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  1. Sportsday Live

    That's it for Sportsday Live for Friday, and indeed for this week.

    Enjoy your sporting weekend and we will be back on Monday at 08:00 BST.

  2. Bolt among the stars in London


    Usain Bolt

    If athletics is your thing, then there are three exciting days of action ahead at the Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium in London.

    Action gets underway at 19:00 BST on BBC Three and BBC Radio 5 Live and coverage switches to BBC Two at 20:00 and you can follow it all on the BBC Sport website.

    Don't miss your chance to see the likes of Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill ahead of August's World Championships in Beijing.

  3. Benteke can shine at Liverpool - Rodgers


    Christian Benteke

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes new signing Christian Benteke can be a huge player for the club after the striker earlier this week.

    "There's a number of qualities that he has and he will only improve in his time at the club," said Rodgers. "If you look at his goals record since the time that he's been in the Premier League he's up there with the best in terms of numbers. So that was very important for us.

    "Obviously I've heard and I've seen stuff about the style, 'he won't fit the style of how we play' - I think he'll only complement it and help us. He's a big guy but he's got the attributes that I like in terms of pace and movement and he gets goals.

    "He's great in the air, strong, he can hold the game up, he can play on the counter-attack, he can play whenever the team is deep because he can hold the ball up with his physical strength."

  4. Leeds sign Wests prop Galloway

    Rugby League

    Keith Galloway

    Leeds Rhinos have signed Wests Tigers prop Keith Galloway on a three-year deal.

    The 29-year-old Australia international will join the Rhinos for the start of next season after being released from the final year of his contract with the NRL side.

    Rhinos coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds: "He's a tough, uncompromising prop who gives you plenty of game time."

  5. Wildcats sign prop Yates

    Super League

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Leeds Rhinos prop Andy Yates on an 18-month deal.

    The 25-year-old is the fourth signing the Wildcats have made this week after Lee Smith, Bill Tupou and Scott Moore.

  6. Warburton defends Rangers over Allan bid


    Mark Warburton

    Rangers manager Mark Warburton has defended his club following their pursuit of Hibernian midfielder Scott Allan days before the teams meet in the first round of the Petrofac Training Cup on Saturday.

    Rangers made a slightly improved offer for Allan on Thursday, hours after Hibs confirmed they had rejected a £175,000 bid for the player.

    "My job is in the football department, out there on the grass, managing the players and the group of staff around the players, and working with the academy," said Warburton.

    "I'm paid to do that job. The other work, the more difficult stuff, is handled by the powers that be. We have to look after Rangers Football Club in everything we do. That selfish approach for any successful business, let alone football, is looking after number one so to speak."

  7. Coe unveils finance plan


    Lord Coe

    IAAF presidential candidate Seb Coe has promised an Olympic athletics dividend to all of the IAAF's 214 member federations if he is elected president in next month's election.

    The dividend would be funded through approximately half of the quadrennial fee received from the International Olympic Committee [IOC] and would help help fund athletics development at grassroots level.

    It would give each federation at least $100,000 (£64,400) over a four-year cycle, totalling around $22m (£14m)

  8. Browne on form ahead of IPC Grand Prix


    Richard Browne

    American amputee sprinter Richard Browne has warmed up for his showdown with Britain's Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock in Sunday's IPC Grand Prix final at the Olympic Stadium with an unofficial T44 100m world record.

    Browne, who is the current single-leg amputee record holder with 10.75 seconds set at the 2013 Anniversary Games, clocked 10.72 in the 100m heats in an event Finland on Thursday. He also ran a wind-assisted 10.60 in the final.

    It sets up the prospect of a thrilling encounter between the pair on Sunday in London and you can hear all the action on 5 Live.

  9. We know you love our gossip column...


    So we've given you.... *drum roll......*

    "Gossip Column Extra"

    Gossip column

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein rounds up the latest transfer reports, including rumours of a return to Manchester United for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

  10. Weather causes problems for Seniors


    Colin Montgomerie

    After the weather caused problems at last week's Open at St Andrews, it's a similar story at the Senior Open at Sunningdale.

    Heavy rain curtailed play in the second round meaning it will have to be finished on Saturday before the third round gets underway.

    Colin Montgomerie has a share of the lead on five under as he bids for his fourth senior major championship and first on British soil.

