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Marc Higginson, Elizabeth Hudson and James Gheerbrant

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  1. Recap: Rooney, Kompany, Chelsea, Suarez, Scudamore, Murray,

    Well, what a finish to Sportsday.

    In the last hour Vincent Kompany has signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City, Andy Murray has got back to winning ways and Bayern Munich's Frank Ribery has announced his international retirement - according to reports in a German football magazine.

    If you strayed away from us at any point, here's what else you might have missed:

    • The launch of the new Premier League season had Wes Morgan "raring to go", Manuel Pellegrini boasting about his new signings, Martinez on the "phenomenal" signing of Lukaku, and Richard Scudamore talking up his '39th game' idea.
    • Scudamore then labelled Luis Suarez as an "accident waiting to happen" as the new Barca man awaits his appeal verdict tomorrow.
    • BBC Sport pundits making their Premier League predictions at the top and bottom - and then Sportsday readers having your say on Chelsea being champions and new boys Burnley coming dead last.
    • Transfer news with Shane Long to Southampton, Alberto Moreno set for Liverpool and Marcos Rojo edging closer to Old Trafford
    • Former European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner announcing his retirement live on the BBC.
    • Action from the European Championships in a weather-battered Zurich - which you can continue to follow live here

    Stick with BBC Sport for Ireland vs England in the Women's Rugby World Cup semi-final live.

    And don't forget to come back tomorrow for the Suarez appeal verdict and plenty more transfer gossip and sports news updates.

  2. Done deal


    Diego Lopez

    Real Madrid keeper Diego Lopez has agreed a move to AC Milan, the Spanish club have announced on Twitter.

    The Spaniard played 52 games for Madrid over the past two seasons, displacing Iker Casillas as the club's number 1 in La Liga.

  3. Copenhagen's qualifying conundrum


    FC Copenhagen

    FC Copenhagen could take on Bayer Leverkusen in their Champions League play-off with a team of youth players, as the first-team professionals are currently engaged in a labour dispute with the Danish League.

    If the league cannot agree on a new collective bargaining agreement by midnight on Thursday, players who are union members will be locked out from August 19 - the date that Copenhagen are due to meet the Bundesliga side in the first leg of their qualifier. Aalborg's play-off against APOEL Nicosia could also be affected.

    Copenhagen coach Stale Solbakken said: "I'm a socialist, I respect solidarity and I respect that the players stand together. But the consequences could extend far, far into the future for Danish club football."

  4. England Women v India Women


    England Women are continuing to get the wickets against India in their one-off Test in Wormsley.

    Jenny Gunn has taken four wickets to leave India on 70-6 after 33 overs after England were dismissed for 92.

  5. England ahead in World Cup semi-final

    England lead Ireland 18-7 at half-time in their Women's World Cup semi-final in France.

    There is live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website and live commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  6. Europeans get back on track


    Action has resumed at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich and among those competing this evening are Mo Farah, Dwain Chambers and Tiffany Porter.

    You can follow the latest from Zurich on the BBC Sport website.

  7. Troy of the Tigers?


    Troy Deeney

    Hull are readying a £10m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    The Tigers are resigned to losing Shane Long to Southampton and Steve Bruce is targeting the 26-year-old as a replacement for the Irishman.

    But the Telegraph reports that he may face competition from Leicester for the in-demand striker, who hit 24 goals in the Championship last season.

  8. GB face must-win match


    Great Britain's men face a must-win game against Bosnia-Herzegovina tonight in their bid to qualify for the 2015 Eurobasket competition.

    Joe Prunty's side lost their opening qualification game against Iceland on Sunday.

    British basketball had its elite funding withdrawn by UK Sport earlier this year. It's all a far cry from the heady days of London 2012. Britain's NBA stars Luol Deng and Joel Freeland have failed to make themselves available, and the team don't even have a kit sponsor for tonight's match.

  9. Murray wins in Cincinnati


    Andy Murray is safely into the last 16 of the Cincinnati Masters after a 6-3 6-3 win over Portugal's Joao Sousa.

    The eighth seed was well in control throughout against the world number 37 and will next face either 11th seed John Isner or Australia's Marinko Matosevic.

  10. England Women v India Women

    England Women have grabbed three quick wickets against India in their one-off Test at Wormsley.

    Opener Thirush Kamini was caught by Sarah Taylor off Jenny Gunn's bowling for 17 before Poonam Raut was dismissed by Kate Cross for a duck and Gunn then took the wicket of Smriti Mandhana

    It leaves India on 48-3 after 24 overs after England were dismissed for 92.

  11. Brook v Porter world title fight "is 50-50"


    Dominic Ingle & Kell Brook

    Kell Brook's trainer has called his IBF welterweight title bout against American Shawn Porter a "50-50 fight".

    The Sheffield boxer takes on the unbeaten champion in California in the early hours of Sunday, 17 August in his first world title fight.

    Dominic Ingle says his man has "looked a little ragged" in some fights, but has left "no stone unturned" after a 16-week training camp.

    He said: "Kell has got to go into the lion's den with everything against him and the only thing he has got is his ability and his desire to become a world champion."

  12. Captain Wayne comments


    Wayne Rooney has tweeted about Louis van Gaal's decision to make him club captain: "Very proud to be named captain of @ManUtd.

    "Huge honour and I can't wait to lead the team out on Saturday for our first game of the season."

  13. Moeen's tip from the umpire


    Moeen Ali

    England spinner Moeen Ali says a little tip from umpire Kumar Dharmasena - a 31-Test veteran with Sri Lanka - has helped to transform his bowling.

    After taking 19 wickets in four Tests against India, Moeen told the Telegraph: "After the first Test, where I went for quite a few runs, I sat down and analysed it and felt the need for change. Then Belly (Ian Bell) took me to one side on the practice day at Lord's and said: 'Look, this is what you've got to do to be consistent in the Test side, this is what Swanny (Graeme Swann) did, bowl quicker and straighter, especially on a first-day pitch.'

    "Then I went into the nets and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena was there and I asked him, as a former off-spinner, how could I bowl quicker without it being flat. He said to me: 'Just grab your pocket as quickly as you can with your non-bowling arm.' As soon as I bowled one ball I knew it would work. That, for some reason, allows me to bowl quicker and straighter without being flat."

  14. Murray in impressive form against Sousa


    Andy Murray wins the opening set 6-3 against Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Cincinnati Masters.

    The eighth seed has been playing some impressive tennis against the world number 37 as he continues his preparations for the US Open.

  15. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Kompany's new deal

    Vincent Kompany

    Captain Vincent Kompany signs a new five-year deal with Manchester City, keeping him at the club until 2019.

    "When I arrived in 2008, I could never have dreamed that we could achieve what we have over the last six years but, for me, this is just the start of the journey," the Belgian defender, 28, told the club's official website.

    "This team is stronger now than it's ever been; we have competition for places in every position and a dressing room full of exceptional, motivated people who want to continue making history together.

    "Lifting two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the Capital One Cup have been four of the best days of my life but I believe that there are many more of these occasions ahead."

  16. England Women v India Women


    England Women are still waiting for a breakthrough on day one of their one-off Test against India in Wormsley.

