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  1. FA Cup quarter-final replay: Blackburn v Liverpool 19:45 BST
  2. Paul Downton leaves ECB post
  3. Jack Wilshere 'ready' to return
  4. Rory McIlroy mentally ready for Masters
  5. Who would you want to have as a caddie?
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By Shamoon Hafez and Mandeep Sanghera

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It's been a busy finish to Sportsday with the departure of ECB managing director Paul Downton but it's now time to go. Sportsday will, of course, be back tomorrow but, in the meantime, you can go to BBC Sport's live text commentary of the FA Cup replay between Blackburn and Liverpool by clicking


Ulster make double signing

Rugby Union

Ulster have announced the signings of London Welsh players Peter Browne and Paul Rowley.

Lock Browne, 27, is Irish-qualified, while 26-year-old scrum-half Rowley, who was born in Limerick, began his playing career at the Munster academy, representing the province's Under-19 and Under-20 sides.

Ulster team manager Bryn Cunningham says: "Pete's pedigree and age make him the perfect person to come into an environment that will encourage him to achieve his potential and result in him pushing hard for a starting berth as a six or second-row.

"Paul possesses an all-round game, with control being at the forefront of his skill-set."

Poysden signs Bears deal


Warwickshire have signed leg spinner Josh Poysden to his first professional contract on a one-year deal.

The 23-year-old has joined the Bears after a season-long trial last year in which he made seven senior appearances.

Poysden played with Gordon Cricket Club during the winter, where he took the wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke.

"I've enjoyed being part of the squad and contributing to last season's success,"

he told the club website.

Sheep field to Masters


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Sheffield's Danny Willett used to play his golf "in the middle of a sheep field" - now he's about to play in his first Masters.

Willett, 27, has been paired with American Larry Mize and Australian amateur Byron Meth for the first two rounds at Augusta National.

"We used to go to Anglesey in Wales for two weeks in the summer and play the same nine-hole golf course three or four times,"

he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"I think the longest club you hit was probably a seven iron on this par three course in the middle of a sheep field.

Giants sign Cox from Hull KR

Rugby League

Huddersfield Giants have signed Hull KR forward Jordan Cox on loan for a month.

Cox, 22, who has not featured for the Robins this season, could make his debut for the Giants against St Helens on Sunday.

The Giants are likely to be without forward Brett Ferres for three months because of an ankle injury he picked up in the defeat by Salford.

"I got a call asking if I'd be interested and I took it with both hands,"

he told BBC Radio Leeds.

Roberts to Ospreys?

Rugby Union

Ospreys have refused to be drawn on stories linking Racing Metro's Wales centre Jamie Roberts with a move to Liberty Stadium.

The 28-year-old British and Irish Lion is reported to be leaving the French club at the end of the the season.

Forward coach Chris Gibbes said he knew nothing of any potential move, but could not resist a joke.

"I'm not the right guy to ask, but if he wants to come and play second row or back row I'd be happy," he said.

Kolkata beat Mumbai


Kolkata Knight Riders open the defence of their Indian Premier League title with a win over Mumbai Indians in the opening game of the 2015 competition.

Mumbai set KKR 169 to win and Gautam Gambhir's side reached their total with nine balls to spare.

Gambhir hit 57 in his side's chase, while Suryakumar Yadav smashed 46 off 20 balls.

Prop Low out for season

Rugby Union

Exeter Chiefs' Scotland international prop Moray Low is likely to miss the rest of the season.

The 30-year-old hobbled off with a hamstring injury having come on as a replacement in Saturday's European Challenge Cup win over Newcastle.

"He has got quite a significant hamstring injury,"

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Sport.

"It's going to be unlikely that he'll feature again this season, which is very unfortunate for Moray."

Superstition and socks


Jack Grealish
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Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish says superstition causes him to keep his socks rolled down during games.

The 19-year-old made his first Premier League start in Tuesday's 3-3 draw with fellow strugglers Queen's Park Rangers.

"It's a superstition that I've done all my life and I'm going to keep it that way,"

Grealish told BBC WM 95.6.

"A few referees have tried telling me but I've got to keep it like that. I haven't had a kick on my shin yet and hopefully not any time soon."

'England camp aware of changes'


Following Paul Downton leaving his job as ECB managing director, the role will now be "removed".

A statement from ECB reads: "A newly created role of 'director of England cricket', with a clear focus on delivering a world class performance environment for all formats will replace it.

