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  1. Goodbye

    That's all, folks. There'll be no more breaking news, chitter-chatter or gossiping from us tonight. But join us again on Wednesday for the latest news from the world of sport. It's been a pleasure. Until tomorrow.

  2. Goodbye

    That's all, folks. There'll be no more breaking news, chitter-chatter or gossiping from us tonight. But join us again on Wednesday for the latest news from the world of sport. It's been a pleasure. Until tomorrow.

  3. Shackell revels in Derby 'buzz'


    Derby County defender Jason Shackell says the Rams are "a Premier League club in the Championship" after recently rejoining them from Burnley.

    "I have been away for three years and am thrilled to be back. It's a great place to be," the 31-year-old told BBC East Midlands.

    "Derby have a great squad and a great foundation. There is a buzz around the place."

  4. Chelsea can win Champions League - Fabregas


    Cesc Fabregas

    Cesc Fabregas believes Chelsea can win the Champions League this season even though former club Barcelona have the best front three he has ever seen.

    He told London Evening Standard: "I don't remember a front three in Messi, Suarez and Neymar as powerful and talented since I was born. Obviously, they are a threat to everybody in the Champions League again this season.

    "Barcelona have the best strikeforce in the world and against that you have to play as a unit, you have to play very well. But there are no doubts that we can compete against anyone."

  5. Briscoe justified Leeds selection - Kear

    Rugby League

    Tom Briscoe

    Tom Briscoe's value to Leeds Rhinos justified his first-team return after three months out with a shoulder injury, says Wales and Batley coach John Kear.

    England winger Briscoe, 25, returned against Catalans on Sunday and scored a hat-trick of tries.

    Teenager Ash Handley had been Briscoe's deputy, scoring 12 tries in 17 games.

    "Handley's been superb and is a star of the future, but Briscoe can finish for fun and create tries," Kear told BBC's Super League Show. "He's a very important part of the Leeds team."

    Watch this week's Super League Show on BBC iPlayer here.

  6. First ever medal for Britain


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    "English Commonwealth champion divers Jack Laugher and Chris Mears have claimed Britain's first medal of the World Aquatics Championships in Russia - winning bronze in the synchronised 3m springboard final and, in doing so, have claimed Team GB a place in the event at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

    "The Leeds-based duo were down in eighth position in the 12-strong final after the first of six rounds but battled back into contention with a series of impressive routines.

    "They scored a total of 445.2 to finish behind winners China (471.45) and silver medallists Russia to claim Britain's first-ever World Championship medal in the synchronised 3m springboard event."

  7. Bronze for Brits Laugher and Mears


  8. Rojo's passport saga continues


    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is on Manchester United's tour of America. He says: "Still no end in sight to the Marcos Rojo passport issue.

    "The Manchester United defender remains in Argentina waiting for the issue of documentation that would allow him to travel.

    "His hopes of receiving a new passport yesterday proved to be in vain. Now he is crossing his fingers he gets it today.

    "If that proves to be the case he will get an immediate flight to Chicago, where United will land later tonight ahead of their final tour game against Paris St-Germain (0200Thurs BST).

    "But should it be delayed any longer, Rojo will travel straight to the UK. The former Sporting Lisbon defender should have been on a plane on Saturday."

  9. MK Dons re-sign winger Hall on loan


    Winger Rob Hall has rejoined MK Dons on a season-long loan from Championship rivals Bolton Wanderers.

    The 21-year-old played seven times for Karl Robinson's side as they gained promotion from League One last season.

  10. Who will win the Premier League?


    Ian Wright

    Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright predicts the Gunners will win this season's Premier League title, even though he admits Chelsea will start as favourites.

    Wright, who scored 221 goals for Arsenal, believes Arsene Wenger's side will need to start better than last season to have any chance of challenging for the top spot.

    You can watch Wright's predictions here.

  11. Diaby set for Marseille move


  12. Laugher & Mears on track for medal


  13. Southall 'punched' at Referral Unit


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Neville Southall

    Former Wales and Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall has said he has been punched while working at a Pupil Referral Unit.

    He told BBC Radio 5 live that the incident happened during a "bad day" at the unit, where children go when they can't handle life in a mainstream school - or if the school can't handle them.

    However, Southall also acknowledged the children provided him with "great joy" when they did "something you're not expecting."

  14. Winger Evans signs Portsmouth deal


    Gareth Evans has joined League Two side Portsmouth on a one-year contract.

    Evans, 27, has been training with Pompey since leaving Fleetwood Town at the end of the 2014-15 season, having scored 12 goals in 106 appearances for the League One club.

  15. Chelsea getting ready for Barca test


  16. Piestersen's tribute to 'father figure' Rice


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Clive Rice

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen has paid tribute to his mentor Clive Rice after the ex-South Africa all-rounder died aged 66.

    Rice had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour and died in a hospital in Cape Town.

    Pietersen said he was "devastated" as "Ricey was like a father figure to me".

    He added: "It's really sad. I saw his deterioration last September when I was in South Africa and I was going to see him in a couple of weeks," he added in an emotional interview with BBC Radio 5 live.

  17. British Athletics 'over the moon' with Ennis-Hill


    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    Jessica Ennis-Hill can be a gold medal contender at the World Championships in Beijing next month, according to British Athletics performance director Neil Black.

