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Summary

  1. The FA charges Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse for spitting
  2. Man Utd's Evans pleads innocence, Newcastle's Cisse apologises
  3. Sunderland boss Poyet charged with improper conduct
  4. GET INVOLVED: Come up with your sport-related book titles

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By James Gheerbrant and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

And so another action-packed day comes to an end.

There's been plenty going on, from Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans being charged with spitting by the Football Association. to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet charged for improper conduct, via Southampton's players getting their skates on.

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Hope you enjoyed it. What's that? You did. Excellent, in that case let's do it all again from 08:00 GMT on Friday. See you then.

Build-up to the Euros

Athletics

Will the multi-talented multi-eventer Katarina Johnson-Thompson win her maiden senior major championship title? Can Britain's 800m world leader Jenny Meadows finally enjoy the European spotlight?

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British Athletics has refused to set a medal target for this weekend's European Championships in Prague. Their best medal haul in the competition was 10 in 2005, so can they scale those heights in the city of 100 spires?

BBC Sport pundits Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson give their verdicts on the team's chances in the Czech Republic.

Read their thoughts here.

Murray double act unlikely

Tennis

Andy Murray reveals that it is "unlikely" he'll play with brother Jamie during Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against United States, which starts in Glasgow tomorrow.

It was thought the two might team up for the doubles against the the Bryan twins on Saturday.

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But Dom Inglot was listed as Jamie's partner in the draw, and Murray said: "Jamie and i obviously played a bunch when we were younger together.

"We haven't played so much recently, but obviously it's an advantage that I know his game well and he knows mine well.

"However, I would say it's unlikely I would play the doubles on Saturday. Dom has had some big wins over the Bryans this year,

"But if I'm required then it would be nice to play with either Jamie or Dom."

Broad shoulders

Ronald Koeman
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Remember that Southampton trip to Switzerland we mentioned a few minutes ago?

Even the gaffer's had a bash at ice-hockey.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: Fantastic experience! Shattered.

Don't all rush at once

Cricket

Why would you captain Pakistan?

Spot-fixing, banned bowlers and never playing at home -read this cracking article, with Misbah-ul-Haq discussing the curious life of a Pakistan skipper.

NB - it's not a job you'd apply for with any great confidence of it being a long-term post; there have been five incumbents in past four years.

Fancy dress?

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Southampton have embarked on a three-day break to Switzerland and Nathaniel Clyne seems to be enjoying it,

tweeting this pic.

Just to be clear the lads aren't auditioning for the next Star wars movie, but playing ice hockey. With that top four challenge still going strong, hope no one gets injured.

Dundee United's Ciftci clear to play

Football

Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci is cleared to play in his side's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Celtic after winning his appeal against a two-match ban.

Ciftci, 23, was offered the punishment following a clash with Inverness defender Gary Warren.

But United's decision to challenge the ban paid off when the violent conduct charge was not proven in front of a Scottish Football Association judicial panel.

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Tony Pulis news conference

Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

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West Brom manager Tony Pulis goes on to give a serious answer about his goalkeeping selection for Saturday's tie.

But he still gives no public assurance to Ben Foster, who has kept 12 clean sheets this season, about his place.

"Boaz Myhill has had an injury with a finger, which we have to take into account," he says.

"With the number of clean sheets he has kept, Ben has been absolutely fantastic.

"Everybody makes mistakes. Goalkeepers get highlighted, like referees, because it can cost you games."

Tony Pulis news conference

Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is refusing to reveal whether England goalkeeper Ben Foster's place is under threat for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

Foster's error led to Villa striker Christian Benteke netting the winner in his side's 2-1 win against the Baggies last weekend.

"I'll be telling the goalkeepers first before I tell you!" jokes the Welshman.

Extent of sexist abuse revealed

Football

If you aren't able to follow Dan Roan's advice (see below), then here is the jist of BBC Sport's report on sexist abuse in football.

The Football Association is calling on fans

to report sexist abuse at games after being shown disturbing scenes of women officials and staff being subjected to obscene chants.

Footage obtained by the BBC shows Chelsea's female medic Dr Eva Carneiro and a female assistant referee suffering taunts during matches.

FA board member Heather Rabbatts described the abuse as "horrible".

She said it should not be tolerated, adding: "We are absolutely encouraging people to report incidents like this."

Dan Roan

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Urge you to watch Natalie Pirks' report on BBC News at 6 revealing footage of some of the abuse women in football are subject to.

Fearless Johnson-Thompson eyes indoor title

Athletics

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Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes a fearless attitude will help her win a first major title this week.

