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Summary

  1. Harry Kane receives first England call-up
  2. Catch up on 11 Premier League news conferences
  3. Kevin Pietersen speaks to incoming ECB chairman
  4. Parling recalled to England XV for Six Nations decider
  5. GET INVOLVED: Heroic sporting displays? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Football

Afraid we're into injury-time for today's Sportsday. But before the final whistle goes, the last word goes to England new-boy Harry Kane following his maiden call-up.

"It was a very proud moment, it's an honour to be called up to the senior side and something I'd always dreamed of as a kid," he tells the Spurs official website.

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Josh Sloane: The England squad looks good from an attacking perspective. Good depth in midfield and up front, but centre-back is still a weak area.

Eagles for England?

Football

Crystal Palace players can follow the example of Harry Kane and earn a place in the England squad, says Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

Palace's English stars Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha have all impressed since Pardew took over in January.

"Our boys are fighting for their status. You need to gain your status, and to be fair to Harry Kane he has done that really fast," says Pardew.

"Let's hope we can produce someone of that ilk because he is a really good example to every young player up and down the country."

Beckford almost quit with ear infection

Football

Jermaine Beckford says he considered retiring from football because of the problems caused by an ear infection.

The 31-year-old striker, who is currently on loan at Preston from Bolton, has scored four goals in his five outings since returning to the team following a month-long absence.

"I couldn't move,"

Beckford tells BBC Radio Lancashire. "I was laying down in bed and any time I tried to sit up I would pretty much lose consciousness and pass out. I would get dizzy, throw up, that sort of thing - it was brutal, a really, really tough time.

"After the third week I'd seen no improvement at all and I thought to myself 'well after three weeks nothing has got better - I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to call it a day soon'.

"I think the first time I sat up was maybe about 24 or 25 days into it."

Vonn equals World Cup record

Skiing

Lindsey Vonn equals Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark's record of 19 World Cup titles.

The American won Thursday's super-G race to match Stenmark's mark, a day after winning a record-equalling seventh downhill title.

Over 70,000 to watch JPT final

Football

Nope, none of those three fixtures (see below) are anticipated to attract Britain's largest football crowd this weekend.

The answer? Bristol City v Walsall. That's right, Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final is expected to be watched by about 72,000 at Wembley.

Only the huge Spanish clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to host a bigger crowd. Let's hope the standard of League One football is of similar quality...

Attendance poser

Football

On your way home from work? Here's a little teaser to entertain you. Which fixture will attract will the highest attendance in British football this weekend?

Could it be Liverpool v Manchester United? How about Newcastle v Arsenal? Or Celtic v Dundee United perhaps?

Kick-off

Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Everton

The Dynamo Kiev fans are certainly providing plenty of vocal support for their side. The noise is deafening in the Ukrainian capital!

Everton are defending a 2-1 first-leg lead remember -

head over here to read about every kick and tackle in the Olympic Stadium.

France 'pleased' to host Women's World Cup

Football

France legend Michel Platini hails the decision to award the 2019 Women's World Cup to his home nation.

"Everyone in France will be very pleased I am sure - and women's football is growing very strongly in the country," he says.

Platini backs 2022 World Cup final date

Football

Holding the 2022 World Cup final on 18 December is a "good date", according to Uefa president Michel Platini.

"Perhaps 23 December would be too late if you are trying to get all the fans back on 24 December. But 18 December is fine for Uefa - we can accommodate any changes to the Champions League," says former Juventus and France star Platini.

Hollywood star fighting for Leeds success

Football

Hollywood star Russell Crowe says he wants "nothing but success" for Leeds United after

admitting he would consider buying the Yorkshire club.

Boyhood Whites fan Crowe, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Simon Mayo ahead of the release of his latest film The Water Diviner, says he is "getting a little impatient" about the club's plight.

"I have learnt a lot in nine years - it would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, getting back in the Premier League and being where they should be."

Listen to what the Gladiator star says about his beloved team.

'Keeping it simple'

Cricket

Keeping things simple is one of the keys to India's continuing World Cup success, according to captain MS Dhoni.

India made it seven successive wins in this tournament, and 11th overall in World Cups, courtesy of a 109-run quarter-final victory over Bangladesh.

MS Dhoni (second from left) and Indian players celebrate during the quarter-final with Bangladesh
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"One of the most difficult things to do is to keep it simple," said Dhoni.

"We are good thinkers and overthinking can actually kill you, especially in an environment like this where there's already so much pressure."

Gary Lineker

Match of the Day presenter

Qatar 2022 World Cup final will be played on December 18th. Blatter will still be president of FIFA and present the trophy dressed as Santa.

Brown writes off Southend's top-three chances

Football

Southend United manager Phil Brown

writes off his side's chances of winning automatic promotion from League Two this season.

The Shrimpers lie fifth and are six points adrift of third spot with nine games left after Wednesday's 2-1 loss at leaders Burton.

