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  1. Report finds evidence of state-sponsored widespread doping by Russia
  2. Russia's ministry of sport "directed, controlled & oversaw" manipulation of urine samples
  3. GET INVOLVED: How should Russia be punished? #bbcsportsday

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By Alex Bysouth and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Got to catch 'em all?

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Players from top-flight Finnish side RoPS have obviously been taken in by the Pokemon Go craze.

They celebrated a goal this week by pretending to play the popular game, flicking imaginary Pokeballs from their hands at just as imaginary Pokemon on the pitch.

The celebration came in a 2-1 win over FC Lahti. 

Well, that seems an appropriate place to wrap this up and Raichu a goodbye note - thanks very much for following today. It's time for us to Weedle our way out of here...

I'd swim oceans for you Messi

Lionel Messi is on holiday in Ibiza. On a boat. In the sea.

But still he's not hidden from attention of adoring fans.

One man decided to swim out to see his hero - and photographed doing it.

Fan swam out to Leo Messi's yacht in Ibiza
Fan swam out to Leo Messi's yacht in Ibiza

Fan swam out to Leo Messi's yacht in Ibiza

Pog v Grigg - who's better?

Pogba and Grgg
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Paul Pogba or Will Grigg - which would make your dream team?

A bunch of journalists, asked to choose their top players in European football last season, voted Juventus' Pogba and Wigan's Grigg joint 25th out of 37.

Lionel Messi and Gareth Bale have made the 10-man shortlist.

Read more.

Superstar Davis

Steve Davis, him from the snooker, is DJ-ing the super cool Tramlines Festival in Sheffield next weekend.

Don't miss it.

Changed my DJ name to "Hundreds More" just in case you were wondering

Changed my DJ name to "Hundreds More" just in case you were wondering

Mexico win Homeless World Cup


Mexico are celebrating a double success in the Homeless World Cup, with both the men's and women's teams retaining their titles in Scotland this weekend.

More than 500 players from over 50 countries participated in the 14th running of the tournament, with the event attracting almost 100,000 spectators to Glasgow’s George Square.   

What's on BBC Sport this week

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This week's sport on the BBC includes the London Anniversary Games, the Tour de France and the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Find out more here.

How do you solve a problem like Yasir?

Pakistan's Yasir Shah (R) celebrates taking the wicket of England's Chris Woakes for 23 runs
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England have got to work out a plan to stop Yasir Shah from dominating their four-Test series against Pakistan, says Jonathan Agnew.

Read more here.

BreakingSagan wins stage 16

Chris Froome and Peter Sagan
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World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia has won the 16th stage of the Tour de France, while Britain's Chris Froome of Team Sky retains the overall leader's yellow jersey.  

Read more here.

Edgbaston ticket surge

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands sports reporter

There's been a surge in ticket sales at the Edgbaston ground for England's third Test against Pakistan, starting on 3 August. 

In the last 24 hours, as the Lord's Test moved towards its gripping conclusion, ticket enquiries soared at Edgbaston. 

The third day is now almost sold out - unusual for a Friday Edgbaston Test, unless it's an Ashes game - and the success at Lord's of the local boy Chris Woakes is a contributory factor. Capacity at Edgbaston is now 24,500 - only second to Lord's among England Test grounds.

Mind-blowing level of corruption - USADA chief

Russian doping review

The chief execitive of USADA, the USA's anti-doping agency, has reacted to the independent review that has found evidence of widespread, state-dictated doping in Russia.

Travis T. Tygart said: “The McLaren Report has concluded, beyond a reasonable doubt, a mind-blowing level of corruption within both Russian sport and government that goes right to the field of play… and most importantly, our hearts go out to athletes from all over the world who were robbed of their Olympic dreams.

"Looking forward, we must come to come together as an international community – comprised of those who truly believe in the spirit of Olympism – to ensure this unprecedented level of criminality never again threatens the sports we cherish.”

Russian doping report

IOC: to convene telephone conference tomorrow which "may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Rio Olympic Games"

Shocking report a wake-up call - Crouch

Russian doping report

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UK Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has reacted to the independent report that has found evidence of widespread, state-dictated doping in Russia.

"Professor McLaren's report has exposed the extreme lengths some will go to in order to cheat," she said.

"This shocking report is a wake-up call to the sporting world and I hope it will act as a catalyst for us to work even harder to protect the integrity of sport and the Olympic movement itself.

"I welcome the steps WADA and the IOC are taking to clamp down on doping in sport and I look forward to discussing these issues at the next WADA Foundation Board meeting in November."  

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Paralympic body considers sanctions

Russian doping report

International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven has made a statenent following an independent report showing widespread state-dictated doping.

Among the "disappearing" test samples, 35 were from Paralympic sport between 2012 and 2015.

