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  1. TTFN

    It's been a busy day of stuff we've been waiting to happen, actually happening....

    Raheem Sterling left Liverpool and signed for Manchester City in a £49million move.

    Carl Froch retired: The 38-year-old won 33 of his 35 fights, with 24 victories by knockout.

    Robin Van Persie completed a move to Fenerbahce, but insisted there were no hard feelings over his departure from Manchester United.

    Anyway, it's been very entertaining hearing all your #mysportingcv stories. A highlight being the moment we brought together the winner and runner-up from the Ice Cricket World Cup...

    ice cricket

    Good work, chaps. That's sportsmanship for you.

    Until next time, have a great evening all.

  2. Football union helps skater

    Figure Skating

    German speed skater Claudia Pechstein is to get financial backing from the world footballers' union as she bids to win damages after a doping ban.


    The five-time Olympic champion has no connection to football, but Fifpro said her case highlighted its own concerns about the Court of Arbitration (CAS).

    Pechstein, 43, was banned for two years in 2009 over irregular blood results, but she never failed a drugs test.

    CAS rejected her appeal against the International Skating Union's ban, but in January, a Munich court ruled Pechstein could go ahead with a lawsuit demanding more than £2.8m in damages over lost earnings.

  3. Haimona's Italy blow

    Rugby Union

    Italy's World Cup preparations have been dealt a blow, with a setback for fly-half Kelly Haimona in his recovery from an arm injury.


    Haimona broke his arm during Italy's final game of the Six Nations campaign against Wales in March, but the injury has not healed properly.

    He has now left the Azzurri's World Cup training camp to continue his rehabilitation, having been told that he cannot do any contact work for the next 30 days.

  4. Land of Hope and glory


    Sports Illustrated
    Image caption: Defender Whitney Engen, goalkeeper Hope Solo and forward Amy Rodriguez

    Sports Illustrated have produced 24 different covers for their new edition. There will be 23 featuring each player from the USA team who won the Women's World Cup and one with their coach Jill Ellis.

  5. Caught in a trap

    Open Championship

    English golfer Luke Donald has been quite taken with this St Andrews back garden...

    Luke Donald

    "Someone is really taking their bunker game seriously. This is awesome."

  6. Confirmed Tuesday Transfers so far...


    Here is a list of the confirmed transfers from today (so far)...

    BBC transfers

    For details and quotes of all deals, visit our transfers page.

  7. Ennis-Hill leaving us hanging...


    Jessica Ennis-Hill says she will decide whether to compete at the World Championships in Beijing next month after her performances at the Anniversary Games in London this week.

    Jess Ennis-Hill

    Watch the full interview with the Olympic heptathlon champion here.

    Watch coverage of the Anniversary Games on BBC TV: Friday 24 July, 19:00-20:00, BBC Three & 20:00-22:00, BBC Two; Saturday, 25 July, 14:20-17:20, BBC Two.

  8. Blades' Baxter given suspended drugs ban


    Sheffield United midfielder Jose Baxter has been given a five-month ban for a failed drugs test.

    Jose Baxter

    Baxter was suspended by the club in May after he failed an out-of-competition test, but denied any wrongdoing.

    The midfielder was found guilty at a Football Association personal hearing.

    However the remaining three months of the ban have been suspended for two years so he is available for the Blades' first league game on 8 August.

  9. From Cobra to Caldwell


    On the same day boxer Carl Froch announced he is hanging up his gloves, Steven Caldwell has announced his retiring from football.

    Steven Caldwell

    The former Scotland defender, 34, was captain of MLS side Toronto FC after playing in England for Newcastle, Sunderland, Burnley, Wigan and Birmingham.

  10. QPR pre-season result


    QPR have lost 1-0 to AS Monaco in a pre-season friendly in Chatillon, Italy.


    The Loftus Road club shouldn't feel too bad though. They will receive 20% of the transfer fee for Raheem Sterling going to Manchester City. That's 20% of £49 million...

  11. 'Starc should be fine'


    More team news ahead of the second Ashes test at Lord's on Thursday:

    Mitchell Starc is winning his battle to be fit for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, says Australia captain Michael Clarke.

    Starc took pain-killing injections for an ankle injury during last week's first-Test in Cardiff and has, according to the skipper, reacted "positively" to treatment ahead of the start of the second Test on Thursday.


    "Spending a bit of time with the Australian physio, he's confident that, although it's a short turnaround before the second test, there's been a lot of positives that have come out of the last couple of days since he was cortisoned, and things are going really well there," Clarke told Melbourne radio station Triple M.

    "Starcy obviously had some ankle pain and had an injection to bowl in the second innings, but the positive again was the fact he was able to bowl and do what was needed for the team."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 10:25 BST, Thursday 16 July

  12. Raheem who?


    Divock Origi scored his first goal for Liverpool FC as they beat Thai All Stars 4-0 in Bangkok.

    Other goals came from Markovic, Sakho, and Lallana.

    Divock Origi
  13. More on Van Persie's transfer to Fenerbahce


    The details on the deal are yet to be confirmed but he hinted he had agreed to terms on a three-year contract at a news conference earlier today.

    Van Persie

    He also confirmed he's spoken to other clubs about a move and that he had "no hard feelings" against Manchester United.

