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Summary

  1. Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)
  2. Eight Premier League news conferences
  3. REACTION: Chelsea sign Pedro
  4. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes and Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

That's it for Thursday's Sportsday Live. The day Chelsea

confirmed Pedro as their man and Premier League title rivals Manchester City
signed Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi. Thanks for your company. There's more football to come with
live text commentary starting now on the BBC Sport website of Southampton's Europa League play-off. We're back at 06:00 BST Friday. Until then...

West Ham v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

West Ham United announce 16-year-old midfielder Reece Oxford has a

"small niggle" and has missed a few days of training this week ahead of his team's home game with Bournemouth on Saturday.

What you may have missed...

Football

Ever wanted to see Gary Lineker attempt to take a penalty while dizzy? Even if you haven't it's worth watching this hilarious clip...  

Never taken a penalty like this one before!! Here's my attempt at taking a #dizzygoal @theglobalgoals" youtu.be/Hg4u8zFUrUw

Countdown to kick-off

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

Southampton programme
@SouthamptonFC

Southampton fans attending tonight's Europa League play-off with Danish champions FC Midtjylland will get a free programme.

Watson rejoins Northampton on loan

Football

Northampton Town re-sign midfielder Ryan Watson on loan from Leicester City until 3 January. The 22-year-old had a loan spell with the Cobblers last term cut short by

a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Who are FC Midtjylland?

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

FC Midtjylland
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Matthew Benham, owner of Championship Brentford, bought FC Midtjylland last year and ­transformed the club to win the Danish League title - the first major trophy in their history.

They are managed by Jess Thorup, the former Denmark Under-21 manager and their squad boasts 13 homegrown players. FC Midtjylland are a greater force since losing 4-2 on aggregate to Manchester City in the Uefa Cup in 2008-09, but they have yet to qualify for the group stage.

What you may have missed...

Sunderland v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Here are the notes I'm preparing for Saturday's match with Swansea.

I'm hand-drawing the club crests this season - in previous seasons I've taken the image off the internet - but decided this season to have a go at drawing them.

Nick Barnes
BBC Sport

I start the prep at the beginning of the week - the crests and the previous match stats and then usually on a Thursday, before I see Dick Advocaat (or whoever is head coach is that week) I do the notes for the team that Sunderland is facing next.

I've been doing it this way for the past seven or eight seasons and, on average, a page takes around four or five hours work.

Brasford sign Evans

Football

Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Lee Evans, 21, joins League One Bradford City on loan...

STORY | Talented Welsh U21s midfielder arrives on loan from the Championship....bradfordcityfc.co.uk/news/article/e…

STORY | Talented Welsh U21s midfielder arrives on loan from the Championship....bradfordcityfc.co.uk/news/article/e…

'Stoke can compete with best'

Football

Peter Coates
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Stoke City have been able to transform their spending power because of the financial riches of the Premier League, says Potters chairman Peter Coates.

Stoke recently broke their transfer record, spending £12m on Inter Milan winger Xherdan Shaqiri, who is one of nine summer arrivals at the club.

"If Stoke City can stay up we get, roughly, an extra £40m - that's a huge chunk of money," Coates said. "We've probably got a larger budget than most teams in Europe and we can compete with the world's top teams."

Read more from Coates's wide-ranging interview with BBC Radio Stoke here.

Fulham sign defender Ream

Football

From Bolton Wanderers to Fulham....US international defender Tim Ream signs a four-year contract at Craven Cottage.

The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of @timream5 from Bolton Wanderers. ow.ly/R9wil

The Club is delighted to confirm the signing of @timream5 from Bolton Wanderers. ow.ly/R9wil

What you may have missed...

Road Cycling

Team Sky's Chris Froome is among those to question the Costa del Sol route of Saturday's opening team time-trial of the Vuelta a Espana. 

Two-time Tour de France champion Froome posted pictures of a boardwalk and a sand-covered section of the test from Porto Banus to Marbella which opens the Tour of Spain, the year's third and final Grand Tour. 

