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Sportsday Live - Thursday 11 August

Tottenham call off their match with Everton, Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri near Arsenal exit, Alastair Cook hits a century as England dominate India, plus more.

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

2356: FOOTBALL - The Daily Mail reports Manchester United have given up on their bid to sign Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan, plus more in Friday's gossip column.

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2352: GOLF - US Open champion Rory McIlroy completes his first round at the US PGA Championship in level par to finish tied-26th. Steve Stricker of the United States leads the field on seven under par, two shots ahead of countryman Jerry Kelly.

2346: FOOTBALL - Midfielder Owen Hargreaves has been offered a return to top-flight football by West Brom, reports the Telegraph. Hargreaves was released by Manchester United after struggling with tendinitis.

2342: FOOTBALL - West Brom boss Roy Hodgson says his Liverpool nightmare would make him think twice about taking the England job when Fabio Capello steps down. "It's going to be a very difficult job for anyone who takes the job," he said. "Because, even...if you maybe are the 'right person', you need to be perceived as the right person. And the perception of my Liverpool appointment was not right and as a result, of course, you end up paying for it."

2335: RUGBY UNION - Matthew Rees' World Cup hopes are in doubt as the Wales captain and hooker faces surgery on his injured neck. "It looks like he [Rees] will need an operation sooner rather than later," said Wales coach Warren Gatland.

2330: FOOTBALL - John Terry reckons Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has given the squad a new lease of life since taking over in June, reports Talksport. "He's given everyone a fresh start and a fresh chance so we'll maybe see players featuring that didn't [feature] as much last year which has been great for the whole atmosphere within the squad."

2325: ATHLETICS - Almost 2,000 athletes at the World Athletics Championships will be blood-tested in an unprecedented anti-doping programme. Every athlete will be blood-tested under the same conditions, within the same period in South Korea from 18 August.

2320: FOOTBALL - Championship side Leicester want Tottenham striker Robbie Keane for £3m, reports the Daily Mirror.

2317: FOOTBALL - Joey Barton is wanted by both Stoke City and Zenit St Petersburg, with the Russian side ready to make the midfielder a lucrative contract offer to move abroad, reports Metro.

2313: FOOTBALL - Everton host Sheffield United, Sunderland face a long trip down to Brighton while Leeds travel to Doncaster in a Yorkshire derby in the second round of the Carling Cup.

2308: FOOTBALL - Livingston chairman Gordon McDougall says lower leagues clubs in Scotland are financially "destitute". He said "The negatives are that the game is destitute. If there are any positives it is that there is a more even playing field when you are looking for players. The money is just not there."

2305: TENNIS - Fifth seed Maria Sharapova, French Open champion Li Na and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova all suffer early exits at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

2300: FOOTBALL - Cheltenham Town announce that their League Two match at home to Swindon Town on Saturday is now back on.

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2255: GOLF - Open champion Darren Clarke is struggling out in Atlanta at the US PGA Championship. The Northern Irishman is seven over par through 15. Meanwhile, Lee Westwood is two over through 13 while Rory McIlroy continues to receive physio on his wrist during his round and is currently even par through 15.

2249: RUGBY UNION - Wales captain Sam Warburton says there is better to come from his side as they prepare to face England in their second World Cup warm-up match on Saturday.

2242: FOOTBALL - The draw for the second round of the Carling Cup has been made with League One Exeter hosting Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday travelling Blackburn and Bournemouth v West Brom among the ties.

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2236: FOOTBALL - Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about the Gunners' potential transfer targets: "People have talked about [Blackburn centre-back Chris] Samba not being an Arsenal player, but it's uncanny how many times the ball hits him and he gets himself into some really good positions defensively.

2229: FOOTBALL - Sheffiled Wednesday beat Blackpool 4-2 on penalities at Hillsborough in the first round Carling Cup tie.

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2220: FOOTBALL - It's penalties at Hillsborough in the first round Carling Cup tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool as it remains goalless after extra-time.

2214: BEACH VOLLEYBALL - British volleyball pair Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney beat Chinese duo Wang Fan and YY Ma at Horse Guards Parade to secure top spot in their pool at the London Prepares Series test event. Britain's second pair of Lucy Boulton and Denise Johns progressed into the last 19 knockout round after a 2-0 defeat to Brazil left them second in their group.

