

Durham seamer Chris Rushworth earlier took a hat-trick before they declared 304 runs ahead.

Hampshire were 167-9 in reply, but 20-year-old Lewis McManus and 18-year-old Mason Crane survived the final 5.2 overs - with McManus hitting the final ball for four to reach 53 not out.

Chelsea issue life bans to disgraced five

Football

Five Chelsea fans who received

lengthy bans from football matches for their involvement in the Paris Metro train race row have received lifetime bans from the club.

Warner wary of Bell class

Cricket

Ian Bell
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Australia opener David Warner says of England batsman Ian Bell's elevation to number three for next week's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston: "He's got the weight of runs behind him, the experience in the games. I think he's a world class player.

"He may be out of touch at the moment, but we know what he's capable of, he 'killed' us last time when we were over here, scored a lot of runs and we have to respect that."

Seagulls sign Finnish striker

Football

Brighton have

signed Finland Under-21 international Vahid Hambo from FC Inter Turku.

The 20-year-old striker, who has scored 14 goals in 13 appearances this season, has agreed a two-year contract with the Championship club.

"Vahid has a good goalscoring record this year in Finland and we hope that is something he can replicate here," boss Chris Hughton said.

Brazilian defender joins Hearts

Football

Hearts have signed 26-year-old Brazilian central defender Igor Rossi Branco from Portuguese club Maritimo on a one-year contract.

Twenty20 live tonight

Cricket

The @BearsT20 players out preparing on the Edgbaston outfield. Bears v Northants live @bbcwm from 6.20pm #bbccricket

The @BearsT20 players out preparing on the Edgbaston outfield. Bears v Northants live @bbcwm from 6.20pm #bbccricket

Oystons ignore BST takeover offer

Football

Blackpool's owners, the Oyston family,

have not replied to the £16m offer made by Blackpool Supporters' Trust (BST) to buy the League One club.

BST set a deadline of 21 July to respond to their bid, which they said would "rescue" the Seasiders.

There have been several demonstrations against the Oyston family from disgruntled supporters during the past few months.

"This lack of response is disappointing but not in the least surprising," said BST.

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to secure series win

Cricket

Ahmed Shehzad
AFP
Shehzad hit 12 fours and a six in his innings

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit 95 off 90 balls as the tourists surpassed Sri Lanka's 256-9 in the 41st over at the Premadasa stadium, Shoaib Malik winning the match in style with his fourth six.

The fifth match will be played in Hambantota on Sunday.

August decision expected from Platini

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Michel Platini (right) with current Fifa president Sepp Blatter
AFP

"BBC understands Uefa president Michel Platini is likely to make an announcement on standing for the Fifa presidency in early August.

"Platini will visit Saint Petersburg this weekend for the qualifying draw of the 2018 Russia World Cup. It is believed he will hold further talks with world football leaders whilst there.

"Platini is believed to have received backing from four of the six Fifa confederations and the Frenchman is now the clear favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter in the 26 February 2016 poll.

"An announcement could come as early as next week.

"But Uefa sources believe Platini is more inclined to wait for two or three weeks before making his intentions clear.

Defender Cranie joins Huddersfield

Football

Huddersfield Town have

signed defender Martin Cranie on a one-year deal following a trial.

The 28-year-old left League One side Barnsley at the end of last season after making 110 league appearances in three seasons at Oakwell.

Manchester United on tour

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport in San Jose

San Jose Mercury
BBC

"No trophies in two seasons. Question marks over the futures of their goalkeeper and record signing.

"But Manchester United remain soccer royalty according to the San Jose Mercury.

"So much so indeed that San Jose Earthquakes' Marc Pelosi didn't just swap shirts with Bastian Schweinsteiger at the end. He got his autograph as well."

Injury blow for Bantams

Football

BREAKING: Bradford City winger Filipe Morais out for 6 to 9 months with ruptured anterior cruciate ligament #bcafc

BREAKING: Bradford City winger Filipe Morais out for 6 to 9 months with ruptured anterior cruciate ligament #bcafc

Women's Ashes

Cricket

From 1015 tomorrow @5liveSport we'll have commentary on the 2nd game of the #WomensAshes from Bristol #bbccricket
From 1015 tomorrow @5liveSport we'll have commentary on the 2nd game of the #WomensAshes from Bristol #bbccricket
From 1015 tomorrow @5liveSport we'll have commentary on the 2nd game of the #WomensAshes from Bristol #bbccricket
From 1015 tomorrow @5liveSport we'll have commentary on the 2nd game of the #WomensAshes from Bristol #bbccricket

From 1015 tomorrow @5liveSport we'll have commentary on the 2nd game of the #WomensAshes from Bristol #bbccricket

Garcia back at European Masters

Sergio Garcia
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Garcia in practice today for the European Masters

World number 10 Sergio Garcia returns to the European Masters this week looking to maintain his excellent record in the Swiss Alps.

