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Summary

  1. Build-up to Tuesday's Premier League fixtures
  2. Terry guaranteed to stay at Chelsea - Mourinho (see 12:46 entry)
  3. City boss Pellegrini does not fear sack (see 13:18 entry)
  4. Fernando Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix
  5. GET INVOLVED: Which sporting star deserves a statue? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Time to say goodbye

    Is that the sound of the final whistle I can hear? Afraid it is. That's game over for Sportsday - until tomorrow at least.

    Sherwood

    But don't worry! Plenty more live action is coming your way. So let us - and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood - point you in the direction of tonight's Premier League action.

    And Sportsday will return tomorrow to bring you all the reaction and build-up to Wednesday's seven Premier League fixtures. See you then!

  2. Lawro's predictions

    Football

    Fancy a flutter on tonight's matches but not sure where to stick your money? Maybe BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson* can help.

    Every week Lawro pits his wits against a different guest as they attempt to predict the Premier League scores. Lawro's opponent for the midweek matches is Kieran Shudall, singer and guitarist in indie-rock band Circa Waves.

    Find out what the pair plump for here.

    Circa Waves
    Image caption: Kieran (second from left) has been an Everton fan since he was a "wee lad"

    * But don't blame Lawro if you are left out of pocket...

  3. Latest from the England camp

    Rugby union

    One minor injury concern for England following Sunday's Six Nations defeat in Ireland - centre Luther Burrell has a slight calf strain.

    Meanwhile, full-back Mike Brown - who missed the defeat by Ireland - has yet to resume full training following his concussion.

  4. The six o'clock news

    Tuesday's headlines

    All day we have been hearing the thoughts of the cream of the Premier League managerial crop. Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini provided the best lines...

  5. The six o'clock news

    Tuesday's headlines

    Been slogging away in the office/factory all day and only just catching up? Here are the six o'clock headlines...

    Top story: McLaren's Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.

    Top feature: After hopes of a Six Nations clean sweep slip by again, Tom Fordyce asks whether English rugby fans should expect more.

    Top video: A mass brawl disrupts play between Spanish basketball sides Saski-Baskonia and Bilbao Basket in their Liga AC match.

    Top tweet: Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker pays tribute to Dave Mackay.

    Gary Lineker
  6. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the news that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them.

    Rewant Raj Singh: A statue for a sporting legend? Who else but the great Sachin Tendulkar! There is not a single cricket fan who doesn't love him!

  7. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    • Southampton have won the last six meetings, only conceding one goal.
    • Crystal Palace have never beaten Southampton in the Premier League (D4, L7).
    • Southampton have only managed one win - and one goal - in five Premier League games.
    • Palace have claimed four wins and 13 points from seven games under Alan Pardew
  8. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton defender Toby Alderweireld is available on Tuesday after a seven-week lay-off with a hamstring injury.

    Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak starts a four-match ban after accepting an FA charge of violent conduct for elbowing West Ham's Diafra Sakho.

    Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi could make his first start in place of the suspended Glenn Murray.

  9. Welsh FA chief 'livid' with English counterparts

    Football

    Earlier (see 11:49), we told you the Football Association of Wales had declined to comment on the plans of their English counterparts to enter Great Britain teams at the 2016 Olympics.

    Now they have. And it is strong stuff. FAW president Trefor Lloyd Hughes says he is "livid" with the English FA.

    "I am absolutely gutted with the English FA," he says. "If they want to work with us they have to be more open with us and they don't seem to be keeping to agreements."

    GB teams played at London 2012 but the English FA had said that would be a one-off. It has written to its counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to ask them if they want to take part in Rio de Janeiro.

  10. England won't listen to me - Boycott

    Cricket

    Following BBC TMS pundit Geoffrey Boycott's comments after England's thrashing by Sri Lanka, BBC Sports Editor Dan Roan suggested that the nation's selectors should listen to their former captain...

    England

    It may have taken Geoffrey three days to reply, but he finally has. And he doesn't think the England selectors or captain Eoin Morgan will bother listening to him...

    Boycott
  11. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Hull v Sunderland (19:45 GMT)

    • Hull have won the last four meetings with Sunderland in all competitions, having lost the previous six.
    • The Tigers are aiming to earn three successive home wins for the first time in the Premier League.
    • Sunderland have won just one of 10 league matches since Christmas Day (D3, L6).
  12. Significant new information in Mackay case - FA

    Football

    The Football Association are continuing their investigation into allegations former Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay sent offensive text messages, following "the emergence of significant new information".

    The Championship club are considering legal action, or going to football's governing body Fifa, over allegations Mackay sent "sexist, racist and homophobic" messages to ex-Bluebirds head of recruitment Iain Moody.

    "Due to the emergence of significant new information, the FA is currently not in a position to conclude its ongoing enquiries into the allegations relating to Malky Mackay and Iain Moody," says a FA statement.

    Mackay was appointed Wigan Athletic manager in November.

  13. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Hull v Sunderland (19:45 GMT)

    Hull City forward Dame N'Doye is expected to start after being rested in Saturday's defeat at Stoke.

    Strike partner Nikica Jelavic should overcome a swollen knee, but Irish midfielder Robbie Brady faces up to six weeks on the sidelines because of a calf injury.

    Sunderland are without England winger Adam Johnson, who has been suspended following his arrest.

    Veteran defender Wes Brown is available after successfully appealing against his red card at Manchester United, while Jack Rodwell, Ricky Alvarez and Billy Jones are all thought to be fit.

  14. FA charge Cole over 'offensive' Tweet

    Football

    Uh oh - another footballer finds himself in a spot of social media bother.

    West Ham United striker Carlton Cole is the latest to be charged by the Football Association for a comment posted on a social networking site.

    "It is alleged that the comment was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brings the game into disrepute," say the governing body.

