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Summary

  1. Twelve Premier League news conferences
  2. Six Nations updates throughout the day
  3. Fed Cup: GB 3-0 Turkey - GB seal promotion play-off berth
  4. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite and Ellie Thomason

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodbye

That's the end of today's Sportsday.

Stay tuned across the BBC Sport website this weekend for Six Nations and Premier League action, amongst other things.

Thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Monday for more rolling news, gossip and debate.

5 live Sport

Friday, 19:00 GMT

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas from 19:00 GMT features former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright in the Friday Football Social and a comprehensive preview of Wales against England in the Six Nations.

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A Question of Sport

Our NFL pundits Jason Bell and Osi Umenyiora join Phil Tufnell on tonight's A Question of Sport.

They're taking on Matt Dawson, with Chris Robshaw and Maggie Alphonsi making up his team of rugby stars.

Watch BBC One at 19:30 GMT to see how they get on.

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Palace hope to continue run at Potters

Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Palace, level on points with bottom side Sunderland, have won the last five competitive meetings with Stoke, including four successive Premier League fixtures, but have to recover from last week's 4-0 home mauling by fellow strugglers Sunderland.

Stoke's only league defeat in 10 home matches came against Bournemouth in November, but four of their last five have ended in draws, and only four sides have earned fewer points at home this season.

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Sun journalists banned by Liverpool

Football

Anfield
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Liverpool FC has banned The Sun journalists from its grounds over the newspaper's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

The newspaper has been widely boycotted in the city following a campaign by the Total Eclipse of The S*n group.

Its journalists will no longer be allowed on site to cover matches and press conferences.

Read more here.

Blacks Cats eye another victory

Sunderland v Southampton, (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Bottom side Sunderland ended a six-match winless run in emphatic style with that remarkable 4-0 win over Crystal Palace last week, their biggest Premier League away victory since 1999, but the Black Cats a four-match winless streak against Southampton in all competitions.

But Saints, who are 13th and only eight points above Sunderland, lost 3-1 at home to West Ham last week and have been beaten in six of their last seven league games.

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History favours Toffees

Middlesbrough v Everton (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

Middlesbrough are 15th in the table, having won only one of their last nine league matches, and are the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season with 19 goals, including just 11 at home.

Everton have won three of their last four league games, scoring 12 goals in the process, and have won their last four meetings with Boro - their best run in this fixture since 1931.

Lawro takes on Loyle Carner

Football

Lawro's opponent for this weekend's Premier League predictions isLoyle Carner.

The hip-hop star supports Liverpool, and thinks his team can do the business against Spurs on Saturday. He's gone for a 1-0 win.

View their predictions here, or make your own predictions here.

Loyle Carner
Loyle Carner

'I swear to God I caught it!'

Super Bowl

It was the dramatic catch that helped New England Patriots to the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history.

Mic'd up players react to the stunning Julian Edelman catch against Atlanta Falcons.

'I caught it! Crazy, I swear' - Super Bowl catch

Spurs seek to close gap on Chelsea

Liverpool v Tottenham (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Undoubtedly the biggest match of the weekend is the teatime kick-off at Anfield, where second-placed Spurs, nine points behind leaders Chelsea, who do not play until Sunday, take on Liverpool, who are four points behind the Lilywhites in fifth.

The Reds are are unbeaten in their last nine league and cup matches against Tottenham, winning six of them, but the last three Premier League meetings have ended in draws.

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Gunners seeking to end poor run

Arsenal v Hull (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Let's look ahead to the weekend's Premier League fixtures and we start with Arsenal against Hull in the lunchtime kick-off at the Emirates. The Gunners have been beaten in their last two Premier League games and have not lost three in a row since January 2012, but have a good record against Hull, unbeaten in their last 13 meetings in all competitions, winning 11.

Pitch invaders, Test captains and ski falls

Sport quiz of the week

Naomi Broady, Tara Moore and Laura Robson
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Which animal invaded the cricket pitch this week? Which country saw their skier fall flat on their face? Test yourself here with BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's weekly quiz.

Watford defeat still infuriates Mourinho

Manchester United v Watford, (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

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Manchester United were comfortable 3-0 winners over Leicester last time out and face mid-table Watford this weekend. Boss Jose Mourinho recalls September's meeting with the Hornets at Vicarage Road, when his team conceded two late goals and were stung 3-1.

"I was very angry with the first goal," he says. "Martial had to leave the pitch with concussion but not a foul was given, a goal. 

