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Sportsday Live - Friday 4 November

Sportsday Live featuring team news ahead of the weekend's Premier League matches, Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 years in charge at Manchester United and swimmer Ian Thorpe's comeback, plus more.

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1930: That's it for Friday's Sportsday Live. Please keep sending us your news, views and comments via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Join us again at 0800 GMT on Monday for all the breaking news and build-up to a busy weekend of sporting action.

1924 F1: Canadian Robert Wickens will take part in Friday first practice for Virgin Racing at next week's Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix. The team has confirmed his appearance was a reward for their reserve driver winning the World Series Formula Renault 3.5 championship. Toronto-born Wickens will replace Belgian Jerome D'Ambrosio for the morning session at Yas Marina.

1915 RUGBY LEAGUE: BBC Sport's Eddie Butler looks ahead to Saturday's Four Nations Rugby League clash between England and Australia, the Kangaroos' first visit to Wembley since 1997.

1906 ATHLETICS: Jamaicans' Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and Kenyan David Rudisha have been shortlisted for the men's World Athlete of the Year award, while Valerie Adams of New Zealand, Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot and Australia's Sally Pearson are up for the women's prize.

1904 FOOTBALL: Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish has challenged on-loan midfielder Jermaine Jenas to prove he is worth trying to sign on a permanent basis. Jenas made a season-long switch from Tottenham in August and is finally fit after recovering from thigh and Achilles injuries ahead of Saturday's home game with Norwich.

1859 RUGBY UNION: Wales have confirmed they will play a three-Test tour of Australia next June. The two sides met in last month's World Cup bronze medal play-off, with the Wallabies edging it 21-18.

1852 FOOTBALL: BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Dennis on Twitter: "Capello, Rooney and FA all wanted to appeal. 6 days to lodge it with UEFA and reduced risk of ban increased (which it won't)"

1845 RUGBY LEAGUE: VB Kangaroos' forward David Shillington has been added to the extended bench for the Four Nations clash against England at Wembley Stadium. Head coach Tim Sheens will finalise his side on Saturday with three players to drop off the extended bench.

1836 GET INVOLVED: Jack Anniky on Twitter "Rooney's appeal could end badly if Uefa deem it frivolous & extend it. #bbcsportsday"

1830 RUGBY LEAGUE: Barrow Raiders have appointed former player Darren Holt as head coach following Dave Clark's departure last month.

1824 FOOTBALL: The Ghana Football Association (GFA) president says Kevin Prince-Boateng's decision to retire from the Black Stars is a 'devastating blow' to the country.

1820 FOOTBALL: Norwich manager Paul Lambert insists he would not "destroy the ethos of the club" by signing a "big-time Charlie" to bolster the squad during the January transfer window.

Breaking news
1815 FOOTBALL: The Football Association (FA) will proceed with an appeal to Uefa against England striker Wayne Rooney's three match ban. An FA spokesman has told BBC Sport: "The FA will appeal the three match ban against Wayne Rooney following his sending off against Montenegro last month. The FA received the written reasons for the ban from Uefa on Tuesday afternoon and we have until midnight tonight to respond. We can confirm that an appeal has been made."

1810 FOOTBALL: QPR manager Neil Warnock believes Manchester United will remain in the Premier League title hunt while "old man" Sir Alex Ferguson is at the helm. QPR hope to put a dent in Manchester City's five-point lead at the top of the table when they host Roberto Mancini's side on Saturday. "You've got to give the old man - I think I can call Sir Alex that - a bit more credit. It's an incredible achievement that will never happen again," Warnock said.

BBC Radio 5 live
1803: FOOTBALL - Another reminder of the Premier League matches we have for you on 5 live this weekend. At 1245 GMT on Saturday there is commentary on the lunchtime kick-off between Newcastle and Everton and the 1500 GMT commentary comes from Old Trafford where Manchester United take on Sunderland. Sunday sees Bolton face Stoke, which you can listen to on sports extra from 1455 GMT, with Fulham against Spurs on 5 live at 1600 GMT.

