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Mo Farah puts in a superb display to win the 5,000m at the London Grand Prix meeting in the final warm-up for the Olympics.

13 July 2012 Last updated at 21:13

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  1. 2031: 

    Steve Cram on Mo Farah: "The noise was deafening. Mo is in good shape, he's confident, he's winning. That's exactly what he wants. He'll go away now to Font Romeu to do a bit more hard work but he's in good shape."

  2. 2023: 
    Success for Farah in men's 5000m

    Farah completes the penultimate lap in under 60 seconds and rewards the cheering crowd with a fabulous victory. The Briton comfortably led in the final lap and pushed away from his rivals in the final 200m to clock 13 minutes 6.05 seconds. The moustachioed Collins Birmingham was Farah's nearest challenger in second, with Uganda's Moses Ndiema Kipsiro a distant third.

  3. 2017: 

    Mo Farah is bobbing along nicely in the men's 5000m. "He looks good, he looks strong," says Brendan Foster of Farah, who has slipped to 11th in the world rankings after six men ran faster than the Briton's personal best at last week's grand prix in Paris.

  4. 2013: 

    By the way, BBC News School Tom, David and Montell, from The John Fisher School in Purley, have just got back from the media mixed zone where they interviewed Team GB athletics captain Dai Greene. "There's nothing bigger than the Olympics, and I'm so proud to captain such a great group of athletes," he told them. "The format at the Olympics will suit me much more. I'm a strong athlete and tonight won't dent my confidence."

  5. 2009: 
    Long jump victory for Watt

    The men's long jump has concluded and even though Chris Tomlinson jumped 8.26m with his final effort, it wasn't enough as the Briton finished second behind Australia's Mitchell Watt. An impressive 8.28m leap from Mr Watt. South Africa's Godfrey Mokoena was a close third with a 8.24m effort.

  6. 2006: 

    Tyson Gay on BBC Two: "I feel pretty good with the victory, the crowd was great. This is the greatest place to get ready for the Games. I'm in pretty good shape but I need to get back to the physio and work on my groin area."

  7. 2001: 
    Gay shines in men's 100m

    Not a great start from Tyson Gay, but he nudges ahead in the final 30m and maintains his pace to finish in 10.03secs. The American has run faster, granted, but a decent time nonetheless considering the conditions. The towering Ryan Bailey was second, with Jamaica's Nesta Carter third.

  8. 2000: 

    Here we go then. The sprinters flex their muscles at the start line for the blue ribbon event, the men's 100m. No Kim Collins, I'm afraid, as the veteran has decided to pull out of the event. Six of the seven men have dipped under 10 seconds...

  9. 1956: 

    Aries Merritt on BBC Two: "The conditions are the same for everyone. I didn't expect to run this fast, I only got off the plane two days ago. I switched my start from eight steps to seven steps and it's been a sky rocket of improvement."

  10. 1951: 
    Merritt comfortably wins 110m hurdles

    A remarkable race from Aries Merritt who equals a world's leading time of 12.93 seconds. It's an American top three as Jason Richardson finishes second with Ryan Wilson third. Pozzi failed to clear the second hurdle so a disappointing end for the Brit.

  11. 1950: 

    Liu Xiang has withdrawn from the men's 110m hurdles with the former Olympic champion complaining of a sore back after comfortably winning his heat. A rotten birthday present for the man from China. Nevertheless, the show must go on. The race is about to get under way with Andrew Pozzi the sole British hope.

  12. 1948: 

    Laura Weightman on BBC Two: "I felt like I put myself in a few bad positions. A lot of the heats and semis are going to be run at that kind of pace. But I enjoyed it, I enjoy running in front of big crowds. I think that's really gonna help us Brits at the Games."

  13. 1942: 
    Jamal wins women's 1500m

    The women jostle before the sound of the bell, but it is Maryam Yusuf Jamal who saunters across the line to finish in four minutes 6.79 seconds. America's Jenny Simpson trots home some distance behind in second with compatriot Anna Pierce third. An impressive fourth-place finish for Britain's Laura Weightman.

  14. 1938: 

    Hannah England smiles and waves at the camera as she prepares for the women's 1500m. This race a chance for the world silver medallist to test her strength and stamina in what is her first outing since damaging an Achilles tendon in May.

  15. 1935: 

    Liverpool confirm the signing of Italian striker Fabio Borini, 21, from Roma on a long-term contract.

  16. 1935: 

    Vivian Cheruiyot after her dominant 5,000m win: "It was important for me to win this event. I came here to test myself and I'm feeling ok. I'm going to train a little bit when I go back to Kenya and I'll be ready for the Games. I want to work on my speed and a little bit on my endurance."

  17. 1929: 
    Cheruiyot triumphs in women's 5000m

    Cheruiyot and Masai were shoulder-to-shoulder with two laps remaining before Cherono stepped on the accelerator and overtook Masai a few meters ahead of the final lap. Cherono did her best to test the diminutive Cheruiyot, but the Kenyan was always in control and finished in 14 mins 48:86 seconds. A personal best from Britain's Julia Bleasdale, who dipped home in 15 minutes 10:06 secs.

  18. 1922: 

    A steady start to the women's 5000m so far, with Linet Chepkwemoi Masai leading a pack of six. Britain's Julia Bleasdale, at the back of the pack, hanging onto the leaders' coattails. Meanwhile, Chris Tomlinson coquettishly tucks away those curly blond locks, before jumping a whopping 8.06m to leap into the lead in the men's long jump.

  19. 1914: 

    It's time to concentrate on the distance runners as the women 5000m competitors are being introduced to the sizeable crowd. Six Britons competing in the race but all eyes will be on double world champion Vivian Cheruiyot. "I don't expect to run a great time here," she said ahead of the race. "I'm just here to see how my body feels and get ready for the Olympic Games."

  20. 1905: 
    Victory for Charonda Williams in women's 200m

    Williams nudges ahead at the bend and is able to pump those powerful legs to push home in 22.75 seconds, ahead of Jamaica's Anneisha McLaughlin in second. Third was Bianca Knight, while Britain's Margaret Adeoye was seventh.


    Jack Dowden on Twitter: "Appallingly bad from Chambers."

  22. 1900: 

    BBC Sport's Denise Lewis: "Dwain Chambers won't be happy with that. It's not good enough for someone that's been selected for the Olympics. He hasn't shown much form, for me. It's just not good enough. He doesn't look like he's in any kind of shape at the moment."

  23. 1853: 
    Michael Frater wins 100m heat two

    Tough race to call, but Jamaica's Michael Frater just about does enough to win the second heat in 10.15 seconds. Tyson Gay has a slow start and despite making up ground is edged out on the dip for the line. His fellow American Trell Kimmins comes third. All of which means that Dwain Chambers has not made it into the final at 19:59.

  24. 1848: 
    Ryan Bailey wins 100m Heat 1

    The American's late burst sees him cross the line in an impressive 10.06sec. Terrible starts for Britons Mark Lewis-Francis and Dwain Chambers, with the latter a disappointing fifth in 10:35.

  25. 1846: 

    Britain's Jack Green on BBC Two: "It was a brilliant field, probably the best I've ever competed against. As soon as I'm in a field like that I raise my game."


    You can watch the live athletics from Crystal Palace on the BBC iPlayer.

  27. 1844: 

    Dai Greene on BBC Two: "I wanted a bit more. I would have loved to win in front of a home crowd. I'll be continuing what I've done over the last few weeks - I've run faster than I did last year already."

  28. 1843: 

    Steve Cram on Dai Greene's 400m hurdles run: "Another solid performance from Dai Greene but if he didn't know already his Puerto Rican rival Javier Culson will be hard to beat."

