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Sportsday Live - Thursday 6 October

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2200: That's it for Thursday's Sportsday Live. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 BST on Friday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy weekend of international action.

2149 RUGBY UNION: Mils Muliaina will play his 100th test for New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals against Argentina on Sunday after first-choice full-back Israel Dagg was ruled out with a badly bruised thigh.

2140 FOOTBALL: Arsenal winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scores a hat-trick as England under-21s beat Iceland under-21s 3-0.

2135 RUGBY UNION: New Zealand head coach Graham Henry has backed Colin Slade to fill the void created by Dan Carter's injury in Sunday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final with Argentina.

2128 CYCLING: British Cycling's head of performance David Brailsford is seeking consistency in the rules over whether those with past doping offenses can compete at the Olympic Games.

2120 FOOTBALL: Wales manager Gary Speed has told BBC Wales why he thinks Darcy Blake can be the 'complete defender' for his country.

2111 FOOTBALL: Getafe's on-loan Real Madrid winger Pedro Leon says he felt 'humiliated' by coach Jose Mourinho when he was at the Spanish capital giants last season.

2103 GET INVOLVED: Want to comment on any of the stories featured here on Sportsday? Get involved via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

2056 FOOTBALL: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain completes his hat-trick as England take a 3-0 lead against Iceland in their Under-21 qualifier.

2052 FOOTBALL: Glasgow City reach the last 16 of the Women's Champions League with a 3-0 win away at Icelandic side Valur to complete a 4-1 aggregate victory.

2028 FOOTBALL: A Jordan Rhodes hat-trick helps Scotland beat Luxembourg 5-1 in their Under-21 qualifier. Alex MacDonald and Paul Hanlon also get on the scoresheet for the Scots who are on four points after two games, behind the Netherlands who have three wins from their opening three games.

2015 FOOTBALL: Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer will stand down from his post at the end of this year. Blazer, who was a whistle-blower in the recent Fifa corruption scandal in the Caribbean but has also had his finances probed by the FBI, said he want to "pursue other career opportunities in the burgeoning industry of international football".

2009 FOOTBALL: Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said he would like to see club academies nurturing home-grown talent more.

2000 FOOTBALL: Two early Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain goals have given England a 2-0 lead over Iceland in their Under-21 European Championship qualifer.

1953 RUGBY UNION: Sonny Bill Williams will start on the right wing with Colin Slade at fly-half for New Zealand in Sunday's World Cup quarter-final against Argentina. The All Blacks have made six personnel changes for the game in Auckland.

1945 FOOTBALL Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is adamant that all future England managers after Fabio Capello and their staff should be home-grown, reports David Ornstein from the Leaders in Football conference, Stamford Bridge.

1933 GET INVOLVED: Want to comment on any of the stories referenced here on Sportsday? Get involved via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1925 FOOTBALL Focus presenter Dan Walker tweets: " BLOGGAGE! Read all about it. Career advice and how to be a commentator. Would love you to have a look."

1915 FOOTBALL Iceland U21 v England U21 TEAM NEWS
Iceland U21:
Arnar Petursson, Kristinn Jonsson, Eyjolfsson, Laxdal, Snorrason, Valdimarsson, Sigurbjornsson, Runar Sigurjonsson, Margeirsson, Sverrisson, Johannsson. Subs: Asgeir Thor Magnusson, Gudjonsson, Hiynur Magnusson, Thorarinsson, Atli Sigurjonsson, Steindorsson, Hannesson.
England U21: Butland, Flanagan, Briggs, Dawson, Kelly, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rodwell, Henderson, Lansbury, Sordell, Delfouneso. Subs: Amos, Smith, Baker, Lowe, Barkley, McEachran, Waghorn.
Referee: Clement Turpin (France)

1905 FOOTBALL Scotland coach Craig Levein insists he will not gamble on Kenny Miller's fitness for Saturday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Liechtenstein.

