Monday's sports news as it happened

Football match-fixing latest, Premier League title race, Super Bowl reaction and all Monday's latest sports news.

4 February 2013 Last updated at 19:03 GMT

As it happened

  1. 1902: 

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  2. 1847: 

    Leeds winger Joe Vickery did not break his ankle while making his Super League debut in last Friday's 36-6 win over Hull but is still facing a spell on the sidelines due to ligament damage.

    "I am pleased for Joe that it is not a fracture," says Leeds coach Brian McDermott, who refuses to put a timeframe on the recovery. "The medical staff will work closely with him now to make sure he rehabilitates correctly and gets back out on the field as soon as he is 100 per cent."

  3. 1838: 

    London Broncos and Widnes are both coming to terms with unlucky breaks in yesterday's opening Super League match of the season.

    Widnes reveal half-back Danny Craven suffered a fractured right collarbone during his side's 28-14 win, while the Broncos confirm Australian centre David Howell broke his arm.

  4. 1835: 

    The NFL are still working with New Orleans officials to determine what caused the 35-minute power outage at Sunday's Super Bowl at the Superdome, but dismiss any connection with the Beyonce half-time show.

    "I know that's out there, that Beyonce's half-time show had something to do with it," says NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. "That is not the case from anything we have at this point."

  5. 1831: 

    Leeds midfielder Paul Green is handed a late call-up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their international against Poland on Wednesday following the withdrawal of David Meyler.

  6. 1814: 

    Lewis Hamilton is confident Mercedes will close the gap to their rivals this season. "Last season sometimes they were almost two seconds off the pace, I'm hoping for a massive improvement," he says. "I've got double the buttons I used to have, I've already got rid of some of them, but there is still much to learn before I can give good feedback."


    Who would you like to see play for England on Wednesday? #bbcsportsday

    Adam Butler on Twitter: "Le Fondre for England? Proven he's quality in the Prem and no harm in England using him as a sub."

    Devlin on Twitter: "Surely Lambert, no other Englishman has scored more goals then him this season!"

    Sophie Gayter on Twitter: "How about Charlie Austin? Zaha has had a go so surely Austin should too! Been scoring goals for fun over the last few years."

  8. 1755: 

    Tottenham striker Clint Dempsey, goalkeepers Brad Guzan from Aston Villa and Tim Howard from Everton and Stoke utility man Geoff Cameron are all included in the USA squad for Wednesday's crucial North American final-round World Cup 2014 qualifying opener in Honduras.

  9. 1749: 

    Kell Brook's world title challenge against IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander is postponed for a second time. The American title-holder is suffering from a bicep injury picked up at his training camp and that scuppers the scheduled 23 February fight in Detroit.

  10. 1747: 

    Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko admits he is enjoying the Premier League after the France international began his career in England with two goals and an assist in his first two matches.

    "I think that this league is made for me," he says. "I had the desire to play in the English league and Newcastle gave me this opportunity. I am very happy to be here."

  11. 1740: 

    Jordan Rhodes hopes new manager Gordon Strachan can turn around Scotland's fortunes.

    "I think we need a bit of luck to be honest," says the Blackburn striker. "When I was watching the games, particularly before I was even involved in the set-up, I was thinking a roll of the ball here or there or a decision by the referee. I think you can look back and see how many points are decided by the luck of the draw sometimes."


    Alex Reid on Twitter: "Surely Roy needs to call up Gary Hooper? Forget the goals in Scotland, he's scoring in the Champions League!"

    Will Marks on Twitter: "Sturridge & Defoe out. Lambert in? It only makes sense."

    Jay on Twitter: "Contrary to popular belief, lightning can strike twice at the same place. Will City retain the title though? Highly unlikely."

    Who would you like to see play for England on Wednesday? Tell us using #bbcsportsday.

  13. 1720: 

    Rangers striker Kal Naismith is handed a two-match ban after his William Hill Scottish Cup red card against Dundee United. The 20-year-old frontman was sent off in Saturday's 3-0 Tannadice defeat after launching into a late tackle on Arabs midfielder Willo Flood.

  14. 1718: 

    Rafael Nadal's coach says the player's injured left knee may bother him until the end of the month. Nadal has not played since Wimbledon and Toni Nadal says: "His knee is much better, but they've told us he will feel some discomfort and lack of mobility until the end of the month. But it's definitely getting better."

  15. 1717: 

    Carlisle are seeking a doctor to perform matchday duties on Saturday against Stevenage. Club doctor Marcus Rieborn is unable to attend due to the birth of his new baby.

  16. 1707: 

    Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh believes defeated brother Jim "is the best coach in the NFL" and admits he is "devastated" for his sibling.

    "It was really tough, the toughest moment of all was walking across the field, if you can imagine, and you feel an incredible amount of elation with an incredible amount of devastation and those two feelings went hand in hand," says John. "I am still feeling it.