    The player has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

  15. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Aston Villa v West Brom (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

    • Every one of the 17 Premier League encounters between Aston Villa and West Brom has ended either as a draw or with a one-goal margin of victory.
    • Aston Villa's only win in the eight most recent meetings came in last season's corresponding fixture.
    • Villa have lost seven league matches in a row and have gone 12 league games without a win - one shy of their top-flight club record of 13.
    • The Baggies have only lost once in eight league games and have kept five clean sheets in their seven league matches under Tony Pulis.
  16. Seb talks highly of Haile

    Athletic

    Double Olympic gold medallist, and British Olympic Association chairman Sebastian Coe: Enjoyed catching up with my good friend, the legend Haile Gebrselassie in Addis Ababa. Good to talk all things athletics.

    Seb Coe

    Would not fancy looking across the starting line and seeing these two stood there in their vests...

  17. Don't stop until you had enough...

    ...nostalgic rugby league

    Hull

    Remember a time when rugby league was played on muddy pitches and the only 'technology' was the referee's whistle? Then you'll love this video.

    BBC's Super League Show takes a look back to when Hull FC won their only Floodlit Trophy title by beating city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers in the 1979-80 final.

    And, to nick a phrase from Hull's Steve Norton in the video, you'd be "a lump of wood" if you didn't click this link to watch.

    If that's not still enough to tempt you, it is soundtracked by Michael Jackson's disco classic Don't Stop Til You've Get Enough. Surely a deal-clincher...

  18. Wood's Foxes future 'up in the air'

    Football

    Ipswich Town loanee Chris Wood has told BBC Radio Suffolk that his future at parent club Leicester City is uncertain.

    The 23-year-old striker has made just one Premier League start for the Foxes this season and joined Town on loan last week.

    The signing of Andrej Kramaric by Leicester in January pushed Wood further down the pecking order.

    "I'm focusing on the next 12 or 14 games," said the New Zealand international. "My focus is on helping Ipswich. My future is up in the air. I don't know what's going to happen."

  19. Tuesday's Premier League action

    Aston Villa v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

    Ron Vlaar

    Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar has completed a ban but is "touch and go" to face West Brom because of a calf injury.

    Left-sided pair Kieran Richardson and Aly Cissokho remain unavailable so Matt Lowton could again deputise at full-back.

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis has fitness concerns over top scorer Saido Berahino and fellow forward Brown Ideye, who both limped off against Southampton on Saturday with respective foot and knee injuries.

    And his striking options are further limited as Victor Anichebe remains sidelined by a groin problem.

  20. Coming up

    Tonight's matches

    Of course, we will be going into further depth on each of these matches later in our THREE live text commentaries. Yes, that's not one. Not two. But three. One dedicated page of coverage on each fixture.

    But, before all that, here is some early team news and statistics to tingle your palate....

  21. Coming up

    Tonight's Premier League matches

    In about 90 minutes, the final whistle will be blown on Sportsday and we'll disappear down the tunnel for a well-earned breather.

    So, as well as telling you all the latest breaking news (of course), we'll use that time to glance ahead at tonight's three Premier League fixtures. And they are...

  22. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the news that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them. And, most importantly, why?

    Tom Redman: The Millennium Stadium lacks a statue and what better statue to have than for the late legend, Gary Speed

    Sam Copeland: Not football-related but Stephen Hendry deserves one outside the Crucible Theatre for being a record seven-time champion.

    Tell us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday.

  23. No more record attempts - Storey

    Track cycling

    Sarah Storey

    Britain's Dame Sarah Storey has no plans to repeat her attempt to break the women's hour record.

    The 11-time Paralympic champion failed to break the 12-year record of riding the furthest distance in 60 minutes.

    "I won't be considering doing it any time soon," Storey, 37, said.

  24. Premier League team news

    Man City v Leicester (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has no new injury worries for the Premier League bottom club's trip to champions Manchester City.

    The Foxes did not play at the weekend, allowing Pearson to give his players extra rest ahead of Wednesday's meeting at the Etihad Stadium.

    Provisional squad: Hamer, Schwarzer, Konchesky, Upson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Huth, Simpson, Cambiasso, James, Mahrez, Knockaert, Kramaric, Ulloa, Schlupp, Nugent, Drinkwater, King, Albrighton, Vardy, De Laet.

  25. Premier League team news

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    Sticking with Manchester City - the Premier League champions have a fully-fit squad for Wednesday's visit of bottom club Leicester.

    Blues manager Manuel Pellegrini reported a few minor knocks after Sunday's defeat at Liverpool but added "nobody is injured".

    Striker Wilfried Bony could make his first start for the club after three substitute appearances since his move from Swansea.

    Provisional squad: Hart, Caballero, Zabaleta, Sagna, Demichelis, Kompany, Mangala, Boyata, Clichy, Kolarov, Milner, Navas, Nasri, Silva, Toure, Fernando, Fernandinho, Lampard, Aguero, Bony, Jovetic, Dzeko.

  26. Noel rolling with it...

    Football

    Noel Gallagher

    You can take the boy out of Manchester...

    Noel Gallagher might be a jet-setting rock star who has played gigs all over the world, but the former Oasis guitarist likes some home comfort when he is touring.

    The die-hard Manchester City fan nails his colours to the wall backstage as he prepares to start his latest tour.

  27. Ashley fined by SFA

    Football

    Newcastle chairman and Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley is fined £7,500 by the Scottish Football Association after finding him in breach of its dual ownership rules.

  28. Michaels set to return for Hull

    Rugby League

    Hull FC call up Australian three-quarter Steve Michaels for Thursday's home Super League game against Leeds, four days after he was implicated in a cocaine scandal.

    The Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission announced last Friday they had obtained an arrest warrant for the 28-year-old former Gold Coast Titans player as part of their investigation into drugs trafficking.

    Hull owner Adam Pearson said the club were dealing with the matter in house and they have so far made no public comment.

  29. Midweek Premier League action

    Football

    All day we have been hearing the thoughts of the cream of the Premier League managerial crop. The headlines? Here you go.

  30. Best of Tuesday's Sportsday

    Been slogging away in the office/factory all day and only just catching up? Here are the best bits which you might have missed...

    Top story: McLaren's Fernando Alonso will miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on 15 March on medical advice.

    Top feature: After hopes of a Six Nations clean sweep slip by again, Tom Fordyce asks whether English rugby fans should expect more.

