Sportsday - Thursday 5 September as it happened

Build-up to Friday's World Cup qualifiers, including England boss Roy Hodgson's news conference, and US Open tennis latest.

5 September 2013 Last updated at 19:03

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  1. 1900: 

    That is all from Sportsday Live as we hand over to our colleagues on the tennis live text commentary, where Andy Murray is in US Open quarter final action as he takes on Swiss rising star Stanislas Wawrinka. You can also follow commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Friday's Sportsday Live will count down to the World Cup qualifiers, so join us again in the morning, 0800 BST.

  2. 1854: 

    Hampshire v Northamptonshire

    Hampshire captain Jimmy Adams did what Northamptonshire's Rob Keogh had done over the previous two days, grafting for a double century that seems certain to consign the County Championship Division Two match at the Ageas Bowl to a high-scoring draw.

    Adams batted for a total of nine and a half hours for 218, his best score of the season and only three runs fewer than Keogh - whose innings had been responsible for Northants' formidable total of 438.

  3. 1847: 

    Gloucestershire v Leicestershire

    Gloucestershire kept their promotion hopes alive with a resounding innings-and-138-run victory over Division Two basement club Leicestershire.

    Will Gidman (4-28), who achieved career-best bowling and batting figures in the game, took his match tally to 10 wickets for the first time.

    The visitors began the day 339 runs shy of making the home side bat again. Ned Eckersley (84) provided some resistance, but Leicestershire stumbled from 143-1 to 261 all out.

  4. 1839: 

    Spinners Piyush Chawla and Jack Leach hold the key to Somerset's hopes of completing a remarkable fightback in the County Championship clash with fellow Division One strugglers Derbyshire at Taunton.

    The visitors closed the third day of a compelling game on 127 for four, needing a further 117 to win on a pitch offering considerable turn and lift. Ben Slater hit 59, while Chawla and Leach claimed two wickets each.

  5. 1835: 

    South Korean IK Kim fires five straight birdies in a clean seven-under round to edge one shot ahead of home hope Pernilla Lindberg at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden.

    Kim went 2-3-4-3-3 from the fourth to the eighth hole as she sprinted up the leaderboard and made further gains at the 12th and 17th holes to complete a polished 65, putting her in first place after day one.

    The world number 10's early liking of the Vasatorp Golf Club course was shared by Lindberg, who also managed to keep dropped shots off her card.

  6. 1833: 

    Live commentary on the US Open quarter-final between Andy Murray v Stanislas Wawrinka is under way on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  7. 1831: 

    "Alan Hansen changed the way football was analysed on TV," writes BBC football analyst Mark Lawrenson.

    "Alan is so good because he gives tactical insight, he is articulate and he is not afraid to tell it exactly how it is.

    "One of his nicknames when we played together at Liverpool was 'Norris' after Norris McWhirter, who used to answer questions on the old Record Breakers children's TV show, because he is so knowledgeable about everything."

  8. 1826: 
    Chris Coleman

    Wales manager Chris Coleman has been delayed in travelling to Macedonia for Friday's World Cup qualifier due to passport issues.

    The former Fulham boss was not present at the Philip II Arena for Wales's pre-match news conference, nor for their final training session at the venue.

    A tweet on the Football Association of Wales' official account read: "Manager Chris Coleman will arrive in Skopje later tonight after a passport issue delayed his departure from Cardiff."

  9. 1820: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SQUADS- Manchester United

    25-man squad

    Player (home grown): David De Gea (No), Anderson (No), Ben Amos (Yes), Michael Carrick (Yes), Tom Cleverley (Yes), Anders Lindegaard (No), Javier Hernandez (No), Jonny Evans (Yes), Patrice Evra (No), Rio Ferdinand (Yes), Ryan Giggs (Yes), Nani (No), Chris Smalling (Yes), Antonio Valencia (No), Wayne Rooney (Yes), Nemanja Vidic (No), Danny Welbeck (Yes), Ashley Young (Yes), Robin van Persie (No) Shinji Kagawa (No), Rafael (Yes), Fabio (Yes), Alexander Buttner (No), Darren Fletcher (Yes), Marouane Fellaini (No).

    * Players under the age of 21 are eligible to play for the club and do not need to be included in the 25-man squad.

  10. 1814: 

    Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni says James McClean's physical presence convinced him to pick him for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

    McClean, discarded by Sunderland over the summer, impressed in the corresponding fixture in Stockholm, a 0-0 draw in March.

    "He played well, he is also physically strong and this game is a tough game - it will be a technical, but also a physical game against Sweden. They are strong physically," says Trapattoni.

  11. 1807: 

    Ahead of the start of rugby union's Premiership this weekend, BBC South West Sport's Phil Harlow looks at the Exeter Chiefs and their transformation into a leading club in the top-flight division.

  12. 1803: 

    Middlesex beat Surrey by 146 runs

    Off-spinner Ollie Rayner produced the best match figures of the summer, claiming 15-120, as Middlesex completed a 146-run win against struggling Surrey.

    The visitors set Surrey a target of 385 to win after declaring on 235-9, Dawid Malan top-scoring with 50.

    Rayner took 8-46 in the first innings and was soon among the wickets again before Hashim Amla held Middlesex up. The South African was eventually caught for 84 off Rayner, who claimed 7-72 as they were all out for 238.

  13. 1800: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE SQUADS- Manchester City

    25-man squad

    Player (home grown): Sergio Aguero (No), Dedryck Boyata (Yes), Gael Clichy (Yes), Martin Demichelis (No), Edin Dzeko (No), Fernandinho (No), Javier Garcia (No), Joe Hart (Yes), David Silva (No), Stevan Jovetic (No), Aleksandar Kolarov (No), Vincent Kompany (No), Joleon Lescott (Yes), James Milner (Yes), Samir Nasri (No), Jesus Navas (No), Alvaro Negredo (No), Costel Pantilimon (No), Micah Richards (Yes), Jack Rodwell (Yes), Alex Nimely (Yes), Yaya Toure (No), Richard Wright (Yes), Pablo Zabaleta (No).

    * Players under the age of 21 are eligible to play for the club and do not need to be included in the 25-man squad.


    Stefan Baker: Delighted to see Rickie Lambert will be starting for England, it's what he deserves after his winner against Scotland.

    Dean Puddefoot: Roy's starting xi v Moldova is different but tasty. Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, Jack Wilshere in the middle and Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott out wide is new!

    UnSimpleSimon: Gerrard & Lampard starts against Moldova? Clubs to field young English players when national team doesn't? Clubs pay, country free.

  15. 1749: 

    World champion Philippe Gilbert of Belgium wins Stage 12 of the Tour of Spain as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retains the overall lead.

    Gilbert attacked in the last 250 metres to out power Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen with Argentina's Maximiliano Richeze leading the bunch in for third.

    As Gilbert celebrated his first victory of the year, Italy's Vincenzo Nibali remained in the overall lead for a second successive day ahead of Ireland's Nicolas Roche and Spain's Alejandro Valverde.

