Sportsday - Oslo Diamond League as it happened

Usain Bolt wins the men's 200m at the Diamond League in Oslo, while Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton was second in the women's 400m hurdles.

13 June 2013 Last updated at 21:07

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As it happened

  1. 2106: 

    That's it from the Sportsday crew. A comfortable win for Usain Bolt in the men's 200m. It was never in doubt, was it? And victories for Britons Shara Proctor and Tiffany Porter add gloss to an enjoyable evening. The next stop for the Diamond League is Birmingham on 30 June. Until then...


    Dusky: Usain Bolt won the 200m race in 19.80s - quicker than I could complete this tweet

  3. 2101: 

    Britain's David Bolarinwa was fifth, completing the distance in 20.62 seconds, and was closely followed by compatriot Daniel Talbot (20.72).

  4. 2059: 
    GB up

    Britain's James Ellington was third in 20.55 seconds, while Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure (20.36) was Bolt's closest challenger. A tenth of a second has been shredded from Bolt's time which means the Olympic champion eased home in 19.79 seconds, a world leading time and a meeting record.

  5. 2056: 

    The flashbulbs go off and girls begin to scream as Bolt high fives his way around the track. The Jamaican made a decent start but did not burst clear of the others until the home straight. A glance over the clock suggests time was important for the Jamaican.

  6. 2054: 

    Usain Bolts gallops clear of the pack in the final 50m to finish in a meet record 19.80 seconds.

  7. 2051: 

    Oops. Churandy Martina false starts, and the Dutchman is disqualified. He raises his arms, walks away - but then returns to the blocks. His protest is short and sweet and he eventually departs the track. We're down to seven men.

  8. 2050: 
    MEN'S 200M

    "They need to concentrate on executing their own races," was Colin Jackson's advice to the Britons taking part in the men's 200m. They're on their marks.

  9. 2048: 
    MEN'S 200M

    There are three Britons - David Bolarinwa, Daniel Talbot and James Ellington - hoping to keep up with Usain Bolt this evening. What are their chances? Erm... Bolt is pretending to shiver on the start line. Japes.

  10. 2047: 
    MEN'S 200M

    Usain Bolt, of course, played second fiddle to Justin Gatlin in the 100m in Rome last week. The triple Olympic champion is not worried, though. "I think I'm in shape to run sub-20," he said earlier. "It's all about execution and getting it right. I don't mind if it rains, that doesn't bother me: a bit of rain can make a track faster. It's when it's cold that it's a problem, so hopefully it will be warm."

  11. 2045: 

    Former 110m world record holder Colin Jackson on BBC Three: "The crowd are going to be pushing their home boy, Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, and he always runs his best against Usain. He will be wanting to push Usain as much as he possibly can. Although Usain looks calm and collected a lot will be going on in his head. But because this is Usain's favoured event I'm expecting him to put on a good show for all the fans."

  12. 2042: 

    Here we go then. Just under seven minutes until the starter calls Usain Bolt and the rest of the 200m gang to get on their marks. The Jamaican cutting a relaxed figure, playing the air guitar.

  13. 2040: 

    Kenya's Nixon Kiplimo Chepseba ran a personal best 3:50.95 and was rewarded with a second spot, while his compatriot James Kiplagat Magut (3:51.11) ran a season's best in third.

  14. 2037: 

    Djibouti's Ayanleh Souleiman drops to his knees and kisses the track after crossing the line in a sharpish 3:50.54 in the dream mile.

  15. 2036: 

    Britain's Shara Procter on BBC THREE: "I just tried to get the first jump in and try to win the competition. The main thing for me is to stay consistent and try to be above average."

  16. 2035: 
    Shara Proctor

    There was victory for Britain's Shara Proctor in the women's long jump thanks to a first-time leap of 6.89m. France's Eloyse Lesueur (6.68m) was second, while Russia's Yelena Sokolova (6.65m) finished third.

  17. 2029: 

    Nataliya Lupu decides to take on the Kenyans as she approaches the bend and, with 50m remaining, the Ukrainian looks set for victory - but Olympic bronze medallist Yekaterina Poistogova bursts through in the final 10m to pip Lupu on the line.

  18. 2024: 

    "I'm very excited to be here and I'm happy with the win today," says Tiffany Porter. "It wasn't my best time but I'm being optimistic and patient, and waiting for the big show in Moscow hopefully. Moscow is the big goal at this point."

  19. 2022: 

    Tiffany Porter's winning time was 12.76 seconds. Her closest challenger, Sara Aerts of Belgium, crossed the line in a season's best 12.95. Austria's Beate Schrott (12.97) was third.

  20. 2021: 

    Sweden's Emma Green Tregaro and Russia's Svetlana Shkolina shared the glory in the women's high jump. The pair could not be separated after jumping 1.95m. Anna Checherova (1.93m) made it a Russian one-two.

  21. 2016: 

    It all seemed a little too easy for Britain's Tiffany Porter, unchallenged before crossing the line in top spot in the women's 100m hurdles. Belgium's Sara Aerts was second.

  22. 2013: 

    Kipruto seemed to have plenty left in the tank after crossing the line in 8:04.48. A season's best 8:07.00 from Ezekiel Kemboi was not enough for the Kenyan to challenge his compatriot so a second place spot must suffice. Third was Kenya's Kipsang Hillary Yego. In fact, it was a Kenyan top six, which is no surprise.

  23. 2006: 

    Former world junior champion Conseslus Kipruto wins the men's 3000m steeplechase by a sizeable margin.

  24. 1957: 

    Lalova completed 100m of the track in a season's best 11.04 seconds which was enough to beat Ivory Coast's Murielle Ahoure (11.05) and Ukraine's Mariya Reymyen (11.07).

  25. 1953: 

    A late burst in the final 30m ensures Ivet Lalova dips a nose ahead of Murielle Ahoure in the women's 100m. A bouquet is the Bulgarian's reward.

  26. 1948: 
    WOMEN'S 5000M

    Defar deservedly completing a lap of honour after perfectly judging the women's 5000m to finish in a world leading time of 14:26.90. Way behind the Ethiopian was Kenya's Jelagat Viola Kibiwot (14:33.48) while Genzebe Dibaba (14:37.68) was third.

  27. 1943: 

    Former world record holder Meseret Defar had time to perch in a deckchair downt he home straight, such was the distance of her victory in the women's 5000m. A fourth victory in Oslo for the Ethiopian.

  28. 1938: 

    They love the javelin in Scandinavia so they do and those who have braved the drab Oslo weather - and the rest of us, of course - are going to enjoy watching spears fly through the slate-grey sky. A stellar castlist includes 2007 world champion Tero Pitkamaki, home boy - and former world and Olympic champion - Andreas Thorkildsen and current Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott.


    Karthik Gangadharan: "Usain Bolt really DID just drive into the stadium in what looked like a Formula 1 car!

    Rahim: Usain bolt driving an F1 car on the athletics track. Not that he even needs a car, given his speed on foot.

  30. 1927:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    After finishing second in the 400m hurdles, Perri Shakes-Drayton tells BBC Radio 5 Live she is undecided over whether to compete in the 400m or 400m hurdles at the World Championships in Moscow this summer. Her heart, apparently, is with the barriers.

  31. 1925: 
    Usain Bolt

    There is no sportsperson in the world who can razzle-dazzle a crowd quite like Usain Bolt. The triple Olympic champion drove into the stadium in an F1 car. A grand entrance for a grand man.

