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30 August 2012 Last updated at 21:02

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  1. 2100: 

    That is it from us for today, after an eventful one which has included day one of the Paralympic games, the Champions League draw and the penultimate Diamond League meeting. We will be back from 08:00 on Friday for all the movers and shakers on the final day of the transfer window.

  2. 2058: 

    Elizabeth Hudson watching the wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich Arena: "What drama at the North Greenwich Arena - we are into overtime after it finishes 66-66 after regulation time between GB and Germany in their men's wheelchair basketball game. A last-gasp effort by BBC Sport columnist Terry Bywater just missed the target but this has been a thrilling game."

  3. 2055: 

    Sanya Richards-Ross after winning the 400m: "I am feeling good and I accomplished my main aim which was winning the Olympics. I am really happy to finish the season on a high. I have been dreaming about it [winning the Olympics] since I was nine-years-old so to be living the dream is fantastic."

  4. 2052: 

    The USA win the 4x100m relay in Zurich with Jamaica, minus Bolt and Blake in second, and Britain in third.

  5. 2049: 

    Usain Bolt on his trip to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United: "I think I could play for them. I spoke to Sir Alex and he said if I was really serious then we would have a chat. I think I would be a winger and I would be a good one."

  6. 2048: 

    Usain Bolt on his 200m victory: "It's all about the fans. It's been an up and down season for me but the fans have kept me going. They have been tweeting me since the Olympics telling me they can't wait to see me here so here I am. I know what they want and I want to perform for them. I will always give it my all."

  7. 2039: 

    British high jumper Robbie Grabarz on his season: "I don't really believe it quite yet; European champion, a medal at the Olympics and now winning the Diamond League. I have no words, I am just so happy. This is just the start of things to come.

    "As a high jumper you are on a stage and you have to play to the crowd and you just have to have fun, especially when it is cold and wet like it is today."

  8. 2037: 

    As well as everything that is going on tonight, the US Open continues at Flushing Meadow, where Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is beaten 6-4, 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 by Martin Klizan of Slovakia, who is ranked 52 in the world. It is the first time since 2007 that the Frenchman has been knocked out of a Grand Slam before the third round.

  9. 2030: 

    Elizabeth Hudson watching the wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich Arena: "What a turnaround at the North Greenwich Arena where the GB men's basketball team have hauled themselves back into it against Germany and are now 50-47 ahead at the end of the third quarter. Remember GB were 16 points down at one stage in the second quarter. It's very tense and exciting - can GB get the win?"

  10. 2026: 

    Olympic silver medallist Dawn Harper wins the women's 100m hurdles beating fellow American and bronze medal winner at London 2012 Kellie Wells into third place, while Queen Harrison made it a one, two, three for USA as she came in second.

  11. 2024: 

    Team GB star Robbie Grabarz finishes second the high jump in Zurich, beaten on the night by Ivan Ukhov. The second place finish was enough to see him walk off with the Diamond League title.

  12. 2017: 

    Usain Bolt wins the 200m in Zurich. He was pushed all the way in the rain but got into his stride in the last 50m to finish in a time of 19.66 seconds.

  13. 2013: 

    Ethiopian Abeba Aregawi wins the women's 1500m in Zurich while British duo Hannah England and Laura Weightman finish sixth and 13th respectively.

  14. 2011: 

    New Zealand Swimmer Sophie Pascoe smashed her own world record by three seconds, finishing the women's 200m individual medley SM10 in two minutes 25.65secs. GB's Gemma Almond and Harriet Lee finished seventh and eighth.

  15. 2006: 

    Yohan Blake on his 100m win: "I have to thank my coaches and my manager's. Everything has been going so well this season. At my first Olympic games I win three medals, two silver and one gold what more can I ask for?"

  16. 2005: 

    Yohan Blake on his 100m win: " I have to thank my coaches and my manager's everything has been going so well this season. At my first Olympic games I win three medals, two silver and one gold what more can I ask for?"

  17. 2000: 

    Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross continues her impressive form winning the women's 400m in Zurich, but it was a disappointing night for Olympic silver medallist Christine Ohuruogu who finished last.

  18. 1958: 

    Great Britain's Zoe Newson wins powerlifting bronze on her Paralympic debut. The 20-year-old from Colchester lifted 88kg to secure a podium spot in the women's under 40kg category in front of an electric home crowd in east London.

  19. 1956: 

    Elizabeth Hudson watching the wheelchair basketball at the North Greenwich Arena: "Germany are in control here and lead GB 34-27 at half-time after being 18 points ahead at one point. The Germans have been more clinical and have out-shot and out-rebounded their rivals who beat them in last year's European Championship final. There were some promising signs from GB towards the end of the half but they still face a real challenge if they are to start their Paralympic campaign with a win."

  20. 1953: 

    Yohan Blake wins the men's 100m in Zurich, with a time of 9.76 seconds. The Jamaican, who won silver at London, had his task made easier after Tyson Gay was disqualified for a false start.

  21. 1948: 

    David Rudisha on his shock defeat in Zurich: "The pace was ok, I asked for that pace because I don't feel good when the track is wet and rainy. I am happy this year I have accomplished my goals and now I can go home and spend time with my family."

  22. 1943: 

    David Rudisha, the Olympic gold medallist and world record holder, is beaten in the the men's 800m in Zurich. He has previously admitted he is not a fan of rain and the weather certainly seemed to put him off as he was beaten into second place by Ethiopian Mohammad Aman, who ran a personal best.

  23. 1935: 

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who was a doubt for the 100m with a leg injury, on winning in Zurich: "I came out here to just give 100% I must give a lot of credit to the medical team, I didn't know how it would go but I thank God that I came out and delivered. That was my last race so what a way to end the season."

  24. 1928: 

    Elizabeth Hudson at the North Greenwich Arena: "Things are not going to plan for the GB men's wheelchair basketball team in their Paralympic opener as they trail Germany 21-10 at the end of the first quarter at the North Greenwich Arena. The Bulldogs need to up their game."

  25. 1923: 

    Ben Quillter who won bronze in the -60kg judo: "This morning I wanted to go home. It was such a long journey back from that. I am not used to losing and I've had the most amazing three years in the build-up to this.

    "Seven weeks ago I snapped the cruciate ligament in my knee and severely ruptured the medial ligament on the inside of my knee so there were massive questions marks over whether I'd even be here. To be here and to win bronze is fantastic."

  26. 1919: 

    Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce wins the women's 100m in Zurich, beating rival Carmelita Jeter who has beaten her in the last two Diamond League meetings. Jeter finished second with Alyson Felix in third.

  27. 1913: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "Jonathan Fox is happy with that one and as he should be. The 21 year old becomes Great Britain's first gold medallist in the pool of the London 2012 Paralympics with S7 100m backstroke victory. He's really playing up to the crowd too after climbing out of the pool - signalling for those who can to get on their feet.

    "In almost every interview since he attained silver in Beijing Fox has spoken of his desire to become Paralympic champion - the swimmer who has cerebral palsy, has just achieved his lifetime dream."

  28. 1908: 

    American Angelo Taylor wins the men's 400m hurdles at the Diamond League in Zurich. He beat off the challenge of Olympic gold medallist Félix Sánchez and bronze medallist in London Javier Culson.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    12-time Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Marc Woods on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Jon Fox tired quite badly towards the end. I bigged him up saying he was going to go super-fast in the final, and it was still a quick time. Maybe he went a bit too hard down that first 50m because he was tying up.

    "He just about hung on, and delivered on technique to get him to the end."

  30. 1900: 

    The Diamond League coverage is now live on BBC 2 and the BBC Sport website, with Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake, Robbie Grabarz, Félix Sánchez, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Carmelita Jeter and David Rudisha all in action

  31. 1859: 

    Jon Fox of Plymouth wins ParalympicsGB's second gold medal of the day in the men's S7 100m backstroke.

