LiveSportsday - 7 August as it happened


  1. Lee Westwood has a share of the early clubhouse lead at US PGA
  2. Tiger Woods disappoints with a three over 74
  3. Arsenal receive bids for Thomas Vermaelen
  4. Howard Webb to explain key refereeing decisions to fans
  5. Falcao snubs Liverpool move - reports

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By Mike Henson and Gary Rose

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OK that is all for Sportsday for Thursday but there is still plenty of live text goodness on the website. You can follow the closing stages of the opening day of the fourth Test between England and India here, or keep across tonight's Europa League action involving Hull City, St Johnstone and Aberdeen here.

As for Friday, it is the start of the Football League season! Blackburn take on Cardiff in the first kick off of 2014-15 and we will be building up to the new season throughout Sportsday. Join us again then.


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BBC Radio Manchester on Twitter: It's looking like Alvaro Negredo's return at Manchester City is still a while off!

Westwood leads, Woods disappoints


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Lee Westwood has a share of the clubhouse lead after finishing the opening round of the US PGA Championship with a six under 65 - equalling his lowest ever round in a major. American Kevin Chappell is alongside him.

Tiger Woods looks likely to need a big second round to avoid missing the cut as he signed for a disappointing three over 74.



Hull City boss Steve Bruce gives Robert Snodgrass his debut against AS Trencin in the Europa League but fellow new signing Tom Ince is on the bench.

Hull City Starting XI: McGregor, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady, Brady, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Livermore, Sagbo, Long. Subs: Harper, Rosenior, McShane, Meyler, Quinn, Ince, Aluko.

Follow coverage from all of tonight's Europa League games by clicking the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page.

Sunderland sign Vergini


Sunderland complete the loan signing defender Santiago Vergini.

The 26-year-old centre-back from Argentina had a spell at the Stadium of Light earlier this year.

Westwood moves into the lead


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Lee Westwood, searching for his first major championship, has a share of the US PGA Championship lead heading on to the ninth - his 18th - after carding four birdies in his last five holes.

He is alongside American Kevin Chappell and Italian Edoardo Molinari at the top of the leaderboard. Tiger Woods is still three over through 16.

Barca's quartet of captains



Barcelona announce that Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta, Leo Messi and Sergio Busquets will be the Spanish side's four captains this season.

I guess one captain and a vice-captain is not enough these days?

Blackpool strengthen further

When it rains, it pours but in Blackpool's case it is pouring players.

Goalkeeper Elliott Parrish joins the Championship side from Bristol City on a one-year deal, becoming the club's fourth signing in as many days.


Striker Stephen Dobbie joins League One Fleetwood Town from Crystal Palace on season long loan.

The capture of the 31-year-old follows the signing of promising Newcastle striker Adam Campbell on a one-month loan.


St Johnstone striker Stevie May - a target for Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday - returns for the second leg of the Europa League qualifier against Spartak Trnava, which kicks off at 18:30 BST.

The 21-year-old missed the 2-1 home defeat in the first leg with a thigh injury but will definitely play in what could be his last match for the Saints.

Updates on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB and BBC Sport website.


Aberdeen will attempt to overturn a 2-0 deficit in their Europa League third qualifying round second leg against Real Sociedad at Pittodrie at 19:45 BST.

The Dons have announced a sell-out, with Dons boss Derek McInnes hopeful the capacity crowd can help his men. Clark Robertson played an hour of Tuesday's friendly win over Elgin City meaning the Aberdeen squad is now at full strength.

Live on BBC Radio Scotland 810MW/DAB/online, updates on BBC Sport website.

Molinari makes his move



The lack of practice rounds proving telling? Tiger Woods follows up a bogey on the first - his 10th - with another on the second and now finds himself eight shots off the pace in the opening round of the US PGA Championship.

In contrast, Edoardo Molinari is on a conveyor belt climbing the leaderboard. Four successive birdies from the seventh - a 20 foot putt on the ninth a particular highlight - putting him into a tie for the lead with Kevin Chappell.


Cook out for England


England captain Alastair Cook is caught for 17 and the hosts are now 36-2 in reply to India's 152 on the first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford.

Follow live text and Test Match Special commentary here.


A minute's silence will be held ahead of Newcastle's first Premier League game this season in honour of two fans who died on board flight MH17.

John Alder, 63, and Liam Sweeney, 28, were on the Malaysia Airlines flight to watch their heroes play two friendly games in New Zealand.

Newcastle face Manchester City at St James' Park on 17 August and tributes will be paid before the game.

'Class of 92' dust off the boots



A 'Class of 92' team is playing Salford City in a friendly later on Thursday (19:45 BST) at Moor Lane and it is a pretty good team that the visiting side is putting out.

