Sportsday Live - Thursday's news as it happened

The RFU announced Stuart Lancaster as the new England permanent coach, England's cricketers lost to Sri Lanka and other sports news as it happened.

29 March 2012 Last updated at 19:33

As it happened

  1. 0800: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

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

    Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is a \u00a36m target for Paris Saint-Germain. Fiorentina and his former club Bordeaux are also interested. (Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea have reportedly made a fresh approach for Stamford Bridge hero Gianfranco Zola to join the club's backroom staff. (Daily Mail)

    Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has admitted that he suffered flashbacks to Fabrice Muamba's sudden collapse when he returned to White Hart Lane for Tuesday night's FA Cup replay against Tottenham. (Daily Telegraph)

  2. 0810: 
    CRICKET

    England are 177-4 at lunch chasing 340 to win the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. Keep up-to-date with all the action on BBC Sport.

  3. 0819: 
    SNOOKER

    Ronnie O'Sullivan leads Mark Williams by two frames to nil in the second round of the China Open.

  4. 0822: 
    GET INVOLVED

    What lengths would you go to, in order to get hold of that gold medal at London 2012? How about taking up ballet? Or kickboxing? What about rock climbing? And how about all three? That's what swimmer Liam Tancock is doing (though possibly not at the same time). #olympicthursday

  5. 0828: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Edinburgh welcome back nine Scotland internationals for Friday's RaboDirect PRO12 encounter with the Scarlets at Murrayfield, including Scotland captain Ross Ford.

  6. 0839: 
    RUGBY UNION

    BBC rugby correspondent Alastair Eykyn expects the RFU to announce England's new permanent head coach later on Thursday, with one of the four-man advisory panel, Conor O'Shea, telling 5 live on Wednesday that the selection process had "taken its course".

  7. 0843: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aston Villa will wait until the end of the season before entering talks over new contracts for striker Emile Heskey, defender Carlos Cuellar and reserve goalkeeper Brad Guzan.

  8. 0847: 
    GET INVOLVED

    There are unconfirmed reports that interim boss Stuart Lancaster had been told unofficially that the England job is his. Do you feel Lancaster has done enough to get the job on a full-time basis? Does the hard work start now for Lancaster? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  9. 0853: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Chris Mullis on Twitter, as Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior put on a 50 partnership for the fifth wicket in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. "I genuinely think if Trott and Prior can stay there after the first 10 overs of the new ball England will win this." Keep up-to-date with all the action on BBC Sport.

  10. 0858: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    BBC commentator Alastair Eykyn says that Stuart Lancaster will be named as England permanent head coach later on Thursday, and that the appointment will be confirmed in a press conference in the afternoon.

  11. 0900: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nick Jackson on Twitter: "Finally looks like the RFU have realised the best man for the job was under their nose all along. If Lancaster is in we have to make sure we get the right team around him. Farrell and Roundtree are a must."

  12. 0906: 
    SNOOKER

    Ronnie O'Sullivan leads Mark Williams by three frames to one in their second-round match at the China Open.

  13. 0909: 
    CRICKET

    TMS summariser Michael Vaughan on Twitter, as Jonathan Trott scores his seventh Test hundred. England need 108 in Galle with six second-innings remaining. "Btw... This is why Test cricket in the No1 format!!!! #justsaying". Keep up-to-date with what promises to be an exciting end to the game with all the action on BBC Sport.

  14. 0914: 
    RUGBY UNION

    London Irish and England player Alex Corbisiero tweets on Lancaster's appointment: "Right decision has been made."

  15. 0920: 
    CRICKET

    England lose their fifth wicket in Galle, as Matt Prior is dismissed caught at short leg with the score 233-5 chasing 340. Jonathan Trott is not out 102. Keep up-to-date with all the action on BBC Sport.

  16. 0932: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    After announcing they could be extinct by the middle of April unless they raise \u00a31m, Super League club Bradford Bulls' rescue fund has now passed \u00a3100,000. That includes a donation of \u00a310,000 from Widnes chairman Steve O'Connor. What other acts of generosity among sporting rivals can you think of? Tell us, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  17. 0938: 
    SNOOKER

    Ronnie O'Sullivan has beaten Mark Williams by five frames to one in the second round of the China Open. Judd Trump leads Stuart Bingham by four frames to three. Stephen Lee is 3-2 up against Graeme Dott, while it is 2-2 between Stephen Maguire and Ricky Walden.

  18. 0944: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is meeting the media ahead of Monday's Premier League game at Blackburn. We'll have the news from the media conference here.

  19. 0947: 
    OLYMPICS

    Gymnast Louis Smith has fractured a finger, and expects to be out for four weeks. Smith suffered the injury on Tuesday when he stubbed his finger on the high bar.

