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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Lillywhite

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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we leave for you today, many thanks for being with us. Our juggernaut Wimbledon live text continues and Sportsday returns with Steve and myself on Wednesday from 08:00 so please join us then. If it is sunny and warm where you are enjoy it. If it isn't, enjoy anyway. Cheerio now.

  2. European action begins


    On the hottest day of the year in the UK it is the first qualifying round of the Champions League tonight, barely three weeks after Barcelona won last season's competition.

    Northern Ireland's Crusaders play Levadia Tallinn from Estonia and it is also the first qualifying round in the Europa League and the Republic of Ireland's Shamrock Rovers are in Luxembourg to play Progres Niedercorn.

    Premier League West Ham begin their campaign on Thursday against Andorran outfit Lusitanos.

  3. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST with Mark Pougatch and Mark Chapman features all the latest news from Wimbledon, a Tuffers and Vaughan special with England director of cricket Andrew Strauss, there is Michael Vaughan and Mike Brearley on the art of captaincy and an interview with England coach Mark Sampson as his team prepare to play Japan in the Women's World Cup semi-finals on Wednesday.

  4. 'My body was like a rubber band, now it's an effort to get up'


    Olympic silver medallist and 2012 Strictly Come Dancing champion Louis Smithtells BBC Cambridge he is feeling different at the ripe old age of...26.

    "When I was 19 or 20, my body was like a rubber band," he said. "Now it's an effort to get up in the morning and to get going takes longer. The body has taken a pounding."

  5. Ferrari move 'not ruled out'

    Formula 1

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says it is unlikely he will move to Ferrari next year, but has not ruled it out.

    Ferrari have told Kimi Raikkonen he has to improve to stay for 2016, and Ricciardo is said by sources to be the main target if the Finn leaves.

    Daniel Ricciardo

    Ricciardo, 25, has a contract until 2018 and said "from my understanding it's not likely I can get out".

    He added: "I would never rule anything out completely. I don't have experience with contracts. Things can change."

  6. Moores relishes new chance at Notts


    Peter Moores with some thoughts on his new role as Nottinghamshire Coaching Consultant: "My role will be to support Mick [Newell] and the rest of the coaches and to be there to help the players in whatever way possible.

    "I'm looking forward to adding something to the group during the business end of the season.

    "Trent Bridge is a great place. I look at it as being one of the great cricket grounds in England and, living only 20 minutes down the road, I know the significance cricket has in the area.

    "The job is to help people play some good cricket, working alongside the players and the coaches to help Nottinghamshire win games. League positions look after themselves if you're playing well."

  7. Ross County sign defenders


    Ross County

    Staying north of the border and Ross County have added to their defensive options with the signings of Richard Foster and Chris Robertson.

    Former Aberdeen full-back Foster, 29, was recently released by Rangers, while Robertson, 28, arrives from Port Vale.

    Both men have agreed two-year deals with the Scottish Premiership club.

  8. Laing signs Motherwell deal


    Louis Laing

    Defender Louis Laing has signed a two-year deal with Motherwell, following a loan spell at Fir Park.

    The 22-year-old centre-back, who was released by Nottingham Forest, said: "After such an enjoyable last six months of last season, I couldn't be happier.

    "I've got a bit of security for the next two years at a fantastic club with fantastic fans and a fantastic manager."

  9. Moores joins Notts coaching staff


    Peter Moores

    Former England coach Peter Moores is appointed as Nottinghamshire Coaching Consultant. The 52-year-old ex-Sussex coach was sacked for a second time by England last month.

  10. Football

    Oxford's longest-serving player set to leave

    Ryan Clarke
    Image caption: Clarke made 31 appearances for Oxford United last season in League Two

    Oxford United's longest-serving player, goalkeeper Ryan Clarke, looks to have played his final game for the club.

    Manager Michael Appleton expects the 33-year-old to leave the League Two side in a matter of days.

    It follows the signing earlier this month from Scunthorpe of Sam Slocombe, who is expected to compete with Max Crocombe as first-choice goalkeeper.

  11. Women's semi-finals on BBC Two

    Women's World Cup

    BBC Sport

    The first Women's World Cup semi-final takes place in a few hours (Wednesday 00:00 BST) as Germany take on USA, with live coverage on BBC Two from 23:20 BST, and you can review how they reached the last four in our highlights package.

  12. Bale's no fail


    Bold words from ex-England boss Kevin Keegan today, who says Gareth Bale could become better than Real Madrid team-mate and World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Bale has been unfairly criticised by fans and media in his second season and used as a "whipping boy", says Keegan.

    "People think he's got to be better than Ronaldo. He could be one day," the former striker said.

    Bale, 25, joined Real for a fee of £85.3m in 2013 from Tottenham, helping the Spanish club claim their 10th European title in his first season, but he struggled last term.

  13. Flair comment


    During that interview to be broadcast in 5 live Sport this evening, former England skipper Mike Brearley said the current incumbent Alastair Cook may not have the flair needed to win an Ashes series.

    But the 73-year-old, who guided England to three Test series wins against Australia, believes their "exciting" crop of young players do possess it.


    Brearley, captain from 1977-81, said of Cook: "I think he's a decent man, straightforward and honest with people. I'm not sure how much flair he has. Can you win the Ashes without that flair? No."

    But he added: "One of the exciting things is the flair in the young players from number five to number eight - Joe Root is a terrific player, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali."

  14. Football

    Bristol Rovers fan Lines rejoins club

    Chris Lines
    Image caption: Chris Lines made 71 appearances for Port Vale after signing for the club in 2013

    Newly-promoted League Two side Bristol Rovers have re-signed midfielder Chris Lines from League One club Port Vale for an undisclosed fee.

    Lines made 31 appearances for the Valiants last season, but he was loaned out to Darrell Clarke's side in March.

    The 29-year-old played in 190 games for the Pirates after graduating from the club's academy and said: "Everyone knows I have always been a Bristol Rovers supporter."

  15. Swansea's Demetriou fined


    Swansea's teenage forward James Demetriou has been fined £700 by the Football Association for betting offences, BBC Wales reports.

  16. Carlisle seal double signing


    Alexander McQueen and Angelo Balanta
    Image caption: McQueen has been around the Tottenham first-team, while Balanta is experienced at senior level.

    Former Tottenham defender Alexander McQueen has signed a one-year contract at Carlisle United while winger Angelo Balanta has signed a short-term deal.

    McQueen, 20, played for the Spurs development side and has been part of the senior squad.

    Balanta, 24, rejected an offer from Bristol Rovers for an offer that runs until the end of the calendar year.

  17. 5 live cricket captaincy chat


    BBC Radio 5 live

    A fascinating discussion about cricket captaincy tonight from 21:00 BST on 5 live Sport with two of England's finest leaders Mike Brearley and Michael Vaughan, who debate how they might have dealt with Kevin Pietersen, assess the captaincy style of Alastair Cook and analyse a host of other past and present players.

    Here is a clip of the interview.

