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James Gheerbrant and Steve Canavan

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  1. Goodnight one and all

    And so another Sportsday comes to an end.

    What have we learned? That Louis van Gaal could have gone to Tottenham (09:16), Salford's rugby league players won't get to party (10:44), Ray Wilkins is the new head coach of Jordan (11.24), and Lithuanians get a bit a ratty when their national anthem isn't played in full (13:36).

    Good luck to Andy Murray, on court on Thursday at 02:00 (BST) against Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals, live coverage on the BBC website.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 (BST). See you then

  2. Emotional Murray


    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray didn't half get worked up during his fourth round US Open win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but given he won in straight sets it didn't appear to be a bad thing.

    However, coach Amelie Mauresmo says she "hasn't made her mind up yet" about whether Murray wearing his emotions on his sleeve is a good thing.

    Ahead of the Scot's quarter-final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday (02:00 BST), Mauresmo said: "I think he's old enough now to know what's good for him, how he should behave on the court.

    "I want to trust him in how to express himself sometimes. It's not going to be either saying nothing or completely going crazy on the court - I think he has to be in the middle somewhere."

  3. Coleman one of the best


    Seamus Coleman

    Seamus Coleman has been hailed as one of the best full backs in world football by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

    "He just grows month by month," said the Toffees manager. "He is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game.

    "I haven't done anything to coax that out of him. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which needs you to be so good in many areas. He's one of the best full-backs in world football."

    There's more at the Liverpool Echo website, with the paper listing a whole heap of stats which suggest Coleman, 25, was the best full back in the Premier League last season.

  4. Aru wins Vuelta stage, Froome in touch


    Italy's Fabio Aru has won the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Astana rider finished six seconds clear of a small pack containing the race's main general classification contenders: Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Britain's Chris Froome.

    The result means there is little change to the overall standings, with Contador still leading from Valverde, with Froome 1m 21 secs back in fourth.

  5. Haas strike deal with Ferrari

    Formula 1

    Ferrari have signed a multi-year agreement with Haas F1 to supply the American team with power units from 2016.

    The deal is another step in the right direction for owner Gene Haas, who is determined to prove his team will make it onto the grid in 18 months' time after being handed a slot earlier this year by the FIA.

    "We're delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula One," said Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci.

  6. Leeds accuse RFL of Hardaker 'witch-hunt'

    Rugby League

    Zak Hardaker

    Extraordinary developments in the Zak Hardaker story...

    Leeds Rhinoshave accused the Rugby Football League of a "witch-hunt" after the governing body pledged to investigate claims Zak Hardaker used homophobic language in the defeat by St Helens.

    Hardaker has already served a five-match ban for using homophobic language this season.

    "We are concerned there appears to be a witch-hunt by the RFL towards Zak Hardaker," said Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington. "We are calling for an external investigation into the issues surrounding the investigation."

    But the referee who reported the language, Richard Silverwood, hit back on Twitter in response to the Rhinos statement.

    "2 sides to every story," Silverwood wrote. "Shouldn't always believe everything that's written!!"

    Lip-readers, investigations into investigations, and referees sounding off on Twitter. Fair to say the plot thickens in that one...

  7. Mario will be super


    Mario Balotelli

    Mario Balotelli has the potential to be a great asset for Liverpool, according to former manager Roy Evans.

    "He is certainly going to be an asset for us and even though all the talk is going to be about his past, we have just got to let the lad get on with it," Evans told the Liverpool Echo.

    "Brendan Rodgers did things with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard is another who is good at talking to players. But the main person in all of this is Mario himself. He needs to make sure he keeps his nose clean."

  8. US Ryder Cup players


    Here's the last in our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Jimmy Walker took nine years to win a PGA Tour event but has won three since October 2013 and finished in the top-10 of three of this year's four majors.

    Jimmy Walker
  9. Vaughan calls for Cook sacking


    Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for current skipper Alastair Cook to be sacked from the one-day captaincy in his latest Daily Telegraph column.

    "If Alastair Cook does not resign the captaincy then he must be sacked," Vaughan writes. "It can't go on like this.

    "The captain is going up to players telling them they are not in the team and they must be looking back wondering 'how are you still in it?'"

    England trail India 3-0 in the current ODI series, and have lost their last four fifty-over series at home under Cook.

  10. Huddersfield: Powell 'fitted the bill'


    Huddersfield Town

    Following Chris Powell's appointment as Huddersfieldboss, Terriers chairman chairman Dean Hoyle said he had taken his time in naming Mark Robins' successor to make sure he got "the right man for the job".

    "We wanted to give ourselves time to put in the groundwork," he told the club's website.

    "I felt it was important that we found a manager who had done it and Chris certainly fits that bill. He guided Charlton to promotion to the Championship and then finished ninth in the 2012-13 season - all achieved on a limited budget by getting the best out of his players.

    "Make no mistake - throughout the football industry, Chris is held in extremely high regard."

  11. Bell has fractured toe


    Ian Bell

    Bad news for Ian Bell. The England and Warwickshire batsman has been ruled out of the final one-day international against India on Friday with a small fracture to his left big toe.

    Bell suffered the injury before Tuesday's fourth one-dayer, when he was hit while practising before play began.

