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  1. Build-up to Europa League matches
  2. F1 testing news from Barcelona
  3. Lewis Hamilton out of testing with illness
  4. Luis Figo launches Fifa presidency manifesto
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is your worst sporting kit? #myworstkit

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By Steve Canavan and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Thursday's football


It's a busy night in the Europa League with Everton, Celtic, Liverpool and Spurs all in action.

Everton kick things off in Switzerland at 18:05 GMT against Young Boys with Celtic taking on Inter Milan, Liverpool facing Besiktas and Spurs hosting Fiorentina.

You can

follow the latest on the BBC Sport website. and Sportsday Live will be back on Friday morning at 08:00 GMT.

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

"Despite their collision earlier in the afternoon, both Susie Wolff and Felipe Nasr managed to get out on track again for some laps before the end of the day's in testing in Barcelona.

"Wolff completed nearly 90 laps, a total beaten only by Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen, ending up 10th quickest, while Nasr was fifth overall. The day finished with Pastor Maldonado's Lotus fastest, after a run on the 'soft' tyres.

"But the most eye-catching performance was again from Ferrari, with Kimi Raikkonen only 0.156secs adrift on the slower 'medium' tyre. Are Ferrari back?"

NFL 'ahead of rugby' on concussion

Rugby Union

Rugby Players' Association chairman Christian Day has said rugby union can learn from the NFL

when it comes to understanding concussions.

The Northampton lock wants to see independent doctors employed to look out for head injuries during games.

"I think in terms of a sport to be analysed and replicated, the NFL is amazing," Day, 31, told BBC Look East.

"It has huge resources, huge money put into it. They're ahead of us in terms of concussion and awareness."

Reading Women removed from FA Cup


Women's Super League 2 side Reading have been disqualified from the

FA Cup for fielding ineligible players.

The side that beat Crystal Palace 3-0 in the third round earlier in February contained two unregistered players because of an administrative error.

They were due to play Charlton on 8 March but the FA has reinstated Palace.


BBC Radio 5 live

On Thursday evening, there is a 5live Boxing special looking back at the biggest upset in sporting history in 1990, when James 'Buster' Douglas knocked out the previously unbeaten, undisputed heavyweight world champion Mike Tyson having gone into the fight as a 42-1 underdog.

From 20:00 GMT on 5live Boxing with Mike Costello and Steve Bunce you can hear how it all happened from Douglas himself.

Men's pursuit team reach final


The GB men's pursuit team
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After the GB women's team pursuit team reached their final at the World Track Cycling Championships in France earlier, the men's team have also booked their place in their decider which takes place on Thursday evening.

Ed Clancy, Steven Burke, Owain Doull and Andy Tennant beat Germany and will face New Zealand for gold.

But Jason Kenny is out of the keirin after failing to progress from the repechage.

Roche's American dream


Stephanie Roche
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Goal of the Year runner-up Stephanie Roche has been signed by US women's football side
Houston Dash.

The Dublin-born player made headlines last year after becoming the first woman to be nominated for the prestigious best goal award and was beaten only by Colombia's 2014 World Cup star

James Rodriguez.

The terms of the contract were not disclosed but we suspect it will be rather more than the 800 euros (£590) per month the 25-year-old earned last season at French Ligue 1 side ASPTT Albi.

BBC Wales Sport: Alex Cuthbert will be spoken to by Wales management about his conduct after a video emerges of him
throwing a man's mobile phone.

Forest statement to clarify manager position


After reports earlier that manager Dougie Freedman only had a three-month contract at Nottingham Forest, the club's chairman and owner Fawaz Al Hasawi has issued a statement to supporters.

On the length of the contract, Al Hasawi said: "When Dougie and I discussed the role we mutually agreed an 18-month deal, which is what is currently in place. Within that deal we agreed a clause which presents both parties with the opportunity to review their position in the summer.

"This is merely a formality and it is something which is very common in sport.

"I hope Dougie will be with us for many years and we will continue to work together in our attempts to bring success back to this great club."

Al Hasawi added: "I am saddened by the way my interview has been portrayed and as a result I have decided to restrict my interviews to the club's website only from now on."

It's not all about driving, driving and more driving at the F1 testing sessions in Barcelona, as Force India's Nico Hulkenburg proves in this

selfie tweet...