    "I am proud of him - he's the best coach in the National Football League, I think his record proves it, what he has done in past two years is incredible."

  17. 1704: 

    Bulgaria Prime Minister Boiko Borisov agrees play in a charity match against Aston Villa to raise funds for children with leukaemia. Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has undergone treatment for the illness.

    "The match between Bulgarian Stars and Aston Villa will take place on May 25 at the Vasil Levski national stadium," the Bulgarian Football Association say.

  18. 1700: 

    Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths is charged by police over an alleged racist comment on networking site Twitter.

  19. 1659: 

    Barcelona have been dealt a blow as tests show playmaker Xavi has damaged a hamstring and is out for around two weeks. But he should be back for the Champions League last-16 first leg at AC Milan on 20 February.

  20. 1657: 

    MK Dons defender Antony Kay has his appeal against a four-match ban rejected by the FA. Kay was shown a straight red card during the Dons' 2-1 League One defeat to Yeovil at Huish Park on January 29 following a clash with Glovers striker Paddy Madden.

  21. 1655: 

    UEFA announce they will vet sponsorship deals to ensure they are not flouting new rules designed to force clubs to clean up their finances.

    "Everyone including Paris Saint Germain or any other club, they know the rules, they know when they kick in and they know what they have to demonstrate," says UEFA general-secretary Gianni Infantino.

  22. 1653: 

    New Tottenham midfielder Lewis Holtby reveals he is enjoying playing football in the country where his father is from.

    "I have been living my dream for the past few days," says the recent signing from Schalke in his blog. "I am playing at an absolute top club in the Premier League.

    "It has been overwhelming since arriving in the motherland of football."

  23. 1626: 

    Daniel Sturridge has joined Jermain Defoe and Michael Carrick in pulling out of England's squad for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil.

    Liverpool forward Sturridge, 22, joined up with the squad but has been ruled out with a thigh injury.

    Tottenham striker Defoe, 30, suffered an ankle injury in a win at West Brom, while Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 31, has a hip injury.

  24. 1620: 

    Joe Cartwright on Twitter: "Hart, Kompany & Tevez for City and Vidic, Rooney & RVP for United. The core of both teams need to perform"

    Scott Hatley on Twitter: "As a United fan seeing Yaya coming back from ACON is worrying as he always scores key goals. Him and Kompany are huge for City"

    Matthew Croston on Twitter: "The key man is Carrick. When he isn't on form United lack the killer ball. He's been vital all season."

    Who do you think are the key men in the Premier League title run-in? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  25. 1612: 

    A man who threw a plastic beer bottle on to the track at the start of the men's 100m final at the London Olympics has been given a community order.

    Ashley Gill-Webb, 34 of South Milford, North Yorkshire, who has bipolar disorder, was given an eight-week sentence at Thames Magistrates' Court.

    Gill-Webb, who also shouted at athletes including Usain Bolt, was earlier found guilty of two public order offences.

  26. 1607: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster has been mulling over his options for the centre partnership when England face Ireland in Dublin next Sunday, with Brad Barritt and Billy Twelvetrees facing a challenge from the returning Manu Tuilagi.

    "There are selection decisions across the field and that's one of them. Billy played well and Brad's contribution as always was positive," Lancaster said.

    "But Manu brings a unique set of skills and attributes to the game and the team, as we saw in his performance against the All Blacks. Genuinely, I'll wait and see how he trains tomorrow and on Wednesday before I make any decisions on the centre partnership."

  27. 1558: 

    England Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce expects talks over a new contract to be deferred to the summer.

    Pearce is preparing next summer's Under 21 European Championships, but is relaxed about the prospects over a new deal for himself.

    "The last thing we've had was probably it might be deferred to the summer. It is not a major priority for myself. The tournament is more important for me."

  28. 1548: 

    France captain Pascal Pape and wing Vincent Clerc have been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations championship game against Wales.

    Pape is suffering from sciatica, while coach Philippe Saint-Andre said that Clerc has not fully recovered from a thigh injury.

  29. 1544: 

    Andrew Rayner on Twitter: "Key man in title race..simple..Fergie...his determination to win it is like never before this way mufc wont win it"

    Phil Broeders on Twitter: "Key man in the run-in? Vidic. If he stays fit, United will keep clean sheets which will win them the league."

    Andy on Twitter: "The key men will be the officials, getting all the big calls right so the league will be won by the best team not worst refs!"

    Who do you think will be the key men in the Premier League title run-in? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  30. 1533: 

    Jessica Ennis has announced that she will not compete indoors, and will focus her efforts on the World Championships in Moscow in the summer.

    "After the incredible high of the Olympics and the post Games celebrations I went back into tough winter training with an open mind on whether or not I would want to compete indoors this year," says Ennis.

    "Training has been going well, but I feel that my focus really has to be attempting to win another world title in Russia this summer and not the short term indoor season."

