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Events marking a year to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics are taking place in Stratford, Sergio Aguero is close to signing for Manchester City in a record move and more.

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0000: That's all from Wednesday's Sportsday Live, which will resume on Thursday at 0800 BST.

2353: TENNIS - British number one Elena Baltacha misses out on a place in the quarter-finals of the Citi Open in Maryland after losing 6-4 6-2 to France's Virginie Razzano.

2344: FOOTBALL - The Daily Mail reports that Tottenham have stepped up their interest in £15m-rated Blackburn defender Chris Samba with his agent due to hold talks about his possible departure this week.

2338: FOOTBALL - Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "Just had pre match meal. Heading to the stadium in 25 mins to play The All Stars. Should be interesting with Henry and Becks in opposition!"

2325: SWIMMING - Action continues at the World Championships in Shanghai on Thursday. Britain's Jemma Lowe goes into the 200m butterfly final as the fastest qualifier with team-mate Ellen Gandy also in the line-up. Also in action will be Olympic champion Michael Phelps against world champion Ryan Lochte in the 200m individual medley - a final which Britain's James Goddard will also compete in. You can follow the event on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra from 1045 BST and on the Red Button from 1100.

2309: FOOTBALL - Arsenal are closing in on a £15m deal for Valencia winger Juan Mata - paving the way for Cesc Fabregas to go to Barcelona, reports the Daily Mirror.

2300: RUGBY LEAGUE - Robbie Hunter-Paul on Twitter: "I've been speaking to some of the Crusaders lads tonight and they are really lost for words. Struggling to find future on uncertain terrain."

2255: FOOTBALL - Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Getting ready for the game vs MLS All Stars..should be a great game!Going to be a humid one,time to go through the pain barrier for fitness."

2250: FOOTBALL - Celtic manager Neil Lennon will decide on Thursday whether to hand a contract to any of the three trialists who featured in Wednesday's 2-0 pre-season friendly defeat by Wolves at Parkhead. Croatian goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa, South African striker Katlego Mphela and Slovakian forward Milos Lacny all featured and afterwards Lennon hinted that Pletikosa perhaps had the best chance of securing a deal.

2225: TENNIS - Defending champion Svetlana Kuznetsova pulls out of next week's WTA San Diego Open, joining Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Petra Kvitova on the absentee list.

2203: ATHLETICS - British Olympic 400m hurdles bronze medallist Tasha Danvers has been ruled out of the rest of the season through injury, including the World Championships in Daegu.

2158: FOOTBALL - An under-strength Celtic side lose 2-0 to Wolves in a friendly match at Parkhead. Jamie O'Hara opened the scoring on 28 minutes before an own goal in the 72nd minute by Hoops' second-half substitute Filip Twardzik.

2153: OLYMPICS - International Olympic Committee chief Jacques Rogge tells BBC Sport that London's readiness for the 2012 Games is on a par with Sydney 2000 and Beijing 2008.

2145: RUGBY UNION - Australian backrower Richard Brown is due to undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday which will rule him out of the Rugby World Cup.

2138: FOOTBALL -Thiago Alcantara's double strike gives Barcelona a 2-0 win over Bayern Munich in the Audi Cup.

2134: RUGBY UNION - Fly-half Dan Carter is named in New Zealand's starting line-up for Saturday's Tri-Nations game against Australia in one of four changes to the team which beat Fiji a week ago.

2124: TENNIS - Defending champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain beats third seed Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia to reach the quarter-finals of the Croatia Open.

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2121: FOOTBALL - A second goal by Thiago Alcantara gives Barcelona a 2-0 lead over Bayern Munich at the Audi Cup in Munich with just over 10 minutes left.

2112: OLYMPICS - You can watch some of Britain's best-known and successful Olympians including Duncan Goodhew, Roger Black and Tessa Sanderson race in the new Olympic pool to mark one year to go until the opening ceremony of the 2012 Games.

2100: FOOTBALL - Controversial Blackburn striker El-Hadji Diouf's international career appears to be over after the Senegal Football Federation hit him with a five-year ban from all football-related activity in his home country after he claimed in an interview that the whole system of African football was corrupt.

2054: FOOTBALL - Irish side Shamrock Rovers lose 1-0 at Danish champions FC Copenhagen in their Champions League third qualifying round first leg tie. The second leg takes place next Tuesday in Dublin.

