Sportsday - Tuesday 19 February 2013 as it happened

Oscar Pistorius's court appearance, Champions League build-up, and F1 testing in Spain.

19 February 2013 Last updated at 18:50 GMT

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  1. 1847: 

    That is it for another day of Sportsday Live, but keep up to date with all the latest from an intriguing Champions League tie between Arsenal and Bayern Munich on the BBC Sport website. Thanks for your company and see you back here for more at 0800 GMT on Wednesday.

  2. 1834: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster on naming an unchanged 23-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations match against France at Twickenham: "We've had 30 plus guys pushing hard for selection this week, which is what we want. We had to make some close calls but the team did very well in Ireland so we've gone with the same squad against France. We are looking forward to getting back to Twickenham against what I am sure will be a highly motivated French team."

  3. 1831: 

    England announce an unchanged 23-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations match against France at Twickenham. Head coach Stuart Lancaster has kept faith with the same squad who were involved in the narrow victory over Ireland in Dublin nine days ago. Lancaster will announce his starting XV on Thursday. Wasps back row forward Billy Vunipola hurt his ankle in training on Tuesday and is amongst the players returning to their clubs.

  4. 1821: 

    Floyd Mayweather confirms he will next face Mexican welterweight Robert Guerrero, clearing the way for Sheffield fighter Kell Brook to re-organise his world title tilt clash with Devon Alexander.

  5. 1817: 

    West Ham co-chairman David Gold insists he is fully behind manager Sam Allardyce. Paolo Di Canio's exit from Swindon, and West Ham's dip in form, had led to speculation that Gold and his partner David Sullivan were thinking of bringing the Hammers icon in to replace Allardyce at the end of the season.

    But Gold has tweeted: "Always interesting to see the different opinions from people on twitter. My view is clear though - Big Sam is our man! dg.


    Can Arsenal bounce back from Saturday's surprise FA Cup exit against Blackburn by defeating Bayern Munich in the Champions League?

    Sean Baxter: "After all the hype about the Arsenal-Bayern, I can guarantee it will be 0-0."

    Moe Almntz: "At this stage last season, Chelsea were outside 4th spot and facing Napoli. Won 4-1 at home and took cup home. Arsenal's turn."

    Rishi Patel on Twitter: "Teams fighting for fourth place in England often make the final, Liverpool 05, Arsenal 06, Chelsea 12. Don't rule anything out."

  7. 1801: 

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "Jockey Martin Dwyer is to appear at an inquiry in India on Sunday after the defeat into third place of his mount Ice Age, a favourite, in Mumbai last weekend. A newspaper in the city has reported that Dwyer, the respected winner of the Epsom Derby and Oaks, had to flee a slogan-chanting mob of punters after the horse was beaten."

  8. 1758: 

    Disability sport will recover from the shock of Oscar Pistorius's murder arrest, says International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven. ""This is something over time we will get over," Craven said. "We will move forward with our job of promoting the Paralympic movement and letting our athletes perform."

  9. 1748: 

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "Jockey Martin Dwyer to appear at inquiry, Sunday in Mumbai, India after defeat of mount Ice Age (3rd when fav) at Mahalaxmi r/c last w/end."

  10. 1746: 

    Aberdeen midfielder Isaac Osbourne, 26, suffers another major injury setback after a scan shows a hamstring tear which could sideline him for at least six weeks.

  11. 1736: 

    Manager Paul Buckle leaves Luton Town "by mutual consent". Buckle steered the Conference club to the fifth round of the FA Cup but the Hatters, who are away to Macclesfield on Tuesday, are eighth in the table, 14 points adrift of automatic promotion.

    A statement on the Luton website says: "It is with much regret we announce, by mutual consent, and as a result of genuine personal circumstances unrelated to his tenure as manager of Luton Town, Paul Buckle has, with immediate effect, parted company with the football club."


    Arsenal v Bayern Munich is little over two hours away from starting. Let us know how you think the Gunners will get on at #bbcsportsday

    Mika4Life! "What Arsenal's missing besides the obvious positions is a leader, a real captain that can lead them to victory."

    John Mak: "#AFC given their character coupled with #JackWilshere's form will humble Bayern Munich 2-1 in a thriller."

    Pavanjit Nijjer on Twitter: "Man for man, stat for stat and trophy for trophy there is no doubt Bayern Munich are the better team. But this is a cup match."

  13. 1717: 

    Bath announce the signings of Australia's Leroy Houston and Argentina Test prop Juan Pablo Orlandi. Houston, 26, will move to the Recreation Ground from French club Colomiers. And Orlandi, 29, will arrive in the west country from Paris-based Racing Metro, where he has spent the last three seasons.

  14. 1714: 

    Sir Dave Brailsford sees the World Track Championships, which start in Minsk on Wednesday, as a chance for new British talent to break through. Britain's squad for this week's event in Minsk contains several new names in the absence of Olympians Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton.

    "There is a changing of the guard if you like," said Brailsford. "Young, aspiring riders have their opportunity to become the leaders of the team. That's what we are seeing in Becky James' case and in other areas." Coverage: BBC Two, Red Button, Radio 5 live Sports Extra and online text commentaries.

