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Summary

  1. Chelsea sign Falcao on season loan
  2. QPR reject Leicester's £12m Austin bid
  3. Man City have FFP restrictions lifted
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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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So long, farewell

It's time to say goodbye for the weekend.

Sportsday will return bright and early at 08:00 BST on Monday, with all the latest football transfers and gossip, as well as breaking news from the world of sport.

Leeds ready to take on Saints

Rugby League

Friday night's big Super League game sees top of the table Leeds Rhinos host second-placed St Helens.

Leeds are set to give a debut to new signing Mitch Garbutt while fellow front rower Adam Cuthbertson and half-back Danny McGuire, who missed the Challenge Cup win at Hull are back.

St Helens have named the same squad that beat the Widnes Vikings to progress to the Challenge Cup semi-final.

You can hear commentary from Headingley on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Merseyside.

Essex explain Panesar absence

Cricket

Monty Panesar
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Essex coach Paul Grayson has confirmed that Monty Panesar is not being considered for selection because of

'personal reasons'.

Panesar last played first-team cricket for Essex in April, but played for the second XI last week as well as turning out for his old club side in Luton.

This comes before the Ashes start in Cardiff where, six years ago, Panesar helped save the first Test. He last played for England on the 2013-14 Ashes tour.

The left-arm spinner is working through his problems with the Professional Cricketers' Association.

Live T20 Blast action

Cricket

There's eight T20 Blast matches in play on Friday - including a couple of local contests between Somerset and Gloucestershire, and Lancashire v Yorkshire.

You can follow

all the action here.

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You have been offering your thoughts on the news that Chelsea have signed former Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Monaco...

Stef Barnes: This is what is wrong with football. Rather than give Patrick Bamford - who scored 20 goals for Middlesbrough last season - a chance, they waste £200k a week on a player that proved he can't hack the Premier League. That is why England are rubbish.

Paul Wroe: I'm so happy Man United didn't renew his loan deal, because now James Wilson will get somewhat a better chance at first-team football next season without Falcao ruining his chances time after time.

Joe Smith: At his peak he's a better player than Diego Costa. He's had one bad season and Costa has had one great one and now everyone's comparing them like it's Messi and Heskey.

Pre season, Tony Pulis style

Football

West Brom
West Brom

"The West Brom players were up at 5:30 this morning to complete a series of runs up the Alps," according to a

post on the club's Instagram account.

Rather them than us.

'Change in mentality needed'

Football

England women
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"Tell me women's football isn't entertaining and I'll point you to West Ham versus Hull City at The Boleyn last season and we could both realistically come to the conclusion the women's game is actually better."

An interesting column, this, in the Sunderland Echo by former Aberdeen, Barnsley and Lincoln goalkeeper David Preece.

You can watch England face Germany in the third-place play off on Saturday from 20:30 BST on BBC Three. The final between Japan and the USA is at 23:30 BST on Sunday on BBC Two.

Reading Ladies sign Wales netballer

Football

Nia Jones playing against Germany
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Wales dual sport international Nia Jones has

joined Women's Super League 2 side Reading after being overlooked for next month's Netball World Cup.

The 23-year-old was in the Wales netball team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, but recently admitted that trying to play both sports had caused "some turbulence".

Jones, who is moving to Reading from Cardiff City, has 24 international caps as a footballer.

Essex v Australia latest

Cricket

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Chelmsford

"A touch of drama at Chelmsford and a potential Ashes story as Australia captain Michael Clarke takes a blow to the finger. Immediate thoughts turn to the first Test in Cardiff, but the skipper is batting on and seems to be OK.

"Australia have needed him today, too. Clarke has made 76 from a total of 161-5. Without him, Australia could have looked a little silly."

You can follow the progress of this game

here.

Faulkner in drink-driving charge

Cricket

James Faulkner
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Lancashire's James Faulkner is out of Friday's T20 Blast game against Yorkshire after being charged with drink driving.

The Australia all-rounder has been released on bail and will face a court hearing in Manchester on 21 July after he returned a blood alcohol reading of approximately twice the legal limit.

"I can't excuse my actions and understand that I have let people down," said Faulkner, in a statement via Cricket Australia.

"I apologise unreservedly and accept any penalty handed to me by Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities."

Wimbledon: Watson v Williams

Tennis

It's game, set and match to Novak Djokovic as he beats Bernard Tomic in straight sets.

And now a quick changeover on Centre Court - British number one Heather Watson is up against world number one Serena Williams.

You can follow

all the live Wimbledon action here.

Hunt set to join Owls on loan

Football

Jack Hunt
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Sheffield Wednesday are set to sign Crystal Palace full-back Jack Hunt on a season-long loan deal, BBC Radio Sheffield reports.

Hunt, 24, has never featured for the Eagles since joining from Huddersfield in August 2013 and spent time on loan at Nottingham Forest and Rotherham last season.

The BBC also understands that the Owls are close to signing Dutch midfielder Demy De Zeeuw, 32, who is currently a free agent.

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We've been asking which musicians you would like to have in charge of your team.

