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  1. Sportsday Live

    That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

    You can follow all of the night's football action via the BBC Sport website and Sportsday will resume at 08:00 BST on Friday with more of the latest pre-season action, transfer gossip and plenty more.

  2. Bees sign German striker


    Philipp Hofmann

    Brentford have made their seventh signing of the summer by paying an undisclosed fee to Kaiserslautern for Germany Under-21 striker Philipp Hofmann.

    The 22-year-old has agreed a three-year contract at Griffin Park.

    "Philipp is a target man, physically strong, and a good header of the ball," head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen said.

  3. Thompson loses arm after crash


    Northern Ireland motorcyclist Stephen Thompson has lost an arm as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at the North West 200 road races in May.

    The Crumlin rider, 39, who suffered a collapsed lung and bleeding on the brain as well as leg fractures in the crash, underwent surgery to have the arm amputated this week.

    A statement released by Thompson's family explained that trauma suffered as a result of the crash had been causing major problems since the crash.

  4. Hockaday criticises 'twilight zone'


    Former Leeds United boss Dave Hockaday has hit out at the coaching of youngsters in England after revealing plans to set up a new Under-16s talent academy in Wiltshire.

    "Twenty years ago I established the first football academy in this country, long before the academies we see in the pro game today. They followed my blueprint," the 57-year-old told BBC Radio Wiltshire.

    "I believe massively in the talent in this country. We go wrong from the 15 to 19 age group, which I call the twilight zone, I want to fill that gap."

  5. Noble hopeful of West Ham progression


    Mark Noble

    Midfielder Mark Noble is confident West Ham can negotiate testing conditions in Malta to complete an aggregate victory over Birkirkara and progress to the third qualifying round of the Europa League this evening (19:45 BST).

    The Hammers, 1-0 up from the first leg, will face temperatures of around 30C in Malta's National Stadium.

    Noble said: "It will be a challenge with the heat and they made it difficult for us last week. But we got the win and now we've got to go and try to finish the job."

  6. Bristol City fans plan ticket protest


    Bristol City fans

    A section of Bristol City supporters are planning to miss their first game back in the Championship over what they call "astronomical" ticket prices.

    Away supporters who travel to Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day will be charged up to £39 for a ticket.

    "For some of us, it is a matter of principle," said a statement from the Bristol City Supporters' Club & Trust.

    "It is going to hurt to do this, but the Supporters' Club & Trust has decided not to attend this game."

  7. McShane joins Tigers in swap deal

    Super League

    Paul McShane

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats hooker Paul McShane has joined Castleford Tigers on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

    Scott Moore has moved in the opposite direction as part of the deal, joining the Wildcast on loan for the rest of the season.

  8. Kewell gets role at Watford


    Watford have appointed former Australia international Harry Kewell as the club's new Under-21 coach.

    The 36-year-old retired last year after a career which included spells with the likes of Leeds United, Liverpool and Galatasaray, as well as 56 caps for the Australian national team - including appearances at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup.

  9. Boro ambition swayed Downing


    Stewart Downing spent eight years at Boro earlier in his career

    Stewart Downing says Middlesbrough's ambition was key to his decision to drop into the Championship from Premier League side West Ham United.

    The England international winger, 31, has returned to his hometown club for £5.5m on a four-year contract, after playing 37 top-flight games for the Hammers last season.

    "This is a Premier League club," Downing told BBC Look North. "If this was a team fighting relegation or mid-table, it wouldn't be good for me to come back. These players were very unlucky not to be promoted last season.

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  11. Everton duo on way back from injury


    Leighton Baines

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says defender Leighton Baines and midfielder Bryan Oviedo are both making good progress in their recoveries from injury.

    Baines required ankle surgery after suffering a recurrence of an old problem in a game against Sunderland in May while Oviedo broke a metatarsal in training in April but both have been included in the squad for the club's pre-season trip to Scotland.

    "They are raring to go as you can imagine," Martinez told the club website. "They are two pristine professionals and they are a similar profile of player, so they have been helping each other with their work. They are full of energy and desperate to join the group."

  12. Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Tonight on 5 Live Sports Extra from 19:30 BST, you can hear commentary from the Super League as Hull FC host Wigan.

    Dave Woods will be joined by Huddersfield's Luke Robinson and as well as all the action, you can hear from Leeds prop Adam Cuthbertson on his hopes of playing for England in the end-of-season internationals against New Zealand.

  13. Where's Sepp Blatter?


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "St Petersburg for World Cup draw. Tried to speak to Blatter but, er, robust hotel security stopped me. He's happy, that's as far as we got."

  14. Woodward to return to Manchester United tour


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is heading back to the United States.

    It was always planned Woodward would return after leaving United's pre-season tour following last Friday's 1-0 win over Club America.

    It will not go unnoticed that United's final two opponents on their 17-day trip are Barcelona and Paris St-Germain.

    The Premier League club have been heavily linked with signing Pedro from the former and selling Angel Di Maria to the latter.

  15. Clarke learns from World Cup omission


    Jess Clarke

    Notts County Ladies forward Jess Clarke says she has been spurred on by the disappointment of being left out of England's World Cup squad.

