Sportsday - Friday 15 February 2013 as it happened

Build-up to the weekend's FA Cup ties, England Under-21's Uefa disciplinary appeal, plus Oscar Pistorius latest.

15 February 2013 Last updated at 19:04 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    That is it for another edition of Sportsday. Stay on the BBC Sport website for live text commentary of the weekend's FA Cup action, as well as the solitary Premier League fixture between Liverpool and Swansea.

    For cricket fans, there is also coverage of England's one-day match against New Zealand and the Women's World Cup final.

    Sportsday returns on Monday morning at 0800 GMT. Have a great weekend.

  2. 1857: 

    Lokomotiv Moscow coach and former West Ham defender Slaven Bilic defends Russian football, claiming that accusations of crowd trouble and racism are greatly exaggerated.

    "It's a very peaceful atmosphere at the stadiums," he tells the BBC's World Football programme.

  3. 1835: 

    The Democratic Republic of Congo announces its intention to bid to host the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Despite having twice won the trophy, the vast country has never staged the continent's greatest sporting event.

    "I handed the dossier to the Congolese federation which has already sent it to the Confederation of African Football," said sports minister Baudouin Banza Mukalay Nsungu.

    DR Congo joins five other nations to express an interest in hosting.

  4. 1825: 

    Serena Williams fights back from 1-4 down in the final set to beat Petra Kvitova 3-6 6-3 7-5 in Qatar, and the win ensures she will become the oldest woman's number one ever at 31 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

  5. 1820: 

    Bolton and United States midfielder Stuart Holden: "Much love and respect to my boy Robbie Rogers! Proud to be your friend bro."

  6. 1812: 

    Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova are locked at 5-5 in the final set of their quarter-final in Doha, with the American tantalisingly close to the win that will take her back to number one in the rankings.


    Jamie Matthews: "Gareth Bale's form is up there with Cristiano Ronaldo/Lionel Messi, it's their consistency that sets them apart. That's what Bale needs to be up there."

  8. 1756: 
    Jacques Kallis

    South Africa team manager Mohammad Moosajee says he had received a satisfactory explanation after Jacques Kallis was dismissed in controversial circumstances on the second day of the second Test against Pakistan.

    Kallis was given out for a catch by umpire Steve Davis, a decision the star batsman instantly sought a review of. Replays showed the ball had not touched the bat before looping to Azhar Ali but Kallis was given out leg before wicket after the sequence of events after that moment was not made clear in the replays.

    "All we did was seek clarity from the umpire, which we were happy with," Moosajee says. "The rule states that if an umpire has given a batsman out and the batsman appeals, he can be given out for something else."

  9. 1748: 

    On Sportsday tonight we hear from double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah, from the managers ahead of the weekend's FA Cup games, see Saracens' new artificial pitch and head to Atlantic City for boxer Gavin Rees' world title shot. There will also be highlights of wins for England's men and women cricketers.

    Watch the shows on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website at 1830 GMT.

  10. 1735: 

    American Robbie Rogers - who played for Leeds and Stevenage - reveals he is gay and is "stepping away" from football aged just 25.

    "My whole life I have felt different, different from my peers, even different from my family," he writes on his personal website. "Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay."

    Rogers won 18 caps as a winger for the United States, scoring two goals. He left Leeds by mutual consent last month.

  11. 1728: 

    Inter Milan confirm striker Diego Milito is out for the season with a knee injury.

    The Argentine - who scored both goals in the 2010 Champions League final - damaged his cruciate ligament just seven minutes into the first leg of a Europa League last 32 tie against CFR Cluj on Thursday.

    "I'll do everything I can to get back playing as soon as possible," he tells his club's website.

  12. 1718: 

    Fifa will discuss "concrete proposals" for combating racism over the next few months and plans to put them into effect in May.

    The proposals will be on the agenda when the governing body's executive committee next meet in March and will then be presented to the annual Congress in Mauritius in May which is expected to have the final say.

    "I am very pleased with the ideas that have evolved today and look forward to the deliberations with the executive committee next month," says Fifa president Sepp Blatter following a meeting of the strategic committee.

    "The aim is to present to the FIFA Congress in Mauritius in May concrete actions, as well as strong sanctions which will really have an impact."

  13. 1709: 

    Serena Williams will regain the number one ranking if she beats Petra Kvitova in Doha, but the American has been struggling on serve and Kvitova takes the first set 6-3.


