Sportsday - Monday, 25 February - as it happened

Reaction to Swansea winning the League Cup, build-up to West Ham v Spurs in the Premier League and breaking sports news.

25 February 2013 Last updated at 18:51 GMT

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  1. 1850: 

    That is it from Sportsday, we will be back at 0800 GMT on Tuesday, 26 February. There is live text commentary of the Premier League game between West Ham and Tottenham on the BBC Sport website with live commentary on Radio 5 live.

  2. 1849: 

    The Football Association steps up efforts to fight homophobia in football by providing clubs with a toolkit. The 43-page document carries advice on how to create good relations with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

  3. 1843: 

    Uefa charge Italian club Lazio over racist abuse by its fans for the fourth time in the Europa League this season.

    The alleged incidents happened during a 2-0 victory against Borussia Moenchengladbach in Rome.

    The match was Lazio's first since a two-year probationary period began after incidents at home and away to Tottenham and away to Hungarian side Maribor and Uefa could now activate a stadium closure order deferred in January.

  4. 1836: 

    Barcelona star Lionel Messi says his team need to "pull themselves together" if they are to overcome Real Madrid in Tuesday's Copa Del Rey semi-final.

    "Against Madrid we will have to produce our best football as we will be against a great rival," he said.

  5. 1830: 

    Midfielder Michael Carrick says he is delighted with a song from Manchester United fans comparing him to team-mate Paul Scholes.

    "Scholesy is a legend, so I don't know whether it is tongue-in-cheek but it is a nice song and I will take that," he said.

    "It is always good to be compared to players like that. Paul is as good as it gets and has been throughout his career."

  6. 1824: 

    John Still is expected to leave League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge to become boss at non-league Luton Town.

    The 62-year-old led the Daggers to promotion to the Football League in 2007 - a feat Luton have been trying to achieve for four seasons.

  7. 1818: 

    Ireland say that scans have revealed no major damage to wing Craig Gilroy and second row Donnacha Ryan, who were injured in the 12-8 defeat to Scotland.

  8. 1814: 

    Hull KR prop Adam Walker accepts a one-match ban after being sent off for fighting with Salford forward Lee Jewitt in the 38-34 defeat on Sunday.

  9. 1810: 

    Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk expects Everton boss David Moyes to treat their FA Cup fifth round replay at Goodison Park as seriously as the first meeting.

    "David's the ultimate professional, his staff are ultimate professionals," he said.

    "Obviously it's a massive game for Everton, a great opportunity for them. They'll be thinking about going on and getting a Wembley appearance."

  10. 1805: 

    Roger Federer recovers from a set down to beat Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri 5-7 6-0 6-2 in the first round of the Dubai Championships.

  11. 1800: 

    Everton manager David Moyes says midfielder Marouane Fellaini does not get enough protection but says he need to copy Lionel Messi and brush off rough tactics.

    Moyes said: "I keep saying to him 'look at Lionel Messi' - he gets kicked every week. Everybody wants to kick him (Messi) because it is the only way to stop him, but all he ever does is sort of smile, get up and get on with it, and then does it again. So I have told him (Fellaini) he has to copy that."

  12. 1753: 

    Fulham striker Lauri Dalla Valle has joined Norwegian side Molde on a permanent deal. The Finland Under-21 has had loan spells at Bournemouth, Dundee United, Exeter City and Crewe but failed to make a first-team appearance at Craven Cottage since a move from Liverpool in 2010.

  13. 1747: 

    Ross Brawn is expected to leave his position as team principal of Mercedes following their recruitment of Paddy Lowe from McLaren.

  14. 1742: 

    Hungarian winger Szabolcs Huszti will undergo surgery after injuring himself scoring a penalty in Hannover's 5-1 victory over Hamburg in the Bundesliga.

  15. 1737: 

    Melbourne Storm star Ryan Hoffman gave his winners' medal to a young Leeds fan after the Australian side beat Rhinos in the World Club Challenge on Friday.

  16. 1731: 

    Uefa will not investigate Liverpool forward Luis Suarez over an alleged stamping incident with defender Tomas Hubocan in the 3-1 second leg Europa League win over Zenit St Petersburg.

    Uefa told the Associated Press that its "disciplinary unit has decided not to open a case".

  17. 1724: 

    Blackburn Rovers could be without four key players for more than a month.

    Martin Olsson (eye) and Lee Williamson (ankle) will be out of action for up to six weeks, Dickson Etuhu (knee) may be out for the rest of the season and Colin Kazim-Richards (ankle) could be out for three months.

    "We're down to the bare bones now in terms of numbers," manager Michael Appleton told BBC Radio Lancashire.

  18. 1717:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Chapman hosts tonight's 5 live Sport live from Upton Park where West Ham entertain Tottenham. You can hear full commentary on the match from Darren Fletcher and John Motson, with summaries by Steve Claridge.

    There will also be a mini-Monday Night Club from 1900 GMT until kick-off.

  19. 1710: 

    Southampton centre-half Aaron Martin joins Coventry City on loan for the rest of the season. The 23-year-old played five games on loan at Crystal Palace earlier in the season.

  20. 1705: 

    Ipswich Town sign Manchester United defender Reece Brown on loan until the end of the season.

