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Sportsday Live - Tuesday's sports news as it happened

Tuesday's top BBC Sport stories:

1. McIlroy ready for Open challenge

2. Man City reject £35m Tevez bid

3. Cavendish bid thwarted by Greipel

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0000: That's it for Tuesday's edition of Sportsday Live, which will resume on Wednesday at 0800 BST.

2347: FOOTBALL - A look ahead to our gossip column for Wednesday: Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola says he is 'optimistic' about landing Cesc Fabregas, say the Mirror, Inter Milan and Manchester United are "in talks" over a deal for Wesley Sneijder claim and Metro report that Liverpool are set to make a move to sign Wayne Bridge from Manchester City.

2339: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford Tigers confirm they will appeal against Rangi Chase's two-match ban for punching during his side's 34-30 Super League victory over Bradford on Sunday.

Seve Ballesteros at The Open

Archive: Seve Ballesteros at The Open

2328: GOLF - BBC Sport looks back at some of golf legend Seve Ballesteros's finest moments at the Open ahead of this week's Championship at Royal St George's; the Spanish maestro lifted the Claret Jug three times, winning in 1979, 1984 and 1988. The five-time major winner died of brain cancer on 7 May 2011, aged 54.

2320: CYCLING Luxembourgish Tour de France rider Andy Schleck posts a picture on Twitter of what each rider on his UCI ProTour team Leopard Trek eats a day on race day.

2315: FOOTBALL - Pre-season friendlies update: Yeovil Town 2-4 Inverness, Dumbarton 0-2 St Mirren, Deveronvale 0-2 Aberdeen, Brechin 4-4 Kilmarnock.

2305: FOOTBALL - Irish outfit Shamrock Rovers will take a 1-0 lead to Tallinn next week courtesy of Chris Turner's first-half goal against Estonian champions FC Flora in the first leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie at the Tallaght Stadium.

2259: CYCLING - Defending Tour de France champion Alberto Contador tells CyclingNews that he is feeling better about the state of his injured knee after having passed the 10th stage to Carmaux without incident.

2251: TENNIS - Jurgen Melzer and Nikolay Davydenko are among the big names to make first-round exits as the Mercedes Open continues in Stuttgart.

2243: CYCLING - Bradley Wiggins, who broke his collarbone in a Tour de France crash on Friday, Tweets: "For everyone asking Op went well, feeling more human this evening and am already planning for end of the season."

Breaking news
2238: FOOTBALL - Nice have completed the permanent signing of former France Under-21 midfielder Didier Digard from Middlesbrough.

2235: GOLF - BBC golf commentator Ken Brown picks five UK players bidding to become the first home winner of the Open since Paul Lawrie in 1999 at this week's Championship at Royal St George's.

2230: FOOTBALL - Uefa has no reason on current evidence to ban any of the Turkish clubs involved in match-fixing investigations from European competition at this stage, European soccer's governing body have said. The announcement comes a day after Turkish police detained 22 people, including the chairman of Trabzonspor, in a widening match-fixing investigation.

2222: FOOTBALL - England women's captain Faye White, who crucially missed a penalty as Hope Powell's side crashed out of the World Cup on Saturday, Tweets: "Just want to say a massive Thank U to all of u that have tweeted me some lovely messages of support over the wknd! I feel very humbled! X"

In-depth interview: Rory McIlroy

2215: GOLF - In an in-depth interview with BBC Sport, Rory McIlroy says he is "where I want to be" ahead of this weekend's 140th Open Championship, adding that he is relishing a return to links golf, conditions he is used to having grown up in Northern Ireland.

2210: FOOTBALL - Former Chelsea defender Paul Elliott has urged his old club to make a move to sign Bolton defender Gary Cahill, telling talkSPORT: "He's decent on the ball, he's a tremendous athlete, very aggressive, attacks the ball well and I think, alongside John Terry, he could form a potentially formidable partnership."

