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Chelsea trio Ramires, Victor Moses and Demba Ba miss trip to Bucharest for Euro tie

Ramires and Moses have a rest as they miss Chelsea's Europa League trip to Bucharest but Terry and Co hope it'll be plane sailing

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14:11 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:17 GMT, 6 March 2013

Ramires and Victor Moses were left behind by Chelsea as Rafa Benitez's side headed to Romania for Thursday's Europa League with Steaua Bucharest.

The pair were rested ahead of Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United at Old Trafford. Striker Demba Ba also missed the trip because he is cup-tied after playing for Newcastle in the competition.

'We will try to put a very competitive team on the pitch and try to do a good job,' said manager Benitez who was speaking a the pre-match press conference. 'After we will think about United but the main thing at the moment is to progress in this competition.

Net gains: Rafa Benitez appeared in good spirits ahead of Chelsea's Europa League clash tomorrow

Net gains: Rafa Benitez appeared in good spirits ahead of Chelsea's Europa League clash tomorrow

Smooth landing: Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira arrive

Smooth landing: Chelsea's Eden Hazard, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin, Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, Oscar, Paulo Ferreira arrive

A step down Chelsea are European champions but will want to win the continent's second-tier competition

A step down Chelsea are European champions but will want to win the continent's second-tier competition

The leaders: John Terry and Frank Lampard stride ahead of the Chelsea squad

The leaders: John Terry and Frank Lampard stride ahead of the Chelsea squad

Rafael Benitez

Rafa Benitez and Bolo Zenden

Rolling out the red carpet: Chelsea manager Rafa
Benitez receives a better reception in Bucharest than he does at
Stamford Bridge

'We will try to respect every competition. We are here to play Europa League and we will try to win. After, we will concentrate on Old Trafford and then West Ham. We know all the competitions are important and we will try to finish in the top four and everybody will be happy.

'We know how difficult it is to play away in Europe. We know Steaua Bucharest is a good team with good players. Tactically it is a good team. It is a team capable of pressing high or waiting to play on the counter-attack. They have good pace and can play from the back. It is a team with a good balance.

Chelsea's clash with Steaua Bucharest marks their 50th this season, but Benitez doesn't expect fatigue to be an issue.

He added: 'We can see the games and we can watch our players and we will decide which ones play. We have to manage them.

'We know we have played a lot of games and we want to play more. This is the way for a top side in a lot of competitions. If we do it properly, I don’t think fatigue will be a problem.'

Yossi Benayoun (ankle) and Oriol
Romeu (knee) are expected to miss out through injury, but John Terry
(knee) may not be risked following a fairly stuttering return from a
spell on the sidelines

Romanian champions Steaua come into the tie with almost a full squad to
choose from as Laurentiu Reghecampf looks to continue his side's
impressive run in the competition.

Chelsea arrived in Bucharest in good spirits as they look to win a European competition for the second successive season.

Rested: Chelsea midfielder Ramires and (below) forward Victor Moses

Rested: Chelsea midfielder Ramires and (below) forward Victor Moses

Victor Moses

Cup-tied: Demba Ba has also not travelled to Romania

Cup-tied: Demba Ba has also not travelled to Romania

Australian Open 2013: Victoria Azarenka wins first round

Azarenka not firing on all cylinders but world No 1 battles through opening test

By
Jon Fisher, Press Association

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04:01 GMT, 15 January 2013

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UPDATED:

04:37 GMT, 15 January 2013

Top seed Victoria Azarenka survived a second-set scare to see off Monica Niculescu in the first round of the Australian Open.

Having cruised through the opener Azarenka's game inexplicably came off the rails in the second before she reasserted her superiority to win 6-1 6-4.

It seemed plain sailing for the defending champion on Rod Laver Arena as she raced into a 4-0 lead, seemingly at ease with her own game and that of her opponent, whose quirky sliced forehand marks her out from the rest of the crowd in the women's game.

Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Defending champion: Victoria Azarenka survived a wobble in the second set to beat Monica Niculescu

A minor blip saw Niculescu break back but the Belarusian simply raised her level once again to take the first set in 31 minutes.

There appeared little chance of a Niculescu comeback but the Romanian surprised everyone inside Rod Laver Arena by swiftly establishing a 3-0 advantage. It almost became 4-0 but Azarenka clung grimly on to her serve by staving off two break points.

It proved a turning point as the world No 1, roared on by close friend Redfoo from the band LMFAO, hit back.

Watching brief: Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of LMFAO watches Azarenka and Niculescu in Melbourne

Watching brief: Stefan 'Redfoo' Gordy of LMFAO watches Azarenka and Niculescu in Melbourne

She drew level at 3-3, prompting a frustrated Niculescu to crack her racket into the court – an act which earned her a warning from the chair umpire.

Azarenka then broke again for 5-4 as Niculescu's challenge waned and she served it out to advance.

It was her first appearance on RLA since her thrashing of Maria Sharapova in last year's final and Azarenka admitted she was pleased to have avoided an embarrassing return.

Game over: In the end,, world No 1 Azarenka had too much in her locker for Niculescu

Game over: In the end,, world No 1 Azarenka had too much in her locker for Niculescu

Monica Niculescu

'It's great to be back, there were a lot of overwhelming emotions out there,' she said.

'I started really well but the second set was a struggle. I am pleased to get through.'

Azarenka had to pull out of the warm-up event in Brisbane due to an infected toe but she insists the injury is now behind her.