  32. 1858: 

    Elizabeth Hudson at the North Greenwich Arena: "The atmosphere is building at the North Greenwich Arena as the Great Britain men's wheelchair basketball team - known as the Bulldogs - get ready to start their Paralympic campaign against Germany, who they beat in last year's European Championship finals. The crowd are being encouraged to join in with a sing-a-long and for those who haven't experienced the game before there are snappy video explainers on the big screen. GB enjoy the majority of the support but there is also a sizeable German contingent to cheer on their side."

  33. 1850: 

    Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is in London to finalise a season-long loan move to West Ham. The 23-year-old England international is expected to undergo a medical in the next few hours before completing a move to London. It is understood there is no commitment to buy the player at the end of the loan period but it should allow Liverpool to free up funds to move for Fulham striker Clint Dempsey.

  34. 1841: 

    Former Real Madrid forward Emilio Butragueno on the Champions League draw: "We are not maybe very happy [with the draw] but from spectator point of view this group is very attractive and we will watch great matches and players with great prestige but it will be tough and it will be like a final each time so we have to be prepared. On paper Manchester City and Real Madrid are the favourites to qualify but I disagree. We have to 100% focussed on every game."

  35. 1836: 

    Surrey team director Chris Adams has since told reporters that Kartik warned Barrow a couple of deliveries before running him out, while Kartik later defended himself on Twitter, tweeting: "Everyone get a life please..if a batsman is out on a stroll inspite of being warned, does that count as being in the spirit of the game? Then why do Wkt keepers try to run batsman out when they are batting out of the crease to slow seamers to negate their swing? Why the hypocrisy in spirit"

  36. 1835: 

    After Surrey captain Gareth Batty declined the opportunity to withdraw the appeal, the Cricinfo website reports that Kartik and Batty were booed off the field at the tea interval - and were even heckled by a man identifying himself as a Surrey member.

  37. 1834: 

    A row has broken out at today's County Championship match between Somerset and Surrey at Taunton, after Indian spinner Murali Kartik - who left Somerset to join Surrey last winter - ran out Somerset's Alex Barrow while he was backing up. While Kartik did not break the laws of the game by running out a non-striker - also known as a "Mankad" - it is considered by many to be against the spirit of cricket, especially if a warning is not given first.

  38. 1828: 

    Chelsea secretary David Barnard on Champions League draw: "Shakhtar Donetsk are well organised, we don't not know much about them in turns of playing them before. Juventus we played in 2009 in the last 16 and we came out on top but since then they have new owners and have moved on so it will be a difficult tie. FC Nordsjaelland are an unknown quantity."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    12-time Paralympic gold medal winning swimmer Marc Woods on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "That was an absolutely stunning swim there. Russell swam a three second personal best to qualify for that final, and she's just got another three second PB. Excellent, excellent swimming."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Inverdale is at the Paralympics for 5 live Sport tonight from 19:00 BST, there is also reaction to the Champions League draw, Diamond League athletics from Zurich featuring Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake, Darren Fletcher presents an NFL preview featuring an interview with Ray Lewis, there is an update from the US Open and in the final hour we analyse basketball in the UK and how the sport can build on this year's Olympic competition. You can listen via the website or on DAB digital radio.

  41. 1821: 

    ParalympicsGB's Hannah Russell, 16, wins silver in the women's S12 400m freestyle.

  42. 1821: 

    Lennon added: "It's fantastic to be here and I'm delighted to be involved in draw. It's very exciting to be in a group with Barca. It will be tough but a real glamour game for the club."

  43. 1819: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon reflects on the Champions League draw: "We are familiar with the three teams, and have recent history with all three under [former manager] Gordon Strachan. We've played Barca and Benfica, and knocked out Spartak Moscow in the play-offs. It's a tough, tough group but all the teams play good football, so they will be attractive games to watch."

  44. 1811: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "You can't fault Nyree Kindred there, she may have qualified quickest for the final but she still knocked two seconds off her time from the heats and was beaten by an incredible world record from China's Lu Dong[1:24:71]. Lets not forget, less than 15 months ago Kindred gave birth to her daughter Ella, so to repeat her achievement of a silver medal in the S6 100m backstroke final at the age of the 31 was an incredible effort.

    But - can her team-mates Hannah Russell or Jonathan Fox go one better?

  45. 1807: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel Centre: "Ben Quilter adds Paralympics bronze to his two world titles with victory over Japan's Takaaki Hirai in the men's -60kg judo. In front of a loud crowd at a packed ExCel , the 30-year-old, who is visually impaired, held his opponent down for ippon. Quilter, from Brighton, was defeated by defending champion Mouloud Noura in his opening contest, ending his hopes of gold.

    In his opening repechage, the Briton displayed his class by overwhelming Mongolia's Munkhbat Aajim before defeating Ron Hawthorne of the United States to set up the bronze-medal match.

  46. 1804: 

    Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has won the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award.


    Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri on Twitter: "What a group - Real Madrid, Ajax and Dortmund. So excited to play those big games."


    Shaun Davies on Twitter: "Surely has to be another English team to win the Champions League. Would be very special."

    Karl Adams on Twitter: "As a Spurs fan, hearing about the Champions League draw is painful."

  49. 1755: 

    Stay tuned to Sportsday Live, because we will soon find out who the winner of the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award is. Is this Lionel Messi's crown again? Or will somebody else win it? Remember, Barcelona didn't win either of La Liga or the Champions League last season.


    Tom Hills on Twitter: "United fans need to remember last season before they start jumping up and down with joy."

    Conor Hynes on Twitter: "Handy draw for United but then again they said that last year. City's looks a tasty group!"

    Andrew Sweerts on Twitter: "Fantastic group for United. Hope they don't get complacent like last year."

  51. 1753: 

    Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott on Twitter: "Group D highlights the fact why it's called Champions League. #TitleWinnersOnly"

  52. 1752: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany on Twitter: "Looks like we're not going to get any easy games again this year but it is certainly a good group for the fans. I'm looking forward already!"


    On Twitter: "Manchester City, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Ajax is one hell of a Champions League group."


    Nadeem on Twitter: "The English, Dutch, and Spanish champions all in one group? #bbcsportsday when was the last time 4 champions were in the same group?"

    Will Lethbridge on Twitter: "So as a result of this co-efficients rule, the winners of Europe's top 3 leagues are in one group."

    Akude Emeka O on Twitter: "Dortmund, Madrid, Ajax? Now I feel for Man City. Last year they were in the group of death, this year the same."

  55. 1747: 

    What about you, Celtic fans? Your team will play European giants Barcelona, Russian side Spartak Moscow and Portuguese league runners-up Benfica. Arsenal face French champions Montpellier, Olympiakos of Greece and German side Schalke.

  56. 1744: 

    Are Manchester United fans happy? They will play Portugal's Braga, Galatasaray of Turkey and Romanian side Cluj. Defending champions Chelsea face a long trip to Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk, a tough tie with Italian champions Juventus and a clash with Champions League debutants FC Nordsjaelland.

  57. 1741: 

    That's it for the draw, then. Manchester City look like they are in for another tough time in the Champions League - facing the champions of Spain, the Netherlands and Germany in Group D.

  58. 1740: 

    Here's your completed line-up for the Champions League group stages:

    Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb.

    Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier.

    Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht, Malaga.

    Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax, Borussia Dortmund.

    Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland.

    Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille, BATE Borisov.

    Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic.

    Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray, CFR Cluj.

