Tuesday 14 August - as it happened

Build-up to England v Italy & Premier League kick-off, Pietersen out of England cricket squad, transfer news & rumours.

14 August 2012 Last updated at 19:04

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. We are starting to build up to the start of the new football season.

    We will also keep you up to date with all the latest breaking sports news but first we look at the top three stories from the BBC Sport Gossip Column.

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken directly to his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger to try and ensure a new £20m bid for striker Robin van Persie, 29, is a success (Daily Mail). Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers wants to add Barcelona winger Christian Tello, 21, to his new side (The Sun). Everton are ready to join neighbours Liverpool in the race to sign Fulham striker Clint Dempsey, 29, as they look to replace Tim Cahill (Daily Mail).

  2. 0810: 

    With the big kick-off just days away we are looking at what football can learn from the Olympic Games. Football Association chairman David Bernstein says, "It is important players embrace what we have seen over the past two weeks." So, what aspects of the Olympic spirit would you like to see become common place in the national game?

    Tell us at #bbcsportsday

  3. 0814: 

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark reckons Jack Butland's value will treble if the keeper makes his debut for England against Italy (Birmingham Mail). How much would you pay for a 19-year-old keeper that is yet to play in the Premier League? Tell us at #bbcsportsday

  4. 0829: 

    Here are some of your views on how football can learn from the Olympics and grab some of that feelgood factor which is currently in the air.

    Steve Utton on Twitter: "A massive cut in weekly salaries. Reduce the £100ks a week to £20ks a week & make them EARN it!!"

    Adam Wiseman on Twitter: "Players playing for the love of the sport, not for the money. But that'll never change, so no, not realistic."

    Dan Keen on Twitter: "Why change football, its perfect just the way it is."

    Alistair McLeod on Twitter: "The players are all about the money. They're spoilt by getting overpaid. There's no passion except for £."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  5. 0835: 

    The shock decision to axe Kevin Pietersen from the England team has been given the thumbs up by commentators in his country of birth, South Africa. Sello Rabothata, the sports editor of Sowetan Daily, says: "Now that he's been dropped we feel that it's a good move and we feel it vindicates the policies of the country." But can England win without KP? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  6. 0842: 

    The question of how football can soak up some of the Olympic spirit is producing some interesting answers.

    William Doyle on Twitter: "Cap the out of control wages, send players off for swearing/disrespectful actions, refs with guts to do it!"

    Craig Hurring on Twitter: "Media must change too, 2 weeks from now it'll be 90% Prem League despite what we've just seen. Stop obsessing & glamourising."

    Tom on Twitter: "It's a culture of poor sportsmanship and bad behaviour for many, which drags the rest down with them."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  7. 0854: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he is content to go into the new season without any more new faces (Birmingham Mail). Who do you think your club needs to sign this week to be ready for new campaign? Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  8. 0909: 

    Alec Stewart believes it is time for James Taylor and Jonny Bairstow to stand up and be counted in the wake of Kevin Pietersen's England axe.

  9. 0912: 

    Suffering from a bout of post Olympic blues? Don't worry, we have a cure. Have a look through the men and women who are hoping to heroes in Rio in four years time. Olympics: Who will be in the British team at Rio 2016?

  10. 0917: 

    It seems the general feeling out that over the KP axing is one of sadness that the game is going to be missing his amazing talent for the time being.

    Anthony Beckingham on Twitter: "It'll take time for Eng to recover but it'll be worth it,remember the last time KP created locker room drama (08/09 captaincy)"

    Aaron Jackson on Twitter: "KP's career-long riff that he can't change who he is or how he plays means he WON'T change. Not a team player. What a waste."

    Andrew Mudheredhe on Twitter: "KP is irreplacable. Team spirit doesn't mean like every player, only respect"

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  11. 0924: 

    There are some interesting ideas coming in on how football can learn from the Olympics.

    Chris Hill on Twitter: "Allow GB to play without restrictions may help. More time our young players can spend with Olympians, the better."

    Robert Anderson on Twitter: "Cut the oxygen of media coverage and give us more hockey, rowing, cycling, swimming, handball, athletics, make fball earn it."

    Mark Worthington on Twitter: "Biggest move is to mic the ref like RL & RU. It will threaten family revenue and clubs will react!"

    Joe Wrigley on Twitter: "5 match bans for cheating, feigning assault, excessive dissent. 2 offences risk club points deducted by consistent panel."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  12. 0929: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith looks at how Brendan Rodgers will fare as new Liverpool boss as he looks ahead to the new season.

    He says: "The past is always on your shoulder at Anfield, a reminder of what has gone before and the expectation of what will come again, but the man from Northern Ireland is well-versed in that heritage."

  13. 0939: 

    Angus Fraser tells 5live Breakfast England's selectors were right to drop Kevin Pietersen.

