Sportsday - Thursday 4 October as it happened

Schumacher retirement reaction, England call up Shawcross and Forster, plus all the breaking sports stories.

4 October 2012 Last updated at 17:00

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  1. 1700: 

    That is all from Sportsday for today, as we make way for the live coverage of tonight's Europa League matches with Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham all in action. You can also keep up to date with the World T20 with the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp will be interviewed in tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST. Spurs are in Europa League action at 18:00 BST and there will be news of their match in Greece against Panathinaikos, plus we have reporters at Liverpool-Udinese and Newcastle-Bordeaux, both of which start at 20:05 BST.

    There will also be a swimming review featuring James Goddard, Karen Pickering and Keri-Anne Payne plus interviews with Mark Spitz and Rebecca Adlington, and there is rugby league too, with a preview of Saturday's Super League Grand Final.

  3. 1650: 
    ATHLETICS

    Sir Clive Woodward is to step down from his role as director of sport at the British Olympic Association.

  4. 1644: 
    TENNIS

    Petra Kvitova will defend her WTA Championships title after becoming one of three more players to qualify for next month's tournament. The Czech beat Belarusian Victoria Azarenka to win the end-of-season tournament last year and has now sealed her place in the Istanbul tour finale. Germany's Angelique Kerber and Italy's Sara Errani have also ensured their invitation to the event.

  5. 1638: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Scottish Football Association judicial panel delivers a verdict of not proven after Rangers chief executive Charles Green was accused of two charges of bringing the game into disrepute and failing to act in the best interest of football.

  6. 1630: 
    FOOTBALL

    France coach Didier Deschamps felt it was not "the right time" to recall Samir Nasri even though the Manchester City midfielder has completed his three-match suspension. Nasri was handed the sanction by the French Football Federation for abusing a journalist at Euro 2012, but was expected to return to the squad for the friendly against Japan and the crucial World Cup qualifier against Spain later this month.

  7. 1623: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Bishop has had his loan at Wrexham cut short after being recalled by Bury. Kevin Blackwell took over as Shakers manager last week and wants to assess his full squad options. Bishop, 29, is expected to go straight into Bury's squad as the League One strugglers seek their first win of the season at home to Swindon on Saturday.

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    GET INVOLVED

    David Cunningham on Twitter: "About time @Aaron7Lennon got back in the #England squad. Long overdue recall."

    Jon Carter on Twitter: "Forget Baines and Cole. It should be Kieran Gibbs for England. He has been one of Arsenal's best players this season."

    Freddie Cameron on Twitter: "As much as I admire Shelvey as a Charlton fan, he a little more experience and to find his best position before he's ready."

  9. 1602: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka set Pakistan a target of 140 from their 20 overs in the World T20 semi-final. The hosts lost just four wickets on their way to 139 with Mahela Jayawardene top scoring with 42. You can follow the whole of the Pakistan innings with our live text commentary.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    More from the Rebecca Adlington interview in tonight's 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST in which she discusses her future: "I know that I probably wouldn't do another Olympics, that is something that is a little bit too out of reach. The amount of work a distance swimmer has to put in, you can't do it physically and mentally, you get to a point where you burn out.

    "The Commonwealths in Glasgow is such an amazing opportunity, it's another home crowd, I love the Commonwealth Games, it's such a nice atmosphere, it's the friendly games. I was so honoured when they asked me to be an ambassador so that's definitely there, but at the same time if I don't compete there I am still an ambassador and I still want to be part of swimming and help."

  11. 1550: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan take two quick wickets against Sri Lanka to leave the hosts 123-4 from 19 overs. You can still keep up to date with all the action with our live text commentary.

  12. 1540: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading boss Brian McDermott says he has been told that the Royals have been on the wrong end of key refereeing decisions this season because his players do not appeal enough. "My concern slightly, or more than slightly," he said "is the conversations with two people now; the match delegate at the Chelsea game said that my players didn't appeal for the (Fernando) Torres offside goal, and the fourth official said to my goalkeeping coach that only two of my players appealed (against Newcastle)."

