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30 August 2013 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1857: 

    That's it for Sportsday for Friday and it will return with a special on Monday - Transfer Deadline day.

  2. 1853: 

    A reminder that you can follow Friday night's European Super Cup game between Champions League winners Bayern Munich and Europa League holders Chelsea in Prague on the BBC Sport website.


    Tushar Kadam: Utd-Liv may have been the top game in past but with #Lfc decline it has to be the Manchester and North London derbies.

    Jerm Deeks: Arsenal v Spurs: this is the big test for both clubs to justify their summer transfer activity (or lack thereof).

    Hayden Clarke: Liverpool v United with Mignolet to keep up his form against top team and I think Sturridge and co will cause madness.

    Thank you for all your #matchoftheweekend views, we will have more topics up for discussion in Sportsday on Monday.

  4. 1847: 

    BBC Leeds' Dave Callaghan: Yorkshire 274 & 276-1 Durham 573 - A day of contrasting fortunes. Durham dominated the morning session and took seven wickets for 63 runs as Yorkshire batted poorly.

    "Paul Collingwood enforced the follow on with the Tykes 299 behind. What a difference in the afternoon and evening. Phil Jacques produced a wonderful unbeaten 151 and was backed up by Kane Williamson with 90 not out. The partnership is worth 257 runs and Yorkshire are 276 for 1- just 24 needed to make Durham bat again.

    It has been a stunning fightback and if the match ends in a draw tomorrow, Yorkshire, as leaders, will be happier than second placed Durham.

  5. 1833: 

    BBC Radio Derby's Dave Jepson: Surrey 289 Derbyshire 219 and 13-0 - "A deficit of 70 runs on first innings means Derbyshire will probably have to bat well into the fourth day to either save, or win this game.

    "Hard though they battled throughout the day, an outstanding innings by Vikram Solanki turned the advantage Surrey's way as they enjoyed the better of proceedings.

    "Mark Footitt led the attack with a lion hearted effort and no little pace, and David Wainwright provided his captain with some much needed control, but the below par first innings score of 219 has left the visitors with an uphill task."

  6. 1828:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    On Friday's 5 live Sport, which starts at 19:00 BST, Dan Walker is joined by Chris Waddle and Robbie Savage with a look ahead to all the weekend football action as well as tennis, rowing and a MotoGP preview

    Guests include former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate and Paul Collingwood, who previews both the men's and women's T20 games at Durham.

    There will also be an interview with British rugby league star Sam Burgess who played alongside his brothers Luke, George and Thomas for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against Wests Tigers in the NRL earlier on Friday.

  7. 1816: 

    British pair Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell won their fifth consecutive Skud title at the IFDS Disabled Sailing World Championships in Ireland.

    The 2012 Paralympic bronze medallists beat the Italian team of Marco Gualandris and Marta Zanotti by six points.

    The Sonar trio of John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas were fifth in their category, while Megan Pascoe was the top British finisher in the 2.4mR class in eighth, one place ahead of Paralympic champion Helena Lucas who suffered steering mechanism failure on the final day.

  8. 1808: 

    @matazard9: Do you think the current strikers at Chelsea are good enough to win the Premier League?

    @philmcnulty: "I think Chelsea's squad is certainly good enough to win the title - I have tipped them so that might mean they could end up being relegated given my track record - but I think there are reservations about the quality of their recognised strikers.

    "Jose Mourinho clearly felt he had enough encouragement to hold out for Wayne Rooney but Manchester United simply would not sell. I am not sure he has any great faith in Fernando Torres or Demba Ba and Romelu Lukaku is still developing, so we have Samuel Eto'o as effectively a stop-gap. He was a magnificent player in his prime but is he the force he once was?

    "Mourinho will no doubt work his resources with his usual expertise and the addition of Willian gives them almost an embarrassment of attacking threat, so yes I still back them to win the title - but at the same time I surprised Chelsea have not paid very big money for a world-class striker - although they still might."

  9. 1804: 
    Mark Clemmit speaks to Wolves boss Kenny Jackett

    Among the interviews on Football Focus, 12.15 BST on Saturday on BBC One, Robbie Savage has an exclusive chat with Liverpool boss Brendan Rogers while Mark Clemmit speaks to Wolves boss Kenny Jackett

  10. 1754: 

    Defender Gael Givet has left Blackburn Rovers and signed for French second-tier side Arles-Avignon.

    The 31-year-old played 133 games in almost five years at Ewood Park, scoring five goals, but only featured four times for the first team in 2013.


    Ofmice&elliot: Colchester v Leyton Orient, both teams doing good in League One, both not lost, so should be a good game.

    Martin Lees: Has to be Arsenal Spurs. 5-2 to Arsenal in last two years but could be the reverse scoreline this time!

    Crutch Snr: No match lives up to the hype quite like a ManU/Liverpool bust up, goals, tackles, fans not to mention an historic rivalry.

    Send us your views to #matchoftheweekend

  12. 1743: 
    Laura Robson

    There is disappointment for Laura Robson as she loses out to China's fifth seed Li Na in the third round of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

    The Briton is beaten 6-2 7-5 by an opponent who she defeated at last years's US Open.

    You can follow the latest from day five in New York on the BBC Sport website.

  13. 1739: 

    @Coutinhos_pass: How do you think Brendan Rodgers has dealt with the Luis Suarez situation?

    @philmcnulty: "Time will tell on this one as Suarez clearly felt Rodgers was going to facilitate a move away from Liverpool this summer - something the manager publicly denied it should be stressed.

    "On a more general point, I think Liverpool's owners are to be commended for the way they refused to be browbeaten by Suarez's regular complaints about his lot throughout the summer. They were not pushed into a corner and stuck rigidly to their "not for sale" stance.

    "Of course they could still sell if a huge offer came in, and reality says Suarez would be off very quickly if he got one, but I think John W. Henry and co. have handled it admirably. As for Rodgers, much will depend on how Suarez performs when he returns - although I think Liverpool's fans might give him the odd reminder should he be tempted to sulk."

  14. 1735: 

    Reading manager Nigel Adkins has urged his players to move on from Tuesday's 6-0 League Cup defeat to Peterborough.

    The loss was the 48-year-old's heaviest in management and he has told his side to make it up to the club's fans as they chase their first win since the opening day of the season on 3 August.

    "I expect the players to take responsibility, we have had a meeting, we've talked about it, now we need to move on," Adkins told BBC Berkshire.

  15. 1726: 

    Lotus team principal Eric Boullier says they are doing everything they can to persuade Kimi Raikkonen to stay with them next season.

    The 33-year-old Finn's future has been the subject of much recent speculation.

    While saying he was hopeful that the 2007 world champion would not leave, Boullier admitted several unresolved issues need to be dealt with before any new contract talks could take place.


    Here are some more of your views on what you think will be the match of the weekend.

