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Summary

  1. Russia must wait to learn if it can send a team to next month's Olympics
  2. Burnley sign Gudmundsson & Pope from Charlton
  3. Bruce interviewed for England job
  4. Team GB names rugby sevens squads
  5. GET INVOLVED: Best memories of pre-season friendlies - #bbcsportsday

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By Andy Donley and Mark Mitchener

All times stated are UK

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Time to sunbathe...

Our time on Sportsday has come to an end. Like a German tourist, I've had a beach towel reserving a deckchair in MediaCity all day, sun cream in one pocket, knotted handkerchief in the other.

If, like us, you've been in the office all day, well done, you made it. Now flock to the sun! 

See you tomorrow for more breaking news and transfer gossip.

'Weird yet wonderful'

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It's a pretty lovely day out there - to the extent that Stoke are claiming that it isn't windy at the Bet 365 Stadium. Not sure whether we believe them though...

It's a weird yet wonderful sight with no wind and rain! ☀️👌 #SCFC

It's a weird yet wonderful sight with no wind and rain! ☀️👌 #SCFC

Next England manager

Football

It would seem that Sam Allardyce is carrying on with his Sunderland duties for the time being. 

Is that a sign that he's staying at the Stadium of Light...?

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will be attending tonight’s friendly at the Northern Echo Arena. Big Sam has... fb.me/4NgjmAgIT

Man City in Oxford approach

Football

Manchester City have made a formal approach for West Ham's 17-year-old defender Reece Oxford, the Daily Telegraph is reporting.

Oxford made his first-team breakthrough last season, and is currently in Germany with the England squad for European Under-19 Championships.

The report suggests that the defender will cost significantly more than £10m.

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On this day

Football

2010: Liverpool signed England international midfielder Joe Cole on a four-year contract.

Cole, now 34, won 56 caps for his country, and is currently plying his trade for the magnificently named Tampa Bay Rowdies.

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Meadow Lane relishes international spotlight

Football

Notts County officials hope hosting the first senior international fixture at Meadow Lane in the ground's 106-year history will lead to more England matches being played there in future.

England Women will play their final home Euro 2017 qualifier in Nottingham against Estonia on 15 September.

Notts Ladies chief executive Matt Alexander said: "I'd like to think if we get a good turn out that we may get another one and other England games."

Deaf man makes history

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Andrew Rees swimming the English Channel
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Andrew Rees has become the first deaf man to swim the English Channel solo.

The Welshman took 15 hours to make the crossing while raising funds to help other deaf athletes compete at the 2017 Deaflympics.

Read about his amazing feat here.

Hearts hope for quick start

Football

Attention returns to the Europa League qualifiers on Thursday - and Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson is hoping an early goal against Birkirkara will settle any nerves.

The Tynecastle outfit drew 0-0 in the searing heat of Malta last week and are favourites to progress to the third qualifying round.

You can read more here.

Get Involved: Pre-season memories

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Sunny evening at Matlock Town in 2012 - their ground definitely has some memorable surroundings #bbcsportsday

Sunny evening at Matlock Town in 2012 - their ground definitely has some memorable surroundings #bbcsportsday

With weather to match that of today as well Alex! Thanks very much for your pre-season memories today, you've been a hoot.

Gomes a wanted man

Football

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Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all interested in signing 22-year-old Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes from Valencia, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Any potential transfer will cost a reported £54m.

Get Involved: Pre-season memories

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Jonny Del Monte: August '99. Fulham vs Israel at Craven Cottage. Hazy memory of an open stand with no seats. Signed programme at home somewhere.

Mr Hundo: Preseason friendly between newly promoted Padova and Juventus. Got to watch Dino Baggio play. Gorgeous stadium too.

Andrew: Raising money for the Fred Keenor statue and Fabio Borini missing an open goal when Parma came to Cardiff. Glorious.

We still want to hear your most memorable pre-season experiences, so keep them coming at #bbcsportsday.

