hello and welcome to sportsday with me damian johnson. ahead on the programme: the british and irish lions are told they need to man up to beat the all blacks in the second test and keep the series alive. andy murray insists he's fit to defend his wimbledon title next week despite limping through his practice session today. and live cricket returns to bbc television for the first time in two decades as the sport seeks to connect with a younger audience. the british and irish lions players have been told to man up for the must—win second test against new zealand tomorrow. the lions will lose the series if they fail to beat the all blacks in wellington in the morning. if their ambitious selection pays off, a victory would take it to the final test in auckland next weekend. our correspondent katie gornall is in wellington looking ahead to the big showdown.
the all—importa nt second the all—important second test is just one day away and the all blacks captain seems relaxed about it. most teams would shut themselves away with such a big game on the horizon, but not new zealand. with such a big game on the horizon, but not new zealandlj with such a big game on the horizon, but not new zealand. i think is a good balance to get out and interact with people around the city and take your mind off it. so the players are pretty relaxed but they know they are upfora pretty relaxed but they know they are up for a challenge tomorrow. the all blacks took a grip on the series with a ruthless wind in auckland as the lines found themselves out forced and out thought. there were some encouraging flourishes from warren gatland's side but after all the hype it was a deflating defeat. wellington offers a fresh start for the team and a chance for them to reinvigorate the pack. the coaches gambled with this selection and opted for a change in style. he has
made a bold change twisting to the second test. he has included farrell and johnny sexton in the same midfield despite not have started a game together so far tour. if that was a surprise, the next change was expected. sam warburton and another player coming into the forward pack as the lines try to match the all blacks physically. it is a physical sport. that is the case me. we came off second best there. it does hurt you as a player and i am looking forward to trying to get a wind. in their effort to salvage the series, their effort to salvage the series, the lions of decided to go on the attack. it is a risky strategy and one man who faced the same situation as the captain back in 19 93 are told me the odds are stacked against the lions. we just need to play the game of our lives. we need to believe that we can wind. they have
to play well and they will have to produce unquestionably the best performance of the tour in order to have a chance. another series wind is within your blacks' grasp. the lions will not be underestimated but there is no doubt he who the favourites. andy murray says he's feeling good despite limping through much of practice three days before he's scheduled to begin the defence of his wimbledon title. he pulled out of his final warm—up match with a sore hip. the defending champion did manage to work with his coach ivan lendl at the all england club today. there were some ominous signs as he was clearly moving gingerly but he remains hopeful he'll be fit for monday's first round. so let's look at who murray and the other top players will be facing after the wimbledon draw. murray plays kazakhstan qualifier, alexander bublik, on monday. seven—time champion roger federer faces ukraine's alexandr dolgopolov in his opening match. the second seed and three times winner novak djokovic takes on slovakia's martin klizan, and rafael nadal is up
against australian john millman. in the women's draw seven times winner serena williams will sit out of the tournament as she prepares for the arrival of her first child. world number one angelique kerber faces a qualifier, as does second seed simona halep. karolina pliskova meets evgeniya rodina. elina svitolina faces ashleigh barty. so that's the latest from the all england club ahead of next week's championships. david mentioned johanna konta and her injury worries, well after that heavy fall yesterday, she withdrew from her semi—final in eastbourne today because of a sore back. heather watson's good run is also over, she was in the other semi—final and lost to caroline wozniacki. john inverdale and sam smith are at the tournament. it was certainly an eventful day here at eastbourne which began with high hopes for two british players through to the final tomorrow but ended with both of the players not making it to the final stage.
