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Summary

  1. Leicester v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)
  2. #bbcsportsday: Will Benitez be a success?
  3. Toure fit to face Dynamo Kiev tomorrow
  4. VOTE: Best fielding of the World T20

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By Steve Canavan and Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Thanks for joining us today for a busy day of FA Cup chat.

Leicester v Newcastle kicks off at 20:00 GMT tonight - you can follow live text commentary and BBC Radio 5 live commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Leicester v Newcastle

Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Rafael Benitez
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It is Rafa Benitez's first game in charge since taking over as Newcastle boss, and it is arguably the toughest game of the season, heading to the King Power Stadium to face league leaders Leicester. 

The Newcastle Chronicle spell out exactly what Rafa's top priority must be for United to ensure their survival. Read that here.

Here we go again...

Football

National League side Southport make their seventh managerial change in 34 months as  Dino Maamria hands in his resignation. 

Benitez - good choice or not?

#bbcsportsday

Christian Eshiet: I think Rafa has got what it takes. He will deliver.

Paul Skinback: Seems a stupid appointment. If they go down he has a release clause and probably gets his contract paid out.

Lawrence Egun: Rafa would succeed because he's a top top coach. I was surprised he actually signed for Newcastle before I heard of the bonus and clause.

Leicester v Newcastle

Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Jamaal Lascelles
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If Leicester win the Premier League this season, then there will only one place to be for the best party in town.

Jamie Vardy is in the form of his life, scoring goals for fun for his club and barring injury guaranteeing himself a place in Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 England squad.

But with Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini a doubt with a calf problem, it may be a job for Steven Taylor and Jamaal Lascelles to keep the Leicester star quiet. A tough ask.

You can follow tonight's game on the BBC by listening to 5 live commentary and following live text updates right here from 19:00 GMT.

Leicester v Newcastle

Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Claudio Ranieri and Jamie Vardy
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Leicester have won the previous two meetings between the two sides, both by 3-0 scorelines, but have not done a league double over Newcastle since 1974-75, despite being in the same division for 24 of those years.

You can follow tonight's game on the BBC by listening to 5 live commentary and following live text updates right here from 19:00 GMT.

Vote closed

We asked you what the best bit of fielding was in the ICC World T20 so far.

You said...

Oman's Zeeshan Maqsood's miracle catch against Ireland was number one with 41% of the vote. 

Gary Wilson's superb stop on the boundary for Ireland to save a six from Oman (34%) was second.

Netherlands' Pieter Seelaar's stunning take against Ireland was third with 17%.

And Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe's diving effort against Scotland got 8%.

'Not the time to talk about Mahrez transfer rumours'

Leicester v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

BBC World Service

Riyad Mahrez
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Riyad Mahrez was recently presented with the Sportsman of the Year Award at the Asian Voice Political and Public Life awards

Leicester City’s Riyad Mahrez has been linked with Barcelona, Arsenal and Real Madrid but his agent has told BBC World Service that the Algerian is not being distracted by transfer speculation.

"Today the only thing that matters to him is winning the title with Leicester and qualifying for the Champions League," says Kamel Bengougam.

“He’s very happy. Since arriving at the club only good things have happened to him. He's played at the World Cup, he's moved up into the Premier League. Today, he's playing for the team at the top of the league in England. 

“This is not the time to talk about that. It's the time to concentrate on finishing the season well. The transfer window will open after the season. Then we'll be able to see if these stories are true or false.

“What's good with him is that he loves football. He doesn't like what goes on around football."

Weird and wonderful title wins

Football

After PSG won the French title with eight games to go, we looked at some other notable title races.

Read about the teams who went unbeaten all season without winning the league, the closest title race ever, last day drama and some unexpected champions.

Galatasaray fans
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Sauber lose technical director

Formula 1

Sauber technical director Mark Smith has left the team days before the start of the new season.

He only joined them in July but has "decided to go back to the UK for family reasons".

Ibrahimovic likely to leave PSG

Football

"If they replace the Eiffel Tower with a statue of me, then I will stay."  

But that quip aside, Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he is likely to leave Paris St-Germain this summer after helping them clinch a fourth successive French title.

The 34-year-old - the top scorer in PSG's history - told beIN Sports: "For the moment, I will not be at PSG next season. I still have a month and a half left here."

Mind you, PSG's owners could probably afford to meet his demands...

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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'Come on, Payet did not dive'

Football

Payet
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West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic has defended Dimitri Payet after the influential midfielder was accused of diving during Sunday's 1-1 FA Cup draw at Manchester United.

Reds boss Louis van Gaal said: "Payet was, more or less, diving."