  29. 1840: 
    Javier Culson wins men's 400m hurdles

    The race eventually gets underway after the athletes were called back because of Bershawn Jackson's false start. The American left the track a wee bit disgruntled after being disqualified. Culson, wearing his customary tangerine headband, quickly creates a gap between him and Dai Greene in the first 200m. The Briton, who eventually finishes second, tries to reduce the gap in the final two hurdles but could not quite track down the Puerto Rican. Another sub 48-second run from Culson, who crosses the line in 47.78secs. And a terrific fourth-place finish by Britain's Jack Green

  30. 1834: 

    Britain's athletics captain Dai Greene is gambolling on the baseline, readying himself for the start of the men's 400m. They're on their marks...


    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Wow - how good was that run from Perri Shakes-Drayton. Ripped the Olympic and European Champions to pieces."


    Perri Shakes-Drayton tells BBC Sport: "I'm over the moon with the time. Today was an opportunity to race against the best girls. I thought to myself 'C'mon girl, pull your socks up.' I didn't think I was going to win, I had to believe in myself. I had a very good day at the office today. It gives me confidence to know my training is going well."

  33. 1830: 

    BBC Sport's athletics commentator Steve Cram on Shakes-Drayton after Londoner's personal best: "Only Sally Gunnell has gone faster than that. The first 20m you could tell Perri really attacked the hurdles. She is always so strong in the home straight. She attacks the last hurdle and runs hard off that hurdle. I'm not sure she believed it would be that quick, though. She went into this Diamond League meeting knowing she needed a big performance."

  34. 1824: 
    Britain's Shakes-Drayton wins 400m hurdles

    What did I say about shredding the form book? Pah. A fantastic race from Perri Shakes-Drayton, who led from the bend and had a commanding lead in the final straight to dip home in 53.78 seconds, for the second-fastest time in history by a British lady. Second was Irina Davydova while Kaliese Spencer was third. "I just believed in myself," says Shakes-Drayton. "I had a very good day in the office today."

  35. 1819: 

    The women's 400m hurdles is about to get underway and there are two Brits competing, Perri Shakes-Drayton and Eilidh Child. Both will have to put the form book in the shredder and set a match to it if they are to trouble Jamaican duo Melanie Walker and Kaliese Spencer and Russia's Irina Davydova.


    BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Rain relents at the Palace. Puddles all over the track. Pole vault under way a little late. Women's 400m hurdles up next, followed by men's."

  37. 1815: 

    Other athletes who will be stretching every sinew in Crystal Palace will be birthday boy Liu Xiang. The darling of China, who is 29 today by the way, will perhaps treat himself to a sliver of a birthday cake should he win the 110m hurdles. He strolled through the heats earlier this evening to comfortably reach tonight's final, with Britain's Andy Turner a distant fifth. Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot will hope to maintain her unbeaten form in the women's 5000m (19:14 BST), while the winsome Mo Farah competes in the men's 5000m at 20:09 BST.


    Britain's Mo Farah on Twitter: "On my way to the track!!!"

  39. 1809: 

    Liverpool's Maxi Rodriguez has has joined Newell's Old Boys in Argentina, according to the club's official website.

  40. 1807: 

    It's not all about those peacocks strutting about at the start line for the 100m, however. Oh no. World Champion Dai Greene will tonight (18:34 BST) hope to build on his impressive performance in Paris - where he ran a lap of the track in the fastest time of his life. The Welshman will once again tussle with Puerto Rico's Javier Culson, as well as Britain's Jack Green and Rhys Williams.


    BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "So much rain at Crystal Palace now that the 110 metres canoeing may be postponed."

  42. 1759: 

    As I've already touched upon, the third fastest man of all time, Asafa Powell, has pulled out of tonight's 100m ding-dong with Tyson Gay - who is, of course, the second fastest man of all time. The Jamaican wants to rest his sore groin ahead of the Olympics. "I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks. I will be ready in August," said the 29-year-old. "I've been carrying some soreness in my groin since the Olympic trials and have been unable to train 100%." Don't let Powell's withdrawal ruing your evening, though, because his team-mates, Nesta Carter and Michael Frater, will test Gay's mettle at 19:59 BST.

  43. 1756: 

    A very good evening to you all and welcome to live text commentary of this evening's Diamond League meet in Crystal Palace. Sixteen Olympic and 15 reigning World Champions will compete during the next two days - I'm not lying, I've actually counted them - and all are hoping to fine-tune their engines before you know what in a couple of weeks. I'll be honest, the conditions aren't perfect so expect the 100m to be run in about four minutes and for the distance runners to complete their races in a dinghies.

  44. 1751: 
    Athletics: London Grand Prix

    The world's top athletes have touched down in England's capital to sample the atmosphere and conditions which will greet them in a fortnight: Drizzle, menacing clouds and weather more suited to a swimming gala than an athletics event. Asafa Powell has already decided that his muscles are far too delicate for a damp evening in south London but, fear not, his fellow athletes have ditched their wellies for spikes and rain coats for vest tops and are limbering up to entertain us on the track.

  45. 1747: 
    LONDON 2012

    Great Britain women's basketball coach Tom Maher says there is still work to be done after watching his side beat Angola 74-57 in an Olympic warm-up game in Sheffield.

    "We're trying to put in place some things we've been working on, and we had some victories and some defeats on that front, so there is still work to be done," says Maher.

  46. 1744: 
    LONDON 2012

    A host of stars will make their final London 2012 preparations at the two-day Diamond League London Grand Prix.

    British world champions Dai Greene (400m hurdles) and Mo Farah (5,000m) are among those competing tonight at Crystal Palace.

    You can catch all the action on BBC Two from 18:00. It is also live on BBC Radio 5 live.

  47. 1737: 

    Tour de France overall leader Bradley Wiggins reveals he suffered a minor burn injury to his arm after he was touched by a flare during the 12th stage.

    Spectators ran along the peloton with flares on the way from St Jean de Maurienne, and Wiggins was among those slightly touched by them.

    "I got hit on the arm with a flare, it burnt my arm a little but other than that I'm alright," says Wiggins.

  48. 1734: 

    The most expensive ticket at Arsenal next season will be £126, the club announce.

    Ticket prices for 'A' category games, of which there are two before the end of the year against Chelsea and Tottenham, will be on average £62, an increase of 23%.

    "We constantly aim to strike the right balance between offering tickets at affordable prices, while ensuring we have sufficient income to reinvest in the squad," Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis says.

  49. 1729: 

    More thoughts from today's stage winner David Millar on the strength of British cycling: "We've become one of the top nations.

    "We have the yellow jersey, we have the world champion and me, the old dog, winning the stage here. We're at the top. Our Olympic team is pretty damn scary."

  50. 1721: 

    Matthew Goss's green jersey bid suffers a blow as he is docked 30 points by officials for an irregular sprint at the end of the 226 km 12th stage.

    Goss is punished for coming out of his sprint line and blocking Peter Sagan as the Liquigas rider attempted to pass.

    Race director Jean-Francois Pescheux says: "He didn't stay in his line. He changed his line then made quite a big mistake, it's clear to see."

  51. 1715: 

    Darren Ambrose on his move to Birmingham City from Crystal Palace: "It's been a hectic few days to get it done but this a positive move for myself at this point in my career and I can't wait.

    "Hopefully we can improve as a team on last year and go one better after missing out in the play-offs."

  52. 1709: 

    Former Manchester City goalkeeper Carlo Nash, 38, signs a new one-year contract with Stoke. Nash has made just one senior appearance for the club since joining two years ago.

  53. 1706: 

    London Broncos make former Widnes Vikings centre Shane Grady their first signing for 2013.

