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18 July 2013 Last updated at 19:02

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  1. 1858: 

    That is it for another Sportsday live from the BBC Sports centre. Thanks for your company and join us again from 0830 on Friday.

  2. 1850: 
    Steve Smith

    England close day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on 289-7. Having lost the toss, Australia will be happy with their day's work.

  3. 1845: 

    Daniel Ricciardo topped the times on the second day of the young driver test at Silverstone, but was quicker in his Toro Rosso than during his audition for a 2014 Red Bull seat.

    The Australian split his duties on Thursday, lapping in his regular Toro Rosso in the morning, before switching to Red Bull in the afternoon as the team decide whether to hand him the chance to replace Mark Webber next season.

  4. 1839: 

    Former champion Louis Oosthuizen withdrew from the British Open halfway through his opening round on Thursday with a recurrence of a neck-related injury.

    The South African, a surprise winner at St Andrews in 2010, had laboured to four over par after eight holes on a baking Muirfield course when he quit on the ninth.

    Oosthuizen, 30, had just double-bogeyed the par-three seventh and followed that with a bogey on eight when he called time on his round after his tee shot on the ninth.

  5. 1837: 

    From BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "An appeal against the controversial result to last week's Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket, when the stewards allowed Elusive Kate to keep the race despite causing interference to narrowly beaten runner-up Sky Lantern, has been thrown out.

    "A British Horseracing Authority panel upheld the stewards' decision that, on the balance of probabilities, the interference had not affected the finishing positions."

  6. 1836: 

    For live text commentary of England against France in their final Group C game at Euro 2013, with a win guaranteeing a place in the last eight, go to the BBC Sport website.

  7. 1832: 

    Justin Rose made a disappointing start to his bid for back-to-back major titles at Muirfield

    Rose, seeking to become only the seventh man in history after Bobby Jones (twice), Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson and Tiger Woods to win the US Open and Open Championship in the same year, could only manage one birdie in a four-over 75.

    "I could not quite get my focus," said the 32-year-old Englishman, who won the US Open at Merion last month. "It's very tricky out there and plays tricks with your mind."

  8. 1825: 

    Sportsday will be live on the BBC News Channel at 1830 BST. They will be live at the 2nd Ashes test, day one of the Open and at the Tour de France.

  9. 1820: 
    Hope Powell

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan: "England boss Hope Powell said she would alter her team and she has, with three changes to the side. Sophie Bradley comes in for Laura Bassett in defence, just two weeks after being stretchered off in a friendly with Sweden.

    "Striker Toni Duggan is in for midfielder Jill Scott, while Karen Carney replaces Rachel Yankey after the winger injured her hamstring against Russia. Looks like England will go 4-4-2 instead of their usual 4-2-3-1, with Duggan joining Ellen White in attack."

    Watch live text commentary on England's crucial final group game against France via the BBC Sport website from 1830 BST.

  10. 1813: 

    Steve Smith takes his second wicket, with Jonny Bairstow caught and bowled for 67. England are now 274-6.

    Follow the action on BBC Radio Test Match Special or via the BBC Sport website.

  11. 1809: 

    From BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley ahead of tonight's England v France final group match in the women's Euro 2013: "Eagerly awaiting France team-news for tonight's game v England. France already won group so wonder how many stars they'll rest."

  12. 1806: 

    From BBC World Service Sport's Ade Adedoyin in Monaco ahead of tomorrow's Diamond League meeting: "IAAF president Lamine Diack tells me Tyson Gay's positive test was devastating. Said 'I know him, his mother, and considered him a role model.'"

  13. 1803: 

    Serena Williams swept into the quarter-finals of the Swedish Open in Bastad with a straight-sets victory over Anna Tatishvili.

    The top seed was never in trouble, despite her opponent winning three straight games in the second set, as she ran out a 6-2 6-3 winner to line-up a last-eight meeting with fifth seed Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

  14. 1759: 
    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell's resistance is finally over, after being dismissed for 109, caught behind by Michael Clarke off Steve Smith's bowling. It was Bell's third consecutive Ashes century.

    For live action listen to BBC Radio Test Match Special or follow via the BBC Sport website.

  15. 1750: 

    Tiger Woods niece Cheyenne Woods shot an eight-under-par 64 to grab the lead at the Spanish Open in Madrid on Thursday.

    Woods, who turns 23 next week, sank four birdies on the front nine and four more on the back, with a bogey on the 15th hole the only blemish, to lead a Ladies European Tour event for the first time in her career.

    "I had birdies here and there and my putting was great," the daughter of Tiger's half brother Earl Junior said on the Tour website.

  16. 1742: 

    Surrey have signed Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien for their next three FL t20 group matches.

    The 29-year-old, who has played 30 T20 internationals, averages 19.33 with the bat and has taken 44 wickets in the short format of the game.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "The club are in a great position and personally I'm looking to go out and enjoy it and do my best for the county.

    "You look around the changing room and we've got world-class players."

  17. 1740: 

    Justin Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m champion who went on to serve a four-year doping ban, has wished Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell "all the best in stressful times" in the wake of their failed drugs tests.

    "What's going on with them hasn't even reached the court system," he said, shortly after teammate Carmelina Jeter and Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce had walked out of their joint press conference after refusing to be quizzed on the doping issue.

    "We don't even know what's going to happen. I'm not the judge or the jury in the situation. I'm just sitting back like any other spectator to see what's going to happen.

    "I just wish the best for them, it's a stressful time, not only for them but the sport in general."

  18. 1730: 
    Manuel Pellegrini

    From Manchester City's Twitter feed: "Team leaving hotel for game in Durban. Brian Kidd will take charge tonight as Manuel Pellegrini has returned to Chile for family reasons."

  19. 1723: 

    Brentford chief executive Mark Devlin insists the club have not received an approach from Wolves for Clayton Donaldson and are not interested in selling the striker, reports West London Sport.

    Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has been linked with a move for the 29-year-old, who scored 24 goals in all competitions last season.

    But Devlin told West London Sport: "We have heard nothing from Wolves about Clayton and in any case we would not be looking to sell him."

  20. 1720: 

    Chris Froome was penalised 20 seconds for taking food when he should not have done inside the final five kilometres on today's double ascent of the Alpe d'Huez, but still increased his overall lead in the 100th Tour de France.

    As Christophe Riblon raced to victory ahead to become France's first stage winner this year, Froome showed his first signs of distress all Tour when he waved for help just after the 5km post.

