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Bernice Wilson banned for four years following failed drugs test

British sprinter Wilson banned for four years following failed drugs test

Banned: Bernice Wilson

Banned: Bernice Wilson

British sprinter Bernice Wilson has had a four-year ban confirmed after losing an appeal against the sanction imposed following her positive test for two anabolic steroids.

Wilson, 27, from Lincolnshire, broke into the British team last year and competed at the European indoor championships in Paris in March but tested positive for testosterone and clenbuterol on June 12.

An independent National Anti-Doping Panel handed out a four-year ban which Wilson appealed against, and UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has confirmed she had lost her appeal.

UKAD chief executive Andy Parkinson said: 'We have successfully argued for a four-year ban which demonstrates that UK Anti-Doping always seeks robust sanctions against athletes who look to cheat the system and betray those around them.

'This sends a strong message to anyone looking to dope in the UK and gives clean athletes the confidence that we are working hard on their behalf, within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Code, to protect their right to compete in doping-free sport.'

A first doping offence normally carries a two-year suspension but it can be increased to four years for 'aggravating circumstances' including if an athlete tests positive for more than one banned substance.

In its decision, the National Anti-Doping Panel said Wilson was an 'experienced and senior athlete' who saw herself as a role model to younger athletes.

'Far from admitting her guilt… she sought to blame other people,' said the panel in its ruling.

The appeal panel confirmed the four-year ban, said Wilson's arguments were 'entirely without merit' and ordered her to pay UK Anti-Doping's costs of the appeal.

Wilson had been almost unknown in athletics until 2010 and qualified for the European indoors in Paris with a personal best 60 metres time of 7.25 seconds.

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson in the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow on Thursday

Olympics minister Hugh Robertson in the anti-doping laboratory in Harlow on Thursday

Drug cheats have been warned they
will be caught at next summer's Olympics and Paralympics as London 2012
unveiled 'the most high-tech' laboratory in the history of the Games.

Up to 6,250 samples will be tested by 150 scientists working at the 24-hour anti-doping facility in Harlow, Essex.

All Olympic medallists will have to submit a urine sample and there will be around 1,000 blood tests.

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport
and the Olympics, said: 'This is about integrity and the integrity of
London's Games. Everyone wants to know what they are seeing in front of
them is a true and fair contest.'

London 2012 Olympics: British Handball campaign against Olympic venue"s Copper Box name-change

Copper Box British Handball campaign against 'generic' Olympic venue name-change

British Handball will start a
campaign against the renaming of the Olympic handball venue from the
Handball Arena to the Copper Box.

The sport's chief executive Paul
Goodwin is unhappy about the decision to change the venue's name, as it
does not give Handball enough credit for its recent growth.

The 7,000 seater stadium has been
given its new moniker because of the material used to build it, but
Goodwin does not think the Copper Box is an appropriate name.

Venue: David Cameron recently hosted a cabinet meeting in the newly named Copper Box

Venue: David Cameron recently hosted a cabinet meeting in the newly named Copper Box

'Why have they not renamed other facilities in a similar vein' he asked.

'Perhaps the Olympic velodrome will
be called the “big round wooden building” or the basketball arena
renamed as the “Marshmallow”'

He added: 'Retaining the name of the sport in the title of the venue is important to us.

'The Olympics has given handball a
great opportunity to grow in popularity, and all the indications are
that we are achieving that.

Celebration: Paul Goodwin (right) after confirmation that Team GB would enter male and female handball teams at London 2012

Celebration: Paul Goodwin (right) after confirmation that Team GB would enter male and female handball teams at London 2012

Growth: Handball is one of the most popular sports in Europe

Growth: Handball is one of the most popular sports in Europe

'I think we deserve to have all our
good work in developing the sport recognised by the authorities by not
giving the venue a generic title that does nothing to reflect its use.'

Handball is the most popular sport for women in Europe, and the second most popular for men.

Almost 60,000 children and young
people in Britain were introduced to the sport last year, and the
British women's team shocked the world by beating African Games
champions Angola at an Olympic test event at the stadium in November.

Copper Box: Not a very imaginative name for the venue

Copper Box: Not a very imaginative name for the venue

It became a men's Olympic sport at
the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but it was not until Montreal 1976 that
women's team handball was introduced to the event.

The Copper Box will host handball,
goalball and modern pentathlon fencing at London 2012, before being
transformed into a multi-use community sports centre.

