Sportsday live - Wednesday 15 August as it happened

England build-up, BBC Sport's club-by-club Premier League guide, Stewart reveals Pietersen apology and more.

15 August 2012 Last updated at 18:36

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    And with that, we leave you in the capable hands of BBC Sport's Phil Dawkes and his live text commentray of all of this evening's football action. Enjoy it - Sportsday will return bright, breezy and informative as always on Thursday.

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    BBC Sport journalist Richard Conway tweets: "14,000 expected at Stade de Suisse for England v Italy, of that approximately 1000 England. Lots of Italian shirts around town."

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    CRICKET

    The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) calls for players to be banned from using mobile phones during televised domestic cricket matches.

    The MCC's world cricket committee endorsed the measure in an effort to tackle the threat of corruption.

    Currently only cricketers in international games are barred from using personal phones during games.

    The committee also called on all international bodies to adopt the decision review system (DRS).

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    Dutch midfielder Vurnon Anita will undergo a medical with Newcastle United on Wednesday evening and is expected to complete a £6.7m move on Thursday.

    The 23-year-old Ajax player has won three senior caps for the Netherlands since his debut in 2010.

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    Daily Mirror chief sports writer Oliver Holt tweets: "England team tonight: Butland, Walker, Jagielka, Cahill, Baines, Johnson, Carrick, Lampard, Young, Cleverley, Carroll."

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    Sussex pass the 100 mark for four wickets down in their Clydesdale Bank 40 match at Hove against Warwickshire.

    Keep across the latest action with live commentary right now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

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    Fabio Capello's reign in charge of the Russian national team does not get off to a winning start - his side are held to a 1-1 draw versus the Ivory Coast.

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    You're all debating what the top of the Premier League table will look like at the end of the new season...

    Timothy Uloko on Twitter: "1. Arsenal 2. Man Utd 3. Man City 4. Chelsea 5. Everton 6. Liverpool"

    Jason Birnie on Twitter: "1. Man Utd 2. Arsenal 3. Man City 4. Liverpool 5. Chelsea 6. Spurs"

    Angus McPhail on Twitter: "1. Arsenal 2. Man City 3. Man Utd 4. Chelsea 5. Newcastle 6. Liverpool"

    What's your prediction, and what's your reasoning? Get in touch via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

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    LONDON 2012

    Royal Mail will issue individual and team stamps for ParalympicGB gold medallists at this month's Games within five working days of their success.

    Postboxes in the home towns of gold medal winning athletes will also be painted to honour their achievements.

    "Royal Mail should be congratulated for making the right decision," said shadow Olympics minister Dame Tessa Jowell.

    Royal Mail had said in July it would issue six first-class stamps showing groups of winners but not immediately.

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    Things have turned for Russia in their friendly against Ivory Coast in the hosts' first game under new boss and former England manager Fabio Capello.

    Russia had led since the 55th minute but former Leicester, Bournemouth and Leeds winger Max Gradel has just equalised for Ivory Coast with 13 minutes remaining.

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    Former England defender and ex-Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate tweets: "Debuts then for Butland and Cleverley, opportunities for Carrick, A Johnson etc. England v Italy, 7.30pm ITV1. With Roy Keane and Lee Dixon."

    You can, of course, also enjoy the fixture with a live text commentary on this very website from 18:30 BST or comprehensive coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 BST.

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    Newcastle defender Steven Taylor says watching Great Britain's Olympians opened his eyes to the commitment and dedication of the athletes.

    "Seeing the Great Britain team and all the medals that have been won, I can't believe it," Taylor told BBC Newcastle.

    "You see the pain they've gone through and we've spoken about it as a team."

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    BADMINTON

    The head of the international badminton federation says the playing-to-lose incident that lead to eight players being disqualified from the London Olympics was a "hiccup" that should not reflect badly on the sport in the long term.

    Thomas Lund of the Badminton World Federation said: "Our disciplinary committee went in and sent out a strong message that this is not acceptable.

    "People will probably remember the little hiccup, but there are so many positives we can take out of this," he added.

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    Russia go a goal ahead at home to Ivory Coast in a friendly which sees former England manager Fabio Capello take charge for the first time.

