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Summary

  1. Arsenal's Welbeck out for 'period of months'
  2. Cyprus v Wales (19:45 BST)
  3. Joe Ledley ruled out with hamstring injury
  4. US Open: Murray v Mannarino (20:00 BST approx)
  5. Wales v England debate #bbcsportsday

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By Libby Dawes and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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GB win four Para-rowing medals

Rowing

Great Britain's mixed coxed four have won gold in the Para-rowing events at the World Championships in France.

The crew of Grace Clough, Pam Relph, Dan Brown, James Fox and cox Oliver James edged out USA to keep up GB's unbeaten record in the event.

There were also silvers for single scullers Tom Aggar and Rachel Morris and the mixed double of Laurence Whiteley and Lauren Rowles.

Wales target Cyprus success

Cyprus v Wales (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

There will be live commentary of the game from Nicosia on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Wales and BBC Radio Cymru.

You can also follow it all via the BBC Sport website.

Confidence high for Wales

Cyprus v Wales (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

However, confidence is high among Coleman's men, who have lost only once in the past 11 matches and are top of Group B.

They have not conceded a goal in the three matches since beating Cyprus 2-1 in Cardiff last October.

Cyprus remain in contention to qualify with nine points from their six games, having started the campaign with a notable away win over top seeds Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Wales training
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Wales set for Cyprus test

Cyprus v Wales (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

A reminder that it is Wales's turn in the spotlight on Thursday night when they take on Cyprus in Nicosia knowing a victory would put them on the brink of Euro 2016 qualification.

Chris Coleman's side would then need to beat Israel at home on Sunday to guarantee their place in the finals in France next summer.

But Wales' previous two visits to Cyprus - both during John Toshack's tenure - ended in ignominious defeats.

Chris Coleman
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Lots of you are having your say on the news Danny Welbeck will be out until Christmas 

Alstallio:  You're not a true Arsenal player until you have had a complete year on the sidelines  

Lingabao: Re:Welbeck. Arsenal will still finish top 4 ... which is exactly the problem - Years of CL football with no real progress.  

Craig Kennedy:  Those who think Welbeck's injury will hinder Arsenal's top 4 efforts are as deluded as Wenger himself - Not good enough.

Not mincing your words there Craig. Not a Wenger fan we take it....?

American Pharoah to race at Breeders' Cup

Horse Racing

Triple Crown hero American Pharoah will race in next month's Breeders' Cup Classic despite his shock defeat at Saratoga last weekend. 

Bob Baffert's three-year-old became the first horse since 1978 to win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes earlier this summer and will be retired at the end of the year. 

American Pharoah
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But owner-breeder Ahmed Zayat is keen to see his charge sign off in what he describes as "the sport's premier year-end event" where he could face Aidan O'Brien's dual 2000 Guineas winner Gleneagles.   

Son shines for South Korea

Football

New Spurs signing Son Heung-Min scored a hat-trick as South Korea swept aside Laos 8-0 in their World Cup qualifier in Hwaseong.

Son, who joined in a deal worth £22m from Bayer Leverkusen, struck in the 17th minute to make it 2-0, slotting in after the ball was pulled back.

The 23-year-old made it 5-0 in the 74th minute with a powerful strike and he completed his first international treble a minute from time.

Son Heung-Min
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England resplendent in red

Rugby Union

England will wear their second choice red strip in the opening match of the Rugby World Cup after their opponents Fiji won the toss for the choice of playing kit and changing room.

Fiji’s first choice shirts are white, so England will have to wear red to avoid a colour clash. 

Fiji will also use the “home” changing room at Twickenham for the Pool A match which opens the tournament on 18 September.

England's white kit
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Kane seeks advice from Rooney

Football

Harry Kane
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Harry Kane has sought advice from England team-mate Wayne Rooney after his failure to score this season.

Tottenham striker Kane, 22, was the second highest Premier League scorer in 2014-15 with 21 goals but is goalless in four games this campaign.

 "As a striker you always go through spells when you're on fire and sometimes it doesn't go your way but I'm full of self-belief that I've got goals in me," he said. 

Southend close to first win - Brown

Football

Phil Brown
Empics

Southend manager Phil Brown is not worried by his side's slow start to the League One season and believes they are close to recording their first win of the campaign.

The Shrimpers, promoted via the play-offs last term, are 20th in the table with three points from five matches.

