Sportsday - as it happened

Arsenal prepared to spend big, French Open and cricket updates, Canadian GP practice, plus breaking sports news.

7 June 2013 Last updated at 18:09 GMT

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  1. 1858: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That's it for Sportsday for today, but there's plenty of live sport to follow all over the BBC website.

    We have live text commentary on the French Open tennis and Formula One practice session two, while those in the UK can also watch Scotland v Croatia from Zagreb live on the BBC website.

  2. 1854: 
    FORMULA ONE

    The second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix gets under way at 1900, with Force India's Paul di Resta having set the pace in a wet-dry first practice this morning in Montreal.

    Keep up to speed with all the developments with Lawrence Barretto's live text commentary.

  3. 1850: 
    TENNIS

    David Ferrer is one set away from his first Grand Slam final, having taking the second set of his French Open semi-final against Jo Wilfried Tsonga on a tiebreak.

    Follow the action in our text commentary with Aimee Lewis, or listen in on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  4. 1842: 
    TRANSFER LATEST

    Manchester United have made their first signing of the David Moyes era, with Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela joining the club from Penarol for an undisclosed fee.

    Varela, 20, is with his country for the Under 20 World Championships in Turkey

  5. 1840: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    John McGuinness has won the rescheduled Senior TT race, with Michael Dunlop in second place.

  6. 1833: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scotland take on Croatia in Zagreb tonight in search of their first win in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

    Check the team news with Colin Moffat's live text commentary.

  7. 1825: 
    CRICKET

    The West Indies have beaten Pakistan by two wickets in the Champions Trophy at the Oval.

    Kemar Roach slashed the ball to the boundary to pass the target of 171 with just over nine overs to spare, but the result was in the balance thanks to the regular fall of wickets.

  8. 1818: 
    OLYMPICS

    The man who could become the next IOC president has claimed the Olympic Games need not be restricted to the current maximum of 28 sports.

    Thomas Bach is one of six candidates standing to succeed Jacques Rogge.

    "We should definitely keep the limits on number of athletes and establish a limit on the number of permanent facilities," Bach said. "With this framework we could gain good flexibility with regard to the programme. The number of sports, there we can be more flexible."

    Wrestling, squash and softball/baseball are currently competing for one remaining spot in the Olympics.

  9. 1816: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    West Ham midfielder Gary O'Neil is still hoping to stay at Upton Park next season despite being named on the Premier League free transfer list, which was released on Friday, according to talkSPORT.

    Negotiations have been ongoing between the player and the club since the end of the season but it remains to be seen if a deal can be struck in the next few weeks.

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    Bill Thomas: Fellaini, Fabregas and Higuain should be able to do it, that would be all of our 70 million kitty gone but money well spent.

    Jono: Arsenal fans seem to want a whole new squad! Says a lot about the squad Wenger has already assembled, blame the manager?

    Arsenal are hinting they could be spending big in the summer transfer window - what do you think about where they could be looking? #bbcsportsday

  11. 1808: 
    CRICKET

    Yorkshire have closed the third day at Scarborough on an impressive 358-4 in response to Nottinghamshire's 443.

    Andrew Gale is 159 not out, while Garry Ballance is unbeaten on 103, the pair having put on 237 so far for the fifth wicket.

  12. 1801: 
    CRICKET

    It's getting exciting in the Champions Trophy match at the Oval. West Indies are 143-7 as they chase down 171 to win, but skipper Dwayne Bravo has fallen to Ajmal and Pakistan need just three wickets.

    Follow the action with Marc Higginson's live text commentary.

  13. 1749: 
    TENNIS
    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's quest to become the first home player to win the French Open since Yannick Noah in 1983 has got off to a poor start.

    David Ferrer has taken the first set 6-1, and you can follow all the latest developments with Tom Rostance in our tennis live text commentary.

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    George Hullah: Fellaini, Cesar, Benteke and starting Ox in front of Walcott would sort Arsenal's problems right out.

    Sean Pocock: Fellow @LFC fans must have been watching a different player to me to believe Shelvey is worth keeping. Nothing there at all.

    Where should your club be looking in the summer transfer window? Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  15. 1733: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Force India's Paul di Resta has set the pace in a wet-dry first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix.

    In a brief period of running with dry-weather tyres on a still-damp track, the Scot was 0.088 seconds faster than McLaren's Jenson Button.

    Di Resta said: "I was definitely very cautious in the first sector because there were some yellow flags. I had a good run on inters and I've been happier with the car than in the past."

  16. 1730: 
    GOLF

    Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia have been kept apart for the first two rounds in next week's US Open at Merion.

    Woods will play alongside Rory McIlroy and Masters champion Adam Scott in a group containing the world's top three, with Garcia paired with former Open champions Padraig Harrington and Stewart Cink.

    Garcia escaped punishment for what could be construed as a racist remark about Woods after offering an unreserved apology for his "stupid and out of place" comments at the European Tour's annual awards ceremony ahead of the BMW PGA Championship last month.

  17. 1724: 
    TENNIS

    Following that classic French Open semi-final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will not be easy, but Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and David Ferrer are on court at Roland Garros now.

    You can follow all the latest developments with Tom Rostance in our tennis live text commentary.

  18. 1718: 
    CRICKET

    Australia bowler Trent Copeland has told BBC Radio Northampton he would return to Northamptonshire later this season, but only if everything "falls into place".

    The 27-year-old finished his Northants spell with figures of 9-92 in this week's win over Worcestershire and has taken 27 wickets from six County Championship matches to help his county to the top of Division Two.

    "If it all fell in place I'd love to return. Take everything else out of the equation, like my coach back home, the schedule, my ankle, my wife - there's a lot of things that need to fall into place."

    Copeland will now return to Australia to rest and find out if he requires surgery on his ankle, before preparing for a domestic season with New South Wales.

  19. 1715: 
    CRICKET

    In the Champions Trophy match at the Oval, the West Indies are 102-5 with 22 overs remaining in pursuit of 171 to beat Pakistan.

    You can follow all the latest in Marc Higginson's cricket commentary.

  20. 1710: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    At the end of the second lap of the rescheduled Senior TT, 19-time race winner John McGuinness holds a 2.4 second lead over Michael Dunlop. Dunlop has won four races this week and is hoping for a record-equalling fifth

  21. 1707: 
    OLYMPICS

    The British Handball men's head coach Bill Baillie has told BBC Sport's Nick Hope that his side will head into next Wednesday's final 2016 European Championship qualifier away to Italy with a team of just 12, rather than the standard squad of 16 players.

    A series of injuries and late withdrawals have hit the team hard and with the sport receiving no funding from UK Sport after London 2012 athletes have had to cover their own expenses in recent months.

    "When we booked the tickets four or five weeks ago the tickets were £50 each, they're now over £140 and with some of the guys carrying debts of over £9,000 after funding their own journey to the Olympics, they just can't afford it," said Baillie.

