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James Gheerbrant and Richard Winton

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  1. Post update

    Well, that's more than enough for one day.

    Join BBC Sportsday from 8am tomorrow as we look ahead to the Euro 2016 qualifiers and continue our coverage of the US Open tennis, among plenty of other things.

  2. On this day . . .

    Jochen Rindt

    In 1970, Jochen Rindt was killed when his Lotus swerved and hit a guard rail during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.

    The Austrian subsequently became the sport's only posthumous world champion.

  3. Owls takeover falls through

    Sheffield Wednesday owner Milan Mandaric says he will consider legal action following the collapse of the club's proposed takeover by Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov.

    Oil and energy magnate Mammadov, who also owns Azerbaijan side FC Baku and French club Lens, exchanged contracts with Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric on a £40m takeover in June. However the deal has now fallen through.

    Mandaric said: "In hindsight, my desire to please our supporters probably clouded my decision to grant further time for him to complete the process."

  4. Post update

    Lynsey Sharp

    Lynsey Sharp, the Commonwealth Games and European Championship silver medallist, tweets: "Wheelchair bound in late March this year. Opened my season about 4 weeks later #miracle"

  5. Podolski refutes Arsenal exit talk

    Lukas Podolski denies that he was poised to leave Arsenal in the final days of the summer transfer window.

    Speaking to German newspaper Bild, the forward said: "A move away from Arsenal did not fall through because I had no offers to move.

    "I had a very good conversation with the manager. He has stressed he is putting trust in me and my qualities. I do not have to fear anyone at Arsenal."

  6. Failure comes at cost for Harrison

    Karl Harrison has left his position as head coach of Halifax after the club failed to earn the £250,000 prize money that comes with a top-two Championship finish.

    The former Great Britain forward, who coached Salford in Super League from 2002-07, joined Halifax from Batley three years ago but departs along with assistant Lee Greenwood.

    Captain Scott Murrell will take charge for Sunday's final league game against Barrow.

  7. Sexton to rejoin Leinster next season

    Jonathan Sexton

    Jonathan Sexton is to rejoin Leinster for the 2015/16 season.

    The Ireland fly-half, who broke his jaw while playing for Racing Metro last week, represented Leinster between 2006 and 2013, winning three European Cups, two Pro12 titles and a Challenge Cup.

    "I grew up playing my rugby in Leinster and always wanting to pull on the blue jersey so I am delighted to be able to return to play my club rugby in Ireland," said Sexton, who has earned 45 caps for Ireland and toured with the Lions last summer.

  8. Celtic cleared to complete Guidetti deal

    Celtic have been given clearance by Fifa to complete their loan signing of Manchester City's Swedish forward John Guidetti, reports BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Alasdair Lamont.

    The deal was in the balance after the paperwork was filed after the transfer deadline.

    A Fifa statement reads: "After checking the documentation received and the information contained in the international transfer matching system managed by FIFA TMS, the Scottish Football Association was informed today that the envisaged loan deal may proceed."

  9. Tennis

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    Laura Robson has started hitting with a small racquet and sponge balls as she continues her recovery from wrist surgery.

    The cast has been removed from her left wrist and a video posted on her Facebook page shows her hitting gently at the National Tennis Centre in London.

    Robson has only completed one match all year, but said at Wimbledon that she is still hopeful of playing one or two low key tournaments before the year is out.

  10. Yanga-Mbiwa aims to rebuild France career


    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Newcastle defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says he hopes his loan move to AS Roma will help him rekindle his international ambitions with France.

    "If I play regularly, I don't see how I wouldn't have a chance to return for Les Bleus," said Yanga-Mbiwa, who has three caps for the national side.

    He added that he hoped to prove his doubters wrong following an unconvincing spell on Tyneside.

    "In England it didn't really work out because we don't have the same vision of things, or maybe I didn't adapt," Yanga-Mbiwa said. "I hope to flourish here and show everyone that moving to England was a bit of a mistake."

  11. Cavendish out of GB Worlds team


    Mark Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish has been left out of the Great Britain squad for the Road World Championships in Spain later this month.

    The 2011 world champion, who needed shoulder surgery after crashing on the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate, is considered ill-equipped for the hilly Ponferrada road-race course, which features 28 climbs in 254.8 kilometres.

    The eight-man British team for the event, which begins on September 28, includes 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome, and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geraint Thomas.

    Lizzie Armitstead, the women's Commonwealth champion, is to lead a team of six a day earlier on a route half the distance of the men's.

  12. England hope success breeds success

    The head coach of England's under-18 side insists it is vital that his players build on their European Championship success earlier this summer.

