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Summary

  1. Sunderland sign ex-Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue
  2. Premier League away tickets to not cost more than £30 for next three seasons
  3. Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal warns critics to 'stop living in past'
  4. Chelsea play Paris St-Germain in Champions League last 16 (1-2 on aggregate)
  5. Get involved: Which sports stars should never be booed? #bbcsportsday

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By Aimee Lewis and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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'The importance of fans speaking with one voice'

Football

Some reaction from the news we brought you earlier that Premier League tickets for away fans will cost no more than £30.

Kevin Miles, chief executive of the Football Supporters’ Federation, said: "The FSF is delighted with the announcement of a £30 cap - the FSF has campaigned around the issue of ticket prices along with supporter groups around the country and we're very pleased the voice of fans has been listened to.

"A maximum price of £30 for away tickets will save a lot of fans a lot of money, and for many will make the difference between attending away games or not.

"We hope many clubs will also follow the example of Arsenal and reduce away ticket prices for their fans even further. The unanimous support of all top-flight clubs is welcome and shows the importance of fans speaking with one voice."

Dortmund star to Man City?

Football

Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel admits he is unsure whether midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will stay at the club following reports linking him with Manchester City. 

Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf has published a picture of Gundogan's uncle and agent, Ilhan Gundogan, apparently meeting with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain in Amsterdam. 

Tuchel, speaking at a press conference to preview his side's Europa League clash with Tottenham, said: "Am I convinced that he will stay? I don't really know. I can only say that once he has actually signed. I know what we can offer him and if that's enough for him to stay then so be it."

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'Hamilton should chance stance on halo

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton has been urged to change his stance on the new 'halo' head protection device by former world champion John Surtees.

Hamilton described the change as "too drastic" and the "worst-looking" modification in Formula 1 history.

John Surtees' son Henry died during a Formula Two race in 2009 after being struck on the head by a stray tyre.

"I suffered the tragedy of losing Henry which certainly could've been prevented by a development like this," he said.

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Tonight's football

Chelsea v Paris St-Germain (19:45 GMT)

But on @5liveSport commentary from inside Stamford Bridge tonight @ChampionsLeague #CFCPSG on air 18.30

But on @5liveSport commentary from inside Stamford Bridge tonight @ChampionsLeague #CFCPSG on air 18.30

Heading to Stamford Bridge... @5liveSport on air at 18.30 with @markpougatch @martinkeown5 with me for commentary

Heading to Stamford Bridge... @5liveSport on air at 18.30 with @markpougatch @martinkeown5 with me for commentary

Champions League pain will help United

Football

Manchester United defender Chris Smalling says the pain of missing out on Champions League qualification will spur the team on in their Europa League tie against Liverpool. 

“It was felt personally by us all the first time we didn't qualify for the Champions League,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of games to play in the league, and we have another route in the Europa League to make sure that doesn’t happen again. We’re all striving forward and looking forward to make sure that doesn’t happen for a second time.”

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Jurgen Klopp news conference

Liverpool v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Liverpool have been beaten in the last four matches they have played against Manchester United, but Jurgen Klopp thinks his side will provide a tougher test on Thursday.

He says: "We are in a completely different situation (from the last game against Manchester United). We have more players available. We have to use this."

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Williams loses to Trump

Snooker

Former world champion Mark Williams has lost the opening round of the World Grand Prix in Llandudno on home soil to defending champion Judd Trump. 

Williams lost 4-3 to world number five Trump in the last eight at Venue Cymru in 2015, but feels capable of revenge. 

Mark Williams has lost 4-1 v defending champion Judd Trump in 1st rd of World Grand Prix in Llandudno

Jurgen Klopp news conference

Liverpool v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Liverpool versus Manchester United. It won't just be competitive on the pitch, well according to Reds boss Jurgen Klopp.

The German says: "The fans can show that we can create a better atmosphere in the first leg than Manchester United in the second leg."

Weather halts Paris-Nice race

Road Cycling

Stage three of cycling’s Paris-Nice race was called off due to snowy conditions 97km into the 168km stage between Cusset and Mont-Brouilly.  

The French rider Alexis Vuillermoz, of the AG2R-Mondiale team, had crashed out of the race at 80km but race organisers had hoped to restart the stage further on, in Villié-Morgon, but that also proved impossible.