  20. 0951: 
    CRICKET

    Samit Patel is out for nine, as England lose their sixth wicket in Galle. They still need 88, with four wickets remaining. Centurion Jonathan Trott is still there but former England opener Mark Butcher thinks that the heat and dehydration will be a factor, and that the 12th man will be off and on. "Fitness & hydration huge factors for Trott now. Expect to see Ravi a lot from now," he tweeted.

  21. 0956: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    BBC Sport presenter George Riley on Twitter: "Amidst all amazing Bradford Bulls fundraising offers my favourite is the local business pledging \u00a310 from every spray tan #bbcsportsday."

  22. 0957: 
    CRICKET

    That could be it for England, as Jonathan Trott is dismissed for 112 with 84 still needed to win the first Test against Sri Lanka but with only three wickets in hand. Keep up-to-date with all the action on BBC Sport.

  23. 1007: 
    SNOOKER

    Judd Trump beats Stuart Bingham 5-3 in the second round of the China Open.

  24. 1009: 
    BOXING

    Frank Warren has confirmed that Dereck Chisora has appealed against the withdrawal of his licence. He also believes that a grudge match between Chisora and David Haye is inevitable. "It's a natural fight, it doesn't matter what anyone says," he said. "It's a bigger fight than either of them fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko."

  25. 1010: 
    CRICKET

    It is tea in Galle in the first Test between Sri Lanka and England. England are 259-8 chasing a target of 340. Keep up-to-date with all the action on BBC Sport.

    Josh Lindfield on Twitter: "Wake up to find England needed 105 runs and 5 wickets down. Half an hour of watching it and the collapse happens. #jinxed #bbcsportsday"

    Jamie Moffatt on Twitter: "England doing what England do best at all sports...Bottling it when it matters 4 wickets for 26 runs #bbcsportsday"

  26. 1024: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirms on Thursday that winger Nani will miss the Premier League clash with Blackburn at Ewood Park on Monday. Nani has an ankle injury that has kept him out of action since the Europa League home defeat to Athletic Bilbao on 8 March, but is expected to return to training on Friday. "He won't be back until tomorrow and Monday will come too soon," he said.

    Matt Callaghan on Twitter: "#bbcsportsday - fully expect Nani to play all 90 minutes on Monday then!"

  27. 1030: 
    RUGBY UNION

    BBC commentator Alastair Eykyn says that the RFU will confirm the permanent appointment of Stuart Lancaster as England head coach at 1215 BST. Eykyn expects Graham Rowntree to be part of the coaching team, but says the RFU need to secure Andy Farrell's release from Saracens.

  28. 1038: 
    CRICKET

    Monty Panesar is last man out, as England are dismissed for 264 in their second innings in Galle. Sri Lanka win the first Test by 75 runs. Find out what happened on BBC Sport.

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "That's England No 1 position gone, South Africa will take over soon. Strauss to be dropped but who can replace him? #bbcsportsday"

  29. 1048: 
    OLYMPICS

    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Parry has spent time with BMX superstar Shanaze Reade at Manchester's National Cycling Centre. He reckons she's learned her lesson from lying in the dirt at Beijing 2008, watching her hopes of an Olympic gold medal slide out of view. Can she finally grasp a gold at her home Olympics this summer? #olympicthursday

  30. 1055: 
    SNOOKER

    Stephen Maguire leads Ricky Walden 4-3 in the second round of the China Open. Ronnie O'Sullivan, Judd Trump and Stephen Lee, who beat Graeme Dott 5-3, are already through. Mark Selby has withdrawn from the tournament with a neck injury, so Ding Junhui receives a bye into the quarter-finals.

  31. 1103: 
    CRICKET

    The news just gets worse for the England team in Galle. Having lost the first Test by 74 runs, now fast bowler Stuart Broad is a doubt for the second Test in Colombo, which starts in just five days' time. Broad has a calf strain and appeared to struggle while batting in England's unsuccessful run chase. The replacement seamers in England's squad are Steve Finn and Tim Bresnan.

  32. 1110: 
    OLYMPICS

    Team GB shooter Peter Wilson has broken a world record in the double trap men's final at the ISSF Shotgun World Cup in Tucson, Arizona. The 25-year-old fired a new record score of 198 hits out of 200 targets. The previous record of 196 was set by China's Hu Binyuan in 2009. "This is pretty special," Wilson admitted afterwards.

  33. 1116:  
    BBC Test Match Special Michael Vaughan

    "I don't think England can arrive in India [in the winter] with this top five. It needs a freshen up, whether it happens now or at the start of the summer. Now they've got a lot of bad memories and baggage. They can't afford to go in [against India] with a set of players carrying baggage."