  16. 1746: 

    Sam Northeast and Brendan Nash helped guide Kent to only a second County Championship Division Two win of the season - a seven-wicket victory over Glamorgan at Cardiff.

    Northeast, who had only scored 442 Championship runs before this game, scored 88 as Kent chased down the 242 runs needed with more than a day to spare.

    Northeast shared in a match-winning partnership of 62 for the third wicket with Brendan Nash, who was 70 not out from 77 balls. Kent took 19 points for the contest to Glamorgan's three.

  17. 1743: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson all but named the starting XI for the World Cup qualifier against Moldova on Friday.

    Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill, Phil Jagielka and either Ashley Cole or Leighton Baines are expected to start in front of Joe Hart while Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Jack Wilshere will definitely play in midfield.

    Hodgson confirmed that Arsenal's Theo Walcott and Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck will provide Rickie Lambert with assistance from the flanks.

  18. 1740: 

    Fernando Alonso has pledged to see out his career at Ferrari and dismissed claims he tried to move to Red Bull.

    Red Bull insiders have told BBC Sport Alonso pushed hard this summer to join them and the idea was taken seriously before they chose Daniel Ricciardo.

    "It was only rumours," says Alonso. "A lot of rumours - about Red Bull, about a sabbatical year. So many rumours. I have three and a half more years with Ferrari, which I intend to respect and hopefully increase a little."

  19. 1737: 

    Professional Footballers's Association chief executive Gordon Taylor wants to see quotas of at least four 'home-grown' players in clubs' starting XIs.

    The Premier League currently stipulates that clubs must contain not more than 17 overseas players in a 25-man squad - but allows any number of under-21s of any nationality.

    Taylor says: "The current 'home-grown' rules are just paying lip service to the idea - they don't have any real impact. I believe there should be four home-grown players in every starting XI and that it should apply at least in Europe, but ideally across the world."

  20. 1731: 

    Tottenham youngster Cristian Ceballos joins Portuguese side FC Arouca on a season-long loan.

    The 20-year-old, who came through the youth system at Barcelona, made 22 appearances for Tottenham's under-21 side last season that reached the U21 Premier League play-off final, scoring 12 goals.

    FC Arouca currently sits in 13th place in its first Primeira Liga season.


    Andrew Priestley: "Makes sense that Rickie Lambert starts up-front v Moldova. Rest others with more experience for the crunch game v Ukraine."

    Are you pleased to see striker Rickie Lambert earn his first start for England? Should Roy Hodgson name the strongest side he can or rest players with one eye on Tuesday's game against Ukraine? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  22. 1727: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Daniel Agger (No), Joe Allen (Yes), Iago Aspas (No), Aly Cissokho (No), Sebastian Coates (No), Steven Gerrard (Yes), Jordan Henderson (Yes), Glen Johnson (Yes), Brad Jones (Yes), Jose Enrique (No), Martin Kelly (Yes), Simon Mignolet (No), Victor Moses (Yes), Lucas Leiva (No), Mamadou Sakho (No), Martin Skrtel (No), Daniel Sturridge (Yes), Luis Suarez (No), Kolo Toure (No).

    * Players under 21 are eligible to play and do not need to be included in the 25-man list.

  23. 1720: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis: "In addition to Rickie Lambert Frank Lampard will also start v Moldova. Both confirmed by Roy Hodgson."

  24. 1716: 
    Ledley King

    Former Tottenham defender Ledley King believes the club can still achieve success and a top-four finish despite the recent sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

    Bale was sold to the La Liga side for a world record transfer fee of £85.3m, but Spurs have spent almost £105m this summer on seven new players.

    King, who retired in July 2012 , says the new signings need time to get used to the demands of the Premier League, but thinks Spurs are "a lot better" now they have a stronger squad. Watch the full interview on the BBC Sport website.

  25. 1712: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard: "I think Ukraine's a very exciting game. These are the tests you want. I think we can lift the country if we put in two good performances this week."

    Gerrard answers the last questions in the news conference before it is brought to a close.

  26. 1708: 

    Rickie Lambert will start for England against Moldova, reports BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis.

  27. 1707: 

    England captain Steven Gerrard on Greg Dyke's speech about English football: "There hasn't been a reaction. None of the players are talking about what Greg said. They're all focused on getting the six points from these two games. We're focused on a strong performance. It won't be on proving any individuals wrong. I think the quality in the squad is fantastic and we're all in confident mood."

  28. 1705: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "In an ideal world we would like our best teams not to be playing Sunday fixtures. But we are not in an ideal world, the Premier League have a job to do and television commitments to fulfil. I accept these things happen and I am very pleased we have had these four or five days together and I feel we have had enough time to prepare and I certainly won't blame Sunday games for the injuries we have suffered."

  29. 1704: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I am pleased that Greg Dyke has made his speech and I am pleased it has created so much interest. As an Englishman I am of course going to endorse most of the things he says. But today I ask that we concentrate on Moldova and Ukraine. We are not going to get involved in the details of Greg's speech."

  30. 1701: 

    England's Steven Gerrard: "It is a shame for Daniel Sturridge. The stage is set for him to come and shine on the international stage so fingers crossed he will be back for Tuesday because he certainly makes England stronger. Tuesday against Ukraine will be a more difficult test but we still have to deal with Moldova,, put in a performance and show the same professional attitude. We need as many points as possible."

  31. 1700: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I would say I very much doubt we are at the top of bookmakers lists to win the World Cup next year at the moment. So let us first qualify and then aim to get a bit better when Brazil comes round."

  32. 1659: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "I have not followed all the responses to it [Greg Dyke's speech]. As far as Steven Gerrard and I are concerned we only have one focus. I am not suggesting we should not think about English football and what is good for it. I endorse all those things but our concern is Moldova on Friday night and then can we get the points in the Ukraine."

  33. 1657: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "The four remaining games are of vital importance. I don't quantify games as one being easy or one being hard. Moldova have proven very hard to beat and we know they will be hard to beat on Friday night and I will need my best players.

    "I think we need 10 points. I think that would see us mathematically certain."

  34. 1655: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson: "We have not exactly been lucky with injuries. We have lost five players that a couple of weeks ago I was really banking on. But it is an opportunity for those who would not have got a game to do a job.

    "Daniel Sturridge has worked hard at his treatment. The initial prognosis was that he would not be fit for either game. It will be touch and go for Tuesday [against Ukraine] but we won't know until Sunday.

    "Steven Caulker turned his ankle injury, it will keep him out of Friday night's game."

  35. 1654: 

    Steven Gerrard and Roy Hodgson take their seats, England news conference is under way...

  36. 1652: 

    Two Southampton football fans are just 40 signatures away from collecting the autographs of every player that has turned out for the club since 1945.

    Father and son Steve and Michael Morrison are attempting to collect signatures of 620 post-war players.

    They have picked up names including Matt le Tissier, Kevin Keegan, Gareth Bale, Mick Channon and Peter Shilton.

