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  1. Olympic Games opening ceremony at midnight
  2. Champions League play-off round draw: Steaua Bucharest v Man City, Celtic v Hapoel Beer-Sheva, Dundalk v Legia Warsaw
  3. West Ham to play Romanian side Astra Giurgiu in Europa League play-off
  4. Liverpool and England midfielder James Milner retires from international football
  5. GET INVOLVED: Who or what are you looking forward to at the Olympics? #bbcrio2016

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

The opening ceremony of the Olympics takes place tonight and we will have the live text going up at 23:00 BST.

Stay across the BBC Sport website throughout the weekend to watch all the Olympics action and there will be a football transfers Sportsday returning on Monday morning at 08:00 BST.

Thanks for all your comments, bye for now.

The rise of Team GB


BBC Sport looks at how Great Britain went from winning just one gold medal in 1996 to a haul of 29 at London 2012.  

Quiz time

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Can you match the Olympic facts to the country? Take the quiz by clicking here to see if you're ready for Rio 2016.


What are Team GB's medal chances?

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Jessica Ennis-Hill

Great Britain's athletes have been set a minimum target of winning 48 medals, which would make Rio their most successful overseas Olympics.

Sport statistics company Infostrada is forecasting Team GB will finish fourth in the Rio 2016 medal table with 51 - 18 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze.

World champion Mo Farah will be attempting to defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles and fellow defending Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill will be up against team-mate Katarina Johnson-Thompson in the women's heptathlon.

Nicola Adams, who became the first British woman to win Olympic boxing gold in London, will be out to defend her title, while cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins could become Britain's most decorated Olympian with gold in the men's team pursuit.

Swimmer Adam Peaty, taekwondo's Bianca Walkden, cyclist Laura Trott, sailor Giles Scott and shooter Amber Hill are among Britain's gold medal prospects in Rio.

Israel test will be tough - Rodgers


Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has been discussing his side's Champions League play-off draw, which sees them face Hapoel Beer-Sheva of Israel over two legs for a place in the group phase.

The Bhoys are aiming to reach the group stage of the Champions League for the first time since 2013-14.

"Any of the teams would have been tough, but we will accept the challenge and God willing we can perform well and get through," said Rodgers. You certainly have to plan forward. We have a six-hour flight and a couple of hours' time difference.

"All in all, it will be tough. They had a good result in their last round and, like ourselves, they came through so it is all to play for." 

Brendan Rodgers

Question of Sport teaser answers


Earlier today, the Question of Sport teaser was...

Today's @QuestionofSport #QSTeaser Other than Cycling, in which 5 sports did @TeamGB win more than one Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics?

And the answers are...

The answer's to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Athletics, Boxing, Canoeing, Equestrian & Rowing

Get Involved #bbcRio2016

Who or what are you are looking forward to at the Olympics?

Peter Hemborough: My best mate's cousin is swimming for Mozambique so that and Portugal's football team is what I'm excited for.

Barbara K: I'm most looking forward to the Modern Pentathlon - the horse riding part is the stuff of legend.

Mathew Fiford: Can't wait to see who this Games' underdog is, like Issaka the otter was in London, it's what the games are about.

Tom Lawlor: Laura Trott. Pound for pound the best cyclist in the world.

Laura Trott
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International retirement 'common sense', says Milner


Some quotes from Liverpool midfielder James Milner, who has retired from international football with England.

Milner, 30, who played for England 61 times, had a discussion with new England boss Sam Allardyce recently.

“I would like to thank Sam for taking the time to come and see me in person and have the conversation face-to-face, regarding my international future and role within the England set-up," the former Leeds, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester City midfielder told

“I think the decision we have reached is all about common sense. I wish Sam, the players, staff and supporters success in the future.”

I respect Milner's decision - Allardyce

Football - James Milner retires from international football

Some quotes from England manager Sam Allardyce on the international retirement of Liverpool midfielder James Milner.

“He has had the chance to reflect on his international career in recent months and consider his next steps, particularly with a young family at home," said Allardyce.

“After I had a lengthy conversation with him earlier this week, he has decided to take a step back from international duty; a decision I fully respect.

“James can be proud of his seven-year career as a senior England player and has never let his country down when called upon. His club career, already glittering, has many years ahead and we wish him well with Liverpool this season and beyond."

