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  1. Dick Advocaat appointed Sunderland coach until end of season
  2. Liverpool remain unbeaten in league in 2015 after win at Swansea
  3. Champions League build-up to Monaco v Arsenal
  4. Wales make two changes for Six Nations clash v Italy
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your reaction to Dick Advocaat's appointment

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By James Gheerbrant and Elizabeth Hudson

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Tuesday - it will return at 08:00 on Wednesday.

What's coming up


You can listen to the build-up to Arsenal v Monaco on

BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT and it will be followed by full commentary of the game.

There are also nine games in the Championship with the game of the night the visit of third-placed Middlesbrough to fourth-placed Derby.

You can

follow all the latest from tonight's games on the BBC Sport website.

Pellegrini's words of wisdom

Barcelona v Manchester City (Wednesday 19:45 GMT)

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini will be facing the media shortly ahead of City's last 16 second leg game in Barcelona on Wednesday night.

This evening's

live football text commentary will have all of the words of wisdom from the Chilean who
said in an interview in Tuesday's papers that he does not feel under pressure at the Etihad Stadium.

Watson hopes for Indian Wells win


Heather Watson

Britain's Heather Watson is on court in Indian Wells in the fourth round of the BNP Parisbas Open.


who beat world number eight Agnieszka Radwanska in the last round, is up against Spanish 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro in California.

You can hear live commentary of the game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra or

via the BBC Sport website.

Simeone wants noisy stadium

Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen (19:45 GMT)

Diego Simeone

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has called on his side's fans to inspire them to overturn their first leg deficit against Bayer Leverkusen in the Champions League

Simeone's men have won 20 of their last 22 European games at the Calderon and the Argentine is hoping home advantage has an important role to play.

"I expect the Calderon that has pushed us to achieve great things," he says. "I don't want the stadium to be quiet even for a moment."

Big night for Atletico

Atletico Madrid v Bayer Leverkusen (19:45 GMT)

Merchandise in Madrid
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In Tuesday night's other Champions League game, last year's finalists Atletico Madrid are facing elimination from this year's competition.

The Spanish side

need to overturn a one-goal deficit against Bayer Leverkusen to reach the quarterfinals.

"We have to keep going, roll up our sleeves, prepare Tuesday's match and work," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. "That is the only way we know to improve."

Hardaker in the headlines

Rugby League

Zak Hardaker
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England international Zak Hardaker was released by police after reportedly admitting to allegedly assaulting a student.

Leeds announced earlier that the full-back was free to resume playing after West Yorkshire Police concluded their investigation into an incident in the city last month.

Hardaker, 23, and his 19-year-old club-mate Elliott Minchella were both questioned by police and have since been released without charge.

However, according to

the Yorkshire Evening Post, both men reportedly 'admitted' the assault and agreed to pay £200 in compensation and write a letter of apology to their 22-year-old victim under a "community resolution".

Giroud bids to make amends

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Giroud celebrates scoring against West Ham at the weekend

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be hoping for better luck against Monaco in the Champions League last 16 second leg in the Stade Louis II.

The 28-year-old was given a 2/10 player rating by French paper L'Equipe after failing to hit the target with any of his six shots in the first leg.

"Giroud actually owes the revenge to him. He owes a great performance for himself," said Arsene Wenger.

"He missed a few opportunities in the first leg, but what striker doesn't miss an opportunity? He has the ability and the right mental level."

Wenger remains hopeful

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Arsene Wenger

Tuesday's Champions League game is a return to familiar territory for Wenger, who managed Monaco from 1987 to 1994, and the Frenchman remains confident.

"If we did not believe we could do it, we would not be here," he insists. "The statistics are against us. The result in the first leg is against us. We are conscious about that.

"But no matter how big the percentage (chance) is, we have to give absolutely everything to make the stats lie, that is our desire and belief that we can do it."

Arsenal face uphill task in Champions League

Monaco v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

Arsenal's Hector Bellerin battles for the ball

Let's focus on tonight's Champions League games for a while and no team in the competition has ever overturned a two-goal deficit away from home in the second leg - that's the task facing Arsenal this evening when they visit Monaco in their last 16 second leg tie.

The Gunners need to score at least three goals to stay in the competition

after losing the home leg 3-1 and although Gabriel Paulista (hamstring) and Mikel Arteta (ankle) have returned from injuries, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) and Jack Wilshere (ankle) are out.

"We have experience, the desire and belief we can do it," says manager Arsene Wenger. "We want to give everything to have the greatest performance on the pitch."