  37. 1650: 

    Derby-winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam has been fined £5,000 for misleading or attempting to mislead an investigating officer of the British Horseracing Authority.

    Chapple-Hyam, who guided Authorized to Epsom success in 2007 and Dr Devious in 2002, admitted to having breached BHA rules at a disciplinary panel hearing in London on Thursday morning.

    The Newmarket-based handler was found to have given the BHA doctored telephone records which concealed the telephone number of an individual who was an associate of an excluded person.

  38. 1644: 

    The England news conference featuring manager Roy Hodgson and captain Steven Gerrard is about to get under way. We'll have all the quotes right here.

  39. 1640: 

    Winger Ben Cockayne could be the next player to leave cash-strapped Wakefield after the Wildcats accepted an offer from his former club Hull KR.

    Rovers have been chasing their 30-year-old former player for a number of months and have now agreed a fee with Wakefield, who sold scrum-half Tim Smith to Salford last Friday but still need £400,000 in fresh investment to balance the books.

  40. 1637: 
    Hull City

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Allan McGregor (No), Liam Rosenior (Yes), Maynor Figueroa (No), Alex Bruce (Yes), James Chester (Yes), Curtis Davies (Yes), David Meyler (No), Tom Huddlestone (Yes), Danny Graham (Yes), Robert Koren (No), Jake Livermore (Yes), Eldin Jakupovic (No), Paul McShane (Yes), George Boyd (Yes), Joe Dudgeon (Yes), Yannick Sagbo (No), Stephen Harper (Yes), Abdoualye Faye (No), Sone Aluko (Yes), Ahmed Elmohamady (No), Stephen Quinn (Yes), Aaron McLean (Yes), Matty Fryatt (Yes), Nick Proschwitz(No), Mohamed Nagy (No).

    * Players under the age of 21 do not need to be included in the 25-man squad and are eligible to play.

  41. 1633: 

    Terry Clawson, who was part of the Great Britain team which won the 1972 Rugby League World Cup, has died suddenly in Pontefract.

    The 73-year-old enjoyed a distinguished career as a ball-handling forward with Featherstone, Bradford, Leeds, Oldham, York, Wakefield and Hull in the 1960s and 1970s and was capped 14 times by Great Britain.

    He won a Championship final with Leeds in 1972, when he won the Harry Sunderland Trophy as Man of the Match before later that year being part of the GB team who secured victory in Lyon.

  42. 1628: 

    Arsenal will help Boreham Wood FC with their travel arrangements ahead of the non-league side's match against Weston Super Mare on Saturday, by providing them with the Premier League club's official coach to make the 148-mile journey.

    Gunners club secretary David Miles says: "We have enjoyed a very strong relationship with Boreham Wood FC over the years and are delighted to have the opportunity to help the team with their travel on Non-League Day again this year."

  43. 1620: 

    Liverpool's in-form striker Daniel Sturridge will miss Friday night's match against Moldova at Wembley with a thigh injury.

    However, the 24-year-old could be fit to play against Ukraine next Tuesday.

  44. 1615: 

    Earlier we posed the following Question of Sport Teaser: Who are the four players whose surname begins with a C that played for the Lions in a Test this summer?

    The answers are: Dan Cole, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Croft and Alex Cuthbert.

  45. 1610: 

    Andy Murray is in US Open action later this evening from 18:30 BST against Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs as he bids to retain his crown. You can go to the BBC Sport Facebook page to make your predictions for how the Wimbledon champion will fare against the ninth seed.

  46. 1559: 

    A reminder that coming up at 16:30 BST, there will be a news conference with the latest from the England camp ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Moldova, which takes place on Friday night at Wembley.

  47. 1554: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson will be in the dugout for Farnborough against Dover Athletic on Saturday, after the non-league club were given clearance to begin the Conference South campaign.

    It will not be THE Sir Alex, though, with the manager and playing staff of Farnborough having changed their names by deed poll to those of famous faces from football.

    Farnborough have not started a game this season, following their exit from administration last month, but the Football Conference are satisfied they have fulfilled the requirements of their membership meaning Ferguson, formerly Simon Gardener, will take charge of the team, which will include other familiar names such as Lionel Messi, Gary Lineker and Diego Maradona.

  48. 1541: 

    Richard Dunne will make his first competitive appearance for the Republic of Ireland since the Euro 2012 finals in Friday night's World Cup qualifier against Sweden in Dublin.

    The 33-year-old QPR defender missed all of last season through injury but will partner John O'Shea in the key game.

    Wigan winger James McClean will play on the left wing, with Aiden McGeady out through injury

    Team: David Forde; Seamus Coleman, Richard Dunne, John O'Shea, Marc Wilson; Jon Walters, James McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, James McClean; Robbie Keane (capt), Shane Long.

  49. 1535: 

    Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle: "Warwickshire have reached 188-6 at tea, a lead of 127, after a tough afternoon for the bowlers.

    "Laurie Evans continued his fine recent form before fending Harry Gurney off into the hands of James Taylor for 63 and Steffan Piolet made his highest first-class score of 30 before holing out off Luke Fletcher.

    "Darren Maddy, probably making his final first class appearance, is 20 not out, batting with a runner after sustaining a calf injury on Wednesday."

  50. 1530: 

    Surrey v Middlesex

    BBC London's Kevin Hand: "The four wickets claimed in the afternoon nudged the session in Middlesex's favour after a defiant start to the final innings from Surrey.

    "The target of 385 was always a long shot but, with bad weather forecast for the final day, the hosts must bat long and hard to try and save the match.

    "Hashim Amla is still there and the South African is the main hope of keeping Middlesex at bay. Surrey are 123-4."

  51. 1526: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Maarten Stekelenburg (No), David Stockdale (Yes), Neil Etheridge (Yes), Sascha Riether (No), Elsad Zverotic (No), Aaron Hughes (Yes), Phillipe Senderos (Yes), Brede Hangeland (No), Fernando Amorebieta (No), Keiren Richardson (Yes), John Arne Riise (No), Matthew Briggs (Yes), Damien Duff (Yes), Ahkan Dejagah (No), Steve Sidwell (Yes), Derek Boateng (No), Scott Parker(Yes), Bryan Ruiz (No), Georgios Karagkounis (No), Adel Taarabt (Yes), Alexander Kacaniklic (Yes), Darren Bent (Yes), Hugo Rodallega (No), Dimitar Berbatov (No).

  52. 1521: 

    Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez reveals he turned down the chance to move to Real Madrid this summer.

    The former Bayern Munich player told German magazine Kicker that at Real he would have had to alternate up front with Karim Benzema, and he wants to play in every match.

    Gomez said he was "honoured" by Real coach Carlo Ancelotti's interest, but told his agent he only wanted to go to Fiorentina.

  53. 1512: 

    Europe's leading football coaches want the transfer window to be shortened, says Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas.

    "The clubs like it as it is but the coaches are of the opinion that the market should be closed earlier," Villas-Boas said at a meeting at Uefa headquarters.

