Right, I know it’s going to be hard to grab your attention away from a finely poised Test match between England and South Africa, but there are medals still to be won as the Olympics enter week two. Today will be the last day to see rowing at Eton Dorney and swimming at the Aquatics Center, with a total of 4 gold medals up in each. The athletics kicks up a few gears with the heptathlon, women’s 100m and men’s 10,000m. Away from Olympic Park, Maria Sharapova takes on Serena Williams in the tennis, and Team GB will be hoping to avenge the women’s death by beating South Korea, before their inevitable defeat to the mighty Brazil in the semi finals. There’s also medals to be won in badminton, fencing, shooting, weightlifting and the torturous triathlon, so if you still fancy watching England get bowled out for 238, it’s on you.
Today the big one starts, the athletics gets underway with medals up for grabs straight away in the 10,000m and shot put. The swimming continues to be awesome and there are more medals available this evening. Other finals happening today: Men's Individual Archery, Men's Doubles Badminton, Track Cycling (Pursuit and Keirin), Men's Team Sabre, Men's and Women's Judo, four lots of Rowing, Shooting, Men's Trampoline, and more Men's and Women's Weightlifting.
Team GB have finally got their hands on a gold medal, so we can all breathe a sigh of relief and look ahead to some more great finals. The track cycling begins, which I'm quite excited about, plus more rowing, more swimming and plenty else! Coming up today: Women's Individual Archery, Men's Canoe and Women's Kayak, Women's Team Foil, Women's Individual All-Around Gymnastics, Men's and Women's Judo, Men's Double Trap Shooting and Men's Singles Table Tennis.
Team GB picked up at least one medal yesterday, and finished well in some other events - we seem to be coming in not last but not top three either. How are your favourites getting on? Today we have medals to be awarded in the following: Men's Kayak Slalom, Individual Time Trial for both men and women, Men's 3m Synchro Springboard, Individual Epee and Individual Sabre, Men's Gymnastics Individual All-Around, both men's and women's Judo, several different rowing categories, Women's Pistol Shooting, Women's Singles Table Tennis, Weightlifting for both men and women, plus those oh-so-fabulous swimming finals.
If you're looking for gold medals today, then you've come to the right place. Up for grabs on this fine Tuesday we have the Men's Canoe Single and the Women's Synchronised 10m diving. There's also some horsey type things with individual and team jumping finals in the eventing. The men's individual foil will be decided, whilst it is also the women's team final in artistic gymnastics. There's a final in the men's skeet shooting, which sounds odd, and there's some men's and women's judo and weightlifting to behold as well. What more could you want?
Team GB have managed to get a couple of medals but we are way down the table as the ceremonies begin to take place. The action continues today, with Tom Daley in the final of the 10m synchronised diving, and the men's team final in gymnastics. There are also medals up for grabs in the fencing, both men's and women's judo, men's air rifle shooting, men's and women's weightlifting, plus some fantastic opportunities in the pool. The swimming so far has been fantastic to watch, so hopefully that will continue today.
With gold medals already being won (although not by Britain), the 2012 Olympics are under way very nicely. This second day of sporting action is just as packed as the first with the addition of a few things we haven't seen yet - diving, hockey, canoe slalom, shooting, sailing and water polo. The swimming yesterday was great fun, it looks like there is a little more of that to come today, but not quite as much. There's also plenty more tennis, lots of beach volleyball and some weightlifting as well. Plenty to peruse as the second day gets underway.
With a stunning Opening Ceremony complete, it's time for the Olympic action to begin proper. There are a lot of sports on the schedule for this first official day of action, as plenty of the athletes get their first attempts to show what they can do. A brief overview - Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cycling, Dressage, Fencing, Football, Artistic Gymnastics, Handball, Judo, Rowing, Shooting, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting. Take your pick - what will you be watching first?
The buildup to this Olympics Games has seemed endless, but it has finally arrived, and with it comes the Opening Ceremony. Film director Danny Boyle has been overseeing the spectacle about to unfold before us and although I've personally tried to avoid spoilers, I do know there has been talk of sheep and rain clouds. There will be the lighting of the flame, no doubt plenty of dancing and perhaps even an athlete or two. Grab your snacks and settle in as the world tunes in to the opening of the 2012 Summer Games.
So, it comes to this. The final day of Wimbledon 2012 and the men's singles final. We enjoyed a longer game than expected for the women's final yesterday, although it was not a surprise to see Serena Williams take home the championship - she has been on good form all fortnight and was more than a match for Radwanska. Today, Andy Murray will take on the might of Roger Federer in his first Wimbledon final, and whilst I have an inkling I know which way the match will go, I just hope it's a good one.
