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Summary

  1. Man Utd confirm Di Maria exit
  2. Wilshere out for two months with ankle fracture
  3. Astra Giurgiu v West Ham & Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton (both 19:00 BST)
  4. Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (20:00 BST)
  5. GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    And on that exciting note, we end Sportsday. Back tomorrow at 08:00 BST with more football news and news conferences ahead of the return of the Premier League season.

    Until then.

  2. Like a kid at Christmas

    Football

    Edging closer now...

  3. 'Not my decision to leave United'

    Football

    Big transfer news from earlier today saw Angel Di Maria leave Manchester United to join Paris St-Germain.

    The Argentine has had his say at a news conference in Paris.

    "Firstly it wasn't just my decision to leave, if I left it was also because they decided to sell me. They agreed. The three parties agreed, me, Manchester United and PSG agreed the deal," he said.

    "Things didn't go well at Manchester United for various reasons but it's in the past."

    "I'm really very happy to be here and I'm happy because I know my wife and child will be happy here too."

  4. How to be a Fantasy Football champion

    Premier League kick-off

    Hazard

    Have you selected your Fantasy Football teams left? Only got two days left to do it.

    Want the formula on how to become a champion? Last season's Fantasy Premier League winner Simon March gives his 10-point plan for success.

    Click here to read the piece

  5. McCarthy signs new deal

    Football

    James McCarthy

    Everton midfielder James McCarthy has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

    The 22-year-old said: "I'm buzzing and delighted to be committing my future long-term to Everton.

    "I've loved every minute I've been here, with the fans having made me feel so welcome from day one, as well as the players and staff."

  6. 10 questions to be answered

    Premier League kick-off

    Ten questions to be answered in the Premier League 2015-16

    BBC Sport looks at 10 questions that will be answered over the course of the 2015-16 Premier League season.

    Is Raheem Sterling worth £49m? Can Louis van Gaal deliver the title for Manchester United? Can Harry Kane repeat his goal-scoring heroics? Tim Sherwood - genius or gilet model?

    Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer, Jermaine Jenas and Ian Wright help examine what could be the key talking points of the next eight months.

    Click here to watch the video

  7. Packed Pittodrie

    Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (20:00 BST)

    Scottish golfer Richie Ramsay is backing his hometown team in their Europa League third qualifying round second leg contest. The club have announced that tickets have sold out for the game...

  8. Criminal record

    Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

  9. BBC coverage

    Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

    BBC London 94.9

    West Ham travel to Romania tonight to face Astra Giurgiu in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier.

    The tie is level at 2-2 after The Hammers let slip a two goal lead in the first leg at Upton Park.

    You can listen to live UK only commentary of tonight's match and follow our live text including updates of Vitesse v Southampton here from 18:00 BST.

  10. Whatever happened to Dmitri Kharine?

    Football

    Well, the former Chelsea and Celtic player has just been appointed as a goalkeeping coach at League Two side Stevenage.

    Russia international Kharine, as our picture below shows, played for Chelsea in their 1994 FA Cup final defeat by Manchester United, and was perhaps most famous for keeping goal in jogging bottoms rather than shorts.

    Dmitri Kharine

    Kharine joins Teddy Sheringham's backroom staff at Broadhall Way.

  11. Teams primed for Netball World Cup

    Netball

    Australia win the World Cup

    England and Scotland will meet on the opening day of the 14th Netball World Cup in Australia on Friday.

    World number three side England will be favourites against 11th-ranked Scotland in the Pool B match, which begins at 05:50 BST at Sydney's Allphones Arena.

    Wales, ranked eighth, take on Fiji in their first Pool D match at 00:50.

    Sixteen teams will take part across 10 days, with Australia favourites to win their 11th title.

    Click here for a full lowdown on the tournament

  12. SFA ask for 'typical foreigner' explanation

    Football

    Brad McKay & Juanma

    The Scottish FA is investigating remarks attributed to St Johnstone defender Brad McKay.

    The 22-year-old was widely quoted describing Hearts striker Juanma as "a typical foreigner" who "gets touched and goes down".

    The governing body has approached the Perth club for an explanation.

  13. Hammer blow to taxpayers?

    Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Olympic Stadium

    Does deal mean West Ham get stadium almost rent free?

    The taxpayer will meet estimated running costs of up to £2.5m when West Ham move to the Olympic Stadium.

    Click here to read the full piece

  14. Willis wins

    World Aquatics Championship

    Great Britain's Andrew Willis has won his semi final of the men's 200m breaststroke at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. His time of 2:08:72 saw him qualify in 5th place for the final tomorrow.

    Andrew Willis
  15. Think you know offside rule?

    Football

    Offside

    Think again.

    As the English football season gets under way this weekend, players and staff will also have to come to terms with new disciplinary rulings, a brand new ball plus the new offside rule.

    Click here to read the piece in full

  16. Vote closed

    Get involved

    We asked you who will be the first Premier League manager to leave their post this season and 30% of you chose Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers. His closest challengers were Claudio Ranieri of Leicester (17%), Watford's Quique Flores (14%) and Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City (12%).

  17. 'Get used to losing'

    Football

    Tommy Elphick

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis says Bournemouth will need to get used to losing matches once the Premier League season starts.

