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Summary

  1. Preston v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)
  2. Aston Villa must stay in Premier League - Tim Sherwood
  3. Lance Armstrong receives record $10m fine
  4. Heather Watson suffers first-round exit in Dubai
  5. Scotland's Russell cited over tackle on Biggar

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By Mandeep Sanghera and Mike Whalley

All times stated are UK

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So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, goodnight

Nine teams remain in the FA Cup. Preston and Manchester United are around 45 minutes away from beginning their battle for the last quarter-final place.

See the quarter-final draw on BBC One at 19:30 GMT, then catch the full match live from Deepdale - which you can also listen to on BBC Radio 5 live. We've even got a live text commentary for you

here on the BBC Sport website.

Enjoy your night's cup football, and we've be back with Sportsday tomorrow from 08:00 GMT.

Lescott's FA Cup wish

Football

West Brom defender Joleon Lescott has one wish for tonight's FA Cup quarter-final draw.

He tweets: Just want a home tie tonight. Boys are buzzing after the weekend, confidence high at the moment.

The draw is live on BBC One at 19:30 GMT.

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Costa starts for Chelsea in Paris

Football

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will start Diego Costa in tomorrow's Champions League last-16 first leg away to Paris St-Germain, but does not expect his prolific striker to be at his best following suspension.

The Brazil-born Spain striker was banned retrospectively for three matches for treading on Liverpool's Emre Can in the Capital One Cup semi-final victory on 27 January.

Costa, who has 17 goals in 19 Premier League games this term, missed the matches with Manchester City, Aston Villa and Everton, but will come straight into the starting line-up at Parc des Princes as he bids for a first European goal for his club.

Mourinho has told a news conference in Paris this evening: "Yes, I start him. But I don't think it's good for a player to be three weeks or three matches without starting a game. So I don't think he's in the best of his condition."

'Disservice to Rooney'

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Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has been played in midfield recently by manager Louis van Gaal - and BBC Sport pundit Kevin Kilbane has queried that strategy.

"Wayne Rooney is a fantastic striker - that is his natural position. He is a goalscorer," Kilbane told World Service.

"He's chasing records don't forget, he's chasing the Premier League's overall goalscoring record and Manchester United's overall goalscoring record. That's what he wants, he wants to be scoring goals and he is less likely to do that playing in midfield.

"I think that you do him a disservice by playing him in the position that he is playing because he is far better suited to playing as a striker."

Rooney starts for Man Utd

Preston v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

Breaking team news from Deepdale: Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United tonight - but there's no Robin van Persie, even on the bench.

Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Rooney, Fellaini, Di Maria, Falcao.

Preston, meanwhile, have an FA Cup hero in their starting line-up. Kevin Davies, who helped Chesterfield reach the semi-finals as a third-tier side in 1997, starts up front alongside their leading scorer Joe Garner.

Preston XI: Stuckmann, Clarke, Huntington, Wright, Laird, Humphrey, Welsh, Kilkenny, Gallagher, K Davies, Garner.

Aiming to make Sir Tom proud

Preston v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

Chris Bevan

BBC Sport at Deepdale

"It's a crisp clear winter's night in Preston, where fans are already gathering outside Deepdale, many pausing to take a picture of the famous 'Splash' statue of Sir Tom Finney outside the ground. Saturday marked one year since Sir Tom passed away at the age of 91 and North End boss Simon Grayson wants a performance tonight that would have made football's most famous plumber proud.

"This club has fantastic history and tradition," said Grayson. "It would be a fantastic way to mark what he did for this club with a good performance and hopefully a result for him."

There's a dedicated live text commentary on tonight's game under way on the

BBC Sport website. It's also live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live.

Chris Bevan
BBC Sport

Football

Preston v Man Utd (19:45 GMT)

Let's start looking ahead to tonight's FA Cup fifth-round tie between Preston and Manchester United - kick-off is around an hour away at Deepdale.

Salford's Hock faces double charge

Rugby League

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Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock faces

two charges of recklessly using his knees during last Thursday's Super League defeat by St Helens.

The more serious Grade C charge arises out of a 53rd-minute incident involving Tommy Makinson of Saints.

And the 31-year-old has also been charged with a Grade B offence towards Mose Masoe a few minutes later as Salford were beaten 52-6.

IAAF boss needs to 'move out of the way'

Athletics

Former British Olympic 400m bronze medallist Katharine Merry has responded to a claim by the head of world athletics that the sport is in crisis.

Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF),

has told BBC Sport that the sport was in trouble over allegations of doping by Russian competitors.

But Merry has told BBC Radio 5 live: "It's not a case that more people are cheating. What's happening is there are more people getting caught. You have Diack coming out and saying the sport is in crisis. But it's individual bodies and the IAAF who are in crisis because they haven't put sanctions in place for bodies who break the rules consistently.

