Sportsday - Wednesday 13 February as it happened

Build-up to Manchester United's clash with Real Madrid, England out of Women's World Cup plus all the breaking sports news.

13 February 2013 Last updated at 18:37 GMT

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  1. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre in a crisp Salford Quays. We will look back on Celtic's 3-0 home defeat by Juventus last night as well as looking ahead to Manchester United's Champions League first leg at Real Madrid. We will also have updates from England's must-win match against New Zealand in the Women's World Cup. But first we will look at the top stories on the website overnight.

  2. 0802: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon admits they "need a miracle" if they are to beat Juventus by three goals in the second leg in Turin to stay in the Champions League.

    The Hoops were livid with Juve's shirt-pulling with midfielder Kris Commons saying about the officials: "If he can't identify when people are being hauled, manhandled, wrestled to the floor then I don't think he should be in a job."

    Lennon said: "It's not rugby we're playing. Are the rules different in Italy? On that showing, they must be."

  3. 0804: 

    England vice-captain Jenny Gunn says Wednesday's must-win match against New Zealand is an effective semi-final for the defending World Cup champions.

    They must beat the Kiwis and hope Australia defeat West Indies earlier in the day (in a game currently under way) if they are to progress from the Super Sixes to Sunday's final.

    "With playing a day-night match, we will know when we go out there what we need to do," Gunn told BBC Sport. "It's pretty much a semi-final for us, we know we have to go out and win."

  4. 0806: 

    Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard may be looking for a new job in the summer but at least he will have a regular source of income - after signing a deal to write five children's books, Frankie's Magic Football.

  5. 0808: 

    British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland believes selecting too many English players for this summer's tour of Australia could put additional pressure on the squad.

    "They are not always the most popular with other countries because of the history. People like having a pop at them," the New Zealander said. "We all know what happened with England at the World Cup and the circus that was created."

  6. 0809: 

    Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson has guaranteed goals in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at Real Madrid.

    "It won't be 0-0 on Wednesday, I can assure you of that. There will be goals," he said. "The acid test is this game - I have no doubts about that."

    You will be able to listen to that game on BBC Radio 5 live and through this website.

  7. 0811: 

    Here are the juiciest rumours from this morning's BBC Sport gossip column.

    Everton are planning a bid to tempt Frank Lampard to Goodison Park. They are willing to offer the Chelsea midfielder a three-year deal on £80,000 a week. (Daily Star) However LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane wants Lampard to replace David Beckham at the MLS club, (The Sun)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has identified Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama as a summer transfer priority and sent a scout to watch him in the Champions League on Tuesday night. (Daily Telegraph)

    Newcastle will buy from France again in the summer with Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 23, and Valenciennes defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin, 21, their targets. (Metro)

  8. 0812: 

    Celtic are all but out of the Champions League after losing 3-0 at home to Juventus last night. But the Hoops were furious with Juventus's shirt-pulling in the box. Do you think they have a point? Should they have had several penalties? Should they take risks in the second leg or just try to avoid a heavy aggregate defeat?

    Neil Lennon selected Efe Ambrose two days after he played in the Africa Cup of Nations final for Nigeria in South Africa. The defender was at fault for two goals and failed to convert a header when unmarked at 1-0. Did Lennon make a mistake in selecting the 24-year-old?

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  9. 0815: 

    We would also like you to have your say on tonight's game between Real Madrid and Manchester United. Is it a game the Red Devils should be looking to win or should manager Alex Ferguson be more cautious?

    Ferguson admits he has been surprised at how many goals Cristiano Ronaldo has scored following his move to Spain from Old Trafford. The Portuguese has scored 182 from 179 games in less than four years in Spain. Does he rank amongst the all-time greats? Can the Red Devils keep him at bay tonight?

  10. 0817: 

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says they should emulate Australia by becoming "the bullies" in this year's back-to-back Ashes series.

    Australia won eight Ashes series in a row between 1989 and 2003, but England have won three of the last four.

    "I remember watching Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Glenn McGrath, and the way they walked around and bullied England," Prior told BBC Sport. "Maybe it's our time to do a bit of bullying ourselves."

  11. 0818: 

    British Swimming scraps funding to Stockport's Intensive Training Centre after its budget was cut by £3.7m, but it will continue with the other four ITCs.

    The University of Bath and Loughborough University will continue for a further four years on more cost-effective terms, while Stirling and Swansea have been extended until the end of 2013, also on a reduced rate.

    "With significant budget cuts it has been necessary to look across the sport at savings and... it was inevitable that we should have to focus our more limited resources and operate with fewer ITCs," British Swimming chief executive David Sparkes said.

  12. 0821: 

    Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford: "On air @bbctms at 845 @BBC5LSX + for England's must win match against New Zealand at the Women's World Cup #wwc13"

    You can listen to commentary of that game on the BBC Sport website.

  13. 0825: 

    Former England captain and BBC Test Match Special summariser Alec Stewart has warned that New Zealand should not be underestimated in their Test series down under.

    He tells BBC Sport: "That was proven on Tuesday when, after being outplayed in the first Twenty20 international, the Black Caps bounced back and hammered England in Hamilton."

  14. 0828: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty went to yesterday's news conference looking ahead to the Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Manchester United.

    "Ferguson's description of this game as the acid test is for one night only. If United do prevail and draw Barcelona further down the line, then this is only the acid test until the next time," he says.

  15. 0830: 

    England need Australia to beat West Indies in the Women's World Cup if they are to have a chance of reaching Sunday's final.

    Australia need 99 runs from 186 balls to win. They are on 66-2 chasing 164.

  16. 0834: 

    You have been having your say on Twitter on Celtic's defeat by Juventus last night - as well as the Italians' shirt-pulling at set-pieces.

    Alex Reid: "Lennon at fault for this one, poor team selection, poor formation and poor tactics. Too easy to blame the ref."

    Danielle Jade: "It looked like they were playing rugby more than football, disgusting."

