Sportsday - Friday 22 February

Premier League predictions with Lawro, World Track Cycling Championships, plus more sports news.

22 February 2013 Last updated at 19:03 GMT

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  1. 1900: 

    That concludes another Sportsday live. Remember to stay in touch with all the weekend sport online, on BBC Radio 5 live and on television. Goodnight.

  2. 1850: 

    Leeds Rhinos will be without full-back Zak Hardaker in their World Club Challenge match against Melbourne Storm after he suffered a thumb injury in last week's win over Salford.

    Prop Ryan Bailey (knee) is also out but winger Joe Vickery (ankle) has recovered from the injury he picked up in the opening day victory over Hull FC and could feature. The match kicks off at 2000 GMT.

  3. 1845: 

    Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says the club can "hold their heads high" after their Europa League exit to Zenit St Petersburg on away goals.

    "There's disappointment because we didn't get through but we have to be proud of how we played," Reina told the Liverpool Echo.

    "We went out of the Europa League with our heads held high. We fought for our lives throughout the 90 minutes and we showed a lot of passion. We are not happy but that's football."

  4. 1839: 

    Japanese favourite Sara Takanashi, the World Cup champion, had to settle for the silver medal in the women's ski jumping final at the Nordic World Championships.

    The 16-year-old scored 251 points but was beaten into second spot by American rival Sarah Hendrickson, who won gold with 253.7 points.

  5. 1836: 

    Great Britain's Jason Kenny has won the keirin gold medal at the World Track Championships. Follow our live text and video coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  6. 1833: 

    Third-seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga hit 19 aces in a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10) win against Bernard Tomic to reach the semi-finals of the Open 13.

    Tsonga will face the winner of Friday's later quarter-final between defending champion Juan Martin del Potro and sixth-seeded Gilles Simon. Russia's Dmitry Tursunov also advanced to the last four by beating Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-6 (7) 1-6 7-5.

  7. 1822: 

    The US government is expected to join a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong after talks with his lawyers broke down. The suit argues Armstrong defrauded the American public by insisting he was not using drugs while riding for the publicly funded US Postal Service team.

    Last month, Armstrong admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during all seven of his Tour de France wins. The suit, filed by his former team-mate Floyd Landis, aims to recover sponsorship money from Armstrong.


    Peter Umunna: "Don't believe City can beat Chelsea despite being fresher. City's midfield and defence are suspect and can be found out."

    David Parsons: "Krul out, a long journey home and only two days between games. That's a Geordie win then?"

    Have your say on Lawro's predictions this week by using the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  9. 1814: 

    Great Britain's Simon Yates wins the men's points race at the World Track Championships. Follow our live text on the BBC Sport website.

  10. 1812: 

    Brazilian Ronaldo will kick off Paris St Germain's home Ligue 1 clash against Marseille on Sunday, in which his former Real Madrid team-mate David Beckham is poised to make his debut for the French club.

    The Brazilian World Cup winner and three-times world player of the year never played for PSG and retired from the sport in 2011 but will kick the ball from the centre circle immediately before the start of Sunday's game.

  11. 1804: 

    Emmanuel Adebayor insists poor organisation by the Togo Football Federation, and not his own laziness, was the reason behind his late return to Tottenham following the African Nations Cup.

    "I couldn't just abandon my team," he said. "We went to the quarter-finals of African Nations Cup, which was historical for my country.

    "I could not just jump on a plane and come back to Tottenham, because the president of the country wanted to see us and congratulate us. I am the captain so I have to be there. So that's what I did. Then I got the flight the club sent to me."

  12. 1758: 

    Molde coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is in no rush to manage a club in the Premier League. Solskjaer has led Molde to unprecedented success, winning the last two Norwegian titles.

    He turned down the Aston Villa job in May 2012 and was heavily linked with Blackburn Rovers earlier this season.

    "We've decided that, as a family, we'd still like to live in Norway," he told the BBC's World Football programme. "At that time it was too early to move back. I've moved back home and the kids and my family are enjoying themselves."

  13. 1750: 

    David Price believes Saturday's fight against Tony Thompson could prove to be a defining moment in his boxing career. Undefeated Price, 29, will move a step closer to a world title bout if he can beat American Thompson in Liverpool.

    He told BBC North West Tonight: "It's got quite a bit of attention because Tony Thompson is probably the toughest opponent I'm likely to have faced. It's going to be a big occasion for me and my team, and a pivotal fight in my career I think."


    Robinho: "I can see Benteke giving the sluggish Arsenal defence some problems tomorrow, CL hangover as well."

    Andy Whitaker: "For those criticising Benitez's tactical nous, he was the last man to lead a team other than RM or Barca to La Liga glory..."

  15. 1741: 

    Winger Mike Brown insists England will look to take on France at their own attacking game in their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Saturday.

    "Every game I go into I think I can attack," Brown told BBC Sport. "Unless it's blowing a gale and you can't see for snow in your eyes, you can attack. I want to run with the ball."

  16. 1737: 

    League One strugglers Bury have been placed under a transfer embargo for a second time in three months. They were initially handed the sanction by the Football League on 10 December having received a loan from the Professional Footballers' Association.

    The embargo was lifted on 18 January once the loan had been repaid in full. In a statement, commercial director David Manchester said Bury have again asked for assistance from the PFA to help with the club's ongoing expenses.

  17. 1732: 

    Jason Kenny has been reinstated to the keirin final at the World Track Championships after Francois Pervis, who won the Bolton rider's heat, was relegated to the 7th-12th place final.

    It appears Francois Pervis just cut down across Kenny's front wheel at the front of the pack as the pair entered the final lap. The GB rider was squeezed down towards the apron and the commissaires decided that the infringement was worthy of relegation. The final is expected to be at 1815 GMT. Follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  18. 1729: 

    Former Bolton Wanderers midfielder Fabrice Muamba will present the League Cup to the winning captain in Sunday's final between Bradford City and Swansea City at Wembley.

    Muamba, who was forced to retire prematurely after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing in an FA Cup match against Tottenham Hotspur last March, will be the sponsor's guest of honour and will also watch the match from the Royal Box as well as being introduced to both teams before the game.

  19. 1726: 

    Johnson Charles made his second one-day century and Darren Bravo completed his first with a single off the final ball as the West Indies took firm control of the first one-day international against Zimbabwe at St George's.

    Charles made 130 from 111 balls after sharing in an opening partnership with Kieran Powell worth 168 while Bravo made eight off the final over - five from the final two balls - to reach an unbeaten 100 from 71 balls, taking the West Indies to 337-4.