  13. 1531: 
    CRICKET

    Pakistan take their second wicket against Sri Lanka in the Word T20 semi-final. Tillakaratne Dilsham caught off the bowling of Mohammad Hafeez for 18 to leave the hosts 87-2 from 13.4 overs . You can keep up to date with all the action with our live text commentary.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    An extract from the Rebecca Adlington interview you can hear in tonight's swimming review in 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST in which she talks about a range of subjects, including the London Olympics. "Sport changes all the time and that's what makes it so interesting, the fact that nobody wins all the time, obviously there are exceptions with Phelps, but not everyone's a Phelps. My disappointment was the time, I'd never be disappointed with a bronze medal, but I'd swum faster the whole year and it's hard I swam the slowest time of the whole year at the biggest competition of my life."

  15. 1515: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka finally lose their first wicket in their World T20 semi-final with Pakistan, Mahela Jayawardene out for 42. They currently stand at 68-1 off 11 overs. You can follow all the action with the live text commentary on the website.

  16. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL

    Preston manager Graham Westley says he is "sick to death" of his teams constantly being accused of "dark arts" to gain an advantage over opponents. Westley has defended his players after two were accused of making the most of injuries to waste time in the 3-1 win at Doncaster on Tuesday.

    "Our re-emergence is starting to frighten people, for sure," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. They won the game because they work hard on the training ground. It beggars belief that this nonsense actually gets listened to and I'm sick to death of it. Because you're winning, you're guilty of dark arts."

  17.  
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    The latest England squad has got a lot of you talking on Twitter, you can join the debate #bbcsportsday

    Ben Barton on Twitter: "Surely Jonjo Shelvey deserves a call-up to the senior squad? Stood out for LFC this season and playing better than Cleverley."

    Jack McLeod on Twitter: "About time Shawcross and Forster got an England shout. Was gutted he left #Nufc"

    Chris Schofield on Twitter: "Finally Ryan Shawcross gets an England call up! Future England CAPTAIN!!!! England finally looking youthful and promising!"

  18. 1453: 
    ATHLETICS

    Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis is named the women's European athlete of 2012. Ennis fell narrowly short of the 7,000 point barrier when she won gold at London 2012. She finished with 6,955 points and became only the second woman to score more than 6,900 points twice in the same year after American world record holder Jackie Joyner-Kersee in 1988.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    More about the swimming review on tonight's 5 live Sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 1900 BST. Karen Pickering, Keri-Anne Payne and James Goddard assess the swimming year, you'll hear from legendary Olympian Mark Spitz, Rebecca Adlington discusses her plans for the future, British swimming chief executive David Sparkes will talk about Team GB's performance at London 2012 and there's an exclusive interview with 15-year-old Lithuanian gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte.

  20. 1437: 
    WINTER OLYMPICS

    Former British slalom skiing champion Noel Baxter admits defeat in his bid to reach the 2014 Sochi Games and retires from the sport after struggling with both funding and injuries. The two-time Olympian who confessed that he has reached a point where he could "no longer afford" to make it through the current season. "I believe I got close to my potential, although I would have loved to be better and bash out a few top 10's when they were well within my grasp," said Baxter.

  21. 1429: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers and Celtic are kept apart in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final draw as both are handed a home draw. Rangers will face Inverness at Ibrox after beating Motherwell 2-0 in the third round, while Celtic will face St Johnstone, who beat them in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League last month.

  22. 1423: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Former BBC Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker on whether Michael Schumacher was the greatest Formula 1 driver of all time: "It is so difficult to compare drivers from one generation with another. But he is certainly in the top five, and rightly so.

    "What he did in the years between 1994, when he first won the championship with Benetton, and 2006 when he retired from Ferrari was unique in the history of the sport. It is that for which he should be remembered."

  23. 1416: 
    CRICKET

    Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bat in their World T20 cricket semi-final with Pakistan. You can follow all the action with our live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  24. 1408: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hodgson added: "I didn't say Rio's career was over. I might have admitted, foolishly I guess, and I only have myself to blame, that I wasn't going to choose him in this squad.

    "I am just disappointed this could be seen as a lack of respect to Rio which is something I would shy away from. I have the utmost respect for him, as a person and a player."

