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  1. Sky and BT Sport to share 5.136bn Premier League TV rights from 2016-19
  2. Van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge
  3. Build-up to Tuesday's four Premier League games
  4. Van Gaal brandishes leaflet to deny long-ball claims
  5. Nigel Pearson will not face FA charge over behaviour
  6. GET INVOLVED: What's your most embarrassing sporting moment? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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BBC Radio 5 live

And that's where we leave you for today on Sportsday, many thanks for your company. In just over half an hour Mark Pougatch will present tonight's 5 live Sport live from the Emirates, where Arsenal are playing Nigel Pearson's Leicester. The big commentary match, however, is at Anfield and Alan Green will be your commentator with John Hartson alongside him for Liverpool against Spurs.

The ever industrious Tom Rostance has begun his

live text on the BBC website, which will keep you up to date with all tonight's football action. Sportsday will return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday. Cheerio now.

Liverpool v Tottenham

Liverpool's Anfield stadium tonight

Anfield awaits as the top two teams in the Premier League form table, Liverpool and Tottenham, meet in tonight's 5 live commentary match, which kicks off at 20:00 GMT.

Challenge to Fifa ban

The Spanish and Portuguese professional soccer leagues have filed a legal challenge over Fifa's decision to ban third-party ownership (TPO) of players.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter announced last year that football's world governing body had agreed to ban TPO, when the transfer rights of players are wholly or partially owned by a footballer or a company instead of a club.

Missives from the mailbag

Sean the Ironman writes: "So 5.1billion? Just confirms why I go and watch FC United of Manchester. Looking forward to tonight's game #workingmansgame."

Tonight's 5 live commentary match

Liverpool v Tottenham (kick-off 20:00 GMT)

BBC Merseyside Sport: Tonight's Liverpool team likely to be: Mignolet, Can, Skrtel, Sakho; Markovic, Gerrard, Henderson, Moreno; Ibe, Coutinho; Sturridge.

New Premier League TV deal

Labour's shadow sports minister Clive Efford demanded that a significant portion of the extra income should go to grassroots football.

"These are incredible sums of money and it would be nothing short of criminal if none of this extra money goes to expand participation at the grassroots of football," he said.

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Stephen: In two seasons with local footy team I was only ever a very late sub. Only game I started I suffered sprained wrist. Sigh.

Joel Brooks: Formed a five-a-side team. Spent big money on kits. Opposition turned up in an assortment of footy gear and thrashed us.

Hookey: We lost 16-0 at home in a cup match in heavy rain. I was in goal and got the man of the match award out of sympathy.

Missives from the mailbag


MrBlueBurns writes: "Great news at the Royal & Ancient re women members. And only 40 years after the Sex Discrimination Act became law as well. Well done."

Van Gaal denies FA misconduct charge

The Football Association confirms Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has denied a charge of misconduct in relation to media comments and requested a personal hearing on a date to be confirmed.

New Premier League TV deal

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New Premier League TV deal

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New Premier League TV deal

Billionaire's row...

Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter has joined a number of other journalists on Twitter in calling for some of the increased Premier League bounty to be invested in grass roots.

Henry Winter
Henry Winter

New Premier League TV deal

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New Premier League TV deal

Where will the money go?

Will the increase in the TV deal aid clubs lower down the pyramid?

"The beneficiaries will include the Football League who for the first time ever are linked with solidarity payments which are linked to our success at the Premier League," says Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore.

Will the extra money end up in the pockets of players and agents?

"Clubs by virtue of the last TV deal, took an average of around an extra £25m a season and we put in a cost control so it could not all end up in players' pockets. What we have seen is that short term cost control measures bite and have some meaningful effect."

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Brave Front: A girl on our volleyball team once served the ball so hard into her own face that it knocked her over.

ToEllAndBack: 100m final at school, and my shoe came off.

Saxon Axe: We needed to draw our last game to win the league, I played in goal, shot came off the bar, I turned around and it hit me in the head, went in, lost 2-1.

Tim MacNab: Given out lbw for first ball duck. Thought I'd nicked it, so called back. Next ball demolished stumps. Can still hear the sniggering.