Gary and Phil Neville, Ryan Giggs and Nicky Butt all feature as well as a number of other names familiar to Manchester United fans - Mikael Silvestre, David May and the BBC Sport columnist Robbie Savage.

IPC Swimming European Championships


BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Eindhoven: "Ellie Simmonds is interviewed by BBC Sport's Kate Grey after breaking her own world record to win gold in the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

"Simmonds set a new mark of three minutes 4.07 seconds - beating her old mark by 0.34 seconds.

"It is her second gold of the competition."

United make medical demands on Vidal

Football gossip

Manchester United want to put Arturo Vidal through a stringent medical before they even discuss a fee with Juventus for the midfielder according to the Daily Star.

United have concerns over a knee injury that the Chile midfielder, 27, had surgery on in May.

"It seems Juventus are happy to go along with it, even though it's not the usual way of doing things in a transfer," a source tells the newspaper.

Tiger's troubles continue


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Tiger Woods' troubles continue at the US PGA Championship as he putts for bogey on the first - his 10th hole. His drive flies wide left and he then falls short of the green with his second shot. A putt for does not have enough oomph and he eventually sinks it for a bogey.

The former world number one is now two over, seven shots behind leader Kevin Chappell.

Simmonds sets news world record

IPC Swimming European Championships

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BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Eindhoven: "Britain's Ellie Simmonds sets a new world record to win the SM6 200m medley at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven.

"The 19-year-old four-time Paralympic champion beat her old record by .34 of a second for her second gold of the week.

"Sascha Kindred triumphed in the men's SM6 medley event while Claire Cashmore shared gold in the SB8 breaststroke for her first major international title."

Djourou makes Hamburg move


Defender Johan Djourou makes a permanent move to Hamburg from Arsenal.

The 27-year-old spent the whole of last season on loan with the Bundesliga side, featuring 24 times in the league.

Djourou joined Arsenal in 2003 and went on to feature 144 times for the first team, captaining the side on a number of occasions.

Cavani holds talks with Liverpool and Arsenal

Football gossip

Both Liverpool and Arsenal have made approaches for Paris St Germain striker Edinson Cavani according to comments by his agent Claudio Annelluci reported in Uruguayan newspaper El Telegrafo.

"There was much interest in the player during the past six months. I can confirm that Cavani has heard proposals from Liverpool and Arsenal," he said.

"He would love to play in England, but has not yet made a final decision. He is not interested in money and fame; just want to be happy playing football."

Tigers in Europa League action


Hull City's Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince could make their full debuts in Thursday's Europa League qualifier against Slovak side AS Trencin.

Boss Steve Bruce has a fully fit squad for a match he describes as "one of the big games" in the club's history.

It is the Tigers' first home European match having drawn their continental debut 0-0 in Slovakia, and there will be live updates on the website and BBC Radio 5 live.

Valencia speaks after Hammers move



West Ham's new signing Enner Valencia holds his first news conference as a Hammers player outside London's Olympic Stadium, where the Premier League side will play from 2016.

Valencia says: "I'm very happy to be part of this great club and I'm hoping to do well. I'll be trying to do my very best.

"Being so close to the stadium here, I just want to go inside and start playing!"

England in bat


England dismiss India for 152 on the first day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford, with Stuart Broad finishing with figures of 6-25.

Alastair Cook and Sam Robson are facing the opening over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

You can follow live text and Test Match Special audio commentary here.

Osvaldo striving for Inter success


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Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo says that Inter Milan is the perfect platform to reignite his career following his loan move to the San Siro.

"When a club like Inter calls, I don't think any player has any doubt whatsoever," he said.

"Last year was a particular one. I have a lot of desire to return to my level and prove myself in this shirt.''

After being suspended by Southampton following a training ground clash with team-mate Jose Fonte, Osvaldo, 28, was sent on loan to Juventus where he struggled to oust Fernando Llorente and Carlos Tevez from the side.

Chappell moves into early lead


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American Kevin Chappell moves into the outright US PGA lead as a birdie on the 10th moves him on to four under midway through the opening round.

Chappell is one shot clear of a group of eight players, including England's Ian Poulter, who has picked up three birdies through nine holes.

Dropped shots on the 11th and 14th saw Tiger Woods down on two over, but a birdie 16th - his seventh has pulled him up the leaderboard slightly.

England dominant in fourth Test


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England are deep into the tail of India's first innings at Old Trafford on the first day of the fourth Test.

India are 151-8 with captain MS Dhoni, unbeaten on 70, providing the main resistance for the tourists.

You can follow live text and Test Match Special audio commentary here.

