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Summary

  1. England, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland in action tonight
  2. Chris Eubank Sr feared for Nick Blackwell's health during title fight
  3. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

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By James Gheerbrant and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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England prepare to renew 'fiercest rivalry in cricket'

Cricket

England's women take on Australia tomorrow for a place in the World Twenty20 final - and captain Charlotte Edwards says there will be no holds barred.

"I have played with a few of the Australia girls but as soon as we step over the line... it is the fiercest rivalry in cricket and certainly in the women's game," she said.

England have been involved in some extremely close games in this tournament but remain unbeaten, winning all four of their matches to qualify as Group B winners.

"We have learned a lot from our games," England captain Charlotte Edwards told BBC Sport. "We know we can get over the line and it has probably brought us closer together as a team."

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Guide-runner database launched

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A new national guide-runner database has been launched to encourage more people with a visual impairment to run. Find out about it here.

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We asked how far England are going to go in this summer's European Championship.

You, the Sportsday readers, expect it to be another quarter-final exit for England.

England have lost in the quarter-finals of the Euros on both the last two times they qualified for the finals - in 2012 and 2004.

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O'Neill considers striking role for McClean

Football

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is considering playing West Brom winger James McClean in a forward role in tonight's friendly against Slovakia.

"James McClean has played up front before - I've seen him play for Wigan there and he's done exceptionally well," he said.

Keeper Rob Elliot is set to win only his fourth cap in goal.

James McClean vies for the ball
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Life has changed for Murray - Croft

Tennis

Andy Murray
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Becoming a father has affected Andy Murray's form in recent weeks, says former British number one Annabel Croft.

The 28-year-old world number two lost to Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the Miami Open.

Murray returned to action earlier in March after becoming a father but made an early exit from Indian Wells.

"Life has just changed for him and he's just trying to regain momentum, but at the moment it's a bit of struggle," Croft told BBC Scotland.

We have mental edge over NZ - Stokes

Cricket

Recent wins and knowing the Delhi pitch give England a "mental advantage" over New Zealand for their World Twenty20 semi-final, says Ben Stokes.

Kane Williamson's side have won all four games at the tournament but lost to England in a warm-up match, as well as in ODI and T20 series last summer.

They are yet to play in Delhi, while Wednesday's match will be England's third straight game at the venue.

"We know the conditions more than New Zealand will," said all-rounder Stokes.

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A shock on the cards?

Football

A potentially surprising result brewing in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, where Riyad Mahrez's Algeria trail Ethiopia 2-1 midway through the second half.

Getaneh Kebede has scored both goals for Ethiopia, while Algeria - who also include Watford's Adlene Guedioura - netted through Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani.

Milner 'honoured' to lead England

Football

Liverpool midfielder James Milner says captaining his country for the first time against the Netherlands tonight "means everything" to him.

The 30-year-old Yorkshireman, who has won 57 caps, added: "Growing up, you're desperate to put on that England shirt. You're scoring goals for England in your back garden.

"So to get the chance to lead your country out is a massive honour and something you'll never forget."

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Who would you pick for the Euros?

Jonnie Baron: The fact that people are calling for Rashford when there are players such as Deeney and Defoe not getting a mention is crazy!

Jed Shaw: If the All Blacks picked their team on form would they be the best in the world? NO! England must select Rooney (LFC fan)

Peter: Need to take Ox (Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain) if only to save his career from the continued coaching disaster that is Arsene Wenger.

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Togo or not to go?

Football

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Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been wrestling with this exact dilemma, and has finally decided to end his exile from his national team.

Having turned down a Togo call-up on 8 March - saying "I do not wish to interrupt #CPFC training" - he's had a sudden change of heart and is currently playing for them against Tunisia in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.

Gascogine back on track after 'blip'

Football

Paul Gascoigne evades Cameroon defenders
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Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne says he is "back on track" after suffering "one blip" in his struggle with alcoholism.

Gascoigne, 48, was pictured with cuts to his face and being accompanied by a police officer on Sunday.

