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Steve Canavan and Shamoon Hafez

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  1. See you tomorrow

    That is it from another edition of Sportsday. We are building up to the Champions League action on our dedicated live page. I suggest you head over now by clicking here. Sportsday will be back at 08:00 GMT tomorrow so join us then. Goodbye.

  2. Bowyer may 'tweak' Blackburn line-up


    Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says he may need to tweak his line-up ahead of the visit of Blackpool on Saturday.

    Rovers scored a last-minute equaliser at Cardiff on Tuesday to add to wins over Stoke in the FA Cup and Rotherham in the league in the last eight days.

    Manager Gary Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire: "It is a squad game and we might need to freshen it up.

    "We had three massive efforts and I might need to tweak it here and there, but we will see how people recover."

  3. Lessons learned says Mercedes boss Wolff

    Formula One

    Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says lessons have been learned about the fierce rivalry between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

    The pair clashed on occasions last year as they battled for the world title, won by Hamilton at the final race.

    "The team never expected it to be any different but we've learned a lot from last year," said Wolff.

    "We've learned from working with each other, analysing mistakes, and we will be trying to do things better in 2015."

  4. Sterling faces fitness test


    Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling faces a fitness test ahead of their Europa League last-32 meeting with Besiktas.

    Sterling, 20, has missed two games with a foot injury but could return, while captain Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Lucas Leiva (thigh) are out.

    Lazar Markovic will miss the Anfield meeting as he begins a four-match ban.

    Besiktas striker Demba Ba will face Liverpool for the first time since scoring for Chelsea last year in a win which damaged the Reds' title hopes.

  5. 'We will get answers against Milan'


    Ronny Deila reckons the Europa League meeting with Inter Milan will show how much progress his Celtic side have made this season.

    After a tough start to life as manager, Deila has guided Celtic to an excellent run of form in which they have won their last eight games.

    Ronny Deila

    But he knows Thursday's date with Inter will be a major test.

    "We will get a lot of answers tomorrow - how good are Celtic right now and how good are we individually," said Deila.

  6. Appeal over loan deal


    Spanish side Eibar have appealed to FIFA to be granted international clearance to sign Liverpool defender Rafa Paez on loan until the end of the season.

    After the clubs reached an agreement last month, FIFA blocked the transfer of the 20-year-old to the Primera Division side because of an administrative mistake.

    The Spanish central defender played the 2013-14 campaign with the Liverpool reserves and was sent on a season-long loan to Serie B side Bologna last summer, where he made eight league appearances.

  7. Robinson pride at 'massive' MK win


    MK Dons have come through the most important moment of their promotion campaign, says boss Karl Robinson.

    The Dons held on to win 1-0 at Colchester on Tuesday - their first victory in four games - to move up to second in League One.

    Robinson told BBC Three Counties Radio: "It was massive. I can't understate it.

    "This was big. I want people to believe. I said towards the end, this is the biggest 10 minutes I'll have to manage this season."

  8. Charlton fans to hold public meeting


    Roland Duchatelet

    Charlton Athletic supporters are to hold a public meeting on Wednesday in an attempt to find out the long-term strategy of Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet.

    Charlton have had four managers since Duchatelet bought the club in January 2014, and are 18th in the Championship under current boss Guy Luzon.

    When Duchatelet took over the Addicks he added the south-east London side to a network of clubs around Europe, including Belgian side Standard Liege, from whom Charlton have signed nine players.

    "The aim is to engage Roland in conversation and find out what is going on," Addicks fan Steve Clarke told BBC London 94.9. "He rarely visits London or comes to The Valley and has resisted all attempts by us to have any dialogue.

  9. New Force India almost ready

    Formula 1

    Force India say they are confident their car for the new Formula 1 season will make its debut at the final test in Barcelona later this month.

    Due to supplier and cash-flow issues, Force India were forced to skip the first test in Jerez as the VJM08 was not ready.

    For the second test - which starts at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday - the Silverstone-based team will use last year's car.

    However, they are set to finally hit the track with the new car at the test that commences next Thursday (26 February).

  10. Zouma the new Desailly?


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Kurt Zouma

    Football writer Philippe Auclair believes Kurt Zouma has the potential to replicate Marcel Desailly's success and status at Chelsea.

    "From a French perspective I can tell you we are very excited about what is happening with Kurt Zouma at Chelsea," Auclair told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "If there is one player Kurt Zouma is basing his game on, it is Marcel Desailly."

  11. Lambert 'so close' to joining Villa


    Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has revealed he came "very close" to signing for Aston Villa on transfer deadline day - only to pull out at the last minute in a bid to try and win a regular starting berth at Anfield.

    Rickie Lambert

    Lambert - who has scored only three goals in 26 appearances since joining from Southampton for £4m last summer - agreed terms on a two-and-a- half-year deal with Villa, only to pull out.

    "I spoke to my agent, my wife, to Aston Villa and it was close. It was very close. It was touch and go. We agreed everything," he told the Liverpool Echo.

    "But in the end there just wasn't enough time to say 'yes'. It was nothing negative towards Aston Villa, it's a great club. I just didn't think it was right for me to leave here just six months into my Liverpool career. I didn't want to go."

  12. Walker signs new deal

    Rugby Union

    Harlequins wing Charlie Walker has signed a new two-year contract with the Premiership club.

    The 22-year-old swapped Leicester's academy for The Stoop before making his senior debut in 2011, and has now committed himself to the London club until 2017.

  13. Spurs stadium wrangle


    White Hart Lane

    Chris Slegg, BBC London Sport: "Archway Sheet Metal Works v Tottenham. Judge Mr Justice Dove says he hopes to reach his decision regarding the validity of the Compulsory Purchase Order this Friday. He will read this out at 09:30 GMT.

    "Archway Sheet Metal Works are appealing against the CPO. They are the last business Spurs need to move from the site of their intended new stadium."

