Sportsday - Wednesday 12 June as it happened

Warner dropped by Australia, Hull bid for Celtic's Hooper, SFL clubs pass restructuring vote, rain disrupts Murray.

12 June 2013 Last updated at 18:58

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  1. 1850: 

    That is all from Sportsday on a weather-disrupted day of sport, with Andy Murray's comeback at Queen's interrupted by rain, which also caused Australia's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand to be abandoned.

    Murray returns to the court on Thursday to complete his second-round match with Nicolas Mahut, so join us again on Sportsday from 0800 BST.

  2. 1849: 

    Middlesex v Yorkshire

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's: "It was a mixed day but Yorkshire still hold the stronger position in the match. Middlesex are 16-1 in reply to Yorkshire's 390 all out. With two wickets claimed in the first two overs of the day, and a new ball available after the third, Middlesex had a great chance to take control of the visitors' first innings. They may well have done so had Adil Rashid not been dropped on nought at slip by Neil Dexter off Tim Murtagh.

    "The all rounder's partnership with captain Andrew Gale re-established their side's hold on the game, with the latter producing an outstanding century, in which Middlesex struggled to beat the edge let alone find it. Rashid, on the other hand, was put down three times in his innings, although one was a sharp chance to short leg.

    "The forecast is clear for the final two days and, on a pitch that offers something to both batsmen and bowlers, the hosts first priority must be to ensure they don't fall short of the follow on."

  3. 1845: 

    Usain Bolt insists he is "going to work [his] hardest" to return to winning ways, after recently being beaten by Justin Gatlin in the 100m.

    In his first Diamond League appearance of the season, the Olympic champion lost out to Gatlin by one-hundredth of a second in Rome.

    Speaking ahead of the next Diamond League meeting in Oslo, where he will compete in the 200m, Bolt says he will "be ready" for the World Athletics Championship in Moscow later this summer. Watch Bolt's interview on the BBC Sport website.

  4. 1842: 

    Serie A club Fiorentina agree to buy former Spain winger Joaquin from La Liga side Malaga pending a medical.

    Joaquin, 31, began his professional career at Real Betis and joined Malaga in 2011 after a five-year stint at Valencia. He became a firm favourite with the fans and scored several vital goals on the Qatar-owned club's run to the last eight of the Champions League last season.

  5. 1834: 

    Andy Murray's first match since suffering a back injury last month has been disrupted by rain at Queen's Club.

    The Briton, 26, led Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3 2-2 (15-0) when the weather intervened for the third time and play was subsequently abandoned.

  6. 1830: 
    Champions Trophy

    The Champions Trophy match between Australia and New Zealand is abandoned because of rain and both sides take one point from game. New Zealand were 51-2 in pursuit of 244.

  7. 1825: 

    Essex v Lancashire

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "An excellent fight back from the home side who were on the ropes at lunch after Lancashire tore into the Essex top order, reducing the home side to 96-5.

    "Ryan Ten Doeschate and James Foster played aggressively after lunch and some big hitting by Saj Mahmood frustrated his former side before the rain came. Essex 268-8 at close."


    Steven Johnson: Think Spain will in again. Can keep the ball for fun in the heat. England out in last 16 after toiling through group

    Anywayrantover: Many people tipping Belgium as surprise package that I don't think they can be considered a surprise.

    James Hunter: Belgium? Good players do not always make a good team. They also lack experience in big tournaments. In S. America, no chance.

    With today marking exactly one year until the start of the 2014 World Cup, you have been sening your thoughts on who the early favourites are. #bbcsportsday

  9. 1815: 

    US Open organisers were preparing for severe thunderstorms and high winds for Thursday's opening round at Merion, which has already been saturated by more than six inches of rain since Friday.

    Though the iconic par-70 East Course drains very well, extra care has been taken over the location of pin positions on greens more susceptible to puddling while the safety of players and spectators has been paramount in contingency plans.

    "It could be anything from a quarter or half-an-inch up to two or three inches (of rain)," United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis says about the weather expected for Thursday afternoon and evening.

  10. 1809: 

    Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "No play since tea at Grace Road with steady drizzle throughout the interval and Northants will hope for better weather tomorrow when they press for what would be a fifth win in eight matches. Leicestershire 47-2 in reply to Northants' 567-7 declared. Northantswill be disappointed that they fell five runs short of maximum batting points and nothing but victory will satisfy them over the next two days. With rain holding up in Hampshire in particular on Wednesday they will fancy their chances, if they can beat the weather themselves."

  11. 1803: 
    Usain Bolt

    Triple Olympic champion Usain Bolt returns to the track on Thursday following his 100m Diamond League defeat in Rome last week.

    In his piece on the BBC Sport website, Former 110m hurdles world record holder Colin Jackson discusses why the Jamaican lost to Justin Gatlin and analyses Bolt's chances of success in the 200m in Oslo and the World Championships in Moscow.

    The BBC Sport expert also assesses Jessica Ennis-Hill's injury and the potential of Perri Shakes-Drayton.

  12. 1759: 

    There will be a pitch inspection at 1815 BST in the Australia v New Zealand Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston. New Zealand set to resume on 51-2 - chasing 244.

    Keep up to date via our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  13. 1756: 

    Ireland captain Peter O'Mahony says his team will not take a backwards step against a physical Canadian team on Saturday.

    The Munster back-row led from the front against a physical US Eagles side last weekend as Ireland emerged with a narrow win and, after Canada overcame Tonga in a bad tempered affair, Les Kiss's squad know they must hold their discipline at the BMO Field.

    "We're focusing this week on our attack and our go-forward ball. We are looking forward to getting stuck in and being precise about it.r, Les Kiss's squad know they must hold their discipline at the BMO Field," says O'Mahony.

  14. 1751: 

    United States Golf Association executive director Mike Davis says he is already keen to bring the US Open back to Merion - if the club and local residents were willing to host the tournament again.

    Merion's famed East Course has not staged the US Open since 1981 due to the logistical demands of staging a major championship on a relatively small piece of land, with the practice range on the West Course and the gardens of adjacent houses being used for corporate hospitality.

    Despite such issues, Davis said he had "not seen anything to say we would not come back here," but added: "Personally I'd already like to see us return. I'm not sure Merion wants us to return."

  15. 1745: 

    Norwegian Alexander Kristoff of Katusha wins the fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland as Mathias Frank maintains his hold on the leader's yellow jersey.

    The 176.4km ride from Buochs to Leuggern finished as expected in a bunch sprint despite a four-man breakaway staying out in front for most of the stage. When it came to the sprint, Kristoff ripped clear of the pack with the winners of the previous two day's stages Peter Sagan and Arnaud Demare coming in second and third respectively.

    Frank remains 23sec ahead of Czech Roman Kreuziger in the overall standings with last year's champion Rui Da Costa of Portugal in third at 35sec.

  16. 1737: 

    Kent v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole: "Honours just about even after a rain interrupted first day, with Glamorgan 155-4 at close. Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace must have wondered what he'd done after winning the toss and electing to bat.

    Kent's bowlers, exploiting damp, overcast conditions had both openers out in short order, Callum Haggett showed great control and vim enough to force some lift out of the pitch for his three wickets

    Walters and North showed grit in eking out runs on a testing strip, but were both out to poor shots - Murray Goodwin is showing typical tenacity and Glamorgan's hopes of building a decent total could rest on his shoulders going into day two."

  17. 1734: 

    David Weir says he turned down several previous opportunities to go into management before agreeing to take charge at Sheffield United.

    The former Scotland defender tells BBC Look North he was determined to wait for the right club before stepping up.

    "I preferred to learn in the background and develop that way," says Weir, who worked under David Moyes as reserve team coach at Everton. "But he [Moyes] and I both agree it's time for me to be a manager."