  20. 1722: 

    Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes car will not be fast enough to compete for victories at the start of the season. The Englishman said on the final day of the second pre-season test that the team still needed to find aerodynamic performance to compete with the best.

    "We're not looking at wins at the moment," said Hamilton. "We're hoping to get into the points and fight for top 10.

    "It's not fast enough to be quickest over one lap but it's not slow, that's for sure."

  21. 1716:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP

    Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is Colin Murray's guest on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 GMT. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe, former England rugby union international Mike Catt and modern pentathlete Heather Fell will also be on the show.

  22. 1712: 

    Hanover 96's new signing Franca is suffering from tuberculosis and will be out of action for several months but the Brazilian midfielder's career is not in danger, according to a club statement.

    "We are very sorry for Franca but the most important thing is that he recovers and returns healthy," sports director Joerg Schmadtke said. "After treatment he will continue his career as a footballer according to the doctors. That is important and good news for him and us."

  23. 1708: 

    World record holder Paula Radcliffe has praised the decision of London Marathon organisers to impose stricter anti-doping penalties on athletes. World Marathon Majors (WMM), who also organise races in Tokyo, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York, can now suspend or claim back payments from athletes found guilty of doping.

    "I would love to see all major events follow its lead," said Radcliffe. "The cheats need to understand that they are not welcome in our sport."

  24. 1702: 

    BBC Scotland reporter Jim Spence has gone 'viral' on social networking sites because of his hair style. You can watch a video of his latest report on the BBC Sport website.

  25. 1658: 

    Ian Brown: "People forget Newcastle played two games since Saints last played, can't see Saints losing."

    Will Moores: "Can see a frustrated Arsenal smashing Villa for five or six, Podolski and Walcott will get a few."

    Have your say on Lawro's predictions this week by using the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  26. 1652: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hopes a new contract can be agreed with winger Jason Puncheon over the coming weeks. Puncheon spent several loan spells away from the club after losing his place in the first team and little over a year ago took to Twitter to criticise Southampton executive chairman Nicola Cortese.

    The winger threatened to see out the rest of his contract training with the reserves and youth team, but the pair patched up their differences and Puncheon has now become an integral part of the team.

    "I myself haven't spoken anything about his contract," the Argentinian said, speaking through a translator. "Puncheon is a player I am counting on and he is a player that has certain qualities and skills that are good for the team so, yes, I'd like him to stay."

  27. 1644: 

    Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will play Italy's Sara Errani in the Dubai Championship final after the Czech player beat Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4. Errani had earlier beaten doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3.

  28. 1639: 

    Britain's Becky James reaches the semi-finals of the women's sprint competition at the World Track Championships in Minsk, Belarus. James, who was the fastest qualifier, beat Australia's Kaarle McCulloch 2-0 and will be in action again on Saturday. You can follow all of the action on the BBC Sport website.

  29. 1634: 

    World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan will make a major announcement concerning his future in the sport on Tuesday.

    The 37-year-old has played only one competitive match this season, choosing to take a break from the sport and consider his next career move.

    He has until the end of February to decide whether to defend his Crucible title.

  30. 1623: 

    Dean Saunders tells BBC Sport's Pat Murphy that it is 'agony' managing Wolves at the moment.

    Saunders said: "My pride's hurt, it's agony - but I'm trying to put right two-and-a-half years of problems in six weeks.

    "My old manager Arthur Cox told me what drove him on is to avoid the sack. I'm the same but I'll also try to avoid it."

    Since the appointment of Terry Connor a year ago, Wolves have picked up just 38 points in 46 games spread over two divisions. They are now in the bottom three of the second tier for the first time since 1999.

  31. 1612: 

    South Africa finish day one of the opening day of the third Test against Pakistan on 334-6. AB De Villiers is on 98 not out while Hashim Amla made 92 before being dismissed. South Africa hold an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series.

  32. 1602: 

    West Ham have issued a statement saying they will not tolerate racism ahead of their game against Tottenham on Monday.

    The reverse fixture at White Hart Lane in November was marred by anti-Semitic chanting.

    Joint chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan said: "We have made it very clear that we will not tolerate any form of discriminatory behaviour and one by one we will root out those fans that do not deserve to represent this great club of ours. We must be clear that we will pursue the harshest sanctions against any individual who goes against what we stand for as a club."

  33. 1551:  
    Chris Bevan, BBC SportCYCLING

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Cycling Championship: "We had a fast and furious afternoon session on the track, with Becky James and Jason Kenny coming through their heats of the women's sprint and men's keirin, but Vicky Williamson and Matt Crampton falling by the wayside.

    "James and Kenny are both in action again in the evening session (which starts at 16:00 GMT), with James hoping to negotiate her best-of-three race sprint quarter-final and Kenny hoping to follow in Sir Chris Hoy's footsteps by clinching Keirin gold in the race featuring the man on a moped.

    "Elsewhere, Dani King goes in the women's 10km scratch race, Steve Yates is in the men's 40km points race and Jon Dibben, who turned 19 this month, continues his campaign in the omnium, where he is 11th after two of the six events."

  34. 1543: 

    Richard Knight: "Think there's big wins for Arsenal and Newcastle, while Swansea to thump Bradford in cup!"

    Khalid Mumtaz: "Agree with Arsenal victory but don't see them keeping a clean sheet. #AVFC, particularly Benteke, are scoring goals of late."

    Do you agree with Lawro's predictions this week? Let us know by using the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  35. 1539: 

    It is another busy afternoon at the World Track Cycling World Championships in Minsk where Great Britian's double Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny will hope to be in the mix for the keirin final and Dani King, with a team pursuit gold already in the bag, goes in the scratch race. Action starts at 16:00 GMT and you can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  36. 1531: 

    British pair Katie Hewison and Jodie Stimpson will continue their winter preparations in Australia by taking part in Saturday's Devonport OTU Sprint Triathlon Oceania Championships.

    The pair have been training in Australia since early January ahead of the international triathlon season getting fully underway in New Zealand in early April.

    Former ITU Duathlon world champion Hewison will be looking to continue the run of form from last season that saw her clinch her first Triathlon World Cup win in Cancun.

    Stimpson, who is part of the podium squad, will take on the sprint distance event having ended last season on a high with fifth place at the World Triathlon Grand Final in New Zealand.

  37. 1514: 

    It is the final hour of the final day of the second Formula 1 pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. You can follow the latest as the session draws to a close on the BBC Sport website.

