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2356: FOOTBALL - In our Gossip Column for Saturday, the lead story is that Manchester City have agreed a £23m fee with Arsenal to buy Samir Nasri from the Gunners (that is according to Sky Italiaexternal-link).

2350: ATHLETICS - BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce meets legendary sprint coach Malcolm Arnold, who is still inspiring British athletes as he enters his eighth decade.

2346: DISABILITY SPORT - . John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas had to be content with silver.

2340: WOMEN'S FOOTBALL - England head coach Hope Powell refuses to be drawn on whether Faye White will regain her place in the England team for Saturday's quarter-final against France. Centre-back White, who has returned from a knee injury, looked short of full fitness in England's first two group games - and was replaced by 21-year-old Sophie Bradley for the 2-0 win over Japan.

2333: FOOTBALL - Paraguay captain Paulo da Silva believes they must play a "perfect match" to beat Brazil when the teams meet in Copa Americaexternal-link Group B at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium on Saturday.

2324: DISABILITY SPORT - . Rodgers, who combines training with her work as a project officer for the British Council, set a European record of 36.74 seconds in the 50m butterfly.


2317: GOLF - Ian Poulter on Twitterexternal-link: "There are 51 events a year that I could play in & I play 25 so I have to take off about 25. I miss this week eventexternal-link & no one understands."

2313: CRICKET - India were 308 for six, replying to West Indies' first innings total of 204, at the close on the third day of the third Test at Windsor Park.

2306:DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - We've got highlights of Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt, shrugging off a bad dose of flu, winning the 200m at the Paris Diamond League.

2259: RUGBY LEAGUE - Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown after his side lost 46-12 at Wigan: "In the last three weeks we've played the sides running first and second and, physically, we've been embarrassed on both occasions. We got absolutely hammered."

2247: CYCLING - Ahead of stage eight of the 2011 Tour de France tomorrow [189km from Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy], here's a useful tool for monitoring the progress, work-rate and precise location of assorted Tour ridersexternal-link.

2239: GOLF - We have some pictures for you from day two at the Scottish Open, where Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell fired an eight-under-par 64 to share the lead at 11 under - although round two could not be completed because of the threat of thunderstorms.

2230: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - : "I'm getting closer to [Usain] Bolt. This shows I'm improving and that I'm imposing myself with the world's best. I'm disappointed with not beating the French national record [20.16 seconds] and not running under 20 seconds. I perhaps put too much rhythm in the curve, not using big enough steps."


2220: Usain Bolt on Twitter after strolling to 200m victory in 20.03 seconds at the Diamond League in Parisexternal-link: "Wanted to do better peeps stupid starter took forever to get it going but on to the next one."

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2215: FOOTBALL - Cardiff City have completed the signing of Iceland international Aron Gunnarsson on a free transfer.

2207: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Reminder that the British Grand Prix in Birmingham - the ninth stop on the Diamond League tour this season - is brought to you live on BBC2 on Sunday from 1730 BST, while BBC Red Button/ Online coverage starts an hour earlier.

2157: RUGBY LEAGUE - Full-time results from the engage Super League... Hull 52-16 Salford Reds, Warrington 28-16 Huddersfield.

2152: CRICKET - Surrey beat Hamphire in the Friends Life t20 at The Oval as England fast bowler Chris Tremlett took 4-16 to bowl them to victory against his former county. Despite the defeat - their first in the competition this season - Hampshire stay top of the South Group while Surrey retain a strong chance of joining them in the quarter-finals of the competition.

2145: TENNIS - Andy Murray admits he was determined to secure the first 6-0 6-0 6-0 success of his career early in his one-sided Davis Cup triumph over Luxembourg's Laurent Bram. "It's a very difficult thing to do so I just wanted to use it to concentrate, it was the thing I focused on, not letting up, trying to lose as few points as possible and try to win the match as quickly as I could."

2136: CRICKET - Leicestershire qualify for the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals, James Taylor's 53 making the difference as they beat Derbyshire by two wickets.