    Neil Dewsnip's kids beat the Netherlands 4-1 in a friendly last night with a brace from Newcastle's Adam Armstrong and goals from Josh Sims of Southampton and Manchester United's Demetri Mitchell. The sides will meet again on Friday at 19:30 BST in Bury.

    "We are not happy just to have one under-17s success every four years," Dewsnip told BBC Sport's Simon Stone.

    "We want success at different age groups over a sustained period. If we get that, hopefully more will emerge in the first-teams of their clubs and then will go on to play for England."

  13. South Africa beat Zimbabwe


    It's all over in Harare, where South Africa have beaten Zimbabwe by 63 runs.

    Faf du Plessis's century helped the Proteas to post a competitive total of 271, which they comfortably defended, with JP Duminy taking 3-35. Only Brendan Taylor, with an excellent 79, provided any meaningful resistance, as the hosts subsided to 208.

    South Africa's win means they go through to face Australia in the final of the tri-series on Saturday.

  14. Torres needed 'change of scenery'

    Jose Mourinho and Fernando Torres

    Jose Mourinho concedes Fernando Torres needed a "change of scenery" after the striker's two-year loan move from Chelsea to AC Milan.

    "As a person and a professional, there is nothing to doubt about him," Mourinho said of the Spanish striker, who spent three-and-a-half-years at Stamford Bridge after a £50m move from Liverpool.

    "He's a fantastic boy. However, he needed a change of scenery."

  15. No halt to Pro 12 for World Cup

    The Pro 12 will be played during next year's Rugby World Cup despite the English Premiership putting their league on hold.

    Elite matches are not allowed be played in the host country of a World Cup during the tournament, affecting the English top flight.

    Wales will stage eight World Cup games but the Pro12 will continue during the tournament.

  16. Post update

    Manchester United tweet: "The UK Border Agency has agreed to grant #mufc defender @MarcosRojo5 a visa and he will therefore be available to face QPR on 14 September."

  17. On this day . . .


    In 2013, Manchester United winger Nani signed a new five-year contract with the club.

    Yet less than 12 months later the Portuguese winger returned to Lisbon, moving to Sporting on loan as part of the deal that took Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford.

  18. Coaches consider scrapping away goals rule


    Europe's top club coaches have been contemplating whether to scrap the away goals rule at a meeting of the elite coaches' forum at Uefa headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

    The rule was introduced nearly 50 years ago when playing away in Europe was a novelty, but critics say it has now become counter-productive, unnecessary and unfair.

    "There was a bit of a debate about whether it has any significance today," said former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

  19. Keane defiant over Republic chances


    Roy Keane

    Roy Keane says the Republic of Ireland are ready to get their Euro 2016 qualification campaign underway and won't be intimidated by a hostile home crowd when they take on Georgia in Tbilisi on Sunday.

    "Everyone seems frightened to death, particularly the media," said the Republic's assistant manager. "There's a lot of negativity. Strangely enough I'm sure if we qualify, you will be first to celebrate and have a jolly-up over there.

    "We have got to look forward to the game. People are on about a hostile atmosphere - brilliant, bring it on."

  20. Chilton to see out season with Marussia

    Max Chilton has confirmed that his race seat with Marussia is guaranteed until the end of the season.

    The British driver missed the Belgian Grand Prix due to "contractual issues", with American Alexander Rossi taking his place. However, his management suggested the 23-year-old had "volunteered" to give up his seat to raise funds.

    But asked today whether he would be behind the wheel for the final seven grands prix, Chilton replied: "Yes. What happened was a commercial decision which got changed, and we are now back to normal."

  21. Non-league club gives fans mushrooms


    A non-league club have come up with a novel initiative to boost fan numbers - handing out free mushrooms to home fans.

    Suffolk non-league side Bungay Town, who play in the Anglian Combination Division Two, came up with the idea for Non-League Day, when clubs try to attract more supporters.

    "We have a supplier of mushrooms so we thought 'Why not? The former chairman is a mushroom grower'," vice-chairman Shaun Cole told BBC Sport.

  22. Moeen 'tried to copy' Raina


    Moeen Ali

    England batsman Moeen Ali has revealed he tried to copy India's Suresh Raina when he came to the crease in the fourth one-day international on Tuesday.

    Raina hit a century in the second ODI at Cardiff, while Ali scored an excellent counter-attacking 67 in England's crushing defeat.

    "Watching someone like Suresh Raina, they were in trouble and he came out and played the way he played," Ali said.

    "He took a few risks and they came off. He backed himself.

    "I tried to copy it a little a bit," added Ali, who may be promoted up the order from number seven when the two sides meet on Friday in the final ODI at Headingley.

  23. Champions League seeding to change?


    A Uefa coaches' meeting has been told that European football's governing body are looking to change how Champions League clubs are seeded.

