Sportsday Live - Thursday's sports news as it happened

Thursday's top BBC Sport stories:


2. Liverpool complete Adam signing


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Watch a selection of the best shots from the first round of the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart.

World number two Lee Westwood carded six birdies and an eagle to share a one-shot lead with world number 232 Mark Tullo from Chile

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0000: That's it for Thursday's edition of Sportsday Live, which will resume on Friday at 0800 BST.

2355: FORMULA 1 - Lewis Hamilton's desperation to catch Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is causing accidents and the Briton needs to "calm down", says Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

2340 FOOTBALL - Plenty of interesting items in our gossip column for Friday including reports Liverpool are resigned to leaving Anfield and are ready to sell naming rights to their new home.

2323: FOOTBALL - New signing Charlie Adam tells Liverpool websiteexternal-link: "I see this as the perfect development for me to come here, play with such wonderful players and hopefully help the team to win trophies, because that's the most important thing."

Breaking news

2310: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Liverpool have completed the signing of Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam from Blackpool.

2305: HORSE RACING - Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is recovering after undergoing surgery for a fracture in his left hind leg. The colt should resume walking in a few weeks, reports AFP.

2250: FORMULA 1 - Michael Schumacher says he will race on into 2012 for what will be his third season post-comeback.

2240: FOOTBALL - Fulham manager Martin Jol says the Norway and former Liverpool left-back John Arne Riise is close to completing a move from Roma to Craven Cottage, reports the Press Association. "He's coming for a medical. If that's okay we've got ourselves a very good player," says Jol.

2230: FOOTBALL - FC Twente announce they have cancelled their pre-season tour of New Zealand after one person was killed when a roof at the Dutch club's stadium partially collapsed.

2218: CRICKET - Rain and bad light light stops play in Dominica where India were eight without loss, replying to West Indies' first innings total of 204. Full scorecard

2205: CRICKET - Murray Goodwin ended a rollercoaster day by helping Sussex move into third place in the t20 South Group after beating Glamorgan by four wickets at Hove. He made an unbeaten 41 having been reprimanded earlier in the day for twice being reported by umpires for dissent.

2200: FOOTBALL - Leicester City are being linked with former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves. Boss Sven-Goran Eriksson told "I would take him at once if he's fit. He's a great - he was at least - a great, great football player."

2150: RUGBY LEAGUE - Warrington's Australian centre Matt King says the gap is widening between the Super League's top and bottom clubs and believes steps could be taken to improve the game. "They should shorten the season a little bit and make it purely a summer sport. Sometimes I get a little bit embarrassed when there's only 1,000 or 1,500 at a game," he tells BBC Radio 5 Live.

2140: FOOTBALL - Stoke have been unable to agree personal terms with Birmingham duo Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome, reports the Sky Sports website.external-link

2132: ATHLETICS - Tyson Gay's manager Mark Wetmore says the sprinter had surgery on his right hip in Colorado on Tuesday. "The doctor was pleased with the outcome and believes Tyson will resume his normal base training in the fall as he prepares for 2012," says Wetmore.

Breaking news

2125: BREAKING ATHLETICS - American sprinter Tyson Gay will not run again this year because of a hip injury, reports Reuters.

2123: CYCLING - Rider Mark Cavendish on Twitterexternal-link: "Just pondered during massage on why #TourDeFrance makes me more emotional than a menopausal woman. It just means SO much to me. I love it."

2115: CRICKET - Surrey beat Middlesex by nine runs in their t20 match at Lord's. The hosts, suffering their 11th defeat in 13 matches, needed 21 off the last over and fell nine short on 173-8.

2105: FOOTBALL - Former Arsenal stiker Thierry Henry is the MLS leading scorer after netting his ninth goal of the season as New York Red Bulls thrash Toronto FC 5-0, reports the Arsenal website.external-link

BBC Radio 5 Live

2055: FORMULA 1 - Ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, BBC pundit Eddie Jordan on Radio 5 Live says Lewis Hamilton "is allowing frustration to impair his results on the track'.