Pogba's agent is not in Manchester, say Goal

Football gossip

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Bad news for Manchester United fans who got excited earlier when we told you of reports that Paul Pogba's agent was in Manchester... he isn't.

When contacted by Goal, Mino Raiola dismissed today's stories in rather brusque fashion. 

Of course, that doesn't mean that a deal for the 23-year-old midfielder won't happen. It just means you'll all have to carry on being patient.

Miami or Merseyside?

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Romelu Lukaku Instagram
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Romelu Lukaku has been given some extra time off during pre-season after his exploits with Belgium at Euro 2016, but looking at that grey sky he may have been better off heading back to Goodison Park anyway.

Then again, that pool does look pretty appealing...

Torquay takeover in the balance?

Football

Torquay United chairman David Phillips says a planned takeover could collapse if the new owners cannot buy the club's Plainmoor ground.

The freehold is currently owned by Torbay Council, but prospective buyers Gaming International Limited want to sell the ground and build a new stadium on a different site.

The Gulls entered an agreement with the Swindon-based firm in March.

"There's a pretty good chance of it falling down," Phillips told BBC Sport.

If they cannot complete a deal by 31 July, Torquay will look for new investors as there will be no extension to Gaming International's period of exclusivity.

On this day

Football

2012: Tottenham and England defender Ledley King retired from professional football.

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A Question of Sport Teaser

How did you go with the Question of Sport answers? 

We asked you who the four countries to get to the semi-finals over the last two seasons of the Davis Cup were, apart from Argentina and Great Britain, who both qualified twice. 

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Australia, Belgium, Croatia & France

It's even sunny in Wearside!

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The Messiah enjoying the #hottestdayoftheyear 😎☀️

The Messiah enjoying the #hottestdayoftheyear 😎☀️

Kennaugh out, Cummings in for Team GB

Road Cycling

There's been a late change to Team GB's cycling squad for Rio.

Pete Kennaugh has withdrawn himself from selection for the road race, the 27-year-old having struggled for form since returning from a broken collarbone.

His place goes to Steve Cummings, 35, who had been left out of the initial squad but was named as first reserve.

IOC reacts to Russian doping crisis

For all the reaction to that IOC statement, follow the developing story here.

IOC reacts to Russian doping crisis

Here's a section of that statement from IOC president Thomas Bach.

“The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sports and on the Olympic Games. 

"Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated."

IOC reacts to Russian doping crisis

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

IOC says it will "explore legal options" over a total Russia ban from Rio, but flags up CAS ruling on appeal by Russian athletes on Thursday

IOC: eligibility of Russian athletes must be decided by International Federations based on their anti-doping records. Eg, not a total ban,

IOC dig at WADA; speaks of "deficiencies..in the fight against doping". Asks WADA to hold global summit & review their accreditation of labs

BreakingIOC reacts to Russian doping crisis

Russia must wait to learn if it can send a team to next month's Olympics after calls for it to be barred from the Rio Games for operating a four-year, state-sponsored doping programme.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said it will "explore the legal options" before deciding whether to implement "a collective ban" on all Russian competitors for the global showpiece, which starts on 5 August.

In the meantime, the IOC says it plans to re-test all Russians who competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Good news for Belcher and Hannah

Canoeing

Lani Belcher and Angela Hannah have been selected by the British Olympic Association to represent Team GB in the women’s K2 500m canoeing event at Rio 2016, just hours before the final entry deadline.

The news comes after theInternational Canoe Federation confirmed on Saturday that it had suspended teams from Romania and Belarus for doping offences and would reallocate the Olympic quota places as a matter of urgency.


'Maybe he said it in a moment when he was mad'

Football

Lionel Messi and Ramiro Funes Mori
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Everton's Argentinian centre-back Ramiro Funes Mori is hoping that Lionel Messi will reconsider his international retirement.

Messi has said that his country's loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America would his last, but Funes Mori, 25, believes that Argentina still need their talisman.

