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Gary Rose and Elizabeth Hudson

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  1. Post update

    That is all for Sportsday today, but thank you for all your excellent #myworstfootballpitch stories.

    Join us again on Thursday as Sportsday resumes at 08:00 BST, with the return of the Premier League this weekend very much on the agenda.

    Until then, goodbye.

  2. Pistorius set for trial verdict


    Oscar Pistorius

    On Thursday in Pretoria, Judge Thokozile Masipa will give her verdict in the trial of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius.

    Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who he shot dead, claiming he mistook her for an intruder in February 2013.

    Judge Masipa alone will determine the defendant's fate as South Africa does not have trial by jury.

    If found guilty of premeditated murder, the 27-year-old double amputee faces 25 years to life in prison, while he could be convicted of a lesser murder charge or negligent killing. He is also charged with three firearms counts.

    You can find out more about the trial on the BBC News website

  3. Agbonlahor signs new deal



    Aston Villa forward Gabby Agbonlahor signs a new four-year deal.

    The 27-year-old has spent his career to date at the club, scoring more than 60 goals in 276 appearances.

  4. Degenkolb takes Vuelta stage win

    Road Cycling

    John Degenkolb claims his fourth stage success of the Vuelta a Espana with victory on the race's resumption on Wednesday after Tuesday's rest day.

    The German left it late at the end of the 190.7km 17th stage from Ortigueira to A Coruna to bid for the line.

    Spaniard Alberto Contador finished safely in the pack in 32nd place to retain a lead of one minute 36 seconds at the top of the overall rankings.

    Team Sky's Chris Froome was 26th in the stage and is one minute and 39 seconds behind Contador.

  5. Post update


    Selector Mick Newell hints that Alastair Cook will stay as England's One Day International captain.

    England recently lost a one-day series to India 3-1 and Newell tells BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "England need century makers in their ODI top five and the stats show that Alastair Cook is one of the best around."

  6. Hoskins faces spell on sidelines


    Oxford United striker Will Hoskins has been ruled out until January after tearing a tendon in his groin.

    Hoskins, 28, injured himself during the 1-1 draw with Southend on Saturday and is not expected to play again this year, according to the club.

    "It's obviously a big blow to us and to the player himself," said Oxford United manager Michael Appleton. "Will had started to look sharp and was linking things together at the top of the pitch for us."

  7. Pressley signs new Coventry deal


    Coventry City manager Steven Pressley signs a new four-year contract with the League One club.

    Pressley took charge of Coventry in March 2013 and guided them to an 18th-place finish. This season they have nine points from six games.

    "I have always felt that there is huge potential for Coventry City," says Pressley. "We've only just begun to scratch the surface in the 18 months that we have been here and I look forward to continuing the job we've started."

  8. Uefa acts on Wales pitch invasion


    Uefa has started disciplinary proceedings against the Football Association of Wales (FAW) for the pitch invasion following Gareth Bale's late winner against Andorra.

    The Andorran Football Federation also faces action for incurring five or more cards and insufficient organisation inside the Estadi Nacional. A decision will be made on both cases on 16 October.

    The FAW said it is not commenting on the investigation.

  9. Garvan joins Bolton


    Crystal Palace midfielder Owen Garvan joins Championship side Bolton Wanderers on a three-month loan deal.

    The 26-year-old has played once for Palace this season, in the 3-0 Capital One Cup victory against Walsall, but wasn't selected in Neil Warnock's 25-man squad for the Premier League season.

  10. Jockey Derham explains retirement

    Horse racing

    Jockey Harry Derham has told BBC Somerset how a fall, and the subsequent death of his horse, led to him quitting competitive racing at the age of 19.

    Derham, the nephew of champion trainer Paul Nicholls, has spent his whole life working in the sport but he took a heavy fall from Fox Run at Chepstow and the horse lost his life.

    "It's been hard to come to terms with the decision," he said. "But it's not a job you can do 99% committed, and I wasn't committed."

  11. On this day in 2000

    Formula 1

    Michael Schumacher

    Michael Schumacher of Ferrari won the Italian Grand Prix to record the 41st win of his career - equalling that of the late Ayrton Senna.

