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Sportsday Live - Thursday 4 August

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew keeps the door open for Joey Barton, Tiger Woods is six shots off the lead in his comeback tournament, Stoke, Fulham and Hearts progress in the Europa League, plus more.

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2359: That's all from Thursday's Sportsday Live, which will resume on Friday at 0800 BST.

2350: FOOTBALL - Crystal Palace lodged three bids for AFC Bournemouth's Danny Ings during a 90-minute pre-season friendly against the south coast club, reports Metro.

2344: CRICKET - The conclusion of county season is a month away. Follow the latest updates on the BBC cricket site.

2336: FOOTBALL - Manchester United's new defensive signing Phil Jones is set to be called up to the senior England squad for the friendly against the Netherlands, according to the Daily Mail.

2329: HOCKEY - Olympic champions Germany battle back to beat European men's title holders England 3-2 in Moenchengladbach.

2324: NFL - The National Football League will become the first major US professional sports league to use blood testing for human growth hormone [HGH] as part of a new collective bargaining agreement ratified by players, a league spokesman tells Reuters.

2317: FOOTBALL - Bolton's search for a striker may focus on Cameron Jerome of Birmingham because Liverpool will not budge on their £4.5m valuation of David Ngog, according to the Daily Mirror.

2312: GOLF - Tiger Woods after posting a first-round score of two-under-par 68 at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio: "It felt good. The hardest part was controlling the distance - I've got much more speed and compression through impact and the ball is just taking off."

2306: FOOTBALL - DJ Campbell on his move to QPR: "My mum always said to me that I'd be back here one day."

2258: GOLF - Adam Scott takes a one-shot lead into the second round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. He shot an eight-under 62 to leave himself one ahead of fellow Australian Jason Day. Tiger Woods, playing for the first time in nearly three months, makes three birdies to open with a two-under 68.

2253: FOOTBALL - Hearts boss Paulo Sergio dedicates the club's Europa League win to his predecessor Jim Jefferies. "Our qualification is through his work," he said.

2244: FOOTBALL - Arsenal defender Kyle Bartley is on his way back to Rangers on a season-long loan deal.

2242: FOOTBALL - Manchester City are on alert to move for Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o after he demanded transfer talks with the Italian club's president following a bust-up with their new coach. Inter may want to swap Eto'o for wantaway City striker Carlos Tevez, according to the Daily Mirror.

2232: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport golf correspondent Iain Carter: "Tiger Woods looked pretty solid to me with that opening 68 - compelling irony with Adam Scott -8 going top of leaderboard with Steve Williams on bag."

2224: GOLF - Adam Scott is on eight under at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. He is one ahead of clubhouse leader and fellow Australian Jason Day.

2211: BASEBALL - St. Louis Cardinals All-Star catcher Yadier Molina is suspended five games by Major League Baseball on Thursday for making contact with an umpire and spraying him with spittle during a heated confrontation.

2205: FOOTBALL - Stoke manager Tony Pulis following his side's Europa League win over Hajduk Split: "This is the first time the club has played a European tie and actually qualified or gone through, so it's another new bridge we have crossed."

2158: FOOTBALL - Defender Tyrone Mears's injury has forced manager Bolton manager Owen Coyle to look at bringing in Tottenham Kyle Walker on loan, according to Footie Online.

2146: GOLF - Adam Scott, caddied by Tiger Woods's former caddie Steve Williams, is second overall at five under after 13 holes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Australian Jason Day is the clubhouse leader on seven under.

2136: FOOTBALL - Hearts beats Paks 4-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate to reach the Europa League play-off round.

2130: FOOTBALL - Hearts lead Paks 4-1 on the night and 5-2 on aggregate in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier. Daniel Bode scores what is likely to be a consolation for the visitors.

2123: FOOTBALL - Fulham reach the Europa League play-off round after a 2-0 home win against RNK Split gave them a 2-0 aggregate victory in the third qualifying round tie.

2117: FOOTBALL - Hearts lead Paks 4-0 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier. Rudi Skacel has scored the fourth.

