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Gervinho's three-game ban upheld, Wales make nine changes for Argentina match, plus more.

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1859: That's all from Sportsday Live. We'll resume on Wednesday at 0800 BST. Follow Arsenal v Udinese right here with Sam Lyon now.

1856: FOOTBALL - You can follow Arsenal's Champions League qualifying match against Udinese via live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, from 1900 BST, and live on BBC Radio 5 live.

1852: FOOTBALL - Arsenal Football Club on Twitter: "Team to play Udinese: Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Koscielny, Gibbs, Song, Ramsey, Walcott, Rosicky, Gervinho, Chamakh"

1849: RUGBY LEAGUE - Bradford forward Elliott Whitehead will not play again until 2012 after being found guilty of biting an opponent. The 21-year-old back rower was placed on report after Hull KR forward Jordan Cox complained that his arm had been injured during Sunday's Engage Super League match at Odsal.

Breaking news
1845: FOOTBALL - Former Spain striker Raul has rejected a move to Blackburn, Schalke coach Horst Heldt has told the Bundesliga club's website.

1840: RUGBY UNION - Head coach Andy Robinson has made major changes to the Scotland side that defeated Ireland for Saturday's visit of Italy, their final warm-up match for the World Cup. Centre Graeme Morrison is the only survivor from the XV that started against the Irish earlier this month.

1835: FOOTBALL - Hearts say they have paid an outstanding tax bill in full following a threat to put the club into administration. Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs had gone to court to try to recoup the money they were owed by the Tynecastle club. But Hearts have told BBC Scotland the bill was settled in full on Tuesday.

1828: FOOTBALL - Inter Milan full-back Maicon will return to Brazil for an operation after injuring his knee, the Italian club have confirmed, putting his availability for the start of the new Serie A season at risk with less than two weeks to go.

1822: CRICKET - Amid conflicting reports, England seam bowler James Anderson remains a doubt for the fourth Test against India at the Oval as he continues to struggle with a minor thigh injury.

1815: RUGBY UNION - Munster name their squad for the Wasps match on Friday. BJ Botha, Doug Howlett, Mike Sherry and Duncan Williams are all included having not played against La Rochelle.

1807: TENNIS - Associated Press report that Roger Federer has approached Martina Hingis about playing mixed doubles together for Switzerland at next year's Olympics.

1758: FOOTBALL - German side Schalke have said Blackburn Rovers have bid for former Real Madrid striker Raul. General manager Horst Heldt said Schalke had given the 34-year-old until 1200 BST on Wednesday to decide if he wants to move to Ewood Park.

Breaking news
1750: CRICKET - Sri Lanka beat Australia by 78 runs in the third one-day international. The hosts, who posted 286-9 before bowling the tourists out for 208, now trail 2-1 in the five-match series. Lasith Malinga took five wickets for Sri Lanka.

1744: HORSE RACING - Some expert tips from Peter Harris - aka 'The Major' - courtesy of BBC Radio Wales ahead of meets at Worcester later this evening (1910 BST), and Carlisle tomorrow.

1736: FOOTBALL - AP report that Manchester United snared the biggest share of Champions League prize money last season with earnings of 53.2m euros (£46.7m) - despite losing the final to Barcelona, according to figures released by organiser Uefa.

1729: CRICKET - Glamorgan sign Australia batsman Marcus North on a two-year deal as their overseas player from 2012.

1725: BASKETBALL: BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton on Twitter at the London 2012 basketball test event: "Australia victorious. Beat China 71-43 in first event held on the Olympic Park. Peter Crawford led the Aussies with 15 #basketball"

1721: RUGBY LEAGUE - Doncaster player Shaun Leaf is suspended for 18 months and fined £500 after a the RFL finds him guilty of the following rule breaches: betting against his own club in two matches, betting on other Rugby League matches, engaging in conduct that impaired public confidence in the integrity and/or the honest and orderly conduct of a match and competition.

1710: ATHLETICS - Germany's junior men's javelin world champion Till Woeschler is ruled out of the World Championships, which begin in Daegu, South Korea, on 27 August. The 20-year-old, who threw a personal best 84.38m at last month's junior European Championships in the Czech Republic, injured his elbow on Monday.

