Sportsday - Thursday 17 May

Sportsday Live featured developments in the Liverpool manager's job, Casey Stoner to retire, Lord's Test news, plus more.

17 May 2012 Last updated at 19:04

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  1. 1903: 

    With news that Roberto Martinez is one of several candidates who will be interviewed for the Liverpool manager's job, it's time to close down Sportsday but there will be much more reaction when we return on Friday at 0800 BST.

  2. 1856: 

    Thoughts from Casey Stoner following the 26-year-old's decision to retire from MotoGP at the end of the season. "After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don't have the passion for it and so at this time it's better if I retire now."

  3. 1853: 

    Former Welsh international Robbie Savage questions whether Roberto Martinez has earned the right to take the Liverpool manager's job and you can watch the interview on the BBC website.

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    Andy Hencken on Twitter: "Give Martinez the chance to succeed - same as Hodgson with Eng. Too easy to condemn them before they start. Good luck to both."

    David Clynch on Twitter: "Martinez had Swansea playing like Real Madrid. If he gets Liverpool playing that way, I'll be happy..."

    Matt Volpi on Twitter: "FSG have to go for a big name to justify getting rid of a Liverpool legend. Martinez is a nice guy, good coach but not ready."

  5. 1845: 

    Stuart Broad after his 6-72 against the West Indies at Lord's as England reduce the tourists to 243-9: "It's a very proud day for me and more importantly we're in a great position in the Test match. No-one was expecting 100 all out, we knew it was going to be a long day's cricket, so we had to be patient and we thought seven down at night would be a really good day, so to have them nine down is really pleasing.

  6. 1843: 

    Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard speaks about Kenny Dalglish's departure: "I am very sad to see Kenny leave our club. He is my idol and will always be my idol and I would like to express my thanks and appreciation for what he has done for my career."

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    Kingsley Ashworth on Twitter: "I would be happy with Martinez, yes it is a gamble but everything is in life to some degree! Get behind him!"

    Rob Stott on Twitter: "Martinez has performed wonders at Wigan, worst squad in the league, with no money and an empty stadium - good choice."

    Stuart Lundstrom on Twitter: "Narrowly avoided relegation for the past 2 seasons. Nice guy I am sure - will have massive pressure from day 1 - Hodgson-esque."

  8. 1833: 

    Stumps at Lord's on day one of the first Test and West Indies have finished 243-9, Shiv Chanderpaul unbeaten on 87 from 175 balls, Stuart Broad taking 6-72.

  9. 1826: 

    Not much enthusiasm from Liverpool fans, any happy with the news? Tweet via the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Rob Bennett on Twitter: "I'd remind complaining Liverpool fans that Liverpool finished last season with just 7 more points than Wigan."

    Elliott Samphier on Twitter: "Martinez would be another Roy Hodgson error. He's good with lower-tabled teams not prestigious ones."

    Peter Steele on Twitter: "Martinez is not the right man. I can understand they want young manager but in that case you'd go for AVB surely?"

  10. 1822: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan tells Sky Sports about the latest position regarding his manager Roberto Martinez and the connection with Liverpool. "I was with Roberto when they phoned. I have always said when a big club comes I will give permission and they don't come any bigger than Liverpool. I gave them permission and he will be talking to Liverpool soon. For Wigan he has been a fantastic, superb manager, he'd be a very difficult act to follow but things happen, managers change clubs, you've just got to accept it. I don't know who's interviewing him at Liverpool or Roberto's feelings about Liverpool, I think he's going with an open mind. I'd love to keep Roberto, he's a great manager but unfortunately we may lose him."

  11. 1817: 
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    Mark Smith on Twitter: "I love Liverpool and will back the club 100% but Martinez is not good enough yet."

  12. 1815: 

    Wigan Athletic press officer Ed Jones tells the BBC he cannot comment on speculation that Roberto Martinez has been given permission to speak to Liverpool.

  13. 1759: 

    Stuart Broad captures his fifth wicket with a superb caught and bowled to dismiss Kemar Roach and leave West Indies 231-8 on day one of the first Test with England at Lord's.

  14. 1758: 

    Rounding up the results at the World Match Play Championship in Spain, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell beats Robert Karlsson by one hole and Rafael Cabrera-Bello defeats former world number one Martin Kaymer 3&2.

  15. 1748: 
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    Fahd on Twitter: "Murray is too inconsistent to have a real chance of winning a Grand Slam anytime soon. Would gladly eat my own words though!"

