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18 March 2013 Last updated at 06:23

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  1. 1900: 

    We leave you with news that the roof will be closed at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday as Wales and England fight it out for the Six Nations Championship. Before that, former players Jonathan Davies and Jeremy Guscott can give you the rundown on that clash and don't forget you can watch all the day's games, starting with Italy v Ireland at 14:30, live on the BBC. Enjoy!

  2. 1853: 

    Here's more on the developing story that the Football Association has contacted all 22 Blue Square Bet South clubs after concerns over suspicious betting patterns in the division. Two betting firms are no longer taking bets on matches involving Chelmsford, Billericay and AFC Hornchurch. You can read more in our story.

  3. 1845: 

    Blue Square Bet Premier nomads Gateshead will play their final fixture of the season against Ebbsfleet United at the home of Championship side Middlesbrough on Saturday, 20 April. Boro will be the fifth ground used by the Tynesiders because their usual home ground has an unplayable pitch.

  4. 1837: 

    Aberdeen manager Craig Brown does not believe his retirement announcement on Thursday will have any impact on his players during their final attempts to make the top six of the Scottish Premier League. "Players are very resilient," he said. "Obviously they want to play for a manager they are pleased to play for but it's their job to play football and... in the immediate term there will be no difference in attitude."

  5. 1833: 

    Inverness CT manager Terry Butcher has been issued with a notice of complaint by the Scottish Football Association after punching a dugout at Dundee last Saturday. The case will be heard on 11 April and Butcher has until 22 March to appeal.

  6. 1827: 

    Former England captain Will Carling talking about Saturday's England v Wales Six Nations game on BBC Radio 5 live: "England are so much more of a cohesive unit than they were 18 months ago. But this Welsh side has much more experience in the Six Nations and that counts for a lot and I think that gives them the edge."


    Plenty of you, like Kev Roberts and Richard Crabb, pointing out that Liverpool won the Uefa Cup in 1976 and the European Cup in 1977 and 1978, while Porto won the Uefa Cup in 2003 before winning the Champions League in 2004. But it appears Chelsea will become the first to do it the other way around, if they can win the Europa League this season.


    With Chelsea aiming for back-to-back European success, Jukebox Jack poses this question on Twitter: "Has any team ever won the Champions League and then gone on to win the Europa League (or Uefa Cup as it was) the very next season?" Good question. Can you help us out? Reply via #bbcsportsday and you can include the European Cup before it changed names.

  9. 1745: 

    Double Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Neil Adams has joined the British Judo Association's elite coaching programme. Adams, who also coached the 1996 Olympic squad, said: "I believe that together with performance director Nigel Donohue and his team, we have the ability to deliver a unified and successful programme for Rio and beyond."

  10. 1735: 

    BBC Horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght at Cheltenham: "The Gold Cup engendered a real feeling of a new era for steeplechasing. The first four home are respectively aged eight, seven, eight and eight, while the seven-year-old Silviniaco Conti was bang in there when coming down at the third last obstacle. There is masses of talented youth at the top of the tree, perhaps yet to reach their peak.

    "The first two home, Bob's Worth and Sir Des Champs, are the most significant, having been the top novice chasers at the 2012 Festival, and now they have neatly progressed. The 2014 Gold Cup is a long way off, but assuming most of the above make it that far, plus one or two more emerge, another golden period beckons."

  11. 1730: 

    Tony McCoy wins his second race of the day by romping home to win the Grand Annual Chase Challenge on Alderwood. That was the Cheltenham Festival's last race but you can get more reaction from our BBC folks there in our live text commentary.

  12. 1717: 
    Gary Locke

    Gary Locke admits he is "embarrassed" to be the focal point of Hearts' League Cup cup final build-up after John McGlynn led the team to Hampden. Locke has been in caretaker charge since McGlynn lost his job late last month following four consecutive defeats. "He's the reason we are here," said Locke ahead of Sunday's final at Hampden Park. I feel a little bit embarrassed to be honest with you because I'm here getting my photographs taken and doing all the interviews and there is one man that has got us here."

  13. 1709: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has been fined £2,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of improper conduct. The charge was in relation to alleged misconduct towards the match officials in their game against Leeds United on 9 March. Meanwhile, Palace player Wilfried Zaha has admitted an FA charge for improper conduct in relation to an alleged gesture he made towards Leeds United supporters during the same fixture. Zaha has requested a personal hearing.

  14. 1703: 

    Tottenham defender William Gallas understands why some players are tempted to walk off the field when they are subjected to racist abuse after hearing the monkey chants aimed at Emmanuel Adebayor last night.

    "Some players come off the pitch to show they are disappointed, I understand it and that shows we are not happy about this," said Gallas. "Sometimes the best thing is to punish the people who do this."

  15. 1702: 

    India coach Duncan Fletcher has been offered a new one-year deal, according to Cricinfo.

    The Zimbabwean started in the role after the country's World Cup win in April 2011 and his initial two-year deal is due to expire next month.

    "The board has decided to extend his contract," BCCI president N Srinivasan told reporters after the meeting. "But we have to discuss the terms. I can't tell you the deliberations of the board. All I can tell you is what is the decision. We have decided to extend it."

  16. 1655: 

    Everton boss David Moyes denies their FA Cup exit to Wigan will shape whether he extends his contract at Goodison Park, which expires this summer.

    "It doesn't alter anything. The decision at the end of the season will be made by me and the players and how well we all do together, how high we finish in the league. It's never changed," said Moyes.

  17. 1652: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini is confident Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero will return against Newcastle on 30 March.

    City captain Kompany has been out since January with a calf problem.

    Striker Aguero, 24, has not played since sustaining a knee injury in the 2-0 win over Chelsea on 24 February.

    "Vincent is not in our plans for [Everton] but I think he will be ready for the Newcastle game, like Sergio," Mancini said.

  18. 1648: 

    Salubrious brings Paul Nicholls his first winner of the festival in its penultimate race with victory in the Martin Pipe Conditional.

    If you want to follow the final race of this year's four-day extravaganza, Mike Henson's live text commentary leads you up the hill on the BBC Sport website.

  19. 1641: 

    The FA confirm they have fined Southampton £20,000 after they admitted a charge of failing to control their players.

    The incident occurred following the awarding of a penalty to Norwich during the match at Carrow Road on 9 March.

  20. 1630: 

    Norwich City announce Korey Smith has joined Oldham on a one-month loan deal: "LOAN NEWS - City midfielder Korey Smith has joined @OfficialOAFC on one-month loan deal."

  21. 1627: 

    Graham Rowntree wants England players to use the Millennium Stadium atmosphere as a positive against Wales tomorrow.

    "That's why you play the game, to play away in an atmosphere like the Millennium Stadium. I have played there a few times and it is a cracking atmosphere," said Rowntree.

    "But our lads have enough to worry about with their own jobs and the opposition. We don't need to worry about the atmosphere. In fact, they can use that as a positive."

  22. 1621: 

    Southampton accept a Football Association charge of failing to control their players, the Press Association understands.

    The charge relates to the award of a Norwich penalty during Saturday's Premier League match at Carrow Road.


    Eric Cunha on Twitter: "Besides Chelsea and Tottenham, Benfica are the strongest team left. It's going to be two long matches for Newcastle."

    Krijan Maharjan on Twitter: "Tiring schedule for Chelsea. On top of that, travel to Russia. But should be easy if job done at 1st leg. Chelsea to win EL."

