Football transfer news, Ashes reaction & League Cup build-up

Transfer updates, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale & Luis Suarez latest, Ashes reaction and League Cup first-round build-up.

6 August 2013 Last updated at 19:08

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    Good morning and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday Live. The transfer sagas involving Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale, Luis Suarez and Cesc Fabregas continue to rumble on; we'll have all the latest developments right here.

    We will also be rounding up all the reaction as England retained the Ashes on Monday, but first here are the top three stories on the BBC Sport website...

  2. 0801: 

    Blackpool boss Paul Ince says the onus is on Wayne Rooney to push through his move from Manchester United to Chelsea.

    United maintain that the striker is not for sale after a second bid - of £25m plus add-ons - was rejected on Sunday. Rooney, 27, who remains intent on leaving United, has been left out of their squad for Tuesday's friendly in Stockholm with a shoulder injury.

    "If Wayne wants to go then it is up to him to force that issue," ex-England and United midfielder Ince says.

  3. 0803: 

    Captain Alastair Cook says England have not been at their best despite retaining the Ashes in only 14 days.

    The drawn third Test at Old Trafford put the hosts 2-0 up on Australia with two Tests to play, the quickest they have retained the urn since 1905.

    "We showed a lot of fighting character to get through this game," says 28-year-old Cook. "We might not have played our best cricket but we're proving we're quite a hard side to beat."

  4. 0805: 

    Baseball's highest paid star, Alex Rodriguez, says he is fighting for his life as he and 12 other players are suspended in a doping scandal.

    Major League Baseball banned the New York Yankees slugger for 211 games until the end of the 2014 season.

    Rodriguez says: "I'm a human being. I've had two hip surgeries. I've had two knee surgeries. I'm fighting for my life. I have to defend myself. If I don't defend myself no-one else will."


    Most of Tuesday's newspapers lead their football stories on Wayne Rooney - here are the top three snippets from the gossip column:

    Senior Manchester United players such as Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Patrice Evra are growing increasingly frustrated with Wayne Rooney's behaviour as the 27-year-old striker looks to push through a move to Chelsea. (the Independent)

    Chelsea are preparing a third bid for Rooney after failing with a second offer for the England striker on Sunday night. (talkSPORT)

    Manchester United manager David Moyes must decide whether to risk Rooney receiving an angry backlash from Reds supporters in Sunday's Community Shield against Wigan. (Daily Mail)


    After a second Chelsea bid for Wayne Rooney was rejected by Manchester United on Sunday, former Reds midfielder Paul Ince says it is up to the England striker to force the issue regarding his potential transfer to Stamford Bridge.

    With Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez seemingly wanting away from Tottenham and Liverpool respectively, are clubs right to keep players against their wishes, or would they be better off letting them move on early in the summer, providing enough time to sign suitable replacements?

    Ince also says that United would be weaker without Rooney. Do you agree? Would you prefer Rooney or Cesc Fabregas in a Manchester United shirt come the start of the season? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  7. 0821: 

    England did not over-celebrate retaining the Ashes and are now focused on winning the series, says team director Andy Flower.

    The drawn third Test at Old Trafford put the hosts 2-0 up against Australia with two Tests to play.

    Flower insists the England players are already focusing on the fourth Test, which starts on Friday at Durham, saying: "There are no extravagant celebrations.... we want to win the series. We are only three matches into a five-match series and are 2-0 up, so we want to win at Durham."


    Tunde Akere: The onus is on Man Utd to find a replacement, they can't tie Wayne Rooney down against his will, it's bad for the team. Paul Ince is right.

    Daniel Layton: Wayne Rooney saga is a mess, no sign of any signing coming in. The Gill/Sir Alex combo would have bought two-three players and sold Rooney by now.

    Andrew Priestley: Are Real Madrid actually interested in Gareth Bale, or is it just a tactic to force Cristiano Ronaldo to sign a new deal??

  9. 0834: 

    Tottenham's training ground will be the focus of attention this morning as the spotlight on Gareth Bale's world record transfer to Real Madrid intensifies.

    Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas gave his squad the day off yesterday following their 5-2 defeat in Monaco last weekend, but the Portuguese expects his players to be back in training at their Enfield base on Tuesday.

    Bale has not played for Spurs since their first game of the summer - a 1-1 draw against Swindon on 16 July.

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    The England men's and women's hockey teams are taking part in the European Championships, which take place from 17-25 August, and both teams are expected to do well at the tournament.

    We have a prominent player from each side to answer your questions on Twitter - George Pinner is England and Great Britain's number one goalkeeper, while Kate Walsh broke her jaw at last summer's Olympics only to return to action to help Team GB win bronze.

    Do you have a question to ask either Pinner or Walsh? Send them to #bbchockey and the pair will answer them in Sportsday Live tomorrow morning.


    Rohidas Mali: Clubs should not expect loyalty from players. Clubs ship out contracted players as per their wishes, case in point Pepe Reina.

    Kallum Louis Tyrer: What's the point in players signing contract extensions if they get to leave whenever they feel like it?

    Brad Woodman: Clubs have no right to keep a player if they want to go, nor should they want to as it will bring down team morale.

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    South Korean footballer Park Ji-sung completes his return to his former club PSV Eindhoven in the top Dutch league on a loan deal from Queens Park Rangers, according to Korean news agency Yonhap.

    Rumours of Park's move back to the Netherlands first surfaced in late July, when Dutch media reported that the midfielder had undergone a medical test and was close to finalising the transaction.

    The two sides wrangled over the terms of Park's move, with the player seeking a loan deal while PSV wanted a complete transfer, before the club relented.

  13. 0853: 

    BBC Points West's Aistair Durden: Albert Adomah is at Middlesbrough looking around facilities after Bristol City accepted an offer last night. Medical later today.

  14. 0901: 

    Daily Telegraph's football writer Jeremy Wilson tells BBC Radio 5 live: "I think the easiest transfer situation to resolve is the Gareth Bale one because you are dealing with a club outside the Premier League, plus the figures talked about are so high. I think the Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez situations will remain acrimonious until the end [of the transfer window]."

    Would Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool be better off letting Gareth Bale, Wayne Rooney and Luis Suarez leave sooner rather than later, or is it wise to keep hold of them for as long as possible, even if they want to leave? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  15. 0909: 

    Loic Remy is determined to become a success at Newcastle to boost his chances of making the France squad for the 2014 World Cup.

    The 26-year-old joined Alan Pardew's side on a season-long loan from Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

    "I am very motivated this year to get into the World Cup squad for my country," Remy says. "I know in order to do that I need to have a big season and a successful campaign with Newcastle United."


    Paul Thompson: Clubs have no power any more. No matter what contract is signed, the players (and probably agents) can do whatever they want.

    Peter McCartney: It's simple, players now believe they are bigger than football clubs it Is even simpler - don't go and fund their ego's.

