Sportsday - Tuesday 18 June as it happened

Football transfer latest, Pearce to leave England under-21s, Kinnear confirmed as Newcastle director of football

18 June 2013 Last updated at 18:51

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    That's it for Sportsday for today, but it will be back at 0800 BST tomorrow morning, just in time to bring you the new season's football fixtures from 0900 BST.

  2. 1834: 

    Sportsday rounds up the big sports stories of the day on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website at 1835 BST. Bringing you all the latest on Stuart Pearce's exit from the England Under-21s, Laura Robson's progression at the Aegon International, Royal Ascot, and the British and Irish Lions defeat by Brumbies.

  3. 1829:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Flintoff's Ashes Legends: You can listen to archive commentary of former cricketer David Steele's Test debut in 1975, where he played against Dennis Lillee and Jeffrey Thompson. Plus extracts of his interview with Andrew Flintoff, which you can hear in full on BBC Radio 5 Live tonight from 1930 BST.

  4. 1825: 

    Suspended snooker player Stephen Lee will face a hearing on 9 September into allegations of match fixing.

    Lee, who has been suspended since October 2012, denies corruption allegations which centre on eight matches at four tournaments in 2008-09.

  5. 1821: 

    Nottingham Forest are understood to be close to signing USA defender Eric Lichaj on a two-year contract, reports the Nottingham Post.

    The 24-year-old has just been released by Aston Villa, who he signed for in 2008 after coming through the ranks at Chicago Fire.

  6. 1815:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS
    Laura Robson

    Laura Robson has looking ahead to Wednesday's match against Caroline Wozniacki in Eastbourne, after losing to the Dane at the French Open last month. "I think we both prefer grass," said Robson. "I think in general I play better on grass than on clay, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. There's definitely things that I can do tomorrow that I messed up a little bit on in Paris."

    The match will be live on BBC Two and online at approximately 14:30 BST.

  7. 1809: 

    The president of the Ethiopia Football Federation, Sahilu Gebremariam, has admitted his side used a suspended player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

    If Ethiopia lose the three points from their win over Botswana on 8 June it means South Africa and Botswana can still progress.

  8. 1802: 

    Andrew Wakefield: As a Crystal Palace season ticket holder regular since 1971 I don't want a top 4 club, I want a club we can get 3 points from.

    Jake Hobbs: Certainly keeping an eye out for NUFC v SAFC, the build up with Di Canio and now Kinnear in the mix will be EPIC.

    marc quinton: Yeovil away to Wigan !!! First Championship game ever #historyinthemaking.

    The football fixtures are being announced at 9am tomorrow (on all BBC Sport outlets). What fixtures are you keeping an eye out for and why?

    GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  9. 1556:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Greys Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey talks to Jennie Gow about Le Mans from 2100 BST tonight on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  10. 1750: 

    Extortionist wins the final race of the day, the Windsor Castle Stakes, at 16-1. Supplicant came in second at 20-1 and favourite Anticipated was third at 4-1.

    Follow all the reaction to the opening day's racing at Royal Ascot via the BBC Sport live text.

  11. 1747: 
    Gus Poyet

    Brighton have hit back at the League Managers' Association amid uncertainty over the future of boss Gus Poyet.

    On Monday, a club disciplinary hearing was adjourned after Poyet did not attend, with the LMA later suggesting he had not had enough time to prepare.

    In a statement, Brighton insisted that "was neither fair nor accurate." Before adding: "The club has reserved its right to consider further action regarding the LMA's statement once the disciplinary process is complete."

  12. 1741: 

    New signing Jacob Miller could see Hull FC play a more expansive game, according to head coach Peter Gentle.

    He believes the presence of the scrum-half should help play-makers Daniel Holdsworth and Shannon McDonnell, as the East Yorkshire club focuses on the end of season play-offs.

  13. 1735: 

    Since hosting its first league match on the opening day of the very first season, Preston North End's Ground Deepdale has staged 2,342 Football League matches, more than any other stadium.

    It was revealed earlier today the Lilywhites will entertain Wolves on the opening day of the 2013/14 campaign for the Football League's 125th anniversary.

    All the football fixtures are being announced at 9am tomorrow but who do you want to play on the first day and why? Tweet us via #bbcsportsday

  14. 1730: 

    As Stuart Pearce exits England's youth set-up, BBC Sport's Phil McNulty looks at the way forward for the Under-21s.

    "Stuart Pearce littered England's dismal campaign in the European Under-21 championship in Israel with the sort of liberating free speech associated with a man who knew his time was up.

    And if England's youngsters were speaking for their coach, three defeats in three games by Italy, Norway and Israel said it all. The Football Association's confirmation on Tuesday that Pearce was out after six years was a mere formality."

  15. 1727: 

    In today's YB40 matches, Scotland - without a win in six matches in this year's competiton - are 138 for 2 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, with 27 overs gone. Opener Freddie Coleman (55*) has put on 81 for the third wicket with Calum MacLeod.

    Hampshire are currently 55-2 after 8.5 overs at home to Derbyshire. Wes Durston opened the bowling for the visitors and currently has figures of 4-0-13-1.

  16. 1723: 
    Dawn Approach and Toronado

    Dawn Approach beat Toronado in a photo finish to win the St James's Palace Stakes on Royal Ascot's opening day.

    But the Jim Bolger-trained horse survived a stewards' enquiry to claim the prize for the Godolphin stables.

    The three-year-old recovered from a poor run in the Derby, where he finished last of twelve horses, to hold off the challenge of Toronado.

    Earlier, Animal Kingdom disappointed in the Queen Anne Stakes as he finished 11th of the 13 runners.

  17. 1718: 

    Crystal Palace and Hull want Abdisalam Ibrahim to boost their Premier League survival chances next season, reports the Daily Mail.

    The midfielder is expected to leave Manchester City this summer, with a host of top-flight clubs set to battle it out for his signature.

  18. 1713: 

    The Lotus Formula One team announce that a consortium of private investors, including an American hedge fund manager and an Abu Dhabi-based multinational business group, had acquired a 35 percent stake in the team, reports Reuters.

    The British-based team said in a statement that Infinity Racing Partners Limited had joined Luxembourg-based Genii Capital, who retain the remaining 65 percent through an investment vehicle, as shareholders.

  19. 1711: 

    Well Sharp wins the Ascot Stakes at 8-1. Lady Cecil, wife of the late Sir Henry's Cecil, saw her horse Tiger Cliff take second at 4-1 and Lieutenant Miller was third 8-1.