Yesterday saw some spectacular semi-final matches, allowing the two players for the men's final to be decided - Roger Federer against Andy Murray. That's going to be an interesting one. (Or it's going to be over very quickly, one or the other.) However, today is all about the women again, with the Ladies final between Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska. Ordinarily you would put money on Williams in this battle, and if you add in the fact that Radwanska is suffering a respiratory illness, it may not be the match that we're hoping for.
The men take centre stage today (and Centre Court!) as Roger Federer prepares to face Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final, before Andy Murray arrives to play Jo-Wilfred Tsonga. As discussed in the comments so far, whatever happens it's going to make a fascinating final. Of all four players, I can't decide who to cheer for! Meanwhile, there are some ladies doubles on Court 1, with the Williams sisters playing in the semi-final. Serena Williams needs to save her strength for tomorrow's final, though, as she'll play Agnieszka Radwanska.
It's time for the semi-finals, and first up today we have Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska. The seeding would favour Radwanska, but Kerber has shown she's made of strong stuff - particularly against the long ol' match against Lisicki. Following them on Centre Court will be Serena Williams against Victoria Azarenka. This should also be a good match, as Azarenka has been on good form so far, and Williams is showing her return to form once more. Can she make it through to another Wimbledon final?
These evenings at Wimbledon have been turning into late ones, as the roof now allows players to keep on keeping on until the very last minute. Still, that has allowed the organiser to catch up a little after all the rain delays, and that means we've got more good matches in store today. Federer and Murray should both make an appearance on Centre Court (not against each other), whilst Tsonga and Djokovic will be on Court 1 (again, not against each other). Elsewhere, there's an awful lot of doubles going on - they aren't really my thing, but do keep lots of players off the streets!
The order of play for today's action isn't available as I type this and that's probably because they had a bit of a mixed up day yesterday. Andy Murray only got halfway through his match with Cilic, whilst only three men managed to book their place in the next round. On the women's side, all eight matches were completed with surprises from Sabine Lisicki (knocking out Sharapova) and Angelique Kerber (knocking out Kim Clijsters. I'm also very intrigued by the quarter final match up of Serena Williams and defending champion Petra Kvitova.
This is widely regarded as one of the best days of the Wimbledon tournament as we get to see lots of fabulous quarter final matches from some real contenders. Today we'll see one of my favourites Lisicki take on title favourite Sharapova, Serena Williams will face golden set producer Shevdova, and Murray plays Cilic. There'll be action from Federer and Djokovic, crowd pleaser Tsonga, and defending champion Kvitova. It really will be a packed day, with girls and boys and doubles matches filling any gaps in the schedule.
Kiev plays host to the final match of this year's tournament, with the expected Spain facing off the unexpected Italy. The latter beat Germany in an impressive turn of events, but will have their work cut out for them this evening. In head to head facts, the BBC report: "Seven of the last 10 matches between Spain and Italy have been 0-0 at half-time." Look out for top strikers Cesc Fabregas and Mario Balotelli, with Super Mario on top form after two goals in the semi final. Whoever wins today takes top honours, and it really is all to play for.
It's the final day of June, and the final day of the first week at Wimbledon. So far, we've seen it all - close run matches and complete walkovers, top seeds pushing onwards and others falling at the early stages. We've had sun and rain, highs and lows and there are bound to be more of both as Saturday at Wimbledon gets underway. On Centre Court today, Serena Williams and the Andys Roddick and Murray, whilst on Court 1 we have defending champion Kvitova, along with Del Potro and crowd favourite Jo-Wilfred Tsonga.
I'm writing this still reeling from the fact that Rafael Nadal was knocked out of the second round of Wimbledon - the first time he's been out at this stage in major tournament for seven years. It doesn't throw the tournament wide open, Federer is playing up a storm so far, but it's certainly thrown a spanner in the works. Meanwhile, we have third round matches to enjoy today, including the aforementioned Federer, Clijsters and Sharapova plus Sabine Lisicki. Here's to more good weather and/or the roof!
The second semi-final kicks off at a quarter to eight this evening, with the Germans taking on Italy - the team that knocked England out of the tournament. Last night's semi between Portugal and Spain ended in penalties, after both sides failed to find the goal in 120 minutes. It was Spain that eventually went through, meaning whoever wins this match will face them in the final on Sunday. So far, all the predictions about a Germany vs Spain final are working out, but can Italy put a stop to that today?