Top sport stories of 2011

Simoncelli and Speed dominate our coverage: MailOnline”s top sport stories of 2011

It has been yet another incredible 12 months in the world of sport and to mark the end of 2011, we have compiled a list of our top 10 most popular stories of the year according to the number of hits they received…

Marco Simoncelli, Sergio Aguero and Gary Speed for 2011 review
MailOnline”s top 10 UK sport stories of 2010

1) Marco Simoncelli”s death in Malaysia

October was a dark month for motorsport. Fans across the globe were still reeling from the death of British driver Dan Wheldon in Las Vegas when Marco Simoncelli lost his life just a week later. The 24-year-old Italian MotoGP star died from injuries sustained in a crash at Sepang in Malaysia.

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Tragedy: Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli lost his life after a crash in Malaysia

Tragedy: Italian MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli lost his life after a crash in Malaysia

2) A first look at the strips your team will wear in the Premier League in 2011-12

Football meets fashion on this website every summer as fans cannot wait to get a glimpse of the gear their heroes will be wearing over the coming season. Kids want kitted out in socks, shorts and tops while the more mature supporter is just in it for the jersey. We cover all 20 top-flight teams AND give a Sportsmail verdict out of 10.

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3) Steven Gerrard taunts Man United fans after Champions League woe at Wembley

Loads of Liverpudlians loved it when Manchester United were outclassed by the brilliant Barcelona in May”s Champions League final. This was no surprise – their rivalry is fierce – but what did make us take a step back was a picture of high-profile Scouser and Reds captain Steven Gerrard joining in. United”s Wembley woe was on the same weekend Gerrard turned 31 and, judging by the snaps, the midfielder had a very happy birthday.

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4) Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer during the summer window

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish splashed the cash, Andre Villas-Boas was busy, Sergio Aguero joined Manchester City and Sir Alex Ferguson took David De Gea, Phil Jones and Ashley Young to Old Trafford. But there were plenty more big market movers during the summer transfer window and we kept you up to date with every single one in the Premier League.

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Tribute: Everton fans remembered Gary Speed with a minute

Tribute: Everton fans remembered Gary Speed with a minute”s applause before they played Stoke

5) Gary Speed dies aged 42

News of Gary Speed”s death broke on the last Sunday morning in November. The Wales boss had been on television the day before and the sudden loss of one of football”s true gentlemen, apparently after taking his own life, sent shockwaves throughout the world of football and beyond.

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6) Valentino Rossi”s tribute to tragic Marco Simoncelli

“So strong and so sweet. I will miss him,” said Valentino Rossi as he came to terms with the death of his close friend Marco Simoncelli. Rossi was involved in the crash which claimed Simoncelli”s life and the seven-time world champion led the tributes to his fellow Italian.

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7) Eva Carneiro joins Chelsea bench

Chelsea signed the likes of Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, Raul Meireles and David Luiz in 2011 but it was an unknown new arrival who caught the eye more than any of the big names. You all wanted to know the identity of the woman on the Chelsea bench and we were more than happy to provide the answer.

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Who

Who”s that girl Team doctor Eva Carnneiro on the end of the Chelsea bench at Stoke

8) Sir Alex Ferguson snaps at Kenny Dalglish”s daughter

Sir Alex Ferguson reacting angrily to questions is nothing new. But this story of Fergie”s fury had added spice as the interviewer was Kelly Cates – daughter of Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish. She wanted to know why Anders Lindegaard and not David De Gea was in between the sticks against Benfica in the Champions League.

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9) Manchester United pull plug on Wesley Sneijder deal

For months it seemed like Wesley Sneijder would fill the hole Paul Scholes left when he called time on his career at Manchester United. But, as Ian Ladyman reported, Sir Alex Ferguson grew tired of the long-running transfer saga and pulled the plug on plans to take the Holland and Inter Milan midfielder to the Premier League.

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Saga: Wesley Sneijder appeared to be heading to Manchester United until Sir Alex Ferguson pulled the plug

Saga: Wesley Sneijder appeared to be heading to Manchester United until Sir Alex Ferguson pulled the plug

10) Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer during the January window

Readers were more interested in the summer transfers than the goings on in January but the winter window still made our top 10. Fernando Torres to Chelsea and and Andy Carroll to Liverpool were the big ones but they weren”t all bad and we had every last one in our easy-to-follow guide.

