Saturday, July 31, 2010

Live - Hungarian Grand Prix


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By Chris Whyatt

BBC Formula 1 presenter Jake Humphrey on Twitter : "Remember guys we're going on air at 12.05 [BST] today so get your jobs done now and we'll see you there. REALLY hot here. Have a great day!"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Budapest: "Reigning world champion Jenson Button is in danger of losing ground in the title race unless he can push and pass his way through the field after a poor qualifying session. Button is second to Lewis Hamilton in the standings but the Red Bulls on the front row are hot on his heels, just seven points behind. Button, who came from 14th to win a chaotic, wet race here in 2006, lines up in 11th. He says: 'I'm starting on the clean side which makes a big difference around here and I have a new set of tyres - whether it's softs or the hards - to put on the car. We have good balance with the car in race trim so we can still have a good race and pick up some points. Finishing behind Lewis will hurt my championship hopes but there's still everything to play for.'"

1137: Hello all. That's looking a white-hot prospect, isn't it, after the dominant Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber easily locked out the front row in qualifying... unless, unless, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso can sneak past Webber on the clean side at the start? You never know. Last day of term before Formula 1 breaks up for it's traditional mid-season summer break today, so we're in 'dress down' mode: let's have some fun. Do get it touch via 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message.

1130: Lewis Hamilton said he and his good buddy (oh, and McLaren team-mate) Jenson Button were laughing at the on-board footage of Red Bull on Saturday, such was the car's incredible pace. Can't imagine the championship leader and reigning world champion will be giggling like giddy schoolgirls if Red Bull cruise to a one-two today...

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Sunday's F1 gossip column

BBC Sport brings you a regular round-up of the gossip in newspapers and on specialist websites around the world.

Vitaly Petrov, the only driver on the grid not to have previously out-qualified his team-mate, has played down the importance of finally getting one over on Robert Kubica for the first time this season.
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Promising Ferrari development driver Jules Bianchi will be out of action for some time after fracturing a vertebra in his back when crashing out of the GP2 race at the Hungaroring.
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Popular 10-time Grand Prix winner Gerhard Berger, who was formerly involved in both the BMW and Toro Rosso teams, has said he is not currently interested in a full-time return to the F1 paddock.
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Virgin Racing technical director Nick Wirth has thanked the team's backers and supporters for "keeping the faith" in the new squad after it qualified ahead of chief rival Lotus in Hungary.
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Mark Webber suggests the regulations will be to blame if, as many anticipate, the Hungarian Grand Prix turns into a procession during which he said the drivers would "do their best to stay awake".
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Robert Veres, the surgeon who operated on Felipe Massa after he had been airlifted to hospital after crashing in last year's Hungarian GP, is the Ferrari driver's special guest this weekend.
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This story will be updated throughout the day

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Live - England v Pakistan

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Live video scorecard - England v Pakistan (UK users only - although TMS commentary is available worldwide)


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By Mark Mitchener

PAKISTAN SECOND INNINGS (target 435) - play starts 1100 BST (TMS coverage begins at 1045)

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1043: As usual, we'd like you guys and gals to get involved on the emails, texts and 606 (see details above) - anyone in the Nottingham area want to kick us off with a weather report for Odie (below)? Looks brighter than yesterday on the telly...

From Odie, TMS inbox: "Morning Mark, It's raining hard here in Auckland, what's the Nottingham weather like?"

1038: We still lost, though.

1037: Pakistan's not-out batsmen, by the way, are opener Imran Farhat, who's lost three batting partners on the way to his six not out - and nightwatchman Mohammad Aamer, who's yet to score. A pretty thankless task, nightwatchman (if you believe the likes of Tuffers and Gus Fraser, who used to alternate in the role for Middlesex, on TMS). Never had to do it myself, although I did perform the role of "tea watchman" while playing for my team, the Canford Cygnets, last month. We were six down after a top-order collapse and in danger of losing the match before tea - so as the most expendable of our three remaining batsmen, I semi-jokingly offered to go in if we lost a wicket before tea. And it worked... sort of. I was out first ball, but wasted enough time painstakingly taking guard (a la Jonathan Trott) and twice asking the ump how many balls were left in the over... so by the time my stumps were sent flying, the clock had ticked past half-past-four and we took tea.

1030: Morning everyone, welcome to August - and welcome to what we expect to be the final day of the first Test between England and Pakistan. The match situation is that Pakistan, needing a theoretical 435 for victory (which would be a Test record successful fourth-innings chase) are 15-3 with two full days remaining. Barring problems with the weather, England can realistically hope to wrap matters up some time today.

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Victorious Marquez eyes Pacquiao

Juan Manuel Marquez lands a punch on Juan Diaz
Marquez lands one of his 288 punches on Diaz

Juan Manuel Marquez wants a third fight with Manny Pacquiao after retaining his WBA and WBO lightweight titles with a points win over Juan Diaz on Saturday.

Marquez who knocked out Diaz 18 months ago, landed 133 more punches than his opponent in the Las Vegas rematch to earn a unanimous decision.

And the Mexican immediately turned his attentions to Filipino Pacquiao who he has previously drawn with and lost to.

"The trilogy with Pacquiao is what I want," said Marquez after the fight.

"Everybody wants to see it. It's good for all fight fans, for the Mexicans, the Filipinos. Everyone wants to see it. That's the most important fight for me now."

Both of their previous fights have gone to the wire with Pacquiao taking a split decision two years ago, after their first contest, in 2004, ended in a draw.