  34. 1121: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says that refereeing decisions, no matter how contentious, even themselves out of the course of a season. "We had a terrible decision this season at Old Trafford when Newcastle got a penalty kick. Someone said some years ago United always get penalty kicks at Old Trafford but when you go back through the 25 years I've been here it's only averaged about three a year or three-and-a-half a year. You cannot say that's a lot. Most managers believe that the breaks even themselves out."

  35. 1126: 
    GET INVOLVED

    If England lose this two Test series in Sri Lanka they will be deposed at the top of the Test tree in world cricket by South Africa. Do England deserve their number one world ranking, having enjoyed two amazing years? Or, after losing four Tests on the bounce in the subcontinent, do you feel this side cannot be described as the best in the world? Reach Sportsday with your thoughts and opinions by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter...

  36. 1132: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Safwaan Rawat "Can't see England being the number one ranked side in the world if they can't win Test series away from home - especially in the subcontinent!"

    Peter Carson on Twitter: "What's Swann got to say now? Maybe: "We'll get them next time"?"

    Kenneth Ken on Twitter: "It's such a waste. They worked so hard to get the number position in cricket, only to surrender it so feebly."

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "That's England's number one position gone. South Africa will take over soon. Strauss to be dropped but who can replace him?"

  37. 1133: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former England coach Dick Best told BBC Radio 5 live that Stuart Lancaster deserves the England job, but faces a difficult 2012 with a summer tour to South Africa and home matches in the autumn against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand: "He has done remarkably well in a short space of time. The honeymoon period is now over. It's a fairly tough beginning for his full-time role. They are on course but they have to go up a couple of notches from the Six Nations."

  38. 1136: 
    GOLF

    Ian Poulter has confirmed that he will defend his World Match Play Championship title in Malaga, southern Spain, in May. "With the the fact that it's a Ryder Cup year, I think it will be even more exciting this year," the 36-year-old said. "Every match from the group stages to the final is a chance for aspiring team members to impress [Europe captain] Jose Maria Olazabal."

  39. 1143: 
    OLYMPICS

    British athletic team coach and mentor Chantal Petitclerc has defended so-called "plastic" Brits who make up part of Team GB. The 14-time Canadian Paralympic gold medallist is helping British athletes for the 2012 London Paralympics and says she has "no problem" with the athletes as long as they are "here for the right reasons and want to do their best for this country".

  40. 1148: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sale Sharks owner Brian Kennedy has told the BBC he fears Rangers' administrators are taking too long in finding a buyer for the club, according to BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin. "There is much to do in order to get ready for the new season and getting the club out of administration as soon as possible is the only way to get things started," explained Kennedy. "It's now time to make a choice and move the club forward."

  41. 1152:  
    BBC Sport George RileyRUGBY LEAGUE

    BBC Sport presenter George Riley on Twitter: "Catalan Dragons' Leon Pryce has joined fundraising efforts at old club Bradford by auctioning 2003 Grand Final ring and shirt."

  42. 1156: 
    HORSE RACING

    Montjeu, the sire of three Epsom Derby winners and one of the best stallions in the world, has died aged 16, say Coolmore Stud.

  43. 1202: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic's German-born South Korean defender Cha Du-Ri has lost his appeal against the red card he received in Sunday's Old Firm derby against Rangers, according to BBC Scotland sports reporter Alasdair Lamont. Three players were sent off in the fixture as Rangers ran out 3-2 winners.

  44. 1207: 
    GET INVOLVED

    You're currently all discussing whether, after losing the first Test in Galle against Sri Lanka, England are really the world's number one Test side:

    Graham Jenkins on Twitter: "If you lose four on the bounce you don't deserve to be number one. That doesn't make England a bad side, they just need to improve areas."

    Winston Barker on Twitter: "No panicking. We'll beat South Africa at home. Comfortably."

    James Khan on Twitter: "England deserve to be the number one team in the world but I'm thinking a few changes are needed. Strauss is in BAD form..."

    What do you reckon? Reach us on Twitter via #bbcsportsday...

  45. 1210: 
    CRICKET

    England all-rounder Tim Bresnan has responded to criticism of the side of Twitter: "Whoa? What's with all you lot? A bit of a blip and you're all over us. Still number one, keep the faith. And the best travelling support of any team..."

  46. 1213: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR club captain Joey Barton has told the official club website that players are competing for their careers in the final games of the season, starting with the home match against Arsenal on Saturday. "This is more than a game of football now. The next eight games govern our futures", said Barton. "There are livelihoods on the line here. I'm not sure that's the case at Arsenal to be honest."

  47. 1216: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Injured Leicester Tigers hooker Rob Hawkins has signed a new contract. Director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester: "Rob is our player. He got injured for us and we'll look after him. He's a good player."

  48. 1224: 
    CYCLING

    Russian Olympic hopeful Ivan Kovalev is in hospital having been hit by a car. It is not yet known how serious Kovalev's head and shoulder injuries are, but it is feared he could miss the Cycling World Championships in Melbourne in May. The Russian track team are podium contenders for London 2012.