    Talking during 5 live Sport's Premier League launch show, Pulis said: "They have to get used to losing next year, that's going to happen."

    "Eddie Howe has to manage the expectation and disappointment. That's a different experience for him, it's something he'll have to learn very quickly," he added.

  18. Not on the list

    Football

    Will Watt from the Blackpool Gazette tweets...

  19. Reading fined

    Football

    Reading have been fined £100,000 by the FA following a pitch invasion at the end of their FA Cup quarter-final against Bradford in March.

    The club had denied the charge.

  20. Premier League predictor

    Football

    Predictor

    Think you know your football? Test your expertise by playing our game and seeing how many Premier League results you can predict correctly.

    Click here to take the predictor

  21. Northants complete innings victory

    Kent 167 & 208, Northants 398

    Northants sealed a seasonal double over Kent by wrapping up a three-day win at Canterbury by an innings and 23 runs.

    The home side, who trailed by 231 on first innings, were bowled out for 208 with Ben Sanderson taking 4-44.

    It was their seventh defeat of a disappointing campaign, while Northants' third victory lifted them to fourth in the Division Two table.

  22. Gloucestershire on top at St Helen's

    Glamorgan 186-7 v Gloucestershire

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Swansea:

    "Glamorgan achieved a measure of respectability in the afternoon session as captain Jacques Rudolph battled his way to 68.

    Listen live here

  23. 'Aberdeen must be patient'

    Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty (19:45 BST)

    Manager Derek McInnes insists there is no need for Aberdeen to go "gung-ho" as they seek to eliminate Kairat Almaty.

    Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

    The Dons trail 2-1 from last week's first leg in Kazakhstan, meaning a 1-0 win would take them through to the Europa League play-off round on away goals.

    "You don't have to score in the early stages of the game," said McInnes. "There has to be a measured approach and intelligence as well passion."

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

  24. West Ham depleted in Romania

    Astra Giurgiu v West Ham (19:00 BST)

    Andy Rowley

    BBC London 94.9

    West Ham have left most of their first teamers at home rather than travel to Romania to face Astra Giurgiu in their Europa League third qualifying round tie second leg.

    Slaven Bilic

    Kevin Nolan and Carl Jenkinson are the only recognised starters with the party, with the contest poised at 2-2.

    "It was always part of our plan, because of the start of the Premier League that we would come here with a strong team - but a team where some players have stayed at home," said manager Slaven Bilic.

  25. Wallace misses out on medal

    World Aquatics Championship

    And Wallace finishes in fourth place in the men's 200m individual medley in Kazan.

    Dan Wallace

    His new Scottish record of 1:57:59 left him behind gold medallist Ryan Lochte of the USA, runner up Thiago Pereira of Brazil and Wang Shun of China, who was third.

    There's still a chance of a British medal shortly when Lauren Quigley goes for gold in the women's 50m backstroke.

  26. Getting into the mood

    World Aquatics Championship

    Britain's Dan Wallace goes in the final of the 200m individual medley in Kazan later on Thursday...

    You can watch the action live on the Red Button and online now and on BBC Two from 16:00 BST

  27. Caulker & Rodriguez in frame

    Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton (19:00 BST)

    Adam Blackmore

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor

    Steven Caulker

    Southampton could hand a competitive debut to on-loan QPR defender Steven Caulker as they prepare for what should be a routine passage into the play-off round after winning the first leg 3-0.

    This second leg also looks to be the perfect fixture to ease Jay Rodriguez back into competitive action after his long injury lay-off.

    Jordy Clasie is injured and Shane Long has also not travelled after picking up an illness.

  28. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday and Match of the Day Facebook

    We've been asking for your predictions for this season...

    Dean McNamara: My heart says Man U to win Premier League, but head says Chelsea. Sorry but Watford, Norwich and Bournemouth to go down.

    David Sanderson: Can't believe everyone thinks @WatfordFC will finish bottom! So much talent and depth in our squad this year.

    Ged Lynam: Liverpool double: Mignolet to win the golden glove and Benteke the golden boot.

  29. Fabianski signs new Swans deal

    Football

    Polish International goalkeeper Fabianski, 30, joined Swansea on a free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2014 and has been linked with a move to Roma.

    "Lukasz deserves it, he's had a fantastic season and it shows how committed he is to the club", said Swansea manager Garry Monk. "It's a great signing for the rest of his teammates showing how much he's enjoyed what we are trying to do here".

  30. Gradel on Mourinho

    Football

    After Jose Mourinho said Max Gradel "could play for Chelsea", Bournemouth's new signing has responded...

  31. New deals for Everton duo

    Football

    Everton

    Everton pair James McCarthy and Kevin Mirallas are to sign new deals with the club.

    McCarthy, 24, will pen a new five-year contract to ward off interest from Manchester City.

    Belgian Mirallas, 27, will also get a contract extension having been the subject of a £6m bid from West Ham last month, reports the Daily Mail.

  32. First manager to leave - vote

    Get Involved

    We're asking you who you think will be the first Premier League manager to leave their post?

    You can make your selection on the right (if on a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on mobile or tablet).

