Football transfers, Asia Trophy, Women's Euros, IPC athletics

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24 July 2013 Last updated at 19:01

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  1. 1900: 

    That's it for another day of Sportsday Live. Thanks for your company and don't forget to join us for more breaking sports news from 08:00 BST on Thursday.

  2. 1859: 
    Former Queens Park Rangers defender Tal Ben Haim (l)

    Former Manchester City and Chelsea defender Tal Ben Haim joins Standard Liege on a two-year contract, the Belgian club announce. The 31-year-old was released by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season.

  3. 1850: 

    Chelsea announce defender Patrick van Aanholt and midfielder Gael Kakuta are to join to Vitesse Arnhem on season-long loans, with Thorgan Hazard heading back to Zulte Waregem in his native Belgium.

    Van Aanholt and Kakuta, both 22, have spent pre-season training with the Eredivise club, who finished fourth last season. Midfielder Hazard, 20, is the younger brother of Chelsea player Eden. Thorgen enjoyed a successful loan at Zulte Waregem last season.

  4. 1840: 

    Half time at the Allianz Arena and Philipp Lahm's 14th minute goal ensures Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich lead Barcelona 1-0.

  5. 1829: 
    Eric Djemba-Djemba

    Former Manchester United midfielder Eric Djemba-Djemba joins Partizan Belgrade on a two-year contract, the Serbian champions announce. The 32-year-old was a member of the Cameroon team who won the 2002 African Nations Cup and played for his country in the World Cup the same year.

  6. 1820: 

    Watford sign midfielder Iriney and defender Joel Ekstrand from sister clubs Granada and Udinese respectively, taking their total number of summer signings up to 14.

    Brazilian Iriney, 32, has signed a deal until 2015, only 12 months after he joined the Spanish club. Swede Ekstrand, 24, was on loan at Watford last term, playing 36 times for Gianfranco Zola's side, and has committed to a three-year contract.

  7. 1809: 

    Gloucestershire are deducted two points from next year's T20 competition after the Cheltenham pitch for their six-wicket defeat to Warwickshire on 14 July was rated poor by an ECB Pitch Panel.

  8. 1805: 

    First blood to new Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola at the Allianz Arena as his side take the lead over his former club Barcelona, Philipp Lahm heading home a 14th minute cross by Franck Ribery.

  9. 1758: 

    Brighton & Hove Albion head coach Oscar Garcia tells BBC South East Today he wants his players to improve every day. The 40-year-old former Maccabi Tel Aviv manager took up the role at the Championship side in June after the dismissal of former boss Gus Poyet.

  10. 1753: 

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says 24-year-old striker Charlie Austin is fit after his move to Hull City fell through because of issues with his medical. "He's good, he looks fit and well," Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph.

  11. 1744: 

    British Olympian Colin Oates says his first Grand Slam medal will have boosted his chances of being seeded for the World Championships in Brazil between 26 August and 1 September.

    The 30-year-old won silver in Moscow at the weekend. "The Grand Slams are the highest ranking event and you get decent points," he told BBC Radio Norfolk.

  12. 1737: 
     Sophie Hahn

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Lyon: "After her gold medal victory in the T38 100m, Britain's Sophie Hahn is in a state of disbelief. But when I asked her what gift she would like to mark her achievements here, she told me 'a pony would be nice!' Hahn is about to start a course in equine management at Brooksby Melton College in Melton Mowbray."

  13. 1732: 

    Lionel Messi starts for Barcelona against Champions League winners Bayern Munich in a friendly at the Allianz Arena. The scheduled 1730 BST kick-off has been delayed by a few minutes because of "a problem with the transport system".

  14. 1727: 

    Leeds welcome back England captain Kevin Sinfield and are set to give a debut to 19-year-old James Duckworth in Friday's re-arranged Super League game at Wakefield.

  15. 1724: 

    Former Manchester City and Southampton striker Bradley Wright-Phillips joins the New York Red Bulls, pending a successful visa application. The 28-year-old was released by Charlton Athletic at the end of last season.

    "Since Bradley's potential was first recognised by Manchester City and the England Under-20s, he has proved to be a goalscorer of note," Red Bulls sporting director Andy Roxburgh told the franchise's website.

  16. 1712: 
    Scotland international Kenny Miller

    Scotland striker Kenny Miller has signed a six-month contract extension which will keep him at the Vancouver Whitecaps until June 2014, the Major League Soccer club announce. The 33-year-old former Rangers and Wolves player joined the club 12 months ago.

    Miller has been named in Gordon Strachan's Scotland squad to face England in a friendly at Wembley on 14 August.

  17. 1702: 

    Portsmouth complete the signing of Burnham striker Ryan Bird for an undisclosed fee on a one-year deal. Bird, 25, has already played two friendlies while on trial with Pompey this summer, scoring twice on his debut against Havant & Waterlooville for the League Two club.

  18. 1658: 

    World 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene on Twitter: So disappointed that I'm having to withdraw from the Anniversary Games this weekend. Hopefully it will pay off at the World Champs.

    Greene also had to withdraw from last week's Diamond League meeting in Monaco with an inflamed Achilles tendon.

  19. 1657: 

    Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor says he is not entertaining thoughts of a possible call up to England's Ashes squad to play Australia at Old Trafford next month.

    Taylor has been picked to play for Sussex against Australia in a three-day match, starting on Friday, potentially giving selectors the chance to see him in action, with Kevin Pietersen a doubt for the third Test with injury.

    "I'm hopeful that Kevin Pietersen will be fit to play and, as it stands, I'm preparing to play in the three-day game for Sussex and nothing more," says Taylor. "I'm not back in the Test side yet but I'm pleased to be a step closer to it and I've always dealt with situations like this by concentrating on the game in hand and refusing to look too far ahead."

  20. 1653: 

    Warrington's veteran half-back Lee Briers ends speculation over his future by signing a new contract with the club for 2014. The 34-year-old former Wales skipper, who is the Wolves' club record points-scorer, had hinted that he was considering following Adrian Morley in opting to see out the rest of his career away from Warrington.

  21. 1645: 
    BBC coverage

    James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, is to retire.

    Colin Murray met the voice of the classified football results back in May 2011 and you can listen to his interview with Gordon on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  22. 1640: 

    Coming up later, hosts Sweden take on Germany for a place in the final of the Women's Euro 2013.

    Coverage of the semi-final clash gets under way on BBC Three at 19:00 BST and BBC Red Button HD channel.

    Sweden scored three goals inside the first 19 minutes in Halmstad as they easily brushed aside Iceland 4-0 to reach the last four, while Germany, who lost to Norway in their previous fixture, narrowly defeated Italy in Vaxjo.

  23. 1634: 

    Who is your roommate in Lyon and can you tell us something about them?

    "I share with fellow Welshman and javelin and discus thrower Nathan Stephens. We shared at the last Worlds in New Zealand and also in London so we know each other quite well. He is getting married soon and it is his stag do next weekend! He is the calm and collected one while I am probably a bit more crazy."

  24. 1632: 

    Watford continue their summer recruitment by signing Brazilian midfielder Iriney, 32, for an undisclosed fee from Spanish club Granada on a two-year deal.

