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Summary

  1. Rooney becomes England's all-time top scorer
  2. Rooney finishes fifth in our poll, won by Gary Lineker
  3. Yorkshire win County Championship title
  4. BBC to show next two Super Bowls

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By Steve Canavan and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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'Rooney a popular figure'

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

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England manager Roy Hodgson has often spoken of the respect and affection in which his captain Wayne Rooney is held in the dressing room. You only have to listen to previous praise from Arsenal's Jack Wilshere, although whether Rooney appreciated being called "the dad figure" is another matter.

And if any further proof was needed it can be found in thefootage of Rooney coming back into the Wembley dressing roomafter becoming England's all-time record goalscorer. There is genuine delight among his team-mates at a character who is so popular with his England colleagues reaching that landmark.

Who's the greatest?

Football

Sally Nugent

BBC Breakfast sport presenter

If this was a competition to decide which England player best represented the values of English football then I would say Sir Bobby Charlton - by a mile. 

He is still working tirelessly to make the game better at every level - for professionals and for the young boys and girls playing for the first time. 

But this is about the greatest ever England goalscorer and my answer to that is easy. 

It's still Bobby - his goals helped England win a World Cup - the international team's greatest ever achievement. 

Who's the greatest?

Football

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

You can certainly make the case for Sir Bobby Charlton, perhaps the best English player of all time, Jimmy Greaves, the most natural finisher England have ever had, Sir Geoff Hurst, who produced on the biggest stage of them all and Gary Lineker, who raised his game when it came to World Cups. 

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You could even argue that at his very, very best, perhaps only for a period of two or three years, Michael Owen was as devastating a force as anyone England have ever had. 

But if we are talking purely about goalscoring, then Wayne Rooney's record in an England team that has never really looked like challenging for the biggest prizes deserves to stand alongside any of the names above. 

The only question against Rooney is his failure to score prolifically in major championships. But his team-mates may have to share some of the blame for that. 

Lennon set for Chelsea test

Football

It looks like winger Aaron Lennon will play some part for Everton against Chelsea on Saturday.

The 28-year-old's last match was for the Toffees on 16 May at the end of his loan spell at the club but he rejoined them permanently on deadline day from Tottenham for a fee of £4.5m.

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"I'm not worried about his physical state and he needs to play games now to sharpen up his play," said Everton boss Roberto Martinez. 

"He's refreshed and is in a great position. He knows the football club inside out and is desperate to get back to Goodison.

"From that point of view, I expect Aaron to be involved one way or another at the weekend."

Reading's Tshibola signs new contract

Football

Midfielder Aaron Tshibola has signed a new contract that will keep him at Championship club Reading until 2019.

The 20-year-old has featured in every match for Reading so far this season.

'We could go out of business'

Football

Torquay United could go out of business if some of the club's former employees win court cases against the club, says director of football Dean Edwards.

The Gulls - in the Conference - were taken over by a consortium of local business people in the summer, but laid off a number of staff as they tried to cut costs.

"We have a couple of people now who are trying to take us to court," Edwards told BBC Sport. "It's a problem. Ultimately it could finish the football club."

One person has already won a case for unfair dismissal against the National League club, and they could face a bill of up to £250,000 if all the cases went against the Gulls.

'Look for another woman'

Football

Togo coach Tom Saintfiet says he won't select Emmanuel Adebayor after the Tottenham striker failed to respond to a call-up for an African Cup qualifier against Djibouti.

"If you are dating a woman who does not want to respond positively, then you must look for another woman," said Saintfiet.

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Adebayor played and scored in a qualifying win against Liberia in June but expressed his disappointment then that he was overlooked for the captaincy.

Togo beat Djibouti 2-0 and lead their group.

'I want a massive name'

Boxing

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Kell Brook is ready to pass his "toughest" test against Diego Chaves next month before trying to arrange fights with the likes of Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan.

The Yorkshireman will defend his IBF welterweight world title against Argentine Chaves in his native Sheffield on 24 October.

Unbeaten Brook will then chase down the division's big names having so far failed to land the mega-fights he craves.

"I want to fight a massive name in the spring next year," Brook said.

Porter leaves PCA post

Cricket

Angus Porter has decided to leave his position as the Professional Cricketers Association chief executive.

