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  1. Farewell

    And that's where we leave you for this edition of Sportsday, many thanks for being with us. Sportsday will return at 08:00 BST so please join the team again then. Cheerio now.

  2. Celtic in the Champions League


    BBC Radio Scotland has live coverage of Celtic's Champions League qualifying match tonight against Stjarnan of Iceland.

  3. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport begins in a few minutes after the 19:00 BST 5 live news and features a Track and Field Show segment with former British sprinters Darren Campbell and Jeanette Kwakye and Paralympian Dan Greaves. There is also racing with correspondent Cornelius Lysaght and journalists Derek Thompson and Lee Mottershead, plus a look back at the famous Edgbaston Test match of 2005.

  4. Leaving Spurs was stupid - Van der Vaart


    Rafael van der Vaart

    The Daily Mirror have an exclusive with former Spurs playmaker Rafael van der Vaart who says of leaving White Hart Lane in 2012: "It was a stupid decision, the most stupid in my career to leave Tottenham. I absolutely regret it because it was the best two years in my football life."

  5. Good news for Wales fans

    Rugby Union

    Wales' 2015 World Cup warm-up games against Ireland and Italy will be broadcast on BBC Wales television, radio and online.

    Jamie Roberts moves in to tackle Rob Kearney in the 2015 Six Nations

    Wales face Ireland home and away on 8 and 29 August, before head coach Warren Gatland trims his squad to 31 for the World Cup.

    Then they host Italy in their last tournament warm-up on 5 September.

    BBC Wales will show both home matches live on television and highlights of the 29 August clash in Dublin.

  6. Whitehawk's Gargan banned


    The FA confirm that following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing, Sam Gargan of National League South side Whitehawk has been suspended from all football activity, with immediate effect, for three months and fined £300 after he admitted multiple breaches of FA Rule E8 in relation to betting.

  7. Bannan linked with Palace exit

    Football gossip

    John Cross in the Daily Mirror says Barry Bannan could be set to leave Crystal Palace after not travelling on the pre-season trip to South Africa.

  8. Froome prepared for Tour challenge

    Tour de France

    With only three competitive stages left in the Tour de France, leader Chris Froome believes his rivals are going to take greater risks in the race.

    "I think we're definitely seeing an all-or-nothing approach from the GC (general classification) contenders," said Froome, who leads Colombian Nairo Quintana by three minutes 10 seconds.

  9. 'Leicester misses you, Esteban'


    Ian Stringer

    BBC Radio Leicester

    "There were some heavy blue hearts in Leicester when the news broke that Esteban Cambiasso would not be returning to The King Power Stadium this season.

    Esteban Cambiasso

    "Last term's player of the year was so good at the heart of the Leicester City midfield that we had debates on our airwaves about whether he was the greatest to play for The Foxes. While I don't think he'd have won a formal vote, he was a class above.

    "The hole Cambiasso leaves both on and off the pitch is the biggest issue now. A consummate professional in his preparation, he inspired new and old players with his training practices and was calm on the ball in defeat and victory alike.

    "He was a regular 8/10 last season. Some described his decision to be like dealing with a break up. Leicester misses you, Esteban."

  10. Pre-season shindig

    Stoke visit Wrexham tonight for a pre-season friendly and Daniel Bachmann starts in goal against the club he was on loan at last season

  11. Coles signs new deal at Kent


    Kent's fast bowling all-rounder Matt Coles has committed his future to the club by signing a long-term contract extension.

    The 25-year-old Kent Cricket Academy graduate has taken 54 Championship wickets this season at an average of 22.05 with two five-wicket hauls and a 10-wicket match since returning to his home county from Hampshire earlier this year.

  12. Johnstone to discuss Old Trafford future


    Manchester United reserve goalkeeper Sam Johnstone will hold talks with manager Louis van Gaal before deciding whether to re-join Preston on loan.

    The 22-year-old, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at his hometown club last year, said: "The manager here gives kids opportunities. I have been at this club since I was 10 years old so you have to look at it, speak to the right people and see what the club want from me."

  13. Hampshire hold out for a draw

    Durham 421 & 190-4 dec, Hampshire 307 & 175-9

    What a finish to the final County Championship game of the day with Division One bottom club Hampshire clinging on for a draw with Durham at the Ageas Bowl.

    Durham seamer Chris Rushworth earlier took a hat-trick before they declared 304 runs ahead.

    Hampshire were 167-9 in reply, but 20-year-old Lewis McManus and 18-year-old Mason Crane survived the final 5.2 overs - with McManus hitting the final ball for four to reach 53 not out.

  14. Chelsea issue life bans to disgraced five


    Five Chelsea fans who received lengthy bans from football matches for their involvement in the Paris Metro train race row have received lifetime bans from the club.