    After dismissing England for 82, India openers Smriti Mandhana and Thirush Kamini have led their side to 31-0 after 15 overs.

  17. Everton bid for Biabiany?


    Jonathan Biabiany

    Everton could launch a late bid to sign Parma winger Jonathan Biabiany, Talksport reports.

    The Frenchman has been heavily linked with West Brom over the summer, but the Baggies now appear to have cooled their interest, and Roberto Martinez could swoop for the 26-year-old.

  18. Solid start for Murray


    Andy Murray makes a good start in his match at the Cincinnati Masters against Portugal's Joao Sousa and leads 3-1.

    Murray broke his opponent early and had another chance in the fourth game but Sousa dug deep to hold.

  19. Wind causes problems in Zurich


    This evening's session at the European Championships in Zurich is delayed because of strong winds. The session is now due to get under way at 17:30 BST but could be delayed further if conditions do not improve.

    Britain's Mo Farah is due to be in action in the 10,000m with Tiffany Porter in the 100m hurdles final while the semi-finals and finals of the men's 100m are also scheduled.

  20. Vote result: Burnley to go down


    Sean Dyche

    Burnley fans, you might want to look away now… 47.3% of voters reckon the Clarets will be propping up the other 19 Premier League teams come the end of the season.

    The vote doesn't make pretty reading for West Brom either, with 18.7% believing they'll finish 20th and plummet into the Championship in May.

    Leicester City will want to prove the doubters wrong too, with 9% of voters believing they'll drop back down to the second tier in last place.

  21. Zlatan shells out


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Sweden international Zlatan Ibrahimovic has donated £30,000 to help the Swedish learning difficulties football team, the Daily Mirror reports.

    The team qualified for the INAS World Championships in Brazil, but financial constraints meant they almost had to pull out. But when the problem was brought to Zlatan's attention, he donated the money needed to bankroll the trip.

    "Football should be played by anyone, regardless of gender, disability or not," Ibrahimovic said. "I wanted to do everything in my power to help them experience a World Cup. It was a given."

  22. Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC Sport

    On Twitter: Man Utd tells fans it has prohibited electronic devices like laptops and tablets inside Old Trafford because of "latest security advice".

    The club says: "In line with UK airports we are reacting to the latest security ensure the safety & security of spectators. The scale of Old Trafford and profile of Manchester United mean that the risk at this venue is unique."

  23. Fogg wins Open Water gold


    Daniel Fogg

    Britain's Daniel Fogg secures gold in the 5km time trial on the opening day of the European Open Water Swimming Championships in Berlin. Fogg finished in a time of 53 minutes 41.4 seconds ahead of German pair Rob Muffels (54:01.8) and Thomas Lurz (54:02.6).

    "I've never done a 5km time trial before but I knew I had a good chance if I swam well and starting near the end probably helped," he said.

  24. Toure commits to Liverpool


    Kolo Toure

    Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is set to reject an offer from Turkish side Trabzonspor and stay at Anfield, the Daily Mirror reports.

    The arrival of Dejan Lovren had seen the 33-year-old heavily linked with a move away from Merseyside, but the Ivorian now looks set to stay after being told he has a future by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

    "I am still at Liverpool," Toure says. "I had talks with the coach who clearly indicated that I was part of his plans. Trabzonspor are interested in me, but for the moment I am at Liverpool and I want to carry on with the club."

  25. Easy win for Yorkshire in One-Day Cup


    Yorkshire make certain of their place in the One-Day Cup quarter-finals with a 10-wicket win over Derbyshire at Scarborough. The visitors were bowled out for 151, with Adil Rashid and Rich Pyrah taking three wickets each.

    Mark Footitt was ordered out of the attack by the umpires for dangerous bowling in the ninth over of Yorkshire's reply and openers Alex Lees (69) and Adam Lyth (67) saw the White Rose county home on 155-0, with 20.3 overs remaining.

  26. Get involved


    Andrew Tarpey: Man City as champions, then Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal. If Man City and Chelsea go far in Europe, Man United to be champions.

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    Arun Ghudial: Chelsea to win the league and Champions League, second Arsenal, third Man City and fourth Man United. West Ham the surprise package in 7th.

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  27. Man City duo set for exit?


    Manchester City have "too many players" and could allow forwards John Guidetti and Scott Sinclair to leave before the end of the transfer window, according to Manuel Pellegrini.

    "John Guidetti or maybe Scott Sinclair, they may need to play in a different team, so we'll see from now until the end of the transfer window what happens with our squad," the manager said. "But at this moment, yes we have too many players."

  28. Murray set for Cincinnati test


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is in action this afternoon at 16:00 BST against Portugal's Joao Sousa in his opening round match at the Cincinnati Masters.

    Here are some things you may not know about Sousa:

    - He is 25 and was born in Spain

    - He is ranked 37 in the world

    - He has played Murray twice - at last year's Australian Open and this year in Acapulco with the Scot winning both in straight sets

  29. Pep Guardiola - "No more new players"


    Lewnadowski and Reus

    The Bundesliga's top two teams meet this evening in the German Supercup with rivals Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund getting the new season under way.

    Managers Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp are not expected to start with many of their World Cup-winning players and Guardiola has claimed to have only "eight or nine fully-fit players".

    One of those should be Bayern's new signing Robert Lewandowski, who is expected to play at his former ground - Dortmund's Westfalenstadion - against his old club, where he scored 74 goals in 131 appearances.

    But one Dortmund star who won't be following the Polish international to the Bavarians is midfielder Marco Reus.

    Guardiola said: "We don't need any new players. We already have eight midfielders. Eight! That's enough."

  30. French star Vicaut out of Euros


    French sprinter Jimmy Vicaut pulls out of the European Championships in Zurich with a thigh injury.

    The 22-year-old was the only man in the 100m field who had gone under 10 seconds in the event this year, and was due to compete in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening with the final to come at 20:49 BST.

    "I will not take part in the semi-finals and I am putting an end to my season," said Vicaut, who has struggled with the problem for the last seven weeks.

    "It is the best decision I could have taken. I don't want to injure myself further."

  31. Suarez can't be trusted - Hamann


    Luis Suarez

    Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann says Luis Suarez "can't be trusted" and argues the Reds are better off without the Uruguayan striker.

    Speaking to the Press Association, Hamann says: "I have always been very critical of Suarez's antics. In footballing terms, he is a big loss, but somebody else will score the goals and I think, long-term, they will be better off without him than with him.

    "I think Liverpool have bought well. I'd rather have the six or seven players they have now than Suarez, because at the end of the day, if you want to win things, you need people you can trust, and he can't be trusted."

    Liverpool sold Suarez to Barcelona for £75m.

  32. 'Stop League Cup extra time'


    Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade has called for extra time to be scrapped in the League Cup. Orient's win against Plymouth on penalties was one of seven ties to go to extra-time on Tuesday night.

    "I don't think anybody wants extra-time on the first Tuesday of the season," Slade told BBC London 94.9. "There were players who I didn't want out there at that particular stage. I had no choice. To even have extra-time is beyond me. It is criminal."

  33. Two new Grecians


    Paul Tisdale says Graham Cummins and Christian Ribeiro will be Exeter City's only signings when the club's transfer embargo is lifted.

