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  1. Man City sign France defender Eliaquim Mangala
  2. Klose ends Germany career
  3. Real Madrid in Cardiff for Tuesday's Super Cup
  4. Anton Ferdinand signs for Reading
  5. Carlisle v Derby in Capital One Cup (19:45 BST)

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That is it from Sportsday on Monday 11 August - join us again at 08:00 BST on Tuesday.

Sevilla coach fires warning to players


Sevilla coach Unai Emery warns his players not to focus on Real Madrid's star signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos in Tuesday's Uefa Super Cup in Cardiff.

"Of course we've tried to think about the kind of line-up they might come up with, but we're very prepared regardless of who will be in their line-up," he told a pre-match press conference at the Cardiff City Stadium.

"The only handicap that might play either for or against us is the fact that Kroos and James haven't yet played with Real Madrid.

"It will be the very first time they play with Real Madrid and the very first time we'll see them. But we can't just prepare for them. We have to see what the whole line-up will look like."

Big night for McIlroy?


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Reading between the lines, US PGA champion Rory McIlroy seems to be suggesting he had a big night celebrating his second major win of the summer.

"I. Need. Coffee. #NYC #celebrations," he tweeted.

Olsson charged by FA


Norwich City's Martin Olsson is charged with improper conduct by The Football Association in relation to an incident which occurred during the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday 10 August 2014.

The 26-year-old Swedish left-back placed a hand on referee Simon Hooper following his 60th-minute sending off in the 1-0 loss at Wolves.


Ameobi signs for Turkish club

Former Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi signs for Turkish club second division side Gaziantep Buyuksehir.

Nigeria international Ameobi, 32, spent 14 years as a professional with the Magpies having been progressed through their youth system.

Cazorla cold water on reports


Arsenal playmaker Santi Cazorla dismisses speculation linking him with a return to Spain this summer.

According to reports, Cazorla, 29, has been a target of Primera Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

He told Spanish radio Cadena Cope: "I've seen that in the papers, but nobody has told me anything personally and the only things I know are from the papers, so I don't know anything.

"I'm only focused on training here and preparing well playing with Arsenal. It's paper talk."

Man Utd striker joins Zagreb


BBC Red Wednesday: Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez has joined Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a one-year loan with the option to buy.

European Championships


Double Olympic champion Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Eilidh Child are all set to compete Great Britain at the European Championships in Zurich, which start tomorrow from 09:00 BST on BBC Two. Watch the trailer to our coverage here.

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We told you about the news that Premier League clubs are to use the database of computer game Football Manager to help recruit new signings - on the back of that who was your 'go to' player when you were a virtual manager?

Ceri Parker: Always used to sign Craig Lindfield from Liverpool Youth, absolute quality on Champ Manager dont know what came of him though.

Abdullah Ibrahim: Ezequiel Lavezzi from San Lorenzo as a 21/22 year old. < £1m BARGAIN BUY

Jam Maker: FA Cup final Bristol City 2-0 down 5 minutes remaining, sub Freddy Adu on, 4 goals in 4 mins from him.

Germany vote for vanishing spray



Vanishing spray will be used by Germany's two top divisions, the country's league governing body DFL has confirmed.

The DFL board voted unanimously in favour of the measure - used by the referee to mark the spot where a free-kick is taken and the minimum required distance for the defensive wall to stand.

Vanishing spray was widely used during the World Cup for the first time.

Italy appoint controversial chief


Carlo Tavecchio, who has been at the centre of a racism controversy, has been elected as the new president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC).

The 71-year-old was recently quoted in Italian newspaper La Repubblica as saying: "England identifies the players coming in and, if they are professional, they are allowed to play.

"Here, on the other hand, let's say there's (fictional player) Opti Poba, who has come here, who previously was eating bananas and now is a first-team player for Lazio.

"In England he has to demonstrate his CV and his pedigree."

He subsequently apologised but world football governing body Fifa has since asked the FIGC to conduct an investigation into the comments and to report its findings back to the world governing body.

McIlroy is Tiger-esque


Graeme McDowell believes countryman Rory McIlroy can go on to enjoy as much success in the majors as 14-time major winner Tiger Woods.

"It's beginning to look a little Tiger-esque I suppose," said McDowell of McIlroy, who won his second successive major with victory in the US PGA.

"When the kid is playing well, he's pretty tough to live with. It's pretty special stuff."