  15. 1708: 

    Philippe Saint-Andre says France are treating Saturday's Six Nations clash with England at Twickenham as their "Grand Slam" match. Defeats to Italy and Wales have left the pre-tournament favourites in disarray with Saint-Andre himself under attack over selection and tactics. "England can be our Grand Slam. They're in a state of euphoria," the France head coach said.

    "Everybody sees them winning the Grand Slam, everybody sees us taking the wooden spoon. We will need to bring enthusiasm and confidence into the game. We will not beat England by doing nothing. Going to Twickenham is a fantastic challenge."

  16. 1702: 

    Catalan Dragons' Australian scrum-half Scott Dureau is to resume playing after having a tumour removed from behind his eye.

    "Scott will be back with us and it's a good news for him and the team," said Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous.

    "The aim of the process is for Scott to play again but the exact date of his return to the competition is yet to be determined."


    Charlie: "Arsenal can't win tonight just as Blackburn couldn't win on Saturday..."

    karthik:"We beat RM with back line Eboue/Toure/ Sendoros. we can beat bayern over two legs with the current team."

    Fahad Khan: "Please remember Arsenal beat Barca at the Emirates even when they were not having a good league run. Give them some chance."

  18. 1652: 

    Great Britain are sending a six-strong team to the International Paralympic Committee World Ski Championships in La Molina this week.

    Sit-skiers Mick Brennan, Anna Turney and Tim Farr are joined by James Whitley and Jade Etherington, with guide John Clarke, for the event that is the biggest competition before the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

  19. 1645: 

    Andrew Driver might be on his way out of Hearts with MLS side Houston Dynamo keen on siging him.

    Hearts first-team coach Gary Locke tells Hearts TV: "There's a possibility that Andrew could be leaving. We are still waiting to find out what the situation is."


    Liam Prince: "As soon as people call for Wenger to go after a rubbish result he pulls a big win out the bag, same to happen tonight?!"

    Dan Gray: "Who can rationally think Arsenal can beat Bayern? Probably only Arsene Wenger..but football is unpredictable."

    Anmol Chibber: "Worried for Arsenal. This is a real men vs boys game and there is no chance of Bayern not turning up - c'mon they're German!"

  21. 1636: 

    Good news for Irish rugby fans with both Brian O'Driscoll and Sean O'Brien expected to be fit for the trip to Scotland on Sunday.

    Team manager Mick Kearney says: "Brian and Sean trained this morning and are expected to be fully involved for the rest of the week."

  22. 1634: 

    Under-fire Pat McQuaid insists he is not considering his future as president of the International Cycling Union despite the criticism aimed at him over the Lance Armstrong scandal.

    The World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency are critics.

    But McQuaid says: "It is difficult dealing with something which happened 15 years ago. It's a long time ago.

    "The landscape was different then to what it is today. We have to get through it and look forward. That's what the UCI is doing."


    temesgen mez: "If wenger drops Giroud and plays Walcott as a striker we will have a chance."

    yappinggooner: "As an Arsenal fan my confidence reminds me of that irrational confidence I had when England played Germany in the World Cup."

    BSA On Point: "Resilience should define #arsenal character today. The team possess the capacity to defeat any opponent."

  24. 1622: 

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg sets the pace at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on the first day of the second pre-season test.

    The German was just 0.007 seconds faster than Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was third, 0.336secs off the pace, and just 0.013secs quicker than world champion Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull.

    Pastor Maldonado's Williams was fifth fastest on its first day of testing but more than a second off the pace.


    Glenn Tosek: "Just leaving uni in Southampton, on my way to the Emirates! Expect a cracking atmosphere and a 2-0 win for Arsenal! Believe!"

    ShaunHunter: "People have to remember we have welcomed barca twice and Milan in recent season to the emirates, none have left with wins."

    Ralph Brooker: "Hope Arsenal can capitalise on 1st-leg home advantage and prevent BM scoring. But is AW in the best frame of mind to prepare?"

  26. 1618: 
    Adrian Morley Warrington skipper Adrian Morley is out for two months after surgery on a torn bicep.
  27. 1613: 

    England and Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell continues to chalk up the plaudits!

    He is today named as the Premiership Rugby Player of the Month for January.


    Syed Zarar: "Arsenal need to recall the forgotten man for today if they are to stand any chance against Bayern; Tomas Rosicky."

    Tom: "No. Not good defensively, and the likes of Robben and Ribery will exploit Arsenal's weaknesses. Goals galore!"

    Jonty Farmer: "#AFC wont be able to cope with Mandzukic and Kroos up front against Mertesacker."

  29. 1609: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan is at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk.

    He says: "British Cycling performance director Dave Brailsford not in Minsk. Team for World Champs being led by head coach Shane Sutton."

  30. 1605: 

    Leeds coach Brian McDermott reckons playing on their home turf of Headingley will add to his players' excitement of facing Australian champions Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge match on Friday.

    He says: "Headingley is a special place to play. To play in front of a full house is brilliant and to be playing one of the best teams the NRL has produced means it's a special occasion.

    "You feel very humbled when you are involved in these games."

  31. 1559: 

    Justin Rose reckons the seedings are no guide to who will challenge for the trophy at this week's Accenture Match Play Championship in Tucson

    Fifth seed Rose says: "If you look at tennis the top four seeds seem to advance to the semis at every grand slam.

