Sportsday - Thursday, 7 February 2013

Reaction to Jamie Carragher's Liverpool retirement, one year until Winter Olympics, plus other breaking stories.

7 February 2013 Last updated at 19:05 GMT

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  1. 1900:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraSPORTSDAY LIVE

    That is it for Thursday's Sportsday Live. Thank you for your company and do not forget that you can listen live now on Sports Extra as Great Britain's ice hockey team face Latvia in a 2014 Winter Olympics qualifier at the Riga Arena. See you back here from 0800 GMT for all of Friday's breaking sports news.

  2. 1900: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon refuses to write off Efe Ambrose's chances of facing Juventus in the Champions League next Tuesday despite booking his place in the African Nations Cup final. Ambrose and his Nigeria team-mates will face Burkina Faso on Sunday evening at 1800 GMT, placing a question mark over his availability for the first leg of the last 16 tie at Parkhead.

    "The final is on Sunday and he probably won't get back until Monday evening, so he would be a doubt," says Lennon. "But we will get him into the squad and see how he is feeling."

  3. 1855: 

    Former Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish on Twitter: "Sad day for Carra announcing his retirement. He'll be missed but he can be very proud of everything he's done for Liverpool."

  4. 1852: 

    All-rounder Arran Brindle says the Women's World Cup is wide open as England begin the Super Six stage against Australia in Mumbai on Friday. "Beating Australia may open it up even more for the other teams, but we just want to go out and win three games," say Brindle.

    England v Australia coverage: Ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra & online from 0315 GMT; live text commentary on the BBC Sport website & mobile devices.

  5. 1845: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has responded to reports that unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker Peter Odemwingie could join the club on loan. "Someone contacted the chairman. I was asked if I would want him. I said yes," Holloway said. "I don't think he's a realistic target for us personally."

  6. 1841:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    Great Britain trail Latvia 3-1 at the Riga Arena in their 2014 Winter Olympics qualifier. You can listen live on Sports Extra now. Seth Bennett is commentating with Mike O'Connor alongside.

  7. 1836: 

    Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says there would be an "absolute prohibition" on clubs reporting losses of more than £105m over the next three years, with the first sanctions possible in 2016.

    "The balance we have tried to strike is that a new owner can still invest a decent amount of money to improve their club, but they are not going to be throwing hundreds and hundreds of millions in a very short period of time," he says.

    "While it has worked for a couple of clubs in the last 10 years, and I am not critical of that, if that's going to be done in the future it's going to have to be over a slightly longer term without the huge losses being made. I think at £105m you can still build a very decent club with substantial owner funding, but you have to do it over time, you can't do it in a season."

  8. 1824: 

    The Football League confirms it will not consider any new bids for Portsmouth after administrators confirmed an approach from football financier Keith Harris on Thursday.

  9. 1822: 

    Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore on clubs facing a points deduction if they breach new spending controls agreed on Thursday: "The clubs understand that if people break the £105m we will look for the top-end ultimate sanction range - a points deduction. Normally we stay silent on sanctions as the commission has a free range, but clearly if there is a material breach of that rule we will be asking the commission to consider top-end sanctions."

    The Press Association reports that of the 20 clubs in the Premier Leaguet only Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool have reported losses of more than £105m over the last three years, according to the most up-to-date published accounts.

  10. 1817: 

    Premier League clubs whose total wage bill is more than £52m will only be allowed to increase their wages by £4m per season for the next three years, Thursday's meeting of the 20 club chairmen agreed. That cap does not cover extra money coming in from increases in commercial or matchday income.

  11. 1813: 

    Top-flight clubs face a points deduction if they breach new spending controls agreed on Thursday, Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has confirmed. The 20 club chairmen agreed to two significant controls - to limit players' wage bills from next season, and longer-term measures that will restrict the amount of losses clubs can make to £105m over three years.

  12. 1808: 

    Great Britain trail Latvia 2-1 after the first period of their Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics qualifying match at the Riga Arena.

  13. 1806:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    BBC Radio 5 live on Twitter: "Coming up on #5LiveSport from 7pm, @EllyOldroyd presents 'The Black Armband: The Full Story' which looks at the #Armband protest of 2003. Then from 8pm @EllyOldroyd hosts a school sports debate from the Youth Sports Trust Conference on the future of PE. And from 9.30pm there's a #bbc6nations special with @matt9dawson & Paul Grayson and Stephen Jones."

  14. 1758: 

    "If Liverpool supporters around the world regard captain Steven Gerrard as the irreplaceable one, then manager Brendan Rodgers may find filling the space left behind by Jamie Carragher almost as difficult after he retires the end of the season." Read more from BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Carragher's announcement.

  15. 1754: 

    Cagliari have been barred from using their ground for security reasons and must play Sunday's Serie A match against AC Milan in Turin instead, the Italian league announces. The decision comes after the Cagliari city government said it considered the Is Arenas stadium was "unable to cope with the encounter due to the ... influx of spectators who share an historic rivalry."

  16. 1750: 

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Johannesburg ahead of Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso: "The Nigeria coach says he feels justified in his decision to drop big name players like West Brom's Peter Odemwingie. Stephen Keshi courted controversy when he selected a young and largely untried squad. But he says the established stars were not showing the required level of professionalism in matches before the tournament."

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    Latest score from the 2014 Winter Olympics qualifier at the Riga Arena: Lativa 1-1 Great Britain. Remember you can listen live to the action on Sports Extra now. Seth Bennett is commentating with Mike O'Connor alongside.

  18. 1745: 

    Arsenal announce Bolivia international midfielder Samuel Galindo, 20, will spend the rest of the season back in his homeland on loan with Club Deportivo Jorge Wilstermann. Galindo has yet to make a senior appearance since joining the Gunners in July 2010.