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2048: CYCLING - London 2012 hopefuls Becky James and Jess Varnish win gold in the team sprint at the Under-23 World Championships in Portugal while Laura Trott triumphs in the individual pursuit and John Dibben wins the junior men's equivalent.

2038: CRICKET - Bowler James Anderson says England can achieve "great things" as they move nearer to topping the world Test rankings for the first time ahead of India.

2032: FOOTBALL - At half-time in the pre-season Audi Cup in Munich, Thiago Alcantara's 41st-minute goal gives Barcelona a 1-0 lead over Bayern Munich

2020: OLYMPICS - You can find out more about the design of the 2012 Olympic medals, which were unveiled earlier, and the medals from previous Olympic Games, here on the BBC News website.

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2013: OLYMPICS/ATHLETICS - GB 400m hurdler Dai Greene tells BBC Radio 5 Live: "I'm probably going to sound like a grump but I'm not all that excited about 2012 at the moment because I have a World Championships coming up. I need to make sure my training is spot on and I have events this weekend and next weekend so I am focussed on that rather than on the Olympic starting line."

2000: FOOTBALL - Fifa president Sepp Blatter has opened the way for goalline technology to be implemented in leagues from next season, as long as the International Football Association Board approves an "accurate and affordable" system when it meets in London in March 2012.

1950: OLYMPICS - The Daily Telegraph has published pictures of the London 2012 Olympic medals. Designed by British artist David Watkins, they depict Nike, the Greek Goddess of Victory, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the host city.

Daley's first dive in Aquatics Centre

1945: OLYMPICS - You can now watch a re-run of Tom Daley making the first dive at the London 2012 Aquatics Centre to mark one year to go until the start of the Games. After safely completing the dive Daley described the pool as "cold" but believes the atmosphere in the 17500 capacity arena will be "awesome".

1933: OLYMPICS - An impassioned speech by Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who says the city could hold the Games tomorrow. For the full transcript of his comments and everything else related to today's events, you can follow a live text commentary on the BBC News website. "2012: One Year To Go" finishes with Princess Anne unveiling the medals.

1926: OLYMPICS - Tom Daley on Twitter: "First dive in the olympic pool!! That was fun! Can't wait for the olympics now :) #1yeartogo"

1920: OLYMPICS - BBC sports news correspondent James Pearce on Twitter: "Massive cheer for BOA chairman Lord Moynihan as he accepts invitation on behalf of Team GB. Nobody from Locog would have enjoyed that!!"

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1915: OLYMPICS - International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge officially invites the world's athletes to come to London for the 2012 Games. The Feeling are now performing on the stage and a number of potential British competitors are being introduced to the crowd. Shortly, the medal design will be revealed.

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1915: OLYMPICS - More from Tom Daley on BBC One: "The atmosphere was just incredible - it's going to be awesome next year." Over to Trafalgar Square as Prime Minister David Cameron takes to the the stage alongside Princess Anne, London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe and officials from several other Olympic committees. "This is a great night for London and a great night for Britain," says Mr Cameron. "It's on time and on budget. This will be a great advertisement for this country. It's about great sport, it's about great legacy and it's about Great Britain - our history, our present and our future."

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1905: OLYMPICS - You can watch "2012: One Year To Go" live on BBC One now. Tom Daley performs the first dive at the Aquatics Centre. "It was a little bit cold," he jokes.

1900: CRICKET - Close of play scores. Tour match... Durham close on 143-1 in reply to Sri Lanka A's 203; LV County Championship Division One... Lancashire - needing 258 to beat Nottinghamshire - finish on 8-0, and Somerset post 198-0 following Worcestershire's first-innings 488; LV County Championship Division Two... Northants register 67-0 in response to Glamorgan's first-innings 252 and Surrey are 13-0 after Gloucestershire's first-innings 286.

1855: CRICKET - Close of play scores. Tour match... Durham close on 143-1 in reply to Sri Lanka A's 203; LV County Championship Division One... Lancashire - needing 258 to beat Nottinghamshire - finish on 8-0, and Somerset post 198-0 following Worcestershire's first-innings 488; LV County Championship Division Two... Northants register 67-0 in response to Glamorgan's first-innings 252 and Surrey are 13-0 after Gloucestershire's first-innings 286.

