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6 July 2012 Last updated at 21:15

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  1. 2100:  

    That is it for Sportsday Live, we will back on Monday, 9 July at 0800 BST. But there is plenty of action over the weekend with live commentary from the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and the Wimbledon finals.

  2. 2055:  

    Former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton on Twitter: "Awful start, fab last 40m for Tyson Gay. i think Tyson Gay would be a very popular winner in london."

  3. 2052:  

    Tyson Gay just takes it on the line from Justin Gatlin in a reversal of the finishing positions of the USA trials. Gay made a poor start but fought back to win in a time of 9.99. Christophe Lemaitre was third.

  4. 2048:  

    Along with Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin in the men's 100m, is European champion Christophe Lemaitre of France, in front of his home crowd.

  5. 2045:  

    Dai Greene on Twitter: "PB tonight. Feels good to be back in business, all coming together at the right time. Ready for the big one."

  6. 2040:  

    David Rudisha is completely dominant in the 800m but just misses out on a new world record with a time of 1.41.55. The Kenyan is almost 30 metres clear of the rest of the field.

  7. 2035:  

    First is the men's 800m, featuring the thrilling world record holder David Rudisha, of Kenya.

  8. 2033:  

    The men's 100m is expected to start at 2046 BST featuring the American showdown between Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin.

  9. 2030:  

    There is something to celebrate for the Paris crowd in the men's pole vault where France's Renaud Lavillenie triumphs with a clearance of 5.77m.

  10. 2027:  

    Australia's Sally Pearson storms to victory in 12.40 from America's Virginia Crawford. Tiffany Porter just grabs third place. Pearson's time is a 10th of a second faster than anyone else this year.

  11. 2023:  

    British record holder Tiffany Porter is next on the track in the 100m hurdles in a tough field featuring world number one Sally Pearson, of Australia.

  12. 2021:  

    Britain's Shara Proctor cannot better her jump of 6.65m to finish second - five centimetres behind Yelena Sokolova, of Russia.

  13. 2018:  

    America's Chaunte Lowe has won the women's high jump - clearing 1.97m. Ukraine's Olena Kholosha was second with 1.95m and Spain's Ruth Beitia's third on countback. Lowe is trying to set the fastest jump this year by attempting 2.03m.

  14. 2013:  

    An Ethiopian one-two in the men's 5,000m as Dejen Gebremeskel wins in the 12.46.81 - another fastest time of the year to send a warning to a watching Mo Farah, of Britain. Hagos Gebrihiwet was second with Kenya's Isaiah Koech in third.

  15. 2006:  

    Britain's Shara Proctor is currently second in the women's long jump with her second round jump of 6.65m. Russia's Yelena Sokolova leads with 6.70m with two rounds to go.

  16. 1959:  

    World champion Dai Greene after running a personal best to finish second in the 400m hurdles in Paris: "Some people had started writing me off. I think I proved it tonight - you don't become a bad athlete overnight."

  17. 1953:  

    Flying performance from Murielle Ahoure, who runs a time of 22.56 to hold off Americans Bianca Knight and Charonda Williams to clinch the women's 200m.

  18. 1950:  

    The women's 200m is the next race with Diamond League leader Murielle Ahoure, of the Ivory Coast, facing competition from France's Myriam Soumare in front of her home crowd in Paris.

  19. 1947:  

    Morocco's Mariem Selsouli runs 3.56.17 - the fastest time this year - in the women's 1500m to beat Asli Alptekin of Turkey in the final straight. World number one Abeda Aregawi, of Ethiopia, had to settle for third.

  20. 1940:  

    Next on the track is the women's 1,500m featuring Britain's Lisa Dobriskey and world number one Abeda Aregawi, of Ethiopia.

  21. 1935:  

    Paul Kipsiele Koech shows his class to win the 3,000m steeplechase from Brimin Kiprop Kipruto and Abel Kiprop Mutai as the Kenyans dominate the podium.

  22. 1929:  

    Four riders quit the Tour de France after suffering injury in the crash-marred sixth stage. They are Wouter Poels, from the Netherlands, American Tom Danielson, Italian Davide Vigano and Spain's Mikel Astarloza.

  23. 1925:  

    Earlier in the evening in Paris, Leevan Sands, from Bahrain won the triple jump with a leap of 17.23m. Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi won the women's 3000m steeplechase and Australia's Dani Samuels won the women's discus.

  24. 1920:  

    Diamond League leader Amantle Montsho, of Botswana, runs a controlled race to win the 400m in a time of 49.77 ahead of Jamaica's Novlene Williams-Mills. Francena McCrorory, of the US, is third. Christine Ohuruogu runs a season's best of 50.59 to finish fourth.

  25. 1914:  

    Britain's Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu runs next in the women's 400m ahead.

  26. 1908:  

    Puerto Rico's Javier Culson wins the 400m hurdles in 47.78 - the fastest time this year - to just hold off a fightback from Britain's Dai Greene, who runs a new personal best of 47.84 to confirm his return to form approaching the Olympics. Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic was third.

  27. 1903:  

    The first race is the men's 400m hurdles where Dai Greene will be competing for Britain.

  28. 1900:  

    The Diamond League meeting in Paris is about to start and you can watch it live online and on the BBC Red Button.

  29. 1854:  

    For the reaction to Andy Murray's incredible victory, follow the latest on our live text commentary.

  30. 1850:  

    Andy Murray reaches the men's singles final at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He is the the first British man to do so since Bunny Austin in 1938.

  31. 1843:  

    Watford confirm they have "terminated the contract" of manager Sean Dyche with immediate effect.

  32. 1836:  

    Ian Poulter criticises the set-up of the course at the French Open despite keeping his title hopes alive with a second-round 69. "Paris National is a magnificent course, but they have got the set-up completely wrong. I'm amazed how they have brought in pretty much every fairway. They've made it too tough," he said. Poulter is three shots behind leader Anders Hansen, from Denmark.

  33. 1829:  

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso believes consistency will not be enough to win the title this season and that wins will ultimately be decisive. "I think the second part will settle down and the top teams will dominate. We need to win more races," he said.

  34. 1822:  

    Spanish winger Suso and striker Craig Beattie leave Hearts after rejecting offers to stay at Tynecastle.

  35. 1815:  

    Kettering chairman George Rolls is suspended from football for five years after breaches of Football Association betting laws were proven. Rolls is also fined £10,000 and warned about his future conduct by an independent regulatory commission. The charges were in relation to betting irregularities between 2007-2010 when he was on the Cambridge United board and also associated with Weymouth. Rolls said: "I am flabbergasted and shocked at the decision."

  36. 1812:  

    Widnes Vikings prop Ben Cross ditches his retirement plans to sign a new one-year deal. "Having originally signed for just the one year, I now realise I've got at least another season left in me and I was keen for that time to be spent at Widnes," says the 33-year-old.

  37. 1808:  

    Reading sign 17-year-old defender Pierce Sweeney from League of Ireland side Bray Wanderers.