  59. 1738: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics CentreParalympic Swimming

    "The venue announcer says 'make some noise' and the crowd here certainly respond. Great Britain may have claimed their first London 2012 Paralympic gold medal courtesy of Sarah Storey over at the Velodrome earlier, but tonight there's the genuine possibility of the British swimmers adding three more to that tally. Nyree Kindred, Jonathan Fox and Hannah Russell are the names you're looking out for…"

  60. 1737: 

    We have four completed groups, they are:

    Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain, Dinamo Zagreb.

    Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos, Montpellier.

    Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus, FC Nordsjaelland.

    Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow, Celtic.

  61. 1733: 

    It's not getting any easier for Manchester City, then. Arsenal and Manchester United may be happy, but defending champions Chelsea look to have a tough group of their own. Fabio Cannavaro will draw the remaining teams from Pot Four.


    Christopher on Twitter: "Looking forward to MCFC VS MADRID superstars."

    James Cann on Twitter: "City and Madrid should be tasty."

    James Fletton on Twitter: "Hopefully Ronaldo will want to do his old boys a favour and knock out City!"

  63. 1730: 

    And here are the rest of the groups, with one team to be added from Pot Four.

    Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev, Paris St Germain

    Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City, Ajax

    Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk, Juventus

    Group G: Barcelona, Benfica, Spartak Moscow

  64. 1727: 

    Group B: Arsenal, Schalke, Olympiakos

    Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg, Anderlecht

    Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia, Lille

    Group H: Manchester United, Braga, Galatasaray

  65. 1726: 
    Paralympic Track Cycling

    Sarah Storey, Britain's first Paralympic gold medallist in London, says her victory in the women's individual pursuit final was not as easy as it looked. "Mentally you have to prepare properly," she said afterwards. "I have to respect all my competitors. I didn't expect to catch her as quick as I did, but I stepped up my game. I just thought I had to get there quick and you're just willing the rider to come to you as quick as possible so you can just finish."


    Dan McCartney on Twitter: "If Juventus and Dortmund are drawn in Group D, it will be the the ultimate group of death."

    Lengai on Twitter: "Uefa best player in Europe 1. Iniesta 2. C. Ronaldo 3. Leo Messi."

  67. 1721: 

    So, there we have it. Manchester City are in with Real Madrid and it is already looking tough for them. What do you think of the draw so far? Let us know on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday.

  68. 1720: 

    George Weah has done the business with Pot Two. Here is how the rest of the groups are now looking:

    Group A: Porto, Dynamo Kiev

    Group B: Arsenal, Schalke

    Group C: AC Milan, Zenit St Petersburg

    Group D: Real Madrid, Manchester City

  69. 1717: 

    Group E: Chelsea, Shakhtar Donetsk

    Group F: Bayern Munich, Valencia

    Group G: Barcelona, Benfica

    Group H: Manchester United, Braga

  70. 1712: 

    So, that's Pot One drawn by Denis Law and Steve McManaman. Former World Footballer of the Year George Weah is going to help with drawing the teams from Pot Two, which includes his former club Manchester City.

  71. 1709: 

    And here are the remaining teams to be drawn from Pot One:

    Group H: Manchester United

    Group B: Arsenal

  72. 1709: 
    Paralympic Judo

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "Great Britain's Ben Quilter will fight for Paralympics -60kg judo bronze after defeating United States opponent Ron Hawthorne. He received an amazing reaction from the crowd inside the ExCel. Job half done for the man from Brighton."

  73. 1708: 

    Group E: Chelsea

  74. 1707: 

    Group C: AC Milan

  75. 1707: 

    Group A: Porto

  76. 1706: 

    Group G: Barcelona

  77. 1705: 

    Group F: Bayern Munich

    Just a quick note that teams are being drawn, and then assigned groups. Real Madrid and Bayern are the first two teams drawn.

  78. 1703: 

    Right, let's go. Here's your draw, which is being made by Denis Law:

    Group D: Real Madrid

  79. 1702: 

    The three clubs making their debut in the Champions League this season [1655] are France's Montpellier, FC Nordsjælland of Denmark and La Liga side Malaga.

  80. 1700: 

    We're almost set for the Champions League draw, which will end with the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award. Who do you think should get that honour? Let us know via Twitter #bbcsportsday.

  81. 1700: 

    Britain's Ben Quilter will fight for the bronze medal in the judo after beating Ron Hawthorne in a second repechage contest.

  82. 1657: 

    The Champions League is one of the richest sporting competitions in the world. Chelsea's share of TV and prize money for winning the competition last season was £47.5m. Manchester City won £20m as they went out at the group stage.

  83. 1655: 

    A quick quiz question for you. Which three teams listed below at 1639 BST are making their first appearance in the Champions League? Answer to follow shortly.


    Ahmed on Twitter: "DO NOT want PSG in our group. #Arsenal."

    Jane Scanlan on Twitter: "MUFC & Braga, Lille, Malaga please."

    Aiyesa Dare on Twitter: "As a Chelsea fan, our group should be: Chelsea, Braga, Anderlecht and FC Nordsjaelland.. Easy and smooth qualification."

  85. 1653: 

    Chelsea are the defending champions after beating Bayern Munich in last season's final, while Arsenal were eliminated in the last 16 by AC Milan. Celtic are in the draw after coming through their qualifier against Swedish side Helsingborgs on Wednesday.

  86. 1652: 

    BBC 5 live commentator Simon Brotherton on Sarah Storey's win in the individual pursuit.

    "That was an astonishingly quick win, you would normally expect a final to take quite a while, and normally if a rider is caught in a final it tends to be towards the end. But we knew Sarah Storey was the class act of the field after her ride this morning by some considerable distance."


    Ian Bailey on Twitter: "A 'Battle of Britain' would be nice - Celtic v Arsenal/Man U/Man C for example."

    Finlay Donaldson on Twitter: "Would love for Celtic to get an English team. Always tasty affairs."

    Simon Minty on Twitter: "Champions league prediction! Man city in the same group as Barcelona, Juventus and Celtic!"

  88. 1648: 

    Remember, however, that Manchester United had a good-looking draw last season and they also ended up in the Europa League. They finished third in a group containing FC Basel, Otelul Galati and Benfica.

  89. 1646: 

    Manchester City's task is made harder because their Uefa co-efficient is not as high as their rivals in pot one. They faced a similar situation last season, when they were drawn in a tough group that included eventual finalists Bayern Munich, Italian side Napoli and Villarreal of Spain. That group proved too difficult for Roberto Mancini's side to qualify from and they ended up in the Europa League.


    You can let us know your views during the Champions League draw. Who do you want to see in your team's group? What is the worst case scenario? Tweet us, using #bbcsportsday.

  91. 1641: 

    Sarah Storey has won Britain's first gold medal at the Paralympics with a superb ride in the women's C5 individual pursuit, catching Poland's Anna Harkowska with some ease.

  92. 1639: 

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are also waiting to hear who they will face in the Champions League group stages. They are alongside the top seeds in Pot One, while City are in Pot Two. Scottish champions Celtic are in Pot Four. There will be eight groups, with a team from each pot being placed in each group. Teams from the same country cannot be placed in the same group. Here is the full list of teams in the draw:

    Pot One: Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Porto, AC Milan.

    Pot Two: Valencia, Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, Zenit St Petersburg, Schalke, Manchester City, Braga, Dynamo Kiev.

    Pot Three: Olympiakos, Ajax, Anderlecht, Juventus, Spartak Moscow, Paris St Germain, Lille, Galatasaray.

    Pot Four: Celtic, Borussia Dortmund, BATE Borisov, Dinamo Zagreb, CFR Cluj, Malaga, Montpellier, FC Nordsjaelland.

