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  1. Emmanuel Eboue banned for one year and is set to be sacked by Sunderland
  2. Premier League news conferences. Next: Sunderland
  3. Gary Neville sacked by Valencia after four months in charge
  4. GET INVOLVED: Good players, but bad managers #bbcsportsday

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By Shamoon Hafez and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's it for another edition of Sportsday, we'll back back at 08:00 BST on Friday.

In the meantime, you can follow the India v West Indies World Twenty20 semi-final.

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Hoy to compete in 24 hour race

Le Mans

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Cycling champion Sir Chris Hoy will step up his motorsport journey by racing at Le Mans in June.

The 40-year-old Scot, Britain's most successful Olympian, will compete in the second tier at the prestigious 24-hour event.

Hoy and two team-mates will drive a Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 chassis at Le Mans' Circuit de la Sarthe.

"I'm not thinking beyond Le Mans," said Hoy. "I'm just thinking about getting to the start of the race."

Man Utd hunting Europe


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Manchester United are scouring Europe in a bid to boost their academy numbers.

New head of academy Nicky Butt promised to search far and wide for fresh talent on the continent ready to make an impact next season.

United’s famed academy has come under intense scrutiny this year, particularly at Under 18 level with coach Paul McGuinness eventually leaving.

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England want to be 'dominant'

Rugby Union

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England wing Jack Nowell says they want to become "the most dominant team in the world" after completing the Six Nations Grand Slam earlier this month.

The 22-year-old, who plays for Exeter Chiefs, started all five games in the championship, scoring one try.

"At the start of the tournament we said that we wanted to be the best side in Europe," Nowell told BBC Radio Devon.

"To do that you have to win all five games, so to come back and to achieve that is massive for us."

On this day

Rugby Union

 2011: Sale prop Karena Wihongi was handed a four-month ban after testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

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There could be a way back for Eboue - Allardyce

Sunderland v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST)

One last quote from Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce on Emmanuel Eboue, the full-back who earlier today was handed a one-year ban by Fifa for owing money to a former agent.

Eboue is set to be sacked by the club, but Allardyce says the 32-year-old could still play for the Black Cats - if the issue is resolved very quickly.

"There could be a way back if he gets it sorted out," added Allardyce.

Pellegrini and Karanka linked with Valencia


Manuel Pellegrini and AItor Karanka
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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini and Middlesbrough boss AItor Karanka are both candidates for the Valencia job, report the Daily Star.

The Spanish club sacked Gary Neville yesterday after four miserable months in charge.

Neville won just three of his 16 league games in charge and paid the price with his job.

Former Liverpool assistant Pako Ayestaran has taken on the role on a temporary basis until the summer.

Sam Allardyce news conference

Sunderland v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST))

A tough press conference for Sam Allardyce, who now faces questions concerning the Black Cats' former winger Adam Johnson, who has just begun a six-year jail sentence for grooming and sexual activity with a girl aged 15.

"As a professional you have to deal with it and in the only way you can do," says Allardyce.

"The decision has been made and you have to accept it and make sure it does not affect the dressing room - and I'm confident it won't do.

“We’ve lost a hugely talented player in Adam Johnson, irrespective of his indiscretions. He obviously got what he deserved but we’ve lost a talented player I would’ve liked to keep but it was taken out of our hands by other factors.”

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Doukara banned for biting


Souleymane Doukara
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More on the news that Leeds forward Souleymane Doukara has been banned for eight matches by the FA for biting an opponent. 

The incident happened early in the second half of Leeds' Championship 1-1 draw with Fulham at Elland Road. 

Fulham defender Fernando Amorebieta was the victim of the bite. Doukara was also warned as to his future conduct and fined £5,000.

BreakingLeeds forward banned for eight games


Leeds forward Souleymane Doukara has been banned for eight matches after being found guilty of biting an opponent, the Football Association has announced.

Eboue 'let down by other people' - Allardyce

Sunderland v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Some more from Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce on full-back Emmanuel Eboue, who is set to be sacked by the club.

