Sportsday - Friday, 8 March as it happened

Michael Laudrup signs new Swansea deal, Sir Alex Ferguson insists Rooney will stay at Man United and Six Nations build-up.

8 March 2013 Last updated at 19:11 GMT

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  1. 1905: 

    If that hasn't brought on the weekend, I don't know what will.

    Thank you. Sportsday returns next week.

  2. 1903: 

    Here's some of Saturday's tellybox highlights.

    Six Nations: Scotland v Wales 14:00-16:30, BBC One, BBC HD and Online. Commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Ireland v France 16:30-19:00, BBC One, BBC HD and Online. Commentary on Radio 5 live sports extra.

    Football: Football Focus 12:15, BBC One, Final Score 14:30, BBC HD and from 16:30 on BBC One, Match of the Day 22:30, BBC One.

  3. 1853: 

    A big weekend of sport begins at 1900 on Radio 5 live sports extra.

    First up is live commentary from the Indian Wells tennis tournament, where Andy Murray flexes his muscles on Saturday.

    At 2100 ball-by-ball coverage continues of England's first Test against New Zealand in Dunedin, where the hosts lead by 235 runs.

  4. 1844: 

    Dartford and Wrexham fans. Your teams's Conference match has been postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

  5. 1829: 

    Francis Jeffers knows a thing or two about the FA Cup but will there be any surprises in this weekend's fixtures?

    Here's the quarter-final line-up: Everton v Wigan, Man City v Barnsley, Millwall v Blackburn and Man Utd v Chelsea.

    To get you in the mood for those games - and this weekend's Premier League action - are some predictions from BBC football expert Mark Lawrenson.

  6. 1811: 

    League Two strugglers Accrington have signed former Everton and Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers until the end of the season.

    The 32-year-old was playing for Floriana in Malta until the end of last year and will now link-up in Accrington's attack with another former England international, James Beattie.

    Arsenal signed Jeffers for £8m in 2001. He scored on his one England appearance in 2003.

  7. 1803: 

    Former London Welsh team manager Mike Scott has been banned for life from any involvement in rugby union for his role in the events that led to the club fielding an ineligible player in the Premiership, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed.

    Scott falsified a player registration form by stating New Zealander Tyson Keats was English and had been born in Christchurch.

  8. 1758: 

    Before that match, Scotland face Wales on Saturday at Murrayfield and Ireland invite France to Dublin.

    BBC analyst Jeremy Guscott has plumped for wins for Wales, Ireland and England. Do you agree? Type your answers to #bbcsportsday please.

  9. 1751: 

    The Six Nations returns this weekend - and also making a shock return is England flanker Tom Croft, who's been added to the squad to face Italy on Sunday. The 27-year-old was only cleared to return to action last week after a serious neck injury.

    "It was a shock to be called up by England," Croft said. "When you see a side going well you don't expect them to make any changes.

    "It's great to be rejoining a side that is playing well and hopefully I'll get a chance to come off the bench and hopefully add to it."

  10. 1740: 

    Tony Leighton has the scores on the doors from the Cyprus Cup: "It's ended Scotland 4-4 England in Larnaca and South Korea 3-0 Northern Ireland in Nicosia."

  11. 1726: 
    The Princess Royal presents the trophy to winning jockey LBdr Jody Sole of Merrion Square

    A quick snapshot from Sandown. The Princess Royal hands the silverware over to winning jockey Lance Bombardier Jody Sole after his win with Merrion Square.

  12. 1719: 

    Incredible. It's now 4-4 in England and Scotland's ding-dong in the Cyprus Cup. Substitute Emma Mitchell equalising for the Scots.

  13. 1716: 

    BBC 5 live racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght has an update from Sandown:

    "There was a pre Cheltenham Festival boost for jump racing's champion trainer Paul Nicholls when 7-4 favourite Merrion Square, ridden by Lance bombardier Jody Sole, took the Grand Military Gold Cup.

    "Meanwhile, World Hurdle hope Grands Crus has been ruled out of the Festival, but trainer Nicky Henderson has said 'all is good' with Champion Hurdle prospect Grandouet, despite racecourse rumours to the contrary."

  14. 1712: 

    Tony Leighton has the latest from the Cyprus Cup: "Rachel Williams has added a 73rd-minute equaliser to make it England 3-3 Scotland.

    "But soon afterwards substitute Kelly Smith has put England back in front, it's now 4-3 to Hope Powell's team with just a few minutes remaining."

  15. 1708: 

    Here's a word from the man himself.

    "We've started something this season that I want to continue," Laudrup said.

    "I know there has been a lot of speculation (about my future), but I've always said that I am happy here and I never had any doubts I would stay."

  16. 1659: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup signs a one-year contract extension to keep him at the Liberty Stadium until June 2015, the club confirm.

    Laudrup, 48, secured Swansea their first major trophy in their 101-year history.

  17. 1656: 

    Lawyers for South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will appeal the conditions of his bail, local television reports.

    The eNCA news channel said lawyers for the sprint star will ask for his ban on foreign travel and mandatory drug and alcohol tests scrapped.

  18. 1649: 

    Australia's Team Sky rider Richie Porte broke clear to win the fifth stage of the Paris-Nice and seize the overall lead.

    Porte attacked on the final kilometre of the 176km ride to finish 26 seconds ahead of Russian veteran Denis Menchov, with American Andrew Talansky third.