1840: OLYMPICS - International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge declares himself "a very happy man" after marking a year to ago until the 2012 Games by visiting the Aquatics Centre. Rogge places London on a par with the most successful Games of recent times in terms of preparations with a year to go, but warns against complacency in the countdown to 2012.

1835: FOOTBALL - Manchester United issue a statement to confirm Javier Hernandez spent Tuesday night in hospital. A club spokeswoman told "Chicharito sustained a mild concussion during training last night. We have taken all the necessary precautions, which included an overnight stay in hospital. The manager will give further updates in due course."

1828: RUGBY LEAGUE - BBC Radio 5 live's George Riley on Twitter: "I understand first big-name departure from Crusaders will be confirmed tomorrow morning, v good signing for a West Yorks team."

1823: RUGBY LEAGUE - Hull Kingston Rovers coach Justin Morgan says Crusaders' decision to leave Super League next season will increase the cost of British players. "Their value's increased by 25-30% because they know there are very few of them," Morgan tells BBC Radio Humberside. "The majority of Crusaders' roster are overseas players that won't get another contract so home-grown players' premiums will go through the roof."

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1819: FOOTBALL - Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez spent Tuesday night in hospital in the United States after being concussed during training, the club have confirmed.

1817: OLYMPICS - Lord Sebastian Coe, London 2012 chairman, on Twitter: "#1yeartogo celebrations have taken in Olympic Park this morning to Trafalgar Square tonight. Fantastic day, hard work still lies ahead!"

1810: FOOTBALL - Fulham announce their squad for Thursday's Europa League third qualifying round meeting with RNK Split. Pajtim Kasami and Marcel Gecov could both be handed their debuts but, but Mousa Dembele and Clint Dempsey have not travelled. Provisional squad: Schwarzer, Baird, Hangeland, Senderos, Hughes, JA Riise, Etuhu, Davies, Murphy, Sidwell, BH Riise, Briggs, Zamora, Johnson, Somogyi, Kelly, Kasami, Frei, Gecov.

BBC Radio 5 live
1805: OLYMPICS - "Will the Olympics provide a legacy for Britain or will we lose interest after the Games are over?" asks Aasmah Mir on BBC Radio 5 live's Drive programme. UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson is answering that question right now.

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1755: CRICKET - Durham are making solid progress against Sri Lanka A, as are Leicestershire against Essex and Northamptonshire against Glamorgan. Surrey need three more wickets to bowl out Gloucestershire in their first innings, Lancashire are close to wrapping up Nottinghamshire's second innings and Marcus Trescothick has just reached three figures as Somerset chase Worcestershire's first-innings 488. Latest scores on the BBC Sport website.

1750: FOOTBALL - Argentine striker Sergio Aguero has arrived at the Etihad Stadium to complete his move from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City. He is greeted by scores of fans in City shirts.

1747: HORSE RACING - Veteran trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who has been in the sport for over 50 years and trained many great horses including Dancing Brave, calls his current star Frankel the "best horse I have ever seen" after watching the colt stretch his unbeaten run to eight wins in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

1740: FOOTBALL - Manchester City Football Club on Twitter: "Sergio Aguero will arrive at the Etihad Stadium in five minutes, anyone coming to see him?"

1735: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News reports that Partizan Belgrade midfielder Radosav Petrovic is having a medical at Blackburn.

1730: RUGBY LEAGUE - The Rugby Football League says it is doing all it can to help Crusaders come to terms with Tuesday's Super League licensing blow. Meetings are planned with the Rugby League Players' Association in a bid to resolve the issue of owed monies.

BBC Radio 5 live
1725: OLYMPICS - British gymnast Beth Tweddle is talking to Aasmah Mir on BBC Radio 5 live as we gear up for "2012: One Year To Go" on BBC One at 1900 BST. "It's one thing taking part in an Olympics but it's another having it in your own country with all your family and friends there to support you," says Tweddle. "People will feel the buzz whether they're up in Liverpool, Manchester or down in London."

1715: TENNIS - A couple of noteworthy second-round results from the Aegon Pro-Series event in Chiswick. Dan Evans and Josh Goodall both post victories but Oliver Golding and Jamie Baker both make early exits.