    "It's part of football, it's part of life. I had a good moment with the players the day before I came to Istanbul so that was special".

  14. Teenager Gray pens new deal with Birmingham


    Demarai Gray

    Birmingham City's teenage winger Demarai Gray has signed a new three-year contract at St Andrew's.

    Birmingham-born Gray, 19, came through the academy system at the Championship club and made his senior debut as a 17-year-old in October 2013.

    The England Under-20 international has played 52 times for Blues and scored seven goals, including a hat-trick in a 6-1 win over Reading last December.

    "It is our biggest signing of the summer so far," boss Gary Rowett said.

  15. Get Involved - My sporting CV

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    What's your claim to sporting fame. We aren't picky what sport or how great the achievement...

    Jason Flynn-Wall: Two Time Conkers Champion, under-12's

  16. 'Oh I say!'


    Have you got a bad case of WWW....?

    "Women's World Cup Withdrawal"

    We have put together this round-up of the best of the action from the weekend's Women's Super League.

    If this image hadn't given it away, there are a plethora of goals for your enjoyment.

    Womens Super League
  17. Curran takes five on debut

    Kent 336, Surrey 37-0

    Surrey's teenage debutant Sam Curran took three more wickets in the afternoon session to finish with figures of 5-101.

    The 17-year-old finally broke a seventh-wicket stand of 151 between Sam Billings and Calum Haggett when he trapped Billings lbw for 99. Haggett was the final man to go for 80, his highest first-class score, to give Curran his five-for as Kent were all out for 336.

    Surrey began their first innings after tea and moved quickly to 37-0.

    Click here for the full scorecard.

  18. Man City's number seven


    Sterling will wear the number seven shirt as he did here in his England under-16 days.

    Raheem Sterling

    Let's hope City can provide a kit that fits him better...

  19. Man City confirm Sterling deal


    Raheem Sterling
  20. Van Persie completes switch


    And another big bit of transfer news... Robin van Persie has officially completed his move from Manchester United to Fenerbahce for an undisclosed fee.

    The Netherlands striker, 31, was unveiled in front of about 10,000 supporters inside the club's stadium.


    He said: "I promise you one thing - I will do everything in my power to help Fenerbahce win as many trophies to make you happy. Let's do it together."

    Van Persie spent three years at United, scoring 58 goals, after signing from Arsenal for £24m.

    Full story here.

  21. Man City confirm Sterling deal


    Liverpool have marked the completion of the deal with this rather terse statement...

  22. Man City confirm Sterling deal


    Speaking about his new signing, Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini described Sterling as "one of the best attacking players in world football".


    "I am very much looking forward to him joining our squad out in Australia later this week," added the manager.

    "He is a young player with outstanding ability, and I am sure the Manchester City fans will be very excited about seeing him in action for the team."

  23. Man City confirm Sterling deal


    Raheem Sterling
  24. BreakingMan City confirm Sterling deal


    Manchester City have confirmed the signing of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling on a five-year deal.

  25. Harrison fifty aids Durham recovery

    Durham 314 & 148, Warwickshire 198

    Another fascinating session at Chester-le-Street saw Jamie Harrison's half-century rescue Durham from 55-7 to post 148 all out.

    Coming in at number nine, Harrison hit 53 as he took Durham to a lead of 264. However, with conditions still tough for batting, Warwickshire face a difficult evening session to give themselves a chance on the final day.

    Click here for the full scorecard.

  26. Who next for Russia?


    Rafael Saakov

    BBC Russian Service

    Leonid Slutsky

    Now, after almost a decade of highly paid foreign managers - era of Hiddink, Advocaat and Capello - Russian football authorities have decided to switch to home-grown coaches.

    The RFU is planning to announce a new head coach within the next couple of weeks and they have already said he will be Russian.

    The main candidate seems to be CSKA Moscow's coach Leonid Slutsky - called "the Russian Mourinho" - who led the club to back-to-back victories in the Russian league during last three seasons. However, Slutsky can only dream of a salary that Capello had.

  27. Capello concessions?


    Rafael Saakov

    BBC Russian Service

    As expected, the Russian Football Union (FRU) did not disclose the amount of compensation that Fabio Capello has will receive for the termination of his contract.

    Fabio Capello

    Some RFU bosses called it an unprecedented contract - both for its value and length - and said on Tuesday there has been "mutual agreement" on the parting but what concessions did Capello make?

    Reports in Russia suggest the former England manager has received 15m euros (£10.7m) in compensation, meaning they managed to "save" about 8m euros that Capello was apparently due.

  28. Kirby 'does not know' transfer fee


    Fran Kirby

    While Manchester City have been busy splashing out £49m on Liverpool's Raheem Sterling, last week England striker Fran Kirby joined Chelsea for what was reported to be a British women's record fee.

    The transfer was reported to be worth between £40,000 and £60,000 - though Kirby says she's unaware of the figures involved.

    "I'm not here to worry about the money," she said. "There is some pressure, but that comes with playing for a top side. I've just got to make sure I'm playing well."

  29. BreakingJenkinson signs new deal


    Full back Carl Jenkinson has signed a new contract with Arsenal and immediately re-joined West Ham United on loan.