    The Middlesex managing director and former England bowler says: "I think there's been an on-going dispute between Kevin and the England management for quite some time. Kevin contributes to the team with the runs that he scores but the fact that all this sort of stuff is going on has been a major distraction to the team."

  14. 0940: 

    Fraser continues: "England pick the group of players that they believe have got the best chance of winning the game. I think the ECB have made the right decision by leaving Kevin out of this game."

  15. 0945: 

    Fraser thinks England should not recall Pietersen for the Twenty20 World Cup when they name their squad this week.

    He says: "Pietersen's mind seems to be changing all the time. What he says one week, is it going to be the same the next? Everything is very short term."

  16. 0946: 

    Fraser adds: "England have got a Test match they've got to win but if it potentially undermines what you're trying to achieve, or the standing values that are in place, then it's worthwhile taking a short term hit to put a long term policy in place."

  17. 0950: 

    Jack Rodwell's move to Manchester City has dealt a potential double blow to Sir Alex Ferguson's transfer plans according to the Manchester Evening News. It says having failed to land long-term target Rodwell, Ferguson will now see the fee for left-back Leighton Baines rise because Everton no longer need to sell to raise funds.

  18. 1002: 

    Glamorgan seam bowlers Huw Waters and John Glover sign new deals keeping them at the county until the end of the 2014 season.

  19. 1008: 

    A BBC survey says the Olympic games had a positive effect on the UK, but there are doubts about how long the feel-good factor will last. Whilst 83% of the people polled felt London 2012 had a positive effect on the UK, 54% of those surveyed felt the impact would be short-lived.

  20. 1014: 

    Interesting views on who your team needs to sign before the start of the season. Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

    Rhodri Morris on Twitter: "Portsmouth need to sign anyone of they can!"

    Charles Chip on Twitter: "Arsenal need to sign nuri sahin and a quality rightback to compete with sagna. Let rvp go to juventus."

    Leighton Martin on Twitter: "I can accept Liverpool selling Agger for the right price, but not if the replacement is Ashley Williams. Just not good enough."

  21. 1016:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Test Match Special summariser Phil Tufnell, the former England spinner, speaking on a lively Tuffers and Vaughan programme last night on 5 live, said of Kevin Pietersen's omission from the England Test squad: "I think it had to happen, it was starting to become such a circus, such a distraction, and when you lose that sort of trust it starts to affect people so let's just go away, have a little think about it, and hopefully the door is not closed."

  22. 1024: 

    Your views on how football can grab some of that Olympic spirit are throwing up a wide variety of ideas.

    Simon Howett on Twitter: "Until the rage & rants are taken out it will never have the Olympic spirit . #footballbacklash We are all fed to much of it."

    Robbie Pickering on Twitter:‏ "Give them £25,000 a year of funding - no salary. Best players will be the most passionate about the game, not the greediest."

    James Allan on Twitter: "Bring back Grandstand for continued coverage of lesser sports, allowing handball, volleyball, rowing etc to grow in public eye."

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday

  23. 1029:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    A busy night of Capital One - or League Cup - action tonight, and 5 live will bring you news of all 18 first-round ties in 5 live Sport with Ian Payne from 19:00 BST. There is live commentary on the tie of the round between Swindon and Brighton, and Football League reporter Mark Clemmit is on hand to highlight all the issues across the Championship and in Leagues One and Two.

  24. 1035: 

    Team GB and Arsenal striker Kelly Smith has been speaking on BBC Radio 5 live about the likely absence of a British side in the women's Olympic football competition at Rio 2016: "It happens in hockey, GB women's hockey comes together and other sports allow it to happen so I don't see why it shouldn't happen in women's football."

  25. 1042: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith assesses whether Andre Villas-Boas can rebuild his reputation at Tottenham.

    He says: "There is a belief within the corridors of power at White Hart Lane that his bold vision and painstaking attention to detail could improve and modernise the club."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    There is more live cricket for you this afternoon from 16:30 BST on sports extra, with commentary of the CB40 match between Hampshire and Somerset from The Rose Bowl.

  27. 1053: 

    Plenty of views still coming in about what football needs to do to catch a little bit of the Olympic magic.

    Matt Harding on Twitter: "Fed up of footballers being compared badly to athletes. Bolt was seen with 3 Swedish ladies. Imagine if Rooney had done that."

    Gareth Oliver on Twitter: "Would love to see a weekly round up of all minority Olympic sports on the beeb... let people know what happens inbetween games."

    Stuart Cummings on Twitter: "Only hope footballers realise how much more we expect of them post-Olympics. I couldn't be less excited about the new season."

  28. 1100: 

    Blackburn Rovers are switching their attention to Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh after giving up on signing Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes, says the Lancashire Telegraph.

