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Reaction to Wayne Rooney rumours, England's dismal Test display, Europa League build-up, plus more.

7 March 2013 Last updated at 17:06

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  1. 1704: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That's the end of Sportsday today. There is an interesting set of Europa League fixtures this evening with three English clubs in action.

    Newcastle have just kicked off against Anzhi and you can follow all the action from Moscow - as well as Steaua Bucharest v Chelsea (18:00 GMT) and Tottenham v Inter Milan (20:05 GMT) - on the BBC Sport website live text commentary.

  2. 1702: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Pallister tells BBC Radio 5 live that Sir Alex Ferguson's decision to drop Wayne Rooney against Real Madrid was proved correct, despite the result.

    "Obviously Wayne's going to be disappointed," said Pallister. "There's a lot of media attention on the fact that in such a big game he was left out, but you've seen time and time again over the years that the manager's not afraid to make big decisions. I think that was probably the right decision.

    "If they hadn't played well and they looked at odds with themselves then the manager might have looked at himself and thought I got it wrong on the night."

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    Ewan Chisholm on Twitter: "Not a chance he'll be sold, fantastic talent and Ferguson has enough sense to keep him."

    Jo Fieldsend Danks on Twitter: "Rooney is not needed at United anymore with van Persie playing so well. I think they should sell Rooney."

    Tommy Seagull on Twitter: "Rooney leaving won't solve anything, he needs to improve his fitness. He'll face the same problem at any other top club."

    What are your thoughts on speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from Manchester United? Get involved #bbcsportsday

  4. 1657: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bury manager Kevin Blackwell claims around half a dozen of his squad are earning less than the minimum wage.

    The Shakers are under a transfer embargo for the second time this season after being forced to apply for a loan from the Professional Footballers' Association to pay players' wages.

    "I had one or two letters from people saying 'these players get well paid'. Let me tell you, there was a lot of players here getting paid nothing and then some are paid £100 and £200 a week," said Blackwell.

    "You get more than that on the dole."

  5. 1653: 
    FOOTBALL
    Luther Blissett

    Former England striker Luther Blissett brands the lack of managers in England from ethnic backgrounds a "disgrace".

    "It's ridiculous that in this day and age a third of the players in the Football League are from ethnic backgrounds and yet look at the managers and there are just three or four," said Blissett.

    "It is a disgrace it is like that. It's not that we can't play the game, we soon proved them wrong in that. If we were given the opportunities in management that we were given to play the game then we could prove we could do that as well."

    There are currently just four black managers in England's top four divisions - Chris Hughton, Chris Powell, Paul Ince and Chris Kiwomya, as well as Edgar Davids in the role of head coach at Barnet.

  6. 1652: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sunderland defender Wes Brown is unlikely to return to competitive action this season, says manager Martin O'Neill.

    The former England and Manchester United player has been ruled out since he sustained a knee ligament injury during a pre-season trip to South Korea.

    "He looked as if he was just settling at the time I came in, but hurt himself in January last year and we've not really seen him back since," said O'Neill.

    "He had a setback out in Korea but it looked like he was making progress, but for Wes it's been a case of two steps forward and three back."

  7. 1637: 
    EQUESTRIAN

    London will stage Britain's first Global Champions Tour showjumping event this summer.

    Kensington Gardens has been confirmed as the venue from 6 June to 9 June, when the world's top riders will contest showjumping's richest series.

    Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton said: "We need something like this for England.

    "We don't have many international competitions and after the Olympic Games we had a lot of support and publicity, so to bring the Global Champions Tour to London is a great idea."

  8. 1635: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chris Hughton warns his Norwich players to keep concentration in order to consolidate their Premier League status for the second season running.

    "Can you afford to relax? Absolutely you can't," said Hughton. "There are too many stories, even in recent seasons, of clubs which have been in good positions that eventually have gone down."

    In the 1995-96, Norwich were seventh at Christmas but suffered relegation after just one win in their final 20 league games.

  9. 1630: 
    FOOTBALL

    Anzhi Makhachkala team to play Newcastle: Gabulov; Yeschenko, Joao Carlos, Ewerton, Zhirkov; Jucilei, Diarra, Ahmedov, Willian, Shatov; Eto'o.

  10. 1629: 
    FOOTBALL

    Republic of Ireland will face Georgia in a friendly in Dublin as they prepare for their World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands in June.

    The Georgians will head for the Aviva Stadium on 2 June, four days after Giovanni Trapattoni's men play England at Wembley.

