Sportsday Live - Wednesday 6 July

Wednesday's top BBC Sport stories:




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Pyeongchang in South Korea will host the 2018 Winter Olympics after beating off Munich and Annecy as the IOC vote results are announced in Durban.

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0000: That's it for Wednesday's edition of Sportsday Live, which will resume on Thursday at 0800 BST.

2355: Here is a little snippet from our gossip column for Thursday: Manchester United have entered the race to sign Toulouse forward Moussa Sissoko, according to sources in France, while Tottenham are to press ahead in their efforts to beat Arsenal to Spain Under-21 winger Juan Mata - who Valencia are willing to sell for £21m.

2345: The Daily Telegraphexternal-link report that Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri will tell Gunners boss Arsene Wenger that he wants to move to Manchester United after being made aware of a £20m bid lodged by the Premier League champions two weeks ago.

2333: Reuters report that the Copa America final will go ahead at the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires despite damage caused by rioting River Plate fans following their team's recent relegation.

2325: Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova pulls out of the Gastein Ladies in Austria next week because of a leg injury, reports Associated Press. The 21-year-old Czech says that she "can not play due to the muscle injury I picked up at Wimbledon... I played with painkillers at Wimbledon. I still need rest for a couple more days."

2315: Castleford coach Terry Matterson accuses the Rugby Football League of putting players' welfare at risk after forcing his side to play their rearranged fixture at Wigan on Wednesday night, reports the Press Association. The Tigers - without 11 first team regulars - lost 26-16 in a match postponed from February because of Wigan's involvement in the World Club Challenge. "I am worried about the welfare of the players," said Matterson. "We've got to back up in four days - it's another Easter for us - and we haven't got a squad big enough. The cards are stacked against us."

2306: England captain Alastair Cook says there is still plenty of room for improvement for his team's one-day players after their by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge. Cook scored an unbeaten 95 and Craig Kieswetter 72 as England - who were delayed briefly by rain - cantered home after 23.5 overs.

2258: Australian full-back Clint Greenshields has signed a with Catalan Dragons, which will extend his stay with the club to six years.


2248: McLaren Formula 1 driver Jenson Button on Twitterexternal-link: "Busy day today with the sponsors. 1 more event tomorrow with Vodafone at Tower Bridge then Heading up 2 the home of Motorsport! #Silverstone"

2240: Friends Life Twenty20 results: Kent beat Gloucestershire by 7 wickets (D/L), Hampshire v Essex no result, Derbyshire beat Warwickshire by 33 runs, Leicestershire beat Yorkshire by 18 runs (D/L). Victory means Leicestershire are into the quarter-finals of the competition.

David De Gea
De Gea has played for the Spanish Under-21 side

2230: Recently retired former Manchester United keeper Edwin van der Sar is confident his successor at Old Trafford David de Gea can handle the demands of being the clubs number one goalkeeper, reports Sky Sportsexternal-link. De Gea joined United this summer from Atletico Madrid for a fee believed to be around £18.9m.

2222: Bristol City reiterate their desire to keep Nicky Maynard at the club by rejecting a further two bids for the striker from an unnamed Championship rival, reports Sky Sportsexternal-link. Leicester have been heavily linked with Maynard and Nottingham Forest are also thought to have an interest in the former Crewe forward.

2216: World number one Luke Donald believes playing at the Scottish Open this week will in Sandwich, which starts on 14 July. "I've always felt like playing links golf leading into the British Open is very important," Donald said. "I'm looking forward to getting that feel and that spirit of links golf."

2207: Sky Sportsexternal-link understands that Bolton Wanderers are ready to make a move for Middlesbrough defender Seb Hines.


2203: England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Twitterexternal-link:"Work finished.. Time to go & find a fine bottle of white to complete the day.. Night x"

2154: Super League final score: Wigan 26-16 Castleford. Wigan go back to the top of the table, holding a one-point lead over Warrington. Castleford stay seventh.