    Top video: A mass brawl disrupts play between Spanish basketball sides Saski-Baskonia and Bilbao Basket in their Liga AC match.

    Top tweet: Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker pays tribute to Dave Mackay.

    Gary Lineker
  31. Pape suspension stands

    Rugby Union

    France lock Pascal Pape has lost his appeal against his 10-week ban for for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip in the back during last month's Six Nations game in Dublin.

    It means he will be out of action until 18 May.

  32. Swann hails Amla display

    Cricket

    Hashim Amla

    Former England spinner Graeme Swann says South African batsman Hashim Amla "batted like a genius" after scoring 159 in the Proteas' 201-run win over Ireland at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

    South Africa became the first side ever to score more than 400 runs in consecutive one-day internationals when they posted 411-4 - the second highest world cup total - before bowling out Ireland for just 210 in reply.

  33. Get involved

    BBC Sport's Facebook page

    What sport star do you think should have a statue created of them and why?

    D.j. Rees: Ledley King. Best defender in Premier League history; if it wasn't for his injuries, he would have been so much more highly regarded by other fans too. He deserves a lot more than he had due to bad luck with injuries.

    Alastair McCracken: David Healy and George Best outside the New Windsor Park.

    Give us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  34. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Peter Crouch

    And Hughes knows he needs to keep his side challenging until the end of the season.

    "We weren't anticipating challenging [for Europe] this season, but given the fact that we are in a good position, we have good games coming up then you never know," he said.

    "Sides who started brightly, like Southampton, they have fallen back a little bit and we have gained some momentum. If we continue to play as well as we have done and those teams slip up then we are ready to get in there.

    "We try to give our players targets throughout the season and break it up into more manageable pieces. Once one period has been navigated then we focus on the next batch of games. In my career that has helped. I also think that our training means we are always fresh. We push players early in the week, but later on we make sure the lads are fresh. We work hard and train for quality rather than quantity."

  35. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    More from Mark Hughes as his side bid for a league double over Everton after they won 1-0 at Goodison Park on Boxing Day.

    "A huge thing in the Premier League is confidence, and at the moment we are hugely confident," he said.

    "Everton are maybe less so given the fact that they haven't carried their European form into the Premier League. They did ok against Arsenal, albeit they lost the game on Sunday, and we know that they are a good side. That said, we are playing well and we see it as another opportunity for maximum points. That is what we are looking for.

    "We are trying to improve upon last year's total. That is the aim. If we continue then European football is an outside chance."

  36. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Stephen Ireland and Maynor Figueroa

    Last of the Premier League managers facing the media on Tuesday is Stoke City's Mark Hughes ahead of the visit of Everton.

    And Hughes has criticised Hull City manager Steve Bruce over the injury which left Stephen Ireland with stitches to his leg following a challenge by Tigers defender Maynor Figueroa.

    "I think Steve has fallen into the trap of trying to defend the undefendable," said Hughes. "He has seen the two challenges and I don't think there is any comparison whatsoever. I don't think Steve has done himself too much credit with his opinions of the events that day.

    "It is easy to defend your players, and I will say I am guilty of it too at times. On this occasion, I don't think Steve needed to defend him. It would have been better for him to have come out and said it how it was."

  37. Monk says Williams is not for sale

    Football

    Swansea's Ashley Williams

    Swansea manager Garry Monk insists his skipper Ashley Williams is not for sale.

    Williams turns 31 in August and signed a new four-year Swansea deal last summer but television pundit Robbie Savage claimed last weekend that the Wales captain should be playing for a top-six club.

    "Ash is massive for us and I think he's been linked every year near enough to moving away," said Monk.

    "He's very settled here and loves the club. He stands for a lot of what we are doing and how I want to go forward with the club and the team, so I don't envisage that changing at all."

  38. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Swansea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Tottenham also confirm they will hold a minute's applause in honour of former skipper Dave Mackay ahead of kick-off against Swansea.

    The ex-Scotland midfielder, who helped Spurs win the league and FA Cup double in 1961, has died aged 80.

    Black armbands will be worn by the squad and a number of the club's highest-profile former players will pay tribute to Mackay at half-time.

    When asked about Mackay, Pochettino described the Scot as a Tottenham "legend".

  39. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Swansea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Spurs need three points against Swansea on Wednesday to lift the gloom - but Mauricio Pochettino knows it will be a difficult task against the side directly below his team in the Premier League table.

    Swansea, who include former Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson in their ranks, could close the gap on seventh-placed Spurs to one point with a win.

    "Swansea are a team who can play very good football, very good players and we know players like Sigurdsson," says Pochettino.

    "It is important to get the three points. We need to get some good feelings and this game is important."

  40. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Swansea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    So Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to lift his Spurs players after the Wembley defeat - but admits there was a black cloud hanging over Monday's training session.

    "It was difficult - that is the reality," says the Argentine. "Because we get two feelings, one a bad feeling but also you feel good because you did your best and performance was good.

    "I spoke about the final to improve, this is a good game for growing, I think this is a very, very good opportunity to improve."

  41. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Swansea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino

    There is no time for moping about at White Hart Lane. That's the message from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino as his side look to bounce back from their Wembley woe.

    Spurs entertain Premier League rivals Swansea tomorrow, three days after losing the League Cup final against Chelsea.

    "We need to lift the players," says Pochettino. "We need to put the idea into the team that tomorrow is the most important game.

    "We know that is difficult because the expectation was so high for Wembley. But we need to forget that."

  42. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    But John Carver's smile soon disappears when he is informed by one member of the press pack that Newcastle have won just two of their past 24 matches against Manchester United.

    However, the Toon boss is taking inspiration from December 2013 - when Newcastle recorded their first win at Old Trafford since 1972.

    "We're confident," he says resolutely. "Remember the sequence when we went to Old Trafford? Hadn't won there for how long? Why not."

  43. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Newcastle know exactly how they can exploit Manchester United in their Premier League meeting at St James' Park tomorrow, says boss John Carver.

    But there is not a chance that he is going to tell us....

    "You have to find a way of breaking them down. We have looked at them, we understand how we can do that - and I'm keeping that right inside," says a grinning Carver.

