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  1. Until tomorrow...

    That's all from Wednesday's Sportsday.

    We'll be back from 08:00 BST on Thursday to bring you all the breaking transfer news from the world of football, plus updates from the second Ashes Test at Lord's, the Open Championship and the Tour de France.

    Goodbye for now.

  2. Legends compete in Champion Golfers' Challenge


    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport at St Andrews

    Twenty-seven former winners competed in the traditional Champion Golfers' Challenge on the eve of the 144th Open Championship at St Andrews.

    Champion Golfers' Challenge

    The sun finally shone as American legend Arnold Palmer and Australia's Peter Thomson both teed up in the celebratory four-hole contest at the age of 85.

    The illustrious group had 44 Open and 83 major victories between them.

    For the record, and not that it mattered, the fans who packed the grandstands saw the team contest finish in a four-way tie for first.

  3. Moore released from hospital

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Top jockey Ryan Moore is out of hospital after injuring his neck in a starting-stalls accident at Newmarket last week, but it remains unclear for how long he will be absent from the saddle.

    Moore's mother Jayne said she hoped her son, who'd been enjoying a record-breaking year including nine winners at Royal Ascot, would be back "soon".

  4. Aston Villa appoint sporting director


    Aston Villa have appointed Hendrik Almstadt as the club's first ever sporting director.

    The 40-year old German joins from Arsenal where he spent the last four years.

    According to Villa, his role with the Gunners included technical scouting, data analytics, financial budgeting and contract management, the academy and athletic development.

    Is that all?

  5. Pooley's tall story


    "It's a part of my daily life. They say: 'How tall are you? You're really tall aren't you? Aren't you tall? You're massive'."

    Welcome to the world of Isobel Pooley.

    Isobel Pooley

    The rising British star spoke to BBC Sport's Frank Keogh about the psychology of the high jump, her goal for the Rio Olympics - and being 6ft 3ins.

    Read more here.

  6. Rotherham sign Derby duo


    Rotherham United have signed defender Farrend Rawson and goalkeeper Kelle Roos on loan from Derby County.

    Roos, 23, has joined on a season-long loan, but will be ineligible to play against Derby, having also agreed a new deal until 2018 with the Rams.

    Rawson, 21, who spent a month on loan with the Millers last season, has signed on a six-month deal.

  7. The Tuffers and Vaughan Show


    Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell

    Join Phil Tufnell and Michael Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live from 20:30 BST as they look ahead to the start of the second Ashes Test at Lord's.

    You'll even get former Australia duo Brett Lee and Darren Lehmann thrown in for good measure.

  8. Kiwi Hardie gets Scotland call

    Rugby Union

    New Zealand-born back-row John Hardie has been called into the Scotland squad ahead of the World Cup.

    Highlanders back-row forward John Hardie

    The 26-year-old, who qualifies through his grandmother, has recovered from the rib injury that forced him to miss Highlanders' Super Rugby triumph.

    "Representing Scotland has been on my radar for a long time," said Hardie, who won the Under-19 World Championships with New Zealand in 2007.

  9. Celtic v Stjarnan (19:45 BST)

    Champions League second qualifying round

    Kris Commons will be Celtic's only major injury absentee when they start their Champions League qualification campaign against Icelandic side Stjarnan.


    The midfielder is back in training after breaking a toe in a domestic accident but will not make the first leg at Celtic Park on Wednesday.

    While Celtic have been limited to three pre-season friendlies, the Icelandic side have played 11 games in the defence of their league title.

    Kick off is 19:45 BST. Live radio coverage on BBC Radio Scotland.

  10. Chisholm agrees deal with Hull KR

    Rugby League

    Dane Chisholm

    Hull Kingston Rovers have signed half-back Dane Chisholm from Canterbury Bulldogs for the rest of the season.

    Chisholm, 25, scored three tries in four international appearances for France and also played for Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles.

    He will provide cover for captain Terry Campese, who has been ruled out of the rest of the season because of injury.

    "He's got blistering pace and he's a great finisher too," head coach Chris Chester told the club website.

  11. Murray prepares for Davis Cup


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has been practising at Queen's Club with the rest of the British team ahead of their Davis Cup quarter-final against France.

    Murray is trying to put last Friday's Wimbledon semi-final defeat by Roger Federer behind him.

    "I've thought about it a little bit," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "I haven't watched the match. I'm obviously still disappointed, but I can look forward over the next couple of days."

  12. Life's a picture for West Brom


    Rob Gurney

    BBC WM Sport

    Tony Pulis

    The West Brom squad are currently in Florida and apparently spent Monday visiting Universal Studios.

    Don't think that Tony Pulis' players are shirking, though - they face Orlando City in the early hours of Thursday morning (BST), with former Brazil playmaker Kaka expected to play 30 minutes for the hosts. West Brom face a further games on Friday and Sunday before flying home.

    Will there be any new faces by then? Rumours continue surrounding moves for QPR winger Matt Phillips, Sheffield Wednesday wideman Michail Antonio and Arsenal attacker Serge Gnabry but there remains nothing concrete to report.

  13. #Bestvoiceever

    You voted John Motson as your favourite BBC Sport commentator in today's poll.

    Here's a few of your favourite moments from the man we like to call Motty.

    John Troy: "Oh that tackle was so hard it probably hurt his whole family"

    Craig Birtwistle: My favourite line was actually from a FIFA (played it so much lines were memorised): "Did you hear a police siren? Because that defending was criminal".

    Amy Jean: His utter surprise every single time a goalie went forward: "Now then...the GOALIE is coming forward!!!!!" Like it had never happened before.

