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Summary

  1. Frank Lampard retires aged 38
  2. Who was better - Lampard or Gerrard? #bbcsportsday
  3. England pick Launchbury for Six Nations opener
  4. Wales, Scotland & Ireland name teams

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By Libby Dawes

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Record breaker - Frank Lampard retires

  • Only Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (615) have made more Premier League appearances than Lampard (609).
  • His total of 177 goals is the Premier League's fourth highest behind Alan Shearer, Wayne Rooney and Andy Cole.
  • He has scored more goals from outside the box than any other Premier League player (41).
  • Lampard scored against a record 39 different teams in the Premier League.
  • No England player has scored as many penalties as Lampard (nine), excluding shootouts.
Frank Lampard
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Lampard was awarded the OBE in 2015

And with that, we will say goodnight. 

Have a super evening - same again tomorrow?

Chin up - it's nearly Friday....!

Ex-England manager Sven Goran Eriksson on Lampard's future:

Le Mans 24 hour race line-up announced

Notable driver entries into this year's 24 Hour LeMans race include: 

Olympic cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy, former F1 drivers Sebastian Buemi and Nelson Pique Jr and former Manchester United goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. 

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Who was better - Lampard or Gerrard?

MrClayton2000: Lampard has been a model of the FA Coaching Manual for 20 years: incredible record in every way. Gerard was a great cameo.

Peter Collins: Lampard more consistent and more professional. Gerrard more moments of magic and more passionate.

Check out the stats and cast your vote here. Have your say by using #bbcsportsday.

That's strange...

Ashley Cole has posted the same image on HIS Instagram... Drogba got there first but the message to his former Chelsea team-mate is just as heartfelt: 

"What a career you have had. The dedication you had will not be matched by a lot of players. You worked everyday after most went home the love and desire you had for the game was amazing. Nnothing was good enough for you, a true pro and a true gent. Good luck for whatever is next for you ūüíô"

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Drogba showers praise on Lampard

Didier Drogba has posted a lovely message to his former team-mate Frank Lampard on his Instagram: 

"What else?????? Thank you Frank Lampard. All time goal scorer of Chelsea. A gentleman with true values. I've been honored to play and spend so many years next to him. I've learnt so much at practices with you but even more when we were staying after training trying to find ways to score more goals!!! 

"I could continue writing to tell all the stories, the goals the fun the difficult moments we shared but I'm just gonna say Thank you LEGEND. ‚̧ԳŹ¬†#historymakers¬†#theimpossibles¬†#superfrank"

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Argentine defender joins Middlesbrough

Young Argentine Pedro Silva Torrejon has joined Middlesbrough Under-23s until the end of season. 

The 20-year-old left-back arrives from Boca Juniors on loan with an option in place to make the move permanent at the end of the season.

CONFIRMED | Young Argentine Pedro Silva Torrejon will link up with Paul Jenkins' U23s after joining #Boro on loan.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Who was better - Lampard or Gerrard?

CJ: Stevie G a better footballer all round. Lampard in touching distance.

Alan Robins: Lampard...Gerrard could be brilliant and inspirational on his day but Lampard was consistently a class act.

Daniel Smith: Lampard vs Gerrard - who's better? Easy, the answer's Paul Scholes 

Check out the stats and cast your vote here. Have your say by using #bbcsportsday.

Frank Lampard v Steve Gerrard
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Happy Birthday

Andy Fordham (darts) - 2004 World Professional Darts champion, turns 55.

James Hickman (swimming) - Five-time world short-course butterfly champion and former world record holder, is 41.

Barry Ferguson (football) - former Rangers and Scotland midfielder, now Clyde manager, celebrates his 39th birthday today. 

Faye White (football) - former Arsenal and England Women's captain, also turns 39.

Carolina Kluft (athletics) - former Olympic, world and European heptathlon champion, is 34.

Gerard Pique (football) - Spain and Barcelona defender, turns 30.

Jill Scott (football) - Manchester City Ladies and England midfielder, celebrates her 30th birthday today.

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Swansea news conference: I tried to tempt Lampard to the Liberty - Clement

Manchester City v Swansea (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

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Swansea City head coach Paul Clement has revealed he tried to tempt Frank Lampard to the Liberty Stadium before his retirement.