Tonev medical at Celtic - reports


Aston Villa winger Aleksandar Tonev has undergone a medical ahead of a proposed loan move to Celtic, reports STV.

The 24-year-old was previously a transfer target under former manager Neil Lennon while with Polish side Lech Poznan.

Ferdinand signs for Reading


Reading sign former QPR defender Anton Ferdinand on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old spent last season in Turkey with Antalyaspor after being released by QPR in August 2013.

He becomes the third Reading signing in a week, following the arrival of Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie, the latter on loan from Nottingham Forest.

"It feels fantastic to sign for a club like Reading. I've been away from English football for a year and had some tough times," said Ferdinand.

Read more on the BBC Football page.

Sampson names 23 for Wales


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Smith (centre) returns to the England fold

England women's coach Mark Sampson names 23 players ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Wales next Thursday.

England need just a point in Cardiff to qualify for the Fifa Women's World Cup, which takes place in Canada next summer.

Reading's Fran Kirby and Jodie Taylor, who made their debuts in the 4-0 win over Sweden in August, retain their places while veterans Casey Stoney and Kelly Smith - who have 207 caps between them - return to the squad.

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Following the news Premier League clubs are to use the database of computer game Football Manager to help recruit new signings we asked you who your go to player was when you were a virtual manager?

Karl Robinson: I always remembered Jonathan Pringle from Liverpool being a wonder kid in Championship Manager.

Michael Pye: Always Javier Saviola! And Zlatan Ibrahimovic at 17 were awesome.

Kevin West: Stefan Selakovic, bought for Palace for £350,000 sold to AC Milan after 1 season for £18m.

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Watson to consider Woods for Ryder Cup


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US Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson says he would be "a fool not to consider" Tiger Woods for one of his three captain's picks for the three-day event against Europe next month.

And the 64-year-old says he will largely rely on Woods' assessment of his own niggling back issue which has hampered his recent form, which starts on 26 September.

"I think it really directly comes from Tiger, how he assesses himself," said Watson. "I trust Tiger to give me the straight skinny. I trust him inherently."

Barca fans vote for defence pair



According to poll in Spanish sports publication Marca, Barcelona fans would like to see Thomas Vermaelen and Marc Bartra as their two top pick centre-backs this season.

Forest in for Zaha?


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Nottingham Forest first-team coach Brian Eastick has hinted that they are interested in signing Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, 21, on loan, report the Nottingham Post.

Villa in for Sanchez


Elche's Colombia World Cup midfielder Carlos Sanchez, 28, has emerged as a target for Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, reports the Birmingham Mail.

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Premier League clubs are to use the database of computer game Football Manager to help recruit new signings.

We all remember players who were brilliant in the game (maybe better than real life), so who was your go to player when you were a virtual manager?

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Ingram extends Wycombe contract


Wycombe Wanderers goalkeeper Matt Ingramhas signed a contract extension which keeps him at the club until 2017.

The 20-year-old, who has made 62 consecutive appearances since his debut in March last year," said: "It's a real honour to wear the number one shirt for the club I've followed all my life."

Rodgers praises Coutinho



Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Philippe Coutinho will be on a "world level" for club and country.

The Brazilian player, 22, who missed out on World Cup selection, starred in the Reds 4-0 friendly win against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday.

"He is so gifted as a player," Rodgers said. "The supporters appreciated him against Dortmund because of the level of the opposition.

"His ability is magical in tight situations. I just think he needs to add sustainability. He needs to do that on the big stage, and he'll get that opportunity.

"He will show at that level he's a top player. I see him over the next few years being on the world level for Liverpool and Brazil."

Wolff confident he can control drivers

Formula 1

Mercedes F1 co-team boss Toto Wolff is confident the team can control the rivalry between its two drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"Yes, potentially it is going to get more heated, but if we carry on in performing as we do now I am still carefully optimistic that it is only up to the two of them in fighting for the world championship," Wolff tells

"Could it come to a point where we say it is difficult to manage? It could be, but I don't see it - not with the two of them."

Pietersen meets Windies legends


Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen bumped into two West Indies legends Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh (right).

"Yes man, yes man, yes man! Would loved to have faced these two superstars...," he tweeted.

