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Summary

  1. Football League/Scottish seasons start this weekend
  2. Blackburn and Cardiff kick off the domestic season later (19:45 BST)
  3. Celtic back in Champions League as Legia Warsaw are thrown out
  4. Arsenal face Besiktas, Celtic to play Maribor in play-offs
  5. Europa League play-offs: Spurs face Limassol of Cyprus, Hull away to Lokeren
  6. GET INVOLVED: Who is your club's one to watch? #myclubshiddengems

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And those two non-football bits of news wrap up Sportsday's new season special...

    Make sure you come back to BBC Sport about 18:30 BST when our live text commentary of the Championship curtain-raiser between Blackburn and Cardiff begins.

    Then, we will have more live texts, score updates, and everything else associated with live football, when the rest of the action kicks off on Saturday. Make sure you're with us!

  2. Rory leading the way at Valhalla

    Golf

    Is there any stopping Rory McIlroy? The name of the recently-crowned Open champion, and new world number one, is still top of the US PGA leaderboard midway through day two at Valhalla.

    Keep tabs on the progress of the Northern Irishman - and the rest of the field - with our live leaderboard.

  3. Washout at Old Trafford

    Cricket

    England v India - Old Trafford

    The announcement has been made - play has been abandoned for day two of the fourth Test between England and India.

    England are stuck on 237-6 after torrential rain forced the players from the field at 14:15 BST.

  4. Scottish Premiership preview

    Football

    Aberdeen defender Andrew Considine feels his side have been boosted by their European exploits - but not enough to challenge Celtic for the Scottish Premiership title.

    The Dons showed huge improvement under Derek McInnes last year, finishing third and winning the League Cup. They also reached the third qualifying round of this season's Europa League where they tested Spanish side Real Sociedad before bowing out.

    But Considine said: "Celtic are still Celtic. They spend millions of pounds on players and they are still streets ahead of us. All we want to do is have a season like last year, finish third or second or something like that."

  5. Fulham bolster squad

    Football

    Championshipnewcomers Fulham sign ex-Notts County midfielder Mark Fotheringham on a one-year deal.

    Fotheringham, 30, spent the summer with the Cottagers as a trialist, playing in the pre-season friendlies against Rangers and East Fife.

    Boss Felix Magath was impressed enough to hand a longer term deal to the ex-Celtic trainee.

  6. Miller time for May?

    Football

    St Johnstone striker Stevie May was due to have signing talks with Rotherham on Friday afternoon, the BBC learns.

    The English Championship side were given permission to speak to the 21-year-old, who scored 27 goals last season.

  7. Scottish Premiership preview

    Football

    Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara believes his side face almost as tough a task as they could get in Sunday's Scottish Premiership opener at Aberdeen.

    "It's a tough one - no doubt about it," he says. "Aberdeen are a strong side who proved themselves last season by winning the League Cup.

  8. Scottish League Two

    Football

    Barry Ferguson

    Former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson will be the headline act for Clyde, having taken over as player-manager at Broadwood, while Arbroath, Albion Rovers and Montrose also have new gaffers.

    The bookmakers have East Fife as slight favourites but there is no obvious front-runner, with every side undergoing major changes over the summer.

    Annan were runners-up last term and boast a good record at Galabank, while released Hibernian midfielders David Gold and Dean Horribine may prove smart acquisitions for Berwick Rangers.

    Queen's Park, bottom by a distance last term, appear destined to struggle again, having lost star winger Blair Spittal to Dundee United.

  9. Challenge Cup semi-finals

    Rugby League

    Who would have backed either Widnes or Castleford to reach the Challenge Cup final? Me neither. But it is going to happen.

    The pair do battle on Sunday for the right to face the winners of Leeds and Warrington in the showpiece event of the rugby league calendar.

    Widnes make two changes to the 19-man squad that beat Hull KR last weekend, with Paddy Flynn and Alex Gerrard coming in for Phil Joseph and Patrick Ah Van. Castleford are without winger Justin Carney and forward Weller Hauraki.

    See which side books their place at Wembley by watching the game live on BBC Two at 15:00 BST.

  10. Scottish League One

    Football

    Relegated Morton and last year's runners-up Dunfermline, who messed up in the play-offs, are the only full-time sides in the division.

    The recruitment of Michael Moffat, who scored 27 goals for Ayr last season, may just give the Pars the edge, while new boss Jimmy Duffy has been busy overhauling the squad at Cappielow.

    Airdrieonians will be a force if manager Gary Bollan's side can help maintain the form that led to only one loss in their last 16 matches.

    Stenhousemuir and Forfar have added some experience, while Peterhead keep faith with the players that won the League Two title.

  11. Batsman run out by US security

    Cricket

    New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham: "Imagine if your cricket gear went through America and they drilled holes in your bat to look for drugs... "

    Jimmy Neesham
  12. Scottish Championship preview

    Football

    Ally McCoist

    League One champions Rangers and relegated Edinburgh pair Hearts and Hibernian are among 10 clubs chasing just one automatic promotion spot.

    With such big names scrapping it out, attention will be on the second tier like never before.

    With experienced duo Kenny Miller and Kris Boyd back to lead the attack, Rangers will be strong favourites to continue their climb back up the leagues, while there are new managers in place at Tynecastle and Easter Road.

    Of the rest, Falkirk look best placed to mount a challenge, with new boss Peter Houston bolstering a talented young squad with a few older heads with top-flight experience.

  13. McIlroy claims US PGA lead

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy defies further rain at Valhalla and powers into the lead after an eagle at his ninth hole in round two. The Open champion is now eight under for the Championship, two ahead of Americans Ryan Palmer and Steve Stricker. First-day leader Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson are later starters on Friday, with play delayed by a morning deluge.

  14. Swimming

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport in Eindhoven

    "There's been a gold rush for Great Britain at the IPC Swimming European Championships with Susie Rodgers, Andrew Mullen and Sascha Kindred all winning their third titles of the week.

    "Rodgers took the S7 100m freestyle with Mullen winning the S5 200m freestyle event while Kindred, the veteran of the team at 36, won the S6 100m freestyle title and has the SB7 100m breaststroke to come later this evening.

    "But Ellie Simmonds was beaten for the second time this week by new Ukraine rival Yelyzaveta Mereshko - this time in the 100m freestyle with Mereshko also taking the four-time Paralympic champion's European record."

  15. Scottish Premiership preview

    Scottish football

    It is widely expected that Celtic will canter to a fourth consecutive title, even though new manager Ronny Deila has made a wobbly start with a heavy defeat against Legia Warsaw in their Champions League elimination-cum-qualification.

    Celtic made it three-in-a-row by a whopping margin of 29 points last season and the squad remains largely unchanged, although it may prove difficult to ward off interest in goalkeeper Fraser Forster and defender Virgil van Dijk.

    Aberdeen have improved significantly under Derek McInnes and an impressive Europa League win over Groningen suggests they can be the best of the rest, although Motherwell boss Stuart McCall has worked wonders on a limited budget in recent years.

    Dundee United have turned a tidy profit selling off Ryan Gauld and Andy Robertson but a host of exciting young players remain at Tannadice, while neighbours Dundee may prove a surprise package on their return to the top flight.

  16. Further inspection at Old Trafford

    Cricket

    Before we do though, an update from the Test match. Warm sunshine in the Trafford area now but the umpires are not happy with conditions and want another inspection at 17:00 BST. A reminder that England lead by 85 runs at 237-6 on day two of the fourth Test with India.

  17. Scottish season preview

    Aberdeen fans

    We've told you the hopes, fears and expectations surrounding the 24 Championship clubs in England, and you've had your say on where the League One and League Two titles are going.

    Now it is time to turn our attentions north of the border. The Scottish leagues start on Saturday but champions Celtic do not play until Wednesday when they face St Johnstone.

  18. Team news

    Blackburn v Cardiff (19:45 BST)

    So how about a bit of team news ahead of that match? Here goes:

    Blackburn have a fully fit squad as winger Ben Marshall and striker Rudy Gestede appear to have overcome bugs.

    Cardiff have only two available centre-backs with Juan Cala suspended and Ben Turner injured, so Matt Connolly looks set to partner Mark Hudson. Craig Noone (groin) is out through injury.

  19. The final countdown

    In little over three hours' time, the Football League is back! Blackburn host relegated Cardiff at Ewood Park in the curtain raiser and you can follow every kick in our live text commentary. Kick-off is 19:45 BST, with the coverage starting at about 18:30 BST.