    Farhan Khan: "My heart feels for Neil Lennon and his boys. After such an exemplary performance, to be pegged down by three goals - massive heartbreak."

  17. 0838: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he will name a strong team for their Europa League round of 32 first leg with Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday.

    "There certainly won't be wholesale changes as there were in the earlier rounds because this is a competition that we want to be strong in and we've now only got two opportunities to get through to the next round," he tells the club website.

    "I want to go in as strong as we can. I think we're on the down slope now - we've only got 12 games in the league and hopefully we can progress in the Europa League."

  18. 0841: 

    Huddersfield Town are granted permission to approach Coventry City manager Mark Robins about the Terriers' vacant managerial post.

    The former Rotherham United and Barnsley boss only joined Coventry on 19 September, when the Sky Blues were in the League One relegation zone.

    Town have been managerless since Simon Grayson's sacking on 24 January.

  19. 0844: 

    Sheffield United are set to sign 19-year-old Leeds United striker Dominic Poleon on loan until the end of the season.

    Blades boss Danny Wilson tells BBC Radio Sheffield: "He's young. He's raw and unpredictable but very quick - he can get in behind the back of people and he can get a goal. We just feel he can add a little bit extra from the bench or even start."

  20. 0847: 

    Welshman Gavin Rees thinks Adrien Broner will underestimate him in their WBC world lightweight title clash with Adrien Broner in the United States on Saturday.

    "He's pretty cocky and I think he underestimates me," Rees says. "He's got all the mouth let's see if he can back it up. It's just a normal fight to me to be honest, it's just a ring. I've been over to Paris and won so fighting away from home doesn't bother me in the slightest.

  21. 0848: 

    Big Sean: "Celtic always gets decisions that shouldn't go their way all the time in the SPL. Last night was karma."

    Robert Haggerty: "Lennon had it spot on tactically, poor in the final third, Ambrose had a shocker and ref was diabolical!"

    Tom Clive: "Hooper fouled as much on corners. Celtic also over the top with their tackles on Pirlo. They can't complain, just second best."

  22. 0852: 

    Former world number one Rafael Nadal says he wants to compete in the Rio Olympics in 2016, Spanish daily El Pais reports.

    The Spaniard, who win gold in Beijing in 2008, has recently returned from the knee injury which kept him out of London 2012.

  23. 0853: 

    The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russia's Oleg Perepetchenov of the bronze medal he won at the 2004 Olympics in Athens after a positive doping test.

    The IOC retains samples from athletes for up to eight years after each games for re-testing as more sophisticated methods of detecting banned substances are developed.

  24. 0858: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert hopes their two weeks without a game will help the relegation battlers recover from bugs as well as injuries.

    "We have got this breather now after what has been a hectic period," Lambert says. "There has been a sickness bug at the club. Ashley Westwood had it during last week and Gabby Agbonlahor and Karim El Ahmadi had it the night before the West Ham game and on the day of the match."

  25. 0901: 

    Hull FC half-back Richard Horne is handed a new 12-month contract.

    The 30-year-old, who had a testimonial in 2010, has made 348 appearances in 14 years in the first team.

    "It's my club and my town and I'll keep giving it all I can until the day I know it's time to hang up the boots," he says.

    Hull coach Peter Gentle adds: "There is no doubting that Richard is one of the club's greats and when he finally does hang up his boots he will have a place reserved in Hull FC folklore."

  26. 0905: 

    As well as reacting to Celtic's defeat by Juventus, we are also building up to Manchester United's trip to Real Madrid tonight. And you have been feeding us your opinions on Twitter.

    Fergie's Wristwatch: "I've never been so nervous about a United match since the final in 2011. A cautious approach, no other option."

    Jake Waring: "It feels like Christmas morning! Come on United!"

    Altamash Malik: "Ronaldo and Ozil to shine tonight! If they get a result today then I think they've won it! I reckon it will be 2-0 to Madrid."

    James Johnson: "Cannot wait for tonights match. The biggest possible club match in football! Hoping see Fergie have the last laugh."

  27. 0907: 

    Former Manchester United midfielder Paddy Crerand thinks Cristiano Ronaldo could be the difference in tonight's game in Madrid.

    "The big problem that United are going to have is obviously Cristiano Ronaldo. When I look at both sides, he will make the difference," he tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Everybody thinks Real Madrid are going to win the match, but I don't see it from that point of view. They have been having a tough time of it recently and I look at Jose Mourinho and I think If United do beat Real Madrid, does he have a problem?"

  28. 0909: 

    England have started their Women's World Cup game against New Zealand. They are on 9-0 after two overs.

    Marc Higginson is doing live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website and mobile phone app.

  29. 0912: 

    Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane says he is hoping to get into management when he retires and says he would like to manage his country.

    The 32-year-old LA Galaxy striker is quoted in the Irish Sun as saying: "Management is my next step. I'm going to get my coaching badges.

    "At the moment, there are not many Irish managers. There are not many former players who are managers and coaches at the moment. We need to do something about that."

  30. 0914: 

    Liverpool contact Zenit St Petersburg to express their concerns over potential racist abuse.

    A Zenit fans' group called for non-white and gay players to be excluded from the team in December.

  31. 0916: 

    Great Britain head coach Tony Hand has praised his players despite their failure to reach the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.

    They lost to hosts Latvia, France and Kazakhstan in the final qualifying stages in Riga.

    "The players deserve so much credit for how far we came in Olympic qualifying," he says. "It has given a foundation for this year's World Championship in Hungary and we should be proud of what we have done."

  32. 0917: 

    Jason Garwood: "Hoping for a memorable European night from Manchester United similar to the night against Roma at Old Trafford! Away goals will be crucial."

    Si Hawkes: "Man Utd vs Real Madrid AT Real? Ha! Real Madrid to score 3. United? 0 or 1 if they're lucky."

  33. 0919: 

    Football's anti-racism chief has warned Liverpool's black players to be "cautious" in their Europa League match against Zenit St Petersburg.

