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  1. Sunderland sack boss Gus Poyet
  2. Ritchie named in Scotland squad for Euro qualifier
  3. Hull City able to reapply for name change in 2015-16
  4. Arsene Wenger news conference (17:45 GMT)
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your reaction to Gus Poyet's sacking #bbcsportsday

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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 Monday. You can follow the latest from Reading v Bradford in the FA Cup and Swansea v Liverpool in the Premier League

via the BBC Sport website.

Sportsday Live will return on Tuesday at 08:00 GMT.

Arsenal news conference

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

Wenger also admits he has not given up on challenging for the Premier League title with the Gunners just one point behind second placed Manchester City and seven points behind Chelsea, who have a game in hand.

"We are still too far from Chelsea, but will give everything to win our [league] games and come back as close as possible," he says.

Hamburg set to bid for Olympics


Hamburg has been picked as Germany's preferred choice for a 2024 Olympics bid ahead of Berlin, with the German Olympic Sports Confederation's (DOSB) members set to ratify the board's proposal later this week.

The board opted for Olympic newcomers Hamburg instead of Berlin, who hosted the Games in 1936, after an all-day meeting on Monday and after polls last week which showed Hamburg citizens were more in favour of the Games than Berlin residents.

The decision on who will host the games takes place in September 2017 with Boston and Paris already indicating they will bid.

Arsenal news conference

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

Wenger adds: "We want to give everything to have the greatest performance on the pitch. If we did not believe we could do it, we would not be here."

Arsenal news conference

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

Wenger says that Gabriel is available after recovering from a hamstring injury but Tomas Rosicky, who is out through illness and Chuba Akpom have not made the squad for the journey to the south of France.

Arsenal news conference

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

Wenger is joined by defender Per Mertesacker ahead of the game.

"We have to show a different face, but you need to embrace challenge," the German says. "They have a good side but we are confident and we want to put things right"

Arsene Wenger news conference

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT, Tuesday)

Finally, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has arrived and is giving his views ahead of Tuesday night's Champions League tie against Monaco with the Gunners 3-1 down after the first leg.

"Monaco is in a very strong position, but we have experience, the desire and the belief we can do it, so let's give everything to do it," he says.

Premier League preview

Swansea v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

Liverpool's Emre Cam and Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis
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There is not just FA Cup action on Monday evening - there is also a key Premier League match with Swansea hosting Liverpool in a game which you can hear live on 5 live sports extra from 19:45 GMT.

Here are some key facts ahead of the game:

  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 12 league games (W9, D3). They are the only unbeaten team left in the Premier League in 2015.
  • Swansea have beaten Liverpool only once in seven matches (D3, L3) since winning promotion to the Premier League in 2011 and Brendan Rodgers was the Swansea manager for that sole Premier League win, a 1-0 triumph at the Liberty Stadium in May 2012.
  • Rodgers won 36 of his 84 league matches as manager of Swansea, guiding them to promotion to the Premier League in 2010-11.
  • Swansea have only lost three home matches this season, and 25 of their 40 points have come at the Liberty Stadium.

Turkey withdraws Ryder Cup bid


Turkey has withdrawn its bid to stage the Ryder Cup in 2022, leaving five nations in the running ahead of inspection visits from tournament officials which will get under way this week.

"Although we believe that Turkey is now an established golfing destination, with a collection of world-class courses, it has not proven possible to secure the necessary logistical arrangements in order to proceed and so we have reluctantly decided to withdraw from the process at this time," said Ahmet Agaoglu, president of the Turkish Golf Federation

Germany's bid will be inspected on Tuesday with visits to Spain and Italy scheduled for next week. Officials from Ryder Cup Europe plan to visit Austria at the end of the month, while there is no date confirmed for the visit to Portugal.

Wenger news conference delayed


We had hoped to hear from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger at 17:45 ahead of his side's Champions League game against Monaco.

However, the team's flight to Nice has been delayed - but we should hear from Wenger before too long.