    The 21-year-old younger brother of Sunderland defender Wes told the club's website: "This is a big challenge for me and I'm excited to be signing for Ipswich."

  21. 1700: 

    Great Britain will open what could be a pivotal European Basketball Championship campaign against Israel on 4 September in Slovenia.

    After Israel, Britain face a tough match-up against France on 5 September and Belgium the following day.

  22. 1654: 

    London Irish sign Australian scrum-half Patrick Phibbs, 31, in a two-year deal. Phibbs joined the Exiles from Leicester Tigers as cover for the injured Tomas O'Leary in December and the club have decided to extend his stay at the Madejski Stadium.

  23. 1649: 

    Scotland penalty hero Greig Laidlaw believes interim head coach Scott Johnson is worthy of the job long term following the team's 12-8 win over Ireland.

    "I think he does deserve the job," said scrum-half Laidlaw of the Australian. "A lot of credit should go to him and the coaching team. They are striking a good balance between training and a bit of down time off the field."

  24. 1640: 

    West Ham host Tottenham at Upton Park tonight with live text commentary available on the BBC Sport football pages. West Ham defenders James Collins (hamstring) and Joey O'Brien (thigh) have returned to training and are in contention to play.

  25. 1633: 

    Wigan Warriors and England prop Lee Mossop will miss the next 12 weeks after dislocating his shoulder in Sunday's 48-18 win over London Broncos.

    Wigan coach Shaun Wane told BBC Radio Manchester: "We're under the pump with our front-rowers at the moment.

  26. 1624: 

    World Cup winner Lewis Moody hopes England do not claim the Grand Slam now as it could see them peak too soon.

    With the next World Cup coming in 2015, Moody, 34, is concerned the achievement could hamper England's long-term hopes.

    "Part of me wants them not to win it because you have to maintain that level of high performance," he told the BBC.


    More of your thoughts on Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's claim second is not out of the club's reach.

    Nick Neill: "Why is it so ridiculous that Wenger believes his team can make top 2? Would anyone laugh at Chelsea for suggesting the same?"

    Thulani Banda: "Arsenal coming second? I do not see it. Tottenham has a better chance of achieving that because of their consistency."

    Carmelo: "Lets just focus on finishing in the top four first."

    Have your say using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  28. 1615: 

    Arsenal have announce a profit of £17.8m in the club's latest half-yearly results. The profit, achieved effectively by the sale of striker Robin van Persie to Manchester United, also accompanies an increased figure of £123.3m in cash reserves, up £7m.

  29. 1605: 

    Liverpudlian Price, 29, lost his 15-fight unbeaten record with a shock second-round defeat by the 41-year-old American on Saturday.

    "If there's any way to right a wrong it would be by defeating Tony Thompson and if it meant going to America to fight him that would all be part of the learning experience," Price told BBC Sport.

  30. 1600: 
    David Price

    British heavyweight David Price wants a rematch against Tony Thompson and would fly to the United States and take a smaller share of the revenue to secure it.

  31. 1551: 

    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has confirmed that he is in talks about holding a Grand Prix in Mexico City in 2014, reports Autoweek.

    The race would take place at Mexico City's Autódromo Hermanos Rodriguez which last hosted an F1 race in 1992 and needs a multi-million dollar upgrade in order to do so again.

  32. 1542: 

    Worcester full-back Errie Claassens and London Irish back row Chris Hala'ufia have been cited for offences during the weekend's Aviva Premiership action.

    Claassens was shown a red card for tripping Jonny May during the 29-23 defeat at Gloucester.

    Hala'Ufia has been cited for allegedly striking Wasps hooker Rhys Thomas during the club's 30-19 win.

  33. 1532: 

    British Paralympian Kelly Gallagher has won her third medal at the IPC Skiing World Championships in La Molina, Spain. The visually-impaired 27-year-old from Northern Ireland and her guide Charlotte Evans finished second in Monday's Super Combined race. It followed their silver in the Super-G last Thursday and bronze in Wednesday's downhill.

    Britain's other representative in the race, Jade Etherington and guide John Clark, were third after the first run but failed to finish the second run. There was also a ninth place for sit-skier Mick Brennan in his Super Combined race. However, Anna Turney failed to finish her first run in the women's sit-ski race.

  34. 1525: 

    British tennis player Heather Watson has broken into the world's top 40 for the first time in her career. The 20-year-old from Guernsey is now ranked 39th with fellow Briton Laura Robson remaining in 43rd spot.

  35. 1520: 

    Epsom Derby-winning trainer Peter Chapple-Hyam is to face a British Horseracing inquiry over claims he tried to mislead officials about his phone records.

    The BHA says it will not say why it requested the phone records until after the inquiry is completed.

    He trained Authorized to win the 2007 Epsom Derby, which gave jockey Frankie Dettori his first win in the big race.

  36. 1514: 

    McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh on Paddy Lowe: "Paddy will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year. He's been a good and successful F1 technical director, and we wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014."

  37. 1512: 

    Tim Goss on his new role as technical director: "I'm delighted to have been offered the technical directorship of McLaren - one of the most prestigious positions in global sport - and I'm greatly looking forward to making a significant contribution to their ongoing success in that role."