2150: Former world speedway champion Jan O Pedersen will make a after nearly 20 years away. The 48-year-old will ride for Dudley Heathens on 26 July in a three-race challenge against Wolverhampton's former world champion Sam Ermolenko, reports BBC WM.

2145: West Indies reach 75-3 at stumps on the opening day of the third Test against India after only 19 balls are bowled following lunch on Wednesday because of rain.

2136: Women's World Cup results: Sweden 2-1 USA, North Korea 0-0 Colombia. Sweden play Australia and USA face Brazil in the quarter-finals.

2128: Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan after his side's : "If we had batted all of the overs and past 240 it is a good total, but they ended up chasing a small total under no pressure and could bat freely. I think we have a good chance to win the next match and the series." Live text commentary of Saturday's deciding match at Old Trafford will be on the BBC Sport website. You can listen to the match on Test Match Special, with broadcast starting at 1030 BST.


2122: England all-rounder Stuart Broad on Twitterexternal-link: "Great win, lads love playing at Trent Bridge! Good wicket and always a passionate + supportive crowd. #England #shouldplayheremoreoften"

2115: Striker Robert Earnshaw says he has rejoined Cardiff to help them gain. Earnshaw signed for the Bluebirds on a free transfer from Nottingham Forest on Wednesday.

2108: England captain Alastair Cook on Sky Sports 1external-link following his side's 10-wicket one-day win over Sri Lanka which levels the series 2-2 ahead of the decider at Old Trafford on Saturday: "It was outstanding, we were lucky enough to win the toss; the way we bowled was fantastic and put them under pressure and then knocking them off without losing a wicket was fantastic."


2102: BBC Test Match Special commentator Jonathan Agnew on Twitterexternal-link: "What a romper! There's nothing more Cook can do to prove his point. Leadership has focussed and reinvented his one day game"

2056:Super League half-time score:Wigan 10-16 Castleford


2054: BBC Radio 5 Live presenter and former midfielder Robbie Savage on Twitterexternal-link: "Already had 5 offers to come out of retirement!!! Will someone tempt me? Said no 5 times!!"

2040: BREAKING - England beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge to level the series 2-2. Alastair Cook made 95 from 75 balls and Craig Kieswetter scored a 68-ball 72 to guide England to victory. Get reaction via the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

2037: Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar - a reported target for Manchester United - insists he knows nothing about speculation linking him with a move away from Schalke, reports Sky Sportsexternal-link.


2030: Former England captain and Test Match Special summariser Michael Vaughan on Twitterexternal-link: "England clearly have been teasing everyone at Headingley and Lords.. Clever stuff from the team!!"

2025: Two-time Open winner Padraig Harrington tells BBC 5 Live that Rory McIlroy is "the guy to beat" at this year's tournament at Sandwich, which starts a week on Thursday.

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2020: Craig Kieswetter also reaches 50 as England reach 137-0 at Trent Bridge, just 34 runs short or Sri Lanka's revised total of 171. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

2015: Thomas Levet, who on Sunday to celebrate winning the French Open, on BBC 5 Live: "I had a bet with my manager that if I win, he dives in the lake and I have to follow. And you have to follow through with your bets!"

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2008: Friends Life Twenty20 latest scores: Rain has halted Kent's chase of Gloucestershire's total of 115-4 with the away side 40-1 after 4.1 overs, Hampshire are 117-4 after 15.5 overs against Essex, Warwickshire are 128-9 from 17 overs in pursuit of Derbyshire's 162-5 and Yorkshire are 38-1 from 4.4 overs after Leicestershire made 191-4.


2000: Former England captain Andrew Flintoff on Twitterexternal-link: "Good to see the England one day captain cook proving the doubters wrong!"

1955: An update on Luka Modric from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy. He has told Sky Sports Newsexternal-link: "It will make no difference if Chelsea up their offer, Luka Modric is going nowhere."

