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Sportsday Live - Friday 5 August

Arsenal to face Italian side Udinese in the Champions League play-off round, Grenada's Kirani James, 18, runs the fastest 400m this year, the latest football news, plus more.

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

2352: TENNIS - Donald Young of the United States beats seventh seed Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3 7-6 [7-4] to reach the last four of the Washington Classic and he is joined by Czech Radek Stepanek who beat Spanish fifth seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4.

2346: FOOTBALL - Chelsea are hoping to close a £20m deal for Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku over the weekend, according to the Daily Mail.

2338: TENNIS - Second seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany beats Sloane Stephens of the United States 6-2 6-1 to reach the last four at the San Diego Open.

2327: FOOTBALL - Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan agrees to join Newcastle on a five-year deal, according to the Daily Mail.

2320: FOOTBALL - Samir Nasri has edged closer to being sold by Arsenal after an apparent row with manager Arsene Wenger. Manchester City are standing by to pay £22m for the French midfielder, according to the Daily Mirror.

2315: FOOTBALL - Tottenham are ready to launch a new bid for Villarreal's £28m-rated striker Giuseppe Rossi, after boss Harry Redknapp watched him play and score against Everton, according to the Daily Mirror.

2308: FOOTBALL - Kevin Grosskreutz scores twice to lead defending champions Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 home win over Hamburg on the first day of the Bundesliga season.

2303: TENNIS - Andy Murray will face Kevin Anderson of South Africa or Spain's Pablo Andujar in his first match since Wimbledon when he begins his US Open build-up at the Montreal Masters next week. The British number one, going for a third straight title in Canada, could meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals, with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer in the other half of the draw.

2258: FOOTBALL - Blackpool manager Ian Holloway after his side's 1-0 win at Hull: "I want to prove that it's not just the players we've lost that were good. I want these lads to shine again and for me they did tonight in a very tough fixture."

2248: FOOTBALL - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson on reports linking striker Dimitar Berbatov to a move to Paris St Germain: "It's nonsense. There's no encouragement for us either."

Twitter
2240: FOOTBALL - Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea on Twitter: "Today my debut in Old Trafford!! Unbelievable!! We won 6-0... The match was to salute a legend...SCHOLES"

2239: GOLF - There is a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at the WGC Invitational in Ohio. Americans Ryan Moore, Rickie Fowler and Keegan Bradley and Australian Adam Scott are at eight under. Scotland's Martin Laird is a shot behind with US Open winner Rory McIlroy on four under. Tiger Woods is at one under in his comeback event.

2228: ATHLETICS - British sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey responds on Twitter: "The BBC guys don't do enough research on us to understand I haven't lifted a weight for my upper body in months. It's natural."

2217: TENNIS - Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland beats eighth seed Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 0-6 6-4 6-4 to reach the last four at the San Diego Open.

Twitter
2213: FOOTBALL - Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart on Twitter: "Looking forward also to the start of the Premier League next week #Everton. Playing against my Netherlands teammate @Johnheitinga"

2206: FOOTBALL - Bolton suffer a 1-0 defeat by Spanish side Levante at the Reebok Stadium.

2203: FOOTBALL - In another of the night's friendlies, Luton record a 3-1 win over Premier League newcomers QPR.

Twitter
2158: ATHLETICS - BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Crystal Palace empty. All except cleaners and a chap named Mo Farah doing endless rapid 400m reps. That's what makes you a champ."

2153: ATHLETICS - Two-time British Olympic decathlon champion Daley Thompson on Twitter: "Merlene Ottey if I wore a hat I would take it off to you. You are awesome x"

2144: FOOTBALL - Blackpool beat Hull on the opening day of the Championship season thanks to Gary Taylor-Fletcher's late strike. Read the report on the BBC Sport website.

2140: FOOTBALL - Everton lose 1-0 at home to Villarreal in their pre-season friendly.