  44. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Newcastle manager John Carver understands it is "difficult" for Manchester United supporters to become used to their team's more patient style under Louis van Gaal.

    "They have seen how entertaining they have been, they have always been on the front foot going forward, lots of crosses, exciting football," says the Geordie boss.

    "Now it has changed slightly because the new manager has come in with a different style - patient build up, lots of possession, lots of different systems which can be confusing.

    "But the principles are the same - they like to keep possession, work balls into wide areas and get the ball into box. But it takes longer because he likes to go from back to front. I can see why the fans get frustrated with it."

  45. Premier League news conferences

    Football

    Two more Premier League managers have faced the media ahead of their side's matches on Wednesday.

    Stand by to hear what Newcastle boss John Carver and Tottenham counterpart Mauricio Pochettino had to say...

  46. Kings claims Rangers win

    Football

    Prospective Rangers owner Dave King claims he has recorded a landslide victory in his quest for regime change at Ibrox.

    King, who called for a general meeting to replace the current board with him and two associates, also says director Derek Llambias has acknowledged that his resolutions have been successful.

    "Mr Llambias put it best by advising me that I had achieved a 'landslide' victory," read a statement from King.

  47. Diego Costa joins Twitter

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Bit of social media 'news' for the Twitterati.

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has signed up to the social networking site - and has already attracted over 26,000 followers.

    Presumably they are all wondering if he can wind up Twitter users as well as he winds up Premier League defenders...

  48. Evans 'entitled to work' - Oldham chairman

    Football

    Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney still believes that convicted rapist Ched Evans is "entitled to work again".

    Striker Evans, 26, was close to completing a move to the League One side in January before they pulled out.

    "I certainly understand everybody's views on this and of course it is incredibly sensitive," Corney tells BBC Radio Manchester.

    "He served his time, and I am a believer that once you serve your time, which our judicial system handed out to him, you are entitled to work again.

    "At the same time I understand the furore we caused and the angst that we caused to some people."

  49. Saracens sign back-rower Vunisa

    Rugby Union

    Saracens announce the signing of Italy back row forward Samuela Vunisa ahead of next season.

    Vunisa, who can play as flanker or number eight, joins the Premiership club from Italian Pro 12 team Zebre.

    "I've heard a lot of good things about Saracens, about how they treat their players and how strong a side they are," he told the club website.

  50. Get involved

    BBC Sport's Facebook page

    Following the news that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them. And, most importantly, why?

    Sam Roath: Matthew Le Tissier. One-club man and one of the most technically gifted players to grace the Premier League.

    Ben Leach: Is Mertesacker not already a statue?

    Scott Cracknell: Ian Ashbee at Hull City....only player to captain a side from League Two/DivisionThree to the Premier League and being written off with every promotion only to hold his own every year no matter what league he was in.

    Give us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  51. Leeds fan groups seeks Crowe meeting

    Football

    Russell Crowe

    A Leeds United supporters group wants to meet actor Russell Crowe after speculation that he is interested in buying the Championship club.

    Dylan Thwaites fronts Leeds Fans LLP, which has been trying to obtain a 25% stake from owner Massimo Cellino.

    He says they are interested in Crowe's role in rugby league, not Hollywood.

    "There's parallels. Via fan ownership, he's taken South Sydney from a dire situation to world champions in eight years," Thwaites told BBC Look North.

  52. Scholes 'will manage Oldham one day'

    Football

    Paul Scholes

    Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes will manage Oldham Athletic one day, according to Latics chairman Simon Corney.

    Lifelong Oldham fan Scholes, 40, has been linked with the vacant manager's job since Lee Johnson left the club.

    "I think one day he will come and manage the club, but it's all about timing with him" Corney told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "You have to ask would Oldham be the right club for somebody like Paul? It's not just about us wanting Paul, it's would it be the right thing for him?"

  53. Johnson bailed until mid-March

    Football

    England footballer Adam Johnson has been bailed until 18 March after police arrested him on Monday on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

    The 27-year-old Sunderland player has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

  54. Campbell rules out move into politics

    Football

    Sol Campbell

    Former Arsenal, Tottenham and England defender Sol Campbell has ruled out a move into politics for now.

    There had been speculation Campbell could even stand as a Conservative candidate for Kensington when Sir Malcolm Rifkind steps down in May.

    But Campbell has posted a note on Twitter, writing: "My ambitions lie elsewhere in the political arena. There are a lot of discussions to be had which I believe is the proper way to get to the right conclusion."

  55. Premier League manager recap

    Football

    It's all been a bit of a rush so here is a catch-up on what you may have missed from some of the Premier League managers who have been speaking over the last hour or so.

    • Jose Mourinho says he can guarantee John Terry will get a contract extension to stay as a Chelsea player next season. The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of the current campaign. "What I can guarantee is he will be a Chelsea player next season," Mourinho says. "No doubts he's going to get his contract."
    • Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says Angel Di Maria needs more time to settle in the Premier League - and people should not be surprised by that. But the Dutchman says he does not know how long it will take. "The general answer is one year, but you can't give a general answer," he says.
    • Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished suggestions his job will be under threat if he does not win the Premier League this season. "I never have any pressure about the amount of titles," he says. "When I signed my contract, I was not told I had to win one title every year or five in five years."
  56. Mowbray confirmed as Coventry manager

    Football

    As expected, League One strugglers Coventry City have appointed Tony Mowbray as their new manager.

    Mowbray joins the Sky Blues until the end of the current season and will be in the stands when City take on Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday evening.

  57. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini rubbishes suggestions his job will be under threat if he does not win the Premier League this season.

    Sunday's defeat at Liverpool leaves the champions five points behind leaders Chelsea.

    "I never have any pressure about the amount of titles. The only pressure for me is when I see my team not playing in the way I want them to play.

    "I repeat, when I signed my contract I was not told I had to win one title every year or five in five years. The title is important but not the only important thing."

  58. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    First things first - any injury concerns for Manchester City? Nope. Although boss Manuel Pellegrini hints there may be tweaks to his line-up depending on the recovery powers of his players.

    "The whole team is fit, we'll see how players from Sunday recover," he says.

