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Summary

  1. Liverpool, Spurs, Everton and Celtic in Europa League action
  2. Nine Premier League news conferences
  3. Fernando Alonso expected to start Australian GP, say McLaren
  4. Andy Murray defeated by Borna Coric at Dubai Championships
  5. Arsenal lose to Monaco in Champions League last 16

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That is it for another edition of Sportsday. You can follow all the evening's Europa League action on the dedicated live text page, with Liverpool, Spurs and Celtic all in action.

    Join us again tomorrow at 08:00 GMT where we will have reaction to those games, as well as more Premier League news conferences.

    Goodbye.

  2. Ex-Juve man joins Watford

    Football

    Marco Motta

    Former Juventus defender Marco Motta has joined Championship side Watford, subject to international clearance.

    The 28-year-old, capped once by Italy, was released by the Serie A leaders earlier this month after four and a half years with the Turin side.

    He previously played for Udinese, the Italian top-flight side owned by the Pozzo family which also owns Watford.

    The ex-Roma and Atalanta man also had loan spells with Catania, Bologna and Genoa during his time with Juve.

  3. 'I want to be legend' - Frampton

    Boxing

    Carl Frampton

    IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton says he wants to become an Irish boxing legend as he prepares to defend against American Chris Avalos.

    Unbeaten Frampton, 28, beat former champion Kiko Martinez on points to secure the title in September.

    "I want to become an Irish boxing legend, but also a legend of Irish sport," stated the Belfast boxer.

    "I want people to be talking about my fights for years to come the way they talk about Barry McGuigan's fights."

  4. A friendly welcome for Liverpool

    Football

    Besiktas v Liverpool

    Liverpool and their travelling supporters have been greeted with an ominous message from the Besiktas fans. Somewhat over the top wouldn't you say?

    The English side lead 1-0 on aggregate. Follow live commentary of the match here.

  5. Is it possible to make Rugby Union safer?

    Rugby Union

    George North

    After a brutal start to the Six Nations, with George North being knocked unconscious, Jamie Heaslip receiving treatment for a damaged vertebrae and Mike Brown suffering with concussion.

    BBC Sport's chief sports write Tom Fordyce has looked into potential ways to make rugby union a safer sport in his latest feature.

  6. Grimsby set for safe-standing area?

    Football

    Blundell Park

    Conference side Grimsby Town want to become the first club in the country to use a safe-standing area.

    However, FA regulations would prohibit their use if the club was promoted to the Football League, so the Mariners are seeking legislative change.

    Their Blundell Park home has been all-seater since 1995.

    Grimsby want to install rail seats, similar to those used in Germany and Austria, which can be unlocked or locked for either seating or standing.

  7. Lennon wants to stick with Toffees

    Football

    Lennon

    London Evening Standard: Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is keen to seal a permanent switch to Everton following his loan move - but the Merseyside club could be put off by his £7m price tag.

  8. Governing body condemns backside poster

    Cycling

    E3 Harelbeke promotional poster

    Cycling's governing body has condemned E3 Harelbeke organisers for a controversial billboard poster that promotes this year's race in Belgium.

    The International Cycling Union (UCI) said it was "extremely unhappy" with the poster which shows a hand moving towards a girl's backside.

    "We have reminded the organiser of its responsibility," said a UCI statement.

    The poster mimics the antics of 2014 winner Peter Sagan who pinched a podium girl at the 2013 Tour of Flanders.

  9. St Mirren signing

    Football

    Scottish Premier League side St Mirren have confirmed the signing of 26-year-old central defender Viktor Genev after a successful trial.

    The Bulgarian, who last played for Spartak Semey in the Kazakhstan top flight, has signed a contract until the end of the season.

    Genev, capped at under-21 level, began his career with Levski Sofia before leaving for city rivals Slavia in 2010.

    He joined Spartak in January 2014 and played 29 times during his year with the club as they suffered relegation.

  10. Osborne joins Colchester on loan

    Football

    Defender Karleigh Osborne has joined Colchester United on loan from Bristol City until the end of the season.

    The 26-year-old, who initially joined the Robins on loan from Millwall in November 2013, has featured just three times for Steve Cotterill's League One leaders this campaign.

  11. Scottish lock out for season

    Rugby Union

    Edinburgh vice-captain Grant Gilchrist has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.

    Edinburgh lock Grant Gilchrist

    The Scotland lock has been forced to have further surgery for the broken forearm he picked up in October's European Challenge Cup game with Lyon.

  12. Inter in 'best possible shape'

    Football

    Roberto Mancini

    Roberto Mancini believes his Inter Milan side are in the "best possible shape" ahead of their Europa League last-32 second leg against Celtic.

    The teams are tied at 3-3 ahead of the return tie at the San Siro Stadium.

    And Inter recorded their third successive Serie A victory on Monday as they edged Cagliari 2-1.

    "We've had the best possible preparation because we're coming off the back of some great performances and results," said the former Manchester City manager Mancini.

  13. Orient sign Burnley defender O'Neill

    Football

    League One side Leyton Orient have signed Burnley right-back Luke O'Neill on loan until the end of the season.

    The 23-year-old spent time at Scunthorpe United earlier in the campaign, making 15 appearances for the Iron in all competitions.

  14. Post update

    Opta Joe on Twitter: Liverpool's Jordon Ibe has completed 11 dribbles against Besiktas in the 1st leg at Anfield, a season-high in the the Europa League.

  15. Racer given 10 month ban

    Speedway

    Poole Pirates' Darcy Ward has been banned from speedway for 10 months for failing a breathalyser test in August.

    The 22-year-old Australian has been given a backdated suspension and will be unavailable until 28 June - halfway through the 2015 season.

    However, Pirates owner Matt Ford says Ward could ride again before the end of the campaign.

    "He'll be able to join the club at the business end of the season, should we need him," he told BBC Radio Solent.

  16. Liverpool on the offensive

    Football

    Liverpool's team to face Besiktas has been announced and it's an attacking one.

    Mignolet, Toure, Skrtel, Lovren; Ibe, Allen, Can, Moreno; Sterling, Sturridge; Balotelli.

    Kick-off at 18:00 GMT, with live text commentary on the BBC Sport website. Liverpool lead 1-0 from the first leg.

  17. Nani set for United return?

    Football

    Nani

    Portugal winger Nani has opened the door to a possible return to Manchester United after admitting he still "loves" the club.