“It was said at a sad moment, not just for Messi, but for all of us," he told the Liverpool Echo.

“We wanted to win the cup but at the end of the day we couldn’t make it but hopefully he decides to come back.

“Maybe he said it in a moment when he was mad but hopefully for football, for the people and for everything, we need these kind of players because they are different.” 

Russian press reacts to doping crisis

Russia's press has reacted with anger at the international report which found evidence of state-backed sports doping over a four-year period.

Pro-government papers dismiss the validity of the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) report, which some said was influenced by foreign governments as part of a deliberate anti-Russia campaign.

However, amid the outrage, one former leading sports star says he thinks the Wada accusations were largely true.

Read a digest of the Russian press reaction here.

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Under starter's orders

Equestrian

A behind the scenes view of the Olympic Equestrian Centre at 18 days to go! #rio2016 #olympics

A behind the scenes view of the Olympic Equestrian Centre at 18 days to go! #rio2016 #olympics

Tremendous Trescothick

Cricket

Marcus Trescothick
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After equaling the Somerset record for most first-class centuries - 49 - yesterday, Marcus Trescothick has gone on to claim his double-century today. That is some innings from the 40-year-old. What a player.

You can follow all of today's County Championship action with BBC radio and live text commentary here. 

On this day

Football

Christian Benteke.
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2015: Liverpool reached an agreement with Aston Villa over the payment terms for the £32.5m transfer of Christian Benteke.

However, things haven't gone to plan for the big Belgian striker, who could well be on his way out of Anfield. Crystal Palace are among those interested, after having a bid turned down at the beginning of July.

BK is ready!

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BK is on the @Qantas plane and ready for his Rio adventures! #OneTeam

BK is on the @Qantas plane and ready for his Rio adventures! #OneTeam

It seems that the Australian Olympic team are eager to get going in Rio. Just 17 days to go...

Bellerin to Man City?

Football gossip

Hector Bellerin
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Manchester City could be set to raid Arsenal once more, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Hector Bellerin would consider a move to Etihad Stadium to work with Pep Guardiola.

“He is happy at Arsenal... but the option of City exists, it pleases him and what’s more, Pep [Guardiola] is there," a member of the 21-year-old full-back's entourage is reported as saying. 

BreakingBurnley make second signing from Charlton

Football

It's all go at Turf Moor and The Valley - after winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson's move earlier today, Burnley have raided Charlton for a second time, signing goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Like Gudmundsson, the 24-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract with the Clarets having an option of a fourth year.

He's pictured here in action against his new club in May.

Nick Pope in action for Charlton
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Perks of the job

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At the @EASPORTSFIFA headquarters in Vancouver trying out FIFA 17 😱😱😱

At the @EASPORTSFIFA headquarters in Vancouver trying out FIFA 17 😱😱😱

As if you needed another reason to envy Premier League footballers' lifestyles.

Crystal Palace's Hiram Boateng, Andros Townsend, Luke Crolly and Yannick Bolasie were invited to Vancouver to give FIFA 2017 a try.

Who won? Over three legs, the two teams drew, with Boateng and Townsend taking the first match 5-2, before Bolasie and Crolly hit back in the third with a 4-1 victory, either side of a 2-2 draw. 

"I don’t want to talk about my teammate...” Bolasie told the Crystal Palace website.

England & Scotland learn World Cup opponents

Rugby League

England lost to New Zealand in 2013
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We heard from Wales coach John Kear earlier - here's more on the draw for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

England will play defending champions Australia in the opening match of the 15th edition of the tournament, which is being jointly hosted by Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and begins on 27 October in Melbourne.

England will also play Lebanon for the first time, while France are the other team in Pool A.

Scotland will face 2013 finalists and co-hosts New Zealand along with Tonga and Samoa in the second pool.

There are 14 spaces left to be filled. three of them from this autumn's European qualifying section, which features Wales and Ireland.

Read more details of the draw here.