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South Korea's Kim sets first Rio record


Kim Woo-jin
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We mentioned it earlier on, and now confirmation that South Korean world champion Kim Woo-jin set Rio 2016's first world record of with a score of 700 in the 72-arrow ranking round.

The 24-year-old's score exceeded the mark of 699 set by his countryman Im Dong-Hyun at London 2012.

Patrick Huston was the first Briton in competitive action at the Games, finishing 38th out of 64 archers.

The ranking round decides the draw for the Olympic round, in which archers compete in a knockout tournament.

Fans 'angry' at away prices in EFL


A supporters' group says English Football League fans are about the cost of tickets for away games, with some paying 40% more than Premier League prices.

In March, Premier League clubs agreed to cap away ticket prices at £30.

But seven of the Championship's 24 teams will be charging more than that for their first away game this season.

Aston Villa fans at Sheffield Wednesday face the highest cost, with the cheapest adult ticket selling for £42.

The cost has promoted Villa fans to arrange protests at the game, with some planning to attend wearing robbers' masks at Hillsborough. 

Sheffield Wednesday fans
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EFL ready for kick-off

Fulham v Newcastle (Friday, 19:45 BST)

Rafael Benitez

Rafael Benitez's Newcastle United begin life back in the EFL with a trip to west London to face Fulham.

The Magpies are among the favourites to seal an immediate return to the top flight, with Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie among eight summer arrivals.

Fulham saw Moussa Dembele and Ross McCormack, who scored 40 goals between them in 2015-16 depart this summer.

Centre-back Tomas Kalas and forward Sone Aluko are among seven signings set for their debuts.

The Whites finished 20th in the Championship table last season, 11 points above the relegation zone.

On this day...

London 2012

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2012: Jamaica's Usain Bolt won Olympic gold in the men's 100 metres.

England fight back


England have fought back well after lunch as they have taken five wickets to bowl Pakistan out for 400 at Edgbaston.

There's been a bit of controversy with England bowler Jimmy Anderson given a third warning for for running on to the pitch, which meant he had to be taken out of the attack. 

The flurry of dismissals means England have limited their deficit to 103 runs and you can follow their progress by clicking here.

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Will Grainger tarnish her legacy?

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Alistair Magowan

BBC Sport in Rio

The Rio 2016 rowing regatta gets under way on Saturday and one of the more interesting heats to watch will be the women's double sculls, which feature Great British defending champion Katherine Grainger and her new partner Vicky Thornley.

Grainger won gold in London alongside Anna Watkins, took two years off and then decided to go to Rio but the 40-year-old and Thornley, 28, have struggled to click this season.

Could a poor performance here tarnish her legacy, after finally winning gold in London at a fourth attempt? That was the question put to Sir Steve Redgrave by BBC rowing commentator in our Facebook Live earlier.

Redgrave said: "She will feel it's tarnished if she doesn't win a medal, but in my eyes, not at all. 

"She's the defending champion, Vicky has won a bronze at the world championships before so although it's one of the weaker boats in the GB team, I would be slightly but not overly surprised if they won a medal."

You can watch more from Sir Steve and James Cracknellright here.

Katherine Grainger

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Armitstead says people will doubt her forever


British world road cycling champion Lizzie Armitstead believes people will "forever" doubt if she is a clean athlete after missing three drug tests.

The 27-year-old was suspended and faced missing the Olympics before the first test was declared void.

Speaking before Sunday's road race, a tearful Armitstead told BBC Sport she would "never cheat in life".

"In this situation I'm never going to win. If I win, people will say it's because of something else," she added.

Emotional Lizzie Armitstead on missed drug tests

'Something to behold'


Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport in Rio

The velodrome has been library quiet all week, just the hum of the cleaners' hoovers filling the air.

Today a number of teams - Great Britain, New Zealand, China, Italy, the Netherlands - are testing the track.

It must mean the Olympics are closing in on us - thankfully. Becky James is here, as is Jason Kenny.

Everyone's cycling at a fairly gentle pace, though the sight of 11 Chinese cyclists all riding together was something to behold. 


World record in the Olympic archery?

Olympics: Archery

The opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics is not even until midnight, but we might have already had the first world record of this year's Games - from South Korea's Kim Woojin in the men's archery (individual ranking) competition.

Need ratification but it looks like this is the 59 Kim Woojin needed for his new #worldrecord.

Need ratification but it looks like this is the 59 Kim Woojin needed for his new #worldrecord.

