Sportsday: Friday as it happened

Pellegrini is Man City boss, Andy Murray in action, reaction to Premier League fouls drop, South Africa v West Indies.

14 June 2013 Last updated at 19:06

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  1. 1903: 

    That's it for another week of Sportsday Live. Thanks for your company and do not forget you can keep up to date on an action packed weekend of sporting action on the BBC Sport website.

    We're back at 0800 BST on Monday to recap on the best of the weekend's sporting action and to bring you all the breaking news. See you then.

  2. 1856: 

    Defending champion Rui Costa won stage seven of the Tour de Suisse to move up a place to second in the general classification.

    Portugal's Costa finished just ahead of Dutchman Bauke Mollema and United States rider Tejay van Garderen. It leaves him 13 seconds behind overall race leader Mathias Frank, who is looking to claim the title on home turf and who crossed the line 22 seconds behind Costa.

  3. 1851: 

    Essex head coach Paul Grayson says he has no explanation for his side's capitulation as the county recorded its lowest ever total in first-class cricket. Essex were bowled out for 20 as Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg produced a devastating spell of bowling to earn a remarkable County Championship victory for Lancashire by an innings and 105 runs.

    "I don't know what to say to be honest because I'm still in a state of shock," said Grayson. "Emotions are running very high at the moment as you can imagine, there's not a lot of singing and dancing going on."

  4. 1844: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith, at the Confederations Cup in Brazil, reports: "Fifa insist the opening match of the Confederations Cup will go ahead as planned in Brasilia on Saturday despite hundreds of protestors blocking the main road outside the city's new national stadium.

    "Around 200 activists set fire to mounds of tyres, sending plumes of thick black smoke into the air, in protest at the pubic money being spent on the tournament and next year's World Cup. It is understood that the group, known as Comitê Popular, are planning further events in Sao Paolo, Belo Horizonte and Rio in the coming days but not all will take the form of the protest in Brasilia.

    "Brazil play Japan in the capital on Saturday in the opening match of the tournament but Fifa insist the protests will not affect matches."

  5. 1839: 

    Liverpool are confident their deal to sign Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas will go through despite claims it has been blocked by the Spanish Football Federation because of a paperwork wrangle.

    The Merseyside club have announced a £7.7m transfer had been agreed in principle, subject to the necessary documentation. But a report has claimed the Spanish federation has put a hold on the deal because Liverpool negotiated with an agent who was not the player's official Fifa-licensed representatives. However, Liverpool remain confident the Aspas deal will go through.

  6. 1832: 

    Andy Murray on his victory over Benjamin Becker tells BBC Sport: "I thought the first set was good. He started playing much better in the second. I just managed to hang though and get the win. The conditions were tough again. It's my first week on grass."

  7. 1826: 
    Kim Sears (l) and Judy Murray

    Andy Murray beats Benjamin Becker to secure a place in the Aegon Championships semi-finals following a 6-4 7-6 (7-3) win. Murray allowed Becker to dominate too many exchanges before eventually sealing victory. It kept girlfriend Kim Sears and mother Judy out in the sun long after they should have been on their way to dinner.

  8. 1815: 

    Chris Gayle is playing a patient game so far as the West Indies reach 46-1 after nine overs in the Champions Trophy against South Africa at Cardiff. Gayle is unbeaten on 21 off 21 deliveries. South Africa set their opponents 231 to win off 31 overs in a rain hit game.

    You can keep up to date with all the action on the BBC Sport website.

  9. 1809: 

    Former Bolton Wanderers and Burnley manager Owen Coyle on being appointed Wigan's new boss: "Everybody recognises Wigan as a fantastic club with a chairman who wants to get back in the Premier League. It was a blow to lose that status and we will look to get it back as quickly as possible.

    "It's a great opportunity and one I am looking forward to."

  10. 1805: 

    New Glasgow signing Richie Vernon says the lure of rejoining Gregor Townsend's side was too good to turn down.

    "I have some unfinished business at Glasgow, having spent four years here the last time it feels like my home-town club," said Vernon, who left to join Sale Sharks in 2011.

  11. 1754: 
    Valentino Rossi

    BBC Sport's Azi Farni at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, ahead of Sunday's Catalunya Grand Prix: "Valentino Rossi finished top of the time sheets for the first time in a year in today's practice, although less than half a tenth separates him from team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

    "Despite the fact that he finished the day in front of home rider Lorenzo, there was a huge cheer from the crowd. The Italian has won here a record nine times in all classes and the fans support him as much as though he were one of them.

    "Tyre choice is the thing on everyone's mind at the moment as the hot conditions make it an important choice. The Yamaha team were working together strategically on this and comparing all the data between the riders to try and figure it out for tomorrow."

  12. 1747: 

    Wigan's statement announcing Owen Coyle as manager: "Following discussions with the club on Friday afternoon, the 46-year-old has now agreed terms to become the 37th manager of the club and begins work immediately. He will be formally presented to the media early next week."

  13. 1745: 

    Wigan Athletic confirm the appointment of Owen Coyle as their new manager.

  14. 1742: 

    Roma must play their first home game next season with a section of their stadium closed after they lost an appeal against the decision to close the stand following racist abuse aimed at former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Roma were handed the punishment after hardcore fans in that section of the Stadio Olimpico racially abused AC Milan's Balotelli during their last game of the season against Napoli.

  15. 1737: 

    West Indies are about to start their innings in the rain delayed Champions Trophy tie with South Africa. They require 231 to win from 31 overs in Cardiff and Chris Gayle has just taken his place at the crease. You can keep up to date with all the action on the BBC Sport website.

  16. 1728:  
    John Lloyd, BBC SportTENNIS

    "A very comfortable first set for Murray. It is difficult to make any judgements. It has not been much of a challenge - 6-4 is a little bit kind to Becker."

    You can keep up to date on Andy Murray's progress against Benjamin Becker for a place in the Aegon Championships on the BBC Sport website.


    Mike Johnson: Mick Harford - hard as nails, not even Vinnie Jones would mess with Mick.

    Ronnie Corvid: Linden Jones, Reading full-back in the 80s, once played for 20 mins with three broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

    Karl SlimBlue: Hossam Ghaly!! Got his teeth kicked out by Noe Pamarot and threw a fit because he had to come off!!

    All afternoon we have been asking for your #toughestfootballers and the reasons why they were so fearsome.

    Take a look at a selection of your shouts in our photo gallery on BBC Sport's Facebook page. And make sure you give our page a 'Like'!

  18. 1719: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Rio de Janeiro: "A number of interesting issues emerged from this morning's Confederations Cup press conference at the Maracana, much of which focused on goal-line technology.

    "Fifa are advising referees that despite having the technology to support, they will have the final say on whether a goal is scored even if goal control tells them it has. So if they believe the system is wrong, they will be allowed to overrule it.

    "One issue that is dominating the news agenda in Rio is the protests that took place over the rising price of public transport last night. Violent clashes between police and more than 6,000 protestors took place in Rio and Sao Paolo with another march planned for Monday. Fifa say they are monitoring the situation but have faith in the local authorities to cope."

  19. 1713: 

    Coventry City's adminstrators have accepted an offer from Otium Entertainment Group Limited to buy the League One club.