  38. 1805:  

    England Under-19s beat Serbia 2-1 in the European Championships in Estonia thanks to goals from Arsenal's Benik Afobe and Birmingham's Nathan Redmond. It puts them in with a good chance of reaching the semi-finals and also secures their place at the Under-20 World Cup.

  39. 1800:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    In an hour it will be time for tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch, which comes from the Diamond League meeting in Paris. You will hear commentary on Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles, Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m and the battle of the Americans in the closing event, the 100m, as Tyson Gay faces Justin Gatlin.

  40. 1759:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga begins his fightback by winning the third set 6-3 against Andy Murray in his Wimbledon semi-final. Murray won the first two sets 6-3 6-4.

    Follow the latest on our live text commentary.

  41. 1756:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    UK Sport's special advisor Peter Keen was a guest on last night's 5 live Sport - which you can listen again to on the BBC iPlayer.

    Asked about the inclusion in the British Olympic team of cyclist David Millar, who served a two-year ban for taking a performance-enhancing substance, he said: "It's absolutely the right call.

    "I don't think the debate over lifetime bans can ever be black and white because there are opportunities still for the anti-doping movement to learn from athletes that have changed and can help us understand the mistakes they've made and how the whole thing works. They should have the possibility of coming back to sport.

    "How long they should be banned is an interesting debate - you have to have consistency. In Millar's particular case, the lessons for all of us are only there because he's still racing and I don't think we should lose sight of that."

  42. 1754:  

    Britain's Jonny Marray and Denmark's Freddie Nielsen beat American second seeds Bob and Mike Bryan 6-4 7-6 (11-9) 6-7 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the men's doubles final at Wimbledon. Marray is the first British player to reach the final in the Open era.

  43. 1748:  

    England Under-17s will be the first international squad to stay and train at the Football Association's new £100m coach education centre, St George's Park.

  44. 1745:  

    Jonathan Woodgate rejoins hometown club Middlesbrough on a three-year deal after his released by Stoke. The 32-year-old former England international joins for a second time after moving from Real Madrid in 2007 in a £7m deal.

  45. 1740:  

    Serena Williams and sister Venus fight back from from a set down to reach the ladies' doubles final at Wimbledon with a 2-6 6-1 6-2 victory over fellow Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

  46. 1737:  

    Tour de France and Team GB cyclist Mark Cavendish tweets after today's major crash: "Lucky to just miss 2 flying bikes in todays massive crash, but punctured just to be part of the chaos."


    All eyes are on Wimbledon, at least according to Twitter:

    Prashank Rai on Twitter: "Murray looking good today."

    Emma Sanders on Twitter: "If Murray wins, I'll be a very satisfied sports fan. Federer through and Hamilton fastest in qualifying so far."

    Jon Nelson on Twitter: "Just in the process of tweeting this is looking too easy for Murray, in that time he lost his serve to love..."

    What will happen next on Centre Court? Tweet us your observations and opinions via #bbcsportsday.

  48. 1723:  

    Video highlights of the second, very wet practice session at Silverstone can now be viewed and enjoyed. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set the pace on a soaking first practice day at the British Grand Prix.

  49. 1718:  

    Today Roger Federer made Wimbledon history, becoming the first man to reach eight SW19 singles finals by knocking out defending champion Novak Djokovic: 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3. You can read the full match report on the BBC Sport website.

  50. 1714:  

    Andy Murray takes the second set 6-3 in his Wimbledon men's semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Follow the latest on our live text commentary.

  51. 1710:  

    Dundee chief executive Scot Gardiner says his side have not been asked to fill the berth in the Scottish Premier League after Rangers were ejected from the competition.

    "We've definitely not been invited to join the SPL; we're still an SFL club," he said.

    "And until we're told anything different then we're planning to open our campaign against Dumbarton and prior to that against Brechin in the Ramsdens Cup, and we're planning to win the First Division."

  52. 1707:  

    Ray Lewington joins England's coaching staff on a full-time basis, signing a four-year contract, the Football Association confirms.

    The former Brentford, Watford and Fulham coach was part of England manager Roy Hodgson's backroom team at Euro 2012.

  53. 1704:  

    Tour de France and Team GB cyclist David Millar tweets after today's major crash: "That was scary. Approx 70km/h pile up, like a tidal wave of debris smashing towards us. Could do nothing but brake and pray."

  54. 1700:   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget to join Mark Pougatch for 5 live Sport tonight from 1900 BST. The programme comes to you live from Paris and features commentary of Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles, Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m and Tyson Gay against Justin Gatlin in the final race of the evening, the 100m. Tune in on DAB radio, the 5 live website or on 693 or 909 AM.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    On last night's 5 live Sport, which you can listen again to on the BBC iPlayer, Stevie Morrison, who will partner Ben Rhodes in the Olympic sailing, was asked about being based in Weymouth, away from the centre of the London Olympics.

    He said: "We are pretty remote down here but Weymouth, Dorset and Portland, everywhere down here is really buying into the Olympic spirit and there's a real buzz around here, it's just part of it, when we were in Beijing the sailing venue was actually a two-hour flight from the main Olympic village.

    "It would probably be great fun to be up at the Olympics but in terms of looking at what this ultimately about, which is winning a gold medal, then being down here just as a sailing team means we can control our own environment, we've got our own chef and it means we've got a comfy lifestyle.

    "You're not going to go to the Olympic village and be bombarded by all that atmosphere, which is fantastic fun, but in terms of delivering a gold medal-winning performance it's not what you're used to."

  56. 1656:  

    Unsurprisingly, cricket around the country has been severely affected by today's inclement weather.

    Derbyshire's home game against Nottinghamshire was the first to fall after umpire David Millns carried out an early inspection.

    "Everybody is disappointed that we aren't able to host one of our showpiece matches of the campaign," said Derbyshire chief executive Simon Storey.

  57. 1651:  
    LONDON 2012

    Gareth Warburton is added to Great Britain's athletics team for the London Olympics in the 800m after winning an appeal over his non-selection.

    "This is an incredible opportunity for me and I intend to make the most of it," Warburton said. "I am joining a fantastic team of athletes and we're all focused on doing Britain proud this summer."


    Plenty of Wimbledon chatter on Twitter:

    Vasim Patel on Twitter: "Can anybody stop the Fed Express?"

    James Buchanan on Twitter: "Federer holds no fear for Murray - he's beaten him before."

    Tom Garry on Twitter: "I don't want to tempt fate, but Murray winning Wimbledon would make BBC Sports Personality 2012 very interesting in Olympic year..."

    What are your thought? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  59. 1644:  

    Andy Murray wins the first set at Wimbledon against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 after 34 minutes play. We are into the second already - check out our live text commentary.

  60. 1642:  

    In the race for the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara is still the leader. Bradley Wiggins retains his second place, seven seconds down and ahead of France's Sylvain Chavanel while Cadel Evans is a further 10 seconds back.

  61. 1637:  

    New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says of his latest signing Matthew Lowton: "Matthew is a really talented young player who brings a lot of things that can really benefit the club. He's hungry to succeed and go further in the game, both of which are attributes that we want at this football club.

