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Sportsday Live - Wednesday 20 July

Tiger Woods sacks long-term caddie Steve Williams and Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez's move to Corinthians is off - plus more.
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2257: Right, that's all for this evening because technical updates are taking place from 2300 BST - Sportsday Live will be back at 0800 BST on Thursday morning.

2255: TENNIS - Selected results from German Open second round: Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (Germany) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 6-3 7-6(5); Fernando Verdasco (Spain) beat Pablo Andujar (Spain) 6-2 6-3, Nicolas Almagro (Spain) beat Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 6-4 6-4; Gael Monfils (France) beat Albert Ramos (Spain) 6-4 6-2; Florian Mayer (Germany) beat Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) 6-4 7-6(5); Juan Monaco (Argentina) beat Janko Tipsarevic (Serbia) 6-2 6-4; Juergen Melzer (Austria) beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver (Spain) 6-3 5-7 6-1; Marin Cilic (Croatia) beat Bastian Knittel (Germany) 6-3 6-7(4) 6-4; Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-1 7-5

2248: BASEBALL - MLB results: Boston 4 Baltimore 0; Cincinnati 3 Pittsburgh 1; Minnesota 7 Cleveland 5; Philadelphia 9 Chicago Cubs 1.

2240: FOOTBALL -Celtic manager Neil Lennon on his side's 1-0 friendly win over Cardiff : "The keeper [Stipe Pletikosa] didn't have a lot to do and it would be difficult to sign him on the evidence of that but be will have another look. A short-term contract is a possibility."

2227: BOXING - Zab Judah, who fights Amir Khan in Las Vegas on Saturday: "The man [Khan] has had 22 fights - I've got more knockouts than he's had fights. He's a young kid and I understand how he's feeling, that he's the best in ther world, but I'm going to show him I'm still the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I like his heart but it's time for him to learn a few lessons."

2214: CRICKET - Clydesdale Bank 40, Group C - Chelmsford, Glamorgan: 251-8 (G P Rees 101) v Essex 53-2. No result (D/L Method)

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2210: CRICKET - BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew on Twitter: "Umpires have called it off in Chelmsford. Not sure I've ever seen a more unappealing cricket match."

2201: BOXING - Tyson Fury is on Andrew Flintoff's 5 live show on Thursday - Fury challenges Dereck Chisora for the British heavyweight crown on Saturday and the winner could fight Vitali Klitschko.

2146: FOOTBALL - Pre-season friendly results: Notts County 2-3 Peterborough; Torquay 3-0 Exeter; Aldershot 1-1 Charlton; Cardiff 0-1 Celtic.

2146: BOXING - BBC boxing commentator Ronald McIntosh in Las Vegas: "Zab Judah was scheduled to appear first but he arrived 50 minutes late for the media work-out. The excuse from Judah's team: 'What's the problem? Fighters are late.' While Amir's team were upset, Amir was calm and collected."

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2144: CRICKET - England all-rounder Stuart Broad on Twitter: "Loving Bob Willis' comments about the media back in 1981! haha Wonder if he's ever listened to himself?! Brilliant."

2140: BOXING - 5 live's boxing show has just started - commentator Mike Costello, pundit Steve Bunce, Amir Khan talking about Saturday's fight against Zab Judah, Khan's trainer Freddie Roach, the Brothers Klitschko and Essex lightweight Kevin Mitchell.

2128: FOOTBALL - Dutch club AZ Alkmaar say they have signed United States striker Jozy Altidore from Spain's Villarreal on a four-year contract.

2126: FOOTBALL - Ireland beat Greece 2-1 at the Under-19 European Championships.

2122: DARTS - Adrian Lewis of England beats Vincent van der Voort of the Netherlands 13-5 in the second round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

2116: FOOTBALL - Sunderland have been beaten 3-1 by German side Hannover in a pre-season friendly. Stoke beat hosts Newcastle Town 6-0.