  31. 1529: 

    England number eight Ben Morgan is considered extremely unlikely to be fit to play against Ireland in the Six Nations Championship on Sunday.

    Morgan injured his ankle against Scotland on Saturday, and he is still wearing a protective boot. Saracens' backrower Will Fraser is joining the England squad as cover. However centre Manu Tuilagi is available, coach Stuart Lancaster has announced.

  32. 1527: 

    It has been confirmed that favourite Darlan died as a result of a fall when challenging Rock on Ruby in the 32Red Hurdle at Doncaster this afternoon.

  33. 1520: 

    Andy Murray has been explaining that he has decided to miss Great Britain's Davis Cup tie, against Russia, in April to focus on his attempt to win the French Open.

    "I believe I have a chance of winning the French Open, but to do that I need to prepare and use every single day as best as I can," said Murray.

    "That's why, unfortunately, I decided not to play Davis Cup this time. I will play the match in September and I'll be available for that.

    "I've realised over the years that I play my best when I have time to prepare for each tournament as best as possible. That's why I'm not going to play anything between now and Indian Wells and Miami (both in March)."

  34. 1515: 

    West Brom defender Steven Reid believes that the Baggies' squad will deal with fall-out from the Peter Odemwingie transfer saga.

    Reid told BBC WM: "We'll deal with it. We've got a lot of strong characters in the dressing room. Peter's with us from now until the end of the season and we've got to deal with it as a squad."

  35. 1511: 

    Last year's Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby wins the 32Red Hurdle at Doncaster - one of the leading trials for next month's race at Cheltenham - but the race is overshadowed by a nasty fall for the favourite Darlan who had been challenging the winner at the last.

  36. 1508: 

    British Swimming has named Bill Furniss as its new head coach and Chris Spice as its national performance director.

    Previous head coach Denis Pursely left after London 2012 and Australian performance director Michael Scott resigned after a review concluded he would need to live full-time in the UK in order to continue.

    Furniss is Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington's long-term coach.

    "If I was going to carry on, I would only want to be coached by Bill," Adlington told the BBC in late 2012.

  37. 1505: 

    The 2015 World Cup is still a long time away, but the RFU have announced that England will have three warm-up matches in the immediate lead-up to the tournament.

    England will take on France in a home-and-away pair of warm-up matches on 15 and 22 August, before hosting Ireland on 5 September.

  38. 1501: 

    Lewis Hamilton has unveiled the new Mercedes car that will carry his hopes in Formula 1 this season.

    The BBC's F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson has given the new car the once-over:

    "At first glance I can't see where the 'step change in performance' Mercedes are talking about is going to come from with their new car.

    "There are a few changes here and there, but not necessarily in ways that look like they will be a big advantage."

  39. 1449: 

    A good day for South African wicketkeeper AB de Villiers in Johannesburg, where he equalled the world record for 11 dismissals in a Test match held by England's Jack Russell since 1995 - a record set on the same ground. De Villiers did set one record, becoming the first player to score a century and claim 10 catches in the same Test.

    "I definitely wasn't aware of (the record)," de Villiers said. "But it's nice to do stuff like that - records are there to be broken."

  40. 1440: 

    Glen Johnson believes that any player found guilty of spitting should be banned for more than the current punishment of three matches.

    West Brom's Goran Popov was dismissed for spitting in Sunday's defeat to Spurs.

    "I personally think it should be more," Johnson said. "You see some people receiving a red card for trying to make a genuine tackle.

    "You do something like that which is disgusting. No man should be faced with that. Personally I think the ban should be more."

  41. 1435: 

    Sir Ryan Osbourne on Twitter: "The key players for both City and United are Yaya Toure, Carrick, Barry and Rooney. Take em away and both sides fail"

    Ken Gorry on Twitter: "Deciding the title run in comes down to Mancini, Aguero is his best striker but Tevez and Dzeko his best partnership"

    Darryl on Twitter: "Key man might just be Chicharito with his predatory instinct, De Gea with his wonderful saves(hope not any fumbles) and Rooney"

    Who will be the key men in the race for the Premier League title? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  42. 1426:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraSUPERBOWL

    You can hear a complete re-run of last night's astonishing Superbowl between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers online now on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  43. 1421: 

    Hull KR have called off talks with local businessman Tony Larvin over his proposed multi-million pound investment into the club.

    Larvin, a former junior player with the Robins, had publicly indicated a willingness to plough as much as £15million into the Super League club but officials say three months of talks came to nothing.

  44. 1412: 

    HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has lodged an appeal against a tax tribunal ruling in favour of Rangers' use of Employee Benefit Trusts.

    HMRC had claimed the scheme, which was used from 2001 to 2010 to make £47.65m in payments to players and staff in the form of tax-free loans, was illegal.

    Rangers disputed this and a First Tier Tax Tribunal ruled the scheme did not breach tax law.