  14. The results are in...


    We asked you to vote for your favourite BBC Sport commentator.

    The man with the famous coat (and voice) has nabbed it: John Motson.

    John Motson
  15. Anyone know a good dentist?

    A painful afternoon at England training for Northampton back Ben Foden....

  16. Renicks calls time on career


    Commonwealth Games gold medallist Louise Renicks has retired from judo with immediate effect.

    Louise Renicks

    The 32-year-old Scot, who won the women's 52kg event at Glasgow 2014, says recurring injuries were hampering her bid to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

    And she hopes her decision will help younger sister Kimberley - also a Commonwealth gold medallist - receive funding to compete in Rio.

  17. Kiwi called up by Scotland

    Rugby Union

    Scotland have called New Zealand-born flanker John Hardie into their extended World Cup squad.


    The Otago Highlanders player was quoted earlier this year as saying he wanted to fulfil his ambition of playing for the All Blacks, but the 26-year-old has now vowed to fight for a place in Vern Cotter's final squad for the tournament.

    Hardie is a regular in Super 15 and qualifies for Scotland through a grandmother from Fife.

  18. Roelof returns to Taunton


    Roelof van der Merwe

    Former South Africa all-rounder Roelof van der Merwe will rejoin Somerset on a two-year deal next season.

    The 30-year-old played 13 one-day internationals and 13 Twenty20s for the Proteas before joining up with Holland earlier this year.

    He previously played for Somerset in 2011, helping them to the final of the Twenty20 cup.

  19. Cech closing in on record


    One for fact fans....


    New Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech needs just eight more clean sheets to usurp David James as the Premier League record holder.

  20. Summer shopping spree


    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Allan Nyom

    Watford have now made seven summer signings - all from overseas - and it would be no surprise if that figure rose to double figures in the near future as the Hornets continue to display their Premier League ambitions.

    Udinese and Cameroon right-back Allan Nyom was the latest addition yesterday and today Dutch pair Lex Immers of Feynoord and attacker Steven Berghuis from AZ Alkmaar are the latest overseas players being linked with Watford.

    No wonder the club advertised for a translator recently...

  21. Blades must move forward, says Adkins


    Nigel Adkins

    Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins has emphasised the need to move forward following Jose Baxter's drugs hearing.

    Baxter appeared before the Football Association on Tuesday after he failed an out-of-competition drugs test.

    Baxter, who denied any wrongdoing, was given a five-month ban with the last three months suspended for two years.

    Adkins told BBC Radio Sheffield: "For us, it's a situation that should be put to bed and we can move forward in a positive manner."

  22. More honours for Pavey

    Britain's 10,000m European champion Jo Pavey can add a fancy cap to her medal haul. Oh, and a picture with children's TV favourite Floella Benjamin. 

  23. Gloucestershire batsmen struggle at Cheltenham

    Gloucestershire 192-8 v Leicestershire

    Gareth Roderick's half-century was the only highlight for Gloucestershire in an afternoon session in which they lost five wickets against a disciplined Leicestershire attack.

    Wicketkeeper Roderick struck just four boundaries in his 149-ball knock as the pitch at Cheltenham continued to cause problems for the batsmen.

    Clint McKay and Charlie Shreck both picked up three wickets.

    James Fuller is currently unbeaten on 21 and will hope to bring up at least one batting bonus point for the hosts after tea.

    Click here for the full scorecard.

  24. Curran continues dream debut

    Kent 336 & 24-3, Surrey 311

    Sam Curran is enjoying a Championship debut to remember for Surrey.

    The 17-year-old has taken the first three Kent second-innings wickets to go with his five in the first innings at The Oval.

    Earlier Surrey were all out for 311 as Kumar Sangakkara struck 110 - his 53rd first-class century.

    Curran also showed some promise with the bat hitting a breezy 18 not out to give the hosts a third batting bonus point.

    Click here for the full scorecard.

  25. Chancer


    Downing is having a medical at Middlesbrough tomorrow ahead of his move from West Ham

  26. Fog causes call-off ... in July


    Portland United and Weymouth match abandoned due to fog

    Not sure if this has happened at this time of year before but a pre-season friendly on Tuesday night between Portland United and Weymouth had to be abandoned because of thick fog - in July!

    You can see - or try to see - some of the action here, courtesy of Weymouth FC.

  27. Ryder sends Glamorgan to first Championship defeat


    Jesse Ryder

    New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder finished with match figures of 10-100 as Essex sent Glamorgan to their first County Championship defeat of the season with a 248-run win.

    Set a huge 462 to win, the visitors began the day at Chelmsford on 110-1 but lost seven wickets before lunch including Aneurin Donald for 67.

    Ryder (4-53) and David Masters (3-37) cleaned up the tail, with Graham Wagg last out for 28, as Glamorgan made 213.

    Ryder took 6-47 in the first innings.

  28. Majka wins stage 11 of Tour

    Road Cycling

    Tinkoff-Saxo rider Rafal Majka has won stage 11 of the Tour de France after a superb solo display, but Britain's Chris Froome still retains the yellow jersey.

    You can follow all the reaction via BBC Sport's live text right here.

  29. Happy birthday

    Mario Kempes

    Among those celebrating today are the top scorer in the 1978 World Cup finals, Argentina striker Mario Kempes (61), former Blackburn, Leeds and Leicester midfielder Jason Wilcox (44), and Charlton midfielder Alou Diarra (34).

  30. Wood's wait for Open place


    Remember Chris Wood's tweet a short while ago (15:49)?

    Well, he could end up being the most frustrated golfer at St Andrews when the 144th Open Championship begins on Thursday.