    The Italian, 66, has named a radical first squad, leaving out experienced duo Pavel Pogrebnyak of Reading and Sporting Lisbon's Marat Ismailov.

    Alan Dzagoev's 55th minute strike has Russia a goal to the good with half an hour to play.

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    Former England Test cricketer Shaun Udal tells BBC Radio 5 live the Kevin Pietersen saga is "quite sad, really."

    Udal told 5 live Drive: "The best player in the England team has done what he's done and dragged English cricket through the mud.

    "It's really disappointing, and now our best player will not be at Lord's at the end of the week competing against South Africa to become the best Test side in the world."

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    RUGBY UNION

    Scrum-half Ben Spencer is looking to cement a regular place in Saracens' match-day squad after being thrown in at the deep end because of injuries.

    The 19-year-old was handed his chance last season after Richard Wigglesworth underwent cruciate ligament surgery.

    "Last year was incredible, it all went pretty quickly but I couldn't have wished for a better start," he tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "I hope this year's similar, if not better. It's going to be hard to top."

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    TENNIS

    In light of Rafael Nadal being forced to pull out of the US Open with an injury, why not remind yourself of his brief appearance at Wimbledon earlier in the year?

    The two-time SW19 champion was beaten by world number 100 Lukas Rosol in one of the biggest shocks in the tournament's history.

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    FOOTBALL

    Talks are at an advance stage between Aston Villa and Rennes over the loan of Jean II Makoun, reports Aston Villa's official website.

    Makoun, 29, was signed from Lyon in January 2011.

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    FOOTBALL

    New Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez says he would prefer to move to previous club Universidad if Sir Alex Ferguson decides to loan him out.

    "I want to play in the first team of Manchester United. That's my first thought," says Henriquez, speakng to Chile paper La Tercera. "If they decide to send me on loan, I would prefer to continue at Universidad, although I will do whatever United deem appropriate."

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    We asked you how you see the Premier League top six finishing at the end of the season.

    Olaoluwa Olawale P on Twitter: "Chelsea to win the league, Man C 2nd, Man U 3rd, Spurs 4th, L'pool 5th, Arsenal 6th."

    Adam on Twitter: "1. Arsenal 2. Man U 3. Liverpool 4. Man Cty 5. Spurs 6. Chelsea"

    Olujobi Olugbenro on Twitter: "1 Arsenal 2 Man-city 3 Man-utd 4 Newcastle 5 Chelsea 6 Tot'ham"

    Let us know your predictions #bbcsportsday

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    FOOTBALL

    Rangers' defender Lee Wallace says he accepts Craig Levein's decision to omit him from the Scotland squad, and is not about to burn bridges.

    Wallace, who appeared as a substitute in Scotland's 5-1 friendly defeat to USA in May, says: "I'm a bit disappointed not to have been called in but that's just life. I'll take it on the chin and if I'm not involved, I'm not involved.

    "I've got respect for the manager and I'm never going to come out and say anything against him. I don't know how he is thinking."

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    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal, who pulls out of the US Open: "I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year's US Open in New York City.

    "I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions."

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    Michael O'Halloran believes his understanding with Bolton team-mate Gregg Wylde can help Scotland Under-21s if they play together in next month's European qualifiers.

    "I know how he plays, Gregg tries to take his man on and I know if I get in the box, he will put it in there," says O'Halloran, who started on Tuesday in Scotland Under-21s' 1-0 defeat to their Belgian counterparts.

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    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal pulls out of the US Open due to injury, tournament organisers announce.

    Nadal missed London 2012 through injury, saying he was "not in condition" to compete.

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    FOOTBALL

    Paul Lambert was also delighted with the arrival of Henke to Villa Park as head of European scouting.

    "In the European game he has an unbelievable wealth of experience and an enviable network of contacts. It's a great thing for Villa that we have been able to attract a man of his calibre," he says.

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    Aston Villa appoint former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich assistant manager, Michael Henke, as their new head of European scouting.

    Henke, who was assistant at Dortmund when Villa manager Paul Lambert played there, says: "This is a similar role to one I held at Bayern when Jurgen Klinsmann became manager and I am looking forward to helping identify players who will enhance Villa."

