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  1. Rafael Benitez is new Newcastle head coach
  2. Steve McClaren sacked after nine months
  3. Man Utd condemn Hillsborough chants
  4. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Elizabeth Hudson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Sportsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for a busy Friday which has seen a Premier League managerial sacking and appointment.

A reminder that the live sporting action gets underway this evening on television when Reading host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-finals live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live.

There will also be live coverage of Saturday's game between Everton and Chelsea on BBC One from 17:20 GMT.

There is also plenty of rugby union action with England v Wales live on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday.

Keep up to date with everything that is going on via the BBC Sport website and have a good weekend.

IAAF identifies 'critical care' countries


IAAF president Sebastian Coe says the sport's governing body has identified five countries that are in critical care regarding their drug-testing systems.

"Ethiopia and Morocco - as a matter of urgency - need a robust testing programme put in place," Coe said. 

"Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus need to get compliant by the end of the year." 

He added that the countries face no immediate sanctions and none of them is in any immediate danger of being banned from athletics or missing the Olympics. 

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FA Cup preview

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

Jason Puncheon returns for Crystal Palace after six games out with a hamstring injury, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also fit again.

However, Connor Wickham has been ruled out of the next two games and Marouane Chamakh has suffered a knee injury.

Manager Alan Pardew returns to the club he left in 2003 in order to join West Ham and is not expecting a great reception

"I've never had a great reception but that's pretty understandable, the way I left," he says. "I had a great period of my career there but I didn't leave in the best circumstances, but I've seen [Reading chairman] John Madejski and the board and shook hands and put it behind us." 

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FA Cup preview

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

Reading will have Paul McShane and Hal Robson-Kanu back from injury for Friday night's FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace, which is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live. 

But their Cup top scorer Matej Vydra is doubtful with a hamstring problem while the Royals will be without cup-tied pair George Evans and Yann Kermorgant.

Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It would be fantastic to be able to walk out at Wembley, and that's what it's about.

"The FA Cup means an awful lot to this football club - to the fans, the players and the owners."

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Your reaction to Rafael Benitez replacing Steve McClaren at Newcastle

Shaman Snoot: Shrewd move by Newcastle. Benitez will get a reaction. If they stay up good chance of trophies, then Ashley can sell.

Freddie Phipps: Fantastic appointment of Benitez! I doubt he will keep us up. Club too much of a mess. What an achievement if he does though!

James Price: Newcastle are a club with a flawed business/system structure; destined to fail regardless of who is at the helm.

Pele to auction off memorabilia


If you have some spare cash, Brazil legend Pele is auctioning off 2,000 items of memorabilia from his career, reports the Daily Mirror.

Items include his one-of-a-kind replica Jules Rimet trophy which commemorated his third World Cup win and one of his famous No.10 Brazil shirts, which was worn between 1970 and 1971.

All of the items will go up for auction across three days by Julien's Auctions in London, between 7-9 June.

Some of the proceeds will go to a children's hospital in Brazil.

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Chelsea news conference

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has "concerns" about Eden Hazard's fitness and form but says the midfielder wants to play in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton. 

Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night's Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel Di Maria angered fans. His father later claimed that he has had the injury for up to four months but has had to play on,

"His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury," Hiddink said. "What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.

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"I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he's not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game [as a substitute]. We're trying to help him. 

 "He will be available [against Everton]. He's desperate to participate in a team performance."

Changes to Aston Villa's board


EXCLUSIVE: Former #mcfc Chairman David Bernstein and former Villa player & manager Brian Little are to be appointed onto the board at #avfc

Rugby Union

Ireland v Italy (Saturday 13:30 GMT)

Connacht prop Finlay Bealham is in line for his Ireland debut after Cian Healy was ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy through injury. 

The uncapped Bealham steps onto the bench in place of Leinster front-rower Healy as Ireland chase their first win of the tournament at the fourth time of asking. 