1710: OLYMPICS - BBC presenter Jake Humphrey, looking ahead to BBC One's "2012: One Year To Go" on Twitter: "Rehearsals over, now we wait...not for a year though, just a couple of hours. Live at 7 from Trafalgar Square..."

1700: FOOTBALL - Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker joins Bolton, Sky Sports News reports.

1655: FOOTBALL - The seedings for Africa's 2014 World Cup first and second qualifying rounds have been announced. The top-10 nations are Ivory Coast, Egypt, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon, Algeria and Tunisia.

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1650: CRICKET - Plenty of action taking place around the country. Follow all the County Championship, Clydesdale Bank 40 and tour match scores on the BBC Sport website.

BBC Radio 5 live
1645: OLYMPICS - Aasmah Mir is presenting the Drive programme on BBC Radio 5 live from Trafalgar Square now. Joining Aasmah are coaches, athletes and officials. "The nation has got behind the Games and one year on Olympic fever is building," says cyclist Andy Tennant. "Let's hope it continues afterwards too."

1635: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter at Glorious Goodwood: "Henry Cecil tells me latest on Frankel; plan is to have rest & 1 more race, QE11, Ascot, Oct & stay in training 2012."

1625: FOOTBALL - Goals from Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and Daniel Sturridge help Chelsea to a 4-0 victory over Hong Kong league champions Kitchee. A full match report is now available on the club's official website.

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1615: FOOTBALL - World governing body Fifa announces that the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil will start on 12 June, with the final on 13 July. The 2013 Confederations Cup, meanwhile, will run from 15-30 June in 2013.

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1605: OLYMPICS - Tune into BBC Radio 5 live now for continued coverage of the events marking a year to go until the opening ceremony of London 2012. Aasmah Mir is down at Trafalgar Square while Peter Allen has just spoken to Loughborough University's director of sport Chris Earle. Team GB will be based at Loughborough during the Games and Earl says he expects the hosts to finish "at least fourth" in the medal table.

Olympian ticket policy angers Gillingham (UK only)

1600: OLYMPICS - Double Olympic medal-winning swimmer Nick Gillingham criticises the British Olympic Association for offering just two pairs of tickets to former Olympians, preventing him from taking his family to watch his event. Gillingham also says too many corporate tickets have been made available and former Olympians deserve better treatment, dismissing the BOA's offer as "tokenism".

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1552: HORSE RACING - BBC Sport's horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght on Twitter at Glorious Goodwood: "Owner Prince Khalid Abdullah hints 8 out 8 Frankel may stay in training next year."

1547: FOOTBALL - Norwich defender Leon Barnett says the club are targeting a 17th place finish this season - no more, no less. "As far as I know the aim is just to stay up and establish ourselves as a Premier League team," he said.

1540: FOOTBALL - Hearts have been handed a boost with the news that David Obua is available for their Europa League opener against Paksi after resolving his passport issues.

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1535: CRICKET - Three County Championship matches are up and running and the wickets have been falling, check out our latest scores. In a tour match, meanwhile, Sri Lanka A have posted 201 all out against Durham.

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1526: RUGBY UNION - Scotland full-back Hugo Southwell will miss the Rugby World Cup because of a knee injury, the Scottish Rugby Union has confirmed.

1524: HORSE RACING - The Sir Henry Cecil-trained Frankel made it eight wins from eight races with victory in the Sussex Stakes at Glorious Goodwood.

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1521: FOOTBALL - Fernando Torres hits the post just before the full-time whistle as Chelsea secure a 4-0 win in their pre-season friendly against Kitchee.

1512: FORMULA 1 - Mark Webber believes Red Bull need to address their Sunday form if they are to avoid further repeats of their German disappointment. "We know we have to improve the car on Sundays," said the BBC columnist. "It's an area that has been brewing the last few races, and it is something we need to address soon."

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1506: FOOTBALL - A wonderful solo effort from Daniel Sturridge puts Chelsea 4-0 up in their pre-season friendly against Kitchee.

1457: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wigan Warriors prop Stuart Fielden is ruled out for the season after tearing a pectoral muscle.

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1451: FOOTBALL - Didier Drogba heads home to put Chelsea 3-0 up in their pre-season friendly against Kitchee. Fernando Torres immediately enters the fray as a substitute.