  18. 1727: 

    Former Commonwealth Games gold medallist Jamie Cox says he did not believe he would box again after fracturing his hand 21 months ago.

    The Swindon light-middleweight will make his return in front of a home-town crowd at The Oasis on Saturday, 15 June. The bout against Matiouze Royer will be his first since his Commonwealth title win over Obodai Sai in September 2011.

    Cox tells BBC Wiltshire: "I didn't think I'd get back into the ring."

  19. 1725: 

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Matthews thinks those who have written Mahela Jayawardene's career off are making a mistake.

    Jayawardene was once regarded as one of the finest batsmen on the planet, but his form for Sri Lanka has tailed off somewhat of late.

    "I don't think he is concerned, not really," Matthews says. "Form is temporary, class is permanent so I think we all know what kind of player Mahela Jayawardene is and I am pretty sure he will be up to the occasion tomorrow."

  20. 1720: 
    Michael Vaughan

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan says the Australia cricket authorities have a big decision to make regarding David Warner.

    The 26-year-old Warner was dropped for Wednesday's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand as Cricket Australia investigated claims of an unprovoked attack on England's Joe Root.

    "Now the Australian camp have got a difficult decision to make," Vaughan tells BBC Radio 5 live. "They either just discipline him in suspending him for matches, and he missed the New Zealand game, or the bigger picture is do they stamp their foot down and say this is a step too far and they'll replace him in the Ashes squad. I don't want to see that and I think he just needs a slapped wrist and a warning that this kind of activity shouldn't be taking place."

  21. 1712: 

    Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton is given a one-match ban for making dangerous contact with Salford centre Martin Gleeson in Monday's 46-10 Super League win at Barton.

    Aiton submitted an early-guilty plea to the offence and avoided a disciplinary hearing.

    His team-mate Danny Washbrook and Salford prop Jacob Emmitt also submitted early-guilty pleas to grade A charges of punching in the same match and avoided any suspension.

  22. 1708: 

    Sunderland are rumoured to be interested in Lazio full-back Luis Pedro Cavanda, reports the Sunderland Echo.

    There are claims that talks are ongoing with the Serie A club for the services of the 22-year-old right-back who, would be a natural replacement for Phil Bardsley if, as expected, he departs the Stadium of Light this summer.

    But a deal for the young prospect is not believed to be eminent, even though contacts have been made between the two clubs.

  23. 1705: 

    In 2001, referees became professional for the first time in English football and came under the control of the Professional Game Match Official Board.

  24. 1656: 

    The funeral of 10-times champion trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died on Tuesday aged 70, will be held on Monday 24 June at St Agnes Church, Newmarket.

    It will be a private funeral for family members only with a service to celebrate his life at a later date.

  25. 1655: 

    In 2005, England beat Australia by 100 runs at the Rose Bowl in the first Twenty20 international between the two countries.

  26. 1653: 

    Roma have appointed Rudi Garcia as their new head coach on a two-year contract.

    Lille had confirmed yesterday the Frenchman was in discussions with another club, with the Italian press reporting he had been in talks with Roma president James Pallotta in New York.

    And today the 49-year-old was formally unveiled as the new coach of the Giallorossi.

    "A.S. Roma announces that it has reached an agreement with Rudi Garcia, who will become the head coach of the first team," said a statement on the club's official website.

    "The two year contract will be formalised and deposited in the upcoming days."


    Andy White: Uruguay to win. Luis Suarez will get 2 goals in the final then be sent off for giving a Chinese burn to a linesman.

    Lewis Lloyd: Not completely convinced by Argentina. Think one of Belgium, Germany or Colombia will win it.

    Joe Wedgwood: England out in the quarters, Belgium the surprise European side but expect American sides to dominate.

    The World Cup in Brazil starts a year today. Who do you think will win the tournament? #bbcsportsday.

  28. 1644:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET - WARNER

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live: "Australia are up against an England side who have won the last two Ashes, so they don't want any kind of incidents that are going to disturb them in any shape of form.

    "However, they had the Michael Clarke issue, where their captain might not even be fit and now this with David Warner. They have problems."

  29. 1641: 

    Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle: "Despite losing Billy Godleman straight after lunch Derbyshire have dominated the afternoon session Nottinghamshire to reach tea on 240-2. Shiv Chanderpaul and Wayne Madsen have so far added 140 for the third wicket on a very good surface. At the interval Chanderpaul has 78 from just 84 balls, with Madsen on 62."

  30. 1636: 

    All four World Cups held in South America—1930 (Uruguay), 1950 (Brazil), 1962 (Chile) and 1978 (Argentina)—were won by teams from the home continent.

    The 2014 World Cup in Brazil gets under way in exactly one year. Who do you think will win it? #bbcsportsday

  31. 1634: 

    Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "There was relief all round at Grace Road when Northamptonshire finally declared just before 1500 BST. The County Championship Division Two leaders added over a hundred in barely 18 overs, leaving Leicestershire a massive 418 to avoid the follow on.

    "Niall O'Brien's loss down the leg side off David Willey was a good start and so was a sensational return catch from Lee Daggett to remove Greg Smith. The downside for the home side is that rain is falling during the tea interval and the forecast looks horrendous for tomorrow."

  32. 1633: 

    Play delayed at Queen's in Andy Murray's second-round match against Nicolas Mahut because of slippery conditions. Murray leads Mahut 6-3 1-0 but as we wait for play to resume, watch some highlights on the BBC Sport website.

  33. 1633: 

    Wilfried Zaha was turned down by Arsenal before signing for Manchester United in January, report the Daily Express.

    The 20-year-old joined Manchester United for £15 million and was immediately loaned back to Palace helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs.

    "When Steve Parish sold Zaha I was mildly involved in it as I tried to get Arsenal to buy him, but they were not interested," former Palace chairman Ron Noades told the Express..

    "I spoke to David Dein as I did not want Zaha to go to Manchester United, I wanted him to stay in London."

  34. 1625:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    The US Open gets under way on Thursday and to get you in the mood there will be a preview show on BBC Radio 5 live at 2000 BST. Then, at 2100 5 live switches focus to rugby as Matt Dawson reflects on the latest news from the British and Irish Lions Tour.


    Andrew Priestley: Of course a European side can win. These are athletes who train in world class facilities with strength & conditioning experts.

    Greg Marshall: Confident a European team will win. So much quality in Spain, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Belgium + many tournament specialists.

    Zaki Rahman: Brazil. With home advantage and Brazil being more experienced by 2014, Neymar, Lucas and Oscar will be dangerous.

    The World Cup in Brazil starts in a year today. Who do you think will win the tournament? #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1619: 

    Listen to ball-by-ball commentary on today's County Championship cricket matches on the BBC Sport website.

  37. 1615: 
    Gary Hooper

    Hull City make an undisclosed bid, believed to be about £4.5m, for Celtic striker Gary Hooper.

    Celtic are understood to value Hooper, who scored 31 goals for the club last season, at about £7m. However, the 25-year-old has only one year left on his contract and the Scottish champions may decide to cash in while they can.

  38. 1613: 

    Andre Villas-Boas would consider an offer to become the next manager of Paris St-Germain, reports the London Evening Standard.

    They claim no official approach has been made for the Tottenham boss, who has two years left to run on his current deal at White Hart Lane.

    But report PSG are thought to be keen to speak with the 35-year-old Portuguese should Carlo Ancelotti leave as expected to join Real Madrid.

  39. 1608: 

    Lionel Messi has responded to reports he and his father are being investigated in Spain for allegedly defrauding the state of more than £3.4m.

    A statement on his facebook site, read: "We have just known through the media about the claim filed by the Spanish tax authorities.

