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20 February 2013

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  1. 1837: 

    It's time to end Wednesday's edition of Sportsday and pass the baton to Tom Rostance who is chomping at the bit to guide you through this evening's football fixtures, which includes a tasty Champions League clash between Barcelona and AC Milan. In just as glamorous a fixture, Paul Ince takes charge of Blackpool for the first time as the Seasiders play Leeds in the Championship.

  2. 1833: 

    Lance Armstrong's attorney says the American will not interview under oath while being questioned by US Anti-Doping Agency officials.

  3. 1828: 

    American rider Sarah Hammer won pursuit gold at the World Track Championships in Minsk, securing her fifth world title in the event.

    The 29-year-old - the only American competing - edged out young Australian Amy Cure while another Australian, Annette Edmondson, took the bronze.


    Stephen Porter: "What've Spurs won in the past 10 years bar 1 league cup? Haven't even been in CL regularly and yet are seen as a success?"

    Graeme Pritchard: "Argue all week about the good/bad job Wenger doing at Arsenal, but when Arsenal fans question it, surely club must listen?"

  5. 1819:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveATHLETICS

    Former Olympic silver medallist Darren Campbell believes Britain's Adam Gemili can achieve anything in the sport.

    Campbell, who has interviewed the 19-year-old sprinter for a special BBC Radio 5 live programme, says: "I wouldn't put any limits on what he can achieve."

    You can listen to Gemili and the Next Generation on BBC Radio 5 live from 2100 on Wednesday.

  6. 1814: 

    Pele has criticised Neymar for the forward's recent performances for Brazil and has expressed fears the team will not do well at next year's World Cup.

    "In all the games abroad he played badly. They all think he can solve the Selecao's problems (but) Neymar is not ready to shoulder this pressure. He does not play abroad. European football is different from the Latin American game," Pele said in an interview with Estado de Sao Paulo.

    "We from Santos say he is the best in the world but he is already more concerned with media appearances than playing for the team. He is preoccupied with changing his style, his haircut."


    Alex Saunders: "Disrespect to Wenger shocking. No trophies in 7 yrs, but most successful manager for us. Deserves respect."

    Archie turner: "People underestimate Arsenal's spending £100m in last 2 seasons. Wenger does not have such a tight budget."

    Daniel Richards: "Getting rid of Wenger would be a bad idea, no manager could secure us top 4 with our current squad."

  8. 1807: 

    Great Britain have won bronze after a superb ride from Becky James in the women's team sprint. at the World Track Championships in Minsk.


    Garry McCammon: "Arsenal's squad is mid-table at best! Wenger gets them in the top 4 and made the last 16 when City and Chelsea didn't."

    Chris Rutherford: "Wenger best manager in the world... bar none! Many need lessons on both football and economics, esp footballing economics."

    Pavanjit Nijjer: "Don't blame the manager. It makes the players feel untouchable which is why they aren't performing to their full potential."

  10. 1800: 

    Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel will play against Lyon on Thursday, denying Hugo Lloris another start against his former club in the Europa League.

    Striker Jermain Defoe (ankle) has not travelled with the squad, but is expected to return to training next week. Sandro, Younes Kaboul, and Tom Huddlestone (all knee) all remain out.

  11. 1753: 

    Ireland coach Declan Kidney has explained his decision to select Paddy Jackson at outside-half against Scotland instead of 127-cap Ronan O'Gara.

    "Paddy's inclusion was a challenge given that somebody of the stature of Ronan O'Gara was available," Kidney said.

    "After taking everything into account, I felt Paddy deserved a go. Paddy has the skills and has shown he has the temperament and ability to make decisions."

  12. 1747: 

    Great Britain's Kian Emadi had to settle for fourth in the men's one-kilometre time-trial on his Track Cycling World Championships debut in Minsk.

    In an event removed from the Olympic programme following Sir Chris Hoy's win in Athens in 2004, Emadi - making his debut senior World Championships appearance - clocked one minute 01.756 seconds to place provisional first with eight riders to go.

    Francois Pervis, the penultimate rider to go, won in 1min 00.221secs, with Simon Van Velthooven of New Zealand second in 1.00.869 and Joachim Eilers of Germany third in 1:01.450.

    Join Mike Henson for live text commentary of the first day of the World Track Championships.


    Chris Morris: "Arsenal are entering a similar phase to Liverpool in 2009/10, a change of manager will not make a difference, look at LFC now."

    Babar Mir: "Please show some respect for Wenger, he has done great with the shoe string budget."

    Jack Quinn Stacy: "For years people have said Arsenal will fall out the top 4, but they haven't. Wenger has overachieved. Show him some respect."

  14. 1741:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Pougatch presents a live fans forum in Bradford for BBC Radio 5 live ahead of the team's Capital One Cup final against Swansea on Sunday. The programme will be broadcast live from Bradford at 1930 GMT.

    Terry Yorath, a former Bradford player and manager, has already given his insight into the final and paid a moving tribute to his son and Bradford City's fans.

  15. 1731: 

    Hull striker Sone Aluko is likely to need an operation in a bid to clear up his Achilles problem. Aluko has been sidelined since mid-January but had been expected to return to action at the end of this month.

    However, after feeling some discomfort on his return to training last week, the 24-year-old has been instructed to rest completely for a fortnight with boss Steve Bruce fearing surgery is the most likely outcome.


    Alan Landeryou: "As a spurs fan I am enjoying Arsenal's form. But Wenger is still a good manager, that squad is over achieving."

    Richard Horner: "Wenger he has done very well and it is the owners who are to blame entirely. Give him a break."

    Dave Walker: "Would love to see Wenger at Old Trafford. Utd's money & his ability to spot young talent would be an awesome combination."

  17. 1719: 

    Northern Ireland skier Kelly Gallagher claimed the third IPC World Championships medal of her career with a bronze in the women's downhill in La Molina.

    Competing for the first time in the Championships with guide Charlotte Evans, Gallagher added to the slalom silver and giant slalom bronze she won in Sestriere in 2011.

    Gallagher said: "This is only the fourth downhill we have done together so we are really delighted to win a medal at this level. We feel we have the ability and motivation to do even better."

  18. 1716: 

    Brad Barritt, one of the unsung heroes of Stuart Lancaster's England regime, is happy to continue operating under the radar.

    "Everyone enjoys a fast attacking game but you can also enjoy grinding out a win and being a pillar of strength - defend and lead from the front. I like to think I'm adaptable and can play what's in front of me," said the Saracens centre.

