Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)
  2. Mike Brown to miss England Six Nations training
  3. Scotland's Gray out of Six Nations
  4. Manager Warburton to leave Brentford
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is your worst sporting venue? #myworstvenue

Live Reporting

By Mandeep Sanghera and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

Get involved

  1. Post update

    Maybe you'll be following Chelsea's Champions League trip to Paris St-Germain via our world-famous live text commentary service. Maybe you'll be following the Scottish Cup fifth-round replay between Berwick Rangers and Spartans. Maybe you'll be watching the Welsh Open snooker. Or maybe you'll be following Lucy Beale week in Eastenders.

    Whatever your sporting evening involves, we hope you enjoy it. Thank you for all your comments today - we've had two very lively Sportsday debates because of that. We'll be back here from 08:00 GMT tomorrow. Until then.... goodnight.

  2. Get involved: The pigeon debate

    Rob: Re the pigeons: Genoa's Luigi Ferraris Stadium houses those lovely pigeons.

    Kiren: The stadium with seagulls flying about in is the 'Luigi Ferraris Stadium' in Genoa.

    As promised, 100 points to you both. Although we're taking 10 off Kiren for calling them seagulls. Only kidding, Kiren - you can keep all your points.

  3. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    Bill Smith: The Rooney debate and many others show how difficult refereeing is - having to make a decision with one look while running.

    You know that Buzzfeed article, The 29 Stages Of A Twitterstorm? You know Reasonable Clive, from that article? That's you, Bill Smith, and we salute you.

  4. Muniesa out for four to six weeks

    Football

    Marc Munieas

    Stoke defender Marc Muniesais out for up to six weeks with a torn hamstring.

    The 22-year-old suffered the injury during Stoke's 4-1 FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Championship side Blackburn.

    "We feared it was a really bad one. He had a scan and they've come back saying it's four to six weeks," assistant boss Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Stoke.

    It leaves Stoke short of cover for their next game against Aston Villa with Ryan Shawcross also injured and Robert Huth on loan at Leicester.

  5. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Pigeons

    Ighalos GF: Has to be The Valley. Not only is it rubbish for leg room, there are about 100 dead pigeons trapped above you.

    We couldn't find any pictures of dead pigeons. And even if we had, we wouldn't want to share them with you. So here's a photo of some pigeons flying joyfully across a football stadium in Italy. Give yourself 100 points if you can identify the stadium.

  6. Holding backing for Ireland

    Cricket

    Former West Indies pace bowler Michael Holding believes Ireland should be granted Test status.

    His comments come on the back of Ireland beating the West Indies in their opening World Cup group game on Sunday.

    "Ireland need to be recognised now," said Holding. "It's about time ... if they continue to linger around the lower regions of world cricket they'll continue to lose good cricketers.

    "(Eoin) Morgan left Ireland to play for England because he saw brighter prospects."

  7. Dorrans to join Norwich on loan

    Football

    Graham Dorrans

    West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans will join Norwich on a month's loan this week.

    The 27-year-old Scotland international, who was close to moving to Carrow Road during the transfer window, will complete the temporary switch on Thursday.

    He told Norwich's website: "I'm glad to finally get it sorted. I came here on the last day of the transfer window and for whatever reason it didn't work out.

    "I've been in discussions ever since then, so although I was frustrated it never got done on the final day, I hope now I can add to a good squad."

  8. Palace pledge to ban coin throwers

    Football

    Crystal Palace says they will ban indefinitely anyone found guilty of throwing coins at recent home matches.

    Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was struck by a coin when celebrating a goal with team-mates during last week's 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park.

    United manager John Carver said the Argentinian defender could have been blinded for life, while a similar incident occurred during Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup fifth round.

    "We have conducted our own investigation into the incidents at our last two home matches, as well as making our CCTV footage available to the police," read a club statement.

    "We take a zero tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour and, if the perpetrators are identified, they will be banned indefinitely from the stadium. If they are season-ticket holders, their cards will be made void without a refund."

  9. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Daniel King: I played an Under-18 rugby match at Stechford, in Birmingham. There were two burnt out cars on the pitch, which the home team had to move before kick-off.

  10. 'We normally take 50 to games'

    Berwick v Spartans (19:45 GMT)

    Perhaps the most intriguing game taking place in England tonight . . . is a Scottish Cup fifth-round replay.

    Spartans FC, of the Lowland League, are aiming to become the first non-league side to reach the Scottish Cup quarter-finals for 47 years when they visit League Two Berwick Rangers. If they win, they will face neighbours Hibernian next.

    Craig Graham, Spartans' chairman, has told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's more excitement than nerves for us. We don't get to this round of the Scottish Cup very often, so we've got to have fun, enjoy it and get excited by it.

    "We've got 11 buses going, so there are over 500 fans going that way, there's a train route from Edinburgh to Berwick that only takes 45 minutes and there are obviously a few car loads as well. So we're hoping to take 1,000 fans. We normally take 50 to games."

  11. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Geoff, via text: Sunday football at The Meads in Hertford. Cows grazing on the land. Rivers at either end of the pitch and no changing rooms. Character building.

  12. Selby through, Ding beaten

    Welsh Open

    Let's bring you up to date with what's been happening at the Welsh Open snooker in Cardiff so far on day two.

    A total of 28 first-round matches have been completed today - with four to go - before a block of 16 second-round matches this evening.

    World champion Mark Selby enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 win over fellow Englishman Alex Davies, but two-time UK champion - and world number three - Ding Junhui, of China, is out after losing 4-1 to Welshman Lee Walker.John Higgins, Stephen Maguire, Ricky Walden, Graham Dott and Peter Ebdon are all through.

    You can watch the evening session from 19:00 GMT by clicking the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  13. Saints ready for 'great Souths side'

    Rugby League

    St Helens head coach Keiron Cunningham says he is looking forward Sunday's World Club Series game against "one of the best" South Sydney Rabbitohs sides.

    Saints are competing in the newly-expanded competition for the first time since 2007, when they beat Brisbane.

    "They're probably one of the best Souths sides that have ever existed," Cunningham told BBC Radio Merseyside. "You've got those Burgess boys (George, Tom and Luke), Greg Inglis, great halves, they've got strike out wide - it's going to be good.

    "I'm looking forward to seeing that Souths side walk out at Langtree Park; it's going to be a special moment for me as a coach."

    The BBC Sport website will be running a live text commentary on all of the World Club Series matches.

  14. 'Most dangerous job in sport'

    Cricket World Cup

    Andy Moles instructs Dawlat Zadran

    Afghanistan will make their World Cup debut against Bangladesh at 03:30 GMT on Wednesday.

    BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt writes: Andy Moles has had three previous international coaching jobs, but his brother didn't want him to take the fourth.

    The reason? Moles is in charge of Afghanistan and his brother works in counter-terrorism.

    "He wasn't very happy," the former Warwickshire batsman told BBC Sport.

    "He's still not happy about the time I spend in Kabul because he hears all the dark things that are happening there."

  15. '1-1 would keep Chelsea very happy'

    Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin gives BBC Radio 5 live his forecast for the Parc des Princes: "I wouldn't be surprised by a 1-1 tonight. That would keep Chelsea very happy, and it wouldn't be the worst result in the world for PSG either, because they will feel that they can score when they get to Stamford Bridge."

  16. 'Diego Costa v David Luiz should be top fun'

    Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    David Luiz and Diego Costa

    Diego Costa is set to return in attack for Chelsea tonight after completing a three-match ban - which is likely to mean a contest with Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz, who left Stamford Bridge for the French capital last summer.

    Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin has told BBC Radio 5 live: "Jose Mourinho says he doesn't feel Diego Costa is 100% fit, but I'm looking forward to seeing him against David Luiz. That should be top fun.