    The 26-year-old has played 49 times for England but was left out of Mark Sampson's squad for the tournament in Canada earlier this summer.

    "As an athlete you have to take those knocks," Clarke, who scored in Wednesday's 2-1 Continental Cup win over Birmingham City, told BBC Radio Nottingham.

    "It is how you come back from it and learn from it. You just try be the best player you can be."

  16. Australia beat England in Women's Ashes


    Australia celebrate

    We said earlier that England were struggling against Australia in the second Women's Ashes one-day international in Bristol.

    Well, the visitors have just wrapped up victory by 63 runs to level the series at two points apiece.

    The next game takes place at Worcester on Sunday.

  17. McCarthy signs for Palace


    Alex McCarthy

    Crystal Palace have signed Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, on a four year deal for an undisclosed fee.

    The 25-year-old signed for the Hoops last summer from Reading and featured three times in the Premier League, as well as being called up to the England squad.

    "I'm over the moon," he said. "When I first heard about Palace's interest I was excited because I really wanted to be back in the Premier League. Towards the end of last season I started hearing little inklings about a move and then gradually over the summer things progressed and now, here I am."

  18. Bony aims to be fit for new season


    Wilfried Bony

    Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony expects to be fit for the start of the new season after missing the pre-season tour of Australia and Vietnam due to illness.

    The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has now recovered but is staying in Manchester to continue working on his fitness alone at the City Football Academy.

    "I was ill, now it is okay. I feel stronger than last week, so I am happy about that," he told the club's television channel. "I think everything is clear so I am just waiting to do my best for the season."

  19. England face battle against Australia


    England are having a bit of a struggle against Australia in the second Women's Ashes one-day international in Bristol.

    Chasing 260 to win, England are 180-7 after 39 overs.

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  20. Staying focused

    Americas Cup

    Sir Ben Ainslie is the focus of most people's attentions as the Americas Cup gets under way in Portsmouth...

  21. Austin could stay with QPR - Ramsey


    Queens Park Rangers have not given up hope of retaining striker Charlie Austin, who scored 18 Premier League goals last season, despite their relegation to the Championship.

    "At the moment, there has been nothing concrete. We've had offers that we've rejected, and we've had offers that Charlie himself has not been happy to take on," said manager Chris Ramsey.

    "At the moment, he's a QPR player and he's working hard in training. I'm having the idea that he will be here into the season. If he is here during the season then he is going to be someone that we want to use."

    Newcastle United, Leicester City, West Ham United and Crystal Palace have been linked with the 26-year-old striker.

  22. Leicestershire batsman Boyce retires


    Matthew Boyce

    Leicestershire's longest serving player Matthew Boyce has retired with immediate effect to pursue a career in finance.

    After making his debut in 2006, Boyce scored 4,882 runs at an average of 27.89 in 104 first-class matches.

    The 29-year-old left-hander also played 67 List A games, scoring 10 half-centuries, and made 55 Twenty20 appearances.

    "I'd like to thank the club, including the coaches, support staff, players and supporters, for making my career in cricket so enjoyable," Boyce said.

  23. Driver tributes to Bianchi

    Formula 1

    This weekend is the Hungarian Grand Prix and the first F1 race since the death of Jules Bianchi, who suffered severe head injuries in a crash at the 2014 Japanese Grand Prix.

    Various drivers will be paying tribute through messages on their race helmets.

  24. Bardet wins stage 18...

    Tour de France

    ...and some praise, I think, from Cannondale-Garmin manager Jonathan Vaughters

  25. Croatia docked one point

    Euro 2016 qualifying

    Croatia have had a point deducted from their Euro 2016 qualification campaign total for having a swastika apparently mown on the pitch ahead of their 1-1 draw with Italy in Split.

    Swastika on pitch

    They have also been ordered to play their next two home matches and banned from holding any of their remaining qualifiers at the Stadion Poljud in Split.

    In addition, the Croatian Football Federation has been fined €100,000 (£71,000).

    The punishment means Croatia's lead over Italy in Group H has been cut to a point.

  26. Commonwealth medallists named on GB team


    Antony Fowler

    Commonwealth Games medallists Antony Fowler, Qais Ashfaq and Joe Cordina have all been included on the Great Britain team for next month's European Boxing Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    They will be joined by light-flyweight Harvey Horn, flyweight Muhammad Ali, light-welterweight Pat McCormack and light-heavyweight Joshua Buatsi.

    Boxers who finish in the top six in their weight class in Sofia will secure a place at the AIBA World Championships in Doha in September 2015, which is a qualifying event for next year's Olympic Games.

  27. Bardet wins stage, Froome lead intact

    Tour de France

    Romain Bardet

    French rider Romain Bardet has held off the chasing pack to register a hugely popular home win in stage 18 of the Tour de France.

    Yellow jersey Chris Froome finished alongside Nairo Quintana, Vincenzo Nibali and team-mate Geraint Thomas. The Briton is three minutes and 10 seconds clear of Quintana at the top of the overall standings.

