Football transfers, Lions, Wimbledon draw & F1 tribunal

Football transfer latest, Murray and Federer in same half of Wimbledon draw, Mercedes reprimanded, plus Lions build-up

21 June 2013 Last updated at 18:05 GMT

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  1. 1902: 

    That's everything for Sportsday Live today but there is a busy weekend of sport ahead, including the British and Irish Lions first Test against Australia, continued coverage of the Confederations Cup, plus much more. Bye for now.

  2. 1900:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL
    Carlos Tevez

    "Carlos Tevez's Manchester City future could come into question this summer as he has only one year left on his contract and there is no sign of a new one in the offing.

    Tevez has been linked with a move to AC Milan and although City will not sell the Argentine on the cheap they may yet accept an offer rather than see him walk away on a free transfer next summer.

    "One thing to stress, however, is that relations between player and club are now very amicable after their more turbulent past relationship."

  3. 1855: 

    Liverpool agree a fee with Sunderland for goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, report Sky Sports News.

  4. 1852: 

    County Championship Division Two (day two)

    Worcestershire 505-7 dec v Glamorgan 164-5

    BBC Hereford and Worcester's Dave Bradley said: "One of Worcestershire's best days of the season. The pitch still favoured the batsmen as Moeen Ali proved as he batted better on the second day than he did on the first.

    "Oliver Cox, given a rare Championship start, took his chance with 40 useful runs and two decent catches.

    "Dean Cosker ended with four wickets, posing the question as to why he had not bowled more overs.

    "Worcestershire then got more out of the wicket than the Glamorgan medium pacers, but there is a long way to go and wickets will have to be whittled out on this surface."

  5. 1847:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Manchester City are continuing to pursue Malaga's Isco in the hope of adding him to summer signings Fernandinho and Jesus Navas - but have yet to make a formal offer for a player who was instrumental in Spain's under-21 side being crowned European champions.

    "New manager Manuel Pellegrini would like to sign Isco, who is rated at £22m and played under him at Malaga, but City now have serious rivals for his signature in Real Madrid.

    "City hope the 21-year-old's close relationship with Pellegrini and the prospect of more regular football may persuade Isco away from The Bernabeu towards The Etihad."

  6. 1843: 

    County Championship Division One - Yorkshire 292-5 v Surrey

    Mark Church, from BBC London 94.9, said: "A fascinating opening day that saw Andrew Gale play extremely well to finish the day unbeaten on 113 but two late wickets from Jon Lewis gave Surrey a boost.

    "The home side had been reduced to 77-3 after lunch with Chris Tremlett , Tim Linley and Zander de Bruyn doing the damage. But Gale and Gary Ballance then combined to rescue the innings putting on 204 for the fourth wicket.

    "Lewis then dismissed Ballance for 90 and Rashid for one but Gale was defiant until the end and finished the day unbeaten.

    "Kevin Pietersen looked sprightly in the field and bowled four tidy overs of off spin and got through his first day back in action in good order."

  7. 1830: 

    Nic Maddinson made a century for Australia A as the tourists ran up 331-4 declared on the opening day of the match with Gloucestershire at Bristol.

    The 21-year-old New South Wales opener followed up his 113 not out against Ireland at Stormont with a career-best 181 off 143 balls.

    By the close Gloucestershire had struggled to 104 for five in reply, Chadd Sayers claiming three for 24 from seven overs while Benny Howell was unbeaten on 27.

  8. 1820: 

    Widnes Vikings full-back Shaun Briscoe leaves the club with immediate effect by mutual consent.

    The former England international's 18-month spell with the Vikings has been disrupted by injuries.

    And the 30-year-old former Wigan, Hull FC and Hull KR player has only played five Super League games this year.

    "This will enable him to pursue other options that will provide him with more regular playing opportunities," said Vikings chief executive James Rule.

  9. 1811: 
    Novak Djokovic

    Goran Ivanisevic, who won the 2001 Wimbledon title, thinks Novak Djokovic is the favourite to win this year's competition following the draw earlier today.

    "All of Britain is waiting 60 or 70 years for a British Wimbledon singles win," said Ivanisevic. "It would be nice for Andy Murray to win but my first pick is Djokovic. Andy is my number two.

    "Mr Murray has a great draw, but the quarter-finals are pretty open."

  10. 1808: 

    Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis claims Manchester City are not prepared to meet their £53.6m asking price for 26-year-old striker Edinson Cavani.

    Cavani, who scored 38 goals last season, has been consistently linked with a big-money move.

    But De Laurentiis, speaking at a press conference to unveil new manager Rafael Benitez, said: "Manchester City have not the money to pay for Cavani, they say, 'We don't pay that'.

    "At this time, Real Madrid are the only club who have made a firm offer for Cavani."

  11. 1805: 

    BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar asks: Is the Premier League interested in the fortunes of the England team?

    Read Gordon's view here.

  12. 1800: 

    Demetrio Albertini, vice-president of the Italian Football Federation dismisses reports Italy were considering withdrawing from the Confederations Cup because of safety concerns following riots in Brazil.

    "We have never even considered the possibility of withdrawing from the Confederations Cup," said Albertini. "Reports that we want to retire is a complete fabrication.

    "We are sorry for what is happening here in Brazil, but our security is assured with great professionalism and we are calm."

  13. 1753: 

    Britain win the men's foil team bronze medal at the European Championships in Croatia.

    James Davis, who won individual bronze in the foil discipline earlier in the week, was joined by Richard Kruse and Keith Cook for the team event.

    The British trio beat Israel and France to reach the semi-finals before losing 45-43 to Poland in the last four.

    However, a 45-33 victory over Russia in the play-off for third secured bronze, with Germany beating Poland to gold.

  14. 1749: 
    Charles N'Zogbia

    Aston Villa's Charles N'Zogbia suffers an Achilles tendon injury while keeping fit on holiday in Miami.

    The 27-year-old attacking midfielder underwent surgery in the US and will return to Birmingham next week to continue his rehabilitation programme.

    Roddy MacDonald, the club's head of sport and exercise medicine, has travelled to the US to be with N'Zogbia and will accompany him back to the UK.

    "The priority is to ensure that Charles receives the very best care and he has done and will continue to do so throughout his recovery period," Villa manager Paul Lambert told the club website.

  15. 1743: 

    More comments on the ability of new West Ham signing Andy Carroll? England class, average forward or useless lump? You tell us, via #bbcsportsday

    Craig Barker: When Carroll was at Newcastle he beat players with his feet not just a one-dimensional big striker. He should play for England.