    The Bristol professional, who has twice enjoyed top five finishes in his five Open appearances, is now listed as the first reserve.

    Chris Wood

    Having flown up on Wednesday morning, Wood is now on stand-by until the last group has teed off on Thursday afternoon at 16:13 BST.

    "It is the most frustrating experience I've ever had to endure as a golfer," said Wood. "Not one I want to repeat.

    "You can't really prepare mentally for something like this. It's just a matter of going through my routine as best I can and waiting to see what happens."

  31. On this day


    Amir Khan

    In 2012, Amir Khan lost to Danny Garcia by a fourth-round stoppage in their WBA and WBC light-welterweight unification fight in Las Vegas.

  32. 'I'm as good as Frampton'


    Scott Quigg wants to prove a point to his domestic rival Carl Frampton when he defends his WBA super-bantamweight title against Spaniard Kiko Martinez in Manchester on Saturday.

    Quigg, who has racked up an unbeaten 32-fight record, knows comparisons with the Belfast IBF champion are inevitable since Frampton beat Martinez in Belfast in 2013 and again last year.


    "It brings more pressure because there are going to be comparisons between how I beat him and how Frampton beat him, but I couldn't be in a better place physically and mentally." said the 26-year-old Bury fighter.

    "The rivalry is good for both of us. People are picking him over me, but I've got the chance to go and show everyone why I'm the best super-bantam in the world."

  33. Clement expected loud Queen's crowd

    Davis Cup - GB v France

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport

    Queen's Club

    French Davis Cup captain Arnaud Clement does not expect Queen's Club to retain its genteel atmosphere once the quarter-final against Britain gets under way on Friday.

    "It's going to be a Davis Cup crowd, so it's going to be loud of course, like it is for Andy when he's playing at Wimbledon," said Clement.

    "We watched a lot of GB matches, especially the first round in Scotland, and it was unbelievable. Of course it's going to be like this here. A big support for Britain."

  34. Get Involved

    #bestvoiceever and BBC Sport Facebook page

    Philip Aston: Was no doubt Murray "And it's GO, GO, GO!" Walker, the voice of motor racing. Such a nostalgic, excitable gentlemen.

    Isaac Qureshi: It has to be Michael Holding, every time he announces there has been another 'boooooooundary'.

    Dom Hopwood: Lots of amazing commentators mentioned but childhood memories always take me back to Dave Vine on Ski Sunday.

    Who is your favourite commentator? Let us know on #bestvoiceever or BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  35. Sterling on Twitter abuse


    Prior to jumping on the plane to Australia - to link up with his new City team-mate's on their pre-season tour - Raheem Sterling has been talking a little more about his big-money move.


    Asked how he'd coped with all the media coverage over the last week - and some of the not particularly nice things written on Twitter - the 20-year-old said: "I've not really paid attention to it, you've got to take it in your stride.

    "I've had friends and family asking if I've seen what someone's said and I've had to tell them I've completely switched off from the situation. My focus was completing the move to Man City."

    And here's the most important bit... "Mum's really happy for me," Sterling added. "She said I look good in blue."

  36. Champion Golfers' Challenge

    Open Championship

    BBC Two

    Hazel Irvine presents live coverage of the Champion Golfers' Challenge from the St Andrews Old Course. A host of former Open winners complete a four-hole charity challenge.

    Watch live here now or on BBC Two

  37. Rolling back the years


    It's Wednesday, mid-afternoon, perfect time for a spot of nostalgia we'd say.

    Ahead of the 144th Open, BBC Sport has put together this video, a look at how the greats of the game have triumphed on the links of St Andrews.


    Eighteen-time major champion Jack Nicklaus claimed victory on the Old Course in both 1970 and 1978, with Tiger Woods also winning two Claret Jugs at the home of golf, in 2000 and 2005.

    European greats Seve Ballesteros (1984) and Sir Nick Faldo (1990) add to the illustrious list of St Andrews champions.

    Follow The Open across BBC Sport from Thursday.

  38. It's a rich man's world


    Real Madrid have topped Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports teams for a third straight year.


    The Spainish giants head the world rankings with a whopping value of £2.08 billion, ahead of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees - both valued at £2.04b.

    Manchester United drop from third in 2014 to fifth but remain England's most valuable club at £1.98b.

    Manchester City are valued at £890m - 29th overall, while Chelsea (£877m) sit 31st and Arsenal (£839m) 36th.

  39. Getting nearer


    Chris Wood is hoping for a chance to get to grips with the St Andrews course...

  40. Cough up

    Football gossip


    Independent: Robert Lewandowski's agent has told Manchester United it will cost them more than £35m to sign the 26-year-old Bayern Munich striker this summer.

  41. In the thick of it

    Road Cycling

    This is great.

    Posted on Team Sky's Facebook page, and providing some great shots of Chris Froome and co, it is footage of the Tour de France taken from cameras attached to the team's bikes.


    So in other words, it's like you are riding the Tour yourself, without the inconvenience of getting cramp in your thighs.

  42. Get Involved

    #bestvoiceever and BBC Sport Facebook page

    Daniel Stafford: The #bestvoiceever for commentators surely has to be Murray Walker: "Do my eyes deceive me, or does Senna's car sound a bit rough?"

    Mathew Hamer: Has to be the late great Bill McLaren. His love and enjoyment always came across in his commentary.

    Steve Ball: Simply has to be Mr Barry Davies, able to multi discipline & sound knowledgeable and authoritative.

    Who is your favourite commentator? Let us know on #bestvoiceever or BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  43. Should he stay or should he go?