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MailOnline”s top 10 global sport stories of 2010

1) Marco Simoncelli”s death in Malaysia

See No 1 above

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2) A first look at the strips your team will wear in the Premier League in 2011-12

See No 2 above

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3) Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer during the summer window

See No 4 above

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4) Valentino Rossi”s tribute to tragic Simoncelli

See No 6 above

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Looks sore: Liverpool and Denmark defender Daniel Agger has a tattoo of a Viking graveyard on his back

Looks sore: Liverpool and Denmark defender Daniel Agger has a tattoo of a Viking graveyard on his back

5) Steven Gerrard taunts Man United fans after Champions League woe at Wembley

See No 3 above

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6) Gary Speed dies aged 42

See No 5 above

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7) Eva Carneiro joins Chelsea bench

See No 7 above

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8) Manchester United pull plug on Wesley Sneijder deal

See No 9 above

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9) Daniel Agger shows off his tattoos

WhichPremier League footballer has a Viking graveyard on his back Okay, so the question is unlikely to come up in any pub quiz but the thousands and of you who read our article about Liverpool”s Daniel Agger early this year would have been awarded full marks.

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10) Club-by-club guide to every Premier League transfer during the January window

See No 10 above

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Fabio Capello: Clubs must stop stealing young players

Capello calls on Platini to act after swipe at Germans for “stealing talent”

Fabio Capello has taken a swipe at Germany for adopting players of Turkish origin and called upon football’s rulers to end the drain of talent from poorer countries.

Capello is still haunted by England’s 4-1 defeat at the hands of the Germans in last summer’s World Cup and raised the issue of citizenship when he addressed the Dubai International Sport conference.

‘A line needs to be drawn,’ said the Italian. ‘Richer clubs are talent-scouting and stealing players by bidding higher and not thinking about the consequences for those countries.

Capello

Capello”s complaint: Germany”s midfielder Mesut Ozil is of Turkish descent

‘These players are acquiring new passports. Germany had five of Turkish origin who opted to represent them and we all know what happened.’

Germany’s squad for the 2010 World Cup final in South Africa contained 11 players who could have qualified for other countries. Capello claims Turkey would have been far stronger with the ‘five’ who opted to represent Germany but his facts are muddled. Two players of Turkish descent were in Joachim Low’s squad — Mesut Ozil and Serdar Tasci — and both were born in Germany.

Miroslav Klose and Lukas Podolski, who both scored against England in Bloemfontein, were born in Poland. Podolski moved to Germany aged two and Klose aged seven.

The crux of Capello’s complaint is about young players bought by rich clubs, lured from poor countries and nationalised, and he expects UEFA president Michel Platini to tackle the issue.

Plea: England manager Fabio Capello was speaking in Dubai

Plea: England manager Fabio Capello was speaking in Dubai

‘Decisions need to be made,’ said Capello. ‘Players can be bought, especially when they come from poorer backgrounds. I do not accept that, having trained a player, a different team can steal the player from me. UEFA should pass rules allowing people to reap the seed that’s been sown instead of having talents leave when they receive a major offer.

‘I’ve spoken to Michel Platini and he is resolute. Clubs will be forbidden to steal young players from abroad.’

Capello denied England had stolen Danny Welbeck, who qualified for Ghana, saying: ‘He was born and brought up in England. I spoke to his family and they were fine.’

Cristiano Doni among 17 arrested in Italian football match-fixing scandal

Former Atalanta captain Doni among 17 arrested for match-fixing scandal

Arrest: Doni was banned earlier this year

Arrest: Doni was banned earlier this year

Seventeen people, including former Atalanta captain and Italy midfielder Cristiano Doni, were arrested on Monday in connection with a match fixing and betting scandal.

The operation, called “Last Bet,” was carried out in several cities in Italy following an investigation by magistrates in the northern city of Cremona.

The ANSA news agency and the Gazzetta dello Sport report that the inquiry is focused on several matches in Serie B over the past two seasons – with three of the matches including Atalanta.

Three Serie A matches from last season are also reportedly under investigation: Brescia vs. Bari, Brescia vs. Lecce and Napoli vs. Sampdoria.

Others arrested reportedly include former Inter Milan and Roma player Luigi Sartor, former Serie B player Alessandro Zamperini and active players Carlo Gervasoni of Piacenza and Filippo Carobbio of Spezia.

Charges reportedly include criminal association and sporting fraud.

In June, 16 people were arrested as part of the inquiry, which is being led by prosecutors in Cremona, and Doni was then placed under investigation.

In August, Doni was banned from football for three and a half years by the Italian football federation”s disciplinary committee and Atalanta – which was promoted to Serie A for this season – was given a six-point penalty. Doni has maintained that he is innocent.

