Sportsday - Thursday 5 July as it happened

Van Persie fall out, Wimbledon women's semi-finals, British GP build-up, reaction to Fifa approving goal-line technology.

5 July 2012 Last updated at 19:02

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  1. 1900:  

    That is it from Sportsday for today and it has been an eventful one. We will be back from 0800 BST on Friday.


    Nick Borrett on Twitter: "Great to see goal line tech in football approved. Means we can talk more about football and whinge less about refs decisions."

    Sam Orchard on Twitter: "Just introduce goal line technology now, surely it must have been tested enough to proves its integrity? Get a move on!"

    Janan Farjo on Twitter: "Controversy is a part of why we love the game of football. Unsure whether goal line technology is a good or bad thing yet."

  3. 1851:  

    The third decision approved by the International Football Association Board concerns the use of the two extra assistant referees. Following a two-year experiment in the UEFA Champions League, Europa League and EURO 2012, as well as the AFC President's Cup and competitions in Brazil, France, Morocco and Qatar the IFAB unanimously agreed that they should be approved.

  4. 1842:  

    Stenhousemuir announce they will be voting for Rangers newco to go into the Scottish first division.

  5. 1836:  

    Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot are beaten in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon, losing 7-6 7-6 to Colin Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh. The pair will now meet third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katarina Srebotnik in the fourth round after the Serbian duo beat British pair Ken Skupski and Melanie South 6-4 6-7 9-7.

  6. 1829:  

    Also at the meeting in Zurich the International Football Association Board agree to lift a ban on women wearing headscarves during games, which will clear the way for the participation of many Muslim nations in top-flight competition.

  7. 1820:  

    England women beat India by three wickets in the third one-day international. India now lead the five-match series 2-1.


    So goal-line technology finally gets the go ahead and could be introduced in the Premier League during next season. What do you think? Get involved now #sportday via Twitter.

  9. 1813:  

    The Premier League release the following statement on goal-line technology: "We welcome today's decision by IFAB and will engage in discussions with both Hawkeye and GoalRef in the near future with a view to introducing goal-line technology as soon as is practically possible."

  10. 1810:  

    Horne added: "It may be December until the technology is absolutely finally approved and installed in stadia. The Premier League need to talk to the two technologies and the clubs. My understanding is that clubs are supportive and in principle as long as all clubs agree it could be introduced part-way through the season, it could be before start of 2013-14 season, it could be part way through.

    "It might be that it is possible to have it part way through the current season. If all 20 clubs agree a switch-on weekend I don't think anyone is disadvantaged."

  11. 1806:  

    FA general secretary Alex Horne on goal-line technology: "We are not considering any further technological advances, we are only looking at goal-line technology. We do not believe it is appropriate for technology to creep out on to the field. Not debated it and we are deliberately drawing a line under it."

  12. 1800:  

    FA general secretary Alex Horne reveals that goal-line technology could be introduced in the Premier League midway through next season.

  13. 1757:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Eleanor Oldroyd is your host this evening for 5 live Sport from 1930 BST, featuring a London Calling section focusing on the outstanding Jamaican sprinters. You will also hear from Usain Bolt's first coach, Dwight Barnett, plus Bob Marley's daughter Cedella and former Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Sergey Bubka.

  14. 1749:  

    If the technology proves successful then it will be used during the 2013 Confederations Cup and the 2014 World Cup.

  15. 1745:  

    As expected Fifa announce goal-line technology will be used at the Club World Cup in Japan in December.

  16. 1743:  

    Speaking to BBC London after the announcement Ramprakash said: "I would like to express how lucky I feel to have had such a long career. It's been a long time and you never think the day will come when you have to hang up your boots. It's not hit me yet. You spend your whole life trying to be as good as you can then you don't have to do that anymore, but hopefully new opportunities and new challenges are ahead."

  17. 1737:  

    Former England batsman Mark Ramprakash announces his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 42-year-old batsman made his first-class debut for Middlesex in 1987 aged 17 and spent the last 12 years of his career at Surrey.

  18. 1732:  

    A decision from the IFAB on goal-line technology is expected "soon". The meeting in Zurich is now over and a press conference is due to begin shortly.

  19. 1724:  

    There are currently three Britons in action on Centre Court at Wimbledon in the third round of the mixed doubles. Colin Fleming and his partner Su-Wei Hsieh have taken the first set 7-6 against the all British duo of Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson. You can follow all the action live on the BBC Sport website.

  20. 1718:  

    Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic believes Andy Murray needs to ditch the 'Mr Nice Guy' image if he is to win the tournament. He said: "That's why I like Djokovic. He doesn't respect anybody on the court. He's great. Even when he was young, he thought he was going to number one one day, and he became number one."

  21. 1707:  

    From the start of next season Match Of The Day 2 will move to BBC One. The show which previously went out on BBC Two will air on BBC One at 2225 BST on Sundays while Match Of The Day will continue to air in its regular Saturday night slot.

  22. 1658:  

    Michael Johnson feels that Usain Bolt could take the 100m world record as low as 9.4 seconds if he puts his mind to it. "Ultimately if he were to really be focused and committed on cleaning up his technique, he could probably run 9.4 secs, but he would have to do some major training and adjustments in the way that he runs."

  23. 1653:  

    Andy Murray's exclusive column is available on the BBC Sport website. Read what he has had to say on Mock The Week, Mike Tyson's philosophy and, of course, his semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.


    Vasim Patel on Twitter: "Am I the only person that Van Persie is slightly overrated? Only had 1 full season at Arsenal and was terrible at the Euros"

    Nick Clemmow on Twitter: "At least RVP made his announcement/decision in early July rather than late August! Gives us some time"

    Daddacool on Twitter: "RvP's move is ultimately about the money, so financial fair play has to be rigidly enforced or Arsenal a laughing stock."