1857 GYMNASTICS Olympic bronze medallist Louis Smith tells BBC Radio Cambridgeshire that he is happy with his role as one of the most experienced members of the British male gymnastics team.

1848 FOOTBALL Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis insists the Gunners will be able to compete with the top English clubs even if they miss out on income from the Champions League. "We would rather qualify for it but we have a really sustainable model that can cope without it. Not just cope, but we can do well and compete."

1837 TABLE TENNIS Briton Darius Knight has chosen to move to Austria due to a lack of funding in the sport in Britain.

1828 FOOTBALL Yeovil Town have extended the loan deal of Watford forward Gavin Massey by a further month.

1820 ARCHERY Great Britain's Simon Terry completes a disappointing week at archery's London 2012 test event after being knocked out in the first round of the men's individual competition.

1811 RUGBY LEAGUE Castleford Tigers full-back Richard Mathers tweets: "Well this is certainly Grand Final weather - wet & windy! If it stays like this, Saturday [St Helens-Leeds] will be all about those big men, field position, kick and chase."

1803 RUGBY UNION Saracens chief executive Ed Griffiths says the club could relocate to Barnet by next season, as long as a current planning application is a success.

Breaking news
1757 FOOTBALL Hibernian striker Garry O'Connor has been cleared of alleged simulation in a Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against St Johnstone, the Scottish Football Association confirm.

1750 FOOTBALL Chief football writer Phil McNulty tweets: "Wayne Rooney first out for England training in Podgorica smiling alongside John Terry."

1740 FOOTBALL: Ipswich Borough Council says it is in the process of trying to recoup rent from Ipswich Town. BBC Radio Suffolk understands the club is £650,000 in arrears for the rent of their Portman Road home.

1735 FOOTBALL: Darren O'Dea will partner Sean St Ledger in central defence for the Republic of Ireland in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against Andorra with Richard Dunne suspended. Glenn Whelan plays in midfield with skipper Robbie Keane partnering Kevin Doyle up front.

1724 FOOTBALL: Former international Marcel Desailly is to take on a role as an ambassador to Africa on behalf of the French Football Federation (FFF).

1714 OLYMPICS:Sports Minister Hugh Robertson is confident the British Olympic Association's ban on those who have failed doping tests taking part in the Games will remain.

1711 CYCLING:Australia's Mathew Hayman of Team Sky wins the Paris-Bourges race, beating compatriots Baden Cooke (Saxo Bank) and Greg Henderson (Team Sky) in a sprint finish.

1709 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: Jamie Carragher on England cliques: "Wasn't Man Utd and Liverpool, it was Man Utd and the rest! They grew up together, always sat together at dinner table."

1704 GOLF:Luke Donald shoots an opening round of 68 at the Madrid Masters but is four shots behind leader Ross McGowan of England, who is on eight under

1650 FOOTBALL: England captain John Terry has backed Wayne Rooney to put the arrest and subsequent release on bail of his father to one side ahead of Friday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro. "Wayne is focused on the game," he said. "We all realise the importance of that. It's important for him to go out there and play his football, which he loves doing. He'll always be fully focused on the pitch. When you're on the pitch and the training pitch you can switch off from anything in life."

1647 FOOTBALL: Accrington defender Tom Bender has thanked those who sent him messages of support following the severe concussion he suffered in Tuesday's abandoned match with Tranmere. "I wasn't expecting to get so much support from people inside and outside of football after the injury. It's been absolutely amazing," he told the club website.

1642 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins on Carlos Tevez: 'It's a disgrace, an absolute disgrace. It wasn't a misunderstanding, the guy didn't want to play.'"

1639 FOOTBALL: England manager Fabio Capello on who will play up front with Wayne Rooney in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier in Montenegro: "I need to sleep [on it] tonight and will decide tomorrow morning about the forward to play with Rooney and about Welbeck. I need to choose. We have no injuries, we're really good and trained really well in the last three days. I selected 24 players and all of those players are fit to play."