2048: FOOTBALL - England under-21 midfielder Jack Cork, son of former Wimbledon and Sheffield United striker Alan, tells the Southampton websiteexternal-link why he chose the Saints above other clubs after leaving Chelsea: "This club is really going places and heading in the right direction."

2035: FOOTBALL - It finishes scoreless in the Faroe Islands as Fulham are held to a 0-0 draw by part-timers NSI Runavik. A 3-0 first-leg win for the Cottagers ensures they will meet Northern Irish side Crusaders in the Europa League second qualifying round.

2030: CRICKET - In tonight's t20 action, Middlesex are 96-3 after 12 overs as they chase Surrey's 182-3, while Glamorgan made 132-8 off their 20 overs against Sussex. Follow the latest scores on BBC Sport.

2020: GOLF - England's Simon Dyson will play in the Open next week after American David Toms pulled out with a hip injury.

2010: FOOTBALL - Fulham are enjoying the majority of the possession but have yet to break the deadlock in their Europa League qualifier against NSI Runavik in the Faroe Islands. The London side are 3-0 up from the first leg. You can follow the rest of the match on BBC Sport.

1959: BOXING - The tributes continue for retiring Ricky Hatton. His last victory came in 2008 against Paulie Malignaggi, who recalls it was fun to face him. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the Italian-American fighter says: "The one thing Ricky brought to the table that will be sadly missed is the animation and emotion of his fans."

BBC Radio 5 Live

1951: BOXING - Former super middleweight world champion Joe Calzaghe tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "Ricky Hatton stepped up a weight to fight Floyd Mayweather - one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the history of boxing - and you can't take that away from him. Personally, I am very happy that he has retired, he has done a great deal for British boxing."

1947: CRICKET - West Indies dismissed for 204 in their first innings on the second day of the rain-hit third Test against India at Windsor Park - follow the live score on the BBC Sport website.


1936: CRICKET - Glamorgan's Mark Wallace on Twitterexternal-link: "is being 'rested' a sign of age? Missing first game since 2002...not a bad run." Follow the latest county scores on the BBC Sport website.

1930: FOOTBALL - Goalless at half-time of Fulham's Europa League qualifier in the Faroe Islands with Damien Duff hitting the crossbar early on.

1922: FORMULA 1 - McLaren driver Jenson Button believes he can beat runaway leader Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone on Sunday, BBC Sport reports.

1918: GOLF - Lee Westwood will go into the second day of the Scottish Openexternal-link at the top of the field after his seven-under-par opening 65 made him the joint overnight leader with Chilean Mark Tullo.

1916: FOOTBALL - Chelsea confirm external-linkthey have agreed a deal to sell England Under-21 midfielder Jack Cork to Southampton.

1903: CRICKET - India spinner Harbhajan Singh takes the 400th wicket of his Test career as Carlton Baugh is bowled for 60. Singh is the 11th man to reach 400 Test wickets and you can follow the live score on the BBC Sport website.

1851: FOOTBALL - Fulham have kicked off in the Faroe Islands as Sky Sports external-linkreport that they have agreed a fee with Roma for former Liverpool left-back Jon Arne Riise.

1844: FOOTBALL - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce on the John O'Shea transfer: "His wealth of experience and versatility will be great attributes for us."

1839: GOLF - You can now watch delayed coverage of the final two hours of the Scottish Open on the BBC Sport website (UK only).

1835: FOOTBALL - Fulham team to face NSI Runavik - Mark Schwarzer, Stephen Kelly, Philippe Senderos, Brede Hangeland, Matthew Briggs, Jonathan Greening, Steve Sidwell, Dickson Etuhu, Damien Duff, Bobby Zamora, Andrew Johnson.

1831: CRICKET - A haul of 5-18 from Katherine Brunt helps England Women to a 34-run win over Australia in the quadrangular series final at Wormsley. Full scorecard on BBC Sport.

