Summary

  1. England take on Norway in friendly at Wembley (20:00 BST)
  2. First match of Wayne Rooney's captaincy; John Stones makes first start
  3. Danny Welbeck says he "envisaged" playing for Arsenal
  4. Ex-England midfielder Ray Wilkins appointed Jordan manager
  5. Federer & Wozniacki through at US Open; Murray plays Djokovic later
  6. GET INVOLVED: Should England play some home matches away from Wembley?

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By James Gheerbrant and Steve Canavan

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Goodnight one and all

And so another Sportsday comes to an end.

What have we learned? That Louis van Gaal could have gone to Tottenham (09:16), Salford's rugby league players won't get to party (10:44), Ray Wilkins is the new head coach of Jordan (11.24), and Lithuanians get a bit a ratty when their national anthem isn't played in full (13:36).

Good luck to Andy Murray, on court on Thursday at 02:00 (BST) against Novak Djokovic in the US Open quarter-finals, live coverage on the BBC website.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 (BST). See you then

Emotional Murray

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Andy Murray didn't half get worked up during his fourth round US Open win

over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, but given he won in straight sets it didn't appear to be a bad thing.

However, coach Amelie Mauresmo says she "hasn't made her mind up yet" about whether Murray wearing his emotions on his sleeve is a good thing.

Ahead of the Scot's quarter-final showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday (02:00 BST), Mauresmo said: "I think he's old enough now to know what's good for him, how he should behave on the court.

"I want to trust him in how to express himself sometimes. It's not going to be either saying nothing or completely going crazy on the court - I think he has to be in the middle somewhere."

Coleman one of the best

Football

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Seamus Coleman has been hailed as one of the best full backs in world football by Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

"He just grows month by month," said the Toffees manager. "He is a good example of a footballer with an incredible attitude and appetite for the game.

"I haven't done anything to coax that out of him. He knows his potential. He plays in a demanding position which needs you to be so good in many areas. He's one of the best full-backs in world football."

There's more at the

Liverpool Echo website, with the paper listing a whole heap of stats which suggest Coleman, 25, was the best full back in the Premier League last season.

Aru wins Vuelta stage, Froome in touch

Cycling

Italy's Fabio Aru has won the 11th stage of the Vuelta a Espana. The Astana rider finished six seconds clear of a small pack containing the race's main general classification contenders: Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Joaquim Rodriguez and Britain's Chris Froome.

The result means there is little change to the overall standings, with Contador still leading from Valverde, with Froome 1m 21 secs back in fourth.

Haas strike deal with Ferrari

Formula 1

Ferrari have signed a multi-year agreement with Haas F1 to supply the American team with power units from 2016.

The deal is another step in the right direction for owner Gene Haas, who is determined to prove his team will

make it onto the grid in 18 months' time after being handed a slot earlier this year by the FIA.

"We're delighted to announce this important strategic partnership with Haas F1 Team and to welcome an American player as a new entrant in Formula One," said Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci.

Leeds accuse RFL of Hardaker 'witch-hunt'

Rugby League

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Extraordinary developments in the Zak Hardaker story...

Leeds Rhinos

have accused the Rugby Football League of a "witch-hunt" after the governing body pledged to investigate claims Zak Hardaker used homophobic language in the defeat by St Helens.

Hardaker has already served a five-match ban for using homophobic language this season.

"We are concerned there appears to be a witch-hunt by the RFL towards Zak Hardaker," said Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington. "We are calling for an external investigation into the issues surrounding the investigation."

But the referee who reported the language, Richard Silverwood, hit back on Twitter in response to the Rhinos statement.

"2 sides to every story," Silverwood wrote. "Shouldn't always believe everything that's written!!"

Lip-readers, investigations into investigations, and referees sounding off on Twitter. Fair to say the plot thickens in that one...

Mario will be super

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Mario Balotelli has the potential to be a great asset for Liverpool, according to former manager Roy Evans.

"He is certainly going to be an asset for us and even though all the talk is going to be about his past, we have just got to let the lad get on with it," Evans told the

Liverpool Echo.

"Brendan Rodgers did things with Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard is another who is good at talking to players. But the main person in all of this is Mario himself. He needs to make sure he keeps his nose clean."

US Ryder Cup players

Golf

Here's the last in our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

Jimmy Walker took nine years to win a PGA Tour event but has won three since October 2013 and finished in the top-10 of three of this year's four majors.

