Sportsday - Tuesday 12 February as it happened

Reaction to Liverpool's defeat by West Brom, New Zealand beat England in T20, plus build-up to Celtic's match against Juventus.

12 February 2013 Last updated at 18:52 GMT

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We will have updates from the second Twenty20 international between New Zealand and England throughout the morning, England having chosen to bowl first, but we begin with a look at some of our top stories on the BBC website.

  2. 0801: 

    Celtic boss Neil Lennon is in bullish mood ahead of tonight's Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against Juventus at Celtic Park. "There is a real belief anything can happen over two games," he says. "It is the only show around, a European night at Celtic Park."

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at 19:00 GMT comes live from Celtic Park and we have live commentary on the match for you, with summaries from former Scotland international Pat Nevin.

  3. 0802: 

    Tomorrow's 5 live Sport will be live from the Bernabeu for the eagerly awaited first-leg between Real Madrid and Manchester United and former United defender Gary Neville says of former team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo: "He is a bully. He bullies the weakest defender. He does it all the time."

  4. 0803: 

    New Zealand have made 192-6 from their 20 overs after being put in by England in Hamilton. Skipper Brendon McCullum made a sparkling 74 from 38 balls with six fours and five sixes, Jade Dernbach England's most successful bowler with 3-38.

    England have not started well and have just lost Jonny Bairstow so are now 24-3 in the fifth over.

    Live commentary continues on 5 live sports extra with text commentary on the BBC website.

  5. 0804: 

    Now for some stories from today's BBC Sport Gossip Column and Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham are on alert after 21-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen rejected a new contract with Ajax. (Daily Mail)

    Liverpool are considering a summer move for Malaga's 28-year-old Chilean playmaker Manuel Iturra, who could be available for £3m. (Daily Express)

    Real Madrid are planning a £38m move for Tottenham midfielder Gareth Bale, 23, this summer. (talkSPORT)

  6. 0810: 

    It was a wretched night for Liverpool, dominating possession against West Brom but missing a penalty and conceding two late goals. So we're asking this morning where Liverpool will finish this season. With 12 matches left they are in ninth place, 12 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham, so is there any hope of securing a Champions League? Do you think the future of manager Brendan Rodgers is in jeopardy, and if so where does he need to finish to secure his job?

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  7. 0815:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson tells 5 live of his former team's 2-0 defeat by West Brom last night: "Liverpool had their chances, if you miss a penalty at that level you're always going to struggle. Just as everybody thought they were going to kick on having played well of late, they could have won both games against Arsenal and Manchester City, the same kind of thing happened last time they made this big thing about finishing in the top four and Aston Villa beat them at home.

    "It was the same kind of game with West Brom sitting in and eventually they changed the way they played and went on to win. West Brom have done really well with the resources they've had. He's old school Steve Clarke, he's had one or two problems off the pitch he could have done without, but he's got the basis of a good side."

  8. 0820: 

    South Africa flanker Juan Smith has announced his retirement after being injured at the weekend on his return from a two-year absence with an Achilles tendon problem which required four operations. The 31-year-old won 69 caps, was part of South Africa's World Cup winning team in 2007.

  9. 0824:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England lose their fourth wicket and are now 43-4 in the 10th over chasing 193 in the second Twenty20 international against New Zealand in Hamilton.

    Commentary continues on sports extra with text commentary on the BBC website.

  10. 0829: 

    Eoin Morgan is out for 13 and the Twenty20 series looks like it is heading to a deciding match on Friday. England are 47-5 in the 11th over in search of 193. Commentary continues on sports extra.

  11. 0838: 

    The International Olympic Committee is meeting in Switzerland to decide which sport to drop from the summer Olympic programme for the 2020 Games.

  12. 0842: 

    We're asking this morning where you think Liverpool will finish this season after a 2-0 defeat by West Brom left them in ninth place, 12 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. Please keep your thoughts coming in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Michael Fisher: "I never saw Liverpool as a threat to the top 4. Even less so now."

    Stephen Taylor: "Think if we hit form we could steal 6th, we needed Sturridge yesterday."

    Ben Leach: "Liverpool resume normal service last night, as soon as we all believe they might be turning a corner, they choke again."

  13. 0847: 

    The Nigeria Football Federation says national coach Stephen Keshi has rescinded his resignation and negotiations continue following the team's win at the Africa Cup of Nations, the first time they have won the competition for 19 years.