  59. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Man City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

    These Premier League managers are coming down the Sportsday red carpet quicker than Oscar nominees. Who is this strolling up now to face the media? It is Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini...

  60. Jedinak accepts FA charge

    Football

    Mile Jedinak (right) in action against West Ham

    Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct.

    The charge comes from an incident with West Ham United midfielder Diafra Sakho in the 87th minute of Palace's 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday.

    The club say they are now awaiting further details from the Football Association regarding the punishment.

  61. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he does not know how long it will take Angel Di Maria to settle at the club.

    "It is dependable, you have to manage so many aspects. Not just the game, but the culture," says the Dutchman.

    "The general answer is one year but you can't give a general answer. It is easy to say that, I cannot prove that. It is not scientifically proven."

  62. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Angel Di Maria

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says British record signing Angel Di Maria needs more time to settle in the Premier League - and adds people should not be surprised by that.

    Di Maria has made little impact on recent matches and was hooked at half-time in Saturday's win against Sunderland.

    "I think it counts for all the players that we have bought, the first season is always difficult," says Van Gaal. "Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Falcao and also Di Maria.

    "In Holland, Spain and Germany I had the same experience with players. We have to give him time, not just Di Maria but all the players. We wait and see."

  63. Jose Mourinho news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Petr Cech

    But while John Terry's future appears to be a bit clearer (see 12:46 GMT), Jose Mourinho is still unsure about where goalkeeper Petr Cech will be playing next season, with the 32-year-old rumoured to be on the move in search of regular first-team football.

    "Petr doesn't like anyone to persuade him," says Mourinho. "He will make his decision and when he makes it he will make the best decision for him and his future and I will wait.

    "I hope he will stay but I don't waste my time trying because nobody tells him what to do. He is one of the three best goalkeepers in the world."

  64. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal refuses to put a timescale on Netherlands international Robin van Persie's return from an ankle injury.

    "It's too quick, we have to wait and see. I cannot say anything on that," says the stern-faced Dutchman.

  65. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Newcastle v Manchester United (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    The best lines from Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal's news conference have finally turned up in the BBC Sport building. There's no truth in the rumour that the audio tape arrived with a security escort.

    Anyway, here's what the Dutchman has to say on his injury concerns: "Only Robin van Persie is injured. Last week, I had to miss three players. Now I only have one injury and that is Van Persie. That doesn't mean that all the players are going with me."

  66. Jose Mourinho news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    And more from Mourinho on the feeling after the final whistle went at Wembley in Sunday's Capital One Cup final.

    "When the referee finished the game is when you feel it," he said. "We had a good second half and at 2-0 we had control. The happiness is when you get it done. I enjoyed Drogba, Terry, Cech enjoying it because they are never tired of winning things but also enjoyed those who were winning their first titles."

  67. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Former Wigan boss Roberto Martinez says he is not surprised by Latics chairman David Whelan appointing his 23-year-old grandson David Sharpe as his successor.

    "David has been working in that role for a while now and has been learning his introduction to football. He will be more than capable. His age doesn't reflect the experience he has developed," says the Spaniard.

    "I remember David being around the club and trying to learn every aspect of the job. It is good news to have someone young, fresh and enthusiastic."

  68. Jose Mourinho news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho tells his media conference that he can "guarantee" Blues skipper John Terry will be at the club next season.

    "I know what my board tells me and the player tells me and no doubt he is going to get his contract," said Mourinho, who agreed when asked if terms were agreed for the contract but not signed.

    "All of these big guys are difficult to replace but you have to think what next and I think that is the best way to do things."

  69. Jose Mourinho news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    More from Jose Mourinho on his side's title chances: "We have 12 matches to play - six home and six away and we have five points advantage, which is not a lot in this competition. You have to focus on yourself and winning matches and keep an emotional balance if results aren't going in the right directions."

    "There are 36 points to play for and we need 31 points."

  70. Jose Mourinho news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    After his side's Capital One Cup win over Spurs at the weekend, it is back to the Premier League for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and he is asked about his celebrations.

    "I did everything you saw and after that - nothing - just dinner at home and a glass of champagne and we trained next day," he said. "We went crazy on the pitch, nothing away from that.

    "I don't know what momentum it will give us. I don't think a defeat would have given us negativity. It will be a difficult game on Wednesday. We are happy - normal happiness - no more than that."

  71. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez raises his eyebrows when told about Dave Whelan's resignation as Wigan chairman. The ex-Latics boss, who led the club to the 2013 FA Cup, is surprised by the news.

    "That's the first I've heard of it," he admits. "He has made an incredible contribution to the game.

    "Any professional club could have the dream of playing in the Premier League and winning a major trophy. He showed us the way to do that. it is an incredible footballing story and I'm sure he will inspire many for years to come."

  72. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Everton left-back Leighton Baines could return at the Britannia after missing the club's last two games with a thigh injury.

    "We're going to assess him today and make a final decision. It is a difficult one," says Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

    "Apart from Leighton, there are no other injury worries. It is the same squad which went to Arsenal."

  73. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    On Stoke's threat at the Britannia Stadium: "Probably in the past Stoke were a different side at home than they were away.

    "But this season they have been strong away as well. It is always tough at the Britannia and they use that to their advantage.

    "They are very competitive, can be effective and like to get on the ball and control games. They are a team capable of getting results anywhere."

  74. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on his team only scoring three goals in their last six Premier League games: "Scoring goals are always important to win games but the responsibility falls to the whole team - not just the strikers.

    "You have to give the service and contribute from all over the pitch.

    "Domestically we have only lost two in the last eight matches - one at Arsenal and the other against the league leaders. The margins are very small."

  75. Alonso to miss Australian Grand Prix

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso in action in Barcelona

    Alonso, 33, was flown to hospital by helicopter following the accident with McLaren boss Ron Dennis revealing afterwards that the driver was unconscious for a few seconds after the crash.

    In a statement from McLaren they say that although doctors see no evidence of any injury, Alonso has been advised to limit any risks of sustaining another concussion so soon.

    However, he is expected to return for the Malaysian Grand Prix on 29 March.

  76. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Everton's recent run of results is not a major concern, says Toffees boss Roberto Martinez.