Walker-Hebborn gets medal upgrade


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Chris Walker-Hebborn's 100m backstroke bronze medal at the 2013 European Short Course Championships has been upgraded after Russian silver medallist Vitaly Melnikov was given a two-year doping ban.

Melnikov, a backstroke specialist, tested positive for the banned substance EPO at the event in December 2013. As well as the backstroke silver, he also won a relay gold.

Walker-Hebborn and France's Camille Lacourt, who had shared the bronze medal, will now be promoted to silver.

Melnikov's ban, which has been backdated to the time he tested positive, will expire on 12 December.

McCall vows to make changes


Rangers manager Stuart McCall

Manager Stuart McCall has warned his Rangers players that no-one will be guaranteed a start while he tries to find a winning formula at Ibrox and has promised changes ahead of Tuesday night's game against Alloa.

"We will change personnel over the next few weeks," said McCall, who welcomes back keeper Cammy Bell but has seen Haris Vuckic and Sebastien Faure ruled out with injuries.

"I need to see what the guys look like so most of the squad will get a game. That's not about giving someone a game just for the sake of it. There might be a couple of players who will feel they merit a chance when they've not had one, so how can I judge them if I don't see them?

"Until we get the right formula and see players deserving a jersey, I will make changes. We're evaluating all the time in training and games but we have to do it quickly. We have to get back up to a position where we can win football matches."

FA Cup action

Reading v Bradford City (19:45 GMT)

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Reading take on Bradford City in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at the Madejski Stadium on Monday evening with live coverage on BBC One from 19:30 GMT and also on BBC Radio 5 live.

Here are some things you might not know about the fixture:

  • Reading have never beaten Bradford in a cup competition, losing one and drawing one in the FA Cup and losing two and drawing four of their League Cup clashes.
  • Their only previous meeting in the FA Cup prior to this season was in 1907 - Bradford won the first-round tie 2-0 at home.
  • Reading have won just one of their previous 15 meetings in all competitions at home to Bradford.
  • There was only one shot on target in the whole of their original quarter-final match - James Hanson's 13th-minute attempt for Bradford City, while just 50.7% of passes were completed.

Phillips named London Welsh coach

Rugby Union

London Welsh have appointed

Rowland Phillips as their new head coach as a replacement for Justin Burnell, who has left the Premiership's bottom side.

Welsh, who were promoted in the summer, have not won a single game in any competition this season and will almost certainly return to the Championship.

Phillips joined the club at defence coach at the end of 2014 and was on Wales's 2007 World Cup coaching staff.

Wilkin agrees new Saints contract

Rugby League

Jon Wilkin

St Helens captain

Jon Wilkin has agreed a one-year contract extension until the end of the 2016 season.

The 31-year-old joined Saints from Hull KR in 2002 but missed last season's Grand Final win with a shoulder injury.

Wilkin, who has won 12 trophies during his time at Saints, has appeared 310 times for the club, scoring 86 tries and kicking two drop goals.

Arca backs Black Cats to bounce back


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Former Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca has told BBC World Service that he still believes the Stadium of Light club will see a change of luck, but it will be a tough task.

"It'll be a very hard decision to choose the person to turn Sunderland's fortunes around. I'm sure the club is going to find the right person to hopefully work out another escape," he said.

"They can still turn the situation around, but it's not going to be easy because they've only got another nine games. They are going to be nine finals. Every point they take now is going to be really important.

"It's hard just to blame one person because the manager is trying to pick the best eleven. Some of the players haven't been performing really well. I believe he [Poyet] is a good manager. He did really well last season to put the team in the Capital One Cup final and escape from the relegation battle."

'At Sunderland you are a God or a dog'


Ex-Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy has given his views on the Black Cats decision to sack manager Gus Poyet.

McCarthy, now manager of Championship side Ipswich Town, was in charge at Sunderland from March 2003 to 2006.

