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Summary

  1. Celtic go to Maribor after Champions League reprieve (19:45 BST)
  2. Latest football transfer news and gossip
  3. Barcelona banned from signing players until 2016
  4. Swansea sign Napoli defender Federico Fernandez
  5. Get involved: Your transfer targets - #whatmyteamneeds

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's a wrap for today's Sportsday. There's just about time for me to point you in the direction of our live text commentary of Maribor v Celtic, which should be appearing on the BBC Sport homepage shortly. See you tomorrow!

  2. Brits face qualifying tests

    Tennis

    There are several Britons in action in US Open qualifying tonight:

    Dan Evans, who reached the third round proper as a qualifier last year, plays his first round against Jimmy Wang of Tawian at about 10pm this evening.

    James Ward, who has just risen to a career high world ranking of 131, starts against Aldin Setkic of Bosnia at about midnight.

    Dan Smethurst is now the only other Brit with a chance of reaching the main draw. His first round match is against Konstantin Kravchuck of Russia, again at about midnight UK time.

  3. All Blacks change two

    Rugby Union

    New Zealand have made two changes to the side that drew 12-12 with Australia ahead of their rematch with the Wallabies in the second round of the Rugby Championship.

    Ryan Crotty comes in for Ma'a Nonu at inside centre, while Liam Messam replaces Jerome Kaino at blindside flanker.

  4. Key battles

    Maribor v Celtic

    Jason Denayer

    Jason Denayer v Marcos Tavares

    With Efe Ambrose suspended, Ronny Deila may be forced to hand a start to on-loan Manchester City youngster Jason Denayer (pictured). Denayer will have his hands full if he does play as he'll have to subdue the threat of Maribor's talisman Tavares.

    Tavares has been at the club since 2008 and is Maribor's all-time leading goalscorer. The skilful Brazilian was in the team the last time Maribor reached the Champions League and his experience and class will be key to the Slovenian side's hopes of pulling off another shock.

    Emilio Izaguirre v Damjan Bohar

    22-year-old Damjan Bohar is a pacy winger who likes to cut inside a lot - not dissimilar in style to his opposite number Callum McGregor. Bohar will be expected to provide much of the supply to strapping French striker Jean-Philippe Mendy.

    Izaguirre is a veteran of Celtic's last two Champions League campaigns and Celtic will look to him to keep the tricky youngster under wraps.

  5. Wolves still in the market ahead of Fulham clash

    Championship

    Kenny Jackett

    Wolves manager Kenny Jackett says the club are still in the market for new players ahead of tonight's Championship clash with Fulham.

    So far this summer, Wolves have only signed former Peterborough United captain Tommy Rowe and Dutchman Rajiv van La Parra.

    "It's really important we sign players to make a difference," Jackett told the club's website. "Wolves is a big club that I think demands good players."

  6. Dzeko signs new City contract

    Football

    Edin Dzeko

    You can't move for footballers putting pen to paper at the moment. This time it's Edin Dzeko of Manchester City, who's signed a new four-year deal at the Etihad.

    "Happy and proud to renew my contract with @MCFC," Dzeko says on Twitter. "I'm there where I belong!"

  7. Fer completes QPR move

    Football

    Leroy Fer

    Another done deal for you, and one that's sure to excite you QPR fans.

    Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer has completed his move to Loftus Road, the club have announced on their Twitter account.

    Fer played 29 times for the Canaries last season and also had an impressive World Cup with the Netherlands over the summer.

  8. Lyle makes golden start

    Disability Sport

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea

    "Scottish teenager Maria Lyle marks her arrival on the international stage aged just 14 with gold in the T35 100m at the IPC Athletics European Championships.

    'I can't believe it but I have been working really hard and I'm so glad it has paid off,' she said.

    Lyle, who has cerebral palsy, has been running spectacular times for a couple of years but was only able to run in international competition from this year.

    'I was a bit nervous but managed to control my nerves and think about what I needed to do,' she added. 'I don't think about the fact that I'm the world record holder, I just want to do the best I can and improve technically.'"

  9. Fulham target 'must-win' match

    Championship

    Felix Magath

    Lest we forget, tonight also sees a titanic clash in the Championship...

    Fulham may only have played two matches in their short return to the second tier, but manager Felix Magath believes tonight's match against Wolves is a must-win game.

    "It's always more pressure if you lose a game instead of winning," Magath told the club's website. "We need points - we have to make three points against Wolves now. We not only have to play well, we have to score and we have to win.

    "If we had played worse [against Ipswich and Millwall] I would be a little nervous but we played well and we have a new team, we have a new situation. There are a lot of new things."

    Magath could recall £11m striker Ross McCormack after his second-half performance in Saturday's 1-0 defeat to Millwall, while Shaun Hutchinson and Cauley Woodrow are also pushing to start for the Cottagers.

  10. Stat attack

    Maribor v Celtic

    Maribor have played six previous matches against Scottish opposition: their record is won 3, drawn 1 , lost 2. They are on a four-game unbeaten run against Scottish clubs.

    Maribor have only reached the Champions League group stage on one previous occasion: in 1999, when they beat French powerhouse Olympique Lyonnais in the third qualifying round. Celtic, by contrast, are veterans of eight group stage campaigns.

    Celtic have won their last two Champions League play-offs since going down to Arsenal in 2009; they overcame Helsingborgs in 2012 and Shakhtar Karagandy last season.

  11. Celtic can beat anyone - Deila

    Maribor v Celtic

    Ronny Deila

    Celtic may have earned a reprieve to qualify for this round after a 6-1 aggregate defeat to Legia Warsaw, but coach Ronny Deila is in no mood to be coy on his team's capabilities.

    "If we play our way we can beat anybody," the Norwegian said ahead of his side's play-off first leg against Slovenian side Maribor. "The players are fitter and sharper, so I expect a much better performance in Maribor than against Legia several weeks ago."

    In fairness, Celtic did enjoy a very impressive 6-1 win over Dundee at the weekend, and Deila says he expects his side to rise to tonight's occasion.

    "This is a big challenge for both clubs and it is also a big game for me personally as I have never been to the Champions League before," he said. "It's an exciting time for me, but if we ultimately can't beat Maribor then we don't deserve the Champions League."

  12. Maribor eye 'utopian' upset

    Maribor v Celtic

    Ante Simundza

    As Sportsday approaches its final hour, we're now going to turn our attention to tonight's crunch match between Celtic and Slovenian side Maribor in the Champions League play-off round...