    Currently, clubs are ranked over five years, which has recently left national champions Manchester City, Juventus and Paris St-Germain among the second seeds. One option is guaranteed top-seeding to winners of high-ranked leagues.

    However, coaching adviser and former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson thinks that seeding is not important. "You take what you get and your performance is the most important thing," says the Scot.

  24. Allen shrugs off golden generation talk


    Wales midfielder Joe Allen says he is not interested in the squad being tagged as a "golden generation".

    Chris Coleman's side begin their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Andorra on 9 September.

    Allen says Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey add more talent to the squad, but their focus is on making the finals.

  25. De Gale 'strong favourite' for Froch fight


    Carl Froch (left) and James DeGale

    An interesting line in today's Daily Mail... Carl Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn says former British Olympian James DeGale is the "strong favourite" to be Froch's next (and quite possibly last) opponent.

    Froch had hoped to fight Julio Cesar Chavez in Las Vegas, but Hearn writes that, "It looks to me like a fight with Chavez is not going to happen."

    A fight with DeGale, described by Hearn as "young, hungry and talented", would probably take place in Nottignham next year, according to the promoter.

  26. South Africa in control against Zimbabwe


    Zimbabwe are struggling in pursuit of 272 in their one-day international against South Africa at Harare.

    The hosts are currently 110-4 after 28 overs, with skipper Brendan Taylor unbeaten on 24. With Zimbabwe having failed to chase down the target in 25 overs, South Africa's place in the tri-series final against Australia is now assured.

  27. Brook 'lost a lot of blood'


    Kell Brook

    More now on that shocking news of IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook being stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife.

    Brook's condition is described as "stable" by his promoters Matchroom, but a spokeswoman for Spain's Guardia Civil said he had "lost a lot of blood".

    She told the Press Association: "This morning a 28-year-old British man was stabbed at Golf del Sur in San Miguel de Abona.

    "He was stabbed in the left leg and is hospitalized. He lost a lot of blood.

    "There are no arrests at this time and the Guardia Civil are investigating."

  28. Villa to sign former Italy international?

    Reports in Italy claim that Aston Villa are considering moving for midfielder Gaetano D'Agostino.

    The 32-year-old has five Italy caps and was sold to by Udinese to Fiorentina for somewhere in the region of €9m in 2010.

    The playmaker is a free agent after leaving Siena at the end of last season so can sign for a club outside the transfer windows.

  29. On this day . . .

    John Wisden

    In 1826, John Wisden, the man who first published what is now known as 'The Cricketer's Bible', was born in Brighton.

    He died on April 5, 1884.

  30. Low calls for forward Sam

    Schalke forward Sidney Sam has been called into the Germany squad for Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland.

    Coach Joachim Low has summoned the 26-year-old for the Dortmund meeting after Schalke team-mate Julian Draxler joined Mats Hummels and Mesut Ozil in succumbing to injuries.

  31. Get involved

    In today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport, we asked you to name the three players Novak Djokovic has faced in the semi-finals of the US Open.

    The answers are Roger Federer, David Ferrer and Stanislas Wawrinka.

  32. Odemwingie out until New Year

    Peter Odemwingie

    Mark Hughes has confirmed that Stoke forward Peter Odemwingie is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

    The 33-year-old Nigerian was carried off on a stretcher during the 1-0 win at Manchester City on Saturday and requires surgery.

    As yet no timescale has been put on his recovery but the club have not included Odemwingie in their 25-man Premier League squad, meaning he cannot be registered to play until January at the earliest.

    Hughes told the club's website, "It's a significant injury and unfortunately it's a long-term one. It will be a long road back but we wish him well."

  33. Donaldson and Bjorn in good shape

    European Ryder Cup players Jamie Donaldson and Thomas Bjorn both posted strong opening rounds at the European Masters in Switzerland.

    Welshman Donaldson carded a five-under 65 to sit one off Northern Ireland's Gareth Maybin and Englishmen Tommy Fleetwood and Graeme Storm, while Dane Bjorn sits a further shot adrift.

  34. Welbeck to impress at Arsenal

    Danny Welbeck has, somewhat unsurprisingly, vowed to do his all to impress the Arsenal fans after his £16m deadline-day move from Manchester United.

    "I just want them to know that I will give 100% in every single game," the 23-year-old said. "I play with my heart on my sleeve and I am always going to give my best. I will try to give them so many happy days in the future."

    Welbeck's debut will likely be when Arsenal host Manchester City on September 13.

  35. Post update

    Iain Carter

    BBC Sport

    Lee Westwood commits to playing Wales Open the week before the Ryder Cup. Sensible move.

  36. Delph delighted with debut


    Fabian Delph

    England'sFabian Delph has spoken of his delight at fulfilling his boyhood dreams by making his international debut last night.