Rugby in the summer just won"t work, warns Fran Cotton

Rugby in the summer just won”t work, warns Cotton

Fran Cotton, whose mud-caked face became one of the defining images of rugby as a winter pursuit, last night kicked plans to convert the game in England into a summer sport into touch.

Cotton, the former England, Coventry and Sale prop who is now a powerful voice within the game, insisted thatinstead of trying to rearrange the global calendar and play English domestic rugby primarily during the summer months, the Aviva Premiershipclubs should instead be focusing on trying to get their own house in order.

Winter sport: Fran Cotton believes he has a solution to keeping the Aviva Premiership on a more sound footing

Winter sport: Fran Cotton believes he has a solution to keeping the Aviva Premiership on a more sound footing

Cotton”s intervention follows the revelation that Bath”s millionaire owner, Bruce Craig, has begun talks with fellow club owners in England and France in an attempt to introduce a more structured, global season and create a new world club championship.

“The issue of a global calendar has been going for as long as I”ve been involved in rugby,” said Cotton, until recently chairman of Club England and a significant member of the RFU”s Management Board.

“Facilities and conditions have improved beyond recognition since that famous photograph of me was taken when I was playing for the Lions in New Zealand on the 1977 tour. It is extremely rare to see rugby played in those conditions any more because the quality of venues is so much better.

“Besides, it would be impossible to rearrange a whole new global calendar with World Cups and Lions tours to accommodate as well, let alone introduce extra rugby into the schedule.

Clear as mud: Fran Cotton

Clear as mud: Fran Cotton

“At a push, I”d have no problem with a one-off world club cup between the winners of the Heineken Cup and the Super 15, possibly at a venue like Hong Kong before the sevens, but to have a full-blown competition in an already over-packed calendar is madness.

“I”d also do away with the LV Cup completely on the basis that players today play too many games and nobody wants to play in the LV at all, or at least until it reaches the semi-final stages.”

Cotton”s argument is geared more towards a radical restructuring of domestic rugby in England, pushing for a franchise system, no relegation and a greater emphasis on play-offs.

“There”s no successful team sport in the world that doesn”t now have a franchise system, and that includes the majority of rugby,” said Cotton.

“Only England and France have a club system and the French can afford to do so. We cannot. What worries me is that there is a great danger, with Sale”s owner trying to sell the club but struggling to find a buyer, Newcastle suffering low gates and Leeds out of the Premiership, that there will not be a significant union force in the north.

“Wasps are in so much trouble that their owner, Steve Hayes, is trying to sell the club for 1 with all the liabilities taken on, and even the more successful clubs recently, such as Saracens, are entirely dependent on a rich benefactor who has lost millions.”

Cotton points to rugby league as a way forward in the business of English club rugby union, even if the game in the north turned to summer rugby.

“In the Super League they have blocked relegation and promotion and allowed the teams to build on their business. This is how it has to be in England.

“If you look at the Championship now, few clubs have the infrastructure to meet the demands of the Premiership in any case. A franchise system would create a new Cornish force, for example, which would placate Pirates fans who are dreaming of promotion to the top flight.

“The franchises would be given a three or five-year safety net without relegation to create a successful business model.

Model: Leicester Tigers are in solid financial shape, but they are one of the few

Model: Leicester Tigers are in solid financial shape, but they are one of the few

“Right now, save for possibly Leicester and Harlequins, the clubs do not have a business model, just a dependence on benefactors.”

A revamp of the play-offs, rugby league style, would maintain interest lost by the lack of relegation and promotion.

“More emphasis should be placed on the play-offs, which should go on for longer and involve more teams,” said Cotton.

“There should be a play-off in the bottom six, for example, with the prize a place in the play-offs for the Premiership title.

“The clubs have got to focus more on turning themselves into solvent businesses because come the day when the owners leave, they could, like Wasps, be facing extinction.”

Summer rugby may well happen in England, however, at least in the summer of 2015 before the World Cup gets under way.

Under IRB rules the host country cannot stage their main domestic leagues during the tournament, so talks are currently ongoing, with the favoured solution starting the Premiership in August and staging four or five games before the World Cup begins.

LONDON 2012: BOA launch court battle to end Dwain Chambers" Olympic dream

BOA launch court battle to end Chambers” 2012 Olympic dream

Dwain Chambers” participation in London 2012 will be determined in a courtroom after the British Olympic Association formally engaged the World Anti-Doping Agency in a legal fight.

The BOA are appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against WADA”s decision to declare them non-compliant with their code for effectively banning serious drug cheats, such as 100 metres sprinter Chambers and cyclist David Millar, from representing Britain at the Olympics.