    They have also agreed a three-year contract with Swedish defender Joel Ekstrand, 24, who was on loan at Vicarage Road from Italian side Udinese last season. The Hornets have now made 14 signings this summer.

  25. 1630: 

    Salford release former Manly forward Vic Mauro less than 12 months into a three-year contract.

    The 26-year-old prop joined the Reds, along with Sea Eagles team-mate Liam Foran, in February but he started only one Super League match, with his other seven appearances all coming off the bench.

    Salford, who are expected to rebuild their team under coach Brian Noble for 2014, parted company with Foran a week ago and today announced that Mauro, too, will leave by mutual consent and return to Australia.

  26. 1626: 
    Colin Montgomerie

    Colin Montogomerie says he has finally discovered how to play with a smile on his face. Montgomerie will feature in the Senior Open at Royal Birkdale, which starts on Thursday, having turned 50 last month.

    "I am more relaxed now on and off the course," said the Scot. "The days of the intensity and the desire and ambition have reduced to an extent which allow me to play possibly better than I have for a while."

  27. 1623: 

    Jump jockey Jason Maguire will face a British Horseracing Authority inquiry on Thursday after his fifth whip offence in six months, reports BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    He was found guilty of misuse of the whip on runner-up Atlanta Falcon at Cartmel on Tuesday. Maguire, who is in second place in the 2013-14 jockeys' championship behind 18-time winner AP McCoy, faces a ban of between 14 and 42 days.

    In 2011, the Irish jockey was given a five-day ban for excessive use of the whip after winning the Grand National at Aintree on the Donald McCain-trained Ballabriggs.

  28. 1619: 

    Luis Suarez will be allowed to hold talks with Arsenal but Liverpool have no intention of selling their striker until his £50m-plus valuation is met.

    Arsenal's club-record bid of £40m plus £1 was firmly rejected by Liverpool but Suarez now wants to hold talks with the north London club.

    The approach triggered a clause in his contract that means he has been told of the bid and can now talk to Arsenal. But Liverpool will not sell him until Arsenal up their offer significantly.


    Steven Gilroy: Liverpool sign Torres, start to improve, sell him, Liverpool sign Suarez, start to improve..sell him? Of course they will.

    Aidan Williams: I'll be very disappointed if Hooper goes to QPR. Needs to be in the prem.

    Gareth Frank: With the Higuain to Napoli deal pretty much sealed, Arsenal pretty much have to get Suarez now to avoid looking like fools.

  30. 1613: 

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas says 26-year-old defender Jan Vetonghen will undergo a scan on an ankle injury he suffered in Wednesday's 3-1 defeat to Sunderland.

    Vertonghen has also tweeted: "Let's hope the injury isn't to bad. Scan tomorrow morning. Thanks for your messages."

  31. 1609: 

    Fancy putting your questions to Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley? Well, here's your chance. BBC Sport is hosting a Twitter Q&A with the England star ahead of Challenge Cup semi-final weekend.

    Send your questions using #bbcrugbyleague before 1700 BST on Thursday and we will put a selection of the best to Super League's leading try-scorer. You can see his answers in Friday's Sportsday.

    Wigan face London Broncos in Saturday's first semi-final (KO 1700 BST), before Hull FC tackle Warrington Wolves on Sunday (KO 1800). Both matches will be shown live on BBC Two.

  32. 1604: 

    David Warner is bowled out for 193 as Australia A end day one on 399-5 against South Africa A in Pretoria. Warner was suspended and fined after he punched England's Joe Root at a bar in Birmingham in early June.

    The 26-year-old's innings included 29 boundaries and one six.

  33. 1601: 

    Judy Murray, the mother of Wimbledon champion Andy and Great Britain Davis Cup player Jamie, shares the games and tips that helped her sons become successful, as part of BBC Sport's 'Get Inspired' campaign to get more people into sports and activities across the UK.

    Read her comments on the BBC Sport website.

  34. 1559: 

    Colchester United manager Joe Dunne says triallist defender Ryan Dickson has boosted his chances of earning a deal at the League One club. Dickson, 26, released by Southampton in June, played in Tuesday's 3-0 friendly defeat by Ipswich.

    "We'll speak to his agent. We should have a decision by the end of the week," Dunne told BBC Essex.

  35. 1555: 

    What was the best part of London 2012?

    "For my opening event, the shot put, when we came through the warm-up area and into the stadium for the first time it was packed and the noise was just incredible. I couldn't hear myself thinking and that was a special moment."

  36. 1552: 

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas tells Sky Sports that Gareth Bale could play a part in Saturday's game with South China. Bale missed the 3-1 defeat to Sunderland with an injury, but Villas-Boas said: "We're trying to get him involved in Thursday's training session. He will not be [training] with the team, unfortunately. He'll be on his own."

  37. 1548: 

    Nottinghamshire coach Mick Newell believes James Taylor deserves his chance with England after the batsman moved a step closer to a potential Ashes call up.

    Taylor, who made his Test debut against South Africa last summer, has been in fine form for Nottinghamshire this season, and has his chance to impress selectors after being picked for Sussex in the three-day game against Australia, starting on Friday.

    "With the weight of runs in all forms of cricket, he has been particularly strong this year," Newell tells BBC Radio Nottingham. "He has had to wait for his time because he was left out of two Test matches last year but now hopefully his chance has come again and hopefully he will stay in the team."

  38. 1540: 
    Brent Lakatos

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Lyon: "Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos is interviewed after winning his second gold medal in Lyon in the T53 200m. Lakatos is married to British long jumper Stef Reid who finished out of the medals in her event on Tuesday, but he said that she was back at the stadium on Wednesday cheering him on.

    "I'm looking forward to getting a kiss from her now," he said. Lakatos is also known for his beard which he started growing for what Canadians call No Shave November. "It's bringing me good luck so I'm keeping it until Rio!"

  39. 1538: 

    James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, is to retire from his role reading the classified football results on BBC radio.

    Gordon began reading the classified results in 1973.

    What are your best memories of Gordon on the airwaves? Send us your thoughts on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  40. 1531: 

    Celtic accept a bid from Queens Park Rangers for their striker Gary Hooper.

    The Englishman, who scored 31 goals for the Scottish champions last season, has been the subject of a number of bids over the past few months. Talks are ongoing between the player's representatives and the club over personal terms.

    QPR's bid for Celtic striker Hooper is thought to be in the region of £5 million. A deal could be concluded as early as this evening but it's understood Norwich are still keen to sign him and may well come in with a late bid of their own.

  41. 1530: 

    BBC Match of the Day's Steve Wilson on James Alexander Gordon, who is set to retire reading the classified football results on BBC radio: "The unsurpassed king of the classified results, James' voice was that of an avuncular public school headmaster, and he used it wonderfully.

    "His technique was to lift the tone of his voice as the winning team's goal tally approaches as if to say, 'Well done Doncaster, have a house point and a cream bun', only to chide the vanquished opposition with the voice lowering in gentle approbation, 'I'm sorry Hartlepool, old chap, but if this happens again I'll have to write to your parents'.

    "He has had many imitators, but no equals."