“We are truly shocked, appalled and deeply saddened at the extent of the state sponsored doping programme implemented in Russia ahead of Sochi 2014. The findings of the McLaren report mark a very dark day for sport," said Craven.

"The board will discuss the findings of the report and decide what relevant action needs to be taken to protect clean athletes competing in Paralympic sport. This may include provisional measures and sanctions with regards to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.”

BreakingAnderson, Stokes and Rashid in England squad

James Anderson
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Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid and James Anderson have been added to the 11 who played at Lord’s for England's second Test against Pakistan at Old Trafford.

Toby Roland-Jones drops out after being named in the squad for the opener, while Steve Finn and Jake Ball keep their places.

UKAD 'supports robust practices'

Russian doping report

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UK Anti-doping chief-executive Nicole Sapstead

UK Anti-Doping's chief executive Nicole Sapstead said "UKAD recognises the importance of the McLaren Report for international sport" and calls "for the entire sporting community to come together to find a way forward... to protect the rights of all athletes to clean, fair and honest competition".

She added that UKAD has an "obligation to help safeguard clean athletes around the globe by working closely with international partners to support the development of robust anti-doping practices in countries where these are weak".

Odubajo suffers long-term injury

Hull City midfielder Moses Odubajo, 22, has ruptured a medial ligament and will be out for some time.

He played 42 league games last season.

🤕 | Scans have confirmed that @Moses_28 ruptured his medial patellofemoral ligament during our pre-season friendly against @officialgtfc

'We want a level playing field'

Russian doping report

Jo Pavey

European 10,000m champion on BBC Radio 5 live

Strong measures need to be taken to make sure there are no cheats on the start line. Hearing that things have been going on in all sports, it sounds like the anti-doping agencies in Russia were helping the athletes dope rather than trying to catch them. 

We want all athletes to undergo the same stringent anti-doping procedures. Until that’s happening, we won’t feel like we’re on a level playing field.

It’s a shame we are having to talk about it in a negative light. I hope we can come through this and build a brighter future.

'Shocking and unprecedented attack on integrity of sport'

Russian doping report

The full statement from the International Olympic Committee:

The IOC will now carefully study the complex  and detailed allegations in particular with regard to the Russian Ministry of Sport.

“The findings of the report show a shocking and unprecedented attack on the integrity of sport and on the Olympic Games. Therefore, the IOC will not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated,” IOC President Thomas Bach said.

In the immediate short term, the IOC Executive Board (EB) will convene in a telephone conference tomorrow to take its first decisions, which may include provisional measures and sanctions with regard to the Olympic Games Rio 2016. 

BreakingIOC could take 'toughest sanctions'

The International Olympic Committe has released a statement, saying it will "not hesitate to take the toughest sanctions available against any individual or organisation implicated" in the Russian doping report.

Summary: Russian doping report

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The report was led by Dr Richard McLaren

If you've only just joined us, here's the key points from the independent McLaren Report into Russian doping:

  •  A Moscow Laboratory operated a state-dictated system to protect doped Russian athletes
  •  A Sochi Laboratory operated a unique sample-swapping methodology to enable doped Russian athletes to compete at the 2014 Winter Games
  • This was overseen and controlled by Russia's Ministry of Sport directed, with the active participation and assistance of the FSB (Russian Federal Security Service), CSP (Center of Sports Preparation of National Teams of Russia)

Stage 16 into last 40km

Tony Martin
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There is just under 40km to go on the Tour de France stage 16 from Moirans-en-Montagne to Berne, where Tony Martin was among the leaders, but is it all change in the breakaway?

Follow all the action live here.

'Shocking news'

Russia doping report

Jo Pavey

European 10,000m champion on BBC Radio 5 live

We were devastated to find out there was state-sponsored doping in track and field. Now it just goes on and on. It’s extended to other sports, and they’ve been found to be tampering with samples. 

It’s just awful. You feel sorry for any clean athletes in Russia who have put their heart and souls into qualifying for the Olympics but at the same time, so many are in this system that a strong message needs to be sent out. It’s very shocking news.

Hamilton targets Rosberg's lead

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Lewis Hamilton says he is "feeling that fire" as he tries to leapfrog drivers' championship leader Nico Rosberg in Hungary.

Since the pair crashed in Spain in May, Hamilton has won four out of five races to move to within one point of Rosberg.

"Ever since the low of Barcelona I've been able to cultivate this really strong mental attitude," he said.

Read more here.

Berahino to leave West Brom this summer

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Saido Berahino
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This summer's Saido Berahino saga won't run as long as last summer's cliffhanger, but the club will want to line up at least two replacements before allowing the striker to leave after he turned down a new contract offer at the Hawthorns. 

