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28 June 2012 Last updated at 17:26

As it happened

  1. 1700:  

    That's all we have time for today on Sportsday, but join Tom Rostance for all the action from the second Euro 2012 semi-final, as Italy and Germany do battle for the honour of playing Spain in Kyiv on Sunday.

  2. 1654:  

    Play is back under way at the Irish Open.

    BBC Sport's Conor McNamara writes: "India's Jeev Milka Singh remains the leader after after a 65 earlier today.

    "Local favourites Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy had still to complete their front nines before play was suspended. McIlroy spent much of the delay chatting & laughing with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki - who has turned up here at Portrush after her elimination from Wimbledon yesterday."

  3. 1652:  

    Andy Murray wins the third set against Ivo Karlovic 6-2, breaking the big man twice. He's just one set away from the third round and a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov or Marcos Baghdatis.

  4. 1648:  

    Big scalp at SW19 as Mirjana Lucic beats 2007 finalist and ninth seed Marion Bartoli 6-4 6-3. Lucic was a semi-finalist in 1999, the lowest ranked player to ever reach a Grand Slam semi-final.

  5. 1647:  

    The managerial fallout from Euro 2012 continues, with Laurent Blanc's future as France manager looking uncertain. A statement on the French Football Federation website said president Noel le Graet and Blanc held a lengthy meeting and both have agreed to "give time for reflection".

    Blanc says he will make a decision within the next 48 hours.

  6. 1637:  

    The members of the SPL will vote on 4 July to decide whether to approve the transfer of Rangers FC share.

    The statement read: "The SPL today held constructive talks with 11 member clubs ahead of the general meeting on 4 July.

    "Following today's meeting, the SPL will continue to work with the Scottish FA and SFL to discuss the best way forward for Scottish football."

  7. 1633:  

    Italy's former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, who beat Britain's Laura Robson in the first round, wins 6-4 6-4 in her second round match against Kristyna Pliskova.

  8. 1627:  

    George Brodie on Twitter: "Becks not in team?! All he's done getting Olympics here in first place surely merits him to captain country for final time."

    Ben Pilling on Twitter: "Gutted for Beckham, don't think there's any other player who deserved to be in the team then him!"

    Ian Ratcliffe on Twitter: "Still looking forward to watching Neymar & Co. in the Olympics!"

    What are you looking forward to with regards to Olympic football? Tweet us, tell us #bbcsportsday

  9. 1622:  

    British pair Laura Robson and Heather Watson, our Olympic representatives, have lost 6-3 7-6 against Su-Wei Hsieh and Sabine Lisicki in the first round of the women's doubles.

  10. 1620:  

    After the abandonment of the race meeting at Leicester this evening, the final two races at Newcastle has also fallen foul to the weather.

  11. 1616:  

    The tie-break goes the way of Ivo Karlovic (7-5) to level the match at one set each. But there's better news for a Brit on Court One as James Ward levels his match with Mardy Fish. That match is also one set each.

  12. 1610:  

    Fiji international Daryl Millard has signed a new two-year contract with Catalan Dragons.

    Millard, 27, has scored 17 tries in 38 appearances for the Dragons since joining them from Wakefield shortly after the start of the 2011 season.

  13. 1609:  

    Second set between Andy Murray and Ivo Karlovic goes to a tiebreak with Murray one set up. Follow all the action on the BBC Sport website.

  14. 1602:  

    Serbia's 14th seed Ana Ivanovic is through to the next round after a 6-3 7-6 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine.

  15. 1559:  

    Julia Bleasdale fades away in the final straight to just miss out on a 5,000m European Championship medal in Helsinki, Finland. The GB athlete finished fourth as Olga Golovkina edged Sara Moreira and Lyudmyla Kovalenko for gold.

    Bleasdale ran a peronal best of 15 minutes 12.77 seconds - a 13-second improvement on her previous mark.

  16. 1556:  

    Tottenham Hotspur have announced Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan have both left the club. It follows the sacking of Harry Redknapp two weeks ago.

  17. 1554:  

    We have an update from BBC Sport's Conor McNamara on the Irish Open, where play was suspended at 1510 BST due to threat of lightning.

    "The organisers are hoping to restart the Irish Open Golf at 1640 BST," writes Conor.

  18. 1552:  

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "Everyone saying they are not interested in Olympics football cos Becks isn't going, there is still an array of talent there."

    Peter Stilliard on Twitter: "I bought tickets for Team GB v Uruguay. I'm gutted that one of my sporting heroes won't be there."

    Graham Jenkins on Twitter: "am I the only one not bothered that Beckham is not in the GB squad? Not everything has to revolve around him!"

    Keep sending in your tweets in reaction to Beckham not making the Team GB squad at #bbcsportsday.

  19. 1546:  

    The debate over prize money at Wimbledon rages on, with Maria Sharapova dismissing Giles Simon's claim that women do not deserve the same money as men at Grand Slam events.

    "No matter what anyone says, or the criticisms that we get, despite everything else, I'm sure there are a few more people that watch my matches than his," said Sharapova.

  20. 1539:  

    Liverpool centre-half Martin Skrtel plays down rumours he is heading out of Anfield.

