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By Steve Canavan and Elizabeth Hudson

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Monday. Keep up to date with all of the evening's sporting action

via the BBC Sport website and
BBC Radio 5 live.

Sportsday Live returns on Tuesday at 08:00 BST.


What's on Monday night

BBC Radio 5 live

It's the first Monday night of the Premier League season and you can keep up to date with all of the action on the BBC.

On BBC Radio 5 live at 19:00 it's the Monday Night Club, presented by Kelly Cates, with all of the build-up to West Brom v Manchester City.

There is full commentary of the game itself, which kicks off at 20:00 BST and afterwards, there is the 5 Live Football Social with all of the reactions to the game.

Monday blues?

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)

In each of the last five seasons, the eventual Premier League champions has begun their season with a game on a Monday

Ashes win tinged with anger - Fraser


England's Ben Stokes, Adam Lyth and Joe Root
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England's Ashes win is tinged with anger because of past criticisms, according to selector Angus Fraser.

Captain Alastair Cook faced repeated calls to resign last summer, while, in March, Geoffrey Boycott said national selector James Whitaker should also go and cricket director Andrew Strauss was derided for not ending Kevin Pietersen's international exile.

"What has been said or written about Cook, Strauss and Whitaker has been harsh and personal,"

Fraser told BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

"There's a bit of anger. But there is also huge satisfaction. I'm delighted for Cook and Strauss, who took a lot of stick for the decisions he made."

Broken ribs and pelvis


MTN-Qhubeka cyclist Matt Brammeier had a hideous crash yesterday, flying into the side of a support car in the final stage of the Tour of Utah. The Irishman has broken ribs and a broken pelvis - but it's "all good in the hood".

All good in the hood guys. Thanks for the messages.

All good in the hood guys. Thanks for the messages.

Wembley or the Emirates?


West Ham debutant Angelo Ogbonna appeared to get it all so wrong after getting it so right yesterday.

The Italian was a rock in the Hammers defence as they beat Arsenal at the Emirates, but he seemed to forget where he was.

Ogbonna tweet

The above tweet was hastily deleted, and the centre-halve's management company have since admitted it was all their fault.

SportSuite said it was a "fail" and a "gaffe" and assured fans that Ogbonna was completely aware he was at the Emirates.

Premier League announces new US deal


The Premier League

has announced a new deal with American broadcaster NBC Universal to show live games for the next six years.

US rights were already with NBC Universal at a price of $83m a season.

Football gossip catch-up


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Here are some of the big football stories of the day which you may have missed.

Former QPR midfielder Joey Barton is

having a medical at Premier League side West Ham. The 32-year-old has been a free agent since his release from the Loftus Road club at the end of last season.

West Brom have

signed Zenit St Petersburg striker for a club record fee of around £12m. The Venezuela international, 25, has agreed a four-year contract to become the Baggies' fifth summer signing.


Daily Mail reports that Chelsea have agreed a deal worth up to £21.7m with Augsburg to sign left back Abdul Baba Rahman.

McIlroy '100% ready' for US PGA


Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy says he is ready to defend his title in this week's US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits after suffering ankle ligament damage last month.

The 26-year-old played practice rounds at the course over the weekend to test his ankle and also went around nine holes in the rain on Monday.

"It felt fine," McIlroy said. "It's good. I've come a long way in five weeks.

"To play golf, it's 100%. To go back on a soccer pitch, it wouldn't be quite ready. But to do what I need to do this week, it's 100%."

Lawro's prediction

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)

"Manchester City have a tendency sometimes to try to cruise through matches and they cannot afford to do that at The Hawthorns on Monday."

Predictions: Lawro v Graeme Swann

Blind keen to play in defence


Daley Blind

Manchester United's Daley Blind insists he is "clever enough and smart enough" to play at centre-back.

Blind, seen more regularly in midfield or at left-back in his first campaign with United last term, was used as a central defender in his side's

Premier League opener against Tottenham on Saturday.

"I got a chance on this occasion and I tried my best," he said. "Of course, people always say I don't have the height or the power but I think I'm clever enough and smart enough.