I understand Stoke, Watford and Crystal Palace are all in the market for Berahino, with Palace the most willing to fork out around £20m - but West Brom will be looking beyond that figure, in a market inflated by the new TV deal.

If necessary West Brom's owner Jeremy Peace will just let Berahino's contract run down until it expires next summer, then see what fee a tribunal sets. But a parting of the ways is more likely before the end of this current transfer window.    

Russian doping report

We'll be keeping tabs on the reaction to the Russian doping report, but you can read a full review on the findings here.

In the meantime, let's check back in to the rest of the sporting world to see what's been going on this afternoon...

Get Involved - how should Russia be punished?


Guy Flitton: Can't isolate them completely - its only by working and engaging with them systemic doping can be stopped.

Richard Easton: Strip Russia of the 2018 World Cup. Surely that would teach them to abide by the rules.

Thomas Seaman: Given the sports they have been doping, ban them from every major federation for a period of 5 years until the next Olympiad.  

'It's as bad as it could be'

Russian doping report

Roger Black

Former British Olympic athlete on BBC Radio 5 live

It's about as bad as it could possibly be. McLaren is sure of the findings, there's no doubt in his mind. 

We've been through it recently with track and field and now it's opened up. 

Now the IOC have to sit down and think about whether they have to ban every sport from Russia, because clearly the state has been involved in massive cover ups. 

BBC World Service

Our colleagues from the World Have Your Say programme at the World Service would also like your thoughts on the Russian doping scandal.

Head over to their Facebook page to get involved.

'James Bond-style espionage'

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"It is damning. It's a lot worse than people were expecting. I've read through some of the report as we watched the news conference and 580 positive tests were covered up across 30 different sports.

"We know that Russia competitors won't be at the track and field events at the Rio Olympics but what we don't know is the impact on other sports. This is all summer and winter sports.

"This is a devastating blow for Russian credibility. The focus now will turn to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and what they will do in terms of the Rio Olympics. The IOC has a big problem because this has blown a hole in any semblance that Russian sport has been clean over the last few years. 

"We are into the world of James Bond style espionage."

Get Involved - how should Russia be punished?


Dan: Write a thousand lines of "I'm a dope for doping" and then a stern letter to their parents.

Ryan: Don't let them host World Cup 2018.

Save Our Earth: World ban and huge huge fine.

What does Putin say?

Valdimir Putin
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Earlier, regarding the possible disqualification of athletes, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he believes depriving Russian athletes the right to go to the upcoming Olympic Games in Brazil unjust and uncivilized. 

Integrity of Olympic movement at stake?

Huge questions for IOC now on Russia's place in the Rio Games. Not hyperbole to say integrity of Olympic movement at stake.

McLaren refusing to make recommendations. 30 sports implicated. "It's for others.. to make their decisions."

Which sports had most disappearing tests results?

This table from the McLaren report shows how many Russian test results from each sport have disappeared, from the selection they researched.

Athletics (139) and weightlifting (117) are by far the highest.

Test results
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How should Russia be punished?


A report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency has found Russia's ministry of sport "directed, controlled and oversaw" the manipulation of urine samples provided by Russian athletes.

The report says Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme at the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014.

The commission looked into allegations made by the former head of Russia's national anti-doping laboratory. Grigory Rodchenkov claimed he doped dozens of athletes before the Games.

So, how should Russia be punished?

Tweet to #bbcsportsday or text 81111 (UK only).

'Vast majority of sports affected'

Professor McLaren: "We cannot name specific athletes, we were not mandated to do that. But in terms of the sports affected, it covers the vast majority of sports."

The impact on 2018 World Cup in Russia

Russian doping report

Roger Black

Former British Olympic athlete on BBC Radio 5 live

There's huge questions for Fifa now. It was Sochi where this all happened. Would they do this in any championship, in any sport? Should Russia be hosting unless it’s cleaned up? These are all questions that need answering. This is something the leaders of all sports have to take into consideration.

'You have to protect the Olympics'

Russian doping report

Roger Black

Former British Olympic athlete on BBC Radio 5 live

You have to protect what the Olympics stand for. I’m not naive, I know that certain people will take drugs, but I’ve always said this is a minority of people.

The problem now when you’re looking at a Russian athlete, you won’t be thinking that. Is it just the Russians? Does it go beyond the Russians? If the public think that everyone who goes to the Olympics is cheating, then we have a huge problem.

'Disappearing Positive Methodology'

More on some of the key findings from the report.

"Sample bottles stored in the Moscow Laboratory from 10 September to 10 December 2014 were tampered with by having their urine swapped," it says.

Professor McLaren describes this as the Disappearing Positive Methodology - whereby positive samples would go missing.

The report adds it "was planned and operated over a period from at least late 2011 until August 2015" and that "Russian athletes from the vast majority of summer and winter Olympic sports benefited from the Disappearing Positive Methodology".