    "I will be leaving for Liverpool on 6 July," says the Slovakian's official website. "There is also speculation about my exit from Liverpool but I can say that there was no offer on the table yet and we didn't hold talks with any club."

  21. 1532:  

    Jonny Christmas on Twitter: "Beckham not in the GB Squad so I'm putting my tickets up for sale. Doubt anyone will be interested in them now though!"

    Are you considering selling your tickets now Beckham has missed out on the Olympics? Tweet us and let us know. #bbcsportsday

  22. 1529:  

    Conor McNamara, live from the Irish Open, on Twitter: "What is the collective noun for a shedload of umbrellas?"

  23. 1526:  

    Great Britain's Lee McConnell clinches her place in the 400m final at the European Championships in Helsinki, finishing third in her semi-final.

    The 33-year-old Scot, who won European bronze in 2002, recorded a season's best time of 51.98 seconds, 0.63 secs behind winner Kseniya Zadorina of Russia.

  24. 1522:  

    Going from bad to worse for James Ward. He lost the first set to Mardy Fish 6-3 and is now 2-0 down in the second set.

  25. 1518:  

    Spain's David Ferrer is through to the third round with a comfortable 7-6 6-2 6-4 victory over Kenny de Schepper of France.

  26. 1517:  

    Andy Murray clinches the first set against Ivo Karlovic 7-5. Follow all the action on BBC Sport.

  27. 1515:  

    Dharmeshsb on Twitter: "Giggs v Beckham: Giggs a good winger & Beckham a good right midfielder. Depends how Pearce wants to play. Both quality players."

    Gerard Hickie on Twitter: "No Beckham in GB football team? Good call. Now will not have to endure endless debate about whether he should play in any game."

    Michael Jonez on Twitter: "Few footballers have shown commitment to the national game like Beckham has. He can still pass and cross. Disgrace."

  28. 1510:  

    Play has been suspended at the Irish Open due to the threat of lightning.

  29. 1509:  

    Not everyone is enamoured with Bernie Ecclestone's proposal to make the British Grand Prix a London street race.

    "Bernie Ecclestone's proposal is a terrible idea at a time when we want to make our streets safer and more pedestrian- and cycle-friendly," said London Assembly Green Party member Darren Johnson. "Formula 1 should stick to the dedicated race tracks and leave our streets for ordinary Londoners to enjoy."

  30. 1504:  

    It is glorious sunshine both here in Manchester and in London for Wimbledon, but tonight's race meeting at Leicester is abandoned because of a waterlogged track.

  31. 1500:  

    Very close all round at Portrush for the Irish Open. India's Jeev Milkha Singh is the current clubhouse leader after carding a seven under 65. There are then 19 players within three shots of Singh. They include Padraig Harrington (-5), Simon Dyson (-5) and Ross Fisher (-4). Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy are both one under par.

  32. 1451:  

    Seventeenth seed Fernando Verdasco is through to round three having seen off Slovenia's Grega Zemlja in four sets. He wins 7-6 7-6 3-6 6-3 to seal a date with Xavier Malisse.

  33. 1449:  

    What is it with Nicolas Mahut and five set thrillers at SW19? He is on the losing end yet again, going down 6-4 6-3 4-6 4-6 7-5 to Colombia's Alejandro Falla.

  34. 1445:  

    BBC Sport's Tony Husband on Twitter: "Led to believe reports of £6m bid for #bcfc goalkeeper Jack Butland from #saintsfc are wide of the mark at this stage."

  35. 1440:  

    13th seed Giles Simon of France is out of Wimbledon after a 6-4 6-4 7-5 defeat by Belgian Xavier Malisse.

    Meanwhile Ivo Karlovic has broken Andy Murray in the first game. Remember, you can see all the action on the BBC Sport website.

  36. 1438:  

    Chris Boardman believes Bradley Wiggins can emulate his achievements and take the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, which begins on Saturday.

    "I wouldn't be surprised, the way he's been building up, if he did take the prologue," said Boardman. "It would be about time. I think you just take it when you can get it."

  37. 1434:  

    Worcestershire are hopeful Pakistan paceman Sohail Tanvir can finally link up with the county for their Twenty20 campaign this weekend. Tanvir was delayed due to his Visa being processed in Islamabad, but his arrival looks imminent.

    "As soon as that happens, Sohail can jump on a plane straight away and be here," said Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale.

  38. 1427:  
    EURO 2012

    Despite exceeding expectations and taking a transitional Italy team to the Euro 2012 semi-finals, coach Cesare Prandelli says he will consider his future regardless of what happens.

    "I have a contract that links me to the national team until 2014 and I have a very good relationship with everybody," he said. "I have always said that I miss the training pitch, let's let the Euros finish and we will consider everything."

  39. 1420:  

    Maria Sharapova bounces back from losing the second set to Tsvetlana Pironkova with a bagel. She wins the match 7-6 6-7 6-0.

  40. 1418:  

    Four-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams is into the third round with a 6-1 6-4 victory over Melinda Czink. She will meet Chinese 25th seed Zheng Jie for a place in the last 16.

  41. 1412:  
    LONDON 2012

    The British Olympic Association confirm they are yet to receive Team GB's men's football's full 18-man squad list.

