Football transfers latest, Lions v Australia build-up, Ponting reaction

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20 June 2013 Last updated at 18:10 GMT

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  1. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to another day of Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport centre in Salford. Today we have all the build-up to the first Test between the British and Irish Lions and Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

    We will be keeping an eye on events at Cardiff where Sri Lanka take on India in the Champions Trophy semi-final, the winners meeting England in the final. Mercedes and tyre supplier Pirelli face disciplinary charges on what promises to be a dramatic day that could have major repercussions in Formula 1, while we have all the breaking football transfer news.

  2. 0804: 
    Alex Corbisiero

    We start with significant overnight news from the Lions camp ahead of Saturday's first Test with Australia in Brisbane.

    England prop Alex Corbisiero has been named in the Lions starting XV. The 24-year-old was not selected in the original touring party but was called up as a replacement for injured Irishman Cian Healy. Coach Warren Gatland has opted for England's Tom Youngs at hooker ahead of Wales' Richard Hibbard.

    Welshman Jonathan Davies starts at centre alongside Brian O'Driscoll. Coverage details: Kick-off: 1105 BST, 22 June. Live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

  3. 0811: 

    In case you missed the latest action from the Confederations Cup, Italy completed a superb fightback to win 4-3 against Japan and book their place in the semi-finals in a hugely entertaining game.

    Japan went 2-0 up via Keisuke's Honda's penalty and Shinji Kagawa's strike. But Italy responded in some style when Daniele De Rossi headed in before Atsuto Uchida's own goal and Mario Balotelli's penalty made it 3-2.

    Japan equalised through Shinji Okazaki and also hit the woodwork, before Sebastian Giovinco sealed it for Italy.

    You can catch the highlights of the game by clicking on the video player at the top of this page.

  4. 0814: 

    Italy's victory came after Brazil, inspired by Neymar, secured their place in the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 2-0 win over Mexico at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith, who was at the game, says: "This was not the dominant performance that some had expected but it was Brazil's first competitive victory over Mexico in nine years and a third successive win under head coach Luiz Felipe Scolari."

    Neymar once again stole the show, scoring his second of the tournament after nine minutes with a fizzing volley and laying on a second for former Manchester City striker Jo to tap home in injury time, to keep Brazil top of Group A with six points, level on points with Italy,

    You can catch the highlights of the game by clicking on the video player at the to of this page.

  5. 0821: 

    Three football stories from the national newspapers that make Thursday's gossip column:

    Napoli's former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is planning to move for the Reds' Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez, 26, as a replacement for Edinson Cavani, also 26. (Daily Mirror)

    Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr is considering his position at the club after managing director Derek Llambias quit following the return to St James' Park of Joe Kinnear. (Independent)

    Cardiff will pay Blackpool £8m for winger Thomas Ince, 21, although his former club Liverpool have an option to match the bid. (Daily Mail)

  6. 0822: 

    British and Irish Lions starting XV for Saturday's first Test against Australia: Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Alex Cuthbert (Wales), Brian O'Driscoll (Ireland), Jonathan Davies (Wales), George North (Wales), Jonathan Sexton (Ireland), Mike Phillips (Wales); Alex Corbisiero (England), Tom Youngs (England), Adam Jones (Wales), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales), Paul O'Connell (Ireland), Tom Croft (England), Sam Warburton (Wales, capt), Jamie Heaslip (Ireland).


    So we have had the warm-up games and we now know the team coach Warren Gatland will field when the Lions face Australia in the first Test on Saturday.

    Has Gatland got his selection right? Will the Lions show their teeth and conquer Australia in Brisbane?

    Let us know your predictions using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  8. 0831: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Royal Ascot: "The Queen will be hoping for a historic victory on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot when her filly Estimate runs in the Gold Cup (1545 BST). As an owner, she has enjoyed 21 victories at the famous fixture, but has never tasted victory in this two-and-a-half mile contest.

    "Previous Gold Cup winners Rite Of Passage and Colour Vision also line up, while leading Irish jumps trainer Willie Mullins saddles Simenon, who won two other races at Royal Ascot last year.

    "Punters enjoy a singsong around the bandstand after racing and some of today's runners get their names from songs - including Alive Alive Oh, No Nay Never and Green Door."

  9. 0835: 

    The Football Association is unhappy that England's hopes of World Cup qualification have been hindered by the Premier League's fixture schedule for next season, according to the Guardian.

    Two of the biggest Premier League games - Liverpool versus Manchester United and Arsenal against Tottenham Hotspur - will be played immediately before the national team's vital double-header against Moldova and Ukraine in early September.

    The report adds: "The FA's sense of grievance is deepened by the fact that it had two meetings with the Premier League before release of the fixtures, and asked that no box-office matches be staged before the World Cup qualifying ties for the good of the England team, particularly those that had the potential to be switched by Sky TV to Sunday."


    Andrew Priestley: No problems with the starting XV. Only worry is the bench, not enough players who can make a big impact. No O'Brien or Zebo?

    The Lions face Australia in the eagerly-awaited first Test on Saturday and we want to know your thoughts on Warren Gatland's team selection. Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  11. 0845: 

    BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Brisbane with the British and Irish Lions: "Two days before the first Test, there was a definite step up in terms of interest and numbers attending today's announcement of the Lions' team for Saturday. Around 14 camera crews and 100 media personnel crammed into a small room adjoining the Lions' training ground at the Anglican Church Grammar School in East Brisbane.

    "Warren Gatland cut a confident and relaxed figure as he explained the surprise selection of Alex Corbisiero at prop, a reminder that a stable and solid scrum will be a key priority with potentially wet weather arriving before Saturday."

  12. 0855: 
    Uruguay forward Diego Forlan

    Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan will become the first player to make 100 appearance for Uruguay should he feature in the Confederations Cup game with Nigeria (2300 BST).

    "It's a matter of pride, being the first player to play all these matches for the Uruguay team," said Forlan, who made his senior international debut against Saudi Arabia in March 2002.

    Forlan, 34, played for United between 2001-04 and helped the club win one Premier League title and one FA Cup.

    Nigeria v Uruguay coverage: Live coverage on BBC One and BBC Sport website from 2235 BST.

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    Former Croatia manager Slaven Bilic says he is "unbelievably sad" after being sacked as coach of Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow after just one season in charge. "I signed a contract to put the club onto a new level and not just work for one year and leave the team," said the former Everton and West Ham player. "But no one is immune to the sack, including me."

    The decision to dismiss Bilic came after Lokomotiv Moscow could only finish ninth in the league table.


    Robbie Andrews: Dan Lydiate is a gamble on the bench, if the Lions are chasing the game I fear he isn't the player to go out and win a game.

    Mike Fisher: Genuinely can't believe Vunipola isn't starting. He has been one of the stand out players so far. Zebo on the bench too as impact.