  20. Swansea dismiss Utrecht threats over Vorm sale

    Football

    Swansea respond to threats from Dutch side FC Utrecht over the sale of goalkeeper Michel Vorm to Tottenham.

    The Eredivisie club say they have not received 30% of Vorm's transfer fee, which they claim was agreed as part of his deal to join Swansea in 2011 but the Swans say: "The transfer of Michel Vorm was conducted and concluded correctly under Premier League rules. It was approved by the Premier League and also Fifa."

  21. Schneiderlin will not be sold, say Saints

    Football

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Morgan Schneiderlin, linked with Tottenham, is not in the right frame of mind to play against Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday but insists the midfielder will not be sold.

  22. Football League Focus

    Wolves are aiming to become just the third team to earn successive promotions from League One to the Premier League via the Championship since 2004, following in the footsteps of Norwich City in 2010-11 and Southampton in 2011-12.

    The Molineux men are one of our 10 great stories behind the Premier League wannabes of the Championship, with the rest including an £11m striker, ex-England managers and a team built in two weeks. Made you hungry for more? Satisfy your appetite here.

  23. Jon Wilkin's Challenge

    Rugby League

    Former Great Britain international Jon Wilkin has set up a special challenge ahead of the weekend's Challenge Cup semi-finals and he wants you to have a go as well.

    There are four kicks; a conversion from the 20m line, a drop goal from the 20m line, a drop goal with your weaker foot and a grubber kick onto the post. Whoever completes the four kicks in the quickest time will be the winner.

    Watch Warrington's Gareth O'Brien and Chris Clarkson of Leeds take on the challenge ahead of their semi-final clash on Saturday, while Jack Owens of Widnes and Castleford's Jamie Ellis have a go ahead of Sunday's second semi-final

  24. McIlroy makes further ground at US PGA

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy in round two at the US PGA

    World number one Rory McIlroy is six under after collecting another birdie at his sixth hole in round two at Valhalla. American Ryan Palmer, who carded a 65 on day one, has the lead at seven under having gained a further shot in his opening 10 holes today.

  25. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Wolves recorded their highest points total (103) last term, becoming just the fourth side to reach 100+ points in the third tier after Fulham (1999), Wigan (2003) and Charlton (2012). And the 103 points claimed by Kenny Jackett's men is the most registered in the third tier in a single season.

  26. Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Wolves hungry for successive promotions

    Daz Hale

    BBC WM 95.6

    Kenny Jackett

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Transfer-wise, it's been a somewhat low-key summer so far. Kenny Jackett will be looking to add a proven Championship goalscorer and possibly another centre-back before the window closes."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "The current squad look more than capable of a top-half finish in their first season back in the Championship. Get that goalscorer and they could push for a play-off place."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Many of Jackett's young and hungry squad will be keen to make their mark in a higher division. I'm tipping Michael Jacobs to continue where he left off last season."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio WM 95.6 and BBC Radio Norfolk.

  27. Vote results

    Who will win the League One title?

    You, the Sportsday readers, have spoken.

    In our votes earlier today, you backed Portsmouth to win the League Two title and Derby to do the same in the Championship. And now the results of our final vote of the day are in too - and you seem pretty confident that Sheffield United are going to dominate League One:

    22.2% Sheffield United 9.5% Leyton Orient 8.8% Preston 7.1% Bristol City 7% Peterborough

  28. Inspection planned after Old Trafford rain

    Cricket

    A saturated Old Trafford after Friday afternoon's rain

    They have taken tea at Old Trafford where the heavy rain has cleared. There is sunshine now but much mopping up still to do and there will be an inspection at 16:30 BST. England lead by 85 runs at 237-6.

  29. Wigan

    Top two targeted by the Latics

    Paul Rowley

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Uwe Rosler

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Manager Uwe Rosler has used his first pre-season to strengthen his side with a mix of promising talent and top-level experience, while also boosting the coaching set-up. The departure of Jordi Gomez, last season's Player of the Year, is a disappointment but not a surprise."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "After reaching the play-offs in their first season following relegation from the Premier League, the hope is that the 2013 FA Cup winners can go up automatically this time around."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "The arrival of striker Oriol Riera, who scored 13 goals in the top division in Spain last term, should arrest last season's lack of an out-and-out goal poacher."

    Listen to full match commentary of Wigan v Reading on BBC Radio Berkshire

  30. Challenge Cup semi-final preview

    Rugby League

    Tomorrow sees the first of the Challenge Cup semi-finals as Leeds take on Warrington. Leeds welcome back skipper Kevin Sinfield from a two-game ban, while Jamie Peacock, Kallum Watkins, Ryan Hall and Joel Moon all return to the squad after being rested for last week's defeat by relegated Bradford.

    Warrington joint-captain Ben Westwood did not feature in the Super League win at Catalan Dragons but should lead them at Langtree Park. Centre Ryan Atkins is back in Warrington's 19-man squad. There is live coverage of the match on BBC One at 1400 BST.

  31. Black Cats team up with DC United

    Football

    Sunderland are the latest Premier League team to venture into the American market by signing a partnership with Major League Soccer team DC United. The two clubs will share coaching and business expertise, promoting each other in their respective markets.

  32. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    All day we have been asking for those unknown stars who you think could grab the attention this season. Keep them coming in please to #myclubshiddengems.

    'Hamez' Earl: Lewis Grabban had a terrific pre season, scored 22 last season, could be a great signing for Norwich.

    Jonathon Wade: Watch out for Charlton's Igor Vetokele this season. Very fast and prolific. I predicted him as a top scorer this season.

    Chris: Josh Vela (Bolton) - should be in the first team now. Shows the dominance and ball control the rest of midfielders don't.

  33. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Watford were shown 105 cards last season (99 yellow, 6 red), the most in the Championship.

    "Dirty, dirty Watford," maybe the boastful chant from the Vicarage Road stands. Or maybe not.

  34. Brownlie hits ton for Kiwis against Lions

    Cricket

    New Zealand A make 282 all out from 50 overs against England Lions at Bristol. Steve Finn opens the bowling for the Lions but takes a modest 1-68 in 10 overs, Dean Brownlie firing 115 from 107 balls for the Kiwis. Finn's new ball partner David Willey of Northants is the pick of the bowlers with 5-62.

  35. Watford

    Hornets buzzing for new season

    Jon Marks

    BBC Three Counties Radio's Watford commentator

    Keith Andrews

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "So far so good for Watford. They have kept hold of last season's top scorer Troy Deeney although Premier League interest continues. Matej Vydra, who hit 22 goals in his first spell with the club, has returned to provide real pace to the attack. Heurelho Gomes provides Premier League experience in goal and the likes of Keith Andrews (pictured) and Lloyd Dyer will add all-important Championship know-how."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "The squad looks very strong, although it will be easier to assess once the August transfer window has closed. There is competition for places all over the pitch and the squad is full of quality players. If head coach Beppe Sannino can get the best out of those players, they should be in amongst the promotion race."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Almen Abdi. He missed the majority of last season with a persistent foot injury and Watford weren't the same team without him. He knits everything together from midfield and finds the spaces to provide the likes of Vydra with goalscoring opportunities. He rarely gives the ball away and is a consistent contributor of goals too."

    Listen to full match commentary of Watford v Bolton on BBC Radio Manchester

  36. New skipper Fonte staying with Saints

    Football

    Southampton announce Jose Fonte has signed a new three-year contract with the Premier League club - and appoint the Portuguese centre-back as their new captain.

  37. McIlroy back on track at US PGA

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy responds to a dropped shot at his third hole with a birdie at the next and is back to five under, only one shot off the pace at the US PGA in Louisville. Joint leader Lee Westwood has a later tee time, as do Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and today's schedule has been delayed following an early deluge.

  38. Sheffield Wednesday

    Owls looking for end to takeover saga

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Sheffield Wednesday

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Wednesday are still waiting for Hafiz Mammadov's takeover to be ratified, meaning so far Stuart Gray has only added Dejan Kelhar, Tom Lees, Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "If the takeover saga comes to a positive conclusion and they make a few more signings there's no reason why Wednesday can't target a top half finish."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Atdhe Nuhiu ended his first season in English football strongly and could be a source of goals this term."

    Listen to full match commentary off Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday on BBC Radio Sussex

  39. Simmonds faces Mereshko test

    Swimming

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Swimming Europeans in Eindhoven:

    "The battle between Britain's four-time Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds and her new Ukraine rival Yelyzaveta Mereshko in the S6 100m freestyle is one of the most eagerly-awaited races of Friday evening's programme here.

    "Mereshko beat Simmonds in the 50m free but Simmonds was victorious in the 400m free and the 200m medley and wants a hat-trick of titles.