    "I think David Luiz is a great player, but not necessarily a great centre-half. He has all the attributes to be a top defensive midfielder, but he makes too many mistakes at centre-back. Maybe he hasn't got the mental strength to play there. Let's not forget, though, that he was voted among the top 11 players in the world."

  17. It's about Mourinho - Nevin

    Paris St-Germain v Chelsea (19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Let's start looking ahead to tonight's Champions League action. Chelsea are in France to face Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 tie, and their former winger Pat Nevin has been speaking to Radio 5 live.

    Nevin, who played at Stamford Bridge between 1983 and 1988, said: "Paris St-Germain have four or five injury problems, and they may well have to field players who are not fully fit. But tonight's match is all about Jose Mourinho - and whether he wants a defensive-type Chelsea away performance or thinks that this is the chance, and goes out to get an away goal our two to tie things up. Laurent Blanc, on the other hand, has to put out whatever side he can.

    "It's amazing how many times the away goal becomes so important, because it changes everyone's tactics for the second leg. You love a 1-1 away from home, but a 0-0 is not so good."

  18. Azinger support for Love

    Golf

    Davis Love

    Paul Azinger has welcomed reports that Davis Love will captain the United States Ryder Cup team for the second time at Hazeltine in 2016.

    The Golf Channel has reported that Love will be appointed next week and given the chance for redemption after being on the wrong end of the 'Miracle at Medinah' in 2012, when his side lost despite leading 10-6 going into the final day's singles.

    "If true, I believe that Davis is an excellent choice to lead US Ryder Cup in 2016," Azinger told the Golf Channel.

    "He's still connected to the players. He was very prepared and thorough in 2012. Davis will bring much needed continuity to the process.

    "I had no interest in being the captain in 2016 for many reasons, personal and business. I suggested Davis to the powers that be at the PGA. He's a logical choice if he wants it."

  19. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    We're asking for your worst sporting venues, after Ronnie O'Sullivan compared Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - home to snooker's Welsh Open this week - to a "shopping mall" and an "aircraft hangar". You've been terrific on this one all day, and your nominations keep coming...

    George Taylor: For my f ever game of school football in year five, the park pitch had six-inch drainage ditches cut through it all the way across.

    Amy Wilson: As a wheelchair user, I can think of a few venues for this but #myworstvenue is Selhurst Park.

    The Garth Knight: Showed up to play American Football and the practice rugby pitch we'd been given had thistles growing on it.

  20. 'Escare being targeted'

    Rugby League

    Catalans Dragons full-back Morgan Escare

    Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous says Super League referees are failing to protect his exciting full-back Morgan Escare.

    Frayssinous claims the 23-year-old France international, who was the Dragons' leading tryscorer in 2014, is being targeted unfairly by opponents.

    "I am angry and frustrated," says Frayssinous. "I'm really worried and concerned about the way Morgan Escare is being treated.

    "The opposition started to target him at the end of last season and it is happening this year."

  21. Reaction: Warburton to leave Brentford

    Football

    Brentford manager Mark Warburton, who will leave the club at the end of the season: "I will be forever grateful to Matthew [Benham] for giving me the opportunity to be manager of this fantastic football club and for what he has done for the club since I have been here.

    "It has been an absolute honour and a privilege to do the job and I have had the pleasure of working with a fantastic group of players and staff and have enjoyed the backing of a magnificent set of supporters.

    "While I am disappointed that we have been unable to reconcile some key philosophical differences, I'm relieved we now have clarity.

    "In my remaining time at the club, we shall move heaven and earth to get the promotion that the players, fans and Matthew deserve and going forward, I wish the club every success in its ongoing adventure."

  22. Reaction: Warburton to leave Brentford

    Football

    Brentford owner Matthew Benham on manager Mark Warburton's departure, which will happen at the end of the season: "Under Mark's stewardship, Brentford have achieved a high league position and played football which is a joy to watch.

    "It is difficult to seek to implement change, particularly when things appear to be going so well, but I am single minded in my resolve that we can leave no stone unturned in our quest for sustainable Premier League Football.

    "Innovation, not increased funding, can be the only route to success for clubs such as ours, and I fully accept that innovation is never without risk.

    "We are continuing to build a strong base for the future. Everything has been perfectly amicable between all parties and we remain friends."

  23. Warburton to leave Brentford at end of season

    Football

    Mark Warburton

    Some more details on the impending managerial changes at Brentford, who are seventh in the Championship.

    Manager Mark Warburton, sporting director Frank McParland and assistant manager David Weir will all go after meeting owner Matthew Benham to agree terms for their departures.

    Warburton and Weir will continue to work with the team for the rest of the season, but McParland has been put on 'gardening leave'.

    The club will appoint a head coach to work with a new sporting director.

    "Matthew, a Brentford fan since 1979, who has owned the majority shareholding in the club since June 2012, has decided to make changes in order to ensure the long-term prosperity of the club," a Brentford statement read.

  24. Huntelaar fit to face Real Madrid

    Football

    Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is fit to play in the first leg of his side's last-16 Champions League tie at home to holders Real Madrid on Wednesday.

    The Dutchman missed training last week due to a virus but was cleared to play in a rematch of last season's 6-1 mauling at the same stage by the Spanish club.

    "We simply gave away our last home game against Real (last season). We need to tackle this game better this time," says Huntelaar.

  25. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Jon in Woking, via text: Penalty isn't a debate if it's Costa, Suarez, Aguero etc - nobody would be defending it, rather calling it a travesty and asking for a ban. But it's Rooney so it's OK and excusable.

    Daniel McLaughlin on Twitter: Any other player dives, hardly any reaction. Rooney dives, the whole world ends. Typical United bashing from the media.

  26. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Wayne Rooney

    More tweets on the controversy surrounding Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's alleged dive during last night's FA Cup fifth-round win at Preston.

    Aaron Wright: Someone said if it had happened in the 89th minute of the World Cup final, we wouldn't complain. We have to get to the final, which won't happen.

    Steven Atkinson: Not sure the argument that it's OK to cheat of the spoils are worth it holds much sway ethically.

    Oluwasola Oloruntobi: Regarding Kevin Kilbane's comment that Rooney dived, there are some two-footed challenge where the referee won't hesitate to show a red - did they all touch the opponent?

    Eddie Baxter: Every striker is going to go down in that situation. Wouldn't complain if it was your own team's player involved.

    Just following up Eddie's point: A lot of people are tweeting and texting to suggest that there would have been a different reaction (from the media, from fans generally) if Player X of Team Y had been involved in the alleged diving controversy. Or indeed Player A of Team B. And don't get anyone started on Player M of Team Q...

  27. Birmingham in receivership

    Football

    Birmingham City's ground

    Earlier on, the company that owns Birmingham City Football Club went into receivership.

    A Football League spokesman says: "The League received notification earlier today regarding the appointment of receivers by Birmingham City's holding company.

    "We have requested a meeting with the club and the appointed receivers at the earliest opportunity to discuss the matter."

  28. Varley retires with foot injury

    Rugby Union

    Damien Varley

    Munster and Ireland hooker Damien Varley has been forced to retire because of a foot injury.

    Varley, 31, made only one appearance this season when he came on as a replacement against Leinster.

    The hooker, who made 121 appearances for Munster and won three Ireland caps, sustained his foot injury at a training session in July 2013.

    Varley battled hard to retain fitness and played for Ireland against Argentina last summer.

  29. No luck in Saints success - chairman

    Football

    Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger says the team's success this season is simply a result of hard work and belief in the club's overarching philosophy.

    "This is not lucky. A lot of sweat and tears were put in by everybody to make it possible," he told BBC South Today.