    However, the race was overshadowed by the death of a fire marshal who was hit by a wheel following a crash at the Monza track.

  12. Get involved


    Football pitches

    Jase Skinner: #myworstfootballpitch Ive had a game abandoned due to a buried steel tube sticking out the ground by 7 inches in the goalmouth.

    Tom Boyle: #myworstfootballpitch would be the one that had a weak manhole cover on it, and it had to be me to fall through it.

    Ruairi Clarke: A crater in the pitch so deep the goalkeeper at the other end could not see you if the ball went in!

  13. Synthetic surfaces causing a stir


    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan at Soccerex: "Complaints from the Welsh team regarding the astroturf pitch in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra will add to the cause of the women players who are lobbying against the use of synthetic surfaces in next year's World Cup in Canada.

    "They are angry that Fifa has not responded to their requests for a debate about the issue. Fifa Exco member Moya Dodd told me she is "sympathetic" towards the players, but she said Canada was the best bid to host the tournament."

  14. Kwiatkowski wins latest Tour of Britain stage

    Road Cycling

    Michal Kwiatkowski

    Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski wins Wednesday's fourth stage of the Tour of Britain from Worcester to Bristol.

    The Omega Pharma Quickstep rider, who started the day nine seconds behind leader Edoardo Zardini, made a charge after the final climb and won in a sprint finish.

    He now leads the overall standings by three seconds ahead of Zardini. Sir Bradley Wiggins has dropped back another place and is now in sixth overall, 27 seconds behind the Pole.

  15. Agger helps homeless team


    The Guardian reports that former Liverpool defender Daniel Agger has paid for Denmark to send a team to the Homeless World Cup in Chile in October

    Agger, who left Liverpool last month to return to his old club Brondby, covered a £2,100 shortfall in funding after being approached by organisers, allowing the squad to make the journey.

  16. 'Something special' at Man Utd?


    Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says Manchester United are on the brink of "something special".

    Woodward was speaking to investors after United announced record annual revenues which have risen 19% to £433.2m, but profits fell by 84%.

    "The 2013-14 season was challenging and disappointing," he says. "But we are excited to have one of world's best managers, there is a real feeling we are at the start of something special."

  17. Paralympian Welbourn announces retirement


    Rob Welbourn

    Multi-Paralympic medallist Rob Welbourn announces his retirement from swimming after 10 years at the top of the sport.

    The 27-year-old, who is based is Swansea, has competed at three Paralympic Games, winning five medals including relay golds in 2004 and 2008, and won silver and bronze at last month's IPC European Championships in Eindhoven.

    "This has been a big decision for me but I think the time is right for me to take the next steps," he says. "I'm looking forward to the next chapter and what that will hold for me."

  18. Managers should take breaks - Powell


    New Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell says an extended break from the game is good for managers after they lose jobs.

    Powell, sacked by Charlton in March, was appointed Terriers boss last week on a rolling contract.

    "I would look at trying to ask managers to have a mandatory two or three months off after a job," the 45-year-old tells BBC Radio Leeds. "You get time to look at yourself, what went well and what didn't and how you can improve."

  19. McIntyre's Ross County goal


    Jim McIntyre says his first target as the new manager at Ross County is to steer the club back on track in the Scottish Premiership.

    Derek Adams was sacked as manager late in August, with the Staggies currently without a point having played five league matches this season.

    "Our first job is to make sure we get points on board and get going," says McIntyre. "We know we have a challenge here, but I also know there's good players here."

  20. Post update

    Tour of Britain

    Tour of Britain

    BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden: Good crowd building on Bridge Valley Road for the steep climb at the end of today's Tour of Britain stage in Bristol.

  21. Howe targets Cherries improvement


    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says that the upcoming schedule for his side will be important in shaping their season.

    The Cherries, who are currently 11th in the Championship table, begin a run of seven games in 21 days, starting with back-to-back home games against Rotherham and Leeds on Saturday and Tuesday.

    "We need as many of our quality players ready for this spell as it's going to be key," he tells BBC Radio Solent.