1635 FOOTBALL: Former top referees Pierluigi Collina and David Elleray have expressed concern about excessive criticism of officials at the highest levels.

1632 CRICKET: South African batsman Vaughn van Jaarsveld has been banned from the sport for three months following an appeal from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), the South African Cricketers' Association said on Thursday. Van Jaarsveld tested positive for the banned stimulant sibutramine, which is on Wada's prohibited list, in November after taking weight loss medication prescribed by his doctor. Initially, he received a reprimand from the South African Institute for Drug Free Sport but Wada appealed against the decision, resulting in the ban.

1625 FOOTBALL: England manager Fabio Capello says Wayne Rooney is "relaxed and ready to play" against Montenegro in Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier despite his father being arrested and later bailed in a probe into betting irregularities.

1622 FOOTBALL: Wayne Rooney's father has been bailed pending further inquiries after being arrested earlier on Thursday as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity, reports the Press Association.

1609 RUGBY LEAGUE: Leon Pryce has been left out of the St Helens team to play Leeds in Saturday's Super League Grand Final. Pryce, who moves to Catalan Dragons next season, has played in nine Grand Finals since they were introduced in 1998, but misses out on the chance to extend his record due to a lack of match practice.

1608 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Cricket trial over for day + adjourned until Monday morning, when jury likely to hear from Mazher Mahmood, journalist who wrote the story."

1600 HORSE RACING: This afternoon's fixture at Ayr has been abandoned because of concerns over the ground.

1555 FORMULA ONE: Felipe Massa has defended his Ferrari team, who told him over the race radio to "destroy Lewis Hamilton's race" during the Singapore GP, saying "many crazy words" are spoken during a race the words were not meant literally. Hamilton incurred a penalty in Singpore after colliding with Massa. The Brazilian, who confronted Hamilton about the incident, insists he has no problem with the McLaren driver but says he "needs to learn" if he is to avoid being penalised again this season.

1547 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Butt explained the £2500 News of World cash to police by saying that his agent had given it to him for opening an ice cream parlour."

1538 GOLF: Ross McGowan holds a one shot lead at the Bankia Madrid Masters. The Englishman is currently -7 after 13 holes. An opening round of 66 gave Italian Edoardo Molinari is the clubhouse leade after a fine opening roud of 66. England's Steve Webster and Spanish pair Alvaro Quiros and Eduardo De La Riva were one shot further back on five under.

1531 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "£9500 found in Amir's room - £1500 of it News of World cash. £8000 in cash found in Asif's room, but none from News of World."

1527 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck: "Buck: "3 yrs from now we'll have won a couple of trophies, 1 with word 'European' in it. We'll have contented fans + a contented owner."

1519 DRUGS IN SPORT: Dwain Chambers is considering appealing against his Olympic suspension after LaShawn Merritt overturned his own ban. The British sprinter is barred from taking part in London 2012 by a British Olympic Association (BOA) by-law that imposes a lifetime ban for doping. His agent Sazia Agha said: "Dwain and I just want the opportunity to read, digest and review the reasoning behind (US sprinter Merritt's victory)."

1510 LEADERS IN SPORT: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal not paying big wages: "We don't have a salary ceiling. I don't know where that story comes from. We have a very sophisticated business model that looks at what we need to do to compete today and what we need to do to compete next year and five years from now. I'm comfortable we will be able to be competitive in whatever environment is created."

1503 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Salman Butt, in the dock, puts his hand over his mouth to cover a yawn while prosecution prepare to show video of Amir's second no ball."

1455 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck: "Most fans adore Roman Abramovic because he's a real football fan. He loves football and loves #cfc" #leaders.

1450 GET INVOLVED: Marianna Nodale on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "Merritt got off on a technicality, not because innocent. Sad day for sport. Glad now that didn't get tickets for 400m final!"