Duo found guilty of breaching racing Rules

Horse racing

Trainer Jim Best and jockey Paul John have both been found guilty of breaching the Rules regarding the running and riding of two horses in December of last year. 

Best and his former conditional rider John faced the British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary panel over the performances of Echo Brava at Plumpton on 14 December and Missile Man at Towcester on 17 December. 

Best has been found guilty of failing in his "duty to secure the best possible placing" on two occasions as well as "conduct prejudicial to horseracing in Great Britain" while John has been found guilty of two counts of failing to run a horse on its merits. 

A decision on penalties will be made later.

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99 Meldonium cases this year - Wada

The World Anti-Doping Agency has told Associated Press that there have been 99 positive tests this year for Meldonium, the drug found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open. 

WADA spokesman Ben Nichols said that since the drug was banned on 1 January, "there have been 99 adverse analytical findings for Meldonium recorded."

Nichols did not provide details of who has tested positive. Seven of the 16 confirmed cases came from Russian athletes, including Sharapova. 

Question of Sport teaser

Rugby union

Earlier today the Question of Sport teaser was...

#QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Name the 7 England players starting tomorrow in the #6Nations, that didn’t start vs Wales at the World Cup?

And the answers are...

Answers to today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport D. Hartley, M. Itoje, G. Kruis, J. Haskell, J. Nowell, G. Ford, J. Joseph

World T20: Bangladesh v Ireland


Bangladesh v Ireland

Ireland need to beat Bangladesh to have any hope of getting into the super 10 stage of the World T20, follow in-play highlights and live text coverage to see if they can do it. Right here

The game has been reduced to 12 overs per side after some earlier rain and Ireland have opted to field first after winning the toss.

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Rafael Benitez replaces Steve McClaren at Newcastle

Loveof Football: Hope the Newcastle fans realise they have got a great manager and will stick with him through thick and thin. Welcome back Rafa.

Carlito East: Benitez at Newcastle. How much experience has he got in a relegation battle? Pearson or Redknapp a better option maybe.

Mounir El-J: Poor Rafa starts the season with Ronaldo & Real Madrid and ends it with Mitrovic & Newcastle.

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Head question Wada stance


Racquet manufacturer Head has questioned the decision to ban the use of meldonium as they continue to stand by Maria Sharapova.

Sharapova tested positive for the drug which the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) added to their list of banned substances on 1 January.

Head wants Wada to scientifically prove why the drug should be banned and believe the drug should not be prohibited but instead come with a dosage limit.

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Arsene Wenger news conference

Arsenal v Watford (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been asked about the situation at Newcastle, where Rafael Benitez has replaced Steve McClaren as boss.

"It is a sad sign for Steve McClaren, but Rafael Benitez is a top-class manager," says Wenger, who has also given an update on the condition of injured midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

"At the moment his clinical signs are quite positive," adds Wenger. "You would say (he is out for) four weeks and that is a bit worse than I originally thought. When a player usually gets injured he stops dead, so I thought it was just a precaution."

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Aaron Ramsey went off with a thigh injury during Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round replay win over Hull on Tuesday

Stoke news conference

Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes Rafa Benitez can make an impact at Newcastle as they try to get away from the relegation zone but it is unchartered territory for the Spaniard.

"He's got a great CV but it's another string to his bow as he's not been involved in a relegation struggle before," he said.

But Hughes hopes that the confidence surrounding his own side can help them build on last week's draw against Chelsea.

"Tomorrow's game is likely to attract our highest league attendance," the Welshman added. "That tells you how everybody is feeling here at the moment."

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Stoke news conference

Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was asked about the managerial upheaval at Newcastle, which has seen Steve McClaren sacked and Rafa Benitez taking over, when he faced the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Southampton.

"It's disappointing when someone leaves their job. The time he had there was close to the average for a Premier League manager, which is crazy," says the Welshman, who has been in his role since 2013. 

