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By Caroline Chapman

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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.

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
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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.

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".

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?

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.

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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.

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.

The Tuffers and Vaughan Show


Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell
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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.

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
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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.

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.

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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.

Chisholm agrees deal with Hull KR

Rugby League

Dane Chisholm
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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.

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."

Life's a picture for West Brom


Rob Gurney

BBC WM Sport

Tony Pulis
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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.


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.

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

Anyone know a good dentist?

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

So Ben Foden has cancelled interview on @BBCNorthampton because he's in emergency room after tooth knocked out training with @EnglandRugby!

Renicks calls time on career


Commonwealth Games gold medallist Louise Renicks has

retired from judo with immediate effect.

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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.

Kiwi called up by Scotland

Rugby Union

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

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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.

Roelof returns to Taunton


Roelof van der Merwe
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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.

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.

Summer shopping spree


Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Allan Nyom
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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...

Blades must move forward, says Adkins


Nigel Adkins
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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."

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. 

Really honoured to be recognised by @UniofExeter Thank you for a lovely day & congratulations to all the graduates.

Really honoured to be recognised by @UniofExeter Thank you for a lovely day & congratulations to all the graduates.

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.


here for the full scorecard.

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.


here for the full scorecard.



85 – Stewart Downing created more goalscoring chances than any other Englishman in the Premier League last season (85). Homecoming.

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

Fog causes call-off ... in July


Portland United and Weymouth match abandoned due to fog
Weymouth FC

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.

Ryder sends Glamorgan to first Championship defeat


Jesse Ryder
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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.

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.

Happy birthday

Mario Kempes
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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).

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
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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."

On this day


Amir Khan
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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.

'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.

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"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."

Clement expected loud Queen's crowd

Davis Cup - GB v France

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport

Queen's Club
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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."

Get Involved

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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.

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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.

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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."

Champion Golfers' Challenge

Open Championship


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

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Getting nearer


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

looking like 1st reserve for #TheOpen travel up in the morning.Might stick a football in my case and just leave it on the range.. 🙊

Cough up

Football gossip

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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.