  49. 1228: 
    BREAKING NEWS: RUGBY UNION

    The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has confirmed that interim England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been appointed permanently to the role on a contract until January 2016. Lancaster, 42, guided England to a second-placed finish at the 2012 Six Nations and says he is "immensely honoured and proud" at being given the position. "I feel very positive about the future," Lancaster said.

  50. 1234: 
    BREAKING NEWS: RUGBY UNION

    RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie has reacted to the permanent appointment of Stuart Lancaster: "We are confident that Stuart is the right person to lead England Rugby forward into the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He has shown throughout the Six Nations and subsequently in both interview and other conversations... that he has the skills and vision needed in the England head coach. I am sure everyone in England will join me in congratulating Stuart on his appointment."

  51. 1245: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Scotland's senior football reporter Chris McLaughlin reports on Twitter: "I understand Brian Kennedy's bid for Rangers has been rejected. More to follow..."

  52. 1256: 
    BOXING

    Welsh World Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverley will face Germany-based Serbian fighter Robin Krasniqi at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 28 April. The WBO have given the bout the go-ahead after initially refusing the sanction the contest. The fight will be the first at the iconic Royal Albert Hall in over a decade.

  53. 1259: 
    OLYMPICS

    An interview with Great Britain basketball player Luol Deng is to be broadcast during 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live. The NBA star told the London Calling programme: "A lot of people looked at me and said: "You're 6ft 8in - too tall for football." But I was good at it. It was a dream of mine to play in the Premier League. I had a celebration when I scored a goal at school. I took football really seriously. I would watch every single match that was on TV."

  54. 1306: 
    GET INVOLVED

    So Stuart Lancaster has been placed in overall charge of the England setup up to and including the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Is this the correct decision by the Rugby Football Union? Does Lancaster's decent winning record in the Six Nations prove he has what it takes at the top, or would the England team have benefited from having a much more experienced man at the helm? Reach Sportsday with your thoughts and opinions by using #bbcsportsday on Twitter...

  55. 1309: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Vowles on Twitter: "Why did it take so long for Lancaster to be appointed? Surely after the results against France and Ireland it was set in stone..."

    Rob O'Neill on Twitter: "Great news for Stuart Lancaster and England ... really well deserved. Now they just need to secure Andy Farrell and add a good attack coach."

    Nick Warner on Twitter: "Great decision Ian Ritchie, Lancaster is the right option. Roll on a new England rugby. Let's tackle the Southern Hemisphere!"

  56. 1317: 
    CYCLING

    The Yorkshire tourism board - Welcome to Yorkshire - has made an official bid to host a stage of the 2016 Tour de France. The last time a stage of the Tour was hosted in England was in 2007, when London and Kent hosted the first two legs. Team GB cyclist Mark Cavendish is supporting the application: "My Mum is from Yorkshire so I'm proud to be backing the Yorkshire 2016 bid. The county would provide a stunning backdrop to the Tour as well as a real test for the competitors."

  57. 1323: 
    SNOOKER

    In the China Open in Beijing, Ali Cater and Stephen Hendry are both leading against opponents Lu Ning and Neil Robertson, 2-0 and 1-0 respectively. Peter Ebdon and John Higgins are tied at 1-1, while Ding Junhui is through the the quarter-finals after Mark Selby was forced to withdraw from the tournament with a neck injury.

  58. 1325: 
    OLYMPICS

    The latest World Olympic Dreams programme is on BBC1 this Saturday at 1330 BST. Matthew Pinsent reports from Brazil, Emma-Jane Kirby is in India, Karthi Gnanasegaram has the word from Australia and Aleem Maqbool comes from Pakistan. Why not watch the trailer for the programme?

  59. 1329: 
    FORMULA ONE

    France's Prime Minister, Francois Fillon, is to visit the Le Castellet circuit amid growing speculation that he will announce the country's desire to return to the Formula One race calendar. France hasn't hosted an F1 meeting since 2008 and it is suggested that an arrangement might be proposed whereby France alternates with Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps, with the first French Grand Prix in 2013.

  60. 1335: 
    SNOOKER

    Two-time Masters winner Mark Selby has tweeted following his withdrawal from the China Open: "Gutted to pull out of the China Open with a neck injury. Don't really know the definite problem..."

  61. 1343: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former England captain Martin Corry has been speaking on BBC Radio 5 live: "Lancaster has got this job. Judge him on his Six Nations and England's journey. It is a great opportunity. The process has to be questioned. A lot of the best guys did rule themselves out, but in Lancaster we've got somebody who is more than capable. We need now to give him space because we have a tough summer and autumn."

