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  1. That's all folks

    Thanks Sammiee for a positive view on Fabian Delph's expected move. In fact, that is as good a way as any to end Sportsday - on a positive.

    We'll be back with more football transfer news on Monday at 08:00 BST. Have a cracking weekend!

  2. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Sammiiee!! Villa will have money to spend and Fabian might be a hit at City plus he's home grown .. Good deal for both clubs...

  3. Priorities, Stoke


    Stoke. It is Friday, let's knock this flurry of transfer activity on its head, eh?

  4. Stoke pull out of Shaqiri deal?


    According to the Daily Telegraph,Stoke City have scrapped their £12m pursuit of Xherdan Shaqiri after the Inter Milan midfielder failed to respond to the club's deadline.

    The newspaper reports that Mark Hughes agreed a fee with Inter for the Switzerland international last month and was hopeful of agreeing a club record deal.

    Negotiations had dragged over the past week and Stoke decided to give Shaqiri a deadline of Thursday lunchtime to give them an answer, but there was no response and Stoke have contacted Inter to officially withdraw their offer.

  5. Gray benefits from Djokovic advice

    Wimbledon 2015

    Jonathan Gray

    British teenager Jonathan Gray hopes a chance meeting with world number one Novak Djokovic will help him improve his game.

    The 18-year-old met Djokovic while the Serb was filming a pre-Wimbledon promotional video for one of his sponsors.

    "I got a few pearls of wisdom from him. I look up to him and it was a dream come true to have the opportunity to speak to him and hit with him," he told BBC Look North.

    Gray lost narrowly in the first round of the boys's singles, losing to Alberto Lim of the Philippines 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (13-11).

  6. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Charles Davis: What on earth is Fabian Delph going to city for, did he not see what happened to Sinclair, Johnson and Rodwell.

    Arran: No loyalty left in football. They just care about the money/ glory. #disgraceful.

    Anyone got anything positive to say about the move? Anyone?

  7. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Andy Murray has lost to Roger Federer 7-5 7-5 6-4 in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

    Head over to our live coverage page for all the reaction.

  8. Delph travelling for medical


    A tiny update on the Fabian Delph to Manchester City story.

    Our man in the midlands, Pat Murphy, says he will undergo a medical at City on Saturday.

  9. Winning momentum key for Sheens

    Rugby League

    Salford director of rugby Tim Sheens says the club must target a winning mentality as they try to maintain their Super League status for next season.

    The Red Devils currently sit 11th and if they remain in the bottom four of the top flight after the next three games will go into the middle-eight. They would play the Championship top four for a 2016 Super League spot.

    "If it's top eight, terrific, but with the 10 games we have to win as many as we can," Sheens, 64, said.

  10. BreakingStoke seal Given signing

    Shay Given

    Stoke City are busy old bees in the transfer market today, with Shay Given joining the club on a two-year deal.

    The experienced goalkeeper had been released from the final year of his deal with Aston Villa, and the move means he will work again with Stoke boss Mark Hughes, having been signed by him when he was in charge of Manchester City.

    Does that mean Asmir Begovic's move to Chelsea is only a matter of time?

  11. Federer wins second set


    Now then, this is pressure. Two sets down in a Wimbledon semi-final to Roger Federer. If anyone can do it, you'd have to say Andy Murray is the man to pull a five-setter out of the bag. If you want to find out, our live coverage is right here.

    Andy Murray
  12. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    A few responses to the news that Fabian Delph is on the verge of joining Manchester City, not all of it positive. Does anyone out there feel it is a good move for him?

    Max Baggins-Craig: Delph's time at City, will be just like Sinclair's, no doubt about it - you heard it here first.

    Andy Hall: Fabian Delph could be the first of Man City's home grown bench warmers. Save a space for Raheem, Fabian.

  13. Huddersfield sign midfielder Dempsey

    Huddersfield Town have signed Carlisle United midfielder Kyle Dempsey for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

    The 19-year-old scored 11 goals in 47 appearances for the League Two side last season.

    "He embodies the type of player that fits with the club; someone who can come in and continue to develop," boss Chris Powell told the club website.

  14. Angel of the North


    A late moment of sentimentality here which we'll pass off as commitment to grassroots sport. Miguel Angel Jimenez, fresh from posting a second-round 65 at the Scottish Open, has taken time out to teach some local children all about the game.

    No cigar in shot either. Good man, Miguel.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez
  15. Beeware row B


    Bees at Molineux

    We love a pun now and then, and so do the Twitter maestros over at Molineux, it seems.

    So when a swarm of bees congregated on, wait for it, Row B of the Stan Cullis Stand, Wolves couldn't help but break out a couple on social media, tweeting: "We've COMBED through the records and unBEElievably this seat is still free for next season."

    And if you had your eye on that particular seat, fear not, the bees have been re-located by a local keeper (not that kind).

  16. Stoke sign van Ginkel


    Stoke City have confirmed the signing of Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan from Chelsea. The Dutch midfielder spent last season at AC Milan.

    Potters boss Mark Hughes said Van Ginkel will join his new team-mates on their pre-season tour of Singapore, and added: "Marco is the kind of player we have been looking to bring to the club. He will bring great energy to the side and is capable of scoring goals from midfield."

    Marco van Ginkel
  17. Delph set for Man City?


    Rumours are beginning to swirl around a possible move for Aston Villa's Fabian Delph to Manchester City, despite the 25-year-old England midfielder signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract in the summer.

    At the time he said: "I am a loyal person and committing my future will hopefully show everybody what type of guy I am."