She added: 'I am running without pain and am just trying to focus on the next two weeks.'

Sir Alex Ferguson reveals smuggling history

Fergie: I was a smuggler! United boss brought back cheap goods during playing days

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11:43 GMT, 19 November 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he would smuggle goods back into Britain from Europe during his playing days as customs staff never checked his luggage.

The Manchester United boss has been travelling to and from all corners of the continent during his playing and managing days.

And he has admitted to packing his bags full of cheap goods on the return leg.

Fill yer boots! Sir Alex would bring back goods in his bags

Fill yer boots! Sir Alex would bring back goods in his bags

He told The Sun: 'I brought a lot of stuff back. In those days nobody checked. You got on the plane and there'd be boxes of this, boxes of that, your bag would be full of stuff. Nobody bothered.'

But it wasn't all plain sailing for Fergie, who experienced a different side to football when he travelled as a Dumfermline player in the 1960s.

Far from the 1st class travels today's players are used to, the trip was an arduous experience.

Recalling one visit to Bilbao in Spain, he said: 'We had to get a bus from a town on the border between France and Spain, seven hours along the Spanish coast, and the bus had wooden seats.

'There was no radio to keep us entertained. There was nothing, just wooden seats. We had to travel like that for seven hours and then play the next day.'

Sir Alex added: 'The romance of Europe looks good when you're sitting at home, but if you were actually out there doing it as a player in those days, it wasn't as good.

'European football is so different now. When I was a player you used to go out on a Sunday and come back on a Thursday. It was a long week away.'

No pampering: Fergie and his team-mates were on a coach for seven hours

No pampering: Fergie and his team-mates were on a coach for seven hours

Windsurfing kept for 2016 Olympics

Team GB benefit as international sailing body keep windsurfing as 2016 Olympic sport

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UPDATED:

23:20 GMT, 10 November 2012

The International Sailing Federation has decided to retain windsurfing for the 2016 Olympics – which could prove a major boost for Team GB.

The plan had been to ditch the discipline for Rio and replace it with kiteboarding, a decision which attracted criticism from some quarters as well as suggestions that the switch came about after confusion in the voting process.

That conversation has now been rendered moot after the ISAF opted to overturn their previous decision.

Good news: Great Britain's Nick Dempsey receives his Olympic silver medal

Good news: Great Britain's Nick Dempsey receives his Olympic silver medal

It is good news for British athletes including London 2012 silver medallist Nick Dempsey, Beijing 2008 bronze medallist Bryony Shaw and highly-rated teenager Saskia Sills.

All three are considered medal contenders for the Games in Brazil.

The Royal Yachting Association have been among those campaigning for windsurfing, and RYA performance director John Derbyshire said: 'This is what the membership of the RYA asked for – we have a very strong youth pathway and some 10,000 windsurfing members of the RYA, so on their behalf we are delighted with the decision.

'We obviously have great compassion towards the kiteboarding community, with whom we have been working very closely, and I am sure that they will continue to work very closely with both the RYA and ISAF families with a view to gaining inclusion for the discipline in future Olympic Games.

'We can now look forward to preparing for Rio 2016 with the clarity that this decision brings.'

Heineken Cup 2012: Ulster 41 Castres 17

Ulster 41 Castres 17: Last season's losing finalists bag maximum points after Pienaar's bonus try

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UPDATED:

21:51 GMT, 12 October 2012

Last season's beaten finalists Ulster opened their Heineken Cup campaign with maximum points thanks to Ruan Pienaar's dramatic bonus try.

The newly-returned Pienaar got down under the posts after Ulster had broken out of their 22 in injury time with the last move of the game.

Ulster's other tries came from Paul Marshall (2) and Andrew Trimble, with Paddy Jackson making a vital contribution of 21 points from the boot on a pulsating night for new Ulster coach Mark Anscombe's side.

Gotcha: Chris Henry (centre) is tackled by two Castres players

Gotcha: Chris Henry (centre) is tackled by two Castres players

It was not all plain sailing for Ulster, though, who lost Stephen Ferris prior to the game with a back injury.

Castres made a brighter start and Romain Teulet slotted a fourth-minute penalty after Ulster were penalised for dragging down a maul.

But Ulster responded three minutes later as Paddy Jackson slotted a straightforward penalty after Castres had strayed offside.

Ulster carved out a try in the left corner from Trimble one minute later.

A Castres high kick went loose and Jared Payne made ground rather easily to set Trimble up for the try.

Jackson then landed a superb conversion from the touchline and Ulster were in front, soon opening up a 10-point lead when Jackson added a second penalty.

Paul Marshall's chip and chase then led to Ulster's second try in the 21st minute, the scrum-half dotting down near the posts to give Jackson an easy conversion.

Castres needed to hit back and Pierre Bernard finally launched a cross-kick left for Marc Andreu to score.

Revenge: Henry (right) nails one of his opponents later int he game

Revenge: Henry (right) nails one of his opponents later int he game

Too much Seremaia Bai (right) admits defeat in the final moments of the game

Too much Seremaia Bai (right) admits defeat in the final moments of the game

Teulet added the extras but Ulster immediately hit back with Jackson's third penalty after Castres were pinged for not releasing.

Jackson's fifth kick from five attempts was the final score of the half and Ulster led 23-10 at the break.
It was not long before they had their third try, Iain Henderson's surge allowing Paul Marshall to dart over with a blindside break close to the line.

The decision went upstairs to the TMO before Jackson missed his first kick of the night when trying to convert.