    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Christian Benteke

    More than a few around Villa Park are expecting Christian Benteke to depart this summer. But are things that clear cut?

    The Belgian striker is good enough to play for any team in the Premier League but at Aston Villa he's the king pin and will play every week. With the European Championship next summer, would he want to put his place in the national squad at risk by leaving?

    Money is all well and good but is it everything? The prospect of playing for a club that's aiming for Champions League football - or even already has it - would also be a pull but right now I wouldn't be shocked if he stayed.

  44. Good luck pal


    Hull City's David Meyler sends a good luck message to fellow Irishman Shane Lowry ahead of the Open

  45. Downing closes in on Boro return


    Stewart Downing

    The Northern Echo are reporting that Stewart Downing is posed to complete a £5m move from West Ham to Middlesbrough.

    Downing is expected to have a medical on Thursday and sign a five-year deal to return to his former club.

  46. Comfortable win


    Arsenal have strolled into the final of the Asia Trophy after putting four goals past a Singapore Select XI.

    Chuba Akpom scored a hat-trick and Jack Wilshere added a penalty.


    In the final on Saturday, the Gunners will take on Everton, who earlier beat Stoke on penalties. after the dies fought out a goalless draw.

  47. Dallaglio impressed by Burgess's 'aura'

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    England World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio says he believes rugby league convert Sam Burgess could force his way into Stuart Lancaster's squad and has also been impressed by his aura.

    Bath's Burgess, 26, switched to rugby union last season and is part of England's World Cup training squad.

    "He might force his way into contention which again is quite exciting," Dallaglio told BBC Points West.

    "I've been following his progress, he has presence, an aura about him."

  48. Crolla's Old Trafford aim


    Anthony Crolla fights for the WBA world lightweight title against Colombian Darleys Perez at Manchester Arena on Saturday - his first outing since suffering a fractured skull and broken ankle when confronting burglars before Christmas.


    "It was a long rehab but it was something very important to me that had to be done," Crolla has told the BBC.

    "It got me in shape to start training for this fight and after that training camp, I'm now in the best shape of my life without a doubt."

    And the Manchester United fan has a special aim. "I can't wait for the new season," he said, "and it would be great to go to the first game against Tottenham with a world title belt."

  49. Evans to Everton?


    Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News says Jonny Evans' inclusion in Manchester United's tour squad will have no bearing on a mooted move to Everton...

  50. Leeds sixth signing


    Goalkeeper Ross Turnbull has signed for Leeds from Barnsley on a two-year deal.


    Turnbull, 30, a former England youth international, is a free transfer and becomes new manager Uwe Rosler's sixth summer arrival.

  51. Room with a view


    Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield is enjoying his club's Europa League adventure. The Scottish Premiership side face Rijeka of Croatia in the second qualifying round on Thursday.

  52. Get Involved

    #bestvoiceever and BBC Sport Facebook page

    Jason Mohammad

    BBC Sport presenter

    My favourite FA Cup final of all time is the 1986 Liverpool 3-1 Everton game.

    I was a massive Ian Rush fan - obvious really - given his goalscoring for Wales as well as the mighty Liverpool.

    Ian Rush

    John Motson's commentary of the third and final goal was, and still is, just epic.

    "Molby again - oh I say, his vision there was lovely. Whelan - and Rush is on the far side - is this three? It is! Ian Rush again. And surely now, the double is about to won. Six minutes from the end - Mimms deflated - Liverpool delighted."

    That goal and the commentary was recreated and used many a time on a Cardiff park. Motty - legend.

  53. Murphy signs Ipswich deal


    Last season's Championship top scorer Daryl Murphy has signed a new two-year contract with Ipswich Town.

    The 27-goal striker had been linked with a moved to the Premier League but will now stay at Portman Road until 2017.

    Daryl Murphy
  54. Bears hold nerve to win at Durham

    Durham 314 & 148, Warwickshire 198 & 265-8

    Warwickshire's lower order held their nerve with the bat to seal a two-wicket win over Durham at Chester-le-Street.

    Jeetan Patel

    Sam Hain and Laurie Evans (70) fell early to leave the visitors 158-5 - still needing another 107 for victory.

    Tim Ambrose (25) and Rikki Clarke (28) rebuilt the innings, but when Clarke was trapped lbw by Graham Onions (3-79), the Bears had slumped to 227-8.

    However, Jeetan Patel struck an unbeaten 24 and Tom Milnes made 14 not out to see them home on 265-8.

  55. Clasie poised for medical


    Jordy Clasie

    BBC Sport understands that Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie will have a medical at Southampton on Thursday before completing his £8m transfer from Feyenoord.

    Terms have been agreed with both the club and the player and an announcement is imminent.

  56. GB squad named for European Championships


    William Fox-Pit

    Great Britain's squad for the European Eventing Championships in Scotland has been announced.

    Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt is included alongside former Badminton champion Pippa Funnell.

    Also in the 12-strong squad is Laura Collett, who rode the late Kauto Star.

    The event is the last major championship before the Olympic Game in Rio, for which Britain have already qualified.

  57. Arsenal ahead in Singapore


    It's half-time in the Barclays Asia Trophy between a Singapore Select XI and Arsenal and the Premier League side lead thanks to Chuba Akpom's goal.

  58. On this day


    Laurie Cunningham

    In 1989, Laurie Cunningham was killed in a car crash near Madrid aged 33. The second black footballer to play for England after Viv Anderson, he made his name with Leyton Orient and West Brom before moving to Real Madrid.

  59. Essex beat Glamorgan by 248 runs

    County Championship Division Two

    BBC Essex's Glenn Speller at Chelmsford:

    "Essex duly wrapped up victory 22 balls into the afternoon session, and fittingly Jesse Ryder took the final wicket, giving him 10 in the match.