2113: ATHLETICS - Head of UK Athletics Charles van Commenee tells 5 Live: "In Daegu we want to see an improvement from the six medals we won last time. I also want to see more athletes within touching distance of the podium so they have a year after that to get on the rostrum in London."

2110: CRICKET - Botham: The Legend of '81 has kicked off on BBC Two - if you miss it, it will be repeated at 2320 BST on 27 July.

2105: CRICKET - Some county cricket scores for you... Div One: no play between Hampshire and Notts at the Rose Bowl; Edgbaston - Warwickshire 261-6 (W Porterfield 66, L Evans 52) v Sussex; Headingley - Lancashire 304-7 (S Croft 54, T Smith 51) v Yorkshire. Div Two: Cheltenham - Kent 205 (D Stevens 67, W Gidman 5-38) v Gloucestershire 107-3; Northampton - Derbyshire 321-8 (R Whiteley 103, J Clare 82, W Vaas 4-87) v Northamptonshire; Guildford - Middlesex 88-4 v Surrey

2053: DARTS - Wales' Mark Webster beats England's Steve Beaton in the second round of the World Matchplay in Blackpool.

2033: FOOTBALL - Norwich City Independent Supporters Association accepts fans must pay their "pound of flesh" to watch the Canaries take on the Barclays Premier League glamour clubs at Carrow Road next season.

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2038: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport website chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "My understanding is that Man City simply did not receive bank guarantees form Corinthians that would make the Tevez deal happen."

2033: FOOTBALL - Norwich City Independent Supporters Association acceptS fans must pay their "pound of flesh" to watch the Canaries take on the Barclays Premier League glamour clubs at Carrow Road next season.

2028: GOLF - Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams: "After 13 years of loyal service needless to say this came as a shock. Given the circumstances of the past 18 months working through Tiger's scandal, a new coach and with it a major swing change and Tiger battling through injuries I am very disappointed to end our very successful partnership at this time..."

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2020: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Liam McLeod on Twitter: "Aberdeen have signed former Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Brown."

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2011: TENNIS - British Tennis on Twitter: "Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson all direct entries in US Open. Highest number of British women in US Open directly since '92."

2005: CRICKET - Opener Gareth Rees hits 101 as Glamorgan post a total of 251-8 in their Clydesdale Bank40 match against Essex at Chelmsford before rain stops play with two overs of their innings remaining.

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1950: GOLF - BBC 5 Live golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "Tiger Woods has fired caddie Steve Williams. No replacement named."

1943: FOOTBALL - Kia Joorabchian tells Sky Sports that Carlos Tevez will respect Manchester City's decision not to sell him to Corinthians. He says: "Carlos is neither disappointed nor happy. He's very calm. Now he'll go on holiday after the Copa America and see what happens."

1927: FOOTBALL - Former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam vows to provide "convincing grounds" to prove his innocence when he faces what he describes as "politically-motivated" corruption charges in Zurich.

1919: VOLLEYBALL - Great Britain kick off the Olympic test invitational event with a 3-1 victory over Mexico at Earls Court.

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1910: CRICKET - Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew tells 5 Live: "England's bowling attack faces a real challenge over the next few days. India's batting line-up is formidable."

1858: FOOTBALL - AIK Solna's Swedish defender Alexander Milosevic would welcome an approach from Liverpool, according to his agent, reports Sky Sports. The 19-year-old is also thought to be interesting a number of other clubs, including Arsenal, Spurs and Sunderland.

1850: CRICKET - Here are the close of play scores from the County Championship: In Division One, rain has prevented any play between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire are 261-6 against Sussex, Lancashire are 304-7 away at Yorkshire. In Division Two, Gloucestershire are 107-3 in response to Kent's first innings 205, Derbyshire are 306-8 at home to Northamptonshire, while Middlesex are currently 88-4 at Surrey. There is one Clydesbank 40 match underway with Glamorgan 180-3 against Essex. More details available on the BBC Sport website.