    Richie Porte dropped back to the team car to get an energy bar for the yellow jersey holder, but race commissaires docked the time from Froome.

    Nevertheless, he still increased his lead over Alberto Contador to five minutes 11 seconds after finishing in seventh place, almost a minute ahead of the Spaniard on the road.

  21. 1713: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the World Championships in Puebla, Mexico: "Disappointment for -53kg European bronze medallist Caroline Fisher who exits the competition in her first match after a 2-1 sudden-death defeat to Cuban Yamisel Nunez.

    "At the age of 30 and with a full-time job outside of taekwondo working with children who have behavioural difficulties Fisher admitted before the event that this could be her final major.

    "She was clearly distraught after losing and didn't stop in the mix-zone for an interview.

    "All attention now moves to Bianca Walkden in the +73kg division who will face Graciella Mourambou of Gambon in a few hours time."

  22. 1710: 

    Television umpires may have a more prominent role in future on-field decisions, says International Cricket Council (ICC) chief David Richardson.

    The ICC said England's Jonathan Trott should not have been given out in the first Ashes Test against Australia when key replays were unavailable.

    "We've got a trial to allow the third umpire a bank of TVs so he can access technology quicker," Richardson said.

  23. 1708: 

    BBC South West have an exclusive interview with the Cornish club cricketer who hit 311 in 40 overs at the weekend as reported on Tuesday.

  24. 1705: 
    Billy Joe Saunders

    British and Commonwealth middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders has said he expects to be in world title contention in little over a year.

    The 23-year-old Hertfordshire fighter will face Ryan O'Sullivan on Saturday before a British title defence against John Ryder in September.

    "I'm only 23. I'm happy fighting people trying to get the world ranking," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

    "Another 14 months and I reckon I'll be fighting up there for the big titles."

  25. 1702: 

    Blackpool have completed the signing of Bobby Grant, 23, from Rochdale.

    The striker - who scored 16 goals for Dale last season - moves to Bloomfield Road for an undisclosed fee. Grant has signed a two year contract and could make his debut for the club tonight in their friendly against Witton Albion.

  26. 1659: 

    From BBC Test Match Special: "Ian Bell can become the fourth England player to score centuries in three consecutive #Ashes Tests after Chris Broad, Wally Hammond & Jack Hobbs."

    Follow the latest from the second Test on TMS or via BBC Sport online.


    G Remon: Don't know why English people are fussed about the '22 WC. Current England squad and u21 squad wont even qualify.

    Lauren Sasha: Should never have gone to Qatar in the first place. Can't handle it, move it! England's a great option.

    Tunde Akere: Sincerely, the decision will have effect on majority of European Countries. Then its no more a world cup if they boycott it.

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the organisation will discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to the intense heat. Is this a good idea? #bbcsportsday.

  28. 1652: 

    If England draw with France tonight, lots will be drawn to decide if they or Denmark proceed as the best third-placed team.

    At the 1990 World Cup in Italy, Ireland and the Netherlands finished with identical records in their group, and lots were drawn to decide who went through in second and third place - the first time this had happened in World Cup history

    Ireland were placed second and faced Romania, beating them on penalties to progress to the quarter-finals. The Dutch drew old enemies West Germany, and were knocked out by the eventual winners.

  29. 1648: 
    Christophe Riblon

    Here's France's Christophe Riblon celebrating on his way up the home straight at the top of Alpe d'Huez. Today was the 32-year-old's second Tour stage win, to go with another mountain-top victory in 2010.

    Britain's Chris Froome extended his lead, finishing 57 seconds ahead of nearest rival Alberto Contador after pulling clear of the Spaniard on the second climb of the mountain.

    Colombia's Nairo Quintana closed the gap on Froome by one minute and six seconds and is now third overall.

  30. 1641: 

    From BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright: "Burnley winger George Porter has joined League Two side AFC Wimbledon on a season-long loan."

  31. 1637: 

    A response from the Premier League following Sepp Blatter's comments that he wants to switch the timing of the 2022 World Cup - to the northern hemisphere winter - because of the dangers of playing games in the intense summer heat of Qatar.

    "The Premier League's view remains unchanged," a spokesman said. "We are opposed to the concept of a winter World Cup for very obvious practical reasons that would impact on all of European domestic football."

  32. 1628: 
    Jonny Bairstow survives a no-ball

    Play has resumed at Lord's after tea with England 185-4. Ian Bell has led the hosts' recovery, currently 63 not out.

    Follow the Test on BBC Radio Test Match Special or via BBC Sport online.

  33. 1625: 

    France's Christophe Riblon has won the 18th stage of the Tour de France, which featured two gruelling climbs of Alpe d'Huez. Race leader Chris Froome safely negotiated the day and is still in the yellow jersey.

  34. 1617: 

    Chelsea are planning to hijack Arsenal's bid to sign Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid if their own attempt to sign Wayne Rooney from Man United fails, according to the Daily Star.

  35. 1606: 

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter have walked out of a press conference ahead of Friday's Diamond League meeting in Monaco after a journalist asked them about doping.

    Jamaican Fraser-Pryce and American Jeter were unwilling to take questions about drugs following positive tests for fellow sprinters Asafa Powell, Tyson Gay and Sherone Simpson.

  36. 1604: 

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is confident Joe Kinnear will have completed his first signing as director of football by the weekend, reports the Northern Echo.

    It is claimed Kinnear stayed on Tyneside last night in a bid to finalise a deal with Aston Villa for striker Darren Bent rather than head for Fir Park to watch the Magpies win their first pre-season friendly of the summer 4-2 against Motherwell.

  37. 1600: 

    Go behind the scenes at The Open and The Ashes by checking out BBC Sport's photo galleries on Facebook and Instagram.

  38. 1557: 
    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers holds a Liverpool jersey written 'Jakarta 2013' during a press conference in Jakarta today.

    Rodgers said that Liverpool's striker Luis Suarez was not for sale, after the club reportedly turned down a 30 million pound deal from Arsenal.

  39. 1547: 
    Jill Scott

    The final word from Alistair Magowan on how the drawing of lots will work, if it happens:

    "If it does happen, pieces of paper with each team's name on will be drawn from a bowl and England's representative at the draw will be chairman of the FA women's committee Sue Hough.