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2207: FOOTBALL - BBC football pundit Alan Hansen on BBC Radio 5 live: "Arsenal need leadership. The new kid [Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain] from Southampton is not the area [Arsenal boss Arsene] Wenger should be strengthening. I don't know how Wenger will replace [Cesc] Fabregas and [Samir] Nasri. I would probably go for [Everton defender Phil] Jagielka for a Wenger centre back signing."

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2200: FOOTBALL - It's still goalless at the end of the first half of extra-time at Hillsborough Stadium in the first round Carling Cup tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool.

2156: GOLF - Clubhouse leader American Steve Stricker said he "didn't realise" he was one putt away from making history at the US PGA Championship. The 44-year-old, who has never won a major, equalled the lowest round in major history with a stunning 63 but missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the last. "I realized it was for 62 but didn't realize it was for history," he said.

2148: FOOTBALL - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was greeted with a standing ovation at a fundraising gala evening in Dunfermline, Fife, held in aid of the Mary Leishman Foundation, reports Press Association. Ferguson told the audience that his days with the Pars, for whom he scored 90 goals in three seasons, was his "best time spent as a player".

2142: SAILING - British pair Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw have won medals at the Olympic test event in Weymouth. Competing in the RS:X windsurfing class, Shaw secured bronze in the women's event before team-mate Dempsey secured silver.

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2135: GOLF - BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter: "McIlroy to turn in level par 35 getting more tape on 10th tee - Westwood two over after eight."

2128: CRICKET - BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew write in his BBC Sport column: "Alastair Cook now has 19 Test centuries and he will become the highest-scoring England batsman of all-time. He could play for another 10 or 12 years if he really wants. He'll be the next England captain and will keep chalking off the records."

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2120: CRICKET - England's Alastair Cook stressed it was merely "his turn to contribute" to England's dominance of India after finishing day two of the third Test on 182 not out. "I've been a bit short of runs in this series," he told BBC's Test Match Special. "I felt like I'd been missing out, letting the team down a bit."

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2111: GOLF - BBC commentator Andrew Cotter on BBC Radio 5 live: "Watching Rory McIlroy is hitting the ball OK but he's missed a couple of four foot putts and he's back to level par. He's had his right wrist heavily strapped."

2105: TENNIS - World number one Novak Djokovic takes his record for the year to 50-1 with a 7-5 6-2 win over Marin Cilic, taking the Serbian through to the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

2058: MOTOGP - Australian rider Casey Stoner has said he is now open to the idea of competing at the Japanese Grand Prix, having previously said that racing at the Motegi event was out of the question, reports Autosport. The Honda rider had voiced fears about the radiation levels in area, following a leak at a nuclear facility only 100 miles from the circuit in March.

2050: MOTOGP - Multiple world champion Valentino Rossi has insisted he has no intention of breaking his contract with Ducati for the 2012 season and moving back to Honda. He said: "I will race for Ducati next year - this is not in doubt."

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2042: GOLF - US Open champion Rory McIlroy has hit back-to-back birdies since receiving treatment on his wrist to go one under par, six shots behind leader Steve Stricker.

2036: FOOTBALL - It's goalless at half-time between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool in their first round Carling Cup fixture.

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2028: GOLF - BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on BBC Radio 5 live: "Rory McIlroy is receiving on-going treatment from the physio as he goes round. He received an extended period of treatment during the playing of the fifth hole. He's been told that if he does continue, he's not likely to do any more damage to his injury. Immediately after his treatment, he nearly holed out of the bunker and tapped in for a birdie to bring him back to level par."

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2020: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Alan Hansen on BBC Radio 5 live: "Liverpool's supporters do not want to get to October or November where it's doom and gloom again. They've had it so many times in the past. With [Liverpool manager Kenny] Dalglish, I think it might change. I think he's bought well, he's identified places on the pitch which need to be strengthened and he's gone British which I think is the right way to go. The first eight or ten weeks for Liverpool are mega. If they get off to get a good start, I think they can get that top four spot."

2013: CYCLING - Tour de France green jersey winner Mark Cavendish's lead-out man, Mark Renshaw, has signed a two-year deal to ride with Dutch team Rabobank.

2006: FOOTBALL - Ahead of his side's first Premier League game of the season, Blackburn Rovers boss Steve Kean says they haven't received any bids for centre back Christopher Samba. The Congolese defender has been linked with Tottenham and Arsenal.