1845: ATHLETICS - British 400m record holder Iwan Thomas on Oscar Pistorius: "I am delighted for Oscar. I tweeted him as soon as I woke up this morning. The IAAF have cleared him to run so that's the end of it as far as I'm concerned. People might come out of the woodwork now and argue about it but it is only because he is running the times. It shows people that there are no limits."

1842: ATHLETICS - Olympic silver medallist Roger Black on Oscar Pistorius: "Personally I am amazed at the time he ran. Emotionally, I would love to see him race but If I had to go one way or the other I would say he shouldn't be able to race - we are not seeing like against like. The faster he runs, the more people are going to say that he has an advantage and we are not on a level playing field."

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1836: CRICKET - Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Hope to see some pace in the pitch at Lords!!! Gut feeling is that it will be a Batting paradise unless their is heavy cloud cover."

1830: CRICKET - England Test captain Andrew Strauss describes Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar as the "best cricketer of all time".

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1824: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Man City now pushing further on with Sergio Aguero deal despite breakdown in Tevez's proposed move to Corinthians. Deals not related."


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1817: BREAKING FOOTBALL - More news from Manchester City: striker Jo has left the club and joined Internacional joined Internacional in his native Brazil.

1812: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty reports that Carlos Tevez will be expected to report back to training with Manchester City as normal after enjoying a break following his Copa America duty with Argentina if he is not sold.

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1807: CRICKET - The first day's play at the Rose Bowl between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire in the County Championship has been abandoned without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain.

1803: RUGBY LEAGUE - Hull Kingston Rovers prop Liam Watts and winger Peter Fox have been dropped from the England Elite squad.

1756: CRICKET - England captain Andrew Strauss says the imminent Test series against India is "as big as the Ashes" as he attempts to lead his side to victory against the team ranked number one in the world.

1751: BOXING - Darren Barker believes he can pull of a major surprise when he challenges Sergio Martinez for the Mexican's WBC Diamond Middleweight title on October 1 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The fight will be the unbeaten European champion's American debut.

1745: CYCLING - General classification leader Thomas Voeckler reflects on his errors in the closing stages of the 17th stage of the Tour de France 17th stage of the Tour de France. The Frenchman's lead over second-placed Cadel Evans is down to one minute 18 seconds. "It's a pity, because I saw that Alberto Contador, Evans and Frank and Andy Schleck finished together," he said. "If I'd taken fewer risks, I would have finished with them."

1737: SNOOKER - England's Matthew Selt, who eliminated world champion John Higgins in the first round, continues his giantkilling spree in the Australian Open, thrashing Stephen Hendry 5-1 to earn a place in the semi-finals.

1730: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport Scotland's Andy Campbell asks can new Rangers boss Ally McCoist carry on the club's success as the former number two prepares to embark on his debut season as the top man at Ibrox.

1723: FOOTBALL - North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham will battle it out to sign 18-year-old Nepalese defender Rohit Chand, who plays for Indian First Division side Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) SC, reports talkSPORT.

1716: FOOTBALL - Hull City manager Nigel Pearson has refused to comment on the future of record-signing Jimmy Bullard, BBC Sports reports. Bullard, 32, has two and a half years remaining on his contract but has been linked with Ipswich Town and Queens Park Rangers in recent months.

1709: RUGBY LEAGUE - Warrington boss Tony Smith predicts his side's Challenge Cup quarter-final with Super League champions Wigan on Saturday will be "great entertainment". He added: "Both teams have been involved in some cracking contests down the years and I expect this to be the same."
Warrington Wolves v Wigan Warriors is live on BBC TV, radio and online at bbc.co.uk/rugbyleague Saturday 23 July 1615 BST

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1702: CRICKET - Here's the latest state of play in the County Championship: In Division One, rain has prevented any play between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire, Warwickshire are 191-5 against Sussex, Lancashire are 212-5 away at Yorkshire. In Division Two, Gloucestershire are 21-1 in response to Kent's first innings 205, Derbyshire are 197-6 at home to Northamptonshire, while Middlesex are currently 61-4 at Surrey. There is one Clydesbank 40 match underway with Glamorgan 9-0 against Essex. Latest scores on the BBC Sport website along with selected radio commentaries.

