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Gary Rose and Luke Reddy

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  1. Goodbye

    And on news of that huge win for Ireland's women, we will sign off. It's almost as though we knew a win was coming with our extension of Sportsday until 19:00 BST today.

    Just to re-cap, Tuesday saw Jack Rodwell move to Sunderland for around £10m, Jordon Mutch leave Cardiff for Queens Park Rangers and Spain legend Xavi retire from international football.

    A busy day. Come back for more at 08:00 BST on Wednesday and as ever, thank you for all your tweets and interactions.

  2. New Zealand 14-17 Ireland

    Rugby Union

    Ireland, Six Nations winners in 2013, now sit top of their Pool with Kazakhstan their remaining fixture on Saturday.

    New Zealand sit second but suffer their first loss at a World Cup since 1991.

  3. New Zealand 14-17 Ireland

    Rugby Union

    Ireland captain Fiona Coghlan: "The heads never dropped because we were on the same page. Even when they went ahead we knew we would go back up there, score and win the game.

    "It's huge, they are top of the world and that's where we want to be. We are not there yet but this is the next step."

  4. New Zealand 14-17 Ireland

    Rugby Union

    To put that into context, New Zealand have won the Women's World Cup on each of its last four runnings.

    They beat England in the final in 2010 but Ireland were resilient when it mattered and that stunning solo try from Alison Miller proved crucial before Niamh Briggs kicked the decisive penalty.

  5. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    And that is a big shock. Ireland have beaten New Zealand 17-14 at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

  6. Savage's nightmare


    Robbie Savage nightmare session

    Heading to the pool tonight? You won't see Robbie Savage there.

    In our feature on pre-season nightmares, he outlines the swimming drill which made him want to skip training.

    Read more from him and the likes of James Beattie and Nigel Winterburn on the BBC Sport website.

  7. Major-chasing agent


    You may be world number one Rory, but James Bond would never wear a peak cap.

    Rory McIlroy

    McIlroy has been posing ahead of this week's PGA Championship at Valhalla and after wins at the Open Championship and WGC Bridgestone Invitational, feels his mental approach to the game is better than ever.

    "People can talk about my driving or how I'm swinging the club, but mentally, I just feel like I'm in a really good place, and I think that's what I'm really happy about," says the 25-year-old.

    Play at Valhalla, Kentucky, starts on Thursday when McIlroy will bid for a fourth major title.

  8. Bennett signs three-year deal


    Ryan Bennett

    A heartfelt tweet from Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett, who has today signed a new three-year-deal with the club.

    Along with an image of a nicely put together frame he tweets: "Success is nothing if you have no one to share it with. Happy to have signed for another 3 years."

  9. Ireland lead New Zealand

    Rugby Union

    Could there be a shock on the cards in Paris?

    Alison Miller runs home a stunning Ireland try from her own half, leaving New Zealand players in here wake.

    She touches down in the corner and the conversion that follows gives here side a 14-11 lead over the four-time world champions with 18 minutes to go. Ireland had soaked up pressure and that effort was the perfect counter-punch.

  10. Improvements for injured Blues centre

    Rugby Union

    Cardiff Blues reveal Wales centre Owen Williams is making "positive progress" after sustaining a serious neck injury.

    The 22-year-old suffered significant damage to his cervical vertebrae and spinal cord that required surgery during the inaugural World Club 10s competition in Singapore in July.

    "Owen will be progressing to sitting up over the coming few weeks," the club say in a statement, adding Williams has improved mobility in both his arms.

  11. Get involved


    Which player has your club signed which worries you the most? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Rickie Lambert

    Scott Cairns: Surely got to be Rodwell for Sunderland? The guys made of chocolate. Hope their physios are in top form this season.

    Steve Burrows CBE: Lambert looks like Garry Birtles and the barn door is safe from the banjo.

  12. Blackpool sign a stopper


    Joe Lewis

    And so...Blackpool have a goalkeeper. After all the headlines surrounding the Championship club's late composition of a squad, the spot between the sticks is filled by Joe Lewis.

    The 26-year-old signs from Cardiff City on a season-long loan and will be eligible to make his debut for the club against Nottingham Forest on Saturday. The Seasiders also have an option to make the deal permanent at a later date.

  13. Women's World Cup latest

    Rugby Union

    A score late in the first half has given Ireland hope in their Women's World Cup meeting with New Zealand.

    Heather O'Brien powered over under the posts to leave Ireland 8-7 down at the break against the defending world champions. The number eight capitalised on some fine setup play by the Irish forwards.

    Both sides were victorious in their opening Pool matches of the tournament.

  14. Redknapp thrilled with Mutch capture


    Mutch says he was "delighted" when QPR offered him an instant route back to the Premier League and he becomes the Rs third major signing of the summer.

    "Jordon's a fine young player, with a big, big future," says boss Harry Redknapp. "He's already shown what he can do at this level with Cardiff last season with a decent goals return - and this move will provide him with a great platform to take his game on to the next level."

    Defenders Rio Ferdinand and Stephen Caulker have also signed on at Loftus Road this summer.

  15. Rangers Mutch improved


    Jordon Mutch

    That is Loftus Road and that Jordon Mutch. Yes, a fans' favourite at Cardiff City departs for Queens Park Rangers.

    The 22-year-old signs a four-year deal and moves for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £6m.