  19. 1741: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew says he is already planning his summer recruitment drive as the attempts to rid the club of its soft "under-belly". The Magpies are 15th in the Premier League table, and Pardew said: "We need to strengthen the under-belly of this football club and we need to do that this summer, probably. If we can do that, then we are going to be well-set for next year because we have got some very good players on our books now."

  20. 1738: 

    BBC Sport's Damian Johnson in Johannesburg ahead of Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final between Nigeria and Burkina Faso: "The Burkina Faso squad turned up at Nelspruit airport to fly to Johannesburg for Sunday's final only to be told there was no aircraft available. They were informed that they would face a four hour wait until a flight could be arranged. It's a further hindrance to their chances in the final after a gruelling penalty shoot out victory over Ghana in the semi final. Extra time had failed to separate the two sides."

  21. 1732:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    Sports Extra is now broadcasting Team GB v Latvia from the Riga Arena in a 2014 Winter Olympics qualifier. Seth Bennett is commentating with Mike O'Connor alongside. Great Britain, ranked 21st in the world, also face France on Friday and Kazakhstan on Sunday.


    Jamie Carragher is ninth on the Premier League appearances list with 496 - but we asked earlier who are the others who make up the top 10.

    Calum Hilton was the first in our #bbcsportsday timeline to get the right answer of Ryan Giggs (610), David James (572), Frank Lampard (539), Gary Speed (535), Emile Heskey (516), Phil Neville (504), Sol Campbell (503), Paul Scholes (497), and in tenth Mark Schwarzer (491). Thanks to Opta for the statistics.

  23. 1724: 

    Hoffenheim's Peru international Luis Advincula sustained minor injuries in a car crash on Thursday and will be out of action for 10 days. Advincula is the second Hoffenheim player this season to be involved in a car crash after Boris Vukcevic was left in a coma for eight weeks following a severe crash in September.

  24. 1714: 

    Tom Daley confirms he will compete in the British Diving Championships, which start on Friday, despite suffering from a heavy cold. The 18-year-old is due to make his first competitive appearance in England since his Olympic bronze medal at his home pool in Plymouth on Sunday. "I wouldn't miss the British Championships at our place for the world - it's going to be an amazing experience," said Daley. "I'm going into the championships feeling under the weather, but there's no way I'm not going to compete."

  25. 1656: 

    Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen says Jamie Carragher has all the credentials to become a manager, but feels he might put family life above football ambition.

    "I think he's a home boy and he's got a family, two young children in Bootle in Liverpool. I'm pretty certain he would love to go into management but I'm not sure he'd want to go too far afield. He's capable. He's an encyclopedia of football. He's certainly got the credentials and I'd hazard a guess he would [like to go into management]," Owen told BBC Radio 5 live.

  26. 1651: 

    Stoke City striker Michael Owen on Jamie Carragher's decision to retire at the end of the season.

    "We roomed together for six and seven years at Liverpool. All the superlatives have already been said, but he has a special place in my heart," Owen, 33, told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "From conversations I have had with him he has been thinking of it for a while, so if he has made that decision, why wait?"

  27. 1645: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon on Twitter: "All the young lads in the gym doing their programmes with dance music blaring out. It's filtering into my room and I can feel my toe starting to tap. Normally they'd get a rollicking but it's perking me up."

    Former England cricketer Darren Gough on Twitter: "Strictly Come Dancing next, kidda. That's how it starts, believe me!!"

  28. 1638: 

    Cagliari have been told that they must play their Serie A home match on Sunday against AC Milan at Turin's Olympic Stadium because of ongoing problems with their new stadium.

    The National Observatory for Sports Events ruled that the Is Arenas Stadium "is unfit to host a game in which the influx of fans will be significant."

  29. 1633: 

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "A full brother to world champion racehorse Frankel has been foaled at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket where Frankel himself starts his new career as a stallion next week. The newly-born colt is said by the stud to be 'attractive with size and scope'.

  30. 1628: 

    Former Liverpool midfielder Jason McAteer hopes that Jamie Carragher will be offered a backroom role at the club when he retires at the end of the season.

    "He reads the game extremely well. His organisation skills are certainly there and he's still got life in him yet. I hope Liverpool keep hold of him in some capacity. I think he's a dying breed, he's tough and knows Liverpool inside out," McAteer, 41, told BBC Radio 5 live.

  31. 1623: 

    Danny Graham says his background as a Newcastle United supporter was never going to prevent his January transfer window move to Sunderland.

    Graham, 27, was jeered by sections of the home support when he came on as a second-half substitute in Swansea's goalless Premier League draw at the Stadium of Light on 29 January, but was welcomed by the Black Cats' fans on his debut in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Reading.

    "It never once put me off in terms of wanting to move here, and the contrast with the reception I got at the Madejski Stadium was brilliant. I had signed and everything was done, and to get that reception was really pleasing," he said.

  32. 1617: 

    South Africa's Richard Sterne fires an eight-under 63 to share the Joburg Open first-round lead on Thursday.

    The 31-year-old, playing on his home Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club course, hit six birdies and a chip-in eagle at the ninth to join German rookie Maximilian Kieffer at the top of the leaderboard.

  33. 1611: 

    Lionel Messi signs a two-year contract extension with Barcelona which will keep the Ballon d'Or winner at the Nou Camp until 30 June, 2018.

  34. 1606: 

    Former Liverpool manager Roy Evans believes that Jamie Carragher's recent good form means he should stay in the team, despite the defender's decision to retire at the end of the season.

    "Jamie's been a great player for Liverpool for many years. He's had two great games (against Arsenal and Man City) and then announced his retirement. Hopefully he stays in the team because what he's given us in the last two games has been excellent," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

  35. 1559: 

    Martin Jol has called for his Fulham side to get clear of the Premier League relegation zone as quickly as possible.

    "If you leave it until the end of the season you've always got a problem - you don't want that," Jol said in the Evening Standard.

    "What I always say is get to 35, 36 points as soon as possible, before the last couple of months of the season."

