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Summary

  1. Villa sign Gestede & Veretout
  2. Lambert signs for West Brom
  3. Walcott & Cazorla sign new Arsenal deals
  4. Mourinho silent on Stones bid
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson

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The third Ashes Test might have finished early but there is still plenty of of sporting action going on this weekend, including the Women's FA Cup final, the start of the Scottish Premiership and the semi-finals of rugby league's Challenge Cup.

You can keep up date with

what's on the BBC on the BBC Sport website.

Sportsday Live will resume on Monday at 08:00 BST as the countdown to the Premier League season continues.

Have a good weekend.

Boro take Stephens on loan

Football

Championship side Middlesbrough have signed 21-year-old defender

Jack Stephens from Southampton on a season-long loan deal.

Stephens extended his contract with Saints until 2019 before completing his loan move to Boro.

Cuthbertson keen to reach Wembley

Rugby League

Adam Cuthbertson
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Leeds Rhinos front-rower Adam Cuthbertson will play a key role for his side in

Friday night's Challenge Cup semi-final against St Helens which will be shown live on BBC Two from 19:30 BST with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Cuthbertson has been one of the stand-out imports to Super League in 2015, but part of the credit for that must go to his British bulldog Bambi,

as the Super League Show found out.

Rhinos aim for Challenge Cup final

Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire
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Leeds Rhinos will be hoping to beat rivals St Helens for a third time this season in

Friday night's Challenge Cup semi-final, which will be shown live on BBC Two from 19:30 BST.

The Rhinos, who are the Challenge Cup holders, have won both meetings between the sides so far this season - they were 41-16 winners at Langtree Park in April and beat last year's Grand Final winners 46-18 at home at the start of July.

Saints are looking to reach a Wembley final for the first time since 2008, while holders Rhinos are aiming to reach their fifth final in six years.

Forest Green go vegetarian

Football

National League club Forest Green Rovers have opted to have a

completely vegetarian match-day menu.

The club stopped selling red meat burgers and sausages four years ago, and later chicken, but has now also dropped fish.

"Food is a really important issue for us," said club chairman Dale Vince, who also owns green energy firm Ecotricity. "It's a big environmental and sustainability issue, and it's a frontier we've been exploring for a few years now."

Neil 'bored' without football

Football

Alex Neil
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Norwich City manager Alex Neil seems like the sort of person who lives and breathes football.

The 34-year-old. who is preparing for his first season in charge in the Premier League,

tells BBC Look East that after a few days' holiday from football you can get bored.

But Neil says his children keep him busy.

Counting the cost

Chelsea v Notts County (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Notts County stand to lose money from playing in the Women's FA Cup, even if they win on Saturday at Wembley.

The Magpies have covered costs of hosting two rounds and are only partially subsidised for travel and accommodation, while the total prize money for winning is just £8,600.

FA Cup finances
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*Fuel allowance per mile covered by the FA. Hotel allowance per person.

"I think that will have to be reviewed to take the game forward," manager Rick Passmoor told BBC Sport.

Clubs in the final do not directly get a share of gate receipts or TV revenue.

The game will be shown live on BBC One from 14:45 BST (not Scotland) with commentary on BBC 5 live, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC London 94.9 and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

BreakingWest Brom confirm Lambert signing

Football

West Brom have completed the signing of Rickie Lambert from Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.

The England international has penned a two-year deal and goes straight into the squad for Friday night's game at Bristol Rovers.

Hayes ready to lead out Chelsea

Chelsea v Notts County (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Emma Hayes
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Chelsea Ladies manager Emma Hayes has

told BBC London how she dreamed of being Glenn Hoddle leading Tottenham out at Wembley when she was growing up.

Hayes's side face Notts County on Saturday in the Women's FA Cup final, which is being held at Wembley for the first time in the competition's 41-year history.

The game will be shown live on BBC One from 14:45 BST (not Scotland) with commentary on BBC 5 live, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC London 94.9 and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Cherries 'must get used to losing'

Football

Tommy Elphick
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Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick says his side will have to

get used to losing more games as they prepare for their first Premier League season.

But the Cherries defender believes his team-mates and supporters will be key to ensuring his squad stick together.

Elphick, 27, will lead his side out at home against Aston Villa on the opening day of the season on 8 August.

"The thing we'll have to get used to, is we're not going to win as many games as over the last three years," he said.

Make yourself at home

Football

New Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is making himself familiar with his new surroundings...

Crawley sign Fulham's Donnelly

Football

League Two side Crawley Town have signed Fulham defender Liam Donnelly on a one-month youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who can play at right-back or centre-back, is yet to make his senior debut for the Whites.