    "As long as you have the respect of the team you are in and the people you play for, that is what matters."


    Tom Holmes: "Arsenal are a decent side but not top 4 or competitive in Europe. Add in awful cup results and it's time for Wenger to go."

    Philip Maher: "As an Arsenal fan, I admit maybe we need a change, but frankly the disrespect people are showing Arsene Wenger is shocking."

    Phemmy: "I see Arsenal getting relegated in couple of years If Wenger is not sacked now. Mr Wenger has simply lost it..."

  20. 1705: 

    Italy captain Sergio Parisse will miss the rest of this season's Six Nations campaign after being banned for 40 days - 10 of which are suspended - by French League disciplinary chiefs.

  21. 1704: 

    Former referee Dermot Gallagher believes Premier League referees would welcome the immediate introduction of goal-line technology.

    "All referees want it," he said. "Why would you want to wake up in the morning and see a picture of a ball over the line in a match you refereed?"

  22. 1657: 

    West Ham are planning to mark the 20th anniversary of England World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore's death with a series of memorial events.

    Moore, who played 544 games for the Hammers, died on 24 February 1993, aged 51, after battling bowel cancer. Former West Ham team-mates will attend the club's home match against Spurs on Monday to pay tribute to Moore.

    A minute's applause will be held before kick-off and supporters will display a mosaic depicting his old No.6 shirt.

  23. 1647: 

    McLaren new signing Sergio Perez sets the pace from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel on the second day of the second pre-season test.

    The Mexican was 0.349 seconds quicker than the world champion, with Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who lost the morning to a gearbox problem, third.

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, whose seat Perez has taken, was fourth fastest ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

  24. 1639: 

    The Irish FA has submitted plans for an extensive revamp of Windsor Park. The approved plans will see the ground extended to a capacity of 18,000 with all four stands being renovated, replaced or - in the case of the south stand - rebuilt from scratch. Work is due to begin in September with a total cost of 29.2million euros, 25.2million euros of which is being funded by local government.


    Jono Poole: "This Arsenal bashing is a joke. On their day they could rip most teams apart. It's consistency that's their problem!"

    Dave Sternbridge: "It's ridiculous how everyone hates on Wenger with every bad result - the Blackburn game was a one off and Bayern are awesome."

    Matthew Croston: "Do people really think Wenger refuses to buy good players? Blame the owners, Wenger has done well in his situation."

  26. 1619: 

    Adams added: "It was bad enough that I couldn't warm up on the pads and I felt it all the way through my fights.

    "But I had the will-power and determination to get through it. I kept telling myself I only had one or two fights more to go before I realised my ambition of becoming Olympic champion."

  27. 1611: 

    Nicola Adams has revealed how she was forced to fight through the pain barrier to make history as the first ever Olympic women's boxing gold medallist in London last year. She damaged ligaments in two knuckles on her right hand during her run to the final of the World Championships in May last year.

    "I boxed right through the Olympics with a battered hand.

    "I damaged it at the World Championships, but I knew I had 10 or 12 weeks before the Olympics and we came to the conclusion we could bandage it up and make the best of it."

  28. 1600: 

    Gary Cahill believes Chelsea can overtake Manchester City in the Premier League table and finish second. Just four points separate the reigning European champions in third and their opponents on Sunday.

    "If we get a positive result on Sunday then that opens it right back up. We're taking it one game at a time but we'll be looking to do that on Sunday.

  29. 1550: 

    Chaminda Vaas has been confirmed as Sri Lanka's new fast bowling coach. Vaas had been negotiating with the Sri Lanka Cricket Board in recent weeks, having been underwhelmed by their offer when first approached last month.


    David Child: "Keep checking back to see if Wenger has gone yet...... more in hope than expectation."

    Ollie Johnson: "How many times now have we seen Arsenal's season fall apart in the space of just a week? It happens every, single, year!"

    Sean Colclough: "Wenger is a good manager but his refusal to buy good experienced players is crippling Arsenal"

  31. 1532: 

    Forest Green Rovers manager Dave Hockaday has dismissed rumours that he could fill the vacant managerial post at Swindon Town.

    Paolo Di Canio resigned on Monday and Hockaday was quickly installed as one of the front-runners to replace him.

    "I haven't been approached. I'm employed by Forest Green Rovers and I love my job," he said. "I've got the best chairman in the world so I'm not going to go looking for another job."

  32. 1522: 

    Tyson Fury will fight former cruiserweight World Champion Steve Cunningham, on 20 April in Madison Square Garden.

    "I'm absolutely ecstatic to be fighting at Madison Square Garden," said Fury. "It goes back in history and I can't wait to put my name with a long list of Champions who have fought there - I'm a historian of boxing myself so this is definitely the pinnacle of my career so far."

  33. 1515: 

    Following a gearbox change earlier in the session, Kimi Raikkonen is making up for lost time on the circuit as the second day of the second pre-season test heads into the latter stages.

    The Finn has completed 19 laps, with his fastest a 1m22.697s which slots him in third on the timesheet. Sergio Perez still fastest after recording 1m22.697s earlier in the day and around 45 minutes of the session remaining.

  34. 1507: 

    Serena Williams withdraws from the Dubai Championships, just minutes before she was due on court to face Marion Bartoli with a lower back injury. The new world number one's withdrawal comes 24 hours after Victoria Azarenka was also forced to pull out with a heel problem meaning this week's event is now devoid of it's top two seeds.

  35. 1459: 

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is a doubt for the second leg of the Reds' Europa League last-32 clash with Zenit St Petersburg, with a knee problem suffered in training. Striker Fabio Borini is also out with a shoulder injury while Daniel Sturridge and playmaker Philippe Coutinho are ineligible.

  36. 1448: 

    Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson has edged out Ronan O'Gara for a starting role in Ireland's Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday. Jackson will win his first full cap after featuring for an Ireland XV in the win over Fiji at Thomond Park in November.

  37. 1445: 

    The Premier League is hopeful of implementing goal-line technology in time for the start of next season.

    Just a day after Fifa announced that it would use the technology at at this year's Confederations Cup the Premier League issued a statement.

    "The Premier League has been a long-term advocate for goal-line technology. "We have held discussions with FIFA licensed providers with a view to introducing it as soon as is practically possible."

  38. 1435: 

    Portsmouth's High Court hearing will finally go ahead on Thursday after four previous adjournments. The initial hearing was postponed because of issues between the property partner working with the Supporters' Trust and the administrators, PKF. Three further hearings have been adjourned, the most recent on 14 February because of a problem with the Professional Footballers' Association.