The Liverpudlian, 22, will compete in the pentathlon for the first time since 2012 at the European Indoor Championships in Prague on Friday.

And the Briton has said the foot injury that prevented her from competing at last summer's European Championships and Commonwealth Games has changed her.

"I'm not afraid to compete any more," she said. "I'm riled and raring to go."

Bolton sign midfielder Coke on loan

Football

After Bolton midfielder Zach Clough was ruled out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder, Wanderers have acted quickly to replace him.

The Trotters

sign Giles Coke on loan for the rest of the season from Sheffield Wednesday.

The 28-year-old has scored once in 16 games for the Owls this season.

BBC tennis commentator David Law: Cracking hour of Davis Cup preview at 21:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live. Agassi. Courier. Murray. Then BBC TV, radio, online live tomorrow.

FA charge Cisse and Evans

Football

The FA charge Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans
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The Football Association also provides some clarification about the reasons behind both players being charged for spitting.

"In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time," says the FA statement.

"For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous in respect of both players."

FA charge Cisse and Evans

Football

The news of the FA charge comes hours after Papiss Cisse apologised for his reaction in the incident during Wednesday's 1-1 draw.

Evans, meanwhile, denied that he spat at the Senegal striker.

The incidents were not seen by the match officials at St James' Park but were caught by television cameras.

Both players have until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

BreakingFA charge Cisse and Evans

Football

The FA charge Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans
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More breaking news from the incident between Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

The Football Association announces that both players have been charged for spitting.

"The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other," says the governing body's statement.

Van Gaal gives out 'a steely glare'

Manchester United news conference

BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "After starting today's press conference with an apology for being late and offering an assessment of the spitting row that has engulfed the club and triggered statements from both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans, Louis van Gaal took exception to being asked about his relationship with assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

"First Van Gaal said his relationship was 'very bad' and wanted the rumours to continue. Then he said he was irritated at being asked the question.

"Finally he widened his targets to headlines which suggested he thought something when, in his opinion, he was merely answering loaded questions, such as United lacking a 20-goal a season striker - something he did not feel anyone could deny because no-one has done it yet.

"The Dutchman tends to fix his targets with a steely glare - and is not quick to avert his gaze. All very odd."

No rift with Giggs - LVG

Manchester United news conference

Man Utd
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is known for giving prickly answers to the media - and today has been no exception.

It is fair to say the Dutchman is not happy with suggestions that

he does not see eye-to-eye with assistant boss Ryan Giggs.

Van Gaal playfully grabbed Giggs' cheek in the immediate aftermath of Ashley Young's late winner at Newcastle last night - but the Welshman looked less than impressed.

"I am very irritated at this question because everyone can see we have a very good relationship," says Van Gaal.

"We work very hard together. Not only with Ryan but with all the staff and the players. It is a way of suggesting things. I am very irritated. I take my measures against the media. I am not pleased."

Glos name Harvey new assistant coach

Cricket

Former Australia and Gloucestershire all-rounder

Ian Harvey has been named as the county's assistant head coach.

Harvey, who also played for Derbyshire, Northants, Hampshire and Yorkshire, won six limited-overs trophies with Glos.

He played 73 one-day internationals for Australia, scoring 715 runs at an average of 17.87 and taking 85 wickets.

"It's a really exciting time," he told the club website. "Over the next few seasons we've got the opportunity to be pushing for trophies and promotion."

Adcocks into last eight of 'Wimbledon'

Badminton

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Commonwealth gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock are through to the quarter-finals of the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

The married couple beat Indonesian duo Kevin Sukamuljo and Greysia Polii 21-12, 21-18 earlier this afternoon.

They will now face defending champions and former world champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir - also from Indonesia - in Friday's quarter-finals.

No British players have won the event dubbed 'the Wimbledon of the badminton world' since Athens silver medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms took the title in 2005.

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Evening headlines

About to leave work or university? Had a hectic day and not seen anything sport related? Here's your bite sized catch-up of the best content on the BBC Sport website.

Top story: Papiss Cisse apologises for his part in the incident between him and Manchester United defender Jonny Evan, who denies spitting at the Newcastle striker.

Top video: Eddie Jordan looks ahead to how the new F1 season may shape up - from the top of a mountain.

Top feature: Fernando Alonso's crash - chief F1 writer Andrew Benson analyses the unanswered questions.

Football League extends Cellino ban

Football

Cellino
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Former Leeds United president Massimo Cellino is banned from

returning to the Championship club until the end of the current season.

The Italian businessman, 58, was disqualified by the Football League in January from running the Yorkshire club until 10 April.

