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Summary

  1. Nine FA Cup news conferences
  2. Keep FA Cup replays - Wenger
  3. Partick Thistle v Aberdeen (19:45 GMT)
  4. GET INVOLVED What now for Man Utd? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Friday.It will be back again at 08:00 GMT on Monday.

You can follow the latest from England's T20 international against South Africa here.

And don't forget that the fifth round of the FA Cup takes centre stage this weekend. You can find out all of the details of what's on and when here.

Until Monday, have a good weekend.

Lawro’s FA Cup predictions

Bournemouth v Everton (Sat, 17:15 GMT)

Mark Lawrenson

BBC football expert

Romelu Lukaku
Reuters

Both teams lost at home in the Premier League last weekend, with Everton edged out by West Brom and Bournemouth being completely unhinged by Stoke.

I'm going to go for a result which I think neither side will want, which is a draw and a replay.

Read all of Lawro’s FA Cup predictions here.

Is Romanian football making 'slaves' of players?
BBC Sport's Katie Gornall travels to Romania to investigate the issue of certain clubs not paying their players, leading to protest in some quarters.

Wilkin keen for Super League sides to impress

Rugby League

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin says Super League teams must show they can compete with their National Rugby League counterparts in this weekend's World Club Series.

Three sides from each competition will face each other in consecutive days, starting with Saints against Sydney Roosters on Friday before Saturday's clash between Wigan and Brisbane Broncos.

Sunday's showpiece fixture is Grand Final winners Leeds and NRL champions North Queensland Cowboys in the World Club Challenge, a game Saints lost 39-0 to South Sydney Rabbitohs last year.

"We need to show our competition still has got merits and show young guys they should want to stay and play in our competition," said Wilkin.

South Sydney celebrate last year's win
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There will be commentary of all three World Club Series games on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and on BBC local radio via the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text commentary online.  

Ding Junhui
Ding Junhui hits Welsh Open maximum just days after Ronnie O'Sullivan infamously overlooks 147 in Cardiff.

Lawro’s FA Cup predictions

Watford v Leeds (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Mark Lawrenson

BBC football expert

Quique Sanchez Flores
Reuters

Watford got a really good win at Crystal Palace last time out and their form has really picked up again since they lost four in a row at the turn of the year.

Leeds are doing OK in the Championship, but again are nowhere near promotion.

There will be a lot of Leeds fans at Vicarage Road and there should be a great atmosphere, but I am backing the Hornets to go through.

Read all of Lawro’s FA Cup predictions here.

Smith now facing fight for life

Cycling

Paralympian David Smith tells BBC Sport that he has been forced to give up on his dream to compete at the Rio Games because he needs further surgery on a spinal tumour.

The 37-year-old Briton won gold at London 2012 but his hopes of being part of the Para-cycling squad are over and he says he may now be fighting for his life instead. 

O'Sullivan thrashes Selby

Snooker

Ronnie O'Sullivan thrashed world number one Mark Selby 5-1 in his Welsh Open quarter-final, and insisted he had been trying for a 147 when an opportunity arose.

O'Sullivan turned down the chance to make a 147 break in the first round because the £10,000 prize money was "too cheap", making 146 after choosing the pink over a black.

He then watched on Friday as China’s Ding Junhui made a maximum in his defeat by Neil Robertson.

"I thought 'he's let the lads down, hasn't he?' O'Sullivan joked when asked about Ding's maximum. "Ding got it, fantastic, at least they've had a 147 this week - and a 146. But I was going for it. There's obviously pressure and I twitched on the black."

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Getty

Pendleton 'annoyed' after Fakenham tumble

Horse Racing

Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton was uninjured after being unseated from Pacha Du Polder at Fakenham in her first ride under Rules.

She has told the Racing Post: "I'm okay, just annoyed. I didn't have a chance to stay on. The horse in front jumped a bit squiffy and I went out the side door."  

