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Summary

  1. Chelsea & Everton charged by the FA
  2. Eden Hazard signs new Chelsea deal
  3. Chris Ramsey to remain in charge of QPR until end of season
  4. Paul Lambert pays tribute to Villa after sacking
  5. GET INVOLVED: Who has the biggest ego in sport? #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Olympic football venues grow

Football

Amazonia Arena Manaus
Reuters

The number of cities bidding to host football matches in the 2016 Olympics has been increased from five to six to include Manaus -

a venue England fans will remember from last year's World Cup.

The Amazonian capital joins Rio, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Sao Paulo and Salvador.

Fifa and the Brazilian Football Confederation will decide on which cities to use by March.

Sixteen men's teams and 12 women's teams will take part in the competition.

Bottas wants more improvement from Williams

Formula 1

Valtteri Bottas
EPA

Valtteri Bottas concedes Williams face "a big challenge" if they are to push Mercedes for this year's Formula One world championship.

The team finished third in the constructors' standings last season and want to consolidate this season.

"We are determined to do better," said the Finn. "But now the difficult part starts because to move up from third in the constructors' is not that simple.

"We know it's a big challenge, but we are definitely ready for it. As a team we improved so much last year, and now it's a new year we need to make sure we start at the same level we finished last season, and then build from that."

Mignolet coping with pressure

Football

Simon Mignolet
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Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet insists he does not feel the pressure which comes with the scrutiny of virtually each one of his performances, despite being dropped earlier in the season.

"Day in, day out you are in the spotlight but the main job is to focus on the football," he said.

"You are always going to be under pressure but it is our job and you get used to it.

"It is not really pressure, it is something you enjoy as everyone likes to play in front of a big crowd."

Little offers to help Villa

Football

Brian Little
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Former Aston Villa manager Brian Little, who was the last man to lead the club to a major trophy, has been speaking to BBC Sport about the current situation at Villa Park.

"I'm not sure I would want to be the football manager at the club. I would love to help out in some capacity but I think at the moment the job is for someone who is very current and someone who is right in amongst it.

"Their main choice now is whether it's a short term appointment to make sure we stay up or is it a long term appointment."

Football

John-Joe's big day

John-Joe O'Toole
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His name is one you don't easily forget when you look out for goalscorers and match-winners in the football league and now

Northampton Town's John-Joe O'Toole is getting a day named after him.

This Saturday - more than 1,000 Cobblers fans will don wigs in honour of the 26-year-old midfielder for their League Two trip to Mansfield.

Added to that, the occasion has already gone viral via

#JJOTDAY

Fan Dan Pearce had initially suggested the idea of John-Joe O'Toole Day to friends on Facebook and told BBC Sport: "We'd have still done it if there were six or seven of us. We'd have just looked like idiots."

Leto to undergo surgery

Football

Former Liverpool winger Sebastian Leto will undergo surgery in the next 48 hours after a freak gym accident.

The 28-year-old currently plays for Argentine side Lanus but signed for the Merseyside club in 2007 although he did not play a Premier League game due to passport issues.

He fractured his skull when he was struck on the head by a piece of exercise equipment and was placed in intensive care when the extent of his injuries were revealed.

A club statement read: "Yesterday, Sebastian Leto, during routine work in the gym, suffered an accident with head trauma, leaving a wound in his scalp. He was treated at the club, [however] an hour after consultation with the medical team he complained of a headache and was evaluated again."

Palace defender makes fifth loan move

Football

Port Vale have signed teenage Crystal Palace defender Ryan Inniss

on a one-month youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who has already had four previous loan spells in his short career, will be eligible to play in this weekend's League One Midlands derby at Walsall.

Carroll injury update

Football

Andy Carroll
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West Ham striker Andy Carroll has had a scan on the knee injury he suffered during Wednesday's draw at Southampton.

The results are due on Friday and it is likely Hammers boss Sam Allardyce will give an update on his injury during his press conference, which is scheduled for 09:30 GMT.