    "We are surprised about those news, because we have never committed any infringement. We have always fulfilled all our tax obligations, following the advices of our Tax Consultants who will take care of clarifying this situation."

  40. 1602: 

    Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Kyle Coetzer is still going for Division Two leaders Northants having reached his maiden double century of his career before lunch at Grace Road. He's helped Northants reach 448-5.

    "He got to 200 with a clip through square leg off Nathan Buck but the Scotland captain's imperious cover drives have been the main feature. It sadly overshadowed Andrew Hall's third hundred in four Championship matches but Northants still missed out by five runs on maximum batting points. With poor weather forecast on day three, Northants can't afford to leave the declaration too long."

  41. 1602: 

    Middlesex v Yorkshire

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's: "Despite two wickets in the first two overs of the day, Yorkshire pushed on with the bat and were on top at lunch on day two at Lord's. They were all out 390 with Liam Plunkett, the last man to go. Middlesex were 12-1 in their reply before bad light stopped play."

  42. 1559: 

    Rain stops play at Edgbaston with New Zealand 51-2 after 15 overs in the Champions Trophy match with Australia. They must bat 20 to make a game. Keep up to date via the live text and audio on the BBC Sport website.

  43. 1557: 

    Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland on Billy Twelvetrees' call-up:

    "The nature of a Lions tour means that there will inevitably be knocks which take time to recover from. The whole squad have worked hard but a lot of the backs have doubled up over the last two games, either starting or from the bench. Billy played well in the 1st Test for England and he provides that versatility to cover a variety of positions."

  44. 1555: 

    Port Vale defender Liam Chilvers, 31, has committed his future to the newly-promoted League One club by signing a new one-year deal.

    Chilvers was Micky Adams' first signing following the Alchemy Investment Group's takeover. when he returned to Vale from AFC Telford in November 2012.

  45. 1553: 

    Kent v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole: "Early tea being taken after rain stopped play. Kent were marginally on top at lunch with Glamorgan on 83-3. The ball did plenty before lunch in blustery, overcast conditions. Glamorgan skipper Mark Wallace might have been questioning his decision to bat after winning the toss, but North and Walters settled as the shine went off the new ball. Quite why Walters chased a wide one from Shreck just before the interval, only he will know, but his wicket puts Kent marginally on top.

  46. 1548: 

    Mercedes have assured Lewis Hamilton they have every confidence in him despite his remarks to the contrary.

    Ahead of last weekend's Canadian Grand Prix in which he finished third after starting from second, Hamilton conceded to approaching the race "massively determined to regain everyone's confidence in me".

    Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff, said: "I don't have that feeling we lack confidence in him. Maybe he has been surprised with Nico's pace. It has not always been clear compared to Michael (Schumacher) and in his time with Williams.

    "Now he has proven he is really quick and this came as a surprise for Lewis, but I don't think it's a real problem."

  47. 1543: 

    Essex v Lancashire

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "Excellent first session for Lancashire bowling on a pitch with a green top under cloudy skies the Red Rose have torn through the Essex line up. Two wickets each for Kyle Hogg and Luke Procter to helping Lancashire reduced the home side to 96-5 at lunch."

  48. 1538: 

    Sussex v Surrey

    No play was possible on the opening day of the County Championship match between Sussex and Surrey because of persistent rain.

    Drizzle in the morning and rain after an early lunch left the umpires with no alternative but to send everyone home. Forecast for Thursday is better and both sides will be keeping their fingers crossed it is correct.

  49. 1534: 
    Billy Twelvetrees

    Billy Twelvetrees is leaving England's tour of Argentina to join the British & Irish Lions in Australia.

    The Gloucester Rugby centre, 24, a try scorer in last weekend's 32-3 win against the Pumas, has been called up as back line cover and leaves Buenos Aires today to fly to Sydney.

  50. 1524: 

    Spain became the first European team to win the World Cup outside of Europe in South Africa 2010.

    It is exactly one year until the 2014 World Cup gets under way, can a European team win in Brazil? Let us know via #bbcsportsday


    Myles Gaby: Germany to be disallowed, a goal against England, but after consulting the goal line technology, the decision to be reversed.

    Michael Tooth: Only European team to win World Cup outside of Europe was Spain last time out. Look no further than Argentina or Uruguay.

    Ashley Wood: Definitely fancy a cheeky punt on Belgium look a quality outfit wonder how many patriotic fans we'll have this time next year.

    The Brazil World Cup starts a year today. Who do you think will win the tournament? How will England fare? #bbcsportsday.

  52. 1513: 

    Sean Davis has urged Fulham to follow the signing of Sascha Riether by pulling out the stops for fellow former loan players Urby Emanuelson and Eyong Enoh, reports the Fulham Chronicle.

    The Whites landed German right back Reither earlier this month following a successful spell on loan from FC Koln, but Dutch winger Emanuelson and Cameroon midfielder Enoh have returned to parent clubs Milan and Ajax.

    "I like the look of Emanuelson. He started off slowly when he joined, but was great in the game against Arsenal. He has got quality feet and can go past a player," Davis said.

    "Enoh has also done very well in the middle when he has featured, and plays what I call the Makelele role well. They would both be very good signings."

  53. 1508: 

    Barcelona are lining up a surprise move for Manchester United target Robert Lewandowski, according to TalkSPORT.

    The Borussia Dortmund striker was expected to join German rivals Bayern Munich this summer but reports have suggested that his current employers are desperate not to sell him to the Bundesliga champions and would prefer him to join a foreign club.

  54. 1503: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter: "Today is a major milestone: one year to the World Cup. I'm really excited to arrive in Brazil tomorrow and see some quality Confederations Cup football."

  55. 1502: 

    New Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will tell Brazil international centre-back David Luiz, 26, he must play how he is instructed or he will be sold, reports the Daily Express.

  56. 1500: 

    Manchester United are prepared to pay Robert Lewandowski £90,000 a week to convince him to move to England, according to the Sun.

    The 24-year-old was expected to stay in Germany and move to Bayern Munich, but Borussia Dortmund have vowed not to sell him to their Bundesliga rivals.

  57. 1459: 
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Monaco are ready to make a world record £85m bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and pay the 28-year-old a £17m annual salary, reports the Independent.

  58. 1455: 

    The football transfer rumours continue to dominate the back pages of the newspapers. Here is a summary of some of today's top rumours.

  59. 1452: 

    Birmingham City midfielder Wade Elliott is close to extending his contract at St Andrew's, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    The midfielder, 34, is edging closer towards agreeing new terms and could put pen to paper within the next ten days.


    Nick Pasmore: Germany will ease it I reckon. Reus will be the best player! But the squad is ridiculous! So many world class players!

    MWR: Spain to walk it with surprise package to be Russia with Capello in charge. England out after group stage

    Jonathan Harper: Difficult to look past Germany in 2014 but watch out for Belgium to be contenders...strong throughout the team! I'll be there!

    Brazil 2014 starts a year today. Who will win the tournament? How will England fare in the tournament? #bbcsportsday

  61. 1442: 

    Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi and his father have been accused by Spanish tax authorities of defrauding the state of more than four million euros.

    World Player of the Year Messi and his father Jorge allegedly filed fraudulent tax returns for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, according to a spokesman for the prosecutor's office for tax crimes in Catalonia.

  62. 1438: 

    Motherwell have completed the signing of Ross County midfielder Iain Vigurs.

    The 25-year-old follows former Dingwall team-mate Paul Lawson to Fir Park after penning a two-year deal.

    Vigurs told Motherwell's official website: "I am absolutely delighted to be joining - Motherwell are a massive club who did so well last season."