2134: FOOTBALL -BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at the Paul Scholes testimonial at Old Trafford: "Paul Scholes pays tribute to former manager Sir Alex Ferguson, #MUFC and his family after the 6-0 win over NY Cosmos. And [Eric] #Cantona and old team-mates."

2130: FOOTBALL - Gary Taylor-Fletcher fires in a great angled half-volley to give Blackpool the lead at Hull in the first Championship game of the season. Follow the final few minutes on BBC Radio 5 live extra.

2126: ATHLETICS - Briton Mo Farah wins the men's 3,000m at the London Diamond League in a time of 7:40.15. He wins the race by more than four seconds.

2117: GOLF - American pair Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler and Australian Adam Scott share the clubhouse lead on eight under as the second round of the WGC Invitational in Ohio continues. Jason Day is also on eight under but he is still out on the course. Tiger Woods, who is playing his first tournament after a spell out injured, finishes his second round on a total of one under.

2110: ATHLETICS - "I came to Crystal Palace in 1980. I want to thank the fans here," Merlene Ottey, 51, tells BBC Sport after competing in the women's 4x100m relay the London Diamond League meeting.

2059: ATHLETICS - Merlene Ottey, 51, of Slovenia, and formerly of Jamaica, is about to take part in an invitational 4x100m women's relay race at the London Diamond League. Ottey won 14 world championships medals and three golds. She has appeared in seven Olympics - more than any other track and field athlete. You can watch the first day of the London Diamond League meeting on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two.

2059: ATHLETICS - Yohan Blake of Jamaica wins the men's 100m at the London Diamond League meeting in a time of 9.95. "I was running into a headwind and ran 9.95. It's a wonderful feeling to be compared with the likes of Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell," said Blake.

Breaking news
2047: GOLF - Tiger Woods will play the first two rounds of next week's US PGA Championship with Ireland's Padraig Harrington and American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III. Major winners US Open champion Rory McIlroy, Open winner Darren Clarke and Masters winner Charl Schwartzel begin their campaign at 1345 local time.

2043: ATHLETICS - Olympic champion Dayron Robles wins the men's 110m hurdles in a record meeting time of 13.04. "It's my best time this year and today was very good. It was a very important race before the world championships," said the Cuban.

2039: FOOTBALL - The first Football League match of the season is goalless at half-time, although both hosts Hull and Blackpool have hit the woodwork in their Championship meeting. Tom Cairney struck the bar with a free-kick for Hull before debutant Kevin Phillips' shot hit the post at the other end. There is full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra.

2038: ATHLETICS - The men's 110m hurdles at the London Diamond League coming up on BBC Two and this website, with Olympic bronze medallist David Oliver, Olympic champion Dayron Robles and European and Commonwealth champion Andy Turner.

2033: ATHLETICS - Grenada's Kirani James runs the fastest 400m time of the year - 44.62 - to win the London Diamond League event. "I'm in good shape and on the right course for the world championships," said the 18-year-old.

2023: ATHLETICS - Briton Jenny Meadows, who won her first senior title at the UK Trials last week, wins the 800m at the London Diamond League meeting in 1:58.61. "It has been the perfect preparation for the 800m at the world championships. It's come at the right time," said Meadows.

2018: FOOTBALL -Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas is not part of the 19-man squad which travelled to Portugal ahead of Saturday's pre-season friendly against Benfica. The 24-year-old has been linked with a move to Spanish and European champions Barcelona, who bid £27m for the Spain international midfielder in June.

Live action now
2010: ATHLETICS - Australia's Craig Mottram wins the men's 5,000m at the London Diamond League meeting in a time of 13.23.98. Briton Chris Thompson finishes fourth.

2008: FOOTBALL - It is still 0-0 between Hull and Blackpool in the first Championship game of the season. There is full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live extra.

2005: ATHLETICS - You can watch the first day of the London Diamond League meeting on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two.