    Guy Davies: Carroll shouldn't be in the England squad, if he was in the team then England would play even more long balls. Terrible.

    Stripey Baz: Sweden manage alright with big Zlatan Ibrahimovic! But then he's different class compared with Carroll.

  16. 1739: 

    Earlier today the #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official was: Which four non-Europeans are among the top 20 seeds in the women's singles draw at Wimbledon?

    The answers are Serena Williams, Li Na, Samantha Stosur and Sloane Stephens.

  17. 1734: 

    Former US open finalist Greg Rusedski is pleased with Andy Murray's draw at Wimbledon.

    "He's got a great chance to win the tournament," said Rusedski

    "The draw has worked out pretty good. He's missed Rafael Nadal and he has most likely got Jo-Wilfried Tsonga instead in the quarters, possibly Nadal in the semis and most likely Djokovic in the final.

    "But it's a long road and you have to take it match by match. As we saw last year Nadal went out early so strange things can happen. But Andy's relaxed and in great form."

  18. 1730: 
    Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade

    Manchester will host the opening round of the BMX Supercross World Cup in 2014, British Cycling announces.

    It will be the second time that the National Cycling Centre has hosted the Supercross World Cup, where British riders Liam Phillips and Shanaze Reade were victorious earlier this year.

    The event will take place from 18 to 19 April, 2014.

  19. 1722: 

    Derby County manager Nigel Clough says Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni should only comment on the form of Conor Sammon and Jeff Hendrick and not discuss their club status.

    Italian Trapattoni suggested the Rams duo should be in the Premier League after impressing him on international duty.

    "We don't really think it is his place to be commenting on things like that," Clough told BBC Radio Derby. "Just talking about the form of the players would be enough. His comments were quite strange and probably misplaced."

  20. 1718:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

    Do not miss tonight's 5 Live Sport from 1900 to 2200 BST previewing the weekend's sporting action.

    Among the guests is England flanker James Haskell, who will be discussing the British and Irish Lions first Test against Australia, which takes place on Saturday.

    Click on to hear the show.

  21. 1714: 
    James Ward

    James Ward is excited at a potential all-British clash with Andy Murray at Wimbledon.

    Ward, 26, meets Chinese Taipei's Yen-Hsun Lu in the first round and will play Murray in the next phase, as long as the Scot also defeats Germany's Benjamin Becker.

    "We will see what happens on Monday. If I went through it would be amazing," said Ward.

    "It would be my first time on Centre Court. I would be playing Andy Murray. What more could I ask for?"

  22. 1711: 

    Great Britain's Rebecca Gallantree and Alicia Blagg both finished outside the medal places in the women's one-metre springboard final this afternoon at the European Championships in Rostock.

    Blagg came 11th in the final, two places behind Gallantree in ninth.

    Italy's Tania Cagnotto, who was already a three-time European champion in this event, posted the highest score in qualifying and did so again in the final, clinching her fourth gold medal with 301.20.

    Russian Nadezhda Bazhina took silver with 274.35 and her compatriot Maria Polyakova bronze with 273.90.

  23. 1707: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: Nicky Henderson having OK year - champion jumps trainer, super Sprinter Sacre, Gold Cup with Bobs Worth & Forgotten Voice #RoyalAscot win

  24. 1701: 

    BBC Sport will broadcast live coverage from finals day at the second Rowing World Cup regatta of 2013 on Sunday as top class international rowing returns to Eton Dorney.

    This was the venue at which Great Britain's rowing team excelled during last summer's Olympic Games and won nine medals, including four golds.

    Olympic champions Helen Glover, Andrew Triggs Hodge, Peter Reed and Alex Gregory will be among those competing.

    The coverage begins on BBC2 at 1130 BST on Sunday.


    Some contrasting views on the ability of West Ham's new signing Andy Carroll. The 24-year-old today said his target was to win trophies at Upton Park and regain his England place.

    J Dizzle: We don't have anyone else like Carroll. He terrifies defences in the air when he's at it. We at least need the option on the bench.

    Alan Hill: There is no way Andy Carroll should be in the England team. Who else in world football uses a big centre-forward any more?

    Tom Hughes: Carroll should get called up for England. He adds a different dimension to our squad but the only thing is he is too injury prone.

    Keep your thoughts coming in on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday. Other debating topics are potential Wimbledon winners, best tennis players of all time and the Lions chances in the first Test against Australia tomorrow.

  26. 1655: 

    Southend United striker Neil Harris has his contract with Blues terminated by mutual consent as he decides to retire from football.

    Harris, 35, also played for Millwall, Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Gillingham throughout his career. He scored 156 career goals and played in the Millwall side that lost 3-0 to Manchester United in the 2004 FA Cup final.

  27. 1650:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    A final thought for now from England batsman Jonathan Trott on the prospect of a Champions Trophy and Ashes double this summer. "It would be sort of having your cake and eating it. It is an amazing opportunity to play five games and win a Champions Trophy," he said, looking to Sunday's final against India, live on 5 live sports extra from 10:15 BST.

    "We deserve to be in the final, we have played some good cricket, under pressure as well. India are a fantastic team, so we have to play our A-game."

  28. 1645: 

    Elena Vesnina of Russia will play Jamie Hampton in the final of the Eastbourne International at Devonshire Park after beating Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-0.

  29. 1641: 

    Notts County reappoint Mick Jones as assistant manager 20 years after he left the club.

    Jones, who also played more than 100 games for the Magpies, was Neil Warnock's number two when County reached the top flight in 1991.

    He will work with boss Chris Kiwomya, who has been without an assistant since taking the job in February.

  30. 1636: 
    John Higgins

    Four-time world champion John Higgins moves into the semi-final of the Wuxi Classic competition in China, the first major ranking event of the season.

    Higgins will face Matthew Stevens, who defeated Ireland's David Morris 5-2.

    Neil Robertson will play Robert Milkins in Saturday's other semi-final.

  31. 1631: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins rules out retiring from the sport. He says: "I enjoy training, working hard and I've still got much more left in me.

    "I've won the Tour de France - achieved that goal - but there are so many other things I've always wanted to achieve, both in and out of the sport.

    "I take inspiration from guys like Cadel Evans in that respect. He had a disappointing year after his Tour win but he's right back to his best now."

  32. 1626: 
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel

    New Norwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is confident he can adapt to the Premier League following his move from Sporting Lisbon.