1449: FOOTBALL - Manager Alex McLeish says it is unlikely Aston Villa will add any new faces before the start of the season. "You can never say never but at the moment if we get N'Zogbia, which is looking good, then it's unlikely we will do anything unless there's more trading with the players we already have in the squad," he told the Press Association.

1446: FOOTBALL - Greek Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos admits that professional football in Greece is "very corrupt" and has "a long history of corruption," report AFP.

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1439: FOOTBALL - An Ubay Luzardo own-goal puts Chelsea 2-0 up in their pre-season friendly against Kitchee.

1435: FORMULA 1 - Ferrari's Felipe Massa is the latest driver to choose his five all-time favourite grands prix for BBC Sport's classic F1 series. They are the 1991 Brazilian GP, the 1992 Monaco GP, the 1993 European GP, the 2006 Turkish GP and the 2006 Brazilian GP.

1425: FOOTBALL - Sky Sports News reports that Porto have rejected a staggering €80m (£70.6m) bid for Brazilian striking ace Hulk from an undisclosed club, according to his agent.

1418: OLYMPICS - BBC sport editor David Bond Tweets: "We always knew the race to finish aquatics centre was tight but am reliably told ODA were only handed keys 6 days ago."

1414: RUGBY LEAGUE - Wakefield Wildcats secured their new Super League licence "on merit", owner Andrew Glover insists.

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1409: FOOTBALL - Chelsea have taken the lead in their pre-season friendly against Kitchee in Hong Kong Frank Lampard scoring from the penalty spot after Yossi Benayoun had been tripped inside the area.

1408: FOOTBALL - Staying with Arsenal, forward Andrey Arshavin has set himself a 15-goal target for the new season. "My own target is simple - I would like to score 15 goals in total," the Russian told the official club website.

1405: FOOTBALL - Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals winger Theo Walcott has left the club's training camp in Germany to undergo a scan on a recurring ankle problem. "He'll have an MRI," said the Frenchman. "We need some more investigation because sometimes he's completely free of it and sometimes it affects him. But we had to send him back because he couldn't practice anymore."

1359: TENNIS - More on former world number one Serena Williams underlining her determination to return to the top of women's tennis with that crushing victory over Anastasia Rodionova at the Bank of the West Classic in California, where she won her first match back on United States soil since 2009 in straight sets to love.

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1354: FOOTBALL - Press Association Sport understands that West Brom are closing in on the signing of Birmingham goalkeeper Ben Foster.

1347: FOOTBALL - Manchester City Football Club's official Twitter account: "Sergio Aguero is in the building!"

1337: OLYMPICS - Here are pictures of the Olympics Aquatics Centre will be officially unveiled when British hopeful Tom Daley makes the first dive into the pool at 1900 BST. Events marking a year to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games continue to be held in the Olympic Park in Stratford, and BBC News is following every step with a live text commentary.

Michael Phelps wins 200m butterfly World title

Phelps finds form to win 23rd World title

1328: SWIMMING - We now have video of Michael Phelps making history in Shanghai by winning his 23rd world championship title by taking gold in the 200m butterfly for a record fifth time earlier on. It's available to UK users only.

1323: RUGBY UNION - Scotland head coach Andy Robinson has told BBC Scotland that full-back Hugo Southwell will miss the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand because of a knee injury.

BBC Radio 5 live
1316: OLYMPICS - "It's easy to say but hard to deliver. What about legacy?" BBC 5 live presenter Shelagh Fogherty asks two famous British Olympians at the new Aquatics Centre for London 2012 in Stratford, where she will jump in the pool live on air shortly. "There are a lot of positive signs. These will be great community venues for years to come," says triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards. "The non-tangibles, the emotional legacy, are important," responds legendary javelin thrower Steve Backley. "The games can be an inspiration to a whole generation, or even two. It's what it does to a nation, aspiring to be the best you can be."

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1308: CRICKET - Lunch on day one of Sri Lanka A's tour match at Durham... the visitors are currently 105-6 (after 27.5 overs). Here's our full scorecard.

1259: OLYMPICS - Olympic sports reporter for BBC Sport, Ollie Williams, on Twitter: "Photos of the London 2012 medals have been released to the media, not for publication till 1930 BST. My verdict: 7/10."