    Alex Lawes: The Lancs derby - Blackburn v Bolton

    Mikey Sneijder: Gotta be the North London derby. 17 goals in the last 3 games.

    Andrew Priestley: It's hard to look past Liverpool vs Manchester United at Anfield because of the history & prestige of this great fixture.

    Let us know your #matchoftheweekend

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    @OllieBond_ What are your predictions for Hull City this season and your opinion on the rebranding of Hull City [Tigers]?

    @philmcnulty "I tipped Hull City to go down I'm afraid Ollie so I have to stick by that - but they have a very experienced manager in Steve Bruce and he proved in taking them up that he can defy the odds.

    As for the rebranding, I can only give you my personal opinion. I think it is horrible and strips a fine old club of some of its tradition. They will always be Hull City to me...and in the eyes of most their fans I would suspect.

  18. 1656: 

    Striker Fraizer Campbell says Cardiff City must stop Everton from bullying them into submission in the Premier League on Saturday.

    Former Manchester United youngster says Everton play "nice, neat football", but that they are a "big, physical side".

    He added: "Basically [we need to] get everyone behind the ball and stop them from beating us."

  19. 1652: 

    Zdenek Stybar of the Czech Republic wins Friday's seventh stage of the Vuelta a Espana, which covered 205.9km from Almendralejo to Mairena del Aljarafe.

    The Omega Pharma Quick Step rider beat Belgium's Philippe Gilbert on the line.

    Astana's Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall lead, three seconds ahead of American Chris Horner with Nicolas Roche third a further five seconds back.

  20. 1650: 

    Manchester United have an offer for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera rejected by the Spanish club.

    Athletic said they dismissed a bid from United on Thursday night that fell short of the buy-out clause in his contract, and stressed there was no room for negotiation.

    "We received the offer from Manchester last night and what we told them was we don't negotiate for our players," club president Josu Urrutia says.


    We have been asking what you think will be the match of the weekend. Here are some of your responses:

    Paul Martin: Leeds Utd Vs QPR #titlecontenders

    Adam's Pink Boots: Brentford vs Carlisle. 4th v 23rd. Could be the last straw for Carlisle manager if they lose.

    MMLP2: Crystal Palace vs Sunderland, Holloway v Di Canio.

    Let us know your #matchoftheweekend

  22. 1643: 

    Chelsea take on Bayern Munich in the Uefa Super Cup at 1945 BST in Prague - a match that sees Jose Mourinho face Pep Guardiola once again.

    The two last crossed paths when Mourinho was manager of Real Madrid and Guardiola was in charge of Barcelona.

    Mourinho managed just three wins from 15 encounters with Guardiola's side. How will he fare this evening? Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  23. 1635:  
    Ben Smith, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Liverpool hope to complete the signings of Paris St Germain defender Mamadou Sakho and Sporting Lisbon youngster Tiago Ilori before Sunday's match with Manchester United.

    The Anfield club are in talks with both clubs and hope to reach an agreement on the respective deals over the weekend.

    The 23-year-old Sakho, who can play as a centre back and on the left, has played 14 times for France and is likely to cost around £13m while Ilori, 20, is one of the most promising young defenders in Portugal. Both players are expected on Merseyside for medicals and further talks in the next 24 hours.

  24. 1629: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2001
    Laurent Blanc

    Manchester United completed the signing of French World Cup winner Laurent Blanc.


    The weekend's football is upon us once again and fans up and down the country will be heading to their favourite team's grounds hoping to see them claim victory.

    There are plenty of mouth-watering games in prospect, not least Manchester United versus Liverpool and Arsenal against Tottenham.

    But which football match do you think is the biggest in this weekend's fixture list? Let us know via: #matchoftheweekend

  26. 1620: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes has called on fans of both clubs to behave ahead of Sunday's encounter with old rivals Liverpool at Anfield.

    Tensions are usually high on such occasions, and Moyes's return to Anfield, after 11 years as manager of Everton, will make the atmosphere even more fevered than usual.

    "It is a great game of football, with two fantastic football clubs," says Moyes. "It is important people watch this game for the football and nothing else."

  27. 1615: 

    @william_morley Do you believe that Spurs will be able to reach Champions League football this season without the likes of Bale?

    @philmcnulty: "I do. I've tipped Spurs to finish fourth as we stand today - unless Arsenal really do pull off some spectacular late deals in the transfer market.

    "Gareth Bale is clearly a loss but I think the way chairman Daniel Levy, director of football Franco Baldini and manager Andre Villas-Boas have gone about their business has been superb, the Willian disappointment notwithstanding.

    "Soldado and Paulinho look ready made for a team challenging for the Champions League while Lamela and Eriksen will add quality if those deals are formalised. Nacer Chadli is also a player of promise."

  28. 1612: 

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northamptonshire have their fifth Championship win - their first since June - and perhaps the most important psychologically. They outplayed an understrength Glamorgan side in all three departments and once given a sniff with Will Bragg's dismissal at 2pm on Friday, the home side's bowlers ruthlessly blew away the rest of the batsmen. Once again, all the bowlers shared the wickets around with Muhammad Azharullah the marginal pick with three wickets in the afternoon session."

  29. 1611: 
    Laura Robson

    It is another busy day at the US Open with Britain's Laura Robson and Andy Murray both in action.

    Robson is about to take on China's fifth seed Li Na, who she beat at Flushing Meadows last year, while Murray, the defending champion and third seed is due on Louis Armstrong Stadium at around 2000 BST, for his match against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer, the world number 81.

    You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  30. 1603: 

    @gobofunnel: Who should Arsenal fans blame for the club's failure in the transfer market?

    @philmcnulty: First of all we have to wait until close of play on Monday to judge whether they have failed but the lack of spending - after promising so much - means Arsenal's fans have every right to be concerned and express those concerns. Arsenal have Dick Law as what you might call their transfer "fixer" and it is not being too harsh to say he has not fixed too much this summer.

    Ultimate responsibility, however, has to rest with manager Arsene Wenger. It is clear the club has funds available and is willing to spend. The £40,000,001 bid for Liverpool's Luis Suarez appears to have been made on the basis of misplaced advice but I'm sure it was a genuine attempt to try and sign him and the financial ambition is there. It showed ambition.

    But time is running out after vowing there would never be another so-called "trolley dash" and if they do not get players in then the manager must take the responsibility for that. You have to assume if Wenger wants a player badly enough then he would be allowed to have him.

  31. 1602: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty has been answering your questions ahead of this weekend's Premier League action and the closing of the transfer window on Monday. We will be putting your questions and Phil's answers into Sportsday over the course of the next hour.

  32. 1600: 

    Britain's William Fox-Pitt is in second place overall after the dressage phase at the European Eventing Championships in Malmo, Sweden. Fox-Pitt scored 36.6 on board Chilli Morning behind Michael Jung of Germany who leads on 28.6.