    Chaz Brett: Rooney saga is a win/win deal for Mourinho. Goes to Chelsea, they gain a man to lead the line. Stays, Utd are unsettled.

  17. 0923: 

    Roberto Soldado says he is determined to score lots of goals for Tottenham to repay the club's "kindness" in signing him.

    The 28-year-old striker joined Spurs yesterday from Valencia, where he scored 30 goals in 46 matches last season. He will wear the number nine shirt.

    "I'm absolutely honoured to be at this club, to wear the shirt that has so much history," he tells the club's official website. "I'm hoping that I can score lots of goals to repay the club's kindness in signing me."

  18. 0930: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1961
    Stirling Moss

    Stirling Moss enjoyed the 16th and last Formula 1 win of his career at the Nurburgring when he won the German Grand Prix in a Lotus-Climax.

  19. 0934: 

    Paul Ince hopes that it does not take a fan getting "stabbed" to make football's authorities take further steps to prevent crowd trouble.

    The Blackpool manager looked on as some of Preston's fans invaded the Deepdale pitch following a 1-0 win over his side in the Capital One Cup last night.

    Ince labelled the scenes an "absolute joke" and added: "I understand that fans get excited... but who knows what can happen. We're not listening. Has someone got to be stabbed before we listen?"

  20. 0941: 

    Last year's League Cup finalists Bradford City start this year's competition at local rivals Huddersfield Town and Bantams manager Phil Parkinson wants his players to use their fairytale run last season as inspiration.

    Bradford became the first team from the basement division to reach a major Wembley final, where they lost 5-0 to Premier League side Swansea City.

    "We always have a team talk but I also think the lads' memories from last season will be a big incentive," Parkinson tells the Yorkshire Post. "As with last year, it is again a fixture when we have nothing to lose. We set our stall out that way, right from the first round at Notts County way back in August last year."

  21. 0944: 
    Simone Montgomerie

    Fellow riders are distraught over Simone Montgomerie's death, says the Australian Jockeys' Association.

    The 26-year-old, who was mother to a young girl, died after being thrown from her mount into the path of other horses at the Darwin Cup meeting.

    "Riders across Australia are clearly shocked and distraught by what has happened," says the AJA's Des O'Keeffe. "Simone was a really warm, vivacious young woman. It's a tragedy you couldn't possibly try to explain."


    Sylvy: Contracts don't mean much today. Players shouldn't be able to leave when they want, unless a breach of/agreement in contract.

    Shay Mishir: Players claim fat salaries, yet don't want to give up their "loyalty" bonuses. They say it's not about money, I beg to differ.

    Mark Hibbert: Surely if contracts are no longer binding for top footballers their value must fall as they all become one season contractors.

    With Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez seemingly wanting away from Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool respectively, are clubs right to keep players against their wishes, or would they be better off letting them move on early in the summer, providing enough time to sign suitable replacements? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  23. 0949: 

    World champion Dai Greene says he intends to defend his 400m hurdles title at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow despite injury concerns.

    The 27-year-old withdrew from races in Monaco and London with an inflamed Achilles tendon but is confident of defending his title in Russia.

    "I'll be on the start line no matter what is wrong with me," Greene says.

    The World Championships will be broadcast on BBC Sport, with the competition starting on 10 August.

  24. 0955: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is worried by reports that team-mate Wayne Rooney could be about to leave the Premier League champions.

    United on Monday announced that that they had "immediately rejected" a second bid from Chelsea for the England striker, which was reported to be worth an initial £25m.

    "It's not the type of thing I have asked him. You do worry he might leave because he's a fantastic football player," says Scottish midfielder Fletcher.

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    Australia coach Darren Lehmann believes his side have exposed "cracks" in England's batting and says the momentum of the Ashes series has shifted, despite England holding a 2-0 lead with two Tests remaining.

  26. 1000: 
    Beth Tweddle

    British gymnast Beth Tweddle announces her retirement from the sport at the age of 28.

    Tweddle won a bronze medal on the uneven bars exactly a year ago at the 2012 London Olympics. She also won three gold medals at World Championships and six golds at European Championships.

  27. 1004: 

    Beth Tweddle gives her reasons for announcing her retirement from gymnastics.

    She says: "It's been a hard decision to make; gymnastics has been and always will be a massive part of my life.

    "I know deep down I can't commit to the hours and training to remain at the very top.

    "I don't think my achievements will ever really sink in but when I do look back I can be very proud of what I've done and how I've done it. With hard work there's always a way to succeed and always a way to achieve your dreams."

  28. 1006: 

    Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash criticises the strength of the Australian squad after England retain the Ashes.

    "Although they have some talented cricketers on this tour, this is the worst Australian touring side I've seen in my lifetime," said Ramprakash.

    "The stats would show this England side are very good and they have a core of players that are tried and tested, with good records at Test level. But I don't think England have been at their best in the three games, despite winning the first two Tests."

    Is Ramprakash right? Is this the worst Australian squad of all time? Where does this England team rank alongside previous England sides? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  29. 1014: 
    Pierre Van Hooijdonk

    Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez may not have submitted official transfer requests yet, but the indications are that the three want to leave their respective clubs. BBC Sport looks at cases from over the years where clubs have kept players, despite their desire to leave.

    In 1998, Pierre van Hooijdonk requested a transfer from Nottingham Forest after the club's promotion to the Premier League, seemingly unhappy with the club's recruitment. It was rejected and Van Hooijdonk refused to play for the club, returning to his native Holland. He eventually came back to Forest but the damage had been done, with fans reacting negatively to the striker.

  30. 1017: 

    Atletico Madrid reaffirm their commitment to keeping hold of Diego Costa, despite interest from Liverpool.

    Brendan Rodgers' side made a £21.8m bid for the Brazilian forward last week, but the Madrid club insisted he was not for sale. Now Atletico's sporting director Jose Luis Caminero has reiterated the club's stance on the 24-year-old, who scored 20 goals in all competitions last season.

    Speaking to AS, Caminero says: "Diego Costa is a very important player for Atletico; we value him very highly and we are convinced that this year he is going to score a lot of goals with Atletico. He is an idol for the fans."


    Tim Thorowgood: Bale, Suarez, Rooney want to leave. The stubbornness of their respective club is embarrassing. Turns the window into a bore.

    Paul Leabourne: Needs a couple of clubs to be brave & take a firm stance & if the player doesn't like it there's the reserves/youths to play in.

    John Paul Bentley: Players have a contract and can't just give two weeks notice, when clubs pay extortionate fees and wages to get them.

  32. 1026: 
    Andy Murray

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray says he is more concerned with winning Grand Slam titles than reaching the top of the ATP world rankings.

    Murray, currently ranked second in the world, has won two Grand Slam events and will be aiming to be successful at the US Open again later this month after winning the 2012 title.