    Daniel Cocks-Moran: "Only journalists have made the Gareth Bale/Lionel Messi/Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons, real fans know he's way off their level... At the moment!"

  15. 1651: 

    BBC's Mark Lawrenson is up against former Luton manager David Pleat in his weekly predictions - it's all about the FA Cup this week. Read their predictions on the BBC Football page.

  16. 1645: 

    Liverpool have forward Daniel Sturridge (thigh) and midfielder Philippe Coutinho (cup-tied for Europa League) back available for Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea at Anfield.

  17. 1641: 

    Athletics is back with a bang. BBC are broadcasting the indoor British Grand Prix this weekend. You can read Jonathan Edwards's preview on the website.

  18. 1638: 

    Leeds prop Brad Singleton, 20, who has returned from a loan spell at Wakefield, signs a dual-registration with Championship club Hunslet and will make his debut for them in Sunday's game against Dewsbury.

  19. 1634: 

    Hisham Habib: "Everyone is talking about Bale's free-kicks, but does anyone remember he missed an OPEN GOAL!!!"

    Omo Vee: "Gareth Bale has the potential to be better than Messi? Thiago Messi maybe"

    Debate the issues at #bbcsportsday

  20. 1629: 

    Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal takes five wickets to leave South Africa on 139-5 by the close on day two of the second Test. Earlier, the tourists were eventually bowled out for 338. The scorecard can be found on the BBC Cricket page.

  21. 1623: 
    Martin Dukurs

    Martin Dukurs wins his fourth successive skeleton overall title with his eighth World Cup victory of the season.

    The Latvian defeated world champion Alexander Tretjakov by 0.17 seconds in the first heat on the Sochi Olympics track to clinch his 25th career World Cup victory.

  22. 1615: 

    Leeds manager Neil Warnock on his team's chances of beating Manchester City in the FA Cup.

    "According to the bookies we're at 33-2 in a two-horse race," said the 64-year-old.

    "I don't think many people are going to put any money on us."

  23. 1609: 

    Unseeded Grigor Dimitrov fights back from a set down to beat Marcos Baghdatis 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-0) 6-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament.

  24. 1602: 
    Judd Trump

    Judd Trump, who has gone out before the last-16 stage in each of his last three major tournaments since winning the International Championship in China in November, tells BBC Sport Wales:

    "My game is steadily getting better. My safety was pretty good, but I still don't feel 100% in the balls. I am still thinking about it a bit too much.

    "Going out early in the last few tournaments means I have had to do a lot of practice on my own, so it is nice to get some match practice. It is pleasing that my safety is competing well against the top players because my scoring hasn't been that great this week.

    "Normally near the end of a frame I go on to clear up but I am nowhere near as confident as I was before Christmas."

  25. 1600: 

    Victoria Azarenka has beaten Sara Errani 6-2 6-2 to reach the semi-finals of the Qatar Open, but the Belarusian could be about to lose her number one ranking. Serena Williams is now on court against Petra Kvitova, and the American will reclaim top spot if she wins. Follow the latest score here.

  26. 1559: 

    Midfielder Fraser Aird, 18, becomes the latest Rangers player to commit his future to the club after signing a five-year deal.

  27. 1555: 

    BBC sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "The Football Association says it has had a fair hearing and an ample opportunity to present their case at Uefa appeal hearing in Nyon today. The FA delegation, including players Tom Ince and Stephen Caulker and Under-21 coach Stuart Pearce have left Uefa HQ, without hearing verdicts in the case which are now being considered by the appeals panel."

  28. 1553: 

    England's Judd Trump records a 5-2 win over Pankaj Advani in the last eight of the Welsh Open.

  29. 1547: 

    Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling explains why he quit Twitter.

    "I've deleted my Twitter and Facebook, and come off BBM," he told the club website.

    "I just need to get my head down, really, and concentrate on my football, start scoring goals, stuff like that.

    "I'm going to be more and more professional. I won't be back on there. Me and Twitter are finished"

  30. 1541: 

    Ireland centre Gordon D'Arcy has been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations with a foot injury.

    D'Arcy felt unease in the area following the game against England. The stress injury will require immobilisation in a boot for at least four weeks with a projected return to play of six weeks pending further tests and specialist review.

  31. 1536: 
    David Bentley

    Tottenham confirm that midfielder David Bentley has joined Championship side Blackburn until the end of the season.

    The 28-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan at Russian side FC Rostov.