    The statement reads: "With respect to men's football, the BOA has not yet received from the FA the list of players who are being nominated for Team GB, so we cannot confirm who is, and is not, under consideration for the side. We are expecting the list no later than the early part of next week."

  42. 1409:  

    Timmy Magnus on Twitter: "Absolute disgrace to leave Beckham out of the Olympic squad, he is the best commercial asset to the games!"

    Toby Knight on Twitter: "Who's the better footballer Giggs or Beckham? Giggs. Debate over."

    Brad Chuck on Twitter: "No disrespect to other home nations, but Team GB mens football is all about under 23's, perfect tonic for England's future?"

    Is Beckham better than Giggs? Are all three of the over 23 players the right selections? Tell us your thoughts. #bbcsportsday

  43. 1356:  

    BBC Sport has launched a Facebook application offering audiences live streams of Wimbledon and up to 24 streams of Olympics coverage.

    The app is launched as a beta for Wimbledon, offering BBC's TV coverage plus up to six extra match streams. By downloading the app, users can watch events with friends who are also on Facebook, and chat about the action via comment threads under each stream.


    David Beckham's omission from the Team GB football squad has generated plenty of debate, along with the inclusion of Ryan Giggs. Who would you like to see named in the squad when it is confirmed? Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  45. 1349:  

    Tsvetlana Pironkova levels her match with Maria Sharapova up after winning the second set.

    For all the latest, join Mike Henson's live text commentary at SW19.

  46. 1347:  

    Welsh side Cefn Druids will face MyPa in the first leg of their Europa League first qualifying round at Wrexham's Racecourse on 5 July.

    The Cymru Alliance side had been due to travel to Finland but the Finnish side have agreed to switch the first leg to Wales.

  47. 1346:  
    LONDON 2012

    London 2012 chairman Lord Coe: "Team selections are up to the coaches and managers of each sport.

    "David has been an extraordinary supporter, probably our number one supporter, of the Games from the very beginning and is keen to continue his enthusiastic support right to the end.

    "He really gets this. He is from east London and knows how important the Games and sport are to young people. He is a great role model and we are lucky to have such an advocate. I will be talking to him about a Games time role."


    Craig Henderson on Twitter: "Regardless of what you think of his ability, the fact remains more people want and are prepared to pay to see Beckham."

    Nathan Carlin on Twitter: "Glad Beckham isnt in the GB team. Now it wont be the David Beckham show!"

    Martyn Minear on Twitter: "You've got to wonder who Pearce has in mind to captain the team. Beckham would have been a popular figurehead to unite GB."

    Chris Powles on Twitter: "Olympic spirit? Becks has loads of it. Bellamy? Petulant, rude & not a great role model! & I'm welsh!"

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  49. 1337:   
    Phil McNulty , BBC Sport

    "David Beckham will receive widespread sympathy after his omission from the Team GB football squad - but if his inclusion was only going to be based on sentiment or as a gesture of thanks for bringing the games to London then Stuart Pearce is right to exclude him.

    "Pearce, however, is sure to feel a weight of criticism for his treatment of the enduringly popular Beckham for such a global event and many will believe his absence will damage tournament. On purely football grounds, however, it is a decision based on sound logic.

    "It was always going to be tough for the 37-year-old to be one of the three over-age players when he has been playing for LA Galaxy while Ryan Giggs, Micah Richards and Craig Bellamy have been featuring in the Premier League."

  50. 1335:  

    The Olympic torch relay was delayed briefly because of lightning during a thunderstorm over Mansfield.

    The video is available to watch on the BBC Sport website.

  51. 1335:  

    Three-time major winner Padraig Harrington tells McNamara: "They are 10 deep around every green. At 0750 this morning it was only fit for staying in bed, it was not a day for getting up to watch golf. I don't know why anyone would ever believe an Irish weather forecast.

    "I hope it doesn't get too much warmer, too much better, because the afternoon guys might be able to push on. The course set-up and pin positions are located with poor conditions in mind."

  52. 1334:  

    BBC Radio 5 live's Conor McNamara is at the Irish Open in Portrush.

    He says: "I've just interviewed the reigning Irish Open champion Simon Dyson at Portrush. He is in awe at the sell-out crowd here: 'The atmosphere is like playing at The Open. They welcome you on to every green, every tee.'"


    Seamus Bannon on Twitter: "I'm burning my Olympic tickets in response to the news that David Beckham is not in the squad. Ridiculous Pearce, ridiculous"

    Ali on Twitter: "4 tickets for Team GB for sale ‪#bringbackbecks"

    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Unbelievable attitudes from some people! Becks being in 3-6 games was the only reason you'd watch the Olympics?! Get real."

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  54. 1325:  

    There is plenty of tennis action at Wimbledon today, with Maria Sharapova leading Tsvetlana Pironkova 7-6 (7-3) 5-4.

    For all the latest, join Mike Henson's live text commentary at SW19.

  55. 1322:  
    LONDON 2012

    Jenny Meadows says she will appeal if she is left out of Great Britain's athletics squad for London 2012.

    The 800m runner has not raced this year and withdrew from the European Championships with an Achilles injury.