  14. 0848: 

    Things are looking bleak for England in the second Twenty20 international in Hamilton. Chasing 193 they are 81-7 with five overs remaining. Victory for New Zealand would level the series with one match remaining in Wellington on Friday.

    Commentary continues on 5 live sports extra with text commentary on the BBC website.

  15. 0855: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert says the fitness of Richard Dunne is his priority rather than a new contract for the Republic of Ireland international. Dunne, 33, has had three groin operations since the end of last season and has suffered another setback after returning to training two weeks ago.

    "He doesn't need to impress. He's not 19 or 20 years old. The main thing for me is that he's going to be fit again," Lambert says.

  16. 0902: 

    Now for some stories from across Europe, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring and says Juventus coach Antonio Conte is warning against underestimating Celtic ahead of their last 16 Champions League game tonight.

    At a news conference, the Italian said his opponents are "dangerous at home" and described their fans as "incredible". He described Scott Brown as the "heart and soul" of the team and said Gary Hooper could have a successful career in Italy.

  17. 0905: 

    Marca reports that Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso returned to full training yesterday having trained alone on Sunday as part of his recovery from the groin injury which kept him out of the Spanish team in last week's friendly against Uruguay.

    The Spanish newspaper adds that the former Liverpool midfielder will be available for the last 16 Champions League match against Manchester United on Wednesday.

  18. 0908: 

    England have lost to New Zealand by 55 runs in the second Twenty20 international in Hamilton. They were bowled out for 137, Jos Butler their top scorer with 54 from 30 balls, and the series will now be decided in Wellington on Friday.

    You can hear reaction on sports extra now.

  19. 0910: 

    Another story from Marca, Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o has reportedly accused his native country's football association of sending him "death threats" after he criticised their administration last year.

    In a video posted to the website of Cameroonian magazine Je Wande, the former Barcelona star said he has armed guards posted outside his house for his safety.

  20. 0917: 

    There will be another collection of European stories in the next hour but now to Jonny Evans, who does not feel Manchester United have any reason to feel inferior when they tackle Real Madrid in the Champions League tomorrow.

    "We are Manchester United. Teams look up to us as well," he says. "I am sure the same pressures will be on them. They have good players who can hurt you but we play against Premier League opposition every week and that is one of the best leagues in the world." Tomorrow's 5 live Sport will come live from the Bernabeu and you will be able to hear live commentary on the match.

  21. 0922: 

    After last night's 2-0 defeat by West Brom at Anfield we're asking this morning where you think Liverpool will finish, whether Brendan Rodgers may be in danger and if so what position his team need to be in to secure his future. Please keep your views coming in, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Railton Brooks: "Liverpool are a club in decline who still think they have an automatic right to finish in the top four."

    Michael Buckley: "Liverpool will be lucky to finish seventh. It's the profligacy in front of goal that cost yet again last night!!"

    Liverpoolsno1fan: "I travelled a combined 12 hours to watch the game last night. Wish I didn't bother, half the players not good enough."

  22. 0930: 

    Tonight's Blue Square Bet Premier match between Nuneaton and Grimsby is off because of a waterlogged pitch at Liberty Way.

  23. 0936:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has been talking to 5 live this morning about his old club's Champions League round of 16 first-leg match against Juventus, which you can hear live from Parkhead tonight.

    "I think Celtic will want to go over to Italy with something to play for, but for me the real chance is for Celtic to get a positive result at home and then counter-attack away. I fancy Celtic tonight. I think with the home record they have in Europe, they can't be underestimated and they seem to raise their game for these big ties."

  24. 0942: 

    England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad after his team's 55-run defeat against New Zealand that puts the series level at 1-1 with one match remaining in Wellington on Friday.

    "We probably should have batted first when we won the toss, so I got that wrong. It was a disappointing performance throughout but T20 cricket is like that - one day you are on top and the next you can struggle. It will be an exciting third game, both sides will be going hell for leather to win."

  25. 0947: 

    Former world champion Mika Hakkinen has been a guest on 5 live this morning and says of Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes: "Lewis has been with McLaren for so many years and I think, for him, it was time to change. It's just a job to be honest.

    "There are no emotional feelings about it, you are there to win, you are racing with the team and you do your maximum for the team. Lewis has now moved to Mercedes and that is going to be interesting because his team mate Nico Rosberg is also a very quick driver."

  26. 0953: 

    Real Madrid will play their Primera Division home clash against Barcelona on the afternoon of Saturday 2 March, giving them three days to prepare for the second leg of their Champions League clash with Manchester United.