    "We won't put any pressure on him, we just want him to go out and enjoy playing."

  62. 1631:  

    St Johnstone know they will face Eskisehirspor in the second qualifying round for the 2012-13 Europa League, after fellow Turkish side Besiktas failed in their bid to reverse their exclusion from the competition on financial fair play grounds.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Stuart Bithell, who will partner Luke Patience in the British sailing squad at the London Olympics, told 5 live Sport last night: "In sport, whether it be Ben Ainslie, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, everyone has ups and downs, and one thing is certain is that the champions have experienced some lows, no-one starts sport and wins forever. It started out with some massive failures and that's where you learn but it's not been a slog at all, we've just had a few moments where we've learned some hard lessons and we're better for it but the journey has been magic.

    "It's going to be one boat per discipline that gets selected and you have to be the best, the only way to be the best in the country is to be the best in the world and we're ready for that. Sport's brutal, we wouldn't have it any other way, bring it on." Listen again to the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

  64. 1624:  

    Liverpool midfielder Joe Cole, 30, says has returned to Anfield determined to make an impact after a year spent on loan in France playing for Lille.

    "I don't want to leave Liverpool one day having not been a success here or having left something here. I want to make an imprint at the club," Cole told the club's website.

    "I've been a success at West Ham, Chelsea and Lille - I don't want people to be able to say that I haven't here."

  65. 1617:  

    There are reports of severe delays for fans getting into and out of Silverstone for today's practice sessions ahead of the British Grand Prix. Some have not even made it to the track, having been sat in their cars all day on the A43.

    On the track, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set the pace in soaking conditions.

  66. 1613:  

    Slovak racer Peter Sagan wins the Tour de France sixth stage, his third stage win of this Tour.

    Our live text commentary will tell you all you need to know about the result.

  67. 1608:  

    Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge moves to Brighton on a season-long loan, the Championship club announce.

  68. 1604:  

    Andy Murray wins the first game on his serve as the second men's semi-final gets under way at Wimbledon. Follow it via BBC Sport's live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder that tonight's 5 live sport from 1900 BST comes live from Paris, where Mark Pougatch is your host for an evening of high-class athletics from the Diamond League meeting at the Stade de France. We have commentary for you of Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles and Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m, plus the battle between Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay in the final race of the evening, the 100m.

  70. 1559:  

    Matthew Lowton completes his move to Aston Villa from Sheffield United on a four-year contract.

    "It's every boy's childhood dream to play in the Premier League and it was one of mine," said the 23-year-old. "This opportunity is fantastic and I thank the manager for giving it to me.

    "Just from driving up to the training ground, you can see the difference in the quality of things. The training ground looks spectacular and the pitches look phenomenal. It's a massive club in the Premier League with a big fan base and I'm looking forward to getting to work as soon as I can."

  71. 1554:  

    Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are out on Centre Court ahead of their Wimbledon semi-final. You can watch all the action live on the BBC Sport website.

  72. 1550:  

    Everton captain Phil Neville is targeting another three years playing at the top level before he even considers retirement. "The way that science is improving now, players can play for as long as they possibly can," he said. "I think it is your mind which goes before your body and, once your mind goes, you can't make that back up."

  73. 1547:  
    LONDON 2012

    British dressage star Carl Hester describes German wonder horse Totilas's absence from London 2012 as "a blow for the sport". The black stallion is sidelined because rider Matthias Rath has glandular fever.

    Totilas set a grand prix freestyle world record under floodlights at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor. He also became the first horse in history to be awarded a mark of more than 90%, in addition to winning five world and European gold medals and one silver.

    "He has made the sport famous and you want to compete against the best, let's face it," Hester said.


    BBC's Jake Humphrey on Twitter: "Well played F1 fans. The drivers gave us plenty of entertainment, if not enough laps. Here's hoping the weekend proves to be memorable."

  75. 1542:  

    They are opening the roof on Centre Court at Wimbledon, ahead of the semi-final between Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  76. 1541:  

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght reports: "Tonight's planned race meetings at Beverley and Haydock are now off because the tracks are waterlogged. Officials at both courses will stage inspections at 0700 BST ahead of their scheduled Saturday fixtures. Already abandoned tomorrow are the cards at Carlisle, Leicester and Nottingham."

  77. 1539:  

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in a rain-interrupted second practice session for the British Grand Prix. The McLaren driver, who won the race in the wet in 2008, clocks a time of one minute 56.345 seconds. Kamui Kobayashi ends the day in second with Michael Schumacher third. Hamilton's team-mate Jenson Button is sixth fastest.

  78. 1538:  

    Dani Pedrosa copes best with wet conditions in today's afternoon practice for the German MotoGP. The Spaniard finishes ahead of German rookie Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) and third-placed Jorge Lorenzo. Briton Cal Crutchlow is seventh after finishing fifth in the morning session.


    Matthew Vernon on Twitter: "Never ceases to amaze me just how many people continue to write Roger Federer off. The man's a feat of nature. 2012 champion?"

    Rhys Hopkins on Twitter: "Roger Federer: Majestic. Simple as that."

  80. 1531:  

    Of course, Roger Federer will play the winner of the upcoming semi-final between Britain's Andy Murray and France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Sunday.

  81. 1528:  

    Six-time winner Roger Federer is into the Wimbledon final after beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3 3-6 6-4 6-3.

  82. 1524:  

    New Croatia manager Igor Stimac promises to take them to the latter stages of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, despite a tough qualifying group which also includes Serbia, Belgium, Scotland, Macedonia and Wales.

    "I believe we can look forward to better things and I will do everything in my power to raise the level of our performances and results," Stimac says.

    "We are in the toughest of Europe's nine qualifying groups for the World Cup and it's also the most competitive qualifying group for a major tournament Croatia has ever been drawn in."

  83. 1518:  

    Roger Federer, who is one set away from victory and a place in the Wimbledon final, is 4-2 up in the fourth set against Novak Djokovic.

  84. 1516:  

    Arsenal midfielder Denilson will remain at Sao Paulo for another season. The 24-year-old made 47 appearances for the Brazilian club during his initial year-long stint, which has now been extended until next summer.

  85. 1514:  

    The cars are back out on the track at Silverstone after this afternoon's British Grand Prix practice session was red-flagged following Bruno Senna's crash. Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi is currently the fastest with 20 minutes to go.

  86. 1513:  

    Fulham complete the signing of right-back Sascha Riether, 29, on a season-long loan from Cologne. "I feel very pleased to have signed," said Riether, who can also operate in midfield.

    "Fulham is a good club, a big club with a big tradition and for me it's great to be here.

    "I played here one time with Wolfsburg and I remember Craven Cottage being a great stadium with great fans, and I hope I can go on to have a great season here."