  20. 1711: 
    Carl Pettersson

    Sweden's Carl Pettersson was left confused by a bizarre incident in the delayed first round of the US Open at Merion. Pettersson, 35, was preparing to hit his second shot on the fifth hole when a ball suddenly rolled across the fairway, hit his ball and moved it several feet.

    He was allowed to replace his ball in its original position and went on to par the hole in a round of 72, but still does not know who was responsible for the rogue shot.

    You can keep up to date on all the latest at the US Open on the BBC Sport website.

  21. 1701:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOUNTY CRICKET

    Lancashire bowler Kyle Hogg, who finished with figures of 4-11 as Essex were bowled out for just 20, tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's just one of those things - everything went our way. We batted well this morning and got a good total and luckily we got some quick wickets and it went from there.

    "For all of the average and bad days you have, this is what you play the game for and today was our day and we will make the most of it.

    "The pitch wasn't moving particularly. We just bowled straight and everything hit the middle of the pad. This morning we were seven down and they might have thought they could put us under pressure but we went and put the pressure on."

  22. 1653: 

    Manuel Pellegrini's appointment by Manchester City completes the biggest ever managerial shake-up among the Premier League's elite clubs with four of last season's top six ready to begin new eras when the new season begins in August.

    Jose Mourinho heads the cast hoping to prove on his second coming at Chelsea that he is still the 'Special One', David Moyes has accepted what many regard as "mission impossible" by following retired Alex Ferguson at champions Manchester United and Pellegrini's task is to overhaul runners-up City.

    Spaniard Roberto Martinez, who won the FA Cup for relegated Wigan Athletic in May, finally gets his chance to practise his refined style of football at a big club having been chosen to replace Moyes at Everton.

  23. 1644: 

    In his interview with Manchester City TV, new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he will bring three staff with him from Malaga, but Brian Kidd will remain part of the coaching team. His assistant will be Ruben Cousillas, while goalkeeping coach Xabier Mancisidor and fitness coach Jose Cabello are also heading to Manchester.

    Of Kidd, Pellegrini said: "It's very important for me for him to stay in the club. I need him. He knows all about the club, all about the Premier League. I'm really happy about that."

  24. 1642: 
    Jean-Jacques Gosso (left) with Ivory Coast team-mate Abdul Razak (right)

    Manchester City youngster Abdul Razak says he is still part of the Ivory Coast squad preparing for a 2014 World Cup qualifier in Tanzania - despite being pictured fighting with a team-mate.

    Midfielder Razak, 20, grappled with Jean-Jacques Gosso as team-mates and coaches tried to separate the warring pair. "To clarify I'm in Tanzania preparing for Sunday's game. The training incident was just two professionals being highly competitive. #Passion," tweets Razak.


    Aaron Clarke: City won't be as harsh to Pellegrini as they were to Mancini, he is more in the style of manager that they're looking for.

    Barry Dunne: Pellegrini will do well at Man City. His teams are always organised, disciplined, yet attractive to watch.

  26. 1635: 

    Former Arsenal loan signing Julio Baptista, who worked under new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini at Malaga: "Wherever he has worked he has managed to create very strong groups, not just of football players but of people as well, which is also very important.

    "He managed to create a strong group here at Malaga out of practically nothing. I think his work speaks for itself."

  27. 1632: 

    Northants and Leicestershire settle for a draw in their County Championship Division Two match after a series of rain interruptions on the final day.

    The home side advanced their score from 142-3 to 238-6 before the umpires called the game off in mid-afternoon. It is Northants, however, who earn an extra bonus point when Steven Crook dismissed Michael Thornely and Rob Taylor with successive deliveries.

  28. 1629: 

    Karel Deprez: Will Pellegrini thrive at Man City? If he gets the time and the patience: sure. He won't get that though. No one ever will.

  29. 1627: 

    New Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is calm, composed and tactically switched on, says Spanish football writer Andy West. Brilliantly, he is also nicknamed 'The Engineer' - find out why in Andy's piece.

  30. 1624: 

    Arsenal have announced the appointment of Sir Chips Keswick as the successor to Peter Hill-Wood as the club's chairman. Hill-Wood, who has been Arsenal chairman since 1982, is recovering after a heart attack last year and stood down for health reasons.

    Keswick, 73, has been on the Arsenal board since 2005. He is the former chairman of Hambros Bank and a director of the Bank of England. In his role as chairman, Keswick will work directly with Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis on the club's football and business ambitions.

  31. 1623: 

    "I'm sure we have the best squad in the Premier League, wonderful players and can reach more titles in the next three or four years in Manchester," adds the Chilean.

    City have already recruited Spain winger Jesus Navas and Brazil midfielder Fernandinho this summer - for a combined £45m - as they aim to wrestle the Premier League back from neighbours Manchester United.


    Graeme Anderson: Mancini was harshly sacked after what he had achieved. Pellegrini will struggle in a climate that craves instant success.

    Leon Mark Walters: Pellegrini no better than Mancini. Can see him being sacked by this time next year.

    Karel Deprez: Remember how unjust his dismissal at Real Madrid was. Pellegrini is a stellar manager. Fact.

  33. 1619: 

    "Roberto [Mancini] did a great job here in Manchester, especially to win the title after so many years," new "We now start a new cycle.

    "I had other important offers from important clubs. The most important thing for me is I am sure we can make a great management team."


    Manuel Pellegrini

    Age: 59

    Born: Santiago, Chile

    Nickname: The Engineer

    Clubs managed: Universidad Chile, Palestino, O'Higgins, Universidad Catolica, Universitaria Quito, San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga


    Graeme Anderson: Mancini was harshly sacked after what he had achieved. Pellegrini will struggle in a climate that craves instant success.


    Manuel Pellegrini is the new manager of Manchester City. No one saw that coming!

  37. 1611: 

    Manchester City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak on Manuel Pellegrini's appointment: "Manuel is a hugely experienced and successful manager with a proven track record."


    So Manuel Pellegrini is confirmed as the new manager of Manchester City. Is he the right man for the job? Can he do any better than Roberto Mancini? Will the fact he has not managed in the Premier League count against him? Let us know your thoughts using #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1608: 

    "Everything is in place for Manchester City to continue to be successful," continues the Chilean, who has also managed Villareal and Real Madrid.

    "I am excited to be able to work with such a talented squad, the Executive team and the board to deliver for fans who are renowned for their steadfast support."

  40. 1606: 

    "I am delighted to accept this hugely exciting opportunity," says ex-Malaga boss Pellegrini, 59. "The club has a clear vision for success both on and off the pitch and I am committed to making a significant contribution."

  41. 1604: 
    Manuel Pellegrini

    Manuel Pellegrini, who joins the 2011-12 Premier League champions on a three-year contract, will take up the role from 24 June.

  42. 1602: 

    Manchester City announce that Manuel Pellegrini has been appointed as their new manager.

  43. 1559:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who played 71 Tests for Australia between 1996 and 2006, tells BBC Radio 5 live that his national team must sort themselves out in the wake of David Warner's attack on England player Joe Root in a Birmingham bar.