He atoned for his miss three minutes later with a long-range penalty that took Ulster to 31-10.

The visitors hit back once more and, after pummelling the Ulster line, winger Marcel Garvey slid over.

Referee Andrew Small went to the TMO before the try was given and Teulet added the conversion.

Ulster's cause was hindered, however, when Tom Court was shown a yellow card for hauling down the Castres maul three minutes before the hour mark.

But Ulster still increased their lead through another Jackson penalty before Pienaar made his first appearance since the Four Nations Championship when he came on for Paul Marshall.

The home side survived Tom Court's binning but struggled to put any more points on the board, even with Castres prop Yannick Forestier being sent to the bin in the 75th minute.

But in the game's final play, Ulster broke out of their 22 when Johann Muller won a ball at the breakdown.

Luke Marshall's break set up Pienaar who showed a lovely swerve and pace to get through the last line of Castres' defence for the bonus try, which Jackson converted.

Dean Cox goal from the half-way line

Anything Beckham can do… Leyton Orient's Cox scores belter from half-way line

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11:26 GMT, 3 October 2012

Walsall isn't the most glamorous of away trips on a cold Tuesday night, but the Leyton Orient fans who made the journey were able to bask in the glow of a spectacular Dean Cox strike.

Just before the half-hour, and with Orient already a goal to the good, Cox glanced up to spot goalkeeper Karl Darlow off his line.

And with pinpoint accuracy, he let fly inside his own half and sent the ball sailing over the red-faced keeper.

Orient withstood a strong Walsall fightback in the second half to win the game 2-1, a result that lifts them into the top half of the League One table.

We all remember David Beckham's embarrassment of Neil Sullivan from half-way in 1996 but such goals aren't that rare.

Here are a few memorable ones…

David Beckham makes himself a household name in 1996

And one at the opposite end of his career…


Alonso takes aim against Newcastle


Or do as Jone Samuelson does and head the ball

Or take it on the volley like Stefan Ishizaki

Lewis Hamilton wins Italian Grand Prix at Monza

Lew beauty! Hamilton wins from pole in Monza to narrow gap on Alonso

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UPDATED:

14:17 GMT, 9 September 2012

Lewis Hamilton set aside speculation over his future to take victory in the Italian Grand Prix and refresh his hopes of Formula One world title glory.

After crashing out at the first corner of last Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix along with championship leader Fernando Alonso, and amid the saga of his contract negotiations with McLaren, Hamilton conjured a superb drive at Monza to claim his third win of the season and 20th of his career.

The Briton finished 4.3 seconds ahead of Sauber's Sergio Perez in second place, with Alonso giving the Ferrari fans plenty to cheer with third to establish a 37-point gap in the standings ahead of new second-placed man Hamilton.

Thumbs up: Hamilton celebrates on the podium

Thumbs up: Hamilton celebrates on the podium

Plain sailing: Hamilton led from the front

Plain sailing: Hamilton led from the front

The start was routine enough for Hamilton, a straightforward getaway, with no drama alongside Button after McLaren on Saturday celebrated the 62nd front-row lockout, and a new F1 record.

Instead, it was Ferrari's Felipe Massa who proved to be the biggest thorn in Hamilton's side as the Brazilian attacked going into the first chicane, Rettifilo.

Hamilton, however, just did enough to keep his old rival at bay, the duo avoiding a collision after becoming entangled on numerous occasions last season.

Job done: Hamilton celebrates after winning the Italian Grand Prix

Plain sailing: Hamilton led from the front

Plain sailing: Hamilton led from the front

ITALIAN GRAND PRIX RESULT

1 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren)
2 Sergio Perez (Sauber)
3 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
4 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
6 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes)
7 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
8 Paul Di Resta (Force India)
9 Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber)
10 Bruno Senna (Williams)

That allowed Hamilton to begin his
march to victory as he was rarely troubled en route, losing the lead
only momentarily when a one-stopping Perez managed to run through to lap
29.

Behind him was another masterclass of
a drive from Alonso, who had started 10th in the wake of a
disappointing qualifying when – with pole there for the taking – a rear
anti-roll bar broke in Q3.

Alonso, however, made up three places
on lap one, had moved past Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen on lap two, and soon
after was running fifth when he cut his way past Michael Schumacher in
his Mercedes.

Italian job: Ferrari fans flocked to Monza to support the home team

Italian job: Ferrari fans flocked to Monza to support the home team

Italian job: Ferrari fans flocked to Monza to support the home team

That left him with reigning champion Sebastian Vettel in his sights, and it was not long before the duo were going head to head.

A failed pass into Rettifilo was soon
followed by a brave move through the Curva Grande, one which Vettel
defended with too much aggression as he forced Alonso on to the grass.

The stewards took a dim view as they
handed the 25-year-old German a drive-through penalty, with his woes
compounded later on when he retired along the pit straight with wisps of
white smoke coming from his car.

Frustration: Button was set for second place before an engine failure

Frustration: Button was set for second place before an engine failure

Vettel was the second big-name
retirement as hopes of a dream one-two for McLaren were scuppered when
Button pulled off track on lap 33 complaining of a lack of drive.

Just a week after thrusting himself
back into title contention with his win in Belgium, now 78 points
adrift, the 32-year-old would again appear to be out of the reckoning.

Clear air: Alonso stretched his lead to 37 points

Clear air: Alonso stretched his lead to 37 points

Button's exit elevated Alonso to
third, which unsurprisingly became second soon after when he eased past
Massa, and at that stage two Ferrari drivers on the podium was on the
cards.

