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  1. O'Sullivan in action; Trump & Murphy reach semis
  2. Facey guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery
  3. Leicester v Chelsea (19:45 BST)
  4. GET INVOLVED: best and worst strike forces via #bbcsportsday

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By Mike Henson and Steve Canavan

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Salford considering retired pair

Rugby League

Martin Gleeson
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Salford Red Devils are

considering registering retired assistant coaches Martin Gleeson and Ian Watson for their Super League game against Hull FC.

With up to 15 players potentially out for the game on Friday through suspension or injury, Salford had a request to postpone the game rejected.

Former centre Gleeson, 34, retired while ex-scrum-half Watson, 38, played for Swinton last June.

"It's something we've internally discussed," boss Iestyn Harris said.

England need mid-season 'intensity'

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would benefit from a mid-season warm-up, to match New Zealand's Anzac Test with Australia, going into November's Test series says international half-back Kevin Brown.

Steve McNamara's side play France on 24 October in their only friendly match.

The Kiwis, in contrast, have Friday's Test against Australia and then take on Leeds on 23 October.

Brown told the Super League Show: "That will only harden them for the end of the season, we need something similar."

Odegaard, 16, on Real Madrid bench


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Real Madrid have named 16-year-old Martin Odegaard on the bench for tonight's La Liga meeting with Almeria.

The Norwegian, who moved to the Bernabeu from Stromgodset in January, will become the club's youngest-ever player if he makes it onto the pitch.

Second-placed Real are two points behind leaders Barcelona with five matches remaining.



Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson has joined three Scottish Premiership bosses on the PFA Scotland manager of the year shortlist.

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Celtic's Ronny Deila, Inverness manager John Hughes and Derek McInnes of Aberdeen make up the four-man list.

Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)


Stat attack....

  • Victory would see Leicester claim five consecutive top-flight wins for the first time since 1964.
  • The Foxes have claimed 14 points from a possible 27 when fielding January signing Robert Huth.
  • Chelsea are unbeaten in their last 13 top-flight matches (W9, D4).
  • PFA Player of the Year Eden Hazard has created 88 goalscoring chances in this season's Premier League, more than any other player.

Khan focussed on mega-fight

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Amir Khan admits that has fallen victim to his own complacency in the past but has vowed that there will no mistakes when he faces American Chris Algieri on 29 May.

Khan could be in line to face the winner of Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao's mega-fight or a lucrative domestic match-up with Kell Brook if he wins.

Khan has won his last four fights after suffering back-to-back defeats to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia in December 2011 and July 2012 respectively.

"I made that a mistake a long time ago when I looked past a fight, and I cannot make that mistake this time around,"

Khan told Talksport.

"One punch can change a fight and it's all about focussing on what is in front of me. If I win this fight in style it will put me in a great position for a mega-fight."

Spiked pole victim out for weeks


John McGinn is unlikely to play in the "next few" St Mirren matches following a much-publicised freak training-ground injury.

Club captain Steven Thompson admitted he was "mortified" after hurling a spiked pole during a training session which pierced McGinn's thigh.

St Mirren are seven points adrift at the bottom of the table with four games remaining.

A statement released on St Mirren's official website read: "Following John McGinn's training ground accident last week which has been well documented, John went for an MRI scan yesterday. The results would indicate that it is unlikely that John will feature in the next few SPFL Premiership matches."

Gemili faces tough challenge


Adam Gemili

Adam Gemili has said he faces a tough challenge to make Britain's squad for this year's World Championships because of the quality of British sprinting.

The European 200m champion, 21, is among a crop being called the golden generation of British sprinting.

"Sprinting in Britain is at another level right now,"

he told BBC Sport. "I've got to make the British team first before thinking of the World Championships but once I do that I'll aim for a medal, aim for the top."

Dybala on Inter hit-list


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Inter Milan want to join the race to sign Palermo striker Paulo Dybala - a reported target for Chelsea and Arsenal - according to vice-president Javier Zanetti.

"If we have only the slightest chance to sign him, we will go for it,"

Zanetti told Goal.

"But we have to be realistic. We must respect the Financial Fair Play."

Zanetti added that striker Mauro Icardi - whose current deal runs until June 2018 - is close to signing a new deal with the club. The 22-year-old has scored 18 goals in 31 Serie A appearances this term.

