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Summary

  1. Six Premier League news conferences
  2. England & Scotland name Calcutta Cup XVs
  3. GET INVOLVED Your sporting embarrassments #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson, Richard Winton and Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday but you only have to wait until 08:00 GMT on Friday for more.

A final reminder that the Super League opener between Leeds and Warrington is on 5 Live Sports Extra from 19:30 GMT with the best of rugby union and American Football on 5 Live from 19:00.

And in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy it's Fleetwood v Barnsley in the Northern Area final second leg with the sides tied at 1-1 after the first leg. You'll get the latest on that on the BBC Sport website.

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American Football

BBC Radio 5 Live

Ahead of Super Bowl 50, Darren Fletcher counts down the top 10 moments from the annual championship game of the NFL.  

Listen live here from 21:00 GMT

bbc-coverageSix Nations preview

Rugby union

BBC Radio 5 Live

Six Nations
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Sonja McLaughlan presents a preview of the 2016 Six Nations Championship. Guests include Ryan Jones and Paul Grayson.  

Listen live here from 19:00 GMT

Can Leeds retain their title?

Rugby League

The 2016 Super League begins on Thursday night with last year's Grand Final winners, the Leeds Rhinos, up against Warrington Wolves in a game you can hear live on 5 Live Sports Extra from 19:30 GMT.

Can the Rhinos, now without Kevin Sinfield, Kylie Leuluai and Jamie Peacock, do it all again this year or will the likes of Warrington, Wigan and St Helens challenge them?

BBC Sport has the full lowdown on the season ahead and looks at the chances of all 12 clubs.

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Cellino's 17 fear

Football

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has a thing against the number 17.

The Italian had all "17" seats at his former club Cagliari torn out and replaced with 16B, while Paddy Kenny apparently departed the club because of the fact his birthday is on 17 May.

Now the programme for Saturday's match against Nottingham Forest (their 17th home match of the season) has been altered to suit his needs.

Get ready for programme number 16b...

Here's a first look at the #lufc matchday programme cover for Saturday's visit of @Official_NFFC

Here's a first look at the #lufc matchday programme cover for Saturday's visit of @Official_NFFC

Lazio fined for racist chants

Football

Lazio have been fined 50,000 euros (£38,250) after their match against Napoli on Wednesday was temporarily halted following racist chants.

The Rome club will also have to close three sections of the Stadio Olimpico ground for their next two Serie A home games.

The match was stopped for three mintues in the second half after some fans aimed racist chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.

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Test of knowledge

Rugby Union

A Question of Sport Teaser

It's what you've been waiting for, the answer to Thursday's Question of Sport teaser.

The question was: Name the seven men to have made 50 or more appearances in the Six Nations for one of the home nations since 2000?

The answer: Brian O’Driscoll, Ronan O’Gara, John Hayes, Chris Paterson, Gethin Jenkins, Paul O’Connell and Stephen Jones.

Hammers want Barca friendly

Football

According to the Independent, West Ham are in talks with Barcelona about the Spanish side being the first visitors to the Olympic Park.

The Hammers have been in touch with several big European clubs about the game at their new 55,000-seater home on 3 August but their fans are keen to see the likes of Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez at the Stratford venue.

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Liverpool sign Dutch striker

Football

Shanice van de Sanden
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Liverpool Ladies have signed of Dutch international striker Shanice van de Sanden.

Van De Sanden, 23, arrives from FC Twente and will bolster the squad ahead of the upcoming FA Women’s Super League.

“This is a great move for me," she said. "The league is among the best in Europe and I am really excited to be competing against such top quality players."

Wilshere keen to get back to action

Football

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere admits it has been difficult to stay positive in the face of his injuries.

The 24-year-old was due back this month after being out with a broken leg but his return has been delayed until mid-March.

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"Sometimes it’s been difficult to stay positive, especially after the injuries that I’ve had which have been frustrating, but as the injury goes, you get closer to full fitness and you see the light at the end of the tunnel, then you start to think about coming back and getting involved in the team," he told the club website.

“I’m back on the pitch and I’m just trying to build my fitness up because everyone knows how tough it is to play in the Premier League. I’m working on it and I’m slowly getting there."

Reds fans angry at ticket prices

Football

The Liverpool Echo reports that Reds fans are being encouraged to hold a walkout at Anfield in protest at new ticket rices.

Supporters group Spion Kop 1906 are calling for support for the action on 77 minutes of Saturday’s match between Liverpool and Sunderland.

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Anderson to miss Premier League opener

Darts

Defending Premier League champion Gary Anderson will miss the opening night of his defence in Leeds on Thursday after being diagnosed with a viral upper respiratory tract infection.