    Exeter have been unable to sign any players since June after taking out a loan with the Professional Footballers' Association after cashflow problems. The club expects to pay off the debt by the end of this week.

    "We haven't got any more money to bring any more players in, although the embargo will be lifted," Tisdale said.

  34. Hitchon fails to reach hammer final


    Sophie Hitchon

    British hammer thrower Sophie Hitchon misses out on a place in the European Championship final in Zurich.

    Hitchon can only manage 62.93m in qualification - well short of the 67.18 that would have gotten her into the final.

    Action in Zurich is currently suspended because of a storm warning.

  35. England suffer against India


    It's been a dreadful day so far for the England Women in their one-off Test against India after they were dismissed for just 92 in their first innings at Wormsley.

    Sarah Taylor top-scored on 30 with Nagarajan Niranjana taking 4-19.

    Live commentary continues on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  36. Did you know?

    • The Premier League's multi-billion pound TV deal is driven in no short part by overseas rights deals and in 2013-14 growth of audiences around the globe was a common trait. In the USA, broadcaster NBC reported a rise of 114% to 115m viewers. Elsewhere, Hong Kong saw a rise of 76% in viewing figures to 17.4m and Malaysia, perhaps buoyed by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan's presence in the division, saw audiences jump by a fifth.
    • The lead changed hands 25 times at the top of the Premier League table last season. It has not been higher since 2001-02 when Arsenal came out on top after 29 changes of leader.
    • Simulation, was down by 30% in last season's Premier League. In all, referees punished 23 cases, a fall from 33 in the 2013-14 campaign.
  37. Edinson to the Emirates?


    Edinson Cavani

    Arsenal are still hopeful of signing PSG striker Edinson Cavani this summer, the Metro reports.

    Cavani has previously played down talk of a move, but Spanish journalist Kike Marin says Arsenal are still hoping to do business, and the deal could happen if PSG complete the signing of Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria.

    The predicted price tag for the Uruguayan? A cool £51m.

  38. Premier League predictions

    Here are some of your Premier League predictions, taken from the BBC Sport Google+ page:

    Happiness diamond: I think Chelsea will win the title and Man Utd will challenge for the trophy but it may come too soon for Van Gaal to win it, so it will be Chelsea, Man Utd, Man City and Arsenal in the top four respectively,

    Alexander Cook: Chelsea to win the title, with Man City, Arsenal and Man Utd rounding off the top four. Liverpool to miss out on a CL spot.

    Join the debate on Twitter, using #PLPredictions, send a text to 81111 or post to our Facebook or Google+ pages.

  39. Cardiff to sign Pilkington


    BBC Radio Wales Sport reports Cardiff City are to sign midfielder Anthony Pilkington from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee.

  40. World Cup fever builds in Paris

    Rugby Union

    BBC Sport's Sara Orchard in Paris: Friends, family and fans are gathering just a mile from the Stade Jean Bouin ahead of tonight's Women's World Cup semi finals. The stadium is sold out and a record French terrestrial television audience is expected to tune in for the France v Canada match after two million people watched France's last pool match.

    IRB Development Manager Susan Carty says the tournament's success is giving the sport a huge boost.

    "We are seeing really exciting compelling rugby at this tournament and that is capturing the imagination of the general public," she says.

    The first semi final between England and Ireland kicks off at 17:00 BST and there will be live commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  41. 'Barry can go on for three more years'


    Gareth Barry

    Everton midfielder Gareth Barry can continue to compete at the highest level for the length of his recently signed three-year deal, says the club's former player Lee Carsley.

    Barry, 33, made a loan move from Manchester City permanent during the summer after making 37 appearances in 2013-14.

    "The year I left, there was a policy that over 30-year-old players didn't get more than a year's contract extension," says Carsley. "So to give Gareth Barry three years is testament to him as a player and his outstanding contribution last year.

    "They obviously think he can play for three more years and so do I, he is still a good player."

  42. Unconscious swimmer rescued


    Natalie Charlos of Poland is rescued unconscious from the water during the women's 10km open-water race at the start of the European Swimming Championship in Berlin.

    Spectators alerted a lifeguard, who pulled Charlos ashore, where she was able to be revived. Germany team doctor Alexander Beck said Charlos was recovering well after over-exerting herself.

    Sharon van Rouwendaal of the Netherlands won the race, while Eva Risztov of Hungary took the silver, and Aurora Ponsele of Italy the bronze.

  43. Toffees line up Atsu


    Everton are keen to secure a season-long loan for Chelsea's Ghana international winger Christian Atsu.

    The 22-year-old joined Chelsea from Porto in September 2013 but was immediately loaned to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem for the 2013-14 term.

    "We are hoping that the deal can be formalised and finalised by Thursday," Everton boss Roberto Martinez said. "He can play on both wings, through the middle and has appreciation of space. Technically he is very gifted."

  44. Football

    Chelsea need their summer signings to offer a cutting edge lacking in parts of the previous campaign, says the club's former defender Graeme Le Saux. The Blues were criticised late in the 2013-14 season for perceived negative tactics.

    "They bought well and bought early," says Le Saux. "Cesc Fabregas has come in and is already dictating in his play, he looks influential in the team already.

    "Last season around Christmas I thought they became a bit functional, with less flair. There wasn't enough. It will be interesting to see if they play with more dynamism.

    "At times they lacked that proven goalscorer and Diego Costa has come in and started well. If on the first match, Costa is the main striker and Torres is on the bench, Torres has to respond to that both in his appearances and training."

  45. Walters' future uncertain


    Jonathan Walters

    Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters tells the Stoke Sentinel he could be on his way out of the Britannia.

    "We now have a huge squad and I'm pretty sure the club will want to get players out," says the Ireland international. "There will be speculation because I haven't played as much and I see there have been rumours about myself and Peter Crouch.

    "It's not for me to consider, it's for the club. But if the manager turns round and says we've got enough players and we are accepting an offer, what can you do?"

  46. Cricket

    Mahela Jayawardene

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews wants to give Mahela Jayawardene a winning send-off as the veteran batsman plays his final Test match.

    The second Test against Pakistan in Colombo will be Jayawardene's 149th and last before calling time on a career which has brought him 11,756 runs and 34 centuries since his debut in 1997.

    "The best thing we can do is play well in this match and win it for Mahela," he told ESPN Cricinfo. "We can't do his service justice with words. As a team we're very sad he's retiring. There are so many things we will miss."

  47. Get involved, text on 81111


    Kevin in Dunfermline: With no distractions and an easy start, Man Utd to be at least 7 points clear before December. Top 4... Man U, Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal. Bottom 3... Burnley, Aston Villa, Newcastle.

    Finian in Peterborough: 1. Chelsea, 2. Man City, 3. Man United, 4. West Ham. Top scorer Alexis Sanchez, best player Ander Herrera.

    Join the debate on Twitter, using #PLPredictions, send a text to 81111 or post to our Facebook or Google+ pages.

  48. Premier League predictions


    Jason Mohammad, Presenter, Final Score: "I'm going for it. This is the year that Arsenal can end the Manchester domination. Alexis Sanchez is a wonderful signing - he's given them pace and another attacking dimension. He will score goals. Add him to talents like Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Olivier Giroud and you have a team capable of winning the Premier League. Having seen LVG weave his magic with the Netherlands at the World Cup, he will guide Manchester United to second place. Chelsea will be too distracted by the drama and the desire to lift the Champions League.

