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  1. Post update

    That is all for today. Thanks for your contributions. We will be back on Friday.

  2. What you might have missed...


    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to disclose whether Pedro will start the Spanish Super Cup first-leg away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday and said that he would not be influenced by any transfer deal.

    The Spain international has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

    "Nobody knows at the moment if he will start. I won't make my decision based on the market," Enrique said.

    "He didn't start in Tbilisi because a few days before he had to stop training [with an injury] and it is an unusual and difficult situation."

  3. What you might have missed...

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood offered his thoughts on the quality of young English players at his news conference today.

    While praising the merits of a strong youth development strategy, he said: "If it [English talent] was better than the foreign talent, then we would have gone that route, but it's not. The value for money is on the foreign market.

    "Some of these foreign boys we've gone for are better than the English ones. They have played a lot more games at a very young age.

    "You look at the English boys, they've played five games and cost a mountain... [compared with] a guy who's played 200 games in Ligue 1."

  4. What you might have missed...

    A poster showing Carlos Tevez in a West Ham shirt appearing to celebrate the goal that relegated Sheffield United from the top flight in 2007 has found a spot... outside Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground.  

  5. Willey innings 'on different planet'


    David Willey

    Northants captain Alex Wakely has described David Willey's 40-ball century at Sussex in the T20 Blast quarter-finals as "the best T20 innings I've seen".

    The England one-day all-rounder hit 34 off one Michael Yardy over to help Northants qualify for Finals Day.

    "Everyone else seemed to struggle and he was just on a different planet," Wakely told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "That is why T20 is so exciting, it's brilliant for the fans because anything can happen on any given day."

  6. Kaka back for Brazil



    Kaka will pull on Brazil yellow again after being included in the squad for the friendlies against Costa Rica and US next month.

    The 33-year-old Orlando City midfielder was left out of the squads for the 2015 Copa America and 2014 World Cup.

    He will be joined by Paris Saint-Germain forward Lucas and winger Hulk, currently with Zenit St Petersburg, who both earned recalls.

  7. Spartak fined for 'Nazi' banner


    Spartak Moscow have been fined 200,000 roubles (£1,975) after their fans displayed a banner with a Nazi symbol during a Russian Premier League match.

    Former Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong, now with Russian side Ufa, claimed he was subjected to monkey chants by Spartak fans recently, and was sent off for gesturing to the crowd earning himself a two-match ban.

  8. US PGA

    Tiger Woods

    Might we point you to the live US PGA live text which is up and running. Thomas Bjorn and Dustin Johnson share the early lead at -5.

    Jason Day, Paul Casey, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose are not too far back. Tiger Woods is currently +2.

  9. Mumps the word, for Neymar



    Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar has appeared in a friend's Instagram photo with a slightly swollen face following a bout of mumps which forced him to miss his club's 5-4 win over Sevilla in last week's Uefa Super Cup.

  10. Birmingham Bears v Essex Eagles live coverage


    BBC Local Radio

    Birmingham Bears take on Essex Eagles tonight in the second T20 Blast quarter-final and you can follow live text and ball-by-ball radio commentary from 18:15 BST here.

  11. Cotterill waiting on Gayle


    Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill says the club "need a decision" from Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle.

    Cotterill said after the League Cup defeat at Luton on Tuesday that the Robins' offer, believed to be £6m, had been accepted by the Eagles.

    "We are no further down the line with that one [Gayle] than we were on Tuesday," Cotterill said.

    "There have been a couple of conversations, not face-to-face, and we are not any further advanced."

  12. Football

  13. Football

    The West Ham striker (right), pictured with his Ecuador team-mate Antonio Valencia, could be out until December with knee and ankle injuries.

  14. 'No problems at City' - Dzeko


    Striker Edin Dzeko dismissed suggestions of a fall-out with Manchester City during his official unveiling at new club Roma.

    The 29-year-old Bosnia-Herzegovina player completed a season-long loan move to the Italian club on Wednesday, with a view to a permanent transfer.

    "I didn't have any problems with anyone," he said.

    "City are a top club with lots of brilliant players in every position and I was also hampered by injury problems after getting off to a good start."

  15. Braekhus on Klitschko v Fury undercard


    Cecilia Braekhus

    Undisputed women's world welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus is set to feature on the undercard of the Wladimir Klitschko v Tyson Fury WBA and WBO world heavyweight titles clash in Dusseldorf on 24 October.

    The name of her opponent will be announced soon.

  16. Athletics

  17. England success at Worlds


    England enjoyed a successful day at the World Championships in Jakarta as two doubles pairs qualified for the quarter-finals.

    World number sevens Chris and Gabby Adcock made progress in the mixed event with a 21-16 16-21 21-10 win over Danes Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Mads Pieler Kolding.

    Earlier, Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge beat 10th seeds Mads Conrad-Petersen and Kolding 17-21 21-18 21-19 in an epic 89-minute contest.

  18. Teen footballer quiz


    BBC Kickabout

    BBC's Match of the Day Kickabout have got a brand new quiz, off the back of 16-year-old Reece Oxford's first league start for West Ham last weekend. It's all about Premier League players that debuted in their teens.