    But his potential departure may not come as a complete surprise to fans. The Bradford-born midfielder has shown his leadership qualities at Villa Park, earning him the captain's armband and making him a useful addition to the England squad to boot.

    Fabian Delph

    England boss Roy Hodgson may be concerned Delph will face greater competition for first-team football, something his Villa team-mate Micah Richards has already flagged up.

  18. Cav dedicates win to Martin

    Tour de France

    Ever the gent, Mark Cavendish has dedicated his stage seven Tour de France win to Tony Martin, who broke his collarbone in a nasty fall on Thursday as overall leader.

    He said: "I'm super happy. It's a shame Tony's not here. I dedicate the win to him."

    Mark Cavendish
  19. Delph set for Man City?


    Some awkward timing here. Not long after BBC WM 95.6 tweeted about a possible move for Fabian Delph to Manchester City, Aston Villa's account posted this picture of Delph in the 2015-16 new home kit.

    Aston Villa
  20. 'London is a special place'


    Mo Farah and Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt has nothing but love for London following the announcement that he will run at the Anniversary Games, which take place on July 24-26. Those three golds at the Olympic Stadium must have helped, I imagine.

    The Jamaican sprinter, 28, said: "London is a special place where I love to compete and I am looking forward to the Anniversary Games. I have great memories of competing in the Olympic Stadium in the summer of 2012 and in the previous Grand Prix meets in London."

    His inclusion follows Chancellor George Osborne waiving UK income tax for athletes based overseas in this week's Budget.

  21. Skrtel commits to Liverpool


    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel has signed a new contract.

    The 30-year-old Slovakia international, who would have been out of contract next summer, has made 220 Premier League appearances for the Reds since his 2008 move from Zenit St Petersburg.

    The club have not confirmed the length of the deal.

  22. Kilmarnock confirm Carrick


    Dale carrick

    Kilmarnock have confirmed the signing of ex-Hearts striker Dale Carrick. Despite a string of injuries and lack of first-team football, his former boss at Tynecastle, Gary Locke, was keen to get him back in the fold along with Scott Robinson and Jamie MacDonald.

    He said: "I didn't think Dale would be available but as soon as I found out he was it was important we snapped him up. He is quick and will add pace to our squad, he also has a great eye for a goal."

  23. Federer takes first set


    Early pressure on Andy Murray. Roger Federer has taken the first set 7-5. Could we be on for an epic? Find out here.

    Roger Federer
  24. Delph set for Man City?


  25. QPR sign striker Tyler Blackwood


    Championship side Queens Park Rangers have signed striker Tyler Blackwood.

    Former Northampton and Barnet youngster Blackwood, 23, has agreed a one-year contract after a successful trial period at Loftus Road.

    The London-born forward had spent the previous three years playing for the University of South Florida.

  26. Catalans sign Warrington's Myler

    Super League

    Richie Myler

    Warrington Wolves scrum-half Richie Myler will join Catalans Dragons at the end of the Super League season.

    The 25-year-old, who won the last of his seven England caps in 2012, has agreed a two-year contract.

    "I am eager to join the club, which has big ambitions, and discover French culture with my family," he told the club website.

  27. Palace break record for Cabaye


  28. Amazing Maria maintains fine form

    Horse racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    The 17-2 shot Amazing Maria, trained by David O'Meara and ridden by James Doyle, followed up her recent win in the Duke of Cambridge Stakes at Royal Ascot with success in today's Newmarket feature, the Group One Falmouth Stakes.

  29. Forlan returns home


    Diego Forlan

    Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has joined Penarol in his homeland of Uruguay after leaving Japanese side Cerezo Osaka.

    The 36-year-old's father, Pablo, used to play for the club, winning the Libertadores Cup and Intercontinental Cup in the 1960s.

    "With a surname linked to the club's history, son of a champion of the Americas and the world with Penarol, Diego will wear the yellow and black as he did when he was a boy and dreamt of being a professional footballer," the club said.

  30. Alderweireld fee was agreed - Reed


    BBC Radio Solent sports editor Adam Blackmore also asked Southampton'sexecutive director Les Reed about their failed attempts to secureToby Alderweireldon a permanent deal from Atletico Madrid. The Dutchman signed for Tottenham instead. 

  31. Road cycling

    Road Cycling

    Mark Cavendish

    Isle of Man's Mark Cavendish wins the seventh stage of the Tour de France, a 190.5-km ride from Livarot.

    German Andre Greipel was second, with Slovak Peter Sagan third.

    Briton Chris Froome is the overall leader.

    Reaction here.

  32. No new Man Utd bid for Schneiderlin


    BBC Radio Solent's sports editor Adam Blackmore has been speaking to Southampton executive director Les Reed...

  33. Bell out after tea


    Ian Bell

    It's only taken 20 minutes for England to lose a wicket after tea. It belongs to Ian Bell and the perpetrator is one Mitchell Johnson. England now 171-4. We've got radio and text coverage here.

  34. Yacob signs new Baggies deal


    Claudio Yacob

    West Brom's Argentine midfielder Claudio Yacob, 27, has signed a new two-year contract.

  35. Who is Angelo Ogbonna?


    A good question, and one that we're happy to answer with a few handy factoids.

    Angelo Ogbonna
    • Age: 27
    • Position: Centre-back
    • Height: 6ft 3in
    • Clubs: Torino (2006-2013, one goal), Crotone (2007-2008, loan), Juventus (2013-2015)
    • Italy caps: 10
    • Notable achievements: Serie A winner, 2014, 2015. Champions League finalist, 2015.
  36. Wickets and records tumble

    South Africa v Bangladesh

    South African bowler Kagiso Rabada is breaking all kinds of records against Bangladesh - becoming only the second man in history to claim a hat-trick on his debut in one-day international cricket.