1822: FOOTBALL - As Sunderland continue to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season, a reminder that Fulham are already underway. The second leg of their Europa League first qualifying round tie at NSI Runavik kicks off at 1845 BST and you can follow live commentary on their official websiteexternal-link.

Breaking news
John O'Shea
O'Shea has won five Premier League titles

1820: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Sunderland have confirmed the signing of defender John O'Shea from Manchester United for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.

1812: DISABILITY SPORT - Stephanie Millward makes it GOLD number three for Great Britain at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin, timing her S9 400m freestyle race to perfection and beating her own European record in the process. Her team-mate Louise Watkin wins bronze for her fifth individual medal of the championships with Lauren Steadman fourth.

1809: FOOTBALL - More transfer news from Scotland as Hibernian striker Derek Riordan completes a to Chinese side Shaanxi Chanba on a two-year deal, .

1802: FOOTBALL - Former Ipswich midfielder Tommy Miller after he was released by Sheffield Wednesday.

1751: FOOTBALL - Birminghamexternal-link sign defender Steven Caldwell on a two-year-deal after he was released by Wigan at the end of last season.

1746: BOXING - BBC Sport's Ben Dirs blogs on the retirement of Ricky Hatton, who "proved he was willing to test himself against the very best and, if it came to it, be carried out on his shield".

1739: FOOTBALL - Arsenal say they are yet to receive a formal bid from Manchester United for .

1737: DISABILITY SPORT - A second GOLD in quick succession at the IPC European Swimming Championships for Great Britain as London-based Susie Rodgers, in her first major international meeting, beats home favourite Kirsten Bruhn in the S7 100m backstroke for her second gold medal of the meeting.

1732: GOLF - Simon Dyson will play in next week's Open Championship after American David Toms became the fourth player to withdraw this week through injury.

1730: FOOTBALL - Reading external-linkwinger Jobi McAnuff has signed a new contract to keep him at Madejski Stadium until the summer of 2014.

BBC Radio 5 Live

1725: DISABILITY SPORT - GOLD for Britain's Jonathan Fox in the S7 100m backstroke at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin, breaking his own world record by over a second. You can hear commentary on 5 Live Sports Extra.

1717: FOOTBALL - Tottenham confirm that former England defender Jonathan Woodgate has left the club after a three-and-a-half year spell which saw him limited to just 65 appearances due to several serious injuries.

1708: CRICKET - The West Indies have reached 128-5 at lunch on day two of the rain-affected third Test against India at Windsor Park. Follow the live score on the BBC Sport website.


1654: FOOTBALL - Everton captain and former Manchester United defender Phil Neville on Twitterexternal-link: "Sunderland bought 2 very good players in o'shea and brown and great lads!"

1640: GOLF - Lee Westwood after his round of 65 at the Scottish Openexternal-link: "I played well and it's a nice way to start the next two weeks. I've no superstition about winning the week before a major. The more pressure I can get myself under the better - I like having the pressure."

1630: FOOTBALL - Wiganexternal-link goalkeeper Mike Pollitt has agreed a new 12-month contract to extend his stay at the club into a seventh year.

BBC Radio 5 Live

1627: DISABILITY SPORT - There is coverage of day five of the IPC European Swimming Championships from Berlin live on 5 Live Sports Extra now. Among the highlights will be world record holder Jonathan Fox in the S7 backstroke (1720 BST) and British trio Stephanie Millward, Louise Watkin and Lauren Steadman in the S9 400m freestyle (1753).

1624: FOOTBALL - Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp updates Sky Sports News external-linkon Luka Modric, saying: "The kid's a bit confused at the moment. Other teams want him but we want him here and I want to keep him."

1615: CYCLING - Hushovd retains a one-second advantage over Australian Cadel Evans in the overall standings, with Frank Schleck in third. British riders David Millar (fourth), Bradley Wiggins (sixth) and Geraint Thomas (seventh) remain in the top 10.

1613: CYCLING - Hagen beat Australian Matt Goss, with Norwegian Thor Hushovd, who retained the overall leader's yellow jersey, coming home third.