"I was really upset, then we had a very good reaction. We equalised, almost winning but Gomes made an amazing save and we lost on the counter attack. That made me angry. 

"Watford defend with a lot of players and we let one of their midfield players arrive to score the second goal. Now we are having, not the perfect results, but we are unbeaten for a long time and we are positive."

Dortmund fined over crowd trouble

Football

Dortmund fans
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Borussia Dortmund have been fined £85,000 and forced to close their famous 'Yellow Wall' stand for one Bundesliga match after crowd trouble last weekend.

Fans held up offensive banners during the 1-0 win over RB Leipzig and also lit flares, while there were reports of crowd trouble outside the Westfalenstadion.

Woods withdraws from next two events

Former world number one Tiger Woods, who pulled out of the Dubai Desert Classic last week before the second round with back trouble, announces he will not be playing in the next two tournaments, the Genesis Open and The Honda Classic.

Woods said on his website that his future schedule will be determined at a later date after his back is reassessed.

The first major of the year, the coveted Masters, which Woods has won four times, starts on 6 April.

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Pickford back in training

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Jordan Pickford
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David Moyes is boosted by goalkeeper Jordan Pickford's return to training. Vito Mannone has kept two clean sheets, so his confidence will be sky high.

Moyes said: "The medical team would like Jordan to complete his time which the surgeon set for his recovery. He’s training well but I find it hard to understand because he’s diving around and jumping and kicking. 

"His time is probably after this weekend. Jordan won’t be involved this weekend but he’s very close to playing. You want competition for places. You want  players on their toes so the more we can get that round here the better.”

Incoming foot!

Football

Pedro is getting Courtois prepared for Sunday's trip to Turf Moor.

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Mkhitaryan on life under Mourinho

Football

Football Focus

Man Utd forward Henrikh Mkhitaryan tells Football Focus he had some "difficulties" when he first moved to Old Trafford, and needed time to adapt.

You can watch the interview in full on Saturday's Football Focus, 12:00 GMT, BBC One.

Mkhitaryan needed time to 'adapt' under Mourinho

Conlan bout postponed

Boxing

A head cold has forced Jamie Conlan to postpone his forthcoming fight with Nicaraguan Yader Cardoza at the Waterfront Hall.

The bout for the vacant WBC International Silver Super-flyweight title was set for Conlan's home town of Belfast on 18 February, but will now be on 10 March at the same venue.

Mood good at Sunderland - Moyes

Sunderland v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Sunderland's 4-0 win over Crystal Palace was their first victory in seven Premier League games, and Black Cats boss David Moyes hopes it can kick-start a decent run of form

"We had a great result last week," he says. "The players showed what they can do. We’re in a good mood but we also know we’ve got a long way to go and a lot more to do.

"We have to get those performances and the players have shown the standard they can play to. If we play at that level we’ll give ourselves every chance of moving off the bottom of the league."

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No doubt Cherries will be tough - Guardiola

Bournemouth v Man City, (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

Pep Guardiola, Eddie Howe
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Man City enjoyed a 4-0 win over Bournemouth at the Etihad in September, but Guardiola still expects a tricky game on Monday.

He said: "It’s outstanding what Bournemouth have done. They are an honest team - it will be a tough game, I have no doubts about that.

"There are a lot of games to play. The Champions League and FA Cup is around the corner. We are going to be focused on every game until the last minute."

A Question of Sport

Rugby union

Earlier we asked you to name the three players whose surname begins with C to have scored two or more tries in England v Wales matches.

The players are; Danny Care, Ben Cohen and Alex Cuthbert.

Two Pakistan Super League players provisionally banned

Cricket

The Pakistan Cricket Board have today provisionally suspended two players - Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif - under its Anti-Corruption Code as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate believed to be attempting to corrupt the Pakistan Super League which started in Dubai yesterday.

Mazzarri calls for consistency

Manchester United v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Watford will assess the fitness of Miguel Britos and Valon Behrami, who have both have missed training this week. Nordin Amrabat (ankle), Camilo Zuniga (fever), Costel Pantilimon (ankle) and Christian Kabasele (calf) are already sidelined.

Walter Mazzarri's team have recorded successive victories over Arsenal and Burnley and sit comfortably in 10th place with 30 points.

"These two victories were important for confidence," Mazzarri says. "For us to be a great team, to make the next step forward we need to have continuity in performance." 