"If there's any pressure on these players, I'm taking it off them by saying we've got no chance of automatic promotion," Brown told BBC Essex. "We were playing for automatic promotion before the game and at half-time. I think that's gone now."

Saints eye Odegaard

Football gossip

The Sun: Southampton want Real Madrid's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, on loan next season. Odegaard is currently playing for Real's B side.

Countdown to kick-off

Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Everton make four changes from the side which played Newcastle at the weekend for their Europa League last-16 return leg at Dynamo Kiev.

Aaron Lennon is cup-tied and is replaced by Christian Atsu, while Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley and Steven Naismith all start.

Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Baines; Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Atsu, Barkley, Lukaku.

Follow the action live with our colleague Tom Rostance.

Hull's Jelavic faces six weeks out

Football

Nikica Jelavic has scored eight Premier League goals for Hull this season
PA

Hull City's hopes of Premier League survival have taken a hit - as top scorer Nikica Jelavic is ruled out for up to six weeks.

The Croatia international, 31, needed surgery on a long-standing knee injury.

The Tigers sit three points above the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.

France to host 2019 Women's World Cup

Football

Fifa president Sepp Blatter announces that France will host the 2019 Women's World Cup.

Blatter made the announcement followed a unanimous decision taken by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich today.

The French bid saw off competition from South Korea.

British pair out of World Champs

Figure Skating

Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
AP
Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes teamed up in 2005

British pair Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland withdraw from the upcoming ISU World Figure Skating Championships due to illness.

Coomes is recovering after spending a few days in an American hospital with illness.

The unlucky pair also withdrew from the European Figure Skating Championships in January because Buckland was ill.

Top referee quits snooker

Snooker

Referee Michaela Tabb
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Snooker's highest profile female referee Michaela Tabb leaves her position on the World Snooker circuit.

Tabb, 47, became the first woman to officiate a world final in 2009 before refereeing another in 2012.

"We would like to take the opportunity to thank Michaela for her contribution over the last 14 years and wish her all the best with her future refereeing endeavours," says a World Snooker statement.

"All I want for Christmas is...a World Cup final"

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"BBC Sport has learned Fifa have confirmed the final of the 2022 World Cup final will be held on 18 December that year.

"Understand Fifa confirmed that date at their executive committee meeting today.

"A Fifa taskforce agreed last month to switch the tournament from summer to winter."

Thursday's headlines

The 5 o'clock sports news

Big Ben
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As Big Ben bongs out five loud chimes, it is the perfect time to recap on the day's headlines. Our BBC News colleague Huw Edwards would be proud...

Top story: Tottenham striker Harry Kane earns a first senior England call-up after 26 goals in 42 games this season.

Top video: Andy Murray welcomes the 15-year ban handed to US tennis player Wayne Odesnik for a doping violation.

Top feature: 'I love football, but this is me making a difference' - why Bristol Academy captain Grace McCatty is swapping the Champions League for volunteer work in Zambia.

Top Tweet: England new-boy Harry Kane celebrates his promotion to the Three Lions senior squad...

Harry Kane
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'Six Nations timings are wrong'

Rugby Union

Wales assistant coach Rob Howley says Six Nations tournament organisers should "probably" ensure all final-day games

kick off at the same time.

Italy host contenders Wales on Saturday in a 12:30 GMT kick-off. Ireland then take on Scotland followed by England versus France at Twickenham.

Howley says the Six Nations should follow the Premier League model of simultaneous final day starts.

"Probably, that might and should be the case in the Six Nations," said Howley.

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Imagine being the England manager, with almost 60m people telling you what you should be doing. And Roy Hodgson's latest squad selection has provoked plenty of debate....

Shawn Skellon: Shaw over Bertrand, really? A constant injured sub over a consistent performer in the best defence in the Prem - joke.

Countdown to kick-off

Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

Some early Everton team news from the Ukrainian capital, ahead of the teamsheets being handed in shortly.

England defender John Stones and Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady return to the Toffees' squad for the second leg.

McGeady is back after missing nine games with a knee injury, while Stones has missed two following a stomach bug.

However, Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas is out with a knock from the first leg.

Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Pienaar are still absent as Everton, while cup-tied Aaron Lennon cannot play.

Countdown to kick-off

Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

What can you do in 90 minutes? Play a football match, of course. Complete a long and arduous commute home perhaps.

Whatever you're doing, that's the amount of time you have got until tonight's Europa League action kicks off.

Everton - AKA England's last man standing - take on last-16 opponents Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian capital shortly, boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

After Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League, can the Toffees keep the Premier League's continental reputation sweet?

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Daniel Benn: Re Welbeck inclusion. He has scored goals in this England campaign and is coming back from injury. Would be unfair to drop him.

Sherwood delighted for Kane

Football

Tottenham wanted to get rid of England new boy Harry Kane in January 2014, only for Tim Sherwood to step in and keep him at White Hart Lane - reckons the ex-Spurs boss.