  25. 1635:   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    For fans of American sport we have some baseball tonight on sports extra from 1900 BST as the Texas Rangers take on Chicago White Sox. Tune in on DAB radio or the sports extra website.

  26. 1633:  

    Today's Rouen - Saint Quentin stage has been won by Andre Greipel, who took the honours in a tight sprint finish ahead of Matt Goss, with Mark Cavendish just behind after battling back from yesterday's crash.

    That's the Lotto man's second stage win in a row. Overall, Fabian Cancellara still leads Le Tour by seven seconds from Bradley Wiggins.

  27. 1625:  

    No announcement yet from Fifa regarding the vote over the use of goal-line technology. As soon as there is any news from Zurich, we will let you know, but if you want to air your views on this controversial subject tell us via Twitter using #bbcsportsday.


    Alan Harper on Twitter: "It is simply not acceptable for two captains to leave the club in two consecutive years. We should have done more to keep him"

    Boycey on Twitter: "Wonder if the AFC fans who were making fun of EFC fans last year about Arteta leaving, are the ones moaning about RVP"

    Keep your thoughts coming in to us at #bbcsportsday.

  29. 1614:  

    Serena Williams is through to her seventh Wimbledon final, seeing off Victoria Azarenka in straight sets 6-3, 7-6. Serena will face Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in the final on Saturday, when Radwanska will be the first Pole to play in a Grand Slam final.

  30. 1609:  

    Brendan Rodgers has reflected on missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson's signature at Liverpool.

    "Liverpool would have provided Gylfi with a wonderful opportunity to perform with a manager that he knows and at a club which is a real footballing institution.

    "But he's decided to go to Tottenham, for whatever reason. I wish him the best, he's a good kid and there's no ill feeling. We've got other targets and we'll move on."

  31. 1604:  

    Mark Ramprakash has announced his retirement, bringing down the curtain on a distinguished 25-year career.

    He made 35,659 runs at 53.14, and played 52 Tests with a highest score of 154 made against the West Indies at Bridgetown in 1998.

  32. 1557:  

    Gillingham have appointed Martin Allen as their new manager. Allen replaces Andy Hessenthaler, who stepped down at the end of last season.

  33. 1551:  

    Get up to speed with all things British Grand Prix-related in the Formula 1 section of the BBC Sport website. Nigel Mansell talks about his Silverstone love affair, 20 years after winning on the circuit, while BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari explains why F1 drivers love the British Grand Prix so much. You can also take a look back at some iconic British GP moments in BBC Sport's F1 photo gallery.

  34. 1546:  

    Former Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman on David Millar being named in Team GB's Olympic road cycling team for London 2012: "I think he has got to be selected on form. Dave Brailsford has got a very clear mandate. The rules say that all these people are eligible and he is obliged to pick the best riders he possibly can for the Great Britain team.

    "He is a very experienced bike rider, he's ridden with this group of people before and he was of course part of the team that helped Mark Cavendish win the world title last year. He will be incredibly valued in that role and he can ride in different parts of the race as well.

    "He can sit on the front all day but his best use comes right towards the end of the stage when he can cope with very, very high speeds in the last few kilometres."


    Sam Bird on Twitter is cool, calm and collected over Robin Van Persie: "Players come and go, someone else always steps up. Too much hype over RVP" What do you think? Let us know using #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1534:  

    New Everton signing Steven Naismith has been reflecting on his departure from Rangers. "It was a big decision that had to be made. I'm glad that it's done with now and I can work on the football side of things."

  37. 1528:  

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is delighted to see Stiliyan Petrov, who has dropped in to see his team-mates at training while he battles leukaemia. "To see him coming back today is great. It will be great too that, God-willing, he will be totally OK. That's the most important thing."

  38. 1522:  

    There are just over 50kms of today's Rouen to Saint Quentin stage to go, follow the action with our live text commentary.


    Isaac Jackson on Twitter: "AFC's fiscal model is one that should be enforced for all clubs so we don't have money further ruining the parity of the game"

    Yousuf Ali on Twitter: "AFC will be lucky to get 10m for a player who has a year left & publicly said he's leaving. They should keep him"

    Keep your thoughts on Arsenal and Robin Van Persie coming in to #bbcsportsday.

  40. 1514:  

    Scottish Football League clubs will meet on Friday, July 13 to vote whether to accept newco Rangers into the league, SFL chief executive David Longmuir has announced.

  41. 1512:  

    Serena Williams has taken the first set against Victoria Azarenka 6-3, winning the set on a second serve timed at 97 miles per hour! Live text commentary from Ben Dirs is available on the BBC Sport website.

  42. 1507:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Join Eleanor Oldroyd tonight from 1930 BST on 5 live for another London Calling, which this week focuses on Jamaica's powerful battery of sprinters. Former Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Sergey Bubka are also part of the programme and you'll hear from Usain Bolt's first coach, Dwight Barnett.

  43. 1503:  

    Chelsea's hopes of moving to Battersea Power Station are over after a Malaysian consortium finished due diligence on a £400m deal to buy the site on the banks of the River Thames.

  44. 1456:  

    Cornelius Lysaght reports that Frankie Dettori will be back at Ascot next week for a very special occasion.

    "Frankie Dettori to add to his achievements at Ascot when carrying Olympic torch at racecourse, Tues, day 53 of the relay." says Cornelius via Twitter.

  45. 1453:  

    Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston believes his club should replace Rangers in the SPL. "We need to know where we are; which teams we're playing and we need to get on with it," he told BBC Sport.