    Mutch scored seven goals and notched five assists for the Bluebirds as they were relegated from the Premier League in 2013-14.

  16. McIlroy ready for Valhalla challenge


    Rory McIlroy

    On a more serious note, world number one Rory McIlroy has been talking to the media and says he is full of confidence for the final major of the year after back-to-back wins.

    "I said at the start of the year that golf was looking for someone to put their hand up and sort of become one of the dominant players in the game," he says.

    "I felt like I had the ability to do that, and it's just nice to be able to win a few tournaments and get back to where I feel like I should be, which is near the top of the World Rankings and competing in majors and winning golf tournaments."

  17. PGA Championship fun


    Rickie Fowler is the new leader of the long drive competition at Valhalla ahead of the PGA Championship on Thursday.

    The long-drive tournament sees players thump one tee shot as far as they can, with efforts measured if they land on the fairway. Just the 328 yards for Fowler. Bang.

  18. Ambrose out for Celtic


    Celtic will be without the suspended Efe Ambrose for the second leg of the Champions League third-round qualifier against Legia Warsaw at Murrayfield on Wednesday.

    The Nigeria defender was sent off in last week's 4-1 defeat in Poland.

    Provisional squad: Forster, Matthews, Izaguirre, Van Dijk, Mulgrew, Lustig, Commons, Johansen, Biton, Kayal, Boeriggter, Berget, McGregor, Stokes, Griffiths, Pukki, Balde, Henderson, Zaluska, Gordon, O'Connell.

  19. Get involved


    Now don't be too cruel, but who is the one player your club have signed which has forced you to put your head in your hands?

    Who will flop big time? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday or comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  20. Liverpool's hefty offer


    Liverpool have offered £16m plus a season-long loan of attacking midfielder Suso in exchange for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno.

    The 22-year-old is much sought after by Brendan Rodgers according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

    Moreno, at just 5ft 7in, broke through in Sevilla's 'B' team in 2011 and has three caps for Spain.

  21. Women's World Cup

    Rugby Union

    So England have won handsomely against Spain, Wales were well beaten by Australia, now it is over to Ireland in Tuesday's Women's World Cup action.

    A nice easy second game for them against the defending champions - New Zealand.

    Ireland, undaunted by the All Blacks, have started well and the score remains at 0-0 after 10 minutes in Paris.

  22. A new Canary


    Gary O'Neill

    Midfielder Gary O'Neil joins Championship side Norwich City on a two-year deal.

    The 31-year-old was released by Queens Park Rangers in the summer and tells Norwich City TV: "I'm really pleased. I trained with the lads this morning and I'm just ready to get going now."

  23. Get involved


    Muhammad Ali

    We have been asking you for your greatest international servant all day long and thank you for some great responses.

    Tom Wylie: Muhammad Ali, the greatest sportsman ever in my opinion, he was so much more than a boxer, a true legend.

    Ilyas Najib: The greatest football servant for me is the one and only 150 capped World Cup and European championship winner Lothar Matthaus.

    Stand by for a new debate in the coming minutes.

  24. Gossip


    Nani and Wilfried Zaha

    Thomas Vermaelen is having none of what Arsenal have to say as he hopes to force through a move, Shinji Kagawa and Javier Hernandez are Madrid bound, while the Manchester United exit door looms for Marouane Fellaini, Nani and Wilfried Zaha.

    For all those deals and more, there can only be one place, it's our gossip column.

  25. Williamson gets Kenya job


    Former Kilmarnock and Hibernian boss Bobby Williamson is appointed manager of Kenya.

    The Scot takes over from Adel Amrouche who was fired just hours after Kenya's elimination from the African Nations Cup qualifiers on Sunday.

    Williamson, 52, had been managing Kenyan champions Gor Mahia, and also had spells in charge of Chester and Plymouth Argyle in England.

  26. Big win for England

    Women's Rugby World Cup

    BBC London sports reporter Sara Orchard in Paris: "Sweltering conditions did little to hold back England as they put in a six try display to beat Spain 45-5 that saw them top Pool A at the Women's Rugby World Cup.

    "London plumber Marlie Packer impressed in the seven shirt, with two tries to her name giving head coach Gary Street plenty to ponder.

    "However under pressure in the second half the England defensive line faltered allowing Spain to score the first try against the Red Roses in Paris. Whilst the England attack remains potent, their defence will remain untested until they meet the higher ranked teams."

  27. Tearful farewell for Valbuena



    It was a tearful farewell for France playmaker Mathieu Valbuena as he said his goodbyes to Marseille on Tuesday.

    The 29-year-old held a news conference to explain his decision to leave the club he joined in 2006 and helped to the 2010 Ligue 1 title for Dynamo Moscow.

    "It was a carefully thought-out decision," he says. "I am ambitious and I want to help them progress. I did not choose to come here by default."

    He might need to hold another news conference to explain his questionable choice of attire for such an occasion...

  28. Get a sweat on


    Nigel Winterburn's session

    Wondering what to do for pre-season training at your Sunday league team? Why not give Nigel Winterburn's nightmare session a try. He did this one at Arsenal.

    To hear about a punch up with the army, as well as pre-season tales from Robbie Savage, Ian St John, Danny Mills and James Beattie, have a read of our pre-season nightmares feature.

  29. Get involved


    Martin Johnson

    Following Xavi's retirement from international football with 133 caps, we are asking you who is the greatest international servant in any sport? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

    Big Sie: Billy Wright 105 caps and 90 as captain, first football player in the world to earn 100 caps a fantastic servant of England.