  36. 1554: 

    James Haskell says he was always hopeful of winning back his England place despite his decision to opt out of last year's Six Nations championship to play a season of club rugby in Japan and then in New Zealand.

    "I knew that if I got the chance to work in this environment, that if (coach) Stuart (Lancaster) got to know me, he could see that I was passionate about England and this team, and that I will keep fighting and do everything I could do to get involved in the squad because it means that much to me," Haskell, 27, said.

  37. 1549: 

    Wayne Rooney says it is too early to think about the Premier League title, despite Manchester United's 9-point lead over Manchester City with 13 games to go.

    "Once it comes down to the last four or five games, then we will see what position we are in and work out what we have to do," the Independent quotes him as saying.


    Jamie Carragher is ninth on the Premier League appearances list with 496 - but we asked who the others in the top 10 are?

    Connor Towes on Twitter: "David James, Giggs, Scholes, Gary Neville, Phil Neville, Brad Friedel, Lampard, Sol Campbell, Gary Speed."

    Richard Knight on Twitter: "I'm guessing Kieron Dyer is not in the top ten!"

    Connor, you got two wrong. Richard, you are 100% correct! Let us know your thoughts and guesses via Twitter, using the #bbcsportsday.

  39. 1535: 
    Chris Coleman

    Manager Chris Coleman believes the 2-1 friendly victory over Austria on Wednesday suggests Wales have the ability to put themselves back into contention for World Cup qualification.

    Wales lie fifth out of six teams in Group A, seven points behind leaders Belgium and Croatia. Their 2-1 win over bottom side Scotland in October is their sole win from four games.


    Jamie Carragher is ninth on the Premier League appearances list with 496 - but who are the others in the top 10? Let us know your thoughts and guesses via Twitter, using the #bbcsportsday. We will give the answer at 17:00 GMT.

  41. 1526: 

    The British disability skiing team will be able to attend the crucial Paralympic test event in Sochi, 20-27 March, after the Peter Harrison Foundation offered to make up a funding shortfall.

    "It's absolutely massive for the athletes," the GB chief executive Fiona Young told BBC Sport's Nick Hope.

    "With just over one year to go until the Games the athletes and staff need to be able to see what the venue will be like and also prepare for any difficulties they may have to face."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra will have live commentary of Great Britain's crucial Sochi 2014 qualifier against hosts Latvia from 17:30 GMT this evening.

    GB are bidding to reach their first Olympics since 1948, but must finish top of a qualification group featuring Latvia, France and Kazakhstan in matches played over the coming four days.

    You can also follow @NickHopeBBC for updates and the BBC Sport website will have highlights and reaction from the match later this evening.


    Vinay MP on Twitter: "He made Nani cry and went to United's dressing room to apologise. Awful challenge though."

    Harmeet on Twitter: "Carra's greatest moment was giving his all to stop Milan scoring in the CL final then going on to lift the cup. YNWA Legend!"

    Stephen Rogers on Twitter: "I'd like to see the 23 shirt retired for a legend of LFC"

    Tell us your memories of Jamie Carragher's finest moments for Liverpool and England, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  44. 1508: 

    Ireland's Gordon D'Arcy warns England that he and fellow centre Brian O'Driscoll will be hugely motivated for the Six Nations clash between the sides at Aviva Stadium on Sunday.

    "One of the things that stands out for both of us is that we enjoy tackling and the confrontation. We have the chip on our shoulder that you need to be a really good defender," D'Arcy, 32, said.

  45. 1503: 

    Russia and Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Roman Shirokov wants to play in the English Premier League before he retires.

    "I think I have a few years left so I would like to try myself in a top league abroad and if it was up to me I'd prefer England. I don't think top clubs there would take me but I wouldn't mind joining any team from number five to 10," Shirokov, 31, said.

  46. 1458: 

    The Confederation of African Football (CAF) suspends Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi after his performance in Wednesday's African Cup of Nations semi-final between Burkina Faso and Ghana.

    Jdidi controversially gave Burkina Faso forward Jonathan Pitroipa a second yellow card for simulation that sees the 26-year-old miss Sunday's final against Nigeria.

    "Referees are graded on each performance and based on his marks the referee from Tunisia is now suspended for a period of time still to be determined," general secretary Hicham El Amrani said,

  47. 1453: 

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh on Twitter: "Trainer Harry Fry fined £1,000 by BHA after ketamine found in sample of hurdler Bold Chief at Kempton in November."

  48. 1448: 

    Paul di Resta believes the Force India team will make an impact in Formula 1 this season.

    Force India scored more points last year than in 2011, but the team slipped a place in the standings from sixth to seventh because of the strong showing of Sauber.

    "We're achieving a lot, putting in the miles, everybody is organised, the parts are arriving on time, we're pushing the departments to the extreme to make sure they come up with bigger and better things. Given where we finished last year, and with some of the results we had, we're certainly hoping to go up a stage," di Resta, 26, said.

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    Lucas and Jamie Carragher

    Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva on Twitter: "Just read Carra statement. Let's enjoy a few more months with him before he retires. It is amazing what he is done for LFC. #23"

  50. 1438: 

    Jack Wilshere says that there is a different atmosphere in the England camp since the departure of manager Fabio Capello in February 2012.

    "It's totally different from before. For one, the manager has changed and all the staff have changed, too, so it's a totally different atmosphere. It's a nice atmosphere," the Arsenal midfielder, 21, told the Evening Standard.

  51. 1432: 

    Norwich City manager Chris Hughton has no new injury worries ahead of Saturday's Premier League game with Fulham at Carrow Road.

    "All players on international duty returned without any new injury concerns. Kei Kamara (Norwich's new loan signing from Sporting Kansas City) came in and trained for the first time today and did well. It's just one day so we'll continue to assess him as he settles in," Hughton is quoted as saying on the club's Twitter feed.


    Nick Dyson on Twitter: "You don't get enough characters on Twitter to say what a legend he was for us, Gave 110% in effort and loyalty."