  46. 1443:  

    The day's second semi final, Serena Williams versus Victoria Azarenka, is under way on Centre Court with Agnieszka Radwanska awaiting in Saturday's final. Follow all the action from SW19 with our live text commentary on the BBC Sport Website.


    Dominic Hampton on Twitter: "If RVP goes to Utd or City I will lose all respect for AFC management and not support the club while they remain there"

    Ben Wells on Twitter: "Van Persie needs to show a bit of faith in Arsene Wenger! He's showed faith to him over the years of him being there!"

    Josh Gaon on Twitter: "The precedent has been set with Nasri, Toure, Ashley Cole. We will sell RVP and move on but worried for Walcott now..."

  48. 1432:  

    Everton boss David Moyes is in a reflective mood over the Rangers situation following on from his move for Steven Naismith. ""It is a tragedy for Rangers. I'm from the city myself so I know exactly what it means and it is a terrible situation," says Moyes.

  49. 1428:  

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway is in Zurich, where the meeting to discuss goal-line technology has just started. There will be a vote later this afternoon and we will bring you the news on that when we have it. Let us know what you think about this controversial issue at #bbcsportsday.

  50. 1423:  

    Silverstone managing director Richard Phillips has warned fans attending the British Grand Prix this weekend to prepare for extremely wet weather. "We're communicating with the fans. Everybody who has booked with us will have received an email to keep them updated, with a further email due today."

  51. 1419:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska is through to her first Wimbledon final after beating Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4. Coming soon is Serena Williams v Victoria Azarenka, with live text commentary on the BBC website.

  52. 1413:  

    Bristol City have signed defender Greg Cunningham on a four-year deal from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. The Republic of Ireland international, 21, has told BBC Radio Bristol "I've been with City since I moved over here so it was always going to be a big decision."


    Plenty of comment on the Arsenal situation - let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

    Reiss Meacher on Twitter: "There is no way RVP will have a season like he did last year and chances are he'll get injured. I say cash in!"

    Daniel Hobson on Twitter: "I believe they should let Usmanov give Wenger funds as us fans deserve to see great players and success"

    Craig Thomson on Twitter: "People seem to have forgotten that Walcott only has 12 months left on his contract, wouldn't be surprised if he left after this"

  54. 1402:  

    Moyes also admits he wants Tottenham midfielder Steven Pienaar back at Goodison Park.

    "I don't like to talk about players at other clubs, but I think the fact of the matter is that Steven has made it really clear that he wants to come back to Everton," he says. "My understanding is that that hasn't changed. My next job, hopefully, in the coming weeks is to get Steven Pienaar here as well."

    Pienaar previously left Everton for Tottenham, but enjoyed a successful loan spell back at Everton last season.

  55. 1400:  

    Everton manager David Moyes says new signing Steven Naismith is a player he's watched for a while.

    "Steven is someone we have had our eye on for a long time. I think he fits Everton. His work-rate, the way he goes about his business and he can play several different poistions for us so from that point of view he fitted right in with what we need," he says. "Obviously the situation at Rangers meant there was an opening where we could possibly get him."

  56. 1359:  

    The BBC will be showing all the action from the British Grand Prix this weekend.

    The practice sessions, which start at 0955 BST tomorrow, will be available on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC website.

    Qualifying will then be on BBC Two, BBC HD and BBC online between 1210 BST and 1430 BST, as well as BBC Radio 5 live from 1300 BST.

    The race itself begins at 1255 BST on BBC Two, BBC HD and BBC online, with coverage starting from 1205 BST on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC online.

  57. 1351:  

    Tottenham Hotspur announce Steven Caulker has signed a new contract with the club until 2016.

    The defender, who spent last season on loan at Swansea, is in Team GB's squad for the Olympics later this month.

  58. 1346:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska wins the first set 6-3 against Angelique Kerber on Centre Court. Ben Dirs provides live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  59. 1344:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Another athlete profiled in last night's Record Makers on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, was American Mike Powell, who broke Bob Beamon's 23-year-old long jump record in 1991, and said: "I had such clarity, I saw the whole jump, I thought 'this is my moment.' People ask me when I knew I was going to break the record and I say 'before I started running.' I knew when I was in the air that I was really, really high! When I hit the sand the crowd let me know that it was a world record."


    Luke Higgs on Twitter: "This whole thing is bigger than RVP. It's make or break time for the direction of the club. I miss David Dein."

    What do you think of the direction Arsenal have opted to move in? Is Usmanov right or wrong in his criticism of the board? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

  61. 1338:  

    New Everton signing Steven Naismith says David Moyes was a big factor in joining Everton.

    "My decision to move to Everton was, first of all, that under the manager's leadership over the last 10 years they have been one of the most successful clubs in terms of growing and the facilities are world class," says Naismith, who has signed a four-year deal. "I think last season showed that, finishing seventh in the world's best league and above your nearest rivals and doing quite well in the cups. It is what every player strives for."

    Naismith joins Everton on a free transfer after he cancelled his contract with Rangers.

  62. 1332:  

    Laver, who is the only man in the Open era to win all four major trophies in a calendar year, continues: "Murray gets in a position where he's maybe up a break or in a position to win a game, and he just plays it back. That's when you put your foot down and make sure you win that point so you get either two breaks or you get a break back.

    "That's the one thing I think maybe he's missing, being able to say 'I've got to win this point' or 'I've got to break serve here' or 'If I get a chance I'm not just going to play it back, I'm going to be aggressive'."

  63. 1331:  

    Tennis legend Rod Laver says Andy Murray must be more aggressive if he wants to end Britain's 76-year wait for a male Grand Slam champion.

    Speaking to John McEnroe in an exclusive BBC interview, he says Murray "plays a safe game a little bit too long".