    Of the other Britons, Izzy Taylor is ninth while Tina Cook is 12th with Lucy Wiergersma 17th and Pippa Funnell 25th.

    Great Britain are in third place in the team competition on 125.2 behind leaders Germany (112.2) and Sweden (120.2) ahead of Saturday's cross-country phase.

  33. 1554: 

    Manchester United boss David Moyes could stick with the same starting line-up for Sunday's trip to Liverpool.

    Defender Phil Jones is expected to recover from the blow to his back he sustained during Monday's goalless draw with Chelsea.

    Rafael (hamstring) is still out injured, while Nani (groin), Jonny Evans (ankle) and Javier Hernandez (hamstring) were not involved against Jose Mourinho's men.

  34. 1549: 
    Robbie Savage

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he has "no problem" with Luis Suarez and is looking forward to having the Uruguayan forward available for selection.

    Check out a teaser clip online and watch the full interview on Football Focus, 1215 BST, Saturday 31 August, on BBC One, BBC One HD and online.

  35. 1547: 

    Pasty: How did you get into Motogp?

    AF: "My TV career started in football and then I moved into World Rally Championship. I was always a fan of MotoGP and in 2009 the opportunity came up to work for rights holders Dorna. Two years later, the BBC asked me to be their pit lane reporter. People often ask me how to get into TV and the best advice I can give is to do work experience and make something come of it. Be determined, show ambition and bring ideas to the table."

    That is all from Azi. You can watch the British Grand Prix from Silverstone this weekend on BBC One and online.

  36. 1544: 

    Nottinghamshire spinner Graeme White returns to Northamptonshire for his second loan spell of the season.

    The 26-year-old will be available for Northants' remaining County Championship Division Two matches, but can still represent Notts in the YB40.

    "Graeme performed admirably for us earlier in the season," says Northants head coach David Ripley. "And we welcome him back where he will hopefully help us as we strive to gain promotion in the Championship."

  37. 1535: 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says he is still not sure whether he will bring any new players into Old Trafford before the transfer deadline on Monday evening.

    United remain in pursuit of Everton players Leighton Baines, the England defender, and Marouane Fellaini, the Belgium midfielder, despite failing in a series of bids, while Athletic Bilbao have confirmed their £25m offer for midfielder Ander Herrera. But Moyes, whose team face Liverpool at Anfield in the Premier League this weekend, says: "I don't know how busy it's going to be but it will be busy.

    "It looks like the market may get busy in the next few days. I hope that we do a little bit of business, but I couldn't guarantee that."

  38. 1528: 

    Former Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher is in a "critical" condition in hospital.

    Gallacher is being treated in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, NHS Grampian has confirmed. It could not confirm any other details about the 64-year-old's condition.

  39. 1526: 

    George Uppington: Can Bradley Smith push on and be a future champion when the likes of Marc Marquez and Bradl are a similar age and arguably better riders?

    AF: "What Marquez is doing is a once in a lifetime thing. The last person to have made as much of an impact coming into the premier class was Rossi - over a decade ago. There is no reason why Bradley can't be fighting with Bradl this season though. Next year, he will have more experience and will start to look further to the front for his battles. Then Bradley, and the rest of the field, will have to up their game to match Marquez."

  40. 1520: 

    Hibernian agree a deal to sign French winger Abdellah Zoubir on loan for the season.

    The 21-year-old joins from Ligue 2 side FC Istres following a successful trial this week, subject to international clearance.

    Manager Pat Fenlon also took Ipswich winger Josh Carson on trial this week after losing Alex Harris and Paul Cairney to injury.


    Shane Lees: Are Spurs and Chelsea in a competition or something? 'Who can field the most midfielders'. No one told United and Arsenal.

    Leon Evans: Might be a crazy idea but how about Juan Mata at Arsenal on season long loan??

    Rincewind: Sheffield Wednesday really need a proven attacking midfielder and/or striker. If only they came free with cereal.

  42. 1510: 

    Cal Murphy: Do you think Cals move to Ducati was the right thing to do?

    AF: "Yes. People need to understand clearly what Cal's options were. The offer on the table from Yamaha was a one-year deal, staying in the satellite team. With Pol Espargaro having signed a two-year deal directly with Yamaha, Cal was now fourth in the pecking order for a factory ride - after Lorenzo, Rossi and Espargaro. Simply, there was no where for him to move in Yamaha. It's not a reflection of his talent - he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    "He is getting podiums at Tech 3 but in a satellite team he knows he will never do more than that. By moving to a factory there is at least the chance of race wins. Ducati have a lot of work to do to turn around the bike but Cal must believe in their project and long term goals."

    Watch all the action from this weekend's British MotoGP on BBC television and online.

  43. 1506: 

    Gareth Bale agrees personal terms at Real Madrid ahead of his world record move from Tottenham.

    However, the Spanish giants are still in discussions over the fee with a bid of £86m already submitted to Spurs.

    "While discussions in Madrid have taken some days, it's important to stress this was always a formality," says BBC chief sports correspondent Dan Roan.

  44. 1504: 

    World champion Jorge Lorenzo ends Friday's practice for the British GP at the top of the timesheets.

    Lorenzo laps two tenths of a second faster than championship leader Marc Marquez, with Dani Pedrosa third and Alvaro Bautista rounding out an all-Spanish top four.

    Valentino Rossi is fifth, with Cal Crutchlow the fastest Briton in sixth.

  45. 1501: 

    Tottenham continue their spending spree with the signing of Erik Lamela from AS Roma.

    The 21-year-old attacking midfielder came through the ranks at River Plate and made 40 appearances before joining Roma in 2011.

    Lamela's arrival follows that of Vlad Chiriches earlier on Friday.

  46. 1458: 
    Barry Sheene

    British motorcycling great Barry Sheene partied with The Beatles, drove Rolls Royces and flew helicopters. He lived life to the full but he also took his career very seriously - winning the 500cc world championship twice.

    He remains the last British rider to win a premier class race and, 10 years after his death, those closest to him speak to BBC Sport about what Sheene was like away from the bike.

  47. 1451:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC coverage

    On Friday's 5 live Sport, which starts at 19:00 BST, Dan Walker is joined by Chris Waddle and Robbie Savage with a look ahead to all the weekend football action as well as tennis, rowing and a MotoGP preview

    Guests include former Manchester United goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate and Paul Collingwood, who previews both the men's and women's T20 games at Durham.

    There will also be an interview with British rugby league star Sam Burgess who played alongside his brothers Luke, George and Thomas for the South Sydney Rabbitohs against Wests Tigers in the NRL.

  48. 1442: 

    Sam Chapman: How well do you think Bradley Smith has done in his first year and do you think Scott Redding will fare any better on the Gresini Honda?