    Trapattoni will use the fixture to finalise his preparations for the home game against the Faroes on 7 June.

  11. 1628: 
    CYCLING

    Mark Cavendish criticises his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mates after finishing fifth on stage two of the Tirreno-Adriatico in Indicatore, Italy.

    "We come into the last kilometre in 30th position. I'm pretty disappointed in those last guys today, actually. I had a lot of ground to make up," said Cavendish.

    "I'm quite disappointed with my leadout today. It's not often that I say that, but I think we'll have to have words tonight."

    Orica-GreenEdge's Matthew Goss won the stage ahead of Manuel Belletti and Gerald Ciolek, with Roberto Ferrari taking fourth ahead of Cavendish.

  12. 1622: 
    BOXING

    Ricky Burns' rescheduled world title fight against Miguel Vazquez looks likely to be called off again after his camp announced he had split from promoter Frank Warren.

    WBO lightweight champion Burns saw a second world title date postponed in the space of three months when Warren announced that the Vazquez unification bout had been moved from 16 March to 20 April.

    But the Scot's manager, Alex Morrison, has since declared his next fight will take place in Glasgow and that the partnership with Warren is over.

  13.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Josh Hayes on Twitter: I reckon Rooney should be sold, he isn't needed anymore. Bring in Lewandowski, Gotze or Ronaldo."

    Suzanne Jones on Twitter: "Rooney still has a huge part to play and is well aware of Fergie's rotation system, speculation helps nobody!"

    Rohidas Mali on Twitter: "Chelsea would be an apt place for Chelsea. CFC need a striker and Rooney would love living in London."

    What are your thoughts on speculation linking Wayne Rooney with a move away from Manchester United? Get involved #bbcsportsday

  14. 1615: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle team to face Anzhi Makhachkala: Rob Elliot; Danny Simpson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Massadio Haidara; Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye, Moussa Sissoko; Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan; Hatem Ben Arfa.

  15. 1611: 
    FOOTBALL

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has criticised referee Cuneyt Cakir for his decision to send off Nani on Tuesday night.

    "A yellow card maybe, but a red card? Absolutely not," said the former Real Madrid man. "I don't think it matters whether it's a referee in the Premier League, La Liga or a Champions League game.

    "It was just a bad decision. Referees are human and make mistakes - there is no problem with that - and sometimes it goes against you."

  16. 1604: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke hopes Peter Odemwingie is given a good reception by the Hawthorns crowd if he starts on Saturday against Swansea.

    It would be his first home start for WBA since his deadline-day flirtations with QPR.

    Clarke said: "Everyone knows the Peter incident happened but it's past for us and we have all moved on from it, and I look forward to his contribution for the rest of the season.

    "Am I keen to see home fans put things in the past? I would like to think so and if he plays and scores goals they will give him a good reception."

  17. 1550: 
    FOOTBALL
    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson

    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass admits he was surprised to receive a Scotland call-up after Scotland boss Gordon Strachan watched him perform in Norwich's 5-0 defeat to Liverpool.

    "He [Strachan] said he watched me in the Liverpool game when we got beat 5-0 which probably wasn't the best, but he was quite happy with my performance which was quite hard to believe because I did not do much in the game," said Snodgrass.

    "But he judges people off a 5-0 win or a 5-0 defeat, which tests your character and he was quite happy with that."

  18. 1542: 
    FOOTBALL

    Stewart Downing says Liverpool's partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge is a "nightmare" for opposition defenders.

    "I think Daniel has been a good signing for us and although we missed him against Wigan, in the games he has played he gives us something different," said Downing. "The way they play, he [Sturridge] is on the shoulder with Luis coming off, they are a nightmare for defenders.

    "If we can get a good partnership with them going then we have a chance."

  19. 1525: 
    BOXING

    Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams says she is ready to make history again as women's boxing prepares to make its debut at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    Flyweight Adams became the first female boxer to be crowned Olympic champion when she beat China's Cancan Ren at London 2012, and she now hopes to repeat the feat in Glasgow.

    "It's great to be breaking down barriers and blazing away, helping to make history as I go along," said Adams. "I want to be the first woman to do the Olympic and Commonwealth double."

  20. 1518: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading manager Brian McDermott believes winning last season's Championship title can provide inspiration for his side as they try to avoid relegation.

    "I know we are going to finish strong. We generally finish strong," said McDermott. "We have players that won a league last year and came from nowhere. We have that sort of experience and this is a similar sort of thing for us."

    The Royals won 15 of their last 17 games to go up as champions.