2157: RUGBY UNION - South Africa coach Peter de Villiers defends his decision to leave 21 front-line players at home for the Tri-Nations away leg, saying they were physically wrecked after the expanded Super Rugby season. "Super glue won't even help those players," he says.

2150: CRICKET - New West Indies captain Darren Sammy aims to turn his side into a top-five Test team by 2015, concentrating on creating a professional ethos, improving fitness levels and identifying new talent, report ESPN Cricinfo.

2142: GOLF - Four-time major winner Phil Mickelson tells BBC Sport that he thinks he is playing some of the best golf of his career and feels that results will soon start to match his performances.

2135: FORMULA 1 - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has congratulated his team on Fernando Alonso's British Grand Prix win at the weekend at a team gathering at the Fiorano track. "Winning in England, at the home race for the great majority of our opponents is something special," he said. "You have done well and have shown, every single one of you, how to react at a difficult time. You did not lose heart and you managed to improve in all areas."

BBC Radio 5 live
2125: OLYMPICS - BBC commentator Barry Davies speaking on the 5 Live debate about who should light the Olympic flame: "David Beckham is a footballer. He doesn't belong in the Olympics."

2122: OLYMPICS - Britain aims to finish at least fourth in the London 2012 medals table with a team budget of £13m, which works out as £24,000 per athlete and £10,000 per delegation member. The total squad will be more than 550 athletes, 450 support staff and 300 volunteers.

2115: TENNIS - Defending champion Julia Goerges is among the casualties as a host of top names crash out of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies in Bad Gastein in the first round.

2107: OLYMPICS - Sports Minister Hugh Robertson appeals to Tottenham Hotspur not to put London's bid for the 2017 World Athletics Championship at risk by pushing ahead with their appeal against the decision to award the Olympic Stadium in Stratford to West Ham after the 2012 Games.

2102: FOOTBALL - West Ham boss Sam Allardyce tells London24 that he is keen to bring in former Bolton midfielder Joey O'Brien, if the 25-year-old can prove his fitness during pre season.

2059: SNOOKER - Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens secure an emphatic 5-0 win as Wales get their World Cup off to the perfect start against Egypt. By contrast, Ken Doherty and Fergal O'Brien of Ireland lose 3-2 to Pakistan.

2055: GOLF - England's Ian Poulter on Twitter ahead of this week's Open Championship and Royal St George's: "Played front nine, wind was pumping today. Only just reached 7th fairway. Hit driver, three wood, five iron. Last week: Driver, six iron. Slightly different."

2052: BOXING - Amir Khan is refusing to take the threat of upcoming opponent Zab Judah lightly, but is nonetheless finding it hard to contain his excitement about the ultimate test of his pedigree - against Floyd Mayweather Jr next year. The 24-year-old hopes to fight Judah, Kel Brook and Mayweather in the next year.

2046: OLYMPICS - Sir Clive Woodward has launched a drive for Britain's Olympic athletes to refrain from bad language and to use social media responsibly at the 2012 Games next year - but he says it would be a "huge error" to try to ban Twitter.

2041: FOOTBALL - Tottenham midfielder Sandro has been withdrawn from Brazil's Copa America squad in Argentina because of a calf muscle strain and a ruptured knee cartilage, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) reveal.

2037: FOOTBALL - Brazilian international defender Joao Miranda has agreed to join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer from Sao Paulo, report Meanwhile, the Vancouver Whitecaps have signed Gambian international striker Mustapha Jarju as their second designated player, the Major League Soccer (MLS) club say.

2029: CRICKET - Paceman Junaid Khan bowls a superb last over, conceding just three runs, as Lancashire hold off Northamptonshire's charge to win their Twenty20 Cup match by three runs. It is the third lowest total to be successfully defended in the tournament.

2024: HOCKEY - England slump to a 4-2 defeat by Belgium at the London Cup, a defeat coach Jason Lee describes as "embarrassing".

2019: GOLF - World number one Luke Donald wants to follow up becoming the game's top-ranked golfer by winning a major this year, adding he is "very confident" ahead of this week's Open Championship at Royal St George's.