    "Nigel Pearson did a super job for Leicester City last season in the Championship - but look at what happened to Cardiff City the year before. They stormed the second tier then were relegated. I think Leicester City, Burnley and Sunderland will be relegated."

  49. #QSTeaser

    In today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport we asked which four athletes won gold for Great Britain at the 2012 European Athletics Championships?

    The answers: Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz, Lynsey Sharp and Rhys Williams.

  50. Paula Radcliffe Q&A

    Paula Radcliffe

    Former marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe has been answering your questions on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Q. Im_Shoaib on Twitter: What advice would you give to someone that wants be successful in athletics just like you have been?

    Paula Radcliffe: "Enjoy what you are doing. I think when you are enjoying what you are doing it makes it that much easier to put the work in and to knuckle down and make the sacrifices, do the work that you need to do and then when you are enjoying it you relax and perform better on the track."

  51. Premier League predictions


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Given the strength in depth of Manuel Pellegrini's squad it's hard for me to see past Manchester City being crowned champions again despite the restrictions that FFP has placed on transfer spending. Chelsea will undoubtedly be stronger with the additions of Diego Costa and Luis Felipe and I think they'll run City close.

    "I'm expecting Manchester United to roar back into life under Louis van Gaal - but the squad he inherited is still undergoing improvements. A top-four finish will be a statement of intent on the direction the club are now heading on again.

    "At the other end? Aston Villa could struggle this season if they pick up injuries to key players and may slip out of the league. West Brom's new boss Alan Irvine will need to get the very best out of his team if they are to avoid the drop. Finally, the step up to the Premier League may prove too much, too soon for Burnley."

  52. Vote: Who will finish bottom of the Premier League?


    Cardiff City relegated

    You've already predicted Chelsea will finish top of the Premier League, but now our attention turns to the foot of the table.

    Who do you think will finish in 20th place, destined to drop into the Championship clutching the dreaded wooden spoon?

    Cast your vote on the right-hand side of this page. Voting will close at 16:00 BST and we'll bring you the results on this page soon after. Full terms and conditions are available here.

  53. Pay for your tickets!


    Mike Ashley

    Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has scrapped free match tickets for manager Alan Pardew, his players and his coaching staff, according to the Daily Mail. The billionaire angered the club's coaching staff after withdrawing their complimentary ticket allocation at the weekend.

  54. Revealed: Cricketers drawn by cricketers


    Cricketers drawn for charity
    Image caption: Michael Vaughan by Joe Root; Stuart Broad by Michael Vaughan; Nasser Hussain by Jos Buttler

    Did you guess right? Look out for more of these sketches on the TMS Facebook page

  55. How's stat?!


    • Last season saw 1052 goals plundered in the Premier League's 380 matches thanks in no short part to Manchester City and Liverpool each racking up more than a ton.
    • The average attendance reached 36,696 - the highest in English football's top-flight history.
    • An average of 877 passes were completed in each match, with 82% finding their target.
  56. More City signings unlikely - Pellegrini


    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his squad is stronger than ever following the addition of five new players over the summer.

    "We bought five very important players," the Chilean says. "Willy Caballero is a very good goalkeeper, I think the experience of Sagna, Fernando and Lampard will be very useful for our team. Mangala is a young player who will be very important in our team, so we have a strong squad in [terms of] defending, which for me was maybe our weakest point last season."

    But Pellegrini says there are unlikely to be any more additions, with City's hands tied by Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules. "We've had a lot of problems with Financial Fair Play, with the restrictions on the amount of players that we can have in our squad," Pellegrini says. "I don't think that we are going to sign another player, because we cannot do it."

  57. Heading in the wrong direction


    Hands up if you have ever got lost trying to find a football ground. And, hands up if you got lost while following instructions from navigation technology.

    Is that the hand of Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley we can see raised?

    Pilley had a bad start to his side's Capital One Cup first-round encounter with Rotherham,turning up at the wrong ground. The Millers relocated in July 2012 from the Don Valley Arena in Sheffield to the New York Stadium in Rotherham. It seems that particular news had not spread to Lancashire!

  58. Bryant withdraws from Euros


    Ashley Bryant

    At the European Championships in Zurich, British decathlete Ashley Bryant withdraws from the competition with two events to go.

    Bryant, who won silver at the Commonwealth Games, was down in 20th place on 5511 points after the pole vault, well adrift of Germany's Kai Kazmirek who leads on 6193.

  59. Princess Haya to end FEI role


    Princess Haya Al Hussein of Jordan has announced that she will not run for a third term as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI).

    Princess Haya, daughter of the late King Hussein of Jordan, took office in 2006 but said she would not seek a third term in charge, instead choosing to focus on raising her children and United Nations humanitarian causes, such as those in Gaza.

  60. 'We'll take 6-5 now, lads'


    "At 6-5 you hope you can see the game out." It sounds like a quote from a Sunday league manager, doesn't it? Not Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett, who saw his side lose 4-2 on penalties after drawing 6-6 with Brentford in last night's Capital One Cup tie. After hitting the target 12 times between them in 120 minutes, it's no surprise a couple of penalties were a little wayward!

  61. Root wants 'ruthless' England


    Joe Root

    England's Joe Root believes his side must maintain their ruthless streak against India in the fifth Test which starts at the Oval on Friday after their comprehensive win at Old Trafford last weekend.

    "When we got into strong positions we made sure we capitalised on them," says the Yorkshireman. "In previous months we haven't been doing that. We've played some really good cricket but it's not quite been coming together.

    "These are the things that, if we want to become a really good side like we want to be, we're going to have to be really ruthless and really grasp the opportunities we get, like we did at Old Trafford because they are going to come back hard at us."

  62. Premier League launch


    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch: "Former Chelsea full-back Graeme Le Saux expects Liverpool to fall out of the Premier League's top four at the expense of Manchester United this season.

    "The Reds lost the league's top scorer - Luis Suarez - to Barcelona this summer and Le Saux believes his impact was wider than many recognise.

    "I just worry for them a bit, not the goals but he was such a competitor and demanded so much of everyone around him," says the former England international

    "You could see he had a desperation to win and I just wonder how much the team will miss that enthusiasm."

  63. Get involved


    William Swayne: Man U will implode, Costa will struggle and Arsenal will only just nick 4th. 1. Liverpool 2. Man City 3. Chelsea 4. Arsenal.

    Rohan Dayal: Most assists for Mesut Ozil and most clean sheets for Joe Hart. Top scorer to be Sergio Aguero.

    Iain Grant: Man City to win the league. Chelsea 2nd, Arsenal 3rd and Bojan to fire Stoke to a surprise 4th.

    Join the debate on Twitter, using #PLPredictions, send a text to 81111 or post to our Facebook or Google+ pages.

  64. Vote result: Chelsea to win the Premier League 2014-15


    Joe Mourinho

    The votes are in, you've had your say and if you're right, it will be Chelsea lifting the Premier League title come the end of the season.