  18. Murray relieved to be through

    Wimbledon 2015

    Andy Murray celebrates his victory

    Andy Murray says of his victory: "Definitely work to be done but I felt my opponent played very well, he made it very difficult for me."

  19. Murray completes straight set win

    Wimbledon 2015

    Third seed Andy Murray moves through to the second round with a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 win against world number 59 Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan after two hours and 13 minutes.

  20. Rugby League

    Phelps announces Widnes departure

    Cameron Phelps will leave Super League side Widnes Vikings at the end of the current Super League season.

    The 30-year-old Australian utility back joined the Vikings from Hull FC in 2012 and his contract expires this summer.

  21. Hammers eye Borini

    Football gossip


    West Ham may move for Liverpool's out-of-favour Italy forward Fabio Borini, 24, but the Anfield club could still look to use the striker as part of a deal for Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, reports the Independent.

  22. Wylde becomes latest signing for Plymouth


    Gregg Wylde
    Image caption: Wylde played Europa League football for Rangers in 2011

    Plymouth Argyle have signed ex-Rangers winger Gregg Wylde on a one-year deal following his release from relegated Scottish Premier League side St Mirren.

    The former Scotland under-21 international scored three goals in 44 appearances for the Saints last season.

    Wylde is manager Darek Adams' third signing since taking over earlier this month.

  23. Football

    Defender MacKenzie joins Doncaster

    Gary MacKenzie
    Image caption: Gary MacKenzie made 12 league appearances for Bradford City last season

    Doncaster Rovers have signed defender Gary MacKenzie on a two-year deal.

    The 29-year-old left Blackpool at the end of last season having finished the campaign on loan at Bradford City.

    Rovers boss Paul Dickov told the club website: "Gary is a great signing for us, he is a quality defender with a footballing brain."

  24. Hammers double aim

    Football gossip

    Daily Mail: West Ham are aiming to sign Monaco's Tunisia centre-back Aymen Abdennour, and Barcelona's Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 27. Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park.

  25. Murray moves two sets up

    Wimbledon 2015

    Andy Murray in action on Tuesday

    Britain's Andy Murray takes a second set tie-break and now leads Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 2-0 in the heat of Wimbledon's Centre Court. Watch the remainder of the match here.

  26. Currie in hot water

    Rugby League

    Warrington forward Ben Currie has been given a two-match ban for making deliberate physical contact with a match official.

    The second rower was seen pushing referee Richard Silverwood in the back during the Wolves' 34-24 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final win over Leigh on Saturday.

  27. Laporta keen to revive Barca-Unicef partnership


    Joan Laporta (left)
    Image caption: Joan Laporta (left) was president when the deal with Unicef was first arranged in 2006

    Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta will endeavour to put the name of Unicef or another humanitarian cause on the club shirt if he were to win July's election.

    Laporta negotiated the initial deal with Unicef almost 10 years ago that saw a logo put on the shirt for the first time in the club's history, during his previous period as president from 2003 to 2010.

    "I will do my best to get a sponsor that makes it possible so that we have Unicef again on our shirt or another motif that carries a similar meaning," said the 53-year-old, who faces opposition from current president Josep Maria Bartomeu in the elections on 18 July.

  28. Miranda closer to Inter move


    Atletico Madrid's Brazilian centre-back Miranda is currently undergoing a medical ahead of a reported £11m move to Internazionale . . .

  29. 'Kingsley's coming tae get ye...'


    Partick Thistle mascot Kingsley

    Remember Kingsley, Partick Thistle's new mascot? Well, he's been menacing kids in Glasgow city centre on Tuesday as the Scottish Premiership club launched their new kit.

    Those weans are genuinely running away in fear...

  30. Bolt to miss Diamond League races


    World and Olympic champion Usain Bolt is to miss the Diamond League meetings in Paris and Lausanne on July 4 and 9 with a leg injury...

  31. Sky's the limit

    Road Cycling

    Welshman Geraint Thomas could lead Team Sky in Grand Tours in the future, says team principal Sir Dave Brailsford.

    Thomas, 29, and fellow Welsh cyclist Luke Rowe are part of the nine-man team that will support 2013 champion Chris Froome in the 2015 Tour de France.

    Geraint Thomas, Team Sky

    Brailsford said: "Geraint is going from strength to strength. His opportunity to ride Grand Tours, try and lead the team at stage races is becoming clear - that's the way it's going to go."

    He said "nobody knows" the limit of Thomas' talent and that he was "a very exciting prospect".

    Full story here.

  32. Baggies release pair


    West Brom have announced the departures of technical director Terry Burton and head of recruitment Mervyn Day less than a year into their jobs.

    The pair have been given notice to end their contracts and placed on 'garden leave' with immediate effect as part of an on-going review into the club's performance.

  33. Dane undergoes Brentford medical


    Andreas Bjelland

    You may recall that we told you a few hours ago (11:32 BST) that Brentford had reportedly agreed a 3m euros (£2.1m) deal to sign FC Twente defender Andreas Bjelland.

    Well, Sportsday can confirm that that fee is accurate and Dane will have a medical with the Championship club later on Tuesday.

  34. Chelsea fan's burning rage at Cech departure


    In the London Evening Standard, a Kuwaiti fan has reacted furiously to news that Petr Cech has left Stamford Bridge, burning a Chelsea goalkeeper shirt.

  35. On this day



    In 2002, Ronaldo scored twice as Brazil won the World Cup for the fifth time, beating Germany 2-0 in the final in Yokohama.

  36. Wonderful Watson

    Wimbledon 2015

    Away from Mo Farah and to Wimbledon, where British number one Heather Watson has scrapped her way to a memorable victory over French 32nd seed Caroline Garcia, winning 1-6 6-3 8-6.


    Daniela Hantuchova is up next for Watson, the former world number five now stooping as low as 89 in the rankings.

    Watson will head into that tie with the 32-year-old Czech in buoyant mood - especially as victory there would most likely set up a clash with 20-time grand slam champion Serena Williams.

  37. 'I didn't hear buzzer'

    Mo Farah interview

    Mo Farah

    [On missing two drugs tests] "I was in Teddington, I was staying in one of the Kenyans' houses, I was staying on the top floor and I didn't hear the buzzer, I am not going to lie about it.

    "A lot of athletes have missed tests. I have taken 148 tests since 2008, 103 since the Olympics, every single one has been negative.

    "The last one I missed was 18 months before the Olympics, the other one was February 2010. It's not fair, why me?"

    There is no suggestion that Farah has been involved in any doping.

  38. 'I put my body through hell'

    Mo Farah interview

    Farah: "I am one of the top athletes in the world and I put my body through hell and run 120 miles week in, week out, I am a double Olympic champion and double world champion. What does that prove? That I am a drugs cheat?"

  39. 'I would leave Salazar'

    Mo Farah interview

    Farah, who won 5,000m and 10,000m gold at the 2012 London Olympics, says he will leave coach Alberto Salazar if the doping allegations are proven to be true.

    Mo Farah and Alberto Salazar

    "If more people come out and it is proven that Alberto has crossed the line, I will be out. Trust me on this," Farah said.

