LiveSportsday - Friday 1 August as it happened


  1. James Anderson found not guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct
  2. Thomas Vermaelen 'could leave' Arsenal
  3. New Zealand win Women's Rugby World Cup opener
  4. Crystal Palace sign Hangeland on free transfer
  5. GET INVOLVED: How will you spend your final football-free weekend?

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

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It is 17:00 BST and it is time to bring Sportsday Live to a close. Don't forget you can feed your sport-related cravings for the rest of the day by hopping on over to our Commonwealth Games live text.

Have a lovely weekend and we will be back, as always, at 08:00 BST on Monday to keep you right up-to-date with all the latest football transfers news.

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Women's Rugby World Cup


BBC Wales Sport's Dafydd Pritchard in Paris: "It's not only Glasgow where there is a bustling athlete's village this summer.

"At the French Rugby Federation's headquarters in Marcoussis - some 20 miles south of Paris - the Women's Rugby World Cup gets under way today. It is an impressive place. Like England's hub of football development at St George's Park, Marcoussis is rugby's equivalent in France, producing stars such as Mathieu Bastareaud and Morgan Parra.

"At the heart of the complex is its main stadium with a grandstand to hold a few thousand fans, and surrounding it are outer pitches for non-televised games as well as accommodation for players and state-of-the-art training facilities.

"Being in France, players and assorted media do not have to go far before they are offered wine and cheese, though the athletes tend to opt for protein shakes and the searing heat means even the press are choosing to eschew the wine for water."

Taarabt to get QPR chance

QPR manager Harry Redknapp says Adel Taarabt is part of his plans for the coming season.

The forward spent part of last season on loan at AC Milan but has been included in The R's pre-season tour to Ireland.

"At this moment he is part of our plans for the season, unless someone comes in and pays the money that the club want," says Redknapp, who also confirmed striker Loic Remy will join the squad on Sunday. A proposed move to Liverpool fell through recently, while Newcastle are keen on the striker who spent part of last season on loan at St James' Park.


Manager Alan Pardew hopes Newcastle United can complete a deal to sign Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra on loan.

The 23-year-old Argentine is one of six Shakhtar players who have opted not to return to Donetsk, a Ukrainian city currently held by pro-Russian rebels. Pardew is keen to add a forward to his squad, with six signings already made.

"It's something that is not done, but we're working to see if that can happen," Pardew tells BBC Newcastle.

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Canada beat Spain 31-7 in the opening game of Pool A at the Women's Rugby World Cup. Meanwhile, Australia lead South Africa 21-3 at half-time in Pool C.


England's James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India have been found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.

An ICC statement reads: "The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via videoconference. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels."

Ronaldinho heading to the States?


Ronaldinho is close to completing a move to Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls,according to a report from Brazilian outlet UOL.

The 34-year-old Brazilian playmaker recently left Atletico Mineiro and his representatives reportedly met with the New York Red Bulls officials.

Ronaldinho has also been linked with a move to the Premier League.


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is stepping up his training in the United States as he recovers from a knee injury, reports Marca.

The Spanish daily writes: "He worked on his sprints and stepped up his ball work. The European Super Cup on 12 August is now looming on the horizon and the Real Madrid man is pushing to be fit for Cardiff. However, he rested yesterday afternoon and skipped training in an attempt to not strain himself.

"Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is the man behind CR7's recent recovery time-frames. His plan is to get the Portuguese back in training with the rest of the team. He even thought he might play some part during Saturday's game against Manchester United, but that now looks unlikely."

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BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton in Paris: "I saw a TV advert for the competition in my hotel this morning and there are plenty of flyers posted at bus stops around the town, which suggests this tournament isn't being taken lightly by its French organisers. Ticket sales are said to be better than expected, but a key indicator of public interest will be when hosts France play this evening. There are rumours it will be a sell-out here in Marcoussis, the home of the French Rugby Federation.

"First in action for the home nations on the opening day of competition isIreland, which incorporates players from Northern Ireland, against the United States at 16:00 BST. World number ones Englandclash with Samoa at 17:00 BST, beforeWales take on France at 19:45 BST."