Preview of Saturday's @lavuelta 7,4km TTT course 😯😳😕

Preview of Saturday's @lavuelta 7,4km TTT course 😯😳😕

Froome's comment included emoticons (which may not display on your browser) to express alarm and confusion after previewing the route with his eight Team Sky colleagues.     

Countdown to kick-off

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

Southampton
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Southampton are one round away from the group stage of the Europa League yet they have struggled domestically, picking up just one point from their opening two Premier League matches.

Defender Steven Caulker is available again after recovering from a sinus infection, while Oriol Romeu could make his full debut after coming on as a half-time substitute against the Toffees.

Sadio Mane, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United, should also start and will be looking to add to the goal he scored in Arnhem in the last round. Ryan Bertrand, Fraser Forster and Jordy Clasie are all still missing.

What you may have missed...

West Ham v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Slaven Bilic
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It's GCSE results day and West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic says the club is waiting to learn how 16-year-old midfielder Reece Oxford has got on. Oxford helped the Hammers defeat Arsenal 2-0 on the opening weekend of the season and finished the game with a

pass-completion percentage of 95%, the best of any player in the match.

"The whole club is very excited to hear how the youngster has done in his exams," says Bilic.

Johnson issues ice-bucket threat

Football

Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson threatens to start soaking his players with icy water if they continue to start games slowly.

"All these people saying the ice bucket challenge is new, I was doing it with John Beck at Cambridge 15 years ago," Johnson tells BBC Gloucestershire

following the 1-1 draw with Chester in the National League.

Wanyama to Tottenham?

Football gossip

Tottenham Hotspur make an enquiry about Southampton forward Victor Wanyama but the Saints are reluctant to sell him, according to

Thursday's London Evening Standard.

The report adds: "Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to buy a defensive midfielder before the transfer window closes and worked successfully with Wanyama, 24, during his time at Southampton."

What you may have missed...

Football

Celtic v Malmo
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Malmo goalkeeper Johan Wiland launches an extraordinary attack on Celtic and accuses the team of acting like "pigs" and children,

reports the Daily Record.

Wiland singled out former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Leigh Griffiths, insisting he was like a child, during Malmo's 3-2 Champions League play-off defeat at Parkhead on Wednesday.

Pools sign Iron defender Boyce

Football

Hartlepool United sign Scunthorpe United defender Andrew Boyce on a

month-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old made 34 appearances for the Iron last season after a loan spell at Grimsby but has yet to feature in the 2015-16 campaign.

Austin hits back

Football

Charlie Austin
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Queen’s Park Rangers forward Charlie Austin describes as “outrageous” comments by the West Ham chairman David Sullivan that the player had no ligaments in his right knee and could break down at any moment.

Austin releases a statement on Twitter."For the record, there is nothing wrong with my "ligaments", as has been suggested," he writes.

'Being Kingsley is practically a full-time job'

Football

Kingsley
SNS

"I slapped my bum in front of Celtic's huddle. I've never experienced an adrenaline rush like it."

The Guardian spent a match day with Kingsley, Partick Thistle's terrifying, iconic mascot.

Here is what happened...

Tiger roars back

Golf

Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods - currently the world number 286 - has shot 64 in the first round of the Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. It is his lowest PGA Tour round since the 2013 WGC Bridgestone, 749 days ago.

Asensio joins Espanyol on loan

Football

Transfer activity at the Bernabeu involving a 19-year-old winger...

Real Madrid and Espanyol have reached an agreement to loan the player Marco Asensio for the 2015-2016 season.

Real Madrid and Espanyol have reached an agreement to loan the player Marco Asensio for the 2015-2016 season.

Stoke keen to keep numbers up

Football

Graham McGarry

BBC Radio Stoke Sport

Stoke City
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Stoke City may not let any of their fringe players leave the club before the end of the transfer window, according to assistant manager Mark Bowen.