Speaking to BBC Essex, Brown said: "I think there's a win around the corner. The players are well equipped to this level and it's a matter of time."

England v Australia latest

Cricket

Australia have made 305-6 in their 50 overs against England in the first ODI at the Ageas Bowl.

How will England fare in their reply? Follow it all via the BBC Sport website.

Matthew Wade plays a shot for Australia
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Konta takes opening set

Tennis

Johanna Konta
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Britain's Johanna Konta has won the opening set of her match against Spain's ninth seed Garbine Muguruza on a tie-break.

Follow the latest from Flushing Meadows via the BBC Sport website.

Oviedo out of Costa Rica squad

Football

Everton defender Bryan Oviedo has withdrawn from the Costa Rica squad for their friendlies against Brazil and Uruguay because of a knee injury. The 25-year-old suffered a knock against Barnsley in the Capital One Cup last week and reported further discomfort following the trip to Spurs so will remain on Merseyside for treatment.

He is expected to be out for around 10 days.

Bryan Oviedo
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BreakingLedley to miss Wales qualifier

Football

Joe Ledley will miss Wales' crucial Euro 2016 qualifying match with Cyprus which kicks off at 19:45 BST.

BBC Sport has learned the Crystal Palace midfielder has a hamstring injury.

Joe Ledley
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Barnsley sign striker Jackson

Football

The transfer window may have ended, but the signings keep coming. League One side Barnsley have signed former Norwich and Coventry striker Simeon Jackson on a deal until January.

Celtic's Fletcher bid faltered

Football

Celtic failed to sign Sunderland and Scotland striker Steven Fletcher on loan before the transfer window closed, BBC Scotland has learned.

Bradley withdraws licence application

Horse Racing

BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght with the latest news on Graham Bradley's licence application

BHA says former jockey Graham Bradley (once banned for corruption) has withdrawn application for trainer's licence; Authority has opposed it

#Bradley: BHA says news comes after it advised "would be objecting [because] we did not believe he was a suitable person to hold a licence".

England v Australia latest

Cricket

Adil Rashid has taken four wickets for England against Australia in the first ODI at the Ageas Bowl.

It leaves the visitors on 228-6 after 42 overs and you can follow the latest via the BBC Sport website.

Say cheese...

Argentina v Bolivia (Sat, 01:30 BST)

Tottenham's Argentine forward Erik Lamela seems to be enjoying himself on international duty...

Team news

Cyprus v Wales (19:45 BST)

Three hours until kick off so here is some team news:

West Brom defender James Chester is unlikely to play because of a hamstring injury, but could return in time for Sunday's match with Israel in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale
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However, Hal Robson-Kanu will be fit, and James Collins, Ben Davies and David Edwards are back rafter missing June's 1-0 win over Belgium through injury.

Midfielders Joe Allen, Emyr Huws and Jonathan Williams as well as defender Adam Matthews are out injured, with David Vaughan also unavailable for family reasons.

On your bike...

Road Cycling

If this doesn't give you nightmares about flying over handlebars, it will hopefully inspire you to get out on your bike this weekend...

Have a sneak peek at the Rio 2016 Olympics mountain bike course, courtesy of course designer Nick Floores' helmet camera.  

Mountain bike course
BBC Sport

Atapattu resigns as Sri Lanka coach

Cricket

Sri Lanka coach Marvan Atapattu has resigned after less than a year in full charge. 

No reasons have been given by Sri Lanka Cricket, but it comes after a Test series loss to India.

WSL player retires to become referee

Football

Yeovil Town midfielder Stacey Pearson has retired from playing to focus her attention on reaching the Women's World Cup as a referee.

Stacey Pearson
The FA/Stacey Pearson

Pearson, 28, has been officiating men's and women's games while playing for the WSL 2 side.

"If I want to go higher in refereeing then I need to put more effort into it and get more experience," she told BBC Sport.

Deflategate - a final twist?

American Football

A US judge has overturned a four-game suspension against National Football League (NFL) quarterback Tom Brady, calling the league's disciplinary process "fundamentally unfair".

The NFL imposed the punishment following the 'deflategate' scandal.

Tom Brady
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NFL officials found that Brady had colluded with New England Patriots team members to deflate footballs below the allowable limit during a playoff game.