    She said: "I would appeal, you've got to do everything. It's the Olympic Games, it's not a hobby, it's not a profession, it's literally my life."


    Plenty of people saying their interest in the football tournament has diminished because of David Beckham's absence. Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

    Michael Sivers "Was looking forward to seeing what Team GB could do in the football @ olympics… rightly or wrongly lost interest now! ‪#gutted"

    Calum Hill on Twitter: "No Beckham in the squad means thousands of fans... including myself won't watch the Olympics ‪#wreckedmysummer"

    James Bate on Twitter: "Calling Beckham a national hero is a disgrace. Over-hyped celebrity with minor sporting achievements. Good decision by Pearce."

    Joe Gorman on Twitter: "Do the BOA have to ratify it? Like Cook? ‪#Beckhamforteamgb"

  57. 1309:  

    The clubs in the Championship claim the Rugby Football Union has failed to pay them what they were promised when the league was set up.

    The RFU promised initial funding of £2.3m plus £1m from Premier Rugby for eight years, with funding increased year-on-year. But clubs say there is a £77,000 shortfall between the amount promised and what they have actually received.

  58. 1308:  

    Exiles head coach Daniel Anderson names a 25-man squad for next week's second game against England in the International Origin Series 2012.

    England won the first game 18-10 against a select team from foreign players in Super League.

    Anthony Gelling, Ben Galea, Daniel Holdsworth, Heath L'Estrange, Jake Webster, Jason Chan, Joel Moon, Michael Robertson, Michael Dobson, Steve Menzies and Vince Mellars are the players hoping for their first Exiles appearances.

  59. 1305:  

    Manchester United will play Barcelona in a friendly in Gothenburg, Sweden on 8 August.

  60. 1300:  
    EURO 2012

    BBC pundits Jurgen Klinsmann and Mark Lawrenson preview the second Euro 2012 semi-final between Germany and Italy.

    The video is available to view on the BBC Sport website although only available for UK-based users.

  61. 1258:  

    James McFadden is training with former club Motherwell as they begin their pre-season preparations. The 29-year-old Scot left Everton this summer.

  62. 1257:  

    Anne Keothavong's hopes of reaching the third round of Wimbledon for the first time are dashed as she loses 6-1 6-1 to French Open finalist Sara Errani.

    The 28-year-old British number one lost her opening service game to the 10th seed and never recovered, losing in 61 minutes.


    Ben Crisp on Twitter: "If Beckham isn't being picked on merit then it makes you question why Giggs was picked over Lampard?"

    George Thomas on Twitter: "Glad Giggs got in, still a top quality team player. Just wish he'd stuck around with Wales for longer"

    Scott Button on Twitter: "Olympics should be picked on Merit.. Richards, Bellamy and Giggs all better players then Beckham.. So fair call"

    Steve McCaskill on Twitter: "Omitted Beckham helps London get the Olympics, while Richards refuses to be on the England Euro 2012 standby list is included"


    Michael Reynolds on Twitter: "Beckham shouldn't be in on ability, Giggs shouldn't be in on the fact he's retired from international football"

    Paul Wilkinson on Twitter: "Typical Beckham ego. Doesn't wait for official squad announcement. It's all about him"

    Chris Bufton on Twitter: "Can't believe David Beckham's not in squad, Olympics isn't a big football comp so who cares if he's picked for sentimentality"

    Sarah Donnelly on Twitter: "For all Beckham has done for GB in getting the Olympics and giving it a high profile the least they could do is let him go!"

  65. 1248:  
    LONDON 2012

    Savage continues: "As a player Pearce was as good a left-back as there has been but as a manager he makes bizarre decisions!

    "Maybe that's why hes not managing in the Premier League!!

    "Why was Beckham on the shortlist in the first place, then not to pick him! Disgrace!"

  66. 1246:  
    LONDON 2012

    More from Robbie Savage on Twitter talking about Beckham's omission: "To be an Olympian you have to be at the top of your game when it counts, 4 years hard work dedication and be the best in your field, unlike the GB football team!

    "To play in that you either have to be a real prospect who was nearly good enough for the Euros if you're English, playing for a country who aren't that good, who didn't qualify, or a legend to pass on experience ie Giggs/Beckham.

    "I can understand Bellamy, he's great with the young lads in the Wales set-up, and Richards, who's a real talent but no Beckham?"


    The debate is still raging on whether David Beckham should have been in the Team GB squad for London 2012. And plenty of you are questioning what Ryan Giggs has done to merit a place.

    Lee Schofield on Twitter: "Thank God Stuart Pearce isn't running the marketing and PR department for my firm."

    John Blackburn on Twitter: "It's a joke Beckham has been left out, if there's no sentiment in the decision making process then why has Giggs been selected?"

    James Somerside "Not a matter of sentimentality, Becks is young, fitter and more versatile than Giggs. Better example to kids and more heart."

    Wendy Daniels on Twitter: "I'm gutted for David Beckham‬ not being picked, I bought my football tickets just to see him one last time."

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  68. 1236:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Never thought for a second that David Beckham would be excluded from GB's team. Then again Stuart Pearce has always been his own man.

    "Terrible shame for Beckham having given so much to to the Olympic bid and football.