  22.  
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    Roque Santa Cruz

    Nathan Richardson: Now that Santa Cruz has been released Arsenal should dive on him, I remember when he played for Blackburn, solid!

    Alex Sutcliffe: Instead of Shelvey, shouldn't Norwich be looking at Sam Byram or Tom Lees to continue stealing Leeds United's best players?

    George Ferridge: Chelsea need a big-name striker to please the fans, a definite starter CB and a high quality midfielder.

    Where do you want your side to strengthen this summer? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  23. 1700: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa coach Stiliyan Petrov has welcomed his former Bulgarian international team-mate Aleksander Tonev to Villa Park, following the 23-year-old midfielder's arrival from Lech Poznan.

    "I played alongside Aleks, so I know a little bit about what kind of a player he is. The main thing is that the manager likes him as well and the way he plays. I think Villa fans have one exciting player on their hands."

  24. 1654: 
    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal has beaten Novak Djokovic in an epic five-set French Open semi-final.

    The defending champion has reached his eighth Paris final, taking the final, 82 minute set 9-7 to win a match that lasted a gruelling four hours and 37 minutes.

  25. 1646: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Force India's Paul Di Resta is fastest after the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

    "This is the worst grand prix of the year for weather, it's so unpredictable and we spend more time hiding from the rain here than anywhere else. I think anything in the top six on Sunday will be exceptional," said the Scot.

    Recap all the action from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with our text updates.

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    Debashish Sikdar: A CB, a winger and a prolific striker should be Arsenal's priority. Apart from this they could add bench strength.

    James Dougall: I'd rather see Norwich go for someone like McCarthy or Bridcutt than spend 8m on Shelvey. Far too expensive. Moses cost that.

    Kolo Kenneth Kadiri: Shelvey has the right attitude for a Liverpool midfielder. Loan him out to get Premier League minutes, not selling him.

    What do you think your club's transfer priorities should be this summer? Get involved using #bbcsportsday.

  27. 1633: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    The rescheduled Senior TT is under way at the Isle of Man. The final race of TT week was postponed earlier this afternoon after a crash which injured 11 spectators. Michael Dunlop is going for a record-equalling fifth win in one week.

  28. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andrey Arshavin, Roque Santa Cruz and William Gallas head the list of players released by Premier League clubs after the official list was published.

    Phil Neville, Jamie Carragher and Michael Owen are also among those to have departed.

  29. 1621: 
    TENNIS
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal has just broken Novak Djokovic's serve to level the fifth set at 4-4 in an epic French Open semi-final.

    You can follow all the latest developments at Roland Garros with Aimee Lewis in our tennis live text commentary.

  30. 1619: 
    CRICKET

    West Indies have recovered from the loss of two early wickets in their pursuit of 171 runs to beat Pakistan in the Champions Trophy match at the Oval, and are 71-2 after 16 overs.

    You can follow all the latest in Marc Higginson's cricket commentary.

  31. 1609: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Everton are said to be the latest club to take an interest in Manchester City midfielder Abdi Ibrahim, according to the Daily Express.

    The 22-year-old is currently on loan to Norwegian side Stromsgodset, and is thought to have also caught the eye of Arsenal, Newcastle United and Celtic among others.

  32. 1600: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Worcester Warriors sign Samoa international scrum half Jeremy Su'a from Canterbury Crusaders. Su'a, who has won eight caps for Samoa, is in the team to play Scotland in Durban on Saturday.

  33. 1558: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan hope to appoint their new manager early next week, with The Guardian reporting that former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan and Rene Meulensteen, United's first-team coach, among those scheduled to be interviewed when Dave Whelan, Wigan's owner, returns from holiday this weekend.

  34. 1545: 
    CRICKET

    Fifteen-year-old Matthew Fisher could become county cricket's youngest post-war cricketer by playing for Yorkshire this weekend.

    Fisher, of York, has been named in the squad for the YB40 game against Leicestershire at Scarborough on Sunday, when he will be 15 years and 212 days old.

    First-team coach Jason Gillespie said: "Matthew deserves his call-up into the squad.

    "He is very young, but he has the ability to be successful if he is selected on Sunday."

    Yorkshire already hold the record for fielding the youngest first-class cricketer after wicketkeeper Barney Gibson, aged 15 years and 27 days, played against Durham MCCU in 2011.

  35. 1542: 
    GET INVOLVED

    MWR: If Shelvey is sold (and Allen retained) by #LFC, will be one of the worst decisions made by Rodgers so far, he has real potential

    Matt Mill: Liverpool should not let Jonjo Shelvey leave, great player, loads of potential, maybe consider a loan move

  36. 1532: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic takes the fourth set of his French Open semi-final against defending champion Rafael Nadal on a tie-break to send the tie into a deciding set.

    You can follow all the latest developments at Roland Garros with Aimee Lewis in our tennis live text commentary.

  37. 1532: 
    CYCLING

    After Sir Bradley Wiggins was forced to pull out of this year's Tour de France, another of cycling's big names may be missing as Fabian Cancellara tells Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad that he is sitting it out.

    "The Tour has given me beautiful things already, but now I have different targets. That new target is the world championships, this year in Florence," the four-times time trial world champion and 2008 Olympic time trial gold medallist was quoted as saying by Het Nieuwsblad on their website.

  38. 1525: 
    LATEST GOSSIP
    Jonjo Shelvey

    Norwich are lining up an £8m move for Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, according to the Express.

    Shelvey - who is currently in Israel with the England Under-21s - made just nine starts for Liverpool last season.

  39. 1519: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    The final race of TT week, the Senior TT, will restart at 1630 BST after the earlier crash which left 11 spectators in hospital.

  40. 1516: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bayern Munich had a fine season, winning the Champions League, German Cup and the Bundesliga - and they have already sold out all but one of their home games for next season.

    The fixtures are yet to even be released but the club have received requests "of between 80,000 and 140,000" tickets for each game, according to club director Jan-Christian Dreesen. The Allianz Arena holds 71,000 fans.

  41. 1509: 
    CRICKET

    The Champions Trophy match at the Oval is back under way after a rain break. West Indies require 171 runs to beat Pakistan, and they have 50 overs to get them.

    You can follow all the latest in Marc Higginson's cricket commentary.

  42. 1506: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Simon Kimbrell: Arsenal need to strengthen the spine of their team (GK, CB, defensive midfielder) and get a decent right back.

    Mike Baker: Sort of fancy Arsenal for honours next season - no managerial change and money to spend, perhaps their best chance in years

    Matt Mill: If I was Wenger I'd get Jovetic, Caulker, Felliani, Cesar and Benteke. All these players would fill the cracks at Arsenal

  43. 1459: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker has signed a new three-year deal, tying him to the Premier League club until 2016.