    Play it here

  19. Kyrgios fined for Wawrinka remark


    Nick Kyrgios

    Nick Kyrgios has been fined or an insulting mid-match comment he made about Stan Wawrinka's partner during their Rogers Cup match this week.

    The French Open champion had called for authorities to take action over the remark, which Kyrgios said was uttered "in the heat of the moment".

    The ATP said: "Nick Kyrgios has been fined for an insulting remark made to Stanislas Wawrinka during his second round match against Wawrinka at the Rogers Cup in Canada."

    Details of the fine are not being made public until after Kyrgios has been notified.

  20. US PGA Championship latest


    Hideki Matsuyama

    Japan's Hideki Matsuyama is leading on four under with Thomas Bjorn, Harris English and Dustin Johnson as it stands. Englishman Tyrell Hatton is going well on three under but Paul Casey has dropped back to two under having shared the early lead.

    Live leaderboard here and live coverage from 17:30 BST approx.

  21. Tottenham midfielder happy with eight


  22. #SurpriseSignings

    Edgar Davids

    Dismalstevs: Edgar Davids at Barnet trumps everything here surely...

    Karl Carroll: Cole to united for Gillespie. I thought Gillespie the better player - You thought wrong, Karl.

    Let us know about your favourite 'unveiling' or the unexpected transfer that set your pulse racing. Tweet us at #SurpriseSignings or post on our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  23. T-Ream move for defender?


    Tim Ream

    Bolton defender Tim Ream is reportedly on the verge of a £2.4m move to QPR.

    The 27-year-old United States international is in London to agree personal terms with the club, according to NBC Sports.

    He had also been linked with a potential move to Championship side Fulham.

  24. An unwelcome reminder


    A poster showing Carlos Tevez in a West Ham shirt appearing to celebrate the goal that relegated Sheffield United from the top flight in 2007 has found a spot... outside Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground.

  25. On this day

    Michael Owen

    2004: Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez confirmed Michael Owen would sign for Real Madrid.

  26. #SurpriseSignings

    Carlos Tevez, Javuier Mascherano

    Rory McGregor: Mascherano and Tevez to West Ham after killing it at the World Cup. Amazing (although a tad dodgy!)

    Dougie Kee: Gascoigne/Brian Laudrup to rangers... ahead of their time and too good for Scottish football a privilege to have them at our club.

    George Scott: Fabrizio Ravenelli for Boro! Signed him straight after he scored the winner in the Champions League final... No bigger surprise than that.

    Let us know about your favourite 'unveiling' or the unexpected transfer that set your pulse racing. Tweet us at #SurpriseSignings or post on our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  27. Romeu signs for Southampton

  28. #SurpriseSignings

    Kevin Keegan

    Jonny Orange: Kevin Keegan for Southampton - revealed in the Potters Heron Hotel by Laurie Mac. Jaws hit the floor as king Kev walked in.

    Ross Baxter: Arsenal signing Sol Campbell.

    Let us know about your favourite 'unveiling' or the unexpected transfer that set your pulse racing. Tweet us at #SurpriseSignings or post on our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  29. Bardsley & Scott remain City Women


    Karen Bardsley
    Image caption: Bardsley celebrates at this year's Women's World Cup in Canada

    England duo Karen Bardsley and Jill Scott have signed new two-year contracts with Manchester City Women.

    The goalkeeper and midfielder's current deals run out at the end of this season but the extensions will see them stay at City until 2017.

    This follows England captain Steph Houghton also signing a two-year contract extension with the club in May.

  30. US PGA Championship latest


    Paul Casey

    England's Paul Casey is now tied with four others for the lead at Whistling Straits on three under. Robert Streb, Ryan Moore and Hideki Matsuyama the others with him.

    The Wisconsin course is living up to its name somewhat, with the wind rustling the grassy banks enough to make the players feel it out there.

    Live leaderboard here and live coverage from around 17:30 BST here.

  31. Bristol City set Gayle deadline


    Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle has until the end of the week to decide whether he wants to join Bristol City, says Robins manager Steve Cotterill.

    City have had an undisclosed bid accepted for the 24-year-old striker.

    Cotterill said talks have been held with his advisors but he has yet to meet Gayle, who is also attracting the interest of several other clubs.

    "We won't stay on it forever," he told BBC Bristol. "It's getting to a crunch time this week with that one."

  32. #SurpriseSignings

    Bertie Tulley: #surprisesignings were when Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano ended up at West Ham. They both ended up leaving after one season.

    Edward Keller: Robinho from Real Madrid to Man City literally a day after we got taken over. I remember being so excited!

    Let us know about your favourite 'unveiling' or the unexpected transfer that set your pulse racing. Tweet us at #SurpriseSignings.

  33. BBC coverage

    Matt Dawson's Rugby Show, 20:00 BST

  34. Manchester United news conference


    Louis van Gaal

    That's all we're getting from Louis van Gaal today. Here are the thoughts of BBC Sport's Simon Stone, who was there: "Louis van Gaal rarely disappoints in his media briefings and today was no exception.

    "Whilst confirmation of David de Gea's continued absence was to be expected - and his rebuttal of Hristo Stoichkov's comments (Van Gaal explained he had got rid of the Bulgarian in 1998 when he was at Barcelona), there were enlightening points on Javier Hernandez and Andan Januzaj.

