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Summary

  1. Europa League last 32 first legs
  2. Fiorentina v Tottenham, FC Midtjylland v Man Utd (both 18:00 GMT); Augsburg v Liverpool (20:05)
  3. Man Utd considering China offer for Rooney?
  4. Three FA Cup news conferences
  5. GET INVOLVED How could Ronnie avoid boredom in your town? #bbcsportday

Live Reporting

By Shamoon Hafez and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And that's your lot for today's edition of Sportsday.

Stay across the BBC Sport website for all of Thursday's Europa League action.

We'll be back on Friday at 08:00 GMT. Until then.

Head to Head

FC Midtjylland v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

With no previous meeting between the two sides, let's take a look at how their league form in the last ten matches compares... although we will have to consider that FC Midtjylland haven't played a match in Denmark since December.

Head to head comparison of league form between the two sides
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'Arsenal have to win the league'

Football

Claudio Ranieri
Reuters

Speaking to the Leicester Mercury,Claudio Ranieri said: "Our fans are dreaming and I think also the journalists are dreaming because it is good for you that Leicester win the title, but we don't think about the title, only our performance.

"We know we are not the best team in the Premier League because there are so many big teams in the Premier League, and Arsenal are one of them.

"Arsenal have so many players who can score in any moment. They have to win the league."

China isn't for me - Sandro

Football

Sandro
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Speaking to the Birmingham Mail,Sandro said he turned down all other offers that weren't in England.

“The first day that I played in England I fell in love with the way the game is played,” he said.

“I had offers to go elsewhere but none were in England and I preferred to stay here.

He added: “For some players (who are moving over to China), you don’t know what they are thinking, maybe they are getting older and it’s a good opportunity.

“But for me, I love to stay here because I know what I can do and I did well here before and I want to do it again."

Selby to face O'Sullivan

Snooker

Finished off in style. World number one Mark Selby makes a century to beat Mark Williams in the last-16 of the Welsh Open.

And he sets up a tantalising quarter-final tie against rival Ronnie O'Sullivan on Friday.

Oba moves to China

Football

Another one heading to China...

Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience. Seattle has a special place in my heart 💚💙

Thanks to all who made these last three years an amazing experience. Seattle has a special place in my heart 💚💙

'We want borderline world-class players'

Football

Simon Francis
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Bournemouth defender Simon Francis told the Daily Echo: "We want to be able to attract those kind of players. We feel like we're getting there with bringing Benik Afobe in and also Juan Iturbe and Lewis Grabban.

"I don't necessarily think it's all about the money but sometimes you are going to have to pay big money for the players you need.

"We're under no illusions that it's going to cost millions to build a top squad to compete. But everyone knows about the backing we have with the owner and investors."

Half-and-half hell

FC Midtjylland v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

No

No

No

This has gone too far now...

It's spreading: half-and-half bobble hats #Midtjylland #mufc outside Arena Herning

It's spreading: half-and-half bobble hats #Midtjylland #mufc outside Arena Herning

Domestic heaven

FC Augsburg v Liverpool (20:05 GMT)

Augsburg have only spent 5 years in the Bundesliga
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When you compare this to Liverpool's 54 consecutive years in the top flight to date...

Vertonghen improving every day

Football

Jan Vertonghen
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Jan Vertonghen has spoken to London 24 about his comeback from injury: 

“I’m out of the brace now and I can walk again so I improve every day. It’s hard work and it will take time.

“I’m aiming to be back around the international break and I want to be part of the team and help however I can. 

“The lads support me a lot – they come and see me every day as well as the staff. I know I’m around the best people. The lads and the gaffer do everything to give me the feeling that I’m part of this team all the time.”

There's a first time for everything...

FC Midtjylland v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

These two will come up against each other for the first time tonight. Temperatures are expected to get no higher than 0c in northern Denmark.

The MCH Arena
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Celtic news conference

Celtic v Inverness CT (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Kristoffer Ajer
SNS

Celtic assistant manager John Collins has been talking about new signing Kristoffer Ajer.

The 17-year-old who will join from Norwegian club Start in June had a trial with the reigning Scottish Premiership champions in January.  

“He came in for a week’s training and did very well," Collins said. "At 17, he came on to the field with the first-team boys and fitted in well - calm on the ball, showed a lot of composure. 

"He's a good player but he will have to come in and prove himself, like every player." 