    AF: "Bradley has done a great job in his first year in MotoGP. He may not be setting the world alight but he is quietly settling into the job and racking up the sort of results that would in a non-Marquez era be considered very good for a rookie. His benchmark should be his team-mate Cal Crutchlow and he's already scored more points after 11 rounds than Cal did in his rookie year - and look what Cal has gone on to achieve."

  49. 1437: 

    Exciting teenage midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah signs a new five-year contract at Chelsea.

    The 18-year-old, widely considered one of the most promising talents in English football, is a product of the Chelsea academy and although he has yet to make his first team competitive debut, he was involved in the pre-season tour of Asia, following an impressive year on loan at Watford.

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says: "He's a very, very good player and I like him very, very much. I am very impressed. For sure he is a Chelsea player."

  50. 1433: 

    Earlier we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Since 2000 which three riders have won the British MotoGP on more than one occasion?

    The answers are Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner.

  51. 1430: 

    Somerset have given their hopes of avoiding relegation a major boost and dented Middlesex's title ambitions with victory by an innings and 179 runs on the third afternoon at Lord's.

    Seam bowler Lewis Gregory produced career-best figures of 5-38 as Middlesex were all out for 164 soon after lunch.

  52. 1427: 

    Champions League competitors Schalke 04 sign AC Milan midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng on a four-year deal after the Ghana international passed his medical at the German club on Friday.

    "I am delighted to be back home in Germany," Germany-born Boateng says. "It is one of the best leagues in the world. The first contact was made a year ago but sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for the good things and opportunities."

    The 26-year-old, who has also played for Hertha Berlin, Portsmouth and Tottenham Hotspur and is the half brother of Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng, joined Milan in 2010.

  53. 1422: 

    Amit Mandalia: As it looks unlikely for Valentino Rossi to beat Giacomo Agostini win record, do you think Marc Marquez is best placed to reach this?

    BBC MotoGP reporter Azi Farni: "You are right that it looks unlikely for Valentino now -which shows just how great of an achievement Agostini's record is.

    "Marquez is only at the start of his MotoGP career but one more podium this year will see him overhaul Rossi as the most successful premier class rookie. And with seven races to go he is the clear title favourite. At the age of only 20 now, you would have to say that he has over a decade to add to that. Beating Agostini's record will be hard, but he has time on his side to try."

  54. 1419: 

    In MotoGP this weekend, it is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Qualifying is on BBC Red Button/BBC One and Online from 1220 BST on Saturday while on Sunday the race is live on BBC Red Button, Online, BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live from 1105 BST.

    Ahead of the race, BBC Sport pitlane reporter, Azi Farni, has been answering your questions on all things MotoGP...

  55. 1413: 
    Wayne Rooney

    Manchester United manager David Moyes says striker Wayne Rooney is in good condition and mentally in good shape after his future at Manchester United was resolved.

    "Wayne Rooney has been a great player for many years for Manchester United," said Moyes. "He was an up-and-coming great player as a young boy at Everton and his career has gone the way that people expected it to go.

    "I felt he played very well the other night and he's looking in good condition and is mentally in good shape too. We'll do everything we possibly can to keep that going and need him to keep performing well. At the moment, he's in good shape."

  56. 1407: 

    Wasps boss Dai Young has said the squad have benefitted from being brought back for pre-season training early. Young's side had four weeks off in the summer, instead of the usual five after finishing eighth in the Premiership.

    "It's not a drastic change. But at the end of the day we didn't achieve anything last season," the director of rugby told BBC Sport. "If you achieve something you tend to have less time off, which doesn't make sense to me."


    Vijay Luhan: Man Utd should go for Kaka. He tore them apart at Old Trafford in their CL winning season. A far-cry but still world class.

    Rob Hills: Might sound crazy but as a Sunderland fan i would like to see Di Canio signing Joey Barton

    Saaed Bin Hassaan: Chelsea have got way too many attacking midfielders. I'm afraid Jose will send someone out on loan. Hope not KDB.

    Who do you think your club should sign ahead of the transfer window closing on Monday? Send us your views using #bbcsportsday

  58. 1358: 

    Manchester City fear captain Vincent Kompany could be sidelined for up to six weeks with his groin injury after he limted out of the opening Premier League game against Newcastle on 19 August.

    Kompany has said he hopes to return inside a month but manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned he will not be rushed. "[There is] nothing new with Vincent," he said. "Doctors said from the beginning it could last for six weeks. We will see next week how he improves but less than one month is impossible."

    However, fellow central defender Matija Nastasic is fit to start this weekend's clash against Hull.

  59. 1354: 

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: Glamorgan 241 & 90-2 Northants 453 - Northants will need plenty of patience if they're to dismiss Glamorgan for a second time and claim their fifth Championship win of the season. Despite Trent Copeland's two wickets, Glamorgan's batsmen have exploited a flattening pitch with little deviation off the pitch. Murray Goodwin looked unhappy to be given out lbw by umpire Neil Mallender but there was no disputing David Sales' superb slip catch to remove Gareth Rees first up. Lots of work ahead of the five Northants seamers and offspinner James Middlebrook.

  60. 1350: 

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: Durham 573 Yorkshire 274 - Durham are in control of this match after a blistering spell saw Yorkshire lose six wickets for 46 runs mid-morning. The rot set in when Ben Stokes bowled his first ball of the day, an unplayable yorker to Kiwi Kane Williamson, which got him lbw for 88.

    A ball later Gary Ballance was run out for one as he chased an improbable second with Jonny Bairstow. And when Adil Rashid was caught behind for one, Yorkshire had lost three men for eight runs in 3.4 overs.

    The collapse continued as Scott Bortwick took a great caught and bowled to dismiss Bairstow for 82 before Mark Wood found himself on a hat-trick for the second time in a week as he saw off Liam Plunkett and Steve Patterson in consecutive balls. Yorkshire will be following on after lunch.

  61. 1346: 

    BBC Surrey's Mark Church: Surrey 105-3 v Derbyshire 219 - Another fascinating morning of cricket as both sides try to edge themselves in front. Mark Footitt came out of the blocks early dismissing Arun Harinath for one and then claiming the big wicket of Hashim Amla for 16 . Rory Burns had battled to 24 but he was then lbw to Peter Burgoyne but Vikram Solanki has looked to be positive as he went to lunch unbeaten on 31.

  62. 1339: 

    Crystal Palace are closing in on the signature of Huddersfield right-back Jack Hunt, reports the South London Press.

    The 22-year-old is understood to be set for a medical in South London on Friday.


    William Gould: Dear Mr Moyes, Please stop trying to sign Fellaini & Baines, and concentrate on getting players BETTER than we already have!

    Mark Press: I'm a gunner and I'd like to see Wenger move for Jack Cork from Southampton, a player who has lost his place in the XI.

