Sportsday - Wednesday's sport news as it happened

All the latest sports news including reaction to Liverpool's derby day win and more from the Cheltenham Festival.

14 March 2012 Last updated at 19:01

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  1. 0800: 
    GOOD MORNING

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. We begin as always with three items from today's Gossip Column.

    Former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is ready to resume talks with Wolves about becoming their next manager. (Daily Mail)

    Carlos Tevez could remain at Manchester City beyond the end of the season after impressing with his attitude and desire to regain match fitness since returning to the club in February. (the Guardian)

    And Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean says he has not given up hope of keeping 21-year-old winger Junior Hoilett, who is out of contract in the summer. (Lancashire Telegraph)

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    Can Chelsea overturn the odds and win this evening? Is Amir Khan's rematch against Lamont Peterson 'make or break'? And what have you made of the Cheltenham Festival so far? Get involved on Twitter and use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    Captain Michael Clarke and former skipper Ricky Ponting have been included in Australia's 16-man squad for the three-Test tour in the Caribbean. Shane Watson, also returning to the Test team from calf and hamstring injuries over the past three months, was among the squad for the series starting on 7 April in Bridgetown, Barbados.

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    Marussia F1 driver Timo Glock on Twitter: "First Day at the Track- now the season really starts. http://pic.twitter.com/rNFnkxKr".

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    Ireland bounced back from their first-day defeat at the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai with a 10-wicket victory over Kenya, whom they bowled out for 71. Captain Will Porterfield scored an aggressive 56 not out to lead the Irish run chase.

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    How about Steven Gerrard's hat-trick against Everton - where did that come from? What did you make of Liverpool's inspired performance and where did the blue half of Merseyside fall short? Hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

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    JP Dumas on Twitter: "#BBCSportsDay Can't see Chelsea winning the tie tonight. They just haven't been clinical enough lately. Still, should be a great game."

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    Will Fitch on Twitter on Liverpool's form: "10 points in 10 games is it too much to hope for #spiritofistanbul #bbcsportsday".

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    Damon Miles on Twitter: "Am sure people will say Gerrard is the best prem midfielder ever today, 4th behind Keane, Vieira and Scholes at best #bbcsportsday."

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    Max Tetlow on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday is leighton baines the most underrated defender in the league?"

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    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Nevin was at Anfield last night and said Steven Gerrard's performance against Everton was the best individual showing in the Premier League this season. High praise indeed, but what do you think? Tweet using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    FOOTBALL

    Paul Murray's bid to lead a consortium in a takeover of troubled club Rangers has received support from former Ibrox chairman Alastair Johnston. Johnston said in The Herald: "His and his team's ambition is to see Rangers not only survive, but thrive."

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    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has criticised Arsenal striker Robin van Persie following his row with compatriot Tim Krul in his side's 2-1 league defeat. Gutierrez told the Journal: "There was no need for him to do that - they have won the game, it is finished."

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    Elliot Griffiths on Twitter: "Any match David Silva was involved in the first half of the season. Unreal form. #bbcsportsday".

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    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal will play in Hong Kong for the first time in 17 years on the club's pre-season Asia tour. The Gunners face Hong Kong champions Kitchee FC on 29 July and meet Manchester City in Beijing, China, two days earlier.

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    Lee Smith on Twitter: "Simply..Gerrards was not the best individual showing this season in the premiership..he was very good,but there's been better #bbcsportsday".

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    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Moyes got his selection all wrong. Was so relieved to see Cahill on the bench - been a real thorn in Liverpool side in the past #bbcsportsday".

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    Shaun W on Twitter: "@damon miles 0848. Are your serious? 4th behind Keane,Vieira & Scholes? Even Lampard is better than those 3. Stevie G walks it #bbcsportsday".

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    Andrew Richards on Twitter: "First game Gerrard has show up all season let's not get too excited #bbcsportsday".