Done deal

Promoted Rotherham Unitedfurther boost their squad by signingChelsea midfield prospect John Swift on a season-long loan deal.

The 19-year-old made his Premier League debut as a substitute in Chelsea's 2-1 win at Cardiff City last season. The England Under-19 international can play centrally or on either flank.

A photo of a photo...

Watch out selife haters, Antoine Griezmann may be about to start a new craze....

...the French winger signed for Atletico Madrid earlier this week and during his official presentation at the Vicente Calderon Stadium he took the opportunity to snap a picture of himself in front of the gathered crowd. He was photographed taking the photo...


'Never too good to be a Gunner'

Arsene Wenger responds to Steven Gerrard's claims that Luis Suarez was too good to move to Arsenal last summer, saying no player is ever too good for the club.

The Gunners tried to sign Suarez, who this summer joined Barcelona from Liverpool, last year but Gerrard said on Thursday he told the Uruguay international not to join them.

"You're never too good for Arsenal and Steven Gerrard knows that," Wenger says. "But I can understand completely that he asked him to stay because he wanted him (Suarez) to play with him and have a chance to win the Premier League. But it didn't happen, and anyway, Suarez left."

Mathieu perplexed by England struggles

Barcelona defender Jeremy Mathieu says he does not understand why England struggle internationally given the quality of their base at St George's Park.

Mathieu and his Barca team-mates have been working this week at Burton-upon-Trent on a pre-season training camp.

"I don't know why, having these lovely facilities, England haven't done well - it is something I cannot answer," he says.

Commonwealth Games

Scotland win gold at the Commonwealth Games by beating England in Men's Fours Lawn Bowls. Follow the action from Glasgow 2014 in our dedicated live text and video service here.

Women's Rugby World Cup


Holders New Zealand make the perfect start to their 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup campaign with a 79-5 victory over Kazakhstan.

Hosts France face Wales in the final game this evening while England open their campaign against Samoa later.

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We're asking how you are going to spend the final weekend before competitive football returns:

Amrit Elixir Gautam: Going to see Manchester United vs Real Madrid this weekend at Ann Arbor. No weekend for American sports fans.



Tottenham's players are currently waiting at the airport as they prepare to jet off to Helsinki, where they will face Celtic on Saturday as part of their pre-season preparations.

Sandro looks over the moon...



Arsene Wenger says striker Joel Campbell has a part to play at the Gunners, adding: "Yes Joel Campbell is part of my plans. He might play tomorrow [in the Emirates Cup] against Benfica."

On new signing Calum Chambers, who has joined from Southampton, Wenger adds: "I like the player. He was a long-term goal.

"They [Southampton] could have won the European Cup if they could have kept the team together."

Vermaelen to leave?

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Arsene Wenger also appears to suggest there is a possibility club captain Thomas Vermaelen could leave the Gunners.

The defender is currently injured, and Wenger says: "It is a possibility that he goes."

Vermaelen has been linked with Manchester United.

Wenger rules out Quintero move

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is speaking in a news conference at this very moment. He rules out a move for Porto midfielder Juan Quintero, saying: "That is wrong."

He says the club still plan further signings before the close of the transfer window, adding: "I think 15-30 August will be busy again."

Commonwealth Games

Scotland's Reece McFadden secures bronze after losing out in his 52kg semi-final. Follow all the latest from the Commonwealth Games via our dedicated live text and video service here:

Suarez set for hearing

Luis Suarez will have his appeal against a four-month ban for biting heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 8 August, according to Press Association Sport.

The Barcelona striker was banned from all football-related activity for biting Italy's Giorgio Chiellini during Uruguay's 1-0 World Cup win on 24 June.

His appeal will be heard next Friday in Lausanne, Switzerland, with a decision expected the following week.


Newcastle have completed a season-long loan deal for Shakhtar Donetsk striker Facundo Ferreyra, reports the Northern Echo.

