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Summary

  1. Nine Premier League news conferences
  2. German Grand Prix cut from 2015 calendar
  3. Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid drawn together in Champions League quarter-finals
  4. Australia beat Pakistan by six wickets to reach World Cup semi-finals

Live Reporting

By Alan Jewell, Jamie Strickland and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Right, that's another edition of Sportsday wrapped up in a neat little package.

It's been emotional as always.

As if you didn't know, there's loads of sport in the pipeline this weekend - football, Six Nations rugby, golf, World Cup cricket, Indian Wells tennis, you name it - and you can keep up with it all across the BBC.

Thanks for your company today. Bye for now.

Barry to miss out for Everton

QPR v Everton (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Gareth Barry is out of the Everton team to face QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.

Barry started the 5-2 Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night but he has one more game to serve on his two-match domestic suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

Roberto Martinez remains without Kevin Mirallas (knock), Bryan Oviedo (hamstring), Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar (both knee) but reported no new injuries from the trip to Ukraine and Aiden McGeady (knee) will be in the squad along with Aaron Lennon, who was cup-tied in the Europa League.

Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Griffiths, Stones, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Browning, Coleman, Baines, Garbutt, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Gibson, Osman, Atsu, McGeady, Naismith, Lukaku, Kone.

Blatter: Football can 'stabilise' Ukraine

Football

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has delivered a warning against a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Ukraine's president has called for a boycott in protest at alleged Russian military involvement with pro-Moscow separatists.

"The World Cup in Russia will be able to stabilise all this situation that is in this region of Europe," said Blatter. "The message is leave sports alone. Boycotting a World Cup or any sporting event has never brought any solutions to nobody."

Di Maria back for Man Utd

Football

Angel di Maria
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Angel di Maria is available for Sunday's match at Liverpool having served a one-match suspension for his dismissal against Arsenal.

Robin van Persie is still out with an ankle problem and Jonny Evans is suspended.

Left-back Luke Shaw (hamstring) and centre-half Marcos Rojo (groin) are doubts.

Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Shaw, Blackett, Rojo, Smalling, Jones, McNair, Rafael, Pereira, Young, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Valencia, Di Maria, Januzaj, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Wilson.

McCoy yet to confirm National ride

Horse Racing

Champion jockey AP McCoy is still in two minds over which horse to ride for owner JP McManus in his final Grand National at Aintree on 11 April.

McCoy, who will be crowned champion for the 20th time when the National Hunt season ends next month, has been earmarked for the Jonjo O'Neill-trained favourite Shuthefrontdoor.

"I think I'm riding Shutthefrontdoor," the retiring McCoy, 40, told BBC Sport.

"But Cause Of Causes won at Cheltenham, so he has a good chance now."

Coloccini suspended for stretched Magpies

Newcastle United v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will sit out Saturday's Premier League match with Arsenal after failing in his red card appeal.

The Argentina international was sent off for a challenge on Aaron Lennon during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Everton and will be suspended for three games, joining striker Papiss Cisse on the sidelines as he serves the second stage of his seven-match ban.

In addition, head coach John Carver will have to contend with a crippling injury list which will deprive him of the services of defenders Steven Taylor (Achilles), Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara (both knee), and midfielders Cheick Tiote (also knee), Mehdi Abeid (thigh), Siem de Jong (collapsed lung) and Rolando Aarons (thigh).

Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Williamson, R.Taylor, Satka, Sterry, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cabella, Ameobi, Obertan, Gutierrez, Kemen, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.

Schedule favours England - Gatland

Rugby Union

Wales head coach Warren Gatland says the fact England are in action last on Saturday puts them in the

"box seat" to win the Six Nations title.

Gatland's side are in action first against Italy in Rome at 12:30 GMT.

Warren Gatland
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They need a big win to overhaul their inferior points-difference compared with title rivals Ireland and England.

"England... are definitely going to know what they need to do to win the Championship, so that puts them in the box seat," said Gatland.

Walters to play despite facial injury

Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Stoke striker Jon Walters could feature in match against Crystal Palace despite suffering a fractured cheekbone last weekend.

Walters had an operation to repair the damage and could play wearing a protective mask but he will be assessed first.

Forward Victor Moses (leg) is unlikely to face his former club while defenders Erik Pieters (thigh) and Philipp Wollscheid (groin) will undergo fitness tests.

Provisional squad: Begovic, Butland, Wilson, Bardsley, Shawcross, Pieters, Wollscheid, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Sidwell, Teixeira, Ireland, Crouch, Moses, Arnautovic, Diouf, Walters, Shenton.