    "And the women's S14 200m freestyle could also be a thriller. The Paralympic and world champion is Norwich's Jessica-Jane Applegate but she saw her world record smashed by Russian Valeriia Shabalina in this morning's heats and will be looking to get it back. The evening session begins at 16:00 BST."

  40. Suarez faces wait over appeal verdict

    Football

    Luis Suarez must wait until next week to discover if his appeal against his four-month ban for biting an opponent has been successful. The 27-year-old former Liverpool striker gave a statement to the Court of Arbitration for Sport headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland on Friday.

  41. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Ben Pringle provided 16 assists for Rotherham last season - more than any other League One player.

  42. Rotherham

    New-look Millers back in the Championship

    Rob Staton

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Millers manager Steve Evans has signed 12 new players this summer, including record signing Jordan Bowery from Aston Villa."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "After back-to-back promotions survival would be a positive, but chairman Tony Stewart believes the club can achieve much more."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Key players like Ben Pringle and Lee Frecklington will be crucial, but Kieran Agard scored 26 goals last season and it'll be interesting to see if he can produce in the second tier."

    Listen to full match commentary of Derby v Rotherham on BBC Radio Derby

  43. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    All day we have been asking for those unknown stars who you think could grab the attention this season. Keep them coming in please to #myclubshiddengems

    Chris: Josh Vela at Bolton - should be in the first team now. Shows the dominance and ball control the rest of midfielders don't.

    CiaranBoost: Will Randall for Swindon Town has had a great pre-season, expect to see him in the first team this season.

    Ben: Hidden away from most eyes is Ross Stearn for Bath City, 39 games, 14 goals last season. Not bad for a winger.

  44. Everton youngster joins Hibs

    Football

    Teenage Everton winger Matthew Kennedy joins Scottish side Hibernian on a five-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old, who has yet to make an appearance for the Toffees since moving from Kilmarnock in August 2012, links up with Alan Stubbs, the Blues' former Under-21 manager who has taken over at Hibs.

  45. McIlroy cards an early bogey

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy, starting his round from the 10th, drops a shot at his third hole in round two of the US PGA Championship and is now four under for the event. It is dry at Valhalla currently but the skies look rather ominous, as they do in Manchester where the players are still off the field in the fourth Test between England and India.

  46. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy made a league-high 175 saves in the Championship last season.

  47. Reading

    Royals ready to rumble

    Tony Husband

    BBC South Today

    Nigel Adkins

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Nigel Adkins had been stymied in the transfer market after ownership issues threw a financial cloud over the club. Cash worries saw the likes of Le Fondre, McAnuff and Leigertwood depart. With new investment due to arrive, his business this month could determine his side's fate for the season."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Hard to say given so little is known about the ambition of the new investors. Reading fans certainly have lower expectations this season than in previous years. On paper, Adkins still has a strong starting 11 when everyone's fit, and he has the experience to succeed at this level, but right now mid-table would not be classed as failure."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Reading have a good crop of young players who have come through their academy. Watch out for Aaron Kuhl, with his David Luiz-style hair cut in midfield, a classy player but one who Adkins will blood carefully."

    Listen to full match commentary of Wigan v Reading on BBC Radio Berkshire

  48. Football League Focus

    Forest's Mackie joins Reading

    Talking of Nottingham Forest, it seems Stuart Pearce is happy to do a couple of favours for Reading boss Nigel Adkins. Psycho flogged striker Simon Cox to the Royals yesterday and has now loaned forward Jamie Mackie to his Champiosnhip rivals for the season.

  49. Crane joins US PGA injury list

    Golf

    American Ben Crane is the latest player to withdraw from the US PGA Championship through back trouble. He follows David Toms, who pulled out on Tuesday, plus world number six Matt Kuchar on Thursday. Defending champion Jason Dufner withdrew on Thursday because of a neck injury.

  50. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid scored and assisted 31% of the Reds' league goals last term, more than any other Championship player.

  51. Football League Focus

    Stuart Pearce is among 10 fascinating Championship stories that we have picked out ahead of the big kick-off. An £11m striker, ex-England managers and a team built in two weeks - read all about them here.

  52. Nottingham Forest

    Robin Chipperfield

    BBC Radio Nottingham

    Stuart Pearce

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "It's been a mixed transfer window, after the sales of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle. But at the end of the week, Forest end up with Lascelles and Darlow still in the squad and record signing Britt Assambalonga and pacy winger Michael Antonio added to it. I think most Forest fans would think they had the basis of a very decent squad that could well challenge for promotion"

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Given the 'Pearce factor' it would be a huge disappointment if Forest didn't improve on their 11th-placed finish this season. Despite the events of the week, there appears to be a much calmer approach to the campaign this time around, and less of a "circus" than last season. A top six finish should be the aim.

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Lansbury - if he stays - will be the key player. But there'll inevitably be a lot of focus on £5.5m signing Assambalonga. If the quiet striker lives up to his transfer fee, Forest will be genuine title contenders."

    Listen to full match commentary of Nottingham Forest v Blackpool on BBC Radio Nottingham

  53. Football League Focus

    League One players to watch

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Joe Garner

    Joe Garner (Preston) - "No-one will forget the striker's fantastic play-off semi-final goal from last season. He has a lot of competition at Preston but they have done well to keep him and that is his statement of intent."

    Darius Henderson (Leyton Orient) - "He will be a handful for defences at this level given his experience in the leagues above."

  54. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Who are your tips to emerge as big names at your club this season? #myclubshiddengems

    Nathan: It's time for Kelly to make an impact for Liverpool this year. He has it all in his locker. Just needs to stay injury free. Robinson has the attributes to make a good full-back in the PL. It's the lack of forward runs in his game that's a bore.

    Sean Baxter: Josh Brownhill for Preston, scored four goals in five matches during pre-season and is only 18!

    Adam Terris: I think Max Todd [Hibs] might get a bit of attention from the Scottish media this season. Skilfull wee player.

  55. Get involved

    All day we have been asking for those unknown stars who you think could grab the attention this season.

    Michael, Lincolnshire, via text: Connor Lemonheigh-Evans is a very talented forward who will make a huge impact for Bristol City if Baldock leaves.

    Tweet using #myclubshiddengems or text 81111. Don't be shy in telling the world about your club's secret weapons!

  56. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Norwich City (32%) scored the highest proportion of goals from outside the box in the Premier League last season.

  57. Norwich City

    Adams tasked with Canaries return

    Robert Butler

    BBC Radio Norfolk's Canary Call host

    Neil Adams

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Neil Adams has added two strikers to a squad who simply didn't score enough goals in the Premier League last season, the team have been free-scoring in pre-season!"

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "I expect a promotion challenge but all City fans know how difficult the Championship is to get out of, play-offs would be very welcome."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Wes Hoolahan is now said to be happy at the club after pushing for a transfer last season, the Irishman could be a football magician in this league."

    Listen to full match commentary of Wolves v Norwich on Sunday on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio WM 95.6 and BBC Radio Norfolk.

  58. Football League Focus

    League One managers under pressure

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Nigel Clough (Sheffield United) - "Clough will be under scrutiny as they finished last season so well and are a big club in that division."

    Steve Cotterill (Bristol City) - "He has got some good players and they are a big club so they can be expected to do well."

    Simon Grayson (Preston) - "There will be an expectation of success following last year's near miss and they have the budget and players to succeed."

    Karl Robinson (MK Dons) - "They fell away last season under Karl - is it time for him to move on?"

  59. Football League Focus

    Who will win League One?

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Joe Garner

    "I'm going for Preston - in any other season they would have been promoted last term. They have a big squad, big budget, and keeping Joe Garner shows their intentions and ambition."

  60. Vote

    Who will win the League One title?

    We know who you think will win the Championship (Derby) and League Two (Portsmouth), but what about League One? You can vote now at the top of this page for who you think will be League One champions this season.

    Doncaster, Barnsley and Yeovil dropped down from the Championship, while promoted Chesterfield, Scunthorpe, Rochdale and Fleetwood join a league containing the likes of Sheffield United, Coventry City and Bristol City.

    Terms and conditions can be found here and we'll let you know the answers soon after 16:00 BST.

  61. Mclean on bench for England Women

    Rugby Union

    England have left captain and fly-half Katy Mclean on the bench for their final Women's Rugby World Cup pool match against Canada on Saturday. England, beaten finalists at the last three tournaments, would top their group with a win, having recorded comfortable victories over Samoa and Spain.