    "The coaches need time to prepare their teams for the season. Most coaches would like it be open less time and closed earlier; obviously we will have to have further meetings."

  54. 1503: 

    Winger Nani signs a new five-year contract with Manchester United, keeping him at the club until June 2018.

    The 26-year-old joined United in May 2007 and has won four Premier League titles, two League Cups, a Fifa Club World Cup and the Champions League in his six seasons at Old Trafford.

    Nani says: "Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me. When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. I'm very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I'm looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season."

  55. 1502: 

    Press Association Sport reports striker Carlton Cole has missed out on sealing a return to West Ham after failing to prove his fitness.

    The 29-year-old ended a seven-year stint at Upton Park when he left at the end of his contract in June.

    The Upton Park club had confirmed an interest in re-signing the former Chelsea forward on Tuesday.

  56. 1458: 

    English boxers will be able to compete under their own flag at next month's World Championships in Kazakhstan after world governing body AIBA lifted its provisional suspension on the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

    An AIBA disciplinary commission found that the ABAE "committed and continues to commit significant violations of AIBA statutes" - but elected instead to impose a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,400) on the national governing body.

    The disciplinary commission added that the fine would be waived if the ABAE issues a public statement confirming it had failed to comply with AIBA's statutes and rules, and would adopt the required amendments to its constitution.

  57. 1447: 

    The Rugby Football Union's head of elite referee development, Ed Morrison, has left the organisation. A former international referee, the high spot of Morrison's career was taking charge of the 1995 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

  58. 1439: 

    Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan are leading a Pakistan fightback after tea on day three of the first Test against Zimbabwe in Harare.

    The hosts had established a first-innings lead of 78 after making 327 and Pakistan looked in serious trouble as they slumped to 23-3 early in the afternoon session.

    But Misbah and Younis are steadying the ship to guide the tourists to 103-3.


    We're asking which team do you think will be a dark horse for the World Cup next year?

    Michael Corkhill: Egypt dark horses. Good young squad, on fire in qualifying and plenty to fight for. Colombia also have best team since '94.

    Lewis Lloyd: The USA always seem to do well on the big stage, Jurgen Klinsmann has them playing some great football. A cheeky dark horse?

    Peterwari Soberekon: Nigeria are the dark horses for the World Cup and if every knockout match is played on a Sunday, expect us to be lifting the trophy.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter via #bbcsportsday

  60. 1433: 

    Germany goalkeeper Nadine Angerer becomes the first winner of Uefa's Best Women's Player in Europe award, for the 2012-13 season.

    She captained Germany to victory at Euro 2013 in Sweden in July and recently left FFC Frankfurt to sign for Australia's Brisbane Roar.

    The 34-year-old topped the vote ahead of fellow German Lena Goessling.

  61. 1430: 

    Brazilian Kaka believes he still has a lot to learn from the next generation of stars at AC Milan after his return to the club this week on a free transfer from Real Madrid.


    The 31-year-old helped Milan to the title in 2004 and the 2007 Champions League but made fewer than 100 league appearances for Madrid.

    "It's really nice to be back," he said. "Seeing all the people at Milanello again made me feel like I'd never been away. I've learned a lot from players with more experience than me and now it's up to me to take on the role of an expert.

    "Real have some very specific plans for the team and the space afforded to me was growing smaller and smaller, so I agreed my departure with Ancelotti. Real are a great club and I'm happy to have been part of their history but I lost the joy of playing football a bit there. I think this is the right place for me."

  62. 1415: 

    Surrey v Middlesex

    BBC London's Kevin Hand: "Surrey reached 37-0 at lunch on day three at the Oval but face a daunting task. Middlesex declared their second innings on 294-9, after taking the attack to the hosts this morning, leaving an unlikely target of 385 on a turning pitch."

  63. 1413: 

    Nottinghamshire v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle: "With a wicket from the final ball of the session Nottinghamshire remain in the box seat against an under-strength Warwickshire side at Trent Bridge.

    "Samit Patel bowled Chris Woakes for 19, to leave the visitors on 126-4 in their second innings, a lead of only 65, with Laurie Evans remaining undefeated on 59. Ateeq Javid was the other wicket to fall on day three, edging Ajmal Shahzad to Chris Read."

  64. 1410: 

    The world's leading squash players, including British pair Nick Matthew and James Willstrop, will have a new audience with news that the BBC will have coverage of the World Championships later this year.

    The tournament takes place in Manchester from 26 October to 3 November and there will be coverage from the quarter-final stage onwards across the BBC Red Button, connected TV and the BBC Sport website.

    There will also be a highlights programme following the event on BBC Two and BBC Two HD.

  65. 1407: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Darron Gibson (Yes), Tony Hibbert (Yes), Phil Jagielka (Yes), Leon Osman (Yes), Leighton Baines (Yes), Gareth Barry (Yes), James McCarthy (Yes), Antolin Alcaraz (No), Seamus Coleman (No), Sylvain Distin (No), Magaye Gueye (No), John Heitinga (No), Tim Howard (No), Nikica Jelavic (No), Arouna Kone (No), Kevin Mirallas (No), Steven Naismith (No), Bryan Oviedo (No), Steven Pienaar (No), Joel Robles (No).

    Players under 21 are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.

  66. 1400: 

    Fancy giving your brain a bit of a workout on a quiet Thursday afternoon? Then have a crack at the latest Question of Sport Teaser: Who are the four players whose surname begins with a C that played for the Lions in a Test this summer?

    Send your answers to #QSTeaser and we'll reveal the four later this afternoon.

  67. 1355: 
    Roberto Mancini

    Former Manchester City Roberto Mancini would not turn down the chance to take over from Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach, but thinks the talk is premature, Italy's Mediaset reports.

    Mancini has been mentioned by the press this week as a possible successor to Prandelli but says: "Today the coach is Prandelli and we have to let him work in peace. I'd say he has a very challenging year ahead of him."

  68. 1352: 

    World Cup qualifying in Africa reaches a crucial stage this weekend with seven of the 10 available places in the final round of play-offs still up for grabs.

    The first of the places will be decided on Friday when Ghana host Zambia. The hosts need only a draw to progress while Zambia must win if they are to advance.

  69. 1349: 

    Eoin Morgan hails the influence of Kevin Pietersen as England prepare to begin their one-day series against Australia.

    Morgan will lead out an England side at Headingley on Friday missing regular skipper Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann, all are whom have been rested following the Ashes.

    But Pietersen will take his place in a relatively inexperienced team and Morgan is happy to have the Surrey batsman on board.

    "Kev offers a heck of a lot as a senior player and as a batsman," he says. "As a senior player he leads by example with the confidence in which he goes about his business. People rub off on that and that's crucial."

  70. 1345: 

    Durham v Sussex

    Durham went in for lunch on day three of their County Championship Division One clash with Sussex at Chester-le-Street looking to close in on victory and top spot in the table.

    The home side - who came into the contest in second place and 5.5 points behind leaders Yorkshire - brought their second innings to an end in the morning session following the removal of Phil Mustard (73) and Usman Arshad (34) by declaring on 268 for eight, setting their opponents a victory target of 402.