Southampton's big ambitions


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Southampton want to be playing in the Champions League within five years, says executive director Les Reed.

The Saints sit seventh in the table and have already broken their Premier League record points total despite the exit of ex-boss Mauricio Pochettino and several players last summer.

Reed said: "We'd like to think we have the structure to [reach the Champions League] in the next five years. But it's important to be established as a top-six club over that period."

Casillas linked to Gunners switch


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Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas wants to join Arsenal

reports the Sun, adding that such a move may spell the end of Manchester United's hopes of keeping David De Gea from moving to the Bernabeu.

Bingham levels up


Stuart Bingham wins the final frame of the session to level up at 8-8 in his world championship quarter-final against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan, a five-time champion, had trailed 6-3 earlier in the session though so perhaps he will take it as a good afternoon's work overall.

Armitage omission would be cop-out

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Toulon's Drew Mitchell says not picking club-mate Steffon Armitage in England's World Cup squad because it might harm morale would be a "cop-out".

The Toulon flanker, 29, cannot play for England while based in France.

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But overseas-based men can be picked under "exceptional circumstances" - meaning he could yet join the squad.

Speaking about the fears over morale, Australia wing Mitchell said: "I think that would be a real shame if they used that as an excuse not to pick him."

Jokanovic to start Hornets talks


Watford are set to open talks over the future of head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

The 46-year-old Serb is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to agree a new deal despite guiding the Hornets to promotion.

Jokanovic, who is reportedly a target for Sunderland, took the reins at Vicarage Road in October after a chaotic start to the season which saw predecessors Beppe Sannino, Oscar Garcia and Billy McKinlay leave for various reasons.

Murphy makes semis


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2005 world champion Shaun Murphy is through to the last four of the 2014 tournament, beating Anthony McGill 13-8.

The Englishman will play either Barry Hawkins or Neil Robertson next. Their match - currently delicately poised 8-7 in Hawkins' favour - will play to a conclusion this evening.

Live coverage of all the day's quarter-finals is available on the BBC Sport website.

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Best and worst strike forces

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Your best and worst strike partnerships are coming flooding in on Twitter, via

#bbcsportsday, on text, via 81111 and on the
BBC Sport Facebook page.

Alain vandenBroecke on Twitter: Raul, Ronaldo and Zidane

Tommy Hillside on Twitter: Best Peter Lorimer & Allan Clarke for Leeds Utd - worst Jason Lee & Brian Roy for Nottingham Forest

Oli, Birmingham, via text: Darren Bent and Shefki Kuqi at Ipswich, circa 2004. Classic big man/fast man partnership almost got us promoted.

F1 season to start late next year

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The season-opening Australian Grand Prix has been

pushed back two weeks in 2016, organisers have announced.

The race on 3 April will mean the latest start to a Formula 1 season since 1988, when the Brazilian GP was held on the same date.

Organisers of the race in Melbourne's Albert Park said the event would have an earlier start time than recently.

Moving the event back will compress the F1 calendar, which in 2015 has a number of large gaps between races.

Rocketing ahead


Ronnie O'Sullivan has gone ahead in his World Snooker Championship quarter-final with Stuart Bingham for the first time since winning the opening frame.

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The Rocket is 8-7 up and has a good chance to extend his advantage - Bingham has just missed a pot on 37 allowing Ronnie to the table with the balls well spread.

This is starting to look a little worrying for Bingham fans.

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If you're in the Manchester area, and a cricket fan, you could do worse than nip to Old Trafford.

Lancashire CC have just

tweeted this:


Lancashire, facing Kent in the County Championship division two, are chasing 104 with just over an hour of play remaining.

Could get exciting.

Campbell links up with Baggies


Newcastle striker Adam Campbell is on trial at West Brom, playing an hour in the Baggies' reserve team's 3-0 win over Arsenal earlier this week.

The Chronicle adds that Ryan Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez and Sammy Ameobi are all likely to be allowed to leave in the summer when their contracts expire.

Liverpool - the case for the defence


Have Liverpool really under-performed this season?

Or did last season's second-placed finish raise expectations beyond what was reasonable for Brendan Rodgers and his squad?