1251: SWIMMING - "I'm really pleased to be in it," Britain's James Goddard tells BBC Sport after qualifying for the 200m individual medley final at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai. "It was a solid time and I'm looking forward to tomorrow night. A week ago I was thinking about pulling out, my shoulder's been quite sore. All credit to the physios. The support team has got so much better and they are making people swim faster. [Michael] Phelps is the best in the world but I'll give it a go."

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1245: OLYMPICS - Britain's former 1500m world record holder Steve Cram tells BBC Radio 5 live that the current automatic two-year ban for athletes found using recreational drugs should be reviewed. He believes there needs to be a range of penalties, and that taking cocaine and ecstasy is not the same as those that are systematically trying to cheat to win events.

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1238: SWIMMING - James Goddard has just qualified for Thursday's 200m individual medley final at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai, where he will face Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte.

1234: FOOTBALL - Tottenham are closing in on a £15m deal for Roma striker Mirko Vucinic despite claims from his agent that he has held talks with Manchester United, according to

1226: RUGBY LEAGUE - Warrington confirm the signing of Salford stand-off Stefan Ratchford, 23, for next season.

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1217: SWIMMING - Britons Gemma Lowe and Ellen Gandy win their respective women's 200m butterfly semi-finals at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai.

1212: FOOTBALL - Darren Bent has given Aston Villa a 49th-minute 1-0 lead over Blackburn in a pre-season friendly taking place between the two Premier League teams in Hong Kong.

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1204: GOLF - Darren Clarke's recent Open Championship victory is not enough to get him into Ireland's two-man team for the World Cup in China in November. As world number four Rory McIlroy, has the right to invite Clarke, Graeme McDowell or Padraig Harrington to be his partner - and he opted for McDowell. "G-Mac's the next highest on the rankings, so it will be me and him again," said the 22-year-old US Open champion.

1157: CRICKET - BBC Sport cricket reporter Kevin Howells on Twitter at Trent Bridge: "England confirm Tremlett is 'fine' after suffering hamstring niggle at Lords."

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1151: OLYMPICS - Events marking a year to go until the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games are being held the Olympic Park in Stratford, and BBC News is following every step with a live text commentary. The Aquatics Centre will be unveiled with Olympic hopeful Tom Daley making the first dive into the pool later on (at 1900 BST).

1139: SWIMMING - Britain's Georgia Davies, 20, misses out on a place in the women's 50m backstroke final by 0.07s after finishing fifth just a short while ago at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai. Team-mate and former 100m backstroke champion Gemma Spofforth also missed out after finishing seventh.

1136: FOOTBALL - Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray reveals that the north-east club have agreed an undisclosed fee with Swansea City for striker Leroy Lita.

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1132: OLYMPICS - BBC Radio 5 live's sports news and Olympics correspondent Gordon Farquhar on Twitter: "A who's who of British Olympism down at the aquatic centre this morning. Relaxed and confident air..."

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1129: SWIMMING - Five-time world champion Michael Phelps wins the men's 200m butterfly with plenty to spare at the 2011 World Aquatic Championships in Shanghai.

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1124: OLYMPICS - British sprinter Jeanette Kwakye does not believe athletics bosses should go easy on competitors caught using recreational drugs. Press Association report that Michael Stow, head of science and medicine at UK Anti-Doping, said - in a document seen by The Times - that substances such as cocaine and ecstasy should not be treated in the same way as performance-enhancing drugs, with respect to sanctions.

1115: CRICKET - More from England coach Andy Flower, who says that he is worried that not using the Decision Review System (DRS) could cause trouble in the Test series against India. He describes it as an "unsatisfactory" situation, particularly after two controversial lbw decisions in the first Test, believing umpires would be happier if they had the system available.

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1107: FORMULA 1 - McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh has dismisses suggestions that Red Bull's world championship leader Sebastian Vettel is starting to crack under pressure.

1100: CRICKET - India pace bowler Zaheer Khan did not take part in the tourist's training session at Trent Bridge on Wednesday morning, reports Press Association. Zaheer, who suffered a hamstring strain in the first npower Test at Lord's and was unable to bowl in the second innings against England, is thought to be a doubt for the second match of four in the series which starts on Friday.

