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Summary

  1. Hart & Sterling out of England squad, Heaton called up
  2. Man Utd have 'big chance' of top four - Van Gaal
  3. Australia playing Bangladesh in World T20
  4. 'Men should be paid more' - Djokovic

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By Jack Skelton and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

We're off. Thanks to those who voted in our try of the Six Nations poll and cheers for your worst ever performance suggestions.

But there's plenty of keep you interested and entertained.

Our esteemed cricket team can guide you through the closing stages of Australia against Bangladesh in the World T20, with in-play highlights here. (Hint: the Aussies are going well).

And with the issue of equal pay dominating the tennis agenda, our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has looked into prize money disparity in tennis and other sports.

From us, though, that's your lot. See you soon.

Vote result

Ladies and gentlemen, here is your winner. A whopping 32% of you voted this from Scotland's Stuart Hogg as the best try of the 2016 Six Nations.

Six Nations: Stuart Hogg scores amazing try for Scotland

Kruse kicked out of Germany squad

Football

Max Kruse
Bongarts

Germany coach Joachim Low has thrown Wolfsburg forward Max Kruse out of his squad following two recent off-field incidents.

Kruse lost a large amount of cash in a Berlin taxi in October, then was involved in an incident in a Berlin club while celebrating his 28th birthday on Saturday.

In a statement from the German football federation, Low is quoted as saying that Kruse had repeatedly acted unprofessionally.

Kruse will miss Germany's friendlies with England on Saturday and with Italy three days later, but he could also be excluded from the European Championship in France.

'Villa now harder to sell'

Aston Villa

Villa
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New director David Bernstein has warned Aston Villa will now be even harder to sell as they stand on the brink of relegation

Owner Randy Lerner has failed to find a buyer for the club after putting it on the market more than two years ago.

"The club must be more difficult to sell now for any decent sum than it was a year ago," said Bernstein.

"I believe he (Lerner) is obviously devastated the club is where it is but he should be given great credit for a lot of terrific work he's done over the years."

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Mondays with Mata

Football

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Another Monday, another exquisite blog from Manchester United's Juan Mata to revel in.

This week the diminutive midfielder is full of praise for Marcus Rashford after his winner in the Manchester derby but also - fittingly for a man who ends his posts with 'Hugs' - urges caution.

"Marcus showed again that he is a great player in the making," wrote Mata.

"We all believe in him although we must remember that he’s still very young and he’s just arrived in the first team."

Off to catch some rays... and train!

Football

Beach
BBC

While we await some proper sunshine in the UK, Liverpool's players are jetting off to Tenerife for a warm-weather training camp.

It's just for those not on international duty, and the Liverpool Echo says those heading for warmer climes are expected to include Jon Flanagan, Kolo Toure, Steven Caulker, Tiago Ilori, Jose Enrique, Joao Carlos Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan, Jordan Rossiter and Kevin Stewart, as well as a number of Academy youngsters.

Ticket prices 'a fair reflection'

Manchester City

Man City fans
Reuters

Manchester City have defended charging a top price of £60 for regular tickets for their Champions League quarter-final against Paris St-Germain.

A club statement read: "Pricing for each match is reviewed on an individual basis, based on factors such as the opposition and stage of competition.

"As this match is the quarter-final of Europe's biggest cup competition and the first time the club has progressed to this stage, we believe the ticket prices are a fair reflection of the profile of the game."

How much does your club charge? Find out in BBC Sport's Price of Football calculator.

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Worst ever performances

Aled Goddard: Has anyone mentioned Mauro Bergamasco's brief unsuccessful foray into being a scrum half?

Liam Bradford: Sol Campbell for Notts County. Played one game, then left.

Dom Breslin: Antolin Alcaraz for Everton has to be contender, especially in the Europa League 2nd Leg vs Dynamo Kiev. Horror show.

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Bale and Brits abroad

Football

Gareth Bale
AFP

Amid the influx of foreign talent into the Premier League, British footballers have rarely travelled well themselves in recent years.

Gareth Bale is perhaps helping to buck that trend, after becoming the leading British goalscorer in La Liga history.