    Delph put in a composed performance after coming on as a 69th-minute substitute for Jack Wilshere.

    "A few years ago I couldn't get fit and into the first team at Villa so it has been a really long hard road," the Aston Villa midfielder said. "Being here with England is great."

  37. Get involved


    We've been asking you for your player ratings from last night's England match against Norway...

    Vic Oakman: Hart 7 - Stones 6 Cahill 5 Jones 5 Baines 4- Henderson 5 Wilshere 4 - Ox 4 Rooney 2 Sterling 8 - Sturridge 5

    Darren Smith: Hart 6; Stones 6, Cahill 4, Jones 5, Baines 6; Henderson 6, Wilshere 5, Ox 6, Sterling 8; Rooney 4, Sturridge 6

    Thomas Goodchild: Hart 6, Sterling 6, Rooney 3, everyone else 4.

    Keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday on Twitter or to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  38. 'Youngsters can learn from World Cup'

    Captain Wayne Rooney believes the experience of a disappointing World Cup campaign can help Roy Hodgson's young squad.

    The 28-year-old was permanent captain for the first time in England's 1-0 win over Norway on Wednesday.

    "Going to the World Cup and being part of that, feeling what they did, seeing how it was out there can only give them experience in international football for future tournaments. They will learn from that," Rooney says.

  39. Moles named Afghanistan coach


    Andy Moles (left) and Daniel Vettori

    Former Warwickshire batsman Andy Moles has been named the new coach of Afghanistan.

    Moles has previously held coaching positions with Kenya and Scotland, and he took charge of Test-playing nation New Zealand from 2008 to 2009. "I am very excited as I take on the role," he said.

    He replaces Pakistan's Kabir Khan, who resigned last week citing family reasons.

  40. Klinger to return to Gloucestershire

    Michael Klinger

    Captain Michael Klinger has agreed a new contract with Gloucestershire for next season.

    He will return to the club at the end of May 2015 and will be available for the Twenty20 and 50-over campaigns and the majority of the Championship season.

    The 34-year-old opener will fly back to his native Australia this week as he continues his recovery from the broken arm he suffered last month.

  41. Too many cooks . . .

    Further to the subject of apathy around the England national team . . .

    As well as attracting a record-low crowd for the redeveloped Wembley, the 1-0 victory over Norway was watched by a peak of 5.5m viewers - 3.6m fewer than the peak audience for the BBC's Great British Bake Off at the same time.

    The averages for each programme were 4.5m and 8.3m respectively.

  42. Todt expresses concerns over Russian GP

    Formula 1

    Jean Todt

    Jean Todt, president of international motorsport governing body the FIA, has reportedly expressed concerns over the controversial Russian Grand Prix.

    The Telegraph reports that Todt is privately uncomfortable about holding a race in Russia following the violence in Crimea, while his close ally and colleague Ari Vatanen has publicly told Bernie Ecclestone and the F1 team owners to scrap the race over 'unprecedented' actions of Vladimir Putin.

  43. Ronaldinho to play in Conference South?

    Right, we've checked the date and it's not 1 April, so how about this . . .

    Basingstoke Town are in talks to sign Ronaldinho.

    The Conference South club claim to have held discussion with the agent of the 34-year-old former Brazil international, who left Atletico Mineiro this summer.

    Simon Hood, Basingstoke Town's marketing director, said: "Discussions have been had, and there is an offer on the table. Now it is up to Ronaldinho to decide whether he wants to take us up on it.

    "He is on a free transfer and if he wants to get into English football, I cannot think of a better way to do that than by signing for Basingstoke Town."

  44. Get involved


    We've been asking you for your player ratings from last night's England match against Norway...

    Chris Billy: Hart 6 - Stones 5 Cahill 5 Jones 6 Baines 5 - Henderson 5 Wilshere 5 Ox 5 Rooney 4 Sterling 6 - Sturridge 6

    Seamus in Warsaw: Sterling deserved 7/10 - rest 4 or 5 at best. Most of these players make a living off 'reflected' glory in PL 'foreign' teams.

    Keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday on Twitter or to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  45. Hungry Watson craves NFL success

    Heard about the kid from Manchester who has gone from scavenging ketchup sachets to playing in the NFL?

    Menelik Watson is his name and he is likely to be in the Oakland Raiders side who begin the season on Sunday in New York against the Jets.

  46. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Boxing champ Brook stabbed

    IBF welterweight world champion Kell Brook has been stabbed in the leg while on holiday in Tenerife. He is currently in a stable condition in hospital.

  47. On this day . . .

    Christian Gross

    In 1998, 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.

  48. Moreno 'proved point' against Spurs

    Alberto Moreno admits he had a point to prove against Tottenham last Sunday after a less-than-satisfying debut for Liverpool.