Sherwood, now in charge of Aston Villa, says the 21-year-old deserves his call-up to Roy Hodgson's squad after scoring 26 goals this season.

"It is great that I resisted the temptation to let him move on in January 2014," claims Sherwood.

"There were people at the club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane - but I wouldn't allow it.

"It took him time to win over the fans - they love him now and rightly so. I'm delighted for Harry."

Neville to lead England at World Cup

Netball

Tracey Neville

is named England netball head coach on an interim basis, replacing the outgoing Anna Mayes.

The 38-year-old former international will lead the squad at this summer's World Cup in Sydney.

Neville, the sister of former England footballers Gary and Phil, will also remain in charge of Superleague champions Manchester Thunder until the end of the season.

PSG defender banned after ref outburst

Football

Perhaps the more interesting PSG-related news is that full-back Serge Aurier has been banned for three Uefa matches - for abusing referee Bjorn Kuipers in an online video.

The Ivory Coast international used some, erm, choice language in a video posted on his Facebook page about the Dutch official, who sent off Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Chelsea.

Aurier later apologised. Profusely. But that hasn't cut the mustard with Uefa, who have dished out a hefty punishment.

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Stefan Berta: Michael Schumacher won F1 Belgian GP from 16th on the grid back in 1995: Masterclass!

Schumacher
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Adam Dodson: Cal Crutchlow coming sixth in British MotoGP in '12 starting at the back of the grid after breaking his ankle the day before.

Barry Booth: Eleven guys all living within a 30-mile radius of Celtic Park, went to Lisbon and came back Lions!

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Ibrahimovic suspended

Football

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Uefa has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be suspended for Paris St-Germain's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had led the calls for Ibrahimovic's controversial red card in PSG's last-16 win at Stamford Bridge to be overturned.

Uefa had already confirmed Ibrahimovic's red card could not be overturned, and today said the suspension would stand.

Injury blow for Robinson

Football

Bad news for QPR and Huddersfield fans. Rangers' England Under-21 full-back Jack Robinson, who has spent the season on loan at Huddersfield, is

ruled out for up to a year with a serious knee injury.

Robinson picked up the injury in the final minute of Town's Championship fixture at Birmingham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old had an initial scan on Monday before seeing a specialist earlier today which confirmed he has suffered a cartilage injury in his right knee.

Williams marches on

Tennis

Serena Williams reaches the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, beating Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets.

Top seed Williams saw off the challenge from the Swiss 7-5 6-3 to extend her winning streak to 15 matches.

Serena Williams
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The American is playing at Indian Wells for the first time since ending her 14-year boycott of the event.

Third seed Simona Halep rallied to beat 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, 5-7 6-1 6-1 and will face Williams in the semi-finals. The Romanian is the most recent player to beat Williams last autumn at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

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Imagine being the England manager, with almost 60m people telling you what you should be doing. And Roy Hodgson's latest squad selection has provoked plenty of debate. Here are a few of your Twitterings...

NKBevo: Is Aaron Cresswell seriously not worthy of International recognition? Been quality so far this season.

Matt Borucki: Club is clearly weighted higher than form in England's selection process. Until that changes, they will continue to fail.

Steven Baxter: Charlie Austin, Berahino and Danny Ings should be in the squad over Welbeck favouritism from Roy rather than picking on form.

Lundstram on the move

BBC Radio Humberside: Scunthorpe United have signed Everton midfielder John Lundstram on a month's loan

Alan Pardew news conference

Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

A few more titbits from Pardew in a news conference that is short and sweet,

"We know we still have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season. We will be pushing for three points in every match," he said.

Asked about individual players at the club, Pardew responds: "Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie are both working so hard to add other aspects to their game, they have a great relationship on and off the pitch.

"Damien Delaney, Scott Dann and Julian Speroni are all leaders, I've been surprised by everyone here. They are a pleasure to work with."

Alan Pardew news conference

Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Off to Selhurst Park now and Alan Pardew is the latest manager to talk.

Pardew seems to be having a great time at Palace, the club rising to 12th in the table since his arrival.

Pardew
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They are eight points clear of the drop-zone and go into Saturday's game at Stoke on the back of a 3-1 home win over QPR

"Seven days is a long time in football though," says Pardew, warning against over-confidence ahead of the game. "Stoke have had a great season and we know they will be ready for us.

"We're just concentrating on our game. We've got all our fans going up there and we know they'll back us all the way."

Nigel Pearson news conference

Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Leicester must start "making an impact" if they are to avoid an instant return to the Championship, says Foxes boss Nigel Pearson.

The Premier League's bottom club, who travel to Tottenham this weekend, are seven points adrift of safety after last week's draw against 10-man Hull.

"If we can get into the latter stages - when we have four out of five matches at home - in contact with the teams above us, then we can be relatively positive," says Pearson. "But we have got to make some sort of impact.

"Last weekend's result was disappointing but we go again. There are 10 matches left but there is still belief in our camp that we can do something."