    The vote closes at 16:00 BST and usual terms and conditions apply.

  33. Adebayor 'reluctant to leave London'

    Football

    Mark Regan

    BBC WM Sport

    Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor's move to Aston Villa is on the brink of collapse as the player is understood to be reluctant to move out of the capital.

    Emmanuel Adebayor

    The Togo striker has been in talks with Villa for weeks and look set to be reunited with Tim Sherwood, who was his boss at Spurs. But now the deal, while not totally dead in the water, is pretty close to it.

    Villa fans will be philosophical as they have had a far busier summer than many would have thought and there are lots of players to get excited about. Furthermore, Sherwood has attacking options now with Rudy Gestede, Libor Kozak, Jordan Ayew and Gabby Agbonlahor.

    Why has it taken Adebayor so long to realise Birmingham is a bit of a distance from London? Has it moved?

  34. Expectations risen at Palace

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Nick Godwin

    BBC London sports reporter

    Alan Pardew looked like a man who can't wait for the season to start. He's been backed strongly by his board and has plenty of options for Saturday's opener at Norwich.

    Yohan Cabaye

    However, because expectations have risen with the arrival of the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Patrick Bamford, he was keen to point out that whoever pulls on a Palace shirt this season will need to perform quickly or he'll get replaced.

    Palace play Arsenal, Chelsea, Man City and Tottenham in the opening six weeks of the campaign. They'll need to settle quickly.

  35. Shawcross out for two months

    Football

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke have confirmed that defender and club captain Ryan Shawcross is to have an operation next week on a recurring back problem.

    The club say Shawcross will miss the first two months of the season.

  36. Di Maria Leaves Man Utd

    Football

    Di Maria

    A reminder of the big transfer news from earlier today; Manchester United sold winger Angel Di Maria to French champions PSG.

  37. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday and Match of the Day Facebook

    Solomon Junior: Arsenal to finish 1st, Bournemouth to stay up.

    It's Archie: I'm a Sunderland fan. Ideally I would like a solid mid-table finish, but in reality we will be in the relegation scrap.

  38. Lessons for Lens

    Football

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle commentator

    Jeremain Lens

    Sunderland's new Dutch international midfielder Jeremain Lens says he's settling in well on Wearside, but that he'll be happier when he's found a house and sorted out everything else that he needs to do on moving to a new country.

    Like all Dutch, his English is very good but he admits "I didn't really enjoy my time at school so we'll see how I improve my English".

  39. Vote closed

    Get involved

    The more observant among you will have noticed that our second vote of the day is now closed.

    Watford are the team most likely to finish bottom of the Premier League, according to 36% of you.

    Another 16% say Norwich, 15% Bournemouth and 13% Leicester.

  40. Di Maria leaves Man Utd

    Football

    The Times' chief football correspondent Oliver Kay tweets...

    While the Manchester Evening News' Samuel Luckhurst adds...

  41. McIlroy continues recovery

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    Earlier we brought you pictures of Rory McIlroy's ankle injury and it seems his recovery is happening at a pace, as he has now posted an Instagram video of him practicing his driving.

    The left ankle is taped up, but encouraging signs for the world number one as he bids to be fit to defend his US PGA title next week.

    "Feels good to hit the driver again," wrote McIlroy.

  42. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Southampton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

    Steve McClaren on team selection...

  43. Newcastle news conference

    Newcastle v Southampton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

    Now we have some of the key points from Newcastle manager Steve McClaren's news conference.

  44. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Sunderland (Sat 15:00 BST)

  45. Delfouneso joins Blackburn

    Football

    Striker Nathan Delfouneso has joined Blackburn on a one-year deal.

    The 24-year-old was at Blackpool last season, having started his career at Premier League side Aston Villa.

  46. Leicester news conference

    Leicester v Sunderland (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Claudio Ranieri's news conference has started and here is what he has to say about his team selection...

  47. Leicester City news conference

    Leicester City v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00)

  48. Di Maria leaves Man Utd

    Football

    Di Maria

    "I am very proud, and can't wait, to wear the colours of Paris Saint-Germain", said Angel Di Maria after joining the French side.

    "I want to win every competition we enter, both in France and Europe. I want to win the Champions League, which is a dream for all footballers, for a second time.

    "We will do everything we can to bring Europe's biggest trophy to France and the fans of Paris Saint-Germain."

  49. Bournemouth news conference

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    And a bit more from Eddie Howe's news conference...

  50. Di Maria leaves Man Utd

    Football

    Di Maria
  51. Bournemouth news conference

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    Here are some of the key points from Eddie Howe's press conference...

  52. Di Maria leaves Man Utd

    Football

  53. Man Utd & PSG confirm Di Maria deal

    Football

  54. BreakingDi Maria leaves Man Utd

    Football

    Manchester United have confirmed the sale of winger Angel Di Maria to PSG.

  55. Live on Thursday

    10:25-18:45 The Ashes: England v Australia - 4th Test, day one, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    15:30-16:15 World Swimming Championships, BBC Red Button

    16:00-18:00 World Swimming Championships, BBC Two

    19:00-22:00 5 live Sport - The Ashes look back, BBC Radio 5 live

    19:30-22:30 Super 8s play-off - Wigan Warriors v Huddersfield Giants, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    20:00-22:00 606 phone-in, BBC Radio 5 live

  56. Bournemouth news conference

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (15:00 BST)

    Eddie Howe is in place, his first news conference of the season for the Premier League new boys...