  38. 1509: 

    Coming up later this evening, Leeds Rhinos take on Melbourne Storm in the World Club Challenge at Headingley. There will be coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 19:45 and also on BBC Radio Leeds.

  39. 1455: 

    The South Africa court sets bail for Oscar Pistorius at 1m rand (£74,000) and postpones his murder trial until 4 June.

    Pistorius, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day, was also ordered to surrender his passports and avoid his home and all witnesses in the case.

  40. 1453: 

    Aldershot appoint Andy Scott and Terry Bullivant as manager and assistant manager respectively on a contract until the end of next season. Scott takes over from Dean Holdsworth who was sacked on Tuesday.

  41. 1447: 

    Italian fifth seed Sara Errani beats compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3 to reach the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships. She will face the winner of the second semi-final between Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki.

  42. 1435: 

    Decision Technology on Twitter: "We agree with #lawrospredictions that Arsenal 2 - 0 Villa is the most likely result. But that's still only a 10.1% chance! 72% chance of AFC win."

    Vijay Tiyagi: "After losing out to B's (Blackburn & B Munich) A hungry Arsenal can beat AV by 4-0 or 5-0! :) Lets see!"

    Do you agree with Lawro's predictions? Let us know on the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  43. 1429: 

    After a lengthy summing-up, Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair ruled Pistorius was not a flight risk and did not pose a danger to society.

  44. 1427: 

    Wigan's Sam Tomkins could make his return in Sunday's Super League game against London Broncos. The reigning Man of Steel missed last weekend's defeat at Huddersfield with a shoulder injury. However, Darrell Goulding (illness) and Anthony Gelling (injury).

  45. 1421: 

    South African double amputee athlete Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail after the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. You can follow the reaction to the news on the BBC News website.

  46. 1415: 

    Briton Colin Fleming is through to Sunday's ATP doubles final in Marseille with Indian Rohan Bopanna following a 7-5 6-1 win over Julian Knowle and Filip Polasek. Fleming is playing with Bopanna after the Scot's regular partner, Ross Hutchins, was diagnosed with cancer in January, and replacement Jonny Marray picked up a calf injury earlier this month.

  47. 1411: 

    England flanker Tom Croft returns for Leicester in tomorrow night's clash with Premiership title rivals Saracens at Welford Road. Croft's comeback since recovering from the serious neck injury sustained last April has been approached on a match-by-match basis and he sat out last Saturday's 25-21 defeat at Harlequins but he is set to play in his fourth match of the season.

  48. 1358: 

    Martyn Irvine made Irish cycling history by winning gold and silver at the World Track Championships on Thursday, the country's first gold since 1897. BBC Sport's Chris Bevan describes how fans, fellow riders, flower girls and foreign coaches all wanted their photo taken with Irvine on Thursday night. Despite being out on his feet, track cycling's newest hero had to fight to leave the velodrome at Minsk Arena. Read the feature on the BBC Sport website.

  49. 1353: 

    The afternoon session of the final day of the second pre-season test is underway, you can follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  50. 1348: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert has branded criticism of Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger as "over the top" and warned his side to expect a backlash in tomorrow's encounter with the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

    He said: "The level of criticism towards Arsene Wenger is a bit over the top. He's been there 16 years and he's just missed out on winning the Champions League against Barcelona. He's won the Premier League several times, he's won the FA Cup several times.

    "If that's 'you don't know what you're doing' then I think there's something not right there, for what he's achieved is phenomenal."

  51. 1347: 

    Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships in Minsk: "And that is the end of the afternoon session here at the velodrome. Jon Dibben scored five points to finish 11th in the omnium 30km points race, to go with his 11th place in the flying lap in a time of 13.587 seconds. That gives him a total score of 22 and, you guessed it, leaves him 11th overall with four events still to come - one more today in the shape of the always exciting elimination race, and three more on Saturday - the 4km individual pursuit, 15km scratch race and 1km time trial.

    "Lasse Hansen of Denmark and defending champion Glenn O'Shea of Australia lead the standings at the moment, both with a score of four points."

  52. 1345: 

    Fulham midfielder Damien Duff has signed a one-year contract extension, the club have confirmed.


    Matty Delaney: "#RFC to draw with #WAFC, #SAFC to beat #WBA, #MCFC have struggled in big games this season so it's a #CFC win for me."

    Jon Murray: "Well done Lawro for saying Arsenal were poor and that it wasn't all about Bayern Munich."

    Do you agree with Lawro's predictions this week? Let us know on the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  54. 1341: 
    Joey Barton and David Beckham appear on France Football front page

    David Beckham will make his debut for Paris St-Germain this Sunday when the Ligue 1 side face Marseille. Of course that means he could face fellow Englishman Joey Barton also. Barton does not believe Paris St-Germain's marquee signing will be a big threat to Marseille when the teams meet. France Football magazine has come up with an imaginative front page in the build up depicting Barton as the devil and Beckham as an angel.

  55. 1331: 

    "I would count myself as an Arsene Wenger fan. What he's done over the years as Arsenal manager is absolutely outstanding," says BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson. "But I was amazed the other night against Bayern Munich, when he chose to go with Mikel Arteta as his holding midfielder.

    "But it's back to the league now. The Gunners are at home and will have more of the ball on Saturday. Villa have younger players, but they're not that young. Some of the first-team players are in their early twenties. In my opinion, if you're good enough to play in the first team at 18, 19, 20, then you're good enough full-stop."

    Lawro's prediction for Arsenal v Aston Villa: 2-0. Do you agree? Let us know using hashtag #lawrospredictions

  56. 1326: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is adamant Harry Redknapp's presence will give QPR a better chance of Premier League survival.

    The Hoops have averaged a point a game since Redknapp took charge immediately after their first meeting with United at Old Trafford in November.

    "It is not easy when you are down at the bottom of the league," said Ferguson. "Harry will be the first to admit that. It may have helped him if he had gone a bit earlier. But with Harry's experience and ability to judge players, he will have a better chance that most in that situation."

  57. 1325: 

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson has broken with convention by claiming he would take a cup triumph over league success.

    The Yorkshire side face Swansea in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday and sit 11th in League Two, eight points off the play-off positions.

    "All along the league has been our priority. I cannot hide away from that," he said. "But we are in the final at Wembley and have a chance of getting into Europe. "So I can honestly say now, if we had the choice of two things, it would have to be winning the cup."

  58. 1320: 

    We asked for your thoughts on Lawro's Premier League predictions this week. Agree or disagree, you can have your say using the hashtag #lawrospredictions

    Anthony Eastwood: "I can see a draw between #NCFC and #EFC with #RFC narrowly beating #WAFC .... as for #MCFC v #CFC - an away win."

