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Emlyn Begley and Liz Byrnes

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  1. Post update

    Robin van Persie

    As Robin van Persie looks set to wave farewell to Manchester United, it is also time for us to say goodbye. I know, I know, it's a sad time.

    But don't fear - there is still plenty to keep you entertained tonight. Ashes? Here you go. Wimbledon. Head this way.

    And then make sure you come back to Sportsday from 08:00 BST tomorrow for more football-filled fun.

  2. Europa League action


    As well as West Ham, there are plenty of other British and Irish sides taking part in a bit of Europa action. Here's what is going on...

    Latest: Shakhtyor Soligorsk 1-0 Glenavon - 17:30 (2-1)

    Lokomotiva Zagreb v Airbus UK Broughton - 18:30 (3-1)

    MSK Zilina v Glentoran - 18:30 (4-1)

    Bala Town v Differdange 03 - 19:00 (1-3)

    NSI Runavik v Linfield - 19:00 (0-2)

    Aberdeen v Shkendija - 19:45 (1-1)

    St Johnstone v Alashkert FC - 19:45 (0-1)

    Valletta FC v Newtown AFC - 19:45 (1-2)

  3. Bilic in the hotseat


    West Ham

    No wonder Slaven Bilic has decided to take charge of his first West Ham match tonight. Look at those surroundings! Picture postcard stuff.

    The Croatian takes his place in the dugout for the first time since being appointed manager when the Hammers face Europa League opponents Lusitanos in the Andorran sun.

    He "lacked respect" for not taking charge of last week's first qualifying round first leg, according to Lusitanos boss Xavi Roura.

  4. Killie sign Celtic youngster


    Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock sign Scotland Under-21 defender Stuart Findlay from Celtic on a season-long loan.

    The 19-year-old centre-back has had similar loan stints with Morton and Dumbarton over the past two years.

  5. McKeever spearheads GB team


    Olympic champion Ed McKeever will lead a 16-strong Great Britain senior sprint team at the 2015 World Championships in Milan next month.

    Also competing will be London bronze medallists Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, along with fellow 2012 Olympian Rachel Cawthorn.

    All are heading to the competition in Italy which offers the first of two opportunities to qualify boats for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

    Ed McKeever at the European Games in Baku
  6. Swan ducks out of Wimbledon


    Talented British teenager Katie Swan's run in the Wimbledon girls' singles is over after a straight-sets defeat by Slovakia's Viktoria Kuzmova in the quarter-finals.

    Swan, the 16-year-old fifth seed, was the highest-ranked player left in the competition but lost 7-6 (7-2) 6-0 to her unseeded opponent.

  7. No Newcastle panic - McClaren


    Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren is confident the Magpies are closing in on some of their top transfer targets.

    The former England boss says the Premier League club, who have targeted PSV Eindhoven midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and QPR striker Charlie Austin, will not make any panic signings.

    "It's about getting the right players here. There has been a lot of speculation and we are close on one or two," says McClaren.

    "It would be nice if we could get one or two soon, if not, we'll just have to be a little bit more patient and make sure we get the right players."

  8. Previous fights make Ogogo 'cringe'


    Anthony Ogogo

    Unbeaten middleweight Anthony Ogogo says he has "cringed" watching videos of past fights because his performances were affected by injury.

    The London 2012 bronze medallist, who has won all seven professional contests, returns to action in Berlin on 18 July after a year out of the ring, following two operations to fix an Achilles problem.

    His opponent has yet to be confirmed, but he told BBC Radio Suffolk: "I'm going to do everybody proud; it's my first step back to greatness."

  9. Rutherford keeps Glamorgan at bay


    Derbyshire v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Chesterfield:

    "Derbyshire batted through the final day to earn a comfortable draw against Glamorgan as New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford led the way with a century, well supported by skipper Wayne Madsen.

    "It was a repeat of the final day of their meeting in Cardiff earlier in the season, which also ended in a tame draw.

    "Glamorgan remain in third place, 20 points behind Surrey, but with a game in hand."

  10. Carvalhal lands at the Owls


    Wondering why Championship side Sheffield Wednesday decided to appoint a little-known Portuguese bloke, with no experience of the English game, as their new manager?

    Let Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri explain the arrival of 49-year-old former Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon boss Carlos Carvalhal.

    "The reason that I chose Carlos from many candidates that we had to interview is because we want to play with new, attacking football," he told a news conference. "That is our philosophy. And we think that Carlos is suitable for this job."

  11. Hodgson impressed by Rooney


    England manager Roy Hodgson believes that Wayne Rooney has clearly improved since he was made captain of the national team.

    The Manchester United forward was appointed skipper in September 2014 and succeeded Steven Gerrard who retired from international football after the World Cup in Brazil.

    The England boss told American radio station Sirius: "Wayne has been fantastic all the time I've been with the national team but I would say he has stepped up a notch in terms of being an England player since he got the captaincy."

    England captain Wayne Rooney alongside team manager Roy Hodgson
  12. Williams walks in Wimbledon final


    All over on Centre Court! And it won't surprise you to learn that world number one Serena Williams has cruised into her eighth Wimbledon final. The American earns a 6-2 6-4 win over last-four opponent Maria Sharapova, teeing up a meeting with young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.

    Go to our dedicated coverage, live from SW19, for the post-match reaction and analysis.

  13. Thursday's football headlines

    Been locked in the meetings all day? Don't know what has been happening away from the world of Wimbledon and the Ashes. Fear not...

    Top story: Turkish side Fenerbahce confirm they have opened talks to sign Manchester United's Dutch striker Robin van Persie.

    Top feature: Who are the top transfer targets likely to be - and who will be spending big money on them? BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty goes on a scouting mission.


    Top Tweet:England goalkeeper Karen Bardsley gives the thumbs up to the Royal Family's choice of breakfast pastries.