1956: ATHLETICS - Chris Thompson is looking to produce a good run in the men's 5,000m at the Diamond League event in London.

1947: CRICKET - Kane Williamson top-scores with 64 as Gloucestershire posted an impressive total of 235-6 in their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group C match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

1943: FOOTBALL - Paul Scholes scores with a well-struck shot from 25 yards for the opening goal for Manchester United in his own testimonial match against the New York Cosmos at Old Trafford.

1940: FOOTBALL -Football Focus presenter Dan Walker explains the BBC's enhanced football coverage for the new season as the new season gets underway.

1932: ATHLETICS -Britain's Andrew Osagie gets the A standard for the 800m at the World Championships in Daegu. Osagie clocks one minute 45.36 seconds behind world record holder David Rusisha of Kenya, who sets a new meeting record of 1:42.91. Osagie tells BBC Sport afterwards: "You get taken up in the moment and you go with it. It has been a long time coming but I'm showing the signs of getting there."

1913: FOOTBALL -BBC Sport's Howard Nurse at the Paul Scholes testimonial at Old Trafford: "Friendly boos for ex-Gunners Sol Campbell and Patrick Vieira. Big cheers for Ashley Young, David de Gea and Phil Jones. No Sneijder though!"

1906: ATHLETICS - Jamaica's Kaliese Spencer sets the fastest time in the world this year - 52.79 seconds in the 400m hurdles at the London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting. Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton puts in a late surge to finish third in a season's best of 54.62.

1851: GOLF - American pair Ryan Moore and Rickie Fowler and Australian Adam Scott share the lead on eight under as the second round of the WGC Invitational in Ohio continues. They are one shot ahead of Scotland's Martin Laird. Tiger Woods, who is playing his first tournament after a spell out injured, finishes his second round on a total of one under.

1845: ATHLETICS -Andy Turner, who finishes fourth in the first 110m hurdles semi-final, tells BBC Sport: "That was a bit sloppy. I made a few mistakes and hit a few hurdles. I think I've got a lot of work to do but I know I can improve on that."

1837: ATHLETICS - BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter at the London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting: "Crystal Palace filling nicely ahead of DL Part Un. Balmy summer's evening, ideal for wearing of vests/skimpy shorts combo. Eat this, winter."

1829: FOOTBALL -Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes it is vital for the football world to understand Twitter. "It is not an easy thing but used in the right way it can help with relationships between players and supporters," he told Press Association Sport. "Used in the wrong way it can also cause problems at the clubs, to team-mates and other professionals in the game. As with most things, it is about everything on its merit and it is a question of proportionality."

1818: SWIMMING -American Ryan Lochte, who won five golds and a bronze at last week's World Championships in Shanghai, tells Reuters he is not sure how many events he will compete in at next year's Olympics but he does not know if anyone will beat Michael Phelps's eight gold medal-haul from Beijing. "What he [Phelps] did in Beijing was just out of this world, never been done before, it was amazing," he said. "I don't know if people can duplicate what he did or can do even better but I'll tell you this though, I'm trying."

1810: FOOTBALL - Rangers manager Ally McCoist defends the club's transfer policy after they missed out on a number of targets and says he hopes to add several more players.

1806: CRICKET - Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood signs a three-year deal which will keep him at the county until at least the end of 2014.

1756: FOOTBALL -Liverpool FC are reporting that Serbian forward Milan Jovanovic has completed his move from Anfield to Belgian side Anderlecht.

1752: FOOTBALL - The new Championship season begins at 1945 with Hull hosting Blackpool, who return to the division after being relegated from the Premier League. You can hear commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and BBC Radio Humberside.

1743: GOLF - Scotland's Martin Laird sets the clubhouse lead on seven under after a second round of 67 at the WGC Invitational in Ohio. Out on the course, Adam Scott is nine under after 12 with Ryan Moore and Ricky Fowler on eight under after 16. Tiger Woods is on one under after 13.