  14. Sale lock Paterson to join Saints

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints have signed Sale lock Michael Paterson for next season.

    The 29-year-old New Zealand-born forward was in the England squad to tour his native country last summer, but has yet to earn a Test cap.

    Paterson would have been in contention for a Six Nations place, had he not been ruled out by knee surgery.

    "I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and continuing the development of my rugby in such a highly competitive team," he said.

  15. Champions League action


    Benni McCarthy

    Former Blackburn and West Ham striker Benni McCarthy says Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi can go on to become a "great player".

    McCarthy won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2004 with Porto, who take on Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

    "He's got so many powerful weapons in his locker," McCarthy told BBC World Service Sport.

    "He's very skilful, he's great one-on-one, he's also a very confident young player so hopefully he can keep his feet on the ground and take whatever opportunities there are to take to play in the biggest stages of the Champions League and grow as a player."

  16. Scotland Rugby to appeal Finn ban

    Scottish Rugby say they will appeal against the two-week suspension of stand-off Finn Russell for a challenge on Wales' Dan Biggar.

    Russell was yellow-carded for the challenge in Sunday's 26-23 defeat by Wales, and a Six Nations disciplinary committee deemed it "reckless".

    An SRU spokesperson said: "We are disappointed by the outcome of today's discipline committee meeting, and subsequent suspension of stand-off Finn Russell.

    "Following the arrival of the written sanction later this week, we intend to appeal."

  17. Clarke will start for Aussies


    Captain Michael Clarke will return to the Australia side for Saturday's World Cup match against Bangladesh after recovering from hamstring surgery, coach Darren Lehmann has revealed.

    Michael clarke

    "Yeah, he's playing mate," Lehmann told reporters in typically Aussie fashion when he was asked whether the 33-year-old would be involved.

    Clarke's race to be fit has been something of a soap opera in Australia. He played his first match for the team in two months last week in a warm-up against United Arab Emirates and hit 64.

  18. Wales' first Fifa-accredited female football ref


    Charlotte Carpenter

    Charlotte Carpenter is set to join an elite band of officials after becoming the first Fifa-accredited female football referee from Wales.

    The 26-year-old from Abercynon is usually seen in the Welsh League, but she is now on the list of international referees and is working her way up the officiating ladder. She could eventually referee at the Women's World Cup and Women's Champions League.

    Sport Wales cameras followed her for the day as she took charge of the Swansea City Ladies v Cardiff Met LFC FAW Women's Cup quarter-final.

  19. Novel time filler

    Road Cycling

    Injured cricketer Matt Prior has found a novel way to keep himself occupied while his England team-mates compete in the World Cup.

    The wicketkeeper has set up a road cycling team, backed by a British supermarket chain, with the not inconsiderable aim of eventually entering said team, One Pro Cycling, in little known race the Tour de France.

    In the meantime, the team will compete in this season's UCI Continental tour, two levels below the World Tour that includes Le Tour.

  20. Pochettino trying to be 'clever'


    Mauricio Pochettino

    Manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is not worried by Tottenham's workload as they prepare to face Fiorentina in the last 32 of the Europa League in the first of six games in 17 days.

    "It's a good sign we are in all competitions. I am happy," he said. "All the squad are fit and we are in a very good way.

    "It's important to manage the squad and always analyse after the games each case and each player and after to be clever and select the best player to play in each game."

  21. Runner banned for two years


    Netherlands cross country runner Adrienne Herzog has been banned for two years after failing a doping test.

    An out-of-competition test proved positive in March 2014 and her suspension runs until 14 May 2016.

    Herzog, who won bronze medals at the European Cross Country Championships in 2009 and 2012, protests her innocence.

    "The past 10 months have been the most difficult of my life, as I have never knowingly taken any banned substance," said Herzog, 29, on her website.

  22. Burns back in business


    Ricky Burns has been handed the chance to revive his career in the United States with a clash against fellow former world champion Omar Figueroa.

    Ricky Burns

    Burns will take on the unbeaten 25-year-old in San Antonio, Texas on 9 May in his first fight in the States.

    Figueroa vacated his WBC lightweight title in November after suffering an infected cut in his second successful defence against Daniel Estrada, with the Venezuelan subsequently deciding to step up a weight.

    Burns is looking to bounce back from a difficult period which saw him lose his WBO lightweight belt to Terence Crawford.

  23. Teenage kicks


    NBA All-Star game

    The NBA's annual All-Star Celebrity Game last Friday pitted 35-year-old actor Kevin Hart against 13-year-old baseball star, Mo'one Davis, and The Wedding Ringer star came off second best.

    Granted, Davis has rather more sporting prowess, becoming the first girl to win a Little League World Series game - one of only two girls competing in the whole series - graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, and was the 2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, but still.

  24. Chelsea Metro incident


    David Cameron

    Prime Minister David Cameron has had his say after footage emerged which appeared to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    "This does look extremely disturbing," he said. "It's obviously potentially a criminal offence and so I'm sure the French police will be looking at it very seriously.

    "I know the British police will give every assistance that they can. I'm sure Chelsea will co-operate with that fully. These are very, very serious matters."

  25. O'Sullivan says venue was 'all right'


    Ronnie O'Sullivan

    Ronnie O'Sullivan has spoken after his 4-3 loss to Matthew Stevens in the third round of the Welsh Open.

    What does he have to say about the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this time?

    "The venue was alright, we get used to it. It was a good crowd but I am just disappointed to have lost."

  26. Van Gaal warned


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct after he was found to have breached Football Association rules in relation to media comments following the FA Cup fourth-round game at Cambridge, the FA has announced.

  27. Fortnight ban for Russell

    Rugby Union

    Fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland's Six Nations match against Italy after being suspended for two weeks for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar.

    The 22-year-old was handed a three-week ban, reduced by a week for his clean record, after appearing before a disciplinary panel in London on Wednesday.