    Madrid had reportedly been hoping to stage the match on the Friday in order to give them extra time ahead of their last-16 return trip to Old Trafford, the first leg of which takes place tomorrow night at the Bernabeu and is live on 5 live Sport, but will kick-off at 16:00 local time on 2 March.

  27. 0957: 

    Wheelchair tennis star Esther Vergeer has announced her retirement. The 31-year-old Dutchwoman took a break from the sport last year to consider her future after winning her fourth straight Paralympics title to extend her remarkable nine-year winning streak to 470 matches.

    Vergeer went to number one in the wheelchair rankings in 1999 and never relinquished the top spot.

  28. 0959: 

    More from former Celtic striker Chris Sutton's interview on 5 live this morning. "These are the nights I remember, 60,000 fans behind the team, buoying you on and Celtic's record in Europe is particularly strong at home.

    "I think its disappointing Rangers aren't actually in the SPL and challenging. We all know Celtic will win the league and this is the competition that keeps the fans interested. Celtic have punched well above their weight this year, they have got out of a tough group and tonight is a game and this tie is a chance for the current set of players to put themselves in Celtic folklore."

  29. 1004: 

    We're asking this morning where you think Liverpool will finish this season and whether the future of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield might be in jeopardy. Please keep your thoughts coming in, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Tom Falshaw: "Goes to show how far away they are from finishing 4th, so inconsistent! To many individual errors. Mid table team!"

    Graeme Anderson: "Liverpool won't be back in the CL for a long time. At the moment seventh place is about the only thing an LFC fan can expect."

    Sunil Parmar: "I reckon they'll make it up to sixth as they continue to improve while other teams falter. Must learn to kill games though."

  30. 1010:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFORMULA 1

    More from former world champion Mika Hakkinen, who has told 5 live this morning that he doesn't expect much success for Lewis Hamilton in his new Mercedes this season.

    "I have a strong feeling that McLaren is in top form this year and as we saw at testing in Jerez, the Mercedes wasn't as fast as I expected them to be, so I don't see them competing too much this year," the Finn says.

  31. 1015: 

    More European stories now, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring, and Tuttosport reveal that Inter Milan President Massimo Moratti has apologised after fans were heard making racist chants against Mario Balotelli in the weekend's win over Chievo.

    "I'm very sorry and I really hope it doesn't happen in the derby," he says. Inter meet Balotelli's new club AC Milan at the San Siro on 24 February.

  32. 1020: 

    Marca report that Fernando Vazquez has been named the new manager of Spanish side Deportivo la Coruna, replacing Portuguese Domingos Paciencia who resigned after a dismal run of form which has left the club bottom of La Liga.

  33. 1025: 

    Spanish newspaper El Mundo assesses former world number one Rafael Nadal, who says he experienced a loss of "physical confidence" after his defeat against Argentina's Horacio Zeballos in the Chile Open on his return to the court after seven months out through injury.

    "I'm lacking speed in my reactions. I'm lacking energy when I need it. I'm lacking power in my legs to be able to hit the ball long. I'm missing all these things that make me competitive," he said, adding: "I'm playing with what I've got and I hope to get stronger every day".

  34. 1028: 

    After their 2-0 defeat at home to West Brom last night, we're asking this morning where you think Liverpool will finish this season, and if the future of Brendan Rodgers will be in doubt if they are below a certain place in the league table in May.

    Please keep your views coming in, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Karim Govani: "Happy with Rodgers but the players are letting him down."

    Stevo: "Will at least like to see the Europa League given a proper go now as it seems to be our only way back in to Europe next year."

    Stephen Hamp: "Why the expectation for Liverpool to finish in the top four? Are they as good as United, City, Chelsea or Spurs? No."

  35. 1032: 

    Southampton's former Rangers skipper Steven Davis reveals he would like to return to Ibrox one day. "I loved the club and the fans but I had to take a decision which was best for me, my family and the remainder of my career," the 28-year-old Northern Ireland international says.

    "If everything goes to the plan I have in my head I'd like to come back and play for the club again before my career ends."

  36. 1038:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Some final thoughts from former Celtic striker Chris Sutton, who has been speaking to 5 live this morning ahead of his old club's Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Juventus, which you can hear live tonight in 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch at Parkhead from 19:00 GMT. "Juventus certainly won't be underestimating Celtic, they would be foolish to. Juventus are a strong team and currently top of the Italian league and rightly so but Celtic's record at home speaks for itself.