    The 23-year-old spent will stay at Upton Park for the season, after a successful campaign there last year - making 32 league appearances for the Hammers and helping the club qualify for the Europa League.

  30. Sanogo to go?

    Football gossip


    Daily Mail: Ajax are in discussions with Arsenal about a season-long loan move for 22-year-old striker Yaya Sanogo. The French forward spent part of last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

  31. Women's Super League must capitalise on England, says Moore


    Jade Moore

    The Women's Super League "needs to capitalise" on England's recent success at the World Cup, says Birmingham midfielder Jade Moore.

    The 24-year-old was part of Mark Sampson's squad, who finished third at the recent tournament in Canada.

    Record crowds turned out on Sunday to watch the first domestic matches held since the players returned home.

    "Everyone always says supporters come when you achieve something," she told BBC Sport.

  32. Get Involved - My sporting CV

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Karen Smith: I won a competition by the National Lottery to become the 'Games Brain of Britain' in the run up to the London Olympics and Paralympics. Not very good at sport due to hip dysplasia but I also won a holiday to Sydney and had dinner with Sir Steve Redgrave.

  33. Moses 'in Chelsea's plans'


    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has hinted that Victor Moses may be in Chelsea's plans for the Premier League campaign after the Midlands club were unable to extend his loan spell at the Britannia Stadium.

    The Nigeria international winger netted four goals in 23 appearances while on loan at Stoke last season.


    "I think Chelsea have taken a view on Victor," said Hughes, in Singapore with Stoke for the Asia Trophy. "What they're thinking is that they would possibly like to keep him although if they go into the market again, they could change that idea.

    "Victor did exceptionally well for us. He showed enough in his time with us to make Chelsea very aware of the talent he has, so it could be that he now plays a part for Chelsea this year."

  34. Wimbledon sign Iron striker Taylor


    League Two side AFC Wimbledon have signed Scunthorpe United striker Lyle Taylor for an undisclosed fee.

    The 25-year-old scored four goals in 25 appearances for the Iron last season, and spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Partick Thistle.

    "I was interested in Lyle as soon as I heard that Scunthorpe might want to let him go," Dons boss Neal Ardley said.

  35. Celtic have stadium wrapped up


    Celtic Park

    The Herald are reporting that Celtic have wrapped the facade of their ground with the largest piece of stadium branding in the history of British football. The design wraps both ends of Parkhead and stands 21 metres tall and 202 metres long.

  36. Moore wants 1,000 games as a manager


    Ronnie Moore

    Ronnie Moore wants to reach the career milestone of 1,000 games as a manager and wants to achieve that feat while in charge of his current club Hartlepool.

    Moore, 62, reached the 28th anniversary of his first managerial appointment at Tranmere in February this year.

    He has since managed 857 matches during his career with Rovers, Rotherham, Oldham and Pools.

    "I've been in football all my life, it would be nice to stay here and get to 1,000 games," Moore told BBC Tees.

  37. BreakingFroome extends Tour de France lead

    Road Cycling

    Britain's Chris Froome has won stage 10 of the Tour de France to La Pierre-Saint-Martin to strengthen his grip on the race leader's yellow jersey.


    Team Sky team-mate Richie Porte sprints past Movistar's Nairo Quintana to finish second with the Colombian third.

  38. Carl Froch retirement reaction


    The boxing world are expressing their gratitude and admiration for Carl Froch who has officially announced his retirement today.

  39. Somerset set 219 off 40 overs

    Middlesex 283 & 132-6d v Somerset 197

    Having reached 132-6 on the final day at Northwood, Middlesex captain James Franklin has decided to declare, setting Somerset 219 to win from 40 overs.

    Middlesex are currently second in the Division One table, 141 points behind leaders Yorkshire.

    Click here for the full scorecard.

  40. Get Involved

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Earlier we posted this...


    ...we have just received this:

    Alan Curr: Wounder! I tweet @BBCSport about being a runner up in the Ice Cricket World Cup, and they print the bloke who won! #mysportingcv #FirstLoser

    We are sorry for undermining your brilliant achievement Alan.

  41. Reds stroll to victory


    Good start to Liverpool's pre-season tour.

  42. India too strong


    India have beaten Zimbabwe by 83 runs in the third one-day international to win the series 3-0.

    India scored 276-5 in 50 overs with Kedar Jadhav 105 not out and Manish Pandey hitting 71. In reply, Zimbabwe were skitled out for 193 in 42.4 overs, despite an impressive knock of 82 from Chamu Chibhabha.

  43. Michu cuts ties with Swansea


    Swansea manager Garry Monk has confirmed that Spain international Michu will not play for the club again.

    Michu took the Premier League by storm in his first season in English football in 2012-13 when he scored 22 goals following his £2m move from Rayo Vallecano.


    But his second season was disrupted by injury and the same happened again when he was on loan at Napoli last term.

    "He won't be with the squad this year," Monk told the South Wales Evening Post. "I now think we have kind of moved on as a squad. We had a big transition last year."

    Michu - who had a year remaining on his Swans contract - is now free return home to Spain, with reported interest from Granada and former club Rayo.

  44. Northern Ireland striker joins Wigan


    Wigan Athletic have signed Northern Ireland strikerWill Grigg from Brentford for an undisclosed fee on a three-year deal.