    "The Mexican, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid, has been told his role will be to act as back-up to Wayne Rooney this year.

    "Meanwhile Januzaj, who has been the subject of interest from Sunderland and who didn't even make the bench for Saturday's win against Tottenham is, according to Van Gaal, 'not for sale'."

  35. Question of Sport teaser

    Here are the answers to today's Question of Sport teaser...

    Since 1990 which four players with surnames ending in a Y have won golf's US PGA Championship?

    Answer: Keegan Bradley, John Daly, Wayne Grady and Rory McIlroy.

  36. Vardy 'won't be sacked'


    Jamie Vardy

    Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri insists Jamie Vardy will not be sacked as the club continues to carry out an investigation into a racial slur made by the player at a casino, PA reports.

  37. Post update

    Neil Ruddock's own take on wishing someone many happy returns...

  38. #SurpriseSignings

    With Shaqiri unveiled as a Stoke City player, we want to hear your tales of transfers that came out of the blue via #surprise signings.

    Go on, surprise us.

    Let us know about your favourite 'unveiling'or the unexpected transfer that set your pulse racing.

  39. Manchester United news conference


  40. Manchester United news conference


  41. Manchester United news conference


    BBC Sport's Simon Stone is at the Manchester United news conference giving us the lowdown on Louis van Gaal's thoughts ahead of Friday's match at Aston Villa.

    On De Gea: "He won't play. It is the same situation. He is out of the squad. I said that already."

    On Stoichkov's comments: "I always consider who is saying these things. Stoichkov is one of the players I sent away [at Barcelona]. What is said is not always the truth. There are more players who speak highly of me."

    On Hernandez: "He is second striker [back-up] to Wayne Rooney. He knows that."

    On more signings: "It is always our aim to improve the squad. But we won't buy someone for the sake of it."

  42. Post update

  43. Toure v Silva - the winner is...


    David Silva and Yaya Toure

    After a bout of fun Twitter banter between Yaya Toure and team-mate David Silva on Wednesday over who scored Manchester City's opening goal in Monday's 3-0 win over West Brom, it appears that the Premier League's goal accreditation panel has made the decision for them. Yaya Toure had initially been credited with the goal, but now..

  44. Manchester United news conference


  45. Stoke unveil Shaqiri

  46. US PGA Championship latest


    Matt Kuchar

    America's Matt Kuchar is currently sharing the lead with compatriot Brian Gaffey and South Africa's Rory Sabbatini at Whistling Straits, picking up two birdies early on. England's Paul Casey and Scotland's Stephen Gallacher are both -1.

    Follow our leaderboard here and live coverage at this page from around 17:30 BST.

  47. Leicester news conference


    The Swiss midfielder has been linked with a move from Napoli.

  48. Depay can handle no .7 shirt - Robson


    Memphis Depay

    Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has no worries about Memphis Depay taking on the famous number seven shirt.

    He said: "I think he's a confident lad. He's got great ability and great pace. So I don't think that's going to be a hassle to him, otherwise he wouldn't have accepted the shirt as soon as it was offered to him."

    A reminder that Louis van Gaal's news conference is due any moment now. We'll bring you all the updates as they drop.

  49. Leicester news conference


    Forward Jamie Vardy this week apologised after claims he made a racial slur in a casino. Manager Claudio Ranieri says that there is a "good relationship" between the England international and fellow striker Shinji Okazaki of Japan.

  50. Manchester United news conference - 14:30 BST


    BBC Sport's Simon Stone ahead of the Manchester United news conference, due at 14:30 BST: "A rare Thursday press conference for Manchester United today.

    "Tomorrow's trip to Aston Villa has been moved due to a combination of an English Defence League march in Birmingham on Saturday and United's Champions League qualifier against Club Brugges on Tuesday.

    "Aside from aiming to maintain a winning start to the season at Villa Park - a ground where United have not lost since 1995 - Louis van Gaal may be asked about Hristo Stoichkov's provocative comments yesterday."

  51. Southampton news conference


  52. Southampton news conference


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on captain Jose Fonte, who has been linked with a move to Aston Villa: "He is a club man like Kelvin Davis. I don't have have one second in my mind to sell that player."

  53. Southampton news conference


    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman on his Achilles operation that forced him to miss the season opener against Newcastle: "The operation went well. I will be on crutches for another week before I get a boot - although I'll probably still need crutches."

  54. Vonn breaks ankle


    American Vonn was into her second week of training in in New Zealand ahead of the new World Cup season.

  55. Southampton news conference


    Speaking ahead of Saturday's home match against Everton, Saints boss Ronald Koeman reveals midfielder Jordy Clasie is out for two to three weeks, while defender Steven Caulker will also miss the game. Full-back Ryan Bertrand could return in two weeks."

  56. Romeu to wear number 14


  57. Jones widow to sing at Challenge Cup final

    Rugby League

    The widow of former Keighley Cougars and Wales international Danny Jones will sing Abide With Me prior to kick off of August's Challenge Cup final at Wembley.