    CJ Augarde: "Why does Lawro never predict teams to score more than twice?"

    Nia Parry-Jones: "On-form Reading should beat Wigan at the Mad Stad. Chelsea will beat City and take 2nd place - Mancini to go next week!"

  59. 1316: 

    West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has to decide whether to recall striker Peter Odemwingie for tomorrow's home Premier League clash with Sunderland.

    Clarke confirmed earlier in the week that Odemwingie, whose on-off transfer to QPR failed to go through last month, will be part of the 20 players from which he will select his matchday squad of 18.

    Albion have no fresh injury worries although left-back Goran Popov will serve the second game of a three-match ban for his red card against Tottenham.

  60. 1314: 

    Stricter anti-doping penalties will be applied to elite athletes in the World Marathon Majors (WMM), the series that brings together six of the world's top races, organisers said today.

    Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York have collectively revised their elite athlete contracts to include new provisions that include the right to suspend payment and demand repayments of prize money, appearance fees and performance bonuses.

    The sanctions will be triggered for any athlete "found in violation of a criminal offense involving drugs, anti-doping rules, or if for any other reason the athlete's result has been nullified by a relevant governing body," WMM said in a statement.

  61. 1307: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed both James Collins and Joey O'Brien have been training this week and are in contention for the Premier League clash with Tottenham on Monday.

    Collins has been missing due to a hamstring problem whilst fellow defender O'Brien was sidelined with a thigh injury but both are now part of Allardyce's squad for the London derby against Spurs.

    George McCartney (knee) is also on the comeback trail but the game on Monday will come too soon for him.

  62. 1304: 

    It's that time of the week again as Lawro's predictions have landed.

    The former Liverpool man predicts wins for Fulham, Norwich and Wigan on Saturday, while tipping under-fire Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger to pick up a victory against Aston Villa.

    On Sunday he has gone for a home win for Manchester City against Chelsea.

    Do you agree? Let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #lawrospredictions

  63. 1256: 

    Bradford defender Rory McArdle could be in contention for the Capital One Cup final with Swansea at Wembley on Sunday.

    The 25-year-old, who suffered an ankle injury at Fleetwood nearly three weeks ago, returned to training earlier this week and, if he passes a late fitness test, will face competition from the fit-again Andrew Davies, plus fellow centre-backs Michael Nelson and Carl McHugh.

    Forward Garry Thompson is expected to start but there will be a free berth in attack with Andy Gray ineligible having already featured in the competition for Leeds.

  64. 1250: 

    Demba Ba believes there is no better time for Chelsea to take on reigning champions Manchester City.

    Roberto Mancini's side are in the midst of a three-match winless streak in the Premier League and Chelsea face the champions at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    "We know this is not the best time for Man City at the moment and we're going to try and take advantage of that," Ba said.

  65. 1243: 

    The decision in the bail hearing of Oscar Pistorius is now underway. You can follow live text commentary on the BBC News website and listen to the audio on the BBC News channel.


    As Roberto Mancini fends off questions about his future, we asked is it right that the Manchester City manager and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger are having to answer speculation about their jobs? Should managers be given more time?

    Kieran Smith: Not Mancini but Wenger is in his 8th season without a trophy things have to change and the go to variable is the manager"

    Jonathon Wigmore: "Job speculation should happen at the end of the season. It only causes outbursts like Mancini's and upsets between players."

    Neil Foot: "Mancini maybe, but give Wenger more time? Are 16 years & 8 trophy free years not enough?!"

    Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  67. 1234: 

    Bacary Sagna misses out for Arsenal in tomorrow's match against Aston Villa in the Premier League.

    The France international full-back has a knee problem and will not be available. Kieran Gibbs remains out with a thigh injury but fellow defender Nacho Monreal is available again for Arsene Wenger's side.

  68. 1230: 

    Ross Hutchins admits his target of returning to tennis later this season is likely to prove unrealistic. The British doubles specialist was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a form of cancer, in December, and began six months of chemotherapy last month.

    He had hoped to be able to compete again this year but, although his treatment is going well, he now accepts the start of the 2014 season is more realistic.

    Hutchins, who celebrates his 28th birthday today, told BBC Radio 5 live: "I've realised the recovery after the six months will probably take three months and I will not be in great physical shape."

  69. 1225: 

    Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships in Minsk: "Jason Kenny came safely through his repechage to make it into the second round of the keirin. He had to work for it, though, going wide to get to the front of the five riders in time for the final lap and then holding off Hugo Haak of the Netherlands and his own team-mate Matt Crampton to progress as winner. Crampton, who finished third, is out.

    "Earlier, Jon Dibben got his omnium campaign up and running with a time of 13.587 seconds in his flying lap. That puts him 11th, with five disciplines still to go. And stand by for the return of Becky James to the track, the 21-year-old from Abergavenny takes on Cuba's Lisandro Guerra Rodriguez for a place in the ¼ final of the sprint when the rest of the keirin repechages are finished, and that motorbike trundles off."

  70. 1223: 

    The decision on whether Oscar Pistorius will be granted bail or not will be made at 1230 GMT. You can follow live text commentary of the hearing is on the BBC website.

  71. 1220: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany remains a doubt for the champions' Premier League clash with Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

    The Belgium defender has missed four games with a calf injury and manager Roberto Mancini has conceded the problem is taking longer to heal than expected.

    Midfielder Gareth Barry, who was forced out of last week's FA Cup win over Leeds with an ankle injury, will also be assessed while right-back Micah Richards (knee) remains sidelined.

  72. 1218: 

    Joe Root's emergence as a first-choice middle-order option may complicate England's selection plans for the Champions Trophy, but batting coach Graham Thorpe would have it no other way.

    "It's great to have a world-class player who can come back into your side," he said. "I always think competition is very important at this level, and to have young players putting senior players under pressure is a good thing as well - because then you get the best out of those seniors."

  73. 1215: 

    Wales wing Alex Cuthbert expects the Italian team that turned up spectacularly against France three weeks ago to reappear at Stadio Olimpico tomorrow.

    Whether or not the Azzurri can hit such heights against Wales remains to be seen, especially as they will be without their suspended skipper and best player Sergio Parisse. And they are also on the back of a demoralising 34-10 defeat against Scotland, but Cuthbert - a try-scorer in last season's RBS 6 Nations clash between the countries - is braced for an intense examination.

    "They showed what they can do at top level against France," he said. "They will be the same as they were against France at home, and it will be a tough challenge. We will have to front-up."