    Maribor boss Ante Simundza hasn't exactly been talking up his team's chances ahead of tonight's first leg. Celtic were hammered by Legia Warsaw in the last round, and only scraped through to this stage on a technicality, but Simundza says it would be 'utopian' to fancy Maribor's chances against the Scottish champions.

    "Those who think Maribor are favourites are wrong," he said. "It would be very utopian to think of a team like Celtic as outsiders. It is true that Celtic lost 6-1 to Legia over two legs but they had a lot of bad luck and missed a lot of chances."

    Simundza says the match will be a batle of differing styles. "We know very well the weaknesses and strengths of our visitors from Glasgow," he said. "With their new coach they play a more Scandinavian game with a lot of fast running and with very dynamic players all around the pitch. We are ready for their aggressive style. But first we have to impose our style of play on them."

  13. Smith makes Springboks return

    Rugby Union

    Juan Smith

    South Africa flanker Juan Smith will make his return to international rugby with South Africa against Argentina on Saturday, 18 months after being forced to retire because of a chronic injury.

    Smith is one of three changes to the team that beat Argentina in the opening round of the Rugby Championship at the weekend. Coach Heyneke Meyer has also brought in Gurthro Steenkamp at loosehead prop and Eben Etzebeth at lock.

    Smith, 33, played his last international at the end of 2010. He retired from all rugby in 2013 after struggling for two years with an Achilles' tendon injury but made an unexpected return and won the Heineken Cup and French league last season with Toulon.

  14. Fergie to take the Ice Bucket Challenge?

    Football

    If you are a social media lover then you must have heard about the 'Ice Bucket Challenge'. Celebrities across the world are posting videos of having a bucketful of freezing water poured over their heads to raise money for charity, before nominating someone else to take part.

    Cheeky Manchester United midfielder Anderson braved the cold - then called for his old boss Sir Alex Ferguson to step up next. Any chance of Fergie letting someone drench him? A few ex-United players - who he left out in the cold - may fancy doing it...

  15. Juve chase Jov?

    Football

    Stevan Jovetic

    Juventus could make a move for Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic, according to reports in the Italian media.

    The Italian club are looking for a forward after new signing Alvaro Morata was injured in his first training session with the club.

    Jovetic started Manchester City's opening win against Newcastle at the weekend, but he has struggled for regular playing time during his year at the Etihad.

  16. Ton for Trott

    Cricket

    Warwickshire's Jonathan Trott has made a century in their One Day Cup match against Nottinghamshire. The former England batsman brought up his ton off 115 balls as the Bears reached 241-3 with six overs remaining in their innings.

    There has also been a century at Hove, and once again it's an ex-England batsman to the fore: Luke Wright has reached 109 not out. Sussex are currently 231-2 afrer 39 overs.

  17. Leeds and Cas ready for Challenge

    Rugby League

    "Nothing is bigger than Challenge Cup final." The words of Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire - and he's not a man you would want to argue with.

    McGuire lines up for Rhinos against Yorkshire rivals Castleford Tigers at Wembley and, along with Cas centre Michael Shenton, has been talking to the BBC's Super League Show about the buzz of the build-up.

    You can watch the Wembley showpiece on BBC One from 14:20 BST on Saturday.

  18. Seagulls hover over Bennett

    Football

    Aston Villa full-back Joe Bennett is expected to join Championship side Brighton on a season-long loan.

    The 24-year-old left-back, who has slipped down Villa's pecking order after the summer arrivals of Aly Cissokho, is down on the South Coast today for a medical.

  19. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Lewis: Newcastle need another centre-back because Coloccini and Mbiwa cant do it themselves but very impressed with our other signings.

    Ryan Woodward: West Ham: A new manager, David and David surely can't keep flogging the dead horse of Big Sam anymore.

    Ryan: My team Wigan need a striker that can score 20 + goals. We've had 2 shots on target this season.

  20. Burton no longer going for gold

    Judo

    Euan Burton

    Talk about going out at the top. Team Scotland flagbearer Euan Burton reaffirms his decision to retire after winning Commonwealth Games gold.

    Burton, 35, came out of retirement for Glasgow 2014 before leading Scotland out at the opening ceremony and then triumphing in the 100kg category. Now he confirms he will return to full-time coaching.

    "Having won multiple European and world championship medals and titles at World Cups and Grand Slams across the globe, I could not have imagined a more fantastic end to my competitive career," he says.

  21. Question of Sport teaser

    Quiz time. Earlier we posed this tricky Question of Sport teaser...

    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal misses the US Open through injury - but who are the only three players to beat him in his last five starts in New York?

    The answers were *drum roll please* Juan Martin Del Potro, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. Give yourself a big slap on the back if you aced that one.

  22. Cuellar flies into the Canaries

    Football

    Carlos Cuellar

    Championship hopefuls Norwich City sign experienced ex-Rangers, Aston Villa and Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar on a one-year deal.

    The 32-year-old Spaniard, who was released by the Black Cats earlier this summer, becomes the Canaries' fourth signing of the summer.

    "Carlos brings bags of experience as he's played at the highest level in three countries. He can play as a centre-back and a right-back, and we're brought him here to strengthen the options we have in defence," Norwich boss Neil Adams tells the club's official website.

  23. Feyenoord and Dnipro fined for racism

    Football

    Dutch club Feyenoord and Ukrainian outfit Dnipro have both been fined by Uefa for racist behaviour by their fans.

    Feyenoord fans chanted a religious insult during their Champions League qualifier against Besiktas last month. The club has been ordered to close a section of its De Kuip stadium for the second leg of its Europa League playoff against Zorya Luhansk, and pay a £36,000 fine.

    Dnirpo has been ordered to pay a £40,000 fine for the hooligan behaviour of its fans during a Champions League qualifying match against FC Copenhagen.

  24. Newcastle keen to keep hold of Tiote

    Football

    Cheick Tiote

    Newcastle have told suitors that midfielder Cheick Tiote will not be leaving St James's Park for a knock-down fee.

    Reports have linked the Ivorian international with a move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

    But PA reports that Lokomotiv made one bid for the 28-year-old which was dismissed as 'derisory' and have not returned since.

  25. Youth Olympics

    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games seems a long way into the future. Not for the next generation of athletes though. The brightest teenage talents are currently competing in the Youth Olympics and you can get ahead of the game by spotting some future stars in our highlights video of the best action.