    Reaction on text and radio here.

  28. Bolt set to star at Olympic Stadium


    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt certainly likes to run fast at the Olympic Stadium in London.

    The six-time Olympic champion of course won gold in the 100m and 200m at London 2012, but he also put in a stellar performance the last time the Anniversary Games were held at the venue two years ago.

    You can relive the moment the Jamaican won the 100m in 9.85 seconds to thrill the crowd.

    Can he do the same on Friday night?

  29. Pirlo magic wows the Big Apple


    Never mind 'Welcome to America, Andrea Pirlo'.

    Try 'Welcome to Andrea Pirlo, America'.

    The former Juventus midfielder left some New York FC fans gobsmacked with a little bit of skills as he warmed up with his new team-mates stateside.

  30. Charlton sign ex-Spurs midfielder Ceballos


    Cristian Ceballos

    Charlton Athletic have signed Cristian Ceballos following his departure from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this summer.

    Midfielder Ceballos, 22, did not feature for Spurs after joining from Barcelona in summer 2011.

    The Spaniard, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with Portuguese Primeira Liga side Arouca, has signed a three-year deal with the Championship club.

  31. Hernandez attracting interest


    Hull striker Abel Hernandez is raising interest among Serie A sides Bologna, Torino and Napoli according to Forza Italia Football.

    Hernandez, 24, signed for the Tigers for £10m last summer, but is thought to be available for £4.2m as Hull prepare for life in the Championship.

  32. Marsh in fine form

    Australia v Derbyshire

    Shaun Marsh

    Shaun Marsh, who is likely to replace Chris Rogers for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston if the opener fails to recover from his dizzy spells, is closing in on a century in a tour match against Derbyshire.

    He's 93 not out, with David Warner already retired out after hitting 101. Skipper Michael Clarke was out for just 16.

    Follow radio commentary from Derby here

  33. Myhill signs new deal


    Goalkeeper Boaz Myhill has signed a new two-year contract with West Brom.

    The 32-year-old played 11 games last season in the absence of the injured Ben Foster, keeping four clean sheets including in May's 1-0 win away to Manchester United.

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  35. Stage 18 coming to the boil

    Tour de France

    A gutsy descent by Frenchman Romain Bardet has opened up a 30-second lead on his nearest challengers and raised the prospect of a home stage win.

    Chris Froome is safe and secure so far in yellow, marking his nearest overall classification rivals tightly.

    You can follow the last 15km or so on our live text and radio commentary.

  36. Fee agreed for Shackell Derby move


    Jason Shackell

    Derby County are set to re-sign former defender Jason Shackell after they agreed an undisclosed fee with Burnley.

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club website: "It's fair to say Derby County made an offer that was so large he found he couldn't refuse it.

    "Outside the Premier League there are still some clubs throwing enormous amounts of money at the situation and Derby are one of those clubs."

  37. Stripped for action?


    After Barcelona unveiled a ground-breaking stripey home-kit number, Real Madrid will be wearing this grey-and-green shirt to play Manchester City in a friendly on Friday. 

  38. Cross has X-ray on hand

    Women's Ashes

    Englandseamer Kate Cross has suffered a painful injury in England's second ODI againstAustralia.

    You can follow all the action here

  39. Bolt in London

    Anniversary Games

    Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt will be running in the 100m heats on Friday from around 20:00 BST...

  40. 'Farah should not get stressed'

    Anniversary Games

    Usain Bolt has been talking about his friend Mo Farah ahead of the Diamond League meeting in London.

    A BBC investigation has alleged that Alberto Salazar, who coaches double Olympic champion Farah, has practised doping techniques. There is no suggestion that the Briton has been involved.

    Usain Bolt and Mo Farah

    "Every day I hear he's in the papers, they're trying to tear him down and I think he works so hard to get where he is for somebody's mistake to be causing him problems," Jamaica's double Olympic sprint champions said.

    "I just really hope that he doesn't take it too seriously, doesn't make it stress him out because it's part of the sport, people like to point the finger sometimes."

  41. United knocked back for Biglia


    Lucas Biglia

    Manchester United had a £17.6m offer for Lazio midfielder Lucas Biglia turned down before they switched sights to signing Bayern Munich's Bastian Schweinsteiger, according to Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

    Biglia, 29, has a contract that runs until 2018 and is unlikely to be subject of a second United bid with the Old Trafford club having brought in Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin.

    Lazio were thought to be holding out for an offer of about £28m.

  42. Linfield's Feeney bullish

    Linfield v Spartak Trnava (19:45 BST)

    Slovakian side Spartak Trnava will take a one-goal lead into the second leg

    Linfield boss Warren Feeney says his players have a fantastic opportunity to make history in their Europa League second leg at home against Spartak Trnava.

    The Irish Premiership side trail 2-1 from last week's game in Slovakia. "The away goal is massive for us because I fancy us to score," said Feeney. "But they are a powerful full-time outfit and we must be cautious."

  43. Warrington confirm Sandow signing

    Rugby League

    Earlier, we reported that Warrington were on the verge of signing half-back Chris Sandow after the player was released by NRL side Parramatta Eels.