    What is your reaction to the Europa League draw? Will an English team win it? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

  24. 1615: 

    Northampton forward Phil Dowson signs a two-year contract extension.

    The 31-year-old, who arrived from Newcastle in 2009 and has seven England caps, has played 26 times this season and scored five tries.

    "I've become very settled in Northampton since arriving here four years ago," the experienced back row told the club website.

    "I've had a great time and made a lot of friends and that's borne out by the fact that I want to stay here."

  25. 1613: 

    Salsify wins the Foxhunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

    There are just two races left for this year - keep up-to-date with Mike Henson's live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  26. 1558: 

    The FA and the Gambling Commission contact all 22 Conference South clubs having become aware of suspicious betting activity surrounding a number of matches in the league.

    All clubs have been asked to remind players and officials of their responsibilities under the betting and integrity rules. The FA has appealed for any information regarding possible breaches of these rules.

  27. 1555: 

    Former Newcastle striker Nile Ranger admits a charge of common assault following a city centre incident.

    The 21-year-old, who left the Magpies by mutual consent a fortnight ago, was arrested after police received reports of a fight between a couple in the city centre on Wednesday evening.

  28. 1550: 

    Martin Jol says played a big part in convincing Gareth Bale to join Tottenham,

    Jol was Spurs manager when he plucked Bale from Southampton in 2007 and gave the then 17-year-old left-back his Premier League debut.

    "I saw Bale at Southampton when he was 15, we followed him and other people came in but I had a few words with his mum to convince him to come to Spurs," said Jol.

    "With hindsight it's very satisfying, he's probably the best player in the Premier League at the moment and he shows it week in, week out."

  29. 1541: 

    Ireland defensive coach Antony Foley pays a warm tribute to Brian O'Driscoll on Friday as speculation continues that the captain is about to end his impressive career.

    "Having seen Brian at the age he started his career and the prodigious talent he was at that stage, to the legend that he is now, it's something I've been fortunate to see," said Foley. "He's an excellent team-mate and an excellent man to coach.

    "You cherish them while you have them because you'll be a long time missing them."

  30. 1534: 

    Favourite Bobs Worth wins the 2013 Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival for trainer Nicky Henderson and jockey Barry Geraghty, with Sir Des Champs second and Long Run third.

    Live text commentary of today's action is available with our man Mike Henson on the BBC Sport website.

  31. 1523: 

    Former Olympic champion Robin Cousins feels a top-10 finish for ice dancing duo Nicholas Buckland and Penny Coomes at the World Championships would be a success for the British pair.

    Buckland and Coomes are competing at the World Figure Skating Championships in Canada this weekend.

    "This is their chance to impress," Cousins said.

    "They came fifth in the European Championships and while they are not prospects for medals in Sochi, in four years after that they will be looking to medal."

  32. 1517: 

    Everton will again be without goalkeeper Tim Howard and defender Phil Jagielka for Saturday's Premier League clash with Manchester City at Goodison Park.

    Howard broke two bones in his back in the FA Cup fifth-round replay at Oldham last month and Jan Mucha will continue to deputise, while Jagielka is recovering from surgery to repair a cut to his ankle.

    Everton boss David Moyes will assess a couple of other players who picked up knocks in the defeat by Wigan last weekend while full-back Tony Hibbert (calf) may not play again this season.


    Moe Muntz on Twitter: "Now that all EPL teams are all out, English fans will appreciate CL more, and even appreciate the value of Europa League."

    M Azhar Jhetam on Twitter: "Bayern vs Juve is the biggest game without a doubt, Barca will stroll past PSG."

    What are your thoughts on the European draws? Who will progress in the Europa League? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

  34. 1504: 

    Fulham boss Martin Jol has an unchanged squad for Sunday's Premier League trip to former club Tottenham.

    Steve Sidwell has shaken off a knock picked up since their last outing, a 2-2 draw against Sunderland a fortnight ago, and trained on Friday morning.

    But fellow midfielder Mahamadou Diarra is still missing with a knee injury which could rule him out for the rest of the season.

  35. 1502: 

    Earlier today, we asked the following question: "Who are the last 10 different winners of the Australian GP?"

    The answers to the #QSTeaser: Button, Vettel, Hamilton, Raikkonen, Alonso, Fisichella, M Schumacher, Coulthard, Irvine and Hakkinen.

  36. 1455: 

    Anthony Pilkington faces two to three weeks out with a hamstring injury and will miss Norwich's Premier League game with Sunderland on Sunday.

    Midfielder Alex Tettey (knee) is expected to return in a fortnight and England goalkeeper John Ruddy will return to full training at the end of this month, while winger Andrew Surman (knee) is expected to miss the rest of the season.

  37. 1452: 

    Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City's hopes of retaining the Premier League title could strengthen before the sides meet on 8 April in the Manchester derby, but they should not expect favours elsewhere.

    "The next two or three games will be crucial - if they lose a point in the next two games [then] maybe.

    "After the two games, we have the derby. But it all depends on us. When you are behind you should win every game."

  38. 1448: 

    Favourite At Fishers Cross wins the Novices Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival in fantastic style to land AP McCoy his first winner of this year's festival.

    Live text commentary of today's action is available with our man Mike Henson on the BBC Sport website.


    George Maddocks on Twitter: "The two worst teams are both pitted against top clubs with nothing to lose domestically and a desperation to win the CL. Ouch!"

    What do you think of the two European draws? Who has the most favourable draw out of the three English teams? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

  40. 1437: 

    Nani and Phil Jones both miss out on Manchester United's Premier League encounter with Reading at Old Trafford on Saturday.

    Nani injured his hamstring against Chelsea last weekend, while the versatile Jones has been out since hurting his ankle in the FA Cup clash with the Royals four weeks ago.

    Paul Scholes (knee) is also out as United look to maintain their 12-point lead over Manchester City.

  41. 1435: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has no fresh injury worries ahead of Saturday's Premier League game with QPR at Villa Park.

    Darren Bent (foot) and midfielder Karim El Ahmadi (ankle) are still ruled out along with long-term casualties Chris Herd, Marc Albrighton, Richard Dunne and Gary Gardner.

    Midfielder Fabian Delph will complete a two-game ban after collecting his 10th yellow card of the campaign during the 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City.

  42. 1433: 

    Olympic duo Becky Gallantree and Alicia Blagg earn silver medal on the opening day of the World Series event in Beijing.

    The springboard synchro pairing beat world-class company to post a score of 305.79 and finish only behind Chinese duo Shi Tingmao and Wi Minxia.

    Gallantree and Blagg finished seventh at last year's Olympics.

  43. 1427: 

    Ireland fly-half Jonathan Sexton has been ruled for between four to six weeks with his foot injury, announces assistant coach Anthony Foley.

  44. 1424: 

    Duncan Bryce: "Brilliant Champions League draw, poised to be very competitive semi-finals if the favourites go through!"

  45. 1420: 

    The Football Association confirms the dates and kick-off times for the FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley Stadium next month.

    Championship side Millwall face top-flight Wigan Athletic on Saturday 13 April at 17:15 GMT, while Premier League champions Manchester City meet either current FA Cup holders Chelsea or local rivals Manchester United on Sunday 14 April (16:00).

    Millwall Millwall players and fans celebrate their quarter-final victory over Blackburn
  46. 1415: 

    Jockey Bryan Cooper is enjoying himself on the final day of the Cheltenham Festival after adding the County Handicap Hurdle to his earlier Triumph Hurdle victory. Cooper, 20, leads 10-1 shot Ted Veale to success in the afternoon's second race.

