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Sportsday live - Wednesday 14 September

Sportsday features the climax of the County Championship, Rugby World Cup latest, football gossip, plus more.

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1832: - That's it for Sportsday live for Wednesday. You can keep across the evening's football with Tom Rostance on the BBC Sport website.

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1831: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball at the Rose Bowl: "Warwickshire are edging ever closer to the Division 1 title after taking 13 wickets at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, bowling Hampshire out for 324 in their first innings, just 20 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, but then reducing them to 43 for 3 in their 2nd innings, still 126 runs behind. Liam Dawson made a magnificent 152 not out in vain as Hampshire's relegation was confirmed when they didn't achieve maximum batting bonus points and now with nothing to play for will their batsmen be able to fend off the Warwickshire attack with the championship in their sights?"

1825: FOOTBALL - Coming up this evening, live Champions League football on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website. There is live commentary on 5 live of Benfica v Manchester United from 1945 BST and updates from Manchester City v Napoli. Both games will be covered via a live text commentary on this website from 1830.

1815: CRICKET - Two games have been completed in Division Two with Northamptonshire beating Gloucestershire by 9 wickets and Surrey sealing their promotion to Division One with an innings and 126-run victory over Derbyshire. Middlesez are on the verge of claiming the second tier title as they are firmly in control against Leicestershire, who have a second innings lead of 39 runs, but have only three wickets remaining. At Canterbury, Glamorgan have declared their first innings at 423-9 in response to Kent's 237.

1809: CRICKET - In the other two Division One matches, Worcestershire are 65-2 in their second innings, leaving them needing another 300 runs for victory over Durham. The main aim for Worcestershire has been achieved though today, by staving off the threat of relegation to Division Two. And Nottinghamshire are following on and are 103-4, still trailing Sussex by 74 runs.

1807: CRICKET - Second-placed Lancashire have had a superb day, reducing Somerset to 105-5 in their second innings - a lead of just five runs with five wickets remaining. But as it stands, their efforts apear to be futile as regards their quest to win the title.

1805: CRICKET - Close of play at the Rose Bowl and Warwickshire are closing in on the County Championship title. Hampshire, who have been relegated today, are 43-3 in their second innings and still trailing the visitors' first innings score of 493 by 126 runs. They lead Division One by two points from Lancashire.

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1758: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Russell Fuller at Grace Road: "Three wickets for the off-spinner Ollie Rayner have put Middlesex on the verge of promotion to division one as champions. Leicestershire had got to within one run of Middlesex with seven second innings wickets still in hand, but after Smith went for 58 and Taylor for 80, Leicestershire closed the day on 222 for 7 - a lead of only 39."

1756: FOOTBALL - Peterborough director of football Barry Fry admits the club will not stand in the way of winger George Boyd should they receive an offer they cannot refuse, reports Sky Sports. Chairman Darragh MacAnthony confirmed in August they had rejected an offer from an unnamed club for the 25-year-old.


1750: FOOTBALL - Rangers owner Craig Whyte has hit out at claims relating to the solvency of the club and insists it is "business as usual" at Ibrox. "The board finds it reprehensible that the law courts have been used in recent days to suggest the club is on the brink of insolvency. It is not," added Whyte.

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1740: CRICKET - The County Championship remains in the balance, with leaders Warwickshire and second-placed Lancashire both in strong positions in their respective matches. Warwickshire have just claimed a second and third Hampshire wickets in quick succession to leave them 28-3, following on from a first innings total of 324 in response to the visitors' 493. This puts them in the box seat on the penultimate day of the season. Somerset have just passed Lancashire's first innings total of 480 at Taunton. In their second innings the home side are 104-5.

1726: FOOTBALL - Stoke's record signing Peter Crouch will miss tomorrow night's Europa League Group E clash with Dynamo Kiev. Crouch sat out a training session after making his debut for the Potters against Liverpool on Saturday and has not travelled to Ukraine, along with Matthew Etherington (back), Rory Delap (groin) and Marc Wilson (hamstring).