    Grady, currently playing in Australia with New South Wales club Thirroul Butchers, will link up with the London club on a two-year contract in a move arranged by former player Shane Millard.

    "He's been on the radar for a while after impressing in the New South Wales competition. We're excited that he's coming down to London and looking to kick on to the next level," says coach Rob Powell.

  54. 1658: 
    LONDON 2012

    The man in charge of London 2012 tells the BBC that the Olympics isn't in "crisis" following a week in which the organisers have had to wrestle with security and transport problems.

    In his first comments since extra troops were brought in to staff Olympic venues, Lord Seb Coe says: "The Games isn't in crisis. This is a seven year project, every day is a challenge. Don't run away with the idea that this is a walk in the park. If it were a walk in the park everyone would be doing it."

  55. 1653: 

    The Football Association of Wales confirm Swansea defender Angel Rangel is ineligible to play for Chris Coleman's side. The Spaniard has completed his five years of residency in Wales, having joined Swansea from Terrassa in June 2007. But an FAW spokesman confirms that Rangel cannot play for Wales under the terms of an agreement the four home nations lodged with FIFA in 2009, which was updated in 2010.

  56. 1650: 

    Birmingham City confirm the signing of Darren Ambrose from Crystal Palace on a two-year deal, via their official twitter account.

  57. 1648: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle directors are convening an emergency board meeting this weekend to consider the "very serious financial implications" of Rangers newco being voted into the Third Division.

    Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron says: "There will now inevitably be serious consequences for the game in Scotland. We have all, as clubs, accepted the views of our stakeholders in making the initial judgement to uphold sporting integrity. All clubs will now have to live with the repercussions of this decision."

  58. 1642: 
    LONDON 2012

    Anthony Davis, the number one pick in the 2012 NBA draft, replaces Blake Griffin on the United States squad for London 2012, USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo says. Griffin, a two-time All-Star forward with the Los Angeles Clippers, has been diagnosed with a medial meniscus tear of his left knee and will not play.

  59. 1638: 

    Alexander Noren holds the clubhouse lead in the second round of the Scottish Open. The Swede shoots a second successive 66 to move onto 12 under par for the tournament. Francesco Molinari is currently one shot behind Noren, with the Italian one under through 14 holes of his second round.

  60. 1632: 

    Southampton manager Nigel Adkins believes the newly promoted Premier League side will soon be challenging for Europe and ultimately the domestic title.

    He says: "What we've got to do is make sure we're ambitious in the Premier League and not just go there and think 'oh, well if we can just get enough points to stay up then that will be successful'. We've got to drive on, strive to be the best and Europe is obviously the goal."

  61. 1623: 

    Rangers chief executive Charles Green says he will not challenge the vote by the Scottish Football League to place his new club in Division Three.

    "We are grateful to be accepted as members of the SFL and accept their decision to vote us into Division Three," he says. "We made clear we would play where we were told to play and we just want to get back to playing football." Read more here.

  62. 1617: 

    London Welsh sign full-back Tom Arscott from their Aviva Premiership rivals Worcester. Arscott, 24, spent two seasons with the Warriors following stints at Plymouth and Bristol.

  63. 1612: 

    Thoughts from David Millar after winning Stage 12 of the Tour de France: "It's particularly poignant as an ex-doper [to win on the anniversary of Tom Simpson's death]. I'm proud to have done it today because we mustn't forget Tommy's memory and what we've been through as a sport. But we're British, we're clean riders and we're dominating the Tour de France."

    Bradley Wiggins retains the yellow jersey as he kept pace with his main rivals in the pack, about eight minutes back of the breakaway bunch.

  64. 1609: 

    More from Rangers manager Ally McCoist: "The SPL clubs and the SFA have made their positions clear over the last few weeks and it remains to be seen what the long-term effects of their decisions will be.

    "Rangers has been severely punished for the actions of some individuals who previously ran the club and it will take time for us to recover but we will come back stronger thanks to the loyalty of the fans and the commitment of everyone at Ibrox who are working tirelessly to bring stability and success back to Rangers.

    "I will be carefully monitoring events and reactions over the new few days and will be making further comments probably early next week."

  65. 1607: 

    Statement from Rangers manager Ally McCoist, reacting to the news that the club will play in Division Three: "I fully accept the decision of the SFL today and thank them for allowing us into the SFL.

    "Clearly, starting again from the bottom league is not ideal and makes the task of rebuilding Rangers a longer one but the SFL was placed in an impossible situation and I respect its decision.

    "I fully supported the fans views that starting again in Division 3 maintains the sporting integrity that the SPL clubs were so keen on."


    You have been sending us your thoughts on the news SFL clubs vote for Rangers to be put into the Scottish Third Division. Here are a few more:

    Ayo O on Twitter: "Is it just me thinking it, but why don't Rangers just ask to start afresh in the Football League instead?! EPL in six years!!"

    Jack on Twitter: "When my team (Gretna) had financial troubles, they were kicked out of the SFL altogether. Rangers should think themselves lucky."

    Get involved, #bbcsportsday

  67. 1600: 

    The Football Association release a statement reacting to the verdict: "The FA notes the decision in the John Terry case and will now seek to conclude its own enquiries."

  68. 1558: 

    Livingston chairman Gordon McDougall seeks to pour cold water on the possibility of an SPL2.

    "I don't think there is any chance of that," he says. "We all want a 42-club solution to this situation with all 42 clubs working together for football but I have no idea what is likely to happen.

    "We have made a decision, I sincerely hope the decision is respected and we go forward with Rangers in the Third Division. Ally McCoist and Charles Green were adamant that they would respect our decision."

  69. 1554: 
    LONDON 2012

    A reminder that the BBC has launched a London 2012 Olympics app for Android and iOS smartphones.

    The app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage, detailed schedule and results pages, and daily news stories.

    Alongside full live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app will offer facts, statistics and information for every athlete, country and sport.

    More details can be found here.

  70. 1552: 

    David Millar wins stage 12 of the Tour de France - a 226km ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux. It is the fourth British stage win of the 2012 Tour after victories for Team Sky trio Mark Cavendish, Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins.

  71. 1549: 

    Russia will name a new national coach next week with former England manager Fabio Capello tipped for the job after Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko describes talks with the Italian as "productive".

    "I think we had good impressions on each other. Our talks will continue," former Russian soccer chief Mutko, who is also a member of FIFA's executive board, says. "Because of a limited time frame I think we will name a new coach early next week, give or take a few days to complete all the paperwork."


    Joel Fothergill on Twitter: "What is going on with Rangers and the SPL? An SPL2? Really? Just accept the decision and start anew."

  73. 1539: 

    Rangers have amended the statement on their official website, rephrasing the reference to plans for an SPL2.

    "Rangers' future remains uncertain after the Scottish Football League clubs voted against the Light Blues playing in the First Division next season.

    "At a meeting at Hampden today, the 30 member clubs agreed to accept Rangers into the SFL but voted against the SFL Board being allowed to broker a deal with the SPL and SFA over new structures and procedures which would also include Rangers playing in Division One.

    "It was mooted last week that plans for an SPL2 would swing into action in the event of today's outcome but it is not known if this will be the case."

  74. 1534: 

    American Webb Simpson withdraws from the Open Championship, meaning the major will not have the reigning US Open champion playing in it for the second time in five years. Simpson made the decision because his wife is due to give birth in two weeks' time.

    In 2008 Tiger Woods was unable to play at Birkdale after he underwent reconstructive knee surgery immediately after his 14th major victory at Torrey Pines.