  38. 1510: 

    Tim Goss, who previously held the role of engineering director at McLaren, has been appointed technical director. The role was previously held by Paddy Lowe who has been put on 'gardening leave' until the end of the season before he joins rivals Mercedes.

  39. 1506: 

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill believes a "ridiculous" fixture list is endangering Chelsea's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League. Sunday's game against Manchester City was their 46th of the season.

    "We haven't had a clear week for about 29 weeks and you're expecting to go into games feeling 100% fresh, trying to push on further in all competitions," Cahill told Chelsea TV.

  40. 1500: 

    Swansea defender Angel Rangel says Michael Laudrup should be named manager of the year after leading the club to the first major silverware of their 101-year history.

    He said: "If we stay in the top 10 having won the cup, I think it is just about the best Swansea can achieve and from our point of view he has to be the best."

  41. 1450: 

    Top goal-scorer Michu has urged Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup to lead the team into Europe next season after the Swans clinched a place in the Europa League by beating Bradford 5-0 in the Capital One Cup final on Sunday. The Spaniard said: "I have gone up to Michael and said 'stay with us now we are in Europe'."

  42. 1440: 

    Italian midfielder Gennaro Gattuso, a World Cup winner in 2006, has been made player-coach of Swiss team FC Sion, with current manager Victor Munoz demoted to another role at the club.

  43. 1432: 

    Lord Sebastian Coe has been appointed as the first chairman of the new international sports development charity International Inspiration. The organisation aims to continue to implement the promise made by the London 2012 Olympic bid team to inspire young people around the world.


    More of your comments in response Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's comments his side can get second in the league:

    Tunde Lamidi-Sanni: "If it's mathematically possible...why not? I don't see it happening but then again, football can be a crazy sport..."

    The Bulgarian Art: "I think Wenger is undermining how inconsistent his team's performances are. His design is not functional."

    Amer Ak Qasem: "Arsenal can NOT finish second above Man City, Chelsea and Tottenham..."

    Have your say using the #bbcsportsday.

  45. 1426: 

    Ricky Walden beats Peter Ebdon 5-2 in the first round of the Haikou World Open on Hainan Island, China.

  46. 1422: 

    The Guardian reports Paddy Lowe, McLaren's technical director, will not travel to Melbourne with the team for the opening Formula 1 race of the season on 17 March and will join Mercedes at the end of the year. He will join the team in time to oversee the massive changes for 2014, when the engines will downsize from V8s to V6 1.6 litre turbo charged units.

  47. 1415: 

    FA chairman David Bernstein after watching Swansea beat Bradford 5-0 in the League Cup final: "I had the pleasure of attending the Capital One Final at Wembley Stadium yesterday. In the context of all we in football are trying to achieve in the area of respect and good behaviour it was an outstanding occasion.

    "I would like to congratulate Swansea City on their support, fine performance and excellent victory and both clubs on the level of sportsmanship shown.

    "In particular it was more than pleasing to witness the fantastic support of the Bradford City fans. Their backing for their team in adversity was a wonderful example of passion and loyalty combined with good humour. It was a pleasure to observe. Very well done to all concerned."

  48. 1405: 

    Earlier, we asked you to name the seven players to have scored a League Cup final brace since 1990. Well the answers are:

    Dean Saunders, Steve McManaman, Matt Elliot, Wayne Rooney, Didier Drogba, Nathan Dyer, Jonathan de Guzman.

    Follow BBC's Question of Sport on Twitter - @QofS_Official

  49. 1358: 

    Oldham caretaker manager Tony Philliskirk will assess the fitness of James Tarkowski, James Wesolowski and Carl Winchester ahead of Tuesday's FA Cup fifth-round replay against Everton.

  50. 1354: 

    Fiorentina forward Giuseppe Rossi: "Excited this morning bc its gonna be the first time I put soccer shoes on in 10 months!"

  51. 1348: 

    The comments are flooding in response to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's belief his side can finish second in the league.

    Paul S: "OK I am Spurs fan and I am defending Wenger here. He can say what he likes and what still too be achieved. In the 8 years it in unbelievable that Arsenal have not won a trophy but still manage to finish in top four. I think he comes across as a really decent bloke who is very committed and believes in his players. He is a brilliant manager and yes Its difficult to admit as Spurs fan, but true."

    someday_693: "Are people aware that Arsenal have scored the 2nd most goals in the league and have the joint 2nd best defensive record? While stats don't tell the whole story and 2nd place is probably out of reach, it's wrong to suggest that they are unlikely to finish in the Champions League places bar a capitulation from Spurs or Chelsea."

  52. 1344: 

    Missed the Six Nations action this weekend? Watch the highlights on the BBC website.

  53. 1340: 

    BBC's Phil Cartwright: "Rochdale striker Dele Adebola has joined Blue Square Bet Premier leaders Wrexham on loan."

  54. 1338: 

    The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announces that the Russian city of Alexin will host the 2013 IPC Powerlifting Open European Championships, taking place from 22-28 May.

  55. 1333: 

    Bangladesh batsman Naeem Islam and left-arm spinner Enamul Haque are ruled out of two-Test series against Sri Lanka after picking up injuries.