Clement, who was appointed Swans boss in January, coached Lampard at Chelsea.

The former England international announced his retirement from the game after a 21-year career.

Clement said: "We had a chat. I think he appreciated that I called, because of our relationship. I'm not saying it got close, but we had a conversation."

He added: "It did not go very far, but it would have been nice. It would have been good."

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Management can be a lonely place - Sarll

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Stevenage manager Darren Sarll says he has experienced loneliness during his first year in football management.

Sarll, 34, replaced Teddy Sheringham at Boro, and the club are now seven points off the League Two play-off places.

"Experienced managers say to you try to switch off and have your family life," he told BBC Three Counties Radio.

"I don't know if it's my first year and I'm young, but for me that's impossible. It's very lonely, especially in defeat."

He continued: "I just want to hide away and get my head around what is next. I don't want to hide away and sulk or melt in the corner, but I want to refocus.

"But that means isolating your family and pushing them to one side in the times when you should be really with them."  

Big engagement for Sanu

Super Bowl LI: New England Patriots v Atlanta Falcons (23:30 GMT, Sun)

Mohamed Sanu hopes to be celebrating again at Sunday's Super Bowl - 12 months after his fiancee Lauren said yes to his marriage proposal at the League Cup final.

The Atlanta Falcons receiver proposed at Wembley when Liverpool equalised in the match which Manchester City eventually won on penalties, 

"It was a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. I waited for the game and I thought, I'm going to wait until they score and once they scored that's when I did it," he said.

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O'Brien named in Ireland team

Scotland v Ireland (14:25 GMT, Saturday)

Flanker Sean O'Brien has been named in the Ireland team to face Scotland in Saturday's Six Nations opener.

The Leinster back-rower has been out for a number of weeks with a calf injury but has taken a full part in training since Tuesday.

Iain Henderson is preferred to Donnacha Ryan in the second row while Keith Earls and Simon Zebo play on the wings.

Ian Keatley is named as fly-half Paddy Jackson's understudy on the bench, which also includes winger Tommy Bowe.  

Iain Henderson is preferred to Donnacha Ryan in the second row
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Iain Henderson is preferred to Donnacha Ryan in the second row

Razor Ruddock sends his best to Lampard...

Wayne Rooney on Frank Lampard

"Great player, teammate, goalscorer and a great friend. Congratulations on a brilliant career Frank Lampard".

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Rhodes 'hurt' by Middlesbrough exclusion

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Sheffield Wednesday striker Jordan Rhodes has admitted he was frustrated by his lack of action at Middlesbrough.

The 26-year-old joined the Owls on loan until the end of the season on transfer deadline day.

Scotland international Rhodes only started two games for Boro this season and had not featured since 14 December.

"I love playing football and it's all I've ever wanted to do. When you can't do that on a Saturday afternoon, it hurts," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

"You can feel quite distant from the game and I've tried to keep myself ticking over both physically and mentally.

Read more here. 

Who was better - Lampard or Gerrard?

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Ray Bentley: The fact it's been an argument so long to me says they're pretty much equals and it's down to personal preference.

Diegofied: It's not even debatable, Lampard is head and shoulders above Slippy G

CarlitosScar: Gerrard.... by a country mile.

Check out the stats and cast your vote here. Have your say by using #bbcsportsday.

Frank Lampard v Steve Gerrard
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Klopp on Mourinho: We all struggle sometimes...

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho's complaints that the Manchester United manager is treated less favourably than the German by officials during matches, saying he has improved since he was younger.  

Jurgen Klopp responds to Jose Mourinho's comments on behaviour

Management beckons for Lampard - Wilkins

Former Chelsea assistant manager Ray Wilkins has been paying tribute to the retiring Blues legend Frank Lampard.

“Frank’s been exceptional and ranks among the best that have ever played for Chelsea with his goals, his creativity, his work ethic. He’s everything anyone wants as a coach or manager," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

“He could have still played for Chelsea, but he chose to go to the MLS.

“He went there and enjoyed himself. He had a sticky couple of months but all of a sudden he scores goal after goal after goal. He has decided to retire, but he will make a success of his life.

‚ÄúI would love him to go (and manage) a Premier League side and not anywhere else. He knows what the Premier League is all about. Go in where you know ‚Äď he knows top quality international footballers. Give him the opportunity to do his stuff.‚ÄĚ

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Who was better - Lampard or Gerrard?