    "I guess she and everyone else hopes it does not get that far but if it does, it would be entirely in keeping with the drama associated with England at Euro 2013 so far. The good news is that there will be four groups of four teams at Euro 2017, thereby avoiding this farce completely."

  40. 1546: 

    A big reprieve for Jonny Bairstow at Lord's. The Yorkshireman was bowled by Peter Siddle off a no-ball, and was recalled after the video replays had shown the Australian overstepping.

    England are 173-4, keep up to date with the BBC Sport website's live text commentary.

  41. 1542: 

    More from Alistair Magowan: "Uefa tell me this is the first time that this situation could happen in one of their competitions, although it has been used to decide first and second in youth tournament groups before.

    "It has been introduced after there was evidence in Euro 2009 that teams were playing for a draw in the final group match, and to avoid the use of goal difference determining the outcome in the advent of unequally strong groups."

  42. 1537: 

    More on the possibility of progress being decided by drawing lots from Alistair Magowan in Linkoping:

    "As well as the top two teams from each of the three Euro 2013 groups, there is also room for the two best third-placed teams. Iceland have already grabbed one of those spots, but if England earn a point tonight, they will finish tied on two points with Group A's Denmark and it will go to a lottery to happen at 22:30 BST in the Nya Parken Stadium in Norrkoping."

  43. 1535: 
    Ellie White

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping:

    "England could face a unique situation this evening if they end up drawing with France in their final Group C Euro 2013 match. Should Russia fail to beat Spain, England will find out if they progress to the last eight via lots!"

  44. 1531: 

    Great Britain's Brinn Bevan has won gold in the all-round gymnastics at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht, with fellow Briton Nile Wilson claiming silver.

  45. 1524: 

    From BBC Sport's Ali Durden: "Bristol City have turned down two bids from Millwall for striker Steven Davies."

  46. 1517: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he respects Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to retire at the end of last season.

    "I'm happy for him, it was his decision. I speak quite regular with him and I feel in this moment he's enjoying, if you can say, his freedom from football and he's enjoying his life and his family.

    "But at the same time, it's quite a bit strange to be in the Premier League and not to have him as an historical person and a very special person in our world. I respect the decision. But I will miss him, especially when I go to Old Trafford, I will miss him."

  47. 1513: 

    BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght:

    "There was no luck for jockey Jamie Piggott, son of Lester, when finishing down the field on his debut, riding Pivotal Rock, at Killarney in Ireland this afternoon. The race, at 2.55, was won by outsider Measured Approval."

  48. 1505: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping:

    "England's record might make grim viewing against France given that they need to beat them this evening to guarantee staying in the tournament.

    "But although they have not beaten their cross-channel neighbours since 1974, the last two encounters have been draws with France needing penalties to beat England in the 2011 World Cup. And with France already qualified are they likely to push as much as normal?"

  49. 1458: 
    Chris Froome

    The 18th stage of the Tour de France climbs the daunting Alpe d'Huez twice, so keep in touch with how yellow jersey holder Chris Froome is faring with the live text commentary from BBC Sport's Chris Bevan.

  50. 1456: 

    Midfielder Miralem Pjanic wants to stay at Roma despite being linked to Premier League sides Tottenham and Arsenal.

    The 23-year-old £20-million rated playmaker joined the Serie A side from Lyon in 2011 on a four-year deal reportedly valued at £9.5million, but is yet to sign a contract extension.

    However, amid interest from other clubs, Pjanic remains clear on where he wants to be in the near future.

    "I don't want to leave. Everyone at the club knows that," Pjanic told Roma's official website.

  51. 1451: 
    Zach Johnson

    Zach Johnson (pictured) is still leading the Open, the American is -5 after 16 holes, while Tiger Woods has just got his first round under way at Muirfield.

    Keep up to date with the BBC Sport website's live text commentary or listen in on BBC Radio 5 live.

  52. 1441: 

    Here's the rest of Jose Mourinho's answer to a question regarding motivating Chelsea players with the World Cup in mind.

    "Normally for a player to go from the national team, a player to be selected for his country, normally, the player must be a first choice player in the club. He must play very regular with the club and that's the big motivation if they are thinking about the World Cup.

    "So any player that wants to go to the World Cup, if they are a second choice in their club, they are in trouble. This is a crucial year for that and probably many national team coaches are worried because they want their players to play regular in their teams.

    "So I think this is like a combination. You must play for me, to play for you. You must play for you, to play for me. So I think they have to share this situations."

  53. 1439: 

    Jose Mourinho has told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur that players must be playing regularly if they want to have an impact at next year's World Cup. Here's the question and the first part of a lengthy answer he gave:

    Q. How can you motivate your team right now because the World Cup is in Brazil next year?

    A. "I always say to my players when you are in the national team don't think about our club. When you are with your national team you have to give everything to your team, you have to give everything to your country and you have to forget your club.

    "But when you are with your club you have to forget the national team, you have to give everything to your club and that's the end of the history."

  54. 1435: 

    The curse of the text commentator strikes - Jonathan Trott reached his fifty after lunch, but has just fallen, chipping Ryan Harris to Usman Khawaja in the deep for 58. England are 127-4.

    Listen to TMS on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, and keep up to date with the BBC Sport website's live text commentary.

  55. 1430: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official:

    Since 1990, which 10 golfers have won the only major of their career at The Open Championship?

  56. 1428: 

    AC Milan have attempted to hijack Liverpool's move for Christian Eriksen, reports talkSPORT.

    The Ajax midfielder, 21, has already turned down a move to Bayer Leverkusen this summer.

  57. 1418: 
    Jonathan Trott

    Jonathan Trott has just notched up his half-century in the second Test at Lords. The number three has helped steady the ship after three early wickets, with England 114-3. Trott is 53 not out, and Ian Bell is 36 not out.

  58. 1410: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says the organisation will discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to the excessive temperatures in summer.

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday

    Lee Varvel: If Blatter wants a winter World Cup, he'll get it. Even if European teams threatened a boycott, he wouldn't budge.

    Craig Maxwell: I don't get the outrage about Qatar 2022 in winter. Domestic leagues have been given 10 years warning to solve the issue.

    Raf Diallo: FIFA should move the World Cup...away from Qatar. It was a joke of a decision to host it there in the first place.

  59. 1407: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Chelsea's press conference in Kuala Lumpur: "Mourinho says "no chance" that Mata and Luiz will leave and will be at Chelsea for coming season.