    The Blues took 34.2% of the vote, ahead of Louis van Gaal's Manchester United on 18.7%, Arsenal on 16.1% and Liverpool on 14.5%.

    Just 8.6% of you think Manchester City will retain their title next season.

    Thanks for voting.

  65. Football

    Premier League predictions

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    "A summer of squad restructuring leaves Chelsea looking the most balanced team, with strength in depth. Manchester City's focus on making a Champions League impact could take its toll, while Arsenal have the firepower to vie for top spot, but look vulnerable at the back and have yet to show they can sustain a challenge.

    "The loss of Luis Suarez will be hard for Liverpool, and their raft of signings will need, but I see them finishing above Manchester United unless the Red Devils can make some quality signings before the transfer window closes."

    Top four: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool

    Bottom three: West Brom, Burnley, Leicester

  66. Suarez "an accident waiting to happen" - Scudamore


    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez was "an accident waiting to happen" - according to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

    Speaking to BBC Sport at the launch of the 2014-15 Premier League, Scudamore said the World Cup biting scandal that engulfed the Uruguay forward "reflected badly" on Liverpool and the Premier League.

    He said: "He's done his time here and I can't say that I'm sorry to see him go."

    The 27-year-old joined Barcelona for £75m in the summer and will learn the result of his appeal against a four-month ban tomorrow.

  67. England struggle against India


    At lunch on day one of the one-off Test at Wormsley, England Women are struggling on 49-5 against India.

    Heather Knight departed early for one, followed by Lauren Whitfield, Charlotte Edwards, Tammy Beaumont and Lydia Greenway with Nagarajan Niranjana taking 4-11.

    Sarah Taylor (11 not out) and Natalie Sciver (0) will hope to steady the ship after lunch.

    Full commentary is available on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  68. Premier League launch day


    Garth Crooks and Leicester manager Nigel Pearson

    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch: "If there is one thing a field full of footballers has highlighted, it is that former footballer turned BBC pundit Garth Crooks is a hurricane of a man.

    "He ducks and weaves his way around, engaging with the great and the good at feverish pace and Nigel Pearson cannot make it to his getaway car quickly enough to avoid being collared. Pearson may end up missing his tube, but he leaves in hysterics. Garth kept his one liner until injury time.

    "Will Pearson be as happy come May? Or will Leicester City's return to the top flight leave everyone at the club in need of a Garth pick-me-up?"

  69. Ched Evans "should return to game"


    Ched Evans

    The girlfriend of former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has claimed that he should be allowed to play for the club again when he is released from prison in the autumn.

    In 2012, Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman.

    Natasha Massey, 24, said he was maintaining his innocence and "would love" to return to football professionally at the end of his prison sentence.

    Sheffield United declined to comment.

  70. Stumped?


    for charity

    With the fourth Test wrapped up early at Old Trafford, England cricketers past and present have been keeping busy by drawing each other for charity. Judging by these results, there's some genuine artistic talent in that dressing room. Whereas others should drop the pen and get back to the nets/

    Can you work out who the subject is and who the artist is? Suggestions to #bbcsportsday and we'll reveal the answers later in the hour.

  71. Lukaku can be "one of world's best" - Martinez


    Romelu Lukaku

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Romelu Lukaku can become "one of the best strikers in world football", following his £28m move from Chelsea.

    The Belgian spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, scoring 15 times, and Martinez says securing the striker on a permanent deal is a "phenomenal moment" for the club. He also sings the praises of new recruit Muhamed Besic, saying the Bosnian midfielder "has the knack of not being fazed by the big occasion" and is "one for the football fan to keep an eye on".

    The Spaniard confirms that a loan deal for Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is "imminent", but says that the "major moves have already been made" in the transfer market.

  72. Norwich suspend two supporters


    Norwich City say they have suspended two supporters from attending home games at Carrow Road pending the outcome of the Club's on-going investigation into allegations of racist abuse at last Sunday's Championship game against Wolves at Molineux.

  73. Premier League launch day


    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch day: "Managers, players and fans may be waiting for the big kick-off, but for the Premier League, launch day itself has been five months in the making.

    "Organisers contacted clubs to request managers attend as far back as April and broadcasters from Sweden, France, and the US have been here in Brent to gobble up their every word.

    "One Premier League official describes the interviews conducted as "like speed dating." It has been fast and frenetic and a lot more fun than speed dating - I'd guess."

  74. Dyche seeks "strength in numbers"


    Sean Dyche

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche says he is still trying to add "strength in numbers" to his squad as the Premier League season approaches.

    "We're trying to bring in that depth that we think we need in the Premier League," says the man known as the Ginger Mourinho. Sadly, he admits that he doesn't have the budget of Mourinho Mark One. "We're minnows with what we can spend," he acknowledges.

    Dyche says that despite being "one of the biggest underdogs here has been for a long time in the Premier League", he believes the Clarets will still be a "challenger" in the top flight.

  75. Scudamore still backs 39th game


    Premier League chief Richard Scudamore is still in favour of adding a controversial 39th game to the season - and says he thinks the clubs are too.

    The idea of playing an extra round of fixtures abroad was first floated in 2008, but drew fierce criticism from football fans and the media.

    But Scudamore told the BBC: "The clubs wanted it then and they all would still probably want it now. It will happen at some point - whether it is on my watch, who knows?"

  76. England Women v India Women


    England Women are 24-2 after 12 overs on day one of their one-off Test against India at Wormsley. Opener Heather Knight departed for 1 while Lauren Winfield went for 8 leaving Tammy Beaumont and Charlotte Edwards at the crease.

    You can hear full commentary of the game on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  77. Solskjaer on the spot


    Solskjaer & Keane

    Put a footballer on the spot and you'll probably get a few predictable answers. BBC Sport Wales TV's sees the Cardiff City manager name David Beckham as the most famous person he's ever met and the 1999 Champions League final as his greatest sporting moment.

    But the response to his sporting hero? A certain fire-breathing midfield general who used to be his captain at Old Trafford.

  78. Premier League launch day


    Premier League trophy

    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch day: "As the Premier League trophy gets shown off at the close of play at today's launch of the competition, one fan nearby shouts: "it's going to Steven Gerrard." But which name will sit below Manchester City's?"

    Premier League trophy
  79. Poyet "trying his best" to land Borini


    Fabio Borini

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he is "trying his best" to bring striker Fabio Borini to the Stadium of Light. The manager says he thinks there is "still a great chance" of completing a permanent deal for the Italian, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland from Liverpool.

    Poyet also wants to keep hold of Connor Wickham, who has been linked with West Ham. The boss praised the striker's "incredible" pre-season, and says he remains "part of his plans".

    And what does the Uruguayan think of compatriot Luis Suarez's four-month ban for biting? "I think it's gone a little bit too far," Poyet says. "It's unfair on the clubs more than the player himself."

  80. Get involved


    Josh Price: Manchester United will win the league with LVG's half-time team-talks. Man City will come fifth. QPR to surprise people and come 10th.

    Danny Atkins: 1. Manchester United 2. Chelsea 3. Arsenal 4. Liverpool 5. Manchester City

    Aminu Bello Na'ande: Arsenal will win the Premier League. They almost did it last year. This season they have much better attack and defence.