    Meanwhile, Villa are reported to be close to signing Bulgarian winger Aleksandar Tonev, 23, recommended by his compatriot Stilyan Petrov, from Lech Poznan.

    Villa have also been linked with another Bulgarian, striker Ivelin Popov, 25, who plays for Russian side Kuban Krasnodar and £12m Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda.

  44. 1454: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are locked at three games all in the fourth set of the semi-final of the French Open, with Nadal two-one up in sets.

    You can follow all the action in our French Open live text commentary.

  45. 1448: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Radio Manchester report that Manchester United have offered former Liverpool and Everton winger Nick Barmby's son Jack a professional contract at Old Trafford.

  46. 1442: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Glover: Arsenal need to show that they are moving forwards, Jovetic and Felliani may be an answer for them. Is it enough though?

    Aaron Edy: Arsenal - we need to sign, Julio Cesar, Martin Skrtel, Fabregas, Higuain and Fellaini.

    Steven Gilroy: Rooney to Arsenal? No chance. Unlike Arsenal, Man Utd are not in the business of selling their best players to rival clubs.

    What do you make of Arsenal's prospects in the transfer market? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  47. 1438: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich Town midfielder Jay Tabb has said he intends to return to the Premier League after his first experience with Reading last season.

    The 29-year-old made 12 top-flight appearances last term, before joining Ipswich on loan, a move which becomes permanent on 1 July.

    "I've still got aspirations of playing in the Premier League again and I plan on doing it with Ipswich," he told BBC Radio Suffolk.

  48. 1436: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    The organisers of the Isle of Man TT have released a statement after the crash at the start of today's Senior race which injured spectators.

    The statement says: "ACU Events Ltd can confirm spectators have been injured during the Senior TT Race, at approximately 13.07, in an incident that involved rider Jonathan Howarth. The rider was unhurt. The race was red flagged and emergency services were in attendance at the scene.

    "Eleven spectators have been taken to hospital with injuries ranging from slight to serious. None are believed to be life threatening at this time. The Police will not be carrying out a full investigation at this stage and it remains a racing incident. The Police are currently assisting in clearing the scene and recovering the bike.

    "Race Control are waiting for confirmation from Nobles Hospital that they have sufficient resources available to support a restart of the delayed Senior TT."

  49. 1432: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Manuel Pellegrini will fly in to Manchester on Sunday as he prepares to take over at Manchester City, goal.com is reporting.

  50. 1428: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye has revealed he wants to move to Manchester United in an interview with French television channel Canal Plus.

    "Yes of course, I've liked this club for a long time, I like what they do, the boss has left but they have appointed a very good successor, and he did some very good things with Everton," he said.

    "They are always well placed among the big clubs. Yes for sure it could be an interesting challenge."

  51. 1425: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's Alasdair Lamont in Zagreb: "Anyone seeking encouraging omens for Scotland would be advised to stop reading now.

    "The Scots media football team fought out a valiant 7-2 defeat against their Croatian counterparts this lunchtime.

    "The locals coped better with the heat and their technical superiority on the ball left the Scots chasing shadows. Surely Gordon Strachan's men will do better."

  52. 1419: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan are bowled out for 170 by West Indies in their ICC Champions Trophy group match at The Oval.

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    Sean Patrick: Arsenal will spend big but they will do worse. Wenger's big signings tend to flop or get injured a lot.

    George Hawes-Gett: Who are we trying to kid? Arsenal have no chance of challenging for the title next season.

    Rory Cook: Arsenal need big players, but not someone who will think he is bigger than the club which I fear Rooney would.

    What do you think of Ivan Gazidis' claims that Arsenal will be big spenders in the transfer market this summer? Who do they need and who will they get? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  54. 1414: 
    CRICKET

    Matthew Fisher is set to make history after being named in Yorkshire's squad for Sunday's YB40 match against Leicestershire at Scarborough.

    At 15 years and 212 days, he would become the youngest post-war cricketer to play in one of England's county competitions if selected for action.

    The right-arm seamer from York took 6-25 in a second XI game this week. "Matthew deserves his call up into the squad," first team coach Jason Gillespie told the club website.

  55. 1412: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of signing a new contract to keep him at Real Madrid until 2018, Spanish TV station 'La Sexta' is reporting.

  56. 1410: 
    TENNIS

    Novak Djokovic has levelled with Rafael Nadal in the French Open semi-final, winning the second set 6-3.

    Follow the action on our live text commentary.

  57. 1408: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Phil Vickery would welcome a British and Irish Lions Test XV dominated by Welshmen if it was best equipped to defeat Australia.

    "I get a lot of stick for my views on the Welsh presence in the Lions, but while I'm a proud Englishman, I'm also proud of northern hemisphere rugby," the former England prop said.

    "There isn't one Welsh guy on the tour who isn't good enough. The most important thing is to justify your selection."

  58. 1404: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aberdeen have confirmed that midfielder Stephen Hughes has been released from his contract with the Pittodrie club.

    Hughes joined the Dons from Motherwell on a two-and-a-half-year deal last January that would have kept him at the club until summer 2014.

  59. 1359: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    BBC Sport Northern Ireland's Haydn Parry on Twitter: "One spectator seriously injured at the Isle of Man TT in incident on first lap of senior TT race - other spectators with minor injuries. Rider Jonathan Howarth ok. Medical services dealing with injured spectators - senior TT race will be restarted later this afternoon.

  60. 1357: 
    ISLE OF MAN TT

    A number of spectators have been transported to hospital after Sheff Pack Kawasaki rider Jonathan Howarth crashed during the final day's racing at the Isle of Man TT.

    Howarth, making his debut at the event, crashed at the Bray Hill section of the mountain course, bringing out the red flags to halt the senior race.

    Although the 29-year-old British rider was not hurt, the Isle of Man TT official Twitter feed reported that several spectators were hurt as a result of the crash.

  61. 1353: 
    RUGBY UNION
    Adam Jones

    British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones talks about the funniest players on the Australia tour and getting the knots out of his hair in a question and answer piece on our rugby page.

  62.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Craig Carter: Arsenal PR do it again. Season ticket renewed, so that's the last we'll hear about the likes of Rooney and Fellaini joining.

    Klobo: Why do Arsenal have to spend big? If 'spending big' was the answer then #QPR would be in the Champions League next season.

    Nezar: Rooney can evolve into that 25-goal striker with Chamberlain behind him, Arsenal could be destined for a trophy after all.

    What do you think about Arsenal's prospects in the transfer market this summer? Send us your view at #bbcsportsday.

  63. 1349: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manager Arsene Wenger should not be trusted to spend Arsenal's summer transfer budget, according to former Gunners midfielder Stewart Robson.

    Robson told talkSPORT: "I am not expecting any marquee signings at Arsenal. There is a lot of talk about it, but I don't know if I would trust Arsene Wenger with that money.