  32. 1533: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist has no fresh injury worries ahead of their Third Division game against Clyde.

    Skipper Lee McCulloch, Francisco Sandaza, Ross Perry, Lewis Macleod and Kevin Kyle are still sidelined.

  33. 1529: 

    There is Super League commentary later on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with Warrington v Catalan Dragons. Programme starts at 1945 GMT.

  34. 1524: 

    Liverpool Football Club: "[Reds manager Brendan] Rodgers confirms Daniel Sturridge will be fit for the weekend."

  35. 1517: 

    St Johnstone skipper Dave Mackay is rated doubtful for Saturday's Premier League game against Ross County.

    The defender sat out Monday's win over Hibernian with a calf injury and could miss the trip.

  36. 1511: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes it is too premature to compare Tottenham's goalscoring winger Gareth Bale to the likes of Barcelona's Lionel Messi.

    The 23-year-old Wales international's two goals from free-kicks against Lyon on Thursday took his tally to seven goals in his last five matches for club and country.

    "Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to," he said.

    "However, Messi has won two or three Champions League, a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let's not go too quick. You are always very quick here, but let's slow down a little bit."

  37. 1505: 

    You can watch live snooker right now on the BBC Sport website with England's Judd Trump up against India's Pankaj Advani in the Welsh Open quarter-finals. Advani is the first Indian to reach the last eight of a world ranking tournament.

  38. 1459: 

    Kilmarnock welcome back James Fowler from suspension for their Premier League trip to face Hearts - but goalkeeper Cammy Bell is doubtful as he continues his recovery from a hip injury.

  39. 1452: 
    Maria Sharapova

    Russia's Maria Sharapova reaches the semi-finals of the Qatar Open with a 6-2 6-4 win over 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur.

  40. 1445: 

    Paul Denny: "Allcock and Bryant have to get a mention on great sporting partnerships! They were magic on the bowling green!"

    Ben Mitchell: "Biggest upset of the weekend to come at Huddersfield against Wigan methinks."

    Matt Hughes: "Can you please give a mention to the 9th tier Spennymoor Town v Darlington 1883 match which has a sellout crowd of 2,400."

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday

  41. 1441: 

    Fifa will pay $4.1m (£2.64m) in prize money to the Confederations Cup winner. Fifa says $20m (£12.9m) in total prize money will be shared among eight teams playing in June's World Cup warm-up event in Brazil.

  42. 1432: 

    Oscar Pistorius's training partner Martyn Rooney: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those involved. I will not be making any further comment on the events of this week and ask that this decision is respected."

  43. 1427: 

    Celtic have injury concerns ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Dundee United.

    Skipper Scott Brown (abductor) and defender Rami Gershon (thigh strain) are out while there are serious doubts over defender Mikael Lustig (thigh) and midfielder Victor Wanyama (swollen ankle).

  44. 1424: 
    Cian Healy

    Ireland prop Cian Healy will not be involved in Leinster's RaboDirect Pro12game against Treviso in Dublin on Saturday.

    Healy received a three-week ban after being cited for stamping on England prop Dan Cole during last weekend's Six Nations clash.

  45. 1420: 

    BBC Radio Lancashire: "We understand that David Bentley is close to returning to Blackburn Rovers on loan from Tottenham."

  46. 1417: 

    The answer to the BBC Question of Sport teaser is: Senna, Fangio, Piquet, Brabham, Fittipaldi, Andretti, Reutemann, Jones, J Villeneuve, Barrichello, Massa and Scheckter.

  47. 1415: 

    BBC sports news correspondent Gordon Farquhar: "Stuart Pearce has left the Uefa hearing without comment. Players Ince and Caulker are parties in the case and are still in hearing."

  48. 1412: 

    Staying with the FA Cup. BBC Sport's Chris Bevan spoke to Joe Royle this week ahead of the FA Cup tie between Oldham and Everton. Royle managed both clubs.

    Read the piece on the BBC Football page.

  49. 1407: 

    Meanwhile, Mancini is also wary of Leeds boss Neil Warnock's influence.

    "He is a top manager with big experience," said the Italian. "My team faced him last year when he was at QPR. They were a big problem - we won 3-2 in London. He knows his football very well."

  50. 1400: 

    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini refuses to concede the Premier League title race is over, despite Manchester United holding a 12-point lead over his side.

    "We have 12 games to do our best, we don't look at the table, this is not important now," the Italian said in his media conference ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie against Leeds. "We have a good team. We do not think like this [that the title is over]. Never, we always think we can do everything."