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2000: GOLF - BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter at the US PGA: "Rory has called for physio but continuing for now. Each shot looks very, very painful."

1955: GOLF - Former world number one Tiger Woods slumps to his worst-ever opening round in any of a major at the US PGA Championship in Atlanta. A staggering 14 strokes separate Woods and clubhouse leader Steve Stricker and that, almost unbelievably, after Woods birdies three of his first five holes to share the lead. "I'm not down, I'm really angry," he says after his seven-over-par 77. "There are a lot of words I could use beyond that."

1953: FOOTBALL - Fifa asks its ethics committee to investigate 16 Caribbean football leaders in connection with the bribery scandal involving ex-presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.

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1949: FOOTBALL - BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Wenger admits Fabregas saga will now be decided "very quickly", and wants Nasri matter settled before season starts too. http://t.co/di3non9"

1944: FOOTBALL - Former Arsenal defender Lee Dixon tells BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan the Gunners will be wise to recoup a possible £58m for wantaway players Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. The pair are set to exit the Emirates, leaving boss Arsene Wenger until the end of August to buy in replacements. "You're better off getting £60m for two players who don't want to stay and spending the money wisely," says Dixon. "There is no doubt they are top quality players and they will be missed, but it is important that supporters and everyone at the club remembers that the cannon on the chest is more important than anybody."

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1940: GOLF - BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter at the US PGA: "Mclroy pressing ice pack to right wrist after taking on a tree root with 2nd shot on 3rd #worrying"

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1937: GOLF - American Steve Stricker equals the lowest round in a major as he takes an early two-shot lead at the US PGA Championship. The world number five shoots a flawless seven-under-par 63 on a sweltering day at Atlanta Athletic Club to take control in the opening round of the year's final major. Follow the action on the BBC Sport website.

1931: CYCLING - Australia's Mark Renshaw, who has guided Mark Cavendish to many of his Tour de France stage wins, agrees a two-year contract with Rabobank.

1928: CRICKET - England batter India into submission to assume total control of the third Test at Edgbaston and move ever closer to the number one spot in the world rankings. Sam Sheringham's report is now live on the BBC Sport website.

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1918: FOOTBALL - Tune into BBC Radio 5 live now to hear Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore discussing all things football with presenter Mark Chapman.

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1915: GOLF - BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter on Twitter at the US PGA: "Stricker one birdie one par from last two holes would be enough for a major record 62 #neverhappens The group everyone wants to be in just underway - the 3 major winners Schwartzel, McIlroy and Clarke."

1905: CRICKET - Middlesex opener Scott Newman hits 75, his highest score in the County Championship this season, and Chris Rogers makes 67 as the hosts reach 198-6 against Northants on a rain-affected first day Lord's.

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1853: SAILING - British pair Nick Dempsey and Bryony Shaw have each secured medal finishes in the RS:X class at the Weymouth and Portland International Regatta .

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1840: CRICKET- Meanwhile in the cricket at Edgbaston Alastair Cook is creeping ever closer to a double-century on 181 not out, with England on 453-3. It's been a long day for India.

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1832: TENNIS - Andy and Jamie Murray beat Eric Butorac and Jean-Julien Rojer 6-2 2-6 10-8 to reach the quarter-finals of the doubles at the Rogers Cup in Montreal .

1827: FOOTBALL - Given Cesc Fabregas's imminent move to Barcelona, BBC Sport's David Ornstein examines just how crucial Arsenal's captain has been since his arrival in 2003 .

1816: OLYMPICS - London 2012 Chairman Lord Coe has told BBC Sport he's happy that the IOC were in London this week to witness the riots. Asked if he's worried that it's tarnished London's reputation, he said: "In a funny way I'm happier that the IOC were here this week to see test events and world championships all going ahead under pretty much normal circumstances, rather than them getting a view of 24 hour news which actually probably narrows that view. I'm rather happy they were here and recognising that it was very much business as usual."

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1809: FOOTBALL- Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean has confirmed Croatian striker Nikola Kalinic is on the brink of joining Ukrainian side Dnipro after scoring 15 goals in 54 appearances during two years at Ewood Park


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1800: FOOTBALL- Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the signing of former Middlesbrough and Stoke City attacker Tuncay on a season-long loan deal from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg, according to Sky Sports.


