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Summary

  1. Six Premier League games on Wednesday
  2. Andy Murray wins opening match in Rotterdam
  3. England lose final World Cup warm-up match against Pakistan
  4. Reaction to record £5.14bn Premier League TV deal
  5. GET INVOLVED: Who are the classiest people in sport? #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodnight

And that's where we bring down the curtain on today's Sportsday and hand you over to the ever steady hands of

Tom Rostance and Marc Higginson for tonight's live football.

Stamford Bridge awaits
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Set to be a cracking set of fixtures in the Premier League and don't forget

Match of the Day will have all the action from 22:45 GMT on BBC One (23:10 GMT in Scotland and Wales, 23:40 GMT in Northern Ireland).

Sportsday will return from 08:00 GMT on Thursday.

Fans arrested over Liverpool ticket probe

Football

Liverpool FC home game
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Two men from Anfield have been arrested over

an alleged ticket forging operation for Liverpool FC matches.

Merseyside Police are investigating a scam where fans from all over the world never received tickets bought online while others received fake ones.

Printing equipment and other materials were seized in raids in Breck Road, Dewsbury Road and Harrow Road on Tuesday evening.

A 29-year-old and 27-year-old are being questioned by detectives.

Coming up tonight

Football

There are six Premier League matches coming up this evening and in case you need a reminder - here's tonight's fixture list.

Premier League fixtures
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And if that's not enough for you, there's also an intriguing match-up in the Championship as Dougie Freedman makes his home debut as Nottingham Forest manager against Wigan, while over in Spain, Barcelona face Villarreal in the Copa Del Rey semi-final first leg.

Silverstone delight at race return

Moto GP

Patrick Allen
BBC

Silverstone managing director Patrick Allen says he's delighted

the British MotoGP will return to the circuit.

Silverstone hosted the race between 2010 and 2014, and

will do so again this year and in 2016, after Donington Park called off its agreement to provide the venue on 30 August.

Steve Kenward, chief executive of the Motorcycle Industry Association, said MotoGP fans can now "relax".

The prank's on Pulis

Football

Tony Pulis
PA

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has been

outwitted by a player from Northern Ireland's third division, posing as Neil Lennon.

Limavady United midfielder Blain Morrison hoodwinked Pulis with an impersonation of fellow countryman and Bolton Wanderers boss Lennon during a prank call.

When the Welshman returned his phone message, he coaxed him into believing Lennon was making a loan bid for Northern Ireland international defender Gareth McAuley.

Murray back in swing

Tennis

Andy Murray
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In case you missed it earlier today,

Andy Murray swept past Nicolas Mahut in the first round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The top seed - in action for the first time since his

Australian Open final defeat by Novak Djokovic - recorded a 6-3 6-2 win over the Frenchman in Rotterdam.

Murray, 27, hit 36 winners and only 16 unforced errors against Mahut, 33.

The world number four will face Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the event, which he won in 2009.

Harmison: 'Management exciting'

Cricket

Steve Harmison
BBC

Former England bowler Steve Harmison has told BBC Look North he is excited to take up a football management post at his home-town club Ashington AFC.

The former Durham paceman made a winning start to life as

manager of The Colliers, beating Bishop Auckland 1-0 at home.

Harmison, 36, is continuing his family's links with the club. His father Jimmy was once assistant of the Northern League side and his brother James is a former captain.

He's even down with the football manager cliche lingo as this video demonstrates.

Wednesday's team news

West Brom v Swansea (20:00 GMT)

Victor Anichebe
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Time for the last of our Premier League team news ahead of tonight's fixtures and West Brom forward

Victor Anichebe is doubtful after being forced off at Burnley with a groin injury suffered during the pre-match warm-up.

He could be replaced by either Saido Berahino or Brown Ideye, both of whom featured as substitutes at Turf Moor.

Swansea's Wayne Routledge is available after recovering from a calf strain, while Modou Barrow is fit despite hurting his knee against Sunderland.

Gylfi Sigurdsson completes a ban and Marvin Emnes remains injured.

Root backs Morgan to fire

Cricket

Eoin Morgan
AFP

England batsman Joe Root has

tipped captain Eoin Morgan to find his best form in the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Root, 24, scored 85 in his side's

four-wicket defeat by Pakistan on Wednesday in their final warm-up match before England face Australia on Saturday.

But Morgan, 28, was out without scoring and has only scored two runs in his last four innings.