Victoria Pendleton
Getty Images

Lawro’s FA Cup predictions

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

Mark Lawrenson

BBC football expert

Darren Fletcher
PA

Reading are not going to get promoted out of the Championship and, despite only one win in their last nine league games, they do not look like they will get relegated either.  

West Brom ended their own poor run with a battling win against Everton at Goodison Park last weekend.

I am sure Baggies boss Tony Pulis will juggle his squad to some extent but I don't think a cup run will damage their survival prospects, because I don't think they are going down anyway.

Read all of Lawro’s FA Cup predictions here.

Pendleton unseated at Fakenham

Horse Racing

Double Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton was unseated from her mount Pacha Du Polder in her latest ride at Fakenham on Friday.

Pendleton was odds-on to win her first race as an amateur jockey but came to grief early on in the Foxhunters Chase when her mount appeared to be knocked by the falling Baltic Blue.

She is aiming to ride the horse, trained by Paul Nicholls, in the Foxhunters Chase on Gold Cup day at Cheltenham.

Partick v Aberdeen postponed

Football

We told you earlier that Aberdeen were going to face Partick Thistle on Friday evening in the Scottish Premiership.

But we've just been informed that the game is off after a pitch inspection.

Lawro’s FA Cup predictions

Arsenal v Hull City (Sat, 12:45 GMT)

Mark Lawrenson

BBC football expert

Danny Welbeck
Getty Images

This is the third year in a row that Arsenal have played Hull in the FA Cup, and a repeat of the 2014 final, and I think it will also be the third year in a row that the Gunners end up on top. 

It is an attractive tie for Hull, but they are top of the Championship and promotion is their priority - they can see the pot of gold. So I am not sure what kind of team Tigers boss Steve Bruce will pick, because he will not want a replay.

I don't see the manner of that win as being a turning point in the season because I was backing Arsene Wenger's side to win the title anyway, but it will definitely boost their belief that they can do it.

Read all of Lawro’s FA Cup predictions here.

Team news

Partick Thistle v Aberdeen (19:45 GMT)

Aberdeen v Partick Thistle
SNS

Aberdeen face Partick Thistle on Friday knowing that victory would move them level with Celtic at the top of the Scottish Premiership, albeit having played two games move.

Winger Jonny Hayes will be absent for up to four weeks out with a hamstring tear but midfielder Ryan Jack is available again after recovering from a similar injury.

Thistle are without full-back Mustapha Dumbuya because of an ankle injury but recent signings Antonio German and Aidan Nesbitt could make their debuts.

Get Involved - what now for Man Utd?

#bbcsportsday

Shane Daly: Giggs will not be successful. Everyone said Roy Keane was the man do do it, we all knew he wasn't. Get a thoroughbred in.    

Russell Anderson: Hilarious that Man U fans think they're getting Poch. Why would anyone leave Spurs for Man U now? Your glory days are over.

Jonathan Atkinson: Van Gaal to stay till next season otherwise Man United are going to look like the worlds worst employers. Jose not the answer.

South Africa v England

First Twenty20 International

England, who have selected what they think is their strongest team, will be batting first after South Africa won the toss in Cape Town.

The hosts' Quinton de Kock has a "slight niggle" and so he misses out, with AB de Villiers taking the wicketkeeping gloves.

England: Hales, Roy, Root, Morgan, Stokes, Buttler, Moeen, Jordan, Rashid, Willey, Topley.

South Africa: Amla, De Villiers, Du Plessis, Duminy, Rossouw, Miller, Wiese, Morris, Abbott, Rabada, Tahir.

Follow live text and radio commentary here

Get your sliding fix

Skeleton

If winter sports is your thing, you can watch the latest action from the men's third and fourth runs at the Skeleton World Championships here.

Dom Parsons and David Swift are both in action for GB with Parsons in 10th after three runs and Swift 17th.

Saints aim to start World Club Series with a win

Rugby League

Joe Burgess
Getty Images

St Helens centre Mark Percival will miss Friday's World Club Series opener against the Sydney Roosters with a long-term knee injury.