    "They will be urged on by the fans. I think it will be a cagey game but Celtic have players, the likes of Gary Hooper, who can score goals and Celtic will have times when they may not have the ball for long periods but they will be a real tester for Juventus and put them under pressure at times. And with the likes of Hooper they have a real goalscorer."

  37. 1040: 

    Wales have called Ospreys lock Alun Wyn Jones into their Six Nations squad.

    The 27-year-old, capped 67 times, came off the bench for Ospreys on Friday having recovered from a shoulder injury he picked up during the autumn international campaign.

  38. 1053: 

    Wrestling could be missing from the 2020 Olympics after the International Olympic Committee's 15-strong executive board voted it the sport they would like to be replaced from the current programme.

    It will now have to vie with other sports including baseball/softball, squash and karate to be added back into the programme when the full IOC session meets in September.

  39. 1057: 

    We are asking this morning where you think Liverpool will finish this season, and what position the team need to be to secure the future of Brendan Rodgers as manager. Keep your views coming in please, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Owen Houlihan: "A setback for Liverpool no question, but they ARE improving. They aren't going to get where they want to go in just one season."

    Derek O'Connell: "Rodgers safe for another season but needs to spend money more wisely. £25m investment last summer has made zero impact so far."

    Matthew Darvell: "Liverpool too heavily reliant on Suarez. If he doesn't perform, they are toothless. Always choke against smaller teams."

  40. 1059:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE

    A reminder about 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch tonight from 19:00 GMT, which comes live from Parkhead as Celtic take on Juventus in the first-leg of the last 16 tie in the Champions League. There will be live commentary on the whole match with Darren Fletcher, joined by former Scotland international Pat Nevin.

    There is news of the FA Cup fourth-round replay between Leicester and Huddersfield, which is also available as a live commentary on sports extra with Alistair Bruce-Ball and former Charlton goalkeeper Dean Kiely, and we also have reporters at the Championship games between Brighton-Blackburn, Hull-Derby and Middlesbrough-Leeds.

  42. 1112: 

    Rickie Lambert says he wants to stay at Southampton for the rest of his career. The 30-year-old striker arrived at St Mary's from Bristol Rovers in 2009 and has helped the club rise from League One to the Premier League. Lambert, who has scored 99 goals for the club, told The Sun: "My family are happy here and I am very happy.

    "It has been a special three and a half years and I would love to finish my career at Southampton. The club's ambitions are very high. Southampton is going to be an exciting place over the next few years."

  43. 1117: 

    Defenders Phil Jones and Jonny Evans were able to train on Tuesday along with Ashley Young and Paul Scholes, meaning Manchester United's squad will be at full strength for Wednesday's Champions League tie away to Real Madrid. It has been predicted Jones will be handed a midfield holding role, after successfully shackling Gareth Bale and Marouane Fellaini in recent weeks.

  44. 1120: 

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Madrid ahead of Real Madrid v Manchester United: "Never take a taxi driver's opinion lightly- so the face pulled at the mention of Jose Mourinho's name this morning suggests 'The Special One' is not as admired as he once was here in Madrid. Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson will address the media at The Bernabeu later and all is still quiet around the legendary stadium as preparations continue for the Champions League tie Real Madrid's coach called 'the match the world wants to see.'"

  45. 1121: 

    The International Olympic Committee's executive board has voted to exclude wrestling from its sport programme for the 2020 Olympic Games, the IOC confirm.

  46. 1127: 

    David Beckham has arrived in Valencia to meet his new Paris St-Germain team-mates ahead of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday. The former England captain is due to watch the first leg from the stands before undergoing his first training session in the French capital on Wednesday. A club statement said: "The player who will wear the number 32 will meet his new team-mates at a lunch before attending tonight's game from the stands at the Mestalla. After the match David Beckham will return to Paris with the PSG team and make his debut practice on Wednesday afternoon at the Camp des Loges."

  47. 1133: 

    Olympic modern pentathlete Samantha Murray on Twitter: "This is a very sad day for wrestling. However I want to thank the IOC's decision to keep #ModPen in the OG for 2020. I'm elated. Thank you."

  48. 1136: 

    Jonathan Kaplan, Test rugby's most experienced referee, is to retire at the end of the 2013 South African season. The 46-year-old has taken charge of a record 68 internationals.

  49. 1141: 

    BBC Sport's Nick Hope on Twitter: "Wrestling dropped for 2020 Olympics - I had a feeling it could go, but massive statement of modernisation from IOC."


    Wrestling has been dropped from the Olympic Games from 2020 by the International Olympic Committee to make way for a new sport. Is it a good or bad decision? Let us know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportday.