  29. 1107: 

    Steve Harmison tells BBC Radio 5 live the England selectors need to bring Kevin Pietersen back into the fold as quickly as possible despite his fall out with coach Andy Flower.

    "If he sent text messages to the opposition in a derogatory manner against the team, I think he deserves to be put to one side and criticised for it. Nobody's bigger than the team, England will go on and on after Strauss, Pietersen and everyone."

  30. 1110: 

    Harmison adds: "Maybe the ECB have left him out to say 'you're not bigger than this team and it's all about how we are going to win a game'. But they are not going to win a game without Kevin Pietersen and I think they have to come to some sort of a deal because he's an important man for England to stay number one in the world."

  31. 1119: 

    BBC Sport's Mandeep Sanghera looks at the expectations on Roberto di Matteo and Chelsea after a busy summer in the transfer market.

    "The task now facing the Italian is the one Villas-Boas could not complete: to not only bring trophies to Stamford Bridge but, in the process, excite and exhilarate."

  32. 1123: 

    Bradford Bulls' players will be paid today, BBC Radio Leeds has been told.

    The squad was due to be paid on Monday, but the Rugby League Players' Union have said they had not received their wages on time.

  33. 1127: 

    So Steve Harmison feels that the ECB have a dilemma over Kevin Pietersen, what do you think ahead of a Test match that England must win to stay top of the world rankings? Should England pick him again or do they move on without him?

    Send your opinions in to #bbcsportsday.

  34. 1137:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    More from former England captain Michael Vaughan from last night's Tuffers and Vaughan on 5 live talking all things Kevin Pietersen: "I don't see how it has got to this where he feels he has been badly managed. Andy Flower and Andrew Strauss are two magnificent people, who do the right things for the player and for the team and I just don't see how it has got to this, it has clearly been bubbling for a long while. This IPL has caused a massive problem. You could sense when he was playing against West Indies and the IPL was still going on it was almost as if he was thinking 'what the hell am I doing here, I should still be in India.'"


    Your thoughts on football in light of the Olympic spirit keep coming in:

    Kris Davies on Twitter: "Not buying into the fashionable comments re:footballers. Give Tom Daley £100k a week and see how long he stays grounded! #bbcsportsday"

    Brett Kellett on Twitter: "Football needs honesty, integrity and humility in big doses and a focus on the home nations not foreign superstars. #bbcsportsday"

    Josh Hobbs on Twitter: "People posing the idea of cutting salaries need to get real. They're paid that because football is a big business! #bbcsportsday "

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1149: 

    South Africa will replace England at the top of the Test match rankings if they avoid defeat at Lord's, something coach Gary Kirsten is well aware of.

    "Some people say we are not sure about the rankings, but deep down every team aspires to and would like to know that they are the No. 1 team in the world."

  37. 1155: 

    Did you know that 30 of Britain's medallists at the Olympics were aged under 25? BBC Sport's Ollie Williams has been looking at who might be going for glory once again at Rio 2016.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    We have a Football League preview for you tonight on 5 live Sport with Ian Payne from 19:00 BST and from 20:30 BST the lines will be open for you to call in with thoughts about your club. The number to ring will be 0500 909 693, text to 85058 or tweet at #bbc5live. Much-travelled striker Steve Claridge and 5 live's Football League reporter Mark Clemmit will be on hand to give their insights too. On a busy night of Capital One Cup - League Cup in old money - first-round action, we have reporters at 11 grounds and our featured match is Swindon against Brighton.

  39. 1205: 

    Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the final three who will be considered for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award. Bangor City's Les Davies, who was on the original 32-man shortlist, will not be in the running when the award is handed out in Monaco on 30th August, with Andrea Pirlo and Xavi Hernandez also missing out.


    Plenty of comment over Kevin Pietersen and whether he should be in the England side:

    Bonfires for nobody on Twitter:: "#bbcsportsday Pietersen should be there unless others refused to play with him. If he was dropped over a text, someone should lose their job."

    James Youngman on Twitter: "Kevin Pietersen wants to play cricket on his terms & his agenda, the ECB need to decide whether they can accept that or not. #bbcsportsday"

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Pietersen is a liability - too much disruption in the dressing room, let him play in IPL & let younger players in #bbcsportsday"

    Send your opinions in to #bbcsportsday.

  41. 1225: 

    If you're missing our Olympics coverage, don't forget that you can still go to our full schedule of all the events and relive memories from London 2012.


    Some mixed feelings out there about the start of the football season in light of the Olympic spirit on display at London 2012.

    Dave Cash on Twitter: "Very much underwhelmed by up and coming football season. Lack of effort, desire and sportsmanship. Ruined yrs ago for me #bbcsportsday"

    Drew Bartle on Twitter: "Something strange is happening, for the first time in as long as I can remember, I am not excited about the football season! #bbcsportsday."

