Sportsday - Friday 1 JuneLive

Liverpool unveil Brendan Rodgers, Roy Hodgson's news conference, French Open tennis day five, plus more.

1 June 2012

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    Good morning and welcome to Friday's Sportsday Live. It is going to be another busy day in the world of sport and as always we will be bringing you all the breaking news as it happens.

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    LATEST GOSSIP

    But first we start with three tales from our football gossip column.

    Brendan Rodgers is set to raid Swansea for three of his former players after he is unveiled as Liverpool's new manager - forward Scott Sinclair, 23, midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 22, and defender Ashley Williams, 27. Sigurdsson was set to join the Swans after a successful loan spell but has not completed his move yet. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea have agreed a fee of £38m for Porto striker Hulk, 25, and the deal is ready to be closed subject to a medical. (Guardian)

    Manchester City are battling with Juventus and Wolfsburg to sign £15m-rated Bologna midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 21, who has also been linked with Liverpool and Tottenham. (Sun)

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    RUGBY UNION

    Sale Sharks have appointed former Gloucester boss Bryan Redpath as their new director of rugby.

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    Brendan Rodgers is set to be unveiled by Liverpool this morning but will he will be given the time to turn the Anfield club around? And what are his key priorities in the weeks ahead? Also, there is speculation about Scott Parker's fitness in this morning's papers. Where does Roy Hodgson go next if yet another England midfielder is ruled out of the Euros? Let us know your thoughts by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

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    CYCLING

    British cyclist David Millar has confirmed he will take part in the London games if selected. Millar, who served a suspension for doping, was among the athletes to benefit when the BOA was forced to drop its by-law that excluded drug cheats from the GB team. Millar told the Times newspaper that he was available. He said: "I spent a lot of time thinking about it, but I've concluded that if I can be of benefit to the team, I would be happy to help."

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    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa are hopeful of announcing Paul Lambert as their new manager within the next 24 hours, according to PA Sport.

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    FOOTBALL

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho has backed ex-Chelsea colleague Brendan Rodgersto succeed as Liverpool boss.

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    Richard Milbourne on Twitter: "Would love to see @millarmind at the Olympics, bossing the race for @MarkCavendish like he did at the worlds. Second chances."

    Let us know your views on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea defender John Terry will miss the first two games of next season's European campaign after receiving a three-match ban from Uefa.

    He has already missed the final victory over Bayern Munich following his red card in the semi-final with Barcelona but Uefa has now decided to add two more games to his punishment.

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    Riz Zabar on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers needs to be given time if he is to succeed at Liverpool! His style of play is perfect!"

    Andrew Cussen on Twitter: "Pleased with Rodgers' appointment. He will do well, and should be more shrewd in the market than Kenny/Comolli."

    Tom Joad on Twitter: "FSG always wanted to have a young manager but needed Kenny to calm the waters, now Rodgers will be given the time to build."

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    TENNIS

    Andy Murray has hit back at Virginia Wade after the former Wimbledon champion branded him a "drama queen" in his second-round comeback against Jarkko Nieminen at the French Open. Responding to the comments, the Scot told the Guardian: "To me that's quite disappointing, to be honest. I know how I felt on the court. I know how bad it was. I've known her since I was a really young kid. She has no idea what I was feeling on the court."

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    FOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jan Molby says that nothing can prepare Brendan Rodgers for the size of the task he will face as manager at Anfield.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Simon Walker on Twitter: "Henderson for Lampard is joke surely. Should be Livermore, but he doesn't play for Roy's former club...."

    Paul Hartley on Twitter: "Jay Spearing?!"

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    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "So if we are assuming Joe Cole will come good under Rodgers then are we to expect Carroll to be told he can leave?!"

    Ian Gray on Twitter: "Excited about Rodgers appointment. Give him time and he will make Liverpool the Barcelona of England. Bring on next season."

    Ed Morris on Twitter: "Another new manager for Liverpool, but for Rodgers? Surely a very risky move, Why didn't they go for O'Neill? Or Capello?"

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    John Ruddy, who was forced to miss Euro 2012 with a fractured finger, talks to BBC Radio 5 live about Frank Lampard's absence: "It's disappointing for Frank and England as a nation. He is a very important part of the team as is Gareth Barry. I don't think too many tears were shed when I withdrew but Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry are big losses. But from what I saw with my time with the squad, everything looked positive and sharp."

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    DHG on Twitter: "Why not Danny Murphy? He's 2 yrs younger than Scholes - and unlike latter he wants to play for England and can play 90 mins."

    Gordon Hay on Twitter: "If Parker has to pull out of ‪Euro2012‬ then I imagine Hodgsen will be on the phone to Mr Scholes begging him."

    Pratik Singh on Twitter: "Spearing?????!!!! Fyi Carrick is still alive!"

    Jim Weeks on Twitter: "Potentially five Liverpool starters vs France: Johnson, Gerrard, Henderson, Downing and Carroll. Optimism fading fast!"

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    TENNIS

    Pick of the day at the French Open is Roger Federer against Nicolas Mahut. We'll have live text commentary on the action at Roland Garros later this morning.

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    FOOTBALL

    John Ruddy tells BBC Radio 5 live that Paul Lambert, who is a target for Aston Villa, should be proud of his work at Carrow Road. Ruddy said: "If he does end up leaving, then every Norwich fan can feel a great satisfaction with the position he's left the club in. I don't think his work should be underestimated at all. I've thoroughly enjoyed working with him, and I hope it can continue, but if he does move on, then he's left us in a fantastic position considering where we were when he took over. It's nothing short of a miracle."

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    Paul Warner on Twitter: "Please not another day of Carrick this and Carrick that. He's retired and not interested. ‪#Moveforward‬."

    Matthew Codrington on Twitter: "How is nobody talking about Michael Carrick? Jordan Henderson is unbelievably over-rated."

    Sonny and Luca Bryce on Twitter: "At this rate we'll be going into the Euros with a midfield of Hargreaves and Butt!"‪

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    CRICKET

    Cricket Ireland president Jimmy Joyce has stepped down from the position for family reasons.

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    Lee Firth on Twitter: "It's because of the likes of Lawrenson and Molby that lfc are still in the 80's. Seems like they want Rodgers to fail already!"