  74. 1201: 

    Everton striker Victor Anichebe is a doubt for tomorrow's Premier League clash with Norwich at Carrow Road. Anichebe's condition will be assessed after he came off at half-time in last Saturday's 2-2 FA Cup fifth-round draw at Oldham having picked up a knock.

    Defender Seamus Coleman, who has been sidelined by a thigh problem, is back in training but it remains to be seen whether or not he will be involved in the Canaries match.

  75. 1156: 

    Aston Villa playmaker Charles N'Zogbia has recovered from the thigh injury suffered during the closing stages against West Ham in time for tomorrow's Premier League encounter at Arsenal.

    Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi are also available after illness ruled them out of the 2-1 win against Sam Allardyce's side.

    Defender Chris Herd (foot) is also poised to return to training next week but winger Marc Albrighton (foot) and defender Richard Dunne (groin) are still ruled out.

  76. 1151: 

    Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships in Minsk: "Vicky Williamson is out of the women's sprint, after losing to Cuba's Lisandro Guerra Rodriguez in the first round. The 19-year-old from Norfolk attacked from the back with half a lap to go but Rodriguez held her off to set up a clash with Becky James in round two, which features the final 12 riders. Still, more valuable experience for Williamson, who already has a bronze from the team sprint to show for her first outing at this level.

    "Back on the track, the first event of the men's six-discipline omnium, the flying lap, has just got under way. Another young rider, Jon Dibben, goes for GB."


    As Roberto Mancini fends off questions about his future, is it right that the Manchester City manager and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger are having to answer speculation about their jobs? Should managers be given more time? Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  78. 1144: 

    Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert believes Christian Benteke will remain with the club if they retain their Premier League status.

    Striker Benteke has scored 15 goals since his £8m summer move from Genk and has already been linked with Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City.

    Asked whether Benteke will stay if Villa retain their top-flight status, Lambert said: "Yes. I don't have a problem with that at all. As far as I'm concerned, the guy is here and he isn't going anywhere until I say so or not really. That's the bottom line."

  79. 1139: 

    Here is today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - Can you name the three English try scorers when England beat France in last year's Six Nations? Let us know your answers via Twitter. We will reveal the correct answer at around 1400 GMT.

  80. 1135: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott is hoping to have Jimmy Kebe fit in time for the visit of fellow Premier League strugglers Wigan to the Madejski Stadium on Saturday. The Mali winger missed the fifth-round FA Cup defeat to Manchester United with an unspecified injury but has returned to training this week ahead of the clash with the Latics.

    Mikele Leigertwood had to be replaced after an hour at Old Trafford after suffering a knock and is a doubt whilst Jason Roberts (hip) and Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still missing.

  81. 1131: 

    Wigan defender Antolin Alcaraz could return after almost six months out injured when the Latics travel to Reading for tomorrow's crunch Barclays Premier League clash.

    The centre-back has not played for Wigan since August after tearing a groin muscle on international duty with Paraguay but is back in full training and could play some part.

    Winger Ryo Miyaichi could also be involved following his recovery from an ankle injury while defender Emmerson Boyce (hamstring) was on the bench for the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield last week and is pushing for a start along with young striker Callum McManaman.

  82. 1123: 

    BBC Sport takes a closer look at stories from outside the Premier League before every weekend league programme in our Football League Friday features. This week, John Hughes explains why trying to save Hartlepool United from relegation is the type of challenge he relishes. Read the feature by Matt Newsum from BBC North East and Cumbria Sport on the BBC Sport website.

  83. 1119: 

    Cardiff Blues have confirmed Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will rejoin the region from Toulon at the end of the season. The 32-year-old left the Blues last summer to take up a two-year contract with the big-spending French Top 14 outfit.

    But the two-time British & Irish Lion, who has won 96 caps for Wales, has had to play second fiddle to Andrew Sheridan and had been linked with a rapid return to his former side earlier in the season.

  84. 1114: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini swore in front of reporters and TV cameras as he was asked to comment on the latest speculation concerning his future.

    With City's hopes of retaining their Barclays Premier League title fading, Mancini's position has come under considerable scrutiny and Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is the latest name to be linked with his post at the Etihad Stadium.

    The Italian swore, then said: "I cannot continue to answer about this every week. But also because I don't understand this - why would Manchester City change their manager? For what reasons?"

  85. 1110: 

    Australia closed day one of the first Test with India in Chennai on 316-7, skipper Michael Clarke unbeaten on 103, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with 6-88.

  86. 1104: 

    Swansea defender Chico Flores has had to admit defeat in his battle to return to fitness in time for Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Bradford.

    The Spaniard has failed to recover from the ruptured ankle ligaments he suffered against QPR, so Kyle Bartley or club captain Garry Monk will slot in alongside Ashley Williams.

    Gerhard Tremmel will start in goal, while Michu, Wayne Routledge and Angel Rangel will also return after being rested for the thumping defeat at Liverpool last weekend.

  87. 1057:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Colin Murray from 19:00 GMT features a comprehensive preview of all the weekend's top sporting action in Kicking Off as regulars Pat Nevin and Perry Groves are joined by Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper.

  88. 1055: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships in Minsk: "Welsh Whirlwind Becky James already has two bronze medals at these World Championships and she is looking in good shape to add to that tally, clocking 10.957 seconds in qualifying for the women's sprint, which was the fastest time in the flying 200m time trial that decides who faces who in round one. James ends up getting a bye to round two as one of the top three while fellow Brit Vicky Williamson, who was 12th fastest, must beat Cuba's Lisandra Guerra Rodriguez to join her.

    "There has just been some motorcycle madness on the track here too - Sir Chris Hoy is not around to defend his world keirin title so Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton are representing Britain. Kenny finished third and Crampton fifth in their heat, with both men trying and failing to make a late surge for the top two positions, meaning they both need to go into the repechage - otherwise known as last-chance saloon - to try to make round two."

  89. 1051: 

    Marca says Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas expects to be back in action in a month after breaking his hand. The 31-year-old was expected to be out until April but is recovering faster than expected.

  90. 1048: 

    Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has announced plans to stage a match to promote peace in the Middle East against a team of Israeli and Palestinian players, the Times of Israel reports. Rosell, who is visiting the region, did not specify a date for the game, but 31 July has been suggested.

  91. 1045: 

    Spain's El Pais newspaper says Atletico Madrid lacked sufficient "intensity and attitude" in their game against Rubin Kazan. The defending champions defeated the Russian team 1-0, but went out 2-1 on aggregate.