  25. 1400: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roy Hodgson has apologised to Rio Ferdinand after discussing the defender's England future with London Underground passengers.The England coach admitted he told commuters that the Manchester United defender would not be in his latest squad, a day before it was announced. But he denied he said that Ferdinand's England career was over. Hodgson said: "I'm disappointed that a story like that came out and I apologise to him."

  26. 1356: 
    FOOTBALL

    France manager Didier Deschamps says Arsene Wenger should leave the job of selecting the national team to him, after the Arsenal manager stated that Abou Diaby should not have been picked for the international matches against Finland and Belarus.

    "I want to remind him that I am the only one to decide who will be picked and how long those who are picked will play." Deschamps says.

  27.   
    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about 5 live Sport with Eleanor Oldroyd from 1900 BST.

    There will be news of the Europa League matches involving Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle, an extensive swimming review featuring Karen Pickering and Kerri-Anne Payne, and George Riley previews Saturday's Super League Grand Final, joined in the studio by Richie Mathers and Stefan Ratchford.

  28. 1350: 
    BASKETBALL

    The Detroit Pistons and the New York Knicks will play the third regular season game to take place in London at the 02 Arena on January 17 2013. The game follows the two matches in March 2011 between the Toronto Raptors and the New Jersey Nets.

    "Playing our third regular-season game in the city in three years and having historic franchises like the Knicks and Pistons serve as our ambassadors provide extraordinary opportunities to further the game's growth and development in the UK and throughout Europe," NBA Commissioner David Stern says.

  29. 1345: 
    FORMULA 1

    Former BBC Formula 1 commentator Murray Walker on Michael Schumacher's retirement: "Sadly the Mercedes car has not been good enough to show the talent that he has got.

    "I am very glad that he is stopping because he has got through without any trouble. Literally, Anno Domini has got to him. We all have to stop sometimes, but he has left so very many wonderful memories for us."

  30. 1339: 
    FORMULA 1

    McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton says it was a privilege to race against Michael Schumacher, who will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season.

    "He has contributed so much to the sport, achieved an incredible amount and it is surreal to think I was waking up each second Sunday, watching the start of races or going downstairs, having a bacon sarnie and watching the races. It is crazy to think that I have had the chance to race with the legend and see him come and go," he says.

  31. 1334: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading defender Adrian Mariappa believes his side can earn their first Premier League victory at Swansea this weekend.

    "We believe we can go there and get the win and we back ourselves to get the result. They have great attackers down there, good wingers and it will be a tough challenge and we are looking forward to it. The attitude has not changed - there has been a winning mentality at the club which got us to the Premier League and that has not changed," Mariappa tells BBC Radio Berkshire.

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    CRICKET

    South Africa limited-overs captain AB de Villiers is ruled out of the Champions League Twenty20 with chronic back and ankle injuries.

    South Africa manager Mohammed Moosajee says the wicketkeeper-batsman should be fit for the three-Test series in Australia, which starts on 9 November.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has announced he will retire for the second time at the end of the season. We asked earlier whether the German is the greatest ever driver in the sport?

    Chris Lord via Twitter: "Senna, Schumacher had it too easy with only Alonso and Hakkinen as rivals. Senna had Prost, Mansell, Piquet amongst others."

    Viv Powers via Twitter: "Greatest F1 driver of all time? Has to be Jim Clark - life cut short at a time when safety wasn't even an afterthought."

    Moleyman1 via Twitter: "Such comparisons are always meaningless. Just enjoy the fact Schumi was a great driver, like all the others listed."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  34. 1318: 
    CRICKET

    England captain Charlotte Edwards on beating New Zealand by seven wickets in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final.

    "It's our best performance with the ball so far, we were really happy to restrict New Zealand to 93. The ball turned, but we're pleased we're over the line and in the final. We were good in the field and held our catches, Lydia Greenway was a calm head at the end - we're hoping our top order does well each game, but we're in the nets every day, we'll be back in there tomorrow and our lower order are getting plenty of practice."

  35. 1313: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Bristol centre Amber Reed is set to make her England debut in the Women's Autumn International Series opener against France on November 3rd.

    Head coach Gary Street hopes to give his fringe players an opportunity ahead of the three Test series against world champions New Zealand later in November. "This squad has certainly been selected with one eye on playing the world champions," he says.