1753: FOOTBALL- Brendan Rodgers has confirmed Swansea City have enquired about signing Middlesbrough captain Matthew Bates. The Premier League newcomers want to strengthen their central defensive area and have been in talks to sign 20-year-old Liverpool centre-back Daniel Ayala. The Swans are also interested in former England youth defender but Boro insist no offer has been made for Bates. "They are players who we are interested in," said Rodgers. "But they are at other clubs."



1740: CRICKET - Kevin Pieterson hits 63 off 78 balls at Edgbaston before walking after India's Praveen Kumar gets him on a lbw call. According to BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce he "went through a spell when he looked bored, and lost a little concentration."

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1730: GOLF - There's no stopping Steve Stricker at the US PGA Championship in Atlanta. The American has just bagged back-to-back birdies and now leads by three.

1723: FOOTBALL - Despite speculation from the Prime Minister earlier, the Premier League has confirmed that the nine remaining Premier League games will kick-off at their scheduled times.

1712: RUGBY UNION - Wales boss Warren Gatland wants Wales to "send out a message" against England on Saturday to show they mean business at the World Cup.

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1700: GOLF - It's all going wrong for Tiger Woods in his first round at the US PGA Championship. He's gone from three under par to four-over in six holes. Steve Stricker of the United States remains ahead but his lead has been cut to one shot, on four-under. Bill Haas and Jerry Kelly lie in joint-second.

1653: FOOTBALL - Jose Enrique has arrived at Melwood for his medical with Liverpool and is set to be unveiled as Kenny Dalglish's fifth summer signing.

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1639: GOLF - Steve Stricker of the United States has moved into the outright lead at the US PGA Championship on four under par. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods' round continues to unravel. The former world number one birdied three of the opening five holes, but followed that up with three bogeys and a double bogey to sit three over par after 10 holes.

1632: OLYMPICS - Some 28,000 would-be torchbearers for the London 2012 Olympic torch relay have been told by email that they are through to the next selection round. People have a one in 14 chance of success.

1625: FOOTBALL - Nigel Hasselbaink has lost his appeal against a red card, making history as the first player to go through new streamlined disciplinary procedures.

1620: FOOTBALL - QPR have signed Brazilian defender Bruno Perone, who has been on trial with the club for the last month, on a one-year contract, subject to international clearance.

1615: CRICKET - England reach 319-2 at tea to lead India by 95 runs on day two of the third Test at Edgbaston.

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1611: FOOTBALL - Cheltenham Town announce that their League Two match against Swindon has been postponed on police advice.

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1606: GOLF - After three birdies in the opening five holes, Tiger Woods has dropped back to even par following a double bogey and bogey on successive holes at the US PGA Championship. Bubba Watson of the United States shares the lead with countryman Steve Stricker on four under par. Ross Fisher is the leading English player on two under through 10 holes.

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1600: CRICKET - England reach the 300 mark at Edgbaston with Alastair Cook on 118 and Kevin Pietersen on 29. The hosts lead India by 77 runs on day two of the third Test.

1557: ATHLETICS - World women's 800m champion Caster Semenya has withdrawn from the World Student Games this month because of a back injury. University Sport South Africa athletics chairman Glen Bentley told Reuters: "It is only a niggle but she did not want to risk aggravating it and thus not be in a position to defend her title at the world champs," he said.

1550: BADMINTON - British mixed-doubles pair Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Badminton World Championships by beating 15th seeds Shintaro Ikeda and Reiko Shiota of Japan 17-21 21-15 21-16.

1544: SWIMMING - The 10km marathon swimming test event will take place on Saturday in the Serpentine, Hyde Park, despite the riots that have ripped through London, reports the Press Association.

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1538: GOLF - A double bogey on his sixth hole sees Tiger Woods drop from joint leader to tied-10th at the US PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club, Georgia, United States. American Bubba Watson shares the lead with countrymen Steve Stricker and Bill Haas on three under par.

1533: FORMULA 1 - Jenson Button will drive his McLaren car on a demonstration run through the streets of Manchester on 29 August, plus more in Thursday's F1 gossip column.

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1528: CRICKET - Former England cricketer Alec Stewart on Twitter: "One sided contest but credt to Kumar on producing a jaffa to get rid of Bell -Bresnan to Dravid like. 252-2 Cook's 4th 100 this year."