    "If the top four advanced to the semis here we'd all be in disbelief. It simply doesn't happen."


    Stephen Gilliland: "No reason why arsenal shouldn't beat Bayern on paper they're a good enough team just haven't clicked for some reason."

    Sam Ellison: "Very important to not concede first , if Bay don't score then job done but if munich score early it could be a rout."

    Jeffrey: "Personally, I feel Bayern have more quality in midfield with Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteigger!"

  33. 1554: 

    England prop Andrew Sheridan extends his contract with French Top 14 side Toulon by a year until 2015

    Sheridan, 33, has 40 England caps to his name.

  34. 1547: 

    Williams and Caterham have been told by Formula 1's governing body, the FIA, that it considers the exhaust designs on their cars to be illegal, reports BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson.

    The two teams have added extra bodywork rear of the exhaust to help enhance the way the gases work for aerodynamic effect, a key F1 technology.

    But the FIA has told both teams it believes the designs contravene the rules governing bodywork in that area.


    John Woollard: "Arsenal's creating is great with Cazorla, Wilshere & Walcott but the defence is awful so Bayern will win comfortably."

    Ali Nomi: "Really expecting a positive response from Arsenal tonight against the Bavarians. Wilshere to have a monster of a game!"

    Tim Creak: "Bayern Munich have conceded just 7 league goals in 22 games this season and 7 goals in CL group stage. Good luck Arsenal!"

  36. 1540: 

    Joey Barton has mocked David Beckham's playing ability ahead of the Ligue 1 clash between his Marseille side and the former England captain's PSG team.

    He says: "PSG have lots of big names and great players. Beckham is a big star off the pitch but on the pitch, to be honest, he's not a major worry.

    "He triggers a lot less fear than when he was playing in the Premier League."

  37. 1535: 

    Into the last 40 minutes of pre-season testing in Barcelona and the quick laps are starting to come in. First, Sebastian Vettel is out on the medium compound and briefly strengthens his place at the top of the timesheet with 1m22.965s, only to be dislodged by Nico Rosberg, who flies round in 1m22.879s.

    Fernando Alonso, who missed Jerez testing two weeks ago, has been getting plenty of laps under his belt and has racked up 89 so far today - the most of any driver out there.


    Tony: "ArsenaI might fend off Bayern in the home game but I can't see them beating Neuer and co over the two legs."

    Peter Kindness: "Bayern conceded their 1st shot in 4hrs v Wolfsburg, and haven't conceded a goal in 2013. #AFC couldn't score against Blackburn."

    LenM: "Arsenal have to cut out Schweinsteiger's passes. By preventing him dictating play, Arsenal have a realistic chance of a result."

  39. 1527: 

    Anderson accepts it has been two steps forward and three back for too much of his Manchester United career.

    The injury-prone midfielder made only his 12th start of the season in United's 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Reading at Old Trafford last night.

    He says: "I have had some problems. But when I don't have these problems I know my quality. I know I can play."


    Charlie Marsh: "Arsenal to show why they are the only English club to beat Real at the Bernabeu, and AC Milan at San Siro. 3-1Gunners."

    eanqah(Wanyonge Rep): "Bayern are yet to let in a goal in 2013 and their attack is strong:best result for Wenger is a draw."

    Stanley nnamdi: "Arsenal will not surprise anybody today, Bayern M will win today.... Manduzukic will score."

  41. 1519: 

    Shola Ameobi will take the spirit of Sir Bobby Robson with him as Newcastle look to beat Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League on Thursday.

    Former Magpies manager Robson, who died in 2009, would have been 80 yesterday.

    Ameobi says: "Listen, I take him everywhere with me. He is what made me who I am today. He encapsulates everything football means to me."

    Newcastle drew 0-0 with the Ukraine side in the first leg.


    Sam Burton: "Arsenal will do fine tonight if they start quicker than normal! If they're slow starting then Bayern will take advantage!!!!!"

    Jack: "I predict that Munich will dominate and Arsenal will do well to get a draw at home, away will be a different story."

    Philosophers Afrika: "Arsenal have a history of shocking these so called European giants."

  43. 1509: 

    Manager Philippe Saint-Andre says France are treating their clash with England at Twickenham on Saturday as seriously as a Grand Slam decider.

    The French see the game as a chance to restore their pride after losing to Italy and Wales in their opening two matches.

    Saint-Andre says: "England can be our grand slam. They're in a state of euphoria."

    Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott Can Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott shine against Bayern Munich? Tell us your views on Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

    Niall Morrison: "Arsenal have the quality to get past Bayern. Wilshere - Cazorla - Walcott is as good as any midfield in the world."

    The Man of Steel: "Arsenal are a has-been team. They need to get rid of Wenger and shake it up."

    Travis: "2-1 Arsenal as per the performance against Barca two years ago. Expect them to be beaten eventually though."

  46. 1500: 

    It has been a pretty quiet afternoon out in Barcelona as the opening day of the second pre-season test heads into the latter stages. Sebastian Vettel's 1m23.046s - set earlier in the day - is still the time to beat.