"Thankfully we have longevity here and I think we are reaping the benefits of it."

Of the current crop of Premier League managers, only Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) and Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) have been in their roles longer.

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Bairstow backs England for World T20 success


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Jonny Bairstow believes England have the players and the skills to win the World T20 in India.

Test wicket-keeper Bairstow, 26, currently in New York to watch the first-ever overseas Premiership rugby union match, feels his limited-overs team-mates have "every chance".

"If you look at the side, the talent we've got, there's match-winners all the way through," he told BBC Sport.

"It's going to be a tough challenge on the sub-continent pitches, but there's no reason why we can't put those skills together after performing so well in the UAE against Pakistan."  

Russia Olympic decision to be discussed in May

Olympic Games

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

"Russian IAAF council member Mikhail Butov tells BBC Sport his country will be given more time before a decision on their participation at Rio Olympics is made.

"He says a special meeting of the IAAF Council is to be called "in two months" where the matter will be discussed again."

Arsene Wenger news conference

Arsenal v Watford (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

So what is Arsene Wenger expecting from FA Cup opponents Watford? 

"They are very solid defensively and when you imagine Watford, you think of a team that is very strong and the basis of their game is based on efficiency," says Wenger.

"They wait for the right moment to be dangerous and they have a good understanding between the two strikers. The quality of our centre-halves will be important on Sunday."

Arsene Wenger news conference

Arsenal v Watford (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

With Leicester and Tottenham out of the FA Cup, Arsenal, third in the Premier League, are the highest placed team left in the competition. So that makes them favourites, right? Maybe not.

"If you look at the other teams that are still in the competition you would say three or four other teams (are favourites) as well," says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.

"We have a chance like anyone else and we want to play as hard as possible to give us a chance of being successful."

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Arsene Wenger news conference

Arsenal v Watford (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

It's like a conveyor belt of managers' news conferences today. And the next one is Arsenal's Arsene Wenger.

His side have won the FA Cup in both the last two years so can they do the same this year?

"Our record shows we try to do well. Everyone tries to do well in the FA Cup," says Wenger, whose side face Watford in the cup quarter-finals on Sunday.   

"Is it the best chance to win a trophy this season? It is too early to say." 

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Benitez confirmed as Newcastle manager


Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley added: "I am very pleased to welcome Rafa Benitez to the club. In Rafa we have, without doubt, secured the services of one of Europe's top managers.

"He has managed some of the most successful teams at the very highest level of the game and we are proud to now have him as our manager.

"Our sole focus now is to give our full support to Rafa, his coaching team and the players in order to secure our status in the Premier League."

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Benitez confirmed as Newcastle manager


The former Liverpool and Real Madrid manager went on: "All of us must push together in the same direction and with the same target in mind. This is the reason why I'm going to ask for your total support to successfully complete this task.

"Personally, it means my return to the Premier League, closer to my home and my family. I can't be happier.

"C'mon Toon Army! The club and I need your total involvement!"

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Benitez confirmed as Newcastle manager


The 55-year-old Spaniard has joined the club on an initial three-year deal.  

"I have the pleasure to confirm I have committed to a legendary English club, with the massive challenge of remaining part of the Premier League," he said.

"It will be a challenge not just for me and my staff but for the players, the club and the fans."

BreakingBenitez confirmed at Newcastle


Rafael Benitez is confirmed as Newcastle's new manager.

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McClaren sacked by Newcastle


Rafael Benitez has arrived at Newcastle to discuss taking over from Steve McClaren at St James's Park.

Newcastle are in the bottom three in the Premier League and have their lowest ever points tally at this stage in a Premier League season.

They have 10 games to save themselves from relegation.

Newcastle's lowest points tallies in the Premier League

World Twenty20 latest


There could be good news on the horizon for the Irish cricket team...follow the latest here.

Ireland need to win their game against Bangladesh to have any chance of reaching the Super 10 stage.