    "It starts with management," said Gillespie. "They've got to get it right. There's something not right there at the moment. They need to get it right or they need to make a change. Simple as that.

    "I encourage our players to celebrate wins. But we're talking about grown men. They've got to make their own decisions. You can't baby them."


    Simon Pearce: Gary Briggs of Oxford Utd. Doug Rougvie ended up with a dislocated shoulder after a fair challenge from Rambo.

    Sean Done: Graeme Souness took no prisoners when required, nobody messed with Liverpool in the 80s. Can't forget Psycho either.

    Dominic Barnes: Jim Cannon for Crystal Palace. Absolute unit. Would eat today's strikers for breakfast.

  45. 1551: 

    Here's the one you have all been waiting for - the answers to the Question of Sport teaser.

    Our friends at Question of Sport kindly provided this question earlier: Since 2000, which six countries have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final?

    The answers are…drum roll please...Argentina, Brazil, Cameroon, France, Japan and the USA. Did you get them all?

  46. 1545: 

    Northampton flanker Tom Wood captains England in the second Test against Argentina on Saturday - and he is primed to answer your questions ahead of the match.

    Post your questions by 16:15 BST here and check back to see his answers in our live text commentary from 19:15 BST on Saturday. The match will also be shown live on BBC Two and the website.

  47. 1542: 

    The University of Worcester is to host the 2015 European Wheelchair Basketball Championships.

    Over 400 elite male and female athletes from across Europe will play at the recently-opened University of Worcester Arena. The campus will also be the base for the Great Britain team in the lead up to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

    Former England captain Michael VaughanCOUNTY CRICKET

    Essex all out 20 and not one Aussie in the batting line up....


    Jay Williamson: Louis Carey. Fractured his skull in the first half against Scunthorpe and carried on for whole 90 minutes.

    Stewie Wright-Taylor: Has anyone mentioned Bert Trautmann? Broke his neck in the 1956 FA Cup final and kept playing.

    Adam Chivers: Frantisek Planicka - Czechoslovakia keeper who carried on playing after breaking his arm in a World Cup game.

    Get involved in the Sportsday debate using #toughestfootballers. Please, please remember to tell us WHY your choice is the toughest.

  50. 1533: 

    Essex's previous lowest total was 30 against Yorkshire in 1901. More recently they were skittled out for 34 by Kent in Brentwood in 1969. Lancashire had never bowled a side out for less than 22 runs before today,

  51. 1529:  
    Adam Mountford, BBC Test Match SpecialCOUNTY CRICKET

    "The Essex score of 20 all out is the lowest Championship score in 30 years."

  52. 1525: 

    Lancashire veteran Glen Chapple took the final four wickets as Essex limped to the lowest batting total in their history.

    Chapple, 39, ended with the remarkable figures of 5-9 from 7.2 overs, while Kyle Hogg claimed 4-11 from seven. Here's the full scorecard from Chelmsford.

  53. 1521: 

    Essex's current crop have indeed earned themselves an unwanted place in the record books - they have been skittled for just 20 runs by Lancashire in their County Championship match.

  54. 1517: 

    Salford City Reds owner Marwan Koukash says he is "very disappointed" by the Rugby Football League's decision to deduct two points from his club for fielding an extra player during a Super League game against Castleford.

    "The original fine of £10,000 was very heavy," he tells BBC World Service. "We made a mistake, but it was not a deliberate mistake. Why didn't they look at deducting points earlier, are they trying to make an example of us?"

  55. 1512: 

    World number one Tiger Woods and Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy are scheduled to start their second rounds of the US Open at 15:44 BST.

    Keep up to date with all the latest from the Merion on the BBC Sport website.

  56. 1507: 

    Uh oh - Essex have lost another one. It's now 15-8 as Lancashire's Glenn Chapple gets ex-Red Rose man Sajid Mahmood lbw for a duck.

    Follow all the drama from Chelmsford here.


    Andy Firth: George Best, always got the treatment when he turned out but couldn't be stopped.

    Patrick Bevan: Billy Whitehurst,, Hull City in the 80s. Terrified defenders. Rumours has it he fought bare knuckle fights to relax.

    Laurence Morter: Edgar Davids, Marcello Lippi described him as "my one-man engine room" and "the pitbull" by Louis Van Gaal.

  58. 1501: 

    Essex are currently in all sorts of trouble in their County Championship match against Lancashire - and they could be heading for an unwanted place in the record books.

    Remarkably, they have tumbled to 15-7 in their second innings at Chelmsford and must double their score to avoid recording the lowest innings score in the club's history. But they will be pleased to know they have surpassed the County Championship's lowest score - which was Northamptonshire's 12 all out against Gloucestershire in 1907.

  59. 1457: 

    Kilmarnock fans' groups are set to meet on Saturday to form a plan of action designed to remove chairman Michael Johnston.

    The sacking of Kenny Shiels as manager led to a spontaneous protest outside the stadium on Tuesday.


    Scotty Braybrook: Stuart Pearce has to be in there. Broke his leg and tried to run it off.

    Tony Garrott: Keane, Keown, Pearce. Was a great game when you were allowed to tackle and people didn't constantly fall over.

    Joëy Sandon: Ron 'Chopper' Harris. The name alone tells you all you need to know about how tough this fella was!

  61. 1452: 

    Yorkshire CCC coach Jason Gillespie: Very proud of our lads. Great team effort at Lords against Middlesex!

    The ex-Australia Test star is celebrating after Yorkshire moved to the top of the County Championship with a 10-wicket victory at Lord's.

  62. 1450:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC SportTENNIS

    "Marin Cilic might be the defending champion but that still counts as a very good win over Tomas Berdych, the second seed who many fancied to take the title. It's the first time Cilic has reached a semi-final since he won the tournament in Zagreb in February.

    "The weather is set fair for the rest of the afternoon at Queen's Club and it looks like we should get through the schedule on Saturday too, but finals day on Sunday could be tricky. Officials will be taking a close look at the weather forecast this time tomorrow."

  63. 1449: 

    Marin Cilic beats Tomas Berdych 7-5 7-6 to advance to advance at the Aegon Championships.

  64. 1440: 

    The Scottish Premier League has been informed by Hearts that they have failed to pay all of their players on time, the Press Association is reporting. The playing staff were due to be paid their monthly wages on Friday. The SPL has placed an immediate transfer embargo on the club. The embargo will continue until the SPL is comfortable that the default has been met.

    On Thursday Hearts announced that they will listen to offers for any of their players in an effort to stay afloat. The club has debts of £25m, and their parent company UBIG is claiming insolvency.


    FootballUncut: Most mentioned are thugs nothing more. Many great tacklers like Bobby Moore could not thrive under today's rules and acting.

    Jack Emmings: David Batty by far, and he had the guts to run up and take a penalty for his country when no one else wanted to!

    Leon: Some of these suggestions are laughable. Billy Whitehurst (ex-Sheffield United, Hull, Oxford) would eat them for breakfast.

    Billy Whitehurst
  66. 1436:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    South Africa versus West Indies is finally underway in the Champions Trophy in Cardiff. West Indies won the toss and chose to bowl in a match reduced to 31 overs per side. The winning side qualifies for the semi-finals while the losers go out of the competition.