    The Spaniard was at fault for Manchester City's opener in the 3-1 defeat last week but scored in the 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane after a 60-yard run.

    "After making my debut and losing against City I had a point to make," he said. "When I stole the ball from Andros Townsend and saw a way through, all I could think about was getting to their goal and scoring. I didn't care how many metres I had to run."

  49. Reid takes passage to India

    Here's a quirky one for you . . .

    Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC have confirmed "eminent English football manager Peter Reid" as their new boss. The former Manchester City and Sunderland manager, whose most recent job was at Plymouth, will be assisted by Steve Darby, who was also his number two during a stint as Thailand coach.

    "I enjoyed working overseas with Thailand and I am very much looking forward to this new challenge," says Reid.

  50. Get involved


    We've been asking you for your player ratings from last night's England match against Norway...

    Jaspal Johal: Hart 7 - Stones 6 Cahill 5 Jones 6 Baines 5 - Henderson 6 Wilshere 5 - Ox 6, Rooney 5 Sterling 8 - Sturridge 7. Uninspiring.

    Do you agree with Jaspal? Send your player-by-player ratings, Phil McNulty-style, to #bbcsportsday on Twitter or to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  51. Johnson-Thompson determined to come back better

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson says she couldn't bring herself to watch last month's European championships after missing out through injury, but insists she's determined to come back stronger than ever.

    The British heptathlete was forced out of the event in Zurich because of the foot problem that kept her out of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She is now back to full training but won't be competing again this year.

    The 21-year-old was speaking ahead of the 2014 Schools Games, which are taking place in Manchester this weekend.

  52. South Africa set Zimbabwe 272 to win


    Faf du Plessis

    Halfway stage in the one-day international between Zimbabwe and South Africa at Harare, and it's evenly poised.

    The Proteas racked up 271-6 in their 50 overs, with Faf du Plessis hitting his third century of the tri-series, which also involves Australia. JP Duminy was his main support with 51.

    Zimbabwe have to win this one by a big margin in order to reach the final against Australia.

  53. Get involved

    In the wake of last night's US Open action, here's today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport . . .

    Kei Nishikori will be Novak Djokovic's fourth semi-final opponent at the US Open. Who were the other three?

    We'll give you the answer later this afternoon.

  54. Burnley will spend in January

    The Burnley board have assured supporters that Sean Dyche will have money to bolster his squad in January.

    The Turf Moor club spent around £8m on 10 players during the summer transfer window and the manager will have more available in the new year.

    John Banaszkiewicz, the Burnley co-chairman, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We've got some money left for January so that it keeps our options open."

  55. Wembley launches new exhibition


    Wembley exhibition

    Wembley may only have been half-full for the England match last night, but surely there will be more takers for this new exhibition which celebrates more than a century of historic events and memories at the national stadium.

    The installation features more than 100 images from the Getty archive, including many rare shots featuring some iconic faces from the entertainment and sporting worlds.


  56. 'No fear' for Scotland

    Gordon Strachan insists his Scotland players will not be scared by the prospect of facing Germany in Dortmund on Sunday in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier.

    "I'm really looking forward to the challenge because I can see the players are as well," the manager says. "I'm encouraged by that, there's no fear whatsoever in the camp.

    "There's a reality obviously that we're playing the world champions but there's no fear and I like that."

  57. 'Frampton following where McGuigan dared to tread'

    Ben Dirs

    BBC Sport

    "My taxi driver, previously loud and hearty, fades to a hesitant whisper as the guns grow bigger above us. Guns wielded by men in balaclavas, bookended by the words: 'Prepared for peace. Ready for war.' Only a mural, but real enough."

    Ben Dirs went to Belfast to meet Carl Frampton ahead of his IBF super-bantamweight title fight with Kiko Martinez on Saturday.

  58. Barrett starts for All Blacks

    Rugby Union

    Beauden Barrett

    New Zealand have handed a first start at fly-half to Beauden Barrett for their Rugby Championship match against Argentina on Saturday.

    Barrett replaces Aaron Cruden, who went off with a chest problem in last month's 51-20 win over Australia.

    Two other changes see Israel Dagg come in at full-back and Ben Smith shift to right-wing to accommodate him, with Cory Jane dropping out of the matchday squad.

  59. Watch Di Maria inspire Argentina win


    As we mentioned earlier, Argentina and Germany met in Dusseldorf last night in a rematch of the World Cup final, and the showdown didn't disappoint.

    Argentina prevailed 4-2 in a pulsating encounter, and Angel Di Maria was at the heart of the action. The new Manchester United signing may have struggled against Burnley at the weekend, but he tore the world champions apart, scoring one goal and setting up three others.