    Arch Mart on Twitter: "His partnership with Sami Hyypia was one of the best partnerships in Liverpool history. Top leader/defender. Legend.

    Tyrone Lewis on Twitter: "Sad to hear Carragher will be retiring. Will miss the own goals he's scored for Spurs. Seriously though, will be missed."


    BBC Sportsday readers have been paying compliments to Jamie Carragher, after the 35-year-old announced that he will retire at the end of the season.

    One-club man Carragher has made more than 700 appearances for Liverpool, but his popularity seems to extend across the club divide. Tell us what you think were his greatest moments, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  54. 1418: 

    Tottenham Hotspur will play an exhibition match against the Jamaican national team in the Bahamas on 23 May.

    "We are delighted to accept an invitation from the Government of The Bahamas to take part in the country's 40th anniversary celebrations," Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy told the club's official website.

  55. 1412: 

    Earlier, for today's Question of Sport from @QofS_Official, we asked you to name the nine men who have played a T20 international for England whose surname begin with a B?

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser are… Jonny Bairstow, Gareth Batty, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Scott Borthwick, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Stuart Broad and Jos Buttler.

  56. 1407: 

    Italy make one change for the Six Nations championship match against Scotland on Saturday, with Gonzalo Canale replacing injured centre Alberto Sgarbi.

    Sgarbi misses out because of an ankle problem. Gonzalo Garcia takes Canale's place on the bench at Murrayfield.

  57. 1401: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway says he would like to sign Peter Odemwingie from West Bromwich Albion, but feels that the deal is unlikely to happen.

    "Someone contacted the chairman. I was asked if I would want him and I said yes, But I don't think he's a realistic target for us personally," Holloway said.

  58. 1356: 

    Nottingham Forest chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi says that Billy Davies has "unfinished business" with the club after it was announced that he will rejoin the club as manager.

    "I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him," says Al Hasawi. "Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.

    "Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent - this is a very exciting appointment for us."

  59. 1350: 

    Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Jamie Carragher has been a great servant to Lfc. Great player and a top fella! Funny guy! Nutter when we were kids but management material now."

  60. 1335: 

    Billy Davies has been confirmed as the new manager of Nottingham Forest.

    He replaces Alex McLeish who left the club after just 40 days in charge on Tuesday.

    Davies returns to the club he left in 2011.

  61. 1333: 

    Jamie Carragher's former Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen on Twitter: "What a servant Carra has been for Liverpool. A rare breed and it's been a privilege to play alongside, room with and be big mates with one of football's real men. I doubt we have heard the last of him. He has too much to offer the game to be away for long!"


    Keep your tweets coming in about Jamie Carragher's decision to retire at the end of the season. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    James Joseph on Twitter: "As a United fan I'm sad to see him go. Knew what the rivalry between our clubs was all about - hope the fixture keeps the bite."

    Dean on Twitter: "Gutted to see Jamie Carra leave football he is a true legend - that's coming from a Chelsea fan."

    Matthew Hobbs on Twitter: "As an Everton fan I'll happily pay tribute to Jamie Carragher - top defender, top clubman, top pro."

  63. 1322: 

    Fulham Football Club on Twitter: "An assessment on the fitness of Dimitar Berbatov will be made later today. Martin Jol is hopeful he'll be in the squad at Carrow Road."

  64. 1316: 

    Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel has signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal to stay with the club until the summer of 2015.


    James Burrow on Twitter: "Rare to to see one club player, hope he stays on as coach or 'does a Scholes' and returns, was best player v Arsenal."

    Jamie Devlin on Twitter: "Always respected Carragher top player underrated I think, I would say he'd be in top 10 all time Liverpool greats."

    Imy Heer on Twitter: "Carragher will go down as a LFC great. Can see him in a coaching role to help the youngsters, potential future manager."

  66. 1308: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that Jamie Carragher still has a role to play for the club before May, after the 35-year-old defender announced he will retire at the end of the season.

    He says: "Jamie has been absolutely outstanding for me since I joined the club. We still have a lot to play for as we look to finish as high up the Barclays Premier League as possible and continue our progression in the Europa League, a competition we'd like to win.

    "He will have a significant role to play for us between now and May and I know his commitment and dedication on the pitch will remain as it has done his entire career at Liverpool.

    "But when the time is right we, as a team and a club, will give the man the tribute and recognition he deserves; I know the supporters will want to say thank you to someone who has served them with such distinction for so long."


    You have been sending us some of your thoughts on Jamie Carragher's announcement that he will retire at the end of the season.

    Andrew Stott on Twitter: "Gutted to see Carragher retire but he isn't playing and hope he joins the back room staff."

    Salman Khan on Twitter: "Football is saying goodbye to a true legend. Hope to see him coaching at LFC very soon. You'll Never Walk Alone Carra."

    Graham Jenkins on Twitter: "Carragher always gave everything for club and country; absolutely an LFC legend!!!"

    Keep them coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  68. 1253: 
    Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher Jamie Carragher, 35, has made over 700 senior appearances for Liverpool and has 38 England caps.
  69. 1250: 

    Here's what Jamie Carragher has to say about his decision to retire at the end of the season.

    He says: "I'm making this announcement now because I don't want the manager or the club to be answering questions on my future when I've already decided what I am going to do. I will be fully committed between now and the end of the season to doing the very best for Liverpool Football Club, as I have done my entire career since joining aged just 9 years old."

    "It has been a privilege and an honour to represent this great club for as long as I have and I am immensely proud to have done so and thankful for all the support I have had. There are many memories I want to share and people to thank, but now is not the time for that.

    "I won't be making any further comment on this decision until the end of the season; all our focus and concentration should be on achieving the best possible finish in the league this season and trying to win the last remaining trophy we are competing in."

  70. 1247: 

    Liverpool FC on Twitter: "Jamie Carragher has announced he will leave LFC at the end of 2012-13 and will retire from football."