1758 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Phil McNulty "Will observe Newcastle events from afar. I'm at Old Trafford. Wonder if Steve Bruce & Sunderland can spoil Sir Alex's 25th anniversary? #bbcsportsday"

Breaking news
1752 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic has beaten Marcos Baghdatis 2-6 6-2 6-3 in the ATP Swiss Indoors quarter-final. You can see full details of the match on the ATP website.

1747 FOOTBALL: Wales international Craig Bellamy believes Liverpool have to beat Swansea at Anfield on Saturday if they are to stake a claim to regain their Champions League status. The Reds are currently on an eight-match unbeaten run in all competitions but slipped up against the Swans' fellow promoted team Norwich on their last home outing.

1740 TENNIS: British duo Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins have lost in the quarter-finals of the Men's doubles at the ATP Swiss Indoors tournament in Basle, suffering a narrow 6-3 2-6 10-4 defeat to Dick Norman and Xavier Malisse.

1733 CRICKET: Zimbabwe trail New Zealand by 305 runs with eight wickets in hand at stumps on the fourth day in their one-off Test in Bulawayo. After New Zealand declared at 252-8 in its second innings, seamer Doug Bracewell took two wickets to reduce Zimbabwe to 61-2 at the close of play.

1726 GET INVOLVED: Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1721 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic wins the second set of his Swiss Indoors quarter-final 6-2 against Marcos Baghdatis to send the match into a decider. You can follow live scoring on the match on the ATP website.

1713 SWIMMING: Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe says he is happy with his seventh place in the 100m individual medley final at the World Cup event in Singapore on his comeback to the pool.

1704 RUGBY LEAGUE: England forward Gareth Ellis believes it will be a boost for rugby league as a whole if his team can win the Four Nations.

1702 GOLF: Wellingborough-based professional Simon Lilly has entered the record books by becoming the first player to shoot a round under 60 in a professional event in the UK. Lilly, who qualified for the 2011 Open championship, carded a round of 59 (13 under par) to win the Jamega Tour's Winter Series event at the Bedford Golf Club. Lilly will play in the second stage of qualifying for the European Tour in Spain next month. The feat has been achieved several times on the PGA Tour, with Stuart Appleby and Paul Goydos both recording 59's in 2010.

1653 ATHLETICS: Paula Radcliffe on Twitter: "Can't believe that @Mo_Farah is not in the final 3 for IAAF athlete of the year."

1649 ATHLETICS: Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake and Kenyan 800m star David Rudisha have been shortlisted for the IAAF men's World Athlete of the Year award, while shot putter Valerie Adams of New Zealand, Kenyan distance runner Vivian Cheruiyot and sprint hurdler Sally Pearson of Australia are up for the women's prize

1642 TENNIS: World number one Novak Djokovic loses the opening set of his Swiss Indoors quarter-final 6-2 against Marcos Baghdatis. You can follow live scoring on the match here on the ATP website.

1633 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport reports that Hearts' first team players have finally received salaries that were overdue from 16 October.

1630 ATHLETICS: Ahead of this weekend's New York Marathon, BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan looks at why people turn to running after tragedy.

1620 FOOTBALL:Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Sir Alex Ferguson's record at Manchester United will never be matched by any other manager.

1601 TENNIS: Marcel Granollers beats third seed Gael Monfils 7-6 (12-10) 3-6 6-4 to reach the Valencia Open semi-finals. Granollers will play the winner of the quarter-final between the sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro and American Sam Querrey.

1555 RUGBY UNION: Watch as Worthing Raiders RFC score a try in unusual circumstances during their match against Lydney in National League Two South.

1553 CYCLING: Earlier at the Track World Cup in Astana, Jess Varnish and Becky James were fourth in the women's team sprint after being edged out by Germany.

1548 CYCLING: Britain's Jess Varnish sets a new personal best but just misses out on a medal in the 500m time trial at the Track World Cup in Astana.