    Jones died from an undiagnosed hereditary heart disease after collapsing during a match in May,

    Lizzie, a professional singer, said: "It's fantastic for me, I'm so excited and happy to be able to do something for Danny and to say 'thank you' to the rugby league community and to everybody who has helped and supported me since Danny died."

    Danny Jones died on 3 May after collapsing during a match against London Skolars. He won 12 Wales caps and scored over 1,000 points in 150 games over two spells with the West Yorkshire club.

  58. #GradeYourTeam - from Leeds to Luton

    Jamie Fuller: "Luton Town B- spent 80 minutes sleeping through first exam, passed with flying colours on Tuesday. Consistency needed #gradeyourteam"

    Shed Ninja: "A* for Doncaster for upholding the integrity of the Football League and not just taking the three points from Bury #gradeyourteam"

    Ricky Tudor: "#gradeyourteam Chelsea - 'see me in my office later'"

    Robert Lawlor: "#gradeyourteam Leeds United B+ we have made some really strong signings and a good start (a draw) and there is a good feeling at Elland Road."

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  59. Tottenham news conference


    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino: "I'm happy with keeper Hugo Lloris (wrist) and midfielder Alex Pritchard (ankle). Last week Danny Rose had a little injury, but this week all players are fit. This is important for us, a problem for me but a good problem. It's a shame I can only pick 18 players."

  60. Tottenham news conference


    There is some Tottenham team news coming up, ahead of their Premier League home match against Stoke on Saturday.

  61. 'I don't know if Pedro will start'



    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique refused to disclose whether Pedro will start the Spanish Super Cup first-leg away to Athletic Bilbao on Friday and said that he would not be influenced by any transfer deal.

    The Spain international has been linked with a move to either Manchester United or Manchester City.

    "Nobody knows at the moment if he will start. I won't make my decision based on the market," Enrique said.

    "He didn't start in Tbilisi because a few days before he had to stop training [with an injury] and it is an unusual and difficult situation."

  62. Horse Racing

    And the winner is..

    Gary Moore's Royal Battalion wins the opening race of the afternoon at Fontwell, the intriguingly entitled Sara Tiara Hat Wear Handicap Hurdle over two miles, one furlong and 145 yards.

    You can check out all the latest horse racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  63. Our man at Fontwell...

    Horse Racing

    Image caption: Get your brolly up, Jamie

    BBC Sport's Jamie Lillywhite at Fontwell: "Welcome to Ladies' Day at the fabulous figure-of-eight track at Fontwell Park in the heart of the Sussex countryside.

    "There are all manner of activities taking place, a Best Dressed Lady competition, Miss Fontwell competition, a fashion show, a Michael Buble lookalike (who also happens to be Mr England), a Duran Duran tribute act and eight races to boot.

    "Unfortunately the weather, usually reminiscent of the Mediterranean in these parts, is not playing ball, and there has been thundery rain throughout the day. So it will be interesting to see how the horse, jockeys, entertainers and ladies cope with the conditions through the afternoon. The going is good, for the horses in any case."

  64. Diamanti set to join Watford


    Alessandro Diamanti
    Image caption: Alessandro Diamanti scores the winning penalty for Italy against England during the Euro 2012 quarter-final

    Watford head coach Quique Sanchez Flores believes new signing, forward Alessandro Diamanti, will inject pace into his Hornets attack, but says the Italian is unlikely to face West Brom on Saturday.

    Diamanti has been training with Watford for more than a week but his move, understood to be a season-long loan, from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande is yet to be officially confirmed.

    The Italian scored eight goals for West Ham in 2009-10 and is set to become Watford's 11th signing of the summer.

  65. Lions trio dropped by Wales

    Rugby Union

    Mike Phillips
    Image caption: Mike Phillips has 99 caps for Wales

    Lions trio Mike Phillips, James Hook and Richard Hibbard have been dropped from Wales' World Cup squad by coach Warren Gatland.

    Wales play Ireland in their next World Cup warm-up on 29 August.

    "It's been a difficult task reducing the squad down and deciding who will meet up with us again on Monday (at the Wales Rugby Union national centre of excellence)," said Wales head coach Warren Gatland.

    "All the players involved over the past eight weeks have put a huge amount of effort in. The intensity and dedication from the players out in Switzerland and Qatar has been really impressive.

    "That makes our job a lot harder but as we continue to move into our rugby focused phase of training its important we reduce the squad number down.

    "There will be disappointment from the players but its important to stress that the door is not closed. We name our final Rugby World Cup squad on 31 August and a lot can happen between now and then."

  66. Post update

  67. Pavey 'to get World 10,000m bronze'


    Britain's Jo Pavey is set to receive bronze from the 2007 World Championships 10,000m after Turkish Athletics confirmed Elvan Abeylegesse is one of 28 athletes the IAAF has recently announced it is taking action against for doping, reports Athletics Weekly.

  68. English players poor value - Sherwood


    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood offered his thoughts on the quality of young English players at his news conference today.

    While praising the merits of a strong youth development strategy, he said: "If it [English talent] was better than the foreign talent, then we would have gone that route, but it's not. The value for money is on the foreign market.

    Tim Sherwood

    "Some of these foreign boys we've gone for are better than the English ones. They have played a lot more games at a very young age.