  64. 1325:  
    LONDON 2012

    Kenyan David Rudisha says he will attempt to break his 800 metres world record at Friday's Diamond League meeting in Paris.

    "To break the record you need to get everything perfect and in position," he says. "I would be happy to beat it before the London Olympics and I would be happy to beat it in my first appearance in Paris."

    Rudisha clocked his world record one minute 41.01 seconds in 2010.

  65. 1319:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    On last night's Record Makers programme on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, pole vaulting legend Sergey Bubka, who broke 35 world records and still holds the world outdoor and indoor records, said: "I kept my mind very open because if you put some limit and think this is your maximum you can block yourself. I became like an actor, I combined sport and art and considered enjoyment for all people who love sport, you celebrate and they celebrate together."

  66. 1319:  

    Swede Christian Nilsson leads the French Open at Le Golf National after shooting a six under 65, with Gary Boyd, Matteo Manassero and Thongchai Jaidee one shot back on five under.

    Lee Westwood recovers from a horrendous start to finish one under for the day.


    Chris Bufton on Twitter: "Arsenal should definitely cash in on van Persie now - will get a good fee after great season and he's a massive injury risk."

    Alexander Hanbury on Twitter: "Cash in on RVP. He's injury prone and if he gets injured next season then leaves for nothing what then?"

    Sean Patrick on Twitter: "Anti RVP Arsenal fans forget that if he hadn't come alive this season there would be no Champions League and big trouble!"

    What now for Arsenal? After Alisher Umanov's criticism of the Arsenal board, do you feel they are doing the right thing for the club? Should Arsenal be keeping their top stars and spending more money? #bbcsportsday

  68. 1310:  

    The women's semi-finals at Wimbledon are about to begin, with Angelique Kerber taking on Agnieszka Radwanska before Serena Williams plays Victoria Azarenka.

    You can follow all the action from SW19 with our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  69. 1308:  

    Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle tells BBC Radio Manchester he has not received any bids for midfielder Mark Davies, and would not welcome offers for any of his star players.

    "It's just the usual paper speculation and conjecture, and for anybody out there who thinks what happened to Bolton Wanderers and losing our place in the Premier League would mean any of our players will be leaving on a whim, they're sadly mistaken," says Coyle.

  70. 1305:  

    BBC Wales understands Cardiff City supporters have been offered the opportunity to have their season tickets refunded after the club's controversial rebranding.

    Those who still feel strongly following talks with the club have been offered a refund in letters and e-mails sent out on Wednesday.

    "The club in this process does not want to lose even one season ticket holder, but we understand it's an emotive issue that for some there's no turning back," says a Cardiff City spokesman. "These letters are the next step in that process."

  71. 1259:  

    Newcastle will play twice in three days at the start of the season after both UEFA and police refused pleas to reschedule games.

    Alan Pardew's men face a televised Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday, 25 August - less than 48 hours after they play the first leg of their Europa League qualifier on Thursday, 23 August.

    A statement from the club says: "Prior to the TV selections being made and in accordance with normal procedure, the club made an application to move the Chelsea game to Sunday, 26 August.

    "Unfortunately, the Metropolitan Police refused this request on the basis of other scheduled activities in and around London at this time."

  72. 1255:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder that tonight on 5 live, there will be a special feature on Usain Bolt and his fellow all-conquering Jamaican sprinters in London Calling from 1930 BST.

  73. 1253:  

    Celtic announce plans to face Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly as part of their 125th anniversary celebrations.

    The match, which will take place on 28 July at Celtic Park, is a nod to when the Glasgow club beat Inter Milan to lift the European Cup in 1967.

    "It is magnificent that Celtic is able to bring such a big name to Scottish football and I am sure this will be an occasion which our supporters, across many generations, will wish to experience," says Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

  74. 1251:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Speaking on last night's Record Makers programme on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, former world 5,000m record holder David Moorcroft said of Usain Bolt's Olympic 100m victory in 2008: "It's the best moment of sport that I've ever seen," while Times journalist Matthew Syed described the 100m as having "an emotional intensity, a visceral power that is unmatched in sporting spectacle. People have said 'why is the 100m such a hot ticket? It's over so quickly!' but you have to go there to realise what it means."

  75. 1247:  

    Igor Stimac becomes the new coach of Croatia national side. Stimac, who played for Derby County, takes over from Slaven Bilic.

    The move comes after Davor Suker is appointed as head of the national football association, replacing Vlatko Markovic who spent 14 years in the position.


    Adam Yates on Twitter: "It is not just goal line tech that is needed it is video across the whole match, eg Ukraine were offside in Euro 12."

    Sunny Chan on Twitter: "We already have goal line technology for big games and it won't cost extra - TV cameras."

    Stephen Bullivant on Twitter: "Goal line technology can't not be a good thing for the game, finally bringing Football into the 21st century."

    Would goal-line technology be good for football? Or do you think controversial decisions make the sport what it is? #bbcsportsday

  77. 1238:   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    A reminder that we have coverage of stage five of the Tour de France for you this afternoon from 1500 BST on sports extra. We will return to Taunton for the conclusion of the women's one-day international between England and India from 1600 BST, which will be followed by Thursday night baseball as the Texas Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox from 1900 BST. You can follow the action on DAB radio and the sports extra website.

  78. 1236:  

    In the open letter Usmanov accuses chief executive Ivan Gazidis of giving supporters the impression that Red and White was in a bitter stand-off with the board.

    "In our view it is clear you are trying to distract attention from the more fundamental issues facing the club. These are the financial model, the lack of investment and club's future strategic direction," he continues.