1440 BOXING: British super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua says "learning and listening" led him to his victory over world and Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle to reach the semi-finals of the World Championships. Joshua beat veteren Cammarelle 15-13 in his first ever World Championships as GB secured at least four bronze medals. The victory also means Joshua has qualifed for the 2012 Olympics.

1434 FOOTBALL: Inverness manager Terry Butcher has agreed a new two-year deal with the Clydesdale Bank Premier League club. Butcher's new contract, and that of his assistant Maurice Malpas, were confirmed on the club's official website and mean the pair will remain at the Highland outfit until 2014.

1426 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Asif now watching from dock, leaning forward a little, as the no ball, which he's accused of bowling on purpose, is shown to the Court."

1421 LEADERS IN SPORT: Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Arsenal possibly missing out on Champions League next season: "We would rather qualify for it but we have a really sustainable model that can cope without it. Not just cope, but we can do well and compete. It would be very foolish to build a business model that relied on being in the Champions League for perpetuity and I don't think any clubs do that and, if they do, then they probably aren't being run as responsibly as they should be."

1414 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Prosecution claim that when Salman Butt put down saw-dust after Amir's "enormous" no ball he was play acting."

1409 TENNIS: British Tennis player Heather Watson on Twitter: "Had to get an MRI done yesterday on my foot and it turns out I have an inflamed tendon. Fortunately it was..."

1401 TENNIS: Scot Andy Murray makes it two wins in a day as he partners brother Jamie to a 6-3 6-4 win over Japanese pair Tatsuma Ito and Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals of the men's doubles at the Japan Open.

BBC Radio 5 live
1355 DRUGS IN SPORT: LaShawn Merritt's lawyer Howard Jacobs, following the Court of Arbitration's ruling against the International Olympic Committee's doping law, tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "I felt confident but, until you receive the decision, there has to be some doubt. It's not so much a second chance for him. He's served his suspension, returned to competition and the rules are supposed to be set up the same. That's what we hoped to achieve, not just for LaShawn but for all athletes."

1349 FOOTBALL Bulgaria's football federation rejects accusations from Europe's governing body Uefa that home fans chanted racist abuse at black England players in a Euro 2012 qualifier last month. "We will prepare our defence well because we are convinced there was no such thing," Bulgarian Football Union president Borislav Mihaylov said.

1342 FOOTBALL: Marcel Desailly is to take on a role as an ambassador to Africa on behalf of the French Football Federation (FFF), the body's chairman Noel Le Graet announces.

1330 FOOTBALL: Sports minister Hugh Robertson says football is no longer the worst-governed sport in the country.Robertson had branded football with that label in January but said at the Leaders in Football conference in London: "That is no longer the case. When you look at some of the other sports, the addition of two independent FA directors alone has changed it."

1322 GET INVOLVED: John Hiley on Twitter: "Penalty shoot-out between Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood to decide who kicks on Saturday? Great idea! The loser can have no qualms."

1317 FOOTBALL: Montengro will rest three of their players for Friday's Euro 2012 qualifier against England. Milan Jovanovic, Marko Basa and Nikola Drincic are all on yellow cards - and they don't want to risk them being suspended for the team's final qualifier against Switzerland, BBC Sport understands.

1312 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood will hold a penalty shoot-out behind closed doors at Eden Park on Friday to decide who will kick for England in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final against France, report the Press Association.

Breaking news
1308 FOOTBALL: Wayne Rooney's father and Motherwell player Steve Jennings are two of nine men arrested in Merseyside and Glasgow as part of an investigation into suspicious betting activity, report BBC Radio Merseyside and the Press Association.

1306 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "Robertson: p'haps we were naïve but all (PM included) were irritated by voters who said they'd vote 4 us but didn't #liarsinfootball."

1304 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Matt Slater on Twitter: "Robertson admits World Cup bid was waste of £15m, best technical bid but didn't matter, Fifa wanted new markets, wish we'd known!"