Pomeroy to miss Hull game

Rugby League

Ben Pomeroy's 31-match run with Catalans Dragons will come to an end after he was given a one-game ban for striking.

The 31-year-old centre has been a virtual ever-present since joining the French Super League club from Cronulla 18 months ago, but will miss Friday's trip to Hull after submitting an early guilty plea for the offence on Hull KR forward Mitch Allgood.

Laidlaw keen to finish on a high

Rugby Union

Greig Laidlaw

Scotland skipper Greig Laidlaw admits the Dark Blues will be left embarrassed if they do not end this year's Six Nations with a victory on Saturday against Ireland.

Vern Cotter's side have impressed in brief spells so far this campaign but have not done enough to beat France, Wales, Italy or England.

"We have an opportunity this weekend to make sure we don't [finish with the Wooden Spoon]," he said

"We will go out there and give absolutely everything to try and avoid [another defeat]. It's a huge game for us but I know the boys are absolutely desperate to get out there, put in a good performance and come away with a win."

Jockey Weston released from hospital

Horse Racing

Jockey Tom Weston

Amateur jockey Tom Weston has been released from hospital

after suffering two punctured lungs in a fall at the Cheltenham Festival last week.

Weston fell from the Martin Keighley-trained Benbane Head at the fourth-last fence in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup on Thursday.

He was initially treated on the course before being airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, where his injuries were assessed and he had a spell in intensive care.

Weston tweeted: "About to be let out to rest up at home. Big thanks to @IJF-official @CheltenhamRaces @NorthBristolNHS and all wellwishers. Feeling gd. And of course big thanks to air ambulance."

Brunt banned over referee abuse


Chris Brunt
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West Bromwich Albion midfielder Chris Brunt has been suspended for one match after accepting an FA misconduct charge for using abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour towards a match official.

The incident took place in the tunnel at the end of West Brom's

2-0 FA Cup loss to Aston Villa earlier this month.

Brunt will miss the Premier League match against Manchester City on Saturday. He was also fined £8,000.

Alloa sign Chopra


Michael Chopra
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Scottish Championship side Alloa have signed former Sunderland and Blackpool striker Michael Chopra.

Chopra joins on a short-term deal following his release from Indian Premier League side Kerala Blasters FC.

Wasps caretaker boss Paddy Connolly

told the Alloa Advertiser: "When the chance came up from the chairman, I felt it was a no-brainer because of the level he has played at in the game.

"He is still only 31 so I am sure he still has plenty to offer."

GB defeat Austria at Worlds

Sledge hockey

Great Britain have kept alive their hopes of promotion from the IPC Ice Sledge Hockey World Championships B Pool after a 2-1 win over Austria on Tuesday.

Tyler Christopher scored both goals for GB who lost 6-0 to Slovakia in their opening game on Monday.

Their next game in the round-robin phase will be against hosts Sweden on Wednesday.

Too many runs?


AB De Villiers
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We all love seeing the world's best batsmen hit huge sixes. But can you have too much of a good thing?

BBC Sport's Stephan Shemilt has been running the rule over the run-fest at the ongoing Cricket World Cup. He crunches the numbers to ask if too many runs are being scored, and whether the game is being tipped unfairly in favour of batsmen.

Read his feature


Coloccini appeal rejected


Fabricio Coloccini is sent off
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Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini will serve a three-game ban after his appeal against a red card was rejected.

The Argentine defender was sent off

against Everton on Sunday following a challenge on Aaron Lennon.

He will miss the upcoming Premier League fixtures against Arsenal, Sunderland and Liverpool.

Bristol City announce loss


League One leaders Bristol City have reported

a trading loss of £9.2m for the year ending 31 May 2014.

However, City's operating costs were lowered by 29% in the same 12-month period, including a salary reduction of £5.5m.

Now managed by Steve Cotterill, who was appointed in December 2013, City are 11 points clear at the top of the League One table.

QPR duo in Chile squad


Mauricio Isla (left) and Eduardo Vargas
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QPR duo Mauricio Isla and Eduardo Vargas have been named in the Chile squad for the upcoming friendlies against Iran and Brazil.

The pair have been retained by coach Jorge Sampaoli despite a disappointing season for QPR which has seen them drop to 19th in the Premier League.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez has also been included.

Rugby World Cup 'could expand'

Rugby Union

Rugby World Cup trophy
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World Rugby boss Brett Gosper says the number of teams taking part in future World Cups

could be increased.