  71. 1343: 

    The British Horseracing Authority agrees to take applications from racecourses for the opportunity to stage fixtures on Good Friday next year.

    Good Friday is one of the very few racing-free days in the calendar.

    A BHA statement reads: "No final decision will be taken until the next BHA board meeting at the end of September, but applications will be invited from racecourses and assessed against a number of key criteria."

  72. 1340: 

    BBC Sport West reports that the FA has confirmed it is "looking into" the circumstances of the pitch invasion at the Bristol derby on Wednesday.

    A large number of supporters ran onto the pitch after the full-time whistle following Bristol City's 2-1 win over Bristol Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy first round.

    A spokesman said the referee's match report cited three separate "incursions", including the mass invasion at the end.

    The FA has written to Bristol City to ask for their observations and is also waiting on the report of an FA crowd control advisor who was at the match.

  73. 1339: 

    Plans for a new Formula 1 race overlooking New York City have been dropped from the draft 2014 calendar.

    The highly anticipated event in New Jersey, with Manhattan as a backdrop, has been replaced by a proposed event in Mexico City, which last hosted F1 in 1992. A new race in the Russian city of Sochi and the return of the Austrian Grand Prix make up a 21-race schedule that has been circulated to teams by F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.

    A 21-race schedule would be the longest in F1 history but team sources say a grand prix in Mexico is "unlikely" given there is so much work to do at the Circuit Hermanos Rodriguez, which would host the event. The races in Russia and South Korea are not guaranteed to take place either.

  74. 1336: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan: "People talk about Churchillian speeches but I don't think they are really needed. You should be self motivated and excited playing for your country in front of 40,000.

    "It will be disappointing if we don't keep the momentum going. I have a vision of how I want us to play, if the players keep to that and concentrate, the result will take care of itself."

  75. 1335: 

    It is now the turn of Scotland manager Gordon Strachan to speak in their pre-World Cup qualifier news conference. Here is what he has had to say about Friday's game against Belgium...


    Wayne Butler: Can't see Holland messing up again. Last chance for some of their big names. Japan could surprise a few.

    Daniel Capurro: Uruguay are struggling to qualify. No chance of being dark horses.

    Dean Puddefoot: Belgium have to be be considered as a contender for the world cup next year. golden generation for them. is it their time?

    Which team will be a dark horse at the World Cup next year? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  77. 1325: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1826
    John Wisden

    John Wisden, the man who first published what is now known as 'The Cricketer's Bible' was born in Brighton. He died on 5 April, 1884.

  78. 1320: 

    1500 BST: Northern Ireland

    1515: Republic of Ireland

    1630: England

  79. 1318: 

    Scotland defender Alan Hutton: "Every nation hopes [to be able to compete for success]. We have a lot of youth lads coming through but it will take time. The manager has put together a great squad, one of the best for some time.

    "Belgium have to be up there [as one of the World Cup favourites]. They have to be there with a good chance to go all the way. Some of their players are at the top of the game in world football."

    Scotland play Belgium at 2000 BST on Friday, with commentary on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW and on digital; text updates & report on the BBC Sport website.

  80. 1316: 

    Scotland defender Alan Hutton: "Belgium will know they will get a tough test and that we can go and compete with the big teams.

    "We want to prove we are a good team and we can go and build from this and look forward to the future. I think there are a lot of positives we can take from this [qualifying campaign]."

  81. 1314: 

    Defender Alan Hutton is speaking now in Scotland's pre-World Cup qualifier news conference. His thoughts coming up next...

  82. 1306: 

    Salford announce 12 new signings as part of a major relaunch of the Super League club.

    The list of new faces, unveiled at a news conference at Salford City Stadium, were headed by England internationals Gareth Hock and Rangi Chase.

    They will be joined at the renamed Red Devils ahead of the 2014 season by Warrington captain Adrian Morley, Wakefield scrum-half Tim Smith, St Helens duo Francis Meli and Tony Puletua, overseas trio Jake Mullaney, Junior Sa'u and Steve Rapira, London hooker Tommy Lee and Batley pair Paul Walton and Greg Johnson.

  83. 1301: 
    Franck Ribery

    Michel Platini tells L'Equipe that Franck Ribery needs to reproduce his Bayern Munich form with the France national side if he wants to win the Fifa Ballon d'Or.

    Platini, 58, became the first player to win the European Ballon d'Or in three successive years, coming out on top in the poll between 1983 and 1985 during his time at Juventus. Having seen Ribery excel in Bayern's Super Cup triumph over Chelsea last week having picked up the Uefa Best Player in Europe Award, the Uefa president now wants his compatriot to prove equally as devastating for Les Bleus.

    He says: "I saw Franck play his best game in Prague. He had determination, will, desire, physical strength. Now, he needs to play just as well for France. To win the Ballon d'Or, he needs to play just as well with Les Bleus."

  84. 1251: 

    Ireland's Brian O'Driscoll says he is still resentful towards Warren Gatland for dropping him for the deciding British and Irish Lions Test against Australia in Brisbane.

    The veteran centre, who was on his fourth Lions tour, played in the first two Tests but was left out of the match squad for the 41-16 victory as coach Gatland opted for the Welsh pair of Jonathan Davies and Jamie Roberts.

    "Do I resent him? Yeah, there's resentment of course," he tells Sky Sports.

  85. 1247: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Neil Alexander (No), Barry Bannan (Yes), Yannick Bolasie (No), Maroune Chamakh (No), Damien Delaney (No), Kagisho Dikgacoi (No), Daniel Gabbidon (Yes), Dwight Gayle (Yes), Elliot Grandin (No), Adlene Guedioura (No), Jack Hunt (Yes), Michael Jedinak (No), Jimmy Kebe (No), Adrian Mariappa (Yes), Patrick McCarthy (Yes), Dean Moxey (Yes), Stuart O'Keefe (Yes), Jonathan Parr (No), Kevin Phillips (Yes), Lewis Price (Yes), Jason Puncheon (Yes) Cameron Jerome (Yes), Julian Speroni (No), Jerome Thomas (Yes), Joel Ward (Yes).

    * A Home Grown player is defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21). Players under 21 are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.

  86. 1240: 

    Richard Keogh says he is disappointed at his omission from the Republic of Ireland squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

    The 27-year-old Derby defender marked his first start for Ireland with a goal in the 4-0 friendly demolition of Georgia in June, but did not even make Giovanni Trapattoni's provisional squad for Friday night's clash with the Swedes and Tuesday's trip to Vienna.

    He tells the Derby Telegraph: "I am disappointed not to be in the squad, to be honest. I feel like I have started the season well and when I went away with Ireland last time, I thought I did well. But that's football and I can only keep doing what I'm doing."

  87. 1237: 

    The draw for the round of 32 at the Uefa Women's Champions League has been made, with 2006-07 winners Arsenal facing Kazakh side FC Kairat.

