Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali tell the BBC's Russian Service that the heavyweight boxing division is not at a low ebb, citing the 50,000 fans who watched Wladimir's bout with David Haye as evidence.
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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
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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.
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Paraguay captain Paulo da Silva believes they must play a "perfect match" to beat Brazil when the teams meet in
Group B at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium on Saturday.
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.
Under-weather Bolt still too good
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."
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Christophe Lemaitre, second in the men's 100m on home soil in Paris
: "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."
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.
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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."
2114: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - Steve Cram on BBC Red Button:
"The action in
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."
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.
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Technical issues in Paris are delaying the start of the men's 200m. Long wait. Usain Bolt shrugging his shoulders but smiling.
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Jos Buttler hit an
unbeaten 72 from 45 balls
Somerset strengthened their chances of reaching the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals
with a 15-run win over Gloucestershire at Taunton.
2049: DIAMOND LEAGUE ATHLETICS - World record holder Usain Bolt about to run in the men's 200m, despite illness...
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.
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.
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.
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Start at Northampton has been delayed, due to rain, in the Friends Life t20 match between Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire.
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, 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.
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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.
1951: BREAKING TENNIS
defeats Laurent Bram of Luxembourg
6-0 6-0 6-0
to level the
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
athletics from Paris live on the BBC Red Button and BBC Sport website now.
- In Glasgow,
takes the second set 6-0 as well.
reports that eight-time NBA all-star centre
has retired at the age of 30.
- Team Sky rider
: "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!!"
wins the first set of his match with Laurent Bram 6-0, conceding only five points in the process.
has had no bids for striker
. "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."
- Play has been called off for the day at the
due to the poor weather. Scott Jamieson, Graeme McDowell and Peter Whiteford share the lead at -11.
- Bolt will be running the 200m at 2046 BST.
is in action in Paris this evening and you can follow all the action from the
meeting on the BBC red button and
the BBC website
from 1900 BST.
1828: BREAKING TENNIS
- Gilles Muller beats
6-3 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 to give Luxembourg a 1-0 lead in the
tie in Glasgow.
- Team Sky rider
on the incident which saw team-mate
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."
- In the
, Gilles Muller breaks serve in the third set to lead Jamie Ward 2-0 having already won the first two sets.
- Play suspended for the second time today at the
because of the threat of lightning. Organisers say they will inspect conditions in an hour.
Wenger signed Fabregas from Barcelona in 2003.
tells his club's website that he is determined to keep hold of captain
: "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."
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.
- Muller beats Ward 7-4 in the tie-break to give
the second set of their
tie in Glasgow.
1755: FORMULA 1
- BBC Sport pundit
answers your questions online
as he predicts the weather to play a key role in this weekend's race at Silverstone.
- The second set between
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.
- Former Liverpool striker
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."
- Update from the
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 website
in action later on this evening.
1729: FORMULA 1
- BBC Sport's news correspondent Andy Swiss interviews
at Silverstone, with Ecclestone saying: "
is not dangerous - he doesn't need to calm down, he needs to go faster." More to follow on
, their former assistant first-team coach, as the club's new sporting director.
1720: DISABILITY SPORT
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
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
- To confirm the stage seven results, Cavendish won from Alessandro Petacchi with Andre Greipel in third place.
was seventh to keep hold of the yellow jersey.
- HTC rider
"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
has suffered a knee injury in training and will undergo tests to determine the extent of the problem,
the club announce
1701: BREAKING CYCLING
- British rider
wins the 17th stage of his Tour de France career.
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
broken left collarbone
as the riders enter the final sprint.
- Guardian journalist Richard Moore
: "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."
- As we still await confirmation of the tour-ending injury suffered by
, 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.
- Scotland striker
has signed a three-year contract with Turkish club
for an undisclosed fee, reports BBC Scotland's Jonathan Sutherland.
- LA Lakers star
could be playing in Europe this autumn, according to
the Talkbasket website
. 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.
has picked up an injury in pre-season training. Statement expected at 1700 BST.
- Spanish rider
fastest in first qualifying for the World Superbike round in Brno this weekend.
1616: BREAKING CYCLING
- After a dull day on the Tour some drama as a big crash sees a host of riders down. Britain's
is holding his arm and could be out of the Tour. More to follow.
- Still no play at the Scottish Open, with 5pm being suggested as a possible start time.
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
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
- Update from the
, 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.
has signed a new one-year contract to stay at Loftus Road.
- Great Britain's
tie with Luxembourg is about to get underway in Glasgow and you can follow the live action on
the official website
is in action later on this evening.
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.
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GOLD for Britain's
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 apology
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.
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)
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.
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.
Katherine Grainger, Britain's top female rower
, 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.
- Liverpool defender John Flanagan has signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, reports the Press Association.
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.
- Recently retired
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.
- Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham tells the
club's official website
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
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
after his round of 66 at the
: "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."
Sky Sports report
that Warwickshire off-spinner
has been suspended from bowling in county cricket until a second independent analysis of his action.
- Sport and Olympics Minister
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."
- 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 commentary
on the official Tour website.
expects a busy month as he tells the
London Evening Standard
: "Unless there are four or five of the young players ready to come in, we probably need to sign eight from outside."
- BBC Radio 5 Live chief football reporter
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."
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
- Manchester United boss
Sir Alex Ferguson
: "Chris has been outstanding since joining us from Fulham last year. He is a great asset to the team."
1230: BREAKING FOOTBALL
signs new five-year contract at Old Trafford.
plan to establish a youth academy in India, its owners say ahead of the club's pre-season tour of the sub-continent.
Smalling won the Premier League last season
- Spanish football club
files for protection from creditors under Spanish bankruptcy law after team president Francisco Pernia says that the club owes more than 33m euros.
- BBC Scotland's Chris McLaughlin
: "Work permit approved for Victor Wanyama #Celtic."
- British rider
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
- 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.
1133: FORMULA 1
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
- Stage seven of the
Tour de France
is underway and the riders face a 218km ride from Le Mans to Chateauroux. Follow
live text commentary
on the official Tour website.
1121: BREAKING FOOTBALL
have confirmed the
City of Manchester Stadium
at Eastlands will be renamed the
after striking a 10-year partnership agreement with Etihad Airways.
1115: FORMULA 1
- BBC online F1 editor
reports that: "F1's latest rule amendment is causing a bit of a kerfuffle this weekend" in
on first practice at Silverstone.
- Also in the north east, defender
has been as named
new captain, saying: "It is one of the proudest moments of my career."
1102: FOOTBALL -
Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan
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.
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
Bellamy spent last season on loan at Cardiff City
1011: FOOTBALL -
Bellamy also reveals in his interview to
the Daily Telegraph
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 -
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 Telegraph
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
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.
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.
0935: BREAKING FOOTBALL -
Sunderland confirm the signing of midfielder David Vaughan on a three-year contract.
0931: ATHLETICS -
World 100m and 200m record holder
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 -
BBC Sport Wales understands,
that Cardiff City have targeted Plymouth Argyle striker Joe Mason and have agreed a £250,000 fee with the club.
0908: FOOTBALL -
The Northern Echo report
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."
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.
0815: FOOTBALL -
The Daily Mirror
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.
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