Both England 2015 and Japan 2019 will have 20 teams, but the 2023 edition may be larger.

"As the sport grows and we conquer new markets the discussion is about looking towards expanding [the World Cup], rather than contracting," Gosper added.

Johnson bail extended


Police have extended the bail date of Sunderland midfielder Adam Johnson after he was

arrested earlier this month on suspicion of sexual activity with a girl under 16.

He is now due to report back to police on 23 April.

Kent's Coles 'has England quality'


Kent all-rounder Matt Coles

has all the qualities to play for England, according to county captain Rob Key.

The 24-year-old has rejoined his home county from Hampshire and Key said: "There are not many people who can bowl at 85 miles and hour plus and hit the ball out of the park. Plus he is a good fielder.

"If I was him, I'd be watching England and the way they go about some of their one-day cricket and I'd be thinking I could make a massive difference to that set-up."

Catt keen for more improvement

Rugby Union

England attacking coach Mike Catt knows his side have still got room to improve ahead of Saturday's Six Nations showdown against France at Twickenham.

"We have to have the ruthless edge to put away the chances we create. For players it is staying in the moment and making the right decisions," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The nice thing for me is how players like George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson have bounced back from the Ireland game and the way they played against Scotland was exceptional. However, it is down to the type of ball they get and the forwards deserve credit for that."

Aurier sorry for ref video


Serge Aurier
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Paris Saint Germain full-back Serge Aurier has apologised for insulting referee Bjorn Kuipers after his side's Champions League win over Chelsea.

Aurier is currently out injured but posted an offensive video in response to the sending-off of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I beg the pardon of Mr Kuipers, his assistants and all match officials for my reaction after the match at Chelsea," Aurier

wrote on Twitter.

"My passion for football and my frustration at being injured for such a match led to my reaction, which had no place in football."

Hillsborough match commander admits causing 96 deaths


The Hillsborough police match commander

has agreed that his failure to close a tunnel "was the direct cause of the deaths of 96 people".

David Duckenfield also accepted that he "froze" during the afternoon of the 1989 football disaster.

Mr Duckenfield has been giving evidence for a sixth day at the new Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, Cheshire.

Omens not good for Man City and Arsenal


Number of British teams in the Champions League quarter-finals over the last decade
Number of British teams in the Champions League quarter-finals over the last decade

Is there any hope at all for Manchester City and Arsenal as they bid to overturn first-leg deficits in the Champions League?

Well, BBC Sport has been crunching the numbers so you don't have to. The conclusion?

The omens are not good.

Arsenal fans will not be cheered by the news that no team has ever overturned a deficit of two or more goals in the Champions League when they are playing the second leg away.

As for City, well they have to contend with the fact that Barcelona are scoring at a rate of one goal every 37 minutes in the Champions League this season.

If they do not succeed, it would be just the second time since 1996 that no British club has been in the quarter-finals - the only other occasion was in 2013.

Hardaker free to return for Leeds

Rugby League

Zak Hardaker
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Leeds Rhinos and England full-back

Zak Hardaker has been released without charge after being interviewed by police over the alleged assault of a 22-year-old man in Leeds on 3 February.

The investigation into Hardaker, 23, and Rhinos youngster Elliot Minichella, 19, has now been concluded and the club have said in a statement that "both players will be available for selection this week".

Man Utd battle Bayern for Hargreaves


Owen Hargreaves
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Yes, you read that right - it's not 2007 again. Bayern Munich are competing with Manchester United for the services of Owen Hargreaves, as the two sides prepare to go head-to-head in a Legends match.

BBC Sport's Simon Stone reports: "At the press conference to launch the game at Old Trafford today, Bayern's Paul Breitner said he was meeting Hargreaves next week to ask him to play.

"Sitting next to him on the platform, United representative Denis Irwin immediately replied: 'I am seeing him this week.'

"Hargreaves spent seven years at Bayern, winning the Champions League in 2001. He left for United in 2007 and won the league and Champions League in his first season before suffering a serious knee injury."

Cook session boosts England Under-19s


New England Under-19 captain Joe Weatherley has revealed how

a session with Test skipper Alastair Cook provided inspiration for their tour to Australia.

The Hampshire batsman, 18, will lead a 16-strong squad, who leave on Wednesday and will play seven games during the trip.

"He's a had a tough time recently, but he has done so well in the game and been so successful. To pick the brains of such a good player was really useful for the batting unit," Weatherley told BBC Radio Solent.

Isgrove extends Southampton contract


Lloyd Isgrove
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Southampton midfielder Lloyd Isgrove has

signed a new two-year contract extension with the Premier League club.

