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Sportsday Live - Friday 26 August

Clubs discover their Europa League opponents, Joey Barton makes move to QPR from Newcastle, plus more.

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2200: That's it from Sportsday.

2155: HOCKEY - The EuroHockey men's semi-final between England and Germany is due to resume at 2210 BST with England trailing 1-0. You can follow the match on the BBC Sport website.

Wigan's Sam Tomkins

Tomkins wants to win for fans

2148: RUGBY LEAGUE - Ahead of Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Leeds at Wembley, Wigan star Sam Tomkins talks to BBC Sport about making the full-back position his own, the influence of coach Michael Maguire and how much a win in Wigan's first appearance at Wembley since losing to Sheffield in 1998, would mean to him and the club's fans.

2136: FOOTBALL - Cesc Fabregas scores with three minutes to go to give Barcelona a 2-0 win over Porto in the European Super Cup final in Monaco but the Portuguese side finish with nine men after Jorge Rolando and Fredy Guarin are both sent off.

Candid Barton explains QPR switch

2124: FOOTBALL - Following his move from Newcastle to QPR earlier on Friday, Joey Barton has spoken to BBC Sport's Richard Connelly about the reasons behind his switch. Asked if he would have rather stayed at Newcastle, Barton said: "I think everyone knew that. It is disappointing times and sad when Newcastle's best players are leaving to go elsewhere."

2113: HOCKEY - BBC Sport's Ollie Williams on Twitter: "Play is suspended in the EuroHockey men's semi-final between England and Germany (0-1) as heavy rain continues to pour. 20 mins left to play."

2111: FOOTBALL -West Ham sign MK Dons striker Sam Baldock on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

2045: HOCKEY - The England men's team trail Germany 1-0 at half-time in their EuroHockey semi-final in Germany. You can watch live coverage of the game on the BBC Sport website.

2039: FOOTBALL - Former Charlton Athletic manager Phil Parkinson is in line to succeed Peter Jackson as Bradford City manager, BBC Sport understands. Jackson left his post on Thursday while Parkinson has been out of work since he departed Charlton in January.

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2031: FOOTBALL - Lionel Messi's 39th-minute goal gives Barcelona a 1-0 interval lead over Porto in the European Super Cup final in Monaco.

2030: GOLF - Spain's Ignacio Garrido leads at the halfway point of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles by one shot after a second round of 69. His nearest challengers are Italy's Lorenzo Gagli, Thomas Bjorn of Denmark, Ireland's Peter Lawrie and Englishmen Kenneth Ferrie and Mark Foster.

2010: HOCKEY - You can watch live coverage of the semi-final of the European Hockey Championship in Moenchengladbach on the BBC Sport website as England's men take on Germany.

1959: RUGBY UNION - Hendre Fourie is on standby to start for England against Ireland on Saturday - just five days after being omitted from Martin Johnson's World Cup squad. The Sale flanker has joined up with England in Dublin as emergency cover after number eight Nick Easter and flanker Tom Wood both suffered calf injuries.

1947: FOOTBALL -Joey Barton reveals he was not signed in time by QPR to face Wigan on Saturday. His likely debut will therefore be against former club Newcastle on Monday 12 September.

1929: TENNIS - Fourth-seeded John Isner upset top-seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 (9-7), 6-4 on Friday in the semi-finals of the Winston-Salem Open, a final warm-up tournament before the U.S. Open.

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1924: FOOTBALL - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "For everyone wondering about my ankle, I have no news I am seeing another specialist on Monday and will know more then! Keep you updated tweeps."

1918: FOOTBALL - World player of the year Lionel Messi named in Barcelona side to face Porto in Super Cup final in Monaco. Former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas on the substitutes bench.

1914: OLYMPICS - Italian media are reporting that AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been scheduled for knee surgery and will be out for five months.

1908: BASKETBALL - Great Britain have taken 13 players to Latvia for the final friendly before the forthcoming EuroBasket, with fitness worries over Dan Clark.

1902: OLYMPICS - BBC sports news correspondent Matt Slater talks to British Olympians Mo Sbihi and Darren Cheeseman about how they will manage the requirements of Ramadan during London 2012.