  39. 1427: 

    Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski: "Very upset about the result last night, we now must stay focus. Another important match on Saturday. #Gunner4Life"

  40. 1418: 

    Bulgarian wrestling federation president Valentin Yordanov sent back his Olympic gold medal from the 1996 Atlanta Games on Wednesday, in protest of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) recommendation to drop the sport from the Games.

  41. 1409: 

    Sergio Perez leaps to the top of the timesheet with the fastest time of the two days of pre-season testing to far, clocking 1m21.848s in the McLaren.

    Some positive news coming from the Lotus garage, with the team confirming that Kimi Raikkonen should reappear on the circuit shortly after a frustrating morning where the Finn managed to complete just four laps due to a gearbox problem.

  42. 1400: 

    And the 10 German teams that have played in the Champions League since 1992 are: Bayern Munich, Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund, Hamburg, Hertha Berlin, Kaiserslautern, Schalke, Stuttgart, Werder Bremen and Wolfsburg.

  43. 1355: 

    At 1400 GMT we will give you the answer to today's Question of Sport teaser: "Name the 10 German teams that have played in Champions League since 1992."


    Chris Elsden: "Worry for Arsenal. In previous years they had excuses of injuries and young squad. Now full, mature squad making the same mistakes."

    Richard Horner: "Arsenal abject individual performances / lack of desire are the problem, the feeble attempt to cut out the cross for the first goal."

    James Clarke: "Arsenal have got to the point where they should aim for the Champions League but realistically settle for the Europa League!!"

  45. 1353: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has resisted the temptation to throw Hatem Ben Arfa back into Europa League action in Kharkiv tomorrow night.

    Davide Santon has been rested, while fellow full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran are ineligible, but January signings Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga Mbiwa and Moussa Sissoko are all included.

  46. 1348: 

    Dunfermline have cancelled the official launch of a new share issue due to take place on Wednesday.

    A statement on the club's website says that minor amendments have to be made to the final document.

  47. 1347: 

    Wales have released nine players back to their regional teams as they prepare for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Italy in Rome.

    The list includes Scarlets flanker Aaron Shingler, who was on bench duty when Wales beat France in Paris 11 days ago.

    Shingler is joined by his Scarlets colleagues Matthew Rees, Josh Turnbull and Tavis Knoyle, while Scott Andrews, Josh Navidi and Andries Pretorius return to Cardiff Blues and Ryan Bevington and James King head back to the Ospreys.

  48. 1345: 

    Luton Town chief executive Gary Sweet has said the club wanted to keep Paul Buckle as manager.

    Buckle left for personal reasons on Tuesday, with the Hatters eighth in the Blue Square Bet Premier.

    "We weren't happy with our league position. There were discussions about that, of course," Sweet told BBC Three Counties Radio. "Everybody knows what our objective was this season but we think, long-term, Paul was the right man for the job."


    Stephen Dunks: "The fact that Aaron Ramsey starts every game is enough evidence that Wenger has lost it."

    Robert Pugh: "Agree about that Wenger needs to go. But no longer a top flight manager? What was that Arsenal team of 2003 called?"

    Gordon Campbell: "Lay off Arsene...When FIFA and UEFA see sense and cap debt ridden clubs will be game on....I just hope its soon."

  50. 1341: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Session over until tomorrow and likely decision on bail. Judging by magistrate's comments I suspect Oscar Pistorius will get bail. Pistorius's lawyer asked detective if he stands by comments so far. Replies 'yes'."

  51. 1336: 

    Charlie Grice has reacted to British Athletics head coach Peter Eriksson failing to pick any male 1500m runners in his 29-member squad for next month's European Indoor Championships in Sweden.

    He tweeted: "Very disappointed that our governing body cannot give me the experience that i need of running at a major senior champs. Appeal rejected."

  52. 1332: 

    Sebastian Vettel is showing good pace in the Red Bull midway through the second day of testing in Barcelona. The reigning world champion clocked the fastest time earlier in the morning with 1m22.197s, half a second quicker than the best effort from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

    Lotus will have been delighted with how the first pre-season test went in Jerez, with Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean fastest on two of the four days. However, Raikkonen is the only driver to set a timed lap in Barcelona, having had a grearbox problem earlier in the day.

  53. 1330: 

    Warwickshire's new director of cricket Dougie Brown is optimistic Boyd Rankin will be fit for the start of the 2013 campaign despite the pace bowler suffering a reaction to the metatarsal injury which sidelined him for the first half of last season.

    Brown said: "We have caught it early this time so hopefully we are able to nip it in the bud. The physio reckons it will take 12 weeks to heal from start to finish."

  54. 1326: 

    Four people have been arrested in connection with a disturbance at the home ground of Rangers FC.

    Strathclyde Police said a man, 24, two 16-year-old boys and an 18-year-old woman were arrested in Glasgow today following an investigation into an incident at Ibrox stadium on December 18 last year.

    It is said to have happened during a Scottish Third Division fixture when Rangers beat visitors Annan Athletic 3-0.

  55. 1325: 

    Doncaster have signed Everton midfielder John Lundstram on a one-month loan deal.

    The 19-year-old, who is yet to make his senior debut for the Toffees, is the captain of the England Under-19 side.

  56. 1324: 

    Arsenal fan Piers Morgan tells BBC Radio 5 live that he believes the time has come for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to resign.

    The Gunners are now looking unlikely to win a trophy this season following their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday night and season ticket holder Morgan says Wenger is no longer a "top flight manager".

  57. 1319: 

    World number four Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a misfiring serve to beat Kazakh teenager Yulia Putintseva 7-5 6-3 in the second round of the Dubai women's tennis championships.


    Ian Stoddart: "Wenger must go. Let's get back to that beautiful, free flowing football that we played under Graham & Rioch, oh hold on..."

    Joe Woodcock on Twitter: "The only reason Wenger hasn't gone already is that any replacement would demand money to improve the squad."

    Martin Lee on Twitter: "Arsenal fans can't have it all their way. At least they are free of debt unlike Man U, Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool & Spurs."

    Get involved in the discussion about Arsene Wenger's future at Arsenal at #bbcsportsday.

  59. 1314: 

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche is happy with how his team are developing, despite going four league games without a win.

    Tuesday's 0-0 draw with Middlesbrough kept the gap between the Clarets and the play-offs at seven points.

    Dyche told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It shows how far we've come. We've just played a team who are sixth in the table, with a lot of big players at this level, and we've come away slightly disappointed with a clean sheet, having dominated the game."