  62. 1347: 
    FORMULA ONE

    HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan has described world champion Sebastian Vettel as a "cry baby" for criticising the Indian driver after the Malaysian Grand Prix. "For a driver who has achieved so much to take out his frustrations on me just because he is having a difficult year is really sad," said Karthikeyan. "One does not expect a professional sportsman to be such a cry baby."

  63. 1351: 
    GET INVOLVED

    At the moment you're all chatting about the appointment of Stuart Lancaster as England's permanent Head Coach...

    Rory Alam on Twitter: "Delighted with the appointment of Stuart Lancaster. The right choice."

    Peter Birmingham on Twitter: "Lancaster had to be given job after decent Six Nations. The issue now is continue the improvement in the squad and unlock creativity in the backs."

    It's easy for you to join in the debate. Get on Twitter and use #bbcsportsday...

  64. 1400: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Wigan and England prop Stuart Fielden, who won 2001, 2003 and 2005 Super League Championships with Bradford, tweets that he is supporting the Bulls' fundraising efforts: "My Bradford Bulls winning 2005 playing shirt and ring are for sale at Thursday's auction. There's a reserve. Contact the club if interested."

  65. 1405: 
    SWIMMING

    Watch GB swimmer and two-time world champion Liam Tancock strut some of his finest ballet moves in training. He says he's doing it to improve his core strength ahead of the Olympics - and he's taken up rock climbing and kickboxing too. #olympicthursday

  66. 1410: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tune in to The Magic of Messi from 2100 BSTon BBC Radio 5 live. Former Barcelona players Gaizka Mendieta and Michael Reiziger share their views on the Argentine genius Lionel Messi who recently broke the Barcelona all time goal-scoring record. His tally for the season is currently 55 goals.

  67. 1413: 
    SNOOKER

    Snooker player Judd Trump, who beat Stuart Bingham 5-3 in the China Open, on Twitter: "Scraped through today bit of a struggle, luck didn't go my way. Hopefully change next game."

  68. 1418: 
    FOOTBALL

    Barcelona have filed a complaint to Uefa about the state of the San Siro pitch during their 0-0 draw with AC Milan in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

  69. 1423: 
    ATHLETICS

    Olympic gold medallist Sally Gunnell has recalled her 1992 400m hurdle triumph during a return visit to the Barcelona stadium. "Just coming back to the stadium, everything from that day comes back to you," said Gunnell. "I can remember the heat that hits you, the smell and the atmosphere. That day changed my life."

  70. 1428: 
    FORMULA 1

    Mercedes are considering taking legal action against preferential terms they believe certain Formula 1 teams will receive under the mooted new Concorde Agreement, plus more in Thursday's F1 gossip.

  71. 1433: 
    CYCLING

    BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Parry has spent time with BMX superstar Shanaze Reade at Manchester's National Cycling Centre. He thinks she's learned her lesson from lying in the dirt at Beijing 2008, watching her hopes of an Olympic gold medal slide out of view. Can she finally grasp a gold at her home Olympics this summer? #olympicthursday

  72. 1439: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Philip Nugent on Twitter: "Think its a bit harsh of Narain Karthikeyan. HRT are affecting race results from the back of the grid and its dangerous."

    Chris Sanders on Twitter: "Narain Karthikeyan is spot on. Vettel well and truly spat his dummy out. Racing incident, get over it."

    Join the debate on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag

  73. 1444: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Huddersfield has been chosen to host the second game of England's International Origin Series with the Exiles this summer. The teams will meet at Langtree Park, St Helens, on Saturday 16 June followed by the game at the Galpharm Stadium on Wednesday 4 July.

  74. 1448: 
    OLYMPICS

    Baseball and softball are planning a joint bid for an Olympic place in 2020 to maximise their chances of a comeback after being dropped in 2005 according to the president of the International Baseball Federation. The two sports are competing with karate, roller sports, sports climbing, squash, wakeboard and the martial art of wushu for a spot in the 2020 Games.

  75. 1453: 
    DIVING

    Which top British diver used to use Tom Daley as a human guinea pig for experimenting with new types of dive? Find out in our latest #olympicthursday feature.

  76. 1458: 
    FORMULA 1

    In his latest blog, BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson takes a look at how Sebastian Vettel reacted to his disappointing performance in the Malaysian Grand Prix. "Betraying his emotions in such an obvious way will be seen by his rivals as a weakness - they will look at it and think he is rattled," says Benson.

  77. 1503: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle's Premier League trip to Chelsea, which was set to take place on 14 April, has been rearranged for Wednesday 2 May because of the Blues' progression to the FA Cup semi-finals.

  78. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL

    Portsmouth's administrator Trevor Birch has said the Championship has become "a scene of carnage" in financial terms as clubs pursue the dream of top-flight football. "The Premier League is one of the most successful exports we have but if you move down the leagues it becomes a bit of a catastrophe," said Birch when speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester.