Pape given 10-week ban

Rugby Union

Pape was yellow carded for the incident

France lock Pascal Pape has been banned for 10 weeks for kneeing Ireland's Jamie Heaslip during last Saturday's Six Nations game.

Heaslip was left with three broken vertebrae in his back and will miss the next month.

Get involved - final selection...

Right then, thanks a bunch everyone for your brilliant worst kit ideas throughout the course of the day. Here's a few to wrap things up - be warned, what follows ain't pretty.

David W Poole: There's no excuse for this sartorial nightmare from golfer Brian Barnes.


Joel Atkin: I own this; it's not to everybody's taste. Real Betis, probably mid 90s like most awful kits.


Spencer Dunn: What about cricket? New Zealand's 'Beige Brigade' during the 80's.


Martin Watson: Got to be the ones designed by Jorge Campos the Mexican keeper...


Dan Gray: Blimey, you easily forget how many dreadful ones we've seen over the years

Couldn't have put it better ourselves, Dan. It's been a truly horrific day. If you can stand to look at any more sporting wardrobe disasters,

head here now.

Sean Dyche news conference

Chelsea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

A final quote or two from Sean Dyche about Danny Ings.

Asked if the striker should - if he leaves Burnley - stay in England, Dyche replies: "I can't speak for the others but Danny has certainly put himself on the map.

Danny Ings
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"His progress in the Premier League shows that, and I can only imagine that the powers-that-be in the England set-up will take that seriously.

"I think he is a valuable player in the future for England and I would imagine they are at least keeping tabs on what Danny is doing at full international level.

"He is progressing, there is no two ways about that. He works hard and is a great lad to work with ... I have no reason to doubt his thoughts about Burnley Football Club and what we're doing. You tell that by his performances."

Is Europa League a hindrance?


Hull City goalkeeper Steve Harper feels moving Premier League fixtures in the aftermath of Europa League matches would be a fair measure.

The move has been proposed by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino and in a BBC Sport study of the competition's impact on league form, West Brom manager Tony Pulis also backed it.

"I think the Monday night's a key point," Harper told BBC Radio 5 live. "That would certainly benefit the teams. If teams are qualifying for Europe the FA and Premier League would want them to do well."

Harper played for Newcastle when they fell 11 league places alongside Europa commitments in 2012-13. The average drop for sides in the competition is two league places.

Read the full feature

here and a reminder that you can follow all of tonight's Europa League action from 17:00 GMT on the BBC Sport website.

Carl Frampton on Twitter: Finished my last sparring session of camp with lightweight Yvan Mendy bringing the total of sparring rounds to 205.

Frampton, Twitter

Frampton defends his IBF super-bantamweight title against Mexican Chris Avalos on 28 February.

Pulis keen to keep Ideye


West Brom striker Brown Ideye

West Brom boss Tony Pulis claims he has "not even thought" about the possibility in-form striker Brown Ideye could still leave the club this summer.

The Nigerian international, who signed for a record £10m, was reportedly close to leaving The Hawthorns earlier this month after a difficult start at the club, but has scored four times in his last three games.

"He has certainly looked a player the last couple of weeks. It is just confidence," said Pulis in the build-up to Saturday's game at Sunderland. "He has scored a couple of goals and the weight of pressure and expectation on his shoulders, with the fee and coming into a new country, a new football club - it has taken all that weight off him. We're delighted."

Golovkin targets win over Murray


Gennady Golovkin
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Ahead of Martin Murray's bid to win the WBA middleweight crown on Saturday in Monte Carlo,

BBC Sport's Ben Dirs meets his opponent, the defending champion Gennady Golovkin, whose 90% knockout ratio is the highest of any middleweight world champion in history.

Castleford move closer to getting new stadium

Rugby League

Castleford's plans for a new stadium have moved closer after local councillors gave the go-ahead for a major retail development.

Members of Wakefield Council's planning committee approved the outline application for a £135million project for a Five Towns Park on land just off the M62 motorway at junction 32.

The development includes a 10,000-capacity stadium for the Tigers as well as a new food store, shops and a country park and the proposal will now go before Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Local Government, who has the power to order a public inquiry.