  14. Wright joins Stanley on loan


    A League Two signing to tell you about - Accrington Stanley have added 20-year-old defender Joe Wright from Huddersfield Town on loan until January.

    He's yet to make a first-team appearance in the Football League.

  15. NZ striker joins Liverpool Ladies


    Rosie White

    Transfer news from the Women's Super League. Liverpool Ladies sign New Zealand striker Rosie White, subject to international clearance.

    The 22-year-old recently featured for her country at the World Cup, making two substitute appearances.

    Liverpool manager Matt Beard tells the club's website he was "really pleased" with the signing.

  16. Kane excited by new Spurs stadium


    Tottenham striker Harry Kane: Enjoying my break and catching up on yesterday's news. New stadium designs look great! Can't wait to see NFL there!


    If you, like England striker Kane, are enjoying a summer break and missed the story - here's what he is talking about.

  17. Williams


    Maria Sharapova

    Looks like Maria Sharapova's hoodoo against Serena Williams is going to continue. The Russian has not beaten the world number one since 2004 - now she is a set and a break down in their Wimbledon semi-final.

    Can Sharapova produce something special and stop the American moving within one win of the 'Serena Slam'? Head over here to find out.

  18. Stoke net £7m from Nzonzi deal


    Steven Nzonzi

    More details on the transfer of Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi to Spanish side Sevilla.

    The Potters say they have raked in a fee of £7m for the 26-year-old Frenchman, who has signed a four-year deal with the Europa League winners.

    Sevilla, who finished fifth in La Liga last season, have inserted a buy-out clause of 30m euro (£21.5million) in his contract.

  19. Essex holding on for draw

    County Championship Division Two

    Lancashire v Essex tea

    Lancashire dismissed Essex openers Nick Browne and Jaik Mickleburgh in the afternoon session at Old Trafford but their hopes of victory are diminishing.

    Browne was out for 50, following his first-innings century, as Essex were made to follow-on. There's a minimum of 35 overs left to bowl and Lancashire are desperate for quick wickets after the interval.

  20. Snap it like Beckham



    As well as watching the tennis, members of England Women's team also grabbed a perfectly-coiffured, tattooed, 40-year-old bloke for some selfies.

    Not any perfectly-coiffured, tattooed, 40-year-old bloke mind you. As you can probably tell by the back of his head, instantly-recognisable ex-England skipper David Beckham was the subject of their snaps.

  21. Lionesses take Centre stage



    After having breakfast with the Duke of Cambridge and meeting the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street, members of the England Women's football squad have joined the crowd on Centre Court for ladies' semi-finals day.

    But for England and Arsenal Ladies defender Casey Stoney, this is not her first visit to SW19 - she's been telling BBC London 94.9 about her time as a ball girl at Wimbledon.

    "The training was unbelievable, and the discipline you needed had to have to be a ball girl was unbelievable," Stoney said. "I suppose it stood me in good stead for what was to come in years to come."

  22. Tour reaching stage conclusion


    The Tour de France is gearing up for the conclusion of the sixth stage between Abbeville and Le Havre. The sprint section saw a three-man breakaway with Thomas Voeckler having gone off the front of the group.

    Now there is little more than 35km of the 191.5km stage remaining. Follow the action here.

    Overall leader Tony Martin (right) with Andre Greipel
  23. Get involved


    All day we have been asking you which players you thought were past it when they joined your club - but then realised you were wrong.

    Isabelle Larclause: Paul Merson, one season at Pompey, captained our Division One winning season and promotion to the premier league, Pure class.

    Using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  24. Stoke's Nzonzi joins Sevilla


    These football transfer stories are arriving like Tube trains at Oxford Circus. On the days when there isn't debilitating strike action of course.

    Next to arrive at the Sportsday platform is Stoke midfielder Steven Nzonzi. The Potters announce that the 26-year-old Frenchman has completed his transfer to Europa League winners Sevilla.

  25. BreakingFenerbahce open Van Persie talks


    Want big football transfer news? Here you go....

    Turkish club Fenerbahce say they have begun talks with Dutch forward Robin van Persie and his club Manchester United over the 31-year-old's transfer.

  26. Taylor stars with magnificent century

    County Championship Division Two

    Northants Glos

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Cheltenham:

    "A wonderful afternoon session for Gloucestershire came to an end when Jack Taylor was eventually dismissed for 156; equalling the record score for number eight for the home team.

    "All out for 372, they added 290 in the day in only 51 overs."

  27. Rogers going well in Cardiff


    Chris Rogers hits his way to an unbeaten 74

    Chris Rogers was 74 not out as Australia reached tea on 145 for two on the second day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

    David Warner and Steven Smith are the men out for the tourists off James Anderson and Moeen Ali after making 17 and 33 respectively.

    It means Australia will resume for the final session of the day 285 runs behind England.

    Follow the action here.

  28. Derbyshire duo frustrate Glamorgan

    County Championship Division Two

    Derbyshire v Glamorgan score

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Chesterfield:

    "Derbyshire's third-wicket pair of Hamish Rutherford and Wayne Madsen batted comfortably through the afternoon session to frustrate Glamorgan's victory bid.

    "Rutherford was on 108 at tea, reaching his century with successive sixes, immediately after being dropped at slip off Colin Ingram.

    "Derbyshire's lead of 58 looked enough to end Glamorgan's run of four wins."

  29. Man Utd want £15m West Ham striker


    Diafra Sakho
    Image caption: Diafra Sakho scored twice in West Ham's one competitive game this season - against Lusitanos in the Europa League

    Manchester United are interested in West Ham striker Diafra Sakho according to the Daily Mail.

    The 25-year-old Senegal international, who is valued at £15m, cost the Hammers a reported £3.5m last summer when they signed him from Metz.

  30. Danilo living the dream



    Real Madrid right-back Danilo says he is realising a "childhood dream" after his unveiling.

    The 23-year-old Brazil international agreed a £23m move from FC Porto in March to go through at the end of the season.