  87. 1510:  

    Newcastle United have signed Coventry City midfielder Gael Bigirimana. The 18-year-old, who won the Championship's Apprentice of the Year award last season, has signed a five-year contract after the two clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. You can read more about the exciting young talent in Paul Fletcher's BBC Sport blog.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport comes from Paris, where Mark Pougatch is your host for an evening of high quality athletics from the Diamond League at the Stade de France. There will be commentary on Dai Greene in the 400m hurdles, Christine Ohuruogu in the 400m, plus the battle between Americans Justin Gatlin and Tyson Gay in the final race of the meeting - the 100m.

  89. 1506:  

    A red flag situation in second practice for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after Bruno Senna crashes his Williams, spinning off the wet circuit.

    The clock continues to tick down and, with just under 30 minutes remaining, Kamui Kobayashi is the fastest, clocking 1:58.894 seconds, 0.195s ahead of Sauber team-mate Sergio Perez.

  90. 1504:  

    And here are some quotes from Agnieszka Radwanska about her condition ahead of her Wimbledon final against Serena Williams.

    "I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can," she said. "It was unfortunate that the illness meant I had to withdraw from doubles.

    "Of course, it is always a good sign to be playing singles and doubles in the second week of a Grand Slam, but I wasn't able to continue in both events.

    "Regarding the match against Serena, we have played a couple of times a long time ago. I think it is going to be another challenge, especially here on grass. She's playing amazing tennis at the moment. I don't really have much to lose, so I'm going to try my best and we'll see."

  91. 1501:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska will definitely play in the Wimbledon final against Serena Williams, despite pulling out of Friday's media conference because of a respiratory illness.

    Tomasz Wiktorowski, Radwanska's coach, said: "She's still sick. We're trying to do the best to bring her back to health for the match. As you know what can we do? With the anti-doping policy we have to obey all the rules.

    "We can't use all the medications in the shops. We can just use garlic, hot tea with honey, aspirin...nothing else.

    "She is getting better, but very slowly. She is very strong girl, it is not such a big problem to retire and cancel the final...not at all."


    Paulus Aduhene "Roger Federer is a living tennis legend, no doubt about that."

  93. 1454:  

    Roger Federer wins the third set 6-4 in his Wimbledon semi-final against Novak Djokovic. It really is a fantastic match and you can follow it all on our live text commentary or, even better, watch it online.

  94. 1448:  

    Great Britain defender Crista Cullen has warned the medal favourites against complacency at London 2012. "We have consistently medalled in the last three years, which is what we aspired to do, rising to fourth in the world but it is one game at a time," Cullen said.

    "The ambitions we have as a group is to get ourselves on the podium and ideally in top spot come London. But we have to start learning to turn the screw, particularly in the semi-finals, to make sure we don't miss out."


    Kareem on Twitter: "It's hard to separate Djokovic and Federer. In football terminology, this game will be won by one moment of (stupendous) brilliance."

  96. 1442:  

    With plenty of standing water on the Silverstone circuit due to heavy rain, only two drivers have completed timed laps in this afternoon's second free practice session for the British Grand Prix. Williams' Bruno Senna clocks the fastest time of 2:10.215seconds with just under one hour of the session remaining.


    It's a fantastic duel between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer on Centre Court. Both players have won one set each, with Federer leading the third set 4-3 and Djokovic about to serve to level up.

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "I'm not sure if Federer can keep this pace up, but I have seen him do some amazing things in the past."

    Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday

  98. 1434:  

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says his budget for next season is unaffected by the absence of their Old Firm rivals, Rangers, in the Scottish Premier League. "Financially and commercially it will bite us a bit but the club has its own financial structure and strategy in place and we'll move ahead regardless," Lennon said.

    "We always try and maintain a level ground on the spending going out and the money that we bring in.

    "That hasn't changed and that was the plan going into the season anyway."

  99. 1431:  

    Two more FL t20 matches fall victim to the wet weather - Warwickshire's clash with Gloucestershire at Edgbaston and Worcestershire's game against Northamptonshire at New Road.

  100. 1427:  

    Jan Vertonghen will hold talks with Ajax today to try to resolve the dispute which is holding up his transfer to Tottenham. The Belgian has been in discussions with Spurs for some time, but the centre-back has been unable to finalise his move to White Hart Lane due to a contractual dispute with his current employers.

  101. 1424:  

    Former Arsenal defender Nigel Winterburn urges Arsene Wenger to embark on a spending spree to convince Robin van Persie his future remains at the Emirates. "Arsenal have bought a couple of players and you can only hope they continue to strengthen throughout the summer," he told talkSPORT. "Somehow that might persuade Van Persie this is the right club and that they've started to move in a different direction from the past five or six years."

  102. 1420:  

    Leicestershire's FL t20 clash against Durham at Grace Road has been called off because of rain. The home side are already eliminated from the competition, but Durham still have a chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals as one of the best two third-placed teams if they can beat Lancashire on Sunday.

  103. 1417:  

    New Blackburn signing Leon Best believes Rovers can follow the example of his former club Newcastle and bounce back stronger from Premier League relegation.

    "With Newcastle, I think the season we had in the Championship built us and made us better in the Premier League," said the 25-year-old. "Now I want to do the same thing here. Sometimes you need that wake-up call to go down and build a good squad, go back up and work together."

  104. 1413:  

    It's already turning into a classic Wimbledon semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. After the Swiss took the first set in 24 minutes, 6-3, Djokovic has levelled the match by taking the second set by the same scoreline in 30 minutes.

    Follow it all on our live text commentary.

  105. 1405:  
    LONDON 2012

    British Gymnastics performance director Tim Jones says Ruslan Panteleymonov's omission from the men's Team GB squad is simply down to the depth of talent available. The Ukrainian-born star was overlooked for London 2012 despite being part of the team that won gold in last weekend's European Championships.


    It's high quality on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and you're lapping it up on Twitter.

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Finally the Djokovic that won Wimbledon is starting to return in the second set. This game could go all the way. "

    Niall Pickering on Twitter: "Too many people are being too confident about Murray winning. Tsonga could well do it and I'm hoping he does."

    Chris Player on Twitter: "Djokovic has just seemed so invincible of late that to see him one set down just looks like a typo..."

    Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  107. 1351:  

    Premier League new boys Southampton agree a deal with Vitesse Arnhem to sign defender Alexander Buttner, 23, the Dutch club announce.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Asked about the British team's target of 48 medals at the London Olympics, only one more than they achieved in Beijing, UK Sport Special Advisor Peter Keen tells 5 live Sport: "This time round we have got so much more strength in depth, there are far more, not just potential medallists but existing medallists.

    "Triathlon go into these Games with three genuine medal performers, medallists from the last two years at world level, so we've got so much more strength in depth opportunities that if cycling can't quite match their ability now there are so many others ready to step up. So even though the target agreed is just one more medal, the strength in depth is very, very different." You can listen again to the programme on the BBC iplayer.

  109. 1347:  

    New Chelsea signing Marko Marin reveals former Blues striker Claudio Pizarro helped persuade him to join the club.

    "He only had good things to say," Marin told Chelsea TV. "He didn't play a lot but he said that he had a great time here and he thinks I will enjoy it."