  16. 1743: 

    Stuart Broad may not have dislodged Chanderpaul but he has got Windies skipper Darren Sammy, who is caught in the gully off the leading edge for 17 to leave his side on 219-7.

  17. 1741: 

    Shiv Chanderpaul survives a review for lbw from Stuart Broad - replays confirming Aleem Dar's decision of not out was correct as the ball pitched outside leg-stump - and remains unbeaten on 74 with the West Indies on 218-6 on day one of the first Test with England at Lord's.

  18. 1732: 

    Despite bookmakers making Ole Gunnar Solskjaer favourite to be the new boss of Aston Villa, a source close to the club has told BBC Sport that they have not yet drawn-up a definitive shortlist for the vacancy.

  19. 1729: 

    Next up for Andy Murray will be the French Open starting on 27 May and former world number one Lleyton Hewitt. The 31-year-old Australian, currently ranked 178th, has been granted a wildcard to enter the main draw in Paris.

  20. 1726: 
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    Shimmyrubin on Twitter: "Murray said that the Ivan Lendl partnership would start to work around now. Well it clearly isn't!"


    British Olympic sailor Ben Ainslie on BBC Radio 5 live: "All of my boats have been called Rita. I'll probably use the same boat that I used in the last two Olympics. I must be getting on to about Rita number 15 or 20."

    Listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 5 live from 2000 BST.

  22. 1720: 

    Richard Gasquet, the 16th seed, beats Britain's Andy Murray, seeded four, 6-7 (1-7) 6-3 6-2 in two hours 58 minutes in the third round of the Italian Open.

  23. 1718: 

    West Ham's Jack Collison, who dislocated a shoulder in the play-off semi-final second leg against Cardiff, should be fit for Saturday's final with Blackpool after returning to training today.

  24. 1712: 

    Richard Gasquet breaks serve to lead 4-2 in the deciding set against Andy Murray in the Italian Open.

  25. 1708: 

    BBC Sport's David Ornstein on Twitter: "Van Persie joined the Dutch squad today with no agreement either way on his future. Resolution not expected any time soon."

  26. 1706: 
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    KG on Twitter: "Re: Alex at 1638 silly comparison Carroll has underperformed at a big club. Martinez has excelled at a small one."

  27. 1703: 

    Former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer emerges as the favourite to become the next Aston Villa manager. Solskjaer's odds have plummeted today with bookmakers across the country, coming in to around 6-4 from 25-1.

  28. 1702: 

    There is a comprehensive pictorial and text review of Kenny Dalglish's reign as Liverpool boss now on the Liverpool Echo website.

  29. 1652: 

    Stuart Broad strikes again and Denesh Ramdin is the sixth West Indian batsman to depart on day one at Lord's, caught by Andrew Strauss for six to leave the tourists on 187-6.

  30. 1650: 

    Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel halves his match with Nicolas Colsaerts at the World Match Play Championship in Spain.

  31. 1649: 

    The British Olympic Association officially rescinds the lifetime bans of athletes found guilty of doping offences, leaving Dwain Chambers and David Millar free to compete in the London Games.

  32. 1647: 

    Ben Ainslie needs just two points on the final day of racing tomorrow to seal a record-breaking sixth World Championship title - after winning all three races at the event in Falmouth today. Great Britain are guaranteed gold and silver as 2011 World Champion Ed Wright is the only person who can prevent Ainslie taking the top honour.

  33. 1643: 

    Breakthrough for England at Lord's, Marlon Samuels well caught in the gully by debutant Jonny Bairstow off Stuart Broad for 31 to leave the West Indies 181-5.

  34. 1638: 
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    Alex Larkinson on Twitter: "If Carroll shouldn't go to Euros after a strong last few games, then Martinez shouldn't be next Liverpool manager."

  35. 1636: 

    Swansea cancel the contract of goalkeeper Jose Moreira, who has made only one first-team appearance, by mutual consent.

  36. 1635: 

    World motorcycling champion Casey Stoner, who has won 35 MotoGP races in his career and leads the current standings after winning two of the season's three events, announces he will retire at the end of the season for "family reasons".

  37. 1633: 
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    Some thoughts about what Michael Owen might do next, having been released by Manchester United:

    Rob Stott on Twitter: "That suggestion of Owen managing Liverpool is a joke, he's a bigger Judas than Torres. Hoping for Rafa to come back."

    Paul Robbins on Twitter: "I reckon @themichaelowen would make a good foil for Grant Holt at Norwich? Close to Newmarket too."

    Rich Wrigley on Twitter: "For a newly promoted club Owen could be a great signing, love Saints to sign him as long as we invest in other players too."