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Fragapane cool about success


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Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane says she is unfazed by the attention she has received since her success at the Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old won four gold medals in Glasgow - the first Englishwoman to achieve the feat in 84 years.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol on her return to training, she said: "Things will probably be a bit different.

"But when interviews are over I just go back to training and working hard and I let it all wash over my head."

Carlisle v Derby in League cup


Carlisle host Derby in the first round of the Capital One Cup on Monday - there is text commentary online with highlights on The League Cup Show on Wednesday 13 August at 23:05 BST (BBC1 and BBC1 Wales) or on Thursday 14 August at 00:05 BST (BBC1 Scotland & BBC1 Northern Ireland).

Time running out for Poulter


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Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter has just one tournament left to qualify for this year's European team after failing to move into the automatic places in the US PGA Championship.

Poulter remains 12th in the standings after finishing joint 59th at Valhalla and will not change his schedule even if he fails to win enough points in the first FedEx Cup event next week.

"I'll play next week and if I play well enough then I'll be an automatic in," said Poulter, who was one of the heroes of the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012. "If not, it's up to somebody else."

Porto replace Mangala with Marcano


Porto sign centre-back Ivan Marcano from Rubin Kazan to replace Eliaquim Mangala, who completed his move to Manchester City earlier in the day.

The 27-year-old Spaniard, who spent the 2013-14 season on loan with Olympiakos, has signed a four-year contract at the Estadio do Dragao after the Portuguese giants paid Rubin an undisclosed fee.

Stoke make £5m Redmond bid


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Stoke City make an improved bid of £5m for Norwich City winger Nathan Redmond with manager Mark Hughes pressing for an answer in the next 24 hours, reports the Daily Telegraph. Norwich have already rejected one bid from Stoke this summer for the 20-year-old.

Sunderland reject Wickham bid - report


Sunderland Echo report that a £4m bid by West Ham for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, 21, has been rejected.

Solskjaer: 'No offers for Morrison'


Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists the club have made no approach for West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison.

Solskjaer knows Morrison from his time on the coaching staff at Manchester United and has already signed several former United players since arriving at Cardiff in January.

"I can't speak about other clubs' players and Rav is a West Ham player," said Solskjaer.

"But we've not made any offers whatsoever."

Klose ends Germany career

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Germany international and World Cup final match winner Mario Gotze: "Thanks Miro #Klose Your statistics speak for themselves, but you are even more remarkable as a person!"

Arsenal target Manolas


Arsenal are preparing to step up their interest in Greek defender Kostas Manolas, who was previously linked with Tottenham and Sunderland, as a replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, reports Daily Express.

Vermaelen signed for Barcelona in a £15m deal. Manolas, 23,has also been linked with Juventus, Roma and Napoli.

Strachan little sympathy for Legia


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has little sympathy to Legia Warsaw following their desperate attempt to persuade Celtic to give up their Champions League slot.

The Polish champions were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player in the second leg of their 6-1 third qualifying round clash with Strachan's old side.

"That's the rules," said the Dark Blues boss. "It's the same in golf. If it's a windy day and the ball moves or oscillates as you're addressing it, that's a penalty," he said.

"Every sport has its rules and you have to stick by them. But most of us have all been hit by these rules somewhere along the line."

Question of Sport teaser



It's time for the answers of today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport.

Earlier, we asked: Since 1990, which six men have won more than one golf major in the same year?

Nick Faldo, Padraig Harrington, Rory McIlroy, Mark O'Meara, Nick Price and Tiger Woods

Moses targets Chelsea reprieve


Chelsea striker Victor Moses says he wants to put his disappointing year-long loan spell with Liverpool behind him and force his way into Jose Mourinho's first team squad this season, reports London's Evening Standard.

The 23-year-made just six Premier League starts at Liverpool last season but made his first appearance for Chelsea in a year as he came on as a substitute in their 2-1 win over Ferencvaros on Sunday.

"I just have to forget about last season and think about this season, concentrate and keep working hard," he said.

"What happened at Liverpool - that's football for you. It was a loan move, I wanted to play football but I unfortunately didn't get as many games as I expected."

Eighth morphine positive test

Horse Racing

The total number of horses who have tested positive for morphine has risen to eight, the British Horseracing Authority has said.

Seven horses had been reported to have tested positive for the banned substance, the highest profile of which being the Queen's mare Estimate, but that figure has now grown.

The BHA says the initial stage of the investigation has suggested contaminated feed as the source of the positives.