  60. 1312: 

    Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez is speaking ahead of his team's Europa League round of 64 second leg against Sparta Prague. He has confirmed Frank Lampard will be rested.

  61. 1308: 

    Steven Gerrard is hopeful that Liverpool can add another memorable European comeback as they look to overturn a 2-0 deficit against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League on Thursday night.

    He told the club's website: "Against Chelsea in 2005, about 45 minutes before that game, as we were going out to do our warm-up, the noise was deafening and you could feel the ground shaking. If we can get anywhere close against Zenit, then their players are going to find it very difficult to play against us on Thursday night.

    "There's also Olympiakos and if you look even further back, the Roma game when we had to turn that round. Hopefully Zenit can join that list of comebacks."

  62. 1303: 

    MOTD presenter Gary Lineker on Twitter: "Good heavens, my neighbour Ed Woodward is the new chief exec of Manchester United, taking over from David Gill, and he never said a word."

  63. 1302: 

    Batsman Faf du Plessis has been appointed South Africa's full-time Twenty20 captain,


    Anthony Felix: "What do people mean by give Wenger more time? They mean that eight years is not time enough?"

    Andrew McFarlane: "Every year Arsenal underachieve, sell their best players and back their manager. How much longer is it the players fault?"

    Michael Scheltema: "It's the duty of every true Arsenal supporter to not accept this level of football and management from the club. Action."

  65. 1257: 

    From BBC Radio Manchester's Nathan Middleton:

    Steve Diamond has confirmed to BBC Radio Manchester that he will remain as director of rugby at Sale Sharks for the "next year or two". Chief executive Diamond took control of first-team affairs following the departure of John Mitchell in December and has led Sale, who are bottom of the Premiership, to four consecutive wins in all competitions.

  66. 1252: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "There is no British interest in the last event of the afternoon session on day one of the 2013 World Track Cycling Championships, which is qualifying for the women's individual pursuit.

    "Plenty to look forward to in the evening session, though, starting at 19:00 local time or 16:00 GMT (live on the red button). First we've got the arrival of the Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko and the opening ceremony… then the racing begins. Becky James and Vicky Williamson go in qualifying for the women's team sprint, with the finals to follow later tonight. Twenty-year-old Kian Emadi, who also goes as man three in the men's team sprint on Thursday, makes his senior world championship debut in the kilo (kilometre time trial) and then there is the gold medal showdown with Australia in the men's team pursuit."

  67. 1247: 

    Leeds United owners GFH Capital have asked fans to be patient as they look to secure new investment in the club.

    GFH say they are not interested in selling a controlling share in the club and rejected a bid from an unnamed consortium last week.

    They told BBC Radio Leeds: "Please be patient. We can only be responsible for the future, and we can only be successful if the club is successful."

  68. 1247: 

    Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing has adjourned for another day and will resume at 0900 GMT on Thursday.

  69. 1245: 

    Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing will enter a third day.

  70. 1243: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Court over until tomorrow. Suspect we will have ruling then and judging by magistrate's line of questioning he may well grant bail."

  71. 1242: 

    The BBC's Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Detective Botha asked by magistrate if he truly believes famous international Paralympic athlete would be flight risk: "Yes". Laughter from Oscar Pistorius's relatives when detective says he's a flight risk. Tone of Magistrate's question implies he is sceptical. Magistrate: "Would gold medal Olympic athlete forsake career and avoid chance to clear name in court?"" It's possible," says detective."


    Ross Heggie: "RE 1130: Is Theo Walcott an idiot? If they 'go at' Bayern with nothing to lose, they'll concede a lot more than 3 goals."

    Nick Gallagher: "How Arsene Wenger us still at Arsenal is anybody's guess? Di Matteo was sacked after winning the Champions League!"

    Simon Harkins: "The Blackburn loss was the players fault , whilst Bayern are one of the best teams in Europe. Need better players, not manager."

    Do you agree? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  73. 1239: 

    The Rugby Football League has rejected the appeal against a four match ban by Catalans Dragons prop Julian Bousquet.

    Bousquet sought a reduction in the punishment for a Grade D shoulder charge offence involving Salford half-back Theo Fages earlier this month.

  74. 1235: 

    Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler has been awarded an England increment contract for 2012-2013, the ECB have announced.

    Buttler qualifies by virtue of having represented England on 10 occasions since the contract period began on 1 October.


    Nathan Dearth: "Arsenal "crisis" furore is ridiculous. They used to be top two UK team. Now a top four UK team due to introduction of Chelski and City. Simple."

    Thomas Knights: "Arsenal's problem is that players like Arshavin, Chamakh and Gervinho don't play anywhere close to their potential."

    Frank Hopewell-Smith: "Most Arsenal fans know it is the board that is the problem. They want money not silverware. Something has to change."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  76. 1230: 

    SPL bottom club Dundee have "parted company" with manager Barry Smith.

  77. 1228: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Prosecution now questioning detective again. Botha still on edge. 'Be calm and focus', says prosecutor Nel to detective, 'I don't want to embarrass you'. Botha now says witness to shouting/argument was more like 300 m away. Not 600 as he stated earlier."

  78. 1224: 

    Durham confirmed they will have a meeting with Ben Stokes and he was sent home from the England Lions tour to Australia for disciplinary reasons along with Matt Coles.

    The club said in a statement: "Durham County Cricket Club is disappointed to hear the news that Ben Stokes will be returning to the UK early from the England Lions Tour of Australia, following a disciplinary incident.

    "Ben will meet with the club's cricket management team upon his return to the UK and the club will make no further comment at this stage."

  79. 1221: 

    Tom Daley has revealed he is on the look-out for a new synchronised diving partner to replace Peter Waterfield.

    Doubts over 31-year-old Waterfield's future have been cast since he lost funding from British Diving in January.

    "Peter is going to be too old to compete in the 2016 Games because his body's taken a battering over the years," Daley told BBC Radio Devon. "It's going to be interesting to see who is going to partner me, and we'll just have to wait and see who that is."

  80. 1218: 

    Work on the redevelopment of Belfast's Windsor Park is set to begin in September after planning permission for the £29.2m project was granted on Wednesday.

    Environment Minister Alex Attwood announced the go-ahead for the planned 18,000 all-seater upgrade of the South Belfast stadium.

  81. 1215: 

    Leicester City's England Under-21s international defender Liam Moore is poised to join League One promotion hopefuls Brentford on loan.