    Piara Power, executive director of Football Against Racism in Europe (FARE), told the BBC: "I think for any black player, and I say this reluctantly, but particularly players of darker skin, who are easily identified as being of African heritage, they should be very cautious.

    "Without wanting to pre-empt problems I certainly think this is one of those games that has the potential for tension, the fact that Liverpool have three or four prominent black players who will be vulnerable playing on the wings, and quite close to the crowd."

  34. 0925: 

    Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford: "Australia's Women 106/4 in 35th chasing 165 to beat West Indies. England 23/0 in 6th v NZ. Commentary @BBC5LSX + now"

    You can read live text commentary of the England game on the BBC Sport website and mobile phone app.

  35. 0929: 

    Huddersfield Giants back-row forward Luke O'Donnell leaves the club as expected.

    The former Australia international, 32, is likely to join Sydney Roosters, despite having a year left on his Giants deal.

    BBC Sport's George Riley has tweeted: "Aussie forward Luke O'Donnell has left Huddersfield Giants by mutual consent. Club cites difficulties in respect of off-shore pensions."

  36. 0932: 

    More from George Riley on Luke O'Donnell's exit from Huddersfield Giants.

    "Huddersfield managing director Richard Thewlis says move was instigated by O'Donnell and granted by his club. No deal signed with Oz club.

    "Thewlis says Luke is financially in a different place now to that envisaged when he joined at the start of the 2011 season."

  37. 0936: 

    You are keeping your opinions flowing on Celtic's 3-0 defeat by Juventus.

    Connor McQuade: "Lennon should never have picked Ambrose. I don't blame the player for wanting to play. Up to manager to make the right call."

    Matt Beer: "No different from what Stoke do week in week out and nothing gets mentioned then!!"

    James Sandford: "I don't think Juventus did anything wrong. All seems a bit bitter from Celtic's point of view. Beaten by a more clinical side."

    Dembe-MCFC: "Lichtsteiner should have been sent off but other than that Juve showed their experience and ability to intimidate."

  38. 0946: 

    England Lions lose by eight wickets to Victoria in a warm-up match in Melbourne.

    Gary Balance (57), James Taylor (31) and Rikki Clarke (32) helped the Lions to 173 but Rob Quiney made 76 and Michael Hill an unbeaten 45 as the Australians reached their target comfortably.

  39. 0952: 

    Catalan Dragons prop Julian Bousquet and Castleford Tigers stand-off Rangi Chase are suspended following shoulder charges at the weekend.

    Bousquet is banned for four games after pleading guilty to making a dangerous charge to the head of Salford's Theo Fages, while Chase is out for two matches for a reckless charge to the head of Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker.

  40. 0954: 

    Test Match Special producer Adam Mountford: "Australia now 130/6 in 40th over chasing 165 to beat West Indies. England 45/0 in 14th v NZ. #wwc13"

    If Australia fall short in that match, England will be out.

    You can read live text commentary of the England game on the BBC Sport website and mobile phone app.

  41. 0958: 

    Ahead of tonight's Champions League tie between Real Madrid and Manchester United, BBC Sport's Robbie Savage ‏on Twitter asks: "What would your Utd team be tonight?"

  42. 0959: 

    Danny Kagoro: "Excited for tonight's match. Hoping for a #MUFC win. Got a feeling this is going to be the longest day in work"

    James King: "Nervous? These are the games every club dreams of being a part of. I can't wait."

    Beau Edwards: "Utd regularly concede early goals to much worse attacks than Madrid. If that happens tonight this could get ugly."

  43. 1002: 

    James on Twitter: "De Gea is United's ace up the sleeve tonight. He made his name in La Liga, he knows what to expect. United to win!"

    The Spanish keeper used to play for Real's rivals, Atletico Madrid.

    Alex Ferguson and David De Gea
  44. 1006: 

    Ireland prop Cian Healy will discover his fate today when he appears before the tournament's disciplinary committee in London.

    The Leinster player was cited for stamping on England's Dan Cole during a ruck in the first half of the visitors' Six Nations win in Dublin and could be suspended for the rest of the tournament if found guilty of "stamping or trampling on an opponent".

  45. 1007: 

    Australia need 25 runs from 32 balls, with two wickets left, against West Indies or else England are out of the Women's World Cup.

    England are 59-1 in their game with New Zealand. BBC Sport have live text commentary of that game.

  46. 1010: 

    Kriss Evans: "United to win!! Rooney to be the difference between the teams 1-2 Ronaldo not to score!!"

    Alex Sheasby: "Starting XI should be: De Gea. Rafael, Vidic, Jones, Evra. Giggs, Carrick, Cleverly, Valencia. Rooney, van Persie."

  47. 1012: 

    Chris Wood is named European Tour's Golfer of the Month award for January.

    The 25-year-old from Bristol hit a drive and six-iron to 12 feet to win the Qatar Masters, his first Tour title, by one shot from Sergio Garcia and George Coetzee.

    "It meant so much and winning was a big step forward for my career," Wood says.

  48. 1014: 

    Australia now need 14 runs from 19 balls against West Indies to keep England in the Women's World Cup.

  49. 1018: 

    Former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker Ruud van Nistelrooy on Twitter: "On my way to the game of games."

  50. 1019: 

    Australia lose a wicket, they now need nine runs from 13 balls with no wickets left to lose to beat West Indies and save England's Women's World Cup dream.

  51. 1021: 

    British Tennis: "The @AegonUK GB Fed Cup Team face a away tie against Argentina in the #FedCup World Group II play-off on April 20-21"

  52. 1023: 

    England's cricketers are out of the Women's World Cup after Australia lost to West Indies by eight runs.

  53. 1024: 

    England are still playing their match with New Zealand in India, with live text available on the BBC Sport website, however both teams will meet again in Friday's third-fourth play-off regardless of today's result.

    Australia and West Indies will repeat this morning's match in Sunday's final.

