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Summary

  1. QPR approach Sherwood to become manager
  2. Yeovil sack manager Gary Johnson
  3. Van Gaal charged by FA
  4. FA Cup replay: Bolton v Liverpool (19:45 GMT)
  5. GET INVOLVED: What next for QPR and Redknapp? #bbcsportsday

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That's it for Sportsday for Wednesday. It will return at 08:00 on Thursday but in the meantime, you can follow all the evening's football action

on the BBC Sport website and a reminder that the Bolton v Liverpool FA Cup replay will be live on BBC One from 19:30 GMT with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Cardiff roof to be left open

Rugby Union

The roof at the Millennium Stadium for Friday's Six Nations match between Wales and England is to be left open.

Both teams must agree for it to be closed and while Wales stated that is their preference, the Rugby Football Union has told Press Association Sport that England have taken a different view.

The weather forecast for Cardiff on Friday night is cold but dry, convincing visiting head coach Stuart Lancaster to have it kept open.

Sinfield fresh for Super League kick-off

Rugby League

Kevin Sinfield
PA

Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield says his international retirement has given him a feeling of "freshness" for the forthcoming Super League season, which begins tomorrow.

The 34-year-old ended his England career in September last year, ruling himself out of the Four Nations tournament in the autumn.

"Freshness is the word I'd use,"

Sinfield told BBC Sport. "Everybody throughout Super League will tell you they're in the best shape of their life and I could stand here and tell you that myself. But I won't - freshness is what I'd say. Both physically and mentally I feel fresh and ready to go."

Knight to make low-key racing return

Horse Racing

Legendary trainer Henrietta Knight

will make her return to racing in Bangor on Friday with Calgary Bay.

The 68-year-old, who guided Best Mate to three Cheltenham Gold Cup victories,

retired in 2012 because of her husband Terry Biddlecombe's ill health.

But Knight can saddle horses in hunter chases and will send the 12-year-old off in the 4.50 at the course where she had her first ever winner back in 1989.

Lennon fears Sturridge influence

Bolton v Liverpool (FA Cup replay, 19:45 GMT)

Daniel Sturridge
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Bolton manager Neil Lennon says the return from injury of Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge - who scored eight goals in 12 games during a loan spell at Bolton in 2011 - could cause his team problems in

tonight's FA Cup fourth round replay.

"He's been missed, there's no question of that," he said. "He'll be hungry to play and that's obviously very dangerous for us.

"I think he walked round the back of the goal in the first tie and got a huge reception from the Bolton fans. Speaking to the chairman about him, he said he was fantastic here so I think he'll get a nice reception. But if he scores that might change a little bit."

A reminder that the Liverpool v Bolton game will be shown on BBC One from 19:30 GMT with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Strong show from Armitstead in Tour of Qatar

Cycling

Lizzie Armitstead
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Briton Lizzie Armitstead was third on stage two of the women's Tour of Qatar to sit second overall.

The Commonwealth Games champion was three seconds behind Ellen van Dijk on the 112km route from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal, which the Dutchwoman won.

Van Dijk and Armitstead are team-mates on the Boels Dolmans squad and the Yorkshirewoman may ride in support of the Dutchwoman in the race, which finishes on Friday.

Van Gaal faces FA charge

Football

On the subject of Manchester United manager

Louis van Gaal's FA charge, which was announced within the last half-hour, after the match at the Abbey Stadium, which ended in a scoreless draw, the Dutchman
claimed that everything was against his side.

"Every aspect of the match is against us - the pitch, the referee. Everything that you can think about this is against you," he said at the time..

Rodgers set to make changes for FA Cup tie

Football

Brendan Rodgers
EPA

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has indicated he will make several changes for the FA Cup trip to Bolton to keep his team fresh for a busy programme of games in February including three Premier League games and and a Europa League tie against Turkish side Besiktas.

"When you have so many games you have to plan forward and look at that but I always believe the next game is very important and I will always pick a team I think can win the game," Rodgers said.

"It will be a tough game for us. We have a big month coming up and we want to continue in the cup competitions as well as keeping the momentum going in the league.

"Where I need to change and rotate I will do that but the objective is still the same, to get three points or get through to the next round."

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Van Gaal faces FA charge

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been charged by the Football Association for media comments he made after his side's FA Cup fourth round match against Cambridge United last month.

It is alleged that the comments 'allege and/or imply bias on the part of the match referee and/or bring the game into disrepute.'

Van Gaal has until 18:00 GMT next Monday to respond to the charge.

Wednesday team news

Bolton v Liverpool (FA Cup replay, 19:45 GMT)

Midfielder Darren Pratley misses out for Bolton with a torn hamstring as they bid to reach the fifth round.