In a statement, the BHA said: "Once the outstanding 'B' sample analysis is complete, BHA will be able to confirm the identities of all the horses whose samples returned positive results."

Sir Alex Ferguson 'jinx' is over, says son Darren


Peterborough boss Darren Ferguson has said the "jinx" of his father Sir Alex watching his side play was lifted with Saturday's 1-0 win over Rochdale.

Darren has long believed that his father's presence at games is bad luck - unless his mother is there too.

But the former Manchester United boss was present as Posh won their League One season-opener at Spotland.

"He'll be delighted that we've won and it's good to break that jinx," Darren told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Fragapane unfazed by Glasgow 2014 fame


Bristol gymnast Claudia Fragapane says she is unfazed by the attention she has received since her success at the Commonwealth Games.

The 16-year-old won four gold medals in Glasgow - the first Englishwoman to achieve the feat in 84 years.

Speaking to BBC Radio Bristol on her return to training, she said: "Things will probably be a bit different.

"But when interviews are over I just go back to training and working hard and I let it all wash over my head."

Alves is staying put - Barcelona


Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta has dismissed claims Brazilian Dani Alves has asked to leave, reports Spain's Marca.

"Alves is under contract and we've never asked him to leave," says Zubizarreta.

"We don't have any indications from his agent to suggest that anything is going to happen and we haven't received any offers for him.

"But this is football and things can change"

Watch all 16 of Klose's World Cup goals


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Watch all 16 of Miroslav Klose's World Cup goals for Germany here, as the striker retires from international football.

Klose overtook Brazil's Ronaldo as the tournament's all-time top scorer after scoring in Germany's 7-1 semi-final defeat of Brazil.

Germany's leading goalscorer with 71 goals in 136 games, he is also the only player to score at four World Cup finals.

Thistle signs Saints defender


Partick Thistle sign former Southampton defender Danny Seaborne on a two-year contract.

The 27-year-old centre-back arrives at Firhill from Coventry for an undisclosed fee ahead of Partick's season-opening Scottish Premiership meeting with Ross County on Wednesday.

Seaborne made 53 first-team appearances for Southampton.

Rodriguez & Kroos to play in Cardiff


Summer signings James Rodriguez and Toni Kroosare in line to make their Real Madrid debuts in Tuesday's Uefa Super Cup against Sevilla on Tuesday.

Rodriguez, who won the World Cup Golden Boot after scoring six goals for Colombia, joined from Monaco for a fee, including add-ons, of about £71m.

Germany World Cup winner Kroos is also set to feature in an official match for Real for the first time.

The game sees the return of Real's Welsh star Gareth Bale to his hometown.

Cardiff's Mason joins Bolton


Cardiff City striker Joe Mason signs a new Cardiff City deal until 2017 before going on season-long loan to Championship rivals Bolton.

Sinclair considers move from Man City


Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair says he will leave the club if the indications are he will not be given first-team football this season.

Sinclair joined City from Swansea in August 2012 but made just three starts in his first season at the Etihad and a loan move to West Brom last term also proved unsuccessful.

"Personally I'm just looking to play as many games as possible - I don't know what the future holds," Sinclair said.

"If the manager is going to give me game time, then I would love to stay. But if that's not the case I'm sure I'll have to go elsewhere and to play more."

Savage donates hair to museum

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North West Tonight: [Former player and BBC Football analyst] Robbie Savage is to donate his hair to Manchester's National Football Museum. Unwanted ponytail handed over tomorrow.

Venus in rankings boost


Venus Williams has risen six places in the rankings to 20th after her impressive run to the Roger's Cup final in Montreal.

The American, 34, beat her sister Serena for the first time in five years in the semi-finals before losing to Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets.

Togo express Ebola fears


Togo want the Confederation of African Football (Caf) to move their Africa Cup of Nations tie from Guinea because of fears over the Ebola virus.

The 5/6 September match is part of the first round of group qualifiers.

It is estimated that Ebola has killed over 300 people in Guinea, the origin of the outbreak which is also now centred on Liberia and Sierra Leone.

"We are scared by the situation prevailing in that zone," the Togo Football Federation said.

Read more on the BBC African Football page.

Mangala signs for Man City


Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has also spoken about his new recruit Eliaquim Mangala:

"I'm delighted to have added a player of Eliaquim's quality in the squad ahead of the new season.