  63. 1434: 

    British trio Gordon Reid, Jordanne Whiley and Lucy Shuker have all been confirmed as entrants in the wheelchair doubles events at Wimbledon from 5-7 July.

    Reid, who rose to a singles career high of four and doubles high of five after reaching the French Open singles semi-final and doubles final, will play with Dutchman Maikel Scheffers, a former winner of the SW19 event.

    In the women's doubles, Shuker lines up with Dutchwoman Marjolein Buis while Whiley has been given a wildcard alongside her partner Yui Kamiji of Japan.

  64. 1435: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official Since 2000, who are the four Men's Singles Finalists at Queens with six letter surnames?

    The answers are Tim Henman, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

  65. 1430: 
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray is next on Queen's Club's Centre Court in his first match since recovering from a back injury. Watch the action on the BBC Sport website. and follow via our live text commentary.

  66. 1430: 

    Hull City are considering entering the race to sign Wigan striker Arouna Kone - if they can make him fit into their summer budget, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

    The 29-year-old forward was a huge hit with the FA Cup winners last season, despite their eventual relegation back into the Championship.

  67. 1426: 

    Injured Inter Milan captain Javier Zanetti has been given a one-year contract extension by the Serie A club despite facing months out of action and turning 40 in August.

    The Argentine defender, who has played more than 840 games for Inter, had an operation on his ruptured Achilles at the end of April and was told he faced six months on the sidelines.

    "We talked at length about the injury and we decided to do another year together," Zanetti told the club website. "They have shown once again their belief in me and my passion for Inter.

    "I hope I can repay them on the pitch for this gesture of affection and esteem."

  68. 1421: 
    Max Schmelling

    In 1930, German boxer Max Schmelling became the first and only man to become world heavyweight champion via a disqualification against American Jack Sharkey.


    Neil Daly: Belgium for the European to win the World Cup. Powerful squad.

    Sir Kells: Holland & Spain for finals. Argentina, Portugal out in semis. Stars include the usuals + Zaha, Kagawa, Sturridge.

    Thomas lambton: England not to qualify but Republic of Ireland to make it and go all the way with Robbie Keane the star man.

    Brazil 2014 starts a year today. Who will win the tournament? How will England fare in the tournament? #bbcsportsday.

  70. 1413: 

    Brentford have signed goalkeeper Jack Bonham on a two-year deal from Watford.

    The 19-year-old joins the Bees after playing once for the Championship club, replacing the injured Jonathan Bond in their final league game last season.

  71. 1412: 

    Former England captain Allan Lamb: "It's young men being young men really. And also Australians are getting quite a lot of banter at the moment and a lot of stick but I mean this shouldn't really happen. If it has happened I'm sure the Australian board will come down heavily on him."

  72. 1409: 

    Laura Robson followed compatriot Heather Watson out of the Aegon Classic after the British number one lost 6-3 6-4 to former world number five Daniela Hantuchova in the second round.

    It means there are no British players left in the draw after Johanna Konta also lost 6-4 6-1 to Kristina Mladenovic.

  73. 1405: 

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer hopes David Jones' spell at Ewood Park last season will put them in the driving seat for the midfielder's signature, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    The 28-year-old spent the last two months of the campaign on loan from Wigan Athletic, who announced his release last week after two years with the club.

    Jones scored twice in 12 games for Rovers, including a vital goal in the 2-1 win at Millwall which all but mathematically secured Championship survival.

  74. 1359: 

    David Warner being dropped for the Champions Trophy game with New Zealand could unite Australia, says BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

    Read more from Agnew in his column on the BBC Sport website.

  75. 1356: 

    Australia set New Zealand 244 to win Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston. Follow New Zealand's response via the live text and audio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  76. 1353: 

    British number five Dan Evans keeps his hopes of earning a Wimbledon wildcard alive with his second shock win of the week at the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club. The 23-year-old from Birmingham, ranked 277 in the world, overcame Finnish world number 37 Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-7 (8-6) 6-4 in one hour and 49 minutes.

    Evans, who upset world number 75 Guido Pella in round one, will play another Argentine, world number eight Juan Martin Del Potro in round three. Evans missed out on the initial wave of wildcards for Wimbledon as he is outside the world's top 250 but beating Nieminen could improve his ranking sufficiently to make him eligible for a place in the main draw

    Watch live coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, London on the BBC Sport website.


    George Nixon: Can see France being dark horses, they've looked good in qualifying, and I can see Pogba being important for them.

    Jordan Taylor: England to win and Mata to be the star player.

    Cam Melling: Belgium are definitely the dark horses! And their star player to be Kevin Mirallas, we've seen what he can do.

    Brazil 2014 starts a year today. Who will win the tournament? How will England fare in the tournament? #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1344: 
    Just Fontaine

    French striker Just Fontaine holds the record for the most amount of goals scored in a World Cup final, hitting 13 as France finished fourth in Sweden in 1958.

    He has also scored the fourth most goals for any player in the World Cup finals overall, after Brazil's Ronaldo (15), and Germany's Gerd Mueller (14) and Miroslav Klose (14).

  79. 1343: 

    A BBC Sport documentary - Andy Murray: The Man Behind the Racquet - will air on BBC One, BBC One HD and on the BBC Sport website on Sunday, 23 June at 2225 BST.

    With contributions from family, friends, rivals and famous fans such as Sir Alex Ferguson and James Corden, the programme looks at how the last 12 months have catapulted him into a global sports star.

    Watch a trail for the documentary on the BBC Sport website.

  80. 1341: 

    Laura Robson has made an iffy start to the second round of her Aegon Classic tie against Daniela Hantuchova after losing the first set 6-3 to the 30-year-old world number 60. Hantuchova, ranked 23 places below the British number one, is aiming for a third victory over Robson in three meetings.

    Watch live coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, London on the BBC Sport website.

  81. 1339: 
    Sam Warburton

    Sam Warburton, Manu Tuilagi and tour manager Andy Irvine visited the grave of the first ever Lions captain - Robert Seddon - on Wednesday morning.

    Seddon led the British team to Australia and New Zealand in 1888 but drowned when his skiff capsized on the Hunter River, near Newcastle, midway through the tour.

  82. 1334: 

    Nicklas Bendtner is set to leave Arsenal in the next fortnight after the club accepted five bids for the striker, reports the London Evening Standard.

    The 25-year-old was told two years ago that he could leave Emirates Stadium and spent subsequent campaigns on season-long loans at Sunderland and Juventus.

    It is reported Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Besiktas are among the teams thought to have agreed terms with the Gunners and Bendtner must now decide where he will play next season.

  83. 1330: 

    Great Britain's Kyle Edmund, James Ward, Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Johanna Konta, Tara Moore and Sam Murray receive wildcards for Wimbledon.


    Ben Freeman: St Johnstone's John O'Neil was sent off once for kicking the corner flag in frustration, 20 yards from any other player.

    Kevin Spofforth: Remember seeing Gary Neville sent off at Goodison for kicking the ball at someone in the crowd.

    Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart on Tuesday. What other unusual sending offs have there been? #bbcsportsday.

  85. 1325: 

    Two wickets in three overs for New Zealand as Adam Voges falls for 71, shortly after Mitchell Marsh was out for 22. Australia are 196-6 and you can follow the action via our live text and audio commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  86. 1317: 

    Former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt gave Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov a grasscourt masterclass in a second-round victory at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Wednesday.

    The 32-year-old Australian needed little more than an hour to win 6-4 6-3 as 10th seed Dimitrov struggled to cope with his formidable grasscourt skills.

  87. 1314: 

    BRAZIL 2002

    Brazil became champions for the fifth time in South Korea and Japan as top scorer Ronaldo scored both goals in the final against Germany.