Porter, who has held the role since March 2010, has told his employers of his intended departure. A statement on the players' union website read:

"After five-and-a-half years of outstanding leadership as chief executive of the PCA, Angus has let us know that he feels it is time for him to move on."

Rabbitohs star heads for Catalans Dragons

Rugby League

As mentioned earlier (15:30) South Sydney Rabbitohs are to release back-rower Glenn Stewart from his contract early, so that he can join Super League club Catalans Dragons in 2016.

The 31-year-old former Australia international will link up with three other players that are joining the French side from NRL clubs next term.

Who's the greatest?

Football

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Take nothing away from Rooney's achievement, but international greatness should be measured by how a player performs at major tournaments. Rooney got off to a dream start at Euro 2004, but hasn't been able to replicate that form when it has mattered most. 

His World Cup record compares unfavourably to those of Gary Lineker and Sir Geoff Hurst, and his Euros record to that of Alan Shearer. That said, there's still time for Rooney to outshine them all in the next three years.

Rooney - record-breaker

Football

All about this man last night! Such an honour to say I was playing when @WayneRooney broke the record! 👏🏽👏🏽 #legend

All about this man last night! Such an honour to say I was playing when @WayneRooney broke the record! 👏🏽👏🏽 #legend

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Steve Watson: Lineker without a doubt, golden boot in 86 and scored vital goals. Rooney's seven goals in major tournaments just isn't good enough in 12 years as an international.  

Hodgson made to wait

Football

England boss Roy Hodgson will not be given a new deal until after Euro 2016 to avoid the "unsavoury position" that emerged under Italian Fabio Capello, the Football Association has said.

Capello, then the England manager, signed a new contract prior to the 2010 World Cup, but England lost to Germany in the second round.

"Roy is very comfortable with the situation," said FA chief Martin Glenn.

Hodgson's current contract runs out after Euro 2016.

England manager Roy Hodgson
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Follow The Buzzards:  Player breaks goals record in other countries: lauded as a hero. Player breaks goals record for England: He's rubbish. Sigh.

Naveed Afzal:  For me it's Michael Owen. Scored that wonder goal in 98, hat-trick against the Germans and won the Ballon D'or.

Tim Rowley:  Alan Shearer would have beaten the all-time record if it wasn't for injuries and the rise of Michael Owen.

Dier signs new Spurs deal

Football

CONTRACT: We're delighted to announce that @ericdier has signed a new contract with the club until 2020.

CONTRACT: We're delighted to announce that @ericdier has signed a new contract with the club until 2020.

'Don't write off Cavendish'

Road Cycling

Matt Slater

BBC Sport

Mark Cavendish started this Tour of Britain by losing the first stage by about an inch and then launching into a defence of the sprinter’s art.

His main point was that the Vuelta, with its emphasis on gear-grinding gradients, has forgotten that sprinters are good riders too, and a bunch sprint can make for great TV.

It has taken three days but Cavendish can now point to some compelling evidence, although his star witness is teammate Fernando Gaviria, the winner of a thrilling fourth-stage sprint into Blyth.

With Cavendish widely expected to be leaving Etixx – Quick-Step next season, this will no doubt prompt some to speak of a changing of the guard.

But I am not ready to write off the Manxman just yet – he has made a nonsense of such predictions before – and it should be noted that it was Cavendish leading the celebrations even before Gaviria had crossed the line.

Cavendish joy at team-mates win

Road Cycling

WHAT A SPRINT by @FndoGaviria today in @TourofBritain! Wow! Love riding with this kid in @Etixx_QuickStep. Proud of you dude.

Cavendish helps Gaviria to win

Road Cycling

Mark Cavendish helped Etixx-QuickStep team-mate Fernando Gaviria to victory on stage four of the Tour of Britain on Wednesday.

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The Manxman guided the Colombian in the finale of the finish of the 217-kilometres route from Edinburgh to Blyth and Gaviria did the rest. 

Cavendish was seen celebrating in the background as his team-mate triumphed ahead of German Andre Greipel (Lotto-Soudal).

The race finishes in London on Sunday.

Italy suffer Morisi setback

Rugby Union

Italy centre Luca Morisi has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup because of a torn ligament in his right knee.

The 20-year-old Treviso player suffered the injury during the friendly defeat against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

Gonzalo Garcia picked up an ankle problem against the Welsh, but is expected to continue his rehabilitation with the rest of the squad.