    What are your thoughts on the Lions team Warren Gatland has named to face Australia in Saturday's eagerly awaited first Test? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  15. 0907: 
    Breaking News

    Kevin Pietersen is named in the 14-man England squad for the Twenty20 series against New Zealand.

  16. 0913: 
    Kevin Pietersen

    The England and Wales Cricket Board announce that Kevin Pietersen has been named in the Twenty20 squad for the two-match series with New Zealand. However, Pietersen will only be available for the second game on 27 June.

    The announcement comes as the batsman, who last played in March, looks highly likely to be part of the Surrey team for the County Championship game against Yorkshire on Friday. Pietersen has been sidelined with a knee injury.

    Both games against New Zealand take place at The Oval on 25 June (1830 BST) and 27 June (1830 BST).

  17. 0922: 

    BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer in Brisbane with the British and Irish Lions: "Warren Gatland dismissed Tuesday's defeat by the Brumbies as "a bit of a blip" and batted back a suggestion the Lions midfield might be missing a physical edge without the injured Jamie Roberts and Manu Tuilagi.

    "I don't think Jonathan Davies at 105kg is a small midfielder," he retorted. Gatland also said the Lions are "very positive about where we are" and that "physically we feel like we are in great shape". The message, delivered in forthright fashion, was the Lions are going to "take it to the Wallabies" physically."

  18. 0929: 

    India face Sir Lanka (1030 BST) in the Champions Trophy semi-final at Cardiff, with the winners going on to face England in Sunday's final.

    BBC Sport's Adam Mountford says that if Sunday's final is a washout then the trophy will be shared. "This has happened before after washout in Colombo in 2002."


    Rory Stuart: Why isn't Hogg on the bench? Hasn't done anything wrong all tour!

    Jago Toner: O'Brien has been really unlucky. Every game he's played he's impressed, should at least be on the bench.

    We are asking for your thoughts on the Lions team Warren Gatland has named to face Australia in Saturday's first Test. Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  20. 0940: 

    November 2004: Makes England one-day international debut against Zimbabwe.

    August 2008: Replaces Michael Vaughan as Test captain and Paul Collingwood as one-day skipper.

    January 2009: Resigns as England captain following reports of a rift with coach Peter Moores.

    May 2012: Retires from one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

    August 2012: Apologises after admitting sending "provocative" text messages to members of the South African team. Pietersen does not play another international match for England until November.

    March 2013: Ruled out of the final Test in New Zealand due to a knee injury, an injury that keeps him out of the Champions Trophy.

  21. 0944: 

    Hull City are close to striking a £4m deal with Burnley to capture forward Charlie Austin, 23, following advanced talks between the clubs this week, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

  22. 0947: 

    Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been undermined by Joe Kinnear's appointment as director of football, says the club's record scorer Alan Shearer.

    Pardew now has to report to Kinnear as part of a controversial restructuring. "While other clubs are all plotting and planning for next season, Newcastle have a manager who has been totally undermined," Shearer told the Sun.

    The Match of the Day pundit added: "People are laughing at the football club I support. And that sickens me."

  23. 0950: 

    Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay has appealed to his club's fans to be patient as he works at bringing in new signings ahead of their debut Premier League campaign. Cardiff have yet to add to the squad which won the Championship last season.

    Mackay insists his recruitment team are working hard but admits being a newly-promoted club is a hindrance to attracting players.

    "It's about convincing some players to come to a club who are seen as one of the relegation favourites," he said.

  24. 0952: 

    England's Twenty20 squad for the two matches against New Zealand at The Oval on 25 and 27 June: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Gary Ballance, Ravi Bopara, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler (wkt), Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, *Kevin Pietersen, Boyd Rankin, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright

    * Pietersen will be available for the match on 27 June only.

  25. 0956: 

    Mercedes and tyre supplier Pirelli today face disciplinary charges after being accused of breaking rules governing testing. A hearing by the sport's governing body, the FIA, is taking place in Paris.

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports from the hearing: "An interesting aside is that Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has turned up as an observer at the FIA international tribunal hearing into the Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test.

    "Red Bull, along with Ferrari, set things in motion for this disciplinary hearing by lodging an official protest against Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix, when details of the test first emerged. Horner has been vociferous in his criticism of Mercedes and adamant they deserve a sporting penalty."

  26. 1002: 

    Wigan announce the signing of utility forward Sam Hopkins from Championship club Leigh. The 23-year-old, who can play prop or in the back row, will join the Warriors on a two-year deal at the end of the season and has a further option for 2016.

  27. 1009: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports from FIA hearing in Paris: "Mark Howard QC (representing FIA): "There was no attempt whatsoever by Mercedes to involve the other teams in order to ensure that no perception of an advantage was obtained."

    Mark Howard: "Mercedes acquired further intellectual capital about how it's car works during the test. Whether or not the team actually gained a performance advantage from that is irrelevant in this instance."

  28. 1014: 
    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard

    Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is 35 today.

    Lampard joined Chelsea in an £11m move from West Ham in June 2001 and has gone on to score 203 goals in 609 appearances in all competitions for the Blues. He has also won 97 caps for England.

    But how important will he be for Chelsea this season? Will he still be a regular player in Jose Mourinho's side? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  29. 1017: 

    Today's tribunal in Paris comes after Red Bull and Ferrari protested at Mercedes' use of a 2013 car to help Pirelli in a 1,000km test in Barcelona.

    Neither Pirelli nor Mercedes told the other teams about the test, which took place for three days after the Spanish Grand Prix, and drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg wore non-identifiable helmets.

    Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn said the arrangements for the tyre test were based on "privacy not secrecy". Red Bull and Ferrari said the testing should have been done with a car that was at least two years old.

  30. 1019: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson in Paris: "The FIA's argument is that Mercedes did not meet the proper conditions for the test.

    "FIA counsel Mark Howard says that although race director Charlie Whiting indicated to Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn that testing a 2013 car would be permissible, Whiting took advice from the FIA legal department, which said that it would only be allowed if all other teams were copied in on correspondence so they could indicate their agreement and had an equal opportunity to test.

    'No attempt was made by Mercedes to involve the other teams in order to ensure that no perception of an advantage was obtained,' Howard says."

  31. 1021: 

    Away from the Champions Trophy, two County Championship Division Two games are about to start, with the pick being the clash between leaders Northamptonshire and second placed Lancashire at Old Trafford.

    The visitors are currently 33 points clear at the top of the table but having played a game more. But Lancashire go into the match in high spirits having bowled Essex out for 20 at Chelmsford last week to win by an innings and 105 runs.

    In the other game, fourth-placed Worcestershire host Glamorgan at New Road. Glamorgan's only win so far this season came against Worcestershire in Cardiff back in mid-April.

  32. 1023: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson in Paris: "The FIA have stated their case through Mark Howard QC. There's now going to be a 15 minute break before reconvening at 1135 local time. Mercedes next up."