And BBC Sport looks at the other Brits to enjoy success abroad.

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Fans die after fighting in Morocco

Football

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Clashes broke out at the Mohammed V stadium

Two people were killed in fighting among fans of Raja de Casablanca on Saturday, the Moroccan Football Federation (FMRFF) has confirmed.

Fans threw flares and ripped up parts of the Mohammed V stadium after Raja's 2-1 victory over Chabab Rif Al Hoceima.

The country's DGSN security service said in a statement that 31 people were arrested for "acts of vandalism".

FMRFF has banned fans from the next five Raja home matches and fined the club 100,000 dirhams (£7,170).

Footage on Moroccan media showed the fans, dressed in the club's green colours, charging at each other. It was unclear how the clashes had erupted.

DGSN revealed 10 people had been arrested prior to the game.

Prosecutors have opened an inquiry into the fan trouble.

Mohammed V stadium

Fans die after fighting in Morocco

Two people were killed in fighting among fans of Raja de Casablanca on Saturday, the Moroccan Football Federation (FMRFF) confirms.

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Hart's stand-in ready to take over

Football

Willy Caballero
AP

With Joe Hart reacquainting himself with the physio's room at Manchester City, it could present an opportunity to stand-in keeper Willy Caballero.

And the man who was City's hero in their League Cup final penalty shootout victory over Liverpool says he is ready.

“When I came here, I knew my situation, but I came to play, and if I get my opportunity I try to take it and do my best,” he said.

“I had opportunities in the cup, and have been training really well, so I am ready.

“I spoke to Joe and he told me what he felt on the pitch, but now we have to wait for the diagnosis and maybe on Monday or Tuesday we will get the result of the scan.

“I hope he recovers soon because we need him in this team as he is our first keeper."

Australia require 157 to win

Cricket

Bangladesh have amassed 156-5 in their World T20 clash against Australia, with Mahmudullah cracking 49 from 29 balls late on.

Adam Zampa was the pick of the Aussie bowlers as he took 3-23 off his four overs.

So Australia need 157 to keep their hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals alive.

You can follow their run chase and watch in-play highlights on our live text here.

Camping in the desert

Football

Qatar
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Supporters at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar could be housed in traditional Bedouin-style desert camps.

Some of the 500,000 fans expected in the Gulf nation might be accommodated under canvas near stadiums.

"At the heart of this World Cup is a commitment to showcase hospitality and friendship of the Middle East," said a spokesman.

"As a result, we are actively researching the concept of supporters sleeping under the stars."

Bedouin campsites are inspired by the homes of tribes that have historically lived in the Arabian and Syrian deserts.

A truly inspiring story

Disability Sport

Triinh Thi Bich Nhu
BBC Sport

Our colleagues at Magazine have produced an inspiring video on Triinh Thi Bich Nhu, a Paralympian swimmer from Vietnam who has overcome her disability and a fear to wearing a swimsuit to compete in international sport. To watch the video, head here.

Backstreet Billy

Rugby Union

Vunipola
England Rugby

What could be better than a Grand Slam win on a special night in Paris?

A Grand Slam win in Paris set to the dulcet tones of Billy Vunipola perhaps.

The England number eight unleashes his inner pop idol with a rendition of the Backstreet Boys classic 'I Want It That Way' in the dressing room following his side's 31-21 victory over France.

Want to watch? Of course you do - the behind-the-scenes footage is here.

My dearest, Goal

Football

This, everyone, is just sensational. A love letter to the goal - by Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Quick translation of #Buffon’s open letter to the goal he defends. Orpheus and Eurydice for goalkeepers

Quick translation of #Buffon’s open letter to the goal he defends. Orpheus and Eurydice for goalkeepers

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Worst ever performances

Kevin Roome: Poor Scott Boswell in the C&G Trophy final at Lord's in 2001 when he got the yips in 'the worst over ever'.

Carl Arrowsmith: Worst ever performance? Probably the whole Aston Villa team this season.

Derek Elmore: Maicon vs Gareth Bale at White Hart Lane in Spurs' only Champions League season.

