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  1. Chelsea apologise to man involved in metro incident
  2. Liverpool boss Rodgers backs striker Balotelli over penalty
  3. NZ beat England by eight wickets in 12.2 overs
  4. One of England's worst days in one-day cricket - Boycott
  5. F1 testing news from Barcelona

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By Michael Emons and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Friday and for the rest of the week

As well as 5 live Sport, you can follow the rest of the evening's sporting action

on the BBC Sport website and we will be back on Monday from 08:00 GMT

Coming Up

BBC Radio 5 live

Friday night's 5 live Sport presented by George Riley looks ahead to all of the weekend's football action with Mark Lawrenson, Jermaine Jenas and journalist Sachin Nakrani.

As well as previews of all the key games, including Chelsea v Burnley, which will be Saturday's live commentary game on 5 live, there is also a feature on life after football plus a look back at England's Cricket World Cup loss to New Zealand and live action from the World Track Cycling Championships in Paris.

Challenge Lawro


There is another weekend of Premier League games on the horizon so there is another chance for Mark Lawrenson to pit his wits against a different guest.


opponent for this weekend's Premier League fixtures is seven-time World Superbike champion and reality TV star Carl Fogarty with the Blackburn fan predicting that Chelsea will beat Burnley 17-0 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Weekend team news

Manchester City v Newcastle (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Manchester City's £25m signing Wilfried Bony could make his debut after returning from Africa Cup of Nations duty along with Yaya Toure.

James Milner is out with a knee injury, but Sergio Aguero is expected to overcome a minor back problem.

Newcastle's Paul Dummett has been ruled out for up to three months adding to Newcastle's injury crisis in defence.

Midfielder Cheick Tiote is definitely out, while Remy Cabella is a doubt after picking up a knock in training.

Thomas retains Algarve lead


Geraint Thomas

Britain's Geraint Thomas retains the overall lead in the Tour of Algarve after finishing third in Friday's 19km individual time trial stage.

Germany's Tony Martin won the stage between Vila do Bispo and Cabo de Sao Vicente, in Sagres, in 21 minutes and 51 seconds - three seconds clear of Thomas.

Thomas is 30 seconds clear of Martin in the overall standings with last year's winner, Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in third a further nine seconds back.

Saturday's fourth stage is a 218.3km ride from Tavira to Alto do Malho in Loule, featuring several climbs and a summit finish.

Weekend team news

Swansea v Manchester United (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Swansea welcome back Gylfi Sigurdsson after serving a three-match suspension for the red card he picked up against Blackburn and although Wayne Routledge and Marvin Emnes are available again after injury, Kyle Bartley has been ruled out for six weeks with a knee problem.

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie is fit after missing the FA Cup win over Preston with a minor knock and Phil Jones is also back, leaving Michael Carrick as their only absentee.

Chelsea suspend two more people


Chelsea say they have suspended a further two people from Stamford Bridge as a result of ongoing investigations into the incident on the Paris Metro on Tuesday evening.

This makes a total of five to date after three were suspended by the club on Thursday.

Earlier on Friday, Jose Mourinho

said he was "ashamed" of the Chelsea fans who prevented a black man from boarding a train in Paris.

Weekend team news

Sunderland v West Brom (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Sunderland captain Lee Cattermole could play his first game of 2015 after knee and groin injuries while Jermain Defoe may also return after missing the FA Cup defeat to Bradford.

West Brom defender Jonas Olsson could feature for the first time since September after being an unused substitute in the FA Cup last week.

Youssouf Mulumbu, who picked up a hamstring injury at the Africa Cup of Nations, might also return but Victor Anichebe (groin) is definitely out.

Golf bodies in merger talks


Golf's governing body the R&A is in talks with the Ladies' Golf Union (LGU)

over the prospect of a merger.

In a joint statement they say "exploratory discussions are under way" to achieve a "closer relationship and the possibility of a merger".

Weekend team news

Hull v QPR (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Hull's Mohamed Diame has had to delay his return from three months out due to a minor recurrence of his knee injury.

James Chester (shoulder), Liam Rosenior (hamstring) and Robert Snodgrass (knee) have long-term injuries.

QPR welcome back top scorer Charlie Austin after he missed the win at Sunderland with a foot injury.

Mauricio Isla, Leroy Fer, Sandro, Richard Dunne and Alejandro Faurlin are all out with knee injuries, while Nedum Onuoha has a hamstring problem.

Farah 'hurt' by Vernon claims


Andy Vernon and Mo Farah
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Mo Farah

has claimed Great Britain team-mate Andy Vernon questioned his nationality after the double Olympic champion won European 10,000m gold in Zurich last year.