  22. Scotland recover against Ireland


    Scotland are bowled out for 221 in the second One Day International against Ireland, having recovered from 48-5.

    Richie Berrington and Josh Davey added 84 runs for the sixth wicket, before the former was out for 101.

  23. Question of Sport teaser

    Earlier, the good people at Question of Sport posed the following teaser: Who are the eight NFL teams with a six letter franchise name?

    The answers are: Browns, Chiefs, Eagles, Giants, Ravens, Saints, Texans and Titans.

  24. Get involved



    Patrick Veale: Last season someone drove a motorbike across our pitch mid game

    Eddie Cooper: Playground pavement at Primary School, sliding tackles didn't do my legs or trousers any good!!

    Ryan Heatly: Easterhouse in Glasgow. Played a Scottish Cup tie there. Red blazed pitch was covered in glass and rock.

  25. Ramsey eases injury fears


    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes to be fit for the Gunners' Premier League clash against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The 23-year-old injured his ankle in Wales' 2-1 Euro 2016 qualification win in Andorra. He picked up the injury in the Estadio Nacional after twisting on the controversial artificial pitch.

    "I'll be alright - the pitch was very hard. There's no give in it so I rolled my ankle a bit," says Ramsey.

  26. Ogogo wants title return frominjury


    British Olympic medallist Anthony Ogogo will target a return from Achilles tendon surgery in the new year, and wants a shot at the English title.

    The 25-year-old middleweight is unbeaten in seven professional fights.

    "If I can be back in December, that would be brilliant but if not, January or February at the very latest," the Lowestoft fighter tells BBC Sport. "I'll definitely be looking for a first title, maybe even in my first fight. I'm ready to win the English title."

  27. Wales pitch invasion probe launched


    Uefa begin disciplinary proceedings against Wales for the pitch invasion by the fans following Gareth Bale's late winner against Andorra.

    Supporters spilled onto the 3G surface after the Real Madrid player's 81st minute free kick secured a 2-1 win against the Group B minnows.

  28. Atletico's raging bull ready for Real


    Atletico Madrid

    German Burgos has beaten cancer, fronted a rock band and starred in a reality TV show.

    This weekend, the Atletico Madrid assistant manager will step in for suspended boss Diego Simeone to take charge of the side for the Madrid derby against Real.

    Having once threatened former Real boss Jose Mourinho that he would "rip his head off", he will most likely take this Saturday's game in his stride.

  29. Pumas ring changes for Australia clash

    Rugby Union

    Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has switched his wingers and replaced suspended lock Tomas Lavanini with Matias Alemanno as his side chase a first win in the Rugby Championship against Australia on Saturday.

    Juan Imhoff has been promoted to right wing from the bench to replace Horacio Agulla with Manuel Montero coming in for Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino on the left.

    Alemanno, named on the bench for Argentina's 28-9 loss to New Zealand last week, will start against the Wallabies after Lavanini was banned for a week for charging into a ruck and making contact with All Blacks captain Richie McCaw.

  30. Khedira faces further spell on sidelines


    Sami Khedira

    Real Madrid says Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has undergone an "arthroscopic revision" of his left knee.

    The 27-year-old is already sidelined with a left hamstring injury and the club have not said how long they expect him to be out for.

    Khedira tore a right knee ligament last November and didn't play until May but returned in time to help Germany win the World Cup in Brazil.

  31. Man City to switch training base


    Manchester City will move their first-team training base to the club's new £200m facility next month.

    It was originally hoped the City Football Academy, which is located adjacent to Ethiad Stadium and built on an 80-acre brownfield site featuring a 7,000-capacity stadium, 17 training pitches and accommodation, would open for pre-season, but poor weather in summer 2013 delayed construction.

    The state-of-the-art complex will now open in phases from October to November, with manager Manuel Pellegrini and his squad officially relocating during the next international break.

  32. Warwickshire v Northamptonshire


    BBC Coventry and Warwickshire's Clive Eakin at Edgbaston: "Warwickshire have had to work hard in the morning session against Northants to reach 155 for 3 in 48 overs at lunch. Since the departure of Varun Chopra for 53 they've batted cautiously.

