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Summary

  1. Oxlade-Chamberlain out for up to eight weeks, says Wenger
  2. Five Premier League games tonight, including Leicester v West Brom
  3. Get involved: Who is the best player you've played with? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Night all

That's it from us on Sportsday.

Do not, whatever you do, forget to tune in to live text commentary of tonight's Premier League action.

We are off for a lie-down in a dark room but, fret ye not, we shall return at 08:00 GMT on Wednesday. see you then.

Let's be hearing you

Rugby Union

Gareth Davies
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Wales coach Warren Gatland wants his Six Nations scrum-half Gareth Davies to talk on the field as much as Rhys Webb.

Ospreys' Webb was Wales' first choice in the position before a foot injurywrecked his 2015 World Cup hopes.

Webb, 27, has returned for Ospreys and hopes to play in the championship.

Gatland praised the ability of Scarlets' Davies, who has scored six tries in 12 Tests, to "create something out of nothing", but added: "We want him to be more vocal."

Ban lifted on trio

Football

Bundesliga club Hanover 96 has lifted the ban on their three youth team players who police say were intending to rob a casino near the north German city.

The trio from the club's Under-19 team are back in training after being suspended in mid-February when police said they were on their way to rob a gambling hall armed with air pistols, but had second thoughts and returned home.

"We will be rehabilitating them step by step and will see how the boys react," Hanover's CEO Martin Bader told Bild.

On this day

Football

2009: Manchester United won the Carling Cup final, beating Tottenham 4-1 on penalties. The game was scoreless after extra time.

Manchester United win the Carling Cup in 2009
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'You're rubbish'

Manchester United v Watford (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

LVG
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Louis van Gaal has been prevented from being himself in front of the media because of our - collective - rubbish questions.

Bit harsh that Louis. There was one in particular a few weeks ago I thought I did really well with....

Seriously, maybe if there had been more of the amusing Van Gaal during his time at Manchester United and less of the irritable, shouty one, he might have a greater depth of goodwill amongst United supporters than he has.

Yet he is not going to change.

Asked if United fans could expect to see more of him in the technical area in future, Van Gaal swiftly replied: "No, it’s not a part of my philosophy. I am not a clown. I am Louis van Gaal."

Shame that. After horny Louis and lying down Louis, Coco the Clown Louis would be quite amusing."

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Who is the best player you have played with or against?

Dan j Pinchy: Went to football camp in 1983 and Sir @GaryLineker took a training session.. I was only 8 and didn't know who he was... Sorry.

#bbcsportsday Played behind Colin Hendry at Ewood a couple of seasons ago. Still a class above the rest. #legend

#bbcsportsday Played behind Colin Hendry at Ewood a couple of seasons ago. Still a class above the rest. #legend

#bbcsportsday Emile Heskey played us in a work 5-a-side comp. Different level & he signed for Bolton the next week!

#bbcsportsday Emile Heskey played us in a work 5-a-side comp. Different level & he signed for Bolton the next week!

Neil Jenkins

Nick Webb

BBC Sport Wales

Kicking coach Neil Jenkins "baffled" by criticism of Wales after their fifth consecutive win over France.

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Big game ahead

Arsenal v Swansea (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

No, nobody needs to explain us how important tomorrow's match is! 👊A look at the table is enough! ⚽ #COYG @Arsenal

No, nobody needs to explain us how important tomorrow's match is! 👊A look at the table is enough! ⚽ #COYG @Arsenal

'Always tough when a head coach leaves'

Super League

Hull KR v St Helens
Rex Features

Australia half-back Terry Campese says the recent sacking of Hull KR head coach Chris Chester highlighted the "cut-throat" nature of rugby league.

Chester's former assistant Willie Poching took charge for last Friday's home defeat by St Helens.

"It's the sport we play, it's the reality. It's a cut-throat business - players go out on loan, players get injured, you get a change of staff," Campese told the BBC's Super League show.

Change of kick-off for United-Liverpool?

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Trafford Council's Safety Advisory Group has asked for the kick-off time for Manchester United's Europa League last-16 second-leg against Liverpool on Thursday, 17 March to be moved.