1657: FOOTBALL - More news from Arsenal as striker Carlos Vela joins Real Sociedad on a season-long loan, subject to a medical.

1650: CRICKET - Zimbabwe beat Bangladesh by five runs to win the third one day international and establish an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Set a target of 250, Bangladesh are dismissed for 245 in Harare.

1645: FOOTBALL - Arsenal agree terms with Turkish side Galatasaray for the transfer of utility player Emmanuel Eboue. "Everyone at Arsenal thanks Manu for his contribution towards the club and wishes him the best of luck for the future," reads a statement on the Arsenal website.

1640: FOOBALL - BBC sports editor David Bond reports that Manchester United owners the Glazer family are considering a share sale in Singapore to help raise money to reduce some of their debts. The initial public offering is one of a number of refinancing options the American family is examining. But they are only considering selling a minority stake - perhaps no more than 25%. If successful it could raise £400m.

1626: OLYMPICS - The Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) officially takes charge of transforming the Olympic Park venues after the 2012 Games. Transformation responsibilities, including a budget and scope of more than £300m are moved from the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), the 2012 builders, to the OPLC. With building work at the 500-acre Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, nearing completion, this transfer of conversion work means that a single public body will be responsible for the site after the summer of 2012.

Breaking news
1620: FOOTBALL - Arsenal striker Gervinho has his three-game ban for violent conduct upheld by the Football Association after his appeal was dismissed, the FA has announced.

1515: Due to essential maintenance, Sportsday Live will not update for the next hour.

1513: FOOTBALL - Sochaux forward Modibo Maiga refused to train on Sunday in a bid to force through a move to Newcastle. The Malian did not turn up for Saturday's league match against Caen either. He has asked club president Alexandre Lacombe to sell him. Maiga was quoted by French newspaper L'Equipe as saying: "I want it to be done with Newcastle.

1500: FOOTBALL: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "Congrats to @Persie_Official for getting the captaincy! Great leader and someone who i have the utmost respect for!"

1455: FOOTBALL - Bulgaria's preparations for the 2 September Euro 2012 qualifier with England take a blow as midfielder Chavdar Yankov and defender Apostol Popov are ruled out through injury.

1448: OLYMPICS - Team GB chef de mission Andy Hunt believes preparations for London 2012 have "moved up another gear" despite the recent rioting across the country. Hunt has attended all the test events so far and was quick to praise the organising committee for its successful events. "The test events provide a vital opportunity for the BOA, and our colleagues within the sport National Governing Bodies, to test our operations and use the feedback to develop our detailed plans for execution with Team GB next summer," he says.

Live action now
1435: CRICKET - An Upul Tharanga century leaves Australia with a testing target in their bid to clinch an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day international series against Sri Lanka. Tharanga hits 111 from 139 balls, his 11th ODI century, as Sri Lanka post 286-9 in Hambantota.

1425: FOOTBALL - New Arsenal captain Robin van Persie says he is ready for the challenge that lies ahead. "I've been in the game now for more than 10 years, so I know how this world works," the Dutchman tells the Arsenal website. "When I was 18 I didn't have a clue! But now I know how things work and I understand that certain actions have consequences. I feel ready for this."

1418: FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Leicester are interested in Jermaine Beckford but am informed Everton have - so far - received nothing more than an inquiry from Sven. Not to say Leicester won't make a formal bid - & can certainly see Beckford getting goals in Championship but Everton light on strikers."

Gatland welcomes fit-again Wales players

1410: RUGBY UNION - Wales coach Warren Gatland is happy to have some of his front-line players available after injury for the final World Cup warm-up game against Argentina.

1402: OLYMPICS - Team GB on Twitter: "Want to go to the @London2012 Olympic Opening or Closing Ceremony but don't have tickets? Here's a possibility:"

1354: FOOTBALL - The Evening Standard says Tony Fernandes is expected to take over QPR in the next 24 hours. The Malaysian businessman will become the majority shareholder and is understood to be buying more than the 51% stake initially discussed.

BBC Radio 5 live
1347: HORSE RACING - Grand National-winning jockey Jason Maguire criticises the decision to change the Aintree course for 2012. Three fences are going to be altered after a review of April's race in which two horses were fatally injured. Maguire tells BBC Radio 5 live: "From a jockey's point of view, we say no. We'd hate to lose the character of the race. If you lower the fences and make things a lot easier you're going to have horses going quicker and that might cause a problem."