    Nico Rosberg's reappearance for the afternoon was delayed as he had a new gearbox fitted, but he is back out and has just set a personal best of 1m24.020s.

  47. 1457: 

    AC Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri claims his team will not be Champions League 'sacrificial lambs' against Barcelona.

    He says: "In the last two years we have played well against Barcelona.

    "We have to try and limit their possession, making them less dangerous because they are so dangerous when they go forward."

  48. 1453: 

    GB Hockey's goalkeeper Beth Storry says age was a factor in her decision to announce her retirement from international hockey.

    Storry, 34, won a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

    Storry tells the BBC: "It just feels like the right time. The age part is a factor - I have noticed in the past few years, my body has been hurting more and more.

    "But it is also about finishing on high. London was such an incredible experience I just think it is a great time to stop and enjoy what has been."


    We are building up to Arsenal's Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and want to know your views on how Arsene Wenger's men will get on.

    Is it going to be another cup calamity or will we see a glorious Gunners showing tonight?

    Tell us your views on Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  50. 1445:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    If you want to follow Arsenal's intriguing Champions League clash against Bayern Munich tonight tune in to 5 live from 19:00 to hear all the build up and full commentary.

  51. 1442: 

    Reigning European 800m indoor champion Jenny Meadows is going to captain a 29-strong GB & Northern Ireland team for the European Indoor Championships in Sweden from 1-3 March.

    "It's a great honour to be named captain," said Meadows.


    Phil Broeders: "I'd rather see video technology used to review offside decisions, simulation / dives in the box and off-the-ball incidents."

    mikeygnfl: "I'm all for an official assisting the ref via tv replays but no to team appeals & no to stopping the game."

    James Joseph: "Post-game bans for diving will do the job. Technology was only needed to say Goodbye officials with magic wands!"

  53. 1433: 

    Irish Premiership club Glentoran are in financial trouble again - just weeks after a bailout by their main sponsors!

    BBC Sport has learned that the east Belfast club have not paid their tax bill to HM Revenue and Customs for the last three months.

  54. 1428: 

    Top seed Victoria Azarenka pulls out of this week's Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships with a foot injury.

    The Australian Open champion said of the injury: "It happened last week. I have been obviously playing on it a lot, so going to a new tournament is too much to handle right now."

  55. 1423: 

    England Women head coach Gary Street makes three changes for Saturday's Six Nations match against France.

    Emma Croker, Rebecca Essex and Lauren Cattell are called up for the Twickenham clashes as England aim to bounce back from a 25-0 defeat by Ireland.

  56. 1416: 

    We are just hours away from Arsenal's big Champions League clash with Bayern Munich and Mikel Arteta says the Gunners have learnt the lessons of last season when they were beaten 4-0 in the opening match of their quarter-final exit by AC Milan.

    He told the Arsenal website: "We learnt a lot from that game and how efficient you have to be when you play those teams.

    "In the first leg, they had five shots and scored four goals. It was like we were ridiculous and the difference wasn't that big."


    Craig Spencer: "An offside and penalty decision are never clear-cut, goal-line decisions are! Good move by FIFA and no further."

    Dan Jops: "About time goal-line tech was introduced. Now all we need is some form of review system for penalties to stop all the diving!"

  58. 1409: 

    Scotland boss Steve McCormack resigns as head coach of Championship club Swinton for personal reasons.

    McCormack, 40, led the club to the Championship One title in his first season in 2011 but he wants to spend more time with his family after his father Jim passed away last month.

  59. 1403: 

    The afternoon session on day one of the second pre-season test has been under way for coming up to one hour and we have our second red flag of the day.

    Charles Pic comes to a stop in the Caterham just before Turn 3 and the low loader is on its way to recover the car. Should be back under way pretty soon.

    Sebastian Vettel still tops the timesheet with the 1m23.046s he set in the morning.

  60. 1357: 

    England's Ben Thaler will referee Friday's World Club Challenge between Leeds and Melbourne Storm at Headingley.

    Thaler, 31, has been chosen from the Rugby Football League's eight-strong panel of full-time Super League referees.

  61. 1352: 

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel says the Anfield crowd could be the decisive factor if they are to overcome a two-goal deficit against Zenit St Petersburg in Thursday night's Europa League clash.

    "The atmosphere at Anfield in European games is always special and the game on Thursday will be even more because we lost the first game and the crowd feel we need their help. I'm pretty sure they will help us," Skrtel, 28, told the club's official website.


    Fifa have confirmed goal-line technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup. What are your thoughts? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or by commenting on the BBC Sport story.

    YoreLore via the website: "Every single topic about goal-line technology includes that Lampard attempt at the World Cup - as if England were going to win that game if that had stood. Get over it."

    pisteskiier via the website: "Like tennis, managers could be given just one appeal per half to minimise disruption and where a referee didn't see what happened he could call up a video replay."

  63. 1340: 
    Manuel Neuer

    England midfielder Frank Lampard had a goal wrongly disallowed during the 2010 World Cup round of 16 tie against Germany in Bloemfontein.

  64. 1335: 

    Former Swindon chairman Jeremy Wray, who appointed Paolo Di Canio as the Robins' boss in May 2011, believes the Italian will not rush into his next job after he resigned as manager of the Wiltshire club on Monday.

