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21 August 2013 Last updated at 19:06

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  1. 1905: 

    That's it for another day of Sportsday Live.

    Remember, there is live text commentary on Arsenal's Champions League tie and Chelsea v Aston Villa on the BBC Sport website. We'll be back at 08:00 BST on Thursday. Thanks for your company.

  2. 1904: 

    Warwickshire 283-3 v Somerset 340

    Mike Taylor, BBC WM, at Edgbaston: "The partnership between Ateeq Javid and Laurie Evans, already worth 245, not only changed the course of the match but may well have given Warwickshire supporters a long look at the medium-term future of their top-order batting.

    "They have played plenty of cricket together in the 2nd XI and this is not the first time they have batted together productively in the Championship in recent weeks. Evans followed up his maiden Championship hundred against Notts with 88 at Headingley and now this effort, in which his confident driving through the offside was a particular feature.

    "Javid had twice passed 80 this season and Somerset did their best to make him sweat, but his first century in first-class cricket arrived in the penultimate over of the day and confirmed 2013 as his breakthrough year."

  3. 1857: 

    Derbyshire 385 v Middlesex 197-6

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: "Derbyshire's day as first they added 106 runs in the morning session to reach 385 all out, then reduced Middlesex to 197-6, still 39 runs shy of avoiding the follow on.

    "At 284-8 Middlesex had high hopes of wrapping up the Derbyshire innings early, but a ninth wicket partnership of 66 between Wayne Madsen (138 not out) and Tim Groenewald (49), and 35 added for the tenth by Madsen and Mark Footitt (19) ensured the hosts reached an above par total.

    "In reply wickets fell at regular intervals as tight Derbyshire bowling meant the run rate never reached three an over. Adam Voges top scored with 69 but Matt Higginbottom, Groenewald and Footitt all took wickets to keep the reply in check. Derbyshire will hope to wrap up the Middlesex innings early Thursday morning and have the opportunity of enforcing the follow on, although they may prefer to try to bat Middlesex out of the game and press for victory on the final day."

  4. 1850: 

    Britain's Samantha Murray leads Australia's Arina Rodionova 6-4 3-1 in the first round of US Open qualifying.

  5. 1842: 

    Manchester United's Ryan Giggs has been talking ahead of his team's game with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea next Monday: "When Mourinho was at Chelsea, they obviously got off to good starts and we didn't manage to catch them.

    "It has been well documented that we have a tough start but you like to get off to a good start. We got a good win at Swansea on Saturday and hopefully we can carry that on."

  6. 1837:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown, who is at Fenerbahce v Arsenal for BBC Radio 5 live: "I think it is a relief for Arsene Wenger for this game to come round after the weekend defeat and all the talk of players who haven't come in.

    "Arsenal will want to get their reputation back on track after their defeat to Aston Villa. Their pride will be hurt.

    "They started well against Villa with Jack Wilshere pulling the strings. It threatened to be a good performance, but when they conceded they just froze and they could not cope with Gabriel Agbonlahor's pace. Those are the sort of matches that they have to be winning if they are to be contenders."

    John Murray will be commentating on Arsenal's Champions League play-off first leg in Turkey with Keown alongside. Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson will be in the studio with Mark Chapman, while there will be updates from Chelsea v Aston Villa and the day one Ashes verdict. It all starts at 19:00 BST.

  7. 1826: 

    Australia close day one of the fifth Test on 307-4.

    Geoffrey Boycott, ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special: "It was a strange and interesting day. It's not often that we have been able to say that the selectors have got it wrong but, quite frankly, I hope they don't pick Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan again because it hasn't worked."

  8. 1822: 

    Britain's Samantha Murray is 5-3 up in the first set against Australia's Arina Rodionova in qualifying for the US Open.

  9. 1810: 

    Rider Laura Collett, who spent six days in a coma after a fall in July, will be joined by top jockeys, including Sam Thomas and Sam Twiston-Davis, for a special charity event on Friday.

    Collett has been cleared to ride at Bicton Arena in a challenge in aid of the Injured Jockeys' Fund. The 23-year-old recuperated at Oaksey House, a venue funded by the charity.

    "It should be fun and I'm so pleased it's in aid of Oaksey House where I spent time in my rehab," she said.

  10. 1802: 

    Former Tottenham and England striker Gary Lineker: Franco Baldini is supposedly meeting Real Madrid representatives. Probably attempting to sign Ronaldo, or maybe even, to sell Bale.

  11. 1757: 
    Former Real Madrid striker Raul

    Ex-Real Madrid striker Raul, who is currently in Qatar playing for Al Sadd, wants to return to his former club, according to Real.

    The 36-year-old, who won six La Liga titles and three European Cups in the Spanish capital, is quoted on Real's Twitter feed as saying: "Returning to Real Madrid is always in my thoughts.

    "I have one year left on my contract. I'd be happy to come back and work at Real Madrid."

    Raul even talks about Tottenham's Gareth Bale, who has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. "Bale is a great player and everyone wants to sign him."

  12. 1744: 

    The Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter, who is at Chelsea v Aston Villa (19:45 BST): Mourinho in #cfc prog thanks fans for 'fantastic' reception pre-Hull. 'My family was here to see it & understand why I wanted to come back'.

  13. 1740: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist says his team for Friday's Scottish League One clash at Airdrie will be influenced by their rival's artificial pitch.

    Brazilian defender Emilson Cribari is nearing a return from a groin injury, while Dean Shiels made his first start since March last week after recovering from a serious knee problem.

    "I've made my view on artificial surfaces clear - I'm not a fan of them," McCoist told the Rangers website. "The surface will play a big part in who we bring back on Friday and we'll have to take a look at Emilson."

  14. 1735: 

    Tottenham will be without Gareth Bale for the first leg of their Europa League play-off against Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday (17:00 BST) because of a foot injury.