    Join the debate on Twitter, using #PLPredictions, send a text to 81111 or post to our Facebook or Google+ pages.

  81. Sharp and Leonard look impressive


    In the women's 800m heats at the European Championships in Zurich, defending champion and Commonwealth games silver medallist Lynsey Sharp and her GB team-mates Alison Leonard and Jess Judd all go through to the semi-finals.

    Leonard looked impressive in winning her heat and goes through as fastest qualifier just ahead of Sharp, who eased to victory in her heat, while Judd was third in hers to advance.

  82. Saints to sign Gardos?


    Southampton are expected to make Florin Gardos their sixth signing of the summer - but Leeds defender Sam Byram looks unlikely to be the seventh new face at St Mary's. The Southern Daily Echo reports Gardos, 25, will arrive from Steaua Bucharest for a fee of about £6m, as a replacement for Dejan Lovren.

  83. Rojo 'refusing to train'


    Marcos Rojo

    More on Manchester United's potential £16m move for Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old defender Marcos Rojo.

    Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho is reported as telling the club's TV channel that the player is "subject to strong disciplinary measures" and won't feature in the first game of the season on Saturday.

    It follows the Argentine putting in a transfer request and telling Sporting he wants to join United.

  84. 'Ready to go'


    Wes Morgan

    "Raring to go." Three words uttered constantly at the Premier League launch and Leicester City's Wes Morgan has more cause than most. The 30-year-old has never played in the top flight.

    The newly-promoted Foxes start with a home game against Everton, followed by a trip to Chelsea and the visit of Arsenal.

    "I'm just looking forward to facing the best," he says. "We know how good we can be. It's not the easiest start but we get them out of the way."

  85. Get involved


    Here are some more of your Premier League predictions, coming in via text on 81111.

    Interestingly - despite Richard Scudamore's comments this morning on the return to strength of Manchester United - few of you are backing them to be title challengers this season.

    Phil, in Leicester: I think Man City with their depth and quality will win the league, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool second, third and fourth respectively. The bottom three will be Crystal Palace, Southampton (as they have lost nearly all of their key players) and QPR.

    Danny, in Wakefield: Top four - Chelsea, Man City, Arsenal and Liverpool whilst Hull, West Brom and Leicester dropping down to the Championship.

    Rob, in Brighton: I really am surprised that Liverpool are being written off so readily. They took apart Dortmund and looked good against United. I see them knocking at the door, at least top three.

  86. Bantams sign teenage striker


    Bradford City sign teenage Derby County striker Mason Bennett on loan until January. The 18-year-old watched his new side beat Morecambe in the League Cup on Tuesday and will be available for Saturday's League One game at Walsall.

    Bantams boss Phil Parkinson told the club's website: "Mason is someone we have tracked since the start of pre-season. We can't wait to work with him."

  87. Milan sign ex-Hammers defender


    AC Milan announce the signing of Colombia's ex-West Ham full-back Pablo Armero, 27, on loan from Italian rivals Udinese. Armero, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Upton Park, joins Milan on a new loan deal, although the Rossoneri have the option to eventually make the move permanent.

  88. Elgar reprimanded by ICC


    South Africa's Dean Elgar has been reprimanded after pleading guilty to a Level 1 breach of the ICC Code of Conduct during the fourth day's play in the one-off Test against Zimbabwe in Harare on Tuesday.

    He was charged after an incident in the 10th over of South Africa's second innings, when Elgar, after being bowled, hit a stump with his bat.

  89. Cricket

    Bad news at Wormsley where England Women are taking on India Women in their one-off Test.

    England, who were put into bat, have lost an early wicket after Heather Knight was dismissed for 1, and rain is also delaying the match.

    You can hear live ball-by-ball coverage on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  90. #QSTeaser

    With the European Athletics Championships in full swing in Zurich, today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport has an athletics theme.

    Which four athletes won gold for Great Britain at the 2012 European Athletics Championships?

    We'll have the answer later this afternoon.

  91. Get involved


    Here are some more of your Premier League predictions from the BBC Sport Facebook page...

    Kane Wootton: I'm a Gooner and though it pains me to say it I can't see anything other than a Chelsea win. 1 Chelsea, 2 Man City, 3 Arsenal, 4 Man U.

    Matt Rayner: I would like United to win it this year, but this year will be as close as ever. It is difficult to say who will win it, nearly every team have bought a few classy players.

    Neil Whitaker: I must go to the bookies this week... I don't know what odds you'd get but nothing seems more nailed on than Spurs finishing 7th!

    You can also join the debate on Twitter, using #PLPredictions, send a text to 81111 or post to our Google+ page.

  92. Football

    Premier League predictions

    George Riley

    5Live Breakfast Sports Presenter

    "Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas will turn Jose Mourinho's Chelsea into champions. Manchester City will come close but I don't buy into the feeling that Louis van Gaal can transform Manchester United so quickly.

    "Liverpool are still good enough without Luis Suarez to finish above their rivals. At the bottom I think West Brom will struggle but hover just above the three promoted sides. Top four: 1 Chelsea, 2 Man City, 3 Liverpool, 4 Man Utd. Bottom three: 18 QPR, 19 Leicester, 20 Burnley."

  93. Pellegrini's mind is made up


    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is "clear" in his own mind as to whether Joe Hart or new signing Willy Caballero will start as goalkeeper for the Premier League champions.

    Caballero, who worked with Pellegrini during his time at Malaga, moved to the Etihad Stadium this summer and has spoken of his desire to be first choice.

    "I am clear in my mind and the goalkeepers know who will start on Saturday," Pellegrini tells Football Focus. "I have two players in every position. It is no different to having Negerdo and Aguero, Clichy and Kolarov. It is important to have these players for every position."

  94. Fishlock joins Frankfurt

    Women's football

    Wales captain Jess Fishlock will join German champions Frankfurt on loan from Seattle Reign when the National Women's Soccer League season ends.

    Fishlock will move to Germany following the play-offs in the United States, returning to Seattle for the start of the 2015 season. The 27-year-old, capped 80 times by Wales, has also spent loan spells with Glasgow City and Melbourne Victory.

    "It is a club with a high reputation and a long tradition," Fishlock said.

  95. Vote: Who will win the Premier League?


    Manuel Pellegrini

    All morning you've been giving us your Premier League predictions, but now it's time to actually cast your vote.

    Have your say on who will win the Premier League title, by voting on the right-hand side of this page.

    The vote will close at 13:00 BST and we'll bring you the results on this page soon after. Full terms and conditions are available below the vote and here

  96. Cooly the Cow takes over


    European Championships mascot Cooly

    Not one, not two but three mascots invade the BBC Sport studio at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

    Cooly the Cow is the face of the games and has already shown some athletic prowess on the track.

  97. British sprint hurdle trio advance


    After earlier announcing he would retire at the end of the year, Andy Turner goes through to the 110m hurdles semi-finals at the European Championships in Zurich as a fastest loser.

    With only three to go through automatically, Turner finishes fourth in 13.51 but the time is quick enough to advance. Team-mate Will Sharman wins his heat in 13.29 seconds and goes through while Lawrence Clarke also advances after finishing third in his heat in 13.46

    In the women's 400m hurdles, Eilidh Child, who won her heat, is the fastest qualifier but Northern Ireland's Christine McMahon, who is running for Ireland, also goes through to the semi-finals after finishing third in her heat while Britain's Tom Bosworth finishes 12th in the 20km walk.

