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By Mandeep Sanghera and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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And with that news from Bristol comes the end of another week of Sportsday live.

You've got one job now - go and enjoy your weekend.

Maybe some cricket for starters, football for the main course and Six Nations for dessert.


See you tomorrow, folks.

Six agree new contracts at Bristol

Rugby Union

Mark Sorenson
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Six players have signed new contracts at Championship leaders Bristol which will keep them at the club until 2017.

Winger Charlie Amesbury, locks Glen Townson, Joe Joyce and Mark Sorenson, full-back Auguy Slowik and fly-half Charlie Sheedy have agreed new deals.

Bristol sit top of the Championship table, having won 12 of their 14 games.

"These six players have played an important role for us over the past few seasons," director of rugby Andy Robinson told the club website.

Mark Sorenson

Six agree new contracts at Bristol

Six players sign new contracts at Championship leaders Bristol which will keep them at the club until 2017.

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NI confirm Slovakia friendly


Northern Ireland will play Slovakia in Trnava on Saturday 4 June in their final preparation game ahead of the Euro 2016 finals in France.

The international friendly between the European Championship finalists will be staged at the new City Arena Stadium.

The following day, Northern Ireland will travel to their base camp in France to complete their preparations. Michael O'Neill's side will play Poland in their first group game in Nice on 12 June.

From Brazil to Blyth


Blyth Spartans
Croft Park, the home of Blyth Spartans

Here's a nice, quirky tale for you - courtesy of our friends at the Newcastle Chronicle.

It centres on a Brazilian football fan who fulfilled his dream this week when he travelled across the world to watch his beloved Blyth Spartans play.

Lucas Martins, 21, lives in Sao Paulo in Brazil and became “hooked” on Blyth’s fortunes after playing with them in the popular computer game ‘Football Manager’.

He is on holiday in Europe this week, spending most of his time in Berlin, and decided to make a detour so he could watch his favourite team live.

Overall he clocked up over 1000 miles before his arrival at Croft Park on Tuesday evening.

The team rewarded his commitment with a 2-1 win over Salford. Scenes.

More on that here.

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail


Ever wondered why some commentators seem to have a vast amount of knowledge at their fingertips? Well, even if you haven't, the reason is the type of pre-match notes BBC Newcastle's Nick Barnes gets together before a match.

Nick is the station's Sunderland commentator and here are his notes for Saturday's game at Liverpool... 

Nick Barnes

Motta commits to PSG


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta wants to stay in the French capital until his playing days are over.

"If I can finish here, so much the better," Motta told AFP. "It's difficult to imagine moving now, even if from one year to another things can change.

"I have decided to stay in Paris and I'm happy with that. PSG is my home and I feel important here."

Thiago Motta
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Caceres' out for rest of season


Juventus defender Martin Caceres is out for the rest of the season with an Achilles tendon injury. Caceres picked up the injury during Juventus' 13th straight league victory, a 1-0 win at Genoa on Wednesday.

Caceres, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season.

Juventus defender Martin Caceres

'Hiddink concerned about China'

Chelsea v Man Utd (16:00 GMT)

John Southall

BBC Radio Five Live football reporter

As expected Guus Hiddink expressed concern about the financial clout of Chinese football. He revealed he's spoken with people within the game in China and expressed a desire for them to develop football in the right way, to bring in experienced coaches and set up academies and not to just throw money at the top players. He also said China are serious about getting into international football.

He was reluctant to talk about Manchester United and their problems and wouldn't really be drawn on his fellow Dutchman Louis van Gaal, "we have a professional relationship".

Chelsea v Manchester United commentary is on BBC Radio 5 live on Sunday.

Three of the best

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport


Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores believes some of the best strikers in the Premier League will be on the pitch at White Hart Lane tomorrow as his side take on Tottenham.

Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney have excelled this season as has Harry Kane for Spurs.

“Kane is a very good player," said Flores. "He is very important to them. Tottenham play a lot in the middle but if you don’t have a good striker it’s impossible to end the product. He is one of the best strikers in the league.

"Deeney and Ighalo connect in different ways with the rest of the team; sometimes they receive the ball on the floor, sometimes they deal with the long ball so I think it’s completely different – how they connect with the team.”