"He needs to retire, move out of the way, let someone else come in like Seb Coe or Sergey Bubka and put new rules in place to deal with this."

MK Dons re-sign Fulham's Williams

Football

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MK Dons have

re-signed Fulham and Wales midfielder George Williams on a youth loan until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old came through the Dons' youth system, and became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer at the age of 16

when he found the net against Nantwich Town in the FA Cup in 2011.

"I was so gutted when he left because he's a kid who has got everything," Dons manager Karl Robinson

told the club website.

Heaslip out for 'around four weeks'

Rugby Union

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Ireland forward Jamie Heaslip will be out for around four weeks with a back injury sustained during Saturday's 18-11 win over France.

The number eight, 31, was forced off after receiving a knee to the back from Pascal Pape, who has been cited for the challenge, as we told you at 11:17.

Ireland bosses confirmed Heaslip suffered "fractures of the transverse process of three vertebrae" in his back, but there is a chance he could return for the final match against Scotland on 21 March.

A statement by the Irish Rugby Football Union added: "Although this injury causes a good deal of discomfort it does not impact on the structural integrity of the spine, and once healed should pose no long term issues. Typically this injury is treated akin to a soft tissue injury; according to symptoms.

"Jamie is already feeling more comfortable and it is hoped that he will be available to play again in approximately four weeks."

Timeouts may suit coaches - Jackett

Football

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Wolves boss Kenny Jackett says

the introduction of timeouts in football could be a good idea - but only from a coach's point of view.

The 53-year-old head coach admitted timeouts would spoil the game for fans, but would give team bosses a tactical advantage.

"As we went 2-0 up at Huddersfield last week, I could have done with a timeout to reorganise," he told BBC WM 95.6.

Brown to be re-assessed

Rugby Union

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England full-back Mike Brown is to be re-assessed by the team's medical team this evening after apparently being concussed in the early stages of Saturday's Six Nations win over Italy at Twickenham.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster says Brown has been given two days complete rest and will now begin the graduated return-to-play protocols. England's next match against Ireland is a week on Sunday, so no early decision will be made on his participation in the Dublin match.

The 32-man England squad is gathering at the team's Surrey base this evening with all players being medically assessed ahead of training tomorrow.

Lancaster said: "We'll review the Italy game in the morning followed by training and we will then release a number of players back to their clubs in the evening ahead of the Aviva Premiership this coming weekend. We will then train on Wednesday and Thursday before we come back into camp on Monday."

Stringer to leave Bath

Rugby Union

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Bath scrum-half Peter Stringer will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 37-year-old, who has 98 Ireland caps, moved to the Recreation Ground from Munster in January 2013.

Head coach Mike Ford said: "It's a shame we are unable to keep Peter, but with Niko Matawalu joining, Chris Cook re-signing and Will Homer coming through from the academy, this has become an incredibly competitive position within the squad."

Stringer said: "I am, of course, disappointed not to be staying at Bath, but I am very much looking forward to the next chapter of my rugby career elsewhere."

Punch drunk

Football

Colombian side Deportivo Cali say they were forced to abandon their own coach and take a police bus to Sunday's match against Deportes Tolima after their driver was found to be drunk.

"Our squad had to get to the stadium in a police bus after a routine stop on the road there detected that the bus driver was over the legal limit of alcohol," said the club in a statement.

The incident appeared to have left the Cali players with a hangover as they lost the match 4-1.

Clarke denies Orient 'crisis' report

Football

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Captain Nathan Clarke has dismissed a report which said League One strugglers Leyton Orient are

"a club in crisis".

An Evening Standard article suggested players had held their own team talks because of a language barrier with Italian manager Fabio Liverani, that the squad had been unsettled by the wage structure and some staff were "determined" to leave.

"I'm a bit surprised and I'm not too sure where it's come from," centre-back Clarke, 31, told BBC London 94.9.

He added: "There are always differences in wages. You don't get one team that are always on the same. To point the finger at that is a cop-out and an easy thing to say; that because he is on more than me I am not going to try or I'm not going to work."

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Alex Howarth: Re: 17:37: How stupid can the Bournemouth chairman be? Does he not understand that £1m is considerably less than a minimum of £99m? As in our society as a whole, the gap between the rich (Premier League clubs) and the poor (Championship clubs) will widen.

'Use TV billions to cut ticket prices'

Football

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The Premier League's £5.14bn TV rights deal, starting in 2016, should prompt a ticket price cut for fans,

says the Swansea director representing supporters on the club's board.

Huw Cooze also backs a renewed campaign to allow standing areas at matches.

Swansea City supporters society owns 21.1% of the club's shares.

"It's an area of high unemployment and we need to try and get as many supporters through the turnstiles as we can," said Cooze.