    The ECB say the 32-year-old will not be replaced in the squad for the remaining match.

  12. Are you interested in England?

    Vote results

    The results are in...and it's a resounding triumph for apathy. Almost 70% of you expressed little or no interest in England's friendly against Norway this evening.

    35% of voters said they were 'not very interested' in England's match against Norway tonight, with 34% going one step further saying they were 'not interested at all'.

    Only 5% of voters said they were very interested in tonight's friendly.

  13. Get involved


    We've been asking you whether England should always play home games at Wembley, or take some matches around the country...

    Pretentious Moi: Wembley, with reduced ticket price for friendlies. That said, you couldn't pay me to watch Hodgson's clueless England team.

    Dan Deakins: Friendlies to be played at stadiums around the country to make tickets cheaper - £20 max. Wembley only for competitive matches.

    Mart Hoe: Wembley should never have been built. The £800m should have been spent on football academies. Shambles.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday

  14. Powell is new Huddersfield boss


    Chris Powell

    Former England and Charlton full-back Chris Powell has been named as Huddersfield's new manager.

    The 44-year-old was sacked by Charlton in March but now takes over at Huddersfield, who have been without a manager since parting company with Mark Robins the day after their 4-0 opening day home defeat by Bournemouth.

    Powell's first game in charge of the Terriers will be at home against Middlesbrough on Saturday, 13 September.

  15. Voigt to attempt world hour record


    Jens Voigt

    Veteran German cyclist Jens Voigt is to attempt to break the world hour record in one last challenge before he retires.

    The 42-year-old announced ahead of last month's USA Pro Cycling Challenge that it would be his last race, but he appears to have changed his mind.

    "It's a huge challenge for me, both physical and mental," said Voigt. "We have been doing some discreet tests in the velodrome and we believe that I have a fair chance."

    The record, once famously held by Britain's Chris Boardman, is currently held by the relatively obscure Czech rider Ondrej Sosenka, and stands at 49.7km.

  16. Billy Wright remembered


    Billy Wright

    It is 20 years to the day since the death of Billy Wright, the first player to reach 100 England caps and one of our all-time greats.

    Wright, who played for Wolves from 1941 until his retirement in 1959, captained England 90 times, a record he shares with Bobby Moore.

    There's a nice tribute on the FA's website, which tells how Wright began as an inside-forward before becoming established as a hard-tackling and inspirational centre-half.

    Wright went on to manage Arsenal for four years and later worked in the media. He died in 1994, aged 70.

  17. RFU aims to grow women's game

    Rugby Union

    The Rugby Football Union is introducing a new strategy aimed at increasing the number of women playing regular contact rugby by 10,000 to 25,000 within three years.

    Following England's World Cup triumph last month, the women's game has enjoyed a significant boost in profile, and 20 players have since been placed on central contracts, enabling them to train full-time.

    The RFU development director Steve Grainger says the objective of the strategy is "normalising women's involvement in rugby".

  18. Question of Sport teaser


    Earlier, as usual, we set you a daily Question of Sport teaser, which was:

    With England playing Norway tonight, which five Norwegians have scored a Premier League hat-trick?

    The answer is ... John Carew, Jan Age Fjortoft, Tore Andre Flo, Steffen Iversen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    A verbal pat on the back to all those who got it right.

  19. Trouble at Hibernian


    All is not well at Scottish club Hibernian, with a leading supporters' group calling on club owner Sir Tom Farmer to hand control to the fans before things "sink even lower".

    Forever Hibernian campaign boss Paul Kane has been leading demands for change at Easter Road since the club was relegated to the Scottish Championship.

    "This is a pivotal moment in Hibs' history," Kane said. "The club is on its knees and our fear is it will sink even lower."

    After relegation in May, about 2,000 fans attended a rally calling for change.

  20. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our look at the US Ryder Cup team...

    Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic in 2013 and tied for second at the first major of 2014 - the Masters. His form however tailed off as the year progressed.

    Jordan Spieth
  21. Yorkshire take big step towards title


    Adil Rashid

    Yorkshire have taken a major step towards winning their first County Championship since 2001 with an innings and 18 runs victory over Lancashire in the Roses match at Old Trafford.

    Leg-spinner Adil Rashid (pictured) took 5-117, but the final wicket went to Adam Lyth, who scored 251 earlier in the match. Lancashire were all out for 314 despite an innings of 117 by Australian Usman Khawaja.

    Yorkshire's victory opens up a 26-point lead for them at the top of the table.

  22. Get involved


    We've been asking you whether England should always play home games at Wembley, or whether they should play some games in other venues.

    Ryan: England should play all over the country and with far cheaper tickets. £60 for this England side is a joke.

    Nathan Rixson II: Competitive games should be played at Wembley. Friendlies around the Country! Not everyone can afford to get to London.

    Harry Trust: I think that Wembley is the home of football in England and it is where England should always play.

    Keep your thoughts on Wembley coming in to #bbcsportsday

  23. Flanagan determined to fight for place


    Jon Flanagan

    Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has told the club's website he is determined to fight for his place once he returns from injury.

    Flanagan made 25 appearances at left-back last season, but he picked up a knock in pre-season and has seen full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo arrive at the club this summer.