1730: ATHLETICS - Coverage of the London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace gets underway at 1830 BST on BBC Two and this website. Among the Britons to watch out for are 400m hurdler Perri Shakes-Drayton (1904 BST), Jodie Williams in the 200m (1915) and Mo Farah in the 3,000m (2114)

1713: TENNIS -Robin Haase of the Netherlands reaches his first career ATP final at the Kitzbuehel Cup in Austria after beating qualifier Joao Souza of Brazil 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 6-4. The Dutchman, ranked 53 in the world, will face top seed Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina or Albert Montanes of Spain for the title.

1709: FOOTBALL -West Ham boss Sam Allardyce on Norway striker John Carew: "There has been interest shown in John and we've had a chat with him. But he's got a number of offers on the table. We've given him our terms and conditions. We'll try to see if we can go from there. Whether we'll negotiate and whether he'll accept is another matter."

1705: FOOTBALL - Presenter Dan Walker looks ahead to the first Football Focus of the new season, which features interviews with Sam Allardyce and Ashley Cole. You can watch Football Focus live on Saturday from 1215 BST on BBC One and this website (UK only).

1659: FOOTBALL - Poland international Gregorz Sandomierski is confirmed as a possible target for Celtic as they look for a new first-choice goalkeeper.

1652: CRICKET - Michael Carberry and Neil McKenzie's partnership of 523 is the biggest ever for the third wicket in the County Championship. The biggest partnership of all time in the County Championship is 555 between Percy Holmes and Herbert Sutcliffe for Yorkshire against Essex at Leyton on 1932. Yorkshire declared when Sutcliffe was out for 313.

1645: RUGBY UNION - World Cup winners Bryan Habana, Fourie du Preez and Francois Steyn are among 15 players recalled to the South Africa squad for Tri-Nations games against Australia and New Zealand.

1628: CRICKET - Bangladesh end the second day of their Test match with Zimbabwe on 107 for three at Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe still have a lead of 263.

1619: CRICKET - Hampshire's mammoth partnership comes to an end as the county declare on 599 for three. Michael Carberry reached 300 not out, while Neil McKenzie was out for 237. The pair put on 523 for the third wicket against Yorkshire.

1615: CRICKET - After reaching his century, India opener Abhinav Mukund retires to allow captain MS Dhoni to bat after tea at Northampton. The tourists are currently 226 for three and you can follow the live score on the BBC Sport website.

1601: FOOTBALL - West Brom striker Chris Wood has joined neighbours Birmingham on a month-long youth loan.

1558: RUGBY LEAGUE - Australians Michael Witt and Mark Bryant become the latest Crusaders players to secure their futures after agreeing deals for next season with Harlequins.

1554: CRICKET - Michael Carberry (287 not out) and Neil McKenzie (237 not out) have added 523 for the third wicket to help Hampshire reach 582-2 at tea on the final day of the County Championship match against Yorkshire. The partnership is currently the ninth highest of all time.

1546: FOOTBALL - Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O'Driscoll has criticised a decision to allow boyband Westlife to play on the club's ground days before the season started. Up to 15,000 fans flocked to the Keepmoat Stadium to watch the chart-topping act last Sunday.

1540: FOOTBALL - The administrators of Plymouth Argyle say a takeover deal with the prefered bidder will be completed by next week. Bishop International Limited were urged on Thursday to confirm their purchase of the club by mid-August.

1532: SAILING - TeamGB on Twitter: "Two brilliant wins for Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills at Olympic sailing test event in Weymouth."

1525: ATHLETICS - BBC's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has gained exclusive access to a rigorous training session with Britain's top heptathlete Jessica Ennis and her coach Toni Minichielo. Watch how she copes with the "indescribable" pain after a particularly tough workout on the BBC Sport website.