Use #bbcsportsday

With Frank Lampard and Steve Gerrard now having ended their trophy-laden careers, we are tackling the debate one last time - who was better?

You can check out the stats and cast your vote here.

Don't forget to have your say by using #bbcsportsday.

Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard
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'Chelsea's greatest' - Terry tribute to Lampard

We didn't have John Terry down as a writer - but he's penned a mini-essay in tribute to his retiring former Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard.

Calling him the greatest player in the club's history, Terry goes on to describe his friend as a gentleman on an off the pitch.

He goes all a bit emosh at the end of his Instagram post, signing off thus...

A great dad to your two beautiful girls and I'm proud to call you my mate Good Luck for the future, whatever you choose to do will be a huge successLove Ya LampsyLEGEND HERO INSPIRATION + THE BEST EVER  

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Controversial opinion from Taylor

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Controversial opinion from Taylor
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Ipswich Town defender Steven Taylor thinks football clubs should go back in time and make the young footballers clean the boots and fetch coffees for the first team.

The 31-year-old former Newcastle United centre-back has joined the Championship side until the end of the season.

And he was taken aback by an offer to clean his boots by a Town youngster.

"I think that should happen at every football club, you earn your right and the respect of every first-teamer," Taylor told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I came in on my first day here and had a young lad come up to me and ask to clean my boots, and I said 'I'll do it myself', because I wasn't used to it.

"It brings back memories of how a club should be run and that's how Mick McCarthy is and how it was with Bobby."

'I really need fixing'

#GetInspired

Meet the four people who have been selected for the 2017 RideLondon Fixing Challenge

After being inspired by the Fixing Dad in 2016, more than 2,000 people applied for the 2017 RideLondon Fixing Challenge.

Craig Russell, Cherry Kelly, Adrian Higham and Maureen Webber are the four people who will now undergo the six-month scheme, leading up to the RideLondon event on 28-20 July.

If you want to learn more about getting into cycling, read our special guide. 

Froome fifth in Australia

Britain's Chris Froome finished sixth on stage one of the Herald Sun Tour in Australia to move fifth overall.

The Team Sky rider, 31, is looking to retain his title in the five-day race.

The three-time Tour de France winner, who came 26th in Wednesday's prologue, was one minute and 11 seconds behind stage winner Damien Howson on Thursday.

Australia's Howson, of Orica-Scott, broke away to win the 172.4km stage from Wangaratta to Falls Creek by 32 seconds from second-placed Jai Hindley.

Chris Froome
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Fisticuffs?! During a bike race?

Road Cycling

marcel kittel
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Ukrainian Andriy Grivko has been disqualified from the Dubai Tour for punching race leader Marcel Kittel.

Grivko's Astana team apologised to Kittel and his Quick Step Floors team.

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Frank Lampard retires - Your memories

#bbcsportsday

Yousuf Ali: Frank Lampard is one of the few players deserving of the title role model. An absolute professional and gentleman.

Michael Chivala:  Super Frank Lampard, the ultimate professional. Bounced back countless times to silence critics. Plus THAT goal vs Barcelona!!

Daniel Gough: Remember a match at the Bridge, Lamps stayed on pitch long after the whistle, showing his respect applauding fans.

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Southampton news conference

Southampton v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Jose Fonte
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West Ham's Jose Fonte will return to his former club in this weekend's visit to St Mary's but Puel hopes there will be a good reception for the ex-Saints captain. 

"We cannot regret losing Jose to West Ham because it was a good moment for him. It's important to look forward. I hope he can come back with good support from the fans". 

He also has a little more to say about Virgil Van Dijk missing the EFL Cup final. 

"We have been unlucky for Virgil because he has been important for the team but we will find a solution. He will be out for two-three months but I don't know for sure. It does not mean he has played his last game for Southampton - that's only speculation". 

Puel suggested Ryan Bertrand is a possibility to play in the centre-back position, but said they will have to look at all of the options in the squad.

It's a boy - Treve has first foal

Racing has welcomed one of its most keenly-awaited arrivals.

Dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Treve has given birth to a colt foal after mating last year with prolific stallion Dubawi.