    "I have never really had that much trouble getting used to a new competition or new team so I hope I can do the same again," he said on the club's official website.

  33. 1622: 

    Durham have asked former captain Jon Lewis to take over as acting head coach following Geoff Cook's admission to hospital after a heart attack.


    More reaction to the Wimbledon draw made earlier today.

    Michael Garden: So Rafa - a current slam holder - would probably have to beat the three players that hold the others to win #bestwinofalltime?

    Dan Hedley: I can only see Djoko winning. Whoever comes through the Murray/Fed/Nadal side of the draw will be too drained to cope with him.

    Robin LFC: Good luck to Andy and the British girls but Djokovic will win the men's and Serena the women's, annoyingly.

    Let us know your thoughts. Who is going to win? Who will cause a shock? Get involved with the debate on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  35. 1615: 

    County Championship Division Two

    Lancashire 159 v Northants 62 & 138-7

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "Lancashire continue to drive home their advantage as they look to force another remarkable win inside two days.

    "An unbeaten 50-run partnership between David Murphy and Andrew Hall frustrating the Red Rose who have dominated the league leaders since ball one.

    "At tea Northants are 138-7, lead by 41."

  36. 1612: 

    Ernie Els is one shot ahead at 11 under with six holes of his second round remaining at the BMW International in Munich. The Open champion is two under for the day having carded a 63 on day one. Danny Willett and Bernd Wiesberger are in the clubhouse on 10 under, with Martin Kaymer one shot further back.

  37. 1607:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    More from England batsman Jonathan Trott ahead of Sunday's Champions Trophy final with India, which will be live on 5 live sports extra from 10:15 BST, but bad weather is expected at Edgbaston. "I think both teams play the short format well. We had a good game against New Zealand, when the overs were reduced," Trott said.

    "We have had some experience in regards to that, playing shortened versions in competitions like the Twenty20 World Cup. But I think the tournament deserves a good 50 over games. With 100 overs of good cricket, and hopefully us as winners."

  38. 1605: 

    Sky Lantern, trained by Richard Hannon and ridden by Richard Hughes, wins the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

  39. 1600: 
    Jim Magilton

    Former Northern Ireland international Jim Magilton is appointed elite performance director by the Irish Football Association on a four-year contract.

    Ex-Ipswich and QPR manager Magilton, 44, will take up the position on 1 July and will be responsible for all elite player development for boys and girls.

    He will also oversee the Association's coach education programme, which will continue to be managed by Nigel Best.

    "Player identification and development is a key part of the modern game. I am looking forward to getting started in my new role and working with all the young players in Northern Ireland," said Magilton.

  40. 1556: 

    Returning to Leeds and Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott says the club's current injury crisis represents an exciting challenge. McDermott is missing nine regular first-teamers and has named five teenagers in the squad to play high-flying Huddersfield on Sunday.

    He told BBC Radio Leeds: "We have to crack on and find a solution, it's pretty exciting really. Everyone has a script for what our season might look like but we have our own to write and it could be special."

  41. 1552: 

    Some forthright views on BBC Northampton from Northamptonshire chief executive David Smith after his team were bowled out for 62 against Lancashire at Old Trafford yesterday. "I think there is a problem with the pitch. 18 wickets fell yesterday, they've continued to fall today. Was this a good cricket wicket? No, it wasn't," says 56-year-old Smith, who played 197 first-class games for Warwickshire

    "Was it a fair contest between bat and ball? No, it wasn't. This should've been a showcase Division Two game between the top two teams and it was not allowed to be. Was it the type of wicket I'd have expected to see at a Test ground? No, it wasn't."

  42. 1545: 

    Super League champions Leeds will field an all-England qualified line-up against Huddersfield on Sunday. The Rhinos' overseas contingent of Brett Delaney, Kylie Leuluai and Joel Moon are either injured or suspended while Australian-born Mitch Achurch is a British-passport holder courtesy of his London-born mother.


    More reaction to today's Wimbledon draw.

    Ben Dalton: Murray - top player, sure to add to Grand Slam tally. But wouldn't it be great for the King to take his crown one last time? #Federer

    Michael Hincks: This draw means three 'finals' in five days. Question is, will Murray be in one or two of them? (None, the cynics will say...).

    Get involved, via #bbcsportsday

  44. 1540: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein clarifies the transfer rumours at Arsenal for you. "Arsenal will not look to sign a defender unless one of their current options leaves. Right-back Bacary Sagna is out of contract in the summer of 2014, but is in talks to extend his stay.

    "Suggestions that the Gunners are looking to bring in QPR and Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar are wide of the mark. While not ruling out the arrival of a world-class keeper, Wenger is said to be happy with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski."

  45. 1533:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England batsman Jonathan Trott has been talking to BBC Sport ahead of Sunday's Champions Trophy final with India, which you can hear live on 5 live sports extra from 10:15 BST. "It is important you do not think of it as an occasion, it is just another cricket game," says the 32-year-old, who has scored 209 runs in his four innings in the tournament.

    "You do not want to change from what has made us successful over the past couple of years, and what has gotten us to the final. You speak to any sportsperson, and they just want to make it a normal game."

  46. 1530: 

    Kevin Pietersen is in the game at Headingley - but with the ball. He's just been brought on to bowl his off-spin and his first over has gone for five. Yorkshire are 159-3, captain Andrew Gale 54 not out.

    You can listen to live commentary on the BBC website.

  47. 1527: 
    Protests in Brazil

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at the Confederations Cup: "Two of Brazil's most prominent daily newspapers run the same headline this morning. O Globo and O Dia both say 'Sem Controle' - or out of control. The rain is pretty torrential here in Salvador this morning, but more protests are expected later in the day.

    "I am going to head out shortly to the area where the protests happened yesterday, the historic centre of this city, to try and see what kind of damage was done and what the local people are thinking. There is an awful lot of support for these protests among the people of Brazil. In hotels, taxis, restaurants, stadiums, everyone says the time has come for Brazil to change and to become a more balanced society.

  48. 1523: 

    World champions Spain set a new Confederations Cup record in beating Tahiti 10-0 last night and UK users can watch highlights of the match on the BBC website now.

  49. 1517: 

    The Yorkshire Bank 40 match between the Netherlands and Warwickshire was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain in Amstelveen. The Netherlands are sixth and Warwickshire seventh in Group A, now on five points from nine matches and four points from eight matches respectively.