1538 RUGBY LEAGUE: Wales have received a boost ahead of their Four Nations clash against New Zealand at Wembley, with hooker or half-back Lloyd White returning to the side after missing the opening 42-4 defeat by England with a hamstring injury.

1535 FOOTBALL: Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright tells BBC Radio 5 live's Victoria Derbyshire that John Terry must play for England in next week's friendly games against Spain and Sweden, despite the ongoing racism allegations, but former QPR player Leroy Rosenior said he would be treated unfairly if he did.

1529 MOTO GP: World champion Casey Stoner sets the fastest time after Friday's two free practice sessions ahead of Sunday's Valencia Grand Prix.

1519 FOOTBALL: BBC Sport's Richard Conway on Twitter: "FA need to decide before 5pm today if they are to launch formal appeal against Wayne Rooney's 3 match ban."

1510 RUGBY UNION: Gloucester centre Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has been called before an RFU disciplinary hearing to face three charges of "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game" relating to comments made on his Twitter account.

1500: FOOTBALL - Chelsea's Carling Cup match with Liverpool will be played on 29 November with a 1945 GMT kick-off.

1452: FOOTBALL - Liverpool duo Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez are named in the Uruguay squad to face Chile in World Cup qualifying next week. Former Manchester United player Diego Forlan misses out through injury.

BBC Radio 5 live
1450: FOOTBALL - Another reminder of the Premier League matches we have for you on 5 live this weekend. At 1245 GMT on Saturday there is commentary on the lunchtime kick-off between Newcastle and Everton and the 1500 GMT commentary comes from Old Trafford where Manchester United take on Sunderland. Sunday sees Bolton face Stoke, which you can listen to on sports extra from 1455 GMT, with Fulham against Spurs on 5 live at 1600 GMT.

GET INVOLVED - Don't forget to send in your thoughts on the latest sporting issues. Get involved on Sportsday Live on Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

1438: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Double for Silvestre de Sousa at Ffos Las as Rafeej wins 2-30; gap now 5, 164-159."

1434: SQUASH - Second seed Jenny Duncalf beats fellow English player Laura Massaro in the quarter-finals of the World Open 11-9 11-7 11-7. Duncalf will now face Samantha Teran, who became the first player from Mexico to reach the semi-finals after she beat India's Dipika Pallikal 11-6 11-8 11-9.

1425: ATHLETICS - Amsterdam has been named as the host city for the 2016 European Championships.

1423: FOOTBALL - Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will make a late decision on striker Steve Fletcher before finalising his side to face Wigan on Sunday. Fletcher has missed the last three games with a calf injury but is back in training.

1416: SWIMMING -After finishing seventh in the 100m individual medley in his comeback event in Singapore, Ian Thorpe says: "I haven't swum for a long time. I have to take stock where I was 12 months ago to where I am now. I'm in a final and competing reasonably well. I'm happy."

1414: CYCLING - Great Britain miss out in both team sprints on day two of the World Cup event in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the men finishing seventh and the women fourth.

1410: FOOTBALL - Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey on Twitter: "Relax everyone, there is absolutely no way I would play in the Olympic team if it was going to affect Wales' identity as an individual nation!"

1405: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "Silvestre de Sousa reduces Paul Hanagan's lead to six with success on striking newcomer Rivas Rhapsody Ffos Las 2-00."

1350: FOOTBALL - QPR have fitness problems ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against leaders Manchester City. Shaun Derry is out with a groin problem, Akos Buzsaky has an Achilles complaint, Rob Hulse is sidelined with a knee injury and DJ Campbell is missing to foot damage. Kieron Dyer could return from his foot injury while Adel Taarabt may feature despite suffering from a stomach complaint.

1343: FOOTBALL - More from QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway about the possibility of a 39th game in the Premier League, to be staged overseas. "I'm too new to comment. But I think it's tough on the players to have a 39th. One day, if something could be worked out like the NFL take their games around, one game, I don't think it's a bad idea going forward."

1333: CRICKET - Pakistan close day two of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka on 35-2, trailing by 378 runs.