    He joins Bangladesh's Taijul Islam, who achieved the feat against Zimbabwe last December. The 20-year-old pacer later added three wickets to his tally to finish with 6-16, the best ever haul by a debutant.

    Kagiso rabada

    He is also the first South African to bag six wickets on debut and only the second South African bowler to claim five wickets in his first ODI. Aaaand, breathe out...

  37. Foxes interested in O'Neill?


  38. Murray v Federer live

    Wimbledon 2015

    Andy Murray

    And now, for the main event. Messrs Murray and Federer have strolled out to rapturous applause on Centre Court for their chance to take on Novak Djokovic on Sunday. If that's of interest to you (and frankly, why wouldn't it be?), then this is the place to be.

  39. West Ham sign Ogbonna


    Angelo Ogbonna

    Ogbonna, who was on the bench for the Champions League final in May, has twice won the Serie A title with Juventus but says he is eager to play under new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic.

    "I wanted to play in the Premier League and am happy to be in London," Ogbonna told "My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United.

    "I cannot wait to start working under Mr Bilic and with my new team-mates. I feel ready for this new adventure."

  40. Gold error ends up OK in the end


    David Gold tweet

    When West Ham signed Spanish midfielder Pedro Obiang last month, co-owner David Gold tweeted the signing with a picture of Angelo Ogbonna instead. And now they've signed the Italian defender.

    We'll probably never know for 100% if West Ham had been planning to sign him anyway.

  41. BreakingWest Ham sign Ogbonna


    Angelo Ogbonna

    West Ham have confirmed the signing of defender Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus.

    The 27-year-old Italy international has signed a four-year deal after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

  42. Cabaye praises Pardew


    Crystal Palace new boy Yohan Cabaye is full of praise for his old boss/new boss Alan Pardew. Having worked together at Newcastle, the Frenchman appears to be happy to pick up the relationship again in London.

    He said: "I know the manager, I know England and the language and I know the Premier League. Now I'm in London too so that's good. I have worked with him before and I'm confident with him.

    Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye

    "I just want to do my best for him because he's made a big effort for me to come here, as well as the chairman so I have to say a big thank you to them."

  43. Johnson signs new Sky Blues deal


    Coventry City defender Reda Johnson has signed a new one-year deal at the League One club.

    The 27-year-old made 22 appearances last term scoring six goals after joining from Sheffield Wednesday.

    "I see Reda as a crucial part of our plans. He stands out at this level," Sky Blues boss Tony Mowbray told the club's website.

  44. Lost in translation


    Vicarage Road

    Premier League newcomers Watford are after a "Spanish/Italian speaking player liaison officer and translator to support our international players".

    It sounds like quite a busy job, and "player nanny" may be a more accurate description as the successful candidate will be handling all kinds of domestic affairs while new arrivals settle in.

    It comes with a salary of £18,000-a-year. Stark contrast to the money the players you'll be dealing with are earning.

  45. Depay living the dream


    Memphis Depay

    More from Manchester United's news conference.

    New United £31m forward Memphis Depay: "It is a dream come true. I think I can score goals in the Premier League."

    Manager Louis van Gaal on whether goalkeeper David De Gea will travel to Seattle on Monday for their pre-season tour: "I think he is a very professional player and he showed fantastic attitude until now. I think that for all my players, not only De Gea, but others who have to behave themselves very professionally."

    Classic question avoidance there.

  46. Djokovic in Wimbledon final


    Novak Djokovic

    Novak does what Novak does best and delivers for the big occasion. He's through to the Wimbledon men's final on Sunday after beating a game Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

    Follow all the reaction and build-up to Andy Murray v Roger Federer right here.

  47. Brooks takes lead at Gullane


    Daniel Brooks

    A birdie on the 17th has put Englishman Daniel Brooks top of the Scottish Open leaderboard on 10 under.

    Meanwhile, it could be a tight finish for Ian Poulter, who is currently hovering above the projected cut on two under.

    And if you want to read about a stray Justin Rose drive clonking an elderly spectator on the head causing a teenager to faint, scroll down to 14:37.

  48. Van Gaal confirms Darmian medical


    Matteo Darmian

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed Torino full-back Matteo Darmian will have a medical ahead of a £12.9m move.

    United striker Robin van Persie is in talks with Fenerbahce and Van Gaal said: "When we feel we can say that he is going, we will. We don't have that feeling yet."

    On general transfers, he added: "I said at the end of the season that buying and selling players is a process. The process lasts until 1 September.

    "I find it ridiculous the transfer period is so long. I have said that many times. But we are on track."

  49. Is Schneiderlin staying put?


    Adam Blackmore

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Looking forward to interviewing Southampton transfer chief Les Reed later on Friday. Will hopefully shed some light on whether Manchester United have come back in for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and on whether Saints themselves closing in on any big signings.

  50. Will Juve miss Pirlo?


    World Service

    Andrea Pirlo

    Will Juventus thrive without Andrea Pirlo? BBC World Football has been speaking to former Juventus striker David Trezeguet to try to find out...

    "It's a big loss but we've said goodbye to other great players before," said the former France international.

    "Our history has to continue. We have to turn the page, move on quickly and prove to ourselves that we can have a good Serie A season and a good Champions League season without Pirlo."

    You can listen to the podcast here

  51. Watford to make Behrami move?


    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Valon Behrami

    Watford are being linked with former West Ham midfielder Valon Behrami.