    Your thoughts on whether Andy Carroll should be in the England team, #bbcsportsday.

    Guestie: Carroll is not good enough for England, too slow and only has the occasional spurt of talent. Memories of Heskey at WC2010.

    Ben Cassidy: I think Carroll brings something different from Rooney, Welbeck et al, but His performances are worryingly inconsistent.

    Mickey Garrett: Carroll shouldn't get England call up yet. Rooney, Welbeck, Defoe and Sturridge have all done more for their clubs this season.

  51. 1510: 

    Wigan captain Sean O'Loughlin, 30, is likely to be out for another five weeks following knee surgery.

  52. 1508: 

    More from BBC Sport's David Ornstein on the transfer situation at Arsenal: "They have also been linked to Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney and, although a bid for the England international is not thought to be likely, the idea has been backed by the club's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov, who says: 'he is a great player and [joining Arsenal] would be great for Rooney, and Arsenal too.'

    "The other area Arsenal are focusing on is midfield, with an attacking and a defensive player sought. The desire for an attacking midfielder stems from injury problems for Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby, while Mikel Arteta was Arsenal's main defensive midfielder last season despite rarely having adopted the role in previous years. Everton's Marouane Fellaini, a reported target, has a release clause of around £23m."

  53. 1501: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith at the Confederations Cup: "Reports in the Brazilian media today are suggesting Italy have asked to leave the tournament early because of safety fears. I have just spoken to their media director and they insist they have no intention of leaving this tournament early because of the protests and have had no such discussions with Fifa."

  54. 1458: 

    Widnes have parted company with former England full-back Shaun Briscoe. The 30-year-old, who joined the Vikings from Hull KR 18 months ago, has left the club with immediate effect by mutual consent.

  55. 1453: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein: "There is plenty of transfer speculation surrounding Arsenal at the moment and, whether or not any or some of the rumours materialise, it is set to be a busy summer at Emirates Stadium.

    "The Gunners have around £70m to spend and their primary target is Real Madrid and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain. It is understood the 25-year-old is keen to join Arsene Wenger's side after four-and-a-half years at the Bernabeu.

    "While reports suggest personal terms have been agreed on a four-year contract, no deal has been reached between the clubs as yet. Real need to fill their vacant manager's position before final decisions are made on comings and goings."

  56. 1447: 

    Jamie Hampton of the United States beats fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-7 (6-8) 7-5 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Eastbourne International. You can watch the match on the BBC website.

  57. 1440:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Will Perry from 19:00 BST previews tomorrow's Lions Test, Sunday's Champions Trophy final and the Wimbledon Championships, England rugby forward James Haskell is the studio guest.

  58. 1432: 

    Chelsea and their official sponsor and sportswear supplier adidas have confirmed a new 10-year contract, an agreement the Blues describe as "the biggest deal to date" and thought to be worth $450m (£292, 713, 442).


    Many thanks for your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw. Now we're asking who you think is the greatest player of all time and whether Andy Carroll should be in the England football team. Please send in your views to #bbcsportsday.

    Alexander Hardy: (Re 1332) No, no you appear to be confused. Just to clarify, Mr Murray is British when he wins. When he loses he is of course Scottish.

    Steve Collins: Murray out in 1st Round. All this hype and the fact he won at Queen's means early exit.

    Candy Man: Actually Alex (12:29), the ones to beat are Djokovic and Nadal.

  60. 1413: 

    Former Olympic decathlon gold medallist Roman Sebrle, 38, who won in Athens in 2004, the world title in 2007 and held the Olympic record for 11 years, has announced his retirement because of injury. "I didn't expect this to be so difficult; it is tough," he said.

  61. 1359: 

    Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote, 27, has appeared in court charged with five offences, including using a false identity document and fraud.

  62. 1353: 
    Warren Gatland

    Jeremy Guscott has told BBC Sport he expects Warren Gatland's Lions side to win the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

    "The Lions have the advantage in some key areas - set-piece, goal-kicking and at fly-half - and this, along with most of the team having played together last week, will be enough to win this game," said Guscott

    "I can't see the Wallabies being able to come out of the blocks playing at the high level of execution required to win at this level having not played together for nearly seven months."

    Do you agree with Guscott? Will the Lions beat Australia and why / how? Let us know what you think on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday.

    Remember, we are also asking for your thoughts on the best tennis player of all time, your reaction to the Wimbledon draw and Andy Carroll's England future.

  63. 1344: 

    Spanish newspaper Marca say 21-year-old Malaga midfielder Isco would rather stay in Spain and join Real Madrid instead of a transfer to Manchester City.

    "The player has an offer on the table from Manchester City, but he'd prefer to go to Real," said Marca. "His release clause currently stands at 35m euros, but this amount is open to negotiation."

    "Isco seems to have opted to make Real Madrid his next stop. The player is closer than ever to Real."

    Marca report that Real Madrid and Malaga are scheduled to have another meeting today in an attempt to agree a deal.

  64. 1341:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    India pace bowler Ishant Sharma praises skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni ahead of Sunday's Champions Trophy final against England at Edgbaston, which you can hear live from 10:15 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    "Obviously, the support in the team, and the support from the captain is very crucial for any player, not only for me," said Sharma, who has taken eight wickets in the tournament.

    "I think MS is always supporting every youngster in the team. So I think he's been tremendous with everyone. I think what I can say about him without doubt is that it is a real pleasure to have him in our side as the captain."

  65. 1335: 
    Andy Carroll

    Andy Carroll believes he is good enough to force his way back into the England team.

    Carroll, 24, who joined West Ham in a permanent move earlier this week from Liverpool, has played nine times for England, but not made an international appearance in 2013.

    "I want to keep fit, score goals and perform week-in week-out," Carroll told the West Ham official website. "If I do that hopefully I'll get into the England team.

    "Every footballer wants to win trophies too and I don't see why we can't the way our team is going."

    Would Andy Carroll be in your England team? Why? Why not? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  66. 1332: 

    Your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Phil Alteirac: Not a popular one, but hope Tsonga can finally get one over on Murray and upset the apple cart - great grass court player!

    Michael John: Looking at the draw the question is who will play Djokovic in the final?

    Andrew Buchan: Just remember Andy Murray is Scottish for when he wins Wimbledon this year, not British.

  67. 1327: 

    Former Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle: 'Test gate' turned out to be lot of hype about nothing. Suspect several teams would like to trade young driver test for a pre-race three-day test.