Simon Gleave, the head of analysis at statisticians Infostrada,

presents the case for the defence.

Northants win for first time in 21 Championship matches


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Northamptonshire recorded their

first Championship win in 21 matches as they beat Leicestershire by 92 runs.

The hosts, needing another 332 to win on the final day, saw Azharullah bowl Angus Robson for 32 before the next four batsmen all fell lbw.

Olly Stone removed Mark Cosgrove, Azharullah got rid of Neil Pinner and Rory Kleinveldt (4-86) dismissed Ned Eckersley (37) and Tom Wells (13).

Niall O'Brien hit 58 off 65 balls before Leicestershire were out for 283.

It's bad news for Leicestershire though - they have now gone more than two seasons without a County Championship victory.

Level again


Ronnie O'Sullivan has responded once again in the snooker.

After his error-strewn previous frame, the Rocket made no mistakes this time - he's just made it 7-7 against Stuart BIngham.

The quarter-final is best of 25 and looks like it could be a close-run thing.

Rain ruins Hampshire v Notts


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Just 9.4 overs of cricket were possible on day four at the Ageas Bowl as Hampshire's game against Nottinghamshire finished as a draw.

Notts declared on their overnight score of 296-4 to leave a target of 392, but rain washed out the morning session.

When play finally got underway at 13:20 BST, the hosts moved to 29-0 before the showers returned.

The umpires were hopeful of resuming at 15:00 BST, but the weather closed in once again and play was abandoned.

Cav beaten, but still leading

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Mark Cavendish remains in the points leader's jersey at the Tour of Turkey despite being unable to contest the sprint finish to Wednesday's stage four in Marmaris.

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Cavendish was one of several riders who dropped on the final climb a few kilometres from the finish and could not rejoin the leading group.

It allowed Lotto Soudal's Andre Greipel to win from Nippo-Vini Fantini's Daniele Colli, with Daniele Ratto of UnitedHealthcare in third.

Cavendish, who won the first two stages, remains top of the points standings on 30, with Ratto now level in second place.

From youth team to ... no team


Interesting story in the Daily Telegraph today, which has done a study into how many players from Premier League FA Youth Cup winning teams actually go on to play for the first team.

And the answer, depressingly for any youth teamers reading, is not many.

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"Of all the players to have started for the winning side in the previous 10 FA Youth Cup finals, only 41.7 per cent went on to make a professional debut for their club," says the Telegraph.

It conducted the study on the back of Chelsea's

second successive FA Youth Cup triumph earlier in the week.

You'll find the full article


Gold denies Allardyce talk rumours


West Ham co-owner David Gold has denied rumours that the club have started talks with boss Sam Allardyce over a new deal.

Allardyce's current deal expires in the summer and Marseille's Marcelo Bielsa and Bournemouth's Eddie Howe are among those linked with his position.

"The decisions that need making will be made at the end of the season," Gold

told the Claret and Hugh blog.

"I seem to be saying this for the umpteenth time. I would ask all fans to wait until the end of the season. After all, there's not long to go."

Mistakes galore


Ronnie O'Sullivan has just blown a couple of glorious chances to make it four frames in a row and move 7-6 ahead in his World Snooker Championship quarter-final with Stuart Bingham.

At the risk of criticising one of the most talented players of all-time, O'Sullivan missed two absolute sitters - on a par with a centre forward slashing the ball over the bar from a yard out.

It cost him - Bingham eventually cleared up and it's he, and not the Rocket, who goes ahead.

Join the debate: best and worst strike forces

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Barcelona and Liverpool strikers
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Aggie Ford: Let's all imagine how disastrous Shevchenko and Torres could have been together at Chelsea #missedopportunity.

Bass Playin' Ronin: Surely the dream strike force of Klinsmann & Sheringham at Spurs, pure genius there!

Jake Lytham: Ronaldo, Rooney & Tevez in 07/08 had 75 between them in all comps.

Hasselbaink calm about Leeds 'rumours'


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Burton Albion manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has said he would make a decision about becoming Leeds boss "with my brain and not my heart".

The 43-year-old, who spent two years at Leeds between 1997 and 1999, has been linked with a return to Elland Road. Current Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn is out of contract in the summer.