    "In the performances you can see we're very close in getting positive results," says the Spaniard.

    "We're not getting the results we want but we have a great opportunity to go into the 11 games left and create momentum. That's the focus. Statistics can be used the way you want."

  77. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Stoke v Everton (19:45 GMT)

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has arrived. And the first question relates to the Toffees' barren run of one win in their last 11 Premier League matches...

    "We're not in a position to look back too much," says the Spaniard. "At the moment we're excited about the games ahead and the team wants to enjoy momentum in the league. It's one of those moments in the league which needs simplicity - and that's by preparing for the game ahead."

  78. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Alonso was evacuated to hospital after the crash

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonso will miss the Australian Grand Prix on the advice of doctors after crashing during pre-season testing in Barcelona last week.

    The Spaniard will be replaced for the race on 15 March by Kevin Magnussen.

  79. Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

    Football

    In December, Whelan was given a six-week ban from all football-related activity and fined £50,000 for making racist comments about Jewish and Chinese people and was ordered to attend an education programme run by the Football Association.

    Whelan accepted the FA charge but denied the remarks he made during a newspaper interview were racist.

  80. Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

    Football

    Whelan purchased Wigan Athletic in February 1995 with the club in the old Third Division.

    They were promoted to the Premier League in 2005 and spent eight seasons there.

    In 2013 they beat Manchester City 1-0 at Wembley to win the FA Cup and went on to qualify for the Europa League group stages.

  81. Whelan steps down as Wigan chairman

    Football

    In a statement, Whelan said: "The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80 years old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready.

    "Contrary to some suggestions, there are no plans to sell the club, which will remain in family hands and I have every confidence that David, along with chief executive Jonathan Jackson, will lead us forwards with wisdom."

  82. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Dave Whelan

    Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Championship side Wigan Athletic but will remain as owner.

    The 78-year-old's grandson, David Sharpe, 23, will oversee the running of the club.

  83. Premier League news conferences

    Coming up

    Plenty to keep you entertained as you eat your lunch or walk around the local shopping centre on your dinner hour. Here's the plan ahead...

    12:00 GMT: Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    12:00: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

    12:30: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

    12:45: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

    * Note these are approximated times. These Premier League bosses are a busy/tardy bunch....

  84. London Irish add two new coaches

    Rugby Union

    Premiership side London Irish have added to their staff for next season with the appointments of assistant coaches Grant Doorey and Clark Laidlaw.

    Doorey will be defensive coach, while Laidlaw will coach the backs, and both men will work under incoming head coach Tom Coventry.

  85. Team GB reunited?

    Welsh FA's response

    Ryan Giggs

    The FA of Wales's response is, well, that there is no response from them yet.

    "We are making no official comment at the moment," a spokesman told BBC Sport.

    Wales accounted for five players in the Great Britain men's squad at London 2012, with Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Neil Taylor all taking part.

  86. Team GB reunited?

    Irish FA's response

    Northern Ireland's governing body says, like their Scottish counterparts, it has not changed its position from London 2012.

    No Northern Irish players were included in either the GB men's or women's squads at the last Olympics.

    "The association was of the understanding that participation at the London Olympics was a one-off," the Irish FA told BBC Sport.

    "The Irish FA believes that, when playing, our players should play in a Northern Ireland shirt."

  87. Team GB reunited?

    Scottish FA's response

    The Scottish FA's stance is believed to be unchanged from London 2012 when it opposed a Team GB but did not prevent Scottish players from taking part.

    No Scottish players made the GB men's team, although Kim Little and Ifeoma Dieke represented the women.

    The Scottish FA's opposition is based on the threat that backing a Team GB could poses a risk to its individual memberships of Fifa and the International Football Association Board.

  88. Team GB reunited?

    Football

    Daniel Sturridge and Aaron Ramsey

    Could we see a Great Britain team take part in the 2016 Olympic football tournament? The English Football Association hopes so.

    Several players from the home nations featured for GB at the London 2012 Games despite Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland refusing to give their official backing.

    Here are the responses of the three governing bodies to the Rio 2016 proposal...

  89. Evans accepts World Championship qualifying invite

    Snooker

    Reanne Evans
    Image caption: Evans is mainly right-handed, but can play with her left too

    Reanne Evans has accepted an invitation to take on the men in qualifying for the World Snooker Championship.

    The 29-year-old 10-times ladies champion said she is "thrilled" by the offer which leaves her three wins away from competing in the televised stages at the Crucible.

    "It shows that everybody gets a chance if they work hard enough and can achieve their dreams" she said.

  90. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Gregory P: Mackay one of the few people to win the league as both player and manager. Had a big impact on clubs wherever he went.

  91. Mackay an inspirational pillar - Scottish FA

    Football

    The Scottish Football Association says Dave Mackay will be remembered with a minute's applause before Scotland's friendly against Northern Ireland later this month.

    Former Scotland midfielder Mackay, who won 22 caps and helped his nation reach the 1958 World Cup finals, has died aged 80.

    "The Scottish FA is deeply saddened by the news of Dave Mackay's death," said a SFA statement.

    "He was a legendary figure with Heart of Midlothian, Tottenham Hotspur and Derby County; an inspirational pillar for the clubs with whom he played with distinction and, of course, his country.

    "His last international appearance occurred against Northern Ireland in 1965 and the Scottish FA believe it is appropriate that a minute's applause should be observed in his honour prior to the forthcoming match."

  92. O'Connell embarrassed by 'sexiest player' award

    Rugby Union

    Paul O'Connell

    Irish rugby star Paul O'Connell says he has been "on the back-foot all week" after a poll voted him as Ireland's sexiest rugby player.

    Fellow Ireland player Andrew Trimble joked that his Ulster team-mate Tommy Bowe is "gutted" after missing out on the award.

    "Tommy really thought this was going to be his year to win the sexiest rugby player in Ireland so he hasn't left the house," Trimble told BBC NI. "He's very disappointed."

  93. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Jacob Sheppard: Baffles me how there isn't a Zola statue at Stamford Bridge. Only with us for a few years but catapulted us to a new level.

