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  1. Darren Clarke named Europe's Ryder Cup captain
  2. Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal warned by FA
  3. Sepp Blatter condemns alleged racism before Chelsea game
  4. Ronnie O'Sullivan beaten at Welsh Open
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By Steve Canavan and Shamoon Hafez

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Bowyer may 'tweak' Blackburn line-up


Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says he may need to

tweak his line-up ahead of the visit of Blackpool on Saturday.

Rovers scored a last-minute equaliser at Cardiff on Tuesday to add to wins over Stoke in the FA Cup and Rotherham in the league in the last eight days.

Manager Gary Bowyer told

BBC Radio Lancashire: "It is a squad game and we might need to freshen it up.

"We had three massive efforts and I might need to tweak it here and there, but we will see how people recover."

Lessons learned says Mercedes boss Wolff

Formula One

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff says lessons have been learned about the fierce rivalry between team-mates Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The pair clashed on occasions last year as they battled for the world title, won by Hamilton at the final race.

"The team never expected it to be any different but we've learned a lot from last year," said Wolff.

"We've learned from working with each other, analysing mistakes, and we will be trying to do things better in 2015."

Sterling faces fitness test


Liverpool winger

Raheem Sterling faces a fitness test ahead of their Europa League last-32 meeting with Besiktas.

Sterling, 20, has missed two games with a foot injury but could return, while captain Steven Gerrard (hamstring) and Lucas Leiva (thigh) are out.

Lazar Markovic will miss the Anfield meeting as he begins a four-match ban.

Besiktas striker Demba Ba will face Liverpool for the first time since scoring for Chelsea last year in a win which damaged the Reds' title hopes.

'We will get answers against Milan'


Ronny Deila reckons the

Europa League meeting with Inter Milan will show how much progress his Celtic side have made this season.

After a tough start to life as manager, Deila has guided Celtic to an excellent run of form in which they have won their last eight games.

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But he knows Thursday's date with Inter will be a major test.

"We will get a lot of answers tomorrow - how good are Celtic right now and how good are we individually," said Deila.

Appeal over loan deal


Spanish side Eibar have appealed to FIFA to be granted international clearance to sign Liverpool defender Rafa Paez on loan until the end of the season.

After the clubs reached an agreement last month, FIFA blocked the transfer of the 20-year-old to the Primera Division side because of an administrative mistake.

The Spanish central defender played the 2013-14 campaign with the Liverpool reserves and was sent on a season-long loan to Serie B side Bologna last summer, where he made eight league appearances.

Robinson pride at 'massive' MK win


MK Dons have come through the most important moment of their promotion campaign,

says boss Karl Robinson.

The Dons held on to win 1-0 at Colchester on Tuesday - their first victory in four games - to move up to second in League One.

Robinson told

BBC Three Counties Radio: "It was massive. I can't understate it.

"This was big. I want people to believe. I said towards the end, this is the biggest 10 minutes I'll have to manage this season."

Charlton fans to hold public meeting


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Charlton Athletic supporters

are to hold a public meeting on Wednesday in an attempt to find out the long-term strategy of Belgian owner Roland Duchatelet.

Charlton have had four managers since Duchatelet bought the club in January 2014, and are 18th in the Championship under current boss Guy Luzon.

When Duchatelet took over the Addicks he added the south-east London side to a network of clubs around Europe, including Belgian side Standard Liege, from whom Charlton have signed nine players.

"The aim is to engage Roland in conversation and find out what is going on," Addicks fan Steve Clarke told

BBC London 94.9. "He rarely visits London or comes to The Valley and has resisted all attempts by us to have any dialogue.

New Force India almost ready

Formula 1

Force India say they are confident their car for the new Formula 1 season will make its debut at the final test in Barcelona later this month.

Due to supplier and cash-flow issues, Force India were forced to skip the first test in Jerez as the VJM08 was not ready.

For the second test - which starts at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday - the Silverstone-based team will use last year's car.

However, they are set to finally hit the track with the new car at the test that commences next Thursday (26 February).

Zouma the new Desailly?


BBC Radio 5 live

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Football writer Philippe Auclair believes Kurt Zouma has the potential to replicate Marcel Desailly's success and status at Chelsea.