  28. 'Black eye threat' behind racist claim


    Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci was cleared of racially abusing Norwich's Cameron Jerome because he was actually threatening to give the striker "a black eye", the Football Association has revealed.


    The Italian was charged following an incident during the 1-1 draw between the teams in October, where he was alleged to have directed a racial insult at Jerome.

    An independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing earlier this month.

    An FA document released today revealed that Bellusci was accused of calling Jerome a 'negro', but the panel accepted his explanation that he said the word 'nero', the Italian term for black, while threatening Jerome with a black eye.

  29. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    After the discovery of Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Ashley Hoare: Our 6-a-side team, Single FC, had a curry night, several pints and a few home truths to sort out our form. It worked.

    Now that's our kind of pep talk Ashley.

  30. Hammers prepare for future


    West Ham will make checks on the availability of Real Sociedad boss David Moyes and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic as the club line up possible replacements for Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  31. Bosch! The steroid scandal


    Anthony Bosch apology

    Anthony Bosch, the former owner of a Florida clinic at the centre of baseball's most recent steroid scandal, has been jailed for four years.

    He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone to athletes from the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic.

    One customer was New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended for 211 games in August 2013.

    The ban was cut to 162 games on appeal but he missed the entire 2014 season.

    Rodriguez, the 14-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player, issued a handwritten apology for his involvement in the scandal.

  32. Sotherton plea over stolen medal


    Kelly Sotherton has appealed for help in tracking down her Commonwealth gold medal after it was stolen in a burglary.

    Kelly Sotherton

    The former Great Britain heptathlete won the medal at Melbourne in 2006, the only major championship gold of her career.

    Sotherton, 38, said on Twitter: "Been thing stolen was my Commonwealth gold medal from Melbourne 2006. PLEASE HELP ME FIND IT."

  33. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    After the discovery of Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Michael Briggs: Whenever a run gets tough, one quote from a close friend, flashes up, in true North East grit, "Just Keep Gan!

    Mike: Stay on course and go again.

    Craig: Nothing can beat the "I got pride, I got power" pep talk in the awesome Cool Runnings

  34. Fancy a latte, Jose?


    Ferguson Mourinho

    The Sun: Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a surprise visit to Chelsea's team hotel ahead of their Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain to have coffee with manager Jose Mourinho.

  35. Meet Matthew Stevens, aged 11


    Check out this video from BBC Wales Sport archives of an 11-year-old Matthew Stevens, just after becoming the youngest Welsh player to score a witnessed century.

    Not only that, he regales the achievement in fluent Welsh.

    Matthew Stevens

    Now aged 37, Stevens is celebrating today after knocking out defending champ Ronnie O'Sullivan in the third round of snooker's Welsh Open.

  36. Chelsea Metro incident


    Chelsea have appealed for witnesses regarding the incident in Paris on Tuesday when fans of the club appeared to prevent a black man from boarding a train.

    The club released a statement that said: "To help us with our investigations and to identify those persons involved, we ask those who were present to forward their observations, in the strictest confidence, to

    "Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society. We will support any criminal action against those involved in such behaviour, and should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members the club, will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders."

  37. Rare signing between rivals


    Cambridge United have signed Peterborough United winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on loan until 5 May.

    The 22-year-old has played 16 times for Posh this season, but has not started a game since November.

    Mendez-Laing, who started his career at Wolves, becomes the first player to switch between the Cambridgeshire rivals in almost seven years.

    Scott Rendell left the U's for Posh in February 2008, while Danny Crow moved the other way seven months later after being released by the London Road side.

  38. England's "most powerful" batting line-up


    Paul Collingwood

    Scotland assistant coach Paul Collingwood believes England's current batting line-up is their "most powerful ever".

    England's most capped one-day player says the way that the modern player hits the ball is "pretty much incredible".

    England lost their opening match to Australia by 111 runs and face co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington at 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

    Watch the full video here

  39. Fitness doubt over Sterling


    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling faces a late fitness test on a foot problem ahead of tomorrow's Europa League visit of Besiktas.

    Raheem Sterling

    Winger Lazar Markovic begins a four-match ban for his sending off in his last European outing, while midfielder Lucas Leiva is sidelined with a thigh problem.

    Captain Steven Gerrard is still not fit to return from a hamstring injury.

  40. Wolff to drive new Williams

    Formula One

    Susie Wolff

    Susie Wolff will drive the new Williams FW37 on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday.

    The Scot, 32, was named the team's test driver in November after taking part in two practice sessions last year.

    Race drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will each get a day and a half in the new car over the following three days of running in Barcelona.

    Bottas will drive the car on Friday before Massa takes over on Saturday, and the pair will share the final day.

  41. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    After the discovery of Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Joe Sharratt: Cloughie telling his physio after a concussion left Pearce not knowing who he was: "tell him he's Pele and get him back on!"

    Jordan Paterson: A bit of Thrash Metal, in particular the band Machine Head

    DrHolmes: I just tell myself: "You've got a clean slate. Now, give it your all".

    Andrew Dennett: Cant beat Cuba Gooding Jr in Jerry Maguire "Show me the money!"

    Ben Reese: When whipping in corners for Manchester amateur outfit River Plate Reds, I imagine all the girls I've ever fancied are watching.

    Like it Ben. One can only imagine how pinpoint your corners are...

  42. Jordan Henderson...the other one


    Earlier (see 13:58), we reported that Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson had joined Twitter.

    It now seems a gentleman from Ohio, USA - by the name of Jordan Henderson - has been inundated by Tweeters welcoming him to Twitter.

    Jordan Henderson

    His Twitter profile now states: "I'm not the English footballer."

  43. Rocket Ronnie dumped out


    They say good things come to those who wait ... Matthews Stevens has beaten Ronnie O'Sullivan for the first time in 12 years.


