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Football transfers, Mark Cavendish has urine thrown at him, Pellegrini news conference, plus breaking news

10 July 2013

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  1. 1902: 

    It is time to bring Sportsday Live to a close. Thank you for following, we will be back once again at 0800 BST on Thursday to bring you all the sports news throughout the day. Head over to BBC Three now where coverage of the Women's Euro2013 match between Sweden and Denmark has started. Goodbye for now.

  2. 1902: 

    Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "Italy and Finland share a 0-0 draw in the Euro 2013 opener in Halmstad. It wasn't a great advert for the tournament, with chances hard to come by but Italy's Melania Gabbiadini and Alessia Tuttino came closest. Hopefully hosts Sweden and Denmark should serve up a treat tonight at 1930 BST."

  3. 1902: 

    Glamorgan 300-6 v Hampshire 341 & 174-9

    Marcus North took four wickets as Glamorgan gave themselves a chance of victory against Hampshire at the end of the third day of their County Championship Division Two match at Cardiff. After Gareth Rees completed his first Championship century for 26 months, Glamorgan declared their first innings on 300-6 - 41 behind Hampshire.

    But Hampshire subsided to 53-6 before Neil McKenzie scored a vital half century in a 101 partnership for the seventh wicket with Sohail Tanvir. By the close Hampshire had reached 174-9 - an overall lead of 215.

  4. 1857: 

    Durham 253 & 331-9 v Derbyshire 113 & 181-7

    Derbyshire finally mustered some resistance to take their County Championship Division One match against Durham at Chester-le-Street to a fourth day.

    After subsiding for 113 in their first innings they were 49-5 in the second after being set a target of 472, but closed on 181-7.

    Shivnarine Chanderpaul made 76 and put on 98 for the sixth wicket with wicketkeeper Tom Poynton, who remained unbeaten on 56 on his return to the side after being axed because of his lack of runs in the first four games."

  5. 1855: 

    Middlesex 309 & 147-5 v Warwickshire 486-6

    BBC Sport's Kevin Hand at Uxbridge: "Adam Voges was magnificent and faultless up to his dismissal, which crucially came just short of the follow-on target. The hosts have lost wickets in clutches but will need to make the most of every partnership that remains if they're to bat for another two sessions to give themselves a chance of saving the game.

    "Warwickshire's attack has been relentless and given their opponents little room for manoeuvre even when partnerships have got going. They will be confident of maintaining their performance levels on the final day as they'll try to restrict any potential target to claim the win.

    "Middlesex have it all to do on Thursday if they are to avoid defeat after losing 11 wickets on day three."

  6. 1849: 

    Surrey 198 & 186-2 v Nottinghamshire 410

    Ricky Ponting, batting for the final time in first-class cricket in England, reached the landmark of 24,000 first-class runs and gave Surrey hope of a draw in their County Championship Division One clash against Nottinghamshire at the Oval.

    Ponting, needing 19 runs to reach the landmark, shared in an unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 97 with Arun Harinath.

    The former Australian Test captain batted for a little more than two hours for 41 runs as Surrey - with eight second innings wickets intact - cut the deficit to 26 and took the match into its final day as the hosts ended day three on 186-2.

  7. 1846: 

    Gloucestershire 348-3 v Kent

    Chris Dent and Alex Gidman both hit centuries as they put on 267 for the third wicket for Gloucestershire on the opening day of the County Championship Division Two game against bottom-of-the-table Kent. Gidman joined Dent in the middle after young Kent seamer Calum Haggett had accounted for Michael Klinger and Dan Housego to leave Gloucestershire 74-2 in the 19th over.

    Dent reached his first hundred of the season from 205 deliveries and advanced to a career-best 153, with 17 fours and two sixes in his 270-ball innings, before Haggett had him caught behind.

    Gidman, who survived difficult catching chances on 38 and 58, brought up his third County Championship century of the year from 185 balls and moved on to 145 not out at stumps, having struck 19 fours and a six.

  8. 1841: 

    Australia were 75-4 in reply to England's first innings 215, a deficit of 140 runs, at stumps on an absorbing first day of the first Ashes Test at Nottingham's Trent Bridge.

    Steven Smith was 38 not out and Phil Hughes seven not out after fast bowler Steven Finn (2-37) took two wickets in two balls and James Anderson (2-25) clean bowled Australia captain Michael Clarke.

    Earlier, Australia fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle took 5-50 in 14 overs as England were bowled out cheaply after winning the toss.

  9. 1833: 

    BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton: Not an awful lot happening between Italy-Finland. Still 0-0 after 71 minutes. By my count, Italy only had two or three shots on target. Finland none.

  10. 1832: 

    James King: Great teams play nice football but know how to win ugly. United and Chelsea have been the benchmark for it.

    Javier Quanash: Brazil didn't play attractive football against Spain in the Confederations Cup but still won.

    Following Manuel Pellegrini's vow that he wants his Manchester City team to win trophies with attractive football, we are asking if you want your team to win ugly or win with style? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  11. 1827: 

    Everton's new signing Gerard Deulofeu played last season for Barcelona's B team, who compete in the Spanish second division, scoring 18 goals.

    The 19-year-old has made just two senior appearances for Barcelona and the arrival of Neymar will limit his chances further, but the club hold him in high regard and he is considered to be the most talented currently in Barca's youth system. Deulofeu is said to possess vision, technique and flair beyond his years and can play off the front striker or on the left of midfield.

    He has represented Spain at all youth levels, helping the Under 19s to the European Championship title in 2011 and 2012. This year he has shone for his country at the Under-20 World Cup, particularly impressing in his country's opening game of the tournament - scoring twice in a 4-1 win against the USA.

  12. 1825: 

    Northants 310 & 123-4 v Lancashire 442

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northants have it all to do on day four if they're to avoid the double to Lancashire and hang onto the initiative in the Division Two title race. While the pitch appears not to be turning or diverting off the seam, significant overhead cloud gave the ball the chance to swing. Simon Kerrigan will be a real handful bowling to significant rough outside the off stump. It will be a real achievement if Northants get away with a draw."

  13. 1814:  
    Phil McNulty on Everton's new signing, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "A coup for manager Roberto Martinez, who was a key factor in deal. Lots of competition around for Deulofeu but the presence of Martinez at Everton helped sway the gifted youngster towards Goodison Park."

  14. 1806: 
    Barcelona striker Gerard Deulofeu

    Everton announce the signing of 19-year-old Barcelona forward Gerard Deulofeu on a season long loan.

    "Gerard is a real diamond of Spanish football and a boy with incredible footballing talent and I am delighted that he has chosen to take the next step of his career with Everton," said Everton's Spanish manager Roberto Martinez.