2017: FOOTBALL - Yossi Benayoun, Fernando Torres and 22-year-old centre-back Slobodan Rajkovic get the goals as Chelsea beat Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 in a pre-season friendly at the Blues' Cobham training ground.

2015: FOOTBALL - Manchester City will step up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero once Carlos Tevez's future has been settled after opening dialogue with the La Liga side about the Argentina striker, reports chief football writer Phil McNulty.

BBC Radio 5 live
2010: OLYMPICS - Radio 5 Live are hosting a debate about who should light the torch for the London 2012 Games, with the panel looking to finalise a shortlist of five contenders.

2005: SNOOKER - Former world number one Ronnie O'Sullivan has tipped Poland's Kacper Filipiak as a future world champion after the 15-year-old posted World Cup wins against John Higgins and Stephen Maguire. "Tip for you all, just seen this 15 year old from Poland, he will be world champion," O'Sullvian wrote on Twitter . "He is playing for Poland in the World Cup now :) Nice player."

1955: FOOTBALL - Football journalist Duncan Castles on Tevez: "Corinthians president Andres Sanchez confirms offer for Tevez. 'If we haven't closed the deal by Sunday, it won't happen this year.'"

1950: FOOTBALL - UEFA backs the Turkish Football Federation to take "the necessary strong action" following recent allegations of match-fixing in the country and confirms it is monitoring the situation on a daily basis.

1943: CRICKET - England captain Andrew Strauss says his team will have to improve on their performances against Sri Lanka if they are to win their three-match series against top-ranked India.

1938: GOLF - Australian golfer Jason Day on the challenge of playing at Royal St George's: "The course is very tough with the wind. I was chatting to some of the guys out there about the normal direction for the wind. I tried to get the best lines out there but wherever the wind comes from I'll just try and play accordingly."

Breaking news
1926: FOOTBALL - Manchester City reject a £35m bid from Corinthians for Carlos Tevez, chief football writer Phil McNulty tells BBC Radio 5 live. "Man City are so strong financially that they can afford to wait for the fee they want, which is upwards of £40m," said McNulty.

1917: FOOTBALL - Wolves are set to confirm the signing of Birmingham central defender Roger Johnson in a deal approaching £7m at a press conference on Wednesday morning.

1912: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase will miss his club's Challenge Cup quarter-final after being handed a two-match ban, although they can appeal the decision.

1902: CRICKET - Northamptonshire are taking on Lancashire in the Friends Life T20, with live commentary on BBC Radio Lancashire. Lancashire made 110-9 from their 20 overs.

1854: CRICKET - Stuart Broad takes five wickets, while Robert Key and Alex Hales score centuries in Tuesday's county championship action.

1847: CYCLING - Mark Cavendish on Twitter: "Well, that's me beaten. Went with 250m to go, but didn't 'kick' until 200m. Greipel rode it perfect & got speed by running up on me #hatsoff."

1843: RUGBY LEAGUE - Hull KR are releasing former England full-back Shaun Briscoe at the end of the season, but are extending second-rower Ben Galea's contract for another 12 months.

1837: CRICKET - Scotland have beaten Ireland by five wickets in their one-day international at The Citylets Grange in Edinbugh.

1824: FOOTBALL - European champions Barcelona appear to have won the race to sign Udinese winger Alexis Sanchez, according to

1824: FOOTBALL - Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has told the club's website that the Reds will not be rushing into any decisions over their stadium plans.

Breaking news
1815: FOOTBALL - Jay Bothroyd agrees to join QPR from Cardiff, according to Sky Sports News.

1804: CYCLING - Defending champion Alberto Contador says his injured knee is "feeling better and better" after coming through unscathed in Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France.

1800: GOLF - Rory McIlroy talking to BBC Sport about his challenge at the Open: "After what happened at US Open the expectations are going to be high and I put very high expectations on myself. The public also seem to have equally high expectations but it's fine, I feel as if I have a way to deal with it and handle it and hopefully I'll be able to do that this week."