1947: England captain Alastair Cook reaches 50, from 37 balls, as England continue their pursuit of Sri Lanka's revised total of 171 Trent Bridge. The home side are currently on 83 without loss in the 12th over. As below, live text commentary is on the BBC Sport website courtesy of Pranav Soneji.

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1938: England are back underway at Trent Bridge, chasing a revised target of 171 from 48 overs. They move onto 69-0 after 10 overs, keep up to date with live text commentary from BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji.

1932: Nine-time major winner Gary Player on Twitterexternal-link: "I am thrilled to have been asked to join Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer as an honorary starter for next years Masters Tournament."

1923: England's one day international with Sri Lanka is set to resume at 1930BST.


1914: Tour de France stage winner Mark Cavendish on Twitterexternal-link: "Wow, that wasn't a finish I can call easy! With 200m left thought I was racing for 3rd. Team were incredible to keep me sheltered on a hard day."

BBC Radio 5 Live

1911: BBC Sport pundit Mark Lawrenson on BBC Radio 5 live: "Charlie Adam is going to a club with better players and he will get more of the ball. He will be a shrewd signing for Liverpool."

1908: Following on from Ellie Simmonds' earlier world record at the European Paralympic Swimming Championships in Berlin, Chesterfield's Robert Welbourn takes gold in the men's 400m freestyle.

1902: More news from Sunderland external-linkas chief executive Steve Walton and marketing and commercial director Lesley Callaghan leave the club.

1901: England have cantered to 55-0 in the eighth over but rain has stopped play at Trent Bridge. Keep up to date with live text commentary from BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji.

1858: MotoGP veteran Loris Capirossi will return for next weekend's race in Germany after missing the Mugello race through injury. He says: "I feel better, but my physical condition is still not acceptable." You can watch MotoGP on the BBC.

1855: A Kyah Simon brace fires Australia into the quarter-finals of the Women's World Cup external-linkas they came from behind to beat Norway 2-1 in their final Group D game.

1844: Mark Cavendish's victory today saw him move into the top 10 stage winners in Tour de France history, level on 16 with five-times Tour winner Jacques Anquetil.

1834: Huddersfield manager - and former Norwich assistant - Lee Clark backs Anthony Pilkington to succeed in the top flight. He says:external-link "From day one of his arrival at this club I stated that he had the potential to play in the Premier League and we knew this day might come."

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1826: England's innings is underway and Alastair Cook hit 12 off the first over. Follow live text commentary now with BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji

1820: The Press Association external-linkreport that Manchester United defender Wes Brown is due to have a medical at Sunderland this evening.

1810: In other cricket news, West Indies struggle to 64-3 at lunch on the first day of the third test with India at Windsor Park. Rain has stopped play but you can follow the scores live on the BBC Sport website.


1759: Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden on Twitterexternal-link: "I don't want to put a date on my recovery [from a knee injury]. I just want to keep working hard and make sure I'm properly ready to return."

1753: Tour de France fifth stage winner Mark Cavendish dedicated victory to his dog Amber, who died on Tuesday. "She was my little baby," he was quoted as saying by Agence France Presseexternal-link.

1750: England have bowled Sri Lanka out for 174 at Trent Bridge, with Jimmy Anderson and Jade Dernbach taking three wickets each. Live text commentary to follow on England's reply.

1748: Newcastle winger Hatem Ben Arfa - who suffered a broken leg last season - tells the club's websiteexternal-link: "It was a very serious injury, of course, and took a long time to recover from, but I'm 100% fit now."

1740: "I love the track. But the thing I remember most of all growing up watching the British Grand Prix, are the famous track invasions whenever Nigel Mansell won." Read the exclusive new BBC Sport website column from Red Bull's Mark Webber tomorrow.

Breaking news

1735: Premier League new boys Norwich have agreed a deal to signexternal-link winger Anthony Pilkington from Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee.