  54. 1027: 

    Torquay chairman Simon Baker says the club still has no idea when manager Martin Ling will be well enough to resume his duties.

    Ling missed a fourth successive match on Tuesday night and the club still do not know what is wrong with the 46-year-old former Leyton Orient boss.

    "We're hoping by the end of the week we'll know a prognosis," Baker tells BBC Devon. "I have been pressing the League Managers' Association who act for him and look after him."

  55. 1032: 

    New Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver is confident his code is clean after the revelations that six of the country's rugby league clubs were investigated in the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) probe into doping.

    "At this point we've had no feedback in relation to rugby and I hope it stays that way," Pulver tells Sportal at the official Super Rugby launch in Melbourne.

    "I think we were proactive with our integrity unit back in 2010 but I just don't want to be complacent and we need to be even more rigorous going forward."

  56. 1034: 

    Jack Perry ‏on Twitter: "Am torn as a Chelsea fan want Real Madrid loss so Jose is sacked and free to manage us but don't want to support Utd tonight."

  57. 1035: 

    Sheffield United complete the loan signing of 19-year-old Leeds striker Dominic Poleon until the end of the season.

    He can feature for the Blades in the League One play-offs if they reach them.

  58. 1040: 

    Coroner John Goldring is appointed to the fresh inquest into the 96 deaths at the Hillsborough disaster, and says he will open the inquiry as soon as possible.

    A new inquest into the deaths of the Liverpool supporters in 1989 was ordered after the original verdicts were quashed by the High Court in December.

  59. 1043: 

    Opinions still flowing on Twitter about Juventus's hands-on tactics in the box last night as they beat Celtic 3-0.

    Fabious: "Just saw the highlights of Celtic/Juve, Bhoys players also pushing, only difference is with hands down."

    Carl Oliver: "Why can't Celtic just accept they got beat by an average Juventus side. Bullied by far more experienced players. SPL terrible."

    AP Moore: "Football is a man's sport so stop moaning about people touching you at set pieces. Celtic didn't play bad."

  60. 1051: 

    Theo Collier on Twitter: "Nowhere near enough hype for Shakhtar v Borussia, gutted its the same day as United v Real."

    Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Guendogan is out with a thigh injury, while Shakhtar Donetsk are at full strength as they are nearing the end of a three-month winter break.

  61. 1054: 

    England are on 127-2 in their Women's World Cup match with New Zealand. The teams will meet again in Friday's third-fourth play-off regardless of the result.

    Marc Higginson is doing live text commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website and mobile phone app.

    England v New Zealand
  62. 1055: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty in Madrid: "The front page of Spanish newspaper Marca has moved away from Wayne Rooney and today sports an almost full-page picture of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as he prepares to face old club Manchester United with the headline: 'Es Tu Dia' - 'It's Your Day'.

    "It is what Jose Mourinho is hoping for and what Sir Alex Ferguson will hope to avoid."

  63. 1058: 

    Northants re-sign Australian all-rounder Cameron White for the forthcoming season's Twenty20 campaign.

    The 29-year-old scored 228 runs in eight innings in last season's competition at an average of 57.


    We are counting down the hours to the Champions League clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United, where all eyes will be fixed on Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Portuguese has scored 182 goals from 179 games since leaving United for the Bernabeu and he will be determined to add to that tally against his former side. How can United stop him? As for the game itself, it one the Red Devils should be looking to win or should manager Sir Alex Ferguson be more cautious?

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  65. 1111: 

    Great Britain's Fed Cup team face a long trip to Argentina in April after reaching the World Group II play-offs for the second year in succession.

    Victory over Bulgaria in Israel on Sunday sent Judy Murray's team through from the Euro/Africa Group and gave them a big chance to move into the world's top 16 in 2014.

  66. 1118: 

    It's Question of Sport time. Here's today's poser to test your sporting knowledge from @QofS_Official:

    Name the five players who've scored two or more goals in this season's Champions League for Man United or Real Madrid?

    We'll bring you the answer at 1400 GMT.

  67. 1121:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer in Madrid

    "Plenty of colourful words from Jose Mourinho providing a backdrop to tonight's Champions League meeting between Real Madrid and Manchester United at The Bernabeu. Robin van Persie is now "like a fish in the water" at Old Trafford while Cristiano Ronaldo is "a player from another world."

    And here is Sir Alex Ferguson on United goalkeeper David de Gea's continued development: "It is a like young kid taking his first steps forward. He wobbles then gets up. He wobbles then he walks - and the boy is walking now."

  68. 1128: 

    Worcestershire are confident they will not have to switch early season fixtures away from New Road despite the ground having been flooded several times during the past two months.

    The Royals have so far paid around £20,000 on various clean-up operations this winter only for the flood waters to return on four occasions.

    Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale says: "Pre-season training is due to start on 11 March and we have made contingency plans in terms of practicing elsewhere. But we are confident it will not affect the early season fixtures."


    Andrew King: "Tonight is the night David de Gea becomes a man."

    Louis Parry: "I hope Ronaldo is at his best tonight to show us what a great player we produced at Old Trafford and how good he now is."

    Matt Sharpe: "The occasion is too big for Phil Jones tonight. Can't see him playing. Ronaldo is a different beast to Marouane Fellaini entirely!"

  70. 1140: 

    Don't forget live text commentary on England v New Zealand in the Women's World Cup is on the website now, with commentary also on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. England are currently 186-3 after 40 overs.

  71. 1148: 

    Southend United sign Sheffield Wednesday winger Danny Mayor on an initial 28-day loan.

    The 22-year-old, who has joined with a view to staying until the end of the season, completed the deal in time to play in Tuesday's loss to Cheltenham.

    "Danny played against us last year, I thought he had two excellent games," boss Paul Sturrock tells BBC Essex.

  72. 1151: 

    Celtic midfielder Kris Commons claims team-mate Efe Ambrose has to take responsibility for his performance in Tuesday night's 3-0 defeat by Juventus.