  33. 1029: 

    Bristol City accept a bid of £1m by Middlesbrough for winger Albert Adomah, BBC Points West understands.

    The 25-year-old is in the North East to see the facilities and have a medical with a view to a move. Adomah has already been the subject of an offer of £850,000 from Wigan Athletic, which was rejected by the Robins last month.

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    Beth Tweddle in numbers:

    One Olympic medal (bronze, 2012)

    Two World Cup Final medals (One gold, one silver)

    Three Commonwealth Games medals (One gold, two silver)

    Five World Championships medals (Three gold, two bronze)

    11 European Championships medals (Six gold, four silver, one bronze)

    16 World Cup medals (11 gold, three silver, two bronze)

  35. 1036: 

    It is the second day of the Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

    There has been success for British players in the men's doubles competition as the English duo of Chris Langridge and Peter Mills beat Hong Kong's Tsz Kit Chan and Lok Kei Lo 21-12 21-15 in the first round.

    The pairing of England's Marcus Ellis and Scotland's Paul Van Rietvelde were also successful, winning 21-15 21-8 in their opening match against Norway's Jonas Christensen and Marius Myhre.

    But there was disappointment in the mixed doubles as Chris Adcock and Gabrielle White, the competition's 16th seeds, suffered a shock 21-18 21-16 defeat against unseeded Chinese Taipei pair Hung Ling Chen and Wen Hsing Cheng.

  36. 1044: 

    Derk Boerrigter has not travelled with the Celtic squad for Wednesday's Champions League third qualifying round tie second leg against Elfsborg.

    The Dutch winger picked up an ankle knock during his debut against Ross County on Saturday. Midfielder Tom Rogic and Virgil van Dijk are also unavailable through injury. However, Georgios Samaras is fit to play, having missed the weekend win over County.

    Celtic lead 1-0 following last week's first leg win in Glasgow.


    Some reaction to Mark Ramprakash's comments after the former England batsman said the Australian squad was the worst of all time.

    Jay: Mark Ramprakash is spot on. Take Clarke out and the series would now stand at 3-0. It's the worst Aussie side by a fair margin.

    Stephen Howell: If this is the worst Australian touring side what does it say about the England team who they outplayed over the last five days?

    James Stuart: The Aussies are in transition, you can't have tried and tested Ashes cricketers when there are none as they've mainly retired.

    What do you think? Do you agree with Ramprakash? How does this England team compare to previous England sides from the past? Let us know on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  38. 1056: 
    Dwight Yorke

    Dwight Yorke prompted an angry response from then Aston Villa manager John Gregory when the striker expressed his desire to join Manchester United in 1998.

    Gregory was adamant he would only sell Yorke if United striker Andy Cole was included in the deal. But Yorke was determined to move and reportedly spent the night outside Villa chairman Doug Ellis's house as he asked to be allowed to leave. He eventually departed in August that year for £12.5m.

    With Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez seemingly wanting away from Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool respectively, are clubs right to keep players against their wishes, or would they be better off letting them move on early in the summer, providing enough time to sign suitable replacements? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  39. 1102: 

    Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye says his return to Turkey has been sparked by his desire to play rather than a fall-out with manager Paolo Di Canio.

    The club confirmed just over a week ago N'Diaye would surprisingly join Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan, despite only arriving from another Turkish side, Bursaspor, in a £3.8m deal in January. The former France under-21 international, however, has opted to move as Di Canio could not guarantee him first-team football this season.

    "There was no problem with the coach," N'Diaye tells The Shields Gazette.

  40. 1106: 

    Irish involvement at the World Championships in Guangzhou ends after Chloe Magee loses in the opening round of the women's singles.

    The Donegal woman was beaten 21-14 21-14 by Hsaio Ma Pei of Chinese Taipei.

    Magee and her brother Sam were beaten by Dutch pair Jorrit De Ruiter and Samantha Barning in the mixed doubles on Monday.

  41. 1109: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official is: Beth Tweddle was one of six British gymnasts to win a medal at the London Olympics in 2012, who were the others?

    The answers will be revealed later today.

  42. 1112: 

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has named a 20-man squad for next week's World Cup qualifying home clash against Russia.

    Striker Kyle Lafferty, who sat out the last qualifier due to suspension, is among the party for the Group F game next Wednesday at Windsor Park. Fellow frontman David Healy, midfielder Paddy McCourt and defender Chris Baird - all currently without a club - have not been included, while West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt is also absent.

    The fixture had originally been scheduled for March, but heavy snow and icy playing conditions in Belfast saw it postponed.


    Purna Venkatesan: Footballers need to learn how to honour contracts they sign. Rooney, Bale and Suarez signed contracts which haven't expired.

    Selbs: If you don't want to be held to a long contact don't sign it. Simple!

    Lweendo Mendo: The players should make it clear whether they want to leave or stay. Instead of keeping quiet, making the clubs look stubborn.

  44. 1119: 

    St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus is pleased with the way his side have responded since he publicly backed the team last month.

    McManus asked for patience from the supporters after a poor run of form that saw Nathan Brown's side in danger of slipping outside Super League's top eight. However, three consecutive wins have all but assured their play-off place.

    "Three weeks ago, we were staring down the barrel of a gun. It was looking bleak, but what a response," McManus tells BBC Radio Merseyside.

  45. 1123: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1926
    Gertrude Ederle

    Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old New Yorker, became the first woman to swim the English Channel.

    She made the crossing from Cap Gris-Nez to Deal in 14 hours and 39 minutes, cutting some two hours off the record.

  46. 1126: 

    Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will miss the start of the season with an ankle injury.

    The 20-year-old Serbia international, who impressed during his first season in England, was carried off on a stretcher in the win over Sunderland in a pre-season tournament in Hong Kong last month. He is expected to be sidelined for another four to six weeks.

    City open their Premier League campaign against Newcastle United on 19 August.

    Do City need to sign a new defender as a result of Nastasic's injury? Who should they go for? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  47. 1132: 

    Kenya's athletics team is delayed on its way to the World Championships in Moscow by a shortage of fuel at Kenya's main international airport.

    The 49-strong team is among 2,000 passengers affected, officials say. One airport official told the BBC that 67 flights were cancelled or delayed after low pressure caused a fuel hydrant to fail.

    "We now have only two days to acclimatise once we reach Moscow since the competitions begin on 10 August,'' says Athletics Kenya spokesman Evans Bosire.


    More thoughts on ex-England batsman Mark Ramprakash calling the Australian squad their worst ever touring side.

    Tom Heath: They may be the worst side but they will get back to the top eventually. They won't fall from grace as badly as the West Indies.

    Mike Smith: It's probably the weakest Aussie touring party I've seen since 1985. Only because the others have been so good.

    J: I think saying this is the worst Aus team is a stretch. They lost first Test by a handful of runs, were cost third Test by rain and are rebuilding.