1730: With 10 overs remaining at Trent Bridge, Sri Lanka are 158-7 with Kumar Sangakkara on 65 not out. Follow the live commentary from BBC Sport.

1728: In horse racing, Wednesday's final race at Bathexternal-link was abandoned after two horses slipped up on the rain-softened bend in the penultimate contest.

1722: Ellie Simmonds breaks her own world record by a quarter of a second in the womens 200m IM (sm6 category) in a time of 3.08.98 at the European Paralympic Swimming Championships in Berlin. Video to follow on BBC Sport.

James DeGale
DeGale was beaten in his last fight by George Groves

1718: that Olympic gold medallist James DeGale will fight Piotr Wilczewski for the European super-middleweight title in September.

1713: More news from the counties as Yorkshire external-linkre-sign batsman Jacques Rudolph for the rest of the season.

1710: Sussex external-linkbowlers James Anyon and Chris Liddle have both signed new two-year deals with the county.

1705: Some reaction to the decision to award the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang from BBC reporter Steve Vickers in Durban: "There were reserved celebrations from the South Koreans, who were all rather dignified. They always had an air of confidence after it was known that a second round of voting was not needed."

1701: Former Leeds chairman Peter Ridsdale has completed a takeover of League Two side Plymouth Argyle, .

1653: "Norfolk's Piggy French has won the London 2012 equestrian venue's test event in Greenwich Park," BBC Sport's Ollie Williams reports. "French led throughout the three-day event. Fellow Briton Pippa Funnell came third, behind Germany's Michael Jung."

1648: Sri Lanka are rallying at Trent Bridge as they reach 128-5, follow live commentary from BBC Sport.

1646: There are three Brits in the top seven: David Millar is fourth, Bradley Wiggins sixth and Geraint Thomas seventh. Mark Cavendish is over four minutes down on the leader in 81st place despite his stage win.

1645: Norwegian Thor Hushovd retains the yellow jersey on the Tour de France. He holds a one second lead over Cadel Evans with Frank Schleck in third

1638: Josh Beaumont - son of rugby legend Bill Beaumont - signs a deal with Newcastle Falconsexternal-link ahead of the new Premiership season.

1633: Cavendish finished narrowly ahead of Philippe Gilbert, more to follow on .

1628: British rider Mark Cavendish times his sprint finish to perfection to win the 16th stage of his Tour de France career.

1626: Steve Bruce tells ESPN Soccernetexternal-link: "We are very close, Wes Brown is travelling up for talks and we hope to also speak with John O'Shea. I would say we are inches away."

Breaking news

1620: BREAKING - Pyeongchang in South Korea has been chosen to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, BBC Sport reports.

1618: The Guardian reportsexternal-link that Manchester United defender Wes Brown has travelled to Sunderland to discuss a transfer. Steve Bruce wants to sign him and team-mates Darron Gibson and John O'Shea.

1616: 10km remaining for the leading riders in France.

1614: Liverpool director of football Damien Comolli says: "Glen's best years are to come. It's obvious when you watch him play that his technical ability is second to none."

1610: Busy afternoon at Liverpool external-linkas right-back Glen Johnson signs a new contract extension.

1606: Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton on Twitterexternal-link: "Good signing by Liverpool of @Charlie26Adam, great passing range and set-pieces. The Big AC [Andy Carroll] should thrive on them. Gd luck Charlie....."

1602: Jeremy Roy and Thomas Voeckler break clear of the pack with less than 25km left of today's stage of the Tour de Franceexternal-link.

1600: Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko posts his own video summary of his fight with David Haye on YouTubeexternal-link.


1551: Golfer Ian Poulter on Twitterexternal-link: "Just got back from Royal St Georges great 36 holes played it in 2 different wind conditions which was great. course is playing great."