  79. 1512: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland bossMartin O'Neill admits his side might not have been able to cope had he not dipped into the loan market in January, bringing in Wayne Bridge and Sotirios Kyrgiakos until the end of the season. "I am very pleased that we took them on board and just delighted to have them within the squad because they have made a contribution," said O'Neill. "If we hadn't taken them on, I would have been very concerned."

  80. 1516: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has warned his side, which have won seven straight games, that they cannot afford to switch off as they enter the stage of the season which "matters the most". "We just want to keep our focus on this and not worry about anybody else's results," said Wenger. "We have shown both footballing and mental qualities in recent weeks and now we need to continue our development."

  81. 1520: 

    Tom Sanger on Twitter: "How can Barcelona complain about Milan's pitch. look how bad it was when Arsenal played there and we haven't complained."

    Einfal on Twitter: "Barcelona filing complaint re: state of AC Milan pitch? Think I'm going to file a complaint with #Uefa over quality of yesterday's game."

    Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag

  82. 1525: 
    OLYMPICS

    Want the latest on Team GB ahead of this summer's Olympics? Get to grips with some of the new features at bbc.co.uk/Olympics including previous medal tables, athlete profiles, video diaries, the best of the BBC's programming and interactive comparisons between the top countries' all-time Olympic performances. #olympicthursday

  83. 1530: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scottish Premier League club Inverness have received a cash injection after a \u00a3250,000 shareholding in the club was purchased by the Muirfield Mills consortium.

  84. 1536: 
    CYCLING

    British cyclists Mark Cavendish and Ben Swift are backing Yorkshire's bid to bring the Tour de France to the county in 2016. Cavendish, who won the green jersey last year for being the Tour's best sprinter, said: "My mum is from Yorkshire so I'm proud to be backing the Yorkshire 2016 bid."

  85. 1540: 
    CRICKET

    Paul Horton has scored a half-century as Lancashire beat MCC by six wickets in the Champion County match in Abu Dhabi.

  86. 1548: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wolves manager Terry Connor is weighing up whether to risk key midfielder Karl Henry, who has been out with a hamstring injury, in Saturday's relegation clash with Bolton at Molineux. "It is great to have him back training and Karl has been a really important member," said Connor. "But I'll only pick him if it is right to do."

  87. 1555: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England's new rugby union coach Stuart Lancaster is set to give a press conference at 1600 BST. You can watch it on the BBC Sport website.

  88. 1600: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "I wasn't sure if I was going to be sitting here following the Ireland game, but now I am. The two words that spring to mind are 'honour' and 'privilege'. It's a huge responsibility. It's a very proud day for myself and a family. I've coached now at every level of the game, from the Under 11s to here. But it's not about me - it's about the team, and the connection between the team and the country."

  89. 1603: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "I want there to be pride and a vision, and the vision is to win the World Cup in 2015. I also want to create an environment where the players can play with no fear. I think the players are committed to that. They were fantastic in the Six Nations and we were only eight weeks together. we're all excited about the journey and, personally, from my point of view, I couldn't be happier."

  90. 1605: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference:"This is everything that I've worked towards, in terms of coaching. This is what you strive and aim for. Hopefully this is a shot in the arm for those people who believe in coaching. For me to get to the pinnacle is an unbelievable honour."

  91. 1608: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "In terms of the South Africa tour, we saw with the British and Irish Lions what a challenging tour it is going to be. The most telling point for me was that during the Six Nations, we started looking ahead to the summer and the players at that point knew they would be committed until the end of the South Africa tour. What happens between the domestic season finishing and the South Africa tour is critical in my mind. Players' motivation to go to South Africa has to be right. We have to get the mind-set right. There's a huge mental challenge going on that tour so that's going to be huge for us."

  92. 1610: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "It will get tougher for us, but if we want to be in a position to win in 2015 then we have to take on these challenges. We must want to go there and win. In terms of the development of this group, it will be a great benchmark for us."

  93. 1612: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ian Ritchie, the RFU's new chief executive speaking at he England press conference: "This is one of the biggest jobs in world rugby, we had an excellent selection to choose from. We believe we have made the right one."

  94. 1613: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ian Ritchie, the RFU's new chief executive speaking at he England press conference:"The next series in the autumn is going to be against some very good teams. I think it's right to make the appointment now. There's no advantage other than making the permanent appointment. We need to move on and get things moving in the direction we want."

  95. 1615: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "I'm hugely optimistic and hugely excited. We have to advance from where we are, but we have fantastic foundations in place, both technical and tactical. The players have motivation and a desire. We came from a position after the World Cup where we were struggling to find some sort of direction. We had a debrief the other day, and from that feedback it was all unbelievably positive about our direction. And that was only after eight weeks, which is what gives me that optimism."