    The centre-half has made 14 first-team appearances for the Foxes this season, but none since December and Foxes manager Nigel Pearson is keen to give the 19-year-old some game time.

    Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "He will be going out on loan. He needs some games. I think that will be good for him."

  82. 1211: 

    "I am bitterly disappointed that we didn't make it through to the final and have a chance to try to retain the World Cup. We can't do anything about that now but I think we can learn an awful lot from the experiences we have had as a side."

    You can check out Laura Marsh's column after England failed to reach the final of the Women's Cricket World Cup on our cricket page.


    Dheeraj Gupta: "Should Wenger resign or re-sign? Tough one to call but should be put off till end of the season."

    Paul Apenteng: "Real Madrid have wanted Wenger for years. Mourinho wants back in EPL. Everyone could be a winner."

    Vijay Tyagi: "Wenger is still one of the best managers! It's some players who don't deserve to play for club like Arsenal!!"

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1208: 

    Today's sees the launch of the BBC's new free android app, enabling you to receive news of all major sports, along with live text coverage of many different sports. The app has a live football scores section and the ability to play live and on-demand video.

  85. 1204: 

    Ulster fly-half Paddy Jackson looks set to edge out Ronan O'Gara for a starting role in Ireland's Six Nations game with Scotland at Murrayfield on Sunday.

    If selected, Jackson would be winning his first full international cap after featuring for an Ireland XV in the win over Fiji at Thomond Park in November.

  86. 1202: 

    Never heard of Ed Woodward who will replace David Gill as Manchester United chief executive on 30 June? You can read his interview with BBC Sport's Richard Conway from last year on the BBC website.

  87. 1200: 

    Belgian coach Adel Amrouche has been appointed the new coach of the Kenyan national team.

    The former Burundi boss signed a contract with Kenyan football authorities on Wednesday, after being chosen ahead of 20 other applicants.

    "I am happy to be the coach of Kenya and I'm happy because the federation and I have the same goals," he said. "I hope Kenya can be one of the best on the continent and that I can help them qualify for major tournaments."


    Phil Broeders: "Would like to see Gill in Uefa. That place needs a shake up and he'd be the man for the job."

    Jake Danesh: "Arsenal fans treatment of Wenger is disgraceful, he turned them into a powerhouse he can do it again given time."

    James Joseph: "Bayern dominated v Chelsea and Arsenal. The difference? Chelsea had a plan and fight. Arsenal for a few years have neither."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  89. 1154: 

    Scotland have made one change to the side which beat Italy as they prepare to face Ireland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield on Sunday, with prop Geoff Cross coming in for Euan Murray, who refuses to play on Sundays for religious reasons.

  90. 1153: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "Great Britain dominated in the velodrome at the London Olympics and they know they will get at least one medal in Minsk on the opening night of the 2013 World Championships after setting up a clash with old rivals Australia for gold in the men's team pursuit final.

    "Australia's quartet of Glenn O'Shea, Alex Edmondson, Michael Hepburn and Alex Morgan clocked the fastest time in qualifying on Wednesday afternoon with three minutes 59.325 seconds. Britain were on course to better that, but faded in the final stages and finished in 3:59.784. Denmark and Spain were third and fourth and will fight it out for bronze."


    Mark Wilson: "Edward Woodward to replace Gill? Guaranteed Equalizer every weekend."

    Rob Graham: "Might be time for Fergie to follow David Gill and signal the start of a new chapter."

    Paul Smylie: "Gazidis gets £2m a year, Wenger £6m a year to deliver profits not trophies, their obligations are to Kroenke not to the fans."

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  92. 1151: 

    British Swimming has appointed Graeme Thompson as national performance director for women's water polo.

    Thompson, a former performance director for the Rugby Football League (RFL) and an advisor for UK Sport, will be based with the team in Manchester, tasked with making further improvements to the women's national squad.

  93. 1150: 

    BBC Africa correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Oscar Pistorius's defence claims "illegal" ammunition at house belongs to athlete's father."

  94. 1148: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "Britain certain of first Minsk medal. 2nd fastest in men's team pursuit qualifying in 3min 59.784sec. They face Australia for gold tonight."

  95. 1144: 

    The BBC's Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing.

    Harding reports: "Back in session in court c. Police detective Botha back on stand. Pistorius's brother now sitting beside defence lawyer. Detective Botha agrees he previously expressed confidence there would be "no problem" with bail.

  96. 1142: 

    Tadhg Reddan on Twitter: "David Gill stepping down at Man U. I wonder is this the 1st indication that Fergie might be on his way out? Mourinho or Moyes?"

    Chris on Twitter: "David Gill stepping down as chief executive, wouldn't be surprised if we see him popping up at Uefa or Fifa."

    Phil Durrant on Twitter: "As a Spurs fan, I think Arsenal are our biggest threat in the league, and a better team. Top four finish for them now me thinks."

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  97. 1138: 

    Manchester United co-chairman Joel Glazer hopes outgoing chief executive David Gill will be elected to Uefa's executive committee.

    Glazer said: "He is someone that has a reputation for decency and integrity and a man that has engendered the loyalty and total commitment of staff. He has been an invaluable confidant and adviser in the last eight years. I am very pleased he has agreed to remain on the board, so that his experience and counsel is not lost to us.

    "I hope that the decision he has made will be to the benefit of the game in Europe as a whole, as he seeks election to Uefa's executive committee."

  98. 1136: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to David Gill after the chief executive announced he will leave Old Trafford in June.

    Ferguson said: "I have been at United for over 26 years and for 23 of those years my boss has been one of only two men: Martin Edwards, who brought me to the club, and David Gill. I have enjoyed working with both.

    "Him stepping down is a big loss to me but the fact that he is staying on the board encourages me that the reason for his departure is heartfelt, that he believes it is time for the club to move on. If I could have found a way of persuading him to stay I would love to have done that. But he has made his decision and I respect him for it."

  99. 1134: 

    Executive vice chairman Ed Woodward will take over the role of chief executive when David Gill leaves Manchester United in June.

    Gill said: "It has been a very hard decision because I love this club and, as the fans' banner says, it is, 'more than a religion'.

    "I'm delighted Ed has accepted the role. I have worked with him for more than seven years and in that time he has built up knowledge of football matters, which will hold him in good stead for the future."

  100. 1131: 

    David Gill will step down from his position as chief executive of Manchester United from 30 June 2013.

  101. 1130: 

    Theo Walcott is refusing to give up hope of Arsenal reaching the Champions League quarter-finals despite a 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the first leg.