    The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at MK Dons where he scored 22 goals, including two against Manchester United in the League Cup.

    "He's a proven goalscorer at League One level and had a superb season last year," said Wigan boss Gary Caldwell.

  45. A Tribute to Carl Froch


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Later on, Mike Costello and Steve Bunce look back at the career of Carl Froch, including moments like the one illustrated below, after the former super-middleweight champion announced his retirement from boxing today.

    A Tribute to Carl Froch, Tuesday 14 July, BBC Radio 5 live, 22:00 BST

    Carl Froch
  46. Glamorgan set 462 to win

    Essex 279 & 344-4 (dec), Glamorgan 162

    Nick Browne

    BBC Essex's Glenn Speller at Chelmsford:

    "Essex's domination continued into the afternoon session as they set Glamorgan 462 for victory.

    "Nick Browne (129) and Liam Dawson's opening partnership of 237 beats the previous best against Glamorgan which had stood since 1991.

    "Dawson fell agonisingly short of a seventh first class century as he chipped a catch back to Ingram for 99.

    "Jesse Ryder and Ryan ten Doeschate added quick runs and Glamorgan will have 35 overs to survive on day three. The pitch is showing signs of variable bounce and taking spin."

  47. No pain, no gain


    "Worst part of pre season without a doubt," says Southampton midfielder Harrison Reed on Instagram.

    Harrison Reed

    A few of us in the BBC Sport office have just come back from playing fives and look just like that...

  48. Maxwell to replace injured Finch

    County cricket

    Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has agreed to extend his deal with Yorkshire to replace injured compatriot Aaron Finch.

    The 26-year-old was due to join the Australia A squad in India but will instead remain at Headingley after Finch returned home with a foot injury.

    He will now be eligible for all three formats of the game, although New Zealand's Kane Williamson will join Yorkshire for their final four Championship fixtures.

  49. Turned out nice again


    If Liverpool's players thought they'd be able to top up their tans on the pre-season tour to Thailand, it looks like they were very much mistaken.


    Mind you, the downpour doesn't seem to be affecting their performance on the pitch. They remain 3-0 up against Thailand All Stars with 20 minutes remaining.

  50. Arsenal in Singapore


    There's always one who spoils it for the rest of them.... 

  51. Don't go Pedro


    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says he does not want Pedro to leave but will respect whatever decision the Spain forward makes about his future.

    Pedro revealed earlier in the week that the club had received offers for him, amid reports he is poised to join English champions Chelsea.


    Enrique - who used Pedro mainly as a substitute last term - said: "I don't want anyone to leave but we have to respect his decision.

    "I do not deceive anyone and I do not guarantee anyone playing time. It will be his personal decision."

  52. Bring your brolly


    If Liverpool's players were expecting to top up their tans while in Thailand, looks like they were sadly mistaken.

    Mind you, it's not stopping them doing the business on the pitch. They remain 3-0 up against Thailand All Stars.

  53. Wenger on Cech


    Arsene Wenger has been singing the praises of goalkeeper, Petr Cech who after 11 years at Chelsea, signed for title challengers, Arsenal. "We've added experience and strengthened the belief of our squad".

    Per Mertesacker also had positive words for his new teammate: "From day one on, you felt his presence. He communicates well on and off pitch"

    Per Mertesacker and Arsene Wenger
  54. Get Involved - My sporting CV

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Aquila: Took a rocket shot when 12 to the nethers. Didn't cry.

    Elaine Dove: I finished last out of 8647 in the Edinburgh a marathon - but I still finished.

    Oliver Graham: Winning the ice cricket world club championship in Tallin 2008.

    Ice cricket?

  55. Lallana strikes


  56. Wakefield's Smith becomes a Giant

    Rugby League

    Daniel Smith

    Wakefield prop forward Daniel Smith has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Huddersfield Giants.

    The 22-year-old is available for the Giants against Catalan on Saturday.

    Giants prop forward Anthony Mullally will join Wakefield as part of a swap deal, before moving to new club Leeds Rhinos at the end of the season.

  57. Woolford swaps Lions for Blades


    Midfielder Martyn Woolford has been reunited with manager Nigel Adkins after agreeing a two-year deal to join Sheffield United.

    The 29-year-old spent the last two seasons at Millwall, scoring 11 goals in 79 appearances, and becomes Adkins's first signing of the summer. The duo previously worked together at Scunthorpe.

  58. Motta eyes Inter return


    Paris St Germain midfielder Thiago Motta has revealed he is open to a return to Inter.

    The Italy international is under contract with the Ligue 1 champions for another season but is a reported target of several European clubs this summer.


    Motta's former clubs Atletico Madrid and Inter are keen to acquire the 32-year-old's services and the Brazilian-born player has fuelled transfer speculation by telling Gazzetta dello Sport: "I get the impression that a cycle is coming to an end for me.

    "Returning to Inter would be a real challenge, as [Inter coach Roberto] Mancini has shown with his choice to join the club again at a delicate moment.

    "It would be stimulating but also natural to rediscover a place where I won everything."

  59. Ricketts sees bright outlook


    Sam Ricketts

    Coventry's new signing Welsh international defender Sam Ricketts says it was the club's potential that persuaded him to sign after being released by Wolves.