    Porte is 32 seconds ahead of Talansky in the general classification, with Dutchman Lieuwe Westra 10 seconds back.

    Saturday's penultimate stage is a 220km ride from Manosque to Nice.

  19. 1647: 

    Montpellier president Louis Nicollin hopes to speak to Diego Maradona about taking over as coach at the club next season.

    The current French champions will look to replace Rene Girard, who will leave in the summer.

    "I think that he Maradona will come to Montpellier with his agent for a first meeting, but it is not yet 100% sure," said Nicollin.

  20. 1644: 

    Scotland retake the lead against England at the Cyprus Cup, striker Jane Ross levelling three minutes into the second half and Kim Little making it 3-2 three minutes later.

    Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are 1-0 down at half-time in their game against South Korea.

  21. 1638: 

    Barnsley manager David Flitcroft warns his side not to be "starstruck" when they face Manchester City in their FA Cup quarter-final tie on Saturday.

    The Tykes travel to the Premier League champions looking to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the second time in five years.

    "You can get starstruck by names and we can't allow that to happen," Flitcroft told BBC Radio Sheffield.

    "We have quality in our group and we have demonstrated real fight."


    Alec Cane on Twitter: "It's all about Remy and Samba for #QPR."

    Craig M Evans on Twitter: "Too much of a gap? They are only four points and one goal of safety with 10games left. I think they will do it."

    Sam Pearce on Twitter: As a Pompey fan if anyone can save you Harry Houdini can. Will never forget our escape in 2005.

    Is Harry Redknap correct to set 37 points as a target for survival? Last season that total earned the club Premier League safety but in previous years it would not have been enough. Let us know your thoughts #bbcsportsday

  23. 1625: 

    England move ahead of Scotland at the Cyprus Cup, Toni Duggan scoring from a Fara Williams cross. The whistle sounds for half-time just after play resumes - it's 2-1 to England at the break.

  24. 1624: 

    Formula 1's governing body confirms there will be 19 races in 2013 after a home could not be found for a 20th race.

    A provisional date had been set aside for an additional European race on 21 July but a deal with a host circuit could not be reached.

    Turkey, Portugal and Austria had all been touted as possible hosts

    The European Grand Prix had already been dropped from the 2013 calendar.

  25. 1622: 

    Everton defender Leighton Baines says the club need to win a trophy to underline their recent good form.

    Everton host Wigan in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday but their 1995 triumph in the tournament remains the club's last silverware.

    "It has been too long," said Baines, who is facing his former club Wigan.

    Everton boss David Moyes added: "To win the FA Cup is something I'd love to do with the players because we've been at it a long time."

  26. 1621: 
    Richard Hughes

    Richard Hughes and Joseph O'Brien - reigning champion Flat jockeys in England and Ireland respectively - are granted jumps licences to ride in the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham on Wednesday.

    The British Horseracing Authority approved Hughes' application while the Irish Turf Club has given O'Brien permission to compete at the Festival.

    Hughes is set to partner Sgt Reckless for trainer Mick Channon, with O'Brien aboard Shield for his father, Aidan.

  27. 1615: 

    England are back on level terms with Scotland at the Cyprus Cup as Ellen White heads home a Rachel Unitt cross. It's 1-1 five minutes from half-time.

  28. 1609: 

    Benfica defender Fabio Faria retires from professional football at the age of 23 because of heart problems.

    "This decision really pains me but I had the support of my parents, girlfriend, Benfica, Rio Ave [his loan club], my agent and also from the players' union," said Faria. "That's life. The last exams did not go as well as we hoped for."

    Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira vowed the club would help Faria. He said: "He can count on Benfica, he won't be unemployed. We have a contract with Faria until 2015 and we will keep to it. Benfica's door will remain open."

  29. 1602: 

    Slovakian Peter Sagan holds off Mark Cavendish to win the third stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico, with Andre Greipel taking third.

    With former world champion Cavendish on his wheel, Sagan attacked from well back and reeled in Greipel to claim the victory.

    Race leader Cavendish left his attack too late while a fading Greipel took third on the stage.

  30. 1600: 

    Bernard Hopkins hopes to finish the career of promoter Don King when he challenges Tavoris Cloud for the IBF light-heavyweight crown on Saturday.

    The 48-year-old Hopkins, who is bidding to break his own record as the oldest fighter to win a world title, was once promoted by 81-year-old King.

    The understated Cloud is currently King's most high-profile fighter.

    "What a way to put the last nail in the coffin. Who thought it would be me that would shut him down?" said Hopkins.

  31. 1556: 

    Scotland lead England 1-0 at the Cyprus Cup, Lisa Evans with the goal after 18 minutes, Jane Ross with the assist.

  32. 1553: 

    South Africa are likely to go into the first one-day international against Pakistan on Sunday without both their strike bowlers, Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

    Coach Gary Kirsten announced Steyn will only join up with the squad before the second match in the five-game series in Centurion next Friday. Morkel, meanwhile, is recovering from a hamstring injury.

  33. 1542: 

    Pompey Supporters' Trust chairman Ashley Brown: "We are on the verge of creating football history. Several thousand fans are already part of that and we urge others to now join us so that they to will own a part of their club."

  34. 1541: 

    The Pompey Supporters' Trust move a significant step closer to taking control of Portsmouth after exchanging contracts to buy the club out of administration in partnership with a number of individual investors.

    The purchase is subject to agreement from the Royal Courts of Justice on the value of Fratton Park but the hearing date has been set for mid April.

