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Summary

  1. Former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan dies aged 97
  2. Arsenal's Szczesny moves to Roma
  3. Everton reject Chelsea's second Stones bid - reports
  4. Celtic v Qarabag (19:45 BST)
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcracing

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

And that is all from Sportsday this evening.

Remember there will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website of Celtic v Qarabag in the first leg of their Champions league third qualifying round.

We will be back bright and early tomorrow morning.

Champions League qualifiers

Celtic v Qarabag (19:45 BST)

Qarabag
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"In the Europa League last season, Qarabag went to Kiev and beat Dnipro, the eventual Europa League finalists. They drew twice with Saint Etienne and once with Inter Milan. They don't win many matches in Europe, but they don't lose too may either. They're nuggety - the type of team that Celtic could have a real problem with."

BBC Scotland's Tom English

attempts to answer the question we are all asking... who are Qarabag?

Leicester announce stadium plans

Cricket

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester

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Leicestershire County Cricket Club are considering building a new stand at Grace Road and plans to bring in floodlights for the 2016 season.

It's part of a five-year business strategy announced by the club with the aim of making the Foxes the leading non-international cricket club in the country by 2019.

As part of the proposals made possible by a £1m grant from the ECB, Leicestershire have announced they will not be building 14 flats on the Milligan Road side of the ground.

Turn the lights on

Golf

Now here's a novel idea - golf, at night.

That's what Scotland's Richie Ramsay believes the European Tour should be considering, urging the organisation - and incoming chief executive Keith Pelley - to be more "forward-thinking".

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"I'm just thinking of sports off the top of my head. I'm thinking of F1. Putting on a night race, suddenly people want to watch that. And then you've got a day/night race," said the former US Amateur champion.

"We've got courses now in Turkey which are floodlit that you can play at night... I think the people we have coming in will be very open to that."

Play abandoned for the day

England v Australia (Third Test)

Scorecard
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Rain at Edgbaston

England v Australia (Third Test)

It's raining again... Players off, Eng 133-3, 3 runs behind... Listen on 5 live sports extra bbc.in/1h4uOfT

It's raining again... Players off, Eng 133-3, 3 runs behind... Listen on 5 live sports extra bbc.in/1h4uOfT

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport: "Sir Peter O'Sullevan was one of the broadcasting greats and for over 50 years he was the voice of racing. Synonymous with the sport his distinctive commentary graced many of racing's historic moments - from Red Rum's Grand National victories to Desert Orchid's extraordinary Gold Cup triumph. Peter was a legendary commentator and will be greatly missed."

Ashes podcast

Cricket

Enjoying the cricket?

You can still listen to the Ashes Preview show

here and Freddie Flintoff's Alternative Ashes Legends
here.

WICKET

England v Australia (Third Test)

After racing to his half century, Ian Bell is out on his home pitch for 53.

Bell fell to a Nathan Lyon delivery as David Warner took a towering catch.

England are 132-3 and trail by four runs.

Live coverage

here.

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Sir Peter O'sullivan, the epitome of class. The most distinguished & eloquent voice of racing. He was an amazing man R.I.P

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Former jockey Willie Carson: "His voice was velvet, absolutely velvet, on the days of myself winning classics we'd go back and listen to the 9 o'clock news and those velvet tones of Peter O'Sullevan calling a horse that I had ridden home was just magical, absolutely magical.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan
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Platini to stand for Fifa presidency

Football

FA chairman Greg Dyke has been speaking about Michel Platini's decision to stand for the Fifa presidency.

FA chairman Greg Dyke on Platini for Fifa: "We want a reform candidate. We believe he will reform Fifa in the way that reform is needed."

Dyke on Platini's support for Qatar: 'He's always made it clear he voted for Qatar. He's entitled to do that."

FA chairman Greg Dyke on Michel Platini standing for Fifa presidency: "We welcome Mr Platini's decision to stand. We'll be supporting him."

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

"Meeting your heroes normally comes with a warning, but there was no need to worry with Sir Peter O'Sullevan.

"His honeyed tones were the rhythmic racing backdrop to my upbringing, the comforting BBC voice in the corner calling home thoroughbreds."

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Saddened to hear of the passing of Peter O'Sullevan. Indisputably one of the greatest sporting commentators of our time.