    The letter suggests the "real conflict is between the supporters' expectations and your visions for the club".

  79. 1234:  

    Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov criticises the board after Robin van Persie announced he would not be renewing his contract.

    "Yet again we are faced with losing our true marquee player because we cannot give confidence we can win trophies," he writes. "Where are the safeguards to ensure this doesn't happen again?"

  80. 1233:  

    Giovanni dos Santos says he wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur and return to Spanish football.

    Dos Santos has made just two Premier League starts since joining Spurs, being sent on loan to Racing Santander, Galatasaray and Ipswich in that time.

    "I want to return to Spain," he says to ESPN Radio. "There is a new coach at Tottenham, a new season is starting and it is clear to me that I want to return to Spanish football."

  81. 1230:  

    Portugal midfielder Miguel Veloso joins Dynamo Kyiv from Genoa on a four-year contract.

    "I liked the club because of their history and ambitions and the opportunity to play in the Champions League next season really interested me," says Veloso, who started every game for Portugal at Euro 2012.

  82. 1228:  

    Wasps confirm centre Dominic Waldouck is to leave the club and join Northampton ahead of the 2012-13 season.

    "Despite our attempts to talk him round, he has been adamant that he needs a fresh start and it wouldn't do any of us any good to keep him here against his will," says Wasps director of rugby Dai Young.

  83. 1226:  

    Organisers of the Amlin Challenge Cup confirm London Welsh will play in next season's competition.

    The Exiles, promoted to the Aviva Premiership last month after winning an appeal, have been drawn in the same pool as Stade Francais, Grenoble and Italian club Cavalieri Prato.

  84. 1222:  
    LONDON 2012

    Bolt, who was beaten by Yohan Blake at the Jamaican Olympic trials in both the 100m and 200m, confirms he will compete at London 2012, despite missing the Diamond League meeting in Monaco.

    "I will be in London to defend my titles in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m. I want to congratulate my fellow Racers Track Club Members along with the other athletes who made the team. I thank everyone for their support," says Bolt.

  85. 1218:  
    LONDON 2012

    Usain Bolt will miss the Diamond League Meeting in Monaco on 20 July "to give him sufficient time for treatment and time to train and prepare for the Olympic Games in London".

    "Arising from Usain's participation at the National Trials in Kingston this past weekend where he had a slight problem, after careful assessment I have had to withdraw him from the Samsung Diamond League Meeting in Monaco," says Bolt's coach Glen Mills.

  86. 1212:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    In last night's Record Makers programme on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, former world 5,000m record holder David Moorcroft saluted Paula Radcliffe's world marathon record of two hours 15 minutes and said: "That record is right up there with one of the greatest ever because she battered the record, not only the first woman to break 2:20 but to run 2:15 was absolutely astonishing, it's a time that many, many men would qualify for international competititons with. There was a particular period when she was unbeatable over any distance race."

  87. 1210:  

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway believes the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan could be when the technology makes its debut - if the vote passes through.

    He says: "The likelihood will be that the FIFA World Club Cup in Japan in December will be the first to feature any new technology but the Premier League is keen to adopt it too.

    "Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore spoke in May about how the start of the 2012/13 season may come too soon. But he did raise the prospect of introducing it mid-season. For many fans, managers and players who have suffered goal line injustices over the years it won't be a moment too soon."

  88. 1209:  

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway is out in Zurich for the goal-line technology vote.

    He says: "The tests are over and the talking is done. Today football's law-makers will decide whether to introduce goal-line technology to the game.

    "Two systems are under review: Hawk-Eye, which is a camera based system, and Goal-Ref, which uses a sensor embedded in the ball and a magnetic field around the goal.

    "The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is the body tasked with making the momentous decision. And should it give goal line technology the go-ahead then fans can expect to see systems deployed later this year."

  89. 1206:  

    It looks like we could be set for a wet British Grand Prix with showers forecast throughout Sunday at Silverstone.

    Formula 1 drivers will likely have to contend with inclement weather in tomorrow's practice sessions, with heavy rain forecast for much of the day.

    Conditions look to improve on Saturday, with only light rain forecast, but showers or longer spells of rain, some heavy and thundery, are predicted for Sunday's race.

    See the full forecast for the coming days at Silverstone here.

  90. 1205:  

    England's elite squad backs: Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

  91. 1204:  

    England's elite squad forwards: Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Tom Palmer (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Rob Webber (Bath Rugby), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

  92. 1202:  

    Amongst other notable absentees from the senior squad are David Strettle, Paul Doran-Jones and Ugo Monye, all of whom have been included in the Saxons squad.

    Both squads will take part in a three-day training camp in Loughborough next month, ahead of the autumn test matches against Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Fiji at Twickenham.

  93. 1201:  

    The England squad shows seven changes to the last elite squad, with calls-ups for the Leicester trio Anthony Allen, Geoff Parling and Thomas Waldrom, as well as Danny Care (Harlequins), Alex Goode (Saracens), Tom Johnson (Exeter) and Jonathan Joseph (London Irish).

    The squad includes 26 of those who toured South Africa last month, along with six players who did not tour because of injury: Tom Croft, Courtney Lawes, Charlie Sharples, Matt Stevens, Rob Webber and Tom Wood.

  94. 1200:  

    Stuart Lancaster names his 32-man England senior squad for the forthcoming season, with back row forward James Haskell the most notable omission.

    Haskell is included in the second-string Saxons squad, and so could still be selected for the senior team.

  95. 1152:  

    Batman, Bruno Senna praying for rain and tributes to Maria de Villota are all in today's F1 gossip column as build up to this weekend's British Grand Prix gathers pace.