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Vaughan calls for Cook sacking

Cricket

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has called for current skipper Alastair Cook to be sacked from the one-day captaincy

in his latest Daily Telegraph column.

"If Alastair Cook does not resign the captaincy then he must be sacked," Vaughan writes. "It can't go on like this.

"The captain is going up to players telling them they are not in the team and they must be looking back wondering 'how are you still in it?'"

England trail India 3-0 in the current ODI series, and have lost their last four fifty-over series at home under Cook.

Huddersfield: Powell 'fitted the bill'

Football

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Following Chris Powell's appointment as

Huddersfieldboss, Terriers chairman chairman Dean Hoyle said he had taken his time in naming Mark Robins' successor to make sure he got "the right man for the job".

"We wanted to give ourselves time to put in the groundwork," he told the

club's website.

"I felt it was important that we found a manager who had done it and Chris certainly fits that bill. He guided Charlton to promotion to the Championship and then finished ninth in the 2012-13 season - all achieved on a limited budget by getting the best out of his players.

"Make no mistake - throughout the football industry, Chris is held in extremely high regard."

Bell has fractured toe

Cricket

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Bad news for Ian Bell. The England and Warwickshire batsman has been ruled out of the final one-day international against India on Friday with a small fracture to his left big toe.

Bell suffered the injury before Tuesday's fourth one-dayer, when he was hit while practising before play began.

The ECB say the 32-year-old will not be replaced in the squad for the remaining match.

Are you interested in England?

Vote results

The results are in...and it's a resounding triumph for apathy. Almost 70% of you expressed little or no interest in England's friendly against Norway this evening.

35% of voters said they were 'not very interested' in England's match against Norway tonight, with 34% going one step further saying they were 'not interested at all'.

Only 5% of voters said they were very interested in tonight's friendly.

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We've been asking you whether England should always play home games at Wembley, or take some matches around the country...

Pretentious Moi: Wembley, with reduced ticket price for friendlies. That said, you couldn't pay me to watch Hodgson's clueless England team.

Dan Deakins: Friendlies to be played at stadiums around the country to make tickets cheaper - £20 max. Wembley only for competitive matches.

Mart Hoe: Wembley should never have been built. The £800m should have been spent on football academies. Shambles.

Keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday

Powell is new Huddersfield boss

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Former England and Charlton full-back Chris Powell has been named as Huddersfield's new manager.

The 44-year-old was

sacked by Charlton in March but now takes over at Huddersfield, who have been without a manager since
parting company with Mark Robins the day after their 4-0 opening day home defeat by Bournemouth.

Powell's first game in charge of the Terriers will be at home against Middlesbrough on Saturday, 13 September.

Voigt to attempt world hour record

Cycling

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Veteran German cyclist Jens Voigt is to attempt to break the world hour record in one last challenge before he retires.

The 42-year-old announced ahead of last month's USA Pro Cycling Challenge that it would be his last race, but he appears to have changed his mind.

"It's a huge challenge for me, both physical and mental," said Voigt. "We have been doing some discreet tests in the velodrome and we believe that I have a fair chance."

The record, once famously held by Britain's Chris Boardman, is currently held by the relatively obscure Czech rider Ondrej Sosenka, and stands at 49.7km.

Billy Wright remembered

Football

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It is 20 years to the day since the death of Billy Wright, the first player to reach 100 England caps and one of our all-time greats.

Wright, who played for Wolves from 1941 until his retirement in 1959, captained England 90 times, a record he shares with Bobby Moore.

There's a nice tribute on the

FA's website, which tells how Wright began as an inside-forward before becoming established as a hard-tackling and inspirational centre-half.

Wright went on to manage Arsenal for four years and later worked in the media. He died in 1994, aged 70.

RFU aims to grow women's game

Rugby Union

The Rugby Football Union is introducing a new strategy aimed at increasing the number of women playing regular contact rugby by 10,000 to 25,000 within three years.

Following England's World Cup triumph last month, the women's game has enjoyed a significant boost in profile, and 20 players have since been placed on central contracts, enabling them to train full-time.

The RFU development director Steve Grainger says the objective of the strategy is "normalising women's involvement in rugby".

Question of Sport teaser

Football

Earlier, as usual, we set you a daily Question of Sport teaser, which was:

With England playing Norway tonight, which five Norwegians have scored a Premier League hat-trick?

The answer is ... John Carew, Jan Age Fjortoft, Tore Andre Flo, Steffen Iversen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

A verbal pat on the back to all those who got it right.