    Sinclair James Third on Twitter: "Cut out the strutting, swaggering, spitting, swearing, and sulking - to name but five.#bbcsportsday"

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

  43. 1243: 

    Tim Bresnan reckons that replacing Kevin Pietersen with fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow will not weaken England's chances in the third and final Test, which starts at Lord's on Thursday.

    "It may be an even better side, it's one of those things where a talented player is being replaced by another talented player. So why should we miss a certain individual because he's unavailable for selection?" says Bresnan.

  44. 1247: 

    Wolves chief executive Jez Moxey has told his club's website that another bid for striker Steven Fletcher, from an unnamed club, has been rejected.

    "All parties need to draw a line under this matter, which has now dragged on for over a month. If our valuations of them are not met then they will remain at Wolves but we cannot allow this speculation about their futures to drag on indefinitely up to the closure of the transfer window."

  45. 1255: 

    Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox has left West Brom for Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee.

    Cox scored 18 times in 79 appearances for West Brom, and he has now signed a three-year deal at the City Ground.


    Craig Sharp on Twitter: "I started falling out of love with the game last year. Olympics has shown there is more to British sport than football #bbcsportsday"

    Matt Bennett on Twitter: "Post-olympic lull in excitement was inevitable. Wait until you're back on the terraces. Then we'll see. #bbcsportsday"

    James Hunter on Twitter: "Many footballers are overpaid, but why deny yourself the excitement that football undeniably provides? I'm as excited as ever. #BBCsportsday"

    How do you feel about the football season in light of the Olympic spirit on show at London 2012? #bbcsportsday

  47. 1315: 

    Theo Walcott is out of England's friendly against Italy on Wednesday night in Berne with a bruised thigh muscle.

    No word on any replacement as yet - Joe Hart, Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have already withdrawn from Roy Hodgson's original squad.

  48. 1319: 

    Jacques Kallis thinks Kevin Pietersen will be missed at Lord's: "He's a world-class player and he's proven that over many years and put in big performances for England so I'm sure he's going to be missed, but England's got some good players as well."

    Tim Bresnan doesn't think England will be weaker without KP - but what do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.


    Ollie Hayward on Twitter: "Shouldn't we be concentrating on Strauss' 100th test cap instead of KP's soap opera #bbcsportsday"

    Simon Posner on Twitter:: "#bbcsportsday. Sometimes special talent needs special handling. Hope the ECB ensures that fans get to see the best players play for England"

    John Kirby on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday I think dropping KP is just another sign of 'your face not fitting' We also don't like to pick players from unfancied clubs"

    The KP issue is provoking a lot of debate, to say the least. Let us know what you think on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

  50. 1341: 

    One-time Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam says he intends to clear his name in light of Fifa opening investigative proceedings against him in connection to allegations of financial mismanagement.

  51. 1344: 

    Scotland manager Craig Levein has said that Huddersfield Town's highly-rated striker Jordan Rhodes will start in Wednesday night's friendly against Australia at Easter Road.

    "I had it in mind that Jamie Mackie would play but he has a calf strain, so Jordan will play," Levein said. "You look at his goalscoring record, it's a tough one to beat."


    Jonny R on Twitter: "Football needs to cut out the rolling around business. What's wrong with allowing physios on the pitch during the game? #bbcsportsday"

    Nathan Murtagh on Twitter: "Trying to think, why exactly is football STILL king? The Olympics has opened my eyes to more exciting and involving sports. #bbcsportsday2

    What do you think? let us know on Twitter at #bbcsportsday.

  53. 1412: 
    LONDON 2012

    London 2012 has had a positive effect on the UK, according to a survey for the BBC, but there are doubts how long the feel-good factor will last.

    Some 83% said the Games had a positive effect on the UK and 80% thought it had made people more proud to be British.

    However while 35% thought the effect of the Games would be long-term, 54% thought it would be short-lived.

  54. 1422: 

    The Scottish Football Association confirm Hearts winger David Templeton will serve a two-match ban for violent conduct in last weekend's 1-1 draw with Hibs.

    Templeton allegedly kicked out at Hibernian defender James McPake during Sunday's Edinburgh derby at Easter Road.

  55. 1429: 

    Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis says their friendly with Finland is ample chance to recover from their 6-0 friendly defeat against Netherlands in June.

    "Holland was always going to be a difficult game, the Dutch are a great side," he says. "But this a good opportunity to build a bit of confidence, play the way we want to and get a good result."

  56. 1429: 
    LONDON 2012

    The chief executive of UK Sport, Liz Nichol, confirms some Olympic sports will lose their funding in the wake of London 2012.