    The Olympic heptathlon champion will head to her first major championship since London 2012 after deciding to compete in China.

    "I am over the moon. We all know that Jess and (coach) Toni (Minichiello) make good decisions, so it's brilliant that the decision is a positive one," Black said. "What's really clear is Jess wouldn't be going unless she felt she was competitive for medals."

  18. Benzema on the move?


    Karim Benzema

    Could Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema be about to sign for a new club? The Arsenal target has left Real Madrid's pre-season tour and has posted a cryptic message on his Instagram account. "#directionturfu" he wrote, which translates as "Next stop: the future".

  19. De Gea on a free?

    Football gossip

    David de Gea

    The Daily Mail reports that Manchester United will not cash in on goalkeeper David de Gea should Sergio Ramos sign a new contract with Real Madrid.

    The Spaniard has a year left on his contract and could leave for nothing when it expires next year.

  20. Bradford sign Clarke


    Bradford City have signed former Leyton Orient defender Nathan Clarke on a one-year contract.

    The former Huddersfield Town centre-back, 31, left the O's last week in order to move closer to his family in the north.

  21. Mulgrew doubt


    Celtic utility man Charlie Mulgrew is likely to miss Wednesday's Champions League third qualifying round visit from Qarabag of Azerbaijan.

    But Gary Mackay-Steven should be available after suffering from a cold.


    And fellow midfielder Kris Commons is available after recovering from a broken toe that ruled him out of the previous round's victory over Stjarnan.

    Mulgrew picked up a knee injury during Saturday's 2-0 friendly win over Rennes at Celtic Park.

  22. Nadal powers through



    Top seed Rafael Nadal has come from a set down to beat Fernando Verdasco 3-6 6-1 6-1 at the Hamburg Open.

    It is Nadal's first outing since losing in the second round at Wimbledon to Germany's Dustin Brown.

  23. Best MLS team ever?


    But does Kaka make it into our best MLS team? We'll save you the suspense - of course he does.

    MLS XI graphic

    Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa and now Didier Drogba - Major League Soccer has had more than a sprinkling of stardust in recent times.

    With this in mind, we have compiled a current best MLS XI, which is attack heavy in order to include the best acquisitions. It is a team that former Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan would be proud of!

  24. Kaka finds what he's looking for

    Kaka with Bono

    Kaka was playing in the city where the streets have no name when has bumped into U2 frontman Bono.

    The 33-year-old midfielder was in New York with MLS side Orlando, who faced Andrea Pirlo's New York City side, and posted a picture of himself with the Irish rock star on Instagram.

    Orlando lost 5-3 at Yankee Stadium which wasn't the sweetest thing for the Brazilian. It was like he was running to stand still.

  25. Carlisle signing


    Osel is a French-born Ghanaian midfielder, who spent three seasons at Marseille.

  26. Pedro to wear Red?


    Manchester United are closing in on Barcelona winger Pedro, according to reports in the media.


    The Metro reports that the Reds have agreed a £23.1m fee to bring the Spanish World Cup star to Old Trafford next season.

    Pedro spent much of last season on the subs bench.

  27. Oyston responds to BST takeover offer


    Blackpool owner Owen Oyston has asked the Supporters' Trust (BST) to clarify a number of points before he considers their offer to take over the club.

    The 81-year-old cited 10 issues he wanted addressed - including a five-year business plan, commercial ideas and a proposed board - in an open letter posted in the League One club's website.

    He has asked for a response to his queries from BST within 14 days.

  28. 'Rafa clearing up Jose's mess'


    Rafael Benitez's wife, Monserrat Seara, has proven herself to be quite adept at mind games.

    Rafael Benitez (right) with his wife

    Mrs Benitez has joked that her husband has spent his career clearing up Jose Mourinho's mess.

    After being appointed by Real Madrid this summer, Benitez took charge of a third team which was formerly managed by the current Chelsea boss.

    "We tidy up his messes. If you think about it, of course you end up crossing paths. There are only a few world-class clubs out there," she said.

  29. Sisters take on the world


  30. Buzzing


  31. 'I feared career would be over'


    Australia opener Chris Rogers said he feared his career might be over after suffering a dizzy spell in the second Ashes Test against England.

    Rogers, 37, retired hurt on 49 in the second innings at Lord's and played no further part in the 405-run win.


    "If it was concussion, I would have thought that maybe that was it," Rogers said. "It was a really weird sensation. It just looked like [the pavilion] was going from left to right, and almost like my eyes were jumping. That's why I went off."

    Rogers, who made 173 in the first innings at Lord's, has said he plans to retire from international cricket at the end of the series.

  32. No way Jose


    Arsene Wenger has rejected claims from Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho that Arsenal have abandoned their cautious transfer approach.

    Resuming his sparring with Gunners boss Wenger, Chelsea manager Mourinho has suggested totting up Arsenal's spending in the last two years leads to a "surprise".


    Wenger responded: "We spend when we think we have to spend and do not listen too much to what people think or say.

    "We just try to make the right decisions. When we have the money available, we spend it. When we don't have the money, we don't spend the money we haven't got."

    Arsenal have spent almost £150m since the summer of 2013, breaking their transfer record for Mesut Ozil and signing Petr Cech from Chelsea last month. Chelsea's own investment in that time amounts to almost £235m.