Carroll left St Mary's Stadium on crutches after the 0-0 draw.

Chiefs want 'regular top-six finish'

Rugby Union

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter says he wants his side to be a

"regular" European Champions Cup team.

The 43-year-old has led Chiefs to the top level of European cup rugby in 2013-13 and 2013-14, but they failed to qualify this year after an eighth-placed Premiership finish

"We want to get back into the top-flight European competition. That's very important for us as a club going forwards," Baxter, whose side are currently fifth in the Premiership, told

BBC Radio Devon.

"We're ambitious enough to want to be (in the Champions Cup) on a regular basis."

LTA recruit for success

Tennis

Heather Watson & Andy Murray
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The LTA have appointed three new members of staff, all who have achieved success in other sports to help bring through more players who can compete on the world stage, according to a

report in the Telegraph

Steve McGregor, a sports scientist best known for refining the fitness regimes of two hugely successful golfers: Lee Westwood and Rory McIlroy has been appointed along with Peter Keen - who was the performance director of British cycling.

Australian Chelsea Warr, who previously ran the performance side of British swimming completes the trio.

More on the FA Charge

Football

Chelsea & Everton
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A statement issued by the FA said: "Both Chelsea and Everton have been charged by The FA for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion and/or refrained from provocative behaviour.

"It follows an incident in the 86th minute of Wednesday night's game at Stamford Bridge.

"Both clubs have until 6pm on 17 February 2015 to respond to the charge."

FA Charge for Chelsea & Everton

Football

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will face no further action over the incident with Everton midfielder James McCarthy, during Wednesday's Premier League match at Stamford Bridge.

But Chelsea and Everton have both been charged with failing to control their players.

Reaction to Ramsey's appointment

Football

QPR midfielder Joey Barton: Good news also on Chris Ramsey. V good since he has come in. Got group back on track. Lots for us all to do now to keep club in the league.

City will not give up on title - Kompany

Football

Vincent Kompany
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Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists the champions will never give up on the title despite trailing Chelsea by seven points at the top of the Premier League table.

"Belief never goes. Past experiences should give us enough confidence to carry on and go for it," said the Belgian after

Wednesday's 4-1 win over Stoke City.

"It has happened before. The belief is always there, that is never the problem, even when form is not the best. But performances like this make us not need to talk so much. It makes it obvious we are a good team and that is what we need to show."

More on Lambert's sacking

Pat Murphy

BBC Radio 5 live

"Paul Lambert learned of his sacking by phone yesterday afternoon and that's why he pointedly didn't refer in his statement to the man who made that call, Tom Fox, Villa's chief executive."

Get involved - sporting egos

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Earlier we asked for your suggestions of who has the biggest ego is sport, and there have been plenty coming in on

#bbcsportsday

Ian Wilkinson: Mario Balotelli, when he was at Man City he called himself the best player in world

Jemmett Fox: Biggest ego in sport - a tie between Fernando Alonso and Nicklas Bendtner. Alonso can back it up though.

Sanchez hoping for quick return

Football

Alexis Sanchez
EPA

Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez is expected to be fit for Sunday's FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough despite suffering a bang to his knee during his side's win over Leicester on Tuesday.

But Aaron Ramsey is undergoing tests on a hamstring strain picked up in the same game and is set to miss the next two weeks at least.

Thursday's Super League team news

Rugby League

Full-back Kevin Locke is a late addition to the Salford 19-man squad, taking the place of an ill Jay Walton, but remains 50-50 after missing the opening game with a groin injury.

Jordan Walne and Lama Tasi are vying to plug the gap created by the loss of second rower Weller Hauraki to suspension.

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham sticks with the team that beat Catalans Dragons, with new skipper Jon Wilkin continuing at scrum-half in the absence of the injured Luke Walsh.

Super League action

Rugby League

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

From 19:30 GMT there is Super League action on 5 live sports extra with Salford hosting last year's Grand Final winners St Helens.

Commentary comes from Dave Woods and John Kear and there will also be chat from a host of Super League players and coaches.