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    FOOTBALL

    John Terry has admitted it is vital to Chelsea's future to qualify for next season's Champions League, ahead of their last-16 second leg Napoli match. "We need Champions League football financially, and also to attract the best players." What do you think? Tweet using #bbcsportsday.

  21. 0938: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Newcastle Falcons have appointed Dean Richards as director of rugby for the start of the 2012-13 season. Richards told the Falcons' official website: "Whilst there was interest from other clubs, there are two reasons why I chose the Falcons - the supporters and [owner] Semore Kurdi's ambition for the club."

  22. 0943: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, 31, has been ruled out for four weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee after a scan revealed a tear of his medial meniscus. He has made just four appearances this season.

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    Abass Maliki on Twitter: "@scousesamurai: r u kidding? Lamps better than Scholes, Keane & Vieria? U must be or u just started watching footie 3 yrs ago #bbcsportsday".

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    Andrew Ponder on Twitter: "RE 0924 Scholes is top of that list, it's no fluke that Xavi, Iniesta etc rate him so highly! #bbcsportsday".

  25. 1000: 
    HORSE RACING

    A great first day at the Cheltenham Festival, with the drama of an unexpected victory for 11-1 shot Rock on Ruby. Catch up on all the action with reports from our man at the races, Frank Keogh.

  26. 1004: 
    HORSE RACING

    Frank Keogh's highlight of the Cheltenham Festival so far?SprinterSacre making history for trainer Nicky Henderson in the Arkle Chase. "They say Mourinho is the Special One, but now I think we've found another," said Sacre's jockey Barry Geraghty.

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    Peter Woollard on Twitter: "It will be great to have Dean Richards back in Rugby, even if he has to spend a year in the Championship! #bbcsportsday".

  28. 1012: 
    FOOTBALL

    Winger Antonio Valencia has returned to Manchester United's squad for Thursday's Europa League match with Athletic Bilbao, but Anderson, Nani and Phil Jones were absent from the flight to Spain. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson had confirmed Nani had "bruising" suffered during a training ground knock.

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    Alex Roberts on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday all the talk of Stevie G being the best, but is there even any1 in world come close to Ryan Giggs over the last 20 years?"

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    If you are a Premier League team with big ambitions - and deep pockets - then Lille playmaker Eden Hazard, 21, must be on the shopping list. Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all contacted the French club, but who needs him most? Get involved and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    James Joseph on Twitter: "People can criticise the United sqaud this year but having 3 quality wingers has served us well. Valencia has been immense! #bbcsportsday".

  32. 1025: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes has been praised as one of the great club bosses by the League Managers' Association after celebrating 10 years in charge at Everton today. LMA chairman Howard Wilkinson said: "For me his records, first at Preston and now at Everton, put him right up there with current managerial greats."

  33. 1030: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Football's Juliette Ferrington tweeting from Roberto Mancini's press conference: "Chance Joleon Lescott could make the #MCFC bench tomorrow night. Barry, Kompany and Zabaleta out. Roberto Mancini also said there's a chance Carlos Tevez could play against #CFC next week. #MCFC #bbcsportsday".

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    Sam Borni on Twitter: "Gotta remember that spots on the wing are highly contested in Manchester. Chelsea not so much. Not Hazard's level anyway. #bbcsportsday".

  35. 1040: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh on Twitter at the Cheltenham Festival: "Dry, cloudy + a little chilly for day two of the Cheltenham Festival. Course has marketed it as Ladies Day. Tip of the day: Wrap up warm".

  36. 1044: 
    FOOTBALL

    Midfielder Scott Parker insists Tottenham are not worried by Arsenal's recent resurgence. Captain Parker told the Daily Mirror: "We're focused. We need to win football matches. That's it."

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    Alex Green on Twitter: "On the basis of last night, Moyes should be sacked & PNE can get their man back. We're sinking without a trace! #bbcsportsday".