    The deal hinges on the judge allowing PKF to sell the club, including its principal asset Fratton Park, for a 'market value' and in the process satisfying the charge Portpin Ltd has. The legal advice the Trust has been given suggests PKF has a strong case as PST has made a true market value offer.

  35. 1538: 

    England and Scotland are set to kick off in the second group game of the Cyprus Cup.

    Hope Powell has made 10 changes from the team that beat Italy 4-2 on Tuesday, while Scotland manager Anna Signeul has made just two changes to the line-up that lost 1-0 to New Zealand.

  36. 1530: 

    Gylfi Sigurdsson is pleased he chose Tottenham over Liverpool last summer.

    Sigurdsson surprised many when he decided to join Spurs instead after they had an £8m bid accepted for the 23-year-old.

    "It was hard to turn down Liverpool because I know Brendan," said Sigurdsson. "They finished fourth last year and were unlucky not to get Champions League football, and you could see tonight that this is a great club with fantastic players.

    "I'm really pleased I made that choice. There are so many good players here and hopefully we can be in the Champions League next season."

  37. 1519: 
    Roberto Mancini (l) and Edin Dzeko

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini admits Edin Dzeko could leave the club in the summer.

    Dzeko, 26, has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund with the Bundesliga champions reportedly negotiating a deal with City.

    "At the moment, there is nothing. In the end, maybe, I don't know. In the summer, it could be possible," said Mancini about the Bosnian striker.

    City signed Dzeko from Wolfsburg in January 2011 for £27m.

  38. 1510: 

    Daniel Sturridge and Martin Skrtel will both return from injury for Sunday's match against Tottenham at Anfield.

    Sturridge has overcome a thigh problem which kept him out of last weekend's 4-0 win at Wigan and he is likely to regain his spot in the side.

    Skrtel also returned to training this week after a knee injury but he will have to settle for a place on the bench.

  39. 1508: 

    Mauricio Pochettino believes his Southampton side should have won all six of his first six games in charge since taking over at St Mary's.

    "After analysing these games, I think we should have won these six games but I just try to analyse matters objectively," said Pochettino. "Speaking in a very objective way, I think the team deserves a lot more than to have just one win from these six games."

  40. 1504: 

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis hopes Matthew Etherington could be fit for Sunday's Premier League game with Newcastle at St James' Park.

    The winger has been struggling with a back injury but has trained the last couple of days.

    Robert Huth serves the second game of a three-match ban so Marc Wilson is likely to deputise in the centre of defence again while striker Michael Owen (thigh) is fit and could feature against his former club.


    Fog on the Seine on Twitter: "37 points to stay up? If Harry thinks he can win 50% of his remaining games then he's deluded. QPR are a mess."

    Femi Ogunbodede on Twitter: "QPR will go down. They have too much of a gap to try to make up, teams above them have enough quality to pick up more points.

    Craig M Evans on Twitter: "Despite their dismal form all season I have always thought in my head that they will survive, will be close but QPR will stay."

    Harry Redknapp would accept 37 points as a target to avoid relegation this season - do you agree? How many points are needed to survive? And will QPR do it? Get involved #bbcsportsday

  42. 1455: 

    Everton midfielder Darron Gibson turns down the opportunity to end his self-imposed exile from international football ahead of Republic of Ireland's World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Sweden and Austria.

    Gibson began his exile after missing out on the Ireland squad for Euro 2012 and has rejected the opportunity to return.

    "I was in touch with him and he said that he is still not ready," manager Giovanni Trapattoni told the Irish Times. "I saw him in the last game and I told him that I was there but he said that he didn't want the controversy... so I respect his decision."

  43. 1452: 

    Everton's Fern Whelan tells FA debate on women's football: "The quality of the Women's Super League is growing which means British players want to stay and international players want to come and make their mark."

  44. 1451: 

    PFA on Twitter: "We are pleased to announce that #PFA membership will be available for all registered #WSL players from the start of the 2013 season.

    "The 2013 #PFAawards will feature the inaugural PFA Women's Players' Player of the Year Award!"

  45. 1447: 

    Today's Question of Sport teaser was this: Name the 10 women that have won individual gold for Great Britain at either of the last two Summer Olympics?

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser are… Nicola Adams, Rebecca Adlington, Nicole Cooke, Charlotte Dujardin, Jessica Ennis, Jade Jones, Christine Ohuruogu, Victoria Pendleton, Rebecca Romero and Laura Trott.

  46. 1442: 

    Afghanistan inflict a second defeat in three days on Scotland in the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

    Kyle Coetzer's brilliant century led Scotland to 259-9 but Afghanistan eased home by five wickets.

  47. 1437: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirms Dundee United captain Jon Daly is one of a number of players he is interested in as he looks ahead to next season.

    Contact has been made with both the Tannadice club and the striker's agent over a potential switch to Ibrox.

    A transfer embargo means McCoist is restricted to targeting players who are out of contract in the summer as he is only able to register free agents from 1 September.

    "All I would say is that Jon is one of a number of players we are looking at and are interested in," said McCoist.

  48. 1433: 

    Luis Suarez believes Liverpool must defeat Tottenham to keep their hopes of Champions League qualification alive.

    "There is a slight chance we can make Champions League football - and if we want to do that, this is the sort of game we need to win," Suarez told the club website.

    Liverpool are currently 10 points from fourth and 12 behind Spurs.