Trouble at Hibernian

Football

All is not well at Scottish club Hibernian, with a leading supporters' group calling on club owner Sir Tom Farmer to hand control to the fans before things "sink even lower".

Forever Hibernian campaign boss Paul Kane has been leading demands for change at Easter Road since the club was relegated to the Scottish Championship.

"This is a pivotal moment in Hibs' history," Kane said. "The club is on its knees and our fear is it will sink even lower."

After relegation in May, about 2,000 fans attended a rally calling for change.

US Ryder Cup players

Golf

Continuing our look at the US Ryder Cup team...

Jordan Spieth won the John Deere Classic in 2013 and tied for second at the first major of 2014 - the Masters. His form however tailed off as the year progressed.

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Yorkshire take big step towards title

Cricket

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Yorkshire have taken a major step towards winning their first County Championship since 2001 with an innings and 18 runs victory over Lancashire in the Roses match at Old Trafford.

Leg-spinner Adil Rashid (pictured) took 5-117, but the final wicket went to Adam Lyth, who scored 251 earlier in the match. Lancashire were all out for 314 despite an innings of 117 by Australian Usman Khawaja.

Yorkshire's victory opens up a 26-point lead for them at the top of the table.

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We've been asking you whether England should always play home games at Wembley, or whether they should play some games in other venues.

Ryan: England should play all over the country and with far cheaper tickets. £60 for this England side is a joke.

Nathan Rixson II: Competitive games should be played at Wembley. Friendlies around the Country! Not everyone can afford to get to London.

Harry Trust: I think that Wembley is the home of football in England and it is where England should always play.

Keep your thoughts on Wembley coming in to #bbcsportsday

Flanagan determined to fight for place

Football

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Liverpool full-back Jon Flanagan has told the club's website he is determined to fight for his place once he returns from injury.

Flanagan made 25 appearances at left-back last season, but he picked up a knock in pre-season and has seen full-backs Alberto Moreno and Javi Manquillo arrive at the club this summer.

"It's going to be tough but I'm more determined than ever," Flanagan said. "It's a massive season for me and I just can't wait to get back now.

"The manager has strengthened the squad with the new signings, so I've got to continue to work hard and then hopefully get a chance."

Wales will play on artificial surface

Football

The Wales FA said their Euro 2016 qualifier away to Andorra will be played on an artificial surface at the Andorra National Stadium.

There had been a risk the match would be moved to Barcelona at short notice after European football's governing body Uefa criticised the pitch at the National Stadium after tests showed the ball rolls too fast on the 3G artificial surface.

Wales manager Chris Coleman says the artificial surface shouldn't affect his players.

"My message to our players is 'forget where we're playing'," he said. "We've got to get a result and whatever the surface we've got to get through it and do our job."

US Ryder Cup players

Golf

While we're on the the Ryder Cup, here's another member of the US team for you to cast your eye over...

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US have it all to do - Donaldson

Golf

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Wales' Jamie Donaldson says the US will have to perform "very well" to beat Europe in this month's Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Donaldson, who confirmed his place on the team with

victory at the Czech Masters last month, said: "We look very strong. Westwood and Poulter's records speak for themselves and Stevie Gallacher has been playing some great golf for the past two years.

"I'm not sure we'd necessarily be favourites, but the Americans will have to play very well to beat us."

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Earlier today, we asked you whether you were still interested in the England football team ahead of this evening's friendly against Norway. Plenty of you answered in the negative.

So now we want to know what lies behind your apathy? In particular, with a record low crowd predicted tonight, do you think some games should be moved away from Wembley Stadium? Telegraph sports writer Paul Hayward

believes England should be sent back on the road - do you agree?

Let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

England Test series announced

Rugby League

England will host New Zealand in a three-match Test series next autumn.

Fixture dates, venues and ticket availability will be announced in November.

England's last meeting with the Kiwis ended in a heart-breaking last-minute defeat in November's World Cup semi-final at Wembley.

Quintana crashes out of Vuelta

Cycling

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Race favourite Nairo Quintana has abandoned the Vuelta a Espana.

The Colombian went down again in a group crash just 20km into Wednesday's 153.4km 11th stage from Pamplona to San Miguel, having also crashed heavily on

yesterday's time-trial stage.

Quintana, the 2014 Giro d'Italia champion, had been leading the race prior to the first crash.

Smith shock at Leeds sale

Football

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Striker Matt Smith has spoken of his shock at being sold by Leeds - 72 hours after signing a new three-year deal.