Brady can now play on 10 September against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hants chase modest target

Durham 213 & 200, Hampshire 251 & 47-1

BBC Solent's Kevan James at Chester-le-Street:

"Play did not get underway until 13:10 BST but the rain stayed away through the afternoon, so Hampshire, who need another 116, could wrap up victory with a day to spare.

"Jimmy Adams looked out of form before he was bowled by Chris Rushworth, and Graham Onions may consider himself unlucky not to have picked up a wicket as yet.

"The pitch is still offering help to the seam bowlers, but Michael Carberry (28 not out) is steering Hampshire towards their target." 

Wright makes Worcestershire suffer

Worcestershire 210, Sussex 510-5 dec

BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at New Road:

"A wonderful career-best innings of 226 from Luke Wright, including 28 fours and seven sixes, has put Sussex in a strong position.

"Having taken 23 balls to get off the mark, Wright flayed the Worcestershire attack to all parts, together with Ben Brown (103) and Chris Nash (90) before Sussex declared on 510-5.

"However, bad light has now set in and Sussex will be hoping their efforts to win this match are not thwarted by the weather."

Taylor treble boosts Leicestershire

Leicestershire 415, Gloucestershire 207-6

Rob Taylor took three wickets in successive overs to leave Leicestershire looking good for a first-innings lead against Gloucestershire at Grace Road.

Rob Taylor
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He ended a stand of 120 between Chris Dent (73) and Peter Handscomb (53) by dismissing both and also picked up the wicket of Hamish Marshall.

Benny Howell was caught behind off Clint McKay before the tea interval, which the visitors reached still 208 in arrears.

Croft props up Lancashire

Kent 570-8 dec, Lancashire 233-7

Skipper Steven Croft made an unbeaten 67 to give Lancashire hope of avoiding the follow-on against Kent at Canterbury.

Having begun their innings needing to score 350 to earn four bonus points that would make certain of promotion, their focus has now switched to trying to avoid defeat.

Jordan Clark (44) helped add 91 for the sixth wicket but was caught at slip, and Tom Bailey followed when he was bowled by spinner James Tredwell.  

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Wales v England debate

Stuart Rowson

Editor, BBC Sport online

We've asked a few of BBC Sport's best and brightest to come up with a combined England and Wales dream team since 1985. We had to cap it somewhere...

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Testing...?

Formula 1

They were playing the British national anthem over the PA as I arrived at the Autodromo Di Monza. Dress rehearsals for Sunday? #BBCF1

Carroll a welcome sight for Gold

Football

I'm at the training ground today and it's great to see Andy Carroll working with the first team squad. dg
I'm at the training ground today and it's great to see Andy Carroll working with the first team squad. dg

I'm at the training ground today and it's great to see Andy Carroll working with the first team squad. dg

Heading in the right direction

Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland (Fri, 19:45 BST)

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley is joined by Baggies colleague Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty of Norwich City as the Northern Ireland squad fly out to the Faroe Islands for their Euro 2016 qualifier.

What the managers said

Cyprus v Wales (19:45 BST)

Wales is not Gareth Bale, they are a very good team in general and we will focus on the whole team and not on Bale.

Charalampos ChristodoulouCyprus coach

What the managers said

Cyprus v Wales (19:45 BST)

Chris Coleman
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They'll make it difficult for us again, but why should they make it easy? It's notoriously tough when we come here and it's not as if Cyprus have got nothing to play for. The heat is on, the pressure is on, and this is where you find things out about yourself. We're good enough and strong enough to handle it.

Chris ColemanWales manager

England v Australia latest

Cricket

Australia have made a solid start in the first ODI against England in Southampton and are 118-1 after 24 overs.

Follow all the action via the BBC Sport website.

Australia's Steve Smith chases a run
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Rooney has 'a little way to go'

Football

World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst says England captain Wayne Rooney is "terrific" but not on current record goalscorer Sir Bobby Charlton's level.

Sir Geoff Hurst
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Rooney, 29, is on 48 goals, one short of Charlton and can overtake him in the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Switzerland.

"Rooney's a true great," said Hurst, who scored a hat-trick in the 1966 World Cup final win over Germany.

"But there is a little way to go, when you make comparisons as players."

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Wales v England debate

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

We've asked a few of BBC Sport's best and brightest to come up with a combined England and Wales dream team since 1985. We had to cap it somewhere...

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How they stand

Cyprus v Wales (19:45 BST)

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