    Simon Richardson: Martin Johnson - for Leicester domestically & in Europe, England in the WC & as Lions Captain, his achievements are unmatched.

  30. Forest owner responds to Pearce comments


    Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi responds to Stuart Pearce's disappointment at the sale of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow, saying he was involved in the decision-making process.

    Pearce appeared annoyed when asked about the two players joining Newcastle - insisting that they had been allowed to leave against his advice.

    Al Hasawi says in a statement: "The manager and I openly discussed the proposed sale of Karl and Jamaal and he was aware of the negotiations throughout."

  31. Women's Rugby World Cup

    BBC London sports reporter Sara Orchard in Paris: "Worcester prop Laura Keates has Happy Birthday sung to her by the England fans as she scores their third try on her 26th birthday. England are leading 24-0 against Spain."

  32. Wales' World Cup hopes over

    Women's Rugby World Cup

    Wales' hopes of reaching the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-finals are ended as they are beaten 25-3 by Australia.

    Tries from Sharni Williams and Tricia Brown helped the dominant Wallaroos build a 17-0 half-time lead. Brown claimed a second score shortly after the restart to put the result beyond doubt, while Wales' only points came from a Robyn Wilkins penalty.

    Wales now have little more than pride to play for when they face South Africa in their final pool match on Saturday.

  33. Man Utd sign young goalkeeper


    FK Vojvodina confirm a deal has been finalised with Manchester United for the sale of goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic.

    Club president Zoran Scepanovic says the 17-year-old will move to Old Trafford next year and will continue to represent the Serbian club.

    Milinkovic stands at 6ft 7in and has represented his country at under-19 level.

  34. England put through their paces


    James Anderson

    England's James Anderson is all smiles as he takes part in touch rugby as part of a warm up for the nets session at Old Trafford....


    ...he is not the only one sporting a big grin on his face, as captain Alastair Cook shares a joke with Anderson and Steven Finn.

    Peter Moores

    It is not all laughs and jokes though, as coach Peter Moores shows, with the serious business of a fourth Test against India beginning on Thursday. The series is balanced at 1-1.

  35. Gamboa completes Baggies move


    West Bromwich Albion complete the signing of Costa Rica international Cristian Gamboa after his work permit application was approved by an FA appeal panel.

    The defender, 24, has joined for an undisclosed fee from Norwegian side Rosenborg.

  36. PGA Championship fun


    How far can you tonk it on the range? Beat any of these?

    PGA Championship

    Ahead of the final major of the year - the PGA Championship - which starts on Thursday, a long-drive competition has been run.

    The long-drive event was a fixture at PGA Championships of old, but has not been run since 1984 and of the players choosing to take part so far this year, Adam Scott leads the way on 320 yards.

    A ball has to rest on the fairway to count and each player gets just one attempt. John Daly is up soon. Boom.

  37. Leeds sign striker Ajose


    Leeds United sign striker Nicky Ajose from Peterborough United on a three-year deal.

    Ajose, 22, had been with Peterborough since 2011, but spent part of last season on loan at Swindon.

  38. Punch-ups, pool drills & sweat boxes


    Ian St John (far left) celebrates with Liverpool team-mates after their victory in the 1965 FA Cup final

    From Bill Shankly's 'sweat box' to Wimbledon's Army antics, want to know what pre-season training was like for former pros Nigel Winterburn, Robbie Savage, Ian St John, Danny Mills and James Beattie?

    Have a read about how pre-season methods have evolved down the years in our feature here.

  39. Women's World Cup

    Rugby Union

    A quick update from the women's Rugby world Cup where England lead Spain 10-0 and Wales are now 22-3 down against Australia.

  40. Boateng for Barca


    Barcelona have made Bayern Munich centre-back Jerome Boateng their number one target for the summer as they bid to strengthen their back line following the retirement of Carles Puyol.

    Boateng, 25, starred for Germany at the World Cup and Marca reports his value of £30m does not put Barca off. The deal could be tied up swiftly as interest from Real Madrid is pressurising their Catalan rivals into committing.

  41. Costa Rica player borrows fan's shirt


    Costa Rica international Celso Borgeshad to borrow a shirt from a fan to play in a Swedish league match for his club AIK.

    The midfielder had been omitted from the side after he was subject of a transfer bid from French Ligue 1 outfit Evian and his kit had not been packed. Borges then borrowed a shirt from an AIK fan, known only as 'Luis', for the match against IFK Gothenburg.

    "I'm proud to have helped the team I love," says Luis after AIK's 2-0 win.

  42. Sagna shown the sights


    Bacary Sagna is getting familiarised with his new surroundings as the new Manchester City player is taken around the Etihad for the first time since joining the club...

    Manchester City

    ...Sagna will wear the number three shirt and here is the right back sitting at his place in the City home dressing room...

    Manchester City

    ...Sagna joined City from Arsenal in the summer.

    Manchester City
  43. An Aussie Baggie


    Jason Davidson

    Australia defender Jason Davidson is West Brom's seventh signing of the summer.

    The 23-year-old left-back signs from Dutch side Heracles on a two-year deal.

    Craig Gardner, Joleon Lescott, Chris Baird, Brown Ideye, Sebastien Pocognoli and Andre Wisdom have already signed for Alan Irvine's side.