Breaking news

1610: BREAKING CYCLING - Team Sky rider Edvald Boasson Hagen wins the sixth stage of the Tour de France.

1605: FOOTBALL - Bolton external-linkstriker Tope Obadeyi has signed a new one-year contract extension with the club.

Live action now

1558: CYCLING - With just 7km left Adriano Malori holds a 22-second lead over the pack and you can follow live coverage on Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

1547: CYCLING - In the Tour de France, the riders have reached the final 20km of the 226.5km stage six, from Dinan to Lisieux. Adriano Malori and Lieuwe Westra, who have been in front for the last 40km, are being caught by the peleton and are leading by only 29 seconds, their lead at one point was almost three minutes. Follow live commentary on the official websiteexternal-link.

Zinedine Zidane
Zidane won eight trophies as a player for Real Madrid

1544: FOOTBALL - Former France playmaker Zinedine Zidane confirms he will start working as Real Madrid's external-link'director of football' from next week. He says: "[Jose] Mourinho has been fundamental in this, but so has the president as well."

1534: HOCKEY - England warm-up for next week's London Cup with a 3-1 victory over Egyptexternal-link in the first of two Test matches at Bisham Abbey on Thursday.

1531: FOOTBALL - Qatar 2022 release a statement in response to newspaper reports that the World Cup could be played over three 30 minute periodsexternal-link to alleviate 40 degree heat.

"Splitting the games held during the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar has not been discussed at any time. Statements on this subject made yesterday by Mr. Beaven from ARUP are without any foundation. All 64 games in 2022 will be played in carbon neutral cooled stadiums in two halves of forty-five minutes as per regulations."

1526: FOOTBALL - BBC Hampshire report that Portsmouth have signed Derby County striker Luke Varney on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

1522: FOOTBALL - Bloomberg reporter Tariq Panja on Twitter:external-link Manchester City said to have sold stadium name to Abu Dhabi's Etihad Air.

1518: HORSE RACING - Crystal Capella (4-1) landed the Princess of Wales's Stakes for trainer Sir Michael Stoute on day one of the July Festival at Newmarket. Earlier David Brown's Royal Ascot winner Frederick Engels (7-4) followed up with victory in the July Stakes.

1514: FOOTBALL - Manchester Evening News reporter Mike Keegan on Twitter:external-link MEN understands a deal on the naming rights for Eastlands is about to be signed. #mcfc

1509: RUGBY LEAGUE - over a breach of club discipline and none of them will face Hull Kingston Rovers on Saturday at the Racecourse.

1459: FOOTBALL - Liverpool announce they will revisit the city of their famous 2005 Champions League triumphexternal-link when they play Galatasaray in a pre-season friendly in Istanbul later this month.

1454: RUGBY UNION - the Ospreys have awarded Army prop Lance Bombardier Ken Dowding a 12-month contract after he impressed while training with the region last season.

1450: CYCLING - Commentary now available of the sixth stage of the Tour de France, from Dinan to Lisieux, on BBC Radio 5 live sports extraexternal-link.

1442: CYCLING - Italian cycling great Mario Cipollini tells AFP he believes Britain's Mark Cavendish is the strongest sprinter in the world, but believes the Tour de France star still has lots to learn.

1440: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport's Andrew Benson on twitter:external-link Silverstone unveiling grand plans for future - new pit straight grandstand + hotel, stage for events with 90,000 capacity. Need funding

1435: TRIATHLON - that Britain's Helen Jenkins will miss the next triathlon World Cup Series race in Hamburg later this month to concentrate on Olympic qualification.

1433: FOOTBALL - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tells the club's official website of the difficult decision in letting Wes Brown join Sunderland.external-link "It's always the hardest of decisions to let loyal servants go. But life moves on and, unquestionably, Wes will get the chance to make a real contribution to Steve Bruce's Sunderland and I'm delighted to be passing him into such good hands."

1425: RUGBY UNION - World Cup winner Jason Robinson announces his retirement from the sport after one season with National League One side Fylde, reports BBC Radio Lancashire.