  33. 1030: 

    Derbyshire sign South Africa international Albie Morkel as their second overseas signing for this season's Twenty20 campaign. The 32-year-old all-rounder, who recently took part in his sixth Indian Premier League campaign, will feature in nine of Derbyshire's 10 Twenty20 fixtures.

  34. 1032: 

    Some more reaction to the Lions team being announced to play in the first Test against Australia on Saturday.

    Gareth Grant: Maitland has done zero all tour in both attack and defence. Zebo did more in his first 60 seconds. Odd choice on the bench.

    Joe Blackett: Vunipola and Tipuric unlucky to be out, two of the top tacklers so far and players who can make something happen in attack.

    Max WHUFC Kellar: I just can't see a reason to leave out Hogg, Vunipola, O'Brien or Zebo. Let alone all of them. No impact on bench.

    Let us know your thoughts. Who should be in or out of the side? How do you see the Lions' chances on Saturday? Get involved on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  35. 1037: 

    Nottingham Forest have signed defender Gonzalo Jara on a one-year contract following his release from West Bromwich Albion. The 27-year-old Chile international full-back had a spell on loan at the City Ground last season but has now joined on a permanent deal.

  36. 1040: 
    Ross Brawn

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn maintains his team, who today face an FIA disciplinary hearing into illegal testing, have done nothing wrong.

    "Sporting integrity is vital to Mercedes," Brawn told BBC Sport at the Canadian Grand Prix earlier this month.

    "When everything's explained, people can make a judgement when they know the facts. I'm not going to pre-empt those facts. It's unfortunate to be making judgements before the facts are known."

  37. 1046: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson reports:"Mercedes did not get permission to take part in the test in which they are accused of breaking Formula 1's rules, according to governing body the FIA.

    "Mercedes and Pirelli are facing the FIA's international tribunal over a three-day 1,000km tyre test last month. FIA counsel Mark Howard told the hearing that Mercedes did ask in general terms about using a 2013 car at the test. But he said any permission given was conditional on the other teams being informed, which they were not. Mercedes are due to present their case next, with Pirelli taking the stand after that."

  38. 1051: 

    India have won the toss and will bowl first against Sri Lanka in the Champions Trophy semi-final in Cardiff. Play is due to begin at 1100 BST. Live text commentary of the match is available on the BBC Sport website.

  39. 1053: 

    Hamburg are keen to sign Paraguay international striker Roque Santa Cruz. The 31-year-old is a free agent after his contract with Manchester City expired this summer.

    "Roque has been made a financially very good offer and he has told us he finds Hamburg very interesting," the club's director of sport, Oliver Kreuzer, told German newspaper Bild.

  40. 1056: 

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson in Paris: "The FIA has finished presenting its case, which in essence is that Mercedes and Pirelli did not gain proper approval for the test and failed in its obligations to inform the other teams.

    "They are accused of being in breach of article 151c of the sporting code, which forbids 'any fraudulent conduct or any act prejudicial to the interests of any competition or to the interests of motorsport generally.' It is Mercedes' turn to present their case now, with Pirelli up after that."

  41. 1100: 

    New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori will miss the two Twenty20 matches against England later this month because of an Achilles injury.

    Injuries also rule Grant Elliott and Tim Southee out of the games, which take place on 25 and 27 June.

    New Zealand's T20 squad to face England: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Ian Butler, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor.

  42. 1104: 

    Celtic are closing in on a second summer signing, with Netherlands Under-21 defender Virgil van Dijk in Glasgow for talks.

    The 21-year-old moved to Groningen from Willem II in 2011 and is under contract for two more years.

    Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf quoted the player saying: "Celtic is a fantastic club and a step up for me."

    The Scottish champions have already recruited striker Amido Balde, 22, from Portuguese club Vitoria Guimaraes.

  43. 1108: 

    Hearts administrator Bryan Jackson says the club has "no funds at all to meet costs".

    Jackson's firm, BDO, has taken over the running of the Tynecastle club, who went into administration earlier this week and have debts of around £25m.

    "Job losses are inevitable," Jackson told BBC Radio Scotland. "We need to cut costs as quickly as we can.

    "I think there will be losses on the footballing side, although that has already been cut down quite a bit."

  44. 1117: 
    Tom Lewis

    England's Tom Lewis is in good form on the first day of the BMW International Open in Munich.

    Lewis is on seven under near the end of the first round and shares the lead with Sweden's Alex Noren.

    Tommy Fleetwood, Ross Fisher and Matthew Baldwin are three of six golfers in tied third on six under.

  45. 1121: 

    Paul Harris QC, representing Mercedes, tells the FIA disciplinary hearing in Paris: "This test was undertaken by Pirelli. They directed, controlled, stopped the car - call it what you like. They did it all.

    "Mercedes was the equivalent to a sub-contractor of Pirelli for the test; they were akin to a temporary employee of Pirelli, as were the marshals and the catering staff."

    Today's tribunal comes after Mercedes were accused of illegal testing in Barcelona.


    Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is celebrating his 35th birthday. Will he be a regular under Jose Mourinho next season? Let us know your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Olaniyi Taiwo: Frank can still do it next season under Mourihno. He has been consistent and reliable for many years now. No sign of weakness yet.

    Adam Pointon: Happy birthday Lampard. Another consistent season and 10 more Premier League goals to come.

  47. 1127: 
    Anthony Hamilton

    The Wuxi Classic, the first major ranking event of the season, has reached the last 16 in China.

    Anthony Hamilton has caused the shock of the day so far by beating two-time world champion Mark Williams 5-3. The other results today have been Cao Yupeng 5-3 Ben Woollaston, Neil Robertson 5-0 Mark King and Robert Milkins 5-1 Scott Donaldson.

    Ali Carter and John Higgins are among those in action later on.

  48. 1132: 

    Lancashire make a fine start in their County Championship Division Two match against Northants in Manchester.

    The hosts have reduced their opponents to 3-2 with a wicket apiece for Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg.

    Lancashire dismissed Essex for only 20 in their match last week.

  49. 1136: 

    Keep your thoughts coming on the Lions team to face Australia in Saturday's first Test. Has Warren Gatland picked the right side? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Fergus O'Connell: Are there any game changers on the bench? I don't think so. Where are O'Brien and Zebo? Lydiate a big gamble as is Maitland.

    Tomas Macbride: Seems like an overly Welsh team. No Zebo?

  50. 1136: 

    Reigning world and European champions Spain face Tahiti, whose 23-man squad includes just one professional player, in the Confederations Cup in Brazil (2000 BST).

    Spain recorded their biggest ever win 80 years ago when they overcame Bulgaria 13-0 in a friendly. But Pedro, who scored in the 2-1 win over Uruguay in their opening game of the tournament, is taking nothing for granted. Tahiti lost their opening match of the Confederations Cup 6-1 against Nigeria.