    Well, the Wolves have now confirmed the deal.

    Sandow, 26, has agreed a two-year contract and Warrington are hopeful he will be able to feature in the Super 8s, although that depends on his visa being processed in time.

  44. Newtown retain Europa hope

    Newtown v FC Copenhagen (18:45 BST)

    Newtown manager Chris Hughes insists his side's Europa League hopes are still alive ahead of their second qualifying round, second leg against FC Copenhagen.

    Shane Sutton, left, and Craig Williams from Newtown battle for the ball with FC Copenhagen's Marvin Pourie

    The Welsh side trail 2-0 on aggregate after their first-leg loss in Denmark.

    "They were probably thinking they would score maybe five or six and send over a weakened side," Hughes said. "That's full testament to our players that they have not been able to do that."

  45. Just another day...

    Formula 1

    How is your week going?

    Lewis Hamilton's has been up to his usual standard.

  46. Chelsea smile


    He might have moped at Manchester United but Colombian striker Radamel Falcao seems happy to have signed for Chelsea...

  47. Kemen in demand


    Here is a leftfield one...

    Newcastle United midfielder Olivier Kemen, 19, has yet to make his first-team debut for the Magpies, but is apparently being tracked by AC Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham according to the Enfield Independent.

  48. Scottish sides in Europa League action

    Aberdeen v Rijeka (19:45 BST), Astra Giurgiu v Inverness CT (19:00)

    Peter Pawlett

    Aberdeen are well placed to upset the odds by advancing past Croatia's Rijeka on Thursday in their Europa League second qualifying round tie.

    The Scottish Premiership side recorded a stunning 3-0 win away from home in the first leg and welcome their visitors to Pittodrie in fine fettle.

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle are also in action, an will attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit against Astra Giurgiu in Romania and set up a potential tie with West Ham.

  49. Shackell in Derby talks


  50. Early test for Billic

    Birkirkara v West Ham (Thur, 19:45 BST)

    Murray Burnell

    BBC London 94.9

    West Ham

    It's not even August, and already Slaven Bilic has his first real test as West Ham's manager.

    Last week's first leg against Birkirkara was expected to go a lot more smoothly than it turned out, as the Premier League side relied on a last-minute winner from James Tomkins to earn a narrow advantage.

    Later on Thursday, they'll face a hostile crowd and a humid atmosphere - temperatures are reaching 33 degrees Celsius in Malta - as they attempt to set up a potential all-British tie with Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the next qualification round.

  51. Sakho & Payet banned for West Ham

    Birkirkara v West Ham (Thur, 19:45 BST)

    Slaven Bilic

    West Ham hold a narrow 1-0 lead going into tonight's Europa League second qualification round second leg against Maltese side Birkirkara.

    Progression could see them set up an all-British tie with Inverness Caledonian Thistle, albeit the Highlanders trail Astra Giurgiu 1-0 ahead of the second leg in Romania.

    Diafra Sakho and new signing Dimitri Payet are both suspended, but manager Slaven Bilic is expected to name a strong side.

  52. Taylor eyes Ashes Trent Bridge Test


    James Taylor

    Nottinghamshire's James Taylor still harbours hopes of playing for England in the Ashes series with Australia.

    The 25-year-old, who scored a career-best 291 for Notts this week, made two Test appearances for England in 2012.

    Taylor is not in the squad for the Edgbaston Test, but the next match is at his home ground Trent Bridge.

    "It's nice to hear your name being talked about for England. Playing at my home ground would be a dream come true," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

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  54. 'Salah to cost Roma £14m'


    Chelsea's Mohamed Salah looks set to complete a deal to Roma and more details appear to be leaking out suggesting the Blues will turn a profit on the £11m they paid Basel for the 23-year-old back in January 2014.

    Italian journalist Gianluca Dimarzio says that the deal will consist of a one-season loan, worth £1.4m, with an obligation for the Serie A club to buy the Egypt international for £14m once the temporary arrangement is over.

    Salah appears set for a change of social media strip at least...

  55. Manchester United set for kit boost


    Manchester United in San Jose

    Manchester United will release their new kit, sponsored by adidas, on 1 August.

    The German sportswear giant has paid £750m over 10 years to take over from Nike.

    The Daily Mail reports on what went on behind the scenes to secure the deal and how the Old Trafford club will benefit.

  56. Drogba to make MLS decision


    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is expected to decide on an offer to join Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire in the next 48 hours.

    "We're waiting on an answer, probably in the next 48 hours," Fire head coach Frank Yallop said.

    "He has choices. We feel that we've put a pretty good pitch in. He's very happy with what we've done, but, again, it's up the person himself to choose, and we'll see."

    Drogba, 37, left Chelsea at the end of the season when his one-year contract at Stamford Bridge expired at the end of the season.

  57. Stage 18 nearing conclusion

    Tour de France

    The final climb of today's stage is up Lacets de Montvernnier and features 18 hairpins in 3.4km.