    With Harry Redknapp's belief 37 points is the target to survive this season, what do you think is needed to stay up? And can QPR do it?

    Get involved and tell us your views #bbcsportsday

  50. 1426: 

    Harry Redknapp believes his QPR side can avoid relegation, targeting 37 points to stay in the Premier League.

    "It can all change so quickly - six, seven, eight points can evaporate so quickly. A couple of wins, a couple of losses, it can pretty soon happen," said Redknapp.

    "We need a run of wins, we need another five wins at least - we need to win half our games, maybe get a draw or two.

    "If we can get to 37 points, I would take 37 points now and walk away and take my chances. Whether it is going to be enough I wouldn't be sure, but if someone offered 37 points, you would have to be a fool not to take it."

  51. 1425: 

    Liverpool's Gemma Bonner tells FA debate: "When I was growing up, coverage of women's football was sparse, but the interest generated from terrestrial coverage will provide role models and encourage a lot more girls to take part."

  52. 1424: 

    Head of the National Game at the FA Kelly Simmons tells the debate, held at Media City: "It's a landmark day for the women's game" following the BBC committing to show regular football.

  53. 1418: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary:WINTER SPORTS

    "Christie raced as expected leading from the off, but in last 5 laps rivals bunched around her. She survived a few bumps but 3rd time unlucky."

  54. 1410: 

    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tells Football Focus that Tottenham winger Gareth Bale is good enough to play for any team in the world.

    "I think he's an unbelievable player, he has all the conditions to play in the team that he wants to," said Pique.

    Watch the full interview with Pique on Saturday's Football Focus at 12:15 GMT.

  55. 1406: 

    British skeleton bobsleigh world champion Shelley Rudman tells BBC Radio Wiltshire of the difficulties she faced as a pregnant athlete.

    "I was new to our association as a pregnant athlete," she says. "At the time they didn't know how to deal with me coming back in to the sport, with regards to my funding.

    "My funding got reduced and I had targets to meet. Three months after Ella was born I had to hit targets and when I did my funding incrementally increased.

    "Ella was born in early October [2007] and by January I was back out on the ice and competing. Fortunately I was doing really well and won a few races, but the transition from being pregnant to coming back in to racing was quite a volatile time with regards to finances."

  56. 1403: 
    Liverpool's Gemma Bonner and Everton's Fern Whelan

    As part of the FA's 150th anniversary celebrations, BBC Radio 5 live's Elly Oldroyd is hosting a women's football debate at MediaCity. Kelly Simmons, the FA's Director of the National Game is joined by Gemma Bonner from Liverpool's Women's FA Super League team, Everton's Fern Whelan and BBC Sport's Football editor, Paul Armstrong.

    Updates from the debate to follow in Sportsday.

  57. 1356: 

    Norwich winger Robert Snodgrass says manager Chris Hughton has told his players they need to be "more ruthless" ahead of Saturday's game against Southampton.

    "We have put in some good performances, but just not scored enough goals and so need to be more clinical, if we can do that on Saturday then we will get three points," he says.

    "It is simple, we just have to put the ball in the back of the net, which is why the gaffer has said we need to be more ruthless. Maybe it is just about that little bit of magic in front of goal, whatever it is, we need to add that to our game."

  58. 1352: 
    Jenson Button

    McLaren's Jenson Button says the whole of Formula 1 is in the dark over who will be setting the pace at the first race of the season next weekend.

    The Australian Grand Prix on 17 March is the first of 19 races and pre-season testing has given very few clues as to which teams are in the best shape.

    Button says: "This year, I don't think any team really knows or understands the competitive order. It's been an extremely hard-to-read winter but that's part of the game."

  59. 1345: 

    Uefa deny quotes attributed to referee chief Pierluigi Collina in Turkish daily newspaper Millyet praising Cuneyt Cakir, the official who controversially sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.


    Ben Graham: "Saw Team GB women beat Brazil in Olympics. Since, I've been to a WSL game & booked tickets for Women's Champions League final."

  61. 1332: 

    Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says he does not begrudge the heavy spending done by weekend opponents Queens Park Rangers.

    O'Neill says: "I think QPR have decided to really go for it. They spent heavily in the January window because they still felt there was a chance of staying in the Premier League.

    "It is entirely their prerogative to do that and time will tell if it works."

  62. 1325: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary:WINTER SPORTS

    "Great Britain's Elise Christie crosses & punches the air because victory in her 1500m semi-final puts her straight into the A final at 13.51 GMT. Compatriot Charlotte Gilmartin disqualified.

    "Gilmartin, who crossed in fifth & wouldn't have progressed anyway, was involved in an early tussle & has been adjusted to be at fault."

  63. 1320: 
    Nadzeya Ostapchuk

    Five medal-winning athletes are caught doping after samples from the 2005 World Championships were retested.

    Belarusian shot putter Nadzeya Ostapchuk, who won gold in Helsinki and was stripped of her London Olympic gold medal for doping, was one of the five.

  64. 1315: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech believes Manchester United are the favourites for Sunday's FA Cup quarter-final tie.

    "They are the favourites for the game, but it's the FA Cup and in the FA Cup not every time do the favourites win. We're still the holders, so we'll try to keep our trophy as long as we can."


    MJBillson: "I am a tennis coach, only four girls out of 50 student a week. Parents need to stop negative stereotypes by involving girls more."