1850: ATHLETICS -Doha has confirmed its intention to bid for the right to host the 2020 Olympics after the Games chiefs revealed they would consider the possibility of letting Qatar stage them in the autumn.

1837: GOLF - Tom Lewis, who came to prominence at last month's Open, went out in the last 16 of the US Amateur championship in Wisconsin today.

1832: ATHLETICS - BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce previews the World Championships which begins on Saturday in Korea.

1822: GOLF - Hurricane Irene is forcing the PGA Tour's first playoff event to be reduced to 54 holes. Slugger White, the tour's vice president of competition, says up to 10 inches of rain is expected Sunday. That would make it impossible to get in 72 holes at The Barclays. The plan is to play the third round early Saturday and finish before the rain arrives.

1815: FOOTBALL - Portsmouth have signed Hungary striker Marko Futacs from Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee.

1812: FOOTBALL - Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche spoke of his disbelief after his side were drawn with Tottenham in the group stages of the Europa League. The League of Ireland Premier Division champions earned the right to be in Friday's draw in Monaco after a 3-2 aggregate win over Partizan Belgrade.

1808: FOOTBALL - Wrexham manager Dean Saunders is disappointed with a leaked email which suggests he could quit or threaten to resign from the club. Saunders saw an email exchange between two members of the board of the Wrexham Supporters Trust, which is negotiating to buy the club.

1804: FOOTBALL - Plymouth Argyle's administrator says the firm bidding to buy the club has the funds and a deal is set to be done. "Bishop International Limited has secured the necessary funding and everything is agreed between the numerous parties," a statement said.

1754: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News report that Manchester City and former Blackburn striker Roque Santa Cruz will have a medical at Real Betis on Saturday.

1746: EQUESTRIAN - Hosts Germany lead defending champions Great Britain in the team standings at the end of the dressage phase of the European Eventing Championships. Germany scored 98.70 with Britain on 121.90 and Italy third on 128.30. The cross-country phase begins at 0930 BST on Saturday before the competition concludes with showjumping on Sunday.

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1738: FOOTBALL - Joey Barton on Twitter after his move from Newcastle to QPR: "I am incredibly excited to be joining QPR at this pivotal time in their history and plan to give my all for the club. I will always have a special relationship with the Geordie nation but sadly they are not the decision makers at St James' Park. I wish to thank each and everyone of them sincerely for their support."

1730: TENNIS - Both Laura Robson and Naomi Broady advance to the final round of qualifying for the US Open after tough three-set victories. Robson defeated 15-year-old Taylor Townsend 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-0) while Broady beat Kai-Chen Chang of Chinese Taipei 6-4 5-7 6-3.

1723: FOOTBALL - Scotland coach Craig Levein believes the national game is already on the way to recovery but says the Government has to do more to help after Rangers, Celtic and Hearts all exited the Europa League this week.

1718: ATHLETICS - Ahead of the World Athletics Championships, which get underway on Saturday in Daegu, BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram tells the BBC Sport website about five of the key events to watch.

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1706: TENNIS - British number one Elena Baltacha on Twitter as she prepares for next week's US Open: "Just arrived in New York!! :) took the pilot 2 go's to land the plane...can't say I was too happy about that!!:( xx"

1654: RUGBY UNION - BBC Sport reports that Wales centre Gavin Henson, who is set to miss the World Cup with a wrist injury has held talks with the Ospreys over a possible return to the Liberty Stadium but other clubs are also believed to be interested in signing Henson.

1645: FOOTBALL - Dunfermline say they have agreed a deal to sign former Dundee United midfielder Craig Easton until January. But the 32-year-old will not be able to face Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League on Saturday as the paperwork cannot be completed in time.

1642: FORMULA ONE - BBC Sport's Andrew Benson reports that Red Bull protege Jean-Eric Vergne is set to be given a chance in Formula 1 by feeder team Toro Rosso once he finishes his campaign in the Renault World Series.

1633: FOOTBALL - Associated Press report that 20-year-old Uruguay defender Sebastian Coates is on his way to England to seal his move to Liverpool from Nacional.

1627: JUDO - British judoka Sally Conway tells BBC Sport that the national squad lacks strength in depth after their medal drought continues on the fourth day of the World Championships in France.