2112: GOLF - Tiger Woods is now two under after 12 holes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Australian Jason Day is still the clubhouse leader on seven under.

2104: ATHLETICS - World 400m champion Sanya Richards tells BBC Radio 5 live that this weekend's London Grand Prix will be a "great test" for her ahead of the world championships in Daegu later this month.

2100: FOOTBALL - Brazil and Argentina will face each other in a two-game mini-tournament in September. Both teams will be formed only of players that play in the two countries and not those who play overseas.

2055: FOOTBALL - Hearts lead Paks 3-0 on the night and 4-1 on aggregate in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier. Andrew Driver scored the third after Ryan Stevenson scored the first two.

2049: FOOTBALL - Fulham are now leading RNK Split 2-0 on the night and on aggregate in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier, thanks to a Danny Murphy penalty.

2045: BOXING - Amir Khan tells BBC Radio 5 live: "Trainer Freddie Roach is a very dedicated trainer. He comes in at 8am in the morning and leaves at 8pm. He's still a normal, down-to-earth guy. The fight between me and Floyd Mayweather is a possibility. There's a lot of politics involved though. Floyd said he'd come to England to fight me."

2039: GOLF - Tiger Woods is level par after nine holes at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio. Australian Jason Day is still the clubhouse leader on seven under.

2030: TENNIS - Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska beats Christina McHale 6-1 6-0 in the third round of the San Diego Open.

2021: FOOTBALL - Fulham still lead RNK Split 1-0 in the second leg of their Europa League third round qualifier, thanks to a goal from Andrew Johnson. The Premier League side now have a 1-0 aggregate lead.

France's Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad

Diamond League duo come to blows in Monaco

2014: ATHLETICS- French duo Medhi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad are cleared to run in this month's World Championships despite their recent brawl.

2005: FOOTBALL - Barcelona agree to release Argentine centre-back Gabriel Milito, who still had a year remaining on his contract.

1958: GOLF - Australia's Jason Day still leads the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on seven under. Tiger Woods has made a solid start with pars at his opening six holes.

1951: FOOTBALL -Stoke advance to the Europa League play-offs after a 1-0 win (2-0 on aggregate) over Hajduk Split in Croatia - an injury-time own goal from Milicevic.

1938: CRICKET -Ravi Bopara misses out on a chance to impress the England selectors with just 25 in England's second innings against Sri Lanka A at Scarborough after his first innings total of 19. The visitors close their first innings on 389 all out , before the Lions progress to 182-3 at stumps - a lead of 92 heading into the final day.

1933: FOOTBALL - Plymouth Argyle's administrators urge the preferred bidders to confirm they will buy the club by mid-August. Bishop International Ltd have also been asked to submit funds for August wages. The club's players and staff have not been paid in full for eight months and the club went into administration earlier this year.

1918: CYCLING -Mark Cavendish's team HTC-Highroad announce that they will not be competing in 2012 after failing to find a sponsor. The Manxman's contract is due to expire at the end of the season and earlier this week he revealed he has decided who he will ride for next year with Team Sky the favourites to land his services.

1912: ATHLETICS - More than 40 Olympic and world medallists will be competing in the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on Friday and Saturday - the last major meeting before the World Championships in Daegu. BBC Sport has a guide to the main athletes to watch at the meeting.

1904: GOLF - Australia's Jason Day leads the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio on seven under. Lee Westwood finishes his opening round on three under, one ahead of Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy with Graeme McDowell on one over. Former world number one Tiger Woods, making his return after knee and Achilles injuries, pars his opening hole.

1854: FOOTBALL - US international Clint Dempsey gets his first start of the season for Fulham in their Europa League third qualifying round decider with RNK Split. Fulham also welcome back Belgium international Mousa Dembele, who is included on the bench after recovering from a knee complaint. The first leg of the tie finished scoreless with tonight's game due to kick off at 1930 BST.