The Northern Ireland international will be with the Reds until 27 August.

Kante passes Leicester medical

Football

Jason Bourne

BBC Radio Leicester

N'Golo Kante
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BBC Radio Leicester understands that N'Golo Kante has passed a medical at Leicester City.

The 24-year-old midfielder is set to join from French top-flight side Caen for fee reported to be in the region of £5.5m.

Darke misses out on time trial medal

Cycling

Karen Darke
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Handcyclist Karen Darke has finished fourth in the H3 time trial at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Switzerland.

The London 2012 silver medallist finished 19 seconds outside the medals and will now turn her attention to Sunday's road race.

"I gave it my best but probably realistically it wasn't my course with the climb but I did ok. I'm happy that Rio is flat," she said.

What's in a number?

Football

Port Vale defender Adam Yates
Empics

Port Vale defender Adam Yates

has admitted his disappointment at not being given his customary number two shirt for the forthcoming season.

The 32-year-old former Crewe Alexandra trainee, Vale's longest-serving player, signed a new one-year deal in June.

But he has been given competition at right-back by the arrival of Ben Purkiss, who has been given the number instead.

"I was not best pleased about it. I don't think anyone would be," Yates told BBC Radio Stoke.

Can wants midfield role

Football

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can
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Emre Can played mostly as a defender last season for Liverpool but is hoping for more of a midfield role this season.

"The most important thing is I feature in the games for Liverpool - that's my number one intention," said the 21-year-old.

"A midfield role is preferable; of course it is the manager who decides who plays where.

"We'll see where he chooses to play me this season. It is up to the manager but my preference is midfield."

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On the sixth anniversary of his death, we're asking for your Sir Bobby Robson memories...

Chris: Sir Bobby gave me first taste of champers aged 10 at ITFC FA Cup reception. Photo of him balancing cup on head is priceless.

Dov: Saw him at a book at a book signing. Recommended Mitchell Thomas for England squad. Sir Bobby said "Mitchell who??".

Will: 'If we're fluffy down here, and if you're fluffy in here (points to stomach and heart) we won't win this game...'

Scottish football returns

Football

Nadir Ciftci arrives at Celtic
SNS Group Craig Williamson

The new Scottish Premiership season begins on Saturday, 1 August and, you can find out who can get clued up on the league's ins and outs

here.

The opening round of the Scottish League Cup is also scheduled for this weekend.

Jovetic moves to Inter

Football

Stevan Jovetic
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Manchester City say striker Stevan Jovetic has signed for Inter Milan on an 18-month loan with a view to a permanent transfer.

The 25-year-old Montenegrin joined City from Fiorentina in summer 2013, but has struggled with injury.

However, Inter say he has gone on a four-year-deal.

Newcastle's Mbemba awaiting visa

Football

Simon Pryde

BBC Newcastle

Chancel Mbemba
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Chancel Mbemba says he's "very, very happy"

to have joined Newcastle United and will be "very proud" to wear the shirt.

The DR Congo international defender received FA clearance on Thursday, but is now waiting for a visa and and will not be available for Saturday's friendly with Borussia Monchengladbach at St James' Park.

Dallas is Leeds bound

Football

Phil Hay from the Yorkshire Evening Post tweets...

BREAKING: Leeds United are on the verge of signing winger Stuart Dallas from Brentford. Three-year deal.

Dallas transfer is expected to go through early next week. Still needs to complete a medical. #lufc

BBC Sport understands that a £1.25m bid has been accepted for the Northern Irish midfielder.

Hull move for Brentford's Odubajo

Football

Moses Odubajo
Getty Images

Further to the news we brought you about Hull triggering the £3.5m release clause for Brentford's Moses Odubajo (15:50 BST).

BBC Sport understands that Brentford have given the player permission to have a medical with their Championship rivals but any other interested clubs have three weeks to gazump Hull's offer thanks to a clause in the 22-year-old's contract.

Villa make Gestede capture

Football

NEW RECRUIT: All-smiles as gaffer Tim Sherwood welcomes new boy Rudy Gestede. #AVFC #WelcomeRudy

NEW RECRUIT: All-smiles as gaffer Tim Sherwood welcomes new boy Rudy Gestede. #AVFC #WelcomeRudy

Barnsley sign Arsenal's Crowley

Football

Barnsley have signed 17-year-old Arsenal midfielder Daniel Crowley on loan until 3 January 2016.

Crowley, who has represented England at Under-17 level, has yet to make his competitive debut for the Gunners.

He could make his Tykes bow against Chesterfield on Saturday, 8 August.

Villa make Gestede capture

Football

New Aston Villa signing Rudy Gestede scored 22 goals for Blackburn Rovers last season and, in all, netted 34 times in 65 games for the Ewood Park club.