1422: FOOTBALL - Sunderland manager Steve Bruce on Wes Brown signing: "Wes has been a fantastic professional for Manchester United through the years and not only will he strengthen our defensive options, he will also bring with him a winning mentality and level of maturity which can only be positive for the players around him."

1416: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty reports that Manchester United's near-£20m bid for Samir Nasri .

1411: CYCLING - Anthony Roux heads the leading group of five riders as the peloton approach the final 100km of today's Tour de France stage. Follow live text commentary on the official websiteexternal-link.

1409: FORMULA 1 - Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel is taking nothing for granted ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He says: "It only takes two or three bad races and it could be a different story again."

1404: BOXING - Ricky Hatton on his retirement: "These last two years have been really frustrating. I hit rock bottom and it almost drove me insane. There's nothing more I love than training for a fight but I have no dreams left now."

Breaking news

1402: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Sunderland complete signing of Manchester United defender Wes Brown on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

1356: GOLF - Scottish Openexternal-link update, Colin Montgomerie is now finished on five under along with world number one Luke Donald. Sweden's Peter Hanson and George Coetzee of South Africa are tied for second place on six under, one behind Lee Westwood. You can watch TV coverage from 1830-2030BST on the red Button and BBC Sport website and highlights on BBC Two and online from 2320-0020 BST

1352: HORSE RACING - BBC 5 Live racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght updates on Twitterexternal-link: "#JessicaEnnis (the horse): 'She's not broken any limbs and is having a small op. We hope she'll be ok,'said spokesman for Highclere."

1345: RUGBY UNION - London Irish external-linksign fly-half Adrian Jarvis on a one-year contract from Leeds.

1332: FOOTBALL - Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni is expected to complete a move to Liverpool today, according to his agent. "We should close the deal by the end of the day," his agent Ovidio Colucci told Impero Romanista.

1325: FOOTBALL - FC Twente chairman Joop Munsterman is reported to have left the team's pre-season training camp in Zeeland and is returning to Enschede after the stadium collapse.

FC Twente's stadium in Enschede
Part of FC Twente's stadium which is under construction has collapsed trapping an unknown number of people.

1319: GOLF - Lee Westwood leads in the clubhouse on seven under at the Scottish Openexternal-link, two clear of Chris Wood and Barry Lane, but Colin Montgomerie is having a superb round and is six under heading into his final hole. Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is among the crowd and you can follow live radio coverage on the BBC Sport website.

1315: RUGBY LEAGUE - Hull Kingston Rovers scrum-half Michael Dobson has extended his stay with the club by taking up a one-year option on his contract, reports BBC Radio Humberside.

1313: GOLF - Former Ryder Cup player Anthony Kim confirms he will be at Sandwich for the Open next week. He missed the tournament last year following thumb surgery.


1304: HORSE RACING - BBC 5 Live racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitterexternal-link: "Sadly, a filly called Jessica Ennis - part-owned by the heptathlete- was injured when hit by a car after getting loose in Newmarket today."

1302: FOOTBALL - The Press Association external-linkreport that Nottingham Forest have made an approach to Newcastle for winger Wayne Routledge.

1255: CYCLING - In Franceexternal-link, Geraint Thomas has fallen back into the pack as the leaders approach the 320m climb of Saint-Michel de Montjoie.

1250: FOOTBALL - But Arsenal defender Johan Djourou is not concerned over the speculation, "If he goes, he goes."

Ricky Hatton
Hatton last fought in Las Vegas in May 2009

1247: FOOTBALL - Barcelona defender Dani Alves - who forced a move from Sevilla in 2008 - believes Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will soon be joining him in Spain. He says: "I understand that he doesn't want to leave Arsenal on bad terms but I can understand why he would force the motor to come to Barca. Players always end up playing where they want to play."

1240: BOXING - comes at the age of 32, with the Manchester City fan losing just twice in his 47-fight career.

1231: BREAKING FOOTBALL - BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty reports that Manchester United are hopeful of signing Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri after making a near £20m bid. More to follow on BBC Sport.