  11. Burgess to remain flanker at Bath

    Rugby Union

    Sam Burgess

    Bath head coach Mike Ford says he understands why England plan to play rugby league convert Sam Burgess at centre, but has also stressed that he will remain as a blindside flanker at club level.

    Former England scrum-half Matt Dawson said earlier this week that Burgess, 26, had been "found out" playing at centre for Bath in the Premiership last season and jad been "a real threat" in the forward pack.

    Ford told BBC Radio Bristol: "I know ultimately he'll come back a better player with his experience at the World Cup, so I'm pretty chilled about it. It doesn't concern me at all. Wherever he plays, he'll contribute to the England team."

  12. Crystal Palace in control in South Africa


    Crystal Palace are in free-scoring form in their pre-season friendly in Cape Town, South Africa, where they lead SuperSport United 4-0 at half-time thanks to goals from Mile Jedinak, Chung-yong Lee, Jordon Mutch and Frazier Campbell.

  13. Benitez confident over Ramos and Benzema


    Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo

    Real Madrid manager Rafael Benitez is confident captain Sergio Ramos and striker Karim Benzema will remain at Real Madrid, despite reports linking the pair with English clubs.

    "Sergio has known from day one that I want him to stay and I'm sure that he'll stay with us," said Benitez after Friday's win over Manchester City in the International Champions Cup in Melbourne.

    "People are asking me about different players that maybe we will buy and I always say the same thing, 'he's not our player, I will not talk about that'.

    "In this case Karim is our player so I will not talk about that. I hope, I'm sure, that he will stay with us."

  14. Sharapova and Dimitrov end relationship


    Maria Sharapova and Grigor Dimitrov

    Russian five-times grand slam champion Maria Sharapova has split up with Bulgarian boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov after a relationship which lasted nearly three years.

    "Our paths split," 24-year-old Dimitrov, who has fallen to 16th in the world after reaching eighth last year and reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, told Bulgarian media.

    "We experienced wonderful moments together. I wish her much happiness and success in life and in tennis.

    "Now I'm concentrated entirely on the game and I'm sure the results will soon be seen. This is the summer of the new beginning for me."

  15. Get set for Anniversary Games


    Olympic Stadium

    The Anniversary Games gets underway this evening across BBC Television and Radio.

    Here are some of the times you need to be aware of for the evening's action from the Olympic Stadium.

    19:15 BST: Women's 400m (Christine Ohuruogu)

    20:17 and 20:19: Men's 100m heats (Usain Bolt, Chijindu Ujah, James Dasaolu)

    21:29: Men's 100m final

    21:43: Men's 3000m (Mo Farah)

  16. Sorokin support for Blatter


    Alexei Sorokin

    Russia 2018 chief Sorokin was speaking ahead of Saturday's World Cup draw, which is Blatter's first overseas trip since Fifa was plunged into turmoil by criminal investigations into allegations of systematic bribery.

    "He has always been a friend of our country," he added.

    "We respect his decision. We are certain everything he's doing is for the good of Fifa to which he has dedicated his life."

  17. Blatter 'a victim' says Sorokin


    Sepp Blatter

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter is "a victim", according to the man in charge of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Blatter is standing down in February as a result of a corruption crisis at world football's governing body.

    But Russia 2018 chief executive Alexei Sorokin told the BBC that the 79-year-old Swiss was "a very brave person".

    "Unfortunately he decided to take up responsibility himself for certain things which are not within his responsibility," he said.

  18. Orient captain Clarke leaves club


    Nathan Clarke

    Leyton Orient captain Nathan Clarke has left the League Two club in order to move north and be closer to his family.

    The 31-year-old centre-back made 131 appearances for the O's after moving to east London from Huddersfield Town in the summer of 2012.

    "While playing here I have been away from my young family. I feel living apart has become too hard," he told the club website.

    "I have on many occasions put the club before my family's happiness and that should never happen."

  19. Mourinho defends De Bruyne sale


    Kevin de Bruyne

    Jose Mourinho says he has no regrets about selling Manchester City target Kevin de Bruyne, insisting the winger lacked the necessary mentality to succeed at Chelsea.

    Mourinho sold the 24-year-old Belgian to Wolfsburg in a deal worth £18m in January 2014 but he has been linked with a return to the Premier League for a fee in the region of £50m.