"The restructuring follows a review of the team's performance at the World Cup and a need to look to the long-term, putting a plan in place for 2019 and beyond."

ECB cheif executive Tom Harrison adds: "The [England] touring team in the West Indies are aware of the changes.

"The process for appointing the new role, with sole responsibility for the England set-up, will begin immediately."

KNVB frustrated by video tech prevention


The Dutch football association have told BBC World Service that they're frustrated that they've been prevented from trialling their video technology system during competitive games.

Earlier this year the International FA Board (IFAB) decided to delay live "real life" trials of the "video assistant" at matches for at least 12 months.

The Dutch FA had asked to use the technology in the Dutch Cup next season.

They've tested their system "off-line" in 34 matches in the Netherlands but haven't been able to do a "real life" test.

Russia awarded Euro 2016 win


Uefa has awarded Russia a 3-0 victory over Montenegro following their Euro 2016 qualifier in Podgorica being abandoned because of crowd trouble.

A statement from European football's governing body read it has "decided to declare the match as forfeited.

"As a consequence, the Football Association of Montenegro (FSCG) is deemed to have lost the game 3-0."

Montenegro have also been ordered to play their next two home matches behind closed doors and were fined $50,000.

Downton departure


Paul Downton became managing director at the England and Wales Cricket Board in February 2014 and one of his first actions was to oversee the sacking of Kevin Pietersen.

England were also embarrassingly knocked out of the World Cup at the group stage earlier this year during Downton's tenure.

Tom Harrison, who took up his role as the new chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), in January said: "The England cricket department needs to deliver performance at the highest level and our structure needs to be accountable for reaching the standards we aspire to.

"The new role we are putting in place will deliver an environment where world class performance is at the heart of everything we do."

ECB statement on Downton


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A statement from the ECB regarding Paul Downton's departure reads: "The existing England team set-up will change with immediate effect, with Paul Downton leaving his position as managing director of England cricket.

"A new leadership appointment, focused on performance will now be created and report directly to the chief executive."

Downton leaves ECB post


BREAKING NEWS: Paul Downton has left his role as managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

McIlroy's Masters?


Rory McIlroy

Farrell close to return

Rugby Union

Owen Farrell
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Owen Farrell hopes to be in contention for Saracens' European Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne on 18 April.

The Saracens and England international fly-half has been sidelined since suffering a knee ligament injury - during a Champions Cup pool stage defeat against Clermont - in January.

Asked if he hoped to be back for the semi-final, Farrell told BT Sport: "I'm hoping to be. The knee is feeling good.

"I did everything yesterday - ran, kicked, tackled, got stuck in. I was blowing a bit, but I was alright So we will see how I get on in training this week, and we'll make a decision then."

Get involved #mydreamcaddie

One Direction's Niall Horan will be caddying for world number one Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will get his two kids to caddie for him in the Par 3 contest at the Masters today.

We want to know who your dream caddie would be and why? Tweet us at #mydreamcaddie or text in on 81111. Here are some of your thoughts...

Gareth Williams: Gotta be sir Tom Jones not only for stories but for his infamous yeah if I hit a good shot.

Daniel Farren: It would be current world no 1 Rory McIlroy as I'm rubbish at golf and would need the most expert help available to me.

'Be patient with Schumacher son'

Motor racing

Mick Schumacher
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Michael Schumacher's manager called for calm and realistic expectations as the seven-times Formula 1 world champion's son Mick, 16, had a Formula Four test on Wednesday.

"My message is to be realistic with expectations," says Sabine Kehm, speaking from the Oschersleben circuit in Germany.

"This is Mick's very first year in a formula series. He has to learn a lot of new things and make a lot of new experiences because the difference between karting and formula cars is quite big.

"Give him time, don't over-react in terms of expectations and just have him go step by step. Of course he will try and do his very best but he also has to learn a lot. This is really just the start of it."

Broad injury scare


Stuart Broad

Stuart Broad suffered an injury scare on the first day of England's final Test warm-up against a St Kitts & Nevis XI in the West Indies.

The England bowler hurt his left ankle after slipping in his delivery stride in the second over of the day, but returned to the field after almost an hour having received ice treatment.

The incident occurred 10 balls into the game, while Broad returned to the pitch in the 16th over but did not bowl again before lunch.

