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Summary

  1. Faugheen wins Champion Hurdle under Ruby Walsh
  2. Champions League last-16 build-up
  3. Radamel Falcao selected for Manchester United Under-21s
  4. Ian Holloway sacked by Millwall
  5. Three French sports stars killed in Argentina air crash
  6. GET INVOLVED: Should coaches be given time?

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By James Gheerbrant and Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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And that will be that for Tuesday. Tune into our Champions League live text commentary for coverage of Jose Mourinho's press conference ahead of Chelsea's Wednesday's meeting with Paris St-Germain, he is in front of the media at 19:00 GMT.

Our live team will bring you all the latest from tonight's Champions League and Championship action as well as any strong football lines.

Thank you for your company today, please come back tomorrow where we have lots more from Cheltenham and build-up to another big night of European football.

Townend ends day one in form

Horse Racing

Ruby Walsh

may well have been the headline-making jockey of the day at Cheltenham with two wins but Paul Townend finished the day strong and has two himself.

He won aboard Glens Melody to take advantage of Walsh's fall at the last aboard Annie Power in the Mares' Hurdle and also scooped the Novices' Handicap Chase - the days final race - on Irish Cavalier.

For a full look at the results from day one at Cheltenham where there was drama aplenty,

check out our results page.

Pryce an 'unbelievable' tryscorer

Rugby League

Hull FC half-back Leon Pryce has a try-scoring record that would be the envy of any player, according to former Great Britain boss Brian Noble.

The 33-year-old's two tries in the Black and Whites' defeat by Leeds last week took his career tally to 200.

"It is unbelievable for any player of any era and any time,"

Noble told BBC's Super League Show.

"Two hundred tries, that is a fair achievement. I think I played about 900 games and scored about three."

Falcao starts for Man Utd U21s

Football

Radamel Falcao
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Manchester United have just announced their team for tonight's under-21 match against Tottenham and there is a very expensive name on the teamsheet.

Radamel Falcao, who was an unused substitute against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night, will join James Wilson up front.

The Colombian earns a reported £260,000 a week and it is unclear if his loan deal will be extended at the end of the season.

England welcome injured players back

Rugby Union

England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has no qualms with putting Courtney Lawes straight back into the side for this Saturday's Six Nations match with Scotland.

The Northampton lock hasn't featured for England yet in the Championship because of an ankle problem, but is set to return to the starting XV at the expense of George Kruis or Dave Attwood.

"We work closely with his club and we've seen how much he's done in training," Rowntree told BBC 5 live. "These days you don't throw people in too early, so I'm quite happy and given his performances [for Northampton] I'm happy with how he is playing."

The Leicester second-row Geoff Parling is also set for a return to the match-day squad and Rowntree also confirmed Mike Brown and Luther Burrell are fit to play after completing training on Tuesday.

FC Porto v FC Basel (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Football

FC Basel manager Paulo Sousa says his side have improved since their 1-1 first-leg draw with Porto as they grow into their game following a winter break in Switzerland.

The Swiss champions have only ever reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup once - in 1973-74.

"This feels amazing," says Sousa. "It's something really special to compete at this level and we are happy to be here, competing against the best - we are confident and positive. Any time we can relieve the pressure posed by Porto we can create difficulties. That might be when our goal appears."

Basel had played just two competitive matches in two months before the first leg.

Get your live text fix

Football

BBC Sport will start a live text commentary on tonight's Champions League fixtures at 18:30 GMT.

FC Porto v Basel looks intriguingly poised, while Real Madrid would be on the end of a major shock if they relinquish a two-goal first-leg lead at home against Schalke.

FC Porto v FC Basel (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Football

Porto celebrate
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Thomas strong as Wiggins struggles

Cycling

Team Sky's Geraint Thomas remains 10th in the overall standings of the Paris-Nice after German

Andre Greipel sprinted to victory on the second stage.

Greipel, assisted by Lotto-Soudal team-mate Greg Henderson, reeled in leaders Thomas, Germany's Tony Martin and Dutchman Lars Boom on stage two as a cluster of riders finished with the same time at the front of the pack.

Welshman Thomas remains 13 seconds behind overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski, of Poland, but team-mate and former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins slipped back to 42 seconds off the pace.

Watch the F1 preview show

Formula 1

Got a buzz for Formula 1 ahead of the start of the season at Australia's Albert Park this week?