Gutierrez feels "born again"

Football

Jonas Gutierrez
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Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he feels "born again" following his return to Premier League action after overcoming testicular cancer.

In an interview with Football Focus, the Argentine, 31, revealed the shock of his diagnosis last year and the subsequent support from his team-mates.

Read more and watch a clip of the interview.

Elia back for Saints

Southampton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton are able to welcome back Eljero Elia for this weekend's match against Burnley.

The Dutch winger has recovered from the ankle injury which saw him miss last weekend's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

Graziano Pelle started that match from the bench and will be vying for a start on Saturday. Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Emmanuel Mayuka (groin) remain absent, but Ronald Koeman has no fresh injury concerns.

Provisional squad: Forster, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Bertrand, Targett, Gardos, Yoshida, Alderweireld, Fonte, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Elia, Tadic, Mane, Djuricic, S Davis, Long, Seager, Pelle.

Fernandez back for Swans

Aston Villa v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Central defender Federico Fernandez is available for Swansea's visit to Aston Villa after missing Monday night's 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

Fernandez returned home to Argentina for what manager Garry Monk described as "family reasons" and was replaced by Jordi Amat.

Fernandez has trained this week and is set to resume his partnership with skipper Ashley Williams.

Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Fulton, Carroll, Britton, Montero, Dyer, Emnes, Oliveira, Grimes, King.

McIlroy five off Bay Hill pace after 66

Golf

Rory McIlroy
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Rory McIlroy charged up the leaderboard after a second-round 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but was still five shots behind leader Morgan Hoffmann.

McIlroy's first sub-70 round on this year's PGA Tour included a run of five straight birdies on his back nine.

First-round leader Hoffmann added a 65 to his opening six-under 66 which left him on 13 under and three ahead of defending champion Matt Every.

World number one McIlroy shares fourth spot with New Zealand's Danny Lee.

Ward should feature for Clarets

Southampton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Defender Stephen Ward is expected to be fit for Burnley's trip to Southampton after missing training with a niggle this week.

Midfielder Matt Taylor requires another run out with the under-21s before he is deemed fit enough to return after an Achilles operation.

Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

Provisional squad: Heaton, Gilks, Trippier, Mee, Keane, Shackell, Duff, Arfield, Boyd, Jones, Wallace, Kightly, Barnes, Vokes, Ings, Sordell, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Ward.

Palace wait on wingers

Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace will hand late fitness checks to wingers Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke.

Puncheon (dead leg) and Zaha (hip) both suffered knocks during last weekend's 3-1 win over QPR.

Skipper Mile Jedinak is still suspended and striker Marouane Chamakh remains sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Provisional squad: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Dann, Ward, McArthur, Gayle, Zaha, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon, Gray, Hennessey, N'Diaye, Souare, Hangeland, Boateng, Mariappa, Ameobi, Sanogo, Murray.

Arsenal goalkeeper loaned to Millers

Football

Rotherham have made their second loan signing of the day by

bringing in Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on loan for the rest of the season.

The 22-year-old Argentine has made six appearances for the Gunners this season, including Champions League games against Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund.

German Grand Prix dropped from 2015 calendar

Formula 1

This year's German Grand Prix has been withdrawn from the calendar after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone failed to reach an agreement with the race promoters.

Hockenheim, which hosted the 2014 race and is supposed to alternate each year with the Nurburgring, had been due to stage the event again this year after the Nurburgring deal fell through.

German Grand Prix
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However, Hockenheim's owner told a German newspaper this week that the circuit would not be ready in time to stage the race on the weekend of 17-19 July.

The FIA has now confirmed the race will not be on the calendar, meaning there will only be 19 races this season.

Pele's a fan of Kane

Football

Pele has been chatting about Harry Kane.

No, really.

The three-time World Cup winner believes the Tottenham striker, who has just earned a call-up to the England squad after a breakthrough season, can have a big impact.

"I think he is an excellent player - he could be a good one for the English team," Pele said. "What is important is the team work, I think. You cannot win games with individual players. Always it was like that.

"Tell him never think he can be the best. Always he has something to learn. That is my advice."

Pele
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Pele on Blue Peter. Just because.

Millers sign Charlton defender

Football

Rotherham United have

signed Charlton Athletic defender Lawrie Wilson on loan until the end of the season.

Wilson, 27, has made 27 appearances for the Addicks this season, but has not featured in their last three games.

The former Stevenage player could make his debut for the struggling Millers in Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

On the early exit of English clubs from European competition:

"The world is changing, it's not the same world as 20 years ago. Twenty years ago the English Premier League was up here, had a lot of money, a lot of players came to the Premier League because you are paying well and the Premier League is a high standard.