  32. 1920: 

    A fabulous first half from Martyn Rooney but the Briton tires, leaving Nigel Levine as the sole British hope down the home straight. Ahmed Youssef Masrahi (45.33) crosses the line ahead of the pack. A season's best 45.58 for Ramon Miller in second, while Levine (45.63) finished ahead of Olympic silver medallist Luguelin Santos, who was fourth.

  33. 1917: 

    Britons Nigel Levine and Martyn Rooney have been introduced to the crowd. The pair are crouching down, they're ready for the start of the men's 400m... Here we go... No. Steady on. False start. Will there be a disqualification? The marshals are out and there's a gentlemen on the track waving a green card which means no-one has been booted out. As you were. Let's go again...


    Adam Zimmer: Looking forward to seeing Bolt do 200m... Shame about the weather! Was hoping for a decent time.

  35. 1913: 

    It was a season's best 54.03 seconds for Perri Shakes-Drayton, but unfortunately for the 24-year-old Brit Zuzana Heknova also pulled a season's best 53.60sec out of the bag.

  36. 1908: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton gobbled up ground on Italy's Yadisleidy on her outside and entered the home straight in contention, but Zuzana Hejnova comfortably finished ahead of the Brit with a performance befitting of the favourite for the World Championships. America's Dalilah Muhammad was third.

  37. 1906: 

    It's time to swifly turn our attention to the track where Britain's Perry Shakes-Drayton lines up for the women's 400m hurdles. It's a toughie for the European indoor 400m champion as she has the Olympic silver medallist Lashinda Demus and the Olympic bronze medallist Zuzana Hejnova on her outside.

  38. 1904: 

    Two other field results have been completed. Germany's Christina Schwanitz (10.20m) has won the women's shot put, while Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (4.40m)came out on top in the women's pole vault.

  39. 1900: 

    Caterine Ibarguen has won the women's triple jump with a hop, skip and a jump of 14.81m. Ukraine's Olha Saladukha (14.56M) and Russia's Anna Pyatykh (14.16M) trailed the Columbian. Britain's Yamile Aldama finished eighth after an evening's best leap of 13.82m.

  40. 1858: 
    Gerd Kanter

    The men's discus is already done and dusted and the winner was Estonia's Gerd Kanter who produced a season's best 65.52m. Ehsan Hadadi (64.63m) was second with Poland's Robert Urbanke ( 64.58m) third. What happened to Piotr Malachowski, I hear you ask. Yes, we were expecting much from the Pole, but the man who threw 71.84m last week, to put him fifth on the all-time list, tumbled out of the competition after three non throws.

  41. 1855: 
    Usain Bolt

    Now is as good a time as any, I suppose, to look at this evening's PE timetable. (Don't panic, there's no modern dance scheduled, it's just an evening of athletics.)

    19:05 (BST) - Women's 400m hurdles

    19:10 - Women's long jump

    19:15 - Men's 400m

    19:25 - Women's 5000m

    19:30 - Men's javelin

    19:45 - Women's 100m

    19:55 - Men's 3000m steeplechase

    20:10 - Women's 100m hurdles

    20:20 - Women's 800m

    20:30 - Men's Dream Mile

    20:48 - Men's 200m

  42. 1853: 

    Usain Bolt has been driving around the track in a replica F1 car. The six-time Olympic champion and the Oslo crowd seemed to enjoy the experience. He was going at a fairly steady pace. "It's all about speed for me so it's just wonderful," says Bolt after stepping out of the automobile, before adding that tonight's 200m is "going to be good, I promise".

  43. 1850: 

    There's just about enough time to say you can watch some of the world's finest athletes live on BBC Three, online, Connected TV, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 1900-2100 BST. And if that wasn't enough, deep breaths, you can listen live on BBC Radio 5 live.

  44. 1848: 

    It would be a rather lonely and dull evening if the live text commentary was not scattered with your thoughts and musings. It's the usual routine, you can tweet us using the hashtag #bbcathletics or pop over a text on 81111 with ATHLETICS before your message. Will losing become a habit for Usain Bolt? Can Britain's Perry Shakes-Drayton compete with the best in the world?

  45. 1842: 

    Where Usain Bolt goes the world's media, with their cameras and flashbulbs, follow. There's a heightened sense of anticipation for the Jamaican's appearance in the 200m tonight as we're all eager to find out how the triple Olympic champion will respond to finishing a tenth of a second behind Justin Gatlin in Rome last week. He shrugged his shoulders in the Italian capital, but will the grand showman attempt to conclude the evening with a show-stopping 200m?

  46. 1836: 

    With the speed and smoothness of an Olympic sprinter bursting out of the blocks, let's shift our attention to matters in Oslo for the Bislett Games, or the Diamond League for those of you who are a little more up to date with such things.

  47. 1825: 

    Andy Murray beats Australia's Marinko Matosevic 6-2 6-2 in third-round match at the Aegon Championships. Catch the reaction in the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  48. 1823: 

    Andy Murray is serving for the match against Australia's Marinko Matosevic in the Aegon Championship third round. He leads 6-2 5-2 follow the action via our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  49. 1816: 

    Fifa says a "financial issue" with Nigeria has been resolved and the team will fly to the Confederations Cup in Brazil after an earlier threat not to travel.

    Nigeria are due to arrive later than scheduled for the eight-nation tournament, landing in Brazil on Saturday. The team's first game is on Monday in Belo Horizonte.

  50. 1814: 

    Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire

    Despite play being restricted to just 16.5 overs Nottinghamshire fought back strongly on the second day of their County Championship match against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.

    With Andre Adams removing both Wayne Madsen and Shivnarine Chanderpaul during a rain-interrupted morning session, the visitors slumped from their overnight position of 245 for two to reach 306 for six before heavy showers brought a premature close.

  51. 1810: 

    Leicestershire v Northamptonshire

    An unbeaten 67 by Joe Burns and a torrential afternoon downpour checked Northamptonshire's bid for victory in their LV County Championship clash with Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    The heavy rain that arrived shortly after lunch left the ground saturated and, following a 1700 BST inspection, umpires Martin Bodenham and Steve O'Shaughnessy had little option but to abandon play for the day.

    It left Leicestershire on 142 for three, still needing another 276 runs to avoid the follow on in their reply to Northants 567 for seven declared.

  52. 1806: 

    Ascot Racecourse announces that the 2013 Queen's Vase, to be run next Friday, 21 June, will be titled: "The Queen's Vase In Memory of Sir Henry Cecil."

    The 10-time champion trainer died of stomach cancer on Tuesday, aged 70, after a long illness.

  53. 1804: 

    Durham v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "It is going to be a late finish here in Chester-le-Street. When Durham came in to start their second innings there were still 46 overs to go, which by my maths, will take us to the fringes of 1900 BST.

    Ben Stokes did the damage with the ball late on as he took 4-49, as Warwickshire were all out for 209, losing their last five wickets after lunch for 93 runs. Things would have been worse if Keith Barker (31) and Jeetan Patel (53) hadn't put on 72 for the eighth wicket. Having started their second innings with a 58-run lead Durham are now 90 ahead at 32-0 after 10 overs."

  54. 1800: 
    Usain Bolt

    Usain Bolt is in action this evening at the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. The six-time Olympic champion says he is feeling "wonderful" and is ready to run under 20 seconds for the 200m.

    Watch live on BBC Three, online, Connected TV, mobiles and BBC Sport app from 1900-2100 BST. Listen live on BBC Radio 5 live but to get you in the mood we'll have live text commentary from 1830 right on this very page.