  56. 1330: 
    Paula Creamer

    American golfer Paula Creamer: "Thanks for all your good wishes. I really do have great fans and wonderful friends. I was part of a high speed 5-car accident on way to BKK. I was in the middle car and felt like a ping pong ball. I saw doctors today no concussion, sore shoulder and moderate whiplash."

  57. 1325: 

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn feels a "very positive" relationship is currently being built with fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton.

    "Lewis is a fantastic driver from a speed, competitiveness and racing perspective, and now we have to learn to work together on an engineering and development side," said Brawn.

    "I must say the short period he has been with us has been very positive, and there is no doubt he is now a part of our team."

  58. 1321: 

    Ross Arnett: "Great move for @Sammy_Ameobi will be good for him & potentially will give Newcastle an extra rival derby in the PL next season #bbcsportsday"

  59. 1316: 

    BT Sport reaches an agreement to acquire the ESPN and ESPN America channels in the UK and Ireland, The channel will show FA Cup, Scottish Premier League, European football. It will also broadcast NCAA College Basketball, NCAA College Football and Nascar.

  60. 1311: 

    Here are more of your comments from the report that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes his side can finish second in the league.

    barrymc1986: "Its not out of reach but with that defence and keeper they will always concede goals. at times they are all over the place. however, Wenger is a character in the league and without him id have nothing to read while at work. his antics after being sent to the stand at Old Trafford the other year are a personal favourite."

    piynik: "Be more realistic AW, the only chance Arsenal can finish runner up is if city, chelsea and spurs all do an implosion, not because Arsenal is capable of doing it. No way Arsenal will get anything out from the Man united fixture, for a start."

  61. 1305: 

    The draw has been made for the fifth round of the Women's FA Cup, with holders Birmingham City drawn away to Cardiff City.

    Last year's beaten finalists Chelsea will be away to Lincoln. The ties will be played on 17 March - and you can see the full draw on the BBC Sport website.

    Meanwhile, it's been announced that this year's final - on Sunday 26 May - will be shown live on BBC Two.

  62. 1304: 

    South Africa Test captain Graeme Smith believes the current crop of players are the finest of his generation.

    "This is the best team I have played in as a South African cricketer, we have all our bases covered," he said following the 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan.

    "Part of that is the maturity and professionalism with which they approach every match and the pride they put into their performances."

  63. 1258: 
    Ian Poulter

    Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell: "Good playing last week @ianjamespoulter. Is he the world's best match player? Funnily enough he was the only player beat twice last week!"

  64. 1253: 

    Newcastle winger Sammy Ameobi joins Championship side Middlesbrough on loan until the end of the season.

  65. 1250: 

    So Arsene Wenger says Arsenal can finish second in the Premier League. What do you think?

    Adewumi Dare: "Only in a dream land will this happen considering Arsenal's form #bbcsportsday"

    Scott Hunt: "Arsenal can finish in the top 2? I think Arsene has been the the Brendan Rodgers school of hopeless optimism!"

    wadie1: "Think wenger should be concentrating on getting any europe at all never mind 2nd place, 9 points is 2 big of a gap #bbcsportsday"

  66. 1248:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mark Chapman hosts tonight's 5 live Sport live from Upton Park where West Ham entertain Tottenham. You can hear full commentary on the match from Darren Fletcher and John Motson, with summaries by Steve Claridge.

    There will also be a mini-Monday Night Club from 1900 GMT until kick-off.

  67. 1243: 

    Concacaf, which governs football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is backing Fifa's proposal to restrict term limits for future presidents and executive committee members.

    The federation says it endorses a 10-point plan that includes limiting future Fifa presidents to eight years in office and executive committee members to three four-year terms.

  68. 1238: 

    London Welsh sign wing Seb Stegmann from Harlequins.

    The 23-year-old has agreed to a contract lasting until 2015 and arrives at the Exiles having scored 11 tries in 35 appearances for Premiership champions Quins.

  69. 1232: 

    Reading manager Brian McDermott dismisses suggestions he has frozen Alex Pearce out amid uncertainty over the defender's future at the Madejski Stadium.

    "The contract does not come into it at all," he told the Reading website.

    "Obviously I'm frustrated with the contract situation, it's a good offer, he's got to make his mind up.

    "He says he wants to stay and play for me, he has to make his own mind up on that."

  70. 1232: 

    Joshua King: "Managerial musical chairs: Laudrup to Arsenal, Wenger to Madrid, Mourinho back to Chelsea and Benitez left standing."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday

  71. 1225: 

    West Ham co-chairmen David Gold and David Sullivan warn supporters of inappropriate behaviour, ahead of the Premier League match against Tottenham at 20:00 GMT.

    "The club is extremely proud of its work in supporting programmes that promote tolerance and inclusion, and you will have seen more evidence of that this week as we push the message of the Football v Homophobia campaign," the statement said.

    "West Ham United were one of the first professional football clubs to lend its support to this important movement, and our work there sits alongside our support of Kick it Out, Holocaust Memorial Day, Black History Month, Inter-Faith Week and many other key initiatives.

    "We have had fantastic feedback from supporters who have praised the work we have done. However, there are occasions when individuals still act an inappropriate way and we have a simple zero-tolerance policy when those isolated incidents do occur at matches at the Boleyn Ground.