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2130: RUGBY LEAGUE - score updates from the engage Super League...Hull 52 - 12 Salford, Warrington 22 - 10 Huddersfield. Into the last quarter of each match.


2120: Bradley Wiggins on Twitterexternal-link: " drugs are wearing off, sad to be heading back so soon, can't thank everyone enough for the support."

2114: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Steve Cram on BBC Red Button: "The action in Parisexternal-link is an indication that the season is really hotting up. Various countries have got their trials coming up. Athletes are coming into top form. Chris Tomlinson came here looking for that 'A' standard, and ended up with a British long jump record. A very entertaining evening."

2110: Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Sebastien Buemi on Twitterexternal-link: "Good day in Silverstone! Lot's of rain. Let's see tomorrow!"

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2105: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - World record holder Usain Bolt demolishes the challenge of second-placed home favourite Christophe Lemaitre, casually jogging over the line in 20.03 seconds while watching himself on the big screen after running a superb bend in Paris.

2100: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Technical issues in Paris are delaying the start of the men's 200m. Long wait. Usain Bolt shrugging his shoulders but smiling.

2053: CRICKET - Jos Buttler hit an unbeaten 72 from 45 balls as Somerset strengthened their chances of reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals with a 15-run win over Gloucestershire at Taunton.

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2049: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - World record holder Usain Bolt about to run in the men's 200m, despite illness...

2042: FOOTBALL - The Mexican Football Federation says five players who tested positive for the banned substance clenbuterolexternal-link prior to the Gold Cup in May have been cleared and will not face punishment. The players blamed the test results on contaminated meat.


2034: ATHLETICS - Britain's European 400m hurdle champion Dai Greene, talking about the brand new British long jump record, on Twitterexternal-link: "Loved Chris Tomlinson's reaction, I thought he'd won the euromillions!!!"

2029: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Cuba's world record holder Dayron Robles wins the men's 110m hurdles, edging out David Oliver by a matter of thousands of a second after a superb head-to-head. Both were given a time of 13.09 seconds.

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2021: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Caster Semenya seems to have returned to form, the South African taking top spot in the women's 800m. Britain's Jenny Meadows was in contention in the home straight but was run down in the final 10 metres to lose out on second place to Halima Hachlaf.

2017: CYCLING - : "I couldn't get up off the floor for love nor money. That's bike racing, these stages are part of the Tour de France. That's the risk you take as bike riders - it's unfortunate, but life goes on."

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2010: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Chris Tomlinson has set a new British record in the men's long jump with his latest effort in Paris of 8.35m.

2008: CRICKET - Start at Northampton has been delayed, due to rain, in the Friends Life t20 match between Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.

2004: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - In the men's 400m, Chris Brown of the Bahamas ran a strong bend to lead on the home straight and take the race in 44.94, his best time of the season so far. Jonathan Borlée was second with Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales third. Former Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner could only manage fourth while Britain's Michael Bingham was sixth in 45.84.

2001: CRICKET - No play possible in tonight's Friends Life t20 match between Durham and Yorkshire at Chester-le-Street. Rain began to fall as the players took the field at 1730 BST and the umpires decided, about 15 minutes ago, to call it off. Durham - who had sold 6,000 tickets in advance - remain on track for the quarter-finals.

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1951: BREAKING TENNIS - Andy Murray defeats Laurent Bram of Luxembourg 6-0 6-0 6-0 to level the Davis Cup rubber at 1-1.

1944: ATHLETICS - Kenya's Ezekiel Kemboi looked to be on course for another 3000m steeplechase victory but was overtaken by Mahiedine Benabbad Mekissi late on. The Frenchman powered ahead on the bell and stormed to victory five seconds ahead of Kemboi in a personal-best time of 8:02.09 in front of his home crowd. Benjamin Kiplagat followed in third. Watch coverage of the Diamond League athletics from Paris live on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website now.

1935: TENNIS - In Glasgow, Andy Murray takes the second set 6-0 as well.