  15. 1804: 

    BBC Radio Solent understands that Southampton have not yet completed the signing of Celtic's Victor Wanyama, despite claims that the deal is done.

    Wanyama's native Kenyan Football Federation on Wednesday posted their congratulations to their captain on becoming his country's first English Premier League player. But although the £12m transfer is not yet complete, Saints are expected to confirm it ahead of their training trip to Spain this weekend.

  16. 1801: 
    Sweden fans

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "Goalless at the break between Italy and Finland but the Italians are camped in the Finnish half. Nothing to stop the Swedish fans joining this lot in a march up to the stadium shortly."

  17. 1757: 

    Former Australia Prime Minister John Howard, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live at Trent Bridge: "It has been an extraordinary day here. We were delirious getting England out for 215 but we have to say the Old Enemy has struck back and struck back very strongly. However, it is the first day."

    Australia are 51-3 in their reply to England all out for 215. Follow the action via live text and audio commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Chris Collins: We all want to see nice footy, but if England won the World Cup via a string of 1-0 wins all via own-goals, I wouldn't moan.

    Max Drake: Why can't you win and play attractive football, who said you had to have one without the other?

    Tunde Akere: When we are in academy we are always told "play to win". That is still on my head, and I do it whether beautiful or ugly.

    Following Manuel Pellegrini's vow that he wants his Manchester City team to win trophies with attractive football, we are asking if you want your team to win ugly or win with style? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  19. 1747: 

    Prime Minister David Cameron pledges his support for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, which is held in the United Kingdom and gets under way on 26 October.

    "I strongly support the fact that we are holding this tournament and will give it all the support I can," he said during Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday. "Obviously, between now and then we have the small issue of the Ashes, and it is important that we hold that as well."

  20. 1746: 
    Mark Cavendish

    Race leader Chris Froome, who extended his advantage in the general classification by finishing second behind Cavendish's team-mate Tony Martin in Wednesday's time trial, says he is disappointed to hear about Mark Cavendish having urine thrown at him.

    "It's one of the beauties of our sport that anyone can come and watch and anyone can get into it and enjoy the excitement, and really get up close to the top riders in the world," said Froome. "Mark's one of the big characters in the sport, some people love him, some hate him, but to do something disrespectful like that is really sad.

    "It ruins the whole atmosphere for the spectators coming to the sport. One individual doing that just leaves a bit of a bad taste in the mouth. And a bad taste in Mark's mouth."

  21. 1735: 

    Chelsea full-back Billy Clifford joins Championship side Yeovil Town on loan until 3 January 2014. The 20-year-old, an attack-minded right-back, spent the second half of last season on loan at Colchester United in League One, playing 18 times and scoring once.

  22. 1733: 
    Sweden fans

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "Sweden v Denmark might be the official Euro 2013 opener later on but the tournament has begun with Italy v Denmark under way. The Fanzone is now packed, queues for beer are long and everything is yellow."

  23. 1729: 

    Real Madrid announce that defender Nacho Fernandez, 23, has signed a four-year extension to his contract.

  24. 1724: 

    Australia have slumped to 22-3 in reply to England's 215 on an absorbing first day of the first Ashes Test.

    You can keep up to date with all the action from Trent Bridge on the BBC Sport website.

  25. 1721: 

    German Tony Martin won the 11th stage on Wednesday, a 33km time trial from Avranches to Mont Saint Michel. Britain's Chris Froome was second to extend his overall race lead and Belgian Thomas De Gendt was third.

    Froome gained two minutes on nearest rival Alejandro Valverde and leads the Spaniard by three minutes 25 seconds. Mark Cavendish had urine thrown at him during the stage, though it is unclear if it was connected to the collision with Tom Veelers in Tuesday's sprint.

  26. 1720: 

    Women's Euro2013 is officially under way with Italy taking on Finland in Sweden. There will be goal updates in Sportsday Live and you can watch the second game of the day - Sweden v Denmark - on BBC Three from 1900 BST.


    Paddy Emerson: Football is all about winning trophies. If you can do it playing with style and flair great. But always do it with integrity.

    Felix Mujunga: Trophies with unattractive football is like eating tasteless food for the purpose of not being hungry. I like to win in style.

    Kalu Goodnews: As a Chelsea fan winning matters more than fancy football. Arsenal is an opposite example and history will remember that.

    Following Manuel Pellegrini's vow that he wants his Manchester City team to win trophies with attractive football, we are asking if you want your team to win ugly or win with style? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  28. 1709: 
    Sweden fans

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "Asa (far right) believes Sweden can win Euro 2013 because they have leaders in the team. 'They also have striker Lotta Schelin, who can be a star.' she says. Schelin's picture was all over the front pages of Wednesday's newspapers, so Asa is not the only one hoping for great things from the Lyon forward."

    You can watch live coverage of Sweden v Denmark on BBC Three from 1900 BST.

  29. 1703: 

    Young striker Rory Donnelly scores a nine minute hat-trick as Swansea City's build-up to the new Premier League season continues with a 10-0 win over Dutch third-tier side Haaglandia. Michu (2), Jonjo Shelvey, Angel Rangel, Nathan Dyer, Pablo Hernandez and Kenji Gorre also find the net.

  30. 1656: 

    Former Derby County and Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap is having a trial with League Two side Burton Albion.

    The 37-year-old, who was released by the Potters in the summer, was on loan with Barnsley last season but his hopes of a permanent move came to nothing. Delap played 45 minutes for the Brewers in Tuesday's 1-0 friendly defeat away against Ilkeston FC

    Manager Gary Rowett tells BBC Radio Derby: "We are both having a look at each other over the next few days."

  31. 1655: 
    Denmark fans

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "Denmark fan Pia (left) says she is backing her team against Sweden on Wednesday but thinks Germany are the tournament favourites. 'The most creative player we have is Pernilla Harder and she is ready to make a name for herself. As for the Scandinavian detectives, Sarah Lund would beat Wallander. She has the better routine and the Icelandic sweater, you can't lose with that on!'"

    You can watch live coverage of Sweden v Denmark on BBC Three from 1900 BST

  32. 1645: 

    England are bowled out for 215 in 59 overs at Trent Bridge, Peter Siddle claiming five wickets. Graeme Swann was the last wicket to fall off James Pattinson's bowling.

    You can keep up to date with all the latest on Australia's reply at Trent Bridge on the BBC Sport website.

  33. 1642: 

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio completes the signing of France Under-21 international midfielder El Hadji Ba on a three-year deal. Ba moves to Wearside after his contract with French side Le Havre expired last month.