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Incomparable, irreplaceable, indelible. Sir Peter will never be matched & never forgotten. The ultimate pro & the definition of a gentleman

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Sir Peter O'Sullevan
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Former jockey Jimmy Lindley said: "He doesn't just compare with the great people in racing, but in life in general.

"He always liked to give the underdog a blow up on TV to make them feel better. If they felt up against it he just had a knack of saying the right thing.

"As a commentator no-one else could give you the same feeling watching a race, he made it feel as if you were riding in it, you felt like you were on the horse yourself."

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

There will be a special programme on Sir Peter O'Sullevan tonight on BBC Radio 5 live from 20:30 BST and you can listen live

here.

Tributes to O'Sullevan

Horse Racing

Sir Peter O'Sullevan
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Nigel Payne, chief executive of the Sir Peter O'Sullevan Charitable Trust, said: "Sir Peter died earlier this afternoon, very peacefully, at home.

"Sir Peter was one of the greatest men I've ever known. Only last week he was talking about what he wanted me to do for the trust in the future. He was still very alert. It's a sad day."

Get Involved

#bbcracing

Was O'Sullevan's voice the soundtrack to your favourite racing moments?

Tweet us your memories #bbcracing.

@BBCSport #BBCRacing "Hats off and a tremendous reception...never heard one like it at Liverpool...little hero from Southport sands" #RedRum

@BBCSport 1989 Gold Cup "Desert Orchid is beginning to get up...." still gives me goosebumps! #bbcracing

@BBCSport #BBCRacing Red Rum's third National win in 1977.

Man Utd tour

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport in Chicago

Manchester United will collect their first silverware of the season if they beat Paris St-Germain.

With a 100% record from three games, United will retain the International Champions Cup by leapfrogging New York Red Bulls, who are presently top of the standings with 10 points, one more than Louis van Gaal's men.

Not that Van Gaal will be reading too much into it.

Twelve months ago United accounted for Real Madrid before beating Liverpool to win the same prize.

They promptly lost their first Premier League game at home to Swansea.

"I have kept saying, my focus is Tottenham on 8 August," said Van Gaal.

Man Utd tour

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport in Chicago

Manchester United
Manchester United

It will be the end of an era for Manchester United when they complete their pre-season programme against Paris St-Germain overnight (0200BST).

The game at Chicago's Soldier Field will be the last time United wear a Nike kit.

Most famously worn in the 2008 Champions League final win against Chelsea, United also won six Premier League titles over the course of their 13-year association with Nike.

Adidas have paid £750m to make the Old Trafford club's kit for the next 10 years.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

Horse Racing

Sir Peter O'Sullevan
BBC Sport

Get Involved

#BBCRacing

For those who only paid attention to horse racing once a year, Sir Peter O'Sullevan was the man who guided them through the chaos of the Grand National.

You can relive some of his greatest moments

here.

And we want to hear your memories. Was O'Sullevan's voice the soundtrack to your favourite racing moments?

Send your memories to #BBCRacing.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

Horse Racing

O'Sullevan commentated on 50 Grand Nationals and was the BBC's leading horse racing commentator from 1948 to 1997.

The Irish-born journalist was also a successful racehorse owner and was knighted in 1997, the year in which he set up his charitable trust to raise money for animal and racing-related charities.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan 1918-2015

Horse Racing

And now we pause to bring you some sad news.

Former BBC racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died at the age of 97.

As a horse-racing commentator on BBC TV for half a century, O'Sullevan had one of the best-known voices in broadcasting, and was known throughout racing as 'The Voice'.

He died at home in London after a long illness.

Sir Peter O'Sullevan
BBC Sport

Fifa fine Zimbabwe women

Football

FIFA has fined Zimbabwe and awarded Ivory Coast a 3-0 win after the Zimbabweans failed to show up for a women's Olympic qualifying game.

Zimbabwe withdrew before the second leg, which was meant to be played this weekend.

The country's football association Zifa couldn't raise the money to send the women's under-23 team to Ivory Coast.

FIFA fined Zifa £6,640 for missing the first leg on July 19.

Ajax youngster signs for Arsenal

Football

Donyell Malen
Bongarts

Ajax say it is "unfortunate" that youngster Donyell Malen has moved to Arsenal.