    "I work hard every day. I put my body through hell. Seven months of the year I am away from my family and I miss their birthdays. That really kills me.

    "So for people to label me s a cheat is not fair. If I am a cheat prove it. If not leave me alone to represent my country and make people proud of me."

  40. 'It wasn't good, but I wanted answers'

    Mo Farah interview

    Mo Farah

    On his meeting with Alberto Salazar to talk about the allegations: "It wasn't good, but I wanted answers.

    "I have worked so hard for what I have achieved and for people to think I am taking a short cut is not fair, I am 100% clean, I love what I do and I want to continue. I am not on any drugs, any thyroid, any medications.

    "The only medication I am on is for asthma, which I have had since I was a child."

  41. 'These claims are not about me'

    Mo Farah interview

    Mo Farah has given an interview to Sky Sports News, addressing claims made in a BBC documentary about alleged doping techniques practised by Alberto Salazar.

    Farah began by saying he had never taken any banned substances.

    "I was shocked about the allegations," he said. "I wanted answers so I spoke to Alberto and he gave me those answers.

    Mo Farah

    "He told me they were just allegations and that he could prove that to me. People need to know that.

    "He said he would come out and prove these are just allegations and that is why it has taken me so long [to speak] because I wanted him to come out - because these allegations are about him, not me."

    There is no suggestion that Farah has been involved in any doping.

  42. Headlines at 4

    Here's what has happened in the sporting world so far today:

    Football: Arsenal's capture of goalkeeper Petr Cech means the club is close to winning a first Premier League title in 12 years, says former Gunner David Seaman.

    Tennis: Petra Kvitova began her Wimbledon title defence with a swift straight-set win over Dutch player Kiki Bertens. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal also recorded comfortable victories.


    Football: Dundee United have rejected an offer in the region of £900,000 from Celtic for striker Nadir Ciftci.

    Cricket: England captain Alastair Cook may not have the flair needed to win an Ashes series, says ex-skipper Mike Brearley.

  43. Heaton pens new deal with Burnley


    Tom Heaton

    Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, who kept 10 clean sheets last term in the Premier League and became the first Clarets player to be called up for England since 1974, signs a new contract to keep him at Turf Moor until June 2018.

    "This has felt like my home which has helped with my performances so I don't want to stop raising that bar and pushing myself to improve," the 29-year-old said.

  44. Hard times for CSKA


    Bulgaria's most successful club CSKA Sofia will relaunch from the third division following their financial crisis.

    The decision marks a spectacular fall from grace for CSKA, who have won 31 league titles and reached three European semi-finals in happier times between 1967 and 1989.


    "CSKA can only play in the amateur championship," Bulgaria's football union said in a statement.

    Former Bulgaria coach Plamen Markov, CSKA's sporting director, said: "We don't even think for a moment that we'll not return to professional football."

  45. 'Lie-in for the Lionesses'

    Women's World Cup

    I think you'll find Sportsday have already done this, Mark...

    See our entry at 11:07 BST.

    Remember you can watch England's semi-final with Japan from 23:10 BST on BBC 1 on Wednesday.

  46. Liverpool should let Sterling go


    Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge believes selling Raheem Sterling to Manchester City is a "win-win" for the club as they have a better replacement in Jordon Ibe (pictured).


    "Brendan Rodgers should let Raheem Sterling leave for Manchester City now," Aldridge wrote on Kicca. "The sooner he leaves the better for all involved. All this transfer talk is making a mockery of Liverpool Football Club.

    "Raheem is obviously a hugely talented player but Liverpool have a top replacement in Jordon Ibe. I think he's got as much, if not more, potential than Raheem and will go on to be a better player."

  47. City weighing up bid

    Football gossip


    Daily Mail: Manchester City are considering a move for Monaco's Brazilian right-back Fabinho. The 21-year-old would cost the Blues £15m.

  48. Robson ousted

    Wimbledon 2015

    Bad news for Great Britain's Laura Robson though.


    She has lost 6-4 6-4 to Russian Evgeniya Rodina in the first round at Wimbledon.

    Robson was playing only her second competitive match since returning from an 18-month injury lay-off.

  49. Rafa powers through


    Rafael Nadal has not had the best of years, dumped out of Wimbledon warm-up tournament Queen's at the first stage by Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.


    But the Spaniard has had no such problems against Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

    Nadal has won in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4, answering a few of his critics, and making it safely through to the second round, where he will face Germany's Dustin Brown for a place in the last 32.

  50. Eves signs in

    Rugby Union

    Northampton have announced the signing of centre Luke Eves on a short-term deal.

    Former Newcastle player Eves, 26, will move to Franklin's Gardens from Championship club Bristol, where he has just completed a second spell with his home-town club.

  51. Copa conundrum resolved


    A Question of Sport Teaser


    Earlier we asked you to cast your minds back to 2011 and name the semi-finalists in the Copa America when neither Argentina or Brazil reached the last four for only the third time in history.

    The four semi-finalists that year were Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. We'll have another of these for you at the same time tomorrow.

  52. Warner's fight


    Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has hired one of Britain's leading barristers to help his fight against extradition to the USA.

    Image caption: Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, reacting to being photographed as he waited to sign in at the front desk of the Arouca Police Station earlier in the month

    Edward Fitzgerald QC, who has represented controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and Moors murderer Myra Hindley in the past, has confirmed he is advising Warner and his legal team in Trinidad.

    Warner has been indicted by the US justice department on eight counts of football-related corruption and is currently on bail in Trinidad.

    Among the charges, he is accused of taking a 10million US dollar (#6.4m) bribe to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

  53. 'Not usually this hot'

    Wimbledon 2015

    Roger Federer on his victory: "I just tried to take it point by point but as freely as I possibly could without losing points. I played aggressive. He hung around, changed his game a little, which made it more difficult. I am very happy to have won like I did."


    About the weather: "You don't usually get this heat at the beginning of this tournament. It's normally overcast. It means the court is harder, which allows the ball to bounce up more."

  54. Federer express

    Wimbledon 2015

    What a start for Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

    The Swiss master has just raced through his first round match with Damir Dzumhur, winning 6-1 6-3 6-3.

    The seven-time champion looked superb and, given the blistering weather, will be rather pleased to get his match over in double-quick time.

    And guess who's on next, only Andy Murray. Follow live coverage here.

  55. Get it sorted


    The International Olympic Committee has asked Tokyo organizers to finalise plans for the main stadium for the 2020 Games after it was confirmed that building costs had almost doubled.


    Toshiaki Endo, the newly appointed minister in charge of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, said IOC President Thomas Bach told them to finalize the plan before an IOC meeting in late July.

    The Japanese government expects the overall costs of building the new National Stadium - also the showpiece venue for the 2019 Rugby World Cup - to soar to $2 billion, up from the original estimate of $1.3 billion.

  56. 'New players will come'

    Watford news conference

    Quique Sanchez Flores

    Asked about signing new players ahead of the Premier League campaign, Flores said: "We are working very hard, and have been for several weeks thinking about what is best for the team.