    "The manifesto was very important - it says 'we've been to the edge of the abyss and come back stronger', and at the very end it says 'we are the Saints - it's not just a name, it's who we are'.

    "It came out of a staff meeting when everybody was involved we ended up with the Southampton way and the manifesto and everybody really bought in to it."

  30. Ferrari overtaken by... Lego

    Formula 1

    A Ferrari made of lego

    A curious story from the Daily Telegraph's finance section with a loose connection to Formula 1: Lego has overtaken Ferrari to become the world's most powerful brand, according to a new survey.

    The Danish toy company has been boosted by, among other things, the success of The Lego Movie, while Ferrari has been hampered partly by a lack of F1 success, analyst Brand Finance reports.

    "Lego's underlying strength is that it appeals to both sexes, and all ages," said Robert Haigh, a Brand Finance branding expert.

    "Ferrari's... really fallen as the F1 team has done badly this year," said Haigh. "They've also ended their cap on the amount of cars they produce, so people don't see it as being so exclusive any more."

    And yes, the Ferrari in this picture is made of Lego.

  31. McCoy's likely horse allotted Grand National weight

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    Shutthefrontdoor

    AP McCoy's expected mount in his last Grand National, Shutthefrontdoor, has been allotted a weight of 11st 2lbs for the handicap at Aintree on 11 April.

    The 19-times champion jump jockey announced earlier this month he will retire by the end of the season.

    Shutthefrontdoor, owned by JP McManus and trained by Jonjo O'Neill, is favourite despite not having raced since a win at Carlisle in November.

    McCoy will ride his 20th National and won it on Don't Push It in 2010.

  32. Cobblers recruitment role for Foyle

    Football

    Martin Foyle

    Northampton Town have appointed former Port Vale and York City manager Martin Foyle as their new head of recruitment.

    The 51-year-old has been out of football since parting company with Conference club Southport last October.

  33. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Neil in Cheshire, via text: A golf course in North Wales (remains nameless), where farmers have grazing rights for their sheep. Sheep dung everywhere - which, on a wet day, became very fluid! Don't lick the ball to clean it!

    Alan, via text: Recreation Ground, Bath. Basically a load of scaffolding in a public park. Three-quarters uncovered. £40-plus for a ticket. Portaloos for toilets. Bizarrely, many fans campaign AGAINST building a proper stadium.

    Niall Campbell, via text: There's a rugby pitch beside Donegal airport where cows graze when there's no match on.

  34. Death bowling plans

    Cricket World Cup

    England bowler James Anderson

    England conceded 105 runs off the final 10 overs in their 111-run defeat by Australia in Melbourne in their World Cup opener.

    James Anderson failed to take any wickets for England as the side's main strike bowler went for 67 runs in his 10 overs.

    "We've been trying to plan different ways of how we are going to bowl at the death," says England batsman Moeen Ali. "It's not easy. I've never bowled at the death.

    "I can imagine its very difficult against guys who are set and, with the boundaries being not as big, its going to be tough. But as long as we are improving and we have a plan then we'll be OK. We've got some good death bowlers who can bowl great yorkers and slower balls - its just putting it into the game."

  35. Ali wary of Kiwis

    Cricket World Cup

    England will be aiming to bounce back from their opening World Cup defeat by Australia when they play New Zealand on Friday.

    "They are a very good side," says England batsman Moeen Ali. "It's going to be tough but if we can get a win it would be great for us.

    "They've got such power in their side and with the bowling they've got a great spinner in Daniel Vettori, with some good fast bowlers. It looks like they've got the whole package at the minute. For us to win we'll have to play really well."

  36. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Gareth Stephenson, via text: We played one of the first footie matches at Rush Green Road in Clacton. The pitch was a thin layer of top soil on top of landfill. In addition to bits of tin can and other dangerous scraps, late in the first half there were little three or four-inch flames like Bunsen burners coming out of cracks all over one half of the pitch as escaping gas ignited in the sun. We were as surprised as anybody - that it was sunny in Clacton.

    Rob in Barnet, via text: I'm intrigued. Which strip (no pun intended) were the opposition wearing against William Bowen's team (see tweet between 14:07 and 14:13) for the line-o to flag the nudist pitch invader offside?

  37. Aldershot's manager search

    Football

    Aldershot Town's board of directors have confirmed that they will start interviewing candidates for the vacant managerial position at the club.

    The club says that current caretaker boss Chris Barker will be on the shortlist.

    Interviews for the position of first-team manager will take place next week, commencing Monday, 23 February.

  38. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Martin Bushell: We play on a pitch in an amateur league here in Seoul... a running track takes up the left wing - and a playground with swings and a slide is positioned in the bottom left corner. If it goes in to the play area, it's a corner kick to be from the sandpit.

    Andy O'Connor: At Hinstock Cricket Club, the straight boundaries were inside the 30-yard circle, both sides changed and had tea in the only room and the pump action toilet had been stolen from the outhouse!

    Chris Pople: Gumley Cricket Club, Leicestershire - a country road runs through the outfield. Cars are supposed to stop while the over is completed but regularly drive through. We nearly lost our third man fielder run over last year.

    Just looked that one up on Google maps, Chris. What an odd pitch!

  39. Pietersen enjoys a bit of golf

    Cricket World Cup

    Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will be joining the BBC Test Match Special commentary team for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand from the quarter-finals onwards.

    However, as England struggle without him, he is enjoying a bit of golf. He tweeted the below picture with the message: "Hmmm... wind pumping right to left & I've got a hook happening... amazing course, @royalwm #Barbados."

    Kevin Pietersen on Twitter
  40. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Yatish Patel

    Yatish Patel: Liverpool v Arsenal in December 2014 at Anfield. £49 ticket for this 'restricted view'.

    Chris Barrett: Played Gaelic football and had to run a herd of 60 sheep off the pitch beforehand. Then had to get ready on a pitch full of sheep droppings.

    Koech Chepkole: My primary school football pitch in Kenya is built on a near 30 degree slope. It's the main reason I'm not a professional footballer.

    Ah, shame. Are you any good at grass skiing, though?

  41. Swansea's Sheehan joins Yeovil

    Football

    Swansea midfielder Josh Sheehan has signed for Yeovil Town on a month's emergency loan.

    The 19-year-old made his senior debut for the Swans in the Capital One Cup against Rotherham in 2014, after impressing for their Under-21s.

  42. Forest defender faces spell on sidelines

    Football

    Jack Hobbs

    Nottingham Forest defender Jack Hobbs is expected to be out for three to four weeks with a hamstring problem, suffered in Saturday's 4-4 draw with Blackpool.

    A succession of injuries have restricted Hobbs to just 38 league starts for Forest since he joined the club in July 2013.

  43. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Opinion remains firmly divided on Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's alleged dive to win a penalty towards the end of last night's 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round win at Preston. And we mean divided.

    Sati Clare: Rooney dives in a World Cup final and scores the pen to win. How many of you will complain then I wonder? Get real.

    Richard Johnson: If it wasn't a dive, he would have managed to carry on. Never found the need to use a Fosbury flop for someone's leg before.

    Tobias Trott: Not a dive!!!! Kevin Kilbane is just jealous.

    Ian Wray: Only reason people defend Rooney is cause he the England captain! If it was anyone else it be different! Dive all day long.

    Robin Jenner: One of the offences in the laws is "trips or attempts to trip an opponent" No need to actually make contact!!!!

    MJ: So are we saying that penalties can be given when there is NO contact? Set a dangerous precedent and will ruin the game.

  44. Coates warning for Villa

    Football

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood's first game since taking charge of the club will be at home to Stoke on Saturday and the Midlands club will be hoping to get the kind of boost a new manager can often provide.