  15. Warner wary of Bell class


    Ian Bell

    Australia opener David Warner says of England batsman Ian Bell's elevation to number three for next week's third Ashes Test at Edgbaston: "He's got the weight of runs behind him, the experience in the games. I think he's a world class player.

    "He may be out of touch at the moment, but we know what he's capable of, he 'killed' us last time when we were over here, scored a lot of runs and we have to respect that."

  16. Seagulls sign Finnish striker


    Brighton have signed Finland Under-21 international Vahid Hambo from FC Inter Turku.

    The 20-year-old striker, who has scored 14 goals in 13 appearances this season, has agreed a two-year contract with the Championship club.

    "Vahid has a good goalscoring record this year in Finland and we hope that is something he can replicate here," boss Chris Hughton said.

  17. Brazilian defender joins Hearts


    Hearts have signed 26-year-old Brazilian central defender Igor Rossi Branco from Portuguese club Maritimo on a one-year contract.

  18. Twenty20 live tonight


  19. Oystons ignore BST takeover offer


    Blackpool's owners, the Oyston family, have not replied to the £16m offer made by Blackpool Supporters' Trust (BST) to buy the League One club.

    BST set a deadline of 21 July to respond to their bid, which they said would "rescue" the Seasiders.

    There have been several demonstrations against the Oyston family from disgruntled supporters during the past few months.

    "This lack of response is disappointing but not in the least surprising," said BST.

  20. Pakistan beat Sri Lanka to secure series win


    Ahmed Shehzad
    Image caption: Shehzad hit 12 fours and a six in his innings

    Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Wednesday to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

    Opener Ahmed Shehzad hit 95 off 90 balls as the tourists surpassed Sri Lanka's 256-9 in the 41st over at the Premadasa stadium, Shoaib Malik winning the match in style with his fourth six.

    The fifth match will be played in Hambantota on Sunday.

  21. August decision expected from Platini

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Michel Platini (right) with current Fifa president Sepp Blatter

    "BBC understands Uefa president Michel Platini is likely to make an announcement on standing for the Fifa presidency in early August.

    "Platini will visit Saint Petersburg this weekend for the qualifying draw of the 2018 Russia World Cup. It is believed he will hold further talks with world football leaders whilst there.

    "Platini is believed to have received backing from four of the six Fifa confederations and the Frenchman is now the clear favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter in the 26 February 2016 poll.

    "An announcement could come as early as next week.

    "But Uefa sources believe Platini is more inclined to wait for two or three weeks before making his intentions clear.

  22. Defender Cranie joins Huddersfield


    Huddersfield Town have signed defender Martin Cranie on a one-year deal following a trial.

    The 28-year-old left League One side Barnsley at the end of last season after making 110 league appearances in three seasons at Oakwell.

  23. Manchester United on tour


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport in San Jose

    San Jose Mercury

    "No trophies in two seasons. Question marks over the futures of their goalkeeper and record signing.

    "But Manchester United remain soccer royalty according to the San Jose Mercury.

    "So much so indeed that San Jose Earthquakes' Marc Pelosi didn't just swap shirts with Bastian Schweinsteiger at the end. He got his autograph as well."

  24. Injury blow for Bantams


  25. Women's Ashes


  26. Garcia back at European Masters

    Sergio Garcia
    Image caption: Garcia in practice today for the European Masters

    World number 10 Sergio Garcia returns to the European Masters this week looking to maintain his excellent record in the Swiss Alps.

    The 35-year-old Spaniard, who has a home in Crans Montana, has finished in the top four on his last three visits but has not played there for nine years because of scheduling clashes on the PGA Tour.

    Former world number one Lee Westwood is also in the field at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, for the first time since 2011.

  27. Chelsea defender out on loan


    Serie A new boys Carpi have signed Chelsea full-back Wallace on a season-long loan deal.

    The 21-year-old, who joined the Blues from Fluminense in December 2012, has previous experience of Serie A having spent the 2013-14 campaign on loan at Inter Milan.

  28. Platini delays announcement


    Michel Platini will delay any announcement on standing for the Fifa presidency until after this weekend's 2018 World Cup preliminary draw in St Petersburg.

    The 60-year-old Uefa president is the favourite to succeed Sepp Blatter in the election on 26 February after receiving the backing of four of the six Fifa confederations.

  29. A name for the ages


    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport

    Chancel Mbemba

    Anderlecht defender Chancel Mbemba has said he has agreed to move to Newcastle. But who is he?

    BBC Sport's Oluwashina Okeleji explains...

    Mbemba is a composed and calm defender with amazing pace. At the Africa Cup of Nations with DR Congo - for whom he has 15 caps - he proved he is quick, strong and versatile and is happy to play in defensive midfield when required.

    According to his first two Congolese clubs - ES La Grace and AS Mputu - he was born on 8 August, 1988 but the DR Congo FA listed his date of birth date as November 30, 1991 and Anderlecht as 8 August, 1994. The player himself thinks he was born in 1990.