    United sent Nani on a season-long loan to Sporting Lisbon as part of the deal that brought Marcos Rojo to Old Trafford last summer.

    "I love Manchester United," Nani told the Guardian.

    "The only decision I made (last summer) was to play more and be me again, because I lost a lot of things there last season due to injuries and the change of manager. You never know the future."

  18. Lotus appoint female driver

    Formula 1

    Spanish female racer Carmen Jorda will be a development driver for Lotus this season, the Formula One team has announced.

    Jorda

    The 26-year-old appeared in the GP3 junior series last year with little success, failing to finish in the top 10 with a car that then proved a winner when it was put in the hands of Britain's Dean Stoneman.

  19. 48-year-old goes on and on

    Football

    Kazuyoshi Miura

    Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura insists he has no plans to retire after turning 48 on Thursday, ahead of his 30th year as a professional footballer.

    Dressed in a wine-red suit, he celebrated his birthday with a giant cake and the J-League's oldest player told local media: "This is the (Chinese) year of the goat and I was born under that zodiac sign, so I wanted to ring in my 30th season with a bit of colour.

    "I'm not a pensioner yet, you know!"

    Miura is Japan's second-highest goalscorer with 55 goals in 89 matches.

  20. Hock signs for Leigh

    Rugby League

    Gareth Hock

    Championship side Leigh Centurions have signed prop Gareth Hock on a two-year deal after the 31-year-old left Salford on Monday following his latest disciplinary problem.

    He is currently serving a six-game ban for twice using his knees against opponents in Salford's 52-6 defeat by St Helens on 12 February.

    The Wigan-born player was also expelled from the England squad before the 2013 World Cup following "serious breaches of team discipline".

    He received a seven-match suspension in 2014 for making deliberate physical contact with a referee in Salford's match against Hull, and was given five-match and four-match bans for committing similar offences in 2008 and 2013.

  21. Post update

    Opta Joe on Twitter: Tottenham Hotspur have played 43 competitive games this season; more than any other Premier League side. Incessant.

  22. Gasquet out of Dubai Championships

    Tennis

    Richard Gasquet

    Richard Gasquet has withdrawn from the Dubai Championships after losing the first set 6-1 to defending champion Rodger Federer.

    The Frenchman signalled to the umpire that he could not continue due to what is thought to be an existing back injury.

    Federer will now advance to the semi-final to play 18-year-old Borna Coric, who beat Andy Murray 6-1 6-3 earlier today.

  23. Liverpool to escape punishment

    Football

    Liverpool are expected to be cleared of any financial fair play breaches tomorrow but Hull will be handed a small fine by UEFA.

    The CFCB will meet on Friday and is expected to announce that investigations into Liverpool have ended without any sanctions to be brought against the Merseyside club.

    It is understood that Hull, who played in the qualifying rounds of the Europa League, have agreed to settle for a small fine for FFP breaches.

    Last year Levski Sofia and three Turkish clubs each received a 200,000 euro fine and Hull's sanction is thought to be of a similar level.

  24. Forest players 'embracing challenge'

    Football

    Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has heaped praised his team after extending his unbeaten start as manager to five games.

    Freedman

    Victory over Bournemouth moved Forest up to ninth in the Championship, three places above where they were when Freedman replaced Stuart Pearce at the start of February.

    "The players have been great," the former Bolton and Crystal Palace manager, 40, told BBC Radio Nottingham. "They've come in every day embracing the challenges I'm putting on them."

    "As a coach, it's great to see players that want to learn and want to turn up and want their lives to change - it's as simple as that."

  25. Post update

    Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez on Twitter: "It was hard but I never lost faith. Big step can be this weekend, so happy to be in the squad again. Always looking forward."

    The Argentine was named in the first-team squad for the first time since undergoing surgery for testicular cancer in September.

  26. Garry Monk news conference

    Burnley v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Swansea City boss Garry Monk says derogatory comments reportedly made about Louis van Gaal by one of the club's directors do not represent his or the club's views.

    John van Zweden reportedly told a Dutch TV crew the Manchester United manager was "arrogant" after the Welsh club's 2-1 win.

    The Swans have said they will be investigating the allegations.

    "They are not the views shared by myself or the club," said Monk

  27. Moin Khan ushered to the eggs-it

    Moin Khan

    Pakistan chief selector Moin Khan, ordered back home from the World Cup following a visit to a casino, avoided running into an angry group of youths after he was ushered out of Karachi Airport on Thursday.

    The former Test captain slipped away quietly into a waiting car as the angry youngsters stood outside the airport armed with banners and eggs.

  28. Busquets to stay on at Barca

    Sergio Busquets

    Barcelona have announced that midfielder Sergio Busquets will sign a new contract until the summer of 2019.

    The Spain international has the option of a further year and has played 313 times for the Catalan side since making his debut in 2008.

    The decorated 26-year-old has won four La Liga titles, two Champions League crowns, and the Copa Del Rey twice, as well the World Cup and European Championship with Spain.

  29. Adams speaks truth about Gospel

    Ice Hockey

    Sam Gospel

    Sheffield Steelers coach Gerad Adams says he will "never forget" Telford goaltender Sam Gospel after his Challenge Cup semi-final heroics.

    The 20-year-old was called up to face Nottingham Panthers after injuries to all four of the Steelers' keepers.

    Gospel saved all three penalties in a shootout to send Sheffield through to face Cardiff Devils, after the tie ended in a 7-7 draw on aggregate.

    "He's the reason we're in the final," Adams told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  30. Happy birthday to...

    Ole Gunanr Solskjaer

    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored the winning goal in the 1999 Champions League final, turns 41 today.

    Former Wales rugby union winger Shane Williams turns 37 today. He is the nations's record try-scorer with 60 touchdowns.

    2011 French Open tennis winner Li Na celebrates her 33rd birthday today.

  31. Sean Dyche news conference

    Burnley v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Ashley Barnes

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been speaking about Ashley Barnes after the striker escaped any FA action following a tackle on Chelsea' Nemanja Matic last weekend.

    "The powers that be make decisions and they made one so there is no relief for me. I will leave them to do their job," he said.

    "It is not the ideal situation we know how things get blown up very quickly at this level.

    "I just want him to continue playing with the freedom he has been playing. That's it in a nutshell, it's very simple."

  32. Tony Pulis news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    James Morrison and Saido Berahino have knocks but should be fit to train on Friday. Same goes for Victor Anichebe.

