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

All times stated are UK

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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.

Women's Rugby World Cup

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."

Women's Rugby World Cup


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.

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