    Click the play button on this page, or go into the live coverage tab, to watch them. You may spot one or two future gold medallists...

  26. Disappointment for British duo

    Diving

    David McDaid

    BBC Sport at the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin

    Tom Daley and James Denny

    "Tom Daley and James Denny have missed out on a medal in the 10m synchro.

    "The pair were in the silver medal position going into their final dive, and eventually ended up fourth with a total of 403.74. Germany retained their gold medal.

    "Daley and Denny only started practising together shortly before the Commonwealth Games, where they won silver."

  27. Cas rejects Kreuziger appeal

    Cycling

    Roman Kreuziger

    They don't get much of a summer holiday at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, do they?

    Those busy folks in Lausanne have been at it again: this time they've dismissed Roman Kreuziger's request to start the three-week Spanish Vuelta on Saturday while suspected of doping.

    Cas says the Czech cyclist remains provisionally suspended by the International Cycling Union while he is under investigation.

    The UCI says long-term analysis of Kreuziger's blood values in his biological passport suggests he was doping while riding for the Astana team in 2012 - an accusation Kreuziger denies.

  28. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening. Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111. We have also been asking for your Facebook comments - here are a selection of those thoughts....

    Paul Blowers: Arsenal still need another centre-back, defensive midfielder and a striker, but I'm afraid to say I think our transfer dealings are done, unfortunately!

    Richard Jones: Leeds need a whole team. It's gonna be a loooooooong miserable season. Still fourth place might be a miracle (that's fourth from bottom btw).

    Hismajestyking Erwin Stam II: Man Utd needs Di Maria, Vidal and Hummels just to get into top four. The signing of the summer is Cesc Fabregas... Chelsea will win the title because of him.. Arsenal fans are gonna hate watching him in that blue...

  29. Celtic's countdown to kick-off

    Football

    Celtic's players will be relaxing in their hotel as kick-off looms for their Champions League clash at Slovenian side Maribor.

    One man who will be chilling out - if he is there yet - is defender Efe Ambrose. The Nigerian international did not travel with the rest of the squad and had a mad dash to make the play-off when Celtic discovered he was not suspended.

    His ban for a red card against Legia Warsaw in Poland was served in the return leg, although the result was later overturned by Uefa.

    Winger James Forrest and defender Adam Matthews are injured and Ghana winger Wakaso Mubarak has not been signed in time.

  30. Barca go for Koke?

    Football

    Koke

    One club which might feel the need to ship in some pre-deadline reinforcements is Barcelona, of course. The Spanish giants cannot sign any players until January 2016 after Fifa rejected their appeal against a transfer ban.

    Following the announcement, made earlier today (see 11:32 BST) Barcelona-based newspaper Sport reckons the club will try to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke, 22, before this transfer window closes and loan him back to Los Rojiblancos for this season.

  31. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening. Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

    Sid: Liverpool need a centre forward to partner Daniel Sturridge (preferably Balotelli). Isco on loan won't be bad either.

    Ousman Manneh: What Man Utd need 1) William Carvalho, 2) Benatia, 3) Depay and 4) Strootman/Gundogan (realistic targets). Forget Di Maria, Vidal and Mats Hummels.

    Ross Duffy: Karl Robinson and MK Dons need a centre back to compete for the League One title.

  32. Rangers to grab hold of Vargas

    Football

    Today has been very quiet of in terms of 'done' transfers, with only Swansea sending any work in the direction of the Premier League's admin staff.

    But another deal which could happen soon is Queen Park Rangers completing the signing of Chile forward Eduardo Vargas on a season-long loan from Napoli.

    The 24-year-old was in London to undergo a medical with the Premier League side earlier today.

  33. United turn sights on Guarin?

    Football

    Fredy Guarin

    Manchester United have started negotiating a deal for Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin after their move for Juventus's Arturo Vidal stalled, the Daily Star reports.

    United have apparently made the first move for the Colombian in a bit to head off interest from Hamburg and Sevilla, among others.

    Guarin is thought to command a fee of around £18m.

  34. Paralympic sport

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at the IPC European Athletics Championships

    "One of the GB team's rising stars will have the spotlight on her as she makes her major international debut in Swansea this afternoon.

    "Scottish teenager Maria Lyle is only 14 and has been running spectacular times over the last two years, but was too young to get internationally classified until this year.

    "She is a double world record holder in the T35 100 and 200m for athletes with cerebral palsy and goes over the shorter distance at 16:55 BST - in a race you can hear live on BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "But one GB star who will take no further part in the competition is Libby Clegg. The visually-impaired sprinter, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games, has been suffering with a sinus infection and has pulled out."

  35. Lippi flips

    Football

    Marcello Lippi

    66-year-old Marcello Lippi shows no signs of slipping sedately into retirement.

    The Italian World-Cup winning coach, now managing Guangzhou Evergrande in China, exploded with fury after his side had two players sent off in the dying minutes of their 1-0 first leg loss to Western Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League quarter-finals.

    Lippi charged on to the pitch to protest to Emirati referee Mohammed Abdulla, and as you can see from these pictures, he wasn't exactly shy in getting his point across...

  36. Van der Vaart recalled in Hiddink's first squad

    Football

    Rafael van der Vaart

    New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink has recalled Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaart in his first squad.

    The 31-year-old missed out on Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad with a calf injury.

    Stoke full-back Erik Pieters and PSG full-back Gregory van der Wiel are also recalled, but new Napoli signing Jonathan de Guzman is dropped.

  37. No bid for Balotelli - Milan

    Football

    AC Milan say they have not received any bids for striker Mario Balotelli. It has been widely reported that the Italian was the subject of a £17.6m offer by Liverpool.

    But Milan say there is nothing to the rumours.

    "At this time we have not received any offer from Liverpool for Balotelli," AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani told Italian media.

    "Hence, there is no negotiation. We will see as the transfer market ends on September 1."

  38. Swans style seduced Fernandez

    Football

    Federico Fernandez

    New Swansea signing Federico Fernandez says the club's playing style was a key factor in luring him to South Wales.

    "It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League - it is the best in the world - and I'm grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity," Fernandez told the club's official website.

    "I saw a team that holds the ball and plays very good football," said Fernandez of the Swans. "I can identify myself with the Swansea style - I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too."