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    Brazilian midfielder Andre Moritz will not sign for Rangers after refusing to take part in a closed-door match.

    Moritz, 26, tweeted from his account: "My time with Rangers has come to an end, i enjoyed it but it was not meant to be... Talking with english clubs..."

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    CRICKET

    Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell hopes there is a way back into Test cricket for Kevin Pietersen.

    "We need a strong international game and you want the best players playing in Test series and the best matches in the world," says Newell.

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    Wales captain Aaron Ramsey insists it is up to Chris Coleman if he brings Ryan Shawcross into the Welsh squad.

    "I'm just the captain and a player who just turns up and wants to play for my country, so ultimately it's his decision," says Ramsey.

    Ramsey's leg was broken in six places in 2010 after a tackle by Shawcross during a Stoke City v Arsenal clash.

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    Some more kind tributes for Fabrice Muamba, who has retired from football.

    John Sanders on Twitter: "Sad news for Muamba I was there that terrible night and glad he pulled through. At least he realised his dream playing pro"

    Jack Wolz Bauer on Twitter: "The most important thing is his life. Wish him all the best and may God be with his family"

    Charlie-Rae Field on Twitter: "As a Brmingham fan, Muamba was my inspiration, then he left and I followed his games, forever a bluenose Muamba, huge respect"

    Keep sending in your thoughts on Fabrice Muamba #bbcsportsday

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    Dundee United reveal they have not received money due from their Scottish Cup game at Ibrox in February days before Rangers went into administration, despite owner Charles Green's claim that he had settled all debts owed to Scottish clubs.

    Green claimed Rangers were "given a written commitment from the SPL in May that it would settle an outstanding debt to Dundee Utd".

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    Pompey Supporters' Trust herald the news that Balram Chainrai has pulled out of buying the club as "the moment we have been waiting for".

    The Trust is now the only hope of survival for the club, and spokesperson Colin Farmery says: "Fans need to be ready to come up with the money they have pledged. It is a pivotal moment in the club's history."

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    Former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu is on the verge of signing with French side Ajaccio after club president Alain Orsoni revealed the two parties have agreed terms.

    "If we succeed, it will be a massive coup and it is very much on the right track," says Orsoni.

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    Ajax midfielder Vurnon Anita is undergoing a medical ahead of a transfer to Newcastle, the Press Association understands.

    Anita, 23, is a full Dutch international and has spent his entire career at the Amsterdam club.

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    QPR defender Max Ehmer signs a contract extension that will keep him at Loftus Road until 2016.

    "This summer has been my first proper involvement with the first team and I've enjoyed every moment," Ehmer tells QPR's official website. "I've been in and around the first team over the last few years and now I want to step that up a level."

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    After an apology from Kevin Pietersen for sending "provocative texts", you have been sending your views in on the whole issue.

    Matt Warner on Twitter: "Disappointing not to see KP at Lord's but right decision from ECB, need rest of squad to step up and show we don't need him"

    Coop on Twitter: "The KP situation is spiralling out of control. The whole thing should've been dealt with behind closed doors. Sad times"

    Sriram Krishna on Twitter: "Strauss says everyone who has washed dirty linen in public has been disciplined? Really? What about Swan & Anderson?"

    Send your views to #bbcsportsday

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    Barcelona star Lionel Messi is blaming the media for his supposed feud with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo.

    "It's only the media, the press, who wants us to be at loggerheads but I've never fought with Cristiano," Messi tells Argentina sports paper Ole.

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    Shapiro adds: "It would be very difficult for him to return to the high levels of fitness. In any other walks of life it wouldn't be difficult but as a professional sportsman it is.

    "As far as I understand he had been screened on a number of occasions and no cause was found so there was not a way it could have been prevented."

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    Dr Leonard Shapiro, cardiology consultant to the FA on Fabrice Muamba, tells BBC Five Live: "We all were very happy he was able to be resuscitated and made a recovery into normal life but it was always going to be unlikely that he would get back to playing football. I think there was always going to be a concern about it happening again."