  38. 1627: 

    Richard Gasquet takes his third round match at the Italian Open with Britain's Andy Murray to a deciding set after winning the second 6-3 in 41 minutes.

  39. 1617: 

    Lars Bak of Denmark wins the 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia from Seravezza to Sestri Levante. Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez retains the race leader's pink jersey

  40. 1613: 

    Britain's number one showjumper Nick Skelton rides Carlo to victory in the Mercedes Benz Championship at Hamburg's Global Champions Tour event, and the top prize of £28,000.

  41. 1611: 
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    Chris Stocks on Twitter: "Liam at 1507 - sounds more like you can't let go of the 'glory days'"

  42. 1609: 

    Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the 16th seed, is 3-1 up in the second set against Britain's Andy Murray in the Italian Open. Murray leads by one set to love.

  43. 1557: 

    Wales captain Sam Warburton, who has not played since injuring a nerve in his shoulder as Wales clinched the Six Nations Grand Slam against France in Cardiff in mid-March, says he will be fit for the three-Test tour of Australia next month. "We covered some contact today and I had no qualms about it," he says.

  44. 1554: 

    Jamie Carragher has been mentioned a lot today and he has been giving his thoughts on the departure of Kenny Dalglish as Liverpool boss: "I spoke to him just before he was getting on his flight and asked: 'is it Kenny now or gaffer?'. He said 'it is Kenny now' I am sorry to see him go, but that is football. It is a sad day for him, but we respect the owners decision and we have to look forward now. I will be fully committed to whoever the manager is."

  45. 1552: 

    Fulham activate a clause in midfielder Mahamadou Diarra's contract and the former Real Madrid and Monaco player will stay at Craven Cottage for another season.

  46. 1546: 

    Andy Murray takes that tie-break 7-1 to claim the first set in his third round match against Richard Gasquet at the Italian Open.

  47. 1545: 

    Tea at Lord's on day one of the first Test and West Indies are 146-4, with the obdurate Shiv Chanderpaul unbeaten on 42. England turned to Jonathan Trott with the ball just before the interval but Chanderpaul extended his fifth-wicket stand with Marlon Samuels to 46 from 18 overs.

  48. 1541: 

    The first set of Andy Murray's match with Richard Gasquet at the Italian Open goes to a tie-break.

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    Edward Beattie on Twitter: is not so keen on the idea of Liverpool's past and present reuniting: "Re: Liam Hadley @ 1507 - Benitez? Carragher?? Owen??? How more backwards can you get???"

  50. 1535: 

    Paul Lawrie and Sergio Garcia complete 2&1 victories over Peter Hanson and Alvaro Quiros respectively at the World Match Playin Spain, while Justin Rose hands fellow Englishman Robert Rock a 'dog licence,' to use to old golfing term, winning 7&6.

  51. 1532: 

    The BBC has extended its contract to screen the Great North Run series until 2018. You can watch this year's Great Manchester Run on Sunday on BBC Two at 10:00 BST.

  52. 1524: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic explaining the smashing of his racquet after losing the first set to Juan Monaco of Argentina before completing a 4-6 6-2 6-3 win at the Italian Open: "I hope the children watching don't do that! But I show my emotions out there. That's who I am. I struggled with the wind today and I was a bit defensive and passive in the first set but once I was more direct I started to play much better."

  53. 1507: 
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    Liam Hadley on Twitter: "Appoint Benitez as boss (Been there done it) + Carragher as no.2 (Tactical Prowess) + Owen as Player/Coach = Hello Glory Days."

  54. 1503: 

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre insists owners Fenway Sports Group are taking the advice of "pre-eminent people in football" in their quest to find the right man to replace Kenny Dalglish.

  55. 1502: 
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    Hugh Jameson on Twitter: "LFC fans must be delirious to think they can get a 'top' manager. Barely a top-half club nowadays. Martinez a good fit imo."

  56. 1459: 

    Wigan forward Victor Moses, who has represented England at youth level, is named amongst 11 overseas-based players in Nigeria's squad for World Cup and African Cup of Nations qualifiers next month.

  57. 1457: 

    Didier Drogba is thought by some to be an expert in theatrical moments. Now the Chelsea striker is the subject of a comedy sketch for a programme on BBC Three.

  58. 1452: 

    Victories for defending champion Ian Poulter, a 3&2 winner over Australian John Senden, and Brandt Snedeker, 5&4 against Thomas Bjorn, in the World Match Play Championship in Spain.

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    Tony Mortby on Twitter in response to a suggestion of Michael Owen as Liverpool player-boss: "Re. Zubair Kaka. And heard it there last. Ridiculous speculation."