    This was Asia's first World Cup and both host nations made history by reaching the knockout rounds - South Korea going as far as the last four.

  88. 1312: 

    South Africa keep changes to a minimum as they named their team to play Scotland on Saturday after setting themselves up for the the opening match with a convincing win over Italy.

    Springboks coach Heyneke Meyer said he was so impressed with the way the backs attacked in the 44-10 victory that he had decided to give them another chance to show what they could do.

    The only change behind the scrum is injury enforced with Ulster scrum-half Ruan Pienaar coming in for Jano Vermaak, while Marcell Coetzee has been challenged to show that he can play openside flanker after Francois Louw left the squad to prepare for his wedding the day after the match.

  89. 1308: 

    Rain has stopped play at the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club, with British wildcard Dan Evans' match with Finland's Jarkko Nieminen in the balance on Court One.

    Nieminen, ranked 240 places above Evans, broke early in the deciding set but the 23-year-old from Birmingham fought back to level. They are back on serve, with Evans leading 6-4 6-7 (8-6) 5-4, but the Finn is at advantage on his own serve.

    On Centre Court, second seed Tomas Berdych raced through the first set of his second-round match with Thiemo De Bakker, taking it 6-1 before the weather forced them off court. British number one Andy Murray will take on France's Nicolas Mahut when that match is completed.

  90. 1302: 

    Pakistan paceman Mohammad Asif loses his appeal over his spot-fixing conviction.

    Judges at the Court of Appeal in London say that the 30-year-old former world number two Test bowler, who was released from jail in May last year after serving half of a 12-month sentence, did not have an arguable case for attacking his conviction.

  91. 1259: 

    Leeds' injury problems worsen as second row forward Brett Delaney is ruled out for three weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery.

    The Australian was forced to withdraw from the Exiles squad for Friday's game against England after aggravating a knee injury in last Friday's win over Castleford.

  92. 1255: 

    The Lawn Tennis Association extends its sponsorship deal with Aegon UK until 2017.

    LTA chief executive Roger Draper says: "Aegon has been a crucial partner in our ongoing work to transform British tennis, so I am delighted that they continue to share our vision and passion for the sport. Together we can look forward to promoting tennis as a game for anyone and everyone."

  93. 1252: 

    More from Alastair Cook: "We believe we have not done anything wrong as players. Our conduct as England players is vitally important.

    "We are aware of the position we hold as players. It is a matter we have taken seriously, as well. We didn't have training for a few days, so we had a couple of days off. You do not often get those in a tournament, so it is important you let your hair down and celebrate wins."

  94. 1246: 

    When asked whether England's players were in fancy dress, captain Alastair Cook told BBC Sport's Joe Wilson: "I don't know but we have investigated and don't believe we've done anything wrong"

  95. 1244: 
    Ben Hogan

    In 1948 Ben Hogan won his first of four US Opens, shooting a 276 at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles.

  96. 1237: 

    Heather Watson's participation in the Aegon Classic comes to a surprising end after the British number two lost 6-4 6-3 to Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva.

    The writing was on the wall when the 21-year-old Brit was broken twice early in the second set to fall 3-0 behind. Watson, playing her third match since returning from a two-month lay-off with glandular fever, was below the standards she set in the first round and although the 14th seed attempted a comeback, breaking the world number 172 when she was serving for the match, a double fault in the following game allowed the Russian to secure victory.

    Watch live coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, London on the BBC Sport website.


    Andrew Brindle: Kevin Horlock was sent off playing for Man City for "aggressive walking".

    Wilbur86: Jamie Carragher sent off versus Arsenal at Highbury for throwing a coin back into the crowd when it was thrown at him first.

    Javier Mascherano was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart during a World Cup qualifier in Ecuador on Tuesday. What other unusual sending offs have there been? #bbcsportsday.

  98. 1229: 

    Scottish Football League clubs vote in favour of a proposed merger with the Scottish Premier League .

    The bodies will form a new Scottish Professional Football League in time for next season, averting a threatened breakaway from Division One clubs.

    A revised financial distribution model will be introduced, feeding more money into the second tier. The league structure will remain the same, with a top flight of 12 and three lower divisions of 10.

  99. 1227: 

    British number two Heather Watson loses the first set 6-4 to Russian qualifier Alla Kudryavtseva in the second round of the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston.

    Ominously for Watson, the 25-year-old Kudryavtseva, ranked 172 in the world, beat Watson in straight sets in their only previous encounter, which was at these championships two years ago.

    Watch live coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, London on the BBC Sport website.


    Today marks a year to go until the World Cup in Brazil. Who do you think will lift the trophy? Will England even qualify for the tournament?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  101. 1217: 

    The promoter of the Grand Prix of America confirms a new long-term deal is now in place for the staging of the race.

    GPA executive chairman and race promoter Leo Hindery Jnr says: "Thanks to the patient, invaluable support of (F1 chief) Bernie Ecclestone and FOM (Formula One Management), we now have the long-term sanctioning agreement needed to go racing for years to come, starting in June 2014."


    Steven Gilroy: Pearce has every right to criticise his players after losing all three games, but is doing it publicly really the best way?

    Greg Alexander: Pearce is a fantastic coach, but out of his depth with England. The results proved this.

    Trevor Hawthorne: Gary Neville is the obvious choice to take over Stuart Pearce, he'd do a great job. Pearce to a Championship club.

    Should Stuart Pearce continue as England Under-21 manager after their disappointing showing in the European Championship? Who could replace him? #bbcsportsday.

  103. 1212: 
    Eden Hazard

    Javier Mascherano was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart during a World Cup qualifier in Ecuador on Tuesday night.

    Eden Hazard was involved in an unusual sending off last season when he saw red for kicking out at a ball boy during Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final exit to Swansea at Liberty Stadium.

  104. 1209: 

    Manchester United warn fans against donating to an internet-based campaign aimed at bringing Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    A group of Australian Reds have launched a drive to raise the funds needed to sign the 28-year-old Portuguese superstar, who is currently at Real Madrid.

    A United spokesman says: "Manchester United would like to remind fans that decisions over additions to the squad will be made by the manager and the manager alone. We would not want any of our supporters to be under a false impression that anything other than this would ever be the case."

  105. 1203: 

    It is the second day of two games in the County Championship. At Lord's, opener Alex Lees (100 not out) and captain Andrew Gale (61 not out) will be looking to build on their unbroken third-wicket stand of 145 after helping Yorkshire to 215-2 against Middlesex. And at Grace Road, Division Two leaders Northamptonshire will resume on 320-4 against Leicestershire, with Kyle Coetzer still there on 150.

  106. 1200: 

    British wildcard Dan Evans, the world number 277, makes a good start as he looks to cause another shock at the Aegon Championships at the Queen's Club.

    The 23-year-old from Birmingham has taken the first set 6-4 in his second-round match against world number 37 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland, winning 100% of points on his first serve - 17 in total. Evans, the British number five, upset the world number 75 Guido Pella from Argentina in the first round.

    Later on Wednesday, there will also be live coverage of Andy Murray's match with Nicolas Mahut on this website and BBC Two, along with a live text commentary.

  107. 1158: 

    The administrator of Ukio Bankas says he has "no reason or desire to harm Hearts" after a court in Lithuania upheld a decision to liquidate the bank.

    The company - formerly controlled by Jambos owner Vladimir Romanov - is set to go bust following the decision by judges in Kaunas at the Court of Appeal of Lithuania. Hearts owe the bank around £15m, but Gintaras Adomonis of accountancy firm UAB Valnetas has today insisted he intends to keep Hearts running as a going concern before selling it on.

    "For now we have no reason or desire to harm Hearts so our primary initiative, having solved the regulatory and other issues, is contemplated to be the sale of Hearts," he said.