    Chris Osborne's live text commentary is up and running with 5live audio also available on the same page from 15:00 BST.

  58. Ready for battle?


    Emirates Cup

    Arsenal have published this poster to promote this weekend's Emirates Cup, in which Olympique Lyonnais, Villarreal and Wolfsburg will join them in a four-team tournament.

    Danny Welbeck and Olivier Giroud are posing as robots. Of course they are. Welcome to modern football.

  59. Ings kick-about hat-trick


    Danny Ings

    Danny Ings scored a hat-trick as Liverpool thumped Malaysian side Felda United 7-0 in a 30-minute-each-way friendly kickabout at Kuala Lumpur's Bukit Jalil National Stadium according to the Liverpool Echo.

    Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo, Pedro Chirivella and Joao Carlos Teixeira scored the other goals.

    Liverpool: Fulton, Wisdom, Toure, Sakho, Maguire, Ojo, Chirivella, Rossiter, Teixeira, Markovic, Origi.

  60. No pitch orders for Edgbaston



    Edgbaston groundsman Gary Barwell says that he has not been given any instructions as to what sort of pitch to prepare for the third Ashes Test.

    Some observers felt that a Lord's pitch which offered little movement for the seamers helped Australia to a 405-run win in the second Test.

    "I'm trying to produce a good quality Test pitch with plenty for the bowlers and the batsmen, good carry and good bounce," said Barwell.

    "I've had no directives from ECB on what kind of pitch to prepare."

  61. Myhill close to Baggies deal


    West Brom are close to agreeing a new deal with goalkeeper Boaz Myhill, according to the Birmingham Mail.

    The 32-year-old Welshman could be joined at the Hawthorns by Crystal Palace's goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, who Baggies boss Tony Pulis signed during his time at the Eagles.

  62. Australia set target for England


    Meg Lanning bats for Australia

    Australia have set England a target of 260 to win the second Women's Ashes one-day international in Bristol.

    Captain Meg Lanning made a century as Australia reached 235-3 before eventually losing three late wickets and finishing on 259-6 from their 50 overs.

    Heather Knight and Natalie Sciver both took two wickets for England.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website and on 5 Live Sports Extra.

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  64. Farrow targeting Arsenal upset


    Kim Farrow

    Striker Kim Farrow thinks Watford can earn a surprise win against Arsenal in Thursday's Continental Cup tie.

    The Lady Hornets are bottom of WSL 2, having won only one game this season, while the Gunners are second in WSL 1.

    Millwall currently top Watford's cup group and WSL 1 leaders Chelsea are second after rescuing a narrow victory at second-tier club Reading.

    "I think that result just shows that it doesn't matter what league you're in," Farrow, 23, told BBC Sport.

  65. Premier League trio after Bolassie


    Tottenham, West Ham and Aston Villa have all made enquiries about Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasieaccording to Sky Sports.

    Sky claim that the Eagles expect official bids to follow from at least two of those three clubs for the 25-year-old DR Congo international.

  66. St Helens bring in Samoa's Peyroux

    Rugby League

    Super League side St Helens will sign Dominique Peyroux from New Zealand Warriors in 2016 after he agreed a two-year contract.

    The versatile 26-year-old can play in the centres and second row.

    Peyroux represented the Cook Islands at the 2013 World Cup and has played for Samoa since 2014.

  67. Sherwood must act quickly


    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    So Christian Benteke has left Aston Villa, hot on the heels of Fabian Delph putting pen to paper at Manchester City last week.

    It means manager Tim Sherwood needs to work quickly with his rebuilding, especially because Benteke's contribution during the latter half of last year effectively kept Villa up.

    Tim Sherwood

    Villa are a club holding their breath right now - the proposed takeover seems dead in the water, high-profile players have left in less than ideal circumstances and all this against the context of finishing just above the bottom three last season.

    The fans need some good news, a signal of intent from the club that finishing 17th isn`t good enough.

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    Tim Stubbs: Chris Iwelumo for Scotland v Norway '08 missed from three yards in a World Cup qualifier. It ended 0-0.

    I still maintain that was not as easy a chance as it looked...

  69. Salah Roma bound


    Mohamed Salah

    According to Italian journalist and transfer specialist Tancredi Palmeri, ChelseaandRomahave agreed a deal for the Italian club to takeMohamed Salahon loan for next season ahead of a permanent deal from 2016-17 onwards.

    Salah, 23, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina after failing to claim a first-team spot at Chelsea following his January 2014 arrival from Basel.

  70. Leicestershire hopeful on McKay


    Jason Bourne

    BBC Radio Leicester

    Leicestershire head coach Andrew McDonald is hopeful they can secure a deal to bring seam-bowler Clint McKay back to the club next year.

    The Australian has taken more than 40 wickets in nine-fixtures in the County Championship this season - in a campaign which has seen them win just one four-day game.

  71. Oyston considers takeover offer

    League One

    Blackpool owner Owen Oyston

    Blackpool owner Owen Oyston has asked for more time to consider a takeover offer from the Supporters' Trust (BST).

    On Wednesday, BST said their 21 deadline for a decison on the offer had passed.