The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has a home in Crans Montana, has finished in the top four on his last three visits but has not played there for nine years because of scheduling clashes on the PGA Tour.

Former world number one Lee Westwood is also in the field at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, for the first time since 2011.

Chelsea defender out on loan

Football

Serie A new boys Carpi have signed Chelsea full-back Wallace on a season-long loan deal.

The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from Fluminense in December 2012, has previous experience of Serie A having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Inter Milan.

Platini delays announcement

Football

Michel Platini will delay any announcement on standing for the Fifa presidency until after this weekend's 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in St Petersburg.

The 60-year-old Uefa president is the favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter in the election on 26 February after receiving the backing of four of the six Fifa confederations.

A name for the ages

Football

Oluwashina Okeleji

BBC Sport

Chancel Mbemba
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Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has said he has agreed to move to Newcastle. But who is he?

BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji explains...

Mbemba is a composed and calm defender with amazing pace. At the Africa Cup of Nations with DR Congo - for whom he has 15 caps - he proved he is quick, strong and versatile and is happy to play in defensive midfield when required.

According to his first two Congolese clubs - ES La Grace and AS Mputu - he was born on 8 August, 1988 but the DR Congo FA listed his date of birth date as November 30, 1991 and Anderlecht as 8 August, 1994. The player himself thinks he was born in 1990.

Alli lands knockout blow in Spurs friendly

Football

A little more on the Spurs friendly we told you about earlier and Dele Alli marked his first Tottenham run-out with a stoppage time penalty to give his side a 2-1 victory over Brentford in a behind closed doors match at the club's Hotspur Way training centre.

Shaq Coulthirst opened the scoring, also from the spot, Jermaine Udumaga on target for the Bees.

Toby Alderweireld also played his first match for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid, starting alongside fellow new boys Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier.

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How would Home Nations fare in the Premier League?

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Chris Darby: Young English footballers are better off learning to play football abroad. Better development opportunities than in the PL.

Alex Crook: Very hard for any international team to compete at the premier league pace week in week out, weaknesses would be shown.

Liam Wilson: How about a Championship 14/15 England 11? Bamford, Deeney and Murphy up front and a well-deserved call-up for George Friend.

Tour de France

Stage 17 result

Confirmation that Chris Froome's lead stays at 3mins 10secs after a 17th stage won by Simon Geschke.

Geraint Thomas, aided by Tejay van Garderen's retirement and Alberto Contador's late fall, is up to fourth. The Welshman is becoming the story of the Tour.

Fleetwood bring in Della-Verde

Football

League One side Fleetwood Town have brought in midfielder Lyle Della-Verde on a two-year deal.

The 20-year-old was released by Fulham last month and has been with the Cod Army in Germany for pre-season.

Former Blackpool striker Bobby Grant has also joined the club on a two-year contract.

BreakingWatford sign Jurado

Football

Jose Manuel Jurado
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Watford have signed Spanish midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow on a three-year deal.

Jurado, 29, has played for both major Madrid teams in his career, Real and Atletico, and scored 19 goals in 126 La Liga appearances over six seasons.

He signed for Schalke in 2010, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Bayern, before switching to Spartak Moscow two years later.

'It's beyond a joke'

Football

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has responded to news he has been given a two-match ban by the Russian Football Union for raising a finger to Spartak Moscow fans in response to alleged racist abuse at the weekend.

The Ufa midfielder tweeted...

Also in other news been banned for two games acceptable on my part for the gesture no problems with that

But for the Russian FA to say they didn't hear or see any evidence of racism is beyond a Joke ...Glad it's all over dough thanks for support

Hull FC skipper Ellis out for six months

Rugby League

Gareth Ellis
Getty Images

Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has been ruled out for up to six months after

undergoing Achilles surgery.

The 34-year-old suffered the injury in the first half of Friday's 22-12 derby win at Hull KR.

The former England and Great Britain international

tweeted on Monday: "Road to recovery starts today, thanks again to everyone for your kind messages of support, really appreciate it."

Stjarnan v Celtic

Champions League qualifier (Wed, 20:15 BST)

BBC Scotland's senior football reporter tweets...

Been out talking to a few #Celtic fans here in Reykjavik. Some seem nervous about tonight. Honestly can't see an upset.

BreakingGeschke wins at the Tour

Road Cycling

Simon Geschke has won Stage 17 at the Tour de France.

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Chris Froome is yet to cross the line but has ridden another fine stage and will maintain his lead of more than three minutes.

Baba the Blue?

Football

Baba Rahman's move to Chelsea seems to be edging closer, after a surge of bets in Germany that the deal will be completed.

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The 21-year-old, who plies his trade for Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, will be a replacement for Filipe Luis, who is set to depart Stamford Bridge.

Glenn Woodage, of

bookmakers Bwin, said: 'When we see a surge like this, we have to take notice. We saw similar movements for [Bastian] Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and with Filipe Luis seemingly on the way out, Baba at the Bridge would certainly make sense."