    "He needed a team where he knows he can play every game. He needs to know that he is important," said Mourinho.

    "He did not want a team where he thinks, 'am I playing or not?'. He needs that trust, he needs that quality. He needs that security. So I was not happy when he left."

  20. Cardiff's Oshilaja joins Gills on loan


    League One side Gillingham have signed Cardiff City defender Deji Oshilaja on loan until 3 January.

    The 22-year-old has made three senior appearances for the Bluebirds and has had loan spells at Newport County, Sheffield Wednesday and AFC Wimbledon.

  21. Nibali wins Tour stage


    Vincenzo Nibali

    Italy's Vincenzo Nibali has won Friday's 19th stage of the Tour de France.

    Nibali finished clear of Colombia's Nairo Quintana with overall leader Chris Froome third.

    However, the Briton still leads the race by two minutes and 38 seconds.

  22. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday or use the BBC Sport Facebook page

    We've asked you to share your views of the World Cup draws and who would be in your dream draw and who would you want to avoid?

    Any thoughts?

    Use #bbcsportsday and don't forget to let us know which nation you will be supporting.

    Max Baggins-Craig: England, Malta, ROI, Latvia, France, Iceland. It'd be a good width of test for the players. Pots look great aswell...

    Owen Collins: A Dream draw for England of fresh challenges/teams we've not faced yet: Bosnia, Serbia, Faroe Isles, Latvia & Malta

    Steve: Ireland supporter here, would love if we drew Romania and Iceland but in reality we will get Italy, Germany and Sweden.

    Brockers: England - I think the dream draw NEEDS a top side in there! For challenge & national interest.

    World Cup pots
  23. Northern Ireland's dreams...and screams?

    World Cup 2018 draw

    Northern Ireland
    Northern Ireland

    I'm sure there are plenty of N.I fans who would relish the opportunity to face the teams in the 'nightmare' scenario...

  24. Oval T20 game rained off

    County cricket

    A second T20 Blast game has fallen victim to the rainy weather with no play possible between Surrey and Sussex at The Oval.

    The one point awarded for a no-result means Sussex are certain of a place in the quarter-finals, while Surrey's hopes of joining them are ended.

  25. Scotland's hopes... and fears?

    World Cup 2018 draw

  26. Zlatan refuses to rule out move to Manchester United


    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    The Manchester Evening News reports that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has opened the door to a move to Manchester United, despite previous issues in his relationship with United manager Louis van Gaal.

  27. Wales' wishes...

    World Cup 2018 draw

  28. What England do and don't want

    World Cup 2018 draw

  29. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday or BBC Sport Facebook page

    With all this in mind, we want your input.

    What would be your team's dream draw? Who do you want to avoid and why? What do you think of the pots?

    Are you planning on visiting Russia for the World Cup in 2018? Are there any stars you are looking forward to seeing?

    Get involved using #bbcsportsday and posting on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. Terry delight at Mourinho deal


    Jose Mourinho and John Terry

    Chelsea captain John Terry believes manager Jose Mourinho's decision to sign a new contract at the club is a huge blow to their rivals.

    Mourinho has confirmed that a new four-year deal has been agreed and it is only a matter of time before it is made official.

    "It's great news for the club but terrible news for everybody else because the other managers know that he finds ways to beat teams," Terry told the London Evening Standard.

    "He knows people inside out, on and off the pitch. Whether you're a player or manager, he does his groundwork. He knows everything."

  31. ....You still with us?

    World Cup 2018 draw

    That was the complicated bit. These are the basic bits you may actually care about.

    Games will be played from September 2016 to October 2017.

    The nine group winners will progress to the finals, while the eight best runners-up will take part in play-offs in November 2017.

    The Fifa confederations of Africa, Oceania, South America and Concacaf (North, Central America and the Caribbean) will also be involved.

  32. Tour De France: Stage 19


    Stage 19 of the Tour De France is starting to build to a climax but there is still the minor matter of a mountain in the Alps facing Yellow Jersey holder Chris Froome.

    We have used 'cutting edge technology' to show you the final climb of the stage... (See red arrow below....No expense spared).

    Tour De France: Stage 19

    Follow all the action here.

  33. So how does the draw work?

    World Cup 2018 draw

    Now bear with us...

    The draw we will be focussing on is obviously the European section.

    Russia have already qualified as hosts, and the other 52 member nations have been split into six pots based on Fifa's July rankings.