    "The win pushes Essex up to fourth place and there is a growing belief they can get into the promotion race."

  60. Get Involved

    #bestvoiceever and BBC Sport Facebook page

    John Murray

    Presenter & Commentator, on BBC Radio 5 live

    Richie Benaud

    I'm going for Richie Benaud in 1981 during the Ashes series when commentating on another Botham six - I think it was during his 149 not out at Headingley - when he described it as going 'straight into the confectionary stall and out again'. Vintage Benaud.

  61. Oliseh is new Nigeria coach


    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport, Lagos

    Nigeria have appointed former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh as their new coach.

    Nigeria coach Sunday Oliseh

    The 40-year-old fills the vacancy which was created when Stephen Keshi was sacked at the start of July.

    "We have the talent to change our fortunes, to regain the respect we once had and match that with results," Oliseh told BBC Sport.

    "This is the biggest job in African football. With everyone's support we can get the Super Eagles flying again."

  62. #Bestvoiceever or BBC Sport's Facebook

    Get involved

    Harry Ross-Hughes: Only one person we all know is the greatest BBC commentator. No, not John Motson. Mick McCarthy commentating in the World Cup 2010!

    Sam Dulledge: Seriously how can you say anyone other than Murray Walker? The voice of Mansell, Piquet, Prost and Senna all battling it out on the track in the 80's. And just to prove I'm not biased, I was born in 1995!

    James Bridge: I think Jonathan Pearce at Wolves vs Blackburn 2011 on survival Sunday: "It comes to Hunt, he's bent it!!! Ohhhhh!!!! Stephen Hunt!!! Has he scored the goal that keeps Wolves in Premier League, they think so!!"

    Who is your favourite commentator? Let us know on #bestvoiceever or BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  63. Cambiasso to stay Foxy?



    Daily Star: Leicester believe new manager Claudio Ranieri will convince out-of-contract midfielder Esteban Cambiasso, 34, to agree a new deal with the club. The pair worked together when Ranieri was in charge of Inter Milan in 2011-12.

    Cambiasso's brother and one of his agents tweeted subsequently: "Stop rumours, Cambiasso is still a free agent, waiting to hear and make a decision."

  64. Get Involved

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    James Allen

    BBC Radio 5 live F1 commentator

    What sticks in the memory for me is my old colleague and mentor Murray Walker, commentating on Senna vs Prost at the F1 Japanese GP in 1989.

    There was a world title at stake and, as Ayrton Senna went to pass on the inside under braking for the chicane, Alain Prost turned in on him and they collided. It's one of the most famous moments in F1 history.

    Murray said: "This is fantastic!"

    Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna

    It might not be everyone's first choice of word in that situation but "fantastic" in its original sense means "unbelievable", "absurd", "like something from a fantasy" - all of which applied.

    But more than that, it shows that Murray was in the moment, which is where all the great sports commentators need to be.

  65. Fifa set for extraordinary meeting


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Monday will see the first extraordinary meeting of Fifa since May's corruption scandal whipped through its senior ranks.

    There will be plenty on the agenda, including a possible announcement on some, or all, of its plans to reform the damaged organisation.


    What we will know for certain is when president Sepp Blatter's successor will be chosen. I'm told 16 December is still the preferred date.

    You can read Richard's article here.

  66. #Bestvoiceever

    Get involved

    We think we know who would get Paul's vote in our greatest commentator debate...

  67. Vote - your favourite voice of sport

    Get involved

    We've been overwhelmed by your responses to our request for your favourite commentators and now we're putting it to the vote.

    Space constraints have limited us to eight of the most notable BBC commentators, meaning the likes of Kenneth Wolstenholme, Dan Maskell, Harry Carpenter and Brian Johnston have missed out. But is your #bestvoiceever still on the list?

    Register your preference on the right on this page (if on desktop) or by clicking the tab at the top of the page (if on a mobile device).

    The vote closes at 17:00 BST and the usual terms and conditions apply.

  68. Race ready


    Mo Farah is ready for Friday's Diamond League meeting... 

  69. Winger Tollitt agrees Pompey move


    Portsmouth have agreed a deal to bring winger Ben Tollitt to the club from non-league Skelmersdale United.

    Tollitt, 20, has been on trial with the League Two side and featured in a pre-season friendly against Havant & Waterlooville on Saturday.

    He moves to Fratton Park on a one-year deal with the option of an extension.

  70. Gloucestershire battle on tricky pitch

    Gloucestershire 85-3 v Leicestershire

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Cheltenham:

    "Gloucestershire's Michael Klinger says that this Cheltenham pitch was the most difficult he's had to bat on in England - his 24 therefore was a good effort after the home side were put into bat."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Sport's County Championship page.

  71. Kent's morning at The Oval

    Kent 336 v Surrey 241-5

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church at The Oval:

    "It's been good morning session for Kent, who have picked up four wickets - including Darren Stevens removing Arun Harinath in the first over of the day for his overnight 76 - Stevens' 300th first-class wicket."


    Listen to full commentary on BBC Sport's County Championship page.

  72. Durham 314 & 148, Warwickshire 198 & 227-7

    County Championship Division One - Lunch

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

    "The nerves are being tested in Chester-le-Street where Warwickshire need 38 more - but they keep losing wickets at crucial moments and Durham still have hope."

    Listen to full commentary on BBC Sport's County Championship page.