    David Kelly on Twitter: "Today is the start of a new dawn for Liverpool FC. We have to believe that the future is bright."

    Adam Wright on Twitter: "Liverpool reject Alberto Aquilani could be the perfect fit under Brendan Rodgers, with his great range of passing."

    Vinay Bhudia on Twitter: "How Rogers is getting all the praise for swans playing style is crazy, Martinez started it off before he went to Wigan."

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Veteran winger Rhodri McAtee is among six established Cornish Pirates released by the club as they finalise their squad.

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    FOOTBALL

    Ahead of his news conference at Anfield Brendan Rodgers has been speaking to the South Wales Evening Post about swapping Swansea for Liverpool. He said: "In my life and in my football, I have been very happy in Swansea.

    "But when an opportunity to work at a club which is more than a club comes round, it's a professional challenge which is too good to turn down.

    "Liverpool are one of the dynasties of the game. They have won five European Cups and their status is up there with AC Milan, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers added: "I have had three previous opportunities to move on but I never had to consider them for very long.

    "But when a club of Liverpool's status comes in (you have to pay attention). I turned them down once out of respect, because I didn't want to go into a process and disrespect anything about Swansea. When they come in a second time and make you their No. 1 target, then you have to think."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers continued: "For me, the only way I was going to leave Swansea was for a big club, and I mean a big club.

    "It was an extremely, extremely difficult decision because my plan was always to stay here at Swansea for a number of years."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew Woods on Twitter: "Feel really sorry for Swansea and their fans and really hope Brendan doesn't come back to pick their squad apart."

    Tom Todd on Twitter: "Rodgers going on about a dynasty, two words for him: Mid Table."

    Nivash on Twitter: "Think B-Rod will do us good. We need to support manager. Need to realise we are not Top 4 and world class managers not interested."

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell says the days of his club chasing big-name signings from Australia are over. "We aren't in the market for big names," Hudgell told the Hull Daily Mail. "We can't afford them, given how the market is."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew Fitzgerald on Twitter: "Henderson wasn't at ‪#LFC‬ when Roy was there. Carrick wasn't on the standby list so can't be chose, is that hard to understand?"

    Phil Stephen on Twitter: "Potentially the worst England midfield for 100 years, and that was before the injuries!"

    Malcolm Pillay on Twitter: "Kevin Nolan wouldn't be a bad addition to the England squad if Parker is out. Same goes for Joey Barton!"

    Get in touch with us via twitter using #bbcsportsday.

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    ATHLETICS

    Head coach Charles van Commenee says he was not the "senior figure" at UK Athletics who called British heptathlete Jessica Ennis "fat".

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at Anfield on Twitter: "Tom Werner is at Anfield this morning and will introduce the new ‪#LFC‬ manager."

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    Will Harrison on Twitter: "If Parker is ruled out why not give Murphy a chance? Two years younger than Scholes and has never turned England down unlike Carrick."

    Ash Watson on Twitter: "I'd have loved to see Leon Osman get an England call-up. His consistency in the PL is better than any other midfielder I believe."

    Daniel Nixon on Twitter: "Why are we English the only nation in the world to rip our team to shreads before we even get to a tournament?"

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    OLYMPICS

    European champion Aaron Cook has edged closer to competing at London 2012 after the British Olympic Association (BOA) vetoed GB Taekwondo's nomination of Lutalo Muhammad.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Kayode Akinpelu on Twitter: "Simultaneously changing a BIG team's playing culture and fortune isnt as easy as it sounds. Ask AVB; Ask Raneiri; Ask Capello."

    Matt Dixon on Twitter: "Carroll won't leave with Rodgers at Liverpool, look at what he did with Danny Graham."

    Tony Gath on Twitter: "Rodgers already sounding like a lfc fan going on about history not present and future."

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    RACING

    Frank Keogh, BBC Sport at Epsom

    "Ladies' Day heralds the start of the Epsom Derby meeting, and a bright start greeted the early birds arriving at the Surrey course. The going remains good, good to firm in places, with Maybe set to go off favourite for the fillies' Classic, the Oaks, at 1605 BST, in which 13 run after outsider Toptempo was declared a non-runner. The leading lady herself, the Queen, will be here on Saturday to mark the official start of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations."

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    RACING

    Friday's coverage from Epsom on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website (UK users) runs from 1330 to 1630, while 5 live will have commentary on the Oaks at 1605. You can follow all the latest results on the website.

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    FOOTBALL

    Brendan Rodgers' news conference at Liverpool is coming up shortly.

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    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool release a statement, confirming Rodgers's arrival and principal owner John Henry said: "Fenway Sports Group is committed to building for the long-term. Brendan Rodgers's appointment today as manager of Liverpool Football Club is one of the most important steps we will take in building the kind of club on and off the pitch supporters can be excited about."

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    Henry adds: "We do not expect miracles overnight nor should anyone else. But we firmly believe that the direction the club is heading in will lead to Premier League championships. We will embrace the unconventional, build the right way and together set a bold, exciting course for this historic club."

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    FOOTBALL

    Henry continues: "Brendan's comprehensive football philosophy is perfectly aligned with those at the club and those soon to join the club. He was the first choice unanimously among them and he had no hesitation at all in embracing exactly what we want to try to build at Liverpool."

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    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says: "The style of football Brendan is associated with is exactly what we want to see at Anfield. Aggressive, attacking play; Swansea were a revelation last season with their brand of entertaining football.

    "But it's not just what he has achieved in the last two years that has impressed us; he has dedicated his career to coaching, has studied the game all over Europe and he is the perfect person to take this club forward."

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    FOOTBALL

    Brendan Rodgers is now being presented as Liverpool manager by chairman Tom Werner.

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    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith on Twitter: "LFC‬ have this morning confirmed that they will continue to "adhere to the continental sporting director model."

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    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner: "Brendan is only the 18th person to have the great honour of being the Liverpool manager.

    "I just want to thank Kenny Dalglish, who is the heart and soul of Liverpool. He brought great stability to the club at a time when we needed it.

    "I believe our supporters will embrace Brendan's attacking principles."