    "You look at the English boys, they've played five games and cost a mountain... [compared with] a guy who's played 200 games in Ligue 1."

  69. Blake set for Scotland start

    Rugby Union

    Head coach Vern Cotter will hand 22-year-old back-row Hugh Blake his first start for Scotland against Ireland in this Saturday's summer Test at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

    The Glasgow Warriors player was an unused squad member during the 2015 Six Nations.

  70. Premier League news conferences


    We are also still waiting on what Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has had to say ahead of Saturday's game against Stoke. The Argentine will no doubt clarify transfer matters.

  71. Watch Celtic's stunner


    Nir Britton

    Nir Bitton lit up Wednesday's 2-2 draw between Celtic and Kilmarnock with a 25-yard stunner. Shades of Roberto Carlos to this one, such is the swerve he gets on it. Don't believe me? You can watch the highlights here.

  72. Transfer rumours


    Staying with Newcastle, centre-back Mike Williamson is one of five players made available for transfer by manager Steve McClaren, according to The Guardian.

    Midfielders Yoann Gouffran, Mehdi Abeid, Gael Bigirimana and Haris Vuckic are the other four said to be on their way out of St James' Park.

  73. Anita's 'miraculous' recovery


    Vurnon Anita

    Newcastle midfielder Vurnon Anita has made a "miraculous" recovery following a heavy fall against Southampton last weekend, according to assistant coach Paul Simpson.

    He said his charge had received "a bit of grief" over such a quick turnaround but added: "It's been a proper miraculous recovery - stretchered off on Sunday and fit to train on Wednesday.

    "I'm going to have to give credit to the medical team - they've laid their magic hands on him and he's made a really good recovery."

  74. Kick It Out updates reporting app


    Kick It Out

    Anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out has released the second version of its reporting app providing users with the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to help support investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour across football.

  75. #Gradeyourteam

    We rather like Chancel Mbemba's new look actually.

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  76. Aiton out for 16 weeks

    Rugby League

    Paul Aiton has played his last match for Leeds after Brian McDermott revealed the Catalans-bound hooker will be out for 16 weeks with a dislocated wrist.

    The Papua New Guinea international had already been ruled out of the Challenge Cup final on 29 August after suffering the injury against Warrington last Friday.

    The 30-year-old rejected a new contract offer from the Rhinos in favour of a switch to Super League rivals Catalans

  77. Arsenal team news


    Right-back Hector Bellerin, who had a muscular injury, is available for Sunday's match against Crystal Palace. Forward Danny Welbeck is said to be making good progress, but is still not available.

    Midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who had surgery on his knee, will be out for "longer" than the one or two months that was suggested by his agent, according to manager Arsene Wenger.

  78. Kasabian outfox West Ham

    A bit of banter ahead of Saturday's match. Leicester fans Kasabian have a promise for West Ham boss/prog rocker Slaven Bilic...

  79. On this day

    Steffi Graf
    Image caption: Steffi Graf won 22 Grand Slam titles

    1948: Boris Stankovic of Yugoslavia went into the record books as the first footballer to be sent off at Wembley. He received his marching orders in the final of the Olympic football tournament which Sweden won 3-2.

    1997: Denmark's Wilson Kipketer beat Sebastian Coe's 16-year-old world 800m record when he clocked one minute 41.24 seconds in Zurich.

    1999: Steffi Graf announced her immediate retirement from tennis. The German - who spent a record 377 successive weeks as world number one - claimed 22 Grand Slam titles in all, seven coming at Wimbledon.

    2010: Manchester City confirmed the signing of Italy striker Mario Balotelli from Inter Milan on a five-year contract.

  80. De Bruyne is phenomenal - Kompany


    Kevin De Bruyne

    Manchester City and Belgium defender Vincent Kompany has said compatriot Kevin De Bruyne would be a strong addition to the side if a deal materialises.

    The Wolfsburg playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester, and Kompany said: "Let me put it this way, he is definitely not going to make the team weaker. He's a phenomenal player."

    It seems City are relishing being the underdogs this season as well. He added: "We are happy to let all the other ones be the favourites. For us, it's a different position to be in and maybe a good challenge for the team to take on."

  81. #GradeYourTeam

    Nick Wilding: C+ Good performance but didn't realise paper was double sided and left early before exam had finished. - Ipswich Town

    Damian Lewis (not the actor): Forget grades, Bilic deserves a place on the Mensa board of executives for last week's result.

    Bradley Hewitt: A* for Gillingham, thrashed the league favourites Sheffield United and then came from behind to win in the cup.

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  82. McClaren Jr collects A Level results


    ITV Tyne Tees grabbed an interview with Newcastle manager Steve McClaren, who was one of many parents waiting for their children to collect their A Level results.

    "Excellent day! From 8 o'clock this morning Josh knew where he was going so we're delighted. It's his first choice so we're pleased about that," he said.

    "It's great coming down here and seeing all the other parents and the boys and the girls realising their dreams as well.

    "Good luck to them all."

  83. Harmison calls for Crane selection


    Mason Crane

    Former England bowler Steve Harmison has tipped Hampshire leg-spinner Mason Crane to be picked for England's series in Pakistan this winter.