    Do you agree? Tell us what you think on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  49. 1138: 

    Wigan will not treat Sunday's Community Shield appearance against Manchester United as simply a day out at Wembley, says striker Grant Holt.

    The Latics will feature in the season's traditional opening fixture for the first time, courtesy of their FA Cup final win against Manchester City.

    "We've got Europe, the League Cup and the FA Cup - every game we're in, we'll try to win," the ex-Norwich captain tells BBC Radio Manchester.

  50. 1142: 
    Charlotte Edwards

    England name 17 players across their three squads to play Australia in the Women's Ashes Series.

    Charlotte Edwards, who will play in her 11th Ashes Test, will captain England in the Test matches, the one-day internationals and the T20 games.

    The Test squad sees the return of Katherine Brunt and Laura Marsh, while Yorkshire's Lauren Winfield and Surrey's Natalie Sciver, who both made their international debuts against Pakistan last month, are also included.

    The first Test takes place in Wormsley, Buckinghamshire and begins on Sunday, 11 August.

  51. 1148: 

    Preston North End release a statement condemning the action of the supporters who invaded the pitch after Monday's night's League Cup win against Blackpool.

    Some Preston fans flooded onto the Deepdale pitch at the final whistle of Monday's local derby, after Tom Clarke had scored a late winner for the hosts, while a steward was trampled by a police horse.

    "At the final whistle a number of supporters (approximately 200) ran onto the pitch in celebration at the result," a Preston statement reads. "This incursion onto the field of play is totally unacceptable and is condemned by everyone connected with Preston.

    "The measures that had been put in place in anticipation of such an event worked as planned and at no time were rival fans in contact with each other and the pitch was cleared as quickly as possible."


    Will Dinsdale: There has to be a balance. Let a player go easily and you're a 'selling club', hold out for too long and you're unfair

    David Lewis: Players want to leave clubs & break the contract THEY signed but won't hand in a transfer request!?

    Kevin McKenna: If someone doesn't like their job they'd quit! If a better job with more money came along wouldn't you take it?

    If, as is being reported, Wayne Rooney, Gareth Bale and Luis Suarez do want to leave their respective clubs, are they right to keep players against their wishes, or would they be better off letting them move on early in the summer, providing enough time to sign suitable replacements? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  53. 1158: 

    West Bromwich Albion hope to complete the loan signing of Scott Sinclair later this week, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    The Baggies hope to take the 24-year-old on a season-long spell from Manchester City.

  54. 1200: 

    Ex-England captain Alec Stewart thinks Australia will be determined to win the last two Tests to draw the current Ashes series.

    In his BBC Sport column, Stewart said: "Having played in seven Ashes series defeats, I know only too well the pain they must be feeling. But I also know they will not have any problem getting motivated for the two remaining Tests in the series.

    "This is international cricket, and individually and collectively you want to perform every time you pull on your country's shirt. There should not be an individual in that Australian dressing room who is thinking the series is over."

  55. 1205: 
    Ryan Lochte

    Eleven-time Olympic medallist Ryan Lochte may postpone his television career in order to step up training and improve his chances at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

    Lochte, 29, won two individual world titles at the World Championships in Barcelona, despite taking a considerable break after London 2012 to appear in several US television shows, and felt he could have achieved more in Spain.

    "I might have to put everything on hold. I didn't like how I swam," he told BBC Sport. "Now is the time I have to put all of my focus into swimming and get ready for 2016."

  56. 1209: 

    Scotland international striker Leigh Griffiths, 22, signs an improved two-year contract with League One side Wolves.


    Some reaction to the news Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic will be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury.

    We asked if City needed more defensive options.

    Tunde Akere: Nastasic is a fine player and he will be missed, but it's just for four weeks. Lescott is still there to compliment the defence.

    Daniel Osunbor: I think they don't need to sign any players, they've got replacements. They have a quality squad.

    What do you think? Do City need to strengthen their defensive options? Let us know on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  58. 1218: 

    England batsman Nick Compton says he would have to consider his future at Somerset if they were relegated to Division Two of the County Championship.

    Somerset finished runners-up in Division One last year but currently sit seventh with only one win all season.

    Compton, 30, is out of contract at the end of the summer and has expressed his desire to earn an England recall after being dropped for the current Ashes series against Australia.

  59. 1224: 

    Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill cannot wait for the renewal of football's oldest international rivalry.

    England and Scotland first played each other in 1872 but will be meeting for the first time in 14 years next Wednesday at Wembley.

    "It is an exciting prospect and it's the local rivalry that gets your mouth watering," said Cahill.

    "Everybody's looking forward to the fixture and both teams will be going at it to get a result."

  60. 1228: 
    Tom Fell

    Worcestershire's Tom Fell signs a two-year contract to keep him at New Road until the end of the 2015 season.

    The 19-year-old batsman, who previously played for Oxford University, came through the club's academy system.

    And he has now extended his stay after making a first-class career best of 94 not out against Kent.

    "I'm not going back to university next year as the opportunity to get the full-time contract came my way," he told BBC Hereford & Worcester.


    Ex-England batsman Mark Ramprakash says the current Australian squad is their worst ever.

    Your reactions...

    Jack Gelsthorpe: I think the Aussies are very weak. Yet in two out of three tests they have been equal to England proving how weak (lazy?) we have become.

    James: The Aussie bowling unit is pretty good bar the spinner. Not convinced about the batting line-up, but I'm not sure of ours.

    Ramesh Bala: The current Australia team is the worst team only to its own high standards They're still better than the worst England teams from the past.

    Keep your tweets coming in, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  62. 1240: 
    Beth Tweddle

    Beth Tweddle, who retired from gymnastics earlier today, says she is determined to encourage children to take up the sport.

    Olympic bronze medallist Tweddle, 28, said: "I want to give every child an opportunity to try gymnastics. I had to try a lot of sports before I found gymnastics."

  63. 1248: 

    Pops Mensah-Bonsu will not play for Great Britain at next month's EuroBasket.

    "Sadly Pops Mensah-Bonsu has withdrawn from the GB squad for personal reasons," said a statement from British Basketball.

    The British squad was already without NBA players Luol Deng and Joel Freeland for the competition, which will be held in Slovenia from 4 to 22 September.

  64. 1251: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Kingsbarns, who beat talented rivals to win 2012 Racing Post Trophy for Aidan O'Brien, among eight left in Royal Whip Stakes, Curragh, Sunday.

  65. 1300: 

    Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale may see little reason to change a winning team tonight as the Grecians take on Championship title favourites Queen's Park Rangers in the League Cup, reports the Exeter Express and Echo.

    The Grecians got their League Two campaign under way with a superb 2-1 victory over Bristol Rovers last Saturday and the suggestion is that Tisdale will keep faith with the team that won at the weekend against Harry Redknapp's side.