The game at Old Trafford is supposed to start at 18:00 GMT but Trafford Council has concerns about an early evening kick-off in Manchester on St Patrick's Day and want the match moved to 20:00.

On this day

Football

1980: Everton legend Dixie Dean died shortly after watching his former team lose 2-1 at home to Liverpool. In 1927-28, Dean scored a record 60 goals in a season. In total, he made 431 league appearances, scoring 377 goals. He was capped 16 times by England, netting 18 goals.

Dixie Dean
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Louis van Gaal news conference

Manchester United v Watford (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

Rashford
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The manager has been talking about Marcus Rashford, as you'd expect.

"First I think that the media have to let him in peace," said Van Gaal, a not very subtle hint that is unlikely to work.

"You are in front of his house and that kind of stuff. I don’t think that is beneficial for a boy of 18. Give him time to be 18. We shall guide him in that way.

"I think he’s a very modest guy so I don’t think that will be a problem. When you have so much media attention, it can go another way, but I feel he can keep his feet on the ground."

Ronaldo issue 'all sorted'

Football

Ronaldo
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Zinedine Zidane says the Real Madrid dressing room is harmonious despite Cristiano Ronaldo's comments that if all his teammates were on his level, Real would be top of the table.

"Cristiano has spoken to everyone, with me and all, the matter is past," Zidane said.

"We know the importance of Cristiano and we're all with him. What's important is what we have ahead of us and we'll get through it together."

The Portugal forward said he had been misquoted.  

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Who is the best player you have played with or against?

Gary Temple: Played vs John Moncur many times as a kid. Only time we ever won was on clocks forward day when he forgot, was 1 hour late...

Hassan_Anfield: I played 5-a-side once against Jay-Jay Okocha last year in Abuja. He still has some magic feet.

@BBCSport played with ruud gullit in sky premier league all stars. Enough said #bbcsportsday

@BBCSport here's a photo to prove it. A galaxy of stars . I am on the front left #bbcsportsday

@BBCSport here's a photo to prove it. A galaxy of stars . I am on the front left #bbcsportsday

Top, top effort there Gary. We're also seeing Roberto Di Matteo, Gus Poyet and Kerry Dixon in the picture.

On this day

Football

Now then, this sporting anniversary seems a mighty long time ago...

Ryan Giggs
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2013: Ryan Giggs signed a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, keeping him at the club for the 2013-14 season and taking him beyond his 40th birthday.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Manchester United v Watford (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said one of injured trio Anthony Martial, Matteo Darmian or Chris Smalling will play against Watford tomorrow.

He added that Antonio Valencia trained with the group today for the first time and that Marouane Fellaini is in the final stages of his comeback.

On who he thinks will win the title, Van Gaal adds: "Always the number one has the biggest chance. That is Leicester. Tottenham are playing very well. They have a big chance. They both have to play against us."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Manchester United v Watford (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal says he does not feel sorry for his antics on the touchline, after he threw himself to the floor to highlight perceived diving by Arsenal players, but feels it was right that he apologised.

Van Gaal says it is hard to be himself in front of the media because they don't ask good questions.

"In press conferences I have to answer the questions I am asked - and they are not all of a high level," says Van Gaal. "That is my problem. I have to answer so it is hard, in the media, to be the man who I am.

"But I think I have to control it in front of the fourth official. I say it to my players, so that is it. But I don't feel sorry for it. It is who I am."

Swans too good to go down

Football

Robson
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Swansea City are too good to get relegated, according to former England captain Bryan Robson.

Robson, who presided over one of the most famous Great Escapes in Premier League history with West Brom, feels Swansea's class will tell in the defining weeks of the campaign.

"I just think Swansea have too many good players to go down," the former England captain told BBC Radio Wales.

"It is about which teams hold their nerve and believe in themselves."

F1 to head to Africa?

Formula 1

Formula One magnate Bernie Ecclestone says he wants to see the sport debut in Africa and has put pressure on the German Grand Prix after it was cancelled last season.

In an interview with Hamburg newspaper Handelsblatt, Ecclestone says he has had conversations about taking Formula One to Africa and is also toying with holding a second Grand Prix in America.