    "There it is. Mourinho repeats comment he gave to BBC earlier this wk: "Any player that is 2nd choice for their club, they are in trouble."

  60. 1406: 

    Salford City Reds have released Australian scrum-half Liam Foran less than 12 months into his three-year contract.

    The 25-year-old joined the club at the time of the takeover by Marwan Koukash in February.

    "I really wanted to play three years in England but it's not to be," he told the Manchester Evening News.

  61. 1400: 

    More from BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho's press conference in Kuala Lumpur: "Questions about Wayne Rooney are not being answered by Jose Mourinho today."

  62. 1356: 

    Somerset have played down speculation that England one-day wicketkeeper Jos Buttler is set to leave this winter.

    The 22-year-old competes for a place behind the stumps with Craig Kieswetter for both club and country.

    Reports on Wednesday suggested that Somerset's decision to pick Kieswetter for FLt20 will see Buttler look for opportunities elsewhere.

    But coach Andy Hurry told BBC Somerset: "I've not heard he's going. There's no speculation as far as I'm concerned."

  63. 1353: 

    More from BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho's press conference in Kuala Lumpur: "Mourinho makes introductions to top table members including 'my son' Michael Essien."

  64. 1350: 
    Jose Mourinho

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway in Kuala Lumpur: "Jose Mourinho introduced on stage as "the happy one" by Malaysian hosts."

  65. 1344: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "It has been a mixed start to his Red Bull running at Silverstone for Daniel Ricciardo, who is hoping for promotion from Toro Rosso to a seat alongside Sebastian Vettel next season.

    "He quickly set a new fastest overall time of the day, but then sent the car into the gravel after just six laps. That is not the way to impress a team who want of their second driver that he delivers - as Mark Webber has for the last five years - regular big points that will go towards winning the Constructors' title as well as the drivers'.

    "Of course, it could be that a car problem pitched him off, we'll have to wait and see."

  66. 1341: 

    Harriet Harman, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, says that all-male sports clubs like Muirfield, the venue for the Open, are "an embarrassment."

    "After the recent successes of female sport it is an embarrassment that this year's British Open, a world class sporting event, is being held at a club which does not admit women members," said Harman.

    "It's time that Muirfield dragged itself into the 21st Century and let women in. It's time to ban men-only sport clubs."

  67. 1336: 
    Rory McIlroy

    Zach Johnson leads the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield with a score of -6 after 12 holes, but Rory McIlroy is not having a good day - the world number two is +4 through 14.

    There's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  68. 1335: 

    From BBC Sport's Richard Conway ‏in Kuala Lumpur: "Press conference with Jose Mourinho and Michael Essien due to start soon in Kuala Lumpur. Lots of sponsors and Malaysian FA in attendance."

  69. 1331: 

    Jermain Defoe: "Good luck to the England women's team for their match against France tonight."

  70. 1329: 
    David Moyes

    Manchester United manager David Moyes poses with Peter Doust, CEO of the St George Illawarra Dragons, after a first team training session at Kogarah as part of their pre-season tour of Australia.

  71. 1323: 

    Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford has written to the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) to offer them details of Chris Froome's performances in a bid to end the climate of suspicion surrounding the Tour de France leader.

    Froome's string of stunning performances on this year's Tour, from his mountaintop wins at Ax-Trois-Domaines and on Mont Ventoux to his victory in Wednesday's individual time-trial in Chorges, have aroused suspicion from fans and journalists who remain sceptical in the wake of the Lance Armstrong scandal.

    And Brailsford revealed that he is trying be proactive in order to change the minds of those who refuse to believe that the current yellow jersey wearer has not doped.

    "We have been in contact with Wada and Ukad (The UK Anti-Doping agency) and things are progressing," he said before the start of Thursday's 18th stage in Gap.

  72. 1320: 

    It's lunch at Lord's, and England are 80-3 with Jonathan Trott (34*) and Ian Bell (23*) seeing it through to the interval after the loss of three quick wickets early on.

    Australian legend Steve Waugh is the lunchtime guest on TMS.

  73. 1318: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Daniel Ricciardo has got what could be the most important day of his life off to a good start by setting the fastest time of the morning session at the Silverstone test in his Toro Rosso.

    "The Australian was about a second faster than Red Bull young driver Antonio Felix Da Costa in the senior team's car, which Ricciardo will drive this afternoon.

    "While Da Costa is hoping for a promotion into F1 with junior team Toro Rosso, Ricciardo is hoping Red Bull will see enough this afternoon to think he is worthy of a seat at the world champions in 2014 alongside Sebastian Vettel. His rival - and it is a considerable one - is Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen. A big day for the 24-year-old Australian, then."

  74. 1311: 
    Meghan Beesley

    Meghan Beesley said she almost quit athletics to become a teacher after missing out on a 2012 Olympics place.

    The 400m hurdler has, however, had an upturn in form, and has been selected for the World Championships in Moscow.

    "After last year it was so hard to pick myself up, I didn't get selected for the Olympics and didn't run well," she told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire.

    "I almost considered quitting athletics and doing a PGCE for teaching. That's how bad it was last year."

  75. 1307: 

    Jonathan Trott (27*) and Ian Bell (15*) continue to lead the recovery with England 64-3 in the second Test at Lord's.

    Follow coverage on BBC Radio Test Match Special and via the BBC Sport website.

  76. 1302: 

    BBC Merseyside Sport: "Huddersfield Town midfielder Chris Atkinson is set to join Tranmere on a season-long loan after training with them today."

  77. 1258: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping:

    "England boss Hope Powell said last night at her news conference that she would be making changes to the team for the vital Euro 2013 game against France this evening. There is also word around that there might be a formation alteration too, with perhaps with two forwards up front.

    "Toni Duggan, who scored an injury-time equaliser to earn a 1-1 draw with Russia, must be pushing for a starting place after coming on as a substitute in the previous match."

  78. 1252: 

    Gloucestershire paceman James Fuller admits he could not believe he had taken his first hat-trick.

    The 23-year-old's feat came on day one of their Division Two Championship game against Worcestershire at Cheltenham.

  79. 1249: 

    BBC Lancashire: "We understand that Blackpool are close to signing the Rochdale striker Bobby Grant."


    Peter Salter: Moving the World Cup to winter? Why on earth did Qatar's bid win if it wasn't viable. FIFA and Sepp are an embarrassment.