    "We did what we had to do last year and will aim to do what we need to this year," he added.

  21.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Boboyen on Twitter: "With the rumours of Ronaldo returning to MUFC, I absolutely wouldn't mind the selling of Rooney to fund the transfer."

    Jeremy Cooper on Twitter: "Everybody is reading into Rooney being on the bench too much. RVP has been left on the bench and nobody questions his place."

    Andrew Rayner on Twitter: "If Fergie has someone in mind who he thinks can do a better job and is younger...let Rooney go and get this player in...simple."

    What are your thoughts on Wayne Rooney? Is he on his way out of Old Trafford, and would it be the right decision? Use #bbcsportsday with your views.

  22. 1509: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hearts caretaker boss Gary Locke admits he has no idea if he will be in charge for Sunday's Edinburgh derby against Hibernian.

    The former club captain was given the role following John McGlynn's sacking in February.

    Locke said: "I have no idea. There's nothing happened as far as I know, so we are just taking the line we have done for the last week and a bit.

    "Myself and Darren Murray are in charge for the moment, and if anything happens today or tomorrow then I'm sure the club will let everybody know.

    "I'm preparing the team at the moment. If anything happens, then great. If not, then it's business as usual."

  23. 1458: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Australia coach Robbie Deans says the British and Irish Lions have a "huge advantage" in preparation for the first Test of the series on 22 June.

    "There's no doubt that the Lions will have a huge advantage in terms of entering the series," Deans said. "You go back to 2001 [the last Lions series in Australia, which the Lions lost 2-1 after winning the first Test] and the Wallabies had similar time (to prepare) but with a (warm-up) game, so it was obviously a more complete prep and they got spanked in the first Test."

    The tourists will play the Barbarians in Hong Kong and five matches down under before the opener in Brisbane.

    Deans will have three weeks, but no matches, with his players, who will play no Super 15 games after 2 June.

  24. 1443: 
    FOOTBALL
    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez

    Chelsea's visit to Steaua Bucharest this evening will break the National Arena's attendance record.

    "We'll see a record as more than 55,000 will watch the game," Steaua general manager Mihai Stoica said.

    The 55,600-capacity National Arena's attendance record was set in October when 53,329 watched the World Cup 2014 qualifier between Romania and Netherlands.

  25.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ian Sutcliffe on Twitter: "No way United sell Rooney. I'm sure there was good reason he was left on the bench, He will respond through the end of the year."

    The Boy From Space on Twitter: "Rooney is over-rated, he disappoints more often, holds his club to ransom, is petulant. He hasn't achieved world class status."

    Charles Freeman on Twitter: "Dropping Wayne Rooney could prove a masterstroke by Sir Alex, hopefully he can be driven to new heights."

    Will Manchester United sell Wayne Rooney? Would it be good or bad business? Tell us using #bbcsportsday

  26. 1426: 
    RUGBY UNION

    France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre cares little for style as his side look to win their first Six Nations 2013 match away to Ireland.

    "We need to find an 80 minute performance. At the moment we are not doing that," Saint-Andre said. "The role of the France team is to win and win in style. But right now, in our situation, if we could sign for a 3-0 win we'd sign straight away."

  27. 1421: 
    HORSE RACING
    Sprinter Sacre

    Highly-rated steeplechaser Sprinter Sacre heads nine entries for the big race next Wednesday at the Cheltenham Festival - the Queen Mother Champion Chase.

    The horse, trained by Nicky Henderson, was the subject of 10,000 individual bets this morning with a bookmaker which had lengthened his odds, to a maximum £20 stake, to evens from 1-4 as part of a marketing move.

    Mail De Bievre has been supplemented for the race at a cost of £17,500 while 2011 champion Sizing Europe and last year's winner Finian's Rainbow are other possibles.

  28. 1414: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    Earilier we posed this Question of Sport teaser: "Since 1990, seven Germans have qualified on pole in a Formula One Grand Prix, who are they?"

    The answers to today's #QSTeaser are… Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Nick Heidfeld, Nico Hulkenburg, Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel.

  29. 1409: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former England manager Steve McClaren, who also served as assistant to Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford from 1999 to 2001, believes Wayne Rooney would have been aware of his omission from United's starting line-up against Real Madrid.

    "I wouldn't say he [Rooney] was dropped. I would say this was well planned, weeks and weeks ahead. Rooney would have known this decision was coming," said McClaren on Sky Sports News.

    "He [Ferguson] will have explained the reasons to Rooney why he was not playing, when he will be playing next, what he expects and what he expects in the next game."