    Sarah Hunter reverts to number eight and remains as captain, one of only three players to have started all three pool matches, along with full-back Danielle Waterman and centre Emily Scarratt. Wing Lydia Thompson will miss the rest of the tournament with a groin injury.

    England Women: Danielle Waterman, Katherine Merchant, Emily Scarratt, Rachael Burford, Claire Allan, Ceri Large, Natasha Hunt, Rochelle Clark, Emma Croker, Sophie Hemming, Rebecca Essex, Tamara Taylor, Heather Fisher, Margaret Alphonsi, Sarah Hunter.

    Replacements: Victoria Fleetwood, Laura Keates, Joanna McGilchrist, Alexandra Matthews, La Toya Mason, Katy Mclean, Kay Wilson.

  62. Drogba retires from internationals

    Football

    Didier Drogba in World Cup action for the Ivory Coast

    Chelsea striker Didier Drogba announces his international retirement after 12 years and 104 caps for the Ivory Coast, for whom the 36-year-old scored 65 goals.

  63. Rain stops play at Old Trafford

    Cricket

    It's raining heavily now and also across the Ship Canal at Old Trafford and play has been halted on day two of the fourth Test with England 85 runs ahead of India at 237-6.

  64. Get involved

    Who are your tips to emerge as big names at your club this season? #myclubshiddengems

    Robert Kostur: Danny Batth at Wolves. A rock at the back, old-school centre-half who doesn't let much get past him.

    Gareth Barnes: Alex Gilbey, Sammie Szmodics, Dom Vose & Macauley Bonne just four of the hidden gems at Colchester United.

    Tipster: Drey Wright will light up League One this year!

    Colchester must be set for a vintage campaign then.

  65. Play resumes at US PGA

    Golf

    Greenkeepers battle with the elements at Valhalla

    Play is under way again in round two of the US PGA Championship following the morning deluge at Valhalla in Louisville.

  66. Millwall

    Holloway's Lions ready to roar

    Jamie Reid

    BBC London 94.9

    Ian Holloway

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Holloway has been busy over the summer and fans are happy with the players that have moved to the Den. Defender Byron Webster arrives after doing well for Yeovil and former Everton forward Magaye Gueye might find the Championship more to his liking than the Premier League."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Tenth. Having finished the season so strongly, I fancy the Lions to continue with their positive momentum. Manager Ian Holloway is talking the talk and believes his side can push for a play-off spot. I feel a top ten finish would represent a good season for Millwall."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "The news that goalkeeper David Forde had signed a new contract was greeted with a huge cheer by Millwall supporters. The popular Irishman has already enjoyed six good years with the Lions and most fans are happy that he has extended his spell."

    Listen to full match commentary of Millwall v Leeds on BBC Radio Leeds

  67. Vanishing spray to appear in Uefa events

    Football

    Vanishing spray will be used by referees in Uefa competitions this season after its successful introduction at the World Cup in Brazil. The spray will also be used in the Premier League this season.

  68. Reina seals Bayern Munich switch

    Goalkeeper Pepe Reina completes his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich on a three-year deal. The 31-year-old Spain international spent nine years at Anfield.

  69. Vote

    Who will win the Championship?

    Derby fans, remember the pain of losing in the play-off final in May? Well, if our vote is anything to go by, you could be feeling a lot happier at the end of this season.

    We asked who you think will win the Championship title and here's how you voted:

    16.8% Derby 14.3% Fulham 9.1% Cardiff 8.5% Wigan 6.6% Norwich

    Thanks for taking part. At 14:30 BST we'll be asking who you think will win League One.

  70. Pellegrini defends City transfers

    Football

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists the club's summer deals for Frank Lampard and Bacary Sagna were conducted correctly, in response to recent comments from Arsene Wenger.

    "I think as managers we have enough problems with our own teams to be talking about other teams," he says.

    "The only thing I can say is that we have important restrictions about the amount of money we can spend, and Frank Lampard was a free player."

  71. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    All day we have been asking for those unknown stars who you think could grab the attention this season. Here are a couple of your suggestions...

    Green Raider: I'm liking Ben Osborn for Nottingham Forest. Think he could do great this season!

    Talk Reading: Ryan Edwards, will light up the Championship for Reading this season!

    Tweet using #myclubshiddengems or text 81111. Don't be shy in telling the world about your club's secret weapons!

  72. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Middlesbrough's midfielders scored 37 goals last season - chipping in more than at any other Championship club.

  73. Middlesbrough

    Spanish revival on Teesside?

    Mark Drury

    BBC Tees

    Aitor Karanka

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Middlesbrough have done OK so far but are still a way from being finished. Adam Clayton is about to arrive from Huddersfield and will join Kike, James Husband, Tomas Mejias and Emilio Nsue as new signings, while Kenneth Omeruo has rejoined on loan for the season from Chelsea. Aitor Karanka is still searching for a new right-back, where Boro look worryingly short right now, as well as another striker, with Chelsea's Patrick Bamford high on his wanted list."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "It's always hard to make judgements before the end of the transfer window, but there's cautious optimism about Boro's prospects this season. Karanka has had a full summer in charge and is shaping the squad in his image. Boro haven't made the play-offs since being relegated in 2009 and the fans are due some excitement."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Kike. Aitor Karanka's favoured 4-2-3-1 formation means the man at the top of it has to be the business. Boro are convinced he's the right man for the job."

    Listen to full match commentary of Middlesbrough v Birmingham on BBC Tees and BBC Radio WM 95.6

  74. Stekelenburg to leave the Cottage

    Football

    Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg wants to leave recently relegated Fulham, says Cottagers boss Felix Magath.

    Magath adds he expects the ex-Roma stopper to leave the Championship club, who travel to Ipswich tomorrow, before the transfer window shuts.

  75. Saints fail with Rojo bid

    Football

    The Daily Mail reports that Southampton have failed with a new £9.5m offer for Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo, 24.

  76. Football League preview

    Stat attack

    Leeds United were the only side in the Championship not to concede from the penalty spot last season.

  77. Leeds United

    Ciao to the Italian revolution

    Gareth Jones

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Massimo Cellino

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "The most significant move has been out of Elland Road - top scorer Ross McCormack to Fulham. Coming in, new owner Massimo Cellino has purchased some interesting players from Italy. Time will tell how they do in England."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "A new owner, first-team coach and lots of foreign players means no-one can predict just yet. It means Leeds fans are hopeful but nervous going into the season."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Matt Smith scored 13 goals in his first season in the Championship. He's now been given the number nine shirt and the pressure will be on him to score more now McCormack has left."

    Listen to full match commentary of Millwall v Leeds on BBC Radio Leeds

  78. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Jack Holloway: Crystal Palace's Ryan Inniss, Pulis loves him, he'll be a first teamer in the near future.

    Joanna: Gary Fraser for Partick Thistle.

    Gary Fraser! Signed him on Football Manager once - he was part of the Doncaster team which reached the 2017-18 Europa League.

  79. Ipswich Town

    Big Mick eyeing another promotion

    Brenner Woolley

    BBC Radio Suffolk

    Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "After losing left-back Aaron Cresswell to West Ham, Mick McCarthy recruited Crystal Palace's Jonathan Parr as a direct replacement, while Alex Henshall and Cameron Stewart will hopefully add some much needed pace down the flanks."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "It would be crazy to rule Ipswich out of the play-offs given Mick McCarthy's pedigree and the hard working, well organised nature of his sides, however I feel a lack of goals and creative force in central midfield will see them fall just short."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Although he's missed the vast majority of pre-season through injury I have to go with David McGoldrick yet again…a very clever player who not only scores goals, but creates them as well."

    Listen to full match commentary of Ipswich v Fulham on BBC Radio Suffolk

  80. England edge ahead at Old Trafford

    Cricket

    England lead India by 49 runs at 201-6 at lunch on day two of the fourth Test at Old Trafford. Moeen Ali was the latest wicket to fall, bowled by Varun Aaron for 13, but Joe Root is unbeaten on 23 and Jos Buttler has 13.

    Coverage continues on 5 live sports extra

  81. Football League Focus

    Wednesday takeover no nearer

    Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric says the prospective takeover by Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov is still no nearer to being completed.

    "We are hopeful that the issues he is dealing with in Azerbaijan which are delaying his ability to complete the deal will be resolved and that he will fulfil his obligations within a reasonable timescale," Mandaric says in a statement on the Championship club's official website.

  82. US PGA suspended

    Rory McIlroy endures the rain at the US PGA

    Play is suspended in the early stages of round two at the US PGA championship at Valhalla, with heavy rain falling in Louisville.