ASO cycling director Christian Prudhomme said "The road was extremely slippery and the safety was no longer guaranteed. We are sorry. That's Paris-Nice. We promise we'll come back to Mont-Brouilly. It's a pity but the riders will start again tomorrow from Julienas."

Jurgen Klopp news conference

Liverpool v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Now it is Jurgen Klopp's turn to face a question. He says: "Manchester United have won the last four but it means nothing. It would mean more if they had much more quality than us.

"It's enough of a target to want to go through to the next round without thinking about the final.

"I don't have a problem with Louis van Gaal but the last thing I want in this game is that he wins.

"Games like this are the mother of all football games and that's what you want when you are young."

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Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:05 GMT)

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is first to speak at the news conference.

He says: "We've picked up a good bit of consistency in the league and we feel we could finish the season with something special.

"We want to finish the season strong and this competition's a good chance for us to win a trophy.

"Since I've been here I've not won against Manchester United and this is a good chance to put it right. You don't have to be local to realise the significance of this match. In the build-up to the match, you feel the importance."

Liverpool news conference

Football

The inimitable Jurgen Klopp is speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool's Europa League tie against Manchester United and it's standing room only at Melwood. 

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Wildcats chairman admits Smith issues

Super League

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman Michael Carter has admitted he had a "frosty relationship since Christmas" with former coach Brian Smith.

Smith, 61, left the club on Tuesday, just six months into a new contract and his former assistant Stuart Dickens will be in charge for Friday's game against St Helens.

"Quitting is not an option for some of us and we have to live with the hand we were dealt," Carter told BBC Radio Leeds.

Panesar joins Northants pre-season tour

Cricket

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Former England spinner Monty Panesar will travel with Northants on their pre-season trip to Barbados.

The 33-year-old was released by Essex last summer after off-field "issues".

"Monty's been undergoing shoulder rehabilitation with Barry our physio," said Northants captain Alex Wakely. "He's been toiling away with us and decided to pay his own way to come with us to Barbados and continue the rehab, so hopefully one day he can get to bowling fitness."

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Panesar joins Northants pre-season tour

Former England spinner Monty Panesar will travel with Northants on their pre-season trip to Barbados.

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Mercedes boss Wolff cuts ties with Williams

Formula 1

Mercedes F1 head Toto Wolff has sold his remaining stake in the Williams Formula 1 team to US shareholder and healthcare executive Brad Hollinger.

Hollinger had bought a 10% stake in the team from Wolff in two prior transactions, with the Austrian saying last year that his remaining shareholding accounted for "just short of 5%" of the former champions. 

Team principal Frank Williams has a 52% stake and co-founder Patrick Head 10%.

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Kruis sees 'new England' against Wales

Rugby Union

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Second-row George Kruis has told fans to expect something big from "new England" on Saturday against Wales.

"We're a new team almost," Kruis, 26, told BBC Radio 5 live.

"There are a lot of the same players, but we have a lot of confidence about us, we've been training in different ways, and we have a lot more detail and clarity in our plans.

"The coaches have come in from the start and told us exactly how we want to play."

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Kruis sees 'new England' against Wales

Second-row George Kruis tells fans to expect something big from "new England" against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

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Back row rivals could decide outcome

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Wales captain Sam Warburton believes the outcome of the match with England could be decided by the rival number eights.

The meeting of cousins Taulupe Faletau of Wales and England's Billy Vunipola is being touted as one of the key confrontations at Twickenham.

Wales captain Warburton agrees with that assessment, saying: "If either has a very good game it's going to go a long way towards that team winning the match."

Billy Vunipola is tackled by Sam Warburton

Back row rivals 'could decide outcome'

Wales captain Sam Warburton believes the outcome of the match with England could be decided by the rival number eights.

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Spurs flying high

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Tottenham have a tricky-looking tie in Germany on Thursday as they meet Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Mousa Dembele (left), Michel Vorm (centre) and Toby Alderweireld are all in the Spurs squad currently heading to Germany.

Dortmund bound! @BVB we're coming! 🛫 #COYS

Dortmund bound! @BVB we're coming! 🛫 #COYS

There will be live commentary on the BBC tomorrow. We will have first half commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra with the second half on BBC Radio 5 live.