1928: BASKETBALL - The Houston Chronicleexternal-link reports that eight-time NBA all-star centre Yao Ming has retired at the age of 30.


1921: CYCLING - Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on Twitterexternal-link: "All this talk of rider safety... It comes down to us riders!! There are some right muppets in the peloton, even some General Classification riders!!"

1920: TENNIS - Andy Murray wins the first set of his match with Laurent Bram 6-0, conceding only five points in the process.

1911: FOOTBALL - Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has had no bids for striker Asamoah Gyan. "I haven't had any telephone conversation with any agent, I have had no offer from any other club," he tells BBC Radio Newcastle. "As far as I am concerned, I am looking forward to seeing Gyan being ready for the Premier League better than he was last time."

1908: TENNIS - Andy Murray is underway in his Davis Cup match in Glasgow and immediately breaks the serve of Laurent Bram. Watch live coverage on the Davis Cup websiteexternal-link.

1902: GOLF - Play has been called off for the day at the Scottish Openexternal-link due to the poor weather. Scott Jamieson, Graeme McDowell and Peter Whiteford share the lead at -11.

1846: ATHLETICS - Bolt will be running the 200m at 2046 BST.

1844: ATHLETICS - Usain Bolt is in action in Paris this evening and you can follow all the action from the Diamond League meeting on the BBC red button and the BBC website from 1900 BST.

1828: BREAKING TENNIS - Gilles Muller beats James Ward 6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 to give Luxembourg a 1-0 lead in the Davis Cup tie in Glasgow.

1823: CYCLING - Team Sky rider Geraint Thomas on the incident which saw team-mate Bradley Wiggins ruled out with a broken collarbone: "There was a lot of fighting all day, a lot of stress. Unfortunately Brad had that crash. He was just behind and I heard it. He'll be back. Come the end of the season I'm sure he'll be up there."

1818: TENNIS - In the Davis Cup, Gilles Muller breaks serve in the third set to lead Jamie Ward 2-0 having already won the first two sets.

1811: GOLF - Play suspended for the second time today at the Scottish Open because of the threat of lightning. Organisers say they will inspect conditions in an hour.

Arsene Wenger
Wenger signed Fabregas from Barcelona in 2003.

1809: FOOTBALL - Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger tells his club's website that he is determined to keep hold of captain Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri: "Our position is always the same, we want to keep Cesc and I will fight as hard as I can to keep him. Samir Nasri is exactly the same. We will do everything we can to keep him."

1803: FOOTBALL - As England prepare to face France in the last eight of the Women's World Cup in Leverkusen on Saturday, a reminder that you can follow the match live on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

1759: GOLF - Play is back underway at the Scottish Openexternal-link with overnight leader Lee Westwood four shots off the lead. You can follow live progress on the BBC Sport website.

1758: TENNIS - Muller beats Ward 7-4 in the tie-break to give Luxembourg the second set of their Davis Cup tie in Glasgow.

1755: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport pundit Eddie Jordan answers your questions online as he predicts the weather to play a key role in this weekend's race at Silverstone.

1749: TENNIS - The second set between James Ward and Gilles Muller goes to a tie-break after Ward saves 12 break points.

1745: FORMULA 1 - Video highlights of the second practice session are now online with the action back at Silverstone on Saturday morning. Catch third practice between 0955-1105 BST on the BBC Red Button/BBC Radio 5 live sports extra/online.

1739: FOOTBALL - Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler speaks about his surprise move to play in Thailand with Muangthong United . He said: "I got a call, 'Would you be interested?' and I looked at a few things over the net. The standard of football has been on the rise in this country and it's certainly going to get better. So I thought, 'Why not be the first?' and I'm sure that others will follow."

1732: TENNIS - Update from the Davis Cup as James Ward breaks Gilles Muller's serve to lead 5-3 in the second set, Muller having taken the first only for the Luxembourg player to immediately break back against Ward. You can follow the live action on the official websiteexternal-link with Andy Murray in action later on this evening.