    The hugely experienced 33-year-old has agreed a one-year deal at the Ricoh Arena after two years at Molineux.

    "The size and potential of Coventry is obvious," Ricketts told BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. "It's such a big club and there's plenty of ambition there."

  60. Spieth has high golf IQ


    Jordan Spieth's "golfing IQ" makes him a leading contender for the Open Championship at St Andrews, according to Sir Nick Faldo.

    Spieth, 21, was out practising at St Andrews yesterday (see the piccie below) but chose to play the John Deere Classic in the US at the weekend - a tournament he won - instead of practising links golf at the Scottish Open.


    Ex-European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley believes Spieth's chances of winning a third major of 2015 could be hindered by his preparation.

    But Faldo said: "Jordan has got this great ability - many people play practice rounds with him and the next day he'll be talking about the golf course and they'll have missed everything he's talking about, all the little subtle slopes.

    "He's obviously got a very high golfing IQ and he takes a lot on board."

  61. On this day


    Willie Limond and Amir Khan

    In 2007, Amir Khan got up off the floor to win the Commonwealth lightweight title against Scotland's Willie Limond.

  62. Liverpool extend lead


    Half time in Bangkok

  63. Gray staying a Blue


    Winger Demarai Gray has signed a new three-year deal with Birmingham.

    The 19-year-old winger has made 52 appearances for the club and scored seven goals.


    Boss Gary Rowett said: "From the minute I walked into the club, you could tell he was a special talent. He can play in the Premier League if he keeps listening."

    Birmingham rejected four bids from Bournemouth last season, the Cherries upping their bid to £3m for the teenager.

  64. Crewe close to snaring a Fox


    Fox-hunting is in the news today and Crewe have decided to join in.

    Not in the way you think, with chaps on horseback going tally-ho, instead they are close to finalising a deal for midfielder David Fox, who decided to leave Colchester last month to return to the north-west.

    David Fox

    The 31-year-old has had talks with the Alex boss Steve Davis and is set to become his third signing of the summer.

    "Foxy's been brilliant - he's got a great attitude and he brings great experience to a young team," Davis told BBC Radio Stoke. "He's in pole position now and that's something that'll happen very shortly."

  65. Sterling completes Man City medical


    BBC Sport's David Ornstein has been loitering in the bushes and sends this update...

  66. Thai All Stars v Liverpool


    Liverpool are 1-0 up against the Thai All Stars in Bangkok. Lazar Markovic scored after 4 minutes.

    New signing Danny Ings has had a goal disallowed for a foul by Mamadou Sakho.

  67. Ranieri reaction


    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Esteban Cambiasso

    More on the news that Leicester City have filled their vacant manager's position...

    Claudio Ranieri's experience and relationship - good or bad - with Esteban Cambiasso while at Inter Milan is something Foxes fans are clinging on to in the hope it sees last season's player of the season return for another term.

    Hopes are also high that the current assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh - not to be confused with the former City player of the same name - will stay on, especially given Walsh worked with Ranieri at Stamford Bridge for a number of years.

  68. Any familiar faces?


    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Troy Deeney

    Talk among Watford fans is how many players from last season will start against Everton on the opening day of the new campaign.

    Striker and captain Troy Deeney is a certainty barring injury, while defender Craig Cathcart, midfielder Almen Abdi and forward Matej Vydra are all likely candidates, too.

    The Hornets could still be looking to offload a few, including Lewis McGugan and Lloyd Dyer, while Daniel Tozser has announced he's leaving.

  69. Siddle questions Anderson's comments


    More from Australia bowler Peter Siddle. He says: "I've played four Ashes series and not had a drink with the other team until after the last Test.

    "It is always hard, aggressive matches from both countries but after the game we move on to the next one and go again. We will be happy to have a drink with England at the end of the series."

    Adam Lyth

    England opener Adam Lyth said: "It would've been nice to share a beer but at the end of the day it's up to them. The door will be open and likewise if we get beat we will be knocking on their door with a few beers."

  70. England / Australia news conferences

    Second Test, England v Australia (Thur, Lord's)

    Australia bowler Peter Siddle, who could feature in this week's second Ashes Test later this week if Mitchell Starc fails to recover from an ankle injury, has been talking to the media.

    Yesterday, England's James Anderson said Australia's players rejected the offer of a post-match drink after the first Test, which England won by 169 runs.

    "This is the fifth Ashes series I've played in and it's the first time anyone has gone for a drink after just one Test," said Siddle. "It's interesting coming from Jimmy as at the Oval (in 2013) he said 'I don't know why we do this, I can't stand this'.

    "It's interesting comments but we know what Jimmy is like."

  71. Get Involved

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    What is your greatest sporting achievement?

    One of our Sportsday team was Hampshire District Sports Quoit Throw champion aged 10. (I could have been "a somebody"...)

    George Baldock: Won the first major of the year at my golf club despite a hole in 10. #highhandicapper

    Haroun: Year 13 school cricket, a 90-run partnership with Rob Newton (now with Northants)...I contributed 4 runs.

    Karl Barr: Scored winner of Under 11 Schools Cup, only for the ref (my dad) to give offside. 18 years on, he told me match had to be a draw.