    World Cup pots

    The nine top seeds in Europe - including Wales and England - will first be drawn into a group. (For TV rights purposes, England, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands will be drawn into groups of six teams, as will Italy and France from pot two).

    A team from each of the other four or five pots will then be drawn into each group to make up the nine groups.

  34. Taunton rain causes postponement


    If you were thinking of going to Somerset's T20 Blast match against Middlesex at Taunton on Friday evening, then don't.

    The game, which was due to start at 17:30 BST, has been postponed because of rain.

    Neither team could have qualified for the quarter-finals, but the names of the five teams to join Birmingham Bears, Worcestershire and Kent in the last eight will be decided later on.

  35. Home nations to discover fate

    World Cup 2018 draw

    The 2018 World Cup draw takes place on Saturday where the home nations will find out who they need to beat in order to reach the finals in Russia.

    The draw is expected to take place in St Petersburg at 16:00 BST.

    Lee Nelson

    We say expected to as there may be protesters and demonstrators.... and Lee Nelson's mug shots have probably been handed out to security already.

  36. Malaysia XI 1-1 Liverpool


    Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe

    It's all over in Kuala Lumpar. Adam Lallana and James Milner had shots saved among Liverpool's chances as they tried to engineer a winner.

    Dejan Lovren also put a free header from a corner wide before Reds keeper Adam Bogdan made a smart save late on as both teams had to settle for a draw.

    Earlier on, Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh's goal had given Malaysia the lead before a Jordon Ibe stunner.

  37. Man City start Cup defence with win


    Continental Tyres Cup holders Manchester City Women began the defence of their trophy with a comfortable 3-0 win against Doncaster.

    England striker Toni Duggan netted the third goal for City, with Isobel Christiansen and Nikita Parris also scoring.

    Elsewhere, Natasha Dowie scored both goals in Liverpool's 2-0 Merseyside derby win over Everton.

  38. Austin 'likely to leave QPR'


    Charlie Austin

    According to his manager, Chris Ramsey, Charlie Austin is probably on his way out of QPR this summer. He has been linked with moves to Newcastle, Leicester, West Ham and Crystal Palace and Ramsey admits "It's unlikely he'll stay".

    He told talkSPORT: "We have to be realistic. We want to keep him but it's unlikely. The club is in a financial position that it needs to recoup some money and I think for his ambitions he wants to keep playing in the Premier League to go to the Euros".

    Rangers have already turned down big-money bids and are holding out for more than £15m for the 26-year-old striker.

  39. Attention all cool kids...

    BMX World Championships 2015

    Of course you were all well aware that it's the 2015 BMX World Championships on Saturday in Belgium.....

    BMX Liam Phillips

    Well then you will know that 2013 world champion Liam Phillips has spoken to BBC Sport about his "unbearable" time at last year's event when he crashed out. He has said reclaiming the title would be a "dream".

    Available to UK users only.

    Watch coverage of the BMX World Championships on Saturday 25 July, live on the BBC Sport website from 16:30 BST and live on BBC Red Button from 18:00 BST with a repeat at 20:00 BST.

  40. Rain on the parade

    Anniversary Games

    We're not going to lie to you, the weather for Friday's Diamond League meeting at London's Olympic Stadium is pretty bleak...


    But BBC Sport athletics presenter Gabby Logan can offer some solace... 

    You can follow all the action in our live text commentary from 19:00 BST.

  41. Carson still wants England shot


    Owen Bradley

    BBC Radio Derby Sport

    Scott Carson has told BBC Radio Derby he's desperate to get back to the Premier League - and maybe the England squad.

    Scott Carson

    Carson, who joined Derby County this summer, is currently in Holland for the Rams pre-season tour.

    "I'm only 29 and I feel that I still have a lot to offer," he said. "I want to get back to the Premier League.

    "And if you're doing well in the Premier League, you've always got a chance of getting in the England squad."

  42. Malaysia XI 1-1 Liverpool


    We've gone past the hour mark and Liverpool are still being held by the hosts.

    The Reds could do with new signing Christian Benteke up front to give their attack a bit of bite.

  43. Anderson to stay as boss of Everton


    Nicola Anderson

    Nicola Anderson is to remain as interim manager of Women's Super League Two side Everton Ladies until the end of the season.