1729: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport's news correspondent Andy Swiss interviews Bernie Ecclestone at Silverstone, with Ecclestone saying: "Lewis Hamilton is not dangerous - he doesn't need to calm down, he needs to go faster." More to follow on BBC Sport.

1727: FOOTBALL - Chelsea have named Michael Emenalo, their former assistant first-team coach, as the club's new sporting director.

1720: DISABILITY SPORT: Britain's Stephanie Millward puts in a superb display to win her second gold at the IPC European Championship in Berlin. Millward, who was hoping to make the 2000 Olympics before being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, wins her favourite event, the 100m backstroke, in her S9 category ahead of team-mate Louise Watkin.

1715: DISABILITY SPORT: James Crisp wins Britain's latest gold at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin. The Sheffield swimmer triumphs in the S9 100m backstroke. You can hear live commentary 5 Live Sports Extra.

1712: CYCLING - To confirm the stage seven results, Cavendish won from Alessandro Petacchi with Andre Greipel in third place. Thor Hushovd was seventh to keep hold of the yellow jersey.

1707: CYCLING - HTC rider Mark Cavendish: "It's a very special day for me to win where I won the first stage of my career in 2008, but I'm gutted for Bradley Wiggins, he was in the form of his life."

1703: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has suffered a knee injury in training and will undergo tests to determine the extent of the problem, the club announceexternal-link.

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1701: BREAKING CYCLING - British rider Mark Cavendish wins the 17th stage of his Tour de France career.

1700: TENNIS - Gilles Muller of Luxembourg takes the first set against Great Britain's James Ward in the opening rubber of the Europe/Africa Group II encounter.

1658: CYCLING - 5 Live Sports Extra confirm that Bradley Wiggins has a as the riders enter the final sprint.


1656: CYCLING - Guardian journalist Richard Moore on Twitterexternal-link: "Was very curious to see how wiggins got on this year. Disappointing. He's likely to miss next year's for Olympics. In 2013 he'll be 33."

1647: CYCLING - As we still await confirmation of the tour-ending injury suffered by Bradley Wiggins, the four riders who have been out in front all day have finally been caught by the peloton with 12km to go. You can follow live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

1640: FOOTBALL - Scotland striker Kris Boyd has signed a three-year contract with Turkish club Eskisehirspor after leaving Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee, reports BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland.

1639: BASKETBALL - LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant could be playing in Europe this autumn, according to the Talkbasket websiteexternal-link. The NBA is currently in the middle of a "lockout", with players and owners unable to agree labour terms, so top players are looking elsewhere to stay in shape and Turkish side Besiktas are one side on the lookout.

1631: FOOTBALL - Sky Sportsexternal-link report that Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has picked up an injury in pre-season training. Statement expected at 1700 BST.

1626: MOTORCYCLING - Spanish rider Carlos Checa fastest in first qualifying for the World Superbike round in Brno this weekend.

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1622: CYCLING - Confirmation that Bradley Wiggins is out of this year's Tour de France. You can follow live commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Breaking news

1616: BREAKING CYCLING - After a dull day on the Tour some drama as a big crash sees a host of riders down. Britain's Bradley Wiggins is holding his arm and could be out of the Tour. More to follow.

1610: GOLF - Still no play at the Scottish Open, with 5pm being suggested as a possible start time. Graeme McDowell is confident of some low scores over the weekend and says: "There's no doubt someone could break 60 - Someone could go ridiculously low."

1605: DISABILITY SPORT: Britain's Susie Rodgers wins her third individual gold - and her fifth medal in all - at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin. The Londoner, in her first major championship, wins the S7 50m butterfly in a new European record of 36.74. You can hear coverage from Berlin on 5 Live Sports Extra from 1635 BST.

1555: CYCLING - Update from the Tour, speed starting to pick up to about 50kph as the riders stream through those sunflower fields so favoured by the photographers. Still a decent gap between the peloton and the four-man breakaway group of Perez Urtasun (EUS), Mickael Delage (FDJ), Gianni Meersman (FDJ) and Yannick Talabardon (SAU). Mark Cavendish came into this as the probable favourite. Just over 50km to go.