  44. Women's World Cup

    Rugby Union

    BBC Radio Wales reporter Dafydd Pritchard in Paris: It's half time at a scorching Marcoussis and Australia currently lead Wales 17-0 after a dominant first 40 minutes.

    With the temperature touching 28 degrees at times, players had to stop midway through the first half for a drinks break.

    And it's Australia who have dealt with the conditions best, with tries from Sharni Williams and Tricia Brown.

  45. Spurs youngster joins Northampton


    Northampton Town sign Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Jordan Archer on loan until the January transfer window.

    Archer, 21, has yet to play for the Spurs first team, but spent a lengthy spell on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in 2012-13, making 27 appearances.

  46. Mourinho wants Real star


    If at first you don't succeed, try something else.

    That seems to be Chelsea's approach as after Atletico Madrid's Joao Miranda decided he was staying put, the Blues have honed in on signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid according to the Daily Star.

    Blues boss Jose Mourinho handed the French international his debut during his time in charge at the Bernabeu, and is keen on the 21-year-old as a potential replacement for David Luiz.

    Raphael Varane
  47. Women's World Cup

    Rugby Union

    At the Women's Rugby World Cup USA picked up their first win of the tournament at the second attempt - beating Kazakhstan 47-7 in France.

    A bit of a demolition job there then and Wales are currently 17-0 down to Australia.

    Later, England take on Spain at 14:45 BST and Ireland face New Zealand at 17:00 BST.

  48. Head injury change welcomed


    Leading brain injury charity Headway believe new Premier League concussion rules are a "significant" step forward.

    New laws for the 2014-15 season will call on club doctors to decide if a player who has sustained a head injury can continue - not team managers.

    In a statement, Headway say they are "delighted" with the move to take the decision away from managers.

  49. Get involved


    In light of Xavi's retirement from international football, we have been asking you who is your greatest ever international servant?

    Viv Powers: Has to be Kenny Dalglish after everything he's done for both Liverpool and Scotland.

    Tony Wilkinson: Has to be Jason Leonard - 114 caps at the coal face and five for Lions!!

    Keep your tweets coming to #bbcsportsday.

  50. A forgotten man?


    Jack Rodwell

    Jack Rodwell burst into the Everton first team and at 16 years and 284 days, became the youngest player to represent the club in Europe when he featured against AZ Alkmaar in 2008.

    He amassed 109 appearances for the Blues and earned two England caps before a £12m move to Manchester City in the summer of 2012.

    In two years at the Etihad Stadium though, Rodwell made just 25 appearances, started just 10 games and added only one further cap to his international collection.

  51. Burnley chase more deals


    Burnley "definitely need bodies" ahead of the news season according to manager Sean Dyche, who says operating in the Premier League transfer market is a difficult challenge.

    The promoted side face Chelsea in their opening game on 18 August and have made six signings so far this summer.

    "There's a few getting closer and closer and we're working hard to get them over the line," says Dyche. The frustration is that for 18 months we had no real money to speak of that we could use in the market.

    "Now we have some money but the market is running away from us again because we have the smallest budget in the Premier League."

  52. Rodwell the Mackem


    Jack Rodwell

    The signing of Rodwell, 23, is Sunderland's fifth of the summer and he joins for a fee in the region of £10m.

    Jordi Gomez, Billy Jones, Costel Pantilimon and Patrick van Aanholt have also joined the Black Cats in the transfer window so far.

  53. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Sunderland confirm the signing of Jack Rodwell from Manchester City on a five-year contract.

  54. Boro close in on Clayton


    Middlesbrough are set to complete the signing of Huddersfield midfielder Adam Clayton for an initial £1.5m, reports the Gazette.

    Senior club sources have reportedly told the newspaper that after weeks of wrangling they have agreed a deal that with add-ons and bonuses could rise to £2m for the West Yorkshire side.

    Clayton has scored 12 goals in 92 appearances for Town.

  55. Friends reunited at Chelsea



    Chelsea players were back in training today after their post-World Cup holiday. Here is Brazil midfielder Oscar meeting up with his international team-mate Filipe Luis, who completed a move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

    "It's very good to be back, and meet my friend Filipe Luis again," tweets Oscar.

  56. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Following the international retirement of Xavi, we want to know who you think is the greatest ever international servant? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Dillip Mohanty: Sachin Tendulkar in Cricket for carrying a billion hopes on his shoulder for a quarter century for India.

    Marty O'Neill: Greatest international servant has to be Brian O'Driscoll he led Ireland's rugby squad to so much success and modest too.

    Brian New: Greatest ever international servant? Would think @JonnyWilkinson has to be up there -and that's from an RL fan. Gave his all.

  57. Disability sport

    Ollie Hynd claims the 400m freestyle S8 gold as day two of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven began with more Great Britain medals.

    Paralympic, Commonwealth and world champion Hynd, 19, won in four minutes 31.66 seconds, with team-mate Josef Craig taking bronze in the same race.

    There were further golds for Hannah Russell (100m backstroke S12) and Steph Millward (400m freestyle S9). Amy Marren finished second behind Millward to take silver.

  58. Hard to find Xavi's equal - Del Bosque


    Xavi Vincente del Bosque

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque pays tribute to retiring midfielder Xavi, saying it will be hard to find his equal.

    The 34-year-old Xavi announced his international retirement earlier on Tuesday and Del Bosque says: "I would like to express my appreciation for a fantastic player.