    "This is one of the best days of my life," he said. "I can only promise I will give everything in every game. I know no other way."

    "I am honoured and I feel truly valued by the club. I know the financial effort the club has done to sign me. I hope to repay it on the pitch."

  31. Muguruza makes maiden final


    And it's a first Grand Slam final for Garbine Muguruza after she beat Agnieszka Radwanska in the first semi-final at Wimbledon.

    The Spaniard had won a quickfire first set 6-2 only for her opponent to level 6-3 in the second.

    However, Muguruza was undaunted, putting away a drive volley to take the decider 6-3 and set up a final against either Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova.

    Garbine Muguruza after reaching the Wimbledon final

    Follow the action here.

  32. Notts fielding must improve, says captain Read


    Chris Read

    Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read admits his team need to improve their fielding, as it continues to cost them the chance of vital points.

    Notts drew their latest County Championship match against Middlesex after several rain interruptions.

    "We appreciate that our fielding is not up to scratch really, it impacts us in four-day cricket where you need to get 20 wickets," Read told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "It's something that we're aware of and we're working hard to fix."

  33. Varney grateful for Ipswich help


    Luke Varney

    Striker Luke Varney says he appreciates Ipswich helping him with his rehab from an Achilles injury, after his release by Championship rivals Blackburn.

    The 32-year-old injured himself in the play-off semi-final first leg against rivals Norwich while on loan at Town.

    "I was in bits in the changing room, high on gas and air, I was crying," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

    "It makes you realise how close things are to changing. I was about to sign a contract at the club."

  34. Six Nations stays free to air

    Rugby union

    Sean O'Brian

    The BBC and ITV have secured a free to air rights deal that will see both broadcasters become home to Six Nations rugby from 2016 to 2021.

    The new deal extends BBC Sport's current contract, allowing fans to continue to access rugby's biggest annual event across BBC TV, radio and online. This year saw 6 Nations audiences on the BBC rise to their highest level since 2003 when a peak of 9.6m tuned in to watch England v France, and over 24m watched in total.

    Under the terms of the deal, each year the BBC will show live coverage of all Scotland, Wales and France home matches and ITV will show live coverage of all England, Ireland and Italy home matches. BBC Radio 5 live and 5 live sports extra will continue to have live commentary of all matches.

  35. Get Involved - Football swansongs

    Ken Smith: Gordon Strachan years at Leeds - promotion and then the title in his mid 30s as part of THAT midfield Bats, Macca & Speed

    Jake M: Paolo di Canio when he came to Charlton still had that touch of class and helped inspire us to a 7th place finish in the prem!

    Matthew Walker: @ShaunGoater10 had a magnificent last season at @SUFCRootsHall, helping us to win @SkyBetLeague1

    Former Leeds player Gordon Strachan
  36. Cech may make Singapore debut


    Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech could make his Gunners debut in Singapore next week after being named in Arsene Wenger's 27-man squad for the Asia Trophy.

    The Czech international moved to the Emirates last month for £10m from Premier League champions Chelsea.

    Arsenal face a Singapore Select XI team at the National Stadium on Wednesday, 15 July following a match between Stoke and Everton on the same day.

    Petr Cech before his move frpm Chelsea to Arsenal
  37. Cuba players goes missing


    Cuba have selection problems for their Gold Cup match against Mexico tonight - after one of their players went missing from their Chicago camp.

    They are still waiting on six players and coach Raul Gonzalez because of visa issues, with the US and Cuba having had a troubled relationship in the past.

    Assistant coach Walter Benitez would not name the player who has left.

    "Now we have only 16 players because one has gone absent. We don't know where he is. The lad who went away was a first-choice player but we'll manage. We came to play a tournament and we're going to play it."

    Communist Cuba has a history of sporting defections. Six players left the team at the 2013 Gold Cup in the US.

  38. Europa League fixtures


    Slaven Bilic

    There are several British teams in action in the Europa League tonight, including West Ham. Slaven Bilic will even be there tonight.

    Selected first qualifying round, second leg games (first-leg scores) (all times in BST):

    Shakhtyor Soligorsk v Glenavon - 17:30 (2-1)

    Lokomotiva Zagreb v Airbus UK Broughton - 18:30 (3-1)

    Lusitanos v West Ham United - 18:30 (0-3)

    MSK Zilina v Glentoran - 18:30 (4-1)

    Bala Town v Differdange 03 - 19:00 (1-3)

    NSI Runavik v Linfield - 19:00 (0-2)

    Aberdeen v Shkendija - 19:45 (1-1)

    St Johnstone v Alashkert FC - 19:45 (0-1)

    Valletta FC v Newtown AFC - 19:45 (1-2)

  39. Mujati in talks over Sale move

    Rugby Union

    Premiership side Sale Sharks are in discussions to sign prop Brian Mujati from French club Racing Metro 92.

    The 30-year-old began his career at South African club Lions and won 12 international caps for the Springboks.

    "He's on the radar. We've met him and we've met several others and we'll see where the negotiations take us," said Sale boss Steve Diamond.

  40. Radwanska forces decider at Wimbledon


    They are into a deciding set in the Wimbledon semi-final between Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska after the latter drew level.

    Muguruza had raced through the first set 6-2 in 34 minutes only for Radwanska to draw level by taking the second 6-3.

    Follow the action here.

    Agnieszka Radwanska during the Wimbledon semi-final against Garbine Muguruza
  41. England keeper joins Notts Ladies

    Women's Super League

    Carly Telford (left) and Siobhan Chamberlain

    Notts County Ladies have signed goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain on loan as injury cover for England team-mate Carly Telford.

    Chamberlain, 31, moves to Notts from Arsenal until the end of the Women's Super League season.

    Telford was the only England player not to feature at the World Cup, but suffered a minor shoulder injury while in Canada.

  42. Azinger predicts McIlroy regret


    Rory McIlroy deep in thought

    Former Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger believes Rory McIlroy will live to regret his inability to defend his Open crown at St Andrews.