Yedlin warned off Spurs move


Former Tottenham goalkeeper Kasey Keller has warned Seattle Sounders and United States full-back DeAndre Yedlin that a rumoured move to White Hart Lane this summer may not be right for him.

"Spurs is a tricky place to play," Keller told Goal. "They're a team that has a lot of turnover in players. Spurs are a team that has the money, and they are always looking for a bargain, but it's a tough place to go.

"I just want to see young American players play regularly, week in and week out. If that's at Tottenham, great. But if it's not, then it's not the right move."


BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Swimming European Championships in Eindhoven:

"Britain's Sascha Kindred is among those in action at the IPC Swimming European Championships this evening with the 36-year-old hoping for his second gold of the week.

"Among his rivals in the SM6 200m medley will be Russian Iurii Luchkin, who is 20 years younger than Kindred.

"In the women's SM6 medley, Ellie Simmonds will bid to retain her European crown while both Hannah Russell (S12 50m freestyle) and Susie Rodgers (S7 backstroke) are hoping to win their second and third titles of the week, respectively."

Stones extends Everton terms


Everton announce that defender John Stoneshas signed a five-year contract that extends his terms up to 2019.

"I am over the moon. It's just been such a great last season and to get pen to paper on a new deal is a dream come true," said Stones.

"What we achieved last season was unbelievable. It was a very memorable season and hopefully there's more to come."

Liverpool to turn to Bony

Football gossip

According to the Express, Liverpool will revive their interest in Swansea striker Wilfried Bony following their failure to convince Monaco's Radamel Falcao or Real Madrid's Karim Benzema to become a marquee replacement for Luis Suarez, who headed to Barcelona earlier this season.

"Swansea have reiterated their unwillingness to lose Bony, but declining a fee in the region of £20m seems unlikely - especially considering it represents a £8m profit on a player bought 13-months ago," the paper adds.

Cryosauna for Chambers

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Thought cryogenics was just about freezing Sylvester Stallone so he could combat Wesley Snipes in the future a la Demolition Man? Think again, because it also has its uses in aiding athletes' recovery.

Here is British sprinter Dwain Chambers preparing for next week's European championships by partaking in what is called a 'cryosauna'.

Ferdinand close to Reading move


Former Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand is having a medical at Reading.

Ferdinand, 29, spent last season in Turkey with Antalyaspor after being released by QPR.

Woods' early-round woe



The 210-yard 11th proved tricky for Tiger Woods as a bogey on his second and fifth holes sends the former world number one down to tied 46th at two over through five holes in the early stages of the opening round of the US PGA.

He trails Ian Poulter, who shares the lead with four others, by four shots.

No Arsenal move for Khedira


Arsene Wenger was not revealing any names of players he could be interested in bringing to Arsenal, but denies reports the club are interested in Germany and Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

"We were never close to signing him because Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have quite a few offensive box-to-box players," he says.

Showstopper Usain Bolt

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Sportsday readers have spoken, your sporting showstopper is none other than Mr Usain Bolt with the sprinter claiming 47.4% of the votes.

That put him way ahead of second place Cristiano Ronaldo, who received 12.7% of the votes, with the ever entertaining Zlatan Ibrahimovic taking 10.1%.

Kuchar out of US PGA


American Matt Kuchar pulls out of the US PGA because of back issues.

World number six Kuchar won the Heritage tournament in April and was fourth two weeks ago at the Canadian Open.

American alternate John Huh replaces Kuchar in the field of 156, teeing off on the back nine alongside a 2013 US Open champion Justin Rose and South African Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion.

Webb to explain key decisions


Former referee Howard Webb will make himself available to explain key decisions to fans during the season as part of his role as technical director of the official referees' association.

Webb retired from refereeing on Wednesday to end a 25-year career. The 43-year-old is keen to "enlighten people" about reasons behind decisions.

"I've just had a season where I was in the middle of high-profile games," Webb tells BBC Sport. "So I am well-placed to speak about the job."

Steady start for Westwood


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Lee Westwood birdies the 10th, his first hole, before masking par in each of his next three holes to move to within one shot of the early pacesetters at the US PGA.

Fellow Englishman Ian Poulteris also one under, with Scotland's Colin Montgomerie level par through five.

Three players share the lead on two under.

Wenger confirms Vermaelen bids


Arsene Wenger confirms Arsenal have received bids for club captain Thomas Vermaelen and hints that Manchester United could be one of those bidders.

He says: "Yes [there have been bids]. I can't tell you who but you will know very soon. I think they [Man Utd] could be in the group.

"It could happen that he leaves us because he needs to play now. He is in a position where we cannot stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity."