1750: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wigan centre George Carmont has agreed to postpone his retirement plans and play on in 2012. The 33-year-old Samoa international had intended to quit at the end of the season, but has persuaded to stay by chairman Ian Lenagan.

1740: GOLF - U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy says he has been taken aback by the excitement surrounding his bid for glory at the Open this week. "I didn't realise how much of a fuss it would create or how much of a buzz. it's just something I'm going to have to deal with."

1734: SNOOKER - England thrash Brazil 4-1 in their first outing at the World Cup in Thailand.

1727: FOOTBALL -Nottingham Forest boss Steve McClaren will delay joining the pre-season training camp in Portugal because he is so worried by the lack of signings.

1722: FOOTBALL - Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo on Twitter: "I've had a big and warm welcome in Los Angeles. It's good to be back!"

1718: GOLF - World number one Luke Donald tells reporters at Royal St George's there is less pressure on him than on U.S. Open champion Rory McIlory.

1710: CYCLING - British cyclist Geraint Thomas on Twitter (after his ninth-place finish on Tuesday's 10th stage of the Tour de France): "Well, today was fast and furious!! Always seemed to bit a little too far back... Tomorrows another day!!"

1701: RUGBY UNION - Rugby Football Union disciplinary officer Jeff Blackett could be set to follow chairman Martyn Thomas out of the door at the governing body. Blackett wanted to publish the findings of his review of the administrative crisis engulfing Twickenham, but the RFU council refused.

1649: FOOTBALL - Real Madrid announce that Sergio Ramos and Pepe have extended their contracts to the 2016/17 and 2015/16 seasons, respectively.

1645: GOLF - Phil Mickelson says he plans to relax and enjoy the Open as he looks to improve on a record of just one top 10 finish in 17 attempts.

1642: OLYMPICS - About 700 people have been charged twice for Olympic tickets, the BBC has learned. The glitch affected people who bought London 2012 tickets in the first phase of the "second chance" sale.

1627: GOLF - From BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: : "Rory McIlroy so relaxed in his press conference. Extraordinary yet unsurprising. Hear my interview with him on 5live after 7pm."

1622: ATHLETICS - Olympic 800 metres women's champion Pamela Jelimo will miss the Kenyan national championships this week which will automatically preclude her from the world championships starting in Daegu, South Korea, next month.

1613: CYCLING - Greipel is competing in his first Tour de France. France's Thomas Voeckler retains the overall leader's yellow jersey with a 1min 49sec advantage over Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez.

Breaking news
1610: BREAKING CYCLING - Andre Greipel of Germany wins stage 10 of the Tour de France, pipping Britain's Mark Cavendish on the finish line.

1605: FOOTBALL - From Chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Quotes attributed to Inter technical director Marco Branca in Italy this afternoon saying Wesley Sneijder is 'absolutely not for sale'."

1600: FOOTBALL - Everton midfielder Fara Williams tells BBC Radio Merseyside she believes England will continue to improve after being knocked out of the World Cup quarter-finals by France.

1552: GOLF - Lee Westwood tells BBC Sport he is in prime condition to break his major championship duck at this week's Open at Royal St George's.

1550: CYCLING - On the descent with 21km remaining in stage 10 of the Tour de France, Marcato and Minard open a small gap at the front of the leading pack.

1545: CYCLING - 25km to go now at le Tour and the gap to the chasing pack is down to 50 seconds. Only about half a mile between the two groups.

1540: FORMULA 1 - Tuesday's top F1 stories: The chairman of the cancelled Bahrain Grand Prix, Zayed Alzayani, says he does not know if the race will be back on the calendar in 2012, report the Evening Standard.

1533: CYCLING - 40km to go now in stage 10 at the Tour de France, and the leading six are only one minute 20 ahead.

1530: GOLF - From BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts on Twitter: "Donald says McIlroy's US Open win means he is a bit more under radar even though he world no.1, but Scottish Open win changed things a bit."

1523: RUGBY UNION - Ex-Wales rugby international Richard Parks has achieved his world record bid to climb the highest mountain on each of the world's continents.