    But Potters chairman Peter Coates told the Evening Sentinel: "The appointment of a new manager doesn't mean they have won the game already.

    "The idea the world is suddenly transformed after bringing in a new manager doesn't ring true.

    "I think it's about 50-50 statistically over whether you win or lose that first match."

  45. World Championship dates confirmed

    Track Cycling

    The 2016 Track Cycling World Championships will take place in London from 2-6 March.

    The Olympic Velodrome - now known as the Lee Valley VeloPark - has long been known as the venue for the final World Championships prior to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

    Now the dates for the competition have been confirmed on the eve of the 2015 Track World Championships in Paris, with the original scheduled dates of 24-28 February amended to avoid a clash with the Six Nations rugby union tournament.

  46. Get involved: My worst venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Stamford Bridge

    Ciaran: As we're doing #myworstvenue, this was the view £25 got Liverpool fans at Stamford Bridge recently. Ridiculous.

    Conner Paterson: Stranraer! In the middle of nowhere, took 20 minutes at the turnstile, half an hour for a burger and the terracing is just a hill.

    Paula PP: Did a 30k race that went over a train track. Unfortunately, I arrived just as train did - and had to wait for five minutes for it to pass.

    We're asking for your worst sporting venue, after Ronnie O'Sullivan compared Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - home to snooker's Welsh Open this week - to a "shopping mall" and an "aircraft hangar".

  47. 'England have moved on'

    Cricket World Cup

    England opener Moeen Ali

    England face New Zealand on Friday in their next match at the World Cup and opener Moeen Ali says the side have got over their thrashing by Australia in their opening game.

    "We are very disappointed we lost the game in that manner but we are over that now and we are just going to look forward to the next game," he says.

    "You know you have to move on in such a big tournament. We've had a bad start but that happens and, hopefully, we can get on to a run and get some runs under our belts."

  48. Powell accepts ban

    Rugby League

    Sam Powell

    Wigan Warriors half-back Sam Powell will miss Saturday's World Club Series clash with Brisbane Broncos after accepting a one-match ban.

    Powell was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel for a tackle on Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree during last Friday's 24-14 win over the Giants.

    Warriors coach Shaun Wane was preparing to accompany his player to a disciplinary hearing in Leeds on Tuesday evening but the club have announced instead that Powell has submitted an early-guilty plea to the Grade B offence.

  49. Newey unhappy with F1 rules

    Formula 1

    Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey has criticised Formula One regulations.

    Newey will shift his focus away from grand prix racing to helping Sir Ben Ainslie design a yacht to challenge for the America's Cup.

    And he said: "Formula One should be a blend of the driver, chassis and engine, but the current regulations have swung too much in favour of the engine, combined with a very restrictive set of regulations on the chassis.

    "As the engine manufacturer has the benefit, it's difficult for the chassis manufacturer to make enough of a difference to overturn that."

  50. There's no-one quite like grandma

    Football

    Preston defender Scott Laird

    As a Preston left-back, you wouldn't necessarily expect Scott Laird to have a goal bonus written into his contract with the League One club.

    But he doesn't need to - his grandma, Pat Smith, makes sure he is duly rewarded.

    Laird scored the opening goal of the game in his side's 3-1 defeat by Manchester United in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday.

    "Every time we scored as kids, she used to give me and my brothers a pound," the 26-year-old told BBC Somerset. "Even though I'm 26 now, I still carry that tradition on."

  51. Akram waits for Pakistan invite

    Cricket World Cup

    Former Pakistan fast bowler Wasim Akram is keen to help his country's side at the World Cup but says he has yet to be invited to do so.

    Akram is working as a broadcaster at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand and wants to help Pakistan bounce back from a defeat by arch-rivals India in their opening game.

    "The irony is neither the Pakistan cricket authorities nor anyone in the team has approached me to help or advise them," Akram told the Geo News Channel.

    "I am here in the World Cup and I want to go and help our players adjust and do well in the tournament in these conditions. But I can't do this without an invitation."

  52. 'Rabbit in headlights'

    Snooker

    Mark Selby after his Welsh Open win over Alex Davies: "Alex is a better player than what he showed.

    "I still remember my first time going out [in front of the television cameras] and I was like a rabbit in headlights. If Alex would have got off to a good start and settled it would have been tougher.

    "The main thing for me it to keep winning and, when you get to the latter stages, try to peak. You don't want to peak too early."

    Selby won his first ranking title since becoming world champion by claiming the German Masters in early February.

    "Up until then I did feel the pressure of being world champion," he adds.

  53. Selby eases through

    Snooker

    Mark Selby - sporting a snazzy maroon number - has comfortably negotiated his first round match against fellow Englishman Alex Davies.

    The world champion has won 4-0 at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, and you can see the latest action from the tournament now by clicking the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  54. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    William Bowen: Played on a pitch near a nudist camp, some nude guy strolled on behind our left-back and the line-o flagged him for offside!

    Crikey, William. Was he interfering with play? On second thoughts, don't answer that.

  55. Now that's loud

    Rugby Union

    Millennium Stadium

    The Millennium Stadium in Wales is the loudest of all the Six Nations venues, according to a study carried out by Press Association Sport.

    The decibel (dB) levels have been tracked at the six fixtures so far in this year's competition and the Millennium Stadium's average of 92.0dB was comfortably the highest.

    It had a top reading of 100dB, which was beaten only by the roar at full-time of Ireland's win over France when the Aviva Stadium crowd in Dublin hit 101.0dB.

    Twickenham was third on the list when it comes to average loudness.

  56. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Ronnie O'Sullivan has compared Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - venue for snooker's Welsh Open this week - to a "shopping mall" and an "aircraft hangar". So we're asking you for your worst sporting venues. You're continuing to send us some crackers. Please keep them coming in, and we'll work through as many as we can.

    Allan Morris in Manchester, via text: An inter-club snooker match in Eindhoven. They only had two tables and one was no more than two feet from the wall (side cushion). You had to use a specially shortened cue, and if the cue-ball was on the cush, you had no chance.

    Ken, also in Manchester, via text: Started an 18 hole game of golf in Germany. There were 18 tees but only six holes. It was mad! The fairways were like Piccadilly Circus at rush hour, cries of 'fore' every two minutes with people diving for cover. We was supposed to play each hole three times, we played two holes, then went safely to the beer keller.

    Mike in Chester, via text: The Olympic Stadium in Athens. Champions League final 2007. Our seats were directly behind the overhanging scoreboard (Liverpool end). So much so, all we could see was the goalmouth nearest us. Ended up in the aisles. UEFA excelled themselves once again.

  57. Birmingham analysis

    Football

    Let's go back to the story we brought you at 11:59; that the company which owns Championship club Birmingham City has gone into receivership.

    Football finance expert Peter Knowles says the "saga" at Birmingham International Holdings Limited has been going on for more than five years.

    He says: "The accountants will be looking at the company and, as we know, the only assets they have are Birmingham City Football Club.

    "If you run out of money and you need some - you realise your assets. They almost 100% own Birmingham City, so I believe now the club should be up for sale. [Former owner] Carson Yeung really can't stop this."

  58. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Gary Lineker, Roy Hodgson, Kevin Kilbane and Phil Neville

    It's fair to say, on the strength of the texts, tweets and Facebook posts we've had on this, that opinion is split roughly half and half over Wayne Rooney's alleged dive. Even the BBC Match of the Day pundits couldn't agree during last night's live coverage of Manchester United's 3-1 win at Preston.

    "It's a rash challenge, but there's no contact," said former Preston full-back and winger Kevin Kilbane. "It's a dive."

    "When the keeper's flying out like that, Wayne Rooney has to get out of the way," said former Manchester United midfielder Phil Neville. "If he's left his leg there, it would have been a leg breaker."

