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Archives for July 2007

Does Thaksin's takeover pass the test?

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Richard Burgess | 12:50 UK time, Tuesday, 31 July 2007

How do you judge whether someone is a “fit and proper” person? It’s not an easy question for anyone to answer with absolute conviction. So the Premier League might just be regretting that their test of club directors’ credentials is called the “Fit and Proper Persons Test.”

If you haven't seen it, basically it's a list of offences ranging from theft to forgery - you can see the full criteria here.

As the League points out: “The rules go above and beyond any requirement by UK Company Law.”

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RL giants go head to head on BBC Sport

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Carl Hicks Carl Hicks | 09:30 UK time, Friday, 27 July 2007

The 2007 Carnegie Challenge Cup was always set to be a memorable competition with the lure of the first rugby league final at 'New Wembley' finally hoving into view for two sets of players and supporters.

So with the hand of history beckoning there will be plenty of sweaty palms and twitchy fingers on display in two fascinating semi-finals live on BBC TV and Five Live this weekend.

First up on Saturday (BBC ONE, 12.10pm) is Bradford Bulls v St Helens. For many pundits this would have been the dream final as these two sides have dominated Rugby League since the Super League era began in 1996.

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On form for the World Athletics Trials

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Dave Gordon | 15:40 UK time, Wednesday, 25 July 2007

The World Athletics Championships starts in four weeks from this weekend, in Osaka. The event returns to Japan for the first time since Tokyo in 1991. Tokyo will always be remembered for the greatest long jump competition of all time as Americans Carl Lewis and Mike Powell went head to head. Powell took the honours with his fifth round jump of 8.95m, smashing Bob Beamon's 23-year-old record set at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. That night also saw the first of Britain's two gold medals when Liz McColgan triumphed in the 10,000m.

Overall, it was a successful championships for Britain - fifth in the medal table with a haul of two golds, two silvers and three bronze. Do you remember who got the other medals? A couple of clues for you: one athlete got Gold two years later in Stuttgart and four Britons were not content with winning just one medal in Tokyo but won two each! (Answers at the end).

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Striking a balance

Richard Burgess | 13:21 UK time, Friday, 20 July 2007

I don't know if you've noticed but David Beckham has just moved to a new club - in America, no less.

Ok, that was a pretty poor attempt at irony.

Judging by your emails, some of you have been tearing your hair out about the media's blanket coverage of Becks and Posh arriving Stateside. In fact, “blanket” probably doesn't do it justice - king-sized duvet is maybe more accurate (and before you say it, I know the BBC has covered the story as extensively as everyone else).

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Suspension of competitions

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Lewis Wiltshire | 16:12 UK time, Thursday, 19 July 2007

As most of you will not have failed to notice, the BBC has itself been the subject of the news over the last 24 hours, after an inquiry revealed a fresh batch of faked phone-ins.

As a result of this, the Director General has announced that all phone-related and interactive competitions across the BBC will be suspended, until sufficient steps have been implemented to ensure they are run fairly and honestly.

This obviously means you will be seeing no competitions on BBC Sport's various platforms and programming until further notice. We run some one-off competitions, which will now not happen, and also a few regular, rolling competitions, which will now be suspended indefinitely.

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Open golf on the red button

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Matt Millington | 17:21 UK time, Wednesday, 18 July 2007

From the searing heat of Hoylake last year to a sodden Carnoustie (and we are talking proper rain here), we gear up for our seventh year of interactive TV streaming from The Open. On a personal note, I'm thrilled to be at Carnoustie as it's the only Open venue I had not visited. The course looks spectacular, even with some ominous puddles forming.

My colleague Paul Davies has already written about our complete Open coverage, but I’m just going to go into a little more detail about the services which will be available via the red button. We will be returning to our roots somewhat and offering exclusive live coverage from holes 16, 17 and 18 - a service we initially offered back in 2001 and 2002 - rather than offering the player group option of more recent years.

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The Open on the BBC

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Paul Davies | 11:41 UK time, Tuesday, 17 July 2007

“It’s a beautiful drive,” said Ken Brown as we cruised out of the hidden back exit of Loch Lomond Golf Club on Sunday evening. Our destination of Carnoustie was an hour and 45 minutes away.

