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  1. Mourinho backs Allardyce for England job
  2. Everton name Leicester's Walsh as director of football
  3. Russian athletes fail to overturn Olympics ban
  4. Five UK teams in Europa League action
  5. Ventspils v Aberdeen first up at 16:00 BST

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By Ian Woodcock and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodbye

    That's it from us today.

    Thanks very much for joining us and we'll be back again tomorrow from 08:00 BST.

    Will this man be England manager by then?

    Sam Allardyce
  2. Still 0-0 in Lithuania


    It's half-time in Latvia and the scoreline remains 0-0 between Ventspils and Aberdeen.

    The Scottish side still lead 3-0 on aggregate and look to be set fine for the next round.

    You can follow live text of that game here.

  3. Get Involved


    Peterfeet: Fed up with so many ill-informed people putting Sam Allardyce down before he has managed one game - let's give him a fair chance. All fans slating him should look at his record - the third most experienced Premier League manager and never relegated. No English manager is more qualified.

    Oluwaseun Badejo: Truth is Big Sam's appointment is something l can agree with the FA on... England now have the exact manager on their level.

    Phil Dodsworth: Spain's new boss has won nothing whereas Big Sam won the League of Ireland in 91/92 & our 3rd Division in 97/98 #thereshopeyet

  4. McClair leaves Scottish FA


    Brian McClair has left his post as the Scottish Football Assoication's performance director by mutual consent.

    McClair, who had been doing the job for just over a year, said: “I am deeply disappointed that I couldn’t make a significant difference, but I would like to thank my staff for the help they have given me and the board for the opportunity."

    SFA chief executive Stewart Regan said: "I am really disappointed that we have parted company after a year, but the complexities of the role cannot be overestimated. 

    "He found himself spending more time lobbying and presenting in the boardroom. It became apparent that this was neither a comfortable nor tenable situation in the long term."

    Brian McClair
    Image caption: McClair was the director of Manchester United's youth academy until 2015
  5. Hamburg sign Barca youngster


    Bundesliga side Hamburg have confirmed the signing of 20-year-old Croatia playmaker Alen Halilovic from Barcelona on a four-year deal.

    The German club have paid £4.2m for the youngster, but Barcelona can buy him back for £8.4m anytime in the first two years.


  6. Cockerill unsure over Allardyce appointment

    Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says Sam Allardyce might not be the right man to manage England.

    The 45-year-old told BBC Radio Leicester's Leicester Tigers Rugby Show that he doubts whether Allardyce can take England forward.

    "People want to be entertained and see a way forward and you've seen that with [England rugby union head coach] Eddie Jones recently," he said.

    "Is Sam Allardyce the right person at this time? He may steady the ship but is he going to give you enough spark or drive moving forward? I'm not sure."

    Richard Cockerill
  7. Akinde signs new Barnet contract


    John Akinde

    Barnet striker John Akinde, 27, who scored 24 goals last season, signs a new three-year contract with the League Two club.

  8. On this day

    In 1968 Arnold Palmer became the first man to win one million US dollars on the US golf tour when he tied for second place in the US PGA Championship at Pecan Valley, Texas.

    It took him 14 years between turning professional and that tournament to amass those earnings. This year's Open winner, Henrik Stenson took home a cheque worth £1.75 million in just four days.  

    Arnold Palmer
  9. Goodbye and good luck


    Walsh helped the Foxes sign Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante, among others.

  10. Get Involved


    Nick Mottram: How is a man who's never won a trophy in 45 years as player or manager supposed to teach England how to win? Big Sam = Big Fail

    Aleks Yakubssohn: Allardyce would be better pick for team like Scotland, Finland, Israel etc, whose dream is just to make it to a final.

    Dom Merrison: A positive comment about Big Sam's appointment ...'At least it's not Steve Bruce.' 

  11. Brazil arrests over 'Olympics terrorism'


    Federal police in Brazil have arrested 10 members of a group alleged to be preparing acts of terrorism during the Olympic Games.

    The authorities said they were not members of so-called Islamic State but had tried to make contact with the group.

    The arrests were made in the southern state of Parana.

    They come just over two weeks before the Olympic Games get under way in Rio de Janeiro.

    Read our developing news story here.

  12. BreakingLiverpool agree £25m Wijnaldum deal


    Liverpool have agreed a £25m deal to sign Netherlands international Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle.

    The 25-year-old midfielder, who had four years remaining on his contract at St James' Park, will have a medical with the Premier League side on Friday.

    Wijnaldum joined Newcastle for £14.5m from Dutch side PSV in 2015, playing in all 38 of the club's Premier League games last season and scoring 11 goals.

    He will be the Reds' sixth signing of the summer so far.

    Georginio Wijnaldum
    Image caption: Georginio Wijnaldum scored against Liverpool last season
  13. Pochettino sends message to amputee player


    Shaun Whiter

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has described a footballer who had to have his legs amputated following a car crash as an inspiration.

    Shaun Whiter, 27, was helping his friend Joey Abbs change a flat tyre in Newmarket, Suffolk, on 1 July when the crash occurred, and he is still in hospital undergoing further procedures.

    The Spurs fan received a letter from Pochettino praising his "incredible courage".

  14. Martin may miss season's start


    Norwich City defender Russell Martin could miss the start of the season because of a back spasm.

    The 30-year-old Scotland international has returned from Norwich's pre-season tour of Austria to see a back specialist and potentially have an injection on the ongoing issue.

  15. On this day


    In 2012, South Africa captain Graeme Smith marked his 100th Test by scoring 131 on day three of the first Test against England at The Oval.

    Graeme Smith
  16. Question of Sport answer


    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Earlier on you may recall our friends at Question of Sport asked: 

    Sam Allardyce will be the fifth man to take charge of England whose surname ends in a vowel, name the other four.

    Well, if you said Fabio Capello, Glenn Hoddle, Stuart Pearce and Don Revie give yourself a pat on the back.

  17. Europa League action coming up


    Five British teams are in action in the Europe League second qualifying round second leg this evening:

    Ventspils v Aberdeen (0-3 agg) 16:00 BST

    AEK Larnaka v Cliftonville (3-2 agg) 18:00 BST

    Gap Connah's Quay v FK Vojvodina (0-1 agg) 18:45 BST

    Brøndby IF V Hibernian (1-0 agg) 19:00 BST

    Hearts v Birkirkara FC (0-0 agg) 20:00

    You can follow live text commentary of the Scotland teams here.

  18. BreakingWatford confirm Dja Djedje signing


    Ivory Coast defender Dja Djedje. 25, made 23 appearances for Marseille last season.

  19. Wimmer extends Tottenham stay

    Austria defender Kevin Wimmer, 23, made 10 league appearances for Spurs in his first season in the Premier League.