  98. United back in the hat


    Tonight sees the draw for the Capital One Cup second round - not the most momentous of occasions, you might think, except that Manchester United, having failed to qualify for Europe last season, will be in the hat for the first time since the 1995-96 season.

    On that occasion, the Red Devils were defeated over two legs by York City, who memorably beat a side containing David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Parker and Denis Irwin 3-0 at Old Trafford.

  99. Captain Rooney


    Wayne Rooney

    Former Manchester United defender John O'Shea says Wayne Rooney is a good choice as the Reds' new captain this season. Speaking to BBC Sport at the Premier League's launch day, the Sunderland player said: "Wayne is a fantastic player, has been at the club for such a long time and won that respect over the years.

    "Obviously the new manager has come in and had a look at all of them but opted for Wayne. There will have been lads in that dressing room who already looked up to him an unbelievable amount for the goals he scored and things he has done.

    "He has reached that point where he is a leader and he has plenty of experience."

  100. #PLPredictions

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Third: Manchester United

    "I do not expect United to be on the outside looking in at the top-four fight again this season - and it will still be intriguing to see what Louis van Gaal can get out of a squad that looked in serious need of renewal last season.

    "Ander Herrera will provide class in midfield and Luke Shaw youthful quality at left-back, but United need to add authority in central defence (would you trust Chris Smalling and Phil Jones against opposition of the highest calibre?) and in central midfield.

    "Not title contenders just yet - there may yet be world-class additions before the transfer deadline that could change that, of course - but do not expect any repeat of the misery Old Trafford suffered under Moyes."

    Read all of Phil McNulty's predictions here

  101. Get involved


    We're asking you for your Premier League predictions:

    Ashley: Chelsea will win the league, their overall squad is too strong and will not lack consistency, new signings were essential.

    Dave Winborn: Could we have a disaster in the West Midlands with Aston Villa and West Brom going down, with Birmingham going down to League One?

    MJ: Arsenal to win the league, their squad is so strong this season. Burnley, West Brom and Southampton to go down.

  102. Spurs to offload eleven


    Andros Townsend

    Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for up to 11 players, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon, Mousa Dembele and Roberto Soldado are among the players who could be heading out of White Hart Lane.

    Does your club have eleven players worth getting rid of? Who would be in your 'Unwanted Eleven'?

  103. Dale's done deal


    Stephen Dawson agrees a one-year contract with League One side Rochdale. The 28-year-old ex-Bury midfielder rejected a contract offer from Barnsley, who were relegated from the Championship, at the end of last season.

    He is now reunited with Dale manager Keith Hill, who signed Dawson during his spell in charge of the Tykes.

  104. Legia's appeal decision due


    Celtic should find out before Thursday lunchtime whether they remain in the Champions League play-offs after Legia Warsaw's appeal against their effective expulsion was heard this morning.

    Uefa's appeals body met to listen to the Polish champions' arguments over the registration error that turned their 6-1 aggregate win over Celtic into an away-goals defeat.

    At the weekend, Legia wrote an open letter to Celtic requesting a "meeting" to discuss the matter.

  105. England to bat against India


    At Wormsley, India Women have won the toss ahead of their one-off Test against England Women and have elected to field.

    You can hear live ball-by-ball coverage of the match, which gets underway at 11:00 BST on 5 Live Sports Extra and follow the live scores here.

  106. New appointments at Liverpool academy


    Liverpool announce current under-21s coach Alex Inglethorpe is to take over as director of the club's academy. Michael Beale will become the new under-21s coach, while Pepijn Lijnders joins from FC Porto as coach of the under-16 team. The Academy has previously produced players like Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen.

    "This new structure will help us build on the success we have achieved so far," says Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre.

  107. Garcia heading for the exit?


    Javi Garcia

    Midfielder Javi Garcia could be on his way out of Manchester City, the Guardian reports. According to the paper, the Spaniard is set to complete a £13m move to Russian club Zenit St Petersburg. The defensive midfielder played 24 times last season, but struggled to establish himself in the first team ahead of Yaya Toure and Fernandinho, and the arrival of Fernando from Porto has pushed him even further down the pecking order.

    He would be City's fifth departure of the summer, following the exits of Jack Rodwell, Costel Pantilimon, Gareth Barry and Joleon Lescott.

  108. Get involved


    Here are more of your Premier League predictions, taken from the comments section on the BBC Sport website:

    Rossyboy1903: Think title will be a fight between Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal (City to win it) and fourth will go to Liverpool or Man Utd. I'm not as confident as some Utd fans who think we can challenge at the top again, but the fact Liverpool have Euro football and we only have one game a week and a more experienced manager should at least keep it competitive.

    Jeb: For me it's between Chelsea and City for 1st/2nd and United and Arsenal 3rd/4th. Can't see Liverpool gelling quickly enough to compete for top four while in the CL too.

    M_T_Wallet: Leicester to finish a few notches up - 12th or so. Burnley down + two from Villa, Albion and Swansea.

  109. Suarez verdict set for Thursday


    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez is set to learn the result of his appeal against a four-month ban for biting on Thursday.

    The Uruguay striker was banned "from all football-related activity" after he bit Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during a World Cup group game.

    Suarez's lawyers have previously said they are confident they will get the sanction reduced to two months by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which would allow him to play again from 25 August.

  110. Kompany commitments


    Vincent Kompany

    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch day: "The life of a Premier League footballer is not all champagne, fast cars and bulging pay packets. "Can you put this shirt on for this interview? Can I just adjust your mic? Can you stand away from the shade?"

    "These millionaire players are pushed, nudged and sometimes rushed into positions for an array of media commitments.

    "The league reaches 175 countries, 650 million homes and in the USA last year, experienced its biggest ever audience increase of 114%. Little wonder there is demand for the winning captain, Vincent Kompany."

  111. Villa to sign Sanchez


    Aston Villa hope to make Colombian defensive midfielder Carlos Sanchez their fifth summer signing, according to the Birmingham Mail. A fee of around £4.5m has been agreed with his current club Elche, which includes a payment to the third party ownership group that controls part of the player's rights.

  112. Time right for Turner


    In an interview with BBC Sport, hurdler Andy Turner says that his decision to retire after the European Championships was not one he has taken lightly.

    "It is not something because of the disappointment in Glasgow - it has been in my mind for pretty much the whole year," he said.

    "Now is the right time for me to hang up my spikes and become a normal guy again. I have a lot going on outside track and field.

    "That doesn't mean I am taking these [European] Championships for granted. I am going to give it everything I have got."

  113. Hurdler Turner announces retirement


    Andy Turner at the Commonwealth Games

    Former European and Commonwealth 110m hurdles champion Andy Turner says he will retire at the end of the year.

    The 33-year-old Briton competed in three Olympics and won bronze at the 2011 World Championships.

    Turner's defence of his Commonwealth title ended prematurely last month when he hit a hurdle and failed to finish in the opening heat at Glasgow 2014.