  110. 1343:  

    Kell Brook and Carson Jones face off at the weigh-in in Sheffield ahead of their fight at Motorpoint Arena in the city on Saturday. Both fighters easily make the weight.

    It gets a little nasty, with Brook feigning a headbutt which riles Jones, and the pair have to be separated.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "‪Federer‬ has played 22 sets in Wimbledon semi-finals, and has won them all."

  112. 1338:  

    Roger Federer takes the first set of his Wimbledon semi-final against world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 in 24 minutes under the roof on Centre Court.

    Follow it all on our live text commentary, as the Serb seeks to bounce back against the Swiss.

  113. 1335:  

    Former Manchester United director Maurice Watkins tells the Manchester Evening News of the time Sir Alex Ferguson famously reversed his decision to retire in 2002.

    "He'd told everybody about it and it became public. So we had to do something about making plans," he reveals.

    "You can't just wait until the end of the season... A lot of work was done on that and it was very well advanced."

    "Then, out of the blue, he contacted me in the February and said he wanted to see me... So we met up and he told me that he had decided that he didn't want to leave."

  114. 1329:  

    Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska pulls out of her final pre-match press conference after suffering a respiratory illness.

    The third-seeded Pole, who faces Serena Williams for the women's title on Saturday, was fighting breathing problems and was struggling to talk, according to a Womens Tennis Association spokesman.

  115. 1323:  

    Sachin Tendulkar says he has no intention of quitting one day internationals, despite opting out of India's upcoming tour to Sri Lanka.

    "It's about what I feel and as long as I am enjoying and I feel like being part of it, I'll continue," said the 39-year-old.


    With Djokovic v Federer playing on Centre Court, Twitter is abuzz with excitement:

    John Sweeney on Twitter: "Djokovic sounded way more confident than Federer during pre-match interviews, Novak big favourite. Murray two win in five sets."

    Chris DiCapuletti on Twitter: "They can give the Wimbledon title to whoever wins between Djokovic and Federer. Neither of the other two have a chance in the final anyway..."

    Ivy Ellen on Twitter: "Looking forward to Andy Murray winning today. He gets better every year."

    What are your thoughts about the day's action? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  117. 1315:  

    Saturday's race meetings at Carlisle and Nottingham are both off because the courses are waterlogged.

  118. 1311:  

    Roger Federer wins the first game on his serve as the men's semi-final gets under way at Wimbledon.

    Keep across all the very latest goings on at SW19 via our BBC Sport live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    UK Sport Special Advisor Peter Keen was asked on 5 live Sport last night about the trend of host countries faring badly in the next Olympics. Looking ahead to Rio 2016. He said: "It's something that's been playing on my mind for more than 18 months. Most of my team at UK Sport were focused for the last year on Rio planning because there are probably two reasons why that happens. One may be a drop in investment but secondly it's the loss of momentum when you get so sucked into the moment of the home Games.

    "We recognised that was a risk so we started planning and thinking about Rio well over a year ago. All our sports have already put in their draft Rio plans, so that the moment the flag comes down we're ready to think about the next cycle, we're not going to give away that year to naval gazing and reflection." You can listen to the programme again on the BBC iPlayer.

  120. 1308:  

    Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are warming up by striking balls between them under the roof on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

    Keep across all the very latest goings on at SW19 via our BBC Sport live text commentary.

  121. 1305:  

    West Brom are told it will cost £3m to bring former Newcastle and Birmingham forward Obafemi Martins back to the Premier League. The Nigerian has endured a difficult season with Rubin and is thought to want to return to England.

  122. 1301:  

    Aston Villa are on the verge of signing Sheffield United right-back Matt Lowton.

    The 23-year-old will provide competition for last season's first choice Alan Hutton.

    Tom Fordyce, BBC reporter, at Wimbledon

    "Kylie Minogue in the Royal Box today. I can just see a flunkey piling up the cushions on her designated seat now. Eighteen, nineteen..."


    Plenty of you can't wait for the tennis to get under way at Wimbledon:

    Fraser Gray on Twitter: "I think Tsonga will prove to be a tougher opponent than everyone gives him credit for. Tense and close."

    Dietrich Jeffries on Twitter: "Comparing Team GB to Andy Murray is stupid (1145). I support the team but I'm allowed not to like the sports star."

    Mark Runnacles G on Twitter: "Supporting Tsonga today, not because Murray is Scottish but because Tsonga is one of the most entertaining players on the tour."

    Fancy chipping in? Do so, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.


    Infostrada Sports on Twitter: "Combined Grand Slam singles titles won by both players in each of today's ‪Wimbledon‬ semi-finals: 1st semi-final - 21. Second semi-final - 0."

  126. 1233:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has just been pictured arriving at Wimbledon, ahead of his Centre Court semi-final against Andy Murray.

    Keep across the very latest in SW19 via our live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from UK Sport's Special Advisor Peter Keen who told 5 live Sport of the British team's Olympic chances: "All we can really say is there is a probability that Team GB will win more medals than we've ever won in the modern era, quite how many and what colour the athletes don't know, that's why it's exciting. I believe in this team more than any other team I have had any association with.

    "The opportunity our athletes have to seize the moment with the quality preparation we've had, the fantastic facilities, the brilliant village and I'm sure the brilliant British public are going to get behind them, it's just breathtaking." You can listen again to the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

  128. 1223:  

    England coach and former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville predicts that his former side will be back up at the top of the Premier League and challenging for the title in the new season.

    "The beauty of football is that you start afresh each year with a clean slate," Neville told

    "United now have an opportunity to put things right. The challenge this season's always the same: it's to win the Premier League, do well in the cups and do well in the Champions League."

  129. 1217:  

    Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Scottish jockey Campbell Gillies. He died in a swimming pool accident on holiday in Corfu, the day before his 22nd birthday.

  130. 1211:  

    A day after announcing he will defend his IBF super-middleweight with a fight in Nottingham in November, Carl Froch says he wants it to be against old foe Mikkel Kessler.

    "The rematch with Kessler is the fight I really want because he's got the win against me on his record and on my record," Froch told the Press Association.

    "That's something I want to rectify and it's also a big fight for the fans. It's a massive fight for the fans."

  131. 1206:  

    Former England manager Fabio Capello has not been contacted about the Russia job but would consider the role, according to his agent.

    "Should an offer arrive from the national team or a club either in Moscow or another big Russian city, it would probably be a country we would take into consideration as my father would like it and be interested in going there," Pierfilippo Capello said.


    More excitement on Twitter ahead of what promises to be an enthralling day's play in SW19:

    Andy Gove on Twitter: "People not getting behind Murray need to remember it's GB and not Scotland he represents. Just like Team GB is not England."

    Rob Dearsley on Twitter: "Come on Andy! Brighten up this miserable week and hopefully the rain will stop!"

    Samuel Wood on Twitter: "I can see Murray winning but I don't think he will be good enough to beat Roger or Novak in the final. Murray to win in 5."