    And here's the best part - you can watch highlights of that minor classic right now on the BBC Sport website. Go on, treat yourself.

  60. Get involved


    So, just how bad were England last night? Our chief football writer Phil McNulty has given his verdict on the players, now we thought we'd give you the chance to rate the players (and the manager) out of 10.

    Who was a bright spark in England's average performance, and who shouldn't be anywhere near the team for Monday's qualifier against Switzerland?

    Send your ratings out of 10 from last night's match to #bbcsportsday on Twitter, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  61. Dutch dispense with Van Gaal's back three


    New Netherlands coach Guus Hiddink says he has decided to return the national team to a 4-3-3 formation despite Louis van Gaal's successful experiment with a 3-5-2 set-up at the World Cup, where the Netherlands reached the semi-finals.

    Ahead of the friendly with Italy tonight - in which Celtic's Virgil van Dijk could make his debut - Hiddink said: "I had a discussion with the important players and we've decided to go back to 4-3-3. There was no surprise about it."

    Former Chelsea coach Hiddink also revealed that Arjen Robben is unlikely to feature in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier against the Czech Republic on Tuesday after picking up an ankle injury.

  62. Bottas 'can be world champion'

    Felipe Massa believes Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas has the potential to become a world champion.

    "It's clear he's doing everything correct," said 33-year-old Massa of his 25-year-old Finnish colleague.

    Asked if Bottas could fight for a world championship, Massa replied: "He can, definitely. He's still young."

  63. Reeves and Bruce out for Northern Ireland

    More from the Euro 2016 qualifiers and more injury news for one of the home nations.

    Ben Reeves and Alex Bruce have withdrawn from Northern Ireland's squad for their first qualifier on Sunday against Hungary.

    MK Dons' uncapped midfielder Reeves has a hamstring problem, while Hull's Bruce has left the camp after his wife went into labour.

  64. Kobayashi returns for Caterham

    Formula 1

    Kamui Kobayashi

    Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi will race for Caterham in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix after being replaced by German Andre Lotterer in last month's Belgian Grand Prix, the Formula 1 team said on Thursday.

    Spaniard Roberto Merhi, the 23-year-old who looks likely to race for the team later in the season, will make his F1 debut in Friday's first practice using Kobayashi's car.

  65. 'England need to win their fans back'

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    "England have lost much of the public's imagination and interest after Brazil and, almost as damagingly as anger, it appears apathy is the overriding emotion as their status as a second-tier football nation is seemingly accepted by their fans."

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty picks over the bones of Roy Hodgson's side's 1-0 win over Norway.

  66. Foley returns for Australia

    Rugby Union

    Bernard Foley

    Australia have recalled fly-half Bernard Foley for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa.

    Foley forms a new-look half-back combination alongside Nick Phipps, with Nic White and Kurtley Beale dropping to the bench.

    The Wallabies' other changes see James Hanson start at hooker, Adam Ashley-Cooper move to the wing and Tevita Kuridrani slot in at outside centre.

    The Springboks have also changed five, with forwards Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss and Marcell Coetzee, and backs Morne Steyn and Jan Serfontein coming in to the side.

  67. Germany v Scotland

    Scotland's James McArthur

    Scotland midfielder - and new Crystal Palace record signing - James McArthur faces the media ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany.

  68. Wembley could host Euro 2020 final after 'secret deal'


    Wembley Stadium could host the final of Euro 2020 and the whole of Euro 2028 after the FA reportedly struck a "secret deal" with their German counterparts.

    The Telegraph reports that German FA secretary Helmut Sandrock claimed to have "spoken with" the FA about an arrangement under which his own country would "forego" Munich's bid for the 2020 semi-finals and finals, leaving the way clear for Wembley to win the vote in Geneva in two weeks' time.

    The deal also involves the FA backing Germany's bid for Euro 2024, in return for German support for England's Euro 2028 host candidature.

  69. Murray 'disappointed' by Djokovic defeat


    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

    Andy Murray said he was disappointed that Novak Djokovic proved physically stronger after the Serbian prevailed in their US Open quarter-final.

    "I thought physically he was better than me in the end," Murray said. "I was a little bit disappointed, to be honest, because I did train very hard.

    "You do the work for these matches, so I would have liked to have felt a little bit better towards the end."

  70. Dorrans withdraws from Scotland squad

    As if the task of facing the Germans in Dortmund was not difficult enough, Scotland will be without West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans after he pulled out with an injury.

    Dorrans follows Ipswich's Christophe Berra and Andy Robertson of Hull in succumbing to injuries.

  71. On this day . . .

    Maureen Connolly

    In 1951, Maureen Connolly won the US Open tennis title at the age of 16 years and 11 months.