    "There are arguments for and against DB selection. What I don't understand though, is why string him along by including him in a short list?"

  69. 1233:   
    Robbie Savage , BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: "Stuart Pearce does make some stupid decisions, ie Parker captain of England and no Beckham in GB team, clueless!"

  70. 1231:  

    Hodgson says: "I have been very proud to represent England over the last 11 years. Wearing the shirt has always been the highest honour for me, not least in the last six months, and no-one would want to give that up.

    "But Stuart and I came to the same conclusion that the time is right to let a new group of fly-halves take England forward.

    "Saracens have been very good to me and been key to me getting back on the international scene and I can now fully focus on them, not to mention a young family."

  71. 1228:  

    Saracens fly-half Charlie Hodgson and Bath hooker Lee Mears have both retired from international rugby with England.

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster says: "Both Charlie and Lee in the last six months have been outstanding senior players and I cannot thank them enough for the support they have given me and this young squad as we move forward.

    "I had chats with both of them in South Africa and our thoughts were not too dissimilar - that if we are building a team for 2015 then, just as we did in January, we have to decide on which players will take us forward and be in the mix in three years' time."

  72. 1226:  

    Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Roy Hodgson's England have to start playing football after their Euro 2012 exit at the quarter-final stage.

    Redknapp told Absolute Radio: "It is unbelievable. We keep underestimating our players. I don't care what anybody says, we have got good players.

    "No-one's blaming Roy or anyone else, that's for sure. I mean he's just took over, he's going to have to get his own style of play, but we've got to start playing some football haven't we?"

  73. 1224:  

    Barcelona are set to sign Spain full-back Jordi Alba from Valencia for a fee of £11.1m.

    The 23-year-old will have a medical with the former European champions after the European Championship final.

  74. 1220:  

    Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth are named in the 49-strong Ireland team for the London Paralympic Games.


    While there are much more people in the 'Beckham camp' on Twitter, some of you do believe the decision to exclude him from the Olympic football team was right.

    Emma Sanders on Twitter: "Team GB have plenty of young exciting full-backs. Why waste a senior place on an already strong position?"

    Chris Eastwood on Twitter: "If Micah Richards missed out on the GB squad then he would have been wondering what else he has to do to impress!"

    Adam Watson on Twitter: "Pearce is right to leave Beckham out of Team GB. Iif they want to win the Games they have to have the best possible players."

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  76. 1210:  
    LONDON 2012

    More from David Beckham: "As a Londoner I was really proud to have played a small part in bringing the Olympics to my home town as part of Seb's team and I can't wait for the Games to begin and will enjoy every moment along with the rest of Great Britain."

  77. 1208:   
    Phil McNulty , BBC Sport

    On Twitter: "Cannot agree with those who believe Beckham should be rewarded for bring Games to London otherwise Lord Coe would be running 1,500 metres.

    "Point being selection must be based solely on merit not sentiment. Pearce feels Beckham doesn't merit place in squad but still such a shock."

  78. 1208:  

    BBC Sport's Tony Husband on Twitter: "Led to believe reports of £6m bid for Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland from Southampton are wide of the mark at this stage."


    You are still having your say on David Beckham being left out of the Olympic squad in your droves. More tweets of sympathy and disappointment than those of agreement.

    Neil on Twitter: "A massive own goal by that man Pearce to not pick Becks, especially as so many seats for football unsold, Pearce has no clue"

    Rich Ruston on Twitter: "It will be an absolute travesty if Beckham doesn't go to the Olympics, besides anything else I've his name on my Team GB shirt"

    Mo on Twitter: "Gutted for David Beckham he has given so much to English football and deserved a final goodbye.He still has that magic touch!"

    Kyle Stead on Twitter: "Beckham being left out the GB football squad is nothing more than a disgrace ‪#nationalhero"

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  80. 1159:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport takes a look back at the highs and lows of David Beckham's international career.

    This video is available for users in the UK only.

  81. 1157:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "Stuart Pearce rang David Beckham last night to tell him the news. David was told the manager wanted more defensive cover in the squad and that was why Micah Richards had been included, alongside Ryan Giggs and Craig Bellamy, as the three overage players. No other explanation was given."

  82. 1156:  

    Coventry midfielder Gary Deegan is suspended from training for two weeks for something he posted on Twitter.

    Jacqui Oatley , BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: "Wonder whether the inevitable Beckham circus had anything to do with SP's decision. An ex-Eng player said 'it was always all about him'."

  84. 1154:  

    England's Mark Foster leads by one stroke at the Irish Open. Six birdies in his first 10 holes gave him a three-stroke lead before a mistake on the 15th hole called "Purgatory" at Royal Portrush.

    James Pearce , BBC sport

    On Twitter: "Beckham told me last month he'd be involved in London 2012 even if not picked for football. He'll work as ambassador for Team GB"

  86. 1148:  
    LONDON 2012

    Recently retired Great Britain heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on Twitter: "Don't feel so bad now that David Beckham isn't going to Olympics. I only wanted to go to the games to see him. ‪#davidbeckham"

    James Pearce , BBC sport

    On Twitter: "Beckham always said only wanted to be picked for Team GB Olympic squad on merit. Always going to be tough with only three aged over 23 players"

  88. 1144:  
    LONDON 2012

    David Beckham confirms that he is not in Great Britain's football squad for the Olympic Games.