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Rotherham to host Continental Cup final

Football

The final of this season's Women's Continental Cup will be held at Rotherham's New York Stadium, the Football Association has confirmed. 

The match will be played on Sunday, 1 November, concluding the 2015 season.

Arsenal Ladies have won the Continental Cup three times, before Manchester City Women beat the Gunners 1-0 in last year's final, played at Adams Park.

Duggan blow

Football

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Man City striker Toni Duggan will miss the rest of the season with the ankle injury sustained against Liverpool Ladies.

It is a blow for City as they prepare to face Liverpool in the FA WSL on Thursday.

Sell-out

Football

CARLISLE: Club sell out their 5,744 allocation for Liverpool tie with no extra tickets to be made available

CARLISLE: Club sell out their 5,744 allocation for Liverpool tie with no extra tickets to be made available

Excitement is clearly growing in Carlisle in the build-up to the Cumbrian's League Cup third-round trip to Anfield.

European clubs to help migrants

Football

The European Club Association says its members have agreed to give one euro for every ticket sold at this month's Champions League and Europa League matches to charities supporting migrants trying to enter the continent.

The promise commits 80 clubs to donate money from their first home match in the group stage.

Announcing the pledge, ECA chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said "this is a serious and big problem we have to face now in Europe and I believe football has a kind responsibility for these poor people". 

Rummenigge says up to three million euros could be raised, with other members invited to contribute. The idea was first proposed by FC Porto president Jorge Nuno Pinto da Costa.

Champions Yorkshire build lead

Middlesex 106, Yorkshire 129-3

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

"Having had their title defence confirmed this afternoon, Yorkshire are in a strong position on day one at Lord's.

"Middlesex were all out just after lunch as Ryan Sidebottom claimed five wickets - three of which came in the first over of the day.

"The leaden skies have now cleared and the sun has been out for most of the Yorkshire innings so far as skipper Andrew Gale has reached an unbeaten fifty."

A legend returns

Horse Racing

One more time - AP McCoy going out on Gannicus for the 'Legends' race at Doncaster

One more time - AP McCoy going out on Gannicus for the 'Legends' race at Doncaster

Winning machine - AP McCoy comes out of retirement for one day & wins 'Legends' race at Doncaster on Gannicus

Winning machine - AP McCoy comes out of retirement for one day & wins 'Legends' race at Doncaster on Gannicus

'Returning hero'

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

The 20-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy vowed he would never ride in a race again after temporarily coming out of retirement and winning the 'Leger Legends' contest on Gannicus at Doncaster.

Northern Irishman McCoy, 41, was greeted like a returning hero as punters crowded for autographs and snapshots of the rider, who quit the saddle in April.

After a career which yielded more than 4,300 victories, the jockey was soon back in the old routine, winning by two lengths on the 7-2 favourite trained by Brendan Powell.

McCoy had been persuaded to compete one more time because the one-mile flat race raises money for injured jockeys.

"This was very enjoyable, but a one-off," said McCoy, who has confessed to putting on about a stone in weight since his last race more than four months ago.

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John Mann: Greatest England attacker - what about Vivian Woodward...?

Great shout John (you've either got a long memory or are very well read)

For those not au fait with Mr Woodward, this is what he looks like...

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Born in 1879, Woodward's football career lasted from 1895 to 1920, during which time he scored 29 goals in 23 games for England and 57 goals in 44 outings for England Amateurs.

On top of that, he captained Great Britain to gold medals at the 1908 Olympics in London and in Stockholm in 1912 - and served in the British army during the First World War.

So now you know.

Prince Ali to run for Fifa presidency

Football

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan is back in the race to be elected Fifa president having declared his candidacy on Wednesday four months after losing May's vote to Sepp Blatter. 

"I've decided to launch my candidacy for the presidency of Fifa for the second time," he said.

"We must take back the game we love. We must return to what makes football the greatest sport on Earth: hope, dignity, excellence and opportunity."

Prince Ali will rival Uefa chief Michel Platini of France, and former Asia vice-president Chung Mong-joon of South Korea for the post.

Who's the greatest?

Football

Steve Wilson

BBC Match of the Day commentator

It’s so hard to compare eras. On the one hand teams used to be less defensive tactically and high scoring games were more commonplace; on the other, there were no games against San Marino or Andorra.