    A product of Le Havre's youth set-up, Ba broke into the first team at the beginning of 2012 and went on to make 12 league appearances for the French club.

    Meanwhile, Velez Sarsfield full-back Gino Peruzzi will head for England on Thursday with a view to completing his move to Sunderland.

  34. 1639: 

    Bolton Wanderers sign Scottish midfielder Gary Fraser on a free transfer from Hamilton Academical, reports the Bolton News.

    The former Celtic youth product, 19, turned down a move to the Reebok back in January but has now agreed terms with Dougie Freedman's side.

    It is understood that Fraser will initially link-up with Bolton's development squad but will be sent straight back out to New Douglas Park at the start of the season. Fraser has made 19 first team appearances for the Scottish club.

  35. 1636: 

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy at Trent Bridge: "England are in deep trouble, 213-9 after they were 102-2 earlier. Who would have thought England would be bowling with 30 overs left on this day."

    Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  36. 1635: 

    Two wickets in two deliveries for Mitchell Starc as Australia reduce England to 213-9. Jonny Bairstow was clean bowled by the 23-year-old before Starc had Steven Finn caught first ball.

    Can Starc claim a famous hat-trick? The answer is no as James Anderson allows his next delivery to drift past him. England still have it all to do.

    You can keep up to date with all the latest on the BBC Sport website from our live text commentary team.

  37. 1628: 
    Women's Euros

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Gothenburg: "The banks of the Vallgraven make a perfect place to host the fan zone for Wednesday's Euro 2013 match between Sweden v Denmark. It's slowly filling with the facepaint and beer in full flow. Who will come out on top? Or as I'm reducing it to, in the battle of wills between Nordic detectives Wallander and Sarah Lund, who will crack first?"

    You can watch the match live on BBC Three from 1900 BST.


    Following Manuel Pellegrini's vow that he wants his Manchester City team to win trophies with attractive football, we are asking if you want your team to win ugly or win with style? Let us know at #bbcfootball

    Mark Bennett: Would always want my team to play attractive football as it's meant to be entertainment. Glad I'm not a Stoke fan!

    Tom Heath: Rather my team played with style and flair. I pay to watch good entertaining football.

  39. 1615: 

    Winger Albert Adomah, 25, is set to submit a transfer request to Bristol City in the next 24 hours, his agent has confirmed to BBC Radio Bristol. The 25-year-old, capped nine times by Ghana, was the subject of two bids last week, which were turned down.

  40. 1609: 
    Jerome Thomas

    Newly promoted Premier League side Crystal Palace sign Jerome Thomas. The 30-year-old former Arsenal and Charlton winger, who left West Brom earlier this summer on a free transfer, has agreed a two-year contract at Selhurst Park.

  41. 1606: 

    Neil Robertson reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Goldfields Open for the first time with a 5-3 victory over Jamie Cope. Robertson had not previously progressed beyond the last 16 in his home tournament, but hit back after losing the first frame to win four of the next five against Cope, which included breaks of 82, 83 and 91.

    Dominic Dale also made it into the last eight following a 5-2 triumph over Fergal O'Brien and will now face either Shaun Murphy or Marco Fu, who booked his place in the last 16 with a comfortable 5-2 win over former world champion Ken Doherty. Paul Davison failed to seize his opportunity against Mark Davis after being edged out 5-4 in a match that lasted over four hours.

    Breaks of 85, 112 and 75 helped Robert Milkins secure a 5-3 success over Ben Woollaston, while Ding Junhui advanced after a walkover victory over Rory McLeod.

  42. 1600: 

    Colchester United manager Joe Dunne says there have been no bids for midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

    O'Toole, 24, spent three months on loan at Bristol Rovers last season under former U's boss John Ward but returned for Colchester's final five matches.

    "There's lots of talk but that's as far as it has gone," Dunne tells BBC Essex.

  43. 1600: 

    New Swansea City signing Jonjo Shelvey has scored to helped his side race into a 5-0 half-time lead over Dutch side Haaglandia in a pre-season friendly. Michu has found the net twice while Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer were the other goalscorers.

    Swansea have tweeted that Wilfried Bony, who is close to completing a £13m move from Vitesse Arnhem, is watching in the stands. Midfielder Shelvey, 21, joined from Liverpool last week for an initial fee of £5m.

  44. 1547: 

    Peter Siddle takes four wickets in the second session as England reach 185-6 at tea on the opening day of the first Ashes Test against Australia.

    Siddle, who bowled out Joe Root before lunch, claimed the scalps of Jonathan Trott (48), Kevin Pietersen (14), Ian Bell (25) and Matt Prior (one) as Australia took control of the afternoon session.

    Follow live text commentary of the final session on day one on the BBC Sport website and listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  45. 1544: 

    Former Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez has had his community service punishment for driving while disqualified replaced with a £3,000 fine, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The 29-year-old's case returned to Macclesfield Magistrates' Court on Wednesday so he could be re-sentenced after his move to Juventus.

    Tevez, who was not present in court, was unable to complete his 250 hours of unpaid work after his sale to the Italian giants in June. Instead he was hit with the £5,000 maximum fine for the offence, less £2,000 for a prompt guilty fee and the 28 hours unpaid work he had completed.

  46. 1543: 
    Lancashire batsman Simon Katich

    It is not only at Trent Bridge where Australian cricketers are enjoying themselves. Lancashire's 37-year-old Australian batsman Simon Katich has hit a double century to help the Red Rose county establish a 132 run lead over Northamptonshire in the County Championship at Northampton.

  47. 1534: 

    Norwich City announce that they are close to signing Swedish international defender Martin Olsson from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee. The 25-year-old has agreed a four-year contract and the move is subject to the relevant paperwork being completed.

    "He's been playing in England for seven years and is well acclimatised to the Premier League," City manager Chris Hughton said. "He can also play anywhere on the left hand side so he brings us good flexibility in that sense, plus at 25 he's at an age where he has some experience and also some time to improve.

    "At this time it's about improving the squad that we have and Martin certainly does that."


    Following Manuel Pellegrini's vow that he wants his Man City team to win trophies with attractive football, we're asking if you want your team to win ugly or win with style? Let us know at #bbcfootball

    Mike Davis: I want my team to win games and win silverware. If they do it playing an attractive game it's a bonus.

    Rian Hoskins: The model is to play attractive football and win trophies. But I would prioritise the former to give fans their money's worth.

    Brendan McLatchie: Arsenal have been playing attractive football for years, hasn't worked out well for the last eight years.