1332: FOOTBALL - Arsenal's Per Mertesacker is named in the Germany squad for forthcoming friendlies against Ukraine and the Netherlands. Captain Philipp Lahm is rested.

1330: FOOTBALL - Robin van Persie will return to the Arsenal starting line-up against West Brom on Saturday.

1327: FOOTBALL - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on whether goalkeeper Manuel Almunia will be offered a new contract: "At the moment we have plenty of keepers. That depends a bit on who'll stay and who'll go."

1325: FOOTBALL - Wigan boss Roberto Martinez believes striker Hugo Rodallega has finally recovered from playing in the Copa America tournament during the close season. "Last week was the first time Hugo has been himself, so I would say the season starts for him now. It is a very demanding competition. The World Cup can be the same but the Copa America, with the time difference and travelling, really sets you back and affects your pre-season work.

1320: FOOTBALL - More from QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway about the possibility of a groundshare with Chelsea. "I didn't realise how much QPR fans don't really like Chelsea. I'm not even sure Mr Abramovich would want to share with anyone anyway. I don't think it's a crazy concept, without being controversial. I think AC Milan and Inter Milan do it and I don't think they're best of friends. I think in this day and age of utilising resources and keeping the environment where it is - rather than having a piece of metal lying empty for 60% of the time - it may make sense. A Chelsea ground share may be a bridge too far - that wasn't a pun! but I think we'd be damn silly not to keep our eyes open. Never say never. But I would rather have our own stadium, put it that way."

1315: FOOTBALL - Raul Meireles of Chelsea and Manchester United's Nani are named in Portugal's 23-man squad for the two-legged Euro 2012 playoff matches against Bosnia.

1306: FOOTBALL - Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini believes former City winger Shaun Wright Phillips could provide the main threat when the Premier League leaders visit Loftus Road to play QPR on Saturday. "I am sure Shaun will want to play very well against us, but I am happy because now he plays in every game - and he deserves that because he is a good guy and a good player. We need to pay attention to him."

1255: FOOTBALL - More from QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway about the latest developments at the club. "If we're not relegated this year then we can start really building. That's got to be the aim this year. At the same time you've got to put in the right infrastructure to make sure, if you're going to avoid relegation forever and not just this one season."

1250: CRICKET - The Pakistan Cricket Board deny suggestions that young bowler Mohammad Amir was not given enough information on the dangers of spot-fixing. "In March 2010 Amir signed the code of conduct for players when he was issued his central contract. The code of conduct clearly states that by signing the same the player commits to abiding by all ICC rules regarding betting, match fixing, corruption, and any matter that could call into question the integrity of the game. Amir acknowledged that he understood the code and his responsibilities under the same. Amir also committed that he would abide by these rules and any others formulated in this regard. Before any international tour, of which Amir was a part of as well, the team management gives a number of lectures to the players warning them of the dangers of associating with strangers."

Live action now
1245: CRICKET - New Zealand reach tea on day four of the one-off Test with Zimbabwe in Bulawayo on 212-7, a lead of 325.

1236: FOOTBALL - BBC Scotland will broadcast live television coverage of Falkirk v Celtic in the League Cup semi-final on 29 January.

1233: TENNIS - Top seed Marion Bartoli is forced to retire from her quarter-final with unseeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the Tournament of Champions in Bali because of an ankle injury. Bartoli, who also retired from the 2009 final, squandered two match points and had been trailing 6-4 6-7 (7-9) 0-1 when she collapsed to the ground in agony.

1227: FOOTBALL - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger on the club's offcial website: "In the Premier League you get what you deserve from the quality of your performance. But we do look stronger. Nobody is guaranteed top four after 10 games. Let's let everybody else talk."

Breaking news
1222: ATHLETICS - Portuguese steeplechaser Sara Moreira and South Korean sprinter Lim Hee-nam failed doping tests for methylhexaneamine at the World Championships in Daegu, the IAAF announce.