1655: FOOTBALL - Bury have signed Hull City striker Mark Cullen on loan until 31 December, reports BBC Sport.

1649: RUGBY UNION - Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath tells BBC Gloucestershire that facing Toulouse in the opening fixture of the Heineken Cup will be a "great challenge".

1642: MOTO-CROSS - Jed Etchells, a 10-year-old from the Isle of Man, is selected to represent Great Britain at the World Championships in Italy.

1635: FOOTBALL - Cardiff City are poised to complete a season-long loan deal for SK Slovan Bratislava midfielder Filip Kiss. The 20-year-old was a key part of the side that won the Slovak national title for a record sixth time last season.

1629: FOOTBALL - Martin Jol concedes his squad needs bolstering if Fulham are to compete across all the competitions in which they are involved this season, reports the Press Association. As well as the three domestic competitions, the Cottagers embarked on a Europa League campaign on 30 June.

1623: FOOTBALL - Chelsea have put in a bid for Anderlecht's 18-year-old striker Romelu Lukaku, BBC Sport understands.

1620: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wigan Warriors second row forward Chris Tuson will be out for six weeks after he suffered medial ligament damage. The 23-year-old will miss the Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington.


1615: FOOTBALL - Newcastle defender Shane Ferguson is battling to be back in time for the new season after suffering an ankle injury, report Sky Sports report Sky Sports. The 20-year-old sustained the injury in a collision with goalkeeper Fraser Forster during Friday night's friendly victory at Darlington.

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1609: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Arsenal have confirmed midfielder Denilson has joined Brazilian side Sao Paulo on loan for the 2011/12 season.

1602: CYCLING - Dutchman Bauke Mollema was second and France's Sandy Casar was third in Wednesday's stage, which is the first of three in the Alps. France's Thomas Voeckler retained the overall leader's yellow jersey.

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1555: BREAKING CYCLING - Edvald Boasson Hagen of Norway has won the 17th stage of the Tour de France. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1542: CYCLING - Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen leads stage 17 of the Tour de France with 10km remaining. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1542: CRICKET - England captain Andrew Strauss is urging his players not to get caught up in the hype surrounding their four-match Test series with India and to focus on the gritty reality of trying to overcome the best side in the world.

1536: FOOTBALL - Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has vowed to fight for his place under new manager Andre Villas-Boas. "I am still here and still very pleased to be with Chelsea. I like a challenge," Anelka told the London Evening Standard.

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1532: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Rangers tell BBC Scotland they will not make an increased bid to bring Kenny Miller back to Ibrox after Bursaspor rejected their £400,000 offer for the striker. The offer matches what Bursaspor paid for Miller in January but the Turks are seeking substantially more in order to buy a replacement and say they have received a higher bid from another British club for the unsettled player, with Cardiff known to be interested.

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1528: CYCLING - Spaniard Ruben Perez Moreno has a lead of one minute and two seconds over the rest of the field as he passes the banner denoting 20km to go to the finish of stage 17 of the Tour de France. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1524: SWIMMING - Olympic bronze medallist Jo Jackson tells BBC Sport that she is delighted to be taking part in the swimming World Championships in Beijing after asthma threatened to end her career.

1518: FOOTBALL - Manager Martin Jol has confirmed defender John Arne Riise will make his Fulham debut in Thursday's Europa League second qualifying round second leg against Crusaders.

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1515: CYCLING - World champion and Tuesday's stage winner Thor Hushovd suffers a puncture as he races downhill with 35km to go to the finish in Pinerolo. His Cervelo-Garmin team mechanics soon equip him with a new machine and he makes his way back to the peloton. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1512: FOOTBALL - New Arsenal forward Gervinho maintains the club will move on should they not be able to keep hold of wantaway captain Cesc Fabregas and contract rebel Samir Nasri. "If the club does not manage to keep these players, they will be able to replace them," Gervinho told Radio Monte Carlo Sport.