    Lee Freeman: I ran the 100m sprint in 10.5 sec when I was still in school. All downhill from there though

    With times like that you could have been an Olympic hero, Lee...

  72. Tour de France, Stage 10: Warren Barguil crashes


    French rider Warren Barguil, who has been in decent form, is struggling. He gets off his bike just past a feed zone and heads to the side of the road. He looks a little bashed up but after catching his breath is back on his bike.

    Follow all the goings on of Stage 10 of the tour here.

    TourDeFrance live page
  73. Ashes 2015


    Australia's Brad Haddin will not be avaliable to play in the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

    Find out more here.

    Brad Haddin
  74. Thai All Stars v Liverpool


    Liverpool's first pre-season friendly at the Rajamangala Stadium in Bangkok kicks off at 14:00

    Line-up for the first half: Bogdan, Gomez, Toure, Sakho, Wisdom, Lucas, Rossiter, Teixeira, Markovic, Ings, Lambert.

    We will keep you in the loop...

  75. 'The ultimate test of nerve'


    Speaking of bowlers, our latest sporting iWonder guide asks: "What's it like to face a 90mph fast bowler?"

    If you are an aspiring cricketer or just admire the sport from afar, this is certainly one for you to peruse on your lunch break...

    Mitchell Johnson of Australia, Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga and Dale Steyn of South Africa
  76. Australia news conference

    Second Test, England v Australia (Thur, Lord's)

    Australia may have lost the first Ashes Test, but bowler Peter Siddle expects a different result at Lord's in the second Test, which begins on Thursday.

    Peter Siddle

    "We need to perform better with bat and ball," said Siddle. "Our standards over the last couple of years have been high quality but we let that slip in Cardiff. I remember in 1997 we lost the first Test and still won the Ashes. We will be playing strong and aggressive cricket and we will be looking to level the series.

    "What we have been is very consistent with our bowling and our line and length but we were not anywhere near our normal high standards - and that showed. But the boys are upbeat and want to turn things around - I can see a different contest this week."

  77. Stoke in Singapore


    Mark Hughes has revealed Ryan Shawcross and Philipp Wollscheid are both ruled out of their match against Everton.

    "Ryan has a little bit of trouble with his back, which will hopefully clear up quickly, whilst Philipp has had a bit of stiffness in his hamstring," he said.

    Ryan Shawcross and Mark Hughes
  78. England news conference

    Second Test, England v Australia (Thur, Lord's)

    England opening batsman Adam Lyth says he will not change his style of play in the second Test of the Ashes, which begins on Thursday.


    Lyth, who made scores of six and 37 in the opening Test, said: "I've just got to play my way and if it's there to be hit I will hit it and if it's a decent ball I will leave or defend it.

    "You have to play to your strengths. I'm an attacking batsman but I respect the conditions and the bowling. I've played here [at Lord's] quite a bit so fingers crossed I will get some runs this week."

  79. Tour De France: Stage 10 is under way


    Britain's Chris Froome is in the yellow jersey for the 10th stage. Follow it live here:

    Answers on a postcard to what the thing on wheels in the second picture is of.....

    Tour de france
    Tour De France
  80. Vote - your favourite Van Persie goal

    Get involved

    The vote is now closed and you, the Sportsday public, have decided that your favourite Robin van Persie goal from his Premier League career was his stunning volley against Aston Villa in season 2012/13.

    A total of 49% plumped for that striker, with 28% going for his striker against Charlton in 2006/07.

    Why not watch his top five again here...

  81. On this day



    In 2006, Juventus, Lazio and Fiorentina were relegated to Serie B, and AC Milan were deducted points, after an investigation into match-fixing in Italian football.

  82. Valdes 'not selected' by Van Gaal


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport in Seattle

    Victor Valdes

    Victor Valdes was simply "not selected" by manager Louis van Gaal for Manchester United's US tour.

    No matter which way you look at it, the decision seems to effectively end the Spaniard's short spell at Old Trafford. Does that mean Van Gaal has something else up his sleeve?

    Even without the uncertainty over David De Gea, United need a keeper. And would someone as astute at the Dutchman have taken a decision as significant as the one to leave Valdes at home without being reasonably sure what he was going to do about it?

  83. 'Tevez returns home'


    Former Juventus and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has been introduced to his old/new club, Boca Juniors in front of 40,000 fans.

  84. Get voting


    A polite reminder to get a move on if you have not yet voted for your favourite Robin van Persie Premier League goal.

    Withthe Dutch strikerpoised to end his lengthy spell in the Premier League by moving to Fenerbahce, BBC Sport have put together this clip of five of his best goals. But which is your favourite?


    You can vote on the right (if you're using a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on a mobile device).

    The vote closes at 12:30 BST and the usual terms and conditions apply. Six minutes left - do it now.

  85. Going up


    Good job BBC sports editor Dan Roan has a head for heights.

  86. Henshaw sets new mark

    IPC Swimming World Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    Charlotte Henshaw

    Britain's Charlotte Henshaw has broken her own European record to qualify for the SB6 100m breaststroke final at Tollcross Swimming Centre.

    Henshaw clocked one minute 37.45 seconds to beat her previous mark, set last month, by 0.11 seconds.

    But she finished second to 13-year-old heat winner Tiffany Thomas Kane of Australia (1:36.59), while Ellie Simmonds also qualified for Tuesday's final in third.