    Saumil Mehta: Man Utd should move in for Cabaye, he would suit the team better then Fellaini & give first team opportunity to Januzaj.

    Which player does your club need to sign before Monday's transfer deadline? Send us your views using #bbcsportsday

  64. 1330: 

    The 12 groups in the Europa League have been drawn. Here they are in full:

    Group A: Valencia, Swansea, Kuban, St Gallen; Group B: PSV Eindhoven, Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, Ludogorets; Group C: Standard Liege, Red Bull Salzburg, Elfsborg, Esbjerg.

    Group D: Rubin Kazan, Wigan Athletic, Maribor, Zulte Waregem; Group E: Fiorentina, Dnipro, Pacos Ferreira, Pandurii; Group F: Bordeaux, APOEL Nicosia, Eintracht Frankfurt, Maccabi Tel-Aviv

    Group G: Dynamo Kiev, Genk, Rapid Vienna, Thun; Group H: Sevilla, Freiburg, Estoril, Slovan Liberec; Group I: Lyon, Real Betis, Vitoria, Rijeka; Group J: Lazio, Trabzonspor, Legia Warsaw, Apollon Limassol; Group K: Tottenham, Anzhi, Sheriff, Tromso; Group L: AZ Alkmaar, PAOK, Maccabi Haifa, Shakhter Karagandy

  65. 1325: 

    Middlesbrough striker Curtis Main joins League One Shrewsbury Town on an initial 28-day youth loan.

    The 21-year-old has made 28 appearances for Boro since joining the Championship side from Darlington in 2011.

  66. 1324: 

    Defender Martha Harris is hoping the women's England Under-19 team can bring some much-needed cheer after a summer of underachievement on Saturday.

    Coach Mo Marley has guided England to the final of the European Championships, where they will play France tomorrow at Parc Y Scarlets. Lincoln star Harris knows the pressure is on after poor showings at Under-21 and Under-20 level for the men, and for the women's senior team at Euro 2013.

    "When we first joined up, I got the sense everyone was doubting us a little bit," says Harris. "The other England teams had not done so well this summer, but actually it just made us more determined to step up and prove a point."

  67. 1318: 

    Australia batsman Steven Smith has flown home from the tour of England due to a quad strain.

    Smith suffered the injury, described by Cricket Australia (CA) as "very minor", during a training session on Wednesday. CA said that following Smith's involvement in the Ashes, and the preceding Australia A tour, a decision had been made to rest him from the upcoming limited-overs matches.

    "Smith sustained a very minor left quad strain at training and after a demanding Ashes series the national selection panel has decided it is best for him to return to Australia," a statement read.

  68. 1310: 

    Yorkshire v Durham

    Championship leaders Yorkshire have been bowled out for 274 by Durham on day three of the top-of-the table match at Scarborough.

    Kane Williamson top-scored with 84 and England's Jonny Bairstow made 82, but they trail by 299 and may be asked to follow-on after lunch.

  69. 1306: 
    George, Tom, Luke and Sam Burgess with their mother Julie

    British quartet Luke, Sam, George and Tom Burgess have created history by becoming the first set of four brothers to play top-flight rugby league together in Australia in 103 years.

    Sam, who was sinbinned early on, and Luke both started and scored tries in the South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-18 victory over Wests Tigers in the NRL while twins George and Tom came into the game off the bench.

    They are first set of four brothers to line up in the same Australian side since 1910 when Ray, Roy, Rex and Bernard Norman all turned out for the now defunct Annandale club.

  70. 1302: 

    Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has left Chelsea's Fernando Torres and Juan Mata out of his squad for the World Cup qualifier against Finland.

    Neither player was included for the recent friendly against Ecuador, and with Torres and Mata unable to earn permanent places in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's early team selections there has been no recall for the pair.

  71. 1256: 

    French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga splits with Australian coach Roger Rasheed after just a year together.

    Tsonga, who skipped the US Open currently under way in New York to fully recover from a knee injury, praised Rasheed's contributions to his play, saying that he had learned much from him since the start of the year.

    "But the language barrier and the difficulties involved in our respective geographic situations hinders our association and at 28 time is running out for me to achieve my objectives," Tsonga says.

  72. 1252: 

    Widnes sign experienced Australian back-row forward Danny Galea from Canterbury Bulldogs.

    The 29-year-old, who has also played for Penrith, Wests Tigers and Canberra, is the Vikings' first recruit for 2014.

    Widnes coach Denis Betts says: "Danny is a really strong back rower and a great defensive player. We've had lots of good raps on him coming out of Australia."

  73. 1248: 

    Figures suggest the gross transfer spending by Premier League clubs in the current transfer window is set to reach a record level.

    The current spending total of £430m is 15% higher than at this point last year and Dan Jones, partner in the Sports Business Group, says: "Clubs have already spent over £400m this summer and with several large deals looking close to completion and a number of clubs still expected to do significant business, we will likely see the £500m gross record broken by Tuesday morning."

  74. 1244: 

    The draw for the Europa League group stages is now complete. In Group K, Tottenham Hotspur will face Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, FC Sheriff of Moldova and Tromso from Norway.

    Wigan will face Rubin Kazan, Maribor of Slovenia and Belgium's Zulte Waregem in Group D while Swansea are grouped with Valencia, Russian side FC Kuban Krasnodar and St Gallen from Switzerland in Group A.

  75. 1237: 

    Essex's second innings in their County Championship fixture at Gloucestershire was delayed by 12 minutes after umpires were unable to get into their room to collect the new ball.

  76. 1234: 

    Last year's finalists, Benfica and Chelsea, both transferred over to the competition from the Uefa Champions League after the group stage.

  77. 1230: 

    The latest news from the Europa League draw in Monaco, Tottenham Hotspur, who were in the first pot of 12 teams have been paired with Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala while Wigan and Swansea, who were in the second pot, will have to play Rubin Kazan and Valencia respectively.

  78. 1228: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini tells English critics of his proposal to hold a winter World Cup in Qatar in 2022 that they should not stand in the way of the move.

    The Premier League strongly opposes any such move, claiming that it will disrupt three league seasons - the 2021-22 campaign and the seasons on either side.

    Platini says: "I will say something to the English. We respect your calendar for 150 years - for one month in 150 years you can change."


    John Brown: Most of the teams in the first pot of the Europa League are very strong. I'd say most of them could get into the last 16 of the Champions League.

  80. 1224: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1991
    Mike Powell

    Bob Beamon's 23-year-old world long jump record was broken during the World Championships in Tokyo. Carl Lewis surpassed Beamon's leap of 8.90m with 8.91m, but that was not valid for the record books due to wind assistance.

    Then his American team-mate Mike Powell, pictured, jumped a massive - and legal - 8.95m to clinch the gold medal. It has not been surpassed.

  81. 1218: 

    Uefa officials have just started pulling teams out of the pots as the draw for the Europa League under way in Monaco.