He joined Rovers from Cardiff for £200,000 in January 2014 and Villa boss Tim Sherwood said: "I've known about Rudy since he was at Cardiff City and he is a player I've always admired.

"His goalscoring ratio last season was fantastic and he is someone who certainly knows how to find the back of the net.

"He's a big, physical striker but he can play and I'm pleased to welcome him to the football club."

BreakingVilla make Gestede capture

Football

Aston Villa striker Rudy Gestede
Aston Villa website

Aston Villa have made their second signing of the day by bringing in striker Rudy Gestede from Blackburn for a reported £6m fee.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal.

Kim maintains Turnberry advantage

Golf

Kim Hyo Joo
AFP

South Korea's Kim Hyo Joo is continuing to set the pace at the Women's British Open at Turnberry.

Kim leads by one shot on eight under from clubhouse leader Suzann Pettersen.

Coverage continues on BBC Two and

via the BBC Sport website.

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On the sixth anniversary of his death, we're asking for your Sir Bobby Robson memories...

Sir Bobby Robson
SNS

Frizz: Seeing the great man visit and watch tiny Gretna FC play in the Scottish league. Just because he was invited and loves the game.

So Beloved wins at Glorious Goodwood

Horse racing

So Beloved on his way to victory
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So Beloved provided trainer David O'Meara with a significant triumph after winning the

Betfred Mile at Glorious Goodwood.

Danny Tudhope's mount was in touch throughout and got up well to beat Belgian Bill by three-quarters of a length with The Rectifier back in third.

England win third Test

Cricket

Ian Bell
Michael Steele

It's all over at Edgbaston. England have chased down their 121 target to win the third Test of the Ashes and take a 2-1 lead in the series.

Ian Bell scored 65 not out to help steer the hosts to victory and you can get all the reaction

via the BBC Sport website commentary here.

Hull move for Brentford's Odubajo

Football

The Hull Daily Mail's Philip Buckingham tweets...

#hcafc have triggered the £3.5m release clause for Brentford's Moses Odubajo. The club seem confident a deal can be done.

Everton have also been credited with an interest in the right back.

Portugal U21 striker wings in to join Owls

Football

Lucas Joao
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Sheffield Wednesday have signed striker Lucas Joao from Nacional for an undisclosed fee while defender Tom Lees has signed a two-year deal extension.

Portugal Under-21 international Joao, 21,

has signed a four-year deal with the Championship side.

Meanwhile, Lees, 24, will now remain at Hillsborough until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Who is Jordan Veretout?

Football

Jordan Veretout
Aston Villa on Twitter

Jordan Veretout is the fourth player to sign for Aston Villa from Ligue 1 this summer and follows the arrivals of Jordan Amavi, Idrissa Gueye and Jordan Ayew.

Nantes has been his only previous club and he had been there since 2003.

Veretout is a France youth international and helped his country win the Under-20 World Cup in 2013.

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Max: C'est magnifique! Veretout will provide the elegance and guile that's been missing from Villa's midfield for years.

Dan Hayes: There's only one Jordan *insert confused jumble of surnames here*...

Jordan Veretout joins Jordan Amavi and Jordan Ayew in signing for Villa this summer

England inch closer to success

Cricket

England are closing in on victory over Australia in the third Test at Edgbaston.

Follow the latest

via the BBC Sport website.

Sherwood on Veretout capture

Football

Aston Villa have signed French midfielder Jordan Veretout on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee .

"I'm really pleased Jordan decided to choose Aston Villa over the other options he had and opt to continue his development with us," said Villa boss Tim Sherwood of a player who had been linked with Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester.

Jordan Veretout
AVFC

"He is only 22-years-old but he is vastly experienced for someone that age. He has played over 140 games in Ligue 1 and is a really exciting young player.

"I know he is very highly rated over in France so we are delighted to get this deal over the line."

BreakingVilla make Veretout signing

Football

Jordan Veretout
AVFC

Aston Villa have completed the signing of French midfielder Jordan Veretout from Ligue 1 side Nantes.

The 22-year-old has signed a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

Aluko confident over Chelsea form

Chelsea v Notts County (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Eniola Aluko
Reuters

Ahead of Saturday's historic Women's FA Cup final at Wembley, in her exclusive BBC Sport column, Chelsea's Eniola Aluko says her team is not panicking about form.

"It's the biggest game in the club's history,"

says the England international. "But we have to play the game and not the occasion."

The game will be shown live on BBC One from 14:45 BST (not Scotland) with commentary on BBC 5 live, BBC Radio Nottingham, BBC London 94.9 and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.