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    FOOTBALL

    Werner adds: "Jose Mourinho brought him into his coaching staff at a time when Chelsea achieved two Premier League titles.

    "We did speak to a number of people in the last few weeks but Brendan is the only person we made an offer to. He is the first choice and the right choice."

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    FOOTBALL

    Brendan Rodgers says: "Once I found out I was the number one target, it was an easy decision. Even though I'm young in age, I have been coaching and working in football for 20 years.

    "At Chelsea I had the experience of working with big players. Kenny Dalglish was the manager here at 34 and resigned at 39. He won three league titles and two FA Cups."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers adds: "Overall it is a long-term situation. That was important to me for a project that is over a number of years. For me it is about the principles of the club, which is to play attractive football. The realism is that we might not be ready for the title now. But the process begins now."

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    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says: "Some people decided to say they were in the process [of selecting a manager] when they weren't.

    "There will be a collaborative group of people working around the football area. We don't envisage having a football director but a group of people working with Brendan."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers says: "I'm very proud and honoured to be announced today as the manager of Liverpool.

    "Whether you're a League Two player or a top Premier League player, it is about respect. I was never a big player. I had to go down a different field of earning respect on the coaching pitch."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers adds: "I promise I'll fight for my life and for the people in this city. Hopefully over time I will earn that respect. If you can have success, hopefully you can be here for many years. It's a real special club. I'm really looking forward to moving here to the city."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers continues: "The only thing I want to say about Swansea is my deepest gratitude for what they've done. It was a very special two years I had there. We created history. It's a sad day to leave."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers says: "The assessment is simple: there's big quality in the squad. I'm really looking forward to working with some of the greats of this football club. Look at Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. Plus Pepe Reina and Craig Bellamy. They are all top, top players.

    "The principles of your game are based upon the players of what you have, so I will look into seeing if we need to bring anyone in to improve that."

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    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool MD Ian Ayre says: "We would not force any players on the manager."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgersclarifies the make-up of the management structure, saying: "If it was a sporting director, that was something I made clear I couldn't work with. What you need is an outstanding team. We will form a technical board that will have four or five people that will decide the way forward."

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    John Hiley on Twitter: "Impressed with the statements from Werner & Henry re: Rodgers appointment. Who said Americans don't understand 'soccer'?!"

    Tom Joad on Twitter: "Rodgers refuses to confirm that LFC won't be able to sign Swansea players for 12 months so expect some activity there."

    Patrick Oberg on Twitter: "Really hope this proves to be the appointment for ‪#lfc‬ need them back in the mix to stop the Manchester duopoly."

    Let us know your views via Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

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    Alex Green on Twitter: "I find it a shame that newly-promoted clubs lose their managers after one good season. It means the same teams stay in the prem."

    Ultric Engelbrecht on Twitter: "Rodgers is the perfect man for liverpool. Already pulled the history card."

    Tom Grant on Twitter: "The day that the Olympic torch arrives in Liverpool, a new burden of light comes to ‪#LFC‬ in the shape of Brendan Rodgers."

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    FOOTBALL

    Rodgers adds: "It's been 20 years since they won the title. We might not be ready for that now but the process begins today."

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    FOOTBALL

    Billy McKay agrees a new two-year deal with Inverness, but defender ThomasPiermayr intends to move to Germany.

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    CRICKET

    England captain Andrew Strauss reveals that players may be rested for the final Test of the West Indies series.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Rob Jones on Twitter: "Look what a 'transfer committee' did to Notts Forest. There may be trouble ahead at Anfield."

    Ciaran McCormack on Twitter: "I hope everybody gets behind Rogers and @LFC can improve under his respected guidance."

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Doesn't matter how many managers LFC appoint, the sense of entitlement around the club will prevent them from winning the PL."

    Kian Parmer on Twitter: "Omens.. Brendan Rodgers' last game was a victory against ‪#LFC‬, Shankly's last game at Huddersfield was victory against ‪#LFC‬."

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    Norwich City striker Grant Holt on Twitter: "I want to leave the football club due to disagreements. I have loved my 3 years at the club and it saddens me to write this" #ncfc

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    TENNIS

    The sixth day of the French Open is under way at Roland Garros and you can follow all of the action with Mike Henson's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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    OLYMPICS

    Jade Jones, Martin Stamper and Sarah Stevenson will represent Great Britain in taekwondo at the London Olympics, but the fourth place in the team remains open as the row over Aaron Cook's omission continues.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Temitayo on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers will breathe new life into Liverpool's lungs. He has my support. Buzzing for next season already!"

    Lee Donald on Twitter: "LFC is England's most successful team FACT with United very close by. Others are years behind & I sense their fans' jealousy!"

    Chris Mullis on Twitter: "Can see LFC using a front 3 next season, Cole, Suarez and Sinclair. Watch this space."

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    John Ireteko on Twitter: "Grant Holt, don't be fooled about success in one Premiership season."

    Oliver Inwards on Twitter: "There is something not right behind the scenes at Norwich. What is happening at my football club???"

    James Goodall on Twitter: "Nice to see you change sportstars' tweets to actually make sense! That made me laugh."

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday.

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    CRICKET

    The dates for 2013 Ashes are announced. They are: 10-14 July at Trent Bridge, 18-22 July at Lord's, 1-5 Aug at Old Trafford, 9-13 Aug at Durham and 21-25 Aug at The Oval.

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    James Scarisbrick on Twitter: "Question is, where does Big Andy and his glorious ponytail fit in with Rodgers passing philosophy?!"

    Kevin Spofforth on Twitter: "Nice of Brendan Rogers to say he'll fight for the people of the city but we already have David Moyes. Try the people of Oslo."

    Lee Simmonds on Twitter: "Excited by Rogers' appointment. Can already picture our players playing in the formation Swans used. The NEW Liverpool way!"

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    FOOTBALL

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli claims he would have "no problem" if his team were withdrawn from Euro 2012 as the national game suffers another match-fixing crisis. "If you told us that for the good of football we should not participate, it wouldn't be a problem for me," Prandelli told RaiSport. "There are things that I believe are more important."

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    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Theo Walcott now going back to the group to continue training after going down and having his ankle strapped at Wembley."