    "We've only got three forwards in the club and it's important all three stay fit. They'll come a time when one of them needs a rest from now until the end of the season," added Pulis.

    Berahino

    "Saido has always shown he has got incredible talent. The thing with him is he needs to concentrate on his football and ignore everything else that goes on outside.

    "Brown Ideye since he's scored a goal has looked a different player. But, he's always been a good lad with a wonderful attitude since I came in and scoring a goal has lifted that pressure off him and he's playing with a lot more freedom now."

  33. Tony Pulis news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Asked if he was surprised at the impact he's had since arriving at the Hawthorns, Tony Pulis said: "We've still got 12 games to go and there's eight or nine teams in a dogfight. I won't be saying anything until we've achieved what would be a huge achievement for us."

    But what changes have you put in on the training pitch over the last six or seven games to turn fortunes around, the journalist persisted.

    "Come and see me at the end of the season when we've stayed up and I'll tell you then," said Pulis, doing his best impression of a schoolteacher.

    "But we haven't stayed up yet, we're still in a dogfight with every other club in the bottom eight or nine. Until that happens, I certainly won't be talking the team up or talking anything at this football club up."

  34. Tony Pulis news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Some bits and bobs from West Brom manager Tony Pulis.

    Tony Pulis

    Asked at his news conference how many points the Baggies might need to avoid relegation, he replied: "As many points as it takes to get to that 17th position. It's important you focus on every game, I don't think it's about a points tally at the moment.

    "We've just got to focus on the game ahead and for us that's Southampton. Until that game is finished, everything is focused on that and irrespective of how other teams are going and how results go, we've just got to get as many wins as we can."

  35. Sky Blues take time over new boss

    Football

    Coventry City have confirmed that there will be no managerial appointment before this Saturday and Dave Hockaday and Neil MacFarlane will take charge for the home game with MK Dons.

    Chairman Dave Waggott has, however, already had meetings with potential successors to sacked Steven Pressley and more are scheduled.

    "We want to accelerate the process. There has been very positive interest in the position and some very interesting candidates have come forward," he said.

  36. Finn backs Big Bash-style league

    Cricket

    A Big Bash-style franchise Twenty20 league would be a "great step in the right direction" for English cricket, says England fast bowler Steven Finn.

    Steven Finn

    Incoming England and Wales Cricket Board chairman Colin Graves wants an English Premier League to boost crowds.

    Finn, 25, said a move to franchise cricket was long overdue.

    "I think that for a while now we've been a bit behind the times when it's come to T20 cricket," he told BBC Sport.

  37. Player threatened at gunpoint

    Football

    A player with a Serbian top flight club was threatened by the team's own supporters at gunpoint after missing a penalty, the world players' union FIFPro said.

    Two days after Novi Pazar's Zarko Udovicic hit an 85th minute penalty over the crossbar against FK Rad, FIFPro said several hooligans burst into the dressing-room at the club's training ground, drew a gun and held it in Udovicic's face.

    It is "a new low in Serbian professional football", said FIFPro.

    Meanwhile, Udovicic has since left the club.

  38. Alonso will be fit for new season

    Formula 1

    Some breaking news on Formula 1's Fernando Alonso.

    According to McLaren boss Ron Dennis, the Spaniard is "devoid of all injuries" and expected to race in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    McLaren"s Formula One driver Alonso gestures to the media as he leaves a hospital where he has been hospitalized since Sunday, in Sant Cugat

    Alonso, 33, is now resting at home in Spain after being flown to hospital by helicopter following Sunday's crash in pre-season testing in Barcelona.

    Dennis says Alonso was unconscious "for a few seconds" after the incident at the Circuit de Catalunya.

    The new Formula 1 season begins in Melbourne on 15 March.

  39. Maguire to miss Cheltenham Festival

    Jason Maguire

    Jockey Jason Maguire will miss the Cheltenham Festival for the second year running after his appeal against a 14-day ban was dismissed.

    The 2011 Grand National-winning rider was suspended under the "non-triers" rule at Ludlow on 18 February.

    Maguire missed the 2014 Cheltenham meeting after being seriously injured in a fall on the eve of the fixture.

    His ban runs from 4-17 March, with the four-day Festival starting on 10 March

  40. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    We're after your memorable sporting slip ups. Here's what you're telling us...

    Jonny Glen: Jean Van De Velde, needing only a double bogey to win the Open and collapsing miserably to a seven down the last.

    Velde

    Adam Gilbert: Steven Bradbury gliding over the finish line at the 2002 Winter Olympics.

    (In case you don't recall, Australian Bradbury won gold in the 1000m speed-skating event after all of his opponents were involved in a last corner pile-up).

    Tony Sutton: Arsenal being 4-0 up at Newcastle or their defence playing a great one-two in the CC final against Birmingham, such fun.

  41. Bojan on the way back

    Football

    Stoke City's Bojan Krkic has tweeted footage of himself in the gym, along with the message: "First steps, achieving the first goals. Happy and motivated. Coming back stronger."

    Bojan Krkic

    Former Barcelona forward Bojan suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during last month's FA Cup fourth-round win at Rochdale and is out for the remainder of the season.

  42. Spanish coach quits

    Football

    Getafe coach Quique Sanchez Flores unexpectedly quit the La Liga club, citing 'personal reasons'.

    "I want to communicate to you my decision today to stand down as Getafe coach," Sanchez Flores told Spanish media.

    "It is a personal decision, the product of deep reflection which will allow me to avoid situations which at the time did not make me happy."

    Getafe are 13th in La Liga, four points above the relegation zone.

  43. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Tim Sherwood admits he was "very disappointed" after his first game in charge ended in a stoppage time home defeat to Stoke.

    "Whatever time is left we have to get the job done and stay up," said the Villa boss.

    Sherwood

    "After the weekend the players were obviously very disappointed and I hope they shared the same disappointment I had because I was very low.

    "We need to go out and do it for ourselves and if we can get as many points as possible ... well, if we fail, we will fail trying, that's for sure."

  44. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Newly appointed Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood says only Kieran Richardson is ruled out for the trip to Newcastle on Saturday.

    Full-backs Aly Cissokho and Alan Hutton are doubtful, while centre-back Phillipe Senderos has not been in training.

  45. Gus Poyet news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Gus Poyet reveals that he has a number of injury concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Manchester United.

    Billy Jones, Jack Rodwell and Will Buckley are all battling to be passed fit.