    The Switzerland international, 30, is currently with German club Hamburg and has also played for the likes of Genoa, Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli.

  52. Football royalty at SW19


    Thierry Henry and Sir Alex Ferguson

    We're coming over a bit Heat magazine now, but sometimes a good star spot is hard to ignore. Sir Alex Ferguson and Thierry Henry are casting an eye over proceedings on Centre Court, where Novak Djokovic currently has Richard Gasquet on the run.

    Royal box it would seem as it's suit and tie for both (much to the dismay of some of the scruffier Sportsday members here), but Henry looking effortlessly cool in the SW19 sunshine. Gasquet, under the cosh right now, could do with a half-time team talk from Sir Alex by the looks of things.

  53. O'Neill to make Leicester return?


    BBC Radio Leicester's Jason Bourne is currently chasing the story after one bookmaker suspended betting on Republic of Ireland boss O'Neill returning to the club he left 15 years ago.

  54. Real's 2020 vision for Marcelo


    Marcelo and Ronaldo

    Brazilian left-back Marcelo has signed a two-year contract extension at Real Madrid, tying him to the Bernabeu until 2020.

    The deal adds some stability to Rafa Benitez's back line amid reports of a potential move for fellow veteran Sergio Ramos to Manchester United.

  55. Ferrer out of Davis Cup


    David Ferrer

    Some rare non-Wimbledon tennis news: world number seven David Ferrer is out of Spain's Davis Cup group tie against Russia later this month.

    The Spaniard withdrew on the eve of Wimbledon with an elbow injury and has not recovered. He tweeted: "I don't know when I will be able to return to action. I will keep you posted."

  56. Leicester 'no comment' on O'Neill


    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Martin O'Neill

    Leicester City say they won't comment on any speculation linking Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill with a return to the club, 15 years after he left.

    The bookies' odds on O'Neill have dipped dramatically and one has suspended betting on his return.

    It's understood that the Football Association of Ireland won't stand in O'Neill's way if he wants to get out of his contract early.

  57. Liverpool's Williams loaned to Swindon


    Teenage Liverpool midfielder Jordan Williams has signed for League One Swindon Town on loan for next season.

    The 19-year-old Wales international made his Reds debut as a substitute in the Capital One Cup win against Middlesbrough and scored from the spot in Liverpool's record-equalling 14-13 victory on penalties.

    He spent the end of the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Notts County and made eight appearances for the Magpies.

  58. Van Ginkel part of Begovic deal?


    Asmir Begovic

    The Guardian are reporting that Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic will complete his £8m move to Chelsea today, with midfielder Marco van Ginkel moving the other way on a season-long loan.

  59. Rose ball hits spectator


    Justin Rose

    More on that report earlier that Justin Rose accidentally hit an elderly spectator on the head after driving off the 16th at the Scottish Open (13:11)

    Rose said: "It's an elderly gentleman so it's not nice, but he took it like a trooper... he was talking to me and that's reassuring."

    It seems there was some collateral damage inflicted as well when a teenage fan fainted at the sight of the blood.

  60. Question time

    Manchester United news conference (15:00 BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    A few early arrivals for this Manchester United news conference and lots of questions to ask Robin van Persie, David De Gea, Morgan Schneiderlin and Sergio Ramos.

    Whether manager Louis van Gaal is prepared to answer them is another matter entirely.

  61. Quigg & Crolla work out in Manchester


    For those who haven't got tickets for the stellar 'High Stakes' fight night on 18 July at Manchester Arena, British boxers Scott Quigg (pictured) and gym-mate Anthony Crolla held a free public workout at the nearby Trafford Shopping Centre.

    Scott Quigg

    Bury's WBA world super bantamweight champion Quigg, 26, will be taking on former champion Kiko Martinez, while Crolla will fight for the WBA world lightweight title against Darleys Perez.

    Manchester's Crolla, 28, is to return to the ring for the first time since he suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle when confronting burglars.

    He was forced to cancel his January bout against Cuban Richar Abril as a result.

  62. Djokovic v Gasquet - live

    Wimbledon 2015

    A tight first set on Centre Court but Novak Djokovic has just sneaked it out of the grasp of Richard Gasquet following a tie-break.

    He's got the reckoning of the Frenchman in this second set as well, breaking early as he looks to turn the screw further.

    Live TV, radio and text coverage right here.

    Novak Djokovic
  63. England set up Germany friendly


    It is the ultimate test for both England players and fans: a match against Germany.

    This time it's just an international friendly, which has been penned in the diary for 26 March at Berlin's Olympic Stadium next year. No chance of penalties then...

    Chris Waddle
  64. Ireland start strongly


    Ireland got their ICC World Twenty20 qualifying campaign off to a winning start by comfortably beating Namibia by seven wickets at Stormont.

    John Mooney (3-23) and George Dockrell (2-15) helped restrict Namibia to 124-8 from their 20 overs before William Porterfield top-scored with 56 and Niall O'Brien contributed 45 as Ireland reached 128-3 from 17.2 overs.

  65. 'I will mess Mendes up'

    Ultimate Fighting Championship

    Conor McGregor

    Eccentric, controversial Dubliner Conor McGregor insists that he will outclass American Chad Mendes in Saturday night's Ultimate Fighting Championship interim world featherweight title bout in Las Vegas.

    The 26-year-old whose nickname is 'The Notorious' is expected to draw a crowd of 10,000 - including a large Irish contingent - and a tournament record £4.5m gate receipts.

    McGregor, who has become one of Ireland's top sports stars in a short period of time, said: "I don't just talk the talk. I walk the walk.