Deja vu

Fiorentina v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

Tottenham and Fiorentina met at the this stage of the competition last year
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But it's not good reading for Spurs fans. After a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, Tottenham were downed 2-0 in Florence (3-1 on aggregate). Micah Richards featured for the Italian side that night. 

Baird rejoins Fulham on loan

Football

Calum McKenzie

BBC Local Live

Derby County defender Chris Baird has joined Fulham on an emergency loan deal until the end of the season. 

The deal sees the Northern Ireland international rejoin the club he served between from 2007 to 2013. 

Remember me?

Fiorentina v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

Paulo Sousa
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The former QPR (4 months), Swansea (12 months) and Leicester boss (2 months), Paulo Sousa is the Fiorentina manager. He's been there since June which, if you take his previous track record, gives him only a few more months in charge surely?

How could Ronnie avoid boredom in your town?

#bbcsportsday

Crossy: Do you like Parks Ronnie? And White Lightning? If so you're in luck my friend...

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier on we asked you the name the seven non-English players in the top 16 of snooker's world rankings.

The answers? Neil Robertson, John Higgins, Mark Allen, Ding Junhui, Marco Fu, Mark Williams and Liang Wenbo.

Ricciardo welcomes extra head protection

Formula 1

Daniel Ricciardo
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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo says Formula 1 drivers will welcome increased head protection in 2017.

Governing body the FIA has told teams it wants to introduce a device called a 'halo', designed to protect drivers' heads from large airborne debris.

"It's not taking away anything from the driver in terms of courage or anything like that," said Australian Ricciardo.

"It's a simple little benefit that we can all gain from and no-one wants to see another fatality."

Mourinho heading back to Inter

Football

Jose Mourinho
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This might put some pressure on Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini...and Manchester United.

Out-of-work boss Jose Mourinho could be in attendance at the San Siro stadium on Saturday on the invitation of former President Massimo Moratti.

Talks have taken place between his representatives and Manchester United, but with the Nerazurri languishing in fifth place in Serie A, could he be heading back to the club?

Team news

FC Midtjylland v Manchester United (18:00 GMT)

Wayne Rooney
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The big news from this game is that United captain Wayne Rooney has been left out of the squad, with full-back Matteo Darmian also missing out after dislocating his shoulder against Sunderland on Saturday.

Donald Love, who made his first-team debut in the 2-1 defeat by the Black Cats, is included in the squad, and youngsters Regan Poole, Joe Riley and James Weir could make their debuts after making the trip to Denmark.

Full team news is scheduled to be with you at 17:00 GMT.

Bolton close to takeover

Football

Macron Stadium
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Bolton owner Eddie Davies has entered a period of exclusivity with a potential buyer for the club, reports Sky Sports News.

Reports say billionaire investment banker Roger Tamraz has put together a bid for the Championship club, while talks have also taken place with the Sports Shield consortium which is led by former striker Dean Holdsworth.

The Bolton Wanderers Supporters Trust have also held talks with the club, who want an agreement in place by the end of Friday, before they defend a winding-up petition at the High Court in London on Monday,

How could Ronnie avoid boredom in your town?

#bbcsportsday

Thomas Whiteley: I believe Ross-on-Wye has a pretty good button museum.

Connartiste: What about the Lead Mining Museum at Wanlockhead? Also Scotland's highest village...

What a shout that is...

'No matches are a gimme'

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan
PA

Ronnie O'Sullivan tells BBC Wales: "Yu De lu is a brilliant player so I was a bit nervous at the start, I maybe was giving him a little bit too much respect. I lost the first frame but got some momentum going after.

I am pleased to still be in the tournament. John Higgins, the second greatest player I have ever seen, has been beaten. No matches are a gimme, it takes a top player to have a slightly off day and you are going out.

"Michael White is an amazing player, this kid has everything and Wales will have another world champion soon. He is fearless and plays everyone the same, that is a gift."

O'Sullivan wins again

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes light work of Yu De Lu, beating the Chinese play 4-1 to reach the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open.

O'Sullivan lost the first frame on a re-spotted black, but made heavy breaks including 132 and 96 to advance.

Cech next Arsenal skipper?

Football

Petr Cech
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Big man, big impact.

Goalkeeper Petr Cech is being lined-up as Arsenal's next captain, should midfielder Mikel Arteta leave in the summer.