"I'm not perfect and don't want to be either but I am trying my best always," Gascoigne said on Facebook.

Wyatt joins Sussex Women

Cricket

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England Women all-rounder Danni Wyatt will play county cricket for Sussex this summer after agreeing a move from Nottinghamshire.

The 24-year-old is a member of England's squad at the current World T20 tournament in India.

NZ have played out of their skins - Morgan

Cricket

Eoin Morgan bats against New Zealand
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Eoin Morgan has described England's World T20 semi-final opponents New Zealand as the form team in the tournament ahead of tomorrow's showdown.

"New Zealand have played out of their skin in the group stages," England captain Morgan told BBC Sport.

"They have probably played the best cricket of the tournament so far."

Kane Williamson's side qualified from Group 2 in top spot, courtesy of wins over hosts India, Australia, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

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Who would you pick for the Euros?

Simon Rowley: Should Rooney go to the Euros? Absolutely. Should Rooney start at the Euros? Absolutely not. #Kane#Alli#Vardy

Nicola Jade: Need to stop taking players for that sake of taking them (Henderson, Wilshere, etc..) And take the form players who deserve it.

Dean Sainsbury: Surely Welbeck must be in contention if he keeps his recent run of form

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I chose not to pick Gutierrez - Carver

Football

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Ex-Newcastle boss John Carver says it was his decision to leave Jonas Gutierrez out of the side - not that of the club's board.

Gutierrez, 32, is suing Newcastle for disability discrimination over the way he was treated by the club following his cancer diagnosis in October 2013.  

The Argentina international was told at the end of the 2014/15 season that his contract was not being renewed.

"It tugged on the heartstrings to be honest, but it was a footballing decision," Carver said. "I wanted to take the club forward." 

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How far will England go in the 2016 European Championship?

We asked earlier which side out of England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Wales would go the furthest at this summer's Euros. A resounding 83% of you who voted opted for England.

So that brings us on to our second vote of the day and we want to know how far England will go.

You have six options - winners, runners-up, semi-finalists, quarter-finalists, beaten in the last 16 and fail to get out of the group phase.

You can vote at the top of this page and results will be announced shortly after 16:30 BST when the vote closes.

New Zealand ponder pace duo

Cricket

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Ahead of tomorrow's World T20 semi-final, England's opponents New Zealand could recall one of their biggest names.

Pace bowlers Tim Southee and Trent Boult have been left kicking their heels so far as New Zealand's spinners have taken centre-stage, but at the more seam-friendly venue of Delhi, one or both of the duo could be recalled.

"They're very much ready to go," said captain Kane Williamson. 

"We still haven't decided on a side but we will be looking closely at conditions and the history of what the wicket's produced and try and pick our best side. 

On this day

Rugby Union

2011: Stuart Lancaster was appointed head coach of England's rugby union team.

Stuart Lancaster
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Cruyff embodied spectacular football - Enrique

Football

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique on Tuesday praised the club's former player and manager Johan Cruyff as having embodied "spectacular football and results", as he visited a memorial in honour of the Dutchman at Camp Nou on Tuesday. 

"To talk about Cruyff is to talk about football at its best," said Enrique. "He leaves behind a very important legacy, a legacy that his club will perpetuate, we want to copy and improve this style of play which combines results and a spectacular attacking football."

A fan pays his respects to Johan Cruyff
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Gayle eyes big knock against India

Cricket

Chris Gayle dances in celebration of a wicket
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Chris Gayle hopes to smash another century when West Indies return to Mumbai on Thursday for their World Twenty20 semifinal against India. 

Gayle's 47-ball ton against England gave West Indies a winning momentum in the tournament, but he's done little since - not batting against Sri Lanka due to a hamstring injury, only lasting two balls against South Africa and sitting out against Afghanistan. 

"This is a perfect opportunity to actually start the tournament and try and pick up where I left off, get a big one for the team and put them in a winning position," Gayle said.