    You can keep up to date with all the latest on the game on the BBC Sport website while there is commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  67. 1425: 

    AC Milan captain Massimo Ambrosini is leaving the club after 18 seasons. "This is my last press conference as a Milan player and I want to thank you all for 18 fantastic years that I won't ever forget," the 36-year-old midfielder said after the Serie A club decided not to renew his contract. The former Italy international has been strongly linked with Fiorentina.


    Robert Davis: Mohammed Konjic. Played with two broken arms days after crashing a car into a ravine!

    Lee Chitty: The man David Beckham was advised to avoid - Terry Hurlock!!

    Ben Kirby: Don't forget Jon Parkin... absolutely huge in every dimension and had an apt nickname 'The Beast'!

  69. 1422: 
    Gareth Bale and Luka Modric

    Luka Modric says Gareth Bale would "fit perfectly" into the Real Madrid team as speculation continues about the Welshman's future at Tottenham. Bale has been linked with a move away from White Hart Lane, with Real and Manchester United just two destinations that have been mooted.

    Modric played with Bale at Tottenham before moving to Real last summer. "He would give the team another dimension. His shot, his strength, his speed, his offensive power," Modric told Marca.

    "He is the type of player who will help us take a step forward. If it is Real Madrid, it's better for us."

  70. 1414:  
    Iain Carter, BBC SportGOLF

    "A frustrating finish for Luke Donald. He took advantage of the home hole being downwind using three wood to find the fairway to set up hitting the green in two. His three putts were the result of two poor reads. Even so he completed his round with just 26 putts. Going forward he will want to hit more than the 10 greens in regulation he managed in his opening 68."

    Keep up to date on all the latest from the US Open on the BBC Sport website.


    Aidan Conry: Jaap Stam. He had more muscles in his head and neck than most people have in their entire body.

    Graham Burnett: John Kay. Broke his leg playing for Sunderland, sat up on the stretcher and pretended to row it off the pitch.

    Stuart Martin: Russell Anderson-Aberdeen FC. Scored against Rangers with a diving header and was knocked out. Regained consciousness and carried on.

    Get involved in the Sportsday debate using #toughestfootballers.

  72. 1410: 

    Ian Butterworth has joined Queens Park Rangers as the club's scouting coordinator replacing Kevin Cruickshank.

  73. 1407:  
    Dan Roan in Sydney, BBC SportBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS

    "After a dismal Olympics, and now the sense of farce surrounding David Warner and the country's cricket team, Australian sports fans appear uncharacteristically subdued ahead of a mouth-watering period of contests against their British rivals; the Lions & two Ashes series. After so many years of success, Australian sport now finds itself desperately in need of a boost over the next six months. The Lions provides a perfect chance to kick start a recovery."

  74. 1404: 
    Owen Coyle

    As Wigan Athletic prepare to officially announce the appointment of Owen Coyle as their new manager, Sportsday Live looks back at some of the things the Scot has said during his managerial career.

    "Leaving St Johnstone was a wrench because of everything I have done at the club. But as soon as Burnley came on the scene it was a no-brainer." - on being appointed Burnley manager in November 2007.

    "It's flattering to be linked to Celtic but I'm with Burnley." - on steering Burnley to the Premier League in May 2009.

    "If you look at the infrastructure of the club [Bolton], the academy, the training centre, everything is geared for top flight football and my job as manager is to make sure that happens." - on leaving Burnley for Bolton in January 2010.

    "I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club," said Coyle. "I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager." - after being sacked by Bolton in October 2012.

  75. 1357:  
    Dan Roan in Sydney, BBC SportBRITISH AND IRISH LIONS

    "The first Test match in Brisbane may still be a week away, but there are already many Lions supporters here in Sydney, as the business end of the tour looms large. Despite seeing their team lose the last three series, many fans we've talked to have spent tens of thousands of pounds getting here, testament to the enduring appeal of one of sport's most captivating traditions."


    Derek Reid: Ally Maxwell, Motherwell keeper. Played over an hour with broken ribs, ruptured spleen and double vision in cup final.

    Nick Mackay: Bobo Balde for Celtic! Absolute man mountain. Never shirked a tackle, could head the ball half the length of the pitch.

    Ben Hawley: Duncan Ferguson - end of debate.

    Duncan Ferguson and Stuart Pearce
  77. 1353: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell at South Africa v West Indies at Cardiff: Just as we thought we'd start at 1.45, rain comes down again. Large covers back on. WI won toss & bowling if/when we get going.

  78. 1352: 

    Irish wing Simon Zebo aims to catapult himself into Test contention when he makes his British and Irish Lions debut against New South Wales Waratahs on Saturday.

    "Any chance you get to represent the Lions you must do it with pride and put your best foot forward," says Zebo.

  79. 1350:  

    "Been speaking to Jason Robinson here in Sydney today. He's predicting a 2-1 Lions win to avenge the losing series he played in here in 2001."


    Steven Ferguson: Without a doubt Mick Harford was arguably the toughest around! He nearly joined Man U in 1991!

    Will Simmonds: Danny Tiatto used to love a tackle at Leicester. Quality full back in his prime.

    Neil Thorneycroft: Keith Oakes, Newport County 1980's. Once dislocated his shoulder, carried on playing having had it set.

  81. 1346:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Wigan Athletic player Kevin Kilbane on his old club agreeing a deal for Owen Coyle to be their next manager: "He knows the division and I think that is the most important thing, he got Burnley promoted and I think is going into a similar sort of club.

    "The style does fit, it is right for me. He will get the full support from Dave Whelan and it is the perfect fit. I think the fans have to be positive. They have always been great with the team, they are very loyal and stick with the team. They will be among the favourites to go up and they have a bit of money behind them but it is no easy task."


    Allan Hand: As a Bolton fan I was disappointed with Owen Coyle's reign but hope he does well at Wigan. Wait until the season starts to judge.

    Sam Heaton: Wigan appointing Owen Coyle is like Manchester United appointing Kenny Dalglish. It'll make derby day against Bolton interesting though.


    Douglas Hurcombe: Dave Mackay showed that there was a difference between tough and dirty.

    Nick Rose: Definitely has to be ex-Leicester defender Steve Walsh, especially as he has the record for most red cards in the professional game.

    Austin Bobmanuel: Nigel de Jong. He is a mean machine.

  84. 1331: 
    Charlie Austin

    Premier League new-boys Hull City are interested in Burnley striker Charlie Austin, reports the Lancashire Telegraph. However, Tigers boss Steve Bruce is yet to make an official approach for the 23-year-old who scored 28 goals last season.

  85. 1329: 


    Hampshire v Gloucestershire: "A positive discussion must have taken place between the two captains to set up what could be fascinating last couple of days, with Hampshire and Gloucestershire forfeiting an innings apiece. On the face of it it looks generous from a Hampshire viewpoint, with them needing 411 for a win, and with Jimmy Adams going in the second over it looks an uphill task. There will be a winner however, which there might not have been if a conversation hadn't taken place."