    In a statement to Associated Press, he says: "Everyone knows how much playing for my country has always meant to me. So I would have been honoured to have been part of this unique Team GB squad.

    "Naturally I am very disappointed, but there will be no bigger supporter of the team than me. And like everyone, I will be hoping they can win the gold."


    Plenty of you have been having your say on David Beckham's reported omission from the Team GB football squad for London 2012, with widely varying viewpoints.

    A Nony Mousse on Twitter: "Pearce absolutely right to not pick Beckham if the team wants medals. Can't afford sentimentality unlike England at Euro 2012"

    Andy Morrison on Twitter: "The amount Beckham has done for English football, he deserves his place in Team GB, especially as he's still got it"

    Danny Hill on Twitter: "Cannot believe Beckham‬ is left of out the ‪GB football team‬. I do hope this is incorrect information!! Gutted for him" ‪

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Football shouldn't be in the Olympics anyway but it would have been a nice tribute to Beckham by having him in the squad"

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  90. 1138:  

    Great Britain's Rhys Williams wins his 400m hurdles semi-final with a time of 49.63 seconds at the European Championships - and it's double good news for Britain, as Nathan Woodward qualifies as one of the fastest losers.


    You have been having your say on whether Cristiano Ronaldo should have taken one of the first penalties last night in Portugal's defeat by Spain.

    Giovanni Bartolo on Twitter: "Who's to say Ronaldo would have scored, Casillas knows him inside out from Madrid"

    Guillaume on Twitter: "It's like Van Persie leaving a decisive pen to Mertesacker..."

    Olly Cole on Twitter: "Everyone knows you have your best taker 3rd/4th when the real pressure is on, not 5th when it could be done and dusted."

    Smith Hugh on Twitter: "Who says it was Ronaldo's decision/choice. Maybe Bento wanted him last"

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday


    So it looks like David Beckham's Olympic dream is over.

    Do you think he should have been in the squad because of his hand in helping London get the 2012 Olympics? Or do you think there is no room for sentiment and Stuart Pearce has made the right decision? Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  93. 1130:  
    LONDON 2012

    David Beckham is left out of the Great Britain Olympic football squad, according to a report in The Times.

    Welsh duo Craig Bellamy and Ryan Giggs, and England's Micah Richards, are the three overage picks, the story adds.

    Please note The Times website is behind a paywall.

  94. 1123:  

    There are four Britons in action at Wimbledon today, including Andy Murray's match with Ivo Karlovic at 14:30 BST.

    BBC Sport have been looking at the chances of Murray, James Ward, Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha.

  95. 1121:  

    At the European Championships in Finland, Nathan Woodward runs his 400m semi-final in 49.68 seconds, finishing fourth. Woodward looked to be comfortable on the final 100m but was overtaken by Rasmus Magi of Estonia in the final 20m.

    It still might be enough for Woodward: the top two from each semi-final goes through, with the two best losers joining them in the final. Woodward must now play the waiting game.

  96. 1121:  
    LONDON 2012

    "I'd love to finish my career with an Olympic medal, but it's not the be-all and end-all," Beth Tweddle tells BBC Sport's Ollie Williams.

    At 27, the Great Britain gymnast is a veteran and plans to retire after this summer's Olympic Games.

  97. 1117:  
    EURO 2012

    Cristiano Ronaldo has been receiving flak for being down to take the fifth penalty, with his Portugal side losing to Spain before that final kick came around.

    But coach Paulo Bento said it was a carefully thought out strategy: "We had this plan. If it would have been 4-4 and he would have taken the last penalty, we would be talking in a different way."

    And Mike King points out on Twitter: "Didn't hear any complaints when Drogba was left for last penalty in the Champions League final, so why should Ronaldo be criticised?"

    Do you agree or do you think Ronaldo should have been first up? Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  98. 1113:  

    Britain's Mo Farah apologises for his behaviour at last weekend's GB athletics trials, when he celebrated victory prematurely in the 1,500m heats and chose not to run in the following day's final.

  99. 1112:  
    LONDON 2012

    Tonia Couch's coach gives the diver a 50-50 chance of winning her appeal against the decision not to pick her for the Olympic 10m individual event.

    Diving bosses want her to concentrate on the synchronised pairs with partner Sarah Barrow but coach Andy Banks says she is the best diver in the country and should be competing in both.

  100. 1111:  

    Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins says he will "give serious consideration" to a move to Australia's National Rugby League at the end of the 2014 season.

    Tomkins will be free to speak to other clubs at that time, despite being contracted to the Warriors until 2016.

  101. 1109:  

    BBC Scotland learns plans being put in place that would allow Rangers to move directly into Scottish Division One.

    Rangers FC plc are soon to be liquidated and Charles Green's consortium is reforming the club, who are unlikely to be allowed back into the SPL.

  102. 1106:  

    In the European Championships, there is disappointment for Great Britain's Eden Francis, who records 16.35m in Helsinki to finish eighth in the shot-put qualification when 16.73 would have been good enough for qualification. She will feel like it is an opportunity missed given she has threw 17.24 last month.