  57. Swansea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Swansea press conference coming up...

  58. Coloccini extends Newcastle contract

    Football

    Coloccini, who has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace said: "Headlines and speculation are normal when a player only has one year left on their contract, but the Club have shown they want to keep me and that has made me feel very happy and very proud.

    "Captaining Newcastle makes me so proud. I am not from this city or this country, and so to be given the responsibility of wearing the armband every week is a very special thing."

  59. Coloccini extends contract

    Football

    As expected Newcastle have confirmed the following about their captain...

  60. Who will finish bottom - vote

    Get involved

    We're asking you who you think will finish bottom of the table this season.

    You can make your selection on the right (if on a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on mobile or tablet).

    The vote closes at 14:30 BST and usual terms and conditions apply.

  61. The answers

    Tennis

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    BBC

    You may recall we asked you to name the eight European tennis players since 2008 to have won a ladies singles grand slam title.

    The answers? Victoria Azarenka, Marion Bartoli, Kim Clijsters, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic, Francesca Schiavone and Maria Sharapova.

  62. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Alan Pardew on their start, as they face Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City in their first five games: "The start will be difficult. Our first few weeks are very, very tough. Perhaps the most difficult of any Premier League side."

    Marouane Chamakh

    On injuries: "Marouane Chamakh is probably the one we're still working on, but he's training. I won't involve him this weekend or at Arsenal."

    On Norwich: "It's nice to see Norwich back. They do things the right way and are a great club. They have an exciting manager who hasn't put a foot wrong."

    On squad: "We're going to be very, very strong off the bench this season. There will be temptation for me to change things, but it must be right."

  63. Glamorgan struggle early on

    Glamorgan 74-4 v Gloucestershire - lunch

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Swansea:

    "Glamorgan were in trouble early on against the Gloucestershire seamers after choosing to bat, with Liam Norwell claiming two wickets in an over. Jacques Rudolph was left to hold the innings together as the batsmen struggled to cope with movement in the air with the tide in."

    Listen live here

  64. Kent still struggling against Northants

    Kent 167 & 150-5, Northants 398 - lunch, day three

    BBC Radio Northampton's Alex Winter at Canterbury:

    "Kent resisted dutifully on the second evening but have failed to show the same resistance this morning losing four wickets for 31 runs. They still trail by 81 with just five wickets left in their second innings."

    Listen live here

  65. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Alan Pardew on whether he will make anymore signings: "I doubt it, I'm very happy with what we've got. There may be some players moved out.

    "Dwight Gayle will not go anywhere unless his valuation is met.

    "Yohan Cabaye could play in any of the top four sides. Trust me, he can. Will he play against Norwich? Yes.

    Yohan Cabaye

    On new signing Bakary Sako: "He's quick, strong. His goal record is what attracted me to him. He scores from wide. He will be in competition with Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha."

  66. Bournemouth news conference

    Bournemouth v Aston Villa (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Bournemouth press conference

    We haven't forgotten about Premier League new boys Bournemouth. Manager Eddie Howe will now face the cameras at 14:00 BST, an hour later than scheduled.

  67. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Alan Pardew: "I like to think we're an exciting team. It's dangerous to say that, but I think we're good to watch.

    "Success for us is a season that replicates the second half of last season. A commitment to win games and entertain."

  68. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is in place. Standby for the latest from his news conference...

  69. Shawcross 'big loss' for Stoke

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Ryan Shawcross

    Stoke will be without captain Ryan Shawcross for their Premier League opener against Liverpool.

    The club are waiting the results of a scan that the centre back had this week on his troublesome back, with fears that he could face a lengthy lay-off.

    But goalkeeper Jack Butland said: "To lose him is a big loss, but we do have other players who are more than capable of filling the void while he is not there."

  70. Quiz time

    Premier League kick-off

    David Beckham

    On your lunch break at the moment? Take our quiz.

    Klinsmann's dive, Beckham's lob, "you can't win anything with kids".

    How well do you remember some of the great Premier League opening-day moments?

    Click here for the Premier League opening day quiz

  71. Given determined to play

    Football

    Graham McGarry

    BBC Radio Stoke Sport

    Shay Given

    Stoke goalkeeper Shay Given says he does not plan on spending all of this season on the bench.

    Manager Mark Hughes has already confirmed that Jack Butland will start the season as his first choice and, while Given told BBC Radio Stoke that he respects the decision, he wants to force himself in to the starting XI.

    "I am desperate top play I will never lose that whatever age I am," he said. "It's up to me to prove to the manager and coaches I can still do a job."

  72. Bolton sign Gouano & reject Ream bid

    Football

    Bolton Wanderers have signed centre-back Prince-Desir Gouano on loan from Italian side Atalanta, and have turned down a bid from QPR for defender Tim Ream.

    Prince-Desir Gouano

    Former France youth international Gouano, 21, started his career at Le Harve and moved to Juventus in 2011 but he failed to make an appearance.