    "There will be no problem building the squad. We have the main players now and in the future other players will come. We will try and bringing the best players we possibly can."

  57. 'Jokanovic did amazing job'

    Watford news conference

    Quique Sanchez Flores has been giving his first news conference as Watford manager.

    He began in very magnanimous fashion by paying tribute to previous boss Slavisa Jokanovic, who got the club promoted to the Premier League but then walked away after a reported disagreement about wages.

    "I say thanks to Jokanovic because he did an amazing job in the last year and he is the reason why we are in the Premier League," Flores said.

    "I don't want to forget that, the fans should always remember he got them promotion. But football is football, a lot of things happen. We need to continue with the same spirit."

  58. Welcome to Watford


    New Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores is currently giving his first news conference. We'll bring you the best of it a little later...

  59. Challenge Cup on the BBC

    Rugby League

    The Challenge Cup semi-finals will both be screened on the BBC, Leeds against St Helens on 31 July on BBC Two beginning at 19:30 BST and Warrington v Hull KR on 1 August on BBC One from 12:15 BST.

  60. Willey sidelined by ankle injury


    David Willey

    Northants and England all-rounder David Willey will be sidelined until the end of July with ankle ligament damage.

    The 25-year-old played in England's recent one-day series and T20 international against New Zealand.

    But he injured himself when colliding with Worcestershire's Jack Shantry in his county's T20 Blast win on Friday.

  61. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday or BBC Sport Facebook

    We've all done something embarrassing while playing sport. Fortunately not many of us have done it at Wimbledon in front of 2,000 people.


    Poor old Alexandr Dolgopolov managed to smack the ball against his own face on court three during his first-round game with British player Kyle Edmund.

    You can watch the video here then get in touch to tell us your stories of sporting embarrassment.

  62. Shakers boost ranks


    Bury have made their fourth signing of the summer, with midfielder Jacob Mellis signing a two-year deal.


    The Shakers, promoted to League One, have already signed Port Vale striker Tom Pope, experienced frontman striker Leon Clarke - released by Wolves - and defender Peter Clarke.

    Mellis, 24, was released by Blackpool at the end of the season.

  63. Williams sisters pull out of doubles event

    Wimbledon 2015

    Williams sisters

    The Williams sisters Serena and Venus, five times winners of the Wimbledon doubles, have withdrawn from this year's event.

  64. Happy birthday

    What birthday present do you get a man who has won more Olympic gold medals than anyone else?

    The question will likely have been vexing friends and family of Michael Phelps in recent days, with the American swimmer and winner of 14 golds turning 30 today.


    Also celebrating are former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson (49), Sri Lankan batsman Sanath Jayasuriya (46), former Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher (40) and former Manchester United, Middlesbrough and England defender Gary Pallister (50).

  65. Owls defender Loovens signs new deal


    Sheffield Wednesday defender Glenn Loovens has signed a new one-year deal.


    The 31-year-old Dutchman joined the Owls in November 2013 and has made 48 league appearances for the Championship side.

    The former Cardiff City and Celtic man helped Wednesday keep 17 clean sheets last season, equalling the record they set in the 1978-79 campaign.

  66. Stoke's shirt pledge


    Stoke are to highlight the issue of child malnutrition when they take part in the Asia Trophy next month.

    The Potters will wear the Asian Football Federation's One Goal logo on their shirts during the tournament in Singapore to raise awareness of the fact that an estimated 200 million or more children in Asia are affected by poor nutrition.

    Stoke face Premier League rivals Everton on July 15, with Arsenal and a Singapore Select XI the other teams involved. in the competition.

  67. Villa's Boilesen bid rejected

    Football gossip

    Nicolai Boilesen

    The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Aston Villa's £1.3m bid for Ajax's Danish left-back Nicolai Boilesen.

  68. MK Dons confirm triple signing


    Championship new boys MK Dons have signed winger Dale Jennings, forward Simon Church and goalkeeper Cody Cropper.

    Jennings, who had a spell with Bayern Munich, recently left Barnsley, while Wales international Church and Cropper, were released by Charlton and Southampton respectively.

    Church has signed a two-year deal, with Jennings and Cropper agreeing 12-month terms, with an option for a further year.

  69. Starc unsure over pink ball


    Mitchell Starc

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc is "yet to be convinced" Kookaburra's pink ball is ready for day-night Test cricket.

    The first ever day-night floodlit Test will take place between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide in November but Starc, who used a pink ball at the Adelaide Oval during a Sheffield Shield trial, said: "It doesn't react anything like the red ball, in terms of swing and the hardness of it.

    "It goes soft pretty quickly, I didn't see a huge amount of reverse swing in that game and I don't think it swung from memory too much until the artificial light took over."

  70. Arsenal cool interest in Vidal

    Football gossip

    Also in the Daily Telegraph,Arsenal have ended their interest in Chile international Arturo Vidal and are also yet to follow up an enquiry for Morgan Schneiderlin as Arsene Wenger reviews whether he still needs another central midfielder this summer.

  71. Everton consider options

    Football gossip

    Seamus Coleman

    The Daily Telegraph reports that Everton boss Roberto Martinez is ready to move for Leeds defender Sam Byram, 21, if Manchester United sign Toffees full-back Seamus Coleman.

  72. Swansea close in on striker Eder

    Football gossip

    The Daily Mirror report that Swansea are poised to announce the £5m signing of Sporting Braga's Portugal striker Eder on a three-year deal, and are also closing in on Dame N'Doye from Hull.

  73. Federer next on Centre Court

    Wimbledon 2015

    Next up on Centre Court after that rapid opening match will be second seed and seven-time champion Roger Federer, who plays Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia. You can watch that one on this BBC website link.

  74. Pressure piled on Posh - by their own player


    Michael Smith
    Image caption: Michael Smith made 47 appearances for Peterborough United last season

    Peterborough United defender Michael Smith says his side must win promotion out of League One for next season to be deemed a success.

    Posh finished ninth last season under caretaker manager Dave Robertson, following the exit of Darren Ferguson.

    Robertson has since taken full-time charge, and has signed Joe Gormley and Jack Collison for the new season.

    "There were too many ups and downs last season. Anything but promotion is failure in my eyes," said Smith.

  75. Kvitova powers through

    Wimbledon 2015

    With England football manager Roy Hodgson looking on, second seed Petra Kvitova -the 2011 and 2014 champion - wraps up a 6-1 6-0 victory against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in just 36 minutes.

  76. Muntari leaves Milan


    Former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari's three-year spell with AC Milan has been ended by mutual consent.

    The 30-year-old made only 16 league appearances last term, scoring twice, as the Rossoneri headed for a mid-table finish that ruled them out of Europe next season.

  77. Britain's Edmund bows out

    Wimbledon 2015

    It's all over for Britain's Kyle Edmund though, he has lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 6-2 to Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov in the first round.