1545: France's Thomas Levet withdraws from the Open because of a broken leg he suffered jumping into a lake to celebrate winning the French Open on Sunday. "I will be off for six weeks which is very bad timing, with so many important tournaments coming up," he told the European Tour websiteexternal-link. His place in the field at Royal St George's goes instead to American Robert Garrigus

1538: RadioShack rider Janez Brajkovic becomes the third rider to pull out of the Tour de Franceexternal-link. The Slovenian has been taken to hospital after he was one of many to suffer a fall during the fifth stage. Others involved in incidents today include: current champion Alberto Contador, Levi Leipheimer, Briton Bradley Wiggins, Sylvain Chavanel, Tom Boonen and Gert Steegmans.

1535: Roma goalkeeper Alexander Doni could complete a move to Liverpool in the next 36 hours, his agent has told the Press Associationexternal-link.

1528: England are on top against Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge. Thilina Kandamby is next to fall as he becomes James Anderson's third victim. Sri Lanka are 41-4. There is live BBC text commentary on the match and live radio commentary on BBC TMS and BBC Radio 5 live extra.

Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia is treated after crashing
Janez Brajkovic of Slovenia is treated after crashing

1520: Sprint ace Tom Boonen of Quick Step is in a lot of pain at the Tour de Franceexternal-link after crashing while in among the peloton. He received treatment, got back on his bike and is holding his right collarbone.

1516: Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitterexternal-link: "Solid day at training today, a lot of football + some lung opening running! Legs are feeling heavy now....think the pool needs visiting!"

1513: Team Sky rider Bradley Wigginsexternal-link is back on his original bike after his earlier fall in the Tour de France.

1507: Former Tour de France cyclist Chris Boardman on Twitterexternal-link: "Finish today going to be tricky for the sprinters to control, serious stall point with 800m to go....."

1500: England reduce Sri Lanka to 11-3 in the fifth over of the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge. There is live BBC text commentary on the match and live radio commentary on BBC TMS and BBC Radio 5 live extra.

1456: The hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympics has been decided in a first round of voting by International Olympic Committeeexternal-link members. The decision of whether Annecy, Munich and Pyeongchang have won the right will be revealed after 1600 BST.

1452: More from the Liverpool websiteexternal-link: "The player will now travel to Merseyside for a medical and to discuss personal terms."

Breaking news

1448: BREAKING - Liverpool have reached an agreement with Blackpool for midfielder Charlie Adam.

1440: More from the Tour de Franceexternal-link - Briton Mark Cavendish gets blocked by Quick Step's Tom Boonen in intermediate sprint. Radioshack's Janez Brajkovic hits the deck. Meanwhile, Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins is on a new bike, Chavanel has checked his collarbone for damage while Radioshack's Levi Leipheimer is back his bike after his fall.

Breaking news

1434: Drama at the Tour de France. There has been a big crash in the peloton, according to the official websiteexternal-link, involving Laurens Ten Dam and another Rabobank rider. Team Sky's Christian Knees and Quick Step's Sylvain Chavanel are also involved.

1430: Russia club Spartak Moscowexternal-link complete the signing of Ajax midfielder Demy de Zeeuw.

1426: BBC sports news reporter Matt Slater on Twitterexternal-link: "Brazilian swimming bosses say Cesar Cielo (50m/100m WR) has no case to answer for failed dope test, Fina says otherwise, CAS to decide."

Live action now

1419: Back to the fourth one-day international between England and Sri Lanka at Trent Bridge. England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and asked his team to bowl first. Both teams are unchanged. BBC Sport has live text commentary on the match.

Breaking news

1414: BREAKING - Rangersexternal-link confirm the signing of Juan Manuel Ortiz from Spanish club Almeria.

1408: At the 59km mark in the Tour de Franceexternal-link, Frenchman Sebastien Turgot is the overall leader with more than a five-minute advantage over the peloton.

1400: BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Twitterexternal-link: "Spurs' 'not for sale' stance hasn't altered a jot so if Modric doesn't like what he hears then must decide what he's going to do about it."