heather watson defeated by caroline wozniacki and joanna conca pulling out before her semifinal match following her fall that she out before her semifinal match following herfall that she had last night, a massive fall that she had in an epic victory over angelique kerber. this is her assessments.” did not sleep too well and, again, not diagnosed with concussion yet but we are monitoring my symptoms. what prevented me playing today was just pain in my spine. now where does that leave her heading into wimbledon. was at the right thing to do? look, if she makes a decision it is her decision on the right thing because she feels it is what you must do. last night she went down with one hell of a bang. one of the worst falls that i have seen in a very long time and i am not surprised that she has them playing in her back. i imagine she would have a scan today and they would be monitoring her quite carefully
because she plays at wimbledon on monday with a difficult first—round match. i can see why she has pulled out. this heather watson go to wimbledon replenished and renewed? yes. this is the best week i think she has never had an tour. four high—quality winds, the best tennis day of her life yesterday with her winds over players who generate a lot of respect. her game is getting better. it is coming together and i think she can go way beyond where she went before. who winds tomorrow? pliskova. she's a great game for grass. wozniacki against pliskova to round off a tremendous week here at eastbourne. you can see that tomorrow lunchtime on bbc one. world number four novak djokovic is through to the men's final. he showed brief glimpses of his best form against russia's daniil medvedev before
coming through in straight sets 6—4, 6—4. he'll play gael monfils in that final. chris froome has signed a new three—year contract with team sky on the eve of the tour de france. the 104th tour gets under way in dusseldorf in germany tomorrow and froome's hoping to complete his third straight win and fourth victory in five years. but he faces stiff competition from some of the world's leading cyclists. i honestly think this is the biggest challenge i have faced in my career. the level of my rivals and the course we are racing on this year leads it to be a much more open race and it will be the biggest challenge for me, for sure. it will be right up for me, for sure. it will be right up there. when an fourth title would be incredible. it will be... i mean, yeah, i don't want tojinx it. it would be unreal. good news today for cricket fans, live matches will be returning to bbc television for the first time in 21 years, after a new free
to air, digital and radio rights deal was done with the ecb between 2020 to 202k. it includes tv highlights of all of england men's home internationals. the ecb's chief executive tom harrison believes it will help the sport to attract more youngsters. it isa it is a great deal for the game, it is a great dealfor the game, a game changing deal for cricket it is a great dealfor the game, a game changing dealfor cricket in this country. and the key elements that we have brought to bear on this are massively in increased reach and revenue and a transformation in the support and promotion of the game in the future. a focus on participation and a desire for us, together, to get as many children playing cricket as we can. an exciting moment for the game. castleford tigers continue to dominate rugby league's super league — they beat hull fc to go eight points clear at the top of the table. the west yorkshire side scored three first half tries, including this from zak hardaker, to lead by 20 points to four
at the break. but hull fc fought back in the second half ensuring a tense end to the match, but couldn't quite close the gap, 2a—22 to castleford the final score. olympic champion jade jones has missed out on a gold medal at the world taekwondo championships in south korea. she took bronze in the under 57 kilos category. jones has won two olympic titles but has never been world champion and she was beaten by korean ah—reum lee in the semi—final. damon sansum and bradly sinden also picked up bronze medals to make it a record medal tally for great britain butjones will have to wait for the next world championships in manchester to complete a career grand slam. it was my fault. i just was not it was my fault. ijust was not me today. i did not fire as well as i normally do.. i need to train harder, get their data and see what
happens at the worlds in manchester. —— get better. that's all from sportsday. good evening. i think saturday is going to look pretty good for most of us. sunshine on the way, not a bad day. not com pletely on the way, not a bad day. not completely dry. there is a little rain in the forecast but not an awful lot. a lot of cloud around across the uk as i speak and some of this cloud here, particularly across the eastern areas is getting a little light rain but nothing more than that. here it is. spit some spots through the early hours of saturday morning. north—western areas here, particularly northern ireland have clear skies and tonight he will be rather chilly, even just the chance of a touch of grass frost but only in the most rural areas. the most towns and cities, 10— 14
degrees. what we have on the wafer tomorrow morning? in scotland, and i start to the day. lots of sunshine in central and eastern areas. the weather closes in in the western isles so a bit of rain and wind coming our way but that is in the morning. driver belfast and the rest of the country. notice that the western areas here, the western fringes are sunny and most of england and wales is probably a little on the cloudy side first thing in the morning but the cloud will be quite thin so they will be breaking up through the course of the morning. a decent day on the way. england and wales, a nice afternoon with lots of sunshine that these north—western areas, the weak weather front coming through means thicker cloud and spots of rain for the likes of central scotland, the lowla nds the likes of central scotland, the lowlands into belfast. here it will be cooler that traditionally in the south—east it will be warmest, around 2a degrees in london. 20 degrees the most of us. here is a look at saturday night. that weak front in the north, through the course of saturday night that moves
southward so there will be rain around. notan southward so there will be rain around. not an awful lot that means that the morning across the south—eastern areas may be a little grey, a little threatening. that should then out of the way and, again, sunday is looking sunny. maybe a fraction fresher. 23 degrees in london that is most of us find. showers in scotland but also quite breezy. and then just a showers in scotland but also quite breezy. and thenjust a quick look into monday. what does this mean? the weather front is coming in so spots of rain on the way for monday. that still a long way off. let's concentrate on the weekend. it looks dry with sunny spells and in the sunshine it looks very, very decent as well. on the whole, we are lucky. the week and looks pretty good. enjoy it, whatever the weather. this is bbc news. our top stories: a warning to north korea at the white house. president trump welcomes his south korean counterpart and makes a
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