1847: FOOTBALL - At half-time in the Europa League third round qualifier second leg tie in Croatia, it is Hajduk Split 0-0 Stoke - Stoke still lead 1-0 on aggregate. Stoke survive some late pressure from the visitors to reach the break goalless. The Potters are still on course for the Europa League qualifying play-offs with Jonathan Walters's goal at the Britannia Stadium in the first leg the difference between the two sides.

1830: CRICKET -Zimbabwe make a confident start against Bangladesh reaching 264-2 in Harare on the opening day of their first Test since September 2005.

1814: FOOTBALL - QPR defender Danny Gabbidon has warned fellow players to be careful about their conduct on Twitter amidst the controversy surrounding Newcastle's Joey Barton. In May, the 31-year-old defender was fined £6,000 and warned about his future conduct following comments posted on his Twitter account.

1808: FOOTBALL - Swansea confirm that they have signed winger Wayne Routledge from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee.

1800: FOOTBALL - Bolton's Stuart Holden on Twitter on the broken leg sustained by team-mate Tyrone Mears: "Gutted for Tyrone, every1 at the club wishing him a speedy recovery! Not been here long but made massive impression. Top guy!"

1754: SWIMMING - Scottish swimmer Hannah Miley tells BBC Scotland she will be putting in more hard work ahead of the 2012 Olympics after winning silver at the recent World Championships in Shanghai.

1742: ATHLETICS - Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, who will be running in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace on Friday night, believes his rival Usain Bolt is struggling with his rhythm following his return from injury and he is technically better than the double Olympic champion and world record holder.

1730: FOOTBALL - Stoke kick off the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie against Hajduk Split in Croatia at 1800 BST. Jonathan Woodgate and Ryan Shawcross will start for Tony Pulis's side, who lead 1-0 after the first leg with Rory Delap and Andy Wilkinson missing out.

Live action now
1726: GOLF - South Africa's Rory Sabbatini holds the clubhouse lead at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio after shooting a four-under round of 66. DA PointsStewart Cink and Jason Day are the leaders on the course on five under with a couple of holes left. Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy are both two under after 14 and 12 holes respectively while Lee Westwood is one under after 13 and Graeme McDowell is one over after 13. Tiger Woods and Darren Clarke tee off together at 1840 BST.

1709: FOOTBALL - Manchester United's Michael Owen on Twitter: "Off to take my son to his football practice. Hope his finishing is better than mine - I couldn't hit a barn door in training this morning!!!"

1653: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wigan coach Michael Maguire tells BBC Radio Manchester that games between his side and rivals St Helens are always close, ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final between the sides.

1645: TENNIS - French Open champion Rafael Nadal says he is available to play for Spain in September's Davis Cup semi-final against France in Cordoba. Nadal missed Spain's quarter-final win over the United States as he recovered from the clay-court season and the Wimbledon final loss to Novak Djokovic.

Ferdinand leads sport's Twitter revolution

1641: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Leon Mann finds out how sport and its stars are using Twitter and what impact such direct access to fans is having.

1634: FOOTBALL - Watch here as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says that midfielder Joey Barton could still have a future at the club and says that football clubs need to get to grips with Twitter and other forms of social media .

1628: FOOTBALL -Bolton defender Tyrone Mears faces a spell on the sidelines after breaking his leg in training. Mears only joined the club last week from Burnley. Manager Owen Coyle says Mears will go for an assessment on the injury in a month's time, which will determine how long he will be out for.

1625: OLYMPIC GAMES: Advice on how to cope with the huge influx of visitors during the 2012 Olympic Games is being given to 68,000 homes and businesses in central London.

1618: FOOTBALL - QPR boss Neil Warnock says he is delighted to have secured the signing of striker DJ Campbell from Blackpool.: "He is someone I have admired for a while now. He is a QPR fan and you can tell he has a great desire to do well for the club he supports. That shone through when I met up with him - he can't wait to play for us. and he also gives us that extra element of pace which we need," he said.

1608: ATHLETICS - French pair Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi Benabbad have been given the all clear to compete in the World Championships by the French athletics federation despite coming to blows on the track during the recent Diamond League meet in Monaco.