  46. Gus Poyet news conference

    Man Utd v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Gus Poyet has some bad news - striker Emanuele Giaccherini is unlikely to play again this season after undergoing surgery on an ankle injury.

    Sunderland

    The 29-year-old had an operation on Thursday on the injury that flared back up in the FA Cup replay win at Fulham earlier this month, and has been ruled out for a minimum of 12 weeks.

    Poyet said: "Towards the end of last season when we did the miracle and stayed up he was a very, very important player - he was coming from the bench and changing games.

    "It's tough but I think it's the risk of forward players. We need to be sure he is 100 per cent and we wish him well and hope he will make a full recovery."

  47. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    Keep your favourite sporting slip-ups coming...

    James Loretz: The Allan Donald and Lance Klusener run out at the 1999 Cricket World Cup Semi-Final.

    getty

    Lee Parkinson: Leeds United and Peter Ridsdale the slip up of all time!

    Kirsty Hillitt: Terry against Arsenal when we won 5-3 at Stamford Bridge. Walcottttt!

  48. Basketball showdown for Pacquiao

    Manny Pacquiao (right)

    Manny Pacquiao will play another game of basketball in the Philippines' top professional league before his showdown with Floyd Mayweather in May.

    Pacquiao, 36, faces unbeaten Mayweather in Las Vegas on 2 May in what is set to be the richest bout in boxing history.

    He has made four appearances this term as player-coach for Kia Carnival and said he would play again on Saturday before flying to the US to train.

    "I know what I'm doing," said Pacquiao, who has scored one point so far.

    At 5ft 6ins, Pacquiao is the shortest and oldest player in the Philippine league.

  49. Ronald Koeman news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Is Ronald Koeman eyeing up Roy Hodgson's job?

    Asked to comment on the 2022 World Cup in Qatar being held in November and December, the Southampton boss said: "It's a little bit wrong and strange to play World Cup during a football season. but it's not my problem. It is 2022 and it's a long time away. Life goes fast but not so fast that we have to think about it."

    Hodgson

    'You could be Dutch manager by then,' says a journalist.

    "Maybe," responds Koeman. "Or maybe I'll be English manager."

    Ooh, that'll get tongues wagging.

  50. Ronald Koeman news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Off the naughty step.

    Sadio Mané

    Ronald Koeman says the issue with Sadio Mane is over. "I punished the player. After that day, it's like before - no problem."

    The midfielder was dropped from the starting line-up against Liverpool on Sunday for turning up late.

  51. Alan Pardew news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Alan Pardew might be engaging in a spot of reverse psychology as he's asked about Saturday's opponents West Ham.

    "It's difficult to break into the top four or five clubs and this is an important game for West Ham to stay in the pack," he says, neatly placing all the pressure on his opponents.

    Nolan

    Pardew complimentary about Kevin Nolan, who, like him, used to be at Newcastle.

    "He has a fantastic record of winning games and spreads that mentality around the group," he said.

  52. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Tim Sherwood has arrived to face the media, as this very natty picture tweeted by the Aston Villa media department shows

    Tim Sherwood Aston Villa

    We'll let you know what the Aston Villa boss says shortly.

  53. Southampton news conference

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Toby Alderweireld

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has been dealt a blow with the news that defender Toby Alderweireld will miss the game against West Brom on Southampton.

    The Dutchman hopes he will be fit to face Crystal Palace on Tuesday.

  54. Alan Pardew news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew returns to his old club West Ham on Saturday and has been speaking about the opposition.

    "It's difficult to break into the top four or five clubs and this is an important game for West Ham to stay in the pack," he said.

    "Kevin Nolan has a fantastic record of winning games and spreads that mentality around the group."

  55. Alan Pardew news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is facing the gathered press and says captain Mile Jedinak is available for the match against West Ham on Saturday.

    But some bad news on the striker front as Fraizer Campbell could be out for five to six weeks and both Yaya Sanogo and Marouane Chamakh are miss out too.

  56. Prince gives the thumbs-up

    Football

    Monaco's shock Champions League victory at Arsenal on Wednesday night has been given the royal seal of approval.

    Prince Albert II of Monaco, who was at the Emirates Stadium to witness the French club's 3-1 triumph (he's the bespectacled fella on the left in the photo below), was surprised but nevertheless thrilled by the result.

    Prince

    "It's a historic night. Everything went wonderfully. We saw a very determined, well organised AS Monaco side," he told the Ligue 1 club's website.

    "I never thought that one day I'd see the scoreboard at the Emirates Stadium read 3-1 to AS Monaco. It's the kind of game that gives you hope for the end of the season and for the future."

  57. McDonald moving to Motherwell?

    Scott McDonald

    Former Australia striker Scott McDonald is in talks about a return to his former club, Motherwell.

    The 31-year-old, who also had a successful three-year spell in Scotland with Celtic, was released by English Championship club Millwall in January.

    Motherwell hope to conclude a deal on Thursday for the player who left Well for Celtic in 2007.

    McDonald, who joined Millwall from Middlesbrough in 2013, scored three goals in 26 appearances this season.

  58. Horne gets Scotland nod

    Rugby Union

    Peter Horne has been selected at fly-half for Scotland's Six Nations match with Italy at Murrayfield on Saturday.

    Horne

    Horne replaces Glasgow team-mate Finn Russell, whose appeal against his two-week ban was dismissed yesterday.

    Elsewhere prop Euan Murray and wing Tommy Seymour return having missed the defeat by Wales, while Tim Swinson comes in for the injured Richie Gray in the second-row.

    Forwards Ben Toolis and Hamish Watson could make their debuts from the bench.

  59. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    One piece of good news for Newcastle is the return to the squad of midfielder Jonas Gutierrez after overcoming testicular cancer.

    Gutierrez had surgery to remove his left testicle in his native Argentina in September before undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

    He played 87 minutes as captain for the Under-21 side in December.

  60. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle manager John Carver has rolled out the old "it won't be an easy game" cliche, as his side prepare to face Aston Villa on Saturday.

    "I've seen the difference in Villa straight away under Tim. They are going front to back a bit quicker," he said. "Villa have got a new lease of life and more energy."

  61. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Aston Villa (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    John Carver

    Newcastle manager John Carver has been reflecting on last weekend's 5-0 drubbing against Manchester City.

    "After that result last weekend, I was desperate to get back on the training pitch," he said.

    "We will hopefully put it right this weekend. "I let the players suffer on Monday a little, but everyone is in good spirits now and Saturday is an opportunity to put it right."