1523: FOOTBALL - Championship side Southampton have completed the signing of defender Danny Fox from Burnley on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

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1517: CRICKET - Alastair Cook hits his 19th Test century off 213 balls, before Ian Bell is bowled out for 34. England are 252-2 with Kevin Pietersen now at the crease.

1510: FORMULA 1 - Pirelli boss Paul Hembery tells Autosport that short-life qualifying tyres, which perform at their peak during a single flying lap, could return to Formula 1 next year if the teams agree.

1503: FOOTBALL - Former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira thinks this season's Premier League campaign could be the most competitive in history with more teams challenging at the top of the table.

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1458: FOOTBALL - BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitter: "Remaining 9 PL games this weekend to go ahead as planned."

1452: FOOTBALL - Fixtures in Spain's top two divisions face being postponed after the players' union said it would hold a strike. Players want a guaranteed wage fund where they would be paid even if their clubs become insolvent.

1445: SAILING - Welsh sailor Hannah Mills and crew Saskia Clark, who are in their first season together as a team, are in gold medal position going into Friday's final medal race at the Olympic test event in Weymouth.

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1438: GOLF - England's Ross Fisher has made a flying start in the US PGA Championship at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, United States. The 30-year-old leads the field on four under par after five holes. Former world number one Tiger Woods is two under after three holes.

1430: FOOTBALL - Nick Clitheroe from BBC Midlands Today reports: "Aston Villa will have Darren Bent fit for the opening game of the Premier League season at Fulham. He's recovered from the shoulder injury which kept him out of the England squad for the postponed friendly with the Netherlands."

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1425: FOOTBALL - The Football League announce that all league games in the London will go ahead as scheduled this weekend.

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1419: CRICKET - India finally get a breakthrough at Edgbaston as Amit Mishra bowls Andrew Strauss out for 87. England now 186-1.

1412: FOOTBALL - Hednesford Town, of the Northern Premier Division, have signed former Southampton and West Brom defender Pele on non-contract terms.

1409: FOOTBALL - BBC Radio Stoke's Phil Cartwright reports that Wolves manager Mick McCarthy is optimistic that striker Kevin Doyle will be fit to face Blackburn on Saturday, says he's "70-30" to recover from a knee injury to start at Ewood Park.

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1406 CRICKET: - Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter reacting to England's dominance of the second day of the third Test against India: "Maybe Strauss will retire once he gets 3 figures.... Give some one else some Batting practice......"

1400: CYCLING - Rabobank team manager Erik Breukink has confirmed reports that Mark Renshaw, a key team-mate of Mark Cavendish at HTC-Highroad, has signed a two-year deal with his team for next season.

1351: RUGBY UNION - British and Irish Lion Keith Earls is included at centre in the Ireland team to play France on Saturday in Bordeaux.

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1343: BADMINTON - From BBC Sport's Nick Hope at Wembley: Great Britain's Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Badminton World Championships at Wembley Arena. They claimed their second major scalp in as many days, following up a defeat of the eighth seeds from Thailand yesterday, with a three-set (21-17, 15-21, 16-21) victory over Japan's number 15 seeds Shintaro Ikeda and Reiko Shiota.

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1339: FOOTBALL - Prime minister David Cameron has said that other Premier League matches in London this weekend could kick-off earlier than scheduled after Tottenham's game against Everton was postponed earlier today.

1339: GOLF - The greens on the 14th and 17th holes at the Atlanta Athletic Club suffered damage as staff mowed the course ahead of the start of play at the US PGA Championship. Officials stressed the damage had been repaired and would not affect play.

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1333: FOOTBALL: - Liverpool have agreed a fee with Newcastle United for the transfer of Jose Enrique. Liverpool have now been given permission to discuss personal terms with the player.

1323: FOOTBALL: - Manchester City have finalised the signing of goakeeper Costel Pastilimon after being granted work permit for the Romanian.

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1315 FOOTBALL: - Tottenham and England winger Aaron Lennon on Twitter reacting to the postponement of Spurs against Everton: "Gutted the games off on saturday,,, roll on thursday now!!!"

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1309: CRICKET: - Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss both post half-centuries as England pause for tea at 157-0, 67 runs behind India, on the second day of the third Test at Edgbaston.