Treve gave birth at Al Shaqab's Haras de Bouquetot stud in Normandy, France, and manager Benoit Jeffroy said: "The next step in the story now begins, and it is hoped that this colt is as fast as her parents." 

Sex, rugs, hocks and foals - You can read more about Dubawi and the multi-million pound breeding business here.

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Southampton news conference

Southampton v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Claude Puel
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Claude Puel, speaking to the press ahead of Saints' home game against West Ham on Saturday says his team's cup run has been fantastic but form in the Premier League needs to improve. 

"Being in the EFL Cup Final is a great opportunity but the Premier League is most important for us. We want to find again the good level."

Southampton news conference

Southampton v West Ham (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Virgil Van Dijk
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Southampton manager Claude Puel says he expects defender Virgil Van Dijk to be out for around two to three months. 

They apparently tried to buy a replacement defender before the transfer window shut on Tuesday. 

"We studied a lot of solutions for a new defender, but we could not find a good opportunity."

Southampton: Van Dijk to miss EFL Cup final

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Yaya in Champions League squad to face Monaco

Football

Yaya Toure
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Midfielder Yaya Toure has been recalled to Manchester City's Champions League squad.

Toure, 33, was left out of the 25-man list for the group stage but has since become a first-team regular again, and replaces the injured Ilkay Gundogan.

New arrival Gabriel Jesus, who scored in the 4-0 win at West Ham on Wednesday, comes in for Kelechi Iheanacho, who remains eligible.

City face Monaco in the last 16, with the first leg on 21 February.

Drink your milk, kids...

Rugby Union

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BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

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England prop Joe Marler has put his rapid recovery from a fractured leg down to drinking two pints of milk a day. 

"Just two pints of milk a day. I always thought that green top was good for you because it's reduced fat, but they gave me license to have blue top and the odd day I would have that gold top stuff, the one which has like 1000 calories. But blue top has been really good for me.  

"Your Mum always said milk is really good for you, and you don't believe it until you really need it - because you've got a broken leg apparently - so I just drunk loads of that. 

"I'm not putting it all on that, I will put it on [physio] Phil Pask as well. But it has helped."

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Burnley news conference

Watford v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Sean Dyche confirms that new boys Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood are in contention for the @premierleague game @WatfordFC this weekend.

More from Dyche on its way to you soon... 

Nitro Athletics sound EPIC...

Athletics

Usain Bolt
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England will provide one of five teams competing against Usain Bolt's All-Stars in a new athletics event IAAF president Lord Coe says will "revolutionise" the sport.

Jamaica's Bolt, an eight-time Olympic gold medallist, will be the star attraction at the first Nitro Athletics event in Melbourne on Saturday.

It includes both traditional and new events, such as the elimination mile.

"This will be track and field as it's never been seen before," said Bolt.

Cue mixed events, medley relays and target javelin, with countdown clocks, athletes wearing microphones and fluorescent blocks and batons.

Points are awarded for each of the 12 events, as the six teams compete over three one-day meetings at Melbourne's Lakeside Stadium.

Coverage: Highlights on BBC Two, Sunday, 5 February 14:45-15:45 GMT, BBC One; Saturday, 11 February 13:15-14:00, BBC Two; Sunday, 12 February 13:00-14:00, BBC Two.  

Callum Wilson out for the season

Football

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He missed most of last season with the same injury (right knee). 

"We are all devastated for Callum," said manager Eddie Howe. 

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Middlesbrough news conference

Tottenham v Middlesbrough (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Boss Aitor Karanka is unconcerned by Middlesbrough's position in the Premier League, insisting the spirit of his side gives him reason to stay positive. 

Boro are just two points clear of the bottom three despite moving up a place to 15th after coming from behind to claim a 1-1 draw against West Brom on Tuesday night

"I can't demand anything more from them because they've done every single thing," he said.

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Middlesbrough news conference

Tottenham v Middlesbrough (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Middlesbrough boss  Aitor Karanka has been speaking to the media ahead of Boro's trip to Tottenham on Saturday.

He says deadline day signing Adlene Guedioura, brought in from Watford on Tuesday, could be involved.

"It’s an important signing, and he wants to be with us," he said of the Algerian midfielder.

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Stevie G on Lampard:

"Congratulations to Frank Lampard. Incredible player, incredible career. Good luck for your future mate".

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