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    Matthew Simpson on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday gerard too many glory balls- best CM pass and move - Scholes, Keane, Carrick, Makale, Viera, Giggs - count the titles".

  39. 1054: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool goalkeeper Jose Reina has praised captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez for the team's victory in the 217th Merseyside derby. "Credit to Stevie, he was really good. Sometimes when a striker is not scoring they can be a little bit selfish, but he [Suarez] was totally unselfish in creating the goal."

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    Chelsea captain John Terry has dismissed claims that player power was to blame for the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas. "As for the senior players running this football club, that's nonsense." What do you think? Get involved, and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    Everton's Phil Neville on Twitter: "@GNev2: On that train again. Chelsea v Napoli. In London more than Manchester at present!! Should be a good game!!"I fancy Chelsea tonight!". #bbcsportsday

  42. 1107: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka have suffered a blow to their Asia Cup trophy hopes with influential all-rounder Angelo Mathews being ruled out for the rest of the tournament because of a calf injury.

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    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, whose side have lost their last two games and been overtaken by Manchester United in the Premier League title race, says: "Now we can't cry, now is the time to keep strong."

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    Striker Carlos Tevez could make his Manchester City return in the Premier League against Chelsea on 21 March. Can Tevez be the key to helping City win the title? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  45. 1128: 
    FOOTBALL

    So Chelsea have to turn around a 3-1 deficit against Napoli tonight to make sure that at least one English club makes it into the last eight of the Champions League. Blues skipper John Terryprovided some stirring words ahead of the game and believes the players can back up his talk on the pitch. Terry said: "If it all goes well, it could go down as one of the great nights of Chelsea's history."

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    Andy Corridan on Twitter: "Absolutely buzzing for the game tonight, could be last hurrah for some of the senior players (JT, Lamps etc)." #bbcsportsday

    Josh Maloney on Twitter: "Chelsea's squad is too old. AVB had no chance of winning much this year, needed another year to 'springclean' the squad." #bbcsportsday

  47. 1137: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Italy prop Martin Castrogiovannihas recovered from broken ribs to take his place in the side to host Scotland on Saturday when both teams will be bidding to avoid the Six Nations wooden spoon.

  48. 1145: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh on Twitter: "\u200fKauto Star and Long Run will head the field for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday as 15 horses were declared for the big race on Friday. Four horses withdrawn at final declaration stage: Captain Chris, Grands Crus, Medermit and Poquelin."

  49. 1152: 
    FOOTBALL

    Derby have apologised to the family of the late Nottingham Forest owner Nigel Doughty over offensive chants from its supporters during the Championship game between the two sides at Pride Park on Tuesday.

  50. 1155: 
    PARALYMPICS

    Oscar Pistorius, known as Blade Runner, will compete at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May as preparation for the Olympics and Paralympics in London later in the year. He said: "The Olympics and Paralympics will be the pinnacle in many athletes' careers and I'm determined to make it a year I'll never forget. The BT Paralympic World Cup is always an essential step in my competition calendar and this year it will be more important than ever."

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    Richard Owen on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "Tevez, can't see him making much difference. It's about how a team plays not indivduals, that's the reason #UTD will win."

  52. 1203: 
    SWIMMING

    Five-time Olympic champion Ian Thorpe faces the decisive moment in his bid to compete in a third Games at this week's Australian trials, having come out of retirement last year. The trials get under way on Thursday, with Thorpe targeting the 100m and 200m freestyle and relays despite struggling to post competitive times since returning to the sport. He goes first in the 200m heats on Friday.

  53. 1217: 
    FOOTBALL

    Prince Nnaji on Twitter: "With all the money spent,2nd position&a champions league spot is just not good enough for City. Tevez can help overturn that." #bbcsportsday

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    FOOTBALL

    Napoli may have a 3-1 first leg advantage over Chelsea in their Champions League tie and the Italian side's boss Walter Mazzarri said: "When we don't have the ball, we must be like 11 lions, attacking them constantly to get it back. When we have the ball, we must do everything we can to put them under pressure."