"From a French perspective I can tell you we are very excited about what is happening with Kurt Zouma at Chelsea,"

Auclair told BBC Radio 5 live.

"If there is one player Kurt Zouma is basing his game on, it is Marcel Desailly."

Lambert 'so close' to joining Villa


Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has revealed he came "very close" to signing for Aston Villa on transfer deadline day - only to pull out at the last minute in a bid to try and win a regular starting berth at Anfield.

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Lambert - who has scored only three goals in 26 appearances since joining from Southampton for £4m last summer - agreed terms on a two-and-a- half-year deal with Villa, only to pull out.

"I spoke to my agent, my wife, to Aston Villa and it was close. It was very close. It was touch and go. We agreed everything," he told the

Liverpool Echo.

"But in the end there just wasn't enough time to say 'yes'. It was nothing negative towards Aston Villa, it's a great club. I just didn't think it was right for me to leave here just six months into my Liverpool career. I didn't want to go."

Walker signs new deal

Rugby Union

Harlequins wing Charlie Walker has signed a new two-year contract with the Premiership club.

The 22-year-old swapped Leicester's academy for The Stoop before making his senior debut in 2011, and has now committed himself to the London club until 2017.

Spurs stadium wrangle


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Chris Slegg, BBC London Sport: "Archway Sheet Metal Works v Tottenham. Judge Mr Justice Dove says he hopes to reach his decision regarding the validity of the Compulsory Purchase Order this Friday. He will read this out at 09:30 GMT.

"Archway Sheet Metal Works are appealing against the CPO. They are the last business Spurs need to move from the site of their intended new stadium."

Sale lock Paterson to join Saints

Rugby Union

Northampton Saints have signed Sale lock Michael Paterson for

next season.

The 29-year-old New Zealand-born forward was in the England squad to tour his native country last summer, but has yet to earn a Test cap.

Paterson would have been in contention for a Six Nations place, had he not been ruled out by knee surgery.

"I'm looking forward to the challenges that lie ahead and continuing the development of my rugby in such a highly competitive team,"

he said.

Champions League action


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Former Blackburn and West Ham striker Benni McCarthy says Algerian winger Yacine Brahimi can go on to become a "great player".

McCarthy won the Champions League under Jose Mourinho in 2004 with Porto, who take on Basel in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

"He's got so many powerful weapons in his locker," McCarthy told BBC World Service Sport.

"He's very skilful, he's great one-on-one, he's also a very confident young player so hopefully he can keep his feet on the ground and take whatever opportunities there are to take to play in the biggest stages of the Champions League and grow as a player."

Scotland Rugby to appeal Finn ban

Scottish Rugby say they will appeal against the two-week suspension of stand-off Finn Russell for a challenge on Wales' Dan Biggar.

Russell was yellow-carded for the challenge in Sunday's 26-23 defeat by Wales, and a Six Nations disciplinary committee deemed it "reckless".

An SRU spokesperson said: "We are disappointed by the outcome of today's discipline committee meeting, and subsequent suspension of stand-off Finn Russell.

"Following the arrival of the written sanction later this week, we intend to appeal."

Clarke will start for Aussies


Captain Michael Clarke will return to the Australia side for Saturday's World Cup match against Bangladesh after recovering from hamstring surgery, coach Darren Lehmann has revealed.

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"Yeah, he's playing mate," Lehmann told reporters in typically Aussie fashion when he was asked whether the 33-year-old would be involved.

Clarke's race to be fit has been something of a soap opera in Australia. He played his first match for the team in two months last week in a warm-up against United Arab Emirates and hit 64.

Wales' first Fifa-accredited female football ref


Charlotte Carpenter

Charlotte Carpenter is set to join an elite band of officials after becoming the first Fifa-accredited female football referee from Wales.

The 26-year-old from Abercynon is usually seen in the Welsh League, but she is now on the list of international referees and is working her way up the officiating ladder. She could eventually referee at the Women's World Cup and Women's Champions League.

Sport Wales cameras followed her for the day as she took charge of the Swansea City Ladies v Cardiff Met LFC FAW Women's Cup quarter-final.

Novel time filler

Road Cycling

Injured cricketer Matt Prior has found a novel way to keep himself occupied while his England team-mates compete in the World Cup.