  30. 1403: 
    ATHLETICS

    Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale, who won gold at the European Indoor Championships after beating Poland's Anna Rogowska in a jump-off, tells BBC Radio 5live:

    "I thought I'd come second because I didn't even realise there could be a jump-off.

    "They gave us the option to share the gold or do the jump-off and I was definitely going to do the jump-off. She wanted to share the gold."

  31. 1359: 
    SNOOKER

    Suspended snooker player Stephen Lee has applied to play in the 2013 World Championship, despite being at the centre of a match-fixing investigation.

    He has not played competitively since being suspended in October 2012 as part of an inquiry into betting patterns around a game against John Higgins.

    Lee, 38, faces a formal independent hearing arranged by Sport Resolutions UK over separate allegations.

    But he could feature next month in the sport's biggest tournament if he is cleared before the draw is made.

  32.  
    GET INVOLVED

    The other big football news today is Uefa's decision not to charge Rio Ferdinand for sarcastically applauding Cuneyt Cakir at the end of Manchester United's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid. Tell us if you think they are right using #bbcsportsday.

    Fog on the Seine: "To say that @rioferdy5 acted like a child would be an insult to children."

    Ben Frith: "UEFA right not to charge Rio. Referee had opportunity to book him for dissent but strangely decided to ignore him."

  33. 1353: 
    FOOTBALL

    Manchester United fans in Russia have launched an online petition demanding an apology from a TV commentator following his unflattering remarks on Twitter after the team's Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

    Vasiliy Utkin from Gazprom-owned station NTV criticized United's performance in unprintable terms, suggesting the team was not brave enough and deserved to lose.

    "His statements offend Manchester United players and their coach, to say nothing of fans' feelings," the petition says.

    Fans also demand that he should be banned from commenting on games involving Manchester United.

  34. 1347: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Paddy Jackson starts at fly-half in Ireland's Six Nations match against France, team manager Mick Kearney confirms.

  35. 1343: 
    FORMULA ONE
    Suzi Perry

    BBC Sport's new Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry picks Sebastian Vettel as her favourite for this year's crown.

    She says: "Sebastian Vettel, purely on what he has done in the previous three years, which is incredible. To be the youngest driver to win three consecutive championships is awesome."

  36. 1339: 
    FOOTBALL

    Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass says via @NorwichCityFC that he is keen to impress Scotland boss Gordon Strachan after getting a call-up.

    He says: "I'm delighted to be in the Scotland squad. Hopefully I can continue to be part of the plans."

  37. 1335: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Bradford are set to have two women on their board after Jay Willey agreed to put a six-figure sum into the Super League club in return for a significant shareholding.

    The 41-year-old local businesswoman, who owns the European arm of cosmetics firm Kroma, joins two months after Kate Hardcastle became their first female non-executive director.

  38.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Ryan Keen: "Rooney on his way out? may play deeper since RVP but the effort in marking, getting the ball back, creating chances undeniable."

    Michael Astley: "All these stats about Rooney's goal/assist ratio being his best ever, and people have the audacity to label him overrated?"

  39. 1326: 
    FOOTBALL

    Fifa has written to the Nigerian FA over reports that lesbians had been banned from playing football in the West African nation.

    Nigerian media reports have widely quoted Dilichukwu Onyedinma, head of the country's women's football league, as saying lesbian players would not be allowed to compete.

    "Any player that we find is associated with it will be disqualified," Onyedinma was quoted as saying.

  40. 1320: 
    FOOTBALL
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    FOOTBALL

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan springs a major surprise in his first competitive squad by calling up Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt.

    The 23-year-old Reading-born midfielder was joined by Dundee United winger Gary Mackay-Steven and Hull's loan winger George Boyd in getting his first call-up ahead of the World Cup qualifiers against Wales and Serbia.

  42. 1312: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester United striker Mame Diouf has turned down a contract extension at Bundesliga club Hannover.

    The Senegal striker has a contract through to the end of next season.

    But before he signs a new deal, Diouf is reported to want a clause inserted which would allow him to leave after this season for a set transfer fee.

    Diouf has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund as a possible replacement for Robert Lewandoski, should he leave at the end of the season.

  43. 1305: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ross County boss Derek Adams wins a second successive Clydesdale Bank Premier League manager of the month award.

    The Irn-Bru First Division champions won four matches in a row in February after drawing 2-2 with Hearts.

  44.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Richard Ayo Oyome: "Don't Think Rooney Will Retire At Utd. But He's Not Gonna Leave Now. I Hope He Doesn't! He's Still Our Best."