Get involved: Pre-season memories

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Paul Salmon: Hearts vs Barcelona at Murrayfield. Ronaldinho scored a penalty. Pitch invader gave him a hug. Stewards came out in force.

Tomas Care: World class tackle from Rafael Marquez in the Emirates Cup for New York Red Bulls. Got to see Henry play too.

Shanmugaraja CK: Business trip to Helsinki in 2013, stayed back for a day to try and watch Arsenal v Man City, no ticket, just heard the game from outside.

We still want to hear your most memorable pre-season experiences, so keep them coming at #bbcsportsday.

An unlikely fan at the cricket?

Cricket: Ireland v Afghanistan

Now, Martin McGuinness may appear to be a rather unlikely cricket fan - but he's spoken before about his love for the game, and today is taking in Ireland's final ODI against Afghanistan.

The Irish have made 265-5 from their 50 overs, helped by an unbeaten 160 from Ed Joyce - check out the full scorecard here.

Lovely to see The Deputy First Minister enjoying the cricket at Stormont today #IREvAFG @niexecutive

Lovely to see The Deputy First Minister enjoying the cricket at Stormont today #IREvAFG @niexecutive

Meet Jasmine Joyce

Rugby Union: Team GB sevens squad announcement

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport in London

Jasmine Joyce
BBC Sport

This is Jasmine Joyce, the only non-English player in Team GB women's sevens squad for the Olympics.

The Welsh player and her team-mates will face a keen home crowd when they take on Brazil in game one in Rio - sevens is not a sport at which the hosts are expected to excel, but the support you'd expect will still be noisy.

Joyce says her ultimate Rio selfie would be with Jessica Ennis-Hill. "I'll jump on her back to get one", she says.

As for the men, they have a tough group. New Zealand have won the world rugby sevens series for 12 of the 17 seasons it has existed. If that's not tough enough, Kenya are handy. In Collins Injera they boast the record try scorer in World Series competition. A star of the game.

But this is the Olympic Games, nobody said it would be easy.

McGovern signs for Norwich

Football

Michael McGovern
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Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 star Michael McGovern has joined Norwich on a free transfer from Hamilton Academical. 

McGovern, 32, only conceded three goals in four games during the Euros, and was man of the match in the 1-0 defeat against Germany.

"I had some interest from elsewhere but I'm really looking forward to working with [manager, Alex Neil] again now at Norwich," McGovern, who has signed a three-year-contract, told Norwich's website.

"It's nice to join a club where I'll have some familiar faces around me."

Could Old Trafford clear-out be gathering pace?

Football gossip

Jose Mourinho
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A Jose Mourinho clear-out at Old Trafford has been on the cards all summer, and several outlets are reporting that the first significant departures are imminent.

The Telegraph say that academy products James Wilson, Will Keane and Tyler Blackett have all been made available, while ESPN are reporting that Guillermo Varela has agreed a loan move to Frankfurt.

Meanwhile, the Manchester Evening News believe that Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger's days are numbered at the club, with Mourinho unsure about his injury record.

Wales target 2017 World Cup

Rugby League

Wales coach John Kear says reaching next year's Rugby League World Cup in Australia and New Zealand "would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience".

However, they must first come through a qualifying group containing Serbia and Italy.

The group winners will qualify for the finals, which will be held between 27 October and 2 December 2017, while the runners-up will face the second-placed side in the group containing Ireland, Spain and Russia in a play-off in Leigh on 4 November.

Should Wales win their qualifying group, they will face Papua New Guinea and either Ireland, Spain or Russia in Group C as well as an inter-group match against Fiji.

If they qualify via the play-offs they will be in Group D with Fiji and the United States, and will face Ireland, Spain or Russia in an inter-group match.

England's next manager

Football

392 - Steve Bruce has managed 392 games in the Premier League; the 3rd highest for an Englishman. Candidate.

392 - Steve Bruce has managed 392 games in the Premier League; the 3rd highest for an Englishman. Candidate.

Interesting set of stats from Opta there. Have all of those names been linked with the England job at some point?