  78. Kvitova in a hurry at SW19

    Wimbledon 2015

    Petra Kvitova
    Image caption: Petra Kvitova must have plans for this afternoon

    Second seed Petra Kvitova takes the first set 6-1 against Kiki Bertens in just 18 minutes on Centre Court.

  79. Adams dismissal checks Hants

    Hampshire 176 & 44-1, Middlesex 330

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's:

    "Hampshire lost the wicket of Jimmy Adams to the last ball of the morning and went in to lunch still 110 runs behind in their second innings.

    "Middlesex were all out just under an hour into the third day with Ollie Rayner, who hit his first half century of the season, the last to go for 52.

    "The pitch appears to be playing well, but if Hampshire could scrape together a reasonable lead, then spin is expected to play a big part on the final day."

  80. Trott in the runs for Warwickshire

    Sussex 601-6 dec, Warwickshire 162-3

    Warwickshire have bounced back strongly with the bat on the third morning at Edgbaston thanks to Jonathan Trott's half-century and nightwatchman Chris Wright's unbeaten 46.

    Former England man Trott is currently on 68 not out as the hosts try and make a dent in Sussex's mammoth first-innings score of 601-6.

    However, Trott and the rest of Warwickshire's batting line-up know they have plenty more work to do if they are to get anything out of the game.

  81. Yorkshire make Durham follow on

    Yorkshire 557-6 dec, Durham 208 & 33-0

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan at Chester-le-Street:

    "Yorkshire's domination has continued in this game. Durham were whipped out for 208 and with a deficit of 349 they were following on before lunch.

    "Tim Bresnan struck first with two wickets in two balls including Scott Borthwick for a half century.

    "As Durham tried to regroup, Jack Brooks came to the party with two wickets in an over and spinner Adil Rashid then accounted for Graham Onions as five wickets went down for 68 runs.

    "Ryan Pringle batted well for the home side and was 69 not out at the end of a difficult innings for Durham."

  82. Northants on top despite Faulkner burst

    Northants 438, Lancashire 25-1

    Northants only managed to add 50 for the loss of their last four wickets, but are still in a strong position against Division Two leaders Lancashire at Old Trafford.

    Adam Rossington was lbw to Kyle Jarvis for 89, but James Faulkner was the pick of the home attack, taking 4-63.

    Lancashire lost Paul Horton before lunch, bowled by Olly Stone for nought, and they need to score 289 to avoid the possibility of following on.

  83. Worcestershire's Oliver out for 99

    Nottinghamshire 240, Worcestershire 196-3

    Opener Richard Oliver fell one run short of his third first-class century, but Worcestershire look set for a first-innings lead against Notts at Trent Bridge.

    Oliver was out as he tentatively edged Samit Patel behind, but the visitors have only lost one wicket in the morning session and now trail by just 44 runs.

    Notts are also without Luke Fletcher who has a hamstring strain and are facing a long afternoon in the field.

  84. Gemili hopes to return this season


    Adam Gemili
    Image caption: Gemili had a painful finish to his impressive 9.97 run in Birmingham this month

    Sprinter Adam Gemili hopes to be running before the end of the season.

    The sprinter ran 9.97 seconds in Birmingham in June to become the first Briton to go under both 10 seconds in the 100m and 20 seconds in the 200m but then fell to the ground with a suspected torn hamstring,

    "I'm not trying to rush things, but if I can get back on the track before the end of the season that is great," the 21-year-old said.

    "We have to look at the bigger picture, with the Rio Olympics obviously the main priority."

  85. Nadal against Bellucci

    Wimbledon 2015

    Spaniard Rafael Nadal is only the 10th seed this year and you can watch him play Thomaz Bellucci on Court One on this BBC website link.

  86. Kvitova v Bertens on Centre

    Wimbledon 2015

    They have just begun on Centre Court as second seed Petra Kvitova faces Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and you can follow the match on the BBC website.

  87. Heat Rule at Wimbledon

    Wimbledon 2015

    Now it is hot across much of the UK today, even here at M50 in the north-west, and down at SW19 they could implemented The Heat Rule, used at the Championships twice before - on 23 July 2006 and 30 June 2009.

    The Heat Rule allows a 10 minute break to be taken between the second and third set when the heat stress index is at or above 30.1 degrees Celsius, only applies to ladies' and girls' singles matches that have not yet been called to court.

  88. Robson returns


    Laura Robson, playing only her second match since returning after 17 months out with a wrist injury, faces world number 101 Rodina at Wimbledon today.

    "To be honest, I would have preferred to start at smaller tournaments than this," said the 21-year-old wildcard.


    "I think I'm pretty realistic that my level is not at the point where it was before I was injured."

    Elsewhere, Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki plays China's Saisai Zheng and last year's runner-up, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, takes on Ying-Ying Duan of China. Bouchard, 21, has won just eight matches all year.

  89. Celtic & Middlesbrough eye Ciftci


    Nadir Ciftci

    Dundee United have rejected an offer in the region of £900,000 from Celtic for striker Nadir Ciftci.

    It is though a bid in excess of £1m will be need to secure the Turkish-born forward, who scored 16 goals last season and is going into the final year of his contract.

    Celtic may face competition from Middlesbrough, who are weighing up an approach for the 23-year-old.

  90. Body-blow


    Britain's Kyle Edmund has just lost the first set of his first-round tie against Ukrania's Alexandr Dolgoplov 7-6.

    Edmund was 4-2 up in the tie-break but went on to lose 7-4.

    Dolgopolov v Edmund first set
  91. Barcelona agree Pogba fee - reports

    Football gossip

    Paul Pogba

    Gazzetto dello Sport are reporting that Barcelona have agreed a £64m fee for Chelsea and Manchester City target Paul Pogba, the 22-year-old Juventus midfielder.

  92. Bradford move in to sign striker Davies


    Steven Davies
    Image caption: Steven Davies scored two goals in 13 league appearances for Sheffield United last season

    Bradford City have signed striker Steven Davies on a one-year deal.

    The 27-year-old, who ended last season on loan at Sheffield United, was out of contract with Blackpool.

    Boss Phil Parkinson told the club website: "Steve is a very technical player with a great left foot. He has quality in his all-round game and has played most of his career at Championship level."

  93. It's a scorcher


    It's fair to say that this has to be one of the hottest ever starts to a Wimbledon championships.


    Blue sky and sunshine everywhere you look.


    Play is under way on day two - you can follow the action here.

  94. 'I want a beach'


    We all have certain demands when we get a new job, usually a slight pay rise. But striker Gervinho has taken things to a whole new level.

    According to reports, the ex-Arsenal winger asked for a helicopter and a private beach as part of a deal that would have taken him from Roma to Al-Jazira.


    Gervinho had been set to join the United Arab Emirates club in a four-year deal worth 13m euros.

    But Al-Jazira have described as "obscene" the player's demands - which also included accommodation for his family and regular airplane tickets to travel to his native Ivory Coast - and the move has subsequently collapsed.

  95. Man Utd change US tour plans


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United have changed the venue for one of their pre-season games in the United States.