  93. 1634: 

    The draw for the group stages of the Champions League will be made in around 30 minutes, and we will be bringing it to you as it happens on Sportsday Live. Manchester City will be keeping their fingers crossed for a kind draw, knowing they could end up in a group alongside Spanish giants Barcelona or Real Madrid, Italian champions Juventus and last season's best team in Germany, Borussia Dortmund.

  94. 1632: 

    Britain's Chris Froome is still in third place after the 12th stage of the Vuelta a Espana, but has lost a little time on overall leader Joaquin Rodriguez.

    Rodriguez won the stage and finished 23 seconds ahead of Froome, who is now 51 seconds behind the red jersey holder. Alberto Contador is still second but also fell back a touch, and is currently 13 seconds behind Rodriguez.

  95. 1627: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has told BBC Look North that defender Kieran Richardson is likely to join Fulham before tomorrow night's transfer deadline.


    Some more reflections on the summer's transfer business, let us know what you think of your club's dealings at #bbcsportsday.

    Si Hawkes on Twitter: "OK, so we didn't have a last minute swoop for Dembele or Berbatov. Go on Arsene, surprise me; go get Dempsey"

    Kenny Read on Twitter: "Southampton been snapping up attacking options but need to invest in defence. Rhys Williams would be a good signing."

    Stuart Clarke on Twitter: "Some good signings for Blackburn, building a strong Championship squad. Where is all this money coming from though?"

  97. 1617: 

    Wigan scrum-half Thomas Leuluai is set to make his comeback from a broken leg in Sunday's Stobart Super League match at Hull KR, where victory would enable the Warriors to clinch the league leaders' shield.

    Leuluai has not played since he sustained the injury against England while playing for the Exiles in June.

  98. 1615: 

    The draw for the Champions League group stage will be on in Monaco from 1645 BST onwards.

    Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal and Celtic will all be waiting with bated breath over who they will face. At this stage English sides cannot be drawn against each other.

    We will bring you regular updates as the lengthy draw progresses.

  99. 1610: 

    Sam Allardyce thinks West Ham may bring in one more player before the transfer window closes, but does not expect it to be Liverpool's Andy Carroll.

    "Our problem is I have since moved on financially. When I first went for Andy Carroll I could afford him, whether I could now is a different matter.

    "At the very best I think one player will be joining us before the deadline tomorrow."

  100. 1608: 

    F1 is back this weekend, and the BBC's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson has filed his latest blog.

    Andrew thinks Kimi Raikkonen has a great chance of winning his fifth Belgian Grand Prix in Spa this Sunday.

  101. 1600: 

    Martin O'Neill has challenged Stephane Sessegnon to get more goals for Sunderland following the 28-year-old Benin international's new contract at the Stadium of Light.

    "I think he himself for the talent he possesses might think his goal ratio is not up there, but he is a quality player and he is hard to mark.

    "He had a great period last season - like the rest of us, he maybe tailed off a little bit towards the end when the Premier League status had been achieved and he got a little bit tired.


    Rob Allard on Twitter: "Berbatov signing for £4million must be the deal of the window. Potential for 15/20 goals a season. Delighted!!"

    What do you think of your club's dealings this summer,a nd who do you want to see move in before the end of the transfer window? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  103. 1551: 

    Arsene Wenger on the possibility of doing some business before the transfer window closes on Friday.

    "We are active but we don't just want to bring average players in, we want to find a special player who can give us a plus.

    "We have of course enough, but you always want to improve your squad, if you find a top top top player we will do it, we're working very hard, we have the resources available."

  104. 1548: 

    Britain's first medallist at the Paralympics, cyclist Mark Colbourne, has been speaking to Channel 4 about his silver medal in the C 1-2-3 1km time trial:

    "I've worked for the last eight months towards this. A big thanks goes to all the coaches for getting me into the best shape possible.

    "I was just completely focused on the black line. We've done this hundreds of times in training and it's about repeating the process. I probably only heard the crowd on lap three when I had relaxed into my stride."


    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Glad #LFC looking to the future with striker signing. But I'd like at least 1 more first team signing before tomorrow please."

  106. 1538: 

    ParalympicsGB has its first medal at the games, with Mark Colbourne taking the silver medal in the men's cycling C 1-2-3 1km time trial.

    China's Li Zhang Yu wins the gold with a world record of 1min 05.021, with Germany's Thomas Graf winning the bronze.

  107. 1524: 

    Spurs have confirmed that Jermain Defoe has signed a new contract lasting until 2015.

    The striker had already referred to the deal on his Twitter account.

  108. 1520: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel:

    "Great Britain are defeated 25-14 25-18 25-20 by Beijing bronze medallists Russia in their opening Paralympics sitting volleyball group match.

    "GB gave Russia a good contest in the final set, but lacked the power from the back and the deftness of touch at the net."

  109. 1517: 

    Fulham manager Martin Jol thinks his move for Manchester United's Dimitar Berbatov shows that the club mean business.

    "As I said last week we are a healthy club, we didn't just need the Dembele money to spend before.

    "Of course you have to pay good players good money but I think we have made steps over the last few years and there have been many clubs interested in Dimitar."

  110. 1514: 

    Besiktas goalkeeper Allan McGregor has been included in the Scotland squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia.

    Full squad:

    Goalkeepers: Matt Gilks (Blackpool), Allan McGregor (Besiktas), David Marshall (Cardiff City)

    Defenders: Christophe Berra (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Gary Caldwell (Wigan Athletic), Daniel Fox (Southampton), Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Andy Webster (Heart of Midlothian)

    Midfielders: Charlie Adam (Liverpool), Don Cowie (Cardiff City), Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), Shaun Maloney (Wigan Athletic), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City)

    Forwards: Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Jamie Mackie (Queens Park Rangers), Kenny Miller (Vancouver Whitecaps), Steven Naismith (Everton), Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield Town)

  111. 1512: 

    Britain's Darren Kenny is in first place in the C 1-2-3 1km time trial, after recording a time of 1:10.203, 0.792 seconds faster than the previous best.

    He now has to wait for the remaining seven competitors to see if his time will be good enough for gold.

  112. 1504: 

    Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Celtic are waiting to hear who they will face in the group stage of the Champions League.

    The draw will start at around 1645 BST, and we will bring you all the news. It will go on for a while, but we'll bring you regular updates.

    Premier League champions City are in pot two and may face Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus.

  113. 1457: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has given his view of the situation over Theo Walcott and a potential new contract for the England international.

    "His situation is simple - he will stay with us & play for us, he has one year to go, either we do find an agreement with him to extend the contract or not for a longer period, that's what we want to do.

    "I think Theo loves the club, contrary to what some media describe he is not obsessed by money, there is just a little difference and at some stage we hope we can find an agreement."

  114. 1452: 

    Spurs and England striker Jermain Defoe has announced on Twitter that he has signed a new contract at White Hart Lane - although no mention as to how long.

    "Fantastic week signed my new contract at Spurs & meeting up with England on Monday for 2 important games #goalsgoalsgoals"


    Some more reflections on the summer's transfer business, let us know what you think of your club's dealings at #bbcsportsday.

    Sam Peck on Twitter: "Julio Cesar and Granero to QPR and now Richard Wright to Man City? The transfer window continues to entertain and mystify..."

    Jarmo Willemse on Twitter: "Berbatov would be a fantastic signing for Fulham, but they still need to replace Dembélé and Dempsey."

    Nemkibet on Twitter: "Surely Kagawa makes the best buy for the summer, cheap but reliable"

  116. 1438: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel:

    "My current Paralympics sport of choice is the sitting volleyball inside ExCel's South Arena. Sitting volleyball is as you would imagine - players sitting on the floor playing volleyball.

    "Amputees, those with spinal cord injuries, have cerebral palsy, brain injuries or have had a stroke can compete. There is one rule for all - keep one part of the body - between your backside and your shoulder - on the floor.