  30. Alli lands knockout blow in Spurs friendly


    A little more on the Spurs friendly we told you about earlier and Dele Alli marked his first Tottenham run-out with a stoppage time penalty to give his side a 2-1 victory over Brentford in a behind closed doors match at the club's Hotspur Way training centre.

    Shaq Coulthirst opened the scoring, also from the spot, Jermaine Udumaga on target for the Bees.

    Toby Alderweireld also played his first match for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid, starting alongside fellow new boys Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier.

  31. Get Involved

    How would Home Nations fare in the Premier League?

    We're asking how you think the Home Nations would do in the Premier League? Please your thoughts coming in at #bbcsportsday

    Chris Darby: Young English footballers are better off learning to play football abroad. Better development opportunities than in the PL.

    Alex Crook: Very hard for any international team to compete at the premier league pace week in week out, weaknesses would be shown.

    Liam Wilson: How about a Championship 14/15 England 11? Bamford, Deeney and Murphy up front and a well-deserved call-up for George Friend.

  32. Tour de France

    Stage 17 result

    Confirmation that Chris Froome's lead stays at 3mins 10secs after a 17th stage won by Simon Geschke.

    Geraint Thomas, aided by Tejay van Garderen's retirement and Alberto Contador's late fall, is up to fourth. The Welshman is becoming the story of the Tour.

  33. Fleetwood bring in Della-Verde


    League One side Fleetwood Town have brought in midfielder Lyle Della-Verde on a two-year deal.

    The 20-year-old was released by Fulham last month and has been with the Cod Army in Germany for pre-season.

    Former Blackpool striker Bobby Grant has also joined the club on a two-year contract.

  34. Watford sign Jurado


  35. BreakingWatford sign Jurado


    Jose Manuel Jurado

    Watford have signed Spanish midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado from Spartak Moscow on a three-year deal.

    Jurado, 29, has played for both major Madrid teams in his career, Real and Atletico, and scored 19 goals in 126 La Liga appearances over six seasons.

    He signed for Schalke in 2010, scoring his first goal for the club in a 2-0 win over Bayern, before switching to Spartak Moscow two years later.

  36. 'It's beyond a joke'


    Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has responded to news he has been given a two-match ban by the Russian Football Union for raising a finger to Spartak Moscow fans in response to alleged racist abuse at the weekend.

    The Ufa midfielder tweeted...

  37. Hull FC skipper Ellis out for six months

    Rugby League

    Gareth Ellis

    Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has been ruled out for up to six months after undergoing Achilles surgery.

    The 34-year-old suffered the injury in the first half of Friday's 22-12 derby win at Hull KR.

    The former England and Great Britain international tweeted on Monday: "Road to recovery starts today, thanks again to everyone for your kind messages of support, really appreciate it."

  38. Stjarnan v Celtic

    Champions League qualifier (Wed, 20:15 BST)

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter tweets...

  39. BreakingGeschke wins at the Tour

    Road Cycling

    Simon Geschke has won Stage 17 at the Tour de France.


    Chris Froome is yet to cross the line but has ridden another fine stage and will maintain his lead of more than three minutes.

  40. Baba the Blue?


    Baba Rahman's move to Chelsea seems to be edging closer, after a surge of bets in Germany that the deal will be completed.


    The 21-year-old, who plies his trade for Bundesliga outfit Augsburg, will be a replacement for Filipe Luis, who is set to depart Stamford Bridge.

    Glenn Woodage, of bookmakers Bwin, said: 'When we see a surge like this, we have to take notice. We saw similar movements for [Bastian] Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and with Filipe Luis seemingly on the way out, Baba at the Bridge would certainly make sense."

  41. Happy birthday

  42. Videoton v TNS

    Champions League qualifier (Wed, 19:30 BST)

    And also in Champions league action in a few hours time...

    The New Saints' Sam Finlay looks dejected after TNS concede a goal against Videoton

    Welsh champions The New Saints face a tough task overturning a one-goal Champions League qualifier deficit against Videoton.

    A late Adam Gyurcso goal gave the Hungarian champions a 1-0 win in the first leg in Oswestry.

    However, TNS manager Craig Harrison believes his team can cause a shock. "If it had been 0-0 we'd need to score anyway, so nothing changes. If we want to get through we're going to have to score," he said.

    You can listen to live commentary on the BBC Sport website, BBC Radio Shropshire and BBC Radio Wales

  43. Stjarnan v Celtic

    Champions League qualifier (Wed, 20:15 BST)

    Nadir Ciftci

    Forward Nadir Ciftci is free to play in Celtic's Champions League qualifier in Iceland as his six-match ban for biting an opponent only applies to domestic games.

    Defender Virgil van Dijk returns from suspension but Kris Commons is out.

    Ronny Deila's side lead Stjarnan 2-0 on aggregate and the winner of the tie will face Qarabag or Rudar Pljevlja.