    Anderson took over the role in June after former boss Andy Spence resigned following his three years in charge.

    "I believe in this group of players and for me, it was a no brainer when it was offered to me," Anderson told BBC Sport.

  44. Aston Villa keen to spend


    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    With the money from Christian Benteke's sale burning a hole in Aston Villa's pocket, speculation is rife over potential transfer targets.

    Tim Sherwood

    Villa have reportedly (see 09:42 BST) had a bid accepted by French club Lorient for their 23-year-old Ghanaian striker Jordan Ayew who scored 12 goals in 29 games last season.

    Tim Sherwood has also been linked with Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie as well as a seemingly unlikely interest in bringing back Ashley Young from Manchester United.

  45. Rotherham sign forward Maguire


    Chris Maguire

    Rotherham United have signed forward Chris Maguire on a one-year contract from Championship rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

    Scottish striker Maguire, 26, scored 18 goals in 79 league games for the Owls but turned down a new deal this summer.

    He is the third former Wednesday man to join the Millers this pre-season after defenders Lewis Buxton and Joe Mattock.

  46. Get Involved


    Peter Adcock: Don't know why Aberdeen can't fly a bird of prey on matchdays - Palace fly an eagle around the pitch before games.

    Dougie Kinnear: Pittodrie at HT is like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 'The Birds'. The gulls are big enough to carry off a small child.

    Chris Martin: Why have Aberdeen been moved to act? Because everyone in the south stand were scared for their lives during last night's Europa League game.

  47. Bojan close to return for Stoke


    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Bojan Krkic

    BBC Radio Stoke understands that Bojan Krkic could make his first appearance for Stoke City since January in Saturday's pre-season friendly at Brentford.

    The former Barcelona striker missed the second half of last season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

    "He may play a part in that," assistant manager Mark Bowen said. "And it'll be great to have him back. He's way ahead of schedule and you're desperate to get him back, but you have to be mindful of what he's been through."

  48. Malaysia XI 1-1 Liverpool


    It's half-time in Kuala Lumpar and it's all square. Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh put the hosts into a surprise lead with an early and smart finish before Jordon Ibe equalised with a stunning strike.

    Ibe has been his side's best player but it's been a bit of a struggle for the Premier League outfit.

  49. Malaysia Xi 1-1 Liverpool


    The Liverpool Echo's Ian Doyle tweets...

  50. 'Aberdeen have a strong seagull policy'



    "Aberdeen FC has adopted a strong policy regarding the city-wide problem with seagulls," is perhaps the greatest ever opening to a football club statement.

    But then to follow it up with "for obvious reasons we cannot fly birds of prey during games" just makes it even better.

    Out of interest, what are the obvious reasons? And why have Aberdeen been moved to act?

    Spotter's badge to our BBC Scotland colleague Kenny Crawford, who points out that Aberdeen play Brighton - the Seagulls - in a friendly on Sunday...

  51. Malaysia XI 1-1 Liverpool


    Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson guided an effort wide before midfielder Lucas Leiva had to have running repairs on a cut to his face.

    But Jordon Ibe has equalised for the Reds after cutting in from the right and thundering a left-foot strike into the top corner. Two quality finishes in this match so far.

  52. Brentford sign Denmark forward Vibe


    Lasse Vibe

    Brentford have signed Denmark international Lasse Vibe from IFK Goteborg for an undisclosed fee.

    The forward, 28, has agreed a three-year deal at Griffin Park and becomes the Championship club's eighth signing of the summer.

    He made his international debut for Denmark in 2014 and has won a total of nine caps.

  53. Rhodes wants £12m Middlesbrough move


    The Lancashire Telegraph are reporting that Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes is "unhappy" that he has been refused permission to speak to Middlesbrough.

    The two Championship clubs have held talks this week over a £12m deal, but Blackburn's owners are not keen to sell to a rival.

    Jordan Rhodes

    "I have been advised by the club that they have rejected an offer from Middlesbrough which was in excess of what Blackburn paid for me," said the Scotland striker, whose uncle Steve Agnew is the assistant manager at Middlesbrough.

    "I would have liked to have been able to talk to [Middlesbrough] and I am unhappy at not being given that opportunity."

  54. Malaysia XI 1-0 Liverpool


    Malaysia have a player called Patrick Ronaldinho Wleh and he has given his side the lead after 13 minutes.