1713: CRICKET - Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by 28 runs in the third one-day international, to complete a clean sweep of the three-match series. Pace bowler Aizaz Cheema claimed a career-best 4-43 as Zimbabwe were restricted to 242-9 in 50 overs after Pakistan posted 270-5.

1706: FOOTBALL - Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini describes the club's Champions League debut as a "special day" - but warns they face a tough test against Napoli.

1653: CRICKET - Test Match Special Producer Adam Mountfield on Twitter: "Drama at the Rose Bowl as Warwickshire grab the last two wickets to force Hampshire to follow on and send them to Div 2."

1648: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball on Twitter: "Great drama Rose Bowl, quickfire 25 from Briggs gets Hants within 20 of avoiding follow-on but then run out and Warks now enforce follow-on"

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1646: CRICKET - Hampshire are relegated to Division Two of the County Championship

1637: CRICKET - Test Match Special Producer Adam Mountfield on Twitter: "Durham now cannot win the Championship as Warwickshire take 9th wicket"

1625: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball on Twitter: "8th Hants wkt falls, Chris Wood ct by Chris Metters off Chris Wright, lots of Chrises but Hants in crisis at 287/8, 344 to avoid f/o v Wks"

1619: RUGBY LEAGUE - Iestyn Harris has told BBC Wales that a chance to become Wigan Warriors assistant coach is "one of a few options" following his Crusaders exit. Harris has been tipped to join Wigan once Shaun Wane is confirmed as successor to Michael Maguire. Harris was promoted from assistant to Crusaders coach when Brian Noble, the former Wigan boss, stood down in 2010. "I won't deny it or confirm it at this stage," said the 35-year-old. "It is one of a few options."

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1614: CRICKET - Test Match Special commentator Simon Mann on Twitter: "Warwickshire are 1 point ahead in the title race, but Lancs have three Somerset wickets at Taunton. Its going down to the wire. 5LSpExtra""

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1609: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball: Warwickshire Underway after tea at the Rose Bowl, Hants 264-7, need another 80 runs to make Warwicks bat again, Liam Dawson is 132 not out

1608: CRICKET- Test Match Special commentator Simon Mann on Twitter: "Great effort by Lancs captain Glen Chapple at Taunton. Clearly struggling with injury but is on the field and has taken a wicket."
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1553: CYCLING - Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on Twitter: "Team was great, fans incredible, unfortunately I couldn't finish it off... Thanks for all the support guys!!"

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1543: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball: "Warwickshire took three Hampshire wickets in six overs just before tea as they try to enforce the follow-on. Hampshire are 257-7 needing another 87 runs to make Warwickshire bat again. Liam Dawson is still there on 129 not out but Warwickshire have the incentive of knowing that if they win this game the title is theirs and there is nothing Lancashire or Durham can do to overtake them.

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1537: CRICKET - Durham and Worcestershire have resumed after tea at Emirates Durham ICG with the former leading by 314. Worcestershire's Division One status will be preserved presuming Hampshire don't beat Warwickshire with maximum batting points.

1532: RUGBY LEAGUE - Rod Findlay has stepped down as Crusaders chief executive following the club's withdrawal from the Super League. "It is a great regret that the owners decided to withdraw the Super League application," said Findlay. "I have offered support and advice to those involved but now is the time for both me and the club to look to the future."

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1527: CRICKET - BBC Sport's Russell Fuller: "With Surrey already promoted from Division Two and Northants having beaten Gloucestershire, Middlesex still have some work to do to secure the other promotion place. James Taylor is 65 not out in Leicestershire's second innings total of 147-3. That means they are now just 36 runs behind Middlesex who will go up as long as they avoid defeat. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1522: GOLF - World number two Lee Westwood thinks Great Britain and Ireland will start as underdogs for the Vivendi Seve Trophy in Paris despite having won the last five events. "I think on paper the European side have got players higher in the world rankings," said Westwood. "But golf is not played on paper; it's played on grass, and I suppose with that they are slight favourites. But I think a lot of the British players have played a lot of match play golf over the years and might have a few tricks up their sleeves."