  49. 1524: 

    Benfica announce the signing of 23-year-old Argentine defender Lisandro Lopez from Argentina's Arsenal de Sarandi. Lopez signed a five-year deal with a £30m buyout clause, the club added in a statement.

  50. 1514: 
    Victor Wanyama

    The Football Kenya Federation has congratulated Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama on moving to Southampton from Celtic, even though a deal for the 22-year-old has not been confirmed by either club. BBC Sport understands that the transfer is poised to go ahead in the next 48 hours.

  51. 1511: 

    Manchester City's new £30m signing Fernandinho says he is not thinking about playing for Brazil at the 2014 World Cup as he looks to cement a place in Manuel Pellegrini's plans.

    "My performances will dictate whether I can make World Cup squad, but my first aim is to play well for Manchester City rather than think about the World Cup," said Fernandinho, who has joined from Shakhtar Donetsk on a four-year contract.

    "It was was very important that I was seen as a top target. I'd like to repay the club by helping them win as many games and trophies as possible."

  52. 1503: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan in Gothenburg for the start of the Women's European Championship: "For anyone travelling to watch Sweden v Denmark on Wednesday, don't be too alarmed (unlike me) when you park your car under the stadium and emerge to find the pitch covered, with a concert stage on it. That's the rock gig. The football is in the other stadium 300 metres down the road, which I found eventually. Panic over!"

  53. 1501: 

    Goalkeeper Richard Wright signs a new one-year deal with Manchester City, the club announces.

    The 35-year-old former Ipswich Town, Everton and Arsenal man joined City at the start of last season as back-up to Joe Hart and Costel Pantilimon and saw some rare first-team action in the Blues' post-season US tour matches against Chelsea.

    Manuel Pellegrini

    New Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has vowed his team will try to play attractive football in their pursuit of silverware.

    Do you want to see your team win with style? Or would you mind if your team won trophies without playing attractive football?

    Let us know by getting in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  55. 1444: 

    Omega Pharma-Quickstep box Patrick Lefevere says Mark Cavendish and Tom Veelers can "maybe have a handshake tomorrow morning" after the two clashed in the closing stages of Tuesday's stage, with the Dutch rider hitting the deck. "This case has to be closed," he added.

  56. 1437: 

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis has told BBC Radio Stoke that last weekend's rape accusation against seven of his players has left a "massive cloud over the club".

    The players were arrested, then bailed following a complaint from a woman in her early 20s in the early hours of Saturday morning in Redruth, Cornwall.

    "It's like a massive cloud hanging over us. It's obviously affected my plans. And it's been very tough for everybody," said Davis.


    More of your views on the future of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his future. Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday.

    Andy Bishop: Suarez has caused controversy wherever he's been, cash in now and let someone else pay him for being banned.

    Adamm: I think it's time to sell Suarez, as good as he is he causes far too much trouble and ruined the club's reputation rapidly.

    Ahmed Ali: Owen & Torres both left when the big bucks came a calling. What happened to their careers when they left?

  58. 1421: 
    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen fell soon after lunch for 10, caught by Australia captain Michael Clarke off Peter Siddle. England are currently 124-3, with Jonathan Trott on 48 not out.

    You can follow the First Test with our ball-by-ball coverage.

  59. 1415: 

    Nemanja Vidic is a surprise absentee from Manchester United's pre-season touring squad.

    The Premier League champions play in Bangkok on Saturday with Robin van Persie and David de Gea also both absent after being given additional time off following their summer international commitments, although they are due to join up with the squad in Sydney.

  60. 1411: 

    Omega Pharma-Quickstep boss Patrick Lefevere has been speaking about Mark Cavendish after the Manxman had urine thrown at him while competing in the Tour de France.

    "Mark is really disappointed," he said. "He's not upset, more down because he thinks, and I think he's right, he didn't deserve it. You would think he would be very angry, but he was not angry, he was more disappointed by this kind of reaction by the public. The cycling public is known to be a fair public. But it's the reaction of one in hundred thousand."

  61. 1402: 

    Manuel Pellegrini on future signings and the curent squad at Manchester City: "We have two strikers and we need another one. We need a very good squad. Next week we will see about different players (in the current squad). We will try to bring with the best players from all parts of the world."

    On the departure of Carlos Tevez: "I spoke with Carlos a few weeks ago. I felt he didn't want to stay here anymore. It was the best choice for the club and Carlos."

  62. 1355: 

    Manchester City's new manager on his team's chances of winning the Premier League: "Here in the Premier League we have Manchester United, Chelsea, Tottenham - five or six teams who are trying to win the league. The league is so important. We will try to repeat the win of the Premier League of a couple of seasons ago.

    "We don't have one priority more than the other. Manchester City need to improve on how they've performed in the Champions League, while the Premier League is very important.

    "England is a different country - this is the fifth country I have worked in during my career. I did a national course at Lilleshall (1988). I know all I need to know about the Premier League."

  63. 1351: 

    Manuel Pellegrini on the playing style of Manchester City: "One of the reasons I am here is for the way we play. Man City fans will see a different way of playing than they have seen in other years. I'm sure we will play an attractive team. We will try to be an attractive team."


    More of your views on the future of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his future. Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday.

    Stuart Clover: Luis Suarez is awesome but half a season of suspensions in two and a half seasons is ridiculous. I say sell and re-invest.

    Andrew Priestley: Liverpool are in a strong position. Sell him and they will earn a fortune. Keep him and they keep a great player. Win both ways.

    Ross Parker: Let's not over-think this. Suarez wants more money and Champions League football. LFC will sell, but only at the right price.

  65. 1335: 

    Crewe Alexandra manager Steve Davis tells BBC Radio Stoke that last weekend's rape accusation against seven of his players has left a "massive cloud over the club". The players were arrested, then bailed following a complaint from a woman in her early 20s in the early hours of Saturday morning in Redruth, Cornwall.

    "It's very challenging for me," said Davis. "It's a real blow to the club. It's a position I've not been put in before," the Alex boss said.

  66. 1332: 

    Mark Cavendish is "upset" and "disappointed" after having what is thought to be urine thrown at him during Wednesday's stage of the Tour de France. "The urine was thrown from a bottle during the stage," said BBC Sport's Matt Slater from the scene. "He initially thought it was water but realised it wasn't from the taste.

    "Cavendish has now left and didn't want to talk about it. I have been told by his agent Simon Bayliff that he is upset and disappointed." On Tuesday Cavendish claimed he was not at fault for a crash at the end of stage 10.

    "I have just interviewed his boss Patrick Lefevere and he said Cavendish was angry that the accident should lead to this," added Slater.

