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Summary

  1. Adam Johnson found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of another
  2. 'Little Leicester City' will fight for Premier League title - Ranieri
  3. Tottenham will go top if they beat West Ham, after Foxes drop points
  4. Four other Premier League games tonight, including Liverpool v Man City
  5. Get involved: What was your club's worst moment? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

We've been on air for nine hours now so we kind of feel as though we've done our bit.

But don't worry - coming shortly to replace us is live text coverage of all of tonight's Premier League games, with Tottenham, Arsenal, Man City, Liverpool and Man United all in action.

Enjoy and we will see you for another Sportsday at 08:00 GMT on Thursday.

European Super League?

Football

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

The so-called big five Premier League clubs have discussed proposals that would mean the top teams in Europe playing each other more often.

Senior officials from Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United met with American billionaire Stephen Ross in London to discuss his idea to pit them against other leading European teams via an enhanced Champions League or new competition.

This would not affect their Premier League involvement but could, in theory, see them leave the Uefa competition, where big European sides often face vastly inferior teams from far smaller footballing countries.

A source close to the 'big five' said the conversations are being driven by major clubs on the continent worried about the advantage their Premier League counterparts will gain when huge new broadcast deals begin next season.

European Super League?

Football

Following today's story in The Sun about representatives from five of England's top clubs meeting to discuss a possible European Super League, BBC Sport's David Ornstein can bring us up to date with the latest.

'France need Benzema'

Football

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Robert Pires claims France "need" Karim Benzema for this summer's European Championship - a day after the French Football Federation's president ruled he remains non-selectable.

Real Madrid striker Benzema has been absent from the national squad since being interviewed by police in connection with an alleged 'sex-tape' blackmail plot against France team-mate Mathieu Valbuena.

But Pires told radio station RTL:  "France need Benzema. He is an important player, he plays for a very big club. He knows what the top level is about and he can bring that to us.

"For now, we have to wait for the authorities to give their verdict. It's not good for the image of France. I hope Didier makes the right choice, and I will be fully behind him whatever he decides."

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What was your club's worst moment? When did they hit rock bottom?

Ben Mason: Scarborough getting relegated after (goalkeeper) Jimmy Glass scored for Carlisle. Then the collapse that followed into non-league.

Simon Soothill: York losing 4-0 away to Canvey Island. Cold, drizzly evening, dodgy pub and to make matters worse it was my birthday.

Chris Adams: WBA's relegation in 05/06 was pretty hard to take after the euphoria of staying up on the last day of the previous season.

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Bryan Robson's West Brom side only won seven Premier League matches as they were relegated in 2005-06

'I'm on the mend' - Woods

Golf

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Tiger Woods has reiterated that there is no timetable for his return to competitive golf, despite giving a positive update about his recovery from back surgery.

Woods, 40, posted a video of himself hitting a shot in an indoor simulator last week following suggestions he found it painful to sit down and was unable to move well.

Writing on his official website, Woods said: "As I announced last week, I am starting to feel a lot better. I have been chipping and putting at home, and recently started hitting 9 irons. That's been so nice.

"While there is no timetable on my return to competitive golf, I want to play this game at the highest level again. In order to do that, I have to get healthy."

Robson extends Middlesex deal

County cricket

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Opening batsman Sam Robson has extended his contract with Middlesex until the end of the 2018 season. 

The 26-year-old, who played seven Tests for England in 2014, has scored over 6,000 first-class runs for the county.

"Sam is a high-quality cricketer, a batsman that we believe will continue to develop," said managing director Angus Fraser.

Jail 'almost inevitable' for Johnson

Adam Johnson found guilty of one charge of sexual activity with a child

Adam Johnson has been told a jail sentence is "the almost inevitable outcome" after he was convicted of sexual activity with a child.

Judge Jonathan Rose issued the warning as he granted Johnson bail until the sentencing hearing, which will be held at a later date. 

"There is a very high probability of a significant custodial sentence," judge said.

The judge said his preliminary view was that the case falls into the category of a five-year prison sentence with a range of four to 10 years.

There was no obvious reaction to the verdict from Johnson, who was sitting in the dock with two security guards.