    Simon Sorrell: "The rumours about Rooney come out just after the United defeat, definitely no coincidence. Nobody talking about the game now."

    Chris Blackburn: "Rooney makes Utd click. No other striker would play left back in last few mins. Most hardworking and best team player ever."

    Do you think Manchester United will sell Wayne Rooney? Tell us using #bbcsportsday.

  45. 1255: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scotland back-row John Barclay will leave Glasgow at the end of the season.

    Barclay says: "The club has been a huge part of my life since I turned professional and I've learnt a lot from the coaches and players that I've worked with at the Warriors.

  46. 1249: 
    FOOTBALL

    Jim O'Neill, who fronted the Red Knights group that tried to unseat the Glazer family, still dreams of launching a fans' takeover of Manchester United.

    He tells the Manchester Evening News: "I haven't lost my desire to get involved in executing a philanthropic-based ownership of Manchester United."

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    GET INVOLVED

    damien matthewman: "Rooney = over-rated, overpaid and past his best, never world class, should cash in and get what they can before value decreases."

    Jack Connor: "Inflated wages. Large transfer fee. Living on reputation and past glories. Surely Rooney is Torres' replacement at CFC."

  48. 1240: 
    HORSE RACING

    More news from the track from BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    He says: "A racehorse called The Welsh Wizard, co-owned by Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson, is among 111 entries for the 2013 Epsom Derby in June."

  49. 1235:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Want a Champions League recap? Listen to reaction to the end of Celtic's Champion's League campaign - and hear a lively debate about Wayne Rooney's future at Old Trafford in 5 live Football Daily.

  50.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Amardeep Dulay: "Cant believe Utd are considering selling Rooney who will they replace him with Lewandowski, like selling RVP & signing Giroud."

    Andrew Diacopoulos: "Dear Arsene... Please return the favour over RVP and give Sir Alex a call about Mr Rooney!"

    Ben Daniels: "People need to remember that a football team is about eleven players & not just one. Rooney will bounce back. Wait & see."

  51. 1227: 
    HORSE RACING

    More from BBC Sport's Frank Keogh about Grands Crus.

    He says: "Grands Crus, 3rd in King George VI Chase behind Long Run + Captain Chris, may be aimed at Paddy Power GC, Nov, after World Hurdle run."

  52. 1225: 
    FOOTBALL

    QPR's debts have increased to almost £89m, according to the club's latest financial results.

    And that figure does not cover the last two transfer windows when QPR spent big on the likes of Loic Remy and Chris Samba.

    QPR made a loss for the financial year of £22.6m in their first season back in the Premier League.

  53. 1218: 
    FOOTBALL
    Rio Ferdinand

    At last, some good news for Manchester United fans.

    Rio Ferdinand will not face disciplinary action for sarcastically applauding Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir at the final whistle after his decision to send off Nani during the Champions League defeat by Real Madrid.

    A Uefa spokesman says: "From the report we have received from the referee we will not take any action."

  54. 1215: 
    RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh has some important news ahead of Cheltenham.

    He says: "Interesting - Grands Crus co-owner Roger Stanley indicates the horse will run in the World Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival."

  55.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonathan Boyle: "Rooney held United over a barrel when the squad was poor. Can win without him now and should rightly sell him."

    Sam McNulty: "No truth to these rumours. Rooney is a true professional not a kid who leaves if they miss a game."

    Alex Dover: "I'd take Rooney at Liverpool, him and Suarez either side of Sturridge, that would be potent. Not sure he'd come though!"

  56. 1207: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, McLaren's Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo were among the drivers visited by doping testers this week.

    Find out more in the BBC's Formula One gossip column.

  57. 1203: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty on Wayne Rooney.

    "At one time, he was as close to indispensable as it was possible to be at Old Trafford. Not any more after Ferguson's decision to drop him from a game of such scale as one against Real Madrid."

    What do you think? Tell us using #bbcsportsday.

  58. 1156: 
    Gaelic Games

    Crossmaglen double All-Ireland winning managers Tony McEntee and Gareth O'Neill have stepped down from their posts after three years in charge.

    McEntee and O'Neill won back-to-back All-Ireland club titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as three Ulster Championships and three Armagh crowns.

    The duo cited family commitments as their reason for stepping down from a role they took on in 2010.

  59. 1151: 
    SWIMMING

    Fran Halsall and Hannah Miley were among the qualifiers for tonight's finals as the British Gas International Meet 2013 gets under way in Leeds.