    "He will learn that first hand on Saturday night. I am confident every shot I throw will mess him up."

    Watch the interview with McGregor here.

  66. Scottish Open latest

    Rose wraps up day two

    Justin Rose

    That's it for the day for Justin Rose. The reigning Scottish Open champion has finished the second day eight under with a round of 66 at Gullane, enough to put him top alongside four others.

    It's less favourable news for Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Welshman Jamie Donaldson, though. Both are currently flirting with the cut.

  67. On this day


    In 1995, Paul Gascoigne completed a £4.3m move from Lazio to Rangers. David Platt also returned to Britain from Italian shores by signing for Arsenal from Sampdoria for £4.75m.

    Paul Gascoigne
  68. Busy night for UCD manager


    Dublin university side UCD won through in the Europa League last night but their manager's excitement for the night was far from over...

  69. Chelsea loan Dane to Gladbach



    Chelsea have loaned Denmark defender Andreas Christensen to Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach for the season.

    The 19-year-old, who has played three times for the Blues, will be eligible to play for the Germans in this year's Champions League.

  70. West Ham signing imminent...


    Hold on to your hats...

  71. Signing of the summer


    Dan Henderson: Crystal Palace getting Cabaye and Stoke going for Shaqiri. They could be the moves of the transfer window!

    Max Kellar: Lot of people saying a deal is amazing based on transfer fee. Have to look at signing on fee and wages, like with Ayew deal!

    Lawrence Gartshore: Garry Monk's contact renewal is by far the best signing! Class manager.

  72. Vote on Hull name change tomorrow


    Hull City's proposed name change to Hull Tigers will be voted on - for what seems like the millionth time - on Saturday by the Football Association Council.

    Assem Allam first raised the idea two years ago, with fans not happy about the idea.

    It was rejected by the FA Council in April 2014, but that verdict was set aside after the club appealed to an independent arbitration tribunal.

    Allam says he will sell the club, now in the Championship, if he cannot change the name.

  73. Wickham relieved by Advocaat return


    Connor Wickham says he breathed "a sigh of relief" when Dick Advocaat confirmed he would be returning as Sunderland manager.

    The Dutchman joined the club in March and steered them to Premier League safety before deciding to step away, only to later change his mind.

    Connor Wickham and Dick Advocaat

    "I was surprised when he said he wasn't going to stay on," striker Wickham told BBC Radio Newcastle. "When he came back it was a sigh of relief for me almost. I was thinking 'not another manager' but it's good for me, good for the lads.

    "Hopefully he can get a grip and push us up and keep us afloat this season."

  74. Darmian in Manchester for medical


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Matteo Darmian

    Torino full-back Matteo Darmian is expected in Manchester today for a medical ahead of a £12.9m move to Manchester United, which should be completed this weekend.

    United's first summer signing Memphis Depay will be officially unveiled to the media at a news conference today at Old Trafford at 15:00 BST.

    Sportsday will bring you the best of that news conference later on Friday

  75. Rose ball hits spectator


    Justin Rose has reportedly hit an elderly spectator on the head with a wayward drive on the 16th at the Scottish Open. No word on any injuries but the Englishman is said to have been shaken by the incident.

    Justin Rose

    Rose is joint leader on eight under at Gullane with compatriot Daniel Brooks and Ireland's Shane Lowry. Johan Carlsson and Gregory Havret are also tied for the lead. Full leaderboard here.

  76. Martin has collarbone surgery

    Tour de France

    Tony Martin
    Image caption: Martin went down inside the final kilometre of the stage to La Havre

    Tony Martin has had surgery on the open fracture to his left collarbone that caused him to withdraw from the Tour.

    Then Etixx-Quick Step rider was leading the race when he fell in a dramatic crash at the end of stage six.

    You can follow live coverage of the seventh stage right here

  77. Signing of the summer?


    Paul Thompson: Falcao to Chelsea. May not seem it now but if anyone can reignite his goalscoring touch, it's Jose Mourinho. Watch this space.

    Krishna Kumar: Cech moving to Arsenal got to be the best signing of this window so far. WC goalie and a leader. A great bargain for Arsenal.

  78. Wijnaldum jetting in to Newcastle


    PSV Eindhoven have confirmed that Georginio Wijnaldum is on his way to England to discuss personal terms with Newcastle and undertake a medical (that's him doing his best aeroplane impression below).

    Press Association is reporting a transfer fee of 20m euros (£14.4m) for the Dutch midfielder, who would become boss Steve McLaren's first signing.

    Georginio Wijnaldum

    PSV technical manager Marcel Brands said: "Georginio Wijnaldum has left the players' hotel in Evian-les-Bains. The 24-year-old captain is on his way to England to reach a personal agreement there with Newcastle United."

  79. The shirt off his back


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Shirt printing

    Might be a while before this is needed for Manchester United's £31m new signing Memphis Depay, who is due to meet the media at 15:00 BST.

    Not only does the Dutchman not have a number, technically he doesn't have a shirt because United are yet to reveal what kit they will be wearing next season.

    Their 13-year deal with Nike expires on 31 July, when Adidas take over as their official shirt manufacturers for the next decade, after signing a £750m deal. For their forthcoming US tour, they will continue in last year's kit.

  80. Wimbledon 2015 live

    Djokovic v Gasquet (13:00 BST)

    Order of Play

    Centre Court is open for play. Novak Djokovic and Richard Gasquet are your players, BBC Sport's very own Aimee Lewis is your host. All that's left is you.

    Follow live TV, text and radio coverage here.