New boss for Swindon

Football

BREAKING: Swindon Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Luke Williams as the club’s full-time Head Coach

BREAKING: Swindon Town are delighted to announce the appointment of Luke Williams as the club’s full-time Head Coach

Williams has agreed a five-year contract with the side who are 13th in League One.

Question of sport teaser

It's gone 3pm, which means we can reveal the answer to today's Question of Sport teaser. 

Earlier, the Question of Sport team asked: Who are the three batsmen to have scored over 700 runs in World Twenty20 matches?

The answers are in the tweet below. 

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Jayawardene (1016), Gayle (807) & Dilshan (764)

PSG treasure hunt

Football

The treasure hunt begins, be ready to find us in London !! #TreasureHuntInLondon

The treasure hunt begins, be ready to find us in London !! #TreasureHuntInLondon

Searching for treasure

Football

Here's a new one. PSG are staging a 'Twitter treasure hunt' this afternoon, which will give fans of both PSG and Chelsea a chance to win a signed David Luiz shirt.

The former Chelsea defender's garments are hidden in various locations across London, with the French club having revealed a series of clues via their official Twitter, Vine and Periscope accounts.  

Thar's treaaye in those streets, matey. 

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Clyne out to avenge league defeats

Football

Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne has said his team "owe" Manchester United for their two Premier League defeats this season. 

"I think we owe them from the Premier League games, which we probably should have got more out of," said Clyne before Thursday's Europa League tie against United. 

“But we have time now to put things right and make sure we progress through the cup.

“We’ve just got to keep fighting to the end. We know we can create chances and if we’re solid in defence we can stop their attack."

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Which sports stars should never be booed? Why?

Sharon Squires: No sports star should be booed (unless they are caught cheating). They go out and give it their all for their country or their club and should always be respected whatever sport they play.

Vijay Rahaman: Lots of sports stars have been booed...Ronaldo, Dhoni, Zidane, McEnroe etc...Two that I have NEVER heard being booed are Brian Lara & Michael Jordan.

St. Wisdoms Wesley: Jose Mourihno can never be booed at Stamford Bridge, no matter what. Jose is too special to us at Chelsea. We love Mourinho like our mama.

Keep your comments coming in to us on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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13 medallists at European Games took meldonium

Up to 490 athletes may have been taking meldonium during the 2015 European Games in Baku, according to research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. 

Meldonium was placed on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list for 2016 and a number of athletes have already tested positive for it, including tennis star Maria Sharapova. 

The research was carried out on behalf of the European Olympic Committees and contributed to Wada's decision to ban the use of meldonium in competitive sport. 

The findings were based on information volunteered by athletes and medical teams, as well as anti-doping tests given at the European Games last June. Thirteen medallists were found to have been taking meldonium and the drug was detected in athletes competing in 15 of the 21 sports.

What is meldonium?

Tennis

Meldonium was barely on the radar until five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova revealed she recorded a positive drugs test for the substance.  

It appears a lot of athletes take meldonium, but what exactly is it, where does it come from, will we be hearing a lot more about it now and how easy is it to get hold of?

BBC Sport's Chris Osbourne has looked in depth at what the drug is. To read more, click here. 

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Which sports stars should never be booed? Why?

PRATEEK SINGH: Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest ever cricketer, should never ever be booed by anyone.

Sid Dodia: Booing Ronaldo is harsh, but Wenger deserves it, he doesn't have what it takes to manage Arsenal.

Tim Stubbs: No booing Jamie Murray. In his brother’s shadow but just gets on with it. Great doubles player, solid Davis Cup team member.

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The Burnden Park disaster

Football

Inside Out looks back at the Burnden Park disaster, 70 years ago today. #BWFC Watch: bbc.in/1Yw59Ng

Inside Out looks back at the Burnden Park disaster, 70 years ago today. #BWFC Watch: bbc.in/1Yw59Ng

The programme includes an interview with the woman featured in this picture, 70 years on from the Burnden Park disaster.

Remembering the 33

Football

As we mentioned earlier, 70 years ago 33 football fans died in a crush at Bolton's Burnden Park stadium.

A memorial service will be starting soon.

