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Summary

  1. John Terry signs new one-year Chelsea deal
  2. Audley Harrison retires from boxing over brain injuries
  3. Wayne Rooney says Harry Kane is "great for English football"
  4. Australia beat India to reach Cricket World Cup final
  5. How much is fair for a Premier League ticket?
  6. Join the conversation using #priceoffootball

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And that is it for another edition of Sportsday.

Join us again tomorrow with all the build-up to the Euro 2016 qualifiers, as England take on Lithuania at Wembley.

In the meantime you can follow live text coverage of France's international friendly at home to Brazil, a 20:00 GMT kick-off, with build-up to come from 19:00.

Van Garderen wins as Froome slips

Road Cycling

More from BMC rider Tejay Van Garderen, who claimed victory on stage four's summit finish at the Tour of Catalonia today.

Tejay van Garderen
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"Yesterday I had a bad day with a fall, but luckily the damage was minimal and today I was fine," said the American, who finished the 188km-long route from Tona to La Molina three seconds ahead of Team Sky's Richie Porte.

Porte now trails overall leader Bart De Clerq of Belgium by 21 seconds, while 2013 Tour de France winner Chris Froome slipped to 67th in the overall standings, having finished today's stage over 27 minutes off the pace.

Double delight for Fulham

Football

Championship side Fulham have signed

Brentford goalkeeper Richard Lee and Reading midfielder Danny Guthrie on loan until the end of the season.

Former Watford keeper Lee, 32, has featured just once for the Bees this season, while Guthrie, 27, has played 11 times this term for Reading.

West Brom to pay Astle tribute

Football

Jeff Astle
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West Brom will pay tribute to former striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica 1968 FA Cup final kit at home to Leicester on 11 April.

Astle, who scored 174 goals in 361 games for the club, netted the winner as Albion beat Everton 1-0 at Wembley.

The kit will be part of 'Astle Day' where his family will launch a foundation to help sufferers and research of the brain condition which caused his death in 2002.

The England cap was 59 when he died.

Forest sign Arsenal striker on loan

Football

Chuba Akpom
AP

Nottingham Forest have

signed striker Chuba Akpom on loan from Arsenal until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old made his debut for the Gunners in the Premier League against Sunderland last season and has since made eight more substitute appearances.

Akpom scored for England's Under-20 side against in the 1-1 draw against Mexico on Wednesday.

FA rebuffs Women's Cup draw criticism

Football

Meanwhile, the Football Association has

rejected criticism by Birmingham City Ladies boss David Parker of the way the FA Women's Cup draw is conducted.

Ahead of Monday's quarter-final draw, he told BBC Sport: "If I'm in the FA's position, you want an Arsenal, a Man City or a Chelsea in the final. Do you want a Birmingham City? They probably don't want that."

Birmingham were drawn away to Manchester City, but an FA spokesperson said: "Integrity in this process is vital and the draw for the sixth round proper of the FA Women's Cup fully complied with the rules and was adjudicated accordingly."

McDowell doubtful for Masters?

Golf

A quick golf line. Graeme McDowell's preparations for the Masters suffered a setback when injury forced him to withdraw from the Texas Open midway through the first round.

The Northern Irishman said he had not recovered from a stress injury to his lower left leg which he picked up during practice on Wednesday.

The 35-year-old was five over par for nine holes on Thursday when he pulled out of the tournament.

McDowell had received physiotherapy and played with his leg strapped up.

Briscoe out for three months

Rugby League

Tom Briscoe
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A blow for Super League side Leeds Rhinos. Winger Tom Briscoe has been ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury.

The 25-year-old was hurt in the defeat by Warrington Wolves earlier this month and missed last week's win over Wigan Warriors.

"Tom has got a significant amount of damage in his shoulder," coach Brian McDermott told BBC Radio Leeds.

"It's a real blow because he's been in fantastic form and is one of the best players in the game."

Triple loan swoop for Peterborough

Football

Peterborough have signed Bradford's Alan Sheehan, Leicester's James Pearson and Middlesbrough's Luke Williams on loan until the end of the season.

All three will be available to sixth-placed Posh for the League One play-offs, if required.

Former Notts County and Swindon left-back Sheehan, 28, has played 28 times for Bradford this season.

Right-back Pearson, 22, and forward Williams, 21, have been at Wrexham and Coventry respectively this term.

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Stu Teare: Despite big TV deals, every penny counts to clubs. It's idiots like me that would go even if they doubled!

Luke: If ticket prices were reduced then everyone would be complaining that they can never get a ticket to see their side.