    Live text commentary of today's action is underway with Mike Henson.

  47. 1410: 

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington: "Been to see David Moyes at the Everton training ground. He says contract situation remains the same. 'Come the end of the season we'll see where we finish, that'll be the right time to make any decisions,' says the Scot."

  48. 1407: 

    Italy captain Sergio Parisse says Brian O'Driscoll is "one of the best centres in the history of the game" ahead of Saturday's Six Nations clash between the teams.

    O'Driscoll, 34, will be playing his 60th and potentially final match of the championship with the centre's future beyond the Lions' summer tour to Australia yet to be decided.

    "When you talk about Ireland and rugby, you can't not talk about Brian O'Driscoll," said Parisse. "He's one of the best centres in the history of the game. This will be his final match in Rome and he will want to finish with a win."

  49. 1403: 

    A consortium of Dunfermline fans has failed to reach an agreement with club owner Gavin Masterton to hand over his shares.

    The Scottish First Division club has been served a winding-up order by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs and has struggled to pay its players on time.

  50. 1400: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert says he has never thought of Premier League relegation ahead of his team's vital clash against bottom-four rivals QPR.

    "I've always been positive in my football and the way we've been playing lately I don't see why we should be unduly worried," says the Scot. "Other teams near the middle of the table could easily get sucked in with nine games to go."

  51. 1357: 

    Michael Langham: "People seem to be forgetting Ibrahimovic is suspended for the first leg of the tie against Barcelona."

  52. 1354: 

    Liverpool will make a late assessment on the fitness of goalkeeper Jose Reina before they travel to Southampton for tomorrow's Premier League encounter at St Mary's.

    The Spain international missed last weekend's win over Tottenham with a calf injury and manager Brendan Rodgers will decide whether he will be recalled after training.

  53. 1350: 

    Huddersfield captain Danny Brough insists the Super League leaders are no one-man team as he prepares to face his old club Hull on Saturday.

    Brough produced a man-of-the-match performance in the 32-8 thrashing of champions Leeds Rhinos, a week after Giants lost 43-18 to Bradford without the ill goalscoring half-back.

    "Personally it was probably one of my best performances for the Giants but I can't play well without the help of the rest of the lads," he said.

  54. 1345: 

    Wales flanker Justin Tipuric says the hosts will not lack motivation when they tackle Grand Slam-chasing England at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.

    "We are just concentrating on our job and trying to win the game, that's the biggest thing," said Tipuric. "It is about making sure the scoreboard is ticking over. You can't go straight out there and try to get a massive lead in 10 minutes - it's not possible."

  55. 1340: 

    Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Ashley Barnes must serve a seven-match ban from the Football Association after reports he appeared to trip referee Nigel Miller.

    Barnes was sent off during the Seagulls' defeat at Bolton and is currently serving a four-match suspension because it was his second red card of the season.

    But he will miss an additional three matches after the governing body said the incident "constituted an offence whereby the standard punishment that would otherwise apply was clearly insufficient".

  56. 1337: 

    Our Conor romps to the Triumph Hurdle by almost 20 lengths in the first race of Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival.

    Live text commentary of today's action is underway with our man Mike Henson.

  57. 1331: 

    Jonni Slater: "PSG have a great manager in Ancelotti, and Barcelona's defence won't fancy facing Zlatan, providing he decides to turn up."

  58. 1326: 

    England No.8 Tom Wood warns his team not to be distracted by the pre-match "sideshow" at the Millennium Stadium ahead of tomorrow's Grand Slam showdown against Wales.

    "There is a lot of noise," said Wood. "You have your side of the field to warm up on and there are often bands playing and an awful lot going on. It can be a little bit unsettling at times.

    "I don't know if it is a deliberate ploy to try and unsettle your warm-up routine or if it is because there is a confined space and they are looking to get as much going on as possible."

  59. 1322: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce says the need for instant success in football is leading to more managers losing their jobs following Reading's sacking of Brian McDermott.

    "From a manager's point of view it is always sad when you see one of your fellow managers lose their job," said Allardyce. "We all know it is a volatile world and we know how volatile it is year-in, year-out now and it is becoming less patient than ever before."

  60. 1317: 

    Ron Alvinho: "Rubin have already knocked out the side which demolished Chelsea in this seasons super cup. Undefeated in the group stages too."

    Adam Kempner: "Don't underestimate Newcastle. Only team who have nothing to play for in the league."

    Adam Richardson: "Why are people forgetting Newcastle? Beat far better teams than Chelsea and deserve just as much credit."

  61. 1314: 

    Sunderland full-back Danny Rose faces a late fitness check ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash against Norwich.

    The England Under-21 international Rose, who returned to first-team action as a substitute in last weekend's 3-1 defeat at QPR, reported tightness in the hamstring which had sidelined him for the previous two games.

  62. 1311: 

    BBC Radio 5 live meteorologist Simon King says it is not going to be pleasant weather for the 50,000 spectators expected to watch Gold Cup day at the Cheltenham Festival.

    "It's going to turn very soggy at the racecourse during the afternoon with heavy rain moving in for the first part of the afternoon and then lasting throughout. The wind will also pick up making things also turn a little breezy," says Simon.

    Live text commentary of today's action from the Cotswolds course is underway with our man Mike Henson.

  63. 1307: 

    England scrum-half Danny Care: "Heading off to the Millennium Stadium for our team run. Can't wait to play there tomorrow. Such an amazing atmosphere."

  64. 1304: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he does not understand why Reading, who the Red Devils host on Saturday, have sacked Brian McDermott.

    "If they had done it in December or January maybe I would have understood it because he could have brought players in." says Ferguson. "Brian McDermott has done a good job given the outlay. He was manager of the month in January - I hope I am not manager of the month this month."

  65. 1259: 

    Andy Atkinson: "Dortmund with a kind draw against dark horses Malaga. Dortmund vs. Juventus for the final."

    Dexter: "PSG are no match for Barcelona? Well I guess Ibrahimovic, Pastore, Lavezzi, Thiago Silva, Lugano, Moura are all ordinary then."

    Andrew Priestley: "Very strange mulling over a CL QF draw with no English participation. Fully expect two Spanish and two German sides in the semis."

  66. 1256: 

    Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has similar quality to Ronaldinho and Lionel Messi, says Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino.

    The Brazilian, 20, has enjoyed a fine start to life at Anfield following his January move from Italian giants Inter Milan. Coutinho was also linked with a move to Southampton, with Pochettino having coached the player during a loan spell at Espanyol last season.

    "Philippe is a Brazilian player and, as it happens with most Brazilians, he has a special magic in his feet," said the Argentine. "Aside from the magic that he has, he also has an amazing work rate and that makes us doubt whether he fits the mould of a typical Brazilian player or a European one because his work ethic is outstanding."

  67. 1253: 

    Castleford are poised to give a Super League debut to 20-year-old forward Daniel Fleming against London Broncos on Sunday.

    Fleming, who made his debut for Wales in 2012, was given a squad number at the start of the season but has been playing on loan with Championship club Batley.

  68. 1251: 

    Herschelle Labahn: "As a Liverpool supporter, its pleasing to see Chelsea and Spurs still battling it out in the Europa League. Advantage."

    Crip Cooke: "Tottenham and Chelsea are by far the strongest sides left in the Europa League. I'm expecting the trophy to come to England."