    So who's right? You can watch the video of the incident - plus the analysis - on the BBC Sport website.

  59. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Let's catch up on the debate over Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's alleged dive against Preston in last night's FA Cup fifth-round tie at Deepdale.

    Alastair Temple: People seem to be saying one or the other, is there not space for both a penalty and a dive?

    James Hunter: The goalkeeper clearly made an attempt to trip Rooney. Whether there was contact is irrelevant. Had to be a penalty.

    Ohigho Musa: Was there any contact? NO! If it was a non English player the reaction would've been different. No beating around the bush.

  60. Powell signs two-year Newcastle deal

    Rugby Union

    Adam Powell

    Adam Powell has signed a deal to keep him at Premiership club Newcastle Falcons until 2017.

    Romford-born Powell, 28, has made 52 appearances for the club since joining from Saracens in 2013.

    "Things have gone to plan so far; we got promoted in the first year, stayed up last year and we've improved this year," Powell said. "We've still got a lot of improving to do but I believe in this and I hope we'll keep improving."

  61. Harlequins complete Shields signing

    Rugby Union

    Matt Shields

    Harlequins have signed tighthead prop Matt Shields until the end of next season.

    Cumbria-born Shields, 24, joins from Darlington Mowden Park RFC but has played for Harlequins in the LV Cup this season as well as representing their A League team.

    Shields progressed through the Newcastle Falcons academy and played for Nottingham and Plymouth before joining Darlington at the start of this season.

    Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea said: "We see Matt as a player with real potential who we can really develop here."

  62. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Mike A, via text: Playing football on a pitch at East Haddon, Northants, covered with sheep's poo. When we went back to the dressing room at half-time, they let the sheep back on the pitch to replenish the poo that was on our kit.

    Russell in Aberdeen, via text: Turned up for an under 11s football game at Fintry in Dundee to find a burnt out car on the pitch! Needless to say the game was cancelled!

    Simon in Gloucester, via text: In a game in Brackley, I was in goal and at half-time, a cow sharing the field left a message in the six-yard box!

    That cow sounds like a right goalhanger, Simon. Bet it never tracked back either.

  63. Taylor for England Test team?

    Cricket

    James Taylor has been earned an increment England contract for 2014-15 after his exploits for the one-day team.

    The 25-year-old has two Test caps to his name, dating back to 2012, and Mick Newell - Taylor's coach at Nottinghamshire and also an England selector - he could now return to the longer format of the game.

    "James' contract is well-deserved and merited," said Newell. "He's had a terrific winter so far. Lots of people who have seen him play a lot wouldn't have been surprised by that.

    "There is no reason why, in time, he can't play for England in all forms of cricket."

    England are set to name a squad next month to travel to the West Indies for three Tests in April and May.

  64. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Dens Park

    Sean Smith: Dens Park, Dundee - £25 for the privilege.

    You've reminded us, Sean, of the Southampton fan who tweeted this extraordinary view from Loftus Road the Saturday before last - a seat for which he said he paid £38.

    Loftus Road
  65. World champion in Welsh Open action

    Snooker

    Mark Selby

    World champion Mark Selby is just under way in his Welsh Open first-round match against fellow Englishman Alex Davies at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, and you can see that game now by clicking the 'live coverage' tab at the top of this page.

  66. Lancaster: England injury update

    Rugby Union

    Mike Brown

    Lancaster on Mike Brown, who was knocked out during Saturday's 39-7 win over Italy: "Mike Brown is in in the early days of the graduated return to play protocol and will not be training this week."

    England's head coach on a trio of injured players: "Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes will be released back to their clubs for further assessment and treatment with a view to them resuming training with us next week."

  67. England coach Lancaster on training week

    Rugby Union

    Some reaction from England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "We have reviewed the Italy match this morning with the whole squad and, while we were pleased to score six tries and win by 30 points, we all know there is plenty to work on.

    "We will release some players back to their clubs this evening as it will be a good opportunity for them to play for their clubs on a big Aviva Premiership weekend and before we get together ahead of the Ireland training week."

  68. Brown to miss England training

    Rugby Union

    England full-back Mike Brown will not train this week as he goes through concussion protocols after being knocked out during last Saturday's Six Nations victory over Italy.

    Head coach Stuart Lancaster has retained 17 players for the training week at Pennyhill Park - all 15 of those who started against Italy, plus Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees and Exeter's Jack Nowell.

    A further 17 players have been released to play for their clubs this weekend. England training will take place on Wednesday and Thursday before the whole squad reassembles next Monday.

    Players retained: Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

    Retained for rehabilitation: Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)

    Players released to Aviva Premiership clubs: Brad Barritt (Saracens), Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), Nick Easter (Harlequins), Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Alex Goode (Saracens), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

  69. Parkinson relishing Reading reunion

    Football

    Bradford manager Phil Parkinson

    Bradford City boss Phil Parkinson says he is not disappointed that his side have missed out on a FA Cup quarter-final against a Premier League side.

    The League One side, who have beaten Chelsea and Sunderland in the last two rounds, will host Championship club Reading for a place in the semi-final.

    Parkinson spent 11 years with the Royals between 1992 and 2003.

    "Any home draw at this stage is a good one and this is a good opportunity for us," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  70. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Ronnie O'Sullivan says that Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - venue for snooker's Welsh Open - is like a "shopping mall" or an "aircraft hangar". So we've asked you for your worst sporting venues. And you are coming up with some great ones:

    Graham Lithgow: Had a pitch that resembled the D-Day landings with dog poo instead of mines. Only had two German machine gun nests mind.

    Ian Tizzard: Aveley stadium. Cup final '99. Rock solid pitch. Almost broke my back playing in studs. Scored and won 3-2. Back ache for weeks after.

    Johnny Pringle: Cricket tour to West Indies, match on island of Cariacou. Opponents' warm up was clearing cow pats from the outfield.

    David Wignall: Tennis court with tree branches overhanging one end. No lobs from that end. Smash it to the tree from other end for an easy "lob".

    We think you've got a few more horror stories up your sleeve, so please share them with us.

  71. Birmingham analysis

    Football

    BBC WM Sport's Richard Wilford: "The decision of Birmingham International Holdings Limited to appoint receivers is another chunk of knotted spaghetti in the tangle of Birmingham City, as far as I can see.

    "If you're feeling optimistic, the BIHL receivers could potentially recommend a sale of the club once they've got to the bottom of the finances.

    "Either way, boardroom wrangles hardly help engender a feeling of stability at Blues, despite the efforts of the St Andrew's-based staff."

  72. Northampton pair sign new contracts

    Rugby Union

    Premiership leaders Northampton have handed contract extensions - of an undisclosed length - to back-row forwards Teimana Harrison and Jonathan Fisher.

    Academy product Harrison, 22, has made 22 appearances since his debut as a 19-year-old against Wasps in 2012.

    Former London Irish player Fisher, 26, has played eight times for the Saints after joining the team last year.

  73. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    Football

    Right, as promised, some more of your thoughts on Wayne Rooney's alleged dive against Preston in the FA Cup last night:

    Kevin Chadwick: It's a dive but I would expect every other Premier League striker to do the same when a keeper runs out like a madman.

    Sean Patrick: The goalkeeper made a reckless challenge. If Rooney had stayed on his feet he wouldn't have got a penalty. What would you do?

    Jeff Simons: Simon Grayson said no dive and he's the one who should have been most aggrieved by it, so why is everyone stressing out?

    Steve Cornforth: Dive or not, Rooney made no attempt to stay on his feet.

    Some very good arguments for and against coming through. Keep sending them in, please.