'I thought we settled that issue years ago'

Tennis

Martina Navratilova
AFP

Tennis great Martina Navratilova has responded to Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore's comments that the WTA tour "rides on the coat-tails of the men".

"It was really disheartening to see Ray Moore offer the extremely prejudiced and very old fashioned statements regarding women tennis players," she said.

"We have made it this far on our own, without help from male players, and will continue to do so in the future. It would be hard to imagine any women to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director."

On Novak Djokovic's comment that male stars should be paid more shed added: "As much as I love him, clearly doesn't understand why, when women and men play in combined tournaments, they must be paid equally. I thought we settled that issue years ago."

Fox-Pitt to return

Equestrian

William Fox-Pitt
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Top British eventer William Fox-Pitt is set to make his comeback next week following a serious fall during last October's World Young Horse Championships.

The 47-year-old former world number one has four horses entered - including his 2015 Badminton winner Chilli Morning - in the Burnham Market International from April 1-3.

The Norfolk event will be Fox-Pitt's first since falling from his horse Reinstated during the cross-country phase in Le Lion-d'Angers.

MCC fight back against Yorkshire

Cricket

Ian Bell
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The MCC have ended day two of the Champion County game against Yorkshire in a strong position in Abu Dhabi.

Ben Foakes' unbeaten 83 and Rikki Clarke's 56 not out in an unbroken stand of 131 helped their side reach 282-6 at the close, a lead of seven.

Dropped England batsman Ian Bell earlier made 44 and Rory Burns hit 51 but the MCC fell to 151-6 before their late recovery.

Quiz time!

Chimp
AFP
Yep, that would be a chimp demolishing a birthday cake. Any excuse for a funny picture, eh?

It's Twitter's 10th birthday today, so we've put together something to mark the occassion.

Forget cards - they're last century.

Forget cake - most people start a diet on a Monday. Until Tuesday.

Forget candles - who's got a lighter in their sky rocket, really?

Instead we made this fun quiz. And it's that good - the co-author, Caroline Chapman, only got 9/10 in it.

Enjoy - it's over here.

Williams responds to 'inaccurate' comments

Tennis

Serena Williams
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Serena Williams has defended women's tennis in light of comments, made by Indian Wells Tennis Garden CEO Raymond Moore.

Moore said on Sunday that the WTA Tour was "very, very lucky" because it "rides on the coat-tails of the men".

Williams reacted angrily to Moore's "mistaken" and "very, very, very inaccurate" statement, which he later apologised for.

You can watch Williams' reaction here.

De Boer snaps Achilles

Football

FDB
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Ajax coach Frank de Boer has snapped his Achilles tendon playing a game of 'foot volley' with his players.

De Boer suffered the injury kicking a ball over a small net following his side's 2-0 win over title rivals PSV Eindhoven.

Ajax officials said De Boer may have an operation on Tuesday and it's not clear whether he'll recover in time for Ajax's next match at home to PEC Zwolle on April 3.

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British boxer banned

Boxing

Professional boxer Jez Wilson has been suspended from all sport for two years following an anti-doping violation.

The 36-year-old, from Wolverhampton, tested positive for a diuretic, furosemide, after an in-competition test on 21 November 2015, following his loss to Lewis Taylor in a fight for the English middlleweight title.

No France for Franck

Football

Ribery
AFP

France coach Didier Deschamps has played down the possibility of Franck Ribery coming out of international retirement in time for Euro 2016.

Ribery, 32, retired from France duty in 2014 and endured two injury-plagued seasons with Bayern Munich before regaining full fitness recently.

But Deschamps told German magazine Kicker: "For me the Ribery question isn't on the agenda, we must not get ahead of ourselves.

"I'm happy that Franck is smiling again and enjoying playing again. His comments pleased a number of people in France. In my case it made me smile a little."

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Worst ever performances

Tim Yorke: William Prunier in a 4-1 defeat at Spurs back when Manchester United were good. Looked like Jaap Stam but played like Jaap's gran.