    Dan Nugent on Twitter: "So one of the original Olympic sports bites the dust. Yet golf is in. Very sad day for sport."

    Tom Heath on Twitter: "IOC drop original Olympic sport wrestling but not football, snooker, golf or tennis that don't belong in it & nobody cares if they are."

  51. 1154: 

    Inter Milan fined £12,900 by the Lega Serie A after racist chants were directed at AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli during a league match against Chievo.

  52. 1209: 

    Queens Park Rangers were "out of their minds" to pay the money they did for defender Christopher Samba from Anzhi Makhachkala, according to a director at the Russian club. "When they agreed to pay his release fee we wept," German Tkachenko told Russian news site "At QPR he will earn almost as much as he did at Anzhi. In my view QPR have lost their minds." Samba joined QPR last month for £12.5m, with a contract reported to be worth around £100,000-a-week.

  53. 1213: 

    BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in Madrid ahead of Real Madrid v Manchester United: "Spanish newspaper Marca has tried to turn up the temperature ahead of Manchester United's Champions League meeting with Real Madrid on Wednesday with what appears to be a special "Wind Up Wayne Rooney" edition. He is described as a "freckled demon" and "player and hooligan all rolled into one." I'm sure he has heard a lot worse on his travels around the Premier League."

  54. 1217: 

    It is Question of Sport time and Tuesday's teaser from @QofS_Official is: Who are the 7 cricketers that have scored over 1000 runs in T20 Internationals? We will have the answer just after 1400 GMT

  55. 1224: 

    Chief executive of British Wrestling Colin Nicholson on the vote to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Olympic Games: "The news from the IOC is extremely disappointing. We hope that wrestling will be added back to the programme when the full IOC meet in September. If wrestling is taken out of the Olympics it will be a great disappointment as it is an extremely popular sport around the world."

  56. 1229: 

    Team Sky on Twitter: "Chris Froome led Team Sky home in sixth position on stage two in Oman. Peter Sagan's victory means he becomes the new race leader."

  57. 1235: 

    Wolverhampton Wanderers sign Reading defender Kaspars Gorkss on an initial 93 day emergency loan. The 31-year-old Latvian international is manager Dean Saunders' first senior signing at Molineux.


    More of your thoughts on wrestling being dropped from the Olympic Games from 2020. Keep them coming on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Oli Bowling on Twitter: "IOC is only interested in growing its revenue. Wrestling won't bring in the big spending crowds compared to sports like golf."

    Myles on Twitter: "Who tunes into the Olympics and feels a compelling urge to watch wrestling? No one. Move on."

    Clyde on Twitter: "Wrestling out, beach volleyball in. Ridiculous state of affairs."

  59. 1300: 

    Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon plays down the advantage Celtic fans might give their team when the Scots host the Italians in the Champions League on Tuesday. "I have played here two or three times with Parma and Juventus although the last time 10 years ago I was on the bench," said the 35-year-old Italian. "The atmosphere is very British in many ways but, as far as I can remember, no fan has ever scored a goal."

    Coverage: Kick-off at Celtic Park is 1945 GMT and you can keep up to date with events on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 5 live as well as live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

  60. 1308: 

    Anti-doping officials have met with six top-flight Australian rugby league clubs over the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency (ASADA) spoke to Manly, Cronulla, Newcastle, Penrith, North Queensland and Canberra. "The substance of the issue here is that we do have a fight on our hands. It's a serious one," said sports minister Kate Lundy.

  61. 1314: 

    England take on New Zealand in Mumbai on Wednesday knowing even victory may not be enough to earn them a place in the final of the Women's World Cup. "Coming off the back of a really important and quite convincing win against South Africa we're all confident that we don't let that final spot slip again," said spinner Holly Colvin. "The Australia-West Indies game is completely out of our hands. We've just got to make sure that we focus on New Zealand as well as we can. If everyone performs well and comes to the party we have no doubt that will happen."

  62. 1320: 

    Edinburgh announce head coach Michael Bradley will not have his contract renewed at the end of the season, while Billy McGinty has resigned from his post as defence coach.

  63. 1325: 

    Warwickshire's new director of cricket Dougie Brown wants key all-rounder Rikki Clarke to sign a new contract. Clarke, who has played in two Tests and 20 one day internationals for England, is currently part of the Lions squad touring Australia and Brown wants to open talks when he returns. "It is something we will be looking to get on to straight after he gets back," said Brown.