  39. Club pays fans to watch first home game

    Football

    Staying in Hull, one non-league team have hit upon a novel solution to the problem of deserted stands.

    Hull United manager-owner Jamie Waltham has said he will pay fans £2 each to turn up and support the club in their opening home game in the Humber Premier League.

    "If 500 people come through the door then I'll pay out £1,000 because I feel that sometimes you have to give before you get back," Waltham told the Mirror.

    "It's about offering an alternative and an incentive to come down and watching something a little bit different."

  40. Bruce desperate to add to squad

    Football

    Vincent Aboubakar

    Hull manager Steve Bruce says he's desperate to boost his squad after losing midfielder Robert Snodgrass to a knee injury and defender Alex Bruce to back problems.

    "We're trying to add to the squad as we know we have to," Bruce said. "We've lost two big players in the last week.

    "We've got 10 or 12 days to try to bring in a replacement [for Snodgrass], and two or three offers went out in the last 24 to 48 hours."

    One man Hull have been linked with is Lorient winger Vincent Aboubakar (pictured), and Talksport says that deal is still on the table, with the Cameroonian's other suitors, Sporting Lisbon, reportedly out of the race.

  41. Stoke duo dropped by Nigeria

    Football

    Peter Odemwingie and Victor Moses may have been all smiles earlier (see 13:42), but the Stoke pair have both been left out of Nigeria's squad for the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

    Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has also been dropped, while Norwich defender Joseph Yobo is missing after retiring from international duty following the World Cup.

    Hull City forward Sone Aluko is recalled for the first time in over two years.

  42. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Jamie Davenport: How Man United haven't thrown the kitchen sink at Hummels is beyond me. Good age. World Cup winner. Position of need.

    Phil Carroll: Manchester United need... 1. Di Maria, 2. Blind, 3. Vidal, 4. Sneijder, 5. Khedira.

    Daniel Headey: My beloved Huddersfield Town need a quality centre back and Rickie Lambert style big man up front.

  43. Celtic back in the Champions League

    Football

    Later, Celtic will try to finally put that Champions League reprieve behind them when they meet Slovenian opponents Maribor.

    The Scottish champions were thrashed by Legia Warsaw in the previous qualifying round, only for the result to be overturned because the Poles fielded a suspended player.

    "We had two difficult matches against Legia and I think we have learned something from it," says boss Ronny Deila. "The players look fitter now, and quicker and sharper in their passing and pressing, so I am sure we are going to get a much better performance than we had against Legia."

  44. No Soul for Leeds

    Football

    Leeds United striker Souleymane Doukara is ruled out for a "number of weeks" after rupturing ankle ligaments.

    "He was involved in a really bad tackle in Saturday's match against Middlesbrough right on half time," head coach David Hockaday tells Leeds' official website.

    "We'll need to see how it settles down but I think it will be three or four weeks minimum. It is a blow and he is a big miss for us."

  45. I turned down astronomical United offer - Muller

    Football

    Thomas Muller

    Bayern Munich midfielder Thomas Muller has told German newspaper Bild that he turned down an "astronomical" offer from Manchester United to stay with the Bundesliga side.

    The 24-year-old said: "I was aware that I could earn more by making that transfer.

    "The amount that foreign clubs were offering me was astronomical. But Bayern are my club, a change was not an issue for me."

  46. 'Brotherly' love at Stoke

    Football

    Peter Odemwingie and Victor Moses

    Stoke City already had one rapid Nigeria forward on their books, now they have a pair of them. Peter Odemwingie has been joined at the Britannia by international team-mate Victor Moses, who has joined on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

    "At training with my Nigerian brother," Moses tweets along with this photo.

  47. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    We've been asking you what reinforcements your team needs in the transfer market...

    Aqil Canizade: Chelsea needs another playmaker like Pogba & another striker like either Cavani or Falcao.

    James Perkins: If only Arsenal would sign a solid, experienced central defender and an out and out striker, I would die of happiness.

    Carl Slocombe: Manchester United needs the following; Hummels, Blind, Strootman & Di Maria. Chuck Ronaldo & Messi in for good measure if you want.

    Keep letting us know on Twitter using the hashtag #whatmyteamneeds.

  48. No Real concern over Ronaldo

    Football

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid say the back injury that forced Cristiano Ronaldo off at half-time in the 1-1 Super Cup draw with Atletico Madrid is not a major concern.

    The world player of the year, 29, was replaced by new signing James Rodriguez, who scored Real's goal.

    Manager Carlo Ancelotti says: "Cristiano felt something and was uncomfortable. We'll evaluate it. He'll undergo all the checks and we'll see. It doesn't seem to be anything too serious."

  49. Question of Sport Teaser

    Tough day at work? Take your mind away from all that and focus on this sporting conundrum instead. Yes, it is time for our daily Question of Sport Teaser.

    Reigning champion Rafael Nadal misses the US Open through injury - but who are the only three players to beat him in his last five starts in New York?

    We will reveal all a little later.

  50. Liverpool in huge bid for Balotelli?

    Football

    Mario Balotelli

    Liverpool have made a £17.6m offer for former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, the Metro are reporting.

    Balotelli currently plays for AC Milan and has reportedly been made available by the Italian club.

    Italian media say the offer is short of Milan's asking price, but is still being considered.

  51. Fletcher has 'no power left'

    Cricket

    Indian media are reporting that Duncan Fletcher's days as India cricket coach are numbered following the crushing series defeat by England.

    Ravi Shastri has been appointed as the director of the one-day international team, and India Today quotes a source as saying, "Fletcher has no powers left whatsoever. Ravi will be calling the shots. If Duncan wants to leave, the board will not stop him."

    India's next international series is against West Indies in October.

  52. Bilic focused on football

    Football

    Can't imagine that rugged Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic ever stepped into Harrods during his time at West Ham. And his players certainly won't be going into the plush Knightsbridge shop either ahead of next week's Champions League return leg against Arsenal.

    "We are going to London not to go shopping in Harrods," warns the Croatian. "We're going to try to fulfil what some would say is our dream. I would say our task, our plan. We are big time alive, though. I am really optimistic."

  53. Valencia swoop for Negredo?

    Football

    Alvaro Negredo

    Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo is the number one target for Spanish club Valencia, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    The paper says that the Spaniard is "likely" to be sold if the La Liga outfit can meet City's £25m asking price.

    The MEN also reports that Matija Nastasic is close to sealing a move to Italian club Juventus.