  33. That's a big cow


    And the award for bizarre photo of the day.


    French Open champ Stanislas Wawrinka has put this on Instagram with the caption Moo. It's obviously not been a busy day for the world number four...

  34. World delight


  35. Rival offer


    News to worry Tony Pulis...

  36. Another blow for Russell

    Rugby League

    Warrington coach Tony Smith has effectively ruled full-back Matty Russell out for the season with a second major ankle injury in four months.

    The Scotland international missed 13 matches after hurting his right ankle at Widnes over Easter and is now facing a couple of months on the sidelines after damaging his left ankle in Sunday's 44-6 Super League win at Castleford.

  37. Getting shirty


    And here's the first pic of the new boy with the Villa strip he'll wear next season.

  38. BreakingVilla sign Crespo


    Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Jose Angel Crespo.

    The 28-year-old defender has signed a three-year deal and joins from Spanish team Cordoba for an undisclosed fee.

    Villa boss Tim Sherwood said: "Jose is a player who has been on our radar for some time. He is experienced and has played in La Liga and Serie A, two of the strongest leagues in Europe."

    Despite all that he's still best known to us as the chap who had a bit of a dust-up with Ronaldo last season...

  39. Happy memories


    United take on Paris St-Germain in the final game of their tour of the US on Wednesday

  40. Relief after gender case


    Indian sprinter Dutee Chand says she is glad others will not face similar abuse to her after being cleared to compete following a landmark gender case.

    Chand, 19, had been banned since last summer after failing a hormone test.

    Dutee Chand

    But the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended "hyperandrogenism" rules, which will be scrapped if athletics bosses cannot provide new evidence.

    "I know people started suspecting whether I was a woman or a man. All the honour I earned - I lost," Chand said. "My friends used to start asking what's wrong with me, and started to avoid me. In training centres, where girls used to share rooms, I was kept separately."

    The full story - and fascinating stuff it is too - is here.

  41. Get involved

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday

    We have been asking for those scouting successes where clubs have taken a punt on an unknown player and it has turned out to be an inspired decision.

    D.W. Bentley: Easy. Roy Keane, signed for £35,000 from Cobh Ramblers, sold to #mufc for British record £3.75m three years later.

    Cam Melling: Seamus Coleman from Sligo to Everton for £60k. He's been one of our most consistent performers last 3-4 seasons.

    David White: Lomana Tresor Lua Lua was spotted playing college football in East London by Colchester. He wanted to be a gymnast.

    Lomana Lua Lua
    Image caption: Lomana Lua Lua showed off his gymnastics skills after every goal, with this somersault coming after a goal he scored for Portsmouth
  42. Pedal power


    Charlie Austin is hard at it during pre-season training.

    Don't think Chris Froome has any need to worry just yet...

  43. Capacity crowds beckons

    Rugby Union

    The World Cup is on track to sell out, with England Rugby 2015 chairman Andy Cosslett confident that by the time the tournament kicks off on 18 September every ticket will have been bought.

    An additional 100,000 seats have been made available this week - including for England games and the knockout stages.


    The total number of tickets available has risen to 2.45m and Cosslett believes they will all be sold.

    "We're working hard for there to be no empty seats and we expect to pretty much achieve that," he said.

    England have been drawn in a fiendishly difficult pool alongside Australia and Wales and will consider progressing from the group a success.

  44. Toormore wins big race

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Lillywhite

    BBC Sport at Goodwood

    Joint favourite Mount Logan, ridden by Adam Kirby, wins the opening race of the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Richard Hughes on Master The World is outside the first five. Luckily I didn't back him for once.

    Meanwhile Toormoore, ridden by James Doyle, wins the big race of the afternoon at Goodwood, the Group Two Lennox Stakes, over seven furlongs.

  45. King fee agreed


    Blackburn have agreed compensation with Bournemouth over the sale of Josh King, avoiding the need for a tribunal.

    King signed for the Cherries on a three-year contract in May but he was under 24 so compensation had to be paid to Rovers.


    A statement on Blackburn's website read: "We have reached an agreement with AFC Bournemouth in respect of compensation for former player Joshua King."

    King spent three seasons at Blackburn after moving from Manchester United, and last season hit the headlines for an FA Cup hat-trick against Stoke.

  46. Glorious Goodwood

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Lillywhite

    BBC Sport at Goodwood

    Goodwood guru Richard Hughes has won a lot of people money here over the years but this week marks his final meeting in the saddle before he begins life as a trainer.

    The Dublin-born 42-year-old, champion jockey for the last three years, rode a record nine winners when he was leading jockey at the festival in 2010 and retained that title for the next three years before that audacious young upstart William Buick had the gall to depose him 12 months ago.

    Hughes is four short of Frankie Dettori's tally of 58 Goodwood festival winners and rides in six of the seven races on the opening day.

    The only trouble is, his renowned nous around this magnificent winding track, and the wave of interest in his final hurrah, will be sure to make the bookies even less generous than usual with the odds.

  47. Answer time

    Time to put you out of your misery.

    Earlier we asked you this question: Raheem Sterling is the seventh English player to be sold for £25m or over. Name the other six.