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City footballer Michael Johnson is arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving after a crash in Greater Manchester.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Geraint Morgan on Twitter: "Rodgers said to ‪#SCFC‬ "it was an extremely difficult decision"; to ‪#LFC‬ "it was an easy decision". No integrity/intelligence."

    Mark Rainsford on Twitter: "First Lambert going now @holty30. Definitely going to be fighting relegation now! Won't be surprised if we are relegated."

    John Hill on Twitter: "RE Kevin Spofforth: Just because Everton finished higher this year, doesn't mean Liverpool is now blue. They're not united fans."

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    RUGBY UNION

    Wasps announce the signing of Italy international prop Fabio Staibano.

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    CRICKET

    Scotland will play Australia in a one-day international next year. The match will take place at Citylets Grange in Edinburgh on 3 September.

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    OLYMPICS

    Seven fencers are named to represent Great Britain in individual events at the London Olympics. Sophie Williams and Louise Bond-Williams have been selected for the women's sabre, despite the fact Joanna Hutchison and Chrystall Nicoll are both ranked higher. Only two of the seven actually qualified - Richard Kruse and Polish-born Natalia Shepherd in the foil - while the other five have been awarded host nation spots.

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    FOOTBALL

    Port Vale say they have refused permission for Gillingham to speak to Micky Adams about their managerial job.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Henry Walmsley on Twitter: "It's a shame Edgbaston isn't there. It was always a great Ashes venue."

    Sam Hayball on Twitter: "Good to see all 5 ashes tests played in England for 2013. No disrespect to Wales but it's not right!"

    Euan Gregor on Twitter: "Strauss talks about resting some players for the final Test? 5 days, probably less, max 2.5 fielding. The world's gone mad!"

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    RUGBY UNION

    Andy Farrell quits as Saracens head coach but will not join England's tour of South Africa.

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    FOOTBALL

    Plymouth Argyle's 20-year-old right-back Durrell Berry signs a new contract at Home Park.

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    FOOTBALL

    Italy will quit the Euro 2012 if asked to do so for the good of the game, coach Cesare Prandelli says in the wake of match-fixing allegations. "If they would say to us that for the good of football the national team must not go to the Euros, it would not be a problem," Prandelli told Rai television a week before the tournament starts in Ukraine and Poland.

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    GET INVOLVED

    The appointment of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager continues to divide opinion. Have your say #bbcsportsday

    Sean O'Donnell on Twitter: "Why is Rodgers talking about the future? You think the backroom will give him time? Even 'King' Kenny only got a year."

    Temitayo on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers will breathe new life into Liverpool's lungs. He has my support. Buzzing for next season already."

    Anto The King on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers will feel the pressure from the second go. Good luck to him, he has a huge task."

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    FOOTBALL

    Phil McNulty on Twitter: "England keeper Joe Hart is pulling off some fantastic saves in training. Jack Butland not too shabby either."

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    RUGBY UNION

    Saracens chairman Nigel Wray on AndyFarrell leaving the club: "We are sorry to see Andy leave, and we wish him well in the future." Speculation is now rife that Farrell will rejoin England's coaching staff. Head coach Stuart Lancaster and his squad have arrived in South Africa for a three-Test tour highlighted by games against the Springboks in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth.

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    FOOTBALL

    Football League on Twitter: "BREAKING NEWS: #FootballLeague clubs have voted to return to 7 subs next season following proposals from Birmingham City & Derby County."

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    FOOTBALL

    The London Evening Standard is claiming QPR's Adel Taarabt will not play in the same team as controversial captain Joey Barton again. Barton has been banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of two counts of violent conduct.

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    TENNIS

    Former champion Ana Ivanovic, the Roland Garros winner in 2008, goes out 1-6 7-5 6-3 to Italian Sara Errani in the third round at the French Open.

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal and Rangers to take part in Southampton's Markus Liebherr Memorial Cup on 14 July. In addition, the Olympic Torch to be brought to the stadium during the competition and taken on a lap of the pitch.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Jon-Paul Blundell on Twitter: "Andy Farrell quitting Sarys, I don't think it's a great loss, I believe they need a more experienced coach like Nick Mallet."

    Jay on Twitter: "Rodgers now has a squad worse than the one Hodgson got. Don't see how the Rodgers saga will fare any better than Hodgson's did."

    Have your say #bbcsportsday

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    RUBY UNION

    Former England winger Ben Cohen feels the team's tour to South Africa may simply serve as a "fact-finding" mission for coach Stuart Lancaster, with match results being of little real significance.

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    FOOTBALL

    Germany captain Philipp Lahm and team-mates honour Holocaust victims in an emotionally-charged visit to the site of the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

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    GOLF

    Ross Fisher, who has dropped from 27th in the world to 157th since his Ryder Cup debut two years ago, moves to four under par and joint leader with fellow Englishman Lee Slattery with seven holes of the Welsh Open second round to go at Celtic Manor.

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    FOOTBALL

    Manish Bhasin, presenter of BBC's Football League Show, on Twitter: "Lots of relieved FL managers who can once again field 7 subs again after last season's 5. Meant quite a few academy grads missed out last sn."

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    OLYMPICS

    Cuban athletes participating at London 2012 to undergo further anti-doping tests prior to leaving, authorities say.

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    FOOTBALL

    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "2011/2012 Dutch top flight top scorer Bas Dost signs with VfL Wolfsburg. In 2011/2012 the Bundesliga top scorer was a Dutchman (Huntelaar)." Bas Dost has been linked with a move to West Ham.

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    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard is talking at Wembley right now ahead of England's final game against Belgium before Euro 2012. Stay here to find out what the captain has to say.

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    RUGBY UNION

    Teams for Wales versus the Barbarians, Millennium Stadium, Saturday, 1400 BST:

    Wales: Liam Williams (Scarlets); H Robinson (Cardiff Blues), A Bishop (Ospreys), J Hook (Perpignan), A Brew (Newport Gwent Dragons); D Biggar (Ospreys), Lloyd Williams (Cardiff Blues); R Gill (Saracens), M Rees (Scarlets, capt), Rhodri Jones (Scarlets), A-W Jones (Ospreys), I Evans (Ospreys), J Turnbull (Scarlets), J Tipuric (Ospreys), Ryan Jones (Ospreys).