The wicketkeeper has set up a

road cycling team, backed by a British supermarket chain, with the not inconsiderable aim of eventually entering said team, One Pro Cycling, in little known race the Tour de France.

In the meantime, the team will compete in this season's UCI Continental tour, two levels below the World Tour that includes Le Tour.

Pochettino trying to be 'clever'


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Manager Mauricio Pochettino says he is

not worried by Tottenham's workload as they prepare to face Fiorentina in the last 32 of the Europa League in the first of six games in 17 days.

"It's a good sign we are in all competitions. I am happy," he said. "All the squad are fit and we are in a very good way.

"It's important to manage the squad and always analyse after the games each case and each player and after to be clever and select the best player to play in each game."

Runner banned for two years


Netherlands cross country runner Adrienne Herzog has been banned for two years

after failing a doping test.

An out-of-competition test proved positive in March 2014 and her suspension runs until 14 May 2016.

Herzog, who won bronze medals at the European Cross Country Championships in 2009 and 2012, protests her innocence.

"The past 10 months have been the most difficult of my life, as I have never knowingly taken any banned substance," said Herzog, 29, on her website.

Burns back in business


Ricky Burns has been handed the chance to revive his career in the United States with a clash against fellow former world champion Omar Figueroa.

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Burns will take on the unbeaten 25-year-old in San Antonio, Texas on 9 May in his first fight in the States.

Figueroa vacated his WBC lightweight title in November after suffering an infected cut in his second successful defence against Daniel Estrada, with the Venezuelan subsequently deciding to step up a weight.

Burns is looking to bounce back from a difficult period which saw him lose his WBO lightweight belt to Terence Crawford.

Teenage kicks


NBA All-Star game


NBA's annual All-Star Celebrity Game last Friday pitted 35-year-old actor Kevin Hart against 13-year-old baseball star, Mo'one Davis, and The Wedding Ringer star came off second best.

Granted, Davis has rather more sporting prowess, becoming the first girl to win a Little League World Series game - one of only two girls competing in the whole series - graced the cover of

Sports Illustrated, and was the
2014 Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, but still.

Chelsea Metro incident


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Prime Minister David Cameron has had his say after footage emerged which appeared to show Chelsea football fans preventing a black man from boarding a Paris train.

"This does look extremely disturbing," he said. "It's obviously potentially a criminal offence and so I'm sure the French police will be looking at it very seriously.

"I know the British police will give every assistance that they can. I'm sure Chelsea will co-operate with that fully. These are very, very serious matters."

O'Sullivan says venue was 'all right'


Ronnie O'Sullivan
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Ronnie O'Sullivan has spoken after

his 4-3 loss to Matthew Stevens in the third round of the Welsh Open.

What does he have to say about the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff this time?

"The venue was alright, we get used to it. It was a good crowd but I am just disappointed to have lost."

Van Gaal warned


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been warned as to his future conduct after he was found to have breached Football Association rules in relation to media comments following the FA Cup fourth-round game at Cambridge, the FA has announced.

Fortnight ban for Russell

Rugby Union

Fly-half Finn Russell will miss Scotland's Six Nations match against Italy after being suspended for two weeks for a tackle on Wales' Dan Biggar.

The 22-year-old was handed a three-week ban, reduced by a week for his clean record, after appearing before a disciplinary panel in London on Wednesday.

'Black eye threat' behind racist claim


Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci was cleared of racially abusing Norwich's Cameron Jerome because he was actually threatening to give the striker "a black eye", the Football Association has revealed.

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The Italian was charged following an incident during the 1-1 draw between the teams in October, where he was alleged to have directed a racial insult at Jerome.

An independent regulatory commission dropped the case at a personal hearing earlier this month.

An FA document released today revealed that Bellusci was accused of calling Jerome a 'negro', but the panel accepted his explanation that he said the word 'nero', the Italian term for black, while threatening Jerome with a black eye.

Get involved - #mypeptalk

After the discovery of

Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the
BBC Sport Facebook page.

Ashley Hoare: Our 6-a-side team, Single FC, had a curry night, several pints and a few home truths to sort out our form. It worked.

Now that's our kind of pep talk Ashley.

Hammers prepare for future


West Ham will make checks on the availability of Real Sociedad boss David Moyes and Besiktas manager Slaven Bilic as the club line up possible replacements for Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires in the summer, reports the

Daily Telegraph.