Get involved - #myworstkits

We're asking what is your nomination for worst sporting kit of all time? Keep them coming to #myworstkit or the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Fraser Macrae: Surely this shocker has to be in the mix! England rugby 7s what were you thinking?


Rock Steady: Arsenal away kit 92/93 season. We've seen nothing like it before or since (thankfully).

Matt Mosey: Scunthorpe United away kit circa 1994... speaks (very loudly) for itself!


Andrew Shade: Whilst we're all laughing at these awful kits, some retro scene kids are using this as a shopping list.

And you can find some

more sartorial nightmares on the BBC Sport website.

Pennell hoping for Six Nations call

Rugby Union

Chris Pennell

Worcester Warriors full-back Chris Pennell

is hopeful of a return to the England squad as Mike Brown continues his recovery from concussion.

"Andy Farrell's been down here coaching and talking over a few things, feeding back on things they were looking for," Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan told

BBC Hereford & Worcester. "It has kept Chris believing that his chance will come."

Having already beaten Wales and Italy, England resume their Six Nations campaign when they face Ireland in Dublin on 1 March.

McLaren tweet from Barcelona: A few snaps from Jenson's running this morning in #Barcelona. His lid looks awesome alongside the MP4-30's livery.

McLaren Twitter

McCarthy back and happy


Everton midfielder James McCarthy feels "well looked after" by the club and is optimistic his hamstring troubles are now behind him.

Prior to his return in the Merseyside derby this month, McCarthy's hamstring issue had restricted him to only two appearances since November.

James McCarthy
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The 24-year-old has travelled to Switzerland with his team-mates for tonight's Europa League last-32 first leg against Young Boys.

"It is just good to back, training with the lads and involved in the games," he said. "I think I have been well looked after off the pitch."

Williams confirm on Twitter that driver Susie Wolff is OK after her earlier collision: Susie is back in the garage & ok after Sauber contact ended her run. We are now assessing damage.

Howard plays down MLS speculation


Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move back to the MLS this summer.

Everton keeper Tim Howard

"There seems to be a lot getting said about my return and two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I was getting all sorts of phone calls," said the 35-year-old, who has just returned from a calf injury.

"I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn't know anything about it and nor did he.

"I've got three years left at Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing so what happens in between that I have no idea. It is a business, but I'm happy where I am. I don't know anything about those rumours, I have to be honest."

Lotus F1 team: After a full service and oil change, Pastor Maldonado is ready to head back out.


Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

"Sauber driver Felipe Nasr has been talking to the media following his collision with Williams test driver Susie Wolff on the first day of the second pre-season test in Barcelona.

"The Brazilian said he saw Wolff moving off the racing line and assumed she had seen him and passed her.

"But as he moved right to take the normal line into Turn Five he was hit in the right rear and went off.

"He said that Wolff came up and said sorry she had not seen him. Wolff has yet to speak to the media about the incident."

GB women reach pursuit final


The GB women's team pursuit team
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At the World Track Cycling Championships in France, Great Britain's women's team pursuit team will ride for gold later this evening after beating Canada in their quarter-final.

The team of Joanna Rowsell, Laura Trott, Katie Archibald and Elinor Barker set a time of four minutes 16.989 seconds - just missing out on the world record - and will face Australia later this evening.

Selby shocked


World number one Mark Selby has lost 4-3 to world 66 Luca Brecel in the last 16 of the Welsh Open snooker in Cardiff.

BBC Wales Sport: Mike Phillips and Luke Charteris named in Racing Metro squad to face Clermont Auvergne on Saturday, who could select Jonathan Davies to play

Sean Dyche news conference

Chelsea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

There's more about Danny Ings, with Sean Dyche asked about the frontman's recent trip to Spain where it is believed he had talks with David Moyes' Real Sociedad.

I'm not sure Dyche took the question very seriously, or at least not judging by his answer.

"You know the hats and the donkeys you used to get back the 70s, which my folks used to bring back and tell me they were fantastic - he brought me one of them, which I thought was a nice gesture," says the boss, deadpan.

Sean Dyche news conference

Chelsea v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sean Dyche is the next Premier League boss to share his pearls of wisdom with us and first up is the topic of Danny Ings, where the striker's future may lie, and whether all the speculation may affect the form of the Clarets top-scorer.

"There is no concern from me. I have said all along, his performances make it quite obvious he is enjoying his football," said the boss.