    This week's European Championships in Zurich will be his final event and Turner said: "Hopefully I can finish on a high."

  114. England women ready for new era


    It is the start of a new era for the England women's cricket team at Sir Paul Getty's Ground, Wormsley.

    The team take on India in a four-day one-off Test against India - their first match since they went full-time in May by giving central contracts to 18 players.

    Action gets under way at 10:45 BST and there will be live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

  115. PSG's injury blow


    Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva will be out for "several weeks" with a hamstring injury he sustained in Monday's friendly against Napoli.

    He is unlikely to return until after the international break at the start of September, meaning he will miss Ligue 1 games against Bastia, Evian and Saint-Etienne and probably Brazil's friendlies in the United States next month against Colombia and Ecuador.

  116. Buick escapes serious injury

    Horse racing

    William Buick

    Leading jockey William Buick has escaped serious injury following a nasty fall at Lingfield on Tuesday evening.

    Buick was partnering the Charlie Appleby-trained Wentworth Falls in the opening seven-furlong maiden when his mount jinked right and dumped him on the all-weather surface.

    "I'm all right," he said. "I'm going to see the physio at midday and make a decision about riding tonight after that, but I feel fine. Any time you get up and walk away from a fall you feel lucky."

  117. Small goals for Barkley


    Everton captain Phil Jagielka says there is an expectation for Ross Barkley to blossom this season. Barkley, 20, scored seven goals for the Blues in 2013-14 as he emerged as a bright prospect for both club and country.

    "Our biggest challenge to Ross is to make those cameo moments into longer spells," Jagielka tells BBC Radio 5 live. "Then he will become a match winner.

    "We also want him to get a few more goals from that advanced midfield role he plays. We are setting him small goals but not heaping the pressure on him at such a young age."

  118. Premier League predictions


    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "In Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, Chelsea have bought experience, proven winners and talent that will immediately improve an already strong first XI.

    "Manchester City will, however, push them all the way. Manchester United will improve and may well end up in the top four but they still look light in central defence and in midfield but that could, of course, change before the transfer window closes.

    "At the other end of the table Burnley have struggled to recruit real quality and I have a hunch West Brom may get dragged down too.

    Top four: Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal & Liverpool. Bottom three: West Brom, Leicester City & Burnley."

  119. Arsenal gunning for Tiote?


    Cheick Tiote

    Arsenal could be set to make Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote their fifth summer signing, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The paper reports that Arsene Wenger is preparing an £8m bid for the tough-tackling midfielder, a player who once memorably equalised against the Gunners in a 4-4 draw. Arsenal have already raided Newcastle for right-back Mathieu Debuchy this summer.

    The shopping spree may not end there, as the Mirror also suggests that Olympiakos centre-half Kostas Manolas could be in Wenger's sights as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen.

  120. Black Cats close in on Buckley


    Sunderland are closing in on Brighton winger Will Buckley, reports the Echo. The 24-year-old was left out of the Seagulls' Capital One Cup clash last night and a £2.5m transfer appears close to completion.

  121. Jag's slip


    Phil Jagielka

    BBC Sport's Luke Reddy at the Premier League launch day: "I can confirm Phil Jagielka was just dispossessed by a child under the age of 10. In his defence, it was the only blemish in an otherwise flawless show of dribbling. Perhaps not worthy of being dropped by Roberto Martinez just yet. Jagielka was delivering a coaching session to a group of Everton fans who have travelled down from Merseyside."

  122. Sterling's touch of Messi


    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling's pre-season form has been reminiscent of Lionel Messi, according to his Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers said of the 19-year-old England international: "Something we said to Raheem when he first broke into the team and something we've reiterated is that you have to have an identity as a player.

    "His identity is he has to score goals and create goals. He scored 10 goals last year and this kid is only going to get better.

    "When you look at the finish against Manchester City in New York, how many times have we seen Messi produce a touch like that? Taking it through bodies when it's so tight in the box."

  123. Child's delight after heat win


    Eilidh Child tells BBC Sport: "I was nervous about that race and wanted to get it out of the way but I'm glad it was a solid performance. Watching Jo [Pavey] last night it was amazing and so inspirational and we are all so proud of her."

  124. Child's play for Eilidh


    No problems for Commonwealth Games silver medallist Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles as she wins her heat to advance to the semi-final.

    The Scot, who is the fastest in Europe this year, looks to have bounced back well from the emotions of winning a medal on home soil at the Commonwealth Games.

    In the decathlon, Ashley Bryant finishes seventh in his 100m hurdles heat for 865 points and he is down in 18th place with the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1500m still to go today.

  125. #PLPredictions

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Runners-up: Manchester City

    "Deserved champions last season despite not being at their superlative best for all of the campaign - an indicator of just how much quality is in manager Manuel Pellegrini's squad.

    "Yaya Toure seems to have got over his hissy fit about his lack of a birthday cake and Eliaquim Mangala has arrived from Porto in a £32m deal, as well as Bacary Sagna on a free from Arsenal, to strengthen their defence. It will be interesting to see whether Willy Caballero emerges as a serious challenger to Joe Hart in goal and how much Frank Lampard figures.

    "City will be in the top two once more - but they will face a fierce challenge from Chelsea to hold on to their title."

    Read all of Phil McNulty's predictions here

  126. Premier League invests in PE


    The Premier League announces a three-year programme of support for primary school sport. The programme will see Premier League and other professional clubs provide community coaches to deliver PE lessons in schools. The Premier League is investing £10.5m to roll the project out in 67 clubs nationwide. A pilot version of the programme last year delivered 66,000 PE lessons.

  127. Bale happy in Spain


    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale says he is feeling a lot better about life at Real Madrid as he enters his second season in Spain. Cristiano Ronaldo's double secured a 2-0 Super Cup victory for the Champions League winners over La Liga rivals Sevilla last night, and the Wales international impressed by setting up the first goal with a sublime cross.

    "When I came to Madrid I wanted to settle down off the pitch as soon as possible because I knew if I could concentrate on my football I knew what I was capable of," Bale said. "I know everybody in the squad now. I feel comfortable and the second season you're obviously feeling a lot better."

  128. 'Great to have Burnley back'


    Burnley are back in the Premier League this season and they kick off with a home game against Chelsea on Monday.

    "It is great to have Burnley back, what a story," says Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore. "For a place which doesn't have the population the size of Manchester United's capacity it is fantastic.

    "And of course they beat United the last time they were in the league. They may do it again, who knows."

    We won't have long to wait, the newly-promoted side entertain Louis van Gaal's men on 30 August.

  129. On this day

    England top Test rankings

    England cricket team - 2011

    It's been a mixed summer - albeit one that is getting better - for England cricket fans, so what better excuse to cast your mind back to the glory days of 2011. Yes, it was on this day three years ago that Andrew Strauss's side demolished India at Edgbaston to supplant the tourists at the top of the Test rankings.

    The hosts, you may remember, racked up a formidable 710-7 declared in their first innings, with current skipper Alastair Cook contributing a handy 294 at the top of the order. There were also contributions from Eoin Morgan, who compiled a diligent century, Kevin Pietersen smashed a quickfire 63, and Tim Bresnan turned in a Sobers-esque all-round performance, with 53 and 4-62.

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