    Follow all the action via the BBC Sport live text.


    With the football fixtures being announced at 9am tomorrow (on all BBC Sport outlets), we are asking you which fixtures you will be keeping an eye out for and who you want to play first/last in the season and why. GET INVOLVED and tweet via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Ben Mason: Would love Mansfield to have Rochdale/Bury/Scunthorpe away on the opening day, to renew old rivalries

    Rich. ‏It has got to be the mighty @SwansOfficial taking on @CardiffCityFC for the first time in the Premier League

    John Mullaney: Blackburn vs Burnley, definitely! More intesnse than any top flight derby.

  21. 1655: 
    Chris Froome

    From the BBC's Matt Slater at Chris Froome's pre-Tour de France media day in Nice: "Chris Froome gives a good impression of somebody who doesn't enjoy being interrogated, so the fact his pre-Tour de France media day in Nice is over is probably a big relief. But will it be as much of a relief as Bradley Wiggins not being on the start line in Corsica in 11 days' time?

    "Froome might not enjoy these Q&As but he's getting better at them. Yes and no was the answer, with enough respect paid to Wiggo's absent "engine" to be tactful.

    "He was less guarded about his real rival Alberto Contador: "I've got his measure - we know we can beat him." We will know more about that when Froome is next here in a fortnight's time for the team time trial. He will miss Wiggins then, but only a little bit."

  22. 1658: 

    Next season's football fixtures are released tomorrow at 9am. You can get the full club-by-club breakdown and league details on the BBC Sport website.

    Earlier today the Football League revealed six fixtures early to mark its 125th anniversary.

    Crystal Palace fans do you want a dream tie at Old Trafford at the beginning or the end of your season? Mansfield Town fans who do you want to kick off your Football League campaign? Tweet us your thoughts via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  23. 1644: 

    Judd Trump and Mark Allen were shock first-round casualties at the opening ranking event of the season, China's Wuxi Classic.

    World number three Trump was beaten 5-2 by home player Li Hang, while Allen was beaten 5-4 by Leeds' Peter Lines.

  24. 1641: 

    As Joe Kinnear makes a surprise return to Newcastle, chief football writer Phil McNulty assesses how Alan Pardew may be feeling.

    "Joe Kinnear's diplomatic skills have not had any polish applied since he announced his first arrival at Newcastle United by swearing 52 times at the local media in his opening managerial news conference.

    "And if owner Mike Ashley, or those who support the idea of Kinnear working with manager Alan Pardew, hoped for a smooth and low-key transition into this reshaped structure, then the new director of football has shattered that illusion."


    Brian Hacker: Definitely not Hoddle. Ask anyone of previous clubs about his man management - poor. U21s need guidance.

    Jack Gelsthorpe: Pearce another in the long line of scapegoats for English national football. Passionate man. Dispassionate players and setup.

    Suraj Nair: A different perspective. Michael Ballack! A skilful player and surely will be a competent manager.

    Get involved on Sportsday live on Twitter via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  26. 1635: 

    Sunderland are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven goalkeeper Jereon Zoet with doubts over number one Simon Mignolet's future, according to Sky Sports.

  27. 1633: 

    War Command at 12-1 wins the Coventry Stakes. Parbold takes second 16-1 and Sir John Hawkins comes in third at 6-1.

    Follow all the action via the BBC Sport live text.

  28. 1632: 

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Jermaine Pennant signing a new contract at the club: "I've admired Jermaine from afar and there is no question about his ability.

    "I am looking to introduce more creativity and attacking options to the side, qualities Jermaine can certainly offer us."

  29. 1631: 
    Laura Robson

    Laura Robson beats Yuliya Beygelzimer 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

    Follow live video and text commentary reaction via the BBC Sport website.

  30. 1630: 

    Latest from The Wuxi Classic in China - Round 1, best of 9 frames:

    Jimmy Robertson 5-0 Graeme Dott    

    Lu Ning1-5 Matthew Stevens    

    Mark Williams 5-4 Liam Highfield    

    Liang Wenbo 5-4 Jamie Jones    

    Allister Carter 5-2 Alfie Burden

    John Higgins 5-1 Vinnie Calabrese


    Twittor: England should bring in a manager and staff to develop all ages right through to under-21s. Emphasis on possession football.

    Steven Frazer: U21 job should be incorporated into 1st team manager, add consistency strategy/tactics. Roy must have plenty of free time as is.

    Mike O'Leary: ‏Another reason why to get better people into FA. Pearce is the best U-21 coach there is! Passion and experience.

    Get involved on Sportsday live on Twitter via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  32. 1625: 

    Team Sky's Chris Foome has been speaking to BBC Sport today ahead of the Tour de France which starts on 29 June. When asked if he was relieved reigning champion and team-mate Bradley Wiggins was missing out, he said: "I wouldn't say relieved. It simplifies things from an outside perspective but from within the team it's a loss for us that we don't have his engine in the team time trial, and doing that support role for me in the mountains."

  33. 1621: 

    You can listen to live Lancashire v Scotland commentary from BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester via the BBC Sport website. If there is no commentary, it may indicate a break in play.

  34. 1616: 
    Jermaine Pennant

    Stoke City confirm that Jermaine Pennant has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

    The 30-year-old winger has been handed the opportunity of a fresh start at the Britannia Stadium after impressing manager Mark Hughes with his desire to recapture the success he enjoyed in the early part of his City career.

    Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes: "He clearly had a difficult time last season, but the Stoke fans love him and he loves them."

  35. 1613: 

    British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland admitted his side got a reality check as their unbeaten record ended with a 14-12 loss to ACT Brumbies.

    "We were building momentum, but it's not the worst thing when you get a bit of a reality check," said Gatland.

    "You have a knock, you take your disappointment and it is how this group of players responds now. We will see on the weekend."

  36. 1609: 

    Striker Andy Carroll is having a medical at West Ham United before completing his £15m move from Liverpool.

    The England striker spent last season on loan at Upton Park where he scored seven goals in 22 Premier League starts.

  37. 1606: 

    Follow live commentary as Italy take on holders Spain in the final of the European Under-21 Championship final in Israel.

  38. 1603: 

    Salford City Reds agree a transfer fee with Bradford Bulls for unsettled second row forward Elliott Whitehead.