Bilic responded: "Come on. If you have a screen, show me.... There is more than a contact. It is definitely not a dive.

"Nobody in the world can say there wasn't a touch. Then if it was a touch, and it is more than a touch, it is a penalty."

Wright saddened by Wenger criticism

Football

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says "it is tearing him apart" to see Arsene Wenger come under fire from Gunners fans.

Wenger faces increasing criticism from some supporters angry with the club's poor form, with one banner urging him to end his 19-year reign as manager.

The London club have slipped to third in the Premier League table and exited the FA Cup at the weekend.

Wright told BBC Radio 5 live that he found it "very uncomfortable" to see Wenger being treated the way he is.

"It is tearing me apart because I played for him and have a lot of respect for him," said Wright. "He gave me extra years on my career."

Arsene Wenger and Ian Wright
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Carroll aiming big

Football

Carroll
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West Ham's Andy Carroll is dreaming of FA Cup glory, a top-four finish and an England recall in time for Euro 2016.

"My run in the side hasn't been continuous, but it's still a dream to play for my country. It's something I want to do and I will never give up on it," said the striker.

"I have great memories of Euro 2012 and would love to be there again

"I have three things to aim (for) with the club pushing for top four, the FA Cup final and making the England squad."

H keeps banging in the goals...

Football

Another solid win yesterday, H keeps banging in the goals! Thanks to the Villa fans for the nice welcome back #COYS

Another solid win yesterday, H keeps banging in the goals! Thanks to the Villa fans for the nice welcome back #COYS

The H in question, of course, being Harry Kane - whose two goals either side of the break eased Spurs to a comfortable victory at basement club Aston Villa. In case you thought he was talking about your man from Steps.

Dodds blow

Rugby league

Warrington's Australian forward Mitchell Dodds is facing a six-month injury layoff but head coach Tony Smith is refusing to rule him out for the rest of the season.

The 26-year-old former Brisbane Broncos front-rower broke both his tibia and fibula during the Wolves' 30-20 Super League win over Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

Charged with 'dangerous contact'

Rugby league

Tinirau Arona
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Wakefield forward Tinirau Arona has been charged with making dangerous contact on St Helens winger Adam Swift during the Wildcats' 44-4 Super League defeat at Langtree Park.

Swift was carried from the field on a stretcher following Arona's tackle, which occurred six minutes into last Friday's game and angered Saints coach Keiron Cunningham.

St Helens have announced that Swift has suffered a lower leg injury and will be seeing a surgeon later, adding on their Twitter account: "KC (Cunningham) says it isn't a short term injury but no further updates at this time."

Andy Reid

Nottingham Forest midfielder Andy Reid joins the Championship club's coaching staff following Dougie Freedman's sacking.

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Benitez - good choice or not?

#bbcsportsday

Stuart Benns: Benitez will 100% keep Newcastle up.Starting with at least a draw tonight. He'll get the players up for it. Might even win.

David Airey: Whether people say that Rafa is a good appointment or not is irrelevant. He's the best we could hope for. "C'mon Toon Army".

Sean Wilkinson:Should do just about enough to keep Newcastle up! He's a Champions league winner after all.

'He treats them like grown-ups'

Rugby union

Jones
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Former England captain Will Carling has been on BBC Radio 5 live to discuss England's Six Nations success, and he reckons new coach Eddie Jones "deserves a lot of credit".

"I think he's come in and treated the players as grown-ups," said Jones. "He's worked them a lot harder but I think they've also had some fun.

"He talks about winning and it is about winning. He hasn't changed the personnel that much but he's changed the whole way that they approach the game, their training and playing for England.

"It's not rocket science - I think they're enjoying it.”

'What more can I say?'

Football

West Ham
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West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has lavished more praise on Dimitri Payet after the French playmaker's latest wondergoal, this time at Old Trafford in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"What more can I say about Dimitri?" wrote Sullivan on the West Ham website.

"It was another outstanding piece of skill to execute that type of free-kick and it is not the first time we have seen him produce something like that.

"He gave one of the best keepers in Europe in David de Gea absolutely no chance with his curling effort and it once again shows why he is rated so highly by everyone at the club."

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An official ball used during the FA People's Cup draw

The 83 teams who have made it through to the FA People's Cup finals day are drawn into their groups.

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Rise and grind

Tennis

Roger Federer is up and about, and he's clearly not treating himself to a lazy morning...

Benitez - good choice or not?

#bbcsportsday

Is Rafa Benitez the right man for the job at Newcastle?

Daniel Woods: Mike Ashley should've sacked McClaren and appointed Benitez three months ago. They might have stood a chance of a mid table finish.