  55. 1756: 

    Sussex v Surrey

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms: "A session notable for two dropped catches by Surrey both of them giving lives to Matt Prior. Prior has battled hard for his 37 which has come off 80 balls, but a couple of trademark cover drives have suggested a return to top form is not far away. Sussex will be looking to press on after tea following Wednesday's washout."

  56. 1745: 

    Michael Clarke concludes the news conference by stating Australia will be "100% ready" for the Ashes despite the incident.

    "I think David [Warner] knows how I feel about the culture of this Australian team and how important I feel the standards are in this Australian team. I've said for a long time it's not what you say it's what you do and this is an opportunity for Warner to show the world what he does rather than what he says.

    "We'll be 100% ready for the Ashes there's no doubt about it."

  57. 1743: 

    David Warner: "It's disappointing to have two incidents in a matter of months. I'm here to apologise for my actions and it's come two or three weeks after that incident occurred in India. I've got to draw a line over it and move on."

  58. 1741: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "There is no good time to be dealing with this but this is part of what you do as leadership in this team. I respect the fact David has put his hand up and wants to move forward, has apologised to Joe [Root] and acknowledged he has made a big mistake. He does deserve credit for putting his hand up."

  59. 1739: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "Our behaviour in general has been outstanding. David knows how upset we are as a team with his behaviour. We made it very clear with our decisions in India and I still stand firm by them. Although the punishment for David is quite harsh that's the reality when you play for the Australian cricket team. This is not an IPL team, this is not state cricket, it's not county cricket, when you play for Australia there are standards you have to uphold."

  60. 1738: 

    Asked if he feels fortunate to still be on the tour, David Warner says: "Definitely. I have to be a bit smarter with what I do on and off the field."

  61. 1737: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is also in the news conference, and he adds: "It is probably not the right time for me to be bragging about David's leadership qualities. He does have leadership qualities but he knows how I feel. This behaviour is unacceptable as an Australian cricketer. Although we have a young group we have come a long way with the culture of this team. Davey knows how disappointed the team is and I am with his behaviour."

  62. 1736: 

    David Warner: "It's up to me to be accountable for my actions, which I am, and try not to be aggressive like I did. I've just got to move on and do everything I can to get picked for the first Test.

    "We're not here to speculate about what happened beforehand. I'm here to apologise and I'm extremely remorseful for what I have done. I definitely remember the night, It started out with a few drinks in the bar and as a team we went to the Walkabout. I made a mistake and I put my hand up."

  63. 1734: 

    David Warner: "It is up to me to be accountable for my actions. I can't put myself in that position ever again. I have to do everything I can to get picked for the first Ashes Test."

  64. 1733: 

    David Warner: "I have accepted the punishment. It is up to me to do everything I can to help the team to progress in the Champions Trophy and move on to have a great preparation for the Ashes.

    "I won't deny I'd had a couple of drinks. I have exchanged text messages with Joe [Root]. He accepted my apology which I am thoroughly grateful for."

  65. 1731: 

    David Warner's news conference is under way, the Australian immediately offers an apology, saying: "I'm here today to apologise publicly and put my hand up and say I am responsible for my actions. I am extremely remorseful. I have let my team-mates down, the support staff, myself and my family."

  66. 1730: 

    Barcelona put their support behind Lionel Messi, saying they have no doubt that he is innocent of tax avoidance.

    "We are all calm," says Barcelona president Sandro Rosell. "His family have all of our support. I do not doubt their innocence."

  67. 1723: 

    Australia batsman David Warner faces the world's media at 1730 BST for the first time since he was suspended by Cricket Australia after allegedly attacking England's Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub.

    Stay with Sportsday as the stream of the news conference is at the top of this page for desktop users. Hit refresh if you are unable to see it.

  68. 1720: 

    Andy Murray is about to take to the court for the second time today as he faces Australia's Marinko Matosevic in the Aegon Championship third round.

    Follow the action via our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  69. 1712: 

    Play has resumed at the US Open after it was suspended earlier this afternoon because of the weather. Follow the action via our live text commentary.

  70. 1710: 

    Pirelli has abandoned plans to change the tyres used this season after failing to secure the teams' agreement.

    The Italian company wanted to change the construction of the rear tyres following a series of failures this year, but the change was controversial and was blocked by some teams, who feared it would affect their competitiveness.

    Pirelli now believes it has solved the problem by strengthening the adhesive that secures the rubber to the carcass.

  71. 1707: 

    Aston Villa complete the signing of Dutch Under 21 midfielder Leandro Bacuna from Groningen on a three-year deal.

  72. 1705: 

    Ashes series of 1932

    England captain Douglas Jardine devised arguably the most controversial of all cricket tactics to combat the great Donald Bradman during the Ashes series of 1932.

    His bowlers - in particular Harold Larwood - repeatedly bowled fast, short deliveries which bruised the Australian batsmen. The tactic sparked an international outcry and a row which reached governmental levels.

  73. 1701: 

    Australian batsman David Warner faces the world's media about 1730 BST for the first time since he was suspended by Cricket Australia after allegedly attacking England's Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub.

    It is not the first time there has been controversy involving Australia and England players ahead of an Ashes series, here are few from over the years...

  74. 1658: 

    New Everton manager Roberto Martinez hints he would like to offer a new contract to tie England left-back Leighton Baines to the Goodison Park club.

    "It is important that we reward his work and make sure that he can look forward to kicking-on and go into the next chapter of his career with Everton," Martinez tells the Blues' official website.

  75. 1655: 

    Steven Blake: Not sure where these deluded Man Utd fans think they going to get the £85m for Ronaldo from. He hasn't even said he wants to leave.

  76. 1650: 

    David Haye's co-promoter Eddie Hearn is confident a deal will be secured to set up a clash between the Londoner and British heavyweight rival Tyson Fury.

    "No contracts have been signed but my gut feeling is that it will happen," Hearn tells BBC Sport.

  77. 1647: 

    Italian manufacturers Pirelli abandon plans to change the tyres used this season after failing to secure the teams' agreement.

    The Italian company wanted to change the construction of the rear tyres following a series of failures this year. But the change was controversial and was blocked by some teams, who feared it would affect their competitiveness.

  78. 1643: 

    Barry Dunne: Re 1459. Hopefully Chelsea signing Schurrle means Victor Moses is coming to Everton. I'd expect a loan signing, but a permanent deal would be even better.

  79. 1640: 

    More from Ben Smith in Rio: "I am writing this from outside The Maracanã, near the iconic statue of Hilderaldo Luis Bellini, Brazil's first World Cup-winning captain, who guards the entrance. This footballing mecca still resembles a building site - there are diggers and workmen, drills and lorries. The stadium looks far from ready for its opening match on Sunday but something tells me this city and this country won't let that stop them."

    I am not jealous as grey Salford skies hover over the office. I am not jealous at all.

  80. 1638: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith, who is out in Rio de Janeiro to cover the Confederations Cup:

    "My first morning in Rio has ticked off all the cliches. The white sand and tat-hawkers, seething surf, sarongs, palm trees, Copacabana, Ipanema and back. I have seen the concrete, hotels and urban sprawl, the notorious favelas that grip the hillsides, kids juggling limes for pennies at traffic lights, exhaust fumes and rubble."

  81. 1634: 

    Bath confirm the signing of Wales international Gavin Henson. Henson, 31, leaves London Welsh following their relegation from the Premiership.

    "We know Gavin's qualities and have seen him work extremely hard for his team and perform at a consistently high level last season," says Bath head coach Gary Gold.