    "Tahiti will do everything they can to frustrate us," he said. "It's an important game, and we must respect our opponents. We must also make sure we don't take victory as a given, or think too much about the number of goals we might score."

    Live coverage on BBC Three and BBC Sport website from 1930 BST.

  51. 1142: 

    Guernsey FC could be forced to pull out of the FA Cup over restrictions imposed on them by the Football Association.

    The FA says the club, one of a few from outside the English mainland to enter, must play any replays in England, even if they should be the home side.

    The club would also have to pay the travel expenses of visiting sides.

    Those expenses, which come after the club has shared any gate receipts, mean Guernsey FC is considering whether they can afford to take part in the event.

  52. 1146: 

    Lancashire continue to pile the pressure on opponents Northants at Manchester.

    Northants captain Alex Wakely is the latest wicket to fall, out lbw to Kyle Hogg, who has taken two of the three wickets to fall.

    After less than six overs, Northants are 9-3.

  53. 1153: 

    More news from the FIA disciplinary hearing in Paris as Mercedes are fighting accusations of illegal testing.

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson in Paris said: "Mercedes' counsel Paul Harris has brought up the subject of the tyre test Ferrari did with a 2011 car a few weeks before the one for which Mercedes are being prosecuted."

    Harris said: "If we're in breach, so are Ferrari."

    He tells the hearing the changes between the 2011 and 2013 cars are miniscule - just 0.5secs per lap around Barcelona. Harris also says 'Ferrari had the opportunity to test tyres once in 2012 and once in 2013, so Mercedes are third in line'.

  54. 1156: 

    Manchester City's new Brazil international Fernandinho says the club can win the Champions League in his first season at the Etihad Stadium.

    "A cup would be incredible, and the best in Europe? I believe we can do it," the £30m midfielder signing from Shakhtar Donetsk tells the Manchester Evening News.

    City have failed to advance past the group stages of the Champions League in the last two seasons, winning just three out of 12 games.

  55. 1200: 

    Australia coach Mickey Arthur says his side have the "best bowling attack in the world" and can put England under pressure in the Ashes.

    He claimed that England have shown "cracks" under pressure in the past.

    "They are a very good cricket side but I would like to see how they handle pressure for a sustained period of time," Arthur told Test Match Special.

    "I honestly believe we can win the Ashes - we have the best all-round bowling attack in world cricket."

    Is Arthur correct? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  56. 1208: 

    South African Ernie Els moves into a share of the lead at the BMW International Open in Munich.

    Els is on eight-under after 16 holes of his opening round, with Sweden's Alex Noren on the same total.

    English trio Matthew Baldwin, Tom Lewis and Matthew Nixon, along with France's Alexander Levy, are a shot behind on six-under.

  57. 1210: 

    Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard is celebrating his 35th birthday. Will he be a regular under Jose Mourinho next season? Let us know your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Angus Clogg: Frank is a hero to club and country. Mourinho would be silly to not include him in the squad. He will still get goals.

    Steven Maclver: Jose will have to deal without players like Lampard, Terry and Drogba in their prime. This is a very different Chelsea.

    Kofi Tawiah Quansah: If Ryan Giggs is still playing at the top at 40, Frank can still be a regular if he's managed well.

  58. 1217: 
    Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow

    Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow move closer to retaining their European women's platform synchro title by qualifying first for this afternoon's final in Rostock, Germany.

    The Plymouth pairing produced a solid performance to confirm their status as favourites for gold with a score of 301.32.

    That was 7.8 points clear of nearest rivals Yulia Koltunova and Natalia Goncharova from Russia.

    Couch and Barrow became the first Britons to win a European title in 74 years when they triumphed in Eindhoven, Netherlands last May.

  59. 1220: 

    Bury winger David Worrall, 22, has completed a move to Rotherham United for a fee thought to be in the region of £200,000.

  60. 1226: 

    Following Australia coach Mickey Arthur's claims that his side "have the best bowling attack in the world".

    We look to see how the two sides' bowlers compare.

    England: James Anderson - 82 Tests, 307 wickets at 30.14

    Stuart Broad - 57 Tests, 195 wickets at 30.93

    Graeme Swann - 52 Tests, 222 wickets at 28.50

    Steve Finn - 22 Tests, 88 wickets at 28.73

  61. 1227: 

    And the Australians...

    Australia: James Pattinson - 10 Tests, 40 wickets at 23.37

    Peter Siddle - 41 Tests, 150 wickets at 28.84

    Nathan Lyon - 22 Tests, 76 wickets at 33.18

    Mitchell Starc - 9 Tests, 30 wickets at 34.03

    Ryan Harris - 12 Tests, 47 wickets at 23.63

    James Faulkner is yet to play in a Test match.

  62. 1228: 
    Michy Batshuayi

    Swansea City have made a £2.5m bid for Standard Liege striker Michy Batshuayi, according to Wales Online.

    The 19-year-old scored 12 goals for Standard in the Belgian top-flight as they finished fourth and qualified for Europe. The report says there are suggestions the Swans could still land Batshuayi with an improved offer.

  63. 1230: 

    Southern League club AFC Totton are on the verge of liquidation.

    Totton, who in the 2011/12 season earned more than £100,000 from reaching the second round of the FA Cup, are now nearly £200,000 in debt and have not paid their players since January.

  64. 1233: 

    More of your reaction to the Lions team named by Warren Gatland to face Australia in the first Test on Saturday. Keep your thoughts coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Sam Alves: What else has Sean O'Brien got to do? Massively unlucky.

    Aled Huish: Back row is unbalanced. Heaslip and Croft don't do the dirty work. Warburton will be extremely busy at the breakdown.

    Simon Daplyn: Clamour for Zebo who wasn't in original squad and played one full game? Hogg more unlucky.

  65. 1235: 

    Rio Ferdinand backs new Manchester United manager David Moyes to be a success at Old Trafford.

    Ferdinand tells the BBC: "I never won anything when I came to Man United and in my first season, we won the league.

    "I'd like to think David Moyes would be able to do the same thing. He's a football man, very passionate and just the right ingredient we needed at the club when Sir Alex Ferguson left."

  66. 1240: 

    More from Rio Ferdinand's interview with the BBC.

    "We are the defending champions, so there is not a lot wrong with the squad," said Ferdinand.

    "I'm sure the new manager will implement his a little bit of his own style and culture into the squad. I think that will be a good thing and will freshen up the squad."

  67. 1243: 

    Asked if Manchester United can win the Premier League title with David Moyes in charge instead of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand replies: "I'd like to think so.

    "I'm sure the manager is not naive. I would not want anyone else to be naive and think the new manager is going to come in and make wholesale changes.

    "Hopefully he will bring even more out of the players than before."