Somalia-born Farah, 31 - who beat his fellow Briton to the 2014 title - said Vernon suggested he did not deserve the win because he was not European.

But Vernon, 29, told the BBC this was a "huge misrepresentation" and that he considers Farah to be British.

"All I said in a complete joking fashion was that I was European champion," said Vernon who has called for the pair to "act like men and move on".

Welsh player given two-year doping ban

Rugby Union

A Welsh Premiership rugby player has received a two-year ban from all sport after an anti-doping rule violation.

Neath player Lee Evans, 32, a former captain of the west Wales club, tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following an out-of-competition test conducted last summer and is suspended until 27 July 2016.

Evans maintained the banned substance had entered his body because of the supplements he was taking but while the UK Anti-Doping panel agreed that there was some evidence to support his claim, it concluded that he hadn't undertaken any serious research into the supplements which contained prohibited substances.

Weekend team news

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Crystal Palace could have captain Mile Jedinak back from the ankle injury he picked up on international duty for Australia at the Asia Cup.

James McArthur may also return, but on-loan striker Yaya Sanogo is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Arsenal have Jack Wilshere available again for the first time since he injured ankle ligaments against Manchester United in November.

Hector Bellerin faces a fitness test, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is unlikely to be risked.

Misbah confident of success


Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan cricket captain Misbah-ul-Haq tells BBC Urdu's Adil Shahzeb that

his side have plenty of "match-winners" who can turn the team's fortunes around at the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Despite Pakistan

losing their opening match to rivals India by 76 runs in Adelaide, Misbah remains confident but says his side must take wickets to be successful - starting with their second pool match against West Indies on Saturday.

Weekend team news

Chelsea v Burnley (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Chelsea's Diego Costa returns after completing a three-game domestic ban while Oscar, Petr Cech, Juan Cuadrado and Kurt Zouma could earn recalls

However, John Obi Mikel remains sidelined by a knee problem.

Burnley full-back Stephen Ward is back in contention after recovering from a fractured ankle suffered in December but Dean Marney and Kevin Long are sidelined by long-term knee injuries, while Matt Taylor is not yet ready to return from an Achilles problem.

World Club Series ready to kick-off

Rugby League

Captains of the teams in the World Club Series

Players and coaches

look forward to the new World Club Series, an expanded competition with six sides competing, which starts on Friday with Warrington up against St George Illawarra.

The series will be played over three days climaxing in the World Club Challenge to determine the world's best club Rugby League team.

As well as the Wolves, Super League champions St Helens and runners up Wigan Warriors will represent England whilst National Rugby League champions South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos join St George in representing Australia.

You can watch highlights of every game on the Super League Show on Sunday at 23:40 GMT on BBC One.

Paris Metro racism victim has had no contact from Chelsea


In his first UK media interview, Souleymane S, the man who was prevented from boarding a Paris Metro train by Chelsea fans before their Champions League tie on Tuesday,

says he was left "wounded" and "humiliated" and that the incident is the club's "responsibility".

He also told BBC Radio 5 live Drive that he has had no contact from the club.

Earlier on Friday, Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

said he felt "ashamed" when he heard about the incident.

Weekend team news

Aston Villa v Stoke City (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Aston Villa's new manager Tim Sherwood has been boosted by the return of Gabby Agbonlahor and Carles Gil from injury.

However, defensive duo Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos are still injured and will not be involved against Stoke.

Stoke defender Marc Muniesa has been ruled out for up to six weeks after injuring his hamstring last weekend.

Captain Ryan Shawcross misses out again with a back problem, while Geoff Cameron is banned, but defenders Marc Wilson and Erik Pieters could return.

F1 testing update

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

"So day two of the Barcelona test ends and the Formula 1 teams reach the halfway point of their preparations for the new season. It has been a fascinating day, and there is a lot to chew over.

"But the headline has to be that late lap from Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. Only fifth-quickest overall, but just 0.349 seconds off the fastest lap from Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo despite using a tyre reckoned to be at least a second slower. That will cause some concern up and down the pit lane - if little surprise.

"Meanwhile, there has finally been some good news for McLaren-Honda, with a trouble-free day in a compromised car and some encouraging pace from Fernando Alonso. It is all shaping up nicely."

West Ham given FA fine


West Ham goalkeeper Adrian

West Ham have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players

in the recent draw at Southampton.

The incident in question occurred after referee Craig Pawson sent off Hammers goalkeeper Adrian just after the hour mark for handling the ball outside of his penalty area.

Although the Spaniard's red card

was later overturned on appeal, the FA has announced the club have been punished for the players' reaction.