    Wray tells BBC Sport: "I am sure he feels mentally and physically drained after the last few weeks and months. He is someone who puts his absolute all into it and I have seen it when you can tell physically it has got to him.

    "I'd imagine he will take a bit of time out and take stock. He will know that as far as his football CV is concerned he has straight As at the moment."

  65. 1330: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius hearing adjourns till tomorrow. State prosecution admits they need to do more work after defence statement."

  66. 1326: 

    QPR manager Harry Redknapp says the unpredictable nature of the club's Premier League results this season gives him hope of gaining points against leaders Manchester United at Loftus Road on Saturday.

    "Against Man City, who are champions, we get another great point and then another at West Ham, which is a hard place to go, so we're just as capable of getting something against Man U as anyone else" he tells the Fulham and Hammersmith Chronicle.

  67. 1320: 

    BBC Racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght: "Today's race-meeting at Wetherby goes ahead."


    Nigel Sander: Good move by #Fifa introducing goal-line technology. Now we've just over a year to think of another excuse for English failure."

    Anmol Chibber: "Step in the right direction from Fifa. Next step should be tennis-style replay system where each team has a number of reviews."

    Dave via the website: "They are fixing the wrong problem. In over 1500 games played in the 4 divisions you can count on 1 hand the number of incorrect decisions for a ball crossing the line or not. In a single season, there are dozens of offsides that either allow or disallow a goal incorrectly. Add to that the fouls given (or not) in the penalty area and there are more important things to fix."

  69. 1310: 

    Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, says he can envisage moving to Germany's Bundesliga and Bayern Munich in the future.

    "Sure, the Bundesliga would appeal to me. One day, perhaps. I still have a bit of time left. Obviously, if I go to Germany, then I go to Bayern Munich," the Paris Saint Germain striker tells German magazine 11Freunde.

  70. 1305: 

    Wales name Sam Warburton on the replacements' bench for Saturday's match against Italy in Rome.

    Warburton, who led Wales to the Six Nations title and the Grand Slam last season, missed the 16-6 win over France in Paris with a shoulder injury.

  71. 1300: 

    Jose Enrique believes Liverpool can overcome their 2-0 deficit against Zenit St Petersburg in Thursday's Europa League last 32 second leg tie at Anfield.

    "Zenit spent a lot of money so they have good players so we have to keep a clean sheet and then to score as many as we can," he says.

  72. 1255: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Statement by #OscarPistorius doesn't deal with reports of arguments at home that night."

  73. 1250: 

    Chelsea interim manager Rafa Benitez says he wants to manage the Spanish national team, the Daily Express reports.

    "I don't rule out becoming the Spain coach, if and when Vicente del Bosque decides to leave," Benitez told Radio Gaceta de los Deportes.


    Fifa have confirmed goal-line technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup. What are your thoughts? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday, or by commenting on the BBC Sport story.

    Mayowa Olubowale: "I don't understand this all 'goal-line technology' rubbish.. All that's needed is a replay. Not that hard..?"

    Kieran Milward: "Wow, sense from Fifa at last, goal-line technology at the 2014 World Cup. Now for Uefa to sort out the Euro 2012 debacle."

  75. 1240: 

    Northamptonshire sign Australia fast bowler Trent Copeland on a short-term deal for the start of the new season.

    Copeland, 26, will join up with the squad ahead of their LV County Championship match against Glamorgan on 10 April. He will be available for seven County Championship matches and six Yorkshire Bank 40 matches.

  76. 1235: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Friend of Reeva's calls #OscarPistorius a polite, well-mannered, humble man. Epitome of gentleman. Reeva's friend says victim told her she would 'probably say yes' if #OscarPistorius asked her to marry him."

  77. 1230: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria is tweeting the statement of Oscar Pistorius's friends being read to the court: "Oscar Pistorius's friend now tells of serious relationship between Oscar and Reeva. They made each other laugh. Very much in love.

    "Another friend says #OscarPistorius told him Reeva could be 'the one' he would marry."

  78. 1225:  

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk, Belarus: "British Cycling's performance director Sir Dave Brailsford is not planning to travel to Minsk after supervising Chris Froome's triumph for Team Sky in the Tour of Oman last week.

    "British Cycling's head coach Shane Sutton, who arrived in Minsk on Monday evening, will lead the team in Belarus this week instead. Sutton, 55, who stepped away from his own day-to-day role with Team Sky in January, spent most of 2012 concentrating on the track team's preparations for the London Olympics."

  79. 1219: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway: "Up to 4 companies bidding for Fifa goal-line technology contract. Hawkeye, Goalref + 2 unnamed German firms. Understand one of them is Cairos."

  80. 1214: 

    Sebastian Vettel sets the pace on the opening morning of the first day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona. The reigning world champion clocked 1m23.046s on hard tyres, finishing over half a second quicker than Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen.

    There was no official break for lunch at the Jerez test two weeks ago, but there is in Barcelona, much to the delight of drivers and teams. Testing resumes at 1300GMT.

  81. 1210: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria is tweeting the Oscar Pistorius statement being read to the court: "Pitch dark in bedroom. I thought intruder in bathroom. Used cricket bat to break door. I did not have my prosthetic legs on and felt extremely vulnerable. Horror and fear."