1510: BOXING - WBA light-welterweight champion Amir Khan has hailed trainer Freddie Roach's impact on his boxing development ahead of Saturday's clash with Zab Judah in Las Vegas. "With Freddie it's all about being focused, training hard, using my brains going into a fight and sticking to a game plan," Khan told Press Association Sport.

1506: FOOTBALL - Joey Barton and Yohan Cabaye have headed for Holland to join the club's development squad after being denied the opportunity to join their senior Newcastle team-mates in the United States. because of visa problems.

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1503: CYCLING - The peloton begin the 48km descent from Sestrieres with just over eight minutes separating them from breakaway leader Ruben Perez Moreno. Forth-five kilometres separate the Spaniard from the finish in Pinerolo. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1458: CRICKET - Essex captain James Foster will have to wait for up to two days before finding out how long he will be sidelined by an ankle injury.

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1452: CYCLING -Spaniard Ruben Perez Moreno is the first rider to reach the summit of the category-one climb up to Sestrieres. A group of 13, including Team Sky's Edvald Boasson Hagen, is about a minute behind. A three-strong group featuring Irishman Nicolas Roche bridges the six-minute gap back to the peloton. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

1449: BOXING - Boxer Floyd Mayweather anoounces he will perform an open work-out on Thursday at his gym for British fight fans currently in Las Vegas for Amir Khan's weekend fight.

1445: CRICKET - Watch a BBC documentary of Ian Botham's Ashes-winning display in 1981; 2100 BST, BBC Two.

1440: CRICKET - As India begin their summer tour of England, BBC Sport delves into the archive to look back at some classic moments from previous tours.

1435: CRICKET - Ahead of the first Test between England and India at Lord's, BBC Sport looks back as batsman Sachin Tendulkar makes his first Test century at the age of just 17 at Old Trafford in 1990.

1425: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports sources understand Manchester City will demand £50m from a European club for Carlos Tevez.

1415: FOOTBALL - Cheltenham Town have taken French centre-forward Boubou Diallo on trial, report BBC Gloucestershire.

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1405: CYCLING - Mark Cavendish (HTC-Highroad) extended his lead in the points classification by one by being the first rider across the line from the peloton, which did not contest the intermediate sprint. Cavendish, the green jersey incumbent, rolled over the line ahead of team-mate Bernhard Eisel, to move 35 points clear of Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar). There is 85km to go in stage 17.

1357: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Jon Barbuti speaks to former wicket-keeper Geraint Jones as he explores whether new India coach Duncan Fletcher can repeat his success with England. "I used to marvel at how he'd come down in the morning having seen something random on a TV programme that he thought he could use in cricket," says Jones. "It was little things, for example watching racquet sports to get little ideas from the grips they use."

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1350: CRICKET - Plenty of wickets falling in division two of the LV County Championship. Kent are 94-6 (after 32 overs) against Gloucestershire. Derbyshire are 66-5 (after 22.2 overs) against Northamptonshire. Here are our full scorecards for eight matches taking place today.

1345: FORMULA 1 - McLaren say they are "not intimidated" by Ferrari's resurgence and plan to renew their rivalry with frontrunners Red Bull at the German Grand Prix, reports BBC Sport's Sarah Holt.

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1340: FOOTBALL - Fulham manager Martin Jol has announced that Czech Under-21 international Marcel Gecov has joined from Slovan Liberec for an undisclosed fee. Gecov has penned a two-year deal with the club after successfully passing a medical.

1333: FOOTBALL - BBC Radio 5 live report that Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed he's interested in signing striker Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

1325: RUGBY LEAGUE - Huddersfield Giants captain Kevin Brown has been ruled out for up to six weeks after scans revealed he has ruptured ligaments in his right knee.