"He is one of the guys that you turn to when the pressure is on," Root said.

Heat on Lambert

Football

Birmingham Mail campaign picture
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The pressure continues to mount on Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert.

The

Birmingham Mail's latest front page published this afternoon has a fairly clear and simple message.

"Aston Villa is a proud and noble name in English football," its editorial says.

"It is an historic club at the heart of our community, a founding father of the beautiful game.

"But this great club is now on its knees and the Holte End is hurting - and we can no longer stand by and watch that happen."

Stockdale fired-up by fan criticism

Football

David Stockdale
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Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper David Stockdale says he will use

recent criticism from fans as motivation.

The 29-year-old's aborted attempt to claim a cross led to Nottingham Forest's first goal in

their 3-2 defeat at the Amex on Saturday.

"I know there are a lot of people trying to call for my head.

"I get upset and I use it as a fire. When it comes you have got to be a big person and know that you are in the wrong," he told

BBC Sussex.

Wednesday's team news

Crystal Palace v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

John Carver and Alan Pardew
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Down to Selhurst Park now ahead of tonight's Premier League clash and Crystal Palace could recall both Marouane Chamakh (broken nose) and Yannick Bolasie, who has been away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Captain Mile Jedinak is again absent having returned from the Asian Cup with an ankle injury.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote is sidelined with an ankle injury picked on international duty.

Siem de Jong has been ruled out for eight weeks after suffering a collapsed lung, while Rolando Aarons is also out.

The match will also pair Palace manager Alan Pardew against his old side for the first time since he left Newcastle United in December.

Swansea eye-up Bony replacement

Football

Lasse Vibe
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Swansea are keeping an eye on IFK Gothenburg striker Lasse Vibe as a replacement for recently-departed Wilfried Bony,

the Western Mail reports.

Vibe, 27, is reported to be available for around £2.5m and has made six appearances for Denmark.

Wednesday's team news

Southampton v West Ham (19:45 GMT)

Ryan Bertrand
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Over to St Mary's for the latest of tonight's Premier League matches and Southampton have problems at left-back with Ryan Bertrand still suspended and Matt Targett out with a head injury.

Morgan Schneiderlin is an injury doubt, but new signing Filip Djuricic could play after receiving his work permit.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says Andy Carroll is "touch and go" to return from a knee injury, while Kevin Nolan could miss out with a foot problem.

James Tomkins is available despite breaking his nose on Sunday as Winston Reid and James Collins remain absent.

To the victors go......a new house

Football

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Ivory Coast captain Yaya Toure wave at the crowd
AFP

While Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony continue to recover from their Africa Cup of Nations victory with the Ivory Coast on Sunday, they'll no doubt be comforted by the news of how they'll be rewarded.

Each member of the Ivory Coast side is to be showered with

millions of dollars in prizes by the country's government.

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara (pictured above with Yaya Toure) is giving each member of the 23-man squad a house worth $52,000 (£34,000) and the same amount in cash,

the government says.

Wednesday's team news

Stoke City v Manchester City (19:45 GMT)

Stephen Ireland
PA

Back to our previews of tonight's Premier League action and

Stoke will be without Stephen Ireland and Marc Wilson for the visit of second-placed Manchester City after they suffered hamstring and groin injuries respectively against Newcastle.

They join Ryan Shawcross and Erik Pieters on the sidelines, but Marko Arnautovic could return from injury.

Manchester City will be without Yaya Toure and Wilfried Bony after they helped Ivory Coast win the Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Laudrup: 'No intention of leaving'

Football

Michael Laudrup
PA

Earlier we brought you the news that Michael Laudrup will

not be named the new manager of QPR - at least not before the end of this season - as he looks to stay on as manager of Qatari side Lekhwiya.

The former Swansea City manager has told Danish newspaper

Ekstrabladet: "It is always positive to be linked with big jobs, and taking over QPR is a big job.

"But, having said that, I would also like to say that I have no intention of leaving Lekhwiya at the moment.

"We are top of the league and are starting the group phase of the AFC Champions League in two weeks."

Wednesday's team news

Manchester United v Burnley (19:45 GMT)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
PA

To Old Trafford now and Manchester United will be

without Luke Shaw for the visit of Burnley following his sending off against West Ham at the weekend.

Michael Carrick is the only other definite absentee as he is still recovering from an ankle problem.