    Defender Jan Vertonghen (ankle), winger Aaron Lennon (foot) and Sandro (knee) are all carrying knocks and have remained in London as a precaution.

    Midfielder Lewis Holtby (knee) is also out and so are Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee) and striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who is not fully fit following his spell of compassionate leave.


    How vital is Arsenal's Champions League play-off with Fenerbahce in determining their success this season? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Ian Hunt: Arsenal need a convincing win so we can attract the top players with CL experience before the end of the transfer window.

    Lewis Partington: Vital. No Champions League football, no big signings, and 4th place will probably be taken by Spurs or Liverpool.

    Alan Simon: If Arsenal need a lift, look no further than their last CL game, a terrific (albeit in vain) 2-0 win at Bayern Munich in March.

  16. 1720: 

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton on signing Sweden striker Johan Elmander on loan from Galatasaray until the end of the season: "I'm really delighted to bring in a player of Johan's experience, not only at club and Premier League level but as a current international. It's great to welcome him to our squad."

  17. 1717: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup joins the growing list of Premier League managers calling for the transfer window to close prior to the start of the season.

    Laudrup was speaking amid continuing speculation linking his players Michu and Ashley Williams with Arsenal. "It's part of the game and as long as the rules are like that we get on with it," said Laudrup.

    "I went to the Premier League managers' meeting last week and one of the questions asked was why we could not move the transfer deadline, what is the reason to have it close after we have started the season here and in Spain and Germany?

    "The answer was that in the other big leagues there was not a lot of interest in moving it. I cannot understand why not, because every manager should be interested in having the deadline closed when they play the first game."

  18. 1711: 

    Sauber's future driver Sergey Sirotkin is to be given his first taste of a Formula One car next month.

    The 17-year-old Russian is due to take up a seat with the Swiss-based team for next season, despite his lack of single-seater experience. Sirotkin is being fast-tracked into F1 as part of father Oleg's deal to aid Sauber following their recent financial crisis.

    He is to take part in a demonstration run on 27 September in Sochi, the site of next season's inaugural Russian Grand Prix.

  19. 1702: 

    Warwickshire's Chris Woakes is awarded an "England increment contract" for 2012-13, the ECB announce.

  20. 1658: 

    Former Bolton striker Johan Elmander on joining Norwich City: "I'm very happy - I'm really looking forward to starting training and to playing some games also.

    "I know Norwich City has great fans and there's a great atmosphere in the stadium, plus I know a couple of players here already too.

    "I'm very glad that the deal has been done and now I'm looking forward to the season ahead."

  21. 1653: 
    Johan Elmander

    New Norwich signing Johan Elmander is no stranger to the Premier League, having spent three years at Bolton from 2008.

    The striker arrived at the Trotters from French side Toulouse in a deal believed to be worth around £10m and went on to score 18 goals in 82 starts, with 12 of those goals coming in his final season before leaving the Lancashire side.

    Elmander scored 12 goals in his first season at Galatasaray, before hitting the back of the net on five occasions last season.

  22. 1646: 

    Rugby Football League chairman Brian Barwick hopes the sport's proposed restructuring will be long lasting.

    Super League is set to be reduced to 12 teams from the 2015 season.

    He tells BBC London: "The Super League clubs have really embraced the desire to not change for change's sake but to change to give the game a future. If we're to change the structure then let's change it for all the right reasons and then let's settle down and watch the sport for years to come."

  23. 1644: 

    Norwich City announce that striker Johan Elmander has joined on a season-long loan from Galatasaray. The move is subject to the relevant paperwork and international clearance.

  24. 1641: 

    PFA Scotland chief executive Fraser Wishart says players in the country need to be educated about gambling as he confirmed plans to write to the Scottish Football Association to request a review of their rules on betting.

    The issue has dominated headlines this week after Rangers midfielder Ian Black was hit with an SFA charge involving 160 alleged breaches of rules on gambling stretching back more than seven years.


    Christopher Gilbert: If Arsenal don't make it into the CL this season the fans will be calling for his head only 2 months into the season.

    Phil Broeders: If you can't beat Villa at home, you can't be expected to beat Fenerbache away. Arsenal's 2013 CL journey will end here.

    Aamer Taha: Arsenal can qualify in spite of all these problems being experienced, but I wish the turkish side Fenerbahce to beat them.

  26. 1633: 
    Belgian GP

    Formula 1 is back this weekend after the summer break with Belgian Grand Prix action coming from the beautiful Ardennes forest. Sebastian Vettel leads the drivers' standings but Lewis Hamilton has high hopes of following up his Hungarian GP win last month with victory at Spa.

    Coverage is on BBC television and online throughout the weekend, but read all you need to know about the race, and how you can follow it, in our preview on the BBC Sport website.


    Arsenal are in Champions League qualifying action this evening as they take on Turkish side Fenerbahce in Istanbul. How vital is tonight's game in determining their success this season?

    Arsenal have reached the group stage in each of the past 15 seasons, but is their lack of activity in the transfer market likely to hamper their chances of continuing that trend? Or do they have enough in their current squad to see of Fenerbahce? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  28. 1624: 

    Former Tottenham midfielder Glenn Hoddle questions whether Real Madrid can afford the vast transfer fee needed to sign Gareth Bale.

    "A big question is have Madrid got the money? Spurs don't have that big transfer fee at the moment," Hoddle, a two-time FA Cup winner with Spurs, said. "It's all well and good saying he's going for £90m, but it's pie in the sky at the moment because only they know if they have the money.

    "But whatever happens, at least Spurs have not left it too late to replace their top player. Willian is real quality, so they'll have made some good acquisitions." Wales forward Bale has been ruled out of action for two weeks by a foot injury, but speculation continues that Real Madrid will make a formal move.

  29. 1618: 

    Valencia president Amadeo Salva tells Arsenal they will have to pay £25m if they want to sign goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, reports the Daily Mail.