    Obakeng: People forget, most of the money swimming around European football comes from the Far East. Blatter will win.

    Dan Hughes: I thought the Qatar bid was based on solar powered air conditioned stadiums that'd be cool enough to play in during summer?

    What do you think of Sepp Blatter's plan to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter, and the impact it could have on the global football calendar? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  81. 1240: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping:

    "A slightly worrying indicator for England's Euro 2013 match against France this evening comes from the difference between the two squads' preparations.

    "Nearly half the French squad is made up of players from this season's Champions League runners-up Lyon, where they get to train five or six times a week, compared to many of the England players who will only train twice a week at their FA Women's Super League clubs."

  82. 1237: 

    Britain's young athletes have won five more medals the European Youth Olympic Festival in Utrecht.

    Two golds, for Charlie Atwood and Abbie Wood, and two silvers in the pool were followed by a silver for the team of three in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics.

  83. 1233: 
    Zara Phillips

    Zara Phillips is expected to return to competitive riding in the World Equestrian Games in August 2014.

    The Olympic silver medallist has indicated she will not ride again until after the birth of her first child early next year.

  84. 1229: 

    Dinesh Chandimal has been named Sri Lanka one-day international captain for the first two matches of a five-match series against South Africa despite a lack of form.

    He replaces Angelo Mathews, who is suspended for the matches on Saturday and Tuesday.

    Chandimal is deputy to Mathews but has been enduring a lean patch all year.

    Mathews was suspended for maintaining a slow over rate in the final of a tri-series in West Indies also involving India.

  85. 1226: 

    Take a look at Denmark's Thomas Bjorn breaking a camera lens with a shot from the rough on the first day of The Open at Muirfield.

  86. 1222: 

    Australia's Peter Senior got the 142nd Open Championship under way at Muirfield today, after just 57 minutes' sleep.

    The 53-year-old, who struck the opening tee shot at 6:32am, had an alarm call for 4:30am but after completing an opening 74, said: "I only went to sleep at 3:33.

    "It was hard to get to sleep with the jet-lag. I played the US Senior Open last week (he finished 14th in Omaha) and had a hard time getting out of there."

  87. 1215: 

    Northants Steelbacks' all-rounder David Willey says that recent displays show they can win the Twenty20 this season.

    Their 10-run victory over Somerset on Wednesday made it five wins out of six and put them top of the Midlands, Wales & West group table.

    Willey, whose father Peter played for the county and for England in the 1970s and 1980s, told BBC Radio Northampton "I think we can go all the way. You see how we've played tonight with not enough runs on the board.

    "We have players who can do everything and it'll get us a long way.

    "We knew it would take something pretty special [against Somerset].

    "They got off to a flier and I bowled a bit of a shocking over which put them on the front foot. But the guys held their nerve and got the balls in the right area. It was a special day for us," added Willey, the son of former England player Peter.

  88. 1212: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Slater has been behind the scenes with Team Sky at the Tour de France, and you can see his report on video at the top of our live text commentary on today's 18th stage, which features two climbs of the daunting Alpe d'Huez.

  89. 1210: 

    Lloyd Saltman admitted he was glad to break 80 after suffering a nightmare start to the 142nd Open Championship at Muirfield today.

    Saltman, winner of the Silver Medal as leading amateur at St Andrews in 2005, was in the first group out at 6:32am and hit the second tee shot of the day - but also the fourth and fifth as well.

    "I knew it was going to be a battle from the start," said Saltman, who recovered well with birdies at the third and fourth but eventually signed for an eight-over 79. "You can't miss it big here, you have to get it in play and I didn't do that today.

    "After that it was keep going down or try to fight back. I am not pleased with the score but I am always pleased with the way I try and play; I'm never going to give up and I am happy to break 80."

    Follow coverage of the Open on BBC Two or via the B

  90. 1206: 
    Steven Finn

    Fast bowler Steven Finn "gutted" to have been left out of the England side against Australia at Lord's.

    "Gutted not to be playing today, off to Brighton it is for me with Middlesex though. Lord's looks beautiful too in this sunshine."


    Kyle Finn: No chance Blatter will get Qatar 2022 moved to winter. Would ruin European schedule for years. Top clubs will never allow it.

    Andrew Jefferson: I don't see a problem with Qatar holding the WC, it will be an absolute spectacle; Altering the European season is the problem.

    Luke Shackleton: Sepp Blatter's at it again, cannot move the WC to winter! Think it is time for a change of host country and FIFA president.

    What do you think of Fifa president Sepp Blatter's idea to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  92. 1200: 
    Christian Benteke

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith: "Christian Benteke has reported back for his first day of pre-season training with Aston Villa, despite continuing doubts about his future.

    "The 22-year-old handed in a transfer request earlier this month, with Tottenham known to be among a handful of clubs monitoring the situation.

    "But Benteke, who scored 23 goals in his first season after arriving in a £7m deal from Genk, has appeared for training today at Bodymoor Heath after he was granted extended leave by manager Paul Lambert.

    "Benteke went on strike last August while at Genk to force through his move to Villa but at this stage there is no suggestion he will repeat that this summer. Villa have yet to receive a formal offer for the striker. "

  93. 1159: 

    Ahead of the World Matchplay, which starts in Blackpool on Saturday, Premier League champion Michael van Gerwen has been speaking to BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright about his rapid rise to number two in the world rankings and his rivalry with 16-times world champion Phil Taylor.

  94. 1158: 

    Fifa have announced that whether or not to move the 2022 Qatar World Cup to winter will be discussed in October, after Fifa president Sepp Blatter said moving the tournament was a possibility.

    "As mentioned by the FIFA President yesterday, he will bring forward the matter of playing the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar in winter to the FIFA executive committee on the occasion of their next meeting scheduled for October 3 and 4, 2013," said a Fifa statement

    "This matter will now be with the executive committee and we can therefore not comment further before the meeting has taken place."

  95. 1150: 
    Ryan Harris

    What a start for Australia. Ryan Harris has now got Kevin Pieterson's wicket for just two runs, caught behind by Haddin, leaving England 28-3.

    Follow the coverage on BBC Radio Test Match Special or via the BBC Sport website.

  96. 1144: 

    Another wicket at Lord's. Joe Root is given out LBW off the bowling of Ryan Harris for six. England are 26-2.

  97. 1141: 

    Hearts' hearing for the notice of complaint issued by the Scottish Football Association for the Tynecastle club going into administration has been postponed until next month.