1620: FOOTBALL - Milton Keynes Dons have signed striker Charlie MacDonald from Brentford for an undisclosed fee. The 30-year-old, who scored 45 goals in his 127 matches at Brentford, has agreed a two-year-deal at Stadium MK.

1618: CRICKET - Hampshire all-rounder Shahid Afridi believes that his side can rise to the challenge of defending their Twenty20 crown at Edgbaston on Saturday. Hampshire face Somerset in their semi-final, the side they narrowly beat in last season's final at The Rose Bowl.

1614: FOOTBALL - Bolton have signed defender Dedryck Boyata on a season-long loan from Manchester City, the Reebok Stadium club have confirmed.

1610: FOOTBALL - Nottingham Forest boss Steve McLaren tells BBC East Midlands Today he still needs "one or two quality" signings to make his side contenders for the Championship title.

1556: FOOTBALL - Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is to hold talks with three clubs - one of them QPR - over a possible transfer, his agent Wayne Lindsay confirms to the Press Association.

Breaking news
1549: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News report that QPR are set to announce that midfielder Joey Barton, currently at Newcastle, has signed a four-year deal with them.

1541: MOTO GP -
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BBC presenter Matt Roberts on Twitter ahead of the United States Grand Prix: "Just a heads up about our programming this weekend, we are LIVE for the main event on Sunday at 1830 on BBC2."

1532: CRICKET - The start of the tour match between Kent v India at Canterbury has been delayed, and there is an inspection at 1600 BST. We have a scorecard if play happens later.

1520: FOOTBALL - AFP report that Uefa president Michel Platini has admitted that Swiss side Sion run a serious risk of being thrown out of the Europa League after fielding ineligible players in their play-off win against Celtic.

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1513: TENNIS - Britain's Laura Robson and Naomi Broady have just got under way in their respective US Open qualifying matches. Bad weather in New York meant their second-round matches were postponed on Thursday, and they face the prospect of having to play - and win - twice today if they are to qualify for the main draw.

1506: FORMULA 1 - Nick Heidfeld has told BBC Sport that he is confident he can get his Renault drive back after starting legal action. Bruno Senna has replaced the German for this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix. Heidfeld believes he has a deal as lead Renault driver after being drafted in in place of injured Robert Kubica.

1459: FOOTBALL - Football Focus presenter Dan Walker looks ahead to this weekend's programme, which will feature interviews with Manchester United winger Nani and England captain John Terry.

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1452: GOLF - Leading first-round scores from the weather-affected Barclays Classic at the par-71 course in New Jersey... 63 - Matt Kuchar (US); 64 - Harrison Frazar (US), William McGirt (US); 65 - Vijay Singh (Fiji), Jonathan Byrd (US), Chris Stroud (US), Padraig Harrington (Republic of Ireland). Leaderboard.

1438: CRICKET - Kevin Pietersen has been left out of the England one-day international squad for the series against India as part of the policy of "sensibly managing player workloads", the ECB announce.

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1435: FORMULA 1 - Data-gathering galore in practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at a wet Spa... Red Bull's Mark Webber tops the standings. Follow live text commentary with BBC Sport's Mike Henson and follow Andrew Benson, trackside, on Twitter.

Breaking news
1425: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports report that West Ham are in talks with Tottenham over Hammers midfielder Scott Parker.

1417: FOOTBALL - Manchester City's new £25m signing Samir Nasri defends his comments about former club Arsenal stating that the Emirates stadium not their fans lacks passion.

1412: RUGBY UNION - England's back row resources have been stretched before they even depart for the World Cup after Tom Wood was forced to pull out of tomorrow's final warm-up international against Ireland. Wood, the Northampton flanker, has suffered what England manager Martin Johnson described as a "mild calf strain" and been replaced on the bench by Stade Francais lock Tom Palmer.

1406: FOOTBALL - Ipswich Town have completed the signing of defender Ibrahima Sonko on a one-year deal. Sonko, 30, was released by Stoke in the summer, after spending last season on loan at Portsmouth.

1359: FOOTBALL - West Ham United winger Pablo Barrera has joined Spanish club Real Zaragoza on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old, who played against Aldershot on Wednesday, could make his debut for the La Liga side against Real Madrid on Sunday.

1353: FOOTBALL - Luka Modric looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance of the season against Manchester City on Sunday after taking part in full training today.