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1517: CRICKET - Warwickshire get another breakthrough at The Rose Bowl as Dimitri Mascarenhas is caught off the bowling of Boyd Rankin to leave Hampshire on 254-7, 90 runs short of the follow-on target. Follow commentary from BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

1512: RUGBY UNION - Russia number eight Vyaceslav Grachev will become the oldest player at this year's Rugby World Cup on Thursday at the age of 38 years and 146 days when his side take on the United States in New Plymouth.

1507: FOOTBALL - Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell believes Leighton Baines is set to become an increasingly influential member of the team following Mikel Arteta's departure to Arsenal last month. "He's on penalties, free-kicks and corners - he's an attacking full-back," Rodwell told BBC Radio Merseyside.

1501: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport's Sarah Holt looks at how Ferrari's title challenge has failed to materialise following their victory at the British Grand Prix in July with team boss Stefano Domenicali admitting the team have switched their focus to development of the 2012 car.

1456: MOTOGP - Series organisers have issued a provisional 18-round calendar with no new additions for 2012. Qatar's night race will open the season once again on 15 April with Valencia wrapping things up on 11 November.

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1449: CRICKET - Lancashire, who are tied on points with Warwickshire at the top of Division One but lead based on head-to-head results, are all out for 480 to head Somerset by 100 runs. You can follow live updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1442: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford forward Jake Emmitt has withdrawn from Wales' Four Nations squad after failing to recover from a knee injury which he sustained at Wigan in July.

1435: CRICKET - England spinner Graeme Swann has revealed he kept his promotion to Twenty20 captain to himself for the past two days. "I was desperate to phone my mum and dad up a couple of nights ago, but I couldn't," he said. "That's been the hardest thing for me over the last 48 hours - keeping it to myself."

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1430: CRICKET - Surrey have beaten Derbyshire by an innings and 126 runs to earn promotion to the County Championship Division One.

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1425: CRICKET - Recap of scores from the County Championship Division One: Durham 264 and 259/4 v Worcestershire 288, Warwickshire 493 v Hampshire 198/4, Sussex 488 v Nottinghamshire 261/6, Somerset 380 v Lancashire 427/9. As it stands, Warwickshire and Lancashire are tied at the top of the table on 230 points, with Durham 14 oints behind. Hampshire are bottom and facing relegation with 122 points, 20 behind Worcestershire. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1414: FOOTBALL- Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley will serve a four-match ban after deciding not to contest a Football Association charge of violent conduct, the club confirm.

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1405: CRICKET - Update from the game at Chester-le-Street, where Durham - outsiders for the title - are 250-4 in their second innings, giving them a lead of 226 runs over Worcestershire. Dale Benkenstein (30) and Ian Blackwell (8) the men at the crease.

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1359: CRICKET - Warwickshire have claimed a fourth Hampshire wicket at the Rose Bowl and are now two wickets away from another bowling point. James Vince is caught by Rikki Clarke off the bowling of Boyd Rankin. Hampshire are now 184-4.

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1354: CRICKET - Surrey are closing in on victory and promotion from Division Two at the Oval. Having scored 468 and then dismissing Derbyshire for 190 in the first innings, they now have the away side 95-8 still trailing 183 runs. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1352: FOOTBALL- Liverpool Manager Kenny Dalglish met with referee's chief Mike Riley at the Club's Melwood training ground on Tuesday, reports the club's website. This follows the Reds' game at Stoke at the weekend, which featured a number of refeering decisions that Dalglish disagreed with. "It was good to see Mike and we had an extremely informative and amicable discussion, which has given us all a better understanding of how things operate," said Dalglish.

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1348: CRICKET- Lancashire reach 400 and earn themselves full batting points. This means they are now level with Warwickshire at the top of the Division One table. Somerset have helped Lancashire in the last few overs with a few dropped catches.