  36. 1307: 
    CRICKET

    South Africa coach Gary Kirsten says he is frustrated at the Proteas' failure to win a major international limited overs title.

    His team exited from the Twenty20 World Cup having lost all three of their Super Eight games in Sri Lanka: "It's a dark mist that sits over the team and it will be our responsibility to at some point to overcome it," he says.

  37. 1302: 
    FOOTBALL

    Belgium coach Marc Wilmots calls up Twente midfielder Nacer Chadli and Genk striker Jelle Vossen to the squad to face Serbia in Belgrade on October 12 and Scotland in Brussels four days later in the World Cup qualifiers.

  38.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sam Dodd via Twitter: "Re: The Hooper Hype. I like GH but as lower league players get over looked so should SPL - it's such a weak league."

    James Hunter via Twitter: "Pleased to see Lennon back in the England fold, cruelly overlooked for too long. Lambert just isn't international quality."

    Steelie via Twitter: "Peter Crouch for England? No Englishman has more goals in the Premier League so far. I thought he'd get a chance."

  39. 1248: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    The NRL judiciary suspend Canterbury and England prop James Graham for 12 matches for biting Melbourne's Billy Slater in last Sunday's grand final at ANZ Stadium.

    The former St Helens player's ban includes England's two upcoming Tests against Wales and France.

  40. 1240: 
    CRICKET

    England chase down a target of 94 to beat New Zealand by seven wickets with 16 balls to spare in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final.

    Charlotte Edwards hits 33 and Lydia Greenway 22, while Sarah Taylor is undefeated on 21. England will meet Australia or West Indies in Sunday's final.

  41. 1233: 
    HORSE RACING

    The British Horseracing Authority charge three footballers and a jockey over suspicious betting activity on a number of races.

    The Ipswich striker Michael Chopra, Nottingham Forest midfielder James Coppinger and former Manchester United midfielder Mark Wilson are charged along with jockey Andrew Heffernan and five other people.

  42. 1219: 
    RUGBY UNION

    England scrum-half Ben Youngs will make his first appearance of the season for Leicester in Friday's Premiership match at Sale.

    Youngs returns after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered in the second Test in South Africa in June.

  43.  
    CRICKET

    England are 44-1 off 10 overs against New Zealand in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final, chasing a target of 94. Charlotte Edwards is 29 not out from 34 balls.

    Follow live text commentary with Mark Mitchener.

  44. 1207: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke City chairman Peter Coates says Ryan Shawcross deserves his call-up to the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland in October.

    "He's one of the best central defenders in the Premier League. It's also great for the football club. This gives the club prestige and shows we've got good players here," he tells BBC Radio Stoke.

  45. 1202: 
    CRICKET

    Hampshire all-rounder Dimi Mascarenhas says he will be fit for his county's Champions League qualifying campaign which starts next week.

    Mascarenhas plans to try out his injured shoulder in nets on Thursday but tells BBC Radio Solent: "I'm very confident it's going to be okay."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Dom Macey MacLeod via Twitter: "Gary Hooper & Rickie Lambert should retire. Scoring goals in their respective leagues obviously isn't worth a call up for England."

    Mark Morrison via Twitter: "About time Fraser Forster got a call up for England! Where is Hooper though?"

    Crip Cooke via Twitter: "Shawcross fully deserves his call-up, even if it has been long overdue. Is John Terry's retirement a blessing in disguise?"

  47. 1149: 
    FORMULA 1

    BBC Formula 1 analyst Eddie Jordan on the retirement of Michael Schumacher: "I gave Schumacher his first race in Formula 1 and Ayrton Senna his first in Formula 3.

    "They were very similar the first time they got in car. When they squeezed the accelerator there is an air of belief and ability. I have never seen that in any other drivers."

  48.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Many Scottish readers are delighted that Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has been named in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland in October.

    Let us know your thoughts on the Roy Hodgson's squad, via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Eleanor Oldroyd presents 5 live Sport from 1900 BST and will have news of the Europa League matches involving Tottenham, Liverpool and Newcastle, there will be our usual comprehensive round-up of the day's sports news, and from 1930-2130 there is a swimming review featuring Karen Pickering, Keri-Anne Payne and James Goddard, plus an interview with 15-year-old Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte, a swimming scholar at Plymouth College.