"I think we did well at the back, together with Chris [Smalling], Luke [Shaw] and Matteo [Darmian], and we got a clean sheet so I was happy."

Seamers help Middlesex beat Sussex

Middlesex 234 & 331, Sussex 300 & 245

James Harris and Toby Roland-Jones starred with the ball as Middlesex beat Sussex

by 20 runs at Lord's.

Steve Magoffin (5-73) took the final two Middlesex wickets quickly in the morning as they were bowled out for 331 - setting a target of 266.

Harris (4-57) ripped through Sussex's top order before Chris Nash (66) and Ben Brown took them to 163-5.

But once Roland-Jones (3-78) removed Nash, the visitors fell to 245 all out with Brown last man to go for 68.

Bosnich urges van Gaal to sign Lloris


Hugo Lloris
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Former Manchester United keeper Mark Bosnich has

told Talksport that Reds manager Louis van Gaal should sign Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rather than Ajax's Jasper Cillessen.

"I think Cillessen did ok at the World Cup, but he's not one who stands out in terms of being dominant," said the Australian.

"The English Premier League is definitely the most physically demanding in the world and it takes foreign players quite a while to adjust to that. We saw during [David] De Gea's first season, it was a bit of a struggle. Lloris knows the Premier League inside out and he's had success."

What the managers say

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)

Tony Pulis and Manuel Pellegrini
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West Brom head coach Tony Pulis: "I've always worked with the material I am given and that's always been my philosophy, to try to squeeze everything out of everybody. The club has a good structure and we haven't made too many changes but most things are in place."

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini: "It is very important for the club to trust in our work. The support the club gives me is important. But you know in this profession you need results. For me a good season with a big team is that you must win a title. You cannot say it is a very good season if you win nothing."

Mendoza named on GB team


Jessica Mendoza

Teenager Jessica Mendoza has been named on the Great Britain team for the European Showjumping Championships which start in Aachen, Germany next week.

The 19-year-old will ride Spirit T at the competition where she will be joined by Joe Clee on Utamaro d'Ecaussines, Michael Whitaker (Cassionato) and Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher (Diva II) while the travelling reserve is Guy Williams.

World number one Scott Brash has not been selected.

Platini backed by Scottish FA


Michel Platini

The Scottish Football Association say they will be backing Uefa's Michel Platini in the Fifa presidential election.

"From the perspective of the smaller countries, he has opened up the channels of communication and ensured that every country, irrespective of size, has a voice," said SFA chief executive Stewart Regan.

"That is healthy for the game and if he is prepared to do that across the world, I'm sure he will be well-received."

Froome to take part in Vuelta


Chris Froome

Tour de France winner Chris Froome has

confirmed via Twitter that he is taking part in this year's Vuelta a Espana, the year's third and final grand tour.

It starts in Puerto Banus on Saturday, 22 August, and finishes three weeks later in Madrid on 13 September.

Froome joins Tour runner-up Nairo Quintana, 2014 Tour winner Vincenzo Nibali and American star Tejay Van Garderen in the best Vuelta field in memory.

Wenger refuses to panic


Arsene Wenger

According to

the Daily Mirror, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be panicked into the transfer market despite his side's
loss to West Ham on Sunday.

The Gunners remain interested in Karim Benzema but they will not pay the price that Real Madrid want for a player who is 28 in December and now it seems they will only do a deal if one becomes available late in the window.

Glamorgan get fine and points deduction


Jimmy Adams is hit by a ball in Cardiff
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Glamorgan have

forfeited their Royal London Cup game against Hampshire, which was abandoned because of an unfit pitch.

The Welsh county were also ordered to pay an immediate £4,000 fine in addition to a two-point deduction in the competition.

Umpires called off the game

in Cardiff on 2 August after two Hampshire batsmen had been hit by rising deliveries.

Chelsea to appeal red card


Thibaut Courtois could yet be free to play against Manchester City next Sunday...

Chelsea have appealed Thibaut Courtois’ red card from Saturday's 2-2 draw against Swansea. The case will be heard tomorrow.

No rush over Harris, says Koukash

Rugby League

Iestyn Harris

Salford owner Marwan Koukash has said he is no rush to decide on the future of absent head coach Iestyn Harris.