  60. 1448: 

    Inverness goalkeeper Ryan Esson signs a new two-year contract.

  61. 1445: 

    Olympic champion Ben Ainslie is dominating at the Finn World Cup - the world championship for the Finn class - in Falmouth, and is closing in on the world title after winning his second race of the day, with one to come. Follow TeamGBR on Twitter for the latest updates. #olympicthursday

  62. 1443: 

    Shiv Chanderpaul successfully reviews an lbw decision after Jimmy Anderson swings a delivery in and remains 15 not out, with the West Indies 105-4 at Lord's.

  63. 1442: 

    Rangers fans could push ahead with plans to boycott away matches after the clublost its appeal against sanctions imposed by the Scottish Football Association's judicial panel. Andy Kerr, president of the Rangers Supporters Assembly, said: "There will definitely be a call not to support away matches because that is directly impacting on the other clubs and they are member clubs of the SFA."


    Another bumper night of sports programmes on BBC Radio 5 live. There will be a look ahead to Saturday's Champions League final between Chelsea and Bayern Munich from 1900 BST. That will be followed by a Track and Field special featuring United States Olympic champion Sanya Richards-Ross and British Olympic hopefuls Ben Ainslie and Jessica Ennis. To round off the evening, there's a boxing special that includes an exclusive interview with Lamont Peterson.

    On sports extra there's live football at Plainmoor from 1930 BST as Torquay take on Cheltenham in the League Twoplay-off semi final second leg.

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    Some perhaps idealistic mentions of Liverpool players past and present taking charge as player-boss, just as Kenny Dalglish successfully did in the mid 1980s.

    Leon Fraser on Twitter: "How about Carragher as next LFC manager, good football brain and will have the respect of players and fans."

    Zubair Kaka on Twitter: "Rumour has it that Liverpool are to sign Owen as player manager. You heard it here first!"

  66. 1431: 

    One over later and Darren Bravo departs, run out for 29, and the West Indies are 100-4 at Lord's.


    British Olympic heptathlete Jessica Ennis: "I have nerves, but it's more performance-related. I don't think about letting people down because that's quite scary."

    Listen to the full interview on BBC Radio 5 live's Track and Field show from 2000 BST.

  68. 1429: 

    Graeme Swann drops Darren Bravo on 29 off Jimmy Anderson and West Indies remain on 100-3. You can follow the text commentary on the BBC website where you will also find the link to the BBC 5 live sports extra live commentary with Test Match Special.

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    Keep your suggestions for the new manager of Liverpool coming in via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday Not sure how serious some of them are.

    Fergal on Twitter: "Tony Pulis for Liverpool? Delap to Carroll ought to be a fruitful source of goals. A quality RB like Hibbert would be great!"

    Dan Young on Twitter: "Either AVB or benitez for LFC, benitez as he knows the club or AVB because he likes youth and attacking/stylish football."

    Ron Taylor on Twitter: "Ian Holloway is the man for the job at Liverpool FC."

  70. 1416: 

    Saracens, defeated by Leicester in the Premiership semi-finals last weekend, announce that they will play a pair of pre-season friendies against Argentinean side La Plata on a tour of South America beginning on 13 August. They will also take on French side Stade Francais at the Honourable Artillery Company in central London on 23 August.

  71. 1409: 

    Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis says the fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora on 14 July is in "poor taste".

    Chisora's licence to fight was withdrawn by the British Boxing Board of Control after he brawled with Haye at a press conference following the former's defeat by Vitali Klitschko in February.

    "Should they be allowed to fight? Sure - but only when the time is right, when the disciplinary process has run its course," added Lewis in the Daily Mirror.

  72. 1359: 

    England bowler Stuart Broad takes his first wicket of the day at Lord's, dismissing Adrian Barath for 42 via a smart slip catch from James Anderson. The West Indies are now 86-3 with Shiv Chanderpaul the next batsman in.

    You can follow the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  73. 1355: 

    Your suggestions for the next man to step into the Anfield home dug-out as manager as still coming in on #bbcsportsday.

    Ed Fowler on Twitter: "I really think Frank would be the "right card" to play!"

    Raees van der Schyff on Twitter: "How about Capello at Anfield? Maybe he can show Hodgson how its done."

    Nick Rose on Twitter: "I think Liverpool should go for Marcelo Biesla, hugely innovative and regarded by Guardiola as the best in the business."