  45. 1403: 

    Theo Walcott is "completely shocked" by today's revelations about match-fixing throughout Europe.

    "It's something that we don't want involved in the sport at all, in any sport, let along being part of that. So, I'm completely shocked, I don't want to be related to anything like that, I'm sure none of you guys do either. It's something in the game that we need to get out."

  46. 1400: 

    Norwich City striker Grant Holt says he is unfazed by the recent arrival of Luciano Becchio from Leeds United.

    "I'm sure the manager can play us together if need be, but if not, we might even have to rotate," Holt told BBC Radio Norfolk.

    "It doesn't bother me who the manager brings in, he can bring in whoever he wants as long as we stay up."

  47. 1356: 

    Scott MacPherson on Twitter: "DeGea, Kompany, Yaya, Silva, Kagawa if he finds his Dortmund form, Rooney and RVP will be the key figures in title race for me"

    Rob on Twitter: "Agents Benitez and Torres will be key in the run in to see how much they can ruin Chelsea. Working so far."

    Jason Garwood on Twitter: "Key man in title run in is Fergie, making sure lightening doesn't strike twice like last year and throw it away !"

    Who do you think are the key men in this year's Premier League title race? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  48. 1350: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech will miss the Czech Republic's friendly against Turkey on Wednesday due to a broken little finger, reports Associated Press.

    Cech picked up the injury during Chelsea's 3-2 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday, but as yet it is not clear how long he may be out for.

  49. 1346: 

    Hull midfielder David Meyler was been withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for Wednesday's friendly against Poland after failing to shake off a knee problem.

    Meyler picked up the injury during his club's 1-0 win at Millwall on Saturday, in which he scored the decisive goal, and despite reporting for duty he has now been sent home.

  50. 1344: 

    Andy Murray has confirmed that he will play in the AEGON Tournament at Queen's Club ahead of Wimbledon in June.

    Murray's title defence at Queen's in 2012 ended abruptly when he was knocked out in the second round by Nicholas Mahut.

  51. 1338: 

    Today's teaser from our colleagues at Question of Sport was: "Baltimore Ravens are only the fifth team from the AFC to win the Super Bowl since 1990. Who are the other four?"

    And the answer is - Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and the Indianapolis Colts.

  52. 1333: 

    Ray Bentley on Twitter reckons that: "City miss Yaya massively." Who are the key men in the Premier League title run-in? Send us your thoughts on how the rest of the season may go to #bbcsportsday.

  53. 1326: 

    Essex have appointed Derek Bowden as the club's new chief executive.

    Bowden, who has worked previously for Ipswich Town and Saatchi & Saatchi, will take over from former Essex wicketkeeper David East, who left after 30 years with the county towards the end of 2012.

  54. 1319: 

    "Lewis Hamilton has unveiled the new Mercedes car that will carry his hopes in Formula 1 this season," the BBC's Chief F1 writer Andrew Benson reports.

    "It will be the first F1 car other than a McLaren that the 27-year-old has ever driven, following his winter move.

    "Team-mate Nico Rosberg drove it for filming on Monday morning. Hamilton is driving briefly in the afternoon."

    And here's a shot of the new car:

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg rides the new Mercedes W04 Formula One car around the track before its official presentation at the Jerez racetrack

    Andrew has also Tweeted that, "Merc team boss Ross Brawn says car is 'clear step forward in design & detail sophistication'. He's expecting a 'step change in performance'"

  55. 1312: 

    Didier Drogba has cast doubt on whether he will play for his country again following Ivory Coast's elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations.

    "We must now look ahead to the 2014 World Cup qualifying competition - with or without me," the former Chelsea striker said following Ivory Coast's defeat to Nigeria.

  56. 1307: 

    Ekiyegha Pinna on Twitter: "Man Utd clear favorites for the title. Gap too wide, Utd playing all top teams @ home."

    Nik Porteous on Twitter: "I reckon Man City will close the gap but Utd will win the title. RVP gives them a clinical edge that others just don't have"

    Femi Longe on Twitter: "Did Mancini not say Balotelli wasn't for sale? Isn't there a Robin van Persie at United? Title is United's to lose.

  57. 1300: 

    Ashley Cole will reach 100 England caps if selected against Brazil on Wednesday, but OptaJoe on Twitter tells us that if he plays but does not score he will be the first of the eight outfield players in the 100 club never to have scored for their country.

  58. 1244: 

    European police reveal a further 300 'suspicious' matches in Africa, Asia, South America and Central America have been investigated - in addition to the 380 games across Europe.

    A Champions League tie played in England within the last "three or four years" was fixed, Europol said earlier on Monday. If you missed the news, find out exactly what Europol revealed in a news conference held in the Netherlands.

  59. 1237: 

    New England women's coach Jason Lee says he is excited by a fresh challenge as he prepares to leave his current role in charge of the men's team.