  83. Huddersfield Town

    Terriers need bite in transfer market

    Gareth Jones

    BBC Radio Leeds

    Mark Robins

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Slow - only four players in and one is a keeper. Lee Peltier's return brings experience and Forest loanee Radi Majewski adds needed quality and creativity, but they need more, quickly."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Mid-table will do Town fine. However, this will only be achieved with more additions."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Nahki Wells. The striker scored eight goals after joining in January. Now he's learnt about the Championship, Town fans will hope to see plenty more from the Bermudan."

    Listen to full match commentary of Huddersfield v Bournemouth on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Solent

  84. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    New Fulham striker Ross McCormack, 27, created more goalscoring chances in the Championship than any other player last term (108).

  85. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Jack: Patrick Roberts of Fulham, I think he's going to shine in the Championship

    George: James Wilson, MUFC. Impressed at end of season and scored four against City for reserves last night - big future!

    Luke Lampard: Zelalem for Arsenal. Absolute class on the ball at such a young age. Reminds me of Fabregas at his age.

  86. Spurs target USA defender Yedlin

    Football

    The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham are discussing a £2.75m move for 21-year-old Seattle Sounders and USA international right-back DeAndre Yedlin, 21.

  87. Fulham

    Cottagers among title favourites

    Emma Jones

    BBC London 94.9

    Fulham boss Felix Magath

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Fulham have had a major clearout following last season's relegation - players like Steve Sidwell and Brede Hangeland leaving the club - with manager Felix Magath able to make the side his own, the standout new addition being Leeds striker Ross McCormack who reportedly cost the club £11m."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "They start the season as one of the favourites for promotion, but that will need a lot of new faces to gel - in a new division for most of them - very quickly."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Striker Ross McCormack knows the Championship well and his high price tag will have fans hoping he can maintain the form that saw him score 29 goals last season."

    Listen to full match commentary of Ipswich v Fulham on BBC Radio Suffolk

  88. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Derby County recovered a league-high 22 points from losing positions last season in the Championship.

    So Rotherham fans - don't get too excited if you take the lead at Pride Park on Saturday.

  89. McEachran ponders Dutch loan move

    Football

    The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran, 21, is in talks over a loan move to Vitesse Arnhem.

  90. Derby County

    Rams aiming to go one better

    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby

    Derby

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Derby were successful in keeping together the core of the team that took them to the play-off final, but after finally landing top target George Thorne from West Brom, losing him for nine months is a massive blow. The club have made a huge statement in bringing in Omar Mascarell from Real Madrid to replace him, and I'd expect more deals to come."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Top six is the minimum, following the achievement of last season. If they get the right people in, it could be top two."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "There won't be many surprises this season, but keep an eye on Cyrus Christie at right-back. He has big shoes to fill replacing Andre Wisdom, but should be more of an attacking threat."

    Listen to full match commentary of Derby v Rotherham on BBC Radio Derby

  91. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Marvin Sordell of Charlton
  92. Charlton Athletic

    Foreign invasion at the Valley

    Jamie Reid

    BBC London 94.9

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "The club have signed a lot of foreign players, but Igor Vetokele and Johann Berg Gudmundsson arrive with big reputations and have been tipped to shine in the Championship."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Thirteenth. Having performed well under Jose Riga, it will be interesting to see how the players adapt to another new manager in Bob Peeters. Pre-season could have gone better and I think mid-table will be a good finish for the side from south-east London."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Jordan Cousins looked impressive last season and is destined for the Premier League. He has many qualities and already looks a player good enough to mix it in the top flight - hopefully with the Addicks in the years to come."

  93. Europa League reaction

    Hull City captain Curtis Davies: Nice trip to Belgium for us. Hopefully now the rust is being worn away we'll give a better account of ourselves in this tie.

  94. Football League Focus

    Wigan v Reading

    Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie is likely to miss Saturday's trip to Championship rivals Wigan having not played throughout pre-season.

    The 27-year-old has trained all week, but Royals boss Nigel Adkins says it is a "big ask" for the ex-Newcastle player to be involved.

    Adkins has Hal Robson-Kanu, Garath McCleary, Danny Williams and Stephen Kelly unavailable through injury.

  95. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Cardiff picked up fewer cards than any other side in the 2013-14 Premier League season, earning 50 yellows and one red.

  96. Sangakkara hits 37th Test ton

    Cricket

    Kumar Sangakkara made his 37th Test century as Sri Lanka reached 252-2, 199 behind Pakistan, before rain ended day three of the first Test in Galle prematurely. The left-hander is now fourth in the all-time Test list, with only Ricky Ponting (41), Jacques Kallis (45) and Sachin Tendulkar (51) ahead of him.

  97. Cardiff

    Relegated Bluebirds look to fly back

    Rob Phillips

    BBC Radio Wales

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Inevitably lost some players after relegation, but Solskjaer did much of his business early this summer. With new recruits Adam Le Fondre, Federico Macheda and Spanish striker Javi Guerra boosting the attacking line, goals should not be a problem. Guido Burgstaller and Kagisho Dikgacoi add solidity to midfield."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Owner Vincent Tan will expect nothing less than an immediate return to the Premier League. They will have to improve defensively to justify the favourites' tag given to them by some, but should be among the front-runners."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Mats Moeller Daehli. A dazzling, fleet-footed winger was on the books of Manchester United as a youngster and has so far proved the best of Solskjaer's January signings. Great things expected of him in his native Norway - and now in the Welsh capital, too."

    Listen to full match commentary of Blackburn v Cardiff on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Lancashire

  98. Europa League play-off draw

    Football

    Tottenham are drawn away to AEL Limassol of Cyprus, second in their league last season, with Hull also on their travels in the first leg - to Belgian side Lokeren on 21 August - with the return legs a week later.

    Legia Warsaw, thrown out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player, face a trip to FK Aktobe of Kazakhstan.

  99. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Any Brighton fans thinking of leaving Saturday's match against Sheffield Wednesday early to beat the post-match traffic? Think again.

    No Championship side scored more goals in the final 15 minutes of matches last season than the Seagulls (20).

  100. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Rohan Ince

    Joseph Westwood: Solly March and Rohan Ince (pictured above) are players to watch at Brighton this season! Great future ahead!

    Elliot Gray-Clough: Jordan Ibe at Liverpool will be this year's Raheem Sterling.

    Joshua Cranmer: Daniel Rowe for the Millers on loan at Wycombe, young centre half with bags of promise.

    Keep your #myclubshiddengems coming folks. Tweet using the hashtag or text on 81111.

  101. Football League Focus

    Who will win the Championship?

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    "I've got to go for Cardiff. They have players who have been successful at this level before and, looking at the squad, they are capable of taking a few hits in terms of losing players before the transfer window closes."

  102. Vote

    Who will win the Championship?

    We've asked you who will win League Two (16.8% of you said Portsmouth), but now we want to know who you think will win the Championship title?

    Will it be one of the clubs (Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich) relegated from the Premier League? Will last season's play-off finalists Derby go one better this time? Could Stuart Pearce's return to Nottingham Forest end in glory? Or do you fancy one of the other sides to tear up the division?

    Vote now at the top of this page and we'll reveal how you voted after 13:30 BST. Terms and conditions can be found here.

    We'll have a vote on the League One title at 14:30.

  103. Ozil excited by Besiktas tie

    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil reacting to news of his team's play-off tie with Turkish side Besiktas: "What a draw! already looking forward to the matches against Besiktas."

  104. Brighton and Hove Albion

    Brighton go Hyyp in search of Premier League

    Johnny Cantor

    BBC Radio Sussex

    Sami Hyypia

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Striker Leonardo Ulloa's move to Leicester City has created a big hole but Chris O'Grady appears to be an astute signing with experienced defender Aaron Hughes a reasonable replacement for Matthew Upson."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "The Seagulls have made the play-offs in the last two seasons and that should be the aim once again provided more signings are made before the end of the transfer window."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Solly March has begun to establish himself at the club and may play a more central role in Sami Hyypia's side, which could allow him to have more of an impact in front of goal."

    Listen to full match commentary of Brighton v Sheffield Wednesday on BBC Radio Sussex

  105. Europa League play-off draw

    Football

    At 12:00 BST we will have the draw for the play-off ties for a place in the Europa League, which will now feature Legia Warsaw, following their expulsion from the Champions League. English representation comes from Tottenham and Hull, with the likes of Feyenoord, Inter Milan and Real Sociedad also involved.

  106. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Brentford took 58 points from a possible 69 at home last season - the best record in League One. The Bees won 19 of their 23 matches at Griffin Park, drawing one and losing three.