    Birmingham City have been drawn against Finnish side PK Vantaa while Glasgow City take on Belgians Standard Liege.

    Ties will played on 9/10 and 16/17 October.

  88. 1232: 

    Spain take on Finland in Friday's World Cup qualifier in Helsinki, but manager Vicente del Bosque is refusing to name his side for the game.

    Barcelona's Victor Valdes has been in superb form and is the favourite to start ahead of Iker Casillas, and Valdes's club team-mate Xavi Hernandez praises his patience at waiting for his opportunity at international level.

    "I am not objective when speaking about him because we have a friendship off the field but he is an example on the field and as a team-mate," says Hernandez, who appeared alongside defender Raul Albiol at a news conference on Thursday.

    "He has waited patiently for his opportunity to come to the national team and play. I don't know if he will do so against Finland but his behaviour throughout his time in the national team has been exemplary."

  89. 1231: 

    Durham 254 all out and 268 declared v Sussex 112 all out and 55-2

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham set Sussex an improbable target of 402 for victory after declaring their second innings on the third morning here at 268-8.

    "They came off just two deliveries before the new ball would have been due as well. If Sussex pull this off it would be a record run chase on this ground and the third highest in their history.

    "Durham added 56 runs in 8.4 overs this morning with the slog on. Mustard went for 73 and Arshad made 34."

  90. 1225: 

    New Arsenal signing Mesut Ozil believes the Gunners have a realistic chance of winning trophies this season.

    Arsene Wenger's side last lifted a trophy back in 2005, when they won the FA Cup, but Ozil, who joined from Real Madrid on transfer deadline day, believes the London club can end their eight-year wait this season.

    Asked if Arsenal can win trophies this season, the midfielder tells the club's website: "Definitely. In the last few years, Arsenal haven't been so successful but we want to become more successful. We want to win trophies. I think the fans are looking forward to that too. We have a very strong and a very young team that can improve a lot under the manager. I think we will win trophies because we have the potential [to do so]."

  91. 1215: 

    Charlton Athletic right-back Chris Solly, 22, signs a new four-year contract with the Championship club.


    Alex Ramsay: Can't discount Uruguay for the World Cup. Maybe not a dark horse but not one of the stronger favourites.

    Calum Jones: Dark horses? Colombia. Star of the tournament? Surely it is time for Lionel Messi to truly shine on the international stage.

    Matthew Lloyd-Davies: Colombia are the dark horses. With the firepower they have in Falcao and Martinez they could quite easily make the semis.

    Who do you think will be the dark horses for the 2014 World Cup? And who do you think could prove to be the player of the tournament? Let us know, via #bbcsportsday

  93. 1204: 

    James Calado, who makes his Formula One debut on Friday, admits that cash rather than talent is required to make the seat permanent.

    The 24-year-old from Worcestershire will join fellow Britons Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Paul Di Resta and Max Chilton in first practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza after landing a test and reserve role with Force India.

    "As a young driver I would say it is impossible to get into Formula One without any money at all," he says. "Talent alone is not enough now."

  94. 1157: 

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie rejects talk that he is unhappy with David Moyes's coaching methods at Old Trafford, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

    Recent rumours suggested Van Persie had not been impressed by Moyes's reign so far after replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of the Premier League champions.

    "It's great working with the new manager David Moyes," Van Persie is quoted as saying. "He has his own style and methods and I like this."

  95. 1147: 
    John Carew

    It is a special day for former Aston Villa, Stoke City and West Ham striker John Carew as he turns 34.

    The former Norway international first arrived on British shores back in 2007, joining Villa from Lyon in a swap deal that saw Milan Baros going in the other direction.

    Carew went on to score 37 goals for the midlands club before joining Stoke on loan and then West Ham permanently in 2011. He left the Hammers last year, had a go at acting and almost joined Inter Milan but failed a medical.

  96. 1142: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Petr Cech (No), Andre Schurrle (No), David Luiz (No), Mark Schwarzer (No), Kevin De Bruyne (No), Juan Mata (No), Branislav Ivanovic (No), Cesar Azpilicueta (No), Ramires (No), Oscar (No), John Obi Mikel (No), Fernando Torres (No), Demba Ba (No), Eden Hazard (No), Michael Essien (No), Willian (No), Samuel Eto'o (No), John Terry (Yes), Ashley Cole (Yes), Frank Lampard (Yes), Gary Cahill (Yes), Ryan Bertrand (Yes).

    * Players under the age of 21 are eligible to be picked outside of the 25-man squad.

  97. 1138: 

    Former Chelsea, Leeds and Oxford United defender Michael Duberry tells told BBC Oxford he is considering retirement after failing to find a club since leaving the U's.

  98. 1135: 
    Josh Charnley

    England winger Josh Charnley believes a Rugby League World Cup win for his side on home soil would make the country "take notice" of the sport.

    The tournament, which also sees matches played in Wales, Ireland and France, begins in 50 days' time. Domestic governing body the Rugby Football League (RFL) hopes it can boost the sport's profile in the UK.

    "England need success in the tournament to make people across the country take notice," Wigan star Charnley tells BBC Sport.

  99. 1125: 

    Northern Ireland supporters groups are urging the Irish FA to ensure that government funding for the upgrading of Windsor Park is not put in jeopardy.

    Government money for Northern Ireland appears to have been put in doubt by David Martin's return to the position of Irish FA vice-president.


    Rian Hoskins: Belgium are the dark horses for the WC. The favourties are Brazil, Argentina, Spain and Germany. I think it's Germany's year.

    John Ghoti: Belgium, a more complete team than Germany or Holland? You have to be joking. Won't get past the quarters, too inexperienced.

    Andrew Priestley: Sweden with an in-form Zlatan Ibrahimovic could be potential World Cup dark-horses. Efficient side with a talisman up-front.

    Who are the dark horses for the 2014 World Cup? And which player do you think will be the star of the tournament? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  101. 1119: 

    Pakistan off-spinner Saeed Ajmal took seven wickets in an innings for the second time in his career to restrict Zimbabwe's first-innings lead on the third day of the first Test in Harare.

    Ajmal took seven for 95, as Zimbabwe were bowled out for 327 - a first-innings lead of 78.

    Pakistan were 21 for one in their second innings at lunch, still trailing by 57 runs after losing Khurram Manzoor lbw for the second time in the match.

  102. 1113: 

    Gareth Bale's international commitment will be tested by Real Madrid — but he must put his foot down and play for Wales, writes former Wales international Leighton James in his South Wales Evening Post column.

    "When a club has paid such a staggering fee to land a player, I can understand them being protective over their investment. But Bale must be strong," says James.

    "It doesn't matter how big the fee, no-one has the right to stop a player representing his country. Only once did someone try to prevent me from turning up for Wales when I was a young professional at Burnley — and they got short shrift. I said I was going whether they liked it or not, and Gareth seems to be of a similar mindset."

  103. 1105:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Alan Hansen has announced he will retire at the end of the season. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with him. Wish him well. In my opinion, as a television football pundit, Alan Hansen has been for two decades consistently the best. Opinionated, knowledgeable, tactically superb."