    And more British misery in Finland as Larry Achike jumps 16.25m in his triple jump qualifier and looks almost certain to miss out on the final. Achike, 37, has a personal best of 17.30m but it appears those days are long gone.


    After tonight's Euro 2012 game between Germany and Italy (if there is no extra-time), there will be a phone-in on BBC Radio 5 live discussing the best team of the tournament, involving former England winger Chris Waddle and journalists, Henry Winter and Gabrielle Marcotti.

    Who would you name in your team of the tournament so far? Or who do you think has been the stand-out player? Mesut Ozil? Cristiano Ronaldo? Andres Iniesta? Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  104. 1101:  

    Ten first-team players have attended fitness tests with Rangers.

  105. 1056:  

    Mark Foster has a one-shot lead after 12 holes at the Irish Open, with six of his first 10 holes birdies.

  106. 1050:  

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster says Andy Farrell is a 'special' coach: "I am delighted that we have got Andy on board. He is a special coach and an individual and the way this team has developed is a testament to the foundations that we laid in the Six Nations.

    "Andy, Graham [Rowntree] and myself work well together and I am looking forward to carrying on that close relationship over the next three-and-a-half years as we build towards a home World Cup."

  107. 1047:  

    Andy Farrell on his return to the England coaching team from 2 July: "I have watched England in South Africa and I am massively excited about the potential that was clearly evident in the three Tests and midweek matches.

    "I had seven very special years with Saracens and the club will always have a fond place in my heart. I am grateful for the help they have given me as a player and a coach and I wish everyone involved the best in the future."

    Alastair Eykyn , BBC Sport

    BBC Sport's Alastair Eykyn on Twitter: "3 and a half year deal for Andy Farrell with England (to Jan 2016). No news yet on long-term future of Mike Catt."

  109. 1036:  

    More on Andy Farrell rejoining the England coaching team. Farrell signs a three-and-a-half-year contract, the RFU announces.

  110. 1033:  

    Andy Farrell joins Stuart Lancaster's England coaching team.

  111. 1030:  

    The Tour de France gets under way on Saturday, but Fabian Cancellara has told BBC Sport's Chris Bevan that he is focusing on Olympic gold - not glory in France.

  112. 1023:  

    Scottish midfielder Jamie Ness, 21, is expected to join Stoke City after rejecting a move to the Rangers newco.


    Alan Shearer's views that England will not win the World Cup has not gone down too well with everyone. Neither has Cristiano Ronaldo's performance against Spain.

    Tom Lane on Twitter: "Alan Shearer seems to have forgotten that Roy wasn't in charge for that long so didn't have any time to change our style."

    Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: "Can't believe Ronaldo didn't take one of the 1st 4 pens last night, its like leaving your best batsman to come in at no 8."

    Tony Gath on Twitter: "Ronaldo was waiting to take fifth penalty so he could get the winner and be the big hero. All about himself."

    Tell us what you think #bbcsportsday

  114. 1007:  
    EURO 2012

    Spain's run to the final has been an "oasis" for people back home suffering because of the financial crisis, says captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas. "However badly things are going for the country in terms of the crisis and all that, football has been a kind of oasis that has allowed people to forget everything a little bit," he adds.

  115. 1005:  

    Judd Trump is knocked out in the second round of the Wuxi Classic in China. Robert Milkins comes from 3-1 down to beat Trump and reach the quarter-finals.

  116. 0959:  

    Worksop's Mark Foster is clearly enjoying the damp conditions at the Irish Open after moving to four under to become the outright leader at Royal Portrush.

  117. 0954:  
    EURO 2012

    Cristiano Ronaldo has come in for criticism from at least one of Portugal's national newspapers for his performance against Spain. Publico said the former Manchester United player "did not make his presence felt during the tie and didn't have the chance to take part in the penalties".

  118. 0946:   
    BBC Radio 5 live WIMBLEDON

    Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport, on BBC Radio 5 live, on Heather Watson's impressive passage to the third round: "She's improved over the last year. She looks more composed and sure of herself and you have to love the way she's handling the pressure."

    Davenport adds: "Her long-term prospects are very good. Getting to the third round is huge step. It will raise her ranking. If she reaches this point again in 12 months' time I would be surprised if she wasn't in the top 50 or 60."

  119. 0938:  

    Jockey Luke Nolen says he is still remorseful over his ride on Black Caviar that nearly cost the champion Australian racemare her 22nd straight victory at Royal Ascot.

    "It wasn't my best, it was far from my best, it was probably one of my worst, you've got that sinking feeling," says Nolen, who was criticised for appearing to ease off near the finishing post. "It took me a few cans on Saturday night to get right with it."


    There's plenty of criticism for Cristiano Ronaldo this morning following Portugal's semi-final exit from Euro 2012.

    What did you make of his performance against Spain? And who do you think will meet Spain in Sunday's final? Will the Germany v Italy semi-final be a better game or will it be as tight and cautious as last night's match?

    Let us know #bbcsportsday

  121. 0928:  

    It is raining heavily at Royal Portrush but that has not stopped Graeme McDowell and Padraig Harrington from making good starts at the Irish Open.