    But a message sent to them on Oyston's behalf said: "He has not snubbed your offer and is seriously considering it with his professional advisors."

  72. Bolt in London

    Anniversary Games

    World champion and six-time Olympic gold winner Usain Bolt has arrived in London ahead of his appearance at tomorrow's Anniversary Games in London's Olympic Stadium.

    The Jamaican has been fielding questions on the cheating accusations leveled at Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar and the doping past of rival Justin Gatlin, as well as his own indifferent 2015 form.

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  74. Colchester sign Parish


    A signing in League One to tell you about - Colchester United have signed goalkeeper Elliot Parish on a one-year contract.

    The 25-year-old has been involved in all four of the U's pre-season games.

  75. Cooper faces lawsuit if he U-turns on Toulon

    Rugby Union

    Quade Cooper

    Quade Cooper could be at the centre of a lawsuit costing "millions of euros" if he backtracks on an agreement to join Toulon after the World Cup, according to the French club's owner Mourad Boudjellal.

    The Australian fly-half posed with a Toulon shirt earlier this year alongside Boudjellal, but recent reports suggest the Wallabies and the Queensland player has opted to stay in Australia in the hope of leading the nation's sevens team at Rio 2016.

    "The Australian federation are speaking to a player who they know has signed," Boudjellal told Sud Radio. "So there is collusion there and I might sue them to ensure our rights are respected."

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    Alex Lucy: Kieron Dyer lasting only five minutes into QPR debut then stretchered off with suspected broken foot.

    Kieron Dyer

    TEB: Ray Wilkins for Palace. Opening game thrashing at home to Liverpool. Broke his foot early in first half.

    Stats and Miniskirts: Talking about Begovic and nightmare debuts. Anyone remember Tony Warner conceding four on his Aberdeen debut against Dundee United?

    I do, as it happens. A glorious afternoon in which the combustible Nigel Pepper was sent off a minute after coming on as a substitute.

  77. Chelsea win 'massive' - Flaherty


    Chelsea's Continental Tyres Cup win at Reading is "massive" for the club, says captain Gilly Flaherty.

    The WSL 1 leaders came from 2-1 down in their first group match against second-tier side Reading to win 3-2.

    "That's all we know how to do, how to keep going until the final whistle, and it paid off for us," Flaherty said.

  78. Quins centre Turner-Hall retires

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    Jordan Turner-Hall

    Harlequins centre Jordan Turner-Hall has announced his retirement from the game because of injury.

    The 27-year-old came through the club's academy and made a total of 181 appearances for the club.

    Turner-Hall won two international caps for England in 2012, featuring in the Six Nations against Scotland and Italy.

    "I've had so many great memories playing at Harlequins and they will live with me forever," he told the Harlequins website.

  79. Friendly with old foes

    Manchester City v Real Madrid (Fri, 10:00 BST)

    Real Madrid's former Manchester United forward is ready to renew old rivalries on Friday...

  80. Bolt from the blue?

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  81. Rogers to have further tests


    Pat Murphy

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Chris Rogers

    There will be no further medical update on Australia opening batsman Chris Rogers until he has had further tests in London on Friday.

    This week he has seen specialists and undergone scans but further assessments are needed on why he felt dizzy while batting in the Lord's Test on Sunday.

    Rogers must be rated a doubt for the Edgbaston Test, which starts next Wednesday.

  82. Kalas signs new Chelsea deal


    Tomas Kalas

    Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has signed a new three-year contract at the club.

    The Czech Under 21 international, who joined Middlesbrough on loan last week, signed for the Blues in January 2011 from home town club Sigma Olomouc in Czech Republic but went on loan to Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem

    He made his Chelsea debut as a substitute in a 2-0 League Cup victory away at Arsenal in October 2013 before making his full debut against Liverpool at Anfield in April 2014.

  83. Froome aims to retain Tour lead

    Tour de France

    Chris Froome

    The 18th stage of the Tour de France is underway with Chris Froome hoping to retain the yellow jersey.

    The route covers 186.5km from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and includes seven climbs and one sprint through the Alps

    You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website and there will be live radio commentary via the website from 15:00 BST.

  84. Real's Harper joins Brighton


    A little more background here by the Guardian's Sid Lowe on the news that Scottish youth internationalJack Harperhasrejected a contract offerfromReal Madridto sign forBrighton...

  85. Sauber retain Nasr and Ericsson

    Formula 1

    Sauber drivers Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson

    Sauber have announced they will retain Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson for the 2016 Formula One season.

    The pair joined the Swiss outfit, currently seventh in the constructors' championship, at the beginning of the campaign, and will continue their partnership into a second year.

    "We have full confidence in the talents and skills of Marcus and Felipe. Both have shown solid performances, gained experience and learnt quickly," said team principal Monisha Kaltenborn.

  86. Is Southend sexier than Chicago?



    If Phil Brown told you Southend was "sexier than Chicago" would you believe him?

    Well, the manager of the Roots Hall club has been whispering such sentiments into the ear of former Ipswich striker Noel Hunt, who is wanted by both the the Shrimpers and Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire.

