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  1. Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)
  2. Chelsea close to deal for Man Utd target Pedro
  3. Leicester sign Inler on three-year contract
  4. Radcliffe says athletes should not release blood data
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

Get involved


That's all for Wednesday's Sportsday Live. Don't forget there is full live text commentary on the

BBC Sport website of Celtic against Malmo in the Champions League play-off. We'll have reaction from that game plus all the breaking transfer stories in Thursday's Sportsday Live from 08:00 BST. See you then.

What you may have missed...


Pedro might have had doubts about joining Manchester United but Red Devils midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger (right) looks pretty pleased to be there. Here he is with his brother Tobi outside Manchester Town Hall.  

Got a visit from my big brother, @tobits7. Nice to have you here.

Got a visit from my big brother, @tobits7. Nice to have you here.

What you may have missed...



A New York sandwich shop have come up with a sandwich in tribute of New York City's Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

The sub features Genoa Salami, fresh mozzarella, fried zucchini and pickled blueberries.

Swindon's Stewart transfer 'messy'


Swindon Town chairman Lee Power says the proposed signing of Jordan Stewart from Glentoran has become


Power revealed a fee, reported to be £50,000, was agreed at the weekend for the 20-year-old forward.

However, the player failed to turn up at the County Ground as expected.

"We wanted Jordan in the squad for Tuesday, there are agents involved and every Tom, Dick and Harry," Power told BBC Wiltshire. "To be honest with you, it got a bit messy."


Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Just over an hour to kick-off at Park Head and here's the Celtic starting XI...

Celtic team to play Malmo: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Forrest, Johansen, Armstrong; Griffiths. #UCL (MH)

Koeman expecting 'difficult' tie

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is expecting a

"difficult" challenge against FC Midtjylland in Thursday night's Europa League play-off tie.

Saints beat Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem 5-0 on aggregate in the previous round, but Koeman says tomorrow's game - the first of two legs with a place in the group round at stake - will be tougher.

He said: "It will be more difficult. They are the champions of Denmark and have a good organisation.

Countdown to kick-off

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Some Malmo fans have arrived & are looking forward to experiencing Celtic Park's famous atmosphere (NM) #UCL

Some Malmo fans have arrived & are looking forward to experiencing Celtic Park's famous atmosphere (NM) #UCL

Ciftci back for Celtic game

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci
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Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci returns for the first leg of their Champions League play-off with Malmo later, with the Turk still serving a domestic ban. Kris Commons has shrugged off a dead leg after missing Saturday's win over Inverness Caley Thistle. Scott Allan is in the 20-man squad after completing his transfer from Hibernian on Friday evening.

Radcliffe says athletes should not release blood data


Paula Radcliffe

Three-time London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe has backed the anti-doping agencies in advising athletes not to make their blood data public. In an interview with BBC sports editor Dan Roan, the 41-year-old Briton said the information is complicated and can be misunderstood and misinterpreted.

She also said she was proud of her career and had always been clean. "The whole point is you go through your career, you look back and say, 'That was the best I could do,'" she said.

Read the full story by clicking here.

Maitland-Niles 'to play for Arsenal'


Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy says he expects on-loan winger Ashley Maitland-Niles to become an Arsenal first-teamer in the future. The 17-year-old, who is on a season-long loan at Portman Road, has already made three substitute appearances for the Gunners.

"Wow. The talent of him; I think he's going to play for Arsenal, there's no doubt in my mind. We are just so lucky to have him," McCarthy told

BBC Radio Suffolk.

Promising start for Team GB


Joe Clee
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Great Britain's showjumpers have made a strong start in their pursuit of Rio Olympics qualification at the European Championships. Joe Clee (pictured), Ben Maher and Michael Whitaker all jumped clear rounds as the individual and team competitions got under way in Aachen, Germany.

Despite winning Olympic gold at London 2012, Britain have still to book a place in Brazil next summer, while other current non-qualifiers include Ireland, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland.

'Best Arsenal squad for years' = Arteta


Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta says the current squad the Emirates is the best the Gunners have had for "many, many years".

"I am really confident in this group - if we maintain it and start adding little things in the next few years then we have a very strong team and club," Arteta

tells the London Evening Standard.

Arsenal have won one and lost one of their first two games.

Boyata braced for tough test

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata
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Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata is expecting a tough test from Malmo when the two teams meet in the Champions League play-off later.

"We all want to get this qualification and we will give 100 % and that's all we can give to the team," the former Manchester City player says in the

Celtic programme.