TV deal 'will benefit Championship'

Football

Championship clubs

could benefit by about £1m per year from the new Premier League TV rights deal, according to Bournemouth chairman Jeff Mostyn.

He said money would "trickle down" to the Championship in a "very positive outcome" for clubs in the second tier.

"It could mean a substantial amount in real terms. We may be talking in excess of £1m," he told

BBC Radio Solent.

SPFL set to take no action against Celtic or Rangers

Football

The Scottish Professional Football League is unlikely to take action against Celtic and Rangers over the behaviour of their fans at the recent League Cup semi-final.

Twelve supporters were arrested for alleged sectarian offences at the game on 1 February.

But the SPFL say both clubs did all they could to avoid any offensive behaviour in the match at Hampden.

And they revealed, as yet, there is no evidence of any breaches to the SPFL's rules by Celtic or Rangers.

Gould joins West Brom coaching staff

Football

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Tony Pulis has added goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould to his backroom staff at West Brom.

The 46-year-old will link up with the club tomorrow, replacing Dean Kiely, who left the club last month.

Former Preston and Celtic keeper Gould, the son of former Wales boss Bobby, joins from Wellington Phoenix of the A-League.

Albion's professional development phase goalkeeping coach Mark Naylor will revert to his role working with the club's young keepers.

Sport faces 'crisis' over doping allegations

Athletics

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The head of world athletics

admits the sport faces "a crisis" over allegations of doping by Russian competitors.

Speaking to the BBC, Lamine Diack, president of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) says: "It's a difficult crisis but we will put it behind us by cleaning all this."

In December, a German TV documentary claimed Russian officials systematically accepted payment from athletes to supply banned substances and cover up tests.

In his first broadcast interview since the allegations were made public, Diack says he was "shocked" and "disturbed" when he first heard the claims.

But the 81-year-old Senegalese official insists allegations that 99% of Russian athletes are doping are "a joke" and "ridiculous".

Reaction: Armstrong fined record $10m (£6.5m)

Cycling

SCA has indicated that it is pursuing further legal action against Lance Armstrong over his lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The company said: "SCA's dispute with Armstrong is not over. It has a currently pending lawsuit in Dallas state district court where it is pursuing additional claims against Lance Armstrong and Bill Stapleton (Armstrong's agent)."

Reaction: Armstrong fined record $10m (£6.5m)

Cycling

Here's a statement from SCA Promotions following the legal decision against Lance Armstrong:

"Lance Armstrong was hit with a record-breaking $10m sanctions award by the arbitration panel hearing his dispute with Dallas-based SCA Promotions, Inc.

"According to the arbitrators' written ruling, the sanctions award punishes Armstrong for engaging in 'an unparalleled pageant of international perjury, fraud and conspiracy'.

"The 10 million-dollar award, which must be paid directly to SCA Promotions, is believed to be the largest award of sanctions assessed against an individual in American judicial history.

"The award was made public today when SCA Promotions filed a motion with a Dallas state district court to have the award confirmed into a judgement against Armstrong."

Armstrong fined record $10m (£6.5m)

Cycling

Lance Armstrong
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Former cyclist Lance Armstrong must pay a record $10m (£6.5m) in damages after losing a lawsuit with Dallas-based SCA Promotions Inc.

Armstrong has been sanctioned for lying about his use of performance-enhancing drugs following an arbitration panel hearing into his case with SCA.

The Dallas company was forced to pay Armstrong $7.5m in 2006 after an arbitration process over disputed payments relating to his seven Tour de France victories.

However, Armstrong has since admitted to doping in all seven of his Tour wins and was found to have lied in proceedings, leading to the payout.

Stoke 'the worst I've seen' - Whelan

Football

Stoke City's Glenn Whelan says their performance in the 4-1 FA Cup fifth round exit at Blackburn was

the worst he has seen in seven years at the club.

Mark Hughes' Potters have now conceded eight goals in their last two matches.

"To the fans I apologise because that's not the Stoke City that I know," said the 31-year-old midfielder.

"The players didn't want to be out there. You could see that after the first 10 minutes. That's the worst I've ever seen," he told

BBC Radio Stoke.

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Stephen: Sporting Failure Reasons? I give you ... the beachball.

Darren Bent's shot was deflected past Pepe Reina by a stray beachball to give

Sunderland a 1-0 win over Liverpool in October 2009. One of today's Sportsday text commentators wrote the BBC Sport website report on that match. His reaction: "2009? Was it that long ago?" It was.

Juventus: Buffon rues wasted chance

European football

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Gianluigi Buffon believes Serie A leaders Juventus only have themselves to blame for failing to win at Cesena on Sunday.

Arturo Vidal missed a late penalty in a 2-2 draw as Juve missed the chance to go nine points clear of second-placed Roma, who themselves drew 0-0 with bottom club Parma.

