9.50pm ET

What time will Khan v Algieri start?

Saf K chimes in on Twitter to asks what time tonight’s main event starts. We’ve just finished the ninth round of tonight’s final prelim, a 12-rounder, so I’ll venture to guess Khan and Algieri make their ringwalks at 10.15pm ET/3.15 BST.

9.40pm ET

The pace in Fortuna-Vasquez has slowed a bit in the middle rounds. Good time to look back at a conversation I had with Khan’s trainer Virgil Hunter this week. Found he had some interesting thoughts on the negative public reaction to Mayweather v Pacquiao.

You don’t have educated fans today. And the people on TV, with all due respect to them, they try to program the fan into thinking that, if it’s not a certain way, it’s not a good fight. But that same fan will watch a good strategic soccer game or a basketball game. Strategy, always strategy. Success in life comes from strategy.

9.27pm ET

Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) in the ring now against Bryan Vasquez (34-1, 18 KOs) with the vacant WBA junior lightweight championship on the line. Well, the regular version, whatever that means. Lots of crowd-pleasing exchanges so far. I’ve got Fortuna ahead three rounds to none on my card. Barclays Center, roughly half-empty in the minutes before this fight, filling up nicely now.

9.05pm ET

Tale of the tape

Hello! We’re here at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, where just one preliminary fight remains before Amir Khan takes on Chris Algieri in a 12-round welterweight fight. A quick look at tonight’s tale of the tape before we move forward.

8.47pm ET

Bryan will be here shortly. Meanwhile, here’s his preview of tonight’s fight:

This time last year Amir Khan was on the shortlist of candidates to meet Floyd Mayweather in a Saturday night pay-per-view blockbuster from Las Vegas, the sport’s most prestigious and lucrative platform. Now he’s fighting Chris Algieri on a Friday in Brooklyn on Spike TV, the network that brought you Stripperella, 1,000 Ways to Die and Tattoo Nightmares.

The Bolton puncher has always been proof the road to success is seldom a straight line. Wins over world champions like Devon Alexander, Marcos Maidana, Zab Judah, Andriy Kotelnik and Paulie Malignaggi have pushed him to the fringe of the Hall of Fame discussion, but the high-profile setbacks – a tactically inept knockout loss to Danny Garcia and 54-second destruction at the hands of Breidis Prescott – have often subverted his ascent at the worst possible times.

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By Bryan Armen Graham at the Barclays Center

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An estimated 36m smartwatches are predicted to be sold by the end of 2015, as more consumers allow smart techonology to grace their wrists

It is the smartwatch that broke crowdfunding records, with more than 78,000 people pledging over $20m in support of the Pebble Time – a digital watch evolved to transplant the bings, bongs and vibrations of your phone from your pocket or bag to your wrist. This week those funders have begun to receive their smartwatches, as the Pebble Time entered an increasingly competitive and crowded field.

With smartphones at saturation point, and failing to dramatically improve, tablets only getting marginally thinner, and cameras, music players, portable gaming consoles and satnavs killed by smartphones, wearables are currently the most innovative area of consumer technology. While fitness trackers led the way, 2015 is the year of the smartwatch.

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By Samuel Gibbs

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Kazi Islam, 19, groomed a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a Lee Rigby copycat killing

A teenage terrorist has been sentenced to eight years for grooming a young man with learning difficulties to carry out a Lee Rigby copycat killing.

Kazi Islam, 19, tried to persuade 19-year-old Harry Thomas to buy the ingredients for a pipe bomb and to attack one or more soldiers with a kitchen knife or meat cleaver on his command.

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By Press Association

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Few details were revealed about the incident after army facility in Utah recently sent anthrax to nine US states, as well as South Korean military base

Related: Pentagon anthrax blunder reveals ‘chain of errors’ in government lab protocols

The Pentagon said on Friday the army may have mistakenly sent live anthrax to a laboratory in Australia in 2008, in addition to the suspected live anthrax it sent this year to more than a dozen labs in the US and South Korea.