  86. 1324: 


    BBC Sport's Dave Bracegirdle at Nottinghamshire v Derbyshire: "Derbyshire's last pair, Mark Turner and Mark Footitt, added a useful 54 to enable their side to reach 391 all out. Earlier Notts had dominated the opening stages of the third morning, with Andre Adams claiming his fourth wicket of the innings and Paul Franks, his first two. Ed Cowan and Riki Wessels saw Notts safely through to lunch at 13-0 from three overs, 378 adrift."

  87. 1321: 
    Gavin Henson

    Bath chief executive Nick Blofeld believes he has signed a "more mature" Gavin Henson. The West Country side will be 31-year-old Henson's fifth club in three years. And the Wales international has hit the headlines for off-field misdemeanours, as well appearances on reality television programmes.

    "I think Gavin is a much more settled and mature person than that image we have in our heads," Blofeld told BBC Radio Bristol. "The last thing he did in the media was about two years ago. He's not interested in any of that, he just wants to play rugby."


    Serge DeNimes: Julian Dicks. Fully lived up to his nickname 'The Terminator!'

    John Harrison: Stuart Pearce. Once tried to 'shrug off' a broken leg and play on!

    Beds for Cyclists: Jack Wilshere = absolutely nails, he'd spend more time on the deck than his feet if he wasn't as he skips.

    Get involved in the Sportsday debate using #toughestfootballers.

  89. 1318: 


    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Durham v Warwickshire: "Durham's last two put on 42 for the final wicket, as Michael Richardson made 55, his second half century in two innings and Chris Rushworth 13. Richardson was out in somewhat controversial circumstances, hooking a Boyd Rankin ball to the boundary. Jeetan Patel took the catch but lost his balance as he did so and many in the ground thought he had stepped on the rope.

    "Richardson was given out, leaving Warwickshire to chase 257 to win. I have looked at the replays, as have a number of other reporters and there seems to be a 50-50 split in the press box as to whether it was a wicket or a six."

  90. 1314: 


    BBC Sport's Paul Grunill on Middlesex v Yorkshire: "Yorkshire complete a 10-wicket victory over Middlesex at Lord's to move to the top of County Championship Division One. The home side were bowled out for 219 on the final morning, with leg-spinner Adil Rashid taking 5-78. It left Yorkshire to score only five to win and opener Adam Lyth hit the winning boundary in the fourth over."


    Scott Richardson: Jamie Carragher, never shirked a challenge n tried to play on with broken ribs. 100% committed.

    Kevin Willis: Gillingham's Charlie Lee, played on as we had no subs left, despite being out cold and had concussion.

    Jo Richards: Nemanja Vidic #hecamefromserbia

  92. 1310: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Rio de Janeiro: Plenty of construction work going on outside the Maracana. But still plenty to do inside.

  93. 1310: 

    Don't forget that we currently have live coverage of tennis's Aegon Championships at Queen's Club and MotoGP's Catalunya GP.

    You can see all the action from London and Barcelona in the videos at the top of this page.

  94. 1308: 
    Hubb Stevens

    New PAOK Salonika coach Huub Stevens has called for unity among fans after taking charge of the Greek club, whose players said they feared for their lives last season because of regular protests. PAOK Salonika will enter the qualifying round of the Champions League, but Greece striker Dimitris Salpigidis has said playing for the club was like being "in the jungle" as angry fans protested and players had their cars vandalised.

    "I think it is very important that the fervent supporters are united and give the team their full backing, to feel that it is something which truly belongs to them," said former PSV Eindhoven manager Stevens,


    Andy Moat: Bert Trautmann, played on after breaking his neck in the FA Cup final.

    Dr Greenthumb: Two words. Roy. Keane.

    Dominic Wright: Robert Huth! Absolute tank.

    Get involved in the Sportsday debate using #toughestfootballers.

  96. 1300:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Owen Coyle speaking to BBC Radio 5 live earlier in June: "Wigan Athletic have good players and they have obviously also got an outstanding chairman who has always backed his managers. I would just be full of envy because he always went and signed terrific players at decent fees."

    Vinnie Jones, Roy Keane, Norman Hunter

    After figures showed that the number of fouls committed by Premier League players has dropped by 22% since 2006, we have been asking whether the physicality of English football has declined.

    Fewer tough tacklers seem to play in the Premier League these days - which some consider to be a good thing. But we want to remember those players who built entire careers on the robust nature of their 'hard but fair' challenges.

    So who are your favourite #toughestfootballers? Vinnie Jones? Norman Hunter? Roy Keane? Or some lower league clogger who struck fear into the opposition? Tweet using the hashtag.


    Ian Stoddart: Re LFC Caff. Coyle won't get Roberto Martinez philosophy? Burnley played attractive stuff when he was there and were naïve at the back, can't see your point.

    Pedal To The Medal: Only been one positive managerial change this summer; Mourinho. Fergie over Moyes, Moyes above Martinez, Martinez before Coyle.

  99. 1249: 
    Sean O'Loughlin

    Wigan will be without captain Sean O'Loughlin for another month after being told he needs a knee operation. The loose forward has missed his club's last two games with the injury. "It's obviously a blow because Sean is our leader and we're entering an important part of the season," Wigan coach Shaun Wane told the Wigan Evening Post.

  100. 1244:  
    Gary Lineker, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    Wigan appoint Owen Coyle as their new manager, clearly looking to spring straight back to the Premier League.

  101. 1241: 
    Bernd Schuster

    More on Bernd Schuster's appointment at Malaga. The Spanish club say in a statement on their website that they will present Schuster, who had agreed a five-year contract, as their new coach next week. The former West Germany midfielder spent most of his playing career in La Liga with Barcelona, Real Madrid and then Atletico Madrid.

    He coached in Spain, with second division Xerez and top-flight sides Levante and Getafe, before he took over at Real Madrid as Fabio Capello's replacement in 2007. Schuster guided the nine-times European champions to a second successive league title in 2008 but was sacked midway through the following season.

    He took over at Turkish side Besiktas in June 2010 but quit the following March, continuing a pattern of inconsistent, short spells as a manager, and has not coached since then.

  102. 1234: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell at South Africa v West Indies at Cardiff: "Some covers came off, inspection at 12.45, but already raining again. Couple of WI players who appeared all scurried back inside."

  103. 1228: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan tells BBC Sport that Owen Coyle's "total and utter priority" is returning the club to the Premier League.

    The Latics will compete in the Europa League next season as FA Cup winners, but Whelan said: "It's fantastic that we are in Europe, but that comes second and he knows that the Premier League is where we have to be.

    "It's been no easy task but Owen has shown enthusiasm and passion from the moment I met him. He's been there and done it with Burnley. He wasn't so successful at Bolton but he had a lot of injuries and bad luck. He's aware of all the clauses in players contracts now that we are out of the Premier League, but we need a big squad and probably need to add another seven or eight players to what we have."

  104. 1223: 

    Bob Wilson, a director of Championship One club North Wales Crusaders, has been appointed Wales team manager ahead of the Rugby League World Cup. Wilson will work alongside Wales coach Iestyn Harris and his backroom staff in the build-up to the World Cup, which starts on 26 October at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.


    Simon Aindow: Owen Coyle and Wigan is the perfect fit after the Martinez era. Proper pass and move on the deck football. Shame they went down.