Breaking news

1229: BREAKING BOXING - Former world welterweight champion Ricky Hatton has confirmed his retirement from boxing - more to follow on BBC Sport.

1225: FOOTBALL - BBC World report that two girders have collapsed at FC Twente's stadium which is being expanded.


1211: FOOTBALL - BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitterexternal-link: "Refs currently paid £800 per game. They want £1000. Talks said to be 'positive.' I understand #SPL wont pay £1000 as they can't afford it."

1217: CYCLING - British rider Geraint Thomas is in a group of eight riders who have broken clear of the peloton in the Tour de France. They have opened up an eight-minute lead after 60km.

1214: OLYMPICS - London 2012 chairman Seb Coe tells National Olympic committees: "My message is 'If you have tickets you have not yet sold then please send them back to us'. I know people who would like them."

1212: FOOTBALL -Reading confirm that defender Matt Mills has travelled to Leicester after the two clubs agreed a fee. Reading external-linksay: "With a fee agreed, the Leicester-born centre half expressed an interest in speaking with City and those discussions are now underway."

1209: CYCLING - Today's stage of the Tour de France is underway and at 226.5km is the longest of the whole event. Follow live text commentary on the Tour website.external-link

1154: RUGBY LEAGUE - Crusaders have completed the signing of former Great Britain centre Keith Seniorexternal-link on a two-year contract.

1150: FOOTBALL - Reuters report that world soccer's governing body Fifa will release a statement later on Thursday amid reports two North Korean players have failed doping tests at the women's World Cup.

Breaking news

1142: BREAKING FOOTBALL - BBC Sport understands Liverpool are expected to increase their failed £15m offer for Aston Villa's Stewart Downing before they leave for a Far East tour on Sunday - but still face a fight to persuade Alex McLeish to sell.

1136: FOOTBALL - Reuters report that part of FC Twente's stadium which is under construction has collapsed trapping an unknown number of people under the rubble.

1125: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports reportexternal-link that Reading have accepted a £5m bid from Leicester for defender Matt Mills.

Breaking news

1120: FOOTBALL - Wales midfielder David Vaughan is set to complete a free transfer move to Sunderland,

1118: ROWING - Alan Campbell withdraws from Lucerne World Cup with a sore throat. GB Rowingexternal-link have decided not to risk the single sculls world bronze medallist in competition.

1113: BOXING - The Manchester Evening News report that former world champion Ricky Hattonexternal-link will announce his retirement at a news conference in London at 1300 BST on Thursday.

1107: GOLF - Graeme McDowell on Twitter:external-link Cloudy but sunny on way to course this morning. Nice Scottish breeze. Scoring looks decent. Good day ahead!!

1101: FOOTBALL - The Community Shield match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Wembley next month will kick off at 1430 BST on Sunday, 7 August.


1053: BOXING - David Haye on Twitter:external-link Just saw Wlad's new video rubbing my face in it. It's actually quite funny. :-) Well at least he didn't sound like Borat for once!!

1048: FORMULA 1 - Thursday's top F1 gossip column: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has hit back at his detractorsexternal-link as he gets in a fighting mood for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

1040: CYCLING - Watch highlights on ITV.comexternal-link of Mark Cavendish's victory in the fifth stage of the Tour de France on a day that was marred by crashes to the likes of Alberto Contador and Bradley Wiggins.

1025: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports report that midfielder Charlie Adamsexternal-link has passed his medical at Liverpool as he looks set to complete his move from Blackpool.

1018: ATHLETICS - withdraws from the World Championships in August because of a foot injury.

1014: FOOTBALL - Mohamed Bin Hammam uses his websiteexternal-link to express his hope that he will receive a fair hearing when he appears before Fifa's ethic committee on bribery charges later this month.

1004: OLYMPICS - Reuters say that South Korea's Busan has decided not to bid for the 2020 summer Olympics after the IOC's decision to award the 2018 Winter Games to Pyeongchang made it "impossible" to win the hosting rights, the mayor of the southern port city said on Thursday.