Scots pair create British diving history


James Heatly and Grace Reid

Scottish Commonwealth divers Grace Reid and James Heatly have won 3m synchronised gold in the first-ever British mixed gender event.

Mixed competitions were approved by the sport's international governing body, Fina, in November and will be included at the 2015 World Championships.

Reid, 18, and Heatly, 17, scored 267.72 to beat English pair Clare Cryan and Ross Haslam's total of 248.22 in Plymouth.

Douglas signs new Brentford deal


Brentford midfielder Jonathan Douglas has

signed a new contract, tying him to the Championship club until the summer of 2016.

"The offer has been on the table for some time," Brentford boss Mark Warburton told

the club website.

"We were never worried about whether Dougie would sign. He was focused on delivering consistent performances."

Rutherford won't encourage athletics career for son


Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford has followed Darren Campbell and will

not let his son participate in the scandal-hit sport.

Rutherford, whose son Milo was born in October, has criticised world athletics for failing to deal with widespread doping allegations.

He said: "I agree with Darren that it's the situation the sport is in. I'll try to guide Milo in different paths.

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"You might as well throw the sport to the dogs," added Rutherford.

F1 testing update

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton

"Are we finally getting a hint of the true pace of the Mercedes? Lewis Hamilton has just set his best time of the day, just 0.349 seconds slower than pace-setter Daniel Ricciardo, on the medium tyre.

"Ricciardo was on the soft, which is reckoned to be a little over a second faster. We don't know the fuel loads, which can make a big difference, but that on the face of it is an ominous time from Hamilton."

Rowsell to race for bronze in Paris


Defending champion Joanna Rowsell can win bronze at best in the women's individual pursuit after qualifying in fourth place on day three of the

Track Cycling World Championships.

Joanna Rowsell
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Rowsell, who won silver with the team pursuit squad on Thursday in Paris, clocked three minutes 31.171 seconds and will meet third-fastest qualifier Amy Cure of Australia (3:29.794) in the ride-off for bronze.

Katie Archibald missed out on a medal ride after finishing fifth while the final will be between Rebecca Wiasak of Australia and Jennifer Valente of the United States.

Jess Varnish beat Olympic champion Anna Meares of Australia to reach the sprint quarter-finals, which take place in Friday evening's session.

You can watch live coverage from Paris

on the BBC Sport website from 18:00 GMT

Higgins advances in Welsh Open


Three-time champion John Higgins is the first player into the semi-finals of the Welsh Open in Cardiff, after a 5-1 win over Stephen Maguire.

"It was a good win against one of the form players, especially as I'd lost the last seven matches against Stephen," said 39-year-old Higgins. "But it was a scrappy match and the performance could have been 100 times better.

John higgins
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"We are friendly and spend a lot of time together on the circuit, but you have to put that to the back of your mind. It has been a long time coming, to get to a semi-final. I feel as if I am getting my game back, but I'm still missing too many easy balls. If I do that in the semis I'll get found out so I have to eradicate that.

"If I were to win this for a fourth time and go above two legends of the game in Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan, that would be a feather in my cap."

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Cricket - England v New Zealand reaction

Some more of your comments on

the England v New Zealand match in Wellington, which the home side easily won by eight wickets.

Yockomo: Eoin Morgan's record as captain of the Middlesex one-day side isn't good so why they made him England captain I have no idea.

CJbristol: People have very short memories, Three years ago we were the best test team in the world which is a far better achievement than being world champions at one-day cricket.

Alex Hales

Tallhawk1: Didn't Alex Hales (pictured) score the most spectacular 100 for England against Sri Lanka in the recent 20-20 World Cup? How many players do we have capable of such a match-winning performance? Am I the only England fan confused by his omission?

Gus Poyet news conference

Sunderland v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he is enjoying the pressure of being a Premier League manager.

Gus Poyet

The Black Cats are 15th in the table and lost in the FA Cup to League One Bradford last weekend, but Poyet says: "I like pressure because it's the way I have been brought up. When you are in Uruguay and when you play football for the national team, the pressure is there to win. There is no other result, so it is part of my life.

"Can I work without pressure? I don't know - I have never done it so far. I have never played football or managed without pressure.

"I suppose it would be nice, but maybe I would not be myself after because I don't have the pressure. It's part of the game. I like it, I really like it."

Ferarri to supply former Marussia team with engines

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene has said the Scuderia have agreed to supply the former Marussia team with 2014-spec engines in 2015, if they can finalise a deal to revive the outfit, which is now called Manor, and return to the grid.


"We said we are going to supply them with the 2014 engine," Arrivabene said. "There is nothing in writing yet but the answer is yes."