1345: FOOTBALL- Press Association report that Everton forward Magaye Gueye has given manager David Moyes a boost by declaring himself fit and ready for first-team duty. The France Under-21 international was sidelined for a month with a broken toe but after being named among the substitutes for Saturday's draw with Aston Villa he completed 86 minutes in the reserves' 2-1 win over the midlanders' second string last night.

1340: RUGBY UNION- Official confirmation from the IRFU that hooker Jerry Flannery has been ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby World Cup by a calf injury with Damien Varley called up to replace him.

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1334: CRICKET - Lancashire making further progress towards another batting point at Taunton on 381-7, although they have lost another wicket with Gareth Cross falling to the bowling of Alfonso Thomas. They lead Somerset by 1 run, but crucially still trail Warwickshire by a point in Division One. Follow live commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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1332: CRICKET - Play is back under way after lunch and Surrey continue to make inroads into the Derbyshire batting lineup. They away side are now 73-6 folowing on from a first innings score of 190. They still trail by 205 runs. Follow live updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1326: TENNIS - World number two Rafa Nadal is ready to make way for a team mate for this week's Davis Cup semi-final against France if captain Albert Costa feels the world number two is not properly prepared.

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1324: RUGBY UNION - BBC rugby commentator Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "Flannery calf tear will take 4-6 weeks to heal. Munster's Damien Varley has been called up as replacement"

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1323: RUGBY UNION - BBC rugby commentator Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "Ireland hooker Jerry Flannery ruled out of RWC with recurring calf injury. Admitted pre RWC he'd considered retirement cos of injury..."

1320: FOOTBALL - Agence France Presse report that Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung, who has been charged with money-laundering in Hong Kong, was on Wednesday denied permission to travel to Britain. The tycoon had planned to travel to Britain for four days from Thursday to attend to his duties at the club.

1313: ATHLETICS - World silver medallist Hannah England is to take part in the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York this month. The 24-year-old, taking part in the event for the third straight year, will face off against Jennifer Simpson, who beat her to 1,500m gold in Daegu.

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1307: CRICKET - One result to bring you from Division Two: Northamptonshire 343 & 27/1 beat Gloucestershire 183 & 185 (f/o) by nine wickets. The result means Northants go second, a point ahead of third-placed Surrey, who are likely to over-take them, with Derbyshire currently following on at the Oval.

1258: FORMULA 1 - Mercedes boss Ross Brawn tells Formula1.com that the 2012 car is now the team's priority and they need to find at least a second if they are to challenge for victories.

1253: RUGBY LEAGUE - Former Wakefield coach John Kear is back in management after dropping down a division to take over at Batley. "It's a different challenge for me and will take me out of my comfort zone," Kear told BBC Radio Leeds.

1248: FORMULA 1 - F1 could return to South Africa as early as 2014 if plans to bring a race to Cape Town get off the ground, plus more in Wednesday's gossip column.

1243: ATHLETICS - A Tyneside man is planning to take part in Sunday's Great North Run with a fridge strapped to his back. Tony Morrison has already run the famous half marathon 15 times but feared people may not sponsor him this year unless he did something different.

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1237: CRICKET - As County Championship games across the country break for lunch, Warwickshire currently lead the Division One standings on 230 points, one ahead of Lancashire with Durham third on 216.

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1231: CRICKET - Hampshire lose their third wicket at The Rose Bowl as Neil McKenzie is bowled lbw for 10 to leave them on 136-3. The Royals need 334 to avoid the follow on. Follow live updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1226: HOCKEY - India's men's hockey team has rejected a cash reward from the Indian sports minister for their recent win in the inaugural Asian Champions Trophy. The players said the reward of 25,000 rupees (£330) awarded to each of them was too little and an inadequate recognition of their achievement.

1219: FORMULA 1 - The organisers of the inaugural Indian Grand Prix have stepped in to defuse the threat of the 12 Formula 1 teams boycotting the race because of a wrangling over tax.