The 23-year-old Argentine scored six goals in his 13 appearances in the Ukrainian Premier League last season.



Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is hoping Petr Cech remains at Stamford Bridge so he can learn from the Czech Republic international.

Courtois has returned to Chelsea after three seasons on loan at Atletico Madrid, and will challenge Cech for the number one jersey.

"Petr has had a really nice 10 years here," said the Belgian. "He's one of the best goalkeepers in the world.

"Every goalkeeper can have a type of thing they are usually good at so when you see them train you can learn from him and other keepers, too. I signed with Chelsea three years ago but because of the loan it took until Thursday to have my first training session, so I'm really happy to be here."


Leeds United have been handed more than £1.2m after the High Court ruled the Championship club had been overcharged for policing at home games.

The figures emerged on Friday after a judge examined the latest stage of the dispute between West Yorkshire Police and Leeds.

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We're asking how you are going to spend the final weekend before competitive football returns:

Andy World: I am moving in with my girlfriend. She is a Saints season-ticket holder and I am a Pompey season-ticket holder.

Thomas Curtis: I'll be filming Jason Donovan and Bananarama live on stage at the seaside.

The 12mph moving seats

Rugby Union

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Ever wished you were watching the game in a better seat?

The future of live sports entertainment may make that possible as rugby union fans in Australia will be the first to pilot seats that will run along the Sydney Olympic Stadium touchline on rails.

The chairs, developed by Samsung, can move at speeds of more than 12mph and will be introduced for the opening match of the Rugby Championship against New Zealand on 16 August.

Read the full story here


The Netherlands may be known for their attacking brand of football, but new boss Guus Hiddink says he will not be afraid to ditch that if necessary.

The 67-year-old has just started his second spell with the Dutch national team, having previously been in charge from 1995 to 1998, when they also reached the World Cup semi-finals in France.

"I've learnt during my adventures overseas that other football cultures have a reflex of survival," Hiddink says. "This reflex would bring Dutch football to new heights. The 'Holland school' is nice but only if you win."

Netherlands post for Ruud

Ruud van Nistelrooy is named one of the Netherlands assistant coaches.

The 38-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker will work under new coach Guus Hiddink and alongside Danny Blind, who is set to take over from Hiddink in 2018.

Van Nistelrooy scored 35 goals in a 70-match international career which started in 1998 and finished in 2011.


Leeds United manager Dave Hockaday says increasing his central defensive options is a priority as the new season approaches.

The Championship side have sold Tom Lees to Sheffield Wednesday and backed out of a possible deal for Chesterfield's Liam Cooper because of the asking price.

Hockaday tells BBC Radio Leeds: "We have two senior centre-backs at the moment, so we're looking to strengthen. Tom is Leeds through and through, but he needed a fresh start."

Mr LB: Taking the misses to the Emirates Cup - she gets chauffeur driven and a posh meal to compensate!

How will you spend your last weekend before the domestic football league programme begins? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

Commonwealth Games

Another gold for England at the Commonwealth Games as Jack Laugher and Chris Mears win the men's synchronised 3m springboard. Follow all the action from Glasgow 2014 through our dedicated live text and video here.

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The start of the domestic football league season is almost upon us. Just one more blank weekend before hundreds of thousands of fans begin the all-too familiar process of descending on their ground of choice next Saturday as the Football League season gets under way.

The Community Shield, this time contested between Manchester City and Arsenal, should also whet the appetite for the Premier League season ahead when it takes place a week on Sunday.

With this effectively the last free weekend for football fans up and down the country, how will you be spending it? How have you found the football-shaped hole in your calendar? One too many trips to the nearest big shopping centre perhaps?

Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 and post a message on either the BBC Sport Facebook or Google+ pages.


Southampton manager Ronald Koeman reiterates Morgan Schneiderlinwill not be leaving the club and has warned the midfielder of his conduct following his midweek outburst on Twitter.

Schneiderlin, 24, has been linked to Tottenham but Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has said he is not for sale. The Frenchman later wrote on Twitter: "6 years of an amazing journey #saintsfc DESTROYED in 1 hour !!!"