    And the answer is... Andy Carroll, Rio Ferdinand, Adam Lallana, James Milner, Wayne Rooney and Luke Shaw.


    If you said David Beckham, Man Utd to Real Madrid, then close but no cigar.

  48. Wise move by Norwich


    Norwich have agreed a loan deal for Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom.

    The 22-year-old, who signed a new five-year contract with the Reds in May, is likely to complete the move in the next couple of days.


    It is understood the newly-promoted Canaries will pay a loan fee of £1.25m for the England Under-21 defender, who can operate as a full-back or in the centre.

    Wisdom spent last season on loan at West Brom.

  49. Vidal becomes a Munich player


    Arturo Vidal has completed his move to Bayern Munich from Juventus,


    Bayern have just tweeted this pic of the 28-year-old Chile midfielder signing on the dotted line.

    Vidal has cost Bayern a reported £38m and will disappoint the host of Premier League clubs who had been tracking the player.

  50. Asher-Smith to run 200m


    Dina Asher-Smith

    British 100m champion Dina Asher-Smith will run in the 200m at the World Championships in Beijing.

    At the Anniversary Games on Saturday, Asher-Smith became the first British female to run below 11 seconds.

    Asha Philip will compete for Britain in the women's 100m.

  51. Women's 'take-off' surprises Crichton


    Women's football is a generation ahead of where Notts County's Leanne Crichton envisioned it would be growing up.

    The Scotland international will be in the Notts team for the Women's FA Cup final against Chelsea on Saturday, the first to be played at Wembley.

    "Growing up I never ever thought it would be something that I would be able to tap into as a footballer," she told BBC East Midlands Today.

    "I'd never have imagined it would take off quite the way it has in the last 10 or 15 years anyway."

  52. Ings ready to thrive at Liverpool


    Danny Ings

    Summer signing Danny Ings has said his movement can help Liverpool's attacking midfielders cause havoc this season.

    Ings, who joined the Reds from Burnley this summer, told "After my knee injury [in 2012] I sort of devoted my whole time to working on my speed, my movement, and my creativity.

    "As long as there's someone stretching the pitch and you've got your creative players behind you in that space - and you've got players at this football club to feed those runs - you can be an effective team."

  53. Rooney misses out


    Martyn Rooney (left)

    European 400m champion Martyn Rooney has not been selected in the British squad for the 400m, although he has made the 4x400m relay cut.

    Adam Gemili, who injured his hamstring at the British Championships in June, has been selected in the 4x100m relay team.

  54. Carrick ready for a fight


    Michael Carrick

    Michael Carrick has no qualms about fighting new signings Bastian Schweinsteiger and Moran Schneiderlin for a place in the Manchester United first team this season.

    After complaining about a lack of cover in midfield last season, United manager Louis van Gaal spent more than £40m on Schweinsteiger, who arrived from Bayern Munich, and former Southampton man Schneiderlin.

    "You want the best players here, and it's good for the squad, for the team," said the Englishman. "Morgan is good player. He has done terrific. It's another step for him in his career and there's no better place to be.

    "We all know what Basti brings. He is a terrific player and he'll have a big influence on us going forward."

  55. Farah to double up


    Mo Farah

    British Athletics have announced their squad to compete at the World Championships in Beijing next month.

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will defend his 5,000m and 10,000m titles, while Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill joins Farah in the squad.

    European pentathlon champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson will compete against Ennis-Hill in the heptathlon and will also take part in the long jump.

  56. Yeovil sign ex-Barnet winger Allen


    Yeovil Town have made their 15th summer signing by bringing in winger Iffy Allen on a one-year deal.

    Allen, who came to Huish Park on trial, was on the books at Barnet from 2011 until his release this summer.

    The 21-year-old Londoner started with Fulham before joining Barnet, since when he has had loans further down the non-league pyramid at Kingstonian, Redhill and Wingate & Finchley.

  57. The green, green grass of.... Oh.



    Less than a month ago, Centre Court's grass was a glorious caterpillar green. Now? It's all gone. "And then there was none," posted Wimbledon on their Instagram account. "The grass is removed from Centre Court for another year."

  58. Development in Becks' MLS plans


    David Beckham

    David Beckham's plans for a Miami-based Major League Soccer team are getting closer to fruition, according to the Daily Mirror.

    The former England captain's consortium have requested formal discussions with the city's mayor over the development.

  59. Howe aims to 'beef up' Bournemouth midfield


    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe feels his midfield needs more "beef" ahead of the club's maiden Premier League season.

    The Cherries manager has brought in six new players and could add more, although he also has concerns over an injury to midfielder Harry Arter, which could rule him out of their top-flight opener at home to Aston Villa on 8 August.

    "I'm aware we need to beef up in certain areas, but if not, I believe in the players we have already," said Howe, who guided Bournemouth to the Championship title last term.

  60. Playing with fire


    Football tickets on fire

    A football fan's love for Manchester City apparently doesn't burn as brightly as it once did.

    A disgruntled supporter burnt his match tickets after City trio Raheem Sterling, Joe Hart and Samir Nasri blanked him in a hotel.

    The fan, according to the Daily Mirror, queued up for 12 hours to buy tickets for the friendly between City and the Vietnamese national team.