Kristoff wins fifth stage in Tour of Qatar

Road Cycling

Norway's Alexander Kristoff won his third stage in the Tour of Qatar, after claiming Thursday's fifth stage.

The Katusha rider, who also won stages two and four, triumphed in a sprint finish at the end of the 153km stage from Al Zubarah Fort to Madinat Al Shamal.

Dutch rider Niki Terpstra retains the overall lead, six seconds clear of Poland's Maciej Bodnar.

Alexander Kristoff wins the fifth stage of the Tour of Qatar
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MCC honour for Aussie pair

Cricket

Jason Gillespie and Justin Langer
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Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie and his former Australia team-mate Justin Langer have been awarded

honorary life membership of Marylebone Cricket Club.

The pair, who won seven Ashes series between them, join former Baggy Green team-mates Steve Waugh, Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting in being honoured by MCC, who own Lord's and are custodians of the laws of the game.

Scots relegated after play-off loss

Wheelchair Curling

Scotland's wheelchair curlers have lost 6-3 to Germany in their relegation play-off at the World Championships in Finland.

The Scots led 3-1 after three ends against a team who they had beaten 12-2 in the round-robin phase, but the Germans hit back after that, scoring in the next three ends to help seal victory.

It means Scotland, who won Winter Paralympic bronze last year while representing Great Britain, will have to go through qualification for next year's Worlds in Switzerland.

Vaughan's ones to watch

Cricket

Michael Vaughan

BBC Test Match Special

Mitchell Starc
Reuters

"Take a look at some of my

stars to look out for in the upcoming Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand."

"Australia seam bowler Mitchell Starc is among them and England will have to contend with his inswinging yorkers in their opening match in Melbourne on Saturday."

Somerset seal Tanvir signing

Cricket

Sohail Tanvir
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Some county cricket news for you now and Somerset have signed Pakistan international

Sohail Tanvir for next season's T20 Blast.

The 30-year-old left-arm seamer has played 42 Twenty20 internationals.

Tanvir has previously played in England with Hampshire and is well known to the Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard, after the pair worked together in the Caribbean Premier League.

Murray through in Rotterdam

Tennis

Andy Murray has won his second-round match at the World Tennis Tournament against Canada's Vasek Pospisil in straight sets 6-3 7-5.

It took the British number one an hour and 43 minutes to progress to the quarter-final where he will meet French number eight seed Gilles Simon.

Full report to follow shortly.

New deals for Bath pair

Rugby Union

Alafoti Fa'osiliva and David Sisi
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Stepping away from football for a second and Bath back-rowers Alafoti Fa'osiliva and David Sisi have

signed new contracts.

Samoa international Fa'osiliva, 29, arrived at the Rec in 2013 and has made 18 Premiership appearances.

Sisi, 22, also signed at the start of last season from London Irish, shortly after winning the Junior World Championship with England Under 20s.

Bath have also confirmed academy lock Tom Ellis has joined Yorkshire Carnegie on loan for the rest of the season.

Taylor to referee Capital One Cup final

Football

Anthony Taylor
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Anthony Taylor will be the referee for this year's Capital One Cup final between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, 1 March at Wembley.

The 36-year-old from Greater Manchester was fourth official to Andre Marriner in the 2013 FA Cup Final at Wembley.

Get involved - sporting egos

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We asked you to tell us who you think has the biggest ego in sport. Here's some of your suggestions from

#bbcsportsday

Alex Barreto: Biggest ego in sport? Easy. Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Carl Froch
AP

Ross Phillips: Easy question @Carl_Froch

Alan Simon: If you count chairmen and ex-chairmen, Alan Sugar has the biggest ego in sport. Arrogance doesn't even begin to sum him up.

Debut to forget for Anderson

Football

Anderson
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While his former Manchester United team-mates were dispatching Burnley 3-1 at Old Trafford, Anderson was having a less-than-successful start to life at new club Internacional in Brazil on Wednesday.

Up against Cruziero, the game was goalless when the midfielder was handed a chance to score from a penalty.