1055: SWIMMING - Follow live coverage of the World Swimming Championships in Shanghai. It is live on the Red Button and the BBC Sport website , with radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

Aquatics Centre better than Beijing - Cram

1047: OLYMPICS - Former GB Olympians Matthew Pinsent and Steve Cram tell the BBC that London's Aquatics Centre is even better than Beijing's Cube with one year to go until the 2012 Olympic Games.

1040: CRICKET - Surrey opening batsman Michael Brown announces his immediate retirement from cricket due to injury. Brown told the club's website: "Injuries made it difficult to maintain the high standards I require of myself." The batsman, 31, played 96 first-class matches, scoring 5,273 runs at an average of 34.14 but has struggled with shoulder and elbow injuries.

2012 will be career highlight - Pendleton

1032: CYCLING - Great Britain cyclist Victoria Pendleton tells the BBC she wants to succeed at the London Olympic Games more than anything in the world, with one year to go until the opening ceremony.

1030: FOOTBALL - Chairman of the European Club Association Karl-Heinz Rummenigge launches a scathing attack on Fifa and wants clubs to be given a bigger say in running the sport, reports the Guardian. "I don't accept any longer that we should be guided by people who are not serious and clean," he said. "Now is the moment to intervene. Because knowing something is wrong is an obligation to change."

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1022: FOOTBALL - Atletico Madrid striker Sergio Aguero reveals on Twitter that he has arrived in Manchester ahead of talks to finalise his move to Manchester City. The translated message reads: "Just arrived in Manchester to finalise details of deal with City. Everything is going very well. Will relay more (details) in a while"

1014: RUGBY UNION - London Irish announce the signing of Canada international Jebb Sinclair on a one-year contract. The back-row forward will link up with Irish after Canada's World Cup campaign in New Zealand.

1008: FOOTBALL - Alejandro Sabella reportedly fails to show up in the United Arab Emirates to coach Al Jazira, sparking speculation he has abandoned the club in favor of leading Argentina's national team, says the Associated Press. Sabella has been mentioned as a possible new Argentina coach after Sergio Batista was dismissed Monday following a disastrous Copa America.

1002: DIVING - Great Britain 2012 Olympic diving medal hope Tom Daley on Twitter: "Going to the Olympic pool to do some diving today :) will be live on BBC 1 at 7pm! Im so excited!!! :)"

0955: FOOTBALL - Reading have reject a number of bids for striker Shane Long, reports West Ham have reportedly bid for the player, with West Brom also apparently interested in signing him.

0950: SKIING - Olympic freestyle skiing medallist Jeret 'Speedy' Peterson is found dead from a gunshot wound in Utah, reports BBC Sport.

0943: OLYMPICS - Further Olympic coverage on the BBC News website: You can explore the Olympic Park courtesy of photographer Jason Hawkes' bird's eye view of the site.

0937: OLYMPICS - Who should light the Olympic Flame at the 2012 Games in London? BBC Radio 5 live held a vote and listeners decided it should be five-time Olympic gold medallist Sir Steve Redgrave. The rower polled a massive 43.87% of the votes, ahead of decathlete Daley Thompson (23.42%), footballer David Beckham (13.75%), runner Dame Kelly Holmes (9.29%), diver Tom Daley (6.2%) and cyclist Sir Chris Hoy (3.47%) You can follow the celebrations to mark a year to go until the Games on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Radio 5 Live.

0932: FOOTBALL - England fall two places to sixth in the latest Fifa world rankings. Spain remain first, with Netherlands second, Germany third and Brazil fourth. Copa America winners Uruguay rises to its highest place in fifth spot. Republic of Ireland are 33rd, Scotland are 61st, Northern Ireland 62nd and Wales 112th. Full rankings on the Fifa website. Fifa website.

0920: CRICKET - England coach Andy Flower accuses the International Cricket Council (ICC) of lacking leadership over its failure to issue clear rules about the use of the Decision Review System, reports Agence France Presse. Under existing rules, either side in a series can veto the use of the DRS to determine lbw decisions, something India has elected to do in its ongoing series against England. "They (the ICC) are the world governing body and they should lead. I don't think it's unfair to say they haven't led on this topic," said Flower.

0915: FOOTBALL - Birmingham chairman Peter Pannu has reveals criminal charges brought against Blues owner Carson Yeung are hampering efforts to acquire new investment in the club. City's parent company, Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL), have been unable to trade on the Hong Kong stock exchange since Yeung's arrest last month. "Carson has been trying hard to find new investors but the money laundering charges understandably meant that the progress has been slow," Pannu told the Birmingham Mail.