Australia Grand Prix graphic with stats including 184,762 bottles of beer sold there last time
BBC

Well tonight you can watch the F1 preview show with Suzi Perry and David Coulthard on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website & app from 22:00 GMT.

They will discuss Hamilton v Rosberg - round two, Ferrari's fortunes in 2015 - Can Vettel bounce back? And what have we learned from testing?

Junior success for GB

Shooting

Seonaid McIntosh won Great Britain's first junior medal in 35 years at shooting's European 10m Championships, taking silver in the air rifle.

The 18-year-old, whose sister Jen is a multiple Commonwealth medallist, also set a new British under-21 record at the event in the Netherlands.

"I'm really happy. But I'm slightly disappointed at the same time because I was so close to gold," said McIntosh.

"I'm sure the experience will help me for major competitions going forward."

Both McIntosh sisters represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Real Madrid v Schalke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Football

Real Madrid have won their last 10 Champions League matches in a row, equalling a record set by Bayern Munich. Victory over Schalke would set a new record in the tournament.

Real Madrid v Schalke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Football

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will not change his team despite the below-par recent form of forwards Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate
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"Without doubt I have confidence in them," says Ancelotti. "There has been a general dip from the team, not just them.

"I would have to drop Karim because he hasn't scored in a few games. I would have to drop Cristiano. I don't think Bale is happy with how he is playing but he understands that he has to improve."

Real lead Schalke 2-0 on aggregate ahead of their last-16 second-leg meeting.

Chelsea v Paris St-Germain (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Football

Gary Cahill and Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Former Manchester City and Paris St-Germain playmaker Ali Benarbia is convinced the French champions will knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

"I saw how Zlatan Ibrahimovic won all the duels against Gary Cahill and John Terry in the first game," says Benarbia. "I've seen other Chelsea matches and every time Cahill and Terry are stronger than all other strikers in physical duels - but Ibrahimovic won all the balls and the headers.

"Zlatan isn't the key man for PSG in every game but in this game at Stamford Bridge he will make himself the key man."

Positive EPO test for French rider

Cycling

French cyclist Lloyd Mondory is provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO.

The 32-year rider, who has no major race wins in his 11-year career with the Ag2r-La Mondiale team, faces a disciplinary hearing, possibly heard by the governing body's new anti-doping tribunal.

The news comes less than two days after an independent report stated

Kilty cherishes Linford influence

Athletics

World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty says the guidance of coach Linford Christie has

given him the belief to perform in elite events.

Kilty added the European gold to his 2014 World title in Prague on Sunday and told BBC Tees that the former 100m Olympic champion had "definitely had a big impact on my confidence".

The 25-year-old continued: "He's a massive inspiration, gets me in physically great shape and it fills you with confidence having a man like Linford with his attitude, his confidence rubs off on you."

Mullins hails greatest achievement

Horse Racing

Willie Mullins
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Champion Hurdle winning trainer Willie Mullins says saddling the first three home in Tuesday's prestigious Cheltenham race is his biggest achievement in the sport.

The Irish trainer, who began his career in 1988, saw Faugheen, Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly fill the places in the showpiece event on day one of the annual meeting.

"I imagine training the first three in the Champion Hurdle is my biggest achievement in training," says Mullins, 58.

"To get two or three horses there in the right condition is good for anyone and we had the luck in running."

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins
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Ciftci charged over Brown kick

Football

Nadir Ciftci
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Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci is facing a two-match suspension after being accused of kicking Celtic's Scott Brown on the head during Sunday's 1-1 draw.

The Turk was issued a notice of complaint by the Scottish FA compliance officer for violent conduct during the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

Striker Ciftci has until Wednesday to respond to the complaint.

He is already suspended for Sunday's Scottish League Cup final between the clubs.

Alonso hope as Magnussen prepares

Formula 1

Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is desperate to be fit to race in the second World Championship meeting of the season in Malaysia on 27 March.

The Spaniard will miss the weekend's season opener in Australia after suffering injuries in a crash in testing, so Kevin Magnussen will take his seat.

"I would like to thank everybody for their kind wishes and support and I'll be giving everything to be back in the cockpit for Malaysia," says Alonso. "I wish Kevin all the best for this weekend in Australia, and I know the car is in his safe hands!"

Magnussen says: "Of course, we aren't expecting to win here, but my focus is on setting up the car for race conditions and pushing our progress forward."