  68. 1323: 

    Goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald and midfielder Ryan Stevenson have agreed to wage cuts as Hearts' administrators announced further cuts.

    The administrators had already announced that 14 members of staff would be made redundant on Thursday.

    Hearts manager Gary Locke said: "To see so many people lose their jobs yesterday was heartbreaking. My thoughts are with these great people."

  69. 1318: 

    County Championship Division One (day one)

    Derbyshire 84-3 v Somerset

    BBC Radio Derby's Charles Collins: "It's been Somerset's first session after Marcus Trescothick won the toss and opted to bat on a lively pitch at the County Ground.

    "Derbyshire's batsmen have all struggled on a seaming pitch, but skipper Wayne Madsen remains unbeaten on 30 with Derbyshire 84 for three wickets."

  70. 1314: 

    County Championship Division Two (day two)

    Lancashire 159 v Northants 62 & 26-3

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northants managed to restrict Lancashire's first innings' lead to under 100 but their batsmen will need bat out of their skins to get anything out of this game.

    "They're 26-3 in brighter, fresher conditions than on day one, but are still 71 runs behind.

    "Alex Wakely's side have at least forced Lancashire into their first bowling change in nearly 60 overs. Chapple and Hogg bowled unchanged throughout Essex's 20 all out, Northants' 62 all out and 15 overs of the visitors' second go at Old Trafford."

  71. 1311: 

    Chelsea agree a new 10-year deal with kit manufacturer Adidas.

    A statement from Chelsea calls the agreement 'the biggest deal to date Chelsea FC has signed with a partner'. Adidas have made the Chelsea kit since 2006.

  72. 1308: 

    Your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Dennis M: Definitely some 1st round upsets on the cards at Wimbledon - Tsonga v Goffin and Cilic v Baghdatis could be interesting.

    Donald Winchester: Could Djokovic have had an easier draw? Salivating already over possible/likely/definite Federer-Nadal qf.

    Tarn Singh: Andy got lucky with that draw!

  73. 1305: 

    Sheffield Steelers have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old Tulsa Oilers forward Ryan Menei.

    The Canadian has also played for the Mississippi Sea Wolves, alongside former Steeler Colt King at Rapid City, and for SG Cortina in Italy.

    Menei told BBC Radio Sheffield: "Coming to England wasn't part of my plans, but Doug sold me on Sheffield."

  74. 1254: 

    Lionel Messi's father has reaffirmed that he and his son have done nothing wrong following their court summons as part of an inquiry into alleged tax fraud.

    He told radio station Cope: "I can assure you that what (Lionel) pays every year is an eight-figure sum. We are relaxed because we have never missed a payment to the tax authority."

  75. 1249:  
    Ben Smith, BBC Sport in BrazilFOOTBALL

    "Fifa has strenuously denied reports that the rest of the Confederations Cup could be cancelled because of the protests that continue to gather momentum across Brazil."

  76. 1247: 

    Mercedes have been banned from this year's young driver test and received a reprimand for taking part in a controversial Pirelli tyre test.

    Pirelli has also been reprimanded for its role in Mercedes running a 2013 car at the three-day test in Spain last month contrary to Formula 1's rules.

  77. 1244: 

    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: This is going to be an incredible Wimbledon! I can feel it! 5 Live coverage with John Inverdale begins at midday on Monday.

  78. 1239: 

    Belgium forward Kevin De Bruyne, 21, who spent last season on loan at Werder Bremen, is happy to fight for a place in the Chelsea side after discussions with Jose Mourinho. De Bruyne's agent Patrick De Koster said: "Mr Mourinho gave a phone call to Kevin, explaining a little bit the situation for next season. We didn't receive any guarantees, but it's normal in a team like Chelsea."

  79. 1233: 
    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Sir Bradley Wiggins says he may not compete in the Tour de France again.

    Wiggins, 33, won last year's race but is unable to defend his title this year because of a knee injury.

    "For me it was always about winning the Tour," he told the Guardian. "I've done that. If I'm honest I don't think I'm prepared to make those sacrifices again that I made last year.

    "I've achieved what I've achieved. I'm incredibly happy with that."

  80. 1229: 

    Local favourite Martin Kaymer cards a 71 in round two of the BMW International in Munich but he is one shot behind Englishman Danny Willett and Bernd Wiesberger of Austria who lead on 10 under.

    Overnight leader Ernie Els, who posted a 63 on day one, starts his round at 13:30.


    More of your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Paul Atkinson: That first day at Wimbledon will have the organisers praying for decent weather even more than normal. May need a day off.

    James Johnson: Why are people moaning about The Wimbledon draw. It might actually be interesting before the Semi Finals this year

    Alex Valentine: Rafa v Fed meeting at Qtr Finals Stage!? How times have evolved. Djock & Murray the ones to beat now. changing of the guard?

  82. 1218: 

    The official team sheet from Sir Alex Ferguson's first game in charge at Manchester United is to be sold at auction. Hand-written ahead of a 2-0 loss to Oxford United on 8 November 1986, the historic item is being sold in Devizes, Wiltshire tomorrow, and is expected to reach between £2,000 and £3,000.

  83. 1214: 

    The Wuxi Classic, the first major ranking event of the season, has reached the quarter-finals phase.

    World number one Neil Robertson moves into the semi-finals with a 5-4 victory against Cao Yupeng, the last Chinese player left in the competition.

    Elsewhere, Anthony Hamilton, who beat two-time world champion Mark Williams yesterday, loses 3-5 to Robert Milkins.

    The Joe Perry v John Higgins and Matthew Stevens v David Morris quarter-finals take place later today.

  84. 1201: 

    Kilmarnock will not be punished by the Scottish FA's judicial panel for comments made by former boss Kenny Shiels.

    Shiels was given a four-match ban for bringing the game into disrepute for questioning the impartiality of the panel and the integrity of Celtic.

  85. 1158: 

    And the British female players and their opponents in the first round.


    Laura Robson: Maria Kirilenko (Russia). Age: 26. World ranking: 10. Wimbledon best: Quarter-finals (2012).

    Heather Watson: Madison Keys (USA). Age: 18. World ranking: 53. Wimbledon best: Debut.

    Johanna Konta: Jelena Jankovic (Serbia). Age: 28. World ranking: 16. Wimbledon best: Fourth round (four times).

    Elena Baltacha: Flavia Pennetta (Italy). Age: 31. World ranking: 158. Wimbledon best: Fourth round (twice).