Controversial: Chambers would be eligible for the 2012 GB team if the BOA lose

Controversial: Chambers would be eligible for the 2012 GB team if the BOA lose

Banned: Millar would also be eligible for selection

Banned: Millar would also be eligible for selection

The prevailing view is that the BOA will lose their battle after the precedent set by CAS earlier this year when they ruled that the International Olympic Committee”s Rule 45, banning America”s Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt from the Olympics even though his drugs suspension had expired, was unlawful.

However, the BOA believe they could win on the basis that their so-called eligibility rule by-law bears no relation to Rule 45.

They have engaged two leading QCs, Lord (David) Pannick and Adam Lewis, to represent them, and victory would please those who applaud their stance against the biggest enemy ofmodern sport, drugs.

It would also allow them to pick theBritish team as they see fit. BOA chairman Lord Moynihan said: “The BOAselection policy is a direct expression of the commitment British athletes have made to the values of fair play, integrity and clean competition – values that are at the heart of Olympic sport.”

Neil Wilson

The process will lead to a hearing around March, and the result is expected to be released by the end of April, allowing the issue to be resolved ahead of the Games.

It also means that they will enter a dispute with another organisation rather than an individual athlete and so avoid unnecessary acrimony.

The BOA introduced the by-law in 1992, seven years before WADA existed, and more than 90 per cent of TeamGB athletes support it.

Chambers” agent Siza Agha said: “I had hoped it was a course that would be averted, particularly in the light of a procession of high-profile athletes voicing opposition to theby-law in the last couple of weeks. Dwain never wanted to go to court and just wants to be recognised as an athlete after nearly a decade of various and ongoing sanctions.”

Clarence Seedorf doubts Carlos Tevez will join AC Milan

He”ll only join for the money! Milan skipper Seedorf doubts Tevez will sign at San Siro

Clarence Seedorf has cast doubt over AC Milan”s proposed move for Carlos Tevez, insisting the Manchester City rebel will only join the club who guarantees him the most money.

Qatari-backed Paris Saint-Germain – who are understood to have agreed a 21million deal – now lead the race to sign the controversial Argentina striker in January.

Hitting out: Clarence Seedorf believes Carlos Tevez, who is currently in Buenos Aires, will only join a club who can promise him the most money

Hitting out: Clarence Seedorf believes Carlos Tevez, who is currently in Buenos Aires, will only join a club who can promise him the most money

Milan have had an offer rejected for Tevez, whose switch to the San Siro has seemingly stalled over City”s flat refusal to allow their former captain to leave the Etihad Stadium on loan.

The Italian giants remain hopeful they can engineer a deal in time for when the transfer market reopens in the New Year but veteran Dutch star Seedorf believes Tevez will only go where he is told.

Missing man: Tevez has not played for Manchester City since October

Missing man: Tevez has not played for Manchester City since October

“Looking back at his career, his agents and every move he has ever made, I think Tevez will go where they can promise him the most money,” Seedorf told Sky Sport Italia.

“Milan would be the first time in his life that he has chosen a club for his career rather than the money. We”ll see what happens.”

The Rossoneri”s offer also included a commitment to buy Tevez for 21million next summer, but City are adamant Tevez will only leave on a permanent deal.

Milan chief executive Adriano Galliani confirmed earlier this week to Italian media that a loan deal looked out of the question.

He said: “Manchester City want us to buy Tevez definitively.

Having his say: Milan skipper Seedorf believes Tevez will go wherever he is told to play, not for himself

Having his say: Milan skipper Seedorf believes Tevez will go wherever he is told to play, not for himself

“We have suggested that we sign the player on loan, with an option to purchase. We”re not changing our position.

“It”s going to be a long negotiation. Anything can happen in the transfer market.”

Euro 2012: England TV schedule revealed by BBC and ITV

BBC gamble on England progress at Euro 2012 as ITV take two of three group games

The television schedule for Euro 2012 has been revealed, with ITV to broadcast two of England”s group games, including the crunch opening clash against France on June 11.

ITV will also show England”s potentially make-or-break final Group D game against Ukraine on June 19, with the BBC having the second group match, against Sweden on June 15.

The BBC look to have taken a gamble on England progressing to the knockout stages of next summer”s championships, where they will have first pick of the quarter-finals as well as both semi-finals.