    Ronaldinho raced on to a lay-off, charged past defender Dejan Lovren and fired a shot past keeper Adam Bogdan with a smart finish.

  55. Arsene Wenger new conference

    Emirates Cup

  56. Doubts over Golden Horn

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Frankie Dettori on Golden Horn

    Concerns are rising over the likely participation of unbeaten Epsom Derby and Eclipse Stakes winner Golden Horn in flat racing's King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot on Saturday following heavy rain on the track.

    Trainer John Gosden has indicated that he will walk the course ahead of the race to check ground conditions are not too soft before committing the Frankie Dettori-ridden colt to the line-up.

  57. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Emirates Cup

    Danny Welbeck is not yet training after a knee problem, while Alexis Sanchez was busy winning the Copa America with Chile during his summer holidays.

  58. From Atletico Madrid to Guernsey


    Guille Fernandez

    Guernsey FC have signed a former Atletico Madrid youth player after he moved to the island to work in a hotel.

    Guille Fernandez, 26, played for the Spanish giants from under-12 to under-19 level and has also played in Spain's fourth division.

    He initially came to the island with the Real Madrid soccer school last year when he met with the Isthmian League Division One South club's coaches.

    The island side gets average gates of almost 800, some of the highest in the eighth tier of English football - but 46,000 less than the average attendance at Atletico's Vicente Calderon.

  59. Force India out of second practice

    Formula 1

    Sergio Perez's car is removed from the track

    Second practice has started ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix in Budapest.

    However, Force India will not be taking part as the team investigates the cause of Sergio Perez's crash in Practice One.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

  60. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Emirates Cup

    Wenger has also been talking about goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who is expected to complete loan move to Roma after the arrival of Petr Cech bumped him down the pecking order...

  61. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Emirates Cup

    The Arsenal manager has been speaking ahead of this weekend's Emirates Cup. Here's the best of it...

  62. Cummins back in the wickets


    Pat Cummins

    Australia's Pat Cummins marked his return to first-class cricket after nearly two years out with a wicket against Derbyshire on the second day of the three-day tour match at Derby on Friday.

    Cummins had New Zealand's Hamish Rutherford caught behind by Nevill for 14.

    At lunch, Derbyshire were 81-2 in reply to Australia's first innings 413-9 declared - a deficit of 332 runs - with captain Wayne Madsen (14 no) and Scott Elstone (13 no) at the crease.

    Follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

  63. 'Is £46m enough for Di Maria'


    Bill Rice

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Angel Di Maria

    Angel di Maria's £59.7m British record transfer move to Manchester United could be over after just one frustrating season.

    The player's family have failed to settle in Manchester after an attempted burglary, and the Argentine's form slumped in the second half of the campaign, with just one FA Cup goal against Yeovil after October.

    French giants PSG want the former Real Madrid winger, with the fee the only likely sticking point to a deal being made, but £46m could be enough to convince Louis van Gaal to sell.

  64. Froome aims to maintain Tour lead


    Chris Froome

    The riders are on the road again in Stage 19 of the Tour de France which covers 138km from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to La Toussuire.

    Two days remain in the Alps before Sunday's Paris finale where Britain's Chris Froome will be hoping to celebrate victory on the Champs Elysees.

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

  65. Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The Friday Sports Panel, presented by Eleanor Oldroyd, is currently on air on BBC Radio 5 Live. Guests are England footballer Jill Scott, wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley and cricketer Sam Robson.

    Among the topics being discussed is whether elite athletes are being over-coached.

    You can tune in via the 5 live website.

  66. Malaysia XI v Liverpool (13:45)

    Pre-season friendly

    We've got another pre-season game coming up for you shortly...

  67. 'We were a little disjointed'

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid

    Asked what Manchester City can take from their defeat to Real Madrid goalkeeper Joe Hart replies "not a great deal".

    Joe Hart

    "We didn't play very well," he tells Australian media. "We were a little bit disjointed. We will take loads away from it in that we have plenty to work on.

    "It's pre-season at the end of the day, we can't get too wrapped up in the result. Our team is only going to get stronger, we'll get fitter and be ready for the first game of the season."

    City kick-off their Premier League campaign on Monday 10 August at West Brom.