  92. 1042: 

    Now for some stories from the continent, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring and Le Figaro newspaper blames Lyon's exit from the Europa League at the hands of Tottenham on the "conservative strategy" adopted by the French club.

    However the paper felt that Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons was the game's best player, and that Spurs winger Aaron Lennon was the worst performer on the night.

  93. 1040: 

    QPR striker Loic Remy is again doubtful with groin trouble as his side prepare to face leaders Manchester United at Loftus Road tomorrow, but Junior Hoilett (hamstring) and Samba Diakite (international duty) are available again.

  94. 1038: 

    BBC Sport's Alistair Magowan with news on the vacant Swindon post: "Inverness Caledonian Thistle boss Terry Butcher is understood to be one of the names in the running to replace former Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio.

    "Swindon have already announced that midfielder Tommy Miller and defender Darren Ward will take temporary charge of the club and it says that finding Di Canio's replacement is top of the agenda for the new owners after they officially took over this week."

  95. 1036: 

    Scotland's hopes of a medal at the World Wheelchair Curling Championships are at an end after a 7-5 play-off defeat to hosts Russia in Sochi. The team, who will form the basis of the GB team for next year's Winter Paralympics, finished sixth in the event at the same venue which will host next year's Olympic and Paralympic curling events.

    "The technical performance has been a significant improvement on where we were last year, but we still have work to do on the tactical side and maximising opportunities when they arise," coach Tony Zummack told BBC Sport.

  96. 1034: 

    Derby County are closing in on a deal to sign Norwich City striker Chris Martin, while forward Theo Robinson is set to join Huddersfield Town on loan, BBC Radio Derby reports.

  97. 1033: 

    Hashim Amla is building a South Africa recovery on the opening day of the first Test in Chennai. The Proteas lost both openers within the first 10 overs after choosing to bat against Pakistan but Amla has made an unbeaten 50, his 27th Test half century, to guide them to 104-2 at lunch.

  98. 1031:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    And to complete the 5 live trilogy you can download The Disciplinary Panel as Darren Fletcher and Gordon Farquhar discuss the ins and outs of retrospective punishment in Football.

    We hear from the FA's head of on-field regulation Tarik Shamel. We also speak to Darren Bailey, director of football governance and regulation and Jenni Kennedy, head of off-field football regulation. They tell us everything from dealing with video evidence to rules on managers' comments on referees.

  99. 1030: 

    Also available to download as a podcast last night's 5 live Boxing programme as Darren Fletcher is joined by Steve Bunce and Mike Costello. There's a powerful interview with Jonjo Finnegan, who had to undergo emergency surgery on his brain - after being knocked out in the ring last July. Plus interviews with Mikkel Kessler and James DeGale and a look at the future of Adrien Broner.

  100. 1028:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    Some podcasts for you to look out for on the 5 live website. A Six Nations preview as Shane Williams, Keith Wood and Matt Stevens join Alastair Eykyn to look ahead to the weekend's fixtures. Serge Betsen previews England vs. France. Scott 'The Riddler' Johnson has some choice words and former England hooker Lee Mears talks to us about life after his unexpected retirement.

  101. 1026: 

    More of your thoughts on the Europa League last night. #bbcsportsday

    Alex Pickering: "Never mind the Champions League. Could Chelsea be the worse ever team to win the Europa league?

    Godwin Edoho: "Suarez was phenomenal last night, hope that's not his last Euro for Liverpool."

    Ada: "If LFC's mistakes at the back were tightened we'd be fighting 4th, In the next round of Europa and probably still in the FA Cup."

  102. 1022: 

    On day four of testing in Barcelona Britain's Lewis Hamilton has gone fastest in the Mercedes on medium, slick tyres. Lawrence Barretto will keep you right up to date in his comprehensive live text commentary on the BBC website.

  103. 1018: 

    After tension with journalists in recent weeks Arsene Wenger shares a more light-hearted moment in his press conference today. Asked what keeps him going after 16 years with the Arsenal he says: "You're motivated by how much you want to win and how much you are a winner.

    "If we go out now and play one against one you will see that I would beat you and that at least if I don't manage to beat you I will want to beat you and that will not change as long as I can move. You can organise that if you want." The journalist replies "the knee is not what it was" to which Wenger responds: "Don't look for excuses before the game."

  104. 1015: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill could hand a first start to striker Danny Graham, who has been on the bench since his move from Swansea on transfer deadline day, as the Black Cats visit West Brom tomorrow.

    Danny Rose looks set to miss out with a hamstring injury he aggravated against Arsenal two weeks ago while Lee Cattermole is a doubt after he only managed 45 minutes in that match after returning from a knee injury.

  105. 1008: 

    Tottenham will recall first-choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at West Ham on Monday but Jermain Defoe will not return to training until next week and will not face his former club, while Younes Kaboul, Sandro and Tom Huddlestone are all out.

  106. 1006: 

    Arsene Wenger describes the atmosphere after Arsenal's 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League: "These players care and they of course were very down after the game. I try to show them our strengths and look what is in front of us."

  107. 1002: 

    The defence has now finished and a decision on whether Oscar Pistorius will receive bail will be made at 12:30 GMT.

  108. 1001: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Discussion about how long between shooting and #OscarPistorius telling someone "I thought it was burglar" - enough to plan cover-up? Unclear. Roux: firearm in bathroom. It's where I expect it to be in that frantic moment. Then grab phone. Roux: prosecution acknowledging culpable homicide is "far cry" from premeditated murder in reference to bail conditions.

    "Roux: on going to open front door. Has to because security man he called is on way and wants to let him in. Nothing improbable. Roux: on flight risk - he cannot go unnoticed through airport security with prosthetic legs. Legs and stumps need constant attention too. Roux: done more than enough to prove not flight risk. Magistrate: talking about "duck and dive" situation again if Oscar skips bail."

    Live text commentary on the hearing continues on the BBC website.

  109. 0959: 

    More thoughts from Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who is asked if the scrutiny on him in recent weeks has been unfair. "It's not down to me to judge that. My responsibility is to keep the guidelines and to guide the team and the club into what I think is right.

    "I will not come out with my feelings because that's not my job. What is important for me is to focus on the next game and to try to give my best like all the players."

  110. 0957: 

    Your thoughts on the Europa League last night, and what might happen next. Keep them coming in please, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Stevo: "The most worrying thing about our exit was that Suarez will attract more media attention about the chances of him leaving."

    blackbox2342: "Not a bad night for English teams with 3 of 4 teams through, surely an opportunity for an English team to go on and win?"