    "We are losing a unique player from the national team and it will be hard to find his equal. He has been a key figure in the team's playing style which has brought us so much success. We will miss him both on and off the pitch."

  59. New rules on head injuries


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "The Premier League is to introduce new rules on how to deal with head injuries from the start of the 2014-15 season.

    "A player suffering a head injury must now leave the pitch and the club doctor must decide if a player is capable of continuing, not the team management.

    "Home teams also have to have a third "tunnel" doctor on matchdays."

  60. Women's Rugby World Cup

    Canada's women's rugby team

    Canada's women have been taking a lunchtime stroll in France ahead of their Rugby World Cup meeting with Samoa later.

    The second round of pool fixtures are played today and we will have updates for you here.

    Fixtures: Australia v Wales (14:00 BST; England v Spain (14:45); Canada v Samoa (17:00); New Zealand v Ireland (17:00); France v South Africa (19:45).

  61. Magath poses for selfie



    Fulham boss Felix Magath is only too happy to get involved in a 'selfie' with some fans at the club's opening training session on Tuesday.

    The London club, relegated from the Premier League last season, get their Championship campaign under way on Saturday at Ipswich.

  62. Inbetweeners cast get inspired

    The Inbetweeners

    The stars of the show The Inbetweeners - James Buckley, Simon Bird, Blake Harrison and Joe Thomas - popped into BBC Sport HQ at Salford Quays on Tuesday morning, throwing their weight behind Get Inspired, which encourages participation in sport and fitness activities across the UK.

  63. Angel in Paris


    Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria has instructed his agent to tie up a move to Paris St-Germain, dashing Manchester United's hopes of signing him.

    The Argentina international, 26, was reportedly a key target for United, but AS reports his agent Jorge Mendes met Real Madrid president Florentino Perez for lunch on Monday and a move to PSG will soon follow.

    Di Maria will earn £130,000 a week.

  64. BCCI unhappy with Anderson ruling

    India write to the International Cricket Council to express their disappointment after England's James Anderson was found not guilty of a breach of conduct.

    Anderson, 32, was cleared of abusing and pushing India's Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test at Trent Bridge.

    Only ICC chief executive Dave Richardson can appeal against the verdict but Sanjay Patel, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has denied the tourists have asked him to do so.

  65. F1 boss Ecclestone pays to end bribery trial

    A German court agrees to end the bribery trial of Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone in exchange for a $100m (£60m) payment from him.

    Earlier today, German prosecutors accepted the offer - which was based on an existing provision in German law - from the 83-year-old billionaire who dominates motor racing.

    He went on trial in April, accused of paying a German banker 33m euros (£26m; $44m) to ensure that a company he favoured could buy a stake in F1. He denies any wrongdoing.

  66. Get involved


    Sachin Tendulkar

    Following the international retirement of Xavi, we want to know who you think is the greatest ever international servant? Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

    Jason Hibberd: Has to be Lewis Moody. Body on the line every time he put an England shirt on. Wasn't called MadDog for nowt!

    KrishnaMUFC: Probably Sachin Tendulkar for doing what he did for 25 years & single-handedly carrying a billion hopes!

    ekowmakafui: Usain bolt...just walk into Kingston right now and see the impact he has on them.

  67. Fellaini close to Napoli move?


    Marouane Fellaini

    Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reports thatNapoli are close to completing a move for Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

    The report says the two clubs are in contact about a potential loan deal for the Belgium international.

  68. QPR in busy recruitment mode


    Yesterday we brought you news of Queens Park Rangers closing in on Cardiff's Jordon Mutch and it seems they are also making another move.

    QPR are set to sign Chile international Mauricio Isla on a season-long loan from Juventus, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The 26-year-old can play in defence or midfield and appeared in four matches for his country at the 2014 World Cup.

  69. No Man Utd move for Vidal?


    Arturo Vidal

    Is this the end of Manchester United's reported hopes to sign Arturo Vidal? The Juventus midfielder posts the above picture on his instagram account with the comment: "I'm happy to stay here! #jakarta"

    Juventus have just landed in Jakarta, Indonesia for their Asia-Pacific tour.

  70. Get involved


    Xavi Hernandez and Spain players celebrate winning the World Cup

    So Xavi Hernandez, viewed by many in Spain as the country's greatest ever footballer, retires from international football after making 133 caps.

    Who do you think is the greatest international servant? Ireland's rugby union star Brian O'Driscoll? David Beckham? Tweet us your view on #bbcsportsday.

  71. Khedira's Madrid departure


    Arsenal and Chelsea have been put on alert as Real Madrid's efforts to offload midfielder Sami Khedira intensify.

    The 27-year-old German midfielder is reportedly fed up at a lack of respect from Bernabeu chiefs, according to the Daily Star.

    Real boast a glut of central midfield options and long-standing interest from Arsenal might prompt a move, as could Khedira's relationship with former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho - now at Chelsea.

  72. New boy settles in


    Enner Valencia

    "New boy Enner Valencia has arrived at Chadwell Heath this week as he prepares for his 1st season as a Hammer," tweet West Ham United.

    The 24-year-old, who starred for Ecuador at the World Cup, joined the London club in late July for a reported fee of £12m.

  73. Luna in Italy loan


    Aston Villa full-back Antonio Luna joins Italian Serie A side Hellas Verona on a season-long loan.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard was signed by Villa last summer for £2m from Sevilla and made 18 appearances in all competitions.