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1304 ATHLETICS: - Olympic 400m medallist and BBC analyst Katharine Merry on Twitter: "Right, let's get this moving. London needs to agree to the same strict blood testing procedure as #daegu. who agrees? . If not why not? Someone please tell me if there are any legal pit falls interms of rights or religion for blood testing?"

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1255: GOLF: - The US PGA Championship has begun at the Atlanta Athletic Club in Georgia, United States with Craig Stevens, Brendon de Jonge and John Rollins, the first players to tee off.

1245: ATHLETICS: - Double European champion Mo Farah, who has world-leading times over both 5,000m and 10,000m this year, will compete in either a two-mile race at the Great North CityGames on 17 September or the half-marathon Bupa Great North Run the following day in Newcastle and Gateshead.

1238: FOOTBALL: - BBC North West's Richard Askam confirms that Bolton are in the advanced stages of talks over a loan move for former Stoke striker Tuncay, who is currently playing at German side Wolfsburg.

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1232: RUGBY UNION: - Head coach Warren Gatland has selected Gavin Henson at inside centre and James Hook at full-back in Wales' team to face England at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

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1226: CRICKET: - England are on 106-0, within 118 runs of India's first-innings total, at Edgbaston with openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook on 65 and 32 respectively.

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1220: BADMINTON: - BBC Olympic Sports reporter Nick Hope on Twitter: Despite a mini fight-back GB go down 21-17 in 1st set to Japanese no.16 seeds Shintaro Ikeda & Reiko Shiota. Brits showed promise mind! Imogen Bankier & Chris Adcock were 11-7 up, Japan battled level. Now 14-13 to GB at Wembley Arena - tense at the Badminton Worlds.

1213: FOOTBALL: - The Spanish football players union (AFE) have called a strike to affect the start of the season in the country's top two divisions according to Reuters.

1206: RUGBY UNION- Centre Mike Tindall will captain England against Wales in the teams' meeting at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday. He is one of 13 changes from the side that won 23-19 against the same opposition at Twickenham with Ben Foden, Chris Ashton and Toby Flood also starting.

1153: FOOTBALL: - Sky Sports News reports: Arsenal have opened preliminary talks with Birmingham over a possible move for defender Scott Dann.

1144: FOOTBALL- BBC Sports Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Newcastle's Jose Enrique to have a medical at Liverpool after £6m fee agreed. Kenny Dalglish solves major problem at left-back."

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1139: FOOTBALL - Everton Striker Louis Saha on Twitter: "Game Off vs Spurs. Surely for a very good reason. Hope the one who suffered from the warzone will recover quick. My prayers are with them."

1134 CRICKET: - The second day of the third Test between England and India is underway. There is live ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website and live text commentary on the website.

1134: FOOTBALL -Chelsea captain John Terry who was due to captain England in Wednesday's friendly against Holland until it too was called off, shared Dawson's sentiments. "It was unfortunate for us, a lot of kids would have been at thegame, but like Michael says, the safety is the most important thing."

1127: FOOTBALL -Spurs defender Michael Dawson admitted his disappointment at his delayed start to the season, but understood the reasons for the postponement. "Of course is it is (disappointing)," he said. "We've worked for six weeks trying to get fit and now the first week's not going to be happening for us. "But safety is the main thing, and the police wouldn't have called it off lightly."

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1124: FOOTBALL - Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitter: "If the games called off then it's understandable due to sad events.It's more important that the people are safe as much as we all love footy"

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1113: FOOTBALL - Chief executive of the Premier League Richard Scudamore: "The very latest situation is that Tottenham and Everton has gone.The police have done a fantastic job, but it's been a crime scene all week and the council have not had enough time to do what they need. "The other nine fixtures are looking positive, subject to any more trouble."At 6pm tonight we will have a very clear picture. The Tottenham game is a real shame but we support the police in what they are doing. "They want these games to go on as much as we do."".

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1106: FOOTBALL - Saturday's Premier League game between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane on has been posponed. Chief executive of the Premier League Richard Scudamore has said.

1057: FOOTBALL: - Sky Sports News reports: Newcastle United defender Jose Enrique due to have medical at Liverpool.

1047 CRICKET: - The second day of the third Test between England and India will now start at 1130 BST due to rain. There is live ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website and live text commentary on the website.