  55. 1228: 
    HORSE RACING

    Manchester United striker Michael Owen on Twitter: "3 strong fancies today. 2:05 Simonsig 5:15 New Years Eve 6:50 Electric Qatar (my horse)."

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    Tom Llewellyn-Lloyd on Twitter #bbcsportsday "tonight is the perfect opportunity for Torres to prove his \u00a350 million price tag."

  57. 1242: 
    RUGBY UNION

    In the build-up to Wales' Grand Slam showdown with France on Saturday, Martyn Williams will be chatting to presenter Jason Mohammad on BBC Radio Wales at 1pm today and is taking your questions. Tweet them now.

  58. 1253: 
    HORSE RACING

    The first race of the day at Cheltenham on day two is the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase at 1330. Follow the action with our live text commentary.

  59. 1258: 
    FOOTBALL

    Here's a tactical look at how Manchester United can turn the tables on Athletic Bilbao tomorrow. #bbcsportsday

  60. 1303: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Centre Nick De Luca has been restored to the starting line-up in Scotland's only change for Saturday's Six Nations wooden spoon decider with Italy.

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    Dave Worley on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "Re: Tom Llewellyn-Lloyd (1236) - people have been saying this about Torres every week for the last 12 months..."

  62. 1307: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Brom are mourning club legend Ray Barlow following his death last night at the age of 85. Barlow joined the Baggies at the age of 18 in 1944 and went on to play 482 times for the club, although only once for England. He was the last surviving member of the team that won the FA Cup in 1954, beating Preston 3-2.

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    England start their first Test against Sri Lanka on 26 March. Sri Lanka have suffered an injury ahead of the series with all-rounder Angelo Mathews being sent home from the Asia Cup trophy with a calf injury. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene said: "The last couple of days Angelo had some fitness tests. He hasn't pulled through those well. So we made a call to send him back home. He will try to get ready for the Test matches against England."

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    Shelley McDermott on Twitter "Have not seen Chelsea fans this excited all season for a game. Real belief that a comeback will happen. Also Torres MUST play!" #bbcsportsday

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    I wonder if there's anywhere I can find out about Steven Gerrard's top five games for Liverpool? Well, there is. Sam Sheringham has done the honours with a piece about the Reds skipper following his hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Everton on Tuesday.

  66. 1339: 
    HORSE RACING

    Teaforthree wins the first race of the day at Cheltenham with victory in the Diamond Jubilee National Hunt Chase. Follow the action with our live text commentary.

  67. 1345: 
    FOOTBALL

    Qatar is still considering whether to allow alcohol in stadiums when it hosts the 2022 World Cup, though a senior official on Wednesday said he did not see a need for it.

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    Zarif Rusal on Twitter: #bbcsportsday "Three sensational Gerrard displays in a week in March 09 - beating MUFC 4-1, hammering Real Madrid 4-0, demolishing Villa 5-0." What do you think? Have a recap of some Steven Gerrard's impact with this piece on him.

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    Scotland have lost to Namibia in a ICC World Twenty20 qualifier in Dubai. Namibia made 192-3 before Scotland could only reach 143-8. Louis van der Westhuizen starred for Namibia as he made 106 not out in 56 balls before taking two for 16.

  70. 1355: 
    OLYMPICS

    Japan's football team book their place at London 2012 with a 2-0 win over Bahrain.

  71. 1357: 
    FOOTBALL

    William Martin on Twitter "Start Torres AND Drogba up front, Mata in Behind and Lampard CM, Ramires and Meireles on the wings.. And the rest is history."

  72. 1405:  
    BBC Sport Gordon Farquhar on TwitterOLYMPICS

    "Tomorrow is the last day for submissions to WADA for suggested revisions to anti- doping code. BOA have been busy."