  72. Ashley bought Ibrox naming rights for £1

    Rangers director Sandy Easdale has told the Daily Record that the naming rights for Ibrox stadium were sold to Newcastle owner Mike Ashley for a pound two years ago.

    The agreement was struck with the former Rangers chief executive Charles Green as part of a commercial deal that left Ashley in control of the club's retail department. Ashley has a stake of around 5% in the Scottish Championship outfit and is understood to be looking to increase his shareholding.

    In 2011, he changed the name of Newcastle's ground, St James' Park, to the Sports Direct Arena but changed the name back following a fans' backlash.

  73. Botham wants IPL scrapped


    Sir Ian Botham has called for the Indian Premier League to be scrapped because it is "too powerful for the long-term good of the game".

    The former England captain was delivering the 2014 MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's.

    The former England captain says the IPL provides the "perfect opportunity for betting and therefore fixing" and believes "players are slaves to it".

  74. Cook faces calls to give up ODI captaincy


    Alastair Cook

    The morning papers won't make for cheery reading for England captain Alastair Cook over his cornflakes. Two former England skippers have used their columns to suggest that Cook be relieved of the leadership of the one-day international team.

    In The Times (subscription required), Mike Atherton suggests that a split captaincy is the way forward for England.

    And in the Telegraph, Michael Vaughan says that if Cook doesn't quit he must be sacked, arguing that the captain has no authority to make ODI selection decisions as he doesn't merit a place in the team himself.

    "Cook is dropping players from the team who are better one-day cricketers than him," Vaughan writes. "Now is the time to take risks and replace Cook as captain of the one-day team."

  75. Podolski expects 'dirty' Scotland

    Back to the Euro 2016 qualifiers and, on Sunday, Scotland face the daunting task of playing world champions Germany in Dortmund.

    Gordon Strachan's side have shown significant improvement of late but Lukas Podolski has low expectations from Scotland.

    "I think they will play a dirty game," said the Germany and Arsenal forward.

    One suspects Podolski may now be a marked man . . .

  76. Ronaldo would like Manchester return


    Cristiano Ronaldo

    The Telegraph this morning has an interview with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, and the Portuguese admits that he would love to return to Manchester United "one day".

    "I love Manchester," he says. "Everyone knows that. Manchester is in my heart and I left many good friends there."

    Ronaldo also believes that Portugal can bounce back from their disappointing World Cup campaign at the next major tournament.

    "Maybe at Euro 2016, that's the time we're going to win something," he says. "I'm looking forward to that. I think it's possible."

  77. Begovic sets world record

    Remember last season, when Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scudded a clearance over the head of Southampton's Artur Boruc after just 13 seconds of the sides' meeting at the Britannia Stadium?

    Well, that astonishing goal has earned the Bosnian a place in the Guinness World Records book as the "longest goal scored in football" at a distance of 91.9 metres (301ft 6in).

    "The certificate will certainly take pride of place on the wall at home," says Begovic.

  78. Brash abandons World Games bid

    Scott Brash

    Great Britain's top show-jumper Scott Brash has withdrawn from the World Equestrian Games in Caen to focus on the forthcoming Nations Cup in Barcelona

    The 28-year-old Scot was lying 36th overnight in the individual competition and, with qualification for the individual final unlikely, the decision was taken to pull out.

    The British team did not qualify for Thursday's 10-nation team final, meaning they failed to secure qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics. They must now wait until next year's European Championships for another opportunity.

  79. McPherson returns home

    Former Salford forward Shannan McPherson is to return to the NRL after signing a deal with Parramatta.

    The Red Devils released the injury-plagued 28-year-old former South Sydney prop in June to enable them to sign New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke.

  80. Ricketts out of Wales squad

    All these friendlies, of course, are building up to the opening Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    Wales play Andorra next Tuesday and Wolves defender Sam Ricketts becomes the fourth player to withdraw from the squad after picking up an injury in training this week.

    He joins defenders Adam Matthews and James Collins and striker Hal Robson-Kanu in pulling out and is replaced by 35-year-old Danny Gabbidon, who rejoined Cardiff City earlier this week in a player-coach capacity.

  81. Spain look for new start


    Marca front page

    Spain are also looking to begin a rebuilding job ahead of the Euro 2016 qualification campaign following a disastrous World Cup in Brazil.

    Marca's headline reminds Spain's players that they cannot get away with celebrating successes (of which, let's be fair, they've had a few) without being able to conquer failures (according to our very rough and possibly incorrect translation).

    Spain take on France tonight, with Real Madrid's Dani Carvajal and Atletico Madrid's Raul Garcia expected to make their international debuts.

  82. Conte turns to youth


    Corriere dello Sport front page

    England aren't the only team uncertainly putting their faith in an unproven new generation following a desperately disappointing World Cup campaign.

