Sportsday - Thursday, 14 February - as it happened

Latest on Oscar Pistorius arrest plus build-up to Thursday's Europa League games.

15 February 2013 Last updated at 07:55 GMT

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  1. 1800: 

    That's it from Sportsday, we will back at 0800 GMT on Friday, 15 February. There is live text commentary on tonight's Europa League football action and there is live commentary of the final Twenty20 international between England and New Zealand, which starts at 0600 GMT on Friday.

  2. 1755: 

    South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl leads the opening day of the Africa Open in East London, South Africa on six under par but could lose the first-round lead after strong winds saw many competitors fail to complete 18 holes.

  3. 1749:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveHORSE RACING

    Champion racehorse Frankel's new career as a thoroughbred stallion is the subject of a 5 live Sport special tonight at 1930 GMT which also looks at the science and strategy behind equine breeding.

  4. 1745: 

    Castleford Tigers sign Warrington half-back Gareth O'Brien on a one-month loan deal as cover for the suspended Rangi Chase.

  5. 1741: 

    England and Nottinghamshire all-rounder Samit Patel signs for South Africa's domestic Twenty20 competition with the Warriors from 25 February until 7 April.

    "The Warriors have a history of doing well in this format and I hope I can add something extra and make this year a winning season," said the 28-year-old.

  6. 1737: 

    Barbora Zahlavova Strycova is suspended for six months, back-dated to October 2012, after testing positive for sibutramine, a stimulant.

    The former world number 39 - currently 124th - will be suspended until 15 April.

  7. 1734: 

    Maria Sharapova beats Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-3 in the third round of the Qatar Open. The Russian is vying with Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams to end the week as world number one. Williams plays Urszula Radwanska in Thursday's final match on Doha.

  8. 1731: 

    Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos says he was at fault for Danny Welbeck's goal in Wednesday's 1-1 Champions League draw with Manchester United.

    "He [Danny Welbeck] got the better of me but it was not a corner in the first place, that is certain. The margin for error in the Champions League is tiny," said the Spain international.

  9. 1727: 

    Jockeys Nick Scholfield and Eddie Ahern are successful in appeals to the British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary panel for after weighing in 2lb or more than they weighed out.

    The panel was satisfied that the trainer had used an abnormally large chamois leather which had been wetted, after weighing out, to a degree which "reduced it to a sodden mass".

  10. 1722: 

    There is night full of Europa League action with live text commentary featuring the three English sides. In the 1700 GMT kick-off, it's 0-0 between Zenit St Petersburg and Liverpool. Sparta Prague and Chelsea kick off at 1800 GMT with Newcastle v Metalist Kharkiv and Tottenham v Lyon at 2005 GMT.

  11. 1718: 

    Coventry City appoint Lee Carsley as caretaker manager after Mark Robins left the League One club for Huddersfield Town.

    Chief executive Tim Fisher told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire: "There's a sense of continuity. Lee's been around the club a while. He knows the players, having worked alongside Mark."

  12. 1715: 

    Team Sky sports director Nicolas Portal says Friday's stage of the Tour of Oman, currently led by Great Britain's Chris Froome, could be decisive.

    "It will suit Froomey and the plan will be to get him into the best possible position leading into the climb," he said.

  13. 1710:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCRICKET

    England will be action in the third Twenty20 International against New Zealnd at 0600 GMT on Friday. Listen to Test Match Special's ball-by-ball commentary on on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Radio 4 LW, and follow live text commentary on the BBC website.

  14. 1706: 

    England seamer Steven Finn is confident he will soon be at the stage where he is no longer disturbing the stumps when bowling.

    "It's getting there. Every day in training I'm working hard on trying to eradicate it. I have been for the last four months," he said.

  15. 1701: 

    Prospective Birmingham City owner Gianni Paladini claims he is 'still interested' in the up-for-sale Championship club, despite reports that his Italian consortium have pulled out.

    He told BBC Midlands Today: "I'm still interested. I've not spoken to anyone at the club but we're keeping our options open."

  16. 1656: 

    British Moto2 rider Gino Rea speaks to BBC Sport's Tom Rostance after losing his job on the eve of the season when his sponsor pulled out.

  17. 1654: 

    Fulham defender Sascha Riether tells German magazine Kicker he is still unsure whether he will complete a permanent move to Craven Cottage when his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

  18. 1650: 

    Liverpool get the night's Europa League action underway at 17:00 GMT against Zenit St Petersburg. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  19. 1642: 

    British men's wheelchair tennis number one Gordon Reid causes a surprise with a straight-sets win over world number two Stephane Houdet of France in the quarter-finals at the ABN Amro World Wheelchair Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

    Reid, the world number seven, won 6-1 6-4 against his doubles partner and will now face Dutch world number three Maikel Scheffers in the last four.

  20. 1635: 

    The Paul Nicholls-trained Tidal Bay will miss April's Aintree Grand National after suffering what the trainer describes as a "tiny stress fracture". The 12-year-old was given top weight of 11st 10lb for the race when the weights were announced earlier this week and was rated at around 16-1 to triumph over the Aintree fences. Nicholls won the race for the first time last year with Neptune Collonges.

  21. 1627: 

    Pakistan recover from a poor start to reach 253-5 against South Africa on the opening day of the second Test at Newlands. Having been 33-4 at one stage before lunch, a 219-run fifth-wicket stand between Younus Khan (111) and Asad Shafiq (111 not out) helped the visitors who had lost the toss. However, the departure of Younus shortly before the close leaves the match evenly poised.