    "Working with the Metropolitan Police, we will pursue the harshest sanctions against any individual who goes against what we stand for as a club, and in the rare case that you do see or hear anything you think in unacceptable, there are a number of ways you can report the matter."

  72. 1224: 

    OptaJoe: "Gareth Bale has scored 10 goals in his last 12 Premier League appearances."

  73. 1219: 

    Match-fixing bans on 58 Chinese soccer officials and players will be extended worldwide, the sport's governing body Fifa said on Monday.

    Earlier this month, the Chinese Football Association's (CFA) disciplinary committee gave five-year suspensions to 25 people while the remaining 33 were banned from all football activities for life following a probe into match-fixing in the 1990s and early 2000s.

  74. 1216: 

    Arsene Wenger says finishing second in the Premier League is not out of Arsenal's reach.

    What do you think? Go to the story on the BBC Football page and add your thoughts using the Comments section or use #bbcsportsday.

    Teachessail: "We're getting to the point in the season where final positions are linked to form, confidence & momentum. It's about the ability, appetite & belief to fight for the points that remain. I'd have to say that right now that does not include Chelsea or Arsenal.

    "2nd is between Spurs and City. I'll say Spurs simply because they already have that momentum & secondly, no distractions or back room issues."

    Joe Blogger: "Arsenal fans are just as deluded if they don't believe the quote 'Man City is not out of reach. It could be a tight fight until the end," isn't saying he thinks they can finish 2nd. Still it keeps AW in the headlines, above a certain Mr Laudrup who will no doubt be replacing him sometime soon.'

  75. 1207: 

    Alex Lawless: "Everyone is saying Laudrup should stay as he now has European football. He has managed in Europe before! Big club calls, gone! #bbcsportsday"

  76. 1203: 

    A spokeswoman for Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius says he has reported to authorities in Pretoria, under the bail terms in the murder case against him.

    Lunice Johnston says the South African athlete visited correctional officers, but she did not specify their location in the city, according to an Associated Press report.

  77. 1158: 

    Luiz Razia is confident of taking part in the final Formula 1 test in Barcelona after sponsorship disputes saw him sit on the sidelines last week.

    The Brazilian completed two days of testing earlier this month in Jerez for Marussia and should have returned for another round of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, but rookie Max Chilton drove all four days.

    Razia said: "In the contract there are third party responsibilities. We trust them, but there are some disputes."

  78. 1153: 

    Runners-up Bradford City ask the city council to put celebrations marking their historic Capital One Cup run on hold until the end of the season.

    "Any celebration is on hold at the moment at the club's request until they've got the next challenge out of the way," Bradford Lord Mayor Dale Smith told Press Association Sport.

    "They've got two very important league matches coming up this week and we think we're going to hold it, with the club's agreement, at the end of the season so that Phil and his side can concentrate on the league."

  79. 1148: 

    Ian Poulter: "Back into the top 10 of the world rankings. Moving in the right direction. Next goal back into the top 5. 2013 big year."

  80. 1141: 
    Jenny Wallwork

    England player Jenny Wallwork quits Great Britain's funded badminton programme.

    The 26-year-old doubles specialist claims she had "no voice" in the direction her career was progressing and also criticised the leadership of Badminton England (BE).

    BE has yet to respond.

  81. 1137: 

    Ravichandran Ashwin claims a five-wicket haul for India, but Australia ensures the first Test will enter a fifth and final day with some late defiant batting in Chennai.

    The tourists finished on 232 for nine, a lead of 40 runs.

    A full scorecard can be found on the BBC Cricket page.

  82. 1128: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith in Paris:

    "The reaction to David Beckham's debut for Paris St-Germain last night, dominates the front pages of the French newspapers today.

    "Le Parisien reflects the feeling in the French capital by leading with the headline, 'Paris sourit avec Beckham' - Paris smiles with Beckham.

    "L'Equipe, the daily sports newspaper, also carries the former England captain on its front page and the first spread inside. It's says PSG found a new star, but won without style.

    "Le Monde also goes big on Le Spice Boy, declaring him the new star of Paris after the match under the snow.

    "Beckham is, I'm told, expected to start against Marseille in the French Cup on Wednesday. Incidentally, I am also told that his wife Victoria, his sister and his mum and dad were in the crowd at Parc des Princes last night."

  83. 1124: 

    British tennis player Andy Murray has bought the £1.8m luxury hotel where his brother wed three years ago.

    The US Open and Olympic champion has purchased Cromlix House Hotel close to his home town of Dunblane in Stirlingshire.

    Murray plans to transform the Victorian mansion, where brother Jamie married Colombian bride Alejandra Gutierrez in 2010, into a five-star venue.

  84. 1122: 

    Matty Delaney: "Like to see Laudrup stay as Swansea can only get better but if Wenger leaves he and Moyes would be my choices #bbcsportsday"

    Will this be as good as it gets for Swansea? Go to #bbcsportsday

  85. 1115: 

    Italian racecar maker Dallara joins a consortium to design and build chassis for the new Formula E electric series to start next year.

    Formula 1 contenders McLaren will provide the engine, transmission and electronics for the cars to race in the FIA-sanctioned championship that aims to have a grid of 10 teams and 20 drivers in 2014.