    McIlroy, the world number one, yesterday confirmed his withdrawal with a "total rupture" of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle suffered while playing football with friends.

    Azinger said: "It's an unforced error, and I think it's going to be one of the greatest regrets he'll ever have as a player, to have to look back on his career and realise that he didn't get to defend at St Andrews."

  43. Muguruza in a hurry


    Garbine Muguruza

    Garbine Muguruza won the first set of her Wimbledon semi-final against Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 in just 34 minutes.

    Follow the action here

  44. Roberto Carlos comes out of retirement


    Roberto Carlos

    Free-kick legend Roberto Carlos will play in the Indian Super League, he revealed in a surprise announcement.

    The 42-year-old former Brazil left-back, who has not played competitive football for three years, was named as Delhi Dynamos this week.

    And at a press event, he announced: "I would like to play. I am looking forward to this stint as an opportunity to impart new playing techniques to players, hone their skills.

    "I am humbled by the immense support from Indian fans which motivated me to come here and play for Delhi Dynamos."

    He is not the only big-name player-manager in the league, with Nicolas Anelka having the role at Mumbai City.

  45. Vemeulen starts rehabilitation

    Rugby union

    South Africa loose forward Duane Vermeulen

    South Africa's player of the year Duane Vermeulen is starting rehabilitation following neck surgery as he targets the World Cup in September.

    The tournament, being hosted by England, starts on 18 September and Vermeulen, 29, is a doubt for the Springboks as is his fellow loose forward Willem Alberts.

    Now Vermeulen will undergo the next stage of recovery and he said: "I'm feeling good and positive and can't wait to start my rehabilitation."

  46. Van Basten rejoins Dutch set-up


    Marco van Basten

    Netherlands legend Marco van Basten has been named as his country's new assistant boss.

    The 50-year-old, who leaves his post as AZ assistant, was the Dutch head coach from 2004 to 2008.

    Danny Blind was promoted from assistant last week after Guus Hiddink left his post.

  47. Dante's Inferno



    Bayern Munich defender Dante will miss the start of their pre-season after injuring himself while playing a form of beach football.

    The 31-year-old was home in Brazil when he injured his leg playing footvolley, which you might be able to predict is a mix of football and beach volleyball.

    "Dante trained a lot on holiday and also played a bit of football, where he suffered a small tear in a muscle," Bayern Munich's director of sport Matthias Sammer said.

  48. England stars fit for Manchester City return


    Steph Houghton

    The five Manchester City players who represented England at the Women's World Cup have returned to the club fit enough to play in Sunday's Women's Super League match against Birmingham, says manager Nick Cushing.

    Karen Bardsley, Lucy Bronze, Toni Duggan, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott all featured during the tournament and flew back to England on Monday after finishing third in Canada.

    "We brought them in to assess whether they were ready to train and all of them trained fully so they're fine," Cushing told BBC Sport.

    "They've got a lot of enthusiasm and a lot of energy due to what happened at the World Cup and how successful they were."

  49. Australia reach lunch without loss


    Australia have reached lunch on 26 without loss after England were 430 all out on the second day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

    David Warner leads Australia's response

    Follow the action here.

  50. Worcestershire claim vital win over Hants


    Worc Hants Result

    Jack Shantry and Saeed Ajmal took the last four Hampshire wickets on the final morning at New Road to give Worcestershire a vital victory.

    Shantry picked up his third five-wicket haul of the summer while Ajmal, who had been struggling for wickets so far this season, finished with match figures of 8-100.

    Hampshire remain rooted to the bottom of the Division One table but Worcestershire, who sit in eighth, have now built a 26-point gap over their rivals and are within just a few points of mid-table.

  51. Faulkner's five give Lancs victory hope

    County Championship Division Two

    Lancs v Essex lunch score

    Lancashire have a minimum of 68 overs remaining to bowl out Essex and consolidate their lead at the top of Division Two.

    The visitors have been asked to follow-on at Old Trafford after being bowled out for 203 in their first innings, a deficit of 199 runs.

    Opener Nick Browne made 105, while Australia all-rounder James Faulkner took 5-39 for Lancashire.

    Essex survived two overs before lunch and will resume 5-0 after the interval.

  52. Derbyshire battle to avoid defeat


    Derbyshire v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Chesterfield:

    "Derbyshire are battling hard to salvage a draw and prevent Glamorgan from gaining a club record fifth straight Championship win.

    "But spinner Andrew Salter won lbw decisions against Billy Godleman (28) and Chesney Hughes (10) during the morning to keep Welsh hopes alive.

    "Hamish Rutherford made a patient undefeated 49 as Derbyshire reached lunch still 38 runs behind."

  53. Taylor leads Glos counter-attack


    Gloucestershire v Northants

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Cheltenham:

    "A fine, belligerent innings from Jack Taylor rescued Gloucestershire from a perilous position and they reached lunch just 25 runs short of the Northants total.

    "Hamish Marshall and Ian Cockbain went early on, both falling to Olly Stone, but Taylor and Benny Howell put on 113 for the seventh wicket.

    "Taylor's 70 not out ended a miserable spell; since he recorded his maiden century six weeks ago he has only scored eight runs in six innings."

  54. England's glory

    Women's football

    After breakfast with royalty, there was a trip to 10 Downing Street as England hobnobbed with the great and the good following their Women's World Cup exploits.

    First up was an early reception with Prince William - the Football Association president - at Kensington Palace before they went to Number 10 from where goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain tweeted a picture of the squad.

    England squad at 10 Downing Street

    For captain Casey Stoney there will also be a trip to Wimbledon to watch the women's semi-finals on Centre Court.

  55. No coasting for Froome


    Cyclist Chris Froome at the Grand Depart

    Former Tour de France champion Chris Froome knows the sixth stage of this year's race will be no breeze by the sea.