    The 23-year-old had been in limbo since shocking the Bulls earlier this month by asking for a move, with coach Francis Cummins refusing to select him.

    Salford owner Marwan Koukash says he has agreed a "substantial" fee with Bradford for the highly-rated Whitehead and is hoping to finalise a move in time for Friday's home game against St Helens.

  39. 1559: 
    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce's first managerial job was at Nottingham Forest where he was still a player and also won a manager of the month award. He made over 500 appearances for Forest and spent a period of his final season as caretaker boss.

  40. 1552: 

    Fabulous photo finish in the St James's Palace Stake as 5-4 favourite Dawn Approach wins by a nose from Toronado 5-1 in second and Mars 14-1 in third.

    Follow all the action via the BBC Sport live text.

  41. 1550: 

    Andrew Strauss has just been on Channel 4 Racing and he said this about the forthcoming Ashes Series:

    "You can't write off Australia, though they've had a shocking preparation, with all sorts going on on and off the field. England are the strong favorites," he said.

    "We should win comfortably. I'm thinking 3-1 to England, and hopefully we can go to Australia and win there as well."

  42. 1548: 

    Follow live video and text commentary of Laura Robson first round match against Yuliya Beygelzimer in Eastbourne.

    "Robson continues to go for her shots, but the majority of them are finding the wrong side of the line. That's what people love about Robson," says BBC TV analyst Sam Smith.

    Robson is currently at 2-2 with Beygelzimer.


    Kieran Wilks: Think Glenn Hoddle would be the perfect man for the job. His philosophy on football is what the younger players need.

    Javed Chowdry: If the England U21s had shared the same passion on the pitch as Pearce did during his playing career, they'd be world beaters.

    Chris Fisher: Glenn Hoddle shouldn't just be U-21 boss, he should be in charge of overseeing all football from youth/schoolboy to U-21s.

    Let us know your reaction to Stuart Pearce's departure and who should replace him as England Under-21 manager using #bbcsportsday

  44. 1542: 

    Former England cricket captain Alec Stewart relives the "rollercoaster" of taking over coaching duties at Surrey and looks ahead to the Champions Trophy semi-finals.

    "Yesterday was quite possibly the busiest day of my life.

    "The announcement of the coaching changes at Surrey on the day of the Australia-Sri Lanka Champions Trophy game at The Oval meant juggling meetings and phone calls with stints in the commentary box for Test Match Special.

    "It was an 18-hour rollercoaster and I must admit there will be a few more similar lengthy working days ahead for me."

  45. 1538: 

    Gareth Southgate is the bookmakers' early favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager with former senior boss Glenn Hoddle and ex-Blackburn boss Michael Appleton also in the running.

  46. 1535: 
    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce earned 78 England caps as a player and managed Nottingham Forest and Manchester City before becoming Under-21 manager in 2007.

  47. 1531: 

    Metz striker Olivier Kemen says he is keen on a switch to Newcastle United following rumours about a move to Tyneside, reports Sky Sports.

    Reports have suggested that the 17-year old will sign a four-year deal with the Magpies, becoming the 11th Frenchman in Alan Pardew's squad.

  48. 1527: 
    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce was named as manager of the England Under-21s in February 2007, while he was still manager of Manchester City.

    He said at the time: "Hopefully, I can be a success.

    "The club have been extremely good in allowing me to go and get more experience but, after the summer, I will be back at Manchester City.

    "I won't be involved in the Under-21s after the summer because I will not be applying for the job." In May 2007, Pearce was sacked by City.

  49. 1522: 

    England captain Alastair Cook is unsure if Graeme Swann will feature in their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa, saying "one thing is for certain, we won't be taking too many risks with him." but his fitness "clearly a concern for us".

  50. 1522: 

    British number one Laura Robson has just stepped onto Centre Court for her Aegon Intenational first round encounter against world number 187 Yuliya Beygelzimer of the Ukraine in Eastbourne. You can watch live coverage of that match on BBC Two and on the tennis pages.

  51. 1520: 

    Sole Power wins the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot at 8-11. Shea Shea was second at 11-4 and Pearl Secret 10-1.

    Follow all the action via the BBC Sport live text.


    Shane Lees: Very disappointed Pearce has been sacked from the U21's. One of the most promising English managers around at the moment.

    Richard Walker: I would love to see Glenn Hoddle become manger. If not how about Phil Neville?

    Dave Naylor: Gary Neville for the job, give him experience then let him have the senior job in the future.

    Let us know your reaction to Stuart Pearce's departure and who should replace him as England Under-21 manager using #bbcsportsday

  53. 1513: 

    FA chairman David Bernstein on potential replacements for Stuart Pearce: "It is important the organisation now considers the best approach for the role of Under-21 coach and how this works best within the overall England structure before making any new appointment."

  54. 1511: 
    Stuart Pearce

    Stuart Pearce previously blamed his England players after England ended a miserable European Under-21 Championship campaign with a third straight defeat against Israel on 12 June.

    "The players haven't delivered. I'm really disappointed with my team. I honestly don't believe I should be here answering questions on behalf of the players," said Pearce.

    "They should be here answering questions on why their performances were so poor, to be honest with you.

    "I don't think it's my responsibility at this stage to answer for a performance as bad as that."


    Who do you think should replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager? Let us know what you think using #bbcsportsday

  56. 1503: 
    Stuart Pearce and David Bernstein

    FA chairman David Bernstein said on Stuart Pearce: "I'd like to thank Stuart Pearce for his hard work. Nobody can doubt his commitment to the job throughout his time as U21 Coach.

    "He has done extremely well in qualifying for finals tournaments, but after the disappointment of the past two tournaments, we believe it is time to change Coach.

    "On behalf of everyone at The FA I'd like to wish Stuart well for the future."

  57. 1500: 

    Stuart Pearce will leave his role as England Under-21 manager at the end of this month as his contract will not be renewed.

  58. 1458: 

    Iran beat South Korea 1-0 to qualify for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

  59. 1455: 

    The president of the Ethiopia Football Federation, Sahilu Gebremariam has admitted his side used a suspended player in a 2014 World Cup qualifier.

    If Ethiopia lose the three points from their win over Botswana on 8 June it means South Africa can still progress. Gebremariam has told BBC Sport that Minyahil Teshome Beyene should have missed the match having picked up two yellow cards in previous qualifiers.

    "We're not going to appeal, it's a management blunder," he said.