    From 2130 BST George Riley previews Saturday's Super League Grand Final between Warrington and Leeds with Richie Mathers and Stefan Ratchford live in the studio.

  50. 1133: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Wales squad to play Scotland at the Cardiff City Stadium on 12 October and Croatia on 16 October will be announced on Friday morning at 0900 BST.

  51. 1122: 
    CRICKET

    England restrict New Zealand to 93-8 off 20 overs in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final. Opener Amy Satterthwaite top scores with 30. Katherine Brunt bowls three overs for just seven runs, while Dani Wyatt and Holly Colvin both finish with figures of 2-15.

    Follow live text commentary with Mark Mitchener.

  52. 1118: 
    BASEBALL

    Detroit Tigers star Miguel Cabrera becomes the first player in 45 years to win Major League Baseball's Triple Crown.

    Cabrera, from Maracay in Venezuela, topped the three tables for batting average, home runs, and producing runs.

  53. 1115: 
    BOXING

    UK Anti-Doping confirms that professional boxer Ali Adams has been suspended from all competition for two years for an anti-doping rule violation.

    Adams, 30, tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid, following an in-competition test at the International Masters Heavyweight Title bout on 26 May. Audley Harrison beat Adams in the former Olympic champion's comeback fight in May 2012.

  54. 1109: 
    CYCLING

    Team Sky sign highly-rated British rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke, 27, for the 2013 season. Tiernan-Locke joins from Endura Racing on a two-year deal.

    He said: "When you look at the season Team Sky have had, to even be considered by them was a massive honour for me, so I'm over the moon to be riding for them in 2013."

  55. 1104: 
    FOOTBALL

    England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Polandon 12 and 16 October: Hart (Manchester City), Ruddy (Norwich), Forster (Celtic); Baines (Everton), Cahill (Chelsea), Cole (Chelsea), Gibbs (Arsenal), Jagielka (Everton), G Johnson (Liverpool), Lescott (Manchester City), Shawcross (Stoke), Walker (Tottenham); Carrick (Manchester United), Cleverley (Manchester United), Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Gerrard (Liverpool), A Johnson (Sunderland), Lennon (Tottenham), Lampard (Chelsea), Milner (Manchester City), Walcott (Arsenal); Carroll (West Ham, on loan from Liverpool), Defoe (Tottenham), Rooney (Manchester United), Welbeck (Manchester United).

  56. 1103: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stoke centre-half Ryan Shawcross and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster are named in the England squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland in October.

  57. 1057: 
    FORMULA 1

    Former Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso believes Lewis Hamilton will compete for the drivers' championship with Mercedes next season.

    He said: "McLaren is 14 years not winning a constructors' championship, and most of these years sometimes with the best car. I'm sure Lewis wants to win as well.

    "He is one of the best drivers and I think he will enjoy more, he will be very competitive and from next year he is clearly a contender for the championship with Mercedes."

  58. 1053: 
    HORSE RACING

    French Derby winner Saonois, Bayrir and Great Heavens have been supplemented for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Sunday. Reliable Man has been withdrawn, leaving a field of 18 for the big race.

  59. 1051: 
    CRICKET

    England reduce New Zealand to 49-4 in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final. Opener Amy Satterthwaite is only operating in singles at the moment. She has been joined by all-rounder Nicola Browne, who is back in the team having come out of retirement.

    Follow live text commentary with Mark Mitchener.

  60. 1046: 
    FOOTBALL

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is considering whether to appeal against his £10,000 fine for criticising a referee. Martinez was this week found guilty of misconduct by the Football Association over comments which suggested Michael Oliver was biased after his side's 4-0 defeat at Manchester United last month.

    Martinez said: "We have had the hearing and now we are waiting (to see) if we can appeal the decision because it is something I don't agree with. At the moment it is one of those situations you have to accept but we will look into the written outcome and see if we can appeal it."

  61. 1044: 
    FOOTBALL

    Roberto Mancini believes Joe Hart saved Manchester City from Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund.

    The England keeper made numerous saves before Mario Balotelli's last-minute penalty salvaged a 1-1 draw and earned City their first point of the campaign.

