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Hibs reject seven-figure bid for Cummings
Football – Scottish Championship: Hibernian have rejected a £1million bid for Jason Cummings (photo by Terry Murden) from English League One club Peterborough United.
The bid came in just after the Scotland Under-21 international signed a four-year deal to remain at Easter Road.
It is understood the Peterborough offer would have been worth £1.5m with add-ons.
Cummings is regarded as a key part of new manager Neil Lennon’s plans after hitting 46 goals in the last two seasons.
The player has also drawn interest from Turkish cub Trabzonspor this summer.
Cummings, who starred in Hibs’ historic Cup-winning team, said: “There was never any doubt in my mind over where I wanted to be this season, and I’m relieved to get it over the line.”
Football – Champions League: Celtic will have to overcome Israeli champions Hapoel Be’er-Sheva in the play-off round if they are to qualify for the group stage for the first time since the 2013/14 season.
Brendan Rodgers’ side secured their place in the draw on Wednesday night after Moussa Dembele’s last gasp winner from the penalty spot saw them defeat Astana 3-2 on aggregate.
Manchester City will face Romanian side Steaua Bucharest.
The two-legged play-off ties will be held on the 16/17 and 23/24 August.
Football – English Championship: Relegated Newcastle United may have spent £45 million on new players, but the Championship title favourites were beaten 1-0 by Fulham in the opening match of the 2016-17 season.
Matt Smith headed in Tom Cairney’s corner just before half-time for the hosts who finished 20th last term, just avoiding relegation to League One.
The visitors featured five debutants, including £10m striker Dwight Gayle among eight summer signings by manager Rafael Benitez.
Benitez told BBC Newcastle: “At the beginning we were nervous, in the second half we made the wrong decisions. It’s a wake-up call. We will have games more difficult than this one.?”