    "The women's side have achieved an exceptionally high standard of commitment and performance and I hope to be able to help them to win more medals, with the World Cup qualification and the EuroHockey Nations Championships this year being the first targets," he said.

    "I've had a long and emotional time in charge of the men's team and I leave it with many great memories. I will miss not being in the men's programme but am confident that they will be successful and wish the team the very best of luck."

  60. 1233: 

    Peter Hickford on Twitter: "Re 1150. MCFC fans that watch Barry week in week out will tell you how influential he is. Always the subject of unfair criticism."

    Vish Patel on Twitter: "Stick a fork in the title - it's done. When your rivals sign RVP and you counter by signing Scott Sinclair - your in trouble!"

    Baritone Rogers on Twitter: "If RVP stays fit Utd have it in the bag. Single-handedly got Arsenal to third last yearr from nowhere. Foot like a traction engine."

  61. 1229: 

    Germany are without Borussia Dortmund trio Marcel Schmelzer, Marco Reus and Mario Goetze when they visit France in a Paris friendly on Wednesday.

    Defender Schmelzer misses out with an ankle problem, midfielder Goetze has a flu virus and Reus picked up an adductor muscle injury in Sunday's 3-2 victory over Bayer Leverkusen.

  62. 1225: 

    Great Britain and England men's head coach Jason Lee is to leave his role after almost a decade - and take over the English women's team instead.

    Lee, 42, has led the England and Great Britain men's hockey teams for three Olympic cycles, but England Hockey decides the programme needs fresh leadership ahead of the 2013 and 2015 European Championships, the World Cup and Commonwealth Games in 2014 and the 2016 Olympic Games. He will take up his role with the women's squad once a new men's head coach has been confirmed.

  63. 1220:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraSUPERBOWL

    "At 1pm and 5pm there's another chance to hear last night's incredible commentary from the SuperBowl! Listen online."

  64. 1216: 

    Swansea City keeper Michel Vorm withdraws from the Netherlands squad for Wednesday's friendly against Italy in Amsterdam.

    The Dutch Football Association (KNVB) says Vorm, who has missed the Swans' last two matches, has pulled out with a knee injury. The KNVB adds coach Louis van Gaal will not add a replacement to his squad.

  65. 1212: 

    Former England captain Andrew Strauss joins a select group of cricketers after being awarded honorary life membership of the MCC.

    Strauss, 35, led England to back-to-back Ashes victories in 2009 and 2011, before announcing his retirement from all cricket last August.

    "Thank you so much to all at MCC for the offer of honorary life membership," he said. "It is, of course, a great honour to receive this invitation and I clearly have no hesitation in accepting."

  66. 1208: 

    VivTheRed on Twitter: "We will be crowned champions for the 20th time! I don't see United losing three games and City winning all games."

    Jonathan de Vletter on Twitter: "Last season when the title was not over Mancini insisted that his team had no chance. Is this his way of conceding the title?"

    Kelvin on Twitter: "Man City need Yaya Toure to jumpstart the race. They're so star dependent. Their lack of team spirit is what separates the two Manchester sides."

  67. 1204: 

    The Football Association confirms no further action will be taken against Stoke striker Michael Owen after his clash with Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta. Ex-England international Owen appeared to lash out at the Gunners midfielder during Stoke's 1-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

    But referee Chris Foy confirmed to the FA that he saw the incident at the time and decided not to punish Owen. It means any retrospective action cannot be taken by the governing body.

  68. 1159: 

    Here's today's teaser from our colleagues at Question of Sport: "Baltimore Ravens are only the fifth team from the AFC to win the Super Bowl since 1990. Who are the other four?"

    Tweet your answers using the #QSTeaser hashtag. The correct answer will be revealed on Sportsday Live around 13:30 GMT.

  69. 1155: 

    A programme has been launched to encourage young people to get involved in the build-up to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    As part of Lead 2014, secondary school children will attend a series of conferences at Scottish universities. They will work with tutors to plan and organise their own sporting event before hosting it at their school.

  70. 1150: 

    Jamie Matthews on Twitter: "Would have felt more comfortable with a 10-point lead. Would mean City need to gain points on us in four matches instead of just three."

    Ray Bentley on Twitter: "City miss Yaya massively but the real damage is Mancini continually playing Barry who just isn't good enough."

    mwangi on Twitter: "United still have to face City, Arsenal, Chelsea. plenty of time for them to drop points."

  71. 1146: 

    SVCoast on Twitter: "Re 1009. With all the off-field dramas we hear of on a daily basis, I'm not surprised at heavy match fixing, just disappointed."

  72. 1143:  
    Dan Walker, BBC SportCOMING UP

    "Bit of Monday Night Club later. The weekend's talking points, match fixing, Six Nations and a look at Ajax's Jewish heritage."