    "Over the last few years some of the players that he has said were going to be world class haven't ended up like that - people like Philippe Senderos, Denilson, Marouane Chamakh, Armand Traore, Sebastien Squillaci, Nicklas Bendtner, Carlos Vela, Emmanuel Eboue, Park Chu-young, Lukasz Fabianski, Gervinho and Andre Santos."

  64. 1346: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Super League champions Leeds Rhinos have confirmed England halfback Danny McGuire is out for the season with a broken leg.

  65. 1344: 
    CRICKET

    Chris Gayle takes a spectacular catch and Pakistan are in deep trouble on 138-9 v West Indies. Follow the live text commentary on our cricket page.

  66. 1341: 
    CYCLING

    BBC Sport's Anna Thompson on Twitter: "Thomas Voeckler wins stage 6 of the Dauphine and Chris Froome finishes safely in the peloton."

  67. 1337: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Netherlands winger Arjen Robben plans to remain at Bayern Munich next season.

    "My plan is to stay (at Bayern) where I'm enjoying myself and am under contract until 2015," Robben told Bild. "Leaving is not an issue at the moment. There's no reason."

  68. 1332: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Glasgow Warriors prop Jon Welsh will join Scotland's tour of South Africa as a replacement for British and Irish Lions-bound Ryan Grant.

  69.  
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    Michael Roberts: After Arsenal complete all their signings, the gap from fourth to fifth place will widen considerably.

    Andrew Neill: Rooney (£25m), Fabregas (£25m) and Gaitan (£16m) should turn Arsenal into title contenders. Defence just needs stability.

    Alan Carr: Arsenal may not be winning as many trophies as City and Chelsea, but they're making much more money.

    What do you think of Ivan Gazidis' claims that Arsenal will be big spenders in the transfer market this summer? Who do they need and who will they get? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  70. 1326: 
    FOOTBALL

    Peter Gulacsi has left Liverpool to join Red Bull Salzburg on a four-year deal.

    The Hungarian, 23, Gulacsi had loan spells with Hereford, Tranmere and Hull but never played a first-team game for the Reds.

  71. 1321: 
    CRICKET

    Middlesex captain Chris Rogers says playing for Australia in this summer's Ashes series would be the highlight of his career.

    The 35-year-old batsman's sole Test appearance came against India in 2008.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "I love Middlesex and want them desperately to do well but there is another County Championship next year. The Ashes doesn't come around too often. To play in this Test series will just be the ultimate."

  72. 1318: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson says it is not too late for Celtic to launch a late bid for Derby County-bound striker Johnny Russell.

    The former Scotland Under-21 forward is due at Pride Park on Monday for a medical after agreeing terms with the Championship side but rumours of Celtic's interest continue.

    Thompson said: "Until everything is signed and sealed, nothing is concluded - but we have agreed terms with Derby County. I know their chief executive Sam Rush has spoken to Johnny's agent and they are pretty close to agreeing terms. But he has to go there for a medical on Monday, so you never know. Anything can happen in this game."

  73. 1314: 
    TENNIS

    Rafael Nadal wins the first set of his French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic 6-4. Follow the action on our live text commentary.

  74. 1311: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Atletico Madrid are interested in Getafe goalkeeper Miguel Angel Moya over concerns they will not be able to secure another loan deal for Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois, Marca is reporting.

  75.  
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    Andrew: Arsene, we need, Fellaini, Higuain, Michu and Micah Richards. Thank you.

    Keir Hughes: I think Arsenal will spend big, we have never made a statement like that before. Fellaini and three more big name signings will help.

    Zac Lott: Arsenal left it too late. Teams like CFC and MC have put in big offers already. Arsenal will be deadline day dealing again.

    What do you think about Arsenal's spending plans for the summer? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1306: 
    GOLF

    Dutch golfer Joost Luiten has retained his lead at the Lyoness Open in Austria, shooting 68 in his second round to reach 11 under par, one shot ahead of England's Paul Waring.

  77. 1302: 
    FOOTBALL

    England welcome back Wilfried Zaha for Saturday's European Under-21 Championship group game against Norway.

    The Manchester United winger, 20, missed the opening 1-0 defeat against Italy with an ankle injury but has since returned to training.

    Blackpool winger Thomas Ince and Tottenham left-back Danny Rose are available after suspension but boss Stuart Pearce is unlikely to be able to call on Nottingham Forest midfielder Henri Lansbury (groin).

  78. 1257: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Marouane Fellaini's camp, Everton and Arsenal all deny release clause met. Arsenal not in for Rooney or Cesar. Jovetic on radar but not near top."

  79. 1255: 
    RUGBY UNION

    "Physicality is the buzzword of the year and the tournament will test the Scots in this department," says former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair in his latest column with BBC Sport.

    You can read Blair's thoughts on our rugby page.

  80. 1250: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City winger David Silva is looking forward to the arrival of fellow Spaniard Jesus Navas at the Etihad Stadium.

    Navas, 27, has completed a £17 million deal from Sevilla and Silva told ESPN: "Navas is at a mature age, he is a great player and he will be very good for us. I am very happy to have him as a team-mate."

  81. 1245: 
    BOXING

    From BBC Sport's Leon Mann in Belarus: "Northern Irish fighter, Paddy Barnes, in the Ireland team at the European Boxing Championships, has secured a silver medal and advanced to the Light Fly final tomorrow.

    "Barnes beat Azerbaijan's Salman Alizada but had his nose hurt badly during the fight."

  82.  
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    Sam Pennells: I would love to see Arsenal return to trophy winning form. I'm also glad too see the board backing Wenger. A great servant.

    Gregory: I think Arsenal's net spend over the past 20 years is £57m? That's quite incredible, Arsenal will come good again.

    Ben Russell: The fact our only certain signing is Sanogo (unknown youngster) proves its all talk! Same false hope every year.

    What do you think about Arsenal's plans to spend heavily this summer? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  83. 1239: 
    FOOTBALL

    From BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen will be interviewed next week for the vacant managerial position at Wigan.

    "He has been offered the chance by new United boss David Moyes to stay on at Old Trafford - and, contrary to reports, in his existing role - but with Moyes planning to replace most of Sir Alex Ferguson's coaching staff with his own, Meulensteen would prefer to leave.

    "The 49-year-old Dutchman intends to pursue a managerial career and, being among the leading candidates to succeed Roberto Martinez at Wigan, is set to meet with Latics owner Dave Whelan."

  84. 1234: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Italy, Juventus and Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli is set to take over as manager at French club Ajaccio, according to L'Equipe.

  85. 1229: 
    BASKETBALL

    British Basketball has won a one-year funding reprieve after making an appeal to UK Sport over its £8.5m cut.

    The sport, which had been left with no elite funding for the build-up to Rio 2016, has not yet been told how much it will receive.