  62. Moles 'proud' of Afghan victory

    Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran
    Image caption: Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran celebrate victory for Afghanistan

    Afghanistan's English coach Andy Moles said he was "very proud" of his team after their first ever World Cup win, against Scotland in Dunedin.

    Afghanistan recovered from 97-7 to overhaul 210 in the final over and deny Scotland a first World Cup win.

    "I've seen some strange things down the years but that was one of the most remarkable," said former Warwickshire batsman Moles.

    "The players are so passionate and have worked so hard. I'm delighted."

  63. Post update

    Newcastle United on Twitter: John Carver's pre-match media briefing ahead of @AVFCOfficial has just begun.

    John Carver
  64. You've been 'Cattermoled'

    West Brom v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Lee Cattermole

    West Brom head coach Tony Pulis says striker Saido Berahino is doubtful for Saturday's match against Southampton after a challenge in their 0-0 draw against Sunderland which he describes as being "Cattermoled".

    James Morrison is also doubtful with a hamstring problem, while striker Victor Anichebe should return to training tomorrow.

    Albion have lost just once in 10 games since Pulis took over as boss.

  65. Blackett signs new Man Utd deal

    Tyler Blackett

    Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett has signed a new contract until June 2017, with the option to extend for a further year.

    The Englishman has made 10 appearances for the Red Devils, after making his debut this season in the opening day defeat against Swansea.

    "I'm thrilled. I've supported United all my life and to make my debut this season was a dream come true," he said.

  66. Alonso remains out

    Formula 1

    There's more F1 testing taking place in Barcelona today - you can follow live text commentary here - but one man who isn't taking part is Fernando Alonso.

    The Spaniard has been warned not to rush back to racing following the crash that left him concussed and forced him to miss this week's test.

    Fernando Alonso crash

    The advice comes from Gil De Ferran, a winner of the Indianapolis 500 and two-time IndyCar champion, who suffered major concussions in his career.

    De Ferran told BBC Sport that he feared his career was over after one of his concussion injuries.

    And he says that returning too soon is "the worst thing a driver can do".

  67. Loyalty key to Dureau return

    Australian playmaker Scott Dureau said his loyalty to Catalans Dragons persuaded him to continue playing after a string of health and injury setbacks.

    Dureau, 28, missed a large part of the 2013 season after a tumour was removed from behind his eye, before a bicep tear stalled his progress in 2014.

    He ended last year on loan with ex-Catalans coach Trent Robinson at Sydney Roosters before returning to Perpignan.

    "It was always the plan to come back and I was glad I did," Dureau said.

  68. Howe rues decision-making

    Football

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has said his side need to improve their decision-making after a run of four Championship games without a win.

    One-time leaders Cherries are six points off leaders Derby in fourth after defeat at Nottingham Forest on Wednesday, despite having a massive 76% possession.

    Eddie Howe

    "We became desperate and that in turn leads to bad decisions," Howe told BBC Radio Solent.

    "As much as you want to score, you've still got to make the right decisions with the ball "If you look at the top teams play at the very highest level they're still making good decisions and acting composed, and that's probably where we've made mistakes in the last two games."

  69. Hamilton sets the pace

    Formula 1

    World champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest on a rain-interrupted first morning of the final four-day test in Barcelona.

    Hamilton bettered his own time that sealed pole at the Spanish Grand Prix last year in 1min 24:881sec.

    Lewis Hamilton

    Felipe Massa was second quickest for Williams, whilst Daniil Kyvat was third fastest despite breaking down in the Red Bull on his way out the pit lane early on.

    McLaren-Honda's problems persist as Jenson Button was once again at the back of the grid on time and mileage, after completing just seven laps.

  70. Murray loses in Dubai

    Andy Murray

    British number one Andy Murray has suffered a resounding 6-1 6-3 defeat against Borna Coric at the Dubai Championship.

    Murray made 55 unforced errors, losing in one hour and 19 minutes against the Croatian youngster.

  71. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    We're after your memorable sporting slip ups. Here's what you're telling us...

    Jonathan Salt: Phil Neville's last minute 'tackle' against Romania at Euro 2000 to concede penalty. Had got my ticket for quarters but then...

    England

    Christoph: Spurs being 3-0 against City with 10 men, and city winning 4-3. As an Arsenal fan, that was hilarious.

    Oomar Jaunmohamud: Messi's flying header miss after his penalty at Man City.

  72. Klopp avoids "explosive" news conference

    Borussia Dortmund fans

    An unexploded Second World War bomb has been discovered close to Borussia Dortmund's Signal Iduna Park ground.

    The 550lb device, reported by Germany's international broadcaster DW as being of British origin, was found on Thursday.

    The discovery came just hours before Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp was due to give a news conference ahead of this weekend's derby against Schalke.

    The 80,720-capacity stadium and the surrounding area was evacuated.

  73. Couple score at The Valley

    Charlton are investigating footage that appears to show a couple having sex on the club's pitch.

    The video shows footage of a man and a woman on the centre spot of a football pitch.

    The description on the video claims the incident took place at The Valley, with the pair having broken into the ground at night.

    A Charlton spokesperson told Press Association Sport the club knew nothing of the incident, adding: "There will be a club investigation."

  74. Newcastle sign half-back Takulua

    Sonatane Takulua

    Newcastle Falcons have signed Tonga international scrum-half Sonatane Takulua with immediate effect from New Zealand-based ITM Cup side Northland.

    Takulua, 24, has agreed terms at Kingston Park until the end of next season.

    The playmaker will add cover to the Falcons' existing first-grade half-backs Mike Blair and Ruki Tipuna.

    "I'm looking forward to learning and sharing skills. I can't wait to get on the field," Takulua said.

  75. Post update

    BBC WM Sport 95.6: West Brom manager Tony Pulis very prompt for his pre Southampton press conference.

    Tony Pulis
  76. Greek rethink

    Football

    Gaolkeeper Luke Steele says the suspension of all professional football in Greece is "ridiculous" (see 11:47) - and it appears the Greek government might agree with him.

    It has emerged that the government is backtracking on its original decision and has decided the suspension - the third one of the season - will now last only a week and cover just the Greek Super League.

    Panathinaikos fans clash with police

    The suspension follows violence at Sunday's Super League match between Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, as well as a brawl between club officials at a board meeting on Tuesday.