    Henson adds: "I still very much want to be playing at the highest level and Bath is a big club with big plans."

  82. 1629: 

    Aston Villa announce the signing of Denmark international Jores Okore from FC Nordsjaelland. The defender, 20, has signed a four-year deal at Villa Park.

  83. 1626: 

    And are these thunderstorms going to disrupt the rest of the weekend? I'm no meteorologist, but thankfully BBC weather presenter John Hammond is. John takes a look at what the weather has in store for Merion.

    Watch the latest update from the BBC Weather on the website.

  84. 1621: 

    'What's happening at Merion?' I hear you cry. Here's an update. Play in the first round of the US Open will resume at 12:10 local time (17:10 BST) after a delay of 3 hours 34 minutes. However more severe bad weather is due to hit Merion later this afternoon.

  85. 1618: 

    James Hunter: Ronaldo doesn't strike me as the mercenary that Falcao is. Behind all the glamour, there's genuine love for football (and Utd).

  86. 1613: 

    Pro12 side Edinburgh confirm the signing of Scotland and Bath full-back Jack Cuthbert on a two-year deal.

    "It's a change of league with a very different style of rugby," says Cuthbert. "The Premiership is very much a physical affair while there's a great style of running rugby brandished in the Pro12, with the physicality right up there with the best leagues in Europe."

  87. 1608:  
    BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter at Merion

    Players are being allowed back on to the range. Awaiting word on restart time.

  88. 1605: 

    Hussain Osman: There was no need for Ronaldo to publicly write such - he definitely wants to leave. To where? That's the question.

  89. 1600: 

    A bit more information on Germany international Andre Schurrle, who has agreed to join Chelsea. Traditionally a forward, the 22-year-old is also capable of playing on the left of midfield. He has scored 18 goals in over 60 appearances.

  90. 1555: 

    Olympic men's four champion Alex Gregory, who has a virus, has been replaced by James Foad in the Great Britain's men's eight for the Eton Dorney World Cup.

  91. 1549: 

    James Herbert: Re 1459. Schurrle to Chelsea will hopefully lead to Moses coming back to Crystal Palace. Fingers crossed, we need him more than Everton.

  92. 1547: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson is marking his retirement by taking his whole family on a cruise of a lifetime - around Scotland, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Former Manchester United boss Ferguson - who stepped down at the end of the season after 26 years in the post - has shunned the Caribbean and instead will sail from Oban to Iona taking in the Hebrides, North and South Uist as well as Benbecula.

  93. 1542: 

    BBC Sport's Graham McMillan at Merion: It has stopped raining for now. Told we're into a clear spell for a few hours before it returns with vengeance. No sign of play though.

  94. 1538: 

    World champion Nick Dempsey clinches gold in the men's RS:X event at the Sail for Gold Regatta in Weymouth.

    The London 2012 silver medallist, who started the day in second place, wins the medal race to claim the overall lead. Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Bryony Shaw takes gold in the women's RS:X.

  95. 1534:  
    Iain Carter, BBC Sport at MerionGOLF

    "Our reporter Alistair Bruce-Ball decamped to the hotel to find a stable broadcasting position given that the press tent is about to be battered by high winds and hail. Oh the irony - we are now hearing communications have been knocked out at the hotel. It's raining hard a lot of thunder but the media tent is holding up okay at the moment."

  96. 1531: 

    Chris Whitelaw: Chelsea have done well investing in Schurrle. Germany is where all the young rising talent is.

  97. 1528: 

    While many footballers are sunning themselves on a beach this summer, Wycombe midfielder Matt Bloomfield has been in Kenya helping to build classrooms for school children.

    The Chairboys stalwart led a team of 10 volunteers out to Nakuru, where they spent seven days teaching, building and cooking, while learning about the impoverished area. Watch the video on the BBC Sport website.

  98. 1524: 

    Juan Martin Del Potro beats Britain's Dan Evans 6-0 6-3 in 55 minutes at the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club. Andy Murray is back in action at around 1700 BST, follow the action via our live text commentary.

  99. 1520: 

    Matt Bajcar Mill: Finally Schurrle joins Chelsea, good player loads of potential, probably means Kevin De Bruyne is leaving though, shame.

  100. 1516: 

    England team to play Argentina:

    15 Mike Brown (Harlequins); 14 Christian Wade (Wasps), 13 Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), 12 Kyle Eastmond (Bath), 11 Marland Yarde (London Irish); 10 Freddie Burns (Gloucester), 9 Lee Dickson (Northampton); 1 Joe Marler (Harlequins), 2 Rob Webber (Bath), 3 David Wilson (Bath), 4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps), 5 Dave Attwood (Bath), 6 Tom Wood (Northampton, capt), 7 Matt Kvesic (Worcester), 8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester).

    Replacements: David Paice (London Irish), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Paul Doran-Jones (Northampton), Courtney Lawes (Northampton), Billy Vunipola (Wasps), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Stephen Myler (Northampton), Ben Foden (Northampton).

  101. 1512: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster names uncapped London Irish wing Marland Yarde in his side for Saturday's second Test against Argentina.

    Yarde, 21, makes his debut in place of David Strettle, while Bath's Kyle Eastmond replaces Lions-bound Billy Twelvetrees in the centres

  102. 1508: 

    Beijing 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Bryony Shaw wins the Sail for Gold event in Weymouth.

    Shaw holds on to her lead with a second place finish in the medal race - giving her an overall win by five points. It is her second win of the season and her fifth podium finish out of the six events this year.

  103. 1504: 

    Real Madrid's Cristanio Ronaldo: "All the news about my renewal with Real Madrid are false."

    The Sun reported on Thursday that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is ready to offer Ronaldo more than £125m over five years to sign a new deal - and insisted it will be finalised this summer.


    Marvin: Re Matt Boulden. If someone at Chelsea has to make space for Schurrle, let it be Mata and he comes to Old Trafford.

    Some wishful thinking from Marvin there. Does Schurrle's arrival mean somebody will be departing the Bridge? Speculation has linked Victor Moses with a reunion with his ex-Wigan boss Roberto Martinez at Everton. Let us know what you think using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  105. 1459: 

    Steve Bruce is said to be keen on urging Hull City's board to up their bid for former Scunthorpe United striker Gary Hooper after a reported offer of £4.5 million was rejected by Celtic, reports the Scunthorpe Telegraph.

  106. 1452: 

    Bayer Leverkusen sign South Korean international Son Heung-min on a five-year deal.

    The 20-year-old came up through the youth system at Hamburg after signing at the age of 16.

    "Son Heung-min is exactly the kind of player we wanted for our young team," says Leverkusen's sporting director Rudi Voller. "He is fast, explosive, technically strong and has a good shot. He is going to help us achieve our goals in the Bundesliga, the German Cup and the Champions League."

  107. 1448: 
    Us Open

    Bubba Watson of the United States jokes with Rickie Fowler while looking at a weather map on a smart phone during a weather delay during the first round the US Open.


    Matt Boulden: "Scares me that Chelsea look set to get Schurrle. Surely this means someone is leaving!

  109. 1441: 

    Dan Evans plays Juan Martin del Potro after Andy Murray beats Nicolas Mahut and you can follow the action via our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  110. 1439: 

    England are 85-1 off 20 overs in their Champions Trophy match with Sri Lanka. Solid platform or too slow? Head over to the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website to have your say.