    The hearing was meant to take place today but the SFA has released a short statement declaring that "due to the unavailability of tribunal members, today's judicial panel tribunal has been postponed" and it will now take place on Thursday, August 1.

    The Edinburgh club were forced to call in the administrators on June 19 and have been charged with an alleged breach of disciplinary rule 14, which relates to suffering an insolvency event.

  98. 1136: 

    Australia have their first wicket at the second Test at Lord's, with England skipper Alastair Cook bowled LBW by Shane Watson for 12. England are 18-1.

    Follow the Ashes on BBC Radio Test Match special or via the BBC Sport website.

  99. 1132: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "This week's F1 test is known as the 'young-driver' test, as it is nominally for drivers with no more than two grands prix worth of experience.

    "Race drivers are being allowed to drive, though, under strictly controlled conditions, to allow teams to get a feel for new tyres being introduced by Pirelli for the rest of the season to prevent the blow-outs that occurred at the British GP.

    "In fact, all the tyres at Silverstone are of the new type. But comparisons are difficult because the weather - and track temperature - are much hotter than it was at the race."

  100. 1126: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Since 1990, which 10 golfers have won the only major of their career at #TheOpen Championship?


    Dave Hadfield: Why not just move it to Australia? The only continent not to host it & 20 degree winter days?

    George Price: Australia & USA bid to host 2022. Either would have been incredible, I feel robbed of what could have been the holiday of a lifetime.

    Kyle Flynn: No chance Blatter will get Qatar 2022 moved to winter. Would ruin European schedule for years. Top clubs will never allow it.

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid playing in the intense heat. Is this a good idea? #bbcsportsday.

  102. 1119: 

    Exeter midfielder Matt Oakley has signed a one-year deal with the club.

    The 35-year-old former Southampton, Derby and Leicester player was out of contract after his previous one-year deal expired at the end of the season.

  103. 1116: 

    Former England captain and TMS pundit Michael Vaughan: "Right lets get started ... Perfect batting conditions.... But England should beware Ryan Harris..."

  104. 1114: 

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley ‏ahead of England v France tonight: "Does seem nuts that lots could be drawn tonight to decide who goes through to #Euro2013 quarter-finals instead of goal diff or goals scored."

  105. 1111: 

    Good news for tennis lovers and philatelists out there, the Royal Mail have announced a new set of stamps commemorating Andy Murray's historic Wimbledon win, on sale from 8 August.

  106. 1110: 
    Louis Smith

    Three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith has said he will not go to Rio 2016 "just to please everyone else".

    The 24-year-old gymnast has not competed since winning silver on the pommel horse at London 2012.

    "I don't want to take the fun out of what I've done and what I've achieved," he told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "To go to the Olympic Games to please the public as opposed to what I want - I would not be in it for the right reasons," he added.

    "If I want to go to the Olympics and I get the bug and I want to compete then I'll do that."

  107. 1107: 

    The annual Race of Champions event, won by Germany's Formula One champions Sebastian Vettel and Michael Schumacher for the past six years, is returning to Bangkok in December.

    Organisers said in a statement on Thursday that Thailand had successfully bid to hold the event again at the Rajamangala stadium on Dec. 14-15 - three weeks after the end of the Formula one season.

    The competition, held every year since 1988, brings together top drivers from the world of motorsport - including rallying, Le Mans, MotoGP and IndyCar - to compete head-to-head in identical machinery.

  108. 1104: 

    Aston Villa centre-back Ciaran Clark has signed a new three-year deal tying him to the club until 2016.

    The 23-year-old Republic of Ireland international has made 75 appearances for Villa , scoring six goals.

  109. 1059: 
    Her Majesty the Queen and Alastair Cook and Steven Finn

    From BBC Sport's Gary Rose ‏at Lord's: "Her Majesty The Queen has arrived at Lord's & is meeting the teams. Live text commentary and Test Match Special.

  110. 1058: 

    Oldham manager Lee Johnson has added defender with the club's supporters trust helping to finance the player's wages.

    Centre-back Joksts, 20, is a Latvia Under-21 international and joins the Latics on a free transfer.

    Trust Oldham's PlayerShare scheme has helped sign Luke Beckett, Cedric Evina and Shefki Kuqi in previous years.

    Club director and Trust Oldham chairman Barry Owen said: "PlayerShare provides fans with involvement in the team. The whole concept is that it allows fans to contribute and be part of the signing and development of a player.

  111. 1054: 

    Three County Championship matches start their final day today but only one has the realistic chance of a definite result.

    That is the Division One game at Edgbaston where, after some devastating bowling and rapid batting on Wednesday, Warwickshire set Nottinghamshire a victory target of 427, of which the visitors have so far knocked off 38.

    Draws seem inevitable in the Division Two games at Canterbury, where Hampshire are 15-0 in their second innings after conceding a 108-run first innings deficit to Kent, and at Old Trafford, where Lancashire are 423-5 in their first innings in reply to Glamorgan's 474.

    It is day two in the other four matches. Middlesex resume on 44-0 against Division One leaders Sussex, who were bowled out for 229, while third-placed Yorkshire are 367-2 against bottom of the table Derbyshire.

    In Division Two, bottom-placed Leicestershire continue their innings of 328-4 against Essex while Gloucestershire hope to build on their good start as they resume on 83-0 after dismissing Worcestershire for 182.

  112. 1051: 

    From Phil McNulty, BBC Sport Chief Football Writer: "Plenty around today on BBC winning the rights to cover the FA Cup for the next four years in a shared deal with BT starting in 2014/15.

    "Gary Lineker led the presentation and was part of the BBC's pitch to the FA to secure the deal.

    "He told me at Wembley as the deal was announced: 'When I did my pitch to the FA I did it from a personal point of view as much as anything, as a person who has lived and breathed the FA Cup, from watching it as a child and coming to watch Leicester City play Manchester City in the final in 1969.

    "I played in a couple of finals, know what it's like to win one and lose one, know what it's like to score in one, know what it's like to miss a penalty in one. I have known all those emotions.

    "I know what it's like to work on it as a pundit and presenter and I don't just think it is a great thing for the BBC - it is a great thing for the FA because what we can give the FA Cup is greater than what everyone else can.'"

  113. 1047: 

    Bury have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers striker Anton Forrester, 19, on a six-month loan.

