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6 June 2013 Last updated at 21:42

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As it happened

  1. 2133: 

    That's it from a dramatic night of action in Rome as Usain Bolt, the fastest man in the world is beaten by Justin Gatlin.

    The next Diamond League event will be in Oslo next Thursday where Bolt is due to run in the 200m and there will be full coverage on BBC Three and via the BBC Sport website.

    Sportsday Live will return on Friday morning at 0800.

  2. 2129: 

    The final track event of the night, the 110m hurdles, goes to Russia's European champion Sergey Shubekov in a season's best of 13.20. France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was second in a personal best of 13.31 while Hungary's Balazs Baji also had a personal best in third.

  3. 2125: 

    Germany's Christina Obergfoll (66.41m) wins the women's javelin ahead of Russia's Mariya Abakumova and Sunette Viljoen of South Africa.

    Meanwhile honours are shared in the high jump between Russian pair Anna Chicherova and Svetlana Shkolina with the pair both clearing 1.98m

  4. 2123: 

    The Netherlands hang on to record a 3-2 win over Germany in the European Under-21 Championship in Israel.

  5. 2119: 

    Dutch substitute Leroy Fer heads home a last-minute goal to put the Netherlands 3-2 up against Germany in the European Under-21 Championship in Israel. There are four minutes of added time.

  6. 2118: 

    Britain's Eilish McColgan manages a season's best of 9:41.50 in the 3,000m steeplechase which is inside the World Championship A standard.

  7. 2116: 

    Of the three Britons in action in the 400m in Rome, Nigel Levine is fourth in 45.64 seconds with Michael Bingham fifth in 45.69 while Martyn Rooney is last in 46.31.

  8. 2114: 

    American LaShawn Merritt wins the 400m ahead of Saudi Arabia's Youssef Ahmed Masrahi and American Josh Mance.

  9. 2111: 

    Germany have come from 2-0 down to level at 2-2 with the Netherlands in the European Under-21 championships in Israel.

    Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby finds the equaliser with nine minutes remaining, turning away from his marker on the edge of the area before drilling in a low shot.

  10. 2107: 

    World and Olympic champion Christian Taylor wins the men's triple jump ahead of Italian home favourite Daniele Greco and France's Teddy Tamgho.

    Taylor's fourth-round effort of 17.08m saw him finish 4cm ahead of Greco while Tamgho had a season's best of 17.01.

    Britain's Phillips Idowu only managed one jump of 16.44 and finished seventh.

  11. 2103: 

    Kenya's Milcah Chemos puts in a season's best to win the women's 3,000m steeplechase with team-mate Lidya Chepkurui second.

  12. 2100: 

    On track at the moment is the women's 3,000m steeplechase and next up is the men's 400m with three Britons - Nigel Levine, Martyn Rooney and Michael Bingham - all in action

  13. 2058: 
    Justin Gatlin

    100m winner Justin Gatlin on BBC Sport. "It feels good. Usain Bolt is a great competitor so to come out here and beat him says I am having a good season so far. You can never count out Usain - you have to go in with a game strategy and hope it works."

  14. 2050: 

    Some of the field events have reached their conclusion. Croatia's Sandra Perkovic, the Olympic gold medallist, wins the women's discus with a best of 68.25m while world champion and Olympic silver medallist David Storl of the United States takes the men's shot with 20.70m.

  15. 2044: 

    Aside from the battle between Bolt and Gatlin for first and second, France's Jimmy Vicaut finishes third, equalling his personal best in 10.02 seconds.

  16. 2040: 

    Usain Bolt tells BBC Sport: "I wanted to get a good start but five steps in I stumbled and my legs didn't feel like my legs and I have to do more strength work. I think I just need time to get it back together but the fact I got a good start threw me off. At least I got under 10 seconds.

    "I'm looking forward to my first 200m of the season. I haven't done much work on it so I need to do one and see what I have to do."

  17. 2037: 

    Gemany take just 37 seconds of the second half to win a penalty in their European U21 championship clash with the Netherlands.

    Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby was fouled by goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet and Sebastian Rudy scores from the spot to make it Netherlands 2-1 Germany.

  18. 2037: 

    Usain Bolt gets away well but is not his usual fluid self as Gatlin, who has won all of his 100m races this season, grabs the lead and holds on for victory. Gatlin's winning time is 9.94 while Bolt manages 9.95.

  19. 2033: 

    Justin Gatlin beats Usain Bolt in the 100m at the Diamond League meeting in Rome.

  20. 2032: 

    The anticipation in the Rome crowd is rising as the athletes for the 100m, including Usain Bolt, are introduced to the crowd. Bolt responds and looks his usual calm and collected self. The time is nearly here!

  21. 2030: 

    Phillips Idowu is not able to improve on his opening round of 16.44m in the triple jump. The Briton fouls both his second and third round efforts. He is a long way behind Italian crowd favourite Daniele Greco (17.04) and world and Olympic champion Christian Taylor (16.93)

  22. 2026: 

    There is another Ethiopian winner in the 800m as Mohammed Aman triumphs in one minute 43.61 seconds.

    Aman kicked strongly with 200m to go with France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse managing another personal best - his third in quick succession - in 1:43.91 to finish second.

    It is nearly time for Usain Bolt in the 100m.

  23. 2019: 

    Allyson Felix tells BBC Sport after her surprise defeat in the women's 200m: "It's an interesting year trying to piece things together. I'm taking a different approach and taking it slowly. I'm just trying to make the US team for the 100 and the 200m at the World Championships. I will stay patient and it is what happens down the season that counts."

  24. 2017: 

    A big surprise as Allyson Felix is a distant second behind Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast in the 200m.

    Ahoure, who has been in superb form this season, looked strong to finish in a new national record of 22.36 seconds with Felix, who struggled on the bend, clocking 22.64.

  25. 2014: 

    The Netherlands double their lead against Germany in Israel. Georginio Wijnaldum drifts in from the right flank, jinks past two German challenges and hits a powerful left-footed shot. Bernd Leno gets a hand to it but the ball balloons over the line before the German goalkeeper can recover.

  26. 2013: 

    Svetlana Shkolina of Russia leads the women's high jump thanks to first-time clearances at 1.88m, 1.92m and 1.95m. Croatia's Blanka Vlasic, who missed last season through injury, has missed her first attempt at 1.95.

  27. 2008: 

    Millwall have confirmed that St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas will take charge at the Den next week.

    The Lions have agreed terms with Lomas and St Johnstone, and the former West Ham midfielder will take charge when he returns from holiday next week.

  28. 2007: 

    Ethiopia's Yenew Alamirew wins the 5,000m with a surprise victory over highly-rated compatriot Hagos Gebrhiwet.

    Alamirew kicked on the closing bend to win in a world-leading time of 12 minutes 54.95 seconds.

    There are around 25 minutes remaining until Usain Bolt's 100m.

  29. 1957: 

    The Netherlands take the lead in their Under-21 international against Germany, as midfielder Adam Maher collects the ball 25 yards from goal, and fires in a swerving shot past German goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

    There are 25 minutes gone in Israel.

  30. 1950: 

    We are just 45 minutes away from Usain Bolt's arrival on track for the men's 100m. The Jamaican superstar has already greeted the Rome crowd on the back of a golf buggy driven around the perimeter of the arena. London 2012 bronze medallist Justin Gaitlin is the main opposition in the field.