Louis van Gaal
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"But the other countries are developing themselves also - but they also have a winter break while we have to play four or five matches in two weeks and they have a break of two weeks.

"Then you have to play those after how many matches you have already played. How many matches have Bayern Munich played in the meantime, for example? That's the difference. They are much fresher than players of Arsenal or Chelsea. That, in my opinion, is the difference because players need rest."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Louis van Gaal adds that he was delighted by his side's performance in the 3-0 win over Tottenham, but they will need to be better still to win against Liverpool at Anfield.

"I think we played very good in the first half - it was also good to have an evolution that is very positive," he said.

"[But] it says nothing when you lose the next match. Liverpool is not a ground where Manchester United have won a lot.

"When we have won at Liverpool, that will have shown we have improved further."

Flournoy expects fired-up Riders

Basketball

Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy says Sunday's BBL Trophy final is a chance for Leicester Riders

to make a "statement" against his side.

Eagles have won 19 trophies under Flournoy's stewardship and have already

won the BBL Cup during a 14-game unbeaten run this season.

Riders are on a similarly good run and have lost just twice since November - on both occasions to the Eagles.

"They probably feel they've been in our shadow all season," Flournoy said.

Bradford City ban fans after Reading FA Cup games

Football

Bradford City have banned three fans after a series of incidents in their FA Cup quarter-final ties with Reading.

They have also reiterated that the fan who is alleged to have abused Royals winger Garath McCleary in Monday's replay will face a life ban if found guilty.

A fifth fan is facing a five-year exclusion for attempting to take pyrotechnics into the Madejski Stadium.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

More from Louis van Gaal on Sunday's match between fourth-placed Manchester United and Liverpool, two points behind in fifth.

"I want to win against them again. It's very important," said the United boss.

"I think every player knows the importance of this game. We are in a very crucial stage and cannot lose."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has prepared his players for Sunday's match against Liverpool by acting as referee in training.

The Dutchman wants his players to keep their emotions in check after Chris Smalling was sent off against Manchester City and Angel Di Maria was dismissed versus Arsenal.

Van Gaal said he referred a training game in a way that would prepare them for the Anfield atmosphere.

Rosicky back for Gunners

Newcastle United v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Midfielder Tomas Rosicky is expected to be back in the Arsenal squad for Saturday's trip to Newcastle after illness.

The Gunners have reported no fresh injury concerns following the midweek Champions League tie in Monaco, but manager Arsene Wenger will assess the fatigue levels of his players before deciding on any changes.

Club captain Mikel Arteta (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) all continue their rehabilitation.

Provisional Squad: Ospina, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Szczesny, Walcott, Ramsey, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Rosicky.

New contract for Carrick

Football

Michael Carrick
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Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2016.

Carrick, 33, has made 376 appearances in his United career and scored 23 goals, having joined the club in 2006.

United boss Louis van Gaal described Carrick as my "second captain".

No fresh concerns for Leicester

Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Leicester have no new injury worries as they continue their battle for survival at Tottenham.

Dean Hammond (calf) and Anthony Knockaert are the only players out for boss Nigel Pearson. Hammond is back in training but not yet match fit and Knockaert is in France to be with his ill father while Mark Schwarzer could keep fit-again Kasper Schmeichel on the bench.

Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Hamer, Simpson, Huth, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Schlupp, Drinkwater, James, Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Nugent, Kramaric, Ulloa, Vardy.

Martinez on English clubs in Europe

Football

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has had more to say on the disadvantages he believes English clubs face in European competition.

He added: "We need to understand that our league is the best in world football. And when I say the best it's because if you are at 70% in a game, you're going to lose it. That's how competitive it is. It doesn't matter about position in the table and I don't think the other leagues have that.

"The top teams that are normally involved in Europe can cruise through games and that makes it a lot easier to plan a group of fixtures in a two-to-three-week period. That is a big difference and that affects English clubs.

"It's not by coincidence. Some of the clubs in the Champions League have been unfortunate, there have been small margins but those small margins could easily be the demands that you face domestically. It's something that clearly hasn't been working in our favour."

Saracens CEO Griffiths leaves club

Rugby Union

Saracens have announced chief executive Edward Griffiths will leave the club at the end of the season to pursue "new opportunities".

Griffiths has been at Saracens for seven years.

Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: "After seven years as CEO Edward is moving on. He has created and leaves an outstanding and beautiful new permanent home for Saracens, and a team of people with a real caring and community focus and we will build upon this legacy."

No winter break does not help English clubs - Martinez

Football

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says the lack of a winter break in English football does not help Premier League clubs in European competition.

The Toffees were England's last representatives in Europe but were dumped out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, going down 5-2 in Ukraine to lose 6-4 on aggregate.