    The four-day event at the John Charles Centre for Sport is the first long-course international competition for the Britons since the Olympic.

  60. 1147: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Jenson Button reckons Mercedes can squeeze more speed out of his car.

    He says: "Still think there is some work to do on outright pace but we're working on that."

  61.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Is Wayne Rooney still a key man at Manchester United? Tell us your views on #bbcsportsday.

    Huzefa: "Rooney and Ronaldo at Madrid?"

    Oli Kearey: "Roo will put Chelski to the sword on Sunday and dispel all these wild rumours, nothing to them."

    Austin Okpaleke: "Wayne Rooney is well past his peak. Don't believe he will be offered a new contract by Manchester United. No chance!"

  62. 1135: 
    FOOTBALL
    Christian Eriksen

    Ajax expect Christian Eriksen to join a Premier League club in the summer, the Evening Standard reports.

    Tottenham and Liverpool are both suggested as destinations for the 21-year-old Dane.

  63. 1130: 
    ATHLETICS

    Jo Pavey will miss this summer's World Athletics Championships as she is expecting her second baby.

    The Olympic 5,000m and 10,000m finalist is due to give birth in September, just a month after the championships in Moscow.

  64. 1124: 
    CRICKET

    Listen to Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew reflect on a very disappointing start for England as they are bowled out for 167 on the opening day of the rain-affected 1st Test against New Zealand, who ended day two on 131-0.

  65.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Vardy: "Can you honestly see Rooney at any other English club? Can you honestly see Wayne Rooney abroad? No me neither."

    Luke Herbert: "Stupid rumours. Rooney was left out because of tactical reasons. Nobody talking about why Kagawa didn't play after his hat-trick."

  66. 1114: 
    CRICKET

    Spinner Monty Panesar is awarded an England increment contract for 2012-13.

    The Sussex left-armer qualifies for the award because he's played three Test matches against India and a Test match against New Zealand during the current 12-month contractual period.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Sean Edwards: "Rooney will start against Chelsea on Sunday. Hopefully this will silence any transfer rumours for now.

    Toby Tarrant: "Rooney's over-rated so Man Utd will be able to sell him for over the odds if I was a Utd fan I'd happily sell him for £25m+"

    James Holman: "A City fan saying Rooney's wages are ridiculous, you're paying half your team the same amount!"

  68. 1105: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official is going to test your motorsport knowledge.

    Since 1990, seven Germans have qualified on pole in a Formula One Grand Prix, who are they?

  69. 1103: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    London Broncos have rewarded their exciting winger Kieran Dixon with a new contract that keeps him at the club until the end of 2014.

    Dixon, 20, was the club's joint leading try-scorer in 2012 with 16 touchdowns and has scored five in five appearances so far this year.

    He says: "I'm really happy to get another few years at the Broncos. To be where I am now is just a massive achievement."

  70. 1059: 
    FOOTBALL

    West Yorkshire Police loses its appeal case over the costs of policing matches at Leeds' Elland Road stadium.

    The force was seeking to overturn a previous court ruling that the club was not responsible for paying for policing streets and car parks near the ground.

    The Court of Appeal in London rejected the police's claim. The decision means that West Yorkshire Police will have to repay Leeds for three years' worth of policing fees.

  71.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Alex Oldskoolroyd: "All this Rooney leaving talk is laughable. Fergie made a big call, but the game proved it to be the correct call!"

    James Joseph: "Hernandez? Kagawa? Rooney? Questions about leaving out top players shows United are as strong as ever!"

    Sownak Bose: "People have been expecting Rooney to leave at the end of every season since 2009, yet he's still here. Nothing in this rumour."

  72. 1049: 
    Ray Hall, Everton academy manager at the time when Wayne Rooney broke through at Goodison Park, tells BBC Radio 5 live:FOOTBALL

    "My own knowledge of Wayne and his personality having worked with him as a youngster is that he will be hurting from this."

  73. 1043: 
    FOOTBALL

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew reveals captain Fabricio Coloccini could be out until early May with a back injury.

    "Colo has gone back to Argentina," Pardew tells the Evening Chronicle.

    "There's no treatment he can have - he's broken two of the bones in his back.

    "We think it's going to be anything between three and seven weeks."

  74. 1037: 
    FORMULA 1
    Ferrari

    Team principal Stefano Domenicali believes Ferrari are in much better pre-season shape than a year ago.

    The Prancing Horse headed to the Australian Grand Prix in 2012 well off the pace but have posted much more competitive testing times in recent weeks.