  64. 1330: 

    British world champion modern pentathlete Heather Fell: "A great day for #modernpentathlon. We live to fight another Olympics, Bring on #2020."

  65. 1332: 

    Wales interim head coach Rob Howley confirms he intends to name the same starting side that beat France for the Six Nations meeting with Italy in Rome on Saturday week, meaning there will be no place for flanker Sam Warburton.


    Inter Milan have been fined 15,000 euros (£12,900) after racist chants from their fans about AC Milan's former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli at a match against Chievo. What do you think of the punishment? Tweet us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Jonathan Gaffney: "Disgraceful that racism means such a paltry fine. Should be a meaningful six-figure sum at least."

    Josh Skinner: "When will governing bodies realise that fines make no difference to racism. Only docked points and competition bans will work."

  67. 1347: 

    Wales interim head coach Rob Howley on his decision to name the same starting side that overcame France for the Six Nations meeting with Italy in Rome on 23 February: "I think it is pretty important from a coach's perspective that we reward the players who have gone out on the field. I thought Ryan Jones was outstanding in terms of his leadership and it is a just reward that he captains the side against Italy."

  68. 1352: 

    GB Modern Pentathlon chief executive Jon Archer expresses his relief at the news that his sport has been spared after wrestling was dropped from the 2020 Games: "This absolutely secures the future of sport, not just at an Olympic level but also in giving us the opportunity to develop and get more people involved. Olympic inclusion is absolutely essential to our sport. It is at the centre of everything we do. We can relax now and work to continually modernise the sport and raise awareness."

  69. 1400: 

    Nigeria Africa Cup of Nations winner Victor Moses: "Back in England. Had amazing couple of weeks thanks for all your support with Nigeria. Looking forward to playing for Chelsea again now."

  70. 1412: 

    Barcelona striker David Villa is released from hospital after suffering from kidney stone pain. "Villa was taken into Barcelona hospital on Monday due to a nephritic (renal) colic. The player has undergone treatment to eliminate the kidney stone and has received the all-clear to leave hospital," said a statement on the club's website.

  71. 1422: 

    Maths graduate Nathan Cleverly thinks a politics degree may have served him better as he struggles to negotiate his way into high-profile unification fights. "It's been frustrating," Cleverly told Press Association Sport. "I could probably do with having a politics degree rather than mathematics. Perhaps they don't want to get in the ring with a young, hungry fighter like myself."


    Danny Kagoro: "So the punishment for racist chanting by #inter fans is on the same level as SAF criticising a linesman? £12k really? "

    Miro Ralston: "£15'000 Euros is pennies to a club like Inter Milan. This is a major problem that won't be solved with futile fines."

    Danny Needham: "€15k fine for Inter for racism is laughable. How do authorities put a price on it? Clubs are more hurt by deductions and bans."

  73. 1439: 

    Warwickshire batsman Will Porterfield has signed a two-year contract extension with the County Championship Division One champions until the end of the 2015 season. The Ireland captain's current deal was due to run out at the end of next summer.

  74. 1448: 

    Bournemouth could go top of League One tonight if they beat Crewe at Gresty Road. The Cherries have lost just twice since Eddie Howe returned to the club in October. "The beauty of this one is that we played them just a few weeks ago," said Howe, "so we know just what a good side they are and there will be no surprise factor."

  75. 1457: 

    Notts County midfielder Alan Judge says he is fed up with the constant turnover of managers at the club following Keith Curle's sacking earlier this month "I am just sick of it now," Judge told BBC Radio Nottingham. "I have only been here two and a half seasons and that is my sixth manager. I don't know what is happening to the stability they want to have. They have to stick with it."

  76. 1507: 

    Laura Robson's match with Daniela Hantuchova is underway at the Qatar Open as the British number two looks to keep up her good recent form. She has held serve in the opening game to lead 1-0.

  77. 1518: 

    Here is the answer to today's Question of Sport teaser from @QofS_Official.

    Question: Who are the 7 cricketers that have scored over 1000 runs in T20 Internationals?

    Answer: Brendan McCullum, Mahela Jayawardene, David Warner, Kevin Pietersen, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Martin Guptill & Kumar Sangakkara

  78. 1528: 

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson believes Thursday's Europa League tie in St Petersburg provides the perfect chance to put their surprise defeat to West Brom behind them. "We just have to keep going, keep our heads up and bounce back from this," said the England international. "We just have to stay positive and think about the next game now which is Zenit in the Europa League on Thursday night.