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He said: "It was only 12 months ago that you were seeing those 'Miracles do happen, Gus' banners. You are either loved or loathed there. You're either a God or a dog.

"It's a particularly demanding job there. I was loved, then loathed but I have seen so many men follow suit. It's a brilliant job there. It's a fantastic club and a great one to manage."

Aurier faces Uefa charge


Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier is facing a Uefa charge for insulting a Champions League referee on social media.

The 22-year-old Ivory Coast international has been charged with 'insulting acts' after posting a video on Facebook last Wednesday after PSG knocked Chelsea out of the competition.

Aurier, who missed the game through injury, appeared to insult Netherlands referee Bjorn Kuipers, who sent off PSG forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Six Nations trophy explanation

Rugby Union

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Wales will not receive the Six Nations trophy in Rome next Saturday if they win this season's title.

There are only two Six Nations trophies - the original and a replica - with tournament organisers confirming those will be at Twickenham and Murrayfield on the competition's final day.

England, Ireland and Wales

are all currently tied on six points, with England leading courtesy of their superior points difference. Ireland are second and Wales third.

If England win the title, the trophy presentation will take place on the Twickenham pitch after their match against France, while if Ireland are crowned champions, there will also be a pitch presentation, but in a closed stadium, as spectators will have left the ground after the game against Scotland.

However, if Wales take a third Six Nations crown in four years, their trophy presentation would not be until Sunday, with talks currently ongoing about logistics between Six Nations officials and the Welsh Rugby Union.

Gerrard back in contention

Swansea v Liverpool (20:00 GMT) - team news

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been cleared to play by specialists following his collapse at Tottenham in his side's last league game. Kyle Bartley has a knee injury and is the only confirmed absentee.

Liverpool will be without striker Mario Balotelli for the

Premier League game at Swansea because of illness. Reds captain Steven Gerrard is fit after seven games out with a hamstring injury, while Martin Skrtel and Mamadou Sakho are also available.

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Balotelli has not travelled with the Reds squad to Wales, but Liverpool expect the striker to be back for Sunday's match with Manchester United.

Live commentary will be available on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Liverpool to continue push for top-four place?

Swansea v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

There is also a Premier League game tonight, with Swansea entertaining a Liverpool side that are chasing a top-four finish and who have not lost a league match in 2015.

Premier League table
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Domingo sympathises with England


Russell Domingo
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South Africa coach Russell Domingo has expressed his sympathy for the England cricket team after their disappointing exit from the World Cup.

"I'm a little bit surprised [at their exit] because I think they've got a really good side on paper," he said before the quarter-finals where his side face Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

"They've got some seriously good players in that particular side. It just didn't go for them. It's the small margins you face in this competition, so you've got to feel for them."

Teenager arrested over Welbeck tweet


A 15-year-old boy from the Salisbury area,

has been arrested on suspicion of sending a racist tweet aimed at Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck.

The post was made after Welbeck netted the winning goal during the FA Cup quarter-final clash against his former club Manchester United on 9 March.

Wiltshire Police said the teenager was arrested on suspicion of racial abuse and released on bail until 13 April.

France recall Picamoles for England game

Rugby Union

Louis Picamoles
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Toulouse back-rower Louis Picamoles has been recalled to the France squad for their Six Nations game against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 28-year-old won the last of his 44 caps against Australia in June 2014 before missing the build-up to the Six Nations tournament through injury.

Picamoles will take over from Racing Metro's Wenceslas Lauret who has a thigh injury.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre added that there were injury concerns over fly-halves Camille Lopez (knee) and Jules Plisson (nose) and prop Eddy Ben Arous (triceps), who would all undergo medical tests.

Selby wins World Grand Prix opener


Mark Selby
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World number one and world champion Mark Selby is into the second round of World Grand Prix snooker tournament in Llandudno after beating Michael Holt 4-1.


An independent FA arbitration panel has ruled that Hull City's proposed name change is not going to happen this season, but have not dismissed it happening in the future.