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    CRICKET

    Warwickshire sign spinner Ian Blackwell on a one-month loan deal from Durham until the end of the season.

    He will replace Jeetan Patel who has been called up by New Zealand for their tour of India, and will join up with the Bears for this Sunday's CB40 fixture against the Unicorns.

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    New Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski believes five or six teams can challenge for the Premier League title this season.

    Podolski, 27, says: "The Premier League has five or six teams who can play for the title - and we are one of them. We really want to win this trophy."

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    GOLF

    Jamie Donaldson will play in the first regular PGA Tour event of his career at the Wyndham Championship this week after qualifying by virtue of his joint-seventh finish at the US PGA Championship.

    The Welshman is currently 21st in the Ryder Cup table and can still force his way into the European team with a few good performances.

    "I realised when we'd finished that it was a top 10 and I was in," said Donaldson, who won his first European Tour title in 255 attempts in July. "There's nothing in Europe at the moment and it's just another week in the heat on what looks like a great golf course."

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    Reading captain Jobi McAnuff urges the club to follow Stoke's lead regarding surviving in the Premier League.

    "You now look at the players they [Stoke] are attracting and they are an established Premier League team now," says McAnuff. "Going up into the Premier League that is a model we can look at, hopefully achieve what they have done and go beyond that. I'm sure that is the aim with everyone at the club."

    Reading meet Stoke at home this Saturday on the Premier League's opening day.

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    Some more tributes to Fabrice Muamba, who announced his retirement from football this afternoon.

    Jason Birnie on Twitter: "Sad to hear about Muamba. He's a truly amazing person and professional, inspiration to us all. Wish him all the best."

    Scotty Walden on Twitter: "The fact that Muamba is in a position to retire is amazing itself!"

    Lucas Green on Twitter: "Sad for Muamba, wish him luck for future. We should pay his surgeons the same as Prem footballers, if not more."

    What are your thoughts on Muamba's retirement? Do Arsenal, Birmingham or Bolton fans have a particular memory? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

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    PARALYMPICS 2012

    British Paralympic cyclist Jody Cundy is taking inspiration from his Olympic cycling counterparts as he prepares to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games.

    "Normally it is a good motivational tool before you go to the Paralympics - you sit and watch the most amazing athletes in the world do their thing, and then you try to emulate them and create your own bits of history a couple of weeks later," says Cundy. "But watching the cycling team take most of the medals in London really sets it up nicely for our team to now go there and keep the ball rolling."

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    Wigan's new signing Arouna Kone says it is the philosophy of his new manager, Roberto Martinez, that sealed his move to the DW Stadium.

    "Roberto has told me about the philosophy of the club, how it's a family club," says the former Levante striker. "He is a young manager who is trying to build something special here."

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    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST comes live from the Wankdorf Stadium in Switzerland where England play Italy in a friendly international kicking off at 20:00 BST. Darren Fletcher and John Murray are your commentators, joined by former England manager Graham Taylor. Roddy Forsyth is at Easter Road for Scotland against Australia and we also have reporters at Wales versus Bosnia and Northern Ireland against Finland.

    You can be part of the programme too. Phone lines will open at 21:50 BST and the number to call will be 0500 909 693. You can also text to 85058 or tweet #bbc5live

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    Sam Borthwick on Twitter: "Sad to hear @fmuamba hanging his boots up early! You're an inspirational young man. We all Hope you stay involved in the game."

    Darren Sapwell on Twitter: "Sad to see Fabrice Muamba retiring at 24, he was a class act, an absolute soldier on and off the pitch! Never gave up! Good luck!"

    Dan Smith on Twitter: "@fmuamba A very brave man and an even braver decision. God bless you and your family"

    Send your thoughts and opinions in to us at #bbcsportsday.

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    More from Bolton on Fabrice Muamba's retirement, with manager Owen Coyle saying:

    "We know that he will go on to achieve great things and within all this disappointment, the most important thing is that he is here, alive, today."

    Chairman Phil Gartside adds: "We are all hugely disappointed that Fabrice will be unable to return to his playing career, but we have to be guided by the medical recommendations and the best interests of Fabrice."