  82. 1216: 

    Celtic sign Israel international Nir Biton on a four-year deal from FC Ashdod.

  83. 1215: 

    Jawad Kayani: Wenger is the most efficient buyer in the world and definitely he will fulfil the expectations of fans.

    Jonathan Flynn: I am happy with the Chelsea squad a lot of depth and competition. Eto'o will be a good addition. Want more Lukaku and Mata!!

    Andrew Priestley: After watching Hull City & Crystal Palace it's very clear to see that they each need a couple of signings to stay in the PL.

    Who do you support and which player does your club need to sign before Monday's transfer deadline? From Acrrington to Arsenal fans we want to hear from you, so tweet: #bbcsportsday

  84. 1210: 

    Sam Allardyce believes Ricardo Vaz Te has been illegally tapped up after the forward handed in a transfer request, reports the Daily Mail.

    Vaz Te went public with his desire to leave West Ham saying he was 'frustrated' at the club and that it was clear he was not in Allardyce's plans.

    Allardyce says: 'Generally when you make something like that they've been tapped. Someone would've probably already contacted him. I am expecting a bid for him in the next couple of days because you don't do that sort of thing this late in the transfer window without having somebody spoken to you."

  85. 1204: 

    It is Question of Sport Teaser time. Here is the latest offering: Since 2000 which three riders have won the British MotoGP on more than one occasion?

    Mull over that during your lunch hour and send your answers to #qsteaser. We'll reveal the three at 1400 BST.

  86. 1200: 

    In Division Two, leaders Lancashire are in a strong position at 39-0 in their second innings, a lead of 250 over Hampshire.

    Second-placed Northants could press for victory having posted 453 in reply to Glamorgan's 241. Worcestershire will be hoping to build a lead having closed day two on 265-5 in response to Leicestershire's total of 274, while Essex are in control in Bristol, with Gloucestershire 211-9 in response to the visitors' 400 all out.

  87. 1157: 

    In the battle of the top two, Division One leaders Yorkshire will be hoping to eat away at Durham's imposing first-innings total of 573, the Tykes having closed day two on 182-3 with Kane Williamson (76 not out) and Jonny Bairstow (42 not out) at the crease.

    Strugglers Somerset will be looking for another good day against third-placed Middlesex, who are 52-2 following on, still requiring another 291 runs to make Marcus Trescothick's side bat again. The match at Edgbaston is evenly poised, where Warwickshire are 253-6 in reply to fourth-placed Sussex's 311.

    With Somerset on course for victory, the pressure is firmly back on Derbyshire in seventh and bottom-club Surrey to find a positive result. The two teams are heading into the second day at The Oval with the hosts 8-0 in reply to Derbyshire's 219 all out.

  88. 1151: 

    Disgraced former sprinter Ben Johnson tells BBC Sport that he would have beaten current Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt over 100m.

    The Canadian, who says it is time he was forgiven after being stripped of the 100m title at the 1988 Seoul Olympics after testing positive for anabolic steroids, claims he had more power than Jamaican Bolt.

  89. 1150: 

    Aiden McGeady, Sean St Ledger and Joey O'Brien all withdraw from the Republic of Ireland squad for their forthcoming World Cup qualifiers.

    Giovanni Trapattoni's side face Sweden at the Aviva Stadium on 6 September and Austria in Vienna on 10 September.

  90. 1150: 

    Wolves complete the signing of full-back Scott Golbourne from Barnsley on a three-year deal.

  91. 1147: 

    Carl Froch will defend his WBA and IBF World super middleweight titles against George Groves in Manchester on Saturday 23 November.

    Froch added the WBA belt to his IBF crown when he beat Mikkel Kessler in May, with former British and Commonwealth champ Groves extending his unbeaten record to 19 fights on the undercard at London's O2 Arena.

  92. 1139: 

    A reminder that British trio Wigan, Tottenham and Swansea will discover their Europa League group stage opponents shortly when the Uefa draw takes place.

    Championship side Wigan enter the competition at the group stage after winning last season's FA Cup.

    Spurs made it through after beating Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate, while Swansea lost 2-1 at Petrolul Ploiesti but won 6-3 on aggregate.

    The draw, which takes place in Monaco, begins at 1200 BST.

  93. 1138: 

    England World Cup winner Josh Lewsey is appointed as the new head of rugby for Wales.

    Lewsey will take on operational and strategic management of the whole game in Wales from community to elite level outside the senior international squad.

    "I'm delighted to have been offered this opportunity to play a pivotal role in ensuring the strength and wellbeing of the national sport of Wales," Lewsey said.

    "Everyone involved in rugby knows how passionate the whole of Wales is about the sport, so I'm fully aware of the huge responsibility I'm accepting."

  94. 1132: 

    It's a big weekend for British MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow as he prepares for Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the racer has been taking on Lawro in his weekly predictions.

    Crutchlow - who was a junior footballer with Coventry and Aston Villa - has backed Tottenham to win the north London derby at the Emirates on Sunday.

    You can read all of Crutchlow and Lawro's predictions on the BBC Sport website.

  95. 1124: 

    Tottenham confirm that a deal has been agreed to sign Vlad Chiriches from FC Steaua Bucharest.

    The central defender will strengthen Spurs' defensive options after Steven Caulker was sold to Cardiff City and William Gallas was released.

    He made his international debut in August 2011 and helped Steaua end their seven-year wait for the Romanian league championship last season.

  96. 1120: 

    The Manchester Evening News reports that Manchester United are poised to bid £40m for Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.

    Everton have turned down a couple of offers for the pair but the Old Trafford club believe their latest offer, which comes ahead of Monday's transfer deadline day, will force Everton to concede defeat.

  97. 1116: 

    Goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg is likely to be missing again when Fulham travel to Newcastle on Saturday.

    The Dutchman, who signed from Roma in June, suffered a shoulder injury on the opening day of the season and had a setback following a fall in training.

    Fellow summer signing Fernando Amorebieta's debut remains on hold, while Kieran Richardson is out for three more weeks with a hamstring problem.

  98. 1112: 

    Andrew (see entry below) may want Arsenal to make a move in the transfer market, but manager Arsene Wenger says he "will not panic buy' as the countdown to the end of the window increases the pressure on him to sign players this summer.

    When asked in a news conference today whether he was still active in the transfer market, Wenger offered a positive response but he could not provide any clue as to when he may make his first cash signing of this window.

    "I am confident [we will sign players] and we will not panic buy, that is for sure. It's not my strength to panic," says Wenger.

    Arsene Wenger

    Andrew Priestley: With all of the pressure from the fans & especially after yesterday's CL draw, Arsenal need to sign somebody! Anyone will do!

    Tom Gartland: Man United need to sign a creative midfielder and another winger, or play Wilfried Zaha. Ashley Young not good enough.