Breaking news

1347: BREAKING - BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty reports that Luka Modric is meeting Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy today where he will be told he is not for sale.

1345: At the 37km mark in the Tour de France, Jose Ivan Gutierrez leads the group of four riders who are now nearly five minutes ahead of the main pack.

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1337: England captain Alastair Cook picks an unchanged side against Sri Lanka as rain disrupts the toss. Follow live text commentary now with BBC Sport's Pranav Soneji.

1329: The London Evening Standard reportsexternal-link that Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric will meet with chairman Daniel Levy to discuss his future on Thursday. Manager Harry Redknapp says: "I believe Daniel is meeting Luka tomorrow. It's difficult when crazy sums of money are being bandied about but we need to keep Luka."

1322: England play Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international at Trent Bridge with play due to start at 1400BST. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

1314: Jose Ivan Gutierrez heads a group of four riders who have pulled out a two-minute lead on the peloton in the Tour de France.

1312: Queensland have secured an unprecedented sixth straight State of Origin series thanks to a 34-24 win over New South Wales in the deciding Game Three in Brisbane. Second-half tries from Billy Slater and Greg Inglis helped the Maroons on their way. The victory completes a 2-1 triumph and is the perfect way for Queensland legend Darren Lockyer to end his Origin career.

1310: Champions Barcelona face a trip to Malaga on the opening weekend.

1305: Jose Mourinho's Real Madrid will play Athletic Bilbao in their opening league fixture in Spain's La Liga.

1300: Turkish club Kayserispor have announced they have reached an agreement on a 12-month loan deal for Sunderland midfielder Cristian Riveros.

1258: Today's Tour stage travels from Carhaix to Cap Frehel and is expected to end in a sprint finish, which could see the likes of Mark Cavendish come to the fore.

1253: Despite the speculation Lewis Hamilton is concentrating on his form this season. He says: "The most important thing is focusing on the season. It's far, far too early to be thinking of anything else." See the video above.

1248: The fifth stage of the Tour de France is about to get underway. The riders face a 164.5km journey along the coast of Brittany. Thor Hushovd is in the yellow jersey and there is live text commentary on the Tour websiteexternal-link.

1243: New Manchester City defender Stefan Savic says: "I watch the Premier League all the time. I know it's the place to be so I am just looking forward to helping this club achieve great things."

Stefan Savic
Savic played for Montenegro in their 0-0 draw with England in 2010

1238: Jonathan Neale, managing director of McLaren, speaks out on stories linking Lewis Hamilton to Red Bull. He tells BBC Sport: "We are entering the silly season for drivers and there has been a lot of speculation about. He is a fantastic competitor and we love working with him."

1225: Essex cricket club "has every confidence in James Foster and his abilities as captain" after his two-match ban on Tuesday.

Breaking news

1222: BREAKING - Manchester City complete signing of 20-year-old Stefan Savic from FK Partizan on a four-year deal. Full story to come on BBC Sport.

1218: The ECB external-linkfine Lancashire £250 for fielding unregistered player Junaid Khan in a T20 and County Championship match in June.

1209: Silverstone external-linkexpect "a record crowd of over 120,000 on race day" for this weekend's British Grand Prix.

1201: The whistle has blown to end a thrilling opening half of the State of Origin Game Three decider in Brisbane. Queensland dominated the majority of it, with tries from Greg Inglis, Sam Thaiday, Cameron Smith and Jharal Yow Yeh. But New South Wales hit back with two tries in the final two minutes to make the score 24-10 at the break follow the live score on nrl.comexternal-link.


1146: BBC Sport news correspondent Dan Roan on Twitterexternal-link: "BBC Sport understands assistant coach Michael Emelano on verge of bring appointed #ChelseaFC Sporting Director."

1142: Lewis Hamilton picks his win at Silverstone in 2008 as one of his favourite races in Andrew Benson's blog. What do you think? Get involved on Twitter @BBCSportexternal-link.

