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  1. Man Utd confirm Di Maria exit
  2. Wilshere out for two months with ankle fracture
  3. Astra Giurgiu v West Ham & Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton (both 19:00 BST)
  4. Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (20:00 BST)
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And on that exciting note, we end Sportsday. Back tomorrow at 08:00 BST with more football news and news conferences ahead of the return of the Premier League season.

Until then.

Like a kid at Christmas


Edging closer now...

Only two days to go before it all starts again and more importantly @BBCMOTD returns. Can't wait! ⚽️👍🏻#PremierLeagueCountdown #bbcfootball

'Not my decision to leave United'


Big transfer news from earlier today saw

Angel Di Maria leave Manchester United to join Paris St-Germain.

The Argentine has had his say at a news conference in Paris.

"Firstly it wasn't just my decision to leave, if I left it was also because they decided to sell me. They agreed. The three parties agreed, me, Manchester United and PSG agreed the deal," he said.

"Things didn't go well at Manchester United for various reasons but it's in the past."

"I'm really very happy to be here and I'm happy because I know my wife and child will be happy here too."

How to be a Fantasy Football champion

Premier League kick-off


Have you selected your Fantasy Football teams left? Only got two days left to do it.

Want the formula on how to become a champion? Last season's Fantasy Premier League winner Simon March gives his 10-point plan for success.

Click here to read the piece

McCarthy signs new deal


James McCarthy

Everton midfielder James McCarthy has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

The 22-year-old said: "I'm buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term to Everton.

"I've loved every minute I've been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff."

10 questions to be answered

Premier League kick-off

Ten questions to be answered in the Premier League 2015-16
BBC Sport

BBC Sport looks at 10 questions that will be answered over the course of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

Is Raheem Sterling worth £49m? Can Louis van Gaal deliver the title for Manchester United? Can Harry Kane repeat his goal-scoring heroics? Tim Sherwood - genius or gilet model?

Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer, Jermaine Jenas and Ian Wright help examine what could be the key talking points of the next eight months.

Click here to watch the video

Packed Pittodrie

Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (20:00 BST)

The scene is set with just under 4 hours to go until KO! Remember to turn up early & bring your singing voices! #COYR

The scene is set with just under 4 hours to go until KO! Remember to turn up early & bring your singing voices! #COYR

Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay is backing his hometown team in their Europa League third qualifying round second leg contest. The club have announced that tickets have sold out for the game...

Good luck 2nite @AberdeenFC sold out great fans

Criminal record

Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

3 - West Ham have lost three of their last four away games in Europe (W1), failing to score in each of those games. Task.

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Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

BBC London 94.9

West Ham travel to Romania tonight to face Astra Giurgiu in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier.

The tie is level at 2-2 after The Hammers let slip a two goal lead in the first leg at Upton Park.

You can listen to live UK only commentary of tonight's match and follow our live text including updates of Vitesse v Southampton

here from 18:00 BST.

Whatever happened to Dmitri Kharine?


Well, the former Chelsea and Celtic player has just been

appointed as a goalkeeping coach at League Two side Stevenage.

Russia international Kharine, as our picture below shows, played for Chelsea in their 1994 FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United, and was perhaps most famous for keeping goal in jogging bottoms rather than shorts.

Dmitri Kharine
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Kharine joins Teddy Sheringham's backroom staff at Broadhall Way.

Teams primed for Netball World Cup


Australia win the World Cup
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England and Scotland will meet on the opening day of the 14th Netball World Cup in Australia on Friday.

World number three side England will be favourites against 11th-ranked Scotland in the Pool B match, which begins at 05:50 BST at Sydney's Allphones Arena.

Wales, ranked eighth, take on Fiji in their first Pool D match at 00:50.

Sixteen teams will take part across 10 days, with Australia favourites to win their 11th title.

Click here for a full lowdown on the tournament

SFA ask for 'typical foreigner' explanation


Brad McKay & Juanma

The Scottish FA is

investigating remarks attributed to St Johnstone defender Brad McKay.

The 22-year-old was widely quoted describing Hearts striker Juanma as "a typical foreigner" who "gets touched and goes down".

The governing body has approached the Perth club for an explanation.

Hammer blow to taxpayers?


Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

Olympic Stadium
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Does deal mean West Ham get stadium almost rent free?

The taxpayer will meet estimated running costs of up to £2.5m when West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium.

Click here to read the full piece

Willis wins

World Aquatics Championship

Great Britain's Andrew Willis has won his semi final of the men's 200m breaststroke at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. His time of 2:08:72 saw him qualify in 5th place for the final tomorrow.

Andrew Willis
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Think you know offside rule?


Premier League

Think again.

As the English football season gets under way this weekend, players and staff will also have to come to terms with new disciplinary rulings, a brand new ball plus the new offside rule.

Click here to read the piece in full

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We asked you who will be the first Premier League manager to leave their post this season and 30% of you chose Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers. His closest challengers were Claudio Ranieri of Leicester (17%), Watford's Quique Flores (14%) and Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City (12%).

'Get used to losing'


Tommy Elphick
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West Brom manager Tony Pulis says Bournemouth will need to get used to losing matches once the Premier League season starts.

Talking during

5 live Sport's Premier League launch show, Pulis said: "They have to get used to losing next year, that's going to happen."

"Eddie Howe has to manage the expectation and disappointment. That's a different experience for him, it's something he'll have to learn very quickly," he added.

Not on the list


Will Watt from the Blackpool Gazette tweets...

Only Blackpool FC's 'media partners' will be welcome to pre-match conferences this season. It's a dangerous trend which seems to be growing.

Reading fined


Reading have been fined £100,000 by the FA following

a pitch invasion at the end of their FA Cup quarter-final against Bradford in March.

The club had denied the charge.

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Northants complete innings victory

Kent 167 & 208, Northants 398

Northants sealed a seasonal double over Kent by wrapping up a three-day win at Canterbury by an innings and 23 runs.

The home side, who trailed by 231 on first innings, were bowled out for 208 with Ben Sanderson taking 4-44.

It was their seventh defeat of a disappointing campaign, while Northants' third victory lifted them to fourth in the Division Two table.

Gloucestershire on top at St Helen's

Glamorgan 186-7 v Gloucestershire

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb

at Swansea:

"Glamorgan achieved a measure of respectability in the afternoon session as captain Jacques Rudolph battled his way to 68.

Listen live here

'Aberdeen must be patient'

Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (19:45 BST)

Manager Derek McInnes insists there is no need for Aberdeen to go "gung-ho" as they seek to eliminate Kairat Almaty.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

The Dons trail 2-1 from last week's first leg in Kazakhstan, meaning a 1-0 win would take them through to the Europa League play-off round on away goals.

"You don't have to score in the early stages of the game," said McInnes. "There has to be a measured approach and intelligence as well passion."

You can listen on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website

West Ham depleted in Romania

Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

Andy Rowley

BBC London 94.9

West Ham have left most of their first teamers at home rather than travel to Romania to face Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League third qualifying round tie second leg.

Slaven Bilic
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Kevin Nolan and Carl Jenkinson are the only recognised starters with the party, with the contest poised at 2-2.

"It was always part of our plan, because of the start of the Premier League that we would come here with a strong team - but a team where some players have stayed at home," said manager Slaven Bilic.

Wallace misses out on medal

World Aquatics Championship

And Wallace finishes in fourth place in the men's 200m individual medley in Kazan.

Dan Wallace
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His new Scottish record of 1:57:59 left him behind gold medallist Ryan Lochte of the USA, runner up Thiago Pereira of Brazil and Wang Shun of China, who was third.

There's still a chance of a British medal shortly when Lauren Quigley goes for gold in the women's 50m backstroke.

Getting into the mood

World Aquatics Championship

Britain's Dan Wallace goes in the final of the 200m individual medley in Kazan later on Thursday...

You can watch the action live on the Red Button and online now and on BBC Two from 16:00 BST

Tonight would be a good night to swim fast...😁💪🏼🏊🏼💨

Caulker & Rodriguez in frame

Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton (19:00 BST)

Adam Blackmore

BBC Radio Solent sports editor

Steven Caulker

Southampton could hand a competitive debut to on-loan QPR defender Steven Caulker as they prepare for what should be a routine passage into the play-off round after winning the first leg 3-0.

This second leg also looks to be the perfect fixture to ease Jay Rodriguez back into competitive action after his long injury lay-off.