    Ambrose gifted Alessandro Matri an early goal, missed Celtic's best chance of the night when he sent a free header straight at Gianluigi Buffon from six yards, and then lost possession to allow Mirko Vucinic to claim a late third and virtually send Juventus into the Champions League quarter-finals.

    Commons says: "The manager pulled him to one side and asked him if he was feeling okay. He said he was feeling brilliant. If he wasn't feeling okay then he should have said so. If he felt good then he should have put in a better performance."

  73. 1158: 

    Crawley confirm the signing of striker Aiden O'Brien from Millwall, reports The Argus. The 19-year-old joins until the end of the season.

    O'Brien has been a professional at The New Den since 2011 and made his debut in August 2011 as a substitute in a League Cup tie against Wolves.

  74. 1208: 

    The West Indies beat Australia by 27 runs in their one off T20 international in Brisbane. West Indies scored 191 for six then restricted Australia to 164 for eight.

  75. 1213: 

    League One Preston confirm that manager Graham Westley steps down as manager.

    The 44-year-old's departure from the club comes following Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat at Yeovil. After the loss at Huish Park, the former Stevenage boss insisted that he would not resign from his post.


    Harry Broughton: "In UK everyone is saying how are Manchester United going to cope with Ronaldo, in Spain they'll be thinking how are we going to stop Robin van Persie."

    Dan Middleton: "Hoping Manchester United don't just sit back tonight and show too much respect. Got just as affective attacking options as Real!"

    Philip Shearer: "Manchester Utd must take the game to Real cut the supply lines to Ronaldo. Or sit deep and hit them on the counter with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie."

  77. 1226: 

    Britain's Max Chilton admits Marussia's all-rookie line-up for 2013 could face difficulties.

    Chilton's team-mate for the coming Formula 1 campaign was confirmed last week as Luiz Razia, with both men graduates from the GP2 Series.

    "It is not ideal, and we will sometimes have a hard time," says Chilton. "But I'm sure we will have no problems as we wouldn't be in F1 if we weren't capable."

  78. 1230: 

    Striker Jeanvion Yulu-Matondo is released by Bury, just one day after signing for the League One club.

    The former Belgium Under-21 international, 27, agreed non-contract terms with the Shakers on Monday.

    But he has been let go after playing in Monday's reserves game with Bolton.

  79. 1239: 

    Sheffield United striker Chris Porter joins League One rivals Shrewsbury on a one-month loan.

    "It is important for Chris to get games and, hopefully, goals under his belt," says United manager Danny Wilson. "If he does well and comes back to us for the run-in full of confidence it can only be of benefit and in the meantime he will be in a Shrewsbury team that faces a number of our rivals."

  80. 1247: 

    India's government will seek the support of other countries where wrestling is popular to help the sport remain an Olympic discipline, the country's sports ministry says.

    Wrestling was stunned when the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) Executive Board made a surprise recommendation on Tuesday to drop the sport from the 2020 Games.

    "This ancient sport has helped the Indian grapplers to make a mark and bring India on the global sporting map," the Indian sports ministry says.

  81. 1252:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer in Madrid

    "Manchester United fans now arriving in strength in Madrid. There will be plenty of support for Sir Alex Ferguson's side inside The Bernabeu tonight. Lots of talk about how each defence will cope with the respective superstars.

    "Robin van Persie will be Manchester United's main threat but how will Ferguson deal with Cristiano Ronaldo? Will Phil Jones be detailed to do a man-marking job, as he did so successfully on Everton's Marouane Fellaini, or will United decided frustration by numbers is the preferred option? Ronaldo an entirely different proposition to Fellaini."


    ARehman: "All this talk about Ronaldo - he won't make a difference tonight. Not a big match player! Manchester Utd to win 2-1!!"

    Brad: "Do Manchester United fans just think stopping Ronaldo is the problem? Putting men on Ronaldo will just open up space for Ozil, Benzema et al."

    Bhavesh Patel: "Surely after all those years at Arsenal, this is the type of game and hype Robin van Persie has been waiting for!"

  83. 1258: 

    Cancer survivor Jake Turton will lead Bradford City out at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final a week on Sunday after the League Two club announced him as one of two official club mascots, reports the Daily Mail.

    Jake, nine, touched the hearts of football fans after being photographed with Bradford skipper Gary Jones at the end of the club's exhilarating semi-final triumph at Aston Villa three weeks ago.

  84. 1301: 

    Live BBC Two Wales coverage of the Welsh Open from the Newport Centre is under way now. You can watch on the BBC Sport website.

  85. 1306: 

    Torquay are seeking an experienced coach to help assistant manager Shaun Taylor while boss Martin Ling recovers from a "debilitating illness".

    Ling could be absent for several more weeks according to the club. The 46-year-old has missed the last four matches and chairman Simon Baker is unsure when he will return.

    "We have agreed to actively seek an experienced coach to help Shaun with the running of the team," said a statement released by the club.

  86. 1311: 

    Leon Smith relinquishes head of women's tennis role to focus on men's job and Davis Cup captaincy. He is replaced by Iain Bates.

    Jeremy Bates is appointed lead coach for women's tennis, responsible for age 16 and over.

    Roger Draper, Lawn Tennis Association chief executive, says: "I'd like to congratulate Iain on his new role. This is a really exciting time for the women's game in this country, and these changes will help us not only to deliver success in this area, but also enable us to continue to use the inspirational performances of our players to encourage more women and girls to play and follow tennis."

  87. 1317: 
    West Brom's Peter Odemwingie

    West Bromwich Albion duo Gareth McAuley and Ben Foster say striker Peter Odemwingie will be welcomed back into the squad.

    Odemwingie delivered a series of Twitter rants against the club after having a transfer request rejected. He then turned up at Loftus Road without Albion's permission in the hope of completing a move to QPR which ultimately never materialised.