    "We will not be able to fund each and every sport that we funded this time round," says Nichol. "We will invest in every sport that has medal potential. The sports that are very likely to multi-medal will be our top priority."

    A comprehensive list of which sports performed above and below expectations is available on the BBC Sport website.


    How do you feel about the football season in light of the Olympic spirit on show at London 2012?

    Dan Keen on Twitter: "If football was played in the same manner as the Olympics it would be boring"

    Stephen J Reeve on Twitter: "Drifting away from football. EPL overpaid for the quality on offer. Poor sportsmanship, not as professional as top athletes."

    Ross Burns on Twitter: "Willing to bet that all these folk not excited by the new football season will change their tunes once their teams score."

    How are you feeling with the Premier League season just five days away? #bbcsportsday

  58. 1445: 

    Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a doubt for the midweek friendly against Brazil after sustaining an injury in Paris Saint-Germain's league game against Lorient at the weekend.

    "It's nothing serious but he's suffering from swelling and will undergo tests to see if he is fit to train on Tuesday," reads a statement from the Swedish Football Federation.

    Sweden coach Erik Hamren has called up Gothenburg striker Tobias Hysen as a possible replacement.

  59. 1455: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith looks at how Brendan Rodgers will fare as new Liverpool boss as he looks ahead to the new season.

    He says: "He has already begun to impose his distinctly Spanish vision on the squad. His Liverpool team will press to win the ball high up the field and aim to retain it so relentlessly that the opposition feel it is 'the longest 90 minutes of their life'."

  60. 1510: 

    New France manager Didier Deschamps is focusing on improving the behaviour of his players as he gets set for his first game in charge - a friendly match with Uruguay.

    "What's important for me is to set in stone the framework for everyone and the rules of behavior," says Deschamps. "I have insisted on several points concerning the group's behavior and those seem to me to be very important."

  61. 1504: 

    Italy coach Cesare Prandelli admits his squad against England ahead of Wednesday's friendly is one of experimentation.

    "I want to see players with different characteristics who we can assess with the future in mind," he says. "The plan is to prepare for the next two years, starting from now, by working out which young players are ready to make the grade - that is the challenge against England, and it is a big one. We must raise the bar by enriching an already quality pool of players."

  62. 1507: 

    Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire will miss the Challenge Cup final with Warrington after being ruled out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury.

    The 29-year-old limped out of Friday's 68-24 victory over Widnes, and Rhinos coach Brian McDermott says it will be motivation for the squad.

    "While it won't be in their minds all the time, there'll be nothing better than handing him a medal at the end of it and taking photos with his brace on and the trophy," says McDermott.

  63. 1512:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Broadcaster Piers Morgan was in full flow during last night's Tuffers and Vaughan programme on 5 live, regarding the omission of Kevin Pietersen from the England Test squad: "I think it's total hypocrisy, if you're an England cricket fan you must be thinking what on earth is going on. You've got a player, our best batsman, who has just played one of the great innings of modern Test history and we've got a crucial Test match we have to win and we drop him over allegedly sending jokey text messages to people he's known 20 or 30 years in some cases. It's pathetic and very poor management."

  64. 1513:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Piers Morgan continued on last night's Tuffers and Vaughan programme: "Kevin Pietersen is a complicated character, a big character, we love him on the pitch to be bold and brash and exciting and arrogant but apparently off the pitch he has to be some shrinking little violet, it doesn't work that way."

  65. 1515:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    More from Piers Morgan, who spoke on the Tuffers and Vaughan programme about Kevi Pietersen's omission: "If you look at players like Shane Warne, Ian Botham or even Don Bradman, they all wound up their colleagues from time to time, they weren't all the most popular people in the dressing room on occasions, but they were never dropped for this kind of thing, I think it's absolutely ridiculous."

    Tuffers and Vaughan were quick with their responses to these points and you can hear the whole programme again shortly. For now, here is a clip of the discussion with Piers Morgan.


    The debate over how football has been reflected upon in light of the Olympics continues.

    Marco Alvarez on Twitter: "People are happy to laud Bolt for all his posturing and play-acting but quick to criticise footballers for the same."

    Paddy Emerson on Twitter: "Comparing the Olympics & the footie season is like comparing apples with oranges. Just enjoy each one for what they are."

    Allan Todd on Twitter: "As a Spurs fan I am excited by the degree of mediocrity I will see this season."

    Continuing sending your thoughts at #bbcsportsday

  67. 1527: 

    Scotland manager Craig Levein insists playing for Rangers in the Scottish third division will not endanger individual international careers - though admits it will be harder for them to break into the team.

    "What I said when I announced the squad [for Wednesday's game against Australia] is that it will be more difficult for the Rangers players to get into the international team because the standard in the third division isn't akin to international football," says Levein. "That is what I said and also, that the door wasn't closed on any of the Rangers players."