Jordy Clasie is injured and Shane Long has also not travelled after picking up an illness.

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We've been asking for your predictions for this season...

Dean McNamara: My heart says Man U to win Premier League, but head says Chelsea. Sorry but Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth to go down.

David Sanderson: Can't believe everyone thinks @WatfordFC will finish bottom! So much talent and depth in our squad this year.

Ged Lynam: Liverpool double: Mignolet to win the golden glove and Benteke the golden boot.


England 96-3

Plum. Captain Alastair Cook trapped bang in front of the stumps by Mitchell Starc, who now has all three wickets. England lead by 36 though.

Click here to follow live coverage of the fourth Test

Fabianski signs new Swans deal


BREAKING: We are delighted to announce that @LukaszFabianski has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

BREAKING: We are delighted to announce that @LukaszFabianski has signed a new four-year contract with the club.

Polish International goalkeeper Fabianski, 30, joined Swansea on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2014 and has been linked with a move to Roma.

"Lukasz deserves it, he's had a fantastic season and it shows how committed he is to the club", said Swansea manager Garry Monk. "It's a great signing for the rest of his teammates showing how much he's enjoyed what we are trying to do here".

Gradel on Mourinho


After Jose Mourinho said Max Gradel "could play for Chelsea", Bournemouth's new signing has responded...

Gradel: "It's nice to hear Mourinho's comments because he knows what he is talking about." #afcb

New deals for Everton duo


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Everton pair James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are to sign new deals with the club.

McCarthy, 24, will pen a new five-year contract to ward off interest from Manchester City.

Belgian Mirallas, 27, will also get a contract extension having been the subject of a £6m bid from West Ham last month,

reports the Daily Mail.

First manager to leave - vote

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You can make your selection on the right (if on a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on mobile or tablet).

The vote closes at 16:00 BST and

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Adebayor 'reluctant to leave London'


Mark Regan

BBC WM Sport

Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor's move to Aston Villa is on the brink of collapse as the player is understood to be reluctant to move out of the capital.

Emmanuel Adebayor
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The Togo striker has been in talks with Villa for weeks and look set to be reunited with Tim Sherwood, who was his boss at Spurs. But now the deal, while not totally dead in the water, is pretty close to it.

Villa fans will be philosophical as they have had a far busier summer than many would have thought and there are lots of players to get excited about. Furthermore, Sherwood has attacking options now with Rudy Gestede, Libor Kozak, Jordan Ayew and Gabby Agbonlahor.

Why has it taken Adebayor so long to realise Birmingham is a bit of a distance from London? Has it moved?

Expectations risen at Palace

Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Nick Godwin

BBC London sports reporter

Alan Pardew looked like a man who can't wait for the season to start. He's been backed strongly by his board and has plenty of options for Saturday's opener at Norwich.

Yohan Cabaye
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However, because expectations have risen with the arrival of the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford, he was keen to point out that whoever pulls on a Palace shirt this season will need to perform quickly or he'll get replaced.

Palace play Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham in the opening six weeks of the campaign. They'll need to settle quickly.

Shawcross out for two months


Ryan Shawcross
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Stoke have confirmed that defender and club captain Ryan Shawcross is to have an operation next week on a recurring back problem.

The club say Shawcross will miss the first two months of the season.

Di Maria Leaves Man Utd


Di Maria

A reminder of the big transfer news from earlier today; Manchester United sold winger Angel Di Maria to French champions PSG.

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Solomon Junior: Arsenal to finish 1st, Bournemouth to stay up.

It's Archie: I'm a Sunderland fan. Ideally I would like a solid mid-table finish, but in reality we will be in the relegation scrap.

Lessons for Lens


Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Jeremain Lens

Sunderland's new Dutch international midfielder Jeremain Lens says he's settling in well on Wearside, but that he'll be happier when he's found a house and sorted out everything else that he needs to do on moving to a new country.

Like all Dutch, his English is very good but he admits "I didn't really enjoy my time at school so we'll see how I improve my English".

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The more observant among you will have noticed that our second vote of the day is now closed.

Watford are the team most likely to finish bottom of the Premier League, according to 36% of you.

Another 16% say Norwich, 15% Bournemouth and 13% Leicester.