Burnley midfielder Dean Marney will miss the rest of the season with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

His absence ends the Clarets' 10-match run of naming the same starting line-up with Steven Reid or Michael Kightly most likely to replace Marney.

Wednesday's team news

Chelsea v Everton (19:45 GMT)

Cesc Fabregas
PA

Time to look ahead to tonight's six Premier League matches and we start at Stamford Bridge where

Chelsea welcome back playmaker Cesc Fabregas for the visit of Everton after a hamstring problem.

Diego Costa completes a three-game ban and midfielder John Obi Mikel is ruled out with a knee injury, but Filipe Luis is fit after a calf strain.

Tim Howard will return in goal for Everton after recovering from a calf problem but Leighton Baines and James McCarthy are both doubts.

Aiden McGeady, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman and Christian Atsu are all unavailable.

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Mixed injury news for Gunners

Football

Aaron Ramsey
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The Guardian reports Arsenal striker Alexis Sánchez has escaped serious injury after the shuddering tackle from Leicester City's Matthew Upson on Tuesday night.

Arsenal hope he will be fit and available for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough.

It's less good news for midfielder Aaron Ramsey though, who was forced off against Leicester just nine minutes after coming on as a substitute with his third hamstring injury of the season.

Yarnold bidding to be 'best ever'

Skeleton

Olympic Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold
BBC Sport

Olympic Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold says she

wants "to be considered the best British female slider" ever.

The 26-year-old has already been crowned European skeleton champion this season, and is hoping to defend her World Cup title at the final round in Sochi this weekend.

Speaking to former GB slider Amy Williams, Yarnold also talks about her hopes for the future ahead of the World Championships and the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Millers 'unwelcome' in Championship

Football

Steve Evans
Empics

Rotherham United boss Steve Evans claims his team are on the wrong end of decisions

because they are one of the smaller teams in the Championship.

The Millers lost 2-1 at Blackburn on Tuesday and Evans was unhappy that Rovers defender Matt Kilgallon was not penalised for handball in the penalty area.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "We're Rotherham and some people at the Football League possibly don't want us in this division.

"People say that decisions level out and if they do then we have got a lot to get."

Murray wins in Rotterdam

Tennis

Andy Murray
AP

Andy Murray is safely into the second round of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

In his first match since losing in the Australian Open final, the top seed beat Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 6-3 6-2 in an hour and 32 minutes.

Murray will face Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the next round.

United to reveal second-quarter figures

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Television cameras at Old Trafford
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Manchester United investors will get a chance to ask executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward about the new

£5.1bn Premier League TV deal when the club reveal their second-quarter results on Thursday.

United's latest financial statement will be released at midday, with Woodward hosting an investors' conference call an hour later.

The Premier League yesterday announced a new three-year domestic deal with Sky and BT Sport that will run to 2019 but have yet to open bidding for the lucrative overseas rights.

Shares in United closed at $17.03, up almost 5% on the New York Stock Exchange following news of the deal.

Terpstra retains Tour of Qatar lead

Cycling

Riders battle to the line in Wednesday's stage
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Dutch rider Niki Terpstra of the Etixx team retained the leader's gold jersey of the Tour of Qatar after

Wednesday's fourth stage was won by Norwegian Alexander Kristoff.

It was the second stage victory for the Katusha cyclist who triumphed ahead of Slovak Peter Sagan and German Nikias Arndt after a bunched sprint finish at the end of the 165km stage between Al Thakira and Mesaieed.

In the overall standings, Terpstra now enjoys a six-second advance on Poland's Maciej Bodnar, with Briton Ian Stannard, of Team Sky, 12 seconds adrift.

Thursday's fifth stage sees the riders travel 153km from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

PNE relishing Man Utd test - Grayson

Football

Simon Grayson
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Preston North End boss Simon Grayson says his team can look forward to

hosting Manchester United in Monday's FA Cup fifth-round tie.

North End currently sit fourth in the League One, 43 places behind Louis van Gaal's side, fifth in the top tier.

"We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain, and that is what we'll do," Grayson told

BBC Radio Lancashire.

"We'll go and enjoy playing against some of the best players in the world - fantastic atmosphere, massive profile for the football club and a tie we're looking forward to and should enjoy."

Ex-Pompey owner to fight extradition

Football

Vladimir Antonov
PA

Vladimir Antonov - the Russian ex-Portsmouth FC owner - is challenging what he claims is a "politically-motivated"

bid to extradite him to Lithuania to face fraud charges.