Owner Assem Allam has threatened to sell the club if he is not allowed to change the 111-year-old name from Hull City to Hull Tigers.

However, according to an FA statement, the club "remains able to pursue a playing name change for the season 2015-16", although the application would need to be re-submitted.

Reading and Bradford one game from Wembley

Reading v Bradford City (19:45 GMT)

We've all got to grounds and wondered 'why is he playing'. Well, Reading fans who travelled to Watford on Saturday may have been a bit surprised to see their team for their Championship match.

Bradford v Reading
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Reading's side featured NINE changes. And they promptly got embarrassed, losing 4-1. But that defeat will be forgotten about tonight if they win at home against League One Bradford City in an FA Cup quarter-final replay.

A Wembley semi-final against Arsenal awaits the winners.

Live coverage is available on BBC One from 19:30 GMT and also on BBC Radio 5 live.

Tonight's matches


There are also a couple of big matches tonight, one in the Premier League and one in the FA Cup. Time to have a look at those games a bit more closely.

Hall of Fame award surreal - Carney


England striker Karen Carney says becoming the first woman

inducted into Birmingham City's Hall of Fame is a "big step" for the game.

Karen Carney
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The 27-year-old, who is the youngest England international of either sex to earn 100 caps, was added to the Hall of Fame before

Birmingham's draw with Huddersfield.

"It's crazy how far the women's game has developed and how accepting people have been over the last 10 years. People have really taken it on board and given women's football a fair chance," she said.

"It is different to the men and everyone has accepted that, but it can still be loved, and it is still football - there is nothing different, there is still lot of passion and excitement there. It is nice that women's football is being acknowledged in that respect."

Bekele pulls out of London Marathon


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Ethiopian great Kenenisa Bekele has pulled out of next month's London Marathon because of an Achilles tendon injury.

The multiple Olympic and World track champion had been scheduled to make his debut in the London race which takes place on 26 April but he picked up the injury while competing in January's Dubai Marathon.

Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai, the two-time New York Marathon winner, has been added to the field for the men's race which already features current marathon record-holder Dennis Kimetto and former record-holder and defending champion Wilson Kipsang.

'A few fans turned against him quite a while ago'

Sunderland sack Poyet

Paul Dobson from Sunderland fanzine 'A Love Supreme' said Poyet had not been popular among some of the club's fans for a long period.

Dobson told BBC Radio 5 live: "A few people had turned against him quite a while ago and I can understand that.

"Given the results at QPR and Bradford, many managers would have gone after those two games." The writing was on the wall after Saturday, there was very little chance of him seeing the week out."

Ipswich must win mini-league - Sears


Freddie Sears
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Ipswich striker Freddie Sears expects the race for promotion play-off places in the Championship

to go to the final day of the season.

"Losing at Middlesbrough was tough, but at the start of the season we'd have taken being seventh with nine games left," said Sears, before Ipswich's game against Bolton on Tuesday.

"The key is winning our mini-league with Brentford, Wolves and Forest. Realistically finishing in the top two might be a little out of reach now, but I think the race to get into the play-offs will go to the final day."

Get involved


Some of your comments from our story that

Sunderland have sacked boss Gus Poyet.

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Stephen Huish: It's simple. Sunderland need an experienced manager who can take the club forward over a sustained period of time. Not recent ex-footballers with no experience and big mouths. The board have always provided money for players. With the players the club have they should not be in this position.

Perpetual Sigh: Paul Lambert's available, I'm sure he'd be happy to enter the managerial revolving door. The result is always the same when clubs bring in someone who gets instant results because the players respond to the fact things are fresh, but are not prepared to show patience during poor form. O'Neill should never have been sacked, Di Canio barely got a chance and Poyet's been let down.

Nutgone: God bless you Gus. This is the act of a club that is desperate for success without spending money.