  81. 'Surreal day'


    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Karen Carney

    England midfielder Karen Carney has described her trip to Wimbledon, where she met David Beckham and the Duke and Duchess Cambridge, as 'a surreal day.'

    Carney, who returns to action with Birmingham City Ladies in the Women's Super League on Sunday, told BBC Sport the praise the whole squad has received since finishing third at the Women's World Cup has made the achievement mean "that extra bit more".

  82. O'Neill for Leicester?

    Football gossip

    Martin O'Neill

    Might we be getting a managerial appointment from Leicester City imminently?

    Bookmakers William Hill have suspended betting on who will replace Nigel Pearson after a series of large, four-figure sums were placed on Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill returning to the club.

  83. Inter want Chelsea winger


    Mohamed Salah

    Inter Milan are interested in Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah - but not until his dispute with Fiorentina is sorted.

    The 23-year-old Egyptian joined the Florence side on loan in January, and they claimed they had the option to extend it for 2015-16. But he has refused to return to the club, with Fiorentina considering legal action.

    "We are waiting to understand what the situation is, because for the time being, it seems that it is not clear who Salah's sporting rights belong to," Inter general director Marco Fassone told Tuttosport. "Should he free himself, the Egyptian could be a target of ours."

  84. England's Sanderson leaves Arsenal

    Women's Super League

    Lianne Sanderson

    Arsenal Ladies have confirmed that England striker Lianne Sandersonhas left the Women's Super League One club.

    The 27-year-old was a member of the World Cup squad in Canada, making two appearances as the Lionesses finished third.

  85. Albania-Serbia result is reversed


    Serbia fans

    Albania have been awarded a 3-0 win over Serbia after their Euro 2016 qualifier in October was abandoned after a drone with a political message flew over the Belgrade stadium.

    The Serbs had initially been awarded a 3-0 walkover by Uefa, because the drone had a pro-Albania flag, although they were deducted three points.

    But the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) has decided the abandonment was because of the violent reaction from Serbian fans and stewards.

    Serbia's three-point deduction stands, so they are now on minus-two points.

  86. Norwich back in for Brady?


    There's some suggestion that Norwich City have made a fourth bid for Hull winger Robbie Brady. BBC Humberside have been asking Hull about it...

  87. Europa League quiz


    Do you know your Europa League teams? Which of these teams are real and which are made-up names? I enjoyed this quiz on the Mirror website yesterday - you might too. My score for you to beat: 10/15.

  88. Ice rinks, local delicacies & bus bundles

    Tour de France

    Matt Slater

    BBC Sport

    Ever wonder how journalists cover the Tour de France? This clip offers a behind the scenes look...

  89. On this day


    Massimo Taibi

    In 2000: Manchester United agreed to sell goalkeeper Massimo Taibi to Reggina for £2.5m - just 10 months after splashing out £4.5m to bring him to Old Trafford.

    The Italian keeper - pictured here in his standard Red Devils pose - suffered a series of gaffes as he conceded 11 goals in his four games for United.

  90. West Brom in for Austin?

    Football gossip

    Steve Hermon

    Journalist, BBC WM

    Charlie Austin

    West Brom are the latest club to be linked with a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin but I'd be surprised if they were prepared to stump up the £15m that his current club are reported to be looking for.

    That said, the Baggies did break their transfer record on Brown Ideye last summer, who was proving to be a flop until Tony Pulis took over and got him scoring.

  91. Wednesday sign goalkeeper Price


    Lewis Price

    Sheffield Wednesday have signed Wales goalkeeper Lewis Price on a one-year contract.

    The 30-year-old left Crystal Palace at the end of last season, having made just six league appearances in five seasons. He ended the season on loan at Crawley.

  92. Scottish Open latest


    Justin Rose

    Justin Rose has made a strong start to the second day of the Scottish Open, posting three birdies in a row after starting with a bogey.

    He is currently sharing the lead with Sweden's Johan Carlsson on eight under, and Ireland's Shane Lowry is just one shot behind. Full leaderboard here.

  93. The Open Championship 2015


    Golf fans can follow every shot of the 2015 Open Championship across the BBC.

    Sixty years after first televising the event, the BBC will offer live and exclusive TV coverage from St Andrews, beginning on 16 July.

    The Open

    BBC Sport's digital platforms will provide a live video stream, with live text, score updates, interviews and analysis from presenters and pundits.

    Radio 5 live will also be across all four days in what is the 144th year of competition for the Claret Jug.

  94. Falcons sign prop Ryan

    Rugby Union

    Premiership club Newcastle Falcons have signed prop Paddy Ryan from French side Libourne on a two-year contract.

    The 24-year-old Munster academy product has previously had spells with London Welsh and Italian team Viadana.

    "He has a lot of potential and I'm looking forward to seeing him realise that," Falcons director of rugby Dean Richards told the club's website.

  95. Cabaye joins Palace


  96. Arda six months ahead


    Arda Turan

    It's likely to be January before Barcelona's £24m man Arda Turan can pull on that famous shirt for real. And it can't come soon enough, apparently.

    The former Atletico Madrid midfielder, who cannot play in official matches for six months because of a Fifa ban on registering players, said: "What is important to me is to adapt to Barca's playing style as quickly as possible.

    "As soon as I signed my contract and pulled on the shirt, I started to get nervous and I wanted to start playing. I hope these six months pass quickly."

    Turan could actually end up back at Atletico by the end of the month. With Barca having presidential elections on 18 July, a clause was included where he can be sent back if the new president doesn't want him.