  22. 1612: 

    England rugby union head coach Stuart Lancaster says he has been reassured by Lions coach Warren Gatland that England players will be picked on merit for the summer tour of Australia.

    Earlier in the week, Gatland said that selecting too many England players could put extra pressure on the squad because they attract too much media focus and could create a 'circus.' Gatland has since said he will field an entire side of English players in the first test against Australia if it is the best team he has available.

  23. 1605: 

    Following the news earlier this week that wrestling is facing the axe from the Olympics, BBC Sport's Nick Hope reports: "Fila [International Federation of Associated Wrestling Styles] tell me they're pleased IOC president Jacques Rogge will meet with their leader Raphael Martinetti to discuss wrestling's Olympic axe. I understand Rogge & Martinetti are likely to meet towards the end of the month to discuss 'ways forward' for wrestling at the Olympics."

  24. 1557: 

    Top seed Victoria Azarenka and fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska are safely into the last eight at the Qatar Open. Azarenka easily disposed of American Christina McHale 6-0 6-0 while Radwanska was a 6-1 7-6 (8-6) winner over former world number one Ana Ivanovic.

  25. 1552: 

    According to Press Association Sport, England Under-21 players Tom Ince and Steven Caulker could have their Uefa bans increased at an appeal hearing on Friday.

    The two players were given suspensions - Ince for one match and Caulker for two games - while four Serbian players and two coaches were also banned for incidents that took place at the end of the European Under-21 play-off in Serbia in October which led to the host country being punished for racist abuse and violent behaviour.

    The FA has appealed on behalf of the players - but Uefa has mounted a counter-appeal asking for all the sanctions handed out to both Serbia and England to be increased.

  26. 1548: 

    Derby County captain Shaun Barker says the career-threatening injury that has sidelined him for nearly a year has given him a new perspective.

    The defender, 30, dislocated his right kneecap and suffered ligament damage against Nottingham Forest in mid-March.

    But he has now started a rehabilitation programme in the swimming pool after undergoing three operations and is still on course to return in September.

    "The longer it is the more special it will be," he told BBC East Midlands Today.

  27. 1540: 

    Liverpool get Thursday night's Europa League action underway when they visit Zenit St Petersburg at 17:00 GMT with Sparta Prague v Chelsea (18:00), Tottenham v Lyon (20:05) and Newcastle v Metallist Kharkiv (20:05) also on the agenda.

    Stevo: "Missing the Liverpool game to take my wonderful fiance out for dinner tonight, tend to do better when I don't watch them."

    Tony Stewart: "Can see all the teams, bar Chelsea, win here. Gonna be a night to prove that the Europa League is well worth a watch."

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  28. 1519: 

    London 2012 rowing gold medallist Katherine Grainger admits she is not thinking of retirement yet and could compete at Rio in 2016. The Glasgow-born rower will be 40 when the Rio Games begin but she could be tempted to compete, even if London 2012 would be impossible to surpass.

    "I think everyone that was successful in London is having to face the fact that it won't probably get better than that," Grainger told Press Association Sport. "I doubt I'll ever top 2012 but it doesn't necessarily make me feel like I have to end it there and then.

    "I have not made an official decision whether to retire and leave it there or sign up for Rio for another three years."

  29. 1506: 

    Marcos Baghdatis beat Richard Gasquet in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam World Tennis event. It was only the second defeat of the season for the Frenchman who has won two tour titles in 2013. But the world number 10 struggled against the Cypriot and lost 6-4 6-4.

  30. 1456: 

    Former Force India driver Adrian Sutil has been fitted for a seat with the team for this season. Sutil, 30, was dropped at the end of 2011 in favour of fellow German Nico Hulkenberg who this season will drive for Sauber. The team are yet to announce a second driver for the new campaign.

  31. 1449: 

    Angelo Mathews has been named as Sri Lanka's Test and one-day international captain for the rest of 2013. The 25-year-old succeeds Mahela Jayawardene, who recently nominated Mathews to replace him. Jayawardene, who quit the Twenty20 captaincy after the World Cup last October, keeps his place in the squad for the tour of Bangladesh in March. Dinesh Chandimal will lead the Twenty20 side, and serve as vice-captain in the longer formats of the game.

  32. 1443: 

    France's Tessa Worley stars in both runs to win giant slalom gold at the World Ski Championships in Schladming, Austria. It was France's second gold medal and their fourth overall at the event.

    Worley, who won bronze two years ago, finishes over a second ahead of defending champion Tina Maze of Slovenia with Anna Fenninger of Austria third.

  33. 1434: 

    It is a busy night of Europa League football ahead with Liverpool, Spurs, Newcastle and Chelsea all in action. How do you think the Premier League sides will fare in tonight's games.

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday

  34. 1425: 

    Pakistan have moved on to 170-4 after tea on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa at Newlands with Younis Khan and Asad Shafiq on 69 not out and 71 not out respectively. You can follow the latest score on the BBC Sport website.

  35. 1418: 

    Here is the answer to the Question of Sport teaser from @QofS_Official which we posed earlier.

    Name the 7 snooker players that have won the Welsh Open on two or more occasions?

    Steve Davis, Ken Doherty, Stephen Hendry, John Higgins, Paul Hunter, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Williams

  36. 1407: 

    The Nicky Henderson-trained Grandouet will miss Saturday's Kingwell Hurdle at Wincanton.