    You can listen to Dan presenting the Monday Night Club on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

  73. 1139: 

    Steve Bennett on Twitter: "Race not over, but Sir Alex Ferguson threw points away with odd tactics last March/April. Shouldn't happen again."

    Darren Jessett on Twitter: "Re 1104. One-man teams...Utd - Van Persie, Spurs - Bale, Pool - Gerrard, Arsenal - Walcott and Chelsea - Lampard...oops!"

    Daz Sherwood on Twitter: "Not over yet but I think Fergie would love to be able to win the title against City at Old Trafford!"

  74. 1134: 

    Ex-Wales flanker Martyn Williams says interim coach Rob Howley should pick two specialist open-sides in Justin Tipuric and captain Sam Warburton for Saturday's Six Nations clash against France. "France will play a huge driving game... but we've got to worry about ourselves and we'll play better rugby with Justin on the pitch," Williams tells BBC Wales.

  75. 1129: 

    BBC Sport reporter Matt Slater on Twitter: "None of Europol's revelations will come as a shock to fans in Greece & Turkey, where their leagues have been ruined by rigging."

  76. 1126: 

    South Africa bowler Dale Steyn says he bowled "quite nicely" as he took career-best figures of 11-60 in his side's comfortable first Test win against Pakistan.

    "I've not been able to pick up wickets at the top in recent times but I'm glad I did it here," says Steyn, 29. "Things just kind of clicked, the ball came out nicely. There's not much thinking going on, your natural instinct takes over. I just got the ball in my hand and ran in and bowled."

  77. 1122: 

    Syed Umair Ali on Twitter: "Man United wont slip up again .. lightning doesn't strike at the same place twice."

    Is Syed right? Is the Premier League trophy already on its way back across Manchester to Old Trafford? Or are defending champions Manchester City still firmly in the hunt as Blues boss Roberto Mancini believes? Let us know using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  78. 1117: 

    France captain Pascal Pape will miss Saturday's Six Nations home clash against Wales after suffering a lower back injury in Sunday's 23-18 defeat in Italy.

  79. 1113: 

    Liverpool's slick passing play was too much for Manchester City's to cope with, as Roberto Mancini's plan to press the Reds high up the pitch came unstuck, says ex-Wales midfielder Robbie Savage. Robbie analyses Sunday's match at the Etihad in his latest BBC Sport tactics column.

  80. 1108: 

    Newcastle defender Danny Simpson says he is "okay" after footage was posted online showing him apparently unconscious and bleeding in the street. Simpson, 26, was allegedly attacked during a night out in his home city of Manchester on Sunday.

    Footage showed the ex-Manchester United player bleeding from the mouth and lying in the street outside a takeaway. "For the record I'm okay," tweeted Simpson on Monday.

  81. 1104: 

    Sahd Ahmed on Twitter: "Last couple of games show that man city are a one man team, they form always dips without him."

  82. 1100: 

    Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni warns goalkeeper Keiren Westwood he may have to leave Sunderland if he wants to be his number one.

    The Italian said: "I don't worry about an outfield player if he is not playing for his club, but a goalkeeper is alone on the pitch and (if he hasn't been playing) then it's more difficult psychologically.

    "I hope Westwood can play in the future, but now the manager chooses (Simon) Mignolet. I told him you can change club and you can play."

  83. 1056: 

    Bolton Wanderers manager Dougie Freedman is confident the club will not be dragged into a relegation battle.

    Bolton are two places and three points above the Championship's bottom three but Freedman told BBC Radio Manchester: "We've got the qualities in the squad to springboard us up the league. We're in a difficult moment where we feel everything is going against us. We'll regroup, we stand together and we'll springboard up, no problem."

  84. 1052: 

    Europol spokesman says the "fixed" Champions League match cannot yet be identified because of "ongoing judicial proceedings".

  85. 1051: 

    BBC News magazine looks into the case of disgruntled purchasers of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong's autobiography, who are demanding a refund in the courts.

  86. 1050: 

    Europol spokesman says Champions League match fixed in England was played "in past three or four years".

  87. 1047: 

    Can Manchester City overhaul Manchester United's nine-point lead at the top of the Premier League? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jack Smith on Twitter: "Once Y Touré is back in the team we'll start out glorious reclamation of the title!"

    Andrew Davies on Twitter: "Gap between City and Utd probably too great to be overhauled. Big factor's been David Silva's v ordinary 1st half of season."

    Vinon Menod on Twitter: "just as lightning doesn't strike same place twice, Man Utd won't slip up like last time! Will be shocked if it does happen!"

  88. 1043: 

    Preston manager Graham Westley believes he will be given the time to turn the club's fortunes around. North End lost 2-1 at home to Shrewsbury on Saturday and have not won a League One game at Deepdale since 29 September.

    Westley told BBC Radio Lancashire: "When you're building a house - if rain comes in because the roof isn't on yet, you've got to be patient and give people time to do the job. I've always built winning teams and I've got no doubt I'll go on to build a winning team here, but I understand everybody's frustration about the results we're getting."