  68. 1248: 

    After bowling out Essex for 20 last week, Lancashire seamers Glen Chapple and Kyle Hogg are at it again having reduced Division Two leaders Northants to 21-5 on the opening day of their County Championship match at Old Trafford.

    Hogg has taken three wickets and Chapple two to add to the nine they shared at Chelmsford. With Essex having been 5-0 before their spectacular collapse, it means Lancashire have taken their last 15 Championship wickets for just 36 runs.

    No Northants batsman has yet made it into double figures today at Old Trafford.

  69. 1250: 
    Gonzalo Higuain

    Arsenal are set to make 25-year-old striker Gonzalo Higuain the club's highest-paid player once a transfer fee is agreed with Real Madrid, according to the London Evening Standard.

    The report states that Italian club Juventus have had an £18.7m bid rejected and negotiations are taking place between Arsenal and Real, with the Gunners offering about £20m, although Real want £25.5m.

    Argentina international Higuain has helped Real to three La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey since joining from River Plate in 2007.

  70. 1253: 

    The planned testimonial for Alan Tate between Swansea City and a Manchester United XI on 13 August has been postponed, United announce. No reason has been given behind the postponement but United say the game will now take place at a later date.

    Tate, 30 began his career at United before joining Swansea in 2004 after a loan spell.

  71. 1255: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "I've been checking out the lap-time numbers used by Mercedes counsel Paul Harris in his defence of the team.

    "In bringing up Ferrari's tyre test with a 2011 car, he claimed that the changes between a 2011 car and a 2013 car amounted to 'just 0.5secs around Barcelona'.

    "Not so. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg's fastest lap at the 2013 Spanish GP was just over two seconds faster than that in 2011, as was that of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

    "In qualifying, Rosberg was 1.881secs faster in 2013 than in 2011 and Alonso was 0.746secs faster."

  72. 1258: 

    Australia coach Mickey Arthur says in a BBC interview his side have the "best bowling attack in the world" and can put England under pressure in the Ashes. Does he have a point? Let us know your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Gareth McCarter: Sounds like Mickey Arthur is trying anything to boost his team. Either that or he hasn't done his homework.

    Mark Dorman: I wouldn't swap Anderson & Swann for any Aussie. Broad streaky, expensive & loses cool too often. Finn lightweight, Bresnan a trier.

    Daniel Evans: Aussie bowling attack better than Steyn, Morkel, Philander and Tahir? Of course they're not.

  73. 1301: 

    League Two side Plymouth Argyle have signed Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid on a season-long loan. The 24 year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Home Park.

  74. 1304: 

    Walsall manager Dean Smith dismisses reports they will share their Banks's Stadium with League One neighbours Coventry City next season.

    "I'm led to believe there will be no ground-sharing between ourselves and Coventry," Smith told BBC WM.

    "Playing twice the number of games would certainly not help the pitch."

  75. 1307: 
    Chris Froome

    Chris Froome's bid to succeed Sir Bradley Wiggins as Tour de France champion will be aided by three Britons, Team Sky announce.

    Froome, the 2012 runner-up behind Wiggins, leads Team Sky in the 100th Tour, which begins in Corsica on 29 June, with the defending champion absent with a knee injury.

    Olympic team pursuit champions Geraint Thomas and Peter Kennaugh and British champion Ian Stannard are in the Team Sky squad. Kennaugh and Stannard will make their Tour debuts.

    The full team is Chris Froome, Richie Porte, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Peter Kennaugh, Vasil Kiryienka, David Lopez, Kanstantsin Siutsou, Ian Stannard and Geraint Thomas.

  76. 1313: 

    County Championship Division Two, day one - Lancashire v Northants 40-6

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read at Old Trafford: "Lunch and Lancashire have the league leaders Northants 40-6.

    "The Red Rose have been carrying on from where they left off of Chelmsford when they bowled Essex out for 20.

    "Making full use of the over head conditions Kyle Hogg with 4-15 and Glen Chapple 2-24 have produced another stunning display of bowling.

    "Lancashire have taken their last 16 wickets for only 55 runs, including the the Essex collapse last week."

  77. 1322: 
    Breaking News

    A Spanish judge summons Barcelona's Argentine footballer Lionel Messi to court over tax fraud allegations.

    The 25-year-old, a four-time World Player of the Year, and his father are accused of defrauding the Spanish authorities of more than £3.4m (4m euros).

    They are suspected of using companies abroad - in Belize and Uruguay - to sell the rights to use Messi's image. They both deny the allegations.

  78. 1332: 

    Some more reaction to Mickey Arthur's comments that the Australian bowling line-up is the "best in the world".

    Andy Saxton: The Aussie attack the best in the world? Mickey Arthur can't have been watching Lancashire bowling recently.

    Siddhant Kalia: Mickey Arthur is trying to inspire his team. Even he doesn't believe that Aussies have the best bowling attack.

    James Hunter: I thought the biggest joke of the week was the appointment of Kinnear. Mickey Arthur's just trumped that. Absolute tripe.

    Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday.

    Remember, we are also after your opinions on the Lions squad for the first Test against Australia on Saturday and whether Frank Lampard will still be an important part of Jose Mourinho's Chelsea side.

  79. 1333: 

    Leicester City are set to confirm the appointment of former Stoke City academy director Terry Robinson as part of their backroom team on Monday, reports BBC Radio Leicester.

    It is believed that Robinson will have a director of football style role with a focus on transfers.

  80. 1336: 
    Ernie Els

    South African Ernie Els is the early clubhouse leader during the first day of the BMW International Open in Munich.

    Els went round in a nine-under-par 63 and is one shot ahead of England's Matthew Baldwin and Sweden's Alex Noren.

    Englishmen Matthew Nixon and Tom Lewis, along with France's Alex Levy, are on seven-under.

  81. 1344: 

    West Ham United sign Danny Whitehead from Conference North side Stockport County for an undisclosed fee.

    The 19-year-old attacking midfielder has signed a two-year deal at Upton Park after impressing on trial.

    "I'm very excited to have joined West Ham and I can't wait to get out there and play," Whitehead told the club website.

  82. 1351: 

    Tom Heathcote will return to Scotland's side for Saturday's Test against Italy at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

    The 21-year-old Bath stand-off missed last weekend's 30-17 loss to South Africa after suffering concussion in the 27-17 defeat by Samoa.

    Zimbabwe-born flanker David Denton, 23, comes in for the injured Ryan Wilson.

    And Al Kellock, 32, will earn a 55th cap at lock in place of Jim Hamilton, who has returned home for the impending birth of his second child.

  83. 1353: 
    Darren Stevens

    Darren Stevens describes his record-breaking innings against Sussex as the highlight of his Kent career.

    The Spitfires clinched an amazing YB40 victory by chasing down 336 - a world record for the 40-over game.

    And Stevens's century from only 44 balls is the joint-fastest 40-over hundred in Kent's history.