  79. 1538: 

    Two-time F1 champion Mika Hakkinen does not expect Lewis Hamilton to challenge for the drivers' title in 2013. "I have a strong feeling McLaren are on top form this year," Hakkinen, champion in 1998 and '99, told BBC radio 5 live.

  80. 1540: 

    It's first blood to Daniela Hantuchova in Qatar as she breaks Laura Robson and races to a 5-3 lead in the opening set.

  81. 1548: 

    Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell insists he has not yet agreed a pre-contract switch to Rangers. Reports suggested he was close to penning a deal with the Ibrox club that would see him join Ally McCoist's side after their transfer embargo ends on 1 September. "There has been discussions but I haven't signed anything with anyone yet," he said.

  82. 1555: 

    Laura Robson loses the first set of her Qatar Open clash with Daniela Hantuchova, who took it 6-4.


    Ray Skudder: "15k fine for racial abuse. That's almost worse than the abuse. Little is going to change when people can get away with it!"

    Jonathan Harper: "Racism has no place in football. Fines don't work especially £12,000 fines! If you want to kick racism out you have to kick clubs out."

    Mark Hughes: UEFA's stance on racism be any more blurred? Platini appealing to INCREASE Serbia's fine of £65k. Now a paltry £12k for Inter.!"

  84. 1614: 

    Laura Robson's involvement in the Qatar Open looks like it could be over as she trails 5-1 to Daniela Hantuchova in the second set after losing the first 6-4.

  85. 1623: 

    Hearts tell supporters that that club is not in danger - despite administrators moving into Vladimir Romanov's Lithuanian bank. Operations at Ukio Bankas which is controlled by the Jambos owner have been suspended amid fears it has taken too many risks.

  86. 1629: 

    Laura Robson is knocked out of the Qatar Open, losing 6-4 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes to the world number 75 Daniela Hantuchova. Robson who is currently ranked 45 was broken six times.

  87. 1636: 

    The Football Association has contacted Leeds to ask for El-Hadji Diouf's version of events as part of an investigation into footage which showed the striker being racially abused during a match at Millwall in November. An FA statement said: "We were concerned by the video footage and we have requested a copy for our full consideration. We will work with all the relevant authorities including the police to investigate fully."

  88. 1646: 

    Former world number one Rafa Nadal, who has only just returned to action after seven months out believes playing on hard surfaces will limit players' careers.

    "Hard courts are aggressive on the knees, back and ankles," he said.

    "To make a change like that (reduce the amount of hard court events) it won't be possible in this generation but I think that the ATP has to work to think of how to lengthen tennis players' careers. Can you imagine football players playing on cement?"

  89. 1650: 

    Following last night's Sky Sports News Special report, Millwall captain Danny Shittu has spoken out against the minority of Lions fans.

    "As the current Millwall captain, racism is something I do not stand for or condone. I am currently in talks with the club about any further measures we can take in dealing with and eradicating racism at matches."

  90. 1656: 

    Shittu added: "I do not want the events shown yesterday to tarnish the hard work done by the club thus far and their efforts in tackling this issue.

    "Every player at all levels has the right to represent their club without being subjected to homophobic or racial taunts. I will do all I can to help eradicate racism at my club and in football."

  91. 1703: 

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the club have been in contact with UEFA in the hope of avoiding any racist behaviour from Zenit St Petersburg fans in their Europa League tie on Thursday.

    Zenit supporters published a document in December which stated they did not want the squad to contain any non-white or homosexual players.

    "It's been a major concern for us," Ayre tells the Liverpool website. "I wrote to UEFA very recently expressing our concerns to them - and also to Zenit themselves. We await some responses in that regard. The most we can do is make our feelings clear ahead of the game, and hope that we get an adequate response and adequate support on the night. I'm certainly hopeful that the right people will take the right action to ensure it's a game where we don't have that type of incident."

  92. 1708: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is speaking to the press ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Manchester United at the Bernabeu.

    He says: "We all want to play against big clubs, big coaches, big players, big teams and Manchester United represents all that."

  93. 1712: 

    British Swimming confirm that in the wake of their £3.7 million funding cut they will focus on four of the five Intensive Training Centres with Stockport Metro's support effectively ending.

    The five centres in Bath, Loughborough, Stirling, Swansea and Stockport were set up after the 2008 Olympics and offered swimmers land and pool training facilities as well as sports science and medicine support in a single location.

    Stockport is the former club of Beijing open water Olympic silver medallist Keri-Anne Payne, who announced late last year that she was relocating to Edinburgh.

  94. 1723: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho tells a media conference that he would like to manage back in England after his current job.