    He told Arsenal Player: "When we go there [to Munich], we have to be very positive and just go right at them.

    "Last season we beat AC Milan when we lost 4-0 in the first leg. We did very well at home here. We've got to show what we can do when we go away and play without any fear and have nothing to lose. It's a big ask but we need to be positive."

  102. 1125: 

    Radoslaw Majewski says Nottingham Forest are already playing with much more belief following Billy Davies' return as manager after the 6-1 win over Huddersfield.

    "This manager has got our confidence back," he told BBC East Midlands Today. "We have got the same players but our confidence is back. We play much better, much quicker and with more energy."

  103. 1122: 

    Sebastian Vettel is top of the timesheet once again as we approach lunch on day two of the second pre-season test in Barcelona. The reigning world champion clocks 1m22.259s to leapfrog Lewis Hamilton. Not much between the trio of Vettel, Hamilton and Fernando Alonso, with just one second seperate the trio.

    Kimi Raikkonen is the only driver of the 11 out on the circuit yet to set a timed lap in the Lotus after the team needed to change his gearbox due to a problem. Read Andrew Benson's mid-morning report on the website.

  104. 1121: 

    Torquay have appointed Alan Knill as their interim manager until the end of the season.

    The former Rotherham, Bury and Scunthorpe boss will work with assistant Shaun Taylor, who has been managing the Gulls for the last six games while manager Martin Ling has been absent on sick leave.


    Ben King: "Arsenal fans are blaming Wenger? It's the board and the players' work ethic. Where is the replacement for RVP?"

    Matthew Peden: "Hope the rumours about David Moyes to take over the helm at Arsenal are not true! Appoint Seaman."

    Tom Childs: "I can't remember this much negativity ever surrounding Arsenal. We have completely lost faith in the manager and the club."

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  106. 1117: 

    Manager Gordon Strachan is eager to welcome captain Darren Fletcher back into his Scotland squad as he recovers from a chronic bowel disease.

    The Manchester United midfielder, 29, will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery in January.

    "The quicker he gets back, the better for Manchester United and for me," Strachan told BBC Radio Manchester. "Any problems on the pitch never affect Darren and he'll deal with the problems he's got just now in the same way."

  107. 1113: 

    The BBC's Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing: "Lunch break. Oscar Pistorius's family look visibly relieved after all that. "We're in terrible trouble" says junior prosecution official leaving court."

  108. 1110: 

    Fly-half Stephen Myler has signed a new contract with Aviva Premiership club Northampton. Saints announced that the 28-year-old had agreed terms "for the foreseeable future".


    Bruce Willis: "Wenger needs to resign now. His constant refusal to spend money has massively backfired and is becoming frankly embarrassing."

    Krishan Korpal: "I think people forget that Arsene isn't on the board, so making a profit isn't his objective, he should be judged on the team."

    Lavendren Pillay: "Arsenal were outclassed last night and got punished by a an efficient and powerful Bayern team. Simply not good enough."

    What do you think of Arsene Wenger's situation after Arsenal's Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  110. 1105: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "We are past the halfway mark of the men's team pursuit qualifying here at the Minsk Arena. Fastest team so far is Switzerland with a time of four minutes, 5.827 seconds, but the real big guns are yet to come. The British quartet will be the last of the 15 teams to go, following perennial rivals Australia, and has a slightly different look to London 2012 - Olympic gold medallists Ed Clancy and Steven Burke are joined by Andy Tennant, who was reserve at London 2012, and Sam Harrison, a 20-year-old from Newport who is at his first senior World Championships."

  111. 1101: 

    Here is today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Name the 10 German teams that have played in Champions League since 1992? The answer will be revealed here at 1400 GMT.

  112. 1055: 

    British Swimming appoint Graeme Thompson as national performance director for women's water polo.

    Thompson, a former performance director for the Rugby Football League and an advisor for UK Sport, will be based with the team in Manchester.

    He says: "The team has made very good progress in recent years and has significant potential for Rio. I'm looking to drive British Water Polo to be competing with the best in 2016."

  113. 1052:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    From 7.30 tonight Mark Pougatch is at the home of Bradford City FC, for a special show in front of an audience of fans, former players and managers, as the club look ahead to their Capital One League Cup final appearance against Swansea at Wembley on Sunday.

    At 9pm Mark Chapman presents 'Gemili and the Next Generation' - a special programme looking at the next generation of British athletes, led by sprinter Adam Gemili, who burst on to the world stage in 2012. Olympic gold medalist Darren Campbell has been to see Gemili as he prepares to take the next step in his career.

  114. 1048: 

    BBC's Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding in the court room in Pretoria: "Defence: postmortem showed no signs of assault or defensive wounds on Reeva Steenkamp. Correct says Botha.

    "Botha admits he would have locked toilet door too if he was in Reeva's position having heard Oscar shouting to call police."

  115. 1045: 

    Deputy Prime Minister and Arsenal fan Nick Clegg has been speaking about his team's loss to Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

    He says: "I'm heartbroken. I'm heartbroken. I really am."

    Asked if manager Arsene Wenger should quit, he replies: "I don't think so. I know what it's like to lead a team that goes through ups and downs. But I wouldn't compare myself to Arsene Wenger. He probably wouldn't like that."

  116. 1040: 

    Britain's Kelly Gallagher has finished third in the women's visually impaired downhill race on the opening day of the World Paralympic Skiing Championships in La Molina, Spain.

    Gallagher, from Northern Ireland, and her guide Charlotte Evans, finished behind Henrietta Farkasova of Slovakia and Alexandra Frantseva of Russia.

  117. 1037: 

    The BBC's Africa Correspondent Andrew Harding is in the court room in South Africa for the second day of Oscar Pistorius's bail hearing. The first officer to arrive on the scene - chief investigating officer Hilton Botha - is at the stand.

    Harding reports: "He moved around" says Botha struggling to explain location of cartridges in bathroom under intense cross examination from defence. Botha struggling on "argument" at Pistorius' home heard by witness. Admits woman's house was 600 m away. Gasps in court. And again - defence says "testosterone" in house was actually legal herbal remedy used by athletes. Onslaught against Botha is withering. Botha admits to magistrate that he "didn't read the whole name" when claiming testosterone found.

    "Defence says Botha putting "worst possible interpretation" on evidence. Now to the post mortem. Defence says Reeva had empty bladder consistent with someone getting up to go to toilet. Botha agrees. Pistorius sobs."

  118. 1030: 

    England captain Alastair Cook says that 22-year-old Joe Root has surprised him, after he hit a career-best 79 not out as England levelled the one-day series at 1-1 with victory over New Zealand.