1518: CRICKET - Yorkshire wicketkeeper Jonathan Bairstow has hit an unbeaten 109 for England Lions against Sri Lanka at Scarborough. His innings was cut short when the Lions declared on 415-5.

1510: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford coach Terry Matterson is keeping Leeds guessing as to whether in-form playmaker Rangi Chase will play in Sunday's Challenge Cup semi-final. The 25-year-old New Zealander flew to Australia earlier this week for a court case relating to an incident from before he joined the Tigers in 2008. Matterson said: "He's our best player - that's not a secret - and we'd rather have him. We know which way we're going to go and that's the main thing."

1502: GOLF - The second round of the World Golf Championship invitational in Ohio is under way. Swedish duo Fredrik Jacobson and Peter Hanson have both birdied their opening three holes to move into contention. Overnight leader Adam Scott of Australia is yet to tee off but he leads the way on eight under par and you can keep up to date with the leaderboard on the PGA Tour website.

1452: CRICKET - Michael Carberry is continuing his triumphant comeback after nine months out of the game with blood clots on his lungs. The Hampshire batsman is 237 not out against Yorkshire and has put on a club record stand for any wicket of 444 with Neil McKenzie (208 not out). Hampshire are 503-2.

1445: CRICKET - England Lions' James Taylor is bowled for 98 after putting on 136 with Jonny Bairstow (88 not out) for the fifth wicket against Sri Lanka at Scarborough. A draw looks likely as the Lions are currently 372-5 in their second innings on the final day.

1440: FOOTBALL - Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara could make his debut for Spain in next week's friendly with Italy after being named in the 22-man squad. The 20-year-old is eligible to play for Brazil, until he plays for Spain.

1433: FOOTBALL - Rangers manager Ally McCoist is satisfied with the Europa League play-off draw after being paired with Slovenian side Maribor. "It's a good draw in terms of the place that we are going to," said McCoist. "It's accessible and it's not the worst." Rangers beat Maribor 6-1 on aggregate in a Champions League qualifier in 2001.

1428: FOOTBALL - As the football season gets under way our live weekend text commentaries return with a new start time of 0900 on Saturday and Sunday. They will be packed with team news, gossip, tweets, updates from BBC reporters around the grounds, all the match action and the best bits from BBC Radio 5 live, Football Focus and Final Score.

1420: ATHLETICS - More than 40 Olympic and world medallists have arrived in London to compete in the final major meeting before the World Championships. Mo Farah heads the British contingent and you can watch the Diamond League event from Crystal Palace live on BBC One and the BBC Sport website from 1830 BST on Friday.

Breaking news
1411: FOOTBALL - Rangers have agreed to sell defender Madjid Bougherra to Qatari side Lekhwiya for £1.7m.

1408: CRICKET -India's Abhinav Mukund has reached his half century on the opening day of the two-day tour match against Northampton. Mukund has put on 56 for the third wicket with VVS Laxman to move the tourists on to 105-2 after Gautum Gambhir (18) and Virender Sehwag (8) fell cheaply.

1400: CRICKET - Bangladesh have reached 38-2 at tea after bowling Zimbabwe out for 370 in their one-off Test match in Harare.

1350: ATHLETICS - American 110m hurdler David Oliver tells BBC Sport he can understand the pressure on British athletes ahead of London 2012. Oliver, who is competing in the London Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace this weekend, has been hampered by a foot injury this season but is focused on winning gold at this months World Championships and next year's Olympics.

1344: FOOTBALL -Manchester City have signed goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Poli Timisoara - subject to a successful work permit application. The 24-year-old, who is the club's fourth signing of the summer, will act as cover for Joe Hart following the departure of Shay Given to Aston Villa.

1340: FOOTBALL - Wales and British and Irish Lions legend JJ Williams says Sam Warburton should not be captain against England at Twickenham on Saturday and thinks the captain's armband should have gone to fly-half Stephen Jones.