    Italy were also eliminated at the group stages, and sports paper Corriere dello Sport says new coach Antonio Conte is preparing to turn to youth ahead of tonight's friendly against Holland.

    The paper suggests that the wet-behind-the-ears trio of Simone Zaza, Ciro Immobile and Mattia de Sciglio could feature against Guus Hiddink's Dutch side.

  83. Rooney answers fat jibes


    The Mirror back page

    The Mirror offers a slightly more upbeat reading of last night's events, saying that Wayne Rooney "answered the jibes" of his critics - including being called "chubby" by Norway's Vegard Forren - and "kept a half-full Wembley from dozing off".

    However, even the Mirror isn't exactly sparing in its criticism, describing the England team as "lacking the belief, the conviction, the joy of playing that allows them to look or feel like top international players".

    The paper also reports that Manchester United were not the first choice of new signings Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

  84. A half-baked performance


    The Sun backpage

    The Sun says England served up a "stodgy" performance against Norway, adding that viewers watching the Great British Bake Off would have been treated to more thrills than spectators who tuned in to the football.

    The paper also hails the performance of Manchester United's new signing Angel Di Maria in Argentina's victory over Germany last night.

    The South Americans won 4-2 in Dusseldorf to gain a measure of revenge for the World Cup final, with Di Maria scoring one and laying on the other three.

  85. England living on a prayer


    Daily Telegraph sports page

    We begin our review of this morning's back pages with the Telegraph, who were none too impressed with England's performance (warning: this is something of a theme in this morning's papers).

    The paper describes it as "a dismal start to the new era for Hodgson's men", adding: "It was hardly a sparkling new dawn and the win was slightly undeserved."

    The Telegraph isn't exactly enamoured with England's one-day international cricket team, either. In his column this morning, former England captain Michael Vaughan calls for current skipper Alastair Cook to stand down.

  86. Low crowds here to stay - Hodgson


    And speaking in the aftermath of the match, England manager Roy Hodgson did little to dispel the mood of apathy around the national side.

    "We'll find it hard to bring attendances back to very high levels because the opponents we're playing won't excite the public," said Hodgson.

    "They're not the teams that normally attract full houses."

    It is probably fair to say that England's next home game, against San Marino next month, is not what marketing men's dreams are made of, but is Hodgson missing the point - is it stodgy England, not their unglamorous opponents, who are turning the public off? Sit tight, we'll be giving you a chance to have your say at #bbcsportsday very shortly.

  87. England toil to Norway win


    Stefan Johansen and James Milner

    Murray wasn't the only one who endured a gruelling ordeal last night. The 40,181 hardy souls who packed into Wembley (an all-time low for the new stadium) for England v Norway were treated to an epic snooze-fest of an international friendly.

    England laboured to a 1-0 victory, but last night's match was a desperately dour affair that will have done little to address the long-term worries about England's footballing progress or Wembley attendances.

    It was an uninspiring performance, though England did break their five-game winless streak and Wayne Rooney's goal took him to fourth in the all-time England goalscorers list.

  88. Nishikori and Williams into semis


    Kei Nishikori

    So Djokovic advances to his eighth straight US Open semi-final, where he'll play a man at the other end of the experience spectrum - Japan's Kei Nishikori, who upset Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka in five gripping sets to reach the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time. Nishikori also becomes the first Grand Slam semi-finalist from the Land of the Rising Sun.

    In the women's draw, Serena Williams continued her serene progress with a 6-3 6-2 win over Italy's Flavia Pennetta, but former finalist Victoria Azarenka of Belarus lost 6-4 6-2 to another first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist - Russia's Ekaterina Makarova.

    There was also disappointment for Britain's Ross Hutchins, who lost in his mixed doubles semi-final with Taiwan's Yung-Jan Chan.

  89. Murray out of US Open


    Andy Murray

    Let's bring you straight up to date with the latest from the US Open, and if you haven't already heard, I'm afraid it's bad news for Andy Murray.

    The Scot succumbed to Novak Djokovic in four gruelling sets, 7-6 6-7 6-2 6-4, ending his last hopes of a Grand Slam title from 2014.

    Murray acquitted himself well in what our man in NY, Piers Newbery, describes as "his best performance since winning Wimbledon last year", but ultimately he had no answer to Djokovic's superior stamina, and he will now fall to 10th in the world rankings.

  90. Good morning

    Hello and welcome to Thursday's edition of Sportsday.

    It's the morning after the night before - and England appear to be suffering a distinct hangover from their underwhelming World Cup exploits as they played out an unconvincing 1-0 win over Norway in last night's friendly. We'll be bringing you up to date with all the latest reaction from that, and getting your opinion on England's performance.

    There's also plenty of news from the US Open to update you on, so without further ado, let's get started.