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    CRICKET

    Kent say that all-rounder Azhar Mahmood will not be offered a contract for the 2013 season due to his overseas T20 committments.

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    Amir Khan has reacted to the retirement of Bolton's Fabrice Muamba on Twitter: "Sad to hear Fabrice Muamba has had to retire. I wish him all the best for the future and know it holds great things for him!"

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    LONDON 2012

    Scotland's Olympians are to be saluted at a parade in Glasgow on 14 September. A record haul of 13 medals were won by Scottish athletes at London 2012.

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    CRICKET

    The weather strikes again - day two of the England Lions game against Australia A at Edgbaston has been abandoned without a ball being bowled because of the rain. Hopefully they will resume tomorrow with the Australians on 308-9. Fingers crossed that the conditions are also OK at Lord's for the third Test.

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    Plenty of reaction to Fabrice Muamba's retirement coming in to #bbcsportsday:

    Jamie Sowter on Twitter: "Shame to see muamba announce his retirement completely understandable tho, but the fact he has made such a recovery is amazing"

    Sam Tipton on Twitter: "Gutting news for Fabrice Muamba. Top lad and a very good player. Would like to wish him all the best for the future."

    Cameron Laws on Twitter: "Gutted for Fabrice Muamba, hope he stays in Football, extremely sad story"

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    From Wayne Routledge on Twitter: "Sometimes things in life show you that there are more important things than football. Wishing @fmuamba and family a prosperous future!"

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    Bolton's Fabrice Muamba has announced his retirement from football. The 24-year-old suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during the FA Cup tie against Tottenham on 17th March.

    "While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for," Muamba has told Bolton's official website. "I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me."

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    Lots of comments regarding Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen - keep them coming to #bbcsportsday.

    Mathew Gill on Twitter: "Strauss should "interact" with his bat & deserve his selection. Don't agree he should play because he's captain, England need KP"

    Mark Cooke on Twitter: "KP shouldn't be given yet another chance. Show pony sulking as he can't get his own way"

    Jim Wilkins on Twitter: "Swanny openly criticized KP in his book, now KP has a bit of banter with his mates in private and he is dropped from side"

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    FOOTBALL

    Portsmouth's former owner Balram Chanrai has pulled out of a deal to buy the League One club, leaving a bid from the Portsmouth Supporter's Trust as the only one on the table.

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    ATHLETICS

    Sprinter Adam Gemili will race in the 200m at the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on 26 August. Gemili reached the semi-finals of the 100m at London 2012 and this will be his first Diamond League appearance in the UK.

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    Pete Grant on Twitter: "Once we all just accept that KP has a bit of a mouth, a huge ego, and is a bit of a (gifted) idiot, everyone can move on"

    A Gate on Twitter: "ECB for once have made the right choice, no other player is indulged like KP; great player but no one greater than the team"

    Ian Dreelan on Twitter: "Surely a myopic and self-defeating stance, whilst KP is clearly flawed perhaps others should grow up too?"

    What do you think? Let us know via Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    League Cup draw: Scunthorpe's reward for their win on penalties after a thrilling 5-5 draw with Derby County is a trip to Carrow Road to play Norwich City.

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    FOOTBALL

    There are a couple of tricky away trips for Premier League sides in the League Cup.

    Yeovil will host West Brom, Fulham will play Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, promoted Southampton will be at Stevenage, and Wigan are to play Nottingham Forest at the City Ground.

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    The draw for the second round of the League Cup -is being made. The Premier League sides not competing in Europe will enter the competition at this stage, and we'll bring you news of who might have a potential banana-skin in their way here on Sportsday.

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    Kevin Pietersen has apologised, but Andrew Strauss there is more to investigate, and that it would have been "untenable" to have him in the squad.

    What do you think? Should a line be drawn under this affair? Should KP play for England again? Let us know by sending your thoughts in to #bbcsportsday.

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    CRICKET

    England captain Andrew Strauss with more to say on Kevin Pietersen: "He is a world-class player and no-one will deny that, when he is playing well and happy in the dressing room he is a great asset but that's not where we are at the moment.