A reminder that at 22:00 GMT this evening, you'll be able to tune in to a 2015 Formula 1 Season Preview, featuring Suzi Perry, David Coulthard et al, on the Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

Yarnold pondering 2018 defence

Skeleton

Lizzy Yarnold
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Olympic Skeleton Champion Lizzy Yarnold, says she is yet to decide if she will compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

The 26-year-old took gold at Sochi 2014 and became world champion in Germany last week but after previously saying she will compete at the next Winter Games, now says she must consider some rest.

"I would love to go to the Winter Games and defend my title," says Yarnold. "No-one has ever defended their gold medal and it would be an amazing achievement.

"It is a goal of mine. But I need to give myself enough rest and then I can come back stronger. I'll have two seasons of trying different things, different techniques and technology. The Olympic season is when we get really serious."

Warburton's honour

Rugby Union

Wales head coach Warren Gatland named an unchanged side for his sides' meeting with Ireland in Saturday, including Sam Warburton who will captain his country for a record 34th time.

"Saturday is a fantastic achievement and honour for Sam," says head coach Warren Gatland.

"He has developed into the role fantastically and is a modern day professional. He is a role model that will continue to get better."

Sam Warburton
BBC

Meyler feels the Power

Horse Racing

Twitter has been awash with footballers discussing the Cheltenham Festival and Hull City's David Meyler is the latest to declare his frustration with Annie Power:

David Meyler Twitter
David Meyler Twitter

Annie Power fell at the last and would have completed four wins from four for the trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.

Bath captain extends contract

Rugby Union

Stuart Hooper
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Lock Stuart Hooper has extended his stay with Aviva Premiership play-off contenders Bath into next season.

Current club captain Hooper, 33, joined Bath in 2008 and has made more than 170 first team appearances.

The club's head coach Mike Ford describes Hooper as "the best captain I've ever worked with."

Power falls at last as Melody wins

Horse Racing

Ruby Walsh falls from Annie Power
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What drama at Cheltenham.

Annie Power has it won... the fourth win of the day for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh but no... at the final fence, when a few lengths clear, the favourite falls.

Bookmakers all over the country rejoice, they escape a major sting and Glens Melody goes on to take it.

Cheltenham history beckoned there for Walsh and Mullins but the trainer can draw some comfort as Glens Melody is another of his horses. Ruby Walsh runs up the course to find his fallen mount.

Some say a Walsh-Mullins quadruple would have cost bookies an estimated £100m. It is still a horrid day for them but just not quite as horrid.

The 'Fab Four' to hurt bookies

Horse Racing

A bookmaker pays out money
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Horses are out on the course for the Mares' Hurdle and an Annie Power win will complete a 'Fab Four' for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh on day one. Let me just draw your attention to this paragraph in

BBC Sport's Frank Keogh's Champion Hurdle report:

"Some firms claimed there could be a £100m payout industry-wide if the four favourites all came in, with punters backing the Walsh-Mullins combination in accumulators."

Ouch.

Bowyer dismisses Rhodes exit talk

Football

Jordan Rhodes
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Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has dismissed suggestions that striker

Jordan Rhodes could leave.

The 25-year-old Scotland international has been

linked with a loan move to Championship rivals Derby and Norwich after he did not start in the 0-0 FA Cup quarter-final draw at Liverpool.

"It's simple. We've got 11 league games left and a cup quarter final with a potential visit to Wembley," Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"Why we would want to be letting any of our players go a this stage is beyond me."

Here comes the banker

Horse Racing

Worryingly for bookmakers, Willie Mullins's son Patrick has just told BBC Radio 5 live that Annie Power was their "banker" before the day began.

The seven-year-old will be under the ride of Ruby Walsh in the next race at 16:00 GMT.

The 1-2-3

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at the Cheltenham Festival

"To have three runners is pretty amazing. To have the first second and third when you have three in the race, in this era, when it is so theoretically competitive, is an astonishing achievement. Someone just asked me is it so good that Willie Mullins is so dominant?

"I guess it's one for a discussion on the weekend. If it were someone people didn't like it may be different but people like Willie Mullins, he's not arrogant and he has been walking around today in a cool, calm state."

Moyes spots a talent

Football

Geronimo Rulli
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Spanish football writer

Andy West tweets: The Moyes effect: Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, promoted into first team by David Moyes, has been named in senior Argentina squad.

Rulli, 22, has played 14 times for Sociedad this season.

Mullins-Walsh magic

Horse Racing

Ruby Walsh
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That makes it three wins on the day for the trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, a ninth win from nine races for Faugheen and if you think their assault on day one of Cheltenham is over, you are very much mistaken. They have the much fancied Annie Power to come. The 'Fab Four' dream lives on.