Travis Burns and Dominique Peyroux come into the squad.

Ex-Wigan winger Joe Burgess is in line to make his debut for the Australians while former Scotland hooker Ian Henderson could make his Roosters return after leaving Super League side Catalans.

There will be commentary of Friday's game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC local radio via the BBC Sport website and app, plus live text commentary online.  

Not here to see Man Utd?

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

MAN UNITED TICKETS: There are around 150 tickets left on general sale for the @EmiratesFACup clash with @ManUtd.

MAN UNITED TICKETS: There are around 150 tickets left on general sale for the @EmiratesFACup clash with @ManUtd.

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FA Cup test of knowledge

Football

A Question of Sport Teaser

Earlier on we asked you the name the six teams who have won the FA Cup once since 1980. 

The answer? Wigan Athletic, Manchester City, Portsmouth, Wimbledon, Coventry City and West Ham Utd.

Pulis critical of Martinez

Football

West Brom manager Tony Pulis has criticised his Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez for trying to get striker Saido Berahino banned.

Martinez claimed that Berahino should have been sent off during last weekend's game between the sides, saying that Berahino had "stamped" on James McCarthy

The FA reviewed the incident this week with a view to taking punishment retrospectively but decided against action.  

“I was a little bit disappointed with Roberto in respect of trying to bring something up after we’d won the game," said Pulis. "It almost smells of sour grapes and you don’t need that."

Saido Berahino
Getty Images

Stoke's Wilkinson forced to retire

Football

Former Stoke defender Andy Wilkinson has been forced to retire, aged 31.

Wilkinson has been sidelined since 14 February last year when he suffered a head injury in an FA Cup tie at Blackburn.

His contract ended last summer, but Stoke re-signed him on reduced terms to try and get him fit for a move elsewhere.

Andy Wilkinson
Getty Images
Bartosz Bialkowski

Ipswich keeper Bartosz Bialkowski signs a new contract until the summer of 2018, with a 12-month option.

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Chelsea news conference

Chelsea v Manchester City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

A bit more now from Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink who is not underestimating FA Cup opponents Manchester City, despite Manuel Pellegrini threatening to field a weakened team in protest at the scheduling of the fixture. 

"A big team always reacts," Hiddink said. "We are warned. Let's see what happens Sunday. We'll take ourselves and them very seriously." 

Hiddink welcomed some of the rumoured reforms reportedly being considered for the FA Cup, which he describes as "a charming tournament". 

 "About midweek [fixtures], I'm in favour," he added. "For smaller clubs it's a big adventure, to have the opportunity when they have a good result to have a [replay].  We should not just think of the big clubs and try to get a good schedule in Premier League, but also not forget the clubs who love to play against the big clubs." 

Guus Hiddink
Getty Images

Ferrari unveil new car

Formula 1

A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery. Welcome to the new SF16-H! #readysetred
A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery. Welcome to the new SF16-H! #readysetred
A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery. Welcome to the new SF16-H! #readysetred
A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery. Welcome to the new SF16-H! #readysetred

A shortened nose, a tapered rear end and an intriguing red-and-white livery. Welcome to the new SF16-H! #readysetred

Get Involved - what now for Man Utd?

#bbcsportsday

Mark Whitaker: He hasn't been at Sunderland long, but Big Sam has always been more suited to a 'big' club... You know it makes sense Man Utd.

Euan Broderick: Giggs until end of season. Then look at options. Personally wouldn't mind Harry Redknapp, deserves chance with big club.

Chris Aswell: The players should club together 39k to compensate the 800 Utd fans who travelled to Denmark and paid £71 a ticket.

Ireland trio out of Six Nations

Rugby union

Mike McCarthy
Getty Images

Ireland trio Sean O'Brien, Mike McCarthy and Dave Kearney have been ruled out of the remainder of the Six Nations through injury.