You can probably guess what happened next, if not,

check out the video to reveal the answer.

Ramsey to remain at QPR

Football

Chris Ramsey
AP

Earlier this week Ramsey,

who was placed in caretaker charge following the resignation of Harry Redknapp,
said he would be delighted if he was offered the job on a full-time basis.

QPR lost 1-0 to Southampton in Ramsey's first game in charge but they recorded their first away win of the season on Tuesday when they beat Sunderland 2-0.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Chris Ramsey is set to remain in charge of QPR until the end of the season.

Rankings boost for Ivory Coast

Football

Ivory Coast players celebrate
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Ivory Coast have leapt up the latest Fifa world rankings after winning the Africa Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea, hosts of the Nations Cup which ended on Sunday, soared into the top 50 for the first time.

The National Lighting leapt 69 places and are joint 49th with Congo after reaching the semi-finals, albeit in controversial style.

The Ivorians moved up eight places to 20th although Algeria remain Africa's best-placed team in 18th.

A message from Eden

Football

In case you weren't with us earlier, Eden Hazard has put pen to paper on a

new five-and-a-half year contract at Chelsea.

Eden Hazard Vine on new contract
Adam Williams-Online

Shortly after announcing the news, the 24-year-old Belgium midfielder

recorded a short message for Chelsea fans.

Murray takes lead

Tennis

Andy Murray has taken the first set of his latest match at the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

He's up against Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the second round and has won the opening set 6-3.

You can follow the latest scores

via the ATP website.

Sexton back for Irish

Rugby Union

Johnny Sexton
PA

Ireland have made two changes to their Six Nations side to face France in Dublin on Saturday from the team which beat Italy in the opening fixture.

Fly-half Johnny Sexton returns to action having been out since November with concussion while Jamie Heaslip is recalled to the back-row.

Alliss on Woods

BBC Radio 5 live

Tiger Woods
Reuters

BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss spoke to BBC Radio 5 live earlier about

Tiger Woods's decision to take an indefinite break from golf.

"I can't understand it. I have been privileged to watch him play for 20-odd years," he said.

"He was the best of his generation by a distance. It's like watching Roger Federer or Phil Taylor; they are just masters of their trade.

"What I don't understand is that he has always appeared to have such a strong mind and overcome all sorts of difficulties on the golf course. He produced shots that I couldn't believe.

"So now for people to tell me that his mind is disintegrating and he can't chip and he has got the twitch, I find it very difficult to understand."

Gallagher in doubt for Worlds after Evans crash

Skiing

Kelly Gallagher and Charlotte Evans
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Paralympic skiing champion Kelly Gallagher

admits that her World Championship hopes are in doubt after guide Charlotte Evans suffered severe concussion in a training crash last month.

Evans has been unable to return to training as yet and may not be passed fit for the Worlds which take place in Panorama, Canada from 1-10 March.

GB name team for Para-cycling Worlds

Cycling

Dame Sarah Storey
PA

Dame Sarah Storey and fellow reigning world champions Jody Cundy, Sophie Thornhill, Neil Fachie and Pete Mitchell have all been included in the 14-strong Great Britain team for next month's UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.

Storey is aiming to break the women's hour record later this month.

Newcomers Megan Giglia, Louis Rolfe and injured ex-serviceman Jaco van Gass all get call-ups for the event.

Football Daily podcast

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

Catch up with all the latest football news and views by downloading the

BBC Radio 5 live Football Daily podcast.

In the latest edition, Mark Chapman is joined by Neil Lennon, Stuart McCall and Trevor Sinclair to review Wednesday night's Premier League action.

The panel also react to Paul Lambert's dismissal as Aston Villa manager and fans give their thoughts.

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There's been a bit of pontificating from Premier League managers over the last week.

Louis van Gaal's tactical leaflets disputing the tag of "a long-ball team",
Jose Mourinho's interview antics and
Sam Allardyce's "sophisticated one" claims.

With that, we want to know who has the biggest ego in sport?

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