  73. 1408: 
    PARALYMPICS

    ParalympicsGB to be represented in every sport at Paralympics after Goalball and Sitting Volleyball teams' host country slots are endorsed.

  74. 1410: 
    BOXING

    Dereck Chisora refuses to comment as he arrives for his hearing with the British Boxing Board of Control. Frank Warren is asked if he's confident Chisora can avoid a life ban and says "we'll see".

  75. 1412: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea star Daniel Sturridge has drawn inspiration from Thierry Henry as he looks to evolve from a winger into a centre-forward. "I definitely think playing out wide will improve me," Sturridge said. "Henry played wide for Juventus and then went to Arsenal and played as a centre-forward. He's an example of one player I look at and think when I get back in the middle - and it's only a matter of time - then I will be a lot better than previously."

  76. 1416: 
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    John Reed on Twitter: "Why has no one mentioned Carroll's performance last night? He was everywhere! Held the ball up well, defended well too."

  77. 1420: 
    HORSE RACING

    Simonsig, the 2-1 favourite, wins the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham. Felix Yonger is second and Monksland third.

  78. 1427: 
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    Socrates133 on Twitter: "Chelsea need a 4-2-1-3: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, JT, Cole; Mikel, Essien; Mata; Sturridge, Drogba, Malouda. Come on you Blues!"

  79. 1431: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Castleford say they have fought off interest from a number of rival clubs to secure the signature of England academy hooker Casey Canterbury until the end of the 2014 season. Canterbury, who came through the Tigers' scholarship programme, excelled for the club's Under-18s last season and has established himself as first-choice hooker for the Under-20s.

  80. 1439: 
    FOOTBALL

    League One side Notts County have completed the signing of Leeds winger Lloyd Sam, on an emergency loan, until the end of the season. Sam has made 19 appearances this season but just three starts.

  81. 1447: 
    FOOTBALL

    Somalia's Football Federation believes the revival of Jeenyo United which relaunched on Sunday, 22 years after the club collapsed, can help lift the national team. The country will run an eight-team league from May.

  82. 1451: 
    HORSE RACING

    Bobs Worth has won the RSA chase at Cheltenham, with First Lieutenant coming in second.

  83. 1458: 
    GET INVOLVED

    It seems not everyone agrees with our top five performances by Steven Gerrard. What do you think? Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Nicholas Lowle on Twitter: "Surely this is worth a mention? 11 August 2010, Wembley. Superb performance by Steve following the display in South Africa."

    Will Cracknell on Twitter: "Lpool v Real Madrid 2009, has to be in the top 5 Stevie Gerrard games. If it wasnt for SG, Torres would have failed at Liverpool."

    Zarif Rasul on Twitter: "Three sensational Gerrard displays in a week in March 09 - beating MUFC 4-1, hammering Real Madrid 4-0, demolishing Villa 5-0."

  84. 1505: 
    FOOTBALL

    Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill says the Derby fans who sang offensive songs about Nigel Doughty during Tuesday's Championship match should be "ashamed". Fans were heard signing about the death of the former club owner, who passed away in January.

  85. 1513: 
    GOLF

    Miguel Angel Jimenez says he will keep contributing money from his own pocket to assure the continuation of the Andalucian Open. The Spaniard has reportedly given 500,000 euros (\u00a3415,000) over the past three years to keep the tournament going.

  86. 1521: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Italy have named their most experienced team ever for this weekend's wooden spoon match with Scotland, with a total of 787 caps in the starting XV and another 50 caps on the bench. The average age of the starting line-up is just over 28.4, while the average age of the bench is 26.1.

  87. 1526: 
    HORSE RACING

    Finian's Rainbow wins the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham.

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    GET INVOLVED

    It sounds simple, a 2-0 win for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge will be enough to send them through to the last eight of the Champions League but how confident are the Blues fans?