Breaking news
1340: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports report that Leicester make a formal bid for Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.

1329: FOOTBALL - QPR midfielder Kieron Dyer will return to training in "days rather than weeks", according to head physio Nigel Cox. The 32-year-old was taken off on a stretcher less than five minutes into his Rs debut against Bolton on Saturday and there were fears that he may have suffered a serious foot injury. But Cox tells the QPR website: "The early indication we are getting is that the injury certainly isn't as serious as first feared."

1316: CRICKET - Spinner Graeme Swann insists England will show no complacency in the fourth and final Test against India despite leading the series 3-0. "Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss won't allow us to rest on our laurels," says Swann. "We've played exceptional cricket over the last 18 months, but this is just the first rung on the ladder. We're pleased we've kept India below 300 every time they've batted, but we've got to maintain those standards. It would be a shame to ruin our hard work by cruising through this last Test."

Breaking news
1311: FOOTBALL - Arsenal confirm Robin van Persie as their new captain following the departure of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona. "He is a leader through the way he plays, through his attitude and through his desire to win," says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. "He's been at the Club a long time and he's a technical leader as well. Thomas Vermaelen will assist him, it's the decision I have made and I'm confident the group will respond to it."

'Clubs must act within spirit of financial laws'

1305: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Matt Slater reports that Manchester City's sponsorship deal with Etihad Airways will be analysed by Uefa's financial fair play (FFP) boss. "I have some questions, yes," says Jean-Luc Dehaene, the chairman of Uefa's Club Financial Control Panel. "But it would be dangerous for our authority if we take judgements without facts."

1253: FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitter: "Reuters - Manchester United plan $1bn IPO (initial public offering) selling shares in Man Utd to raise finance by year-end."

Breaking news
1244: FOOTBALL - Norwich sign Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala. The 20-year-old spent four years at Anfield but made only five first-team appearances. He enjoyed loan spells with Hull and Derby last season.

1237: RUGBY UNION: Wales team to play Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday - L Byrne (Clermont Auvergne), L Halfpenny (Cardiff Blues), J Davies (Scarlets), J Roberts (Cardiff Blues), G North (Scarlets); J Hook (Perpignan), T Knoyle (Scarlets); P James (Ospreys), R Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys), B Davies (Cardiff Blues), A-W Jones (Ospreys), D Lydiate (Newport Gwent Dragons), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), R Jones (Ospreys, captain) Replacements: H Bennett (Ospreys), R Bevington (Ospreys), A Powell (Sale Sharks), J Tipuric (Ospreys), L Williams (Cardiff Blues), S Jones (Scarlets), A Brew (Newport Gwent Dragons).

1233: RUGBY UNION: Wales make nine changes to the side that beat England at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday for the final Rugby World Cup warm-up match against Argentina in Cardiff on Saturday. Full-back Lee Byrne, wing Leigh Halfpenny, scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, hooker Richard Hibbard, prop Adam Jones and flanker Martyn Williams, who wins his 99th cap, all start.

1231: FOOTBALL: Udinese captain Antonio Di Natale believes tonight's Champions League play-off tie against Arsenal is the biggest match in the history of the Italian club. "I think this is the biggest game of all existence of Udinese," he said. "I can think of only the match against Ajax in 1997, but that was played in the UEFA Cup, while here we are in the Champions League."

1224 : CRICKET: Tatenda Taibu and Hamilton Masakadza made half-centuries in a 142-run partnership to help Zimbabwe reach 250-7 against Bangladesh in the third one-day international. Zimbabwe leads the five-match series 2-0 and is looking to clinch its first ODI series victory over a test-playing team since it beat Bangladesh at home in 2006.

1211: FOOTBALL: Stoke manager Tony Pulis has defended Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas's comments about his team being too physical. "I listened to some of the comments that he made and they have been blown out of all proportion. He's actually said that there was pushing and shoving in both boxes. But obviously it's been reported that it was pushing and shoving in our box. That's the press being the press, they have to do what they do".

1201: RUGBY UNION: France make 13 changes for Saturday's match against Ireland. Winger Alexis Palisson and hooker Dimitri Szarzewski are the only two players who started last Saturday's 19-12 win against Ireland in Bordeaux as coach Marc Lievremont rings the changes ahead of next months Rugby World Cup.