    Tunde O: "NUFC have the toughest draw, Benfica are at the top of their league and have good players like Nicolas Gaitan."

  69. 1247: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says it is "absolute nonsense" he refused to shake hands with Rafael Benitez.

    The Chelsea manager said Ferguson ignored the pre-match handshake ahead of last weekend's FA Cup tie at Old Trafford.

    But the Scot said: "Absolute nonsense. Why wouldn't I shake hands? Have you ever seen me not shake hands with anyone? I never saw him, I was signing autographs. If he wanted to shake my hand he could have stood in front of me."

  70. 1244: 

    Tiago Campos: "Love the fact Benfica got Newcastle. We always get good support in England, and glad we avoided Spurs."

    Toby Cherrill: "Not only do Chelsea have to contend with a ridiculous fixture pile up, they now have to go all the way to Russia to play too!

    Oli Bowling: "CFC will struggle with the long journey to Russia. Hoping it affects their domestic form. I'm glad spurs avoided Rubin."

  71. 1242: 

    Chelsea secretary David Barnard on his club's Europa League draw against Rubin Kazan: "We are happy with that, but for any team to get to this stage we have got to give them respect.

    "Our European campaign this season has been a mixed bag - we didn't do as well as what we wanted in the Champions League. But you saw the reaction of the players to John Terry's goal against Steaua - the Europa League does mean something. If we were to win it then, for one week, we would be double European champions."

  72. 1239: 

    Simon Winter: "Re 1209 - Does Leonardo not remember Messi's dreadful performance against Chelsea last year in the semis? He does have off days!"

  73. 1237: 

    Doctors confirm amateur jockey JT McNamara has suffered two fractured vertebrae in his neck following his fall at the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday.

    Dr Adrian McGoldrick, senior medical officer, Irish Turf Club, said: "He is currently in theatre at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. There will be no further news until Saturday and we will keep everyone updated. His wife Caroline is with him."

  74. 1233: 

    Robert Thomas-Alder: "Does anyone see an upset on the cards in the next round of CL games? PSG vs Barca, Juventus vs Bayern?"

    Collins Onwochei: "Interesting draws, should be refreshing without a Premier League side."

    Thomas Gregory: "PSG v Barca is the clear glamour tie of the round, for footballing reasons the standout tie has to be Bayern v Juve though."

  75. 1230: 

    On Rio Ferdinand's England call-up, Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said: ""I need to speak to the (United) doctor because we prepare Rio Ferdinand in a certain way and there are certain treatments he has to go through.

    "He has to make sure he is going to be OK in terms of the number of games he plays. We have been doing that for two years and it has worked. We have to look at all these things before Rio decides (if he joins up)."

  76. 1227: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has hinted that it is not completely certain Rio Ferdinand will join up with England next week.

    Ferdinand was selected by Roy Hodgson yesterday for this month's World Cup qualifiers with San Marino and Montenegro, the first time he has been called up by the current England boss since he took charge just before Euro 2012.

    "I was as surprised as anyone when I heard," Ferguson said.

  77. 1224: 

    Exeter City have signed 20-year-old midfielder Reading midfielder Lawson D'Ath on an initial one-month loan.

    D'Ath spent much of last season on loan at Yeovil and had a two-month spell at Cheltenham this season.

  78. 1221: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke was dismissed for a first-ball duck as his side finished day two of the third Test against India on 273-7.

    Ed Cowan (86) and David Warner (71) put on 139 for the first wicket before the tourists lost Warner, Clarke and Phil Hughes for 12 runs before tea.

    Steve Smith was unbeaten at stumps on 58, with Mitchell Starc 20 not out.

  79. 1215: 

    From BBC Sport's Ed Marriage: "A Welsh Rugby Union spokesman says no decision has yet been taken on whether the stadium roof will be open or closed for tomorrow's Six Nations decider between Wales and England.

    "Both coaches have to agree for the roof to be closed. England coach Stuart Lancaster said yesterday that he would like the roof closed if it is wet."


    David Eldridge: "Basel is such a winnable tie for Spurs. Better win 3-0 at home just in case though."

    Matt Bell: "The last thing Chelsea needed with the fixture congestion was to travel 2000 miles for the second leg. Spurs three days later."

    Ahmz Osman: "Why are Spurs so confident? Remember what Basel did to United at Old Trafford? I'm predicting a repeat, very good side Basel."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  81. 1209: 

    Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo on his team's upcoming meeting with Barcelona: "What can you say about Barcelona? They are the favourites, not just against us, but for the whole tournament. This is our first year back in the Champions League for many years so to play a quarter-final against Barcelona is very special.

    "It's impossible to stop Lionel Messi on a good day. Everyone tried before and they haven't done it. He's Lionel Messi and he does it in almost all the matches. We won't change our strategy against Barcelona - just adapt."

  82. 1206: 

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes his side are struggling to cope with the expectation of playing in front of their own supporters.

    The 1-0 loss to Hull on Monday night was the Clarets' fifth successive home game without a win and they have a derby at Blackburn on Sunday.

    "The bigger picture for us is a fear in the group all of a sudden - mainly from the expectation," Dyche said. "There is a massive expectation at this football club. The crowd want Premier League football, as simple as that."


    Shane Brotherton: "Very happy Chelsea fan! Possible Chelsea,Spurs, Newcastle, Lazio semi-finals! Bring it on."

    Howard Wolowitz: "I'm incredibly glad Chelsea avoided Benfica. We should be strong enough to get past Rubin Kazan."

    Paul Thompson: "Great draws for Spurs and Chelsea. Newcastle's is tricky but having the 2nd leg at home could be crucial. All winnable."

    What do you think of the Champions League and Europa League draws? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday.

  84. 1202: 

    Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been fined £15,580 and banned from driving for eight months after being caught speeding.


    Craig Barker: "Glad the toon got benfica massive tie media may even remember we are still in competition!"

    Martin: "I'm happy with Rubin Kazan, hopefully a win and we can progress to the semis."

    Liam Owen: "Benfica vs Toon - Canny happy with that! Will be a nice wee trip to Lisbon for the Toon army!"

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  86. 1157: 

    Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

    Chelsea v Rubin Kazan.

    Tottenham v Basel.

    Fenerbahce v Lazio.

    Benfica v Newcastle.

    First legs to be played 4 April and second legs to be played 11 April.

  87. 1154: 

    Europa League quarter-final draw:

    Benfica v Newcastle.

  88. 1154: 

    Europa League quarter-final draw:

    Fenerbahce v Lazio.

  89. 1153: 

    Europa League quarter-final draw:

    Tottenham v Basel.

  90. 1151: 

    Europa League quarter-final draw:

    Chelsea v Rubin Kazan.

  91. 1151: 

    Nottingham Forest midfielder Guy Moussi reflects on the impact that manager Billy Davies has made at the City Ground since returning for a second spell in charge and says he shares the Scot's ambitions for the club.

    On Sunday at 23:45 on BBC1, Late Kick Off Midlands reporter Natalie Jackson will be looking in depth at the use of video technology at Forest and its benefits for the first-team squad.


    Will Mitchell: "This lecture is pointless when all I want to know is who Spurs are going to draw."

    Daniel Gearie: "So many people seeing PSG as a one-man team through Ibrahimovic - Menez, Pastore, Lavezzi, Motta, Silva, Alex, Beckham."