  82. 1204: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius statement to court read by lawyer: "no intention to kill my girlfriend... No substance in allegation." Pistorius sobs.

    "Pistorius describes night in detail. Compelling. Says Reeva must have gone to bathroom when he went to get fan from balcony."

  83. 1201: 

    Fifa confirm goal-line technology will be in place for the 2014 World Cup and invite tenders to provide the system.

    Fifa will use the technology for this summer's Confederations Cup and next year's World Cup after a successful trial at the Club World Cup in December.

  84. 1156: 

    Thibaut Courtois believes he will replace first-choice Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech in two years' time.

    The Belgium international, 20, is on his second season-long loan at Atletico Madrid from the Blues but the London Evening Standard report that he intends to return to Stamford Bridge to become Cech's long-term replacement.

  85. 1151: 
    Reeva Steenkamp's family

    Reeva Steenkamp's father Barry (second left) arrives at the crematorium building in Port Elizabeth.

  86. 1146: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Prosecutor Nel tells me 'a trial within a year' for #OscarPistorius. Criminologist Laurie Pieters tell me SA law is 'a marathon' and she worries about Pistorius's safety in jail."


    Robert Shenkman: "If Arsenal lose heavily, the game will decide the future of Wilshere. Already speculation about Barcelona move."

    Callan Rowland: "Arsenal to beat Bayern? No chance, Bayern have only conceded 7 in the league this year!"

    Ahnaf Tahmed Faiz: "Of course Wilshere will be key, but I feel Rosicky will be vital tonight. His Dortmund experience will come into play tonight."

  88. 1135: 

    All 11 drivers at pre-season testing in Barcelona have now set timed laps. Kimi Raikkonen, fastest on the final day of the first test in Jerez two weeks ago, has the fastest time at the moment with 1m23.571s in the Lotus.

    Fernando Alonso is getting his first run out in the 2013 Ferrari, having skipped the last test to concentrate on his fitness training. The Spaniard's best time of the day so far is 1m24.162s. Read the mid-morning report by BBC Sport chief F1 writer Andrew Benson on the website.


    Bastian Schweinsteiger says Jack Wilshere, 21, could be the key man in tonight's Champions League match between Arsenal and Bayern Munich at the Emirates tonight.

    Is Schweinsteiger right, or will Arsenal's hangover from Saturday's FA Cup defeat to Blackburn continue in Europe?

    Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  90. 1125: 

    Castleford chief executive Steve Ferres resigns with immediate effect, citing differences with the club's board.

    "Since the board is not in a position to support the multitude of changes that I believe must take place now in order for Castleford to continue to compete at Super League level, I feel I have no option other than to offer my resignation," he said in a statement.

  91. 1120: 

    Five-time world champions Brazil will host Chile on 24 April at Belo Horizonte in a warm-up friendly for the Confederations Cup.

    Brazil will also play friendly matches against Italy in Geneva on 21 March and Russia four days later in London, before hosting England at the Maracana stadium in Rio on 2 June. Their final Confederations Cup warm-up is against France on 9 June at Porto Alegre.

  92. 1115: 

    Former England batsman and Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath, 37, announces his retirement after failing to recover from a thumb injury.

    "I have been involved with this great club every summer since I was 12 and it is going to be difficult not having the opportunity to play again," McGrath, who represented England in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals, told Yorkshire CCC's official website.

  93. 1110:  

    BBC Sports News correspondent Dan Roan: "I have just spoken to most powerful man in Paralympic movement, IPC President Sir Philip Craven.

    "There is disbelief in my mind and in my heart (but) this is something we will get over, we will move forward with our job of promoting the Paralympic movement," he said.

  94. 1105: 

    Rangers chief executive Charles Green says he will leave the club if chairman Malcolm Murray is not removed from his post, the Scotsman reports.

  95. 1100: 

    Today's race meeting at Wetherby faces a second inspection at 12:00 GMT. A colder than expected night had led to some frost in the ground and a first precautionary check at 10:30 but officials will check again before deciding whether the meeting goes ahead.

  96. 1058: 

    Wales wing George North has revealed his father is unlikely to celebrate one of his son's tries by invading a pitch again. North says he was "embarrassed" by his father David's action in the wake of the winning try against France in Paris in the Six Nations.

  97. 1052: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Cycling Championships in Minsk, Belarus: "The BBC commentators and crew are staying in the same hotel in Minsk as the British team, most of whom have been here since last Friday.

    "Getting their bikes to Belarus proved tricky because the planes here were not big enough to carry more than five at a time, so they ended up driving them across Europe instead. It is about -5C during the day here, which is cold enough to make your face ache, dropping to -11C or colder at night.

    "The snow and ice has stopped the British team from riding on the roads since their arrival - only the Germans have done that - although sprint coach Jan Van Eijden still went for a run earlier. Instead there are daily training sessions on the track at Minsk Arena. Today, the Brits are on between 17:45 and 19:45 FET (14:45 GMT) in their final preparations before the racing starts for real on Wednesday."