  74. Marshall makes Villa exit

    Football

    Aston Villa have parted company with first team coach Scott Marshall following Tim Sherwood's appointment as the club's new manager.

    Villa chief executive Tom Fox said: "I'd like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday's FA Cup victory over Leicester City.

    "We wish him all the best in the future."

  75. Markovic ban

    Football

    Lazar Markovic will now miss both legs of Liverpool's last-32 Europa League meeting against Besiktas, the first of which is at Anfield on Thursday, as well as the home and away last-16 matches should the Reds progress.

  76. 4?

    Football

    Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic's reaction to being banned for four games by Uefa is one of bemusement, judging by his tweet that simply says "4?".

    Markovic, according to Press Association Sport, has been suspended after being sent off in their final Champions League group game against Basel on 9 December/

  77. Players' view: The Wayne Rooney debate

    Football

    And a couple more tweets, from within the game, on Rooney's alleged dive:

    Former Aston Villa, Liverpool and England forward Stan Collymore: "Blatant dive. No contact whatsoever. Sad to see."

    Keith Gillespie, ex-Manchester United and Newcastle winger: "Let's be honest, Rooney took advantage of the situation. He made an instant decision and had to stand by it. Happens every week."

  78. Players' view: The Wayne Rooney debate

    Football

    Did Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney dive to win a penalty during last night's FA Cup win at Preston? More of your thoughts shortly, but let's get a professional perspective:

    Former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright: "Can't wait to hear what Rooney says as the captain of Man Utd about that penalty. #Dive all day long. Agree it's called 'evasive action'. But surely it's the contact that makes it a foul, not evasive action."

    Ex-Southampton penalty king Matt Le Tissier: "It was entirely feasible to have stayed on his feet and avoid the poor challenge from keeper. He chose to dive and conned the ref."

    Trevor Sinclair, former England, Manchester City and QPR winger: "Rooney dive but every right to #suicidalkeeping #gameover"

  79. Markovic banned

    Football

    Liverpool's Lazar Markovic (right) is sent off against basel

    Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been suspended for four games for his red card in the club's final group game against Basel, according to Press Association Sport.

    The 20-year-old Serbian raised his arm in the direction of the pursuing Behrang Safari during the match and was sent-off.

    Markovic has been given an extra game on top of the normal three-match ban for violent conduct because he was sent off playing for Benfica in a Europa League match last May.

  80. Birmingham in receivership

    Football

    The owners of Birmingham City Football Club have said they have "no other option" than to go into receivership.

    The Championship club's parent company Birmingham International Holdings Limited (BIHL), blamed "fractious and inharmonious relations within the management" for the decision.

    BIHL said it had appointed three receivers from Ernst and Young.

    The club said it wished to reassure supporters "most emphatically" that no winding-up petition had been filed.

  81. Hammers close in on striker

    Football

    Former Paris St-Germain forward Nene is undergoing a medical ahead of a potential move to West Ham.

    The 33-year-old Brazilian is available on a free transfer after leaving Qatar outfit Al-Gharafa in January and would bolster the club's attacking line-up after Andy Carroll was ruled out for the rest of the season.

  82. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Miles, via text: Corrientes, Argentina. Played on a pitch so dry that after a goal box scuffle, we literally had to wait for the dust to settle before taking the penalty.

    George Comyn, via text: I once played a rugby sevens tournament on an island in New York - as well as the four pitches being covered in bricks, glass and used medical instruments, the island's only other features were a water treatment facility, a cemetery and a psychiatric hospital. I think the bridge to the island was called Hell Gate...

    Matt in Dorset, via text: I played a club badminton match near Sherborne, in Dorset, when the ceiling was only 11 feet high and out! #gotstuffed

    We're asking for your worst sporting venues after snooker's Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed that Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena - venue for this week's Welsh Open - was like a "shopping mall" or an "aircraft hangar".

  83. Tait for Essex

    Cricket

    Former Australia paceman Shaun Tait

    Former Australia fast bowler Shaun Tait is to return for a second spell with Essex for this summer's T20 Blast campaign.

    Tait, who will be 32 next week, is among the quickest bowlers in the world and helped Essex reach finals day in the domestic Twenty20 competition in 2013.

    Essex coach Paul Grayson said: "Shaun had such a positive impact around the club during his first spell.

    "We believe we have an excellent chance of winning the T20 Blast this season, and Shaun will help us towards that target. Alongside Jesse Ryder, we now have two really exciting overseas players."

  84. Watts-Jones forced to retire

    Rugby Union

    Cardiff flanker Rory Watts-Jones has been forced to retire from professional rugby on medical grounds.

    Watts-Jones suffered a concussion-related injury in November and his retirement comes in the wake of high-profile head injuries to Wales pair George North and Samson Lee during the Six Nations game against England in Cardiff on 6 February.

    The 26-year-old said: "I am obviously devastated after accepting medical advice that I should retire from rugby. Having put in so much to have my career cut short before I had reached my full potential is hard to take."

    A club statement read: "After a period of recovery and specialist review, under the guidance of Cardiff Blues medical team, Watts-Jones was advised to retire with his long-term health regarded the highest priority."

  85. Swindon reject Cooper approach

    Football

    Swindon Town have turned down an approach from League One rivals Barnsley for manager Mark Cooper, BBC Wiltshire understands.

    The Robins are currently second in the table, while Barnsley are languishing in 19th place and sacked Danny Wilson last week.

  86. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Plenty of debate about Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney's alleged dive against Preston in the FA Cup last night. And opinion is pretty much split down the middle...

    Adam Johnson: If Rooney stays on his feet and controls, he has an empty goal to tap-in. Needless dive and England manager defends it?!

    Salv Merola: People are saying Wayne Rooney dived, but the keeper lunged out recklessly, so is Rooney suppose to take it and risk injury?

    Kavit Gada: If Wayne Rooney did not dive for the penalty, then I'm the King of England! So much hypocrisy. Just an overpaid and overrated star.

    Dave W: If I swing a punch and hit you, it is a free kick/penalty. If you duck and I miss, it is a free kick/penalty. Same for Preston keeper.

  87. Davis Love to captain US?

    Golf

    Davis Love will be named United States captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup, according to a report by the Golf Channel.

    Love was captain in 2012 when the US led 10-6 going into the final day's singles only to lose 14.5 to 13.5 after an inspired European fightback labelled the 'Miracle at Medinah'.

    The 50-year-old was part of an 11-man task force charged to look into all aspects of the US approach to the Ryder Cup after they suffered an eighth defeat in the last 10 contests at Gleneagles in September.

    But a statement from the PGA of America read: "It is premature to discuss the US Ryder Cup captaincy and we are not prepared to comment at this time."

  88. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Damien McDonnell: A basketball court where the roof was only a foot above the backboard. #no3pointers

    Robert Pearman: Canvey Island, where the wind blows a goal kick back over the bar for a corner.

    Andrew Thorndyke: Playing cricket halfway up a mountain in the garw valley when I was 14. If you hit a six, it was back down the way you came.

  89. Taylor earns England contract

    Cricket

    England batsman James Taylor

    Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor has been awarded an increment contract by England for 2014-15.

    The 25-year-old top scored for the side with 98 in England's thrashing by Australia in their opening World Cup game last Saturday.

    He qualifies for the award after reaching the required points within a 12-month period which a non-contracted player needs in order to automatically earn an increment contract.

  90. Scotland call up Swinson to replace injured Gray

    Rugby Union

    Tim Swinson

    Glasgow Warriors second row Tim Swinson has been added to Scotland's squad for the rest of the Six Nations.

    Swinson - celebrating his 28th birthday today - replaces Richie Gray who, as we reported at 10:35, will miss the remainder of the championship with an arm injury.