    Wheelchair fencing, which lost its entire £552,000 budget, has also been given a year's funding. Table tennis, wrestling and volleyball (sitting and indoor) missed out on a reprieve.

  86. 1226: 
    BOXING

    Great Britain's Jack Bateson has lost his Light Fly semi final against top seed from Russia David Ayrapetyan at the European Boxing Championships in Belarus.

    Bateson leaves with a Bronze medal in his first major international outing with GB Boxing.

  87. 1225: 
    CRICKET

    Division Two leaders Northants have wrapped up a 10-wicket win over Worcestershire on Day Three of their Championship game at the County Ground.

    Seam bowler Trent Copeland took 6-41 for match figures of 9-92 in his final game before returning home to Australia as the visitors were all out for 125. Northants only needed eight to win and Kyle Coetzer ended the game with a six in the third over.

  88. 1224: 
    FOOTBALL
    Neymar

    A former investor in Neymar has claimed he will go to court next week over claims he is owed money over the Brazilian's £48.6m move to Barcelona.

    DIS Esporte executive director Roberto Moreno told Bloomberg: "It was in the contract that we should be informed about the negotiations," Moreno said. "I am going to wait one more week and then I will open a case in court to get access to the information."

  89. 1221: 
    CRICKET

    Test Match Special's Adam Mountford on Twitter: "Nick Compton finally out for 166 playing for Somerset v Durham. Great effort."

  90.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew Penistone: Arshavin was not a huge fee, Reyes was not a huge fee, Baptista was on loan. The fact is the record signing is still £13m Wiltord.

    MWR: Arsenal have to spend big this season as they need a whole spine of the team. If they don't, Spurs for fourth next season.

    Matt: If Arsenal are indeed going to spend big they should sign Fellaini, Benteke and and Caulker.

    Do you agree? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  91. 1216: 
    HORSE RACING

    Gerard Butler has admitted giving horses the Sungate product for injured joints but said he had been assured the substance did not breach rules.

    Newmarket trainer Butler has been charged by the British Horseracing Authority after nine racehorses tested positive for banned anabolic steroids.

    All nine horses have been suspended and Butler could face a penalty from a fine to a 10-year ban if found guilty. A date and panel for the hearing have yet to be announced.

  92. 1214: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Spain forward Roberto Soldado, 28, who has been linked with Tottenham and Liverpool, has confirmed he will stay at Valencia for next season, talkSPORT are reporting.

  93. 1209: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Former dual-code rugby star Jason Robinson says he is proud that son Lewis Tierney is set to make his debut for Wigan Warriors.

    The 18-year-old has been named at full-back in place of Sam Tomkins to face Widnes on Friday.

    "I'm extremely proud as he's worked extremely hard over the years and now he gets his chance, so he's very excited," he told BBC Radio Manchester.

  94. 1206: 
    TENNIS

    You can stay across all the action from the French Open tennis, starting with Novak Djokovic taking on Rafael Nadal with our live text commentary.

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Max Germain: I would rather they spend it than just talk about. It's nerve-racking being a Gunner.

    William Taylor: Why tell the world in advance that you intend to spend big? Selling clubs will hold out for more, at Arsenal's expense.

    Leigh Hine: Good players for sensible money are out there, clubs just have to look. Michu, [Lewis] Holtby, [Michel] Vorm and [Christian] Benteke as great examples.

    What do you make of chief executive Ivan Gazidis' claims that Arsenal are going to spend big in the transfer market this summer? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  96. 1159: 
    FOOTBALL

    Southend boss Phil Brown is hoping to persuade Ryan Cresswell to stay at the club, despite the defender's desire to leave.

    The 25-year-old Rotherham-born centre-half, who played 54 times in his debut season for the Shrimpers, has told Brown he wants to move back north.

    "I'm hoping it's not the end of his Southend career," Brown told BBC Essex. "I've got to sit down with him and his advisors and try and convince him to give us another year."

  97. 1156: 
    HORSE RACING

    Newmarket trainer Gerard Butler is charged by the British Horseracing Authority after nine of his horses test positive for a steroid.

  98. 1155: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Spanish paper AS on Twitter: "[Carlo] Ancelotti is calling PSG's bluff and has told them he's coming to Real Madrid. PSG will seek compensation though, thought to be around €4m [£3.4m]."

  99. 1151: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen is prepared to wait until the squad returns for pre-season training to discover what his future holds under new manager Mark Hughes.

    The 36-year-old Dane has 12 months remaining on his contract but was second choice behind Asmir Begovic last season and Jack Butland joins the club full-time this summer.

    "I do want to be playing more and if I am in the manager's plans then great," he told The Sentinel. "I am really happy at Stoke and my family are happy. That is a big thing for me, especially at my age."

  100.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mark Naughton: Fellaini would be great signing (Vieira finally replaced) but today is season ticket renewal so I wonder how true rumours are!

    Danny: Arsenal fans are dreaming again if they think that Wenger will spend this big money wisely remember [Jose] Reyes, [Andrey] Arshavin and [Julio] Baptista.

    JPM: Spending big makes sense for Arsenal, but not on overpriced Englishman. Go shop in Spain!

    What do you make of the claims that Arsenal are set to spend big in the transfer market this summer? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  101. 1145: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ryan Grant, who has been called up to the British and Irish Lions squad as cover for Gethin Jenkins, is the fourth Scot in the squad and Scotland head coach Scott Johnson said: "We are absolutely stoked for Ryan.

    "To get another Scottish player, who we feel possesses the talent and resolve the play at the highest level - and playing for the Lions is the highest level - is great. People out there may be in for a pleasant surprise as to what a player he is."

  102. 1143: 
    TENNIS

    Maria Sharapova says she will have to "try something different" when she faces world number one Serena Williams in Saturday's French Open final.

    Williams is on a 30-match winning streak and thrashed Sara Errani in 46 minutes in the semi-finals.

    "I'd be lying if I said it doesn't bother me," said the Russian. "Obviously whatever I did in the past hasn't worked, so I'll have to try to do something different and hopefully it will."

  103. 1139: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland prop Ryan Grant, 27, admits he is shocked by his call-up to the British and Irish Lions and is pleased with his progress over the past year.

    "This time last year I got my first cap. Now I'm heading out to Australia to represent Scotland for the Lions," he told the SRU website. "What can you say? It's been so fast I've not really had time to process it. It's the top of the game. To call myself a Lion is the greatest honour."

    Alasdair Dickinson now starts tomorrow's match against Samoa, with Moray Low drafted on to the bench.

  104. 1136: 
    RUGBY UNION

    British and Irish Lions assistant coach Rob Howley believes captain Sam Warburton could play a decisive role in the toughest match the tourists have faced so far against the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

    Warburton, 24, is making his first appearance of the tour after overcoming a knee problem.