Harris, 39, has not been present for a Red Devils game since the Super League defeat at Hull KR on 30 June.

Koukash has previously said Harris is missing

because of illness. The former Wales international's assistant Ian Watson has been in temporary charge.

"There's no timescale. We could wait until the end of the season," Koukash told

BBC Radio Manchester.

Match facts

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)


  • Manchester City are unbeaten in their last five league games at the Hawthorns, winning four of those matches.
  • City have recorded seven consecutive wins against the Baggies.

West Bromwich Albion

  • West Brom scored 16 headed goals in last season's Premier League - more than any other side.
  • Last season they kept 10 clean sheets in 18 league games under Tony Pulis.

Manchester City

  • City have won their opening Premier League fixture in five of the last six seasons, drawing once.
  • David Silva has scored in three of his last four appearances against the Baggies.

O'Brien sets up rare Leics victory

Derbyshire 345 & 241, Leicestershire 314 & 273-7

Niall O'Brien
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A fine half-century from Niall O'Brien helped Leicestershire to a

three-wicket win over Derbyshire at Grace Road - their first home win since 2012.

Resuming on 56-4 chasing a target of 273, O'Brien and Aadil Ali extended their fifth-wicket stand to 138 before O'Brien was lbw to Mark Footitt for 87.

Ali (42) shared a fifty partnership with Andrea Agathangelou but both fell quickly to leave the hosts 238-7.

However, Ben Raine's 31 not out off 37 balls saw the Foxes to 273-7 and their second Division Two win of the season.

Wood to lead England at Twickenham

Rugby Union

Tom Wood
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Northampton Saints back row Tom Wood will captain England as he wins his 37th cap.

Wood led England in their two-Test tour of Argentina in 2013.

"Tom is one of several leaders in the squad and he captained the team well in Argentina when Chris Robshaw was rested," said coach Lancaster.

"This is an ideal opportunity to take the armband at Twickenham against what will be a quality French team."

Lancaster eager for action

Rugby Union

Saturday's match against France will be the first of two meetings between the pair in consecutive weeks and England coach Stuart Lancaster is keen to see his side in action.

"We are really excited to play at Twickenham and to put into practice some what we have been working on for the last six weeks," he said.

"The lads are itching to get out and play a match and these games give us a chance to look at a wide range of players and combinations before we narrow down our selection further."

England team to face France

Rugby Union

The England team in full is: Alex Goode, Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Sam Burgess, Jonny May, Owen Farrell, Richard Wigglesworth; Mako Vunipola, Rob Webber, Kieran Brooks, George Kruis, Geoff Parling, Tom Wood, Calum Clark, Ben Morgan.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Alex Corbisiero, David Wilson, Dave Attwood, James Haskell, Danny Care, Danny Cipriani, Billy Twelvetrees.

BreakingBurgess to make England debut

Rugby Union

Sam Burgess
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Rugby league convert Sam Burgess is one of three uncapped players named in the starting XV for England's World Cup warm-up against France at Twickenham on Saturday.

Burgess will play at inside centre alongside fellow debutant Henry Slade of Exeter while Northampton's Calum Clark starts at flanker.

Slade's club-mate Luke Cowan-Dickie will be hoping to make his debut from the bench.

Signings to watch - Man City

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)

Raheem Sterling

City made Raheem Sterling the most expensive English player of all time after signing him from Liverpool. The forward will provide extra quality to a side looking to regain the Premier League title.

Ouseph loses at Worlds


England's Rajiv Ouseph
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England's Rajiv Ouseph has been knocked out of the World Badminton Championship on the opening day of competition in Indonesia.

Ouseph, the 16th seed, lost 21-16 21-12 to Thailand's Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk while Scotland's Kirsty Gilmour and England's Fontaine Chapman are out of the women's singles.

But in the men's doubles, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge went through to the second round while Lauren Smith and Heather Olver were winners in the women's doubles on the opening day of the tournament.

Signings to watch - West Brom

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)


Following an unhappy season with Liverpool, Lambert made the switch to the Hawthorns. The striker showed his worth immediately, netting two goals in a friendly just hours after signing for the club.