    Fabious: If Suarez leaves for Arsenal that will be the greatest betrayal of supporters after all the support he got recently.

    Jacob: Suarez should just go now. I don't care where.. Liverpool don't need this negativity in the squad. He's just another Torres.

    Glyn Rodgers: I didn't notice Liverpool miss Torres. If the price is right, goodbye Suarez & invest wisely - no more like Carroll.

  43. 1523: 

    Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain arrived in Rome for a reported medical with Serie A runner-up Napoli on Wednesday.

    The Argentina international was greeted by around 100 jubilant Napoli fans, waving club scarves and Argentina flags. Arsenal were also interested in Higuain, but the 25-year-old is expected to complete a transfer to Napoli and link up with his new team-mates at their training camp in Verona.

    Napoli are also on the verge of signing Pepe Reina after the Liverpool goalkeeper underwent a medical at the club earlier in the day.

  44. 1522: 
    Aled Davies

    Who has been the star so far for you at Lyon 2013.

    "I love running and the rivalry between Jonnie and Richard Browne is great to watch but for me Alan Oliveira is a star. The times that he runs are just ridiculous and people couldn't have imagined them. He is a great athlete and just lets his actions do the talking."

  45. 1520: 

    All over in Hong Kong where Manchester City have defeated South China 1-0 thanks to Edin Dzeko's goal. It means City will meet Sunderland in Saturday's final.

  46. 1514: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Luis Suarez has been treated 'like a son' during his time at Anfield. Suarez, who wants to hold talks with Arsenal over a potential move to the London club, added: "He's very much a Liverpool player and over the course of the next couple of weeks we've got to get him up to speed.

    "The support he has received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled. In this period of time he's missed a lot of games for the club through various reasons. The people have stood by him, like a son and really looked after him.

    "Whatever happens in the coming weeks that will be in his mind because it's something you can never forget."

  47. 1505: 

    Swindon reach an out-of-court agreement with their former manager Paolo Di Canio after he accused the club of breach of contract. The 45-year-old, who is now Sunderland boss, quit Swindon in February saying his position as manager was "untenable" because of off-field events.

    At the time, the League One club were in financial difficulty and in the process of being taken over. The two parties were due to attend an employment tribunal on Friday, but a settlement has now been agreed.

  48. 1501: 

    We set up a Q&A with Paralympic goal medallist Aled Davies earlier and he has answered your questions. Here is the first of his responses.

    Who inspired you to become an athlete?

    "My brother Rhys. I grew up in a sporty family and he is six years older than me so by the time I was born he was already doing swimming at a competitive level. I wanted to be like him so I started swimming too."

  49. 1454: 

    Still 1-0 to Manchester City against South China in Hong Kong thanks to that first-half Edin Dzeko goal but new signing Alvaro Negredo has just come on from the Blues. Can he make an impression?

  50. 1450: 

    Asafa Powell emphasises his desire to return to athletics as he spoke for the first time about his failed drug test.

    The Jamaican sprinter, the former 100m world record holder, tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the national trials in June. The 30-year-old is now waiting for the result of his B sample, which may yet clear his name, as athletics tries to recover from one of its biggest drug scandals.

    "I have never thought about it (retiring)," Powell was quoted by the Jamaican Gleaner as telling a media conference in Kingston.

  51. 1444: 

    Earlier we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser - can you name the seven Formula 1 world champions with five-letter surnames?

    The answers are Jim Clark, Denny Hulme, Jochen Rindt, Niki Lauda, Alan Jones, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna.

  52. 1438: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2002
    Richard Wright

    After just over a year at Arsenal, goalkeeper Richard Wright left Highbury for Everton in a £4.5m deal after failing to oust England number one David Seaman.


    Erfan Misha: Funny how after world cup 2010 Suarez said he would only join the biggest clubs in the world listing Real, Barca and United

    Potato Rooney: Suarez wants to leave LFC because of his 'treatment' by English media. Yet wants to move to another English team?

    Alex Duval: Suarez actually being smart, knows Liverpool are going nowhere. Still nowhere near good enough to challenge, Arsenal are.

  54. 1424: 

    Half time in the Asia Trophy semi final in Hong Kong, with Manchester City leading South China 1-0 thanks to that Edin Dezko goal.

  55. 1421:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraIPC ATHLETICS

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson: "We're just about ready for another afternoon of action in Lyon where the sun is still shining brightly. Britain's Josie Pearson goes for her second gold medal of the week in the F31/32/51 club throw along with team-mate Gemma Prescott while Libby Clegg will defend her T12 100m world crown with China's Guohua Zhou likely to provide stiff competition.

    "Teenagers Sophie Hahn and Olivia Breen go in the T38 100m final while Northern Ireland's Michael McKillop goes in as strong favourite to win his second gold of the week in the T38 1500m with Britain's Dean Miller hoping to grab a medal."

    Coverage gets underway at 1430 BST until 1800 on 5 live sports extra and then from 1945 to 2030 there will be a special programme on 5 live on Paralympic legacy.

  56. 1415: 

    Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wins the toss and opts to field first in the fifth and final one-day international against West Indies.

    West Indies, which trails the five-match series 2-1, had to leave out fast bowler Kemar Roach, due to a back injury. Tino Best got his first match of the series.

    Pakistan made one change from the team that won here by six wickets under the Duckworth/Lewis Method last Sunday, bringing in seamer Asad Ali in place of Wahab Riaz.

  57. 1408: 

    James Alexander Gordon, one of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting, is to retire from his role reading the classified football results on BBC radio.

    He recently had surgery to remove his larynx after contracting cancer and his voice is no longer strong enough to broadcast.

    "It's with great sorrow that I have to give up the most exciting part of my career, the classified football results," said the 77-year-old Scot. "They have been my life."

  58. 1407: 

    Edin Dzeko opens the scoring for Manchester City against South China in their Asia Trophy semi-final in Hong Kong, heading in James Milner's cross, 1-0.

  59. 1400: 
    Olympic Stadium

    West Ham will have to pay off all their bank debt before their move to the Olympic Stadium, the club's vice-chairman Karren Brady reveals. The Hammers have debts of £70m, half of that bank debt secured on Upton Park, and that has to be cleared when the ground is sold ahead of the move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

    "We can't take the debt with us," Brady said.

  60. 1355: 

    The Italian Football Federation launches an investigation after AC Milan's Guinea international Kevin Constant walks off in the 34th minute of his team's game against Sassuolo, after being allegedly racially abused by opposition fans.

    The incident took place on Tuesday during a pre-season tournament that also involves Juventus. The referee ordered an announcement warning that the game would be suspended if further incidents occurred.

    The game then continued with Milan sending on a substitute for the 26-year-old Constant. Fifa ushered in strict new anti-racism and discrimination rules in May that could see teams docked points or even relegated for repeated racist incidents by fans.

  61. 1345: 

    A Fifa executive committee member says awarding the 2022 soccer World Cup to Qatar was a "blatant mistake". German Theo Zwanziger added that staging the tournament in winter would be just as big a problem.

    "Changing the World Cup to the winter is going deep into the structures of European national federations and also amateur football in Germany," he told Sportbild magazine.