  54. Wednesday's headlines

    Bong! That's the sound of Big Ben chiming 13:00 BST, so what better time to recap on Wednesday's headlines....

    Top story: Barcelona will be unable to sign players until January 2016 once the current transfer window shuts.

    Top feature: Cesc Fabregas - is Arsenal and Barcelona's loss Chelsea's gain?

    Top video: As Match of the Day turns 50, composer Barry Stoller explains the story behind the theme tune.

    Top tweet:Crystal Palace striker Fraizer Campbell: "Happy birthday to this weirdo I call mum..."

    Fraizer Campbell
  55. Arsenal closing in on Rabiot

    Football

    Adrien Rabiot

    Arsenal are closing in on PSG youngster Adrien Rabiot, Talksport reports.

    The 19-year-old has been linked with a £6.5m move to the Emirates, and reports suggest the deal could be done before the weekend.

    That could scupper Everton's rumoured pursuit of fellow PSG midfielder Clement Chantome, with the French club unwilling to lose both players.

  56. Hammers eye loan move for Guerrero

    Football

    Paolo Guerrero

    West Ham have inquired about a loan move for Corinthians striker Paolo Guerrero, the Daily Mail reports.

    The Peruvian has previously had spells at Bayern Munich and Hamburg.

    The Hammers are also reported to be targeting Boca Juniors defender Emanuel Insua.

  57. De Guzman signs on the dotted line

    Football

    Jonathan de Guzman

    Not sure who the bearded gentleman on the left is, but that is definitely ex-Swansea winger Jonathan de Guzman on the right. And this picture shows the 26-year-old Dutchman signing a permanent deal with Italian club Napoli.

    "I am delighted to have arrived in Naples. Mando a salute to all Blues fans, cannot wait to start," he tells Napoli's official website.

    De Guzman arrives at Rafael Benitez's side from Spanish club Villarreal after spending the last two seasons on loan in south Wales.

  58. Murray needs to step up - McEnroe

    Tennis

    Andy Murray and John McEnroe

    Andy Murray must "step up" at the US Open when the year's final Grand Slam begins on Monday, says tennis legend John McEnroe.

    Murray has yet to win a tournament in 2014, and his best performance in this year's Slams remains his semi-final run at Roland Garros.

    "It's been a process for Murray to come back from [his injury] issues so that takes its toll on the confidence, and he made a big change - I thought he and Ivan (Lendl) worked well together," McEnroe said.

    "You feel like the US Open would be a time he needs to step up because it's been a struggle compared to what it's been the last couple of years."

  59. N'Diaye looks to end North East nightmare

    Football

    Alfred N'Diaye

    Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye could be on his way out of Wearside.

    The Frenchman has never really broken into the first-team picture at the Stadium of Light, and spent the second half of last season on loan at Real Betis. He had been linked with a permanent move to the Spanish club, but was unable to agree terms.

    However, PA are reporting that talks are due to resume in an effort to end the player's North East nightmare.

  60. Lotterer replaces Kobayashi for Belgian GP

    Formula 1

    Andre Lotterer

    German driver Andre Lotterer will replace Japan's Kamui Kobayashi for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, the Caterham team have announced.

    "Lotterer will replace Kamui Kobayashi for this round of the championship. The Japanese driver still remains part of the team," Caterham said in a statement.

    32-year-old Lotterer is a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours race. The German has never raced in Formula One but was Jaguar's test driver in 2002.

  61. Banned Suarez beats Barca ban

    Football

    Luis Suarez
  62. Get involved

    Aidan Williams: The transfer ban is now effectively pointless - Barcelona have prepared for this and made enough signings to more than cope.

  63. Uefa to probe Italian FA chief's 'racist' comment

    Football

    Carlo Tavecchio

    European football's governing body Uefa has opened an investigation into an allegedly racist comment made by Carlo Tavecchio, the new president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

    At a public meeting last month, Tavecchio referred to a player called 'Opti Poba' - thought to be a reference to Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba - who, he said, "previously ate bananas and then suddenly becomes a first-team player at Lazio."

    Tavecchio has said that he has "a clear conscience" despite the furore sparked by his comment.

  64. Barcelona to continue defence against ban

    Football

    Within minutes of Fifa confirming that Barcelona's transfer ban will stand, the Spanish club respond by saying they will take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).

    Switzerland-based Cas is an independent body whose rulings are accepted by most sporting organisations.

    "FC Barcelona may not in any way share a resolution that is an affront to the spirit of our Masia, a world renowned example of academic, human and sporting education," says a club statement.

  65. British duo qualify second

    Diving

    David McDaid, BBC Sport at the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin

    "Tom Daley and James Denny ended the preliminaries of the 10m platform synchro in second place behind the German pair of Patrick Hausding and Sascha Klein.

    "There wasn't much in it, with Daley/Denny scoring 415.05 to the 420.48 posted by the defending champions.

    "That total would have been enough for the English pair to have won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    "We'll find out if they have even more scoring in them come the final from 15:00 BST."

  66. Thorn in the Tigers side

    Rugby Union

    Brad Thorn

    Leicester Tigers have completed the signing of New Zealand's Rugby World Cup winner Brad Thorn.

    The lock has also previously represented Australia at rugby league and won the European Cup with Leinster during a long and varied career.

    The 39-year-old joins from Super 14 side Highlanders.

  67. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    "Fifa refuse Barca's appeal so no transfers for a while. Guess they'll have to make do with Messi, Suarez, Neymar, Iniesta et al."

  68. Swans seal Fernandez deal

    Football

    Federico Fernandez

    News of a done deal to bring you - Swansea have completed the signing of Napoli and Argentina defender Federico Fernandez, the club have announced on their website.

    The fee is undisclosed but understood to be around £8m.

    Fernandez, 25, joins on a four-year contract and is expected to be included in Swansea's squad to face Burnley on Saturday.

  69. Barca's new summer signings

    Football

    In the absence of any transfer embargo, Barca have signed around £130m worth of players this summer:

    Ivan Rakitic
    • Claudio Bravo (goalkeeper)
    • Marc-Andre ter Stegen (goalkeeper)
    • Jeremy Mathieu (defender)
    • Thomas Vermaelen (defender)
    • Ivan Rakitic (midfielder)
    • Luis Suarez (striker)
  70. Barcelona transfer ban - the background

    Football

    Barcelona were originally sanctioned in April this year for breaking the rules on signing player under 18.