Banned for stamp

Rugby Union

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Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been banned for two weeks for stamping on Scotland's Duncan Taylor in the 36-20 Six Nations defeat in Rome.

The 34-year-old prop came on as a second-half replacement at the Stadio Olimpico and later appeared to direct a stamp towards Taylor's foot.

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What was your club's worst moment? When did they hit rock bottom?

Tim Stubbs: Following Peterborough United is always a rollercoaster ride. One unforgetable dip was relegation to L1 in 2013. Last day of the season, 3-2 loss at Palace to an 89th minute winning goal meant going down with a massive 54pts! #Low

Matt Everitt: Club's darkest day? How about @LutonTown three consecutive relegations, administrations, 30 point penalties & five years non league? #bbcsportsday

Danny Eccles: Backpass in the semi vs liverpool. Still get nightmares.

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The incident that is still giving Danny nightmares happened on 14 April, 2012 when then-Everton defender Sylvain Distain's error helped Liverpool to a 2-1 FA Cup semi-final win at Wembley

The defender then posted this message on social media.

Sylvain Distin
Sylvain Distin

Mixed fortunes

Liverpool v Man City (20:00 GMT)

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Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho is a doubt after being forced off with a head injury on Sunday, but Martin Skrtel could return from a hamstring problem.

Daniel Sturridge will be monitored after suffering from cramp in the League Cup final, while Lucas is likely to miss out with a muscle problem.

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to play despite Willy Caballero's match-winning display at Wembley.

Midfielder Yaya Toure is doubtful with a foot problem.

Referee released from hospital

Football

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Match official Kevin Friend has been released from hospital following his fall at Bournemouth on Tuesday night, but will not officiate in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Premier League confirmed it had been given an update from the Professional Game Match Officials Limited governing body that concussion protocols are now to be followed, meaning Friend would not be able to take charge of the match between Southampton and Sunderland on March 5 as planned.

Friend was the fourth official at the Vitality Stadium, but was taken to hospital after banging his head on the dugout during the first half. 

Whelan set to start

Stoke v Newcastle (19:45 GMT)

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Stoke manager Mark Hughes expects Glenn Whelan to be available despite suffering a broken nose on Saturday.

Marc Muniesa could return from injury but Ryan Shawcross and Glen Johnson are out and Phil Bardsley is doubtful.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini is struggling with a calf injury and will miss his side's next two games.

Chancel Mbemba is still out with an ankle problem, but Paul Dummett, Vurnon Anita, Siem de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Aleksandar Mitrovic are all fit again.

BreakingAdam Johnson trial

Adam Johnson has been found guilty of one count of sexual activity with a child and not guilty of another.

Footballer Adam Johnson guilty of sexual activity with 15-year-old girl, after being found not guilty of one count bbc.in/21HzmuG

Chance to go top

West Ham v Tottenham (19:45 GMT)

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Tottenham will go top of the Premier League if they win at West Ham on Wednesday.

Leicester's draw with West Brom on Tuesday means Spurs, who trail the Foxes by three points, can go top of the table on goal difference.

Spurs, who have not won the title for 55 years, last led the table in March or later in 1964, when they eventually finished fourth.

Their highest finish since then is third, on five occasions.

Martial returns

Man United v Watford (20:00 GMT)

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Over at Old Trafford, Manchester United could welcome back Anthony Martial and Matteo Darmian from injury, while Chris Smalling will also be assessed.

Manager Louis van Gaal has hinted Marcos Rojo will be fit despite suffering an ankle injury in Sunday's win against Arsenal.

Jose Jurado again misses out for Watford with a calf injury.

Etienne Capoue is fit despite being substituted because of tiredness in Saturday's draw with Bournemouth.

Gunners setback

Arsenal v Swansea (19:45 GMT)

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Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out for up to eight weeks with the knee injury he suffered against Barcelona last week.

Danny Welbeck is likely to be rested, having only just come back from a 10-month injury lay-off.

Swansea City are at full strength for their trip to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

On-loan midfielder Leroy Fer could be handed his first start since joining from QPR in January.

Coming up later

Football

So then, it's a huge night ahead in the Premier league and a set of fixtures that could have a  huge say in where the Premier League title will end up this season.