I'll never make that mistake twice - Bell

1602: CRICKET - Following last weekend's controversy at Trent Bridge when he was given out and then reprieved, England batsman Ian Bell tells BBC Sport he will not make the mistake of leaving his crease again.

1556: RUGBY LEAGUE - Ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup semi-final against Wigan, St Helens stand-off Kyle Eastmond tells BBC Sport he is relishing his last chance to make a Challenge Cup final with Saints before he changes codes and begins his career with rugby union side Bath.

1553: FOOTBALL - The dispute which threatened Thursday night's Europa League qualifier between Irish side St Patrick's Athletic and Karpaty Lviv has been resolved. The St Pat's players announced on Thursday morning that they were boycotting the game over a cash dispute with the club's owners but an agreement has been reached and the game will go ahead.

Breaking news
1546: FOOTBALL -QPR secure the signing of striker DJ Campbell from Blackpool, reports Sky Sports News.

1534: HORSE RACING - Trainer Howard Johnson's main patron Graham Wylie has sent six of his horses, including Quwetwo, who beat Zaynar at Kelso in February 2010, to champion trainer Paul Nicholls. Johnson appeared in front of a British Horseracing Authority inquiry last week on welfare and doping charges, which he denies, with a verdict due to be delivered on 10 August.

1524: CRICKET - Zimbabwe have progressed to 252-2 against Bangladesh on the first day of their first Test match for six years.

1514: FOOTBALL - Leicester City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson tells Sky Sports News his views on footballers using social networking siteTwitter: "I'm an old man. I've no idea what it is. I am completely wrong man to answer that question."

1504: ATHLETICS - Former 10,000m world champion Liz McColgan has appeared in court, charged with attacking her husband at her home. The 47-year-old, from Angus, who also won the London, New York and Tokyo marathons, denied repeatedly punching Peter McColgan on his head and body on 12 July.

1454: FOOTBALL - Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton responded on Twitter: with a message referring to a world-renowned bridge builder: "Does anybody have Isambard Kingdom Brunel's number?"

1450: FOOTBALL - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has suggested that Joey Barton's Newcastle career is not over. Barton has been made available on a free transfer after criticising the club on social networking site Twitter, but Pardew said: "I've never closed the door on anyone and I'm not closing the door on Joey."

1445: WEIGHTLIFTING - Commonwealth bronze medallist Zoe Smith has withdrawn from the Great Britain squad for the European Youth Championships with a back injury. The 17-year-old from London is unlikely to return to lifting before November, when 2012 Olympic qualification begins.

1439: RUGBY UNION - Flanker Stephen Ferris and centre Gordon D'Arcy are Ireland's two major injury concerns ahead of the World Cup and both will miss the Scotland clash and probably also sit out the 13 August game against France.

1431: FOOTBALL - Leicester manager Sven-Goran Eriksson insists that promotion to the Premier League is just the start of the club's ambitions.

1423: GOLF - The early starters at the Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio are out on the course. Former world number one Tiger Woods, who has been out since May with knee and Achilles problems, makes his return alongside Northern Ireland's Open champion Darren Clarke. The duo are due to tee off at 1840 BST.

1416: ATHLETICS - Britain's Mo Farah has said he may run both the 10,000m and 5,000m at the World Championships in Daegu later this month. Farah had said on Sunday he was going to "put all my eggs in one basket and that is the 10k" but he added on Thursday: "It depends on how I come out of the 10k. If I feel good I will come back and do the 5k."

1408: CRICKET - Zimbabwe have scored 191-2 at tea on the first day of their Test match against Bangladesh in Harare. It is Zimbabwe's first Test in nearly six years after they voluntarily withdrew from Test matches in 2005, following a row between players and the cricket board.

1400: FOOTBALL - Arsenal midfielder Samuel Galindo, 19, has joined Spanish Segunda Division side Gimnastic De Tarragona on a season-long loan.

1351: RUGBY UNION - Uncapped Connacht flanker Mike McCarthy named in Ireland team to face Scotland on Saturday.