    Stevens came back from 2-0 down to win 4-3 in the Welsh Open third-round clash and dump out defending champion O'Sullivan.

  44. Chelsea Metro incident - latest

    UK police are to examine footage appearing to show Chelsea football fans stopping a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    The amateur video shows a man being repeatedly pushed from the train while a group chants, "we're racist, we're racist and that's the way we like it".

    Scotland Yard said it was taking the incident "very seriously" and would help identify those involved.

    Chelsea FC condemned the behaviour and said any fans involved faced a ban.

  45. Ban could anger drivers

    Formula 1

    Drivers will be banned from changing the design on their helmet throughout the course of a season, the Formula One Commission has announced.


    It is likely to cause a stir amongst the current crop of F1 drivers, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel among those who have often altered the look of their helmets in the past.

    The move is designed to ensure fans, both in the grandstands at the circuits and watching at home on television, can clearly identify who is driving which car.

  46. Clarke 'a shoo-in'


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Three-time Ryder Cup captain Bernard Gallacher says it wasn't a "difficult decision" to choose Darren Clarke as European captain for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

    "It's a very good appointment," Gallacher told BBC Radio 5 live. "He is popular, he is still playing, he is experienced, he has played in many Ryder Cups and been pretty victorious in them.

    Darren Clarke

    "It was like a shoo-in, to be honest. Paul McGinley was part of the selectors, he voted unanimously for Darren Clarke. I think he has put any disagreement or anything like that behind them.

    "Paul's well behind Darren Clarke, in fact I'm told the first person he is going to speak to is Paul McGinley to set up a dinner and seek his advice on how he did it at Gleneagles. I think that is what we would all like to do."

  47. Yeovil sign Swans defender Kingsley


    Yeovil Town have signed 20-year-old defender Stephen Kingsley on a one-month emergency loan from Premier League side Swansea City.

    Kingsley has not played for the Swans since signing from Falkirk in June.

  48. Changes afoot for England

    Rugby Union

    Wing Jonny May could make way for Jack Nowell in England's pivotal Six Nations clash in Ireland, while Mike Brown is racing to be fit for the Dublin battle.

    Jonny May

    England boss Stuart Lancaster is ready to drop May in favour of Exeter wing Nowell, while full-back Brown remains a doubt through continued concussion symptoms.

    Saracens' in-form playmaker Alex Goode remains the front-runner to replace Brown should the 29-year-old fail to recover from the injury he suffered in Saturday's 47-17 victory over Italy.

  49. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    After the discovery of Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Mike Lewis: "My next golf shot will be the best I have ever hit." It rarely is.

    JCBC: 'If not now, when? if not you, who?' from Searle brothers' cox in 1992 Olympic comeback.

    Jean-Paul Breyer: I always think to myself that there are people relying on me to get the job done. I then forbid myself to let them down.

    James Chapman: Eric Thomas 'how bad do you want it?' - when you want success as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful.

    Boxed-Up: I like to keep it simple with #mypeptalk 1. Remember you're awesome. 2. Go about your day.

  50. Welsh Open latest


    Welsh Open

    Ronnie O'Sullivan and Matthew Stevens are into a final-frame decider, tied at 3-3 in the Welsh Open encounter.

    Watch the conclusion of the match on the BBC Red Button or BBC Sport online.

  51. Post update

    BBC Radio Manchester: Bolton Wanderers' trip to face Blackburn Rovers has been rearranged for Wednesday, 11 March and will kick off at 7.45pm.

  52. Death of former world champion


    Belgium's former world cycling champion Claude Criquielion has died aged 58 following a severe stroke, the news agency AFP has reported.

    A professional road racer between 1979 to 1991, his finest hour was winning the world championship rainbow jersey in 1984 at Barcelona.

  53. Paterson switches clubs

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints have signed New Zealand-born Michael Paterson from Sale Sharks.

    The 29-year-old lock was in the England squad that toured New Zealand last summer.

    Paterson earned the Newcomer of the Year award at Sale last season, which followed the Supporters' Player and Players' Player of the Year gongs he won in his three years at Cardiff Blues.

    Here he is getting a hug from a big fella in green.

  54. Football..but not as we know it

    The traditional - and fairly violent - game of Royal Shrovetide Football is entering its second day in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne. Played for centuries, its origins are now forgotten. But while the world may have changed, the game's popularity remains the same.

    Royal Shrovetide Football

    Each year, hundreds of participants try to "goal" by banging the cork ball against one of two stone plinths which are three miles apart. There are few rules - pushing and shoving are essential, but it is forbidden to intentionally harm other players.

    Read the piece in full here

  55. Record-breaking golfer to retire at 30


    Teenage world number one Lydia Ko has revealed she plans to retire at 30 and is about to start a psychology degree to prepare for life after golf.

    The 17-year-old New Zealander, who smashed Tiger Woods's record of reaching the top ranking when he was 21, said she wanted a second career later in life.


    "My plan is to retire when I'm 30 so I'm not just going to go to the beach and hang out for the rest of my life," Ko said ahead of the Australian Open at Royal Melbourne, which starts tomorrow.

    "There's always a second career that comes along with it and I'm trying to build up towards it and, because I'm playing a sport, psychology links well with it."

    By that time she could well be the richest psychology graduate on the planet.

  56. Sir Bobby Robson remembered


    Newcastle United on Twitter: On this day in 1933, a true great was born. Happy birthday, Sir Bobby Robson. Gone but never forgotten.

    Bobby Robson
  57. Stevens fights back


    Can Matthew Stevens get his first win over Ronnie O'Sullivan for 12 years?

    Matthew Stevens

    We'll find out fairly soon. The pair are locked at 2-2, Stevens winning the last two frames to square things. Follow the action live here.

  58. Post update

    BBC London: QPR chairman Tony Fernandes says Chris Ramsey "has become" a dream candidate for manager's job and it is "his for [the] taking".