    "One thing you don't want to do against the Queensland Reds is to give them speed of ball in the contact area," Howley said. "It's a key area the contact area these days and I'm sure you'll see Sam Warburton enjoying those moments when those rucks and contacts occur."

  105. 1132: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose: David Moyes close to first signing? Would seem Uruguayan right back Guillermo Varela is having a medical at Manchester United this morning.

  106. 1131: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Former Manchester United striker Andy Ritchie has urged the club to back new manager David Moyes with significant funds in the transfer market this summer.

    "It would be nice for the board to say 'here's £30m-40m, maybe even more, to go and really bring a signing'," h

    "If they can build up a bit of a cash pot and go for somebody, I'd love to see [Cristiano] Ronaldo back. Whether or not it's maybe a couple of years too early I don't know."

  107.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Gustav Grant: Sorry I'm sceptical. I know we can spend big as we've paid of the stadium completely, but Rooney is a bit of a myth.

    James Grover: Fellaini would be a real masterstroke. He's proven and fills a need. Also, Cesar, Higuain and a right-back for Sagna if he leaves.

    Sudan Koirala: Arsenal to spend big, Liverpool going to win the title next year and Everton going for Champions League places? People never get fed up of sarcasm do they?

    With Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggesting the Gunners are ready to spend big this summer, do you think they can challenge for trophies this season? Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  108. 1123: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez is unlikely to join Liverpool as a replacement for Luis Suarez, according to talkSPORT.

    Argentina striker Tevez, 29, has a year left on his contract at City and has been linked with a move to Anfield after Suarez, 26, revealed he wants to leave this summer.

  109. 1120: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Mako Vunipola starts at prop in place of Gethin Jenkins against the Reds tomorrow.

  110. 1118: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland prop Ryan Grant, 27, is called into the British & Irish Lions squad as cover for Gethin Jenkins, who has been struggling with a calf problem, and Cian Healy has returned home with an ankle problem.

  111. 1113: 
    CRICKET

    Somerset coach Andy Hurry speaks to BBC Somerset about Nick Compton's century against Durham - the England opener's first ton since April.

    Somerset resumed on 336-5 on Day Two, with Ashes hopeful Compton on 139 not out.

    "He responded in the way Nick Compton always responds: very watchful and very mindful. A lot of credit goes to him in the strength he's shown to deliver under so much pressure.

    "He's certainly on the pathway to being back to where he was before. It's important that we build on what he's achieved. He's not finished yet."

  112. 1110: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former striker Filippo Inzaghi is the new coach of AC Milan's youth team, signing a contract until 2016, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport.

    Inzaghi, 39, who joined as a player in 2001, has been coaching at the club since retiring last summer

  113. 1105: 
    FOOTBALL

    Cambridge United boss Richard Money says he has rejected the opportunity to manage a new Indian club and will stay with the U's.

    Money, 57, had been in talks with Bangalore-based Jindal Vijayanagar Steel as they prepare for a debut season in the I-League's top division.

    "It was something no-one could dismiss out of hand," former Luton manager Money told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "I gave it a lot of thought and I'll still be here next year."

  114. 1100: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Here is today's Question of Sport teaser from @QofS_Official: "Since 1970 which six F1 drivers have won the Canadian Grand Prix on more than one occasion?"

    Keep an eye on Sportsday this afternoon for the answer.

  115. 1059: 
    FOOTBALL
    Lionel Messi

    World Player of the Year Lionel Messi is expected to captain Argentina in their World Cup qualifier against Colombia on Friday evening after receiving the all-clear from Barcelona's medical staff.

    The 25-year-old has not played since aggravating a hamstring injury in Barca's 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid on 12 May.

  116. 1050: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport news correspondent Gordon Farquhar, speaking about Fernandinho's transfer to Manchester City, reports: "If you thought the days of big money transfers were over with the arrival of Uefa's Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations, the signing of Fernandinho might make you reconsider.

    "FFP is all about sustainable business models: what that looks like varies from club to club. It's about balancing the books, not restricting spending levels per se. As long as Man City, or any other club that's signed up to Uefa's rules can earn enough from gate receipts, tv revenue, advertising, merchandising, player sales and prize money to cover wages and transfers, they're ok.

    "That's a simple view of the system, there are a number of variables, but in City's case, it's expected they'll sell on a number of players who'll bring in substantial transfer fees, including Edin Dzeko. Of course, the unexpectedly large uplift in the latest Premier League tv deal has opened up a fair few chairmen's wallets too...."

  117. 1043: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham: Congratulations to Spurs legend Robbie Keane who will tonight become his country's most-capped player in the Republic Of Ireland's match against Faroe Islands.

  118. 1040: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is attempting to hijack Alex Baptiste's move to Bolton, reports the Blackpool Gazette.

    The defender agreed terms at the Reebok Stadium two weeks ago and is expected to put pen to paper on a three-year deal once his Blackpool contact runs out on 1 July. He turned down an offer from Blackpool and has informed the club he ill not be re-signing for the club he joined from Mansfield in 2007.

    However, it is understood former Blackpool boss Holloway is very keen on Baptiste and has held discussions with the player's agent in an attempt to lure him to Selhurst Park.

  119. 1034: 
    FOOTBALL
    Wayne Bridge

    Reading confirm the signing of left-back Wayne Bridge on a one-year deal.

    The experienced former Southampton, Chelsea and Manchester City defender becomes Nigel Adkins' first signing as Royals boss.

    "I spoke to the manager and he told me about the direction he wants the team to go in. Everything we talked about was positive - and he was really positive about signing me which means a lot," says Bridge. "Reading look like a team who are capable of getting back into the Premier League, a team that works hard for each other."

  120. 1032: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn Rovers announce that operations director Paul Agnew is no longer employed by the Championship club.

    In a statement, Rovers say: "The club would like to announce that Paul Agnew is no longer employed by Blackburn Rovers Football & Athletic Plc and would like to thank Mr Agnew for his service as operations director over the last 11 months."

    The move came just a week after Agnew was confirmed as the new chairman of the Blackburn Rovers Community Trust.

  121. 1030: 
    CRICKET

    In County Championship Division Two, Northamptonshire will be hopeful of wrapping up victory early on the third day against Worcestershire, who are 97-6 in their second innings, still 21 short of making the leaders bat again.

    Elsewhere, Kent are 149-4 in reply to Hampshire's 455 at Southampton, and in Bristol, Gloucestershire captain Michael Klinger needs 20 more to complete a century, with his side 179-1 in reply to Glamorgan's 448.

  122. 1027: 
    CRICKET

    England opener Nick Compton will be looking to further underline his Ashes credentials when he resumes 139 not out after batting throughout the first day of Somerset's County Championship Division One clash with Durham. Somerset are 336-5.