  111. 1433: 

    Peterborough United appear unlikely to sign Gillingham midfielder Jack Payne after chairman Darragh MacAnthony told the Peterborough Telegraph that the Gills' asking price is too high.

    The 22 year-old impressed during a loan spell at London Road in the second-half of last season.

  112. 1425: 

    Liverpool will bid for Sunderland goalkeeper Simon Mignolet as uncertainty grows over the future of Pepe Reina, reports the Daily and Sunday Express.

    Mignolet impressed last season with a number of outstanding performances and is eager to leave the Stadium of Light this summer in search of European football. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has made the Belgian international his top target, with Reina linked to Barcelona.

  113. 1421: 

    Earlier we posed a teaser from the good people at Question of Sport: "Since 1990, which seven American golfers have won the US Open on only one occasion?"

    Here is the answer: "Webb Simpson, Lucas Glover, Jim Furyk, Steve Jones, Corey Pavin, Tom Kite and Hale Irwin."

  114. 1414: 

    Castleford Tigers sign Ben Davies on a deal until the end of the 2013 Super League season.

    The 23-year-old prop joins the Club for the second time after being released by Widnes Vikings earlier this week.

  115. 1408: 

    Andy Murray on BBC Two: "Missing the French Open was tough. You realise how much it means to you. My back felt great, especially with the conditions we have had. It is very cold and I'm sure, as anyone who has had a back problem knows, that's not good. But even with all the stopping and starting it feels great and that is probably the most satisfying thing about the match."

  116. 1401: 

    Andy Murray beats France's Nicolas Mahut 6-2 7-6 (7-4) to make the third round of the Aegon Championships.

    Not much time for Murray to rest, mind, he is due to return to Centre Court later to take on Marinko Matosevic of Australia.

  117. 1358: 


    Born: November 1990 in Ludwigshafen, Germany (22)

    Position: Forward

    Clubs: Mainz (2009-11); Bayer Leverkusen (2011-13)

    International caps: 24

    Did you know? Schurrle started Euro 2012 semi-final as Germany were knocked out by Italy


    Andrew Priestley: I hope Warner will be selected for the first Ashes Test. It will add yet more drama and tension to a summer of Ashes cricket.

  119. 1354: 

    David Warner and Australia captain Michael Clarke are to address the media at 1730 BST.

    Warner was suspended until the first Test of the Ashes earlier on Thursday after pleading guilty to "unbecoming behaviour".

  120. 1349: 

    Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire

    BBC Radio Derby's Charles Collins: "The players are taking an early lunch at Trent Bridge after a second rain interruption delayed proceedings. The morning session belonged to Notts who reduced Derbyshire from 265 for two to 291 for six, Madsen out for 74 and Chanderpaul for 87. At lunch Derbyshire are 300 for six wickets."

  121. 1347: 

    Great Britain score a 1-2-3 in one of the new Olympic classes at the Sail for Gold event in Weymouth.

    Ben Saxton and Hannah Diamond secured Gold after medal racing was abandoned in the Nacra fleet due to the testing wind conditions. Lucy MacGregor and her crew of Tom Phipps were second, whilst Beijing gold medallist Pippa Wilson and team-mate John Gimson finished third.

    The Rio 2016 Games will see the return of the multihull to the Olympic program.

  122. 1345: 

    Sussex v Surrey

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms: "After Wednesday's washout play began at 1115 BST, and on an overcast morning Surrey had no hesitation in asking Championship leaders Sussex to bat. Jade Dernbach justified that decision trapping Luke Wells for just three in the fifth over of the morning, but Nash and Yardy added 51 before Nash was caught in the covers off Tim Lindley. Joyce and Yardy steered Sussex to 68-2 at lunch with honours just about even."

  123. 1339: 
    US Open

    Play has just been suspended in the first round of the US Open "due to severe weather" moving into the area. Ian Poulter leads on three under.

    Head over to our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website for updates.

  124. 1337: 

    Coventry City's administrators confirm that they have received four "final and best" bids for the League One club. The Sky Blues were ruled to be in administration at a High Court hearing in March.

  125. 1332: 

    Kent v Glamorgan

    BBC Radio Kent's Matt Cole: "It was Murray Goodwin's morning here at Canterbury, he's not given a sniff to Kent's attack despite seam-friendly conditions. The former Sussex batsman closing in on his second successive Championship century as Glamorgan appear set to grind out an impressive first innings total. They are 242-5."

  126. 1329: 

    Durham v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Warwickshire captain Jim Troughton punched his bat as he was dismissed in what turned out to the be the final delivery of the morning session.

    "Having been dropped on none by Paul Collingwood at first slip, Troughton lived a charmed life as the Durham attack regularly found the edge of his bat. But it was Ben Stokes, coming round the wicket, who eventually got him for 21 as he nicked one to Phil Mustard.

    "It was a bad wicket for Warwickshire to lose because they'd just seen the departure of Tim Ambrose for 12 an over before when he was bowled by Mark Wood. They are now 106-5 at lunch - on a ground where they have not won in eight visits."

  127. 1319: 
    Andre Schurrle

    Chelsea announce they have reached an agreement with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer of German international Andre Schurrle.

    The deal is "subject to the completion of legal documentation and related matters, including personal terms and passing a medical", say the Blues.

  128. 1317: 

    Ben Cassidy: Expected Murray to come on showing them how a Scot deals with the cold. He comes out blowing on his hands. Ach well.

  129. 1314: 

    Andy Murray is limbering up on court as he prepares to restart his rain-affected match against France's Nicolas Mahut at Queen's.

    The Briton leads 6-3 2-2 with a tie against Marinko Matosevic, which would take place later today, awaiting the winner. The clouds are "greyer than day-old dishwater" according to my colleague Mike Henson who is handily providing serve-by-serve text commentary.

  130. 1309: 

    Super League champions Leeds Rhinos suffer another injury setback as prop Ryan Bailey is ruled out for six weeks with a broken thumb. Rhinos are already without seven first-team players, including dynamic half-back Danny McGuire.

    "Our resources are being tested at present," says coach Brian McDermott. "But this will give an opportunity to someone else and I expect them to grab it with both hands."

  131. 1305: 

    Chelsea expect to secure the £20m signing of Bayer Leverkusen's Germany international Andre Schurrle, 22, next week, reports the Daily Express.

  132. 1301: 

    Scotland name three new caps in their starting XV for Saturday's Test against South Africa in Nelspruit.

    Full-back Peter Murchie, winger Tommy Seymour and lock Tim Swinson start as coach Scott Johnson makes seven changes to the side beaten 27-17 by Samoa in Durban.

  133. 1256:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    Good punishment for Warner. Have to show value through hard work and team ethic. If misses first Test probably sit out Lord's too. Hope penny finally drops.


    Mike Doodson: Re Warner. Prefer to see a self-regulatory body impose a punishment that didn't safeguard it's own interests. Hartley and the Lions for example.

  135. 1250: 

    England bowler Stuart Broad, who was out with team-mate Joe Root when he was allegedly attacked by Australia's David Warner, has been discussing the incident ahead of the match against Sri Lanka.

    "We had rest days and we were well within our rights to go out," he tells Sky Sports. "We did nothing wrong - you are always on show as England cricketers and we have to be aware of that."

  136. 1247: 

    England recall Graeme Swann in place of fellow spinner James Tredwell and have been put into the field by Sri Lanka in the ICC Champions Trophy match at The Oval. Our live text commentary is under way.

  137. 1244: 
    Garrincha National Stadium

    Match of the Day: Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia has "a VERY steep climb to the back!" says MOTD commentator Steve Wilson.