    "I've been doing everything I can to sex up Southend and make it more appealing than Chicago," said Brown. "I've told him all about the town and how Adventure Island was the third best theme park in the country and the 11th best in Europe."

  87. Delph to make debut v Real

    Manchester City news conference

    Fabian Delph

    Fabian Delph is set to make his Manchester City debut against Real Madrid in Friday's pre-season friendly at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

    The 25-year-old midfielder signed from Aston Villa last week.

    "We are near to the start of the Premier League so I think that the senior players will have more minutes than the last game. I think Delph will be involved," explained City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

  88. City to fight on four fronts

    Manchester City news conference

    Manuel Pellegrini believes that Manchester City can challenge in the Premier League, Champions League and both domestic cups this season.

    Chelsea succeeded them as Premier League champions last season, while they well beaten by Barcelona in the first knockout stage of the Champions League and lost to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.

    "We're going to see a new Manchester City this season - a team involved in four competitions. I have a lot of trust," said Pellegrini

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    Lionel Messi

    Callum Law: Lionel Messi. Sent off on his 1st appearance for Argentina.

    DanTheMan: Ricky Otto for Birmingham. Scored in first half. Then scored an even better one in the wrong end.

    Greg Randles: Surely Ali Dia's first and only game for Southampton. If you can find a worse debut (or player) please let me know.

  90. I can play at 40 - Yaya

    Manchester City news conference

    Yaya Toure

    Yaya Toure claims that rumours that he might leave Manchester City - some of which were fuelled by his own agent - were overblown.

    "There was too much speculation about me leaving - it's clear that I have my contract at City and I want to see out my contract," said the 32-year-old. His present deal runs until 2017.

    But he insists that he could earn at least one more deal when it expires. "I've always known for 32 years that I can play until 40 because I know my quality," he added.

    Toure and Manuel Pellegrini have been talking in Melbourne ahead of City's International Champions Cup game against Real Madrid on Friday.

  91. Dzeko's future unclear

    Manchester City news conference

    Edin Dzeko

    Striker Edin Dzeko's future at the Manchester City is unclear, according to manager Manuel Pellegrini.

    "Edin didn't play the last game as It's not clear if he will continue here but he is still working here with the whole squad," Pellegrini said on the club's pre-season tour of Australia.

    Roma are reported to have had a £12m offer for the Bosnia striker turned down with City holding out for a bid of closer to £20m.

  92. Australia bat first against England

    Women's Ashes

    Sarah Taylor celebrates taking the wicket of Australia's Elyse Villani

    Action is continuing in the Women's Ashes in Bristol where the second ODI between England and Australia is taking place.

    Australia have been put into bat and after 20 overs are 87-1.

    You can follow all of the action via the BBC Sport website with full commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

  93. Liverpool interested in Pedro?


    Mundo Deportivo

    Liverpool have entered the race for Barcelona attacker Pedro, according to Spanish newspaper Deportivo Mundo.

    They claim that Liverpool are keen to re-invest more of the £49m received for Raheem Sterling from Manchester City in their squad and could trigger a £22m release clause in Pedro's contract.

  94. Dujardin and Hester get GB dressage call


    Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro

    Olympic champions Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester have been included on the Great Britain team for the European Dressage Championships in Aachen from 12 August.

    The event is the last major international championship before Rio where GB will be represented having already qualified a dressage team place following silver at last year's World Equestrian Games.

    Also included in the team for the Euros are Fiona Bigwood and Michael Eilberg.

  95. Shackell nears Derby switch


    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Jason Shackell

    Derby County are close to re-signing former captain Jason Shackell from Burnley.

    Head coach Paul Clement underlined his interest in the defender this week, with the club having been chasing the 31-year-old all summer, and is increasingly confident of getting his man.

    With Clement apparently still undecided on who will be his captain, it wouldn't be a surprise if Shackell gets the armband back, too.

  96. England to take on Australia


    England's Joanne Harten and Australia's Laura Geitz

    England will face current World and Commonwealth champions Australia in a three-match international netball series in January.

    The games will take place at the Echo Arena in Liverpool (20 Jan) and London's Copper Box Arena (22 and 24 Jan).

    Australia's last series in England was in 2013 when the home side claimed a 3-0 victory. It will be the first time for England fans to watch the team in action following this summer's World Cup.

  97. Blown off course


    Significant breaking news from Anfield, with the tantalising promise of updates to follow...

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    Eric Thorstvedt

    Thomas: Eric Thorstvedt's debut for Spurs v Forest, an utter howler in a 2-1 loss for Spurs. My earliest football memory.

    Adam: Samba Diakite, sent off after 32 minutes on his QPR debut... And then sent off on his Watford debut 2 yrs later.

    Stephen Gray: Stanley Milton - Halifax 1934 goalkeeper. Lost 13-0.

    Remember it well, Stephen?

  99. Derbyshire v Australia - live


    They are underway in the tour match. You can follow it live here.

  100. Jovetic set for Serie A return?


    Steven Jovetic

    Manchester City are close to agreeing a deal to sell striker Stevan Jovetic to Inter Milan according to Sky Italia.