    "The selectors made a brave and correct decision - with the issues we need to resolve, it would have been untenable to have him in the squad."

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    CRICKET

    Andrew Strauss on Kevin Pietersen: "It is not between me and him particularly; the texts sound like I was involved in it but it is a broader issue on how we interact.

    "I spoke to him over the course of the week over the issues, who knows what will happen in future?"

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    CRICKET

    More from Andrew Strauss on Kevin Pietersen: "It's very important to concentrate on my job leading guys out on the field. I wasn't involved with Kevin Pietersen's dispute with the board but once players are involved it is important I get involved.

    "The feelings of the dressing room and the way we interact as a group is of vital importance to me and I'm not willing to turn a blind eye to that."

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    CRICKET

    England captain Andrew Strauss is now speaking to the media about Kevin Pietersen and his apology to the ECB:

    "It is a first step definitely. There's a lot more to investigate with all this, in truth if there's a way forward those issues of trust and mutual respect - we need to deal with it behind closed doors."

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    CRICKET

    Graeme Smith on Kevin Pietersen missing the Test: "It is a tough one losing a world-class player, but the England talent pool is full of good cricketers and we need to respect that.

    "We cannot lose focus and worry about what's happening in their dressing room - we've been pretty focused for getting prepared, our preparation is good and that's what we've been focusing on."

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    CRICKET

    More from Graeme Smith on Kevin Pietersen: "KP is a world class player who has proved that wherever he has played. No doubt he is a big loss, but obviously, there is a talent pool in English cricket, so whoever comes in we will respect in the same way we respect Kevin. Naturally, to lose a guy who has played 90 tests is a change of dynamic."

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    CRICKET

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith is speaking on the Kevin Pietersen issue: "It is between Kevin and the ECB and it is not for us to get involved. We are committed to that stance, people are trying to say we have been involved, but our manager has made it clear throughout what has been going on."

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    CRICKET

    The ECB has made a statement on Kevin Pietersen, saying it has received an apology from the batsman and an admission that he did send 'provocative' text messages to members of the South African team.

    Pietersen's apology reads: "I did send what you might call provocative texts to my close friends in the SA team. The texts were meant as banter between close friends. I need to rein myself in sometimes. I apologise to Straussy and the team for the inappropriate remarks at the press conference and for the texts. I truly didn't mean to cause upset or tension, particularly with important games at stake."

    Andrew Strauss will shortly be appearing at a news conference at Lord's. Send us your opinions on the latest development in this story to #bbcsportsday.

  75. 1200: 
    CRICKET

    Andrew Strauss will face the media shortly on the eve of his 100th Test appearance at Lord's. But in all probability the main topic will be a player who won't be there - Kevin Pietersen.

    We'll bring you the key points of what the England captain has had to say here on Sportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan has taken a look at how the FA is trying to improve the English coaching system in the wake of another sub-par performance at a major tournament by the senior side.

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    FOOTBALL

    Tonight's friendly between Northern Ireland and Finland will see tributes made to Allan McDonald, the former Northern Ireland international who died suddenly in June aged 48. The QPR stalwart's son and brother will lead the two teams out.

    "It will be emotional but we have spoken to a lot of supporters' clubs and they all want to pay their respects," says the Irish FA's Geoff Wilson. You can hear full coverage of the match from Windsor Park on BBC Radio Ulster from 1930 BST.

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    BBC Sport has released a club-by-club guide to the new Premier League season, and here are some more of your thoughts on what the new season will hold:

    Zach Kingsbury on Twitter: "Man U to dominate. 1. United 2. City 3. Chelsea 4. Spurs. Arsenal will narrowly miss out. Relegation: Reading, Wigan and QPR."

    Lee Prentice on Twitter: "Champs :- Man City 2nd Man Utd 3rd Chelsea 4th Spurs 5th Liverpool 6th Arsenal. Relegated Villa, Norwich, Soton"

    Ollie Warman-Johnson on Twitter: "Man United 1st (with RVP) Man City 2nd Chelsea 3rd Arsenal 4th, Liverpool challenging strongly though"

    Keep your predictions coming in to us at #bbcsportsday.