  107. Bell departs for 58 in fourth Test

    Cricket

    Ian Bell is out at Old Trafford, caught behind off Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 58 to leave England on 140-5, still 12 runs behind India on day two of the fourth Test. Joe Root and Moeen Ali are the men at the crease, both on nought.

    Commentary continues on 5 live sports extra.

  108. Football League Focus

    From the City to the Championship

    About a decade ago, Brentford boss Mark Warburton swapped stocks and shares for socks and shinpads. Now he is a second-tier manager after taking the west London club into the Championship for the first time since it was created in 2004.

    The City trader who became a Championship manager is one of 10 compelling Championship tales that we think you must read before this weekend's kick-off.

  109. Football League Focus

    Championship players to watch

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Britt Assombalonga

    Britt Assombalonga, pictured (Nottingham Forest) - "The forward has cost Forest in the region of £5m, but then he dealt with the pressure of being Peterborough's record signing and it will be interesting to see how he does in the Championship."

    Ross McCormack (Fulham) - "Twenty-eight goals in an average Leeds side last season speaks for itself."

    Callum Wilson (Bournemouth) - "He burst on to the scene at Coventry, scoring 22 goals in League One last season, so the question now is can he repeat that in the Championship?"

  110. Brentford

    Bees buzzing to be in Championship

    Billy Reeves

    BBC London 94.9

    Brentford

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "The financial muscle of owner Matthew Benham has allowed the signings of Moses Odubajo (flying winger from Orient), striker Scott Hogan (shortlisted for the League Two player of the year, from Rochdale), the Conference top goalscorer Andre Gray (from Luton), the "loan made perm" signing of playmaker Alan Judge and not forgetting Marcos Tebar, bought in as a free agent from Spain - who came through the ranks at Real Madrid, no less."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "Attack, attack, attack- so it could go either way."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "James Tarkowski, the young centre-back - no weaknesses that I can see: Brentford had the best home record in League One last term; we shall see if the back five are good enough to make the step-up."

  111. Jordan falls to Kumar

    Cricket

    England lose nightwatchman Chris Jordan for 13 and are 137-4, still 15 runs behind India, on day two of the fourth Test at Old Trafford. Ian Bell has completed his 42nd Test fifty. Commentary continues on 5 live sports extra.

  112. Swindon sign young Premier League duo

    Football

    Swindon's club secretary has been busy in the office this morning. That's because the League One side have been pushing through the paperwork to and Southampton defender Jordan Turnbull on season-long loans.

  113. Football League Focus

    Championship managers under scrutiny

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Felix Magath, Stuart Pearce, Steve McClaren

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Cardiff) - "I watched a lot of his games last season and at times he looked like a little boy lost. It will be interesting to see what he knows about this level. Certainly tactically, and from what we saw last year, he needs to step up to the plate."

    Felix Magath (Fulham) - "The fact they've signed someone, Ross McCormack, for £11m is unbelievable. That puts pressure on the manager. They are a club that almost needs the top flight as a lot of people that go to watch them at Craven Cottage don't necessarily support them. If they don't get back into the Premier League they could melt into the crowd."

    Neil Adams (Norwich) - "I don't know whether he can succeed or not. He is completely unproven and so far all we have seen is that he couldn't keep them up."

  114. Get involved

    We're asking who you think will make an impact at your club this season. Please keep them coming in to #myclubshiddengems

    Rian Hoskins: Wouldn't have got into Chelsea's team this season but look out for John Swift, on loan at Rotherham. Very skilled winger.

    Faseeh Warind: Gnabry and Zelalem for Arsenal. German youth at its very best.

    Mark Shanahan: My latest tip for the top at Man City is a promising youngster called Frank Lampard.

  115. Bookies pay out to Celtic punters

    Football

    While Legia Warsaw go mad, Celtic fans will be delighted - if not slightly sheepish - about their team being thrown back into the Champions League.

    And some of those Bhoys who had a punt on their team beating the Polish side will have an extra bit of weekend spending money after Uefa's decision.

    That's because bookmakers Ladbrokes are paying out to punters who backed the Scottish champions to qualify.

  116. Legia to fight Uefa decision

    Football

    Legia Warsaw are not happy - not happy at all. The Polish club's chairman Dariusz Mioduski vows to "fight" Uefa's decision to kick them out of the Champions League, with Celtic taking their place, for fielding an ineligible player.

    "Today, the sport lost behind closed doors. We made a mistake, sorry, but the penalty is disproportionate. Stay with us. We fight on," Mioduski he says on Twitter.

  117. Bournemouth

    Cherries targeting play-off burst

    Kris Temple

    BBC Radio Dorset

    Eddie Howe

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Eddie Howe has lost top-scorer Lewis Grabban to Norwich, but replaced him with the highly-rated Callum Wilson from Coventry. Midfielder Dan Gosling moved south after his release by Newcastle, while Howe has been reunited with winger Junior Stanislas after the pair worked together at Burnley."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "It was a terrific sustained effort to finish 10th last season, given that the large majority of the squad had no Championship experience going into the campaign. They play the sort of football that suits the division, and will definitely be wiser this time around, I'm sure. Although their budget is still nowhere near the level of some of the teams they're challenging with, another play-off push is likely."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Purely because he's been brought in to replace 22-goal top-scorer Grabban, it will have to be Callum Wilson. He scored 22 times for Coventry in League One and it will be interesting to see how he takes to this level."

    Listen to full match commentary of Huddersfield v Bournemouth on BBC Radio Solent.

  118. Champions League play-off draw

    Football

    Other play-off ties see Standard Liege against Zenit, FC Copenhagen v Bayer Leverkusen, Lille v Porto and Napoli against Athletic Bilbao.

  119. Champions League play-off draw

    Football

    Arsenal drawn away to Besiktas, third in the Turkish Super League last season, and the new club of former Chelsea striker Demba Ba, in the first leg of their play-off tie on 19 or 20 August.

  120. Vote

    Who will win League Two?

    Good news Portsmouth fans. If our readers know their football, then you will be celebrating at the end of the season. We asked who would win the League Two title, and here's how you voted:

    16.8% Portsmouth 9.8% Luton 8.3% AFC Wimbledon 6% Bury 5.7% Southend

    Thanks for taking part. At 12:00 BST we'll be asking who you think will win the Championship title, and at 14:30 we'll ask the same question about League One.

  121. Champions League play-off draw

    Football

    Celtic drawn away to Slovenian champions Maribor in the first leg on either 19 or 20 August.

  122. Football League Focus

    League One hopefuls Bradford City sign forward Filipe Morais on a short-term deal.

    The 27-year-old Portuguese, who started his career at Chelsea, was a free agent after leaving Stevenage at the end of last season.

  123. Champions League draw

    Football

    We are about to start the draw for the Champions League play-offs, which will now contain Celtic of course. They are in the Champions section of the draw, so cannot be paired with Arsenal, who are in the League route section.

  124. Football

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Arsenal agree a fee of about £15m with Spanish runners-up Barcelona for the sale of club captain Thomas Vermaelen.

    The 28-year-old Belgium defender must now agree personal terms and pass a medical.

    Vermaelen was a target for Manchester United, but the Old Trafford club ended their interest after refusing Arsenal's demand to receive a player as part of the deal.

    The move is likely to be completed over the weekend.

  125. Legia Warsaw consider appeal

    Football

    Back to the Celtic saga and Legia Warsaw have five days within which to lodge an appeal, and a statement on the Polish's club website indicated they had requested Uefa's reasoning for the ruling before making a decision.

  126. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Fifty-nine per cent of Bolton's goals last term arrived in the first half - a league-high percentage.

  127. Bolton Wanderers

    Fans demanding better start

    Jack Dearden

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Bolton manager Dougie Freedman

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Finance has clearly had an impact over the last couple of years, with manager Dougie Freedman having to have cut his cloth accordingly. The wage bill has been reduced, and so has the average age of the players, and with that has become diminished expectation. Freedman has been in charge for almost two years and the players are now largely the ones he's brought to the club."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "They are still capable of pushing for a play-off position, even if the bookies don't think so. I think the squad remains competitive, albeit still very shallow. The fans will demand a much better start to the new campaign than last season, when it took them until 5 October to win a league game."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "The form of midfielder Mark Davies could be critical to Wanderers' campaign. He's capable of unlocking defences, and if he can chip in with the odd goal here and there, he could be pivotal to Bolton's season.