Sean Dyche
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"He looks relaxed. One of the biggest things I have said to him for the last two years I have been here, other than tactical pointers, is smile and enjoy your football and there's no reason why he shouldn't do that.

"That's when he's at his best I feel and I think he's doing that now."

Get involved #myworstkit

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*Warning: viewers of a more sensitive nature may want to look away now...

David Butler: Southend United 1995 Goalkeeper Kit


Words fail us, David.

John Dixon: Scotland away shirt 91-92. Looked like there was a painting accident.

Iain Hepburn: Dundee United's marble effect kit from the early 1990s has to rank as one of the most gruesome.

Billy Mander: Take your pick from either of these two.

BBC Sport

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

"While much of the interest in Barcelona is suddenly focusing on the Wolff-Nasr collision, Kimi Raikkonen has set another fastest lap in the Ferrari - this time quicker than Lewis Hamilton's pole time from the Spanish Grand Prix last May.

"That does not necessarily mean anything in itself - winter testing times are often quicker than those from a grand prix because the cooler conditions are more suitable for fast times.

"But the regularity with which the Ferrari is setting these times is certainly catching people's attention.

"The big unknown, though, is how much fuel the car has on board - and Ferrari are not doing especially long runs. Until they do, no firm conclusions can be drawn."

Poyet's letter to Sunderland fans


An open letter to all Sunderland fans from manager Gus Poyet has been posted on the

Sunderland website - and it's a plea for supporters to stay united.

Poyet, writing a few days after the FA Cup defeat at League One Bradford, writes: "During my career as a player, coach or manager, I have always had a fantastic relationship with the fans.

Gus Poyet
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"Of course I went through good and bad times, successful and not so good ones, winning or losing finals, but I left every single club having a recognition from the fans for my honesty, passion and professional work.

"So let's make sure that we don't let anyone to break our relationship, I promise you that I care and want to win as much as you do.

"I invite all of you to stay positive, to be strong, closer to each other and keep believing in what we started together last year, working harder to make it better this season."

Interesting stuff, Sunderland host West Brom at the Stadium of Light on Saturday.

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

"An update on the collision between the Williams of Susie Wolff and the Sauber of Felipe Nasr earlier this afternoon.

"The word from the Williams camp is that Wolff was on an 'out lap' - the first out of the pits and therefore not going at racing speed - and found herself punted off the track.

"The team is not worrying too much about what happened and instead focusing on repairing the car. The word from Sauber is merely that the two drivers collided.

"However, the stewards have summoned the Sauber folks to the control tower, and they are reviewing the incident."

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Jack Rogan: This is the Ryder Cup's worst, maybe the worst ever. 1999 USA Sunday shirts.

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Indeed. Bet that bloke in the background was about to shut his window in sartorial disgust.

Emma Sanders: Don't think Liverpool thought this one through...


Rowett hopes for no points deduction


Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett says he hopes the club

will not have points deducted after its parent company went into receivership, blaming "fractious and inharmonious relations within the management".

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The Championship side could lose 10 points if the Football League decides it was an "insolvency event".

"That's something we're hoping won't happen," he told

BBC WM 95.6.

"I just hope people see it might be a way of moving forward - it doesn't mean the club suddenly haven't got the money to continue."

Herd returns to Villa for surgery


Midfielder Chris Herd has returned to Aston Villa from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic to have

surgery on a medial ligament injury.

Chris Herd
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The 25-year-old was taken off on a stretcher in the

Latics' 1-0 win at Reading on Tuesday.

"He's been a terrific servant since coming into the club and desperate to play football," said boss Malky Mackay.

"Unfortunately he fell on his knee and his medial ligament has snapped and he's going to need surgery."

Ince feels 'settled' at Derby


Winger Tom Ince says he feels settled at Derby County

after an impressive start to his loan spell with the Championship promotion hopefuls.

Tom Ince
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deadline day signing from Hull City has scored five goals in his first three matches for the Rams.

"I've really found my feet and I'm feeling confident in this team," the 23-year-old told

BBC Radio Derby. "I can't let up now. I have to keep my head down and maintain that standard. I've come here to get promoted."

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Kawaiifex: The infamous 92-93 Norwich "bird poo" home kit.

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Not as bad as some we've had today, but take your point.