  74. 1342: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic recovers from the loss of the opening set to see off Argentina's Juan Monaco 4-6 6-2 6-3 and advance to the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters. Seventh seed Tomas Berdych overcomes Spain's Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to join the Serb in the last eight.

  75. 1338: 

    Peter Elliott has challenged Great Britain's male middle-distance runners to end the 24-year wait for a global championship medal in London. "If we can get that medal hopefully it can bring the next generation through," the 1988 1500m silver medallist told BBC Sport.#olympicthursday

  76. 1325: 

    Michael Owen says he will continue in football despite not being offered a new contract with Manchester United, but insists it will not be in England's second tier.

    "The Championship is not an option. I'd like to think I haven't lost the ability to score goals and play at the highest level," he told Sky Sports News.

    "If I'm not going to play in the Premier League I may look further afield.

    "I still feel good and even though I've had a few injuries, I don't wake up with sore joints."

  77. 1318: 

    The West Indies recover from the loss of two early wickets to finish 83-2 at lunch on the first day of the first Test against England at Lord's.

    Live text commentary will resume on BBC Sport shortly before the start of the day's second session.

  78. 1313: 

    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez on Twitter: "Kenny thank you very much for all your help and things I learned from you during 1 year and a half! A big hug and good luck!"

  79. 1309: 

    George Foremantells BBC Sport how Olympic glory in 1968 saved him from the depths of despair. "I said to myself, 'I'm going to do something in my life, I'm not a thief.'" #olympicthursday

  80. 1307: 

    Your thoughts on Kenny Dalglish's successor at Anfield are still coming in on Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Asif Abed on Twitter: "I would not mind Rafa Benitez back at LFC. Do NOT want AVB or Martinez. Need a proven Manager who can handle pressure."

    James Barry on Twitter: "The fact that the media are completely blanking Rafa shows their fear of him reinstating Liverpool as a top team. Pathetic."

    Prince Nnaji on Twitter: "Villas-Boas to Liverpool! I think that's actually where he should have gone to in the first place. Watch him there prove himself."

  81. 1258: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic pulls level at 4-6 6-2 in his third-round match against Juan Monaco at the Rome Masters. Elsewhere Spain's David Ferrer sweeps through the first set 6-0 against Gilles Simon.

    Live scores from the event are on the tournament website.

  82. 1254: 

    Alex McLeish says his only regret about leaving Aston Villa after his sacking on Monday is that he was "to achieve more for the supporters and their high expectations".

    "I was truly honoured to have been given the opportunity to manage the club, which plays such an important part in the fabric of the local community and to its worldwide fan base," he added in a statement released on his behalf by the League Managers Association.

  83. 1250: 

    Olympic 400m champion LaShawn Merritt is determined to put the controversy of his doping ban behind him. "I didn't do anything wrong, I didn't intentionally do anything to cheat," the American told BBC Sport. "I knew I was a great athlete and that when I was able to run again that wouldn't change." #olympicthursday

  84. 1245: 

    Manchester United's increased income from sponsorship deals have partially offset the loss in revenue from the club's early exit from the Champions League according to the latest accounts from Old Trafford.

    United's quarterly results show that revenues dropped in the three months ending 31 March by £4.4million from 2011, £70.8m compared to £75.2m, but that drop would have been greater without an extra £3.5m from sponsors.

  85. 1233: 

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere suffers a set-back in his long recovery from injury as a long-standing problem with his patella tendon in his left knee has flared up according to the club's official website.

    The 20-year-old midfielder will travel to Sweden for minor surgery to correct the problem.

    It is not expected to significantly delay his comeback from a right ankle injury that ruled him out of the whole of last season.

  86. 1227: 

    After club legend Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Liverpool manager yesterday, you have been having your say on who his successor at Anfield should be.

    Kev Hegarty on Twitter: "Rodgers, Martinez & Lambert are good managers but Liverpool need a great one to move forward. Hope they sign someone on soon."

    Kate Golding on Twitter: "Klopp for Kop."

    Ben Clarkson on Twitter ": "Liverpool play more stylish football and youth is being worked into the team already, two things AVB tried and failed to do at Chelsea."

    You can join in the discussion via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  87. 1217: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic loses the first set of his third round match against Argentina's Juan Monaco 6-4 at the Rome Masters. Earlier in the day Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova progressed from the same stage of the women's draw with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

    Live scores from all the matches are available from the tournament's official website.

  88. 1210: 

    Test Match Special's Alison Mitchell on Twitter: "Been looking forward to watching Darren Bravo bat - cousin of Brian Lara and possessing many of Lara's mannerisms at the crease."