  61. Not feeling fine

    Football gossip


    Daily Mail: Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo is set to be fined £140,000 - two weeks' wages - after failing to renew his passport, which prevented him from linking up with the club during their pre-season tour of the United States.

  62. Get involved - Scouting successes

    Post a message on the Match of the Day Facebook page

    We are talking scouting successes on today's Sportsday. Here are some more suggestions.

    Ray Stokes: Alan Devonshire. Picked up from Southall for just £5,000, and went on to be one of the best players West Ham have ever had.

    Ian Rush

    Paul Allen: Ian Rush. Chester City to Liverpool. Became Liverpool's all-time top goal scorer. Not bad.

    Mark Smith: I've got two and both played for Dagenham and Redbridge. Paul Benson went from Saturday park football to League One in six season or Dwight Gayle Essex Senior League to Premier League with Crystal Palace in about four seasons.

  63. Chelsea sell Luis


  64. Breaking news: Luis returns to Atletico


    Filipe Luis

    Chelsea announce they have agreed terms with Atletico Madrid over the sale of defender Filipe Luis.

    The 29-year-old Brazilian played 26 times for the Premier League champions after joining them from the Spanish club last summer.

  65. Colourful addition

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Lillywhite

    BBC Sport at Goodwood

    The Qatar Pavilion at Goodwood

    Another new feature this year is the Qatar Pavilion, featuring the magnificent Carnation Wall, a colourful attraction that greets the racegoer upon their arrival through the Richmond Enclosure entrance. It is designed to capture a flavour of the nation of our new sponsors.

  66. 'Man Utd being used'

    Football gossip

    Nicolas Otamendi

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has dismissed reports that he will sign Valencia defender Nicolas Otamendi.

    Manchester Evening News report United are being used to "ramp up" interest in the 27-year-old Argentine.

    The paper also says that United have had a £28m bid for Sergio Ramos rejected by Real Madrid.

  67. A philosophical Wenger


    There were some wise words from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger during his press conference this afternoon...

  68. Sampdoria want cut-price Balotelli deal


    Mario Balotelli

    Sampdoria have told Liverpool to cut their £7.1m asking price for striker Mario Balotelli.

    The Italy forward is on the market for nearly half of the £16m the Merseyside club for him last summer.

    "They told me that Mario was in Genoa," Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero todl "He costs 10m euros but, with discount, you look with open arms."

  69. Mourinho the practical joker


    Chelsea FC

    Oh what japes Chelsea have been getting up to during their pre-season tour. Blues boss Jose Mourinho played a practical joke on his players and staff by getting them to pretend they were on an aeroplane.

    Doing as the boss says, as you do, staff and players leaned from side to side, put their hands on imaginary controls - before being drenched in ice cold water.

    You can see John Terry and co being soaked via Chelsea's Vine post.

  70. Cavani banned by Uruguay


    Edinson cavani and Gonzalo Jara

    Edinson Cavani has been suspended for Uruguay's next two World Cup qualifiers for his part in a confrontation with Chile's Gonzalo Jara at the Copa America.

    The controversy arose during the teams' quarter-final clash, when Cavani responded to provocation from Jara by pushing his hand into the former West Brom player's face to earn a second yellow card.

    Jara was later banned for three matches after video evidence showed him poking a finger up the Paris St Germain striker's bottom. His club, Mainz, responded by placing him on the transfer list.

  71. No bids, believe us


    A rather exasperated tweet from West Brom about striker Saido Berahino, wanted by Tottenham for around £15m.

  72. Arsenal have desire - Wenger


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said his team, who finished third in the league last season, will improve.

    But the Frenchman warned: "We know we will be better but it's difficult to know how much our opponents will improve before the season.

    "We have more desire to do well than there is pressure on us. To create success we must focus on the inside."

  73. Snodgrass needs YOUR help

    Hull midfielder Robert Snodgrass seems to have found himself in a spot of bother in Scotland. To stop his trip coming away at the seams, he's tweeted asking for some advice. 

  74. Cech can get better - Wenger


    Petr Cech

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said summer signing Petr Cech can get better.

    "He will still improve. He has the desire and the right attitude to improve," said the Frenchman of his £10m purchase from Chelsea.

    Wenger also described Alexis Sanchez's first season with the club as "exceptional". "Hopefully he can do that again," added Wenger.

  75. Glorious Goodwood

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Lillywhite

    BBC Sport at Goodwood

    The new press room at Goodwood

    Whilst the magnificent vista mercifully does not change, apart from the advent of some uncharacteristic dark clouds, there is a new sponsor this year, and the event is now called the Qatar Goodwood Festival.

    Prize money has increased but the former press room overlooking the finishing post, home straight and rolling countryside beyond has been commandeered by the sponsors and this is the new location for the scribes, buried within the Richmond Enclosure. There is a very pleasant smell of pine from the newly created staircase, however, and it's barely a 20-second stroll to the winning post.

  76. Cricket

    Cricket - Michael Clarke news conference

    Australia captain Michael Clarke continues: "We know how we play our best cricket. Both tests have been played in the right spirit and I think the remainder of the series will be played the same way. Tough cricket on the pitch but good spirit off it."

    Clarke is then asked about the possibility of 'finishing off' Ian Bell's international career. But Clarke avoids the bait.