    Listen to full match commentary of Watford v Bolton on BBC Radio Manchester

  128. Bright future for Man Utd?

    Football

    James Wilson

    Former Manchester United defender Phil Neville on Twitter: "Great win by the U21's last night vs Man City, well done boys."

    Just to expand on this a little for the viewers Phil; James Wilson scored all four goals as United beat City 4-1 to retain the Manchester Senior Cup at Hyde FC.

  129. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Dominic Wilson: Lewis Cook, Lewis Walters and Chris Dawson are Leeds United's #myclubshiddengems

    Tim Gordon: Cauley Woodrow for Fulham. Already plays for England Under-21s and played a bit for us in the Prem last season. Looking good!

    Ruks: Tom Cairney for Blackburn Rovers is an incredible talent and has the attributes to be a potential star this season!

  130. Football League Focus

    Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce insists his relationship with chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi is healthy after a difficult week.

    Pearce was unhappy that young stars Karl Darlow and Jamaal Lascelles were sold against his wishes, but has since been reassured by the dual signing of Michail Antonio and Britt Assombalonga.

    "I'm comfortable with the relationship with the owners now," says the ex-England international. "They've moved heaven and earth to get me these two players."

    Pearce's return to Forest is one of 10 great stories behind the Premier League wannabes of the Championship. Go on, have a read.

  131. Football League Focus

    Sam Hutchinson

    Rising through the ranks at Chelsea, promising centre-half Sam Hutchinson was being tipped as the "new John Terry". But his dreams of lining up alongside the former England captain in the Premier League appeared over when he stopped playing in 2010, aged 21, because of a knee injury.

    That's when Hutchinson's story becomes Roy of the Rovers stuff. He battled back to fitness and received a standing ovation when he returned to action at Stamford Bridge two years later.

    Now 25, he is continuing to rebuild his career at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. The ex-England youth international has been telling his story to the Daily Mail ahead of the Owls' opening game at Brighton on Saturday.

  132. Clifford joins Walsall

    Football

    Walsall sign midfielder Billy Clifford on a The 21-year-old has been training with the Saddlers after he was released by Chelsea earlier in the summer.

  133. Skipper Spahic steps down

    Football

    Bosnia and Hercegovina captain Emir Spahic is retiring from international football at the age of 33 after 10 years with the team, culminating in his country's first appearance at a World Cup finals.

  134. Sagan switches to Tinkoff-Saxo team

    Cycling

    Denmark-based team Tinkoff-Saxo sign Slovakian sprinter Peter Sagan on a three-year contract from Cannondale.

    Sagan, 24, has won the Tour de France green jersey for the points classification winner three times, and will join twice Tour winner Alberto Contador at the team owned by Russian entrepreneur Oleg Tinkov.

  135. Post update

    BBC presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Thought Celtic were the better team anyway."

  136. Football League Focus

    Stat attack

    Jordan Rhodes

    Jordan Rhodes is the first Blackburn player since Alan Shearer (1994-95 and 1995-96) to score 20 or more league goals in consecutive seasons.

    Scotland international Rhodes netted 27 goals in his debut season at Ewood Park and 25 in 2013-14.

  137. Swimming

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Swimming European Championships:

    "Tom Hamer and Jack Thomas won silver and bronze behind Iceland's Jon Margeir Sverrisson in the S14 200m freestyle as Great Britain added to their medal tally on Friday morning here in Eindhoven.

    "The pair, who filled the same positions at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, swam well but Sverrisson was stronger and set a new European record of one minute 58.60 seconds.

    "Elsewhere, Jessica Jane Applegate saw her world record go to Russian rival Valeriia Shabalina in the heats of the women's S14 200m freestyle.

    "Shabalina clocked 2:06.50 to beat the 2:09.88 the Briton set to win world gold last year, but Applegate looked like she had more in the tank with the final to come later today."

  138. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    We're asking who you think will be the new stars from your club this term.

    Please keep them coming in to #myclubshiddengems

    Tom Carroll

    Ollie Reynolds: Tom Carroll for Spurs (pictured above), really natural centre mid who links up play and will thrive under Pochettino.

    Jack Groves: Lewis Baker for Chelsea. Led the U21s to the league title and a massive part in the youth team. One to watch.

    Aaron Giles: James Ward-Prowse at Southampton.

    (Let's hope they can keep hold of him eh Aaron?)

  139. Football League Focus

    League Two players to watch

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    While we're asking you who will win League Two, here's some thoughts from Football League Show regular Steve Claridge on the players to watch in the division this season:

    Luke Chadwick (Cambridge) - The former Manchester United midfielder has still got a bit about him, has a good attitude and is back at his hometown club.

    Danny Hollands (Portsmouth) - I played with him at Bournemouth and said I'd sign him if I had the chance. Someone at Pompey asked me about him and I said they should go for him.

    Ryan Lowe (Bury) - He guarantees you goals, even in his mid 30s.

  140. Champions League lifeline for Celtic

    Football

    Celtic v Legia Warsaw

    More on the remarkable Champions League reprieve for Celtic. Legia Warsaw won the third qualifying round tie 6-1 on aggregate but brought on Bartosz Bereszynski for the last two minutes of the second leg, while he was supposed to be serving a suspension.

    As a result Celtic were handed a 3-0 'walkover' win for the second leg, taking them through on away goals.

  141. Blackpool

    Preparation not the key for Seasiders

    Phil Cunliffe

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    Blackpool manager Jose Riga

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "It's been mayhem at Bloomfield Road with 27 players heading out, including Tom Ince, and a trickle of incoming deals that turned into a torrent in the days leading up to the opening match at Nottingham Forest."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "It's impossible to gauge how well the Seasiders will fare but if Jose Riga can get his new players to gel quickly there is no reason why they can't prove the bookies wrong and avoid relegation - something the Belgian achieved at Charlton last season."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "After a non-existent pre-season and the fact that this is a brand new team, Blackpool fans will have few ideas as to who might shine but the former Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis looks an astute signing."

    Listen to full match commentary of Nottingham Forest v Blackpool on BBC Radio Nottingham.

  142. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Celtic are re-admitted to the Champions League after Legia Warsaw are thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player.

  143. Football League Focus

    When Championship side Blackpool reported for pre-season training they couldn't even have a game of 5-a-side. Now they can - with a recognised keeper on each team.

    The Tangerines, who had just eight players at the end of last month, sign their second goalkeeper with the addition of Bristol City stopper Elliot Parish on a one-year contract.

  144. World Alternative Games

    Here's one that won't be on Sky Sports. Not yet anyway. The World Alternative Games begin today in Llanwrtyd Wells, mid-Wales. From bog snorkelling to backward running. From worm charming to wife carrying. From stone skimming to scooter slaloms, it will all take place until 25 August.

  145. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Jay Unsworth: Charlton have no hidden gems. Nope. Please stay away from us, especially after Diego Poyet...

    Ben: Josh Brownhill and Alan Browne for Preston, great pre season and end to last year.

    Alex Butler: Jordan Obita and Ryan Edwards at Reading FC. Not having huge transfer budget, great time to let youngsters push through.

  146. Blackburn Rovers

    Optimism finally returns to Ewood

    Andy Bayes

    BBC Radio Lancashire

    Blackburn Rovers

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Rovers have parted company with players who were well out of the picture. The likes of Dickson Etuhu, DJ Campbell, Leon Best and Alex Marrow have left. Coming in, Alex Baptiste plugs the problem right-back position with Luke Varney and Chris Brown adding competition up front to prolific pair Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "I expect Blackburn to build on the 12-match unbeaten run they ended last season with. Supporters are genuinely optimistic for the first time in a few years. I expect a top-six finish."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Apart from the obvious goal threat of Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede, I expect Tom Cairney to follow up an excellent first season with the club with playing a very important role this year."

    Listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Radio Lancashire.

  147. Football League Focus

    League One side Oldham bolster their defence by signing former Wolves man George Elokobi on a one-year deal.

    The beefy left-back was a cult favourite at Molineux, but was not offered a new deal by Kenny Jackett this summer.

  148. Football League Focus

    League Two managers under scrutiny

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Andy Awford (Portsmouth) - They finished the season well under Awford, having massively underachieved under Richie Barker. They probably have the best squad in the division.

    Michael Appleton (Oxford) - Appleton has a lot to prove. Blackpool went backwards under him, a run of eight games without a win led to him leaving Blackburn and he was in charge when Portsmouth were relegated from the Championship.

    Gareth Ainsworth (Wycombe) - Gareth kept them up on the final day. Can they now push on?

    Chris Wilder (Northampton) - He has made some decent signings and they will certainly expect to be up there this year.