    That punishment came in the middle of a hugely difficult season for the Spanish giants, who also had to contend with allegations of tax evasion concerning the signing of Neymar, which eventually cost club president Sandro Rosell his job.

    The original ban prohibited Barcelona from signing any players during the current summer transfer window, but that sanction was put on hold when the Catalan club appealed.

  71. What Barcelona have been punished for

    Football

    Fifa rules state that international transfers are only permitted for players over the age of 18 - unless the player in question meets one of three qualifying criteria.

    Under-18s can move to a club in a different country if their parents move there for non-footballing reasons, if they are from another nation within the European Union or European Economic Area and aged between 16 and 18, or if they live within 100km of the club.

    Still confused? Watch BBC Sport's John Watson explain the full story in this video.

  72. Barca transfer ban upheld

    Football

    Barcelona have also been ordered to pay a fine of 450,000 Swiss Francs (£305,000) and been told by Fifa "to regularise" the situation of all minor players concerned.

    Meanwhile, the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has been told to pay a fine of 500,000 Swiss Francs (£340,000) and told to "regularise its regulatory framework and existing system concerning the international transfer of minors in football" within a year.

  73. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Football

    Spanish giants Barcelona cannot sign any players until January 2016 after Fifa rejected their appeal against a transfer ban.

    Barca were given the suspension, which starts next January and spans until the end of next summer's transfer window, after being found to have breached rules on signing international players under the age of 18.

  74. Tornado blows Broady away

    Tennis

    Headline writer's dream, British tennis player's nightmare. American Tornado Alicia Black has accounted for Britain's Naomi Broady in the first round of US Open qualifying.

    The British number 3 reached the second round proper at Wimbledon but won't be joining Heather Watson and Johanna Konta in the main draw at Flushing Meadows after she lost 7-6 7-6.

    There was also disappointment in the men's draw as Daniel Cox lost 6-3 6-3 to Serbia's Filip Krajinovic.

  75. Newcastle chase Sinclair

    Football

    Scott Sinclair

    Unwanted Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair could resurrect his Premier League career at Newcastle, the Sun reports this morning.

    Alan Pardew is apparently a "big fan" of the 25-year-old, having previously worked with him at Charlton.

    The paper also suggests that fellow City outcast John Guidetti could join Dutch club Feyenoord in a £4.5m deal.

  76. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening. Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

    Everton fan Matthew Hobbs: A miracle cure for Ross Barkley's knee.

  77. Song set for Premiership return?

    Football

    Alex Song

    Barcelona have opened the door for midfielder Alex Song to make a return to the Premiership, Sky Sports reports.

    Manchester United and Tottenham are among the clubs who have been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, probably on loan.

    Song has found himself surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp under new coach Luis Enrique.

  78. Modric the Real deal

    Football

    Luka Modric

    Real Madrid announce they have opened their chequebook again for one of the world's best players. No, Los Blancos have not snaffled another Galatico - current midfielder Luka Modric is rewarded for his fine form last season with a new four-year contract.

  79. Bramall Lane ready for Challenge

    Rugby League

    Bramall Lane

    Those in the know reckon this weekend's Challenge Cup final between West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers is too close to call.

    And if the Super League sides cannot be separated after 80 minutes then the Wembley showpiece will go to a replay. The Rugby Football League announces that the rematch will take place at Sheffield's Bramall Lane on Wednesday 3 September (20:00 BST).

    Find out if Bramall Lane is needed or not by watching Saturday's final on BBC One, or listen on BBC Radio 5 live, from 14:20 BST.

  80. Disability sport

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at the IPC Athletics European Championships

    "Great Britain win a fifth gold medal in Swansea. 16-year-old Erin McBride from Liverpool claims the T13 100m - beating her only rival Janne Sophie Engeleiter of Germany in a time of 13.58 seconds."

  81. Jones explains Blues move

    Rugby Union

    Adam Jones

    Welsh rugby star Adam Jones has been explaining the reasons behind his move to Cardiff Blues. In a letter published in the South Wales Evening Post, the 33-year-old said he "couldn't wait forever" for his playing future to be resolved.

    "I haven't been getting any money, but I was just hoping that the row that has blighted Welsh rugby for so long could be finally settled and I could pull on the black shirt again," Jones wrote.

    "Then on Sunday morning I received a call from the Blues asking whether I fancied a move there. I had to think long and hard about their proposal because I know all about regional rivalry and how much it matters in Wales. But my circumstances were such that I didn't feel I could turn Cardiff down."

  82. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Jacob Bewicke: Arsenal need a striker and holding midfielder. Arteta isn't good enough and Giroud is the worst striker we've had in ages!

    Mick Simcoe: Man Utd need 1. Lichsteiner 2. Ilarramendi 3. Moutinho 4. Clear out Nani, Anderson, Cleverly, Valencia, Hernandez, Rafael.

    Ben Ashby: Spurs need 1 x CB (Musacchio), 1 x ST (Remy/Bony) and 1 x WG (Depay). IF we sell Sandro + Holtby then Schneiderlin too.

  83. Bad boy Bilic hopes for reprieve

    Football

    Slaven Bilic

    Scary-looking Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic is known for his sharp tongue - and it put him in a heap of bother last night. The Croatian was sent to the stands after rowing with Serbian referee Milorad Mazic in the late stages of his team's 0-0 draw against Arsenal.

    But the ex-West Ham and Everton defender hopes any Uefa ban will be overturned for the return leg.

    "I don't know the rules, but I see no reason for me not to be in the dug-out in London. If that was a reason, many coaches would be missing from the dug-out," he says.

  84. Successful morning for GB swimmers

    Swimming

    David McDaid

    BBC Sport at the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin

    Another busy morning in the pool for Team GB swimmers in Berlin with Jazz Carlin the highlight, making tomorrow's final of the 800m freestyle, qualifying fastest by 2.5 seconds.

    Aimee Willmott (200m IM), Georgia Davies (100m backstroke) and Andrew Willis (200m breaststroke) all qualified for semi-finals inside the top three fastest swimmers.

    Joining Willis is the Commonwealth champion Ross Murdoch, but Adam Peaty misses out despite being 8th fastest overall. That's because no nation can have more than two swimmers progressing.

    Lizzie Simmonds progressed in the 100m backstroke, while Chris Walker-Hebborn (50m backstroke) and Cameron Brodie (200m butterfly) will also swim again for final spots.