    What are your thoughts ahead of today's semi-finals? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    In last night's 5 live Sport, which you can listen again to on the BBC i UK Sport Special Advisor Peter Keen discussed the British team's Olympic targets agreed with the government, which are 48 medals across 12 sports - one more than they achieved at the Beijing Games four years ago.

    "The sum total of all the targets in medal terms is between 40 and 70, that basically scopes the capability of Team GB. Beijing was an incredible result not least because the cycling team went stratospheric which is pretty impossible to repeat because the goalposts have moved so even the 48 medals is an interesting target."

  134. 1145:  

    Veteran Italian defender Alessandro Nesta, released by Serie A side AC Milan, signs an 18-month deal with Montreal Impact in North America league MLS.

    The 36-year-old central defender, who earned 78 caps for his country, joins fellow former Italian international Marco Di Vaio in Canada.

    BBC Sport reporter Rob Hodgetts at Wimbledon

    "In commentary box on Centre Court. Tent cover up, a few anoraked fans wander in to soak it all up. Brolly-wielding crowd already on Henman Hill."

  136. 1137:  

    Romain Grosjean finishes fastest in a rain-hit first practice session for the British Grand Prix. The Lotus driver clocked a time of 1:56.552 seconds.

  137. 1135:  

    Manchester City defender Kolo Toure says Arsenal captain Robin van Persie would be an excellent edition to the squad at Emirates as City seek to retain their Premier League title next season.

    "Robin is a top player. I've played with him, I know him and he's a great man," said the former Gunners centre-back.

    "At City we have great players and the club does what it wants in transfers.

    "But for me, if Robin comes it's great because I know what he can do."

  138. 1131:  

    Less than five minutes left of the first practice session for the British Grand Prix and Lotus' Romain Grosjean still has the fastest time with 1:56.552 seconds.

    Most drivers have not spent too much time on the Silverstone circuit due to the wet conditions, but Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi has given it a good go, racking up 19 laps in the wet. Keep up-to-date with the very latest via our live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    You can follow both semi-finals at Wimbledon on 5 live as Andy Murray prepares to take on France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the final.

    Don't miss a moment of the full coverage from SW19 starting with the first semi-final, defending champion Novak Djokovic against six time champion Roger Federer, all the action will be available for you on BBC Radio 5 live from 1200 BST.

  140. 1128:  
    BBC Sport reporter Mike Henson at Wimbledon

    "Eleven times since 1938 British men have played Wimbledon semi-finals. Eleven times they have lost. Rain twice a key factor though..."


    Plenty of discussion and excitement on Twitter ahead of Murray v Tsonga this afternoon:

    Calum Johnston on Twitter: "Last year Murray didn't have the mental strength to keep going against Ferrer. Lendl has made an impact; he can go all the way!"

    Daniel Hall on Twitter: "Four set thriller against Tsonga, ace to win the match. C'mon Murray!"

    Paul Wilson on Twitter: "Murray won't get a better chance to win Wimbledon. Will beat Tsonga, but can't just be content to make the final."

    What do you hope happens under the roof at Centre Court later this afternoon? Get involved, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  142. 1115:  

    Commonwealth gold medal wrestler Myroslav Dykun is banned from the sport for two years following a positive doping test.

    Dykun tested positive for methamphetamine on 24 March at the British Senior Championships.

  143. 1110:  

    Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan joins United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain on a permanent deal.

    The Ghana international initially joined the Pro-League champions on loan in January. Guan scored 11 goals in 37 league and cup games for the Black Cats.

  144. 1102:  

    Fernando Alonso clearly prefers the warmth of the Ferrari garage to the wet Silverstone circuit, with the championship leader having sat out most of this morning's first practice session for the British Grand Prix.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson says: "Ferrari are obviously just not interested in these conditions. Fernando Alonso has a bit of experience so I think he can handle a few hours sitting in his comfortable chair in the garage and then going out in the afternoon."

  145. 1101:  

    The South Wales Evening Post claims that Sigurdsson was offered £35,000 a week - £5,000 more than he was earning at Hoffenheim - to move to Swansea but is now picking up around £55,000 a week at Tottenham.

  146. 1058:  

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers tells the Liverpool Echo that Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands were the reason he joined Tottenham rather than move to Anfield.

    "He and I both sat and spoke," Rodgers said. "I believed playing football was going to be the most important aspect for him, but obviously it was important financially as well.

    "I knew what the market was, and I wasn't prepared to pay anything over what I had known was agreed already."

  147. 1055:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Hungary 10 @GBMensWaterPolo 6 after three quarters at ‪London 2012‬ ‪waterpolo‬ warm-up event at Dublin's National Aquatic Centre."

  148. 1054:  

    Salford City Reds half-back Matty Smith is set to complete his move to Wigan in the next few days.

  149. 1051:  

    With just under 40 minutes remaining of the first practice session for the British Grand Prix, Lotus' Romain Grosjean has the fastest time so far with 1:56.552 seconds.

    Conditions are wet following heavy rain in the morning and unsurprisingly a few drivers have spun off the track during the session.


    David Kelly on Twitter: "People saying Andy Murray's going to bottle it when it's the British media and fans that put so much pressure on him."

    Ben McAdam on Twitter: "Roger to beat Novak in four sets. I just think the magic of this year's Wimbledon has a Fed Muzza final all over it."

    Linda Holland on Twitter: "We should all just get behind any Brit who is this close, and I am Scottish, and support all Brit players!"

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  151. 1047:  

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari at Silverstone: "These conditions are very slippery that is why we see a lot of people going off the track and sliding around. It could be that by the end of the session there are already people on the intermediates."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    The BBC's former Olympic medallist Steve Parry was on 5 live Sport last night and you can listen to it again on the BBC iplayer. Commenting on the surprise omission of Jenny Meadows from the British Olympic team, he said: "When B standard people get picked over people with the A standard I found that amazing because for swimming if you finish in the top two and do the qualifying time, you are on the team. So I knew when I touched the wall whether I had qualified or not and I prefer it that way, rather than wait for someone's opinion to tell me whether I'm on the team or not."

  153. 1045:  

    Do not forget you can watch practice for the British Grand Prix on this website. It is also now possible to watch on your mobile.


    Tom Harris on Twitter: "re Olly Cole, how did you get from one comment, said in jest over six years ago, to Murray hates the English?"

    Alexander Hanbury on Twitter: "Murray starts a set down mentally against Djockovic and Federer, they've been there and done it. Andy hasn't."

    Dave Ward on Twitter: "To Olly Cole- you clearly believe the tabloid rubbish about him not supporting England. I'm English and I say come on Murray!"

    Apologies to Fat Clyde if we did not reflect your roof-related sarcasm.

  155. 1038:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Hungary 8 @GBMensWaterPolo 5 at half-time in ‪London 2012‬ ‪waterpolo‬ warm-up tournament in Dublin."

  156. 1036:  

    As heavy rain continues to cause difficulties, inspections have been called for today's race meetings at Doncaster (12:00), Beverley (14:00) and Haydock (15:00). The fixture at Warwick is already off.