    "Northants veteran spinner James Middlebrook appears to be getting some turn and he has claimed the wicket of William Porterfield for 46. Jonathan Trott has played within himself so far to reach 28 not out."

  33. Middlesex v Durham


    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Lord's: "Middlesex are 70-2 at lunch after Durham were bowled out for 377.

    "The visitors lost their last three wickets for 29 runs and in eight and a half overs with Steve Finn on a hat-trick at one point after seeing off Scott Borthwick for 176 and John Hastings for 12. Borthwick now averages 107 v Middlesex from 10 innings!

    "Chris Rogers went fifth ball of the Middlesex innings, caught behind for eight while Sam Robson was bowled on 15, both victims of Chris Rushworth."

  34. El Clasico date confirmed


    Luis Suarez

    Luis Suarez's debut for Barcelona is likely to come on Saturday, 25 October against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.

    The former Liverpool striker's worldwide ban for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini while playing for Uruguay at the World Cup expires on 24 October.

    On Wednesday, Primera Division officials confirmed the schedule for matchday nine with Barca's trip to the Spanish capital down for the Saturday with a 17:00 BST kick-off.

  35. Spurs stadium move delay


    Tottenham are to move out of White Hart Lane for a period of one season after announcing a delay in the construction of their new stadium.

    A High Court challenge has resulted in a revised construction programme, with the shortest build time meaning Spurs must leave White Hart Lane to allow the new stadium to be built. But this will not be in time for the start of the 2017-18 season.

    "We are currently undertaking due diligence on alternative stadium options," said a statement from the club.

  36. Paralympian Bayley wins world gold

    Table Tennis

    Paralympic silver medallist Will Bayley has won gold at the ITT Para Table Tennis World Championships in Beijing.

    The 26-year-old from Kent beat the world number one Maksym Nikolenko of Ukraine 3-2 in the final.

    Bayley won silver at last year's European Championships, having won the European title in 2011.

  37. Get involved


    Ryan Weissler: "The goal was bent backwards so the ref told us that if we hit the crossbar he would award a goal."

    Jordan Rollison: "An old woman refusing to walk around the pitch and just walking straight across, claiming it was her park."

    Berkules: "Used to play at U15. Dreaded away games at Maes Derw in Llandudno Junction. Divots and dog poo everywhere!"

  38. Man Utd financial results


    Louis van Gaal

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone: "Manchester United's commercial income is now up to £189.3m, which accounts for almost 50% of total income. To put that into context, it is nearly double Newcastle United's entire turnover from their most recent annual statement in February.

    "The big question is what happens now, for those commercial figures will not continue to rise if fortunes do not change on the pitch?

    "The club have confirmed they paid David Moyes and his staff about £5.2m following the Scot's dismissal in April and, in addition, loss of Premier League prize money and being out of Europe completely takes the bill for Moyes's disastrous tenure to £50m.

    "The club have spent £150m trying to put the matters right, bringing in six new players in the summer, including Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is confident Louis van Gaal [pictured] is the right man to restore the club's fortunes."

  39. Ballance misses out on century


    Gary Ballance

    England's Gary Ballance missed out on his third Championship century of the summer for title-chasing Yorkshire when he was lbw to spinner Gary Keedy for 99 on the second morning of their game against Notts.

    Victory at Trent Bridge will give the White Rose county the Division One title for the first time since 2001.

    You can get ball-by-ball-coverage via the BBC Sport website.

  40. Spurs stadium move delay


    Tottenham say that it is "highly unlikely" they will move into a new stadium for the start of 2017-18 season because of a high court challenge.

  41. Man Utd financial results announced


    Manchester United's financial figures also show that the club paid out £5.2m in compensation payments to sacked manager David Moyes and some members of his coaching team.

  42. Man Utd financial results announced


    Manchester United announce record annual revenue of £433.2m to 30 June, 2014. Up 19% and profits of £23.8m for the year 2013-2014.

    The Premier League club say they expect 2014-15 (without Champions League income) to fall to £385m-£395m.

    Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward says: "With Louis van Gaal at the helm as manager, and the recent signing of some of the world's leading players to further strengthen our squad, we are very excited about the future and believe it's the start of a new chapter in the club's history."