    Cook says: "Especially in that knock again today, he's played shots I didn't know he could play. He came in today when we needed seven runs an over, and played very well.

    "The way he has handled himself in international cricket so far has been very good. A lot of playing international cricket is about temperament, and he's certainly shown the right attitude and been able to handle pressure."

  119. 1025: 

    The Football League has announced the shortlists for The Football League Awards 2013.

    A total of 24 clubs have made the shortlists for the eight categories announced.

    Six teams have been nominated for Family Club of the Year: AFC Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove Albion, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Oxford United and Plymouth Argyle.

  120. 1021: 
    Minsk Arena

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "The World Track Cycling Championships are officially under way. Hosts Belarus were first out on to the track at the Minsk Arena to start the men's team pursuit qualifying - four riders racing for 4km or 16 laps - and clocked a time of four minutes 16.278 seconds.

    "As defending World and Olympic champions, Great Britain will be the last of the 15 teams to go."


    Petre Dyche: "Arsenal are in the 4th-6th best team in England category, so trophies should be a bonus rather than a right."

    Chris Gnapp: "Anyone who thinks it's just Wenger to blame is out of their minds, it's him, players and board. Time for change at all levels."

    Jake Favell: "With all of these people asking why the Arsenal board don't sack Wenger is a simple one word answer profit."

  122. 1013: 

    Check out BBC Sport's preview of the World Championships and day-to-day guide featuring analysis from former Olympians Chris Boardman and Rob Hayles and a full schedule of BBC coverage.

  123. 1010: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the Minsk Arena: "The 2013 World Track Cycling Championships start here, well sort of - the official opening ceremony comes ahead of the first of the finals tonight.

    "But a steady stream of spectators are arriving from the freezing temperatures outside (about -4 today), shedding several layers of clothing before they pass out inside the specially heated arena (about +24) and finding their seats before the racing begins at 13:00 FET (10:00 GMT).

    "The first event up is the men's team pursuit qualifying. The British squad were chucking snowballs at me when we got back to the hotel on Tuesday evening, but the serious business begins for them today. 15 teams of four riders will race 4km (or 16 laps of the velodrome) and the fastest two teams will go head-to-head for gold later tonight. As defending world and Olympic champions, Britain go last - so sometime after 11:00 GMT."


    There is plenty of debate on Arsene Wenger's position at Arsenal. Midfielder Jack Wilshere says Wenger should not be blamed for the team's poor form.

    Josh: "Arsenal would be very foolish to get rid of Wenger. Just ask yourself, who could they get now who would be better? Think he's just a scapegoat for the board's failings: lack of spending."

    McBilbo: "I do blame the players, they are the ones who seem to insist on only trying in the second half. However lets not forget Wenger is the man who has failed to persuade any of our top players to stay for several years."

    Hywel Griffiths: "Look at what Wenger has done on a shoe string budget. The fact that we are still in contention for fourth spot shows how much of a genius he is."

  125. 1001: 

    Lewis Hamilton is racking up the laps this morning at the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

    The Briton has completed 24 laps so far in the Mercedes, and was top of the timesheet for a while after clocking 1m24.559s, but he has since been displaced by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, whose 1m23.653s puts him in P1.

  126. 0949: 

    Arsenal expert John Cross in The Mirror says: "The demise of Arsene Wenger's reign looks as if it will be sad and painful.

    "There was a brief fight back for 30 minutes of the second half, but generally Bayern Munich's efficiency, power and brutal ruthlessness left Arsenal completely outclassed."

  127. 0945: 

    Back to Arsenal, four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham and facing a 3-1 deficit against Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Sam Wallace in The Independent writes: "Against Bayern Munich, no-one at the Emirates could hide from the fact that Arsenal were playing against a side who were quite simply operating at a different level to them.

    "The Premier League title race has gone, and so too the domestic cups. They have a return leg to fulfil in Bayern, although really all that matters now is a Champions League place next season, which has never felt more like a trophy of sorts."

  128. 0943: 

    Prosecutors say they found "two bottles of testosterone and needles" at Oscar Pistorius's house.

  129. 0940: 

    More from the BBC's Andrew Harding in the courtroom in Pretoria: "Botha thinks bullets were fired "down" and through top part of door suggesting #OscarPistorius had prosthetic legs on. Botha now helped by projection in court of house plan and bathroom."

  130. 0938:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCYCLING

    Britain's Olympic and world champion Joanna Rowsell tells 5 live of her hopes for the World Track Championships which begin today and can be followed with us across the BBC: "I hope that it will be really successful, but it is mainly quite a young team going to Belarus, quite a development squad working towards Rio [Olympics in 2016], so there are a few big names missing, but I think that is the same for most of the other nations as well.

    "Most nations are trying out new squads this time, so it will be interesting to see how we compare with the rest of the world at a similar stage. Especially in the team events, like the pursuits for men and women there are quite a few riders coming through, so it's a really exciting time for some of the coaches to see how riders have progressed over the summer and how the ones who rode the Olympics have held their form or not."

  131. 0928: 

    More of your thoughts on the problems at Arsenal. Keep them coming in please, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    8Wells: "Wenger chooses to grow, not buy talent but he's failed to build a stellar team in 6 seasons - Barca has so what's his excuse?"

    Neil Thorneycroft: "I have great respect for Arsene but there comes a time when we all must move on. This is that time."

    Sam Evans: "Arsenal lost to a fantastic team last night, simple! give Arsene till the end of the season if we don't get fourth then change it."

  132. 0924: 

    Around 90 minutes into the second day of pre-season testing in Barcelona and Lewis Hamilton is top of the timesheet, clocking one minute 24.559 seconds.

    The Mercedes driver had a day to forget in his first day of the first test for his new team two weeks ago, crashing out less than two hours into the session. The Briton bounced back from that by racking up well over 140 laps on the third day of the first test, and will be looking to continue that in Barcelona today.

  133. 0921: 

    The Daily Mail's Martin Samuel describes Bayern Munich's third goal against Arsenal last night, and the implications it might have for the Gunners: "The ball looped in the air, spinning, spinning, and by the time it landed, Arsenal were as good as out of Europe.

    "This will in all likelihood be their last home Champions League match of the season. The greater worry is that it may be their last at the Emirates Stadium for a while."

  134. 0916: 

    Some views on Arsenal from across the British media and the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter writes: "An eighth season without a trophy lurches towards a painful end. Everybody is looking at Arsène Wenger now.