    James Herbert: "Bayern v Juve has got to be the draw of the comp. Hoping for Juve v Dortmund final."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  93. 1145: 

    Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno on the upcoming tie against Galatasaray: "It is the Champions League quarter-finals so it is not going to be easy. We play the first leg at home so we need to get a good result to him.

    "With the signings of Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba they have improved. Jose Mourinho and Drogba have a strong relationship and Mourinho is happy he is going to meet him again. I just hope Drogba is not going to perform too well."

  94. 1145: 

    Uefa General Secretary Gianni Infantino: "We are now only 12 games away from the final and we know that, on Wednesday 15 May at the Amsterdam ArenA, a new name will be engraved on the UEFA Europa League trophy. It is a great venue for the final and all the clubs who are present at this stage of the competition will now have the clear objective of being there."

  95. 1143: 

    Martin O'Neill insists the Barclays Premier League cannot be judged on England's failure to have a club in the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in 17 years.

    O'Neill said: "I'm afraid I don't agree with that, I don't agree with the reasoning behind it, let me put it this way.

    "Everybody can have their own opinion about whether the league is strong or not, but if you start making judgments of a whole league simply on the back of a couple of results in the Champions League, I'm afraid I don't buy that and never have done."

  96. 1141: 

    Barcelona vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu following the draw: "This year we are having a good season and we will play a Paris Saint Germain team who we have been following with interest. We know Ibrahimovic and Maxwell who used to play for us and it will be a difficult tie.

    "We are not favourites to win the Champions League. This year we are having a good season in our national league, but we're also having some troubles as everyone knows our coach is currently in New York [receiving cancer treatment]."

  97. 1141: 

    The Europa League quarter-final draw is coming up any minute now.


    Andy Longson: "Other than Zlatan Ibrahimovic, PSG are no match for Barcelona."

    Daniel Padwick: "Tough draw. Zlatan will want revenge for the way he was treated. Barca play like they did on Tuesday, their unbeatable."

    Shamil Sakaria: "Not a bad draw for dark horses Malaga. Top quality manager too, can see them getting through to the semis."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  99. 1137: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon would love the spending power of previous Old Firm managers but is realistic about the current financial climate.

    Lennon guided his side to the last 16 of the Champions League this season before losing to Juventus and he is keen to bolster his squad ahead of next season.

    "What I need is investment," "If I can get £10m to spend on new players in the summer then we'll be even better."

  100. 1133: 

    An interesting statistic from Uefa ahead of the Europa League quarter-final draw: "In each of the previous two seasons in which a country has taken three clubs to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals, one of that number has gone on to win the trophy - Porto (Portugal) in 2010/11 and Atlético (Spain) in 2012/13. That country also provided both finalists in each season, with SC Braga and Athletic Club as respective runners-up.

  101. 1131: 

    Jockey JT McNamara's wife Caroline has flown in to be at the father-of-three's bedside in intensive care.

    The Irish rider, 37, is being assessed for serious spinal injuries following a fall at the Cheltenham Festival.


    Mohamed Cherri: "Sad news for Real. Facing Galatasaray means it's now unlikely they'll get the same Turkish ref."

    Leslie: "Juventus v Bayern would be epic,, and Barca v PSG would be tricky, Dortmund and Madrid have it easy, but still Juve would win."

    Alex Moore: "Champions League Semi's could be All German and All Spanish affairs including an El Classico."

  103. 1126: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has dismissed criticism of English football after all of the Premier League teams were knocked out before the quarter-finals.

    He said: "Last year Chelsea won it and this year English football has three teams in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

    "For three or four years English teams have won, or been to the final. For one year, other teams have done it. When I read this thing about English football being down I thought it was stupid."

  104. 1124: 

    Coventry manager Steven Pressley has paid tribute to his squad for their attitude despite the threat of administration hanging over the Sky Blues.

    The League One club face a High Court date on March 22, with the owners of the Ricoh Arena claiming they are owed £1.3m rent arrears.


    Fraser MacLeod: "Pretty boring draw, no massive ties. Should mean the semi finals have the four best teams in them though."

    Michael Henson: "Stand out tie has to be PSG v Barca, should be a great spectacle. Also Real v Galatasaray will be interesting."

    Josh Clark: "Bayern v Juve and Barca v PSG are almost worth seeing no English team in the champions league. Tasty."


    What do you make of the Champions League draw? Which is your tie of the quarter-finals?

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  107. 1119: 

    The Champions League quarter-final draw in full:

    Malaga v Borussia Dortmund

    Real Madrid v Galatasaray

    Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona

    Bayern Munich v Juventus

    First legs to be played on 2 or 3 April and second legs to be played on 9 or 10 April.

  108. 1117: 

    Champions League quarter-final draw:

    Bayern Munich v Juventus.

  109. 1116: 

    Champions League quarter-final draw:

    Paris Saint Germain v Barcelona.

  110. 1115: 

    Champions League quarter-final draw:

    Real Madrid v Galatasary.

  111. 1114: 

    Champions League quarter-final draw:

    Malaga v Borussia Dortmund.

  112. 1114: 

    Former Real Madrid and Liverpool star Steve McManaman, who is Uefa's Champions League final ambassador, in Nyon: "It's a difficult competition to qualify for, and even more difficult to qualify for the last-eight - as the English clubs have found out. The main thing for the English teams is they need to improve. There was a wonderful time when we had three of the four semi-finalists and it was a significant period of success - but not any more."

  113. 1113: 

    European football expert Andy Brassell has been examining the eight teams in the hat for the Champions League quarter-final draw, which is coming up in Nyon.

    You can read Andy's feature on our football page.

  114. 1111: 

    Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino in Nyon: "This is the Champions League - this is the best of the best. Teams can play another from their association and it adds extra spice to the draw."

  115. 1110: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes players that suffer racist abuse should not walk off the pitch:

    "The answer is just not to walk off, it looks to be a recurring problem in Italy when English teams play there and it is not acceptable. I don't think walking off the pitch is the right answer, but we have to isolate people who do that and punish them.

    "I don't know well enough what they [Uefa] do. They have come out many times to fight against it. Do we do enough? We have made big improvements but there is still some work to do. There is always the possibility of setbacks.

    "Maybe [kick the clubs out]. But if you walk off, we have no game anymore - when losing, anybody could start racist chants. You will have the racists mastering the situation."


    Benhard Naweseb: "Besides Barca, I really don't mind who Bayern get, we have a team that can go all the way."

    Geobin: "Hoping for PSG Barca. Zlatan will want to knock Barca out."

    Christopher Clarke: "Using the Champs League to pick rooms for our uni house next year. Galatasaray are due a win ... right?"

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  117. 1106: 

    Ahead of the first race of the year here's an F1 #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official, Who are the last 10 different winners of the Australian GP?

  118. 1105: 
    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini Roberto Mancini

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini enjoying Comic Relief at his media conference.

  119. 1103: 

    Martin Paterson is back in the Northern Ireland squad for this month's World Cup qualifying double-header after ending a self-imposed absence.

    The Burnley striker had requested some time away from the national side at the start of the current campaign in a bid to get himself back to full fitness following a series of injuries.

    But he was named in Michael O'Neill's squad for the home matches against Russia and Israel on March 22 and March 26.

  120. 1101: 

    Former stand-off Gregor Townsend insists Scotland have a great chance to claim their first win in France since 1999.

    "I do believe France are a vulnerable side, it could be a great time to strike." he told BBC Scotland. "The French sit bottom of the table, having lost three and drawn one of their Six Nations matches so far.