    McDowell has birdied the long 10th and 210-yard 14th - "Calamity Corner" as it is known - to share the early lead, while Harrington matches the Ulsterman's opening four and follows with four pars in a row.

  122. 0922:  
    EURO 2012

    Spain's penalty shootout drew the country's highest ever television audience, with an average of more than 18 million watching the drama in Donetsk, say media consultant Barlovento.

  123. 0917:   
    BBC Radio 5 live WIMBLEDON

    Former Wimbledon champion Lindsay Davenport backs Andy Murray to get through his second-round match against Ivo Karlovic.

    "It will be a different match for him compared to his opening-round match," Davenport tells BBC Radio 5 live. "You won't see a lot of rallies, but with the crowd supporting I would be surprised if he wasn't able to get through."

    Live coverage on BBC One, BBC Two, BBC HD Channel, red button, BBC Radio 5 live, mobiles, tablet and the BBC Sport website.

  124. 0914:  
    EURO 2012

    So who will join Spain in Sunday's final? Germany won 10 out of 10 in qualifying and have won all four games so far at this summer's tournament.

    But Italy have drawn strength from their remarkable record against the Germans, who have failed to beat the Azzurri in all seven previous encounters at major tournaments. A full preview of tonight's second semi-final is here.

  125. 0909:  

    Mo Farah aside, Britain's athletes have largely been in disappointing form so far at the European Championships.

    Day two has started with Meghan Beesley finishing last in her semi-final of the 400m hurdles, while Sally Peake fails to make the pole vault final after clearing just 4.15m.


    Alan Shearer's comments that England are "a million miles away" from the top international sides has provoked a strong response.

    Jamie Sowter on Twitter: "It hurts to say but he's right, people assume we are a top team because of '66. England are just an over-hyped average side."

    Wayn3 Fir3nz3 on Twitter: "Totally agree with Alan Shearer about England team. Why should they hold their heads high when no progress has been made?"

    Wayne Hitchings on Twitter: "Alan shearer is spot on. The team has made no on-field progress whatsoever since 2010. Our style of football is miserable."

    Joe Cooper on Twitter: "The tactical genius who relegated Newcastle thinks Roy, far his superior, can't win the 2014 WC. He can't judge that surely."

    Let us know what you think #bbcsportsday

  127. 0857:  

    Graeme McDowell's hometown course is being kind to the 2010 US Open winner. The 32-year-old has made a solid start to the Irish Open at Royal Portrush after moving to one under par after four holes. England's Mark Foster is the joint early leader.

  128. 0846:  

    Jenny Meadows, who won bronze in the 800m at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin in 2009, suffers a major setback to her hopes of competing at the Olympics.

    The Wigan athlete, hoping to prove her fitness before the Olympic squad is selected on Monday, withdraws from tonight's semi-final after suffering a reaction to her Achilles injury.

  129. 0840:  

    Former chairman of New Zealand Cricket Alan Isaac is elected as president of the International Cricket Council at the annual conference. Isaac replaces India's Sharad Pawar for a two-year term.

  130. 0838:  

    Will Britain's athletes be inspired by Mo Farah's gold medal in the 5,000m in Finland's Olympic Stadium?

    Highlight of day two's schedule is the final of the men's 100m, with British sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in action.

  131. 0829:  

    They are under way in the Irish Open at Royal Portrush. Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke and Colin Montgomerie do not tee off until later while Graeme McDowell, who won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010, is preparing to start.

  132. 0824:   
    BBC Radio 5 live FOOTBALL

    Former England international Tony Woodcock, who played for Cologne, tells BBC Radio 5 live about Germany's chances against Italy tonight: "I think Germany have a good chance. There is tremendous optimism. I am in Cologne airport at the moment and it is jam-packed with football fans on the way to the game. They are very optimistic and very confident."


    Former captain Alan Shearer says England have no chance of winning the 2014 World Cup and are "a million miles away" from the top international sides. Do you agree with the BBC Match of the Day pundit?

    Let us know your views at #bbcsportsday

  134. 0811:  

    As always, there's plenty of transfer speculation in the newspapers this morning and here is just a taste of today's BBC Sport gossip column:

    Luka Modric, 26, plans to submit a written transfer at Tottenham in the next seven days to trigger a £30m-plus tug-of-war between Manchester United and Real Madrid. (the Sun)

    Manchester City have made the first move to tie key forward David Silva, 26, to an improved contract. (Daily Mail)

    Birmingham City have rejected a £6m offer for Jack Butland, 19, from Southampton. (Birmingham Mail)

  135. 0801:  

    In an action-packed day on the sporting calendar, Andy Murray leads a four-strong British contingent on day four at Wimbledon and world number two Rory McIlroy is in action at the Irish Open at Royal Portrush. And can Britain's athletes add another medal on day two of the European Championships after Mo Farah's 5,000m historic triumph last night?

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live.

  136. 0800:  

    So who will be joining Spain in Sunday's Euro 2012 final? Will Germany v Italy be more entertaining than last night's disappointing semi-final? Can the Azzurri end Germany's run of 14 successive victories in the competition? Answers to all these questions and more will become clear later.

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