Strikers Craig Davies and Emile Heskey are battling hamstring problems, while goalkeeper Adam Bogdan (ankle) is out.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is fit to make his 700th club appearance after being rested against West Ham at the weekend because of a tight hamstring.

Daniel Sturridge, injured for five months before scoring in Saturday's 2-0 win, is likely to be on the bench.

Symons backs goalkeeper Bettinelli

Football

Marcus Bettinelli
PA

Fulham manager Kit Symons

has backed goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli to move on from his goalkeeping error in Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat by Sunderland in the FA Cup fourth round.

The 22-year-old

fumbled Patrick van Aanholt's deflected cross over the line to gift the Black Cats an equaliser.

"Marcus has been excellent for us this season and is a very popular character in the changing room," Symons told BBC London 94.9.

"These things happen for goalkeepers from time to time. He won't let it affect him as he is a strong character."

Caf bans referee and fines Tunisia FA

Football

Scenes from the Equatorial Guinea v Tunisia game
AFP

The referee for Tunisia's Africa Cup of Nations last-eight defeat

has been banned for six months by the Confederation of African Football for his performance in the game and failing to control players.

Equatorial Guinea were awarded a controversial penalty in stoppage time and they went on to beat Tunisia 2-1.

Tunisia staff confronted the official, Rajindraparsad Seechurn, after the match and their football federation has been fined $50,000 (£33,000) and they have also been ordered to pay for damage to a door and a refrigerator in the team's dressing room at Bata Stadium.

Odegaard's teenage dreams

Football

Martin Odegaard
EPA

Real Madrid teenage star Martin Odegaard

set up two goals on his Real Madrid debut and was then named in Carlo Ancelotti's Champions League squad.

The 16-year-old Norwegian netted twice in a behind closed-doors friendly for the B-team against Beijing Guoan.

Odeggard will wear the number 21 shirt and if he makes his debut in the last-16 matches against Schalke, he will become the youngest debutant ever in the competition beating Celestine Babayaro who played his first Champions League game aged 16 years and 87 days for Anderlecht.

Raikkonen tops test standings

Formula 1

Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari
EPA

Kimi Raikkonen

completed a successful first pre-season test for Ferrari by setting the pace on the final day at Spain's Jerez track.

It is the third time in four days a Ferrari has been fastest, as the teams reached one-third distance in their preparations for the 2015 season.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson was second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, whose Mercedes team completed by far the most mileage but McLaren had another tough day, still struggling with their new Honda engine.

Lancaster wants roof closed

Rugby Union

England and Wales will make a decision on whether to close the Millennium Stadium roof later today.

"We're going to wait for the latest weather forecast. It looks like it's set fair so we'll want it open," said head coach Stuart Lancaster before Friday night's Six Nations opener.

Bale to Man Utd rumours resurface

Football

Manchester Evening News report that Manchester United are planning to move for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Dortmund's Mats Hummels at the end of the season - and will monitor Dutchman Kevin Strootman.

What's the secret to Koeman's success?

Football

Ronald Koeman (left)
Getty Images

What's is the secret behind Ronald Koeman's success at Southampton? It can't be chips and mayonnaise, right?

"Ronald took a couple of chips, slapped them in the mayonnaise and just as he was about to eat them, manager Theo Verlangen said: 'Koeman! If you eat those, that's a 500 guilder fine!' Ronald stuffed them in his mouth and said: 'Make it a thousand,'" recalls Rob McDonald, who once played with the former Ajax man.

To read more about Koeman's recipe for success,

read Ben Dirs' excellent feature on the Dutchman.

McClaren a pull for Derby loanees - Rush

Football

The respect that Derby County head coach Steve McClaren commands within football has played a major role in allowing the club to fully exploit the loan market, according to chief executive Sam Rush.

The Rams signed England Under-21 winger Thomas Ince and Manchester United's Jesse Lingard on transfer deadline day.

Rush told BBC Radio Derby: "The key to bringing in the loan signings is Steve McClaren and his reputation. Clubs want their young players to come because they believe they'll develop."

Henchoz predicts Liverpool win

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

Bolton will host Liverpool this evening in the FA Cup fourth-round replay and former Reds defender Stephane Henchoz believes his old club should progress against the Championship side.

"Brendan Rodgers has a system, playing three centre backs, and it's working quite good," Henchoz told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's already a good basis for the team. Since Christmas, when they beat Swansea 4-1, they're playing a lot better. Any time they've got the ball they seem dangerous.

"Philippe Coutinho is playing very well. I can see the game being a bit easier for Liverpool because they will have more space and they can take advantage of that."

Edinburgh's Gills move hits hitch

Football

Justin Edinburgh
Huw Evans picture agency

Nothing is ever straightforward, just ask Justin Edinburgh who

could remain as Newport County boss despite telling the League Two club he wants to take up the managerial vacancy at Gillingham.