1140: Sky Sports reportexternal-link that Lille striker Gervinho is having a medical at Arsenal.

1133: Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says that he "could not think of a more ideal player for our team" than Wesley Sneijder.

1128: Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott describes Jamie Peacock as "an incredible athlete" as .

1126: In Brisbane, the deciding State of Origin rugby league clash between Queensland and New South Wales has kicked off. The series is locked at 1-1 after the Blues won 18-8 in Game Two. The match is the final State of Origin contest for Queensland legend Darren Lockyer, who is retiring this year and you can follow live scores from nrl.comexternal-link.

1115: Reuters reportexternal-link that a Turkish court has jailed seven people pending trial on Wednesday as part of a major match-fixing investigation.

1106: Middlesbrough striker and SPL record goalscorer Kris Boyd is set for talks with Turkish side Eskisehirspor, .

1059: BBC Sport reports that striker Robert Earshaw joins former club Cardiff City on a two-year contract after turning down a new contract offer to stay with Nottingham Forest.

1054: Three of Britain's top female riders walk the course with BBC Sport inside the Olympic equestrian venue at Greenwich Park.

1047: Get involved on Twitter @BBCSportexternal-link. Not all contributions can be used.

1041: Former European Tour player Jay Townsend tells BBC Radio 5 live he is concerned about Tiger Woods's future. "I think Woods is living in denial. At 35-years-old he has had four surgeries on his left knee and he has a chronic Achilles problem. How can his best days be ahead of him?"

1037: England captain Jamie Peacock has signed a new 12-month contract with Leedsexternal-link - and he insists it will not be his last. "Hopefully I have got a few more years in me yet. I am only 33 and I think we are now seeing that 35 is the new 30 in Super League."

1033: Stoke are close to agreeing a fee with Birmingham for Scott Dann and Cameron Jerome but chairman Peter Coates admits personal terms may still be a stumbling block. "We have made an offer and are hoping to do a deal that will satisfy both clubs," Coates told The Sentinelexternal-link.

1029: Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi has been named as the latest test driver for tyre manufacturer Pirelliexternal-link.

1025: Argentine side Velez Sarsfieldexternal-link have announced they have reached an agreement with Inter Milan for the transfer of Ricardo Alvarez to the Italian outfit. Alvarez was a target for Arsenal.

1020: Aston Villaexternal-link manager Alex McLeish has challenged midfielder Fabian Delph to start living up to his £6m price tag. "I think it's time for Fabian to show the reason why Villa invested a decent sum of money on a very young player," he said.

1015: Red Bull will be keeping an eye on Australian Daniel Ricciardo when he makes his Formula One debut with HRT at Silverstone this weekend. Team principal Christian Horner told Reutersexternal-link: "I think he's a very gifted driver, certainly the work that he's done for us in the young driver tests and simulation has been very, very impressive."

1010: Ecuador and Manchester United midfielder Antonio Valencia will be fit to face Brazil on 13 July after recovering from the ankle injury he sustained against Paraguay, according to the Manchester United websiteexternal-link.

1004: There will be live text commentary on this website and radio commentary on TMS and BBC Radio 5 live extra on the fourth one-day international between England and Sri Lanka which begins at 1400 BST.

0959: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitterexternal-link on the England side he would pick for Wednesday's one-day match against Sri Lanka: "Bopara and Patel in to add depth to the batting and give Cook more variety with the ball.."

0952: Some interesting stories in Wednesday's BBC football gossip column - Samir Nasri, Wesley Sneijder and Carlos Tevez all feature.

0945: Fifa'sexternal-link ethics committee will meet on 22 and 23 July to examine the case of member Mohamed bin Hammam, who has been provisionally suspended on bribery charges, Press Associationexternal-link reports.

0939: BBC Formula 1 pitlane reporter Lee McKenzie on Twitterexternal-link: "Heading to Mercedes this afternoon for some filming with Michael Schumacher, always good fun."