1553: FOOTBALL - QPR defender Danny Shittu has signed a new one-year contract to stay at Loftus Road.

1551: TENNIS - Great Britain's Davis Cup tie with Luxembourg is about to get underway in Glasgow and you can follow the live action on the official websiteexternal-link. Andy Murray is in action later on this evening.


1543: CYCLING - Former British cyclist Chris Boardman on Twitter: external-linkThe wind has backed off for the moment here at the finish....maybe it won't have such a big influence on the final....we'll see!

1537: CRICKET - Sussex batsman Murray Goodwin is handed a one-match ban and ordered to pay £500 costs by the ECB following two counts of dissent against an umpire's decision in the past month.

1533: FOOTBALL - Sky understandsexternal-link Blackpool are eyeing moves for Liverpool duo Tom Ince and Gerardo Bruna.

1530: OLYMPICS - Associate Press report that the IOC will enforce a "no needle" policy for the 2012 London Olympics that bars athletes from possessing syringes and other medical equipment that could be used for doping.

1522: DISABILITY SPORT - GOLD for Britain's Heather Frederiksen in the S8 100m freestyle at the IPC European Swimming Championships in Berlin - her third gold of the championships. Team-mate Emma Hollis wins bronze.

1520: CYCLING - Calm before the storm on stage seven [which is a 218km route from Le Mans to Châteauroux] at the moment. Less than 80km to go. Riders concerned about wind direction. Fabian Cancellara one of many peering into their team cars to talk tactics. Yesterday's stage marked Team Sky's first stage victory in the Tour de France, courtesy of Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen.

1517: RUGBY LEAGUE - Crusaders utility back Jordan Tansey has issued a public apologyexternal-link on behalf of the seven players who were suspended on Friday by the Super League club for a breach of discipline. "I would like to say on behalf of all of the players who have been suspended, how sorry we are for our behaviour," Tansey said.

1515: GOLF - Play at the Scottish Open at Castle Stuart is suspended because of the threat of lightning.

1508: DISABILITY SPORT - It's day six of the IPC Swimming European Championships in Berlin with Great Britain hoping for another successful day in the pool. The session starts at 1500 but coverage starts on 5 Live Sports Extra at 1635 with commentary from Chris Mitchell and Karen Pickering.

Among the swimmers to watch are Matt Walker (S7 50m butterfly - 1555 BST), Susie Rodgers (S7 50m butterfly - 1559), Stephanie Millward, Louise Watkin and Lauren Steadman (S9 100m backstroke - 1715) and Anthony Stephens (S5 100m freestyle - 1821)

1503: FOOTBALL - West Ham have asked the Italian Football Federationexternal-link to suspend their former striker Alessandro Diamanti's registration with Brescia.

1455: GOLF - Welshman Phillip Price's first competitive hole-in-one at the Scottish Open has earned him an unusual prize - 168 bottles of champagne. Scott Jamieson, Graeme McDowell and Peter Whiteford share the lead on 11 under par.external-link

1450: ROWING - The third World Cup of the season takes place this weekend, with the finals live on the BBC website (UK only) and Red Button on Sunday. , won her heat of the double sculls with partner Anna Watkins earlier. The duo were unbeaten last year but Olympic legend Sir Steve Redgrave says they should expect their opponents to close the gap as London 2012 approaches. Can Grainger keep on pace to win her first Olympic gold, after taking silver in three successive Games?

1445: FORMULA 1 - Ferrari's Felipe Massa came out late to set the best lap in second practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone. He set a time of one minute 49.967 seconds - more than three-quarters of a second faster than second-placed Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes. Kamui Kobayashi finished third.

Lewis Hamilton was fourth and his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button fifth. The Red Bulls of World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were 18th and 14th respectively, although they only went out for a combined total of 10 laps in a rain-hit session.