    "It's going to be tough but I'm more determined than ever," Flanagan said. "It's a massive season for me and I just can't wait to get back now.

    "The manager has strengthened the squad with the new signings, so I've got to continue to work hard and then hopefully get a chance."

  24. Wales will play on artificial surface


    The Wales FA said their Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra will be played on an artificial surface at the Andorra National Stadium.

    There had been a risk the match would be moved to Barcelona at short notice after European football's governing body Uefa criticised the pitch at the National Stadium after tests showed the ball rolls too fast on the 3G artificial surface.

    Wales manager Chris Coleman says the artificial surface shouldn't affect his players.

    "My message to our players is 'forget where we're playing'," he said. "We've got to get a result and whatever the surface we've got to get through it and do our job."

  25. US Ryder Cup players


    While we're on the the Ryder Cup, here's another member of the US team for you to cast your eye over...

    Jim Furyk
  26. US have it all to do - Donaldson


    Jamie Donaldson

    Wales' Jamie Donaldson says the US will have to perform "very well" to beat Europe in this month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

    Donaldson, who confirmed his place on the team with victory at the Czech Masters last month, said: "We look very strong. Westwood and Poulter's records speak for themselves and Stevie Gallacher has been playing some great golf for the past two years.

    "I'm not sure we'd necessarily be favourites, but the Americans will have to play very well to beat us."

  27. Get involved


    Earlier today, we asked you whether you were still interested in the England football team ahead of this evening's friendly against Norway. Plenty of you answered in the negative.

    So now we want to know what lies behind your apathy? In particular, with a record low crowd predicted tonight, do you think some games should be moved away from Wembley Stadium? Telegraph sports writer Paul Hayward believes England should be sent back on the road - do you agree?

    Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  28. England Test series announced

    Rugby League

    England will host New Zealand in a three-match Test series next autumn.

    Fixture dates, venues and ticket availability will be announced in November.

    England's last meeting with the Kiwis ended in a heart-breaking last-minute defeat in November's World Cup semi-final at Wembley.

  29. Quintana crashes out of Vuelta


    Nairo Quintana

    Race favourite Nairo Quintana has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana.

    The Colombian went down again in a group crash just 20km into Wednesday's 153.4km 11th stage from Pamplona to San Miguel, having also crashed heavily on yesterday's time-trial stage.

    Quintana, the 2014 Giro d'Italia champion, had been leading the race prior to the first crash.

  30. Smith shock at Leeds sale


    Matt Smith

    Striker Matt Smith has spoken of his shock at being sold by Leeds - 72 hours after signing a new three-year deal.

    The 25-year-old joined fellow Championship side Fulham for £750,000 on deadline day.

    "Obviously, after signing the new contract, I would have to say it has been a bit of a surprise to be honest with you," he told the Yorkshire Evening Post. "I was under the impression I was a massive part of the plans going forward.

    "Then 72 hours later, I am told I am on a shortlist of players they would be looking to move on. You can imagine my shock."

    Current caretaker-boss Neil Redfearn and ex-Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino are among the favourites to take over at the managerless club.

  31. Notts' title chances take a hit


    Nottinghamshire's chances of winning the County Championship have suffered a major blow after a 54-run defeat by Durham at Chester-le-Street.

    Debutant Peter Chase took 5-64 as second-placed Notts were bowled out for 320, despite 90 from in-form Riki Wessels.

  32. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Hunter Mahan
  33. Sahin out after knee op


    Borussia Dortmund playmaker Nuri Sahin will be out for two months after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday.

    It is a blow for Dortmund, who are in the same Champions League group as Arsenal.

    Sahin joins fellow Dortmund players Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marcel Schmelzer on the sidelines.

  34. Jenkinson ready to return


    Carl Jenkinson

    Right-back Carl Jenkinson, on loan at West Ham from Arsenal, says he has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be fit to make his Hammers Premier League debut at Hull on 15 September.

    "I should be back for the next game and hopefully I can do the business on the pitch," Jenkinson told the West Ham website.

    "The club has made some great signings and that was half the reason I joined. West Ham are clearly making a big push this season."

    Sam Allardyce's side have won one and lost two so far this season and are 11th in the table.

  35. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, BBC Sport Facebook

    Ahead of tonight's friendly against Norway, we've been asking you whether you're still interested in the fortunes of the England team. Keep your thoughts coming...

    Mike Judges: "Just realised England have a competitive game next week, I've no interest whatsoever whilst we continue with the status quo."

    Joseph Nicholson: "Will keep an interest in England but let's be honest, none of the qualifiers get you really excited. Will take time to rebuild."

    Andrew Priestley: "The exciting, young England team named for tonight's friendly should have been the same team that started at the World Cup."

    Jozef Brodala: "I go to most England home games and I went out to Brazil but after our latest failure I'm voting with my feet and not going."

  36. Lawrie 'disappointed' at missing Ryder Cup


    Paul Lawrie

    Scotland's Paul Lawrie is down but not bitter about being overlooked as one of Paul McGinley's vice-captains at the Ryder Cup.

    The former 1999 Open winner tweeted: "Extremely disappointed not to be involved at Ryder cup but all the best to all of the European team. Go Europe."