  51. 1356: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says the club will seek "clarification" from Uefa on the refereeing in Tuesday's Champions League defeat by Juventus.

    Juventus and Celtic players constantly clashed at the Scottish side's set-pieces, with Spanish referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco refusing to award a penalty. "We will compile a DVD, send it to Uefa and see what kind of answers we get," says Lennon.

  52. 1349: 

    Your comments on England's storming 10-wicket win over New Zealand in the deciding Twenty20 international:

    Garry Pearce: "From toothless to ruthless in three days is quite a turnaround. That said this series highlights the flaw in the T20 format as not a single close game despite a 2-1 result. Once you get on a roll or start a slide not enough time to reverse it."

    Rich: "That's what you call a stuffing. Fantastic shot by Lumb to win it too."

    SwissWill: "Very well played England - great team performance! In Twenty20 you win some/lose some; can have a bad day or good day and that includes Broad."

  53. 1345: 

    Ulster make six changes to their starting XV for Friday's Pro12 League game against Zebre.

    Ireland internationals Declan Fitzpatrick, Iain Henderson and Chris Henry come straight back into the side after being released by their national boss Declan Kidney.

  54. 1341: 

    United States' Ted Ligety wins the men's giant slalom at the Alpine skiing world championships in Austria.

    Austria's Marcel Hirscher finishes second, with Manfred Moelgg of Italy claiming third.

  55. 1337: 

    United States' 100m silver medallist Carmelita Jeter, who also competes in this weekend's British Grand Prix, says she is in "shock" over Oscar Pistorius's murder charge.

    "I've seen Oscar time to time at track meets and he seems a very nice guy," says Jeter. "I don't really know the situation or what actually happened, but I do give my condolences to the families."

  56. 1332: 

    Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who won 100m gold and 200m silver at the London 2012 Olympic Games, expresses her shock at Oscar Pistorius being charged over the murder of his girlfriend.

    "I couldn't believe it," says Fraser-Pryce, who competes in this weekend's British Grand Prix in Birmingham. "I don't know what happened because I'm just hearing what the news has to say, I've not heard what he has to say.

    "I wouldn't want to be in his situation, but I hope that, at the end of it all, justice will prevail."

  57. 1327: 

    Oldham midfielder Lee Croft says his side will dedicate any FA Cup success against Everton to former manager Paul Dickov.

    Dickov led the Latics to a giantkilling victory over Liverpool in the third round, before leaving the League One club just a week later.

    "There isn`t a player in the squad who wasn't gutted when the gaffer left, he had a lot of respect for the lads and ultimately it was down to us," says Croft. "Hopefully we can get another good result against Everton like we did against Liverpool and dedicate it to him."

  58. 1321: 

    Ben Mitchell: "Re 1212. Biggest upset of the weekend to come at Huddersfield against Wigan methinks."

  59. 1317: 

    Blackburn Rovers boss Michael Appleton says this weekend's trip to Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round is a welcome break from the Championship club's league campaign.

    "It does give us an opportunity to enjoy the match more than we would in a normal league game," says Appleton. "But I don't think you can relax too much going to the Emirates against an Arsenal side."

  60. 1313: 

    Wales scrum-half Lloyd Williams agrees a new three-year deal with Cardiff Blues.

    "Lloyd is vitally important to the squad, we build a team around people like him," says Blues director of rugby Phil Davies.

    His brother, full-back Tom, also agrees to stay with the Welsh regional side until 2016.

  61. 1308: 

    Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson expects a big impact from new signing Ukuma Ta'ai - but warns fans to be patient with the Tongan international.

    The back-row forward, 26, made his Super League debut in the Giants' 34-6 win over London Broncos, despite having only arrived in England five days earlier. He missed the whole of Huddersfield's pre-season after red tape held up his move.

    "All the hype around him coming built an aura of expectation from him and we saw that, once he is fully fit, he will be a handful. We've just got to be patient for now and keep improving his physicality day to day because he's bigger than a Christmas turkey at the moment."

  62. 1303: 

    League One strugglers Bury sign former Hull and Derby striker Craig Fagan, who was a free agent, until the end of the season.

    Peterborough striker Jonson Clarke-Harris also joins the Shakers on loan until May.

  63. 1259: 

    Brazil's Adilson Da Silva takes control at the midway point of the second day of the Africa Open after he shoots a four-under-par round of 68.