    "Joe saved us. He did well," said boss Mancini. "We deserved to concede three or four goals. We didn't play well."

  62. 1039: 
    FORMULA 1

    More from Michael Schumacher following his announcement that he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season as he looks forward to seeing how Lewis Hamilton does as his replacement.

    He said: "The team had found an option with Lewis that helped me find my decision. There was option for me to do so at an earlier stage. In life your destiny develops by itself with no hard feelings or regrets. Lewis is one of the best drivers around and I cross my fingers that they have a successful future."

  63. 1035: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Worcester have announced the signing of Scotland international prop Euan Murray. The 32-year-old has been on loan this season with French Top 14 club Agen from Championship title favourites Newcastle.

    He will move to Sixways next month, joining his third Premiership club after stints with Northampton and Newcastle, who were relegated from the top flight last season.

  64.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has announced he will retire from the sport for the second time at the end of the season. We want to know if you think he is the greatest ever driver in the sport?

    Joe Giles on Twitter: "Would liked to see Schu go out with more of a bang. doesn't take away how good he is. Up there with the best but not better than Senna."

    Lewis Parker on Twitter: "Schumacher was the reason I started watching f1 when I was 6! True legend of sport, but correct time to call it a day... again."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  65. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    A busy day of international Twenty20 cricket is under way on 5 live sports extra. The women's semi-final between England and New Zealand is taking place now, which will be followed by the first men's semi-final as hosts Sri Lanka face Pakistan. In addition to the website, you can access sports extra on freesat and Freeview and on DAB digital radio.

  66. 1022: 
    FORMULA 1

    Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn on Michael Schumacher announcing he will retire: "I think he's the greatest racing driver of this century. Michael brought a lot to the team in this second period that people don't see. We haven't achieved what we wanted to together and that's frustrating, but what we do achieve in the future, Michael will have made a contribution to it."

  67. 1019: 
    CRICKET

    Warwickshire and England all-rounder Chris Woakes is to spend the winter in New Zealand with the Wellington Firebirds. The 23-year-old, who has lpayed six one-day internationals and three Twenty20s for England, is scheduled to feature in three first-class matches and eight Twenty20s for Wellington.

    "Joining Wellington is a great opportunity for me," he said. "I'm looking forward to joining up with the rest of the squad."

  68. 1017: 
    FORMULA 1

    Current world champion and fellow German Sebastian Vettel on Michael Schumacher announcing he will retire at the end of the season: "It's a big loss. It's a shame. There are a lot of people who would have loved him to continue, including myself. I hope he stays around in some other function so at least we get to see him from time to time."

  69. 1013: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bournemouth chairman Eddie Mitchell is refusing to be drawn about suggestions Harry Redknapp could take charge of the club - even if just on a caretaker basis. The League One club are looking for a new manager after parting company with Paul Groves and his assistant Shaun Brooks on Wednesday.

    "We've spoken about the football club and the best way forward and Harry knows my feelings but I can't say much more than that," he said. "Harry is his own man and he's got the capability to manage at a club much higher than a League One club, but that's where we are at the moment."

  70. 1008: 

    England get off to a flying start against New Zealand in the women's World Twenty20 as Suzie Bates is run out. Follow live text commentary with Mark Mitchener.

  71. 1001: 
    TENNIS

    Victoria Azarenka races into the last eight of the China Open, recording her third consecutive straight-sets victory in Beijing. The world number one dispatched Russian qualifier Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-3 to set up a quarter-final tie with Switzerland's Romina Oprandi.

  72. 0957: 
    CRICKET

    England women are in action today in the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 against New Zealand which begins shortly. You can follow live text commentary with Mark Mitchener on the BBC Sport website.

  73. 0954: 
    FOOTBALL

    As Manchester City are still without a win in this season's Champions League, BBC Sport's Ben Smith analyses their hopes following their draw with Borussia Dortmund last night.

  74.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Here are some of your early views on Michael Schumacher's retirement at the end of this season as we ask if he is the best ever?

    Alex Downing on Twitter: "So, Schumacher's retired. Shock: Not really, Loss to the sport: Probably. His 7 WC's is something to beat though!"