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    CRICKET

    Aggers is back at Lord's after his stint at the home of cricket covering the Olympic archery tournament. The Lord's staff have had under two weeks to prepare the ground for the third and final test between England and South Africa, and Aggers reports via Twitter that the outfield is "superficially OK".

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    A busy programme of international football tonight on 5 live Sport, presented by Darren Fletcher from the Wankdorf Stadium in Berne, Switzerland, where England play Italy. There is full commentary with Darren, John Murray and former England manager Graham Taylor. Roddy Forsyth is at Hampden for Scotland against Australia, and we will bring you the latest from Wales-Bosnia and Northern Ireland against Finland.

    You can share you thoughts on the evening's action, the lines will open at 21:50 BST and the number to call will be 0500 909 693, you can text to 85058 or tweet #bbc5live

  81.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robbie Savage's former Blackburn Rovers team mate Jason Roberts has been airing his views over football and the Olympic spirit on Twitter:

    "Yes we can ALL learn from the OG..it was a TRIUMPH in every way...I was inspired, but in respect to football we can ALL learn from it..."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  82. 1117: 
    LONDON 2012

    The latest BBC Olympics podcast has been released, rounding up the last few days of action and looking ahead to the Paralympics. Download it now from www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts.

  83. 1115: 
    CRICKET

    The ECB are set to make an announcement regarding Kevin Pietersen shortly, we'll bring you what they have to say when we have it.

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robbie Savage and Joey Barton's comments on the behavior of footballers in light of the Olympic spirit recently on display have provoked a good deal of response.

    Danielle Roberts on Twitter: "Footballers get most media coverage so have a duty to be good role models. Should show respect to other players and officials."

    Thomas Beresford on Twitter: "OLYMPIANS: respect-rules officials opponents spirit and ethos. Crowd do too. Football is not like this."

    Duncan Knapp on Twitter: "Think Mr. Barton needs to look in the mirror before making comments like that!"

    Keep your comments coming in to us at #bbcsportsday

  85. 1057: 
    JUDO

    Speaking on BBC Radio 5 live, judoka Euan Burton says he was unimpressed by comments from the head of judo about the British team's commitment: "We know how hard we've tried to be the best athletes we can be, I've left no stone unturned. We saw it reported the players lacked commitment, desire to train hard and let other things interfere like university courses. We were disappointed because we know how hard we work."

  86. 1047:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Coming up at 10:50 on sports extra we have commentary of the Championship match between Surrey and Middlesex from The Oval. You can access sports extra on DAB digital radio, the BBC website or the sports extra website.

  87. 1041: 
    GET INVOLVED

    BBC Sport has released a club-by-club guide to the new Premier League season, and here are some more of your predictions:

    Ashley Brown on Twitter: "I think Man Utd will win, Man City second, Liverpool third with Chelsea in fourth and going down will be Wigan, Southampton and WBA."

    Adam Gittings on Twitter: "1 Man City, 2 Chelsea, 3 Man U, 4 Newcastle, 5 Liverpool, 6 Arsenal, 7 Spurs, 18 Norwich, 19 QPR, 20 Swansea."

    Hillan Morean on Twitter: "Wigan should push into Europe and truly begin to progress into a team that can build its way toward a legacy."

    Tell us what you think will happen at #bbcsportsday.

  88. 1035: 
    MOTORSPORT

    The firm behind a new £150m track designed to host MotoGP, World Superbikes, World Motocross and Touring Car races in south Wales says the money has been raised and proposals may go to planners with a view to opening in 2015.

  89. 1018:  
    BBC Radio 5 live pundit Robbie Savage joins the debate on Twitter

    "Footballers are getting a hard time and it's unfair on 95%, 5% are the ones who have the diamonds before achieving anything, burn £50 notes, would rather sit on a bench than play because they are paid a fortune, the ones who go out on a Saturday night lording it thinking they're invincible, the ones who wear those daft headphones through the [media] mixed zone..."

  90. 1010: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton says "it's time football got a bit of humility" in the wake of London 2012.