1332: FOOTBALL - Hearts manager Paulo Sergio describes the Europa League play-off draw against Spurs as "interesting" and "difficult" but a match "which I am sure will capture the imagination."

1327: FOOTBALL -Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini downplays suggestions that striker Carlos Tevez could move to Inter Milan in a swap deal involving full-back Maicon. Mancini insists there has been no approach and the Argentinian will return to training next week.

1320: ATHLETICS -Asafa Powell on his withdrawal from Friday night's 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Crystal Palace: "I've had some tightness in my groin since [competing in] Budapest [last week], I had hoped that it would have cleared by now but it's still there. I've been seeking treatment but had to make the decision today to withdraw. I am focusing on Daegu and as much as I'd like to run tonight, I just can't take the risk with the major championships three weeks away. It's a tough decision as I always love to run in London."

1311: CYCLING - Mark Cavendish's move from HTC-Highroad to Team Sky is not a formality, BBC Sport understands.

1306: FOOTBALL - You can find the full Europa League play-off draw on the Uefa website.

1250: FOOTBALL -Birmingham will play Portuguese side Nacional, Celtic face FC Sion of Switzerland while Stoke play another Swiss side FC Thun. The winners from this round of the Europa League will be in the group stages of the competition.

1249: FOOTBALL - Fulham will face FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of the Ukraine in the Europa League play-offs while Rangers draw Maribor of Slovenia.

Breaking news
1246: FOOTBALL - Spurs draw Hearts in the play-off round for the Europa League.

1231: FOOTBALL -Wales manager Gary Speed includes Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy in his 25-man squad to face Australia in Cardiff on Wednesday. Tottenham winger Gareth Bale could make a first appearance since October having missed the Carling Nations Cup campaign and the defeat to England through injury.

1228: CYCLING - Mark Cavendish on his website after the demise of his HTC-Highroad team: "I am obviously very disappointed that HTC-Highroad will no longer be a team at the end of this season. I am hugely indebted and incredibly grateful to my teammates and all the staff for their support over the last five years and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved together. A number of teams have expressed interest in me riding for them in 2012. I have now made a decision I am happy with and will be in a position to discuss my intentions once everything has been finalised."

1217: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport has learned that fewer than a quarter of players whose contracts ended this summer have found new clubs . Among those who are still looking for clubs are internationals like Thomas Hitzlsperger and Matthew Upson.

1206: FOOTBALL - It is a big weekend for Brighton as they prepare for life in the Championship in the new Amex Stadium at Falmer. You can listen to a BBC Sussex documentary - The Road to Falmer - on the long campaign for a new ground for the club.

1200: CRICKET -India's Virender Sehwag is dismissed for just eight by Dave Burton, who is trialling with the Northants second XI on the opening day of the tour match.

1152: FOOTBALL - Manager Arsene Wenger will miss the first leg of Arsenal's Champions League play-off against Udinese as he serves a one-match touchline ban from Uefa after last season's second-round exit to Barcelona. Midfielder Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie will also miss the first leg through suspension.

1141: CRICKET -Hamilton Masakadza made his first test century in 10 years on Zimbabwe's return to test cricket against Bangladesh , but was dismissed for 104 as one of four wickets to fall before lunch at Harare Sports Club.

1130: FOOTBALL -Manchester City's £38m summer signing Sergio Aguero will be on the bench for Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester United at Wembley after recovering from blistered feet.

1127: FOOTBALL - The full draw for the Champions League play-offs is: Wisla Krakow v Apoel Nicosia, Maccabi Haifa v Genk, Dinamo Zagreb v Malmo FF, FC Copenhagen v Plzen, BATE v SK Sturm Graz, Odense BK v Villarreal, FC Twente v Benfica, Arsenal v Udinese, Bayern Munich v FC Zurich, Lyon v Rubin Kazan. The first legs to be played on 16/17 August with the return fixtures scheduled for 23/24 August.