    Roman Filipowicz: We've got a great squad at Nottingham Forest but could use midfield cover and a clinical striker. Then we'd be set!

    Who do you think your club should sign before the transfer window closes? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1105: 

    Great Britain have won two bronzes at the World Rowing Championships in Korea to add to the gold won by the para-rowing mixed coxed four yesterday.

    Lightweight single sculler Ruth Walczak and the lightweight men's pair of Sam Scrimgeour and Mark Aldred both clinched medals.

    Earlier, the double scull of Frances Houghton and Vicky Meyer-Laker, the lightweight men's four of Chris Bartley, Will Fletcher, Jonno Clegg and Adam Freeman-Pask, and single sculler Alan Campbell all qualified for the weekend's finals in the Olympic classes.

  101. 1059: 

    West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering a cruciate knee injury in the midweek Capital One Cup win against Cheltenham.

    The 32-year-old, who missed a large chunk of last season with a hamstring problem, lasted only 34 minutes of the 2-1 second-round win over the League Two side on Tuesday.

    Diarra, who has won 44 caps for France, has failed to earn a regular place in the Hammers side since joining from Marseille at the start of last season and was loaned to Rennes in January.

  102. 1055: 

    Championship leader Marc Marquez tops the timesheets in first practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. British rider Cal Crutchlow is third.

  103. 1053: 

    Schalke are on the verge of signing Kevin-Prince Boateng from AC Milan with the midfielder currently undergoing a medical in Gelsenkirchen.

    Boateng, who previously appeared for Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga before a brief loan spell with Schalke's local rivals Borussia Dortmund, is expected to complete his return to Germany later today.

  104. 1051: 

    West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is set to return in Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea at The Hawthorns after missing the last two games while on compassionate leave.

    Anelka could step in to replace Matej Vydra, who sustained a hamstring injury in the 3-0 Capital One Cup win over Newport on Tuesday.

    With goalkeeper Ben Foster out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture of a bone in his right foot, Boaz Myhill should start despite a wrist injury but midfielders Zoltan Gera, George Thorne and Steven Reid remain sidelined.


    David Boyd: Think Leeds could do with a quick and direct winger. Max Gradel back for me, or Gary Mackay-Steven.

    Arthur Fane: Very happy with Southampton's squad now - winger would be nice, but nothing drastic needed. Great signings made this summer!

    Ian Chappell: I support Manchester United and it would be dream come true if Cristiano Ronaldo would come back.

  106. 1043: 
    Wales Open

    Norway's Espen Kofstad remains the man to catch as the Wales Open, the first event in the Ryder Cup qualification process, resumes at Celtic Manor.

    Kofstad was in the first group out yesterday, alongside European captain Paul McGinley, and made a brilliant opening 64.

    That set a clubhouse target of seven under par that was never matched, with England's Chris Wood and Australian Richard Green coming closest with rounds of 66.

  107. 1035: 

    There was some early Europa League action this morning with Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and Atromitos of Greece finishing their second leg tie after Thursday night's game was abandoned after 59 minutes due to an electrical fire linked to the floodlighting system at the AZ Stadion.

    AZ lost the tie 2-0 but go through on away goals and will take their place in the draw which starts at 1145 BST.

  108. 1029: 

    Striker Yannick Sagbo is the only confirmed absentee for Hull's trip to Manchester City tomorrow as he serves the second of a three-match ban for his red card against Norwich.

    However, Stephen Quinn is set to return after a hamstring injury.

  109. 1021: 

    Striker Peter Crouch comes back into contention for Stoke's Premier League game at West Ham on Saturday.

    Crouch missed Wednesday's midweek Capital One Cup win over Walsall due to illness, but will be vying for the lead forward role alongside Kenwyne Jones following the latter's hat-trick against the Saddlers.

  110. 1014: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini is to push for the transfer window to be shortened and claims the fees paid for players are "a robbery".

    Real Madrid are set to pay about £86m for Tottenham's Gareth Bale and Platini said that although the Spanish club could afford the Tottenham player, there needs to be a healthier approach to transfers generally.

    Platini says: "I think transfers are a robbery. When I was playing, every time I had finished a contract I was free to go wherever I went. I think it's an opportunity for a lot of people to make a lot of money."

    He added: "I agree this window is too long and will have to shorten it."

  111. 1007: 
    Adam Gemili

    Jamaica's Olympic champion Usain Bolt has backed British sprinter Adam Gemili for success, as long as he is given space to develop.

    Gemili, 19, blamed a poor start in Thursday's Diamond League meeting in Zurich for his failure to break the 10-second barrier in the 100m. If he had done that, he would have become the first Briton to have also run under 20 seconds in the 200m.

    "He's going to be great, as long as you do not pressure him," Bolt, 27, says.

  112. 1003: 

    BBC Sport's MotoGP pitlane reporter Azi Farni is answering your questions on all things on two wheels. Got a question to ask about the British Grand Prix? Or what the riders are really like behind the scenes?

    Send in your questions to #bbcmotogp before 1100 BST.

  113. 0959: 

    Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon will not make the trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday after being arrested and charged with drink driving earlier this week.

    But striker Steven Fletcher will hope for a first appearance for the club in more than five months in the Premier League clash.

    The Scotland international was an unused substitute for the 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons on Tuesday night after recovering from an ankle surgery and has been included in the travelling party.


    Luka Foley: I think Chelsea should enquire about AC Milan's El Shaarawy as he's a classy player and i think he would fit in at Chelsea.

  115. 0951: 

    Coverage of first practice for the British Grand Prix is live now on the BBC Sport website. UK-based desktop users need only to refresh this page to watch the coverage.

  116. 0945: 

    Real Madrid midfielder Kaka wants to leave the Spanish club after seeing that his role as a bench player has not changed under coach Carlo Ancelotti.

    Kaka said after scoring two goals in a friendly for Madrid on Thursday that he wanted to change clubs.

    "I have less and less of a place on the team,'' says Kaka. "The club knows that I would like to leave and I want it to help me find a solution."

  117. 0941: 
    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is speaking at a news conference right now ahead of the North London derby with Tottenham on Sunday.

    He says: "I am confident [of bringing players in]. We will not panic buy, that is for sure."


    Aidan Slinn: Sheffield Wednesday - would love to see us sign Danny Batth from Wolves. Was quality when we had him on loan.

    Paul Thorn: It's never going to happen but I would love Liverpool to enquire about Mata! A quality player who is out of favour at Chelsea!

    Nadroj Rekrab: I'm an Oldham athletic fan and i want to sign Jose Baxter.... Back this very second!! Or get Torres!

    Which club do you support and who should they sign before Monday's transfer deadline? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  119. 0929: 

    Newcastle striker Loic Remy could make an appearance from the bench in Saturday's Premier League game against Fulham.