    Harry_Ako: "The subs Rodgers made after the 3rd goal lost the game for LFC, Shelvey and Sterling almost took the sting out of the team."

  111. 0953: 

    Arsene Wenger is asked this morning at his press conference whether he considered quitting following Arsenal's recent elimination from the League Cup and FA Cup by lower league sides and their Champions League exit this week and replies "Never" Not one second? "Not one second".

    The Frenchman continues: "I have a contract until the end of 2014 and at the moment we are on a short term plan. I am here for a long time and I have to consider what I want to do but that will be decided in 2014 not before."

  112. 0947: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Roux says if he were prosecuting he'd argue for culpable homicide not murder. Roux: state can't transfer intent to kill from burglar to Reeva. Has to stick to one version and argue that. Lots of legal jargon.

    "Roux: state case that #OscarPistorius meant to kill Reeva, not burglar. Court must deal with that charge. Discussion about how long between shooting and #OscarPistorius telling someone "I thought it was burglar" - enough to plan coverup? Unclear."

    Live text commentary on the hearing continues on the BBC website.

  113. 0944: 

    British rider Chaz Davies after the opening qualifying session in Australia: "Solid first day at Phillip Island. P5. Bike is working well on used tyres which is going to be the key come Sunday. Ottimo lavoro ragazzi! (great job guys)."

  114. 0940: 

    More from BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships: "The Minsk Arena is already a hive of activity as riders prepare for the early session - and it's a busy one for Britain. Jon Dibben makes his senior World Championships debut when he goes in the first two disciplines of the six-event Omnium, the flying lap and 30km points race, while Jason Kenny and Matt Crampton are in the first round of the keirin - the one with the motorbike, in case you were wondering.

    "Before all that, it's the qualifying round for the women's individual sprint, at 10:00 GMT. Becky James and Vicky Williamson, who teamed up to win bronze in the team event on Wednesday, go for GB and race against the clock to decide who they face in the first round, which starts just after 11:00 GMT."

  115. 0938: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding valiantly churning out the news in Pretoria: "Court back in session. Roux talking for defence. In break defence team told me they are frustrated by slow pace of bail hearing and worry ruling may be delayed till Monday."

  116. 0936: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger confirms Bacary Sagna will miss tomorrow's home match with Aston Villa because of a knee problem and Kieran Gibbs will remain out "for a few weeks yet."

  117. 0933: 

    BBC Sport's Chris Bevan at the World Track Championships in Minsk: "I am in the same hotel as the Irish team but there was no sign of track cycling's new hero Martyn Irvine at breakfast this morning, perhaps understandably after his rigours on Thursday.

    "He was celebrating his historic medal success with champagne in the bar late last night (while I was in my room writing about him, I might add) so I hope he makes his flight back to Northern Ireland today."

  118. 0931: 

    We're asking for your reaction to last night's Europa League matches and thoughts on the next round. Please send in your views using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Alex Capp: "As a Chelsea fan don't know whether to be happy about Chelsea not playing Ajax or not? Newcastle to lose and Spurs/Bale to win."

    Kolo Kenneth Kadiri: "Henderson added more impetus to Liverpool's attack & kept a better eye on defending than Allen. Should have played all 90 mins."

  119. 0924:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveTENNIS

    British player Ross Hutchings, who has had four sessions of chemotherapy in his battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, has been talking to 5 live Breakfast this morning about the "Rally Against Cancer" fund-raising doubles match involving Andy Murray and Tim Henman he is organising at Queen's Club on 16 June.

    "Having this project really helps me get up in the morning, not think about the cancer inside me, not think about the scans inside me. It helps me on the road to recovery."

  120. 0917: 

    More from the BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Magistrate: what kind of life would he lead if he skipped bail? Nel: a life of freedom. Magistrate: but ducking and diving every day..

    "Nel: if somebody with disability commits a crime we have to treat him differently? Courts cannot be seen to treat famous people differently. Magistrate: harder to hide from international man hunt if u have prosthetic legs."

    There is live text commentary of the hearing on the BBC website.

  121. 0916: 

    We're into the final session on day one of the first Test in Chennai and Australia captain Michael Clarke has made an unbeaten half century to guide his team to 240-5 against India, debutant Moises Henriques approaching fifty."

  122. 0909: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "All interesting stuff here but starting to feel repetitive now. Sense that court anxious to get to ruling on Pistorius bail. Pistorius dabs eyes with tissue. Nel: on empty bladder. No confirmation in court on that point.

    "Nel: #OscarPistorius version of events improbable. State case based on objective facts. I think he's a flight risk."

  123. 0907: 

    Italian Michel Fabrizio on the Aprilia sets the fastest time in today's opening qualifying session in the first round of the World Superbike Championship at Phillip Island in Australia, clocking one minute 31.317 seconds to finish ahead of works Aprilia rider Eugene Laverty and BMW's Marco Melandri.

    Britain's Leon Camier was fourth, Chaz Davies fifth, Leon Haslam sixth and Tom Sykes seventh.

  124. 0902: 

    More from the BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Nel: concedes Pistorius might be acquitted. Lots of people think that... But lots of important people skip bail. Nel: paranoid man who is victim of burglaries who slept with open doors and windows... Pistorius has to explain that. Nel: he has to save a life. Why did he go downstairs to unlock door. Doesn't make sense. Why not carry her down first?"

  125. 0900: 

    Brek Shea and Marc Wilson are both set to feature in Stoke's squad for tomorrow's Premier League trip to Fulham, but Michael Owen is a doubt again after suffering a thigh problem in training.

    Winger Shea, who has been recovering from a foot operation, is yet to be included in a Potters matchday party following his January move from FC Dallas, while full-back Wilson's last involvement with the first team was when he broke his leg against Sunderland in October.

  126. 0856: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Nel: put yourself in deceased position. Must have been terrifying. Not 1 or 3 shots. No. 4 shots. Nel: Pistorius always talking about "me... Please protect me..." Re covering up prior threats and incidents. Nel: Pistorius threatened people. Not disputed."

  127. 0852: 

    Former Great Britain international Martin Offiah has been talking to 5 live Breakfast this morning ahead of tonight's World Club Challenge between Leeds and Melbourne, which you can hear live on 5 live sports extra from 19:45 GMT.

    "The bookies say Melbourne are going to win, they have some fantastic players, the supposed world's best players, but the big subplot in tonight's game is that Kevin Sinfield was awarded the Golden Boot, he was thoroughly disrespected by the Australian press, they called him "Kevin who?" and I really do feel this is an opportunity for Kevin to stake his claim."

