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Summary

  1. Seven Premier League matches on Wednesday
  2. Australia hit World Cup record 417-6 in 275-run win over Afghanistan
  3. Ireland can still slip up against Wales, insists Lancaster
  4. England Women ease to opening Cyprus Cup win
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your most memorable sporting spats

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye!

And that is just about that from Wednesday's Sportsday. Now we urge you

to head over here for all the breaking team news and match updates from tonight's SEVEN Premier League matches.

And we will leave the final word to Match of the Day host Gary Lineker...

Gary Lineker
BBC

Don't forget. And also don't forget that Sportsday will be back from 08:00 tomorrow to mop up all the thrills and spills from tonight's games. See you then!

Lawro's predictions

Football

Fancy a flutter on tonight's matches but not sure where to stick your money? Maybe BBC Sport's football expert Mark Lawrenson* can help.

Every week Lawro pits his wits against a different guest as they attempt to predict the Premier League scores. Lawro's opponent for the midweek matches is Kieran Shudall, singer and guitarist in indie-rock band Circa Waves.

Find out what the pair plump for

here.

Circa Waves
Circa Waves
Kieran (second from left) has been an Everton fan since he was a "wee lad"

* But don't blame Lawro if you are left out of pocket...

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Liverpool v Burnley (20:00 GMT)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is back in training following a hamstring injury but is unlikely to be risked.

Glen Johnson has overcome illness and Mamadou Sakho is nearing a return after a hip problem, but Jordon Ibe remains out with a knee injury.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has no new injury concerns and could once again name an unchanged starting line-up.

Matthew Taylor is still out following Achilles surgery, while Dean Marney and Kevin Long are out for the season.

Fifa and clubs set for Qatar talks

Football

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Europe's biggest football clubs are set for talks with Fifa following the decision to switch the Qatar 2022 World Cup from summer to winter.

Following a meeting in Nyon, Switzerland on Tuesday a spokesman for the European Clubs' Association (ECA) told BBC Sport that: "The [ECA] board expressed its willingness to take up discussions with FIFA to find a serious and fair solution."

The ECA represents 214 of the continents leading sides including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG.

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#sportingspats

All day we have been asking for your most memorable sporting altercations, following the spat between Hull boss Steve Bruce and Sunderland counterpart Gus Poyet.

Colin Quartermain: Keegan and Bremner 1974 Charity Shield - not very charitable

Blackpool sign Addison on loan

Football

Championship strugglers Blackpool

sign Bournemouth defender Miles Addison on a 28-day loan.

The 26-year-old, who can also play in midfield, has not played a first-team game since a loan spell at Scunthorpe last August.

Joshua fancies Thompson fight

Boxing

What next for unbeaten English heavyweight Anthony Joshua? The London 2012 Olympic gold medallist, who pulled out of his fight with American Kevin Johnson in January after aggravating a back injury, is set for a return to the ring next month.

And he is open to the idea of facing Tony Thompson, who has stopped Liverpool's David Price twice, soon....

Anthony Joshua
Twitter

Wednesday's Premier League team news

West Ham v Chelsea (19:45)

West Ham striker Nene is pushing for his first start, having appeared as a substitute at the weekend.

Forward Carlton Cole remains a major doubt as he struggles to overcome a hamstring injury, while French midfielder Morgan Amalfitano is still suspended.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho may opt to rotate his squad following their League Cup success.

Midfielder Nemanja Matic serves the final game of his two-match ban, while John Obi Mikel is a doubt with a knee problem.

The maths behind a FA Cup run

Football

"It's an astounding figure and something that will definitely help sustain the club for seasons to come."

The words of Warrington Town chairman Toby Macormac when his Northern Premier Division One club reached the FA Cup second round earlier this season.

FA Cup
BBC

But exactly how much do Warrington, and other clubs right across the English football pyramid, earn from FA Cup runs?

Let Football Focus presenter Dan Walker tell you

in this super-duper interactive BBC iWonder guide.

Wycombe appeal against 70-second red

Football

Wycombe Wanderers appeal against the red card shown to Matt McClure in the win at Tranmere Rovers,

70 seconds after he came off the bench.

McClure, 23, was sent off in Tuesday's game for leading with an elbow in an aerial challenge with Adam Dugdale.

He came off the bench in the 67th minute and was dismissed in the 68th.

Premier League preview

Stoke v Everton (19:45 GMT)

Everton v Leicester
BBC

Wednesday's Premier League team news

Stoke v Everton (19:45 GMT)

Everton, 11 points behind the Potters, are winless in their last five Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium.

The Toffees will assess England left-back Leighton Baines, who missed the defeat by Arsenal after suffering a minor thigh injury.

If he is unavailable, youngster Luke Garbutt will continue to deputise. Forward Christian Atsu remains out through illness, but is set to return to training on Friday.

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Stoke v Everton (19:45 GMT)

Stephen Ireland
PA

Tenth-placed Stoke are aiming to record a league double against Everton for the first time since the 1966-67 season.