    You can listen to the match on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online and follow live text commentary on BBC Sport website

  44. Get involved - sporting celebration

    Tweet us at #sportingcelebration

    A lot of love for this one today...


    Icelandic team Stjarnan FC and their famous fishing celebration, complete with photographer taking a picture of the giant catch.

    And speaking of Stjarnan, they face Celtic in the Champions League tonight, more of which right now...

  45. Sitting pretty


    After his Open Championship win on Monday, Zach Johnson is proving a popular man...

  46. Rain arrives to frustrate Durham

    Durham 421 & 190-4 dec, Hampshire 307 & 75-5

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at The Ageas Bowl:

    "They have taken an early tea here with Hants struggling on 75-5. It is raining but hopefully it is a passing shower.The hosts are chasing 305 to win."

    Click here to see the full scorecard.

  47. Get involved - sporting celebration


    David Stanhope: Has to be the 'Sharpe-y Shuffle!".


    Ziyaad YNWA: Probably the moment we saw #Mourinho knee sliding in a suit when managing #RealMadrid


    Joe Parkin: Has to be Collins Injera autographing the camera after scoring his 200th try for Kenya 7's

  48. Vixens get 'gorilla' off their back


    It took more than eight months and a winless run of 11 matches, but Bristol Academy have finally got the "gorilla" off their back.

    Vixens boss Willie Kirk says a huge weight was lifted after the Women's Super League One bottom side beat second-tier outfit Aston Villa 4-0 in the Continental Tyres Cup opener on Tuesday.

    Bristol's last victory was a Champions League triumph over Barcelona last November.

    "It turned into a very big monkey, if not a gorilla," Kirk told BBC Sport after his side's win at Sutton Coldfield. "You could see it was beginning to weigh them down a little."

  49. First day at work


    The Reds signed the Brazilian forward from Hoffenheim on a five-year deal for a fee of about £29m.  

  50. Balotelli future up in the air


    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli's future at Anfield is in his own hands, says Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Balotelli, 24, is not part of Liverpool's current pre-season tour and Rodgers offered no guarantees the striker will remain at the club.


    Rodgers admitted: "I'm not sure, that will entirely be up to Mario."

    Balotelli signed from AC Milan last summer for £16m but has scored just four times for the Reds, who are set to sign Aston Villa's Christian Benteke.

  51. Schmidt stays on

    Rugby Union

    Joe Schmidt will remain as Ireland coach until at least June 2017 after signing a one-year contract extension.

    The Irish RFU were keen to retain the services of the 49-year-old after back-to-back Six Nations Championship wins


    Ireland were unbeaten during the 2014 Guinness Series which included victories over South Africa and Australia.

    "We believe Joe is one of the leading coaches so we are delighted," said IRFU Performance Director, David Nucifora.

  52. Get involved - sporting celebration

    Tweet us at #sportingcelebration

    Ankan Das: Thierry Henry against Spurs at White Hart Lane, or for NY Red Bull against Chicago. CLASSIC!


    Chris Swann: Saints receiver Joe Horn once got out a phone after a touchdown many years ago, he was fined 30k.


    Simon Royal: Best celebration got to be Justin Fashanu with his wonder goal against Liverpool in 1980.

  53. Christian Benteke to Liverpool latest


    More from former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert on striker Christian Benteke:

    "I thought he was a handful every time I saw him playing. I sent people to watch him as well who I thought I could rely on and they said the same.

    "Then I saw him again and thought, 'let's try to get this big guy over'. He came in and he was excellent. He took to English football really well.

    "That will be in his development as well, that he's going to have to handle the expectancy level of winning [at Liverpool].

    "When you speak to Christian, he has a great belief in himself to do well. He's a top guy ... and I need some tickets for Anfield so he's my link for that."

  54. Vote - England in the Premier League

    Get Involved

    After a few technical issues, the vote is now live and will be until 15:45 BST.

    We want to know how you think England will fare in the Premier League?

    You can vote on the right of this page (if on desktop) or by clicking the tab above (if on mobile). Usual terms and conditions apply

    And what of the other home nations? How would Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get on? Tell us at #bbcsportsday

  55. Benteke to Liverpool latest


    Paul Lambert has been speaking about his former striker at Aston Villa, Christian Benteke, whose £32.5m move to Liverpool is due to go through later on Wednesday.

    "Christian phoned me the other day. He's a brilliant number nine and if he gets the service he'll score.


    "That's the type of guy he is and on his game he's a handful. I'm delighted for him, he's earned that move and if he can do what I think he can do, he'll do great for them.

    "He's done it himself. I gave him a platform, but he was the lad who went out there and produced for us. He's one of the best number nines that I've seen in a long time."

  56. Lancs on song


  57. Bolton boss Lennon unsure of budget


    Bolton manager Neil Lennon is unsure how many more signings he can make because of the financial situation at the club.