Diaz landed enough punches in the opening exchanges to put the counter-punching Marquez on the defensive but the Mexican gradually took control of the fight, peppering the American with left hooks while staying out of trouble.

He also appeared to hurt Diaz with a series of sharp of combinations as he landed 288 punches in the 12-round contest.

"I fought the best fight I could," said Diaz.

"We were trading punches. I didn't want to stand in front of him. The game plan was to get in there, throw combinations, step around him and get out.

"But it was tough and I got hit with some good punches. He's a great fighter."

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Murray battles into final in LA

British number one Andy Murray

Andy Murray moved within sight of his first ATP title of the year after winning a topsy-turvy semi-final against Feliciano Lopez in Los Angeles.

The British number one overcame Lopez 6-0 1-6 6-4 to set up a clash with Sam Querrey in the Farmers Classic final.

Murray started the contest in breathtaking form, taking a mere 24 minutes to wrap up the opening set.

That touch deserted him in the second as Lopez levelled, but Murray recovered well to take a tight third set.

Murray put the curious scoreline down to a certain degree of rustiness from both players.

"Until the end, there wasn't a point where I was playing well and he was also playing well," said Murray, playing in his first tournament since splitting from coach Miles Maclagan.

"The third set was much closer but neither of us has played much since Wimbledon so maybe that explains the inconsistency."

Querrey, meanwhile, had to come from 1-5 down against Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in a second-set tiebreak before going on to take the reach the final in front of his hometown crowd.

"That was a close one," said Querrey after his 6-7 7-6 6-4 victory.

"I came up with good shots (at 1-5 down) and thankfully pulled it out. Today was the best I have played this week."

More to follow.

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Sunday's gossip column

Newspaper gossip


Manchester City are back in for Liverpool striker Fernando Torres and will make a stunning £50m bid this week, but want an answer from him fast.
Full story: The People

City boss Roberto Mancini has invited former Barcelona teenager Gai Assulin to Eastlands for a trial. The 19-year-old, who is in the same mould as Argentina's Lionel Messi, left the Nou Camp last month because he was struggling to get a game.
Full story: The People

Liverpool could make an £8m bid to bring West Ham midfielder Scott Parker to Anfield.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Meanwhile, Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is considering a £5m move for Wigan's left-back Maynor Figueroa.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Ashley Cole has told Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti that he wants to quit the Premier League champions and join up with former manager Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.
Full story: News of the World

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce says Turkish side Galatasaray have not made an approach for his midfielder Vince Grella.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Manchester City are to step up their pursuit of Aston Villa midfielder James Milner by upping their bid from £20m to £25m with extras. Villa have put a £30m price tag on their 24-year-old England international.
Full story: News of the World

Manchester City striker Robinho's agent is in talks with Inter Milan over a move to the European champions.
Full story: IM Scouting

Roque Santa Cruz is a loan target for French champions Marseille. The injury-prone Manchester City striker cost £17.5m just 12 months ago but boss Roberto Mancini is now desperate to sell him.
Full story: Sunday Mirror

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been told he can leave Manchester City - just 12 months after joining from Arsenal - with AC Milan and Juventus waiting to pounce.
Full story: News of the World

Arsenal are looking at Montpellier's 29-year-old Bosnia international centre-back Emir Spahic. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is thought to prefer Germany star Per Mertesacker but is looking at alternatives if a deal cannot be struck with Werder Bremen to sign the 25-year-old.
Full story: News of the World

Stoke boss Tony Pulis wants to take Manchester City's Brazilian striker Jo on a season-long loan after being priced out of a move for West Ham's Carlton Cole.
Full story: News of the World

The Potters are also ready to smash their transfer record for French striker Loic Remy, who is attracting interest from Liverpool and West Ham. The Nice striker is rated at £13m. Stoke are also interested in Liverpool's David N'gog and are ready to offer £3m.
Full story: The People

Everton boss David Moyes has ruled out a move to bring LA Galaxy star Landon Donovan to Goodison Park.
Full story: News of the World

Fulham midfielder Simon Davies has urged manager Mark Hughes to bring Manchester City's Craig Bellamy to Craven Cottage.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

The Cottagers are also set to test West Ham with a bid for their England goalkeeper Robert Green.
Full story: The People

Bayern Munich's 22-year-old striker Deniz Yilmaz says he wants to play in the Premier League and believes he will fit in. The Turkey international has been linked with five English clubs.
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Spartak Moscow are demanding an answer from Aiden McGeady within 48 hours, with a £9.5m offer on the table for the Celtic winger.
Full story: Sunday Mail

Rangers will only sign Rapid Vienna striker Nikica Jelavic if he remains eligible to play in the Champions League.
Full story: Sunday Post


Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp may preserve defender Ledley King for the club's Champions League campaign this season.
Full story: Mail on Sunday

Carlos Tevez has admitted he is struggling to motivate himself for the new Premier League season following Argentina's failed World Cup campaign.
Full story: News of the World

A mystery Syrian businessman has emerged as a surprise contender to buy Liverpool. Former Syrian international footballer Yahya Kirdi, who claims to be fronting a consortium of Arab investors, is in talks with Reds owner George Gillett. (Sunday Times, business section)

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Azarenka reaches Stanford final

Victoria Azarenka
Azarenka is looking to win her first title of the year

Victoria Azarenka celebrated her 21st birthday with victory over Sam Stosur in the semi-finals in Stanford, USA.

The Belarusian continued her return to form with a 6-2 6-3 win, breaking three times in the first set and holding the edge throughout the second.