    McGinley announced earlier that Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal will join Des Smyth and Sam Torrance as his assistants for this month's showdown at Gleneagles.

  37. Out of tune


    There's trouble afoot at the World Cup in Spain, with an outraged Lithuania formally demanding that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) stop cutting short its national anthem.

    FIBA has imposed a 75-second limit for the national anthems ahead of matches, which means spiking about a quarter of Lithuania's.

    "Cutting the anthem short shows a lack of respect for our country," said Lithuania's foreign minister Linas Linkevicius. "Sports bureaucrats should come to their senses."

  38. Lights out at Blackpool?


    Jose Riga

    Things continue to go from bad to worse at Blackpool.

    Bottom of the Championship after six straight defeats (the worst start in the club's history), and with relations between manager Jose Riga and chairman Karl Oyston best described as icy, it seems the supporters have almost given up hope.

    Local newspaper The Gazette reports that Blackpool Supporters' Association chairman Glenn Bowley claims "the way fans are being treated is absolutely appalling", while Tim Fielding of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust says the situation has left him "almost speechless".

    Fielding added: "It's almost getting to the point where the last person out of Bloomfield Road should turn the lights off."

    The club failed to make any signings before the deadline, despite the manager saying he needed four new players.

  39. 'Late Arsenal bid for Falcao'


    More from Radamel Falcao's dad, who might make a decent TV pundit given he doesn't seem one to mince his words.

    Reflecting on his son's deadline-day loan move to Manchester United, Radamel Garcia revealed that Arsenal made a last-gasp bid to snare the striker.

    Garcia said: "The clubs that showed an interest in him were Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal at the last minute."

    He added: "He was very happy at Monaco but unfortunately, they changed the original plan and decided to sell the players they had bought."

  40. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Keegan Bradley
  41. Cleverley hopes for England recall


    Tom Cleverley

    New Aston Villa signing Tom Cleverley has told the club's website that he hopes his move to Villa Park can reignite his England ambitions.

    "First and foremost I have got to get back playing and hopefully as a by-product of that I can get back in the England team," Cleverley said.

    "The thing I am concentrating on though is trying to come in and hit the ground running so I can help Aston Villa. Playing football is what matters most to me and I'm looking forward to getting back to what I know I can do. This is the kind of club where I can do that."

    Cleverley has won 13 England caps and was on the standby list for Roy Hodgson's 2014 World Cup squad.

  42. Falcao's dad gets shirty with Madrid


    Radamel Falcao

    Radamel Falcao's father has explained, with the help of trousers and shirts, that Real Madrid were unwilling to make a financial effort to sign his son.

    The Colombian international was strongly linked with a move to the Bernabeu but instead joined Manchester United on a season-loan loan from Monaco.

    "The deal with Real Madrid did not happen because if you have money and you go to the market to buy a shirt or a pair of trousers, you have to decide whether to buy it or not," Radamel Garcia told Colombian radio station LA FM.

    "Real Madrid bought the trousers and shirt they wanted and they considered that to be better. We have to accept it."

  43. Get involved


    Ahead of tonight's friendly against Norway, we've been asking you whether you're still interested in the fortunes of the England team...

    Marcus: I accept England aren't up there with the top nations making it easy to support them because my expectations are realistic.

    Gillian Jones: Nothing will change for England until there's a new manager who is a motivator rather than a technician.

    Dan Kelly: One of the privileged few gracing Wembley later. England haven't been inspiring since Beckham. Time for a new hero to step up.

    Keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday

  44. Hope for Lotus?

    Formula 1

    It has been an abysmal year for Lotus but team principal Federico Gastaldi believes there is hope on the horizon.

    A team that finished fourth in the constructors' championship last season has only eight points in 2014, with drivers Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado on a scoreless run of six grands prix.

    But Gastaldi said: "We remain super-motivated. The new parts on the car are showing some encouraging signs and if we get better luck and have clean races, then we can progress a lot more up the field."

  45. Spain could hand debuts to six


    Dani Carvajal

    Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque could hand debuts to as many as six players in tomorrow's friendly against France.

    Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Iturraspe are expected to make their first appearances for La Roja, and Atletico Madrid midfielder Raul Garcia is also poised to play after injury ruled out Andres Iniesta.

    Valencia striker Paco Alcacer, Athletic Bilbao defender Mikel San Jose and Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla have also been included in the squad for the first time.

  46. Question of Sport teaser


    How is your knowledge of Scandinavian footballers? Well, now's the chance to test what you know with today's Question of Sport teaser:

    With England playing Norway tonight, which five Norwegians have scored a Premier League hat-trick?

    Answers for you after 15:00 BST.

  47. Captain Altidore


    Jozy Altidore

    Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore will captain the United States in tonight's friendly against the Czech Republic.

    Altidore will lead the team in the absence of incumbent skipper Clint Dempsey, who remained at home along with the rest of the USA's MLS-based contingent.

    USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann has included out-of-favour Stoke winger Brek Shea in his squad, and was forthcoming on the 24-year-old's frustrating predicament at the Britannia.

    "He's stuck at Stoke," Klinsmann said. "It's bad."

  48. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Webb Simpson
  49. Ryder Cup vice-captains named


    Miguel Angel Jimenez, Jose Maria Olazabal and Padraig Harrington (left to right)

    Padraig Harrington,Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal are named as vice-captains for this month's Ryder Cup.