Koeman says: "He is a player of Southampton and will continue to be."

Commonwealth Games

An athlete at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow has tested negative for Ebola.

A spokesman for Glasgow 2014 said the competitor was given tests for a number of conditions after he fell ill last week and was admitted to hospital.

Sierra Leone road cyclist Moses Sesay, 32, competed in his event, the men's individual time trial, on Thursday.

Rafa wants Redknapp reunion?

Hamburg playmaker Rafael van der Vaartsays there has been no contact from Harry Redknapp over a possible move to QPR.

The pair worked together at Tottenham and Redknapp said recently he was keen on a reunion with the playmaker.

Van der Vaart, 31, tells Bild: "Harry Redknapp has not been in touch with me. He has not phoned me. In football you never know, but so far we have not been in touch. Harry Redknapp and I enjoyed a really great relationship back at Tottenham. He is a top-quality manager."


Worcestershireexpress disappointment that England will not allow all-rounder Moeen Ali to play in their T20 Blast quarter-final.

On Saturday, they face Surrey at The Oval with a finals day place at stake.

"I would have loved for him to be helping us qualify. It means a lot to Worcestershire to try and get there," director of cricket Steve Rhodes says. "But rules are rules and coaches are coaches - and I thoroughly understand Peter Moores' situation."

Done deal

Fulham complete the permanent signing of Bulgarian international defender Nikolay Bodurov.

The 28-year-old has signed a three-year contract with an additional one-year option.

Bodurov made 125 appearances for his hometown club, Pirin Blagoevgrad, before moving to Litex Lovech in 2009, helping them to the Bulgarian championship on two occasions.

Alley-oop Ozil

Arsenal's Mesut Ozil called in on the USA basketball team at their Las Vegas training camp recently...

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... the German World Cup winner practised his jump shot and posed for photographs with NBA stars such as Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose and Damian Lillard...

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... there will be one World Cup Germany won't be winning this year - the Fiba World Cup. They haven't qualified. The United States are the holders.

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Manchester City are planning to send young players to develop at their Major League Soccer franchise in the USA.

New York City FC, who signed England midfielder Frank Lampard from Chelsea in July, are owned by City and baseball giants New York Yankees.

"We have some bright players. We might ask them to come to New York before they play at Manchester," City chief executive Ferran Soriano tells ESPN. "This is a team that's going to play beautiful soccer in New York."

Ali's 'Fight of the Century' gloves sold


The boxing gloves worn by Muhammad Ali during his 1971 fight with Joe Frazier have been sold for $388,375 (£237,000).

An anonymous bidder bought the gloves at an auction in Cleveland, US.

The bout, dubbed the "Fight of the Century", saw Frazier beat Ali by a unanimous decision to become the undisputed world heavyweight champion.

Grenier happy at Lyon

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France midfielder Clement Grenier, who has recently been linked with Newcastle, denies he missed training recently to try to force a move from Lyon.

He posted on his personal website: "I have read a lot of things about myself recently. I have no problem with the club and have never missed a training session intentionally. There is no controversy and my intention is to be back on the pitch and competing as soon as possible."

Saints' big sell-off


Broken pacts, discontent and a silent owner - BBC Sport's Ben Smith delves into the background to Southampton's £92m player sale. Read more here.

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With Louis van Gaal installing cameras at the club's training ground to observe all aspects of his players during training, how would you get the best out of your squad? Let us know #bbcsportsday

Samuel Kelly: Make them dribble around crocodiles.

Matt Allen: Pure good man management. Utd players might as well be in the big brother house. Lack of faith in his players.

No Premier League raid from Atletico

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says the La Liga champions are not interested in signing Arsenal's Santi Cazorla, Chelsea striker Fernando Torres or Manchester United's Javier Hernandez.

"Many names have been mentioned, but none of those players, neither Cazorla, Torres nor Chicharito [Hernandez] are on our agenda," Cerezo tells Radio Marca.

"If we sign another player, it won't be any of them."