    "To me that's top of the list. The boys are so happy, it was a fantastic feeling," he told BBC Radio Kent.

  84. 1358: 

    England international Jay Bothroyd is released from his contract by QPR.

    Bothroyd joined QPR on a free transfer in the summer of 2011 and signed a three-year deal, but the club had the option of releasing him after two years.

    The striker, who has played once for England, scored five goals from 18 starts and 13 substitute appearances in all competitions for QPR.

    Rangers were relegated from the Premier League to the Championship last season.

  85. 1404: 

    Gloucestershire sign Middlesex spinner Tom Smith for their FL t20 campaign.

    Smith, 25, has taken 38 Twenty20 wickets at an average of 25 and will provide cover for the loss of Jack Taylor, who was suspended last month by the England and Wales Cricket Board following tests on a suspect bowling action.

    "Tom is a useful performer at this level of this game and a career best five for 24 in the competition shows he will be a more than handy acquisition to our squad," said Gloucestershire director of cricket John Bracewell.

  86. 1413: 

    Northamptonshire are now 57-8 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, Steven Crook the latest to lose his wicket after becoming Kyle Hogg's sixth victim. Hogg has figures of 6-24 from 13 overs.

  87. 1419: 

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas is quoted in Spanish national daily sports newspaper Marca saying Gareth Bale will not be leaving White Hart Lane this summer despite Real Madrid's very public pursuit of the player.

    "We have the pledge of the chairman that Bale is not going to leave the club," Villas-Boas says.

    Real have not hidden their desire to sign Bale, with club ambassador Zinedine Zidane making a number of flattering comments about the Wales international, who scored 31 goals for club and country last season.

  88. 1423: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson: "Pirelli begins its evidence by saying it does not come under the jurisdiction or authority of the FIA. Pirelli is citing the case against former Renault team boss Flavio Briatore, whose FIA ban from motorsport was overturned by the French courts, as evidence that as a supplier/third party they cannot be subject to the regulations."

  89. 1428: 

    The most expensive tickets for the final of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, to be staged in England, are set to cost more than £700. Debbie Jevans, chief executive of England RWC 2015, said the top tickets were likely to be around £715 but that high-priced tickets were needed to allow organisers to sell others for as low as £7 and £15.

    The tournament is scheduled to take place between 18 September and 31 October 2015.

  90. 1435: 
    Lancashire bowler Kyle Hogg

    What an amazing few days for Lancashire. Having bowled Essex out for 20 last week, the Red Rose county have dismissed Division Two leaders Northamtonshire for 62 in their first innings at Old Trafford on day one of their County Championship fixture. Kyle Hogg has finished with figures of 7-27 from 14.5 overs.

  91. 1444: 

    India require 182 runs from 50 overs against Sri Lanka to join England in the final of the Champions Trophy. Angelo Mathews topped scored with 51 in Sri Lanka's innings of 181-8 at Cardiff.

  92. 1451: 
    David Luiz

    Chelsea defender David Luiz requires surgery after suffering a broken nose playing for Brazil. The 26-year-old incurred the injury in a collision with team-mate Thiago Silva during Wednesday's 2-0 win over Mexico in the Confederations Cup.

    Luiz, who struggled to stem the flow of blood following the blow, will have an operation following the tournament. "Yes, my nose is broken, but that's part of the game," Luiz said. "Now I'll have to wait until the end of the competition and undergo surgery to fix it."

  93. 1500: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Ascot: "The 2010 winner Rite Of Passage has been withdrawn from the Gold Cup, the big race on Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot. Trainer Dermot Weld wanted some rain to arrive to soften the ground, which is described as good to firm, but it remained dry before racing. Rite Of Passage was second favourite for the race (1545 BST), at about 7-1, behind 5-1 favourite Estimate, who is owned by the Queen."

  94. 1504: 

    It is all over for Northamptonshire at Old Trafford where Lancashire have bowled out the Division Two leaders for 62. Kyle Hogg finished with a career best 7-27 and Glen Chapple took 3-34 as the visitors were dismissed in 29.5 overs.

    Only Andrew Hall (10) and Steven Crook (16) reached double figures. With Essex's last three first-innings wickets falling for five runs last week before they were dismissed for 20 second time around, Lancashire have claimed their last 23 wickets for only 87 runs.

  95. 1507: 

    Former England captain Gary Lineker has accused the Premier League of having a "disregard for the best interests" of the national team. The Match of the Day presenter believes the top-flight schedule does not help England manager Roy Hodgson.

    Liverpool host Manchester United and Arsenal play Spurs on the weekend of 31 August-1 September, just days before England face Moldova and Ukraine. Lineker, 52, wrote on Twitter: "Never help ourselves!"

  96. 1515: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Ascot: "Riposte (9-2) wins Ribblesdale Stakes for widow Lady Cecil nine days after trainer's death."

  97. 1517: 

    Durham release a statement saying head coach Geoff Cook has suffered a suspected heart attack.

  98. 1522: 
    Geoff Cook

    A statement from Durham County Cricket Club: "We can confirm that Durham head coach Geoff Cook was taken ill at Chester-le-Street this morning.

    "Geoff was taken to hospital and is undergoing treatment for a suspected heart attack.

    "The club is awaiting further news on his condition and our thoughts are with Geoff, Judith and his family."

  99. 1524: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Ascot: "Riposte wins the Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot to provide a poignant winner for Lady Cecil, the widow of legendary trainer Sir Henry Cecil who died nine days ago.

    "The filly won at 9-2 under Tom Queally, who is stable jockey at the Warren Place Stables in Newmarket, where Lady Cecil has temporarily taken over the training licence. She was close to tears in the winner's enclosure after an emotional victory, which brought a rapturous reception from the Ladies' Day crowd.

    "Sir Henry was champion trainer 10 times and saddled a record 75 winners at Royal Ascot."

  100. 1533: 

    Newcastle United say as part of a re-development they are renaming the bar named after former striker Alan Shearer. The announcement comes after Shearer criticised his old club in The Sun newspaper.

  101. 1534: 

    Born: 9, October, 1951

    A right-handed batsman who played for England in seven Test matches and six one-day internationals.

    He also played county cricket for Northamptonshire and Durham and also played for South African side Eastern Province.

    Scored more than 23,000 first-class runs and made 37 centuries.

    Became first-team coach of Durham in March 2007 and guided them to the County Championship title in both 2008 and 2009.

    Has also been both chairman and secretary of the Professional Cricketers Association.

  102. 1540: 

    Dynamic Sports and Entertainment Group, the marketing firm that represents Ricky Ponting, has tweeted: "Ricky Ponting has announced that he will be retiring from all forms of cricket at the end of the Champions League in October this year."

  103. 1545: 

    More news from the FIA disciplinary hearing in Paris as Mercedes fight accusations of illegal testing.

    BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports: "They're summing up here in Paris. The FIA hasn't decided when a decision will be made, despite stories on the web to the contrary."