Portsmouth have play-off belief


Portsmouth striker Matt Tubbs says Andy Awford's side still

believe they can reach at least the League Two play-offs this season.

They are currently 12 points short of the top seven, but 30-year-old Tubbs said they were still aiming high with 16 games to play.

"I think we've got to be ambitious," Tubbs told

BBC Radio Solent. "If you're looking over your shoulder then it's a negative thought straight away."

Ipswich bring in Chaplow


Championship side Ipswich have made their second loan signing of the day, with

Millwall midfielder Richard Chaplow following Luke Varney through the door.

Both have signed on month-long loans, with a view to extending the deals until the end of the season. Chaplow, 30, has made 10 appearances for the Lions is season.

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Skiing: The US ski team take a break from training to

record their own version of 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Cricket: Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott says

England were "slaughtered" in their humiliating eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand at the Cricket World Cup.

Cycling: British sprinter Jason Kenny

explains his "nightmare" ride that saw him fail to qualify for the keirin final at the Track World Championships in Paris.

Football: We look back in the archives at

some of the worst fashion disasters in sport, from terrible football kits to regrettable haircuts.

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F1 testing update

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton
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"Like Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton is also doing a race-simulation run in his Mercedes this afternoon. This will provide the first like-for-like comparison between 2015 cars so far this year - or as close to it as it is possible to get in testing."

Roberto Martinez news conference

Everton v Leicester (14:05 GMT, Sunday)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has added his voice to the condemnation of the racist incident involving Chelsea fans on the Paris Metro.

"You don't want to see that sort of behaviour in any walk of life," he said. "We all need to take responsibility and show that certain behaviour is not acceptable."


Here is a reminder of the top stories on the BBC sport site at the moment.

Football: Jose Mourinho is

"ashamed" of the Chelsea fans who prevented a black man from boarding a Paris train on Tuesday.

Cricket: England's performance in their eight-wicket defeat by New Zealand was

"almost too bad to put into words", says BBC's cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

Sam Burgess

Rugby union: Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe says Bath's former rugby league star

Sam Burgess should be in Stuart Lancaster's England squad.

Formula 1: Red Bull's

Daniel Ricciardo edged out Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen by just 0.01 seconds to set the pace on the second day of the second pre-season test.

Golf: Darren Clarke

deserved to be named captain of Europe for the 2016 Ryder Cup, says Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Darren Clarke
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Live Welsh Open coverage


Live snooker
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Live coverage of the Welsh Open can be watched on this page right now. Just press the live coverage tab and then click on snooker for live action from Cardiff as Wales's Mark Williams takes on Marco Fu in the quarter-finals.

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Cricket - England v New Zealand reaction

Some more of your comments from the

match report of England's heavy defeat by New Zealand in the Cricket World Cup

Modharry: Too much doom and gloom. Yes it was a bad defeat but two years ago when a young New Zealand team gave England, then vying with South Africa to be the number one side in the world, a lot of trouble you could tell they were the coming force. England are a team in transition. We could still make the semis but we're never going to win it.

Hugo: Utterly pathetic. Think that sums up that performance. Yes New Zealand are a very strong ODI side but to capitulate so easily is woeful.

Dave1506: Well, Kevin Pietersen was sacked from the England team for much better performances than this. As we have seen this current bunch are worse than he was so I trust as he was so much better than they are, that those who wanted him sacked will be resigning without a pay off.

Greg Rutherford Q&A


Greg Rutherford
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Olympic and European long jump champion Greg Rutherford has been answering your questions

on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Rutherford will be in action on Saturday at the Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix live on BBC One from 13:00 GMT.

Nigel Pearson news conference

Everton v Leicester (14:05 GMT, Sunday)

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has been speaking to the assembled media. His side are bottom of the Premier League, five points from safety and play at Everton on Sunday.

"All games are big now and we must find ways to win," says Pearson. "Performances must warrant the support of our fans. It's about finding answers. The players' spirits are still high, but we must work hard to be successful at this level.

"The key games are against those near us, but every game is an opportunity. Need consistency in performance. Results must improve."

Brendan Rodgers news conference

Southampton v Liverpool (16:15 GMT, Sunday)

More from Brendan Rodgers on the penalty drama during Liverpool's 1-0 win against Besiktas in the Europa League last 32, first-leg tie.

He says: "Jordan Henderson showed his maturity and what a team player he is as he respected that Mario Balotelli is an outstanding penalty taker and was happy to give it to him to take. Mario had the coolness and calmness to score the penalty.

"You can see the respect and commitment the players have towards each other. I don't like it when you see at my team, or any other team, four or five players around the ball all trying to take it.

"What has not been mentioned is what a great performance it was and one that puts us in a strong position for the second leg."