    The Cheltenham Champion Hurdle contender, who is generally third favourite for the Festival race, had a setback earlier in the week, which has dispersed, and Henderson does not want the horse to run on very testing ground after an interrupted preparation.

  37. 1355: 

    Castleford will give half-back Gareth O'Brien his debut against Bradford on Saturday after completing his loan signing from Warrington.

    The 21-year-old joins the Tigers for a month as a stop-gap replacement for Rangi Chase, who starts a two-match ban imposed for a reckless tackle on Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker in last Sunday's 14-12 win over the champions.

  38. 1352: 

    Force India deputy team principal Bob Fernley reiterates the Silverstone-based marque is ringfenced from co-owner Vijay Mallya's personal financial problems.

    Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines is understood to be close to collapse, with reports in India claiming the 17 banks who loaned a total of around £840million are now looking to call in their debts.

    Speaking to, Fernley says: "There is a disconnect between what happens in Vijay's business and what Vijay is doing on the F1 team."


    Phil Greenhalgh: "It's time to scrap the away goals rule in Europe. It's ruining the spectacle with unnecessary tactical caginess."

    Steve Holden: "Unfair criticism of Manchester United. Chelsea won the Champions League by defending/countering. Manchester United were never going to dominate possession or chances."

  40. 1340: 

    Birmingham manager Lee Clark tells the Birmingham Mail there is nothing unusual in Jack Butland's transfer to Stoke City and immediate loan back.

    "All he did on transfer window deadline-day was go to Stoke, sign a contract and come back. That's it," says Clark. "Nothing peculiar, nothing much different - Jack's happy playing for us and we're happy we've got him back. This is his home."

  41. 1332: 

    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton and second row Mike McCarthy are ruled out of the Six Nations match against Scotland through injury, team manager Mick Kearney confirms.

  42. 1330: 

    League Two side Gillingham complete the signing of Fulham winger Ryan Williams on a 28-day loan deal.

    The 19-year-old Australian joined the Premier League side from Portsmouth in January last year but has not made a first-team appearance.

  43. 1327: 

    Leigh Sports Village is chosen to host the 2013 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day on Sunday, 29 September.

    The event has been held at Warrington's Halliwell Jones Stadium for the last five years but it has been decided to take it the home of Leigh Centurions and Swinton Lions.

    With the 2013 Northern Rail Cup final moving from Blackpool to Halifax, it opens up the possibility of teams having home advantage in both of the Championship's big events this year.

  44. 1325: 

    Pakistan are 133 for four wickets at tea on the opening day of the second test against South Africa at Newlands. Younus Khan is 54 not out while Asad Shafiq is 50 no.

  45. 1318: 

    Charles Green believes Rangers have "moved on" from the trauma of the last 12 months.

    Thursday marks the anniversary of the Ibrox club's descent into administration and subsequent liquidation.

    "As a club we are not just ready to move on - we have moved on," Green says. "The successful flotation of the club on the Alternative Investment Market was the biggest single step on the road to recovery."

  46. 1315: 

    Chris Froome assumes the race lead at the Tour of Oman with second place on Thursday's fourth stage.

    Froome took a 24-second overall lead after finishing behind Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez on the 152.5-kilometre route from Al Saltiyah in Samail to Jabal Al Akhdhar.

  47. 1306: 

    Nottingham Forest sack academy director Nick Marshall, reports BBC Radio Nottingham.

    The Championship club are also understood to have parted company with finance director John Pelling, media and communications manager Fraser Nicholson and operations manager Brandon Furse. Last month chief executive Mark Arthur, head of recruitment Keith Burt and club ambassador Frank Clark also left.

    Forest have made no comment yet about the latest departures.

  48. 1301: 

    Oscar Pistorius' court appearance is postponed until Friday (0700 GMT). The athlete faces a murder charge after his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot dead at his home in Pretoria.

  49. 1258: 

    Manchester United report a 74% rise in profits for the second half of 2012, on the back of rising revenues.

    The Premier League club said pre-tax profits for the last six months of the year were £22.3m.

  50. 1254: 

    Preston confirm the club's assistant manager John Dreyer will take charge of the League One side for their clash with Bournemouth at Deepdale on Saturday.

    Dreyer agrees to take temporary charge of first team affairs after the departure of manager Graham Westley on Wednesday as the club searches for a new permanent manager.


    James Joseph: "Manchester United showed they can defend - lack concentration in games of lesser magnitude. Good performance."

    Eric Cunha: "Though he deserves to be lauded, the praise for David de Gea is superficial. Expect criticism again when Manchester United concede a corner."

    Fergie's wristwatch: "Manchester United played a classic away Uefa match. Only a fool would go to the Bernabeu and expect to dominate. Advantage United!"

  52. 1240: 

    England rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster confirms that Ben Morgan, Alex Corbisiero and Freddie Burns will play no part in their next Six Nations match against France next weekend. All three remain on the sidelines through injury.

  53. 1231: 

    Iran is hoping to join wrestling's major powers to stop efforts to cut the ancient sport from the 2020 Olympic Games.

    Mohammad Aliabadi, the head of Iran's National Committee of Olympic, is quoted by Iran's official IRNA news agency as calling the decision by the IOC executive board "very serious."

    He adds, "Resorting to help of many big countries, we will block the decision."

  54. 1222: 

    Football lawmakers will be asked next month to allow trials of an electronic chip in players' shirts which could potentially warn of medical problems such as the heart attack suffered by Fabrice Muamba on the pitch.