  104. 1103: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins will lead a strong Team Sky squad at the Tour of Britain, which begins on Sunday 15 September in Peebles, Scotland.

    The 33-year-old will line up as part of a six-man squad, which also includes fellow Britons Josh Edmondson and Ian Stannard, in the team's home tour.

    Speaking about the Tour of Britain, the 2012 BBC Sports Personality of the Year says: "I'm really looking forward to the Tour of Britain; it's a race I'm fond of and it's nice to see it growing in stature each year."

  105. 1100: 

    25-man squad

    Player (Home Grown): Craig Bellamy (Yes), John Brayford (Yes), Fraizer Campbell (Yes), Steven Caulker (Yes), Matthew Connolly Yes), Don Cowie (No), Rudy Gestede (No), Aron Gunnarsson (No), Mark Hudson (Yes), Kim Bo-kyung (No), Joe Lewis (Yes), David Marshall (No), Joe Mason (Yes), Nicky Maynard (Yes), Kevin McNaughton (No), Gary Medel (No), Simon Moore (Yes), Jordan Mutch (Yes). Craig Noone (Yes), Peter Odemwingie (No), Tommy Smith (Yes), Andrew Taylor (Yes), Kevin Theopile-Catherine (No), Ben Turner (Yes), Peter Whittingham (Yes).

    * Players under the age of 21 are eligible to be picked outside the 25-man squad.

  106. 1056: 

    Andy Murray is not the only Briton in action at the US Open today with the wheelchair tennis events getting under way at Flushing Meadows.

    Andy Lapthorne is first on against world number one David Wagner in the quad singles round robin and he will be followed by Gordon Reid, who takes on Belgium's Joachim Gerard in the men's singles quarter-finals.

    Jordanne Whiley takes on the world number one Sabine Ellerbrock in the women's singles quarter-finals on court 11. "I'm in the night session following the McEnroe brothers :) #sweet," Whiley tweeted. Britain's other representative Lucy Shuker plays Marjoelin Buis in the fourth match on court 10.

  107. 1052: 

    The Italian newspapers are pondering who will succeed Cesare Prandelli as Italy coach after the 2014 World Cup. Juventus manager Antonio Conte has played down speculation that he might be chosen, joking: "I think someone wants to send me away from Juventus."

    He added: "For me the national team is led by the right man. I have a contract with Juventus and I'm very happy in Turin."


    Matt Adlington: Been saying for a while now that Belgium are dangerous. Will give even the traditionally strong teams a run for their money.

    Gareth Parry: It's unfortunate for Belgium that this World Cup isn't in Europe otherwise I honestly believe they'd win it.

    Tunde Akere: Bar Spain, Belgium has the most complete side in Europe, Hazard, Dembelle, Kompany, Mignolet, KDB . Belgium will get to semis.

    Plenty of you are backing Belgium to do well at next year's World Cup. Who else could be dark horses? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  109. 1047: 

    Fulham's Aaron Hughes and Ryan McGivern of Hibernian have been ruled out of Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifiers against Portugal and Luxembourg.

    Manager Michael O'Neill revealed on Wednesday that the defensive pair were struggling with respective groin and knee injuries and his worst fears were confirmed after further assessment.

    O'Neill has called Chris Baird (unattached) and Bradford City's Rory McArdle into the squad for both games.

  110. 1042: 

    County Championship Division Two promotion hopefuls Essex will be looking to wrap up victory over Worcestershire on day three at Chelmsford. The visitors will resume on 163-3 in their second innings, still 86 in arrears.

    Second-placed Northamptonshire will be looking to make early inroads after being frustrated by Hampshire's batsmen, who resume on 160-2. That's in reply to Northants' 438, 221 of which came from the bat of Rob Keogh in a marathon innings in which he faced 383 balls and batted for nearly eight hours.

    You can listen to live commentary of both games on the BBC Sport website.

  111. 1041: 

    Also in Division One, reigning champions Warwickshire are in a spot of bother against Nottinghamshire after reaching the close yesterday on 27-2 in their second innings. That's still 34 behind Notts, who had Samit Patel's 117 to thank as they recovered from 14-3 at the end of day one to make 359 in their first innings.

    Bottom-of-the-table Derbyshire still have the edge in their clash with fellow strugglers Somerset at Taunton after two late wickets - including a rare one for West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul - left the hosts on 231-4 in their second innings, a lead of just 36.

    Commentary of both games is available via the BBC Sport website.

  112. 1038: 

    County Championship title challengers Durham are in a strong position to claim the win that will take them top of the table after building a lead of 345 against fellow hopefuls Sussex. Durham will resume on the third morning on 212-6 in their second innings, with wicketkeeper Phil Mustard 57 not out.

    Fourth-placed Middlesex are also in the race and firmly in charge of their clash with second-from-bottom Surrey at The Oval after Ollie Rayner took eight wickets and played a part in the other two as the home side were dismissed for 145 on day two. Middlesex are 133-5 in their second innings, leading by 282.

    You can hear live commentary of both games via the BBC Sport website.

  113. 1035: 

    France visit Georgia on Friday needing a win and hoping Finland can do them a favour against Spain to boost their hopes of finishing top of Group I.

    Karim Benzema

    Didier Deschamps's side are second in the standings, one point behind Spain. Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema is expected to lead the line, but is struggling for form at international level, having failed to score in his last 14 matches.

    "People are pointing the finger at Karim because he's the centre-forward, but it's unfair," Benzema's international team-mate Bacary Sagna says. "As players we need to get behind him more and make things as easy as possible for him."

    Can France win their group? If they qualify for the World Cup, how far do you think they can go? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  114. 1026: 

    Former Italy coach Marcello Lippi says there are "too many foreigners" in the Italian game, echoing comments made earlier this week by his successor, Cesare Prandelli.

    Lippi, who led the Azzurri to World Cup victory in 2006, told La Gazzetta dello Sport that Serie A shouldn't have more than 50% foreign players, because it leaves less space for young Italian players to develop.

  115. 1018: 


    Player (Home Grown): Gabriel Agbonlahor (Yes), Marc Albrighton (Yes), Leandro Bacuna (No), Nathan Baker (Yes), Charles N'Zogbia(Yes), Joseph Bennett (Yes), Christian Benteke (No), Jordan Bowery (Yes), Ciaran Clark (Yes), Fabian Delph (Yes), Karim El Ahmadi (No), Shay Given (Yes), Brad Guzan (No), Nicklaus Jensen (No), Christopher Herd (Yes), Libor Kozak (No), Matthew Lowton (Yes), Antonio Luna (No), Enda Stevens (No), Andras Stieber (Yes), Yacouba Sylla (No), Aleksander Tonev (No), Ron Vlaar (No), Andreas Weiman (Yes), Ashley Westwood (Yes).

  116. 1014: 

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke admits he does not expect England to win the World Cup in Brazil next year.

    On Wednesday, Dyke said the national team should aim to reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals and win the World Cup in 2022.