1259 FORMULA 1: Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso has set his sights on beating Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton to finish the season second in the championship to Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. "Clearly, if one looks at the way recent races have gone, it will definitely not be easy," he said, "as my closest rivals seem to have that little bit extra in terms of car performance, but that does not mean it's a lost cause."

1250 RUGBY LEAGUE: England coach Steve McNamara has defended picking New Zealand born Rangi Chase for the upcoming Four Nations. The former Bradford Bulls boss says he would be doing England a disservice if he did not pick the 2011 Super League Man of Steel after he made himself available on residency grounds.

1243 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Salman Butt in dock looking at his notes, not watching the screen, as jury is shown video of his agent counting out £150,000 in hotel room"

1220 FOOTBALL: 2002 World Cup Final referee Pierluigi Collina insists there is no need for goal-line technology in football. "I think the goal-line can be easily controlled by two additional assistant referees," said the Italian.

1204 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Prosecution claim Butt agreed to bat out maiden in his first over in Oval Test for £10,000, but then had to run when ball flew off his bat."

1139 FORMULA 1: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has defended his driving this season, saying: 'I'm not doing anything wrong'."

1134 FORMULA 1 Drivers' champion-in-waiting Sebastian Vettel insists Red Bull's team spirit is the secret to his success this season, saying they have never lost focus despite the car being "less dominant" than last year.

1129 GOLF: Defending champion YE Yang fires a four-under 67 to claim a share of the lead with American Rickie Fowler after the first round of the Korea Open. Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy is a shot back in second.

1123 FOOTBALL: Liverpool first-team coach Steve Clarke believes the time is now right for captain Steven Gerrard to step up his bid for regular football. "There will be a time when he is going to have to push on - and I think this is the time now," Clarke told

1115 RUGBY WORLD CUP: England manager Martin Johnson insists that his team selection for Saturday's quarter-final with France is "not a gamble".

Breaking news
1108 SWIMMING: British swimmer Cassie Patten announces her retirement on Twitter: "After a battle with a shoulder injury which is not getting any better,
I have made the decision that I'm retiring! Sad times! I want to thank every swimmer I've ever trained with or raced against and every coach for the last 14 years of my life, I've loved swimming!"

1104 BOXING: Wladimir Klitschko will defend his world heavyweight titles against former cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck on December 10.

1059 RUGBY LEAGUE: Castleford Tigers have handed a new three-year deal to England academy captain Adam Milner.

Breaking news
1056 CRICKET: BBC Sport's James Pearce at the Pakistan cricketers spot-fixing trial, day two: "Three other Pakistani players have been named in Court by prosecution as involved in fixing. Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz. The prosecution claim that the agent Mazhar Majeed told an undercover reporter from the News of the World that he had a total of six players that he could control in relation to fixing: Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, Mohammed Asif, Mohammed Amir, Salman Butt and Riaz."

1054 CYCLING: Belarusian all-rounder Kanstantsin Siutsou has joined Team Sky for the 2012 season, the team confirm.

1051 FOOTBALL: Montenegro striker Dejan Damjanovic tells BBC Sport that he hopes his country can manage a draw in their Euro 2012 qualifier with England on Friday.

1045 DRUGS IN SPORT: Dwain Chambers's agent Sazia Agha, responding to CAS's ruling on Olympic drugs bans, tells BBC Sport: "Dwain and I just want the opportunity to read, digest and review the reasoning behind the decision at this stage."

1042 DRUGS IN SPORT: BBC Radio 5's sports news and Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "IOC response to Merritt judgement suggests they will look to toughen up the WADA rules to include an Olympic ban in future."

1038 DRUGS IN SPORT: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has named four other drug offenders who may now make it to London 2012 thanks to the Lashawn Merritt victory, reveals BBC sports editor David Bond; Brazilian diver Flavia Oliveira, Hungarian wrestler Balazs Kiss, US diver Harrison Jones and American athlete Thomas Freeman.