  75. 1530: 

    Scottish Football League president Jim Ballantyne on the SFL clubs vote to put Rangers into Division Three:

    "We don't have any control over the SPL and they are entitled to do whatever they wish, within their own rules. But it's important to mention that the Division One clubs went out of their way to make it clear that their route regarding a solution involved all 42 teams. I think that says a lot for them.

    "Other bodies are going to have to look at the decision we've taken and decide what view they are going to take. As far as we're concerned, it's crystal clear and it was a massive majority.

    "The talk of financial meltdown is scary for everybody but that completely ignores the views of the fans. The fans have been vociferous in their view of what this whole situation may bring.

    "Every single club would be happy to tell you about the amount of contact they have had from supporters, expressing concern. I've never know anything like it in the 10 years I've been involved in football."

  76. 1526: 

    Chelsea statement on the club's official website: "Chelsea Football Club notes and respects Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle's decision to clear John Terry of the charge against him. We are pleased that John can now focus on football and his pre-season preparations with the team."

  77. 1522: 

    More from BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on the BBC News Channel: "Industrial language is used across the length and breadth of the country. No-one's naive enough to think that footballers don't get involved in that sort of exchange.

    "But what's key here is what took place in that exchange, what was involved. Now it's the FA's test - do they think John Terry should have said those words in any exchange."

  78. 1521: 

    More from BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on the BBC News Channel: "Bruce Buck, the chairman of Chelsea, has just said John Terry can go back to training and playing football. That's true for now, but this saga is not over for Terry. He's still under investigation by the Football Association based on what he's admitted - saying those words.

    "The FA need to decide if he's broken any of their rules - ungentlemanly conduct, bringing the game into disrepute and so on. I'm afraid for John Terry this is only half-time. This is not over.

    "No-one knows when the FA will do anything, but we have an Olympics round the corner. The world is watching this saga and it's an unedifying spectacle. I'm sure the FA will want to put this to bed before the Olympic Games start."

  79. 1518: 

    Dunfermline chairman John Yorkston says it would not be a shock to see the Scottish Football Assocation and Scottish Premier League formulating plans for an SPL2.

    "That wouldn't surprise me," he says. "The 10 First Division clubs sent out a message today saying that we are looking for a 42-club solution, the vote was 25 to five so I think that was fairly unanimous."

  80. 1516: 

    BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks on the BBC News Channel: "I'm not surprised. The Terry legal team have mounted a very sophisticated legal case. They've won it. What they planned as far ago as April has come to fruition; he's been cleared by the courts."

  81. 1516: 

    Former Chelsea player Pat Nevin on BBC Radio 5 live: "I should think that's a stick on [that players will be more aware of their own behaviour] and I'm delighted it is the case. When I was playing, we took terrible abuse from the stands, but we took things on the chin.

    "There are certain things, such as racist abuse, which are beyond the pale, though. The language [players use] can be cleared up now, and that would be great going forward. If there is anything positive to be taken from this, that is it."


    Ed Hewings on Twitter: "It's a bad decision because it'll lead to a lack of competition, but its a good decision because its a fair one too."


    Rangers have reacted to the news that they will be put in the Scottish third division by issuing a statement, and they believe the issue of an SPL2 will be re-visited by Scottish football's authorities.

    How do Rangers fans feel about the decision? Is it good or bad for Scottish football?

    Send us your thoughts, #bbcsportsday

  84. 1501: 

    Grosvenor Law issue the following statement on behalf of John Terry: "The court has today acquitted John Terry of all charges. He has consistently explained his position to the FA, to the police and to the court. He did not racially abuse Mr Ferdinand and the court has accepted this. John would like to thank his legal team for their hard work and his family, friends and Chelsea Football Club for their support."

  85. 1457: 

    Rangersissue a statement on their website reacting to SFL clubs' decision to vote for newco Rangers to play in the Scottish Division Three: "Rangers' future remains uncertain after the Scottish Football League clubs voted against the Light Blues playing in the First Division next season.

    "At a meeting at Hampden today, the 30 member clubs agreed to accept Rangers into the SFL but voted against the SFL board being allowed to broker a deal with the SPL and SFA over new structures and procedures which would also include Rangers playing in Division One.

    "It is now understood that on the back of a briefing SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster and SFA counterpart Stewart Regan gave to clubs last week that the SPL will introduce a plan for SPL 2 - which would include Rangers - and invite existing Division One members to join."

  86. 1456: 

    Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck outside Westminster Magistrates Court: "Chelsea FC notes and we respect the decision of the magistrate today. We are pleased that John can now put his mind to football and go back to training, and can do what he's done for many years."

  87. 1451: 

    David Johnstone, from Chelsea fanzine, tells the BBC: "It's a fantastic result for John Terry and Chelsea. What a waste of time. I'm one of those who cringes with embarrassment at the bad language in football. But what goes on on the pitch should stay on the pitch."

  88. 1447: 

    BBC Sports News Correspondent Dan Roan: "Spare a thought for Anton Ferdinand. Some might say he had his name dragged through the mud. It will be fascinating to see what he has to say and it will be interesting to see what Fabio Capello has to say and the FA."

  89. 1444: 

    MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo dominates practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello, clocking the fastest times in both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Spaniard clocks one minute 48.076 seconds in the afternoon session, while Britain's Cal Crutchlow is eighth fastest.

  90. 1440: 

    Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios on Sky Sports News: "All of this has left people in the game under no doubt that casual racism has no part to play.

    "It's been painful, long and drawn-out, particularly for the people involved, but it does make a statement."

  91. 1440: 

    Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios on Sky Sports News: "It's a verdict that has come down through due process of the legal system. The FA had to stand back and let it happen. Now it's a question for the FA to look at the evidence and look at their disrepute charges."

  92. 1439: 

    Former Football Association chief executive Mark Palios on Sky Sports News: "Today was a very serious day in John Terry's life.

    "The magistrate took time out, as well as confirming Anton Ferdinand was brave to stand as a witness, to make a point of saying that John Terry was a credible witness. That's useful to John Terry for when the FA look at the disciplinary processes on this."

  93. 1437: 

    Kick It Out founder Lord Ouseley: "We respect the verdict, the judgement is what it is. I'm glad for the players it is over.

    "The language in this case reflects on the sport badly because there are eight million people who play it in this country. We do not get this behaviour in women's football or disabled football.

    "They are role models and they have to behave better."

  94. 1435: 

    BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan outside Westminster Magistrates Court after the news John Terry has been found not guilty: "The question is what the Football Association do now. John Terry has been found not guilty, but the FA may now decide to reopen their investigation which was put on hold once the police investigation started. That may now conduct their own investigation and see if John Terry has anything to answer."

  95. 1434: 

    Scottish Football league chief executive David Longmuir at the Hampden Park press conference: "We need to focus on rebuilding our game and restoring pride in our game.

    "25 clubs out of 30 voted in favour of the Third Division option.

    "The decision that's been made is in the interests of sporting fairness. I am very comfortable with the decision."

  96. 1434: 

    Scottish Football league chief executive David Longmuir at the Hampden Park press conference: "Today's decision has been one of the most difficult for all concerned but it has been taken in the best interest of sporting fairness, which is the fundamental principle of the SFL."

  97. 1433: 

    Scottish Football league chief executive David Longmuir at the Hampden Park press conference: "It has been a very, very important day for Scottish football. We have voted to willingly accept Rangers as an associate member of the SFL.

    "The only acceptable position will be to place Rangers FC into the Third Division from that start of this season, 2012/13. This decision followed a tried and tested process."

  98. 1432: 

    John Terry being found not guilty is not the only big story of the day, of course. Rangers have been voted into the Scottish Third Division, with Scottish Football league chief executive David Longmuir revealing 25 of the 30 clubs voted in favour of Rangers playing in the league's lowest tier.