Meanwhile, Lendl Simmons has replaced Andre Fletcher in the Windies' squad after Fletcher suffered a hamstring injury.

'No celebration has happened'

Boxing

Some more from Chris Eubank Sr, talking about his son's victory to become British middleweight champion.

Chris Eubank Jr's opponent, Nick Blackwell, remains in an induced coma after suffering a head injury on Saturday.

"No celebration by my family has happened and it will not happen until Nick makes a full recovery," says Eubank Sr.

"I said to the referee 'you have to protect these men'. Referees in general have to be mindful. The British Championship is an accolade that we have desired. We're a fighting family, we're obsessed and love what we do."

Eubank Sr feared for Blackwell's health

Boxing

Chris Eubank Sr tells a news conference that he urged his son, Chris Eubank Jr, to stop punching Nick Blackwell in the head during their British middleweight fight - to protect the opponent.

Blackwell, 25, is in an induced coma after losing to Eubank Jr on Saturday. Between rounds eight and nine, Eubank Sr was heard urging his son to punch Blackwell's body rather than his face, before the doctor stopped the contest in the 10th round.

"Even in sparring, I tell junior to stay away from heads," says Eubank Sr. "He is taught to be fierce and his punching is fast, strong and dangerous - so most certainly it was said to protect the fighter (Blackwell).

"He (Eubank Jr) had clearly already won the fight, he hadn't lost a round. Also, body shots, will stop fighters, so there was no sense going to the head."

Chris Eubank Sr and Chris Eubank Jr
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Joyeux anniversaire

Football

Payet & Kante: Great 1st season in the Premier Lge, playing for France & birthday boys today. (Via @equipedefrance).

Payet & Kante: Great 1st season in the Premier Lge, playing for France & birthday boys today. (Via @equipedefrance).

Lewandowski commits to Bayern?

Gossip

Bad news for Robert Lewandowski's many suitors - German newspaper Bild is reporting that the Polish striker has signed a new contract at Bayern Munich.

The deal reportedly runs to 2021.

Lewandowski, 27, has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Boxing more dangerous if banned - Eubank Sr

Boxing

Chris Eubank Sr is asked whether boxing should be banned after the head injuries suffered by Nick Blackwell in his British middleweight title fight loss to Eubank's son, Chris Eubank Jr.

"Boxing should continue for this one reason," Eubank Sr tells a news conference.

"If it were ever abolished it would go underground and then there would be far, far more incidents of damage to fighters.

"If you ban it, boxing becomes more dangerous and no person can argue that."

Chris Eubank Jr and Chris Eubank Sr
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War-torn Syria advance in World Cup qualifying

Football

War-torn Syria booked a spot in the final stage of 2018 World Cup qualifying and a berth at the 2019 Asian Cup despite suffering a 5-0 loss to already qualified Japan in their final group match on Tuesday. 

The Syrians finished second in the pool behind Japan and were assured of one of the four best runners-up spots across the eight Asian groups after Jordan were beaten 5-1 by continental champions Australia earlier on Tuesday. 

Syria, who have never qualified for a World Cup, are one of 12 teams who will be drawn into two groups for the third round stage with the top two from each pool qualifying for Russia 2018. 

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'As fighters, we know the risks'

Boxing

More quotes from British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr, talking about the head injury sustained by his opponent Nick Blackwell.

Eubank Jr is asked whether the incident had altered his own motivation as a fighter.

He replies: "Not at all. As fighters, we know the risks. We know we're risking our health every time we step into the ring but it is a risk we're willing to take. With these risks, comes great rewards.

"I've been boxing since I was 15. You read up on stories of fighters that end up with injuries. You know the risk, but you train as hard as you can. If you go into a fight thinking you will get hurt, you most likely will. You need to go into a fight thinking you're untouchable.

"I can't stress enough how quickly I want Nick to make a full recovery."

Chris Eubank Jr
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'No fighter wants to see the man in a serious condition'

Boxing

British middleweight champion Chris Eubank Jr has been speaking at a news conference following his fight on Saturday, which has seen opponent Nick Blackwell remain in an induced coma with a small bleed on the brain.