    Sepp Blatter

    Anywayrantover: Qatar World Cup is the gift that keeps giving. First question should have been 'can you hold the event between these dates'.

    Adrian Graham: Blatter is a joke. No one wanted it in Qatar in the first place! Change the venue instead of the season.

    G Remon: Countries such as; France, Germany, Spain and GB would very easily be able to host a summer WC, great stadiums already built.

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid playing in the intense heat. Is this a good idea? #bbcsportsday.

  115. 1037: 

    Crystal Palace have signed midfielder Jose Campana from Spanish side Sevilla for an undisclosed fee.

    The 20-year-old has inked in a four-year contract with the Selhurst Park club.

    Campana has made 20 appearances for Sevilla and was part of the Spain squad that reached this summer's Under-20s World Cup quarter-finals.

  116. 1033: 

    From BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Richard Hannon launches a rare appeal on Thursday into a Group One race when Sky Lantern's trainer attempts to have the Falmouth Stakes result overturned.

    The galloping grey, who won the 1,000 Guineas and at Royal Ascot, was beaten by Elusive Kate who kept the victory at Newmarket on Friday after a stewards' inquiry.

    Hannon says his horse, who lost by a neck, was impeded by Elusive Kate, and that her jockey William Buick's whip struck his filly's face.

    The appeal is scheduled to be heard by a British Horseracing Authority panel from 1400 BST.

  117. 1029: 

    So while Tim Bresnan replaces Steven Finn for England, Australia have made two changes.

    Quick bowler Ryan Harris is in for Mitchell Starc, while Usman Khawaja gets the nod ahead of Ed Cowan and will bat at number three.

    You can follow all the action on our live text commentary.

  118. 1026: 

    England have won the toss and will bat at Lord's.

    Tim Bresnan replaces Steven Finn from the side that won the first Test.


    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley ahead of England v France tonight:

    Intrigued by tonight. France will surely rest players as already won group. Can England take advantage & click into gear? BBC3 7pm

  120. 1016: 
    Miguel Angel Jimenez

    Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez is the early leader on day one of the Open at Muirfield. He is five under par after nine holes.

    You can watch coverage on the BBC today and tomorrow live on BBC Two HD & online, 09:00-20:00, and on BBC Radio 5 live 09:00-19:00.

    You can also read a full online text commentary on the BBC Sport website with a three-hole feed (7th, 8th, 9th) on digital platforms and Red Button HD.


    Jose Mourinho: The Blatter idea to move the WC 2022 to winter will be flattened by the powerful European clubs.

    Jay: Blatter attributes his change of stance a medical report. Surely it needs no report to tell you that playing in 50C is harmful.

    Martin Allen: Bids were made on basis of a summer tournament. Assurances were made. If they can't be kept, change location, not the season.

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid playing in the intense heat. Do you think this is a good idea? #bbcsportsday.

  122. 1010: 

    Burton Albion have signed former Derby County and Stoke City midfielder Rory Delap on a one-year contract.

    The 37-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland international, who can also play in defence, was released by Stoke in June and has been training with Burton in pre-season.

    "From what I've seen in a short space of time, the club's well run and geared to play in a higher league," he said.

    Burton manager Gary Rowett added: "His signing is a fantastic coup for the club."

  123. 1009: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan reports from Linkoping:

    "Off to see England boss Hope Powell's news conference ahead of their must-win Group C game with France on Thursday. Once training is over afterwards, the squad will no doubt cast their eyes to the result between the Netherlands and Iceland tonight in Group B.

    "Should it be a draw then England could sneak through to the last eight with a point, so long as Russia do not beat Spain, but it would go down to lots."

  124. 1005: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Testing is back under way at Silverstone this morning, the second of three days of running. The main focus on Thursday will be Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo's outing in the Red Bull this afternoon.

    "The 24-year-old Australian is one of two contenders - along with Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen - to replace Mark Webber at the end of the year when the veteran moves on to pastures new in sports car racing.

    "The test alone will not secure Ricciardo the seat, but he certainly has the chance to remove some of the question marks the senior Red Bull team will have over him at the moment.

    "The world champions have Antonio Felix Da Costa, a strong possibility for a Toro Rosso seat next season, driving for them in the morning session."

  125. 1000: 

    Fifa and Uefa have lost an appeal against a European ruling that the World Cup and Euro Championships must be shown on free-to-air TV in the UK.

    In 2011, the European General Court said the UK could keep the events on a list of "protected" events of national sporting interest broadcast for free.

    It means the two tournaments cannot be sold exclusively to pay-TV firms.

    Fifa and Uefa had appealed, after saying they could not sell the events fairly for their real value.

  126. 0959: 
    Danny Graham

    Hull City target Danny Graham is set to fly out to Portugal tomorrow to finalise his season-long loan move from Sunderland, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

    Graham, 28, will be allowed depart the Stadium of Light for the 2013-14 season and held talks with City's chief executive Nick Thompson at the KC Stadium yesterday.

  127. 0955: 

    Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo is expected to undergo a medical at Manchester City in the next 24 hours before completing a £20m move to The Etihad.

    Fiorentina's Montenegro attacker Stevan Jovetic could be the next major summer purchase to move to City as they continue to pursue an interest in the 23-year-old

    Who is Negredo?

    Born: Madrid, 20 August, 1985

    Nickname: La fiera de Vallecas (The beast of Vallecas)

    Clubs: Rayo Vallecano, Real Madrid, Almeria, Sevilla

    International: Spain - 14 caps, six goals

  128. 0953: 

    Australia batsman David Warner is in Zimbabwe with his country's 'A' side to get some match practice following his suspension for punching England's Joe Root.

    However, it's not gone according to plan today for Warner, who has been dismissed for six against a Zimbabwe Select XI in Harare.

  129. 0943: 

    From BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Lord's: "Ground filling up nicely at Lord's for the second Test. Still plenty of preening of the pitch with under two hours until play."

    Our live text commentary from Lord's is already up and running, with play due to start at 1115 BST.

  130. 0940: 

    From BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "Jamie Piggott, teenaged son of Lester, makes his debut as a jockey this afternoon when lining up on the Tommy Stack-trained Pivotal Rock in a one mile handicap race at Killarney in Ireland.

    "Piggott junior is said to be keen to follow his now seventy seven year old father, the winner of a record thirty British Classic races including nine Epsom Derbies, into the saddle."

  131. 0938: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers intends to keep striker Luis Suarez, following rumours of a bid from Arsenal.