  43. Leicestershire's Sheikh claims hat-trick


    Atif Sheikh

    Leicestershire seam bowler Atif Sheikh has taken a hat-trick on day two of their County Championship Two game against Gloucestershire at Bristol.

    The 23-year-old left-armer had Alex Gidman lbw for 264 and then bowled Craig Miles and Liam Norwell with his next two deliveries.

    It is the third hat-trick of the summer after Tim Groenewald for Derbyshire and Somerset's Alfonso Thomas, and Sheikh is the first Leicestershire bowler to achieve the feat in the Championship since Matthew Hoggard against Glamorgan in 2011.

  44. How are they shaping up?


    Wayne Rooney, Ikechi Anya, Gareth Bale, Aidan McGeady, Kyle Lafferty

    In the 54-year history of the European Championship, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland have never all qualified for the same finals.

    Given that Northern Ireland and Wales have never made it to a finals, it is an inevitable statistic - but one that could change at Euro 2016. While only 16 teams contested Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, 24 nations will compete in an expanded tournament in France. Might that make room for all five?

    BBC Sport looks at how the home nations and the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 prospects are shaping up after the first round of qualifying fixtures.

  45. Post update

    Gary Lineker on Twitter

    "Very admirable that Wayne Rooney has introduced player-only meetings at England get-togethers. Induces good spirit. Players know best."

  46. Question of Sport teaser

    Lunchtime is fast approaching and that can mean only one thing - it is Question of Sport teaser time!

    Today's #QSTeaser: Who are the eight NFL teams with a six letter franchise name?

  47. Get involved


    Jack Cummins: #myworstfootballpitch Wick vs. Frampton Cotterell pre season friendly - the second half was disturbed by a swarm of angry bees on the pitch.

    Scott McCaffer: An old bowling green where the 'trenches' were used as sidelines, not good for the ankles.

    Matt Spooner: A cow field, we moved all of the cows first and we all stunk after the game! We all gave ourselves a pat on the back...

  48. Charlton mourn striker Whyte


    Former Charlton striker David Whyte has died at the age of 43.

    Whyte made 106 appearances for the London club between 1992 and 1997, scoring 35 goals.

    He also played for Crystal Palace, Ipswich, Bristol Rovers and Southend.

  49. New role for Moody

    Rugby Union

    Lewis Moody

    Former England captain Lewis Moody is named director of rugby at his hometown club Bradford on Avon.

    The 36-year-old ex-Leicester and Bath flanker, capped 71 times by his country, was forced to retire in March 2012 because of a shoulder injury.

    Moody will now lead his local club in the Southern Counties League, following their promotion from Dorset and Wiltshire One, with the season starting on Saturday away at Walcot.

  50. Get involved


    Ben Carter: Three burnt out cars, on a hill and motor bikes driving across every 15 mins!! #myworstfootballpitch

    Mark: One of our players got bit on the "tackle" by a stray dog whilst running down the wing.

    Alex: I remember taking a corner which was in line with the crossbar, evaded everyone apart from our big lad up front!

  51. Stoke's Cameron to have hernia surgery


    Stoke utility player Geoff Cameron is to undergo surgery to fix a troublesome hernia problem.

    The United States international has made just one appearance this season, in the Capital One Cup victory over Portsmouth, but was forced off with the long-standing injury before half-time.

    Cameron's absence is the second injury blow to hit the Potters after forward Peter Odemwingie had an operation on damaged knee ligaments.

  52. On this day in 1962


    Rod Laver

    Australian Rod Laver beat compatriot Roy Emerson in four sets to win the US Open and complete tennis' Grand Slam. He went on to repeat the feat seven years later.

  53. Froome loses key Team Sky team-mate

    Vuelta a Espana

    Chris Froome

    Team Sky rider Chris Froome has lost a key team-mate on the resumption of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday after Tuesday's rest day with the withdrawal of German domestique Christian Knees because of illness.

    Froome finished second to race leader Alberto Contador in Monday's 16th stage to lie third in the overall standings, one minute and 39 seconds behind the Spaniard.

    Wednesday's 17th stage covers 190.7km from Ortigueira to A Coruna.