  138. 1241: 

    If the mere mention of Tahiti is not enough to excite you, then here's a few BBC Sport videos aiming to do just that. First up is a preview programme, while we have vintage footage of Brazil and France winning past tournaments and then a feast of goals which includes a hat-trick from Fernando Torres. Yes, really.

  139. 1239: 

    As Phil McNulty mentions, Saturday marks the beginning of the Confederations Cup in Brazil. The tournament is staged in the country which is hosting next year's World Cup finals and means there is as much attention on what happens off the pitch in terms of stadium, training facilities and infrastructure as there is the football.

    But the participating countries will see the competition as a vital stepping stone for the 2014 World Cup, with Brazil, Spain, Italy and Japan all sending strong squads. Oceania champions Tahiti need not worry - the minnows have already been dumped out of qualification.

  140. 1237:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport's chief football writer

    "Interesting to see if much headway has been made for the Confederations Cup - and one year to go until the start of the World Cup. Maracana had a touch of the building site around the exterior when was in Rio last week - and plenty of interior still a work in progress."

  141. 1234: 

    Max, via text: Warner playing in the Ashes will make things more interesting. The crowd will give him a lot of stick if he plays so will definitely boost the enjoyment for the fans.

  142. 1231: 

    Britain's Mark Andrews wins gold in the Finn class at the Sail for Gold event at the Olympic venue in Weymouth. In an all-British class, Andrew Mills was second and Peter McCoy third.

    Organisers were forced to cancel the final day of racing in the 2.4 metre and Sonar Paralympic classes due to the strong winds out on course.

  143. 1228:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's

    Another autumnal day but hopefully dry. Tsonga, then Murray, then Evans.

  144. 1225: 

    Croatia's imminent entry to the European Union is certainly going to be celebrated in the political corridors of capital city Zagreb. But it could, apparently, also make one Championship club very happy.

    That's because the Balkan country joining the EU will allow Middlesbrough to move closer to signing two Croatian players, according to the Evening Gazette newspaper. The Teesside club has been building close ties with Croatian contacts, including former striker Alen Boksic, and are targeting a pair of "young, talented, creative players" who are tipped to be future Croatia internationals.

  145. 1220: 

    Jake, London, via text: Re Warner. Great decision for England and Chris Rogers. Rogers will be able to play at his favourite position as an opener and cement his place.

  146. 1217: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Bruce-Ball at Merion: Definition of derecho - a long line of severe storms that can pack hail, lightning, rain and 75 mph winds. Oh good.

  147. 1213: 
    Cliff Kresge

    World number 511 Cliff Kresge of the United States hits the opening tee shot at the US Open and you can follow all the action from Merion with our live text commentary.


    Lawrence, via text: Australia basically out of the Champions Trophy so he's missing two tour matches. Symonds got sent home in 2009 for less. All it says to me is that they don't have anybody better to replace him....which we all know anyway.

  149. 1204: 

    More from BBC News reporter Phil Mercer in Sydney:

    "Veteran ABC radio commentator Jim Maxwell believes Australia's wayward opening batsman deserves one final chance, while the Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Birmingham pub bust-up 'continues a tradition of (Australian) indiscretions on recent British tours'. Columnist Richard Hinds fears Australia's 'Ashes campaign is already - sorry, I can't resist - rooted' (messed up in Aussie slang)."

  150. 1202: 

    BBC News's Phil Mercer, who is based in Sydney, takes a look at the reaction of the Australian press to David Warner's latest misdemeanour:

    "One of Australia's most talented and erratic cricketers is at a crossroads," says Malcolm Conn, the chief cricket writer for Australia's News Limited Network. David Warner, he writes, is a role model. "If that responsibility is too great he should hand back the millions he is making and go and play in the park, where he can get on the turps every Saturday night and almost no one will care."

  151. 1158: 

    The Rugby Football League confirms England will use Loughborough University as their base for the World Cup later this year.

    England trained at the campus earlier this week to prepare for Friday's International Origin clash against the Exiles in Warrington.

    "In the past we have been a bit nomadic, so we wanted to create our own identity there," says England head coach Steve McNamara.

  152. 1153: 

    The 113th US Open is under way at a storm-threatened Merion Golf Course, with Tiger Woods the favourite to win his first major title in five years.

    The world number one is not due off until later on Thursday, going out with the two players below him in the global rankings - Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott.

    Early starters include 2012 Masters champion Bubba Watson, five-time runner-up Phil Mickelson, in-form Matt Kuchar and English challengers Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose. Their early tee times could prove beneficial in what is likely to be the best weather conditions of the day.


    Anon, via text: No idea why Warner is allowed to play in the Ashes. I would think there may be some bad blood between him and Root so why not suspend him to avoid further conflict?

  154. 1142:  
    BBC Sport's golf correspondent Iain Carter at Merion

    "Someone's upset someone judging by the angry nature of the Merion skies this morning. Wish I'd brought my waterproof trouziz!"

  155. 1142: 

    With the first three-ball preparing to tee off at 11:45 BST, here's a US Open teaser for your amusement - kindly provided from our chums at Question of Sport. We will be revealing all the answers later this afternoon.

    "Since 1990, which seven American golfers have won the US Open on only one occasion?"

  156. 1139: 

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer admits he is aware he could be sacked next season with a poor run of results. Bowyer took permanent control after a season where he was in charge twice and four other managers were used.

    "They've not said 'regardless of what happens you are here all season'," the 41-year-old tells BBC Radio Lancashire. "I've grown up in the industry all my life so I know what it's about. If we were to lose three games on the trot then there would be pressure."

    Bowyer also tells BBC Radio Lancashire the club's owners have assured him that star striker Jordan Rhodes will not be sold this summer.


    Adam Brand: Spot on punishment from CA. Makes it harder for him to play in Ashes but still available. Genuine punishment but not too harsh.

    Do you agree with Adam? Or should David Warner have been punished further after pleading guilty to "unbecoming behaviour" following his alleged attack on England's Joe Root? Let us know your thoughts by using #bbcsportsday or via text on 81111.

  158. 1127: 

    Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he expects to announce Roberto Martinez's successor as manager on Friday.

    Ex-Bolton boss Owen Coyle and former England manager Steve McLaren have been linked with the position vacated by Martinez's departure for Everton.

    "I still have two more lads to see but I expect to announce something tomorrow," Whelan tells BBC Sport. " I've seen some great lads, top managers and it could be we have to speak to one or two of them again, but I'd say it's likely we will make an announcement tomorrow."

  159. 1122: 

    Live coverage of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club, London, is under way on the BBC Sport website.

    Britain's Andy Murray returns to action, after rain interrupted play on Wednesday. The Briton, 26, leads Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3 2-2 (15-0).

    Here is the order of play: Centre Court - Tsonga (Fra) v Roger-Vasselin (Fra); Murray (GB) v Mahut (Fra); Evans (GB) v Del Potro (Arg).

  160. 1116: 

    Australia batsman David Warner is suspended up until the first Test of the Ashes, Cricket Australia announces.

    Warner pleaded guilty to "unbecoming behaviour" and has been suspended from the remainder of Australia's ICC Champions Trophy campaign, as well as receiving a fine of £7,000 (AU $11,500).

    "Warner is also suspended for the Australian team's two tour matches before the first Ashes Test against Somerset and Worcestershire," Cricket Australia add in a statement. "He will be eligible for selection for the first Test."