  68. 1529:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    More from last night's Tuffers and Vaughan programme, when broadcaster Piers Morgan was amongst the guests speaking about Kevin Pietersen: "The Daily Mail claimed he had sent derogatory messages about Andrew Strauss and Andrew Flower to De Villiers and Steyn but that is completely untrue, he didn't, he hasn't had any text message exchanges with either of those players so the central allegation is untrue, also we're in a country, unless I'm mistaken, where you're innocent until proven guilty, it's up to the ECB to produce firm evidence that he did this. Once they can do that, fine, then discipline him."

    The whole programme will be available as a podcast shortly but a clip is now available on the 5 live website.

  69. 1530:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Piers Morgan continues: "Here's the problem with the England dressing room it seems to me. Kevin Pietersen is the guy that earns the big bucks in the IPL because, like he does for England, he sells tickets, he clears bars when he goes out to bat, the problem for the England players in the dressing room is they didn't get picked up in the IPL, they weren't valuable enough, they weren't wanted. That creates tension, but that's not Kevin Pietersen's fault."

    You can listen to the whole programme again now on the BBC iPlayer.

  70. 1544: 

    Wales manager Chris Coleman defends James Collins and Jack Collison after the pair withdraw from the squad to face Bosnia-Herzegovina on Wednesday.

    In response to criticism from former Wales international Mickey Thomas, who called the withdrawls unfair, Coleman says: "Jack Collison has had a serious knee problem, not for six months or 12 months, but for two or three years.

    "James Collins, we think, has a hernia problem which may need surgery, he can't play. He limped off in a friendly in Portugal for West Ham so he can't play."

  71. 1548: 

    Marc Bircham has been named head coach of Queens Park Rangers' elite development squad.

    "Having been so heavily involved with the youth set-up I always keep a close eye on how the lads are progressing, so it is great for me to continue working with them," Bircham tells the official QPR website.

  72. 1553: 

    Scotland defender Gary Caldwell believes their international friendly with Australia on Wednesday provides a chance to prove their squad depth ahead of World Cup 2014 qualification.

    "You just need to look at the squad list and see the amount of players playing in the Premiership in England and the Championship, which is a fantastic league," says the Wigan Athletic centre back. "I think the overall quality in the players that are getting picked is better than the groups I have been involved in in the past."

  73. 1600:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    A reminder that at 16:30 on sports extra we have live commentary of the CB40 match between Hampshire and Somerset from The Rose Bowl. You can access sports extra on DAB digital radio, BBC website, or the sports extra website.

  74. 1606: 

    Fulham goalkeeping coach Hans Segers claims the club are looking to loan out David Stockdale in order to give him more first-team experience.

    Stockdale, 26, has found his progress at Craven Cottage impeded by the presence of Mark Schwarzer.

    "David's a top keeper and needs to play, so as a club we're looking to get him on loan somewhere where he's playing week in, week out, with a recall clause," says Segers.

  75. 1617: 
    LONDON 2012

    Athletes from Guinea and Ivory Coast are the latest to have gone missing after the conclusion of London 2012.

    Three Guineans and three Ivorians have disappeared, adding to the 11 athletes from Congo and Cameroon who failed to report back to the Olympic Village. This total included five boxers wanting to stay in the UK to develop their careers.

  76. 1621: 

    Reading chairman Sir John Madejski believes the financial backing of new Russian owner Anton Zingarevich is "essential" to the club's progress.

    "We are still not running it in an irresponsible way, we are running it in a very responsible way but I think it helps that Reading Football Club now has the backing it has from Anton Zingarevich," says Madejski.

    Reading have made six new signings so far this summer, with Garath McCleary, Danny Guthrie, Pavel Pogrebnyak, Adrian Mariappa, Chris Gunter and Nicky Shorey joining the Royals.

  77. 1625: 

    Hull KR forward James Green and Castleford half-back Jamie Ellis will miss their side's games with Wakefield and St Helens respectively this weekend after accepting one-match bans from the Rugby Football League following incidents in the last round of fixtures.

  78. 1627: 

    Kevin Pietersen will not play in Surrey's LV County Championship match against Middlesex which starts tomorrow.

  79. 1637: 

    The Press Association reports Arsenal's £20 million asking price for striker Robin van Persie is yet to be met by any club.

    Van Persie announced he would not renew his contract with Arsenal in July, prompting interest from Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus.

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has said he does not expect Arsenal captain Robin van Persie to join the Premier League champions.

  80. 1643: 

    Rangers striker Francisco Sandaza believes the club should aim to win the quadruple this season, despite now being a third division club.

    "It must be our objective to win all the cups and go up to the second division," says Sandaza. "Even in the third division, everything is very professional, including the quality of the training. We have signed good players from the SPL and other top leagues. Rangers want to have a good squad to try to achieve the cups this year."