  74. Bolt's Great Day


    Usain Bolt

    On this day back in 2012, Usain Bolt won 100m gold at the Olympics in London and clearly it remains a highlight for the Jamaican athlete. He tweets 'Great Day' to the BBC Sport Get Inspired account.

  75. Football

    Uefa's disciplinary panel takes action against three clubs following racist incidents during the qualifying rounds for this season's Champions League.

    Steaua Bucharest, Debrecen and Maribor have been given partial stadium bans, while FC Chikhura Sachkhere have received the same punishment for an incident in Europa League qualifying.

    "The fight against racism is a high priority for Uefa," says a statement on Uefa's website.

  76. Xavi announces Spain retirement


    Former Liverpool and England defender Jamie Carragher tweets: "Xavi Hernandez retires from international football as the best central midfielder I've ever seen. What a player what a man!"

    Xavi was voted player of the tournament at the 2008 European Championships as Spain ended a wait of 44 years for a major international trophy.

  77. Xavi announces Spain retirement



    More from Spanish midfielder Xavi on his international retirement: "I was going to retire after Euro 2012 but I was persuaded to stay on and go to Brazil, which was of course a huge disappointment for everyone and myself individually.

    "After Euro 2012, it was generally understood I was going to be leaving after Brazil 2014. I hope Vicente Del Bosque stays as manager of Spain because I don't think there is a better man for the job.

    "I want to thank everyone involved in that team for the way they treated me and the respect, and I could not wish for a better time as an international."

  78. Xavi announces Spain retirement


    Speaking about his international retirement, Xavi says: "I'm grateful for all those years. It has been a fantastic time.

    "I'm not 20 anymore, but I still have the motivation of a kid."

    Xavi made his full Spain debut on 15 November 2000 against Netherlands. Former captain and defender Carles Puyol made his international debut in the same game.

  79. BreakingXavi announces Spain retirement


    Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi announces his retirement from international football.

    The 34-year-old was capped 133 times for Spain, more than any other outfield player, and scored 13 goals.

  80. Bradford sign duo


    League One Bradford City sign goalkeeper Ben Williams and attacker Mo Shariff on non-contract terms.

    Manchester-born Williams, 31, joins the Bantams having left Scottish side Hibernian at the end of last season.

    Shariff, 21, left Premier League new boys Queens Park Rangers in the summer and joins after a successful trial.

  81. Woods prepares despite injury


    Tiger Woods's caddy has been walking the course at Valhalla ahead of this weekend's final major of the year - the US PGA Championship.

    His presence has raised hopes that Woods - who withdrew from the WGC Invitational with a back problem on Sunday - could be fit.

    The 14-time major winner jarred his back, for which he recently underwent surgery, during the event in Ohio.

    "I'm optimistic," caddy Joe LaCava says. "I'm hoping he plays. So I'm just doing whatever work I would normally do."

  82. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Which players have impressed in pre-season and why?

    Rian Hoskins: Bafetimbi Gomis has looked impressive so far. If Swansea can keep Wilfried Bony, the two strikers could form a powerful duo.

    Adam Taylor: Ashley Young, must be a new signing, never seen work rate tackling before. Plus not a theatrical fall in sight.

  83. Posh include Cole in team photo


    League One Peterborough United have tweeted a picture of their squad photo, but they have been a little cheeky at Ashley Cole's expense. Scroll down to the 08:21 entry here in Sportsday and you will see that an awkward Cole team photo has become an internet hit in recent days.

    "Roma player Ashley Cole snuck into our squad photo today at London Road," says the Peterborough tweet.

  84. Martin makes Accrington move


    Teenage midfielder Connor Martin signs a short-term deal with Accrington Stanley.

    The 18-year-old was captain of Rochdale's youth team last season and has signed up at League Two Accrington after impressing on trial.

    "I am really pleased to sign for Accrington Stanley," says Martin. "I can't wait for the season to start now."

  85. Bluebirds chase recruits


    Cardiff City may well have lost the likes of Stephen Caulker and be on the cusp of waving off Jordon Mutch, but moves are afoot to bring in new talent.

    The Bluebirds have bid for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane, 27, and could be set to land Birmingham City midfielder Tom Adeyemi, 22.

    The South Wales Echo reports City are the only club to so far bid for Sane and Birmingham have confirmed Adeyemi has handed in a transfer request.

  86. Lions centre inspires Wales

    Women's Rugby World Cup

    Wales at Women's World Cup

    BBC Radio Wales reporter Dafydd Pritchard: "Wales have the unenviable task of facing Australia in the sweltering afternoon heat at 14:00 BST.

    "Only a win will keep alive Wales' hopes of reaching the semi-finals and they will be inspired after an appearance from a special guest at their hotel last night.

    "Lions centre Jamie Roberts presented the players with their match jerseys and then posed for 'selfies' with the squad, who all seemed thrilled by the Racing Metro star's visit."

  87. Cricket

    Audio commentary is available now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from the Royal London match between Essex and Lancashire. Listen via the Live Coverage tab at the top of this page.

  88. Busy Blackpool

    The Football League season gets under way this weekend and Blackpool are still scrabbling to get an 18-man squad together. They are still to sign a professional goalkeeper, but the Blackpool Gazette reports that boss Jose Riga could be a busy man in the coming days.