    The match against MLS outfit San Jose Earthquakes on 21 July, has been moved from the 63,000-capacity Cal Memorial Stadium in Berkeley to the 18,000-capacity Avaya Stadium, where the Earthquakes play their home games.

    Twelve months ago, United manager Louis van Gaal criticised the club's tour arrangements, believing his players spent too much time travelling on their five-city tour.

    This time, United are only staying in three cities and will be in San Jose from 20 July to 28 July.

  96. Rugby Union

    Saints sign ex-Bristol centre Eves

    Luke Eves

    Northampton Saints have signed former Bristol centre Luke Eves on a short-term deal as cover for the World Cup.

    The 26-year-old ended his second spell with Bristol in May after they lost the Championship final against Worcester.

    "With a number of players away for the World Cup we felt we needed some more depth in the squad," said Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder.

    The 2015-16 Premiership fixtures will be revealed on Friday.

  97. German striker Thiele joins Burton


    Burton Albion sign 23-year-old German striker Timmy Thiele on a one-year contract.

  98. Turan favours the Blues

    Football gossip

    Arda Turan
    Image caption: Turan moved to Atletico Madrid from Galatasaray in 2011

    The Daily Mail report that Atletico Madrid's 28-year-old Turkey international midfielder Arda Turan, who has reportedly also interested Paris St Germain and Manchester United, wants to join Chelsea in a £29m deal this summer.

  99. Feeling fruity


    Strawberries and cream graphic
  100. Wimbledon up and running


    Play is under way on the outside courts at Wimbledon, with Britain's Kyle Edmund among those in action. He's up against Ukranian Alexandr Dolgopolov and it's currently 3-3 in the opening set.

    You can follow that, and the rest of the first round action (including Andy Murray v Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan from 17:00 BST) - right here.

  101. Holidays over...


    Gary Monk has welcomed his Swansea players back for pre-season...

  102. Under pressure

    Formula 1

    "Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen is under increasing pressure as he heads to Silverstone for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

    The race tracks of Britain are where 15 years ago the Finn cut his motor racing teeth and earned his chance in Formula 1. Now, he comes to the country needing to make an impression for a very different reason - his job is on the line."


    So starts an interesting piece by the BBC's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson, who says Ferrari are "unhappy and have left no-one in any doubt that Raikkonen has to up his game if his contract is to be extended into 2016."

    Read the full article here.

  103. Get Involved

    #mysportingreward or BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking for your best sporting rewards...

    James Boxwell: For every try I scored from the age of 6 to 22 - even playing semi-professional - my grandma gave me £1.

    Carolyn Ellis: Stopped at services on the way home from our first U14 away football match of the season. Manager bought the squad chips for winning and said every time we won he'd buy us chips. We went unbeaten that season

    Mungu Genesis Kenny: I was awarded with a a radio set for being the best winger, the problem it used to grab only one station.

  104. 'De Bruyne going nowhere'


    Wolfsburg have sent a "hands off" message to the clubs chasing Kevin de Bruyne by insisting their Belgium midfielder is not for sale as they look to improve his contract.

    Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked to the 24-year-old attacking midfielder, who helped steer Wolfsburg to a Champions League place and scored in last month's German Cup final win over Borussia Dortmund.


    "Kevin has a contract until 2019, so the signal has already been sent out. He will stay with us," Wolfsburg's director of sport Klaus Allofs told German broadcaster Sport1.

    "We've said we will look at his contract. The aim is to take into account financially Kevin's extraordinary development and I think we will reach an agreement here very quickly."

  105. Copa conundrum


    A Question of Sport Teaser


    Here's today's question and the subject is international football.

    Neither Argentina or Brazil reached the 2011 Copa America semi-finals for only the third time in history. But which four teams did?

  106. Arsenal youngster joins Tractor Boys


    Ipswich sign 17-year-old Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles on a season-long loan, with BBC Suffolk's Local Live monitoring Mick McCarthy's press conference for reaction.

  107. Bees target Bjelland

    Football gossip


    GetWest London report that Brentford have agreed a 3m euros (£2.1m) deal to sign FC Twente defender Andreas Bjelland, 26, which would break the club record.

  108. Get Involved

    #mysportingreward or BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking what your best sporting reward has been...

    Damien Hill: A group of nine-year-old girls I used to coach footie to in the US pooled their pocket money and bought me an iPod. Made me cry.

    Greg Denton: One shin pad. I've got a false leg, didn't need the other one.

    Michael Hopkins: Cardigan Bay Centenary Regatta Under 14's Swimming Race - 1st place got a silver medal, 2nd place a cup and I got 3rd place - an ashtray. The world was a different place in those days 35+ years ago.

  109. Big game in Cardiff


    More on the news that Cardiff's Millennium Stadium has been confirmed as the venue for the 2017 Champions League final.


    The 74,500-capacity arena hosted the FA Cup final, League Cup final, Community Shield and Football League play-offs from 2001 to 2006, while Wembley was being redeveloped.

    The Friends Arena in Stockholm will be the venue for the 2017 Europa League final.

  110. Quinn becomes a Royal


    Reading have completed their second summer signing by finalising a three-year deal for midfielder Stephen Quinn after his deal with Hull City expired.


    The Republic of Ireland international, 29, made 28 appearances in the Premier League last season for the Tigers.

    "Stephen is an unassuming player who has always caught my eye," manager Steve Clarke told the club website.

  111. Cardiff to host Champions League final


  112. Cut out and keep

    The things we do for you...

    Given the sport coming up over the next fortnight - all of which you can follow on the BBC - not to mention the scorching weather, we have designed this voucher specially for you.


    NB - before you match into work, slap it in your boss's desk, and then turn and flounce out, check the smallprint...

  113. Match fix claims


    Catania president Antonino Pulvirenti paid £71,000 (100,000 euros) to fix matches and keep his club in Italy's Serie B, prosecutors have alleged.

    Pulvirenti, 53, was one of seven arrested by Catania police on 23 June, accused of committing "fraud in sporting competition".

    Sicilian side Catania were promoted from Serie B in 2005-06

    Prosecutor Giovanni Salvi said during interrogation Pulvirenti admitted he paid to fix five matches last season.

    Following his arrest, his lawyer said Pulvirenti would prove his innocence.

  114. On this day


    David Beckham

    In 1998, David Beckham was sent off as England were knocked out of the World Cup on penalties by Argentina in the second round.

  115. 'Kauto Star was like Ronaldo'

    Horse racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Kauto Star

    Jockey Ruby Walsh once likened Kauto Star to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The horse was quick, versatile, brilliant, beautiful even - winning top races over a range of distances from two miles to more than three-and-a quarter miles.

    He was tough, too. When many thought retirement beckoned, he came back to his best and won a record fifth King George VI Chase at an enraptured Kempton Park.

    There is deep sadness in the racing world today at the loss of an equine legend.

  116. Liverpool's treble

    Football gossip


    Daily Star: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is closing in on a triple deal for Southampton's England right-back Nathaniel Clyne, Barcelona's 16-year-old Dutch winger Bobby Adekanye and FC Copenhagen's Swedish left-back Ludwig Augustinsson.