Tigers lock Thorn to retire

Rugby Union

Leicester lock Brad Thorn, who became the Tigers' oldest captain in club history earlier this season, will retire at the end of the season.

Thorn started his career in rugby league in 1994, before switching codes and joining Crusaders in 2001.

The 40-year-old joined Tigers in August 2014 and has made 12 appearances for the club this season.

"My goal was to play top-level rugby at 40 and to play well, and I've done that"

he told BBC Radio Leicester.

Tomkins fears season could be over


West Ham defender James Tomkins

West Ham defender James Tomkins dislocated his shoulder when he "went a bit too far" with one of his exercises in the gym last month.

He has had surgery and, although he hopes he can return to action before the end of the season, Tomkins could be out for the rest of the campaign.

"Hopefully, it will not set me back and I will be able to play a couple of games before the end of the season, you never know," he says.

"It depends on how well it goes. I'm preparing myself mentally that I won't play again this season, so if I come back earlier then it's a bonus."

Rangers 'good option' for Vuckic


Haris Vuckic

On-loan Haris Vuckic says extending his stay with Rangers would be a "good option" should he leave Newcastle.

The 22-year-old midfielder insisted that a morning newspaper report suggesting he wanted to quit the Magpies was wrong.

Vuckic, capped once for Slovenia, is under contract with the English Premier League club until summer 2016.

"I respect both clubs and we'll see what's going to happen in the summer," he said. "I just want to focus on doing well for Rangers."

IPL update


Mumbai Indians had a bit of a dodgy start and were 373 but thanks to Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson have smashed 168-3 off their 20 overs.

Sharma hit 98 off 65 balls and Anderson 55 off 41 balls, with 20 coming off the last over.

Madrid drop 16-year-old Odegaard


Martin Odegaard
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Good story this...

Norwegian teenager Martin Odegaard has been dropped from the Real Madrid Castilla B side amid reports that the young kid has not settled with his new colleagues in the European champions' reserve team,

says an ESPN article.

Odegaard moved to the Spanish capital in January in a transfer which reportedly could end up worth €8 million (£5.8m) after Madrid beat many of Europe's other top clubs to his signature.

The 16-year-old trains with stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale during the week, before playing for the reserve side at the weekend.

Quoting AS, it was said that "some players have complained that the teenager 'can't be bothered' with his Castilla teammates and is only interested in being alongside Ronaldo."

Bowler Bird still holds Ashes hope


Seam bowler

Jackson Bird has not given up hope of playing some part in Australia's Ashes tour this summer.

Bird, who has arrived at Hampshire for three months, last played a Test in 2013 and has missed out on the England and West Indies touring parties.

"I've missed out on the Ashes touring party but I am on standby for those two tours," Bird told BBC Radio Solent.

"The bonus is if I'm doing well and I'm over here then if someone gets injured then hopefully I get the call up."

Nuneaton docked points and fined


Conference side Nuneaton Town have been docked three points and fined £500 for fielding an ineligible player.

The club pleaded guilty to selecting George Maris against Welling on 28 February - two days after his loan period from Barnsley ended.

Nuneaton have until Friday, 17 April to appeal against the judgement.

"The table will not be adjusted until any appeal procedure has been exhausted," the Football Conference announced in a statement.

Boro, 22nd in the table and six points from safety, say they are yet to decide whether they will appeal.

Sutton to contest betting charge


John Sutton
Monique Limbos

Amateur snooker player John Sutton says he has been "made a scapegoat" and plans to appeal against a decision to find him guilty of match-fixing.

Sutton, 34, told BBC Sport he is a victim of probability and assumption.

Suspicious betting patterns were reported after he lost 6-0 to Jamie Burnett in an International Championships qualifier last year.

"Straight away I gave over my phone, email account and my bank details as I had nothing to hide," Sutton said.

Read the full story here

Sharapova to play in Fed Cup


Maria Sharapova
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We told you earlier that Martina Hingis will play for Switzerland in the Fed Cup in a bid to qualify for next year's Olympic Games in Brazil.

You need to play in the women's team competition to become eligible to compete in Rio and Maria Sharapova will also play for Russia for the same reason.

Get involved #mydreamcaddie

One Direction's Niall Horan will be caddying for world number one Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods will get his two kids to caddie for him in the Par 3 contest at the Masters today.

We want to know who your dream caddie would be and why? Tweet us at #mydreamcaddie or text in on 81111. Here are some of your thoughts...