    Usain Bolt
  31. 1943: 

    The women's 100m hurdles have been won by the USA's Dawn Harper-Nelson with compatriot Lolo Jones second. Virginia Crawford completes a USA 1-2-3. In fact the USA's Queen Harrison took fourth as well.

  32. 1939: 

    The first marks have been laid down in the men's triple jump, with Great Britain's Phillips Idowu fourth in the standings so far with a leap of 16.44m. Italian Fabrizio Schembri leads the way with 16.85m.

  33. 1928: 

    The women's long jump is already done and dusted with Olympic gold medallist Brittney Reese top of the standing with a leap of 6.99m. Great Britain's Shara Proctor was third with a final jump of 6.91m pulling her up the standings.

  34. 1923: 

    The evening's second game at the Uefa Under-21 Championships in Israel is due to kick-off in Petah Tikva at 1930 BST and it's a big one.

    The Netherlands are taking on rivals Germany. Spurs midfielder Lewis Holtby skippers the Germans, while Chelsea left back Patrick van Aanholt is on the bench for the Dutch.

  35. 1922: 

    Sweden's Abeba Aregawi wins in 4:00;23 well clear of Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba and the USA's Jenny Simpson. Great Britain's Hannah England was fourth, with Lisa Dobriskey just behind.

  36. 1918: 

    Sweden's Abeba Aregawi won a swift race in Doha earlier this year ahead of Kenya's Faith Kipyegon and Ethiopia's Genzebe Dibaba. All three are in the running as the field hit the last-lap bell.

  37. 1915: 

    Dai Greene's time was 48.81 seconds, half a second back from winner Johnny Dutch. The Welshamn will attempt to defend his world title in Moscow later this year.

    Next up is the women's 1500m with Lisa Dobriskey, a silver medallist at the World Championships in Berlin 2009, representing Great Britain in a big field.

  38. 1909: 

    Dai Greene speaking to BBC Three: "It gives you a really good indication of where you are at when you race the big guys and that was about where I thought I was.

    "I am just lacking a bit of race preparation and that is why I faded over the last couple of hurdles. I missed a few weeks because of the double hernia injury but there is plenty of time to get that better. After a couple of hurdles sessions I'll take that."

  39. 1906: 

    Johnny Dutch collapses over the line, but he does so a head clear of the coming Javier Culson. The winning time was 48.38. Dai Greene was back in fifth on his season debut.

  40. 1904: 

    We are away and USA's Jonny Dutch, the world's fastest man this year over the distance, has gone off fast.

  41. 1904: 

    The athletes have been called to their marks.

  42. 1901: 

    To Rome and the fifth Diamond League meeting of the season. Usain Bolt is due on track just after 2030 BST but first up on track is the 400m hurdles. Great British world champion Dai Greene takes on London 2012 bronze medallist Javier Culson in the 400m hurdles.

    This is the Welshman's first appearance of the season.

  43. 1859: 

    Frankie Dettori finally gets his first winner since returning from his six-month drugs ban. The Italian, who had failed to win since coming back at Epsom last Friday, triumphed on board the 5-2 favourite Asian Trader in the 18:50 at Sandown.

  44. 1856: 

    Alvaro Morata's second-half goal is enough for Spain as they win 1-0 against Russia in their opening match at the Uefa European Under-21 Championship in Israel.

  45. 1854: 

    Australia could make a decision on Thursday on whether to risk injured skipper Michael Clarke in their Champions Trophy opener against England on Saturday.

    The 32-year-old is a major doubt for the match after he aggravated a long-standing back problem after arriving in the United Kingdom from Australia last week and left the team's training camp on Wednesday to undergo treatment in London.

  46. 1852: 

    Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt and eight-time Grand Slam champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario will present the men's and women's winners' trophies at the French Open this weekend.

  47. 1850: 

    BBC Surrey's Mark Church at Surrey v Warwickshire: "Bat continues to dominate ball at Guildford as Warwickshire posted their highest ever total against Surrey of 631-9 declared. Jade Dernbach bowled very well in the morning picking up three wickets including Varun Chopra for 192.

    "But Keith Barker and Ateeq Javid then put on 211 for the seventh wicket as Barker moved to his third first-class century and Javid made a career best 85. Jason Roy picked up three quick wickets as the declaration came from the visitors but Surrey reached the close on 49-0 without loss and there were few alarms for Rory Burns and Arun Harinath."

  48. 1846: 

    Spain have taken the lead late on in their game against Russia at the Uefa European Under-21 championship in Israel. The holders have been on top throughout the second half and finally find a way through as substitute Alvaro Morata heads in captain Thiago's free-kick. There are less than 10 minutes remaining in Jerusalem.

  49. 1844: 

    Captain Sam Warburton says he will thrive on the pressure of matching his Test rivals when he makes his British & Irish Lions debut on Saturday.

    The Welshman, who has recovered from a knee injury to play against Queensland Reds, has seen compatriot Justin Tipuric and Irishman Sean O'Brien both excel at open-side flanker in the first two games of the tour.

  50. 1839: 

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Northamptonshire v Worcestershire: "Northamptonshire will look to win inside two and a half days after a dramatic evening session at Wantage Road. They took five Worcestershire wickets after tea and while three of the umpiring decisions had elements of doubt, the home side reaped the rewards of good line and length. Trent Copeland finished with figures of 3-26 off just 23 overs - and only Worcestershire's Alan Richardson is above him in the Division Two wicket-taking stakes. If Northants win, they will be 44 points clear of third place after just seven matches."

  51. 1832: 

    India make a winning start to their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a 26-run win over South Africa in Cardiff. India made 331-7 from 50 overs and in reply, South Africa could only manage 305.

  52. 1829: 

    And that is Serena Williams through to the French Open final after a 6-0 6-1 demolition of world number five Sara Errani of Italy. She will play Maria Sharapova in Saturday's final after the Russian beat Victoria Azarenka in three sets earlier.

  53. 1827: 

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Middlesex v Sussex: "A thoroughly miserable day for the Championship leaders, whose unbeaten start to the season is now in serious jeopardy. From the moment Ed Joyce won the toss and asked Middlesex to bat, Sussex have been on the back foot, and Chris Rogers's side have relentlessly ground down their opponents. The controversial dismissal of Matt Prior may well make the headlines, but that shouldn't detract from a powerful Middlesex display which should see them return to the top of the Championship."


    Are Premier League clubs spending too much money on wages?

    Jay: How would you react if others told you how to spend your money or that you should be paid less? It's a free market. Deal with it.

    Michael Bennett: Hardly a free market when one brand has a virtual monopoly. Successful German system pays lower wages & charges fans less.

    Paul Jasper: Salary cap would be useful. Use bonuses as an incentive for the 'best players' to turn up every week if they want more money.

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  55. 1806: 

    England women's coach Hope Powell tells BBC Sport their first aim at next month's Euro 2013 will be to qualify from a "challenging" group.

    England face France, who knocked them out of the 2011 World Cup, Spain and Russia in the group stage in Sweden at the tournament which starts on 10 July.

  56. 1800: 

    It is all Serena Williams in the second women's singles semi-final at the French Open as she sweeps through the first set 6-0 against Italy's Sara Errani. You can follow the latest and hear live audio commentary of the match via the BBC Sport website.

  57. 1755: 

    Spain and Russia are tied at 0-0 at half-time in their European Under 21 Championship match in Jerusalem. Later the Netherlands play Germany.