    Compton's England team-mate Matt Prior was controversially given out as his Sussex team-mates slumped to 147-7 in reply to Middlesex's 499-8 declared on day two at Lord's. Prior was caught low by Sam Robson but indicated to the umpires with his bat that he believed the ball had hit the ground.

    Surrey have plenty of batting to do on day three at Guildford when they resume on 49-0 in reply to Warwickshire's 631-9 declared. Varun Chopra hit 192 and Keith Barker 125 for the Bears. At Scarborough, Yorkshire will begin day three in a spot of bother after being reduced to 29-3 in reply to Nottinghamshire's 443.

  123. 1024: 
    ATHLETICS

    British Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell criticises Justin Gatlin following his 100m victory at the Diamond League meeting in Rome on Friday.

    The American, who served a two-year doping ban in 2001 and a four year-ban for another failed test in 2006, beat Usain Bolt by one hundredth of a second.

    Campbell tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It is very uncomfortable when you think Justin Gatlin hasn't been caught for drugs once, he's actually been caught for drugs twice and here he is beating the great Usain Bolt. If it had been an athlete who hadn't been done for taking drugs, there would have been a lot more noise about it this morning."

  124. 1020: 
    CRICKET

    Live text and Test Match Special radio commentary is up and running on the BBC Sport website as Pakistan meet West Indies in the Champions Trophy.

  125. 1017: 
    FOOTBALL

    New Stoke boss Mark Hughes is targeting a reunion with Junior Hoilett as he sets about ditching the club's traditional long-ball style, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Hughes has cleared out Tony Pulis' backroom staff and several of his on-pitch stalwarts as he begins to put his stamp on the Potters after being hired last week.

    Key to this is changing Stoke's philosophy, and he wants Hoilett - who he signed for Queens Park Rangers last summer, after previously overseeing his development at Blackburn - to be a sign of his commitment to playing passing football.

  126. 1015: 
    OLYMPICS

    The contest to be the next president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will be a six-horse race.

    Six candidates, all men, have announced they will run to succeed Jacques Rogge ahead of Thursday night's deadline. The six are Thomas Bach (Germany), Sergey Bubka (Ukraine), Richard Carrion (Puerto Rico), Ser Miang Ng (Singapore), Denis Oswald (Switzerland), and Ching-Kuo Wu (Taiwan).

    The election will take place in Buenos Aires on 10 September.

  127. 1009: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest announce the permanent signing of Darius Henderson.

    The imposing front man originally joined the Championship side from Millwall in January on a short-term deal, and he has impressed manager Billy Davies enough to earn a two-year contract with an option of a further year.

    Davies says: "I am absolutely delighted to have Darius on board. He showed us what he is capable of in his spell with us last season and his vast experience will be invaluable to us going into the new campaign. To have landed such a key target at this stage in the summer is a huge bonus and it should give everyone great confidence for the future."

  128. 1007: 
    FOOTBALL

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirms Chelsea are interested in signing Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani this summer.

    Cavani's future has been the subject of intense speculation for some time, with Manchester City, Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain, as well as Chelsea, all been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old. De Laurentiis would like to keep Cavani at Napoli, but has promised the entirety of his transfer fee will be reinvested if a club meets his release clause.

    ""There is interest from Chelsea in Cavani, they'll call me in the next few hours. I'll be delighted if he stays, but if he leaves then he will be adequately replaced," De Laurentiis told Radio Marte.

  129. 1004: 
    FORMULA 1

    In his latest column for BBC Sport, Lewis Hamilton talks about winter training, teaming up with a "cool" F1 great and a surprise anniversary holiday. Read more on the website.

  130. 0955: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Welsh part company with Lyn Jones after releasing their head coach from the final year of his contract for personal reasons.

    The move comes after Jones informed the Exiles, who were relegated from the Aviva Premiership last season, that he wanted to move back home to Wales to be closer to his family.

    "It's been an unbelievable journey with London Welsh but sadly - and I do sincerely mean sadly - it now personally draws to a close," Jones says. "Just when I thought I'd experienced all what the game can offer, London Welsh happened."

  131.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt V: Arsene Wenger is derided for not spending, but he knew the stadium was more important! Now he has money were gonna see some spending!

    Chris Evans: All the 'Arsenal to spend big stories'. Can I point out that its season ticket renewal day today. Not that I'm cynical...

    Captain Sal: If Gazidis is being serious about spending money, then why now? Why not before in the past when Arsenal did have money.

    With Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggesting the Gunners are ready to spend big this summer, do you think they can challenge for trophies this season?

  132. 0943: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gordon Strachan believes his Scotland squad have prepared as well as possible for Friday's World Cup qualifier in Croatia but is braced for a tough night against experienced opponents.

    "When you are as good as they are, you probably decide the tactics for the other team most of the time," he says. "We've put the hours in. We can't do any more as a group. But there will be times when Croatia will be dominating. They do it against most teams."

  133. 0938: 
    TENNIS
    Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in the most eagerly anticipated match of recent times at the French Open later on Friday.

    Nadal is two wins from becoming the first man to win one of the Grand Slam tournaments eight times, while Djokovic has his sights on completing the set of major titles.

    Commentary of the match will be on the BBC Sport website from 1200 BST, while a look at the six greatest matches between the two is on the website now.

  134. 0932: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Huddersfield's in-form hooker Shaun Lunt will not be switching his allegiance to Scotland after revealing he does not qualify, even though his brother Rob has played for them.

    The decision of Giants captain Danny Brough to represent Scotland in the World Cup after failing to break into the England squad fuelled speculation that Lunt may follow suit after being ignored for next Friday's game against the Exiles.

    "It's England or nothing for me," Lunt tells the Huddersfield Daily Examiner. "Rob was born in the Isle of Man, which means he qualifies to play for any of the Celtic countries. But I was born in Cumbria so England is the only option for me."

  135. 0925: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Leigh Griffiths will make his first competitive start for Scotland against Croatia in Zagreb on Friday night, reports BBC Scotland sport reporter Alasdair Lamont.

    Griffiths scored 28 goals while on loan at Hibernian this season, helping them reach the Scottish Cup final for the second successive season.

    While his form was excellent throughout the season, he had a quiet cup final having picked up a calf knock in training. However, he has been given the nod by manager Gordon Strachan as the Scots seek their first win in Group A against a Croatian side keen to overtake Belgium at the top of the group.

  136. 0919: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Quade Cooper is not going to let thoughts of making the Australia squad distract him from the job in hand when he captains the Queensland Reds against the British and Irish Lions on Saturday.

    Cooper, who was Australia's starting flyhalf until he injured his knee at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, said he would be putting his best foot forward against the tourists but would not be dwelling on the Wallabies selection.

    "We've got a big game on Saturday night," he says. "We're going to be running out in front of a full house and if you are thinking about other things, that means you think this game is not important. It wouldn't be doing the game or the jumper justice if you were thinking about other things you can't control."