But Perez suddenly put in a number of
lightning laps. First he flashed by Massa – who went on to finish
fourth – and soon after Alonso, making no mistake in contrast to
Malaysia earlier this year when he threw away the prospect of a win with
an error and with the latter in his sights.

Airborne: Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso crashes out in spectacular fashion

Airborne: Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso crashes out in spectacular fashion

Airborne: Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso crashes out in spectacular fashion

If Vettel's retirement was bad enough
for Red Bull, worse followed in the closing stages when team-mate Mark
Webber dropped three places from seventh to 10th with a spin on to the
grass, only to retire in the pits a lap from home.

The upshot leaves Hamilton as
Alonso's nearest challenger, with Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen a further point
down in third after the Finn finished fifth, whilst Vettel is a further
point adrift. Webber is now 47 points down overall.

Bad day at the office: Vettel had to stop his car towards the end of the race

Bad day at the office: Vettel had to stop his car towards the end of the race

A happy Hamilton said: 'It's a fantastic win in front of the best crowd. I'm happy for the team. It's been the best day.'

Perez was beaming from ear to ear as
he said: 'That was a great race for me for my team. It's unbelievable to
get a podium in Monza. It's really special.'

Storming race: Perez (right) finished in second place having started 12th

Storming race: Perez finished in second place having started 12th

Storming race: Perez (right) finished in second place having started 12th

Taking the bulk of the cheers from
the crowd, Alonso was content enough with third as he said: 'It was a
difficult race starting 10th, but we knew we had the quickest car, so to
recover the way we did was good.'

The Mercedes duo of Schumacher and
Nico Rosberg were sixth and seventh, followed by Paul Di Resta in his
Force India, the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi and Williams of Bruno Senna.

Champagne moment: Hamilton and Alonso enjoy their moment on the podium

Champagne moment: Hamilton and Alonso enjoy their moment on the podium

Champagne moment: Hamilton and Alonso enjoy their moment on the podium

London 2012 Paralympics: Helena Lucas wins gold as Britain win first ever sailing medals

Helena rules the waves! First for Britain as Lucas strikes Paralympics sailing gold

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14:02 GMT, 6 September 2012

Great Britain claimed its first ever Paralympic sailing medals on Thursday, with Helena Lucas the star of the show as she collected gold in the 2.4mR class.

Team GB is the most successful nation in Olympic sailing history but, somewhat surprisingly, their Paralympic counterparts came into London 2012 without a medal since the sport's introduction 12 years ago.

Glory days: Helena Lucas celebrates her win

Glory days: Helena Lucas celebrates her win

Golden girl: Lucas has earned the top accolade in the 2.4mR class

Golden girl: Lucas has earned the top accolade in the 2.4mR class

However, that barren spell was ended as,
with the final race of the series cancelled due to a lack of wind,
medals were awarded on the standings after the opening 10 races.

As a result, Lucas deservedly took gold in the 2.4mR class after a week of domination from the only woman in the 16-boat fleet.

Deserved: Lucas was good value for her medal

Deserved: Lucas was good value for her medal

Alexandra Rickham and Niki Birrell also
leave London 2012 with a medal, although bronze is not the colour the
four-time world champions had been hoping for.

Great Britain only missed out on the podium in one of the three Paralympic classes after the cancellation of race 11 prevented the Sonar team clawing their way back into medal contention.

Bronze: Alexandra Rickham (left) and Niki Birrell (right) finished third

Bronze: Alexandra Rickham (left) and Niki Birrell (right) finished third

John Robertson, Stephen Thomas and
Hannah Stodel were third in the standings until they were handed a
four-point penalty last night for for a rule infringement, which dropped
them down to fifth overall.

After a request to re-open the case was rejected overnight, the British team saw a further protest against the international jury fail on Thursday.

London Paralympics 2012: Day six five athletes to watch

Rachael Latham's five Paralympians to watch on day 8

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23:24 GMT, 5 September 2012

One of our original Magnificent 7, Rachael made two swimming finals in Beijing but injuries forced her to retire in 2010. Now she is part of Channel 4’s coverage of the Games and here she selects her daily viewing highlights for day eight…

Silver service: Louise Watkin

Silver service: Louise Watkin

LOUISE WATKIN (SWIMMING)

Louise, 20, has won two medals already but it will be tough to beat South African Natalie in the 200m individual medley. Du Toit took gold ahead of Louise at the world championships but Louise has a quiet determination.

TIME: Heats 9.40am. Final 5.38pm.

TOM HALL-BUTCHER (FENCING)

Wheelchair fencing may not sound like it works but it does. Tom, 22, is in the sabre class A and was 14th at last year’s world championships. He could do better with home support. He has four qualifying matches then it’s knockout.

TIME: 11am.

JONNIE PEACOCK (ATHLETICS)

The 19-year-old runs in the T44 100m final. It is the most anticipated event of the Games and world record holder Jonnie is a favourite. It’s a tough field, including Oscar Pistorius, but Jonnie has the talent and belief to win.

TIME: 9.24pm.

In front: Jonnie Peacock (centre) shone in the 100m heats

In front: Jonnie Peacock (centre) shone in the 100m heats

TERRY BYWATER (BASKETBALL)

Terry, 29, scored 19 points in wheelchair basketball against Japan and 23 v Turkey in the quarter-final — they call it having ‘hot hands’. He doesn’t care who scores the points as long as Britain beat Canada today and they have a medal.