  59. On this day

    It was on this day in 1898 that Enzo Ferrari (pictured below in the white shirt with braces) - the man who created the most successful grand prix team in history - was born.


    A driver with Alfa Romeo, Enzo quit racing at the end of 1929 and started manufacturing cars under the Scuderia Ferrari banner.

    Since then the team has won a record 16 constructors' championships and 15 drivers' championships.

    Ferrari died in 1988, aged 90. The Italian Grand Prix was held just weeks after, and, fittingly, the result was a 1-2 for Ferrari, with Gerhard Berger leading home Michele Alboreto.

  60. Olsson on the comeback trail


    Jonas Olsson is closing in on a first-team return with West Brom.

    Jonas Olsson

    The 31-year-old centre-back has now completed two full games for the under-21s over the past 10 days since undergoing Achilles tendon surgery before Christmas.

    Olsson played another 90 minutes for the Baggies on Tuesday in the 1-0 Birmingham Senior Cup victory over Hednesford.

  61. Henderson joins Twitter

    It appears Liverpool vice-captain Jordan Henderson has joined Twitter - with a blue tick - which makes it a verified account.

    Here is how he announced his arrival:

    Jordan Henderson
  62. No go for Guernsey


    World Cricket League Division Six

    Guernsey have missed out on the chance to host the 2015 ICC World Cricket League Division Six tournament.

    Essex will host the event in early September after the island's bid, and one from Vanuatu, were rejected.

    "Ultimately it's come down to cost as it's funded by the ICC," Guernsey Cricket Board chief executive Mark Latter told BBC Sport.

    "They looked at the Under-19's event in Essex last year and they thought that was a better option this time."

  63. Big ban for abusive player

    Rugby Union

    James Egan

    A former Wales youth international rugby player has been banned for 48 weeks for verbally abusing match officials.

    James Egan was sent-off while playing for St Joseph's against Clwb Rygbi Caerdydd in January 2015.

    Egan played for Wales Under-19s in 2007 and the Under-20s a year later.

    The duration of the ban means he will not be able to resume playing until 1 March 2016 once the close season has been taken into account.

  64. Nordic ski fans get ringside seats

    Cross-Country Skiing

    And while we're on the subject of the Nordic Ski World Championships, how about the couple who made sure of getting a good spot for their motorhome in an event campsite, by parking up early... five months early.

    Ski fans Paul-Arne and Hanna-Mari Anthonse drove from their home in north Norway to host city Falun in Sweden, parked their van and left, returning last Friday, with their dog, for the start of the two-week event.

    "We drove down in September to make sure we got a good spot right next to the Arena," says Paul-Arne. Luckily there was no London 2012 Olympic-style ticket debacle and the couple have tickets for every event, with a ringside home to boot.

  65. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    Boxed-Up: I like to keep it simple with #mypeptalk 1. Remember you're awesome. 2. Go about your day.

    Ma$e: Any speech by Ray Lewis does the job! Also Al Pacino's famous 'Any Given Sunday' team talk!

    John McEnerney: "Whatever it takes."

    Let us know at #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  66. No rule changes in Formula One

    Formula One

    The 2015 Mercedes F1 car

    Formula 1's governing body has rejected proposals to change the rules before 2017 to make the sport more exciting for spectators.

    Wider tyres, increasing 850bhp engine power back to 1,000bhp and improved bodywork were among proposals debated at an FIA commission meeting in Geneva.

    According to Reuters, teams failed to agree on the type and timing of modifications.

    Ferrari and Red Bull are among those wanting change next year, but Mercedes warn against the impact on this season.

  67. Chelsea metro incident


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Chelsea defender Frank Sinclair has had his say after footage emerged which appeared to show fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train that was carrying some Chelsea fans, among others.

    "It was very disappointing to see the media coverage this morning. I didn't know about it happening before the game. After hearing about it, it is disappointing that sort of feeling is still in football.

    "There are a lot of organisations trying to prevent racism in football. It is a minority and they are not representing Chelsea Football Club. The way football is now, the hooligans tend to move from club to club."

  68. Makinson still a Saint

    Rugby League

    Tommy Makinson

    Winger Tommy Makinson has signed a new four-year contract with Super League champions St Helens.

    The 23-year-old has 69 tries in 104 matches for the club, as well as kicking 79 goals, and scored in last season's Grand Final win over Wigan.

    Makinson said: "I've already had a great four seasons with the first team at my boyhood club.

    "It's a thrill to know that I'll now be part of it for the foreseeable future. It's a great time to be at St Helens."

  69. Indoor rowing championships are oar-some!



    The inaugural British Rowing Indoor Championships took place recently at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London, with thousands of competitors and spectators enjoying the action .

    It was a mixture of serious competition and fun, with races for all ages ranging from Year 7 schoolchildren to the over 65's. The oldest competitor is 86 and loving it!

    Watch the video from BBC Get Inspired here

  70. Ohuruogu hits out


    Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu has criticised the head of world athletics for saying the sport faces a "crisis" over doping allegations.

    Christine Ohuruogu

    International Association of Athletics Federations president Lamine Diack told the BBC that he was "shocked" by claims that IAAF officials were implicated in covering up doping in Russia.

    "It's very hard to promote our sport when he doesn't know what the hell is going on," Ohuruogu told BBC Radio 5live. "Who else's job is it?"

  71. Iran's ski team arrive at world ski championships

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Iran field a team of four at the Nordic World Ski Championships, which begin today, but are not entirely happy with the conditions.

    "Sweden is extremely cold and the place of the competition has been filled with artificial snow," said competitor Sattar Seyd. "We used to train on natural snow and it's difficult to compete," he told the Team Iran website.