1215: FOOTBALL - Wigan will make a late decision on Mohamed Diame's ankle injury ahead of their trip to Wolves on Sunday, but skipper Gary Caldwell misses out through suspension.

1210: SWIMMING - Australian Ian Thorpe clocked 56.33 seconds in the individual medley final on his return to competitive action, the BBC website reports.

GET INVOLVED From Ramiz Essack on Twitter: "Fergie best manager 2 ever live! Too bad he wasn't able 2 do big things at international level feel bad 4 his successor! #bbcsportsday

1152: FOOTBALL - Ardent Manchester City fan Ricky Hatton makes a bold 8-0 prediction for his team away at QPR as he takes on Mark Lawrenson in the weekly BBC Sport website challenge.

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1148: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter at the Everton training ground: "Royston Drenthe is back from suspension for but no Marouane Fellaini after he picked up a fifth yellow card last weekend."

1144: FOOTBALL - Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Manchester City's Aleksandar Kolarov, Blackburn's Radosav Petrovic and Nikola Zigic of Birmingham are included in interim coach Radovan Djurcic's Serbia squad for friendlies against Mexico on 11 November at Queretaro and Honduras three days later.

1136: SWIMMING - BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "Ian Thorpe 7th in his comeback after 5 years away - in the 100m individual medley in a World Cup event in Singapore."

1133: WEIGHTLIFTING - Scotland's Delhi Commonwealth Games silver medallist Peter Kirkbride has withdrawn from the Great Britain squad for next week's World Championships in Paris because of an ankle injury, reports BBC Sport's Nick Hope. The World Championships represent the first opportunity for GB athletes to attain the Olympic qualifying standard for 2012. Kirkbride, 23, will now have to look at other events, such as the European Championships in Turkey next April.

1130: FOOTBALL - More from QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway on whether John Terry should remain as England captain in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand race row. Asked whether he would urge Chelsea fans to stop their chants about Ferdinand he says: "Yes, I would. In this day and age it's not needed… I think that's unnecessary. I wasn't aware of it to be honest, but that's unnecessary. I appeal to all fans to focus on what's good and let's focus on the football. I think that's unnecessary and from a bygone era."

1125: FOOTBALL - Former Torquay and Brentford manager Leroy Rosenior tells 5 live John Terry should not be named in the final England squad "for his own sake."

1123: FOOTBALL - Cardiff striker Robert Earnshaw is recalled to the Wales squad to face Norway in a friendly on 12 November after missed the wins over Switzerland and Bulgaria with a thigh injury. James Collins, Joe Ledley and Danny Collins are also handed places after being forced to withdraw from the final Euro 2012 qualifiers.

1120: FOOTBALL - Former World Cup winner and Germany coach Rudi Voeller signs a five-year contract extension to remain as Bayer Leverkusen sports director.

1117: FOOTBALL - More from QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway on whether John Terry should remain as England captain in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand race row. "I don't think you can write someone off as a racist because of one statement. But having said that it is in the public eye and people like John have to be gooder than good. And if he said it it's wrong because of who he is but I don't say he's a racist because of that one statement."

1115: FOOTBALL - Bury boss Richie Barker has told BBC Radio Manchester they are set to be without winger David Amoo for Saturday's local derby at Oldham - the 20-year-old, on-loan from Liverpool, had a scan on an ankle problem this week.

1105: FOOTBALL - QPR owner Tony Fernandes talking to BBC Sport's Richard Conway on whether John Terry should remain as England captain in the wake of the Anton Ferdinand race row. "If he's the right man for the job then he should be selected as captain. I think innocent until proven guilty and there's been no hard evidence either way of John's alleged statements."

1102: SWIMMING - Ian Thorpe made his return to competition after five years away at the Singapore World Cup this morning, clocking a time of 56.74 to reach the final of the 100m individual medley.

Live action now
1100: CRICKET - Sri Lanka reach tea on day two of the third and final Test against Pakistan on 359-8.

1055: FOOTBALL - Winger Gabriel Obertan will miss Newcastle's home clash with Everton on Saturday through illness.