  68. 'It was an amazing event'

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid

    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale talks to the Australian media: "We want to win every game we play, even if it's a friendly. It was an amazing event to be part of in Melbourne and a great to get a win to cap it off. We know we have to win this season. It's all about getting fitness at the moment."


    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid

    And so Manchester City will roll on to face Vietnam City on Monday before their final pre-season friendly of the summer against Stuttgart on 1 August.

    As we know, they have to up their game this season to win back the title they so covet and they have backed themselves in the transfer market in acquiring Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph - who left the field injured on his debut.


    Defensively they were dismantled on one of Australia's most famous venues but with key names missing, perhaps it was not too surprising.

    Rafa Benitez has officially won his first trophy as Real Madrid manager - the International Champions Cup. The presentation is to come next but I doubt that silverware alone will prove enough to keep the former Liverpool manager in good favour at the Santiago Bernabeu this season.

  70. Pedro to Old Trafford?

    Football gossip

    BBC Radio Manchester's United reporter Bill Rice tweets...

  71. Nice and easy

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid (88 mins)

    Real Madrid

    Slow, tepid football at the back from Manchester City as Real Madrid's players sit back in deckchairs with a Pina Colada in hand. Job done.

    What have we learned about the Spanish side? The talent pool at their disposal is probably deeper than ever as the introductions of Denis Cheryshev, Casemiro and Danilo showed.

    As for their style under Rafa Benitez, no major changes. Lots of quality for all to see and when attacks form they tend to be pretty loaded.

  72. Debut boy

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid (85 mins)

    Manchester City debut for Patrick Roberts.

    Who? The 18-year-old joined from Fulham this summer and he comes in for Jesus Navas.

    Go on son, make a name for yourself...

  73. New face

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid

    Patrick Roberts, signed from Fulham last week, makes his debut. BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator tweets...

  74. Calm down

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid (80 mins)

    Raheem Sterling

    Never will Manuel Pellegrini be more relaxed about a 4-1 defeat. He looks at ease on his bench. This is a patchwork City side, knitted together with very loose cotton, falling apart as a result under any real strong rip from Real.

    Can we read much into it domestically? City certainly don't look too sharp but they may well be in the middle of a big block of training. It's miles in the legs for these players if nothing else.

  75. Change of heart?

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester

    Manuel Pellegrini said Edin Dzekowould not play against Real Madrid because of the uncertainty of his future. Yet the Bosnian striker has come on with Gael Clichy and Rony Lopes.

  76. GOAL

    Manchester City 1-4 Real Madrid - Denis Cheryshev - (73 mins)

    Real Madrid will lift the International Champions Trophy and Denis Cheryshev gets his name on the scoresheet, turning in a simple volley from six yards.

    If you've not heard much about this 24-year-old Russian, stay tuned. He was on loan at Villarreal last season and stood out.


    Manchester City 1-3 Real Madrid (70 mins)

    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling was one of those to depart in the last wave of substitutions. His contribution will grab no major headlines but what he offered was pretty solid.

    One very eye-catching run in the first half and of course, the touch that won the penalty. His second period saw a run which posed real problems for Sergio Ramos. Far from vintage, far from electric but decent.

  78. Big attraction

    Manchester City 1-3 Real Madrid

    The Sunday People's Steve Bates tweets...

  79. Sloppy Ronaldo

    Manchester City 1-3 Real Madrid (65 mins)

    Cristiano Ronaldo should be leaving Melbourne with a sack of goals. He races clear - one-on-one with Joe Hart but pokes wide and seconds later misses a point-blank header. Anything on target would have beaten the City keeper.

    Cristiano Ronaldo

    As we enter the final 30 minutes, the substitutions are flowing and Real will make five. Ronaldo is one of those to depart. Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri also exit for City.

    What are City getting from this? As far as friendless go, it's competitive and a good workout physically. This type of contest has to be more worthwhile than the old school away trip to lower-league cannon fodder.

  80. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday and BBC Sport Facebook page

    Saul Greenhalgh: Sterling plays best with the ball at his feet. Not as a poacher.

    Benny Profane: The idea that City's a big club probably hasn't reached Australia yet. Liverpool beloved there. No surprise they're booing Sterling.

    Stuart Mitchell: And the first refereeing shocker of the season occurs, Sterling handball first then Ramos + was outside the box, blind ref.

  81. Offside

    Manchester City 1-3 Real Madrid (59 mins)

    Isco walks