1032 CYCLING: British cyclist David Millar on Twitter: "CAS ruling on IOC Rule 45 a good thing for future of international sport. Only a matter of time till all countries respect WADA Code."

1030 GET INVOLVED: Alex Caplan on Twitter: "Drug cheats have no place in the finest sporting event on the world and tarnishes the Olympics reputation by being there."

1027 ATHLETICS: BBC sports editor David Bond on Twitter: "As expected IOC rule banning serious drug cheats from competing in next Olympics unenforceable. BOA lifetime ban vulnerable."

1024 ATHLETICS: The International Olympic Committee responds to the CAS judgement (see 1014): "The IOC fully respects the Court of Arbitration for Sport and will of course abide by its judgment. We are naturally disappointed. The rule was in our view an efficient means to advance the fight against doping, and we were somewhat surprised by the judgment. When the moment comes for the revision of the World Anti-Doping Code we will ensure that tougher sanctions, including such a rule, will be seriously considered."

1017 TENNIS: Andy Murray is through to the third round of the Japan Open after a straight sets victory over Alex Bogomolov Jr. The Scot, who won the Thailand Open title on Sunday, raced to a 6-1 6-2 success over the American in 58 minutes.

1014 ATHLETICS: The International Olympic Committee's rule 45, which bans athletes who have been suspended for more than six months for an anti-doping rule violation from the next Olympics, has been ruled "invalid and unenforceable" by the Court of Arbitration of Sport, CAS have said in a statement.

1007 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Warren Gatland has warned his Wales side against complacency ahead of their World Cup quarter-final with Six Nations rivals Ireland on Saturday. Wales marched into the Wellington clash with successive crushing Pool D wins, 66-0 against Fiji following an 81-7 win against Namibia. But coach Gatland said: "We are under no illusion that Fiji made 10 changes so we'll not get too carried away." And captain Sam Warburton added: "There is still a lot of work to be done."

1000 GET INVOLVED: Tom Bradbury on Twitter: "Merritt!? Seriously!? What about Dwain Chambers!" #bbcsportsday.

0955 ATHLETICS: BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "LaShawn Merritt Prevails. IOC will have to think again on doping. Blow to Rogge."

0951 ATHLETICS: LaShawn Merritt can defend his Olympic 400m title at London 2012 after winning an appeal against an International Olympic Committee doping rule. The IOC's rule had barred any athlete who has received a doping suspension of more than six months from competing in the next summer or winter games. Merritt, 25, argued the punishment went beyond World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) sanctions of a maximum two-year ban. The outcome could force British chiefs to re-think their regulations.

0945 RUGBY LEAGUE: Hull Kingston Rovers have signed Canterbury Bulldogs forward Micky Paea on a two-year contract. The club have also handed a first pro contract to young centre Chris Heil.

0940 SQUASH: World No1 Nick Matthew is through to the US Open Squash final beating fellow countryman and World No 4 James Willstrop.

0930 ATHLETICS: British 400m runner Martyn Rooney on Twitter: " sad to hear that CAS have overturned the IOC ban, sport loses out to cheaters/lawyers."#fail

0923 GET INVOLVED: What do you think about LaShawn Merritt being able to compete in London 2012? Get involved via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0915 ATHLETICS: Four-times World Swimming Champion Karen Pickering on Twitter: "A sad day for clean athletes sports court overturns Olympic ban in LaShawn Merritt doping case, officials say - "

Breaking news
0909 ATHLETICS: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has cleared the way for reigning Olympic 400-meter champion LaShawn Merritt to defend his title at the London Games next year.

0907 FOOTBALL: Motherwell midfielder Steve Jennings has been arrested by Merseyside Police, the Scottish Football Association have said in a statement. This follows enquiries in relation to alleged betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts last December.

0857 ATHLETICS: BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "LaShawn Merritt judgement due around 10am this morning. IOC expecting to lose. BOA concerned about impact on their bye-law, want to keep it."