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1320: CYCLING - Sylvain Chavanel (QST) comes first in the first climb - cote de Sanite-Marguerite - on stage 17, the 179km Gap-Pinerolo ride, with El Fares (COF) just behind him. There are twelve other riders joining them in the leading pack... Moreno (EUS), Mollema (RAB), Tjallingii (RAB), Fofonov (AST), Muravyev (RSH, Amador (MOV), Paterski (LIQ), Boasson Hagen (SKY), Casar (FDJ), Bozic (VCD), Leukemans (VCD) and Hivert (SAU). They are currently just under five minutes ahead of the 2011 Tour de France peloton. About 100km to go...

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1312: RUGBY UNION - BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer on Twitter: "All Blacks leave Dan Carter on bench as they begin #RWC prep with Test against Fiji on Fri. Colin Slade starts at 10. http://t.co/xylVQxT"

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1307: CRICKET - It's lunch in the LV County Championship division two match between Surrey and Middlesex at Guildford. On day one of four, the visitors are 61 for 4 after 29 overs.

1300: SWIMMING - The 14-time Olympic champion Michael Phelps has arrived in Shanghai with his United States team-mates ahead of his bid for another huge medals haul at the World Aquatic Championships. He comes to competition - which starts on Sunday - with something to prove after being beaten in the 200m butterfly three times this year, ending a nine-year winning streak.

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1253: FOOTBALL - An Anderlecht spokesman tells BBC Sport that they are trying to sign Milan Jovanovic from Liverpool. "We are currently negotiating with Mila Jovanovic but we couldn't achieve an agreement [yet]," he said. "We are very much interested and the player would like to come." Anderlecht are due to contact the Anfield club today to discuss a deal.

1246: SWIMMING - Spyros Gianniotis, who won the men's open water 10k title at the World Aquatic Championships on Wednesday, says there is an extra-special reason he is delighted to have qualified for the 2012 Olympics. "My mother is English, so the London Olympics is like my home court," said the 31-year-old Greek, who was born in Liverpool.

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1238: FOOTBALL - Barcelona's Xavi has defended himself against criticism from Arsene Wenger after the Arsenal boss accused him of disrespect over comments he made about Cesc Fabregas. "I was only acting in the interest of Cesc and of Barca," he said. "But that's that. I really don't want to get into a war of words with Wenger. I didn't want to offend anyone."

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1232: FOOTBALL - Chelsea Football Club on Twitter: "Ashley Cole just scored with his right foot, and made no secret of it to his team-mates. Rare sighting, that. #CFC"

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1225: CYCLING - Ten escapees at the head of the 17th stage of the 2011 Tour de France, including Team Sky's Welsh rider Geraint Thomas. The chasing pack is just under 30 seconds behind them. Contenders Frank and Andy Schleck have described the final descent of this 179km ride from Gap to Pinerolo as "fatally dangerous", fearing trouble if it rains. About 40km done.

1218: DARTS - Stoke's Andy Hamilton produced the shock of the first round to knock Premier League winner Gary Anderson out of the World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens. He won four legs in a row to complete a 10-6 victory.

1213: CRICKET - Plenty of LV County Championship division one action today. Hampshire and Nottinghamshire start delayed due to rain, Warwickshire batting first against Sussex, Lancashire batting first against Yorkshire. We have full scorecards for each contest.

1205: FOOTBALL - Nottingham Forest are interested in signing veteran midfielder George Boateng, BBC Sport understands. But the Reds have denied reports that a deal has already been done.

1202: FORMULA 1 - More from BBC News on F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who has been named by prosecutors in Germany as allegedly bribing a former banker during the sport's sale in 2006.

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1156: CYCLING - The 17th stage of the 2011 Tour de France is under way, with leader Thomas Voeckler defending his yellow jersey over a 179km mountainous route over the Alps into Italy from Gap to Pinerolo. Three-time race champion Albert Contador is expected to try and build on the time he gained on his main rivals yesterday with another of his signature attacks on the steep final climb. More updates on Sportsday Live.