As a commentator, Ken is peerless, as a master of short cuts...where do I start? After an hour’s driving north we came across an accident. “Wouldn’t bother, mate,” quipped the chirpy policeman. We turned around and headed back the same way we had came and promptly joined a five mile queue of traffic that had itself poured out from the Scottish Open.

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From Wimbledon to Sachsenring

Belinda Moore Belinda Moore | 08:48 UK time, Thursday, 12 July 2007

So it's finally stopped raining long enough for us to get Wimbledon finished and I can get back to the day job of being Series Producer for MotoGP. June and July are a bit of a marathon from my point of view. I reckon by the end of July I'll have done more than 50 days and managed only five days off - the good news is, I have some time off booked after Laguna and I'm planning to sleep for days! Having said that I really enjoy working at Wimbledon as it’s a complete change from what I do on the bikes.

We left Donington on Sunday night and drove back to London. Within 12 hours I was walking in the gates of SW19. The first morning is always a bit chaotic regardless of how much preparation we do and this year was no different, not helped by pretty grim weather and then the Henman match meant we stayed on air till 9.30 in the evening – so it was a very long day indeed!

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Feast on golf at Loch Lomond

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Alex Kunawicz | 09:50 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2007

With the thrilling men’s final still fresh in the mind, many of our Wimbledon production team are now on their way to Scotland. Our domestic golf editor Jo McCusker explains more:

After a hectic two weeks at SW19, we’re on the move to the sunnier climes of Scotland. Starting on Thursday, Loch Lomond plays host to the Scottish Open - a wonderful build-up event to next week’s Open championship at Carnoustie. After a fortnight of top-class tennis, golf fans can look forward to the same.

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Answering more of your Wimbledon feedback

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Paul Davies | 10:35 UK time, Friday, 6 July 2007

Thanks for all the feedback we've had on our Wimbledon coverage so far. I will continue to answer some of the questions that you've been sending in:

Did the BBC have any say as to whether there would be play on the middle Sunday of Wimbledon?

Decisions about extra day’s play are purely down to the discretion of the club and the decision not to play on Sunday was theirs and theirs alone.

In hindsight, if they had known Sunday was going to be such a pleasant day and has they realised how bad the weather was going to be in the second week they may well have arrived at a different decision.

The weather information they had on Friday suggested no play was likely to take place on Sunday, so that was the main reason why they opted to leave it as a rest day. Also they were well up with play on the Friday in regards to the draw and only slightly behind on the Saturday, so they had no real concerns or requirement for an extra day’s play.

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Interactive doubles coverage

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Matt Millington | 15:11 UK time, Wednesday, 4 July 2007

We’re into day nine down here at Wimbledon and not surprisingly we've pretty much exhausted our library footage of previous finals. We’ve been called upon to fill five streams of interactive content with anything other than bedraggled fans sat round covered courts.

The big feedback theme we received in the first week centred round our use of Freeview streams and their relationship with BBC ONE and TWO, which I pretty much covered in my previous blog.

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Hamilton in pole position for award?

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Roger Mosey | 14:52 UK time, Tuesday, 3 July 2007

We still have five months to go before this year's Sports Personality of the Year is unveiled, but some people have made their minds up already. The bookmakers Paddy Power are accepting bets on anyone except Lewis Hamilton, and a lot of the press and blog comment has moved from last year’s:

“They're all second-rate and nobody deserves to win”

To this year’s:

“It's all cut-and-dried now, so why bother to have a vote at all?”

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Your weekend feedback

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Alex Kunawicz | 14:17 UK time, Monday, 2 July 2007

With the weather at Wimbledon causing plenty of rain delays, the BBC commentary team (plus our archive) have been working hard to keep viewers entertained during breaks in play.

And with so many hours of coverage – on BBC ONE and TWO plus interactive – you’ve all had plenty of time to critique our commentators and pundits. John McEnroe and Boris Becker have once again been widely praised, as has a new member of the team.

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