TIME: 9.15pm.

HELENA LUCAS (SAILING)

Helena looks a near-certainty to secure Britain’s first Paralympic sailing gold, needing a top-nine finish to do so. She is the only woman in a fleet of 16 in the single-person keelboat 2.4mR class and she has racked up four wins in 10 races.

TIME: 11.10pm.

London 2012 Olympics: LIVE – day 14 including Tom Daley and Usain Bolt

LIVE: Olympics – follow all the action on day 14 as it happens

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11:52 GMT, 10 August 2012

You can keep track of all the latest news, views and pictures from the Olympic Park and beyond with our live coverage. This is your ultimate guide to all the action as it unfolds during London 2012…

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12.51: Daniel Fogg seems lost in the pack at the Serpentine. Difficult to spot him amidst the sea of caps and black swimsuits.

He started very well, but has dropped back after initially keeping touch with Oussama Mellouli.

He'll struggle to better Payne's fourth placed finish at this rate.

12.45: Bithell was full of praise for the Australian crew, and said: 'We tried it. We got the better of them at the start and managed to sneak ahead but we were kind of hoping the fleet would be there to hold them up.

'They sailed a fantastic race, we tried to attack them when we could but they held their nerve and they're worthy champions.'

12.42: The women will be bidding for their gold come 13.00 in the 470 class sailing.

They are level on points with New Zealand pair Jo Aleh and Olivia Powrie, and have to finish ahead of them if they are to snatch the gold.

The fans on the shores of the water will hopefully scream them home for another gold.

12.35: Back to the Serpentine and the men are barely approaching the half-way point of the race.

It'll be tiring stuff out there, and – needless to say – that water is deathly cold.

There's a large pack forming with no real breakaway group like in the women's race yesterday.

Canada's Richard Weinberger leads.

12.33: Australia kept a cool head their. Really accomplished stuff as Patience and Bithell threw everything at Belcher and Page.

Argentina finish third in the race to sneak a bronze medal.

12.29: It's over in the 470 class sailing at Weymouth. Australia take the gold, as Great Britain are forced to take silver.

12.25: Meanwhile at Weymouth, it's getting less and less likely for the GB duo to take gold. The Australians are out in front still, and Patience and Bithell have just incurred a penalty for using their body weight to pump the sail too much. Seemed harsh to me, but the gold seems to be slipping through their fingers.

Close but no cigar: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell missed out on gold in the 470 class sailing

Close but no cigar: Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell missed out on gold in the 470 class sailing

GB in fourth and Australia in second as it stands in the race.

12.23: Schofield and Heath qualify in the K2 200m semi-finals at Eton Dorney – they'll be in tomorrow's finals.

But it's the Russians who steal the show. Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko set a new Olympic record. Unbelievable run!

12.21: Patience and Bithell are trying to put the clappers on the Australians' wind to slow them down. But they need someone else to wedge between them to knock Page and Belcher off the top off the leaderboard on points.

12.18: We're on the last lap now at Weymouth and they are still behind the Australians with Croatia out in front.

In they get: The men dive into the Serpentine at the beginning of the 10k open water marathon

In they get: The men dive into the Serpentine at the beginning of the 10k open water marathon

GB need to overtake both boats and hope the Croats stay in second and the Australians take third or worse to win the gold medal.

12.15: Weymouth again. The Australians look very quick, and have taken control of the race with the Britons just behind them. With around 20 minutes to go, they'll have to overtake them to have a chance of taking the gold.

12.12: There's one last race including Brits at Dorney Lake.

Jon Schofield and Liam Heath, World Championship silver medallists, are hoping to make it into the final of the K2 200m.

Hopefully they can make it three out of four at Dorney Lake.

12.10: Now back to Weymouth it's all a bit tense really. Team GB could win the race and still not take the gold medal because Australia are ahead on points.

They are, however, in the lead, and appear to be going for this hell for leather. Hopefully the margin will be great enough to get them on the highest point of that podium.

12.08: Jess Walker has qualified in second place in the K1 200m women's kayaking. A brilliant final 75m get her into the final with ease. Excellent performance.

12.02: There's a light breeze at Weymouth, and it's the British team who have the initiative. I think this one is going to run pretty close, and could even provide us with Team GB's 26th gold medal.

12.00: Meanwhile Daniel Fogg and the other 10km marathon swimmers are in the Serpentine. It's all go in the water!

11.59: And it's on! Both boats head out to the right side of the course, and Team GB got the better start so far.

11.57: Patience and Bithell are going for gold, there's no doubt about that, but it is the Australians' medal to lose.

We'll see if they can take on Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page.

For clarity, worst case scenario for Team GB's duo are guaranteed silver. But they won't be satisfied with that…

11.51: Next comes the sailing at 12.00 as Patience and Bithell try to turn gold into silver. Similarly the women's pair Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark are trying to improve on their guaranteed silver at 13.00.

11.49: Jefferies is new to the sport, and he was racing against the big boys there.

A brilliant heat in the opening stages, and perhaps too much, too young in the semi.

A medal prospect for Rio methinks, if preparations and development go to plan.

11.45: Richard Jefferies misses out on the final. He finishes in sixth place as Yuri Cheban romps to victory in the heat.

A good experience all the same for Jefferies I'm sure.

11.43: Jefferies is in the water, and he's off!

Liam Phillips will be in action today in the BMX racing

Liam Phillips will be in action today in the BMX racing

11.41: Tough semi coming up for Jefferies. He'll be in lane seven and he has the likes of Sebastian Brendel to keep up with in the race.