Breaking news
1123: ATHLETICS - BBC athletics commentor Mike Costello reports that former world record holder Asafa Powell has pulled out of Friday night's 100m at the London Grand Prix Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace.

1121: CYCLING -Mark Cavendish could face American rival Tyler Farrar in the London-Surrey Cycle Classic, the London 2012 Road Race test event, which takes place on Sunday 14 August. Also among the entries for the race are Olympic Team Pursuit champion Ed Clancy, Australian Matt Goss and Italy's Davide Appollonio.

1114: FOOTBALL - Arsenal draw Italian side Udinese in the Champions League play-off round.

1105: FORMULA ONE - Reuters report that Formula One head Bernie Ecclestone has agreed to provisionally re-schedule next season's Bahrain Grand Prix from March to November because of the uncertain political situation in the country. This year's race was cancelled after pressure from teams.

1056: CRICKET - India have won the toss and chosen to bat first in their tour match against Northampton, which starts at 1100 BST. Follow their progress on the BBC Sport website.

Breaking news
1050: FOOTBALL - Arsenal's chief executive Ivan Gazidis is meeting Barcelona officials on Friday as the protracted saga over the future of captain Cesc Fabregas appears to near resolution, reports BBC Sport's Dan Roan. Arsenal are yet to receive a second formal bid beyond the £27m offer Barca tabled last month but the club will sell Fabregas if the Spanish giants meet their valuation of around £40m

1044: RUGBY UNION - Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has been talking to BBC Sport about the challenges of fighting his way back to full fitness as he aims to be involved in a fourth World Cup for England.

1037: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Simon Austin reports that Manchester United defender Phil Jones has been included in England's provisional 30-man squad for the friendly with Holland next Wednesday. The 19-year-old moved from Blackburn to United for £17m in June.

Twitter
1030: CYCLING - BBC Sport's Matt Slater on the mystery surrounding which team Mark Cavendish will join next season, on Twitter: "Team Sky sources say wrong 2 assume Cav deal is a formality & no announcement on 2012 line-up due 4 a week or two."

1022: TRIATHLON - British brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee are looking to secure their places at the 2012 Olympics when they compete in Sunday's Hyde Park Triathlon in London. Read more on their sibling rivalry on the BBC Sport website. You can also watch live coverage of the event on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC Sport website from 1200 BST.

1015: RUGBY UNION - Riki Flutey has warned England new-boy and fellow centre Manu Tuilagi he faces a "massive challenge" confronting Wales' Jamie Roberts on his Test debut. England and Wales meet in the first of back-to-back World Cup warm-up matches at Twickenham on Saturday.

1010: RUGBY UNION - Wales winger George North is hoping to impress enough in Saturday's warm-up match against England to earn a place in the starting XV for the World Cup, which begins in September.

Twitter
1004: CRICKET - India are playing a tour match against Northampton, which starts at 1100 BST Friday. BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell reports on Twitter: "India have just arrived 45 mins b4 the toss! Not yet warming up."

1000: CYCLING - Australian team GreenEdge, which will launch in 2012, have signed Australian trio Jack Bobridge, Cameron Meyer and Travis Meyer from Garmin-Cervelo. Britain's Mark Cavendish has also been linked with the the fledgling squad after his current HTC-Highroad team announced it would fold at the end of this year.

0952: FOOTBALL - At 1100 BST, Arsenal will find out which team they must beat to qualify for the lucrative group stages of the Champions League. The draw for the Europa League, which involves Tottenham, Birmingham, Fulham, Stoke, Rangers, Celtic and Hearts follows at 1230 BST.

0945: FOOTBALL - As the football season gets under way our live weekend text commentaries return with a new start time of 0900 on Saturday and Sunday. They will be packed with more team news, gossip, tweets, updates from BBC reporters around the grounds, all the match action and the best bits from BBC Radio 5 live, Football Focus and Final Score.