1345: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Dan Walker is looking forward to the new season and presenting the first Football Focus of the campaign from the Amex Stadium in. Brighton

1340: TRIATHLON - BBC Sport has been talking to Chrissie Wellington, Britain's unbeaten, three-time world champion. Find out her top-five tips in Matt Slater's blog.

1329: BOXING - Britain's Matthew Macklin has turned down the chance of a re-match against WBA middleweight title-holder Felix Sturm in November, the German world champion's manager Roland Rebak tells German daily newspaper Die Welt. The pair's first bout in June ended with Sturm winning a split decision.

1319: RUGBY LEAGUE -Wakefield extend the contract of French forward Samy Masselot with the 22-year-old signing a new one-year deal. Masselot joined the Wildcats midway through the season on trial from French club Villeneuve and will be a full-time first-team squad member next season.

1314: FOOTBALL -BBC Newcastle understands that reports that Newcastle United are in advanced discussions with Swiss international Tranquillo Barnetta are wide of the mark. However, the 26-year-old is unlikely to be Joey Barton's replacement should the midfielder depart.

1307: WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - GB women's coach Garry Peel names his 12-player squad for next month's European Championships in Israel. Judith Hamer returns after missing the Paralympic World Cup in May as the team continue their build-up to next year's Paralympics.

1302: FOOTBALL - Scottish Premier League chief Neil Doncaster says he is disappointed by Rangers' Champions League exit and the defeat will have financial implications for the SPL.

1252: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News reports that midfielder Joey Barton has been training with the Newcastle reserves. Barton was told earlier this week he could leave the club on a free transfer.

1248: FOOTBALL - Players of Irish side St Patrick's Athletic have refused to play in their Europa League qualifer against Karpaty Lviv on Thursday night in a row over cash with the club's owners.

1231: RUGBY UNION - Stephen Jones will become his country's most capped player when Wales face England at Twickenham on Saturday. Jones will be making his 101st Test appearance, putting him one ahead of Gareth Thomas. Full-back Rhys Priestland, teenage winger George North and hooker Huw Bennett all start with flanker Sam Warburton captaining the side with Matthew Rees injured, but there is no place for Gavin Hanson in the squad.

1212: RUGBY UNION - BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer on Twitter: "Lock Mouritz Botha and wing Charlie Sharples could also make England debuts off bench. Interesting [Simon] Shaw gets start at lock and [Richard] Wigglesworth on bench.

1208: RUGBY UNION - Winger Yoann Huget has been dropped from the France World Cup squad for failing to meet doping control obligations. The 24-year-old Bayonne player is accused of three breaches of the rules governing his whereabouts for drug testing.

1158: HORSE RACING - Top miler Canford Cliffs has been retired to stud after suffering an injury when chasing home Frankel in last week's Sussex Stakes at Goodwood, confirms trainer Richard Hannon. The four-year-old won the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury earlier this year.

1154: FOOTBALL - As well as dismissing reports that Gary Cahill is on the move to Liverpool, Bolton manager Owen Coyle says he is interested in Manchester City's Shaun Wright-Phillips but he is not in the market for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton

1143: FOOTBALL - New Hearts manager Paulo Sergio insists he will be picking the team but says owner Vladimir Romanov wants him to change the way Hearts play football.

1138: GOLF - Tiger Woods will make his return from injury alongside Open champion Darren Clarke at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday. Woods has been out since May with knee and Achilles injuries but the pair will tee off at 1940 BST.

1131: FOOTBALL - Chelsea confirm the signing of midfielder Oriol Romeu on a four-year contract from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

1125: FOOTBALL -Former France coach Raymond Domenech, who was sacked for misconduct after the 2010 World Cup, has accepted a €1m settlement from the French football federation and the matter will not go before an employment tribunal, reports AFP.

1123: FOOTBALL - Middlesbrough winger Marvin Emnes has signed a three-year extension to his contract, which was due to expire at the end of the season.