Now that has been extended after Cellino decided not to contest a misconduct charge by the Football League after failing to provide court documents relating to his tax conviction last year.

"The club and Mr Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge," says a joint statement released by Leeds and the Football League.

McCoy reveals top 10 horses

Horse Racing

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Legendary jockey AP McCoy, who retires at the end of this season, has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch about his favourite horses of all time.

In the interview, to be broadcast on 5 live at 20:00 GMT this evening, McCoy also opens up about the rides he looks back on with regret, and his fierce rivalry with fellow champion-jockey Ruby Walsh.

You can listen to a sneak preview

here.

Manchester United news conference

Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who has been facing the media ahead of his side's clash with Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.

Van Gaal has been talking about the spitting incident involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse in last night's match against Newcastle.

He says: "It is like I said after the match. He was not aware he was spitting. When he was spitting on the ground it was something natural from a human being I think.

"It was not his intention - as I said already - I cannot imagine Jonny Evans could do that. He has said that also. I believe him. For me the matter is done."

Manchester United news conference

Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media before his side's FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday.

He says: "I want to achieve the goals we've set. That goal is to reach the top four, and a trophy would be fantastic."

Manchester United news conference

Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

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Right, time to bring you some quotes from Louis van Gaal's news conference before Manchester United's match against Arsenal on Monday.

The Dutchman talks about the importance of Manchester United's winning run.

He says: "When you win, it has a good influence on the next game. After the defeat at Swansea we won two games, so we have a good feeling.

"We're in a rat race in the Premier League and whoever wins on Monday will have good momentum for the league games."

Roy Keane set for court date

Football

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane must appear in court over an alleged road-rage row with a taxi driver.

Keane, 43, has been summonsed to go before Trafford Magistrates' Court after police received a report he had behaved aggressively in the incident in January.

It is alleged the ex-Republic of Ireland international had a row with cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights on Ashley Road in Altrincham on 30 January.

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Female officials share their experiences

International Women's Day

"Hostility lit a fire under me."

Those are the words of Michaela Tabb - the first woman to referee a World Snooker Championship final - on her response to the reaction of some of her male counterparts.

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Tabb warned Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) for making an obscene gesture with his snooker cue in 2013

BBC Sport is paying tribute to pioneering women in sport in the run-up to International Women's Day on 8 March.

Here, Tabb, Ireland's top female rugby referee Helen O'Reilly and former football referee Janie Frampton share their experiences.

Forest post £22.9m loss for 2013-14

Football

Nottingham Forest announce they recorded

a £22.9m loss last season, an increase of almost £6m on the previous year.

Forest's failure to meet the Financial Fair Play regulations of losing no more than £8m during the 2013-14 campaign resulted in the club being placed under a transfer embargo in December.

The embargo could be lifted in June, but only if the Reds comply with FFP rules - they will need to prove they have stayed within an operating loss of no more than £3m, with a maximum of £3m of shareholder investment for the 2014-15 season.

Petrov is 'well and raring to go'

Football

Stiliyan Petrov
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Earlier we told you that former Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov is returning to the club

as part of Tim Sherwood's backroom staff.

The 35-year-old Bulgarian played for Villa from 2006 to 2012, when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Petrov is in remission but he was forced to retire in May 2013.

"I don't want him to be a mascot here," Sherwood says. "I want him to contribute and he certainly can contribute.

"He knows the boys and he's well respected among the group. I think it's important to have as many people who know the fabric of the football club here. He's well and he's raring to go.

Bolton pair ruled out for season

Football

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Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the injuries suffered by defender Kevin McNaughton and in-form striker Zach Clough (pictured) in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Reading will

keep them out for the rest of the season.

Teenager Clough dislocated his shoulder, while McNaughton suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg.

In addition, centre-back David Wheater will miss the next eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

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Osasuna ex-president probed over missing funds

Football

The former president of Spanish football club Osasuna has been arrested following an investigation into the disappearance of at least 2.4m euros (£1.74m) from the club's accounts.

Archanco was president of Osasuna until the end of last season when the club were relegated from the top flight.

The masters...at the Masters

Golf

Golf
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Three-time Masters winner Gary Player: I am looking forward to hitting the honorary tee shot at The Masters with Jack Nicklaus and Arnie Palmer just a few weeks away.

Just the 34 Major wins between these three fellas...

Wycombe lose McClure appeal

Football

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Wycombe's appeal against the red card shown to Matt McClure, just 70 seconds after he came on as a substitute against Tranmere,

has been rejected.

The 23-year-old was sent off for leading with an elbow in an aerial challenge after being sent on in the 67th minute of Tuesday's game.

He will now serve a three-match suspension.