    Alongside Seyd in the men's event is Yasin Shemshaki, and for the ladies, Samaneh Beirami and Farzaneh Rezasoltani take to the snow.The team has doubled in size since the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

  72. Irish star sticks to roots

    Rugby Union

    Flanker Peter O'Mahony is the latest Ireland star to reject a move to France after signing a new three-year contract with Munster.


    The 25-year-old club captain has committed to Thomond Park until June 2018, in a clear boost to the Irish province and Ireland boss Joe Schmidt.

    Toulouse and a host of French Top 14 clubs were understood to have monitored O'Mahony's situation, but the back-rower has opted instead to stick to his roots.

  73. Post update

    Aston Villa goalkeeper, and Irishman, Shay Given on Twitter: Congrats to @DarrenClarke60 on being named captain of the Ryder cup team for 2016. Well deserved.

  74. Clarke appointed Ryder Cup captain


    And to celebrate Darren Clarke's appointment, let's take a little look at some of his Ryder Cup moments from over the years.

    With Rory and Sergio in 2012 at Medinah.


    Spraying champagne from the world's biggest bottle with Thomas Bjorn in 2010.


    More champers, this time drenching team-mate Lee Westwood after the 2006 success in Ireland.


    And a final one, also from 2006. Not sure about that haircut though...

  75. Clarke appointed Ryder Cup captain


    More on the news that Darren Clarke will be Europe's Ryder Cup captain for the 2016 tournament at Hazeltine, USA.

    The 46-year-old Northern Irishman - who played in five Ryder Cups and was a vice-captain in 2010 and 2012 - has described it as "a huge honour".

    "I am naturally extremely proud to be selected as European Ryder Cup captain for 2016," he said.

    "The Ryder Cup has been a massive part of my life and my career, so to have the chance to lead Europe next year is a huge honour.

    "I am lucky to have played and worked under some fantastic captains in my seven Ryder Cups to date and I look forward to the challenge of trying to follow in their footsteps and help Europe to a fourth consecutive Ryder Cup victory at Hazeltine next year."

    Clarke got the nod ahead of Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn.

  76. FA Cup quarter-finals

    Arsene Wenger

    Another statement, this time from Arsenal who have released one in relation to the announcement that their FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United will be played at 19:45 GMT on Monday 9 March.

    They said: "The club is exploring a number of options to help our travelling supporters get back to London afterwards.

    "No return trains are currently timetabled and we will let supporters know the proposed travel plans as soon as possible."

  77. BreakingRyder Cup captaincy announcement


    Ryder Cup

    BREAKING NEWS: The captain for Europe at the Ryder Cup in 2016 will be Darren Clarke.

    Golfing greats Paul McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie were three of those involved in the selection of the new captain.

  78. 'He oozes confidence"


    Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given has hailed new manager Tim Sherwood as someone who "oozes confidence".

    Given, who previously played alongside Sherwood at Blackburn - where the latter was captain - told the club's website: "He's always been a leader and was always a very good skipper.

    Shay Given

    "He was the main man in the changing room. He was the go-between with the players and the manager.

    "I think he's fantastic leader, a real positive person and he just oozes confidence."

  79. Kiwi returns to Yorkshire


    Kane Williamson is to return to Yorkshire this summer, but only for a short spell.

    Kane Williamson

    The New Zealand batsman, who helped Yorkshire to the Division One County Championship title last year, is likely to arrive only for the final three championship matches, following New Zealand's scheduled one-day international tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa.

    Williamson has helped New Zealand to two victories from two games so far at the Cricket World Cup.

  80. Champions League action


    Cristiano Ronaldo

    European football expert Andy Brassell runs the rule over tonight's Champions League action as Schalke entertain Real Madrid and Basel face Porto.

    "The reigning holders are no less formidable this season," he says. "Porto have sold more than £300m worth of talent since winning the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2004."

    Read the rest of the piece

  81. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    On Twitter: Just saw the video of the Chelsea mob's deplorable behaviour and racist chants. Sickening, embarrassing, moronic, disgraceful.

  82. Eye injury forces Purdy to retire


    Former British welterweight champion Lee Purdy has retired after losing vision in his left eye.

    Lee Purdy

    The 27-year-old injured his eye in a defeat by Leonard Bundu in December 2013, and after a series of operations has decided to quit boxing.

    Purdy, who says it could take up to 18 months before he discovers how his long-term vision has been affected, suffered a defeat in his most high-profile fight where he was a replacement for Kell Brook against Devon Alexander almost two years ago.

  83. FA Cup sixth round ties


    The dates and kick-off times for all four FA Cup sixth round ties have been confirmed with a Wembley semi-final just one win away for all eight remaining sides.

    Saturday 7 March

    Bradford City v Reading (12:45 GMT)

    Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion (17:30 GMT), live on BBC One

    Sunday 8 March

    Liverpool v Blackburn Rovers (16:00 GMT)

    Monday 9 March

    Manchester United v Arsenal (19:45 GMT), live on BBC One

  84. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    Ryan Murphy: I listen to 'The very best of Chris Rea' whilst driving to play on a Sunday morning. Quite loud, not too loud.

    Samuel Taylor: Darude - Sandstorm gets me going to do anything, everyone should use it.

    John McEnerney: "This is your Everest..." team talk by Jim Telfer works wonders for me, as it did for the Lions Test forwards in 97!

    Let us know at #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. Favaro heads to Glasgow

    Rugby Union

    Italian international flanker Simone Favaro will join Glasgow Warriors on a two-year contract in the summer.

    The 26-year-old, who currently plays for Warriors' Pro12 rivals Treviso, has played 23 times for his country and has made 35 appearances for his current club.


    "Glasgow Warriors are one of the top sides in the Guiness Pro12 and have performed well in Europe this season," Favaro said.

  86. Chelsea Metro incident


    The statements keep rolling in after footage emerged which appeared to show Chelsea fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    The FA say: "We fully support Chelsea's position in seeking to ban any of the club's season-ticket holders or members who face criminal action in relation to these abhorrent scenes.