  117. County Championship prospects - Division Two


    Surrey's innings win over Gloucestershire put them just six points behind leaders Lancashire, so the onus is now on the Red Rose county to fight back on day two of their game against Northants at Old Trafford.

    Ben Duckett led the way with 134 as Northants piled up 388-6, and Adam Rossington will resume on 79 not out.

  118. Cresswell extends stay


    West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell has signed a new five-year contract.

    The left-back, who moved to Upton Park from Ipswich in 2014, was the Hammers' player of the year as they finished 12th in the Premier League last season.

    Aaron Cresswell

    The 25-year-old's new deal has the option for a further two-year extension when it expires in 2020.

    "It's exciting times for me to pen a new deal at West Ham," he said. "Hopefully a few more faces will come in and we'll have a good year."

  119. Get involved

    #mysportingreward or BBC Sport Facebook

    Paraguay's players have received an unusual reward for their run to the semi-finals of the Copa America, which each player being promised a pick-up truck for every knockout victory. Quite why they need more than one is beyond us and, in fact, they could earn a third with victory over Argentina on Tuesday.

    But it got us thinking... what is the best sporting reward you have ever received?

    Let us know via #mysportingreward, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook

  120. 'My friend, the legend'

    Horse racing

    Kauto Star's former trainer Paul Nicholls tweets...

  121. Rodgers key to Liverpool move - Gomez


    Liverpool's new 18-year-old defender Joe Gomez says Reds manager Brendan Rodgers was instrumental in his decision to move from Charlton to Anfield on a five-year contract. "I met him and that was a defining factor. He was positive and has already shown he will give young players an opportunity," the England U-19 international said.

  122. Swap on the cards?

    Football gossip


    The Mirror: Tottenham could offer 31-year-old Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor to Aston Villa as part of a deal to sign their 24-year-old Belgium forward Christian Benteke.

  123. Villa bid for Ajax defender rejected

    Football gossip

    The Birmingham Mail report that Aston Villa have had a £1.3m bid rejected by Ajax for their Denmark international left-back Nicolai Boilesen, who has a year remaining on his current deal.

  124. The timetable

    Wimbledon 2015

    Wondering what the order of play is on Centre Court? We can help you.

    Petra Kvitova (1) (Cze) v Kiki Bertens (Ned)


    Roger Federer (2) (Sui) v Damir Dzumhur (Bih)

    Andy Murray (3) (GB) v Mikhail Kukushkin (Kaz)

    Play starts ay 13:00 BST - Murray is expected to be on court at around 17:00, though it depends on how long the first two matches last of course.

    Our Wimbledon live text is under way now for your delectation.

  125. Kauto Star factfile

    Horse Racing

    Kauto Star and jockey Ruby Walsh
    Image caption: Kauto Star and jockey Ruby Walsh winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2009

    To illustrate how great a horse Kauto Star was, he created history on Boxing Day 2011 at Kempton Park by becoming the first horse to win a fifth King George VI Chase.

    The gelding is the only horse to have regained the Cheltenham Gold Cup having lost it, and won a total of 16 Grade One races, winning 23 wins of his 41 races overall.

  126. Kauto Star put down

    Horse racing

    Laura Collett, the eventer who has been riding Kauto Star in dressage events in 2015, tweets...

  127. Brit news

    Wimbledon 2015

    Here's a round-up of what the British players are up to at the Championships...

    Brits at Wimbledon graphic
  128. Ready for more tennis?

    Wimbledon 2015

    A little heads-up about the fact that our live coverage of Wimbledon begins shortly, at 10:00 BST to be exact. You will find it at the BBC Sport website.

    There's a lot happening on day two of the Championships, including, of course, Andy Murray's first match. Murray, winner in 2013, is one of seven home players in action.


    Seven-time champion Roger Federer, two-time winner Rafael Nadal and women's title holder Petra Kvitova all start their campaigns on what promises to be another sweltering day.

    The grounds open at 10:30 BST with the action starting on the outside courts at 11:30, and 13:00 BST on Centre Court and Court One.

  129. Dzeko denial

    Football gossip

    The agent of Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has denied reports he had talks with Roma over a possible transfer of the player to the Serie A club.


    The Italian press has fuelled speculation that the Bosnia and Herzegovina international will move to the Giallorossi as part of a deal that would see Roma playmaker Adem Ljajic join City.

    Dzeko's agent Irfan Redzepagic said: "I have had no contact with Roma, nor am I aware of any talks between the two clubs."

    The Bosnian joined City from Wolfsburg in 2011 and is under contract with the Blues for another three seasons.

  130. Kauto Star put down - reports

    Horse Racing

    Kauto Star, who was retired in 2012 after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup twice and the King George VI Chase a record five times, has been put down, according to the Racing Post...

  131. Gazza inspiring women


    England's women have been preparing for their World Cup semi-final in an unusual way - by watching the Paul Gascoigne movie.

    The film, released earlier this month, charts the life and career of one of England's most maverick players ... including his famous moment - the World Cup semi-final in 1990, when he was reduced to tears as England went out to West Germany.


    England's women have been drawing inspiration from the film, with goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeting: "Loved watching Gascoigne with the girls tonight. Such pride and honour to play for @england. How it should be!"

    England face Japan on Thursday in a match dubbed the biggest game in English women's football history.

  132. County Championship prospects - Division One


    Yorkshire will be looking to bowl out Durham and then enforce the follow-on at Chester-le-Street after piling up 557-6 declared, with Jonny Bairstow (219 not out, pictured) and Tim Bresnan (169) setting a new Championship seventh-wicket partnership record, and then reducing the home side to 140-5 on day two.


    Like Durham, Warwickshire have a lot of work to do with the bat when they resume on 62-3 against Sussex, who made 601-6 declared at Edgbaston, with four batsmen making centuries - Chris Nash, Luke Wright, Ben Brown and Ashar Zaidi.

    Middlesex are in a good position on 298-8 against Hampshire at Lord's, a lead of 122, while Worcestershire trail by 151 runs at Trent Bridge, having ended day one on 89-2 in reply to Nottinghamshire's 240 all out, but Richard Oliver is 52 not out.

  133. Sunderland midfielder Ba joins Charlton


    A football transfer that has gone through overnight ... Charlton have signed midfielder El Hadji Ba from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.

    El Hadji Ba

    The 22-year-old Frenchman has agreed a three-year deal at The Valley after only playing three times for the Black Cats since signing in the summer of 2013.

  134. Cech the key

    Football gossip

    The signing of Petr Cech could be key in Arsenal winning their first Premier League title in 12 years, according to former Gunners keeper David Seaman.


    "Chelsea's loss could, and likely will, be Arsenal's gain. In my opinion this signing could genuinely be the difference between who will come first and who will come second next season," Seaman said on BreatheSport.

    Cech, who signed for Arsenal for £10m, won 13 trophies at Stamford Bridge, including four Premier League titles and the 2012/13 Champions League.