    Replacements: R Hibbard (Ospreys), P James (Ospreys), A Shingler (Scarlets), M Williams (Cardiff Blues), R Webb (Ospreys), A Warren (Scarlets), W Harries (Newport Gwent Dragons).

    Barbarians: M Muliaina; I Nacewa, C Laulala, M Tindall, S Williams; S Donald, R Rees; D Jones, B August, J Smit (capt), M O'Driscoll, M Chisholm, F Louw, M Gorgodze, J Beattie.

    Replacements: A de Malmanche, N Tialata, A van Zyl, A Qera, R Lawson, S Tagicakibau, C Heymans.

    Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland).

  95. 1307: 
    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard on Frank Lampard's withdrawal from England's Euro 2012 squad because of injury: "First and foremost it is a huge blow that Frank has to go home. As players when you go out to train and play you have to give 100% and can't afford to hold back because you can pick up injuries. Training today was high tempo and physical but we all came through and fingers crossed we can all stay fit now."

  96. 1309: 
    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard on Jordan Henderson's call up to England's Euro 2012 squad: "He is buzzing. He didn't want it to happen in this situation with a player getting injured, but you have to take your opportunity and Jordan is a very exciting player and it is a great opportunity for him."

  97. 1311: 
    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard, reacting to the appointment of Brendan Rodgers as manager of Liverpool: "I am excited and I am really looking forward to working with Brendan. I am looking forward to meeting him in person, but the focus now is Euro 2012."

  98. 1313: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson has now replaced Steven Gerrard in the hot seat and the questions are coming thick and fast for the England manager ahead of his first Wembley game in charge.

  99. 1317: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on England's injury situation: "We got the full contingent now and everyone trained, no problems. There's just the sad news we had to deal with yesterday when Frank (Lampard) was injured. It is good Jordan (Henderson) has been able to come in and join us but to see Frank leave the group was a sad moment. All muscle tears can be close but there are very few that clear up in less than two weeks. There was no chance I could take a risk again with Frank because there could have been the possibility he could not have played in the first two games and possibly the third."

  100. 1319: 
    FOOTBALL

    England manager Roy Hodgson on concerns over Scott Parker's fitness: "He has taken part in every training session and only the first one was less like a full training session. He is available to play tomorrow. He is getting fitter by the day and we are happy that by the time we play France people will be in good physical shape."

  101. 1322: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on the chances of 18-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's chances of starting against Belgium: "He is working well and training hard. He has as much chance as anyone else of getting into the team - not only tomorrow but also the future. I don't have any definite comments I can make about 'yes he will play' or 'no he won't play'. But he is there ready if I need to call on him."

  102. 1324: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on France, England's opening opponents at Euro 2012: "It is a very tough group. England versus France has always been a very important fixture, we have read this week how important the French see it. We are looking forward to it, we know it won't be easy because they are on a fantastic unbeaten run. But all runs must come to an end sometime and hopefully we can be the ones to end that run."

  103. 1326: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on goal-line technology, which will be on trial at Wembley for England's friendly with Belgium: "The debate has gone on for quite a while now and I don't think there are many people in football who have objections to goal-line technology. I side with all my colleagues on that one because it is a step forward and one that I hope will prove successful and at least banish some of the ghosts of the past."

  104. 1328: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson on Michael Carrick not featuring for England this summer: "The contacts with Michael were conducted before I took the job. It was made clear to me he was not a player who wanted to be considered so he wasn't a player I considered. Michael is a player I have always admired and who knows in the future?"

  105. 1333: 
    FOOTBALL

    It has been an up-beat press conference by Roy Hodgson. Final question is about Belgium international Eden Hazard, who claims he is joining Chelsea: "I watched Hazard when I coached at Liverpool as a potential signing and I know how good he is. They (Belgium) will pull out all the stops to beat us, but having said that we are preparing for a very difficult and important European Championships. A preparation game which is difficult is what we need at this time."

  106. 1337: 
    CRICKET

    The ICC Cricket Committee decide to keep the controversial Duckworth Lewis method for calculating one-day targets when weather intervenes.

  107. 1340: 
    TENNIS

    Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska exits the French Open 6-1 6-2 after being comprehensively out-fought and out-manoeuvred in a straight-sets, third-round defeat to former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.

  108. 1343: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Beckham has urged England fans to "stay safe" when they travel to Ukraine to watch the team at Euro 2012. "In the years I have played for England and seen them travel, there are no fans that travel like us," said the former England captain. "They just need to stay safe. It is as simple as that. We have had it in most competitions that I was involved in."

  109. 1348: 
    FOOTBALL

    Steven Gerrard says England's players have been warned to be careful when using Twitter at Euro 2102, while Spain and Denmark have banned their squad from using the social networking site during the tournament. "We've been told not to be tweeting anything unnecessary," said Gerrard.

  110. 1348: 
    HORSE RACING

    The 7-1 chance Clinical, ridden by Luke Morris and trained by Sir Mark Prescott, holds on to beat Joviality and win the day's opening race, the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom. A reminder that the Oaks goes off at 1605 BST.

  111. 1353: 
    HORSE RACING

    Rising star Luke Morris on Clinical's win in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom. "She is a very tough filly and a classy filly too. I got a perfect start and she picked up well two furlongs to go and held on to the end." You can see live coverage from Epsom on BBC Two and on the BBC Sport website.

  112. 1400: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hull midfielder Corry Evans is ruled out of Northern Ireland's friendly against the Netherlands in Amsterdam tomorrow after struggling with tonsilitis. "He got a flight this afternoon. It's unfortunate for Corry but it gives an opportunity for someone else," said Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill, who has already lost a host of senior players for his second match in charge, with Evans' brother Jonny, Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Baird, Chris Brunt and Steven Davis among those missing. Coventry's Sammy Clingan will captain the side.

  113. 1402: 
    TENNIS

    Maria Sharapova dismantles Ayumi Morita 6-1 6-1 in the delayed second round at the French Open.