    The 18-year-old, already capped by England U19s, has taken 10 wickets in two first-class matches this summer.

    "I think England have got to give serious consideration to taking Mason Crane to the UAE (United Arab Emirates) as third spinner," Harmison told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I've seen a lot of him in Twenty20 cricket and he's a really good player."

  84. Football

  85. Young Iron nails A-levels

    Well done to West Ham youngster Martin Samuelsen on his A-level success. The former Manchester City academy player received this tweet from his college...

    Grade your team's performance so far this season by tweeting us at #gradeyourteam.

  86. #GradeYourTeam

    With thousands in the UK receiving their A Level results today, we are asking you to #GradeYourTeam.

    So let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  87. Question of Sport teaser

    Here is today's teaser:

    Since 1990 which four players with surnames ending in a Y have won golf's US PGA Championship?

    We will have the answer at about 14:00 BST.

  88. Stoichkov visits Chelsea


    The former Bulgaria and Barcelona player, who is pictured with Blues boss Jose Mourinho (right), this week warned Barcelona's Pedro not to join Manchester United, calling their boss Louis van Gaal "mediocre" and someone who "destroys" clubs.

  89. Shawcross on the mend


    Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross had back surgery this week having revealed that the problem was so severe he was struggling to pick up his children during the summer.

    His wife Kath posted a photo of him recovering in hospital.

  90. Women's Ashes - England v Australia

    Australia 2-2

    Katherine Brunt

    Now then, two early wickets for England have changed the complexion of the Women's Ashes Test slightly after a difficult day for Charlotte Edwards's team yesterday. Katherine Brunt has taken both Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani with just two runs on the board.

    Follow live text and radio coverage here.

  91. Birthdays

    Tony Jarrett (athletics) - former England and Great Britain 110m hurdler, two-time World Championship silver medallist and 1998 Commonwealth champion, born 1968.

    Alan Shearer (football) - former Newcastle and England captain, born 1970.

    Joe Perry (snooker) - Wisbech-born snooker player, born 1975.

    Shoaib Akhtar (cricket) - controversial former Pakistan bowler, born 1975.

  92. Happy birthday Alan Shearer


  93. Birthdays

    Alan Shearer

    Hands up who's turning 45 today? Thanks, Mr Shearer. The former Newcastle and England striker, not to mention Match of the Day pundit, notches up another year this morning.

  94. From Ashes hero to FA Cup manager


    Ashington AFC manager Steve Harmison
    Image caption: Steve Harmison played for Ashington before becoming a professional cricketer at Durham

    "If someone had told me in 2005 that I'd be manager of Ashington in the FA Cup 10 years later I wouldn't have laughed at them." He's unlikely to have been the only one, but Ashes hero Steve Harmison has done just that - he's currently in charge at the Northern League Division One side as they prepare for an FA Cup preliminary.

    Intrigued? Not surprising, really. You can read his interview with BBC Sport's Neil Johnston here.

  95. Women's Ashes: England v Australia

    Elysse Perry

    Our live text and radio coverage of the Women's Ashes Test is under way but the weather forecast isn't promising in Canterbury. Marc Higginson will keep you across all the developments right here.

  96. #GradeYourTeam - Man City to Southampton

    Ben Yates: Man City. Top grades A. Man United pulled of a fluke and were extremely lucky against Tottenham - got to be a D. They didn't deserve the win in my opinion. Arsenal again a D - poor performance. Chelsea a C, in fact let's make that a D for the manager's poor bad sportsmanship.

    David Crouch: Sunderland - failed to attend

    Nathan James Bartlett: Southampton B+ - yes we drew against Newcastle, but we march on in Europe!

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  97. Scotland lose to Fiji

    Netball World Cup

    All over for Scotland down under. They've lost 42-48 to Fiji in their Netball World Cup pool match.

    England play South Africa on Friday 07:20 BST before Wales take on Australia at 11:20.

  98. Hodgson 'out if England fail at Euros'


    Roy Hodgson

    The Guardian is just one of several papers covering the Roy Hodgson story this morning. FA chief executive Martin Glenn has reportedly said the England boss's role will be untenable if he fails to succeed at Euro 2016.

    He added that the saga over Hodgson's contract talks - or lack of them - is a "storm in a tea cup" and that the 68-year-old would not expect a new deal for failing at a major tournament.

  99. Leverkusen sign Chile midfielder


    Charles Aranguiz

    German Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen sign Chile midfielder Charles Aranguiz from Brazilian club Internacional.

    The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Leicester City.

  100. Scotland 33-39 Fiji

    Netball World Cup

    Claire Brownie

    Close game in Australia with Scotland down 33-39 to Fiji. Not long to go now, we'll bring you the result when the whistle blows.

  101. Traore deal nears for Villa


    A word from BBC West Midlands here: Tim Sherwood is set to make his 10th signing of the summer with the addition of Adama Traore from Barcelona. As things stand the deal could be completed today but may go over into tomorrow. No problems are expected.

    The Aston Villa boss has just begun his news conference. We'll bring you any updates as they drop.