    McAuley says: "It's fine. The lads realise that if Pete is on the pitch, playing well and scoring goals, everyone benefits from it." Foster adds: "Peter is an important part of our team. When he's on form he's an absolute world-beater, so we will welcome him back into the squad with no qualms whatsoever."

  88. 1324: 

    Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Carmelita Jeter, the world's two leading women's sprinters, will go head to head over 60 metres at the British Athletics Grand Prix at Birmingham's NIA on Saturday.

    Jamaican Fraser-Pryce, the double reigning Olympic 100m champion, will be competing in her first indoor race.

    "It will be my first taste of racing indoors and I'm really excited about competing in front of a British crowd again and seeing what I can do over 60m,"she says.


    Lewis: "Massive night for David de Gea tonight, going back to his home city he could make a big claim with a class performance."

    David Lee Wheatley: "Fergie will look to sit back and attempt to take a draw back to Manchester. Ronaldo will be determined not to go home with nothing."

    Zubair Siddique: "People are forgetting that Iker Casillas isn't playing because of a broken hand so Diego Lopez is starting, might impact result."

  90. 1334: 

    April's potentially pivotal Manchester derby at Old Trafford has been moved back two days to Monday, 8 April - depending on United's continued involvement in the Champions League.

    The clash between United and City has unsurprisingly been singled out as a live TV fixture but that could change if United overcome Real Madrid to reach the last 16.

    The Champions League quarter-final second legs are scheduled for 9 and 10 April, in which case United's involvement would make the prospective Monday date with City impractical.

  91. 1346: 

    New Zealand are 67-1 after 13 overs and need another 200 to beat England in the Women's World Cup. Can England make a breakthrough? Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  92. 1355: 

    British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland says he will field an entire side of English players in the first test against Australia if it is the best team he has available.

    Gatland claimed on Tuesday a large number of English players in the 37-strong Lions squad would generate extra pressure on the touring party and attract negative attention. However, he has now tried to distance himself from the statements made to the Evening Standard.

    Gatland told the Daily Telegraph: "There is absolutely no limit to the number of any players from any nation we will pick if they are worthy of a place on the tour. I would happily pick 15 English players in the first Test at Brisbane if I thought they were the best 15 players for the job."

  93. 1400: 

    Glasgow has been included on a three-city shortlist to host the 2018 Youth Olympics.

    International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge confirmed the Scottish city's inclusion, along with Argentina's Buenos Aires and Colombia's Medellin.

    Guadalajara in Mexico and Rotterdam in Holland were both excluded from the shortlist due to issues with financial guarantees. A final decision will be taken in July.

  94. 1405: 

    Czech Republic striker Milan Baros, 31, has left Turkish giants Galatasaray by mutual consent, his agent has confirmed.

  95. 1408: 

    Chelsea captain John Terry travelled to Prague for tomorrow's Europa League clash despite missing last Saturday's defeat of Wigan with a knee injury.

    The 32-year-old defender was part of a 19-man Blues squad which travelled to the Czech capital for the last-32 first-leg contest at the Generali Arena.

    David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel missed the trip. Luiz is suspended, Ba ineligible after representing Newcastle earlier in the competition and Moses and Mikel miss out after winning the African Nations Cup with Nigeria last Sunday.

  96. 1411: 

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

    Question: Name the five players who've scored two or more goals in this season's Champions League for Man United or Real Madrid?

    Answer: Karim Benzema, Javier Hernandez, Cristiano Ronaldo, Robin Van Persie and the one that caught lots of you out, Jose Callejon

  97. 1419:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport chief football writer in MadridFOOTBALL

    Real Madrid's Michael Essien - on loan from Chelsea - made an appearance alongside Jose Mourinho at The Bernabeu media conference and amused everyone with his references to his coach as "My Daddy."

    Mourinho, who brought Essien to Stamford Bridge in summer 2005, needs all the allies he can get at Real these days and responded with a warm public handshake for Essien after he uttered kind words about his coach.

    He claimed about Mourinho: "I've never seen him sad." Manchester United will be hoping to change all that tonight.

  98. 1427: 

    Your comments on Sir Alex Ferguson ready for 'acid test' against Real Madrid.

    bored23: "Personally think it'll be 2-1 to Madrid, but to be honest id take that right now. As long as we can stay within touching distance ill be happy, I think the away goal will be VERY important so a loss wont be too bad as long as we score!"

    lfc-marc: "I personally don't rate Mourinho.. everywhere he's gone he's had an all ready great squad and bottomless money pit. I hate to say it but i think SAF is the king, the man u squad isn't world shaking but they get results cause of him"

    Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  99. 1436: 

    New Zealand are now 135-1 after 28 overs as they chase down England's 266-6 total in the Women's World Cup. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  100. 1439: 

    Newcastle striker Yoan Gouffran will miss tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Metalist Kharkiv with the leg injury he suffered at Tottenham.

    However, the Frenchman is expected to resume training on Monday after X-rays revealed there was no fracture as was first feared.

    Hatem Ben Arfa (knee) continues to work his way back to full fitness, but fellow midfielder Sammy Ameobi is out with a hamstring problem.

  101. 1444: 

    Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed that Brad Friedel, and not former Lyon man Hugo Lloris, will start in goal against the French club tomorrow.

    Striker Emmanuel Adebayor will lead the attacking line in the Europa League clash at White Hart Lane as Jermain Defoe is ruled out with an ankle injury.

    Long-term absentees Sandro and Younes Kaboul remain sidelined, but the latter should be available again in two weeks' time.


    Suke Loloman: "Diego Lopez is a very experienced keeper, don't expect him to be Real's weakness. Both teams will fear each other massively."

    Jonni Slater: "MUFC just need to keep Ronaldo on his left foot, let the crosses come and the CB's can deal with it, just don't let him shoot!"

    Carl Slocombe: "Take out Xabi Alonso, force Ronaldo deep to get the ball where he can be hassled by Rooney & Jones. Fool proof plan"

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  103. 1454: 
    David Beckham

    David Beckham trained with his new Paris St-Germain team-mates for the first time on Wednesday, almost two weeks after being unveiled as the Ligue 1 club's latest signing.