1037: FOOTBALL - Former England manager Steve McClaren admits he made mistakes during his spell in charge of the national team. "It was difficult in the beginning, in the middle and difficult at the end."told BBC Radio Manchester.

1027: FOOTBALL - UEFA have thrown Greek side Volos out of the Europa League because of their involvement in a match-fixing scandal.Volos was scheduled to face Paris Saint-Germain in a playoff tie on Aug 18 and 25.

1019: FOOTBALL - Saturday's Blue Square Bet Premier clash between Telford and Luton has been postponed after a request by West Mercia Police.

1012: FOOTBALL - Bolton boss Owen Coyle has confirmed talks are ongoing aimed at bringing Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips to the Reebok Stadium."Shaun is a tremendous player," "He is someone I would love to bring to the club. Whether it is possible, only time will tell. said Coyle.

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1004: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports Samir Nasri is close to leaving Arsenal - for Manchester City. The 2 clubs are close to agreeing a fee between 22m and 24m.

0954: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford forward Stuart Jones has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The 29-year-old, who can play in the back row or at loose forward, joined the Tigers from Huddersfield in 2009 and has gone on to make 73 appearances for the club.

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0944: CRICKET - Former England Cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitter: "Rain is supposed to miss Edgbasten.. Should get a full days play.. England will score over 300 runs today."

0934: FOOTBALL - Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has been refused permission to travel to the United Kingdom by a magistrate in Hong Kong.Yeung, who is facing charges of money laundering, was forced to surrender his travel documents as part of the conditions of the bail that was granted at the end of June.

0923: RUGBY LEAGUE - Dan Sarginson has signed a new, extended two-year deal with Harlequins.The 18-year-old, scored two tries on his debut against Salford last month. "Dan Sarginson's one of the most exciting players London has produced," coach Rob Powell said.

0919: RACING - This afternoon's meeting at Beverley goes ahead as scheduled following a second inspection this morning.

0914: RUGBY LEAGUE - Widnes will return to the Super League next season with their Stobart Stadium sporting an 'i-pitch' - the latest generation of artificial grass. The pitch will be installed in time for the start of pre-season training in December.The Vikings are the first rugby league club to trial the surface.

0904: FOOTBALL - Aston Villa boss Alex McLeishinsists veteran striker Emile Heskey still has a major role to play at Aston Villa and that it would be "crazy" not to make use of his vast experience. McLeish said:"There is no guarantee that Emile will play every week - but he has certainly impressed me."

0859: RUGBY UNION - Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Samoan international centre Johnny Leota. The 27-year-old, who has played Super Rugby with the Otago Highlanders inNew Zealand, made his Test debut during the recent Pacific Nations Cup.

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0849: FOOTBALL: - BBC sports Phil Mcnulty on Twitter: "So if it's Cesc/Barca & Nasri/Man City all logic suggests Wenger must have big deals in place ready to go. Defining days for Arsenal."

0841: RUGBY UNION - Loose forward Scott Higginbotham will make his first test start for Australia, after being named as number eight for their Tri-Nations clash against World Cup champions South Africa in Durban on Saturday.

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0833: FOOTBALL - BBC sports Dan Roan on Twitter: " France Football says Samir Nasri to Manchester City will be done in a matter of 'hours'.

0820: FOOTBALL - Harry Redknapp said that he wants Tottenham Hotspur's Premier League opener against Everton on Saturday to go ahead, as the league makes its decision today as to whether police resources containing the rioting across the country can cover matches as well. reports the Independent.

0813: RUGBY LEAGUE - Bradford back Shaun Ainscough has agreed a one-year extension to his contract with the option for a further year.The 21-year-old has made just nine appearances in an injury-hit first season since joining from Wigan Warriors.

0800: CRICKET - The second day of the third Test between England and India resumes at 1100 BST with England 84-0. There is live ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website and live text commentary on the website too.

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


Tottenham may turn their attention to Villarreal's Giuseppe Rossi again as Athletic Bilbao are unwilling to accept an offer for Fernando Llorente. Full story: the Guardian

Carlos Tevez is set to move to Inter Milan on loan - if the Serie A club sell Samuel Eto'o to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.
Full story: talkSPORT

Chelsea will offer Yossi Benayoun to Spurs as they try to seal the signing of Luka Modric.
Full story: Daily Mail



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