Robert Payne: I wonder how many PL stars recognise its their high salaries that are the direct cause of football being so unaffordable?

Today we are asking: what is a fair price to pay for a football ticket? Let us know at

#priceoffootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or head over to the
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Twickenham factor is massive - Cole

Rugby Union

Some more rugby union chat. Leicester Tigers prop Dan Cole says England's fine home form will give them

a big advantage when they co-host the World Cup later this year.

Despite narrowly missing out on the Six Nations title, England have won their last five games at Twickenham, scoring 181 points and conceding 91.

"The way our fans got behind us, we're going to be some force to stop," Cole, 27, told

BBC Radio Leicester.

"It could be the difference. It's like playing with an extra man."

Weston to miss Southend game

Football

An intriguing tale this one. Southend United winger Myles Weston will miss his side's League Two game against promotion rivals Bury

to play for Antigua & Barbuda.

Myles Weston
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The 27-year-old will fly to a training camp in Florida, and will feature in local friendly matches, before returning to Roots Hall on Tuesday.

Weston has played 32 times for the Shrimpers this season, scoring twice. Southend are fifth in the table and visit the fourth-placed Shakers on Saturday.

Interesting timing...

A golden day for Britain

Para-cycling World Championships

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic & Paralympic sports reporter

The British team have enjoyed a stunning opening day at the Para-cycling World Championships in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands - winning four gold medals and a silver.

Dame Sarah Storey
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Dame Sarah Storey claimed the first gold in the C5 500m time-trial.

Storey, who failed in her bid to break the hour-record earlier this month, admitted her victory - in 37.847 seconds - was a surprise given her recent training had been dedicated towards longer distances. Just three-tenths of a second behind was team-mate Crystal Lane, who collected her first major international honour on the track with silver.

The success did not stop there though. Five-time Paralympic champion Jody Cundy successfully defended his world one-kilometre time-trial title. A stunning result given the cyclist was hospitalised with a breathing problem back in November.

Visually impaired Commonwealth champion Sophie Thornhill retained the women's one-kilometre world time-trial title with pilot Helen Scott. They finished in one minute, 7.553 seconds.

Paralympic champion Neil Fachie and pilot Pete Mitchell then won the men's equivalent 1km visually impaired time trial.

Brighton sign Carayol, Carlisle sign Atkinson

Football

Middlesbrough winger

Mustapha Carayol has joined Brighton & Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season.

Mustapha Carayol
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The 26-year-old Gambian only recently returned from a year-long knee injury by playing for Boro's reserves, but is yet to make a first-team comeback.

Meanwhile, League Two strugglers Carlisle have signed Boro defender David Atkinson and Brighton winger Jeffrey Monakana

on loan until 2 May.

Atkinson, 21, has yet to make his Boro first-team debut, and failed to play on loan at Hartlepool in September, while Monakana, also 21, played 50 games for Preston before joining Albion in 2014.

Henderson named Broncos head coach

Rugby League

Championship side London Broncos

have appointed Andrew Henderson as their new head coach.

The former Castleford and Sheffield Eagles hooker, 35, had been in caretaker charge since Joey Grima stood down earlier this month.

"The role has come earlier than expected. It's a fantastic opportunity for me," he told

the club website.

"My job now is to improve the confidence and belief of the current players within the squad."

How much is fair for a ticket?

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Dortmund fans
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James Attenborough: A ticket price should never be more than £20 for an adult and £10 for a child at the top level. Germany keeps prices low.

Tommi Scott: I paid 14 quid to watch Tamworth and they were rubbish so will happily pay 45 to watch a Prem team.

Todd Wilde: I paid £2 to see Uruguay v N Ireland in a Montevideo pre-World Cup friendly. Full stadium, lots of families.. easy.

Today we are asking: what is a fair price to pay for a football ticket? Let us know at

#priceoffootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or head over to the
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Terry signs new Chelsea contract

Football

More on the news Chelsea captain John Terry has

signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho and John Terry
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Here's manager Jose Mourinho's view: "This new contract is not to say 'thank you very much'. It is because John continues to perform.

"He is a top defender. I am happy that he completely deserves this new contract after a season where he has already played 40 matches."

After winning the League Cup in March, Chelsea have opened up a six-point lead with a game in hand on Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but were knocked out of the Champions League by Paris Saint-Germain, and of the FA Cup by Bradford City.

Steel-y attitude to cross country

Athletics

Nick Hope

BBC Olympic sports reporter

Gemma Steel
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Traditionally, thoughts about cross-country will evoke memories of enforced cold, wet and muddy missions across school fields during teenage years.