  94. Solheim Cup set for the UK?

    Golf

    Charley Hull
    Image caption: English teenager Charley Hull helped Europe win the 2013 Solheim Cup

    Could the 2019 Solheim Cup be held in the UK? Certainly if England, Scotland or Wales get their way. Each nation has expressed an interest in holding the biennial competition which sees Europe take on the United States.

    Seven other countries - Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Turkey - are also teeing up a bid.

    The Ladies European Tour will hosts a 'bidding seminar' on Wednesday (tomorrow), with the winning nation set to be announced later this year.

    Europe won the most recent event, held in 2013, with an historic first victory in the United States.

  95. The morning headlines

    Been slogging away in the office/factory all morning and only just catching up? Here's what you might have missed...

    Top story: Tributes are paid to former Tottenham midfielder Dave Mackay, who has died aged 80.

    Top feature: Kevin Pietersen must play county cricket if he wants an England return. But which counties actually want him?

    Top tweet: Former Spurs striker Gary Lineker pays tribute to Dave Mackay.

    Gary Lineker
  96. SA thrash Ireland

    Cricket World Cup

    All over in Canberra - and it is bad news for Irish cricket fans. South Africa crush Pool B opponents Ireland by 201 runs.

  97. Wawrinka and Cilic to play at Queens

    Tennis

    Stan Wawrinka

    US Open champion Marin Cilic and world number seven Stan Wawrinka are the latest players to agree to play in the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club.

    The pair join British number one Andy Murray, defending champion Grigor Dimitrov and four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt in the line-up for the tournament which takes place from 15-21 June.

  98. Welling sack manager after 73 days

    Football

    Ex-Leeds United coach Darko Milanic's gong for English football's shortest reign of the season is safe - but here's another one to make the shortlist.

    Conference club Welling United sack manager Jody Brown after just 73 days.

    A club statement said "the board felt they had to act immediately" after a run of one point from nine games.

    Defender Loui Fazakerley has been put in caretaker charge of the team, who currently occupy the place immediately above the Conference relegation zone.

  99. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    catchwords: Will Spurs ever produce another double-winner? RIP Dave Mackay. Missed for 50+ yrs and now we'll miss you even more.

  100. Cue Card to miss Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    Cue card

    Trainer Colin Tizzard says Cue Card will not run at next week's Cheltenham Festival.

    The nine-year-old, who won the Ryanair Chase in 2013 and was due to run in the same race this year, has a breathing problem and misses out.

  101. Coventry to name new manager

    Football

    Managerial appointment alert! League One strugglers Coventry City have called a news conference at 13:30 GMT to announce the name of their new manager.

    And it will be a huge surprise if ex-West Brom and Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray is not sat on the top table...

  102. Schneiderlin confident of improvement

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (today, 19:45 GMT)

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still believes the club can finish in the Premier League's top four this season.

    Saints have failed to win their last three matches and slipped out of the Champions League places for the first time since December.

    "There's a lot of expectation, after we beat Manchester United, that we could finish in the top four but we are not giving up on this," the Frenchman tells BBC Radio Solent.

    "We still want to finish as high as possible - which means the top four. We still have the capacity to do it. We have been in the top five since August - so why not?"

  103. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the news that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them. And, most importantly, why?

    Alan Simon: A statue of Dave Mackay wouldn't go amiss - maybe the best Spurs player I ever saw (along with Pat Jennings!)

    Give us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  104. Brady set to miss five-six weeks

    Football

    Hull City's Robbie Brady

    Hull City's Republic of Ireland international midfielder Robbie Brady faces five to six weeks out with a calf injury.

    The 23-year-old, who has made 24 appearances for the club this season, suffered significant muscle damage after falling down a hole in training.

  105. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Ramsey was asked about the prospect of being in the adjacent dug-out to Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday

    "It will be an honour to be sat next to Arsene," he said. "But like I say, all I am focused on is the job that I've got to do. You'd be a fool not to have learned something from Arsene and his philosophies over the years in the Premier League."

    But Ramsey refused to be drawn on the implication of the release of QPR's financial figures on Monday.

    "I don't know the ins and outs of the financial results," he says. "All I am focused on is the football and keeping us in the league."

  106. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Chris Ramsey

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey knows his side face a difficult task against Arsenal on Wednesday.

    "Arsenal are a fantastic technical team. They can take anyone apart when they're at their best," he admits.

    "These next three games will be very important for us to show what we can do but there's plenty of reason for optimism. We played well last time out and we've tried to address the mistakes we made."

  107. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    After hearing from Arsene Wenger, it's now time to see what QPR manager Chris Ramsey thinks ahead of their London derby at Loftus Road on Wednesday as they battle against relegation.

    "The target is win every game. I know it's a cliche but we have to take each game as it comes and get a positive result," he says.

    "We can't worry with what they do - we just focus on what we have to do."

  108. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce

    So how do you beat Premier League leaders (and newly-crowned League Cup winners) Chelsea? If Sam Allardyce knows then he isn't giving much away.

    "Jose's teams rarely slip up and that's why they're so good. The demand from Chelsea to the players is that they're not allowed to be off form," says the West Ham manager.

    "I expect them to be efficient in every department and that's why they're top of the league. They rarely make mistakes and that makes it difficult to score against them."

  109. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Happy new year? Not for West Ham. The east London club have won just one of their past 10 top-flight matches, slipping to eighth position. Leaders Chelsea are probably not the team you want to face next...

    But Hammers chief Sam Allardyce says: "We look forward to Chelsea now and it's the third derby in a row. We have to get back to the level of the Tottenham performance to help us try to get a result against the best team in the Premier League at the moment."

  110. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham dominated possession and had more attempts at goal against Palace - and that should been enough to see off Saturday's visitors, reckons Sam Allardyce.

    "Overall we should have won the game, but stats are only a measure. The bottom line is that we went 3-0 down from set plays and Palace did what they needed to do," he says.

    Not sure Hammers (or Palace) fans might agree with the first part, Sam....

  111. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Easy question to warm up Big Sam Allardyce. Team news? Any concerns after the 3-1 home defeat by Crystal Palace?

    "We'll have the same squad as Saturday with no new injuries so we'll select a team from that squad," says the West Ham boss.