    Da Silva, who carded an opening round of 62, moves ahead of overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl following a lengthy delay due to strong winds on the East London course.

  64. 1253: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirms he will make changes for Monday's FA Cup fifth round tie against Reading.

    Javier Hernandez, Ashley Young and Nani could all be handed starts at Old Trafford, with skipper Nemanja Vidic also primed for a recall.

  65. 1248: 

    More from the statement issued by Oscar Pistorius's family and management company: "He has made it very clear that he would like to send his deepest sympathies to the family of Reeva.

    "He would also like to express his thanks for all the messages of support he has received - but as stated our thoughts and prayers today should be for Reeva and her family - regardless of the circumstances of this terrible, terrible tragedy."

  66. 1245: 

    Oscar Pistorius disputes the allegation that he murdered girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp "in the strongest terms", says the athlete's family and management company.

  67. 1242: 

    Everton manager David Moyes should have defender Sylvain Distin fit again for Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Oldham.

    Distin pulled out of Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United just before kick-off through illness, but is poised to return to the squad at Boundary Park. Striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt with a knock sustained at Old Trafford.

  68. 1237:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    "Everton boss David Moyes says he's now unlikely to make decision on whether to sign a new contract at the club until the end of the season. Everton - however - may feel they are within their rights to at least ask for a private declaration of some intent before then.

    "Tough one for Moyes as unlikely to ever get massive transfer budget at Everton - but where will he find club that gives him such control?"

  69. 1233: 

    Championship hopefuls Blackburn Rovers sign Manchester City defender Karim Rekik on loan for the remainder of the season.

    The 18-year-old, who made his Premier League debut for City in December, played eight games under Rovers boss Michael Appleton in a loan spell at Portsmouth last season.

  70. 1229: 

    Kevin Jones: "Can Leeds, Luton or Oldham pull off shocks? They can but won't!"

  71. 1226: 

    McLaren become the first motorsport organisation to receive the FIA Institute's environmental award for the achievement of excellence.

    The governing body has introduced the award as part of FIA president Jean Todt's efforts to help the sport become greener and reduce its environmental impact.

  72. 1222: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott says he intends to fully utilise his squad for Monday's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Manchester United.

    Forwards Adam Le Fondre and Noel Hunt are back in contention after coming off the bench in last week's Premier League defeat at Stoke.

  73. 1217: 

    Birmingham City manager Lee Clark drops Nikola Zigic from his squad after claiming the Serbian striker shows a lack of effort by the striker in training.

    "I've finished training absolutely disgusted. I can't just sit and take that, the fans need to know," says Clark. "They pay his wages and what he dished up is the worst effort I've seen in 25 years of professional football."

  74. 1212: 

    Joshua Kleiman: "Another giant killing at Oldham! Beware Everton beware."

    Morgan Murray: "I think Luton can cause an upset again. Come on Luton!"

    Max Seitler: "Leeds to cause another upset against a Manchester team in the FA Cup like in 2010."

    Do you agree with these guys? Can either Oldham, Leeds or Luton cause an FA Cup upset this weekend? Or will all the big teams breeze through to the next round? Tell us your thoughts using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  75. 1208: 

    As you can see in the video at the top of this page, Blackpool's Tom Ince looks smart as he arrives at an appeal in Nyon into the punishments handed out by Uefa to England and Serbia players for their behaviour during an Under-21 match in October last year.

    However, BBC Sport's Gordon Farquhar reveals Ince had to make an early shopping trip to a Nyon clothes store this morning, as the bag carrying his suit failed to make his connecting flight.

    "Keen not to appear in front of Uefa's appeals panel in a pair of jeans and a hoodie, the 21-year-old winger was outside the shop at opening time in order to get properly kitted out," says Gordon. "It's understood the FA's credit card got a bit of a hammering."

  76. 1202: 

    Gavin Rees challenges Adrien Broner for the American's WBC lightweight title in a fight few expect the Welshman to win.

    However, it has has been done before. On 27 September 1986, Lloyd Honeyghan upset the odds with victory over American sensation Donald Curry. Honeyghan tells BBC Sport's Ben Dirs how it was done.

  77. 1157: 

    American Ted Ligety looks set for a third gold medal at the Alpine skiing world championships following an excellent first run in the giant slalom.

    The defending champion charged down the course in one minute 13.14 seconds, with Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal taking second place 1.30 behind.