Mark Jackson: Mark Knopfler at Newcastle - so he can stand playing Local Hero live as the teams run out.

Aquelious: The Black Eyed Peas should manage Man United so we can have some Fergie time again.

Radio WDON: It'd have to be Mr Grohl and the Foo Fighters so we can take each game "One by One".

Davies wants Solheim Cup slot

Golf

Laura Davies
AP

Veteran Laura Davies remains confident that she can earn a place at this year's Solheim Cup at the age of 51.

The former world number one is outside the top eight automatic qualifiers but captain Carin Koch also has four wildcard selections.

"I think I'm good enough to be among the top 12 players in Europe but it's all about results and the results aren't good enough at the moment," she said.

"I'm 10th on the points list and I need to be fourth. I'm thinking down the road for the next Solheim Cup as well, I'm not giving up on that at all."

Bristol Rovers boss bemoans wage demands

Football

Darrell Clarke
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Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke has

hit out at the unrealistic wage demands of some players as the club prepares for life back in the Football League.

Clarke signed midfielder Cristian Montano on Thursday, but told BBC Radio Bristol: "It's difficult for me because a lot of prices for players are over-inflated, so they are a little out of our bracket.

"Every agent you speak to says £1,500 a week is the starting point, it's ridiculous to be talking those sums of money."

Hollywood smile

Football

This looks a little strange, doesn't it?

Welcome to Los Angeles, Steven Gerrard! #GR8NESS

Welcome to Los Angeles, Steven Gerrard! #GR8NESS

Quartet bid to host World Cup

Rugby Union

France, Ireland, Italy and South Africa have been confirmed as the four nations who will bid for the right to stage the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

A decision on the host will be made in May 2017.

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Tim Stubbs: Which 'musician' should manage Peterborough Utd? Victoria Beckham, obviously! ;-)

Matt Robinson: Talking Heads to chair the LFC transfer committee. That's already taking us on The Road to Nowhere.

Gary Hornsby: Elvis to manage Coventry, both need bringing back from the dead.

Eh, did Coventry not sack Steven 'Elvis' Pressley a few months ago?

British men fall out of contention

World Modern Pentathlon Championship

Stuart Pollitt

BBC North West Tonight in Berlin

"Great Britain's men face a tough battle to get near the top 10 at the World Championship nears its conclusion.

"With just the combined run and shoot remaining, Nick Woodbridge is the best placed British competitor in 21st. He will start the combined event more than a minute behind the leader, Jiahao Han of China.

"Fellow Brits Jamie Cooke and Joseph Choong are 27th and 28th respectively."

Deeney extends Watford stay

Football

WatfordstrikerTroy Deeneyhas signed a new five-year deal with the Premier League newcomers.

The 27-year-old scored 21 goals as the Hornets finished second to Bournemouth last season to secure a return to the top flight after an eight-year absence.

Five more years @T_Deeney #watfordfc

Five more years @T_Deeney #watfordfc

Kyrgios and Gasquet advance at Wimbledon

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios
AFP

Last year's semi-finalists Milos Raonic and Grigor Dimitrov are out of this year's Wimbledon after losing out on Friday.

Raonic was beaten by Australian Nick Kyrgios 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 who avenged his quarter-final loss of 12 months ago with 34 aces.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet defeated Dimitrov 6-3 6-4 6-4 and will meet Kyrgios in the fourth round.

Earlier, fourth seed and French Open champion Stan Wawrinka reached the fourth round after beating Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-3 6-4.

Follow the latest from Wimbledon

via the BBC Sport website.

In-demand Agyei offered Palace trial

Football

AFC Wimbledon's teenage star Daniel Agyei has been given a trial at Premier League side Crystal Palace, reports

the Daily Mail.

The 17-year-old has spent this week training at West Ham but Chelsea are also interested and Burnley have offered him a trial.

Dustin Brown: The toast of Wimbledon

Tennis

BBC Sport's Aimee Lewis has spotted new Wimbledon favourite Dustin Brown hanging around SW19. 

He's due to play Viktor Troicki in the third round on Saturday.

A round of applause for @DreddyTennis as he walks into a TV studio. A well-deserved bravo. The man is in demand.

A round of applause for @DreddyTennis as he walks into a TV studio. A well-deserved bravo. The man is in demand.

Westley 'had luck on his side'

Cricket

Tom Westley is congratulated by Australia's David Warner
PA

Essex batsman Tom Westley has

admitted he was lucky to make a hundred against Australia in the tour match at Chelmsford.

The 26-year-old made 144 on the second day but told BBC Essex: "I felt for their bowlers. I must have nicked a few through third slip and gully and played and missed.

"But it's nice to have luck on your side - to get another hundred and hopefully I can get a few more."

Listen to BBC Essex commentary on Westley reaching his century

Hamilton fourth in second practice

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
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Lewis Hamilton was only fourth fastest in second practice at the British Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg set the pace.

Hamilton, 0.466 seconds slower than Rosberg, complained about the car as both Ferraris also out-paced him.

You can read Andrew Benson's full report from Silverstone

here.

On this day

Tennis

Novak Djokovic
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In 2011, Novak Djokovic beat Spanish top seed Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 to win the Wimbledon men's title for the first time.