  85. On this day

    Woodgate joins Real Madrid

    Jonathan Woodgate

    Ten years ago today, Newcastle defender Jonathan Woodgate joined Real Madrid on a four-year deal. The £13.4m deal united Woodgate with fellow England players David Beckham and Michael Owen at the Bernabeu.

    The transfer raised more than a few eyebrows as Woodgate had been troubled by injury at Newcastle, and indeed he was sidelined at the time of the signing (though thankfully not so incapacitated that he couldn't lift a scarf cheerily above his head).

    Unfortunately, those reservations played well-founded as Woodgate missed his entire first season at Real and only played 14 times in all. In 2007, Woodgate was voted the worst signing of the 21st century by readers of Spanish paper Marca, polling 37% of the votes.

  86. Disability sport

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport at the IPC Athletics European Championships

    Nathan Stephens

    "The sun is shining again here in Swansea with Great Britain hoping to build on a successful day one which saw them win 15 medals - including four golds.

    "Welsh hopes this morning are with Nathan Stephens in the F57 javelin. The 26-year-old had to have both legs amputated when he was nine after he was run over by a train. But he has gone on to be a successful thrower as well as sledge hockey player and is one of the few GB athletes to have competed at both a summer and winter Paralympics."

  87. Get involved

    Text 81111

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening. Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

    James Allison: Well Hull now need another strong winger as well as a striker to replace Shane Long because Jelavic isn't a 10/15 goal a season striker at the moment!

    Steve Quinn, Hinckley: What Man Utd need is a decisive chairman who will blow clubs away with a bid they cannot refuse. They have known for months who they need but have let it drag on AGAIN and will miss out again. Come on LVG sort it out!

  88. Life is but a dream for Nou recruit Suarez

    Football

    Mundo Deportivo front page

    Mundo Deportivo focuses on Barcelona's new recruit Luis Suarez, who says he has "fulfilled a dream" by moving to the Nou Camp. The Uruguayan says that he was so enthused by the performances of his new team-mates Lionel Messi and Neymar during his brief appearance in a pre-season friendly, he "felt like applauding".

    If only he could find it in himself to appreciate the finer points of rugged centre-back play, perhaps he'd never have got himself into all that bother with Branislav Ivanovic and Giorgio Chiellini...

  89. Injured Snodgrass 'gutted'

    Football

    Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass, who has been ruled out for six months with a knee injury, tweets: "Gutted ....!!! But I will work as hard as I can to come back fitter and stronger."

  90. Atletico return fire

    Football

    Marca front page

    On the continent, Spanish paper Marca leads on last night's Super Copa, where Real Madrid played out a 1-1 draw with city rivals Atletico. New signing James Rodriguez gave Real the lead after 80 minutes, but Raul Garcia netted a late away goal for Atletico to leave the tie evenly poised.

    Marca says that Diego Simeone's side "take the advantage" ahead of the second leg. Should be a formality seeing off Ronaldo, Rodriguez, Bale et al on Friday, right?

  91. Rojo rolls into town

    Football

    Telegraph sports front page

    The Telegraph, meanwhile, leads on Manchester United's £16m deal for Argentine defender Marcos Rojo. The paper says the arrival of the 24-year-old will "strengthen the Old Trafford defence".

    The paper also casts an eye over two men at the opposite ends of their sporting careers: tennis's "great survivor" Roger Federer and F1's new "boy racer" Max Verstappen. Federer is going for his 18th Grand Slam at the US Open later this month; 16-year-old Verstappen was only five when the Swiss maestro won his first.

  92. Birthdays

    Somebody get the cakes and candles - a host of familiar names from the world of sport will be making a birthday wish today....

    Don King and Mike Tyson

    Don King (boxing) - controversial promoter, born 1931.

    John Emburey (cricket) - former Middlesex and England spinner, born 1952.

    Steve Stone (soccer) - former Nottingham Forest and England midfielder, now first team coach at Newcastle, born 1971.

    Scott Quinnell (rugby union) - former Wales back-rower and captain, born 1972.

    Alvaro Negredo (soccer) - Manchester City and Spain striker, born 1985.

    Wonder if Iron Mike Tyson has showed his caring side and wished 'Happy Birthday' to Don King...

  93. Cech-ing out?

    Football

    The Independent back page

    The Independent is a little less complimentary about Arsenal's performance, saying the Gunners "clung on" for a draw after having Ramsey dismissed.

    The paper also reports that Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has demanded talks over his future at Stamford Bridge after losing the number 1 jersey to Belgian youngster Thibaut Courtois. Jose Mourinho has said he wants Cech to stay, but The Independent says the Czech's future is "in doubt until the end of the transfer window".

  94. Rambo sees red

    Football

    Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal

    What a nice young man that Aaron Ramsey seems to be. After being shown a red card which his boss Arsene Wenger described as "unbelievable", the Arsenal midfielder has still felt the need to apologise to Gunners fans.

    "Thank you to all the fans that made the trip. Sorry for the red card. I'm sure the lads will do the job in the second leg," tweets the Welshman.

  95. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Tim Hoolahan: Leeds United needs a manager who can handle this level, another striker to help Sharp, and a midfield revamp.

    Glenn Sissen: Norwich City don't need anything. Already strong enough for the Championship. Lucky to have dodged McCormack deal, £11m?

  96. Wenger raps ref over Ramsey

    Football

    The Times back page

    The Times leads this morning on Arsenal's draw with Besiktas last night. The paper reports that manager Arsene Wenger was furious with the decision to send off Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey, calling the performance of referee Milorad Mazic "unbelievable".

    The Times says that Ramsey's red "took the shine off an otherwise positive outcome".

    The paper also reports that India coach Duncan Fletcher is facing a "bleak future" after India's comprehensive defeat to England in the Test cricket series.

  97. Hull turn white

    Football

    Hull City

    And that bad news means it will be a long wait for Hull fans to see Robert Snodgrass wearing the Premier League club's new third kit. Team-mate Jake Livermore has been modelling the snazzy white and blue number, which has been unveiled today.

    The Yorkshire club will wear the kit for the first time when they face Belgian side Lokeren in their Europa League tie on Thursday.

  98. Injury blow for Hull's Snodgrass

    Football

    Robert Snodgrass

    Hull City winger Robert Snodgrass faces six months out with a knee injury, says Tigers boss Steve Bruce.