Carlisle & Yeovil fined for brawl


Yeovil Carlisle brawl
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League Two rivals Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been fined by the Football Association for failing to 'ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion'.

The charge related to a brawl in the 78th minute of Carlisle's FA Cup third-round replay victory on 19 January.

A date with the President



Current NBA champions the Golden State Warriors visited the White House to meet the president - something all NBA champions get to do.

The Golden State Warriors not only won the NBA title last June - they also carried on where they left off by winning the first 24 games of this season when they reconvened in November - a record start to a season.

Barack Obama, of course, is a Chicago Bulls fan and got to know GB star Luol Deng when he was playing with the Bulls.

"I don’t play anymore, but I still know a little bit about basketball, and this really is one of the best that we’ve ever seen," said Obama. "Great shooting, great passing, a small-ball 'nuclear lineup' - it’s almost not fair.”

Returning Stag Benning hits the wall


Mal Benning
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Players from League Two rivals Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have taken an unconventional approach to their injury rehabilitation.

Stags defender Mal Benning has revealed he was so keen to make a swift return from a cruciate knee ligament injury, he tested it by tackling a brick wall.

Meanwhile, Yeovil keeper Artur Krysiak, 26, was sent to swim in the sea because an ice bath was unavailable.

"I just put a ball against the wall and smashed the ball as hard as I could," Benning told BBC Radio Nottingham. "It was just against the wall to make sure my knee got used to it.

"I had three months of doing leg weights but my knee wasn't used to that movement, so I needed to get that back. Even when I started running I still had twinges in it.

"I have got in my routine now after two weeks of training. It's great to be back."

Mal Benning

Returning Stag Benning hits the wall

Players from League Two rivals Mansfield and Yeovil take unconventional approaches to injury rehabilitation.

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Shaw's Europa League carrot

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

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"Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Luke Shaw could play in the Europa League final, if they make it that far. The Dutchman says it is possible the England full-back could return from a broken leg before the end of the season, so he has named him in his squad for the competition to give him a goal to work towards."

'Fans will not let them off the hook'


The Football Supporters' Federation has released the following statement following an apparent meeting of top flight clubs on Thursday.

“We are incredibly disappointed to learn that a proposed cap on away ticket prices was voted down by the Premier League clubs yesterday in a secret ballot. Supporters will not let them off the hook," said the FSF statement.

“Football supporters are right to be angry about the Premier League clubs’ apparent reluctance to tackle the problem of ticket prices. Top-flight clubs have known since last year that they will be receiving a huge increase in their TV revenues. 

"In the light of that windfall, Premier League clubs cannot justify maintaining high ticket prices, particularly for away fans.

“Despite clubs failing to agree a way forward yesterday, this issue will not go away and fans will continue to fight for fair ticket prices.

"We understand that the Premier League will be working with clubs over the coming weeks to find a way forward. That must result in meaningful action on away prices at the next shareholders' meeting at the end of March. If clubs have the will to do this there must be a way."

'Sexwale should discontinue campaign'


Breaking: Senior South African FA source tells me "Tokyo Sexwale should discontinue his Fifa campaign" after failing to secure CAF support.

McClaren defends lack of defensive cover

Newcastle v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Newcastle head coach Steve McClaren has defended the club's decision not to recruit defenders in January as he faces a fresh injury crisis.

McClaren will be without a specialist left-back and is down to his last two central defenders for this weekend's crucial clash with West Brom.

"We could never have foreseen it," said McClaren. "We had four fit ones (central defenders) all training before the window closed, so no, there's no criticism there."

Injury news

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

Watford defender Miguel Britos is expected to return to the team for tomorrow’s Premier League match at Tottenham.

Britos was ill on Wednesday and missed the 1-1 draw against Chelsea. Midfielder Etienne Capoue was also ill during that match but he too should be fine for the trip to White Hart Lane.

Tottenham are in fine form in the league but for Flores it makes no difference: “We don’t think about the level of the opponent. We just analyse the team. We put it in the computer try to focus on how they play.

“For me it’s not too much important whether they are at the top, at the bottom or in the middle because finally eleven players, one style of player, we review, we try to play football.

"Tottenham is difficult, the stadium for sure will be a tough atmosphere but I think the players of Watford know they are able to do anything."