    "Having had those defeats, there's bound to be some disagreements in the group and the crowd can turn on their team pretty quickly in France."

  121. 1059: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has yet to make up his mind whether to recall captain Thomas Vermaelen and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny at Swansea tomorrow but said "nobody is guaranteed a place".

    Wenger said: "All the players are in the same position. Nobody is guaranteed places in the team.

    "Everybody faces the same competition and the players who (have) come in have been on the bench for a long, long time. They all have the same problem, the job of being a top-level competitor is to deal with that."

  122. 1057: 

    Lock Ian Evans says all the pressure is on England ahead of the Six Nations title decider with Wales on Saturday.

    "I would say the pressure is on England," Evans said. "They are coming to Wales to play for a Grand Slam and that is a hell of a lot of pressure.

    "We went to Twickenham to win the Triple Crown and most of the boys felt the pressure then but we came through it. We have got that experience but it's unknown territory for the English boys coming here for the Grand Slam."


    Jonathan Ayling: "Hoping for Juventus v Barcelona. Think Juventus could be the team with the defensive discipline to stop Barca."

    Nico Costerous: "I would love to know the difference between falling out the CL in the last 16 and winning the Europa League in financial terms."

    Lee Robson: "Three years ago, we were held 2-2 at Middlesbrough in Championship. Now in last eight of Europe. No praise for Newcastle at all."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  124. 1053: 

    Ahead of the Champions League quarter-final draw, here's a rundown of how it works. At this stage of the competition, no teams are seeded and clubs can be paired with those from the same association. The team drawn first out of the hat plays the first leg at home. All matches take place on 2/3 April and 9/10 April.

  125. 1050: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has rejected reports linking him with Zenit St Petersburg.

    "It's not true, absolutely," he said. "Every day some newspaper say that there's a new manager for another team, it's not true."

  126. 1048: 

    Barcelona, Real Madrid, Malaga, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Juventus, Paris St Germain and Galatasary are all in the hat for the Champions League quarter-final draw, comign up in just over 10 minutes.

  127. 1045: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini expects Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany to return from injury in time to face Newcastle on 30 March 30.

    Aguero has been struggling with a knee injury and Kompany has been out since January after suffering a calf problem in the FA Cup fourth-round victory at Stoke.

    "Sergio is in Argentina but he will come back on Sunday," said Mancini. "Vincent is not in our plans for tomorrow. But I think he will be ready for the Newcastle game, like Sergio."


    Lurez Naidoo: "It's too early for another El Classico. PSG against Barca will be a good tie. Dortmund are dark horses for the tournament."

    Adam Cole: "Would Chelsea become the first team to hold both European titles at the same time if they win the EL? Albeit only for 10 days."

    Andrew Davies: "Re Wenger dismissing Vermaelen and Szczesny moves means little. He said same about RVP, Fabregas etc etc."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  129. 1040: 

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has left out Fernando Torres from his squad for two World Cup qualifiers against Finland and France.

    Del Bosque said: "Torres had been a regular until recently, his inconsistency worries us."

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea takes the place of injured captain Iker Casillas, while Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez makes the 24-man squad despite nursing a leg injury

  130. 1038: 

    From BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght: "In the past few minutes, it's been confirmed that A P McCoy will ride the leading Irish hope, Sir Des Champs, in this afternoon's Cheltenham Gold Cup. It follows the withdrawal this morning of Sunnyhill Boy, who was deemed to be "not 100 percent fit".

  131. 1037: 

    Stoke are waiting to see whether Matthew Etherington will be fit enough to return to the side for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

    The winger has missed the last two games with a back problem and is again touch and go while striker Cameron Jerome is likely to be on the bench after being forced off with a knock to his knee in last weekend's defeat by Newcastle.

    Defender Robert Huth serves the final game of a three-match ban so full-back Marc Wilson will again deputise alongside captain Ryan Shawcross in the centre.

  132. 1035: 

    England's Owen Farrell says the revival in his team's fortunes is not down to luck, but is because of "hard work" by the coaches and players.

    Farrell says the game is the biggest he has been involved in, and that England will "put their bodies on the line" to win it.

  133. 1032: 

    And the draw for the Europa League follows at 1140 GMT, with Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino and director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti being aided by former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert.

  134. 1030: 

    The Champions League quarter final draw will take place in Nyon at 1100 GMT with Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino and director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti being assisted by former Liverpool and Real Madrid player Steve McManaman.

  135. 1027: 

    Millwall have completed the loan signings of Southampton midfielder Richard Chaplow and Crystal Palace striker Jermaine Easter.

    Both Chaplow, 28, and Easter, 31, join the Lions until the end of the season. Chaplow is eligible to play in Millwall's FA Cup semi-final against Wigan next month, but Wales international Easter is cup-tied.


    Robert Thomas-Alder: "Looking at the teams in the UCL I think Galatasary could be a surprise package. Drogba to get a winners' medal two years in a row?"

    Nathan Ashcroft: "Any game of football is worth watching. Even if EPL clubs don't take Europa seriously & play reserves anything could happen."

    Bidur Marasini: "There is big world outside of England. No British clubs doesn't mean no one will stop watching Champions League."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  137. 1023: 

    Lewis Hamilton heads into the Australian Grand Prix this weekend "massively excited" as Mercedes proved they could be genuine Formula One world title contenders this season.

    "We're not massively off the Red Bulls which is really incredible and shows what a great job all the guys back at the factory have done," he said.

    "It's too early to say right now we're the best of the rest, but we're definitely up there which I'm massively happy about."

  138. 1019: 

    Ahead of the quarter-final draw at 1100 GMT Barcelona are the firm favourites for this year's Champions League as they look for a third win in five years.

    You can get as much as 70-1 and 75-1 on Galatasary and Malaga and PSG are also seen as major outsiders by the bookmakers despite their heavy recent spending.

  139. 1016: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson is disappointed that both Arsenal and Manchester United were knocked out in the round of 16 but insists neither club has anything to be ashamed of.

    He said: "I'm sad that both teams Manchester United and Arsenal went out as they did because both did so well and to go out on a away goals and a refereeing decision you can never be happy in those situations.

    "Manchester United and Arsenal don't have a reason to be deflated and Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are two of the best club teams in the world."

  140. 1015: 

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking captain Thomas Vermaelen and Wojciech Szczesny with moves away from the club after praising the defensive duo.

    "Their position is very important in the squad," Wenger said.

  141. 1012: 

    Barcelona, Real Madrid, Malaga, Bayern Munich, Dortmund, Juventus, Paris St Germain and Galatasary are all in the hat for the draw, with the first legs to be played on Tuesday 2 and Wednesday 3 April and the return legs a week later, on Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 April.

    The last eight boast 20 European Cups between them, with Real Madrid contributing nine, and Malaga, PSG and Galatasary are the only teams left that have not got their hands on the trophy.

  142. 1010: 

    Arsenal will rest left-back Kieran Gibbs, who has just returned from a thigh injury, for tomorrow's trip to Swansea, where Nacho Monreal is available after being cup-tied in the Champions League.

    Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and captain Thomas Vermaelen are in contention having sat out the 2-0 win in Bayern Munich but Jack Wilshere and Lukas Podolski (both ankle) are still out, as is full-back Bacary Sagna (knee).

  143. 1007: 

    Roma have announced the termination of plans to have a Gulf multi-millionaire invest in the club.