Live action now
1516: CYCLING - Remy Di Gregorio has been fitted with a new wheel after suffering a flat tyre. The leaders are now only two minutes ahead with 104 of the 161km completed. Listen to live commentary of the closing stages of stage 10 of the Tour de France.

1513: FOOTBALL - Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has offered Manchester United £880,000 to play his team in a friendly, report Press Association.

1510: FOOTBALL - Former Preston and Sheffield Wednesday boss Alan Irvine becomes Academy manager at Everton.

1505: CYCLING - The leaders are on the third climb with a lead of two minutes 45 and 60km of stage 10 remaining.

1500: FOOTBALL - Sports minister Hugh Robertson appeals to Tottenham not to kill London's bid for the 2017 World Athletics Championship by dragging out their legal battle over the Olympic Stadium.

1455: OLYMPICS - Who should light the Olympic flame at the 2012 Games in London? BBC Radio 5 live are debating this very issue from 2000 BST on Tuesday. If you want to register your opinion, post a comment of Eleanor Oldroyd's blog on the BBC Sport website.

1450: CYCLING - Listen to live commentary of the closing stages of stage 10 of the Tour de France.

1445: FOOTBALL - From BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera on Twitter: "Rumours of Meireles leaving Liverpool appear unfounded. On China trip he is asked if he's staying at #lfc. "Of course," is reply."

1440: FOOTBALL - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Chelsea's £27m offer for Luka Modric is "way under" his valuation of the player. Redknapp also reveals that Modric will join Spurs on their pre-season tour of South Africa.

1437: CYCLING - With 81km of the stage completed, the six front runners have a lead of three-and-a-half minutes over the peloton.

1435: FOOTBALL - From former British cyclist Chris Boardman on Twitter: "Forecast thunderstorms and 80kph winds at the finish today at 5pm.....the race is due in at 5pm...."

1430: FOOTBALL - Middlesbrough goalkeeper Jason Steele has been ruled out for up to three months after breaking a bone in his wrist in training.

1428: RUGBY LEAGUE - Veteran Australian prop Ben Cross, who was released by Leeds a month ago, has signed for two other English clubs. The 32-year-old has joined defending Super League champions Wigan until the end of the year, when he will take up a 12-month contract with Widnes for their first season back in the top flight.

1426: RUGBY LEAGUE - Crusaders have confirmed Gareth Thomas will be sidelined for between four and six weeks with a broken arm but should be available to play for Wales in the end-of-season Four Nations Series.

Breaking news
1425: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Stoke have agreed a fee with West Ham for striker Carlton Cole, report Sky Sports.

1423: CYCLING - Six riders, Remy Di Gregorio, Sebastien Minard, Arthur Vichot, Julien El Fares, Marco Marcato and Anthony Delaplace, none of whom have previously won a stage of the Tour de France, lead with 70km completed of stage 10. Listen to live commentary of the closing stages on the BBC Sport website from 1450 BST.

1419: RUGBY LEAGUE - St Helens back rower Chris Flannery is to spend a sixth season in Super League after signing a new deal for 2012.

1415: FOOTBALL - Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho tells the club's website he is happy with the way his squad is shaping up but believes they still need to bring in another striker.

1410: FOOTBALL - Bursaspor tell Rangers they will have to pay "serious money" to bring Kenny Miller back to Ibrox, report the Press Association.

1400: CRICKET - Derbyshire have made an surprise bid to sign former England one-day international captain Paul Collingwood from Durham, BBC Newcastle understands.

1348: FOOTBALL - Middlesbrough will not be signing Croatia international Jurica Vranjes because no agreement could be made over his wages, BBC Tees understands

1341: GOLF: - US veteran Tom Watson, 61, thinks a 50-something could win this week's Open at Sandwich. "Links courses are great equalisers," he said. "You don't have to pound the ball or hit the ball particularly long although they have added length to many of the holes here."

1335: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News report that West Ham have accepted a bid from Stoke for striker Carlton Cole.