Even Britain's Gemma Steel, who was introduced to the sport at the age of 11, admits her feelings towards the sport were once closer to loathing than love.

"When I first tried it, I said never again," Steel told BBC Sport. "I didn't enjoy it."

However, having stuck with the event and become European champion last year, she is passionate about the physical and mental benefits of cross-country running.

Read the interview in full

Vale add two on deadline day

Football

Port Vale

have made two signings on loan deadline day, with Sheffield United defender Neill Collins and Everton midfielder Francisco Junior joining the League One club until the end of the season.

Collins, 31, and Junior, 23, are both eligible to play for Vale against Leyton Orient on Saturday.

Terry signs new Chelsea contract

Football

John Terry
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More on the news Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge.

Terry, 34, has been speaking to the

club's website, and said he was "delighted" to have agreed the deal.

"After adding another major trophy to my collection this month I hope myself, the players and manager can continue to bring success to our club", he added.

"Playing for this great club makes me so proud. And as always I would like to thank the fans who have continually supported me."

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Football

Chelsea captain John Terry has signed a new one-deal with the Premier League leaders, extending his stay at Stamford Bridge until the end of the 2015/16 campaign.

Football League loan window shuts

Football

Ding! The clock ticks past 17:00 GMT and that means the Football League loan window has been slammed shut by someone somewhere. No more deals can be done, but we will bring you the latest of those that have been completed today.

Para-swimming meet

Swimming

BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson in Glasgow: "The first evening session at the British Para-Swimming International Meet starts at 17:00 GMT with swimmers aiming for the qualification times for the IPC World Championships which take place back here in Tollcross in July.

"Three swimmers have already beat their qualifying standards in the morning session - Claire Cashmore (SB8 100m breaststroke) and Scott Quin and Bethany Firth (SB14 100m breaststroke).

"Among those hoping to join them this evening are World and European S9 100m freestyle champion Stephanie Millward, Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds (who is in action in both the 100m freestyle and 100m breaststroke) and 14-year-old Erraid Davies, but Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Davies needs a big personal best to qualify in the SB9 100m breaststroke."

Homegrown players in Premier League

Football

FA graphic
FA

The Football Association,

on Twitter: "English U21s are getting less than half the top-tier playing time than their Spanish, German and French counterparts."

Xavi to Qatari club Al-Sadd

Football gossip

Xavi
Reuters

Spanish sports newspaper AS reports that Barcelona midfielder

Xavi will join Qatari club Al-Sadd when his contact expires at the end of this season.

The paper also reports that 35-year-old Xavi, who made his 750th appearance for Barca earlier this month, has agreed a three-year deal worth 30 million euros (£22m), with an option for a further year.

Tiendalli joins Boro

Football

Dwight Tiendalli
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Middlesbrough have signed Swansea City full-back Dwight Tiendalli on loan until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old has only made six appearances for the Premier League side all season, and last played in January.

The Netherlands international is the second arrival at Boro this week after Fernando Amorebieta joined from Fulham on Wednesday, with fellow defender James Husband going the other way.

Middlesbrough are currently third in the Championship, a point off the top.

Get involved #priceoffootball

A revolutionary idea on ticket prices...

Jay: Supporters should get cashback after the match based on their support level:

  • Quiet - 0%
  • Noisy - 20%
  • Hostile (for opposition) - 50%

Today we are asking: what is a fair price to pay for a football ticket? Let us know at

#priceoffootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or head over to the
BBC Sport Facebook or
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Van Garderen claims stage four in Catalonia

Road Cycling

Tejay Van Garderen sees off the challenge of Team Sky's Richie Porte to claim stage four of the Tour of Catalonia in Spain.

The American BMC rider completed the 188km course, including a summit-finish at La Molina, three seconds ahead of the Australian, with Spaniard Alberto Contador eight seconds behind in third.

Belgian Bart De Clerq of Lotto-Soudal takes the overall lead ahead of Friday's 195km ride from Alp to Valls.

Crawley bring in defender Youga

Football

Crawley Town sign former Charlton Athletic defender

Kelly Youga on a deal until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old left-back was a free agent after leaving Chinese side Qingdao Hainiu.

Youga made 71 appearances for the Addicks between 2005 and 2011 and has also had brief spells at Yeovil, Ipswich and AFC Wimbledon.

Ferdinand banned and fined by FA

Football

QPR director of football Les Ferdinand is fined £12,000 and will serve a one-match touchline ban after

admitting an FA misconduct charge.