  54. Scholes hails 'brilliant' Woodward


    Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has done a "brilliant" job with the players who have arrived at Old Trafford this summer.

    Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao have all joined the club in recent months, and Scholes tells MUTV: "Fans have been moaning about the type of players that were at the club and now you can't do that.

    "I think Ed Woodward has done his job brilliantly during this transfer window with some great signings. Now it is over to the manager to sort everything out and make us a good team again."

  55. Ireland aim to wrap up series


    Ireland have won the toss and chosen to field in their second one-day international against Scotland in Dublin, which is about to get under way after a 30-minute delay because of a wet outfield.

    The hosts won the opening match of the three-game series earlier in the week and will be hoping to wrap up the series.

    You can follow the latest score on the BBC Sport website.

  56. Soccerex


    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport at Manchester Central

    Emanuel Medeiros, chief executive of the International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) Europe, says match fixing in football is "not only a silent cancer, it's widespread and a deadly cancer".

    He feels the extent of the problem has "improved", but insists it remains a huge problem and urges governments to assume their own share of responsibility in fighting it.

  57. Get involved


    McKenzie: #myworstfootballpitch had a grate in the middle of it!!! And it was on a massive hill and had a tree literally on the pitch!!

    Haider: #myworstfootballpitch A dimly lit sand pitch in Iraq. Was still near 40 degrees at night.

    J: #MyWorstFootballPitch A wet-mud covered field with the borders enclosed with heaps of garbage and a stinky river.

  58. Italy win in Norway

    Euro 2016 qualifiers round-up

    Italy Norway

    Goals by Simone Zaza and Leonardo Bonucci earned Italy a 2-0 win away to Norway to extend Antonio Conte's winning start since taking over following Cesare Prandelli's resignation.

    Also in Group H, Real Madrid's former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and Andrej Kramaric scored as Croatia overcame 10-man Malta 2-0, while Bulgaria won 2-1 away to Azerbaijan.

    One of the biggest surprises of the night saw Wales' Group B rivals Cyprus come from behind to win 2-1 away to Bosnia-Hercegovina.

  59. Hasselbaink keen on Leeds return


    Former Leeds striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink says he is interested in the vacant managerial position at the Championship club.

    The 42-year-old played for the Yorkshire club between 1997-1999 and was most recently manager of Belgian side Royal Antwerp.

    He told Talksport: "Leeds United is a wonderful big club where I had two great years. If they want to talk to me, of course I would talk to them. I've got experience, I know I could take the club forward and I know I can take the club back to where they need to go."

  60. Competitors ready for Invictus Games

    Buckingham Palace

    Prince Harry has hosted a party to welcome wounded servicemen and women to the UK ahead of Wednesday evening's opening ceremony of the inaugural Invictus Games.

    The competition is the brainchild of the Prince with more than 400 competitors from 13 countries - many with missing limbs or other serious injuries - due to compete for medals in nine different adaptive sports.

    The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will host the opening ceremony later and it will be shown live on BBC One, except Scotland, from 19:00 BST.

  61. Dutch defeated again


    Guus Hiddink suffered his second straight defeat since taking charge of the Netherlands as Vaclav Pilar hit an injury-time winner for Czech Republic in a 2-1 win.

    Borek Dockal had given the hosts the lead in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Prague before Stefan de Vrij equalised.

    But Daryl Janmaat's mistake allowed Pilar to seal the points as Hiddink, 67, became the first Dutch national manager to lose his first two games since his previous reign in 1995.

  62. Zardini hopes to build advantage at Tour of Britain

    Tour of Britain

    Edoardo Zardini

    The fourth stage of the Tour of Britain starts at 10:45 BST with a 184.6km journey from Worcester to Bristol.

    Italy's Edoardo Zardini holds the overall leader's yellow jersey after winning Tuesday's stage and is 13 seconds clear of Poland's Michal Kwiatkowski

    Sir Bradley Wiggins is in fifth, 24 seconds off the lead.

  63. Get involved


    Simon Drury: The pitch was painted across a hill so one touch line was lower, plus one crossbar was behind the goal line.