  30. 1615: 

    Hamburg midfielders Dennis Aogo and Tomas Rincon are left out of the squad to face Hertha Berlin because they used two practice-free days for a trip to Mallorca. Their visit to the Spanish island came after Hamburg's 5-1 loss at home to Hoffenheim.

  31. 1606: 

    A global players' union has warned against players signing for teams in Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.

    The body are concerned about clubs failing to honour contracts. The advice from International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) particularly applies to clubs not involved in European competition.

    "FIFPro is giving a negative recommendation to players who want to sign with clubs in Cyprus, Greece or Turkey," a FIFPro statement reads.

  32. 1600: 

    Middlesbrough's Jonathan Woodgate believes carrying on playing has helped him cope with his father's death.

    The former England centre-back's father Alan passed away on the eve of the new season, but the 33-year-old has not missed a league game.

    "My father would've wanted me to play," Woodgate tells BBC Tees.

  33. 1555: 

    Andre Villas-Boas confirms that Tottenham are in talks with Anzhi Makhachkala over the signing of forward Willian.

    Willian landed in London yesterday and it is understood that Spurs hope the player completes a medical and signs before the weekend.

    "I can't really confirm anything regarding Willian. There is interest in the player and there have been conversations," Villas-Boas says.

  34. 1554: 

    The Daily Mirror's Neil McLeman, who is in Georgia ahead of Tottenham's Europa League tie with Dinamo Tbilisi on Thursday: AVB insists Tottenham will be stronger this season - but claims they cannot win the title.

  35. 1551: 

    Declaration of War, ridden by Joseph O'Brien, wins the 15:40 BST Juddmonte International Stakes at York. The Aidan O'Brien-trained horse finished ahead of second-placed Trading Leather and favourite Al Kazeem in the feature race on the opening day of York festival.

  36. 1550: 
    Fabio Coentrao

    Potentially interesting development in the Gareth Bale to Real Madrid saga as Gazzetta dello Sport report that negotiations that would have seen Fabio Coentrao move to White Hart Lane as part of any deal have broken down. That means Real will have to pay £93m to secure Bale, Gazzetta reports.

  37. 1549: 

    More from the Daily Mirror's Neil McLeman, who is with Tottenham in Georgia: Are the new signings to play with or replace Bale? AVB: Ideally we want to keep everyone. Anything can happen.

  38. 1546: 

    The Daily Mirror's Neil McLeman who is at Tottenham's pre-Europa League news conference: AVB talking before Spurs' EL tie in Tbilisi. Has Bale signed for Real Madrid? I cannot say anything about that but it is not true.

  39. 1538: 

    Crystal Palace announce the signing of Southampton winger Jason Puncheon for the rest of the season. The 27-year-old joins up with manager Ian Holloway for a second time, having played under him during a loan spell at Blackpool.

  40. 1531: 

    West Ham co-owner David Gold says the club is determined to keep midfielder Mohamed Diame.

    Asked by a fan on Twitter if Arsenal came in would he sell Diame, Gold responded: "We are doing everything possible to keep Diame."

  41. 1521: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington at Swansea's news conference ahead of the Europa League tie with Petrolul Ploiesti: Michael Laudrup as eloquent and impressive as ever. Maintains the #AFC Michu and Williams transfer speculation is rumour. But admits losing the two players "would make huge damage" to Swansea.

  42. 1516: 

    Six Premier League-based players are named in the Netherlands 22-man squad for two World Cup qualifiers against Estonia on 6 September and Andorra four days later.

    Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar, midfielder Marco van Ginkel of Chelsea are included along with Manchester United striker Robin van Persie and Norwich's Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

    Eighteen-year-old defender Karim Rekik, who is on loan at PSV Eindhoven from Manchester City, is also named.

  43. 1506: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury: "West Ham have contacted Serie A champions Juventus about their 30-year-old forward Fabio Quagliarella.

    "The Italian, who began his career at Torino, was linked with a move to Norwich during the current transfer window. He has won 40 caps and scored seven goals for his national team, although his last international match was the 1-1 draw against Romania in November 2010."

  44. 1456: 

    Shane Watson reaches his century from 114 balls as Australia move to 151-3 at The Oval.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan on BBC Test Match Special: "The move to number three has worked for Watson - he got after the two young debutants, and he's played straighter all day.

    "It's been 48 Test innings since his last hundred in October 2010. Maybe this is the position where he'll finally find a home in Test cricket."

  45. 1447: 

    According to Gazzetta dello Sport, Gareth Bale's move from Tottenham to Real Madrid has never been closer. Fabio Coentrao, who is reported to be included in the deal, is said to have met with Spurs officials this morning.

  46. 1439: 

    Derby County manager Nigel Clough tells BBC Radio Derby that there have been no bids or interest in Will Hughes despite mounting speculation that Premier League clubs are keen on the England Under-21 midfielder.

  47. 1433: 

    Yeovil Town have not enquired about the services of Swindon Town attacker Andy Williams, reports the Western Gazette.

    The Glovers have been linked with a move for their former forward, who left for the League One club in the summer of 2012, having scored 17 goals in 39 appearances to help stave off relegation.

    However, the Huish Park side have confirmed to the Western Gazette that the reports are wide of the mark. Yeovil have not approached Swindon and talks have not taken place.

  48. 1431: 

    Earlier we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Who are the seven bowlers to take five or more wickets in an innings of an Oval Ashes test since 1997?

    The answers are McGrath, Tufnell, Kasprowicz, Caddick, Warne, Flintoff and Broad.

  49. 1424: 
    ON THIS DAY: 1936
    Wilt Chamberlain

    American Wilt Chamberlain, one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the NBA, was born. He became the first man to score 100 points in a single game when the Philadelphia Warriors defeated the New York Knicks 169-147 in March 1962. He died in 1999 at the age of 63.