  71. 1244: 

    Chelsea announce they will play matches in Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia on their 2013 pre-season tour in July.

    They last toured Asia in 2011 ahead of the season which saw them end as Champions League and FA Cup winners.

    Chief executive Ron Gourlay tells the club's official website: "South-east Asia remains home to an ever-growing and passionate Chelsea FC support and it gives me great pleasure that we will again be able to experience that wonderful hospitality."

  72. 1237: 

    Mark Cavendish wins the penultimate stage of the Tour of Qatar to extend his overall lead in the race.

    It is his third stage win in the race and his fourth so far this season for his new team Omega Pharma Quick Step.

  73. 1230: 

    Aberdeen captain Russell Anderson signs a one-year contract extension to take him until the end of next season.

    The 34-year-old defender has made 26 appearances this season, moving on from the injury problems that hampered his spell in England with Sunderland and Derby.

    Anderson tells the club's official website: "I've always said the day I don't feel up for the rigours of the SPL, I'll stop there and then but right now, I'm as fit as I have been and I'm really looking forward to at least another year playing."

  74. 1223: 

    Nottingham Forest are poised to announce the return of Billy Davies as manager, reports BBC East Midlands Today.

    Alex McLeish left Forest on Tuesday after just 40 days in charge and Davies quickly emerged as the overwhelming favourite to succeed his fellow Scot.

    The 48-year-old was named Reds boss in January 2009 and led the Championship club to successive play-off campaigns.

  75. 1222: 

    Hull KR have signed Huddersfield back row forward Dale Ferguson, 24, on a month's loan to ease their early-season injury crisis.

    They began the season without prop Ryan O'Hara, centre Kris Welham and new signings Sean Gleeson and Travis Burns because of injury and suspension, while forward Rhys Lovegrove was injured in Sunday's 32-24 defeat by Catalan Dragons.

    Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis said: "Dale Ferguson needs game time and Hull KR are suffering some injuries at the moment so the loan arrangement benefits everyone.

  76. 1217: 

    Great Britain have beaten Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0 in the opening match of their Fed Cup Group One campaign in Eilat, Israel.

    Laura Robson and debutant Johanna Konta rounded off the victory with a 6-0 6-0 whitewash of Jelena Simic and Jasmina Kajtazovic in the doubles, after Anne Keothavong and British number one Heather Watson had already claimed singles wins.

    Judy Murray's team are now scheduled to meet Portugal on Friday.

  77. 1209: 

    Scotland flanker Alasdair Strokosch could still play some part in the Six Nations despite confirmation he suffered a fractured bone near his eye during the opening defeat against England.

    Strokosch will be out for four weeks, meaning he will definitely miss the visit of Ireland on 24 February as well as Saturday's match against Italy. But he could face Wales on 9 March and France the following weekend.

    Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Alasdair was seen by a specialist at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital this week and the injury was diagnosed as a fracture of the orbital floor (the area around the eye). Alasdair is returning to his club in France and will be in their care. If he has no complications he should be available to return to action in four weeks' time."

  78. 1201: 

    Wales captain Sam Warburton has been ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations match against France in Paris with a shoulder injury.

    Ryan Jones will skipper the side in his absence and wears the number six shirt, with Justin Tipuric starting at openside flanker.

    Flanker Aaron Shingler misses out following last weekend's 30-22 defeat against Ireland, while one other change sees Ospreys hooker Richard Hibbard in for Matthew Rees.


    We are asking for your thoughts on reports that Chelsea could be about to offer Frank Lampard a new contract at the club. Send us your views on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Chinmay S Barhale on Twitter: "Roman wanted to remove old guard due to past problems. Problem appears to be JT not FL. Sensible to give FL new contract."

    Sunil Parmar on Twitter: "Very fickle from those high up in the cfc hierarchy. However, Chelsea fans will be delighted. Lampard is a fantastic player."

    Alex Capp on Twitter: "If Lampard gets new contract every CFC fan will will drop to there knees and be thanking the football gods."

    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Thursday's 5 live Sport has a special looking back at Andy Flower and Henry Olonga's protest against President Robert Mugabe's 'regime' in Zimbabwe.

    The Zimbabwe cricketers released a statement to journalists at the Harare Sports Club - ahead of the 2003 World Cup - in which they denounced the "death of democracy" in their homeland.

    And in order to underline their opposition to President Robert Mugabe's 'regime', they took to the field wearing black armbands.

    The BBC Radio 5 live Sport special is to be broadcast at 19:00 GMT on Thursday.

  81. 1143: 

    Uncapped hooker Pat MacArthur is named as Scotland replacement for their Six Nations match against Italy on Saturday.

    Dougie Hall is ruled out with a knee injury.

    Scotland team doctor James Robson said: "Dougie has a mild strain of his knee which will not settle in time for this weekend's game."

  82. 1132: 
    Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa

    Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa was fastest in pre-season testing for the third successive day in Sepang, Malaysia.

    The 27-year-old, who finished second in the standings last season, put in a fastest lap of two minutes and 0.1 seconds.

    World champion Jorge Lorenzo was second for Yamaha Factory Racing, with nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi third. Britain's Cal Crutchlow was fifth fastest for Monster Yamaha Tech 3.

  83. 1130: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas says that striker Emmanuel Adebayor is in a race against time to get back from the Africa Cup of Nations to play for Spurs against Newcastle on Saturday.

    Spurs forward Jermain Defoe has been ruled out for as long as three weeks after picking up an ankle injury against West Brom last weekend, leaving Villas-Boas keen to get Adebayor back as soon as possible. He is set to be play even though he has still not left South Africa after Togo were knocked out on Sunday.

    "We are trying to establish the best flight connections for him," Andre Villas-Boas said. "He will be selected for sure."


    So newspaper reports are suggesting that Frank Lampard could now be offered a new contract at Chelsea. What do you make of that? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Alex Kowszun on Twitter: "A legend for the club and Lampard has been Chelsea's best goalscorer recently. Surely he has to get a new contract?"