Fifth seed Maria Sharapova faces Polish third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday's second semi-final.

"I'm happy with the way I played. I'm finally injury-free and I'm enjoying my time on the court," said Azarenka.

"[Stosur] has had such good results. I'm so happy at how I played against her.

"I started to move a little better as the match went on and I improved my defensive game and that helped my offensive game move forward."


Azarenka, ranked 18th, is still seeking her first title of the season and ousted defending champion Marion Bartoli of France in the quarter-finals.

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Prior revels in England pressure

Matt Prior leaves the field at the close of day three at Trent Bridge
Prior praised his team-mates after England's revival at Trent Bridge

Matt Prior said he had thrived on the pressure as he made a century that set England on course for a resounding victory over Pakistan at Trent Bridge.

Prior entered the fray with England in trouble after Pakistan had torn through their top order.

But the wicketkeeper made 102 not out as England took total control of the first Test and declared on 262-9.

"It's something I embrace rather than turn away from or get nervous about," said the Sussex wicketkeeper.

"I've not played a day for England as batsman-keeper not under pressure. I'm very used to it, and actually enjoy it and thrive on it. It probably brings the best out of me."

Earlier, Umar Gul's career-best 65 not out had helped Pakistan save the follow-on and he added a burst of three wickets for seven runs as England's top order folded.

With a first-innings lead of 172 already in the bag, Prior was required to prove his worth again with the bat, which he did with seven fours and two sixes from 136 balls.

Even after losing Eoin Morgan in a run-out mix-up to make it 98-6, Prior stood firm and helped set Pakistan what would be a world record of 435 in their second innings to win the first Test.


Two wickets in three balls from Stuart Broad then helped to reduce Pakistan to 15-3, leaving the tourists facing a pride-salvaging operation on the scheduled penultimate day on Sunday.

"I went in in a position where the team needed me to get stuck in and get some runs," Prior added. "Luckily I was able to do that, and that's the thing I'm most pleased about today.

"I'm very determined and want to play for England as long as possible."

Prior was dropped from the limited-overs teams in favour of Craig Kieswetter, but he staked his claim for future Test places with a fine performance under difficult conditions.

"It was tricky," he said. "When the cloud was over, it was swinging and seaming quite a bit. By the time I went in the guys had taken a lot of the shine off the ball, so it was far easier.

"But watching earlier on, it looked very hard work."

Prior was indebted to a clutch of tail-end partners, including number 11 Steve Finn who remained unbeaten for 50 minutes to help him move from 63 to three figures.

The Sussex man said he had confidence in the Middlesex player having played against him at county level.

"He did such a fantastic job, not only in the way he played but what he contributed to the partnership in between overs," said Prior. "He did all I could have expected of him, and more."

Broad and James Anderson also came in for praise from Prior.

"The way the guys responded when we took the ball at the end for that 20 minutes there summed up the day for us, and sums up this team," he said.

"It puts us in a very strong position."

However, Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has seen his team recover from a 1-0 deficit to Australia this summer and warned they will not surrender.

"It seems very, very hard from here on," he said. "But we won against Australia at Headingley to level a two-Test series. We are a very fine side, and I've got no doubt that they can make a comeback."

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Aurelio opts to re-join Liverpool

Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio
Aurelio's initial spell at Liverpool was hampered by injuries

Defender Fabio Aurelio, who left Liverpool in May, has re-joined the club on a two-year deal.

The Brazilian quit after his contract expired, but new boss Roy Hodgson offered him the chance to train with the Reds in a bid to earn a return.

"We were very impressed, and I am delighted we were able to re-sign Fabio," said Hodgson.

Aurelio, 30, said: "I feel very pleased and proud. It feels like I'm signing for the first time."

He added: "Everything has changed so it's like a new beginning for me with new confidence and a new boss."

Aurelio made 71 appearances in four seasons after being brought to Anfield by former boss Rafael Benitez.

Hodgson told "I asked the club to find out whether Fabio had found a new club.

"When we ascertained that he hadn't, we invited him back to Melwood so myself and my staff and the medical team could properly assess the player."

Aurelio, who joined Liverpool on a free transfer from Valencia in July 2006, called time on his first spell at Anfield after failing to agree a new contract.


After being hampered by several injuries, he was offered - and turned down - a pay-as-you-play deal.

Benitez, now in charge at Inter Milan, said at the time: "He has given us absolutely fantastic service.

"The one problem we had with Fabio was that he suffered too many injuries and it was such a pity because he has great quality."

"We had been trying to work something out but it was a pity that we couldn't."

Aurelio was included in the Liverpool squad that travelled to Germany for Sunday's pre-season friendly at Borussia Moenchengladbach.

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Farah claims second European gold

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
Coverage: Watch live on BBC HD, BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Sport website (UK users only); Live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live; Highlights of the biggest events on demand online (UK only) Full details

Mo Farah

Farah wins 5000m to complete distance double

Mo Farah pulled off a stunning double at the European Championships, winning the 5,000m final to add to his 10,000m gold from the opening day.

Farah became the first runner to do the Euro distance double for 20 years, emulating the achievement of Italy's Salvatore Amin in Split in 1990.

Dending champion Jesus Espana was second, with Hayle Ibrahimov third.

Great Britain's Chris Thompson, who was second in the 10,000m final, finished in eighth place.

Farah took the lead earlier than expected and produced a superb burst of speed in the final lap to burn off the challenge of Espana, who beat him in the European final four years ago by just half a second.