1348: FOOTBALL - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce tells BBC Newcastle he is in talks with a new striker with just one goal scored in the first three games.

1340: FOOTBALL - Fulham midfielder Simon Davies could be out for a further five months after suffering complications with a knee injury, manager Martin Jol has confirmed.

1336: FOOTBALL - If Celtic are successful in replacing Sion, who are alleged to have breached a transfer ban, they would be in Group I with Atletico Madrid, Udinese and Rennes.

1330: OLYMPICS - Doha are set to bid for the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics after their request to hold the Games outside the desginated window if it is successful was approved here today, insidethegames has been told.

1316: FOOTBALL -Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish says defender Luke Young is in talks with QPR.

1309: FOOTBALL - Stoke have been drawn against Dynamo Kiev, Besiktas and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group E of the Europa League.

1308: FOOTBALL - Fulham have been drawn against FC Twente, Odense and Wisla Krakow in Group K of the Europa League.

1307: FOOTBALL - Tottenham and Shamrock Rovers have been drawn together in Group A of the Europa League along with Rubin Kazan and PAOK Salonika.

1305: FOOTBALL - Birmingham have been drawn against Braga, Club Brugge and Maribor in Group H of the Europa League.

1259: FOOTBALL - Fenerbahce say they have asked the Turkish Football Federation to consider relegating it from the top league because of the country's match-fixing scandal.

1255: FOOTBALL - Wenger on reported Cahill bid: "That [£6m] number is wrong...I believe negotiations are between two parties."

1248: RUGBY LEAGUE -The Rugby Football League are to stick with an August Bank Holiday date for the 2012 Challenge Cup final. The League had considered bringing the final forward in order to complete the tournament before the start of the Olympics but have now plumped for Saturday, 25 August, 13 days after the end of the London Games.

1242: FOOTBALL - Joey Barton is unlikely to be included in the Newcastle squad for Sunday's Premier League clash with Fulham as he considers his future.

1229: FOOTBALL - Summer signing John O'Shea will make his competitive debut for Sunderland at Swansea on Saturday.

1215: CRICKET - England batsmen Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott have been short-listed for the International Cricket Council's player of the year award. The duo have also been nominated in the Test player list alongside paceman James Anderson, while five England players have been included in the ICC's Test team of the year which was announced today.

1212: FOOTBALL - Celtic have been given renewed hope of being re-instated into the Europa League after Uefa insiders indicated that Sion are likely to be thrown out. The Glasgow side lost 3-1 in Switzerland after being held to a goalless draw in the first leg.

1205: ATHLETICS - Oscar Pistorius must run the first leg if he is to take part in the 4x400m relay at the World Championships, athletics' governing body has said.

1159: FOOTBALL - League Two outfit Hereford United have signed Blackpool's Thomas Barkhuizen and Swindon Town's Will Evans on loan. Striker Barkhuizen, 18, who came through the youth ranks at Blackpool and has appeared once in a tangerine shirt, joins Hereford until January.

1154: RUGBY UNION - Martyn Williams has praised the achievement of open-side rival Sam Warburton, who will become Wales' youngest World Cup captain. The 22-year-old became Wales' second youngest skipper when he led Wales in defeat by the Barbarians in June.

1148: FOOTBALL - Football League spending figures have revealed that clubs paid out a total of over £16m on agents' fees last season, and increase of £4m on the previous campaign. The £16.7m figure for 2010-11 is up from the #12.7million spent during the 2009-10 season, while the number of transactions rose by over 500 to 2,910. Of those transactions, fees were paid to agents in 570 of them.

1144: FOOTBALL - Italian players association president Damiano Tommasi has announced a strike will delay the scheduled start of the Serie A on Saturday. All 20 Serie A captains signed a document this month threatening a strike if a new collective contract was not signed before the season opens, and weeks of negotiations produced no resolution.

1135: FOOTBALL - Alan Shearer has his say on how Roberto Mancini will keep his squad happy following the arrival of £24m midfielder Samir Nasri.

1127: FOOTBALL - The administrator of Plymouth Argyle has said he is confident that a deal to sell the club to preferred bidders Bishop International will go through before Friday's 1700 BST deadline. The Gibraltar-based property firm has to find £6m by the deadline or lose its exclusive right to bid.