  62. 1337: 

    David Warner reaches his century as Australia A make a solid start in their first unofficial Test with South Africa A in Pretoria. The 26-year-old batsman was suspended and fined after he punched England's Joe Root at a bar in Birmingham in early June.

    Warner is unbeaten on 111 at tea with the tourists 226-4 on day one of the four-day match.

  63. 1331: 

    Former Watford midfielder John Eustace signs a one-year contract with Championship side Derby County. The 33-year-old was a free agent after turning down a new deal with the Hornets in the summer and has since been training with the Rams.

  64. 1329: 

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Sky Sports ahead of his team's game with South China in Hong Kong: "We have a very good squad. But in the Premier League there are four or five teams that have very good squads. Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are also very strong. We're hoping we're going to have a good season."

  65. 1313: 

    Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner, will make his return to racing with Team Sky at the Tour of Poland, starting on Saturday.

    Wiggins heads up a six-man squad for the WorldTour-level race after being forced to miss the Tour de France, won by Chris Froome, earlier this month due to a knee injury. The first stage takes place in Italy, with Krakow the finish seven days later.

  66. 1312: 

    A last-minute goal by David Moberg Karlsson sends Sunderland into Saturday's final of the Asia Trophy as Paolo Di Canio's side beat Tottenham 3-1 in Hong Kong.

    Next up, Manchester City against South China and regular updates will be in Sportsday Live.

  67. 1308: 

    Barcelona say new coach Gerardo Martino will be officially unveiled at the club on Friday. The 50-year-old Argentinian was confirmed as the new Barca boss on Tuesday, succeeding Tito Vilanova, who stepped down from the role last Friday after one season in charge as he continues his battle with cancer.

  68. 1305: 

    New Manchester City signing Fernandinho starts in their Asia Trophy semi-final against local side South China in Hong Kong.

    First XI: Hart, Kompany, Zabaleta, Lescott, Clichy, Milner, Nasri, Barry, Fernandinho, Toure, Dzeko.

    Updates from the fixture will be in Sportsday Live from 1340 BST.

  69. 1301: 
    Liverpool's Luis Suarez

    Liverpool score with virtually the last kick of the game thanks to some great trickery by substitute Luis Suarez who feeds Iago Aspas for a simple tap-in. Full time: Melbourne Victory 0-2 Liverpool. We will bring you the comments of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers.

  70. 1301: 

    Swindon Town reach an out of court agreement with former manager Paolo Di Canio - currently in Hong Kong at the Asia Trophy as manager of Sunderland - ahead of Friday's employment tribunal, reports BBC Wiltshire.

  71. 1252: 

    Tottenham have had a few good chances to take the lead but it is Sunderland who go 2-1 up as Wes Brown - who has not played a game since pre-season last year - powers in a header at the far post. Poor marking from Spurs and Paolo Di Canio acknowledges the goal with a shrug and reshuffle of his collar.

  72. 1245: 

    Dai Greene pulls out of this weekend's Sainsbury's Anniversary Games through injury.

    It is a worrying development for the world 400m hurdles champion, who also had to withdraw from last Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco with an inflamed Achilles tendon.

  73. 1243: 

    Sikandar Raza scores his maiden international half-century to help Zimbabwe set reigning World Cup and Champions Trophy winners India a victory target of 229 to win the opening ODI in Harare.

    The 27-year-old batsman, having been dropped on 28, top-scored with 82 off 112 balls while Elton Chigumbura added some late impetus with a quickfire 43 not out as Zimbabwe finished on 228 for seven after being put into bat.

  74. 1241: 

    There are 18 minutes left and Liverpool's Luis Suarez has come on for Fabio Borini at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Will this be his farewell appearance for the Reds? Liverpool's Australian fans certainly do not want the Uruguay international to leave judging by the reception they have just given the striker. Liverpool still lead Melbourne Victory 1-0 in front of a crowd of 95,446.

  75. 1240: 
    Jan Vertonghen

    Injury concern for Tottenham in their Asia Trophy semi-final against Sunderland as defender Jan Vertonghen has to be stretchered off the pitch after going down with an injury. Zeki Fryers replaces him.

  76. 1233: 

    A standing ovation from a 95,000 capacity crowd for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard as he is replaced by Lucas with the Reds still leading 1-0 against Melbourne Victory. Goalscorer Gerrard hands the captain's armband to the Brazilian as the pair shake hands. Meanwhile, Luis Suarez remains on the substitutes bench at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  77. 1231: 

    Back under way in the Asia Trophy semi-final between Sunderland and Tottenham and Jozy Alitdore misses a gilt-edged chance minutes into the second half. A header into the box falls kindly for the striker yards from goal but he somehow completely misses his kick. 1-1 it remains.

  78. 1230:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Former Australia fast bowler Jeff Thomson admits he was "embarrassed" by his compatriots' batting performance in their second Ashes Test loss at Lord's.

    England won by 347 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

    "I'm embarrassed. I hope like hell they can do something in Manchester," Thomson, 62, tells BBC Radio 5 live. "We just said it's the worst batting we've ever seen in our life. Then they turned around and did it in the second innings."

  79. 1228: 

    John-Joe O'Toole joins Bristol Rovers from Colchester United.

    The midfielder, who had a year remaining on his U's contract, has signed a three-year deal with the League Two side after joining them for an undisclosed fee.

  80. 1227: 

    Manchester United's 18-year-old Belgian winger Adnan Januzaj wants to stay at Old Trafford and battle for his place rather than go out on loan.

    Since being named as a substitute in the 5-5 draw at West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the 2012-13 Premier League season, Januzaj has made an impression on United's pre-season tour to the Far East and Australia.

    "My target for the season is to try and get some games for the first team," he said. "I have not spoken to the manager about it yet but I would prefer to do that rather than go out on loan. That is what I came here for. Everyone wants to play for Manchester United."

  81. 1222: 

    Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor - strongly linked with a call up to the England Ashes squad to replace the injured Kevin Pietersen - will play for Sussex against Australia on Friday.

    "This will provide James with a valuable opportunity to play in a longer format of the game while we consider our options ahead of the third Investec Ashes Test next week. Kevin Pietersen is continuing his recovery from a calf strain and a decision about his availability for the Test will made nearer the time," says Andy Flower, England team director.

    Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has tweeted the team to face Sussex: Cowan (c) Hughes, Khawaja, Smith, Wade, Faulkner, Agar, Turner, Starc, Lyon, Bird.

    The surprise name in the above list is that of 20-year-old Ashton Turner, who was a member of Australia's under-19 team that was runner-up to India at the World Cup last year and has been picked to make his first-class debut.

  82. 1215: 

    Half time in Hong Kong where Sunderland and Tottenham are drawing 1-1 in the Asia Trophy semi-final. The delayed kick off to this game, because of the weather, means a change to the kick-off time for Manchester City later. They will now kick off against South China at 13:40 BST and the game will consist of two 40-minute halves.

  83. 1213: 

    Luis Suarez takes his seat on the Liverpool substitutes bench as the second half begins at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Steven Gerrard's 32nd minute goal means Melbourne Victory trail 1-0.


    Calvin Ewing: Why bother switching from Liverpool to Arsenal? Neither are challenging for the PL or CL seems to lack ambition by Luis Suarez.