    More comments on how important Frank Lampard will be for Chelsea during 2013-14. The midfielder is 35 today.

    Ethan Gomez: Lampard is by far Chelsea's best player and record goalscorer so why wouldn't Jose keep playing him? He is the spirit of Chelsea.

    Josh Clark: I'm convinced the only reason Lamps was offered a new contract was that it was a condition of Jose arriving.

    Jack Megaw: We'll see Lampard play in a rotation - he can no longer play three matches per week. I wonder how much we see of John Terry?

    What do you think? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  105. 1553: 

    Newcastle United on Twitter: The new bar will open in July and we'll be raising funds for the @AlanShearerFndn. The Terrace Bar remains open in the meantime."

  106. 1556: 

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson on Twitter: FIA says judgement in the Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test case will come on Friday.

  107. 1558: 
    The Queen

    The Queen's horse Estimate wins the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot.

    Estimate, trained by Sir Michael Stoute and ridden by Ryan Moore, had begun the race as the 7-2 favourite and finished ahead of Simenon and Top Trip.

    It was the first time in the race's 207-year history that it has been won by a reigning monarch.

    Read live text commentary from Ladies Day at Royal Ascot.

  108. 1604: 

    Manchester United and Chelsea's pre-season plans are in danger of being thrown into chaos - by a fourth-tier team from Thailand.

    Pattaya FC successfully won an injuction that prevented a vote of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) taking place at the weekend which should have confirmed amendments to their rules in line with Fifa requirements. The world governing body has taken a dim view of the development and warned the FAT they risk being suspended from international competition should a resolution not be reached by the beginning of next week.

    The impact of any suspension would affect both United and Chelsea, who are due to visit at the start of their pre-season campaigns. United are scheduled to face the Singha All Stars XI on 13 July in David Moyes' first game in charge while Chelsea, back under the guidance of Jose Mourinho, are set to meet the same opposition, also in Bangkok, on 17 July.

  109. 1611: 

    Stoke City confirm Mark Bowen has joined the club as assistant manager to Mark Hughes, while Eddie Niedzwiecki takes up the role of first team coach. Their appointments continue a long-running association with Hughes.

  110. 1616: 

    Ricky Ponting, 38, explains the reasons behind the announcement that he is to retire from all forms of cricket at the end of the Champions League in October.

    "While I'm enjoying my cricket as much as ever, it just feels like the right time to finish playing," said the former captain of Australia, who is currently playing for Surrey.

    "My body and mind are in great shape and I know I'm going to really enjoy these last few months before the next stage of life begins."

  111. 1617: 
    Ricky Ponting

    Born: 19 December 1974 - Launceston, Tasmania

    Ponting won 167 Test caps and had a batting average of 51.85 after scoring 13,378 runs.

    He also made 375 one-day international appearances and scored 13,704 runs, at an average of 42.03.

    During his career he made 71 international centuries with his highest Test score coming when he made 257 against India in 2003.

    He won the World Cup on three occasions.

  112. 1622: 

    Manuel Pellegrini's first game in charge of Manchester City will be in Pretoria against SuperSport United on 14 July (1400 BST), the club has confirmed. City's tour of South Africa continues four days later against AmaZulu on 18 July (1900 BST) in Durban.

  113. 1623: 

    Two-time World Championship runner-up Ali Carter has been knocked out of the Wuxi Classic, the first major ranking event of the season. Carter lost 5-4 after a deciding frame in his last-16 match against Ireland's David Morris.

    In the other games recently completed, Matthew Stevens beat Peter Lines 5-3, John Higgins defeated Xiao Guodong 5-0 and Joe Perry beat David Gilbert 5-2. The winners join Robert Milkins, Anthony Hamilton, Cao Yupeng and world number one Neil Robertson in Friday's quarter-finals.

  114. 1629: 

    League One Leyton Orient are to host New York Cosmos in a friendly at Brisbane Road on 24 July. The iconic American club, which featured the likes of Pele and Franz Beckenbauer during its pomp, was disbanded in 1985. But it was relaunched in 2010 and is set to compete in the second tier North American Soccer League this year.

  115. 1635: 

    Mercedes did not get permission to take part in the test in which they are accused of breaking Formula 1's rules, according to governing body the FIA. Mercedes and Pirelli are facing the FIA's international tribunal over a three-day 1,000km tyre test last month.

    FIA counsel Mark Howard said Mercedes did ask in general terms about using a 2013 car at the test. But he said any permission given was conditional on the other teams being informed, which they were not.

    The FIA said a verdict would be published on Friday.

  116. 1637: 

    India are on course to be England's opponents in the Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston on Sunday.

    England beat South Africa yesterday and India are well placed on 78-1 after 17.1 overs chasing only 182 for victory to beat Sri Lanka in the second semi-final.

    Live text and radio commentary on the match is available here.

  117. 1647: 

    Lancashire 67-3 v Northants 62

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "Lancashire reach tea on day one five runs ahead of Northants on 67-3. There were career-best bowling figures of 7-27 by Kyle Hogg as Northants were bowled out for 62 runs.

    "Simon Katich looks in good touch and will resume on 25 after tea and Lancashire continue to dominate the league leaders."

    BBC Radio Northampton's Chris Egerton: "A sizeable task awaits Northamptonshire as they struggle to stay in the game against Lancashire. While David Willey has taken 2-20 under cloudy skies at Old Trafford, the home side already have a first-innings lead.

    "They skittled Northants for 62, their lowest first class score since 1995. Kyle Hogg's career-best figures mean second placed Lancashire could well be closing the gap on the top."

  118. 1648: 

    Notts County will play Champions League quarter-finalists Galatasaray in one of three prestigious pre-season friendlies.

    Chris Kiwomya's League One side entertain the Turkish club, whose squad includes Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, on Tuesday, 16 July. Notts County then play a home game against Spanish La Liga side Rayo Vallecano on Tuesday, 23 July.

    Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest will also play the Magpies on Tuesday, 2 July, although this match will take place behind closed doors at the St George's Park training complex in Burton.

  119. 1650: 

    Worcestershire 235-2 v Glamorgan

    Worcestershire have dominated on day one of their County Championship Division Two match against Glamorgan.

    Despite losing captain Daryl Mitchell cheaply, Worcestershire have recovered to 235-2.

    Moeen Ali is on 108 not out, while Matthew Pardoe also reached three figures, scoring 102 before being dismissed.

  120. 1656: 

    Former England international Ollie Smith has quit as head coach of National League One side Esher. The Surrey club are looking for a new boss after Smith, 30, opted to leave after only one season at the helm. Smith made his name during eight years at Leicester, where he made his senior debut at the age of only 18 and went on to gain international recognition.

  121. 1706: 

    Kevin Pietersen will return to action tomorrow after recovering from a knee injury.