The charge relates to abusive behaviour towards a match official after the end of QPR's match against Tottenham Hotspur on 7 March.

Barnsley sign Owls keeper Wildsmith

Football

Meanwhile, Barnsley

have signed Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith on a one-month loan deal.

The 19-year-old England Under-20 international could make his debut for the Tykes against League One leaders Bristol City on Saturday.

Manager Lee Johnson told

BBC Radio Sheffield: "Adam Davies has got a slight abductor tear and we can't risk it getting worse.

"Joe has a really good reputation and this is a good chance for him."

Huddersfield sign James on loan

Football

It's loan deadline day and the moves are coming in thick and fast. The latest being Manchester United defender

Reece James's switch to Huddersfield Town for the remainder of the season.

James had a loan spell with Town's Championship rivals Rotherham earlier this season, playing seven times.

The 21-year-old could make his debut for the Terriers against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday, 4 April.

Get involved #priceoffootball

Anthony Baum: In MLS, you usually get cheap tickets (£10-15) for a "supporters section". In return, you have to be noisy for 90 mins.

Shane Daly: If a stadium has over 40,000 capacity then the price should be reduced by 30-40%. I should be head of the FA, I have ideas...

Chris Parker: Of course different seats are worth different prices, 50% of tickets sold for £20 would be a good start.

Today we are asking: what is a fair price to pay for a football ticket? Let us know at

#priceoffootball on Twitter, text us on 81111 (UK only), or head over to the
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England U19 v Denmark U19 (17:00 GMT)

Football

England U19s are in action this afternoon in a European Championship qualification match against Denmark in Bayeux, France. Difficult at first to spot the reasoning as to why it's being played there exactly, but in this final stage of qualifying, one of each group's teams is chosen as hosts. In England's case, it's France.

Sean O'Driscoll's side face Azerbaijan on Saturday and France on Tuesday in a bid to top Group 7 and reach the finals in Greece in July.

Here's the England XI: Gunn, Smith-Brown, Chilwell, Winks, Galloway, Gomez, Roberts, Loftus-Cheek, Brown (C), Colkett, Gray.

Anybody spot the next Harry Kane? Give Roy a call.

Ticket prices protest

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"The Premier League shareholders meeting in London has concluded.

Executives declined to comment on leaving the central London hotel where chairmen and chief executives from all 20 Premier League sides met to discuss a range of issues, including representations from fans over ticket prices."

Surgery may 'save career' - Saunders

Boxing

Bradley Saunders says surgery on his hand may have saved his boxing career.

The 29-year-old from Sedgefield was forced to

pull out of April's Commonwealth title fight against Dave Ryan and instead had an operation to repair ruptured tendons and ligaments in his right hand.

"I tried sparring this week and I just couldn't. I had an x-ray and the doctor said 'if you don't get this operated on you'll be lucky to box again after this next fight,'" Saunders told

BBC Tees.

"I'm looking to have a long, successful career and I'm confident it'll just be this one fight that it sets me back by."

Your afternoon round-up

Audley Harrison
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Top stories: Audley Harrison

retires from boxing for a second time after revealing he is suffering the effects of head injuries.

Australia beat India to reach the final of the Cricket World Cup.

Premier League clubs agree to discuss the FA's proposed

changes to home-grown player rules.

Top features:

Lewis Hamilton's column: "Engine equalisation unfair on Mercedes"

Former England captain Alan Shearer on

why Harry Kane should start for England on Friday.

Top video: Classic

France v Brazil encounters.

White to be honoured

Football

Faye White
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She is one of the most recognised and respected women players.

Faye White, the retired English footballer who played for Arsenal Ladies in the FA Women's Super League and England Women's National Football Team as central defender, is set to be named in the National Football Museum's Hall Of Fame this year on 14 October.

A great achievement.

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How much is fair for a football ticket?

Martin Austin: Charlton get a lot of my money these days. Next month I am going with a mate and our three kids - it's costing £54.50 between us. Unsurprisingly they tend to get a crowds of over 15,000 while Millwall up the road get nearer 10,000. I priced up the game at the Den the following week and it was £84. A perfect example of sensible pricing and clever marketing as I'm sure we'll have a pint, the kids a lemonade and a programme. I get impression that about 30% of people at the Valley are a bit like us; they go because it's affordable and family friendly, even if they don't support the club.

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Liverpool's Lussey joins Bolton on loan

Football

Bolton Wanderers have signed Liverpool midfielder Jordan Lussey

on loan until the end of the Championship season.

The 20-year-old has progressed through the Reds' academy and has played five times for their under-21 side this term without appearing in the first team.