But the Potters are without Irish midfielder Stephen Ireland, who misses out after requiring stitches to a calf wound suffered against Hull.

Ireland could be replaced by Scotland international Charlie Adam, who impressed as a half-time substitute on Saturday.

Cyprus Cup result

Scotland 0-2 Canada

No heroic fightback by Scotland in their opening Cyprus Cup match. They are beaten 2-0 by Group A rivals Canada in Nicosia.

Meanwhile, England are top of Group B on goal difference after the first round of matches.

Group rivals Australia beat the Netherlands 1-0, Larissa Crummer scoring 17 minutes from time, after

England won 3-1 against Finland.

Partial stadium closure for Everton tie

Football

Everton's trip to Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev must be played in a partially closed stadium, rules governing body Uefa.

Dynamo Kiev
AFP

Dynamo have been punished after

crowd trouble forced their Europa League last-32 match against French side Guingamp to be stopped for 15 minutes.

The Toffees will play the second leg of their last-16 tie in the Ukrainian capital on 19 March.

Dynamo Kiev
AFP
Guingamp officials claim Dynamo Kiev fans wanted "to kill" the fans of the French club who travelled to Ukraine

Premier League preview

QPR v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Francis Coquelin
BBC

Wednesday's Premier League matches

QPR v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Some more early team news ahead of tonight's matches....

Arsenal, who have only won one of their last seven league matches at Loftus Road, have midfielder Aaron Ramsey available after three weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Holding midfielder Francis Coquelin could play despite fracturing his nose on Sunday but Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Abou Diaby remain out.

Watson given longer Watford deal

Football

Ben Watson
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Championship side Watford

extend midfielder Ben Watson's contract until 2017, with an option for a further year.

The 29-year-old, who scored the winning goal for Wigan in the 2013 FA Cup final, joined the Hornets in January for an undisclosed fee.

Former Middlesbrough striker Bernie Slaven: Went to see my old team-mate Gary Parkinson today with Gary Pallister - he's looking good. Still laughing and still battling. OneGaryParko.

Former Middlesbrough and Burnley right-back Parkinson, 47,

suffers from locked-in syndrome.

Cyprus Cup latest

Scotland 0-2 Canada

Scotland fall 2-0 behind in their opening Group A match against World Cup hosts Canada. Striker Josee Belanger thumps in Canada's second goal against the run of play.

Wednesday's headlines

We're heading into the final hour of Wednesday's Sportsday. Sigh...

So let's catch up on today's top content on the BBC Sport website....

Top story: Australia post the highest total in Cricket World Cup history as they score 417-6 in their Pool A match against Afghanistan in Perth.

Top video: Reanne Evans jokes that she had to charge her phone three times because of the media interest in her potentially becoming the first woman to play at the World Snooker Championship.

Top feature: Derby legend Roy McFarland, who played with and under Dave Mackay, remembers a "fearless" man and great player.

Top Tweet: Athlete Kelly Sotherton reveals the Commonwealth Games gold medal stolen from her home has been found.

Kelly Sotherton
Twitter

Wednesday's Premier League team news

Tottenham v Swansea (19:45 GMT)

Former Spurs midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has recovered from the hamstring injury that ruled him out of Saturday's win at Burnley and is likely to feature for the Swans, who have never won a league game at White Hart Lane, losing 14 and drawing two.

He is set to replace Spurs loanee Tom Carroll, who is ineligible to face his parent club.

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Tottenham v Swansea (19:45 GMT)

Harry Kane
BBC

Wednesday's Premier League team news

Tottenham v Swansea (19:45 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino may opt to rotate his squad as Tottenham, who are unbeaten in their seven Premier League games against Swansea - winning the last six - play their seventh game in 26 days.

Mousa Dembele, Erik Lamela, Federico Fazio, Benjamin Stambouli and Ben Davies will hope to earn recalls.

McIlroy paired with Watson and Stenson

Golf

Rory McIlroy in practice on Wednesday
Getty Images

World number one Rory McIlroy [pictured here in practice today] will tee off at 12:39 local time in the first round of tomorrow's World Golf Championship event, the Cadillac, at the Trump National Golf Club in Miami.

McIlroy plays alongside Masters champion Bubba Watson and Sweden's Henrik Stenson, while Englishman Justin Rose will be partnered by Sergio Garcia and American Jordan Spieth.

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Many thanks for your memorable sporting altercations.

Ewan Gillies: Cliff Thorburn had a row with Alex Higgins about a foul shot. Thorburn left the arena in a strop. Thorburn then told Higgins he could no longer share the use of his extension. All very petty.

David Lewis: The Dublin/Savage spat was particularly entertaining for a Birmingham fan. And now they work side-by-side for BBC!

Ed Cannon: Bradford City v Crawley 2012. Four players sent off after the final whistle.

Wednesday's Premier League matches

QPR v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Third-bottom QPR, three points behind 17th placed Aston Villa with two games in hand, have midfielder Sandro available after a knee injury.