    Ross Feasey: Nice manager going to a nice club. What could possibly go wrong.


    Karl Ramwell, via text: As a Bolton fan I wish nothing but the best for Coyle. However he will only succeed at Wigan if he's learnt from his time at Bolton. He was too one dimensional and tactically stubborn, he had no plan b. He also needs to get rid of his yes men backroom staff and expand his scouting set up for some more shrewd signings. We're still trying to offload the majority of tosh he signed.

  107. 1214: 

    Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni joins European champions Toulon from Leicester. The 31-year-old, who was born in Argentina but has captained Italy, has played 146 matches in seven years for the Tigers, winning four Premiership titles.

  108. 1210: 

    England's Chris Adcock and Andrew Ellis see their men's doubles challenge ended in the Indonesian Premier quarter-finals in Jakarta. The pair, ranked number 21 in the world, lost 21-18 21-18 against Russia's Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozonov.

  109. 1209: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan confirms that a deal has been agreed for former Bolton and Burnley manager Owen Coyle to take over at the DW Stadium. "If anyone can get us back to the Premier League, I think Owen is the manager to do it," Whelan tells Sky Sports News. The club is yet to make an official announcement.

  110. 1200: 
    Bernd Schuster

    Malaga have agreed to appoint former Real Madrid manager Bernd Schuster to replace Manuel Pellegrini as coach, a club spokesman has told Reuters. Schuster comes in to replace Manuel Pellegrini, who said he was leaving the club and is widely expected to be appointed as the new manager at Manchester City.

  111. 1158: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Rio de Janeiro:

    "Rio is just waking up on the eve of the Confederations Cup. But the morning news is full of reports of violent protests in Rio and Sao Paolo over rising public transport prices. Bank windows were smashed, roads were blocked and buses stopped on streets.

    "Elsewhere the newspapers are full of Neymar and Brazil's beloved national football team. The front page of O Globo's sports section carries a picture of the Brazil No 10 under the headline: 'Neymar eke quer carinho', which translates to 'Neymar wants affection'.

    "I am off to the Maracana again this morning to see how the new goallline technology system is going to work."

  112. 1155:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "I think Owen Coyle is an excellent choice as new Wigan manager by chairman Dave Whelan. Talented, nice guy and with a point to prove after Bolton."

  113. 1154: 

    Sam Selley: Less fouls in the PL is good, but it's also the reason English teams are worse in Europe; the Champions League doesn't allow physicality.

  114. 1152: 

    Northampton Saints announce that former club chairman Leon Barwell has lost his long fight against cancer.

    Barwell, 46, had been battling the disease for 18 months, but after a recent deterioration of his condition he died at 09:30 on Friday.

    "Today is a very sad day for everyone associated with Northampton Saints," said acting chairman Tony Hewitt. "Leon was a massive part of the recent successes we have enjoyed, both on and off the pitch."

  115. 1149: 

    Andi Kyriacou is to join the Cardiff Blues coaching staff after being forced to retire due to injury. The 30-year-old former Ulster and Saracens hooker joined the Blues last summer, but suffered a prolapsed disc after making just five appearances. He underwent surgery before Christmas but has been unable to make a full recovery and will now become part of rugby director Phil Davies' coaching staff, working with the forwards.

  116. 1148: 

    Jessica Ennis-Hill looks set to compete in her first heptathlon since London 2012 at the end of the month.

    An ankle injury delayed the Olympic champion's start to the 2013 season, but coach Toni Minichiello tells BBC Radio 5 live she will "definitely" be fit to compete in the Combined Events Challenge in Estonia.


    LFC_Caff: If Wigan have chosen Coyle I'm disappointed. Very safe choice that doesn't show much appreciation for Martinez's philosophy.

  118. 1143: 
    Owen Coyle

    Born: Paisley, Scotland

    Age: 46

    Managerial career: Falkirk (2003), St Johnstone (2005-07), Burnley (2007-10), Bolton (2010-12).

    Managerial achievements: Steered Falkirk to the Scottish First Division title in 2002-03; Masterminded Burnley's promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs on 2008-09.

  119. 1139:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Queen's ClubTENNIS

    "It's quarter-finals day at the Aegon Championships and the weather forecast is strangely lacking in rain above Queen's Club. Andy Murray will play Germany's Benjamin Becker for the first time, although they practise together regularly in Florida.

    "They are scheduled third on Centre Court at approximately 14:30 BST. The action begins with Tomas Berdych v Marin Cilic at 12:30 on the Red Button and website, with BBC Two and HD coverage from 13:00."

  120. 1136: 

    Wigan and Scotland midfielder James McArthur: Happy with the new appointment in Owen Coyle - another Scot. Hopefully everyone can get behind him and the team for new season.

  121. 1133: 

    Owen Coyle will be the next manager of Wigan Athletic, reports BBC Radio 5 live's senior football reporter Ian Dennis.

  122. 1131: 
    Glenn Hoddle

    Glenn Hoddle says he would not take the England Under-21 job unless the Football Association allows the country's best young players to compete at major international tournaments. Stuart Pearce's future as coach is in doubt after his team failed to win a single point at the ongoing 2013 European Championship.

    After watching his team make an early exit in Israel, Pearce bemoaned the fact the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Danny Welbeck, Phil Jones and Jack Rodwell were not available because they were involved in the senior team's friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

    "It wouldn't [interest me] unless they changed the rules," Hoddle, who has been linked with the England Under-21 role, told talkSPORT. "Why would anyone be interested when you are taking your weapon away, when your better players aren't going to be there with you? It's like a boxer going in to the ring with one arm tied behind his back."

  123. 1128: 

    BBC Sport's Azi Farni in Barcelona:

    "This is a big weekend for the three home riders, whose fans are out in force. Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez are both from towns very close to the circuit and Jorge Lorenzo now lives here. The very real possibility of an all-Spanish podium has seen ticket sales rise and a big crowd are expected for race day.

    "Lorenzo has won here twice in the premier class while Pedrosa looks to take his first Catalunya GP win in five years. If he does it he will have won four Spanish GPs in a row from 2012. Marquez is looking to bounce back from the crash-fest weekend of Mugello, but has started tentatively, posting the ninth fastest time in FP1."

    Don't forget there is live coverage of the Catalunya GP across the BBC this weekend.

  124. 1126: 

    BBC Sport's Azi Farni in Barcelona:

    "The sixth round of the MotoGP championship has kicked off in the heat and humidity in Catalunya. Jorge Lorenzo had complained previously of his Yamaha M1 not working as well in the hot conditions - but he posts the fastest time of 1'42.422 in FP1. Dani Pedrosa is just +0.023 behind, with Cal Crutchlow third fastest and also less than a tenth off."

  125. 1123: 

    Ben With Jamin: Re 1057. It's making referees overreact when a meaty one does occur, making players back out of making those challenges. It's a spiral.

    Matt Bolton: Plenty of heavy tackling in the Football League, one of the many reasons I find it more appealing than the Premier League.

    Rakesh Pradha: Fewer tackles should mean more time on the ball & more fluent passing. Problem is, the most technical players are foreign.