There will be live text commentary of all matches on the BBC Sport website. Here's who is playing and when:

Arsenal v Swansea, Stoke v Newcastle, West Ham v Tottenham (19:45 GMT).

Liverpool v Man City, Man United v Watford (20:00)

Behind closed doors Euros?

Football

Match
AP

Euro 2016 matches could be played behind closed doors in the event of a terror alert at this summer's finals.

European football's governing body Uefa is drawing up anti-terror contingency plans for the event in France.

The move follows November's Paris attacks, which included attempts to detonate explosives at the Stade de France during a France v Germany game.

"If there is a security issue, we would need to play the match without fans," tournament director Martin Kallen said.

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What was your club's worst moment? When did they hit rock bottom?

Sam Peters: Belotti and Archer selling the Goldstone ground to make a retail park, left Brighton without a home for 15+ years.

Richard Warman: Grimsby Town going from top of the First Division (now Championship) to out of the Football League in the space of nine years.

Sid Dodia: Sir Alex Ferguson declaring David Moyes his successor at Old Trafford. Probably, the only flop decision in his entire career.

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David Moyes only won 27 of his 52 games in charge at Manchester United in 2013 and 2014
Frank Sinclair

National League North side Hednesford Town sack Frank Sinclair as manager after just 78 days in charge.

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Less than half the tickets sold

Olympics

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Organisers for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have sold fewer than half of all tickets so far with about five months to go until the first Games in South America. 

A total of 7.5 million tickets were issued for the event, which takes place from 5-21 August .

"About 47 percent of tickets have been sold," Rio 2016 communications director Mario Andrada said.

Brazil has been struggling with political turmoil, an economic downturn and the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which have all scrambled preparations for the Games awarded to Rio in 2009.

BreakingPendleton wins at a canter

Horse Racing

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Victoria Pendleton has shown plenty of character there, winning the 3.20 hunter chase at Wincanton in Somerset on Pacha Du Polder by 29 lengths.

The Olympic cycling champion now hopes to partner the same horse for champion trainer Paul Nicholls in the Foxhunter Chase at the Festival on Friday 18 March.

Out for 10 weeks

Rugby League

Huddersfield's early-season injury crisis has worsened with scrum-half Jamie Ellis ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a shoulder injury.

However, the Giants are hoping to have skipper Danny Brough back to take his place in Friday's Super League basement battle with Leeds at Headingley, where both teams will be seeking their first win of the season.

Pendleton riding at 15:20

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Victoria Pendleton will face up to seven rivals for her crucial ride at Wincanton on Wednesday ahead of the Cheltenham Festival.

The Olympic cycling champion hopes to partner Pacha Du Polder, for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, in the Foxhunter Chase at the Festival on Friday 18 March.

Pendleton will ride the horse in the 3.20 hunter chase at Wincanton in Somerset, with opposition including Big Fella Thanks, who was fourth in the 2010 Grand National.

A decision on whether Pendleton – who had her first horse riding lesson a year ago – lines up at Cheltenham will be made at some stage after Wednesday’s race.

'She's come a long way'

Horse Racing

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Top trainer Paul Nicholls has been talking to Radio 5 live about Victoria Pendleton.

“A clear round today and everything going right would be massive confidence boost for us," he said.

"It's what she needs. When she rode the horse two runs ago when she was beaten by a head - in the point to point - she rode it very competently. A repeat of that and she'll be fine.

"She's come a very long way in a very short time. She's gaining valuable experience and she's well capable of riding winners as an amateur without any shadow of doubt."

Not long to wait to see how Pendleton goes. She rides in a few minutes time, in the 15:20 GMT at Wincanton.

'We don't want any money'

Football

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The community club which first gave new Manchester United star Marcus Rashford the chance to play football have denied asking the Premier League giants for £2m.

Rashford played at Fletcher Moss Rangers as a child - and is one of several professionals to have done so, along with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Tyler Blackett.

A club statement read: "It has been suggested in at least one national newspaper recently that Fletcher Moss Rangers are asking Manchester United for a donation of #2million for the development of Marcus whilst with our club. This is not the case."

Wiggins sets the pace

World Track Cycling Championships

Lee Valley VeloPark
Aimee Lewis

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Great Britain qualified fastest in the men's team pursuit on day one of the Track Cycling World Championships in London.