Tonight's Premier League commentaries

Sunderland v QPR (19:45 GMT)

BBC London's Murray Burnell: "QPR fans have travelled 2,573 miles this season to see their team lose every match. Is tonight the night? Full commentary on BBC London Sport."

Missives from the mailbag


Steven McNamara writes: "With TV rights et cetera and the billions involved surely clubs can pay their matchday staff and other employees better wages?"

New Premier League TV deal

Happy reaction

It would seem former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has put an erroneous letter o in his previous tweet, may put coaching aspirations on hold as a result of the lucrative new Premier League TV deal...

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Jamie Carragher

Carragher is currently a pundit for Sky Sports.

New Premier League TV deal

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Jamie Carragher Twitter

New Premier League TV deal

Many interested in TV rights

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore admits he is "surprised" by the increase in the value of the Premier League's TV deal from 2016-19.

The deal for 2013-16 generated a shade over £3bn, but the 2016-19 package will generate £5.136bn.

Scudamore will not disclose if there were more than just Sky and BT bidding for the seven packages, of which Sky have won the rights to five.

"Sky have bid and done well in an open and transparent process," says Scudamore. "BT surprised people last time. Only Sky can value what Premier League rights are worth to them as a business and we know from this process that there are many interested parties who would like to get their hands on them."

New Premier League TV deal

Will a £5bn+ deal lower ticket prices?

Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore is hopeful clubs will work hard to keep ticket prices down as increased TV revenues flow into them.

"The clubs are very aware that part of our product is to keep the stadia full and they will have to address the issue going forward to keep the stadia full," he says. "Our number one strategic priority is to keep the product the best it can be to keep the stadia full.

"I read a stat the other day that Burnley are bigger economically than Ajax. Of course this will make our clubs even more competitive than their European counterparts. One cannot escape the fact it will also make them more competitive with one another."

Fernandes tweet prompts speculation

Tony Fernandes

An intriguing tweet from QPR owner Tony Fernandes. Does this mean Tim Sherwood is not going to be the replacement for Harry Redknapp?

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Tim Durrans writes: "So TV rights go through the roof, again. Subscriptions will go up, players wages will go up, will average Joe's salary?"

New Premier League TV deal

Who will show what?

Some more detail on exactly what this complex bidding process means:

Sky Sports will show matches from:

Package A (Saturday 1230 Kick-off), Package C (Sunday 1330 kick-off), Package D (Sunday 1600 Kick-off), Package E (Monday evening and Friday evening), Package G (Bank Holidays and some more Sunday games).

BT Sport will show matches from:

Package B (Saturday 1730 kick-off) and package F (midweek and some Saturday fixtures).

Missives from the mailbag


Dan Deakins writes: "£5.136bn!!! Cue the 'you could buy this many of these for this' stats from the media."

Premier League TV deal

More on the Premier League announcement, Sky has secured packages A, C, D, E, and G totalling 126 matches, while BT has secured packages B (Saturdays at 17:30) and F and eight on Saturdays totalling 42 matches.

New Premier League TV deal

Sky and BT Sport will pay £5.136bn to share live UK TV rights to Premier League matches from 2016-2019, a 70% increase on the current deal.

'I can cope with Johnson' - Ali


Moeen Ali is confident he can cope with what England expect to be a barrage of short-pitched deliveries at the World Cup - starting with Mitchell Johnson on Saturday.

Moeen Ali
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Word has quickly spread around the international scene about the England opener's perceived weakness against the short ball and he was most recently out fending at a well-aimed Johnson bouncer in the tri-series final in Perth.

He said: "There have been times when I've been bounced out, especially against India [in the summer] when I didn't play the short ball very well.

"But I just felt that was a good ball [from Johnson]. I didn't feel like it was too quick, it was just right on the money. Before that I was playing him quite well so I'm not too worried about the short ball."

Missives from the mailbag

Paul Collins writes: (Re 16:40) "Jason Talbot is lucky he's only got a two-game ban. That 'tackle' is ridiculous."