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1150: FOOTBALL - Rangers are considering an increased bid to bring Kenny Miller back to Ibrox after Bursaspor rejected their £400,000 offer for the striker, say BBC Scotland. The Turkish side say they have received a higher offer, with Cardiff known to be interested in the unsettled player.

1145: FOOTBALL - Press Association Sport report that Aston Villa striker Darren Bent insists there are no hard feelings between him and his England team-mates who left the club this summer. Wingers Ashley Young and Stewart Downing joined Manchester United and Liverpool. "Everyone wants to play in the top competition, which is the Champions League," he said.

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1138: CYCLING - BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "UCI confirms Kolobnev's B sample was positive too. Ho hum. Anyway, back to the cycling...."

1132: CRICKET - England captain Andrew Strauss, on Sky Sports News, talks about his side's impending four-Test series against India: "This is a bigger challenge that the Ashes, cricket-wise. We've got home advantage. I think that counts for a lot, but we've got to use it wisely. All our bowlers offer us something slightly different. Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan have given us plenty over the past 12 months. It's not going to be an easy selection."

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1124: FOOTBALL - Opta Sports on Twitter: "2 - Take a look here for a head-to-head between Carlos Tévez & Sergio Agüero in league competition since 2009/10. http://twitpic.com/5swtjj"

1118: ROWING - Oxford-based rower Alex Gregory has warned his crew they must maintain form if they are to win gold at the World Championships in Slovenia next month.

1112: FORMULA 1 - Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo insists that Felipe Massa will keep his seat with the Italian team in 2012, despite speculation that the Brazilian will be replaced. And here's more from our F1 Gossip Column for Wednesday.

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1106: FOOTBALL - Leeds United could start the season without Luciano Becchio and Davide Somma, two of their main strikers. Argentine Becchio may need an operation on a ruptured tendon while South African Somma will be out for six to nine months with a cruciate injury.

1059: FOOTBALL - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce says he is planning to discuss Darron Gibson's collapsed transfer with Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, report Sky Sports.

1050: FOOTBALL - The Independent report that Sir Alex Ferguson has assured £17m defender Phil Jones he will see plenty of action for Manchester United this season.

1050: RUGBY UNION - St Helens' rising star Jonny Lomax is in contention to make his England debut in the Four Nations Series after being called into coach Steve McNamara's elite training squad.

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1045: FOOTBALL - Norwich FC on Twitter: Transfer news - Forward Luke Daley set to join League Two Plymouth Argyle in a one-year deal."

1040: FOOTBALL - AP report that Czech midfielder Marcel Gecov has completed his transfer from Czech side Liberec to Premer League club Fulham.

1035: FOOTBALL - Chelsea captain John Terry has reiterated his desire to become manager of the club but hopes new manager Andre Villas-Boas will be around for "for a long time", report the Daily Telegraph.

1025: RUGBY UNION - Worcester Warriors head coach Richard Hill says they will be among the fittest teams in the Premiership.

1017: FOOTBALL - Sunderland defender Titus Bramble says he is still hoping former Newcastle team-mate Charles N'Zogbia could join him on Wearside, reports the Journal.

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1011: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on Twitter: "Mercedes publish interesting stats on overtaking. More non-DRS passes than DRS passes this year. 4 races so far had more DRS than non-DRS."

1005: FOOTBALL - Striker Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the second match of Manchester United's US Tour with an ankle injury.

1000: CRICKET -The International Cricket Council has confirmed that lbw decisions will not be referred in the forthcoming Test series between England and India as a result of the tourists' concerns over ball-tracking technology.

0955: FOOTBALL - Rangers manager Ally McCoist hopes to sign Aston Villa defender Carlos Cuellar before Saturday, report BBC Scotland.

0950: FOOTBALL - Huddersfield Town complete the season-long loan of Damien Johnson from Plymouth Argyle.

0945: DIVING - Plymouth diver Tonia Couch reached Thursday's final of the 10m platform after finishing 11th in the semi-final at the Fina World Championships in Shanghai.