Afterwards, the double champion told BBC Sport he was struggling to take in the size of his achievement, but the memory of what happened last time had inspired him to victory.

"I can't believe I'm a double champion - if you'd said to me three months ago I could have one gold, I'd settle for that," he said.

"Four years ago I got beaten by half a second and I had that in my mind.

"I was checking on the big screen how far behind he was, on the last lap I was thinking 'dig in, dig in'.

"I was hurting but thinking 'don't let him come past me', I was working so hard - as I crossed the line I thought 'I can't believe I finished first'."

Mo Farah

Farah cannot believe his Euro success

Espana was quick to congratulate Farah after his triumph.

And the Brit revealed: "He said 'you're a great champion'. Four years ago, he said 'next time it's yours'.

"He said to win one takes a lot - over the years it's been just been me and him, he knows how hard I train."

"You have to believe in yourself, it doesn't come overnight - there's lot of people in my life who have helped me since I was a junior. I want to thank everyone who's helped me and believed in me."

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Warrington 24-26 St Helens

Warrington(14) 24
Tries: Wood, Clarke, Westwood (2)Goals: Westwood (4)

St Helens (16) 26
Tries: Ashurst, Foster (2), Meli, Roby Goals: Foster (3)

St Helens centre Jamie Foster
Foster scored 14 points for St Helens as they edged to victory

St Helens held on for a thrilling victory against Warrington in a classic encounter which left the two sides level on points in Super League.

Matty Ashurst and Jamie Foster tries gave St Helens an early lead but Paul Wood and Jon Clarke hit back for the home team.

The sides exchanged tries throughout - Francis Meli and Foster for St Helens, Ben Westwood scoring two for Wolves.

But they lost it when Westwood missed a conversion with six minutes to go.

The lead changed hands five times in a see-saw match that remained up for grabs right until the end.

The visitors scored with their first attack of the game when James Roby made two penetrating breaks before the ball came to Ashurst who went over.

Roby then combined with Tony Puletua to set up Foster for their second try, but Warrington hit back when David Solomona executed a deft hand-off to Wood who touched down.

Wolves maintained the momentum and took the lead when Clarke crossed after good work from Wood - a try which Westwood converted.

Meli seized the initiative back for St Helens, scoring after a neat dummy, before Westwood reduced their lead with a penalty from more than 40 yards just before half-time.

The next try came from the Westwood shortly after the break but Roby put St Helens back in the lead moments later.

Foster then bagged his second try of the day for St Helens before Westwood collected a low kick to touch down for the home team.

The conversion would have levelled the scores but Westwood missed the kick to leave Warrington two points behind with six minutes to go and St Helens held on for a memorable win.

Warrington: Mathers, Hicks, King, Atkins, Riley, Briers, Myler, Morley, Monaghan, Carvell, L. Anderson, Westwood, Harrison.
Replacements: Clarke, Wood, Solomona, V. Anderson.

St Helens: Wellens, Foster, Flannery, Meli, Gardner, Pryce, Moore, Graham, Roby, Hargreaves, Wilkin, Ashurst, Magennis.
Replacements: Cunningham, Puletua, Clough, Emmitt.

Referee: T Alibert (Toulouse)

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No third Milan stint for Beckham

David Beckham and son Romeo watch AC Milan
Beckham watches AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium with son Romeo

David Beckham will not return to the San Siro for a third time, AC Milan coach Massimo Allegri has said.

The LA Galaxy midfielder has twice played for Milan on loan and injured his Achilles tendon while playing for the Rossoneri in March.

Asked if the 35-year-old would play again for AC Milan this coming season, Allegri said: "I do not think so.

"He is now recovering from a very bad injury and at that age I think it is very difficult to come back."

Beckham and his sons were in the stands at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday as Milan drew 1-1 in a pre-season tournament with Arsenal.

The former England skipper is contracted to the LA Galaxy but has twice gone on loan to Milan during Major League Soccer's off-season to maintain his fitness improve his chances of England selection.

However, the Achilles injury Beckham suffered against in March prevented him from appearing for England at a fourth World Cup.


Despite his injury, Beckham joined Fabio Capello's England backroom staff in South Africa.

And the MLS figurehead has said he hopes to return to fitness in September - two months earlier than had originally been predicted.

Beckham has been linked with West Ham in recent days but the Leytonstone-born midfielder said he was happy at LA Galaxy, the club he joined in 2007.

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Wenger puts pressure on Fabregas

Arsene Wenger
Wenger admits the Fabregas saga has made his life difficult in recent months

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said it is now up to captain Cesc Fabregas to end speculation over his future.

Fabregas, 23, continues to be linked with Barcelona, who had a bid of £29m rejected by the Gunners in June.

Arsenal boss Wenger said: "What is important is that when Cesc comes back, he comes out [over his intentions]. For me, I have nothing more to add."

Spain midfielder Fabregas joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, having been part of Barcelona's youth set-up.

He has made 267 appearances and scored 48 goals for the north Londoners, but reports have suggested he is now keen to return to the Catalan giants.

Fabregas, along with Dutch striker Robin van Persie, was given extra time off following their participation in the World Cup final in which Spain beat the Netherlands 1-0.


The Gunners skipper is not scheduled to return to England until after this weekend's Emirates Cup tournament for Arsenal's photocall on 5 August for the club's Members' Day.

Wenger remains confident his talisman will remain at Arsenal for upcoming season - his current contract runs until the summer of 2015.

However, the Frenchman refused to confirm or deny reports he had met with Fabregas on Friday.