  77. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    Patrick Mahoney: Arsenal surrendering a 4-0 half time lead to concede 4 goals in 20 minutes against Newcastle. Oh that volley from Tiote...

    Nadia Jones: Australia's Kurtley Beale slipping whilst kicking a penalty to win the game against the Lions.

    Keep them coming to #sportslipups or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. Alonso was 'unconscious'

    Fernando Alonso

    McLaren CEO Ron Dennis has given an update on the condition of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso who left hospital yesterday.

    The Spaniard suffered a crash in testing on Sunday and has returned to his family home in Spain for further rest and recuperation.

    Dennis said in a press conference: "Alonso was unconscious after the crash. He's got no injury. He should be fine to race in Australia and in normal circumstances he'll be racing. This is recovery time."

  79. Not so majestic Murray

    Tennis

    Bad news for Andy Murray. The Scot has lost the opening set of his Dubai Championships quarter-final against Croatia's Borna Coric.

    Murray was broken twice as Coric took the opener 6-1 in double-quick time.

    Not a good start.

  80. Greece football suspension 'ridiculous'

    Greece riots

    The decision to suspend professional football in Greece is "ridiculous", according to former Manchester United and Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele.

    Greece riots

    The Greek government announced an "indefinite" ban after violence at Sunday's Super League match between Steele's Panathinaikos and Olympiakos.

    But it was later announced the ban would be for one week.

    "Don't be so ridiculous suspending any matches," Steele, who moved to Greece last summer, tweeted on Wednesday.

    Greece riots
  81. Murray on court

    Tennis

    Andy Murray is taking on Croatia's Borna Coric at the Dubai Championships, with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

    Andy Murray

    Murray, who took just 57 minutes to beat Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-0 6-2 in the last round, has been broken early in the game and trails 3-1.

    We'll bring you regular updates on his progress.

  82. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    We're after your memorable sporting slip ups. Here's what you're telling us...

    Opoku-Appiah: Look no further than Kevin Keegan's "I will love it if we beat them! Love it!" It is the greatest example.

    The Lanky One: It's not technically a slip, but Sol Campbell's never ending slide tackle deserves a place.

    David R Pollard: Sometimes I like to watch Viera's pass to Giggs in that FA Cup semi. Nothing like the captain of a team messing up.

    Terry Turner: Michael Atherton slipping going for a third run against Australia and being run out for 99 by Merv Hughes of all people.

    Atherton

    Excellent choice Terry. And it's your lucky day - you can listen to the commentary here.

  83. Lumb suffers injury setback

    Nottinghamshire batsman Michael Lumb will miss the start of the season after tearing a tendon in his arm playing in Australia's Big Bash T20 tournament.

    The England left-hander, who helped Sydney Sixers reach the Big Bash final, will be out up to 12 weeks.

    Lumb is the second Notts opener to be injured this winter after Jake Libby damaged knee ligaments in January.

    They begin their County Championship Division One campaign on 12 April with a game against Middlesex at Lord's.

  84. 'I've repaid gaffer's faith'

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Lancaster's decision not to drop Dylan Hartley for disciplinary problems has been justified by his England performances, according to the player.

    The Northampton prop was banned for the fifth time in his career in December.

    Dylan Hartley

    Lancaster spoke to Hartley ahead of the Six Nations and he has started both victories over Wales and Italy.

    "It was said that Stuart had a perfect opportunity to drop me," said Hartley. "But I think I've given him reason to keep me here in the first two games."

    England play Ireland in Dublin on Sunday at 15:00 GMT.

  85. Chelsea Metro incident

    Football

    British Transport Police have confirmed that seven Chelsea fans have come forward following the incident on the Paris Metro last week after the Blues Champions League game with PSG.

    "Seven men have come forward in connection with the investigation into racist chanting at St Pancras International station on Wednesday, 18 February," a British Transport Police statement read.

    "The men will be interviewed in due course."

  86. Gunning for Gunners

    Football

    Arsenal's celebrity fans have not been too happy on Twitter following the Gunners Champions League defeat to Monaco.

    Piers Morgan: "Wenger will never quit and nobody at Arsenal has the guts to fire him. We're all trapped in a Groundhog Day of mediocrity."

    Ian Poulter

    Golfer Ian Poulter: "Total joke. What a defensive disaster. Simply not good enough to compete against a weakened team. Arsenal get a grip."

    Ian Wright: "How can we perform so badly at such a crucial stage of the competition? Not saying we'd win Champions League but for Monaco to slap us about like that. Not one Arsenal fan can say they were not delighted with that draw! Maybe we were all complacent."

  87. World Cup latest

    It was a valiant effort from Bangladesh but they fall 92 runs short of their target against Sri Lanka. They are 240 all out, after the opposition complied a huge 332/1.

    Live reaction of the World Cup match is here

  88. Kyrgios out

    Tennis

    Australia's top-ranked player Nick Kyrgios has withdrawn from next week's Davis Cup World Group showdown against the Czech Republic with a back problem.

    Kyrgios

    Kyrgios was to have joined Bernard Tomic as one of the likely singles players for Australia, with veteran Lleyton Hewitt and Sam Groth completing the line-up under new captain Wally Masur.

  89. Sakho injury update

    Football

    Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho is not in the squad to face Besiktas in the Europa League tonight. But there's good news on the hip injury he's been suffering from.

    The defender has tweeted: "Good news as following the tests I had at the beginning of the week and after the medical staff's opinion I can go back to training with the group on Saturday.

    "Meanwhile, I wish good luck to the whole team for tonight."

  90. 'We had our opportunities'

    Cricket

    Devastated Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has been talking about the World Cup defeat to Afghanistan.

    Scotland

    "It's hard to see how we've not won that game, I'm not sure what to put it down to," he said. "We threw everything at it and there were opportunities in the last few overs."

    Their next game is against Bangladesh on 4 March, a match Scotland surely need to win to keep alive any faint hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals.

    A final note on Afghanistan - victory means they are now above England in Pool A.

  91. Thursday's back pages

    Independent

    Aside from more Arsenal misery, there's an interesting story in the Independent, with the news that plans are afoot among those at the England and Wales Cricket Board to introduce four-day Test matches.

  92. Get involved - memorable slip-ups

    We're after your memorable sporting slip ups. Here's what you're telling us...

    Daz Studholme: Arsenal - slipping in Europe again but after 15 years what's new?

    Agbeniga Mordecai: Giorgio Chiellini slip against Borrussia Dortmund, cost them a goal.