    It means skipper Paul McGinley has five pairs of helping hands for the contest against the United States, with Des Smyth and Sam Torrance already in the backroom staff line-up.

    "I know it's been common in the past to have three or four vice-captains, but I've gone for five because of the additional workload which comes from being the home team," said McGinley.

    "I also saw how well having five vice-captains worked under Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor in 2010."

    The appointments, though, mean there is no place for former Open champion Paul Lawrie.

  50. More time off for van Basten


    Marco van Basten will not return to his post as AZ Alkmaar coach until mid-September after being given more time to recover from personal and health problems, the Dutch club said on Wednesday.

    Van Basten, 49, former European Footballer of the Year and ex-Netherlands manager, was given leave last week and missed the 3-1 win at Dordrecht on Saturday.

    Dutch media have reported that he had been suffering from heart palpitations since the death of his father last month.

  51. Parker pulls no punches on Rooney


    Paul Parker

    Wayne Rooney is copping it from all sides at the moment. Not only did Norwegian defender Vegard Forren describe the new England skipper as chubby but, in case you missed it, former England and Manchester United defender Paul Parker didn't exactly pull any punches in his blog for Yahoo! Sport.

    "Rooney's been awful," Parker wrote. "There he was at Burnley this weekend, supposedly captaining the team - but I saw a player interested only in himself, doing nothing to try and lift his game or inspire his team-mates. The only thing in any way remarkable about his performance is that he collects £300,000 a week to play that badly."


  52. Germany fear Scotland upset


    Joachim Low

    Joachim Low fears his World Cup-winning Germany side might be victims of a shock result in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

    Low believes his team might find it difficult to get the better of Gordon Strachan's men because of their playing style.

    Ahead of Sunday's game in Dortmund, he said: "Scotland are the kind of team Germany have always struggled against, with their sheer commitment and their running.

    "They are difficult opponents for us. We've gone from being hunter to potential prey."

  53. Thornley out for the season

    Rugby League

    Wigan Warriors centre Iain Thornley has been ruled out for the rest of the season.

    The 22-year-old only made his comeback from a four-month absence with a torn pectoral muscle last week, but is now facing another lay-off of up to eight months after suffering a knee injury in training.

    "I'm devastated for Iain," said Wigan coach Shaun Wane. "He had worked incredibly hard to come back from injury and deserves better luck."

    Thornley was a key member of the Warriors' double-winning team in 2013.

  54. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Patrick Reed
  55. Get involved


    We've been asking you whether the England national team still engages your interest ahead of tonight's friendly against Norway:

    Richard Nurse: The low crowd at Wembley for a poor friendly is partly a lack of confidence in Hodgson but mainly due to rip-off pricing.

    Marcos Maria: They didn't look interested in the summer, so why should we be interested now..

    Latex Zebra: Always interested in England games. No excuse for not getting behind your national team.

  56. Foster out of England game


    England goalkeeper Ben Foster has returned to West Brom for treatment on an injury suffered during England training, the Football Association has announced.

    That means he is out of tonight's friendly with Norway at Wembley and is almost certain to miss Monday's Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland.

  57. Ben Arfa thanks Newcastle fans


    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Winger Hatem Ben Arfa has written an open letter thanking Newcastle fans following his loan move to Hull City.

    He wrote in the Newcastle Evening Chronicle: "To the Toon Army, I want to pass on my thanks to all the fans that supported me during my time at the club and living in a city that will be forever in my heart.

    "Thank you also to everyone at NUFC and to Hull for making this loan happen. I wish Newcastle the best of luck. I hope they have a good season."

    He signed off: "Howay the lads."

    The 27-year-old, who has a year remaining on his contract, seems to have played his final game for Newcastle after joining Hull on a season-long loan with no recall clause in the agreement between the two clubs. He had been frozen out at St James' Park following a disagreement with manager Alan Pardew.

  58. England role for O'Driscoll


    Sean O'Driscoll

    Former Nottingham Forest and Doncaster and manager Sean O'Driscoll is the new England Under-19s national head coach.

    O'Driscoll has a wealth of experience at Football League level but has been out of work since leaving Bristol City in November 2013.

    "I am delighted to join the FA," said the 57-year-old. "It gives me a fantastic opportunity to help develop players in this country and I can't wait to get started."

  59. Vettel defends Rosberg over Hamilton crash

    Formula 1

    Sebastian Vettel (left) and Nico Rosberg

    Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has defended fellow German Nico Rosberg over his crash with Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix.

    Rosberg was condemned by Mercedes for the reckless overtake and eventually issued an apology, but Vettel told German newspaper Bild: "I think it was just a normal race accident which did not deserve to provoke a discussion about intention.

    "No-one tries to break a wing on purpose and no-one wants to be guilty of disloyal driving because most of the time that doesn't work."

  60. International injuries


    Couple of withdrawals from international duty to report.

    Ipswich's Christophe Berra has pulled out of the Scotland squad to face world champions Germany on Sunday with a knee injury. Gordon Strachan has called up Aberdeen's Mark Reynolds as cover.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool defender Ryan McLaughlin is out of Northern Ireland's opening Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday against Hungary. It's a second blow for manager Michael O'Neill, after Brentford winger Stuart Dallas pulled out with a leg injury.