    The laws of the game currently ban any electronic communication between the players and staff in the technical area.

    Now the International FA Board (IFAB), the body which draws up the laws, have been asked to consider making an exception for chips contained in the collar of a player's shirt which can feed back data such as heart performance, body temperature and the distance being covered.

  55. 1214: 

    Wigan's on-loan winger Ryo Miyaichi is looking to make his first-team return in the Premier League clash at Reading a week on Saturday after three months out with an ankle injury.

    Japan international Miyaichi, who joined on a season-long loan from Arsenal last summer, last played for the Latics in their 3-0 away defeat to Liverpool on 17 November 17 - a game in which he was making his comeback from a groin complaint.

    The 20-year-old says: "It will be a big relief to get back because it has been quite a tough time to be sat on the sidelines."

  56. 1205: 

    As it is Valentine's Day, BBC Sport takes a look at some of the great sporting partnerships from down the years, including Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham - who formed a potent partnership for England during Euro '96.

    Watch the video on the BBC Sport website.

  57. 1157: 

    Rochdale complete the signing of defender Michael Rose on non-contract terms after his release by Colchester last month.

    The 30-year-old was allowed to leave the U's despite making 24 appearances for the League One side this season.

    Salford-born Rose began his career as a trainee at Manchester United, but left in 2001 after failing to play a first-team game for the club.


    Darragh Harbinson: "Manchester United showed with Danny Welbeck and Robin van Persie chances that they can hurt Real Madrid when they have their heads up. Utd favourites at home with crowd."

    Nick Oddie: "As a neutral I found the Real Madrid-Manchester United game boring. The stage was set for one of the games of the season, will anyone remember it in a year?

    Simon Bumby: "Liking Sir Alex Ferguson's comments last night saying Lionel Messi wouldn't score a header like Ronaldos, didn't he do that in the 2009 final?"

  59. 1146: 

    Rafael Nadal withdrew from doubles at the Brazil Open on Wednesday to rest his sore left knee ahead of his opening singles match today.

    Nadal and David Nalbandian of Argentina were to play the final match of the day on centre court, but tournament organizers said the duo withdrew because the 11-time Grand Slam winner was concerned about putting too much stress on his knee.

  60. 1141: 

    Craig Beattie receives international clearance and completes his move to League Two side Barnet.

    The forward is now eligible to make his debut and could feature against York on Saturday.

    Former Scotland international Beattie has never played in League Two but has a vast amount of experience having played for the likes of Celtic, West Bromwich Albion and Swansea.

  61. 1134: 

    Pakistan fail to come to terms with South Africa's fearsome pace attack as they struggle to 60 for four at lunch on the first day of the second test.

    There was a wicket apiece for opening pair Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, with Morne Morkel taking two more as the visitors' top order crumbled under an intense examination.

    Younis Khan regained some control to reach the interval 24 not out, with Asad Sahfiq alongside him on 11no.

  62. 1132: 

    Oscar Pistorius is assisting police with their investigation into the death of a 30-year-old woman at his home this morning, a spokesperson for the athlete says.

  63. 1126: 

    Brighton striker Will Hoskins is ruled out for the rest of the season with knee ligament damage.

    The 26-year-old suffered the injury, which may require surgery, in the 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday. Hoskins made 12 appearances for the Seagulls this season, scoring one goal - which came against Newcastle United in the FA Cup.

  64. 1122: 

    Stephen Lee has "a case to answer" over allegations of match-fixing at four tournaments, the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WBPSA) announces.

  65. 1121: 
    Oscar Pistorius

    Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius leaving the Boschkop police station.

  66. 1117: 

    It's Question of Sport time once again and here is today's poser to test your sporting knowledge from @QofS_Official:

    Name the seven snooker players that have won the Welsh Open on two or more occasions?

    We'll bring you the answer at 1400 GMT.

  67. 1113: 

    The opening morning's play at the Africa Open is suspended as strong winds wreaked havoc at the East London Golf Club.

    Balls were moving in the high winds on several greens - in particular the exposed third - prompting chief referee John Paramor to call the players in.

    Jaco van Zyl and John Parry were at the top of the leaderboard when play was suspended.

  68. 1110: 

    All-rounder Angelo Mathews is named captain of the Sri Lankan test and one-day international teams for a period of 11 months, beginning with next month's home series against Bangladesh.

    Mathews succeeds Mahela Jayawardene, who accepted captaincy in January 2012 for a period of one year so that Sri Lanka could groom their next skipper.

    Middle-order batsman Dinesh Chandimal will lead Sri Lanka's Twenty20 team while serving as Mathews' deputy in tests and one-dayers, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement.

  69. 1105: 

    Our Formula 1 gossip column has been updated and here are the three top stories:

    Daniel Ricciardo is refusing to rule out claiming a win this season, saying Sebastian Vettel proved back in 2008 that anything is possible. (Planet-F1)

    New Mercedes motorsport chief Toto Wolff admits that he is excited by the driver line-up assembled by the marque's F1 squad for 2013. (

    Pedro de la Rosa is willing to stay on as chairman of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association (GPDA) for 2013 now that he has switched to a development role with Ferrari. (Autosport)

  70. 1056: 

    Sownak Bose: "People will always find a way to criticise United and its players. A score draw at Madrid is more than most teams will manage."

    Baritone Rogers: "Re: 1027, @ PK -- rubbish! Spurs dominated the game at WHL. 60% possession, 18 shots on goal to United's 4."