  126. 1120: 

    Tranmere Rovers goalkeeper Jason Mooney, 24, has signed a new one-year contract at the League One club, according to BBC Radio Merseyside.

  127. 1117: 

    James, Cambridge, via text: Re 1057. I have to say, with these grown men with massive massive egos, I can't understand how they can bring themselves to be seen publically bawling their eyes out so often at the slightest tap! I'd like less fouls, more advantage played, but also far more punishment for diving and back chat to the ref! Maybe one yellow card and a 10k fine per roll on the floor and/or swear word?

  128. 1115: 

    Is it that time already? Yes it is. Grab yourself a cuppa and mull over today's #QSTeaser.

    Since 2000, which six countries have played in the FIFA Confederations Cup Final?

    We will reveal the answers later this afternoon.

  129. 1111: 

    England Under-20s are preparing for the Junior World Championship semi-finals after a record-breaking 109-0 win against USA.

    England face New Zealand in the last four on Tuesday, 18 June, with South Africa and Wales contesting the other tie.

  130. 1107: 
    Henley Regatta

    We love a little bit of nostalgia at BBC Sport, don't you? So let's rewind to 1839 when Queen Victoria ruled Britannia and Lord Melbourne was prime minister. The Henley Regatta, now established as British rowing's showpiece event, took place for the first time. Above illustrates how the famous Regatta looked in Victorian times - this picture was taken in 1893.

  131. 1102: 

    The British and Irish Lions decline to comment on reports that wing George North is set to miss the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on 22 June.

    Reports claim the 21-year-old Welshman, one of the stand-out performers for the Lions so far, will be sidelined with a hamstring injury.

  132. 1057: 

    Jay Jimmy: With the way the national sides are way behind other nations, can't believe physicality is still a debate, technique priority!

    Ben Weatherstone: Less fouls given doesn't necessarily mean less foul play, it just means refs are allowing more advantage, improving the game.

    James Hunter: Football can still be physical without fouls, provided officials - across Europe - allow heavy, but fair, tackles.

    Figures obtained by BBC Sport reveal that the number of fouls committed in the Premier League has dropped by 22% over the past eight seasons.

    Has that made football as entertaining as ever? Or has it lost its physical edge? Can you ever see a time when tackling could be outlawed? Let us know using the #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  133. 1052: 

    Hearts, who have put their entire squad up for sale in an attempt to stay afloat, will not be able to command a transfer fee for Scotland defender Danny Wilson.

    It has emerged that the Tynecastle club are yet to register Wilson's contract with the Scottish Football Association. The 21-year-old had been on loan from Liverpool but his signing on a three-year deal was announced last month.

  134. 1049: 

    In Division Two, a draw looks likely at Grace Road where Leicestershire, on 142-3 in their first innings, are 425 behind Northamptonshire going into the final day of their match.

    The other three games each have two days to go. Kent resume on 73-4 against Glamorgan, trailing by 305, Gloucestershire are on 349-7 against Hampshire, while Lancashire have reached 266-7 in reply to Essex's 273.

  135. 1045: 

    Jonathan Moloney: There is nothing like a good crunching tackle. It's the cowardly, studs up challenges I don't like. They've become all too common.

    Shaun Carlin: Playing great football is all well and good, but without a crunching tackle it is just dull.

    MWR: Higher technical ability means players can no longer risk diving in as tackles look worse and lead to bookings.

  136. 1040: 
    Steven Reid

    Steven Reid is closing in on a new West Bromwich Albion contract, according to the Birmingham Mail. The 32-year-old former Millwall and Blackburn defender has had a week of positive talks.

    Reid's contract expires next month and had spoken to several other clubs, with newly-promoted Premier League club Crystal Palace among those expressing an interest.

  137. 1035: 

    Andrew Neill: In some ways it is good news as fouls do appear to have gone down but when tackles like McManaman's don't get spotted it's not.

    GoodMorningFootball: You only have to watch a Clasico to see that good football and tackling can go together.

    Neil Thorneycroft: I hate it when commentators say "he was touched so he's entitled to go down". Used to be called being weak!

  138. 1033: 

    Elsewhere in Division One, Warwickshire will be scenting the chance of victory if they can quickly wrap up Durham's second innings of 152-8, which puts them 210 ahead.

    A draw already looks on the cards after a rain-affected two days at Trent Bridge where Derbyshire are on 306-6 in their first innings against Nottinghamshire.

  139. 1029: 

    Yorkshire could go top of the County Championship today by inflicting a first defeat of the season on Middlesex at Lord's.

    The hosts, following on, are still 78 runs adrift of the White Rose county's 390, with only six second-innings wickets remaining.

    Surrey will continue their bid for a first win of the season at leaders Sussex as they resume on 1-0 after dismissing the home side for 295.

  140. 1024: 

    Peterborough United claim they have rejected an enquiry from Championship side Leeds United for skipper Tommy Rowe.

    "I've had Leeds manager Brian McDermott on the phone about Tommy and I've also spoken to their chairman Ken Bates and their chief executive Shaun Harvey, but Leeds just don't have enough money," Posh director of football Barry Fry tells the Peterborough Evening Telegraph.

  141. 1021: 

    NBlane 81: Loving the logic of some people, apparently less fouls being committed is because of more cheats and diving?

    Luke Meaton: The decline in fouls is directly related to the increase in diving. What would you prefer?

    Ricky Lee Everett: Fouls might be down, but the PL defending was awful last season. Too much backing off allowing soft goals. Fear of cards?

  142. 1018: 

    Rain delays the start of the ICC Champions Trophy match between South Africa and West Indies in Cardiff. The Group B clash was set to start at 10:30 BST.

  143. 1015: 
    James Hunt

    It is 20 years on Saturday since James Hunt, Formula 1's 'swashbuckling playboy', died. "The golden mopped Hunt shone like a lighthouse amid the grey, wearing waves of austerity, an intoxicating throwback to apparently more care-free and less complicated times," writes BBC Sport's Ben Dirs, who looks back at Hunt's career with the help of Jody Scheckter, the 1979 world champion.

  144. 1011: 

    Got your posh hat ready for Royal Ascot? The famous festival begins on Tuesday and you will pleased to know it is looking largely dry. Here's the BBC Weather forecast for the Berkshire course.

  145. 1006: 

    Joe, London, via text: Solid tackles should not be discouraged but the play acting should be. Red cards for acting please. This is semi contact sport not a drama lesson. I want to see my teams defenders making solid but not reckless tackles.

  146. 1003: 

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha believes her experience has proved pivotal in reaching the Nottingham Challenge quarter-finals.

    Baltacha, 29, beat compatriot Emily Webley-Smith 6-1 6-3 for her first successive wins since almost 10 months out after foot surgery.

  147. 0955: 

    James Hunter: Decrease in fouls is a good thing. Football can still be physical provided minor contact (eg. shoulder barges) is allowed.

    Patrick Mgala: Football now is much more entertaining because there is not much physical contact, but the game can't be totally free from it.

  148. 0951: 

    Earlier we heard from Napoli striker Edinson Cavani's mother about the Uruguay international's future - now his father has been having his say.

    "Cavani's intention is to play for Real Madrid," Luis Cavani told Spanish newspaper Futboleros. "He is excited about it and is very willing to see it through. He has told the family in private that he wants to join Real Madrid but if he declares it publicly it will annoy Napoli."