    One hundred journalists from all over the world attended an open session at PSG's Camp des Loges training base.

  104. 1459: 

    The High Court hearing to determine the future of Portsmouth has been adjourned for a fourth time.

    It is understood an issue between the Professional Footballers' Association and administrators PKF is the reason for the adjournment.

    "Following on from the Football League statement we continue to work with PST as preferred bidders and prepare for court application," said PKF. The hearing has now been adjourned for a further seven days until 21 February.

  105. 1504: 

    Liverpool travelled to Russia to face Zenit St Petersburg with a virtually full-strength squad for their Europa League last-32 first leg tie.

    January signings Daniel Sturridge and forward Philippe Coutinho were left at home as they are ineligible having played for Chelsea and Inter Milan respectively in Europe this season.

    Otherwise manager Brendan Rodgers selected his strongest squad with Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jose Reina and Jamie Carragher all included along with youngsters Conor Coady and Suso.

  106. 1510: 

    Luke Donald is excited to be finally starting a 2013 season he hopes will be his best yet.

    England's world number three, who has not played a tournament since November, returns in the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in Los Angeles.

    "Practice is tough, competing is fun," said Donald, who in his last five events of last year had a win in Japan and third-place finishes in America, China and Dubai.

  107. 1518: 

    Gloucester scrum-half Jimmy Cowan has been ruled out for the rest of the Premiership campaign after damaging the ligaments in his knee.

    The New Zealand international was carried off in Saturday's 27-11 victory over Northampton at Franklin's Gardens. Director of rugby Nigel Davies confirmed Cowan, 30, was likely to be out for at least six months.

    "He's very positive and just wants to play. He'll do whatever he can to get back sooner than that," added Davies.

  108. 1526: 

    New Zealand are now 197-3 after 41 overs as they chase down England's 266-6 total in the Women's World Cup. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

    The latest wicket came when Sophie Devine went for a big shot and sent the ball high into the Mumbai sky, giving Sarah Taylor enough time to get into position and take a good catch.


    Sam McNulty: "I feel we will have the edge if we keep Ronaldo at bay & close him down, if he shoots from distance De Gea will stop them"

    Sudhir Chaturvedi: "Utd should play like they play in the premier league. Outscore Real. No fear. Go for the jugular."

    Oliver Naylor: "Happy with Ronaldo shooting from silly angles at a rapid rate as De Gea' shot stopping skills will deal with them"

  110. 1534: 

    Andy Hunt will step down from his role as British Olympic Association chief executive at the end of February.

  111. 1539: 

    Theo Walcott has challenged Arsenal's whole squad to stand up and be counted when their FA Cup dreams are put on the line against Blackburn this weekend.

    "A lot of players are back from international duty and need a bit of a break, so some may be rested for the FA Cup game, but that's just as important as we want to go far in that competition," Walcott said on the club's official website.

  112. 1542: 

    Andy Hunt on stepping down from his chief executive at the British Olympic Association. Team GB won 65 medals at the London 2012 Games - 29 gold, 17 silver and 19 bronze.

    "It has been an amazing four years leading the BOA as the host National Olympic Committee for the London 2012 Games," said Hunt.

    "I will always be proud to have led Team GB at a home Games and of the fantastic performance of the team this summer and the way in which the BOA supported the athletes."

  113. 1546: 

    England Under-19s have lost their first youth ODI against South Africa by 7 wickets. England hit 221 from their 50 overs, with captain Ben Duckett of Northants top-scoring with 51.

    South Africa chased down their target with four overs to spare; Yorkshire's Jonathan Tattersall was the pick of the England bowlers with 2-36. The next match in the five-game series is in Cape Town on Friday.

  114. 1549: 

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar: "First time in 2 years into retirement I start to feel nervous and excited about a game in CL! WayneRooney to score tonight?"

  115. 1554: 

    Andre Villas-Boas has challenged Tottenham to show they are capable of cutting it in the Champions League by beating Lyon tomorrow.

    Villas-Boas will take one more step towards securing his second Europa League trophy tomorrow if Spurs overcome Lyon in their second-round first leg against the French club at White Hart Lane.

    "This could be a test of whether we're good enough to play in the Champions League," he said. "I think we've been handed the most difficult draw of this knock-out phase. This is like a Champions League tie.


    Daniel Kelly: "Every body talking about Ronaldo here, mark him as much as you like, it's Özil that needs stopping, he's quality"

    Jan Kalinowski: "Keep Ronaldo on left foot? Left, right, head... he doesn't really mind. The only way to stop Real is to force them to stop you"

    Tom Giannasi: "2-1 to Real Tonight! Ronaldo 2, Rooney 1. United to snatch it 1-0 on the return fixture thanks to Chicharito!"

  117. 1611: 

    Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins is now a distant 3mins 29secs adrift in the overall standings and facing a monumental challenge to get back amongst the leaders after the third stage of the Tour of Oman.

    Slovakia's Peter Sagan of the Cannondale team won a second consecutive stage to strengthen his grip on the overall race leader's red jersey.

  118. 1619: 
    Sarah Taylor appeals for the wicket of Lucy Doolan

    England have beaten New Zealand by 15 runs in Mumbai, but West Indies end their hopes of reaching the Women's World Cup final by beating Australia. You can get all the reaction on the live text commentary page on the BBC Sport website.

  119. 1626: 

    Preston will announce their interim manager on Thursday following Graham Westley's departure from Deepdale.

  120. 1631: 

    The 2013 Northern Rail Cup final will be held at The Shay, Halifax, on Saturday, 20 July, and will be preceded by the final of the new Bowl competition. Halifax are the cup holders following their 21-12 victory over Featherstone at Blackpool, which hosted eight successive finals from 2005.