    Sean Patrick: "Man Utd got a 1-1 draw against the Spanish champions. Yet this shows how week the PL is? Chelsea came 6th and won the CL!"

  71. 1050: 

    Southampton striker Tadanari Lee rejoins FC Tokyo on loan until the end of June.

    The 27-year-old Japan international was injured during pre-season and is yet to make a Premier League appearance this term.

    He has played twice in the League Cup, scoring against Stevenage in August, while he also appeared in the 5-1 FA Cup defeat against Chelsea.

  72. 1046: 

    Police spokeswoman Brigadier Denise Beukes said: "A 26-year-old man has been arrested and has been charged with murder.

    "At this stage he is on his way to the district surgeon for a medical examination and he will be appearing at Pretoria magistrates' courts at 2pm [local time] this afternoon."

  73. 1045: 

    Ben Penney: "Rooney was selfless last night, doing a job for the team out on the wing. Wait till he is played in his real position to judge."

    Toby Maxtone-Smith: "Re PK 10:27, and United would look comfortable against all but two Spanish sides. Much more strength in depth in the EPL."

    John Oliver: "The Utd bashing is unreal, good result, away goal. Any PL club would swap places with them. Ronaldo was the only difference."

  74. 1035: 

    A South African police officer has confirmed that there was a shooting at the home of Oscar Pistorius with a 30-year-old woman shot dead. He will appear in magistrates court in Pretoria at 12:00 GMT and has been arrested and charged with murder.

    The officer says: "There have previously been incidents at the home of Oscar Pistorius, allegations of a domestic nature. There are no reports of forced entry or persons on the premises not meant to be there."

    Claims that Pistorius thought his girlfriend was a burglar "did not come from us", she adds.

  75. 1032: 

    South African police will be opposing bail for Oscar Pistorius and say there are "other witnesses" to the shooting.

  76. 1027: 

    PK: "Upsets me how bad the PL quality is. Nobody in PL can do what Real did to Man U. MUFC look so comfortable week in, week out."

    Bryce McDonald: "Not sure why people think Madrid are guaranteed to score two to three goals at OT. They only managed one last night, didn't they?"

    Chinmay S Barhale: "I don't think Fergie is aiming for 0-0. Because of United's away goal Real would need to score. United would try counter again."

  77. 1023: 

    Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will appear in court this afternoon after South African police opened a murder case against the 26-year-old.

    He is alleged to have killed his 30-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, who died of gunshot wounds this morning.

    Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Katlego Mogale says: "Currently we have opened the case of murder against a 26-year-old suspect. He will be appearing in Pretoria State Court this afternoon."

  78. 1021: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on Twitter: "Anyone else feel like they seen that @cristiano header from last night somewhere before?? #Moscow2008!?

    "In Moscow I ran to @cristiano to celebrate, last night I wanted to run to him....and kinda strangle him!! Be fair to him he has #Hangtime"

  79. 1018: 

    On their hiring of Mark Robins as manager, Huddersfield Town chairman Dean Hoyle tells the club website: "Obviously retaining our Championship status is vital, but we also needed a manager who buys into the club's football philosophy and structure. We believe Mark is that man.

    "Mark has shown his skill in getting the most from the resources at his disposal, none more so than his recent achievements at Coventry; within five months he has pulled that side away from the League One relegation zone and given them a genuine chance of being involved in the promotion mix."

  80. 1015: 

    Wicketkeeper Matt Prior believes the ECB's refusal to allow contracted England cricketers to compete in the entire Indian Premier League campaign could cause problems with players. You have been using the comments on the story to give us your views.

    Turbulent_Times: "What Prior fails to point out, is the reason he is solidly in the England team is because of the ECB introducing central contracts. Central contracts are paid by broadcast deals. Broadcast deals demand seven Tests in the summer season. Without the Tests, there'd be no deal, no central contracts, and no one in the IPL would even know his name."

    Hainba: "The IPL still limits the number of overseas players and I've yet to see an English player (KP aside) who would be in demand based upon consistent T20 performances."

    Flo: "There is a species of cricketer developing who job around all these T20 tournaments. They're not usually well-known as you become a big name by starring in Test matches. Who wouldn't be tempted to travel the world, doing what they love and making enough money to secure their family's future? It'll be interesting if an England player declines a central contract in order to play the T20 circuit."

  81. 1012: 

    Coventry CEO Fisher continues: "We must now move on. The club comes first. We are acutely aware of the style of manager we want and we will start the process for appointing a replacement with immediate effect.

    "Everyone has been able to see the potential we have here at Coventry City and in the last months we have taken massive strides forward. We owe it to the supporters of this great club to make sure the progress continues under our next manager."

  82. 1012: 

    Coventry City chief executive Tim Fisher says: "To say we are disappointed is an understatement. We gave Mark a three-year contract which we saw as a long-term appointment.

    "Added to this, Mark was able to bring in those members of staff that he requested, plus we gave a considerable financial commitment in terms of players brought in during the loan windows to ensure that we had a strong, competitive team on the pitch.

    "So for this departure to happen at the business end of the season and in this manner, is frustrating and disappointing in equal measure for all concerned. It is fair to say that we are all deflated by Mark's decision to go and, equally, I am sure the supporters will feel the same frustration."

  83. 1010: 

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

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

  84. 1008: 

    Huddersfield Town confirm Coventry City boss Mark Robins as their new manager.