Speaking after Arsenal's 1-1 draw with AC Milan in the four-team Emirates Cup, Wenger told reporters: "The conversations [I have] with the players have to be private."

But he conceded: "In the last six months, this story has made our lives difficult."

Arsenal defender Johan Djourou added that Fabregas must remain at the Emirates if the Gunners are to win their first Premier League title since 2004.

"It is vital that he stays with us so we can keep the team together because that's the most important thing - that we keep all the players," Djourou commented.

"We need him. It's his decision and we can't do anything about it but I hope he stays."

Swiss international Djourou continued: "[With Fabregas] we are ready to push for first place.

"We want to be up there, we now have the quality to do it - we can't wait to get the season started."

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GB pair win hurdles gold & silver

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
Coverage: Watch live on BBC HD, BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Sport website (UK users only); Live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live; Full highlights on iPlayer and highlights of the biggest events on demand online (UK only) Full details

Dai Greene

GB duo claim 400m hurdles one-two

Welsh pair Dai Greene and Rhys Williams secured a one-two finish for Britain in the men's 400m hurdles final at the European Championships in Barcelona.

Greene, 24, won in a time of 48.12 seconds, with Williams taking silver in a personal best time of 48.96.

"There was a lot of expectation and there is no better feeling to deliver on the day," said Greene.

Michael Rimmer took 800m silver but was disappointed at being pipped on the line by Poland's Marcin Lewandowski.

Greene powered to a commanding victory in 48.12 seconds, lowering his own leading time in Europe this year with a new personal best.

Today belongs to Dai - my next target is the Commonwealth Games, where I'll try to go one better

Rhys Williams

"It felt pressurised being the favourite tonight but the pressure helped me to focus and go faster," he said.

"I didn't have any other objective than to win the gold medal and I'm very pleased to have secured a personal best at the same time."

Rimmer looked on course to win Great Britain's first gold in the men's 800m since Tom McKean in 1990 but Lewandowski beat him with a furious final charge winning by just one-tenth of a second.

"I'm disappointed. He put me under pressure," said Southport runner Rimmer after winning his first major medal.

"I still thought I had enough. Maybe I tightened up. He was just a bit stronger than me on the day."

Similarly, Williams was disappointed with second place, leaving Greene to do a lone lap of honour.

David Greene

Greene expected 400m hurdles gold

The son of former Wales rugby winger JJ Williams, survived misjudging the final hurdle to claim silver in 48.96 sec, also a new personal best.

"I'm happy with a personal best but I wanted to win - I don't believe in laps of honour for being second," he told BBC Sport.

"Today belongs to Dai - my next target is the Commonwealth Games, where I'll try to go one better.

"Sorry to everyone at home for not winning but stick by me, there's more to come."

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Prior guides England towards win

First Test, Trent Bridge (day three, close):
England 354 & 262-9 dec v Pakistan 182 & 15-3
Match scorecard

Matt Prior acknowledges applause for his 15th Test fifty
Matt Prior scored his third Test century at Trent Bridge

By Sam Sheringham

England are on course for a resounding victory in the first Test after a century from Matt Prior and three early wickets in Pakistan's second innings.

Prior, who came to the crease at 72-5, made 102 not out as England declared on 262-9 at Trent Bridge, setting Pakistan a world record target of 435.

Stuart Broad then struck twice and James Anderson once as Pakistan fell to 15-3 at stumps on day three.

Umar Gul had earlier made 65 not out as the tourists avoided the follow-on.

Full report to follow.

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Tseng retains Birkdale Open lead

Ricoh Women's British Open
Dates: 29 July-1 August Coverage: Live on BBC HD and BBC Two every day, live leaderboard on the BBC Sport website

THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD: -12 Y Tseng (Tai) -8 K Hull (Aus) -6 K In-Kyung (Kor) Selected others: -4 C Kerr (USA), S Pettersen (Den) -3 M Pressel (USA) +1 B Brewerton (Wal) +6 L Davies (Eng), J Moodie (Sco)

Yani Tseng
Tseng has now recorded three consecutive rounds of four-under-par

Taiwan's Yani Tseng produced an eagle three at the final hole to retain her four-shot lead after the third round of the Women's Open at Birkdale.

Tseng's third straight round of four-under gave her a 12-under-par total, four clear of Katherine Hull, whose 66 was the second-best round of the day.

Kim In-Hyung is third on six under with Wales's Becky Brewerton the best-placed Briton on one-over par.

That round of 71 included a hole-in-one at the par three 12th.

Earlier Morgan Pressel set a new course record with a seven-under round of 65.

After dropping shots at the first two holes, the American bagged eight birdies and an eagle and dropped just one stroke in the rest of her round.

That lifted her from four over at the end of the second round to three under at the end of the third, tied in 10th place.

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Fisher faces fight for Irish Open

THIRD ROUND LEADERBOARD: -12 R Fisher (Eng) -11 C Wood (Eng), F Molinari (Ita) -10 G Fernandez-Castano (Spn) -9 P Harrington (Ire), R Green (Aus) Selected others: -7 R Bland (Eng) -6 P McGinley (Ire), D Clarke (NI)

Fisher saw his overnight lead cut to just one stroke
Fisher was two over par for the back nine at Killarney

England's Ross Fisher saw his lead at the Irish Open cut to only one shot after the third round in Killarney.

Fisher, who was three clear after a 61 on Friday, shot a level-par 71 on Saturday to remain 12 under as the field closed in on the leader.