  86. 1113: 
    Bobby Moore

    Bobby Moore's grandchildren will lead the teams out before West Ham play Tottenham on Monday (20:00 GMT).

    Poppy, 21, Freddie, 16, and 13-year-old Ava will place the ball on the spot for kick-off as the 20th anniversary of the death of the Hammers legend is marked.

  87. 1107: 

    Name the seven players to have scored a league cup final brace since 1990. The answer will be published at 14:00 GMT. Follow BBC's Question of Sport on Twitter - @QofS_Official

  88. 1102: 

    More of your thoughts about what might happen next for Swansea, and whether Michu and Michael Laudrup may be tempted by big money moves away. Keep your thoughts coming in please, using #bbcsportsday.

    Jim Hooper: "Disagree, think Laudrup has more class than that and will at least do next season with Swans and Europe."

    Ben Lewis: "Lots of credit must go to Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins, having found Martinez, Rodgers and now Laudrup. Three top managers."

    Matt Nicholson: "I think Laudrup will stay, now that he has the challenge of European football next year to contend with."

  89. 1059:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    A reminder about tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 GMT, which comes live from Upton Park as West Ham face Tottenham in an important London derby.

    There is full match commentary from Darren Fletcher and John Motson, with summaries by Steve Claridge.

  90. 1058: 

    The Australia final-wicket partnership has passed 50, to give them a slender lead of 37 over India in the final stages of the penultimate day in the first Test at Chennai. Debutant Moises Henriques has made his second successive half century and is unbeaten on 74.

  91. 1052: 

    And finally, Fiji hockey men's coach, Hector Smith, tells the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that some serious thought needs to go into the future of the sport if the country is to succeed at international level. India trashed the Fijians 16-0 in their opening match of the World League.

  92. 1050: 

    Indian papers are full of praise for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni after his crucial double century in the Chennai Test against Australia. The headline on India TV channel Zee News says "Superb double ton by Dhoni as India take control."

    Indian daily The Hindu says "Dhoni pounds Australia" and Deccan Herald said "Dhoni lords over Australia".

  93. 1048: 

    More news from around the globe now, with thanks again to our friends at BBC Monitoring, and French coach Philippe Saint-Andre gets a fairly easy ride in the press following the team's third straight defeat in the Six Nations against England on Saturday.

    There is agreement in Liberation that a lack of fitness is to blame for the "pitiful situation" that the team finds itself in, but there is little criticism of Saint-Andre's substitution policy. Le Monde says conditioning has been an issue for the French national team resulting from the rigours of the domestic club season.

  94. 1046: 

    Swansea will parade the League Cup trophy in a bus parade through the city centre on Tuesday.

  95. 1044: 

    Danica Patrick secured the best ever finish by a woman in the Daytona 500 with eighth place in the 500-mile, 200-lap race.

  96. 1041: 

    Australian club Penrith Panthers have announced the signing of former Wakefield half-back Isaac John, 24, for the 2013 season.

  97. 1039: 

    More of your thoughts on Swansea, and whether Michu and Michael Laudrup could be tempted away by big-money offers. Keep your views coming in please, using #bbcsportsday.

    James Willz: "European football is too big a draw at Swansea now! And with Jenkins as chairman, Laudrup and Michu wont go."

    Andrew McFarlane: "Laudrup should stay at Swansea and get some experience in Europe before moving on to a bigger club (not Chelsea or Pool)"

    Raaid: "If Laudrup leaves, Swansea will become just another team. Success is built on longevity of the coach, players come and go."

  98. 1031: 

    India will have to bat again in the first Test in Chennai as the Australia final wicket pair edge their side to 200-9, a lead of eight runs.

    Debutant Moises Henriques is unbeaten on 45, with 25 added in determined fashion for the final wicket, and India have claimed the extra half hour available when there is a chance of victory.

  99. 1022: 

    American Matt Kuchar moves from 23rd to eighth in the latest world rankings following his victory at the Match Play Championship in Arizona. Losing semi-finalist Ian Poulter is up from 13th to 10th.

  100. 1017: 

    Salford, under new owner Dr Marwan Koukash, recorded their first win of the season with a 38-34 victory over Hull KR at the weekend - and the Manchester Evening News revealed today the multi millionaire racecourse owner has made an audacious bid to land the game's biggest name, superstar Sam Tomkins.

  101. 1013: 

    West Brom striker Shane Long says he is happy to stay at the club under manager Steve Clarke. "Am I committed to West Brom for next season? Yes, I'm happy here," he says.

    "I like playing for the manager here. He is very good, and I'm learning a lot every week."

  102. 1009:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Swansea boss John Hollins tells BBC Breakfast the club may not be able to keep highly-rated manager Michael Laudrup: "That's the difficulty I think. People will be wanting him because he is such a smooth person, he doesn't let anything fluster him and so far so good. As a player he has been magnificent and now look at his managerial side, I think he's even better."

  103. 1005: 

    More of your thoughts on the future for Swansea, and whether Michu and manager Michael Laudrup will stay with the club. Keep your views coming in please, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Ash: "If either leave Swansea this summer it'll be too much too soon."

    Ben Edwards: "Think laudrup is there for the long term after recent media comments. But I can see Michu moving in the summer."