  60. 1452: 

    Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter on Twitter: Gareth Southgate is the leading candidate for the England Under-21s job now that Stuart Pearce has gone."


    Calvin Yates: Would love to see some big games on the first day of the season to add the excitement, Man United v chelsea, Arsenal v Man City.

    Eoin Harrington: Would hate to see Man United going to Cardiff, Fulham or Merseyside. Those could be tough games.

    Paul Thorn: New fixtures tomorrow would love to see a Merseyside derby on the opening day.

    Let us know who you want your team to get on the first day of the season using #bbcsportsday as the Premier League and Football League prepare to announce fixtures tomorrow at 0900 BST.

  62. 1446: 

    Declaration of War wins the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Asccot at 15-2. Aljamaaheer was second at 8-1 and Gregorian third 16-1.

    Follow all the action via the BBC Sport live text.

  63. 1442:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at EastbourneTENNIS

    Play has been suspended on Eastbourne's Centre Court with Li Na leading Alize Cornet 6-2 3-2 after a spectator was taken ill. Medical staff are on their way to the incident. Matches continue elsewhere, with Elena Baltacha having just beaten Kristyna Pliskova 7-5 7-6. Caroline Wozniacki went through earlier and could potentially meet Laura Robson in round two, three weeks after beating the Briton at the French Open. "I'm sure she likes the grass better than the clay," says the Dane.

  64. 1439: 

    Today's Question of Sport Teaser from @QofS_Official Name the three 2013 Lions players who have all the letters in LION somewhere in their name?

    Answers: Brian O'Driscoll, Geoff Parling and Mako Vunipola.

  65. 1435: 

    Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of striker Nicklas Helenius from Danish club Aalborg BK on a three-year deal.

  66. 1430: 
    Cesc Fabregas

    Cesc Fabregas has reiterated that he has not received any offers from any clubs to tempt him away from Barcelona, reports Sky Sports.

    The former Arsenal man has been linked with a return to the Premier League following a difficult season with the Catalans last term, with Manchester United reported to be keen to take him to Old Trafford so he can join up with his former Gunners team-mate Robin van Persie.

  67. 1425: 

    Fernando Torres says he is committed to Chelsea and is hoping he has a role to play under "demanding" new Blues coach Jose Mourinho.

    Speaking on Spanish radio show Al Primer Toque, Torres said: "I am the first to admit that a lot more was expected of me, even I expected more of myself. Now I have the added pressure of Mourinho and that's a challenge for any player.

    "I am dealing with the situation in a normal way, every summer there are rumours about new coaches and new players. Mourinho is a very demanding coach but he always guarantees success, and I trust that he has a plan for me."

  68. 1418: 

    Hartlepool United will visit Rochdale in the 137th encounter between the two sides. It is the the most played Football League match between current members.

    Let us know who you want your team to get on the opening day using #bbcsportsday

  69. 1408: 

    Lincolnshire's Jade Windley won her first match in grand slam qualifying to move to within two victories of a place in the Wimbledon main draw.

    The 23-year-old overcame a rankings gap of more than 200 places to beat Croatia's Tereza Mrdeza 6-4 6-4 at Roehampton.

    Windley was the first of the British women on court today and joined Alex Bogdanovic, Jamie Baker and David Rice, who all won yesterday, in reaching the second round.

    Manchester United

    The Premier League and Football League will release next season's fixtures in full tomorrow at 0900 BST. Who do you want your team to get on the opening day? Who do you want on the last day? What fixture will you be most looking forward to? Let us know using #bbcsportsday

  71. 1357: 

    The Daily Mirror is reporting that England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce will not have his contract renewed and that the Football Association are looking at replacements.

  72. 1353: 

    Uruguay striker Luis Suarez is still confident his side can qualify from their Confederations Cup group despite their opening defeat to World champions Spain.

    "We lost against the world's best national team, but we know that the competition's only just starting," Suarez told Fifa's official website.

    "I think that we left a positive impression and we never let our heads drop, even when the game looked beyond us. The matches we've got coming up are different, and we've got to win them to progress. I think we showed a positive attitude and I'm feeling optimistic."

  73. 1347: 

    Royal Ascot begins at 1430 BST today with the Queen Anne Stakes opening the card. You will be able to follow all the action on the BBC Sport website's live text commentary and listen on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.


    Duncan Smith: I like Joe Kinnear, Every club trying to move forward in the big business of the Premier League has a Director of Football now.

    Shaun Ross: Newcastle are going down with this joke of a former manager. Shouldn't be in the game at all.

    David Ljunggren: I can't see how this is going to persuade top players they should come to Newcastle. I predict another season of struggle.

    Let us know what you think of Joe Kinnear and Newcastle using #bbcsportsday

  75. 1340: 

    Mark Gower says his move to Charlton has helped him rediscover his appetite for the game after he had become "disillusioned" at Swansea.

    Gower, who ended last season on loan at The Valley, recently joined Charlton on a one-year deal after his Swans contract was terminated.

  76. 1338: 

    England captain Alastair Cook has been speaking ahead of his side's ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against South Africa. He said: "This is one step towards a final and we come here to try to win the tournament, it is an amazing opportunity tomorrow."

    The game begins at 1030 BST and there is ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and via BBC Sport website & BBC iPlayer Radio app, BBC Radio 4 LW; live text commentary on BBC Sport website, mobile devices and app

  77. 1331: 

    More from Gatland: "I was disappointed with the intensity of the first half, I thought we were much better in the second half. We just weren't quite good enough.

    "We made a few changes, gave them a bit of a rocket at half-time and I thought we were much better in the second half. We seemed a little bit flat out there in the first half, played too much rugby in our own half and we probably needed to play a little bit smarter.

    "It was a pretty tight game and there weren't a lot of opportunities."

  78. 1330: 

    Declan Rudd has returned to Preston on a season-long loan, after signing a new one-year deal at Norwich City.

    The 22-year-old, whose new contract runs until 2015, moved to Deepdale in January and made 14 appearances.

    Rudd has just returned from Israel where he was part of England's Under-21 squad at the European Championships.

  79. 1328: 

    British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland conceded his side "got what they deserved" after seeing their unbeaten tour record disappear in a disappointing showing against the Brumbies.

    Just four days before the opening Test against Australia, the Lions went down 14-12 at Canberra Stadium to bring an end to their five-match winning streak.

    Gatland told Sky Sports: "There's no excuses, first-half performance wasn't good enough and we got what we deserved. It's just disappointing. In fairness to the Brumbies they played well, put us under pressure at the breakdown."