    "We will see what we can do in terms of trying to play to our strengths and I am sure they will be trying to find a weakness in our team of players and it is my job to make the most of what we have got," says Tisdale.

  66. 1307: 

    Conference Premier side Aldershot Town sign Portsmouth defender Adam Webster on loan until January.

    The 18-year-old England under-19 international made 21 appearances for Pompey last season. Portsmouth boss Guy Whittingham says: "It's a great move for Adam. People might forget he's only 18 because he's been around for so long.

    "He came on the scene very quickly, but he needs to play games and this provides a great opportunity for him."

    League Cup

    After League One Preston shocked Championship side Blackpool on Monday, League Cup action continues on Tuesday night with 31 first-round fixtures.

    Bradford City are involved in one of those games, playing local rivals Huddersfield. The Bantams enjoyed a fairytale run to the final last season, beating numerous higher division sides until they were defeated by Swansea. Will a team ever replicate that feat again?What are your most memorable League Cup moments? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  68. 1321: 

    Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali has called for "a reaction" from within the Scuderia following their pre-summer break slump.

    In Germany and Hungary, Ferrari accrued a combined total of just 26 points from those two races - with Fernando Alonso collecting 22 of those - to fall 83 behind Red Bull in the constructors' championship.

    "I don't know for sure what exactly is the problem," says Domenicali. "It appears we have apparently lost the gap we had at the first few races when our race pace was strong. But now we are not where we want to be, so we need to understand if this [the tyres] is the case [hurting Ferrari] and how to react."

  69. 1324: 

    Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leigh Griffiths signs a new two-year-contract at Molineux with an option of a further 12 months.

    The Scotland international had a second loan spell at Hibernian last season, scoring 28 goals in all competitions before returning to Wolves.

    "I am delighted to have signed the new deal," he says. "I've been pleased to be able to come back to Wolves, hit the ground running and get on the scoresheet."

  70. 1326: 

    Tahiti international Steevy Chong Hue, whose goal in the 2012 OFC Nations Cup secured his country's passage to the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil, is on trial with France Ligue 1 side FC Lorient.

    "After the Confederations Cup I hoped that I would have a chance like this and now it's up to me to go right to the end," says Chong Hue.

    "I'm not going just to say I've gone and that's it. I want to succeed. Being separated from my family is not a handicap for me. I've waited for this opportunity and I'm ready to go right to the end."

  71. 1332: 
    Gareth Bale

    It has all been relatively quiet on the transfer front so far on Tuesday but here is where we are at regarding the big stories of the summer so far:

    Gareth Bale arrived at Tottenham training at 1030 BST this morning. The Wales international is a transfer target for Real Madrid and there had been reports in Spain that he would stay away from training today.

    Wayne Rooney must force his Manchester United departure if he wants to leave, says ex-Red Devils player Paul Ince. United play AIK in Sweden this evening but Rooney will miss the friendly with a shoulder injury.

    Meanwhile, in other sports, Beth Tweddle confirms her retirement from gymnastics, while England team director Andy Flower says the players are now focused on winning the series rather than celebrating retaining the Ashes.

  72. 1339: 

    World number one Tiger Woods resumed his early morning major routine on Tuesday, ahead of the 95th US PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

    Woods' tendency to start his practice rounds almost as soon as the sun is up has upset spectators in the past, with customers paying for tickets but often finding that he had finished and left the premises before they had arrived.

    But the 14-time major winner was prevented from doing so in the Open at Muirfield last month, being forced to follow the rules which stated that the course was not open until 0700 BST after attempting to tee off 10 minutes early. Woods made light of the incident at the time and had no such problems at Oak Hill, teeing off alone at 6:22am local time and starting from the 10th tee.


    Chris Melvin: Favourite memory is Wycombe Wanderers run to the semi-finals in 2006/2007 and holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at home.

    As 62 teams begin their League Cup campaigns this evening, hoping to replicate Bradford City's amazing run to the final last season, we want to know your favourite League Cup memories, #bbcsportsday

  74. 1350: 

    Will Wayne Rooney join Chelsea? Is Luis Suarez going to Arsenal? What is the latest regarding Gareth Bale? Catch up on all the transfer news from Ben Smith in our Transfer Tracker on the BBC Sport website.

  75. 1356: 

    Tottenham director Sir Keith Mills accepts the club cannot stop Gareth Bale from joining Real Madrid, reports the London Evening Standard.

    "If a player is desperate to leave, it's very difficult to force him to stay," he says. "We've seen it in other clubs. Even if he has a contract, you can't force somebody to play for you."

  76. 1358: 

    Starting now on BBC 2 and online, The Super League Show. Watch all the highlights and analysis from the latest round of matches.

    Freddy Eastwood

    Rob Frost: Favourite League Cup moment - Freddy Eastwood goal to beat Man Utd in 2006 after Fergie given teaser to mark 20th anniversary in job.

    As 62 teams begin their League Cup campaigns this evening, hoping to replicate Bradford City's amazing run to the final last season, we want to know your favourite League Cup memories, #bbcsportsday

  78. 1412: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official was: Beth Tweddle was one of six British gymnasts to win a medal at the London Olympics in 2012, who were the others?

    The answers are Sam Oldham, Daniel Purvis, Louis Smith, Kristian Thomas and Max Whitlock.

  79. 1420: 

    More than half of football fans think about football at least once every minute, according to a new research paper to be published today, published by the Football Association.

    The research shows that 63% of football fans said that football was their main topic of conversation, that nine out of 10 (94%) admitted they plan their year around the football season with 89% booking holidays around football so they don't miss a game. A further 91% said they have cancelled plans such as attending a wedding or a birthday party because of football.

    More than half (52%) of football fans admitted that they think about football more than food, and a further 50% said they thought about football more than work. Nearly one in five of those polled (19%) admit to checking on football news and updates every minute.

  80. 1424: 

    FC Lorient confirm to BBC Sport that Tahiti international Steevy Chong Hue is no longer on trial at the French side.

    Striker Chong Hue, who has previously played in Belgium's lower leagues, played for Tahiti at the Confederations Cup in Brazil earlier this year.

  81. 1428: 

    English duo Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis advance into the last 32 of the men's doubles competition at the Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

    Adcock and Ellis beat Netherlands pair Ruud Bosch 21-17 21-18 but face a tough task in the next round. China's Nan Zhang, who won an Olympic gold medal in the mixed doubles in London 2012, and team-mate Biao Chai will be the Britons' next opponents.

    Meanwhile, Scottish pairing Martin Campbell and Patrick Machugh lost 20-22 17-21 to Malaysia's V Shem Goh and Khim Wah Lim.