    The Serie A club announced last month that it was set to receive two cash injections of up to 50 million euros (£43m) by Sheikh Adnan Adel Aref al Qaddumi al Shtewi, allowing him to become an official stakeholder before the end of March.


    Craig Barrass: "All these fans mocking the Europa League would love their club to win it."

    Anthony McGarrigle: "If Chelsea win the EL they will join a select band of clubs to win all 3 Euro titles. History to be made."

    Syed Salman Amjad: "I'd follow League 2 if that's where my team ended up."

  145. 1003: 

    There is less than an hour to go now before the Champions League quarter-final draw at 1100 GMT.

    There may be no English interest in the last eight of the Champions League but European football expert Andy Brassell has had a look at the remaining teams in this season's competition on our football page.

  146. 0959: 

    "Fifa President Sepp Blatter has criticised Uefa's decision to stage the 2020 European Championships in a number of countries. In an interview with Kicker magazine, Blatter said that a similar idea had been suggested to him for the 2010 World Cup by former Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, but he rejected it as "unthinkable".

    From BBC Monitoring.


    Luke Gilder: "That kick in the chops gave Nando Torres the spark we've wanted to see from him all year! Fingers crossed he gets one every game."

    Victor: "Will be watching both. UCL is top quality and really exciting, always watch it. Europa's only interesting when English teams are in it."

    Jacob Smith: "I'd much rather watch Messi, Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic plus the Champs League still has an Englishman involved."

    Presumably Jacob means David Beckham? Let us know whether you are more excited about the Champions League or the Europa League ahead of the draw for the quarter-finals.

  148. 0952: 

    JT McNamara could undergo surgery today after sustaining a serious neck injury in a fall at Cheltenham on Thursday.

    The 37-year-old was injured in a first-fence fall from Galaxy Rock in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup.

  149. 0950: 

    BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend tells BBC Radio 5 live he expects Andy Murray to beat Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the semi-finals at Indian Wells:

    "It's been a slow start to the tournament for Murray. He's eased himself into the tournament and hasn't played at his best but will have to against the former US Open champion. He's had decent wins against him in the past and I think he may well do it again."

  150. 0947: 

    The Reading Evening Post is reporting that Reading will have to move quickly if they want to speak to Bradford manager Phil Parkinson, who has opened contract talks with the League Two club.


    Jamie Matthews: "It's funny Chelsea fans taking the Europa League seriously now. They were making fun out of United being there last season."

    Phil Crockford: "Gooners should stop mocking the Europa League, it will be all they have to play for this season."

    Adam Jones: "Everyone mocks europa league but would take the trophy given the opportunity. Ffc had a memorable run in cup and we loved it."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  152. 0943: 

    BBC Sport's Delyth Lloyd on Twitter: "Warrington captain Adrian Morley has told @bbcradiomanc that Salford wanted to sign him. Says it was "flattering" to be approached."

  153. 0941: 

    Demba Ba could return up front for Chelsea in place of Fernando Torres for Sunday's Barclays Premier League clash with West Ham at Stamford Bridge.

    Ba was ineligible for the Europa League defeat of Steaua Bucharest, when Torres scored the decisive goal, missed a late penalty and suffered a bloody nose.

    Frank Lampard, who was an unused substitute against the Romanians, could feature against his former club with the midfielder eyeing his 200th Chelsea goal, while long-term injury victim Oriol Romeu (knee) is the only definite absentee.

  154. 0938: 

    McLaren have admitted they are off the pace and have "a lot of work to do" to become competitive.

    Jenson Button was 2.386 seconds off the pace in second practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    Team boss Martin Whitmarsh said: "It was one of the hardest days I can recall. We were lacking overall grip. We had understeer, poor ride. So a very difficult day, one where we didn't go forward during the day, so that's a bit of a concern."

  155. 0936: 

    Australia's injury problems suffered another blow ahead of this year's tour by the British and Irish Lions when Berrick Barnes sustained a suspected fractured wrist on Friday.

    The versatile back, who has played for Australia at fly-half, fullback and centre, was hurt in the New South Wales Waratahs' Super Rugby encounter with the Cheetahs.

  156. 0933: 

    BBC Radio 5 live's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Martinez yet to confirm if Ryo is out for the rest of the season, but Miyaichi is having surgery on his right ankle. The only other injury concern for Wigan is Callum McManaman who is rated doubtful with an ankle injury."


    Ryan Sidle: "Always follow both because both fantastic competitions. Europa often undervalued in this country."

    Alex Hancock: "It's all about the English clubs will still probably watch the CL when a massive game is on."

    Darren Wells-Burr: "I would love Germans to face Spanish and then avoid each other till the final Barca/Dortmund Real/Bayern."

    What will be holding your attention over the next couple of months? The Champions League or the Europa League? Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  158. 0928: 

    After shooting a round of 67 to move within two shots of the lead at the Avantha Masters, David Drysdale believes the course in New Delhi suits his game.

    "The golf course gives you a lot of opportunities for birdies, the par fives are all in reach so it's been a steady two days," Drysdale told European Tour Radio.

    "When I first saw the course I thought it was a bit of a bomber's paradise, it looks wide from the tee but actually it's not that wide and it's quite a good design, quite narrow which suits me a little bit."

  159. 0925: 

    South Africa lock Andries Bekker will join Japanese side Kobelco Steelers at the end of the 2013 Super Rugby season.

  160. 0923: 

    You can listen again to a question and answer session with Geoffrey Boycott on our podcast page.

  161. 0919: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Sunnyhill Boy (2012 Grand National runner-up) Gold Cup withdrawal due to 'unsatisfactory scope' (PA) ie horse not 100 per cent."


    Adam Gray: "Any football fan who won't watch or care about CL because there are no English teams in isn't a real football fan."

    Dan: "This is the best thing that can happen to English football. Clubs might start taking the Europa League seriously now..."

    Joshua Rockson: "I will follow the Champions League too but will pay more attention to Europa League because my team Chelsea is there."

  163. 0913: 

    Scot David Drysdale is in touch at the Avantha Masters in New Delhi after a second successive round of 67 took him to within two shots of the lead on 10 under par.

    Thai Chapchai Nirat and Chinese player Wenchong Liang share the lead at 12 under, while Chinnarat Phadungsil, who shot 61 on the first day, slipped to nine under par with a round of 74.

  164. 0908: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup is hopeful of having midfielder Leon Britton available for Saturday's Premier League meeting with Arsenal.

    Britton picked up a hip injury against West Brom last weekend but has made good progress in his recovery, while Luke Moore is set to shake off a calf problem.

  165. 0907: 

    Brad Friedel thinks the authorities face a long and hard battle in their bid to stamp out racism in football after the problem reared its ugly head during Tottenham's defeat to Inter Milan last night.

    Friedel said: "They (UEFA) can do what they are doing and set up campaigns and things of this nature, but until certain countries want to set up their infrastructure and school systems, and they go inside the parents' heads and the households, things will not change."


    BJ Twining: "I would rather follow the FA Vase than Europa League."

    Anirudh: "Lol who would follow Europa League?"

    Jens Peder Nielsen: "The test draw shows Juve-Barca and Real-Dortmund clashing. Sign of games to come?"

  167. 0900: 

    Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Breaking: AP McCoy will ride Sir Des Champs in the Gold Cup, according to @TelegraphSport for whom he is a columnist."

  168. 0856: 

    Southampton have a clean bill of health heading into tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash with Liverpool.