Get Involved on the BBC Sport Facebook page

Who or what are you looking forward to at the Olympics? Why?

Chris McAllister: Men and women's marathons, and of course Mo Farah! And Asbel Kiprop in the 1500.

Besufikad Gorfu: I'm looking forward to the Ethiopia team, especially the women's category. I hope they'll be doing pretty well.

Herbert Mampuru: Chad le Clos the swimmer & Caster Semenya the runner from South Africa.

Tweet us using #bbcrio2016 or write on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Chad le Clos
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Bale delight after being shortlisted


Wales and Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale is on a three-man shortlist for Uefa's Best Player in Europe award, along with club-mate Cristiano Ronaldo and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

Bizarre dress rehearal


Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport in Rio

It's rehearsal day for broadcasters at the gymnastics arena and, as this picture shows, it's a very serious day. 

Volunteers are standing in as judges and gymnasts (though they don't have to perform on the apparatuses). It's quite bizzare to watch - a volunteer holds up a sign, pretending that an invisible Switzerland team are following her - which is why I'm heading to the velodrome...


The classic rivalry

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport in Rio

"Austria, Germany, Australia, Kazhakstan," a BBC colleague shouts out the flags draped on flats at the athlete village as we drive past. 

There are a few cycling athletes out for their loosening rides on this stretch of road and again it's a case of identifying kits.

Our driver though is Brazilian and says: "If you see Argentina let me know and I will..."

With this his body language seems to imply he'd nudge the rider off. Rivalry, it knows no limits.

We are on our way to Deodoro and apparently the size of this venue - home to 11 sports - is colossal. Yesterday turned into a competition as to who has walked the furthest on site. One more day to find where everything is. Tomorrow it's all for real.

'One or two things can happen'


Liverpool play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday before travelling to Germany to face Mainz, who are one of Reds boss Jurgen Klopp's former clubs.

"Marko Grujic is now back and Joel Matip is available too. Lucas is doubtful," said Klopp.

"The game against Mainz could be, intensity wise, more than Barcelona. It’s a big game for them. It’s good."  

On transfer activity, he added: "Maybe one or two things can happen." 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
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'Mourinho criticises unethical manager rivals'

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at AON Training Complex

No beating about the bush at Jose Mourinho's first Manchester United press conference at the club's AON Training Complex this afternoon.

Press conference one, question one. What is happening with Bastian Schweinsteiger?

Jose was ready with his answer. "It is his decision" and from there he spoke with assurance about Paul Pogba, saying he didn't want to talk about him until "officially" he isn't a Juventus player, but adding that he expects his transfer business to be wrapped up by the time his team face AFC Bournemouth next Sunday.

He also said a couple of his Premier League managerial rivals are 'unethical' for speaking about United's transfer business. Mourinho did not say who he meant but in recent days Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said the proposed £100m+ fee for Pogba is 'completely crazy', while Jurgen Klopp said the day such transfers became commonplace was a day 'I am not in a job any more'.

Jose Mourinho
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Klopp on Benteke future


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, whose side will play Barcelona at Wembley on Saturday, has been chatting about the future of striker Christian Benteke and it seems he will only let the Belgium international go if the price is right.

"Everyone knows about it and I think Christian Benteke has already said it that maybe it makes sense for him to go to another club," said Klopp.

"He is still a great striker. We have a few more strikers and makes more sense for us to give them match time and that's what we have done.

"If clubs want our strikers then they have to make real offers otherwise we will find solutions.

"If there is an offer we will think about it. If not, we will think about it."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (left) and striker Christian Benteke
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'We are going to get a very good midfielder'

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Some more from Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho, talking about his club's transfer policy.

"We decided to bring in four players not 10, but four who are Manchester United level and we think can really improve the squad.

"A young defender (Eric Bailly) that needs time to be a top one but who has top potential. A creative player (Henrikh Mkhitaryan) that we know the quality, a super striker (Zlatan Ibrahimovic) and we are going to get a very good midfielder.

"Our market was good. We try for balance. I am happy with my squad. I am happy with the effort of the club."

Jose Mourinho
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Get Involved #bbcrio2016

Who are what are you looking forward to at the Olympics? Why?

Alex Shcnopple: Am looking forward to new format Rugby Sevens (men & Women), going to be great inspiration, thrills & mouth-watering too am sure.