    "The biggest disappointment for me from Saturday was the way we conceded the goals. The actual playing stats say we should have won, but it doesn't matter when the score is 3-0."

  112. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Chelsea (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce strolls into the media room at his club's Chadwell Heath training ground, shuffles his seat up to the microphone and takes a deep breath.

    He's ready to face the press pack ahead of tomorrow's Premier League home match against London rivals Chelsea....

  113. Arsene Wenger news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    With QPR just above the relegation zone, Wenger expects a tough task at Loftus Road on Wednesday.

    "They fight not to go down. You expect the commitment and the fight from these teams," he adds.

    "It's a difficult job. The most unenviable job is to fight not to go down down. It's a fight against fear."

  114. Arsene Wenger news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger has also confirmed that Aaron Ramsey is available while Francis Coquelin could feature but will wear a protective mask to protect his broken nose.

    However, January transfer window signing Krystian Bielik will play for the under-18s on Wednesday and Wenger does not think the midfielder will make his first-team debut this season.

  115. Arsene Wenger news conference

    QPR v Arsenal (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of his side's trip to QPR and their battle to finish in the top four:

    "It's very tight," he admits. "Man City are four points ahead and there are plenty of people chasing us in the top four. It's down to consistency.

    "We have seen things change quickly in the last two or three months of the season. We have to focus on finishing as well as we can."

  116. Fans group demands greater ownership transparency

    Football

    Fans group Supporters Direct group wants greater transparency to ensure supporters know exactly who owns their club.

    It forms part of a manifesto with the aim of "reforming English football".

    Between 2005 and 2011 Leeds United's owners were unknown, as a Cayman Islands-based trust was in charge of the club while Hartlepool, Charlton, Blackpool and Leyton Orient have been highlighted by the organisation as clubs of concern.

  117. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the news that Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them. And, most importantly, why?

    Andrew Lambert: Given the sad news from yesterday, Dave Mackay. At both Hearts and Spurs.

    Give us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  118. Tuesday's Gossip column

    Football

    Brad Friedel

    Some of the stories from Tuesday's gossip column:

    The Daily Telegraph reports that Chelsea could move for Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel, who will be 44 in the summer, as a replacement for second choice Petr Cech, should the 32-year-old leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

    In the Daily Mail, former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Carragher says that Chelsea cannot afford to let defender John Terry, 34, leave the club and it will cost them dearly to get a replacement.

    And news of the Beckham boys - the Daily Star says 15-year-old son Brooklyn could follow his father's example and play for Manchester United if he is released by Arsenal at the end of the season while the same paper reveals that Romeo, 12, has been tipped as a future tennis champion after impressing during lessons at a council court in west London.

  119. Football

    Football

    We have 10 Premier League managers facing the media on Tuesday, including Jose Mourinho, Manuel Pellegrini and Louis van Gaal.

    But first up, we will be hearing from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who faces the media at 0900, followed by West Ham's Sam Allardyce (0930) and QPR's Chris Ramsey (0945) and we will bring you all the best bits.

  120. Tuesday's back pages

    Cricket

    Independent back page

    Away from football, the pressure on the England team and coach Peter Moores at the Cricket World Cup makes the back page of the Independent.

  121. Tuesday's back pages

    Football

    Daily Mail back page

    Tuesday's Daily Mail back page features the Terry twins - Summer Rose and Georgie John - with the Capital One Cup won by their dad John at Wembley on Sunday.

  122. Tuesday's back pages

    Football

    Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

    And on to Tuesday's back pages and the Daily Mirror does not make for happy reading for Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini who is said to be fighting to save his job with Pep Guardiola waiting in the wings.

  123. Get involved - #bbcsportsday

    Following the news that former Newcastle great and now BBC pundit Alan Shearer is to be honoured with a bronze statue, we want to know which sport star you think should have a similar honour bestowed on them.

    Give us your views on the BBC Sport Facebook page or via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  124. Cricket World Cup latest

    Cricket

    Action is continuing at the Cricket World Cup with South Africa setting Ireland a daunting target of 412 to win their Pool B match in Canberra.

    You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  125. Hayne signs NFL deal

    American Football

    Jarryd Hayne

    Former Australian Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne has announced he has secured a deal to play American football with the San Francisco 49ers.

    The 27-year-old played 176 games for the Parramatta Eels in Sydney, scoring 103 tries, before announcing an unprecedented code swap late last year.

    He said he had agreed to a rookie contract with the 49ers, which guarantees him a spot at the organisation for 15-20 weeks, but he will need to impress in the lead-up to the next NFL season, when the 49ers cut their roster to 53 players in August.

  126. FA want GB sides in Rio

    Football

    The Great Britain women's football team

    The Football Association plans to enter men's and women's Great Britain teams for the 2016 Olympics.

    It had ruled out such a move but has now written to its counterparts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to ask them if they want to take part.

  127. Rise in reports of discrimination in football

    Football

    Incidents of discrimination in English professional and grassroots football have increased, according to the anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

    The organisation says 184 reports of discrimination were submitted to them from August to 28 December 2014.

    That is 48 more than the 136 grievances received by Kick it Out in the same period during the 2013-14 season.

  128. Tributes paid to Mackay

    Football

    Dave Mackay

    Tributes have been paid to former Tottenham, Derby, Hearts and Scotland midfielder Dave Mackay who has died, aged 80.

    The Edinburgh-born player won 10 major honours as a player in British and European football as well as 22 caps for his country and was named 'Footballer of the Year' in both Scotland and England.

    He later managed Nottingham Forest before succeeding Brian Clough at Derby and leading the Rams to the First Division crown in 1975.

  129. Johnson released on bail

    Football

    First, some of the stories you may have missed last night and Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson, 27, has been released on bail after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

    The England international was questioned by police on Monday following the allegation involving a girl who is believed to be 15 years old.

    He has been suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the police investigation.

  130. Sportsday

    Hello and welcome to another Sportsday on another busy day of sport.

    We have three Premier League games to look forward to on Tuesday evening, but before then, we will be hearing the thoughts of 10 managers ahead of Wednesday's games.