  135. Investigation under way


    UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) is investigating claims made in a BBC documentary about alleged doping techniques practised by Alberto Salazar.

    Alberto Salazar

    The BBC Panorama programme "Catch Me If You Can" claimed US coach Salazar violated various anti-doping rules and used testosterone medication on Galen Rupp in 2002 when he was 16.

    Both men deny all the claims. The BBC understands that US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) is also investigating the allegations.

    London 2012 10,000m silver medallist Rupp is training partner of Great Britain's Mo Farah. Both athletes are part of Salazar's Nike Oregon Project.

  136. 'Biggest game'

    Women's World Cup

    England captain Steph Houghton has described her team's World Cup semi-final as the biggest game in English women's football history.

    The Lionesses are the first England team to reach a World Cup last four spot since 1990 and face Japan in Edmonton on 2 July (00:00 BST).

    Steph Houghton

    "We should be really proud of being the first women's team to get to the semi-final," Houghton, 27, said. "It's the biggest game in English women's football and I can't wait."

    Manchester City defender Houghton was part of the England squad which lost to France in the last eight of the 2011 World Cup and the Great Britain squad defeated by Canada in the quarter-finals of the London 2012 Olympics.

  137. Begging Asmir to join



    Daily Telegraph: Chelsea have made a £6m bid for Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, as a replacement for 33-year-old Petr Cech, who has moved to Arsenal.

  138. Cardiff to get big game


    Good news for football fans on these Isles... the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff is expected to be named on Tuesday as the venue for the 2017 Champions League final.

    Uefa, European football's governing body, will make an official announcement in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Cardiff's Millennium Stadium

    BBC Wales Sport has learned that the national stadium in Wales is a strong favourite to host European club football's flagship match.

    The Welsh capital has a strong pedigree of hosting major sporting events.

  139. Olympic aim


    British Olympic chiefs will campaign to bring back a GB team after England's historic success in reaching the Women's World Cup semi-finals.

    Plans for men's and women's sides at the 2016 Games were halted by protests from the Irish, Scottish and Welsh FAs and British Olympic Association chief Bill Sweeney said he is "disappointed" there will be no GB football sides in Rio.

    "It is absolutely our wish to have a football team competing for Team GB in 2020 [in Tokyo]," said Sweeney.

    "We will therefore do everything possible to make this happen."

  140. Rude word


    A massive day for Broady, so the focus afterwards was all about his memorable victory right? Erm, not quite.

    The Brit received a warning from the umpire for swearing and could forfeit some of his £47,000 prize money as a result.


    Asked about it, Broady gave a nice response: "Being from Manchester and 21, you know, my friends, people swear."

    He added: "But it's not right to do it, obviously, in front of a couple thousand people, especially when there's young kids in the audience."

  141. Brilliant Broady


    Liam Broady is dominating many of the back pages today and quite rightly so after his epic victory over Australia's Marinko Matosevic, when the British number six came back from two sets down to win.

    It is the biggest win of the 21-year-old's career.


    "It means everything," said the former Wimbledon junior finalist, who plays Belgian 16th seed David Goffin in round two.

    "It's my home tournament. I've had good success here before. It's been a long road to finding myself in the main draw of a Slam. I couldn't be happier."

  142. Guus gone


    Guus Hiddink has left his position as Netherlands head coach overnight after just 10 months in charge.

    The 68-year-old had a contract until the end of Euro 2016, but lost five and won only four of his 10 matches in charge.


    The Dutch are five points behind leaders Iceland and three adrift of the Czech Republic in in their Euro 2016 qualifying group.

    "I am sorry that it went this way," said Hiddink. "I thought it was an honour to again coach the Dutch national team and I wish my successor, the staff and the players every success on the way to the European Championships in France."

  143. On your head son


    To celebrate Phil Jones signing a new contract, let's revisit his finest moment on a football field.


    With skill and innovation like that - I mean not even Bobby Moore in his pomp would have thought of making a sliding tackle with his head - it's no wonder United have moved swiftly to offer the lad a deal.

  144. Jones staying put


    Manchester United defender Phil Jones has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until June 2019.


    Jones, 23, who moved to Old Trafford from Blackburn Rovers for £17m in 2011, had one year left on his previous deal.

  145. Ramos on the move?


    Is Sergio Ramos heading to England and Old Trafford?

    It is certainly a possibility, after Manchester United confirmed a £28.6m bid for Real Madrid defender has been made.


    The Red Devils believe the 29-year-old wants to leave Real after the Spaniards failed to offer him an extension to his contract, which expires in 2017.

    Ramos joined Real from Sevilla in 2005 and scored their injury-time equaliser in their Champions League final victory over Atletico Madrid in 2014.

  146. 99 not out?


    Chile have never won the Copa in 99 years of trying but will now play either Argentina or Paraguay in Saturday's final.

  147. Chile's Copa delight


    Let's kick-off with some overnight news from the Copa America, where hosts Chile reached their first final in 28 years after seeing off the 10 men of Peru in Santiago.

    Chile could have had midfielder Arturo Vidal sent off early on before Peru defender Carlos Zambrano was dismissed.

    Chile goal

    Former QPR striker Eduardo Vargas then put Chile ahead after Alexis Sanchez had hit the post but Peru levelled through a Gary Medel own goal.

    But Chile deservedly won it when Vargas fired home a fine second from 25 yards.

  148. Tuesday's papers

    The i

    The i

    Broady and a little dash of Serena Williams, who sailed through her first round match but wasn't so keen to talk up her chances of winning the title - and edging closer to completing a historic calendar Grand Slam.

  149. Tuesday's papers

    Daily Telegraph


    More Broady in a very tennis-dominated Telegraph.

  150. Tuesday's papers

    The Mirror


    Tottenham have joined Liverpool in the race for Christian Benteke, say The Mirror - but like the Reds, they think Aston Villa's £32.5m buyout clause for the striker is too high.

  151. Tuesday's papers

    The Times

    The Times

    More Liam Broady in The Times, the 21-year-old from Stockport earning the plaudits after his thrilling five-set win over Marinko Matosevic at Wimbledon.

  152. Tuesday's papers

    Daily Star


    David de Gea might have assumed he would be at Real Madrid by now, but Louis van Gaal clearly has other ideas...

  153. Tuesday's papers



    Liam Broady says he might have somewhere better to sleep than his mates' houses after picking up £47,000 for his heroic first round victory at Wimbledon.

  154. Tuesday's papers

    The Sun

    The Sun

    Interesting story in The Sun, which says new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has agreed to a clause in his contract which says he will be sacked "without a penny in compensation" if the club gets relegated.

  155. Red Ramos?

    Will the biggest deal of the summer so far, Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to Man United, edge a little closer to completion today?


    We'll keep an eye on that, as well as all the other breaking football news.

    We'll also have the rest of the day's sports news, including how this chap in the nice salmon pink shorts gets on.


    Andy Murray's in action at Wimbledon from 17:00 (presumably when he'll be wearing slightly less garish clothing). In the meantime, let's kick off another Sportsday with today's papers...