County have accepted Gills' request to speak to Edinburgh about succeeding Peter Taylor, but Gillingham chairman Paul Scally is refusing to pay a six-figure compensation fee to Newport.

BBC Wales Sport understands the League One club have until the end of Wednesday to agree a deal with County.

Get involved #bbcsportsday

Who would you choose as the next QPR manager and what move should Harry Redknapp make next? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or write your views on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

NeeOrg: Kevin Keegan for QPR, he has the ability to get confidence out of players and it's exactly what QPR need.

fqiren: Gary Johnson to QPR then?

Jack: Redknapp should retire! Arguably the most overrated manager of a generation - 32 years as a manger and he won one major trophy!

Skiverton in temporary charge at Yeovil

Football

Gary Johnson
Empics

Here's some

more on Gary Johnson's sacking as Yeovil manager.

Assistant manager and former full-time boss Terry Skiverton has been placed in temporary charge.

Yeovil were relegated from the Championship last season and are currently bottom of League One, four points from safety with only six wins from 28 games.

Is patriotism still important in Test rugby?

Rugby Union

Tom Fordyce

BBC Sport chief sports writer

Alun Wyn Jones
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Is patriotism still important in Test rugby, asks BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce as he explores the issue in the build up to Wales' clash against England on Friday.

"Patriotism is complicated a personal, nebulous mish-mash of myth, pride and occasion. And professional sport doesn't have much room for the nebulous, for the uncontrolled, for passion without a strict purpose,"

writes Fordyce as he chats to Colin Charvis and New Zealand's Vern Cotter.

Cellino will return - Leeds chairman

Football

Leeds United chairman Andrew Umbers is confident

owner Massimo Cellino will return to Elland Road when he has served
his Football League ban.

The Italian has been disqualified from having anything to do with the running of the club until 10 April.

"I know Massimo well and it is his absolute intention to come back to Elland Road," former investment banker Umbers told

BBC Radio Leeds. "He is the steward of this ship. I am the steward of it while he is away, but it is his ship."

'Hard decision' for Yeovil chairman

Football

Yeovil chairman John Fry on sacking of

Gary Johnson:"The decision to relieve Gary of his management duties is the hardest I have been involved in during my 23 years at Huish Park.

"I cannot speak too highly of the man who in the past brought so much success to our club. We part company on good terms and I would like personally to wish him well for the future.

"Gary took the Glovers from the Conference to the Championship and is regarded as one of the best managers in the Football League. More importantly, he is one of the most successful managers in Yeovil Town's 119 year history."

BREAKING NEWS: Yeovil sack Johnson

Football

Gary Johnson
PA

League One strugglers Yeovil Town have sacked manager Gary Johnson.

Rodgers sends condolence letter to fan

Football

Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has sent a touching letter of condolence to a supporter whose grandfather recently died.

Joe Nelson received the letter following the death of his grandfather Roy, an Anfield season ticket holder for more than 60 years.

The letter read: "Roy is part of our LFC family and always will be."

"I couldn't believe it at first," said fan Joe. "I took it straight to my dad to show him. We were both absolutely made up that such an important person for the club had thought about the family at this sad time."

Brendan Rodgers letter
Liverpool Echo

Dynaste ruled out of Cheltenham Festival

Horse Racing

Cheltenham Festival winner Dynaste will miss the 2015 meeting and has been ruled out for the season by trainer David Pipe.

Last year's Ryanair Chase victor strained a hind leg when finishing third at the track last month.

Williams praises Monk

Football

Garry Monk
AP

It's 12 months since Garry Monk stepped up from the Swansea City playing squad to take over from the sacked Michael Laudrup. Doesn't time fly.

Monk ensured Premier League survival last season and the Welsh side are currently ninth in the table and club captain Ashley Williams has praised the 35-year-old's impact during the last year.

"People appreciate the work that he does and the way he prepares us for games,"

Williams said. "The football that we've played, even when we haven't played great, you can see how committed the boys are."

Wales will not dominate - Carling

Rugby Union

Will Carling
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Wales are "pretty intimidating" says England's former Grand Slam-winning captain Will Carling - but Warren Gatland's men will find it "much harder" to beat England in Cardiff on Friday than they did in 2013.

Wales won 30-3 to deny Grand Slam chasing England on their last Millennium Stadium visit.

"I don't think they'll be dominated as much as they were in the scrum two years ago and that's what really broke them and led to the big points,"

said Carling, who won 72 international caps.

"I think they're going to be much harder from a Welsh point of view...if they [England] get a few breaks in the first half, who knows?