Duncan Mwendwa: Almaz Ayana vs. Tirunesh Dibaba thriller in 5000m and 10,000m could see the changing of guard in women's long distance running.

Louise Jennings: Where to start?! Can't pick just one! Swimming, gymnastics, cycling, rowing, athletics, diving..

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'We have 22, we will have 23'

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Manchester United, as they have been all summer, are still linked with a move for former United midfielder Paul Pogba, who could well move from Juventus in a world record transfer.

United boss Jose Mourinho says he wants to add another player to his squad.

"We have 22 now, we will have 23," he said today. "I don't like to speak about other clubs' players. Other nanagers like to do that, but the only thing that matters is my house. He (Pogba) is a Juventus player until officially he isn't.

"The market closes on 31 August and we are trying to do everything to close the market as quickly as possible, before 14 August. Normally that would mean next week."

Paul Pogba
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Ranieri pleased with Vardy training

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri says he is looking forward to playing at Wembley in Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United.

The Italian also added he was pleased that striker Jamie Vardy trained "very well" today in the build up.

“We've lots of respect for everybody, but we want to beat everybody. We try our best every match. We give our maximum,” said Ranieri.  

Claudio Ranieri
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Jose Mourinho news conference

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has been speaking to the media and is asked about the future at the club of Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been training with the club's under-23s.

"What is happening? It happens at every club on the world. The manager decides his squad," said Mourinho.

"I choose a certain number of players to face the season, that is it. I like to work with 20+3 keepers - I have done it for 15 years.

"We have so many players but so many competitions and the Europa League changes a lot. We could play 15 matches in it, on Thursdays, and there is normally Premier League on Sundays. I have made a decision to have 23+3. It is still a lot. I had to make my decisions."

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Ranieri amnesia

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Leicester City's top-flight title win last season was a fairytale story but manager Claudio Ranieri is not wasting any time reminiscing.

His side play Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

“I forgot what happened last season," said the Italian. "Now my focus is on the new season. We're ambitious but know it will be very hard.

“I expect a very strong Manchester United team and very well organised.”

Claudio Ranieri news conference


Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is speaking to the media in the build up to his side playing Manchester United in the Community Shield on Sunday.

The Foxes shocked the football world by winning the Premier League title last season and will play FA Cup winners United in the traditional curtain raiser to the season. 

“This is not a friendly," said Ranieri. "We will give the maximum and also Manchester Untied will too. Both teams want to win it.”

Claudio Ranieri

Jose Mourinho news conference at 14:00 BST


Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Old Trafford

Pogba, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Ranieri, Manchester United. So many topics for boss Jose Mourinho to discuss as he holds his first news conference at United’s training ground.

This is the regular venue for United’s media briefings.

Before the Jimmy Murphy Building was constructed, Sir Alex Ferguson used to hold them in the room used for families of academy players. David Moyes preferred to deal with media in smaller groups; TV, radio and written press.

Louis van Gaal spoke to them altogether, in here, where he famously attacked ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce when the now England manager suggested his tactics weren’t so great.

Manchester United
Simon Stone

Middlesbrough eye Cardiff's Fabio


Newly-promoted Premier League club Middlesbrough are interested in signing Cardiff City defender Fabio Da Silva.

The 26-year-old Brazilian's contract includes a release understood to be £2m and has a year left to run.

Fabio joined Cardiff from Manchester United in January 2014.

He is vying with Wales international Declan John to be Cardiff's first-choice left wing-back before their opening Championship game of the season at Birmingham on Saturday.

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Business class - how you get a horse to Rio


Horse and passport at Stansted

There are some important questions when it comes to the 2016 Olympics and none more so than: Does a horse get jet lag? Travel sickness? 

In all, there will be more than 300 horses competing in Rio, with some 200 of them travelling from hubs in Stansted, Liege and Miami. So how hard is it to get a horse to Rio?

You can get the answers to all these questions and more by clicking right here.

Eventing horses ready


Our eventing horses sailed through Horse Inspection this morn - comp gets underway tomorrow! #BringOnTheGreat

Our eventing horses sailed through Horse Inspection this morn - comp gets underway tomorrow! #BringOnTheGreat

Friday sport's panel


BBC Radio 5 Live

The Friday Sports Panel today sees Johnathan Overend joined by Olympic silver medal winning swimmer Michael Jamieson, nine-time women's FA Cup winner Rachel Yankey and record breaking track cyclist Jess Varnish.

Listen by clicking here.