    Sam Moore: #myworstfootballpitch was Linthwaite rec against Upperthong. Waterlogged at the start. And by half time there was no grass...

    Damo: Burnt out car on the pitch.

  64. Faith in Wales?


    On his BBC Radio Wales show from 10:00 BST this morning, Jason Mohammad is asking if you have faith in Chris Coleman and Wales?

    You can also have your say on the 3G pitch they played on in Andorra; was it to blame for Wales' performance?

    Call 03700 100 110 to give your view.

  65. Get involved


    After Gareth Bale criticised Andorra's pitch following Wales' Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday, we want to know what is the worst pitch you have played on?

    We have crafted a special hashtag you can tweet to - #myworstfootballpitch so get involved and let us know!

  66. Rooney calls player-only meetings


    England captain Wayne Rooney has been calling player-only meetings to help the squad gel following their poor World Cup campaign.

    "We have had meetings among ourselves, just players in the rooms, watching videos and discussing how we can do better as a team," Rooney said. "Obviously the manager gives us our game plan, but because we don't spend that much time together as a team we need to know and feel confident in what we're doing as a team together."

  67. A Messi situation?


    Lionel Messi

    Thinking of naming your child Messi? Think again.

    That, according to Spanish daily Marca, is the message to the people of Rosario in Argentina - Lionel Messi's home city.

    The newspaper says that "the director of the Civil Register of the Santa Fe province, Gonzalo Carrillo, stopped dead any possible deluge of 'Messis' being born in the area. Messi is a surname, he insists, and may not be used as a first name".

  68. Magic Weekend to go to Newcastle

    Rugby League

    St James' Park

    St James' Park in Newcastle will host Super League's 2015 Magic Weekend, where a full round of fixtures are played over two days at the same venue.

    The event, which was first staged in Cardiff in 2007 and has also been held in Edinburgh, has taken place at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium for the past two years but it is not available next May because of building work.

    The games will take place on Saturday, 30 May and Sunday, 31 May with three games each day. The fixtures and kick-off times will be confirmed in mid-November.

  69. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Your worst pitch

    Ethan Hassell: Have professional footballers never played on Sunday league pitches? 3G pitches are 100% better than most I have played on

    Tom Sefton: Once played on a pitch where the council filled in holes in the pitch using dry mix cement, no word of a lie.

    Pez: Played on a pitch with a tree near the corner flag, lost 3 balls. Had to restart with a drop ball!

  70. Ramsey injury concern


    Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramseyinjured his ankle in Wales' 2-1 Euro 2016 qualification win in Andorra.

    Ramsey, 23, picked up the injury in the Estadio Nacional after twisting on the controversial artificial pitch.

    "He got a kick and there was a twist in his ankle," says Wales boss Chris Coleman. "Hopefully he'll be OK for Arsenal (at home to Manchester City) at the weekend but we'll have to see what the next 24 to 48 hours hold."

  71. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Your worst pitch

    Andorra pitch

    So Gareth Bale described the 3G pitch Wales played Andorra on in their Euro 2016 qualifier yesterday as the worst he has ever played on, but I'd imagine there are a fair few of you out there who have played on a lot worse.

    So, with that in mind, let us know what the worst pitch you played on was like. Wales players may have had to endure those annoying little black rubber balls getting lodged in their boots, but what have you had to endure? Stray dogs invading Sunday League games perhaps? Molehills?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 (UK only) or pop along to the BBC Sport Facebook and Google+ pages.

  72. Today's back pages

    The Times

    The back page of the Times carries a story about QPR and how they could be demoted to the fifth tier of English football the next time they are relegated to the Championship, if they refuse to pay a fine for breaking the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules.

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes has indicated he would appeal against a fine from the Football League, which would be about £54m if losses for Rangers' promotion season matched the £65.4m in 2012-13.

    But if the club don't pay, the FL can block entry to its own competitions.

  73. Di Montezemolo stepping down at Ferrari

    Formula 1

    Returning to the earlier story about Luca Di Montezemolo stepping down as Ferrari chairman [08:05 BST], Fiat chief executive Sergio Marchionne is set to take on the role.