    The 30-year-old, who won the event in 2013, is second behind Tony Martin in the general classification ahead of today's 191.5km stage.

    Froome posted a picture of himself starting the Grand Depart in Utrecht on Instagram, saying: "Stage 6 today, easy ride along the coast?? #wishfulthinking There are no easy days at the #TDF."

    Follow the action here.

  56. The lad's done bad


    Watford have given up in their quest to sign defender Davide Santon from Inter Milan.

    The Hornets, who won promotion to the Premier League last season, ceased negotiations after opening talks with the former Newcastle left-back, 24, last month.

    Watford owner Gino Pozzo said: "I see no particular enthusiasm in the lad, despite all the time that we gave him to reflect and evaluate the deal."

    davide santon
  57. Baggies dismiss Verheijen comments


    West Brom have rubbished claims by former Wales assistant boss Raymond Verheijen that their pre-season camp in Austria is too demanding.

    Verheijen, who has extensive European experience as a fitness coach, wrote on his personal Twitter account: "Typical pre-season in JurassUK Park: West Brom running a marathon EVERY THREE DAYS as Tony Pulis aims super-fitness."

    However, the Baggies have hit back with director of performance Dr Mark Gillett praising manager Tony Pulis' approach.

    "Of course the players are pushed hard during pre-season but frankly some of the media reports describing our approach as prehistoric are ridiculous and uneducated," he said.

    chris brunt
  58. Hamilton bows to Roscoe knowledge

    Formula 1

    It's not such a dog's life when your owner is none other than Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton.

    Roscoe would appear to live a life of glamour with Hamilton, who leads the F1 drivers' standings by 17 points following his Silverstone victory at the weekend.

    However, it appears the 30-year-old has deep respect for Roscoe's commercial acumen, posting a picture of the pair looking at business plans on his Instragram account, saying: "When there's big decisions to be made in the boardroom, I call#ExecutiveRoscoe to help me make them."

    Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton with dog Roscoe
  59. Get involved - Football swansongs

    Gaz: Lubo Moravcik for Celtic. Signed when he was 33 the skills he had were unbelievable. Great player and different class

    I remember Moravcik at Celtic - fantastic player. I couldn't believe I had never heard of him before when he was so talented.

    Lubo Moravcik

    Josh Booth: A 38 year-old Gary Speed joining Sheffield United, what a top class player #RIP

    Steve Jones: Stuart McCall at Sheffield United. Class above, not sure he moved outside of the centre circle all season - he didn't need to!

  60. Van Persie nears Turkey move


    Robin van Persie

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is having an initial medical in England for his proposed move to Fenerbahce, according to Sky Sports.

    The 31-year-old Netherlands international will sign a four-year deal when a few remaining details have been finalised, the article adds. 

  61. Derby can challenge, says Pearce


    Alex Pearce

    New Derby County defender Alex Pearce believes the Rams can challenge for promotion from the Championship.

    The 26-year-old Republic of Ireland international signed a three-year contract for the Rams after being released by Reading.

    "Change does bring a challenge, it's great and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.

    "It's been a really good transition for myself, I've settled in well."

  62. Get involved - Football swansongs

    Peter Mckeone: In the 2000 season Boro signed Alen Boksic, he was the wrong side of 30 and had a bit of a belly on him but on his day WOW. Unbelievably gifted, his goal against Man Utd was special.

    Stephen Ped Tweddle: Franck Sauzee, French international, won champions league with Marseille, dropped down to Division One in Scotland to join Hibs when he was "past it". Left as a legend, and the respect of all he played with and against.

    Neo Tsebe: Andrea Pirlo, great at AC Milan, legend at Juventus. Also revived the Italian national squad during the Euros!

    Let us know players you thought were past it when they joined your club, but were wrong, using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  63. Court ruling could force Monaco move


    Stade Louis II

    AS Monaco's status as a tax haven in the French league is in doubt after a court ruling.

    The club are based in a tax-free country on the edge of France where the players get to keep their whole salaries, while French-based clubs have to pay tax.

    Monaco paid 50m euros (then £41.5m) to the French league in January 2014 to end the dispute.

    But France's highest administrative court has ruled the deal "irregular and illicit" and allowed four months to resolve the issue.

    Monaco could in theory have to move to France to sort the problem.

  64. Nixon well-placed in Scotland


    Great Britain's Matthew Nixon is in a three-way tie for second with 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowall and Spain's Adrian Otaegui as he nears the conclusion of the first round of the Scottish Open at Gullane.

    The tournament is the final one before the Open next week and offers vital preparation for St Andrews with the likes of Ricky Fowler and Phil Mickelson competing.

    Matthew Nixon at the Scottish Open

    Nixon has enjoyed a fine start to his effort today with eight birdies so far with just one hole to go. Other handily-placed Britons are Richard McEvoy, Mark Foster, Tommy Fleetwood and Matthew Fitzpatrick.

  65. Swindon chairman defends use of loans


    Lee Power

    Swindon chairman Lee Power has defended the club's use of the loan market and says he will continue with the policy.

    Last season's League One play-off finalists released 10 players in the summer, sold another two and saw six loanees return to their parent clubs.

    "I told supporters that is how the club would be run, rightly or wrongly," Power told BBC Wiltshire.

    "I think it is the right way. Too many football clubs go out of business and this club has been in administration three or four times and that is not the way I'll do things."

  66. Warning to teams over 'fake' pitstops

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Formula 1 teams are to be warned they face penalties if they repeat the 'dummy' pit stop used by Mercedes during the British Grand Prix.

    Mercedes sent its crew out into the pit lane in the early stages of the Silverstone race to try to fool Williams, who were leading the race, into making a pit stop.

    But teams are to be reminded that the practice is a breach of the rules.

    There could be sanctions if a team tries the same tactics and cannot prove there was a genuine intent to stop.

    We'll have the full story from Andrew up on the site soon. Meanwhile, here's our feature on Mercedes' dummy stop.