  108. 1156: 

    Everton defender Leighton Baines is the top-ranked English player in Europe at 16th on Bloomberg Sports list of Europe's top players by performance.

    Manchester United's Robin van Persie was the top-ranked Premier League player while Tottenham's Gareth Bale is the top UK player.

    The rankings provide an objective analysis that relates players to their respective positions and takes into account the context of player performance relative to others at this position.

  109. 1151: 

    League One Shrewsbury Town make their second signing of the summer by bringing in defender Dave Winfield, who was out of contract at Wycombe Wanderers.

    He's delighted to be joining us and sees it as a big challenge," says manager Graham Turner. "He's a big, strong lad who is effective in both boxes. It's a big challenge for him coming here."

  110. 1149: 

    Aaron Cresswell would cost in excess of £4m should Southampton or any other side try to tempt Ipswich into selling one of their rising stars, reports the Southern Daily Echo.

    Saints have been linked with a move for the 23-year-old left back, who is reported to have attracted interest from Aston Villa and Everton.

  111. 1140: 
    Lionel Messi

    Barcelona's Lionel Messi tops a list unveiled by Bloomberg Sports of Europe's top players by performance.

    The rankings provide an objective analysis that relates players to their respective positions and takes into account the context of player performance relative to others at this position.

    Messi ranked highest with a score of 91.25, finishing ahead of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored 91.16.

  112. 1134: 

    Burnley pair Martin Paterson and Chris McCann are not in talks with Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    McCann is looking for a new club for the first time in his professional after being made available for a free transfer by Burnley this summer, while Paterson is still pondering his future.

    The striker has been offered improved terms by the Clarets in their attempts to keep him and extend his five-year spell with the club he helped fire to promotion in his first season.

  113. 1132: 

    Paris St-Germain's pursuit of a replacement for Carlo Ancelotti has prompted interest in Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, reports the Guardian.

    The French champions understood to have contacted the Portuguese's representatives to sound him out over his availability.

  114. 1128: 
    Bryan Habana

    South Africa's rugby union World Cup-winning winger, Bryan Habana, was born in 1983.

  115. 1128: 

    Here are the seeded and non seeded teams for the southern teams in the Capital One Cup first-round draw:

    Seeds - south: 1. AFC Bournemouth 2. Birmingham City 3. Brentford 4. Brighton 5. Bristol City 6. Charlton Athletic 7. Crawley Town 8. Ipswich Town 9. Leicester City 10. Leyton Orient 11. Millwall 12. Milton Keynes Dons 13. Peterborough United 14. Queens Park Rangers 15. Swindon Town 16. Watford 17. Yeovil Town

    Non seeds - south: 18. AFC Wimbledon 19. Bristol Rovers 20. Cheltenham Town 21. Colchester United 22. Coventry City 23. Dagenham and Redbridge 24. Exeter City 25. Gillingham 26. Newport County 27. Northampton Town 28. Oxford United 29. Plymouth Argyle 30. Portsmouth 31. Southend United 32. Stevenage 33. Torquay United 34. Wycombe Wanderers

  116. 1125: 

    The seeded teams for the first-round draw of the Capital One Cup are revealed. The first round draw, which takes place on 17 June, is seeded based on the final league positions of teams from the 2012/13 season, and then split regionally - north and south.

    Seeds - north: 1. Barnsley 2. Blackburn Rovers 3. Blackpool 4. Bolton Wanderers 5. Burnley 6. Crewe Alexandra 7. Derby County 8. Doncaster Rovers 9. Huddersfield Town 10. Leeds United 11. Middlesbrough 12. Nottingham Forest 13. Notts County 14. Sheffield United 15. Sheffield Wednesday 16. Tranmere Rovers 17. Walsall 18. Wolverhampton Wanderers

    Non seeds - north: 19. Accrington Stanley 20. Bradford City 21. Burton Albion 22. Bury 23. Carlisle United 24. Chesterfield 25. Fleetwood Town 26. Hartlepool United 27. Mansfield Town 28. Morecambe 29. Oldham Athletic 30. Port Vale 31. Preston North End 32. Rochdale 33. Rotherham United 34. Scunthorpe United 35. Shrewsbury Town 36. York City

  117. 1123: 

    Leigh Centurions managing director Andy Mazey reveals that Wigan Warriors have made a bid for prop Sam Hopkins.

    The 23-year-old, who signed a one-year deal at the start of the season, has scored eight tries in 11 appearances in the Championship this term.

    "Leigh will meet to discuss two bids later, one of which I can confirm is Wigan," Mazey says on Twitter. "Pure speculation at this stage, no deal for Sam has been agreed with Wigan nor anyone else."

  118. 1120: 
    Javier Mascherano

    Argentina's Javier Mascherano was sent off for kicking the driver of a medical cart during a World Cup qualifying clash in Ecuador.

    The 29-year-old Barcelona midfielder appeared to have water thrown at him as he was being taken off the pitch, after picking up a knock, and then kicked the medical staff member navigating the cart. The match in Quito finished 1-1.

    What other unusual reasons for players being sent-off have there been? #bbcsportsday.

  119. 1117: 

    Here is today's Question of Sport Teaser: Since 2000, who are the four Men's Singles Finalists at Queens with six letter surnames?

    Send your responses to #qsteaser and we will reveal the answers this afternoon.

  120. 1115: 

    Phuket is likely to be the venue for Thailand's first Formula 1 race in 2015, Tourism and Sports Minister Somsak Pureesrisak says in the Bangkok Post.

  121. 1110: 

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton: "A lot of rumours circulating about me, Marseille and QPR in last few days. As usual loads of nonsense.

    "I haven't had a conversation with anyone at QPR since February. When I told them Marseille had offered me 3 years. That was last I heard."

  122. 1107: 

    Manchester City have increased their international profile by entering into a partnership with Japanese car manufacturer Daihatsu.

    City players will film a TV advert and will visit Indonesia this summer during the pre-season tour of south-east Asia.

  123. 1106: 

    League Two Oxford United announce the signing of Andy Whing on a new long-term deal.

    The 28-year-old former Coventry, Brighton and Leyton Orient midfielder has signed a contract which could keep him at the Kassam Stadium until 2016.

  124. 1058: 

    Co-chairman Steve Parish says Crystal Palace were never in for Portuguese forward Amido Balde, reports the Croydon Advertiser.

    The 22-year-old Vitoria Guimaraes striker was reportedly a target for Palace, but looks set to sign for Scottish champions Glasgow Celtic. However, the Eagles' co-chairman said that Palace were never in for Balde, adding that he had no prior knowledge of the former Portugal Under-20 player.

    He said: "We haven't made an offer."

  125. 1057: 
    Usain Bolt

    Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, 26, is confident he can set a 200 metres world season's best at Oslo's Bislett Games on Thursday despite last week's defeat in the 100M in Rome.

    "During the season, none of the 200 metre runners have gone below 20 seconds so... it would be nice to break 20 seconds," he told Reuters on Tuesday.

    "I think I'm in shape, I felt good during training today. I think I can get below 20 seconds, no problem."

  126. 1051: 

    From Steven Marshall, BBC Sport England:

    It's also the second day of two games in the County Championship.

    At Lord's, opener Alex Lees (100 not out) and captain Andrew Gale (61 not out) will be looking to build on their unbroken third-wicket stand of 145 after helping Yorkshire to 215-2 against Middlesex. And at Grace Road, Division Two leaders Northamptonshire will resume on 320-4 against Leicestershire, with Kyle Coetzer still there on 150.

  127. 1047: 

    Goalkeeper Jack Butland wants Stuart Pearce to stay on as England Under-21s manager after a European Championship that has left the players feeling "embarrassed".