    Philip S More: Bale has shown the right way to deal with moving on. Keeping tight lipped until a deal is done. Good Luck Gareth...

    SteveK: Hope Levy has got his tactics right and agreed the price for Bale. RM could reduce their offer knowing he now needs the cash.

  51. 1407: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Speculation that he wants a move away from Old Trafford continues, but Wayne Rooney seemed at home when Manchester United's stars enjoyed a team-bonding meal last night, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    The striker, who has been strongly linked with a move to Premier League rivals Chelsea, joined team-mates and their partners at an upmarket restaurant in the city.

    A source told the M.E.N. that the evening was a season launch party organised by new boss David Moyes and, under the watchful eye of their manager, the players enjoyed sushi, black cod, beef skewers and honey-glazed duck

  52. 1359: 

    Real Madrid shirts bearing Gareth Bale's name and number are appearing in shops in Spain, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Wales forward, 24, has been ruled out of action for two weeks by a foot injury, but speculation continues that Real will make a formal £80m move.

  53. 1353: 

    McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says it will be "a real challenge" for the team to compete for race wins this season.

    Neither of the team's drivers - Jenson Button and Sergio Perez - have managed a podium finish so far this season. Button said before the summer break that he believed McLaren would be capable of winning a race this year.

    But, speaking ahead of this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix, Neale said: "I think it will be a real challenge."

  54. 1347: 

    Michael Carrick, Pablo Zabaleta and Shaun Maloney are shortlisted for the North West Football Awards' Player of the Year, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

  55. 1340: 

    Notts v Yorkshire 124-2

    Dave Bracegirdle at Trent Bridge: "Yorkshire, the County Championship leaders, enjoyed the better of the spoils on the opening morning of their match. Boosted by the news that Jonny Bairstow was on his way to join them after being omitted from the England Test team, they reached lunch on 124-2.

    "Adam Lyth led the way, reaching the interval with an unbeaten 65 to his name after Yorkshire recovered from the early loss of both Alex Lees (8) and Phil Jaques (19).

    "Skipper Andrew Gale remains unbeaten on 25, with Harry Gurney and Luke Fletcher amongst the wickets for the home side."

  56. 1338: 

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is getting excited ahead of the Champions League qualifier against Fenerbahce this evening.

    The midfielder tweeted a picture of some red smoke from firecrackers set off outside the team hotel last night, writing: "Getting ready for tonight! Had some visitors outside our hotel last night! Atmosphere tonight will be amazing!"

  57. 1334: 

    Essex v Northants 481-6

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Colchester: "Northants continue to make Essex's bowlers toil. While Andrew Hall has proceeded steadily to his seventh 50-plus score in 16 Championship innings, Rob Keogh followed by Steven Crook have added the aggression.

    "Keogh was the only man to go this morning, bowled by a full length Graham Napier delivery but there has been no sign of movement for spin or seam. 550 minimum beckons for Northants after 138 in the morning session alone."

  58. 1333: 
    Eric Lamela

    Fancy some stats on potential Tottenham signings? Well here you are:

    Willian: 2013/14 appearances: Four; starts: Four; goals: None; assists: Three; pass accuracy: 83.4%

    Eric Lamela: 2012/13 appearances: 33; starts: 30; goals; 15; assists: five; pass accuracy: 81.99%

  59. 1328: 

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says success is vital for the club this season after missing out on a trophy last season.

    Toure, who scored in the 4-0 win over Newcastle on Monday, tells City's website: "This year we want to do the job. We want to work hard, keep it going, make it as difficult as possible for our opponents and try to be better and stronger.

    "It's important for me and the club. I know how much everyone desires success and that our fans only want to see one Manchester club profit this season."


    Robert Finchley: I think the Bale deal has been done for a while, Real to delay the announcement so Levy can do deals at non inflated prices.

    Wadders: None of these big money players Spurs are signing have made much of an impact on the international stage. Bad business.

    Adrian Evans: If Arsenal spend nothing and still finish fourth will the media finally turn their attentions to the money being squandered by rivals? No.

  61. 1322: 

    Warwickshire 55-3 v Somerset 340

    Mike Taylor, BBC WM at Edgbaston: "Somerset bowled splendidly this morning to pin Warwickshire down. The ball swung for the seamers, and all three bowled a disciplined line, while George Dockrell's left-arm spin closed down the scoring from the City End.

    "Ian Westwood looked secure for half an hour until edging low to the keeper, but nightwatchman Recordo Gordon, making his debut, fought hard to cling on for 70 minutes.

    "Varun Chopra appeared bemused to be given out caught at slip off Dockrell. Warwickshire have a number of capable players to come but there is much to do."

  62. 1315: 

    It is lunch at The Oval and Australia have enjoyed a good morning after reaching 112-1, Shane Watson 80 not out. England debutant Simon Kerrigan has bowled two overs and conceded 28 runs.

    Ball-by-ball coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  63. 1309: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports: "Talks between Tottenham and representatives of Willian continued on Tuesday night as Spurs close in on a £30m move for the Anzhi Mahkachkala attacking midfielder.

    "Willian was pictured in London and his representatives believe the transfer could be completed later Wednesday, subject to the 25-year-old passing a medical. This was a two-horse race between Tottenham and Liverpool, with the Brazil international thought to prefer the White Hart Lane club."

  64. 1300: 
    Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso

    Real Madrid's former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso suffers a fractured metatarsal in training.

    A statement on the Real Madrid website says: "The Real Madrid player Xabi Alonso has suffered today a fracture of the fifth metatarsal of his right foot."

  65. 1256: 
    FA Minute book

    The original FA Minute Book, compiled in 1863 and valued at £2.5m, is unveiled as the centrepiece of the British Library's first-ever football display to mark the 150th anniversary of The Football Association.