"I would like to see a race in Africa, where we so far have never raced," said the 85-year-old. "The first conversations have already taken place and perhaps one more race in the US, let's see."

Meanwhile live text commentary of testing ahead of this year's F1 season continues here.

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Who is the best player you have played with or against?

Rob Scott: Alan Ball, he was the pro in a Post Office team at a Wembley charity tournament a good few years back, we dropped him though.

Steve Rowland: Played with Gifton Noel-Williams at St Andrews Primary, break time Gifton vs the rest!

#bbcsportsday I played up front with Chris Sutton at Norwich ground in a charity game. He set me up for a goal too 👍

#bbcsportsday I played up front with Chris Sutton at Norwich ground in a charity game. He set me up for a goal too 👍

Great stuff! Tweet us using #bbcsportsday to appear on this page.

Who's the Tinkerman? Not Claudio...

Football

144 - No team made more changes to their starting XI over a Premier League season than Manchester United did in 2013-14 (144). Tinker.

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Newcastle
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A final word from Mark Hughes on tomorrow's opponents.

"When you remind yourself of the playing staff Newcastle have and the quality - they have invested heavily too - you would expect them to be doing better," says Hughes.

"They are an accomplished group of players, but to be fair to Steve injuries have hampered them.

"In terms of talent, when everybody is fit, they are really strong.

"They find themselves in a position that they wouldn't have expected to have been in, but I think they have more than enough quality to move away from the where they are currently."

And that's it, all over here. Should be a good game tomorrow.

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

Who is the best player you have played with or against?

Tom Hill: Played against Darren Huckerby a few years ago for a charity game at Carrow Road. He was running rings around us all game.

Mike O'Callaghan: A guy in my work team has played in the UEFA Cup for welsh team Cwmbran Town. 41 and he's still unbelievable!

#bbcsportsday Played a charity game w/Ray Parlour at Wembley! 1st England team to wear new shirt & I was captain!

#bbcsportsday Played a charity game w/Ray Parlour at Wembley! 1st England team to wear new shirt & I was captain!

Keep contacting us #bbcsportsday.

Turn up for the books

Tennis

Roberta Vinci
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Top seed Roberta Vinci was knocked out of the first round of the Malaysian Open after losing to Taiwan's Kai-Chen Chang 5-7 6-2 6-1.

The 33-year-old Italian, ranked 10th in the world and eyeing her second WTA tour title of the season, succumbed to a player with a world ranking of 153.

Niall McGuinness

Aled Williams

BBC Wales Sport

Jose Mourinho started managing at 37 - but the Special One is a late-starter compared to this 24-year-old

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Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Hughes
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Before beating Bournemouth and Stoke in their last two outings, Stoke had lost three on the bounce.

"There were a few questions asked from outside of the group and within to be fair. But we have turned things around very quickly," says Hughes.

"e weren't prepared to have people saying that we were on the beach already. We are very much in the mix for reaching our targets, and nobody here sat the Club will be taking their feet off the gas.

"We have plenty to play for. We have big fixtures coming up - most notably Newcastle United tomorrow night. If we can win that then it will be three successive wins which could really kick us on. "

Answer time

A Question of Sport Teaser

Remember the St David's Day-themed teaser we posed earlier? It was this:

Which five sports stars won gold for Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games?

Well, the answers are in.

Jazz Carlin, Georgia Davies, Francesca Jones, Natalie Powell, Geraint Thomas.

Well done to all those who got it right.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Manchester United v Watford (Wed, 20:00 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

"A change of room for Louis van Gaal today.

"Not a lot of space for a repeat of the Manchester United manager's falling down antics."

We will have the best of Louis van Gaal's quotes later on.

Manchester United
Simon Stone

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

On to coin-throwing next, a hot and slightly disturbing topic at the moment. It happened at the Britannia on Saturday during the game with Aston Villa, when a coin was allegedly hurled at Jack Butland.

"I think the referee was reporting it, I don't know if he has officially, but truth is I haven't had an update," Hughes says.

"We know something was throw in Jack's direction and the referee needed to make a note of it. Some idiot has seen that it has happened before and thought it would be funny to do it here.

"Unfortunately there are people out there who take pleasure and amusement from hurting other individuals.It's a sad state of affairs. I was the victim of it myself when I was a player - it is something that has always happened unfortunately."