  78. 1152: 

    South Africa paceman Vernon Philander completes the ninth five-wicket haul of his young career as Pakistan are bowled out for 338 on the second morning of the second Test in Cape Town.

    Philander, who finished with figures of 5-59, continues his stunning start to a Test career that is still only 15 matches old.

  79. 1147: 

    Arsenal will check on the fitness of captain Thomas Vermaelen (ankle), midfielder Jack Wilshere (thigh) and defender Laurent Koscielny (calf) ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn at Emirates Stadium.

    Full-back Carl Jenkinson is suspended after being sent off in last weekend's Premier League win at Sunderland. Ivory Coast forward Gervinho could be back in contention after returning from the African Nations Cup.

  80. 1142: 

    BBC Sport's Alison Mitchell: "Well done England men in New Zealand and women at #wwc13 on wins today. Third wasn't what the women came for, but watch out the Aussies this summer!"

  81. 1137: 

    Swansea defender Chico Flores will miss Saturday's Premier League trip to Liverpool after rupturing ankle ligaments against QPR.

    Kyle Bartley or club captain Garry Monk are likely to step into the Spaniard's shoes and stake a claim for a place ahead of the League Cup final on 24 February.

  82. 1132: 

    BBC's Match of the Day: "Because of the FA Cup there's no Match of the Day this Saturday, but we do have a MOTD2 presented from Anfield. Sunday, 11.05pm, BBC One."

  83. 1128: 

    Skipper Stuart Broad says England's 10-wicket win over New Zealand in their Twenty20 decider was the "most powerful" performance he has seen from his team.

    "The result, and the way we adapted to the conditions with the ball, was brilliant," says Broad. "The fielding was strong as well, catches being held. It was a pretty perfect performance really."

  84. 1124: 

    Team news is starting to break from the pre-match media conferences ahead of the weekend's FA Cup ties, so let's switch our attention to the famous competition.

    There are a number of ties which can be marked as potential 'cupsets' - so where do you think the fifth-round shocks will happen? Can non-league Luton claim another notable scalp when they host Millwall? Will Championship side Leeds stun Premier League champions Manchester City? Or can Brentford squeeze past illustrious West London neighbours Chelsea in their fourth-round clash? Also, there is Oldham who are aiming for a Merseyside double when they entertain Everton.

    Let us know your thoughts using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  85. 1119: 

    Former England and Scotland coach Andy Robinson is set to be appointed director of rugby at Championship side Bristol.

    The 48-year-old quit his role with Scotland in November after a disappointing autumn series. It is believed he will be unveiled by Bristol at a news conference on Monday.

  86. 1115: 

    Wigan are set to welcome back several players back from injury for Sunday's FA Cup fifth-round clash at Huddersfield.

    Latics boss Roberto Martinez suggests defenders Antolin Alcaraz, Emmerson Boyce and Adrian Lopez, along with winger Ryo Miyaichi, may return at the John Smith's Stadium.

  87. 1111: 

    Our friends from Question of Sport have provided another sporting teaser to get your minds ticking. Here's today's #QSTeaser.

    Name the twelve non-European drivers that have won 10 or more Formula One Grand Prix?

    Tell us your answers using the #QSTeaser hashtag on Twitter. We will reveal the identity of the dozen drivers around 14:00 GMT.

  88. 1107: 

    Colombia's Mariajo Uribe holds a one-stroke lead at the midway point of the Ladies Australian Open.

    Uribe carded a bogey-free six-under par 67 to go with her opening round 64 at the Royal Canberra Golf Club to move 15 under, ahead of impressive 15-year-old New Zealand amateur Lydia Ko.

    Ko followed her brilliant opening-round 63 with a 69 to sit 14 under, where she is joined by world number eight Jiyai Shin of Japan.

  89. 1104: 

    We do have some more cheerful news from the world of athletics for you. Double Olympic champion Mo Farah has been chatting to Steve Cram at his training base in Kenya - and there's a lovely video to watch.

    Farah, 29, is competing in the 3,000m at the British Grand Prix on Saturday.

  90. 1049: 

    There we have it. England's women have beaten New Zealand by four wickets to take third place in the World Cup. The West Indies and Australia contest the final on Sunday.

  91. 1042: 
    Oscar Pistorius

    This photograph from inside the court in Pretoria shows Oscar Pistorius's reaction to the murder charges he is now facing.