  96. 1143:  

    Sky television announce Chelsea's trip to Wigan (1330 BST kick off) and Manchester City's home match against Southampton (1600 BST kick off) begins their live television coverage for the season on Sunday, 19 August.

    Manchester United's away game at Everton (2000 BST kick off) will be the first Monday night fixture of the season on 20 August.


    Guillaume on Twitter: "RVP will never have a better season, we should make money on him and buy some defenders, Giroud will score enough up front."

    Nathan Gent on Twitter: "Not too down about losing RVP. Great talent but only had one good season. Looking forward to Podolski & Giroud stepping up."

    Sam Levey on Twitter: "What should Arsenal do now? Take the money for RVP this summer or let him walk for free next season?"

    What do you think Arsenal should do about van Persie? Keep him for the year, or sell him now? Where will he be playing next season? #bbcsportsday

  98. 1134:  

    Blackburn manager Steve Kean is excited about new signing Fabio Nunes, who joins the club from Portimonese SC on a three-year deal.

    "He's an exciting player with clear potential and we are looking forward to seeing him push for a place in the senior squad," says Kean.

    Blackburn have already signed Leon Best, Nuno Gomes and Danny Murphy this summer as they prepare for life in the Championship.


    The debate continues after Robin van Persie announces he will not sign a new deal with Arsenal. Are Arsenal fans upset at the news, or do you back new signings Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud to replace him over the next few years?

    Another debate is that of goal-line technology, with the International Football Association Board (IFAB) expected to approve the Hawk-Eye and GoalRef systems. Is goal-line technology good or bad for the sport?

    Send your views in to #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1122:  

    Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda manager Jonathan Vaughters dimisses reports claiming he and team members agreed to accept suspended bans.

    Vaughters writes on his Twitter: "Regarding the Dutch media report: No 6 months suspensions have been given to any member of Slipstream Sports. Today or at any future date."

  101. 1115:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Also taking part in last night's Record Makers programme on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, was Times journalist Matthew Syed, who said of Sir Roger Bannister: "The four-minute mile is the achievement that resonates with the rest of the world but not so much with him! He says 'well yes that was something that happened in my youth but then I did the important stuff.' He was one of the great pioneers of neurology, a particular branch of neurology which has saved lives and made a great contribution to human well being. It's a rich tapestry, his life."

  102. 1113:  

    Argentina midfielder Juan Roman Riquelme announces he is leaving Boca Juniors.

    "I feel empty. I haven't got anything else to give to the club," says the former Villarreal man after his Boca Juniors side lost 2-0 to Corinthians in the Copa Libertadores final.

  103. 1103:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Another man featured on last night's Record Makers feature on 5 live, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer, was Jonathan Edwards, who still holds the world triple jump record he set in 1995. "I guess it's inevitable it will get beaten," he says. "I think the current world champion Christian Taylor is a really special talent, he's very fast, he's got great balance through his jumps and he's the most likely."

  104. 1102:  

    Moscow's Natalia Antyukh wins her second consecutive Russian women's 400m hurdles title at the national athletics championships. Antyukh clocks a season's best 53.40 seconds, to finish 0.5 ahead of the second-placed Anastasia Churakova.

  105. 1100:  

    Newcastle United's Steven Taylor reveals he is "stronger than before" after ending his seven-month injury nightmare at pre-season training, reports the Newcastle Chronicle. The same newspaper has Magpies assistant manager John Carver shrugging off concerns that the team will not be ready for European football next season.

  106. 1053:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    In last night's 5 live Sport there was a feature on Sir Roger Bannister, in a programme called Record Makers, which you can listen again to on the BBC iplayer. On it former British hurdler Colin Jackson says: "I was at a luncheon many years and Ronnie Barker, the comedian, said to me: 'Colin, you may not know me but I'm a massive athletics fan. If you look back at the tapes and see Roger Bannister running the sub four minute mile there is somebody on a bike going down the back straight, that was me!'"

  107. 1052:  

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "So You Think had been in course to defend his Eclipse St title; due to have been last race before stud; Farrh now fav."

  108. 1047:  

    Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa leave Norwich to join Paul Lambert's backroom team at Aston Villa. Culverhouse was number two to former manager Lambert, who left last month for Villa, and Karsa was head of football operations.

    "We have always bounced well off each other and we're all looking forward to the job at hand here at Villa," says Lambert.

  109. 1040:   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    A couple of other sports to tell you about on 5 live sports extra today. At 1500 BST we have coverage of stage five of the Tour de France, from Rouen to Saint Quentin. It's back to the women's cricket at Taunton from 1600 BST and after the conclusion of the one-day international there is Thursday night baseball as the Texas Rangers take on the Chicago White Sox from 1900 BST. Tune in with DAB radio or the sports extra website.

  110. 1039:  

    England's Gary Boyd shares the lead on five under par at the Alstom Open de France in Paris with Ialian Matteo Manassero.

  111. 1026:  

    New Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup adds club stalwart Kristian O'Leary to his backroom staff. O'Leary spent almost two decades at the club after joining as an apprentice in 1992, making over 300 appearances for the Swans before leaving in February 2010.

  112. 1023:   
    BBC Radio 5 live LONDON 2012

    Eleanor Oldroyd presents a special London Calling on 5 live Sport tonight from 1930 BST, joined by Mike Costello to look back on the Jamaican Olympic sprint trials, where Yohan Blake beat Usain Bolt in both the 100m and 200m. You will also hear from former Olympic champions Carl Lewis and Sergei Bubka.

  113. 1020:  

    Llanelli manager Andy Legg admits an administrative error has robbed him of two of his most experienced players for their Europa League opener at Finnish League side KuPS. Kick-off is 1530 BST.