  98. 1044: 

    How important is tonight's Champions League game against Bayern Munich for Arsenal? Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Si Hawkes: "As an AFC fan, I'm a bit petrified of what might happen tonight. It's hard to be positive and/or optimistic!"

    Paul Agland: "Arsenal need to show their worth tonight, they cant be a team of "potential" anymore, they need to be the finished product."

  99. 1040: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Magistrate says he could change ruling on premeditated murder at end of hearing."

  100. 1036: 

    Olympic bronze medallists Beth Storry and Crista Cullen have ended their England and Great Britain international careers. Ben Hawes, Mark Pearn and Ken Forbes have also bowed out of the men's international game. Goalkeeper Storry was capped 115 times while penalty corner specialist Cullen has been one of the best-known players in the game for the past decade.

  101. 1028: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius magistrate gives blow to athlete's chances of bail with early ruling on premeditated murder not murder. For now. Pistorius reacts with more tears then leaves court for another break."

  102. 1021: 

    First red flag of the session at the second pre-season test in Barcelona, Esteban Gutierrez the culprit. The Sauber has come to a stop at Turn 7 and the recovery truck is on the scene to take it away. Nico Rosberg tops the timesheet at the moment, clocking 1min 24.520sec in his Mercedes.

  103. 1017: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding in court in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius silently mouths some words in anguish as magistrate mentions possibility of life imprisonment."

  104. 1015: 

    Britain's Laura Robson revealed after her first-round loss to Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva in Dubai that she has been struggling with a chest infection since last summer. "It's just something that I'm living with," she said in The Independent. "I'm seeing a specialist when I get home and we will make another decision then. It was on and off since the Olympics, now it's worse."

  105. 1011: 

    Oscar Pistorius's court case has resumed in Pretoria after a 40-minute break just as the funeral service for his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp is concluding in Port Elizabeth.

  106. 1007: 
    The new Williams FW35 car

    Williams unveil their FW35 car for the new Formula One season. The team are the last to reveal their car for the new season, which starts in Australia next month. The car, which will be driven by Pastor Maldonado and Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas is 80 per cent new with new gearbox, rear suspension, floor, radiators, exhausts, bodywork and nose.

  107. 0958: 

    Manchester City defender Kolo Toure accepts he will be leaving the club in June when his current deal runs out but the 31-year-old tells the Manchester Evening News he wants to stay in the Premier League.

    "My agent is working on that but at the moment I'm playing at City and doing everything I can do to help City win trophies - that's important," he said.

    "I have always liked the Premier League and I want to stay in the top leagues but time goes and if there is no chance I have to go where they want me. There's no chance of staying here but the Premier is my first option for sure."

  108. 0953: 

    Former England batsman and Yorkshire captain Anthony McGrath has retired from all forms of cricket after battling against a thumb injury. The 37-year-old Bradford-born right-hander spent all 17 years of his professional career with his home county, playing in 257 first-class matches and scoring 35 first-class centuries. He also represented England in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals.

  109. 0947: 

    The players and staff of the Belfast Giants walked away from their contracts after it emerged the American businessman due to become the team's owner is a registered sex offender.

  110. 0940: 

    Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel believes the Russian champions, with a 2-0 first leg advantage, can progress to the Europa League last 16 at Liverpool's expense on Thursday.

    Witsel says: "Liverpool are a very good team but we were the better side last Thursday. We clinched a two-goal advantage keeping our net clean in the first match.

    "Our chances in the return leg look good as Liverpool need to score three goals to advance."

  111. 0930: 

    Just over 90 minutes into the second Formula 1 pre-season test in Barcelona and Pastor Maldonado is the fastest driver on the circuit at the moment, having clocked one minute 26.980seconds in the Williams. The team launched their 2013 car earlier in the morning.

  112. 0918: 

    England's Jimmy Anderson tells BBC Sport that he is not too concerned with breaking Sir Ian Botham's Test wicket record. Anderson, 30, is now England's highest wicket-taker after surpassing Botham's total of 528 in all formats. But his Test total of 288 wickets is still well short of Botham's 383.

    "I would like to do it but it is not something I think about day-to-day," said the Lancashireman. "The reason I got here is by concentrating on the small things. The spells that I bowl, each ball I bowl and concentrate on wickets and how I take wickets. Since I started doing that the wickets have been taking care of themselves. Hopefully I can look back at the end of my career at a couple of records and I can look back really fondly but now I just concentrate on bowling well for England."

  113. 0909: 

    Williams has launched its new FW35 race car for the 2013 Formula One season in Barcelona. Pastor Maldonado and rookie team-mate Valtteri Bottas unveiled the new car which the team says features a new gearbox and rear suspension, as well as changes to its nose and body. The team are currently practicing in Spain ahead of the start of the season in Australia on 17 March.

  114. 0859: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding: "Prosecution: 'Not like waking up with someone over your bed and shoot on instinct. No, he woke, put on legs, took gun and walked 7m to shoot.'"

    The court has taken a 20-minute break.

  115. 0854: 

    British Cycling performance director Sir Dave Brailsford sees this week's World Track Championships in Belarus as a chance for new British talent to break through. The competition is the first major track event since the London Olympics.

    "There is a changing of the guard if you like," he said. "Young, aspiring riders have their opportunity to become the leaders of the team. That's what we are seeing in Becky James' case and in other areas."