Fingers crossed now everyone!

11.36: We're out of the kayaks for now and back in the canoes at Dorney Lake.

Ivan Shtyl takes the win in the first one in emphatic style. Angola's Nelson Henriques struggles again.

First he has his habitual lane problems at the start, and then he finishes emphatically in last.

He's like Eric the Eel but on the water rather than in it.

Richard Jefferies is up next…

11.31: Ed McKeever seemed pretty happy with how things have gone so far for him in the kayaking.

He said: 'It has been good. I have been on a good training camp, and I am looking forward to the final tomorrow.

'It has been really frustrating watching everyone else from Great Britain going out there and winning medals. Hopefully, I will have more to come for tomorrow.'

Quietly confident

11.25: Daniel Fogg will be hoping to do what Keri-Anne Payne failed to yesterday. Take a place on the podium in the 10km marathon at Hyde Park.

But the swimmer will have a tough job of it. As he's not amongst the medal favourites. Stranger things have happened of course…

He's in the Serpentine at midday.

11.23: McKeever smashes it in his semi-final. Warning shot successfully fired. De Jonge and Craviotto set a marker in their race, and McKeever was slightly slower than the Canadian's time.

The final is going to be unbelievably close. Lets' hope McKeever has saved up enough to take the gold.

So he managed the third quickest time in all of the semi-finals. Let's bag another medal in tomorrow's final then, Ed!

11.22: McKeever is off in his heat! He's away quickly…

11.16: Saul Craviotto qualifies first in the K1 200m, and Canada's Mark de Jonge is in second.

These two look like tough opponents for McKeever if he reaches the final.

11.15: The first semi-final of the K1 kayaks are about to get underway. McKeever will be keeping a close eye on this lot, as they could stand in the way of his gold medal.

11.09: Jess Walker will be back just before midday in her semi-final, and Ed McKeever is out at 11.20. This is where it gets a little serious, as the competition is tougher and the athletes will be going at it hard to secure a favourable lane in the finals.

Through you go: Jess Walker finished in fourth in the qualifying for the K1 200m

Through you go: Jess Walker finished in fourth in the qualifying for the K1 200m

11.04: Lutalo Muhammad said after his first round victory in the under-80kgs in the taekwondo.

He said: 'I am just glad to get through, it all came together in the end. The atmosphere is fantastic, and I feel a lot better now I have got my first fight out of the way.

'All the build-up did not matter, it is like any other tournament, and I feel a lot better off now I am through.'

11.02: And Schofield and Heath take second in their heat to the Belarusian duo Raman Piatrushenka and Vadzim Makhneu in the 200m kayak double.

11.00: Lutalo Muhammad takes his bout in the final round. He wins 7-1 after a couple of headshots and is in the quarter-final.

10.58: Up next in the water are Liam Heath and Jon Schofield in the men's kayak double.

That said, the Russia duo of Yuri Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko – who set a fearsome Olympic best in their heat.

Just about: Lutalo Muhammad (right) makes the quarter-final in the under-80kgs taekwondo

Just about: Lutalo Muhammad (right) makes the quarter-final in the under-80kgs taekwondo

10.55: Back at Eton Dorney, Jess Walker finished fourth in her heat in the K1 200m kayaking. The semi-finals are at 11.51, and Spain's Teresa Portela Rivas, a world champion in 2002 and 2005, will be one to watch. She nailed the heat, winning by half a length.

10.50: And as I type, Muhammad is out. He's taking on Farkhod Negmatov of Tajikstan. Hopefully he can lift the mood in the ExCel after a defeat for Stevenson. 0-0 after round one.

10.48: With a tear in her eye, she said afterwards: 'I am not a quitter and I would never have quit… I have no regrets.

'I am not going to quit… I am going to keep going and have another go hopefully.'

She also said: 'My mum and dad would have wanted me to be here, and they would have been proud.'

Really gracious after a comprehensive defeat by the American.

10.44: That's it! Stevenson bows out in a shock defeat to Paige McPherson. 5-1.

Really disappointing for Stevenson after all she's been trhough. Admirable effort, but McPherson's defence was impregnable.

She could fight for a bronze medal if McPherson makes it all the way to the final. But that will be a big ask given that there's a few tough competitors in the latter stages.

10.41: Another shot to the head for McPherson… her coach has appealed it and the score stays at 5-1. Close one.

10.40: Stevenson is back out with two minutes to go. She needs to pull it back to keep the Olympic dream alive.

Out she went: Sarah Stevenson lost to Paige McPherson in the preliminary round of the taekwondo

Out she went: Sarah Stevenson lost to Paige McPherson in the preliminary round of the taekwondo

10.37: The standard is pretty high, and the crowd are stunned as Stevenson is 5-1 down. McPherson is no slouch. Another round to go, and a lot of work to do.

She's two minutes away from bowing out here.

10.35: Not the best start as Stevenson takes a head-shot straight away from the American. 0-3. The end of round one.

10.31: That roar from the crowd can only mean one thing, Sarah Stevenson is heading to the mat at the ExCel. She's facing Paige McPherson of the USA. Bring it on!

10.30: Sarah Stevenson is about to compete. She's coming off the back of a really tough year after the loss of both her parents in 2011.

She's going for gold in honour of her mother and father, and we're all behind her.

She won the first ever British Olympic medal in taekwondo back in Beijing with a bronze. Let's hope she can go one (or two) better.