0935: Team Sky rider Ben Swift on Twitterexternal-link ahead of the fifth stage of the Tour de France: "What's on the cards today then? Wind and rain??? Or sun and blue skies???"

0929: Former chief executive of British Olympic Association Simon Clegg on the BBC: "Any bid by a Korean city is always a strong bid because the Korean government get fully behind their bid. They see it as a vehicle for achieving many things, not just sporting prowess but also making sure the world is focused on South Korea and perhaps less on some of the challenges that they face across the border."


0921: Former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan on Twitterexternal-link: "Not only does every Arsenal player want to join Man City @leedixon2external-link their once loyal right back supports them!!!"

0916: Everton midfielder Tim Cahill on Twitterexternal-link: "Just found a table tennis table in our camp [Austria]. CAHILL vs NEVILLE [team-mate Phil Neville] is back on hahahaha Continuing on from the Barbados game."

0912: Aston Villa have placed a £19m price tag on winger Stewart Downing, Press Association Sportexternal-link reports. BBC Sport revealed that Liverpool had a £15m bid rejected.

0908: Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood tells Sky Sports Newsexternal-link any decision over his future lies solely in the hands of club chairman Rod Petrie.

0901: Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas has dismissed rumours that he will be stripped of the Real Madrid captaincy, report Associated Pressexternal-link.

BBC Radio 5 Live

0858: British Olympic skeleton gold medal winner Amy Williams on BBC Radio 5 live about today's 2018 Winter Games decision: "Pyeongchang is a lot of people's first choice. They've got the infrastructure in place."

0852: A member of the last football team to represent Great Britain at an Olympics believes top international players should not take part in London 2012, BBC Sport's Paul Plunkett reports.

0849: Former Hibernian striker Derek Riordan tells The Scottish Sunexternal-link a move to the Chinese Super League may reignite his passion for the game after admitting he had started to find life dull in the Scottish Premier League.

0843: Sticking with the long jump, former athlete Mike Powell of the United States tells Reutersexternal-link that he believes his own world record, 8.95m, may be in jeopardy if Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt chooses to take up the field event. "He could jump so far that it will be crazy," he said.


0836: British long jumper Greg Rutherford on Twitterexternal-link: "I'm sitting four feet away from Pippa Middleton!!! She's very attractive."

0833: The Sydney Morning Heraldexternal-link reports that Australia batsman Cameron White said it was a "kick in the guts" when he found out he had been dropped from the one-day side for the series against Sri Lanka.

0828: The International Olympic Committeeexternal-link is set to decide at about 1600 BST which city will be handed the right to host the 2018 Winter Games. The three cities in the running are Pyeongchang, Munich and Annecy.

0820: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton picks his all-time favourite races ahead of Sunday's British Grand Prix for BBC Sport. You can watch the build-up and race live on this website and on BBC One.

0815: The Sunexternal-link have pictures of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger [and ex-vice chairman David Dein] enjoying himself on a water slide while on holiday off the island of Corsica.

0810: Red Bull Racing team principal Christian Horner tells the Press Associationexternal-link he does not believe a Sebastian Vettel-Lewis Hamilton partnership would work at his team.

Breaking news

0806: BREAKING NEWS - BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports that Liverpool have had a £15m bid for Stewart Downing rejected by Aston Villa.

0805: The Guardianexternal-link state that Cesc Fabregas's hopes of moving to Barcelona could be frustrated beyond the weekend with his club Arsenal and the Catalan side still at odds over their valuation of the Spain midfielder.

0800: Today's top three transfer stories so far:

Man City are on the brink of signing £20m Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasriexternal-link (The Sun)

Aston Villa reject Liverpool's £15m bid for wing Stewart Downingexternal-link (Daily Mail)

Porto striker Falcao said he would love to play in the Premier Leagueexternal-link (talkSPORT)

Read Wednesday's BBC Sport gossip column in full

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