    In April, Wanderers announced their debt had risen to £172.9m after a loss of £9.1m for the 2014 financial year.

    Lennon has added five new players this summer and wants to strengthen further.

    "It's a big challenge because we don't really know where we are in terms of what we have budget-wise," Lennon told BBC Radio Manchester. "We are looking at trying to get value for money, it's difficult."

  58. Two-game ban for 'racism' response


    Rafael Saakov

    BBC Russian Service

    Ufa midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has been given a two-match ban by the Russian Football Union after he was sent off for raising a finger to the crowd in response to alleged racist abuse at the weekend.


    But Rafael says that Spartak Moscow will not be punished as the RFU committee "didn't find any confirmations of monkey chants so they deny racism in this case."

    Following his dismissal the former Arsenal player questioned how Russia can contemplate hosting the 2018 World Cup when racist incidents are still occurring.

  59. Get involved - sporting celebration

    Tweet us at #sportingcelebration

    Forzamugello: Bellamy and the golf club, Barcelona away.


    The pre-match headlines had been all about an alleged training camp fracas between Bellamy and Riise. It turned out - according to Bellamy - that the Welshman had whacked his team-mate across the buttocks with an 8-iron after a row at the team hotel.

    Mr Writerman: Tino Asprilla waving his Newcastle shirt aloft on the corner flag pole - worth a booking.

    FoxingLucky: Martin O'Neill Jumping 5ft off the floor after Claridge scored that lat min winner vs Palace at wembley

  60. Bairstow sparkles in Yorkshire win


    England batsman Jonny Bairstow celebrates his return to the Test arena with an unbeaten 74 from 51 balls, featuring nine fours and three sixes, to guide leaders Yorkshire to a seven-wicket victory over Worcestershire at Scarborough.

  61. Berahino in good spirits


    That's not the West Brom training ground is it? 

  62. Rain hits Chittagong Test


    Bangladesh against South Africa in Chittagong

    Bangladesh close a rain-affected second day of the first Test on 179-4, 69 behind South Africa in Chittagong. Tamim Iqbal and Mamudullah [pictured] both made half centuries for the Tigers, with Proteas paceman Dale Steyn going for 46 runs from his 13 overs and failing to pick up a wicket.

  63. Vote - England in the Premier League

    Get Involved

    Sorry, we seem to be having a technical issue with the vote but we hope to having it up and running shortly.

  64. Derby look to seal Shackell signing


    Derby County manager Paul Clement has confirmed his interest in Burnley defender Jason Shackell and said he wants to complete a deal as soon as possible.

    The 31-year-old centre-back made 49 appearances for the Rams in 2011-12 before moving to Burnley that summer.

    Clement told BBC Radio Derby: "I don't know anymore news than it's ongoing. Hopefully it can be brought to a conclusion sooner rather than later."

  65. Get involved - sporting celebration

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    Andrew Neill: Alan Shearer's one arm running salute. Far from creative but always a classic. Plenty of fond childhood memories of it.


    A classic of our times. Even keen Magpies fan Declan Donnelly did it - or at least tried to -when he played in a Pro-Am golf tournament recently...

  66. Watford target striker Gestede

    Football gossip

    The Guardian report that Watford are in negotiations with Blackburn over striker Rudy Gestede, 26, with Rovers seeking a fee of £7m having rejected a bid of £4m earlier this month.

  67. European back pages

    Football gossip

    Mundo Deportivo

    Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo reports that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is trying to sign 20-year-old Barcelona midfielder Sargi Samper, who has an £8.4m release clause.

  68. Liverpool eye left-back

    Transfer gossip

    Lucas Digne

    The Daily Mail report that Liverpool are tracking France international Lucas Digne, the 22 year-old Paris St Germain left-back.

  69. Van Garderen out of Le Tour

    Tour de France

    American Tejay van Garderen of the BMC Racing team pulled out of the Tour de France during the 17th stage.

    Van Garderen, who was third overall, was apparently sick, having visited the medical car several times after trailing a select group of riders featuring overall leader Chris Froome early on.

  70. Vote - England in the Premier League

    Get Involved

    Right, on that theme, we have a vote for you to get involved in.

    We want to know how you think England will fare in the Premier League?

    You can vote on the right of this page (if on desktop) or by clicking the tab above (if on mobile or tablet) and you have got until 15:15 BST. Usual terms and conditions apply

    And what of the other home nations? How would Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland get on? Tell us at #bbcsportsday

  71. England in the Premier League


    How does this England team look, made up of players from the bottom 10 sides in last season's Premier League.

    Bottom-half England XI
  72. Thirimanne gives Sri Lanka hope


    Sri Lanka post 256-9 from their 50 overs in the fourth one-day international against Pakistan in Colombo. Lahiru Thirimanne top scores with 90 for the Sri Lankans, who trail 2-1 in the five-match series.