England women prepare for Ashes


Ahead of the start of the women's Ashes Test on Tuesday at Canterbury, England pair Georgia Elwiss and Jenny Gunn take time out to pose for a photo.

You can hear every ball of the match on BBC Radio with reaction and analysis across the BBC.

Ashes Eve take two! All set and ready for tomorrow with @GunnJenny #bestest #womensashes

Ashes Eve take two! All set and ready for tomorrow with @GunnJenny #bestest #womensashes

Get involved - Best and worst

Keep sending your favourite and worst starts to a season.

Enyi Nnanta: 12/13 season. Everton 1 Man United 0. Didn't matter though as we strolled to our 20th league title.

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Alex Steele: Aug '95 at the Villa as we stuffed United's "kids" 3-1. Last time we beat them at home in league. Due a win on Friday.

GB celebrate record medal haul


Adam Peaty

Great Britain enjoyed a successful time at the 2015 World Aquatics Championships which finished on Sunday in Kazan, Russia, with a record haul of medals.

BBC Sport looks back at their achievements in the pool as Adam Peaty, 50m breaststroke world record holder, led the way with three gold medals as the team came away with five golds, one silver and three bronzes to finish fourth in the medals table.

Tom Daley won gold and bronze in the diving event in the first week of the championships.

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Tom de Oliveira: 06/07 Reading's first ever top flight game, coming back from 2-0 down at home to Boro with Leroy Lita bagging the winner.

This photo bring back any memories Tom?

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Darrell Kerrison: First Premier League season. Norwich 2-0 down to Arsenal at half time, come back to win 4-2 at Highbury.

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Chris Jones: Fulham winning 11 straight games at the start of the 2000/1 season. We were unstoppable.

West Brom sign striker


West Brom boss Tony Pulis has called on Baggies fans to give Rondon time to settle.

"He's got a fantastic goalscoring record in some of the top leagues in Europe and for his country,"

said Pulis. "He's 25 years of age and still to fulfil his full potential.

"We hope he hits the ground running of course but understand it might take him time to settle. I'm sure our fans will help him and get behind him.

"But we feel with age on his side and the prices English clubs are asking for their players, it's a deal worth doing. "

West Brom sign striker


West Brom's new boy Salomon Rondon has joined from Russian club Zenit St Petersburg for a fee of £12m.

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When he joined the Russians in January 2014, he was a controversial signing - the first black player to join the club since Zenit's biggest fans group called for non-white players to be excluded from the team.

The 25-year-old, who has signed a four-year deal at the Hawthorns, said: "I am very happy to be at West Brom. This is a new opportunity in my career and I can't wait to play."

BreakingWest Brom sign striker


West Brom have confirmed the signing of Venezuela international striker Salomon Rondon.

'Disgusting and rude'


East Fife have apologised for what they describe as "disgusting, rude and sexist" chants by fans towards East Stirlingshire's female physiotherapist.

East Fife's Bayview Stadium

It follows Saturday's 1-0 defeat for the Fifers at Ochilview Park.

"The behaviour of a number of East Fife fans was deplorable and an embarrassment to East Fife FC," said a statement on the club website.

"We are a family club with ladies and child supporters, as are East Stirlingshire FC. They should not have been exposed to this type of language and behaviour."

Taking a breather


it’s graft and lots of it for one of Britain’s world champion boxers, Kell Brook.

. @specialkbrook camp underway in Fuertaventura..ruined from this track session this morning! Fight news coming soon!

. @specialkbrook camp underway in Fuertaventura..ruined from this track session this morning! Fight news coming soon!

Team news

West Brom v Manchester City (20:00 BST)

Tonight's big game in the Premier League sees West Brom take on Man City at the Hawthorns (kick off 20:00 BST).

There is live text commentary on the BBC Sport website but we'll spend the next few hours building up to the game.

A spot of early team news... Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott is a West Brom doubt but Rickie Lambert, James McClean and James Chester are all set to make their debuts.

Joleon Lescott
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Serge Gnabry's move from Arsenal was completed too late for him to play.

Manchester City duo Gael Clichy and Fabian Delph are out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. But David Silva, Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero are all fit after recovering from illness.