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Geoff Cameron
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A little injury news.

Geoff Cameron, according to Hughes, came through the Aston Villa game "OK but has been a little sore since".

"We hope that will settle down in the next 24 hours," says the boss.

Meanwhile, Phil Bardsley will have a scan on his calf, but it is hoped he will feature tomorrow.

"Ryan Shawcross will miss out, although he is very, very close," adds Hughes, who also says Charlie Adam is back in training but "probably needs a bit of work".

No fairytale story for Rego

Beach volleyball

Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

"The dream is over for one of Brazil's highest profile sportsmen, as three-time Olympic beach volleyball medallist Emanuel Rego misses out on a place at this home Games.

"Rego - who'll be 43 in April - won gold at Athens 2004, bronze at Beijing 2008 and silver at London 2012 and Rio would have been his sixth Olympics.

"Multiple world champion Rego and partner Ricardo Santos are the third-highest Brazilian pair on the World Tour this season, but only the top two can gain Olympic selected."

Emanuel Rego
Nick Hope

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Marco
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Another man Stoke want to tie down for the long-term is Marko Arnautovic.

The striker has scored nine goals in 23 Premier League starts this term and has become a key man, but he is yet to sign a new, extended deal.

"That is where it is. It is difficult to get everybody in the same room at the same time," says Hughes.

"It can take a while to sort that out. After one meeting concludes it takes a while to sort another. We are in between meetings at the moment."

Which seems to indicate that, as yet, Stoke have made little progress in tying the big man down.

Steve McClaren news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

More from Newcastle boss Steve McClaren.

He says: "This is huge to make sure we stay in this league. Stoke will be very difficult. They have very good players and a very good team."   

Steve McClaren news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Newcastle remain in the relegation zone and boss Steve McClaren admits he is getting annoyed at his side's inconsistency.

"It's the most frustrating team I've worked with," says McClaren. "We were fantastic against WBA and then lost 5-1. It's one extreme to the other.

"We've talked a lot about character, fight and attitude and realising the situation we are in before it's too late.

"It's about the here and now and winning matches. We have to keep clean sheets and score goals - that hasn't been the case for us."

Steve McClaren
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Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Jack Butland
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Very talkative is Mark Hughes today and now he's on to the possibility of keeper Jack Butland signing a new contract.

"I wouldn't be adverse to it. Jack has recently signed a long-term deal but that was prior to him being the number one," Hughes said.

"The circumstances have changed somewhat and that is why we are looking at that.

"He is one of the best goalkeepers in the country and he has shown that in the games he has played this season.

"His form hasn't plateaued at all. His manner and personality, he is very calm, makes sure that he takes everything in his stride."  

Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Newcastle (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Hughes
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Mr Mark Hughes has just arrived to air his thoughts ahead of Stoke's home game with Newcastle and airing his thoughts he is.

First up, he's talking about Steve McClaren and the job the former England boss has done at St James' Park.

"It always seems a difficult job for anybody up at Newcastle. From the outside looking in, seeing their stadium and the fan-base you would have to say that it is one of the biggest jobs in the Premier League," says Hughes.

"There always seems to be something happening up there though, and it never appears calm and settled. If they can get it settled then I am sure results will follow. It is a difficult job for Steve just as it has been for other previous managers."

Steve McClaren news conference

Stoke City v Newcastle United (Wed, 19:45 GMT)

Newcastle will be able to call on Aleksandar Mitrovic, Paul Dummett, Jack Colback, Siem de Jong and Vurnon Anita for their game at Stoke City tomorrow, although Chancel Mbemba is not ready and Fabricio Coloccini is likely to miss the next two matches.

Real Madrid's James Rodriguez reacts during a La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

Real Madrid footballer James Rodriguez is fined €10,400 for failing to stop for police, who chased the speeding player on his way to training.

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Tottenham favourites for title - Ranieri

Leicester v West Brom (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

Tottenham favourite for title - Claudio Ranieri

Leicester could be moving five points clear tonight, but Claudio Ranieri thinks his team are not the favourites to win the title.

Well, that's what he said in his news conference yesterday.