0910: FOOTBALL - West Brom assistant manager Michael Appleton confirms the club are close to signing a goalkeeper, reports Sky Sports. The Baggies have been linked with moves for West Ham's Robert Green and Birmingham's Ben Foster.

0904: FOOTBALL - Great Britain Olympic gold medallist swimmer Rebecca Adlington on Twitter: "One year to go until London Olympics!!!! Very exciting for the whole of Britain and for every sport involved! I can't wait!!!!"

0857: FOOTBALL - Striker Fernando Torres has played down concerns about his form, saying he is finally ready to justify the £50m Chelsea invested in him last January, reports the Metro. The Spain striker endured a torrid time following his British-record move from Liverpool, scoring just one competitive goal.

0850: OLYMPICS - SCHOOL REPORT - Through School Report, the BBC is inviting every secondary school in the UK to get involved in reporting throughout the year, both on Olympic-related topics and other issues of interest to young people. Using lesson plans and materials from the School Report website, and with support from BBC staff and partners, teachers can help students develop their journalistic skills to become 2012 Reporters. Find out more here.

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0840: OLYMPICS - Events will be held across London on Wednesday to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games in one year's time, reports BBC News. These include Olympic hopeful Tom Daley making the first dive into the pool as the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park in Stratford is unveiled and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge attending an event in Trafalgar Square where the design of the medals will be unveiled. You can also follow this on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Radio 5 Live.

0835: FOOTBALL - Charles N'Zogbia's proposed £9.5m move to Aston Villa will move a step closer to completion on Thursday when the winger flies into England to undergo a medical, Press Association Sport understands.

0830: FOOTBALL - Former Great Britain Olympic swimmer Karen Pickering on Twitter: "The Olympics are one year away today..wish I was 10 (maybe 15) years younger!!! To all the GB athletes training, good luck & stay healthy"

0823: CYCLING - Tour de France champion Cadel Evans says he'd love to compete at the 2012 Olympics, but only if the course is tough enough, reports Associated Press. "I don't know if the course is going to be suitable but if I can be the man for the job to represent the country, of course I would love to ride."

0817: TENNIS - American Serena Williams beats Australian Anastasia Rodionova 6-0 6-0 in her first WTA Tour match on US soil since the 2009 US Open.

0812: FOOTBALL - Arsenal midfielder Denilson, currently on loan with his hometown club Sao Paulo, confident Gunners captain Cesc Fabregas will remain at the Emirates Stadium, despite ongoing speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, reports Sky Sports.

0805: FOOTBALL - Rangers manager Ally McCoist still confident his side can reach the Champions League play-off round despite the 1-0 loss to Malmo, reports BBC Sport. "It's a bad result but by no means is the tie over, we can come back and win this tie," said McCoist, whose side travel to Sweden for the second leg next Wednesday.

0802: ATHLETICS - Britain's leading heptathlete Jessica Ennis expects the pressure of competing at a home Olympics to improve her performance next summer, reports BBC Sport. "There's always a level of expectation. We need to go out and enjoy [the Olympics], make the most of it and do what we know we are capable of doing," said Ennis.

0800: FOOTBALL - Top transfer stories from Wednesday's gossip column: Sergio Aguero is expected in England on Wednesday morning for talks with Manchester City to finalise his £38m transfer from Atletico Madrid; on the other side of the city, Manchester United are set to make a renewed bid to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder; Newcastle manager Alan Pardew will go all out to sign Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe if he fails to land his top target, Paris Saint-Germain's Turkish forward Mevlut Erdinc; and Chelsea could make a shock move for Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, with new Blues manager Andre Villas-Boas an admirer of the 24-year-old England international.

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see also
Sportsday Live - Tuesday 26 July
26 Jul 11 |  Sport Homepage
Tuesday's gossip column
26 Jul 11 |  Gossip
Tuesday's F1 gossip column
26 Jul 11 |  Formula 1
Home pressure will help - Ennis
27 Jul 11 |  London 2012
Tie far from over - Rangers boss
27 Jul 11 |  Rangers
Sportsday Live - Monday 25 July
25 Jul 11 |  Sport Homepage


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