  58. 1751: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan is seeking an impressive display in Friday's World Cup qualifier away to Croatia.

    Croatia go into the game in Zagreb fourth in the world rankings and joint top of the group with Belgium, while Scotland sit bottom of Group A with just two points from six matches.

    Strachan knows his side face a tough night against more experienced opponents.

  59. 1743: 

    New Manchester City signing Fernandinho is 28 and will wear the number 25 shirt. The defensive midfielder has played for Shakhtar in the Champions League for the past eight seasons.

  60. 1738: 
    New Manchester City signing Fernandinho

    New Manchester City signing Fernandinho tells the club's website: "My ambition here is to win all the titles, the team here is strong, and so is the greatness of the club and the supporters.

    "Professionally this is a spectacular thing. Playing for a huge club in a huge league makes me so happy. I hope I will be able to repay City for what they have done for me.

    "I know I will face challenges but I am prepared for them. Every player at a high level faces pressure and must respond and I am ready for that too. I know a lot about City. Ever since they expressed an interest in me, I have been learning more."

  61. 1733: 

    Manchester City have secured the signing of Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho on a four-year deal, believed to be worth around £30m.

  62. 1723: 

    Thursday's opening round of the LPGA Championship at Locust Hill in New York State has been postponed because of rain.

    The second women's major of the year will now begin on Friday morning with the second round to be staged on Saturday while the players will attempt to complete 36 holes on Sunday.

  63. 1719: 

    Tonight's 5 live sport features coverage of the Diamond League athletics from Rome while at 21:00, 5 live Formula 1 looks ahead to this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

  64. 1709: 

    South Africa face an uphill battle if they are to get close to India's total of 331-7 in their ICC Champions Trophy match in Cardiff after slumping to 192-6 in the 34th over. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  65. 1704: 

    Maria Sharapova books her place in the French Open final after a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka. The second seed triumphed 6-1 2-6 6-4 and will face either Serena Williams or Sara Errani in the final.

  66. 1700: 

    Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas, 26, has signed a pre-contract agreement with Swansea and will join the club on July 1, the Barclays Premier League outfit have confirmed.

  67. 1658: 

    Spain Under-21s will kick-off the defence of their European Championship title against Russia any minute now. They will hope to fare better than England's opening defeat against Italy on Wednesday night.


    Matt Bajcar Mill‏: Clubs should be able to spend freely, if it means attracting better more exiting players who cares? #

    Phil Dennis: Wage cap with appearance based top ups. Will prevent clubs stockpiling players as they will hen go where they will be played.

    Gary Eccleston: Players may have earned nearly £2bn but that means about £1bn has been paid into the economy via tax. Pays for a lot of nurses.

    Are Premier league clubs spending too much money on wages in the light of a report from Deloitte? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  69. 1647: 

    Robbie Keane will win a record 126th Republic of Ireland cap on Friday night confident he still has another five or six years in his legs.

    The 32-year-old striker will add the title of his country's most-capped player to that of its record goal scorer when he passes the 125-mark he shared with Shay Given for less than a week in the World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

    "I'm certainly enjoying it because you have to enjoy it. I love doing it, I love training every day," he said.

    "When you get older, your desire and your hunger are even more so because even though I don't I am feel coming to end - because I am not, I still have another at least have five, six years left in me - you know you are not that young lad anymore where you are not too worried about future because you feel like you can go on forever."

  70. 1643: 

    Motherwell's Henrik Ojamaa is set to complete a transfer to Polish champions Legia Warsaw, reports stv Sport.

    The 22-year-old forward is to sign a three-year contract with the Ekstraklasa side after the sides reached agreement on a fee.

    Ojamaa passed a medical in Warsaw on Thursday and expects to finalise the move within 24 hours.

  71. 1639: 

    From Adrian Harms, BBC Sussex:

    Middlesex are in control at Lord's with Sussex struggling on 54-2 after Middlesex made 499-8.

    The suggestion was that this pitch always offered a little more than the Sussex bowlers extracted, and the Championship leaders face a battle to save their unbeaten start to the season

  72. 1633: 

    Fenerbache have finalised a deal to sign Bruno Alves from Zenit St. Petersburg for €5.5 million.

    The 31-year-old, who joined the Russian outfit in 2010 for a €22m fee, has opted to join last season's Europa League semi-finalists after signing a three-year deal with the Istanbul outfit.

  73. 1629: 

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has said last season's top scorer Jordan Rhodes is not for sale.

    "He's happy where he is," the Rovers manager told the Lancashire Telegraph.

    "I spoke to him and I just wished him all the best as he went away for the international game before he comes back to us. Jordan is not for sale."

  74. 1625: 

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Daryl Mitchell will wonder at tea what he did to shoulder arms to a straight delivery from Steven Crook, leaving his Worcestershire side struggling at tea against the Division two leaders Northamptonshire.

    Mitchell who made 156 in his previous Championship match, was bowled for just 8. The home side hope for more of the same after tea despite batsman friendly conditions in the Northampton sunshine.

  75. 1615: 
    David De Gea David De Gea starts for Spain Under-21s in their European Championship opener

    Manchester United's David De Gea starts in goal for Spain Under-21s as they open the defence of their European Championship title against Russia.

    Former Bolton loanee striker Rodrigo starts in attack. The game begins at 17:00 BST in Jerusalem.


    Freddy Barratt: Sorry to disappoint everyone, but this is the mechanics of demand and supply, people will pay to watch, why not charge it?

    Niel Gillard: Wages should be capped across Europe and ticket prices lowered! Give the game to the fans without financial difficulties.

    Darren Brown: Football isn't a working mans game anymore. A salary cap would benefit fans & make the game more competitive for smaller clubs.

    Do you think Premier League clubs are spending too much on wages in light of a report by Deloitte? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  77. 1607: 

    Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka are about to start a deciding set in their French Open semi-final after a rain delay.

    Follow the match via the BBC Sport website.

  78. 1606: 

    Manchester United are set to complete the signing of young Uruguayan Guillermo Varela, reports the Daily Mail.

    The full-back spent time on trial at Old Trafford in the final weeks of last season, and did enough to impress coaches and earn an offer.

    Steps had already been made to sign the 20-year-old before David Moyes was confirmed as successor to Sir Alex Ferguson last month.

  79. 1604: 

    From Mike Taylor, BBC WM:

    Keith Barker has not - yet - had the recognition that his all-round talents deserve, but he pressed his claims for future promotion with an entertaining century this afternoon, taking heavy toll of a flagging Surrey attack on day two.

    His third first-class hundred came at a pace, too, with Barker himself scoring 94 in the session. At the other end the young Brummie Ateeq Javid completed an accomplished maiden 50.

    No sign of any let-up yet - Warwickshire show every intention of pressing on and making sure they only bat once if possible. This is their highest total against Surrey, beating a 108-year-old record.

  80. 1602: 

    Chris Froome on claiming the leader's yellow jersey on the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

    "It's definitely a good gauge for me to be able to test myself against someone like Alberto who has won multiple Grand Tours," he said.

    "To be able to finish in front of someone like him (Alberto Contador) definitely gives me a lot of confidence, especially three weeks out from the Tour de France.

    "Yesterday was a big test in the time trial to see where the other guys were. I'm happy with the result in that stage and today was a different kind of test in the mountains. Coming away with a stage win wasn't really the plan, but I'm really happy that I can reward my team-mates with a stage victory because they did a super job looking after me. Especially in the final, Pete Kennaugh and Richie Porte were fantastic."