  114. 1408: 
    CRICKET

    Reigning champions Lancashire are looking good to record their first LV County Championship Division One win of the season after enjoying a fine morning against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

    Lancashire, still without a win after seven matches, had reduced Durham to 71 for four in their second innings by lunch on day three - a lead of just three runs for the home side.

  115. 1413: 

    Golfer Rory McIlroy on Twitter: "Best of luck to Brendan Rodgers with the Liverpool job! Even as a Man Utd fan, would be great to see a fellow Northern Irish man do well!"

  116. 1418: 
    GOLF

    England's Ross Fisher is the clubhouse leader at the Wales Open after carding a superb second-round five under 66. His round included six birdies and just one bogey.

    Compatriot Lee Slattery has dropped down the leaderboard after picking up two bogeys through six holes of his second round at Celtic Manor.

  117. 1422: 
    HORSE RACING

    The 9-4 favourite Gatewood swoops late to win the Investec Wealth & Investment Handicap at Epsom with Ottoman Empire (20-1) second and Borug (10-1) third. William Buick's mount had been well back early on but Buick waited for the gap to come and timed his run to perfection to win on the John Gosden-trained horse by a neck.

  118. 1428: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene wins the toss and elects to bat first in the first Twenty20 against Pakistan at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium on Friday. The match is the first Twenty20 to be hosted at this venue inaugurated for last year's World Cup.

  119. 1434: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ledley King says he wants to stay at Tottenham beyond this summer and is considering a number of options that could see him remain at White Hart Lane.

    Speaking to the club's official website, the defender says: "I've been discussing things with the club and my contract expires this summer.

    "The club has been fantastic in supporting me and given me several options to stay involved with Tottenham. I shall take a view with them in pre-season on my future.

    "Tottenham has been the only club for me and if I can't play here then I shall look to be involved in another capacity."

  120. 1438: 

    With one managerial position filled, speculation moves to the other vacancies. BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury on Twitter: "Ralf Rangnick has yet to hear anything from West Brom regarding the vacant manager's position."

  121. 1446: 
    TAEKWONDO

    GB Taekwondo confirms it will not appeal against the British Olympic Association decision to reject its nomination of Lutalo Muhammad for Team GB.

    A stand-off erupted when the sport put forward Muhammad's name for the -80kg category, instead of world number one and recently crowned European champion Aaron Cook. Talks between the sport and the BOA are ongoing but no date has been set yet for a reconvened selection panel.

    "We have two world class athletes in contention, both European champions (at different weights)," a GB Taekwondo statement says. "One has just been announced as the number one ranked athlete and another has just risen to number seven in the rankings. They have fought each other twice this year, each winning one fight."

  122. 1448: 
    FOOTBALL

    Kenny Dalglish wishes new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers well on Twitter: "Congratulations to Brendan and good luck to everyone at LFC."

  123. 1453: 
    TENNIS

    Seventh seed Tomas Berdych survives a five-set examination against South Africa's Kevin Anderson to reach the fourth round of the French Open.

    The Czech had lost all four of his previous five-set matches at Roland Garros but fought back from two sets to one down to triumph 6-3 4-6 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.

    Meanwhile, 20th seed Marcel Granollers saves three match points before finally seeing off Tunisia's Malek Jaziri 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-1 3-6 7-5 in a second-round clash held over from last night.

  124. 1455: 
    HORSE RACING

    Jockey William Buick on Gatewood's victory at Epsom. "He got a bit lost at the start and I left him alone but Frankie [Dettori] let me out and the horse did well to get there and win. He has got quality."

  125. 1456: 
    HORSE RACING

    Side Glance wins the Diomed Stakes at Epsom for jockey Jimmy Fortune and trainer Andrew Balding. The win for the 4-1 chance, who beat Dance and Dance into second, is a big boost ahead of Saturday's Derby where the Balding-trained Bonfire is one of the leading fancies. You can check out Frank Keogh's verdict on the Derby runners and riders on the BBC Sport website.

  126. 1502: 
    CRICKET

    Nick Compton makes it 1,000 first-class runs for the season in Somerset's clash at Worcestershire, having been denied the rare opportunity to reach the milestone before the end of May yesterday by rain.

    Compton, who would have become the first player in 24 years to reach the milestone before June if he had made 59 on day two, is unbeaten on 69 with Somerset on 175 for four in reply to Worcestershire's 340.

  127. 1506: 
    HORSE RACING

    Aidan O'Brien withdraws Kissed from the Oaks, which gets underway at 16:05 BST. The Irish champion trainer makes the late decision after walking the course and there are now 12 runners in the field. You can watch live coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  128. 1512: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Premier League releases a list of players whose contracts are set to expire this summer. Ledley King's name is there, although the defender is keen to remain at Tottenham in some capacity. You can view the list here.

  129. 1522: 
    FOOTBALL

    Striker Ben Burgess agrees to join League One Tranmere on a two-year deal. He leaves Notts County and was on loan at Cheltenham towards the end of last season, playing in the League Two play-off final.

  130. 1528: 
    FORMULA 1

    Jenson Button cannot wait for the Canadian Grand Prix - a race he won in dramatic fashion last season by passing Sebastian Vettel on the last lap.

    "Obviously, returning to Montreal will be an extremely proud and happy moment for me," says the McLaren driver.

    "My win there last year was one of those rare occasions when everything just came right - it's still hard to believe that I was running in last place past half-distance and yet still managed to come through and take victory on the final lap."

    "The memories of that win will always be with me."

  131.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Transfers are happening in the Football League as clubs begin preparations for next season, and you have been sending us your views.

    Cartoon Dylbus on Twitter: "Ben Burgess could be a very shrewd signing indeed. Is the the start of Ronnie Moore's revolution?"

    With seven substitutes once again, clubs will likely need slightly bigger squads. Are you happy with your club's purchases so far? Let us know, #bbcsportsday.

  132. 1536: 
    HORSE RACING

    Highland Knight gives trainer Andrew Balding a second win of the day at Epsom. The well-backed 13-2 chance, ridden by David Probert holds off the challenge of Mawaakef (20-1) and Frederik Tylicki in the Investec Mile after the pair pull clear of the rest of the field a long way from home. Unex El Greco (10-1) is third ahead of Deire Na Sli (33-1).