    "Great Britain are in action, and in keeping with London 2012 volleyball tradition are currently losing - one set down to Russia."

  117. 1437: 

    Chris Hughton is not ruling out any more additions to the Norwich City squad before the end of the transfer window.

    "I'm happy with the squad, but if anything happens by the end of the transfer window, it'll only be if it's right for #NCFC", he says on the Canaries' Twitter feed.

  118. 1429: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the Velodrome: "The afternoon session is under way. Five medals are on the line with a trio of Great British contenders sniffing around the first set of gongs.

    "Darren Kenny won 1km time trial gold at both Beijing and Athens, team-mate Rik Waddon took silver behind Kenny four years ago while Mark Colbourne won 3km Pursuit gold in this year's Para-Cycling World Track Championships in Los Angeles.

    "They will be right in the mix when the 28 riders are shaken down to three medallists by their solo four-lap blasts in the C1-3 1km time trial. Kenny is 21st to go, Waddon 25th and Colbourne 27th with four riders down off the ramp so far."

  119. 1425: 

    Michael Vaughan is backing the case for Yorkshire's Joe Root to replace Andrew Strauss at the top of the England batting order.

    "Joe has come from my club in Sheffield, the same system and I'm good friends with him and his family," Vaughan has told the Press Association.

    "I'd love to see him get the call and India's not a bad place to get going as an opening batsman."

  120. 1419: 

    American swimming star Victoria Arlen will take on Britain's Ellie Simmonds in the 400m freestyle heats on Saturday after the 17-year-old was allowed to compete in the S6 category.

    Arlen was ruled ineligible on Monday as part of the standard pre-Games classification testing process, but a protest from the US team was upheld on Wednesday.

    However, a final decision on Arlen's status is likely to be made after she competes as the process is ongoing.

  121. 1413: 

    Sergio Perez is to make a decision on his future within the next few weeks.

    Although heavily linked with Ferrari as a potential replacement for Felipe Massa for 2013, interest in the 22-year-old Mexican appears to have waned, reports the Press Association.

    "It's getting closer to when I have to make a decision, whether I stay with the team or if I will leave,"


    Who has been your club's best buy of the summer, and who would you like see arrive before the end of the transfer window? Time's running out for any deals, but plenty of time to air your thoughts at #bbcsportsday.

    Emmanuel Amanor on Twitter: "Chelsea must sign that big striker like Cavani to replace Drogba. Torres is just unreliable now"

    Lee Richardson on Twitter: "If Fulham manage to pull of the signing of Berbatov it will be a master stroke from Martin Jol. Berba still has lots to offer"

    Garreth Lodge on Twitter: "Granero to QPR, would have taken him at Anfield..."

  123. 1400: 

    World champion Casey Stoner feels the operation on his broken ankle has gone well via Twitter.

    "Operation went as well as can be expected, all the staff were great also. Now we just have to wait and see how I recover," says the 26-year-old.

  124. 1359: 

    Arsene Wenger is confident Theo Walcott will remain at Arsenal, insisting the winger is not motivated by money.

    The England player, 23, indicated he could leave by rejecting a five-year deal worth £75,000 a week.

    But Wenger believes there will be a resolution and Walcott, with one-year left on his contract, will stay.

    "He is not obsessed by money," said the Gunners boss. "There is just a little difference. We want to extend his contract. I think Theo loves the club."

  125. 1356: 

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says the team are not yet considering using team orders despite Jenson Button falling off the pace in the title race.

    Button is 88 points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari with team-mate Lewis Hamilton 44 adrift.

    "It will be quite a few races before we make that decision," said Whitmarsh.

  126. 1352: 

    William Fox-Pitt, a member of Great Britain's Olympic silver medal-winning eventing team, delivers a strong dressage test on Seacookie, scoring 46.5 penalties.

    Fox-Pitt, 43, leads midway through the opening session of the Burghley Horse Trials.

  127. 1346: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "A touch of class from Great Britain's Ben Quilter as he defeats Mongolia's Munkhbat Aajim by ippon to reach a second repechage contest against the United States' Ron Hawthorne. If he wins that, the double world champion will fight for bronze.

    "The noise from the crowd has been sensational inside the ExCel. Heaven knows what it will be like when the remaining few players return at 16:00 BST."

  128. 1341: 

    England all-rounder Tim Bresnan tweets: "Andrew Strauss is the epitome of professionalism. A great leader, wonderful teammate and all-round nice bloke. I wish him well for the future.

    "Also, good luck to Cooky on taking the reins. He has big shoes to fill. It's a good job he has very big feet. Will lead from the front."

  129. 1338: 

    England fast bowler Steven Finn praises outgoing captain Andrew Strauss.

    "It's obviously disappointing to see Straussy leave us as captain and leave cricket altogether," said Finn.

    "He was a fantastic captain. To grow up with him around has been fantastic.

    "He's achieved so much in an England shirt and been such an inspirational leader for the group and for me personally.

    "He was a masterful captain."

  130. 1332: 

    Top racehorse owner the Aga Khan and Irish jockey Johnny Murtagh have split. Unspecified 'differences' between the two have been cited for the parting.

    Murtagh, 42, has won a string of top races in the Aga Khan's green and red silks including the Epsom Derby and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe of 2000 on Sinndar.

  131. 1327: 

    Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun tweets: "I can confirm that I'm in talks with two Premier League clubs about a loan move, hope to sort it by tomorrow evening..."


    Plenty of chatter on Twitter regarding the imminent closure of the transfer window:

    Scott on Twitter: "Hoping that Paul Lambert knows what he's doing signing more youngsters - surely we need sign some experienced players too?!?"

    Neil Houltram on Twitter: "Everton need cover for Baines and possibly one more up front. Oviedo fits the bill but unsure up front."

    Chris Williams on Twitter: "Can Arsenal replace the Board by midnight Friday? It's painful to see my beloved Gooners in this mess..."

    Join the discussion, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  133. 1321: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "Double world champion Ben Quilter of Great Britain has been defeated in his Paralympics -60kg judo quarter-final contest by Mouloud Noura. Despite huge roars from the crowd, the Brighton player could not find his 'A' game against the wily Algerian. Quilter will now need to overcome Mongolia's Munkhbat Aajim in his first repechage contest."

  134. 1316: 

    Younes Kaboul has undergone surgery on his injured knee and will be out for around four months, the Tottenham defender announces via Twitter.

  135. 1314: 

    Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is undergoing a medical at Fulham, manager Martin Jol confirms.

  136. 1313: 

    QPR tweet: "We have reached agreement with Real Madrid for the permanent transfer of midfielder Esteban Granero. The deal is subject to Granero agreeing personal terms and passing a medical."

  137. 1311: 

    World champion Casey Stoner has undergone surgery on the broken ankle he sustained in qualifying at Indianapolis.

    "Doctors are pleased with how the operation went, and now must wait during this initial recuperation period to see how the ankle is healing," the Australian's Honda Repsol team have announced following Stoner's operation in Sydney.

  138. 1306:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Spoken to West Ham co-owner David Gold who told me "it would be a miracle" if they put a deal together for Andy Carroll before the deadline.

    Gold said regarding Carroll: "It would be a miracle but you never know. We did come close to doing a deal but it didn't happen."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with John Inverdale from 19:00 BST comes live from the opening day of competition at the Paralympics, with commentary on the women's s9 100m butterfly and the SM10 Men's and women's 200m individual medley finals.

    There is also live athletics from Zurich at the penultimate Diamond League meeting, with Yohan Blake in the 100m, Usain Bolt in the 200m and David Rudisha in the 800m.

  140. 1303: 

    Ahead of the second leg of Newcastle's Europa League play-off against Atromitos tonight, goalkeeper Tim Krul tweets: "Looking forward for our Europa League game tonight. We have to make sure we are in the draw tomorrow for the group stage..."