Robert Large: Efe Sodje for Huddersfield against Scunthorpe. Scored an own goal, conceded a penalty, then was sent off. Hat-trick of sins.

David Melton: Seeing Thomas Brolin come on as sub for Crystal Palace against Chelsea. Rather portly and only lasted 10 minutes before being subbed.

Australia v Bangladesh live

Cricket

On the subject of cricket, Australia against Bangladesh in the World T20 has just got underway.

Bangladesh are already one wicket down in a must-win game for both sides - with the loser set to take one step closer to the exit door.

You can watch in-play highlights of all the action in the company of our live text team over here.

More chances for the 'minnows'?

Cricket

Some cricketing heavyweights have been throwing their weight behind calls for more of the smaller countries to be given more of a chance in world tournaments...

Such a shame we won't see Countries like Afghanistan in the next WC..It's refreshing and great for the game..Please change your minds @ICC

Completely agree. Spirit & performance of teams like Afghanistan & Oman echo the need for more teams at WC & beyond! twitter.com/BrianLara/stat…

'I've got no choice'

Football

Mike Ashley
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You rarely hear Newcastle owner Mike Ashley in the media so when he does speak it's usually worth a listen.

We're not sure his latest comments will exactly dispel Newcastle fans' worries though.

On the chances of his side avoiding relegation, he told Sky Sports: "I'm going to say we've got the right manager in the job and if there's any chance of us staying up then hopefully Rafa Benitez can do the business."

And will he stick by Newcastle if they do go down? "I've got no choice, I'm wedded to Newcastle like I'm wedded to Sports Direct."

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Worst ever performances

Tristan Kirkwood: Martin Skrtel against Southampton on Sunday.

Brad Chuck: David James' performance in goal for England's 4-1 defeat to Denmark in 2005 - he blamed his dreadful display on a computer game.

VIn Duggal: Wayne Bridge. West Ham 0 Arsenal 3 in 2011. It was like he had never seen a football.

Conte coy on Chelsea

Football

Conte
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Will he? Won't he? Just when you think Antonio Conte to Chelsea is a done deal, another twist suggests it's not yet certain.

This time it's Conte himself who has declined to talk about his future at his first press conference since announcing he will step down as Italy manager after Euro 2016.

"At this moment, nothing interests me. I'm the coach of the national team and it's an experience which has taught me so much," he said.

Conte cooling on Chelsea? Chelsea cooling on Conte? Or cards being held close to chests?

Scotland call up McCormack and Caddis

Football

Ross McCormack
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Scotland have called up Fulham striker Ross McCormack and Birmingham right-back Paul Caddis for Thursday's friendly against the Czech Republic.

Norwich duo Steven Naismith and Steven Whittaker have both withdrawn from the squad preparing for the trip to Prague.

Caddis' call-up brings the number of uncapped players in the squads to face the Czechs and Denmark to eight.

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Worst ever performances

Charlie Bester: Martin Palermo missing three penalties in one game in the Copa America. God loves a trier.

Steve Jones: Paul Rachubka Leeds vs Blackpool. Kop chanting off off off and replaced at half-time by a youth team goalie.

Daniel Darie: Brazil in last year's World Cup 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany. Never seen anything like it.

On this day

Greg Dyke
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2013: The Football Association board unanimously approved the nomination of Greg Dyke to succeed David Bernstein as chairman. Dyke took up the post in July 2013.

Demare denies tow

Road Cycling

Arnaud Demare
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Mechanical doping may be the scandal du jour in professional cycling but there's a whiff of a classic underhand tactic around again.

Milan-San Remo winner Arnaud Demare has rejected accusations he was towed by his team car during Saturday's race.

The French rider recovered from a crash 30km from the finish to beat Britain's Ben Swift in a sprint to the line.

He was then accused by two rival riders of getting a tow from his team car back up to the leading group as they climbed the Cipressa but Demare says: "I have done nothing wrong."

Arsenal won the Premier League Asia Trophy in Singapore in 2015

Africa could host a Premier League friendly tournament, the league's executive chairman Richard Scudamore tells BBC Sport.

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