  85. 0959: 

    Berbear: "Didn't like the look of the line up but Alex Ferguson got a result. Jury is still out re Kagawa, another anonymous performance, though the back five, Carrick and Welbeck were outstanding - a real disciplined display."

    Guernsey Red: "Phil Jones has done enough for me to prove if we need a combative midfielder he can play the role brilliantly. Is there any compelling need to go out and buy that type of player now? For me Evans is now our first-choice centre-back. Has very quietly grown in confidence - positioning, reading of the game and passing have all improved massively."

  86. 0955: 

    South Africa are playing Pakistan at Cape Town in day one of their Test match. Pakistan, batting first, are struggling on 33-4.

  87. 0952: 

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager Terry Butcher says there were "a few things thrown" in the dressing room after their 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock.

    Butcher is livid with his team for conceding a late penalty for Killie's equaliser and says: "That's seven games this season where we've conceded late on - it's cost us 14 points.

    "Some harsh words were said in there, a few things thrown, because at the end of the day that's unacceptable that we've thrown away 14 points in seven matches."

  88. 0945: 

    BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton ‏on Twitter: "Football fans follow @sweden2013 for latest info on Women's Euros this summer. Might need a translator for some tweets, though!"

  89. 0943: 

    The biggest movers in the Fifa world rankings as a result of the Africa Cup of Nations were Burkina Faso, who rose 37 places to 55th after reaching the final.

    Nigeria, the team who beat them to win the title, are up 22 places to 30th, and hosts South Africa leapt 25 places to number 60 in the world.

  90. 0934: 

    Collymonster: "De Gea made one top class save, one awkward one with his legs, the rest were regulation saves, hyped up by the media. United rode their luck a bit last night, Real looked far from watertight. De Gea had three crosses of not to deal with all night, flapped at all three, missing them all. Both could have scored more, says more about the forwards than the defences."

    Maybetomorrow: "Welbeck was a class act last night. Seems to me like he's a big game player. I thought Madrid were going to teach us a footballing lesson and if I'm honest I thought we were going to get hammered 4-0 especially after our performances in the CL this season and last. Hats off to them, proved me wrong."

  91. 0923: 

    Castleford Tigers are hoping to sign 21-year-old Warrington Wolves half-back Gareth O'Brien in time for Saturday's game with Bradford.

    The Tigers need a stop-gap replacement for suspended England international Rangi Chase.

  92. 0918: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he will speak to his players about handling potential racist abuse during Thursday's Europa League last-32 first-leg match at Zenit St Petersburg.

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

    "I will make reference to it because we have players it could affect but we are here for football," says Rodgers.

  93. 0916: 

    The debate is raging on Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid on the comments at the bottom of the match report.

    Jamegumb: "Decent result for United, but let's put to bed the Rooney world class debate - not in a million years, poor passing, never linked with Van Persie which left the Dutchman out in the cold for 80 minutess and Welbeck carried much more threat, also seriously lacking in pace as he gets older."

    Chelski_2013: "All Madrid have to do is score at Old Trafford and, let's face it, it is going to happen."

    Ripmyheadof: "Great performance from Madrid. They smelt blood and could've won by two or three. I fear they're going to rip United to shreds at OT."

  94. 0910: 

    England rise two places to number four in the Fifa world rankings thanks to their 2-1 friendly win over Brazil at Wembley.

    Spain, Germany and Argentina remain the top three in that order.

    Scotland are 64th (up five), Wales rise 13 places to 68th and Northern Ireland are down four to 102nd. The Republic of Ireland are 39th (up two).

  95. 0907: 

    Former Huddersfield Giants forward Luke O'Donnell joins Sydney Roosters on a 12-month deal.

    The 32-year-old Australian left the Giants for pension reasons on Wednesday and says: "I'm looking forward to the challenge of playing in the NRL again and can't wait to meet my new team-mates and getting stuck into training."

  96. 0904: 

    Exeter Chiefs sign Gloucester scrum-half Dave Lewis for next season's Premiership campaign.

    "I firmly believe that Dave Lewis needs to be playing," said Cherry & Whites boss Nigel Davies tells BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

    "He's had a fair few opportunities, but for a player of his quality not enough, and sometimes when you have a lot of quality players in one position that's what happens."

  97. 0859: 

    If you want to know more about Oscar Pistorius, who has been arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend, BBC Sport have written a profile of the South African Paralympian.

  98. 0856: 

    Jan Kalinowski: "Real will sit back at Old Trafford and counter attack. Sir Alex knows that playing for 0-0 draw would be a suicide."

    Hawwa Hassan Katsina: "I can't believe people are criticizing United, City lost there & even Barcelona got away with a draw at Bernabeu."

    Dave Walker: "Don't see why it is advantage Utd. Ronaldo is bound to score one or even two in the next game so it is even. Utd may need to score three."

  99. 0853: 
    Connor McNamara, BBC Radio 5 live

    "Dissecting #MUFC's draw in Madrid with @mrdanwalker, Tony's Team Talk Podcast from @bbc5live. Download for free here:"

  100. 0849: 

    "Alex Ferguson is intimidating but I have seen the human side of him as well. If you have a row, the next time you see him it is forgotten. I don't think he bears grudges."

    The latest BBC Sport's Sporting Spotlight is Match of the Day commentator John Motson.

  101. 0848: 

    "Baby" David De Gea is "showing signs of now being ready to walk" after the Manchester United goalkeeper's display in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid.

    Those are the thoughts of BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty in his post-match blog.