Nicola Jade: Gianfranco Zola. Favourite ever player! Plus he's probably the same size as me so should have clubs I could borrow.

Shane Daly: I caddied for Faldo & Seve back in 1993 during a charity event in Ireland. My dream caddie would be Fred Couples. Legend

Nicholas Mclauchlan: Steve Coogan'ss comedy character Alan Partridge. Eat that, and another!

On this day


Nick Faldo
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A Masters flavour to today's entry. Firstly, in 1990, Nick Faldo won his second successive Masters title. For the second year running, the competition went to a play-off - Faldo again winning at the second extra hole, this time at the expense of Raymond Floyd.

In 2007, American Zach Johnson won the Masters by two strokes with a one-over-par aggregate of 289. Four-time champion Tiger Woods and South Africans Retief Goosen and Rory Sabbatini finished joint second.

'White cannot be ignored'

Women's football

Ellen White
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England boss Mark Sampson cannot ignore Ellen White for the World Cup in Canada if she maintains her goalscoring comeback from injury, says Notts County Ladies manager Rick Passmoor.

White, 25, celebrated news of her England recall last week with a superb free-kick against Arsenal.

It was her first Women's Super League goal after an 11-month injury layoff.

"Mark won't be able to refuse her not only a trip to Canada but also a starting position," said Passmoor. "She is one of the best at the moment."

Van Persie back in training


Manchester United have been given a boost ahead of the derby against Manchester City with the news that striker Robin van Persie has returned to training following an ankle injury.

Robin van Persie

Ex-Premier League defender arrested


Andrea Dossena
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Oh Dear! Former Liverpool and Sunderland footballer

Andrea Dossena has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at London department store Harrods, the BBC has learned.

The Leyton Orient defender was held in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, on Tuesday, the BBC understands.

The Met Police said a 33-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were arrested and taken to a west London police station. They have been bailed until late April.

IPL update


Goneee! The first wicket of the 2015 IPL has fallen and it is a big one. Aussie opener Aaron Finch tries to smash one of out the park, but only succeeds in top-edging a Morne Morkel delivery, and is caught by Umesh Yadav.

Mumbai Indians 8-1.

Brook v Gavin fight close


Frankie Gavin
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Amir Khan may not want to fight Kell Brook but Frankie Gavin is ready to take on the IBF welterweight champion in a British world title clash next month.

"I'm not stupid. I'm not delusional. I'm going to have to perform out of my skin," says Gavin.

"But I've definitely got it in me to do it. I'm very confident Kell can be beaten and hopefully it's someone with my skills who will do it.

"Nothing is signed or done yet but I know Eddie's spoken to Kell and Kell's up for it and I'm up for it. So we're going to sit down and have another chat in the next two days and hopefully get it done."

MLS player makes racism claim


Dominic Oduro
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Montreal Impact winger Dominic Oduro claims fans of Costa Rican side Alajuelense were racist towards him as the Canadian side reached its first Concacaf Champions League final.

The Ghanaian, 29, set up the opener in a 4-2 second-leg defeat but the MLS team won the semi-final on away goals.

Oduro tweeted: "So sad that in this generation some fans still make monkey noises when black players are playing the game.

"Shame to all #alajuelense fans." He later added: "Say no to racism on the field."

England cricketers decide to defect


Defection is not strictly true, but in an interesting turn of events in England's second warm-up match against St Kitts-Nevis in the Caribbean today with three England players turning out for the opposition.

Jonathan Trott opened the batting for St Kitts and was caught third slip for a duck off the bowling of James Anderson!

Gary Ballance is currently at the crease in Basseterre while Jonny Bairstow is also playing for the hosts.

IPL latest


Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and decided to bowl against Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the 2015 IPL tournament.

England's 1966 doctor passes away


Neil Phillips
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The Football Association has announced that Neil Phillips, the team doctor for England's victorious 1966 World Cup campaign, has died at the age of 83.

Manager Sir Alf Ramsey promoted Phillips from his role as Under-23 team doctor just before the 1966 World Cup as seniors doctor Alan Bass had run out of holiday and could not join up with the squad for their preparation camp in Lilleshall.

Phillips, who was born in Tredegar in south Wales, was England's team doctor for the defence of the Jules Rimet trophy four years later in Mexico and left the FA in 1974 following Ramsey's departure.

Phillips is the one on the left, stood next to manager Alf Ramsey.