  102. #GradeYourTeam - Burton to Swansea

    Luke Jackson: "A* - Winning the first game in the highest tier in our history and then beating a championship side in the cup #BAFC #Gradeyourteam" (Burton Albion)

    Michael Robertson: "#Gradeyourteam Thrashed Brentford 4-0 away, but drew 1-1 at home to Crawley on the opening day... so an A #oufc" (Oxford United).

    Christopher Maslen: "#swans very exciting start to the season, if we can keep it up maybe...Europa? A- #gradeyourteam #andidlikeanothertrophypleaseandthankyou" (Swansea)

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  103. I'm open to releasing more data - Froome


    Chris Froome

    "It's something I wanted to do from the start of the season." The words of Tour de France winner Chris Froome there, who has been speaking to BBC Sport in an exclusive interview about releasing more of his test data to quell suggestions of doping.

    Froome told Dan Roan he wants to be a "spokesman for clean cycling" and that he wanted more physiological testing "so even I could understand what makes me who I am and what is about me that allows me to make the efforts I do".

    You can watch the interview and read our report here.

  104. Langfield signs for St Mirren


    Jamie Langfield

    Goalkeeper Jamie Langfield has signed a two-year player-coach contract with St Mirren.

    The 35-year-old terminated his contract with Aberdeen this week and parted on good terms, saying he was looking for future management opportunities.

    He told the Paisley club's website: "After leaving Aberdeen it's been great to get something tied up so quickly and to come to my hometown club is that bit special."

  105. Watford wait on Diamanti


    Alessandro Diamanti

    Geoff Doyle from BBC Three Counties Radio says Watford are still waiting to complete the transfer of former West Ham forward Alessandro Diamanti.

    He's training with the Hornets but the club are still finalising the deal with Guangzhou Evergrande, his current club in China.

  106. Everton news conference


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Everton will find out today the extent of the injury to left-back Leighton Baines after the England defender suffered a recurrence of an ankle problem.

    The club are due to get scan results back on the injury that will reveal how long Baines will be ruled out for. He injured the same ankle at the end of last season and this could mean another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

    Manager Roberto Martinez also ruled out any sale for John Stones who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. Martinez is determined to keep the 21-year-old at Goodison Park.

    "I have said before the player is not for sale and that is the end of it," he said.

  107. Soldado to Villarreal?


    The Tottenham forward, who has only managed seven league goals since joining the club in 2013, has been linked with a move to the Spanish La Liga club.

  108. West Ham news conference


  109. Will McIlroy make the grade?


    Rory McIlroy

    It may have been some time since we sat ours, but it hasn't escaped our attention at Sportsday that it's A-level results day today.

    One star pupil we'll be keeping an eye on is world number one Rory McIlroy, who defends his US PGA Championship title in the US today.

    BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter has taken a look at Rory's three R's in his latest blog. You can read it here.

    Let us know what marks you would give your football team so far this season. Tweet #gradeyourteam, post on the Match of the Day Facebook page or text 81111.

  110. West Ham news conference


  111. West Ham news conference


    West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says striker Diafra Sakho, who The Sun reported was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault, "looks happy and trained normally".

    Bilic also admitted that there was a dispute with midfielder Morgan Amalfitano, but "the situation was not as bad as was written in the papers". However, he is not part of the first-team squad for the match against Leicester City on Saturday.

  112. Shaqiri 'flying' fit - Hughes


    Stoke manager Mark Hughes says club record signing Xherdan Shaqiri is "flying" fit but would not say whether the Swiss international will feature against Tottenham on Saturday.

    And Shaqiri, who signed from Inter Milan for £12m this week, told the club's website: "I have done a lot of good quality work throughout the summer with my last team so I am feeling good and strong.

    Xherdan Shaqiri

    "The coach will make the final decision though, but first of all I need to meet my new team-mates and work with them in training. I can't wait to play and score goals for this club."

    Stoke are due to unveil their new winger later today.

  113. West Ham news conference


  114. #GradeYourTeam - Manchester United

    Tough crowd. Despite beating Tottenham in their opener, Manchester United are not getting top marks in our start-of-season chat. Have your say using #GradeYourTeam.

    Ross Barnett: "#mufc a solid but not flashy C. Need at least an A but we'll work harder for the resits. #gradeyourteam"

    Aaron: "C. #MUFC did well to hold onto the 3pts first match, but haven't fixed underlying problems. Darmian a bright spot #gradeyourteam"

    Andy Burns: "Give Man U a C. Room for improvement in all areas #gradeyourteam"

  115. Everton to complete Holgate signing


  116. Ranieri rocks, just ask Serge


    Serge Pizzorno

    Rock star or footballer? A crucial question when you're a teenager. I bet Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno would still fancy walking out for the Foxes rather than stepping out in front of a festival crowd, deep down.

    He's told BBC Radio 5 live of his delight that Claudio Ranieri used one of their songs to fire up his team ahead of their 4-2 win over Sunderland.

    "We've done some mad things, but that's up there with the ultimate. I could give up all of my awards back, that'll do me," he said.

    Listen to the full interview here.

  117. Everton await Baines scan results


    Left-back Leighton Baines damaged his ankle in training on Friday and missed the Premier League opener against Watford.  