    British GP
  67. Schweinsteiger flattered by Man Utd link


    Bastian Schweinsteiger
    Image caption: Bastian Schweinsteiger has been at Wimbledon watching his girlfriend Ana Ivanovic

    Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is "flattered" by being linked to Manchester United, according to his own chairman.

    Karl-Heinz Rummenigge plans on holding talks with the 30-year-old Germany international soon.

    "I spoke to Bastian Schweinsteiger on the phone while on holiday and we're going to meet again when he's back," Rummenigge said.

    "I'm not going to hide the fact that I discerned from these talks that he is flattered by the interest from England."

  68. Sidebottom is 'special' - Gillespie


    Ryan Sidebottom

    Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie called former England bowler Ryan Sidebottom 'special' after he took 11 wickets in the win over Warwickshire.

    Sidebottom, 37, took his tally for the season to 21 wickets from just four County Championship games.

    Gillespie told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's an amazing professional.

    "The attitude and desire he has to play first-class cricket at his age with everything he has achieved in the game is special."

  69. Ex-Wolves defender proud of achievements


    George Elokobi

    Defender George Elokobi says he has come "whole circle" after re-signing for League One side Colchester United.

    The 29-year-old left the U's seven years ago for Wolves, for whom he played 58 times in the Premier League.

    "I've achieved more than what I wanted to achieve in football," he told BBC Essex.

    "When I joined Colchester from a non-league club it was an opportunity to play professional football - I'm grateful for those who put in the hard work to me."

  70. Sterling phones in sick again


    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has missed training for the second day in a row - calling in sick again.

    The 20-year-old is thought to have told manager Brendan Rodgers earlier this week that he did not want to travel on the club's pre-season tour to Asia.

    Manchester City have failed in a £40m bid to sign the England international this summer, with the Reds wanting £50m.

    Of course all you cynics will feel bad if it turns out he's just missing training because of chronic diarrhoea.

  71. What's all the noise about grunting?



    Is grunting a natural part of tennis or is it unsporting behaviour?

    Should it be accepted as being part of the game or should rules be introduced to outlaw players from exhaling so loudly when they hit the ball that noise levels exceed 100 decibels?

    Grunting became topical again at Wimbledon when Belarusian Victoria Azarenka was forced to defend her on-court noises following a quarter-final loss to Serena Williams.

    Tennis pundits have had their say and the subject has been heavily discussed on social media, but what is it all about? BBC Sport have investigated.

  72. Celtic buy Dundee United striker


    Nadir Ciftci

    Celtic have signed Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci for £1.5m.

    The 23-year-old, who was born in Turkey, scored 33 goals in two seasons for United after moving from Dutch side NAC Breda.

    He turned down a move to English League One side Wigan Athletic this summer.

    He is due to answer a charge of "excessive misconduct" later this month after the Scottish FA accused him of biting Dundee midfielder Jim McAlister on the leg during the final match of the season.

  73. Welbeck not flying to Singapore


    Danny Welbeck

    Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck will not fly out for the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he recovers from an ankle injury.

    The England international missed the end of last season with an ankle problem.

    Boss Arsene Wenger told the club website: "Welbeck isn't completely recovered from the problem he had. He is not back in full training, so he will stay behind."

  74. Lionesses enjoy fine dining


    The Lionesses have been dining with royalty after a breakfast reception with Football Association president Prince William at Kensington Palace.

    Goalkeeper Karen Bardsley tweeted a picture from the royal residence which followed England's third-placed finish at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

    The Lionesses enjoy a royal fest

    Captain Casey Stoney also tweeted saying: "Breakfast with HRH at @KensingtonRoyal then off to Centre Court for a spot of Tennis. Not a bad day as days go #Lionesses

    Read about it here.

  75. Given off to Stoke


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    "Shay Given is expected to complete his move to Stoke City in the next 24 hours.

    "With Asmir Begovic strongly linked with a move away from the Britannia Stadium it's understood Given will be number two to Jack Butland, who made several first-team appearances towards the end of last season.

    "It would be the second time the Republic of Ireland goalkeeper has signed for Mark Hughes. Hughes was in charge Manchester City when Given signed from Newcastle in 2009."

  76. Get Involved - Football swansongs

    Former Rangers defender David Weir

    Gary McCallum: Davie Weir at Rangers. Went on to captain the side and became a club legend. Signed at 36.

    Robert Woodcock: Okocha, Djorkaeff, Hierro, Campo, K. Davies, pretty much anyone Big Sam signed for us bar Jardel.

    Philip Whitehead: Van der Sar when he joined Man Utd from Fulham in his late 30s. Dude was ancient when he retired but was still class.

  77. England and Wales in top 10


    Want to see the Fifa world rankings in some kind of graph form? If so, here you go. If not, then close your eyes and scroll quickly up to the next entry.

    Fifa world rankings
  78. Owls sign Nacional forward Matias


    Marco Matias

    Sheffield Wednesday have signed Nacional forward Marco Matias for an undisclosed fee.

    The 26-year-old, who scored 20 goals in 36 appearances for the Portuguese top flight side last season, has penned a four-year deal at Hillsborough.

    The former Portugal Under-21 international started his career with Sporting Lisbon and also played for Guimaraes in the 2013-14 Europa League.

    He could make his full debut for the Owls against Bristol City on 8 August.

  79. Gyan set for Chinese move


    Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan, 29, is set to move from Abu Dhabi side Al Ain to Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG. 

    Poor lad is only going to earn £227,000 a week there.

  80. Bruce points finger at 'embarrassing' Canaries bid


    Hull wing-back Robbie Brady

    Hull manager Steve Bruce has described as "embarrassing" Norwich's attempts to sign Republic of Ireland winger Robbie Brady.

    The 23-year-old has been a target for the Canaries who swapped places with relegated Hull after victory in the Championship play-offs.

