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  1. Chelsea out of Champions League after loss to Paris St-Germain
  2. Dortmund v Tottenham (18:00 GMT), Liverpool v Man Utd (20:05 GMT)
  3. Get involved: My first sporting memory #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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So that is everything from today's Sportsday. Stay across the BBC Sport website for coverage of tonight's Europa League football.

Sportsday will be back tomorrow at 08:00 GMT with all the reaction from tonight's games and all the manager news conferences before the weekend's matches. Thanks for all the comments, bye for now.

Tonight's Europa League fixtures


We will have a live text commentary from tonight's matches as well as radio commentary from the Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham and Liverpool v Manchester United games.


Salford owner ready for 'war' with RFL

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Salford owner Marwan Koukash says he will "go for all-out war" if the Red Devils are deducted points for breaching the salary cap.

Young Scots have chance to shine


Scotland manager Gordon Strachan
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Manager Gordon Strachan has included nine uncapped players in his squads for the friendlies against Czech Republic and Denmark.

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Your first sporting memory / first sporting event you went to

Geoff Naylor: First game England v Mexico in 66 World Cup. Bald bloke who scored (looked too old to play) turned out to be Bobby Charlton.

Tim Stubbs: 19/3/77 England v Scotland. Schoolboy's International at Wembley. I was 10yrs old in a crowd of over 50k. Hooked on footy ever since!

james sanders: First game: West Ham 3-4 West Brom. 3-0 up before Defoe got sent off and ultimately, West Ham lost. Still a Hammer, though!

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Jimmy Greaves (left), Bobby Charlton (centre) and Roger Hunt after England's 2-0 win over Mexico in the 1966 World Cup

Good seats

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

This is the view that the BBC Radio 5 live commentary team in Germany will have tonight. Alistair Bruce-Ball and former Tottenham striker Clive Allen are in Dortmund to bring you live commentary from the first leg of the last-16 Europa League tie.

Coverage will begin on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, before moving over to 5 live for the second half.

Dortmund v Tottenham
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Tonight's team news

Liverpool v Manchester United (20:05 GMT)

Striker Daniel Sturridge is likely to return to Liverpool's starting line-up and right-back Nathaniel Clyne will return at the expense of Jon Flanagan, who is not registered to play in the Europa League.

Midfielder James Milner is doubtful after he was sent home from training with illness.

Jesse Lingard is suspended for Manchester United and fellow winger Adnan Januzaj is cup-tied, but Antonio Valencia is set to be involved after a foot injury.

Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Will Keane, Luke Shaw, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Phil Jones are all still out.

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British pair into quarter-finals


Chris and Gabby Adcock are through to the quarter-finals of the Yonex All-England Open Badminton Championships. They defeated the Korean pair of Kim Gi Jung and Shin Seung Chan 21-12, 21-16.

The Adcocks are set to meet the couple that prevented them from reaching the semi-finals last year, Tontowi Ahmed and Liliyana Natsir, who play later today.

The Indonesian number two seeds are three-time winners of this tournament.

The Adcocks, who are seeded seven and have never reached the semi-finals of this competition, took just 13 minutes to win the opening game of their second round match in a commanding performance.

Tonight's team news

Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham (18:00 GMT)

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier for their Europa League last-16 first-leg tie at Borussia Dortmund.

Alli is suspended, fellow midfielder Dier is being rested and left-back Rose felt cramp in his calf in Saturday's draw with Arsenal. Jan Vertonghen and Clinton Njie remain sidelined with knee injuries.

Dortmund, like Tottenham, are second in their domestic league, they are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions and striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 29 goals in 33 games this season.

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Your first sporting memory / first sporting event you watched

Peter Boland: Cardiff vs Fulham 1973 with my Dad (I was 9). George Best on the bench. I forgot my glasses and couldn't see a thing.

Fraser Bywood: First sporting memory: Spain v England 1982... Keegan's missed header. I was 5 at the time.

Joe Lewis: 2001, aged 4. Derby V Chelsea. Fell asleep as Jimmy Floyd Hasslebaink was taking a corner. Woken up by an earthquake.

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England and Wales accuse each other of illegal scrummaging

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Eddie Jones accuses Wales of 'terribly illegal scrummaging'

It may well be very lively at Twickenham on Saturday when England take on Wales.

Watch the above video as England boss Eddie Jones accuses Wales of 'terribly illegal scrummaging'.

However, Wales forwards coach Robin McBryde has also accused England of illegal scrummaging, with the spotlight on England's Joe Marler.

"He definitely needs to scrummage legally otherwise we will be pointing our finger," said McBryde.