  102. 0845: 

    Mo Farah will be fired up for the British Grand Prix in Birmingham this weekend, believes former Olympic gold medalist Jonathan Edwards.

    "Some people believe he did the hard work back in August when he brought the nation to a standstill by winning the two longest Olympic track races on successive Saturdays," the BBC Sport presenter says.

    "Don't be fooled. I know from my own experience that he will be doubly determined in 2013 to remain at the top of his game following a triumphant 2012. Winning Olympic gold in the triple jump at Sydney in 2000 only made me want to prove I could handle it."

  103. 0842: 

    World Touring Car Championship driver Alex MacDowall will remain with Silverstone-based Bamboo Engineering for a second season.

    The 22-year-old Cumbrian, who finished on the podium eight times last season, says: "My confidence really started to build during the second half of the season and with all of that experience I'm certain we'll be able to fight for the [Independents Trophy] championship this year.

    "Coming into the WTCC from the BTCC [British Touring Car Championship] obviously meant I had experience of touring cars, but the World Championship is a whole different level. The experience I've got going into this season will be invaluable and I'm confident we've got a great chance to arrive in Macau at the end of the season in the mix for the title."

  104. 0836: 

    The International Paralympic Committee releases a statement in reaction to Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius's arrest over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

    "Following the news of the alleged shooting incident involving South African athlete Oscar Pistorius this morning, the (IPC) will not be passing any comment on the case at this time," it reads.

    "This is a police matter, with a formal investigation currently under way. Therefore it would be inappropriate for the IPC to comment on this incident until the official police process has concluded.

    "The IPC would like to offer its deepest sympathy and condolences to all families involved in this case."

  105. 0835: 

    You have been commenting on Manchester United's 1-1 draw in Real Madrid at the bottom of the match report.

    Ironite: "No-one should ever be disappointed with a draw at the Bernabeu but there must be a bit of a concern that the missed chances (notably Van Persie's and Giggs' (why on earth didn't he shoot first time?)) will have an impact on the final result."

    Bored23: "Absolutely over the moon with the result last night, really good to see us play well and stick to the game plan! I know Madrid had most of the possession etc but RVP could have had a hat-trick in the 2nd half!"

    Martin: "Excellent result for Utd but everyone praising De Gea needs to get a grip. He might be a decent shot stopper but couldn't catch a cold. Get rid of that useless Rafael as well, can't defend to save his life."

  106. 0832: 

    England bowler Tim Bresnan will be out of action until the early summer after undergoing an elbow operation. The Yorkshire player will start six to eight weeks of rehabilitation before he can return.

  107. 0830: 

    BBC Sport's Iain Carter on Twitter: "15-year-old Lydia Ko shoots 10-under-par 63 in the first round of the Australian Open. Blogged on her after last week's win at NZ Open."

    You can read that blog on the BBC Sport website.

  108. 0828: 

    Warrington Wolves forward Ben Harrison undergoes a hernia operation and is out for between four and six weeks, head coach Tony Smith confirms.

  109. 0825: 

    South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee issues a statement following Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius's arrest over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend.

    "SASCOC, like the rest of the public, knows no more than what is in the public domain, which is that there has been an alleged fatal shooting on the basis of a mistaken identity and an apparent assumption of a burglary," the statement reads.

    "The organisation is in no position to comment on the incident other than to say our deepest sympathy and condolences have been expressed to the families of all concerned.

    "There is a police investigation, as is customary with any shooting incident, and it would be irresponsible and inappropriate to comment on the alleged incident until the official investigative process has been completed.

    "Our thoughts are with the respective families at this time."

  110. 0823: 

    Worcestershire sign Sri Lanka Test batsman Thilan Samaraweera as their overseas player for the 2013 season.

    The 36-year-old, who has played 81 Tests and 53 one-day internationals, will be able to play the entire county season because he has retired from one-day cricket for Sri Lanka.

    "Playing county cricket has always been one of my long-term career ambitions," he says. "I look forward to repaying Worcestershire's faith in me by making significant contributions on the field this season."

  111. 0820: 

    Savage also praises goalkeeper David de Gea but is much less complimentary about defender Rafael.

    "I think Sir Alex Ferguson has to look at right-back Rafael, who looked sloppy," says the former Wales international midfielder. "He was giving away silly free-kicks in dangerous positions and struggled up against Ronaldo.

    "Wayne Rooney, playing mainly on the right side, did not get back to give him much help, but Rafael needs to work harder."

  112. 0819: 

    Centre-back Nemanja Vidic may struggle to get his place back in Manchester United's side because of the form of Rio Ferdinand, believes BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage.

    "Rio Ferdinand has been rolling back the years. He has been so calm and so cultured," Savage tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He doesn't have the greatest of pace, but the way he and Jonny Evans defended the front post ensured Karim Benzema and his replacement Gonzalo Higuain didn't get a look in.

    "We saw on numerous occasions Ferdinand's experience, and how he is being overlooked by England is beyond me. You have to say that on the evidence of Ferdinand's performance in Madrid that Nemanja Vidic may struggle to get back into Manchester United's defence."

  113. 0818: 

    England wicketkeeper Matt Prior says players will become increasingly "frustrated" unless the England and Wales Cricket Board softens its stance towards the Indian Premier League.

    The ECB only allows England-contracted players to play half of the IPL season because of a clash with Tests, making them less attractive to franchises.