Jockey Andrew Thornton speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about Walsh: "It's a complete team effort. He knows he has to deliver but you can see the confidence he is riding the horses with, it transmits through the hands into the horse."

Black Cats unconcerned by drop fear

Football

Connor Wickham
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Sunderland's players

have not considered the prospect of relegation from the Premier League this season, according to striker Connor Wickham.

They have won one of the past 11 league games and are only four points above the drop zone with 10 games to play.

"None of the lads are thinking about getting dragged into the same battle as last year," Wickham told BBC Newcastle.

"We've got the players in the dressing room, the mentality and the manager and staff to push us on. We should be better than being in that relegation battle."

Faugheen wins Champion Hurdle

Horse Racing

Trainer Willie Mullins has now notched three wins from three races on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

All trhee have started favourites, meaning bookmakers have had a tough afternoon to say the least.

"Ruby (Walsh) said he was going to win it and make the running," Mullins tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He rode a great race from the front, settled the pace, kicked when he wanted and put it to bed."

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Cheltenham

On Twitter: "Faugheen. Machine. Ruby Tuesday. Bookies bashed.

"Full house in the Cheltenham bingo

"I've never heard a noise like it."

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Horse Racing

Faugheen
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Faugheen justifies favouritism to win the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival as Ruby Walsh makes it three wins from three rides today.

It is an incredible 1-2-3 finish for trainer Willie Mullins, as Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly make up the places.

Champion Hurdle result: 1 Faugheen (4-5 fav); 2 Arctic Fire (20-1); 3 Hurricane Fly (8-1)

Champion Hurdle

Horse Racing

Hurricane Fly is one of the Irish threats in the Champion Hurdle and has won this prestigious race before.

Paul Townend is in the saddle for a horse which has brought the Cheltenham house down in the past but surely a win in the opening day feature for AP McCoy will lift decibel levels like nothing else. The champ is aboard Jezki.

The big one awaits...

Horse Racing

The horses are parading at Cheltenham ahead of the feature race of day one - the Champion Hurdle.

The trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh delivered wins in the opening two races of the day and they saddle the favourite here - Faugheen.

The seven-year-old won the Novices' Hurdle here a year ago and has claimed victories in his three starts since.

Contador extends contract

Cycling

Alberto Contador
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Spain's Alberto Contador has extended his contract with Tinkoff-Saxo and will ride for one more year before retiring, the team says.

Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, but was stripped of the 2010 title after testing positive for clenbuterol.

He has previously said he will retire at the end of 2016.

Sousa talks down Monk success

Football

Former Swansea manager Paulo Sousa has

responded to criticism from current boss Garry Monk by stating any success at the club owes to the board and not whoever is in charge of the team.

In his autobiography, Monk described a season under Sousa as a "wasted" one, before the Portuguese - now Basel manager - left in 2010 to join Leicester City.

"Look, he's a person I want to succeed, like everyone. But unfortunately he said things about me and I don't appreciate people talking about somebody when they don't have the courage to say it up front," Sousa tells the Daily Mail.

"He is well integrated in the club, but the key for success at Swansea is the leadership of (Huw) Jenkins and the support of the board members, not one manager."

First British winner at Cheltenham Festival

Horse Racing

Barry Geraghty lands a 32nd winner at the Cheltenham Festival aboard the The Druids Nephew, a first win at Cheltenham in the training career of Neil Mullholland.

It is also the first British winner of the week.

The big race of the day comes next, the Champion Hurdle.

Grade 3 Handicap chase: 1 The Druids Nephew (8-1); 2 Grand Jesture (25-1); 3 Gallant Oscar (9-1); 4 Indian Castle (9-1).

Ujah makes amends...with carrots

Football

Now then, you may remember that yesterday on Sportsday, we brought you the story of Hennes the goat - the official mascot of Bundesliga team FC Cologne. Hennes hit the headlines at the weekend after being grabbed by the overzealous striker Anthony Ujah to be an unwilling participant in one of his goal celebrations. Ujah later

apologised for the rough treatment.

Anthony Ujah (right) and Hennes VIII the goat
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Now, the contrite Nigerian international has taken his apology one step further. Today happens to be Hennes's birthday, and Ujah has been to visit him to smooth things over with a bunch of carrots. Isn't that nice?

Anthony Ujah feeds Hennes the goat
@Ujah234