The keeper’s communication skills - being able to speak five languages - has impressed manager Arsene Wenger, report the Daily Mail.

The champ is out

Snooker

A major shock in the last-16 of the Welsh Open as home player Michael White beats defending champion John Higgins 4-1 to progress.

Ronnie O'Sullivan is currently in action against China's Yu De Lu and is 3-1 up.

Watch the action at the top of this page.

Leeds United news conference

Watford v Leeds (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

And finally...

Leeds fans projected images on to one of the stands at Elland urging chairman Massimo Cellino to quit, before their Championship match against Middlesbrough on Monday.

"I have not spoken to Cellino about Monday's protest but has talked to him many times this week on football and plans for Watford," says manager Steve Evans.

Evans also says "people need to remember what it means to teams lower down the league pyramid" before thinking about scrapping FA Cup replays.

Leeds United news conference

Watford v Leeds (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Leeds boss Steve Evans had made an enquiry about Norwich's out-of-favour striker Kyle Lafferty.

The player will be heading to France in the summer with Northern Ireland.

Evans says they are working hard to strengthen the squad, but "Leeds can't be a club others use to get players fit for the Euros."

He reiterates that any players who comes into the club have to be part of a long term plan, not just for the next eight to 10 weeks.

Leeds United news conference

Watford v Leeds (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

So what does Leeds United boss Steve Evans think about the FA Cup?

"FA Cup week is always very special," he says, before praising opponents Watford on how they are doing this season.

Evans says he has watched the Hornets three times so far this season and striker Troy Deeney is getting better and better, and may even get England recognition. 

Leeds United news conference

Watford v Leeds (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says striker Chris Wood will not be fit for the fifth round FA Cup clash against Watford on Saturday.

Right-back Gaetano Berardi may be available.

Duo banned by Fifa

Football

Luis Bedoya
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Football may never see Luis Bedoya's moustache again

The clean up continues...

Fifa's Ethics Committee has recommended life bans from football for former Conmebol vice-presidents Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue.

The pair each pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in December, having been indicted as part of the long-running criminal investigation into corruption with Fifa.

Camera shy

Football

One former Arsenal defender continues the habit of a lifetime and takes man and ball...

I don't have time for this. I’d only take photos with team-mates if a trophy was involved dailymail.co.uk/sport/football…

I don't have time for this. I’d only take photos with team-mates if a trophy was involved dailymail.co.uk/sport/football…

How could Ronnie avoid boredom in your town?

#bbcsportsday

#bbcsportsday he could attempt to navigate this beauty, but it might leave him...snookered. I'll get my coat

#bbcsportsday he could attempt to navigate this beauty, but it might leave him...snookered. I'll get my coat

Terry to move across London?

Football

John Terry
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John Terry has already adorned the West Ham shirt during a testimonial match in 2010

Marquee signing for new stadium.

West Ham are weighing up a sensational summer move for Chelsea captain John Terry, report the Brentwood Gazette.

Terry has announced he will be leaving the Blues at the end of the season and could make the move from south to east London in time for the Hammers' switch to the Olympic Stadium.

Josephine Henning

Women's Super League side Arsenal Ladies sign Germany international Josephine Henning from Paris St-Germain.

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Montero on the move?

Football

Jefferson Montero
Getty Images

Winger Jefferson Montero hasn't had a look-in at Swansea since the arrival of new boss Francesco Guidolin, so will the Ecuadorian be offloaded?

"There are no plans for Jefferson Montero to go anywhere on loan," said a club spokesman.

Championship side Middlesbrough have been linked with a move for the player, report the South Wales Evening Post.

'The unravelling of Marcus Bent'

Football

Marcus Bent
Getty Images

This fascinating piece on "the unravelling of Marcus Bent" is well worth a few minutes of your time...

How could Ronnie avoid boredom in your town?

#bbcsportsday

Ryan Palliser: He could always extend his knowledge of veterinary practice with the James Herriot museum in Thirsk.

We have a winner...

World of James Herriot
World of James Herriot

Suspicions over 73 tennis matches

Tennis

Buzzfeed News are reporting that 73 suspicious matches were flagged to tennis authorities in 2015.

That follows a joint BBC and BuzzFeed News investigation exposing evidence of widespread suspected match-fixing at the top level of world tennis, including at Wimbledon.