  96. 1617: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster speaking at the England press conference: "People are genuinely behind the team because they can see the way the players behave both on the pitch and off it. We've made a great start and now the players understand that connection."

  97. 1618: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ian Ritchie, the RFU's new chief executive speaking at he England press conference:"It's been very interesting to see the support that Stuart [Lancaster] has received and that has had to be a factor which has to be rightly taken into consideration."

  98. 1625: 
    OLYMPICS

    Have a look at BBC Radio 5 live's Steve Parry trying his hand at BMX inside the National Cycling Centre. Reckon you could do any better? Hear more from Steve with British Olympic BMX hopeful Shanaze Reade on 5 live's London Calling, from 1930 GMT. #olympicthursday

  99. 1628: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Dom Wallace on Twitter: "Stuart Lancaster made a great start with England. He got the team playing with passion, discipline and belief. Long may it continue."

    Play with Flair on Twitter: "Stuart Lancaster's appointment is a positive step. He has clearly made an impact in his brief period in charge."

    Have your say on Stuart Lancaster's appointment on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  100. 1633: 
    SNOOKER

    Former world champion Peter Ebdonhas beaten John Higgins 5-4 in the second round of the China Open. That sets up a quarter-final tie with reigning Masters champion Neil Robertson.

  101. 1638: 
    CRICKET

    Ex-captain Michael Vaughan believes England need to freshen up their top order after a 75-run defeat by Sri Lanka extended their losing run to four Tests.

  102. 1643: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford Bulls, who say they need \u00a3500,000 by next Friday in order to avoid the threat of administration, say they are up to \u00a3155,000 thanks to pledges.

  103. 1649: 
    FOOTBALL

    Blackburn boss Steve Kean has backed up his Manchester United counterpart Sir Alex Ferguson in his assertion that the Premier League leaders do not enjoy preferential treatment from referees. "There's been occasions this season where you get a decision and sometimes you don't. I believe they do even themselves out. I've always trusted the total integrity of referees, they can only give a decision the way they see it."

  104. 1654: 
    CRICKET

    Northamptonshire have signed ex-Australia Twenty20 captain Cameron White for this season's Friends Life Twenty20. The big-hitting 28-year-old is expected to be available for the entire tournament after losing his place in Australia's limited overs teams.

  105. 1700: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Nigel Taylor on Twitter: "So glad that the RFU have given Lancaster the chance to continue what he has started, pride and passion is there for all to see."

    James Tweddle on Twitter: "Very pleased to see Stuart Lancaster appointed England Coach. First sensible decision the RFU has made in ages!"

    Get involved on Twitter using the #bbcsportsday hashtag.

  106. 1704: 
    SNOOKER

    Masters champion Neil Roberston on Twitter: "Great to make another quarter final with a very solid performance. Tough game against Peter Ebdon tomorrow night."

  107. 1706: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Bradford and Crawley have been charged over events at the end of the League Two match between the two clubs on Tuesday, the Football Association have confirmed.

  108. 1709: 
    FOOTBALL

    Both Bradford and Crawley have been charged for failing to ensure that their players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour. The clubs have until 1600 BST on 3 April to respond to the charge.

  109. 1714: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crawley's Pablo Mills has been charged with violent conduct for an on-field incident which occurred outside of the jurisdiction of the match officials but was reported to The Football Association. This charge is additional to the dismissal for violent conduct which Mills received after the match.

  110. 1717: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crawley's Kyle McFadzean has been charged with violent conduct for an on-field incident which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. McFadzean has until 1800 BST on 30 March to respond to the charge.

  111. 1721: 
    BOXING

    GB boxing have named their squad for the final Olympic Qualifying event which takes place in Istanbul next month. Performance director Rob McCracken has sprung a surprise at lightweight by omitting podium squad pair Martin Ward and Iain Weaver, opting to pick Sam Maxwell at 60kg instead.

  112. 1726: 
    RALLYING

    Ford's Petter Solberg of Norway is the early leader of the Rally of Portugal after winning the opening stage.

  113. 1731: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ross County have been granted permission to ground share with Inverness if they win promotion to the Scottish Premier League (SPL) next season. County are 14 points clear of Dundee in the first division with seven matches remaining this term, but their Victoria Park falls short of SPL standards.

  114. 1737: 
    SWIMMING

    Big names including Rebecca Adlington, Jo Jackson, Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall will all miss this year's European Championships which take place in Hungary in May. Current double Commonwealth champion James Goddard, Robbie Renwick, Michael Jamieson, Craig Gibbons and Sophie Allen will attend.

  115. 1742: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland head coach Andy Robinson is to continue in the role after meeting Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson.

  116. 1746: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Hull have followed up the capture of England forward Gareth Ellis with the signing of prop or second rower Jay Pitts on a free transfer from Leeds.