    Dan Carthew on Twitter: "If Frank Lampard signs a new contract for Chelsea it will be the most important contract Abramovich agrees."

    Alan on Twitter: "Lampard signing extension & a Benitez sacking would be the perfect end to otherwise a disappointing season at CFC."

  85. 1113: 

    Wolverhampton Wanderers have cut ticket prices for next season to reward fans for sticking with them through relegation and a disappointing season so far in the Championship, report the Express and Star.

    The ticket information was delivered to fans today with a message from chief executive Jez Moxey, which read: "We are extremely disappointed and sorry that some of the decisions taken have not worked out in the way we all wanted. We are all rightly open to criticism when things go wrong.

    "All the ambitions Steve Morgan had for helping Wolves progress on and off the pitch when he arrived remain the same. In fact, given what has happened, I know he feels even more determined to get things right."

  86. 1108:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    More from England boss Roy Hodgson after the 2-1 win against Brazil at Wembley. He tells 5 live: "There's still lots of work to do. There's lots of improvements that the younger players can add to their game and they will. They'll do it by playing regularly for the their club teams and getting more international caps.

    "But we've got six important games this year. Three of the last four at home at Wembley so I'm rather hoping that by March we'd be at least as good as we were today and by the autumn we could be even stronger."


    We are asking for your thoughts on last night's England performance.

    Hugh on Twitter: "Odd that Big Phil talks of the lack of condition of his players when the majority play in Europe."

    Jamie Matthews on Twitter: "Regardless of whether it was a friendly, England played good football against a top team at last! good signs for the future."

    James on Twitter: "England won't win the World Cup, however France 2016 (European Championships) would be the more realistic chance, Especially with the players we have."

    Also what do you think about the suggestion Chelsea might now offer Frank Lampard a new contract? Twitter is the place for your views. Just use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  88. 1059:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    A reminder you can hear live commentary of Great Britain's quest to qualify for the Winter Games tonight on 5 live sports extra. They play Latvia and coverage begins at 17:20 GMT.

  89. 1057:  

    Andy Hunt from the British Olympic Association has been speaking to 5 live about hopes for the Winter Games in Sochi next year. "We have typically won one to two medals at every games probably for the last 20 or so years and have come 18th-21st in the medal table," he says.

    "I do think we have a chance to really build on our performance in Vancouver. We had one excellent gold medal from Amy Williams but we are not an Alpine nation so we shouldn't think about the raining gold medals experience we had in London last summer. But I think we have the chance to build on it, we have seen some good investment from UK Sport - more than £12m of investment in this current squad in winter sports and I think we will do better than Vancouver."

  90. 1055: 
    Frank Lampard

    The Daily Mail reports that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has changed his mind over the future of Frank Lampard and opened talks with the England midfielder over a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

  91. 1051: 

    Today's Question of Sport from @QofS_Official. Name the nine men who have played a T20 international for England whose surname begin with a B? Answers at 14:00 GMT.

  92. 1049:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    You can listen to live commentary on England's Super Sixes match against Australia in the Women's World Cup tournament from 03:30 GMT on 5 live sports extra.

  93. 1045: 

    Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford on Twitter at the Women's World Cup: "India beat Pakistan by 6 wickets at #wwc13 to claim 7th place. Mithali Raj scores an unbeaten hundred."

  94. 1044: 

    Heather Watson gives Great Britain a 2-0 lead over Bosnia in the Fed Cup after beating Anita Husaric 6-3 6-4.

  95. 1039: 

    Continuing our look at the thoughts of the Brazilian press following their team's 2-1 defeat at Wembley and O Globo rued Brazil's "little movement in attack and defensive failures" but hailed Chelsea's Oscar and QPR's Julio Cesar as their star performers.

    The Sambafoot website called their team's performance "lacklustre" and admitted that the penalty against Jack Wilshere was a "harsh decision". And finally a photo of Joe Hart saving Ronaldinho's penalty was the main picture on the front page of Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper, which noted that Brazil have failed to defeat a World Cup-winning nation for three years.

  96. 1034: 

    Reaction to Brazil's defeat against England from their own media, courtesy of BBC Monitoring, and O Correio Brazilense newspaper said that former world number one Ronaldinho "disappointed" last night and praised the English rearguard for "nullifying" Neymar. It conceded that the hosts had exercised "slight superiority" across the 90 minutes.

    Jornal do Brasil was also dissatisfied by Neymar's performance, saying he was "unrecognisable" on the pitch and that he has "failed in the most important games" for the national side.

  97. 1030: 

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, who appeared to raise questions over his future at Anfield in this morning's Daily Mirror, tells Spanish radio station Marca: "I'm very happy here and my family love the life here too. I want to enjoy being at this club where I, like all the kids, dreamed of playing and now I'm fulfilling that dream.

    "I'm very pleased and very happy because Liverpool is growing. It's not the team that it once was as they have had a dip but now we have a new coach, who has a philosophy of the game with which the players are very happy."

  98. 1025: 

    More reaction to England's 2-1 win over Brazil last night. Please keep your thoughts coming in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Lewis Powell on Twitter: "England still aren't World Cup contenders, a win over Brazil at Wembley is nothing, not in the heat of Brazil and penalties weren't involved."

    Ash Burdett on Twitter: "Did Brazil play badly? Yes. Did Spain play badly when we beat them? Yes. Not coincidence. Can only beat the team you play."

    Akude on Twitter: "Still unimpressed with the display, they played quite well am afraid but when it gets to the big stage, they'll fumble again."

  99. 1021: 

    Hearts forward Callum Paterson, 18, is set to miss the rest of the season after being told he needs surgery on a foot injury.

  100. 1020: 

    This afternoon's meeting at Huntingdon has passed a 10:00 GMT inspection and goes ahead as scheduled.