  99. 1430: 

    BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan: "This will be a huge relief for John Terry. There was a huge amount at stake for him had this gone against him. John Terry has now walked straight out of the building to a waiting car, not stopping to talk to the media."

  100. 1429: 

    Alison Saunders, Chief Crown Prosecutor for London says: "The very serious allegation at the heart of this case was one of racial abuse. It was our view that this was not "banter" on the football pitch and that the allegation should be judged by a court.

    "The Chief Magistrate agreed that Mr Terry had a case to answer, but having heard all of the evidence he acquitted Mr Terry of a racially aggravated offence. That is justice being done and we respect the Chief Magistrate's decision."

  101. 1424: 

    John Terry is found not guilty on the charge of a racially-aggravated public order offence.


    Neil Harris on Twitter: "Why can't they have an 18 team Prem and a 24 team Div 2 like rest of Europe? It makes perfect sense."

    With news of Rangers being put into the Scottish third division, how do Rangers fans feel about the decision? Is it good or bad for Scottish football? #bbcsportsday

  103. 1420: 

    The magistrate will not read the whole judgement but some key points.

  104. 1417: 

    The chief magistrate has just arrived in court with John Terry sitting alone in the dock.


    Sahil Oberoi on Twitter: "The Scottish League has just descended from poor to mediocre!"

    Dhan Palihawadana on Twitter: "Sad day for world football but a lesson that however big a club, they must operate sensibly and within their means."

    Michael Dennison on Twitter: "I see the SFL have voted to shoot themselves in the foot."

  106. 1408: 

    BBC Scotland's Brian McLauchlin on Twitter: "BBC Scotland has learned vote taken will put Rangers Newco in div 3."

  107. 1405: 

    Rangers are voted into Division Three following a meeting of Scottish Football League clubs.

    What is your reaction? #bbcsportsday

  108. 1359: 

    Mr Riddle must decide if what Terry said was "straightforward racial abuse" as the prosecution claim, or a "sarcastic exclamation" as the defence say.

    An FA disciplinary investigation into the alleged racist incident at Loftus Road last October is set to restart regardless of what verdict is delivered today.

  109. 1357: 

    Terry's trial at Westminster Magistrates' Court started on Monday. The court has received written character references from 18 Chelsea players and Terry's former manager, Jose Mourinho. The trial lasted for a week, with the verdict of Chief Magistrate Howard Riddle expected from 1400 BST this afternoon.

  110. 1355: 

    Three months later, on 1 February, it was revealed that the then-England captain would stand trial for a racially-aggravated public order offence on 9 July. Two days later Terry lost the armband, and would not lead his country into Poland and Ukraine at Euro 2012.

  111. 1353: 

    On 23 October 2011, QPR beat Chelsea 1-0 at Loftus Road in a bad-tempered Premier League derby. 48 hours later the Metropolitan Police confirmed that they had been "notified of an incident involving alleged racial abuse" involving John Terry and Anton Ferdinand. On 1 November the Met announced a "formal investigation" into the claims.

  112. 1350: 

    From 1400 BST Westminster Magistrates' Court reconvenes to deliver a verdict in the John Terry case. The Chelsea captain is charged with a racially aggravated public order offence against QPR defender Anton Ferdinand - a charge he denies.

    Let's recap the details of the case.

  113. 1345: 

    Mark Cavendish is back with the peloton and Team Sky are leading it with seven on the front, with Bradley Wiggins sitting about fourth wheel.

    You can follow all the action from the Tour De France on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  114. 1338: 

    Sale Sharks' new signing Danny Cipriani tells BBC Radio Manchester that he has aspirations of returning to the England squad.

    "That's the ultimate goal but I've got massive aspirations here at Sale," says Cipriani, who has returned to England after two years playing in Australia with Melbourne Rebels. "I've got to get into this team, make sure I'm a starting fixture and show my experience."

  115. 1335: 

    Middlesex's chances of saving the game against Nottinghamshire at Uxbridge have improved after only one wicket fell in the morning session of the third day.

    Andrew Strauss is not out on 51 as the hosts are 107-1 in their second innings, still 124 behind. Sam Robson got the faintest of touches to a leg side bouncer to fall for 26 but Chris Rogers is still there on 20 and much rests on the current partnership to avoid a heavy defeat.

  116. 1333: 

    Swede Alexander Noren is the clubhouse leader at the Scottish Open second round after shooting another 66 to go 12 under for the week.

    Noren is one shot ahead of Ricardo Gonzalez and two ahead of Shiv Chowrasia. Overnight leader Francesco Molinari is three off the lead with 17 holes still to play.

  117. 1326: 

    Turkey midfielder Hamit Altintop agrees to join Galatasaray from Real Madrid on a four-year deal.

    Galatasaray, who won the Turkish league for the 18th time last season, will pay Real Madrid 3.5 million euros.

  118. 1318: 
    LONDON 2012

    The BBC launches a London 2012 Olympics app for Android and iOS smartphones.

    The app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage, detailed schedule and results pages, and daily news stories.

    Alongside full live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app will offer facts, statistics and information for every athlete, country and sport.

    Phil Fearnley, General Manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: "We needed to ensure everyone could access our coverage."

  119. 1316: 

    Swedish club AIK cancel their planned August friendly against AC Milan in Stockholm because the Italian side cannot guarantee that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will still be playing for them.

    "If we cannot guarantee Zlatan's participation there is a risk that many would be disappointed," says Mimi Nordling-Petterson, spokesperson for event managers Tailor Events who were to organise the game.

    Ibrahimovic and Milan team-mate Thiago Silva are linked with a move with Paris Saint-Germain.

  120. 1315: 

    Today hosts the longest stage in this year's Tour De France - a 226km ride from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to Annonay Davezieux. BBC Sport is bringing you all the action with its live text commentary.

  121. 1310: 

    West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has hailed the club's goalkeeper Ben Foster as world-class.

    Foster spent last season on loan at the Hawthorns, and Ridgewell is delighted he has been signed on a permanent basis.

    "Signing Ben was absolutely fantastic - one of the best pieces of news of the summer," says Ridgewell to the club's official website. "The term world class is easily used these days - but Foz really is that good."

  122. 1304: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits the club could become victims of their own success in the transfer market.

    The Magpies acquired players such as Demba Ba, Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye for small fees, but have so far struggled to find the right deal for a player so far this summer.

    "It's all well and good a club asking for an unrealistic figure, but the bottom line is that the price will be the price," says Pardew. "You have to be patient in the market sometimes to get the man that you want."


    Charlie Bleasdale on Twitter: "If Liverpool get Borini, he'll be the dark horse of the Premier League. As a Swansea fan I know big things will happen."

    Chris Dunn on Twitter: "Adebayor is a good signing for spurs, not a great signing. He still has a lot to prove."

    Willa Wobble on Twitter: "Borini might not be a big-name superstar but he will fit in quickly at Liverpool and that is vital for us right now."

    How will Adebayor and Borini do next season? Who else do Spurs and Liverpool need to buy? #bbcsportsday

  124. 1257: 

    Boyd Rankin is included in the Ireland squad for the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh next week.

    "I'm looking forward to the games in Belfast against Bangladesh as we've had some fantastic tussles against them in recent years," says Rankin, who has taken 109 wickets in 78 appearances for Ireland. "This is an important series for Irish cricket and hopefully if selected I'll play an important part in it."

  125. 1255: 

    Fabrice Muamba admits he is still "far away" from returning to the pitch but remains hopeful he will be able to resume his career with Bolton.

    Muamba, who has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Bolton, says he is getting stronger every day.

    "I'm getting stronger every day," says Muabma. "I'm far away from being back on the football pitch. I really, really hope, by the grace of God, that I'll be back on the pitch."