The Flying Scotsman was due to take on Adrian 'Jackpot' Lewis in a repeat of last month's World final at Alexandra Palace.

The night's programme will now see Michael van Gerwen face James Wade, debutant Michael Smith will play Peter Wright before later facing a second match against Lewis, Robert Thornton plays Dave Chisnall while Phil Taylor is up against Raymond van Barneveld.

The competition runs over 16 weeks with the final at London's O2 on 19 May,.

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Swansea news conference

Swansea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin confirmed that midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng will miss the game against Palace after suffering concussion in the draw against West Brom.  

New signing Alberto Paloschi could start while Leroy Fer could also be involved after completing his loan switch from Queens Park Rangers.

“I saw Leroy Fer play when he was with Norwich," said Guidolin. "I think he’s a player with quality but I need some time to get to know him. But maybe he can play a part on Saturday.”

Leroy Fer
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Swansea news conference

Swansea v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin has called on his players to stay focused after moving five points clear of the relegation zone thanks to seven points in three games.

"It’s an important game for us, but I’m confident that we can get the points needed to be safe this season," he said.

"We play well when we have control of the game but it is important to be aggressive when out of possession

“It will be a difficult game against Palace. They are a good team and have a player I know well in (Emmanuel) Adebayor. We worked together in the first part of the season when I was at Monaco and he’s a good striker. He’s strong in the air and has good technique - a modern forward.”

Swansea manager Francesco Guidolin
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'My dream was to play for Scotland'

Denver Broncos v Carolina Panthers (Sun, 23:30 GMT)

Graham Gano
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Born in Dundee, grew up in Arbroath and now playing in the Superbowl. Meet Carolina Panthers kicker Graham Gano...

Watch Superbowl 50 live on BBC Two, online and BBC Sport app, listen on BBC Radio 5 live and follow live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Schumacher 'not good' - Di Montezemolo

Formula 1

Reuters report former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo saying that the health of seven-time Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher "is not good". 

The German is still receiving intensive treatment at his home in Switzerland after suffering severe head injuries in a skiing accident in France in December 2013. 

"I have news and unfortunately it is not good," Montezemolo said, without giving any further details. "Life is strange. He was a fantastic driver and only had one accident with Ferrari in 1999."

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Get Involved - sporting embarrassments

#bbcsportsday

James Sharples: Disqualified in the 50m fly at Blackburn Schools Swimming Gala for finishing face first. Blood everywhere. Would've won too.   

Peter Hatch: ref at my son's under-11s game forgot they'd turned around at half time and gave the entire back four offside.

bbc-coverageSuper League Preview Show

Rugby League

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The new Super League season starts later on Thursday so, to get you in the mood, why not watch this BBC Sport preview programme.

And you can listen to commentary of the opening game between Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves with Dave Woods and Brian Noble from 19:30 GMT on 5 live Sports Extra.

When pre-match routines go wrong

Rugby Union

Not a pre-match routine you will expect to find in the Six Nations' dressing rooms this weekend.

A player for French rugby side Racing Club Cubzaguais broke his team-mates nose during a pre-match routine to hype each other up.

You can watch the video here. But be warned, it is not for the squeamish.

France name side to face Italy

France v Italy (Sat, 14:25 GMT)

France team: M Medard (Toulouse); H Bonneval (Stade Francais), G Fickou (Toulouse), J Danty (Stade Francais), V Vakatawa (France Rugby Federation); J Plisson (Stade Francais), S Bezy (Toulouse); E Ben Arous (Racing 92), G Guirado (Toulon, capt), R Slimani (Stade Francais), P Jedrasiak (Clermont), Y Maestri (Toulouse), W Lauret (Racing 92), D Chouly (Clermont), L Picamoles (Toulouse). 

Replacements: C Chat (Racing 92), U Atonio (La Rochelle), J Poirot (Bordeaux), A Flanquart (Stade Francais), Y Camara (Toulouse), M Machenaud (Racing 92), J Doussain (Toulouse), M Mermoz (Toulon). 

Vakatawa set for France debut

France v Italy (Sat; 14:25 GMT)

France's Sevens star Virimi Vakatawa will make his Test debut in Saturday's Six Nations opener against Italy in Paris. 

Guy Noves has named four debutants in his side with centre Jonathan Danty, scrum-half Sebastien Bezy and lock Paul Jedrasiak joining the Fiji-born winger.

Front-rowers Camille Chat and Jefferson Poirot and flanker Yacouba Camara will be hoping to make their debuts from the bench.

France have failed to win the Six Nations since 2010, finishing bottom once and fourth three times since.

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Noren leads in Dubai

Golf

Sweden's Alex Noren leads the field after the opening round of the Dubai Desert Classic.