    And, at 13:00 officials at Carlisle and Nottingham will look at their tracks for planned fixtures tomorrow.


    Jonathan Moyse on Twitter: "Can't believe the negative comments about Murray - yes, he still has it all to do and win a slam but Get Behind Our Boy!"

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Just like England on the big stage, I can see Murray bottling it today. Too much pressure and expectation. Cue the heartache."

    David Hawkins on Twitter: "RE: Fat Clyde, Really, is that what a roof is for? I thought they just looked nice."

  158. 1033:  

    Dani Pedrosa sets the fastest time in first practice for Sunday's German Grand Prix. The Spaniard pipped his Repsol Honda team-mate Casey Stoner, with Jorge Lorenzo in third.

    British rider Cal Crutchlow was fifth. Mattia Pasini suffered an unusual crash in the pit lane, as he fell awkwardly on his head avoiding a mechanic. The riders will be back out on the track later this afternoon.


    Chris Martin on Twitter: "Hoping Fed/Djok in for a five-setter so by the time I finish work, Andy will be starting. Come on Andy."

    Mark Hatters on Twitter: "I think Murray has a very real chance of making the final, but to win it? That would take something unbelievably special."

    Olly Cole on Twitter: "Hope Murray loses in the worst way possible. He hates the English so why do you all blindly follow him like idiots?"

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday with your view.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Fifa referee Clive Thomas was part of Tony Livesey's programme last night on 5 live, discussing the decision to introduce goalline technology, and he said: "We need technology because the game is getting a lot faster, there are a lot of things new in the game in the last 10 years, referees are trying their best, in their way, to control games, but I want goalline technology full stop, what I do not want is technology used throughout the field of play." You can listen to the programme again on the BBC iplayer.

  161. 1022:  
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Sport's Nigel Adderley on Twitter: "Hungary 4 @GBMensWaterPolo 4 after first quarter in London 2012‬ ‪waterpolo‬ warm-up in Dublin. Figes 2, Waller, Scolefield."

  162. 1018:  

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is closing in on another summer target after agreeing a fee for Coventry's teenage midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 18.


    Alison Howard on Twitter: "He is capable of winning, but will he choose to. It's a psychological game. It's not about the tennis."

    Fat Clyde on Twitter: "re Rita Chambers, centre court has a roof and it keeps the rain out if it's closed..."

    Jonathan Cardy on Twitter: "Fed and Djok read Murray's big point game to easily. Drop shot then lob 80% of the time, been obvious for years."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  164. 1009:  

    The chairman of Kilmarnock, Michael Johnston, says his abstention from voting against a newco Rangers was to reflect the views of his club's fans.


    Paul Vince on Twitter: "Andy Murray to win today three sets to love and then beat fed in the final three sets to one."

    Jonathan Lamb on Twitter: "re Chris Bufton, ummmmm doesn't his consistent ranking in the top 4 and that he's made grand slam finals before already prove this?"

    Andrew Harvey on Twitter: "Murray will win today. His grass court game is too good for Tsonga, but he will have no chance against Djokovic. He's too good."

    Do you disagree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  166. 1005:  

    Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis has set his sights on a move to England. Ramis, 27, has been linked with Aston Villa and Sunderland and told AS: "This could be the ideal moment to make a change and the Premier League is a destination that appeals because I like the football there.

    "I want to have more challenges, more dreams and to play in the English league would be an important step for me."

  167. 1002:  

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "#Racingweather‬ latest: ‪Nottingham‬ to inspect at 1pm ahead of tomorrow's planned fixture."

  168. 1000:  

    Stenhousemuir do not expect Scottish Football League clubs to be given the option of voting newco Rangers into the Third Division.


    Jordan Friday on Twitter: "Murray to beat Tsonga today but fall at the final hurdle against Novak or Roger. Both too strong."

    Ohigho Musa on Twitter: "Murray has got two formidable opponents ahead of him. Tsonga has improved his game while Federer and Novak are pretty dangerous."

    Trevor Lloyd on Twitter: "He is not good enough to beat Federer and Djokovic in a Grand Slam! They will take his game apart."

  170. 0955:  

    Arsenal legend Ian Wright has his say on Robin van Persie's decision not to sign a new contract at the Emirates.

    He tells the Sun: "Now it's time for Arsene Wenger and the directors to come clean because the supporters — who have stuck by their team for seven long years without a trophy — deserve to know just what is going on."

  171. 0952:  

    A Football League spokesman comments on the introduction of goal-line technology: "We welcome the decision and will now consider the future use of goal-line technology in our competitions, in conjunction with our clubs."

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder too that you can still listen to John McEnroe and Tim Henman taking your calls in the excellent 6-love-6 programme available on the 5 live website.


    Francis Kylan on Twitter: "This match is similar to the Henman v Goran semi in 2001 even though he lost. Best chance for Murray get to final ever."

    Nnaji on Twitter: "This is Murray's rare opportunity to win a grand slam. I think with the support of the home crowd, he can."

    Rita Chambers on Twitter: "I think the question should be what are the chances that they avoid the rain and actually get a chance to play?!!"

  174. 0944:  

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "‪Doncaster‬ officials now concerned & say monitoring situation. Beverley‬ to inspect at 1400."

  175. 0942:  

    People who cannot make it to London can watch all the action from Wimbledon on BBC Big Screens across the UK. It's a great opportunity to enjoy a fantastic shared experience, locally. Audiences can locate their nearest screen at


    Karl Stroud on Twitter: "If Andy Murray wins today, he will lose in the final, he isn't mentally strong enough."

    Chris Bufton on Twitter: "This is Murray's best chance to make a Wimbledon final and show he's a better player than Tim Henman. Let's hope he can do it!"

    Get in touch with your opinion at #bbcsportsday

  177. 0939:  

    New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers also thinks captain Steven Gerrard will haev benefitted from his performances at Euro 2012.

    Rodgers said: "He obviously missed a lot of last season, which I know was frustrating for him, but it meant he was getting back up to fitness at the end of the season.

    "He had a wonderful championship, which was great and bodes well for us for this season."


    Andy Hayes on Twitter: "Murray - no chance of winning Men's Singles. And if he does, how will we all feel about it?"

    Frederick Melick on Twitter: "How could any player win with so much external pressure? Hope he does well."

  179. 0934:  

    Belarusian Aliaksandr Kuchynski will try to continue in the Tour de France despite suffering a fractured bone in his wrist during a crash on the race's fifth stage.


    Jo Sutton on Twitter: "I have high hopes for Murray. He's showing great form and I think Tsonga is beatable."

    Rob Rio Vere on Twitter: "Andy has showed a lot of mental strength. However I think the weight of expectation may prove to be too much."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  181. 0929:  

    It is cold and wet at Silverstone but you can follow what is going on in practice on live text in our F1 section.


    Silvia on Twitter: "He's the fave to win today's match however, for him to have a real chance of title - Fed HAS to put Djok out!!"