1118: TENNIS - The International Tennis Federation announces the venues for next month's Davis Cup semi-finals, with a Serbia-Spain final looming. World number one Novak Djokovic is expected to lead Serbia on indoor hard courts at the Belgrade Arena against Argentina while world number two Rafael Nadal will take to the outdoor clay of Cordoba - although the Plaza de Toros los Califas venue is subject to an ITF site visit. The ties take place on 16-18 September.

1112: FOOTBALL - Blackpool have made their 10th signing of the summer with the arrival of Tom Ince from Liverpool on a two-year deal with the option for a third year.

1105: FORMULA 1 - Renault have written off Nick Heidfeld's chassis following the air bottle explosion and fire during last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, plus more in Thursday's gossip column.

1057: FOOTBALL - Bolton manager Owen Coyle has dismissed speculation linking star defender Gary Cahill with a big-money move to Liverpool as "without foundation". Coyle said: "It is irresponsible. To just reel words off is in poor taste. Nothing surprises you in football but people should have more knowledge of the background for anything before they write it. I am not raging about it. I am just making a point."

1051: FOOTBALL - Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov has set his players the goal of winning the Scottish Premier League, according to captain Marius Zaliukas.

1042: FOOTBALL - Opposition councillors in Swansea want the city's football club to pay more rent for their home ground following their promotion to the Premier League.

1037: FOOTBALL - West Bromwich Albion on Twitter: Chris Brunt has penned a new three-year contract, plus a further year's option in the club's favour, to keep him at Albion until 2015."

1032: CRICKET - Zimbabwe have made a solid start in their first Test match in nearly six years. Put in to bat, they have reached 79-0 off 22 overs in a one-off Test against Bangladesh.

1026: CRICKET - The International Cricket Council have announced that Lord Woolf will chair the independent review into their governance of world cricket, reports the Press Association. The former Lord Chief Justice in England will review the ICC's Code of Ethics as well as the way they deal with investigations into corruption and the presidential election and nomination process.

1018: FOOTBALL - Former Japan defender Naoki Matsuda has died, two days after suffering a heart attack during training, reports AFP. The 34-year-old, who played 40 times for his country, had this year dropped down to the third tier of the Japan Football League to play for Matsumoto Yamaga after 16 years at first division side Yokohama Marinos.

1010: CRICKET - Andrew Flintoff believes the current England Test side are better than his team which regained the Ashes in 2005. The former England all-rounder is also convinced England can dominate world cricket like Australia and West Indies have done in the past.

1004: FOOTBALL - Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the Scottish Premier League, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about Rangers' early exit from the Champions League. "It has an impact on the whole of the SPL," he said. "With a team in the group stages of the Champions League, that means much larger solidarity payments from Uefa for all our clubs. With Rangers going into the play-offs for the Europa League, that means much smaller payments for our clubs.

0955: GOLF - Northern Ireland's US Open champion Rory McIlroy is likely to play on the PGA Tour in the United States again after a one-year absence. The 22-year-old, who played the US circuit last season but then gave it up because he was missing Europe, said: "I'm leaning towards taking my card here again - I'm comfortable in this country and I feel like my game suits the courses."

0948: RUGBY UNION - Assistant coach Neil Jenkins has said that Wales will name a strong side to face England in Saturday's World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham. England beat Wales 62-5 in a similar contest four years ago and Jenkins said: "We all realise that the side we picked four years ago wasn't good enough. We're going to have a pretty strong side going there on Saturday."

0941: CRICKET - Zimbabwe make their return to Test cricket on Thursday, with a one-off game in Harare against Bangladesh. The home side, who have not played a five-day game since voluntarily withdrawing from Test matches in 2005, after a row between players and the cricket board, have been put in to bat after losing the toss.

0937: RUGBY UNION - BBC Sport rugby union pundit Jeremy Guscott on Twitter: "Rumours of M Tuilagi being selected today to face Wal Sat, alongside who? I'd choose Flutey if he was 100% fit.