    "It says it all how we got here, the way we played, the structure and organisation we had," the Stoke goalkeeper said after yesterday's 1-0 defeat to Israel.

    "There is no-one else to blame but the players. It is the same group of players - it us that have not performed.

    "For a legend of the game like Stuart Pearce, it is difficult to apologise, but there is no-one else to blame but the players.

    "We were on the pitch, I hope he stays in the job. He works extremely hard and does everything necessary to make sure we are successful and gives us all the right tools. I really do hope he stays."

    What do you think the future has in store for Pearce? #bbcsportsday.

  128. 1043: 

    German under-21 coach Horst Hrubesch was less critical of his team than Stuart Pearce after their group stage exit from the European Championships following the third straight defeat.

    "Now we'll hear about the great crisis in the German junior team - that makes me laugh out loud" he said.

    However, that doesn't stop newspaper Die Welt calling the team's performance "weak and alarming," especially given Germany's recent investment in youth development which has seen the rise of players such as Mesut Ozil, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. (BBC monitoring)

    What do you think is the next step for Stuart Pearce? Who could replace him if he left as England Under-21 manager? #bbcsportsday.


    Gene Cruz: I'd like to see Peter Taylor back in the U21 set up, most successful U21 manager we have had.

    Reece Smith: The problem with the U21s is the over-hype by the media. i.e. every story on U21's having a pic of Zaha, who's unproven in Premier League.

    Chris Jones: Cant blame an international manager, he has to work with what he's given. Blame the system that's not producing good enough players.

    What is the future of Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager? Who would you consider as realistic replacements if he was to leave? #bbcsportsday.

  130. 1036: 

    Shola Ameobi is facing "decision time" with Newcastle United, reports the Newcastle Chronicle.

    Magpies' boss Alan Pardew told Ameobi last season he was keen to offer him a contract extension to his current deal, which expires at the end of the campaign.

    However, it is reported Ameobi made it clear to Pardew he was considering his options and requested some thinking time over the summer.

  131. 1034: 

    Wolverhampton Wanderers will delay a decision on the future of Leeds United target Kevin Doyle for another two weeks to allow manager Kenny Jackett to hold talks with the striker, reports the Yorkshire Post.

    It is claimed the Molineux club are not prepared to open the door to offers for Doyle until he and his new boss sit down for discussions on the opening day of pre-season training.

  132. 1031: 
    David Warner

    David Warner is at Edgbaston today but is not in the Australia side to play New Zealand. He is replaced by Xavier Doherty while Glenn Maxwell comes in for Mitchell Starc as Australia make two changes to the side beaten by England.

    Follow the action via the live text and radio commentary on the BBC Sport website

  133. 1027: 
    Mo Farah

    Olympic champions Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford headline a strong Great Britain and Northern Ireland squad for the European Athletics Team Championships.

    Farah will compete in the 5,000 metres at the event in Gateshead on 22 and 23 June with long jump gold medallist Rutherford also present.

    The pair joined Jessica Ennis-Hill in winning gold medals inside an hour on "Super Saturday" at the London Games last summer.

    Fellow medallists Christine Ohuruogu, who won 400m silver, and Robbie Grabarz, third in the high jump, will also compete in Gateshead. Ohuruogu will only compete in the 4x400m relay, with team captain Perri Shakes-Drayton running the 400m.


    As Cricket Australia investigate claims of an "unprovoked physical attack" by David Warner on an England player, believed to be Joe Root, where does this latest disruption leave them ahead of the Ashes series? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

  135. 1017: 

    Chris Barrett, Sydney Morning Herald sports reporter, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "David Warner has had an altercation with Joe Root. I can also say I was hearing a couple of other England players were at the venue at the time. Stuart Broad was one of them and I believe Steven Finn.

    "The indications I have had is that it was one blow from David Warner and it was a minor blow, I don't believe there were any injuries but Joe Root, I understand, was shocked by the blow, as you would be.

    "It has taken about three days to come out and it is one of those things they have managed to keep under wraps but it is a major issue now for Warner. He could still be sent home from the Ashes Tour although I believe that is unlikely."

  136. 1016: 

    Live text and radio commentary is up and running on the BBC Sport website as Australia - without David Warner - meet New Zealand in the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston. Australia win the toss and elect to bat first.

  137. 1014: 

    Today marks a year to go until the World Cup in Brazil so up on our BBC Sport Facebook page, we're asking, at this very early stage, who you think will eventually lift the trophy?

  138. 1011: 

    Miralem Sulejmani has signed a five-year contract with Benfica, taking their number of Serbia internationals to four.

    The 24-year-old was at the end of his contract with Dutch club Ajax. He joins compatriot Lazar Markovic, whose move from Partizan Belgrade was confirmed on Monday.

    Last year's Primeira Liga runners-up also recently signed attacking midfielder Filip Djuricic from Dutch club Heerenveen while Nemanja Matic has been in Portugal since 2011.

  139. 1008: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy adds: "I'm hearing that a glancing blow struck Root on the chin.

    "I believe it happened around 0200 BST at the Walkabout bar in the centre of Birmingham. Neither Root nor the ECB propose to take further action."

  140. 1003: 

    Statement from England and Wales cricket board:

    "Following a statement issued this morning by Cricket Australia, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirms that David Warner initiated an unprovoked physical attack on a member of the England team in a Birmingham bar following England's 48 run victory over Australia.

    "Warner has admitted behaving inappropriately and has since apologised to the player involved who has accepted the apology.

    "Following a full investigation the England team management has concluded that the England player was in no way responsible for nor retaliated to the attack. ECB has concluded that this is a matter for Cricket Australia and have no further comment to make."

  141. 1000: 

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy: "I understand that team officials of Cricket Australia met David Warner yesterday morning and they were working out the appropriate punishment. It could well be that he is sent home from the tour, but it may well be that Australia's participation in the Champions Trophy may not be long in any event."

  142. 0958: 
    Darren Bent

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury reports:

    "Newcastle are not interested in signing Aston Villa striker Darren Bent. Reports on Wednesday suggested that the Magpies were keen on bringing the 29-year-old former Sunderland forward back to the North East.

    "Bent signed for Villa from Sunderland in January 2011 in a deal believed to be worth up to £24m. He scored 11 goals in his first full season, but only scored six in the last campaign having made just 23 appearances under manager Paul Lambert."

  143. 0954: 

    Former England international Alec Stewart: "It would appear Australia's problems are not just on the cricket field."

  144. 0950: 

    Surrey will be without paceman Stuart Meaker (knee) for the game against Division One leaders Sussex at Arundel, but Zafar Ansari is included in the squad after completing his studies at Cambridge University.

    Notts have dropped England limited-overs batsman Alex Hales for the home game against Derbyshire after scoring only 30 runs in eight Championship innings, but all-rounder Andre Adams is back from a calf injury.

    Durham and Warwickshire have both named unchanged squads, with the reigning champions looking to win in the north east for the first time in nine Championship matches.

  145. 0948: 

    Australia coach Holger Osieck has apologised for his "women should shut up in public" comment that has overshadowed Australia's World Cup qualifying win over Jordan, saying it was off the record and meant only as a joke.

    "I got information it created waves. That was not the intent. To everyone offended, I sincerely apologise," the German-born coach told a hastily-convened news conference Wednesday at Melbourne Airport.

  146. 0943: 

    New Zealand Test batsman Hamish Rutherford makes his Championship debut for Essex in their Championship Division Two game against third-placed Lancashire at Chelmsford.

    Paceman Mitchell Claydon may play his first game for winless Kent after arriving on loan from Durham as they take on Glamorgan, who bring in Will Owen to replace John Glover (finger injury), at Canterbury.