    "What are the factors that have convinced me Ferrari has made a step forward?" Domenicali says.

    "The new business structure, the working methods, the modifications to the equipment we have used to work on this car, the consistency of the results compared with our targets and what we saw in the recent tests.

    "These all seem to tell us we are on the right path at last compared to the past."

  75. 1029: 
    FOOTBALL

    According to statisticians Opta, Wayne Rooney's scoring and assisting rate of 0.92 per Premier League/Champions League game this season is his equal best.

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    CRICKET

    Leicestershire sign Australia A batsman Joe Burns to replace captain Ramnaresh Sarwan when the West Indies player is away on international duty.

    Queenslander Burns is due to arrive on 15 May and leave on 30 August.

    "I'm very excited to get the opportunity to join Leicestershire for the 2013 season," Burns says.

  77.  
    GET INVOLVED

    TomHalpin1: "Rooney still vital to Man Utd success, we play better when he's on the pitch. Fact."

    Sam Cavanagh: "People are failing to mention dropping Kagawa. He scored a hat-trick at weekend!"

    Will Spencer: "He was benched as a result of his poor game in the first leg and United playing a defensive strategy. He's not going anywhere!"

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    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Cronulla Sharks will play in the opening weekend of the Australian Rugby League season despite the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency threatening to hand out six-month bans to several players for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

  79. 1003: 
    BBC Radio 5 live reporter Juliette Ferrington:FOOTBALL

    Here is some more from Wigan manager Roberto Martinez ahead of the weekend's FA Cup quarter-final tie against Everton: "I've been very impressed with the attitude of the players this week. We all know Everton are really strong."

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    CRICKET

    Australia pace bowler John Hastings agrees to join Sussex as their second overseas player for this summer's Twenty20 competition.

    The 27-year-old all-rounder has appeared for Australia in all three formats of the game.

    Sussex cricket manager Mark Robinson says: "John is a skilful bowler and a hard-hitting lower-order batter.

  81. 0946: 
    TENNIS

    Tennis agrees to adopt the biological passport programme and to increase blood testing, with the changes set to go into effect this year on both the men's and women's tours.

  82.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Wayne Rooney

    RyRy: "Wasn't it Alf Ramsey who said he picked the best team, not the best 11 players?"

    Ben Pilling: "All this talk about Wayne Rooney being sold... Do they not realise he is still Manchester United's best player???"

    Alex_Capp15: "Anyone thought Rooney might have just been rested for the Chelsea FA Cup game?"

  83. 0931: 
    BBC Radio 5 live reporter Juliette Ferrington:FOOTBALL

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez ahead of the weekend's FA Cup quarter-final tie against Everton: "You don't get too many opportunities to make history, but we know that it's going to be extremely difficult."

  84. 0926: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Scrum-half Morgan Parra and fly-half Frederic Michalak are selected to start France's Six Nations game against Ireland.

  85. 0917: 
    CRICKET

    Former captain Michael Vaughan says England are guilty of over-confidence in their dismal start to the Test series against New Zealand in Dunedin.

    England were bowled out for 167 before the Black Caps reached 131-0 at stumps on day two of the opening Test.

    "England didn't respect the game," Vaughan says on Test Match Special. "They took the mickey out of Mr Cricket."

  86. 0911: 
    FOOTBALL

    Statisticians Opta: "24 - Wayne Rooney has scored (12) or assisted (12) 24 goals in his 26 Premier League & Champions League appearances this season for Manchester United. Salient."

  87.  
    GET INVOLVED

    William King: "As a Manchester City fan I hope we don't sign Wayne Rooney. Wages will be astronomical as well as transfer fee and I'd rather have Tevez & Aguero."

    Simon Marshall: "Sir Alex Ferguson (probably) dropped Rooney because he was so poor in the first leg. Managers need to make big calls."

    Kevin Brennan: " This is nonsense. Roo was dropped to give us a tactical defensive setup, and it was working. He'll be first on next team sheet."

  88. 0859: 
    RUGBY UNION

    The Wales squad is "bouncing" with anticipation ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Scotland at Murrayfield, according to Mike Phillips.

    Everybody seems to be bouncing around in training," the scrum-half says after wins over France and Italy. "There's a spark about the camp now, and hopefully we can keep these winning ways going."

  89. 0851: 
    FORMULA 1
    Suzi Perry

    The BBC's new Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of the 2013 season starting on 15 March.

    "It is going to be an exciting year," she says.