0940: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's South American football expert Tim Vickery says the deal to bring Carlos Tevez to Corinthians fell through because the Brazilian club wanted to start paying for the striker early next year with money from a new television deal.

Vickery adds that the Argentina international is likely to "sit tight" at Manchester City and wait for a move in the January transfer window.

0937: RUGBY UNION - New Zealand leave star fly-half Dan Carter on the bench for their opening Test of the season against Fiji, which kick-starts their build-up to the World Cup. Colin Slade of the Otago Highlanders will start his first Test at number 10. Team-mate Jarrad Hoeata makes his debut in the second row alongside the returning Ali Williams, who will play his first Test since late 2008 after a series of long-term injuries.

0932: OLYMPICS - British open water swimmers Dan Fogg and Tom Allen missed out on a chance to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics after they finished outside the top 10 at the World Championships.

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0925: FOOTBALL - Bolton midfielder Mark Davies on Twitter: "I'm aiming for a big season. If I can stay fit and play regularly then I believe I can score up to eight goals this season."

0920: FOOTBALL - Liverpool striker Luis Suarez scores both goals as Uruguay reach the Copa America final with a 2-0 win over Peru to book a showdown with either Venezuela or Paraguay.

0912: FOOTBALL - Scotland's top transfer gossip story: Rangers have tabled a bid of £400,000 to bring striker Kenny Miller back from Turkish side Bursaspor. (Various)

0907: FOOTBALL - The Daily Mail reports that defender Oliver Gill - Reserve Player of the Year - has turned down a new contract at Manchester United to enrol at Durham University. His father David is the club's chief executive.

0858: BASKETBALL - China's biggest sports star, basketball player Yao Ming, has announced his retirement after weeks of rumours.

0852: FORMULA 1 - The head of Formula 1, Bernie Ecclestone, has been named by German prosecutors as allegedly having paid millions of pounds in bribes to a former banking executive. Ecclestone has met with prosecutors over the case, and has said he's confident he'll be cleared of any wrong-doing.

0847: BOXING - World light-heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly is prepared to give British and Commonwealth title holder Tony Bellew a shot at his WBO belt.

0842: BOXING - Birmingham's Frankie Gavin says he will radically alter his diet and fight at light-welterweight after failing to impress against Curtis Woodhouse.

0835: FOOTBALL -The new Premier League season is likely to be the last to feature goalline controversies after its chief executive Richard Scudamore said he was hopeful technology could be introduced in time for the 2012-13 campaign, report the Guardian.

BBC Radio 5 live
0823: CRICKET - Ahead of Thursday's first Test between England and India at Lord's BBC Radio 5 Live's TMS commentators give their views on the series.

Twitter
0819: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Phil McNulty on Twitter: "What next for Tevez? He will be hoping Inter Milan change their stance or face the uncomfortable prospect of returning to Man City."

Twitter
0814: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Howard Nurse on Twitter: "Reports in Italy suggest #MCFC and #Chelsea want midfielder Daniele De Rossi, but Roma not keen on losing him."

0810: OLYMPICS - Oscar Pistorius moves closer to competing at the Olympics after he runs the 400m qualifying time for both August's World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

0800: FOOTBALL - Top transfer stories from today's Gossip Column:


Inter Milan have reportedly proposed a swap deal with Manchester City involving Carlos Tevez joining the Italian side, with Wesley Sneijder moving the other way.
Full story: Metro

Manager Roberto Mancini does not want Carlos Tevez back at Manchester City - and is prepared to strip him of the captaincy if he returns.
Full story: Daily Mirror

Tottenham and Aston Villa are locked in a battle with Italian side Lazio to sign Lyon's 21-year-old playmaker Miralem Pjanic.
Full story: talkSPORT



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see also
Wednesday's gossip column
20 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Wednesday's F1 gossip column
20 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Corinthians withdraw Tevez offer
20 Jul 11 |  Man City
Pistorius closer to Olympic dream
20 Jul 11 |  Athletics
Sportsday Live - Monday 18 July
18 Jul 11 |  Sport Homepage



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