  81. 1558: 

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Once again, Northants' middle and lower order have put them into a healthy advantage at first innings. Steven Crook's 85 at a run a ball was the difference and having seen his county reach 138 for 6, his hitting takes Northants to an overall lead of 118. 314 all out is a very handy total for the Division Two leaders, who were 25 points clear of third-placed Worcestershire at the start of this match.

  82. 1557: 

    Martin Emmerson, BBC Radio Newcastle:

    All of those despatched to Taunton on Nick Compton watch will have a few column inches to write after his performance so far today.

    With many believing his England place is at risk, Compton decided it was time to fight back. After a very sedate morning in which he made only 23 runs from 87 deliveries, he opened up in the afternoon to move onto 92 by tea.

    Compton has made 19 first class centuries - two of them against Durham - including a career-best 254* three seasons ago.

    He should get to century number 20 after tea, but Durham captain Paul Collingwood will be dwelling on the chance he had to dismiss him when he put a slip catch down when Compton was on 53.

    Somerset are 212-2 at tea.

  83. 1554: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh:

    "Frankie Dettori will seek his first winner since his return from a six-month drugs ban when he rides at Sandown's meeting this evening.

    "The 42-year-old is without a victory after 10 rides following his return at Epsom six days ago, with finishing positions of 9, 5, 7, 15, 4, 10, 2, 7, 11, 3.

    "He has four decent chances tonight - on Blurred Vision in the 6:15 (about a 4-1 chance), Asian Trader 6:50 (11-4), Tigers Tale 7:25(10-1) and Achtung 8:30 (8-1)."

    You can follow all the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  84. 1550: 
    Usain Bolt Usain Bolt will compete in Europe for the first time this year in the Diamond League

    Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt will compete in Europe for the first time this year when he lines up for the Diamond League's 100m in Rome tonight.

    Former 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson analyses the Jamaican's early-season form and discusses whether Bolt can secure a third successive victory in Italy.

    "What is great for us is that we can see him worrying," he told BBC Sport. "We love a story and we love to see him under a bit of pressure, but he is one of the world's true champions and that's a very special place to be."

    Watch the latest round of Diamond League Athletics live from Rome, Italy on BBC 3 or via an extended sportsday.

  85. 1540: 

    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright is adamant there is no pressure to sell players this summer but accepts he may not be able to keep hold of midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

    The Belgium international has a £24million buy-out clause and has long been linked with a move away with Chelsea and Manchester United - the latter now managed by former Toffees boss David Moyes - two of the clubs reportedly interested.

    "He (Roberto Martinez) talked about a couple of new signings and he talked about the squad and asked 'Do they need to go?'," said Kenwright.

    "I said 'No, they absolutely do not have to go' (although) there is one (Fellaini) that has a get-out which everyone knows."

  86. 1536: 

    The French Open semi-final between defending champion Maria Sharapova and Belarussian third seed Victoria Azarenka was interrupted by rain showers on Thursday.

    Azarenka had just levelled the match by taking the second set 6-2 after the Russian second seed had won the opener 6-1, when covers were brought on to Court Philippe Chatrier.

    The second semi-final will feature world number one Serena Williams of the United States and Italian fifth seed Sara Errani.

    Follow live commentary via BBC Sport.


    Gabriel Jones: Don't agree with massive wages but whoever said they get all that money for 90 minutes work take a long hard look at yourself.

    Rahul Chadaga: I think a player should get lower wages but get bonuses on performance, it will encourage better quality football too.

    Lewis Godbolt: Overall caps for each club like in the NBA. Highly paid stars have to be balanced with lower paid youngsters.

    Do you think Premier League clubs are spending too much on wages in light of a report by Deloitte? Let us know your views via #bbcsportsday.

  88. 1529: 
    Maria Sharapova Maria Sharapova is bidding for a place in the French Open

    Maria Sharapova has been taken into a final set by Victoria Azarenka in the first French Open semi-final. Sharapova won the first set 6-1 but lost the second set to the Belarussian 6-2.

    Follow the match via the BBC Sport website.

  89. 1519: 

    Tino Costa, 28, has joined Spartak Moscow from Valencia for a fee believed to be in the region of €7 million.

    The Argentina international joined Valencia from Montpellier in 2010, and has since made more than 100 appearances for the Liga side in all competitions.

    "The club would like to wish the midfielder the best of luck on his latest journey. We thank him for his commitment and effort," a statement read on the club's official website.

  90. 1515: 

    England Under-21s captain Jordan Henderson remains upbeat about his side's European Championship chances despite Wednesday night's opening defeat to Italy.

    The Liverpool midfielder said: "We can't get too disheartened about the performance and the result. We've just got to go from here, stay positive and hopefully we can get a good result against Norway.

    "It is a big opportunity for us to go against Norway and get a good result and Israel after that."

  91. 1509: 

    South Africa are in trouble at 31-2, as they chase 332 to beat India in the first match of the Champions Trophy.

    Follow live coverage of the match via the BBC Sport website.


    South African footballer Benni McCarthy has announced his retirement today.

    Compatriot and Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has tweeted his praise for the striker: "Benni the greatest ever."

  93. 1504: 

    Christian Wade and Matt Kvesic will win their first caps for England against Argentina this weekend.

    London Wasps wing Wade, 21, and Worcester Warriors flanker Kvesic, 22, make their Test debuts against the Pumas at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta on Saturday (20:10 BST).

    Three more players - Bath Rugby centre Kyle Eastmond, Sale Sharks prop Henry Thomas and London Wasps back row forward Billy Vunipola - will also win their first caps if they come off the replacements bench.

  94. 1502: 

    Cardiff City are lining up a bid for former Everton defender Joseph Yobo, according to reports in Turkey.

    The 32-year-old defender is thought to be unhappy at the Turkish giants, who missed out on the Super Lig title to Istanbul rivals Galatasaray last month, according to Turkish newspaper Fanatik.


    Do you think Premier League clubs are spending too much on wages in light of a report by Deloitte? Let us know your views via #bbcsportsday.

    Antony Melvin: Instead of wage cap: Have contracts where unused players are released from contract with no compensation to club or player.

    Ruaridh Williams: I think capping wages is a good idea. I always seem to go over the budget on Football Manager and end up getting sacked.

    Duncan Little: Capping a footballer's salary makes no sense really. Let's cap bankers who get bonuses for making a loss instead.

  96. 1449: 

    Liverpool hope to have striker Daniel Sturridge available for the beginning of next campaign.

    Sturridge's ankle injury has been reviewed by a specialist.

    The 23-year-old picked up the problem while representing England against the Republic of Ireland last Wednesday and was withdrawn during the first half at Wembley.

  97. 1441: 

    Robbie Keane will make a record-breaking 126th appearance for the Republic of Ireland in Friday night's World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands.

    The 32-year-old Los Angeles Galaxy striker, who moved level with Shay Given at the weekend, will captain Ireland as they attempt to claim three vital points.

  98. 1437: 

    More from Gazidis about wanting Arsene Wenger to extend his contract beyond the end of next season.

    "We have a great relationship and he has a great relationship with the board. So, quietly and at the right time I think we will make an announcement on that when things are all put in place.

    "We have got a lot of confidence in Arsene that he is the right person to take the club forward and I think he will want to do that. This is going to happen very quietly behind closed doors, privately and then there will be an announcement."