  73. Get involved - sporting celebration

    Tweet us at #sportingcelebration

    Emmanuel Holyparcel: Last kick of the last game of d 2011/2012 season...Sergio Aguero winning it for City. It was WWE Royal Rumble!

    Michael Clarke: The best sporting celebration has to be Lleyton Hewitt's reverse duck celebration.


    Ryan Irving responds to the above suggestion: By 'best', I assume you actually mean worst #SportingCelebration ever?!

    A harsh but understandable response Ryan.

  74. Spurs see off Brentford


  75. City bid for De Bruyne - reports

    The Daily Mail report that Manchester City have opened discussions with Wolfsburg over the £40m signing of Belgium international Kevin de Bruyne.

    City have outlined a five year deal with the option of an extra year for the 24-year-old midfielder.

  76. England in the Premier League


    How would the current England team perform in the Premier League?

    Richard Scudamore - Premier League chief exec to you and I - was unable to answer the question. "Would they win it, or finish 10th? I don't know," he said.

    Scudamore also suggested that the national side could be made up of players from the bottom half of the top-flight and top half of the Championship.

    England team line-up before game v Slovenia last November

    "We get hung up about how players can't possibly be good enough unless they're playing for Chelsea or Manchester United," he said. "Of course they can be good enough. How are they going to get into the first teams of Chelsea and Manchester City? Widen your horizons.

    "Why shouldn't the England team come from the top 12 teams in the Championship and the bottom 10 teams of the Premier League?"

  77. Featherstone snap up Snitch

    Rugby League

  78. Hat-trick for Rushworth

    Durham 421 & 190-4 dec, Hampshire 307 & 24-1

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at The Ageas Bowl:

    "Durham bowler Chris Rushworth has recorded a hat-trick across three overs and two innings, claiming the wickets of James Tomlinson, Gareth Berg and Michael Carberry."

    Follow the game live here

  79. West Ham welcome Lanzini


  80. Bubbly Lanzini hails Hammers move


    Manuel Lanzini

    Quotes from West Ham's new man Manuel Lanzini: "This is very emotional because it is one of the best teams I have ever signed for," he tells West Ham TV. "It is a very important step for my career and for my future.

    "I am someone who always gives 100%. I'm an attacking player, I can change the game's tempo and I hope to give my maximum for the fans to appreciate me."

  81. Hammers toast new man Lanzini


    Manuel Lanzini

    West Ham sign Argentine playmaker Manuel Lanzini on a season-long deal from UAE Arabian Gulf League club Al-Jazira, with an option to make the move permanent.

    The 22-year-old came through the same River Plate youth system that produced the likes of Alfredo Di Stefano and is nicknamed "The Jewel".

  82. Tour de France - Stage 17

    Road cycling

    BBC Sport graphic

    Visit our live text commentary to follow the stage and tell us all about your favourite cycling food.

  83. Yorkshire chasing 157 to win

    Yorkshire 430 & 34-1, Worcestershire 280 & 306 - Lunch

    BBC Radio Leeds' Dave Callaghan at Scarborough:

    "Yorkshire have started the task of getting 157 runs to win their game at Scarborough. A further 123 needed for the defending champions."

    Follow the game live here

  84. Get involved - sporting celebration

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    Raphael Wilson: My favourite #sportingcelebration has to be Eric Cantona's chest puffed out after his wonderful chip Vs Sunderland in 1996.


    Ant-Dan: Ryan Giggs. 1999. FA Cup Semi Final Replay. Ripping his shirt off and twirling it round like a maniac.


    Bakerie: Has to be Jon Brooks goal for USA vs Ghana at the World Cup. He couldn't actually believe he'd scored.

  85. New arrival at Vicarage Road


  86. Vote - your favourite celebration

    Get involved

    Jimmy Bullard

    The vote is now closed, the Sportsday public have spoken and what they have decreed is thus...

    Jimmy Bullard's finger-wagging celebration for Hull against Manchester City is the winner with 29% of the vote. It is not known whether Phil Brown, the manager out of whom the mickey was being taken, voted.

    Paul Gascoigne's dentist's chair stunt after scoring for England against Scotland at Euro 96 was second with 18% and Mario Balotelli's 'why always me?' t-shirt protest attracted 14%.

  87. Gudmundsson signs new Charlton deal


    Charlton Athletic midfielder Johann Berg Gudmundsson has signed a new four-year deal with the Championship club.

    The 24-year-old Iceland international joined the Addicks from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar last summer and went on to score 11 goals in 44 games in 2014-15.

  88. 'Always in my thoughts'

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton says he will carry Jules Bianchi in his thoughts for the rest of his career, following the Frenchman's death last week.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Bianchi succumbed to head injuries suffered in last year's Japanese Grand Prix. Hamilton was one of many current drivers who attended his funeral.

    The world champion said: "I will be carrying Jules with me in my prayers for the rest of my driving days. I know he'd want us to race as hard as he did, and so I will."