Isgrove, 22, came through Southampton's academy and will remain at St Mary's until 2017.

Giroud: better than Bergkamp?


Olivier Giroud
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As you know, Arsenal face Monaco in the second leg of their Champions League tie this evening,

needing to score at least three goals to have a chance of progressing.

Mission impossible? Perhaps, but the Daily Mirror has uncovered an interesting stat which should give Gunners fans cause for hope.


his preview of the match, John Cross points out that the much-maligned Giroud has better goalscoring rate for Arsenal than club legend Dennis Bergkamp (0.43 v 0.28 goals per game).

Still, he says: "Arsenal will need Giroud to be at his very best if they are to make history and overturn Monaco's first leg lead."

Eriksen could break Danish caps record


Christian Eriksen
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Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is poised to become the youngest Dane to win 50 caps after he was named in the squad for upcoming friendlies against the United States and France.

If selected, the 23-year-old will reach the milestone at a younger age than previous record holder Michael Laudrup.

Thomas to share Somerset captaincy


Somerset have announced that South African seam bowler Alfonso Thomas will

skipper the team in limited-overs cricket this summer.

Former England opener Marcus Trescothick remains the official club captain and will continue to lead Somerset in County Championship fixtures.

Kuper unconvinced by Advocaat


Journalist Simon Kuper has told BBC Radio 5 live that he is unconvinced by Dick Advocaat's appointment as Sunderland manager until the end of the season.

"He hasn't exactly proven himself as a world beater in recent times," says Kuper. "His spell in charge of Netherlands is best remembered for the day he substituted Arjen Robben just as he was taking apart the Czech Republic at Euro 2004 and the Czechs went on to win.

"He's hardly gold standard in recent times. He's tended to have quite short stints as he has got older. He doesn't seem to have had the patience to build anything long term but then again Sunderland don't seem to either so it might be a match made in heaven."

Van Hooijdonk on Advocaat appointment


Pierre Van Hooijdonk
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Former Nottingham Forest and Celtic striker, Pierre van Hooijdonk, who played under Dick Advocaat in the Dutch national team has been giving his views on BBC Radio 5 live on the appointment of Advocaat as Sunderland manager until the end of the season.

"He is easy going, But he is one of these coaches that like to be in charge of everything. He is a little man and little men always try to be big," says Van Hooijdonk.

"He has got the character for it, he knows the game well and he has loads of experience."

Schools get final fever

Gaelic Games

If Gaelic football is your thing on St Patrick's Day, you can watch live coverage of the MacRory Cup final

on the BBC Sport website.

The game, which is for the top prize for Ulster schools, features St Patrick's Cavan and St Patrick's Academy, Dungannon and is taking place at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh.

Enrique warns against complacency


Luis Enrique

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique says his side are not taking progress for granted despite

holding a 2-1 advantage heading into Wednesday's Champions League last 16 second-leg tie at home to Manchester City.

Barca, who are seeking a record eighth consecutive quarter-final appearance, have progressed 33 out of the 35 times they won the first leg away in European competition.

"We are still only halfway through the tie and have to play the return yet and looking at their players we can see they have the potential to make life difficult for us," said Enrique.

"They got back into the tie in the first leg despite our great start to the game. We are not taking anything for granted."

Sire de Grugy to have final season race

Horse Racing

Sire de Grugy and trainer Gary Moore

Sire De Grugy will make just one more appearance this season at either Aintree, Punchestown or Sandown after losing his crown in last week's Queen Mother Champion Chase.

Last season star over two miles missed the bulk of the current campaign through injury and was a well beaten fourth behind Dodging Bullets at Cheltenham.

"He's come out of the race fine. The ground was just a bit quick for him," said trainer Gary Moore.

'Don't you know your left from your right!?'


Is there anyone who doesn't love a good outtake?

Here's a classic of the genre, courtesy of the BBC News School Report project as Match of the Day pundit Kevin Kilbane - aka Zinedine Kilbane - is ticked off by pupils Ben and Sam from The Lancasterian School, a Special Educational Needs School in Manchester.

Kevin Kilbane with School Reporters Ben and Sam
BBC School Report
Kevin Kilbane's illustrious paying career did not save him from a ribbing from School Reporters Ben and Sam after a slip-up in front of the cameras

You can watch the full report and read Kevin's thoughts on the experience on

School Report's News Day on Thursday, when thousands of pupils around the UK will be turning their classroom into newsrooms.