    We have been asking for how you feel about the new football season in light of the Olympic spirit on show at London 2012. Here is what you have been saying.

    Tom Johnson on Twitter: "Top level football has become out of touch, the money and celebrity lifestyles are in stark contrast to the Olympic athletes"

    A Ronny Mouse on Twitter: "Football will always be seen as the 'bad boy' of sport until the likes of FA and FIFA modernize and take discipline seriously."

    Stuart Langridge on Twitter: "I cant wait for the start of the new PL season, remember the drama of the final day last season?"

    Keep sending your views in at #bbcsportsday

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Ian Payne is your host for tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST. In the opening half hour there will be a live interview with golfer David Lynn, who finished runner-up to Rory McIlroy in last week's US PGA Championship. It's the first round of the League Cup, known as the Capital One Cup from this season, and we have reporters at 11 matches, the featured game is Swindon against Brighton. There is also a Football League preview featuring much travelled striker Steve Claridge and Mark Clemmit from BBC One's Football League Show, and you can comment on your club by calling 0500 909 693 from 20:30 BST, texting 85058 or tweeting #bbc5live

  83. 1705: 

    Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill had no qualms about selecting Rangers duo Andy Little and Dean Shiels for tomorrow night's friendly against Finland but will continue to monitor their situation over the course of the season.

    O'Neill said: "Everyone asks: 'Will the level they're playing at prepare them to play internationals?' Well, the reality is they've only played a couple of games so we're not really able to assess that at this minute in time. We will be able to assess that throughout the season, but certainly both players have looked very sharp."

  84. 1708: 

    Charles Green has claimed there is "an agenda" against Rangers within Scottish football. And the Ibrox chief executive has vowed to defend the club even if it means incurring the wrath of the Scottish Football Association further.

    He said: "I will give you an example. This morning, I had a phone call from the SPL telling us we can't put our old games on the website because we don't own the archive rights.

    "Tell me how I took that? I was walking on the ceiling. I think there is an agenda. There's still battles to be won. I shan't let you down."

  85. 1710: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson speaking ahead of tomorrow night's friendly with Italy about Theo Walcott's withdrawal: "We always try to keep coaches of clubs in mind, but I don't think Walcott would have been fit to play for England or Arsenal tomorrow."

  86. 1713: 

    Roy Hodgson on who will start in goal for England tomorrow night against Italy in Joe Hart's absence: "I haven't given the players an indication yet over who's playing. Jack [Butland] and John [Ruddy] are pretty much neck and neck over who gets to start."

  87. 1718: 

    Mohamed Bin Hammam has confirmed he made personal payments to football officials but has insisted these were to people suffering from serious illnesses and to the family of a teenage player who died on the pitch.

    Bin Hammam, the FIFA member who is under fresh investigation by FIFA's ethics committee despite having a lifetime ban overturned in court, has had his financial dealings while Asian Football Confederation president be the subject of a report by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

  88. 1723: 

    Motherwell have rejected "significant" offers for defender Shaun Hutchinson and midfielder Nicky Law. A Championship club made a bid for 21-year-old Hutchinson while a League One club failed in an approach for English midfielder Law.

  89. 1727: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly on the brink of landing a striker - 18-year-old Chilean Angelo Henriquez. The teenager was believed to have undergone a medical in Manchester today, although it has been claimed in Chile that he will be immediately loaned back to his current club, Universidad de Chile. United are yet to make any announcement on the subject.

  90. 1730: 

    Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has named his side ahead of tomorrow night's friendly against Serbia.

    Republic of Ireland (4-4-2): Westwood; McShane, O'Shea (c), O'Dea, Kelly; McGeady, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean; Walters, Long.

  91. 1734: 

    England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on missing Euro 2012 through injury: "I just had to take it on the chin, but I supported the lads throughout and I thought there were a lot of positives. I thought there was a lot of desire and character in the team and the way they held themselves. I'm just pleased to be back and part of it."

  92. 1736: 

    Great Britain's women have risen 49 places in the world rankings to 20th after their first-ever Olympic campaign. Audrey Cooper's side, who recorded Britain's maiden indoor volleyball win at the Games when they beat Algeria in five sets, move up from 69th in the new FIVB rankings which have been released today.

  93. 1741: 

    Number eight Pierre Spies has been ruled out of South Africa's inaugural Rugby Championship [formerly Tri-nations] match against Argentina on Saturday because of a finger injury that requires surgery.

  94. 1749: 

    More from Frank Lampard as he talks about the prospect of Roy Hodgson picking a young England side against Italy tomorrow: "He's brought in young players to give them a feel of the group, travelling, training and possibly playing with England so it should be a great experience and I'm looking forward to playing."