  82. 1434: 

    It was confirmed earlier on Tuesday that Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic could be out for up to six weeks with an ankle injury. These are the Premier League games he could potentially miss:

    19 August: Newcastle United (H)

    25 August: Cardiff (A)

    31 August: Hull City (H)

    14 September: Stoke City (A)

    John Sheridan

    Giles Pepler: John Sheridan's goal at Wembley 1991 - great day out & the Sheffield Wednesday's last great piece of silverware!

    Ahead of 31 first-round League Cup fixtures this evening we want to know what are your favourite moments from the competition over the years? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  84. 1439: 

    Shrewsbury Town boss Graham Turner dreams of 'doing a Bradford' in this season's League Cup - but doesn't expect Bolton to be taking Tuesday's first-round tie lightly.

    The Town boss believes their new League One rivals' march to the Wembley final before promotion in 2012-13 has given lower-division entrants more reason to fight.

    Turner tells the Shropshire Star: "It's a good competition, you can ask any Bradford fan from last season that, for sides who get to the later stages it's terrific, particularly when you get the big clubs in there. Bolton's management team, Dougie Freedman and Lennie Lawrence, know the game. They won't be taking this lightly and will treat us with respect, we will expect nothing else."

  85. 1444: 
    Sarah Walker

    England's Sarah Walker moves into the second round of the women's singles at the World Championships in Guangzhou, China.

    Walker, who became English champion in February, defeated Kate Foo Kune of Mauritius 21-11 21-17 and will meet world number five Ji Hyun-Sung of South Korea in the last 32.

  86. 1448: 

    Cheltenham Town striker Jamie Cureton is set to be sidelined for up to six weeks after dislocating his shoulder on his debut for the club.

    The 37-year-old collided with keeper Jordan Pickford on his way to scoring the opening goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Burton. He was taken straight to hospital and the joint was put back in place after no fracture was found.

    "It's frustrating for us and him," boss Mark Yates tells BBC Gloucestershire.

  87. 1452: 

    Luis Suarez has not given up hope on moving to Real Madrid, raising the prospect of Arsenal missing out on their prime transfer target, reports the London Evening Standard.

    The newspaper claims that the Liverpool striker is prepared to seek legal clarification from the Premier League in a bid to revive interest from the Spanish giants.

    Suarez believed that a bid in excess of £40m would allow him to leave Anfield and join a club in the Champions League but Liverpool insist the paperwork only stipulates that the 26-year-old is entitled to be informed of any bid at that level.

  88. 1458: 
    League Cup

    Liverpool are the most successful club in League Cup history, winning the competition on eight occasions. Their first title came in 1981, when they beat West Ham 2-1, and their last victory came in 2012 - a 3-2 win on penalties against Cardiff after the game had ended 2-2 after extra time.

    What are your most memorable League Cup moments? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  89. 1507: 

    Former Preston North End chairman Maurice Lindsay explains how he was forced to give up his position with the club and the Football Association after eating ox tongue found to contain potentially deadly bacteria, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

    A supermarket was fined £27,500 by a court after selling the ox tongue which was eaten by the former North End chief and found to be infected with listeria.

    Lindsay, 70 says: "I have been so ill I had to give up my role at North End and with the FA. In hospital I was injected every four hours for 20 days. I will never touch tongue again in my life. It was my house keeper who bought it to put in my sandwich for tea. If I had done the shopping I would never have bought tongue. Two years down the line I am still not well."

  90. 1512: 

    Swindon winger Luke Rooney joins Crawley Town on loan until 1 January 2014.

    The 22-year-old was signed by former Swindon boss Paolo Di Canio from Gillingham in January 2012 and made 24 appearances for the club.

  91. 1514: 

    Two-time Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington admits she was disappointed with Britain's performance at the recent World Championships in Barcelona.

    Britain only won one medal in the competition, a bronze for Francesca Halsall in the 50m freestyle.

    Retired Adlington, 24, who won two golds at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, tells BBC Sport: "It's obviously a huge disappointment. We all wanted to see more, or expected more."

  92. 1519: 

    Former Celtic winger Pat McCourt is training with Hibernian, following spells on trial in England.

    The 29-year-old could be available on a short-term deal, with the player keen on a move to America next year.

    "It's really just to keep his fitness up," explains Leroy McCourt, the player's brother and agent. "He knows the manager [Pat Fenlon] from their short time together at Derry. He's just been in today to have a look around and do a bit of training."

  93. 1525: 
    Faf du Plessis

    South Africa are on 72-2 after half of their 20 overs in the third T20 match on their tour of Sri Lanka.

    Henry Davids was out in the first ball of the innings, but Faf du Plessis is currently 40 not out off 31 deliveries.

    This is the third of three T20 matches and South Africa won the opening two games, the first by 12 runs and the second by a 22-run margin.

  94. 1531: 

    Former Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov faces up to seven years in prison if successfully prosecuted over an allegation of "squandering" bank assets in Lithuania.

    The Lithuanian police are looking for Romanov, who was reported to have left for Russia, over accusations he took an unspecified amount of money from Ukio Bankas, which he helped found.

    The insolvent bank is owed £15m by Hearts and owns 30% of the club's shares.

  95. 1534: 
    BBC coverage
    Charlotte Green

    Former BBC Radio 4 newsreader and continuity announcer Charlotte Green will take over from James Alexander Gordon as the new voice of the classified football results on BBC radio from 28 September.

    Charlotte is the Broadcasting Press Guild's Radio Broadcaster of The Year and has one of the most recognisable voices on the radio.

    Green says: "I'm delighted to be offered this opportunity as I've been a football fan all my life. In fact as a six-year-old I used to sit at the dining room table reading the football scores out loud from the newspaper, so this really is a dream come true."

  96. 1539: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says the change in management at Old Trafford has "been good" and believes new manager David Moyes understands the mentality of managing a successful squad.

    Ferdinand also reveals new United coach Phil Neville is "a changed man" who will not let the players talk to him on first-name terms, and explains how players in the dressing room discuss football transfers like "blokes down the pub".

    Watch the full interview with Ferdinand on the BBC Sport website.

    League Cup

    Martin Devereau: 1988 - Luton Town 3-2 Arsenal, the game had it all and will never be forgotten by Luton fans. Southport this weekend!

    What are your most memorable League Cup moments? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  98. 1548: 

    Domestic cricket's Twenty20 competition has reached the knockout stages, with the first two places at finals day of the FLt20 up for grabs tonight. The first quarter-final sees Surrey take on Somerset at The Oval (16:15 BST).

    Surrey finished runners-up in the South group to reigning champions Hampshire, and face a Somerset side boasting the competition's leading run-scorer in Craig Kieswetter.

    The England one-day wicketkeeper hit 447 runs in the group stages at an average of 55.9 and a strike rate of 137 runs per 100 balls. The visitors are also hugely experienced in this format and are in the knockout stages for the fifth successive year.

    You can listen to the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and also on BBC Surrey.