0851 HORSE RACING: Sir Henry Cecil has told BBC Look East his stable is too "thin on the ground" to catch Richard Hannon in the trainers' championship. Newmarket-trainer Cecil, 68, is over £1m short of Hannon, but has a strong team in the upcoming Champions Day at Ascot. On winning an 11th trainers title, Cecil told BBC Look East: "I think that's wishful thinking.

0846 RUGBY LEAGUE: Hull FC have confirmed that Lee Radford is retiring to take up the role of assistant coach on a three-year-deal, report BBC Radio Humberside. The 32-year-old former captain and Player of the Year replaces will help new coach Peter Gentle and replaces James Webster who left for Wakefield at the end of last month.

0845 GET INVOLVED: Get involved via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

0841 RUGBY WORLD CUP: New Zealand captain Richie McCaw will carry a painful foot injury into the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals against Argentina on Sunday, but winger Zac Guildford, who scored four tries against Canada last weekend, has been ruled out after injuring his hamstring.

Breaking news
0834 FOOTBALL: Statement from the Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan: "The Scottish FA has received notification from the Gambling Commission that the Motherwell FC player, Steve Jennings, was arrested at his home today by Merseyside Police. This follows extensive enquiries in relation to alleged betting irregularities at a Scottish Premier League match between Motherwell and Hearts on December 14, 2010. "While the investigation involves several other individuals outwith Scotland, it is important to stress that the evidence gathered throughout this thorough period of investigation has involved only one Scottish match."Motherwell FC are aware of the situation and will issue a response in due course. The Scottish FA will make no further comment at this stage."

0830 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Springboks winger Bryan Habana says even the prospect of the reigning world champion losing to Australia in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals would be "unacceptable" to the South African public. Habana told reporters "It would be unacceptable to the South African public as it would be unacceptable to any other country." "We set ourselves goals and we're realistic about how good we are and how far we can go and as individuals and as a team we truly believe we can go all the way."

0821 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Ireland has confirmed Rory Best in its starting line-up for Saturday's Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Wales despite the hooker's shoulder injury. Best could still be withdrawn if he fails to recover sufficiently from the right shoulder injury he sustained in the 36-6 final pool win over Italy. Sean Cronin is the reserve hooker and will step up from the bench if Best pulls out.

0814 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Wales have recalled fit-again Dan Lydiate and Shane Williams among four changes for their World Cup quarter-final with Ireland. Lydiate replaces Ryan Jones at blind-side while Williams returns on the left wing. George North moves to the right, Leigh Halfpenny to full-back in place of Lee Byrne. James Hook is on the bench. Alun Wyn Jones replaces Bradley Davies at lock while Jonathan Davies returns to partner Jamie Roberts at centre.

0807 RUGBY WORLD CUP: Toby Flood will start at centre outside Jonny Wilkinson for England in their World Cup quarter-final against France. Flood replaces Mike Tindall, who suffered a dead leg against Scotland, while Wilkinson has shaken off an arm injury. Mark Cueto returns on the left wing as expected for the suspended Delon Armitage. James Haskell loses the number eight jersey to Nick Easter, while lock Tom Palmer starts ahead of Courtney Lawes.

0800: FOOTBALL - Three tales from Thursday's gossip column:

Manchester City are believed to be closing in on teenage PSV Eindhoven striker Zakaria Bakkali, who was recently voted the best young player in the world. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United look set to raid Portugal for another winger in the form of Benfica's Nico Gaitan. (TalkSport) Former England manager Kevin Keegan believes Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is the only English coach who could take over from Fabio Capello. (TalkSport)

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see also
Merritt's Olympic ban overturned
06 Oct 11 |  Olympics
Flood starts alongside Wilkinson
06 Oct 11 |  Rugby Union
Wales recall Lydiate and Williams
06 Oct 11 |  Welsh
Former England bowler Dilley dies
06 Oct 11 |  Cricket
Thursday's gossip column
06 Oct 11 |  Gossip


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