Bosch! The steroid scandal


Anthony Bosch apology

Anthony Bosch, the former owner of a Florida clinic at the centre of baseball's most recent steroid scandal, has been jailed for four years.

He pleaded guilty in October to conspiracy to distribute testosterone to athletes from the now-closed Biogenesis of America clinic.

One customer was New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who was suspended for 211 games in August 2013.

The ban was cut to 162 games on appeal but he missed the entire 2014 season.

Rodriguez, the 14-time All-Star and three-time Most Valuable Player, issued a handwritten apology for his involvement in the scandal.

Sotherton plea over stolen medal


Kelly Sotherton has appealed for help in tracking down her Commonwealth gold medal after it was stolen in a burglary.

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The former Great Britain heptathlete won the medal at Melbourne in 2006, the only major championship gold of her career.

Sotherton, 38, said on

Twitter: "Been thing stolen was my Commonwealth gold medal from Melbourne 2006. PLEASE HELP ME FIND IT."

Get involved - #mypeptalk

After the discovery of

Andy Murray's motivational notes, we want to know what pep talk you give yourself before you play sport. Keep them coming to #mypeptalk or at the
BBC Sport Facebook page.

Michael Briggs: Whenever a run gets tough, one quote from a close friend, flashes up, in true North East grit, "Just Keep Gan!

Mike: Stay on course and go again.

Craig: Nothing can beat the "I got pride, I got power" pep talk in the awesome Cool Runnings

Fancy a latte, Jose?


Ferguson Mourinho
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The Sun: Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson made a surprise visit to Chelsea's team hotel ahead of their Champions League clash with Paris St-Germain to have coffee with manager Jose Mourinho.

Meet Matthew Stevens, aged 11


Check out

this video from BBC Wales Sport archives of an 11-year-old Matthew Stevens, just after becoming the youngest Welsh player to score a witnessed century.

Not only that, he regales the achievement in fluent Welsh.

Matthew Stevens
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Now aged 37, Stevens is celebrating today after knocking out defending champ Ronnie O'Sullivan in the third round of snooker's Welsh Open.

Chelsea Metro incident


Chelsea have appealed for witnesses regarding the incident in Paris on Tuesday when fans of the club appeared to prevent a black man from boarding a train.

The club released a statement that said: "To help us with our investigations and to identify those persons involved, we ask those who were present to forward their observations, in the strictest confidence, to

"Such behaviour is abhorrent and has no place in football or society. We will support any criminal action against those involved in such behaviour, and should evidence point to the involvement of Chelsea season ticket holders or members the club, will take the strongest possible action against them, including banning orders."

Rare signing between rivals


Cambridge United have signed Peterborough United winger

Nathaniel Mendez-Laing on loan until 5 May.

The 22-year-old has played 16 times for Posh this season, but has not started a game since November.

Mendez-Laing, who started his career at Wolves, becomes the first player to switch between the Cambridgeshire rivals in almost seven years.

Scott Rendell left the U's for Posh in February 2008, while Danny Crow moved the other way seven months later after being released by the London Road side.

England's "most powerful" batting line-up


Paul Collingwood

Scotland assistant coach Paul Collingwood believes England's current batting line-up is their "most powerful ever".

England's most capped one-day player says the way that the modern player hits the ball is "pretty much incredible".

England lost their opening match to Australia by 111 runs and face co-hosts New Zealand in Wellington at 01:00 GMT on Saturday.

Watch the full video here

Fitness doubt over Sterling


Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling faces a late fitness test on a foot problem ahead of tomorrow's Europa League visit of Besiktas.

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Winger Lazar Markovic begins a four-match ban for his sending off in his last European outing, while midfielder Lucas Leiva is sidelined with a thigh problem.

Captain Steven Gerrard is still not fit to return from a hamstring injury.

Wolff to drive new Williams

Formula One

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Susie Wolff will

drive the new Williams FW37 on the first day of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya on Thursday.

The Scot, 32, was named the team's test driver in November after taking part in two practice sessions last year.

Race drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa will each get a day and a half in the new car over the following three days of running in Barcelona.

Bottas will drive the car on Friday before Massa takes over on Saturday, and the pair will share the final day.