The 25-year-old joined fellow Championship side Fulham for £750,000 on deadline day.

"Obviously, after signing the new contract, I would have to say it has been a bit of a surprise to be honest with you," he told the

Yorkshire Evening Post. "I was under the impression I was a massive part of the plans going forward.

"Then 72 hours later, I am told I am on a shortlist of players they would be looking to move on. You can imagine my shock."

Current caretaker-boss Neil Redfearn and ex-Watford head coach Giuseppe Sannino are among the favourites to take over at the managerless club.

Notts' title chances take a hit

Cricket

Nottinghamshire's chances of winning the County Championship have suffered a major blow after a 54-run defeat by Durham at Chester-le-Street.

Debutant Peter Chase took 5-64 as second-placed Notts were bowled out for 320, despite 90 from in-form Riki Wessels.

US Ryder Cup players

Golf

Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

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Sahin out after knee op

Football

Borussia Dortmund playmaker Nuri Sahin will be out for two months after undergoing knee surgery on Wednesday.

It is a blow for Dortmund, who are in the same Champions League group as Arsenal.

Sahin joins fellow Dortmund players Ilkay Gundogan, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Marcel Schmelzer on the sidelines.

Jenkinson ready to return

Football

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Right-back Carl Jenkinson, on loan at West Ham from Arsenal, says he has recovered from a hamstring injury and will be fit to make his Hammers Premier League debut at Hull on 15 September.

"I should be back for the next game and hopefully I can do the business on the pitch," Jenkinson told the

West Ham website.

"The club has made some great signings and that was half the reason I joined. West Ham are clearly making a big push this season."

Sam Allardyce's side have won one and lost two so far this season and are 11th in the table.

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Ahead of tonight's friendly against Norway, we've been asking you whether you're still interested in the fortunes of the England team. Keep your thoughts coming...

Mike Judges: "Just realised England have a competitive game next week, I've no interest whatsoever whilst we continue with the status quo."

Joseph Nicholson: "Will keep an interest in England but let's be honest, none of the qualifiers get you really excited. Will take time to rebuild."

Andrew Priestley: "The exciting, young England team named for tonight's friendly should have been the same team that started at the World Cup."

Jozef Brodala: "I go to most England home games and I went out to Brazil but after our latest failure I'm voting with my feet and not going."

Lawrie 'disappointed' at missing Ryder Cup

Golf

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Scotland's Paul Lawrie is down but not bitter about being overlooked as one of Paul McGinley's vice-captains at the Ryder Cup.

The former 1999 Open winner

tweeted: "Extremely disappointed not to be involved at Ryder cup but all the best to all of the European team. Go Europe."

McGinley announced earlier that Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Jose Maria Olazabal will join Des Smyth and Sam Torrance as his assistants for this month's showdown at Gleneagles.

Out of tune

Basketball

There's trouble afoot at the World Cup in Spain, with an outraged Lithuania formally demanding that the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) stop cutting short its national anthem.

FIBA has imposed a 75-second limit for the national anthems ahead of matches, which means spiking about a quarter of Lithuania's.

"Cutting the anthem short shows a lack of respect for our country," said Lithuania's foreign minister Linas Linkevicius. "Sports bureaucrats should come to their senses."

Lights out at Blackpool?

Football

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Things continue to go from bad to worse at Blackpool.

Bottom of the Championship after six straight defeats (the worst start in the club's history), and with relations between manager Jose Riga and chairman Karl Oyston best described as icy, it seems the supporters have almost given up hope.

Local newspaper

The Gazette reports that Blackpool Supporters' Association chairman Glenn Bowley claims "the way fans are being treated is absolutely appalling", while Tim Fielding of the Blackpool Supporters' Trust says the situation has left him "almost speechless".

Fielding added: "It's almost getting to the point where the last person out of Bloomfield Road should turn the lights off."

The club failed to make any signings before the deadline, despite the manager saying he needed four new players.

'Late Arsenal bid for Falcao'

Football

More from Radamel Falcao's dad, who might make a decent TV pundit given he doesn't seem one to mince his words.

Reflecting on his son's deadline-day loan move to Manchester United, Radamel Garcia revealed that Arsenal made a last-gasp bid to snare the striker.

Garcia said: "The clubs that showed an interest in him were Juventus, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal at the last minute."

He added: "He was very happy at Monaco but unfortunately, they changed the original plan and decided to sell the players they had bought."

US Ryder Cup players

Golf

Continuing our rundown of the US Ryder Cup team...

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