  67. 1324: 

    New Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has been talking at a new conference why he opted to move to Anfield from Manchester City.

    "When I had to decide, when I had the phone call from liverpool, that was no joke," said the 32-year-old Ivory Coast international. "Liverpool are one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.

    "I had to make my decision straight away. Liverpool are not in the top four but they have the history, quality and players and mentality. This club is a winning club. I want to be part of history here."

  68. 1317: 

    Striker Robin van Persie and goalkeeper David de Gea have been given permission to join up with Manchester United's pre-season tour in Australia.

    David Moyes begins his managerial career as United manager with games in Bangkok, Sydney, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong. There is a final tour match against AIK in Stockholm scheduled for 6 August.

    Striker Javier Hernandez will miss the trip as he completes his holiday after only recently completing international duties for Mexico at the Confederations Cup.

  69. 1310: 

    Sussex return to the top of the County Championship Division One table following a convincing nine-wicket win over Somerset at Taunton. The home side were dismissed for 209, with Australian paceman Steve Magoffin taking 4-36 for match figures of 8-101. Sussex then cruised to their target, reaching 92-1 as skipper Chris Nash hit an unbeaten on 61.

  70. 1308: 

    The GB Rowing Team are on their way to Lucerne in Switzerland ahead of the third and final World Cup of the season.

    "Lucerne will be our toughest test in this post Olympic season with a strong entry and World Championship selection at stake," said GB Rowing Team performance director Sir David Tanner. "It's a great chance for our rowers to step up again after a solid season so far."

    The three-day regatta is the final major competition before next month's World Championships and begins on Friday. There will be live coverage of the medal races on Sunday on the Red Button from 1210 BST, with a highlights show on Monday on BBC Two at 1500.

  71. 1306: 

    England reach lunch on day one of the first Ashes Test at 98-2. Jonathan Trott is unbeaten on 37 while Kevin Pietersen is 10 not out. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are the batsmen back in the pavilion for 13 and 30 respectively.

  72. 1302: 

    Harlequins have completed the signing of forward Nick Kennedy from Toulon. The 31-year-old second row, who has been capped seven times by England, moved to France last summer and won the Heineken Cup last season."Winning the Heineken Cup will rank among the highlights of my career [but] the opportunity to return to England has come at the right time," he said.

  73. 1258: 

    Formula 1 tyre manufacturer Pirelli has decided to take softer tyres to the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix than it initially planned.

    Lotus criticised the initial choice of the 'hard' and 'medium' tyres as "very conservative". BBC Sport has learned this has been revised to 'soft' and 'medium' for the race on 28 July.

    Pirelli said its decision to change the construction of the tyres following the multiple failures at the British Grand Prix meant softer rubber could be used.

  74. 1256: 
    Manuel Pellegrini

    We are just a few minutes away from Manuel Pellegrini's first Manchester City news conference. Here's a quick look at the 59-year-old Pellegrini's career to date.

    Pellegrini was born in Chile and spent his entire playing career at Universidad Chile, with the defender making more than 450 appearances.

    Pellegrini has taken charge of 10 teams in total including Villarreal (2004-09), Real Madrid (2009-10) and Malaga.

    He won league titles in Ecuador and Argentina and the Intertoto Cup with Villarreal in 2004.

  75. 1249: 

    Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick will come back stronger from his recent poor run of form, according to pace bowler Steve Kirby. Former England opener Trescothick, 37, has registered four consecutive ducks, including a pair in the Championship match with Sussex.

    "He's a top quality performer, as everyone knows, and has been for years and years. We are backing him 100%," Kirby told BBC Somerset.

  76. 1245: 
    Mark Cavendish

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater at the Tour de France: "A spectator at the Tour de France has thrown a liquid believed to be urine at British star Mark Cavendish. The incident happened during Wednesday's 11th stage, a time trial between Avranches and Mont-Saint-Michel. This comes shortly after Cavendish's involvement in a high-speed crash in the closing metres of Tuesday's stage.

    "The Omega Pharma-QuickStep sprinter went shoulder-to-shoulder with Argos-Shimano's Tom Veelers, and the Dutchman crashed. Race officials placed the blame for the incident on Veelers, and Cavendish quickly denied any intent to harm, but the dramatic crash has been the subject of intense debate at the race and on social media sites ever since.

    Cavendish is understood to have contacted Veelers in person on Tuesday night to express his concern at his fortunately minor injuries, and to reiterate his stance that it was an accident. It had been hoped that this would draw a line under the affair."


    Aditya Kelkar: A proven, high-profile goalscorer needs to be signed before Suarez goes.

    Vinod Menon: We don't need Suarez at #CFC. He is not at all needed here.

    Danny Broom: Suarez hasn't even handed in a transfer request, something tells me he wants the money.

    Where do you think Luis Suarez will start the season? Tell us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1237: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury at Manchester City's training ground for the unveiling of manager Manuel Pellegrini: "There are eight camera crews here, including one from Spain, waiting for Pellegrini to conduct his first news conference as City manager. There are also several journalists in attendance but judging by the number of seats it could be standing room only for some."

    Stay here for live updates from Pellegrini's press conference which is scheduled to start at 1300 BST.

  79. 1232: 

    Bradford City reject an offer from Peterborough United for 23-year-old Bermuda international striker Nahki Wells, who top-scored with 26 goals last season, according to the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

  80. 1223: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater: "I've just had it confirmed that somebody threw urine at Mark Cavendish during today's stage."

    On Tuesday Cavandish claimed he was not at fault for a crash at the end of stage 10 as Marcel Kittel took victory in Saint Malo.

  81. 1219: 

    The top London 2012 Olympics official in rhythmic gymnastics has been expelled from the sport's governing body after it found "irregularities" at judges' examinations. The International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) says Olympics technical delegate Maria Szyszkowska of Poland is "stripped of her FIG membership, and excluded from any form of participation in all FIG events and activities."

  82. 1210: 
    David Warner

    Batsman David Warner is to be released from Australia's Ashes squad to join the Australia A squad in Africa to play a Zimbabwe XI and South Africa A, Cricket Australia announce. Warner, 26, was suspended after he punched England's Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.


    More of your views on the future of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and his future. Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday.

    Steven McNamara: Suarez should stay at Liverpool, a huge club. We've stuck by him. Now it's payback time, plus £30m is a joke - £50m more like.

    Dhan Palihawadana: Sell Suarez. Use funds for two defenders, a playmaker and a 15 goal striker. Move on.

    Ali Malik: Am I the only one flirting with the idea of Suarez at United? Rooney behind Suarez and Van Persie?