"After seeing Roma's result we had hoped for more," Juve captain and goalkeeper Buffon told Italian media. "We cannot go around throwing away opportunities like this one.

"The Roma result probably made us think this was going to be easy, but a team like ours cannot allow itself to be influenced by other games."

Tottenham liable for player brain damage

Football

A High Court judge has ruled

Tottenham Hotspur breached its duties to a 17-year-old player who suffered cardiac arrest in his first game for the club and was left brain damaged.

Radwan Hamed collapsed during the youth team game in Belgium in August 2006.

In a screening before he signed to the club, an ECG showed his heart to be "unequivocally abnormal" but he was not stopped from playing.

Damages, which could reach £7m, are to be decided next week.

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Martelly Addict: Why has that last entry about United's grey shirts just got a pic of two Southampton players?

No, if you look to the left of Ken Monkou, you can see... Ah, hang on, we get you now. Very clever. *Doffs cap*

Six players charged

Rugby League

Wigan half-back Sam Powell is one of six players charged with offences alleged to have been committed in the Super League's round two matches.

Powell could now be in danger of missing Saturday's game against Brisbane Broncos in the new World Club Series through suspension.

Huddersfield's Eorl Crabtree, Salford forward Gareth Hock, Catalans Dragons pair Eloi Pelissier and Olivier Elima as well as Castleford centre Jake Webster are the others who have been charged.

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Carl Standish: Has anyone said anything about the grey shirts?

Oh yes - just before 10:25. In fairness, though, the entry is very difficult to pick out...

Robertson backs up O'Sullivan

Snooker

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Neil Robertson hit three centuries on the way to beating James Cahill 4-0 in the first round of the Welsh Open.

Afterwards, he supported

Ronnie O'Sullivan criticising the venue by comparing it to playing in a "shopping mall".

"I know what he means," says Robertson. "There is an awful lot going on.

"It's important to stay focused and get through to the later rounds when there are less tables."

Russell cited over tackle on Biggar

Rugby Union

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Scotland outside-half Finn Russell has been cited for a dangerous tackle during Sunday's 23-26 Six Nations defeat against Wales at Murrayfield.

Russell, 22, was yellow carded

for his challenge on Dan Biggar - and is accused of breaking rules 10.4 (e) and 10.4 (j), which both relate to tackling opponents whose feet are off the ground. His hearing will be later this week.

'Both ugly'

Football

Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz is asked to compare his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with current boss Laurent Blanc.

Luiz will face the Blues when PSG play them on Tuesday and jokes: "Both are ugly."

He adds: "The project and plan for PSG is to be the best club in the world in the next few years."

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Mickey, in London, via text: Has anybody mentioned lasagne yet? You're welcome, Spurs fans.

Tottenham missed out on a Champions League place in 2006 as

10 players fell ill with food poisoning shortly before a costly 2-1 defeat at West Ham. A lasagne got the blame initially, although it was cleared in subsequent investigations.

Luiz's Chelsea reunion

Football

PSG manager Laurent Blanc (left) defender David Luiz
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One of the first words David Luiz learned when he moved to Chelsea was 'geezer'. Last summer the Brazilian left Stamford Bridge to join Paris St-Germain for a reported £50m and he's been using a few more words talking about playing against the Blues on Tuesday.

Luiz will come face-to-face with his ex-Chelsea team-mates for the first time when PSG play the Blues in a Champions League first leg, last-16 tie on Tuesday.

"I hope, in this room, I am valued more than £50m," says Luiz. "I just need to show my football every day and show my job for the club."

"If I score against Chelsea I don't celebrate for respect, but I will be happy."

Hodgson heads for Deepdale

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Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and England manager Roy Hodgson are on their way to Deepdale to watch Preston face Manchester United in tonight's FA Cup fifth-round tie - as proved in this photo tweeted by the FA.

Limond to face Jenkins in Leeds

Boxing

British light-welterweight champion Willie Limond will defend his title against unbeaten Welshman Chris Jenkins in Leeds on 11 April.

The Glasgow fighter, 36, will face Jenkins, 26, on the undercard of featherweight Josh Warrington's world title eliminator against Dennis Tubieron.

Jenkins, who won a Prizefighter competition in July 2013, has won all 16 of his professional fights.

Limond won a British title for the first time in June last year with an emphatic victory over Curtis Woodhouse.

Leicester's Williams out for season

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams will

miss the rest of the season after surgery on a knee ligament injury.

The 23-year-old former Wales Under-20 international was injured in the Anglo-Welsh Cup win at Cardiff on 6 February.

"It's massively disappointing because he has been outstanding for us," said director of rugby Richard Cockerill. "The full recovery period is usually about nine months."