  149. Arsenal and Liverpool eye Cavani

    Football

    The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal and Liverpool have made "proposals" for Paris St-Germain's 27-year-old Uruguay international striker Edinson Cavani, who is said to be keen on a move to England.

  150. Football League Focus

    Who might struggle in League Two?

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Accrington and Dagenham & Redbridge - Clubs on smaller budgets like them are always going to find it tough. But then a good manager on a small budget is better than a bad manager on a small budget.

    Exeter - They have gone down the route of the fans taking over. They've got a very young side which is always a bit of a step into the unknown.

    Hartlepool - They struggled at the end of the season, so it will be interesting to see how they start this one.

  151. Football League Focus

    Who will win League Two?

    Steve Claridge

    BBC Sport

    Portsmouth - They did well when boss Andy Awford came in last year and they should never have been in the situation they were in. Paul Robinson is a great signing, as is Danny Hollands.

  152. Football League Focus

    To help you out, we've asked Football League Show regular Steve Claridge to give his verdict on each of the divisions. So who does he think will be celebrating in League Two when we get to May?

  153. VOTE

    Who will win League Two?

    We might be focusing on the Championship this morning, but we also want to know what you think about the other Football League divisions, starting with League Two. This year it features the likes of Portsmouth - a Premier League side as recently as 2010 - while former top-flight team Luton are back after winning promotion from the Conference.

    But who do you think will win the League Two title? Vote now at the top of this page and we'll reveal how you voted after 11:00 BST. Terms and conditions can be found here.

    We'll have a vote on the Championship at 12:00 BST and League One at 14:30 BST.

  154. Waddle junior joins Worksop

    Football

    Jack Waddle

    Former Tottenham and England winger Chris Waddle's son, Jack, a 20-year-old midfielder, joins Northern Counties East League side Worksop Town.

  155. Football League Focus

    Millwall boss Ian Holloway confirms defender Alan Dunne will captain the Championship side this season.

    Dunne, 31, led the Lions, who host Leeds on Saturday, during an eight-game unbeaten run last season that secured their second-tier survival.

    "He cares, he wants to win more than anyone, he wants the ball, he can play with his left foot or his right, he and Nicky Bailey in that game at Nottingham Forest were magnificent. That set the tone and we stayed in this division," says Holloway on Millwall's official website.

  156. Celtic hope for Champions League reprieve

    Football

    It's not often you are thinking of the Champions League after losing 6-1 on aggregate, but Celtic will be anxiously monitoring the results of a Uefa investigation into the eligibility of a Legia Warsaw player during their 2-0 defeat by the Polish champions at Murrayfield.

    European football's governing body said a decision in the case was expected before this morning's draws for the Champions League play-offs and Europa League.

  157. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    Harry Ramsey: Reading's U21 team won the Premier League Cup last season and a lot of them set to come into first team.

    Matty Wilkinson: Leeds United's hidden gem could be Rodolph Austin, he is a tank but no one has really heard of him.

    Bradley Cooper: Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, 18-year-old right-back, Cardiff City Development Squad.

    Don't know anything about Jazzi Barnum-Bobb - other than he is surely the greatest named footballer in the Football League...

  158. Birmingham City

    An unknown quantity after summer rebuild

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM 95.6

    Birmingham boss Lee Clark

    How has your club fared in the transfer market? "Blues have had to rebuild this summer and they seem to have done it very well and for the most part without spending money. The additions of nine new faces on free transfers, as well as Denny Johnstone from Celtic, have given the squad a new look and in the pre-season they have looked a team in better shape for the changes."

    How do you expect your team to do this season? "There's something of an unknown quantity about Blues this season, largely thanks to the huge changes that have been made to the squad, but I can't see Blues relying on a last-minute goal to keep them up this season. They look organised and I'd be very surprised if they weren't somewhere mid-table come May."

    Who is your club's player to watch? "Damarai Gray is the pick for me. A new version of Nathan Redmond. Pacy and willing to run at defenders to provide crosses, I think he could be a big player going forward for Blues this season; he may not score many but look out for how many assists he provides."

    Listen to full match commentary of Middlesbrough v Birmingham on BBC Radio Tees and BBC Radio WM 95.6.

  159. Football League Focus

    Is there a better way to start the hour with the first of our Championship previews? I think not. As we told you a few moments ago, we have asked our local reporters for their thoughts about their team's chances over the next nine months.

    First up, in alphabetical order, are Birmingham City who you may remember stayed in the second tier by the skin of their teeth...

  160. England looking to dominate

    Cricket

    Day two of the fourth Test begins at Old Trafford in just over two hours. The weather is currently dry, if rather overcast, and England will resume 39 runs behind at 113-3.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Breakfast: "Only the Manchester weather this week will stop England going 2-1 up in the series." He added that "the bowling partnership of Stuart Broad and Jimmy Anderson will go down as one of England's greatest".

    Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 10:25 BST

  161. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    We're asking for the players from your club you think will make an impact in the Premier League and Championship this term. Please keep them coming in to #myclubshiddengems

    Liam Christopher: Diego De Girolamo of Sheff Utd. The lad has talent and will perform this season after injuries last season.

    Sinead: I support Crewe. We have an entire youth set up full of them. Eyes on George Cooper and Callum Saunders.

  162. Beefcake Bale

    Football

    A bulked-up Gareth Bale in training with Real Madrid

    Here's a man unlikely to figure in the Championship any time soon. Gareth Bale appears to have been doing plenty of good work in the gym during the close season judging by these training shots at Real Madrid.

  163. Football League Focus

    One of the more remarkable stories in recent years has been the ongoing saga at Blackpool, who 13 days before their opening game of the season had a squad of only eight players. Such are the harsh realities of modern-day sport that the former Premier League side have been made the bookies' favourites for relegation.

  164. Football League Focus

    Steve McClaren

    Also in our 10 key points, we look at the favourites for promotion into the promised land of the Premier League.

    In a division notoriously hard to call, most of the bookmakers are offering the shortest odds on Derby County. Boss Steve McClaren has won 24 of his 41 matches since taking charge last September, albeit failing in the one which mattered most - May's play-off final against QPR.

    However, the Rams managed to keep the bulk of their squad, including teenage midfielder Will Hughes, plus the eye-catching addition of Real Madrid midfielder Omar Mascarell, 21, on a season-long loan.

  165. Get involved

    #myclubshiddengems

    So while hopes are high, we want you to tell everyone who you think could make the headlines - of the right sort - this season. Perhaps a lesser-known player who you think can impress this term.

    Please use the hashtag #myclubshiddengems

  166. Football League Focus

    BBC Sport has outlined 10 key points as we begin the nine-month marathon that is the Championship campaign, including how relegated Fulham chose to utilise experience in the division with the signing of Leeds United captain Ross McCormack, the league's top scorer last season with 29 goals, for a reported £11m.

  167. Swimming

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven:

    "Norwich swimmer Jessica Jane Applegate is already the Paralympic and world champion in the S14 200m freestyle and this morning the 17-year-old starts her campaign to win the European title.

    "Applegate, who has Asperger's syndrome, goes into this morning's heats as the fastest in the world this year and will be joined by team-mate Chloe Davies.

    "In the men's S14 200m, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Tom Hamer from Burnley and Welsh bronze medallist Jack Thomas will be hoping for more medals in this morning's final, but the favourite for gold will be Iceland's Jon Margeir Sverrisson - the only man on his nation's four-strong team here."

  168. Packed programme

    There will also be updates from day two of the fourth Test between England and India at Old Trafford, where at the time of writing early sunshine has given way to cloud, and we have the draw for the Champions League play-offs, followed by the Europa League draw.

    Luis Suarez has his appeal against a four-month ban for biting heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, we look ahead to the Challenge Cup rugby league semi-finals, there is US PGA golf and disability swimming updates from our own Elizabeth Hudson at the European Championships in Eindhoven.

  169. Football League Focus

    We will have club-by-club guides by BBC radio commentators from each of the 24 Championship teams, analysing transfers, expectations for the season and players to watch. You can have your say in a series of votes during the day. We'll have the best of the day's news conferences and we will look at League One and Two as well. There will also be a club-by-club guide to the Scottish Premier League and a rundown of the Scottish leagues too.

  170. Post update

    Hello and welcome along. A new Football League season has dawned, bringing its usual gamut of emotions for fans up and down the country. Everyone starts on an optimistic note and we will have news from around the clubs throughout the day as we build up to tonight's opening Championship fixture at Ewood Park between Blackburn and Cardiff, which you can hear live on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:45 BST.