  89. 1208: 

    England paceman James Anderson takes a second wicket to reduce the West Indies to 32-2 and send Kirk Edwards back to the pavillion with just a single run to his name.

    You can follow the tourists' first innings on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  90. 1201: 

    Northampton director of rugby Jim Mallinder signs a new contract to keep him at Franklin's Gardens until at least 2015 according to the club's website.

    "Jim signing is terrific news for the club and underpins our aspirations for the future. As we see so often in sports across the world having continuity of management is crucial in a club's long-term success, and this is exactly what Jim brings to the Saints," said chairman Leon Barwell.

  91. 1157: 

    Your thoughts on Michael Owen's career, both past and future, are continuing to come in via #bbcsportsday on Twitter following the news that the 32-year-old has not been offered a new contract by Manchester United.

    Jason Egan on Twitter: "Despite what people say, I think Owen could still cut it in the Premier League, not for a top team though. Natural Goalscorer."

    Reshad Sergeant on Twitter: "Owen played well for United when given the chance. Would be at the Euros if he'd searched for regular football last summer.

    Vincent O'Rourke on Twitter: "Owen is too injury prone and out of experience to be of real help to a mid table club, might as well go to Qatar now."

    John Roberts on Twitter: "Owen to Saints would be perfect. Lambert's touch and ability combined with Owen's movement and finishing would be deadly."

  92. 1148: 

    Fly-half Steven Shingler is focusing on his performances for club London Irish in the wake of the International Rugby Board's ruling that he is committed to playing for Wales at international level.

    Shingler turned out for Wales Under-20s against France in November 2011, but was initially named in Scotland's squad for the 2012 Six Nations, believing that he qualified for Andy Robinson's side through his Dumfries-born mother.

    "My aim now is to play well for Irish next season and to be the best player that I can be," he said.

    "If my form is good enough to enable me to play international rugby in the future, then that will be great, but that decision will be out of my hands."

  93. 1141: 

    England have made a breakthrough in the first Test against the West Indies at Lord's with James Anderson clean bowling opener Kieran Powell.

    The tourists are currently 17-1. You can follow the action on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

  94. 1138: 

    Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre denies it was a mistake to give Kenny Dalglish the manager's job on a permanent basis despite relieving him of his duties just one year into his three-year contract.

    "He really was the catalyst to everything we have now to go forward. He was the person who galvanised everyone around such a difficult time, he brought people together, he brought the club, the fans and the players together," Ayre told the club's website.

  95. 1129: 

    Frankel will face a maximum of six rivals when he makes his highly-anticipated seasonal debut in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

    Trainer Sir Henry Cecil's unbeaten colt had been feared to have run his final race, but has overcome a leg injury to take his place in the mile race.

    "We're obviously going to start at a mile. It's a question mark at Ascot whether we'd go a mile or a mile and a quarter. Maybe he will stay at a mile. He will step up later in the year, I'm sure," Cecil told Newbury racecourse's official website.

  96. 1123: 

    Hearts manager Paulo Sergio says he has already selected his team for Saturday's Scottish Cup final against Hibernian, but is leaving a place free for striker Craig Beattie. "We're going to see and take a decision if he is fit enough to deserve to be in the squad," he said.

  97. 1110: 

    Portugal's Pedro Proenca is to referee the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Chelsea.

  98. 1104: 

    St Mirren confirm the departures of Dutch duo Jeroen Tesselaar and NigelHasselbaink.Both were offered new deals to remain at the Paisley club but have rejected them.

  99. 1101: 

    Frank Rijkaard's agent Perry Overeem discusses the vacant Liverpool job with BBC Sport, saying: "Frank has a contract with the Saudi Arabia national side for the next one and a half years - and he has every intention of seeing the contract out."


    You've been pondering what could have been for Michael Owen. Join the debate via #bbcsportsday...

    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "A shame for Owen really. If he'd have left a year or so earlier, he would have a long list of clubs vying for his ability."

    Paul Boardman on Twitter: "Michael Owen, the player that time forgot. Made some horrific career choices. Could have been a legend, but isn't."

  101. 1050: 

    Jenson Button admits to being more concerned about his lack of pace at present than the errors being made by McLaren. Button could only finish ninth in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, a place and seven seconds behind team-mate Lewis Hamilton. Button says: "It was a tough weekend, especially on Sunday. Even if qualifying doesn't go well, normally we can get some good points in the race, but I couldn't look after my tyres and I didn't have any pace."


    News of Michael Owen's departure from Manchester United has led to positive, mixed and negative comments...