    Bianchi's funeral took place only three days before the drivers take to the track in Friday practice for this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, the final race before Formula 1's four-week summer break.

  89. Get involved - sporting celebration

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    Muhammad Owais: How can someone forget Balotelli's why always me celebration at old Trafford and one against Germany in Uefa cup semi?


    Andy King: Temuri Ketsbaia going nuts after scoring for Newcastle.

    JamieO: Fowler's infamous line celebration against Everton. Controversial and certainly memorable!

  90. Hornets unveil new defender


  91. BreakingWatford sign defender Britos


    Miguel Britos

    Watford sign defender Miguel Britos, 30, from Napoli on a three-year deal.

  92. Chelsea fans banned


    More Chelsea fans received punishments for the Paris Metro incident. Josh Parsons, 20, and William Simpson, 26, were issued with football banning orders for five years.

    Jordan Munday, 20, was banned from football matches for three years and a fifth man, Dean Callis, 32, earlier received a five-year banning order.

  93. Ellis out for season

    Rugby League

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    Craig Kennedy: Has to be South Africa's Tshabalala's goal in the opening game of World Cup 2010, macarena goal celebration - passion of a nation.


    Alerick: Asamoah Gyan always has the best Azonto moves.

    Jakob Martin: David Dunn's 95th minute equaliser in the north west derby.

    Tim Stubbs: Peterboro Utd new signing, Souleymane Coulibaly, celebrating his goal v Barnet with a somersault. Hope to see more.

  95. Vote - your favourite celebration

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    You can choose one of eight goals on the right of this page (if on desktop) or by clicking the tab above (if on mobile or tablet). And if you're not sure what they are, we've got a wee reminder for you if you click on the names in the key points at the top of the page.

    The vote closes at 13:00 BST and usual terms and conditions apply.

  96. Mourinho eyes Ghana defender

    Transfer gossip

    The Daily Star report that Chelsea are monitoring Augsburg defender Baba Rahman, but could face competition from Serie A side Roma, who recently made an £11m bid for the 21-year-old Ghana international.

  97. Injury blow for Huddersfield

    Rugby League

  98. Something in reserve?


    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    It's notoriously difficult to make any real judgements on the prospects of a team or an individual in pre-season friendlies but it seems very clear that some of Manchester City's ever improving under-21 may have something to offer at senior level this term.

    Bolstered by summer signings Enes Unal and Patrick Roberts, it also boasts Nigerian forward Kelechi Iheanacho, who added to Raheem Sterling's debut opener as City drew 2-2 with Roma on Tuesday before winning on penalties.

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    Sam Clarke: As a villa fan, seeing a goal is rare enough to make me go mental so I rarely watch what the players end up doing.

    The Studge: Gerrard kissing the camera at Old Trafford, three times.


    JIM CORBRIDGE: The Invasion of The Parka coats when Ronnie Radford scored that Goal against Newcastle in 1972. What a celebration.

  100. Welcome home


    Dirk Kuyt made his return to Feyenoord at the weekend, nine years after leaving the Dutch club to join Liverpool. It looks like quite the scene...

    If you were wondering, he wrote "Feyenoord, thanks for the wonderful reception."

  101. Tour de France - Stage 17

    Digne-les-bains - Pra Loup, 161km (100 miles)

    Tour de France stage 17 profile

    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas's view: "All the yellow jersey contenders will try to go as hard as they can on the final climb and into the finish. It can be pretty sketchy, and when you are riding for your team leader you don't want to take any unnecessary risks. If an attack comes, the main thing is not panicking and sticking together.

    "Usually, so long as whoever attacks is on his own, there's no major drama. But if there's a team-mate with him, or if he could catch up with the breakaway, then that can pose a real threat."

  102. 'Prove your unique'

    Road Cycling

    The French doctor who claimed Chris Froome's summit victory on stage 10 of the Tour de France was "abnormal" wants Team Sky to provide more details on their rider to prove he is "unique".


    Physiologist Pierre Sallet insisted the data he has on Froome is accurate, despite Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford saying it was "wildly wrong".

    Team Sky released Froome's performance data to prove their rider's innocence.

    Sallet said: "I'd be happy if he is unique but we need more information."

    It is the 17th stage of the Tour de France today. Our live coverage begins at 12:30 BST - it should be good fun, the riders are in the Alps.

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    Tim Stubbs: Tennis's Jo Wilfied Tsonga's leaping, thumb pointing celebration. A release of pure joy. Unique.


    Jamie: Has to be Wayne Rooney and his knockout celebration following the video being leaked online.


    Michael Vine: Adebayor's full length of the pitch run to knee slide in front of his old fans is a favourite of mine

  104. This is why it's an early lunch...

    County Cricket

  105. Early lunch at Colwyn Bay


    Not sure what's on the lunch table. Maybe our friends in Wales can find out for us. Yesterday at Horsham looked nice. Still thinking about that gammon and pineapple.  