    The BBC's Andrew Harding was at the 45-minute court hearing this morning. He said Pistorius cut a lonely figure as he sat listening to the hearing, sobbing through closed hands.

    The prosecution and defence agreed to postpone the bail hearing until next Tuesday and Wednesday to give both sides a chance to prepare a case for bail.

    Pistorius's relatives were in court for the hearing and touched his shoulder as he left the hearing to return to the police cells.

    When asked if Pistorius would plead innocent, Harding said: "Until we hear the affidavit read out by his defence we won't know for sure but people connected to his legal team say that is what Pistorius is going to do. He will say it's a tragic, accidental shooting.

    "The prosecution has a very different take on events - and both teams will spend the next few days strengthening their case."

  92. 1025: 

    It could be a very good day for England's cricketers as England's women are inching towards victory over New Zealand in the World Cup third place play-off in Mumbai.

    A century from skipper Charlotte Edwards has helped England to 202-6 as they chase down a target of 221. Edwards guides a single through mid-wicket for her eighth ODI hundred and second of the tournament.

  93. 1021: 

    Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The Olympic and Paralympic athlete broke down in tears when the charge was read out in court in Pretoria.

    The bail hearing has been postponed until next week and Pistorius will remain in custody in a police station.

    South African prosecutors will argue that Pistorius committed premeditated murder but his lawyers are expected to argue that the fatal shooting was an accident.

  94. 1009: 

    There's some interesting news in the world of Formula 1 where McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh - who is also chairman of the F1 teams' association (Fota) - reckons seven of the 11 teams on the grid are struggling financially.

    "We're in the world of advertising and you only have to see how advertising is worldwide," Whitmarsh said. "We have taken some measures, but I think it's going to be tough for some."

  95. 1000: 

    The magistrate has ruled that TV cameras won't be allowed to broadcast the hearing in South Africa where Oscar Pistorius has been charged with murder this morning.

    The BBC's Africa correspondent Andrew Harding says the athlete's defence lawyer cites Pistorius has an "extremely traumatised state of mind".

    This photograph of Pistorius was taken as he made his way to court this morning.

    Oscar Pistorius arrives at court in Pretoria Oscar Pistorius hides as he arrives at court in Pretoria
  96. 0955: 

    What news on Paul Scholes's knee injury you might ask? Here's Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson with the answers.

    "We have tried another treatment during the week," said Ferguson. "He will probably be back in another couple of weeks."

    By they way, Man Utd face Reading in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday.

  97. 0952: 

    The sports news is coming thick and fast now. How about some cycling?

    Team Sky has tweeted the latest on Chris Froome's progress in the Tour of Oman. "Take a bow! Froomey wins stage five of the Tour of Oman to extend his race lead! What a HUGE performance!"

  98. 0947: 
    FA CUP

    Chelsea meet Brentford in the FA Cup fourth-round replay on Sunday.

    David Luiz, Demba Ba, Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel are available after missing the Europa League win at Sparta Prague. Skipper John Terry is also in line for a recall as he continues his comeback from a knee injury while Ashley Cole could feature after a cold.

  99. 0940: 

    Oscar Pistorius has appeared in court and has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The BBC's Andrew Harding is tweeting from inside the court.

    He says: "Pistorius enters in grey suit and blue shirt. Grim faced. Pistorius faces forward. Standing. Hands to face and tears flow as prosecutor says "murder". Magistrate tells Pistorius to take seat. He does so. Head forward. Breathing heavily through tears. Hands clenched. Muscles in neck twitch. Now head in hands. Lonely figure in crowded court."

  100. 0932: 
    FA CUP

    There are four FA Cup fifth-round matches on Saturday: Luton v Millwall, Arsenal v Blackburn, MK Dons v Barnsley and Oldham v Everton.

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already been talking this morning about his team's tie with Blackburn. "We are favourites," the official Arsenal Twitter quoted Wenger saying. There's some team news too: "Koscielny, Vermaelen, Wilshere all face fitness tests. Jack is 50:50, Vermaelen 90:10."

  101. 0922: 

    Ahmed Nisar: "It was like net practice for England, smashed NZ all over the place. England to win the Test series and ODI series."

    Keep sending in your thoughts on England stylishly wrapping up their Twenty20 series win over New Zealand.

  102. 0913: 

    Here's more from the BBC's Andrew Harding in South Africa:

    "We have to be careful with all this but a lot of people were saying this is a man who wasn't just a success story, he had a darker side, a big temper and an interest in firearms.