0931: CRICKET - India batting legend Sunil Gavaskar says poor technique is to blame for their dismal performance with the bat against England this summer. After losing the second Test by 319 runs, Gavaskar wrote in the Hindu newspaper: "It looked like a contest between a professional team and a schoolboys team. Those who are destroyers of bowling where the ball does not come above the waist are finding how tough Test cricket is. There will be talk about preparation but even if this Indian team had played five first-class games before the Test series they would have struggled as the technique is not there."

0927: FOOTBALL - Arsenal will find out on Friday who they must beat to reach the group stages of the Champions League. Germany's Bayern Munich, Portuguese side Benfica, French club Lyon and Villarreal of Spain are, like the Gunners, seeded for the draw.

0922: CRICKET - Australia captain Michael Clarke has admitted "it is going to take time for us to work our way back up the rankings" following a lean two-year period. Australia, who have slipped to fifth in the world rankings, have included four uncapped players in their 15-man squad to tour of Sri Lanka.

0916: FOOTBALL - The new Football League season begins this weekend and to get you in the mood, take a look back at the best goals from last season.

0912: FOOTBALL - Preston manager Phil Brown has told BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher he is confident he can revive the fortunes of North End, who were relegated to League One last season after a decade of second-tier football.

0907: RUGBY UNION - New Zealand will field their most experienced side for Saturday's Tri-Nations match against Australia, reports the Press Association. The average age of the team is nearly 29 and they boast 766 Test caps between them.

0903: RUGBY UNION - BBC Radio 5 live sport on Twitter: "5LiveRugby tonight 9.30-10.30pm. Special guests Andy Nicol & JJ Williams... and we hear from Sam Warburton, Chris Ashton & Manu Tuilagi."

0859: OLYMPICS - Chemical company Dow is to fund and make the fabric wrap around the 2012 Olympic Stadium. The wrap was conceived by the architects as the finishing touch to the stadium but was dropped to save £7m from the construction costs.

Breaking news
0850: RUGBY LEAGUE - BBC Sport's George Riley on Twitter: "Another troubled Crusader snapped up - Huddersfield Giants have signed Papua New Guinean International Jason Chan on a three year deal."

0843: FOOTBALL - Rangers manager Ally McCoist says a lack of discipline cost them their place in the Champions League, after they had two men sent off in the second leg of their qualifier. Rangers drew 1-1 with Swedish side Malmo, but went out of the competition 2-1 on aggregate.

0837: RUGBY UNION - Five Live Sport on Twitter: "England team to face Wales named at midday. Expect debut for Tuilagi & returns for Stevens, Armitage and Flutey. Haskell could start at 8. Wales expected to pick George North on the wing, Morgan Stoddart at 15, Toby Faletau at 8."

0830: FOOTBALL - Paris St Germain are threatening to do in France what Manchester City have done in England - blow all and sundry out of the water when it comes to the transfer market, having spent around £75m in the close season. BBC Sport's John Sinnott has been looking at the Ligue 1 side that Qatar Sports Investments bought a 70% share in.

0820: RUGBY UNION - Prop Matt Stevens has been talking to BBC Sport's Dan Roan and describing his return to the England fold following a drugs ban as "an amazing story".

0815: FORMULA ONE - Red Bull driver Mark Webber reveals he has had a chat with team boss Dietrich Mateschitz about several things, past, present and future, in his latest column for the BBC Sport website.

0810: FOOTBALL - Manchester City say they have granted Carlos Tevez extended leave and expect him to report for training on Monday.

Breaking news
0805: RUGBY LEAGUE - Hull KR head coach Justin Morgan will leave the club at the end of this Super League season.

0800 BST: - Top transfer stories from Thursday's gossip column:

Inter Milan are keen to swap Brazilian defender Maicon for Carlos Tevez but Manchester City do not agree with the Italian club's valuations of the players. (Daily Mirror)

Cameroon striker Samuel Eto'o has pleaded with his club Inter Milan to sanction a move to Manchester City after falling out with the Inter management (Daily Mail)

Arsenal target Juan Manuel Mata is likely to stay with Valencia, according to the club's manager Unai Emery. (talkSPORT)

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