1440: FOOTBALL - Liverpool defender John Flanagan has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, reports the Press Association.

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1430: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Sven-Goran Eriksson tells BBC Sportexternal-link he is keen to speak to former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves about a possible move to Leicester, but cannot get hold of him.

1425: FOOTBALL - Dutch police say they have launched a criminal investigation into a football stadium roof collapse that killed one construction worker and injured 15 others.

1420: BOXING - Recently retired Ricky Hatton still firmly believes that David Haye can unify the heavyweight division and has called on the former WBA world champion to postpone his retirement. "The decision is his but I think retirement is a bit too early for him," Hatton told Press Association Sport.

1412: FOOTBALL - Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham tells the club's official websiteexternal-link he is hoping to be back in action by the end of September after making excellent progress from cruciate ligament surgery.

1409: CYCLING - Former world champion Tom Boonen has pulled out of the Tour de France during Friday's seventh stage after failing to recover from the injuries he sustained in Wednesday's crash.

1403: RUGBY LEAGUE - Castleford beat Friday's 1400 BST Engage Super League signing deadline to acquire the services of Wigan's 21-year-old prop Ben Davies.

1348: FOOTBALL - Down in League One, Charlton have signed Sheffield Wednesday defender Michael Morrisonexternal-link for an undisclosed fee.

1345: GOLF - Scottish Open update, Scotland's Peter Whiteford hits a second-round 66 to join Scott Mathieson and Graeme McDowell in a share of the early clubhouse lead at Castle Stuart. The trio are all on 11-under. You can watch TV coverage from 1830-2030BST on the red Button and BBC Sport website and highlights on BBC Two and online from 2350-0050 BST

1336: FORMULA 1 - There has been little action at Silverstone as the heavy rain has kept most cars in the garage, but follow live text commentary for all the latest.

1332: GOLF - Graeme McDowell after his round of 66 at the Scottish Openexternal-link: "The course does not pose much of a challenge off the tee, but it's tricky around the greens and it gives you a test."

1316: CRICKET - Sky Sports reportexternal-link that Warwickshire off-spinner Maurice Holmes has been suspended from bowling in county cricket until a second independent analysis of his action.

1312: ATHLETICS - Sport and Olympics Minister Hugh Robertson tells Insidethegamesexternal-link plans to bid for the 2017 World Athletics Championships are in doubt because of the future of the Olympic Stadium. He says: "The fact is that everyone involved in athletics will understand why we cannot bid for World Championships again until we have an absolute lock-down secure venue."

1305: CYCLING - The leaders are through 60km of today's stage of the Tour, with the same four riders nearly seven minutes clear of the peloton. Follow live text commentaryexternal-link on the official Tour website.

1302: FOOTBALL - West Ham manager Sam Allardyce expects a busy month as he tells the London Evening Standardexternal-link: "Unless there are four or five of the young players ready to come in, we probably need to sign eight from outside."

1253: FORMULA 1 - Second practice at Silverstone is about to get underway and you can follow live coverage on BBC Sport.

1248: FOOTBALL - BBC Radio 5 Live chief football reporter Ian Dennis reports: "Liverpool say they are still considering both options - redeveloping Anfield or moving to a new stadium. They wouldn't put a timescale on the decision and wouldn't say whether they have a 'preferred option' as yet. They may release a statement later today."

1247: GOLF - McDowell has a welcome return to form after hitting an eight-under-par 64 in the second round at Castle Stuart. You can watch TV coverage from 1830-2030BST on the red Button and BBC Sport website and highlights on BBC Two and online from 2350-0050 BST

1235: GOLF - Scott Jamieson and Graeme McDowell share the lead at the Scottish Open on -11. Overnight leader Lee Westwood tees off at 1315 BST.external-link

1233: FOOTBALL - Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson tells the club's websiteexternal-link: "Chris has been outstanding since joining us from Fulham last year. He is a great asset to the team."

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1230: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Manchester United defender Chris Smalling signs new five-year contract at Old Trafford.