    "He's a great fella and a hell of a player who has been very successful for England over a long period of time," says Clarke diplomatically. "Even if he doesn't score more runs in this Test I think he'll be an England players for a long time to come. I hope he goes on to make many hundreds but just after this series.

    "I don't think it will bother Bell moving to three, certainly on his own ground. Lyth might feel more pressure because he hasn't played as much cricket. It's not about targeting certain players though, it is just about bowling as well as we can and sticking to our plans. I think you'll see plenty of wickets fall from both teams judging by how green the wicket is at the moment.

  77. 'We have to remember how strong England are'

    Cricket - Michael Clarke news conference

    More quotes from Australia captain Michael Clarke. He says: "Every game is important, there is no doubt about it. I expected it to be a tough series and it has been.

    "It was important for us to win the second Test and we need to take confidence from that, but remember how disciplined England were in Cardiff and how strong an opposition they are. We need to execute our skills like we did at Lord's. When we didn't execute as well as we need to we got outplayed. But at Lord's we did execute and that's what we need to do tomorrow.


    "Jonny Bairstow is a very good player. He is attacking and likes to play his shots. He has performed well in county cricket. We've looked at footage in the lead-up to this match.

    "We know where we have to bowl and we have to put it there. If he gets on top he is very aggressive but I would hope the attack he is about to face is a little bit different to county cricket."

  78. Nevill remains in Australia team

    Cricket - Michael Clarke news conference

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is now in front of the media. He confirms that Peter Nevill will remain as wicketkeeper, in place of Brad Haddin.


    "I'd like to see the wicket and how everyone pulled up before yesterday's training before the team gets announced," says Clarke. "But Nevill will play. Hadds is keen to continue to play cricket for Australia.

    "He is still working exceptionally hard and will now wait for another opportunity to get selected. He will probably see it now as staying as prepared as he can be. His experience will certainly help Nevill over the next two tests.

    "I've not seen Chris Rogers today but he batted really well yesterday in the nets and looked comfortable. We'll see how he is today."

  79. Glorious Goodwood

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Lillywhite

    BBC Sport at Goodwood

    One of the great backdrops to a leading light in the sporting calendar, welcome to day one of Glorious Goodwood 2015.

    Clerk of the course Seamus Buckley reports that there has been 50mm of rain in the last four days, but there has been a drying breeze and the going is officially good, good to soft in places.


    The weather is rather overcast and up there on the exposed areas of the Downs it will feel more like Ilkley Moor for the jockeys but there is the traditional hum of excitement amongst race goers and press folk alike at this delightful venue.

    The big race is the Lennox Stakes over seven furlongs at 15:10 BST, there are seven in total and the first of them is at 14:00 BST.

  80. 'You never mean to be 30-3'

    Cricket - Alastair Cook news conference

    England captain Alastair Cook thinks his side must stop losing early wickets as he prepares for the third Ashes Test, which begins at Edgbaston tomorrow.

    "You never mean to be 30-3. The idea of the top order is to lay a platform and put miles in the bowlers legs - that's what we must try to do," adds Cook. "Adam Lyth (pictured) has to play the way he does for Yorkshire, stay true to his game. Belly has scored more than 7,000 runs for England, not many have done that so he has to remember that."

    Adam Lyth

    Meanwhile, Cook is pleased Australia's Chris Rogers has recovered after he retired hurt in the second Test.

    "It is great that he is physically OK," added Cook. "We don't want to see any head injuries. He is a really good man. A lot of our team know him well because of the country cricket he's played."

  81. Wood a doubt for England

    Cricket - Alastair Cook news conference

    England captain Alastair Cook has said pace bowler Mark Wood may miss the third Ashes Test.


    "We are a little concerned about Woodie," says Cook. "With the weather he couldn't bowl outside, we'll have to make a call on him tomorrow.

    "If he is out, then with the forecast, then probably Steven Finn will be pushing to play. Wood has played a huge amount of cricket over the last six months so we have to be careful with him. Finn has bowled really well for Middlesex recently so whoever gets the call will be the lucky one."

  82. Brit Bedene makes Hamburg progress


    Aljaz Bedene

    British number two Aljaz Bedene has progressed to the last 16 of the German Open in Hamburg.

    Slovenia-born Bedene, ranked 67 in the world, beat Spain's Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-4 6-1 in the first round and will next play third seed Roberto Bautista Agut.

  83. 'We have to put Lord's behind us'

    Cricket - Alastair Cook news conference

    More from Cook, and he explains the pressure the England batsmen are under.

    "You always play for your place. There is a huge pool of talent in England," says Cook. "People want your place. They want to play for England because that is the pinnacle of your sport. When you're out there you are not thinking about next week, just the game situation and trying our best to win.

    "I don't think the guys will be nervous facing Starc and Johnson. They bowled well at times but we scored quickly at Cardiff. It's a three match series now, we need to win two, and that is very exciting. Lords was a disaster in one sense of view because we played so badly but that is gone now. We are professional sportsman and we have to put that behind us."

  84. Alastair Cook news conference


    England captain Alastair Cook says: "Lord's was a tough four days, especially after Cardiff where we played so well. We couldn't back up a good performance with another.


    "But the mood in the camp is fantastic and the lads are talking about the opportunity we have in front of us now. We are looking forward to the challenge against a very good side.