    "Oscar Pistorius's family, his father, his sister and aunt are in the court waiting for him to appear. His laywers will argue that it was an accidental killing - that Oscar Pistorius is traumatised and should be bailed but the prosecution will argue the opposite."

  103. 0909: 

    The hearing has yet to begin at the magistrates court in Pretoria where Paralympic and Olympic star Oscar Pistorius is facing murder charges. There have been live pictures of the public gallery on the BBC News Channel.

    Graham Joffe, a friend of Pistorius, has also spoken to BBC News saying: "Success and money has changed a lot of people - and I think Oscar Pistorius became a very different person to the one he was 12 years ago."

  104. 0902: 

    There's a hearing at Uefa HQ today into the bans given to England Under-21 players Tom Ince and Steven Caulker.

    The pair were handed suspensions after an on-the-field brawl sparked by alleged racist chants from Serbian fans towards England players during a match in October.

    A snowy scene at Uefa headquarters in Geneva

    The BBC's Sports News correspondent Gordon Farquhar is in Switzerland and says on Twitter: "Early morning snow lying at Uefa HQ to greet the FA as they try and fight sanctions from U-21 game v Serbia. Tom Ince first to arrive for the appeal hearing into the sanctions."

  105. 0841: 

    There's always time for some football gossip.

    Among Friday's gems is the news that Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is interested in signing Roma's Argentine forward Erik Lamela, 20, and Brazilian centre back Marquinhos, 18. (Daily Mail)

    Arsenal will sign Spain international David Villa, 31, in the summer if they meet Barcelona's £17m asking price. (talkSPORT)

    Winger Ryan Giggs says England manager Roy Hodgson is making a massive mistake by ignoring his Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand, 34. (Daily Star)

  106. 0837: 

    Please do give us your reaction to England's dominant victory over New Zealand in the Twenty20. How does it set England up for the one-day internationals and Tests against New Zealand to come?

    Send us your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  107. 0833: 

    A storming victory for England in their final Twenty20 match against New Zealand. Stuart Broad's men have won by 10 wickets - taking just 12.4 overs to see off the Black Caps.

    Michael Lumb cracked a massive six to take the score to 143-0 and win the match. He was unbeaten on 53 while opening pal Alex Hales finished on 80 not out.

    And that's a 2-1 Twenty20 series win for England too.

  108. 0828: 

    Football fans fear not, you're not being neglected. There's plenty to love about the Valentine's Night Europa League action. Gareth Bale set Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas's heart fluttering with his double against Lyon while Oscar sparked some life into Chelsea's campaign against Sparta Prague.

    But it was unlucky for Liverpool who lost out to Zenit St Petersburg in their first-leg tie while Newcastle were held to a goalless draw by Metalist Kharkiv in the last 32.

  109. 0816: 

    Meanwhile, in Mumbai England's women are chasing 221 runs as they attempt to beat New Zealand and take third place in the women's World Cup.

    Amy Satterthwaite added 85 runs for New Zealand while England spinner Holly Colvin finished her bowling spell with figures of 3-31. A long way to go in this match as England set about their reply.

  110. 0811: 

    It's the deciding international Twenty20 match between England and New Zealand in Wellington. The Black Caps made 139-8 leaving England with a decent target for a series win.

    England skipper Stuart Broad led from the front taking three wickets while Yorkshire youngster Joe Root took a wicket on his return to the side. Only opener Martin Guptill stayed long enough to put up any defence, scoring 59 for New Zealand.

    England are chasing the home side's total as I type.

  111. 0802: 

    Oscar Pistorius arrived at a court in South Africa this morning to face murder charges. The 26-year-old athlete was arrested yesterday after his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed at his home in Pretoria.

    The BBC's Andrew Harding was outside court: "Oscar Pistorius arrived here in a police van, keeping his face carefully hidden behind a jacket and his notepad. It is not clear when he will appear before the magistrates.

    "Today the issue is about bail. Oscar Pistorius's team will argue he's not a flight risk and that he has been traumatised by the events. But we're expecting the prosecutors to say he's a dangerous man and that he committed murder."

  112. 0800: 

    Morning everyone and welcome to another sporting day. England have not one but two cricket teams playing New Zealand this morning. We'll keep you up to date on the latest scores from the third men's international Twenty20 in Wellington and the women's World Cup third place play-off.

    But first there is more news from South Africa where Paralympic and Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has arrived in court in Pretoria to face murder charges.

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