1000: FOOTBALL - Wigan chairman Dave Whelan tells Goal.comexternal-link he is convinced Roberto Martinez has what it takes to eventually go on to manage Barcelona or Real Madrid.

Breaking news

0954: BREAKING FOOTBALL - "No, I don't think Luka will hand in a transfer request, he will honour his contract," Luka Modric's agent Nikky Vuksan tells BBC Sport.

0951: FOOTBALL - Thursday's top Scottish transfer story: Celtic manager Neil Lennon says target Craig Bellamy will have to drop his wage demands if he is to move to Glasgow from Manchester City.

0948: FOOTBALL - Darren Pratley says he left Swansea City to sign for Bolton because the club was slow to negotiate a new deal.

Breaking news

0944: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Luka Modric has no plans to hand in a transfer request at Tottenham, his agent Nikky Vuksan tells BBC Sport. Full story to follow.

0940: FOOTBALL - The Sunderland Echo report that the Black Catsexternal-link have appointed legal director Margaret Byrne as the club's new chief executive following a restructuring of the board.

0934: FOOTBALL - Barcelona tell Sky Sportsexternal-link they are prepared to wait until the very last day of the transfer window as they look to lure Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

0930: FOOTBALL - Napoli have made an offer for Alexis Sanchezexternal-link, Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo has revealed.

0921: RUGBY LEAGUE - Press Association report that three-quarter Jordan Thompson has become the third Castleford player in four days to renew his contract after he signs a new deal taking him to the end of the 2013 season.

BBC Radio 5 Live

0914: CRICKET - England batting coach Graham Gooch has praised Alastair Cook in an interview with Radio 5 live, saying people must "give him time" to grow into his role as captain. Cook responded to criticism of his captaincy by hitting an unbeaten 95 as England thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to level the one day series at 2-2.

0905: GOLF - Irishman Peter Lawrie records five birdies in opening six holes at Scottish Open. You can watch Thursday's first round highlights from Castle Stuart on on BBC Two at 2320 BST.

0857: BOXING - Former world champion Ricky Hatton arranges a news conference for 1300 BST where he says he will make a "major announcement".

0847: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport experts give their verdicts on the teams and drivers ahead of the British Grand Prix this weekend as Martin Brundle assesses McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton's chances at Silverstone.

0843: RUGBY LEAGUE - The Press Association say that Super League's oldest player Steve Menzies has ended speculation over his future by signing a new 12-month contract with Catalan Dragons.

0840: FOOTBALL - AFP report that Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler is heading to Thailand to play for Muang Thong United.

0837: FOOTBALL - Press Association Sport understands Manchester United defender John O'Shea is having a medical at Sunderland.

0835: FOOTBALL - BBC Sport's John Sinnott analyses how the new National Football Centre in Burton can revive English football.

0828: FOOTBALL - Former Gunners striker Ian Wright tells the Sunexternal-link he believes Arsenal are becoming a feeder club for Manchester City.

0824: GOLF - Irishman Peter Lawrie starts with three successive birdies as the Scottish Open in Castle Stuartexternal-link gets underway.

0818: BOXING - Wladimir Klitschko taunts David Haye with a silent movie on YouTubeexternal-link.

0813: FORMULA 1 - Red Bull driver Mark Webber joins the BBC Sport website team as a columnist and relives his memories of the British Grand Prix.

0809: FOOTBALL - The Daily Telegraphexternal-link are reporting that the World Cup in 2022 could become a game of three halves to alleviate the 40 degree heat of Qatar.

0800: Thursday's top three transfer stories so far:

Arsenal boss Wenger launches £27m bid for Karim Benzema, report the Daily Mailexternal-link

Arsenal's Samir Nasri set to demand a move to Manchester United when he meets Arsene Wenger, report the Daily Telegraphexternal-link

Sergio Aguero in Manchester City talks, report the Sunexternal-link

Read Thursday's BBC Sport gossip column in full