    Zak Millington: Says a lot for Arsenal that Navas felt he had more chance of winning trophies with Sevilla than Arsenal in 2010.

    Jonny Gilchrist: Owen +Torres -two world class players for Liverpool who both left for "bigger clubs" both lived to regret it. Suarez is next.

  85. 1209: 

    Former Birmingham City director Sammy Yu is heading a consortium looking to buy Sheffield Wednesday. BBC Radio Sheffield reports that Yu, who left Blues in September 2010, is in talks to purchase the club from current owner Milan Mandaric.

    Ex-Portsmouth and Leicester chairman Mandaric took over in December 2010. He revealed that the Owls were losing around £5 million a year at the end of last season and suggested he would be willing to sell the Championship club.

  86. 1208: 

    CSKA Moscow's Brazilian forward Vagner Love is leaving the Russian champions for Chinese side Shandong Luneng.

    "The decision was really difficult both for the club and for the player," CSKA say. "However, Vagner received an unprecedented offer of a personal contract while CSKA received a very lucrative offer from the Chinese side."

  87. 1205: 

    Sunderland are level with just under six minutes until half time in their Asia Trophy semi-final fixture against Tottenham in Hong Kong. Great work by Cabral, who controls the ball before coolly placing the ball into the bottom corner.

  88. 1203: 

    India spinner Amit Mishra took 3-43 to help restrict Zimbabwe to 228-7 in the first one-day international at Harare Sports Club.

    Mishra's figures slowed the home team after openers Vusi Sibanda and Sikandar Raza began with a 72-run partnership. Raza top-scored for the Zimbabweans with 82 and Elton Chigumbura hit a quick-fire 43 not out from number seven after India won the toss and opted to bowl.

    Mishra broke through to remove Sibanda (34) and eventually Raza, while fellow slow bowler Ravindra Jadeja completed 10 overs for just 33 runs to make sure the batsmen never got away.

  89. 1200: 
    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard's goal ensures Liverpool lead Melbourne Victory 1-0 at half time in their latest pre-season friendly. Will we see Luis Suarez after the interval at the Melbourne Cricket Ground? Sportsday Live will have updates.

  90. 1159: 

    Tottenham take the lead in the Asia Trophy semi-final against Sunderland in Hong Kong. Spurs have looked the most threatening on the wet surface, and made the breakthrough just before the half hour when Gylfi Sigurdsson struck from the middle of the area after being picked out by Kyle Walker.

  91. 1155: 

    Donegal forward Mark McHugh will miss Saturday's All-Ireland Qualifier against Laois and is likely to be out of action for at least a month.

    McHugh suffered a perforated eardrum, concussion and a quad muscle tear in the early stages of Sunday's Ulster Final defeat by Monaghan. The Kilcar player sustained the injury after a heavy collision with Monaghan player Stephen Gollogly.


    Matthew Bromhead: Liverpool should sell Suarez, use funds to buy a better team player to replace. Pointless having a non-committed player.

    Chris Love: Arsenal should concentrate on strengthening in all defensive areas, mindless bidding! Arsene is losing the plot!

    Emile Murray: Gareth Bale, why stay at Spurs and win nothing? Go and possibly win everything in the club game with Real! Force the move!

  93. 1152: 

    Notts County have signed former Celtic and Norwich midfielder Mark Fotheringham following a short trial spell. The former Scotland under-21 international left Ross County in the summer and has impressed in pre-season at the League One club. The length of the 29-year-old's contract has not been revealed.

  94. 1147: 

    The Scottish Professional Football League has revealed the names of the divisions within the new organisation. The top flight will be known as the Scottish Premiership, followed by the Scottish Championship, Scottish League 1 and Scottish League 2.

  95. 1145: 

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez wants to hold talks with Arsenal over a potential move to the London club, reports BBC Sport's David Ornstein and Ben Smith.

    Suarez believes Arsenal's offer of just over £40m - which was rejected - triggered a clause in his contract that allows him to speak to suitors.

    Liverpool interpret the clause differently, but the 26-year-old will inform Reds boss Brendan Rodgers of his wish to meet with Arsenal.

  96. 1141: 
    Liverpool fans

    Cheers ring out among the 95,000 sell-out crowd as Liverpool's Luis Suarez is pictured on the big screen the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The Uruguay striker is sat on the substitutes bench with his arms folded. On the pitch, Steven Gerrard produces a clinical finish from 12-yards to give the Premier League club a 1-0 lead over Melbourne Victory.

  97. 1137: 

    Former British number one Anne Keothavong announces her retirement from professional tennis.

    The 29-year-old, who reached a career-high ranking of 48 four years ago, is joining BT Sport as part of their team to cover the WTA Tour.

    Keothavong says: "I have given my decision a lot of thought and I believe this is the right time to move on to the next stage of my career."

  98. 1136: 

    Bristol Rovers are set to sign midfielder John-Joe O'Toole from Colchester on a three-year deal, reports BBC Points West's Alistair Durden. He has been their number one target since a successful loan spell last season.

  99. 1134: 

    New Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone shepherds a Gylfi Sigurdsson free kick wide as Tottenham have half a chance in the early stages of the Asia Trophy semi-final.

  100. 1133: 

    The shoulder problem which ended Steven Gerrard's season early appears to be behind the Liverpool captain. Gerrard has just capped an excellent start against Melbourne Victory with a fierce shot which forced a fine save. Still goalless at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

  101. 1127: 

    Double world gold medallist Aled Davies, who has performed brilliantly in Lyon this week at the IPC World Championships, will be answering your questions in an interview with BBC Sport on Wednesday.

    Send your questions using #bbcathletics to @bbcsport.

  102. 1125: 

    The rain has finally subsided in Hong Kong and the Sunderland players are out on the pitch going through some short warm-up drills. The Asia Trophy semi-final is set to get under way at 1130 BST.

  103. 1124: 

    Former Liverpool title winner Jim Beglin, at the Reds' friendly against Melbourne Victory for ESPN: "If Liverpool are to get back into the Champions League then they need Luis Suarez to stay. I sincerely hope he does."

  104. 1121: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright: "Another injury blow for Bolton's young full-back Joe Riley, who will be out for a "number of months" with a serious knee injury."

  105. 1119: 

    It is Question of Sport Teaser time - can you name the seven Formula 1 world champions with five-letter surnames?

    Have a think, send your responses to #qsteaser and we will reveal the answers at around 1400 BST.

  106. 1117: 

    Early chance for Liverpool in their pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory. A delicious ball by Steven Gerrard presents Raheem Sterling with a sight at goal and the 18-year-old flashes a shot narrowly wide.

  107. 1116: 

    Queen's Park Rangers owner Tony Fernandes says he does not regret buying the club despite relegation from the Premier League, adding that he still hopes to turn it into "something special".

    Fernandes, who invested millions of pounds into QPR in a bid to keep them in the Premier League, said he had no interest in owning bigger clubs like Liverpool or Arsenal as that would mean "buying someone else's success".

    He says: "I bought Queen's Parks Rangers, and we all know, it's been well documented, the bad season we had last year. Would I do it again? Absolutely!"