  161. 1111: 

    Hearts will listen to offers for their entire first-team squad in an effort to keep the Scottish Premier League club afloat.

    The Edinburgh club said it was making the move on account of other revenue "drying up".

    Hearts face uncertainty with a debt of £25m - £10m of which is due to their parent company, UBIG, which is claiming insolvency. And the club owes £15m to Ukio Bankas, which has been declared bankrupt.

  162. 1109:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England face Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy at 1300 BST and you can follow Test Match Special ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 1245, while there will be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    lana del yey: Warburton has only started once! Loads more to show and will come good in the Tests.

    Dave Lewis: Gatland will be lambasted for favouritism if he picks Warburton for the first Test... wait for him to be fit in the second.

  164. 1104: 

    British 1,500m champion Laura Weightman hopes a strong showing at next month's UK Championships can boost her World Championship ambitions.

    The 21-year-old prepares with Great Britain on 22-23 June at the European Team Championships in Gateshead.

    Weightman tells BBC Newcastle: "I want a good performance at the championships and to take my place at the Worlds. Then at the World Championships I want to build on my performances in 2012 and hopefully make the final."

  165. 1100: 

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp believes England do not know how to play football and has backed Glenn Hoddle to take charge of the under-21s team.

    England Under-21s failed to pick up a point in this year's European Championship under boss Stuart Pearce. Redknapp was tipped to succeed Fabio Capello as manager of the senior side in 2012 but Roy Hodgson was appointed.

    "We do not know how to play football. The changes have to come from the top of the game," he wrote in The Sun.

  166. 1054: 

    Clive Efford MP, Labour's Shadow Minister for Sport, believes the participation figures released by Sport England are "disappointing".

    "They show the Government is failing to deliver the Olympic legacy," says the Eltham MP. "There should have been a significant increase in participation following the Olympics, it is not acceptable to explain away these figures by saying we have had a bad winter."


    Rachel McCann: Re Lions. Vanipola, Youngs, A Jones, AW Jones, O'Connell, O'Brien, Tipuric, Heaslip, Phillips, Sexton, North, O'Driscoll, Roberts, Cuthbert, Halfpenny is Test XV for me. Being captain shouldn't guarantee a start.

  168. 1046: 
    Cardiff Blues

    Cardiff Blues and Cardiff RFC are to install an artificial pitch at Cardiff Arms Park ahead of the 2013-14 season after being granted approval by the Welsh Rugby Union. The clubs hope it will provide a more entertaining game of rugby.

    "It will see an end to a heavy sodden pitch which is not conducive to the style of rugby our players and fans alike want to see," said the Blues in a statement.

  169. 1043: 

    Yorkshire start day three of their game against Middlesex at Lord's in a strong position thanks to Andrew Gale's 103 in their first innings of 390. The hosts resume on 16-1 in a match which has been affected by rain.

    In the other game starting its third day today, Leicestershire will begin their reply to Northants' 567-7 declared, which owed much to the first double century of Kyle Coetzer's career. The Scotland opener made 219 and added 175 with Andrew Hall, whose 103 was his third Championship century of the summer.

    West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be seeking his second Championship century of the season when Derbyshire resume on 245-2 against Nottinghamshire. Also in Division One, Warwickshire start day two on 31-1 against Durham, who were all out for 267 on Wednesday.


    Josh Skinner: Re Lions. Not sure how people can claim Croft should start but Warburton shouldn't based on form. O'Brien shown more than Croft so far.

    What do we make of the Lions so far? Has Warren Gatland already decided on his starting XV for the first Test against Australia? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  171. 1039:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFORMULA 1

    Ever wondered what it would be like on the pitwall during a Formula 1 race weekend?

    BBC Radio 5 live correspondent James Allen talks about his on a unique experience OF being on the Marussia pitwall at the recent Canadian Grand Prix in his blog on the 5 live website.

  172. 1033: 

    The bad weather over the early months of the year has hit sport participation numbers, according to figures released by Sport England.

    The latest set of figures to April of this year show 1.4 million more people are playing sport than when London won the right to stage the Olympics in 2005, but there has been a dip since the peak last December.

    Sport England blames the coldest March for 50 years for the blip, but says its active people survey still shows half a million more people are playing sport once a week than in the year before the Olympics.

  173. 1028: 
    Kevin Phillips

    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says the club are keen to keep Kevin Phillips in the Premier League, reports the South London Press.

    The striker, who turns 40 next month, scored the extra-time play-off final penalty which promoted Palace at the expense of Watford.

    Parish says: "He's someone we feel could still do a job in the Premier League if we can come to some agreement with him and he is happy to be down in the south of England for another year. Kevin is super-professional and we know he wouldn't make a decision to stay if he wasn't going to give his all."


    Chris Smith: Re Lions. Warburton will start the first Test, but wouldn't be surprised if he starts at 6 to accommodate Tipuric, who has outshone Warburton on tour.

  175. 1023: 

    Sport England figures show once a week participation in swimming has seen the biggest increase in the 12 months since April 2012 compared to April 2011-12, while once a week participation in football has suffered the biggest drop of the 29 funded sports surveyed.

  176. 1021: 

    Britain's Megan Pascoe, plus Sonar team John Robertson, Hannah Stodel and Steve Thomas, win gold medals at the Sail for Gold event in Weymouth.

    Organisers have been forced to cancel the 2.4m and Sonar Paralympic classes due to strong winds on the course. But race officials are hoping that some of the eight remaining races will get under way later today.

  177. 1016:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    Matt Dawson is joined by the former England and Lions coach Dick Best, 5 live rugby union correspondent Ian Robertson and correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald Georgina Robinson, to reflect on the latest news from the Lions tour.

    Download the BBC Radio 5 live Sport Special podcast from the 5 live website.

  178. 1014: 

    League Two side Oxford United sign Crawley's David Hunt and Fleetwood midfielder Daniel Rose on two-year deals.

    Defender Hunt, 30, began his career at Crystal Palace and went on to have spells at Leyton Orient. Northampton, Shrewsbury and Brentford. He joined Crawley in May 2011 after a successful loan spell there and made 28 appearances for the club last term.

    Rose, 25, started at Manchester United and has played for Oxford before, while he also been on the books at Newport. He spent much of last season on loan at Aldershot, making 37 appearances, but is happy to return to the Kassam Stadium where he spent two years between 2007 and 2008.

  179. 1008: 
    Mark Cavendish

    Twenty-three time Tour de France stage winner and 2011 road world champion Mark Cavendish and London 2012 Olympic Games silver medallist Lizzie Armitstead will lead a world-class field of Olympic and world champions at the 2013 British Cycling National Road Championships.

    The championships take place on 20 June (time trial) and 23 June (road race) in Glasgow and East Ayrshire.

  180. 1005: 

    Oldham Athletic defender James Tarkowski signs a new two-year contract with the club, keeping him at Boundary Park until 2015, reports BBC Radio Manchester.


    Chris Hill: Re Lions. Croft has to start at 6, but Warburton is lucky he's captain or he wouldn't be starting, based on form.

  182. 0956: 

    Scotland add uncapped Glasgow Warriors prop Gordon Reid to their squad for the tour of South Africa. Reid, 26, provides cover for Euan Murray, who has a hamstring problem.

  183. 0952: 

    In the region of 63,000 more young people are playing sport regularly than 12 months ago, according to new Sport England figures.

    The figures published reveal that 15.3m people are playing sport once a week, every week. That is 1.4m more than in 2005 when London won the bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

    "These figures show we're holding onto the growth achieved over the past 18 months, despite some poor recent weather," says Nick Bitel, chair of Sport England says.