Comparing competitive games and goals doesn’t help much. In the entire 1960s England only played 45 competitive internationals including Home Championship matches. In the decade starting in 2010 England have already played 38 competitive games.

The records of Rooney, Charlton, Lineker, Hurst, Finney, Lofthouse, Shearer and Owen all deserve to be celebrated, but Jimmy Greaves's 44 goals in 57 appearances might just give him the edge.

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Wayne Andrews: For info: Top England scorers in competitive matches only (i.e. excl friendlies): Rooney 36, Owen 26, Lineker 22, Shearer 21.

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Leonard Harvey: I think in my lifetime it has to be Gary Lineker. He thrived under pressure in the big games like no other.

Rodsta: No George Camsell? Scored in EVERY game he played for England at a rate of 2 goals/game. Shame on you.

MA Issat: Top scorer doesn't mean best attacker. Despite being a Utd fan I'd still say Gary Lineker.

'No motive to leave'

Football

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The Mirror: France midfielder Paul Pogba says he turned down the opportunity to leave Juventus this summer because he felt there was "no motive" to do so. The 22-year-old was linked with a move to Chelsea.

Who's the greatest?

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Sir Bobby Charlton can be classed as England’s greatest all-round attacker but in my book the greatest striker was Gary Lineker, a scorer of 10 goals in two World Cup finals and a Golden Boot winner with six goals at the Mexico World Cup in 1986.

And while he is best remembered for the agony of being left out of the 1966 World Cup final when England beat West Germany, he has a rival in the great Jimmy Greaves. 44 goals in 57 England games – what a record.

McCoy returns ... and wins

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Record-breaking jump jockey AP McCoy came out of retirement for one race - and rode the winner of the 'Leger Legends' contest at Doncaster.

The 20-time champion, on 7-2 favourite Gannicus trained by Brendan Powell, saw off the Billy Newnes-ridden Next Stop (16-1) to triumph by two lengths.

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McCoy, 41, who retired in April after a career which yielded more than 4,300 winners, has vowed this will be his last race.

Jockey-turned broadcaster Luke Harvey was third on the 20-1 chance Big Storm Coming, with Gay Kelleway fourth on Swordbearer, in the one-mile flat race.

McCoy was third in both races during his last competitive outing at Sandown in April.

'I won't take easy option'

Football

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, who has scored seven goals in eight Euro 2016 qualifying matches, is struggling for first-team football at Norwich but says he is determined to fight for his place at the Premier League club.

"I'm not going to take the easy option and go out on loan to a Championship team, play the long-ball game. I want to play against the best players in the world in the Premier League. 

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"When I was a young boy I sat watching Match of the Day, dreaming of playing there, so I'm not going to throw my hat in now and take that easy option. 

"I will just go back and work my socks off in training and keep on knocking on the manager's door."

Kent going well in Cardiff

Kent 259-4 v Glamorgan

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Swalec Stadium:

"Kent's current club and first-team captains dominated the afternoon in Cardiff as Rob Key made an excellent 94 and Sam Northeast (56no) reached his half-century before being dropped twice in the same over.

"There were three wickets for David Lloyd, but the batsmen rattled along at four runs an over to leave the visitors well-placed to take maximum batting points."

Terriers sign Bournemouth defender

AFC Bournemouth defender Elliott Ward has joined Huddersfield Town on a 28-day loan. 

"I think I now have good experience of what the Championship is all about and what it takes to win games and get up the division," the 30-year-old said.

Coe asked to explain 'declaration of war' comment

Athletic

Sebastian Coe, the new IAAF president, is to be called to Parliament to be grilled about his claim that media investigations into widespread doping in athletics were a "declaration of war" on the sport.

Lord Coe is to be called to the next culture, media and sport select committee hearing into allegations that hundreds of athletes had suspicious blood results which were not followed up by the governing body.  

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Committee member Damian Collins, Tory MP for Folkestone and Hythe, said: "The plan will be to hold another session in the next couple of months and to have Sebastian Coe there.

"I think the 'declaration of war' remark was inappropriate. The UK Anti-Doping president suggested it was because he was standing for the IAAF presidency - what we want to understand is what he actually thinks now he is president of the IAAF."