"He is already a fine player but in my opinion, he has all of the mental, physical, technical and tactical attributes to become one of Europe's very best defenders.

"Eliaquim is a player I believe will make an immediate impact in the Premier League, thanks to his physicality, his reading of the game and quality on the ball.

"I think he will prove to be a great signing for us."

Mangala signs for Man City


Here is more from Manchester City's new signing Eliaquim Mangala: "I'm very happy to come to England because for me, the Premier League is the best league in the world. It is a very intense and very aggressive competition. There are plenty of goals, so it is also really nice to watch and I can't wait to get started!

"The fact that Fernando is here is better because I played with him at Porto but there is also other players that I know like Sagna, Clichy and Nasri."

Read the developing story on the BBC Sport website.

Mangala signs for Man City


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Here is more on Manchester City signing Eliaquim Mangala from FC Porto for a reported £32m.

The 23-year old central defender, who will wear the number 20 shirt, becomes the sixth signing of the summer.

The Paris-born defender said: "City is a top club in Europe. For me, it was an important step to leave Porto and join Manchester City in order to continue my progress. I want to win titles and I believe I can do this. I am ambitious and this is why I am here."

Klose ends Germany career


Germany's World Cup winning striker Miroslav Klose retires from international football.

Klose, who scored twice in the tournament in Brazil to become the competition's record goal scorer of all time with 16 goals, said the time was right to end a 13-year career with the German national team.

"Winning the title in Brazil was a childhood dream come true," the 36-year-old said in a statement released by the German football association.

"I am happy and proud to have contributed to this big success for German football. For me there could be no better moment to complete the national team chapter."


Manchester City sign France defender Eliaquim Mangala.

Widnes overwhelmed by response

Rugby League

Widnes report an "overwhelming" response from supporters to their appeal for information following Sunday's violent pitch invasion at the Challenge Cup semi-final.

A number of supporters stormed onto the field immediately after the Vikings were beaten 28-6 by Castleford at Leigh Sports Village and approached rival supporters in a provocative manner.

Castleford fans appeared not to respond to any goading but violence did break out as police and stewards attempted to restore order.

Widnes chief executive James Rule said: "We've had an overwhelming response and the information we have received will be invaluable in conducting a thorough investigation."

Cruyff queries Barca policy


Former Barcelona manager Johan Cruyff says his former club "always used to sign ball players, but now Real Madrid do".

In an interview with Spanish newspaper Ultima Hora, the Netherlands playing legend added: "They've gone in a new direction and we have to give them the benefit of the doubt.

"They've spent a lot of money, which always brings a lot of scrutiny, and we'll have to see how it goes."

Welcome to Vanchester



Remember the 'Welcome to Manchester' poster showing Carlos Tevez in Manchester City colours which irked some fans of his former club Manchester United?

Well, here's a tribute to new United manager Louis van Gaal, who guided the Netherlands to the World Cup semi-finals and is deemed the man to revitalise the Old Trafford club.

They play Swansea in the first game of the new Premier League season on Saturday at 12:45 BST.

West Ham to make Wickham bid


West Ham are set to firm up their interest in Connor Wickham, 21, by making a concrete bid for the striker, reports Daily Telegraph.

The Hammers are keen to sign a new forward before the start of the season on Saturday, with Andy Carroll ruled out for four months.

Hoddle ponders return


Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is considering a return to football coaching with QPR, but it is understood any role is unlikely to be full-time.

A source close to Hoddle told Press Association Sport: "It's 50-50 as to whether he'll come back with QPR. He's thinking about it.

"If he does come back it's very likely it would be on a part-time basis."

Fabregas can be the new Lampard


Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes midfielder Cesc Fabregas is well-placed to fill the position Frank Lampard occupied for 13 years.

Fabregas, 27, joined the club from Barcelona in June while Chelsea's record goalscorer Lampard left at the end of last season when his contract expired.

Mourinho told the Chelsea website: "Frank is the history of the club, history nobody can forget. Fabregas is the future; history is history but the future is more important at the moment.

"My opinion, and the opinion of my players, is that Fabregas is the right player to occupy that central position in midfield."

Norwich investigate racist allegation


Norwich City say they are investigating allegations of racist behaviour by a small group of their fans during their 1-0 defeat to Wolves on Sunday.