    Mark Holmes on Twitter: "Senna was the best and always will be!"

    Rob on Twitter: "It seems to be more about the car than the driver these days. Schu defo up there with Senna though, ridiculous amount of wins."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  75. 0941:  
    Jake Humphrey, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    "Just announced, [Michael] Schumacher will retire at the end of 2012 (so he'll probably be back in 2016 if he gets bored!!)."

  76. 0937: 
    FOOTBALL

    The Daily Mirror today reports that England manager Roy Hodgson told supporters on the London underground that Rio Ferdinand's international career had reached "the end of the road".

    The England boss will be officially announcing his squad for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Poland at 1200 BST today.

  77.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has announced he will retire from the sport for the second time at the end of the season, we want to know if you think he is the greatest driver the sport has seen.

    Alistair on Twitter: "For me no one will ever be better than Senna, he is a hero... also Schumacher coming back tainted his career..."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  78. 0927: 
    FORMULA 1

    Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug paid a glowing tribute to Michael Schumacher as the seven-time Formula 1 world champion announces he will retire at the end of the season.

    He said: "I thank Michael. We have known each other a long time, we started together in Group C racing and he went on to be the most successful driver in Formula 1, winning more races and titles than any other driver.#

    "We had always dreamed of working together and it came after Brawn Mercedes won the World Championship in 2009. We did not achieve what we wanted to but Michael has laid some strong foundations and I want to thank him from the bottom of my heart."

  79. 0923: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Businessman Mike Cuddy has stepped down as joint managing director of the Ospreys. The Swansea-based outfit have announced that Cuddy will relinquish his role with immediate effect and will no longer be involved in the day-to-day running of the business.

    Cuddy has been a key figure at the Ospreys since they were founded nine years ago when Welsh professional rugby was restructured.

  80. 0919: 
    RUGBY UNION

    New Zealand made two changes to its starting lineup for the Rugby Championship test against South Africa, as the newly crowned champions aim to ram home its dominance of the southern hemisphere competition with a sixth win from six matches and silence the Springbok fans in Soweto.

    Having already clinched the title in the inaugural year of the expanded championship, the All Blacks bring in lock Brodie Retallick and winger Hosea Gear for Luke Romano and Julian Savea for their final game.

  81. 0911: 
    FORMULA 1

    Michael Schumacher will retire from Formula One for the second time at the end of the season. Schumacher's seat at Mercedes will be taken by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in 2013, and with a dearth of other options available to him he has opted to quit the sport at the age of 43.

    More views from the German: "I have decided to retire at the end of the season. I still feel I am capable of competing against the best but the time sometimes comes to say goodbye and this time it might be forever."

  82. 0904: 
    FORMULA 1

    Michael Schumacher on retiring at the end of the season: "During the past month I was not sure if I still had the motivation and energy which is necessary to go on. It is not my style to go on if not 100% with it but with today's decision I feel a release."

  83.  
    GET INVOLVED

    So as seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher announces he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of the season, we ask is he the best driver in history? What are your best memories of the German? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  84. 0900: 
    TENNIS

    Former champion Tomas Berdych comfortably beat Colombia's Alejandro Falla 6-3 7-5 to reach the quarter-finals of the Japan Open. Czech Berdych, who won the Japan Open in 2008, played well within himself, blasting nine aces as he rolled through in one hour, 18 minutes to notch his 50th win of the year.

  85. 0855: 
    FORMULA 1

    Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher to retire from Formula 1 at the end of the current season.

  86. 0853: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson, speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live about Joe Hart's performance in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund: "In this country now, he's overtaken, I think, Pepe Raina, and Petr Cech, who I think won the Champions League for Chelsea last year.

    "His decision-making is so precise. From England's point of view, we're now looking at a guy who I think very soon can be ranked alongside Banksy [Gordon Banks], who was the World Cup-winning goalkeeper, as greatest ever, you've got to say, with Peter Shilton and David Seaman."

  87. 0848: 
    FORMULA 1

    Jenson Button spoke this morning about current McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton's move to Mercedes. "It's nice to be the one who's not in that position it usually is me," said Button. "We all move about, that is how Formula 1 is. You are either looking for another team to give you a better chance of winning or you are looking for a new challenge."