  73. Essex 279 & 344-4 dec, Glamorgan 162 & 182-8

    County Championship Division Two - Lunch

    BBC Essex's Glenn Speller at Chelmsford:

    "Essex are on the verge of a vital win here, with Jesse Ryder taking his tally for the match to nine victims."


    Listen to full commentary on BBC Sport's County Championship page.

  74. London to Spain?



    The Mirror: Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell could be leaving Arsenal for good, with former Manchester United boss David Moyes ready to spend £6m to take the 23-year-old to Real Sociedad.

  75. Alastair Cook news conference

    Second Ashes Test, England v Australia (Thurs, Lord's)

    More from England captain Alastair Cook:

    On Moeen Ali's fitness: He's pretty good, but we'll make final call tomorrow. When you play back-to-back Tests you have to be careful. Unless there's a reaction, he'll be fine.


    On Brad Haddin's absence from Australia side: Our thoughts with him. I don't know the specifics, but when you here it's for personal reasons you just hope his family are OK. The England side send their best wishes.

    On being 1-0 up in the series: We're looking to this week. Cardiff has gone now and we need to get on the front foot. One win from one is pretty good but can we do it again? We haven't in last three series so we need to now.

  76. Alastair Cook news conference

    Second Ashes Test, England v Australia (Thurs, Lord's)

    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook follows Michael Clarke into the hot seat to speak to the media before Thursday's second Test.

    "It's nice being the underdog," said Cook, whose side lead 1-0.

    "Australia are still favourite as they've only got to retain it. But it's not played on paper or potential. Next challenge starts at Lord's.

    "I feel we've made a right strides forward. The feel-good factor is back. Everyone is feeling positive and talking about it for right reasons. It's rubbed off on the players."

  77. Clarke talks Federer and Djokovic

    Second Ashes Test, England v Australia (Thurs, Lord's)

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is feeling bullish about his side's fortunes against England in the second Ashes Test at Cardiff.

    The hosts lead the series 1-0 and Clarke said: "We need to turn it around right now.

    "I was watching Roger Federer against Novak Djokovic on Sunday at Wimbledon. I was certain Roger was going to win, but by the second set I wasn't certain.

    "That's sport. We've got to go again. We got beaten in round one, but now it's time for round two."

  78. Clarke wants privacy for Haddin

    Second Ashes Test, England v Australia (Thurs, Lord's)

    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has been chatting to the media before Thursday's second Test against England at Lord's.

    He's spoken about the addition of Peter Nevill to the squad, with Brad Haddin absent for personal reasons.

    "Peter Nevill's been an important part of the group for a while. He's played against or with everyone in the squad. Obviously losing Brad is hard as he's a senior player but that's the way it goes.

    "Brad is doing as well a he can. It's important to to respect the Haddin family's privacy. I'm confident we'll see him in the rest of the series but he needs time."

  79. Toffees squeeze through


    Well, would you Adam and Eve it. 0-0 at half-time, the Everton-Stoke game in the Asia Trophy turned into a nine-goal thriller.

    Actually, that's not quite true. It was still goalless at the end, so a penalty shoot-out was required to split the sides.


    Only one player failed to convert his spot kick, Tim Howard diving to his right to thwart Stoke's Marco Van Ginkel, the man who joined the Potters on a season-long loan from Chelsea five days ago.

    It meant a 5-4 win on spot kicks for the Toffees and they are through to the final, against Arsenal or a Singapore XI on Saturday.

  80. The biggest football fans...

  81. Slaven Bilic news conference

    West Ham v Birkirkara FC (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    "We want to qualify for the Europa League because it's good for the club, the spectators and the players," adds Bilic, who is then, rather inevitably, asked about which players he is trying to sign.

    "We are trying to be active in the transfer window and the board have been active. We are still trying to improve our squad."


    Captain Mark Noble, sat alongside Bilic, is then asked about the Europa League action.

    "These are going to be tough matches," the captain says. "This is probably one of the biggest seasons in the club's history.

    And that's it, press conference over. As you were.

  82. Slaven Bilic news conference

    West Ham v Birkirkara FC (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    West Ham have already got through one qualifying round, beating Andorran minnows Lusitanos 4-0 over two legs in the first round (featuring this rather spectacular-looking Diafra Sakho goal).

    They have three more rounds to get through if they want to reach the group stages.


    "It's an unusual balance for us this pre-season because until tomorrow we had two teams," said Bilic. "We wanted to respect the Europa League because it's a big opportunity.

    "So we had the two teams, with some first team players who didn't play at the end of last season with the youngsters and they did well."

  83. Slaven Bilic news conference

    West Ham v Birkirkara FC (Thursday, 19:45 BST)

    It may be July and traditionally the time when football clubs play pre-season friendlies that no-one other than the most ardent of fans is bothered about.

    But that's not the case at West Ham.


    They face Maltese side Birkirkara FC in the second round of Europa League qualifying at Upton Park on Thursday, and new boss Slaven Bilic is keen to make a winning start in his first home match in charge.

    "It's a really exciting, special situation and I can't wait for it," he said. "This was the place where I played the best football of my life and it's a big obligation for me. The expectations are huge."

  84. Next World Cup venue?


  85. Mullen thrives in familiar waters

    IPC Swimming Championships

    Elizabeth Hudson

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    Andrew Mullen was the first member of the British team in action on day three and the local favourite, who learned to swim here at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, qualified second fastest for tonight's final of the S5 200m freestyle in a new personal best of two minutes 44.55 seconds.

    "I executed my race plan and I swam how I wanted," he told BBC Sport. "But there are still elements I can improve on for tonight's final."

    Andrew Mullen

    Britain's Ollie Hynd has qualified fastest for the final of the SM8 200m individual medley after comfortably winning his heat in the pool where he claimed Commonwealth Games gold last year.