  99. 1434: 

    Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confirmed he wants Arsene Wenger to extend his contract beyond the end of next season.

    Wenger's current deal expires next year and he has been in demand from other top clubs, not least in his native France, where Paris St Germain and his former club Monaco are rich from overseas investment.

    "We think we have got a fantastic manager," Gazidis said. "We hope he wants to do what he is doing for the long term. I believe he does."

    "I think he is still ambitious, still driven and sees the potential of the club as he looks forward and I think he is very excited by that."

  100. 1427: 

    Shikhar Dhawan hit an impressive 114 as India set South Africa 332 to win the opening game of the Champions Trophy at Cardiff.

    Follow the match via the BBC website.

  101. 1424: 
    Dai Greene Dai Greene is in action at the Diamond League Meeting in Rome on Thursday night

    Hurdler Dai Greene says he is ready to defend his title at the World Championships in Moscow in August.

    Greene, 27, who had a double-hernia operation in March, returns to action at the Rome Diamond League Meeting on Thursday.

    He said: "I am the reigning champion and have a title to defend.

    "Hopefully, I can go there in better shape than I went to the Olympics last year, put up a really good fight, and come away victorious."

    Six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt competes in the 100m, whilst Dai Greene features in the 400m hurdles.

    Watch the latest round of Diamond League Athletics live on the BBC 3 or follow events via an extended sportsday.

  102. 1416: 

    Gloucestershire's bowlers allowed Glamorgan to amass a hundred runs for the last two wickets, after Craig Miles had recorded his third five wicket haul in three successive matches.

    It was good to see Miles Hammond, the 17 year old, pick up his first wicket in first class cricket, but Hogan's lusty 51, his first half century and Wallace's 94 after a slow start means that the home side have to score 299 to avaoid the follow on.

  103. 1414: 

    From BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms:

    Another good session for Middlesex who have tightened their grip on this match reaching lunch against Sussex on 420-5.

    Sussex have however bowled with discipline and patience on a pitch offering little help to the bowlers.

    Chris Rogers innings of 184 ended when he was caught by Michael Yardy off the bowling of Magoffin, almost 24 hours after the same combination had seen Rogers dropped when he had made just 3

    Rogers looks in prime form for his county, England will be hoping that form doesn't continue into the Ashes series

  104. 1411: 

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    Northants' middle and lower order are again proving the difference for the Division Two leaders under the clearest blue skies of the season so far on day two against Worcestershire.

    Steven Crook and James Middlebrook have added 91 for the 7th wicket with a mixture of power hitting and good fortune. Crook is 49 not out off 48 balls and how Aneesh Kapil will regret dropping him at square leg off a sitter when the allrounder was only 6. Even more reason, his director of cricket Steve Rhodes was sat on the boundary right next to him.

  105. 1410: 

    Ateeq Javid and Keith Barker took care over an unbroken stand of 48 up to lunch to ensure Warwickshire didn't squander their strong position on the second day against Surrey.

    Jade Dernbach, substituted into the match after being released by England yesterday, bowled a quick spell of three for 16 in eight overs this morning, and clearly enjoyed his individual battle with Rikki Clarke. Warwickshire will still surely want more than 500.

  106. 1405: 

    Stuart Pearce says England do not give themselves a chance of winning tournaments when key players cannot be selected. The England Under-21 coach is without a string of players - including Jack Wilshere, Phil Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain - for the European Under-21 Championship in Israel. England lost their opening match of the tournament 1-0 against Italy on Wednesday.

    "If you bring your best players you stand a chance of winning a tournament. If you don't bring your best players then you have to take your chance when you get there," Pearce said.

    "I'll tell you now what you have to do to be successful at senior level. You have to qualify with the best team, you have to take your best team to the tournament and you have to give young players as much tournament experience as possible."

  107. 1354: 

    Championship side Bolton Wanderers say former Rangers midfielder Gregg Wylde, 22, has left the club after his contract was cancelled by mutual consent.

  108. 1347: 
    Chris Froome

    Britain's Chris Froome, 28, climbed to victory and claimed the leader's yellow jersey on the fifth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine.

    Froome timed his attack to perfection at the end of the 139km ride from Gresy-sur-Aix to Valmorel to beat his main Tour de France rival, Alberto Contador, into second. American Matthew Busche was third.

    Team Sky's Froome took over from Australian Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey, with team-mate and another Australian, Richie Porte, moving into second overall. Froome now leads the race by 52 seconds.

  109. 1341: 

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports: "Barcelona are not interested in signing Chelsea defender signing David Luiz, according to a source close to the Spanish champions. However, the Catalan giants have made strengthening the defence their number one priority and have already begun their pursuit. Barca were interested in bringing Paris St-Germain's Brazilian centre-back Thiago Silva to the Nou Camp, but they could not afford to match his salary demands."


    Do you think Premier League clubs are spending too much on wages in light of a report by Deloitte? Let us know your views via #bbcsportsday

    Toddybad: Quality in the Premier League is poor, only a handful of world class players. Top teams all worse than five years ago, the high wages don't make sense.

    David McGuire: There is money in football. Yes, players are paid lots but isn't that less unfair than owners making a killing?

    Caz Owen: If we introduce a wage cap then the same thing will happen as rugby - the best players will leave for Europe for better wages.

  111. 1329: 

    Wakefield's new forward signing Taulima Tautai is facing a lay-off of up to two months with a broken and dislocated thumb. The 25-year-old prop or back rower, who has joined the Wildcats on an 18-month contract from Parramatta, sustained the injury on his full debut in last Sunday's 36-23 home defeat by Wigan.

  112. 1326: 

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes Saturday's Champions Trophy clash with Australia at Edgbaston will mean little with regard to the Ashes for Alastair Cook's men - but could provide a major psychological boost for the visitors.

    "I don't think Saturday will affect England too much with regard to the rest of the summer, whatever happens," Vaughan told Press Association Sport. "But I think it could be a huge confidence booster for Australia if they go out and beat England. I think it is what they need.

    "There is a lot of change from their one-day side to their Test side, but there is a nucleus there that is set to be a part of that first Test on 10 July."

  113. 1323: 
    Thomas Ince

    Blackpool Thomas Ince says he plans to sit down with his father and Tangerines boss Paul Ince to discuss his future.

    The 21-year-old, who scored 18 goals last season, has been linked with a return to Liverpool - the club he joined as a youth player before leaving for Blackpool on 2011.

    Ince, who is currently on duty with England at the European Under-21 tournament, says: "At the moment my dad is on holiday so I haven't got in touch with him for a while. My focus is on training with England and trying to catch the eye of the gaffer (Stuart Pearce) and show I am ready for Saturday.

    "After the Euros I will sit down with my dad and the chairman of Blackpool and see where we go, but at the moment I am a Blackpool player with a year left on my contract so we will see what happens."

  114. 1312: 

    Jenny Meadows will use double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes as her inspiration after being told she will not race again this season. Meadows, 32, has been ruled out of the 2013 World Championships, having missed London 2012 with an Achilles problem.

    Holmes overcame years of injury setbacks to win two golds at the Athens Olympics in 2004. "I'm very much using Kelly as that motivator, and the knowledge that I did get myself in really good shape," Meadows told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "She always said she missed a few seasons through injury, so she didn't necessarily have 34 years of running in her legs,"

  115. 1308: 

    Wales caretaker coach Robin McBryde has urged his players not to "fear failure" after shrugging off doubts over his team's inexperience ahead of Saturday's game with Japan in Osaka.