  89. 1040: 

    South Africa win the first Test against Pakistan by 211 runs with bowler Dale Steyn taking career-best match figures of 11-60.

  90. 1037: 

    A Champions League tie played in England is one of 380 matches across Europe investigators say were fixed. European police did not reveal the identity of the match they believe was corrupt in England.

  91. 1033: 

    Northampton Saints announce that Australian prop Salesi Ma'afu will join the club next season. Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder said: "He has built up a good reputation as one of the top props in Australia and has been a big part of the Wallabies' recent improvements in the set piece."

  92. 1028: 

    South Africa wicketkeeper AB de Villiers equals the world record for most dismissals in a match as he takes his 11th catch in the first Test against Pakistan in Johannesburg. Pakistan have just one wicket remaining needing 219 runs to win.

  93. 1023: 

    Director of Europol Rob Wainwright said: "This is the work of a suspected organised crime syndicate based in Asia and operated with criminal networks around Europe.

    "Over the last 18 months Europol and five European countries have been running a huge investigation team to look into the concern about widespread matching fixing in European football.

    "It is clear to us this is the biggest ever investigation into suspected match fixing in Europe. It has yielded major results which we think have uncovered a big problem for the integrity of football in Europe.

    "We have uncovered an extensive criminal network. "

  94. 1019: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is taking positives from the 3-3 draw with Everton despite an injury time equaliser. He told the club's website: "I think if we can keep going then we'll win more than not, that's for sure.

    "If we can get through this period, we'll kick on. Things will go our way if we play like that because hard work always pays dividends eventually."

  95. 1013: 

    Europol's investigation says criminals wagered 16m euros on rigged matches making a profit of €8.5m. The highest single bribe was €140,000.

  96. 1011: 

    Europol's investigation says World Cup and European Championship qualification matches were also fixed.

  97. 1009: 

    Europol's investigation into suspected match-fixing has revealed that a Champions League match played in England was subject to suspected fixing.

  98. 1007: 

    AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani believes Mario Balotelli was destined to score for the club on his debut against Udinese after starting due to an injury to Giampaolo Pazzini. "He (Balotelli) is a big-time player and he started after Pazzini got injured; football is strange. Balotelli's two goals were a sign of fate," said Galliani.

  99. 1000: 

    You can watch the news conference on corruption in European football live from The Hague starting at 1000 GMT.

  100. 0955: 

    Brazil's new coach Phil Scolari is facing his toughest test at the 2014 World Cup, says BBC South American football expert Tim Vickery ahead of Wednesday's friendly against England at Wembley.

  101. 0949: 

    Mario Balotelli dominates the Italian back pages after his full debut for AC Milan, reports BBC Monitoring but his two goals against Udinese have ensured that the column inches are well-earned. Despite his performance, the former Manchester City striker said he was "not yet in form" and felt heavy-legged, having "not played many games this year".

  102. 0943: 

    European police authorities are set to reveal details of an investigation into whether hundreds of matches were fixed across the continent after European Union's law enforcement agency, Europol, looked into allegations around matches in at least nine countries since 2007.

  103. 0937: 

    Lions boss Warren Gatland has plenty to consider after the Six Nations opening weekend as he starts to whittle down the probables and possibles for the three-Test series in Australia this summer, says BBC Sport's Bryn Palmer.

  104. 0932: 

    We are asking for your views on the title race. Can Manchester City overhaul Manchester United's nine-point lead? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jason Garwood on Twitter: "League over! What a way to win it back after the way it was taken from us! Coast home now and concentrate on CL fergie!"

    Zakariya Nur on Twitter: "As a Manchester United fan the only way we will win the title is if we keep the gap until the derby."

    Kit Marsden on Twitter: "The real interest is in who will finish fourth. Everton? Tottenham? Arsenal? Probably not Liverpool..."

  105. 0927: 

    Phil Mickelson is back in the world's top 10 for the first time since last May after victory at the Phoenix Open. Scotland's Stephen Gallacher moves from 111th to 60th after his win at the Dubai Desert Classic. Rory McIlroy is still world number one ahead of Tiger Woods with Luke Donald third and Justin Rose fourth.

  106. 0922: 

    BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt, in Mumbai for the women's World Cup: "I think I've found out why India are so reluctant to embrace DRS. Every game played in the parks of Mumbai - even those of only a few players - has someone designated as umpire. It's hard to imagine children in England appointing an umpire for their game in a suburban cul-de-sac. Here, what the umpire says is final."

  107. 0917: 

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal is due to make his return to competition at the VTR open in Chile but BBC Monitoring says El Pais newspaper reported that the Spaniard does not appear to have fully recovered from the knee injury which has kept him out of action for seven months.