  80. 1325: 
    Nathan Cleverly

    Nathan Cleverly will defend his WBO light-heavyweight title on 17 August in Cardiff. No opponent has been named but the Welshman's promoter Frank Warren is still negotiating with Russian Sergey Kovalev.

  81. 1321: 

    Arsenal are favourites to sign Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, after Juventus switched their attention to Manchester City's Carlos Tevez according to the London Evening Standard.

  82. 1317: 

    Former Bayern Munich player Dale Jennings has signed a three-year contract at Barnsley as David Flitcroft continues his preparations for the 2013/14 season in the Championship.

    After two seasons at Bayern Munich the 20-year-old winger from Liverpool will be playing Championship football at Oakwell.

  83. 1311: 

    Fernando Torres says he is not worried by rumours about a summer move to Barcelona, and is looking forward to hearing how he fits into new Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's plans for next season, reports ESPN.

    With Chelsea looking likely to sign Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, and Mourinho talking positively about returning Belgian youngster Romelu Lukaku, it remains to be seen how Torres might fit in up front at Stamford Bridge next term.

  84. 1306: 

    Sport England's latest survey showed 424,300 people aged 16 and over played tennis once a week from April 2012 to April 2013, up 0.95% on the 420,300 from April 2011 to April 2012 but down 4.7% on the 445,100 recorded from October 2011 to October 2012.

  85. 1300: 
    Burnley Bolton

    Burnley will entertain Bolton on the opening day of the new season as one of six fixtures arranged to mark the Football League's 125th anniversary.

    The Clarets' Turf Moor ground hosted games in the inaugural 1888-89 season.

    The other Championship fixture is Derby v Blackburn, plus Preston v Wolves and Sheffield United v Notts County in League One, and Hartlepool v Rochdale and Newport v Accrington Stanley in League Two.

    The full 2013-14 fixture list will be released at 09:00 BST on Wednesday.

  86. 1255: 
    David Healy

    Northern Ireland's record goalscorer David Healy admits he still is not sure where he will be playing next season.

    The former Fulham and Rangers striker was released at the end of the season by Bury following their relegation to League Two.

  87. 1249: 

    Sir Dave Richards has told BBC Radio Leicester that he is not becoming chairman of Leicester City despite speculation claiming he was replacing Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

    The Football Association board member and former Sheffield Wednesday chairman had been linked with the role at the King Power Stadium.

    Leicester City are yet to make any official announcement about the matter.


    Dave Anderson: Local courts usually poor and clubs are too expensive to join. Too many people being priced-out.

    Jonny Fraser: I salute those hard working coaches and sport science teams working tirelessly in the UK to help develop tennis.

    Richard Jones: No trouble with tennis is our area. Newport has four excellent clubs totalling 25 quality courts. affordable for most supported by Tennis Wales.

    We want you to send us the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your photos and your thoughts on its future via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  89. 1244: 

    Leeds Carnegie announce that Head Coach Diccon Edwards has resigned with immediate effect from his position with the club.

    Edwards, who had one year to run on his contract, led his team to the semi finals of the RFU Championship last season, beating eventual Champions Newcastle Falcons in the first leg before missing out on a place in the final by just four points on aggregate.

  90. 1241: 
    Dr Marwan Koukash

    Salford City Reds owner Dr Marwan Koukash tells BBC World Service he is looking to launch his own TV channel to cover racing, rugby league and football.

    The multi-millionaire Kuwait-born businessman says he is currently in negotiations to buy a football club, and when that is complete he will look to set up the channel.

  91. 1236: 

    Striker Andy Carroll is expected to have a medical tonight as West Ham prepare to tie up his move in a deal which could cost them £46million, reports the London Evening Standard.

    Amid late interest from Newcastle, the striker is believed to have flown back from a holiday in the United States last night to agree a contract with West Ham reported to be £100,000 a week for six years.

  92. 1232:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport in EastbourneTENNIS

    As the state of British tennis is discussed off the court, the day has begun with a disappointing defeat for the nation's number two man, James Ward, in Eastbourne. On a bright morning at Devonshire Park, the Londoner went down 6-3 6-4 to Bernard Tomic, ranked 152 places higher at 64 in the world. The Australian's controversial father, John, was watching from the stands. Laura Robson begins her singles campaign later on Tuesday, with live coverage on BBC One and online from 13:00 BST.

  93. 1228: 

    British & Irish Lions beaten 14-12 Lions by ACT Brumbies in their final warm-up match before the Tests.

    For full reaction to the Lions defeat head to the BBC Sport live text.

  94. 1224: 

    Northamptonshire all-rounder Steven Crook has said Thursday's top-of-the-table County Championship clash against Lancashire will be like a cup final.

    Northants are 34 points clear of their second-placed hosts in Division Two.

    "Every game is big for us now, every game is like a final," 30-year-old Australian Crook, a former Lancashire player, told BBC Radio Northampton.

  95. 1223: 
    Josh Kennedy

    Australia have qualified for the World Cup in Brazil next year as Josh Kennedy's header edges them past Iraq.

  96. 1220: 
    Royal Ascot

    For those of you following the sports news on Sportsday from the stands at Royal Ascot, get your binoculars at the ready for the Royal carriages:

    Carriage 1

    Her Majesty the Queen, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall

    Carriage 2

    The Duke of York, Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Eugenie of York, Lord Dalmeny

    Carriage 3

    Prince Michael of Kent, Princess Michael of Kent, Viscount Linley, Viscountess Linley

    Carriage 4

    Mr. Timothy Taylor, The Lady Helen Taylor, Lord Ivar Mountbatten, The Lady Brabourne

  97. 1215: 

    Jamie McLean: Prices are the problem. Membership costs so much and booking courts on a one-off basis does not improve the sport.

    Gary Campbell: Need up to date courts like other districts Derry City Council. City of culture 2013 and our club is embarrassing.

    Adam Thomas Aubrey: Lets be honest when is weather ever ok to go outdoors to play? Especially up here in Manchester

    We want you to send us the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your photos and your thoughts on its future via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  98. 1212: 

    Josh Kennedy has put Australia on the verge of World Cup qualification as he heads the Socceroos in front against Iraq. A win will send them to Brazil next year.

  99. 1208: 
    Tennis court

    Tennis Europe's 2012-13 report shows that, despite similar populations, France has three times more clubs than Britain, 11,000 more courts, five times the number of indoor courts and 7,000 more coaches.