    After joining Atalanta last year he was loaned to Portuguese side Rio Ave.

    Ream, 27, has been playing for the USA in the Gold Cup this summer and is contracted to Bolton until 2017.

  73. Salah to Roma?

    Football

    Mohamed Salah

    Chelsea midfielder winger Mohamed Salah, who spent part of last season on-loan at Fiorentina, has indicated that he may be joining Roma.

    The 23-year-old, who refused to return to Fiorentina for a second loan spell, has changed his Twitter bio.

    It now reads 'footballer for AS Ro...& Egypt."

  74. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich City v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Nick Godwin

    BBC London sports reporter

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew now has some pretty nice selection headaches ahead of the season opener against Norwich.

    Who's going to play up front? Who's going to play in goal? Julian Speroni is injured and Alex McCarthy and Wayne Hennessey are both keen to stake a claim to be number one.

    Hopefully we'll get an inkling shortly.

  75. Crystal Palace news conference

    Norwich v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    BBC London's Nick Godwin has his day planned...

    We'll bring you the best of what Pardew has to say as soon as we have it after 13:00 BST.  

  76. European papers

    Football

    Abola front page

    "Benfica steals Mitroglou from Sporting," is the headline on Portuguese sports paper Abola.

    It refers to Fulham's Greece striker Kostas Mitroglou who is set to leave Craven Cottage for Benfica, just 18 months after signing for £11m.

    Mitroglou made three appearances and failed to score for the Cottagers during his injury-affected time with the club and was loaned to Olympiakos last season.

  77. Vote results

    Get Involved

    The vote is now closed and the results make for interesting reading.

    A total of 29% of you think Chelsea will retain the Premier League title, with 26% favouring Arsenal and 23% going for Manchester United. Perhaps surprisingly, only 5% plumped for Manchester City.

    Liverpool attracted 8%, Tottenham 3% and 'other' garnered 4% of the vote from some of the more radical among you.

  78. European papers

    Football

    AS front page

    While AS go further and say "Without Cristiano (Ronaldo) it is not the same."

  79. European papers

    Football

    Marca back page

    Spanish newspaper Marca laments the lack of the 'BBC' (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo) for the defeat to Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup final.

  80. Post update

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    BBC

    Who are the eight European tennis players since 2008 to have won a ladies singles grand slam title?

  81. Retro shirts

    Football

    Manchester United

    Everyone loves a retro football shirt and the Premier League have put together a gallery on Instagram of each club's first ever Premier League kit.

    Who could forget Manchester United's lace-up collar or this Norwich masterpiece?

    Norwich shirt
  82. Who will win the Premier League - vote

    Get involved

    You've got 10 minutes left to have your say...

    We're asking you who you think will win the title this season.

    You can make your selection on the right (if on a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on mobile or tablet).

    The vote closes at 12:00 BST and usual terms and conditions apply.

  83. When Messi met Totti

    Football

    Lionel Messi and Francesco Totti

    Lionel Messi and Francesco Totti are two of the ultimate one club players.

    And the pair who together have won almost everything in the game, came face to face last night when Roma took on Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

    Messi posted this picture on Instagram with the caption: "A phenomenon."

  84. WICKET

    Australia 29-6

    Stuart Broad

    Stuart Broad, brilliant. Michael Clarke, brainless. The Australia captain slashes at a ball which is caught at first slip. Five wickets for the England man from just 19 balls. Not played 40 minutes yet.

    Click here to follow live coverage of the fourth Test

  85. Number 10 for Pogba

    Football

    He has been linked with a £71m move to Manchester City.But could this move from Juventus indicate that midfielder Paul Pogba is, in fact, staying with the Italian champions.

    The France international has been handed the number 10 shirt for the season, previously worn by Carlos Tevez and Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.

  86. Balotelli & Borini no closer to exit

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool have added some significant firepower over the summer but have struggled to offload players. Italian strikers Fabio Borini and Mario Balotelli remain at Anfield, despite Brendan Rodgers being keen to sell both.

    Mario Balotelli & Fabio Borini

    With regards Borini, Fiorentina have expressed an interest and talks have taken place but he remains on Merseyside and is training at Liverpool's Melwood complex on Thursday. And I am told Liverpool have had absolutely no firm interest in Balotelli at this stage.

    But the likelihood is that both will leave the club before September's transfer deadline.

    And what of incomings? Liverpool's summer spending is likely to be over but a loan deal or two may yet be possible.

  87. Who will finish where?

    Premier League kick-off

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Premier League

    The phoney wars of pre-season friendlies and the Community Shield are over and the real business of the Premier League begins this weekend.

    So it is once again time to dust off the crystal ball and take a guess on how the top flight will unfold over the next nine months.

    Can Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's grip on the crown be released? Can Arsenal finally turn promise into a Premier League title? Can Brendan Rodgers rebuild Liverpool from the wreckage of that 6-1 humiliation at Stoke City on the final day of last season?

    Click here to read the full piece

  88. Who will win the Premier League - vote

    Get Involved

    Right, time to have your say ahead of the Premier League kick-off.

    We're asking you who you think will win the title this season.