  114. 1016:  

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "What now for So You Think? Favourite a non-runner for Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown on Saturday after found to be lame in stable."

  115. 1011:  

    Mark Cavendish will be anxious to avoid hitting the tarmac after yesterday's drama. Stage five from Rouen to Saint-Quentin is a flat stage ideal for sprinters.

  116. 1007:  
    LONDON 2012

    Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng on being named in Team GB men's basketball side for the Olympics: "We have all worked very hard for this opportunity and to have the final 12 named is exciting. The next few weeks will fly by and I can't wait to step on the court with my team-mates at the Games. We plan to make Great Britain proud."

  117. 1003:  

    Newco Rangers are left without any pre-season matches after organisers of their tour of Germany cancelled the trip.

    The team were due to play three games in Germany from 18-25 July, but the trip will now not take place, according to a statement on the club's official website.

  118. 1000:   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra CRICKET

    We have more cricket for you today on sports extra as England play India in the third women's one-day international at Taunton. After two surprise defeats England need to win to keep the five-match series alive and hear can listen to commentary from Kevin Howells and Charles Dagnall, joined by recently retired England players Isa Guha and Ebony Rainsford Brent, from 1030 BST on DAB radio and the sports extra website.

  119. 0959:  

    England World Cup winner Neil Back is the new forwards coach at Edinburgh. The former Leicester flanker has signed a two-year deal and will work alongside head coach Michael Bradley.

  120. 0958:  

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on signing Newcastle keeper Fraser Forster on a permanent deal: " We believe he will be a magnificent addition to the squad, He gives us that continuity so this is something we are really pleased about. He is a top-class keeper."

  121. 0954:  
    LONDON 2012

    Chicago Bulls star Luol Deng is named in the Team GB men's basketball team at the Olympics. The squad is: Kieron Achara, Robert Archibald, Eric Boateng, Dan Clark, Luol Deng, Joel Freeland, Kyle Johnson, Andrew Lawrence, Mike Lenzly, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Nate Reinking, Andrew Sullivan.

  122. 0949:  

    Samit Patel is released by England to play for Notts Outlaws in the t20 fixture against Yorkshire Carnegie tonight, while Jonny Bairstow will be available for Yorkshire's fixtures tonight and tomorrow against Lancashire Lightning at Old Trafford.

    Both players will return to the squad ahead of the fourth one-day international with Australia at Durham on Saturday.

  123. 0946:  

    National selector Geoff Miller on the decision to rest Graeme Swann for England's final two one-day internationals with Australia: "Graeme has some pain in his elbow at the moment and we feel that an extra week's rest will allow his elbow to settle.

    "We had earmarked the fourth and fifth matches in this series as an opportunity to rest Graeme regardless of the result at Edgbaston as we have to consider our preparations for the Test series later this month.

    "Chris Woakes replaces Jade Dernbach in the squad who has been ruled out with a side strain."

  124. 0941:  

    Off-spinner Graeme Swann is being rested for England's final two one-day internationals against Australia, with Chris Woakes and James Tredwell added to the squad, the England and Wales Cricket Board announce.

  125. 0940:  

    Newcastle keeper Fraser Forster joins Celtic on a permanent basis after two successful loan spells with the Scottish champions.

  126. 0937:  

    Great Britain look set to parade at least one Nations Cup debutant when the series moves to Falsterbo in Sweden next week.

    Team chief Rob Hoekstra includes newcomers Alexandra Thornton and Daniel Neilson among his five-rider group for the event.


    Should Arsenal cash in on Robin van Persie now the Gunners skipper has revealed he will not extend his contract at the club?

    Mark Handley on Twitter: "You can't begrudge RVP having ambition. Arsenal seem to forget that they're some way behind City as genuine title contenders."

    AW on Twitter: "Van Persie will soon discover life is not always greener elsewhere. He will not be treated or be seen how he is by AFC fans."

    Rahul Rangarajan on Twitter: "A striker nearing his thirties. 7 off 8 seasons to forget. Cesc was irreplaceable. Robin Van Persie isn't."

    Have your say #bbcsportsday

  128. 0926:  
    LONDON 2012

    Some MPs are criticising the absence of any Scottish or Northern Ireland players in the Great Britain football team for the London Olympics.

    Manager Stuart Pearce has named 13 Englishmen and five from Wales in his eighteen-man squad.

    The Democrat Unionists have tabled a Commons motion, saying they are "dismayed" at the decision, arguing that a "genuine" British team must include all the countries of the United Kingdom.

  129. 0918:  

    Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Woke up 2day early + excited like I used to as a kid like it was christmas morning....1st day of pre season at Man utd...come oooooon!"

  130. 0915:  
    LONDON 2012

    Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo admits having pre-season disrupted by the Olympics is not ideal, but hopes his players selected make the most of the experience.

    "As a manager, you would like to have them with you in pre-season, but it is the Olympic Games and players will want to be involved with it," he says.

  131. 0913:   
    BBC Radio 5 live RUGBY LEAGUE

    England captain Jon Wilkin, on last night's 32-20 defeat to the Exiles, tells BBC 5 live: "I was massively proud and it was a huge honour to captain my country, something that very few people get to do. It was not lost on me what it means to a lot of young sports people across the country. I was hugely disappointed not to get a result."

  132. 0908:  

    There is a huge day of tennis ahead on women's semi-final day, with Victoria Azarenka braced for a barrage of big serves from Serena Williams as she attempts to make her first Wimbledon final.

    Williams has hit 61 aces, 27 more than any other female player, in her hunt for a fifth Wimbledon singles title. Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland will play Germany's eighth seed Angelique Kerber in the other semi-final.

  133. 0902:  

    Defender Jason Shackell leaves Derby County to join Burnley for a fee thought to be around £1.1m.