    Crip Cooke on Twitter: "Napoli have taken 4 points off Man City & Milan, done the double on Inter and won 6 on the bounce, Chelsea must be dreaming."

  89. 1543: 
    OLYMPICS

    Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva pays tribute to British vaulter Holly Bleasdale and hopes that Team GB look after her. "Holly Bleasdale is a very young and talented pole vaulter. She's very ambitious and of course to jump 4.87m at her age is a very good result, but she must be very careful with herself, with her body, with everything. The English people must take care of her."

  90. 1551: 
    AMERICAN FOOTBALL

    Calvin Johnson has signed a seven-year contract extension with the Detroit Lions, which will reportedly make him the highest-paid wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). A report on the team's website said it was worth $132m (\u00a384m).

  91. 1600: 
    FOOTBALL

    Peterborough United defender Gabby Zakuani tells BBC Radio Cambridgshire that clear-the-air talks have injected confidence into the Posh squad. The team were locked in the dressing room for an hour after last week's 3-0 Championship defeat by Millwall.

  92. 1609: 
    FOOTBALL

    Two thirds of Premier League managers believe Manchester City will win the title this season according to a survey by the League Managers' Association. But three-quarters of the 20 managers say that Tottenham are the most entertaining side to watch in England's top flight.

  93. 1618: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Coach Jaques Brunel has made six changes for Italy's final Six Nations game against Scotland in Rome. The changes include Giovambattista Venditti in for Luke McLean on the right wing, while Tommaso Benvenuti will start at centre. The match will also see lock Marco Bortolami earn his 93rd cap.

  94. 1627: 
    FOOTBALL

    Campbell Ogilvie has vowed to continue in his role as president of the Scottish Football Association after coming under pressure after the SFA and then the Scottish Premier League vowed to investigate the alleged non-disclosure of payments to Rangers players during his spell at Ibrox.

  95. 1636: 
    SPEEDWAY

    Ipswich Witches director of speedway Chris Louis has admitted the club needs to address its lack of British talent as soon as possible. The team will start the 2012 campaign with five Australians, a Dane and a Frenchman.

  96. 1643: 
    BADMINTON

    Britain's leading mixed doubles pairs will meet at the Swiss Open on Thursday as the battle for an Olympic spot intensifies. Chris Adcock and Imogen Bankier will take on Nathan Robertson and Jenny Wallwork. The pair ranked highest in the world on 3 May are most likely to be selected for Great Britain at London 2012.

  97. 1652: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    After being ruled out for three months following a shoulder operation, Warrington utility player Stefan Ratchfordhas tweeted pictures from the hospital. He added: "Thanks again for all the messages, everything went as planned so be back asap! Just wish I could take this big sling off! #backinnotime"

  98. 1700: 
    RUGBY UNION

    James Merriman and Redford Pennycook could return for Bristol's play-off game at London Welsh next month. Pennycook injured his shoulder last month, while Merriman, 28, has been out for four weeks after having knee surgery.

  99. 1710: 
    FOOTBALL

    After Manchester City's weekend defeat by Swansea City, captain Vincent Kompany has issued a rallying call on Twitter. He said: "Our next three games will be crucial. No need to say that we're all prepared to work hard to come out on top."

  100. 1715: 
    WINTER SPORTS

    Three-time Olympic champion Marit Bjoergen of Norway has won the Royal Palace Sprint in Stockholm, Sweden. This has allowed her to extend her lead in the World Cup cross-country skiing standings over Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland.

  101. 1718: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keoghon Twitter: "Featherbed Lane sustained a broken leg during the Coral Cup at Cheltenham and was put down."

  102. 1724: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Centre Nick De Luca is hoping to finish off the Six Nations in style when Scotland play Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. "It's a great arena and I look forward to hopefully putting on a show," he told Press Association Sport. "I'll be looking to bring my energy, my defence and my skills in attack back to the team and hopefully we can start ticking again."