  61. Bevington defends low Wembley crowd


    You've been having your say about whether you're still engaged with England - now a senior FA official is weighing in.

    Adrian Bevington, the managing director of Club England, has tweeted: "No hiding or excusing. Lot of work to regain support and rebuild excitement with England accepted. Have to get pricing right. Win games too.

    "Worth noting that England crowd tonight will be higher than many in build-up to Euro 96 when several were well under 30,000."

    Bevington added that the FA has a contract with Wembley to play all home games there, and they'd have more choice of stadium in eight or nine years when they're "debt-free".

  62. Ray Wilkins appointed Jordan coach


    Ray Wilkins

    Former England and Manchester United midfielder Ray Wilkins is appointed head coach of the Jordanian national team.

    According to the Jordan Football Association (JFA), Wilkins has accompanied president HRH Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein to a training session to "observe the technical and fitness side" of the players.

    He will take charge of Jordan when the team returns from friendlies against Uzbekistan (Thursday) and China (Tuesday).

    Wilkins, 57, was assistant to Felipe Luiz Scolari and Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, and spent three months as Fulham's number two before being sacked in February.

  63. Habana to play 100th Test

    Rugby Union

    Bryan Habana

    South Africa winger Bryan Habana will play his 100th Test when the Springboks take on Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

    He becomes the fourth South African to bring up his century, after Percy Montgomery, John Smit and Victor Matfield. Habana holds the try-scoring record for South Africa with 56, fourth on the all-time Test list.

    The Springboks make five changes from their narrow win over Argentina in the last round, with Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira, Marcell Coetzee, Morne Steyn and Jan Serfontein coming into the side.

  64. Welbeck 'envisaged' Arsenal move


    Danny Welbeck

    Arsenal's new signing Danny Welbeck says he envisaged playing for the Gunners before he made the move from Manchester United.

    The 23-year-old joined the Gunners for £16m on transfer deadline day having been with the Old Trafford club since the age of eight.

    "I couldn't be happier," he told the Arsenal website. "For it to finally happen is very exciting."

  65. Get involved


    We've been asking you whether you're still interested in England ahead of tonight's friendly against Norway.

    Death Ape Disco: There is little to look forward to. Hodgson has lowered expectations, these players are not key in top PL sides unlike before.

    The Monty: I gave up on the England Team long ago, fed up of all the hype then let down, this friendly will prove nothing.

    Jean-Paul Breyer: It'll be very interesting to see how the group manages under their new skipper even versus Norway. Promising. #cantwait

    Keep your thoughts coming via #bbcsportsday

  66. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Phil Mickelson
  67. Clarke injured but not quitting


    Michael Clarke

    Australia's Michael Clarke says he won't give up the one-day captaincy of the team, despite facing a lay-off after injuring his hamstring.

    Clarke suffered the injury in training and has sat out most of the tri-series against South Africa and Zimbabwe - and he now looks set to miss the upcoming series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

    The 33-year-old has faced calls to stand down from limited-overs cricket in order to lighten his workload, but Clarke said: "I have no intention (of quitting one-day cricket).

    "The reason I walked away from T20 international cricket a couple of years ago was to be able to play Test and one-day cricket."

  68. Yeovil boss 'turned up late'


    Gary Johnson, Yeovil manager

    Yeovil manager Gary Johnson has released a statement to clarify his position after turning up late to Tuesday's 3-1 Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat by Portsmouth.

    Johnson arrived just 15 minutes before kick off and left after his post-match team talk, amid reports he is unhappy with the club's transfer deadline day business.

    "I'm having a quiet reflective period after a hectic transfer deadline," said the statement released by Johnson. "The chairman [John Fry] is currently on holiday and I am waiting for him to return to speak to him about how to proceed."

    One to keep an eye on.

  69. Bottas planning on Williams stay

    Formula 1

    Valtteri Bottas

    Finnish F1 driver Valtteri Bottas says he's planning to stay with Williams after a successful debut season with the Oxfordshire-based team.

    "Personally I don't see a reason to look around at this moment," said Bottas ahead of this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. "But it's too early to say. It's better to wait for confirmation and we will speak when we have something to say.

    "I really think the direction is right and I'm confident this team can still be better than what we've seen this year."

  70. No party time at Salford

    Rugby League

    Bad news for everyone at Salford Red Devils - owner Marwan Koukash has cancelled the club's end-of-year party after they failed to reach the Super League play-offs.

    After last Sunday's 42-6 defeat at Wakefield, Koukash scrapped the players' annual bash, due to be held this weekend.

    "We have nothing to celebrate," he told the Manchester Evening News. "We have not won anything and we are not in the play-offs.

    "We focus our energy instead on winning our last two games, not handing out awards when we have not won anything of significance."

  71. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, BBC Sport Facebook

    England take on Norway tonight in front of what will be the lowest crowd for an international fixture since the new Wembley opened in 2007.

    Why? Sure the World Cup wasn't the best but with Wayne Rooney appointed captain and the team stuffed full of promising youngsters, there's loads to look forward to. Isn't there?

    Let us know what you think. Could be a lively debate this...