  87. Widnes sign Wolves centre Bridge


    Super League side Widnes Vikings have signed Warrington Wolves centre Chris Bridge on a two-year deal from 2016.

    The 31-year-old, who has been at Wolves since 2005 after joining from Bradford, was out of contract in November.

    Bridge has represented Ireland and England at international level and his versatility has seen him play at both full-back and half-back.

  88. Stambouli & Doumbia for Watford?


    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Seydou Doumbia

    As they continue preparations for life in the Premier League, Watford are in Germany this week where they will play friendly games against SC Verl on Wednesday, Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday and SC Paderborn 07 on Sunday.

    The Hornets have made six summer signings so far with more expected. Tottenham midfielder Benjamin Stambouli is still a target and the Ivory Coast and Roma striker Seydou Doumbia is also being strongly linked.

  89. De Bruyne to Blues?



    Daily Telegraph: Manchester City will attempt to push their summer spending towards the £100m mark this week by securing the signing of Wolfsburg's 24-year-old Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne.

  90. Get Involved - My sporting CV

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Jiff: Triple Jump - Attempted jumps: 1, Fouls: 1, Broken bones: 3

    Adam Gilbert: Year 11 top wicket-taker in the Fowey School cricket team... With two wickets. One was a run out.

    Chris: Winning English schools x country and every age group from 11 to 19 city & county champ.

  91. Yorkshire hope to extend Maxwell deal


    Glenn Maxwell

    Yorkshire are looking to extend their deal with Glenn Maxwell after Aaron Finch was ruled out for the rest of the season.

    Maxwell will join up with Australia A following Tuesday night's T20 Blast game with Worcestershire.

    Yorkshire are hopeful he will return at the end of the month to play both 50-over and County Championship cricket.

  92. Reflecting on covering Froch's career


    Robin Chipperfield

    BBC Radio Nottingham Sport

    The Carl Froch you've seen in front of a camera, heard on the radio, or read about is not the same one that many of us have been lucky enough to get to know over the past 12 years or so.

    The bombastic words and the 'trash talk' never appeared to sit easily with him during his 13-year professional career.

    You can read more of Robin's recollections here and listen to BBC Radio Nottingham's tribute programme - "Froch - a Nottingham legend" - tonight from 1800-1900 BST.

  93. Adeyemi agrees loan move


    Leeds United have signed Cardiff City midfielder Tom Adeyemi in a season-long loan deal, with a view to a permanent move.


    The 23-year-old joined Cardiff last summer, and made 23 appearances last season, scoring once.

    Adeyemi, who made his league debut for Norwich at the age of 17, previously played under Leeds boss Uwe Rosler during a loan spell with Brentford.

  94. Tiger Woods news conference

    The Open Championship (St Andrews, Thursday)

    A final word from Woods.

    Asked if he had given up hope of beating Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 major titles, the 39-year-old replied: "No, not at all. I'm still young. I'm not 40 yet.

    "I know some of you guys think I'm buried and done, but I'm still right here in front of you. I love playing. I love competing, and I love playing these events."

    He may still be a bit of an outsider to rewind the years and win the Claret Jug, but he certainly seems in a good place mentally. Could Woods be one to watch come Thursday? We shall see...

  95. Tiger Woods news conference

    The Open Championship (St Andrews, Thursday)

    A reporter - who deserves a medal for bravery - has just asked one of the greatest golfers that has ever lived if, at the age of 39, he had considered retiring from the game.


    Amazingly, Woods smiles and answers in good-natured fashion. "I am a way from doing that just yet," he smiles.


    "I feel my body is finally healed from the surgery I had last year. They say it takes you four to six months to get back but I know other athletes who say it takes over a year and I think they are closer to being right.

    "If I had gone through procedure and had kept the same golf swing it might have been easier. But I've changed my swing as well so I've had to fight both things at the same time."

  96. Tiger Woods news conference

    The Open Championship (St Andrews, Thursday)

    A remarkably relaxed Tiger Woods has faced the world's media ahead of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews.


    You may recall that yesterday he told BBC Sport he could win (if you missed the story, you can read it here). Today it seems he has lost none of that confidence.

    "I am optimistic because I playing so much better," said the former world number one. "I am able to shape the ball both ways and change my trajectory's and am very comfortable doing it. You have to be able to manoeuvre the golf ball on this course."

  97. Get Involved

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Penny farthing racing

    Dave Preece: 2014 British Open penny farthing racing champion and in 2015 Lands End to John O'Groats penny farthing in 15 days.

    We have a winner...

  98. Lost ball

    Open Championship

    English golfer Ian Poulter  had a surprise visitor to his St Andrews digs on Tuesday...

    "Just woke up and have a Titleist 2 with a black line and a red line on my balcony. Someone has hit it a big wide to get up here."

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  99. Xavi lashes out


    Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi has hit out at Real Madrid for failing to give departing captain Iker Casillas a fitting send-off before his switch to Porto.


    A tearful Casillas appeared alone in the Bernabeu stadium press room on Sunday, though after much criticism from media and the fans the club responded by organising an official presentation yesterday.

