12pm Sports News: Featuring Suarez, Pietersen and McIlroy

Pietersen Batting At Lord's - 2011

A round up of the latest news stories from across the world of sport.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has told striker Luis Suarez to train alone as punishment for showing the club a lack of respect. Rodgers has also furiously disputed Suarez’s suggestions that he made a personal promise to the forward that he would be sold this summer had Liverpool not qualified for the Champions League.

England batsman Kevin Pietersen has reacted furiously to claims from Australia that he uses special tape on the edge of his bat to cheat the DRS system.

“If I nick it, I'll walk. To suggest I cheat by covering my bat with silicone [in order to fool the Hot Spot system] infuriates me. Such horrible lies,” said Pietersen via his Twitter account.

Celtic have moved one step closer to qualifying for the Champions League after a 0-0 draw against Elfsborg. Celtic progress to the play-off round as they look to qualify for the Champions League group stage, which presents them with the opportunity to go up against the best clubs in Europe.

US PGA Championship champion Rory McIlroy says he’s been watching past glories as he prepares to defend his title. McIlroy has been struggling with his form this year but he said he’s looking to bounce back in the final major of the season.

“I've been watching a few videos of last year at Kiawah and watching some videos of some of my best weeks that I've played and it sort of lifted me a little bit and I took some good things away from that,” McIlroy told the press.

Andy Murray is safely through to the second round of the Rogers Cup after beating Marcel Gronollers in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6. It was Murray’s first competitive match following his win at Wimbledon, as he prepares for the start of the US hard court season and trying to defend his US Open title.

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