"There has been a denial (from Emmanuel) in the early stages but it does not just get to Fifa and a ban - it's a long process," says Allardyce.

"He has relied on other people and other people have let him down. He was going to be in my squad for us because he is fit enough but that all has gone now."

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Good players, bad managers

Paul Fry Teddy Sheringham. He's almost taken Stevenage into the Conference. He started at the bottom and couldn't cut it.  

Andy Close: Several spring to mind - Chris Waddle at Burnley, Alan Shearer at Newcastle, Teddy Sheringham at Stevenage, Paul Gascoigne at Kettering, Tony Adams at Wycombe, John Barnes at Tranmere, Peter Shilton at Plymouth, Edgar Davids at Barnet.

Gary Marron: Dean Saunders, excellent player awful at Wolves and Crawley as manager.

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'The past has caught up with Emmanuel'

Sunderland v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has been giving his views on full-back Emmanuel Eboue, who is set to be sacked by the club after receiving a one-year ban from Fifa for not paying an agent.

"The problem is what has happened in the past has caught up with Emmanuel, for whatever the reason," says Allardyce.

"He hasn't sorted it out and we were completely in the dark until we found out a few days ago. He has got a ban and the contract gets terminated on that basis.

"I'm massively disappointed like everyone else is."

Man United and Liverpool await fate


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Manchester United and Liverpool are expected to discover next week if they will face more charges for illicit chanting at their Europa League tie.

Some fans of both clubs sang songs related to tragedies involving the other side in the 1-1 second-leg draw at Old Trafford on 17 March, with Liverpool winning the tie 3-1.

Uefa has already charged both clubs for crowd trouble, and Liverpool for illicit chants - reportedly critical of Manchester, rather than referring to the Munich air crash.

Europe's governing body was then made aware of the allegations of chanting about that disaster and the Hillsborough tragedy - and is expected to make a decision on possible new charges next week.

On this day


1980: The legendary Jesse Owens, the athlete who once set four world records in one day and won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, died. 

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Makinson could miss rest of season

Rugby League

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St Helens winger Tommy Makinson could miss the rest of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The 24-year-old St Helens-born one-club man suffered the injury in Monday's 20-12 win at Widnes, in which he scored one of his side's three tries.

"We're all gutted for Tommy," said Saints coach Keiron Cunningham.

"He is one of the most professional players we have and will be dedicated to his rehab. But we are experienced at dealing with long-term injuries."

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Good players, bad managers

James Kendrick: Paul Merson was a decent player but was shocking as Walsall manager.

David Thackeray: Tommy Docherty, a footballing great, managed both Chelsea and Manchester United to relegation. That must be up there!

Geoff Naylor: Wasn't Britain's best player ever - Bobby Charlton - manager at Preston? Didn't last long as I remember.

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Bobby Charlton
Bobby Charlton indeed had a spell as Preston manager, but only from 1973 to 1975

Recoba retires


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Former Inter Milan and Uruguay forward Alvaro Recoba has retired from football at the age of 40.

Recoba, who represented Inter for 10 seasons, winning two Serie A titles and the Uefa Cup, returned to his hometown club Nacional of Montevideo in 2011.

Having won two Primera Division titles with him in the team, Nacional announced Recoba was finally hanging up his boots.

The left-footed attacking midfielder earned 69 caps with Uruguay and played at the 2002 World Cup.  

Arsenal in for Benzema


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Arsenal are eyeing a summer move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema,reports say.

The 28-year-old France international has scored 24 goals in 26 games so far this season.

McDermott to coach US at World Cup

Rugby League

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Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott will take charge of the United States at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

McDermott first took on the post with the USA Hawks last July, sealing qualification for the tournament with wins against Jamaica and Canada.

The 46-year-old has become one of the most successful coaches in Super League, with three titles and two Challenge Cup wins as Leeds boss.

"I'm very pleased to have been invited to continue my role," he said.

'We screwed up'


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Some refreshing honesty from a footballer for once.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil says the club have themselves to blame for not challenge for the Premier League title.

Arsene Wenger's side are 11 points back from Premier League leaders Leicester City with eight games to play.