  117. 1751: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Former South Africa and Italy coach Nick Mallett has passed on his congratulations to Stuart Lancaster after being beaten to the role of England head coach."I am sure he will continue to build on the good work he has done with the team in the aftermath of a difficult World Cup for them," he said. "I gave it my best shot and was glad to be able to discuss my feelings and philosophy on how I'd have coached the team. With the speculation around the England head coach position now out of the way, I am looking forward to sitting down and looking at other opportunities in the world of rugby.

  118. 1800: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Scottish Football Association says it has adjourned the hearing into whether Rangers owner Craig Whyte has breached disciplinary rules until 17, 18 and 20 April.

  119. 1805: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bolton Wanderers will play their re-arranged Premier League fixture with Aston Villaon 24 April. The original game was postponed following Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest a fortnight ago.

  120. 1810: 

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 BST tonight - former international Matt Dawson on the appointment of Stuart Lancaster as permanent England coach. Director of performance Peter Keen also speaks about UK Sport's long-term plans from 1930 BST: "Half of our total budget is to prepare athletes for Rio. We're playing a more long game than people realise."

  121. 1817: 
    HORSE RACING

    So You Think is emerging as the favourite for Saturday's Dubai World Cup, the world's richest horse race.

  122. 1820: 
    SPORTSDAY

    At 1830 BST you can watch a full round-up of all today's sports news in Sportsday here on BBC Sport Online and on the BBC News Channel. Coming up this evening with Jacqui Oatley, we're at Twickenham to hear from Stuart Lancaster - now officially England Head Coach. Plus Jeremy Guscott's thoughts on the appointment. We'll review England's Test defeat in Sri Lanka, Sir Alex Ferguson responds to Patrick Vieira, and we'll show that Bradford Brawl again after both clubs were charged with failing to control their players.

  123. 1827: 
    LONDON 2012

    BBC Olympic reporter Nick Hope on Twitter: "Only five swimmers who qualified for London 2012 earlier this month will attend the European Championships in Hungary in May. With the Euro's taking place just over two months from the start of the Olympics, most swimmers will focus on their preparations for the games." Those absent will include Rebecca Adlington, Jo Jackson, Liam Tancock and Fran Halsall.

  124. 1835: 
    GYMNASTICS

    2008 Olympic pommel horse bronze medallist Louis Smith remains hopeful of competing in next month's World Cup Series event in China despite fracturing his finger. "The finger's holding up okay as I'm practising my routines and thankfully it doesn't seem to be as bad as I thought," Smith said.

  125. 1840: 
    FOOTBALL

    Silvio Berlusconi is officially AC Milan's president again after he received the board's nomination. The ex-Italian premier was previously Milan president from March, 1986 to December, 2004; then again from June, 2006 to May, 2008.

  126. 1845: 
    FOOTBALL

    Striker Antonio Cassano also trained for the first time with AC Milan since undergoing heart surgery in November.

  127. 1850: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps are disappointed with the Scottish Football Association's decision to postpone disciplinary hearings with club owner Craig Whyte. "The club's legal representatives were ready to make the club's case today," Paul Clark said. "We look forward to making our case at the earliest opportunity."

  128. 1857: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany is gearing up to return from injury on Saturday. He tweeted: "Just had my second training session with the team. If all goes to plan I will be available for the Sunderland game."

  129. 1902: 
    FOOTBALL

    Emmanuel Petit believes the 4-0 Champions League defeat to AC Milan has forced Arsenal's players to grow up. "They have grown up after the humiliation against Milan," the former midfielder told BBC Sport.

  130. 1907: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure says Carlos Tevez is sorry for missing much of the club's season and is determined to finish the season as Premier League champions. "He knew when he came back to the club that he had made a very big mistake, but now everything is over and he is focused on winning the Premier League," the Ivorian told the Manchester Evening News.

  131. 1913: 
    ATHLETICS

    Olympic silver medallist modern pentathlete Heather Fell is busy ahead of London 2012. She tweeted: "A very busy yet fun day. Gym, fence, swim, physio followed by a power walk in big heels to the Amanda Wakely show, it was worth it though."

  132. 1924: 
    FOOTBALL

    Crewe Alexandra defender Adam Dugdale has signed a new two-year contract with the League Two club. "Duggy has developed into a good centre-half but he can learn even more here," boss Steve Davis told BBC Radio Stoke.

  133. 1928: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has taken to Twitter to talk about the release of an anti-corruption report on Friday. He tweeted: "Looking forward to our ExCo meeting. Delighted to see my main ideas for reform in Mark Pieth's report. I hope my ExCo colleagues share my enthusiasm for reform."

  134. 1930: 

    That's it for Thursday's Sportsday Live.Mike Henson will be with you for live commentary as the Europa League resumes. Sportsday Live will return at 0800 BST on Friday.

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