    Danny Needham: "Coverage is nowhere near that of men's sport. That means less interest, less sponsorship and lower salaries of the sportswomen."

  66. 1301: 

    Reading defender Stephen Kelly is named in a provisional 29-man Republic of Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Sweden and Austria despite his public falling out with manager Giovanni Trapattoni last month.

    Kelly had reacted angrily after Trapattoni appeared to question his commitment to the Irish cause. Darron Gibson's self-imposed absence from the squad continues while Richard Dunne is unavailable because of injury.

    Marc Wilson and Seamus Coleman return after injury with Wes Hoolahan and Jeff Hendrick also included after impressing as substitutes in the 2-0 friendly win over Poland last month. LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane is included after being rested for the Poland game.

  67. 1257: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp will wait until the last minute to decide whether goalkeeper Julio Cesar and striker Bobby Zamora are fit enough to start against Sunderland.

    Provisional squad: Cesar, Green, Onuoha, Hill, Ben Haim, Samba, Mbia, Fabio, Traore, Granero, Diakite, Hoilett, Park, Derry, Taarabt, Jenas, Townsend, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Remy, Bothroyd, Zamora.

  68. 1250: 
    Greg Norman

    Two-time British Open champion Greg Norman is appointed advisory coach to the national golf team by the China Golf Association.

    The 58-year-old will help identify the nation's best players for the 2016 Games in Brazil and develop a training program.

  69. 1243: 

    Manchester City footballer Carlos Tevez is arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of driving while disqualified, the BBC understands.

    Tevez, 29, of Alderley Edge, Cheshire, was held on Thursday at about 17:10 GMT on the A538 in Macclesfield. He has since been released on police bail.

  70. 1238: 

    Grands Crus will miss the Cheltenham Festival and is being aimed at next month's Aintree's meeting instead.

    On Thursday, the grey gelding's co-owner Roger Stanley said the horse would revert from steeplechasing to run in the World Hurdle.

    Grands Crus was second to four-time winner Big Buck's in the 2011 race, before switching to fences. Somerset trainer David Pipe said on Friday that the eight-year-old was "not 100%".


    The FA Cup reaches the quarter-final stage this weekend. We want to know who are your tips are to win the competition? Will there be another shock?

    Can Barnsley upset Manchester City? Who will win when Championship sides Millwall and Blackburn clash? Will Chelsea knock Manchester United out of their second cup competition in a week?

    Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  72. 1225: 

    Everton manager David Moyes is yet to decide whether goalkeeper Tim Howard's is fit enough to play in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at home to Wigan.

    John Heitinga will play at centre-back as Phil Jagielka is missing after surgery on an ankle injury.

    Provisional squad: Mucha, Distin, Heitinga, Baines, Coleman, Oviedo, Naismith, Hitzlsperger, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic, Neville, Anichebe, Vellios, Gibson, Mirallas, Duffy, Barkley, Howard.

  73. 1212: 
    BBC Sport's Nick Hope at the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Debrecen, Hungary:WINTER SPORT
    Elise Christie

    "Good start for Great Britain at the Worlds with Elise Christie & Charlotte Gilmartin both progressing to the 1500m semi-finals.

    "Christie won her 1500m heat, very clear in 2.27.759. Gilmartin had to really battle to hold in to second, with three athletes battling on the last lap."


    As it is International Women's Day and the BBC Sport's survey has revealed concerns among female athletes about support, we want your views on the following: Have you watched more women's sport since the Olympics? Do you believe sportswomen are underpaid?

    Let us know what you think using hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  75. 1202: 

    Post-Championship, BBC Two will air four FA Women's Super League programmes which will provide goals round-ups, highlights and features as well as looking ahead to England's World Cup qualifiers, which will also be shown live on BBC.

    In addition and throughout the entire WSL season, BBC Sport online will feature a weekly goals round-up, which will also form part of Friday's Sportsday on the BBC News Channel.

  76. 1159: 

    The BBC announce a raft of new programming which will see an increased commitment to its coverage of women's football across TV, radio and online platforms.

    Jacqui Oatley is to front two preview shows ahead of the women's FA Cup final (Monday 20 May) and Women's European Championship (Monday 8 July). Full coverage of the tournament, which kicks-off on 10 July, will also be shown across BBC Three with the final on BBC Two.

  77. 1151: 

    Manchester United will rest Ryan Giggs for Sunday's FA Cup game against Chelsea after the 39-year-old's outstanding midweek performance against Real Madrid.

    Phil Jones (ankle) and Paul Scholes (knee) are definitely out, while all attention will focus on Wayne Rooney's role after the striker was benched for Wednesday's Champions League clash.

    Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Amos, Rafael, Smalling, Ferdinand, Vidic, Evans, Evra, Buttner, Nani, Valencia, Carrick, Cleverley, Anderson, Young, Kagawa, Welbeck, Rooney, Hernandez, Van Persie.

  78. 1144: 

    Here are some excerpts from the global press, as compiled by BBC Monitoring:

    Uefa referee chief Pierluigi Collina declares his support for Cuneyt Cakir, the Turkish official who controversially sent off Manchester United winger Nani in the defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.

    Full story: Millyet (in Turkish)

    The Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, announces that the city is interested in hosting the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games.

    Full story: Los Angeles Times

  79. 1137: 

    Manchester City will not risk captain Vincent Kompany and striker Sergio Aguero against Championship side Barnsley in the FA Cup this weekend. due to their recent injuries.

