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Racing commentator Sir Peter O'Sullevan dies aged 97

Sir Peter O'Sullevan Credit: Nick Potts/PA

Sir Peter O'Sullevan has died at the age of 97.

The former BBC racing commentator, dubbed 'the voice of racing' reportedly died at his London home following a long illness.

A horse racing icon Sir Peter had a lifelong love of the sport, commentating on 50 Grand Nationals and 14,000 races during a 50 year career at the BBC before his retirement in 1997.

Arsenal confirm Szczesny has joined Roma on loan

Arsenal have confirmed that goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny will join Roma on loan for the upcoming season.

Szczesny was previously number one for the Gunners before losing his place to David Ospina last season and with the arrival of Petr Cech from Chelsea he would have fallen even further down the pecking order.

Szczesny told asroma.it: "I've come here to win matches and trophies with Roma and I think the team are strong enough to do that. I think there's great potential here.

"I already know the faces and the names of my new team-mates and I'm hoping to get settled here quickly."

West Ham hopeful on permanent Song deal

Song looks set to return to West Ham permanently from Barcelona. Credit: PA

Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.

Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract.

Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer - but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

"We are in contact but it's not for the media yet," he said.

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Villa set to sign Spurs striker and Nantes midfielder

Adebayor is set to join Spurs. Credit: PA

Emmanuel Adebayor remains in talks with Aston Villa and the club could also snap up Jordan Veretout by the end of the week.

Togo international Adebayor is close to joining Villa on loan from Tottenham but talks are on-going between the two clubs.

The striker has reportedly had a medical and a deal could be struck within the next 24 hours.

The 31-year-old would be a direct replacement for Christian Benteke, who joined Liverpool for £32.5million earlier this month.

Adebayor is believed to have visited the club's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Tuesday and talks were ongoing away from the complex on Wednesday.

Nantes midfielder Veretout is also a target and could become the third player from Ligue 1 to join Villa by the end of the week.

Impressive England skittle underwhelming Australia

Jimmy Anderson was the pick of the bowlers. Credit: PA

England took control of the Third Test at Edgbaston by dismissing Australia for just 136 in less than 37 overs on day one.

Jimmy Anderson picked up six wickets, as the tourists struggled with the Lancastrian's swing.

Only Chris Rogers came out of the innings with any credit with the bat, hitting 52 before being trapped LBW by Stuart Broad.

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