    You can make your selection on the right (if on a desktop computer) or by clicking the tab above (if you're on mobile or tablet).#

    The vote closes at 12:00 BST and usual terms and conditions apply.

  89. Happy birthday

    Football

    Robin van Persie

    Among those celebrating today are Fenerbahce's former Manchester United forward Robin van Persie (32), Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis (30) and Stoke City stalwart Andy Wilkinson (29).

  90. Paris St-Germain news conference

    Football

    No prizes for guessing what this news conference could be about, a certain Argentine perhaps? 

    Paris St-Germainhave announced a news conference for 17:30 BST at a five-star hotel in the centre of Paris.

    We will unfortunately have to wait until later for any announcements on whetherAngel Di Mariahas finally joined PSG from Manchester United.

  91. McIlroy's reveals extent of injury

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy's injury

    It was the ankle injury that rocked the golf world.

    World number one and defending champion Rory McIlroy was forced to pull-out of The Open after rupturing his anterior ligament on 4 July while playing football with friends.

    And now the 26-year-old has revealed the extent of the injury in these photographs, with the caption "4 and a half and 3 and a half weeks ago respectively... I've come a long way since."

    He is now back in the gym and could yet defend his US PGA title next week.

  92. County Championship and One Day Cup live

    BBC Local Radio

    BBC local radio stations will be bringing you live coverage of today's county cricket.

    County Championship division two commentaries of Glamorgan v Gloucestershire (day one) and Kent v Northants (day three) plus One-Day Cup matches Leicestershire v Durham and Middlesex v Nottinghamshire will be available throughout the day here.

  93. Bristol City sign Fredericks

    Football

    How quickly things can change in football...

    09:41 BST: So Steve Cotterill, any new signings coming in for Bristol City? "Who knows? You never know."

    10:27 BST: Bristol City announce the signing of Ryan Fredericks.

    Cotterill was keeping his cards close to his chest, but within the hour, City brought in the wing-back from Premier League side Tottenham. The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal at Ashton Gate.

  94. Watford news conference

    Watford v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Quique Flores

    Jose Mourinho has real competition this season: Watford boss Quique Flores is seriously cool.

    His first Premier League news conference is done and dusted. He was calm, confident and assured despite survival being the major talking point in the room.

    There will be commentary of the game on BBC Three Counties Radio and online on Saturday

  95. England win the toss

    Cricket

    ...and decide to bowl against Australia at Trent Bridge. The right choice? We shall soon find out. Remember, the hosts hold a 2-1 lead in the series.

    England: Cook, Lyth, Bell, Root, Bairstow, Stokes, Buttler, Moeen, Broad, Wood, Finn.

    Australia: Warner, Rogers, Smith, S Marsh, Clarke, Voges, Nevill, Johnson, Starc, Hazlewood, Lyon.

    Click here to follow live coverage of the fourth Test

  96. Things got Messi at the Nou Camp

    Football

    Messi

    He's not usually a dirty player but Lionel Messi appeared to headbutt a Roma defender in Barcelona's 3-0 pre-season friendly win at the Nou Camp.

    The Argentina forward, 28, was booked for the incident, in which he also grabbed the throat of France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

    Click here to watch the little man get stuck in

  97. Latest Fifa rankings

    Football

    Wales have achieved their highest ever Fifa ranking in the latest standings. Chris Coleman's side are now ninth, just a place behind England who are in eighth.

    1. Argentina 2. Belgium 3. Germany 4. Colombia 5. Brazil 6. Portugal 7. Romania 8. England 9. Wales 10. Chile

    Selected others: 32. Scotland 40. Northern Ireland 50. Republic of Ireland

    Click here to see the rankings in full

  98. Mixed fortunes for GB

    World Aquatics Championship

    It's been a quiet start to Thursday for Great Britain's swimmers in Kazan.

    After double gold medallist Adam Peaty failed to qualify for the 200m breaststroke semi-finals, Molly Renshaw also missed out on a spot in the semi-finals of the women's 200m breaststroke.

    However, GB's women's 4x200m freestyle relay team progressed to their final - later on Thursday - in seventh place.

  99. Who is Toney

    Football

    Ivan Toney

    Northampton-born Ivan Toney made his senior debut for his hometown club in 2012 aged just 16 - becoming the youngest first-team player in the Cobblers' history.

    Last season, he made 44 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

    "Being a young lad who is scoring goals in the Football League was a great thing, " said Toney. "Now I want to progress here and eventually do it in the Premier League."

  100. Thursday's action

    BBC coverage
  101. Newcastle sign Toney

    Football

    It has now been confirmed by Newcastle and they have indeed signed teenager striker Ivan Toney, 19, from Northampton Town for an undisclosed fee.

  102. Toney signs for Newcastle

    Football

    BBC Northampton reporter Joe Townsend informs us that Newcastle have signed Northampton forward Ivan Toney.

  103. Who is Yann M'Vila?

    Football

    The 25-year-old Frenchman began his career at Rennes, playing over 100 games for the side in Ligue 1. His performances led to links with clubs such as La Liga giants Real Madrid and Premier League side Liverpool.