    Pietersen, 32, is set to play for Surrey in their LV County Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley.

    He has also been included in the England squad to play in the second of two T20 games against New Zealand later this month.

  122. 1712: 

    Tommy Wright quits the Northern Ireland coaching staff to become St Johnstone manager.

    Wright succeeds Steve Lomas at McDiarmid Park following his former Northern Ireland team-mate's move to Millwall.

    In a statement on the Irish Football Association website, Wright said: "I have decided to step down from the position of Northern Ireland goalkeeping coach.

    "The decision was not taken lightly but I feel that the demands of being manager of St Johnstone FC require me to be totally committed to that position."

  123. 1717: 

    Tony Hand steps down from his position as Great Britain head coach, Ice Hockey UK announce.

    The 45-year-old, who had been in charge of GB since 2011, informed the IHUK board of his decision at a meeting in Newcastle this morning.

    Hand successfully guided the team to the final Olympic qualifiers in Latvia in February but they went in as underdogs and were beaten in all three of their games against Kazakhstan, the hosts and France.

  124. 1718: 

    Fourteen Hearts administrative staff have been made redundant and four players are "likely" to be made redundant, administrators BDO confirm.

  125. 1724: 
    Pepe Reina

    Goalkeeper Pepe Reina expects to remain at Liverpool this season.

    Reina, 30, has been linked with a return back to Spain.

    "My situation is clear. I have a three-year contract with Liverpool, although in football you can never tell," he told Spanish radio station Onda Cero.

    "I'm very happy and satisfied at Liverpool, I feel valued and respected.

    "Logically, if there was a chance to improve and go to a bigger club it would be a good opportunity, although there are few clubs bigger than Liverpool."

  126. 1733: 

    Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov believes Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney would be a "great success" if he joined the north London club.

    Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for Rooney, who handed in a transfer request at the end of last season.

    And Usmanov, who holds a 29.9 per cent share in Arsenal, reckons the 27-year-old would be a big hit at the Emirates Stadium.

    "Rooney is a great player," Usmanov told American television channel CNBC. "If he comes it would be a big success for Arsenal and for Rooney also."

  127. 1745: 

    Joanna Rowsell has won the National Road Race Time Trial. She won in 49 minutes, 25.67 seconds with Lizzie Armitstead second and Katie Colclough third.

    The 35.2km race was held in Stewarton, east Ayrshire, Scotland.

  128. 1747: 

    Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow fall just short of defending their European women's platform synchro title as they win silver in the final in Rostock, Germany.

    The Plymouth duo came into the final as favourites for gold after finishing top in qualifying with a score of 301.32.

    But their final score of 306.24 was not enough to beat the Russian pair of Yulia Koltunova and Natalia Goncharova who claimed gold with 315.66. The German pairing of Maria Kurjo and Julia Stolle took bronze.

  129. 1751: 

    Elidor provides jockey Martin Harley with a first Royal Ascot winner in the King George V Stakes.

    Trained by Mick Channon, the 20-1 three-year-old hit the front approaching the furlong marker but for a few strides it appeared as if the Queen, whose horse Estimate won the Gold Cup, would be celebrating again as Bold Sniper came with a run down the outside.

    However, Elidor held on to win by a length from the fast-finishing Space Ship with the 7-2 favourite Bold Sniper third.

  130. 1753: 
    Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke pays tribute to predecessor Ricky Ponting, who has announced he will retire from all forms of cricket in October.

    "He's been an amazing player, no doubt about it, and done so much for the game of cricket."

  131. 1759: 

    India beat Sri Lanka by eight wickets to set up a Champions Trophy final on Sunday against England.

  132. 1804: 

    Wimbledon begins on 24 June. To get you into the mood for the biggest Tennis tournament in England, you can watch the very first WTA Live Pre-Wimbledon Party Red Carpet show tonight.

    It begins at 19:30 BST and to watch all the action from the party then follow this link to go to the WTA website.

  133. 1814: 
    Li Na

    Second seed Li Na suffered a surprise defeat by Russia's Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

    The second seed lost 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 to Vesnina, who had knocked Britain's Heather Watson out of the competition.

    Vesnina, the world number 36, needed one hour and 40 minutes to overcome the 2011 French Open champion.

    Elsewhere, Fernando Lopez came out on top of an all-Spanish tie by beating Fernando Verdasco 6-4 7-6 (8-6).

  134. 1821: 

    A historic Ladies' Day at Royal Ascot as Estimate provided a Gold Cup winner for the Queen. Click here to see a picture gallery from the day's action.

  135. 1825: 

    Middlesex batsman Chris Rogers, recalled to the Australia squad for this summer's Ashes, gives his reaction to Ricky Ponting's announcement that he will retire from all forms of the game in October.

    "He was one of the best, if not the best," said Rogers. "He set standards that the rest of us have to follow so to play against him this year, and watch him dominate, showed what a fabulous player he is.

    "I have nothing but huge respect for him."

  136. 1833: 

    There is live football tonight on BBC3 as Spain play minnows Tahiti in the latest match from the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

    The programme begins at 19:30 BST, with kick-off at 20:00 BST.

  137. 1836: 

    Aston Villa confirm the signing of 22-year-old defender Antonio Luna from Sevilla on a three-year contract.

    "I've always believed that I could play in the Premier League," Luna told the club website.

    "To have this opportunity with a club as historic and huge as Aston Villa and with a manager who is building a squad of young players with great prospects is tremendously exciting for me.

    "I really can't wait to get started and to play my first game. I have a great expectation coming here."

  138. 1850: 

    Lancashire 121-8 v Northants 62

    BBC Radio Northampton's Chris Egerton: "A phenomenal day's cricket was marred at the end, when umpires Paul Baldwin and Richard Illingworth were forced to take the players off for bad light, despite the Old Trafford floodlights blazing out into the evening.

    "They were quite right, because the regulations state the floodlights cannot replace natural light, only enhance it. Having said that, with 18 wickets in the day, both teams probably need a lie down by then.

    "While Chapple and Hogg were magnificent, the fact that Northants are still in the game after their lowest first class total for nearly 20 years, is a massive tribute to their bowlers too."

  139. 1855: 

    Worcestershire 322-3 v Glamorgan

    Eighteen wickets fell at Old Trafford in the match between Lancashire and Northants but only three players were dismissed on the opening day at Worcester.

    Home captain Daryl Mitchell only scored two before a 219-run second-wicket partnership between Matthew Pardoe and Moeen Ali.

    Pardew made 102, while Ali will resume on 155 not out as the hosts aim to pick up maximum batting points tomorrow.

  140. 1859: 

    And that's it from today's Sportsday Live. Football fans can follow the latest news with our live text commentary from the Spain v Tahiti match in the Confederations Cup later on this evening.

    Sportsday will be back at 08:00 BST tomorrow morning. Until then, bye for now.

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