10.25: Aaron Cook has spoken of his pain at being overlooked for selection for the Olympics instead of Lutalo Muhammad.

He told the BBC: 'I am really looking forward to Rio 2016 and all my training will be based around that. Hopefully, the four years will fly by.

'There is nothing more I want to do than win a gold medal for my country.

'It does not mean I will re-join the Great Britain academy though. I have showed I am doing the right thing for me, and I need to keep doing that.

'I still feel the same; I should have been there fighting. I was in pieces this morning thinking I should have been competing today.'

10.20: Was great to see David Rudisha of Kenya take gold and break his own world record last night at Olympic Park.

Such an unsung hero considering how exciting a race the 800m has always been, and just how good Rudisha is at it!

10.17: We're back in the kayaks in a moment at Eton Dorney after the canoeing. Jess Walker is up in the second heat for Team GB in the women's K1 200m.

10.14: In terms of the taekwondo, the first preliminary rounds are underway, but we're yet to see either of the Team GB competitors. Stevenson will be out imminently though I'm told.

10.11: Lutalo Muhammad said he received hate mail after his selection for the Games. Really shocking to see, especially considering he didn't select himself AND the young man is a strong medal contender.

More medal hopes: Team GB's Luke Campbell hopes to guarantee himself at least a silver medal later in his boxing semi-final

More medal hopes: Team GB's Luke Campbell hopes to guarantee himself at least a silver medal later in his boxing semi-final

Good for him that he just wants to get on that podium for Great Britain.

He told the BBC: 'A lot of the stuff that I received I don't want to even repeat, it was quite hurtful.'

'A lot of people didn't appreciate that I've had a good Europeans and all I've tried to do is perform to the best of my ability.

'When people start sending you hate mail and calling you names I think it's quite childish, but I'm trying to forget about that and focus on London 2012 and getting on the top of the podium.'

10.05: So Jefferies is through to the semi-finals. But a surprise exit is world and European champion Valentin Demyanenko of Azerbaijan. It can't hurt the young Briton's medal chances, but there's still a lot of canoeists in there who are looking unbelievably strong.

10.02: So Daley and Pete Waterfield missed out in the synchro diving, but can the 18-year-old triumph in the individual event

He's got stiff competition with the Chinese and Russia's Ilya Zakharov. A tough field to say the least.

10.00: Jefferies finishes in third place behind Russian Ivan Shtyl and Germany's Sebastian Brendel.

Not a bad race from the Brit, but these guys will take some beating in the latter stages.

09.59: Oops. Proceedings have been held up as Nelson Henriques winds up in the wrong lane. He awkwardly paddles into the correct one and we're off.

09.55: Back at the lake now. Richard Jefferies is in his canoe (different from a kayak in that you kneel (rather than sit) and you have a single-ended paddle (rather than double)).

He's taking part in the C1 200m in a moment, and should qualify to the semi-finals.

The women's under-67kgs is already underway, with Sarah Stevenson competing shortly

The women's under-67kgs is already underway, with Sarah Stevenson competing shortly

09.50: A lot of pressure on Muhammad in the taekwondo here. Cook is an outstanding fighter, and would be a medal contender without doubt.

Also the selectors will be feeling the heat ahead of this one.

First up, it's Sarah Stevenson – she'll be hitting the mat in around 10 minutes.

09.45: Spain's Saul Craviotto has won the most recent heat, but again, most qualify in these preliminary stages.

It is another great day out there on the lake.

09.44: The kayaking athletes look in exceptional shape. They are so top-heavy in lieu of their remarkable upper body power.

The races are over in seconds, and it's quite a sight to see one man powering a small boat that quickly with just one paddle!

09.40: A weather update from Eton Dorney… and it's better news. The wind is up, AND it's sunny!

Patience and Bithell are definitely on the podium no matter what in their race. It's just whether they can better the silver they've already secured.

09.37: McKeever powers into the lead ahead of Marko Novakovic of Serbia.

Barely busting a gut, but there are more races to come this morning – including the vital semi-final, where a good race will give him a preferable lane in the finals.

No sweat.

09.33: McKeever is up in a few moments. He's a quick starter, and the best in the world at the K1 200m. Watch this space folks.

Raw power: Tim Hornsby hit the water in the canoe sprint K1 200m

Raw power: Tim Hornsby hit the water in the canoe sprint K1 200m

Usain Bolt of the lake Ed McKeever hit Dorney Lake in his bid to win the gold

Usain Bolt of the lake Ed McKeever hit Dorney Lake in his bid to win the gold

Although it is a display of power, McKeever is a tad slighter than the other competitors… Whatever works!

09.31: The first heat is easily won by Canadian Mark de Jonge. Immense upper body strength powers him through to the semi-finals.

But qualification isn't too tough here. You have to finish in around last place (depending on time) to fail to qualify.

09.30: But first on the water is the men's K1 200m heats. No GB representatives but this is a real showing of brute force.

09.24: Ed McKeever is a real medal hope for Team GB. Labelled the 'Usain Bolt on the water,' he's one to keep an eye on today as he hits Dorney Lake at 09.37. He has finished on the podium in every international event he has competed in a kayak since 2010.

09.19: Shanaze Reade crashed out at the previous Olympics in Beijing after a win-or-bust move backfired and she crashed out in the final.