    Handwritten and compiled 150 years ago by Ebenezer Cobb Morley, the 1863 FA Minute Book - containing the 13 original laws of football - went on display in the Sir John Ritblat Treasures Gallery alongside some of the world's most significant books including the Magna Carta, Shakespeare's First Folio and Captain Scott's diary.

    The British Library football exhibition also includes a Guide to Referees from the 1930s complete with 20 diagrams explaining the offside rule.

  66. 1251: 

    British Fencing appoint Hilary Philbin as new president from 1 September.

  67. 1246: 

    Former Romania captain Costica Stefanescu dies after jumping from the fifth floor of the hospital where he was being treated for cancer, Associated Press report. He was 62.

  68. 1236: 

    Simon Kerrigan, on debut, concedes 10 runs in his first over as Australia move to 81-1 at The Oval, Shane Watson is unbeaten on 58. Ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  69. 1229: 

    Brad Taylor says he was almost overcome by nerves after becoming the youngest Hampshire player to appear in the first team since 1867.

    The 16-year-old spin bowler took 2-50, including the wicket of former Australia Test batsman Simon Katich, in Tuesday's YB40 game against Lancashire.

    "I thought I would crumble under pressure," he told BBC Radio Solent. "While fielding I didn't want the ball to come to me I was that nervous. It shouldn't be like that."

  70. 1223: 

    Daily Express: On Monday, Arsenal had responded to a crescendo of calls to "spend, spend, spend" by lodging an offer of about £12m for Yohan Cabaye - a man renamed irrevocably in many people's minds by Joe Kinnear's comic malapropism. After Newcastle manager Alan Pardew described the offer as "disrespectful", Arsenal are spending some time considering their options.

    The Independent: Paris St-Germain could be the latest to deal Arsenal a transfer blow as they prepare to outbid Arsene Wenger for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

    Daily Star: Arsenal target Paul Pogba will not be leaving Juventus to return to the Premier League.

  71. 1213: 

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says the decision by Carlo Ancelotti to keep Iker Casillas on Real Madrid's bench will not damage the goalkeeper's status in the national team ahead of the 2014 the World Cup.

    "I don't think there will be big changes, we are happy with all three goalkeepers," Del Bosque told Cope radio. "It's not a big deal if they are one, two, three or even 10 games without playing.''

  72. 1206: 

    Reigning Olympic team showjumping champions Great Britain are firmly on course for European title success after taking pole position at Herning's MCH Arena in Denmark.

    Clear rounds from individual competition leader Ben Maher, his London 2012 colleague Scott Brash and Michael Whitaker saw Britain move above overnight leaders France ahead of Wednesday's final team jumping phase.

    Britain were last crowned European champions 24 years ago in Rotterdam.

  73. 1202: 

    Daily Telegraph: Brazil midfielder Willian will be "a major trump card" for Tottenham if he completes a £30m move to White Hart Lane, according to former Anzhi Makhachkala manager Rene Meulensteen.

    London Evening Standard: Spurs have moved swiftly, decisively and expensively to improve while at the same time dealing with the possible departure of their star player (Arsenal have been taught a lesson in how to handle that, too). Franco Baldini's appointment as technical director looks a masterstroke. Can Arsenal rival his expertise? For now, they are left to panic buy.

    Daily Express: Tottenham's summer spending spree shows no signs of slowing down after reviving a £7m move for Steaua Bucharest centre-back Vlad Chiriches.


    Niall Devine: probably too soon to call Spurs title contenders, but favourites for Europa league for me. It'll get the trophy ball rolling.

    Reubster: Fantastic business by Levy, especially Paulinho. The proof will be in the goals though.

  75. 1150: 

    Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski has resolved differences with the club over a failed transfer to Bayern Munich in the close season, the Poland international says after being given a pay rise.

    Lewandowski was desperate to leave the Champions League runners-up to join treble winners Bayern Munich but the deal fell through after Dortmund blocked the transfer, saying he had a contract until 2014.

    "The situation is now that I will stay in Dortmund for one more year," Lewandowski tells sport bild magazine. "We have put aside all disagreements and have cleared the air. There were mistakes made but the case is closed."

  76. 1148: 

    England half-back Rangi Chase hands in a transfer request at Castleford. A Castleford statement said: "The club will make no further comment at this time."

  77. 1143: 

    Queens Park Rangers issue a statement following reports they are in talks over building a 40,000-capacity ground ground as part of a £10 billion Canary Wharf-style development at Old Oak Common, near Wormwood Scrubs and Loftus Road.

    It reads: "We are looking at a number of potential options for a new stadium and believe that Old Oak could provide one possible solution.

    "We have met with representatives of the GLA and the supporting local authorities to discuss whether a football stadium could be incorporated into any plan that comes forward for this site."

  78. 1141: 

    Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali warns all within the Scuderia to show no doubts when it comes to winning this season's Formula 1 world titles.

    With nine races remaining - starting with this weekend's Belgium Grand Prix - Ferrari trail Red Bull in the constructors' championship by 83 points.

    "I don't want to see any of you not believing in our fightback," says Domenicali. "Each one of you must be the link in a chain of positivity that must drive the team along in what is a key moment in the season. We are Ferrari, and history teaches us we must never accept we are beaten."

  79. 1133: 

    The opening weekend of Premier League fixtures marked an all-time low in terms of the number of Englishmen beginning games at the start of a season, reports the Guardian.

    A study by the newspaper shows two-thirds of those on view in the first round of fixtures were foreign nationals, highlighting the falling number of homegrown players in the top flight.

    Back in August 1992, 177 players, or 73.1%, featuring in first-day first XIs held English nationality but this year that figure fell to 75, or 34.1%. This dramatic decrease has left the Premier League trailing Spain's La Liga, Germany Bundesliga, Italy's Serie A and France's Ligue One by some distance when it comes to showcasing indigenous talent and, it is argued, has impacted on the fortunes of England teams at all levels.