1044: FOOTBALL - Motherwell's Stuart McCall is named October's Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month.

1039: CRICKET - BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "There will be an exchange of information between the Met Police and the International Cricket Council following the spot-fixing trial and the police investigation. It's possible that information might lead to a further investigation, but that depends on the anti-corruption unit's views on the matter and, of cours,e on what information they get."

1034: FOOTBALL - Craig Liddle has turned down the Darlington manager's job. The current caretaker-boss has told BBC Tees Sport he does not want to be the next man in charge of the Quakers.

1027: FOOTBALL - Aston Villa report on their website that Hollywood star Tom Hanks is hoping to "catch a match" at Villa Park this season.

1019: FOOTBALL - Suspended Ricardo Gardner joins the list of absentees for Bolton's Premier League clash with Stoke on Sunday. Tyrone Mears, Lee Chung-yong, Stuart Holden, Sean Davis and Sam Ricketts are out with long-term injuries.

1014: FOOTBALL -
AC Milan on Twitter: "Cassano's surgery went well today!"

1006: FOOTBALL - Another blog to look out for is from BBC Sport website chief football writer Phil McNulty, who profiles Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

0957: FOOTBALL - Former England manager Steve McClaren and ex-Lyon boss Claude Puel are both in the running to take over at Belgian side Club Brugge, according to reports in Brussels.

0955: FOOTBALL -
Bolton manager Owen Coyle on the club's official Twitter: "Young Joe Riley will be in the squad again for Sunday's game."

0952: FOOTBALL - Dutch midfielder Kemy Agustien is expected to return to the Swansea squad for Saturday's visit to Liverpool after six weeks out because of a hamstring problem. He is likely to start on the bench but Stephen Dobbie remains out with an ankle injury.

0950: FOOTBALL -
BBC Sport's Dan Walker on Twitter: "Steve McClaren is our guest on Football Focus tomorrow. Your questions please."

0946: FOOTBALL - Midfielder David Vaughan faces a fitness test ahead of Sunderland's Premier League trip to Manchester United on Saturday. Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is out for at least eight weeks with a fractured nose and eye socket and Trevor Carson has been recalled from his loan spell at Bury to provide back-up to Keiren Westwood. John O'Shea misses out against his former club because of hamstring trouble.

0943: FOOTBALL - Tottenham defender William Gallas could make his first league appearance of the season against Fulham on Sunday after suffering no adverse reaction to his recent calf trouble in Thursday's defeat at Rubin Kazan. Luka Modric should be fit following a slight groin problem, while Roman Pavlyuchenko will be monitored after being replaced in Russia with a back problem.

0940: FOOTBALL - Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar broke his nose during Schalke's Europa League 0-0 draw against AEK Larnaca on Thursday and is doubtful for their Bundesliga match against Hanover 96 on Sunday.

0930: FOOTBALL - The Football Association will announce on Friday if it plans to appeal against Uefa's decision to ban striker Wayne Rooney for three games following his dismissal against Montenegro. If the suspension stands, Rooney would miss all of England's group matches at next year's European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

0927: TENNIS - Russia's Vera Zvonareva has withdrawn from the Davis Cup final against Czech Republic this weekend because of a shoulder injury and will be replaced by doubles specialist Elena Vesnina.

BBC Radio 5 live
0920: RUGBY LEAGUE - If you missed 5 live's preview of England's Four Nations match against Australia at Wembley on Saturday, featuring guests Cameron Smith and Jon Wilkin, you can listen again on the BBC iPlayer.

0915: FOOTBALL - A reminder that the final 23-man England squad for those two friendlies will be announced at 2000 GMT on Sunday.

0912: FOOTBALL -
BBC Sport's George Riley on Twitter: "John Terry has been named in the provisional England squad for the friendlies against Spain and Sweden the BBC has learned."

0910: FOOTBALL - AC Milan forward Antonio Cassano has undergone successful minor surgery to close a small opening in his heart but could be out from between four to six months.