    Andrew Fawcett: Devon Loch (NB - younger readers, ask your parents)

    Devon Loch

    Colin Lancaster: 56-year-old Madonna falls heavily on stage and gets straight back up. Take note all you Premier League divas.

    Keep them coming to #sportslipups or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. Latest gossip

    Here are the top three stories from today's gossip column:

    Wolfsburg winger Kevin De Bruyne, 23, says he would be open to a Premier League return, with Manchester United mulling over a £30m bid for the former Chelsea player. (Daily Express)

    Liverpool and Manchester United are interested to learn that Brazil defender Danilo, 23, turned down a new deal at Porto. (Daily Mirror)

    Tottenham want to sign Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour, 25, and the Tunisia international says he would consider a move. (Daily Mirror)

  94. All change for Italy

    Rugby Union

    Zebre winger Michele Visentin and Benetton Treviso centre Enrico Bacchin will earn their first caps for Italy against Scotland in the Six Nations.

    Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made six changes to his starting XV.

    Italy winger Michele Visentin

    Toulon prop Martin Castrogiovanni misses out having received 14 stitches after being bitten by a dog.

    His place is filled by Dario Chistolini, while Matias Aguero, Simone Favaro and Newcastle Falcons' Joshua Furno also all start for the Azzurri.

  95. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    One last snippet from Sam Allardyce on the threat of Saturday's opponents Crystal Palace.

    "They've got good wide counter-attacking players in Zaha, Puncheon and Bolasie and a big lad up front in Sanogo from Arsenal," said Allardyce.

    "They've got some exciting attacking players so we'll have to deal with them."

  96. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce says Carlton Cole is out of Saturday's match, along with long-term injury victim Andy Carroll.

    Carlton Cole

    "Nene will be in the squad this weekend, most likely on the bench, He now has to stake a claim, like every player that plays," says the boss.

    Allardyce finishes by reflecting on the frustration of results in recent weeks. "We've slipped out of the elite area of the Premier League and the last three games we were seconds away from sitting in the top six.

    "Last Sunday was a huge disappointment but the players deserve a huge amount of credit. We could've got seven points from our last three games."

  97. Get involved

    #sportslipups

    After Madonna's unfortunate fall at the Brits last night, we want to know your choice for sporting slip ups.

    Josh Williams: John Terry in Champions League against Manchester United

    Zakheleni Mdluli: When Demba Ba scored winning goal after Steven Gerrard slipping

    David L Peel: Funny how hardly anyone mentions David Beckham's slip as he took a penalty for England in Turkey. Yet they all focus on Stevie G.

    Just for you then David, here's that moment - note the pony-tail. Nice.

    Beckham

    Let us know your choice right now at #sportslipups or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  98. Sam Allardyce news conference

    Football

    Sam Allardyce is being very complimentary about Alan Pardew, who will be in the opposition dugout on Saturday.

    Allardyce Pardew

    "I think Alan Pardew had a successful time at Newcastle. The fans there let you know what they think, but overall he did a good job," said Allardyce.

    "I think Palace will probably play counter-attacking football, that's how they've tended to set up away from home."

  99. Post update

    Opta Joe on Twitter: No player has made more Premier League appearances for @whufc_official than Mark Noble (211). Contract.

  100. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Big Sam begins by praising Mark Noble. The midfielder and Hammers vice-skipper has signed a contract extension until 2020.

    "What's more is he's come through the Academy, like James Tomkins, and we want to produce more players. That's what we're striving for," Allardyce says.

  101. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce has arrived to face the media, the first of nine Premier League managers giving news conferences today.

    West Ham have tweeted this very nice picture montage of the Hammers boss preparing to start talking...

    Twitter
  102. Evans ruled out with concussion

    Alpine Skiing

    Paralympic champion skiing guide Charlotte Evans will miss the 2015 Para-alpine World Championships after failing to recover from concussion.

    Skiing

    Evans and visually impaired skier Kelly Gallagher - who won Britain's first Winter Paralympic gold medal in Sochi last year - collided in training last month.

    Doctors subsequently banned Evans from making phone calls or using a computer.

    Gallagher will now train alongside her coach Ross Green in the hope they can race together in Canada.

  103. England women victorious

    Cricket

    Charlotte Edwards

    England women beat New Zealand by nine wickets in Lincoln to level the one-day series at 2-2 with one match remaining.

    Chasing 169, Sarah Taylor (89 not out) and captain Charlotte Edwards (64 not out) came together after Heather Knight was dismissed for five.

    They put on 158 to steer the tourists to victory with 17.5 overs to spare and set up a decider on Saturday.

  104. Thursday's back pages

    Express back page

    'Arsene left humilated' is the simple headline from the Express. The Gunners need to score three times in Monaco to overturn a 3-1 first-leg deficit. A mountain to climb for Wenger's side.

  105. Get involved

    We don't want to dwell on poor old Madonna's slip at the Brits, I mean that tumble must have hurt, despite the fact she had that massive big cape to cushion the fall.

    But Madge has very kindly provided the inspiration for today's Sportsday debate ... memorable sporting slip-ups.

    getty

    Maybe it's Steven Gerrard against Chelsea last season, maybe Greg Norman blowing a six-shot final-round lead at the 1996 Masters to hand victory to rival Nick Faldo.

    Let us know your choice right now at #sportslipups or at the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  106. World Cup latest

    Cricket

    Bangladesh have fallen to 110-5 against Sri Lanka, chasing a mammoth 333 for victory. Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan and Kumar Sangakkara both scored unbeaten centuries to lay down the giant total.

    Follow live text and audio coverage of the match

  107. Post update

    Former West Ham winger Matthew Etherington on Twitter: Congrats to Mark Noble on his new deal. Been an unbelievable servant to West Ham. Top player.

  108. Thursday's back pages

    Mirror back page

    The Mirror have gone with the clever headline 'Dimwits' as Arsenal's poor defending allowed former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov to score the second for Monaco. The visitors went on to seal a shock 3-1 first-leg victory at the Emirates Stadium.

  109. Chelsea plea to supporters

    Football

    Chelsea have issued a plea to fans to keep their support 'positive' in Sunday's Capital One Cup final against Tottenham, amid worries of potential anti-Semitic chanting.

    Tottenham have long historical links to London's Jewish community and Chelsea have stressed that any supporter found to be taking part in discriminatory chanting will be dealt with severely.