    Tigers boss Bruce though is less than impressed, saying: "Norwich have come in with bids for Robbie Brady, but I have to say they have been embarrassing.

    "The supporters should know the truth and Norwich came in two weeks ago with a bid of £2m, £2.5m and then £3m.

    "That's ridiculous for someone who is 23, has played two years in the Premier League and has become a regular international."

  81. Wales players deserve credit


    Wales are now ranked 10th in the world and coach Osian Roberts said: "It's a remarkable achievement but it's testimony to all the hard work the players have put in.

    "They turn up for every camp, they work hard and buy into the game plan.

    "They deserved every credit us where we are in terms of the rankings although we are fully aware in many ways it counts for nothing - it's about qualifying."

  82. Get Involved - Football swansongs

    Dizzy: Chris Waddle at Sheffield Wednesday ... A different class

    Ewan 'The Roch' Lury: Didier Drogba back at Chelsea. His header against Man U showed how form is temporary, class is permanent.

    Seth: has to be @ThierryHenry return to @arsenal Scored a couple of crucial goals and seemed to love every minute

    Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Waddle

    Let us know your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  83. Given off to Stoke?


    Shay Given

    BBC WM journalist Steve Hermon: "He may be 39 but it's a bit of a surprise to see Shay Given on the verge of leaving Aston Villa after reclaiming his place from Brad Guzan near the end of last season.

    "If Stoke is his destination, he'd likely be back to up to Jack Butland with Asmir Begovic reportedly on his way out."

  84. Villa sign new back-up keeper


    Mark Bunn

    Aston Villa have signed Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn, 30, on a free transfer.

    He has signed a two-year deal and is likely to be back-up to Brad Guzan, with Shay Given expected to join Stoke.

    "Aston Villa is a huge football club and this was too good an opportunity to miss out on," he said.

  85. A look at the County Championship


    Saeed Ajmal Richard Oliver

    Okay, there may be the little matter of day two of the first Ashes Test coming up, but there's still plenty of County Championship cricket taking place around the country today.

    In Division One it's an absolutely crucial final day at New Road between the two bottom sides. Worcestershire need just four Hampshire wickets to seal victory with the visitors requiring another 131 runs just to make Daryl Mitchell's side bat again.

    In Division Two the rain affected game at Old Trafford between Lancashire and Essex looks to be heading for a draw. Essex are currently 139-5 in their first innings, still trailing by 263, but Lancashire would need to take 15 wickets on the final day to force victory.

    Glamorgan are chasing a record fifth straight win in the Championship, but they will need a fine bowling effort against Derbyshire who are 37-0 following on and behind by just 121 runs.

    Finally, Gloucestershire are 82-4 in reply to Northants' 246 all out, but it's only the second day at Cheltenham.

    Listen to live BBC radio commentary of every ball of every match here.

  86. Jones relishing Ashes series


    Geraint Jones

    Former England wicketkeeper Geraint Jones, who announced his retirement from the game on Wednesday, has been staying in touch with the international game and the current Ashes series.

    "I want to see a hard-fought series, an entertaining series," he told BBC Points West.

    "England - the way they played over the last six weeks has captured the public again.

    "It's going to be tough and the Aussies will have been watching us and the way we played New Zealand. They will think they are in for a contest here and what's happened on Wednesday has shown what we're capable of."

    Follow the Ashes live text commentary here.

  87. 'Torino can't win the Champions League'


    Matteo Darmian

    Torino coach Giampiero Ventura says Matteo Darmian deserves his proposed move to Manchester United.

    The Red Devils hope to sign the 25-year-old Italy defender, for a reported £12.9m, before they fly out to Seattle on Monday.

    Ventura told Sky Italia: "Because of his desire, humility and will to achieve things, it's right to grant him the opportunity to realise a dream to play in the Champions League in a team that will fight to win it."

    Club president Urbano Cairo said: "It's normal that an extraordinary man like Matteo wants to try to win the Champions League. Torino can't win the Champions League."

  88. Get Involved - Football swansongs

    Edgar Davids
    Image caption: Edgar Davids had an 18-month spell as player-manager of Barnet, during which they were relegated to the Conference

    Jay Kotecha: Henrik Larsson when he joined MUFC, scored some crucial goals including against Villa in the cup and the winner against Lille

    Paul Clarke: Edgar Davids at Barnet - won some matches, massive name at small club, got plenty of red cards too. Entertaining.

    Matthew Brown: Gary McAllister at Liverpool was sensational

  89. Swans loan out young winger


    Kenji Gorre

    Swansea have sent winger Kenji Gorre, 20, to ADO Den Haag on a season-long loan.

    He signed a new three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium on Monday.

    "I was delighted to sign the new deal and the loan move to Den Haag is a bonus," Gorre told Swansea's website. "It's a good club that plays its football at a high standard."

  90. US journalist stands by 'leprechaun' comment


    Rory McIlroy

    Fox News presenter Kennedy Montgomery has defended calling Northern Ireland's world number one golfer Rory McIlroy a leprechaun during a broadcast.

    McIlroy has pulled out of the Open with an ankle injury he suffered playing football with friends.

    "Believe me I wanted to call him much worse," the US journalist said, adding: "Some of my best friends are leprechauns."

  91. Blazer given Fifa life ban


    More on Fifa executive committee member and Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer being banned for life from any football-related activity by the world governing body.

    The decision followed an investigation by Fifa's ethics committee which concluded Blazer "committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly... involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes and kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes".

    The 70-year-old had worked undercover with prosecutors in the United States after pleading guilty to charges of bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.

    Follow the latest here.

  92. Get involved - football swansongs

    In light of Robin van Persie's proposed move to Fenerbahce and Iker Casillas's move to Porto, we want to know your most memorable football swansongs.

    Which player has your club signed who you thought would be past his best, but he ended up doing a really good job? Youri Djorkaeff at Bolton? Michael Duberry at Oxford?