  133. 1538: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Bundesliga champions Wolfsburgannounce the signing of Dutch strike sensation Bas Dost, who finished as the Dutch league's top scorer with Heerenveen last season.

  134. 1543: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Epsom: "Camelot is an odds-on shot to win Saturday's Derby but supporters of the second favourite will be heartened to know Bonfire's name is on the wishing well at a local Epsom pub, which has a good record of predicting the big-race winner.

    "Local folklore says a traveller chalks the name of the forecast Derby hero on the well of the Amato Inn on Sunday night."

  135. 1547: 
    GOLF

    Lee Slattery moves within two of Wales Open clubhouse leader Ross Fisher after carding an eagle three on the 11th. The Englishman is par for the day through 12 holes in his second round.

  136. 1554: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Former Wales winger Brian Juliff is the new chairman of Wales Rugby League. Juliff, who turns 60 in December, played for Wakefield, Wigan, Halifax and Castleford after switching codes and won eight caps for Wales from 1978-84.

    "I had some great moments in the game of rugby league and some great memories of playing for Wales against teams like England and Australia," he says.

    "I've always shown a big interest in the development of rugby league in Wales but I now have the time to help make a difference and there's nothing I'd like better to be involved in."

  137.  
    GET INVOLVED

    OneTeamOneVision on Twitter: "Time for Ledley King to go. Played 48 odd games in the last three years, I want my centre-back to play that each SEASON. Man's a legend but time to move on."

    Dave Barron on Twitter: "You could easily submit a competitive squad from that list of players who's contracts are about to expire."

    Joe Douglas on Twitter: "Free transfers XI: Jaaskelainen; Salgado; Scharner; King; Gardner; Murphy; McFadden; Kalou; Johnson; Rodallega; Owen."

    Have your say, #bbcsportsday

  138. 1606: 
    FORMULA 1

    Double world champion Sebastian Vettel dismisses the idea that he is poised to join Ferrari.

    The German has been linked consistently with Ferrari for the last 18 months in the mistaken belief that he may want to leave the Milton Keynes-based outfit that has brought him two drivers' titles.

    But he banished all speculation and made clear he is not interested in leaving the team that has backed him through his entire career to date.

    "I've been wearing a Red Bull helmet for almost my entire career," he said. "So, for me, it is difficult to imagine another kind of life if you are so used to it!"

  139. 1608: 

    BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend on Twitter: "Ok - it's almost time for some 5 Live Tennis... Federer v Mahut with an eye on Del Potro v Cilic.. Look for the link on BBC sport website."

  140. 1612: 
    CRICKET

    Middlesex are 420 for eight at tea as they continue to dominate against Sussex on the third afternoon at Lord's.

    The lead is now 137 and the hosts may well declare during the interval, although Ollie Rayner is not out on 47.

    The pitch is still offering some assistance to the bowlers and the spinners appear to be finding some turn so the first innings advantage as it stands is already a concern for the visitors.

  141. 1615: 
    TENNIS

    Sixth seed Samantha Stosur reaches the last 16 of the French Open by defeating Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3 6-3 in the third round.

  142. 1616: 
    HORSE RACING

    Was, trained by Aidan O'Brien and ridden by Seamie Heffernan, wins The Oaks at Epsom at odds of 20-1.

    "I had enough horse to take two lengths when I needed it," Heffernan says.

    "I am very lucky in these (colours) and thank the owners for having trust in me and leaving me on her. She rides on the bridle and she had plenty of petrol and when you've got plenty of petrol you can go where you want."

  143.  

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Epsom Oaks result: 1 Was (A O'Brien) S Heffernan 20-1 2 Shirocco Star 16-1 3 The Fugue 11-4 fav. Neck, half a length."

  144. 1624: 
    HORSE RACING

    More on Was winning The Oaks at Epsom:

    "She's a good looking filly and she's rangy enough with great pedigree," said winning trainer Aidan O'Brien.

    "Seamus is a great fella, and has always been a world class jockey. He knows the horses inside out and no-one deserves it more."

    Co-owner Derek Smith added: "It was a great thrill, very good and we quietly thought she'd run a big race.

    "I now have 98 group one winners on the flat. Those sorts of dreams don't happen but (100) is what what I would be dreaming of.

    "She's a picture."

  145.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Bob Harty on Twitter: "Definitely thinking Fitz Hall and Clint Hill should make an Oldham return."

    Josh Pope on Twitter: "Rumours are that Plymouth Argyle have a competitive budget and will try to sign Adebayo Akinfenwa. I wish!"

    Joe Wainman on Twitter: "All the uncertainty around Leeds at the moment is stifling us. I think only Pearce confirmed and missed out on Ward not happy."

    Get involved, #bbcsportsday

  146. 1636: 
    TENNIS

    Roger Federer is on court now for his French Open match against Nicolas Mahut. You can follow the action and listen to live commentary here: French Open day six

  147. 1637: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan seamer Sohail Tanvir skittled Sri Lanka's top order to help restrict the home side to 132-7 in the opening Twenty20 match at Mahinda Rajapaksa Stadium.

  148. 1641: 
    TENNIS

    Fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eases into the last eight of the French Open by seeing off Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5 6-4 6-4. It is the Frenchman's best run at the tournament.

  149.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jon Paul-Blundell on Twitter: "Roger Federer has got to be the greatest player ever to play the game, only can think that Pete Sampras that could come close to him."

  150. 1651: 
    BBC RADIO 5 LIVE

    It is a busy few days of sport over Diamond Jubilee weekend - BBC Radio 5 live will bring you the best of the action.

    Saturday: There is live commentary of the Derby at 16:00 BST then it is over to Wembley for England v Belgium. Kick-off 17:15 BST.

    On 5 live sports extra there will be commentary of Andy Murray's French Open third-round match against Colombia's Santiago Giraldo.

    There will also be commentary on the County Championship cricket match between Worcester and Somerset.

    Sunday: 5 live sports extra has commentary from day seven of the French Open.

    Monday: Mark Chapman presents 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST with a Euro-focused Monday Night Club. Commentator John Motson, journalist Ian McGarry and former Hull and Preston manager Phil Brown make up the panel.