    Southampton's Luke Shaw Southampton's Luke Shaw was one of 75 English players to feature in a Premier League side's starting 11 at the weekend.
  80. 1131: 

    Hull centre Joe Arundel is set to miss Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Wigan because of a hand injury.

    The former Castleford man sustained the problem in last week's win over Salford, but had not been officially ruled out.

    However, a Tweet from the 21-year-old read: "To all people asking I fractured my hand Friday and will be getting an op today to fix it. Thanks for all the support! #Gutted"

  81. 1124: 

    Canada head coach John Herdman says he would "have to consider" any offer from the Football Association to replace Hope Powell as England manager.

    But despite his apparent openness, Herdman, who coached the New Zealand women's national team at two women's World Cups and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, says he has still "got a job to do" as Canada prepare to host the World Cup in 2015.

    The Newcastle-born manager took over as Canada's head coach in 2011 after Carolina Morace resigned following their failure to progress beyond the group stages of the World Cup in Germany.

  82. 1121: 

    James Anderson strikes as David Warner is caught behind by Matt Prior for six runs. Australia are 11-1 at The Oval. Ball-by-ball commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra. while there is live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  83. 1116: 

    BBC TMS: Simon Kerrigan & Chris Woakes are the 656th & 657th players to represent England in Tests & 436/437 to play in an Ashes Test for England.

  84. 1114: 

    League One Wolves will decide on the future of Hogan Ephraim within 48 hours, reports the Express & Star. The 25-year-old midfielder is on the available list at QPR and is training with Wolves this week.

  85. 1102: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman says he is confident of signing a new contract with the Football Association of Wales.

    Coleman, whose current deal runs out in the summer of 2014, has held talks with the FAW over an extension. The ex-Fulham boss has been impressed with the way talks have been conducted and expects to sign a new deal.

    "I think I'll end up signing a new contract, I'm quite confident of that. We're not a million miles apart," he said. Coleman was appointed Wales boss in January 2012 on a two-and-a-half year contract following the death of Gary Speed.

  86. 1055: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Who are the seven bowlers to take five or more wickets in an innings of an Oval #Ashes test since 1997? We'll reveal the answer later.


    Dave Morris: Can I see Spurs winning the league this year? No. Can I see Spurs winning the league in next 3 years? Definitely.

    Scott MacDonald: Some great signings for Spurs but our defence still looks too weak to challenge for the title.

    Emmerson: Have a genuine excitement for Spurs this season due to Franco Baldini signing some top players.

  88. 1044:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET - ASHES

    Australia win the toss and bat first at The Oval.

    England captain Alastair Cook, speaking at the toss about his team's changes: "Hopefully we'll be proved right in four or five days' time. Chris Woakes is our genuine all-rounder. He averages 40+ with the bat for Warwickshire and less than 20 with the ball.

    "Hopefully it is a great opportunity for those two guys making their debuts. For them to play their first Test match here in an Ashes test doesn't get much better than that."

    Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website while there is ball-by-ball coverage from The Oval on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  89. 1043:  
    David Ornstein, BBC Sport

    "All of this suggests Spurs are finally ready to strike a deal with Real Madrid over the sale of Gareth Bale.

    "Reports that an agreement was reached between the clubs on Tuesday are not accurate, but it is clear a squad is being assembled to cope with the Welshman's possible departure - and Bale remains confident the move will happen.

    "The suggestion is that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is holding out for 110m euros (£94m) and a player, possibly left-back Fabio Coentrao. Over to you, Real."

  90. 1041:  
    David Ornstein, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "This has already been the busiest summer in recent memory at White Hart Lane, and the transfer activity is only likely to escalate in the final 12 days of the window.

    "New signings have arrived in the form of Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue for an outlay of around £60m, while the departures of Steven Caulker, Clint Dempsey and Tom Huddlestone have brought in about £20m.

    "Now Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign attacking midfielder Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala for £30m and it is understood they have enquired about Paris St-Germain defender Mamadou Sakho."

  91. 1035: 

    Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony on the possibility of signing St Johnstone striker Stevie May: "How many articles has the St Johnstone manager done about S May and us? Enough already as it is getting silly.

    "As for the 'no disrespect, he might get a bigger club looking at him' comment, I hope that works out for them and their club."


    Joe Shepherd: Bale is a special player but these signings will compensate for the over reliance on him.

    Chris Weight: Bale is a world class player but we're bringing in more than capable replacements. Exciting times ahead!

    John Bayne: If Spurs go on to sign Willian and Lamela, coupled up with the rest of their signings, they will challenge for the title.

  93. 1029: 
    ON THIS DAY: 1965
    Keith Peacock

    Charlton's Keith Peacock was the first substitute to be used in a Football League game when he came on for Mick Rose against Bolton.

  94. 1021: 

    Manchester United are poised to hand a new, five-year deal that will keep 18-year-old midfielder Adnan Januzaj at the club until 2018, according to the Daily Mail.

    The Belgian's current deal is set to expire at the end of this season and Januzaj had been attracting the attention of Juventus, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

  95. 1016: 

    Test Match Special's Jonathan Agnew on Twitter: No Finn, Tremlett or Bairstow. Kerrigan and Woakes play.

    For extensive coverage of the fifth and final Ashes Test, head to the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website and listen to Test Match Special from 1025 BST.

  96. 1011: 

    Championship Division One leaders Yorkshire give a debut to New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson as they travel south to Trent Bridge to face Notts, who must manage without James Taylor because of England Lions duty.

    Defending champions Warwickshire will have their sights set on a first-innings lead against Somerset at Edgbaston after bowling the visitors out for 340 on day one, despite an innings of 148 by Craig Kieswetter.

    Bottom club Derbyshire start day two of their home game against Middlesex on 279-6 and hoping that their lower order can support skipper Wayne Madsen, who resumes on 105 not out, as he tries to secure extra batting bonus points.

  97. 1009: 

    Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan and Warwickshire's Chris Woakes are expected to make Test debuts for England v Australia at The Oval.