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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman appears determined to keep Morgan Schneiderlin at the club, according to the Daily Mirror's Darren Lewis.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Tottenham.

Lewis writes on Twitter: "Ronald Koeman rules out Morgan Schneiderlin's exit - just as he did with Dejan Lovren. #pricenotrightyet."

Falque moves on

Tottenham's Spanish winger Iago Falque signs for Italian Serie A side Genoa.

The 24-year-old Spanish winger joined Spurs on a season-long loan deal from Juventus three years ago before completing a permanent move the following year, but made only one Premier League appearance.


According to the Eastern Daily Press's Norwich City reporter Paddy Davitt, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel could be set for a loan move to French side St Etienne.

Davitt tweets: "Suggestions across the channel there is a buy option in proposed RvW season-long loan to St Etienne. Six million euros quoted. St Etienne to cover all of RvW wage during the proposed loan deal period."


England pace bowler James Anderson has a hearing on Friday over his alleged clash with India's Ravindra Jadeja during the first Test.

Jadeja will also appeal against his fine for his part in the incident at the same hearing.

The International Cricket Council handed Anderson, 32, a level three misconduct charge over claims he abused and pushed Jadeja at Trent Bridge. Anderson faces a maximum four-Test ban if he is found guilty.

Done deal

League One Oldham sign forward Jonathan Forte after a successful trial.

The 28-year-old, released by Southampton in the summer, has signed a one-year contract with the club in a deal until the end of the season.

Van Gaal no pushover - Pique

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How did Barcelona defender Gerard Pique become the player he is today? By being pushed over by Louis van Gaal when he was 12, apparently.

The two worked together when Van Gaal managed Barcelona, and Pique says: "He had a really good relationship with my grandfather who was the vice-president of football at Barcelona and I had the chance to meet him one day in my grandfather's house.

"I was 12 or 13 years old and he arrived at the house and he knew that I was playing for the Barcelona youth team - and he pushed me and I fell down on the floor and he said to me: 'You are not tough enough to be a centre-back'. He is very disciplined but I think he will do brilliantly at Manchester United."


St Johnstone face an uphill struggle to progress in the Europa League after losing 2-1 at home to Spartak Trnava of Slovakia on Thursday.

The visitors broke the deadlock midway through the first half through striker Ivan Schranz's left-footed effort.

A mistake in the Saints defence allowed Schranz to double Trnava's advantage in the second half. However, captain Dave Mackay slotted home from close range in injury time to give the Perth team hope.


New rules which prevent players and coaches betting on any worldwide footballing activity will help in the fight against match-fixing, says Football Association general secretary Alex Horne.

Players from the top eight tiers of the English game are banned from betting on the sport under new rules which came into force on Friday.

"We want to keep our message as simple as possible - and it cannot be more simple that as a player you cannot bet at all on football," says Horne.

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With Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal observing every aspect of his players' training with hordes of video cameras, as well as making all his squad speak English and sit at round tables to encourage conversation, how would you get the best out of your players? What is the best and worst new training methods you have heard implemented? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

Nathan Mawell: "I'd split the squad into teams of 4/5 and set them non football competitions to do after training. Treasure hunts etc.

Adediran Afolabi: "Pep's short pass system and double marking of opponents with ball still remains the best trend in modern football."

Aberdeen suffer first defeat

Aberdeen lost the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie 2-0 to an impressive Real Sociedad side.

It was always going to be tough for Derek McInnes's men and they did well to keep it at 0-0 for 45 minutes.

However, the Spaniards found their touch in the second half - although the Dons could have defended better when David Zurutuza broke the deadlock. Sergio Canales' long distance shot beat Jamie Langfield to double the deficit.

You'll like this, not a lot


Ever wondered what Scotland assistant manager Mark McGhee might look like with his face superimposed over Debbie McGee and stood next to Paul Daniels? Well wonder no more...

BBC Sport presenter Jacqui Oatley has been digging through some of her old programmes and stumbled upon this, posting on Twitter: "Mark McGhee as you may (possibly) never have seen him before."