    Tara Moore: Kaia Kanepi (Estonia). Age: 27. World ranking: 46. Wimbledon best: Quarter-finals (2010).

    Anne Keothavong: Garbine Muguruza (Spain). Age: 19. World ranking: 70. Wimbledon best: Debut.

    Samantha Murray: Camila Giorgi (Italy). Age: 21. World ranking: 93. Wimbledon best: Fourth round (2012).

  86. 1154: 

    After today's Wimbledon draw we look at who the British players will be facing in the first round.


    Andy Murray: Benjamin Becker (Germany). Age: 32. World ranking: 95. Wimbledon best: Second round (five times).

    Kyle Edmund: Jerzy Janowicz (Poland). Age: 22. World ranking: 22. Wimbledon best: Third round (2012).

    James Ward: Yen-hsun Lu (Chinese Taipei). Age: 29. World ranking: 74. Wimbledon best: Quarter-finals (2010).


    Your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Freddie Cameron: Looking at this draw, if Andy doesn't win it this year... he'll never win it.

    DeathApeDisco: Hope Fed is fully fit, a shame he and Nadal have met so few times off clay, could be an epic if the roof is closed.

    Mac: Typical stupid Wimbledon hindering Murray's chances. In any sport the odd and even numbered seeds would be on opposite sides.

  88. 1139: 
    Kevin Pietersen steps out for Surrey

    Yorkshire make a steady start against Surrey at Headingley, reaching 13-0 after 10 overs. Kevin Pietersen is in the field for Surrey in his first match since March, but Ricky Ponting is out through injury. You can listen to live commentary of the Championship match on the BBC website.

  89. 1134: 

    Durham confirm that head coach Geoff Cook suffered a heart attack yesterday and remains in hospital, where his condition is described as critical but stable.

  90. 1132: 

    The Bundesliga fixtures have been released this morning and Pep Guardiola's first league game in charge of Bayern Munich will be at home to Borussia Monchengladbach on 9 August.

  91. 1130: 

    The Confederations Cup could be abandoned because of the protests which have swept Brazil, local media said on Friday. "By law, if there is no guarantee of safety, it could force the tournament to be cancelled," the Estado de Sao Paulo newspaper said.

    The Folha de Sao Paulo said that Fifa and the participating teams were "terrified" by the situation, adding: "The competition has become a nightmare for the organisation." No matches are scheduled for today but play is due to resume on Saturday with Italy facing Brazil in Salvador and Japan playing Mexico in Belo Horizonte.

  92. 1122: 

    Catalans Dragons sign versatile forward Benjamin Garcia from the Brisbane Broncos reserve-grade side on a two-year contract.

    The 20-year-old, who can play hooker or second row, has been playing in the Holden Cup for the Broncos after a pre-season move from Wynnum Manly Seagulls.


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: So let's get this straight: Murray, Federer, Nadal, Sharapova, Hewitt/Wawrinka,Cilic/Baghdatis, Konta/Jankovic. AllDay1.

  94. 1118: 

    Malaga newspaper SUR is reporting that Borussia Dortmund has made an offer for Spain Under-21 midfielder Isco, 21, who has been linked with Manchester City and Real Madrid, and that Paris St-Germain are also interested in the Malaga player.

  95. 1116: 

    US Open champion Justin Rose changes management companies and joins the American firm Excel Sports, the agency that represents Tiger Woods.

  96. 1114: 

    Reading defender Alex Pearce, 24, signs a new contract at Madejski Stadium.

  97. 1113: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Which four non-Europeans are among the top 20 seeds in the women's singles draw at Wimbledon?

  98. 1101: 

    Reading confirm an agreement has been reached to sign former Real Madrid man Royston Drenthe, the 26-year-old Dutch international, on an initial two-year contract.


    Your thoughts on the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Glitzy: "Murray to play German Becker at Wimbledon" can't lie, that isn't a headline I thought I'd see this year.

    Jake Waring: It's fantastic to have a Wimbledon draw and not be worried about who Andy faces.

    RightJudgeIam: So predictable, cakewalk draw for Nole, might as well give him the trophy now, avoids all the big boys til the final.

  100. 1057: 
    Kevin Pietersen warms up for Surrey at Headingley

    Surrey captain Vikram Solanki: "KP looks in good physical shape but he's also looked good in the nets. I'm sure he'll have a successful summer because, physically, he looks ready to go."

    You can hear live commentary of Yorkshire v Surrey on the BBC website.


    Ladies' draw first round - Victoria Azarenka vs Maria Joao Koehler, Johanna Konta v Jelena Jankovic

  102. 1052: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Royal Ascot:

    "A real feel-good air mixes with the light drizzle around Ascot this morning after Ladies' Day produced a script writers dream of. Pictures of the Queen's joy as her filly Estimate won the Gold Cup on Thursday have been beamed around the world.

    "Another leading lady scored a poignant victory with Riposte winning for Lady Cecil, nine days after the death of her husband Sir Henry Cecil - the all-time leading trainer at this meeting.

    "Today Lady Cecil has two runners. Joyeuse, the half-sister of Cecil's champion racehorse Frankel, runs in the Albany Stakes (14:30 BST). Disclaimer goes in the Queen's Vase (17:00 BST), a race won eight times previously by Sir Henry and named this year in memory of him.

    "The Queen donates a trophy, which she received herself last year from her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, after Estimate triumphed 12 months ago. Her daughter-in-law Sophie, the Countess of Wessex, presents the prize this afternoon."


    Ladies' draw first round - Garbine Muguruza v Anne Keothavong, Kristina Mladenovic v Maria Sharapova, Elena Baltacha v Flavia Pennetta


    More reaction to the Wimbledon draw at #bbcsportsday.

    Abe Taylor: Gutted: paid a fortune for Day 2 Wimbledon Centre Court tix & every1 worth watching is on day 1! Ferrer rank 4th what a joke!

    Nathan Clissold: Remember all those people who used to say that Nadal and Fed always got given easy draws...

    Adam Firrell: Could have been a lot worse for Andy. Nadal-Fed quarter could be an epic. Hopefully tired for the semi against Murray!


    Ladies' draw first round - Samantha Murray v Camila Giorgi


    Ladies' draw first round - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Tsvetana Pironkova; Michaella Krajicek v Li Na


    Ladies' draw first round - Agnieszka Radwanska v Yvonne Meusburger


    Ladies' draw first round - Tara Moore v Kaia Kanepi. Moore is the British number five. Heather Watson v Madison Keys. Watson and 18-year-old American Keys have never played each other before.