  184. 0946: 

    Leeds United are hoping highly-rated youngster Sam Byram will be fit for the early stages of pre-season, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post. The right-back, 19, was forced to pull out of England's squad for the Under-20 World Cup as he battles to overcome a persistent hip injury.

  185. 0943:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    As England's stars of the future return home from Israel with their tails between their legs, Ian Payne asks, where is English football a year away from the World Cup finals?

    Download the Football Daily podcast from the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  186. 0936: 
    Michael Laudrup

    Michael Laudrup tells the South Wales Evening Post he will stay at Swansea City, despite the club falling out with his agent.

    Doubts over Laudrup's future arose when the club severed ties with his agent Bayram Tutumlu, following a dispute over transfer policy.

    But Laudrup says: "I have repeated it so many times in the last three months. Again I must say that my intention is to stay. Bayram is my agent and that's not going to change."

  187. 0933: 

    Hull City must decide whether to increase their offer after Celtic turn down a bid of around £4.5m for striker Gary Hooper.

    The Bhoys value the 25-year-old, who has only a year left on his contract and scored 31 goals last season, at nearer £7m.

    Celtic, who paid Scunthorpe £2.4m for Hooper in 2010, rejected a series of bids from Norwich City in January.


    Andrew Priestley: Re 0830. Gatland has a few big decisions ahead. He always said he would select based on form, but will he bench his tour captain?

  189. 0924: 

    Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley will miss next week's European Diving Championships after failing to recover from an elbow injury.

    The 18-year-old, who has been forced to pull out of the last two World Series events with the problem, will now concentrate on preparing for the World Championships in Barcelona next month.

  190. 0919: 

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas says speculation linking him with a move away from the Spanish champions is "absurd".

    Fabregas, 26, has been linked with former club Arsenal and Manchester United after failing to command a regular starting spot at the Nou Camp since leaving the Gunners in 2011.

    "I've always said that I'm happy at Barca," he tells Spanish newspaper Marca (in Spanish). "Whoever says that I'm leaving doesn't know me and has never spoken with me."

  191. 0914: 
    Hiroyuki Fujita of Japan with the distinctive Merion 'baskets' on the flagsticks

    Talking of dodgy weather, let's look ahead to golf's second major of the year, the US Open. The 113th edition begins in Merion, Pennsylvania, with American Webb Simpson aiming to become the first man to defend the title since Curtis Strange in 1989.

    There has been a considerable amount of rain in the area which has left much of the course under water. Shorter than most modern-day courses, the 6,996-yard par-70 layout, which features distinctive baskets instead of flags, last staged the event in 1981 when David Graham came home in 67 to claim victory.

  192. 0908:  
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET

    "Big test for England today. Sri Lanka have happy memories of the Oval - but they might not like today's forecast gales. On air 12:45 5 live sports extra and 4LW."

    You will be able to listen to Aggers and the rest of the TMS crew on the website later today. We will also be providing ball-by-ball updates in our live text commentary - let's hope the heavens don't open before then. The dark clouds are hovering ominously over our Salford base as we speak.


    Thomas Christophersen: Warburton is the better player, if he's fit he needs to start. Lions need their best players at each position on the field!

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    "It's not at all green, and it's so hot you never feel like doing anything." Great Britain pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale tells BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce about her long training spells in Arizona, USA, as she aims to avoid repeat of her London disappointment.


    Nathan Gray: Re 0830. A back row of 6. O'Brien 7. Tipuric and 8. Heaslip should be the Test back row.

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    Sam Tomkins (right)

    Who says rugby league isn't showbiz? Super League's Man of Steel Sam Tomkins (right) proves otherwise as he hits the red carpet at the premiere of the new film 'Man of Steel'. Wigan Warriors' very own 'Superman' met actor Henry Cavill, who plays the role of Clark Kent in the recently released Hollywood blockbuster.

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    Liverpool's all-time record goalscorer Ian Rush is backing Daniel Sturridge to dazzle in a Reds shirt next season. "Sturridge can get even better without a doubt," the Welshman, who netted 346 goals for the club, told their official website.

    "He has had a couple of little injuries but if he can get fully fit and get through the pre-season then I think there are exciting times ahead."


    John Adams: Re 0830. Agree that's a pretty strong Lions team! Need another game like the Reds if not tougher to test us.

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    Former England captain Michael Vaughan told BBC Sport that Warner "must have a screw loose" and adds: "Unfortunately David Warner has tarnished the whole Australia cricket team."

  200. 0834: 
    David Warner

    Cricket Australia's hearing into batsman David Warner's alleged unprovoked attack on England's Joe Root will be heard in Melbourne today. The 26-year-old was dropped for yesterday's Champions Trophy match against New Zealand, which was abandoned because of rain.


    What do we make of the Lions so far? Has Warren Gatland already decided on his starting XV for the first Test against Australia? Skipper Sam Warburton starts against New South Wales Waratahs, but one of the big talking points is whether he deserves to do so in the Tests. Wales team-mate Justin Tipuric has impressed in the warm-up games - should Warburton be sweating?

    Let us know using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter, or via text on 81111 if SMS is more your thing.

  202. 0825: 

    Even though we are still two months away from the start of the new football season, Premier League transfer stories are continuing to dominate the back pages of the UK's national newspapers. Here's a selection of Thursday's top gossip:

    Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea striker Fernando Torres. (London Evening Standard)

    But Nou Camp chiefs see the Spain international, who is currently away at the Confederations Cup, only as a goal-scoring substitute and hope to convince him to swap the Blues' bench for theirs. (Daily Mirror)

    Paris St-Germain are hoping to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, 23, with an £85m bid. (Daily Mail)

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    Andy Murray faces the prospect of playing twice at Queen's Club today after his first match since suffering a back injury last month was disrupted by rain on Wednesday.

    Murray and Nicolas Mahut, who trails 6-3 2-2 (15-0) to the Briton, return at 11:00 BST and the winner will go on to play Marinko Matosevic in the fifth match on Centre Court.

  204. 0815: 

    Here's a story most football fans would not have seen coming. Barcelona forward Lionel Messi and his father are being investigated in Spain for allegedly defrauding the state of more than 4m euros (£3.4m). The Argentine superstar has denied the allegations through his Facebook page.

  205. 0810: 
    Simon Zebo

    Before we look ahead to today's action, let's have a quick catch-up with all the big stories from overnight.

    Firstly, the British and Irish Lions have named their team for Saturday's match against New South Wales Waratahs and Ireland wing Simon Zebo will make his debut.

    Lions team: Leigh Halfpenny; Sean Maitland, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, Simon Zebo; Jonathan Sexton, Mike Phillips; Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Paul O'Connell, Tom Croft, Sam Warburton (capt), Jamie Heaslip.

    Replacements: Richard Hibbard, Alex Corbisiero, Dan Cole, Geoff Parling, Dan Lydiate, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Rob Kearney.

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    However, there could be one obstacle which threatens to spoil our fun - and that is mother nature. Rain ruined play in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy and at Queen's, while across the Atlantic there are thunderstorms and high winds forecast at Merion, which could hamper the first round of the 113th US Open.

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    Good morning! We have a full day of live sporting action ahead, with golf, tennis and cricket all taking centre stage. And of course there will be plenty of transfer tales from the football world to discuss. So switch on the kettle, grab the biscuits and stay glued to your screen - it is going to be a busy one.

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