"Leeds is a very beautiful club. I'll make decisions for myself with my brain and not with my heart,"

Hasselbaink told BBC Radio Derby.

"It's difficult for me to talk about because they have a good manager at the moment who has done really well and I have a job here that I really like. It's not nice to talk about those kind of things."

The former Netherlands international added: "I am committed to Burton and I will do everything in my power to make the club successful for as long as I am here. You can't do anything about rumours."

Dunn open to Accrington move


David Dunn would consider

playing at League Two side Accrington Stanley when he leaves neighbours Blackburn this summer.

The 35-year-old announced his departure from the Championship club earlier this week, but the one-time England midfielder intends to keep on playing.

"I go and watch Accrington as much as I can - I would say they are probably my second team," Dunn told BBC Radio Lancashire. "So why not, if the opportunity arose and it was right with everybody?"

Wenger has "dominated his devils"


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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says that he is now a far calmer character than when he managed Monaco between 1987 and 1994.

"I was an absolute firebomb, I was absolutely mad!"

he said.

"I have learnt to dominate my devils. I am not sure I have mellowed in my resolute attitude, but in the way I express my feelings and beliefs, certainly I have changed."

Headlines at 4

Been busy? Don't fret. Here's a summary of the main news from the sporting world so far today:

Football: Former Premier League footballer Delroy Facey has been jailed for two and a half years after being found

guilty of conspiracy to commit bribery in a match fixing trial.

Boxing: Ahead of Saturday's super-fight in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather taunted Manny Pacquiao about

earning less than him.

Floyd Mayweather

Football: The condition of Belgian defender Gregory Mertens has deteriorated following his

collapse on the pitch with a heart-related illness.

Sport: The BBC has announced that the

2015 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will be held in Belfast on Sunday, 20 December.



A non-league manager is in hospital after

suffering a freak injury while celebrating his team winning the Western League First Division.

Barnstaple Town's Barry Yeo snapped his Achilles tendon when he and his team "sprung off the dressing room benches chanting" and jumping around.

A 1-0 loss to Oldland Abbotonians ended a 37-game unbeaten run but results elsewhere guaranteed them the title.

"I didn't know whether to laugh or cry," Yeo told BBC Sport.

Hearn unveils new Home Series


Barry Hearn has revealed snooker stars will play for a £1m bonus bounty in a new Home Series.

The chairman of World Snooker announced the Welsh Open, already on the calendar, will be joined by a Scottish Open, Irish Open and English Open from the 2016/17 campaign, to make up the series.

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And Hearn - speaking at the Crucible today - promised any player who won all four in the same season would cash in with the million-pound cheque.

Glasgow, Belfast and Manchester will stage the three new United Kingdom events.

Hearn also announced that prize money for the World Snooker Championship winner will increase dramatically from its current £300,000 to £500,000 for the 2018 tournament onwards.

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Best and worst strike forces

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The best and worst strike partnerships? Your suggestions are coming in on Twitter, via

#bbcsportsday, on text, on 81111, and on the
BBC Sport Facebook page.

Glen on Twitter: Worst strike pair - Kerry Dixon & David Speedie at Southampton. Both bought with the Alan Shearer transfer money!

Rupert Morgan on Twitter: The fierce partnership of Andriy Voronin and David N'Gog at Liverpool surely have to get mention

James King on Twitter: Mark Stein & John Spencer at Chelsea in the mid 90s. Little & little.

Champion suspended after hit-and-run

Ultimate Fighting Championship competitor Jon Jones has been suspended indefinitely and stripped of his light-heavyweight belt after a hit-and-run incident on Sunday that left a pregnant woman with a broken arm.

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Jones has been released on bail after turning himself in to police on Monday.

He has since tweeted: "Got a lot of soul searching to do. Sorry to everyone I've let down."

Clothing company Reebok have also terminated a deal with the 27-year-old.

All square


The Rocket is really taking off now.

Ronnie O'Sullivan has just won a third frame in succession to level his quarter-final with Stuart Bingham.

The players have just gone off to powder their noses but will resume soon with the score locked at 6-6.

'Alive again'

Newcastle United's Jonas Gutierrez on



The 31-year-old revealed in September that he was being treated for testicular cancer, and made his playing return in March.