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1121: FOOTBALL - Joey Barton on Twitter: "Going to have to make a decision today, its only fair to all parties."

1117: FOOTBALL - Samir Nasri has insisted he never said Arsenal fans lack passion. The France forward claims remarks he made on Wednesday after completing his reported £24m move from the Emirates Stadium to Manchester City have been misconstrued. "Don't get me wrong, I never said Arsenal fans have a lack of passion," said Nasri.

1112: BASKETBALL - Newcastle Eagles have signed Derby Trailblazers forward Joel Madourie to their roster for the 2011-12 British Basketball League season. The 25-year-old, was Derby's player of the year last season, and follows Paul Gause and Andrew Thompson into the Eagles squad.

1107: FOOTBALL - Scotland squad to face Czech Republic and Lithuania in Euro 2012 qualifiers at Hampden on September 3 and 6: Gilks (Blackpool), McGregor (Rangers), Turner (Preston); Bardsley (Sunderland), Berra (Wolves), Caldwell (Wigan), Crainey (Blackpool), Hanley (Blackburn), Hutton (Tottenham), Whittaker (Rangers), Wilson (Liverpool); Adam (Liverpool), Bannan (Aston Villa), Brown (Celtic), Cowie (Cardiff), Dorrans (West Brom), Fletcher (Manchester United), Forrest (Celtic), Morrison (West Brom), Naismith (Rangers), Robson (Middlesbrough), Snodgrass (Leeds); Goodwillie (Blackburn), Mackail-Smith (Brighton), Miller (Cardiff).

1104: FOOTBALL - Bolton have confirmed that they have turned down a bid for defender Gary Cahill from Arsenal.

1100: FOOTBALL - Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has ended speculation about his future by signing a three-year contract extension. Whittingham, 26, has attracted the attention of rivals clubs after scoring 55 goals for the Bluebirds since 2007.

1055: FOOTBALL - Blackpool defender Neal Eardley has signed a new one-year contract with the option for a further 12 months. The 22-year-old joined the Championship club in 2009 for an undisclosed fee from Oldham Athletic.

1048: FORMULA 1 - Michael Schumacher celebrated the 20th anniversary of his F1 debut by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa. Schumacher and his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg were first and second thanks to early times they set before a torrential downpour. Jenson Button was third, Sebastian Vettel fourth and Lewis Hamilton fifth. Second practice is at 1300 BST on the BBC's Red Button service. Bruno Senna's return to F1 was spoiled when he spun off backwards into a barrier, damaging the rear end of his Renault.

1043: JUDO - Olympic sport reporter Jessica Creighton reports from the World Championships: Britain are still on in the hunt for medals after Winston Gordon (under-90kg) and Sally Conway (under-70kg) were both knocked out of the competition in the early rounds today. Two-time Olympic Gordon won his first fight convincingly but stalled in his next fight as he was defeated by Ivan Remarenco of Moldova in golden score (over-time). The individual competition concludes tomorrow with James Austin (-100kg), Karina Bryant & Sarah Adlington (+78kg) taking to the mat for GB.

1036: FOOTBALL - Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood has confirmed that he expects Wolves striker Leigh Griffiths to join the club on loan.

1033: FOOTBALL - Fletcher has also been included in the Scotland squad to face Czech Republic and Lithuania in their Euro 2012 qualifiers on 3 and 6 September, the Scottish Football Association announced today.

1029: FOOTBALL - Darren Fletcher is back in the Manchester United squad for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Arsenal after recovering from a stomach virus. Rio Ferdinand is back in training following a hamstring injury and winger Antonio Valencia is also training well following an ankle injury. Manager Alex Ferguson expects captain Nemanja Vidic to be out for another month with a calf problem.

1020: FOOTBALL - AP report that a strike by Serie A players appears to be "imminent," with the Italian football federation announcing that it will declare this weekend's opening fixtures postponed - barring a last-minute resolution.

Breaking news
1011: FOOTBALL - From BBC sports news reporter Dan Roan at Carrington: "Sir Alex Ferguson has just been asked about his young players being called up for England. He replied: 'It's not a problem, it's fantastic. I think the FA may realise who's produced more players for their country than any other club in the world, and maybe get some joy from it at some point in their lives, and realise how important we are for England. Do you understand? They deserve to be there, they're outstanding so we're all pleased.'"