  141. 1257: 

    The new Aviva Premiership seasons starts on Saturday, with champions Harlequins against Wasps and Saracens versus London Irish in a Twickenham double-header among the fixtures.

    BBC Sport have teamed up with BBC local radio to put together a team-by-team guide to the 2012-13 campaign. You can also visit BBC Sport England for the best stories, features, audio and video from across England.

  142. 1252: 

    ParalympicsGB judoka Ben Quilter, double world and European champion, loses to Mouloud Noura of Algeria at the quarter-final stage of the -60kg judo and will have to seek progress in the repechage.

  143. 1250: 

    Georgios Samaras insists Celtic can make life difficult for Europe's top teams in the Champions League.

    Celtic are in pot four and could be drawn against sides of the calibre of Real Madrid.

    But the Greek striker says no team will relish a trip to Celtic Park.

    "It won't be easy for teams to come here and win, not only because we're a good team but because of the atmosphere," he told BBC Scotland.

  144. 1244: 

    Just a reminder that Paralympic action can actually be watched on the BBC.

    In sports news bulletins on the BBC News Channel there will be two to three minutes of action six times a day.

    The best times are the 18:30 and 22:30 BST on Monday to Friday's Sportsday programmes.

  145. 1238: 

    Stephane Sessegnon signs an extension to his contract with Sunderland.

    The Beninese midfielder, 28, is now under contract at the Stadium of Light until 2015.

    Sessegnon moved to Wearside from Paris Saint-Germain in January 2011.


    With transfer deadline day looming, you're all debating where your sides need to strengthen and who has been a top signing so far:

    James Mainwaring on Twitter: "A lot of unanswered questions at Fulham. Dempsey out? Who will replace Dembele? Berbatov in? Exciting times..."

    Gaz Wozza on Twitter: "Happy with Scott Sinclair. Let's see if he can fulfil his ability, unlike Adam Johnson."

    Stephen G on Twitter: "Arsenal need another defensive midfielder with Song gone and Wilshere still out. Yann M'Vila would be a good signing!"

    Join the discussion, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  147. 1233: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the velodrome: "End of the first session and Great Britain are assured of at least a silver medal after Sarah Storey churned out a new world record en route to this afternoon's gold medal final against Poland's Anna Harkowska in the C5 Pursuit.

    "In reality, having come home 16 seconds quicker than Harkowska, it will be a big surprise if it is anything less than the top step of the podium for Storey come 1645 BST.

    "Before Storey struts her stuff though, Darren Kenny and Rik Waddon have more-than-decent hopes of landing the first GB gold of the Games in the C1-3 1km Time Trial from 14:00 BST."

  148. 1228: 

    Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko puts pressure on world champion Sebastian Vettel ahead of Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix by saying the German must improve his performances in qualifying.

    "We can still win the title, but Vettel must do better in qualifying. He no longer has the domination he had last season," the Austrian former F1 driver said in his column in German newspaper Bild.

  149. 1224: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Back to the shooting range to see how Britain's Adrian Bunclark, known as Bunny, fares in qualification for the P1 10m air pistol event.

    "A place in the final is probably too much to ask for but he will want to make a good impression on his Paralympic debut. The qualification is 60 shots."

  150. 1220: 

    A notable inclusion in England's squad is Chelsea's Ryan Bertrand, who provides cover in both left back and left-sided midfield roles.

    The striker foursome of Carroll, Defoe, Sturridge and Welbeck means Wayne Rooney misses out, having suffered a thigh gash against Fulham on Saturday.

  151. 1215: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "What an opening morning of swimming action - four Paralympic records and two world records.

    "Judging by the British performances so far, ParalympicsGB could have potentially five medallists this evening with Nyree Kindred, Jonathan Fox and Hannah Russell all clear favourites in their events.

    "Susie Rodgers and Stephanie Millward should also be in with a shout of podium places, so the Paralympians could eclipse their Olympic counterpart's total of three medals in the pool, on the opening night of these Games.

    "South Africa's legendary 10-time Paralympic champion Natalie Du Toit comfortably progressed to the S9 100m butterfly final, whilst New Zealand's 19-year-old Sophie Pascoe knocked nearly a second off the SM10 200m individual medley world record in the heats.

    "The swimmers will return for the finals from 17:30 BST."

  152. 1210: 

    That England squad in full:

    Jack Butland (Birmingham), Joe Hart (Man City), John Ruddy (Norwich)

    Leighton Baines (Everton), Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Joleon Lescott (Man City), John Terry (Chelsea), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

    Michael Carrick (Man United), Tom Cleverley (Man United), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Adam Johnson (Sunderland), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Man City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

    Andy Carroll (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Daniel Sturridge (Chelsea), Danny Welbeck (Man United).

  153. 1206: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine on 7 and 11 September.

    The big news: John Terry named as part of the setup.

  154. 1203: 

    Sunderland's new winger Adam Johnson maintains that, looking back on his time spent at Manchester City, he would make the move to Etihad all over again.

    "I had the choice of going to Sunderland or City," admits the 25-year-old, who moved to Manchester from Middlesbrough in 2010.

    "I probably made the right decision with the medals and the experience I have had.

    "Looking back, I would probably do it again - I suppose any young lad would in my situation then.

    "But it's worked out now that I am here."

  155. 1157: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "Great Britain's Ben Quilter, who is a two-time world champion, will face Algeria's Mouloud Noura in his first -60kg judo contest at the Paralympics. The impressive Noura defeated Mongolia's Munkhbat Aajim by ippon."

  156. 1151: 

    South Africa captain Graeme Smith tweets: "Just wanna congratulate Andrew Strauss on a great career as captain and player for England! Fully appreciate the demands of captaining your country.

    "It was always a great contest playing against Andrew and his team and I wish him well in his future."

  157. 1146: 

    English football is not ready for a so-called 'Rooney rule', says Football Association consultant Brendon Batson.

    In American football, clubs must interview at least one black or ethnic minority candidate when hiring a coach.

    But Batson, who has helped launch a bursary scheme for 49 black and ethnic minority coaches, says improving qualifications is the priority.

    "I don't think we have enough with the right qualifications to challenge at the very top," he told BBC Sport.


    With less than 48 hours to go before the transfer window, you're all discussing business conducted so far. Who has been the best signing, and where does your side still need to strengthen?

    Luke Shirley on Twitter: "The price for Rhodes is astronomical. Massive pressure for him to live up to that in the Championship."

    Andy Horncastle on Twitter: "I am baffled. Mancini wants to improve the squad but Sinclair in Johnson out is a backward step, with full respect to Sinclair."

    Samuel Davies on Twitter: "Gutted de Jong is leaving City by the looks of things. What a solid, reliable servant he has been. Will walk into any team."

    Have your say via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  159. 1139: 

    British Paralympic athlete Nathan Stephens withdraws from the F57/58 discus on Friday to ensure he is fully fit for the javelin on Saturday.

    UK Athletics confirmed the 24-year-old double amputee had pulled out of the discus as a precaution as he is still recovering from injury. Stephens, from Bridgend, is a gold medal contender in the javelin, his main event, having won the world title last year.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On Wednesday's 5 live's cricket special following the retirement of Andrew Strauss, cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew was asked how the decision might affect the international future of Kevin Pietersen.

    He said: "Personally I don't thik it makes much difference because it wasn't really a him versus Strauss thing as such anyway, that was a smokescreen.

    "The issues were deeper than that, starting with Kevin wanting to decide which matches he played, the texts were just snowballing on from all of that.