    Speaking ahead of Wednesday's Champions League tie with Manchester United he says: "I love everything and normally it will be my next step."

  95. 1725: 

    If you are starting to get excited about Celtic's match against Juventus in the Champions League this evening then take a look at BBC Sport's special look back at previous meetings between the two sides.

  96. 1732: 

    The International Olympic Committee has stripped a Russian weightlifter of his bronze medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics following retesting of his doping samples.

    The IOC asked the Russian Olympic Committee on Tuesday to return Oleg Perepechenov's medal as soon as possible.

    Perepechenov tested positive for clenbuterol when his stored samples were reanalyzed last year. He finished third in the 77-kilogram event in Athens. The bronze now goes to the fourth-place finisher, Reyhan Arabacioglu of Turkey.

  97. 1736: 

    Former England midfielder Peter Reid on Twitter: "Can't wait Celtic v Juve. Great atmosphere at Celtic Park."

  98. 1743: 

    World number three Luke Donald says he has been working with former NBA player Michael Jordan in a bid to win his first major.

    Briton Donald dominated golf in 2011, becoming the first player to win the money lists on both sides of the Atlantic and spending the bulk of the year at the top of the world rankings.

    "He's good for the mind. He's been making sure I'm ready mentally," Donald told the Daily Telegraph. "It's been good to pick Michael's brains and find out what he was thinking about when he was playing basketball. He's always trying to play mind games, he doesn't like to lose."

  99. 1751: 

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho says that he hopes his side's Champions League tie against Manchester United lives up to expectations.

    He says: "This round of the Champions League is I think the most important one. And this press room completely full is representative of what this match means to the world of football. We want a big match.

    "If I know the culture of English football and a manager like Sir Alex I don't think that they are thinking of anything other than a big match too so I hope the world gets what it wants."

  100. 1754: 

    More from Jose Mourinho's press conference: "There are great clubs in the world who have never won this competition. Real Madrid have won nine, I have won two. Real Madrid wants to win its tenth. I want my third.

    "If it comes this year good. If not, I will try again next year. I don't think I will end my career with only two titles."

  101. 1805: 

    Jose Mourinho continues: "It's always a privilege (to play Manchester United) - not just when you win.

    "The first time was 9 years ago and I remember every match, every result, every detail, not just the good ones also the negative ones. Tomorrow is one more match and I hope the Old Trafford one in two weeks time is not the last."

  102. 1816: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is now in front of the media at the Bernabeu, ahead of Wednesday's Champions League match against Real Madrid.

    He says: "It's a fantastic challenge for us and should be a fantastic match with two teams and two clubs who embrace the best parts of football. Real have won it nine times - I think that's a bit beyond me for the rest of my career.

    "We are looking forward to it, I've got everyone fit that I need."


    While Mourinho and Ferguson's press conferences are whetting our appetite for Wednesday's match, the excitement is also building ahead of tonight's last 16 tie between Celtic and Juventus in Glasgow.

    Let us know what you think will happen - can Celtic produce another shock after they beat Barcelona in the group stage?

    Twitter is the place for your views. Use the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  104. 1830: 

    Sportsday is about to start on the BBC news channel and here on the website. Refresh this page to get all the latest sports news and build-up to tonight's Champions League matches.


    Ben Mervis: "We've defeated Juventus the last two home matches we've played against them, let's make it a third tonight!!"

    Carlos Velasquez: "Anyone who gives Celtic no chance against Juventus is mental. 7th best home record in Champions League history 79% wins."

    Sam Robson: "Celtic to win 2-1 tonight but Juventus to go through."

  106. 1833: 

    World top two Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will play the same tournaments three weeks in a row starting with next week's Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson.

    Woods today confirmed he will also be entering the Honda Classic in Florida - he was second to McIlroy last year - and then the Cadillac Championship in Miami.

  107. 1835: 

    Celtic team to face Juventus: Forster, Lustig, Wilson, Ambrose, Izaguirre, Forrest, Brown, Wanyama, Mulgrew, Commons, Hooper

  108. 1839: 

    Efe Ambrose will start in the Celtic defence tonight despite only arriving back in Glasgow from the Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday morning. Georgios Samaras does not make the squad after struggling with a hamstring injury.

  109. 1846: 

    That's it from Sportsday Live for today. You can follow tonight's Champions League match between Celtic and Juventus from Celtic Park on the live football text. And we will be back from 08:00 GMT tomorrow with all the breaking sports news and build-up to Real Madrid against Manchester United.

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