0942: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Leon Mann has spent three days in New York with Chelsea defender Ashley Cole. The full interview will be shown on Football Focus on Saturday from 1215 BST but there is a short clip on the BBC Sport website.

Breaking news
0933: FOOTBALL - Russian Premier League side Anzhi Makhachkala have signed left winger Yury Zhirkov from Chelsea for £13.2m, reports the AFP news agency.

Breaking news
0927: FOOTBALL - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has said that injured midfielder Michael Carrick will not be fit to play in Sunday's Community Shield against Manchester City.

0923: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wakefield have signed Papua New Guinea international Ryan Tongia from Cronulla Sharks to the end of the season. Tongia, who was registered before last month's transfer deadline, is set to play in the club's last four matches of the Super League season.

0915: FOOTBALL Manchester United legend Eric Cantona has been talking to Football Focus about his coaching role with the New York Cosmos and how proud he is to bring the American side to Old Trafford for Paul Scholes' testimonial on Friday.

0907: FOOTBALL - Who will win the Championship this season? BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher suggests it is difficult to look beyond West Ham and Leicester City.

0859: ATHLETICS - Mo Farah leads the British challenge as more than 40 Olympic and world medallists compete in the Diamond League at Crystal Palace on Friday - the final major meet before the World Chamionships in Daegu. The fastest man in the world this year, Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell, goes in the 100m. Watch live coverage on BBC One and BBC Sport website from 1830 BST on Friday.

0851: TRIATHLON - British number one triathlete Helen Jenkins hopes to secure her 2012 Olympic qualification on Saturday on the London Games course. You can watch live coverage of the women's race from 0830 BST on the red button and the BBC Sport website.

0846: RUGBY UNION - Winger Shane Williams has described Wales' preparations for the World Cup as the toughest of his career. Williams will make his first appearance since suffering a knee injury against Ireland in the Six Nations in March, in Saturday's World Cup warm-up against England.

0840: FOOTBALL - England will struggle to win the World Cup or European Championship unless the Premier League introduces a winter break, says former boss Sven-Goran Eriksson.

0833: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports news reports that Arsenal have rejected Barcelona's latest bid for midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

0831: GOLF - Tiger Woods will start Friday's second round of the World Golf Championship invitational in Ohio six shots behind leader Adam Scott. Former world number one Woods, who is returning from injury, shot a two-under-par 68.

0825: FOOTBALL - Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Scholesy's testimonial tonight. Great news that it's a sell out to honour a Legend."

0822: CYCLING - Mark Cavendish is being linked with a move to Team Sky and new Australian outfit GreenEdge following the news that his current HTC Highroad team is to fold at the end of this year.

0816: FOOTBALL - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has revealed the club have issued the their players with formal legal warnings over the dangers of social networking sites in the wake of the controversy whipped up by Joey Barton on Twitter.

0811: FOOTBALL - Melbourne Victory have confirmed they are in negotiations to bring Harry Kewell to the A-League club. The 32-year-old former Liverpool and Leeds player was released by Turkish side Galatasary at the end of last season.

0805: FOOTBALL - Arsenal find out at 1100 BST on Friday which team they must beat to reach the group stage of the Champions League. The draw for the Europa League follows at 1230 BST.


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


Manchester City could allow Carlos Tevez to leave as part of a swap with Inter Milan striker Samuel Eto'o, who has reportedly had a row with the Italian club's new coach, Gian Piero Gasperini. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are expected to hold talks with transfer target Fernando Llorente when the giant striker visits White Hart Lane with Athletic Bilbao for Saturday's pre-season friendly (Metro)

Stoke have joined Spurs and Chelsea in the race to sign West Ham midfielder Scott Parker, who is valued at £8m. (Daily Mail)



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Arsenal face Udinese in Euro tie
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Woods impresses in Akron comeback
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Wilkinson eyes fourth World Cup
05 Aug 11 |  Rugby Union
Cantona proud to honour Scholes
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