  128. 0850: 
    Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes

    It's day four of testing in Barcelona and Lewis Hamilton completes five laps, with a best of 1:43.074 seconds, before diving back to the pits. Follow Lawrence Barretto's live text commentary on the BBC website.

  129. 0845: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Nel: suspicious about #OscarPistorius claim that he only slept that one night on other side of bed. Nel: stresses #OscarPistorius walked past her side of bed 3 times. Nel: detective not expert re ballistics angles but he was eyewitness and his version not challenged.

    "Nel: summing up now? Duty of court to pay more than lip service to these crimes.. Violence against women. Mentioning pres Zuma's speech."

  130. 0844: 

    Manchester United are not expected to risk Wayne Rooney at QPR tomorrow, despite the England striker returning to training following a sinus problem. Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are also sidelined.

  131. 0843: 

    More from Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Nel: losing his way a little. Nel: not saying #OscarPistorius didn't make phone calls after shooting. Nel: on available evidence #OscarPistorius illegally in possession of ammunition - even if it is his father's."

  132. 0842: 

    Norwich captain Grant Holt is fit to face Everton on Saturday after missing the goalless draw with Fulham two weeks ago because of a back injury. There are minor doubts over Alexander Tettey and Andrew Surman but both should be in contention, with only goalkeeper John Ruddy (thigh) absent.

  133. 0841: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding is in Pretoria: "Nel: barricaded herself in toilet either to escape fight or gun. Either way he planned to kill. Magistrate asks why #OscarPistorius did not move furniture etc to make it look more like it was burglary if that was truly his plan.

    "Nel: #OscarPistorius so convinced he's in danger... Why didn't he look elsewhere in house apart from bedroom for her after shooting? Nel: I don't have to answer these questions. #OscarPistorius does.

  134. 0840: 

    Andy Murray and Tim Henman are to appear in an all-star doubles match at Queen's Club on 16 June as part of the "Rally Against Cancer" to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, which supports The Royal Marsden, the world-leading cancer centre treating British player Ross Hutchins.

  135. 0838: 

    More from the BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Nel: Reeva in toilet - why did she not shout what's going on?.. Improbable version from #OscarPistorius who now fighting sobs behind me. Nel: we agree #OscarPistorius cried at scene. But is it because he feels sorry for himself cos thinks career over? Nel: back to neighbourhood witnesses to arguments. Prosecution repeating itself now."

  136. 0835: 

    Newcastle are hopeful goalkeeper Tim Krul will be fit for Sunday's Premier League match with Southampton after he sustained an ankle injury in the Europa League win at Metalist Kharkiv last night and left the ground on crutches.

    Cheick Tiote could return after missing out in Ukraine through illness, Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran, who are ineligible in Europe, are available once again, Davide Santon is back in training after an ankle problem, but Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) will not be rushed back after 10 weeks on the sidelines.

  137. 0832: 

    BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "Magistrate asks Nel to continue prosecution arguments. Page 12...Nel focuses on Pistorius affidavit saying athlete to blame for any interpretation put on statement. 'Danger on his shoulders.'

    "Nel: affidavit shows athlete thinks 'I've done nothing wrong' - no admission of culpable homicide. Nel: that is why we say increases flight risk on bail. Nel: #OscarPistorius acting like business as usual by wanting passport back after bailed. 'It cannot be business as usual.'"

  138. 0828: 

    South Africa win the toss and choose to bat first in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Centurion, as the Proteas seek to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

  139. 0825: 

    There were mixed fortunes for the English teams in the Europa League last night, Liverpool coming close to a famous comeback but beaten on the away goals rule, Spurs, Chelsea and Newcastle squeezing through. Spurs now face Inter Milan in the last 16, Chelsea will play Steaua Bucharest and Newcastle will be up against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

    What are your thoughts on last night's matches and how do you see the remainder of the competition. Please send in your views using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  140. 0820: 

    Now for the top stories in today's Gossip Column on the BBC website and the Daily Star has a big one, Manchester United reportedly working on a £55m deal to bring winger Cristiano Ronaldo, 28, back to Old Trafford from Real Madrid.

    Real Madrid want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 22, as their long-term replacement for Spanish international Iker Casillas, 31. (Daily Mirror)

    Manchester City are targeting Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 23, and Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, 27, for a combined £65m in the summer. (Daily Star)

  141. 0815: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius defence team and father now in court. A hush. And in comes the athlete. #OscarPistorius looking calm. Head bowed. Photographers asked to leave. #OscarPistorius court official says live audio of proceedings now allowed."

  142. 0814: 

    A reminder that Alec Stewart's latest column is on the BBC website now, in which he talks about Ricky Ponting joining Surrey and Joe Root's progression as an international batsman, as well as the two players sent home from the Lions tour.

  143. 0812: 

    Australia A took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match one-day series with England Lions after winning by 113 runs in Hobart. The home side made 256-6 and the Lions were bowled out for 143 in 37 overs.

  144. 0808: 

    Today's meetings at Sandown and Warwick are both due to go ahead as scheduled after 08:00 GMT inspections.

  145. 0807: 

    The BBC's Andrew Harding in Pretoria: "#OscarPistorius coach in court. Coach is Ampie Louw. Grey haired, burly, soft-spoken. Been working with #OscarPistorius for 9 years. Says massive support from athletes. Says he hopes to start training next week if bail granted. Coach - we can start training Monday. He's heartbroken... It will be v good thing to.. To get his mind cleared."

  146. 0806: 

    There will be more cycling updates from BBC Sport's Chris Bevan throughout the morning but we're approaching tea on day of the first Test in Chennai and Australia, having elected to bat, are 182-5 opener David Warner top-scoring with 59.

  147. 0805: 

    Great Britain won their first gold medal of the 2013 World Track Cycling Championships as their women's team pursuit trio beat Australia in Belarus.

  148. 0804: 

    Tottenham went through 3-2 on aggregate against Lyon after a superb late strike from Mousa Dembele. Chelsea left it to the second minute of stoppage time to get past Sparta Prague and Newcastle beat Metalist Kharkiv of the Ukraine with a Shola Ameobi penalty.

  149. 0802: 

    It was despair for Liverpool at Anfield last night, needing four goals they got three of them but went out of the Europa League on the away goals rule.

  150. 0801: 

    A judge is expected to reveal in the next few hours whether athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, can be freed on bail.

  151. 0801: 

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. There is much to get through this morning, we'll have updates from the first Test between India and Australia, then South Africa-Pakistan, and all the Premier League team news for the weekend, but we begin with a look at the main stories on the BBC website this morning.

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