  99. 1549: 

    The second of tonight's FLt20 quarter-finals sees Northants entertain Durham (19:10 BST).

    Northants surprisingly topped the Midlands/West/Wales group at Somerset's expense, thanks largely to the performances of Muhammad Azharullah.

    The Pakistan-born seamer is this summer's leading T20 wicket-taker, with 23 scalps. But their opponents Durham, who finished third in the North group, will be looking to big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes to do the damage. He hit 18 sixes in the group stages, those maximums accounting for 39% of his runs.

  100. 1556: 

    Richard Beaumont will join St Helens from Hull KR at the end of the Super League season.

    The 25-year-old prop forward has agreed a two-year contract with the club.

    St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus says: "We're delighted to secure Richard's signing. He will be a welcome addition to our forward line that has not only gained more experience during the course of 2013 but has been bolstered ahead of 2014."

  101. 1601: 

    Every senior player in the Premier League and Football League will be obliged to attend a session this season to receive guidance on racist and homophobic language.

    The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is organising the sessions, called the 'The Senior Player Programme on Diversity and Equality' and the union has written to the managers of all 92 clubs asking them to make sure the players attend.

    PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says: "We are rolling out these courses on quality and the nature of law in this country so there is no excuse for not abiding by those laws. Letters have gone out to clubs and we need to avoid any such embarrassment again after the recent cases."

  102. 1602: 

    Luis Suarez pulls out of the Liverpool squad that has travelled to Norway for a pre-season match with Valerenga because of injury.

    The Uruguayan, who wants to be allowed to join Arsenal, will undergo a scan on a foot injury in the next 24 hours. Daniel Agger, Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel will also miss out on Wednesday's friendly match through injury.

    Suarez's future remains unclear, with Liverpool insisting he is not for sale and Arsenal yet to up their bid of £40,000,001 that they believed triggered a release clause in his contract.

  103. 1609: 
    Nathan Dyer

    Swansea winger Nathan Dyer signs a new four-year deal, keeping him at the Premier League side until 2017.

    Dyer scored six times in 44 appearances in all competitions last season.

    "I've been here four years now, and I wanted to stay at Swansea," says Dyer, who joined on a permanent deal from Southampton following an initial loan spell in 2009. "I didn't even think about going anywhere else, so it is nice to get it all sorted."

  104. 1612: 

    South Africa score 163-3 off their 20 overs in their Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka in Hambantota.

    Faf du Plessis hits three sixes and 10 fours in his 65-ball innings of 85 and Jean-Paul Duminy ends on 51 not out off 34 deliveries.

    South Africa won the first two T20 matches and Sri Lanka will have to bat well to avoid a 3-0 series defeat.

  105. 1616: 

    Somerset win the toss and choose to bat first in their FLt20 quarter-final against Surrey at The Oval.

    You can listen to the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and also on BBC Surrey.

  106. 1620: 

    The Football Association appoints Dave Reddin, who was Sir Clive Woodward's right-hand man as England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup and also worked with him at the British Olympic Association, as the new head of performance services.

    The 44-year-old will be based at St George's Park in Burton and oversee sport science, medical, performance analysis, psychology and physiotherapy.

  107. 1625: 

    Sheffield Wednesday sign 19-year-old full-back Rafael Floro on a one-year deal.

    The Portuguese defender, whose primary position is left-back impressed the Owls during pre-season.

    Floro previously played at youth level for Sporting Lisbon, Academica, Almansilense, Louletano DC and FC Porto.

  108. 1627: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Trainer Harry Fry says Rock On Ruby will begin his season in the two-mile Listed Hurdle at Kempton on Sunday, October 20.


    Andrew Munro: Middlesbrough ending their 128 year wait for a major trophy beating Bolton at the Millennium Stadium in 2004.

    What are your most memorable League Cup moments? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  110. 1633: 

    Middlesbrough hope to complete a transfer double in the next 24 hours after making a bid to sign Ross McCormack from Leeds United, reports the Gazette.

    Albert Adomah is on Teesside finalising a £1m move to Middlesbrough from Bristol City.

    McCormack scored for Leeds in their 2-1 win against Brighton on Saturday, but it is thought Whites boss Brian McDermott is prepared to offload the Scotland international for the right price.

  111. 1636: 

    Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2012/13 Uefa Best Player in Europe Award, with the winner to be announced on 29 August.

    Messi won the Spanish Liga title with Barcelona last term, as well as his fifth successive FIFA Ballon d'Or, and ended the season with an extraordinary haul of 46 league goals.

    Ribery helped the Bayern side that secured an extraordinary treble, cruising to the Bundesliga title and German Cup and beating Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley. Ronaldo, meanwhile, top-scored in the 2012/13 Uefa Champions League with 12 goals for Madrid.

  112. 1639: 

    The 2013 Darwin Cup will not be run as a mark of respect for Australian jockey Simone Montgomerie, who died after a fall at the meeting on Monday, reports BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    Prize money of AUS $200,000 (£120,000) will be given to a fund to help her family, the Darwin Turf Club has announced.

    Mother-of-one Montgomerie, 26, was the 502nd jockey in the 200 years of Australian horse racing to die after a fall or accident, said Des O'Keeffe, of the national jockeys' association.

  113. 1641: 
    Lee Westwood

    The US PGA Championship, which will be held at Oak Hill in New York, begins on Thursday.

    BBC Sport's Iain Carter has tweeted: Just chatted to Lee Westwood. Sense he will try to make most of driver prowess and use big stick when others play more conservatively.

  114. 1644: 

    Doncaster Rovers sign Manchester City winger Reece Wabara on a one-month loan deal.

    The 21-year-old has previously played under Rovers boss Paul Dickov when the Scotsman was in charge at Oldham.

    Wabara scored the winning goal for the Latics in their FA Cup win over Liverpool before moving to Blackpool on loan. He could make his debut for Rovers in Tuesday's Capital One Cup tie against Rochdale.

  115. 1647: 

    Jim McColl says he is not looking to lead a Rangers takeover, but the wealthy Scottish businessman confirmed he was putting his weight behind calls for boardroom change in his capacity as a shareholder at the club.

    Engineering tycoon McColl, whose personal wealth was estimated at £1billion in last year's Sunday Times Rich List, backed outgoing chairman Walter Smith's calls for fans to get behind formal moves to install Paul Murray and Frank Blin on to the board.

    The Clyde Blowers chairman and chief executive says in statement: "Let me make it very clear, I am not seeking to join the board or to increase my shareholding in the club."

    League Cup

    Ben Taylor: Surely 1967. Third Division club 2-0 down to a Division One team at half time to come back and win. QPR 3-2 WBA.

    What are your most memorable League Cup moments? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  117. 1703: 

    After the top three players for the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award were shortlisted (see 1636), Uefa have revealed the players who finished fourth to 10th.