    "The FA, like the club, completely condemn such disgraceful behaviour which is a criminal offence and those responsible should face the strongest possible punishment."

  87. Post update

    Derby's Darren Bent on Twitter: The lads showed great spirit last night with the comeback. Shame not to get the win but we move on to the weekend now.

  88. Raining goals


    There was a six-goal thriller in the Championship last night, with Steve McClaren's Derby missing the chance to go top after drawing at Rotherham.

    Darren Bent scored his sixth goal in as many matches since joining the Rams on loan from Aston Villa.

    Darren Bent

    "That could turn out to be one of the most valuable points we get.," said McClaren, whose team recovered from 3-1 down to draw 3-3.

  89. Eto'o buys house haunted by Tutankhamun


    Now there's a headline you don't see every day.

    Samuel Eto'o

    Former Chelsea and Everton striker Samuel Eto'o has apparently spent £18.5m on a mansion in Italy near the Sampdoria training ground which is said to be haunted by the curse of Tutankhamun.

    He's clearly a brave man.

  90. Captain Morgan's problems


    Eoin Morgan

    England captain Eoin Morgan says he cannot explain his recent poor run of form with the bat.

    The Dubliner was dismissed without scoring in England's 111-run World Cup defeat to Australia on Saturday, his fourth duck in his last five innings.

    The 28-year-old insists he has not made any alterations to his technique.

    "I don't understand it," he said. "I've done the same things I've been doing since the start of the tour and I started the tour with a hundred. That's only five games ago."

  91. Chelsea Metro incident


    Scotland Yard have issued a statement after footage emerged which appeared to show Chelsea fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    "We are aware of footage currently on the internet allegedly involving Chelsea fans in Paris. The Metropolitan Police Service takes offences such as this very seriously, no matter where they occur.

    "We will examine the footage with a view to seeing if we can apply for football banning orders, preventing people from travelling from future matches. We will, of course, assist French authorities to identify the people involved and support them in any action they choose to take.

    "At the same time we will be working closely with Chelsea football club."

  92. Rooney upsets Preston wrestler


    Not sure what Louis van Gaal would make of it, or Roy Hodgson for that matter, but Manchester United and England skipper Wayne Rooney seems to have lined himself up a wrestling scrap.

    After Rooney's "dive" to earn a penalty in the 3-1 FA Cup win at Deepdale on Monday. WWE wrestler and Preston fan Wade Barrett tweeted: "He won't need to dive when I catch up with him."


    Then he added this...


    But Rooney - who is either brave or mad - came back with the following.


    It would certainly sell a few tickets.

  93. Welsh Open latest

    Ronnie O'Sullivan
    Image caption: Ronnie O'Sullivan has three Welsh Open titles to his name

    The Welsh Open continues today, with defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan in action from 12:00 GMT against home favourite Matthew Stevens in the third round. Mark Allen, Ali Carter and Joe Perry all play too.

    The new venue for the tournament is like a "shopping mall", said O'Sullivan, who won twice on the opening day.

    You can watch live action on the BBC Red Button and on the BBC Sport website.

  94. Becks backs Figo


    David Beckham has backed former team-mate Luis Figo's bid to become the next FIFA president.

    David Beckham and Figo

    The 42-year-old former Portugal international and world footballer of the year announced last month that he would stand against current president of Sepp Blatter.

    Former England captain Beckham described his one-time Real Madrid colleague as being "passionate" and said: "Any successful organisation needs to have good people who are passionate about the game and want to do the best for fans."

  95. Hock handed heavy ban

    Rugby League

    Gareth Hock

    Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has been banned for six games for recklessly using his knees twice during their Super League defeat by St Helens.

    The former Wigan and England second row was banned for three matches per offence committed during the Red Devils' 52-6 defeat last Thursday.

    Hock was penalised for a tackle on Tommy Makinson in the 53rd minute.

    He was then sin-binned for a repeat offence on Mose Masoe in the 61st minute.

  96. Bangladesh win by 105 runs


    Bangladesh have skittled Afghanistan out for 162 in chase of 267 to win the World Cup Pool A match in Canberra.

    Captain Mashrafe Mortaza picked up three wickets for Bangladesh.

    Click here for all the reaction from the match

  97. 'I want to win with Brad'

    Track Cycling

    Ed Clancy is weighing up whether to focus solely on trying to win a third successive Olympic team pursuit gold alongside Sir Bradley Wiggins in Rio.

    Clancy was part of the pursuit quartet in 2008 and 2012, but doubled up in London where he also won bronze in the omnium.

    Clancy and Wiggins

    The 29-year-old said: "My main thing's team pursuit, always has been and always will be. But I don't know how much longer I'll be doing the track for and maybe this is the last big push.

    "More than anything I just want to get up there with Wiggins and the rest of the team and smash out another gold medal. That's the big dream, that's what really drives me, and I don't want to detract from it with omnium stuff."

  98. Bus gets stuck


    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been accused of parking the bus in matches but his side are seemingly better at doing it on the pitch than in the car park.

    Ahead of the Blues' meeting with Paris St-Germain at Parc des Princes on Tuesday night, images emerged of their team coach lodged in a gangway on its entrance to the stadium.

    Chelsea bus

    Thankfully it was only a short walk for Jose Mourinho and his players to the dressing rooms. Bit embarrassing for the bus driver though...

  99. Gulls swoop


    Torquay United have signed 20-year-old Exeter City forward Jamie Reid on a four-week youth loan.

  100. Ryder Cup decision day


    There's a big day in golf ahead.

    Darren Clarke, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Thomas Bjorn are set to discover which of them will have the daunting task of following in Paul McGinley's footsteps as Europe's Ryder Cup captain.

    Jimenez and Clarke

    McGinley, Jose Maria Olazabal and Colin Montgomerie are among a five-man selection panel meeting at Wentworth today to decide who will skipper Europe in America next year.