    Yann M'Vila

    A move to a 'big' club failed to materialise, and instead moved to Russia to play for Rubin Kazan. He spent part of last season on-loan at Inter Milan, a spell which was cut short by the Italian club.

    Capped 22 times by France, he now has a fresh start in the North East under the guidance of manager Dick Advocaat.

  104. Watford news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Watford manager Quique Flores: "I have confidence in my players, they are an amazing group and I am happy with their work and they will improve with time. It is important they try and give their best for the first match on Saturday."

    He's not the most talkative, the Spaniard, perhaps understandably After all, our Spanish is decidedly ropey.

  105. BreakingWilshere fractures ankle

    Football

    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Jack Wilshere

    Jack Wilshere has suffered a hairline fracture to his right ankle.

    It happened when he received a heavy tackle in training on Saturday ahead of the Community Shield.

    He will not require surgery to the small bone crack, but a very approximate lay-off of around six to eight weeks is expected.

  106. Sunderland sign M'Vila

    Football

    More on the news that Sunderland have signed midfielder Yann M'Vila on a season-long loan deal.

    Yann M'Vila

    "I'm very happy. I had a very good feeling training with the team; every player welcomed me and the feeling was very good with them so I'm excited for the start of the season," he told the club website.

    "I've also wanted to play in the Premier League for a long time so I'm very happy to be here."

    M'Vila becomes the club's fifth signing of the transfer window.

  107. BreakingSunderland sign M'Vila on loan

    Football

    Sunderland have completed the season-long loan signing of midfielder Yann M'Vila.

  108. Ashes fourth Test

    Cricket

    The most unpredictable of Ashes Series' continues today as the fourth Test begins at Trent Bridge (11:00 BST). England currently hold a 2-1 lead over Australia, and a victory in Nottingham will see them regain the little urn.

    Here is how the pitch is looking, courtesy of former England captain and Test Match Special commentator Michael Vaughan. Jonathan Agnew advice is "Overcast and grassy... looks like a bowl first."

    Trent Bridge pitch

    Click here to follow all the action on our dedicated live page

  109. Spot of bother for Spurs

    Football

    Mauricio Pochettino

    The new Premier League season starts on Saturday, but Tottenham Hotspur are stuck in Germany.

    The English side played in the Audi Cup at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday, beating Italian side AC Milan 2-0. After the match, manager Mauricio Pochettino tried catching an early flight back to England, but were refused permission by Germany authorities.

    It meant an overnight stay in Munich, before attempting a return home later on Thursday. Not ideal preparation for the new campaign, reports the Daily Mail.

  110. Everton news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez on Saturday's opponents Watford: "Watford have a manager [former Valencia coach Quique Flores] with really strong experience at the highest level. They will be a very dangerous team this season.

    "It is not the normal newly promoted side. From the manager to the amount of players with strong experience at a high level. Straight away they will know what they do and this is a team ready to compete at the highest level."

  111. Everton news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    John Stones

    Roberto Martinez on defender John Stones, who has been the subject of a £20m bid from Chelsea.

    "John is one of the outstanding young talents and you will get that interest. It has been handled in a good manner and that has been a positive. The only focus is on Watford, John is an Everton player and we have nothing to comment.

    "You should not worry about problems you cant affect or control. We are not a club who try to sell a player."

  112. Everton news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez on his injury list: "The injured players are very close. Tony Hibbert has a problem with his knee and he will out for a longer period and Steven Pienaar is one of the injuries that make us sad. He works so, so hard and it was a real shame to have that setback.

    "Aiden McGeady has been carrying a hamstring problem and hopefully we can get that right. Gerard Deulofeu is not going to be fit for the weekend."

  113. Watford news conference

    Watford v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Quique Flores

    Watford manager Quique Flores is in the building...

    We'll bring you the best of what he has to say shortly.

  114. Everton news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez

    Roberto Martinez: "We know where we are and what we needed. We need to bring three players into the squad to allow us be in the shape we want to be.

    "Overall I am very pleased but to be competitive we need the three new signings and will work hard to get them."

  115. Everton news conference

    Watford v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is now in place, ready to face the cameras and we will be bringing you all the headlines from his news conference.

  116. Champions League update

    Football

    Robin van persie

    CSKA Moscow beat Sparta Prague 3-2 on Wednesday and 5-4 on aggregate to join Celtic and Manchester United in the Champions League play-off draw.

    Elsewhere Club Brugge overturned a first-leg deficit and beat Panathinaikos 3-0 to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

    Former Manchester United players Robin van Persie and Nani will not be tasting Champions League football this season after Fenerbahce lost 3-0 to Shakhtar Donetsk.

    Astana, BATE Borisov, FC Basel, FK Partizan, Malmo, Skenderbeu, and Maccabi Tel-Aviv are also through to Friday's draw.

  117. Watford news conference

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Watford

    Sopwell House in St Albans - described as a chic, elegant Georgian mansion and used by many teams, including England - is the setting for Quique Flores's first Premier League news conference.

    On the agenda no doubt will be signings (I believe there will be more to come to add to the 10 so far) and survival (will the ambition be more than just staying up?).