Martinez said: "I think there are aspects there that make it very, very difficult for an English club to have success in Europe.

"If you look at the top leagues in Europe most of those have got a little break in the winter. I'm not saying that's the difference but it can make a big difference in a squad that is playing domestically two cup competitions, when others are playing one cup competition."

Laugher wins in Dubai

Diving

Britain's Jack Laugher has become the first non-Chinese winner of a World Series event in 2015 by claiming 3m springboard gold in Dubai.

He is Britain's first individual 3m springboard champion and the second to win a World Series gold after Tom Daley, who has two 10m platform titles.

The 20-year-old led from the first dive and scored 564.35 across his six dives to beat China's Chong He and Yuan Cao.

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Cook scores 35 for MCC

Cricket

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England Test captain Alastair Cook top-scored with 35 for MCC in his first innings of 2015 in the Emirates Airline T20 in Dubai.

Cook played fluently at the top of the order in the semi-final against three-time winners and defending champions Sussex, with six fours and a six from just 26 balls, before he was caught at long on by Luke Wells off left-arm seamer Chris Liddle.

Chasing 165 for victory, MCC finished on 146 for nine, before Yorkshire beat Sussex in the final of the competition.

Cook will play for the MCC again in a four-day match against county champions Yorkshire, starting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

Liverpool news conference

Brendan Rodgers

The Reds boss has been talking about Steven Gerrard's importance to the team despite his impending departure to Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

Gerrard returned to the squad after a seven-match injury absence in Monday's win over Swansea and there has been some debate over Liverpool's effectiveness with Gerrard in the side.

"I think it has been really unfair on the boy," said Rodgers. "People were trying to write him off when he was not even back fit. He is now available but I can tell you now - and it may not be the story you want - but he is a guy committed to the team.

"He is like any other player, of course he'd like to play, but his support for guys like Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, that are in the team has been fantastic and his support to me as a captain has been incredible."

Scotland to start at '100mph' - O'Connell

Rugby Union

Ireland captain Paul O'Connell
PA

Captain Paul O'Connell has warned Ireland to beware of Scotland's "nothing to lose" approach in battling against the Wooden Spoon in Saturday's Six Nations finale.

O'Connell expects Scotland to start at "100 miles an hour" in the Murrayfield clash at 14:30 GMT (live on BBC One and on the BBC Sport website)

Ireland can still retain their Six Nations title and are in a three-way fight for the championship with England and Wales.

Read who the BBC pundits think will win

here.

Roberto Martinez news conference

QPR v Everton (16:00 GMT on Sunday)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says his side has "nine finals" remaining as they seek to maintain their Premier League status.

The Toffees, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, are currently 14th, six points above the relegation zone.

"We see these nine games as nine finals," said Martinez, who claimed their European campaign had been a "huge, huge positive", despite the 5-2 hammering in Kiev.

Liverpool keeper Ward joins Shrimps

Football

Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward

has joined League Two side Morecambe on loan for a month.

The Wales Under-21 international moved to Anfield from Wrexham but is yet to make an appearance for the Reds.

Ward, 21, who has been on the bench for the Premier League side 19 times, will become the Shrimps' sixth goalkeeper of the season if he makes an appearance.

"Danny is a highly regarded goalkeeper and we look forward to working with him," said boss Jim Bentley.

Gutierrez feels 'alive again' after cancer treatment

Football

Jonas Gutierrez
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Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has told Football Focus about his emotional return to the club following treatment for testicular cancer.

Gutierrez was on the bench against Aston Villa in February and came on as a substitute at home to Manchester United.

The Argentine also explains his new tattoo, which features the lyrics to Eminem's No Love.

Football Focus is on BBC One at 11.30 GMT on Saturday, but you can watch a clip of the interview

here.

Simmons quits Ireland for West Indies

Cricket

Ireland coach Phil Simmons
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Ireland coach Phil Simmons has quit and will take charge of his native West Indies after the conclusion of the current World Cup.

He will lead the Windies in the upcoming Test series against England.

A Cricket Ireland statement confirmed the Trinidadian's departure after eight years in the role.

"It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach my home team," said Simmons, 51.

The developing story is

here.

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Hughes is hoping that current number one Asmir Begovic will follow Butland's example and agree a new contract at Stoke.

He said: "We will sit down and speak to Asmir in the summer. He wants to focus on the games first, and rightly so. We are comfortable with that.

"I know Asmir is happy here and is pleased with our progression. We hope they will be good discussions with him.

"We have re-contracted Jack and our intentions are to also re-contract Asmir too. We are trying to look after business in the correct way."