  126. 1251: 

    More news from Stoke City's goalkeeping fraternity as Carlo Nash signs a new one-year contract with the club.

    Nash, 38, will provide back-up for Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen.

    "At this stage of his career, it was only natural that Carlo wanted to explore the possibility of playing first team football elsewhere when his contract expired at the end of last season, but we are delighted that he has now decided to stay here," says Stoke manager Tony Pulis.

  127. 1216: 

    Asmir Begovic is eager to prove he remains Stoke's first-choice goalkeeper over pre-season.

    "I think I did pretty well last season and I ended the season as the number one, so hopefully that remains to be the case," Begovic tells Stoke's official website. "Obviously, Thomas [Sorensen] will want to play just as much as I do, but we will have to wait and see what the manager decides."

  128. 1210: 

    Defender Jonathan Woodgate says his return to Middlesbrough is fuelled by a desire to help his local club back into the Premier League.

    "I wouldn't have come here if I didn't think we could get into the Premier League," Woodgate tells BBC Tees. "Getting Middlesbrough back there is the big thing for me."

  129. 1208: 

    All the latest news from the Scottish Football League vote on newco Rangers is available on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  130. 1207: 

    Newco Rangers chief executive Charles Green calls for "common sense to prevail" in today's vote.

    "It is a very important day and I think there is lots of good, really responsible articles put out in the press today," says Green.

    "I think it is time now for realisation. I think the vilification and persecution has to end and common sense has to prevail and I think it will.

    "I think it is very difficult for the other clubs and the other leagues, and for the managers to understand who they are going to be playing and when their season will start and who their opposition will be. There are cup games in a few weeks' time and we all need to move on."


    Dawn Bellamy on Twitter: "Reckon this could be Ade's season at Spurs. Gylfi's crosses & Ade's head = goals, goals, goals (I hope...)"

    Adam Richards on Twitter: "Don't know much about Borini, but let's hope he compliments Suarez and actually gets given a proper chance unlike Carroll."

    Joseph Ellis Harris on Twitter: "Adebayor is an average player who, when he signs a contract at a club, just dips in form and slacks. Borini who?"

    What impact will Adebayor and Borini have on Spurs and Liverpool respectively next season? Could one of them be the signing of the season? #bbcsportsday

  132. 1157: 

    Paris St-Germain are still a long way off signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic according to his agent Mindo Raiola.

    "In Italy, you invent stories, we're very far from an agreement," says Raiola, before revealing he is due to meet PSG sporting director Leonardo on Friday. "Today I see Leonardo, but I don't want to."

    Paulo Tonietto, agent of centre-back Thiago Silva, insists he has not been contacted by PSG after his client was linked with a move to the French club.

  133. 1152: 

    German Martin Kaymer leads the Scottish Open after shooting six under on the first 12 holes this morning to take him to 11 under for the week, one shot ahead of overnight leader Francesco Molinari.

    Molinari, who shot a course record 62 at Castle Stuart on Thursday, tees off at 1305 BST.

  134. 1149: 

    British Eventing is looking at the possibility of extending a weather-ravaged season into November.

    The domestic eventing calendar would normally run from early March until mid-October, but wet conditions have played havoc with this year's schedule, with more than 70 days' competition nationwide at various levels lost so far this year.

    "Along with many other outdoor sports and events, British Eventing-affiliated events have experienced an unprecedented amount of disruption," reads a British Eventing statement. "Sixteen days of competition have been added to the BE calendar, and other additional possibilities are being constantly explored."


    Deals taking Fabio Borini to Liverpool and Emmanuel Adebayor to Tottenham appear imminent - but how will they fare next season? Can Adebayor enjoy the same success he had last season at White Hart Lane? What can Borini bring to Liverpool? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday

  136. 1140: 

    "In the last four years we found Gretna in the situation where they entered administration and then liquidation. There was no-one there who could rescue them; so a place was vacant and we got that," says McLelland.

    "Livingston found themselves in a similar scenario and again, the SFL demoted Livingston from Division One to Division Three.

    "Now, it's quite simple: we cannot make exceptions because it's Glasgow Rangers."

  137. 1139: 

    Annan Athletic chairman Henry McLelland says the newco scenario has happened before and the precedent is that Rangers should start again in Division Three.

    The latest from today's important vote on the future of Rangers is available on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  138. 1135: 

    Nile Ranger's future at Newcastle looks in doubt after being left at home for the club's tour of Germany and Hungary, reports the Evening Chronicle.

    Ranger spent part of last year on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, playing eight times and scoring twice.

  139. 1129: 

    QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky leaves the club after failing to agree terms on a new contract.

    Buzsaky, who made 21 appearances for QPR last season, was offered a new deal at the end of last season.

    "The club is thankful to Akos for his contribution and wishes him every success for the future," reads a statement on the club's official website.

  140. 1127: 

    Politicians from the parliamentary arm of the Council of Europe condemn FIFA for failing to expose bribes taken by former president Joao Havelange.

    "If FIFA managers - including its current president - were aware of these bribes, they should have been doing everything in their power to prosecute, rather than protect, the officials concerned," says Francois Rochebloine of the National Assembly of France.

  141. 1121: 
    LONDON 2012

    Sprinter Asafa Powell will miss this weekend's Diamond League meeting at Crystal Palace with an injured groin.

    The Jamaican sprinter, who will run in the 100m at London 2012, missed the World Championships in Daegu in 2011 with a similar groin injury, but insists he will be fully fit for the Olympics.

    "I need to ensure I'm ready for the Games and cannot take any risks. I will be ready in August," says Powell. "I've been carrying some soreness in my groin since the Olympic trials and have been unable to train at 100%."

  142. 1115: 

    Former sports minister Richard Caborn is the new chairman of the Amateur Boxing Association of England.

    Caborn, who is currently president of the organisation, will take a more active role as chairman, and replaces outgoing chairman Keith Walters, who now becomes president.

  143. 1111: 

    Championship newcomers Jersey sign England Saxons wing Richard Haughton.

    "Richard has played rugby at a high level, and he impressed me with his enthusiasm for joining Jersey for an exciting first season of Championship rugby," says Jersey rugby director Ben Harvey.

    Haughton, 31, spent a decade at Saracens before moving to London Wasps in 2010.

  144. 1105: 
    LONDON 2012

    The BBC launches a London 2012 Olympics app for Android and iOS smartphones.

    The app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage, detailed schedule and results pages, and daily news stories.

    Alongside full live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app will offer facts, statistics and information for every athlete, country and sport.

    Phil Fearnley, General Manager BBC News & Knowledge, said: "We needed to ensure everyone could access our coverage."

  145. 1102: 

    The fastest American over 100m, Tyson Gay, tells BBC Sport how he aims to beat the best Jamaica has to offer this summer: "It's going to be very difficult. It's not going to be a cake-walk.

    "All my races are tough. They are going to be on their A-game, but I'm going to be on mine. I know I have to go at least 9.70secs to win a medal."

  146. 1057:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    Just started, live ball-by-ball commentary on day two from Warwickshire v Sussex at Edgbaston in the County Championship.

    Warwickshire closed yesterday on 175-3 after 65 overs, with England one-day opener Ian Bell top scoring with 57.

  147. 1051: 

    Steve Cotterill feels he should have been given the chance to prove himself as Nottingham Forest manager under the club's new Kuwaiti owners.

    "I am deeply disappointed that I will no longer have the opportunity to manage Nottingham Forest and lead the team into this new era," the 47-year-old said in a statement on the League Managers' Association website.

    "Last season, after taking charge in difficult circumstances, I was proud to guide Forest clear of relegation and ultimately bring back some stability to the club.