    Will Smith: "I live in Madrid, the atmosphere is electric, talking to Spaniards and they think its massive. Madrid is full of mufc +rm fans"

    Andy Campbell: "You'll see the gulf in class between La Liga and Prem tonight. Real 3rd but will beat prem leaders comfortably tonight"

    Ross Burns: "Going to be a cracker. Definitely both teams to score. I'm going for a 1-1"

    Let us know your thoughts on tonight's clash between Real Madrid and Manchester United using #bbcsportsday

  122. 1642: 

    England women's captain Charlotte Edwards blamed inconsistency for her side's downfall as they saw their World Cup defence come to a disappointing end today despite a 15-run win over New Zealand in Mumbai.

    The victory was immaterial, however, as West Indies' surprise win over Australia earlier in the day saw them join the Southern Stars in this weekend's final.

    "It's our own fault. Inconsistency at the front of the tournament has cost us and we're probably playing our best cricket now," she said.

  123. 1648: 

    Catalan Dragons are to appeal against the four-match ban imposed on prop Julian Bousquet.

    Bousquet, 22, was sent off just three minutes into his side's 40-6 win over Salford City Reds in Perpignan on Saturday for a shoulder charge on 18-year-old scrum-half Theo Fages.

  124. 1651: 

    Victoria Azarenka has won her first match since defending her Australian Open title last month. The Belarusian beat Switzerland's Romina Oprandi Azarenka will lose the world number one ranking to Serena Williams if the American gets as far as the semi-finals in Doha.

  125. 1656: 

    Manchester United striker John Cofie is aiming for the play-offs after signing on loan for League One Notts County.

    The 20-year-old has joined for one month and scored on debut in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Crewe Alexandra.

    "It's my job to score the goals to help the club get to the play-offs," he told BBC Radio Nottingham.


    Vishal Sagar: "Most people talking about Ronaldo, Alsonso. But the maestro in the Madrid midfield is Ozil, stop him and we'll win. 2-0 Man U."

    Oli Kearey: I watch lots of Spanish football and Real are no way near as effective as they were last season, United have a great chance."

    Matthew Rimola: "How can someone expect to do uni work with the best game of the season approaching so fast! Buzzing!"

    Let us know your thoughts on tonight's match between Real Madrid and Manchester United using #bbcsportsday

  127. 1710: 

    Catalan Dragons will appeal against the four-match ban imposed on prop Julian Bousquet, who was sent off during his side's win over Salford City Reds on Saturday for a shoulder charge on 18-year-old scrum-half Theo Fages.

    Fages was knocked unconscious by the challenge and remained in Perpignan to complete his recovery. He is due back at Salford on Thursday.

    Bousquet was also fined £300 by the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee after pleading guilty to making a grade D dangerous tackle to the head of Fages. The Dragons are contesting the severity of the punishment but the appeals panel has the power to increase the ban when they hear the case next Tuesday.

  128. 1716: 

    Ireland prop Cian Healy has been suspended until March 10 for stamping on Dan Cole during Sunday's Six Nations defeat to England.

    The 25-year-old will now miss Ireland's games against Scotland and France.

    Healy trod on Cole's ankle after an Ireland maul had collapsed in an incident which was missed by referee Jerome Garces.

  129. 1721: 

    St Helens are set to give a Super League debut to former Batley forward Alex Walmsley against Hull on Friday night.

    The 22-year-old has been drafted into coach Nathan Brown's 19-man squad as a replacement for Australian prop Josh Perry, who will be out for a month with a knee injury sustained in Sunday's 14-4 win at Widnes.

    "Big Alex is more than likely to come in for Josh," Brown said. "He has done well. His form in the friendlies has been good and his attitude is first class."


    Callum Hubbard: "United will just be looking to stay in the tie and make sure they can have a go at Old Trafford...expect an anti-climax."

    Alex Chapman: "Let everyone worry about Ronaldo. Is no one Madrid-side remotely concerned about the Rooney-Van Persie threat?!"

    Toby Mortby: "Girlfriend travelling back from uni. Have to break the potentially upsetting news she's got an evening of football coming up!"

    Let us know your thoughts on tonight's match between Real Madrid and Manchester United using #bbcsportsday

  131. 1743: 

    Double Olympic medallist Louis Smith, 23, hints it could be some time before he returns to competitive gymnastics.

    The gymnast who received his MBE at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday says: "As athletes, we have a big responsibility to keep the legacy (of the London Olympics) going. I'm starting to take a step back from the entertainment side and move into charity and school work.

    "People might misconstrue that because we are doing a bit of entertainment that we're losing our way, but it's about boosting knowledge and so that we can promote other things that we're doing."

  132. 1746: 

    Jacques Rogge, president of the International Olympic Committee, will meet with the head of wrestling's governing body to discuss ways the sport can save its place in the Games.

    "They vowed to adapt the sport and vowed to fight to be eventually included in the 2020 slot,' said Rogge.

    He also said he does not plan to publicly warn organisers of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics about delayed preparations. "I am confident that with the new steps that have been taken by the organizing committee, this will not be needed," Rogge added.

  133. 1753: 

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty reports from Madrid: "The Bernabeu is deserted but still hugely atmospheric. Outside on the streets of Madrid thousands of fans are already assembling waiting to gain entry to the Champions League tie Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho described as "the match the world wants to see." The world does not have long to wait."

    A deserted Bernabeu stadium in Madrid.

    Nick Earl: "If Mourinho delivers Big Cup no.10 for the Madristras, who can argue with him being the greatest manager in Europe ever?"

    Jay: "All this hype and expectations from the 'match the world wants to watch' can only mean one thing - a damp squib of a match."

    Burchy: "Just got that butterfly tummy feeling thinking about the Champions League song playing tonight as United walk onto the pitch!"

  135. 1800: 

    Well that's it from Sportsday Live for today. But if you cannot wait any longer for the match "the world wants to see" then you can follow all the build up and all the action on our live text page.

    We will be back tomorrow with all the reaction and breaking sports news from 08:00 GMT. See you there.

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