  84. 1201: 

    Brighton and Hove Albion announce defender Matthew Upson has signed on a one-year contract. The 34-year-old former England international returns to the Championship club following a successful loan spell towards the end of the 2012-13 season while at Stoke City.

    "It's not like he's a new signing because he's been with us for almost six months and he knows exactly what we are all about," said Brighton head of football operations David Burke.

  85. 1156: 
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert is warning against chasing Fred Perry's ten major titles.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "The most important thing is to keep working hard, keep improving and don't put a number on anything. The next target is getting the third one and then the fourth one. I would not be surprised over the next three years if you saw Novak Djokovic and Murray playing four times in the final."

  86. 1153: 
     Former world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu

    Former world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu has issued a statement outling his decision to take a break from the sport. It means the 34-year-old will miss the World Championships in Moscow next month.

    "After some careful consideration I have decided that for the foreseeable future I will be taking a step back from athletics," said Idowu. "I feel this is the right time for me to make this decision and it's not a choice I've made lightly.

    "I greatly appreciate all of the support I have received over the past years, particularly from the British public and my team and sponsors. It has been an extremely happy and successful time. I'm excited about pursuing other interests and taking other opportunities that present themselves to me during this break."

  87. 1146: 

    Leonardo announces he is to resign as sporting director at Paris St-Germain at the end of the current transfer window. It comes a week after the Brazilian learned he would be banned for the whole of next season for pushing a referee following a Ligue 1 match in May this year

    "We regret his choice but respect his decision," said a Paris St-Germain statement. "We thank him greatly for his important contributions towards the project of building a top European club in Paris and wish him all the best for his future career choice."

  88. 1140: 
    Alastair Cook

    Big blow for England as skipper Alastair Cook has gone. James Pattinson has him caught behind by Brad Haddin for 13 runs. England are 27-1 after nine overs. You can follow the First Test with our ball-by-ball coverage.

  89. 1140: 

    Lancashire, who are looking to build a lead in their top-of-the-table clash with Northants in Division Two of the County Championship, are now 283-4 - 27 runs in arrears. Australian Simon Katich unbeaten on 117 and Luke Procter 78 not out.

  90. 1136: 

    BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce: Gloomy at Trent Bridge. Floodlights on. Not a seat spare in the house. England survive the first half-hour: 23-0.

  91. 1132: 

    Former world champion triple jumper Phillips Idowu, 34, will take a break from the sport and will not compete in this weekend's UK Trials in Birmingham, he has confirmed in a statement issued by his management company.

  92. 1128: 
    Ali Carter

    Ali Carter says he is "not out of the woods yet" after being told his testicular cancer scare requires further investigation. Two-time world finalist Carter, 33, has already undergone an operation.

    He tweeted: "Further investigation is required. Seeing oncologist Friday now to talk through treatment options. So not out the woods yet! But staying positive and a big Thank you to all my friends and followers for your continued supporT."

  93. 1125: 

    The younger brother of Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney signs for League Two Bury. John Rooney, 22, played for Macclesfield before moving to the United States where he played for New York Red Bulls and Orlando City. He returned to England last season, signing for Championship side Barnsley but left at the end of the campaign.

    Luis Suarez

    Alex Brannigan: If Suarez so strongly wants a move, why had he not submitted a formal transfer request? Greedy wanting a move and loyalty bonus.

    David Williams: Suarez says he is unsettled by British media, so why move to another UK club? Of course he'll go abroad, to the highest bidder.

    Tom L Moore: Suarez is a quality footballer but too greedy. Not the style Brendan Rodgers is looking for. Sell him.

    Is Luis Suarez going to leave Liverpool? If he does go, which club should he sign for Let us know using #bbcsportsday.

  95. 1114: 

    Sussex will be looking to wrap up victory over Somerset on day three of their County Championship game and move to the top of the Division One table. The home side will resume on 197-7, a lead of only 78 runs, after James Anyon took 4-56.

    Third-placed Durham are also in a commanding position against Derbyshire at Chester-le-Street after Scott Borthwick's career-best 117 saw them to 208-2 in their second innings, a lead of 348.

    As his fellow Australians start the Ashes at Trent Bridge, Adam Voges will have a century in his sights for Middlesex, having ended the second day at Uxbridge on 81 not out against Warwickshire. The home side, however, resume on 177-4 and need another 160 to avoid the follow-on.

    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting could play his final first-class innings in Surrey's home game against Nottinghamshire at The Oval. First, however, they will need to dismiss the visitors, who ended day two on 360-6, a lead of 162, after Steve Mullaney's 104.

  96. 1106: 

    England Under-21 international Tom Ince has returned to training with Blackpool, despite spending Monday in Wales discussing a potential move to Cardiff City, according to the Blackpool Gazette.

    It is 10 days since Blackpool accepted an £8m offer plus add-ons for Ince. But, according to the report, last season's 18-goal top scorer has asked Cardiff manager Malky Mackay for more time to make his decision and he has returned to work at Blackpool's training ground.

  97. 1102: 

    We are underway at the Ashes. James Pattinson to Alastair Cook. And it is a wide.

  98. 1059: 
    Mont Saint Michel

    Stage 11 has just got under way - a 33km time trial from Avranches to the picturesque Mont Saint Michel. All 182 surviving riders will race against the clock, rolling down the start ramp at three-minute intervals.

    Germany's World time trial champion Tony Martin is the favourite to take the stage win, but today is a chance for race leader Chris Froome to increase his advantage on his rivals at the top of the general classification. The British rider, who leads Spain's Alejandro Valverde by one minute and 25 seconds, will be the last man to start at 1554 BST.

    Froome's Team Sky team-mate Geraint Thomas, who is riding with a fractured pelvis, has just completed the course in a time of 40 min 09 seconds. The Welshman is fifth-fastest of the 17 riders to have finished so far, two minutes and five seconds slower than Canada's Svein Tuft.

    You can follow live text commentary of stage 11 on the BBC Sport website from 1145 BST, while coverage on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra begins at 1500 BST.

  99. 1053: 

    Preston North End announce the signing of former Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies. The 36-year-old has signed a two-year contract with the League One club. Davies played one game for England after appearing a a substitute in the European Championship qualifier against Montenegro at Wembley on 12 October 2010.

  100. 1048: 

    Liverpool confirm 20-year-old striker Michael Ngoo, who played on loan at Scottish side Hearts last season, has joined Championship side Yeovil Town on a season-long loan.

  101. 1047: 
    England captain Alastair Cook shakes hands with Australia captain Michael Clarke ahead of the frist Test.