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Strangest places you've watched sport...

Liam Hunt: Watched Pompey in the 2010 cup final from a darkand dingy bar in some LA suburb. Will never make the mistake of May hols again.

Thomas M. Curtis: Once watched Manchester derby with an American in a village on the west coast of New Zealand. On the only TV in the village.

'I want Marko here'


Stoke are in negotiations over a new deal with forward Marko Arnautovic.

The 26-year-old Austria international is reported to have a buy-out clause in his contract that means he could leave the club for £12.5m this summer.

Arnautovic signed a four-year deal with the club when he joined them in the summer of 2013 and it is understood the clause becomes active in the final 12 months of the agreement.

"Every contract is different. From my point of view, I want Marko here and he's best served here," said Stoke boss Mark Hughes.

"He has the opportunity to evolve here. He's progressed in two years, he's an intelligent boy and he knows what we can give him."

Marko Arnautovic

Friends again?



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Ronald Koeman has drawn a line under his midweek tunnel bust-up with Arsene Wenger.

The Southampton boss and Arsenal chief exchanged words following the goalless draw at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wenger had reportedly shouted at referee Lee Mason "It's always the same with you" with Koeman responding to the Frenchman: "No, it's always the same with you."

Koeman confirmed the incident had taken place as it was reported, but insisted it was all in the heat of the moment and that it would not affect his relationship with Wenger. 

'Check the facts before protesting'


Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has been speaking about the planned Anfield walk-out in protest against ticket prices this weekend: "I respect everyone's right to do what they think is right but for every fan thinking about that I would say 'have a look at the facts'.

"You might be walking out for something you're not quite understanding. 

"If people want to leave after 77 minutes that is disappointing but it shouldn't be because they feel the prices are wrong as there is something for everyone in there. 

"If someone sits in a certain position where there is a £77 ticket next season but can't afford it we will have another option for them. There is something for everyone, no-one is being priced out of the stadium.

"There is a seat for everyone at the right price. That is the thing to look at before you take that type of action and walk out. It can only be damaging to Liverpool if we have got it wrong and someone can define right and wrong in different ways."

'Should Man Utd target cups?'


Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

"After six goals and two wins in a week, Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says he is a happy coach, but by the time they kick off at champions Chelsea on Sunday they could be eight points off the top four. 

"With more reports this week Jose Mourinho could replace him at the end of the season, how will the Dutchman respond when he speaks to the media today?

"Has that miserable run of form in December cost them in their pursuit of Champions League football, and should he now realistically target the FA Cup and Europa League if he wants to win a trophy before his time at Old Trafford comes to an end? 

"We are also expecting an update on the condition of left-back Luke Shaw, who was named in United's Europa League squad this week."

Will Imbula face Everton?


Stoke broke their transfer record to sign midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto for a fee of £18.3m on a five-and-a-half-year contract.  

"He may be involved tomorrow," says Potters boss Mark Hughes, whose side host Everton. "He trained with a group of 8 or 9 players yesterday and with the full squad today.

"It's my intention to get him involved as soon as possible so he can see what the Premier League is about.

"It's important we give him time. He needs to adapt to this league & I've no doubt come next season he will feel the full benefit of that."

Giannelli Imbula
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QPR Skalak bid rejected - Ferdinand


Les Ferdinand
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Director of football Les Ferdinand says QPR tried to sign forward Jiri Skalak, who recently joined Brighton.

The 23-year-old joined the Seagulls from FK Mlada Boleslav for an undisclosed fee.

"We watched him and made an offer, but it was turned down," said Ferdinand.

"It was disappointing but we knew at the time he was likely to join another club. He's a good player and we would have liked him."

Les Ferdinand

QPR Skalak bid rejected - Ferdinand

Director of football Les Ferdinand says the QPR tried to sign forward Jiri Skalak, who recently joined Brighton.

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'My present is PL survival'

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

It’s Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores’s 51st birthday today but celebrations will wait until after the Premier League match at Tottenham.

“I have no time to celebrate today,” beamed Sanchez earlier. “I will celebrate with my family after the match. The staff will give me a present. The attitude of the players is my present – every day on the training ground is perfect. My big celebration will be keeping the team in the Premier League.”