1151: CYCLING: Bradley Wiggins on his return to racing in the Tour of Spain."I'm looking forward to making my return at the Vuelta a Espana, It's a race I haven't ridden before so it'll be exciting to take part in and I want to produce a strong performance for all those people who have supported me since my crash at the Tour de France.

1143: RUGBY UNION: South Africa has dropped captain John Smit to the bench as one of five changes to its starting lineup for Saturday's Tri-Nations test against defending champion New Zealand.Smit was replaced by Bismarck du Plessis, while lock Victor Matfield will captain the team. Fullback Patrick Lambie, flyhalf Morne Steyn, flanker Willem Alberts and prop Gurthro Steenkamp were also called into the 15 for the Springboks' final game before the start of their World Cup defence next month.

Breaking news
1133: CYCLING: Bradley Wiggins will make his comeback from injury in the Tour of Spain, which starts on Saturday in Benidorm. The Britain, who was forced to abandon the Tour de France after breaking a collarbone, is one of nine riders selected by Team Sky.

1125: RUGBY UNION: Scotland make 14 changes for Saturday's final World Cup warm-up match against Italy - with Graeme Morrison the sole survivor in the starting XV from the win over Ireland. Alastair Kellock returns to the starting line-up as captain. Full line-up below.

1116: RUGBY UNION: Scotland team to face Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday - R Lamont (Toulon); M Evans (Castres), N De Luca (Edinburgh), G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), S Danielli (Ulster); D Parks (Cardiff Blues), M Blair (Edinburgh); A Dickinson (Sale Sharks), S Lawson (Gloucester), M Low (GlasgowWarriors), N Hines (Clermont Ferrand), A Kellock (capt, Glasgow Warriors), K Brown (Saracens), R Vernon (Sale Sharks), J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors). Replacements: D Hall (Glasgow Warriors), E Murray (Newcastle), R Gray (Glasgow Warriors), R Rennie (Edinburgh), C Cusiter (Glasgow Warriors), R Jackson (Glasgow Warriors), N Walker(Ospreys).

1111: CYCLING: Britons David Millar, Dan Lloyd and Roger Hammond and world champion Thor Hushovd have been named in the provisional start list for next month's Tour of Britain. The quartet have been named in Garmin-Cervelo six-man squad for the race, which takes place from September 11 to 18.

1057: FOOTBALL: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not ruled out Nicklas Bendtner staying at Arsenal, with the out-of-favour striker yet to secure a move. Wenger told the Daily Mirror: "Bendtner said he was gone. But I checked, and he's not gone at all! I promised I'd let him go if he found the right club and that hasn't changed. When I make a promise, I keep it.But if he doesn't find the right opportunity, he'll stay and fight for his place like everybody else. He looks sharp in training."

1047: CRICKET: BBC Sports reporter Joe Wilson on Twitter: "India at the Oval, long lecture from Duncan Fletcher as the players sit cross legged on the turf...even the galacticos"

1039: FOOTBALL: Cameroon captain Samuel Eto'o will complete a big-money move to Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala this week. Eto'o will undergo a medical at a clinic in Rome on Thursday with the official announcement of his signing set for Friday, according to Italian press.

1029: FOOTBALL: An employee at Bundesliga club Hoffenheim has admitted using a high-frequency sound system as an "antidote" to visiting fans' chants during their 1-0 home win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. The man, who now faces disciplinary and legal action, had deployed a sound system emitting a shrill pitch that irritated fans and disrupted their chants targeting Hoffenheim major investor billionaire Dietmar Hopp.

1011: FOOTBALL: Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas on Twitter: "Once a gunner, always a gunner. Have a good day guys."

1003: FOOTBALL: West Brom on Twitter: "Albion have signed Arsenal youngster Jamie Edge on one-year deal. The 17-year-old midfielder will be part of the Baggies' development squad."

0955: RUGBY UNION: England coach Martin Johnson admits he is yet to determine his first choice line-up for the World Cup starting in New Zealand next month.