  183. 0924:  
    LONDON 2012

    Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes Usain Bolt can run 100m in 9.4 seconds but only if the Jamaican refines his sprinting style.

  184. 0919:  

    American Cristie Kerr has a share of the lead at three under par at the the US Women's Open at Blackwolf Run, with Scot Catriona Matthew three over par and England's Mel Reid seven over.

  185. 0914:  

    Another story from late last night - Arsenal have appointed Terry Burton as their new reserve team and head development coach.

    The 59-year-old rejoins the Gunners from Sheffield Wednesday - where he was assistant manager - and replaces Arsene Wenger's right-hand man Pat Rice.

  186. 0911:  

    Real Betis sign striker Joel Campbell on a one-season loan from Arsenal. Campbell, 20, who passed his medical and signed his Betis contract yesterday, joined Arsenal from Deportivo Saprissa in August 2011.

  187. 0908:  
    LONDON 2012

    In case you missed it last night, Brazil have included forwards Hulk, Neymar and Alexandre Pato in a strong squad for this summer's Olympic Games.

    Hulk is one of three over-aged players along with defenders Marcelo (Real Madrid) and Thiago Silva (AC Milan).

  188. 0906:  

    You can see the full interview with Fifa president Sepp Blatter as his organisation votes to introduce goal-line technology in our football section.

  189. 0903:  

    Michael Owen on Twitter: "Nothing sorted yet people but need to make sure that wherever I go, I arrive in good shape, raring to go!"

  190. 0902:  
    LONDON 2012

    The father of Australia's only female archery competitor at the London Olympics has had a restraining order against him dismissed after a judge ruled he did not attempt to intimidate his daughter's main rival during qualifying events.

    Jonathan Barnard, father of Elisa Barnard, was accused of trying to put 18-year-old Odette Snazelle off her performance during several events in January and February.

  191. 0858:  

    New Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been impressed in his early conversations with veteran defender Jamie Carragher.

    He told the club's official website: "Jamie, in my chats with him, is like myself, probably up until two o'clock in the morning watching German football on a Sunday having watched five or six games before that.

    "So he's got a real passion and I can relate to people like that."

  192. 0854:  

    Michael Owen on Twitter: "My pre-season running track has turned into a swamp. No excuses though. I'm about to wade through it before hitting the gym."

  193. 0853:  

    The sixth stage of the Tour de France gets under way later this morning with the sprinters getting a final chance to shine on the 210km stage from Epernay to Metz, before a tough slog over the mountains begins. Fabian Cancellara has the overall lead, with Bradley Wiggins in second.


    Al Greenan on Twitter: "Everyone seems to be forgetting that Tsonga knocked out Federer and came nearer to beating Djokovic than anyone else last year."

  195. 0847:  

    Wigan's England winger Josh Charnley is doubtful for the Warriors' Challenge Cup semi-final on 14 July because of a calf problem.

  196. 0844:  

    Ajax name former player Marc Overmars as technical director to complete their three-man board of directors. The former Arsenal and Barcelona man will be responsible for transfers, the club's youth department and scouting, and joins Henri van der Aat and Jeroen Slop on the board of directors.


    Jonny Christmas on Twitter: "If Murray gets to the Wimbledon Final today, regardless of the final outcome, 2012 BBC Sports Dour Personality Award is his!!"

    Oliver Reece on Twitter: "Who does Andy Murray compare to in the sporting world? Paula Radcliffe winning Olympic Gold. #anyonebutmurray"

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "If Murray wants to be a contender he must dispatch of Tsonga convincingly. Beating Djokovic or Federer is the hard part."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  198. 0837:  

    Lee Westwood had an interesting opening day on his way to carding a one-under round of 70 at the French Open in Paris yesterday. The second round is under way and Westwood tees off at 1330 at Le Golf National, with Swede Christian Nilsson leading at six under par.

  199. 0835:  

    West Brom have enquired about signing striker Obafemi Martins on loan but his current club Rubin Kazan are only interested in a permanent deal, according to Press Association Sport.


    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Will be tough to stop ‪Federer‬ if he beats Djokovic. Returning to World No1 will spur him on. Already No 2."

    What do you think about Murray's chances? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  201. 0831:  

    Andy Murray is not the only British interest at Wimbledon, with Jonathan Marray involved in the men's double semi-finals later today.

    Marray became the first Brit to reach the last four in 35 years after he and Dane Frederik Nielsen knocked out James Cerretani and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

  202. 0826:  

    Former Wales striker Alan Curtis has been promoted into new Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup's management team. The 58-year-old has been awarded a new contract until 2014 and joins Laudrup and assistant Erik Larsen to complete the new-look Swans backroom team.

  203. 0823:  

    Hull KR captain Ben Galea will leave the club at the end of the season. The Australian, 33, who joined the club from Wests Tigers in 2008, was keen to extend his stay at Craven Park but his contract runs out at the end of the season and he has failed to reach agreement on a new deal.


    Tom Joad on Twitter: "This has to be Murray's best chance to win the Wimbledon title. He's been getting stronger in each match. Hope he can do it."

  205. 0818:  

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter: "#Racingweather‬: rain has claimed Warwick."

  206. 0814:  

    Goal-line technology could be used in Wales internationals from February 2013 after Welsh FA chief Jonathan Ford helped approve the change.

  207. 0813:  

    David Beckham has been banned for one game and fined an undisclosed amount for his "confrontational and provocative behaviour" during and after LA Galaxy's 4-3 defeat at San Jose last weekend.

    Angry at perceived time-wasting, Beckham, who has not been included in the Team GB squad for the London Olympics, struck a San Jose man with the ball and then continued to argue with opposing players after the final whistle.

  208. 0809:  

    Our pundits have had their say on today's semi-finals and John Lloyd, Jeff Tarango and Jonathan Overend all think Andy Murray will reach Sunday's Wimbledon final.

  209. 0806:  

    Jonathan Woodgate is set for a return to Middlesbrough subject to a medical. The 32-year-old former England international is a free agent having played for Stoke last season. Woodgate spent two seasons at the Riverside Stadium after initially joining the club on loan from Real Madrid in 2006.


    So what do you think are Andy Murray's chances this afternoon? If he can get past Tsonga, what chance do you give him of overcoming Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer in the final?

    Let us know what you think on Twitter, using #bbcsportsday

  211. 0803:  

    There is no doubt about the story of the day, with Andy Murray attempting to become first British man to reach a Wimbledon singles final for 74 years when he takes on Frenchman Jo-Wilifried Tsonga in this afternoon's semi-final.

  212. 0800:  

    Good morning and welcome to Friday's Sportsday Live. We kick things off with three stories from our football gossip column:

    Juventus are the new favourites to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, after they moved ahead of both Manchester United and City. (Daily Mirror).

    Theo Walcott is also considering his future with Arsenal, as he enters the final year of his current deal. (The Sun).

    Chelsea are hoping to finalise a £10m move for Wigan striker Victor Moses. (Daily Mirror).

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