  97. Signing of the summer


    Robbie Kahar: Pardew has a decent midfield that can challenge a lot of teams in Europe let alone in England.

    Anthony Hobson: Liverpool have done some good business, a few more outgoings and adding Lacazette, Vlaar and Shaqiri will see us progress.

    Paul Edwards: Easy one this - Andre Ayew to Swansea City on a free

  98. Lancaster explains decision

    Rugby union

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster on his decision to not bring Stephen Myler, Elliot Daly, Maro Atoje, Ed Slater and Nick Easter to their pre-World Cup training camp in the USA.

    "Elliot and Maro have fitted in and trained well and it's been great for them to be in this environment. I am sure other opportunities will come for both of them further down the line.

    "Steve and Ed, likewise, have contributed greatly. However, there is a lot of competition in the second row. I have spoken to all the players to explain that things can change very quickly and they can come back in at any point.

    "Nick will stay for treatment on his back rather than risk aggravating it further with travel and we look forward to him re-joining the squad in August."

  99. Five England players stay at home

    Rugby union

    Maro Itoje

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster has cut five players from his World Cup training squad ahead of their two-week trip to the USA.

    Fly-half Stephen Myler and centre Elliot Daly, plus forwards Maro Itoje, Ed Slater and Nick Easter, will not travel to Denver, Colorado tomorrow for the squad's high-altitude training camp in the Rockies.

    But 36-year-old Easter has been left at home for treatment to a back injury and will return to the squad back in England.

    The most notable omission is 20-year-old Atoje, who played a starring role in Saracens' Premiership title win last season and was being tipped as a "bolter" for Lancaster's final 31-man squad, which will be announced at the end of August.

  100. Wimbledon 2015 live


    Andy Murray v Roger Federer

    Are you ready? We are, and Andy Murray had better be, because he's up against Roger Federer for a place in the Wimbledon men's final.

    We've got TV, radio and live text coverage of the entire day's play, which includes the start of the wheelchair tennis too. Fancy a piece? You can find it all here.

  101. A new career for Barton?

    Rugby league

    Joey Barton
    Image caption: Barton tweeted a picture of his view pitchside during the game

    Unemployed footballer Joey Barton shadowed Wigan Warriors' coaching staff last night during their 26-24 win over Leeds Rhinos in the Super League.

    The 32-year-old ex-England midfielder, who left QPR this summer, went into the dressing room before and after the game and spoke to the players.

    "He came in before the game and was blown away by the level of detail we go into," said Wigan coach Shaun Wane. "It was pretty mind-blowing for him.

    "He's a big rugby league fan. He knew everybody - when the players went up to him, he knew more about them than they knew about him."

  102. Sterling on the up?


    Raheem Sterling

    Press Association are reporting that Raheem Sterling is back in training for Liverpool after claims of sickness and refusing to go on tour.

    It follows some choice words from former captain Steven Gerrard about the 20-year-old. Speaking to Sky Sports, the LA Galaxy man (yes, we understand how alien that sounds), said: "I'm not happy with all that carry-on and I don't think there's any need for it. They all need to be men about the situation.

    "Raheem needs to go in and speak to the owners and to Brendan himself, tell them what he wants and go about it that way. You don't have to throw illnesses in and refuse to go on tour."

  103. Monk's time at Swansea


    Garry Monk
    • Games: 60
    • Won: 24
    • Lost: 24
    • Drawn: 12
    • Win percentage: 40%
    • 2014-15 finish: 8th
  104. Monk ready for 'most important' season


    Garry Monk

    Fresh from signing his new three-year deal, Swansea boss Garry Monk has described the forthcoming Premier League season as the "most important and difficult for many clubs".

    Monk was alluding to the lucrative new TV deal for 2016-17, which will see £10.2m spent per match - a considerable incentive to stay up.

    He said: "I believe we have put good foundations in place, but now it's vital we build on that and push forward.

    "It is probably going to be the most important and difficult season many clubs will face in the Premier League ahead of the new broadcasting deal."

  105. Signing of the summer?


    Tony Kibble: Think Everton spending only £3m on Gerard Deulofeu has got to up there as best signing #Bargain

    Rishabh Kapoor: Pretty sure Cabaye took a paycut to move. That's something for Sterling to consider.

    Paul Clayton: Cabaye at Palace? Why on earth didn't Man Utd get him? Great squad player.

  106. Luna leaves Villa


    Antonio Luna

    Aston Villa have allowed left-back Antonio Luna to join Spanish side Eibar on a two-year deal.

    Villa signed the former Spain Under-20 international, now 24, in 2013 but he made only 18 appearances and had loan spells out at Verona and Spezia.

  107. High-five for Lionesses


    England women

    Fresh from a game-changing World Cup in Canada, England's women's team have risen to their highest-ever position in the Fifa rankings.

    Mark Sampson's team now stand fifth, up one place, thanks to their third-place finish in the tournament. There is a change at the top, with champions USA now leading the world followed by Germany, but hosts Canada drop out of the top 10 after just two wins in five games against lesser-ranked teams.

    Meanwhile, Scotland are up one place to 20th, Wales are down two and sit 37th, and Northern Ireland remain 66th.

  108. Bolt on for London


    Usain Bolt

    Athletics fans, rejoice. Usain Bolt has been confirmed for this month's Anniversary Games in London, which also serves as the Diamond League event.

    And on that note, American Justin Gatlin - who has served two doping bans - ran the joint second-fastest 100m time of 2015 at the Lausanne meeting on Thursday, beating Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay. You can read the report here.