0948: FOOTBALL: Everton assistant manager Steve Round was pleased to see midfielder Mikel Arteta step up his recovery from a foot injury in Monday's friendly against Irish side Bohemians. "He has taken another step closer to being fully fit. He has missed most of pre-season with a foot injury and now he has got those minutes under his belt, which is important," said Round.

0942: FOOTBALL: New Liverpool signing Jose Enrique has backed a fit-again Andy Carroll to rediscover his best goalscoring form. "For us in Newcastle he was brilliant and I am sure he will be brilliant for Liverpool," he said.

0930: FOOTBALL: Former Tottenham striker Robbie Keane says it is a "dream come true" to join LA Galaxy. "I have always wanted to come and play in MLS so it's the perfect combination for me and a dream come true," he said.

0922: BASKETBALL London's Olympic Park will see its first competitive sporting action on Tuesday as the Basketball Arena hosts six of the world's best teams. BBC Breakfast talks to GB captain Drew Sullivan and GB coach Chris Finch about playing in an Olympic arena.

0917: FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: Both Stoke City midfielders Rory Delap and Matthew Etherington are expected to travel to Switzerland for first-leg of Europa league play-off.

0911: FOOTBALL: Tuesday's top Scottish football gossip story - Ibrox manager Ally McCoist has made Liverpool defender Danny Wilson his signing priority before Wednesday's 2300 BST Europa League deadline, report the Daily Express.

0905: RUGBY LEAGUE: Huddersfield winger Jermaine McGillvary is the latest player to pledge his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract. The 23-year-old, who has scored 20 tries in just 30 Super League appearances, has followed the example of team-mate Michael Lawrence by committing himself to the Giants until 2016.

0900: FOOTBALL: St Etienne's Carlos Bocanegra is the latest central defender to attract Rangers' interest. The Ibrox club has contacted the French side about the availability of the captain of the US national team.

0854: FOOTBALL: Theo Walcott is facing the wrath of England coach Fabio Capello over his revelations about the hardline boss, report the Guardian.

0843: RUGBY UNION: Prop Adam Jones fears he could be short of match-sharpness when Wales play South Africa in their World Cup opener in Wellington on 11 September.

0837: FOOTBALL: Celtic's Europa league opponents Sion are at the centre of a row with Fifa. The Swiss League had initially enforced a Fifa transfer ban on the club, meaning six players signed by the club this summer were unable to play.

0830: FOOTBALL: Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers says he was proud of his side's performance despite a 4-0 defeat on their Premier League debut at Manchester City.

0825: Tennis: Philipp Kohlschreiber fought back from a set and a break down to defeat a seething Andy Roddick in the first round of the Western & Southern Open. Roddick was docked a point, giving his opponent a 2-0 lead in the third set, as Kohlschreiber won 6-7 (5-7) 7-5 6-1.

0819: Sergio Aguero on Twitter: Very happy with my debut for City. Hopefully the start of something big. Thank you to my team-mates and the fans for their support."

0814: Infostrada Sports on Twitter: On this day: In 2009 Usain Bolt claims World title in the 100m in Berlin, setting the current World Record at 9.58.

0810: Rugby Union: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans has re-signed with the Australian Rugby Union for another two years in a deal that will keep him with the national side until 2013. Deans was initially installed in the role for a four-year term from 2008 until the end of this year, but the ARU board recently instructed managing director John O'Neill to open negotiations with Deans to continue his tenure. (AP)

0805: Football: Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini described Sergio Aguero as a "photocopy" of Brazilian legend Romario after the Argentine's superb debut against Swansea on Monday night.

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

Chelsea are considering a move for Liverpool midfielder Raul Meireles, but may also table an improved offer for Spurs playmaker Luka Modric. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal have clauses in the transfer of Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona giving them first option to buy him back - and also to half of any fee if they opt not to buy the midfielder and Barca sell him elsewhere. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham chiefs have told manager Harry Redknapp his next signing must be a striker, and Manchester City's Emmanuel Adebayor has again been linked with a loan move to White Hart Lane. (Daily Mirror)

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see also
Tuesday's gossip column
16 Aug 11 |  Gossip
Gervinho handed three-match ban
16 Aug 11 |  Arsenal
Ryan ruled out of Argentina clash
18 Aug 11 |  Welsh
Uefa to scrutinise Man City deal
16 Aug 11 |  Man City
Sportsday Live - Monday 15 August
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