Infantino gets Spain backing


Spain says it will support Gianni Infantino in the Fifa presidential race. Infantino is one of five candidates standing in the 26 February election.

Can Sexwale go on?


No word yet from Tokyo Sexwale on what CAF's endorsement of Salman means for his Fifa race. Without backing of own continent can he go on?

CAF backs Sheikh Salman


Breaking: Confederation of African Football formally backs Sheikh Salman to be Fifa president after meeting in Rwanda to discuss election.

'Scotland should target two wins'

Six Nations

Duncan Weir

Scotland legend Gavin Hastings believes two home victories would constitute a successful 2016 Six Nations for Vern Cotter's side.

The Scots were whitewashed last year with five defeats from five matches.

"Clearly they've got to get over the line on at least two occasions," Hastings told BBC Scotland.

"We are playing three away matches but it's not inconceivable that we could win our two home matches against England and France."

Di Maria wants to forget Man Utd experience


Manchester United

Angel Di Maria
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Angel Di Maria says he does not want to be reminded of his "sad experience" at Manchester United as he looks to drive Paris St Germain on to domestic and European success. 

"Things didn't go as I had hoped. I was disappointed and it didn't help me to rise to the surface," said Di Maria.

"Honestly, I don't even remember any more what happened and I don't want to remember. I am happy to be here and that's the most important thing."

Manchester United fans have tried to erase it too, Angel.

Will Mourinho replace Van Gaal?


Is the managerial job going at Manchester United? Apparently so.

Louis van Gaal is in the Old Trafford hot-seat at the moment but, according to the Daily Mail, former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is closing in on taking over from him in the summer.

Jose Mourinho (left) and Louis van Gaal
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McIlroy frustration boils over


Defending champion Rory McIlroy threw his ball into a lake in disgust before recovering with four late birdies in round two of the Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy ended the day on four under par after a 72, which left him five shots behind the early second-round leaders.

The Northern Irishman made four bogeys on the outward nine and slipped back to level par with a fifth at the 11th, but salvaged the situation with birdies on the 13th, 16th, 17th and 18th holes.

Rory McIlroy
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Mark Hughes nearly ready for action


Mark Hughes' pre-Everton press conference is coming up shortly... #SCFC

Mark Hughes' pre-Everton press conference is coming up shortly... #SCFC

Welbeck makes playing return



Danny Welbeck
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Striker Danny Welbeck played for an hour of Arsenal's Under-21 encounter with Brighton on Friday afternoon having been out for almost 10 months with a knee injury.

Talking about the striker's return ahead of the game, manager Arsene Wenger said he hopes to have Welbeck back in first-team contention in as little as three weeks

"I believe that he needs to play two or three games before thinking about coming back into the first team," the Frenchman said at his weekly news conference.

"He has not played for 10 months so we need to be patient with him. He has good basic fitness but after it is competitive decision-making and he needs to get used to that again."

Klopp has 'no problem' with Teixeira


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool had been linked with a move for Alex Teixeira but the Brazil midfielder has become the Chinese Super League's latest high-profile recruit.

"In a lot of parts of Europe people talk about the financial power of England because of the television contract and now maybe it's another competitor," says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

"If you're 26 and you get an offer like he got everyone would think about it. I have no problem with this, it is absolutely normal in football."

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BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

It's Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons in the Super League tonight - and commentary is on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 19:30 GMT. The station has got 60 rugby league commentaries this season - so you shouldn't have to wait long to hear your team.

'Who suggested it?'


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp (right) and Reds striker Daniel Sturridge
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There have been stories today that injury-prone Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is ready to leave the club in the summer.

"Why should I think about it. Who suggested it?" says Reds boss Jurgen Klopp when asked about it.

"If someone wants to ask me something about what they have heard about then they can ask me but not 'suggestions', I am not interested in this. Absolutely nothing. 

"Daniel has been back in training two days and that is great so everything looks good in this moment. Now is normal for all training. 

"I have heard nothing. Obviously there were a few problems in the past with a few injuries, but not since I was here, and that is part of the truth.

"But this is the past and I would be cool if we could leave it there and we can start from now on. What Daniel needs, what each player needs, is consistent training. That is normal to be fit for the Premier League." 

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