  108. 1114: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2005

    Australia won the first Ashes Test at Lord's by 239 runs. England recovered to win the series 2-1.

  109. 1107: 

    It is a 95,000 sell-out at the Melbourne Cricket Ground which has been transformed into a sea of red as Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard leads Brendan Rodgers' team out for their latest pre-season friendly against Melbourne Victory.

    Liverpool's Australia-born goalkeeper Brad Jones breathes in the atmosphere. The fans are belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone". It could be Anfield.

  110. 1107: 

    Despite the torrential rain in Hong Kong the Asia Trophy semi-final between Tottenham and Sunderland will go ahead at the delayed kick off time of 1130 BST, each half will be reduced to 40 minutes.

  111. 1105: 

    UK Athletics confirm that British Athletics events will continue to be shown on terrestrial television through to 2020 following an extension to the current broadcasting rights agreement with the BBC.

    The deal ensures that British Athletics' grand prix events like the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games and high profile domestic events such as the Sainsbury's British Championships will continue to be broadcast on free to air television, giving the sport an enviable broadcast platform in the years building up to and beyond the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

    The extension to the current broadcast rights agreement was announced today by UK Athletics CEO Niels de Vos, who also outlined the sport's vision towards 2017 using the momentum of the 2012 Games to win more medals, stage world class events, create an athletic nation and stage the best ever World Championships.


    Big Fellaz: Arsenal had Robin van Persie who was miles better than Luis Suarez & yet failed to win title? Should bring in two quality midfielders with that money.

    Nick Jones: Personally, I'm happy with Arsenal's 1st XI. It's squad depth that's the problem. No match winners to come off the bench.

    Toby Coughlin: Many Arsenal fans misunderstand 'first refusal' principal. It'd only stop United signing Cesc if he wanted to sign for Arsenal.

  113. 1055: 

    It is absolutely pouring in Hong Kong ahead of the Asia Trophy match between Tottenham and Sunderland, visible puddles forming on the pitch. Lots of discussions going on with officials, presumably talking about whether the game can kick off at the scheduled time of 1100 BST because of the conditions.

  114. 1053: 

    Three Salford players and Catalan Dragons captain Remi Casty have been suspended for their parts in a brawl during last Friday's Super League fixture. Reds prop Darrell Griffin submitted an early guilty plea to his Grade C charge and will miss the next two matches.

    Forwards Jacob Emmitt and Lee Jewitt are banned for one match each after being found guilty of punching offences by the Rugby Football League. Casty has received the same punishment after pleading guilty to his charge.

  115. 1052: 

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn is under no illusion of the problems his marque face in this weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix in a bid to head into Formula 1's summer break on a high.

    Searing temperatures are expected over Budapest, with the early race-day forecast predicting 36 degrees centigrade, the kind of conditions the Mercedes' of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg cannot cope with.

    Brawn says: "Both Nico and Lewis have visited the factory in the two weeks since we returned from Germany and everyone has been working very hard to investigate our tyre sensitivities ahead of the elevated temperatures we will undoubtedly experience this weekend in Budapest."

  116. 1046: 
    Liverpool fans in Australia

    Liverpool fans show their support ahead of the friendly against Melbourne Victory at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Sportsday Live will have updates from the match which kicks-off at 1100 BST.

  117. 1043: 

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Lyon: "After the excitement of Jonnie Peacock's T44 100m victory on Tuesday night, it has been a quieter morning on the track this morning for the GB team with only three athletes in action in Lyon.

    "Visually impaired sprinter Libby Clegg reached Wednesday evening's final of the T12 100m after finishing second to Paralympic champion Guohua Zhou in her semi-final while both teenager Sophie Kamlish and newcomer Laura Sugar booked their places in the final of the T44 100m.

    "Kamlish, wearing a red flower in her hair, was just edged into second in her semi-final by Marlou van Rhijn, the Dutch athlete who is known as Blade Babe in a time of 13.93 while Sugar, who has played hockey for Wales before being spotted as a potential Paralympian, was third in her semi-final in 13.81."

  118. 1038: 

    Fancy putting your questions to Wigan Warriors winger Josh Charnley? Well, here's your chance. BBC Sport is hosting a Twitter Q&A with the England star ahead of Challenge Cup semi-final weekend.

    Send your questions using #bbcrugbyleague before 1700 BST on Thursday and we will put a selection of the best to Super League's leading try-scorer. You can see his answers in Friday's Sportsday.

    Wigan face London Broncos in Saturday's first semi-final (KO 1700 BST), before Hull FC tackle Warrington Wolves on Sunday (KO 1800). Both matches will be shown live on BBC Two.

  119. 1032: 

    Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua will finally turn professional this week after leaving the Great Britain amateur boxing programme with immediate effect.

    The Finchley 23-year-old, who has not fought since his thrilling super-heavyweight final win over Roberto Cammarelle in London last summer, is set to sign for Eddie Hearn's Matchroom organisation.

    It means Joshua could make his debut on the undercard of Carl Froch's world super-middleweight title clash with George Groves later this year, which is being promoted by Hearn.


    James Dally: Why offer an extra quid when you could have offered 1p? Too much money in football!

    James Cook: anyone else think Pogba could have been United's midfield solution?

    Denis D: Arsenal have proven they don't need a one-man goal machine to achieve Champs Lg quali. What they need is some midfield bite.

  121. 1026: 

    Paolo Di Canio names his Sunderland team to face Tottenham in the Asia Trophy semi-final:

    First XI: Mannone, Gardner, Colback, O'Shea, Brown, Cabral, Larsson, Johnson, Giaccherini, Sessegnon, Altidore.

    Subs: Pickford, Westwood, Wickham, Vaughan, Mandron, Moberg Karlsson, Ba, McClean, Cuellar, Roberge.

    The game kicks off at 1100 BST and there will be updates throughout in Sportsday.

  122. 1024: 

    Liverpool supporters walking to the ground before the match between Melbourne Victory and Liverpool at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

    Updates from the game will be in Sportsday from 1100 BST.

  123. 1023: 

    Former Newcastle, Cardiff and Sunderland striker Michael Chopra, 29, is to sign for Blackpool, BBC Radio Sheffield's Rob Staton has tweeted.

  124. 1021: 

    Fiorentina reach an agreement to sign attacking midfielder Josep Ilicic from Palermo.

    The resurgent Serie A side announced a deal for the Slovenian on their website, adding that it was subject to the player signing a contract.

    The 25-year-old made a big impression in his first season in Sicily in 2010-11 having signed from Slovenia's Maribor and sparked the interest of several of Europe's top clubs.

  125. 1018: 

    Steven Gerrard, who missed the end of last season with a shoulder injury, starts for Liverpool against Melbourne Victory (1100 BST) but defender Kolo Toure is out with a tight calf while Philippe Coutinho is missing with a knock.

    Liverpool: Jones, Johnson, Skrtel, Wisdom, Enrique, Gerrard, Allen, Henderson, Ibe, Sterling, Borini. Substitutes: Mignolet, Kelly, Coates, Agger, Flanagan, Spearing, Lucas, Downing, Alberto, Aspas, Suarez, Robinson, Assaidi.