"It will be a really tough game. I watched Malmo in the Champions League last year. They had Juventus, Olympiakos and Atletico Madrid in the group and I remember watching the games because one of my friends was playing for Olympiakos. It will be a really tough game."

RFL launch investigation

Rugby League

The Rugby Football League

launches an investigation into alleged racial chanting during the Super 8s Qualifiers match between Wakefield and Bradford at Belle Vue last Saturday.

The Wildcats announced earlier this week they were looking into "misconduct and unacceptable behaviour of spectators" and now the governing body is to probe a number of incidents after receiving a report from its match commissioner.

Malmo 'to target Ciftci'

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Nadir Ciftci (left)
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Malmo plan to target Celtic forward Nadir Ciftci in the hope of getting him sent off, according to one of their players. The Swedes face Celtic in the first leg of their Champions League play-off at Celtic Park with the former Dundee United man expected to return to the line-up. Ciftci has been absent from domestic duty because of a suspension picked up for biting Dundee's Jim McAlister last season.

"He's like [Luis] Suarez," Malmo forward Vladimir Rodic told Swedish paper

Sportbladet. "I hope he bites someone again against us and gets a red card to be out of the return game."

Red Wednesday



BBC Radio Manchester'sRed Wednesday tonight at 18:00 BST they are talking Manchester United - hear from former Reds captain Bryan Robson and Denis Irwin on Barcelona winger Pedro heading to Chelsea rather than Old Trafford, and why Louis van Gaal needs another striker to support Wayne Rooney.

Test of knowledge


A Question of Sport Teaser


Remember we asked you to name the four teams in the this season's Uefa Champions League play-off round that have played in the final of the competition since 2000?

Well, the answer is AS Monaco, Bayer Leverkusen, Manchester United and Valencia.

West Ham 'reach deal' for Song

Football gossip

Alex Song
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West Ham United have reached agreement with Barcelona for the permanent signature of midfielder Alex Song.

Co-owner David Sullivan tells the

KUMB (Knees Up Mother Brown) Podcast: "We have a deal in place with Alex Song subject to a medical. If the medical is ok, we'll take him. He's injured at the moment, which is something you've got to weight up. But we've got until 1 September to make a decision."

Giaccherini leaving Black Cats?

Football gossip

Sunderland's former Juventus midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, 30 could leave the Black Cats before the end of the transfer window, reports

Wednesday's Sunderland Echo. Giaccherini has been limited to 18 Premier League starts in two years because of injury.

Root a pleasure to watch


England captain Alastair Cook says he has never seen a player improve as much in a short space of time as star batsman Joe Root.

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Such has been Root's form during the past two months, he has displaced Australia's Steven Smith at the top of the International Cricket Council's Test batting rankings.

"He's improved leaps and bounds," said Cook ahead of Thursday's fifth and final Ashes Test of the summer at the Oval.

"I've never seen a player improve like that and it's a pleasure to watch him."

Countdown to kick-off

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Finishing touches ahead of a huge night at Celtic Park.

Final preparations are underway for tonight's @ChampionsLeague match against @Malmo_FF RT if you'll be here #COYBIG

Final preparations are underway for tonight's @ChampionsLeague match against @Malmo_FF RT if you'll be here #COYBIG

Everton stand firm on £40m Stones


Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

"Another day and more speculation surrounding John Stones - this time that Chelsea are considering whether to make a fourth and final offer of £40m.

John Stones
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My understanding is that Everton remain as unmoved now as they were a month ago when Chelsea made their first offer of £20m - but it would be a sign of Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's determination (some might say desperation) to land Stones if they doubled their original bid.

Everton need to do business of their own and are interested in River Plate defender Ramiro Funes Mori and Dynamo Kiev playmaker Andriy Yarmolenko. But there does not seem the slightest appetite to sell Stones to fund those moves."

'Sunderland have to get it right'


Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Sunderland centre-half Younes Kaboul has been speaking to BBC Newcastle on Wednesday.

Younes Kaboul
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The former Tottenham defender admitted he he could have no qualms about being dropped after being part of a defence that seven goals in the first two matches, as all he wants is the team to win.

"We've got to learn from the first two games and get it right against Swansea on Saturday," he said.

Man Utd in for Sadio Mane


Adam Blackmore

BBC Radio Solent sports editor

Here's Southampton's take on Manchester United bidding for Sadio Mane.

We understand #saintsfc have had interest from #mufc regards Sadio Mane, but there has been no bid yet, and they are not looking to sell

Who are Malmo?

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Just under three hours to kick-off in the Champions League play-off between Celtic and Malmo. Here's some information about the team from Sweden.