  109. 1040: 

    Breaking away from the draw news for a moment, Surrey win the toss and wil bowl, so Kevin Pietersen will have to wait a bit longer to have his first knock of the summer. Ricky Ponting ruled out with a hand injury for Surrey. Live commentary on the BBC website.


    Ladies' draw first round - Maria Kirilenko v Laura Robson. Kirilenko is the world number 10.


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: Update that BLOCKBUSTER MONDAY tweet!.. Murray, Federer, Nadal, Azarenka and Sharapova will all play on Day 1.


    Ladies' draw first round - Serena Williams v Mandy Minella


    James Ward the world number 216 has never met first-round opponent Yen-Hsun Lu, ranked 74. If Ward and Andy Murray both win they will meet in round two, the first time Murray has played a British player since he faced Tim Henman in Bangkok 2006


    Men's draw - Potential third-round matches: Djokovic v Chardy, Simon v Haas, Gasquet v Querrey, Anderson v Berdych, Ferrer v Dolgopolov, Raonic v Kohlschreiber, Nishikori v Seppi, Dimitrov v Del Potro, Nadal v Paire, Isner v Wawrinka, Almagro v Janowicz, Fognini v Federer, Tsonga v Benneteau, Monaco v Cilic, Tipsarevic v Youzhny, Robredo v Murray.


    In the ladies' draw, potential quarter-final matches: S. Williams-Kerber, Radwanska-Li, Errani-Sharapova, Kvitova-Azarenka.

    Piers Newbery, BBC SportTENNIS - WIMBLEDON DRAW

    Andy Murray has avoided a possible Wimbledon quarter-final against Rafael Nadal, but could face the Spaniard or Roger Federer in the last four. World number two Murray will open against Germany's Benjamin Becker on Monday, and has been drawn in the same quarter as sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Nadal, seeded fifth after missing seven months of the last year through injury, could meet third seed Federer in the quarter-finals. World number one Novak Djokovic would avoid the top three until the final, with fourth seed David Ferrer in his half of the draw.

    Tradition dictates that defending champion Federer will open play on Centre Court on Monday, meaning both Murray and Nadal will also be in action on day one.


    First round - Benjamin Becker v Andy Murray, James Ward v Yen-Hsun Lu


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: Wow. Kyle Edmund Grand Slam debut against the 24th seed Jerzy Janowicz.


    First round - Marcos Baghdatis v Marin Cilic


    Your reaction to the Wimbledon draw #bbcsportsday.

    Matthew Riordan: So for Nadal to win, he's most likely going to have to beat Federer, Murray & Djokovic. Will be some feat if he can do it.

    George Tidbury: Murray has a good seeding draw, Tsonga is a great player but Andy can grind him down and Fed will be easier than Djok or Nadal.

    Andrew Neill: Not quite the draw I was hoping for. Djokovic must love it. However, Andy would have to beat them all at some point anyway...


    First round - Roger Federer v Victor Hanescu, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v David Goffin


    First round - Stan Wawrinka v Lleyton Hewitt


    BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend: BLOCKBUSTER FIRST DAY OF WIMBLEDON: Murray, Federer and Nadal will all play on Day 1. No British players drawn in the entire top half !!


    First round - Rafael Nadal v Steve Darcis


    Jamie Murray: Fed, Rafa in same quarter! Andy in same half. Wow.


    First round - David Ferrer v Martin Alund


    First round - Novak Djokovic v Florian Mayer

  128. 1008: 

    Potential Wimbledon quarter-final match-ups: Djokovic vs. Berdych, Ferrer vs. Del Potro, Nadal vs. Federer and Tsonga vs. Murray.

  129. 1005: 

    Andy Murray and Roger Federer are drawn in the same half for Wimbledon and are seeded to meet in the semi-finals.

  130. 0957: 

    Played in 15 Grand Slam singles finals, winning eight of them

    In 1974 he became only the second man (after Rod Lever) to win three Grand Slam titles in the same year after winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open.

    He won a total of 109 ATP tournaments.

    Connors won Wimbledon twice (1974, 1982) but his most successful Grand Slam was the US Open, which he won in 1974, 1976, 1978, 1982 and 1983.

    But is he the best tennis player of all time? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday


    Some early reaction to a study at Salford University that has concluded the greatest tennis player of all time is Jimmy Connors.

    John Ghoti: Connors couldn't touch today's top four. Federer, Nadal, Djokovic or Murray beats anyone else from history. 2007 Federer the best.

    Andrew Neill: How are they defining how strong the depth is? Maybe Sampras was so good that the rest couldn't win thus reducing their rating.

    Do you agree with the study? Who do you think is the greatest tennis player ever and why? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  132. 0949: 

    German Martin Kaymer shares the lead at nine under after nine holes of his second round at the BMW International in Munich. Kaymer is one under for his round, level with overnight leader Ernie Els, who plays this afternoon after carding a 63 on day one.

  133. 0944: 

    Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas is subjected to some varied questions in Spanish newspaper El Pais. His answers are mixed too; when asked what are the British and Irish Lions he replies: "A pop band from Belfast" and as for who sang Girl from Ipanema ,he answered: "Bob Marley".

  134. 0939: 
    Laura Robson

    The British women's number one Laura Robson was elegant in emerald green at last night's pre-Wimbledon at Kensington Roof Gardens and you can view more pictures from the evening at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  135. 0931: 

    The Wimbledon draw takes place in half an hour, with all eyes on where fifth seed Rafael Nadal lands in relation to top seeds Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer. Will they meet in a quarter-final?

    The draw will also give us an indication of the schedule, with everyone in defending champion Federer's half playing on Monday and the rest on Tuesday. On the women's side, those drawn in Serena Williams's half will play on Tuesday, the rest on Monday.

    And there are 10 Britons to look out for in singles, including Laura Robson, Heather Watson and 18-year-old Kyle Edmund.

  136. 0930: 

    Lancashire will resume on 121-8 as they look to press home their advantage of their Division Two game against Northants at Old Trafford, having bowled the leaders out for 62 on the opening day, with Kyle Hogg producing career-best figures of 7-27.

    Worcestershire are in a commanding position and will have maximum batting points in their sights against Glamorgan at New Road, with Moeen Ali (155 not out) and Matt Pardoe (102) hitting centuries as they reached 322-3 on day one.