    Let us know your thoughts using #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

    Michael Duberry
  93. Wales up to 10th in rankings


    Some Fifa rankings news for you... Wales have risen to 10th place in the Fifa world rankings after their recent good form.

    Chris Coleman's side have jumped 12 places and are just one behind England in ninth.

    Argentina lead the way to head the rankings for the first time in seven years.

  94. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Chuck Blazer

    Former Fifa executive committee member and Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer has been banned for life from any football-related activity.

    Read the breaking news story here.

  95. High chief honour for Hansen

    Rugby union

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has been made an honorary high chief - or matai - of the village of Vaiala in Samoa.

    The 56-year-old was given the honour at a ceremony in the village which is on the outskirts of the Samoan capital Apia the day after the tourists won the first Test 25-16.

    Hansen - who previously coached Wales - said: "Thank you. It's a great honour for my family and the All Blacks.

    "Its been a special week. The team and myself have thoroughly enjoyed everybody in Samoa who have just about killed us with kindness."

    Steve Hansen after being made Samoan village high chief
  96. On this day



    On this day in 2006, Italy beat France on penalties in a World Cup final that will always be more remembered for the Zinedine Zidane headbutt on Marco Materazzi.

    Last year, Sergio Romero saved Ron Vlaar and Wesley Sneijder penalties as Argentina beat the Netherlands to reach the final in Brazil.

    All the way back in 1877, the first ever match in the maiden Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship was played. In 2006, Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the final.

  97. Lionesses head for the palace


    England defender Alex Scott was in the wide-awake club as the Lionesses made their way to Kensington Palace this morning.

    The team, along with head coach Mark Sampson, was set to meet Prince William - who is also the Football Association president - at a breakfast reception at his home in the royal borough following their third-placed finish at the Women's World Cup in Canada.

    And while Scott was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, not so Ellen White with the Notts County forward still in the land of nod and in need of a nudge from her team-mate.

    Alex Scott heads to the palace
  98. It's the talent not the grunts


    The former coach of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova has played down the importance of on-court shrieking.

    The pair meet in the Wimbledon semi-finals today with Sharapova especially renowned for her screams on hitting the ball.

    American coach Nick Bollettieri though believes there is little significance, saying: "If grunting would win titles then everybody in the world would be grunting as loud as they can be."

  99. Jamaica shock Costa Rica in Gold Cup



    Overnight, Jamaica claimed a surprise 2-2 draw with Costa Rica in the Gold Cup (the continental tournament for North and Central American and Caribbean teams).

    Former Reading team-mates Garath McCleary and Joel McAnuff scored the goals for the Reggae Boyz, who recently played at the Copa America as guests.

    Canada and El Salvador finished goalless in their match.

  100. The ultimate minnows


    Image caption: Journalist Kevin Darling tweeted during their final game: "Micronesia bench celebrate whenever they clear their lines. Would love it - love it - if they scored (they won't)"

    Micronesia coach Stan Foster admits some of their players may need counselling after conceding 114 goals in three games without scoring one at the Pacific Games.

    The Australian took a team of teenagers to the tournament for Under-23 players and lost 46-0 to Vanuatu, ranked 200th in the world. Halfway through their second group game, they put a midfielder in goal - and he stayed in for the final match.

    They avoid a place in the record books for biggest international defeats as they are not affiliated with Fifa.

    "Possibly [they'll need counselling], but they're young, they're resilient. Most of them had never been out of their village until we went to Guam as part of our build-up to the Games," Foster told ABC.

    "Most of them had never been on an escalator and I had to show them how to use one."

  101. Root no ordinary Joe


    Joe Root knows his swashbuckling approach could have backfired after his record-breaking century on the first day of the Ashes yesterday in Cardiff.

    The 24-year-old sped to 134 off 166 balls after coming in with England wobbling on 43-3.

    "It could have gone completely the other way, and I could have got out second ball... then you look a little bit silly," he said.

    Joe Root after his century

    "There will be times when it doesn't quite come off, and you look slightly stupid and play what looks like a horrendous shot and get out."

  102. Twenty five players who could be on the move


    Kevin de Bruyne

    Who are the top transfer targets likely to be this summer - and who will be spending big money on them?

    Who is "as attached to the Bernabeu as he usually is to the back of an opponent's shirt" and which English player is definitely moving?

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has a look at the 25 likely major stories this summer.

  103. Van Persie off to Istanbul?

    Gossip column

    Robin van Persie

    Manchester United's Netherlands striker Robin van Persie, 31, is close to joining Fenerbahce in Turkey after further talks between the clubs. (Daily Mail)

    Real Madrid and Porto have agreed a deal which will see Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, 34, leave the Bernabeu on Friday after 25 years. (Marca)

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, says the breakdown in his relationship with manager Brendan Rodgers is the reason he wants to leave Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

    Read our dedicated gossip column.

  104. Thursday's papers

    Daily Express

    Daily Express

    The Daily Express are hedging their bets with a back page discussing a bit of everything. There's Andy Murray, Joe Root, Rory McIlroy and Raheem Sterling.

  105. Thursday's papers

    Daily Mail

    Daily Mail

    Daily Mail saying Andy Murray will watch highlights of his 2012 Olympics win over Roger Federer ahead of their Wimbledon semi-final. They also go in on the Ashes and Saido Berahino dumping Sterling's agent.

  106. Thursday's papers

    The Sun

    The Sun

    The Sun say Liverpool have told Raheem Sterling he must join their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia.

  107. Thursday's papers

    Daily Mirror

    Daily Mirror

    The Mirror go in on Raheem Sterling saying he won't play for Liverpool again after falling out with manager Brendan Rodgers.

  108. Thursday's papers



    Welcome to Sportsday. Today, we will discuss the latest football rumours and confirmed signings, as well as updates from the Ashes, Wimbledon and Tour de France. But first the back pages.

    The Independent lead on Joe Root's 134 as England fought back against Australia on the opening day of the 2015 Ashes series.