    "Red Bull are the team to beat and champion Sebastian Vettel has a target on his back. Last year, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was pretty close to taking the title so we have a heady mix at the front of the field."

  90. 0845:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCRICKET

    Listen to the Test Match Special podcast to hear Geoffrey Boycott and Jonathan Agnew reflect on a very disappointing day for England as they are bowled out for 167 on the opening day of the rain affected first Test against New Zealand, who ended the day on 131-0.

  91. 0840: 
    TENNIS

    Serena and Venus Williams are absent from Indian Wells as they continue a boycott that began in 2001 when they and their father, Richard, felt they were the victims of racial abuse.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, tournament director Steve Simon says: "I don't think you ever say it's a lost cause [to see them return]. We have had communications with them over the years, many times, and we actually get along very well with them.

    "They unfortunately had, in their minds, a bad experience here and have decided not to come back, but they know that they are welcome here and we get along famously. But they've got their reasons for not wanting to do it, and that's the way it is."

  92.  
    GET INVOLVED
    Wayne Rooney

    What do you think? Will Manchester United choose to sell Wayne Rooney after his substitute role against Real Madrid? With two years left on his current deal, would you give him a new contract when you consider his current form and age?

    Is the striker still vitally important for the Premier League leaders? Will Rooney want to leave or stay and fight for his starting place? Is this situation similar to the speculation that surrounded Rooney's future in 2010 after he questioned the club's direction?

    Let us know what you think by using the hashtag #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  93. 0833: 
    FOOTBALL

    Similarly, BBC Sport football editor Howard Nurse is sceptical about the reports and thinks the onus is on Wayne Rooney to perform at his best for Manchester United.

    He tweets: "I'm not convinced about the claims Rooney will be sold. He's on course for Manchester United and England goal records but does need to kick on now."

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    FOOTBALL

    Wayne Rooney's former England and Manchester United team-mate Michael Owen believes, however, that the striker can play himself back into Sir Alex Ferguson's favour.

    "It's just speculation though," he tells talkSPORT. "He's been dropped for one game and I'm sure he will bounce back.

    "Obviously Wayne has got to get his head down now and start recapturing his best form.

    "He's certainly got the right attitude and ability to get back into the manager's thoughts."

  95. 0825: 
    FOOTBALL

    If Wayne Rooney is to leave Manchester United, BBC Radio 5 live pundit Ian McGarry thinks the list of potential destinations is a short one.

    "I think the difficulty for both is if he doesn't want to be at Manchester United, where would he go? He's already shown himself to not be too keen to play on the continent," he says.

    "The kind of teams who can afford his wages are mostly two in Spain (Barcelona and Real), plus Manchester City, but would he have the courage to make the move across Manchester? Or maybe Chelsea would take a risk on him because they're looking for a striker as well."

  96. 0822: 
    FOOTBALL

    The newspaper back pages are dominated by stories of Wayne Rooney's future with Manchester United, with a summer sale predicted after he did not start the Champions league loss to Real Madrid.

    Manager Sir Alex Ferguson insisted before the game, however, that the decision was purely tactical.

  97. 0815: 
    SAILING

    Britain's Nick Dempsey becomes the first man to win two windsurfing World Championship titles with victory at the event in Brazil.

  98. 0810: 
    FOOTBALL

    In the Champions League, David Beckham's Paris St-Germain are through to the quarter-finals after beating Spanish side Valencia on aggregate thanks to a 1-1 second leg draw at Parc des Princes.

    Wednesday's other tie saw Celtic lose 2-0 in Turin and fall to a 5-0 aggregate defeat to Italian champions Juventus.

  99. 0805: 
    CRICKET

    Elsewhere, England will wish the rain kept falling in Dunedin as the first day's play following the washout on Wednesday saw hosts New Zealand bowl out the visitors for 167 and race to 131-0 at the close.

  100. 0803: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    Thursday's BBC Sport gossip column is packed with stories about Wayne Rooney after he started on the bench in the Champions League defeat to Real Madrid.

    According to the Daily Mirror, Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for the £35m-rated striker due to concerns about his form and fitness. The Daily Mail believes the Premier League leaders would even be willing to sell at £20m, while the Guardian reports rivals Manchester City hold no interest in signing him.

  101. 0800: 
    SPORTSDAY
    Wayne Rooney

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday's Sportsday Live. Stay with us for all the reaction to a dismal day's play for England in their opening Test against New Zealand, all the build-up to the night's Europa League action plus the latest on the rumours about Wayne Rooney's Manchester United future...

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