    McBryde has named Wales' most inexperienced team for a Test match that features four new caps, including 18-year-old schoolboy Dafydd Howells.

    "We want these guys to just go out and play their game," McBryde said. "We want them to back themselves, not fear failure. There's a lot of talk about inexperience and the conditions, but we have a group of ambitious young guys who want to stake their claim which they will do if they prepare well and play to the best of their ability."


    Are Premier League clubs spending too much on wages? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Greg Marshall: Why cap wages? Half the excitement of the Premier League is the outrageous cash flying around. Clearly the viewing figures justify it.

    grumpy Felix: I can think of many film stars and musicians who make awful films and music, and are paid a lot more than footballers.

    Adam Smart: People moan at outrageous wages, but they're so high now that nothing is a surprise anymore. Shows the popularity of the game.

  117. 1300: 

    Wales will play their World Cup qualifiers against Serbia and Macedonia at Cardiff City Stadium. Chris Coleman's side face Serbia on 10 September before Macedonia visit on 11 October in the penultimate Group A game.

    Cardiff hosted qualifiers against Belgium and Scotland while the Croatia game was played at Swansea. "The players enjoy the atmosphere at the Cardiff City Stadium," Coleman said. "The support has been fantastic.

    "I have no doubt that we are moving in the right direction and a strong finish in the group, both at home and away to Macedonia and Belgium can give us the chance of a third place finish." Wales are fourth in the six-team Group A after two wins in six qualifiers.

  118. 1253: 

    Shikhar Dhawan scores a century as India reach 199-1 after 33 overs in their Champions Trophy match with South Africa at Cardiff. Keep up to date with all the latest from the opening match of the tournament on the BBC Sport website.

  119. 1242: 
    Kyle Edmund

    Britain's Kyle Edmund has lost in the quarter-finals of the boys' singles at the French Open for the second consecutive year. The 18-year-old from Beverley in East Yorkshire is very highly regarded and is already in the top 500 in the men's world rankings. But he found 16-year-old German Alexander Zverev too tough today.

    Edmund fought back well to win the second set after Zverev, the younger brother of tour player Mischa Zverev, had served for the match, but the decider was rather one-sided as the German came through 6-2 5-7 6-0.

  120. 1238: 
    Michael Laudrup

    Manager Michael Laudrup could leave Swansea City as soon as next week over a transfer dispute, according to the Daily Mail. Laudrup, 48, has found himself linked with Real Madrid, who he played for before retiring as a player, after leading the Swans to the League Cup in February.

  121. 1228: 

    Football League clubs are poised to impose tough new restrictions on overseas loan players. It follows Watford's use of the system last season, the Hornets borrowing 14 players of which 10 of them came from Italian side Udinese.

    The use of foreign loan players circumvented Football League rules which restrict match-day squads to five loan players, with a maximum of four from any one club. The Football League's 72 clubs meet on Friday in Vilamoura, Portugal, where they are expected to bring the overseas loan player rules into line with the domestic regulations.

    A majority of 51% of clubs, and 51% of Championship clubs, is needed but the proposal is expected to receive overwhelming support, report the Press Association.

  122. 1223: 

    Reigning champion Maria Sharapova faces Victoria Azarenka later for a place in the French Open final. The other women's semi-final features Serena Williams and Sara Errani. You can keep up to date on all the latest from Roland Garros on the BBC Sport website.


    Are Premier League clubs spending too much on wages? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Aaron Nicholson: To attract the best players in the world we need to pay the wages. Fans have to decide what they want - superstars or fair play.

    Sean Sutton: Certain people are celebrated for their talents and are paid appropriately. Why is it only footballers who get criticised?

    Chris Jones: If other sports can have a salary cap why can't football?

  124. 1210: 

    Former England player Allan Lamb on the state of Australia ahead of the Ashes tells BBC Sport: "I don't think England are going to have a problem. I would say 3-0. England's players are not talking about it but they can sense some blood coming on their hands.

    "Never write off an Australian side. But looking at that side on paper, I don't think you'll have any sleepless nights over it. I sense there isn't unity in that side. They had all those problems when they sent players home from India. A lot of the former players don't feel like they've picked the right side."

  125. 1202: 

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has confirmed on Spanish radio that Portuguese central defender Pepe is "not for sale" this summer. The Portugal international defender, 30, has been linked with a £20m move to Manchester City.

    "Pepe is not for sale. He will not leave this summer, not in my opinion anyway," Perez told Onda Cero radio. "He is one of the best defenders in the world. It is very difficult to find someone like him."

  126. 1155: 

    India have made a flying start to their Champions Trophy campaign against South Africa at Cardiff. They have reached 109-0 after 18 overs, with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 53 and Shikhar Dhawan not out on 48. Keep up to date with all the latest from the opening match of the tournament on the BBC Sport website.

  127. 1147: 

    Fit-again captain Sam Warburton, who is named in the side to face Queensland Reds on Saturday: "I wish the game was tomorrow, really. I am just dying to get on the pitch. It can't come quick enough. Since we got together as a squad it has been amazing. I have absolutely loved it, even though I haven't played.

    "I don't feel left out at all. Now I have got a chance on Saturday. I have been thinking about this game for quite a while now, and I am absolutely desperate to get on the pitch. All the back-rowers have done exceptionally well, which I am sure makes selection very tough. Those Test spots are what everyone is playing for."


    Are Premier League football clubs spending too much on wages? Despite spending £2bn on wages in the summer of 2012, the Premier League clubs had a total debt of £2.4bn, report Deloitte. Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

    Neil Rose: If you think Premier League wages are too high then stop watching, Support your local team even if at county level.

    Nicholas Rogan: No sympathy for Premier League fans moaning about wages. Reasons for high wages are the fans.

    DeathApeDisco: Forget morals, think market. No-one forces people to attend matches. Fooball is more expensive than opera these days!

  129. 1135: 

    Captain Jordan Henderson says England will bounce back from their bad start at the European Under-21 Championship tournament. Stuart Pearce's Young Lions lost 1-0 to Italy in Israel. Their second group game is against Norway on Saturday.

    "We have to pick ourselves up now because there are two games to go and we have to be ready for them," said the Liverpool player. There are still positives to find. We can't get too disheartened by the performance and the result. We have to stay positive and hopefully we can get a good result against Norway.

    "We have two games to win to get out of the group and it doesn't really matter how you do it. We'll be ready."

  130. 1127: 

    Head coach Warren Gatland on his team to face Queensland Reds on Saturday: "We always said we would give every player a start in the first three matches, and this team reflects that. It also provides us with the opportunity to continue to look at different combinations.

    "At the same time, we have several players playing their second matches on tour and some proven combinations starting the match. Ben Youngs and Owen Farrell at the incumbent England half-backs, and we have all-Welsh back-row."

  131. 1122: 

    Former Olympic gold medal winner Samuel Sanchez of Spain will sit out the 2013 Tour de France. The cyclist's Euskaltel Euskadi team says Sanchez, who won the road cycling event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will miss the three-week event, which starts on 29 June, because he needs to rest.