  100. 1203: 

    Mairi Mackay via email: We need to get younger children playing in schools, with coaches from local clubs leading. We have lots of small clubs in our area who cannot afford a coach - this needs to be addressed.

    Gareth via email: Tennis will always suffer because of the British weather unless indoor courts become a lot more common.

    Chris via email: I have looked into booking them on the local summer holiday tennis coaching scheme and was shocked by the costs in comparison to the other sports: Tennis: £90 pp for week coaching or £21 per 3 hrs. No wonder participation rates are dropping at these prices.

    We want you to send us photos of your tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your thoughts and photos via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  101. 1158: 

    Newcastle United Managing Director Derek Llambias told the club's website: "The board are pleased to welcome Joe back to the club. Joe has many years of experience working within the game, and this experience will be of great benefit to the Club in achieving our objectives over the coming seasons."

    Kinnear will report directly to the club's Board as the senior executive in charge of all football-related matters. Chief scout Graham Carr and manager Alan Pardew will report into Joe.

  102. 1154: 
    Joe Kinnear

    Newcastle have confirmed the appointment of Joe Kinnear as their new director of football on a three-year deal.

  103. 1148: 

    Today's Question of Sport Teaser from @QofS_Official Name the three 2013 Lions players who have all the letters in LION somewhere in their name?

  104. 1145: 
    Tim Cahill

    Australia are being held 0-0 in their World Cup qualifier against Iraq as the second half gets underway. The Socceroos need a win to ensure qualification for Brazil 2014.

  105. 1141: 

    There's lots of British interest on day two of Wimbledon qualifiers. Jamie Baker, Alex Bogdanovic and David Rice will begin their second round encounters against Igor Kunitsyn, Evgeny Korolev and Flavio Cipolla respectively.

    Meanwhile on the women's side, Britain's Katy Dunne, Lisa Whybourn, Naomi Broady, Amanda Carreras, Emily Webley-Smith, Jade Windley, Anna Smith and Melanie South will begin their campaigns in the first round.

  106. 1139: 

    Manchester United want to bring Barcelona youngster Thiago Alcantara to Old Trafford, and in doing so help fund Juan Mata's move to Catalunya, reports the Daily Mirror.

    The Chelsea star is already out of favour with new boss Jose Mourinho and could be offloaded this summer, with Barcelona keen to add him to their star studded midfield.

  107. 1136: 
    Mark Cavendish

    Mark Cavendish has been set the target of winning stage one of the 2013 Tour de France and wearing the race leader's yellow jersey for the first time.

    The three-week race starts on Corsica on 29 June and the opening stage is expected to finish with a bunch sprint, at which the Manx rider, 28, excels.

  108. 1131: 

    Bryn Palmer: Error-strewn 1st half from the Lions sees them trail 8-3 at HT against ACT Brumbies, Hogg pen with last kick. They trailed 22-10 at HT in 2001. Similar tale here?

  109. 1129: 

    British Athletics have named 28 London 2012 medallists in the 48-strong team for the IPC Athletics World Championships, which take place in Lyon, France from 19-28 July.

  110. 1125: 

    Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy is mulling over offering former Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake a short-term deal, reports the East Anglian Daily Times.

    The 27-year-old striker is currently sidelined after breaking his leg and damaging ankle ligaments towards the end of last season, but has scored 87 goals in 243 Championship appearances.

  111. 1122: 
    Joe Kinnear

    Samuel Wright: Assumed Kinnear hiring was a windup. Can't wait to see what happens when he goes to a takeaway and tries to order a Cabaye

    Harry Rowe: Can't wait for Newcastle to excel next season. The media are turning this club into a joke, not Kinnear.

    Alex Serrano: If Kinnear has actually been appointed by Newcastle he is talking his way out of the job as quickly as he got it!

    Let us know what you think of Joe Kinnear and Newcastle via #bbcsportsday

  112. 1117: 

    Widnes centre Cameron Phelps has agreed a new contract, tying him the Super League club until 2015.

    The 28-year-old Australian joined the Vikings from Hull FC in January 2012 after a two-year spell at Wigan.

    Phelps, who can also play on the wing or at full-back, has already scored seven tries this season, including a hat-trick against Salford.

  113. 1112: 

    Sevilla's director of football, Ramon 'Monchi' Verdejo, has revealed Liverpool have made a 'good offer' for attacker Luis Alberto, but the Spanish side have yet to accept it.

    Speaking with Sevilla's official TV channel, Monchi revealed: "Liverpool's interest in Luis is real, but nothing has been signed. They've made the player a very important offer."

  114. 1107: 
    Tennis courts

    According to Tennis for free, which campaigns for better access to tennis facilities, there are 2,594 free public courts and 16 free park coaching programmes in the United Kingdom.

    For a nation of its size, the level of infrastructure appears reasonable, but Britain still has fewer players in the ATP and WTA rankings - 66 men and 27 women - than any other leading tennis country, reports David Ornstein.

  115. 1103: 
    Matej Vydra

    An unnamed Premier League club has made a bid for Matej Vydra, the striker's agent has told the Watford Observer.

    Vydra won the Championship Player of the Year award during his first year in English football.

    The 21-year-old scored 22 goals on loan at Watford last season but that did include a barren run of no goals in 13 games before his double in the play-off semi-final second leg against Leicester City.

  116. 1100: 

    Wolves have rejected an offer from Hibernian to sign striker Leigh Griffiths on a permanent basis.

    The 22-year-old Scotland international scored 28 times on loan at Hibs last season and was named the PFA Scotland young player of the year.

  117. 1057: 

    Barry Ferguson has signed a new one-year contract with Blackpool with the option of a further year.

    The 35-year-old midfielder will embark on his third season at Bloomfield Road when the campaign gets underway on 3 August.

  118. 1054: 

    Wasps lock Marco Wentzel has left the club to return home to South Africa.

    The 34-year-old twice-capped Springbok recently returned to Cape Town with the Barbarians and has opted to stay in the country for family reasons.

    He has played 51 times over two seasons for Wasps and also had spells in the Premiership with Leicester and Leeds.

  119. 1050: 
    Tennis court

    LTA statistics indicate that there are 4,118 places to play tennis in England, Scotland and Wales, including 97 performance centres, 21,186 courts (1,645 of which are indoor) and 3,904 registered or licensed coaches.

