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Summary

  1. Uefa starts disciplinary proceedings against Wales FA
  2. Man Utd announce record annual revenue of £433.2m
  3. Club paid £5.2m in compensation to sacked boss Moyes & his staff
  4. Ferrari chairman Di Montezemolo to step down
  5. Gareth Bale bemoans 'worst pitch'
  6. GET INVOLVED: Worst pitch you have played on?

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Pistorius set for trial verdict

Athletics

Oscar Pistorius
AFP

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.

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find out more about the trial on the BBC News website

Agbonlahor signs new deal

Football

Agbonlahor
Aston Villa

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.

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.

Cricket

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."

Hoskins faces spell on sidelines

Football

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."

Pressley signs new Coventry deal

Football

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."

Uefa acts on Wales pitch invasion

Football

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.

Garvan joins Bolton

Football

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.

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."

On this day in 2000

Formula 1

Michael Schumacher
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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.

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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!

Synthetic surfaces causing a stir

Football

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."

Kwiatkowski wins latest Tour of Britain stage

Road Cycling

Michal Kwiatkowski
AP

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.

Agger helps homeless team

Football

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.

'Something special' at Man Utd?

Football

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."

Paralympian Welbourn announces retirement

Swimming

Rob Welbourn
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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."

Managers should take breaks - Powell

Football

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."

McIntyre's Ross County goal

Football

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."

Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain
BBC

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.

Howe targets Cherries improvement

Football

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.

Scotland recover against Ireland

Cricket

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.

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.

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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.

Ramsey eases injury fears

Football

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.

Ogogo wants title return frominjury

Boxing

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."

Wales pitch invasion probe launched

Football

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.

Atletico's raging bull ready for Real

Football

Atletico Madrid
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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.

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.

Khedira faces further spell on sidelines

Football

Sami Khedira
AFP

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.

Man City to switch training base

Football

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.

Warwickshire v Northamptonshire

Cricket

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."

Middlesex v Durham

Cricket

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."

El Clasico date confirmed

Football

Luis Suarez
EPA

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.

Spurs stadium move delay

Football

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.

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.

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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!"

Man Utd financial results

Football

Louis van Gaal
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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."

Ballance misses out on century

Cricket

Gary Ballance
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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.

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ball-by-ball-coverage via the BBC Sport website.

Spurs stadium move delay

Football

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.