Waldouck joins Exiles

Rugby union

Staying with union and London Irish have signed Dominic Waldouck from Northampton Saints. The 27-year-old began his career at Wasps, where he made 114 appearances, scoring 17 tries.

'I'm feeling good' - North

George North Twitter

George North has posted this on

Twitter - pointedly thanking the Welsh medics, who have come under some fire for allowing North to play on despite the fact he appeared to be unconscious after a clash of heads in the 61st minute of Friday's Six Nations match against England.

World Rugby accepted the Wales medical staff's explanation that they did not see North's second head injury of the game, but says it could expand TV replays to monitor head injuries in the light of the incident.

Talbot accepts two-match ban

Jason Talbot

Livingston captain Jason Talbot has accepted a two-match suspension for his challenge on Hearts winger Sam Nicholson. Probably the correct thing to do wouldn't you think?

'Coleman should stay'


Everton boss Roberto Martinez has emphasised that he feels it will be best for Seamus Coleman to stay with the Toffees.

Coleman, the Republic of Ireland right-back, has been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent transfer windows.

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Martinez said: "I still think Seamus Coleman can develop and progress with Everton.

"At the moment he is enjoying his football, I think he has an important role in our side and I think this is the best place for him to develop and fulfil his potential."

Wiggins claims third-place

Road Cycling

Sir Bradley Wiggins finished third on the short time-trial stage of the Tour of Qatar on Tuesday.

Bradley Wiggins
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The Olympic time-trial champion, riding for Team Sky and wearing the world champion's rainbow jersey he won last September for the first time in competition, finished the 10km Lusail Circuit course in 14 mins 12 secs - nine seconds behind stage winner Niki Terpstra (Etixx-QuickStep).

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Emma Sanders: Was having a shocker of a hockey game. Had a strop and my stick went flying out of my hand into an opposing player. Got carded.

Eliot Hutton: On my cricket debut I tried to dive to avoid being run out, bat flies out my hand and run myself out. Diamond duck.

Jospeh Bird: Playing in goal for the last game of my u16 season and being lobbed by the opposition keeper by a kick out of his hands.

Daniel: Leading a 800m county final race only to pull a hamstring after 700m and limp home in seventh.

Donington cancels

Moto GP

Donington Park has been forced to cancel this year's British round of MotoGP due to the failure of Circuit of Wales (CoW) bosses to fulfil funding obligations.

Last year MotoGP rights holders Dorna signed a five-year agreement with CoW from 2015, despite the fact construction work had yet to commence on the troubled Ebbw Vale facility.

Goal can be turning point - Okore


Aston Villa defender Jores Okore

says scoring the team's first Premier League goal for nearly 11 hours was a relief and hopes the side can now kick-on.

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Okore's 48th-minute header - his first goal for the club - in their

2-1 home defeat by leaders Chelsea on Saturday was Villa's first for 659 minutes.

Bayern look to Asia


German champions Bayern Munich will tap into a growing demand for their brand in Asia with a tour of China in July as the Bundesliga looks to accelerate growth in the world's most populated continent.

Bayern, who last year opened an office in the United States eyeing the American market, are Germany's richest club with a turnover of more than half a billion euros in the previous season.

Hamilton talks ongoing

Formula 1

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff is hopeful of persuading Lewis Hamilton to sign a new contract before the start of the new Formula One season.

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Tentative talks between Hamilton and Wolff are under way with both driver and team making it clear they have every intention of continuing to work together beyond the expiry of Hamilton's current deal at the end of this campaign.

Ideally, Wolff would like the matter to be done and dusted ahead of the opening grand prix in Australia on March 15, but said: "You want to get it right as well, so it needs time."

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Dan: Bowled last over for Little Houghton CC. Opposition needed 20 or so to win. I got the yips and bowled 18 wides. We lost.

Andy: Most embarrassing moment was running into a rugby post when try line was beckoning as a school boy, trying to impress a girl.

AndyK: Playing football at 13, the ball spun across an open goal and I did a Ronny Rosenthal by hitting the crossbar from five yards.

Paul Skinback: Playing cricket and I got a golden duck. We only had 10 men so they sportingly invited me to bat again. Another golden duck.