    "The fact Strauss has gone doesn't change anything, the fact the texts were sent, doesn't change the fact the players will view Kevin Pietersen as having been seriously disloyal and that is the issue that has to be grasped if there is any chance of Pietersen getting back into that side." You can download a podcast of the programme or listen again on the BBC iPlayer.

  161. 1132: 

    York City sign defender Clarke Carlisle, chairman of the Professional Footballers' Association, on a free transfer.

    The 32-year-old had been without a club since leaving Burnley at the end of last season, and revealed on Wednesday the difficulties he has been having finding a new team.

  162. 1128: 

    BBC Sport reporter George Riley tweets: "Hog roast, pie and mash and bar all attracting a good deal of custom from Paralympics spectators this morning. I'm here for research, obviously..."

  163. 1122: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the velodrome: "Great Britain's Sarah Storey steps out to a raucous welcome and she returns the favour with a C5 Pursuit world record that lifts the decibel level even higher. She hunts down American Jennifer Schuble around the 1500m mark and forges through the second half of the race to come home in 3:32.170 - more than a second better than her own 2009 mark.

    "It was a time that would have earned her silver in the non-disabled world championships in Melbourne in April."

  164. 1116: 

    With striker Jordan Rhodes set to join Blackburn Rovers later today, BBC Radio Leeds is reporting that Huddersfield Town are considering a move for Leicester City forward Paul Gallagher.

  165. 1113: 

    More from BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Everton moving for FC Copenhagen's 22-year-old left-sided player Bryan Oviedo: "Copenhagen are resigned to losing Oviedo, who is entering the final year of his contract, after losing to Lille in the final Champions League qualifying round on Wednesday.

    "He appeals to Moyes as he is trying to bring the age of his squad down and Everton are hopeful of making Oviedo their fourth signing since the end of the last campaign after adding Steven Pienaar, Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas to their squad."

  166. 1109: 

    BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "No danger of ParalympicsGB having to wait days for a gold medal. Their first will be won within hours."

  167. 1101: 

    Swansea winger Scott Sinclair to undergo a medical at Manchester City after the clubs agree a fee of £6.2m.

    The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year contract at the Etihad and is expected to complete the deal later today.

    The Swans also agree a fee of around £5.5m with Valencia to sign Spain international Pablo Hernandez, according to the Press Association.

  168. 1059: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "Great Britain's S7 100m backstroke world champion Jonathan Fox sets the first world record of the London 2012 Paralympic Games by touching home in one minutes 9.86 seconds.

    "He waves his finger to signal 'number one' and he certainly is.

    "Meanwhile, 16-year-old team-mate Hannah Russell knocked three seconds off her personal best time in the S12 400m freestyle to qualify clear of the pack and give ParalympicsGB a fantastic chance of multiple honours in tonight's finals."

  169. 1057: 

    Andy Carroll wants to stay at Anfield and fight for his place despite Liverpool's attempts to move him on before the transfer window closes.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers has tried to persuade the striker to accept his time at the club is over as he attempts to raise funds for new signings.

    But Carroll remains committed to Liverpool, having already turned down one proposed move to West Ham.

  170. 1051: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "From the experience of four-time Paralympian Nyree Lewis we move to the raw talent of Hannah Russell who's making her Games debut.

    "The S12 swimmer, who was fourth in the 400m freestyle at the European championships last year, only turned 16 earlier this month and looks a fantastic prospect.

    "Russell wins her heat in four minutes 41.25 seconds which is a personal best of over three seconds."

  171. 1049: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "First stop on my tour of Paralympic sports at the ExCel - table tennis. The arena's just over half full with eight matches on show. I love a good serve and an early contender of 'serve of the competition' comes from the hands of Spain's wheelchair player Tomas Pinas. We're talking 'bodyline'."

  172. 1048: 

    Bristol Rovers complain to the Football League after Saturday's game with Wycombe was abandoned because of adverse weather.

    Rovers were winning 3-1 when the players were taken off the field because of heavy rain showers and thunder storms over Adams Park, before the game was called off after 66 minutes.

  173. 1045: 

    Head coach Lyn Jones reveals Gavin Henson will be back in action in four weeks for London Welsh after he suffered a fractured cheekbone.

    The 30-year-old suffered the injury during London Welsh's pre-season friendly defeat against the Scarlets.

  174. 1042: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has told a press conference today that Victor Moses, who has joined Chelsea for around £9m, is irreplaceable.

    Martinez is hoping to strengthen his squad in the next 24 hours with the money raised from the sale of Moses, but Martinez said: "It's a case of finding the players we want to try to improve the squad.

    "I think Victor Moses was such an influential player and such a special player for us I don't think you can replace him with another individual."

  175. 1041: 

    Coates, a three-time gold medallist competing at her eighth Games, had been one of the favourites for the R2 rifle final. Britain's other competitors, Karen Butler and Mandy Pankhurst, also failed to reach the final, finishing 12th and 16th respectively.

  176. 1032: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Disappointment for Di Coates as she misses out on a place in the R2 rifle final at the Royal Artillery Barracks.

    "The 58-year-old had been in contention for the eight-woman final but a poor last round saw her finish on 389 points in ninth place."

  177. 1029: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty: "Everton are hopeful of completing a deal worth around £5m for FC Copenhagen's 22-year-old Costa Rican international Bryan Oviedo before Friday's transfer deadline.

    "Oviedo is a left-sided player who can figure in defence or midfield."

  178. 1026: 

    US PGA winner Rory McIlroy is to miss the Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda in October because of a clash of dates.

    The world number one from Northern Ireland had already committed to the European Tour's BMW Masters in China.

    Keegan Bradley, who won last year's Grand Slam, will replace McIlroy when it is staged at Bermuda's Port Royal Golf Course on 23 and 24 October.

  179. 1022: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "Huge roar from the crowd as Nyree Kindred becomes the first British swimmer to compete at the London 2012 Paralympics.

    "There's an even bigger one though as the S6 100m backstroke Athens gold and Beijing silver medallist breaks the Paralympic record, finishing in one minute 27.96 seconds and is unsurprisingly safely through to tonight's final."

  180. 1017:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Former South Africa captain Shaun Pollock tells BBC Radio 5 live he has sympathy with Andrew Strauss over his decision to retire from all forms of cricket.

    "I was surprised he decided to retire from all forms of cricket, but once you have been captain it is quite difficult to settle back into being another team member and carry on," says Pollock.

    "He captained England to two Ashes victories, he played 100 Tests - all those thing he would have weighed up. The timing was probably right, and people will have fond memories of what he did for England."

  181. 1014: 

    It is a big day for Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Celtic - and not just because the transfer window is close to shutting.

    The big five will learn later who they face in the group stages of the Champions League.

    Premier League champions City are in pot two and may face Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Juventus.

  182. 1003: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the Velodrome: "A rip-roaring start to the action in the Velodrome as China's He Yin overtakes Austria's Anita Ruetz after four of the 12 laps of the track in the first heat of the C1-3 Pursuit.

    "She briefly looks on course for a new Paralympic record, but eases off the gas, still coming home more than 30 seconds clear of her opponent.

    "The record books need revising after the day's second race however as Australia's Jayme Paris sets the first new world record of London 2012 with a time of 4:40.123 in the C1 class."

  183. 1001: 

    Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is named in Japan's 23-man squad for the World Cup qualifier against Iraq on 11 September.

    On-loan Wigan winger Ryo Miyaichi is not selected.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew featured in a 5 live cricket special last night following the retirement of Andrew Strauss said of the decision:

    "The timing is right," he said. "He has been a man struggling for form and even when you're captain you do need to be an integral member of the team and you are weakened when your place in the team is being questioned. Strauss was facing too many of those questions."

    You can download a podcast of the programme or listen again on the BBC iPlayer.