    (International side and club side in brackets)

    Fourth - Robert Lewandowski (Poland, Borussia Dortmund), fifth - Arjen Robben (Netherlands, Bayern Munich), sixth - Thomas Muller (Germany, Bayern Munich), seventh - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany, Bayern Munich), eighth - Gareth Bale (Wales, Tottenham Hotspur), ninth - Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden, Paris St-Germain), 10th - Robin van Persie (Netherlands, Manchester United).

    An award ceremony will be held on 29 August to see who out of Lionel Messi, Franck Ribery and Cristiano Ronaldo will be announced as the winner.

  118. 1707: 

    Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes the game in London is progressing despite London Broncos' struggles.

    The Broncos are currently bottom of Super League and are searching for a new home venue for next season.

    "The only element of London rugby league that is struggling is the professional team," McDermott told BBC London 94.9.

    "I spent nearly five years at London and got heavily involved with the youth set-up. I am more than aware of how much progress is being made."

  119. 1710: 

    Seven of the British synchronised swimming team retire from the sport.

    Jenna Randall, Olivia Federici, Asha Randall, Katie Clark, Vicki Lucass, Yvette Baker and Sam Wilson made the decision after the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

  120. 1717: 
    James Harris

    Former England captain Andrew Strauss says Middlesex bowler James Harris is close to a call-up to the Test side.

    Harris, 23, has taken 20 wickets from six games in County Championship Division One so far this season.

    "Whenever I faced him I always thought he could be very similar to Jimmy Anderson in years to come," said Strauss.

    "He is not quite there yet, but bowling in the First Division against good players will help him get there."

  121. 1722: 

    Brazil defender David Luiz will miss Chelsea's match with Real Madrid in Miami on Wednesday, the Blues have announced.

    The 26-year-old returned from a post-Confederations Cup holiday to join Jose Mourinho's squad for their tour to the United States and played 30 minutes of the match with Inter Milan last Thursday.

    However, Luiz did not train with the rest of the squad today and has been ruled out of the Real match for an unspecified reason.

    Southend celebrate

    We are asking for your favourite League Cup memories.

    Alan Molyneux: Southend 1-0 Man United, November 2006. Fergie never beat us. Only club that can say that.

    Keep them coming in to us on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  123. 1731: 

    Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he can handle the increased pressure on him to perform this year.

    Belgian Benteke, 22, scored 23 goals in all competitions in his first year at Villa in 2012-13.

    "I feel good and I expect myself to do better than last season," said Benteke.

    "The pressure is going to be bigger around me but this is football and I accept that. It is part of football. You have to be able to handle this pressure - I love it."

  124. 1736: 

    Somerset score 148-6 from their 20 overs in their FLt20 quarter-final against Surrey at The Oval.

    Craig Kieswetter top scored for the visitors with three sixes in his innings of 70 off 51 balls.

    Surrey's Jade Dernbach dismissed Nick Compton (22) and Craig Meschede (0) in successive deliveries at the end of the Somerset innings.

    You can listen to the match live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and also on BBC Surrey.

  125. 1740: 

    A Jamaican international footballer and a Jamaican team official are suspended following a failed drugs test.

    A Fifa statement said the incident came "following an adverse analytical finding in relation to a doping control conducted after the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier played in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on 11 June 2013".

    The statement added: "Following the provision of the "A" sample result, which tested positive for a prohibited substance mentioned on WADA's 2013 prohibited list, the player waived his right to have the "B" sample analysed."

    The player and official have been provisionally suspended for 30 days and have until 19 August to submit a statement to Fifa.

  126. 1747: 
    Tillakaratne Dilshan

    Tillakaratne Dilshan helps Sri Lanka win the third and final T20 international against South Africa.

    South Africa had posted 163-3 off their 20 overs, but Dilshan scored 74 off 51 deliveries to help his side to 164-4 and a six-wicket victory with 11 balls to spare.

    The success denied South Africa a 3-0 series whitewash, although they still won the series 2-1.


    Sam: Favourite League Cup moment. Watching Northampton beat Liverpool at Anfield in September 2010. Makes supporting your local team worth it.

    Get involved on Twitter, #BBCSportsday.

  128. 1805: 

    Catalan Dragons forward Zeb Taia is banned for three games for a shoulder charge on St Helens half-back Gareth O'Brien.

    O'Brien was knocked out by the New Zealander in an off-the-ball incident in Saints' 26-6 Super League victory over the Dragons in Perpignan last Saturday.

    Taia pleaded not guilty to a charge of reckless striking with the shoulder at a Rugby Football League disciplinary tribunal but was found guilty of the grade C offence by the panel.

    He was also fined £300 by the RFL and will now miss the Dragons' upcoming games against Bradford, Wigan and Leeds.

  129. 1808: 
    Rory McIlroy

    Defending champion Rory McIlroy signs autographs after his latest practice round at Oak Hill in New York as he prepares to defend his US PGA Championship title. The event starts later this week.

    The tee times for the opening two rounds are available here.

  130. 1814: 

    Northern Irish marathon runner Paul Pollock is confident of performing well at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow later this month.

    Pollock, 26, said: "Moscow will be a championship race and will be a lot slower than the major city marathons.

    "Hopefully, there will be a group there to stick with until the end.

    "It's all about getting stuck in and making sure that I am in the right place. I can't wait."

    Darren Ambrose

    More League Cup memories.

    Charles W. McGinnes: Man United 1, Palace 2 (November, 2011). Darren Ambrose scores an absolute worldie against the champions of England. What a night that was.

    Get involved, #bbcsportsday

  132. 1831: 

    Former Wolves winger Dave Wagstaffe has died at the age of 70 after a short illness.

    Wagstaffe came through the Manchester City youth system, but spent 12 years of his career at Molineux.

    He made a total of 324 league appearances for the club, and was part of the team that finished runners-up to Tottenham in the 1972 UEFA Cup, scoring in the second leg of the final.

  133. 1838: 

    Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins will return for Friday's top-of-the-table Super League clash with Huddersfield at the DW Stadium.

    The Warriors' star man was forced to miss last week's hard-fought 21-16 win over Hull KR with a virus.

    It was only the third time Wigan had won in 11 games without the much-coveted 24-year-old spread over the past two seasons.

    Charlton v Chelsea

    League Cup memories.

    Sam Hollands: Charlton were the only English team to beat Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. Happened in the Carling Cup a few years back (October 2005).

  135. 1854: 

    David James expresses concern at the low number of English first-choice goalkeepers in the Premier League.

    Within the division's 20 clubs, the only English established number ones are Manchester City's Joe Hart, West Brom's Ben Foster and Norwich's John Ruddy.

    "I have been concerned for quite a few years," James told Press Association Sport.

    "You can't tell me there isn't the talent out there. I just don't think there are enough coaches, or decent enough coaches out there to actually progress this talent."

  136. 1900: 

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