TK: Benitez will bring some excitement and wins to Newcastle. Now its an exciting relegation battle!

Jeff Gurr: Benitez is a solid choice for Newcastle but the relegation battle will go down to the last day. Big Sam will not go quietly.

'No place in the game'

Rugby Union

Howley
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Wales assistant coach Rob Howley says there is "no place in the game" for the "Gypsy boy" remark made by England's Joe Marler to Samson Lee.

Watch a video of Howley's comments here. 

FA Cup Magic - Quarter-Finals
Watch the funniest moments from the weekend's FA Cup quarter-finals including presenter Dan Walker being mocked for his choice of coat.

Draw on the cards?

Leicester v Newcastle (20:00 GMT)

4 - With four of the last five clubs Rafael Benitez has managed, he has drawn his opening league match (W1). Stalemate.

Question of Sport teaser

Football

Our Question of Sport teaser today was: The last time neither Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City made the FA Cup semi-finals was 2008. Name the four teams that did?

The answer? Barnsley, Cardiff City, Portsmouth and West Bromwich Albion.

A couple of you got it right on Twitter, with Chris Adams quickest off the mark.

Benitez - good choice or not?

#bbcsportsday

Is Rafa Benitez the right man for the job at Newcastle?

Keith Malamo: His mentality is a more defensive than offensive game which is the key to be a success in epl folowing mourino's victory.

Peter Thomas: I think he should have waited till the season ends before signing. He can't mend a broken team.

Rossi's Regime: he is the best man for the job but as a fan I fear it's too late. Don't expect to win against Leicester tonight-  just want to see guts in team before the derby.

Kristian1982: Rafa definitely the right choice. Pardew and McClaren didn't give the city a lift without kicking a ball like Rafa has.

Won by a whisker

Cycling

Greg Van Avermaet
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BMC rider Greg van Avermaet outsprinted world champion Peter Sagan on his way to stage six triumph and the overall lead of Tirreno-Adriatico on the penultimate day of racing.

A day after the cancellation of stage five due to the threat of snow at the summit finish of Monte San Vicino, Van Avermaet won by half a bike length at the line.

James Gray

Wrexham striker James Gray is close to a return following a month out after he was bitten by a false widow spider.

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Jay Freeman

BBC Sport

Altrincham caretaker boss Neil Tolson says alleged racist comments to Josh Ginnelly at Barrow were "unacceptable".

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Positives for Villa?

Football

More from last nights analysis of Aston Villa's defence and Harry Kane. An attempt to find some +'s for AV @BBCSport bbc.in/1QWA6Fs

VOTE: Best fielding of World T20

Cricket

Are you ready for the second Sportsday vote of the day? We're spoiling you.

What is the best bit of fielding of the World T20 so far?

  • Netherlands' Pieter Seelaar's stunning take against Ireland
  • Oman's Zeeshan Maqsood's miracle catch against Ireland
  • Sikandar Raza of Zimbabwe's diving effort against Scotland
  • Gary Wilson's superb stop on the boundary for Ireland to save a six from Oman

You have the chance to watch them all below before making your decision. 

Driessche quits over mechanical doping scandal

Cycling

VD
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The Belgian cyclist at the heart of the sport's first mechanical doping scandal says she will not defend herself at a disciplinary hearing this week and is quitting the sport.

Femke van den Driessche, 19, was accused of using a concealed motor in her bike during the Under-23 cyclo-cross world championships in January in Belgium.

She said in a statement released moments ago that the costs of defending herself before the sport's governing body, the UCI, would be too expensive.

The rider says she has "decided to quit cyclo-cross" and that "acquittal would be impossible".

The motorised bike was found in her competition area at the championships. She claimed the bike belonged to a friend.

Fifa open proceedings against Kuwait

Football

Fifa has cancelled Kuwait's two scheduled World Cup qualifying matches this month and opened a disciplinary case against the country's soccer federation.

Kuwait has been suspended by Fifa since October because of government interference in how the federation is run.

The national team also failed to play a previous World Cup qualifier in November. That match was forfeited as a 3-0 win for scheduled opponents Myanmar.

Cheltenham festival set to start

Horse racing

Tens of thousands of horse racing fans will descend on The Cotswolds tomorrow for the start of the four-day Cheltenham Festival.

Here’s your numbers guide to one of the biggest events in the sporting calendar.

Cheltenham Festival in numbers

Two heavyweights

Tennis/Boxing

World number one Novak Djokovic had a visitor at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

Tyson
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Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson dropped in to say hello.

It seemed to inspire Djokovic, who later began the defence of the title he has won for the last two years with a 2-6 6-1 6-2 win over American Bjorn Fratangelo.