  126. 1016: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says he is 'pushing' director of football Joe Kinnear to make a breakthrough in the transfer market. Kinnear vowed to implement the club's recruitment plans swiftly after holding talks with Pardew and chief scout Graham Carr following his appointment last month.

    But the Magpies have yet to make an impact in the transfer market a new signing. "I think we need a boost now. I'm pushing Joe to get a transfer in," Pardew told the Chronicle. "We are in a situation where we want to progress now. The team is in a good place."

  127. 1014: 

    Gareth Bale is not in the Tottenham team to play Sunderland in the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong because of injury.

    First XI: Gomes; Walker, Caulker, Dawson, Rose; Huddlestone, Lennon, Parker; Dempsey, Sigurdsson, Adebayor.

    Subs: Friedel, Lloris, Assou-Ekotto, Fryers, Naughton, Vertonghen, Carroll, Townsend, Defoe.

    Stay with Sportsday for updates from the game.

  128. 1013: 
    FOOTBALL- Long-running transfer sagas
    Owen Hargreaves

    Midfielder Owen Hargreaves had long been a transfer target of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and he looked to have secured a move to Old Trafford in 2006 from German giants Bayern Munich. However, that ultimately did not happen, but he finally completed his move a year later.

  129. 1007: 

    Luis Suarez is named as a substitute for Liverpool's friendly with Melbourne Victory which kicks-off at 1100 BST.

    Meanwhile, Gareth Bale is not in the Tottenham team to play Sunderland in the Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, which kicks off at the same time.

    Manager Andre Villas-Boas said on Tuesday the winger would not play because of injury.

  130. 1005: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says new boss Manuel Pellegrini has a "certain flair" and "a lot of class", adding that team have adapted to "a new style" of football.

    The Blues are currently in Hong Kong for a pre-season friendly tournament, as they continue preparations ahead of the new Premier League season.

    They play local side South China at 1330 BST and we will have updates from the game in Sportsday.

  131. 1001: 

    Former Australia batsman Damien Martyn has told the current tourists to pick themselves up in a bid to regain the Ashes.

    Australia find themselves 2-0 down in the five-match series ahead of next month's third Test at Old Trafford.

    "There are no miracles out there to pick ourselves up," said the 41-year-old Martyn, who retired with a batting average of more than 46, from 67 Tests. "I'd just play the team and then at the end of this Ashes judge them on their performances."


    Lee Armstrong: Arsenal fans saying they wouldn't want Suarez are talking nonsense.

    Chris Marsh: Don't want Rooney to leave, but Rooney has been stale a while & a fresh challenge may be what HE needs. Must sell abroad though.

    Adam G: Aston Villa win in terms of number of sagas. Barry, Milner, Young, Downing and recently Benteke.

  133. 0952: 

    Cheyenne Woods sets her sights on making a major impact as she aims to prove her uncle is not the only family member who excels on the golf course.

    Cheyenne, niece of 14-time major winner Tiger, says she is honoured to be related to the men's world number one. But she is intent on making a name for herself, starting by qualifying for the British Open in early August.

    "It's an honour to have the last name Woods but I want to be known for my own golf," the 23-year-old tells BBC Sport.

  134. 0948: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1926

    The first greyhound meeting with a mechanical hare took place at Belle Vue, Manchester.

  135. 0942: 

    Tottenham will have to meet the £25.9m (30m euros) buy-out clause in Roberto Soldado's contract if they are to pry the striker from Valencia, the Primera Division club's president Amadeo Salvo says.

    Tottenham coach Andre Villas-Boas says Soldado is one of the strikers they are interested in, while Spurs' director of football Franco Baldini reportedly travelled to Spain for talks with Valencia on Monday.

    "Valencia have never had any intention of selling Soldado. If he goes it is because of contractual reasons, for 30 millions euros, not a cent less or a cent more, and the buying club must accept Valencia's conditions of payment," Salvo says.

  136. 0938: 
    Charis Mavrias

    Panathinaikos midfielder Charis Mavrias is expected to complete his long-awaited deal with Sunderland on Thursday, reports The Journal.

    The Black Cats agreed a £2.5m fee for the 19-year-old Greece international almost three weeks ago and the delay has been blamed on a change of medical staff at the Stadium of Light which held up the processing of Mavrias' records.

    Should the transfer go through, it will take Sunderland's tally of summer signings into double figures.


    Nathan Lines: Suarez not worth the £40m. If Arsenal have that money, why don't they bring Fabregas back on first refusal?

    Kyle McNab: Is it just me or is this one of the silliest silly seasons ever? Managers being as ridiculous as the tabloids with some bids!

    Tunde Akere: O don't wish to see any new face in Stamford bridge except Rooney. We will keep on trying till the end of the transfer window.

    Can Liverpool afford to sell Luis Suarez and lose his goal-scoring threat? Arsenal fans, would Suarez be the player to bring the Gunners trophies next season? With Arsenal bidding for Suarez, Manchester United still pursuing Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea after Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale reportedly interesting Real Madrid, how long should your team continue to pursue certain players before moving onto other targets?

    Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  138. 0934: 

    League One Brentford are set to complete the loan signing of Everton forward Conor McAleny, reports the Hounslow Chronicle.

    The 20-year-old has made just a handful of first-team appearances for the Toffees but has shone for the U21s.

    McAleny spent time on loan at Scunthorpe a couple of seasons ago, only for his time at Glanford Park to be disrupted by injury.

  139. 0928: 

    Lee Cattermole's Sunderland career has been plunged into further doubt after it emerged the club have taken away his favoured squad number - as he trains with the juniors while the first-team squad step up preparations for the new season in Hong Kong, reports The Journal.

    The Black Cats' skipper is recovering from a serious knee injury that has ruled him out since March, but his absence from the Asia Trophy also coincides with the club making it clear to him that he can leave if a suitable offer is made for him.

    And news that he will not be playing in the number six shirt he has been wearing since 2010 adds to the feeling he is being edged out of contention by manager Paolo Di Canio. It is understood the decision was made without consulting the player.

  140. 0920: 

    The future of Manchester United target Cesc Fabregas will be among the priority issues for new Barcelona head coach Gerardo Martino.

    Both Martino and Messi are from the Rosario region of Argentina and the four-time Ballon d'Or winner has spoken in glowing terms about his compatriot in the past. Martino suspects Messi put in a good word for him with the Barcelona hierarchy.

    "I don't know the details of the situation, but I have no doubts that Messi spoke with the club directors. I'm sure that Jorge [Messi's father] and Leo have had some weight in this decision," says Martino.

  141. 0915: 
    FOOTBALL- Long-running transfer sagas
    Patrick Vieira

    It seemed like almost every summer Patrick Vieira was linked with a move to Real Madrid during his time at Arsenal, before he eventually left for Juventus in 2005.

    With transfer sagas involving Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale looking set to rumble on, we look at some of the longest running ones from over the years.

  142. 0911: 

    New Manchester City winger Jesus Navas is ready to challenge for trophies - after revealing he turned down a move to Arsenal three years ago.

    The pursuit of success is what has driven Navas to move to England and also the reason why he opted to stay with Sevilla when Arsenal asked after him three summers ago.