  101. 1019: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas confirms Emmanuel Adebayor will return from the African Cup of Nations today or tomorrow and will feature in the squad for Saturday's home match against Newcastle.

  102. 1014: 

    Sky Sports report that Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe is likely to be out for up to three weeks with ankle ligament damage suffered in the victory at West Brom.

  103. 1012: 

    England batsman Eoin Morgan, left out of the Test squad for the tour to New Zealand, tells BBC Sport: "I've been left out of Test squads before and I'm certainly not going to sulk about it. I'm going to get back in the nets and work hard.

    "One-day and Twenty20 has been my format of the game but Test match cricket is where I want to be."

  104. 1008: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson spoke to 5 live after last night's win against Brazil. "All positive results give you a confidence boost," he says. "We know when we play Brazil, especially at Wembley, first game of the new year, and 90,000 people watching the game, that's a big responsibility.

    "So we were rather hoping we'd come out here with a positive result and we'd play well to get that result. I think we've done that so that can't do us any harm, but we're still not finished article.

  105. 1004: 

    Manchester United will play a second friendly in Japan during their summer tour in July.

    In their first trip to Japan since 2007, United will take on Cerezo at Nagai Stadium in Osaka on 26 July, three days after a match against Yokohama F Marinos at International Stadium Yokohama, venue for the 2002 World Cup final.

  106. 1001:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 19:00 GMT includes a special report as the 10th anniversary of Andy Flower and Henry Olonga's black armband protest against the political situation in Zimbabwe approaches.

    From 21:30 GMT Matt Dawson presents a preview of the weekend's Six Nations fixtures, with contributions from Brian Moore and Stephen Jones.

  107. 0957: 

    Opening batsman Aaron Finch is named captain of Australia A for their five-match limited-overs series against the England Lions, beginning on 16 February. The Lions will be led by Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor.

  108. 0951: 

    South African Richard Sterne completes an opening round of 63 to take a two-shot clubhouse lead on day one at the Joburg Open.

  109. 0949: 

    Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates has welcomed today's report into widespread drug-taking in Australian sport. "Because of the criminal element exposed today the penalties must be severe," he says. "When it comes to illegal betting in our team, we name, shame and put them on a plane home."

  110. 0945: 

    Gordon Strachan enjoyed a promising start to his reign as Scotland boss with a 1-0 victory over Estonia at his former home ground, Pittodrie. "I think that's the most emotional and nervous I've been," he says of the experience. UK users can watch highlights of the match on the BBC website. Let us know what you thought of Strachan's team using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  111. 0939: 

    We're asking this morning if you are more encouraged about the England team's prospects following the 2-1 win over Brazil. Please send in your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Neil Moulding on Twitter: "Don't be daft. Quarter finalists at absolute best."

    Marcel on Twitter: "I couldn't care less if they won 2-1 or lost 6-0! The matches that need to be won, are the matches where the points are given!"

    Vinay on Twitter: "England should look at qualifying for 2014 first, before even dreaming of winning it."

  112. 0933: 

    Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt and other overseas athletes will be able to compete tax-free in this year's London Diamond League event at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July after a "one-off" exemption was agreed.

  113. 0929: 

    And finally in our round-up of stories from the international press, with thanks again to BBC Monitoring, Marca report that Ecuador ruined Cristiano Ronaldo's 28th birthday celebrations with a shock 3-2 win in Portugal. The Real Madrid striker admitted to some physical problems before the match, but still managed to score for his country during the hour he was on the field.

  114. 0926: 

    Tuttosport says that Italy played the first 70 minutes of their 1-1 draw against the Netherlands "in the usual friendly format: no ideas, no game, no bite," but the paper was grateful for the injury time goal from substitute Marco Verratti which earned a draw against opponents who showed greater "organisation and speed" throughout the game.

    Meanwhile Dutch forward Klaas Jan Hutelaar missed the match because of a blood clot in his eye which has drastically reduced his vision, Bild reports.

  115. 0917: 

    Spain's El Pais newspaper was buoyed by the 3-1 victory over Uruguay, noting that it was achieved despite the absence of first choice keeper Iker Casillas and midfielders Xavi Hernandez and Xabi Alonso.

    Marca hails Spanish winger Pedro this morning after his two goals in last night's match. The paper said the player's statistics for the national team this season are "spectacular". With nine goals so far, he looks set to challenge the record set by David Villa of 13 in a single term.

  116. 0912: 

    France's Le Monde says a second successive home defeat "did little to reassure" French fans ahead of the team's World Cup qualifier against defending champions Spain next month. However coach Didier Deschamps said the defeat will "have no effect" on the team's mindset ahead of the game with Spain.

    Karim Benzema received a lot of coverage in the French press after failing to score in his tenth successive game for France. In addition, Sport 24 said he offered "little participation in the game" and may find his place in the team under threat. Deschamps has said he has "total confidence" in him.

  117. 0908: 

    Now for a round-up of the international news, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring, and Germany's Bild newspaper thanked the national team for their 2-1 victory over France, while the Frankfurter Allgemeine called it a match of "special class" which will have pleased football connoisseurs.

    Die Welt was full of praise for most of the team, but said Arsenal's Lukas Podolski was "the greatest disappointment of the trip to Paris" and speculated that he may struggle to hold onto his place in the national team.

  118. 0905: 

    Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins is to begin talks with manager Michael Laudrup in an attempt to persuade the 48-year-old Dane to extend his stay at the Liberty Stadium, the South Wales Evening Post reports. Laudrup has 18 months of his two-year deal remaining.

  119. 0902: 

    France coach Philippe Saint-Andre makes two changes to the team beaten by Italy last weekend as his side prepare to face Wales in Paris on Saturday. Toulon centre Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Florian Fritz, while Bastareaud's club colleague Jocelino Suta takes over from injured captain Pascal Pape in the second row.