His compatriot Chris Wood fired a 66 to move within one shot, with Italy's Francesco Molinari also on 11 under.

The Republic of Ireland's Padraig Harrington is on nine under as he looks to provide a home winner.

Harrington recovered from a double-bogey at the eighth to card a 69 to move to within three shots of the lead.

At one stage Fisher was five shots clear of the field but Harrington is convinced he can repeat his 2007 Irish Open victory at Adare Manor in Limerick.

"I am happy still to be in the tournament, and to have actually seen the lead cut down," Harrington said after driving into water at his final hole and sinking a 35ft putt to save par.

"If I play well and get in a good position, I thinks it's possible to catch anyone out there."

A victory for either three-time major winner Harrington or World Match Play champion Fisher could see them rise to sixth in the Ryder Cup points table.


Fisher, who lies 13th in the Ryder Cup running going into this week's tournament, carried on where he left off on Friday with birdies at four of the first seven holes.

But he also double-bogeyed at the eighth and dropped further shots at the 15th and 17th to give his chasers renewed hope on Sunday.

"I am a little bit disappointed," reflected Fisher. "And I hadn't realized how far I was ahead at the start of the back nine.

"But I am still leading, I have got a one-shot lead and I am still the man to catch. But if I am going to win I am going to have play more like Friday when I shot 61."

Wood, who out-shot playing partner Rory McIlroy by 10 strokes, moved into contention as he reached the turn on the back of five consecutive birdies.

"The atmosphere playing with Rory made it difficult and it took me a few holes to get it right, but the run I made was good for my confidence," he said.

Wood's round of 66 was matched only by Richard Bland as the best of the day, while Molinari recorded three birdies in a solid two-under-par 69 to maintain his challenge.

US Open champion Graeme McDowell is nine shots off the lead after a 68, while McIlroy's 76 saw him slip away and Justin Rose shot a 73 to leave him two over.

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Hamilton defiant on title hopes

Venue: Hungaroring Dates: 30 July-1 August 2010 Coverage: Comprehensive live coverage of Friday practice, Saturday qualifying and Sunday's race - which starts at 1300 BST - across BBC TV, radio and online platforms. Full listings here

Sebastian Vettel

Highlights - Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying

By Sarah Holt
BBC Sport at Hungaroring

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton says his title challenge is not slipping away despite being outpaced by rivals Red Bull and Ferrari at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton leads the standings by 14 points ahead of Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix but could lose ground after qualifying in fifth place.

But he insisted: "I don't feel [the championship] is falling away from us.

"I take it race-by-race and try to get as many points as I can. I'm pushing as hard as I can."

Hamilton has led the championship since the eighth race of the season in Canada, after collecting back-to-back wins in Istanbul and Montreal.

But the 25-year-old has not topped the podium since and has found his McLaren falling further behind the Red Bulls and the now resurgent Ferrari team.

You don't really think about the championship until the moment that it really, really matters

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton was 1.7 seconds adrift of Sebastian Vettel's pole for Red Bull in Hungary and 0.168 seconds behind Felipe Massa's car which lines up just in front of his McLaren.

"Of course if we continue for the rest of the season and we are one second behind then inevitably it will be very hard for us to win the championship," Hamilton conceded.

"My determination is as high as it can be and it's the same for Jenson [Button] and Martin [Whitmarsh] and everyone in the team.

"We want to win the championship and we are doing everything in our power to win it."

Hamilton won his title two years ago by a single point at the final race of the season in Brazil.

With eight races left to run, including this Sunday's grand prix in Budapest, the Englishman says it is far too early to start thinking about his chances of winning the drivers' crown for a second time.

"You don't really think about the championship until the moment that it really, really matters," added Hamilton.

"[That is], when you are just about to win or you are just about to lose it.

"It has always been my approach. I don't think about the critical result and how that affects the championship."

Hamilton, who is leading the championship, ahead of Button, said he had done the best he could in qualifying.

McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh

McLaren fastest of fixed-wing cars - Whitmarsh

"I'm happy with today's result," he said. "I was relieved to get into Q3 - it was very close - and I feel I pulled every last drop out of the car. So I'm satisfied with the job we did.

"Obviously, we'll have to work hard again in the race, but all things considered it's a good place for us to be starting from. It's on the clean side of the track, which is a positive, and it's a long haul down to Turn One, so anything's possible.

"Our car is the best it's ever been at this circuit, and we'll stay focused. I need to get as good a start as I've been getting for the past few races, stay clean, get around the first corner and keep moving forwards after that.

"It would be great to make up some places off the grid because it's very hard to overtake around here, but we'll do the best job we can."

Team principal Martin Whitmarsh praised Hamilton's effort.

"Lewis did a fantastic job to qualify immediately behind the Red Bulls and the Ferraris," Whitmarsh said. "And, in fact, had he not lost a little time on the second sector of his best lap, it's just possible that he may even have been able to pip Felipe [Massa's Ferrari] for fourth.

"Having said that, P5 puts him on the clean side of the track for the race, and you can be well sure he'll be his usual precise yet aggressive self on the initial run in to Turn One.

"Jenson was unlucky to miss out on getting through to Q3 by just 17 thousandths of a second. With hindsight, perhaps we didn't engineer him sufficient opportunity to get to grips with the option tyre."

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Live - European Championships day five

Jessica Ennis

Live video - European Athletics Championships


To get involved use Twitter, 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with ATHLETICS before your message. (Not all contributions can be used. Messages charged at your standard operator rate.)