The 16-year-old Dutch international has come up through the Ajax youth academy.

In a statement on Ajax's website, Wim Jonk, head of the academy said: "We have made ​​him an excellent offer and presented a clear development plan.

"If the player still makes another choice, which is disappointing. The potential is clear and the opportunities will come with Ajax. We are continuing with the guys who do believe in it."

WICKET

England v Australia (Third Test)

First English wicket falls.

Adam Lyth is out for 10, bowled Hazlewood, caught Voges.

Pity really as Lyth looked as though he had weathered the early Australian storm and was getting into his stride.

To the crease comes Ian Bell. No pressure at all Ian, whatsoever...

It's 19-1, in reply to the Aussie's 110 all out. You'll find live text coverage

here.

Platini standing for Fifa presidency

Football

Reliably informed that Platini will disclose his FIFA salary if elected - irrespective of whether such a reform is approved by Congress.

Gordon extends Celtic deal

Football

Craig Gordon
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Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has signed a news contract with Celtic to take him through to the summer of 2018.

The 32-year-old Scottish international joined the club last summer after two years out of the game because of injuries.

"I have enjoyed my first year immensely at Celtic," Gordon said. "It has been great to enjoy success already and I'm looking forward to giving everything to bring more good times to our supporters."

Brit success

Tennis

British number two Aljaz Bedene beat third seed Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Hamburg Open.

World number 67 Bedene

beat the Spaniard 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7).

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The Slovenian-born Briton, who reached the second round of Wimbledon, beat Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver - also in straight sets - in the first round.

Bedene, 26, next faces either Italian eighth seed Fabio Fognini or Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the last eight.

The state of play

England v Australia (Third Test)

Scorecard
BBC

GAME ON

England v Australia (Third Test)

The latest of these pesky showers has relented and the players are back out at Edgbaston.

England are 7-0 in reply to Australia's 110 all out.

Live text coverage

here.

Champions League qualifiers

Celtic v Qarabag (19:45 BST)

Celtic v Legia Warsaw
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It's not yet August but the entire tenor of Celtic's season could be decided by the outcome of their encounter with Qarabag on Wednesday.

The Azerbaijani champions arrive in Glasgow on Champions League third qualifying round duty, with Celtic determined not to replicate last season's defeat against Legia Warsaw at this stage.

"It's a totally different situation. We've good togetherness in the team," said manager Ronny Deila.

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Zola Budd and Mary Decker
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Tim Stubbs: I remember '84 LA Olympics. Zola Budd & Mary Decker. A rivalry that had bare feet, blood, injury & no medals. A proper spat.

And another one bites the dust

Golf

It's not only Rory McIlroy out of next week's Bridgestone Invitational.

Tournament officials have also announced four-time PGA Tour winner Chris Kirk will not compete after failing to recover from the broken hand he suffered while playing with his children before the Open Championship.

Back home

Football

With @Rony10Lopes, already back in England after the Australian and Asian Tour.Confident heading into the new season!

With @Rony10Lopes, already back in England after the Australian and Asian Tour.Confident heading into the new season!

RAIN

England v Australia (Third Test)

Alastair Cook is trudging back to the pavilion .. but it's not bad news.

He hasn't been dismissed, it's started to rain, so the England skip and opening partner Adam Lyth are racing off to the sanctuary of the dressing room.

They probably won't be too unhappy about it. The Aussies, still smarting from being skittled out for a miserable 110, were giving it their all in the field, with the Mitchells Johnson and Starc making life very uncomfortable for the batsmen.

Judging by how short the other rain-breaks have been, they probably won't be off for too long.

Roma sign Szczesny

Football

Wojciech Szczesny
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Szczesny, who joined Arsenal in 2009, said: "I came here to win matches and trophies with AS Roma and I think the team is strong enough to do it. I think there's great potential. I know the faces and the names of my new team-mates, so I hope to get acclimatised quickly. "

Roma sign Szczesny

Football

Wojciech Szczesny
AS Roma

Szczesny, 25, passed a medical on Monday and on Wednesday signed a year-long loan deal with Roma until 30 June 2016.

The Polish goalkeeper made 29 appearances for Arsenal last season but leaves following the arrival of former Chelsea keeper Petr Cech.