The club have brought in nine players this summer, with only three leaving. Bowen says they don't want to run the risk of being short on numbers.

"We need two players for every position and you never know what's around the corner. We can't let players go when they are of a use to you," he said.

Countdown to kick-off

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

The atmosphere is beginning to build outside St Mary's ahead of the Europa League play-off tie with the champions of Denmark...

VIDEO: #SaintsFC's players arrive at St Mary's ahead of tonight's @EuropaLeague clash with @fcmidtjylland. amp.twimg.com/v/80dd1021-06f…

Southampton
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Klinger signs new Gloucestershire deal

Cricket

Batsman Michael Klinger
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Gloucestershire batsman Michael Klinger signs a new

two-year contract with the club. The 35-year-old Australian returned to Bristol earlier this year having been the top-scorer in the Big Bash with Perth Scorchers and the second highest run-scorer with Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield over the winter.

Watford news conference

Watford v Southampton (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

The future of Matej Vydra is interesting, with the Watford striker failing to make an appearance from the bench this season despite scoring 16 goals last term.

Nottingham Forest have been linked with the Czech and head coach Quique Flores did not rule out him leaving.

Matej Vydra
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He said that those players not playing needed to have patience as the season is so long, but added: "If a player wants to leave it's important to open the door."

Flores was asked about a possible move for Mario Balotelli but laughed off the question and stressed that no conversation had taken place about the Liverpool front man.

Countdown to kick-off

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

Just under three hours to wait, Matt...

Very excited to be seeing @SouthamptonFC in European action for the 1st time live tonight in the @EuropaLeague #WeMarchOn #COYR

Canoe sprint silver for Britain

Disability sport

David McDaid

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Great Britain secure their second sprint canoe place at next summers Paralympic Games as Anne Dickins takes the silver medal in the KL3 200m at the Canoe Sprint World Championships.

Dickins follows Anne Wiggs - who won gold on Wednesday - in claiming a GB place in Brazil, where canoe sprint is making its Paralympic debut.

British disability athletes have now won one gold and four silver medals after two days of competition in Milan.

Smithies joins QPR

Football

Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies, 25, joins Championship rivals QPR after 15 years with the Terriers.

BREAKING: #QPR have completed the signing of ‘keeper Alex Smithies: qprng.rs/SmithiesSigns #SmithiesSigns
BREAKING: #QPR have completed the signing of ‘keeper Alex Smithies: qprng.rs/SmithiesSigns #SmithiesSigns
BREAKING: #QPR have completed the signing of ‘keeper Alex Smithies: qprng.rs/SmithiesSigns #SmithiesSigns
BREAKING: #QPR have completed the signing of ‘keeper Alex Smithies: qprng.rs/SmithiesSigns #SmithiesSigns

BREAKING: #QPR have completed the signing of ‘keeper Alex Smithies: qprng.rs/SmithiesSigns #SmithiesSigns

Richie Benaud tribute

Cricket

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

Gone but not forgotten...

In honour of the great broadcaster, one of the boxes at the Oval has been re-named 'The Richie Benaud Commentary Box'

In honour of the great broadcaster, one of the boxes at the Oval has been re-named 'The Richie Benaud Commentary Box'

Leicester City news conference

Leicester City v Tottenham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Ian Stringer

BBC Radio Leicester

Claudio Ranieri completed his hat-trick of pre-match press conferences in some style.

Claudio Ranieri
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He greeted those who attended with a smile and an individual handshake but he knows his job is not about charming the press pack. Results are the key thing and he's already recorded two win in his return to the Premier League.

Ranieri says he knows Spurs will be a tougher test at the weekend but one thing is for sure, his team are fit and ready to take the fight to the London club, who did the double over them last term.

Dizzy football

Football

Gary Lineker

MOTD presenter since 1999

Ever wanted to see Gary Lineker attempt to take a penalty while dizzy? Even if you haven't it's worth watching this hilarious clip...