    Max Horwood: "Michu doesn't look driven by money, so for that reason, I believe he'll remain a Swansea player. He's raw talent."

  104. 1003: 

    A third company has been officially licensed by Fifa to provide goal-line technology systems.

    German firm Cairos has had its system approved by the world governing body and will be able to tender for use in next year's World Cup and the Premier League.

  105. 1002: 

    Australia are on the brink in the final session on day four in the first Test with India in Chennai, nine wickets down and still 17 behind.

  106. 1000: 

    There will be more international news in the next hour but now to golf and former European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie expresses concern after the PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem reveals that 13 of the 15 members of his Player Advisory Council were not in favour of the ban on anchor putters proposed by the Royal & Ancient Club and US Golf Association and due to be enforced in 2016.

    "I thought, as we all did, that the rules of golf were set by the R&A and the USGA. Tim Finchem has obviously thought otherwise," Montgomerie says. "I think we should go with what the R&A and USGA feel. Whether the long putter should have been banned 20 years ago or not, it should be banned now."

  107. 0958: 

    Australia lose an eighth wicket on day four of the first Test in Chennai and they are still 23 runs short of making India bat again.

  108. 0956: 

    French newspaper Le Monde called David Beckham "the new star of the PSG" after his debut as a substitute in the win over Marseille. "Under the snow, the British star made his debut with the Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, after having started the classico on the bench. A quarter of an hour later, he was able to celebrate with his new comrades...," the paper added.

  109. 0950: 

    Back to our round-up from across Europe and Tuttosport also reports that Mario Balotelli had to "challenge not only the Inter defence but also the crowd, which booed him with insults, and inflatable bananas".

  110. 0949: 

    Drama on day four of the first Test in Chennai where Australia skipper Michael Clarke has gone in the first over after tea. Peter Siddle has also departed and the tourists are 155-7 in their second innings, still 37 behind India's first innings total.

  111. 0945: 

    Time for a look at some stories from around the world now, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring, and in Italy Tuttosport believes "the race for Champions remains wide open" after the Milan derby ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

  112. 0940: 

    Former Scotland captain Gavin Hastings tells 5 live of his delight at the 12-8 win over Ireland at Murrayfield yesterday. "The Scotland team have worked very hard over a number of years, without getting any success or recognition and this year they've had some luck going their way.

    "It's lovely to leave Murrayfield with people singing again and smiles on their faces and it's been a long time since that has happened."

  113. 0934: 

    The London derby offers a difference in managerial styles between veteran West Ham boss Sam Allardyce and Spurs manager Andre-Villas Boas. Allardyce is an advocate of Prozone, which provides technical analysis of almost every part of a player's game.

    Villas-Boas is not a fan, however, and says: "I have never used Prozone. You always have to be very, very careful with statistics. It doesn't mean that we negate them completely; we just don't use them to the extent that people might think. The mind and how the player feels is much more important for us, rather than statistical data."

  114. 0932:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Mark Chapman hosts tonight's 5 live Sport live from Upton Park and you can hear full commentary on the match from Darren Fletcher and John Motson, with summaries by Steve Claridge.

  115. 0928: 

    Tonight's Premier League action sees West Ham face Tottenham, who are now only one point ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal, but only one point behind third-placed Chelsea, in the race for the top four to qualify for the Champions League.

  116. 0921: 

    The prospect of a 5-0 series whitewash remains for the England Lions after they lost the fourth match of the series with Australia A by 45 runs. The home side posted 285-8, with 109 from 117 balls from opener Aaron Finch, and the Lions were going well in reply when Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance top-edged an Alister McDermott delivery into his jaw and had to retire hurt on 73.

    It halted a stand of 177 with Adam Voges, who made 81, and the Lions were all out in the 47th over. The final match of the series takes place at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday.

  117. 0915: 

    We're asking this morning what you think will happen to Swansea after their first major trophy yesterday. Can they hold on to Michu and Laudrup? Keep your thoughts coming in please, with the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Si Hawkes: "I'd like to see Arsene splash this 'oodles of cash' he has on Michu! Premiership experience, and pure class. Go get him!"

    Carlos: "I agree I think that M. Laudrup he will leave the Swans, he's the next Mourinho."

  118. 0913: 

    More from 21-year-old Becky James, who reveals that after she became the first Briton to win four medals the World Championships, the team bus left for the hotel without her and she was rescued by a BBC crew.

    "I had dope control after racing and normally I'm in and out so quick, but it took longer than usual and everyone had left without me. I had to get a lift back with the BBC guys," she tells 5 live.

  119. 0910: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith was in Paris last night to watch David Beckham's debut for PSG and says in his feature: "Beckham's arrival was beautifully staged, coinciding as it did with the biggest match in France's domestic season: Paris versus Marseille, first against third. It was Le Classique in every sense.

    David Beckham makes his PSG debut

    "Added to that sense of theatre was the presence of Joey Barton in the visiting line-up, prompting France Football Magazine to bill the confrontation as "ange et demon". We also have a photo gallery charting Beckham's return to European football.

  120. 0904: 

    Mario Balotelli's return to the Milan derby with AC was marred by reports of racial abuse from supporters of his former club Inter. Newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport were among those to report that inflatable bananas were being waved by Inter supports during the 1-1 draw.