    "We have found ourselves over the last six months three wickets down early on too many occasions. So we've had a rejig. It is tough for Gary Ballance but he will be back.

    "Congratulations to Jonny Bairstow but he has knocked the door down with his performances for Yorkshire. His average is almost 100 which is fantastic at any level."

  85. Time for Captain Cook


    England captain Alastair Cook has just sat down as he faces the media, before the third Ashes Test starts on Wednesday.

  86. McKay and Robson sign Leics deals


    Leicestershire duo Clint McKay and Angus Robson have signed new two-year contracts, keeping them at Grace Road until the end of the 2017 season.

    Australian pace bowler McKay, 32, joined this season and has taken 41 wickets in nine Championship matches at an average of 27.90.

    Opener Robson, 23, has scored 714 Championship runs at 32.45 this season.

  87. Payne misses out on qualification


  88. No Chambers, but maybe a Caulker


    Southampton's attempt to bring defender Calum Chambers, 20, back to the club on loan from Arsenal has been rejected by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, reports The Mirror.


    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail claims Saints are also trying to sign QPR defender Steven Caulker, 23, on loan with a view to an £8m permanent deal.

  89. Medical time


    Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic is about to undergo a medical at Inter Milan, or so it looks like from his tweet.

  90. Charlton sign French defender Sarr


    Naby Sarr

    Championship club Charlton Athletic have signed Sporting Lisbon defender Naby Sarr for an undisclosed fee.

    The 21-year-old French centre-back, who played against Chelsea in last season's Champions League, has agreed a five-year deal.

    "He is strong, physical and another player who will do very well in the Championship," boss Guy Luzon told the club website.

  91. Tributes to Rice


    South African Rice, former all-rounder for Nottinghamshire, has died at the age of 66.

  92. Swann mocks Pietersen in spoof interview


    Kevin Pietersen

    Graeme Swann has mocked former England team-mate Kevin Pietersen on an Australian radio show, mimicking the former England batsman on Triple M Radio's "Willow Talk".

    In a mock interview with co-hosts and former Australia batsmen Mark Waugh and Matthew Hayden, Swann mocked Pietersen scoring against lesser opposition.

    "I scored 200 against a team who hadn't won for three weeks, three years ... it doesn't matter because no matter who KP bats against he will score runs," Swann said.

    "It was a practice game in St Lucia, but it doesn't matter. Those guys bowling were awesome. They had to have a day off school to play, but they bowled well."

  93. Scouting successes

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday

    Which players have been plucked from obscurity and played at the top level?

    Bobby charlton

    Mark Armstrong: Man Utd chief scout Joe Armstrong signed Bobby Charlton from East Northumberland Boys 1953.

    Andrew: Tyrone Mings, snapped up by Ipswich Town for £10,000 (from Chippenham Town) sold for £8 million to Bournemouth. Tidy profit.

    James Chippendale: Has to be Jamie Vardy playing for Stocksbridge Park Steels in 2007 and earning £30 a week. Called up to last England squad.

    All great suggestions. But we want more. Fancy getting your name on this page? Then tweet us using #bbcsportsday or via the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  94. Long signs in


    We told you earlier that Burnley were close to signing Everton youngster Chris Long.

    And, hey presto, they've now signed him.


    The 20-year-old striker, signed for an undisclosed fee, said in a statement on the Clarets website: "I'm absolutely buzzing to have officially signed and I can't wait to get started.

    "I can't thank Everton enough for what they did for me, but I think it's time to start a new chapter in my life and I can't wait to get started with Burnley."

  95. Question time


    It's that time of day to get your thinking caps on.

    Here's our lunchtime teaser courtesy of our colleagues at Question of Sport:

    Raheem Sterling is the seventh English player to be sold for £25m or over. Name the other six.


    Answers later this afternoon.

  96. Drogba heads to Canada


    We hope Didier Drogba enjoys a challenge. He has signed for Montreal Impact, who finished bottom of the Major League Soccer last season.

    Drogba will be a designated player at the Canadian side, which means his wages will not be restricted by the MLS salary cap.

    The 37-year-old left Chelsea during the summer after playing 381 games and winning four Premier League titles across two spells with the London club.


    Drogba is the Ivory Coast's all-time top scorer, with 65 goals in 105 international appearances.

    Montreal president Joey Saputo said the signing made it "one of the biggest days in club history".

  97. Stoke target Plea to stay at Nice

    Football gossip

    Alassane Plea

    Alassane Plea, apparently a target for Stoke, has pledged his future to Nice for at least another season.

    The 22-year-old winger started 27 games in Ligue 1, contributing three goals and seven assists, after signing from Lyon last summer.

    He told French sports newspaper L'Equipe: "I will spend the season here. There are English clubs interested but it is a bit too soon to leave."

  98. Listen again


    The Monday Night Club, if you've not heard it before, is a weekly football show on BBC Radio 5 live featuring a panel of experts.

    Neil Lennon, Alan Irvine and journalist Rory Smith joined host Caroline Barker last night to discuss Manchester United transfers, wonder how old Chancel Mbemba is and debate what Chelsea should pay for John Stones.

    You can hear it here.

  99. Van Gaal unsure over youngsters' future


    Jesse Lingard

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will wait until the last minute before deciding whether to keep four youngsters at the club.