    "That was back in 2010 when Sevilla won the Spanish Cup. I was still winning things and achieving things there," he says. "But we haven't won anything for two or three years and I feel now is the right time to move on because I'm ambitious and I always demand 100% from myself."

  143. 0904: 

    India win the toss and opt to bowl first in the opening one-day international against Zimbabwe, and hand debuts to two new players.

    Batsman Ambati Rayudu and left-arm seam bowler Jaydev Unadkat will play their first ODIs, while India are captained by Virat Kohli after Mahendra Singh Dhoni is rested for the five-match limited-overs tour. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik also gets a chance at Harare Sports Club in the absence of Dhoni.

    Zimbabwe retain the spine of their regular team and are led by Brendan Taylor. Leg-spinner Tinotenda Mutombodzi is picked for just his second one-dayer.


    Damian Brooks: Amazing player he is, as a United fan I desperately want Suarez to stay. The damage he does to Liverpool's image is invaluable.

    Gaz Wild: Suraez a great player and a great liability his behaviour has his team missing out on important decisions and important games.

    Revi Beeharry: Wenger's pursuit of Suarez is refreshing for us Arsenal fans but why didn't he use the same money/fight to keep RVP?

  145. 0857: 

    Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia fail to reach agreement after a lengthy mediation hearing on Wednesday - but the sacked coach remains confident of reaching an out-of-court settlement with his former employer.

    Arthur was sacked by CA and replaced by Darren Lehmann last month, on the eve of the Ashes Series in England.

    "Although we didn't come to an outcome today I'm pretty confident there was enough good will in the room to continue talks next week," Arthur says.

  146. 0851: 

    Australian swimming great Ian Thorpe has not ruled out competing at the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, despite not qualifying for last year's London Games.

    The five-time Olympic champion, who made his Olympic debut as a teenager at Sydney in 2000 and will be nearly 34 by the time Rio comes around, is back in training under Russian coach Gennadi Touretski in Europe.

    "It's not something I have made a decision on but at the moment I'm back in training so we'll see what happens," Thorpe tells News Ltd after a fundraiser for the Lifeline charity this week.

  147. 0847: 

    Double world gold medallist Aled Davies, who has performed brilliantly in Lyon this week at the IPC World Championships, will be answering your questions in an interview with BBC Sport today.

    Send your questions using #bbcathletics to @bbcsport by 1030 BST.


    G Remon: Arsenal fan, really don't want Saurez. Would rather spend 40m getting Rooney and a defender. Giroud hitting form.

    Paul Thompson: Suarez, Fabregas, Rooney and Bale would improve any team they went to so they have to be pursued. Title-winning pedigree.

    Scott Emery: I'd rather not have Suarez. Great talent but more trouble than he's worth. Sure we can find someone as good for that money.

    Can Liverpool afford to lose the goal-scoring threat of Luis Suarez by selling him? Arsenal fans, would Suarez be the player to bring the Gunners trophies next season?

    With Arsenal bidding for Suarez, Manchester United still pursuing Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea after Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale reportedly interesting Real Madrid, how long should your team continue to pursue certain players before moving onto other targets? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  149. 0840: 

    A couple of Premier League teams who are on pre-season tours in Asia are in action on Wednesday.

    At 1100 BST, a Liverpool side which could feature Arsenal target Luis Suarez takes on Melbourne Victory in Australia.

    At the same time, the Asia Trophy gets under way in Hong Kong where first Tottenham play Paolo Di Canio's Sunderland at 1100 BST before Manchester City play local side South China at 1330.

    Updates will be in Sportsday throughout.

  150. 0831: 

    Former Liverpool midfielder Craig Johnston says Liverpool must "move heaven and earth" to keep hold of Luis Suarez.

    "As a Liverpool supporter of 30 years, nobody has made me sit on the edge of my seat and scream at the TV like Luis Suarez" Johnston, who played for Liverpool from 1981-88, tells the Liverpool Echo.

    "No-one has excited me with his skill, passion and enthusiasm like him. We have to keep him for another year at all costs as he's a unique talent. He scares defenders."

    Luis Suarez

    News emerged overnight that Liverpool rejected a £40m plus one pound bid for striker Luis Suarez from Arsenal. The Uruguayan finished top scorer for the Reds last season, scoring 30 goals, can Liverpool afford to lose that goal-scoring threat? Arsenal fans, would Suarez be the player to bring the Gunners trophies next season?

    With Arsenal bidding for Suarez, Manchester United still pursuing Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea after Wayne Rooney and Gareth Bale reportedly interesting Real Madrid, how long should your team continue to pursue certain players before moving onto other targets?

    Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  152. 0823: 

    Former Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King says Gareth Bale is happy at the club, as speculation intensifies about interest from Real Madrid.

    Reports in Spain say that the flying Welsh winger has told Tottenham that he wants to leave and has agreed a six-year deal to join Real.

    But former England international King, who captained Spurs before retiring last year because of persistent injury, said: "There has been speculation all over the summer and I don't think it's going to stop till the window closes. As far as I'm aware Gareth is happy playing football at the club."


    Here are the top three stories from Wednesday's gossip column:

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 27, would consider signing for Arsenal if a transfer to Chelsea falls through. (Daily Mail)

    Real Madrid have warned United off Cristiano Ronaldo, with president Florentino Perez insisting the 28-year-old forward will sign a new deal to end his career at the Bernabeu. (the Sun)

    But Tottenham have urged Real Madrid to "back off" as the Spanish side continue their chase for forward Gareth Bale, 24. (Daily Star)

  154. 0817: 

    Following the news that Arsenal bid £40m plus one pound for Luis Suarez on Tuesday evening, a tweet from the account of Liverpool owner John Henry said: 'What do you think they're smoking over there at Emirates?'

  155. 0811: 

    Cyclist Lance Armstrong wants a federal lawsuit against him to be dismissed after accusing the US government of overlooking doping allegations because of a sponsorship deal.

    The suit argued he defrauded the public by insisting he was not using drugs. The 41-year-old admitted doping during all seven of his Tour de France wins.

    "Although the government now pretends to be aggrieved by these allegations, its actions at the time are far more telling," Armstrong's motion states.

  156. 0807: 

    Batsman Jonathan Trott says Australia still have a chance of winning the Ashes, despite England's 2-0 series lead, ahead of the third Test at Old Trafford next month.

    Trott says the hosts need to be "careful" and points out they are not even half way through the series.

    "No-one has a given right to win Test matches, or predict Test matches," says Trott. "Australia still have a chance of winning the series if they win the next three games."

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    Liverpool have rejected Arsenal's improved offer of just over £40m for Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez.

    The unusual bid of £40,000,001 was designed to trigger a clause in the player's contract, but Liverpool have turned it down.

    Under the terms of Suarez's deal, the club are duty bound to consider any offer for him in excess of £40m and then inform the 26-year-old of it.

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    Good morning and welcome to Wednesday's edition of Sportsday Live. The transfer sagas involving Luis Suarez, Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale and Wayne Rooney continue to rumble and we will have all the latest developments right here. First, the top three stories on the BBC Sport website.

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