Northern Ireland squad


Here is the Northern Ireland squad in full:

Goalkeepers: Roy Carroll (Notts County), Alan Mannus (St Johnstone), Michael McGovern (Hamilton)

Defenders: Aaron Hughes (Brighton), Chris Baird (West Brom), Gareth McAuley (West Brom), Jonny Evans (Man Utd), Craig Cathcart(Watford), Shane Ferguson (Rangers, loan), Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood), Luke McCullough (Doncaster), Paddy McNair (Man Utd),

Midfielders: Steven Davis (Southampton), Chris Brunt (West Brom), Sammy Clingan (Kilmarnock), Corry Evans (Blackburn), Oliver Norwood (Reading), Ryan McLaughlin (Liverpool), Ben Reeves (MK Dons), Pat McCourt (Notts County, loan), Stuart Dallas (Brentford).

Strikers: Kyle Lafferty (Rizespor, loan), Niall McGinn (Aberdeen), Jamie Ward (Derby County), Josh Magennis (Kilmarnock), Billy McKay (Wigan Athletic), Will Grigg (MK Dons).

McNair named in Northern Ireland squad


Paddy McNair
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Manchester United defender Paddy McNair is in line to make his Northern Ireland debut this month, having been included in a 27-man squad for matches against Scotland at Hampden Park on 25 March and the Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Finland on 29 March.

The 19-year-old was an unused substitute against Romania in November.

McNair's United team-mate Jonny Evans retains his place in the squad despite his stop-start season taking another turn for the worse with his six-game ban for spitting at Papiss Cisse.

Sunderland's season of woe

Sunderland sack Poyet

Some more stats for you regarding Sunderland's miserable season. The Black Cats have sacked manager Gus Poyet today.

  • The Black Cats have drawn seven games 0-0 this season - no other team has more than four.
  • Only Aston Villa (19) have scored fewer goals than Sunderland (23).
  • Sunderland have had the fewest number of shots in the campaign (204).
  • The Wearsiders have the second worst home record in Premier League this season.

And this is how they stand in the Premier League...

Premier League table
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Flat Jockeys Championship to be given new look

Horse Racing

Last year's champion jockey Richard Hughes
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The Flat Jockeys Championship has been given a revamp for the new season with the champion jockey to be crowned between the Guineas meeting in May and the British Champions Day in October.

Announced by Great British Racing, the changes to the jockeys' championship have been devised to make a title charge less of a grind for its participants, and to "provide a more compelling storyline for new and existing racing fans".

For the first time, the champion jockey will also be rewarded financially, with £25,000 for the winner and there will also be prizes for the runner-up, leading apprentice and jockey of the month.

Fifa announces Olympic venues


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Seven stadiums in six cities will be used as soccer venues for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

Rio will host games at the Olympic Stadium and the Maracana while the other games will take place at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte, the Mane Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, the Amazonia arena in Manaus, the Fonte Nova arena in Salvador and the Corinthians arena in Sao Paulo.

Sixteen men's sides and 12 women's teams will play 58 matches between 3-20 August 2016 with Brazil chasing their first Olympic gold in the men's competition.

Wigan sign young Liverpool striker


Championship side Wigan have signed Liverpool striker

Jerome Sinclair on loan until the end of season.

Sinclair joined the Reds from West Brom aged 14 and made his debut against his old club in September 2012, becoming Liverpool's youngest ever player.

Give Sunderland job to Allardyce - Gray

Sunderland sack Poyet

Michael Gray, who made more than 350 appearances for home-town club Sunderland between 1992 and 2004, believes West Ham manager Sam Allardyce would be perfect to replace Gus Poyet as the Black Cats boss.

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Gray told Sky Sports News: "If you're looking long-term, there's only one person out there for me and he's in charge of the club that we're playing at the weekend.

"He's man-made for it. I know he's having contractual talks with West Ham (over) whether he's going to be staying with the club at the end of the season, he would certainly be my choice.

"It's unfortunate that Gus has lost his job, nobody like to see that, but we're all going to be speculating about a new manager and there's only one out there for me to take the reins."