The Brazilian has been sidelined since November, and he could replace the suspended Joey Barton.

Rangers, winless in their last nine Premier League London derbies, will assess defenders Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla, who are nearing returns from respective hamstring and knee problems.

Cyprus Cup latest

Scotland 0-1 Canada

Earlier, we told you how England's women started their Group B campaign with a comfortable 3-1 win against Finland.

Now their Scottish counterparts, who have not qualified for this summer's World Cup, are midway through their opening match in Group A.

But Scotland are trailing 1-0 to Canada, Jessie Fleming sliding the Canadians ahead after just two minutes.

Phelps 'could compete' at Worlds

Swimming

Michael Phelps
Reuters

Michael Phelps, the 18-time Olympic gold medallist,

may be allowed to compete at the World Championships in Russia after originally being banned.

The American, 29, was given a six-month competitive ban plus exclusion from the Worlds later this year after being convicted of drink-driving.

"It's complicated, but there are ways in which it could happen," USA Swimming director Chuck Wielgus tells ESPN. "There's a pathway for things to be reconsidered - or considered."

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Newcastle v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

Luke Shaw
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Manchester United, who have suffered just one defeat in their last 11 trips to St James' Park, welcome back defenders Phil Jones and Luke Shaw.

The England pair missed the

2-0 win against Sunderland through illness and injury respectively.

Manager Louis van Gaal says veteran midfielder Michael Carrick lacks sufficient match fitness to start following his recovery from a calf injury suffered in January.

The Red Devils could move into third place if they win and Arsenal drop points at QPR.

Pearson's regret over fan incident

Football

Leicester City manager

Nigel Pearson is adamant he was right not to apologise for insulting a fan in December, but wishes he had handled it differently.

Pearson refused to say sorry after the Football Association handed him a touchline ban and £10,000 fine following an incident in City's 3-1 Premier League loss to Liverpool.

He told BBC East Midlands Today: "I wouldn't apologise to the individual.

"But offending people around me is something I would change. There are always two sides to a story. People like to give it out but they don't like to be on the receiving end."

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A selection of your comments from the

BBC Sport Facebook page as we ask for your most memorable sporting altercations. Please keep them coming in, also using #sportingspats

Dan Slattery: Has to be Paolo Di Canio pushing the ref over.

Nick James: Cantona v 'supporter'

Ross McQueen: Andy Todd and Stan Collymore, Bolton v Villa at the Reebok a few years ago. Collymore didn't know what hit him after trying it on with Toddy.

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Newcastle v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

Newcastle
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Some early Newcastle team news. Magpies midfielder Massadio Haidara is almost certain to miss out with a knee injury picked up against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Ryan Taylor is set to deputise, but French midfielder Remy Cabella remains injured and Jack Colback completes a two-game ban.

The Magpies, who have scored a league-high 69% of their goals in the second half this season, are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since November.

Hull defend Michaels inclusion

Rugby League

Hull FC coach Lee Radford defends his decision to select centre Steve Michaels for Thursday's Super League match against Leeds Rhinos.

The 28-year-old Australian has been recalled, just five days after being implicated

in an alleged cocaine scandal at his former club Gold Coast Titans.

"At the moment it is simply a report in a paper," says Radford. "We'll continue to put him up for selection unless something changes and puts a different light on the matter.

"If I was Steve then I could do with a game. I can only put myself in that position and I think that will be a good thing for him."

Ringer jnr set for French mission

Rugby Union

BBC Wales Sport: Teenage Welsh prop Joel Ringer - son of former Wales flanker Paul - is to
join Toulon.

GB prepare for Davis Cup showdown

Tennis

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport in Glasgow

Davis Cup
BBC

"Great Britain's biggest home Davis Cup tie for 16 years gets under way here in Glasgow on Friday, and singles players Andy Murray and James Ward have been getting a feel for the court at the Emirates Arena this afternoon.

"The United States provide the opposition, with John Isner, Donald Young and the Bryan brothers in the line-up - raising the prospect of an all-brothers doubles contest as Jamie Murray is in line to partner Andy.

"We will find out when the draw is made on Thursday at 12:00 GMT."

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Newcastle v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

Juan Mata
BBC

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Manchester City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

Leicester, four points adrift at the foot of the table with a game in hand on Burnley, have no new injury worries. The Foxes have won their last four top-flight away games against City from 1986-2003, keeping a clean sheet in each of their three victories during the Premier League era.

Adcocks advance in Birmingham

Badminton

Commonwealth gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock, seeking to to become the first Britons to win an All England title since Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms in 2005, are safely through to the second round of the All England Badminton championships in Birmingham.

The mixed-doubles duo defeated Indonesia's Markis Kido and Pia Zebadiah Bernadeth 21-15, 21-8.

Wednesday's Premier League matches

Manchester City v Leicester (19:45 GMT)

Champions City, five points behind leaders Chelsea having played a game more, have a fully-fit squad against bottom-placed club Leicester.

There could be a first start for Wilfried Bony, who has made three substitute appearances since his

move from Swansea.