    The newspaper says the club are set to sign Everton midfielder John Lundstram and hope to follow it up by bringing in striker Ishmael Miller. Still no sign of a keeper just yet though.

    Blackpool play Nottingham Forest in their opener on Saturday.

  89. Barca back in training



    Barcelona returned to training on Tuesday with a certain Lionel Messi in action, fresh from his post-World Cup holiday and a trip to the barbers, it seems. Did a boast by Brazil legend Pele that he had better hair than Messi get to him?


    Barca boss Luis Enrique watches on as new signing Ivan Rakitic takes part in training.


    The Spanish giants start their La Liga campaign with a home game against Elche on 24 August.

  90. Ex-Newport boss appointed NZ manager


    New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson

    Former Newport County boss Anthony Hudson is appointed New Zealand manager until 2018.

    The 33-year-old, who is the son of former England midfielder Alan, left his position as Bahrain coach last week and takes over from Ricki Herbert.

    "A big pull of why I've come here is to go to the World Cup," says Hudson, who worked under QPR boss Harry Redknapp at Tottenham. "And not just go to the World Cup, but go further than we've ever gone."

  91. Barca to bring in Boateng?

    Spanish daily Marca reports that Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng is a transfer target for Barcelona.

    The German, who recently won the World Cup with his national side, has been valued by his club at 39m euros (£31m), according to the report.

  92. Murray can train at '100%' again


    British number one Andy Murray says he can train at "100%" again following a back operation late last year.

    The 27-year-old returned in December, but a quarter-final defeat at Wimbledon this summer has seen his world ranking drop to ninth.

    "I wasn't able to train as much at the beginning part of the year because of my back," says Murray. "I felt maybe what I was missing was just some physical strength."

  93. Jet-setting role


    Steffen Freund

    Tottenham announce former player Steffen Freund has taken up a role as international technical co-ordinator.

    What does that mean, I hear you ask? The club say the German, who was formerly assistant head coach, will focus on the development of club players on loan internationally, support international projects and identify future talent.

  94. Turkey for Cardozo


    Trabzonspor complete the signing of Oscar Cardozo from Benfica.

    The 31-year-old Paraguay striker moves for an initial fee of about £3.2m.

    Cardozo joined Benfica in 2007 and scored 112 league goals during his time in Portugal, winning two league titles, a domestic cup and five Portuguese League Cups.

  95. Carter ruled out

    Rugby Union

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter will miss at least half of their Rugby Championship campaign with a hairline crack to his fibula.

    The 32-year-old suffered the injury on club duty for Canterbury Crusaders as they lost 33-32 to New South Wales Warratahs in the Super 15 final at the weekend.

    He will miss New Zealand's opening two Championship fixtures against Australia as well as a Test against Argentina in Napier on 6 September.

  96. The Hoff has his say...

    David Hasselhoff

    I don't know about you, but Manchester United's impressive pre-season results in the US have left me wondering just what David Hasselhoff's take on Louis van Gaal is...

    Luckily, the Knight Rider star has kindly given his opinion on the Dutchman, telling the Manchester Evening News website: "I really love your new coach, he really just says 'go for it'.

    "Your team is legendary - the great thing that I'm seeing [on the tour] is the reverence of the fans. There're so many Man United fans here; you're bringing your passion and culture for soccer to America."

    There you have it then...

  97. De Gea's delight


    David De Gea

    Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea on Twitter after his side's 3-1 win against Liverpool in the International Champions Cup final: "We return home with the trophy and good sensations! Thanks everyone, the crowd was fantastic again!!"

  98. Canary joins League Two Us


    Oxford United sign Norwich City striker Carlton Morris on an initial six-month loan.

    Morris, 18, agreed a two-and-a-half-year professional contract with the Canaries in December 2013, but will drop into League Two for an opportunity he says he is relishing.

  99. Strut your stuff


    You know the start of the football season is drawing close when players are doing their catwalk in front of a green screen. Here, Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross summons his inner supermodel...

    Ryan Shawcross

    But who could forget Jimmy Bullard's effort from a few years ago?

    Jimmy Bullard on Socceram
  100. Formula 1

    Bernie Ecclestone

    German prosecutors say they would accept an offer of $100m (£60m) from Formula 1 chief Bernie Ecclestone (pictured above right with his lawyers) to end his trial on bribery charges.

    A Munich court is expected to rule on the offer later today.

    The 83-year-old billionaire went on trial in April, charged with bribery and incitement to breach of trust. He is accused of paying a German banker 33m euros (£26m; $44m) to ensure that a company he favoured could buy a stake in F1. He denies wrongdoing.

  101. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Which players have impressed in pre-season and why?

    Emre Can

    Fraser: Demarai Gray at Birmingham City has been quality.

    Mr Acougueiro: Emre Can (pictured) has made a big impression. Pace, power, composure and aggression. Very astute signing by Brendan Rodgers.

    Tariq Kareemulla: Ander Herrera, the kid will go ahead and become the next Xavi, his vision and passing are simply brilliant!

  102. Defoe blow

    England and Toronto striker Jermain Defoe is to miss two to three weeks of the Major League Soccer season with a groin injury.

    Scans have revealed that Defoe has a strain, thought to have been suffered against DC United last week.

    Defoe, who has 11 goals this season, is out of Wednesday's MLS All-Star game, having already missed Toronto's 2-0 victory over Montreal on Saturday.