  91. Could Inglis switch codes?

    Rugby League

    Australian full-back Greg Inglis could be the next big rugby league defector.

    The newly-appointed captain of NRL champions South Sydney has two years left on his contract with his club but is being tipped to follow his former Rabbitohs team-mate Sam Burgess into rugby union at the end of 2015.

    Inglis is in Manchester ahead of Sunday's World Club Challenge clash with Super League champions St Helens.

    "I'm contracted to 2017 but I'm still looking at different options," he says. "Years pass that quick and we're in 2015 now so I'm just keeping all the doors open and all my options open. There is no harm in looking around."

  92. Vazquez lined up for Juve?

    Football gossip

    Tuttosport

    Palermo's Argentine midfielder Franco Vazquez is set for a move to Juventus, according to Tuttosport in Italy. The 25-year-old has been with Palermo since 2012.

  93. Get involved: My worst sporting venue

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Thommo: Richard Hale school in Hertford circa 1990. I was playing left wing and my side of the pitch had a concrete discus circle.

    Josh Moore: A cricket ground with a road going through it and no fences, so regular interruptions from the local cows.

    Capn A: Once turned up to a game with a sofa on fire next to the pitch and a horse tied to the posts

    We Are The Royals: A rugby match at my school had to be cancelled because we lost the key to the shed which had the rugby balls in.

    Should have rolled a pair of socks up into a ball! Might have made conversions a bit tricky, mind you.

    These are all great - keep them coming.

  94. Cup-winning captain agrees new deal

    Football

    St Johnstone

    St Johnstone captain Dave Mackay has agreed a one-year contract extension.

    The 34-year-old defender, who arrived from Livingston in 2009, has made over 230 appearances for the club, and led them to the Scottish Cup last season.

  95. Back pages

    Newspaper round-up

    Daily Express

    The Daily Express focuses on the FA Cup, Tim Sherwood and Chelsea on its back page.

    It also has a story saying Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho warned his team to beware of the 'divers' in Europe ahead of teh club's first leg last-16 Champions League tie at Paris St-Germain on Tuesday.

    Although, the paper mentions that Chelsea are the Premier League's worst offenders for diving this season.

  96. Mayweather v Pacquiao 'near'

    Boxing

    Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

    Manny Pacquiao says a fight with unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather is "near" after he agreed to a key demand to undergo drug testing.

    "(The fight) is near. The negotiations are nearly finished," says Pacquiao.

    "We agreed that this fight has to happen. We are ironing out the kinks. He (Mayweather) said he wants the fight to push through."

    Mayweather is the WBC and WBA champion, while Pacquiao is the holder of the WBO belt.

  97. Get involved

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Kenilworth Road

    Steve, via text: Luton Town's Kenilworth Road. Away fans have to go through a turnstile that's smack bang in the middle of a row of terraced houses, then you go up stairs that go through the houses' back gardens before taking your place in a stand that not only feels like a stiff breeze would blow it down but also has plenty of metal posts blocking your view.

    Damian, via text: I played on a mini rugby pitch in the 1980s with thistles on, that certainly built character!

    We're asking for your worst sporting venues, after snooker's Ronnie O'Sullivan claimed that Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena was like a "shopping mall" or an "aircraft hangar".

  98. Gray out of Six Nations

    Rugby Union

    Richie Gray

    Scotland lock Richie Gray has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations after suffering an arm injury in Sunday's 26-23 defeat to Wales.

    The loss of the 25-year-old, who plays for Castres in the French Top 14, has come a day after it was announced that Glasgow prop Jon Welsh neede surgery on a fractured hand.

  99. Daley on diving, part 2

    Football

    Tom Daley

    Tom Daley says he gets "about 3,000 tweets" every time a footballer dives - so we at BBC Sport decided to get him to go through some classic dives from the archives. We've put together a short video with Tom, which you watch on our website. (Bonus points if you can spot a cameo from Tottenham's current head coach. Clue: He's not the one diving.)

  100. Daley on diving, part 1

    Football

    British Commonwealth diving champion Tom Daley has had his say on the Wayne Rooney controversy, tweeting: I swear... every time there is a football match... I find out that I have a new team mate via Twitter.

  101. Get involved: The Wayne Rooney debate

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Jason Sutch via text: People are overreacting massively to the Wayne Rooney penalty! The goalkeeper was reckless in coming out like that. If in the middle of the park, it would be a free kick. There should be no special allowances because you get a penalty. Lets be honest here, if Rooney does this for England and wins a penalty that subsequently wins a match for England, this debate would not even be happening! FACT.

    Matt in Oxford, via text: Taking 'evasive action' or not, you don't need to fall face first on the floor after you jump out of the way of something, do you? I don't understand how anyone can say Rooney didn't dive. The keeper gave him that penalty on a plate, but it's still a dive.

    Reg Weir, via text: Anywhere else on the pitch, he would have attempted to stay on his feet. Because he was in the box he fell deliberately. No penalty. Yellow card for simulation. Simple.

  102. 'Another night of nothing'

    Football

    Radamel Falcao (right)

    Whether or not Wayne Rooney dived or not is dominating the debate after his Manchester United side's win over Preston last night but what about fellow striker Radamel Falcao's performance?

    The Colombian failed to score and United only staged their comeback after he was substituted. He has scored just four goals in 19 games for United, and has completed 90 minutes a mere four times in five and a half months at Old Trafford.

    "Another night of nothing from Falcao," said BBC co-commentator Martin Keown. "You wonder if you will see him again in a Manchester United shirt. I don't think he has offered much at all."

    Read our analysis of Falcao's situation by clicking here.

  103. Walsh not ready for return

    Rugby League

    St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham says he will not take a gamble by playing Australian scrum-half Luke Walsh in Sunday's World Club Challenge against South Sydney.

    Walsh has recovered from leg and ankle injuries which have kept him out since last July but a virus prevented him making a return to full training in time for last Thursday's Super League round-two game at Salford.

    "He won't play," Cunningham said. "He's not ready.

    "It's unfortunate he can't be part of such a big event but I don't think we can risk him."

  104. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Wayne Rooney

    The other debate we've got going this morning regards Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney's alleged dive during last night's 3-1 FA Cup fifth-round win at Preston. Persuasive arguments on both sides so far - here's a selection...

    Punk Paultje: Disappointed that the England manager saw fit to defend Rooney. At least Kevin Kilbane called it as it was - a clear dive.

    Max Baggins-Craig: It wasn't a dive from Rooney, but he could see what was coming though, but went for it anyway - anyone would.

    Henry Ashman: Regardless of whether Rooney goes down or not, he's impeded & it's still a penalty. Goalkeeper flew in, nowhere near the ball.

  105. Raul's warning to Real

    Football gossip

    AS

    Spain's AS newspaper carries an interview with Real Madrid legend Raul, who casts his eye over their Champions League meeting with Schalke, another of his former clubs, on Wednesday. Schalke, the striker warns, will be looking to spoil Real's party.

  106. Get involved

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Some cracking worst venue nominations from you already - on the back of snooker star Ronnie O'Sullivan's claim that Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena is like a "shopping mall" or an "aircraft hangar". We'll get through as many of your suggestions as we can; in the meantime, please keep them coming.

    Matthew Thomas: Playing rugby at a prison! Barbed wire and guards around the pitch too. Obviously, they could only play home games!

    Richie Macca: Bootham Crescent left a lot to the imagination. The men's toilet in the away end was a bath.

    Dave Wheeler: Rugby pitch with a gravel strip on it where a water company had laid a pipe. Guess what happened to everyone's legs?

  107. Deacon retires

    Rugby Union

    Louis Deacon
    Image caption: Louis Deacon's younger brother Brett also made over 100 Leicester Tigers appearances

    Leicester Tigers' former England lock Louis Deacon has retired because of injury after 15 years with the club.