    At 21:00 BST it is Tuffers and Vaughan - Jason Gillespie, the current Yorkshire first-team coach and former Australia bowler, will be on to discuss the one-day series between his home country and England that takes place later this summer.

    From 22:00 BST there is a look back on the career of one of the stars of the Busby Babes - Duncan Edwards - who tragically died, along with 22 others, as a consequence of the Munich air disaster of 1958.

    Tuesday: From 19:00 BST, there is an exclusive interview with Jack Charlton, the former manager of the Republic of Ireland. Pat Bonner, John Aldridge and David O'Leary, who played under Charlton at Italia 90 and USA 94, will be in the studio.

  151. 1653: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists he has not been in contact with Andy Farrell and will not be making any changes to his coaching team for the current tour to South Africa.

    The Rugby Football Union said via Twitter: "Lancaster confirms he has not spoken to Andy Farrell and there will no changes to his coaching set-up for South Africa tour."

    The RFU also confirm that uncapped Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is out of the tour with a knee injury. London Irish's Jamie Gibson has been called up in his place..

  152. 1657: 
    FOOTBALL

    A scan on Cesc Fabregas' hamstring injury shows "very satisfactory results" although he will miss Spain's final Euro 2012 warm-up match against China on Sunday, the Spanish soccer federation say.

  153. 1710: 
    FOOTBALL

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill hopes the expected debut of Scotland-born James McPake, against Netherlands tonight, will inspire others to follow in his footsteps. McPake qualifies by virtue of his grandfather and O'Neill admits: "We have to look at others. We're no different to any other country, like Scotland, Wales or the Republic of Ireland. Finding more players who are eligible is a huge part of international football for smaller nations."

  154.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Gavin Wonnacott on Twitter: "Can see Brendan Rodgers being good for Liverpool, getting their passing game back and maybe doing something with Andy Carroll to prove his £35m value."

  155. 1724: 
    FOOTBALL

    Discussing Wigan manager Roberto Martinez, the club's chairman Dave Whelan tells BBC Radio 5 live: "He was approached by Liverpool and Aston Villa and he's got to consider that because they are big clubs. There's nothing damaged at Wigan, that's for sure. I gave Roberto permission to speak to those clubs and he came back and said 'I want to stay at Wigan'. That is that for this season definitely."

  156. 1732: 
    CYCLING

    Alejandro Valverde, Samuel Sanchez, Luis Leon Sanchez, Jose Joaquin Rojas and Oscar Freire will lead Spain's road cycling team at the London Olympics, the Spanish cycling federation announces. Reigning Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez and multiple Spanish time-trial champion Luis Leon Sanchez will also compete in the time-trial. National team selector Jose Luis De Santos says: "I think I have the best team possible."

  157. 1736: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United striker Will Keane is facing a lengthy period on the sidelines after rupturing cruciate knee ligaments during England Under-19s' 1-0 victory over Switzerland. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tells manutd.com: "I am very disappointed for the lad. He was in the first-team squad for next season."

  158.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Are better times ahead for Liverpool under new manager Brendan Rodgers? Your views are differing...

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "Rodgers made a massive mistake... doubt he will last the season or finish in any comanding position."

    Scott Kelly on Twitter: "Good to see Rodgers and Lambert being rewarded for excellent seasons at their clubs. Good times on the way for Liverpool and Villa."

  159. 1755: 
    GOLF

    Adam Scott leads the way at the Memorial Tournament as he is six-under and a shot clear of both Spencer Levin and Erik Compton. At the Wales Open, Ross Fisher also has a lead on six under, two better than second-placed Lee Slattery.

  160. 1805: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka defeat Pakistan by 37 runs in the opening Twenty20 international. Pakistan were bowled out for 95 in 17.4 overs after restricting Sri Lanka to 132-7 in their 20 overs.

  161.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Marcel on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers' task is easy! Just don't do what Kenny Dalglish did by playing a different system and making eight changes every match."

  162. 1817: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    The World Anti Doping Agency is to include a new 'Olympic ban' for serious drugs offenders as part of its revised code, the BBC has learned.

    Just weeks after the British Olympic Association lost its legal battle to maintain its lifetime ban for drugs cheats, WADA has today published a new code which makes provision for sports to ban for one Olympic cycle athletes found guilty of serious doping offences.

    The rule change is included in the latest draft of the WADA code which is due to be approved next Autumn.

  163. 1826: 
    SPORTSDAY LIVE

    You can watch Sportsday here on the BBC Sport website from 1830 BST.

  164. 1830: 
    GOLF

    Ross Fisher is leading the Wales Open at the halfway point, following a five-under second round of 66 at Celtic Manor, and he says: "Hopefully this will be the start of a big summer for me. I guess it's the dreaded curse of the comedown from the Ryder Cup - you have such high expectations and it's been disappointing."

  165. 1834: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    Britain's showjumpers deliver their best Nations Cup performance of the season as Tim Stockdale makes a stunning return after his injury problems by jumping two clear rounds on Fresh Direct Kalico Bay. It underpinned Britain's joint-second finish overall, just one point behind Holland, and Stockdale says: "It is great to be back - I am absolutely rapt. I have never seen the horse go as well as he did today."

  166. 1838: 
    FOOTBALL

    Vincent Kompany is a doubt with a calf injury for Belgium's friendly with England tomorrow. The Manchester City defender missed training with his international team-mates at Wembley this evening.

  167.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Brendan Rodgers becoming Liverpool manager may be the first swing of a managerial merry-go-round this summer...

    Andy C on Twitter: "Why Paul Lambert to Villa? Norwich have sold more season tickets and have a better team than Villa and their huge wage bill."

  168. 1849: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Sport's Scott Read at Durham (102 & 267) v Lancashire (170 & 56-1):

    "Either side of the rain falling on day two, we've seen some excellent cricket. Lancashire's morning session today was outstanding, they had Durham at 71-4 and lunch came at the worst possible time. The home side were lucky to be only four down at the interval because the Red Rose were brilliant with the ball. Likewise with the bat were Paul Collingwood and Ben Stokes. A superb ton by Stokes has set up an intriguing final day. The run chase is on, but it won't be easy."

  169. 1900: 

    That's all from Sportsday Live today. Join us again from 0800 BST on Monday.

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