"Looking at our season so far, we have to be honest and admit that we screwed up ourselves," Ozil is reported to have said.

"We did not play to our potential in the games against the so-called smaller teams. You immediately get punished for that in the Premier League."

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Who will be Aston Villa's next permanent manager?

You will have seen that both Ruud Gullit and Garry Monk have both said they would be interested in the Aston Villa manager's job.

So we've decided to have a vote on the matter. Gullit and Monk are included along with nine of the other contenders who are among the bookmakers' favourites.

If you don't like our options then you had best click on the 'other' icon. You can vote at the top of this page and the results will be announced shortly after 16:30 BST.

The full options are: Eric Black, Steve Bruce, Ruud Gullit, Mick McCarthy, Steve McClaren, Garry Monk, David Moyes, Gary Neville, Nigel Pearson, Brendan Rodgers, Gareth Southgate, Other.

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Walters could miss out on Euros


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Stoke striker Jon Walters faces a race against time to be fit for Euro 2016.

The Republic of Ireland front man under went minor knee surgery to repair cartilage damage in his knee which could keep him out for six weeks.

Walters, 32 seems certain to miss most of Stoke’s remaining matches but could be available towards the end of the season, report the Daily Star.


A Question of Sport Teaser

Today's question was:

Today’s #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Who are the 4 current Premier League managers to have also managed Valencia since 2000?

The answers?

Answers to #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Rafael Benitez, Claudio Ranieri, Quique Sanchez Flores, Ronald Koeman.

Well done if you got them all. Did you fall into the trap though? You may have said Guus Hiddink but he managed Valencia before 2000.

Bendtner future in doubt


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Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are to decide whether to terminate the contract of striker Nicklas Bendtner after being banished from first team training following disciplinary issues.

Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner, 28, has played just four times for the club this season, scoring two goals.

Sporting director Klaus Allofs said: "The current situation is dissatisfying for everyone and can't continue on a permanent basis.

“For that reason we sat down again on Wednesday with our advisers and discussed possible solutions.”

Vermaelen off to Juve?


Thomas Vermaelen

Former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is being tracked by Juventus ahead of a proposed summer move.

The 30-year-old Barcelona defender has barely featured since he joined from the Gunners in 2014, having made only 11 La Liga appearances.

The Belgian's first season at the Nou Camp was scuppered by a long-term thigh strain and he has struggled to dislodge centre-back pairing Javier Mascherano and Gerard Pique this term.

And now Juventus are set to make contact with Barca over a summer move if they fail to land their No.1 target Mehdi Benatia from Bayern Munich, report Tuttosport.

Monk in for Villa job


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Former Swansea boss Garry Monk is interested in the Aston Villa job, Press Association Sport understands. 

 The 37-year-old is looking to get back into management after leaving Swansea in December and would not be fazed by the prospect of replacing Remi Garde despite the midlands club's likely relegation from the Premier League. 

Monk spent 11 years at Swansea and aided their long-term development after joining as a player when they were in League Two, report PA Sport.

Seven teams can win Premier League - Pochettino

Liverpool v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Good news Southampton fans - your team can still win the title this year, well according to Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Leicester are five points ahead of Tottenham, who in turn have six points more than Arsenal, with Southampton seventh, 19 points behind Leicester.

"It is not only between us and Leicester or us, Leicester and Arsenal," says Pochettino. "Manchester City, Manchester United, West Ham and Southampton still have the possibility, mathematically.

"I'm not a politician. I'm realistic as in football anything can happen. We believe we can win the title but other teams have the possibility to fight with us."

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'I tried until the last moment to race'

Formula 1

Fernando Alonso has just been speaking about being ruled out of this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix with a chest injury.

"When you come here and you cannot even try it is always sad but it is understandable,” he said. “I respect the decision, I tried until the last moment to race. I was ready to go through this pain somehow in the car and make sure I could race, the pain is manageable at the end of the day.

"There are some other risks the doctors think, it is risk management and to minimise that is the logical thing."

As for the Chinese GP in a fortnight, Alonso added: "I am not 100% so there will be another test I need to do in eight or 10 days, after that the FIA will evaluate again."