    Right-backs Maicon and Micah Richards (both knee) remain sidelined for the quarter-final tie while midfielder Jack Rodwell (hamstring) picked up another problem in Monday's 1-0 victory at Aston Villa.

    Provisional squad: Hart, Pantilimon, Zabaleta, K Toure, Nastasic, Lescott, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Sinclair, Silva, Nasri, Y Toure, Barry, Garcia, Tevez, Dzeko, Lopes, Suarez.


    As it is International Women's Day and the BBC Sport's survey has revealed concerns among female athletes about support, we want your views on the following: Have you watched more women's sport since the Olympics? Do you believe sportswomen are underpaid? Here is what you think:

    Ray Bentley: "Not really fair to compare but if you put women into sport to compete with men how many would be able to make a living at all?"

    Nathaniel Breakwell: "Try telling male beach volleyball players that there's a gap between the sexes!"

    Let us know what you think using hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  81. 1122: 

    After making five changes for this weekend's Six Nations match against Italy, England head coach Stuart Lancaster expects players such as Saracens prop Mako Vunipola "will seize their chance" to impress.

    "We were very happy with the way we finished the France game," he says. "The impact the replacements made shows that we have competition for places across the board and we have had to make some tight calls.

    "Italy will be highly motivated for this game and we will have to perform for the full 80 minutes. I am sure those starting will seize their chance and the bench will also have a significant part to play as the game goes on."

  82. 1114: 
    Roberto Mancini

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini does not believe Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will leave his current club.

    The Premier League champions were strongly linked with buying the 27-year-old in 2010 when he was unsettled at their cross-town rivals.

    "I think that Rooney is one of the best strikers in Europe but I think it is difficult he can leave Man Utd - I don't think [so]," the Italian says.

  83. 1110: 

    League One side Coventry appoint Steven Pressley as manager on a three-and-a-half contract.

    The Scot played for the club in the mid-1990s and previously managed Falkirk.

  84. 1108: 

    Here is today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official - Name the 10 women that have won individual gold for Great Britain at either of the last two Summer Olympics?

    You can tweet your answers using the hashtag #QSTeaser. The answers will be revealed on Sportsday at about 1400 GMT today.


    Patrick Wall: "The gap is too large between sexes, but women's sport doesn't have the appeal and excitement... For me it's only the Olympics."

    Nigel Sander: "Sponsors don't care for women's sport because support is low. If they play on same bill as men interest is built & money follows."

    Chris Gould: "You watch sport to see the fittest, strongest, fastest human. Unfortunately men are above women on this due to nature."

  86. 1055: 

    Frost covers are to be deployed around the whole of Cheltenham's track by racecourse staff to ensure next week's Festival goes ahead as planned from Tuesday.

    The tarpaulin-style covers will go down over the weekend as a precaution, with temperatures forecast to dip to -5C overnight going into the opening day.

    Racecourse spokesman Andy Clifton has told the BBC he is "totally confident" the covers would mean racing at the four-day meeting is not in jeopardy.

  87. 1050: 

    Full England team to face Italy on Sunday: A Goode (Saracens); C Ashton (Saracens), M Tuilagi (Leicester), B Barritt (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins); T Flood (Leicester), D Care (Harlequins); M Vunipola (Saracens), T Youngs (Leicester), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), G Parling (Leicester), J Haskell (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), T Wood (Northampton).

    Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Bath), J Marler (Harlequins), C Lawes (Northampton), T Croft (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester), F Burns (Gloucester), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester).

  88. 1045: 

    Saracens prop Mako Vunipola has been handed his first start as England make five changes for Sunday's Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

    Flanker Tom Croft is on the bench after 12 months out with a neck injury.

    The other changes in the starting XV are half-backs Toby Flood and Danny Care, while there are also recalls for forwards James Haskell and Tom Youngs. Mako Vunipola's younger brother Billy, who is in the wider squad, misses out on a place on the bench.


    We're asking what needs to be done to get elite British sportswomen on an equal footing with male counterparts when it comes to pay and profile. Here are some of your thoughts:

    Zoe Vicarage: "I think the problem for women is that the sports press is dominated by men, hardly any space given for women's sport"

    Lauren Aspden: "Its naive for sportswomen to expect equal pay for all sports. There isn't even half the interest"

    Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  90. 1036: 

    Reading's third-choice goalkeeper Stuart Taylor will again take his place between the posts for the visit of former club Aston Villa. Taylor made his first Premier League appearance since 2008 in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at Everton after Adam Federici sprained an ankle.

    Federici is still at least a week away while Jimmy Kebe is also a doubt for the relegation clash. Pavel Pogrebnyak serves the second of his three-game ban while fellow striker Jason Roberts (hip) and goalkeeper Alex McCarthy (shoulder) are still absent.

  91. 1031: 

    Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is a doubt for Sunday's Premier League game at Liverpool after suffering a hamstring injury in last night's win over Inter Milan.

    Midfielder Mousa Dembele is expected to be fit despite coming off in the second half of last night's game while Emmanuel Adebayor will return to the squad after overcoming a knee injury.

    Tom Huddlestone (knee) and Clint Dempsey (calf) are doubts, but Younes Kaboul and Sandro (both knee) are definitely unavailable.

  92. 1027: 

    England women's manager Hope Powell on Sky Sports News this morning when asked if she has ever applied for a manager's job with a man's team: "No [but I would consider it] if any opportunity presented itself. If it was any other industry we wouldn't be having this conversation. Why should it be any different in football?"