  109. Henderson named Reds captain


    Steven Gerrard

    Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrardspoke to BBC Sport yesterday about Jordan Henderson being his likely replacement.

    "Jordan's been loyal to the club by signing a new deal and I wish him well," Gerrard, 35, told BBC Sport.

    "I don't think there's a more fitting player to take that armband off me. I see a lot of my game in Jordan's game and what I like about him is he's very humble."

  110. Henderson named Reds captain


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praised Jordan Henderson after naming the England international his Reds captain.

    "Jordan is someone who leads through example - through his actions, attitude and application. He shows total commitment to the game and is a role model professional.

    Jordan Henderson

    "He is also greatly respectful of the great traditions associated with being Liverpool captain and the responsibilities that come with it. He has been blessed to learn first-hand from one of the greatest the club has ever had, in Steven Gerrard.

    "Jordan has grown as a person and as a player since arriving at Liverpool and is ready to take up this challenge. He will be his own person, with his own style of leadership and his own ideas and methods."

  111. Henderson named Reds captain


    Jordan Henderson

    Liverpool have named 25-year-old midfielder Jordan Henderson as their new captain.

    It has slipped under the radar over the last few months, but long-standing captain Steven Gerrard has left for LA Galaxy, apparently.

    Let's see how many buzz-words Henderson got into his quotes.

    "I'm absolutely delighted and proud. It is a great honour and a huge privilege to be named as the captain of this football club.

    "I'll look to give my best all of the time, put the team firmly first and try to give them - or help them with - whatever they need from me."

  112. McEachran complete Brentford move


    Josh McEachran

    Josh McEachran has completed his £750,000 move from Chelsea to Brentford. The England Under-21 midfielder, now 22, has signed a four-year deal with the Championship club.

  113. Tour de France - Stage 7

    Livarot - Fougeres, 190.5km (118.3 miles)

    Tour de France stage seven profile

    Britain's Chris Froome is in the overall lead of the Tour de France after race leader broke a collarbone at the end of Thursday's stage and withdrew from the race.

    Froome's Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas expects Friday's stage to be just as dramatic. "Today will certainly be a bunch sprint," he said. "It will be pretty chaotic because it's still the first week of the race and it's still stressful.

    "For Team Sky today will be all about keeping Froome up at the front. Our bigger guys like Ian Stannard, Luke Rowe, Bernhard Eisel and Christian Knees, will look to keep him out of trouble. These are the stages when they work hardest."

  114. Cabaye relishes Palace move


    Yohan Cabaye has been speaking about his £10m move from Paris St-Germain to Crystal Palace.

    "I'm happy to be here. I've been waiting for the decision, had the medical and now I can't wait to focus on my new team, a new season and my new life," he told the club's website.

    "I wanted to come and play for Palace because there are some really strong players here. They finished very well last season and I think they can compete to get into the top eight.

    The battle for the top eight? Is that a thing now?

  115. Have your say on Cabaye on the MOTD Facebook page

    Nisaar Ahmed: Why didn't United or Gunners nab him? Even Liverpool and Spurs could have benefited with him in the squad.

    Jamie Rye: Far too good a player to be at a club like Palace. Credit to them they are a handy side. Puncheon, Bolasie and Cabaye - that's a good midfield.

    Alex Cook: I'm a Palace fan and I'm still pinching myself. Well done to Alan Pardew and the board for showing some real intent. All we need now is a quality striker and we'll be top 10 again.

  116. Can Cabaye keep form going?


  117. Sunderland win pre-season friendly

    Darlington 2-4 Sunderland

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Sunderland came down from 2-0 to beat neighbours Darlington 4-2, with two goals from Italian winger Emanuele Giaccherini helping Dick Advocaat's men on their way to victory at Heritage Park.

  118. Get involved

    We want to know your thoughts - is Crystal Palace's signing of Paris St-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye for a fee starting at £10m the best summer signing so far?

    And with £10m signings for mid-table or lower clubs becoming more common (West Ham paid more than that for Dimitri Payet), is this is the strongest financially the Premier League has ever been?

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter (#bbcsportsday), and on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  119. Palace break record for Cabaye


    Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish seems very pleased for a man who's just signed a cheque for £10m...

    And club ambassador Mark Bright seems equally pleased...

  120. 'Woodcote high exclusive'


    Crystal Palace have in the past announced signings through a sponsor before an official club announcement. 

    Well last night, a secondary school broke the news of Yohan Cabaye's signing after assistant boss Keith Millen spoke at the school.

  121. First Test - Day 3 live

    Ashes 2015

    Play gets under way in Cardiff at 11:00 BST with Australia resuming on 264-5, trailing England by 166.

    You can follow all the action here and catch up with all of Thursday's action in just two minutes by watching Pint-Sized Ashes.

  122. Monk signs new Swansea contract


    Garry Monk

    Swansea City have handed manager Garry Monk a new three-year deal.

    The 36-year-old was named Swans boss in February 2014, initially as interim player-manager, and led the club to eighth place last season.

    Chairman Huw Jenkins said: "It's deserved reward for the fantastic season we've just had and all Garry's hard work, commitment and loyalty to our football club over many years."

  123. Cabaye in numbers

    Yohan Cabaye
    • Career goals (league): 58
    • International caps: 34
    • International goals: 3
    • Position: Midfielder
    • Teams: Lille (2004-2011, 37 goals), Newcastle United (2011-2014, 18 goals), PSG (2014-2015, three goals)
  124. Palace break record for Cabaye


    Yohan Cabaye

    Yoann Cabaye has signed a three-year deal with Crystal Palace.

  125. BreakingPalace break record for Cabaye