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1006: JUDO - From BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton at the World Championships in Paris: "Winston Gordon is aiming for Britain's first medal of the tournament on day four. The veteran convincingly won his first fight against Panama's Rene De Urriola to progress to the third round of the under-90kg category. Sally Conway (-70kg) was defeated in her opener with Slovenia's Rasa Sraka to leave Gordon as Britain's sole representative today."

0959: HOCKEY - Highlights as England women's hopes of a European hockey title evaporate upon losing their semi-final 2-0 to a superior Dutch side in Moenchengladbach yesterday, with Carlien Dirkse van den Heuvel netting an opening tap-in early in the first half before Kim Lammers' deflected effort kills them off.

Twitter
0954: FOOTBALL - Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter: "In London early this morning off to see a specialist hope for some good news :D"

Breaking news
0950: FOOTBALL - Norwich defender Daniel Ayala has been ruled out for two months with a knee injury, the club confirm.

0941: TENNIS - Fifth-seeded Sabine Lisicki - a Wimbledon semi-finalist - has continued her roll through the Texas Open, going into the semi-finals as the highest seed left while having yet to lose a set. Britain's Elena Baltacha went out in the third round.

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0929: FORMULA 1 - Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher leads practice times times for the Belgian Grand Prix at a saturated Spa. Follow live text commentary with BBC Sport's Mike Henson and follow Andrew Benson, who is trackside, on Twitter.

0916: FOOTBALL - New Chelsea signing Juan Mata is unlikely to start Saturday's Premier League game against Norwich, though the Spain winger - who completed his move from Valencia on Wednesday - could be on the bench at Stamford Bridge.

0908: GOLF - Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton tells BBC Coventry & Warwickshire that he believes the Bears are capable of winning this year's LV County Championship.

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0856: GOLF - Latest leading positions as the second round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles gets under way... 6 under - Mark Foster, Tano Goya; 5 under - Ignacio Garrido, Magnus A Carlsson. Full leaderboard here.

0847: ATHLETICS - In-form United States sprinter Allyson Felix admits that her bid to win both the 200m and 400m titles at the World Championships in Daegu will be a "pretty gruelling" challenge.

0840: FOOTBALL - QPR boss Neil Warnock is hoping to hear today whether Newcastle's Joey Barton will join the west Londoners. The 28-year-old spent last night mulling over a potential move after saying he needed "some thinking time and space" before signing.

Twitter
0829: FOOTBALL - Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun on Twitter: "Even though I don't know if I will stay or not I decided to give [Juan] Mata the number 10 - his favourite. For me it's just a number - not my lucky 15."

0821: RUGBY UNION - England's Andrew Sheridan - who returns for Saturday's final World Cup warm-up match against Ireland - feared he would miss out on the World Cup after going under the knife to have the bicep in his right arm shortened. Sheridan had a procedure known as bicep tenodesis - and also had an operation to correct some previous shoulder surgery - which had not worked.

0815: FOOTBALL - The chief executive of the Scottish Football Association believes Scotland's clubs can recover their standing in continental competition after Celtic, Rangers and Hearts were knocked out of the Europa League last night. But Stewart Regan did warn that it will take time. "It's a real low point for the Scottish game," he told BBC Scotland. "We've just lost our way."

Twitter
0810: FORMULA 1 - McLaren driver Jenson Button on Twitter: "Morning everyone... Cloudy day here at Spa and it's suppose to get a whole lot worse in 10mins!! The rain is coming!"

Breaking news
0807: OLYMPICS - PA report that Olympic chiefs may allow the Gulf state of Qatar to stage an autumn Games, rather than in summer, should they be awarded the event in 2020.

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

Welsh forward Craig Bellamy has taken a step closer to making a return to Liverpool after Manchester City agreed to let him leave for nothing. (Daily Mirror) Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is planning a £16m swoop for Internacional's Brazil striker Leandro Damiao. (The Sun) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has tabled an offer of only £6m, plus extras, for England international defender Gary Cahill, roughly a third of Bolton's valuation of the player. (Daily Mirror)



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