  121. 0900: 

    Alan Hansen's MOTD colleague Alan Shearer writes in his Sun column that QPR could go the way of Leeds and Portsmouth if they are relegated from the Premier League.

    "Sadly, for many fans, their demise will represent why they feel detached from the modern game. Players paid huge salaries and not enough of them looking like they have the ability or desire to fight for the club the supporters love," he says.

  122. 0855: 

    It's tea on day four in the first Test in Chennai and Australia are 128-5 in their second innings, still 64 behind India's first innings score. Skipper Michael Clarke is unbeaten on 31.

  123. 0850: 

    MOTD expert Alan Hansen says in his Telegraph column this morning that former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez faces a formidable task as interim manager of Chelsea. "At just about every level, he has had no chance of getting rid of the description 'interim'

    "It does not matter whether it is Benítez or Jose Mourinho in charge of this Chelsea team, there is a lack of the right type of player, particularly at the back."

  124. 0845: 

    So Swansea captured their first major trophy with an emphatic victory over Bradford in the League Cup final at Wembley yesterday. We're asking this morning what the future holds for them. Their style of play has been likened to Barcelona but can they hold on to their prize assets, top goalscorer Michu and their manager Michael Laudrup?

    Please send in your thoughts using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  125. 0840: 

    BBC Radio Wales commentator Rob Phillips, speaking on 5 live Breakfast, on Michael Laudrup's future at Swansea City: "That is the big question this summer. In the build-up to the final he was saying why would I go there [Real Madrid] when I might get the sack even if I finish second?

    "But if push comes to shove and a club like Real Madrid comes calling, how do you turn them down? It's boom time for Swansea City and boom time for club football in Wales. It's a time to enjoy and worry about what might happen to Michael Laudrup if and when the time comes."

  126. 0835:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Former Swansea City and Bradford City player and manager Terry Yorath, on the League Cup final, tells 5 live Breakfast: "Michael Laudrup has taken the club on to a new level and Swansea are a fantastic club now.

    "They have a fantastic stadium and the football they play is great. I'd love to watch them every week. It was absolutely fantastic for Bradford to get to the final. The club has brought something to the city which they deserve."

  127. 0830: 

    Another wicket for India in Chennai and Australia are now 121-5, still 71 behind, in the second session on day four of the first Test. Skipper Michael Clarke is still there on 29 but Harbhajan Singh, in his 100th Test, has collected his second wicket.

  128. 0825: 

    Britain's Becky James became the first British rider to win four medals at a single World Championships in Minsk yesterday after claiming a second gold with victory in the keirin. "My grandparents came to my hotel last night and they were the first to tell me that I had made a little bit of history and it's insane that I'm the first Brit to do that." she tells 5 live this morning.

    "The adrenalin got me through and I led it out from the front. To be at the World Championships and having my grandparents supporting me was incredible."

  129. 0820: 

    Some items from the Gossip Column on the BBC website now and the Daily Mirror report that Newcastle want French winger Hatem Ben Arfa to sign a new contract and stay at St James' Park, after Liverpool enquired about the 25-year-old's availability.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers watched Holland international central defender Stefan De Vrij, 21, captain Feyenoord to a 2-1 win over PSV Eindhoven on Sunday. Rodgers is seeking a replacement for the retiring Jamie Carragher. (Daily Mail)

    Southampton midfielder Gaston Ramirez, 22, is a target for Italian sides Inter Milan, Juventus and Fiorentina. (Sun)

  130. 0815: 

    Potential problems in the golfing world after the PGA Tour in America find "no overriding reason" to support the controversial proposals to ban putter anchoring suggested by ruling bodies the Royal & Ancient Club and US Golf Association.

    Matt Kuchar at the WGC Match PLay final

    Matt Kuchar, who has an elongated putter that he anchors against his left arm but does not violate the proposed ban, beat fellow American and defending champion Hunter Mahan 2&1 in the desert at Dove Mountain to win the WGC Match Play, with jason Day overcoming Ian Poulter in the battle for third.

  131. 0811: 

    It's the afternoon session on day four of the first Test in Chennai and Australia are still 87 behind India's first innings score of 572, which was inspired by 224 by skipper Mahendra Dhoni, with only six second innings wickets intact.

    The tourists lost wickets in consecutive overs but skipper Michael Clarke is unbeaten on 27 in their 105-4.

  132. 0807: 

    Swansea impressed again and outclassed Bradford 5-0 at Wembley, the biggest win in a League Cup final, to claim their first major title and manager Michael Laudrup described the Wembley triumph as "the most important trophy I've won."

  133. 0804: 

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith has been in Paris covering the furore surrounding Beckham and says the former Manchester United midfielder's time in Paris "promises to be an affair to remember."

  134. 0802: 

    David Beckham made his debut for PSG last night as a late substitute and was involved in his team's second goal as they beat Joey Barton's Marseille 2-0.

  135. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome along to another Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays. We'll have updates from day four of the intriguing first Test between India and Australia and build-up to tonight's big London derby at Upton Park as Spurs face West Ham but we begin with a look at our top stories on the BBC website.

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