1213: GOLF - Northern Irish golfer Rory McIlroy could miss next year's Irish Open because of a clash with the AT&T National at the Congressional Club, the scene of his US Open victory in June.

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1208: TENNIS - Three-time US Open champion Serena Williams on Twitter: "My emotions did get the best of me this past weekend when I disagreed with the umpire. It has been a long road."

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1201: CRICKET- Hampshire lose their second wicket as Division One leaders Warwickshire make an important breakthrough to dismiss dangerman Michael Carberry. The left-hander is caught by Rikki Clarke off Chris Metters for 4 to leave his side 107-2. Live commentary can be found on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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1157: CRICKET- Leicestershire dismiss Middlesex for 502, with Corey Collymore last man out, lbw to Wayne White for 0. The Division Two leaders have a lead of 183 runs. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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1153: FOOTBALL- Fifa president Sepp Blatter has tweeted in response to a story on Soccernet that he was considering quitting his role two years into his four-year term, in accordance to a supposed deal to hand over to Uefa chief Michel Platini. "The existence of a reported "deal" between me and Michel Platini for the FIFA Presidency is pure nonsense," wrote Blatter "The suggestion that I intend to stop my four-year mandate before its end is simply ridiculous."

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1148: CRICKET- The impressive 172-run ninth-wicket stand between Middlesex's Gareth Berg and Tim Murtagh is brought to an end when the latter is caught behind off the bowling of Leicestershire's Wayne White. Division Two leaders Middlesex are 492-9 and well in control at Grace Road after the home side made 319. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

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1140: CRICKET- Test Match Special commentator Simon Mann on Twitter: "Lancs' problem today is Murali Kartik. Causing problems, hard to score off but Lancs have 2 sla themselves. Still no wckts at Rose Bowl."

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1135: CRICKET- Warwickshire make their first breakthrough at the Rose Bowl. Jimmy Adams is bowled by Chris Wright to leave Hampshire 93-1, chasing 493. Lancashire have lost their fourth wicket - Luke Proctor caught by Peter Trego off the bowling of Murali Kartik for 29 - to leave them 294-4, still 106 runs short of a batting point. Live commentary can be found on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1130: FOOTBALL- Defender Jonathan Woodgate says it is "disappointing" to be left out of Stoke's Europa League squad for Thursday's game against Dynamo Kiev, but promises to "take it on the chin and get on with it".

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1124: CRICKET- Play is also under way in Division Two and Middlesex and Surrey are looking good for promotion. Leaders Middlesex are building a healthy lead over Leicestershire, currently 461-8 in response to 319. Second-placed Surrey are dominating Derbyshire, who were bowled out for 190 and are 14-0 in the follow-on after the home side had made 468 in their first innings. Updates on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1119: CRICKET- After Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves blamed the club's players for their relegation from Division One in yesterday's Yorkshire Post, Tykes captain Andrew Gale has said he was right to make such comments. "It's very understandable in my opinion. The fact is, as players we have only got ourselves to blame and there are no excuses," said Gale.

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1110: CRICKET- Games across the country on the penultimate day of the County Championship are under way. In Division One, Warwickshire are looking to seal the title at the Rose Bowl, with Hampshire 76-0 chasing the league leaders first innings total of 493. Second-placed Lancashire are currently 272-3 in response to Somerset's 380. And third-placed Durham have just lost their first wicket to leave them 82-1 in their second innings after a first-innings score of 264 and Worcestershire's response of 288. Live commentary can be found on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1057: FOOTBALL- The Liverpool statement reads: "The club takes this matter extremely seriously and senior club officials have informed Nathan Eccleston that we are undertaking an investigation into the circumstances surrounding these postings and will decide on an appropriate course of action."

1056: FOOTBALL- Liverpool Football Club are investigating a tweet sent by 20-year-old striker Nathan Eccleston relating to the 9/11 attacks. Since taken down, it read: "I ain't going to say attack don't let the media make u believe that was terrorist that did it. #OTIS." OTIS reportedly stands for Only the Illuminati Succeed.