    France: Y Huget; W Fofana, M Bastareaud, M Mermoz, B Fall; F Michalak, M Machenaud; L Picamoles, T Dusautoir (captain), F Ouedraogo, Y Maestri, J Suta, N Mas, D Szarzewski, Y Forestier.

    Replacements: B Kayser, V Debaty, L Ducalcon, R Taofifenua, D Chouly, M Parra, F Trinh-Duc, F Fritz.

  120. 0857: 

    We're asking this morning for your thoughts on England's 2-1 win against Brazil last night. Keep them coming in please, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Frank Hopewell-Smith on Twitter: "No world class players other than Rooney? I hope he saw Walcott, Wilshere & Hart.. After last night Neymar can eat his words."

    Dom Fearon on Twitter: "We performed all round last night and the team are finally working for each other. Bring on the qualifiers."

    Owen Morgan on Twitter: "Important thing is that England played some good stuff. Wilshere definitely looked the answer to a variety of questions."

  121. 0850:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraICE HOCKEY

    Before that we have live ice hockey commentary for you tonight on sports extra as Great Britain face Latvia in the first of three qualifying group matches for next year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Coverage of today's qualifier at the Riga Arena in Latvia begins at 17:20 GMT and you will also be able to watch video highlights on the BBC website.

  122. 0847: 

    England batsman Eoin Morgan insists Wednesday's defeat against a New Zealand XI will not adversely affect the team ahead of Saturday's opening Twenty20 international with the Kiwis. "All our preparation matters and having a great test yesterday was brilliant for us," he said. "Often you go into warm-up games and dominate ... and we are looking forward to Saturday now."

    You can hear live commentary on New Zealand against England on Saturday from 05:45 GMT on 5 live sports extra.

  123. 0842:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    More from England defender Ashley Cole on 5 live after the 2-1 win against Brazil, which also marked his 100th international appearance. "I got so many texts from my ex team-mates and ex managers and it was nice to have my mum, my brother and all my friends here. It was a great night for me," he says.

    "To beat Brazil at home, in a packed stadium. To do it in the way we did. We had some great performances. Jack Wilshere was amazing and has been impressive all season since he came back from injury. It's been hard growing up the way I did and I never thought I'd get to this stage in my career and my life so I'm very happy with what I've achieved."

  124. 0837: 

    A year-long investigation by the Australian Crime Commission finds that the use of banned drugs in Australian professional sport is "widespread".

    The ACC says scientists, coaches and support staff were involved in the provision of drugs across multiple sporting codes, without naming any individuals. In some cases, the drugs were supplied by organised crime syndicates, it said.

  125. 0827: 

    England play Brazil again on 2 June when the Maracana Stadium is re-opened following its refurbishment for next year's World Cup and Brazil boss Luis Felipe Scolari is already looking forward to it. "I'm not disappointed," he said of last night's 2-1 defeat at Wembley, the first match of his second spell in charge.

    "We played a strong England team in good physical form. We had seven, eight or nine players who have only just started with their preparations. All the England team were very strong and very organised. I wasn't surprised, England always plays like that. Let's see what they will play like in the Maracana. We aren't in the best physical condition yet."

  126. 0822: 

    Veteran England midfielder Frank Lampard certainly made a fine impression as a substitute at Wembley last night, scoring a Brazilian-style winner with a shot into the top corner from the edge of the area against the Samba Boys.

    You can hear the thoughts of the midfield maestro, who is reportedly not being offered a new deal at Chelsea, on the BBC website now.

  127. 0817: 

    Jacques on Twitter: "Now the typical British media will claim England have a chance of winning the World Cup....dream on!"

  128. 0815: 

    So what did you make of England's performance against Brazil? Jack Wilshere impressed in his roving midfield role, with England boss Roy Hodgson confident the Arsenal man can live up to expectations.

    We'd like to know your thoughts, are you more encouraged about the team's chances following last night's game? Were you happy with a change from the somewhat rigid 4-4-2 formation employed at Euro 2012? What other players would you like to see breaking into the team? Let us know your opinions using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  129. 0813:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    England defender Ashley Cole has been speaking to 5 live after celebrating his 100th international cap with a 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley last night. "I'm disappointed that I had to come off but it was a great night for me, and it was a great win," he says.

    "When I got out there it weren't about me no more, it was about playing against a world class team and trying to win at home. It was a good team performance, especially in the second half. I would like to thank the fans because I didn't really expect the reception I got. It was very nice. I'm actually delighted and overwhelmed, kind of speechless."

  130. 0807: 

    UK users can watch Mr Hamilton's versions of events at Jerez yesterday in an interview on the BBC website.

  131. 0804: 

    It is day three of pre-season testing in Jerez, and there has already been great drama with Lewis Hamilton crashing his new Mercedes yesterday. Gary Rose will tell you what happens today in his live text on the BBC website.

  132. 0803: 

    South African Richard Sterne makes a superb start to the Joburg Open, being played over two courses at the Royal Johannesburg & Kensington Golf Club. The 31-year-old plays the first nine at the West Course in six-under-par 30, with four birdies and an eagle.

  133. 0802: 

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is wanted by former club Zenit St Petersburg. The Russian transfer window is open until 24 February and Zenit are keen to re-sign the Slovakia centre-back, 28, who they sold to the Reds in 2008. (Daily Mail)

    Manchester City coach Angelo Gregucci says the club want Napoli striker Edinson Cavani but expect stiff competition for the Uruguay striker, 25. (ESPN)

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has raised doubts about his future at Anfield. The Uruguayan, 26, said: "We will see at the end of the season what Liverpool's position is - we're not the Liverpool of old." (Daily Mirror)

  134. 0801: 

    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday. It was a good night for the home nations with victories for England,Scotland and Wales, while Northern Ireland played out a goalless draw in Malta.

    We'll be gathering further reaction, there is news of the Joburg Open golf tournament, England's tour of New Zealand and the Women's World Cup, but we begin with a look some of the top stories from today's BBC Sport gossip column.

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