By Mark Ashenden

Get involved on 606
Greg on 606: "This is going to be very close in the Heptathalon. Dobrynska has improved enormously in the running events. It could be that she ambushes Ennis to take gold in the final event. It would be a wake-up call for Ennis"

1749: BBC Radio 5 live coverage is up and running as well. We're covering all bases for you.

1746: Just as the BBC goes live with TV and video coverage, just to let you know that Dobrynska weighed in with a 47.04. Not as good as her second throw. Will give you a little rundown with the current standings in a sec. Ennis will need to keep a steady head in the two-lapper. She should be favourite though. World outdoor champion. Can she be crowned European champion? We'll find out in two hours.

1741: Do a big PAGE REFRESH and hey presto - the live video will be with you in a few moments.

BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce in Barcelona on Twitter:
"Javelin you Jennis legend - I mean Jennis you javelin expert - 46.71m PB in the first round. One hand on the gold"

1734: Dobrynska's warmed up now and she chucks a 49.25m in the javelin. The smile returns. That gives her 846 points - 50 more than Ennis. That means Jess will still have a 18-point lead going into the 800m which is pretty good news. Third throw to go though....

1730: Want to know when you've got a three-minute window to flick the kettle on or slip a cold one out of the fridge? Here's the timetable:
Women's heptathlon - JAVELIN - Ennis vs Dobrynska from NOW!
Men's 800m final - Michael Rimmer up for a medal at 1835
Women's 200m final - No Brits but watch out for a Russian trio of medals at 1850
Men's 400m hurdles final - Dai Greene and Rhys Williams go for Welsh glory at 1910
Women's 100m hurdles final - no Brits but should be a cracker at 1925
HEPTATHLON last event - Can Jess do it? Ennis runs in the 800m at 1945
Men's 5,000m final - Mo Farah going for the double. Chris Thompson eyeing more silverware as well at 2025

Get involved on 606
T528FSK on 606: "These championships are on a par with the Commonwealth Games as far as the men's events are concerned, the British performances have been very disappointing apart from Turner Farah and Idowu. If they cannot clean up the medals at a weak championships like this, what chance for the worlds and Olympics? Forget Rimmer in the 800m, Greene should win. Thank god for the jewel in the crown Ennis"
Seems to be a bit of debate on Britain's efforts this week. So let's do a straw poll? All those happy with GB's efforts, stick your hands up.

1724: Loads of ways of getting your teeth stuck in to the BBC coverage. Watch live on BBC HD/ BBC Two from 1745 and the BBC Sport website (UK users only) shortly. There's live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live from around 1800 BST and watch out for highlights of the big events on demand online (UK only). Read about full coverage details.

1720: Ennis steps up for her second javelin throw. The tape comes out and it's 45.28m. Not as good as her opening 46.71. Hot rival Dobrynska threw 45.75 - her PB is 48.60m so she'll be chomping at the bit to close the gap on Ennis. Jess has the edge in the last event - the 800m. Nataliya Dobrysnka will be cranking up her next throw.....I'll keep you posted.

1716: Plenty to talk about. Batons, Medal prospects, Jess Ennis prospects. Can Mo Farah do the double? What do you make of Barcelona so far? What exactly is Barni the mascot? Tweet me @bbcsport_mark, text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with ATHLETICS before your message, or join the banter on 606.

It's bad news for GB
It's bad news for GB
It's bad news for GB
1712: Back to the relay. Blimey. If you didn't see it, then check out the video. It's the men's 4x100m semis from this morning. It's just horrible, painful even, in slow-mo. Mark Lewis-Francis is taking all the blame and says: "I'm more devastated for my team-mates. I panicked a little. I turned around and grabbed the baton but by then it was too late." There is history with GB. Dropped batons at the Atlanta Olympics (1996) and Sydney (2000), and the Edmonton World Champs (2001), and disqualification in Beijing. Is there any excuses? Marlon Devonish has come out defending the team: "It's not just passing the baton, there's a lot of technical things that happen. You can get all the press together, put on a tracksuit, try to pass the baton around and you'd understand the pressures and accuracy which is needed. You'd have more respect for what we're doing." What do you reckon? Baton buffoonery or sympathy?

It's good news for GB
1708: More details in a bit. FIRST I must inform you that Jess Ennis is hurling spears in the heptathlon. And she's only gone and thrown a lifetime best with a 46.71m. Sensational start for the Brit. More of all of this in a mo (Farah).....

1706: What? Tell me you're joking.........please.

It's good news for GB
1702: Welcome back. I had a really stinky bad dream this morning. Here's how it went. The British athletes are buzzing and have high hopes in the 4x100m relay. Until, that is, they forget the race involves handing over a bit of plastic called a baton. Or batt-ON if you're Michael Johnson. Big medal hopes and they bomb out in the semis. But HEY - thank the good lordy lord it was just a bad dream. That would have been a terrible way of starting the weekend.

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Harlequins 18-42 Hull FC

Harlequins (0) 18
Tries: Dorn, Sharp, McCarthy-Scarsbrook Goals: Purdham 3

Hull FC (30) 42
Tries: O'Meley 2, Yeaman, Houghton, Turner, Moa, Tansey Goals: Tickle 7

Danny Tickle
Tickle was in good form with the boot

Mark O'Meley scored two tries and Danny Tickle kicked 14 points as Hull FC held off a second-half Harlequins revival to move into fourth place in Super League.

The visitors led 30-0 at half-time, thanks to a try each from O'Meley, Kirk Yeaman, Danny Houghton, Jordan Turner and Sam Moa.