On the move


West Ham United midfielder Diego Poyet is on the move...

Happy to have joined @MKDonsFC on loan and looking forward to the first game on Saturday. Thank you everyone for the kind messages! 👍

Pistorious release delayed


Oscar Pistorius will not be released from prison on Friday as planned, after South Africa's justice ministry announced its decision to review the decision.

In a statement, the ministry said the decision to release Pistorius 10 months into his five-year sentence was made "prematurely" and with "no legal basis".

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Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide in October last year after shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. She would have celebrated her 32nd birthday on Wednesday.

The decorated Paralympic athlete now looks set to stay in prison at least until the case has been looked over by South Africa's correctional supervision and parole review board.

What you may have missed...


A New York sandwich shop have come up with a sandwich in tribute of New York City's Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo.

The sub features Genoa Salami, fresh mozzarella, fried zucchini and pickled blueberries.

"The Pirlo" sandwich from @No7Sub (cc: @whatahowler, @Pirlo_official) #NYCFC

"The Pirlo" sandwich from @No7Sub (cc: @whatahowler, @Pirlo_official) #NYCFC

Man Utd bid for Mane


BBC Sport can confirm that Manchester United have bid Southampton winger Sadio Mane (see 15:36). The bid for the 23-year-old from Senegal was made last week. Mane was linked with a £15m move to Tottenham earlier this summer.

Gibson accused


Everton and Republic of Ireland star Darron Gibson has been

charged in connection with an alleged hit-and-run crash that left a cyclist injured.

The midfielder, 27, was detained on Sunday after police received reports a cyclist had been struck by a car which then hit a pump at a petrol station.

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Mr Gibson is accused of driving with excess alcohol, after the crashes in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

He is due before Trafford Magistrates' Court on 1 September.

Care appointed Harlequins captain

Rugby Union

Harlequins have appointed England scrum-half Danny Care as

their new captain, replacing international team-mate Joe Marler. Care has made 187 appearances since joining Quins in 2006.

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The 28-year-old is in England's World Cup warm-up squad, but has not started for his country since November 2014. "In Danny we have a player who, to me, epitomises how we play and what we are known for as a team," said Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea.

bbc-coverageListen live

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

On #BBCSportsound tonight from 6:30pm - @celticfc v @Malmo_FF in the 1st leg of their CL play-off. @BBCRadioScot 810MW and digital radio.

Unfortunately radio commentary is not available online for rights reason, but you can follow the Champions League play-off tie first leg with our live text commentary, which starts at 19:15 BST.

Curle puts the boots in


Carlisle manager Keith Curle says his team need to

make a number of changes, including their boots, following some leaky defending at the start of the season.

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The Cumbrians conceded four goals for the second game in a row at Plymouth last night - their 4-1 defeat coming hot on the heels of a 4-4 draw with Cambridge on Saturday.

"Options, decisions, footwear and decision-making on the ball are all things that need to be tidied up," former England defender Curle told BBC Radio Cumbria.

Pakistan pair free to play again


Pakistan duo Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt will be eligible to return to competitive cricket on 2 September, the International Cricket Council has announced.

The pair have served bans for corrupt behaviour on the 2010 tour of England.



3 - The last three players to score two and assist one in a European game for Man Utd: Ronaldo (2009), Rooney (2013), Depay (2015). Heir?

No pressure there then.

Memphis or Depay?


Guy Mowbray

BBC Match of the Day commentator

Memphis / Depay a new season commentating 'issue'. Happy to go with Memphis as he wishes - but then screen graphics & Dutch FA say Depay!

'We're difficult to beat'

Celtic v Malmo (19:45 BST)

Celtic are in Champions League qualifying action in a few hours time, trying to do what Manchester United did last night.

And Hoops boss Ronny Deila is clearly in confident mood, claiming

Malmo will find it difficult to beat his side if the Scottish champions are at their best.

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The Swedish title winners visit Celtic Park in Wednesday's Champions League play-off round first leg.

Deila said: "We want to be in the Champions League. That's the goal, I've said that since coming to this club. Now we have two games to reach it. The most important thing is to win and get a good result."

Regal display by Arabian Queen

Horse racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

The 50/1 outsider Arabian Queen has sprung a huge shock to win Juddmonte International at York, beating Derby winner Golden Horn by a neck.

Test of knowledge


A Question of Sport Teaser


Time to test the old grey matter to get you in the mood for Wednesday night's European action, more of which in a moment. First a little question for you to ponder...

Name the four teams in the this season's Uefa Champions League play-off round that have played in the final of the competition since 2000?

Answers later on Wednesday.