0907: FOOTBALL - Cameron Jerome and Jonathan Woodgate are back in the Stoke squad for Sunday's trip to Bolton after missing the midweek visit to Maccabi Tel Aviv through suspension and ineligibility respectively.

0905: FOOTBALL - John Terry looks set to start for Chelsea at Blackburn after he was an unused substitute in midweek. John Obi Mikel has shaken off a back problem but Hilario (flu) and the suspended Didier Drogba will not return until after the international break.

0903: FOOTBALL - West Brom midfielder Paul Scharner has been ruled out of Saturday's match with Arsenal at the Hawthorns with a knee ligament problem. A late check will be made on Peter Odemwingie, who suffered a knee injury during training this week.

0900: FOOTBALL - Blackburn have no new injury worries ahead of their match against Chelsea at Ewood Park. David Dunn is back in contention after recovering from a calf injury and Junior Hoilett has overcome a tightening of his hamstring last weekend.

0845: FOOTBALL -
Pundit Robbie Savage on Twitter: giving us the latest news from Strictly Come Dancing: "Well it's Friday and I'm waltzing my way in to studio can't wait dancing to take that "Love ain't here anymore"!! Beautiful."

0837: FOOTBALL - On-loan Jermaine Jenas is available for Aston Villa at home to Norwich on Saturday after recovering from thigh and calf problems. Barry Bannan could also feature after serving a club suspension.

0835: FOOTBALL - Nemanja Vidic returns for Manchester United against Sunderland, but Michael Owen joins Ashley Young, Ryan Giggs, Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley on the sidelines.

BBC Radio 5 live
0830: FOOTBALL - An early chance to tell you the Premier League matches you can listen to on 5 live this weekend. At 1245 GMT on Saturday there is commentary on the lunchtime kick-off between Newcastle and Everton and the 1500 GMT commentary comes from Old Trafford where Manchester United take on Sunderland. Sunday sees Bolton face Stoke, which you can listen to on sports extra from 1455 GMT, with Fulham against Spurs on 5 live at 1600 GMT.

BBC Radio 5 live
0825: FOOTBALL - A host of football's big names have been paying tribute to Sir Alex Ferguson's 25 years at Manchester United and you can listen again to the 5 live programme "Fergie Time" aired on Thursday evening on the BBC iPlayer on 300-4.

Live action now
0815: CRICKET - Sri Lanka reach lunch on day two of the third and final Test against Pakistan on 300-4.

0810: GOLF -
Ian Poulter on Twitter: after his second round 68 that leaves him in a share of 11th at six under in the WGC Champions event: "Well took advantage of the 5's today birdied all of them, still gutted 34 putts for -4. Just doesn't sound right flushed it today."

0805 GOLF - Sweden's Freddie Jacobson leads the WGC Champions event in Shanghai after the end of round two. He is one shot ahead of former Open champion Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Adam Scott, with Paul Casey three back in fifth. Lee Westwood is four behind after a 68, while Rory McIlroy shares 17th after a 60 left him six strokes back at five under.

0800: Welcome to Sportsday Live. Coming up in the next few minutes, the conclusion of round two at the WGC Champions tournament in Shanghai, and throughout the day, team news ahead of the weekend's Premier League fixtures - but first a selection of stories making the national press.

0800: CRICKET -
BBC Cricket Correspondent Jonathan Agnew, on holiday, consoles Stephen Fry, who has mislaid his wallet, on Twitter: "Invited @stephenfry for soothing poolside pina colada. He's grounded in Dubai airport, poor chap."

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0800: FOOTBALL - These are three selections from Friday's gossip column. Juventus are planning audacious summer bids for Manchester United's Nani and Gareth Bale of Tottenham. (talkSPORT) Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has revealed he suffered chest pains and struggled to breathe while running on a treadmill at his Dorset home, but promised to be back on the touchline "in a couple of weeks" after his heart procedure. (The Sun) England coach Fabio Capello has told Wayne Rooney he will be part of the England squad for Euro 2012 despite being suspended for all three group matches. (The Sun).

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