    The Montenegro international scored five goals in 26 appearances for City last season.

  101. Argyle bring in Palace's Boateng


    Plymouth Argyle have signed Crystal Place midfielder Hiram Boateng on loan until 2 January 2016.

    The 19-year-old has been at Selhurst Park since he was eight and made his debut as a 17-year-old in an FA Cup tie at West Bromwich Albion.

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    George Edwards: Jack Bonham for Watford against Leeds in 2013. Pats ball into the goal from a lob to send Hull up instead of us.

    Joe Cole

    Steve: It has to be Joe Cole at Liverpool. Saw red for a dreadful tackle and that set the tone for his time at the club.

    Mark Taylor: William Prunier, Man Utd v Spurs on 1 Jan, 96. Although his second game, he didn't play again.

  103. Lambert to West Brom?


    Steve Hermon

    BBC WM

    Rickie Lambert

    Christian Benteke's depature to Liverpool may be bad news for Aston Villa but it could be good news for their neighbours West Brom, who are now being linked with Anfield striker Rickie Lambert.

    The Belgian's arrival pushes further the former Southampton frontman down the Liverpool pecking order and the Baggies have reportedly held talks with him ahead of a potential move to the Hawthorns.

  104. What is the Americas Cup?


    BAR training in Portsmouth
    • First staged in 1851 off the Isle of Wight. Won by US yacht America
    • Takes place roughly every three to five years
    • The winner decides the rules and venue of the next event
    • As holders, Oracle Team USA have revamped the format. Qualifying rounds have been streamlined with the finals to be held in 2017
    • Up to nine World Series events will be held in 2015 and 2016
    • The teams' overall placement will affect the seeding and starting score they take into the America's Cup qualifier events in Bermuda in 2017
    • The top crew will win the chance to take on champions Oracle Team USA boat-on-boat, called match-racing
  105. Ainslie leads from front


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport in Portsmouth

    Ben Ainslie

    Olympic gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie is on news conference duty. His Land Rover BAR team line-up for the opening event of the America's Cup World Series in Portsmouth this weekend.

  106. Vince set to remain four-day captain


    James Vince

    Hampshire batsman James Vince says he is likely to remain as four-day captain until the end of the season.

    Vince, 24, who is also the county's one-day captain, was appointed on an interim basis after Jimmy Adams decided to step down to focus on his batting.

    Hampshire held on for a draw against Durham in Vince's first County Championship match in charge.

    "There's a nice period between now and the end of the season to get a taste for it," he told BBC Radio Solent.

  107. Digne linked with Liverpool


    Lucas Digne

    Paris St-Germain left-back Lucas Digne - a rumoured target for Liverpool - has asked to leave the French champions according to boss Laurent Blanc.

    "First, it is he who very clearly asked to leave," Blanc told L'Equipe. "For now, he is with us, he is very professional, he trains very well and has prepared excellently. He has shown the results in friendlies."

    The Daily Mail report that Digne is seen by Liverpool as possible competition for Alberto Moreno at left-back with Atletico Madrid and Roma also interested in Digne.

  108. Hibs reject Rangers' Allan bid


    Scott Allan

    Hibernian have described Rangers' £175,000 offer for midfielder Scott Allan as "easy" to reject.

    Boyhood Rangers fan Allan is midway through a two-year contract and could leave for free next summer.

    The offer comes after the club rejected an offer in excess of £200,000 from Dundee United earlier this year.

    "Scott Allan is one of Scotland's best midfield talents and last season's Championship player of the year, and any approaches for him are unwelcome," said Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster.

  109. Hughes wants Stoke signings


    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Ryan Shawcross

    Mark Hughes says that Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross should be available for Saturday's trip to Brentford after sitting out the first three friendlies as a precaution to protect his back.

    The manager was not so open on Stoke's interest in Dynamo Kiev winger Andriy Yarmolenko, but agreed there was still transfer business to be done before the window closed on September 1.

    "We are working hard trying to get the right quality into the group. I think there's opportunities still," Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke after the 6-0 win at Wrexham on Wednesday.

  110. Newcastle close in on Mbemba


    Oluwashina Okeleji

    BBC Sport

    Chancel Mbemba

    Newcastle are set to complete the £7m signing of Anderlecht's DR Congo defender Chancel Mbemba, 20, after he arrived at St James' Park for a medical.

  111. Sandow set for Warrington move

    Rugby League

    Chris Sandow

    Australian half-back Chris Sandow is set to join Warrington before Friday's Super League transfer deadline after being granted a release by Parramatta Eels.

    The 26-year-old, who has been in dispute with the NRL club, agreed a two-year deal with the Wolves starting next season but has spent the last fortnight trying to secure an immediate release.

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    Mike Peters: Alan Wells for Eng. Got a Golden Duck to Curtly Ambrose in 1st innings, scored 3no in 2nd inns. Never played again.

    Rob Sutton: Andy Goode for Wasps hitting the post with a conversion that would have beaten Harlequins.