    The long-awaited first Test of the 2013 Ashes series is 10 and a bit minutes away and Trent Bridge is filling up nicely. The national anthems have taken place and it is now time for action. England to bat first.


    Will: People think Suarez is so indispensable, but take away his goals and Liverpool were only about seven points worse off. Sell abroad.

    Denise Head: Is it time for Suarez to leave Liverpool? He will go down the same road as Torres losing respect along the way.

    Stephen Jones: Liverpool fans hoping Suarez has decency to go abroad. Loved his goals but not bigger than club. Papers will hate him in any country.

    Should Luis Suarez leave Liverpool? If he does move, where do you think he should go? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  103. 1036: 

    Former Plymouth Argyle left-back Onismor Bhasera is on trial with Championship side Yeovil Town. The 26-year-old Zimbabwean international is at Huish Park after a spell with Turkish Super League side Elazigspor.

  104. 1035: 

    England have won the toss and have chosen to bat in the Ashes first Test at Trent Bridge.

    Follow Live ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, BBC Sport website & BBC Sport app.

    Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, app & mobile devices

  105. 1029: 

    Manchester City announce a tribute game for long-serving kit manager Les Chapman at Stockport County's Edgeley Park on 4 August.

    Former City players Paul Dickov, Patrick Vieira, Andy Morrison, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Ben Thatcher and Darren Huckerby will feature. Chapman is a former manager of Stockport.

  106. 1027: 

    Former Australia captain Greg Chappell told BBC World: "Shane Watson is our trump card - if he has a good series at the top of the order, that can make a real big difference," he said.

    "England should start favourites - but I wouldn't underestimate Australia

    "Catching will be important in this series"

    "I would expect, subject to conditions, James Anderson) to be one of the leading bowlers in the series."

  107. 1024: 
    Nicklas Bendtner

    Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is finalising a deal that will see him move to Eintracht Frankfurt, reports the London Evening Standard.

    The 25-year-old flew out to Frankfurt yesterday in a bid to seal his move and put an end to his plagued Gunners career.

  108. 1021: 

    West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie is training on his own, according to the Birmingham Mail's Chris Lepkowski. "There has been no further bust-up or blow out," tweets Lepkowski. "Merely a course of action that is intended to benefit all concerned."

    Odemwingie, 31, tried to engineer a move to Queens Park Rangers in January much to the fury of his club. West Brom have since signed French striker Nicolas Anelka and Odemwingie, who has a year left on his contract, has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace.

  109. 1015: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Since 2000, 6 Aussie cricketers have made their Test debut whose surnames begin with a H, who are they? #Ashes

  110. 1013: 

    Burnley are prepared to offer 24-year-old striker Charlie Austin a new contract despite the knee problem which resulted in the collapse of his move to Hull City, according to Wednesday's Lancashire Telegraph.

    "Obviously it's a strange situation for the lad, wanting to get a chance to play in the Premier League," said Clarets manager Sean Dyche. "At the moment that one's not going to go through, but he's always made it clear how much he enjoys his time here with us, so we carry on as normal."

  111. 1010: 

    Manchester City's Holland Under-19 international Karim Rekik has joined PSV Eindhoven on a season-long loan.

    The highly-rated central defender, 18, will look to add to the experience gained during loan spells with Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers last season.

    Rekik, 18, played eight times for Pompey and a further five times for Blackburn Rovers while he's also appeared on three occasions for the Blues after making his debut against Birmingham City in 2011.

  112. 1004: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping, Sweden:

    "Off to Gothenburg this morning to see Sweden take on Nordic rivals Denmark in the official Group A opener of Euro 2013 at 19:30 BST.

    "Of course, this being a modern tournament, Italy face Finland earlier in the day but all eyes will be on Gamla Ullevi, where Swedish coach Pia Sundhage has told her players to 'embrace the pressure' and you will be able to see the game live on the BBC."

  113. 1001: 

    Hosts Sweden entertain Denmark in the opening game of the 2013 Women's European Championship, and Sweden coach Pia Sundhage has told her players to "embrace the pressure".

    "Our preparations have been great so far," Sundhage, who guided the United States to their second straight Olympic gold, told "We have done a pretty good job to make sure the team is ready. It is a pleasure to play under pressure. Myself and the players are ready for the first game."

    There is live coverage of the game on BBC Three from 1900 BST.

  114. 0958: 
    Peter Odemwingie

    Peter Odemwingie's exit from The Hawthorns is edging nearer with Crystal Palace expected to make a formal bid for the player, reports the Birmingham Mail.

  115. 0947: 

    From BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce ‏at Trent Bridge:

    "First surprise of Ashes summer: looks like Aussies have picked spinner Ashton Agar ahead of Nathan Lyon - or both. 19-year-old left-armer."

    For the latest from Trent Bridge follow BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  116. 0944: 

    BBC 5 live's Pat Murphy reports he is being told Australia legend Glenn McGrath is about to award a cap - a sign that the tourists about about to hand a debut to 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar.

    The youngster, of Sri Lankan descent, has only played ten first class matches.

  117. 0937: 

    Manchester United attracted 75,000 followers within an hour of sending out their first official tweet on Wednesday.

    "New era, same spirit. The season starts here. Let's do it," said the first tweet from the account at 0830 BST. By 0930 BST the account had 75,065 followers

    The first tweet coincides with a new dawn for the Premier League champions, with new manager David Moyes taking over following Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement, and American David Sternberg last month being appointed as the club's first head of social media since 2008.

  118. 0935: 

    Manager Steve Bruce says Hull City will not be rushed in their search for new attacking options, despite seeing a move for long-standing target Charlie Austin collapse this week, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

    ""Listen, I could go and get 10 strikers tomorrow if I wanted but they've got to meet a certain criteria for what we're looking for," he said.

  119. 0932: 

    Manchester United boss David Moyes has told talkSPORT the club are working hard to improve the squad.

    "Don't be kidded by the lack of activity," Moyes said.

    "Take it from me, we are working hard behind the scenes to try and improve the squad.

    "The big thing is that Manchester United will always be in for the best players in the world.

    "We are also very interested in developing our own players and bringing in potential players for the future. We are working on that just now."

  120. 0928: 
    Jozy Altidore

    Sunderland are set to follow up the signing of Jozy Altidore by completing a deal for Juventus winger Emanuele Giaccerini, according to Wednesday's Sunderland Echo.

    The report adds that the Black Cats, who have signed eight players since the end of last season, are also close to signing Argentina defender Gino Peruzzi, while Le Havre midfielder El-Hadji Ba, who is available on a Bosman, is also due to move to Wearside. Peruzzi plays for Velez Sarsfield ion Argentina.