  132. 1117: 

    Dundee United say they have accepted a bid from Derby for 23-year-old striker Johnny Russell. Russell has a year remaining on his contract with the Scottish Premier League club. "Dundee United can confirm that an undisclosed fee has been agreed with Derby County for Johnny Russell," says a Dundee United statement.

  133. 1111: 
    Bill Shankly

    Liverpool have announced they will play Preston North End in a pre-season friendly at Deepdale on 13 July. The fixture will provide both sets of supporters with an opportunity to celebrate the life and career of Bill Shankly, in the same year in which the 100th anniversary of his birth will be marked. Shankly played for Preston before managing Liverpool to three titles, two FA Cups and the Uefa Cup.

  134. 1100: 

    Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is unlikely to sign a new deal at Sunderland.

    The 25-year-old Belgium international still has two years remaining on his existing deal at the Stadium if Light.

    But agent Nico Vaesen tells the Sunderland Echo: "There is no progress. I think it is very unlikely that he will sign a new contract.

    "Simon has obviously come to a point where he wants to step up a level and there is a lot of interest in him."

  135. 1053: 
     Jermaine Pennant

    New Stoke manager Mark Hughes releases seven players including Jermaine Pennant and Dean Whitehead.

    Long serving duo Rory Delap and Mamady Sidibe former England defender Matthew Upson, plus keeper Carlo Nash and midfielder Matthew Lund have also not been offered new contracts.

  136. 1047: 

    Owen Farrell is fly-half for Saturday's clash with Queenslands Reds with Scotland's Stuart Hogg getting a run out at full-back.

    Sam Warburton is joined in the back row by fellow Welshmen Dan Lydiate and Toby Faletau.

  137. 1044: 

    Wales prop Gethin Jenkins also gets his first outing of the tour after shaking off a calf problem.

  138. 1041: 
    Sam Warbuton

    Sam Warbuton will make his Lions debut against the Queensland Reds on Saturday.

    The Lions skipper missed the opening two games because of a knee injury.

  139. 1040: 

    One game starts today in Division One at Taunton where England opener Nick Compton will be looking to score runs for Somerset against Durham to try and cement his place in the team for the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge next month.

    Compton has already been told by national team director Andy Flower that he needs runs for his county after making only 39 runs in the series against New Zealand.

  140. 1038: 

    Our man with the British Lions, Bryn Palmer is in Australia waiting to discover the team for the next match.

    He says: Lions team to face Queensland Reds on Sat announced shortly. Expecting Sam Warburton debut as captain, 1st start of tour for Gethin Jenkins

  141. 1037: 

    Division Two leaders Northants resume on 100-4 in reply to third-placed Worcestershire's 196.

    At Bristol, Murray Goodwin returns to the crease on the second morning needing four more for a century after he and Jim Allenby (105) helped Glamorgan recover from 85-4 to 318-5 against Gloucestershire.

    And at Southampton, Hampshire will begin on 265-4 against Kent, with veteran batsman Neil McKenzie 85 not out.

  142. 1035: 

    It was a day for the batsmen in Division One of the County Championship yesterday as the sun shone on large parts of the country.

    At Lord's, Chris Rogers, who is in Australia's Ashes squad, made 161 not out in Middlesex's 320-3 against Sussex. And although morning rain hit Scarborough, there was still time for Michael Lumb to reach 116 not out as Nottinghamshire ended day one on 177-2 against Yorkshire.

    Opener Varun Chopra hit an unbeaten 187 as champions Warwickshire amassed 359-3 against Surrey, for whom Jade Dernbach arrived after tea following his release from England's one-day squad.

  143. 1031: 

    AC Milan may make a move to bring Real Madrid playmaker Kaka, 31, back to the club next season. The Brazilian is said to be a favourite of club President Silvio Berlusconi, report Italian paper Tuttosport.

  144. 1026: 
    Franck Ribery

    Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery signs a two-year contract extension to stay with the Champions League winners until 2017.

    Defender Daniel van Buyten is also staying on for another season.

    "We are delighted to have kept two key players with us," says Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

    "Franck and Daniel were outstanding in the past season and we counted on them to make the difference in the crucial games."

  145. 1024: 

    Bristol City will complete the signing of Swindon Town defender Aden Flint next week.

    BBC Radio Bristol understands City have had an offer of £300,000 accepted are now expected to discuss personal terms with the 23-year-old centre-back.

  146. 1020: 

    Olympic Champion Amy Williams will form part of a crew aiming to be the first RIB to circumnavigate the globe.

    The 'Global Rib Challenge' aims to break the record 60 days, 23 hours and 49 minutes current record for the 24,000 nautical mile trip held by Earthrace.

    Williams says: "The appeal of putting myself in such a mentally and physically demanding situation, on the ocean at the mercy to the environment, leaves me excited and scared in equal measure!"


    Andrew Priestley: It's not just wages were obscene money is being paid. Player's agents and representatives are also being given far too much.

    Iain Scott: So people think high transfer fees and big wages means great, entertaining football? Look at QPR during the season just gone.

    Jack Mcardle: I personally think wages are proportionate to the income that the players generate for their clubs and for the league. Fair!

  148. 1014: 

    Burnley have rejected an offer from Bournemouth for 20-year-old striker Danny Ings, reports the Lancashire Evening Telegraph.

    Cherries boss Eddie Howe paid Bournemouth £1m for Ings in January 2011 during his time in charge at Turf Moor.

  149. 1010: 

    The Champions Trophy starts today with South Africa facing India in the opener. South African skipper AB De Villiers wins the toss and elects to have a bowl first in Cardiff. The headline is that firebrand pacer Dale Steyn misses out with a side strain. We have full coverage of the game on the BBC Sport website.

  150. 1005: 

    England have dropped two places to ninth in the latest FIFA rankings while five-time World Cup winner Brazil have dropped to a historic low of 22nd.

    Brazil fell three places this month as it continues to play only friendlies which score less than competitive matches in FIFA's calculations.

    World and European champions Spain are the world's top ranked team.

  151. 0956: 
    Steve McClaren

    Roberto Martinez was unveiled at Everton yesterday, but who is going to replace him in the hotseat Wigan?

    Well there is a new contender on the block today. Former England boss Steve McClaren is on a three-man short-list, reports the Daily Mirror.

    They claim Latics chairman Dave Whelan is also going to speak to Brighton's Gus Poyet and Sir Alex Ferguson's former Manchester United right hand man Rene Meulensteen.

  152. 0951: 

    Bolton Wanderers have dropped plans to be sponsored by pay-day loan company QuickQuid after fans protested against the move.

    The club said it had taken the decision after "feedback" from fans and discussions with "local and national politicians".

    A petition against the Championship club's two-year sponsorship deal received almost 4,500 signatures. The club will now be sponsored by Bolton-based energy company FibrLec.


    Anywayrantover: For anyone in doubt about this, you can get a season ticket at Bayern Munich for £106. Still think we get value?

    Chris Bociek: Morally no human being should earn more in a month than 10 working families do in a year. £50k week for 90miins work. Disgusting.

    Niall Thomas: Only loyal players should be given the highest wages. Bring in staggered caps. Stop Monaco buying skilled mercenaries.

  154. 0941: 

    Interesting news for fans of manager-less Sheffield United.

    BBC Sport's Paul Walker says: "Hearing Keith Curle has been invited for a 2nd interview with Sheff Utd."


    Despite spending £2bn on wages, in the summer of 2012, the Premier League clubs had a total debt of £2.4bn, report Deloitte.