    He is one of six Britons through to tonight's finals with world record holder Hannah Russell hoping for gold in her 100m backstroke event and Jessica-Jane Applegate bidding to defend her 200m freestyle crown.

  86. Tour de France - Stage 11

    Pau - Cauterets, 188km (116.8 miles)

    Britain's Chris Froome now leads by almost three minutes after a stunning ride to win stage 10, but what awaits on Wednesday?

    Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas explains...

    "This stage in the Pyrenees certainly lends itself to a breakaway. None of the teams chasing the overall win will ride full gas for the entire stage because the last climb isn't that hard. But it can still cause problems.

    Tour de France

    "There might be a few guys cracking and they could lose minutes off the back, because the Col d'Aspin and the Tourmalet are two solid climbs, and with the long descent towards the finish it won't be a straightforward day, that's for sure."

    You can follow the stage with BBC Sport's live text commentary from 12:45 BST

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    Rishabh Kapoor: Am I the only vote for Sir Geoff Boycott? Navjot Sidhu isn't bad either. Master of three different languages.

    HengyAFC: It surely has to be the late Sid Waddell: "His eyes are bulging like the belly of a hungry chaffinch"

    Jamie Bolton: As a Liverpool fan, nothing will ever top Andy Gray bellowing "Ohhh yaa beauty! What a hit son. What a hit."

    Who is your favourite commentator? Get in touch on #bestvoiceever on Twitter or on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

  88. Al-Habsi joins Reading


    Ali Al-Habsi

    Here's one you might have missed from late on Tuesday... goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi has joined Reading on a two-year deal after he was released by Wigan.

  89. Big fight build-up


    In what should be a rather terrific night of boxing at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, Quigg takes on Kiko Martinez whie Crolla faces Darleys Perez.

  90. Gradel in Bournemouth sights?


    Kris Temple

    BBC Radio Solent

    Max Gradel

    Bournemouth stepped up their preparations for their debut Premier League season with a 4-1 win over MLS side Philadelphia Union at PPL Park.

    New signing Joshua King was among the scorers in the game, which completed the Cherries' week-long stay in the US.

    Manager Eddie Howe is still looking to add to his six summer signings, with St Etienne winger Max Gradel - once on loan at Dean Court - the latest to be linked with a move to the South Coast.

  91. Berghuis set for £3.5m Watford move?

    Football gossip

    Steven Berghuis

    De Telegraaf in the Netherlands are reporting that AZ Alkmaar attacker Steven Berghuis is close to completing a move to Premier Laegue new boys Watford for a fee in excess of five million euros (£3.5m).

  92. Awaiting a goal


    Sounds like a thriller in Singapore...

  93. Heading back to Germany

    Formula 1

    The German Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar next season, according to Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff.


    This year's race, which was pencilled in for July 19, was pulled amid financial difficulties in March. It marked the first time in 55 years that a Formula One race had not been staged in Germany.

    But Wolff, quoted in The Independent, said: "We will be in Germany next year - the race is 100 per cent going to happen."

    Want more F1 gossip? Click here.

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    Chris Jones

    BBC Radio 5 live

    As a young boy growing up gripped to the Six Nations on the BBC, it's hard not to reference the great Bill McLaren, but what has forever stuck in the memory is Nigel Starmer-Smith's commentary of Philippe Saint-Andre's famous try at Twickenham in 1991...

    Philippe Saint-Andre

    "This is typical adventure.... it's Saint-Andre - it depends on the bounce - and he's under the posts! One of the most sensational tries Twickenham has ever seen.... that is just out of this world."

    The game of rugby union has changed immeasurably since then, but it's hard to imagine there will ever be too many better tries.

  95. Crash, bang, wallop


    You know summer is in full swing when cricket balls start flying into press boxes.

    The team at BBC Radio Solent found out about the perils of a ball-by-ball coverage on Tuesday when Gloucestershire met Hampshire in the T20 Blast at Cheltenham.

    Click here to listen to the moment Hants opener Michael Carberry smashed one for six and managed to hit a laptop and a coffee cup on the way.

    Bill's in the post, Michael.

    Broken laptop
  96. Roos to Rotherham?


    Andy Giddings

    BBC Radio Sheffield

    Hearing Rotherham are trying to complete a loan deal to sign Derby goalkeeper Kelle Roos. Talks on-going. He's 23 and highly rated at the Ipro.

  97. Chelsea in pole position for Pedro



    Chelsea are confident of beating both Arsenal and Liverpool to the signing of Barcelona forward Pedro after meeting a £22m release fee in the 27-year-old's contract, reports the Daily Star.

  98. Mock the Week

    BBC Two

    Mock the Week

    While we're on commentators, why not have a gander at this clip from Mock the Week...

    Unlikely Things for a Sports Commentator to Say

    You can watch the next episode on BBC Two at 22:00 BST on Thursday.

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    Who are your favourite sports commentators?

    Get involved on #bestvoiceever or on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

    Kieran Bestall: Be it hockey, gymnastics or football, Barry Davies is head and shoulders above the rest.

    Jerry Coulton: The great Sid Waddell - "You might see Shakespeare here on BBC2 but you can't beat this for drama".

    Doug Hall: It's got to be Henry Blofeld for me. Could listen to him talk about cricket all day.

    You can listen to Blofeld all day, Doug. Tune into TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 10:25 BST on Thursday for the Ashes second Test at Lord's.

  100. Jersey bat first against USA

    World T20 qualifier

    It may not be one of world sport's great international rivalries, but Jersey's cricketers would love to topple the United States in their World Twenty20 qualifier at Bready CC in Northern Ireland.