  106. Gunners keeper in loan deal?

    Football gossip


    Sky Sports are reporting that Arsenal and AS Roma are in negotiations over loan move of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.

  107. Newcastle beaten on US Tour


    Newcastle against Portland Timbers

    Steve McClaren's Newcastle were beaten 4-3 by Portland Timbers' reserve team on their tour of the US, with Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini sitting the game out in order to avoid risking injury on the plastic pitch.

    Georginio Wijnaldum converted a Rolando Aarons cross early on to put the Magpies ahead but some poor defending saw them 4-1 down going into the closing stages.

    Aarons scored an impressive late double, an overhead kick from close range and moments later a fierce left-footed drive into the top corner from 18 yards.

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    Alfie Snow: Has to be Mourinho sprinting down the touch line like Usain Bolt after Ba's winner against PSG; unforgettable.


    Peter Howard: Shefti Kuqi's for Oldham.

    (For those who haven't seen it, it's like a baby sparrow trying to fly ... and failing)

    Josh Brook: Suarez dive celebration right in front of David Moyes has to be up there with the best.

  109. Rogers saw ground moving - Warner


    Chris Rogers at Lord's

    Australia batsman David Warner says his opening partner Chris Rogers saw the ground moving during the dizzy spell that forced him to retire hurt in the victory at Lord's last week.

    Warner told the Australian Daily Telegraph: "He actually said to me 'the grandstand is moving' and I said 'No, it's not'.

    Rogers had to miss two Tests in the Caribbean last month after suffering concussion when he was hit in the nets and Warner added: "I was worried ... and so was he. I had no idea what was going on. He said: 'I don't know what's happening here'. So I said: 'Just sit down'."

  110. Vote - your favourite celebration

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    You can choose one of eight goals on the right of this page (if on desktop) or by clicking the tab above (if on mobile or tablet). And if you're not sure what they are, we've got a wee reminder for you if you click on the names in the key points at the top of the page.

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    Paul: Totti's selfie celebration during the Derby against Lazio. Ultimate way to take the biscuit against rivals.

    Francesco Totti

    Tony C: My fave #SportingCelebration as a kid watching the Prem- Jan Aage Fjortofts' aeroplane! A playground favourite.

  112. Fifa latest


  113. 'Stupid fans'

    Football gossip

    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri has condemned the "stupid" fans who booed new signing Raheem Sterling on his City debut in a friendly against Roma, report the Manchester Evening News.


    "We didn't expect anything like that from these fans, so it was a little surprise," said Nasri. "But you always have stupid fans in the stadium. The same thing happened to me when I left Arsenal.

  114. Arrests at Leeds game


    Police arrested 25 fans following crowd trouble before and after Leeds' 2-1 friendly defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the Austrian town of Eugendorf.

    Three Leeds supporters and two police officers were injured after fighting between rival fans at the final whistle, when riot police were deployed.

    Supporters from both clubs were arrested - 17 of them from Frankfurt.

    Pepper spray was used to control a group of Frankfurt fans following trouble in Eugendorf town centre after the game, Salzburg police also confirmed.

  115. Ruddock through the years


    But would big Razor fit in this box nowadays?

  116. Chelsea fan banned for five years


    Chelsea fan Richard Barklie is given a five-year football banning order for his role in the Paris Metro incident in February.

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    Paul Mansell: Has to be Bullard for Hull City does it not?


    Paul Clayton: Marco Tardelli '82 World Cup celebration. Overcome with joy at scoring

  118. Telescope ruled out

    Horse racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Last year's runner-up Telescope has been ruled out of Saturday's King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot.

    A spokesman for owners Highclere Racing said: "Telescope has had a minor setback and will not be able to participate in the King George on Saturday, but should be back on track very soon."

    Telescope was due to be ridden by Olivier Peslier for trainer Sir Michael Stoute.

    He was a best priced 11-1 for Saturday's race, in which unbeaten Derby winner Golden Horn is the 1-2 favourite.

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    Rondon: A fixed celebration stunt isn't acceptable. One should reflect current state of event/mood. Eto'o's old man celebration.


    Sally Ander: Stjarnan (Celtic's opponents tonight) have had some crackers - but the "reeling in the fish" has to be their best ever.

    E-Mail(e): It has to be Robbie Keane and his cartwheel.

  120. Starters orders


  121. NBA back at the O2


    The Orlando Magic will return to London to play a regular-season game against the Toronto Raptors at The O2 on 14 January next year as part of NBA Global Games 2015-16 season.

  122. On the range


    Who said footballers have too much time on their hands? Here is Liverpool ambassador Robbie Fowler and new signing Danny Ings on the driving range. A classic footballer's way to spend some time. Unlike some of the modern ones...

  123. Brendan Rodgers news conference

    Liverpool v Malaysia X1 (Friday)

    And that seems to be it.