12pm Sports News: Featuring Fabregas, Wiggins and Froome

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Barcelona have told Manchester United that midfielder Cesc Fabregas is not for sale. United have now seen two bids for the former Arsenal man turned down and David Moyes’ club may have to come up with a much larger offer than their latest £30 million bid to land the player.

Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has not ruled out the possibility of Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome lining up with each other for the Tour de France next year. Wiggins won the 2012 title but was not able to defend it, which gave Froome the chance to secure the yellow jersey in the latest tour.

Former Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink has resigned from his role as manager of Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala. The 66-year-old is to be replaced by Sir Alex Ferguson’s first team coach at Manchester United, Rene Meulensteen, who David Moyes was not able to keep at Old Trafford.

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson has been ruled out of the rest of the Ashes series. The seamer has suffered a stress fracture of the lower back and is likely to be replaced by Mitchell Starc for the third Test at Old Trafford. Cricket Australia are set to call up a replacement from the A side currently touring South Africa.

Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann is demanding more from his side as the Ashes takes a break until Thursday next week. England are 2-0 up in the five game series and the coach has called on the batsmen to make a better fist of things after being bowled out for under 130 in the first innings of the Lords Test.

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