    Danny Fox and Steven Davis were the only absentees in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Norwich but could feature for Mauricio Pochettino's side at St Mary's. Vegard Forren played for the under-21s again on Monday so is a step closer to fitness.

  169. 0854: 

    With just seven weeks of the regular season left the top 10 teams in the division are separated by 11 points. League One: The most exciting league in Europe?

    Read Ian Woodcock's feature on our football page.


    Jack Hope: "CFC and MCFC fans should be appalled given the money the clubs spend only to see them knocked out so early."

    F Qiren: "Arsenal fans would surely back Spurs & Chelsea all the way to the Europa finals. Europa distraction = Slip-up for UCL spots."

    Let us know your thoughts ahead of the draws for the Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals at #bbcsportsday.

  171. 0847: 

    Australia are 180-3 at tea on the second day of the third Test in India.

  172. 0847: 

    Bayern Munich may be in the last eight of the Champions League, and riding high in the Bundesliga with a 20 point cushion, but president Uli Hoeness is still not satisfied. "For the last three weeks we've played like rubbish," the 61 year-old has said after the team's 2-0 defeat to Arsenal. (Bild)

    From BBC Monitoring.

  173. 0845: 

    Sam Warburton insists he has no issues with Gethin Jenkins being selected as Wales captain following an injury to Ryan Jones.

    He told the Daily Telegraph: "I am perfectly happy with the fact that I am not Wales captain in Ryan's place. I am sure Gethin Jenkins will do a great job.

    "I can concentrate on my own game. I had a chat with our coach, Rob Howley, and it was mutually agreed that that would be the best thing for everyone."

  174. 0842: 

    Peterborough have held discussions with the landlords of Nene Park regarding a move to the Northamptonshire stadium.

    Posh's lease at London Road, which is owned by Peterborough City Council, expires next year and BBC Radio Cambridgeshire reports that Nene Park, 27 miles away from Peterborough, is being considered as an alternative.

    The club and council say talks over a long-term lease are "ongoing".

  175. 0839: 

    Jonathan Overend speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about Rafael Nadal's straight sets win over Roger Federer: "It will be a relief. There was a lot of attention on the match. There was a capacity crowd and unfortunately it was an anti-climax because it was pretty obvious Roger Federer was dogged by this back problem.

    "He wasn't himself and wasn't able to push Nadal as much as he has in the past and it was quite a simple win in the end."

  176. 0835: 

    George North says Wales fans want victory amid a bloodbath in Saturday's Six Nations decider against England in Cardiff.

    Scarlets winger North, 20, said: "You try to keep a cool head and you try to maintain calm and focus but everyone you see on the street is saying 'make sure you smash their heads in!'."

  177. 0831: 

    Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has been named as the first international player who will take part in the Caribbean Premier League.

    The 38-year-old, who retired from international cricket in December, will appear for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League and then move on to English county side Surrey for the first two months of the county season before heading to the Caribbean in late July.


    Lavendren Pillay: "Disappointing season for English teams in UCL but have exceeded in Europa. CFC, AFC, MCFC were poor in UCL, didn't perform."

    Tom Joad: "Why can't we follow both the CL & Europa Cup? I'll be watching both and hope Barcelona & Spurs are successful. Quality teams."

    Humphrey: "Surely UEFA need to start throwing teams out of European competition for this racist abuse. Gone too far."

    What do you think? Get in touch with your view ahead of the draws for the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the Europa League at #bbcsportsday.

  179. 0823: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Cheltenham: "Cheltenham Gold Cup day, perhaps the most keenly-awaited contest of the year for jump racing fans, has a surreal feel this morning. Forty miles or so from the course, Irish amateur jockey JT McNamara is in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, with a serious neck injury.

    "JT, or John Thomas, was injured in a heavy fall from his mount Galaxy Rock on Thursday and the results of scans are awaited on Friday. Jump jockeys, who face the possibility of serious injury every day of their working lives, are a unique breed - tough, dedicated and determined.

    "They will be thinking of their pal today but will take a professional outlook on the job in hand, with a 67,000 crowd ready to salute the 2013 Gold Cup winner."

  180. 0821: 

    Wicketkeeper Matt Prior says the removal of three New Zealand batsmen late on day two has put England in charge of the second Test.

    Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford and Ross Taylor fell to leave the hosts 66-3 in reply to England's 465.

    "It ended up a pretty good day for us," Prior, who scored 82, told BBC Sport. "Those late wickets swung it in our favour but it's very important we come in hard [on day three] and try to force the advantage we have."

  181. 0819: 

    Overnight Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 6-4 6-2 as he continued his impressive come back from a knee injury by reaching the Indian Wells semi-finals in California.

    Hampered by a back problem, Federer saved a break point but Nadal broke to move 4-3 ahead as he won the first set. Federer broke Nadal for the first time in the second set but his performance was littered with unforced errors.

  182. 0815: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Cheltenham going is good to soft, good in places after light rain overnight. Temp of 8c expected with some rain this afternoon.

    "Cheltenham Gold Cup day: There could be no better result than some positive news about seriously injured jockey JT McNamara."

  183. 0814: 

    Favourite Bobs Worth heads an intriguing 11-strong field for the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

    The Hennessy Gold Cup winner, trained by Nicky Henderson, has not raced since his Newbury triumph in November. Stablemate Long Run, winner in 2011 and third last year, will bid to regain his title under amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.

    Several other improving young chasers, including Sir Des Champs and Silviniaco Conti, are in the field (15:20 GMT).

  184. 0812: 

    In the first of a new series of columns for BBC Sport, Lewis Hamilton discusses being a role model, wearing baggy trousers and why joining Mercedes gave him goosebumps.


    So the Premier League has no-one left in the Champions League and three English sides are in the hat for the Europa League quarter-finals.

    We want to know which competition you are going to follow closest? Will it be the glamour of the Champions League or the home interest on Thursday nights?

    Let us know what you think at #bbcsportsday.

  186. 0807: 

    Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle will discover their Europa League quarter-final opponents at 1140 GMT.

    Spurs survived an Inter Milan fightback to progress on the away-goals rule, while Chelsea saw off Steaua Bucharest and Newcastle beat Anzhi Makhachkala.

  187. 0805: 

    Stuart Broad struck twice in two balls to help England take control of the second Test against New Zealand.

    He removed Hamish Rutherford and Ross Taylor as the hosts stuttered to 66-3 by the close of day two in Wellington - trailing by a distant 399.

    England had converted their overnight 267-2 into an imposing 465, their highest total at the Basin Reserve.

  188. 0803: 

    World champion Sebastian Vettel set an ominous pace in his Red Bull on the first day of practice at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    The world champion headed both practice sessions in a manner which suggested he will be very difficult to beat as he goes for a fourth straight world title.

  189. 0802: 

    As always we start things off with the three top stories from our football gossip column:

    Skipper Thomas Vermaelen, 27, and 22-year-old keeper Wojciech Szczesny are facing the exit at Arsenal after manager Arsene Wenger loses patience with duo. (Daily Mail)

    German club Wolfsburg are planning to launch a bid for Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker, 28. (talkSPORT)

    Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 25, and 28-year-old left-back Leighton Baines will leave Goodison Park this summer as the Toffees look to shake things up following their FA Cup defeat by Wigan. (Metro)

  190. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. Stick with us throughout the day for all of the latest sports news ahead of a packed weekend of Six Nations, Formula 1, cricket and Premier League action.

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