Cipriani a mummy's boy

Rugby Union

Danny Cipriani
BBC Sport

Sale outside-half Danny Cipriani has said it's an honour to be back in the England squad after he was

named as a replacement for Friday's opening Six Nations game against Wales.

"It's an honour to be able to put on the England shirt again and train with such quality players! Been a long journey, am very proud,"

he tweeted.

"The best thing about it all is seeing how happy my mum is! Looking forward to Friday now."

West Ham to focus on Man Utd clash

Football

West Ham have issued a statement after they were

fined £71,000 by Fifa for breaching rules over striker Diafra Sakho.

The Hammers said: "The club and the player have received the decision and will now be focusing their concentration on the game against Manchester United on Sunday."

Manager Sam Allardyce said at the weekend that Sakho would be rested until the row had been resolved and he was not named in the squad for last Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, but will be available for Sunday.

Serena Williams to compete in Indian Wells

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

Serena Williams
AFP

"Serena Williams is to compete in Indian Wells for the first time since being jeered by spectators in the final of 2001.

"The crowd were unhappy that Serena's sister Venus had pulled out of their semi-final because of injury. In an article for this week's TIME (Magazine), the world number one writes that "the undercurrent of racism was painful, confusing and unfair."

"Williams believes that the sport has come a long way since then, and says she will return to California in March with "a new understanding of the true meaning of forgiveness.""

Wales Test a step up for Ford - Lancaster

Rugby Union

BBC Radio 5 live

George Ford
Getty Images

England head coach Stuart Lancaster says George Ford will come through the tough test he will face in Cardiff on Friday.

The Bath outside-half will make his first Six Nations start when England take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Lancaster said: "For George it's another set up, in terms of pressure and scrutiny, but every step he's taken as a player he's taken it and it's George and Ben Youngs is an exciting combination for us.

"Wales's backline is not too dissimilar to the one we faced at Twickenham last year and we beat them. We need to make sure we execute on the day and have belief in the players we've got because we certainly believe we can win."

Crawley bring in striker Pogba

Football

Crawley have

signed former Wrexham and Crewe striker Mathias Pogba on a deal until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old Guinea international, elder brother of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba and twin of St Etienne defender Florentin Pogba, was a free agent after leaving Italian Serie B side Pescara.

"Mathias can play anywhere across the front or out wide so he gives us options," interim boss Dean Saunders told

the club website.

Get involved #bbcsportsday

Today we're asking: who would you choose as the next QPR manager and what move should Harry Redknapp make next? Tweet us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday or write your views on BBC Sport's Facebook page.

Tom Storm: As QPR fan I'd like Sherwood or McClaren, whoever the appointment though my feeling is we need to go down to rebuild

UnSimpleSimon: Redknapp needs a mid-table team like Stoke to revive his fortunes, just like Hughes did.

Oscar George: Nigel Adkins would be a good shout. He's out of work and has experience in the lower divisions.

Barcelona president blames Real Madrid

Football

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has insinuated that bitter enemies Real Madrid had a part to play in the Neymar transfer court case in which he has been called to give evidence.

"We have done nothing wrong and we will keep saying the truth. The signing of Neymar took place using the most prestigious lawyers," Bartomeu told Spanish television.

"I'm not saying Madrid are behind this but Neymar's father told me that there were two offers: Barca and Madrid. Madrid wanted to buy him and were ready to pay more for him.

Bartomeu will be questioned on 13 February over whether Barcelona and their directors defrauded the Spanish tax office of 2.8 million euros (£2.1m) during the 2014 tax year.

England have made positive changes - Lancaster

Rugby Union

BBC Radio 5 live

James Haskell on the attack for England against New Zealand side Crusaders in 2014
Getty Images

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has said he has made 'positive changes' to his side despite having to make enforced changes because of injury.

Only nine members of the England team which beat Australia in the autumn are in the

starting XV to face Wales on Friday because of injuries.

But Lancaster told BBC Radio 5 live: "Obviously, the cards we were dealt with as the camp unfolded, particularly after the European weekend, some of the original decisions we had to make we have to change.

"Looking at the replacement, James Haskell for Tom Wood, for example, Jonathan Joseph getting a chance for Brad Barritt. I think they're positive changes and we're looking forward to the game."

Scotland forward Wilson suspended

Rugby Union

Scotland forward Ryan Wilson

has been suspended - without pay - by Glasgow Warriors for a period of three months for assaulting a fellow rugby player while
dressed as batman. He will not be considered for Scotland selection until 23 August, 2015.

West Ham fined and reprimanded over Sakho

Football

Diafra Sakho
Getty Images

West Ham have been fined £71,000 and reprimanded by Fifa's disciplinary committee over Diafra Sakho's appearance in the FA Cup tie against Bristol City on 25 January.

The club had informed the Senegalese FA he was not fit to play for his country in the African Nations Cup.