1227: FOOTBALL - Blackburn plan to establish a youth academy in India, its owners say ahead of the club's pre-season tour of the sub-continent.

Chris Smalling
Smalling won the Premier League last season

1218: FOOTBALL - Spanish football club Racing Santander files for protection from creditors under Spanish bankruptcy law after team president Francisco Pernia says that the club owes more than 33m euros.

1213: FOOTBALL - BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin on Twitterexternal-link: "Work permit approved for Victor Wanyama #Celtic."

1208: CYCLING - British rider Geraint Thomas played a big part in the stage win for Team Sky team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen on Thursday and his latest blog is now on the BBC Sport website.

1149: CYCLING - After 15km of today's Tour de France stage, Pablo Urtasun Perez, Mickael Delage, Gianni Meersman and Yannick Talabardon have pulled out a near five-minute lead.

1139: FOOTBALL - West Brom confirm they are in discussions external-linkto re-sign midfielder Zoltan Gera, who is a free agent after leaving Fulham.

1133: FORMULA 1 - Mark Webber will be looking to keep on top at Silverstone when second practice gets underway at 1255 BST and you can read his new BBC Sport column here.

1127: CYCLING - Stage seven of the Tour de France is underway and the riders face a 218km ride from Le Mans to Chateauroux. Follow live text commentaryexternal-link on the official Tour website.

Breaking news

1121: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Manchester City have confirmed the City of Manchester Stadium at Eastlands will be renamed the Etihad Stadium after striking a 10-year partnership agreement with Etihad Airways.

1115: FORMULA 1 - BBC online F1 editor Andrew Benson reports that: "F1's latest rule amendment is causing a bit of a kerfuffle this weekend" in on first practice at Silverstone.

1109: FOOTBALL - Also in the north east, defender Fabricio Coloccini has been as named Newcastle's new captain, saying: "It is one of the proudest moments of my career."

1102: FOOTBALL - Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan dismisses fears his love of music will damage his chances of success on the football pitch. "I love music but it doesn't mean I'm not focussed on the football," he told BBC Sport.

1050: GOLF - Two eagles help Scott Jamieson shoot to the top of the leaderboard at the Scottish Open in Castle Stuart. Overnight leader Lee Westwood tees off at 1315 BST.external-link

1045: FOOTBALL - Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay says midfielder Peter Whittingham is not for sale, report BBC Wales.


1042: FORMULA 1 - F1 team Ferrari on Twitter:external-link Session finished. Weather conditions made today's programme more difficult to achieve.

1034: FORMULA 1 - Red Bull driver Mark Webber fastest in first practice for Sunday's British Grand Prix at Silverstone. Full report to follow on BBC Sport.

1032: FOOTBALL - Celtic winger Niall McGinn has signed a season-long loan deal at Brentfordexternal-link.


1029: FOOTBALL - Liverpool owner John W Henry on Twitter:external-link Anfield would certainly be our first choice. But realities may dictate otherwise. So many obstacles...

1025: RUGBY UNION - Ospreys back Gareth Owen is likely to miss the whole of next season after suffering what has been described as "a substantial injury" in training.

1022: ATHLETICS - Australian sprint legend Cathy Freeman on Friday gave birth to her first child, a girl, Ruby Anne Susie Murchexternal-link.

1018: FORMULA 1 - Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi has a big crash on the start-finish straight at Silverstone during first practice for the British Grand Prix. The Japanese driver lost control of his car in the wet conditions and will take no further part in the session. Live - British GP practice

Craig Bellamy
Bellamy spent last season on loan at Cardiff City

1011: FOOTBALL - Bellamy also reveals in his interview to the Daily Telegraphexternal-link how he refused to take a pay cut at Manchester City: "No chance, that is impossible," Bellamy said. "Because I have my own academy [in Sierra Leone) where I have to take care of 13 children, day in, day out. My wages are more important to them, than they are for me. Manchester City is the richest club in the world. They work to a budget that no one else works to, so they can write their own rules. Right now, the club has got itself in a situation where a lot of players have to go on loan."