    Gloucestershire have opener Chris Dent and seam bowler Will Gidman back from injury as they play host to Hampshire, who sit one place higher at fifth in the table and include Pakistan all-rounder Sohail Tanvir for the first time.

  147. 0940: 

    It is the second time in three weeks Australian batsman David Warner has been in trouble with authorities.

    Last month the 26-year-old was fined £3,700 for comments to journalists on his Twitter account.

    The tweets, some containing obscene language and which Warner later apologised for, appeared after a journalist criticised the Indian Premier League (IPL) in an article which used a picture of him.

  148. 0936: 
    Joe Root


    Age: 22

    Batting style: Right-handed

    Role: Opening batsman

    Test debut: 13 December 2012 v India

    Record this summer: v Australia 12 runs; v New Zealand (Three ODIs) 66; v New Zealand (Two Tests) 144

  149. 0933: 

    Luis Suarez insists he is still to receive a "concrete offer" from Real Madrid but admits he is tempted by the prospect of playing for one of the world's top clubs, reports the Liverpool Echo.

    "I don't know if I will become a Madrid player, the only thing I know is that I have a contract (at Liverpool). Every player would like to play for a huge team, and Real Madrid is a huge team," he is quoted as saying in an interview with Uruguayan TV show RR-Gol,

    "Every player wants to reach the top and Real Madrid are one of the top clubs, but everything that has been said so far is just speculation, I haven't received any concrete offers."

  150. 0928: 


    Age: 26

    Batting style: Left-handed

    Role: Opening Batsman

    Test debut: 1 December, 2011 v New Zealand

    Record this summer: v England 9 runs; v India 0 runs; v West Indies 0 run

  151. 0922: 

    Dan Roan, BBC's chief sports correspondent: "England player involved in allegation believed to be Joe Root. Warner stood down for tonight's game. Reminiscent of Botham v Chappell '77."

  152. 0920: 

    Incoming Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has already held a strategy meeting with sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano before being officially announced in the role, reports the Daily Mail.

  153. 0916: 

    Wayne Rooney, 27, is worried that the Manchester United fans will not forgive him, reports the Times.

    Former manager Sir Alex Ferguson said that the striker had made a second transfer request in three years. The England international disputes that claim.


    Mike Povey: ‏Have sympathy for Stuart Pearce but he can't just blame players without looking at his own performance.

    Alan Simon: Pearce's commitment as a player was unrivalled. Today's crop are more concerned about boosting their bank balances and egos.

    Thomas Christophersen: ‏Europeans do U21s best, bring in a continental manager and let him get the English system up to speed with the rest of Europe.

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce blamed his players for their European Championship exit? What does the future have in store for him? Who could replace him if he left? #bbcsportsday.

  155. 0903: 
    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome wants to be challenging for the Tour de France for the next "six or seven years". reports the Times.

    The 28-year-old, who will lead Team Sky in the Tour in 17 days time, said: "I've got my goals, and personally where I want my career to go is to target the Tour, not just this year but for the next six or seven years, and each time to line up at the Tour ready to try and contend for the yellow jersey.

    "I am driven by that goal."

  156. 0858: 

    Statement from Cricket Australia on reports Australian batsman David Warner dropped for alleged attack on England player, believed to be Joe Root.

    "Warner has been reported for breaching Rule 6: Unbecoming Behaviour after he was allegedly involved in a physical altercation with an England player in the early hours of Sunday morning following the ICC Champions Trophy match between the teams in Birmingham.

    "Team management have stood down Warner pending the outcome of the hearing, meaning he will miss Australia's match against New Zealand in Birmingham tonight.

    "CA will convene the Code of Behaviour hearing as soon as possible. Details will be provided once the time and date is confirmed.

    "CA will not be making any further comment until after the hearing."

  157. 0852: 

    Australian batsman David Warner is stood down from Australia's ICC Champions Trophy match against New Zealand today and will be investigated for an alleged attack on an England player, believed to be Joe Root.

  158. 0847: 

    Norwich boss Chris Hughton is closing in on PSV Eindhoven's Swedish international forward Ola Toivonen, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The striker scored 59 goals in 125 appearances since moving to the Dutch League. The 26-year-old is also a target for Fulham.

  159. 0842: 

    Sunderland have signed French midfielder El-Hadji Ba, 20, from Le Havre on a three-year deal, reports L'Equipe.

  160. 0839: 

    Swansea could negotiate another loan move for Netherlands midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 25, if they cannot agree a fee with Spanish side Villarreal, reports Wales Online.

  161. 0833: 

    From BBC Sport's Piers Newbery:

    "A forecast of 'heavy rain and showers, some of it persistent' has brought the start of play at Queen's and Edgbaston forward to 1100 BST.

    "Andy Murray is scheduled third at Queen's against Nicolas Mahut - the man who beat him last year - and that match will be live on BBC Two, HD and online.

    "Heather Watson is up first at Edgbaston against Alla Kudryavtseva, followed by Laura Robson in a tough test against Daniela Hantuchova."

  162. 0831: 

    West Ham are hopeful of concluding a deal for 36-year-old former AC Milan midfielder Massimo Ambrosini, reports the Daily Mail.

  163. 0827: 

    New Everton boss Roberto Martinez is hoping to sign Wigan's Antolin Alcaraz by the end of the week, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The 30-year-old is a free agent but the Paraguay international had an injury-hit spell at the DW Stadium.


    Stuart Pearce is out of contract as England Under-21 manager at the end of the month and is due to sit down and talk about his future with the FA.

    After a disappointing European Under-21 Championship, should he continue as England manager? If it is time for a change, who would you like to see replace him? #bbcsportsday.

  165. 0822: 

    Manchester United are prepared to pay Robert Lewandowski £90,000 a week to convince him to move to England, reports the Sun.

    The 24-year-old was expected to stay in Germany and move to Bayern Munich, but Borussia Dortmund have vowed not to sell him to their Bundesliga rivals.

  166. 0820: 
    Cristiano Ronaldo

    Monaco are ready to make a world record £85m bid for Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo and pay the 28-year-old a £17m annual salary, reports the Independent.

  167. 0815: 
    David Warner

    Cricket Australia reports an incident regarding opening batsman David Warner. There are suggestions he will be left out of the team for today's ICC champions trophy game against New Zealand.

  168. 0814: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is considering a £6m bid for striker Darren Bent, 29, who has been told he can leave Aston Villa, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  169. 0812: 

    Sergio Garcia has said he left Tiger Woods a note in his US Open locker to apologise for last month's "fried chicken" remark.

    The pair shook hands on the practice range at Merion on Monday but have not had a chance to speak at length.

  170. 0810: 

    Sir Henry Cecil's stable jockey Tom Queally says a Royal Ascot win would be a fitting tribute after the legendary trainer's death aged 70.

    The 10-time champion died on Tuesday - a week before the meeting where he saddled a record 75 career winners.

  171. 0807: 

    Manchester City have confirmed the signing of winger Jesus Navas from Sevilla on a four-year deal.

    Navas, 27, passed a medical in New York to complete a deal worth an initial £14.9m, potentially rising to £15.9m over the course of his contract.

    He joins fellow new signing Fernandinho at City, who signed for in the region of £30m.

  172. 0801: 

    England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce blamed his players after last night's 1-0 defeat to Israel left his side pointless at the end of the European Under-21 Championship.

    "The players haven't delivered," Pearce, whose future as coach will be discussed by the Football Association in the next two weeks, told BBC Sport.

    "I'm really disappointed with my team."

  173. 0801: 

    Good morning and welcome to another edition of Sportsday live at the BBC Sports Centre. Today Andy Murray starts his grass court season at Queen's Club and Australia play New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

    Here are some of the top stories from over night.

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