Newcastle update


BBC sports news correspondent Richard Conway with the latest from Newcastle.

McClaren remains manager of Newcastle United. For now. Expectation is he will go. When? Anyone's guess. Lacks dignity, for all concerned.

bbc-coverageListen to tonight's Europa League matches live


A busy evening of football ahead in the Europa League. First up is Borussia Dortmund v Tottenham, before Liverpool versus Manchester United at Anfield.

Tonight we've a huge #EuropaLeague double. Starting with: 6pm: 5 live Sports Extra: #BVBTOT 7pm: 5 live: #BVBTOT

Tonight we've a huge #EuropaLeague double. Starting with: 6pm: 5 live Sports Extra: #BVBTOT 7pm: 5 live: #BVBTOT

Then from 8.05pm it's #Liverpool v #ManchesterUnited at Anfield on 5 live. A Europa League-a-pah-looza! from 6pm!

Then from 8.05pm it's #Liverpool v #ManchesterUnited at Anfield on 5 live. A Europa League-a-pah-looza! from 6pm!

Question of Sport Teaser answer


Earlier today, the Question of Sport teaser was...

@QuestionofSport #QSTeaser - @Ibra_official scored his 50th goal in UEFA club competition. Name the 8 other Europeans to do this since '90?

The answers are...

  • Alessandro Del Piero
  • Thierry Henry
  • Filippo Inzaghi
  • Henrik Larsson
  • Raul
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Andriy Shevchenko
  • Ruud van Nistelrooy

It was tough, but well done if you have got them all correct.

McClaren staying or going?


The speculation remains, but there is still no official confirmation over whether Steve McClaren is still the Newcastle United manager.

This is the latest from Lee Ryder, chief sports writer at local paper Newcastle Chronicle.

#nufc saying Steve McClaren has NOT been sacked yet. Nothing about his departure yet from the club.

Highlights: Zimbabwe knock out Scotland

Highlights: Zimbabwe knock out Scotland

We mentioned earlier that Zimbabwe had beaten Scotland in the World Twenty20, well now you can watch the highlights from that match.

Zimbabwe defeated Scotland by 11 runs to end the Scots' hopes of advancing.

'A different England'


Steph Houghton makes a header against France
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England women ensured third place at the SheBelieves Cup with a goalless draw against France on Wednesday. Despite failing to win in the event, England captain Steph Houghton was upbeat when she spoke to BBC Sport.

"We're pleased with how we've progressed," she said. "With each game we got better and better. The results didn’t come but the performances were on the up.

"We've seen a different England in terms of getting the ball down and playing. We're happy and excited at the prospect of getting better over the next few months.

"There's been a change in mentality. Previously, when we’ve played against the likes of Germany, USA and France, we have been on the back foot. But we wanted to take the game to them and have frightened them at times. We are pressing from the front, holding a high line and causing teams problems."

Leicester still not title favourites - Ranieri


Claudio Ranieri

Leicester City are five points clear at the top of the Premier League with only nine league matches to go.

So the Foxes are the title favourites then? Well, not according to boss Claudio Ranieri.

"We are the same, for me the favourites are the others, of course," says the Italian. "We have to fight then just at the end of the season we can say 'we have achieved this'."

Benitez set for Premier League return?


It is rumoured that ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could be returning to the Premier League, to replace Steve McClaren at Newcastle.

These stats show why the change may be happening...

0.86 - Steve McClaren has averaged just 0.86 points per game in the Premier League as Newcastle manager. Tenterhooks.

56% - Of managers to have taken charge of 50+ Premier League games, Rafael Benitez has the 7th best win ratio (56%). Incoming?

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Your first sporting memory / first sporting event you watched

Neil Raymond Fulton: 1998, aged 4. Future legend David Healy scores from 30+ yards against Peter Schmeichel. I'm looking the other way.

Tony: Saw England v Poland at Wembley in 1973. Sat on thin wooden benches and that was posh for football grounds.

Mark Garland: First match my dad took me to aged 5 Oldham v Colchester circa 1970 I cheered the wrong team scoring & fell asleep.

FA People's Cup finals-day draw


The under-14 girls are the first of the 86 teams who have qualified for the FA People's Cup finals day to discover who they will face.

BBC Sport's Jess Creighton conducted the draw with the assistance of former QPR, West Ham, Manchester City and Cardiff player Trevor Sinclair.

The under-14 boys draw will be revealed later on Thursday, followed by further categories on Friday and next week.

You will be able to discover the draws for all 11 categories on our special FA People's Cup draw page.