    Nadal, who turned out for training with strapping over his knee, told the paper: "I'm still having some discomfort at times which prevents me from training as hard as I want, but you have to start one day and think it's the right time and place."

  108. 0911: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney defends team-mate Danny Welbeck against accusations that he does not score enough goals.

    Welbeck has scored just once in 27 appearances for United this season but Rooney said: "He is a great player and his time will come when he gets that run up front. Then I am sure then he will score goals."

  109. 0906:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    Former England scrum-half Kyran Bracken believes Sunday's clash between Ireland and England could be a Six Nations decider.

    He told Radio 5 live: "I think it's a two-horse race. It's a shame it's so early in the competition. Ireland looked absolutely fantastic away from home at the Millennium Stadium.

    "I've got a feeling this Ireland team are going to be tough to break down, especially over there, so wow what a fantastic game on Sunday."

  110. 0900: 

    Pakistan reach 203-4 in their second innings of the first Test against South Africa in Johannesburg. Misbah-ul-Haq is 57 not out and Asad Shafiq is 56 not out as Pakistan chase 480 runs to win.

  111. 0855: 

    Watford manager Gianfranco Zola is optimistic that the Hornets will finalise the permanent signing of on-loan striker Matej Vydra, from Udinese, reports SkySports News.

  112. 0850: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger tells the London Evening Standard that the Gunners are now better equipped to deal with the physicality required in the Premier League after their win over Stoke City on Saturday.

  113. 0844: 

    Marseille midfielder Joey Barton apologises to his team-mates for his red card in the 1-0 defeat by Nancy on Sunday. "I am very disappointed, I have my share of responsibility for this defeat. I must apologise to the team. The referee made his choice, but it does not seem that my tackles were beyond the limit," he said.

    Barton was banned for 12 matches at the start of the season after being found guilty of two counts of violent conduct in the final game of last season for Queens Park Rangers.

  114. 0838: 

    If you missed any of the weekend's Six Nations action, you can watch highlights of England 38-18 win over Scotland, Ireland's 30-22 win in Wales and Italy's shock 23-18 victory over France.

  115. 0832: 

    We are asking for your views on the title race. Can Manchester City overhaul Manchester United's nine-point lead? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Ryan Osborne on Twitter: "The title race isn't over by a long shot. We know not to write off man city after last season."

    Humphrey Flange on Twitter: "City's problem is not scoring enough and conceding too many. Not rocket science. United to win at a canter, playing average."

    Kofi Tawiah Quansah on Twitter: "Last year we didn't have RVP, Vidic or a Rooney on fire."

  116. 0825:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    PFA chairman Gordon Taylor believes Paul Gascoigne can "get back on track" after the former England player's agent Terry Baker said his life is in danger after he started drinking again.

    Taylor told BBC Radio 5live: "I think it is fair to say above all I don't want him to be a tragedy so that everybody will say everybody should have done more. I would like, whilst he is living and we have still got a chance, for it to be a success story.

    "But I do feel that it does need a team of people with one intention, to keep him alive, to get him back on track and to make his life seem worthwhile."

  117. 0820: 

    Manchester United announce they will play a summer tour match in Hong Kong in 2013. United have already announced a six-day training camp in Sydney, and a game against an Australian A-League team on July 20. The Red Devils are also expected to visit Thailand and Japan.

  118. 0815: 

    England call up uncapped Welsh seamer James Harris for their three Twenty20 internationals in New Zealand as cover for Stuart Meaker, who has a neck strain. England's warm-up match against a New Zealand XI in Whangarei was abandoned after 9.1 overs with New Zealand on 70-1 and a new game has been arranged for Tuesday.

  119. 0810: 

    We want your views on the title race after Roberto Mancini insisted Manchester City can still win the Premier League despite the nine-point gap from United. Sir Alex Ferguson's side let it slip last season losing an eight-point lead. Could there be a repeat this season or are United going to canter to the Premier League crown? Have your say on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  120. 0805: 

    It is only four days since the January window shuts but there is still plenty of transfer rumours. Here are a few snippets to whet your appetite from the BBC football gossip column.

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is ready to return to Chelsea to replace under-pressure interim manager Rafa Benitez. (The Sun)

    Manchester City will put the money they received for striker Mario Balotelli, 22, towards a summer signing of either Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 27, or Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao, 26. (Metro)

    Newcastle are set to renew their interest in on-loan Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 24, in the summer, when he returns to Merseyside from West Ham. (Newcastle Chronicle)

  121. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from the BBC Sport Centre.

    In the early hours of Monday morning, Baltimore Ravens were crowned Super Bowls champions after a thrilling 34-31 victory over San Francisco 49ers in New Orleans.

    In the Premier League, Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists his side are still in the title race despite being nine points behind leaders Manchester United.

    City's former striker Mario Balotelli made his debut for AC Milan and scored twice against Udinese, including the winner with the last kick of the game.

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