    Former Open champion Clarke is the favourite to get the nod, though it remains to be seen who the panel will opt for.

  101. Chelsea Metro incident


    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has reacted to incidents this week in which former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi denied he is racist after claiming Italy's youth set-up features "too many blacks" and video emerged which appeared to show fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train which had Chelsea fans on board among others.

    Sepp Blatter

    Blatter said on Twitter: "Pride and dignity is not a question of skin colour. Shocked by Arrigo Sacchi's comments. Stop it. I also condemn the actions of a small group of fans in Paris. There is no place for racism in football!"

  102. Cipriani set to stay in England

    Rugby Union

    Danny Cipriani is expected to snub Toulon and complete a new deal at Sale as he bids to secure selection for England's World Cup bid.

    The 27-year-old fly-half had seriously considered a big-money offer to join French and European champions Toulon, but is understood to be finalising a new contract with Sale.

    Danny Cipriani

    Cipriani made a try-scoring cameo in his first Twickenham Test match for seven years on Saturday, as England overwhelmed Italy 47-17.

  103. Happy birthday

    A few birthdays from the world of sport, just in case you want to send a last-minute card...

    Rob Andrew (52, rugby union) - Former England fly-half and the Rugby Football Union's professional rugby director.

    Roberto Baggio (48, soccer) - Former FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d'Or winner, a striker who played for AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan and others, as well as Italy. (Given it's his birthday it would be unfair to use a picture showing the moment he missed that penalty in the 1994 World Cup Final to hand victory to Brazil. Oops, too late...)


    Thomas Bjorn (44, golf) - First Dane to play in Ryder Cup ... and hoping to be named captain later today for the next tournament.

    Claude Makelele (42, soccer) - Former Chelsea and France midfielder.

    Gary Neville (40, soccer) - Former Manchester United right-back, now a pundit with Sky Sports and a coach with England.

  104. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    Junia: This is how Novak Djokovic fires himself up for sport...


    Mischievous from Junia

    Let us know at #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  105. Uefa statement on Chelsea racism


    Uefa has issued a statement after a video emerged of fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    "Uefa condems all forms of discrimination and we are appalled by the incident which took place in the Paris Metro on Tuesday. However, as it occurred away from the stadium, it is outside UEFA's remit to act.

    "It is a matter for the local authorities to investigate further and UEFA supports any action that is taken."

  106. Younis experiment backfired


    Pakistan coach Waqar Younis admitted the controversial experiment of using veteran batsman Younis Khan as an opener in the World Cup clash against India had failed.


    "The experiment to use Younis wasn't successful," said Waqar. "When we used Younis at number three or four he was not scoring runs so we used him as an opener but it didn't work."

    Younis, playing his fourth World Cup, has managed just 73 runs in seven matches with a highest of 25 since the team's arrival in New Zealand last month.

  107. Chelsea Metro incident


    Metro incident

    Chelsea have issued a statement after a video emerged of fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

    "Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society. We will support any criminal action against those involved in such behaviour, and should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members the club will take the strongest possible action against them including banning orders."

  108. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    Benji Taylor: Minor threat, "i don't wanna hear it" on repeat while pacing angrily

    Rich Ward: I'm definitely going to try to be "intense with my legs" at football tonight

    ReDub: To fire myself up for sports, I listen to a special playlist on my phone

    Let us know at #mypeptalk or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  109. Falcao will take a year to adapt


    Louis Saha thinks it could take a full year for Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao to adapt to the English game.

    Falcao arrived at Old Trafford on loan from Monaco last summer with a reputation as one of the most feared strikers on the planet, but six months on he has scored just four goals.


    Saha said: "When you are in a different formation or different management then you have to adapt. It could take three months, six months or maybe a year before you understand it. It happens to even the best players.

    "Falcao is under pressure because of his contract. As a striker you want to score. When there is that amount of money involved you are under pressure."

  110. Alleged racism by fans


    BBC Radio 5 live

    David Johnstone, editor for a Chelsea fanzine, has been reacting to the video that appears to show fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train which had Chelsea fans on board, among others, last night.

    "Since Ruud Gullit's times, most or all of the best players Chelsea have been black or foreign. Racism exists in society for five people to tarnish the reputation of the club is outrageous.

    "I am embarrassed by what happened."

    The incident took place before the club's Champions League match against Paris-St. Germain.

  111. World Cup latest


    Afghanistan have fallen to 79-5 chasing 267 against Bangladesh at the World Cup.

    The last wicket to fall was Samiullah, who was run out at the wicketkeeper's end.

    You can follow all the action of the Pool A match in Canberra on the dedicated live text page.

  112. Wednesday's back pages

    The Independent

    More on Chelsea's draw in Paris in The Independent - with David Luiz and Eden Hazard getting cosy in this pic - plus reaction to the BBC's decision not to screen Bradford's FA Cup quarter-final against Reading.

  113. Alleged racism by fans


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Paul Canoville, the first black player to play for Chelsea, has been reacting to the video that appears to show fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train last night.

    "I was shocked and embarrassed and ashamed when I heard the video. I was amazed. We are doing tremendous work with Kick It Out and it is cutting down. Something like this just takes it back to the old days.

    "The fans know who they are and they need to let the authorities know. This is not what we want. For me as a black player, it hurt."

    The incident took place before the club's Champions League match against Paris-St. Germain.

  114. Get involved - #mypeptalk

    Now then, are you feeling pumped up? Ready to go? Got your A-game to hand?

    We've not gone mad - that's simply the kind of thing Andy Murray might get told by his camp.

    This handwritten motivational note from Murray's Rotterdam Open defeat to Giles Simon last week has emerged on Twitter, via Dutch sports journalist Wilfred Genee.

    Murray Twitter

    Among the tactical reminders are motivational gems such as "be intense with your legs" and "try your best" ... the