British Championships

Athletics

Birmingham Gran Prix
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BBC WM has live commentary online on every track and field heat and final over all three days at the British Championships, starting from 19:00 BST on Friday. You can listen

via this link.

Can British men match sprint kings?

British Championships

Britain's leading athletes

gather this weekend for their national championships in Birmingham, where a promising group of young sprinters will aim to qualify for next month's World Championships.

But can any of them bridge the gap to the world's best in time to make an impact in Beijing?

A graphic of all the sub-10 seconds 100m times by nationality in 2015
.

Twenty-two men from nine different countries have racked up 40 times under 10 seconds - the mark that distinguishes true world-class - between them this year.

Of those 40 times, 23 have come from 11 different American athletes, headed by the dominant Justin Gatlin, who has run the two fastest times in the world this year, 9.74 and 9.75 seconds.

Only one has been posted by a British athlete, Adam Gemili doing so last month only to suffer a hamstring injury in the process.

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Nick Binns: Dave Grohl [Foo Fighters] for his leading by example, never say die attitude, especially when injured with a broken leg!

Prateek Singh: How about Rihanna at Newcastle? She might find love at a hopeless place.

Alex Townson: Drake to manage Bournemouth - "started from the bottom now we're here".

Copa America clamour

Chile v Argentina (Sat, 21:00 BST)

Chile fans
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CNN are reporting that tickets for the Copa America final between hosts Chile and Argentina at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago are selling for as much as $25,000 (£16,000).

Essex v Australia latest

Cricket

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Chelmsford

"Hmmmm, not all rosy in the Australia garden. Yes, their bowlers have improved, but now the batsmen aren't taking advantage.

"In losing three wickets for 18 runs, Australia have slipped to 81-4, a lead of 229.

"Somehow, after allowing Australia to bat first, dropping nine catches and only batting with 10 men, Essex aren't out of this game."

Hill agrees new Rangers deal

Football

Queens Park Rangers centre-back Clint Hill has

signed a new one-year deal following their relegation from the Premier League.

Hill, 36, has made 170 appearances for Rangers and said: "Everyone knows what QPR means to me and I am delighted to be part of the new philosophy that's filtering through the club."

Wolves complete Coady signing

Football

Conor Coady
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Wolves have signed Huddersfield Town midfielder Conor Coady

for an undisclosed fee believed to be in the region of £2m.

The 22-year-old former Liverpool trainee has signed a three-year deal.

Rams sign Ince in club record deal

Football

Tom Ince
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Derby County have signed Hull City winger Tom Ince for a

club record fee, which BBC Radio Derby understands to be around £4.75m.

He scored 11 goals in 18 games while on loan at the Rams last season and his move included an option to buy.

Action continues at Silverstone

Formula 1

Susie Wolff
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Second practice is in full swing at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone

You can

follow the latest from the track via the BBC Sport website.

Tour de Force

Road cycling

BBC Sport's Matt Slater is in Utrecht ahead of the Tour de France Grand Depart.

This year's race begins on Saturday and you can folllow live text commentary of every stage online and listen to radio commentary on BBC 5 live sports extra or online from 14:45 BST

Just the 15 (motor) vehicles for @TeamSky in hotel car park...financial muscles being flexed ahead of @letour

Just the 15 (motor) vehicles for @TeamSky in hotel car park...financial muscles being flexed ahead of @letour

Test of knowledge

Formula 1

A Question of Sport Teaser

BBC

You might remember that we asked (11:52 BST) which five F1 drivers with a seven-letter surname have won the British Grand Prix since 1970?

The answers? Herbert, Mansell, Montoya, Rosberg and Stewart.

Adams backs Coe for IAAF post

Athletics

Valerie Adams
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World and Olympic shot-put champion Valerie Adams, has told BBC Sport she wants Sebastian Coe to be the next president of the sport's governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Lord Coe is running against former Olympic pole-vault champion Sergey Bubka with the vote due to take place on 19 August.

"My vote's for Sebastian Coe, because I really think that he will do what's best for the sport and for the athletes," she said. "I suppose, for me, it's just finding ways of making sure that we keep our sport alive and every event alive - especially the throwing."

Top tennis stars reveal music tastes

Tennis

Andy Murray
Reuters

Andy Murray might not be a fan of Taylor Swift,

as he revealed in his BBC Sport column, but he appears to have a penchant for Ed Sheeran and AC/DC as he revealed when he was asked to pick the tracks that inspire him
as part of the BBC's Playlister.

You can also see what tracks the likes of Heather Watson and Petra Kvitova chose.

Essex v Australia latest

Australia 562 & 53-1; Essex 414

Stephan Shemilt

BBC Sport at Chelmsford

Michael Clarke
PA

"Australia are into their second dig against Essex and captain Michael Clarke is at the crease.

"The skipper, who got a golden duck in the first innings, has played two wonderful pull shots in his unbeaten 19. In the company of Chris Rogers, he has taken his team to 53-1.

"David Warner is the wicket to fall, brilliantly yorked by Jamie Porter for four."