12pm Sports News: Featuring Murray, Broad and Lamela

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

US Open champion Andy Murray is safely through to the second round as he seeks to defend his title. Murray produced some world class tennis to beat Michael Llodra in straight sets (6-2, 6-4, 6-3) as he laid doubts to rest over his form in warm up events leading into the final major of the season.

Celtic join Arsenal in the draw for the Champions League group stage later this afternoon. The Scottish champions overturned a 2-0 first leg deficit against Shakhter Karagandy winning 3-0 in front of their own supporters to ensure they will be in the draw. The groups will be decided at 4pm.

England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad has slammed Michael Vaughan’s criticism of the ECB’s recent decision to rest key players for the ODI and T20 matches against Australia. Several players including Alastair Cook, Ian Bell. Graeme Swann, James Anderson and Broad himself will miss various limited overs matches.

“I think they're [Vaughan's comments] disrespectful to the side that's going to go out on the field. There are guys who have performed throughout the county season to get a chance at the international level,” said Broad.

Serie A giants Roma are claiming that a €30 million deal has been struck with Tottenham Hotspur for Argentine forward Erik Lamela. The deal could trigger Gareth Bale’s move to Real Madrid, expected to be worth around £86 million, leaving Spurs plenty of change to make further signings.

The Wales Open is underway as several European players looked to earn points which could see them qualify for the Ryder Cup team next year. Several top players including Francesco Molinari and Miguel Angel Jimenez return to Celtic Manor, the setting for Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup win.

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