Quins threatened a revival when Luke Dorn, Will Sharp and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook crossed.

But Jordan Tansey and O'Meley ensured there would be no shock fightback.

The first 10 minutes of the game were entertaining with both sides offering action going forward, but it was Hull FC who took the lead, with O'Meley holding off two tackles and charging over.

They doubled that lead when Shaun Berrigan's brilliantly timed pass gave Yeaman a clear path to the line. Houghton streaked clear after Tom Briscoe dispossessed Jones-Bishop to cross, with Tickle kicking his third conversion.

Turner surged in at the corner and Moa charged over, with Tickle again faultless with the boot to make it 30-0 at half-time.

But it was Quins who were to score the next 18 points and threaten to make a game of it, with Dorn starting the rally by latching onto Luke Gale's chip to cross between the posts.

Sharp held off two tackles to race from inside his own half to score and then McCarthy-Scarsbrook rounded off a Chris Melling break, with Rob Purdham converting all three tries.

The Black & Whites sensed the possibility of a comeback and quelled it through Tansey and O'Meley, with Tickle converting both to end the day on 14 points.

Harlequins RL: Jones-Bishop, Sharp, Clubb, Howell, O'Callaghan, Dorn, Gale, Ward, Ellis, Wilkes, Golden, Purdham, Melling.
Replacements: McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Williams, Krasniqi, Mills.

Hull FC: Tansey, Lyne, Turner, T. Briscoe, Yeaman, Washbrook, Berrigan, Radford, Houghton, O'Meley, Manu, Tickle, Fitzgibbon.
Replacements: Lauaki, Moa, Cusack, Nicklas.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)

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Redknapp blasts friendly schedule

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp
Redknapp led Tottenham to fourth in the Premier League last season

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has criticised the timing of forthcoming international friendlies as the start of the 2010-11 season approaches.

England face Hungary in one of several internationals scheduled for 11 August, just three days before the start of the Premier League campaign.

"Can someone tell me why you have an international game the same week the season is starting?" asked Redknapp.

A Football Association spokesman said the date of the match was set by Fifa.

After a hugely disappointing 2010 World Cup campaign in South Africa, England manager Fabio Capello has the Hungary game in which to assess his options ahead of the start of qualification for the 2012 European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Capello's men kick off their bid to reach Euro 2012 against Bulgaria at Wembley on 3 September before travelling to Switzerland on 7 September.

"It's an international date set by Fifa, and many other countries are also preparing for qualifiers," an FA spokesman told BBC Sport.

"If we weren't to have a friendly in August with two qualifiers ahead, we would be criticised - especially as there may well be some new faces in the squad."

Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are also in action on 11 August as are the likes of Italy, Brazil, France and the Netherlands.

But Redknapp said the decision to stage friendlies just before the start of the season, and only a month after the end of the World Cup, was not helpful for players or managers in the club game.

"They've just been away together to the World Cup. They're probably sick of the sight of each other," added Redknapp, who will lead his side into the qualifying rounds of the Champions League for the first time.


Redknapp also criticised his own club for organising a pre-season schedule that he feels could be detrimental to their chances of qualifying for the group stages of the Champions League.

Tottenham played three games in eight days on a tour of the United States before returning to take on Villarreal at White Hart Lane on Thursday - a game they lost 4-1.

A trip to Portugal to play Benfica and a home game against Fiorentina follow.

"It's been busy schlepping around the place," stated Redknapp. "We've just come back from a gruelling trip around America.

"It's crazy. And we pile more games in. The last thing we need is to be playing games.

"We need to train. I need to get the players on the training pitch because all we do is play and recover. We should be working in training.

"Too many games have been scheduled. I don't know whose fault that is. We play too many games.

"We play Fiorentina on the Saturday [7 August], which is a nuisance, then they go off and play for their countries," he added.

"They're going to have an international week before the first week of the season, before we play Manchester City and then a European qualifier.

"I won't see them from Saturday night until Friday before we play Man City [on 14 August], not once.

"Why? What's the point of it? A meaningless friendly. The week before the season, when we should be training, working, getting organised for the first game, they won't be here.

"How can that be a way to prepare for the start of the season? Then you've got your fingers crossed that not too many come back injured."

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England lose to Germany in opener

Men's Champions Trophy
Venue: Monchengladbach, Germany Dates: 31 July - 8 August
Coverage: Match reports and highlights on the BBC Sport website

Ashley Jackson
Jackson's goals could not prevent England's defeat

England failed to recover from a first-half mauling as they lost their Champions Trophy opener 4-2 to Germany.

The hosts raced into a commanding 4-0 half-time lead as Glenn Kirkham's captaincy debut began disastrously.

Ten minutes after the restart Ashley Jackson converted a penalty corner to give England a glimmer of hope.

And five minutes from time he pounced on a rebound to add more respectability to the scoreline but a full-blown England comeback did not materialise.

The Germans, who defeated England 4-1 in the World Cup semi-finals in March to avenge England's 2009 EuroHockey Nations final victory, go top of the pool on three points.

After all six teams have played each other, the top two sides qualify for the Monchengladbach tournament's final on 8 August.


The third and fourth, and fifth and sixth-placed teams will face each other to decide the remaining classifications in the competition.

England, minus usual captain Barry Middleton who is out with a broken toe, next take on Spain on Sunday.

Coach Jason Lee's side then face defending champions Australia on Tuesday, the Netherlands on Thursday before completing their round robin schedule against New Zealand next Saturday.

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