    Essex will be without New Zealand Test player Hamish Rutherford as they look to bounce back from last week's humiliation against Lancashire, when they were bowled out for 20, in their game with Leicestershire at Grace Road. Nick Browne, Tom Craddock, Mark Pettini and Tim Phillips are all drafted into the squad, while bottom-of-the-table Leicestershire welcome back former England seam bowler Matthew Hoggard and promising all-rounder Shiv Thakor.

  137. 0923: 

    Kevin Pietersen's return at Yorkshire following a knee injury is a welcome boost for Surrey, who have yet to win a match this season and sacked team director Chris Adams earlier this week, with coach Stuart Barnes in charge of the team at Headingley.

    Division One's bottom two face each other at Derby as Somerset, for whom South Africa Test player Dean Elgar makes his final appearance, take on Derbyshire, with both sides needing to start picking up victories. You can listen to live commentary of both of these matches on the BBC website.

  138. 0919:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveLIONS 2013

    Former Australia centre Tim Horan tells 5 live Breakfast: "This Lions tour has a lot more depth than 12 years ago, it doesn't have the star players that are household names but they certainly have a lot of quality. I think it's great to see Sam Warburton captaining because he was under a lot of pressure coming into the tour.

    "But I'm quietly confident with the way the Wallabies have been preparing. Even though they have had three weeks together and they haven't had any games, I watched them training this morning and they looked very, very sharp.

    "The big plus for us is Israel Folau. He has only played 13 rugby matches and he has only played one match on the wing, where he is picked tomorrow against the British and Irish Lions, so it will be interesting to see how he goes."


    So with this study in mind we're asking this morning who you think is the greatest player of the modern era. Pete Sampras won 14 Grand Slams but is not featured near the top of the findings because "he achieved them when the depth of competition for titles had never been weaker". Feel free to give your response via the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  140. 0905: 

    As we await this morning's draw for the Wimbledon Championships, a study at Salford University has concluded the greatest tennis player of all time is Jimmy Connors.

    Jimmy Connors

    Dr Ian McHale, Director of the Centre for Sports Business at Salford Business School, and Chair of the Royal Statistical Society's sports section, has inputted the results of more than 20,000 Grand Slam matches involving over 1,000 players into his computer model, and developed a mathematical method for comparing the performance of tennis's most illustrious players, taking into account their varying prowess from the beginning to the end of their career and the standard of opposition faced.

    The study has identified the year of maximum 'strength' or quality for each tennis player, which can be objectively compared with players of any era since 1968, when professionals were first allowed to enter the four Grand Slams, until the present day.

    His three top players at their peak are Connors in 1976, Bjorn Borg in 1977 and Roger Federer in 2005.

  141. 0900: 

    England cricketers Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott, Eoin Morgan, James Anderson and Graeme Swann have filmed a message of support for the British and Irish Lions ahead of the first Test.

  142. 0855: 
    LIONS 2013

    Former England international Matt Dawson recalls the moment he became a Lions player in his column for the Daily Mirror: "I still remember my hands trembling as I opened the letter and read the contents. The rush of excitement, the sense of pride, the feeling of responsibility.

    "It was not until the morning of the match that I got my hands on my first Lions Test jersey. We were presented with them before leaving for the ground. I laid mine in my kitbag and carried it as I would my baby son now. In the changing room, I hung it up on my peg and sat staring at it: the red jersey, the most prized possession in British and Irish rugby."

  143. 0845: 

    A worker at Manchester City's under-construction £120m Etihad Campus says labourers have been ordered to take off their Manchester United shirts, the Manchester Evening News reports.

  144. 0840: 
    LIONS 2013

    In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Sam Warburton describes how captaining the Lions against Australia in Brisbane tomorrow "will be the biggest moment of my career without doubt. I thought leading Wales out against France in both the World Cup semi-final and in the Grand Slam match of 2012 were special, but this will top them all."

  145. 0835: 

    It's round two of the BMW International Open in Munich and local favourite Martin Kaymer is on the course, currently at eight under after four holes, one behind overnight leader Ernie Els.

  146. 0830: 

    Now for some items from today's BBC Sport gossip column and the Daily Mail claims Arsenal are putting the finishing touches on a £50m deal for Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, adding that the club's billionaire shareholder Alisher Usmanov has also urged manager Arsene Wenger to make a move for 27-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will speak to Juan Mata in an attempt to reassure the 25-year-old Spain midfielder that he wants to keep him at Stamford Bridge. Reports had claimed that Mourinho was keen to sell Mata, with Barcelona said to be interested. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City hope to complete a £21m deal for Malaga midfielder Isco in the next 48 hours. (Daily Mail)

  147. 0825: 

    Another man hoping to prove his fitness before the Ashes starts on 10 July is Australia captain Michael Clarke, who missed the Champions Trophy with a back injury. The 32-year-old hopes to play in Wednesday's warm-up match against Somerset and said: "My back is feeling better at the moment, it's still obviously a few days before that first practice game down in Taunton but if all goes to plan I'll be playing in that game."

  148. 0820: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen returns to action for the first time since March as he plays for Surrey in a Championship match against Yorkshire at Headingley. You can listen to live commentary on the BBC website.

  149. 0815: 

    Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin cruised through the opening round of the 100m at the US trials on Thursday as America's top sprinters launched their bids for August's World Championships.

    Former world champion Gay, the year's fastest man, won his heat in 10.28 seconds while Olympic bronze medallist Gatlin, racing into a stronger head wind, finished behind university student Charles Silmon in 10.37 in the next race. The trials conclude on Sunday.

  150. 0810: 
    Miami Heat celebrate

    Miami Heat beat San Antonio Spurs 95-88 in the deciding match of a dramatic series to retain the NBA title. With the series tied at 3-3, LeBron James scored 37 points to earn Miami the third title in their history and the 28-year-old was named the most valuable player for the second successive season.

  151. 0805: 
    LIONS 2013

    British and Irish Lions centre Jonathan Davies and open-side flanker Tom Croft both sat out training on Friday ahead of the first Test, but assistant coach Andy Farrell insists both will be fit to face Australia in Brisbane tomorrow.

  152. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre at Salford Quays. This morning we'll have the draw for the Wimbledon Championships which start on Monday, we're expecting the verdict in the F1 tribunal over tyres, Kevin Pietersen returns to competitive action for Surrey at Yorkshire and we'll have build-up to the first Australia v Lions Test tomorrow but we begin with a look at some stories from overnight.

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