  118. #GradeYourTeam

    With A-Level results out today, we want your start-of-season reports - top of the class or lagging behind?

    Lawrence Gartshore: "#gradeyourteam West Brom - Did Not Arrive So No Grade Given - U"

    James Scott: "Vast improvements made. Room for more. B- #avfc #gradeyourteam"

    Andy Murray(not that one): "With the sort of football we've been playing, A- for #Rangers. If we get clinical in front of goal, it's an A! #gradeyourteam"

    Get involved -use #gradeyourteam.

  119. Reading sign Peru winger Hurtado


    Paolo Hurtado

    Reading have signed Peru international winger Paolo Hurtado from Portuguese club Pacos de Ferreira.

    The 25-year-old has agreed a three-year deal at the Madejski Stadium, subject to receiving international clearance.

  120. Mourinho 'should apologise to doctor'


    Eva Carniero

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho should apologise to team doctor Eva Carneiro for "publicly humiliating" her, says Liverpool's former head of medicine.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live, Peter Brukner, now the Australia cricket team's doctor, said Mourinho's criticism was "100% wrong" and Carneiro should not have her role changed.

    Carneiro, 41, treated Eden Hazard after he was tripped in the final minutes of Chelsea's 2-2 draw with Swansea as Jose Mourinho's side were trying to see out the game.

    Brukner said: "He should apologise and the club should ensure that the doctor and physio are not demoted as a result of this."

  121. A-star or D-minus?

    Nervous times for students with A-Level results out today.

    We want you to grade your team's start to the season. Do they get top marks, or are they in danger of being bottom of the class?

    Let's have your thoughts at #gradeyourteam.

  122. Schweinsteiger 'close to 100%'


    Bastian Schweinsteiger

    Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has some positive news for fans.

    His team travel to Aston Villa on Friday night, and the German said: "I'm getting better and I hope I will be 100% fit in the next week."

    He also praised his team-mates for helping him settle in, telling the club's website: "They are helping me a lot and we do a lot of things together in our free time. My team-mates help me to choose restaurants, for example, and golf courses.

    "But the most important thing is to be successful this season and to win the matches."

  123. Southampton sign £5m Romeu


    Oriol Romeu
    Image caption: Oriol Romeu played for Chelsea in pre-season this year

    Some late Wednesday transfer news in case anyone missed it. Southampton have signed Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu for £5m on a three-year contract.

    The 23-year-old Spaniard played 34 times for the Blues after joining the club from Barcelona in 2011.

    Romeu has spent the past two seasons on loan, at German club Stuttgart and at Valencia in his homeland.

  124. Athletics must follow cycling's lead - Froome


    Chris Froome

    In an exclusive interview for the BBC, Tour de France winner Chris Froome has spoken out on the topic of doping within sport and why athletics - currently embroiled in its own scandals - should follow cycling by investing more money to tackle the problem.

    "From what I understand, the testing hasn't been at the level that it is in cycling," he told BBC Sport's Dan Roan.

    "I believe some things have changed quite substantially [for cycling] since the dark ages of 10 to 15 years ago when the sport was really dirty.

    "The testing has really evolved and the UCI has now implemented 24-hour testing. I have every confidence that the system now really works."

  125. Coming up...

    Premier League news conferences

    Some key times for you to jot down now as we get ready for the Premier League news conferences. First up, we're heading to Watford...

    Watford - 08:45 BST, Everton - 09:00, Aston Villa - 09:30, West Ham - 09:30, Tottenham - 12:30, Leicester - 14:00, Southampton - 14:00, Stoke - 14:00, Swansea - 14:00, Man Utd - 14:15,

  126. Thursday's papers

    The Sun

    The Sun

    A similar lead from The Sun, which runs with the Roy Hodgson story but also has an exclusive with West Ham manager Slaven Bilic.

    Fresh from their opening weekend win over Arsenal, he praises his team as "the better side" on the day and also gives fellow Irons veteran Julian Dicks a pat on the back, telling the paper: "He's family and we're both at home here."

  127. Thursday's papers

    The Times

    The Times

    Roy Hodgson's position as England manager will become untenable if he does not secure success at Euro 2016, that's according to the Times, who are carrying quotes from FA chief executive Martin Glenn.

    Glenn goes further, saying Hodgson is a "proud man" who will likely fall on his sword anyway should his team fail to win.

    Their picture lead shows a celebratory Australia after they took control of yesterday's Test in the Women's Ashes. We'll have updates from today's play from 10:30 BST.

  128. Thursday's papers

    The Mirror

    The Mirror

    Starting with the Mirror, which leads on the continuing case of Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro and the public criticism she received from boss Jose Mourinho for entering the pitch last weekend.

    There's also word from Spanish striker Fernando Torres, who has tipped Barcelona's Pedro to be a success in the Premier League if a potential deal to Manchester United goes through.

  129. Good morning

    Welcome to Sportsday. There's plenty to keep you - and me - occupied today, including 10 Premier League news conferences, build-up to Rory McIlroy's defence of his US PGA Championship title, an exclusive interview with Tour de France winner Chris Froome and more on the Roy Hodgson contract saga.

    Speaking of which, it looks like he's ready for me to stop waffling. Here come today's back pages...

    Roy Hodgson