@GaryLineker: Never taken a penalty like this one before!! Here's my attempt at taking a #dizzygoal @theglobalgoals" youtu.be/Hg4u8zFUrUw

What makes the perfect heptathlete?

Athletics

BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis has done some digging for you to answer that very question.... (the answer has nothing to do with double-barrelled surnames...)

Katarina Johnson-Thompson (left) and Jessica Ennis-Hill (right)
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Johnson-Thompson (left) finished fifth in the 2013 World Championships while Ennis-Hill won gold in 2009 and silver in 2011

"To master anything requires practice and dedication; to excel in multiple events needs round-the-clock devotion. Few have the talent; fewer still possess such single-minded commitment. The multi-skilled individual is a special breed".

Read on here. If you like your athletics, you will love this piece.

Monk's message to Jones

Rugby Union

We brought you the news earlier that former Wales rugby union captain Ryan Joneshas retired from playing on medical advice. Here's a message from Swansea City manager Garry Monk...

Great career pal, should be incredibly proud of what you've achieved. #nextchapter twitter.com/ryanjonesonlin…

Sunderland in for De Guzman

Football gossip

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle commentator

Jonathan de Guzman
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Reports emanating from Italy suggest Sunderland are in talks with Napoli about signing Jonathan De Guzman.

The Dutch international midfielder is believed to be interested in a move back to the Premier League following a loan spell with Swansea City.

Cahill or Zorro?

Football

Remember Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic accidentally landing one on his own defender Gary Cahill during last Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City?

Manchester City v Chelsea
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  This is the result...  

Man City complete Otamendi deal

Football

Ian Cheeseman

BBC Radio Manchester

Nicolas Otamendi has finally been confirmed as a Manchester City player but these days the conclusion of deals seems more complicated than ever.

Nicolas Otamendi
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I'd love to see the contract of a modern-day player; I'll bet that it's far more complex that the one you or I sign when we make our biggest lifetime purchase - a house. Mind you, the money spent on a Premier League footballer would buy several estates, never a single house.

Next up Kevin De Bruyne - what's the betting that deal will be concluded on the last day of the transfer window?

IFA warned over firework

Football

The Irish Football Association has pledged to prevent any repeat of an incident which saw a firework thrown on to the pitch at Windsor Park after receiving a warning from disciplinary chiefs.

Uefa's control, ethics and disciplinary body launched an investigation after an object was thrown on to the playing surface from a section housing visiting supporters during Northern Ireland's 0-0 Euro 2016 Group F qualifier draw with Romania on 13 June.

Swansea City news conference

Sunderland v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Mark Poyser

BBC Wales football reporter

Swansea manager Garry Monk is clearly in a difficult position with midfielder Leon Britton. He wants him to stay but can't guarantee his former team-mate first-team football.

Leon Britton
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Monk wants to keep his squad together before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month. "Not for sale" would be his response to any interest in winger Jefferson Montero, with Michu the only player likely to leave.

Three seasons ago he was one of the hottest properties in the league, now his future remains unclear as, despite reported interest from Celtic, Monk says there is "nothing concrete" on offer for the Spaniard.

Get Involved- sports stars exam results

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Loving all your suggestions but don't forget to tell us why you think your chosen sports stars will get top grades in their GCSE's.

A* for effort, Liam and John:

Liam David: David Silva - Geography. Knows exactly where everyone is

John Tsopanis: We had an IT technician who looked like Brede Hangeland. So, Brede, keep up the good work moonlighting in IT.

Use #bbcsportsday or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

'We must start well'

Southampton v FC Midtjylland (20:00 BST)

Here's midfielder James Ward-Prowse ahead of a big night in Europe for Southampton... 

NEWS: @Prowsey16 says #SaintsFC will not underestimate @fcmidtjylland at St Mary's tonight – sfcne.ws/JWPPreFCMH

NEWS: @Prowsey16 says #SaintsFC will not underestimate @fcmidtjylland at St Mary's tonight – sfcne.ws/JWPPreFCMH