    Xavi, who received a glittering farewell ceremony when he left Barcelona to join Qatari side Al Sadd last season, told Spanish paper La Vanguardia: "It cannot be that maturing Spanish athletes are not shown sufficient respect, that people neglect to value everything they have done for their sport and instead focus on their defects, sometimes with malicious intent."

    Xavi, it should be noted, is a close friend of Casillas.

  100. Get Involved

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Sonja: Broke 800m school record, ran with the guys cause the girls were too slow, was still in the top 3.

    Liam Joyce: Would have to be stepping Chris Robshaw in an old boys game. He still denies it to this day.

    Ian Parrin: Saving five out of six penalty flicks in a school hockey semi final shootout to win the match for our side.

  101. Fisher hopes advance planning pays off


    Englishman Ross Fisher says he hopes his advance preparation will pay off when the 144th Open Championship starts at St Andrews on Thursday.


    Fisher ensured he can enjoy a relaxed build-up by playing two practice rounds on the Old Course last week, before playing in the Scottish Open at nearby Gullane.

    "I can now take it pretty easy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. I don't have to go out and take a look at the course as much as the people flying over from the United States," he said.

  102. Vote - your favourite Van Persie goal

    Get involved

    With Robin van Persie poised to end his lengthy spell in the Premier League by moving to Fenerbahce, BBC Sport have put together this clip of five of his best goals. But which is your favourite?

    You can vote on the right (if you're using a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on a mobile device).

    The vote closes at 12:30 BST and the usual terms and conditions apply.

  103. Tickets please


    Heard the one about the former England captain, hero of the thrilling 2005 Ashes win, who can't get tickets for the next Test at Lords?

    I expect Freddie will get quite a few replies to that tweet...

  104. Loan ranger


  105. Hughes on Johnson


    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes seems pleased with new signing Glen Johnson, saying the ex-Liverpool and England defender is "a proven, experienced player and this is a great move for him. I have been really impressed by what he has said to me".

    "We feel that he will have a big impact upon the team this season. We are delighted to have him here," he added.

    Glen Johnson
  106. Get involved - My sporting CV

    #mysportingcv or BBC Sport Facebook page

    Tell us the best thing on your sporting CV?

    Phil Butler: Scoring the wining goal in the Cup final when I was 17 (East Sussex - league division 4.)

    Killeen: Player of the Year for @thorntonfc U9s. Moved to other side of country, won POTY for Ingleby Barwick U11s. Retired.


    Steven Gyford: Nutmegged comedian Tim Vine as a 12-year-old during a kickabout.

  107. Uncertain future

    Formula 1

    Jenson Button has revealed that his future at McLaren remains uncertain, despite claims from Ron Dennis that he will still be racing for the team in 2016.

    Dennis, the McLaren CEO, said: "Jenson has a two-contract with McLaren. We are not even thinking about other drivers at the moment."


    But when asked if the comments from Dennis were an indicator that he would be in Formula 1 next year, Button said, said: "It is not a given, no - there are always options everywhere."

    It is understood that while Button, 35, signed a two-year contract at the end of last season, the second year relies on McLaren taking up an option on the 2009 world champion.

  108. Tiote refused visa


    Bad news for Cheick Tiote - the Newcastle midfielder is training back on Tyneside after being refused a visa to join the rest of the squad in the United States.

    The Ivory Coast international was not among the party which jetted out to America and head coach Steve McClaren has since confirmed he did not travel because of an administrative issue.


    McClaren told the Chronicle: "He has had visa complications and trying to get him over the visa issue has been difficult, but it wasn't successful. He is training back home."

    Tiote was given a seven-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months and 180 hours community service in October 2013 after admitting possession of a fake driving licence - though it is not clear whether this had anything to do with the 29-year-old failing to get a visa.

  109. Tour de France - Stage 10

    Tarbes - La Pierre-Saint-Martin, 167km (103.8 miles)

    Britain's Chris Froome is the holder of the overall leader's yellow jersey as the race resumes after Monday's rest day.

    But what lies ahead on Tuesday? Froome's Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas explains...

    Tour de France stage ten profile

    "Froome rode this stage after the Criterium du Dauphine and said it's pretty tough. It certainly looks that way from the stage profile, and if Froomey says it's a hard one, it really is. Sometimes after a rest day your legs can feel pretty weird - after racing full gas for nine days and then having a day without that high intensity you can feel pretty lethargic.

    "There's a flat start so a good chance for a breakaway to stay away on Bastille Day, but on the final climb we'll see the first real showdown between all the contenders for the yellow jersey."

    *Stage 10 starts at 11:25 BST. Live text coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  110. Ranieri reaction


    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Claudio Ranieri

    Claudio Ranieri threw his hat into the ring within five days of Nigel Pearson's departure from Leicester, although it took the bookmakers and some reporters quite a while to take his claim seriously with the likes of Jurgen Klopp and Martin O'Neill the talk of the town at the time.

    It's fair to say there's been a mixed reaction from fans to the appointment. Some are concerned his approach and footballing philosophy is so vastly different to Pearson's that it'll take a while to transition the squad, while others welcome his contacts within the game with a view to pushing the club on.

  111. 'Love him or hate him'


    Nice words about Froch from boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, who reckons the Nottingham fighter's greatest moment was his fifth round stoppage of Canada's Lucian Bute in 2012.