England in control at lunch


England are in control on day one of the fourth Test against India at Old Trafford. They are 63-5 at lunch and you can follow live text and Test Match Special audio commentary here.

Wenger surprised by Lampard move


Daily Telegraph chief sports writer Paul Hayward, who was at the Arsenal news conference, tweets: "Arsene Wenger on Lampard at City: 'I'm surprised because he went to New York and the shortest way to New York is not via Manchester.'"

Wenger wary of Man Utd threat


More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who believes Manchester United will be title contenders this year.

"Certainly Man United come back into it the title race," he says. "There will be six teams fighting for the league this year."

Wenger also provides an injury update on Theo Walcott, who has been out since January with a knee injury, adding: "He will come back into the group on 31 August - he is doing well but he's not ready yet."

Woods under way at US PGA



Tiger Woods (pictured above) has just teed off at the US PGA where there is a three-way tie for the early lead. Americans Frank Esposito and Patrick Reed and Japan's Hideki Matsuyama are one under through three holes.


Vermaelen future still uncertain



Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is speaking in a news conference at the moment. He once again says defender Thomas Vermaelen, linked with Manchester United, could leave.

"Vermaelen could leave us because he needs to play now. We're in a position where it's difficult to stand in his way," he says.

"We have three and a half weeks until the transfer market closes - we could still strengthen, but we have a big squad."

QPR in for West Ham's Diame

Football gossip

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Queens Park Rangers have made a bid for West Ham anchorman Mohamed Diame according to the London Evening Standard.

Diame, 27, reportedly has a £3.5m release clause that the Hoops are ready to meet.

QPR have also made a £1.5m offer for Guingamp midfielder Younousse Sankhare, who helped his side to victory in the French Cup last season.

Athens Olympics, 10 years on



It is 10 years since Greece hosted the Olympics and many of its once gleaming venues have been left abandoned. Above is the Panathinkaikon stadium, which was used for archery events and the finish of the marathon...


...the above abandoned stadium hosted the beach volleyball competition, but nature has claimed much of the venue back...

Reuters once packed the stands at the canoe and kayak slalom centre but it now lies abandoned.

Greatest sporting showstoppers

We have worked up a list of 12 sporting uberstars that demand your attention whatever they are doing. You can now vote to decide the ultimate sporting show-stopper using the panel to the right-hand side of this page.

Bolt? Williams? Woods? Hamilton? Ronaldo? Pietersen? One of six impeccably-qualified fellow nominees?

Who gets your pulse racing fastest? Tell us via the vote.


Double Olympic champion Mo Farah will compete in the Great North Run on 7 September.

The 31-year-old, who pulled out of the Commonwealth Games following illness, will take on Kenya's Stephen Kiprotich, the reigning world and Olympic marathon champion, on Tyneside.

It will be Farah's second attempt to win the Great North Run after he was beaten to victory last year by Kenenisa Bekele in a thrilling race.

Get Involved on #sportingshowstopper

In light of statistics that show that 2014's Tiger Woods-less US Open drew in 45% fewer viewers than the 2013 edition that featured the American legend, we are getting your nominations for the stars who are 24-carat, appointment-to-view entertainment gold.

#sportingshowstoppers on Twitter is the best way to get involved.

Karl Darley: Matt le Tissier in his prime. could change a game with one moment of magic

Sam Greenbank: Jimmy Anderson on song with a new cherry

Ariff Alyahya: Roger Federer for me. turning 33, still produce brilliant moments of pure genius. Waving his magic wand.

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Matt Le Tissier made his Southampton debut in 1986, spending 16 years at the club and scoring 162 goals. He was been name-checked by Spain World Cup winner Xavi as one of his childhood inspirations.

Hummels to Man United deal off

Football gossip

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Manchester United have ended their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels according to the Daily Star.

"United and Dortmund were at odds over the valuation of the player and the Red Devils have instead decided to pursue Arsenal's wantaway Belgian Thomas Vermaelen," writes Jack Wilson.

Thompson ruled out of WRWC

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England winger Lydia Thompson has been ruled out of the rest of the Womens' Rugby World Cup after pulling her groin in the warm-up before the team's 45-5 win over Spain on Tuesday.

Richmond wing Natasha Brennan, who has two previous caps, has been called up to replace Thompson.

Arsenal lead chase for Reus


Arsenal are ahead of Liverpool and Bayern Munich in battle to prise playmaker Marco Reus away from Borussia Dortmund according to German newspaper Die Welt.

Bayern Munich executive Karl Heinz-Rummenigge said in an interview earlier this week that he understood Reus' contract contained a buy-out clause set at just less than £20m - significantly less than previously imagined.