    Rhys Hopkins on Twitter: "Fantastic attitude towards United - never moaned and scored a winner vs City! Thank you Michael Owen and good luck!"

    Steve Sant on Twitter: "Owen, if not too distracted by his horses, would make a massive impact at a mid-table club."

    Jamie Hardesty on Twitter: "Recording its lowest temperature for three years, Manchester United's 'bench' declined to comment on recent club departures."

    Simon Jupp on Twitter: "Michael Owen, what a flop."

  103. 1036: 

    England win the toss and will bowl in the first Test againstWest Indies. You can follow events as they unfold on the BBC Sport website with Sam Sheringham's live text commentary.

  104. 1030: 

    Elodie Clouvel admits she hated swimming and used to be scared of horses - but is now targeting a modern pentathlon medal at London 2012. The 23-year-old says: "I was going to the swimming pool with a heavy heart. Now that feeling is gone. I was so scared the first time I rode a horse. I would cry, pretend I had stomach pains so I could avoid riding. It took me two years to overcome the fear. But now I can ride any horse."


    There is much support for the idea of Andre Villas-Boas going to Liverpool - you can join our debate via #bbcsportsday. But not everyone agrees...

    Sam Pearce on Twitter: "I hear that Liverpool are calling for Andre Villas-Boas. The man has no man-management skills at all. Not the man if you want change."


    Manchester City's Carlos Tevez says he will not apologise to Sir Alex Ferguson over the 'RIP Fergie' sign he held at the Premier League title parade...

    Sam Cooper on Twitter: "Tevez would do well just to keep his head down and play football."

  107. 1015: 

    The Football League releases attendance figures and the Championship retains its place as the fourth most-watched league in Europe - in terms of total crowds - with an audience of more than 9.9m fans. But the Premier League will be disapppointed that they are second on that list with 13.1m behind Germany's Bundesliga on 13.9m.

  108. 1009: 

    Former England striker Michael Owen reveals on Twitter that he is leaving Manchester United: "The manager informed me after our testimonial match on Tuesday that the club would not be offering me a new contract. I have loved every minute of the three years I have spent at such a fantastic club. I would like to thank the players, staff and fans for their support and wish them well for the future. I now plan to have a short holiday during which I will contemplate my next move."


    There's support for Andre Villas-Boas as Liverpool search for a new manager...

    Tom Barbieri on Twitter: "Andre Villas-Boas - give him a chance and money and watch him prove himself. You don't go a whole season unbeaten without being a talented manager."

    Paul Maley on Twitter: "I would be more than happy with Andre Villas-Boas as the new Liverpool manager. He did good things at Porto and was undermined by senior Chelsea players."

  110. 1002: 

    More than 16 million people have watched matches in the Football League for the eighth consecutive season - with crowds increasing by 1.5% during 2011/12. Football League chairman Greg Clarke says: "It is hugely encouraging to see football league crowds rising given the increasingly tough economic conditions being faced by many supporters."

  111. 1000: 

    Tottenham's Steven Pienaar is named as captain of South Africa's 26-man squad for 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana during June.

  112. 0957: 

    There will be no pressure to pick David Beckham for London 2012 for non-football reasons says Hugh Robertson, the sports and Olympics minister. He says: "You can't have, in that highly competitive environment, a sentimental moment and pick somebody because it would be nice for the front page of the newspapers. It is just not the way this process works any more."


    Mark Wells on Twitter: "My personal preference would be Frank Rijkaard for the Liverpool job. He turned Barca around before Pep."

    Tom Llewellyn-Lloyd on Twitter: "It doesn't matter who you have as manager if Stewart Downing can't manage a single assist or goal all season in the Premier League."

    Steve Bland on Twitter: "FSG fancied Andre Villas-Boas before Kenny came. Liverpool don't have the same old, powerful clique as Chelsea so he would fit the bill perfectly."

  114. 0942: 

    Ospreys wing Hanno Dirksen agrees a new two-year contract with the Welsh region. The club's head coach Steve Tandy says: "Hanno has enjoyed a great season and has really shown what a talent he is."

  115. 0935: 

    Regarding Liverpool's American owners, Kenny Dalglish tells the Liverpool Echo: "I would hope nobody would prejudge things now. The owners have their own reasons for doing what they have done. They came in to help the club at a time when it wasn't in a great condition. They have improved it, taken it forward and are doing the best they can."

  116. 0935: 

    Kenny Dalglish speaks to the Liverpool Echo about his departure, saying: "What Liverpool FC deserves and the supporters deserve is far more important than me."