  185. 0956: 

    Great start in the swimming pool for Great Britain's Nyree Kindred, who wins her heat in the 100m backstroke in a paralympic record time of one minute 27.96 seconds.

    "It gives me a lot of confidence, but I won't be going over the top," Kindred tells Channel 4.

  186. 0940: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the Aquatics Centre: "Key names to look out for from ParalympicsGB are those of S6 100m backstroke Beijing silver medallist Nyree Kindred as well as world champion and world record holder Jonathan Fox in the S7 100m backstroke.

    "Paralympic legend Natalie du Toit of South Africa is also also in action. The crowd are filtering in fast and whilst the weather outside is bleak, the atmosphere in here has a positive glow about it."

  187. 0936: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at the ExCel: "This vast airport terminal of a building, which lay hushed for a little more than two weeks is alive again the sound of sport, cheers and popular music. The Paralympics is in town.

    "The table tennis is under way, but we have judo, sitting volleyball and powerlifting. British judo to shine again today? Double world champion Ben Quilter, who is visually impaired, goes for gold in the -60kg. It's all about the ippon."

  188. 0932: 

    The Maori All Blacks will open a three-match UK tour with a fixture against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on 13 November.

  189. 0927: 

    BBC Sport's Mike Henson at the Velodrome: "The first day of Paralympic action begins in the Velodrome at 0930 BST, with Essex's Crystal Lane, in the heats of the C5 Pursuit at 1028 BST, the first Briton to take to the track.

    "Lane's GB team-mate Sarah Storey is in the same event and could win the eighth Paralympic gold of her career in the final at 1631 BST.

    Before that however, Britain's Darren Kenny will be hoping to add to his own haul of six golds with compatriots Mark Colbourne and Rik Waddon also in contention in the C1-2-3 1km Time Trial."

  190. 0923: 

    Britain's Laura Robson says becoming more mobile around the court helped her to the finest win of her career.

    Robson beat former world number one Kim Clijsters 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to book a third-round US Open tie against Li Na.

    "I've always been working on my movement, it's something I can still improve a lot," said the 18-year-old. "I'm putting a lot of work into it. I'm getting more confident. I feel I can get to one extra ball every time and put more pressure on my opponent."

  191. 0917: 

    The long wait for the Paralympic GB cyclists is finally over and today the team take to the track for the first day of action at the London Velodrome.

    Paralympic champion Sarah Storey will hope to lay down a marker in qualifying, before then hopefully going for Gold later on this evening in the 3km individual pursuit.

    Lead coach for the team Chris Furber said: "She's competed on the very biggest stage - the Commonwealth Games, the Para-cycling World Championships, the Paralympic Games and also able-bodied World Cups as well. She knows what it takes to win."

  192. 0912: 

    Stoke are close to completing the signing of Rangers midfielder Maurice Edu after being given permission to finalise his work permit application.

    The United States international has been a long-standing target of Potters boss Tony Pulis and last weekend agreed terms on a three-year deal and passed a medical.

  193. 0906: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the Royal Artillery Barracks: "Early start at the Royal Artillery Barracks where the first gold medal of the Paralympic Games will be won in the women's R2 10m air rifle standing event.

    "Britain has three representatives - Di Coates, who is competing in her eighth Paralympics, Mandy Pankhurst and Karen Butler.

    "Coates is 58 but isn't the oldest competitor in this event - that honour goes to Australian Libby Kosmala, who is 70. The qualification started at 0900 BST with the top eight advancing to the final at 1200 BST."


    We're reflecting on Laura Robson's excellent win over Kim Clijsters in round two of the US Open - as well as looking forward to the Paralympics.

    Jean-Luc Gentilli on Twitter: "Hard not to be impressed by laura, but as shown by murray being exceptional is sometimes not enough. Feet on the ground time."

    Matthew Conroy on Twitter: "In a couple of years @laurarobson5 will be going for all four grand slams."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Think it will be difficult for Team GB to emulate Beijing - other countries are now better prepared & more competitive."

    So how well will Great Britain do at the Paralympics? And is 18-year-old Laura Robson really a future champion in the making? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  195. 0851: 

    New Test captain Alastair Cook is one of three England players named in the International Cricket Council`s five-day team of the year.

    He is joined in the line-up, selected by a panel of experts headed by West Indies great Clive Lloyd, by team-mates Stuart Broad and Matt Prior.

  196. 0848:  
    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    On England captain Andrew Strauss's retirement from all forms of cricket tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm very surprised. I thought he would go away and sort the [Kevin] Pietersen thing and then sort out his batting.

    "But he's just run out of steam, it's demanding being England captain. He just run out of energy. If you haven't got the mental energy to sort out your batting and deal with everything that comes with being captain then he has made the right decision.

    "I'm sure Pietersen has been last straw but you can't carry it when you're losing and not batting well. If you're winning you can get away with murder, but if you're losing then the sack looms. We know how nice a man he is, but losing generals get sacked."

  197. 0842: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert wants to sign Chesterfield's 21-year-old striker Jordan Bowery before the transfer window shuts on Friday, the Press Association reports.

    Villa have increased their bid to sign Genk forward Christian Benteke to around £5.5m after their initial offer was rejected, but Lambert is also looking long term.

    Bowery, who has made more than 80 appearances since joining making his Chesterfield debut four years ago, has two years remaining of his current contract.

  198. 0834:  
    BBC Radio 5 livePARALYMPICS

    Eleven-times Paralympic gold medal winner Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "There is a huge amount of work that goes into the medal target, it's not just plucked from thin air. I think they [Great Britain] will finish in second in the medal table. But everyone wants to beat the British on home soil.

    "I'm looking forward to seeing Sarah Storey today in the cycling, I think she is going to do well."

  199. 0825: 

    "I've had so many tough matches against top players that I knew the level was there, I just had to keep it for the whole match." That was the reaction of British number three Laura Robson after her stunning victory over Kim Clijsters in round two of the US Open.

    Matt Jarrett on Twitter: "Well done Laura Robson great win over Kim Clijsters, future of British tennis for sure! Great effort."

    Oliver Wilson-Nunn on Twitter: "Hats off to Laura Robson."

    Is 18-year-old Robson a future champion in the making? Lets us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  200. 0819: 

    The first day's action kicks off from 0900 BST with table tennis at London's ExCel Centre, goalball at the Copper Box, shooting at the Royal Artillery Barracks and equestrian at Greenwich Park.

    Sportsday Live will bring you updates on all the action throughout the day, with the likes of Great Britain cyclist Sarah Storey in action at the Velodrome and swimmer Natalie du Toit of South Africa at the Aquatics Centre.

    Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live all day, and 5 live Sports Extra from 13:00.


    So it is the first day of action from the London 2012 Paralympics, with Paralympics chief Lord Coe stating at Wednesday's opening ceremony that Britain "was ready" and the crowds in attendance would be "unprecedented".

    So who do you think is going to capture the hearts of the nation over the next few days? And can GB's paralympic team emulate the success of the GB Olympic team?

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  202. 0804: 

    As always, we start with three stories from a busy football gossip column, with the transfer deadline fast approaching.

    Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 26, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal, as a potential makeweight in a deal taking Theo Walcott the other way. (Metro)

    Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is set to be left out of Liverpool's Europa League match with Hearts, further fuelling speculation he will leave the club. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City will step up their interest in Inter Milan's 31-year-old defender Maicon before the transfer window closes. (Guardian)

  203. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday, the first day of action from the London 2012 Paralympics.

    As well as all the latest news from the Paralympics, we have reaction to Laura Robson's shock victory over former world number one Kim Clijsters in round two of the US Open, the draw for the Champions League group stages, while England manager Roy Hodgson names his squad for the World Cup qualifying games against Moldova and Ukraine.

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