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Summary

  1. Gary Neville sacked as Valencia boss
  2. Man City's Demichelis charged with betting offences
  3. Newcastle goalkeeper Elliot out for "number of months"
  4. GET INVOLVED How would you sell Aston Villa? #bbcsportsday

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By Phil Dawkes and Richard Winton

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That's it from Sportsday, we'll be back from 08:00 BST tomorrow.

In the meantime, you can follow England's progress in Delhi here as they attempt to chase down New Zealand in the World Twenty20. 

Neville leaves Valencia

Football

Gary Neville had a 35.7 win percentage at Valencia, but that drops to 18.8 percent in La Liga.

The former Manchester United defender was in charge for 16 league games, winning three and losing eight.

Neville, 41, was in charge for less than four months, winning 10 of the 28 games Valencia played in all competitions and losing 11.

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Gary Neville

Gary Neville is sacked by Valencia after less than four months as head coach.

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Spurs eye Moenchengladbach midfielder?

Football gossip

Mo Dahoud
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German newspaper Bild are reporting that Tottenham are considering a £24m move for 20-year-old Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Mo Dahoud.

Arsenal close to £35.4m Xhaka move?

Football gossip

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German newspaper Bild are reporting that Arsenal are edging closer to agreeing a £35.4m summer deal for Borussia Monchengladbach's Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka.

Sizable support for Oxford

Football

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The Oxford Mail are reporting that the League Two club have sold almost all of their 33,000 allocation of tickets for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final against Barnsley at Wembley on Sunday.

Rob Elliot

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Rob Elliot says he will miss Euro 2016 after being ruled out for a "number of months".

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Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli

West Indies captain Darren Sammy says his side will be David to India's Goliath during their semi-final clash.

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40-team World Cup by 2026?

Football

Gianni Infantino
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The Mirror are reporting that Fifa are keen to increase the World Cup finals to include 40 teams by 2026.

Speaking during a visit to Uruguay, new president Gianni Infantino said a larger competition would mean an extra place for South America.

"We must open [the finals] up to more. The idea would be from 2026," Infantino said. "We're going to talk about this with everyone: players, the [Fifa] council."

Lurgan search for safe hands

Football

One of Lurgan Celtic's outfield players is set to don the gloves for their Irish Cup semi-final on Saturday.

Regular number one Conor McCorry is suspended after being sent off last weekend while back-up keeper Jamie McAtavey has a broken wrist.  

Outfield players Raymond Fitzpatrick or Dale Malone could play in goal against Linfield.

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On this day

Premier League

2012: Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov announced he had been diagnosed with acute leukaemia.  

Stiliyan Petrov
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Vicarage Road to the Bernabeu?

Football gossip

Miguel Layun
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According to the Daily Mirror,Real Madrid are considering a move for Watford's Miguel Layun to provide competition for Marcelo at left-back.

Dutch FA want Van Gaal

Football

Louis van Gaal
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The Independent are reporting that the Dutch Football Association want embattled Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal to become the technical director of the national team.

Sanchez digs deep for home town

Football

Tocopilla
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Who says footballers are only interested in themselves?

Arsenal's Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has funded the construction on two artificial football pitches in his home town of Tocopilla. "I built them because I wanted young kids to have a decent pitch to play on, because I didn't have one when I was younger,” he told the club website.

We assume by "built" he doesn't mean he actually had the boiler suit on...

Backing for Darlow

Football

More support for Rob Elliot, this time from club team-mate Tim Krul, who is also sidelined through injury. The Dutch keeper has also backed Karl Darlow to step up and help Newcastle in their relegation battle...

Gutted to hear about Rob's injury. Bad time for goalies lately. Can't wait to go back to days like this @the_dilsh

Gutted to hear about Rob's injury. Bad time for goalies lately. Can't wait to go back to days like this @the_dilsh

I'm convinced Karl Darlow will step in and does the business last 8 games of the season. #KeepTheFaith #NUFC

Casty setback for Catalans

Super League

Catalans Dragons skipper Remi Casty will be out of action for four weeks after fracturing a rib cartilage in their Easter Monday win over Castleford.

The 31-year-old prop has played five games in 2016 after having last season cut short by a knee injury. 

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Coutinho decision for Liverpool

Football

Philippe Coutinho
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The Liverpool Echo is reporting that Jurgen Klopp is considering resting playmaker Philippe Coutinho for Saturday's meeting with Tottenham.

The 23-year-old was an unused substitute in Brazil's 2-2 draw with Paraguay on Tuesday but will not report back until tomorrow following a 13-hour flight back to England.

Rashford key for United

Football

Marcus Rashford
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Such has been the impact made by Marcus Rashford in his short senior career that team-mate Marcos Rojo says he is already one of Manchester United's key players.

"Rashford is a great young player with an important future ahead of him and I hope he keeps playing like that because it helps us a lot in each match," said Rojo of the striker, who has scored five goals in eight games for United.