  117. 0930: 

    Barcelona are setting up a football school in India with the aim of training 10,000 youngsters in the next three years. Club training director Xevi Marce says: "With this initiative, we will provide the depth and the quality needed to develop coaches and players from a very young age."


    Simon Harkins on Twitter: "There's no better day than the first Test match of the summer at Lord's... Let us banish those winter woes today."

  119. 0924: 

    Olympic champion Nicole Cooke and British champion Lizzie Armitstead speak to BBC Sport about the battle to lead GB's road cycling team in London this summer. "I think I'm the fastest of the British girls," says Armitstead. "You need a rider that can climb, a rider that can sprint and a rider that has the tactical awareness," says Cooke. #olympicthursday


    James Reid on Twitter: "I'd love Andre Villas-Boas to get the job. Give him time and some money. If we could get a director of football above him with experience, it'd be perfect!"

  121. 0910: 

    Britain's Nicola Adams is through to tomorrow's semi-finals of the World Championships after a shock victory against five-time world champion Mary Kom of India, who said: "I gave it my best but I still lost." Adams faces Russia's Yelena Savelyeva.

  122. 0903: 

    BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat have been asking Liverpool fans who they think should replace sacked manager Kenny Dalglish. You can see the results on Newsbeat's website.

  123. 0900: 

    West Indies legend Colin Croft remains upbeat about their prospects ahead of facing England. He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "West Indies have been competitive against Australia, pushing them to the end of both Tests that they lost."


    So what do Liverpool need to do, now that Kenny Dalglish has gone? Here are some of your thoughts...

    Lee Donald on Twitter: "Rodgers, Martinez and Lambert are good managers but Liverpool needs a great one. One who is proven at the top level."

    Nathan Payne on Twitter: "I'd love Liverpool to get a big name director of football like Cruyff, and work with him on who to appoint."

  125. 0851: 

    Australia coach Robbie Deans expects a highly-motivated Scotland side when they play next month. Deans' Wallabies are hosting their Scottish counterparts in Newcastle on 5 June and he says: "While Scotland is coming off a disappointing Six Nations, they are a team that has traditionally punched above their weight internationally, especially when under-rated."

  126. 0842: 

    The England v West Indies Test series starts today and there are some treats for cricket fans on the BBC Sport website. There are clips of West Indies legends such as Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall and Brian Lara from the archive.


    Jack Willows on Twitter: "Brendan Rodgers deserves the Liverpool job more than anyone, but does he want to risk damaging his CV? Thats my question."

  128. 0839: 

    Cameroon great Roger Milla is removed as honorary president of the country's football federation after criticism of top officials.

  129. 0835: 

    You can download the latest edition of the 5 live Football Daily where Ian Payne discusses the sacking of Kenny Dalglish and the England squad for 2012, with BBC pundits Mark Lawrenson, Chris Waddle, Martin Keown and Alan Shearer, plus BBC broadcasters Mike Ingham and Ian Dennis.

    Ian Payne has also been looking ahead to Saturday's Champions League Final with former players Pat Nevin, Moritz Voltz and Tony Woodcock.

  130. 0824: 

    Discussing how Kenny Dalglish handled Luis Suarez's problems, former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton tells BBC Radio 5 live: "If he had his time again, he would do things differently. But at the time he thought he'd back the player. I don't think the people behind the scenes gave him the right information."

  131. 0821: 

    Former Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton discusses the club's managerial situation on BBC Radio 5 live. Houghton says: "I think that is Kenny Dalglish's last football job. He probably thought he had unfinished business. But we know how ruthless football can be. We've sold our souls to the Champions League. Finishing in the top four means more than trophies."

  132. 0818: 

    Another big name is on his way to China as World Cup-winning coach Marcelo Lippi is signed up to manage Guangzhou Evergrande.

  133. 0805: 

    Liverpool's search to replace sacked manager Kenny Dalglish remains high on the agenda this morning.

    Do you think bookies' favourite Andre Villas-Boas deserves a chance? Is Brendan Rodgers ready to step up? Tweet us your views via #bbcsportsday

  134. 0800: 

    Good morning everybody and welcome to Sportsday Live. Here are three stories from this morning's gossip column...

    Manchester United are ready to match Manchester City's bid for Arsenal captain Robin van Persie. (Daily Mirror)

    Juventus have curtailed their interest in Van Persie, preferring to avoid a bidding war with Manchester City and concentrate their efforts on luring Napoli forward Edison Cavani. (Metro)

    Manchester City are preparing to kick off their summer spending spree by activating the £28.7m release clause in the contract of 27-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Fernando Llorente. (talkSPORT)

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