    Former British number one Jeremy Bates on Andy Murray's chances of overcoming Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Friday's Wimbledon semi-final: "Tsonga is very dangerous, he is somebody with a big game, when he is firing on all cylinders it is very difficult to have much say in proceedings.

    "But he plays high-risk tennis and I think Murray has a fantastic chance of beating Tsonga."

    Can Murray make it fourth time lucky and reach Sunday's final after three semi-final defeats?

    Let us know #bbcsportsday

  135. 0855:  

    Gary Boyd moves to four under par at the top of the leaderboard at the Alstom French Open. Boyd, from Banbury, registered three birdies in the first four holes.


    More from former Arsenal manager George Graham on Robin van Persie: "I think the fans will be upset. It happened last year with a couple of players leaving Arsenal to go to Manchester City, but it doesn't bode well for Arsenal for the future because they are trying to build a team and their best players are leaving."

    So where next for van Persie?

    Alec Murray Brown on Twitter: "As an Arsenal fan, I just hope that Van Persie respects the fans, and moves this summer to a club outside England."

    Chris Gnapp on Twitter: "Cash in on van Persie now, his heart will not be at Arsenal next season if he is going to be moving."

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Van Persie will lose a lot of fans if he goes to Man City but Wenger needs to cash in on him regardless."

    Have your say #bbcsportsday

  137. 0841:   
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra CRICKET

    After the third one-day international between England and Australia at Edgbaston was abandoned without a ball being bowled, England's women will be hoping for more luck with the weather when they face India at Taunton later.

    Ball-by ball coverage on 5 live sports extra from 1030 BST.

  138. 0834:   
    Jonathan Overend , BBC Sport WIMBLEDON

    BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend tells Radio 5 live Andy Murray can reach Sunday's Wimbledon final: "It's been fantastic for Murray so far, but can he go one step further? Yes, I believe he can. Can he win? Then you look at the other side of the draw and see Djokovic and Federer. That shows how hard it is to win one of these things."

  139. 0829:  

    Lotus F1 Team on Twitter: "Greetings from Silverstone guys! It's a beautiful morning here, what's going on?! We brought pac-a-macs and everything."

  140. 0827:  

    Bradford Bulls joint captain Heath L'Estrange pays tribute to head coach Mick Potter after he agreed to return to the club in time for Sunday's game against London Broncos.

    Potter was among 15 staff made redundant on Monday in a major cost-cutting exercise by administrator Brendan Guilfoyle, but he has volunteered to work without pay to prepare the team to face the Broncos.

    L'Estrange said: "I'm really happy with that. Mick's been there all year and he's got unfinished business."

  141. 0824:  

    Barrister Gerard McEvilly is appointed as the Rugby Football Union's new head of discipline. McEvilly, 42, will take over from RFU disciplinary manager Bruce Reece-Russel, who is retiring after 13 years in the post.

  142. 0822:  

    New Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert will address all of his players in full for the first time when they return to pre-season training later.

    "I'll speak to them as a group and then I might speak to one or two individuals to get a bit of background about what it's been like," said Lambert, who moved from Norwich last month.

    "I think mentality is important in terms of how you handle things and how you deal with players, and hopefully the players will get the same ideas as myself."

  143. 0818:  

    Former Leeds, Hull and Crusaders utility back Jordan Tansey is to return to Super League with Castleford.

    Tansey, 25, is currently playing for Championship club York but will join the Tigers on a 12-month deal at the end of the season.

  144. 0815:  

    England's Gary Boyd is off to a fine start at the Alstom Open de France after moving to the top of the leaderboard in Paris. He is three under par after six holes.

  145. 0809:  

    Former Arsenal manager George Graham talks to BBC Sport on whether Robin van Persie will leave the Gunners before his contract expires: "The difficult thing is that in a year's time he is going to be worth zero. What sort of price do you put on him now - 25 million, 30 million?

    "It is sad for the fans because it has been seven years since Arsenal have won a trophy, they've still been playing good football and finishing in the Champions League positions, which is all good and shows how good a job the manager is doing.

    "But they are lacking three or four top-class quality players."


    So the papers are packed with speculation about Robin van Persie's future at Arsenal.

    Do Arsenal cash in on the striker before his contract runs out next summer after the Gunners captain issued a statement in which he outlined his desire to leave?

    If so, where next for Van Persie? Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus are reportedly ready to move for the player, but where do you think he should be playing his football in 2012-13?

    Let us know #bbcsportsday

  147. 0803:  

    To start, here is a taste from our latest gossip column on the transfer stories making today's newspapers - dominated by Robin van Persie's future.

    Van Persie's decision not to sign a new contract at Arsenal could pave the way for a £220,000-a-week move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

    But Manchester United are also interested in the 28-year-old Dutchman and are hoping they can lure him to Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)

    Former Real Madrid Champions League winner Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer. (Daily Mail)

  148. 0801:  

    Can Fernando Alonso make it back-to-back grand prix wins and two Silverstone victories in a row? Or will Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button stop him? The build-up to this weekend's British Grand Prix continues.

    Mark Cavendish is aiming to bounce back on stage five of the Tour de France after a spectacular crash.

    And Arsenal must decide whether to cash in on striker Robin van Persie after the Gunners captain insisted he has to leave Emirates Stadium to win trophies.

  149. 0800:  

    Andy Murray fever is gripping Wimbledon with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga standing in the way of the British number one and a place in Sunday's final.

    But while Murray prepares for one of the biggest games of his career on Friday, it is the ladies who take centre stage today as Angelique Kerber faces Agnieszka Radwanska, before Serena Williams does battle with Victoria Azarenka on semi-finals day.

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