    United States international striker Altidore, 23, has signed a four-year contract after moving from AZ Alkmaar for an undisclosed fee.


    Ross Lowe: Re: Suarez Nobody is bigger than the club and he can't say he did not get support from LFC. Let him go but go abroad.

    James Shaw:‏ Suarez should leave English football with his head and teeth hung in shame.

    Joe Gray: I know Suarez is a quality goal scorer but would you really want a man with his disciplinary record at your club?

    Is it time for Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool? If he does move, where do you expect him to go? #bbcsportsday.

  122. 0917: 

    From former England international Ian Botham:

    "Very overcast at Trent Bridge this morning. The light is a worry at the moment. Don't need any's the Ashes!"

    Follow live text of the Ashes first Test on the BBC Sport website.

  123. 0914: 

    Mark Cavendish's Tour de France campaign suffered another setback on Tuesday when the Briton had to settle for third in a sprint after being involved in a crash in a chaotic stage 10 finale won by Marcel Kittel.

  124. 0911: 

    David Moyes has confirmed new boy Wilfried Zaha will be part of Manchester United's squad for their pre-season tour of the Far East and Australia.

    Zaha only began pre-season training on Monday after being given extra time off following England's European Under-21 Championship campaign and Moyes wanted to see the former Crystal Palace man before deciding whether to pick him.

    However, Zaha has apparently done enough to be included in the United party when it leaves for Bangkok later today.

    "He will travel with us on the tour," Moyes told talkSPORT.

  125. 0904: 

    "The build-up to this summer's Ashes series has been like a script to a Hollywood boxing movie, but now it's time for the cameras to start rolling, the runs to start flowing and the wickets to start crashing."

    BBC Sport's live Ashes text has started on the BBC Sport website.

  126. 0858: 

    Sunderland confirmed the signing of AZ Alkmaar striker Jozy Altidore last night

    The 23-year-old United States international has signed a four-year deal with the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee.

  127. 0850: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Former United striker Michael Owen has urged Wayne Rooney to stay At Old Trafford and rediscover the edge that made him the Reds' main man, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Owen believes that Robin van Persie's arrival from Arsenal followed by a 30-goal Golden Boot winning campaign put Rooney's nose out of joint.


    Max Drake: ‏The only redemption Suarez will get is if it has a fresh start, possibly at Real, the English press wont let his past go.

    Brett de Bank: Suarez should see out the 13/14 season, end up top goal scorer, then leave with head held high, point proven.

    Akude Emeka: When a striker scores over 20 league goals for a so called big team & the club finishes 7th, then its very necessary to move.

    Is it time for Luis Suarez to leave Liverpool? If he does move where do you expect him to go? #bbcsportsday.

  129. 0838: 

    Bradford centre Keith Lulia is to return to Australia at the end of the year for personal reasons when his contract expires.

    The 26-year-old, who has made 48 appearances since joining the Bulls from Newcastle Knights at the beginning of last season, is hoping to find a club back in the NRL.

    His wife Kelly gave birth to a baby boy last week and Lulia said that was the primary reason behind his decision to head back Down Under.

    "It will be good to raise our son around family back home in Wollongong," said Lulia,

  130. 0836:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTHE ASHES

    For the first time in a generation Australia enter the Ashes, which start at Trent Bridge today, as underdogs.

    They have been described as the worst Australia team in history but are they really that bad? BBC Sport looks at their squad ahead of the series.

    There is Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and via the BBC iPlayer Radio app, BBC Sport website & BBC Sport app. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website, app & mobile devices.

  131. 0832: 

    Fulham owner Mohamed al Fayed wants to sell the club and is looking for a fee of between £150m and £200m, 16 years after buying the Craven Cottage outfit, reports the Daily Mirror.

  132. 0830: 

    Napoli's 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani, targeted by Chelsea, has almost completed a move to French champions Paris St-Germain, reports the Daily Express.

  133. 0829: 

    Hull want to sign free agent forward Carlton Cole, 29, and Derby striker Connor Sammon, 26, after a move for Charlie Austin, 24, broke down, reports the Daily Star.

  134. 0827: 
    Christian Benteke

    Chelsea are set to battle with Tottenham for the signature of striker Christian Benteke, 22, who has handed in a transfer request at Aston Villa, reports the London Evening Standard.

  135. 0827: 

    Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala want to sign Manchester United winger Nani, 26, who reportedly fell out of favour with Sir Alex Ferguson and has not received assurances over his future from new United boss David Moyes, reports the Daily Mirror.


    Here are some of the transfer stories in today's newspapers......

  137. 0826: 

    From BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham in Nottingham ahead of the Ashes first test at Trent Bridge:

    "After several days of sunshine, there's a full covering of cloud hanging over Nottingham this morning. Is there a case for bowling first?"

  138. 0823: 

    The 2013 Uefa Women's European Championship kicks off in Sweden today with England hoping to improve on their performance four years ago when they lost to Germany in the final.

    BBC Sport looks at what we can expect from the 11th staging of the tournament.


    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, says he has two or three options in relation to his future.

    Is it time for Suarez to leave Liverpool? If he does move, where do you expect him to go? Share your thoughts at #bbcsportsday.

  140. 0818: 

    BBC Tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend reflects on Andy Murray's Wimbledon win and "the making of a British sporting hero."

  141. 0814: 

    Veteran goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has joined Chelsea on a one-year deal after leaving neighbours Fulham.

    The 40-year-old was a free agent after turning down a new contract offer at Fulham.

    He will provide competition to Czech keeper Petr Cech.

  142. 0812: 

    Fawad Ahmed has today officially become an Australian citizen at a citizenship ceremony in Melbourne.

    Australia can now select the Pakistan-born spinner, 31, from the start of the Ashes after his citizenship application was fast-tracked.

  143. 0809: 
    Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke

    England captain Alastair Cook has told his players to be ready for an almighty tussle when the Ashes series against Australia gets under way today.

    England are favourites to win their third Ashes in a row, a feat they have not achieved since 1981.

    Ahead of the Trent Bridge Test, Cook said: "Australia have fantastic players and it will be one heck of a battle."

  144. 0804: 

    Luis Suarez says he has "two or three options" in relation to his future.

    The Liverpool striker, 26, wants to leave the club and has been linked with a number of sides, including Arsenal, who had a £30m bid rejected on Monday.

    Is it time for Suarez to leave Liverpool? If he does move, where do you expect him to go? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

  145. 0803: 

    Good morning and welcome to another Sportsday Live from the the BBC Sports centre. First we will have a run through of some of the stories making the headlines over night.

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