    Test Match Special commentator Michael Vaughan tweets: Looks like debuts for Kerrigan and Woakes....

  98. 1007: 

    If you want to follow the Ashes on social media then we have some suggestions for the key BBC accounts to follow during the summer. On Twitter, @bbcsport will provide you with all the breaking news and action on the field as it happens; @bbctms will provide you with all the match facts and statistics to impress your friends, and @bbc5live will alert you to all the best audio to listen to on a match day and a non-match day.

  99. 1003: 

    Gylfi Sigurdsson believes Tottenham's players have not been affected by the speculation surrounding Gareth Bale's future.

    The whole Bale transfer saga has cast a long shadow over Tottenham's summer, but Sigurdsson says the squad have carried on as normal in spite of the speculation.

    "I think we've dealt with [the Bale situation] quite well," says Sigurdsson, 23. "The club has dealt with it really well as well. Us as players, we can't really do anything. We just keep training. We don't really think about who is coming in or who is leaving."

  100. 1001: 

    BBC Sport's Nabil Hassan: Crystal Palace are today expected to complete the season-long loan signing of Southampton winger Jason Puncheon.

  101. 1000: 

    Wigan Warriors confirm to BBC Radio Manchester that head coach Shaun Wane will remain at the club next year, after taking up the option of extending his contract into the 2014 Super League season.

    The 48-year-old Wane, who will lead his home-town club at the Challenge Cup final against Hull FC at Wembley on Saturday, was linked with a role at NRL side New Zealand Warriors earlier this summer.

    There is a Challenge Cup final preview show on BBC Radio 5 live on Thursday at 21:00 BST.

  102. 0957: 

    Pat McQuaid's bid for a third term as president of the International Cycling Union suffers a further setback after Swiss Cycling confirmed it has withdrawn its nomination of him.

    The Irishman, a Swiss resident since being appointed UCI president in 2005, failed to win the backing of Cycling Ireland and sought a nomination from Swiss Cycling instead. The nomination was scheduled to come before an arbitration board in Zurich on Thursday, with McQuaid confident of success, but now that process has been cancelled.

    A statement from Swiss Cycling reads: "The director of the Swiss Cycling committee returned to the decision of 13 May, 2013 concerning the appointment of Pat McQuaid and on Tuesday decided to withdraw the nomination of Pat McQuaid for his re-election as president of the UCI. Consequently, the arbitration requested by the three members of Swiss Cycling is cancelled, since there is no reason."


    30 something London: Wenger and Moyes are two dads who forgot to buy Xmas presents and are now rummaging around a bargain bin at a garage on Xmas eve.

    Nathan Spillings: Spurs will realise the affect Bale has on the whole team when/if he goes. He brings confidence to the players around him.

    With Tottenham seemingly preparing for life after Gareth Bale with reported bids for Willian and Erik Lamela, are you impressed with Spurs's activity in the transfer market? Which other teams do you think have prepared well for this season by doing their transfer business early? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  104. 0950: 

    Monty Panesar hopes to add to the single wicket he picked up on day one of Essex's Championship Division Two game against second-placed Northants at Colchester, with the visitors resuming on 343-5 and looking to add 57 in 13 overs to claim maximum batting points.

    Third-placed Gloucestershire will try to close a 27-point gap on Northants as they start a game against Kent at Canterbury, while win-less bottom club Leicestershire could give a debut to former Durham batsman Ben Raine in their match against Glamorgan at Swansea, a ground where they were last victorious in a Championship game in 1926.

  105. 0944: 

    Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew says Darren Lehmann's comments about Stuart Broad are "unacceptable."

    Lehmann has accused England's Broad of "blatant cheating" and has urged cricket fans Down Under to make sure the bowler "cries and goes home" during this winter's return Ashes series. Broad has earned the wrath of Australia's players and fans this summer following a number of incidents during the current Test series, which England lead 3-0 heading into the final match.

    Agnew tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It is not for a coach of a national team to spark up some sort of campaign against a player. There is clearly huge resentment there for something that happened in that match - it was a very key moment in the game. However, I think this is unacceptable."

  106. 0941: 

    Yeovil Town sign Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey on an initial one month loan.

    The 26-year-old Wales international was due to join the Championship club last week but the move was put on hold due to an injury scare. Yeovil are 18th in the table with three points from three games.

  107. 0934: 

    With Arsene Wenger away in Turkey ahead of Arsenal's Champions League play-off against Fenerbahce on Wednesday (19:45 BST), the London Evening Standard publish a piece on every player the Gunners have tried to sign and failed this summer.

    The long list includes David Villa, Christian Benteke, Robert Lewandowski, Michu and Stevan Jovetic - as well as Luis Suarez.

    However, Wenger is refusing to panic on the lack of arrivals at the club and said: "It is not always to think what is outside is better than what you have. What is important as well is to rate what you have and our fans have to understand that as well."

  108. 0924:  
    Tom Fordyce, BBC Sport at The OvalCRICKET

    "Warm and sunny in Oval environs pre Test. Hokey-cokey for Mitchell Starc in this series: in, out, in, out, now presumably shaking it all about."

    Follow live text commentary on the fifth and final Ashes Test on the BBC Sport website and listen to Test Match Special from 1030 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  109. 0919: 

    Charis Mavrias is finally on the verge of sealing his move to the Stadium of Light after Sunderland resurrected a deal for the Greek winger, reports the Shields Gazette.

    Mavrias on Tuesday night arrived on Wearside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms over a £2.5m switch to Sunderland, with an imminent conclusion expected for a transfer saga that has dragged on for weeks.

    Sunderland reached an agreement with Greek side Panathinaikos last month for Mavrias, which would have seen the Black Cats pay an initial £1.5m for the 19-year-old, plus another £1m in add-on payments.