1054: SNOOKER- It reads: "The WPBSA, working alongside the Gambling Commission, have completed a full investigation into suspicious betting patterns on a match at the World Snooker Shoot-Out between Jimmy Michie and Marcus Campbell on 28 January, 2011. The investigation has concluded that, while there were irregular betting patterns on the match, there is currently no evidence to link the betting to either of the players involved. Therefore no regulatory action will be taken by the governing body against the players."

1053: SNOOKER- The World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association have released a statement saying it won't take any action relating to suspicious betting patterns from a match in January.

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1050: CRICKET - Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "England have now had 6 captains in 2011. Collingwood in Jan then Strauss, Cook, Morgan, Broad + now Swann."

1044: FOOTBALL- Sir Alex Ferguson has told the official Manchester United website he thinks his team are closer to winning a fourth European Cup.

1042: CRICKET - Durham, Lancashire and Warwickshire are all up-and-running on day three of their County Championship matches. Commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra.

1035: MOTOGP- Argentina will return to the MotoGP calendar from 2013.

1031: FOOTBALL- The Birmingham Mail are reporting that Aston Villa's Emile Heskey will be out for longer than a fortnight. Boss Alex McLeish said: "He's got a nick in his hamstring and that's not an overnight job, so it will be a few weeks."

1026: FOOTBALL- Liverpool assistant manager Steve Clarke has told the club's website Kenny Dalglish's side will take out their frustration against Tottenham on Sunday after losing 1-0 to Stoke.

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1015: CRICKET - Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Kevin Pietersen is not included in England T20 squad. National selector Geoff Miller says he is continuing his rest period."

1010: CRICKET - England's Twenty20 squad to face West Indies on 23 & 25 September is: Graeme Swann (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes. Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad and vice-captain Eoin Morgan are both unavailable due to injury.

1008: RUGBY UNION - Scotland have beaten Georgia 15-6 at the Rugby World Cup.

1006: RUGBY UNION - Ben Foden and Alex Corbisiero are 'gutted' that Andrew Sheridan has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup.

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1004: CRICKET - Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Graeme Swann is named as England T20 captain for games v West Indies."

0959: FOOTBALL - Two gold medals won by late Welsh footballer John Charles during his time playing in Italy are being auctioned. One of the medals presented to him for helping Juventus to the Italian league title is expected to sell for about £5,000.

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0953: WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - BBC radio 5 live reporter Mike Sewell in Nazareth: "Great Britain's women beat the Netherlands 45-36 at European Championships in Israel. They will play the Dutch again in semi-finals on Friday."

0948: RUGBY UNION - Harlequins prop Joe Marler has received a three-week ban from the Rugby Football Union (RFU) for striking an opponent during his side's win over London Irish on 3 September.

0941: CRICKET - Play on day three of the final round of matches in the County Championship will begin at 1030 BST with commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra. Victory for Warwickshire over Hampshire will guarantee the Division One title.

0935: HORSE RACING - Chester Cup winner Mamlook has been scratched from next month's Cesarewitch at Newmarket, trainer David Pipe has announced. "He went for a racecourse gallop last week and came back with a bit of heat in a fore leg and the vet has confirmed that he is going to need some time off," said Pipe.

0928: RUGBY UNION - Richie McCaw will become the first All Blacks player to win 100 caps when he leads New Zealand in their World Cup match against Japan on Friday. Meanwhile, fly-half Dan Carter has withdrawn from the game due to a back injury.

0922: RUGBY UNION - A knee injury sees South Africa wing Bryan Habana join veteran locks Victor Matfield (hamstring) and Bakkies Botha (Achilles), and centre Jean de Villiers (ribs) on the sidelines for Saturday's game against Fiji, plus more in Wednesday's Rugby World Cup news round-up.

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0915: RUGBY UNION - Scotland lead Georgia 9-3 at half-time in their Rugby World Cup Pool B clash at the Rugby Park Stadium in Invercargill.