    The Channel Islanders, who have won one and lost one so far, were put in after losing the toss and are 84-9 after 17 overs.

    Click here for full scorecard (external site)

  101. Teen target



    The Sun: Manchester City and Liverpool are both interested in signing 18-year-old Fulham forward Patrick Roberts. The Championship club want £10m for the teenager.

  102. Van Persie's Fenerbahce arrival


    Robin Van Persie

    Robin Van Persie is so multimedia.

    The striker tweeted his thanks to Fenerbahce fans for the "unbelievable" reception he received following his move from Manchester United on Tuesday.

    And he also posted this snazzy video of how the day unfolded. It includes screaming fans, posh cars and mini Van Persies doing keepie-uppies.

  103. The heat is on


    It's a tough life...

    Arsenal's friendly against a Singapore Select XI kicks off at 13:30 BST.

  104. Is Kante the new Makelele?


    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester

    N'Golo Kante

    The director of football model seems to be evident in Leicester's pursuit of Caen's N'Golo Kante.

    The club were reportedly chasing the combative midfielder's signature before Nigel Pearson's dismissal and, if the 24-year-old's quotes are accurate, The Foxes have certainly not lost the scent with the appointment of Claudio Ranieri this week.

    Some have dubbed Kante the new Claude Makelele, which is a lot of pressure to put on his slight shoulders. But with Riyad Mahrez and Anthony Knockaert making a successful transition from French football into Les Bleus of Leicester, this move make sense.

  105. 'I hope this matter gets sorted'


    We mentioned earlier (09:09 BST) that Leicester City transfer target N'Golo Kante has been speaking to a French radio station about his future.

    Kante currently plays for Caen but is a target for both Leicester and Marseille.


    "For now anyway I am in Caen. But we will try to resolve the situation with the club and my agents, and I hope this matter gets sorted," Kante said.

    "I am in talks with several clubs, and I will make my choice later - today nothing is decided."

    Asked if the arrival of Claudio Ranieri was likely to change his state of mind, Kante replied: "It's already something important that they have a coach now, and a few days ago I didn't know what Leicester was like, as there was no coach. Today, for sure, it's an important factor."

  106. Get Involved

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    We've been asking you to choose your favourite commentators from the world of sport.

    Andy Bulik: "Unless I am very much mistaken, I AM VERY MUCH MISTAKEN!" Is there any challenge to Murray Walker?

    Matt Bone: Has to be the late, very great, Bill McLaren. Rugby commentary has never reached Bill's level since.

    Barry Dunne: Peter Alliss is my favourite. Never says more than he needs to, and has a relaxed and insightful commentary style.

    Send us your thoughts on #bestvoiceever and BBC Sport's Facebook page. Throw in your best commentary lines while you're at it.

  107. Moeen doubt for England

    Second Ashes Test, England v Australia (Thurs, Lord's)

    Joe Wilson

    BBC News sports correspondent

    Moeen Ali

    England are closely monitoring the fitness of Moeen Ali, with a side injury threatening his participation in the second Ashes test at Lord's.

    They were hoping he would get a significant bowl at Lord's on Wednesday but poor weather is currently hampering training.

    Adil Rashid would come into the team if Moeen was deemed unfit.

    Test Match Special is on air from 10:25 BST on Five Live Sports Extra and Radio Four Longwave for every day of the match, starting on Thursday.

  108. Come on, Raheem...


    ...give us a smile, young man. 

  109. Spieth prepares for St Andrews


    BBC Scotland's Tom English been listening to man-of-the-moment Jordan Spieth, speaking before The Open at St Andrews where he'll aim for a third consecutive major in 2015.

    And BBC Sport's Ben Smith has braved the driving rain to watch Spieth in action.

  110. £10m man


    Arsenal have made a £10m bid for Napoli defender Faouzi Ghoulam, with the 24-year-old being lined up to challenge Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal at left-back, reports Talksport.


    Ghoulam made 21 Serie A appearances for Napoli last season.

  111. Winning start


    Man City's opening pre-season friendly in Adelaide has ended in victory, both goals coming in the second half.

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    That Peter Alliss programme (see 10:26) sparked a conversation among the Sportsday team about our favourite commentators, with shouts for the likes of David Coleman, John Motson, Archie Macpherson and Radio Norwich's Alan Partridge...

    But we want to know which BBC Sport voices you've enjoyed listening to down the years? And what is your favourite line of commentary?

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

  113. Famous five


    How's this for a dream opportunity.

    Five players from the Warrington Wolves handball club have been have been selected to train with FC Barcelona.

    They will head to the Nou Camp, home of Lionel Messi and co, "to work on the physical, technical and tactical aspects of handball".

    Wolves head coach Bill Baillie said, who set up the partnership, said: "We are always trying to find ways to help our players develop and it's great that we have been able to set up this fantastic opportunity."

    One to brag about to the other lads on their return.

  114. An Evening with Peter Alliss

    Open Championship

    BBC Two

    Peter Alliss

    This is a real treat ahead of the Open Championship.... a celebration of the inimitable 'voice of golf' Peter Alliss, revealing the man behind the microphone.

    Contributors include Peter's wife Jackie, Tom Watson, Gary Lineker, Sir Terry Wogan, Chris Evans, Sir Bruce Forsyth, Darren Clarke, Jimmy Tarbuck, Gary Player, Hazel Irvine and Steve Rider. The programme is narrated by Sue Johnston.

    An Evening with Peter Alliss is on BBC 2 on Wednesday at 19:00 BST