  137. 0909: 
    FOOTBALL

    Michael Laudrup believes his transfer targets are within Swansea City's reach - and says it is up to the club's owners to explain why no big-money recruits have arrived this summer.

    Speaking to the South Wales Evening Post, Laudrup has once again stated that his "intention" is to stay on as Swansea's manager next season — but the fact remains that there are considerable doubts over his future at this stage.

    "I had hoped for some signings at this stage, but I think this is a question to ask to the chairman and the board," he says. "It is almost three weeks since we played the last game and everyone is looking forward to receiving some news regarding new players. Instead people can read in different papers and media that there are bigger and bigger problems with me, the chairman, the board, my agent or players who will not join Swansea because they are not sure that I will stay."

  138.  
    GET INVOLVED

    With Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis suggesting the Gunners are ready to spend big this summer, you have been debating whether they can challenge for trophies this season.

    Conor Matchett: Its been known that Arsenal have had money to spend for years. They've done nothing substantial before, why any different now?

    Leon Mark Walters: Would love to see Arsenal reach the heights of 2004 again, they're three players away from title challengers.

    Michael Robinson: Heard it all before from Arsenal and Gazidis, yet it never gets anywhere. Expecting fifth next season.

    What are your thoughts? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  139. 0859: 
    FOOTBALL
    Hulk

    Brazil striker Hulk fuels speculation that he will move to Chelsea this summer after admitting he is aware of interest in his services from newly-installed Blues boss Jose Mourinho, reports ESPN.

    "If I said there wasn't anything in it, I would be lying, but that is not for now," he said when asked about the links with Stamford Bridge.

    "At the moment, I am 100% focused on the Selecao [Brazil team] and I hope to be a Confederations Cup winner with my country. It is a matter of great pride for me to be playing in the yellow jersey, so near to my family. Other matters will have to wait until afterwards."

  140. 0854: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United boss David Moyes has been given the go-ahead to sign Marouane Fellaini,but Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has warned the new United manager he will not be allowed to take Leighton Baines, reports the Manchester Evening news.

    Moyes, who looks set to complete the signing of Uruguayan starlet Guillermo Varela, has identified a number of targets since being appointed Sir Alex Ferguson's successor.

    Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara are also on his radar as he looks to improve the Premier League champions.

  141. 0848: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Cian Healy expresses his relief after the British and Irish Lions prop was cleared of biting Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan.

    Sheehan accused Healy of biting his arm in the 17th minute of the Lions' 69-17 win over Force in Perth.

    "I was naturally very disappointed that there was a citing in the first place," Healy says. "I always maintained that nothing happened and that I had done nothing illegal. The opposition player's arm hit me. It is as simple as that."

  142. 0843: 
    CYCLING

    Olympic track champion Joanna Rowsell says women's road racing will only have equality with the men's side of the sport if events are run together.

    Rowsell, who won team pursuit gold at London 2012, is part of the Wiggle-Honda road cycling squad with British team-mates Laura Trott and Dani King. They compete in the IG London Nocturne on Saturday, one of the few events with both men's and women's races.

    "It's the best way for women's racing to progress," says Rowsell.

  143. 0838: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ian Ayre insists the absence of European football is not hampering Liverpool in the pursuit of their transfer targets this summer.

    The Reds managing director is responsible for conducting negotiations and has no doubts that the club remains a hugely appealing proposition.

    "We can still attract top players to Liverpool," Ayre says in the Liverpool Echo.

  144.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Thiardt: As a Chelsea fan, I'm quite excited to see what Arsenal will do this summer. Looks like Fellaini is on his way in.

    ThomasC: They need 25 goals from someone next year, Higuain and Villa both want new clubs and more importantly are prolific goalscorers.

    Ricky Lee Everett: Arsenal are three or four players short currently, with a £70m kitty, they could be shrewd in the market and become a real threat.

  145. 0827: 
    FOOTBALL
    Anfield

    Liverpool are set to submit a planning application for the proposed £150m redevelopment of Anfield before the start of next season, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    The newspaper reports that just 'a handful' of around 90 houses, which need to be demolished to make way for the ambitious expansion plans, have yet to be purchased.

    Since the Reds announced last October their intention to stay at Anfield rather than build a new stadium in Stanley Park, Liverpool City Council and social housing developer Your Housing Group have led negotiations with residents. Significant progress has now been made and Liverpool hope the remaining properties will be acquired over the next two months.

  146.  
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been given the go ahead to move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney. Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis says the club can afford the England international. (the Sun)

    French side Monaco - who have already spent over £100m on new players this summer - are ready to make a move for Chelsea captain John Terry. Monaco believe a figure of around £7m will be enough to tempt the Blues to part with the 32-year-old. (Metro)

    And new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho - who left out a host of senior players at Real Madrid this season - has warned Terry that no players will be guaranteed a place in the team this season. (Daily Mirror)

  147.  
    GET INVOLVED

    With Arsenal claiming they are now able to join football's financial superpowers, which players does Arsene Wenger need to sign to bring an end to a trophy-less run that stretches back eight years?

    Do you believe they can become genuine contenders the Premier League title and challenge for trophy wins this season?

    Do fans of other clubs fear a stronger challenge from them, both domestically and in Europe? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  148. 0812: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal believe they will be able to compete with the financial power of the likes of Manchester United and Bayern Munich this season.

    The club's chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, says manager Arsene Wenger could have some £70m to spend to improve the Gunners' chances of winning trophies for the first time since 2005.

    Asked if Arsenal are in a position to pay a £25m transfer fee and £200,000 a week for one player, Gazidis says: "Of course we could. We could do more than that."

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    Fernandinho

    Manchester City complete the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fernandinho for a fee of about £30m.

    The 28-year-old, capped five times by Brazil, has signed a four-year deal, ending an eight-year stay in Ukraine. Fernandinho is City's first summer signing while the club have also struck a deal for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas.

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    CRICKET

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is ruled out of Saturday's ICC Champions Trophy match against England because of a back injury.

    Clarke was absent from the warm-up games against West Indies and India and his continued fitness concerns will be a worry ahead of the start of the Ashes series.

    Cricket Australia physiotherapist Alex Kountouris says: "Michael is making steady progress in his recovery from the recent lower back injury but is yet to return to training."

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    British and Irish Lions prop Cian Healy is cleared of biting Western Force scrum-half Brett Sheehan.

    Sheehan accused Healy of biting his arm in the 17th minute of the Lions' 69-17 win over Force in Perth. But judicial officer Nigel Hampton QC found insufficient evidence to support the claims and cleared the Leinster forward at a hearing on Friday.

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    SPORTSDAY

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live, coming to you from the sun-drenched BBC Sport HQ in Salford Quays. We'll bring you all the latest transfers news while there is also live cricket, tennis and Formula 1 action to come over the course of the day.

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