    We want you to send us pictures of the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Tell us your thoughts and send us your photos via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  120. 1047: 

    English rugby league player George Burgess has apologised after being arrested by police and charged with causing wilful damage.

    The 21-year-old forward is alleged to have smashed a car windscreen after celebrating his side South Sydney Rabbitohs' 30-24 win over Gold Coast Titans in Cairns on Sunday.

    Burgess moved to the club from Bradford Bulls in December 2010. "I have let my team and my family down," Burgess said.

  121. 1043: 
    David Dunn

    David Dunn could be set to sign a new one-year contract at Blackburn Rovers before the end of the week, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    Dunn is out of contract this summer and had been linked with interest from overseas clubs, but has always indicated that he wanted to stay at Rovers.

  122. 1037: 

    The number of people playing tennis is 0.95% up on April 2012 - many other sports were down - that is still a drop of 7% compared to the inaugural figures from 2006 and 23% below 2009.

    GET INVOLVED - We want you to send us the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your photos via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  123. 1034: 

    Live text coverage as the British and Irish Lions take on the ACT Brumbies in the final game before the Test series.


    Brumbies: Mogg; Speight, Kuridrani, A Smith, Rathbone; Toomua, Prior; R Smith, Siliva, Sio, Power, Carter, Fardy, Faingaa, Kimlin.

    Replacements: Mann-Rea, J. Smith, Cocca, Oosthuizen, Smiler, Swanepoel, Coleman, Holmes.

    British and Irish Lions: Kearney; Wade, Barritt, Twelvetrees, Williams; Hogg, B Youngs; Grant, Best, Stevens, Evans, Gray, O'Brien, Tipuric, Faletau.

    Replacements: Hibbard, Corbisiero, Cole, Parling, Lydiate, Murray, Farrell, Zebo.

    Finsbury Park tennis court

    Hannah Arsenal: Free courts in Finsbury Park... Can't complain.

    We want you to send us the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your photos via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  125. 1028: 

    West Brom confirm defender Steven Reid has signed a new one-year contract with the club.

    Albion announced around a month ago that they were in negotiations with the former Republic of Ireland international after he failed to make enough appearances in 2012-13 to guarantee the final season of the two-year deal he signed in April 2012.

  126. 1026: 

    Rangers have secured their sixth summer signing after confirming full-back Stevie Smith has agreed to rejoin the club.

    The 27-year-old has been a free agent since he left MLS side Portland Timbers towards the end of last year.

    The defender, who left Ibrox in 2010 after breaking through as a youngster, has signed a two-year deal.

  127. 1023: 

    Denmark international defender Jores Okore admits he unintentionally fell asleep during his medical at Aston Villa, reports the Birmingham Mail.

    Most signings claim it is a dream come true to join a new club, but Okore took it a step further by nodding off while he was under going an MRI scan.

  128. 1020: 
    Tennis courts

    Sport England's latest survey showed 424,300 people aged 16 and over played tennis once a week from April 2012 to April 2013, up 0.95% on the 420,300 from April 2011 to April 2012 but down 4.7% on the 445,100 recorded from October 2011 to October 2012.

  129. 1017: 
    Shane Williams

    Follow all the action via BBC Sport's live text commentary as the British and Irish Lions take on the ACT Brumbies in the final game before the Test series.

  130. 1015:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Mark Chapman was joined by Danny Mills, Pat Nevin and football writer Amy Lawrence last night on 5 live Football Daily to discuss Roman Abramovich at Chelsea, the current state of youth football in England and Joe Kinnear's return to Newcastle. You can download the podcast now on the Radio 5 live website.


    Gaz Iowe: Appointing kinnear is a joke.interview was a shambles.start of things to come for #nufc

    Elliot Davies: Is Joe Kinnear a Sunderland fan in disguise bringing Newcastle down from the inside?

    Ste Jeffery: Gotta feel sorry for Newcastle fans: Mike Ashley/ Kinnear - it's just not the fan's club anymore.

    Let us know your views on Joe Kinnear and Newcastle via #bbcsportsday

  132. 1008: 

    Australia wing Digby Ioane has declared himself fit for the first Test against the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old was a major doubt after undergoing knee surgery at the end of last month and his return will be a filip for Aussie boss Robbie Deans.

    "It's feeling good, I'll be ready for this weekend," said Ioane.

    Sport England Active People Survey

    We want you to send us the tennis courts in your surrounding area. Are they in need of an upgrade or are they Wimbledon-esque? Send us your photos via Twitter using the hashtag #troublewithtennis

  134. 1001: 

    There are four World Cup qualifiers today starting at 1000 BST with Australia taking on Iraq with a win for the hosts securing their spot in Brazil next year. A draw will be enough if Oman don't beat Jordan which kicks off at 1700. A draw for Oman might be enough - but only if Australia get stuffed by seven goals or more.

    The winners of South Korea v Iran will qualify from Group A of the Asia zone and the hosts only need a draw in the 1300 kick-off. Uzbekistan, who play Qatar, must win to have any chance of qualifying - and then hope it's enough to overtake South Korea or Iran on goal difference.

  135. 0956: 
    Arouna Kone

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke has identified Arouna Kone as a potential replacement for Romelu Lukaku and is waiting to see if Jeremy Peace will sanction a £6.5m bid for the Wigan Athletic striker, reports ESPN.

    Clarke has become resigned to losing Lukaku to his parent club Chelsea, following the forward's impressive loan spell last season and has made signing a new goalscorer a priority in the summer transfer window.

  136. 0950: 
    Tennis court

    In December 2012, Sport England decided to reduce its tennis funding from £24.5m to £17.4m for the next four-year cycle up to 2017, amid concerns the LTA was not making best use of the cash.

    The LTA was still given £3.75m for talent development, but only received a one-year award of £3.35m for participation.

    The remaining £10.3m has been withheld while Sport England decides whether the LTA is doing its job well enough.

  137. 0944: 
    Lions pitch

    BBC Sport's Chief sports correspondent Dan Roan in Canberra ahead of the Lions final warm-up game against Brumbies: "Pitch wet but in good condition here in Canberra ahead of Lions v Brumbies match despite freak hail-storm."

  138. 0939: 

    Press Association Sport is reporting that Joe Kinnear will today be confirmed as Newcastle's new director of football as he prepares to head into talks with manager Alan Pardew.