  110. 0916: 

    BBC Points West's Alistair Durden: Derby County right-back James O'Connor is training with Bristol City with a view to a move, I understand.

  111. 0914: 
    Leeds United's new signing Scott Wootton

    Leeds United manager Brian McDermott thanks the club's owners after signing of 21-year-old Manchester United defender Scott Wootton.

    The former Liverpool youth player has agreed a three-year contract and arrives at Elland Road having made two Champions League appearances - both against CFR Cluj last season.

    "I want to say thanks for the owners for doing the deal and bringing in another young player to help us go forward," said McDermott after securing his fourth signing of the summer. Leeds are ninth in the Championship table with five points from the opening three games.


    Daniel Long: It's all well and good Spurs signing all these attacking players but I believe that they are still a bit short at the back.

    Elliot Cargill: Will Tottenham ever find their own transfer targets? Still can't see them being top 4 this season.

    Toby: Thanks Bale for the excitement of the last three years but with purchases this summer, we look a much stronger team without you.

  113. 0855: 

    Trialists Gary Dicker and Paddy McCourt have so far impressed Barnsley boss David Flitcroft and the Irish duo could earn themselves permanent deals to stay at Oakwell, reports the Sheffield Star.

    Midfielder Dicker was released by his former club Brighton in May, while winger McCourt saw his last contract at Celtic expire at the end of last sesaon.

    "Gary's certainly different to what we've already got in the midfield area - he's a quality player," says Flitcroft. "He's been taught well at Stockport and then under Gus Poyet at Brighton for a few years, so hopefully we can add him to the squad."

  114. 0846: 

    Arsenal could be set to rival Tottenham for the signature of Roma's Erik Lamela, reports The Metro.

    The Italians are prepared to listen to offers for the £30m-rated forward, and Roma's director of football, Walter Sabatini, jetted into London yesterday for talks with Spurs over a potential deal.

    However, Italian reports claim Arsenal also made enquiries into the 21-year-old's availability and could be prepared to go head-to-head with their North London neighbours.

  115. 0842: 

    Bradford back-row forward James Donaldson signs a new 12-month contract, with an option for a further year.

    Donaldson, 21, who joined the Bulls from amateur rugby league in Cumbria in 2008, has made 17 appearances this season after missing virtually the whole of 2012 with a knee injury.

  116. 0835: 

    Australian newspaper the Daily Telegraph reports that Darren Lehmann has asked angry Australia cricket fans to send "cheating" English nemesis Stuart Broad home from this Ashes summer in tears.

    Ahead of the final Ashes Test, the Australian coach says his team had not forgiven Broad for failing to walk off a blatant edge to first slip in the series opener at Trent Bridge. Lehmann told Australian radio station Triple M the English all-rounder deserved a summer of jeers from angry Aussie crowds in the return Ashes series.

    "Certainly our players haven't forgotten, they're calling him everything under the sun as they go past," Lehmann says. "I hope the Australian public are the same because that was just blatant cheating. I don't advocate walking but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard."


    Tunde Akere: The manner at which Spurs are signing quality players makes me think they may be title contender. This is from a Chelsea fan.

    Matthew Bennion: Levy the genius! Spend the proceeds from Bale's sale before he moves to prevent paying inflated prices for players afterwards!

    Mithun: What if Tottenham are keeping Bale and signing these players? it would be a statement of real intent.


    With Tottenham being linked with big-money moves for Willian and Erik Lamela it would suggest they are looking to complete their transfer business before allowing Gareth Bale to move on to Real Madrid.

    The arrival of the pair would seemingly avoid a last minute scramble to replace Bale before the transfer window shuts in just under two weeks. Would the arrival of the pair soften the blow of Bale's departure? And are you impressed by Andre Villas-Boas's activity in the transfer market? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  119. 0814: 
    Gareth Bale

    Tottenham shattered their club transfer record once again as they splashed out £60m on Willian and Erik Lamela - paving the way for Gareth Bale to confirm his £104m move to Real Madrid by the end of the week, reports the Daily Express.

    Brazilian Willian completed a £30m move from Anzhi Makhachkala , while Argentine winger Lamela is today expected to seal a £29.9m transfer from AS Roma.

    Real's £18m defender Fabio Coentrao is close to agreeing a switch and, with Bale valued at £86m, the package has reached the £104m fee Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has placed on the Welshman.

  120. 0811: 

    Manager Neil Lennon insists Celtic are not yet out of the Champions League, despite losing 2-0 in the play-off first leg against Shakhter Karagandy.

    The Scottish champions struggled to contain the Kazakh outfit's counter-attacking at the Astana Arena and face an uphill task for home leg.

    "It's a disappointing result, but we should have scored and it would have put a different complexion on the tie," says Lennon. "But we're not down and out yet."

  121. 0808: 

    Captain Alastair Cook says left-arm spinner Monty Panesar could still play for England again, despite his recent off-the-pitch indiscretion.

    The 30-year-old was fined by police after urinating on nightclub bouncers in Brighton on 5 August. Panesar has since joined Essex on loan from Sussex for the rest of the season.

    "He's done wrong and has let the England shirt down a bit. The door is certainly not shut but he knows what he has to do to get back," Cook says.

  122. 0804: 

    Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reveals that he could be out of action until November.

    The England international, 20, was injured during Saturday's 1-3 Premier League defeat to Aston Villa. Manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday that he expected the midfielder to miss "at least" six weeks.

    But the player tweeted: "Gutted I'm injured so early in the season. But I'm going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in three months."

  123. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. As usual there is plenty going on in the world of sport to keep you up-to-date with throughout the day. The fifth and final Ashes Test gets under way this morning at The Oval, Arsenal are in Champions League qualifying action while Chelsea host Aston Villa in the Premier League.

    Then, of course, there is all the goings on in the world of transfers, with focus once again on the future of Tottenham's Gareth Bale. But before we get into all that, here are the top three stories on the BBC Sport website...

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