    The Scotland international, 26, dislocated his kneecap and damaged ligaments in Saturday's opening-day win at Premier League rivals QPR.

    The Hull Daily Mail reports Snodgrass, who signed from Norwich for £6m this summer, will now have an operation to rebuild his knee.

  99. Rojo rolls into town

    Football

    Manchester United fans might want to keep a close eye on the city's streets today - because they might spot their team's new recruit.

    Argentine left-back Marcos Rojo has arrived in Manchester for a medical as United aim to complete his £16m move from Sporting Lisbon, reports the Guardian.

  100. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    John McEnerney: Jose wants Sami Khedira and that's who we need. We get him and we're serious contenders for not just the Premier League but the Champions League!

    Mark Taylor: Liverpool need two more strikers as two are not enough. Also another quality centre-back as Skrtel will drop a few clangers.

    Alistair Smalley: Man Utd still need to buy a left-back to cover for Shaw and either Di Maria or Reus so they can play a better formation

  101. Youth Olympics

    Youth Olympics

    The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games seems a long way into the future. Not for the next generation of athletes though. The brightest teenage talents are currently competing in the Youth Olympics and you can get ahead of the game by spotting some future stars in our highlights video of the best action.

    Click the play button on this page, or go into the live coverage tab, to watch them. You may spot one or two future gold medallists...

  102. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Fred: Liverpool obviously need a striker...preferably Falcao or Balotelli.

    Shamim: Tottenham need a centre-back alongside Vertonghen and a potent left winger (Depay?) to challenge for fourth.

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening. Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

  103. Cech mate for Petr's future?

    Football

    But does Petr Cech want to stay? That is the question. The Times reports that the 32-year-old intends to reclaim his place in Jose Mourinho's starting XI.

    "I would like to believe that Chelsea will treat him with respect and will give him the chance to fight for the number one position," says his agent Viktor Kolar.

  104. Cech mate for Petr's future?

    Football

    Thibaut Courtois

    Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois wants Petr Cech to stay at the Blues - but has no intention of giving back his place to the Czech.

    Courtois, who is back at the Blues after a successful loan at Atletico Madrid, was selected ahead of long-standing number one Cech for Monday's opening win at Burnley.

    "I want him to stay. Even if he doesn't play he can be a lot of help to me in training," says the 22-year-old Belgian.

    "I can still learn from him because he has a lot of experience, he can give me good tips about the Premier League, things I might not know at the start."

  105. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Manchester United are the team who should be making the most moves in the transfer market - according to you lot. The Glazers had better dip deep into their pockets...

    Henry Brittain: Two centre-backs (Benatia/Hummels and Rojo), a strong centre midfielder (Vidal/Strootman) and a world class winger(Di Maria).

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening? Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

  106. Ba hits bar with cheeky effort

    Football

    Demba Ba

    Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny was almost left red-faced against Besiktas last night as opposing striker Demba Ba tried to lob him straight from kick-off. Luckily for the Pole the audacious effort smacked his crossbar before bouncing to safety.

    "I saw where the keeper was, went for it and it nearly went in. I've never practised it - it was just instinct," says the ex-Newcastle and Chelsea player.

  107. Football

    Football

    Divock Origi

    Not heard of Liverpool's new signing Divock Origi before he starred at the World Cup? Don't worry - Reds keeper Simon Mignolet knew little about his Belgium team-mate either. Now he does. And Mignolet has backed the 19-year-old to be a success when he returns next season from a loan spell back at old club Lille.

    "When we arrived with the Belgium squad, nobody had really heard about him to be honest. He played at Lille but had never been called up for the full squad, just the U21s," Mignolet tells Liverpool's official website.

    "Because Christian Benteke was unfortunately injured, we needed a striker - he came in and from the first day in training he showed his ability. In the games, he showed what he was all about."

  108. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    With the transfer deadline looming, we want to know where you think your team need strengthening? Do Arsenal need a new striker? Could Alloa do with a new keeper? Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

    Jack O'Sullivan: Man Utd need more midfielders! Can you please just go and sign Di Maria and Reus!

  109. Chambers loving Champions League life

    Football

    Calum Chambers

    Arsenal defender Calum Chambers was still in nappies when the Gunners last failed to qualify for the Champions League group stage. Now the 19-year-old, who joined from Southampton this summer, is trying to help the north London side reach that stage for a 17th consecutive season.

    "Great experience playing my first Champions League game!" tweets Chambers. "Shame we didn't get a better result but all to play for back at the Emirates."

  110. Wenger reports bottle throw to Uefa

    Football

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger will have been pleased to see the bottle shown by his Arsenal side as they earned a hard-fought goalless draw at Champions League play-off opponents Besiktas. But the Frenchman was less pleased to see a bottle - of the plastic variety - lobbed in his direction by the Turkish club's fans.

    "As I left the pitch a bottle or ­something was thrown at me," says Wenger. "I reported the incident to Uefa."

    The European governing body are expected to launch an investigation into the incident.

  111. Get involved

    #whatmyteamneeds

    Before we dive into all that, we want to hear from you. Premier League fans have seen the first glimpse of their team in proper action, while Football League and Scottish fans have had a couple of weeks to assess their heroes.

    So we want to know your early impressions. With the transfer deadline looming, where does your team need strengthening? Do Arsenal need a new striker? Could Alloa do with a new keeper? Tell us. If you're a Twitterer then use #whatmyteamneeds, or if text is more your thing then pop a message to 81111.

  112. Post update

    Hello! And welcome to Wednesday's generous helping of that mouth-watering treat that calls itself Sportsday. We are going to be your best friend until about 18:00 BST, telling you everything - and I mean everything - that is happening in the busy world of sport.

    We will be focusing on the football transfer window as clubs across the UK, and the world, shape their squads ahead of TDD (more commonly known as Transfer Deadline Day).

    Over the next few hours we will also be grabbing all the reaction to Arsenal's goalless draw at Besiktas and Tuesday's Football League action, then looking ahead to Celtic's Champions League trip to Maribor later on. Don't go anywhere.

  113. Post update

    Newcastle chairman Mike Ashley

    Tick tock. The clock is quickly running down for your club. So if you're desperate for a midfield playmaker or a goal poacher to provide the cutting edge, then your chairman had better start picking up the phone.

    That's right - there are just 13 days left before the transfer window closes. Cancel that fortnight's holiday in Majorca or you'll miss all the transfer action. And you don't want that.