    "I believed the team's performances last season were good enough for me to be given a chance with the new regime and continue to build again for the new season."

    Tom Fordyce, BBC SportATHLETICS

    "Off to the Crystal Palace for the Diamond League athletics - Mo Farah, Dai Greene and Tyson Gay leading the way tonight. Who's coming along?

    "Live on BBC Two, BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live from 18:00 BST Fri, and 14:00 BST on BBC One and the others Saturday. You're welcome."

  149. 1045: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Westminster Magistrates' court: "Thursday saw closing statements from Duncan Penny for the prosecution and George Carter-Stephenson QC on behalf of the defence.

    "The arguments have been presented before the court. And now all John Terry can do is wait. Wait for the verdict that will help define his career to date and shape his future for both club and country."

  150. 1041: 

    The chances of the new Rangers being voted into Division One appear to be diminishing with four more clubs coming out against the proposal.

    Scottish Football League sides are meeting today, with Division Three the other option.

    There's live text commentary on the latest developments in Scottish football, and keep an eye on @BBCSport on Twitter for the latest snippets of news.


    Following Brett Lee's exit from the international arena, Twitter is abuzz with your favourite fast bowlers of all time:

    Steve Ward on Twitter: "Brett Lee definitely one of the greats. A fierce competitor, true sportsman and genuinely nice guy. Sadly missed next summer."

    Peter Stilliard on Twitter: "Glenn McGrath is the best I've watched. Always relieved to see England last one of his overs without loss of a wicket."

    Mr Rov on Twitter: "Best fast bowler of all time - A Flintoff. Just because he's Freddy Flintoff..."

    Get in touch with your opinion, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  152. 1033: 

    Amir Khan says the last six months have been "the hardest of my career".

    Khan will go into his light-welterweight unification bout with Danny Garcia on Saturday as WBA champion once more after Lamont Peterson was stripped of the title.

    Khan lost his WBA and IBF titles to Peterson in a controversial defeat last December but the American subsequently failed a drugs test.

    "Justice has been done," he said. "I've got the title back that I should never have lost and I'm happy the WBA has done it."

    There's live commentary of Amir Khan v Danny Garcia from Mandalay Bay Convention Centre, Las Vegas on BBC Radio 5 live, Sunday from 04:00 BST.

  153. 1027: 

    Tottenham have agreed an undisclosed fee to sign Emmanuel Adebayor from Manchester City.

    The Togo striker spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane after joining in August.

  154. 1025: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon reveals he wants to keep hold of 23-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Anthony Stokes, whose contract expires next summer.

    "I've not heard a thing about other clubs being interested. He had a great season last year," said Lennon.

    "There is scope for him to improve. He's a goalscorer and I wouldn't be in too big a hurry to let him go."

  155. 1022: 
    LONDON 2012

    David Beckham does not believe he should be the one to open the London Games by lighting the Olympic torch.

    The former England captain, who is not part of Team GB's football squad, said: "I've always said lighting the torch in the stadium is something that should be done by an Olympian... who has done incredible things for our country and won gold medals.

    "I'm sure whoever decides that, it will be an Olympian, but we'll have to wait and see."

  156. 1018: 

    Australian pace bowler Brett Lee has retired from all forms of international cricket after sustaining a calf injury during the one-day tour of England. Here is a rundown of his illustrious career:

    26 Dec 1999: Takes 5-47 on Test debut against India.

    23 March 2003: Takes two wickets as Australia beat India by 125 runs in World Cup final.

    3 Nov 2006: Named in ICC Test and ODI Team of the Year.

    24 Feb 2010: Announces retirement from Test cricket.

    13 July 2012: Announces retirement from all forms of international cricket.

    Test career: 310 wickets at 30.81, 76 matches.

    ODI career: 380 wickets at 23.36, 221 matches.

    T20 career: 28 wickets at 25.50, 25 matches.

  157. 1013: 

    Glenn Hoddle emerges as the bookmakers' favourite for the vacant manager's job at Nottingham Forest after a tweet by Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony.

    Former Forest keeper Dave Beasant - who coaches at one of Hoddle's Football Academies - has suggested the new owners are likely to appoint a "big-name" boss with the profile of a former England manager.

  158. 1008: 
    LONDON 2012

    Team GB medal hope Mo Farah tells BBC Sport ahead of the London Grand Prix this weekend at Crystal Palace: "I like to compete at home, and Crystal Palace is one last race [before the Olympics].

    "It's nice to be racing on a home track and it's one last race in which to test myself."

    Coverage from Crystal Palace starts tonight from 19:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live.

  159. 1001: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Westminster Magistrates' court: "While the trial is drawing to a close, Terry does have the right to appeal to Crown Court if he is found guilty.

    "An FA disciplinary investigation into the alleged racist incident at Loftus Road last October will likely continue, regardless of what verdict is delivered today, after being put on hold for 10 months due to the police and court process."

    James Pearce, BBC sportLONDON 2012

    "This was always unimaginable: Is it possible the Olympics opening ceremony won't sell out? Just two weeks to go and still top price tickets on sale..."

  161. 0954: 

    Liverpool have agreed a fee with Roma for striker Fabio Borini and the player has arrived on Merseyside to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, according to the Press Association.


    In light of Brett Lee's retirement from international cricket, you're all busily debating your favourite fast bowlers, and why, on Twitter:

    Dominic Brynolf on Twitter: "All time favourite bowler? Simple. Merv Hughes for that 'tash alone!"

    Jeremy Sharman on Twitter: "Glenn McGrath or Curtly Ambrose easily. Top pacemen."

    Robert Ollerenshaw on Twitter: "Fred Trueman. Because!"

    Chip in with your suggestions, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  163. 0942: 
    LONDON 2012

    Gareth Southgate, the Football Association's head of elite development, is urging Team GB's players to treat the Olympic football tournament as a major step in their careers.

    "There's a lot of ability in the squad," he said. "It's a shame to lose the likes of Gareth Bale, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to injury, as I think they would all have been key players, but it's still a good squad.

    "The unknown is some of the other countries, though. They all take their junior international teams very seriously."

  164. 0939: 

    Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson is bidding to get back into the mix in the Scottish Open, and has done his chances no harm by hitting a 60-yard eagle on the first.

    Mickelson was not even in the top 120 after an opening one over par 73 at Castle Stuart left him 11 strokes behind leader Francesco Molinari.

  165. 0932: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Westminster Magistrates' court: "Exactly two years on from today 22 players will run out to a cacophony of noise and celebration at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro and contest the World Cup final for their respective national teams.

    "For John Terry, sat in the dock at Westminster Magistrates' Court for the past five days, the Brazil 2014 World Cup - and dreams of leading England out in that showcase final - must seem a long way off.

    "Terry is charged with a racially aggravated public order offence - a charge he denies. And at 14:00 BST on Friday chief magistrate Howard Riddle will deliver his verdict on the case."


    BBC Sport cricket producer Tim Peach tweets: "Shame to hear about the retirement of Brett Lee. Always enjoyed watching him bowl - even against England.

    "Think my favourite memory of Lee was him steaming in to bowl at The Oval in 2005 when the series and the Ashes were already lost."

  167. 0926: 

    Australia fast bowler Brett Lee has retired from all forms of international cricket.

    Many England fans remember him for his handshake with fellow pace bowler Andrew Flintoff at Edgbaston during the 2005 Ashes series.

    Recalling that moment, Lee says: "My ribs were black and blue. I had a busted arm. He'd tried to kill me. Whoever won, we were going to end up in the changing rooms talking about the game. We were mates. That's Test cricket."