    The Sussex right-hander, who has gone unsold in the last two auctions, tells BBC Sport: "People love them and the players enjoy playing in them, so there are going to be more and more people getting frustrated at the lack of opportunity to play in the IPL. So things may have to change in time.

    "I know for a fact that players want to play in the IPL. You can't get away from the fact that there is an enormous amount of money at stake."

  114. 0817: 

    Today's planned race-meeting at Leicester is off because the course is waterlogged, but the fixture at Kelso goes ahead after it passed its early inspection.

  115. 0816: 

    "We came here to win this tournament and we haven't even reached the final," said England captain Charlotte Edwards after their Women's World Cup exit. "There's no excuses."

    BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt, who has been out in India covering the tournament, looks at where it all went wrong for England.

  116. 0815: 

    Here is the best of today's gossip column.

    Manchester City are ready to begin a £60m-plus overhaul of their squad with summer moves for Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 25, and Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama, 21. (Daily Mail)

    Barcelona boss Tito Vilanova has made Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz, 25, his number one summer target. (Daily Star)

    Sunderland are keen on Zambia international centre-half Stoppila Sunzu, 23, who is also attracting interest from Reading. (Sunderland Echo)

  117. 0812: 

    Manchester United's 1-1 away draw with Real Madrid gives them the edge in their Champions last 16 tie. Real had more chances but United's arguably were better - do you think it was a deserved draw?

    Should Cristiano Ronaldo have made more of his chances? How costly could Robin van Persie's squandered opportunity in the second half be?

    United only need a goalless draw at Old Trafford but Madrid boss Jose Mourinho thinks it is a "50-50" tie going into the second leg - do you agree with the Portuguese?

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday or comment at the bottom of the match report itself.

  118. 0811: 

    World number one Victoria Azarenka returns to action following her Australian Open triumph with a swift win over Switzerland's Romina Oprandi at the Qatar Open.

    The Belarusian could lose her world ranking to either Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova if she does not successfully defend the tournament she won last year.

  119. 0810: 

    World number one Mark Selby makes an early exit at the Welsh Open with a 4-0 first-round defeat by Joe Perry in Newport.

    "I knew I would have to play well today, although I was surprised that he didn't take his chances," says Perry.

    Judd Trump, the world number two, won the last three frames to beat Dominic Dale 4-3 in round one, and says: "Players are changing their game to play slower against me. Dominic was too slow for himself and it caught him out towards the end. He usually goes for his shots but he took no chances today."

  120. 0810: 

    The Olympic Stadium will host a dedicated day of Paralympic sport, as part of a three-day event one year on from the London 2012 opening ceremony.

    The Paralympic competition, from 26 to 28 July, will follow two days of Diamond League athletics to make up the London Anniversary Games.

    London mayor Boris Johnson says: "Now this anniversary celebration is complete with top international Paralympians set to join the party."

  121. 0807: 

    Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels hopes the authorities will take a lenient view of his latest dismissal.

    He was just returning from a four-game ban, having also served a three-match one earlier this season, in the 1-1 draw at Inverness when he was sent off again for kicking a bottle after conceding a late penalty.

    "There was a bottle lying on its belly and I stroked it - a beautiful piece of skill," Shiels says. "Neil Lennon kicked a bottle up here and he got off but I'm not Neil Lennon. Stevie Lomas kicked a bottle and got it rescinded as well."

  122. 0805: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho does not think Manchester United have any advantage going into the second leg after the 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu.

    A goalless draw at Old Trafford would see the Red Devils through to the quarter-finals.

    "Everything is open for the second leg and I think this will go to the last minute," the Portuguese said. "If you ask me for a percentage, it's 50/50. We can score more than one goal over there."

  123. 0804: 

    At least five people were killed and 12 injured when a plane carrying football fans to a Champions League tie attempted an emergency landing and caught fire in Donetsk, Ukraine.

    A minute's silence was held before the game between Shakhtar Donetsk and Borussia Dortmund, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

  124. 0803: 

    Rafael Nadal's doctor says the former world number one should be selective in the tournaments he plays on his return from tendonitis.

    The Spaniard lost Sunday's Chile Open final in his first event in eight months and doctor Angel Luiz Cotorro tells BBC Sport: "What you have to do in this case is select tournaments properly, enter the circuit progressively.

    "On clay, movements are less aggressive because of the possibility to skid, which helps the tendon to suffer less."

  125. 0802: 

    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson says David de Gea's fine shot-stopping display in the 1-1 draw at Real Madrid confirmed the 22-year-old goalkeeper's growing maturity.

    "David was excellent and produced three or four really top saves," says the Scot. "He's improving all the time. I'm pleased for the boy."

    Red Devils midfielder Ryan Giggs adds: "He is a top keeper and his shot stopping is second to none. He is maturing all the time and he has showed that. He has come to Madrid with a lot of pressure on him, being from Atletico, and he has produced the goods."

  126. 0801: 

    The biggest news of the morning is that South African media say Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been arrested over the fatal shooting of his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria.

    Police confirmed to local media that a woman - who died at the scene - was shot in the head and arm. The precise circumstances surrounding the incident are unclear. Reports say the 26-year-old may have mistaken her for a burglar.

    We will have updates during the day as the story develops.

  127. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday from the heart of BBC Sport in Salford Quays. We will look back on Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Real Madrid last night and as well as looking ahead to tonight's Europa League games for Liverpool, Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham and keeping on top of all of today's sports news.

    But before all that we will bring you any stories you may have missed overnight.

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