  116. 0846: 

    Some of the main worldwide sports stories from BBC Monitoring:

    The Beijing News reports that China's biggest sports corruption crackdown has ended after 33 people including players, referees and officials, were banned from football for life following a three-year probe. Shanghai Shenhua have been stripped of their 2003 title after being found guilty of fixing a game that helped them to win the league. They are among a dozen clubs fined for alleged match-fixing. They will start next season with six points deducted.

    Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge takes no comfort from Arsenal's recent run of poor results ahead of tonight's game at the Emirates, saying it is dangerous to underestimate teams that are "angry" or "under pressure".

  117. 0846: 

    Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel: "He (Pistorius) says there were two people in the house. Why didn't he ask: where is my girlfriend (before shooting)?"

  118. 0842: 

    BBC News's Peter Biles adds: "Pistorius's defence team have said there may well have been an argument between Pistorius and Steenkamp - but that is not proof of murder."

  119. 0840: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding reports: "#OscarPistorius defence speculates that prosecution will argue that Reeva was scared and wanted to break up and hence premeditation.

    "Scratch veneer off state's case and no evidence of premeditated murder' says his lawyer."

  120. 0837: 

    BBC News's Peter Biles reports: "State prosecutor Gerrie Nel says they want the case to be tried as pre-meditated murder.

    "The deceased, Reeva Steenkamp arrived at Oscar Pistorius's house with the expectation of staying the night with him. She was shot three times through the bathroom door. Pistorius had said to a friend that he thought it was a burglar but why would a burglar lock himself in a bathroom?"

    The defence argued that it is a "false argument that when someone picks up a weapon that they intend to kill".

  121. 0837: 

    The Rugby League International Federation confirms the shoulder charge will be banned worldwide, starting with Friday's World Club Challenge in Leeds and taking in the 2013 World Cup.

    The Australian Rugby League Commission outlawed the controversial tackle at the end of last year while New Zealand already had a ban in place in its domestic competition, but the Rugby Football League decided to retain it until a full consultation process had been undertaken.

    However, the International Federation last night agreed to extend the ban worldwide and the RFL are expected to announce its introduction into the domestic game. They could opt to delay the move until the end of the season but are more likely to fall into line for the sake of uniformity and introduce the ban in Super League and the Championships from this weekend.

  122. 0831: 

    Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been ruled out of next month's two-Test home series against Bangladesh after dislocating the middle finger of his left hand in a domestic match on Sunday. Another former captain Kumar Sangakkara is also fighting to recover from a finger injury in time for the first Test which starts in Galle on 8 March.

  123. 0825: 

    Tonight's Champions League game sees Arsenal, fresh from their FA Cup exit at the hands of Blackburn on Saturday, up against German giants Bayern Munich.

    The Gunners and Arsene Wenger are under pressure coming into the game with the Frenchman involved in heated exchanges with journalists during his pre-match press conference. Wenger denied reports he is going to be offered a two-year contract extension by Arsenal.

    Will Arsenal find the German side too good or can the Gunners start to rescue what has been a disappointing season by their standards. Send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  124. 0820: 

    BBC News's Andrew Harding at the Oscar Pistorius court hearing in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius sitting a metre from me. Eyes shut now. Sobbing again. Jaw clenched. Hands in lap. Still sobbing as prosecutor says he shot through closed door so premeditated murder even if he thought it was burglar."

  125. 0819: 

    Prosecutors in South have argued that Oscar Pistorius - a double amputee - got up, put on his prosthesis, walked seven metres and fired his gun through the bathroom door, report BBC News.

  126. 0816: 

    Here are the latest rumours from the BBC Sport gossip column

    Tottenham are lining up a summer swoop for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. Daily Mirror

    Barcelona right-back Dani Alves has urged his club to sign England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 21, from Arsenal. (Daily Telegraph)

    Manchester City have made the first move to sign 21-year-old Brazilian striker Neymar from Santos. Daily Mail

  127. 0811: 

    A review into the Australia swimming team's performance at the London Olympics has uncovered what has been described as a 'toxic culture' that was not reined in by team leadership. In her report, culture and leadership consultant Dr Pippa Grange said the Games represented almost the perfect storm of factors leading to a poor team culture, poor results and instances of bullying among team members. The team won just one gold medal in London.

  128. 0810: 

    Paulo Di Canio has resigned as Swindon Town manager. The 44-year-old Italian was set to quit last week because of off-field events, but the ex-West Ham star said he would have stayed had the Football League agreed to the purchase of the club by new owners by 17:00 GMT on Monday.

  129. 0806: 

    Manchester United reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after a 2-1 win over Reading. Goals from Nani and Javier Hernandez gave United a 2-0 lead before Jobi McAnuff pulled one back for Brian McDermott's side. But Sir Alex Ferguson's joy will have been tempered somewhat by an injury to Phil Jones.

  130. 0800: 

    Welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday Live from BBC Sport. It is another busy day of sport with South African athlete Oscar Pistorius up in court for a bail hearing in Pretoria after being accused of murder following the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last week. Later, Arsenal will be in action against Bayern Munich in the Champions League but first of all, some of the stories you may have missed last night.

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