12pm Sports News: Featuring Pardew, Raikkonen and Murray

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

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has voiced his anger at the timing of Arsenal’s bid for midfielder Yohan Cabaye. Cabaye was left out of Newcastle’s squad to play Manchester City last night following the £10 million offer earlier in the day.

“You prepare for three days with a player of that talent and that was taken away from us. It had a huge bearing on the result as well [Newcastle lost 4-0],” said Pardew.

Meanwhile, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he’s delighted with the aggressive style his side displayed in the victory. City looked a genuine threat throughout the match and didn’t take their foot off the gas even when Newcastle were reduced to ten men with Steven Taylor sent off.

Tennis legend John McEnroe says reigning US Open champion Andy Murray is now the hunted man in the sport. Murray currently holds two of the four Grand Slam titles as he prepares to defend his US Open title at Flushing Meadows, with the tournament starting next week.

Kimi Raikkonen is targeting a return to Ferrari return according to the latest reports. The Lotus formula One driver had been touted as a possible replacement for Mark Webber at Red Bull but that move seems unlikely to happen with Red Bull likely to complete a deal to sign Daniel Ricciardo.

England fast bowler Stuart Broad has defended his decision not to walk in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. At a crucial point in the match, Broad edged spinner Ashton Agar to first slip but didn’t walk and was given not out.

“It wasn't as clear-cut as everyone had thought, although I knew I'd hit it. For players on the field not to have known if I nicked it proves there was confusion,” said the seamer.

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