1005: FOOTBALL - Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani wanted to remain in Italy next season but received no suitable offers, his agent Franco Zavaglia tells Radio Sportiva.

0957: FOOTBALL - Manchester City striker Craig Bellamy tells the Daily Telegraphexternal-link about leaving Eastlands for Cardiff City and his colourful life in and out of football as well as his relationship with Roberto Mancini.

0952: CRICKET - Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt tells Geo Super broadcast that former one-day captain Shahid Afridi will never lead the national side again, blaming him for losing matches against the West Indies in May. "As far as I am concerned he is not captaincy material for the PCB anymore," said Butt of Afridi.

0946: FOOTBALL - Thiago Motta's agent tells Gazzetta dello Sport that the Italy midfielder wants to stay at Inter Milan next season and has not turned down a move to Arsenal.

0942: FOOTBALL - story: Victor Wanyama has arrived in Glasgow to secure a £900,000 switch to Celtic from Germinal Beerschot, report the Daily Recordexternal-link.

Breaking news

0935: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Sunderland confirm the signing of midfielder David Vaughan on a three-year contract.

0931: ATHLETICS - World 100m and 200m record holder Usain Bolt believes he still has some way to go in his career before reaching legend status. He tells BBC Sport: "I think I'm one of the greats, definitely. But [to be] a legend in the sport I think I need to defend my titles. That's my personal goal."

0928: FOOTBALL - Swansea City are to hold talks with midfielder Joe Allen in the hope of securing him on a long-term contract, report BBC Wales.

0924: FOOTBALL - that Cardiff City have targeted Plymouth Argyle striker Joe Mason and have agreed a £250,000 fee with the club.

0914: FORMULA 1 - Friday's F1 gossip column:Alonso targets crucial British Grand Prixexternal-link.

0910: CRICKET - England cricketer Claire Taylorexternal-link announces her retirement from international cricket.

0908: FOOTBALL - The Northern Echo reportexternal-link that Sunderland are cooling their interest in Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson.

0900: FORMULA 1 - Lewis Hamilton is in bullish mood ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix. He tells BBC Sport: "I'll take my driving style to my deathbed, for sure. People will have opinions and that's life."

0853: ATHLETICS - The Diamond League is in Paris tonight with Usain Bolt among the athletes to watch. Watch live from 1900 BST on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website

0845: GOLF - Second round of the Scottish Openexternal-link gets underway at Castle Stuart. Leader Lee Westwood to tee off a 1315 BST.

0837: FORMULA 1 - Live text commentary of first practice from Silvertstone now available. Coverage also available of first practice of the British Grand Prix on red button, BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website from 0900 BST.

0830: TENNIS - Andy Murray returns to action, as Great Britain take on Luxembourg in the Davis Cup. Reports on the BBC website, updates on BBC Radio 5 live, also live on British Eurosport from 1600 BST onwards.

0824: FORMULA 1 - BBC Sport's Andrew Benson analyses how Red Bull Championship leader Sebastian Vettel can be beaten at Silverstone this weekend.

Breaking news

0815: FOOTBALL - The Daily Mirrorexternal-link are reporting that Liverpool are ready to quit Anfield for a new stadium.

0807: BREAKING FOOTBALL - Press Association understands Aston Villa are hopeful Shay Given will become Alex McLeish's first signing next week in a £3.5m move from Manchester City.

0805: OLYMPICS - Remaining tickets for the London 2012 Olympics go on sale.

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

Arsenal want £15m rated Valencia winger Juan Mata - but to play alongside Samir Nasri rather than to replace him, report the Daily Mirrorexternal-link

Barcelona are set to tempt Arsenal into accepting a cut-price transfer offer for Cesc Fabregas by throwing either Maxwell or Eric Abidal into the deal, report the Metroexternal-link

Liverpool are considering a bid for highly-rated Lyon winger Michel Bastos, report TalkSportexternal-link

Read Friday's BBC Sport gossip column in full