    Andy Murray and Laura Robson

    Sport England has warned the Lawn Tennis Association it faces a critical summer with regards to increasing participation numbers that will dictate whether or not it is stripped of valuable funding.

    BBC Sport wants to know your views on why participation numbers are not high, what are the tennis facilities like in your area, is cost an issue for you and what do you think needs to be done?

    Let us know your views and send us pictures of poor tennis facilities in your area via Twitter using hashtag #troublewithtennis or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  140. 0926: 

    Widnes' Australian centre Cameron Phelps has signed a two-year contract extension which will keep him at the Vikings until the end of the 2015 season.

    The 28-year-old former Wigan and Hull player is in his second season at the Halton Stadium and says extending his stay was an easy decision to make.

    "Me and my family are very happy here," he said. "This club is growing and we're building."

  141. 0919: 

    Former British number one and ex-Davis Cup captain John Lloyd on poor participation numbers for tennis in Britain: "We need to start again, no matter how long it takes. Spending money on players at the top has not worked. The important thing is to create a base from the bottom up."

  142. 0915: 
    Royal Ascot

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Royal Ascot: "The going is good for Tuesday, which also sees a showdown between English and Irish 2,000 Guineas winners Dawn Approach and Magician in the St James's Palace Stakes, with Dawn Approach bidding to bounce back after finishing last when favourite for the Derby at Epsom 17 days ago."

  143. 0907: 

    Bradford Bulls forward Chev Walker has agreed a new two-year deal with the Super League side. The 30-year-old, who has made 15 appearances in the league this season, joined the Bulls from Hull KR in August 2010.

    He told BBC Radio Leeds: "I wanted to get it done as soon as possible because I'm enjoying my rugby."


    Will Reid: Kinnear says he has mor intelligence? Yet can't recall who he signed! Utter disaster and disgrace.

    Craig Fenby: Just added another clown to add to the NUFC circus, a man with a 22% win percentage as NUFC manager, clueless.

    Christopher Hares: Between Joe Kinnear and having Wonga as a sponsor, I feel entirely alienated from the club. I'm not even angry, just gutted.

    Let us know what you think of Joe Kinnear's latest comments as he claims to be "more intelligent" than his critics. #bbcsportsday

  145. 0857: 

    Aston Villa are about to conclude a deal for Aalborg striker Nicklas Helenius, according to Sky Sports.

    Both clubs have reportedly agreed terms and the 22-year-old is set to undergo a medical today.

  146. 0849: 
    Newcastle Chronicle

    Here is the front page of today's Newcastle Chronicle about supporter's reaction to Joe Kinnear, as tweeted by the editor Darren Thwaites.

  147. 0844: 

    A revamped Lions side aim to preserve their 100% record this morning in what could be their toughest fixture in Australia outside the Test series.

    Five Lions, four of them new arrivals, make their first tour starts against an ACT Brumbies side top of the Super 15. It is unlikely any player starting in Canberra will begin Saturday's first Test, but motivation remains strong.

    "There is no way we are going out and sacrificing the game," said head coach Warren Gatland ahead of the clash which begins at 1030 BST. We will have a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    So what do Newcastle fans think of Joe Kinnear's latest comments about the club? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  149. 0831: 
    Joe Kinnear

    Joe Kinnear says he has "more intelligence" than any of his critics, who have questioned his appointment as Newcastle's new director of football.

    The Magpies are yet to confirm his appointment but 66-year-old Kinnear, who managed Newcastle during the 2008-09 season, claims he has signed a deal.

    Some fans and media have criticised the decision to appoint Kinnear, whose role as boss was ended by a heart attack. But he told talkSPORT: "I've certainly got more intelligence than them."

  150. 0827: 

    Former Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie writes in a Daily Telegraph column that Justin Rose's Ryder Cup win can help him join Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott in a "new Fab Four".

    Montgomerie writes: "He knows what he has got and he knows that it is good enough. The confidence can accelerate his progress and see him competing for world No 1 with Woods and McIlroy.

    "The same applies to Scott who, like Justin, is 32 and experienced his own "Eureka!" moment at Augusta. There is something about that pair which makes me think they will join Woods and Rory and start to pull away from what is a very strong group of players."

  151. 0821: 

    Royal Ascot will start with a poignant note on Tuesday as the famous meeting prepares to welcome 280,000 racegoers over five days.

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Royal Ascot reports: "After a difficult few weeks for racing, including a doping scandal and high-profile corruption case, talk this week turns to favourites and remembering one of the sport's favourite sons.

    "Five days where top-quality equine action mixes with high fashion will begin with a minute's silence in memory of Sir Henry Cecil, the legendary trainer of 75 winners at this meeting who died a week ago aged 70.

    "His widow Lady Cecil sends out Tiger Cliff in the Ascot Stakes (1700 BST) while Animal Kingdom goes for a unique Kentucky-Dubai-Ascot treble in the opening Queen Anne Stakes (1430)."

  152. 0817: 

    The Independent reports that Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is being urged to wait 18 months before returning to Manchester United as he will earn higher wages and a bigger signing on fee if he runs down his contract in Spain.

    You can track all the confirmed transfers on the BBC Sport website.

  153. 0812: 

    Legendary Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker has been diagnosed with cancer.

    The 89-year-old said he had a form of lymphatic system cancer, which was diagnosed during tests after a fall in which he broke his pelvis last month.

    "They've caught it incredibly early. It's treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I'm very hopeful," Walker said.

  154. 0808: 

    Liverpool will tell Luis Suarez, 26, he has to put in a transfer request if he is to leave the club. (Daily Mail)

    Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 24, is set to arrive at Anfield for a medical ahead of a £23m move to Liverpool this week. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City expect to complete the £30m transfer of Malaga playmaker Isco as the 21-year-old is concerned he will not play regularly at Real Madrid. (Daily Telegraph)

  155. 0804: 

    Sport England has warned the Lawn Tennis Association it faces a critical summer that will dictate whether or not it is stripped of valuable funding.

    If the LTA, the body that looks after tennis in Britain, fails to meet a string of conditions by December, Sport England says it will look for other ways to invest in grassroots tennis.

    "They've got a big summer ahead," Sport England director Phil Smith told BBC Sport. "The track record of participation in tennis has been pretty poor. The crunch time is December."

  156. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to another day of Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport centre in Salford. Today we will have all the latest football transfer news, the latest on Joe Kinnear speaking about Newcastle, the British and Irish Lions are in action and we will have all the other breaking sports stories.

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