"We don't go in there to cause that type of damage to an opponent. It is never anything personal," says Eubank Jr.

"When I heard the news about Nick it was tough to hear, no fighter wants to see the man after the fight in any type of serious condition. I'm not going in there to damage someone, I just went in to fulfil a lifelong ambition and become British champion."

Tigers will reach semis - Cockerill

Rugby union

Leicester Tigers director of Rugby Richard Cockerill
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Boss Richard Cockerill says Leicester are determined to reach the Premiership semi-finals for a 12th successive season.

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Which players would you pick for the European Championship?

James: Sturridge and Sterling both selfish; this doesn't fit with the rest of the team. Genuine passion/pride of Kane/Vardy any day.

Arthur Fane: A front three of Vardy, Kane and Sturridge would outscore any opposition and make our defensive troubles irrelevant.

Lewis Taylor: England fans/media always have this thing about never appreciating the best player of a generation. Rooney debate is laughable.

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England's tough task

England v Netherlands (20:00 BST)

England have just won away at the world champions Germany, so do you fancy them to beat a Dutch team that have not even qualified for Euro 2016?

Well, history is not on England's side.

0 - England haven’t won any of their last six international meetings with the Netherlands (D4 L2). Task.

Root up to 11th in batting T20I world rankings

Cricket

Batsman England’s Joe Root has moved up 38 places to a career-high 11th in the T20I world rankings.

Root has scored 168 runs in four matches to help his side into the semi-finals of the ongoing World Twenty 20 in India.

His England team-mate Alex Hales is fifth, one place ahead of West Indies' Chris Gayle. India's Virat Kohli is top, Australia's Aaron Finch is second, with Martin Guptill of New Zealand and Faf du Plessis of South Africa in third and fourth respectively.

There are no England bowlers ranked in the top 25, with West Indies Samuel Badree topping the list, while Australia's Shane Watson is classed as the best all-rounder.

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On this day

Football

2008: Derby were relegated from the Premier League with a record low total of 11 points following just one win, eight draws and 29 defeats in the 2007-08 season.

Paul Jewell and Stan Ternant
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Butland rules himself out of Euros

Football

Some interesting quotes from Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland, who suffered a fractured ankle on Saturday in England's win over Germany and expects the injury to keep him out of this summer's European Championship.

“I don’t think it is going to be an option for me now to be honest because I won’t be able to play again between now and the end of the season," he told Stoke's website. 

“I will have an operation on Tuesday night and then it is all about working hard and making sure I come out the other side stronger and better than before.

"It is difficult because I have been working towards the Euros, but I won’t be able to be part of that experience now."

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Change penalty shoot-outs?

Football

We mentioned about England's 4-1 win over the Netherlands in Euro 96, a tournament that ended in penalty shoot-out heartbreak, once again, for England.

Well, should the shoot-out format be changed? Maybe, if these academics are to be believed.

The 'catch-up' rule that could make penalty shoot-outs fairer bbc.in/22XbPqk

The 'catch-up' rule that could make penalty shoot-outs fairer bbc.in/22XbPqk

Ipswich await news on Murphy injury

Football

Daryl Murphy
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Ipswich Town hope to learn more about the extent of striker Daryl Murphy's calf injury on Tuesday after another scan.

The 33-year-old has been ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's game against Slovakia on Tuesday after injuring his calf.

"He has a tear in his calf, but we have no timescale," Ipswich physio Matt Byard told the club website. "We are looking to get him scanned again on Tuesday. We will know more from there."

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Which players would you pick for the European Championship?

MJ: Shouldn't pick anyone that hasn't had a good six-month run at club level this season. No Wilshere, Rashford, Shaw.

Steve Howes: Massive insult to other players if Roy keeps a space again for Wayne. Go with young hungry in form players not false promises.

Len Morrison: If anything, Rooney needs to be in the England squad purely for his leadership. Doubt many will fancy a side led by Cahill!

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