Swansea press conference

Bournemouth v Swansea (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Francesco Guidolin

Swansea have been without boss Francesco Guidolin in their dugout of late because of a chest infection. He is clearly on the mend but it is taking time, as he has just told reporters...

"I have finished with the antibiotics," says Guidolin. "Now, in this day, I went to a training session and met with my assistant.

"I prepared for the games against Arsenal, Norwich and now Bournemouth. I work with my assistant and with Alan (Curtis) every day but it is not possible for me to go out on the pitch for some days."

Mahrez to Barcelona?


We mentioned Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez had been pictured in a Barcelona shirt while on a holiday.

Is Claudio Ranieri concerned that he is going to lose his player to the Spanish giants?

A smile and then a laugh from the Foxes boss suggests not.

"It is only speculation," Ranieri finally blurts out.

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Newcastle latest


There is increasing speculation that Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has been sacked, with ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez possibly replacing him.

These tweets come from Lee Ryder, chief writer of the Newcastle Chronicle.

#nufc yet to confirm McClaren sacking and it doesn't sound like any of the staff have been informed either.

Sources close to Benitez saying they are preparing for face to face talks #nufc

It is understood that Steve McClaren has learned of his departure via the media. Not told face to face. #nufc

Claudio Ranieri news conference

Leicester v Newcastle (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

Claudio Ranieri
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Time to hear from the league leaders. Excited about a potential title charge, Claudio? Well, he is trying to keep calm.

“Now we aren’t thinking about how many points, we’re thinking about Newcastle," says Foxes boss Ranieri.

“The league this year is crazy. We are fighting because it’s a crazy league and anything could happen. I think it will be another difficult match. They have good players, with fantastic fans.”

Southampton news conference

Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton players are watched by Ronald Koeman

More from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman, who has been talking about his side's game at Stoke.

"We know we can keep clean sheets - it is difficult to score against us," says Koeman. "We need to keep that and improve our attacking to create more. That makes the difference for our ambitions to the end of the season.

"We know it is a big game against Stoke who are two points above us. Both teams have a lot of ambition to grow. It is always close between us. We don't put targets. We have an ambition to get in Europe.

"We didn't play well at Stoke. We were surprised by the fast counter-attacking of Stoke. We learned from that. We can beat them but we need to be at our top level."

Southampton news conference

Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has given some team news for this weekend's game against Stoke. 

"Charlie [Austin] will be out for another 10 days to two weeks," says Koeman. "He will be fit after the international break. Shane [Long] is back and available. He can play.

[On Jose Fonte's suspension] "We don't have a lot of replacements in that position but we have enough defenders and we will make the best choice for this Saturday.

"He is an important player, the captain of the team but a red card and you are suspended. It is up to the rest to replace him."

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Your first sporting memory / the first sporting event you saw

Our latest Get Involved comment comes from Amelia, who is a pupil at the Lowton C of E High School in Wigan.

She is one of the School Reporters in the BBC News School Report and said: "My first sporting memory is when I started playing badminton.

"I can remember my first tournament, and winning! I am happy to still be playing to this day."

About 30,000 pupils are taking part in the BBC News School Project, which encourages 11-16 year olds across the UK to make their own news.  

You can see stories by other young reporters from around the UK on the BBC News School Report website.

Don't waste the good work - Hartley

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England captain Dylan Hartley has just gave an interview to BBC Radio 5 live.

He says that the side's recent progress will count for nothing if they lose to Wales in the Six Nations at the weekend.

"It has been a nice start for us, the journey’s been good so far, but if we don’t get this weekend right it all kind of comes undone," adds Hartley.

"We want to improve every time we train, every time we play. The key thing against Ireland was the result, it left us with plenty of things to work on, we’ve worked hard over the last few weeks and we want to implement that against Wales.”

Togo coach hopes to convince Adebayor to return


Emmanuel Adebayor
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Adebayor last played for Togo in June 2015

We heard from Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew earlier on and the Eagles boss praised striker Emmanuel Adebayor despite him only scoring once in his first seven games with the club.

Adebayor, who last played for Togo in June 2015, has shown his commitment to the London club by rejecting an international call-up for Togo, so he can focus on his Palace career.

However, Togo coach Tom Saintfiet hopes he will be able to convince Adebayor to change his mind about returning to the national team.

Taylor starts for England against Wales

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Second row Tamara Taylor will earn her 89th cap against Wales on Saturday after being named in England's starting XV.

Coach Scott Bemand keeps the same squad who beat defending Six Nations champions Ireland as England look to make it four wins from four games.

Harriet Millar-Mills drops to the bench to make way for second row Taylor.