1330: FOOTBALL - From OptaJoe on Twitter: : "In the last five seasons, Tottenham's win percentage with Ledley King starting (53%) is far superior than without him (34%). Regal."

1319: RUGBY UNION - Bath complete the signing of 26-year-old South Africa international Francois Louw on a three-year deal from Super 15 side Stormers.

Breaking news
1310: FOOTBALL - Hamburg confirm their interest in Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner but fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund have quashed speculation they are chasing the striker, the Press Association reports.

Breaking news
1307: FOOTBALL - Spurs defender Ledley King undergoes a successful arthroscopy operation on his left knee and could be back in full training within 20 days.

1259: CRICKET - India batsman Rahul Dravid has picked out Graeme Swann and James Anderson as England's star bowlers ahead of the Test series starting at Lord's next Thursday in the August edition of The Cricketer magazine.

1246: FORMULA 1 - Sebastian Vettel urges Red Bull to respond after Fernando Alonso earned Ferrari's first win of the season at the British Grand Prix. "It was a lesson to learn," the German said. "It is now up to us to refocus and to come back stronger in the next two races."

1236: RUGBY LEAGUE - Super League leaders Wigan sign Australian prop Ben Cross following his release by Leeds.

1228: OLYMPICS - Italy's Olympic squad will wear Giorgio Armani kit for the 2012 London Olympics. Armani has hired David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and Rafael Nadal as models in recent years.

1223: FOOTBALL - Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Baseball All-Star game tonight, TV coverage is quality. We need a PL All-Star game too...the powers that be let's talk and develop this..."

Breaking news
1217: CRICKET - Stuart Broad boosts his chances of keeping his England place with a five-wicket haul for Nottinghamshire against Somerset.

1205: GOLF: Jack Nicklaus beats Tiger Woods in a Golf Monthly magazine readers poll of the greatest player of the last 100 years. Nicklaus attractred 58% of the votes from a list of 20 golfers, followed by Woods with 16% and Seve Ballesteros with 8%.

1203: CYCLING - Team Sky's Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha expresses his disappointment that the driver who knocked him over during Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour de France has not apologised for the incident. "He hasn't come to say sorry and I think that if he were to come, I wouldn't even talk with him," Flecha told Spanish newspaper El Pais on Tuesday.

1156: FOOTBALL - BBC Wales understands Swansea City defender Neil Taylor asks the Premier League to step in to resolve the dispute over his possible move to Newcastle.

1152: GOLF - BBC commentator Peter Alliss issues a tribute to his former colleague Alex Hay, who died on Monday of cancer. "It is a very sad day. I've known Alex for some 35 years and I greatly enjoyed working with him on television - he had a great sense of humour and we complemented each other well," Alliss said. "Alex will be sorely missed by the golf community."

1144: FOOTBALL - Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho says his squad will be complete when he signs another striker. "In my opinion, and in that of everyone, we are missing one more man, one more attacker," he told the club's website.

1134: CRICKET - Captain Marcus Trescothick will be rested for Somerset's three-day tour game against India, which starts on Friday at Taunton. Trescothick had been expected to play alongside England skipper Andrew Strauss, who is guesting for the side.

1130: CYCLING - Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme applauds the race's anti-doping efforts after Russian cyclist Alexandr Kolobnev tested positive for a diuretic. "Cycling is fighting back," Prudhomme said.

Live action now
1123: CRICKET - England bowler Stuart Broad is hoping for a better day with Nottinghamshire after struggling against Somerset on day one of their County Championship match. Check the latest scorecards from Tuesday's matches here, or listen to BBC local radio radio commentaries of five matches here.

1111: FOOTBALL - Tottenham are adamant that Luka Modric will depart for South Africa for the club's pre-season tour on Wednesday despite reports an increased bid from Chelsea, Press Association reports.

1107: OLYMPICS: - BBC Sport's James Pearce on Twitter: British Olympic Association announce that it will cost £13 million to have full British team at 2012. They're "confident" of raising it.

1059: GOLF - Royal St George's head greenkeeper talks to BBC Sport about preparing for the 140th Open Championship.