    "We had an offer that came to the club, but it was nowhere near the value and worth of what we feel that Luis brings.

    "He's very much a Liverpool player, unless something drastic happens that would make us even consider it," said Rodgers from the Indonesian capital of Jakarta, where the Reds are on a pre-season tour.


    BBC Sport's Matt Slater from the Tour de France: "Nice forecast for double dose of Alpe d'Huez. Hot & cloudy at start; lightning, hail, fog & 50kph winds at finish."

  133. 0924: 
    Michael Clarke

    Australian captain Michael Clarke didn't enjoy the greatest of Tests at the Ashes opener at Trent Bridge. Have a look at BBC Sport's Justin Goulding's take on the skipper before today's second Test at lord's gets under way.


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter plans to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter to avoid playing in sweltering summer temperatures.

    How do you think the plan would affect the domestic football programme if it happened, and do you think it's a good idea? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

    Andy Mant: A winter World Cup might actually favour England, players won't be fatigued from a gruelling season.

    Chris Novak: FIFA are making a mockery of this now. If it was too hot it should have never been awarded. Hope that this does not happen.

    House Martell: This could break the back of FIFA, clubs should dig their heels. How was this not thought about in the lengthy bidding process

  135. 0915: 

    Telescope, the one-time Derby favourite part-owned by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, returns to action at Leicester on Thursday afternoon.

    The highly-rated colt was pulled out of the big Epsom race nine days beforehand with a sore shin.

    Telescope, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and the mount of Ryan Moore, is odds-on favourite in the three-runner conditions stakes at 1510 BST.

  136. 0909: 
    Steve Finn

    Here are a couple of items from our Ashes Gossip column to whet your appetite ahead of the second Test at Lord's, which starts at 1115 BST:

    England fast bowlers Steven Finn (pictured), Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions all had long sessions in the nets on Wednesday, before team director Andy Flower, captain Alastair Cook and fast bowling coach David Saker held a long meeting at the end of practice to discuss which one of them starts against Australia. (Daily Mail)

    Pace bowler Ryan Harris and batsman Usman Khawaja will replace Mitchell Starc and Ed Cowan in the Australia side for the second Ashes Test at Lord's, which begins on Thursday. (Sydney Morning Herald)

  137. 0903: 

    England Women's coach Hope Powell will make changes for her side's crucial Euro 2013 Group C game against France later on today.

    England must beat the hotly tipped French to be sure of reaching the quarter-finals, but a draw could also see them sneak through.

    "I am not going to say what but there will be changes," said Powell, who is without injured winger Rachel Yankey. "I can't fault the players' effort but it is not clicking at this moment."


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter intends to move the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to the winter, and the plan has provoked plenty of reaction from you.

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

    Paul Thompson: There'll be uproar in this country if Sepp Blatter tries a winter World Cup. The FA and PL can't sit back and let it happen?

    Andrew Priestley: Qatar hosting the World Cup was always a mistake. Why should every domestic league season be moved? Because money talks!

    Alex Lea: At least we won't be able to blame the lack of a winter break for England's inevitable failure.

  139. 0849: 

    Former Chelsea midfielder Florent Malouda has joined Turkish side Trabzonspor.

    Malouda was released by Chelsea at the end of last season, having spent six years at Stamford Bridge, and has signed a two-year contract.

  140. 0846: 

    Maicon has left Manchester City and signed for Roma.

    The Brazilian right-back joined the Blues from Inter Milan in 2012, but struggled with injuries and made just 11 appearances.

  141. 0839: 
    Peter Senior

    Peter Senior (pictured) got the 142nd Open Golf Championship under way at 0632, and you can follow all the news from Muirfield with our live text commentary.

  142. 0836: 

    While some clubs jet off for pre-season tours on the other side of the world, Celtic are already in action, and they will take a three-goal lead into the second leg of their Champions League second qualifying round tie with Irish Premiership champions Cliftonville.

    Goals from Mikael Lustig, Georgios Samaras and James Forrest gave the Scottish champions a straightforward away win on Wednesday evening.

  143. 0827: 
    Lord's queue

    Members queue in the morning sun at Lord's, with well over two hours before play starts on the opening day of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia.

    The queue stretches right around the ground with many members having arrived as early as 0300 BST. Despite having guaranteed seats, they arrived to ensure they got the exact seat they wanted.

    Don't forget that the first ball will be delivered at 1115 BST rather than the normal start time of 1100, as Her Majesty the Queen will meet the players before play begins.


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he intends to move the 2022 World Cup to the winter, due to the sweltering summer temperatures in Qatar.

    What do you think of the plan? How would you alter the domestic football calendar to deal with the move if it went ahead?

    Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  145. 0819: 

    Here are a few items from this morning's Football Gossip column:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward's exit from their pre-season tour of Australia to accelerate a move for Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 26, is a waste of time. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City are bracing themselves for a big bid from Real Madrid for striker Sergio Aguero, 25. (Metro)

    Manchester United are making a £60m bid for Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, 24. (Daily Mirror)

  146. 0811: 
    Alvaro Negredo

    Manchester City have signed Sevilla striker Alvaro Negredo subject to a medical, according to the Spanish club.

    A fee of around £20m (23m euros) has been agreed for the 27-year-old forward, who appeared at a farewell press conference in Spain on Wednesday night.

  147. 0807: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter is determined to switch the 2022 World Cup to the winter because of the intense Qatar summer heat.

    Temperatures can hit 50C in Qatar, with games scheduled to be played in air-conditioned stadiums, however Blatter has said: "The Fifa World Cup must be a festival of the people. But for it to be such a festival, you can't play football in the summer."

  148. 0804: 

    Jose Mourinho says Wayne Rooney is Chelsea's only summer transfer target after Manchester United rejected their bid for the England striker.

    "We want the player. Now it's up to Manchester United," said the Chelsea boss, and when asked if it is Rooney or bust, he replied: "Yes."

  149. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. The action is already under way at Muirfield, where the 142nd Open Golf Championship began when Peter Senior teed off at 6:32 BST.

    Our live text commentary from the Open is already up and running, but later on the second Ashes Test begins at Lord's, and Chris Froome will defend his lead in the 18th stage of the Tour de France by tackling Alpe d'Huez not once but twice. And in football news, Jose Mourinho says it is Wayne Rooney or bust following Chelsea's bid for the Man United star.

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