  168. 0923: 
    LONDON 2012

    Dai Greene is convinced he is peaking at the perfect time for his bid to win the 400m hurdles gold medal at London 2012.

    The World champion and Great Britain Athletics team captain, 26, says: "I think I am a little bit stronger than I was this time last year.

    "I have had a tough winter to get myself ready for it, but it is all coming together at the right time."

  169. 0915: 

    This evening's Flat card at Chepstow has been abandoned due to a waterlogged track.

  170. 0913:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveBOXING

    5 live Breakfast: Your Call, the phone-in on the nation's leading news and sport radio station, is concerning itself with the David Haye v Dereck Chisora bout in east London on Saturday night.

    Listen live now, online, on digital radio and on 909 and 693 medium wave.

    Dan Roan, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "A day of huge importance for John Terry, Chelsea and for English football. Verdict from Chief Magistrate Riddle expected shortly after 14:00 BST.

    "The Terry trial has raised significant questions, over what exactly he said that day and why - but also for the FA, the law, and for society."

  172. 0907: 
    LONDON 2012

    Team GB's teenage sprint sensation Adam Gemili insists: "I can go even faster."

    The 18-year-old from Dartford tells the Daily Telegraph that he hasn't ruled out a return to the football pitch, despite a whirlwind rise to to the top on the track.

    "I haven't made a 100% decision," he said. "I'm going to see the rest of the year out.

    "Obviously, it would be hard to turn away from athletics now after winning the World Juniors and going to the Olympics in a few weeks, but I don't want to make that final decision until the end of the year."


    More conversation on Twitter about best bowlers following Brett Lee's exit stage left from all forms of international cricket:

    Bally on Twitter: "Joel Garner - one of the most underrated bowlers ever. I got his autograph when I was 10. Remember thinking he was a giant."

    Gregg Moreton on Twitter: "Alan Donald every time. Quick and mean... just ask Michael Atherton!"

    Nigel Smith on Twitter: "Waqar Younis absolutely lethal at bowling yorkers in the 90s. More LBW decisions than any other bowler. Destroyed batting lineups."

    What are your thoughts? Chip in with your suggestions via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

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    British number one Anne Keothavong and Heather Watson are both out of the Bank of West Classic in Stanford.

    Keothavong, 28, was beaten 2-6 7-5 6-4 by unranked Mallory Burdette - who last won a professional singles match in 2008 - in the first round.

    Watson was beaten by the world number 37 Yanina Wickmayer in the second round on Wednesday: 5-7 6-1 6-4.


    Tour de France competitor and Team GB medal hopeful Marl Cavendish tweets: "Right now I would love to sleep. Instead, I'm preparing to ride 226km with 2x10km climbs in the first 80km. Lucky we love it!"

  176. 0851: 

    More Australian cricketing news, away from the retirement of pace bowler Brett Lee.

    Coach Mickey Arthur demands better from his underperforming one-day side, saying: "We won't leave any stone unturned in our preparation and our quest to stay at number one in this form of the game.

    "We have the talent, we just have to take it out in the middle and perform."

  177. 0848: 

    Cardiff manager Malky Mackay won't be drawn on the possibility of Craig Bellamy returning to the Bluebirds.

    Bellamy, a member of Team GB's Olympic squad, has been linked with moves to Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers from Liverpool.

    The 32-year-old, who captained Cardiff during a season-long loan spell in 2010-11, has one year left on a two-year deal at Anfield.

    "I will not speak about players contracted at other clubs," he said.

    "It's disrespectful to the other club and I would hate a manager to sit here discussing my players that are under contract."


    Triple jump world record hold and BBC Sport athletics pundit Jonathan Edwards on Twitter: "Crystal Palace ‪Diamond League‬ today and tomorrow. Really into ‪squeaky bum‬ territory..."

  179. 0842: 

    Shinji Kagawa is confident he has the mental strength to cope with the attention of being Manchester United's first Japanese player.

    "I definitely feel the attention of the media globally now I am a member of a great squad like Manchester United," said Kagawa, who moved to England on a four-year deal from German side Borussia Dortmund in June.

    "I think I can take the pressure. I am pretty confident I can adapt to the style of the Premier League."

  180. 0838: 
    LONDON 2012

    Here's the very latest Olympic Moment from the legend that is Barry Davies: Seoul 1988 and the Eastern Bloc battle.

    "There had always existed a huge rivalry between Romania and the Soviet Union, particularly in gymnastics, and that still exists to this day - even though the Americans began to have a say soon after this Olympics, and have done ever since.

    "Behind the Iron Curtain, as it was then, coaches found gymnasts at a very young age then trained them and trained them, sacrificing a great deal.

    "All of that sacrifice was given for one cause: the Olympic final..."


    Following the retirement of Brett Lee from international cricket, you're all discussing your favourite fast bowlers on Twitter:

    David Green on Twitter: "Malcolm Marshall every time. A magnificent bowler and absolutely lethal. Sorely missed."

    Atif Subhani on Twitter: "Wasim Akram. To bowl 6 different balls in an over isn't an easy task. Was dead accurate, very consistent & widely respected."

    Jay on Twitter: "I haven't seen the greats of the previous era but I think Dale Steyn is definitely one of the best fast bowlers of all time."

    What do you reckon? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday.

  182. 0830: 
    LONDON 2012

    The BBC has launched a London 2012 app for Android and iOS smartphones.

    The app will provide up to 24 streams of live coverage, detailed schedule and results pages, and daily news stories.

    Alongside full live streaming, catch-up coverage and highlights, the app will offer facts, statistics and information for every athlete, country and sport.

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Congrats on a great career Brett Lee. I would love to say it was great playing against you, but it was frightening most of the time..."

  184. 0823: 

    Michael Owen says he is still waiting for a "good opportunity" ahead of the new season, but has again said he will not drop down to the Championship.

    Ex-England striker Owen, 32, insisted in May he would not retire despite being released by Manchester United after three seasons at Old Trafford.

    "I know I can still bang them in at the top level," he said. "I proved that nearly every time I played for Manchester United."

  185. 0819: 

    A host of stars will make their final London 2012 preparations at the London Grand Prix, which starts this evening at Crystal Palace.

    Christine Ohuruogu, Dai Greene, Mo Farah and Hannah England will all compete, with live coverage from 19:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live tonight.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Brett Lee calls it a day. Always loved the giant trouser-splitting leap in his wicket celebration."

  187. 0814: 

    Former Gloucester and England prop Tony Windo returns to the club as the Premiership club's scrum coach. Windo takes the role on a part-time basis.

  188. 0811: 

    Following the retirement from international cricket of Australia bowler Brett Lee, who is the your favourite speed demon of all time, and why, in any first-class form of the game?

    Names and reasons please, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  189. 0806: 

    After veteran South Africa wicketkeeper Mark Boucher quit international cricket earlier in the week, today it's the turn of Australia fast bowler Brett Lee.

    The blonde assassin was forced to fly home from Australia's recent one-day tour of England after sustaining a calf injury at Durham.

    Now he's retired for all forms of the international game, and says: "In a team environment you have to have 100% commitment, mentally and physically.

    "Looking at the next few months, I just didn't have that desire any more."

  190. 0803: 

    We start as always with a glance at the Football Gossip Column:

    Fulham hope £9m plus Clint Dempsey, 29, will be enough to tempt Liverpool into allowing Andy Carroll, 23, to move to Craven Cottage.

    Former England, Chelsea and Tottenham boss Glenn Hoddle has emerged as a contender for the vacant position at Nottingham Forest.

    New Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, 42, has written to supporters asking for help to turn around the club's poor home form by making more noise.

  191. 0800: 

    Good morning, and welcome to this week-ending edition of Sportsday Live.

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