  93. 1024: 

    More from Ferguson on referee Cuneyt Cakir: "It's the third time we've been knocked out by a referee's decision. It's not easy to take but then, in analysis of the cold of the day, you then realise that for Manchester United we just have to get on with it.

    "There's nothing that can be done now. This is another day in the history of our club - not a good day, but another day.

    "My job now is to galvanise the troops, who were fantastic on Tuesday. And the support, we owe them a really good performance on Sunday [against Chelsea]."

  94. 1017: 

    Ferguson said he had been concerned about the appointment of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir prior to Tuesday's game. Cakir sent Nani off in the 56th minute of the tie.

    Cakir has now sent off seven players from English teams, but never one against them.

    "I was concerned. I said that to my staff," he said. "I had a big worry about it but it is gone now. There is nothing we can do about it."

  95. 1015: 

    More from Sir Alex Ferguson on Wayne Rooney's omission from the Real Madrid defeat: "He understood the reasons for not playing him was completely tactical, and I think we were right.

    "We don't always get it right. [Danny] Welbeck is the best player we have in terms of operating a double role ie we had to chalk out Alonso's ability to control the game, which he did, and also his ability to go further forward as an attacking player."

  96. 1008: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has refused to reveal if Wayne Rooney will start against Chelsea. "Why should I help anyone by telling them my team? We don't do that," said Ferguson. "But Wayne does need a lot of football. He has always been that type. That has always been the case."

  97. 1003: 

    Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has no plans to reassess his decision to retire at the end of the season despite his recent good run in the first team.

    Having spent most of the campaign on the bench, the 35-year-old has made seven successive league starts and will make his 500th Premier League appearance against Tottenham on Sunday.

    "I made my decision and nothing that's happened since has changed my mind about that," he told the Liverpool Echo.

  98. 0956: 

    As for Nani's controversial red card against Real Madrid, Ferguson said "it's hard to keep your faith in the game" with such decisions. He said it was the third time United had been knocked out by a bad decision. But he said "we just have to get on with it" and he's now "cleared his mind".

  99. 0953: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson says Wayne Rooney will not be leaving the club in the summer. "He'll be here next year" he told a news conference. "You can have my word on that". He said there's "absolutely no issue" between him and Rooney - and described recent speculation as "absolute rubbish". He said reports that they didn't talk on the training pitch were "absolute nonsense".

    He said Rooney had been "fine" about the decision to leave him out - and he would be involved against Chelsea on Sunday.

  100. 0950: 

    Wayne Rooney will still be at Manchester United next season, manager Sir Alex Ferguson has insisted. Ferguson also says Rooney will be involved against Chelsea in the FA Cup quarter-final on Sunday.

    Speculation arose about Rooney's future after he was dropped for United's Champions League last-16 defeat by Real Madrid on Tuesday.

  101. 0947: 
    Chris Robshaw

    Just like no-nonsense Martin Johnson, current England captain Chris Robshaw is a natural born leader writes Clive Woodward in his Daily Mail column today. "Robshaw is an aggressive flanker at the breakdown, hitting rucks as effectively as anyone, but he plays with a subtlety that sets him apart," writes Woodward.

    "His ability to come in as first receiver attracts defenders, then his link-up play brings out the best in players around him because they are encouraged to hit lines off him and change the angle of attack."

  102. 0936: 

    Four out of five British elite sportswomen believe they are underpaid and that their financial rewards are inadequate compared with their male counterparts, according to a new BBC survey.

    The electronic survey was was forwarded by the national governing bodies of various sports to 503 elite sportswomen of whom 252 responded in the time frame. The survey was anonymous.

    One of the questions was, do you consider you get enough coaching support, compared with men? Yes: 144 (57.1%) No: 88 (34.9%) Don't know: 20 (8%).


    We're asking what needs to be done to get elite British sportswomen on an equal footing with male counterparts when it comes to pay and profile Let us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  104. 0931: 

    The IAAF says six athletes from the 2005 Helsinki World Championships have been caught for doping in retests. They are Andrei Mikhnevich (BLR), Ivan Tsikhan (BLR), Vadim Devyatovskiy (BLR), Tatyana Kotova (RUS), Nazdeya Ostapchuk (BLR), and Olga Kuzenkova (RUS).

  105. 0929: 

    Angel Rangel has signed a new contract with Swansea which will see him remain in south Wales until 2016.

    The 30-year-old right-back is one of the longest-serving players at the Liberty Stadium having joined the Swans from Spanish club Terrassa in 2007 when they were still in League One.

  106. 0924: 

    Train cleaners are due to go on strike on the day of the potentially crucial Six Nations clash between Wales and England in Cardiff.

    Members of the Rail Maritime and Transport (RMT) union employed by contractors on Arriva Trains Wales will walk out for 24 hours on 16 March in a row over pay.

  107. 0913: 

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew will hope to have striker Papiss Cisse back in the fold for Sunday's Premier League clash with Stoke. The Senegal international missed last night's 0-0 Europa League draw with Anzhi Makhachkala, which the Magpies started without a specialist frontman, through illness, but could return for the game at St James' Park.

    Full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who were ineligible in Moscow, will be available once again, as will midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who was spared 90 minutes on the artificial pitch at the Luzhniki Stadium because of a knee problem, but skipper Fabricio Coloccini (back) is out for up to seven weeks and keeper Tim Krul continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

  108. 0908: 

    Midfielder Kemy Agustien will miss Swansea's trip to West Brom after suffering a thigh injury.