  103. Coutinho contract talks

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers hopes Philippe Coutinho will sign a new contract soon.

    The Brazilian midfielder moved to Anfield from Inter Milan in an £8.5m transfer 18 months ago.

    "I am not sure when it will be done. I haven't spoken to any of the directors in the last few days, so I am not sure where we are on that, but obviously he is someone we want to tie up for a period of time," Rodgers says.

  104. Formula 1

    'What do Formula 1 drivers get up to during the summer break?' I hear you ask. Well I'll tell you. McLaren driver Jenson Button has been in the Philippines, taking part in an Ironman competition...

    Jenson Button

    ... and Button's fellow Brit and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has been over to America to visit the White House, where he met President Obama...

    Lewis Hamilton
  105. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Which players have impressed in pre-season and why?

    Patrick Beaumont: Manchester City's Stevan Jovetic has really impressed me this summer, five goals in three games in that pre-season tournament, hopefully he'll keep injury free.

    SK7: Shaw, Zaha, and Young all look like living up to the price-tag next year.

  106. Pearce peeved

    Stuart Pearce

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce says defender Jamaal Lascelles and goalkeeper Karl Darlow were sold to Newcastle United against his wishes.

    While the Premier League club have not announced the deals, Pearce confirmed on BBC Radio Nottingham that they have signed for Newcastle and immediately been loaned back.

    "The players were sold without my sanction," says Pearce. "I can't defend the decision to sell them because it wasn't my decision."

  107. Black Cats to pounce for Eto'o?

    Sunderland are ready to move for former Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o, 33, who is a free agent after being released by Chelsea, according to Talksport.

    Eto'o took part in his fourth World Cup in Brazil this summer.

  108. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    You can never read too much into pre-season results, but individual performances can offer that bit more encouragement.

    Promising for Manchester United fans are the performances of Ashley Young so far. It is fair to say the wide man has not showcased his talent on a consistent basis at Old Trafford, but his displays against Real Madrid and Liverpool in the US suggest he could well deliver under new boss Louis van Gaal.

    With that in mind, which players have caught your eye in pre-season and why? Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 or pop along to our Facebook and Google+ pages to have your say.

  109. Totti trolls Cole

    Ashley Cole

    Poor Ashley Cole. The former Chelsea left-back is only months into his time as an AS Roma player, but his first team photo has seen him develop into something of an internet phenomenon. He was snapped a little further away from his new team-mates looking slightly forlorn.

    There have been plenty of memes created as a result, with a lurking Cole superimposed on to various famous photographs throughout history. Now, his own team-mates have got in on the act. Here is Francesco Totti producing his version of the Ashley Cole lurk...

    Francesco Totti
  110. Latest gossip

    The start of the new season is fast approaching for teams across Europe and consequently the wheels of the transfer window rumour mill are grinding away. The latest rumours are in our gossip column, but here are three snippets to whet the appetite:

    Atletico Madrid are ready to make a £25m bid to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez, 26, and Japan midfielder Shinji Kagawa, 25, from Manchester United. (Guardian)

    United boss Louis van Gaal is set to tell executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward that Hernandez and Kagawa can be sold, along with midfielders Marouane Fellaini and Anderson, both 26, winger Nani, 27, and possibly 21-year-old forward Wilfried Zaha. (Daily Mail)

    The Red Devils are looking to do a swap deal with Atletico Madrid by offering Kagawa for 27-year-old midfielder Arda Turan. Mundodeportivo (in Spanish)

  111. Football

    Corinne Diacre saw her Clermont Foot side lose 2-1 away to Brest in her first game in charge.

    The Ligue 2 fixture marked the first time that a woman had taken charge of a professional men's team in the top two tiers of a European league.

    Diacre's spell got off to the ideal start as Souleymane Sawadogo gave Clermont an early lead, but her side lost to two second-half goals.

  112. Rugby Union

    England flanker Maggie Alphonsi says the "pain" of three final defeats in a row will help drive them to World Cup glory in France.

    England have lifted the trophy once, in 1994, but have lost the past three finals to New Zealand. They have made 12 changes for their second Pool A match, against Spain (14:45 BST) on Tuesday.

    Alphonsi says morale was high, telling BBC Sport: "I'm very confident that we are ready to win the World Cup."

  113. Football

    Manchester United Liverpol

    Manchester United ended their US pre-season tour unbeaten with a 3-1 win over Premier League rivals Liverpool...

    Man Utd Liverpool

    ...a Steven Gerrard penalty gave Liverpool the lead, but Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard replied for United...

    Man Utd Liverpool

    ...more than 50,000 fans were at the Sun Life Stadium, home of the NFL's Miami Dolphins, to see the International Champions Cup final.

  114. Post update

    Manchester United

    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday Live.

    Louis van Gaal has claimed his first piece of silverware as Manchester United boss after the Red Devils beat Liverpool 3-1 in Miami on Monday. It may only be the International Champions Cup, but United fans may be forgiven for feeling that little bit more optimistic about the season ahead after the disappointment of the previous campaign.

    Ashley Young is one of a number of players who appears to be enjoying a new lease of life under Van Gaal and we will be asking you this morning which players have impressed in pre-season so far.

    We will also bring you all the latest transfer news and gossip, as well as the latest from the Women's Rugby World Cup with Wales, England and Ireland all in action. First, the top three stories on our website today...