  103. 1736: 
    LONDON 2012

    Scott Robertson, Aaron McKibbin and Victoria Bromley have been selected for ParalympicsGB after the International Table Tennis Federation confirmed they had given three new slots to British players. This brings the total number of British tennis table players at the Games to 13.

  104. 1739: 
    HORSE RACING

    Champagne Fever has won the Weatherbys Champion Bumper at Cheltenham. The 16/1 outsider held off the challenge of favourite New Year's Eve to give trainer Willie Mullins his seventh success in the race.

  105. 1744: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Rory Smith on Twitter: "Surprised Chelsea are underdogs against Napoli. Let's not forget that Roberto Di Matteo has much more experience of Italian football than Andre Villas-Boas. #bbcsportsday"

  106. 1753: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham Hotspur boss Harry Redknapp has claimed being the England manager is "an older man's job". He told ITV Meridian: "There's some young managers like Nigel Adkins and people like that, who in the future I'm sure would be fantastic but, at the moment, probably too young. It is an older man's job, I think. It's not a job for a young guy."

  107. 1756: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he could off-load \u00a330.75m record signing Dimitar Berbatov in the summer. "His concern is not getting first-team football," said Ferguson. "At 31, he is looking at first-team football. It is difficult for me to guarantee that so it could lead to him looking elsewhere."

  108. 1811: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ferguson, speaking at his press conference before Thursday's Europa League quarter-final, second leg against Athletic Bilbao also revealed midfielder Anderson will be out for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

  109. 1815: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Sportsday is coming up at 1830 GMT here on the BBC Sport website and the BBC News Channel.

    We'll be live at Stamford Bridge ahead of Chelsea's bid to remain in the Champions League - can they overturn Napoli's 3-1 lead?

    We'll also review the day's action at the Cheltenham Festival, report from the Dereck Chisora hearing at the British Boxing Board of Control, hear Roberto Mancini's thoughts on bringing Carlos Tevez back into the Man City fold and watch Mark Webber's beguiling Aussie legspin as he and Sebastian Vettel play beach cricket.

  110. 1816: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport news correspondent Dan Roan: "Premier League confirm that Chairman Sir Dave Richards has fallen into hotel swimming pool in Doha following speech today, but is unharmed."

  111. 1818: 
    HORSE RACING

    Champagne Fever trainer Willie Mullins: "Both of them ran a cracker and we just said we'd be positive on this fellow. I'm delighted, especially with the way a few of mine were running, we were getting despondent."

  112. 1821: 

    Dereck Chisora has had his licence withdrawn by the British Boxing Board ofControl following his clash with David Haye in Munich. "His licence got withdrawn and what will happen now is we'll consider whether to appeal the decision," promoter Frank Warren said.

  113. 1831: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Stephen Evans on Twitter: "Got my lucky Chelsea socks on! Forgot to wear them for the away game against Napoli! Must work - worn them for every Wales 6 Nations game. #bbcsportsday"

  114. 1840: 
    FOOTBALL

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "After his 'no-beer' speech, Sir Dave Richards reportedly fell in the pool in Doha. In his suit. One way of wetting the whistle."

  115. 1848: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, David Luiz, Cole; Essien, Ramires, Lampard; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata. Substitutes: Turnbull, Cahill, Bosingwa, Mikel, Malouda, Kalou, Torres.

    Napoli: De Sanctis; Aronica, Cannavaro, Campagnaro; Maggio, Gargano, Hamsik, Inler, Zungia; Lavezzi, Cavani. Substitutes: Rosati, Fernandez, Britos, Dossena, Dzemaili, Vargas, Pandev.

  116. 1900: 

    That's it for today's Sportday Live. You can catch live updates from all tonight's football, including Chelsea's crunch clash with Napoli, on the BBC Sport website.

    Join us again tomorrow morning from 0800 GMT for more breaking sports news throughout the day.

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