    Chelsea

    "For a small minority, this game has historically brought a deeply unpleasant and unwanted level of anti-Semitic abuse, which has no place in football or anywhere in society," a statement on the Blues' official website read.

    "If we receive evidence that supporters have engaged in anti-Semitic or any other form of discriminatory chanting or behaviour, we will take the strongest possible action, including supporting criminal prosecution."

  110. New deal for Noble

    Football

    West Ham midfielder Mark Noble has signed a contract extension with the Hammers until the summer of 2020, with a further one-year option.

  111. Thursday's back pages

    The Sun

    No surprise what is making the headlines in today's papers. Sorry Arsenal fans, this isn't going to be pleasant. Let's begin our round-up with The Sun, which features Dimitar Berbatov's goal in Monaco's Emirates Stadium win.

  112. Dimitrov dumped out

    Tennis

    Defending champion Grigor Dimitrov suffered a shock defeat to Ryan Harrison in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel tournament in Acapulco.

    Gregor

    The Bulgarian third seed had beaten Harrison in last year's US Open but the American had his revenge in Mexico, claiming his first win over a top-10 ranked opponent.

    The pair traded sets but Harrison flourished in the decider to come through 7-5 4-6 6-0.

    "It happens," said Dimitrov. "It's just the way it is. It's a bad loss for me, but best of luck to Ryan in the upcoming rounds."

  113. Crowe told Leeds not for sale

    Football

    Any hopes Leeds fans might have about actor Russell Crowe buying their team seem to have been snuffed out after the club's chairman Andrew Umbers insisted 'we are not for sale'.

    Crowe, 50, star of Gladiator, caused a stir among Leeds fans when he asked his 1.6 million Twitter followers whether or not he should buy the club.

    Crowe

    But Umbers told the BBC: "The club is not for sale nor do the (Massimo) Cellino family wish to sell and nor have we received any approaches, contrary to reports in the press."

    Crowe is already the co-owner of rugby league club South Sydney Rabbitohs, who play in Australia's National Rugby League.

  114. Huge task awaits Arsenal

    Football

    A final note on Arsenal for the time being - the Gunners must now score at least three goals when they meet Monaco at Stade Louis II on 17 March if they are to avoid exiting at the last-16 stage for the fifth straight season.

    Monaco

    Want an idea of the size of the task facing Arsene Wenger's men?

    No side has lost a European Cup or Champions League first-leg knockout tie at home by two goals and progressed to the next round since Ajax in 1969.

    Never say never, but it does not look good - and with Chelsea and Manchester City also failing to win, it is fair to say the Champions League last-16 round is not going well for our Premier League teams.

  115. Testing under way

    Formula 1

    In case you're already bored with Sportsday (and I'll be very offended if that's the case, but will, in time, forgive you), you might want to check out the live text commentary on the latest round of Formula 1 testing taking place in Barcelona.

    We'll keep you abreast of what's happening on and off the track, including the latest on the health of McLaren driver Fernando Alonso.

    Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button are out on the track as we speak...

    Follow the action here.

  116. 'Amazing game'

    Cricket

    getty

    Former England bowler Vic Marks gives his verdict on the Scotland-Afghanistan game on Test Match Special: "That was an amazing game of cricket. Not the highest quality but as dramatic as I have seen in a long time. Afghanistan, against all the odds, have triumphed. Scotland are disconsolate."

  117. So close yet so far

    Cricket

    Scotland fans look away now...

    It might have been a thrilling match in Dunedin (second largest city in New Zealand on the off-chance you're interested) but Scotland were pipped at the post by Afghanistan and thus missed out on a first Cricket World Cup win.

    Afghanistan won by one wicket with three balls to spare, despite - chasing 211 - being reduced to 97-7 at one stage.

    Scotland have now lost all 11 matches they have played in three World Cups, surpassing the Netherlands' previous record of 10 successive defeats from debut.

    Depression for Scotland, but delight for Afghanistan, as this photo shows...

    Scotland
  118. Wenger hits out

    Football

    To be fair to Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal boss pulled no punches when describing his team's performance against Monaco.

    "It is just not right to give goals away the way we did," said Wenger. "We missed chances and were suicidal defensively.

    "It looks like we have lost our nerve and our rationality. The heart took over the head and at this level that doesn't work."

  119. 'Incompetent and naive'

    Football

    So to Arsenal, where Arsene Wenger could barely bring himself to watch as the Gunners tumbled to a miserable 3-1 home defeat at the hands of Monaco in the Champions League last 16.

    Arsenal

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty wrote: "The Gunners looked to have been handed a favourable draw but a display that plumbed the depths of incompetence and naivety leaves them facing a last-16 exit once more.

    "Monaco were resilient at the back and capable of punishing Arsenal's shoddy defence."

    Read the full report here.

  120. Fixture list

    Football

    There is also a busy night of Europa League action ahead, with four British clubs bidding to make it to the last 16. Here's who's playing - and note the three early kick-offs.

    Besiktas v Liverpool, Fiorentina v Tottenham, Inter Milan v Celtic (all kick-off at 18:00 GMT)

    Everton v BSC Young Boys (20:05 GMT)

    Everton are 4-1 ahead from the first leg, Liverpool take a 1-0 lead to Turkey, while Spurs (1-1) and Celtic (3-3) both face tricky away tasks after drawing their first leg games.

  121. The timetable

    Football

    Nine Premier League managers are talking to the media today. We'll bring you the best of what they say - here is who's talking when.

    Sam Allardyce, West Ham 09:30 GMT; Tony Pulis, West Brom 12:00; John Carver, Newcastle 13:00.

    Villa

    Sean Dyche, Burnley 13:15 GMT; Tim Sherwood, Aston Villa 13:30; Gus Poyet, Sunderland 13:30.

    Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace 14:00 GMT; Ronald Koeman, Southampton 14:00; Garry Monk, Swansea 14:00

  122. Off we go

    Football

    With Arsenal defending with all the grace of a Madonna dance routine, there was only one set of supporters flourishing their scarves at the Emirates Stadium.

    Arsenal

    Monaco won 3-1 in North London to leave Arsenal in grave danger of exiting the Champions League at the last-16 stage.

    We'll have all the reaction to that, as well as nine Premier League news conferences, and the build up to Tottenham, Everton, Liverpool and Celtic, who are in Europa League action tonight.

    On top of that, we'll bring you all the breaking news from the sporting world. It's going to be a busy one - enjoy.