  72. Football


    How interested are you in England's friendly match against Norway tonight?

    With only 40,000 fans expected at Wembley, has the England football team lost its identity in the midst of the power of the Premier League?

    You can vote by rating on a scale of one to five (where one = not interested at all and five = very interested) on the right of the page.

    The vote will close at 16:00 BST and full T&Cs can be found on the BBC Sport website.

  73. Zico to coach Indian team



    Brazilian great Zico has agreed to manage FC Goa in the first ever Indian Super League (ISL) season.

    The 61-year-old won 71 Brazil caps, played in the 1978, 1982 and 1986 World Cups and has coached in Brazil, Japan, Turkey, Russia, Greece, Iraq and Qatar.

    Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires is in the Goa squad.

  74. Di Maria wanted to come to Paris - PSG


    Angel di Maria

    PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says Manchester United's new record signing Angel di Maria actually wanted to come to the French champions, but the two clubs couldn't agree a fee.

    "For two or three weeks I discussed this issue with my friend Florentino Perez, the president of Real Madrid," Al-Khelaifi said in an interview with French paper Le Parisien.

    "We met twice, we made an offer, but we did not agree on the price. For me it was too expensive. It has nothing to do with Financial Fair Play. The player wanted to come to Paris, but this was not possible."

  75. US Ryder Cup players


    Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

    Rickie Fowler
  76. Powell in talks with Huddersfield


    Sky Sports is reporting that former Charlton manager Chris Powell is in talks with Huddersfield over the vacant manager's position.

    Huddersfield have been without a boss since Mark Robins left the club following a 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

  77. Monaco fans demand refund


    Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez

    Monaco fans are angry and they are not going to take it any more. After seeing their club offload Colombian superstar duo Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez this summer, a group of supporters have started a petition to get their money back for season tickets, the Independent reports.

    The Planete ASM website laments: "Monaco fans are swinging between anger, confusion and frustration. Supporters, demand a refund for your season ticket."

  78. New deal for New Zealand coach


    New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson extends his contract by another two years, continuing in the job until April 2017.

    It is no surprise given that the 39-year-old, who took charge of the team in July 2012, has led New Zealand to victory in their last three Test series - against West Indies (twice) and India.

    "Our senior players are performing well and we've a promising group of youngsters," said Hesson. "It's a really exciting time."

    New Zealand, who host the World Cup with Australia in early 2015, are next in action in October, when they host South Africa in a one-day series.

  79. Kompany misses Belgium training


    Vincent Kompany

    Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur is reporting on Twitter that Vincent Kompany has missed training with the national team ahead of tomorrow's friendly against Australia.

    The Manchester City man has apparently gone to hospital for a scan after picking up a knock to the calf.

  80. Murray can beat Djokovic - Mauresmo


    Amelie Mauresmo and Andy Murray

    Andy Murray will be very much the underdog when he takes on world number one Novak Djokovic at the US Open later, but the Scot's coach Amelie Mauresmo believes there's every chance of an upset.

    The Frenchwoman says that although it may be six months into their partnership before the world number nine is playing his best tennis, a meeting with Wimbledon champion Djokovic is still "an opportunity to embrace".

  81. No regret over rushed start


    A little more from Louis van Gaal, who says he did the right thing taking over at Manchester United just five days after his reign as Holland boss ended with victory in the third-place play-off game at the World Cup in Brazil.

    "I don't regret the fact that I rushed straight from the World Cup to my new job in Manchester," he told the Daily Mirror. "I can handle all that. I have the energy. And the players and the club give me energy.

    "I think it is fantastic that I have so much work on my plate. It means I have a lot to do and I am capable of doing it."

  82. Van Gaal's pledge to Man Utd


    Louis van Gaal has clearly been in talkative mood. He also told the Daily Mirror he wants to "end my big coaching career here, at Manchester United".

    The 63-year-old aims to bring the Premier League title to Old Trafford but warned the club need to be patient.

    "I really want to bring the championship here to the people of Man United," he said.

    "Every manager loves recognition and appreciation. But you also need a bit of luck.

    "I have been lucky in the beginning of my career. Ajax wanted to sack me halfway in my first season at the club. But they kept believing in me - and look what happened."

  83. US Ryder Cup players


    Bubba Watson

    Yesterday, we gave you a full rundown of Europe's Ryder Cup team, and today, in the interests of fairness, we turn our attentions to their transatlantic opponents.

    You can also find a full list of team profiles for Europe and the United States on the BBC Sport website.

  84. Van Gaal could have chosen Tottenham


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has revealed he could have taken the manager's job at Tottenham, earning the same money he is on at Old Trafford.

    The Dutchman told the Daily Mirror it would have been easier to go to Spurs but he decided to take on a bigger challenge.

    "I could have opted for an easier job. If I had gone to Tottenham, the job would not have been as enormous as here at United," he said

    "I could have easily gone to Spurs. But I chose the biggest challenge of all the jobs in football. And I really wanted to join the number one club in the country, not Tottenham."

  85. Agassi bids farewell

    On this day

    Ande Agassi

    A right old tear-jerker for today's On This Day. Who could forget Andre Agassibidding a tearful farewell to tennis at the 2006 US Open? The eight-time Grand Slam champion bowed out after losing in the third round to Germany's Benjamin Becker.