  118. Peaty's treble hopes end

    World Aquatics Championship

    Jo Currie

    BBC Sport in Kazan

    Adam Peaty's hopes of adding the 200m breaststroke world title to the 100m and 50m golds he won earlier this week are over after he failed to qualify for Thursday's semi-finals.

    The Briton finished 26th in this morning's heats, but team-mate Andrew Willis qualified second fastest.

  119. Everton news conference

    Football

    Press Association Phil Medlicott is enjoying the breakfast at Everton and we will be bringing you the best of Roberto Martinez's news conference from 09:00 BST.

  120. Depay wants number seven shirt

    Football gossip

    Memphis Depay

    Manchester United's new signing Memphis Depay does not lack confidence.

    And following Angel di Maria's exit the Dutch forward has told Louis van Gaal he wants the Argentine's number iconic seven shirt, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  121. Tottenham eye Austin

    Football gossip

    Charlie Austin

    As we mentioned earlier, the Daily Mirror report that Tottenham have contacted Queens Park Rangers to register their interest in England striker Charlie Austin.

    Premier League rivals Newcastle, West Ham and Leicester are also keen on the 26-year-old, but have refused to meet QPR's £15m price-tag.

    The Mirror say Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will meet the asking price and may even offer a player on-loan.

  122. Murray 'exhausted' after defeat

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    British world number three Andy Murray has suffered a surprise second-round defeat to unseeded Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili in the Washington Open.

    Murray, 28, chose to play an extra tournament in the run-up to this year's US Open, which starts in New York on 31 August.

    But after a bye to the second round, the top seed lost 6-4 4-6 7-6 (7-4) to the 30-year-old world number 53.

    "I was exhausted at the end because my body was really tired," said the Scot.

  123. Don't leave me hanging

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    When Toni Kroos failed to high five Gareth Bale as he walked past the bench after being substituted in Real Madrid's defeat to Bayern Munich, the video soon began trending on Twitter.

    Bale later posted a picture on Instagram as he finally got his high five, with the caption "Left me hanging for a while Toni Kroos."

  124. Celtic & Man Utd's draw

    Champions League

    So who could Celtic face in the Champions League play-off round? Well we have drawn up a handy table to show you their potential opponents.

    And Celtic are not the only British team in the draw, with Manchester United also one tie away from the Champions League group stages.

    Louis van Gaal's side will be hoping they avoid a long trip to Moscow or a tricky tie in Rome.

    BBC Sport
  125. Celtic reach Champions League play-offs

    Football

    Celtic players celebrate

    Celtic secured their place in the Champions League play-off round with a 0-0 draw against Qarabag on Wednesday night.

    The draw in Baku gave Ronny Deila's side a 1-0 aggregate win over the Azerbaijani club in the third qualifying round.

    Celtic will be seeded in the champions' side of the draw when it takes place on Friday.

    "We'll take what's coming and I don't think that team will be better than the team we met today," Deila told BBC Radio Scotland.

  126. Thursday's diary

    Football

    And there are some important games later on Thursday in the Europa League third qualifying round second leg...

    19:00 BST

    • Astra Giurgiu v West Ham
    • Vitesse Arnhem v Southampton

    20:00 BST

    • Aberdeen v Kairat Almaty
  127. Thursday's diary

    What's on?

    We've got a hugely busy day ahead of us so make sure you're hydrated and well fed. Here's some of what you can expect...

    09:00 BST

    • Everton news conference
    • Watford news conference

    11:00 BST

    • Fourth Ashes Test

    13:00 BST

    • Bournemouth news conference
    • Crystal Palace news conference

    14:00 BST

    • Newcastle news conference
    • Swansea news conference
    • Leicester City news conference
  128. Back pages

    Football

    Guardian

    The Ashes and Adam Peaty's historic gold medal haul in the World Aquatics Championships dominate the front of the Guardian's sport section.

    The paper also suggest that Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is closing in on a £45m deal for Wolfsburg's former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

  129. Back pages

    Football

    Daily Star

    Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger's feud also dominates the back of the Daily Star. The Chelsea manager says he will back the new managers' code as long as the Arsenal boss follows suit.

  130. Back pages

    Football

    The Sun backpage

    The Sun lead on the story that Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho can continue their long running feud, according to Premier League boss Richard Scudamore.

    It is also reported that Manchester City players Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and David Silva are struggling to be fit for the start of the season after suffering a stomach bug.

  131. Back pages

    Football

    Daily Mail

    Jack Wilshire's latest injury problem leads the back of the Daily Mail. The paper say the Arsenal midfielder is set for a long period on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture on his ankle.

  132. Back pages

    Football

    Daily Mirror backpages

    The Daily Mirror report that Tottenham have joined the race to sign QPR's England striker Charlie Austin for £15m, while there is a new injury nightmare for Arsenal's Jack Wilshire.

  133. Good morning

    Good morning, whisper it quietly but there are only two days to go until the start of the football season.

    If is like Christmas Eve Eve.

    To whet your appetite we have coverage of the season's first Premier League news conferences, reaction to Celtic's Champions League play-off progress and, later, Aberdeen, West Ham and Southampton are in Europa League action.

    Add into the mix the small matter of the Ashes fourth Test, the World Aquatics Championships and our usual news on all the latest football transfers and it makes for one great Thursday.