    We have been asking for how you feel about the new football season in light of the Olympic spirit on show at London 2012. Here is what you have been saying.

    Paul Ahearne on Twitter: "been a Chelsea fan for 25 years but would happily swap our champions league win for some more olympics action"

    Richard Hird on Twitter: "Can't wait for the football season to start. Premier league will deliver the drama we love and Leeds will go up!"

    Harry Phipps-Clark on Twitter: "Why is everyone being a drama-queen & 'falling out of love with football'? Last season was the best EPL season EVER!!"

    Keep sending your views in at #bbcsportsday

  96. 1755: 

    More from Frank Lampard on Roy Hodgson's selection: "I think it's a very exciting squad. The manager has picked a very intelligent squad in the way he has rested players that generally play 60 games a season."

  97. 1758:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about tonight's 5 live Sport with Ian Payne from 19:00 BST. The opening half hour will include an interview with golfer David Lynn, who as world number 98 finished runner-up in last week's US PGA Championship and has now risen to 40th. It is a busy night of Capital One Cup first-round action and we have reporters at 11 of the matches, with our featured game Swindon against Brighton as managers Paolo Di Canio and Gus Poyet do battle. We also have a Football League preview for you with much-travelled striker Steve Claridge, our summariser at Swindon tonight, and Football League expert Mark Clemmit.

    You can be part of the programme too, the lines open at 20:30 BST and the number to call is 0500 909 693, you can text to 85058 or tweet #bbc5live

  98. 1802: 

    The architect of Great Britain's Olympic success is confident he can help England's rugby team mount a sustained challenge to New Zealand's global dominance.

    Peter Keen, the former performance director of UK Sport, has been recruited by the Rugby Football Union to conduct a review of England's elite structure.

    He said: "I have been asked by an organisation who want to win to come in and see how it can be improved. In New Zealand's world it is possible to win 82% of Test matches and that is what you are aiming for. Bring it on."

  99. 1806: 

    New Wales Under-21 manager Geraint Williams insists there is no extra pressure on his side as they prepare for a crucial European Championship qualifier against Armenia. Wales currently sit third in Group Three with three games remaining, trailing leaders the Czech Republic by six points and second-placed Armenia by one.

    He said: "I am not feeling any pressure, every single game for Wales is important and the players also know that."

  100. 1812: 

    Stuart Broad has denied having any involvement in a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account set up by a member of the public, the England and Wales Cricket Board have said in a statement.

  101. 1815: 

    Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley is set to miss "a number of weeks" after undergoing ankle surgery, the club have annouced.

  102. 1820: 

    England midfielder Tom Cleverley on Twitter: "just been to see the stadium we are playing in tomoz night. stadium and pitch both good. bit of dinner and see what swiss tv has got for me"

  103. 1824: 

    Australia coach Holger Osieck will use tomorrow night's challenge match against Scotland at Easter Road as "a yardstick" before his side get back on the trail of the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

    He said: "It is going to be a great challenge for us and a good yardstick for us to see where we stand. We are in the process of qualifying for the World Cup and we have important games coming up so it is a great opportunity for me to work with the boys."

  104. 1829: 

    More on Stuard Broad denying involvement in a parody Kevin Pietersen Twitter account: "Following last night's statement by Mr Richard Bailey that he was responsible for creating a parody Twitter account in Kevin Pietersen's name, I would like to confirm that I had no involvement in this whatsoever," Broad said in an England and Wales Cricket Board statement.


    So how are you feeling as the new Premier League season approaches? The Capital One Cup is already underway, but are you still wanting more Olympics? Has London 2012 changed your view on football or any sport? Let us know what you think on #bbcsportsday

  106. 1837: 

    Great Britain's men's and women's basketball teams have leapt to their highest-ever world rankings following the London Olympics. The Luol Deng-inspired men's side jumped 20 places to 23rd in the world after the FIBA rankings were released today. Tom Maher's women's team made even greater strides, moving up 25 places, to 24th despite failing to win a game at the Olympics.

  107. 1848: 

    Leeds hope the absence of Danny McGuire will provide added motivation when they face Warrington in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley in a fortnight. The 29-year-old playmaker was told on Tuesday he would be out for up to eight weeks with a knee injury suffered in Friday's win over Widnes.

    Coach Brian McDermott said: "They got on really well the players, they're a good and tight group and they will all have him as a form of motivation."

  108. 1851: 
    LONDON 2012

    Who from Team GB's successful London 2012 will be around when Rio 2016 come around? Ollie Williams takes a look here.

  109. 1857: 

    Frank Lampard has admitted he would like to see Team GB compete in the Olympic football tournament at Rio 2016.

  110. 1902: 

    That is it for today on Sportsday. Thank you for getting involved via Twitter. We will be back tomorrow at 0800BST.

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