Highlights: West Indies beat NZ in semis


Highlights: West Indies beat NZ in semis

We mentioned that the West Indies defeated New Zealand in the semis of the Women's World Twenty20 to set up a final with Australia, well now you can see just how they did it.

Click on the above video to see highlights from the match.

The second men's semi-final in the World Twenty 20, between West Indies and India, starts shortly and you can watch in-play highlights and follow live text commentary here.

Gullit wants Villa job


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This is a surprise...

Former Chelsea and Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit has put his name forward to become Aston Villa’s manager.

The 53-year-old has been out of management since 2011 and hasn’t managed in the Premier League since 1999.

After Villa parted company with Remi Garde by mutual consent, Gullit admitted he would consider a return to management in the West Midlands.

‘If they come to me then I will really, really consider it,’ he told BeIN Sports.

Mauricio Pochettino news conference

Liverpool v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Some more quotes from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who enjoyed watching Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Kyle Walker in England's friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands.

"The generation of players that England have now, they are in a position to achieve good things," says Pochettino.

"Harry is one of their best (strikers), but they also have Vardy, Welbeck, Rooney so this generation is fantastic. I tried to sit on the sofa and watch the game and enjoy it as a fan."

Pochettino also reveals Kane will no longer need the face mask that he has been wearing for the last few weeks. "Today, he trained without the mask and this is good for him as it does disturb you a bit to play with this on your face," added Pochettino.

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Mauricio Pochettino news conference

Liverpool v Tottenham (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

Some team news from Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, before his side's game away at Liverpool on Saturday.

"We need to assess a few players like Erik Lamela, who only arrived back today, but we’re happy with how everyone has come back," says Pochettino.

"Toby Alderweireld was ill but he’s OK. He trained with us Tuesday, Wednesday and today. Jan Vertonghen is very close."

Man Utd must be patient - Ferguson


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Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson defends current manager Louis van Gaal, saying success will return to the club.

Van Gaal has failed to win a trophy in almost two years in charge, but Ferguson had to wait four years for his first silverware - sparking a run of 38 trophies in the next 22 years.

"For 150 years of history it is worth having a couple of years on the quiet side of success because they will always come back and come back strong," Ferguson told Sky Sports.

"You have to have some patience being a Manchester United fan and they have shown that over the years; in Matt Busby's time, in my time."

Burnley record record profit


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Championship promotion hopefuls Burnley returned a profit of £30.1m, a club record, during their 2014-15 stint in the Premier League.

The Clarets, who were relegated at the end of the season, had posted a £7.6m pre-tax loss the previous campaign.

These figures do not include compensation from Liverpool for striker Danny Ings, who left last summer.

Chairman Mike Garlick said the income allowed the club to clear debts and fund new developments.

Wales women wear men's shirt

Women's football


Wales' women's national football team have to wear men's shirts, striker Helen Ward has revealed.

Ward, 29, said women's cut shirts are supplied for her club Reading but is disappointed the national women's side have to play in men's shirts.

"We'll wear what we're given, but it is nice to be wearing a kit that fits and cut the right way," Ward told BBC Radio Wales' Jason Mohammad programme.

"It's really disappointing because a lot of shirts come in women's sizes."

West Indies into Women's World T20 final


West Indies will play Australia in the final of the Women's World Twenty20 after beating New Zealand by six runs in the second semi-final.

New Zealand could only reach 137-8 off their 20 overs after West Indies made 143-6.

WEST INDIES WOMEN WIN BY 6 RUNS! #NZvWI New Zealand Women 137/8 (20 Overs). West Indies Women 143/6. We've done it! Windies into one final!

We've tightened up defensively - Pardew

West Ham v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace side are only seven points above the relegation zone, but the Eagles boss is not panicking.

He says: "When I look at us, we've definitely tightened up defensively in the last few games, which is a good sign.

"I'm happy with the back four and now we need to start hitting the target.  

"We need to get two or three goals in a game. We're just trying to get the points that we need before the FA Cup semi-final."