Hoping for progress: The BBC will show just one of England

Hoping for progress: The BBC will show just one of England”s group games

Two of the Republic of Ireland”s group matches will also be shown on ITV – their opening match against Croatia on June 10, and the clash with reigning world and European champions Spain on June 14. The Republic”s final Group C match against Italy on June 18 will be broadcast on the BBC.

Eyes on the prize: Euro 2012 gets underway on June 8, with the opening match shown on the BBC

Eyes on the prize: Euro 2012 gets underway on June 8, with the opening match shown on the BBC

The final will be shown on both ITV and the BBC on July 1. Both broadcasters will also have a daily highlights programme.

Philip Bernie, BBC head of TV sport said: “The BBC is delighted to be showing the Uefa European Football Championship, a huge football event, which, along with the London Olympics, should ensure a fantastic sporting summer for BBC viewers.

“We are very happy with the live matches on BBC One, as they give us a strong climax to the event, with both semi-finals, as well as England”s quarter-final if they progress.

“We also have some very appetising group games, including England”s second match, against Sweden, in peak time, Ireland”s final match, against Italy, and heavyweight clashes between the Netherlands and Germany and Germany and Portugal.”

Full TV schedule for Euro 2012 group games

8 June: Poland v Greece (BBC) Russia v Czech Republic (ITV)

9 June: Netherlands v Denmark (BBC), Germany v Portugal (BBC)

10 June: Spain v Italy (ITV), Republic of Ireland v Croatia (ITV)

11 June: France v England (ITV), Ukraine v Sweden (BBC)

12 June: Greece v Czech Republic (ITV), Poland v Russia (ITV)

13 June: Denmark v Portugal (ITV), Netherlands v Germany (BBC)

14 June: Italy v Croatia (BBC), Spain v Republic of Ireland (ITV)

15 June: Ukraine v France (ITV), Sweden v England (BBC)

16 June: Greece v Russia (BBC), Poland v Czech Republic (BBC)

17 June: Portugal v Netherlands (ITV), Denmark v Germany (ITV)

18 June: Croatia v Spain (BBC), Italy v Republic of Ireland (BBC)

19 June: Sweden v France (ITV), England v Ukraine (ITV)

London 2012 Olympics: Team GB on for record haul

Team GB gets the green light as UK Sport reveals we”re on course for record medal haul

Team GB are in a better position than ever in their quest to beat their Beijing medal haul and finish fourth in the overall table at next summer”s Olympics, a report released by UK Sport has revealed.

Every quarter UK Sport, the body responsible for elite athlete performance, analyses the performance of each team who will compete for Britain at the Olympics in a traffic-light system.

If a team is rated as red, it needs help to reach its goals, if it is amber it means the team is on track, and green means the sport in question is exceeding expectations in events leading up to the Games.

Gold standard: Team GB

Gold standard: Team GB”s medal haul at the last Olympics was their best in a century

Analysis for the last quarter of 2011 indicates that 23 Olympic and Paralympic summer sports, the highest number to date, have an overall green rating.

That has left UK Sport confident that Britain is on track to achieve its dual goal of winning more than the 47 medals they claimed in China and finishing fourth or higher in the medal table at London 2012.

UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl said: “We absolutely believe we are on track for our high-level goal of top four in the Olympic medal table, second in the Paralympic medal table, and (winning) more medals across more sports.

“We take confidence from the number of greens. It is more than we have had before so that is telling us we are in a very good place.

“Overall we are in a really good place with 44 World Championship medals in Olympic disciplines this year and 73 in Paralympic disciplines.”

Britain”s haul in Beijing, where 19 of the 47 medals were gold, was the best performance by the country since 1908.

The latest analysis shows that 13 summer Olympic sports are currently rated as green, with 15 at amber and none at red.

Ready for action: The Olympic site is starting to take shape

Ready for action: The Olympic site is starting to take shape

The most notable sport among the green group is athletics, which is exceeding expectations for the first time since the Beijing Games, where they took home just four medals.

Judo and synchronised swimming have turned green but handball has been downgraded from green to yellow.

Paralympic sports are also progressing well, with 10 sports on a green rating overall, again the highest since assessments in this Olympic cycle began.

More medals are expected to come from the world sailing championships, which are currently taking place in Perth.

Hugh Robertson, Minister for Sport and the Olympics, said: “These are enormously encouraging results which show the benefit of the increase in Lottery funding made available by Government in May 2010. They put us in an excellent position as we move towards London 2012 and onto Rio 2016.”

UK Sport also confirmed today that there will be no changes made to existing investment levels in any of the summer or winter Olympic or Paralympic sports.