    "Once all-powerful, Wenger now seems overwhelmed by the scale of the task of stopping Arsenal's demise. Wenger's decision to rest players in the FA Cup against Blackburn Rovers looks even more misguided now."

  135. 0914: 

    Moises Henriques, Australia's 26-year-old Portuguese-born all-rounder, is relieved to know in advance that he is to be making his Test debut against India in Chennai on Friday, the first of a four-match series.

    "It's nice to know a couple of days out that you're playing and to know that you can go into training and really attack the plans and the methods that you're going to try and use in the game as well," he says.

  136. 0908:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 GMT comes live from Valley Parade, where an invited audience will ask current and former Bradford players about the club's route to the League Cup final, which takes place on Sunday.

  137. 0901: 

    Marca also report Barcelona defender Carlos Puyol, 34, told the paper that AC Milan is his second favourite team, behind Barcelona. "If I had to leave the club I would like to go to Milan, but I'm older and want to retire at my club."

  138. 0858: 

    Spain's Marca newspaper has called Italian striker Stephen El-Shaarawy, 20, "the great beacon for the future of the AC Milan and Italy forward line," ahead of the Rossoneri's Champions League match with Barcelona tonight. The paper said any chance of victory over the Catalans will "rest on the shoulders of the young marksman".

  139. 0856: 

    Now for some stories from across the world courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring and says Liverpool are planning a 7-9 million euro bid to sign Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala's Uzbek playmaker Odil Ahmedov, 25. Representatives from Liverpool visited Moscow last week to watch him in action during the Europa League match between Anzhi and Hannover.

  140. 0854: 

    We're asking this morning what you think the future holds for Arsenal should they fail to qualify for next season's Champions League. Please send your thoughts in, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Jay: "Wenger situation reminds of last 18 months of Benitez [at Liverpool], lurching from defeat to defeat with a deteriorating squad."

    Gary Prentis: "Surely Wenger's time is up, why stick with a manager who hasn't won anything for eight years, why are the board scared to act!!"

    Ismael: "Arsene Wenger lacks tactical sharpness. Always sticks to 4-3-3, no adjustments depending on opponent strength & weakness!"

  141. 0844: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Botha confirms shots fired through door. Botha: we think cricket bat was used to gain entry. Magistrate asks for diagram or sketch of bathroom and corridor. 'Give us a better picture!'"

  142. 0840: 

    Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor admits the future of 22-year-old team-mate Christian Benteke, who has scored 15 goals this term following an £8m move from Genk, will be open to debate and says: "Christian is one of the players of the season for me so far.

    "He's going to get linked with the top clubs, especially because of his age. He's young. He's gifted in what he can do so he's going to be linked with a lot of clubs."

  143. 0836: 

    More from the BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Botha: Reeva shot on right side of head, in right hip and right elbow. #OscarPistorius crying. Botha describes bathroom: two phones and four bullet cartridges on floor. Neither phones used that night."

  144. 0832: 

    The World Track Championships begin today in Belarus, with the women's team sprint and the men's team pursuit on today's schedule, and we will have updates from our reporters there for you throughout the day. From 16:00 GMT there is coverage on Red Button, online and on Radio 5 live, and also on BBC Two from 16:45 GMT.

  145. 0828: 

    England win the second one-day international against New Zealand by eight wickets with 14 balls remaining, Joe Root with an unbeaten 79, to level the series at 1-1. The deciding match takes place in Auckland on Saturday.

    Reaction now on 5 live sports extra.

  146. 0825: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Detective Botha giving evidence: arrived at scene at 4.15 am. Found Reeva on bottom step. Dead. Wearing white shorts black vest."

  147. 0825: 

    Beaten in the League Cup by Bradford and at home by Blackburn in the FA Cup, Arsenal's problems continued last night with a 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich at the Emirates.

    Is there any hope of them scoring three goals in the second leg in Germany on 13 March? If they do bow out at the last 16 stage, do you think they can qualify for next season's competition? And if they don't do you think Arsene Wenger will remain as manager? Former Arsenal midfielder Stewart Robson says Wenger is the main reason why the club have gone so long without a trophy, let us know your thoughts on what might happen please, using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  148. 0820: 

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere defends Arsene Wenger following the 3-1 defeat by Bayern Munich and says: "He puts us on the pitch, it's down to us to perform and get the best out of us every week and a manager can put us on the pitch and motivate us but we have to do it when we're on the pitch and at the moment we're starting badly and getting punished for it.

    "I think the players will take responsibility, we're man enough to take it. The boss has been here for 16 years and he's been doing a great job so you can't question him."

  149. 0815: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding at the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing: "Member of #oscarpistorius defence team tells me yesterday "went well." Today could be tougher."

  150. 0815: 

    Now for some stories from today's Gossip Column on the BBC website and Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria, 25, is being offered around Europe to top clubs including Manchester United and Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mirror)

    Liverpool are considering a summer move for Lyon defender Dejan Lovren. Chelsea and Everton are also keen on the 23-year-old Croatia centre-back. (Daily Mail)

    Chelsea are weighing up a £10m move for Hamburg's 20-year-old South Korean striker Heung-Min Son. (Metro)

  151. 0810: 

    Today's sees the launch of the BBC's new free android app, enabling you to receive news of all major sports, along with live text coverage of many different sports. The app has a live football scores section and the ability to play live and on-demand video.

  152. 0806: 

    The second one-day international is nearing its conclusion in Napier, and England, chasing 270 to level the three-match series, are 228-2 from 43 overs, with Jonathan Trott and Joe Root well set. Earlier Ross Taylor made 100 for New Zealand and England skipper Alastair Cook replied with 78.

    Catch the closing stages on 5 live sports extra.

  153. 0805: 

    Meanwhile, International Paralympic Committee president Sir Philip Craven says disability sport will recover from the shock of the arrest of Oscar Pistorius and tells BBC Sport: "This is something we have to get over, the initial shock."

  154. 0803: 

    The second day of the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing is under way in Pretoria, with prosecutors set to detail their case against the South African athlete.

  155. 0802: 

    Monsieur Wenger with a valiant response after the defeat, commenting: "Things sometimes change quickly in three weeks so let's hope we can do it."

  156. 0801: 

    Problems mount for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal after his team are beaten 3-1 by Bayern Munich in the first-leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie.

  157. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We'll have updates from the second one-day international as England attempt to level the series in New Zealand, and news of the Oscar Pistorius bail hearing but we begin with a look at the top stories on the BBC website this morning.

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