    The 26-year-old, who has joined on a season-long loan from QPR, has recovered from a calf problem.

    Midfielder Yohan Cabaye could also be available, but midfielder Cheick Tiote (groin) will miss out as he joins Jonas Gutierrez (knee) and suspended defender Steven Taylor on the sidelines.

  120. 0919: 

    Disgraced sprinter Ben Johnson admits he was shocked when he tested positive for drugs at the Seoul Olympics.

    "I could have run those times without drugs later, but drugs were a shortcut," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "I tested positive because of sponsorship.

    "Now I want to set the record straight and move on with my life," added the Canadian, who is fronting an anti-drugs campaign. "I have a grand-daughter who is eight and I want to change things that one day she might want to grow up to compete in track and field."

  121. 0912: 

    Wigan are expected to step up their bid to sign Australian full-back Matt Bowen following confirmation that he is to leave North Queensland Cowboys.

    The 31-year-old has said that this season will be his last in the NRL after the Cowboys declined to offer him a new contract.

    Bowen, who has been troubled by a knee injury this year, is thought to be currently in negotiations with Wigan, who are looking for a replacement for NRL-bound Sam Tomkins, but may take up an off-field role with the Cowboys if he is unable to secure a playing contract for 2014.

  122. 0911: 

    According to Daily Telegraph correspondent Henry Winter, Uefa president Michel Platini has been speaking about Gareth Bale's potential move to Real Madrid, with Platini saying: "This question is not new. £5m for Maradona?! £60m Zidane? £80m Ronaldo? Mr £Bale 100m? Transfers are robbery'."

  123. 0907: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1937
    Joe Louis

    World heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis was taken the distance in the first of the 25 defences he would make of his title. His opponent was Welshman Tommy Farr, who survived all 15 rounds at Madison Square Garden.

  124. 0904: 

    Aaron Finch smashed a world record 156 off 63 balls as Australia defeated England by 39 runs on Thursday night.

    What is your favourite Twenty20 innings of all time? Have your say on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  125. 0858: 

    Sports journalist Oliver Kay of the Times: Uefa president Michel Platini says the summer transfer window is "perhaps too big, too long. Perhaps we'll have to shorten it".


    Glory Glory Manchester United: Manchester United must go for Kaka. Not overpriced, underrated and has proven himself in Europe and has Champions League experience

    Mike Baker: Glued to the transfer window in the (vain?) hope Middlesbrough sign a striker, attacking midfielder and centre back.

    Tom Heath: Southampton need a keeper its our weakest area Boruc/Davis great shot stoppers but need someone better to push on in the Premier League.

  127. 0844: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Manchester United manager David Moyes are just two of the Premier League bosses who will speak in news conferences today. Will we hear more about potential transfers? Here is the schedule:

    0900 BST: Arsenal

    0930: West Ham

    1215: Manchester City

    1330: Manchester United

    1400: Liverpool

  128. 0839: 

    BBC Radio Shropshire's Nick Southall: Huddersfield have called Telford boss Liam Watson about the possibility of taking midfielder Jake Bennett on trial.

  129. 0834: 
    Gareth Bale

    Bad blood continues to flow between Tottenham and Real Madrid after the Spanish club's vice-president accused the London club of holding up Gareth Bale's world-record move to the Bernabeu, reports the London Evening Standard.

    Bale's move to the Spanish capital appeared to be on the verge of completion on Wednesday, but Tottenham are unwilling to announce Bale's departure until they have completed the signings of Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen to replace him.

    Speaking in A Coruna, ahead of a friendly match against Deportivo La Coruna last night, Real vice-president Fernando Fernandez Tapias said: "There are problems but in the end I think it will happen. I thought he was going to be here, but so far he's not in Madrid, although he possibly will be."


    There is not long left for British clubs to conclude their transfer business, with Monday's deadline fast approaching. Some clubs will have already finished their transfer business, but for others it will be a busy few days as they bid to put the finishing touches to their squads.

    Are your clubs one of those still waiting to get deals done? What position do you feel still needs strengthening and which player would you most like to see your club sign?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  131. 0823: 

    Cypriot side Apoel FC replace Fenerbache in the Europa League group stage draw after the latter lost their appeal against their expulsion from the competition.

    Fener were excluded for their involvement in match-fixing after a widespread investigation which rocked Turkish football.

    They would have dropped into the Europa League after losing their Champions League play-off with Arsenal, but APOEL, who lost their two-legged tie 3-2 to Zulte Waregem, will take part instead. The draw takes place at 1145 BST.


    Here are three of the best snippets from the BBC Sport gossip column:

    Arsenal want to spend their entire summer transfer budget on the Real Madrid trio of 25-year-old striker Karim Benzema, playmaker Mesut Ozil, 24, and 25-year-old winger Angel Di Maria. (Daily Mail)

    Everton have rejected a new £36m bid from Manchester United for midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, and 28-year-old left-back Leighton Baines. (Daily Express)

    Belgium international Fellaini has told manager Roberto Martinez, 40, that he wants to leave Everton. (Daily Mail)

  133. 0815: 

    Aaron Finch smashed a world record 156 as Australia beat England by 39 runs in the first of their two Twenty20 internationals in Southampton.

    The opener hit 14 sixes and 11 fours in a 63-ball knock to help Australia record their first win of the summer over England and first victory in 200 days.

    Shane Watson's 16-ball 37 lifted Australia to 248-6 - the second highest T20 international score. Joe Root scored 90 not out off 49 deliveries as England ended on 209-6.

  134. 0808: 

    Dan Evans took extra satisfaction from beating Bernard Tomic at the US Open after once being told he was not good enough to practise with the Australian.

    The British number three won his second-round encounter 1-6 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 at Flushing Meadows on Thursday. And Evans recalled how Tomic's father, John, said in Miami last year that his son would not practise with him.

    "I was there playing qualifiers," said Evans, 23. "His dad said I wasn't good enough to practise with him. "We went to practise, it was all booked, I got to the practice hut. His dad said: 'No, no, he's a qualifier, I'm not hitting with you.'"

  135. 0805: 

    British trio Wigan, Tottenham and Swansea will discover their Europa League group stage opponents on Friday morning when the Uefa draw takes place.

    Championship side Wigan enter the competition at the group stage after winning last season's FA Cup. Spurs made it through after beating Dinamo Tbilisi 8-0 on aggregate, while Swansea lost 2-1 at Petrolul Ploiesti but won 6-3 on aggregate.

    The draw, which takes place in Monaco, begins at 1145 BST.

  136. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to the final Sportsday Live before the weekend. We'll have all the latest from the day's Premier League news conferences - West Bromwich Albion's is already under way and while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger speaks at 0900 BST - and we'll also have the Europa League draw, plus the latest from practice for the British MotoGP.

    First things first, though, as we take a look at the top three stories on the BBC Sport website.

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