The BMX racer scuppered a medal there, but she's a real hope for Britain this year. Older and wiser can't hurt can it

09.15: Among the GB hopefuls are Ed McKeever who starts his bid for gold in the men's kayak, when he goes in his heat at 09.37, Richard Jefferies (men's canoe single), Jess Walker (women's canoe single) and Liam Heath and Jon Schofield (men's kayak double) are also on the water.

There's no medals to be won at Dorney Lake just yet though…

09.11: As well as the taekwondo Eton Dorney has some action again with more canoe sprints.

Singles and doubles are in the offing, and Team GB have a few people scattered in there that could feature in the semi-finals later today.

09.06: Nicola Adams has said she wants to be back at the next Games in Rio.

Not satisfied with being the first ever Olympic champion – she wants double gold!

09.02: Like yesterday, the taekwondo athletes – should they progress – will have a couple of hours off before their quarter-final bouts at around 15.00.

In action: Lutalo Muhammad (left) is representing Team GB in the taekwondo under-80kgs

In action: Lutalo Muhammad (left) is representing Team GB in the taekwondo under-80kgs

Pretty gruelling schedule for all involved really. Four fights in a day against world class opposition. Muhammad and Stevenson will really have to earn this medal if they are to get one.

08.57: So after smashing the 19 golds earned at Beijing, how many do you think we can rack up by the end of the London Games.

What's so special about this year Are the home crowd carrying our athletes over the line, or are our training programmes better than ever.

Tweet or email to let me know your views.

08.50: We're just ten minutes away from the taekwondo preliminaries, and Jade Jones' triumph yesterday will surely have spurred Lutalo Muhammad and Sarah Stevenson on.

Mind you, these competitors are pretty nifty too.

It'll also be interesting to see if Aaron Cook will be there. The world No 1 and European champion was at the ExCel yesterday, but he has vowed to stay away today…

08.45: We've also got representatives in another final this evening. It's the men's 4x400m relay final at Olympic Park.

Martin Rooney, Jack Green and Co will have to pull out a personal best and a half to beat the likes of the USA and the Jamaicans, but it is one of the great Games spectacles regardless of who takes it.

08.40: And I almost forgot. Team GB's women take on New Zealand in the bronze medal hockey match after their deflating defeat to Argentina.

Really hoping they pick up the third place, they've been fantastic throughout.

08.37: So I've gone 37 minutes without talking about the big one… the 200m final.

Unbelievable scenes last night which saw a one, two and three of Jamaican runners.

Bolt winning was hardly a surprise, neither was his sidekick and consistent runner-up Yohan Blake. But it was great to see the young Warren Weir coming in third.

I'm sure the Jamaicans – whoever is selected – will be pretty confident in the relays…

08.30: And to iron out that bit of international bias, we'll drop in some international news.

The millionaire NBA players assemble again to represent the USA as they face Argentina in the semi-finals tonight.

They'll be out for revenge though, as the South Americans beat them in Athens on their way to a surprising gold medal.

08.25: A couple of other unmissables today. It's the women's 1500m final, and Team GB boast the presence of two athletes in the medal race.

Laura Weightman, coached by Steve Cram, and Lisa Dobriskey have a chance of another gold. They'll be on track at 20.55.

It's the final day of BMX circuit racing and Shanaze Reade will be looking to progress through her semi-final.

Liam Phillips earned his spot in the men's semis yesterday in a day of heats which looked like it had come straight from the Whacky Races cartoon. Definitely one to watch.

Both semis are after 15.00, and the medal races take place later today at gone 16.30.

08.20: There's a couple more medals to be won on the water, with Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell going for gold in the men's 470 sailing, and Saskia Clark and Hannah Mills in the women's medal race.

Patience and Blithell's race was postponed yesterday due to a lack of wind! Must have been an agonising wait, but hopefully they can snatch gold from the Australian duo.

Bid for gold: Shanaze Reade will be riding today, hoping to reach the final of the women's BMX racing

Bid for gold: Shanaze Reade will be riding today, hoping to reach the final of the women's BMX racing

08.15: There's even more taekwondo too. Sarah Stevenson is in action in the women's under-67kgs. So too is Lutalo Muhammad in the under-80kgs.

Muhammad's selection of course was enshrouded in controversy after world No 1 Aaron Cook was overlooked in his place… No pressure the, Lutalo.

The preliminaries kick off at 09.00.

08.10: We've also got everyone's favourite diver, Tom Daley. He'll be taking part in the 10m diving preliminaries at 19.00 ahead of Saturday's final.

Hopefully he'll be in with a shout at a gold or silver, but he has to qualify first…

08.05: After Nicola Adams became the first woman ever to win an Olympic gold medal yesterday, the men are back in action in a bid to rack up even more medals.

Four Team GB fighters are in action in the semi-finals of the men's boxing. If they win their bout, they can guarantee silver for Britain.

Bantamweight Luke Campbell faces Japan's Satoshi Shimizu (14:00), welterweight Fred Evans is up against Ukraine's Taras Shelestyuk (21:30), middleweight Anthony Ogogo takes on Esquiva Falcao Florentino of Brazil (15:00), and super-heavyweight Anthony Joshua meets Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan (22:30).

08.00: Good morning one and all. We've got an action-packed day ahead as we embark upon day 14 of the London Games.

Last night saw Team GB's 25th gold as Jade Jones won the under-58kgs taekwondo.

We're hoping for EVEN more today though…

Going solo: Britain's Tom Daley will start his quest for Olympic gold in the men's 10m platform diving

Going solo: Britain's Tom Daley will start his quest for Olympic gold in the men's 10m platform diving