    He told the BBC: "It doesn't mean we can't do well in Brazil as long as we qualify. I don't think anyone realistically thinks we are going to win the World Cup in Brazil."

  117. 1008: 

    Alan Hansen will retire as a Match of the Day pundit after 22 years following next summer's World Cup.

    The 58-year-old has been a leading analyst on Britain's most-watched football show since 1992 after a stellar playing career with Liverpool.

  118. 1001: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1998
    Christian Gross

    Tottenham parted company with manager Christian Gross - the man who had announced his arrival by presenting his Tube ticket - after 10 turbulent months at White Hart Lane.

  119. 0957: 

    It's a big day for fans of Salford City Reds rugby league side with owner Dr Marwan Koukash set to announce the start of a new era at the Salford City Stadium.

    Dr Koukash's 'Red Revolution' will include a rebranding as the Red Devils and some big name signings, which are expected to include England internationals Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock.

  120. 0951: 


    Player (Home Grown): Mikel Arteta (No), Nicklas Bendtner (Yes), Santi Cazorla (No), Abou Diaby (No), Lukasz Fabianski (No), Mathieu Flamini, Kieran Gibbs (Yes), Olivier Giroud (No), Laurent Koscielny (No), Per Mertesacker (No), Ignacio Monreal (No), Mesut Ozil (No), Park Chu-young (No), Lukas Podolski (No), Aaron Ramsey (Yes), Tomas Rosicky (No), Bacary Sagna (No), Wojciech Szczesny (Yes), Thomas Vermaelen (No), Emiliano Viviano (No), Theo Walcott (Yes).

    *Players such as Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are eligible over and above the 25-player limit because they are under 21.

  121. 0946: 

    The 20 Premier League clubs have submitted their 25-man squads for this season, with no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the Home Grown Player criteria. The rest of the squad must be Home Grown.

    A Home Grown player is defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21). We will put the submitted squads into Sportsday throughout the day.

    Players under the age of 21 are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.

  122. 0943: 
    Thomas Buffel

    Striker Thomas Buffel believes that the golden generation of Belgian footballers will blow Scotland away on Friday night and become the team to be feared at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

    Belgium will be missing injured inspirational skipper and defender Vincent Kompany, of Manchester City, but Buffel insists that Belgium's quality will overwhelm Gordon Strachan's side.

    He tells the Scotsman: "The way Belgium have been playing makes other teams afraid and that makes matches so much easier to play. There are so many players who can make a good action in a split second and Scotland will know that. I can't see anything other than Belgium winning well."

    How far do you think Belgium can go at the World Cup finals? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  123. 0936: 

    Saracens captain Steve Borthwick says the side must adopt a hard-work ethic to have success in the Premiership.

    The Allianz Park outfit finished top of the table last season but were beaten in the semi-finals.

    "We will have to continue to work exceptionally hard, learn and be the best players we can be," he told BBC London 94.9. "We will need to bring the intensity that we want to be known for to every training session and every game."

  124. 0931:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Finally read Greg Dyke's speech. Some realism as to issues, some fantasy as to targets. Unless PL & FA unite, it's all pie in the sky. Things are improving, small sided games and pitches, better coaching, but will take time and patience. There is NO quick fix!"

  125. 0926: 

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker is joined by Dion Dublin and Martin Keown as Focus Forum previews England's World Cup qualifiers.

    England take on Moldova at Wembley on Friday before travelling to Kiev to face Ukraine on 10 September. Roy Hodgson's side are second in Group H, two points behind Montenegro with a game in hand.

  126. 0911:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Flushing MeadowsTENNIS

    If Rafael Nadal set the standard on Wednesday night, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic look the most likely to get anywhere near it and they both play on Thursday. Djokovic takes on Mikhail Youzhny at 0100 BST, after Murray faces a very in-form Stanislas Wawrinka at 1830. "I think I'm playing my best tennis ever," said the Swiss after beating Tomas Berdych on Tuesday.

  127. 0857: 

    Warrington agree to re-sign winger Kevin Penny from Swinton on a 12-month contract for next season.

    The 26-year-old Wolves academy product, who left for Wakefield in 2010, has spent the past two seasons with Swinton Lions in the Championship.

  128. 0854: 

    Managers John Ward and Sean O'Driscoll criticise supporters for invading the pitch after Bristol City beat Bristol Rovers in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Wednesday.

    O'Driscoll's City reached the second round of the competition with a 2-1 win at a sold-out Ashton Gate, but riot police were called into action after the final whistle when a large number of fans ran on the pitch.

  129. 0844: 

    Ahead of this weekend's Burghley Horse Trials, BBC Sport's Ollie Williams speaks to course designer Captain Mark Phillips and Olympic medallist William Fox-Pitt about the safety issues of the sport.

    "We cannot make this sport, any more than you can racing or skiing, categorically safe. All we can do is make it as safe as we possibly can," said Capt Phillips, who has designed the course for this weekend.

  130. 0837: 

    Former US Masters champion Bubba Watson says slow play has emerged as the biggest problem on the PGA Tour and the game needs to speed up, even at amateur level.

    Bubba Watson

    "We are worried about putters and golf balls and all these things, but I think we should be more concerned about slow play and speeding the game up," said the American, "not just for pros but for amateur golfers as well.

    "Nobody wants to play a game that takes five-and-a-half hours to play. We want everybody to be able to play and go a lot faster."

  131. 0831: 

    Coming up later we will have the latest from the news conferences ahead of Friday night's World Cup qualifiers. England take on Moldova, Scotland host Belgium, Wales travel to Macedonia while Northern Ireland entertain Portugal and the Republic of Ireland are at home to Sweden.

  132. 0825: 

    Former director of football at Liverpool and Tottenham Damien Comolli says Manchester United should appoint someone to fill the same role at Old Trafford.

    The club signed Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini for £27.5m, but missed out on a number of further targets and Comolli believes new United manager David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward needed more help.

  133. 0819: 

    In today's football gossip column, the Times reports that Manchester United claim they have no regrets about not signing midfielder Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal. However, according to the Daily Telegraph, the Red Devils are "privately mystified and annoyed" about the criticism of their summer transfer campaign.

    In addition, Juventus want to sign Real Madrid's Spain international midfielder when his contract expires next summer.

  134. 0812: 

    The first set, in particular, from Nadal was breathtaking and commentator John McEnroe said: "You are watching one of the all-time great athletes." Even Nadal's uncle and coach, Toni, was prepared to admit: "Today, Rafa plays really, really good."

    Victoria Azarenka had earlier made less convincing but still comfortable progress with a 6-2 6-3 win over Daniela Hantuchova and remains on course to meet Serena Williams in the final.

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    First, some of what you may have missed overnight and in tennis, Rafael Nadal gave further evidence that he is the man to beat at Flushing Meadows with a devastating 6-0 6-2 6-2 win over compatriot Tommy Robredo to reach the US Open semi-finals.

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    Welcome to another Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre for another day of breaking sports news.

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