  88. 0843: 
    TENNIS

    World number two Maria Sharapova enjoyed her third consecutive straight-sets win in Beijing as she reached the last eight of the China Open. The Russian defeated Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog, ranked 90th in the world, 6-0 6-2 at the capital's National Tennis Stadium.

  89. 0838: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford are to twin with Championship neighbours Dewsbury in a move that will see players move between the two clubs. Dewsbury will have access to players who are not included in Bradford's weekly 19-man squad or are too old for the new Under-19 academy structure, while the Bulls will have first option on the Ram's brightest prospects.

  90.  
    GET INVOLVED

    We asked for your favourite goalkeeping performances following on from Joe Hart's impressive display in Manchester City's 1-1 draw with Borussia Dortmund last night, here are some of your replies:

    Kev Fabs on Twitter: "Jerzy Dudek v AC Milan 2005 Champions League final."

    Gavin Hughes on Twitter: "Neville Southall, FA Cup Final 1995."

    Stephen Whiteland on Twitter: "For me it's Schmeichel vs Newcastle circa 1996, effectively won Man United the title with the performance."

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  91. 0827: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal recovered from an unconvincing first-half performance to see off Olympiakos at Emirates Stadium and move top of Champions League Group B.

    Arsenal assistant manager Steve Bould praised the contribution of Gervinho The 25-year-old, who scored one and created another in Arsenal's 3-1 win, has already hit more goals this season than he did in the 2011-12 campaign.

    "He is scoring goals so his confidence is sky high," said Bould. "He is a danger with his pace and movement - he could be a top player."

  92. 0822: 
    FOOTBALL

    A late penalty from Mario Balotelli gave Manchester City their first point of this season's Champions League as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Borussia Dortmund.

    Manager Roberto Mancini has told his team they need to "fight" more to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.

    "We have to run and fight," said Mancini. "It's not enough to just pass. Champions League is another situation - different from the championship. It's not enough to just have quality."

  93. 0818: 
    CRICKET

    England skipper Charlotte Edwards says their fine record against New Zealand in big matches will give them a psychological edge in their Women's World Twenty20 semi-final at 1000 BST today.

    Her side beat New Zealand in the finals of both the 50-over World Cup and World Twenty20 in 2009. "I think it has to play a part," she told BBC Sport. "We've played the two World Cups against them and we've been successful to date so hopefully that continues."

  94. 0815: 
    FORMULA 1

    Lewis Hamilton says the chance to join Mercedes was "more exciting" than staying with McLaren. The British former Formula 1 world champion has opted to drive for Mercedes in 2013 rather than stay with the team he joined as a teenager.

    He said: "It was one of the most difficult decisions I've faced in my life up to now. But in the end I had two offers on the table which were very similar but one was a lot more exciting."

  95.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Last night's performance from Joe Hart not only won Manchester City a point against Borussia Dortmund, but also earned him some justified praise. Even Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney was impressed as he tweeted: "Have to say Joe Hart has been incredible. For me best keeper in the world."

    What are your favourite goalkeeping performances from the past? Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  96. 0805: 
    FOOTBALL GOSSIP

    We start with the top three stories from today's football gossip column.

    Colombian forward and Chelsea target Radamel Falcao, 26, admits he is unsure whether he has a future at Atletico Madrid because of the deepening economic crisis in Spain. (Metro)

    Liverpool seem to have successfully warded off interest from Manchester City in their centre-back Daniel Agger - the 27-year-old is to agree a new four-year deal to remain at Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew denies suggestions from his 26-year-old midfielder Yohann Cabaye that Tottenham tried to sign the France international in the summer. (the Sun)

  97. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY

    Welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live as we look back on last night's Champions League action as Joe Hart plays superbly to help Manchester City to a draw against Borussia Dortmund while Arsenal beat Greek side Olympiakos.

    We will also look ahead to tonight's Europa League action with Liverpool, Tottenham and Newcastle all in action and Roy Hodgson names his England squad for the next round of World Cup qualifiers at 1200 BST.

    There is cricket action as England face New Zealand in the women's World Twenty20 semi-finals, tennis action in the Japan Open and there will also be plenty of breaking sports news as it happens throughout the day.

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