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By Associated Press in Washington

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Track operator and Rail, Maritime and Transport union to continue attempt to resolve pay dispute

Talks between unions and rail bosses will continue this weekend in an attempt to avert planned strikes by rail workers over a pay dispute. Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union at Network Rail are due to walk out for 24 hours from next Thursday evening and 48 hours the following week, threatening travel chaos after a new pay offer was rejected.

Network Rail and the RMT met at the conciliation service Acas on Friday afternoon to try to avert strike action. An Acas spokesman said: “Talks took place at the conciliation service Acas this afternoon to attempt to resolve the Network Rail dispute. These talks adjourned early evening and will reconvene tomorrow morning.”

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Heavier people are more at risk, warns cancer expert at Chicago conference

Tackling obesity is a major priority, the UK government has said, as a report warns that it is the cause of one in five cancer deaths.

At the world’s biggest conference on cancer, it was claimed that obesity was killing tens of thousands of people a year in Britain and it is about to replace tobacco as the leading preventable cause of cancer in the west, according to a report in the Times.

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Cuba was placed on list in 1982 but has ‘provided assurances it will not support acts of international terrorism in the future’ yet economic sanctions remain

The United States has formally dropped Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism, the State Department announced on Friday, adding a symbolic punctuation mark to talks that aim to end decades of antagonism.

The removal of Cuba from the terrorism list eliminates an obstacle to restoring diplomatic ties between the countries after a 50-year estrangement. Cuban diplomats had urged rescission as a condition of normalizing relations, alongside the restoration of bank services for Cubans in the US.

Related: Obama to remove Cuba from list of state sponsors of terrorism

Related: Cuba-US thaw brings fate of cold war-era fugitives on the island into focus

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By Alan Yuhas in New York

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Justice minister Peter MacKay’s resignation comes after former foreign minister announces exit from politics, putting yet more strain on Harper government

The political pact binding Canadian conservatives together has come under renewed strain after yet another senior cabinet minister announced that he was bailing out of the increasingly unpopular government of Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper.

Justice minister Peter MacKay declaration on Friday that he would not to seek re-election in this fall’s upcoming federal election came after former foreign minister John Baird unexpectedly announced he was leaving politics earlier this year, increasing speculation that even the ruling Conservatives are seeing the end of days for their majority government in October.

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By John Barber in Toronto

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The former Barcelona youth player has seized his chance to shine at right-back for Arsenal and now looks forward to his first FA Cup final

As Héctor Bellerín boards the bus bound for Wembley on Saturday, it will be impossible for him not to reflect on the journey he made a year before. When Arsenal played Hull in last season’s FA Cup final the Spaniard got together with the club’s other young players, sporting their boyband civvies, pretty relaxed, and made his way there to sit in the crowd and watch. At the time Bellerín had made just one appearance for Arsenal – roughly 25 minutes as a substitute in extra time of a Capital One Cup tie at West Brom. Watching the first team parading around the silver, he felt a surge of desire to have that feeling himself some day. “It was an inspiration,” he says.

Related: Arsenal’s Wojciech Szczesny hits back at father’s ‘idiotic comments’

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By Amy Lawrence

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• Wenger wants midfielder at the club for his peak years
• Wilshere is not certain to start FA Cup final against Aston Villa

Arsène Wenger has said he has never considered selling Jack Wilshere, nor is he about to start. The midfielder, who has been with the club since the age of nine, stated recently that it would hurt if Arsenal sold him and feel strange to wear another shirt. Wenger responded by emphasising his commitment to the 23-year-old.

“I made Jack Wilshere start at 17 years of age,” said the Arsenal manager. “That means that you cannot show a bigger desire of wanting a player. We have always extended his contract and we have been very patient with all his injuries. At some stage I think he must feel wanted. We always stood by him through every difficult moment. Does that mean we want him to stay here for a longer period? Yes, as we would like to benefit from his talent now.” The message to any potential suitors is an unequivocal hands off.

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By Amy Lawrence

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