    Are the clubs spending too much on wages? Tell us via #sportsday.

    Chris Shannon: The likes of Bayern, Barca and Real Madrid are spending as much on wages as EPL teams - it is why they dominate their leagues!

    Chris Bociek: Most business aim for 35% on salaries; around 50% is considered way too high ... so PL clubs spending 70% says it all really!

    Scriv: Comes to a point when you watch the sport you love turn more into a business. These wages are destroying the game we all love

  156. 0932: 
    Franco Baldini

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports Tottenham are set to appoint former England assistant manager, Franco Baldini as their new technical director after the Italian left his post at Roma on Wednesday.

    Once appointed, Baldini will take charge of the scouting set-up and transfer policy at White Hart Lane with manager Andre Villas-Boas understood to be keen to work in a continental management structure.

    Baldini knows the Premier League well, of course, having spent four years as Fabio Capello's right-hand man during his time with the England national team.


    Jake 'De Jong' Side: We do get great value for money. The Prem is the best league with the best players.

    Chris Richardson: I've always said footballers don't deserve that much money, armed forces do!

    ThomasC: Nothing better than Super Sunday, don't care about how much money they're paid. More money, better players, more entertaining.

  158. 0924: 

    Former Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy has retired from football.

    The South African, who won the Champions League with Porto in 2004, has been playing for South African side Orlando Pirates.

    He says: "It has been a 17-year professional career that surpassed even my own expectations."

  159. 0919: 

    Ospreys teenager Dafydd Howells is one of four uncapped players named in the Wales starting XV to face Japan in Osaka on Saturday.

    The 18-year-old wing was named alongside clubmate James King, Blues and Wales sevens centre Owen Williams and Scarlets hooker Emyr Phillips.

  160. 0915: 

    Alex Gidman has signed a new three-year deal at Gloucestershire.

    The 31-year-old all-rounder will now remain at the county until the end of the 2016 season.

    He said: "I am enjoying playing with our young team and the signs are there of some real talent coming through which is starting to show results."

  161. 0912: 

    Bradford back-row forward Elliott Whitehead, 23, has shocked the Bulls by handing in a transfer request.

    Catalan Dragons and Salford are both interested in signing him.


    More on the amount of money Premier League clubs are spending on wages. A report by Deloitte says the £2bn they are splashing out is double what is being spent in Germany and Spain. Tell us your views on #bbcsportsday.

  163. 0903:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveATHLETICS

    Usain Bolt makes his Diamond League debut in Rome tonight after recovering from a hamstring injury.

    His agent Ricky Sims tells Radio 5 live: "He's had a very good winter, he ran one race on Copacabana beach in Brazil, just missing the world record for the 150m at the end of March and he had another race in the Cayman's but this is his real big test.

    "He's one of those people who enjoys competitions and winning races. I think he's looking forward to tonight and looking forward to the season. We go to Oslo next week, and he'll compete in London at the Anniversary games in July and then the world championships in Moscow. So it's another year and he's hungry and motivated to win more medals. "

  164. 0858: 
    Andre Schuerrle

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports Bayer Leverkusen have not yet reached an agreement with Chelsea, who want to sign their forward Andre Schurrle, even though reports in Germany suggest otherwise.

    The Cologne Express states that Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller had met with Chelsea representatives during ex-Blues star Michael Ballack's testimonial in Leipzig.

    New Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was managing the World XI team against a 'Ballack and Friends' team. When asked by reporters whether a deal had been finalised, Mourinho said: "We will see."

    Germany international Schurrle, 22, played in the match on Wednesday and the club say that "nothing has been decided at the moment".


    Premier League clubs are going to spend 70% of their turnover on wages next season. That's a huge £2bn. Are players giving value for money from players? Here are some of your views. Tell us what you think using #bbcsportsday.

    Sean Patrick: Putting a cap on players pay would increase competitiveness and allow small clubs to compete with big clubs, financially.

    marcel: Buying a PL match ticket isn't value for money any more! For the money for one ticket I can feed my family for a week!

    Shankar: Value for money? Andy Carroll scored 7 goals last season & reports 2day say WHU are to offer him £100k a wk! Madness!

  166. 0845: 

    Glenn Hoddle's views certainly struck a chord with former England defender Rio Ferdinand. The Manchester United star is a big fan of the man who took him to the 1998 World Cup.

    He says: "Baffles me why owners of manager less clubs are not picking up the phone and at least talking to Hoddle??? He is a Great coach #innovative."

  167. 0835: 

    Former national team boss Glenn Hoddle claims England are reverting back to being a long ball team.

    Speaking after watching the under-21's lose their opening European Under-21 Championship game to Italy last night, Hoddle was forthright on his fears for the England team.

    "I was disappointed with how we played long, we played too many long balls - we had no options on the ball and it is a concern it is running through to the national team, the full team, and this team," he told Sky Sports.

  168. 0827: 

    Kevin Keegan says his second stint as Newcastle was a "an absolute living nightmare".

    Keegan also criticises Magpies owner Mike Ashley in a Sky Sports interview, and says he will have no interest in the club until he leaves

    He says about taking over as manager in January 2008: "I went down to talk to them. I quite liked Mike Ashley. I thought 'Yeah, this could be good'. But no it was a nightmare, an absolute living nightmare."

  169. 0821: 
    Joe Marler

    Joe Marler starts for England against Argentina on Saturday after Alex Corbisiero's British Lions call-up forced head coach Stuart Lancaster into a late reshuffle of his pack.

    Corbisiero is heading to Australia as cover for Irish prop Cian Healy, who suffered an ankle injury in yesterday's 69-17 victory over the Western Force and is also the subject of a biting allegation.

    The full team will be announced at 1000 BST and we will bring it to you as soon as we get it.

  170. 0814: 

    Thanks to a new TV deal, Premier League clubs will earn more than £3bn next season but will spend a whopping £2bn of that on wages. With so much money going to players we want to know if football fans are getting value for money. Tell us your views using #bbcsportsday.

  171. 0812: 

    Wallabies outcast Quade Cooper gets a final chance to impress Australia coach Robbie Deans and win a spot in his test squad to face the British Lions after being picked for the Queensland Reds' clash with the tourists on Saturday.

    The enigmatic Cooper was not included in Deans's initial 25-man squad for the series, but is seeking one of six additional spots the coach will name next Tuesday for the test series.

    The Lions will be pleased at the strength of the side the Reds have announced following yesterday's win over a weakened Western Force team as they look for a real test before they face Australia.

  172. 0805: 

    Harry Redknapp has threatened to quit QPR with the Daily Mirror reporting a "bitter bust-up" over transfers is at the centre of his fall out.

    The club's refusal to sign left-back Wayne Bridge is causing the friction and Redknapp says: "They've got to back me with the people I want."

  173. 0803: 

    The best of the day's transfer gossip is already up on the BBC Sport website.

    And Jose Mourinho features prominently as he starts to bring in fresh faces at Chelsea.

    He has made a £35m move for Zenit St Petersburg's Brazil forward Hulk, having missed out on top target Radamel Falcao, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle, 22, is set to become Jose Mourinho's first signing in his second spell as Chelsea manager, say the Cologne Express.

    And there is good news for Manchester United fans, with the club dropping a big hint about Wayne Rooney's future by making the striker the centrepiece of their new kit advertising campaign, reports the Daily Star.


    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live for Thursday, 6 June from the BBC Sport Centre.

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