"The team has improved with each win and we look forward to having the support of a home crowd," Bemand said.

Scotland eliminated from World T20


Scotland v Zimbabwe

The main phase of the World T20 has not even started yet and Scotland are already out.

Their fate was sealed with a limp batting performance in their must-win match against Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe made 147-7 from their 20 overs, but Scotland were bowled out for 136 in 19.4 overs. Scotland have one more match to play, against Hong Kong on Saturday, but their hopes of advancing have ended.

I owe Pardew everything - McDermott


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Speaking of Alan Pardew and Reading....

Current Royals boss Brian McDermott says he owes his coaching career to a chance encounter with Crystal Palace boss Pardew.

Alan Pardew news conference

Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace have not won a league match since 19 December, but have beaten three Premier League teams to reach the sixth round of the FA Cup, where they face Championship side Reading on Friday.

"Games in this competition don't reflect form in the league," says Pardew. "It's going to be a really tough game, the pitch won't help.

"We have made great progress, but the recent form has stained us. We want to put it behind us."

"We could win this game and we'll still have a lot of pressure on us against Leicester. There's nothing we can do about this." 

Alan Pardew news conference

Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

Former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits he feels sympathy for current Toon boss Steve McClaren.

"Whatever I say becomes compounded. I feel for him (McClaren) and I feel for the club," says Pardew, who is hoping to win the FA Cup with Palace after losing in a final as a player and then again when manager of West Ham.

"We have a chance of winning something and that doesn't come around often - it's going to be very difficult," adds the Eagles boss.

"I don't see why I wouldn't play my strongest team, it's the quarter-final of the FA Cup! That's not even entered my mind. I'm looking forward to this game. All you can do is enjoy it."

Alan Pardew
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Alan Pardew was in the Crystal Palace side that lost 1-0 to Manchester United in the 1990 FA Cup final replay after a 3-3 draw in the first match

Alan Pardew news conference

Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

Alan Pardew managed Reading for more than 200 games between 1999 and 2003 but is not expecting the best of reactions from the club's fans.

"I've never really had a great reception there, but that's understandable given how I left," says the Palace boss.

"The fans were always brilliant when I was there and that's all I could ask for. The reception is in their hands."

Pardew reveals that striker Marouane Chamakh has "tore an abductor" in a reserve match, but insists he is happy with Emmanuel Adebayor's "terrific" contribution since he joined Palace in January.

Alan Pardew news conference

Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

It is time for Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew to face the media as he prepares to face his old club Reading in the FA Cup on Friday.

"It will be a tough game," says Pardew. "It's a club and manager I know very well. They're a nice collective unity. They've got some good defensive assets and quality up the top of the pitch.

"I expect to see a team that next year will be pushing to get into the Premier League. This year, the cup is everything for them.

"We have a situation in the Premier League that is certainly causing us concern. But this is a great opportunity for us."

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Your first sporting memory / first sporting event watched

Here's another first sporting memory.

For this one we asked Harriet from the Lowton C of E High School in Wigan for her thoughts.

Harriet is one of the School Reporters in the BBC News School Report.

She said: "I have never really been into sport until I went to high school. In my first year my sister got me into playing netball and we ended up coming second in the league.

"At the time it was a big deal for me because it was the first medal I ever got but if my sister had never got me to play I wouldn’t have done so. Thank you Molly."

Thanks Harriet. It's always a great moment to win your first medal.

About 30,000 pupils are taking part in the BBC News School Project, which encourages 11-16 year olds across the UK to make their own news.  

You can see stories by other young reporters from around the UK on the BBC News School Report website.

'A new England'

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More from England head coach Eddie Jones before the Six Nations match with Wales.

"They [Wales] are a very well coached side," said Jones. "They have been together for eight years and have set the benchmark in terms of physicality and fitness.

"It is our most important game because it is our next one."

[On the game against Wales at the World Cup] "We are a new England. Probably 70% are the same but the rest are new to Test rugby. We have a new philosophy to how we train, how we think and how we play. We are racing.

"I am looking forward to Saturday. We will have 82,000 fans out there and we will give them opportunities to cheer."

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'Competition for places'

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England head coach Eddie Jones has been speaking to the media before this weekend's Six Nations game with Wales at Twickenham. Here is a sample of what he has had to say...

"We are happy with the squad. There is great competition for places. Some players are unlucky to be left out.

"Joe [Launchbury] came back and trained on Monday. It is just a little early for him to start but he will do a good job finishing the game.

"Manu [Tuilagi] cut a hole in our defence on Tuesday. He has power and pace and an innate sense of rugby. That is not a bad combination."