  149. 0947: 

    Stuart, via text: Teams and players are defensively better nowadays meaning they don't need to dive in as much and commit last ditch tackles.

  150. 0942: 

    A couple of moments ago, I mentioned the Confederations Cup and BBC Sport's Ben Smith has arrived in Rio de Janeiro to find out what is happening in Brazil.

    Of course, it represents an opportunity to see how preparations are going for next year's World Cup finals, as well as casting an eye on the likes of Brazil, Spain, Italy and Japan on the pitch.

  151. 0937: 

    Thomas Christophersen: I think it's gone far enough now, can't take away what makes the Premier League special, the physicality.

    Joseph O'Sullivan: Less fouls is having a negative impact, referees making far too many mistakes, needless red cards are given (Kompany etc.).

    Jay: The last season was one of the worst in terms of excitement. Surely the reduced physicality had at least a part to play in that.

  152. 0933: 

    Excited for the Confederations Cup? The tournament starts when hosts Brazil face Japan on Saturday - here's Match of the Day's opening montage to whet your appetite.

  153. 0929: 

    British and Irish Lions prop Adam Jones talks about sailing around Sydney Harbour, Alex Corbisiero rapping and meeting his Everton hero Tim Cahill in his latest column from the tour of Australia.

    Tim Cahill and Adam Jones
  154. 0925: 

    Andrew Priestley: Re 0910. Referees have get-together seminars throughout the season. They're being told to allow the game to flow more. It's good to see.

    Nick Kirkham: I agree with Kevin Davies there needs to be a physical aspect to the game, you can't beat a crunching tackle.

    Get in touch by using the #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111. But please, please remember to put your names on those texts.

  155. 0920: 

    Manchester City and Real Madrid are the main contenders to sign Napoli striker Edinson Cavani's signature - according to the Uruguayan's mum.

    "Edi is dealing with Real Madrid and City," said Berta Cavani. "Napoli president De Laurentiis has spoken with Chelsea, but so far there is nothing concrete."

  156. 0915: 

    Australian centre Dean Collis agrees a new contract with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, extending his deal until the end of 2016.

    Collis, 27, who began his career with Wests Tigers, joined Wakefield from Cronulla in 2011. "I've really enjoyed my time at Wakefield for the last two years so I wanted to get my future properly sorted out," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  157. 0910: 

    Rob Pickles: Football has lost its physical edge and theatre has replaced it thanks to cheats. I see table football becoming a reality.

    Niklas Lanwehr: This is a credit to the referees as well - playing advantages is a significant part of football abs makes it more exciting

  158. 0906: 

    Super League strugglers Salford City Reds are docked two points by the Rugby Football League for fielding 14 players against Castleford Tigers.

    The club, who will drop below London Broncos to the bottom of Super League, are also fined £5,000 by the governing body. The punishment comes after they appealed an original £10,000 fine handed out by the RFL.

  159. 0900: 

    Aaron Spiers: Re 0820. The decline of fouls in the Premier League is definitely positive. We're seeing a much more technical, passing oriented game as a result.

    Do you agree? Is football as entertaining as ever? Or has it lost its physical edge? Can you ever see a time when tackling could be outlawed? Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  160. 0855: 

    Former England defender Matthew Upson has been linked with a summer switch to Championship side Leeds United, reports the Yorkshire Evening Post.

    Upson, 34, is available on a free transfer after being released by Stoke City.

  161. 0850: 

    The widow of 10-times champion trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died on Tuesday aged 70, tells BBC Sport of his team's intent to carry on his good work.

    Lady Cecil has taken temporary charge of the training licence and sent out two winners from her first five runners on Thursday.

    After Morpheus provided the first victory at Nottingham, she said: "The staff are determined to carry on for Henry and have winners. We hope to have a runner every day at Royal Ascot next week."

  162. 0845: 

    Jake Waring: Re 0820. Mike Riley and Kevin Davies are at extreme ends of the spectrum. The ideal is a happy medium between them!

  163. 0841: 

    England coach Steve McNamara rubbishes suggestions forward Sam Burgess may look to switch allegiance when he gains Australian citizenship later this year. You can listen to the full interview on the BBC iPlayer.

  164. 0836: 

    Tongues are always wagging in the football world and we bring you a selection of the best tales in our gossip column. Here's what the newspapers are saying today:

    Manchester United boss David Moyes is ready to spend a world-record £85m to land Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale. [the Sun]

    Manuel Pellegrini's appointment as Manchester City manager is being held up by a £3.2m contract dispute with former club Malaga. [Daily Mirror]

    West Ham hope to complete the permanent signing of £15.5m striker Andy Carroll, 24, from Liverpool as early as next week. [Evening Standard]

  165. 0831: 

    Jared Berg: Re 0820. What's exciting is the right decision being made, didn't happen enough last year.

  166. 0828: 

    Waratahs captain Dave Dennis returns from international duty to lead his side against the British and Irish Lions in Sydney on Saturday.

    Dennis is one of Wallabies picked by Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika, alongside centre Rob Horne, winger Drew Mitchell and prop Paddy Ryan.

    "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and we want it to be something worth remembering. We're going to go for it, we can't be looking for a glorious defeat," says Cheika.

  167. 0824: 

    Lancashire boost their bowling options ahead of the domestic Twenty20 campaign with the signing of New Zealand's left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan.

    "I have enjoyed being part of the NZ tour of the UK and Champions Trophy squad so far and the opportunity to broaden my cricket experience by playing county cricket was too good to turn down," said the 27-year-old.

  168. 0820: 

    Figures obtained by BBC Sport reveal that the number of fouls committed in the Premier League has dropped by 22% over the past eight seasons.

    Referees' boss Mike Riley says the decline has made the game "more entertaining", while ex-England striker Kevin Davies insists football "should not forget" it is a contact sport.

    Do you agree? Is football as entertaining as ever? Or has it lost its physical edge? Can you ever see a time when tackling could be outlawed? Let us know using the #bbcsportsday on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  169. 0815: 

    England's Champions Trophy hopes hang in the balance after Kumar Sangakkara's imperious century led Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket victory at The Oval.

    Sangakkara's unbeaten 134, aided by a 30-ball half-century from Nuwan Kulasekara, took Sri Lanka to their target of 294 with 17 balls to spare.

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    Usain Bolt

    Sprint king Usain Bolt strolled to victory in the 200m at the Oslo Diamond League - bouncing back from a shock 100m defeat in Rome. The charismatic Jamaican looked relaxed as he arrived in an electric Formula 1-style car. He would probably fancy his chances of beating the car over 100m.

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    Before we tuck into the meat of today's action - and there's plenty of it - let's have a quick catch-up with the big overnight stories.

    First up is golf's US Open. England's Luke Donald currently leads, one ahead of Phil Mickelson, after a rain-hit opening day at Merion. Can he become the first Englishman to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970?

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    Good morning ladies and gentlemen! Have you got that Friday feeling? Hopefully so. Kick back, relax and stay with us to find out all the breaking news from across the sporting world as it happens. We won't tell the boss. Promise.

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