    "Luca and I have discussed the future of Ferrari at length," says Marchionne. "Our mutual desire to see Ferrari achieve its true potential on the track has led to misunderstandings which became clearly visible over the last weekend.

    "I want to thank Luca for all he has done for Fiat, for Ferrari and for me personally."


    The transfer window may be closed but that does not stop the wheels of the rumour mill turning. There are plenty in today's gossip column, and here are three snippets to entice you in.

    Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 31, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Express)

    Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus are also interested in Brazil defender Alves. (Talksport)

    France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, says he was desperate to leave Southampton this summer before club bosses "blocked" his move. (Daily Mirror)

  75. Fowler link played down


    Robbie Fowler

    While some newspapers are linking Robbie Fowler with the managerial position at Leeds, BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope says there is currently nothing in the reports.

    Pope tweets: "No formal application made and sources close to Fowler say nothing in the link other than he's an ex-Utd player."

  76. Today's back pages

    Daily Mirror

    On the back of the Mirror today is a story about Wayne Rooney and how the England striker has been instigating get-togethers with his international team-mates to discuss how the national team can improve after a disappointing World Cup campaign.

    The newspaper's other back-page story is about Robbie Fowler, with the report saying he is keen on the vacant Leeds United managerial position.

  77. Today's back pages

    Daily Mail

    The Daily Mail's back page headline story this morning is about Roy Hodgson sending his England players back home with some homework to do after the Three Lions made a winning start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, beating Switzerland on Monday.

    The report says Jack Wilshere has been sent back to Arsenal with clips of Andrea Pirlo and Javier Mascherano to study, while others have been asked to think about their specific roles for the national team.

    The large picture story at the top of the newspaper is about Danny Welbeck, and how the new Arsenal striker was carrying a Manchester United bag while on England duty.

    You know it is a relatively quiet day when a player's wash bag makes the back page...

  78. Bale's worst pitch



    Match-winner Gareth Bale says Wales secured an unconvincing 2-1 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Andorra on the worst pitch he had ever played on.

    Ildefons Lima had given Andorra a shock early lead from the penalty spot before Bale brought Wales level with a header. The Real Madrid winger's late free-kick saved Wales from embarrassment on Andorra's controversial 3G pitch.

    "This is by far the worst pitch I've ever played on," Bale says. "We knew it was going to be difficult from the word go. The pitch obviously wasn't great. But it's the same for both teams and we said in the changing room before the game, no matter how we get the three points we get them and that's what we did."

  79. Wales win in Andorra


    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale's late free-kick saved Wales from embarrassment in Andorra last night as his two goals made it a winning start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

    Andorra had stunned Chris Coleman's side by taking a sixth-minute lead through Ildefons Lima's penalty, Andorra's first competitive goal since 2010.

    Bale headed Wales level 16 minutes later, though that did not spare Coleman the jeers of the furious travelling Welsh fans as the score remained 1-1 at half-time.

  80. Di Montezemolo to leave Ferrari

    Formula 1

    Ferrari chairman Luca Di Montezemolo announces he will step down next month.

    Ferrari have not won a drivers' or constructors' title since 2008, despite having Fernando Alonso, widely regarded as the best driver, since 2010. This year, Ferrari are in the midst of their least competitive season for 20 years, with neither Alonso nor team-mate Kimi Raikkonen winning a race so far.

    "This is the end of an era and so I have decided to leave my position as chairman after almost 23 marvellous and unforgettable years in addition to those spent at Enzo Ferrari's side in the 1970s," says Di Montezemolo.

    He had insisted at last weekend's Italian Grand Prix that reports he was to step down later this year were premature. The 67-year-old said he had a contract for three years and that he would be the one to say when he was leaving.

  81. Post update

    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Sportsday. Gareth Bale scored twice as Wales edged Andorra 2-1 in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier, but one of the main talking points to come from that game was the controversial 3G pitch on which the game was played.

    We will have more on that this morning, plus a round-up of all the injury news to come from the qualifiers. Away from football, we will also have County Championship cricket updates as well as the latest from the Tour of Britain.

    First, some Formula 1 breaking news to bring you...