  91. 0954:  
    BBC Sport correspondent Dan Roan on TwitterFOOTBALL

    "Graham Taylor on Roy Hodgson's hope that John Terry is cleared by FA of racially abusing A Ferdinand: "I was surprised that Roy said that. He shouldn't be getting involved in any comment on that until a decision has been made. I don't think it was a good thing for him."

  92. 0946: 
  93.  
    GET INVOLVED

    BBC Sport has released a club-by-club guide to the new Premier League season, and here are some more of your predictions:

    Iain on Twitter: "Arsenal with a chance of winning the title? No chance, fourth place is their target."

    Jamie Watson on Twitter: "Top four: Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Liverpool. FA Cup: Arsenal, but that won't be enough to save Wenger's job though, fifth unacceptable for Arsenal."

    Fabusoye Tolu on Twitter: "Manchester City's closest rival this season might just be the teams from London."

    Tell us what you think will happen at #bbcsportsday.

  94. 0933: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence on Twitter: "Dundee Utd say the sum still owed to them by Rangers from last season's Scottish cup tie is £31,000."

  95. 0926: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Birmingham Mail are reporting the Football Association is stepping up its interest in West Brom's Dan Ashworth for their new technical director role.

  96. 0919: 
    GOLF

    A new one-day matchplay contest is announced in China that will feature just world number one Rory Mcllroy and 14-time major winner Tiger Woods. The 18-hole event will be held at Jinsha Lake Golf Club on 29 October.

  97. 0909: 
    LONDON 2012

    The athletes took the glory at London 2012, but the coaches planned their way to the top. BBC Sport highlights five of the key people behind the scenes at the Games.

  98.  
    GET INVOLVED

    BBC Sport has released a club-by-club guide to the new Premier League season, and here are some of your predictions:

    Niklas Lanwehr on Twitter: "If Arsenal get their start right and keep the form they can win the title - so can Spurs, but only with the right striker."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Liverpool played well last season without having any luck, Rodgers will refine that & hopefully bring some luck with him. Top four."

    Wayne Booker on Twitter: "Manchester City will win the league, Liverpool will be in the top four and Wigan, Reading and West Ham will be relegated in my opinion."

    Tell us what you think will happen at #bbcsportsday.

  99. 0845: 
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport's commentators and pundits have been sharing their favourite memories of London 2012.

  100. 0837: 
    FOOTBALL

    Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch tells the BBC he is unaware of reports that Balu Chainrai has withdrawn his bid to buy the club.

  101. 0830: 
    FOOTBALL

    Argentina legend Diego Maradona tells the China Daily he wants to coach in the country, as he begins an eight-day charity tour in Beijing.

  102. 0822: 
    LONDON 2012

    The London 2012 motto is "inspire a generation", and the BBC has spoken to several people to find out how the Games inspired them.

  103. 0816: 
    CRICKET

    The decision by England to drop Kevin Pietersen continues to feature on the back pages this morning, and former England captain Alec Stewart tells BBC Radio 5 live the 32-year-old has apologised for sending texts allegedly criticising his team-mates to South Africa players.

  104. 0810: 
    FOOTBALL

    On Tuesday, England manager Roy Hodgson said London 2012 has been a "wake-up call" regarding the behaviour of both footballers and fans, and Michael Owen joins the debate by tweeting: "I agree that football has lost touch with reality slightly but lets get it right, if you were playing at an away ground and went to hug the spectators like Usain Bolt you would struggle to get out alive." You can follow Owen on Twitter.

  105.  
    GET INVOLVED

    BBC Sport has released a club-by-club guide to the new Premier League season, featuring the summer transfer activity, key fixtures and predictions from our pundits. You can see what we think will happen, but who do you believe will be celebrating title glory come May, or be down in the dumps after being relegated to the Championship? Who will win the race for a spot in the Champions League, and who will have a season to forget? Tell us at #bbcsportsday.

  106. 0802: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    As usual, we start with the best bits from our football gossip column. Arsenal are set to allow Robin van Persie to join Manchester United in a £22m deal (the Sun), Real Madrid have made a final £25m offer for Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric (Daily Star), and Everton want to sign striker Kevin Mirallas from Olympiacos for £6m (the Times - subscription required).

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    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live.

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