Wiggins, riding in his first Track World Championships since 2008, combined with London 2012 gold medallist Steven BurkeJonathan Dibben and Owain Doull to clock three minutes 55.664 seconds and advance in first place to the semi-finals.

Britain will meet fourth-fastest qualifiers Italy in the semi-finals of the four-man, 4km event, which take place on Thursday's second day of competition.

Italy qualified in 3mins 57.800secs. Australia (3:55.867) and defending champions New Zealand (3:57.050) will meet in the second semi-final, vying for a place in Thursday's final.

Worrying times

Tennis

Kyle Edmund receiving treatment & leaving court through injury ahead of GB @DavisCup tie v Japan @JWDJONES @K333

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What was your club's worst moment? When did they hit rock bottom?

Some great comments so far, hope the memories haven't been too painful. Keep sending us your thoughts via Twitter (#bbcsportsday) or Match of the Day Facebook.

Michael McManus: Man City scoring five away from home on the last day of the season and still getting relegated to the third flight anyway.

Andrea Oteri: Watching my Chelsea breaking a record for worst defence of a title and sack best club manager ever TWICE.

Rubyshakes: 5 Jan 91, Tim Buzaglo's hat-trick at the Hawthorns dumping WBA out of the cup 2-4. Relegation to third tier followed shortly.

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Woking striker Tim Buzaglo scored a hat-trick in the third round of the FA Cup in 1991 to stun West Brom

Can he do it on a cold night in Stoke?

Football

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BBC Sport is analysing popular football myths to find out whether they are based on fact - or fiction. Do they stand up to scrutiny? Or are they cliches that can be banished once and for all?

This time, Is a cold night at Stoke really tough for opposition players?

It's a great piece, well worth a read - click here if you fancy a gander.

Max meets Johan

Formula 1 / Football

Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen is in Spain at the moment for Formula 1 testing... and has caught up with a Dutch footballing legend while there.

Great to meet sports legend @JohanCruyff here in #Barcelona

Great to meet sports legend @JohanCruyff here in #Barcelona

Follow all the latest from Formula 1 testing with our live page here.

We deserved to win - Pardew

Football

Watch an interview with Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew as he talks about his side's 2-2 draw at Sunderland. The Eagles were denied a victory as Sunderland scored a late equaliser.

Don't go to Chelsea, or anywhere

Football

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French Football Federation president Noel Le Graet wants Didier Deschamps to remain as coach beyond this summer's European Championship.

Deschamps led Les Bleus to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup.

He is under contract until 2018 but has been linked to several leading clubs around Europe - including Chelsea.

Speaking to L'Equipe, Le Graet joked: "I have talked to him about it and he doesn't know how to spell Chelsea! More seriously, I extended his contract to avoid speculation on his future. I hope he stays until 2018, and even beyond."

Nice and relaxed

World Track Cycling Championships

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport at the Lee Valley VeloPark

"The men's team pursuit qualifying is under way. Headphones on, eyes closed for Sir Bradley Wiggins as they wait their turn.

"They're the penultimate team out so they can rest their eyes a wee while longer. Sir Bradley has said it's about "doing the best we can" rather then winning, but a gold medal would be nice though, eh."

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Aimee Lewis

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What was your club's worst moment? When did they hit rock bottom?

Henry Lofts: When Northampton Town went from League 1 to rock bottom of the Football League, thank God it's better now.

Steve Day: The re-brand to red for Cardiff City. A horrible episode in the club's history with the repercussions still being felt now.

Samir Domah: NUFC getting relegated from the Premier League. Eight wins all season. Pathetic.

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A 1-0 loss to Aston Villa on 24 May, 2009 took Newcastle into the Championship

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Aiming for Europe

Football

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Nemanja Matic wants Chelsea to finish the season with a flourish and a 13-game winning streak which could see them break into the Premier League's European places.

"It's very important to win games," Matic told Chelsea TV. "We're a big team and we have to do this if we want to be closer to the first four.

"It's very difficult to catch them, but we'll try our best to win every game."

Last season's champions climbed to eighth after the win over Norwich, five points adrift of fifth-placed Man United and eight behind fourth-placed Manchester City.