    "The scoreboard shows that I lost today, but what it doesn't show is what I found," Agassi said at the time.

    "Over the last 20 years I have found loyalty, you have pulled me through on court and also in life."

    Pass the tissues....

  86. Contador rides into 'miracle' lead



    Meanwhile, Spanish paper Marca hails a superb performance by cyclist Alberto Contador, who now leads the Vuelta a Espana after a terrific time trial. Britain's Chris Froome fell further off the pace as he suffered a disappointing stage.

    The headline calls Contador's resurgence "The Miracle of El Pistolero", as the Spanish rider was expected to miss the Vuelta altogether after fracturing his tibia in the Tour de France just six weeks ago.

  87. Les Bleus change class


    L'Equipe back page

    French newspaper L'Equipe has a witty headline to commemorate the big return to school. "They have changed class", the paper says, in reference to the cohort of French internationals who have eared big-money moves this summer, including the Premier League duo of Chelsea's Loic Remy and Arsenal's Mathieu Debuchy, plus Atletico Madrid new boy Antoine Griezmann.

    The paper also reports on a brilliant victory for Gael Monfils, who took down Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets to reach the US Open quarter-finals, The headline simply reads: "Monfils, like a boss... "

  88. Gallacher gets the call


    Scotsman back page

    While Alastair Cook and Wayne Rooney continue to divide opinion, it seems that Scottish golfer Stephen Gallacher is a less polarising figure. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who wasn't happy to see the 39-year-old selected for his maiden Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, just 35 miles from his home.

    That's the Scotsman's lead story this morning, along with a look at Celtic's new signing Stefan Scepovic. The Serb is keen to stress that the Bhoys were his first choice, perhaps understandably as he withdrew from an earlier agreement to sign with the Scottish champions, not exactly discouraging the interest of Spanish suitors Getafe.

  89. Chubby and Beefy


    Mirror back page

    Flagging attendances aren't the only problem Wayne Rooney needs to address - as the Daily Mirror reports, the new skipper has also found himself the butt of jibes about his weight.

    Norwegian defender Vegard Forren has cruelly described the Manchester United striker as "chubby" just hours before the captain's big day - a remark so callous it will no doubt have had Roo sobbing uncontrollably into Phil Jones's shoulder.

    One man who's had plenty of practice at dealing with wounding criticisms over the past month is England captain Alastair Cook, who may not want to read what Ian Botham has to say about his one-day international team in the same paper. "I've rarely been so angry," thunders Beefy. "This team is a joke."

  90. Rooney's fan plea


    Independent back page

    As ever, we're going to use our first hour to take you on a whistle-stop tour of this morning's back pages.

    We begin with the Independent, which leads with Wayne Rooney's warning that England must win the fans back following this summer's dismal World Cup campaign. Easier said than done - tonight's friendly against Norway is forecast to attract just 35,000 intrepid, eternally optimistic spectators - the lowest crowd for an England match at the new Wembley.

    Somewhat incongruously sharing the back page with England is the World Cup, held aloft by Germany's coach Joachim Low. As hinted at below, the Germans take on Argentina in a mouth-watering rematch of the World Cup final later.

  91. Today's timings

    Here are today's key times for all you sporting clock watchers to look out for:

    14:00 BST: Wales Euro news conference (looking ahead to next week's match v Andorra)

    18:30: England women v South Africa, second T20 at Northampton

    19:45: Germany v Argentina, international friendly

    20:00: England v Norway, friendly at Wembley

    Around 02:00 BST: Andy Murray v Novak Djokovic, US Open quarter-final

    One for diehard Murray fans, that one...

  92. Watson picks Bradley, Mahan and Simpson


    Keegan Bradley

    Before that, another serial major winner took centre stage as US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson named his three wildcard picks to take on Europe at Gleneagles.

    Keegan Bradley (pictured), Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson were the men selected by Watson to do battle later this month as the US bid to get their hands on the trophy for the first time since 2008.

    That means no Ryder Cup this year for Brandt Snedeker, Deutsche Bank Championship winner Chris Kirk, or Jason Dufner, whose neck injury seems to have ruled him out of contention.

  93. Federer breezes through at US Open


    Roger Federer

    We begin this morning with two bits of news from across the Pond, which may have escaped the attention of those of you who go to bed at a sensible hour.

    First up, Flushing Meadows, where Roger Federer's bid for an 18th Grand Slam title at the US Open remains on course. The Swiss maestro claimed an impressive straights-sets victory over Spanish 17th seed Roberto Bautista Agut. Next up for Fed, a meeting with France's gangly crowd-pleaser Gael Monfils, who overcame Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

    Also through with minimal fuss is Caroline Wozniacki, who lost just one game as she raced past Italy's Sara Errani to set up a semi-final with China's Peng Shuai.

  94. Good morning

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. It's a big day for the England football team, as the Three Lions take on Norway later in the first match of Wayne Rooney's captaincy.

    We'll be keeping you up to date with all the latest on that one, plus news from the US Open, where Andy Murray meets world number one Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals later.

    Plus we'll have the latest on the Ryder Cup picks and updates from England women's T20 match against South Africa. Sit back and let Sportsday be your guide...