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Summary

  1. Gatland confirmed as Lions head coach
  2. Nottingham Forest sign striker Bendtner
  3. Palace interested in free agent Flamini
  4. Paralympics opening ceremony tonight (22:15 BST)
  5. Your debut stories: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Alex Bysouth and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

  1. Until next time...

    And that's it for today's Sportsday. Thanks, as ever, for joining us.

    There's plenty to look forward to this evening on the BBC Sport website, including the Paralympics opening ceremony, which kickstarts 10 days of competition in Rio, from 22:00 BST.

    Before that we'll have live text commentary on Andy Murray's US Open semi-final against Kei Nishikori (19:00 BST), or you could opt for England's final outing this summer against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

    Enjoy!

  2. Paralympics countdown

    International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven has been giving a news conference before Wednesday’s Paralympic Games opening ceremony.

    The Games have had a challenging build-up but Craven believes all is good ahead of Thursday’s opening day of competition.

    “We have seen an unprecedented amount of teamwork over the last few weeks to put on the best games we possibly can,” he said.

    Craven says that 159 countries, plus the Independent Athletes team, will be competing at the Games.

    Both Liberia and Comoros have withdrawn from competing but Craven insisted that their withdrawal had nothing to do with the delays in paying travel grants.

    There will be 2,670 men and 1,681 women competing  – it’s the highest female participation ever at a Games – up 12% on the total in London.

    Russia were due to have 267 slots and 240 of those have been redistributed.

  3. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    There are a whole load of categories and classifications in the Paralympics, and it can all be a bit difficult to understand. We asked one of Britain's greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni Grey-Thompson, to explain how it all works.

    Video content

    Video caption: Tanni Grey Thompson’s guide to the games.
  4. Post update

  5. Pearson to carry the flag

    Equestrian rider Lee Pearson will carry the flag for Great Britain during Wednesday's opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

    Pearson has won 12 Paralympic medals, including 10 golds, in four Games.

    The 42-year-old needs two more golds to overtake wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson as Britain's most successful Paralympian of the modern era.

    "I am so proud and honoured to be the flagbearer for such a talented, strong and passionate group," he said.

    Video content

    Video caption: Paralympics 2016: GB Flagbearer Lee Pearson given 'biggest honour'
  6. Paralympics countdown

    We're just hours away from the start of the Paralympic opening ceremony in Rio and if you want to learn more about the Games, head to the BBC Radio 5 live iPlayer site.

    Jonathan Overend and Gigi Salmon spoke with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson and other leading figures in disability sport about some of the challenges Rio has faced in the build-up to the Paralympics.

    They also to picked out their 'ones-to-watch' at the Games.

    Rio team
  7. Moreno goes walkies, sort of...

    Liverpool full-back Alberto Moreno has revealed an unusual energy-saving technique that has seen the Spaniard taking his baby for a "walk" using a Segway, reports the Liverpool Echo.

  8. Simeone to quit Atletico?

    Diego Simeone

    Is Diego Simeone ready to quit Atletico Madrid? Spanish paper El Confidencial says so, despite the Argentine only signing a new four-year contract in the summer.

    And the manager's exit could be a boost to Manchester United's pursuit of France forward Antoine Griezmann, according to the Sun.

  9. And the answer is...

  10. Bess is best in 55 years

    We've been talking about your debut stories in our Get Involved today, and in the early hours of Sportsday Somerset bowler Dom Bess' named cropped up.

    Well, Bess took 6-28 on his County Championship debut yesterday, which was the best record by a Somerset player in 55 years.

    The 19-year-old has been talking to BBC Sport about the journey to his blistering debut.

    "I was always a little porker when I was younger, so I never took the long run-up," he said. 

    Read more here. 

  11. Phosphorescence wins at Doncaster

    Ireland's former champion jockey Joseph O'Brien and 7-1 shot Phosphorescence landed the Leger Legends charity race for ex-jockeys on the opening day of flat racing's St Leger Festival at Doncaster. 

    O'Brien, 23, announced in March he was quitting the saddle to take up training racehorses after a short but highly successful career during which he combined with his father Aidan to win a string of major prizes including two Epsom Derbys.

    Read results here.

  12. Still work to do - Woods

    Tiger Woods

    Woods is now the world number 711 and has not played since August last year following two back operations.

    The 40-year-old, a 14-time major champion, missed all four majors in a calendar year in 2016 for the first time since his Masters debut in 1995.  

    However, he feels he is making good progress with his recovery.

    Woods said in a statement on his website: "My rehabilitation is to the point where I'm comfortable making plans, but I still have work to do.

    "Whether I can play depends on my continued progress and recovery. My hope is to have my game ready to go."  

  13. Woods to return

  14. Woods to make competitive return

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods has revealed that he hopes to return to competitive golf next month.

    The former world number one says he hopes to play in the Safeway Open at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, California. 

    Woods also intends to compete in the Turkish Airlines Open in November and the Tiger Woods Foundation-run Hero World Challenge at Albany in the Bahamas in December. 

  15. Fourth time lucky...

    Didier Ndong

    Lorient president Loic Fery has revealed the French club rejected three offers from Sunderland for Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong, 22, before finally accepting a fourth bid hours before the transfer deadline. (Talksport)

    Catch up with all of today's transfer gossip here.

  16. Perez to cause problems - Mustafi

    Lucas Perez

    New Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is ready to make life "uncomfortable" for Premier League defenders this season, according to team-mate Shkodran Mustafi.

    Both players arrived at the club in deadline day moves from Deportivo and Valencia, respectively.

    "He is uncomfortable to play against," said Germany international Mustafi. "He's a good striker - he has everything a striker needs. He's someone you can play well with. 

    "He's in the right place at the right time, as he showed last year in La Liga. I played there for two years and I know it's not that easy to score many goals in La Liga, because you have great defenders there as well."

  17. Scottish Premiership Predictor

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    If so, it's time to get involved in our new Scottish Premiership Predictor game.

    It only takes a couple of minutes to join up, and you can play along in leagues with your friends, family and work colleagues.

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  18. Elliot lands new Magpies deal

    Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot has signed a new four-year deal.

    The 30-year-old has not played since March following a knee injury but is nearing a return.

    "I had a good run in the team last year but I was obviously gutted at the end with the injury so it's a real confidence-booster that the club have put their faith in me.

    "It's helped my rehab as well, because it's something to work towards, and it ties everything up perfectly now so I can look forward to the future, commit to gettting back fit and hopefully getting us back to where we want to be."

    Manager Rafael Benitez added: "It shows our confidence in him as a goalkeeper for now and for the future. Hopefully he will be challenging for the goalkeeper position again very soon."

    Rob Elliot
    Image caption: Republic of Ireland international Rob Elliot missed Euro 2016 because of the injury
  19. Evans to get new West Brom deal?

    Jonny Evans

    West Brom are ready to offer Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 28, a new £75,000 a week contract after Arsenal's failed attempt to sign him, according to the Telegraph.

  20. Get Involved - your debut stories

    Match of the Day Facebook page

    Ian Mitchell: My debut for my works football team. I didn't make it on the pitch and had to run the line as a linesman. Humiliating....

    James Richings: On my debut for the school football team back in year seven, I scored an own goal from about 18 yards out. It was supposed to be a half volley, cushioned back pass to the keeper. I got it all wrong. We lost 2-1. Never played at RB again.

    Lee Batham: 16-year-old, been on bench ALL season for my local pub team. We reached the cup final and our keeper gets sent off in the 116th minute. I come on and SAVE 3 pens in the shootout, which we won 4-1. Only appearance for them, man of the match, winner's medal. HAPPY DAYS