Lock McCarthy, who suffered a concussion in the defeat by France in Paris, will miss the rest of the season following advice from a specialist.

Flanker O'Brien has suffered a hamstring tear, while back Kearney has sustained a shoulder injury.

Welsh Open quarter-finals

Snooker

We're now on to the mouthwatering encounter between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark Selby, after Neil Robertson beat Ding Junhui 5-2.

Watch live here

How do you pronounce Shrewsbury?

Shrewsbury Town v Manchester United (Mon, 19:45 GMT)

Shrewsbury
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Shrewsbury Town youngsters answer the age-old question…

Find out the answer here

England women lose to South Africa

Second T20

England Women have been beaten by South Africa in a T20 international for the first time.

The tourists' 156-6, underpinned by 66 from Sarah Taylor, looked competitive at Cape Town.

But South Africa controlled the chase thanks to a 43-ball 63 from Dane van Niekerk. 

When rain intervened after after 17.2 overs the hosts were 145-3, 17 runs ahead on Duckworth-Lewis, to level the series at 1-1 ahead of Sunday's decider.

Get Involved - what now for Man Utd?

#bbcsportsday

Sam Kinsley: If LvG doesn't move from the bench the whole game who is rallying the players? We need Roy Keane, someone the players fear.

Joe Timothy: Would Real, Barca, Bayern or PSG take this? I dont think so. You wanna be part of the elite? Act like it. LVG must go.

David Airey: Man U shouldn't sack LvG. It's keeping the spotlight off our problems at Newcastle.

The refugees who played football with Beckham

Football

BBC World Service

Last year, David Beckham set out on a charity trip to play seven games of football in seven continents in seven days for Unicef.

One of the places he visited was the Ali Addeh refugee camp in Djibouti where he met coach Isaaq Ali, a former Somali international footballer.

BBC World Service wanted to find out more about the football career of Isaaq so we called him at his home in the refugee camp. Through an interpreter, he explained how he first fell in love with football...

Listen here

Spinal Tap, shocks and strange ballboys

Spinal Tap, shocks and strange ballboys

Baxter suspended by Blades

Football

Just a bit more on the news that Sheffield United have suspended forward Jose Baxter for the second time in nine months.

BBC Radio Sheffield approached the Blades for details on the reasons for the ban but the club declined to comment.

Last July, Baxter was handed a five-month suspension, with the final three of those suspended, by the Football Association  after failing an out-of-competition drugs test in May.

Jose Baxter
Getty Images
Man City gossip

Is Borussia Moenchengladbach's Granit Xhaka on his way to Manchester? BBC Sport looks at the latest gossip around Manchester City.

Read more

Get Involved - what now for Man Utd?

#bbcsportsday

Steven Connolly: Everyone needs to forget about Giggs. His playing legacy shouldn't influence him to be the next manager. He's not the man.

Muigai Moses: Ed Woodward has to be the first out the door, having to replace both Gill & Fergie at the same time has set Man Utd backwards.

Jack Wooldridge: LVG must be sacked before more humiliation. Giggs until the end of the season but Pochettino is the man for me long term.

Maximum break for Ding

Snooker

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Ding Junhui makes a maximum 147 break at the Welsh Open - sixth of his career.

The Chinese player still trails Australian Neil Robertson 4-2.

You can watch live here

Blackburn news conference

Blackburn v West Ham (Sun, 14:00 GMT)

Juliette Ferrington

BBC Radio 5 live

Paul Lambert
BBC Sport

"The pressure is on West Ham," says Blackburn manager Paul Lambert. "It's the classic big club coming to a Championship team to try and get through.

"But West Ham is a difficult, difficult team to play against."

Full commentary of the tie is on BBC Radio 5 live

Naughty Tino...

Football

Sorry to spoil your day but it turns out this isn't Tino Asprilla after all, despite the former Newcastle forward's claims to the contrary.

Apparently, it's a promotional advert for a breed of horse. Either way, it's an odd state of affairs.