    The Dutchman joins defender Chico Flores on the sidelines, as the Spaniard is still a few weeks away from returning from ruptured ankle ligaments.

    Garry Monk deputised for Flores against Newcastle last weekend, while manager Michael Laudrup must mull over whether to again start with Pablo Hernandez, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge in behind top scorer Michu.


    As it is International Women's Day and the BBC Sport's survey has revealed concerns among female athletes about support, we want your views on the following: Have you watched more women's sport since the Olympics? Do you believe sportswomen are underpaid? Here is what you think:

    Jon Bennett-Tomlin: "The thing with womens sport is that it doesn't generate the audience men's does therefore less money in the sport= "underpaid""

    Chris Leonard: "the only women's sport I watch is the Olympics/commonwealth games, and a little tennis. Just doesn't have the appeal"

    Let us know what you think via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday

  110. 0856: 

    Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood has denied any knowledge of a takeover of the Premier League club by interests in the Middle East.

    American Stan Kroenke and Russian Alisher Usmanov are the major shareholders in the Gunners and Hill-Wood does not expect either to be keen to sell their stake.

    Asked about a possible £1.5bn takeover, Hill-Wood told the Daily Star: "I have heard nothing and I don't think anybody knows anything about it at the club."

  111. 0851: 

    On International Women's Day, BBC Sport's Ben Dirs speaks to UK Sport's outgoing chair Baroness Campbell about the giant strides made by female athletes in Britain and what still needs to be done.

  112. 0843: 
    Tillakaratne Dilshan

    Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a rapid half-century to help Sri Lanka make a flying start to the first Test against Bangladesh in Galle.

    The opener hit nine fours in a 63-ball 54 while Kumar Sangakkara made an unbeaten 44 as Sri Lanka, scoring at more than five runs an over after winning the toss and opting to bat, reached lunch on the first day on 132 for one.

  113. 0836: 

    GB tennis coach Judy Murray speaking on BBC Breakfast about the lack of female coaches in sport: "We need more female coaches in female sport. We are outnumbered by about one in three. There needs to be a clearer pathway from grassroots to elite. So those who are promising or that want to continue, can be nurtured to the top. When you get to the top it is very male dominated."

  114. 0830: 

    BBC Sport pundit Matt Dawson writes today in his Daily Mirror column that England's clash with Italy on Sunday could represent winger Chris Ashton's final chance to keep his place.

    "Chris Ashton helped himself to four tries the last time Italy came to Twickenham - this time he might think he's lucky to even be in the team," writes Dawson.

    "Two years ago his four-timer gave him nine tries in nine Tests. He was the talk of rugby, his name the first on England's team sheet.

    "This time his may well be the last. England will have thought long and hard before sticking with him in the hope he finds his game before next week's crunch match in Wales."


    As it is International Women's Day and the BBC Sport's survey has revealed concerns among female athletes about support, we want your views on the following: Have you watched more women's sport since the Olympics? Do you believe sportswomen are underpaid?

    Let us know what you think via Twitter using hashtag #bbcsportsday

  116. 0822: 

    Four out of five British elite sportswomen believe they are underpaid and that their financial rewards are inadequate compared to their male counterparts, according to a new BBC survey. While over half of elite sportswomen surveyed said they do receive enough coaching support, just under 45% said their governing body did not support them equally in comparison to male colleagues.

    BBC Sport surveyed elite sportswomen across a range of national governing bodies including Summer and Winter Olympic and Paralympic sports as well as non-Olympic sports. We will have results through the day and also views from those in sport.

  117. 0814: 

    Here are the three top stories from today's BBC Sport football gossip page.

    Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona will not offer Wayne Rooney an escape route if the 27-year-old striker wants to leave Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

    City are one of only a handful of sides who could afford Rooney, but the Premier League champions are targeting Napoli striker Edinson Cavani, 26, and 27-year-old Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao. (the Sun)

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 26, has been rewarded for his scintillating form with a pay rise from £80,000-a-week to £120,000-a-week. (Daily Express)

  118. 0811: 

    Laura Robson and Heather Watson both suffered first-round defeats on a bad day for Britain's women at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

    Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu beat British number one Watson - who failed to convert six break points - 6-2 6-4.

    Robson then let a commanding 6-2 4-1 lead slip as Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson hit back to win 2-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-1.

  119. 0808: 

    Gareth Bale maintained his superb scoring form to put Tottenham in control of their Europa League last-16 tie against Inter Milan with a 3-0 victory. Raul Rusescu struck a first-half penalty to give Steaua Bucharest a narrow advantage in their Europa League last-16 tie against Chelsea. A robust defensive performance earned Newcastle a goalless draw in the first leg of their last-16 Europa League tie against Anzhi Makhachkala.

  120. 0804: 

    New Zealand strengthened their grip on the first Test against England on a truncated third day in Dunedin. Hamish Rutherford converted his overnight 77 into a splendid 171 - the seventh highest score on Test debut - in the hosts' 402-7, a lead of 235.

  121. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live from BBC Sport centre in Salford Quays. Today is International Women's Day so we will have plenty of news and features surrounding that. Sir Alex Ferguson speaks to the media for the first time since Manchester United's Champions League exit and there is all the build-up to this weekend's Six Nations action. First though, the best overnight articles on the website.

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