    The 34-year-old played 274 times during a one-team career, helping Tigers win the Heineken Cup and Anglo-Welsh Cup twice, as well as six Premierships. He won 29 international caps and was part of Martin Johnson's squad at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

    "I have said many times that all I ever wanted to do was play one game for the Leicester Tigers," says Deacon.

    "So to have the opportunity to do that more than 270 times, in massive games all over Europe and alongside so many great players, has been a huge honour."

  108. Time up for Inzaghi?

    Football gossip

    Gazzetta dello Sport

    The front page of today's Gazzetta dello Sport asks if Filippo Inzaghi's time as boss of AC Milan might be up. The Rossoneri are 11th in Serie A after winning one of their last eight league games, and failure at home to Cesena on Sunday may cost Inzaghi his job, the paper suggests.

  109. Get involved

    #myworstvenue, text 81111, BBC Sport Facebook

    Ronnie O'Sullivan says playing at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena, where he is taking part in snooker's Welsh Open, is like competing at a "shopping mall" or an "aircraft hangar". What's your worst sporting venue?

    Conor Matchett: I once refereed a uni football game on The Meadows in Edinburgh, which while a lot of fun. became a massive mudbath very fast.

    Scott Mainprize: Once had a basketball game with a railway track outside the door. When the ball went out, went on to the track.

    Adam Joseph: Played tennis in a graveyard as a kid. Creepiest place you can imagine.

  110. Back pages

    Newspaper round-up

    Independent

    One of the Independent's main stories is Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho fearing striker Diego Costa will not be up to speed after a three-game ban.

    Tim Sherwood has also vowed to bring excitement back to Aston Villa after taking over as manager of the Midlands club.

  111. Cipriani vow

    Rugby Union

    England fly-half Danny Cipriani

    England fly-half Danny Cipriani has admitted he took international rugby "for granted" before his seven-year Six nations exile.

    The 27-year-old came off the bench to score a try in England's 47-17 victory over Italy on Saturday in his first Six Nations game since 2008.

    "At the time I didn't say I took it for granted but you don't really appreciate the moments as they come along," says Cipriani.

    "That's what I'm doing now: every moment and every experience I am appreciating and there's no way I want to be out of this England side ever again, for as long as I'm playing."

  112. Athletics in crisis

    Athletics

    The head of world athletics has admitted the sport faces "a crisis" over allegations of doping by Russian competitors.

    Speaking to the BBC, Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said: "It's a difficult crisis but we will put it behind us by cleaning all this."

    In his first broadcast interview since the allegations were made public, Diack said he was "shocked" and "disturbed" when he first heard the claims.

    But the 81-year-old Senegalese official insisted allegations that 99% of Russian athletes are doping were "a joke" and "ridiculous".

  113. Back pages

    Newspaper round-up

    Daily Mirror

    The Daily Mirror says Manchester United were helped by an offside goal and a dodgy penalty in getting past Preston in their FA Cup fifth round tie.

    The paper also claims Liverpool want to replace out-going captain Steven Gerrard with Miralem Pjanic but will have to pay a club record £37m to sign the midfielder from Roma.

  114. FA Cup draw

    Football

    Just in case you missed it, the FA Cup quater-final draw was made last night and FA Cup holders Arsenal will travel to Manchester United for their tie.

    The game at Old Trafford will be broadcast live on BBC One on either 7 or 8 March.

    "It will be a good game, a great game. Against Arsenal is always a great game," says United midfielder Marouane Fellaini.

    In the other ties, Liverpool host Blackburn, League One survivors Bradford City face Reading while West Midlands rivals Aston Villa and West Brom will meet at Villa Park.

  115. GET INVOLVED

    #bbcsportsday

    Right, we have got some double debate action for you today. (I know, we're spoiling you). Along, with asking if Wayne Rooney dived or not we want to know your worst sporting venue.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan says playing at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff in the Welsh Open is like competing at a "shopping mall" or "aircraft hangar" and labelled it "sub-standard".

    So, let us know of your thoughts. You can tweet us at #myworstvenue, text us on 81111 or get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  116. Football

    Gossip hit

    We all need a bit of football gossip in the morning so here you go:

    Chelsea and Manchester United have been joined by Juventus in their pursuit of Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi, 21, with the Italian giants ready to make a bid. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool will have to pay a club record £37m to sign Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 24 - the man earmarked to replace Steven Gerrard. (Daily Mirror)

    Paris St-Germain have not given up hope of signing Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 24, despite the fact the Belgian forward signed a new five-year contract at Stamford Bridge last week. (Daily Star)

  117. GET INVOLVED

    #bbcsportsday

    We're asking if Wayne Rooney dived or not to win a penalty for Manchester United in their FA Cup win over Preston last night. If you've not seen it, you can watch highlights by clicking right here.

    Whatever your thoughts, we want to know. You can tweet us at #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 or get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Glenn Sissen: It was such a good dive by Rooney last night, Tom Daley has asked him to be his partner at the next diving comp!

    Euan Maclean: If there is no contact, it's a dive and a yellow. Poor show.

    Steve Howes: When I go running and jump over a puddle I am also tempted to make a dramatic dive on the other side but I don't, no pen for me.

  118. New venue for Rangers EGM

    Football

    The goings on at Rangers do not make for pretty reading and the latest development has seen a new venue chosen for Rangers' extraordinary general meeting.

    It will now be at London's Grange Tower Bridge Hotel after the Scottish Championship club was forced to find another host after the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in Kensington pulled out.

    The EGM was called by shareholder Dave King, who hopes to oust the board.

    And the club insisted that "complaints and false information" led Millennium management to fear "disruption to guests and neighbours".

  119. Kiwis secure bizarre win

    Cricket World Cup

    Two pipers play the bagpipes as New Zealand play Scotland

    New Zealand made hard work of a win over Scotland in their Pool A match in Dunedin.

    The Scots were reduced to 12-4 in the fifth over before Matt Machan (56) and Richie Berrington (50) put on 97.

    Four batsmen fell first ball, a World Cup first, and only the third such instance in a one-day international, as they were 142 all out in the 37th over.

    It should have been an easy chase for the co-hosts but they lost seven wickets before reaching their target with 25.1 overs to spare.

  120. Did Wayne Rooney dive?

    #bbcsportsday

    If you missed it, you can judge for yourself if Wayne Rooney dived or not by watching highlights of Manchester United's FA Cup win over Preston by clicking right here.

    Whatever your thoughts, we want to know. You can tweet us at #bbcsportsday, text us on 81111 or get in touch via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  121. Rooney controversy

    Football

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

    There are suggestions Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney dived to win the penalty for his side's third goal in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Preston.

    The England striker went down in the box after a challenge from Preston goalkeeper Thorsten Stuckmann appeared to make little or no contact.

    "I am not saying it wasn't a penalty. I'm saying there was no contact," said Preston boss Simon Grayson.

    "It wasn't a dive. He's gone to get out of the way and taken evasive action."

  122. Man Utd survive scare

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal

    Manchester United had to come from a goal down to overcome Preston 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round tie at Deepdale.

    Scott Laird had given the home side the lead before United replied with goals from Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and a Wayne Rooney penalty.

    The Old Trafford side will now host Arsenal in a mouth-watering quarter-final tie in the next round.

  123. Welcome

    It's back. No, not Sportsday - that's here every weekday - but the Champions League. European football's biggest tournament kicks back into gear and we'll be building up to tonight's two games right here.

    There's also plenty more to get your teeth into, including a look back at the latest FA Cup action, what's going on at the Cricket World Cup, some athletics chat as well as anything else from the sporting world that comes our way.