    Manchester Evening News report Van Gaal has yet to decide whether Andrea Pereira, Jesse Lingard, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair will have first-team opportunities this coming season.

    Van Gaal is said to be prepared to delay decisions on Pereira and Lingard until the final week of the transfer window to make sure he has enough cover in every position.

  100. Get involved - scouting successes

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday

    Which players should be scouted and could play at a higher level? And which players have been scouting successes?

    Ayoze Perez

    Lew Nicholls: Ayoze Perez so much potential and easily one of the most promising players I've seen in a Newcastle shirt.

    Reus: Get Ryan Gauld (Sporting Lisbon) scouted. He's one for the future.

    Life Like Sport: Several young Spurs players could come through....very much like the look of Cameron Carter-Vickers and Marcus Edwards.

    Keep your suggestions coming in, using #bbcsportsday or by leaving a message on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  101. Where did it all go wrong?

    Formula 1

    "It is not so very long ago that Red Bull were the kings of Formula 1, winning four straight drivers' and constructors' titles between 2010 and 2013.

    Then it all started to go wrong."


    BBC Sport's Formula 1 writer Andrew Benson takes a look at Red Bull's problems and their ongoing arguments with engine supplier Renault.

    It's a good read, you'll find it here.

  102. Tributes to Rice


  103. Slick business

    Football gossip


    The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Manchester City have negotiated a £10m compulsory purchase agreement and a 20% sell-on clause in the season-long loan deal Stevan Jovetic is set to sign with Inter Milan.

  104. 'The fee is a good one'


    Confirmation of a story we bought you a few moments ago...

    Chester signed for Hull for £300,000 in January 2011, when Nigel Pearson was Tigers boss.

  105. Antonio and Lansbury 'not for sale'


    Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says bids for Michail Antonio and Henri Lansbury are not even worth considering.

    Burnley made an offer for midfielder Lansbury, with West Brom keen on striker Antonio.

    Freedman told BBC Radio Nottingham: "Because we are in an embargo it does not mean we need to sell our players."

  106. Heading North


    Stoke City's 21-year-old Austrian keeper Daniel Bachmann is heading to SPL outfit Ross County on loan.

    Bachmann should be used to going out on loan - he spent part of last term at Wrexham.

  107. Chester on the move?

    Football gossip

    West Brom are in talks with Hull City defender James Chester.


    The Independent is reporting that the 26-year-old has left the Tigers pre-season training camp in Austria for talks with the Baggies.

    Chester made 27 appearances in a Hull side relegated from the Premier League last season.

  108. Test news


    Some news ahead of the Third Test at Edgbaston.

  109. Get involved - scouting successes

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday

    We have a guide to football scouting on our football pages. So today we are after the scouting successes, those players who have been spotted playing at a low level and going on to have great careers, as well as those players that should be scouted.

    Dwight Yorke

    Antony Walker: Dwight Yorke plucked from obscurity at 17 by Graham Taylor during a tour of the West Indies. Treble winner.

    Jake: Reading signing Kevin Doyle and Shane Long from Cork for £78,000. Both did amazingly and we sold them for £7m each.

    Adam Hall: Jermaine Beckford. Picked up for a free from Wealdstone to Leeds on a free and took us up in 2010.

    Keep your comments coming in to us, using #bbcsportsday or via the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  110. 'It wasn't a penalty'


    Heard the one about the Mexico fan who has tweeted the Dutch FA every day over a controversial penalty decision at the 2014 World Cup?

    Mexico played the Netherlands on 29 June 2014. On every single day since, Mexican Twitter user @Josesomor26 has sent the same tweet to the Dutch FA - one that simply said: "It wasn't a penalty."


    Well, after 392 days of messages he's finally got a response.

  111. Started in Russia


  112. Platini wants to be next Fifa president


    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Uefa president Michel Platini will announce later this week he wants to be the next president of Fifa.

    BBC has learnt that Platini - after receiving indications of support from four regional football confederations - will be a candidate when the poll is held on 26 February next year.

    "The 60-year-old Frenchman could declare as early as Wednesday. However, if not, it's thought he will make his intentions known by the end of this week."

  113. Up and away


    Bet they're not in economy.

  114. Hull's double deal


    Some transfer news from overnight and Hull City have made a double signing, bringing in former Newcastle United defender Ryan Taylor on a free transfer and Chesterfield midfielder Sam Clucas for a reported £1.3m.


    Taylor, 30, was released by the Magpies this summer after playing 106 games in six years at St James' Park.

    Clucas, 24, (pictured above, left) joined the Spireites from Mansfield in September and went on to miss just one game for the League One side.

    His move to the Tigers is a record sale for the Derbyshire club.

  115. Tribute to Rice


  116. Get involved

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday

    We are talking scouting in Sportsday today. We want to know those players that have been plucked from obscurity and also those players that should be on the scouts' radars.

    Gary Hooper

    Gaz: Gary Hooper. Scored at every level in league football. Started at Grays Athletic made it to Champions League and nearly the England squad.

    Will A-N: Jay Demerit, playing for seventh-tier Northwood against Watford in a friendly. Went on to play in a World Cup and the Premier League.

    Dr David Old: I'd say Rickie Lambert at Liverpool would be my pick from picked from nothing to something.