Optimistic scenes in Dharamsala, the rain has stopped and the ground is being prepared for #BANvIRE #WT20

Optimistic scenes in Dharamsala, the rain has stopped and the ground is being prepared for #BANvIRE #WT20

Pakistan to travel to World Twenty20


Pakistan will travel to the World Twenty20 in India after being given security assurances.

"The interior minister has given permission to send the Pakistan cricket team to play the Twenty20 on the basis of solid assurances received from chief minister of West Bengal and the...union home secretary and the home minister [in India]," PCB executive committee chairman Najam Sethi told reporters.

Pakistan had earlier said its men's and women's cricket teams would travel to India only after New Delhi gave a public guarantee on the safety of its players. 

The men's team's first game will be at Kolkata next Wednesday against a qualifier before facing India at the same venue three days later.

Manchester United respond to chanting


Manchester United have responded to the chants from their fans regarding the Hillsborough disaster at last night's Europa League tie with Liverpool at Anfield.

"It has always been the position of Manchester United that chants of this nature, which refer to historical tragedies, have no place in the game and do not reflect the values the Club holds," said a statement.  

"We are in discussion with our fans’ groups to seek their support in preventing this type of behaviour in the future.”

Live racing from Sandown

Horse racing

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Live now on 5 live sports extra, you can hear coverage of Friday's Grand Military Gold Cup Day race meeting from Sandown.

As well as the day's action, there will be a look ahead to next week's Cheltenham Festival. 

Click here to access that commentary and results from across the UK.

IAAF meeting in Monaco


In Monaco, which is its usual understated self, for IAAF council meeting. Lord Coe news conference coming up.

In Monaco, which is its usual understated self, for IAAF council meeting. Lord Coe news conference coming up.

Mansfield striker banned for urinating


Mansfield Town's Adi Yussuf has been banned for five matches for urinating at the back of the stand while warming up during the League Two game against Plymouth Argyle last month. 

The 23-year-old admitted the Football Association charge and was also fined £700 and was warned about his conduct. Manager Adam Murray said the club "did not, in any way, condone" the incident.

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An FA statement said: "Adi Yussuf has been suspended from all domestic club football for five first team competitive matches.

 "It follows a breach of FA Rule E3 by the Mansfield Town player in or around the 30th and 53rd minute of the league fixture against Plymouth Argyle on 13 February 2016."

Chelsea news conference

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

In injury news, Hiddink says he will make a late decision on the availability of Diego Costa who has a hip problem.

John Terry is in contention to play after training well over the past few days.

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Chelsea news conference

Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Chelsea need to recover from their Champions League exit at the hands of Paris St Germain and manager Guus Hiddink is confident his side can do it and reach the FA Cup semi-finals.

After they lost to Paris St Germain in the first leg, they came out and knocked Manchester City out of the domestic cup competition and the Dutchman hopes for a similar performance on Saturday.

"We've had a difficult loss and we don’t have much time to recover physically and psychologically. It is always a setback and players have to respond," he said.

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Steve McClaren sacked by Newcastle

Some more of your comments on the news that Newcastle have sacked boss Steve McClaren.

Robbo: If I was Newcastle I'd bring in Steve Bruce. Local lad, less costly IF they get relegated & experience of bringing clubs back up.

Alex Daws: Mclaren was never a good choice for Newcastle, bad with Derby in the Championship, whose idea was it to give him a promotion?

Daniel Woodley: McClaren can have no complaints. Win percentage of around 20% after a net spend of £74m in less than a year deserves the sack

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Alex Neil news conference

Norwich v Manchester City (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

"There's no reason why we can't get a result tomorrow," says an optimistic Norwich boss Alex Neil, whose side entertain Manchester City tomorrow.

"We've done it before and we've always been in games."

Norwich have only picked up four league points in 2016 and Neil added: "We're searching for a solution; it's just about trying to find that right mix to get us across the line."