Mr Antonov, 39, and his Lithuanian business partner Raimondas Baranauskas, are appealing at London's High Court against their removal from the UK.

They are accused of stripping assets and funds from Lithuanian bank Snoras. They say they are being used as "scapegoats".

Antonov bought Portsmouth in June 2011, but was forced to stand down as chairman in November 2011 when his company Convers Sports Initiatives (CSI) went into administration.

Brazilian club use mothers to deal with hooligan problem

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

A leading Brazilian football club has come up with a novel idea to tackle the problem of hooliganism among fans.

Sport Club of Recife, who play in the country's top division, hired and trained 30 mothers of their regular fans as match-day stewards without their sons knowing. The aim was to deter the fans from creating trouble.

BBC Radio 5 Live's Phil Williams spoke to South America football correspondent Tim Vickery about why it worked.

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Murray takes lead

Tennis

Andy Murray has won the first set of his match against Nicolas Mahut at the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

Murray - in his first outing since the Australian Open final - won 6-3 against the French qualifier in the opening set.

You can follow all the latest here on the

ATP live scores site.

Cricket helmet safety examined

Cricket

The death of Australia Test batsman Phillip Hughes late last year after being struck on the top of the neck by a ball during a domestic match in Sydney has brought the subject of cricket helmets to the fore.

BBC Sport's Joe Wilson

reports on a new-look cricket helmet designed to boost safety following the death of the 25-year-old while design consultant Alan Meeks
explains what changes are being made.

Leaning & Rhodes extend Yorks deals

Cricket

Yorkshire youngsters Jack Leaning and Will Rhodes

have both extended their contracts with the county champions until the end of 2017.

Right-handed batsman Leaning, 21, played in 10 County Championship matches in the 2014 season as the Headingley side won the title for the first time since 2001.

Medium-pacer Rhodes, 19, has played in two Twenty20 matches for the White Rose.

Sunderland need to do more - Larsson

Football

Sebastian Larsson
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Midfielder Sebastian Larsson has admitted Sunderland need to get rid of their capacity to self-destruct if they are to avoid another scrap for Premier League survival.

The Black Cats were on a four-game unbeaten run going into Tuesday's game at home to QPR but the

visitors came away with a 2-0 win for their first away success of the season

"It's a game we shouldn't have lost, but we did, so we can only blame ourselves. It was down to us players on the pitch and we didn't do enough," said the Swede.

"I've been here long enough to know that we tend to do these things at times, and we need to figure out why because it shouldn't keep happening."

Silverstone to host British MotoGP

MotoGP

Silverstone has stepped in

to host this year's British MotoGP after Donington Park called off its agreement to provide the venue on 30 August.

Circuit of Wales signed a five-year deal to stage the race from 2015, but as the venue in Ebbw Vale has yet to be built, Donington agreed to host.

Donington said Circuit of Wales has not met agreed payment deadlines, but the latter denies the claims.

McCoy on the mark again

Horse Racing

Tony McCoy
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Jockey AP McCoy chalked up another winner as he took

Wednesday's opening race at Chepstow on favourite Sebastian Beach.

It means the 19-times champion has ridden winners in four countries in the four days since he announced his intention to retire at the end of the season.

McCoy triumphed in the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown on Sunday, before victories at English racecourse Catterick, Ayr in Scotland and Welsh track Chepstow.

Commonwealth Games

Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, David Grevemberg has told BBC Sport that the prospect of the 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place in Africa is "fantastically exciting."

Edmonton

withdrew from the bidding process on leaving Durban as the only remaining candidate.

" In the world of sport this has been contemplated and discussed. A Games in Africa, for Africa - it's a very exciting prospect," he said

"As a sports enthusiast and as a person who has been watching the development of sport worldwide, I look forward to the coming months."

Italy name team to face England

Rugby Union

Italy team to face England
Italy Rugby

Italy have made six changes - four in the starting XV - to their match day squad to face England in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

Italy lost their opening match last weekend

26-3 against Ireland in Rome.

Brits among Laureus nominees

Sarah Storey
PA

Lewis Hamilton and Rory McIlroy have been nominated for the

2015 Laureus Award that will take place in Shanghai on 15 April.

Other big names nominated include Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Tennis stars Serena Williams and recently retired Li Na are nominated for the women's award.

British Para-cyclist Dame Sarah Storey is one of six nominees for the Disabled Sports Person of the Year category.