All set here at Macron Stadium ahead of our public memorial service. All welcome at 3pm. #RememberingThe33 #BWFC
All set here at Macron Stadium ahead of our public memorial service. All welcome at 3pm. #RememberingThe33 #BWFC

All set here at Macron Stadium ahead of our public memorial service. All welcome at 3pm. #RememberingThe33 #BWFC

Flags fly at half-mast at @wembleystadium and @StGeorgesPark as The @FA remembers Burnden Park victims: the-fa.com/jBhtqy

#RememberingThe33. Here's the wreath that will be placed pitchside during this afternoon's memorial service. #BWFC

#RememberingThe33. Here's the wreath that will be placed pitchside during this afternoon's memorial service. #BWFC

Charge away fans £20 - Efford

Football

We have recently brought you the news that the Premier League will cap away ticket prices at £30 for the next three years.

However, Clive Efford MP, Labour’s shadow minister for sport does not think the Premier League teams have done enough.

He said: This is a welcome step in the right direction, but it is still £10 above the level that fans have called for.

“The Football Supporters’ Federation must be congratulated on the effectiveness of their Twenty’s Plenty campaign.”

Tottenham's tough trip

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham (Thursday, 18:00 GMT)

Some pictures from Germany where Tottenham will be playing tomorrow in the Europa League.

We will have live commentary from Borussia Dortmund v Spurs, with the first half on BBC 5 live sports extra at 18:00 GMT, before the commentary moves over to BBC Radio 5 live.

First look at @BVB's rather impressive home @5liveSport #bbcfootball

First look at @BVB's rather impressive home @5liveSport #bbcfootball

And the giant Sudtribune @5liveSport #bbcfootball

And the giant Sudtribune @5liveSport #bbcfootball

Eboue 'joins Sunderland family'

Football

New Sunderland defender Emmanuel Eboue has been speaking about joining the Premier League strugglers on a free transfer.

It is fair to say he is quite happy. "I was dreaming about returning to the Premier League," says the former Arsenal right-back.

"We have a good team but we have to play hard. We will fight to move up the table.

"I’ve also known the club for a long time and I know Jermain (Defoe), John (O'Shea) and Catts (Lee Cattermole), as well as the French players, so it is like a family here.” 

Vote results

Which team is going to win the Champions League?

You have been voting in your thousands and the results are in. It looks like more success for Barcelona, although Chelsea fans could well have a final trip to look forward to, if our results are anything to go by.

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Highlights: Bangladesh edge out Dutch

Cricket

Get a few spare minutes? Good, then you can catch up with the highlights from the latest match in the World Twenty20 as Bangladesh claim a narrow win over the Netherlands.

The next match up is Ireland v Oman and you can watch in-play highlights and read live text from 14:00 GMT by clicking here.  

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Which sports stars should never be booed? Why?

John McEnerney: Usain Bolt, turns up & wins in style. Ultimate champion & showman, at the big events he does his thing, wins. Can't boo that!

Tom Griffiths: Roger Federer for being an all round top guy and the best ever tennis player.

Rubyshakes: Legendary sub fielder Gary Pratt should never be booed. In fact it should be law to buy him a drink whenever you see him.

Keep sending us your comments, on Twitter using #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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Premier League to cap cost of tickets for away fans at £30

Football

Here's more on the Premier League's decision to cap away tickets at £30 for the next three seasons.

In a statement, the Premier League said away fans were "essential for match atmosphere" and helped make the league unique.

It also recognised that away fans often had travel costs to pay on top of the price of a matchday ticket. The Football Supporters' Federation has long campaigned for cheaper tickets and wanted prices for away fans capped at £20.

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Sawyers added to GB team

Athletics

British Athletics has accepted an IAAF Invite for national Indoor champion Jazmin Sawyers to compete in the women’s long jump for Britain at the World Indoor Championships in Portland next week. 

Sawyers, who recently won the British Indoor title in Sheffield, said: “I’m looking forward to putting on the British vest once again and am focused on producing the best possible performance I can, starting what I hope will be a big year for me.”

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Policemen keep guard at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium in Dharmsala, India, Monday, March 7, 2016.

The International Cricket Council changes the venue of the India-Pakistan World T20 group match to Kolkata for security reasons.

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