Noren is on six under, one ahead of compatriot Peter Hanson, Australia's Brett Rumford, Trevor Fisher Jr of South Africa and Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello.

Rory McIlroy is in a group on four under which also includes Ernie Els and England's Simon Dyson, Chris Wood and Graeme Storm.

Alex Noren
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Liverpool v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Liverpool v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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BBC Radio 5 live

Jordan Henderson
BBC Sport

Been chatting with Jordan Henderson in the chief executive's office at Liverpool.

See what he had to say about Sunderland, Daniel Sturridge and reaching a tally 200 games for the Anfield club on Football Focus at 12:10 GMT on BBC 1 this Saturday.

Get Involved - sporting embarrassments

#bbcsportsday

Diana, Detroit: Took a pen at the opening ceremony of the 94 World Cup, missed an open goal. Gutted.   

Now, Diana also seems to go by the name 'Keith'. Make up your own minds...

Below par?

Manchester City v Leicester City (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

47 - This is Manchester City's lowest points haul after 24 matches of a Premier League season since 2010-11. Distracted.

Putting one young fan first

Football

BBC Breakfast

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While we're talking Sunderland...

Meet the eight-year-old boy with autism who can now enjoy watching Sunderland in a sensory room that has been built especially for him. Before this, Nathan wasn't able to cheer on his team at the Stadium of Light because the noise of the crowd was too much for him.

Sunderland news conference

Liverpool v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that defender Younes Kaboul is fit to return to the squad for the trip to Anfield.

The Frenchman has been out since December with a hamstring injury.

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Evergrowinbrain: Booked train back from the Edinburgh marathon at a time that would have required us all to beat the world record.  

AC Brook: Smacking my PE teacher in the face with a tennis ball during my first lesson at my new school...

Eren Kuzubasoglu: Care club at primary school. Playing football in the hall. Given a penalty with no GK at 5 yards and missed. Still haunts me.

Tottenham news conference

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Mauricio Pochettino says that striker Harry Kane is just as good as Sergio Aguero. 

The England striker has scored 15 league goals this term - two more than his Manchester City rival - and three fewer than Leicester's Jamie Vardy. 

"Today Vardy and Kane show big quality and the same quality as Aguero," Pochettino said. "They are all different and come from different circumstances but if today Vardy and Kane are at the same level as Aguero."

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Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Tottenham news conference

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is refusing to get carried away by his side's good form which has seen them move up to third in the Premier League table.

"It is true that we are in a good position in the table but the key is to be focussed and improve our game every day," he said.

"We can improve and have the potential to improve and it is important to try to win every game but we need to show that we are in a position to challenge when it comes to the end of the season." 

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Proud moment

Football

Alan Shearer

Former England and Newcastle striker

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My dad's hero was Jackie Milburn. 10 years ago today I broke his record in front of the Gallowgate.

Get Involved - sporting embarrassments

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Marvin Ishmael: My gaffer had 12 ball over in cricket and two were so bad, they didn't reach the batsman and had to pick them up himself.

Tom Dodd: Humbled 6-0, 6-1 in my u16s tennis club final 7 years ago. Had beaten the bloke in straight sets only a week before.

Tottenham news conference

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

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Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says midfielder Dele Alli will have tests next week to find out more about the dizziness which forced him to go off at half-time in Tuesday's win at Carrow Road.

Pochettino said the 19-year-old trained on Thursday after the incident but he will still be checked as a precaution.

“We don’t know why he was dizzy. We need to do some tests next week but we have very good medical staff," he said.

"We are not worried, we just need to assess him and to know why, but we are sure it is not a big problem. We need to have some checks and we need to look again but all seems to be normal and we hope he will be available for Saturday.”

Sunderland news conference

Liverpool v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

Sam Allardyce admitted the defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday was his lowest point since becoming Sunderland manager, given it was arguably his side's best performance of his tenure. 

Allardyce faces the media shortly and can expect questions on his four new signings and how he plans to integrate them into his starting XI. The manager has moved away from claiming Sunderland need another miracle to escape relegation but, with games running out and Norwich City at Aston Villa this weekend, the match at Anfield could be pivotal for Sunderland, who remain four points from safety.

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Manchester City v Leicester City (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

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Scotland lose to UAE

Cricket

Bad news for Scotland after they lost by nine runs to the UAE in their one-off T20 international in Dubai.

The home side made 148-8 in their allotted overs while Scotland fell just short on 139-9 with Preston Mommsen top-scoring on 56.

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Palace's McArthur out for season

Football

Alan Pardew said at his news conference that midfielder James McArthur would be out "for a long time" and now the Scotland midfielder has suggested his season is over...

Looks like season over for me with ankle ligaments tore. Just another challenge in my career to make sure I work hard and come back stronger