"He's a player with a lot of potential. Despite his age, he's very confident and he shows it in each match."

Spurs in for Malli

Football

Yunus Malli
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Tottenham are interested in FSV Mainz attacking midfielder Yunus Malli, according to the Daily Mail.

Spurs are already identifying targets for the summer transfer window and the 24-year-old features prominently on Mauricio Pochettino’s shopping list.

The White Hart Lane club enquired about the Turkey international during the winter transfer window but a deal couldn’t be concluded.

England fighting back

Cricket

Two key wickets for England. Colin Munro had been belting it, but has just been caught by Moeen Ali off Liam Plunkett. This after Moeen had caught and bowled Kane Williamson.

New Zealand are 107-3 after 13.2 overs and you can follow the game here.

On this day

Boat Race

1895: The Oxford and Cambridge University Boat Race became the first regular British sporting event to be captured on film.  

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Kilmarnock make double signing

Football

Lee Clark has made his first signings as Kilmarnock manager, adding defender Miles Addison and winger Alex Henshall to his squad.

Both players worked under Clark during his stint at Blackpool and have agreed to join the Rugby Park club's fight to avoid relegation from the Scottish Premiership.

Aubameyang. Reus. Rap. Dreadful

Football

Pierre Emerick Aubameyang & Marco Reus
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Ever wanted to see Borussia Dortmund attacking duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus in a rap video?

Well, here you go...

Black Caps on the charge

Cricket

Chris Jordan, Kane Williamson and Colin Munro
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New Zealand are halfway through their innings and they are flying. Colin Munro has carried on where Martin Guptill left off. He and Kane Williamson have taken the Kiwis to 88-1 after 10.

You can follow the match here.

Goalkeepers' union

Football

Stoke's England keeper Jack Butland, who will miss Euro 2016 because of an ankle injury, has offered his sympathy to Newcastle's Rob Elliot, who may also miss the tournament after sustaining a knee injury in the Republic of Ireland's draw against Slovakia.

Butland also suggested Elliot come round to his to watch the event...

mate, gutted for you and wish you a solid recovery! you can come round mine and we can watch the euros together! head up mate! @the_dilsh 🙏🏼

Hull City manager Steve Bruce

Championship promotion contenders Hull City would not welcome an approach from Aston Villa for manager Steve Bruce.

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Peaty ready for peak performance

Swimming

Nick Hope

BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

Adam Peaty
BBC Sport

An ominous message for rivals of Adam Peaty as the world champion and world record breaking swimmer says he's in the "best physical shape" of his life.

Peaty and co tackle the British Olympic selection trials from 12-17 April in Glasgow.

You can hear more from Peaty in BBC One's Saturday Sportsday show at 12:50 BST

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@BBCSport I'll take it. My record speaks for itself #bbcsportsday

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'Alli the new Gazza'

Football

Dele Alli
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I think we can all agree that Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli is a very talented young lad. Teddy Sheringham, though, believes he is the 'new Gazza'. Big praise indeed.

Former Tottenham, Manchester United and England forward Sheringham told the Daily Mirror: “He had that aura about him in Berlin that Paul Gascoigne had about him at the beginning of his career. It was almost if Dele Alli was saying: 'Come and try and get the ball off me. And even if you've got the ball I'll nick it off you then I'm going to wander away from you and you won't get it off me.'"

Guptill goes

Cricket

England have struck in the third over and it is a big wicket. The danger man Martin Guptill has nicked a David Willey delivery to be caught behind by Jos Buttler. New Zealand are 17-1.

You can follow the match here.

Spurs in for Kovacic?

Football gossip

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Spanish newspaper AS is reporting that Tottenham and Sevilla are interested in signing Real Madrid's 21-year-old Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer.

On this day

Football

1993: Manchester United's French striker Eric Cantona was fined £1,000 for spitting at supporters of his former club Leeds.  

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Arsenal gossip

A round-up of Arsenal gossip, including reports that Arsenal could beat Liverpool to Borussia Moenchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka.

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No Villa move for Bruce

Football

Simon Clark

Sports Editor BBC Radio Humberside

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Hull City say they have received no approach from Premier League strugglers Aston Villa for manager Steve Bruce.

Bruce is one of the favourites for the vacancy at Villa Park following the dismissal of Remi Garde. But a spokesman for the Tigers said "no approach had been made nor would one be welcome".

England stick NZ in

Cricket

Eoin Morgan (front) and team-mates
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England have won the toss and have chosen to field against New Zealand in their World Twenty20 semi-final against New Zealand in Delhi.

You can follow the game in more detail here.

Watch highlights as Australia beat England by five runs in the semi-finals of the Women's World Twenty20 in Delhi.

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Maybe Villa need to be hiring from a new pot rather than recycling the same old ex-pros? #bbcsportsday