0910: FOOTBALL - Arsenal assistant manager Pat Rice believes the Gunners' 1-1 Champions League draw at Borussia Dortmund could prove to be a turning point in their season. "It seemed, especially the win over Swansea on Saturday, was our start of the season. The players we have acquired are very, very good players," said Rice.

0905: FOOTBALL - Swansea defender Alan Tate, who is currently sidelined after breaking his leg in a golf buggy accident 10 days ago, has signed a new four-year contract with the Liberty Stadium club.

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0900: WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - Great Britain's women lead the Netherlands 23-20 at half-time in their penultimate group match at the European Championships in Israel.

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0855: RUGBY UNION - Scotland's Dan Parks kicks a penalty to level the score at 3-3 after 23 minutes of their Rugby World Cup pool clash with Georgia. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

0850: RUGBY UNION - While England players Tom Palmer, James Haskell, Nick Easter, Chris Ashton, Simon Shaw, Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden went bungee-jumping earlier this week, their French counterparts don't fancy following suit. Flanker Imanol Harinordoquy said: "I would rather go for a walk, make the most of the good weather" while prop Jean-Baptiste Poux added: "I'm not sure if I would enjoy" a bungee jump.

0844: WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - Great Britain's men's wheelchair basketball team will play the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the European Championships in Israel on Thursday after they beat Switzerland 76-43 in their final group match on Tuesday.

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0839: CYCLING - Isle of Man sprinter Mark Cavendish on Twitter ahead of stage four of the Tour of Britain: "I think we're going to see fireworks from @geraintthomas86 today, as we're racing in Wales (aka The Motherland). #AnklesIn."

0835: FOOTBALL - Swansea City will be without midfielder Kemy Agustien for up to six weeks because of a hamstring injury while striker Craig Beattie, who has yet to feature this season, is also set for eight weeks on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage.

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0830: RUGBY UNION - Hooker Scott Lawson is a late withdrawal for Scotland ahead of their game with Georgia so Ross Ford starts with Dougie Hall coming onto the replacements' bench. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

0824: RUGBY UNION - In Wednesday's early Rugby World Cup game, Samoa got their campaign off to a winning start with a one-sided 49-12 win over Namibia in Rotorua.

0819: RUGBY UNION - Ireland coach Declan Kidney has recalled Eoin Reddan, Sean O'Brien, Rob Kearney and Cian Healy for Saturday's key Pool C clash against Australia after the team laboured to a 22-10 victory over the United States in their World Cup opener.

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0814: RUGBY UNION - England captain Lewis Moody on Twitter: "Gutted for sheri, this sport of ours takes a serious toll on the body. Get fit soon bud."

0810: FOOTBALL - Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has said that resting star names for his team's 2-0 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night was part of his plan to keep his team motivated. "It would be a mistake not to try and keep everybody motivated," he said. "That's the task of any manager. I don't see any braveness in it. I'm sure the players have not suffered from it as a result in the past."

0806: RUGBY UNION - A late converted try from Phil Mackenzie has helped Canada earn a dramatic 25-20 win over Tonga in their opening Pool A game in the Rugby World Cup.

0802: RUGBY UNION - Alex Corbisiero, who is competing with Matt Stevens to replace injured England prop Andrew Sheridan for Saturday's second Pool B match against Georgia in Dunedin, has commented on the Sale loose-head's World Cup woe. "Sheri worked really hard over the summer to come back from injury and has put in two very good performances," he said. "I just wish him all the best. He's a world-class player. He's a big hero of mine. I think the squad will miss him, but we've just got to get on with it now."

0800 BST FOOTBALL: Snippets from Wednesday's gossip column:


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has refused to rule out a move to big-spending Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala in the future. (talkSPORT)

Manchester United and Chelsea are weighing up January transfer window bids for Juventus winger Milos Krasic. (caughtoffside)

Tottenham face a battle with AC Milan to clinch the signing of Sporting Lisbon defender Joao Pereira. (Metro)



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