1055: FOOTBALL - St Mirren assistant manager Iain Jenkins has left the Paisley club for "personal reasons", boss Danny Lennon has confirmed.

1050: CYCLING - Russian Alexandr Kolobnev, who withdrew from the Tour de France on Monday after testing positive for a diuretic, has denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not know where the banned substance came from.

1040: RUGBY LEAGUE - Warrington have confirmed that former New Zealand international Louis Anderson is to leave the club at the end of the season.

Breaking news
1037: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty can confirm Manchester City have received a £35m bid from Corinthians for Carlos Tevez - but the offer it likely to be rejected.

1030: FOOTBALL - Midfielder Aaron Ramsey tells the Arsenal website he has set his sights on a regular starting place in the Arsenal midfield this season.

1020: OLYMPICS - The British Olympic Association announce that British athletes will have a 'friends and family' zone just outside the Olympic Park to meet loved ones during the London 2012 Games.

1012: BOXING - Great Britain trio Obed Mbwakongo, Danny Price and Tommy Stubbs have been axed from the full-time podium squad, the British Amateur Boxing Association have confirmed to BBC Sport. Mbwakongo suffered his sixth consecutive loss at last month's European Championships in Ankara while neither Price nor Stubbs are considered to have made enough progress.

1006: FOOTBALL - BBC chief football writer Phil McNulty says Corinthians are still waiting for a response to their interest in Carlos Tevez - which will then hold the key to Manchester City's move for Sergio Aguero.

1001: FOOTBALL - Carlos Tevez's advisor Kia Joorabchian claims a deal to take the Manchester City captain back to Corinthians is "close" and that the player is helping drive the deal, report the Press Association.

1000: FOOTBALL - Coventry City's former vice-chairman Gary Hoffman tells BBC Coventry & Warwickshire he is frustrated that efforts to buy the club have stalled.

0950: FOOTBALL - Celtic manager Neil Lennon is to bring in Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa on trial, report the Press Association.

0942: FOOTBALL - Playmaker Javier Pastore tells Sky Italia he would rather remain in Italy than join a Premier League team if he decides to leave Palermo this summer.

0935: BOXING - Press Association report that Wladimir Klitschko could take on Dereck Chisora in a heavyweight world title fight in London later this year, the Ukrainian has revealed.

0927: FOOTBALL - Scotland's top football gossip story: Ally McCoist is ready to offer Kenny Miller a sensational return to Rangers.

0915: CYCLING - American team RadioShack announce that Ukrainian Yaroslav Popovych was out of the Tour de France because of a fever.

0905: ATHLETICS - Kriss Akabusi says he expects Dai Greene to break his 21-year-old British 400m hurdles record.

0854: RUGBY UNION - Jeff Blackett, the Rugby Football Union's disciplinary officer, is considering his position after being threatened with legal action by the chairman, Martyn Thomas. Blackett delivered a damning report into Thomas's conduct in sacking John Steele as chief executive, report the Guardian.

0844: FOOTBALL - Jack Warner, the controversial ex-Fifa vice-president, has claimed he may return to football in the future because he has "unfinished business", report the Trinidad Guardian.

0835: RUGBY UNION - Australian flanker Julian Salvi has agreed to join Leicester Tigers ahead of the new season.

0827: FOOTBALL - Emmanuel Adebayor has effectively gone on strike at Manchester City by failing to show up for training having been left out of the club's pre-season tour, report the Independent.

0819: FOOTBALL - Argentina legend Diego Maradona has suffered minor injuries in a car accident on the outskirts of Buenos Aires.

0810: FOOTBALL - Brazilian giants Corinthians have tabled an offer of £35m for Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, Press Association Sport understands.

Wesley Sneijder is ready to sign for Manchester United this week in a club record £35m deal. the Sun

West Ham's Scott Parker is under consideration for a shock return to Chelsea following Michael Essien's latest knee injury. Daily Mirror

Chelsea have tabled an improved £27m offer for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric. Daily Mail

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