Walter Mazzarri
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Mourinho predicts 'difficult match'

Manchester United v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Manchester United are unbeaten at home in 18 matches over all competitions and victory over Watford would make them the first team to record 2,000 Premier League points.

Jose Mourinho says of the Hornets, whose 3-1 win at Vicarage Road in September gave them their first Premier League points over United: "They are very defensive but they are also very well organised. 

"Walter (Mazzarri)is a very good coach, then they are dangerous on the counter attack and at set pieces. They have many players from important clubs in Italy and the team is very experienced. I am waiting for a difficult match."

Gut ruled out

Winter sports

Swiss medal hope Lara Gut has been ruled out of the rest of the World Ski Championships in St Moritz with that knee injury we told you about earlier. 

The 25-year-old had finished third in the alpine combined's opening downhill run, but fell during training for the slalom and was taken by helicopter to hospital where scans confirmed the severity of the problem. 

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Guardiola pays tribute to Lahm

Bournemouth v Man City, (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

After Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm announced he will retire at the end of the season, Pep Guardiola is full of praise for the 33-year-old.

"Philipp Lahm was and is a special person in my life. I feel he still has football in his legs. Exceptional person, exceptional player."

Guariola and Lahm
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'Zlatan better than every expectation - apart from his own'

Manchester United v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Jose Mourinho says of talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic: "He came with the intention of two years and has been better than every expectation - maybe apart from his own. 

"He knows we will try and improve next season for what will be the last year of his career at the highest level. I am convinced he is staying. No problem with his family. I offer him extra days off to go to Sweden, he never goes."

Pep's a happy chap

Bournemouth v Man City, (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

Jurgen Klopp isn't the only manager with a goalkeeping selection headache.

When asked if he'll play Caballero or Bravo against Bournemouth, Guardiola said: "I don’t know. I will decide the day of the game."

PEP: Everyone is fit. They are training amazing. I am so, so happy. #afcbvcity #mcfc

PEP: Everyone is fit. They are training amazing. I am so, so happy. #afcbvcity #mcfc

'A squad that needs changes'

Manchester United v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

More from Jose Mourinho, who has become aware of a new word, courtesy of Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward, who said there would no longer be a churn of players at Old Trafford.

"Yesterday I had to ask about churn," Mourinho says. "I had no idea. A new word for me. I thank Ed for that. He is completely right. Of course we speak about what next. We know we have a squad that needs changes. But this squad has potential, many of them at a good age."    

GB win Fed Cup tie

GB beat Turkey 3-0

Job done for GB in the Fed Cup. 

Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson beat Turkey's Ayla Aksu & Pemra Ozgen 6-2, 6-2 to complete the 3-0 victory.

Heather Watson and Jo Konta also won their singles matches earlier today.

GB will play second seeds Croatia in the Fed Cup promotion play-off on Saturday.

Jocelyn Rae and Laura Robson
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Mourinho 'totally convinced' Zlatan will stay

Manchester United v Watford (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says of the club's transfer policy: "We prefer to bring in two, three, four good players, not interested in buying or selling six or seven, some of whom don't play. We are stable. We think our market will be natural. Some players to leave, some to come."

Mourinho also talks of veteran striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, who signed a one-year deal in July, and says he is "totally convinced he will stay."

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Mkhitaryan thanks Klopp

Football

Man Utd midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan has thanked Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp for helping him through difficult times in his career.

The 28-year-old says he is thankful to Klopp, whom he played under at Dortmund.

"Klopp showed me the way. He supported me and told me I had to keep my head up because good things were coming. He helped me to become a player."  

Read more here

Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jurgen Klopp
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'Best friends, playing together' - Scotland's School of Rugby

#getinspired

Scotland's 'school of rugby'

Scottish rugby is on a high right now, with success for Glasgow in Europe and a stirring start to the Six Nations in a thrilling win over Ireland last weekend.

A stern test awaits on Sunday in Paris - where the Scots last won in 1999 - but those in charge know it's from the grassroots that recent gains will be sustained.

Scottish Rugby's head of youth Colin Thomson and development officer Colin Sturgeon explain how they are getting boys and girls involved in rugby union with their 'School of Rugby' programme. 

At St Andrew's in east Glasgow, the coaches take 11 to 14-year-olds through drills and skills and tell us why a structured fixture list can build confidence and retain children in the sport for life. 

If you want to find out more about getting involved in rugby union, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Conte plays down Willian rumours

Burnley v Chelsea (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Antonio Conte is asked about the future of out of favour Willian, who has been linked with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. "I don't know about this. The most important thing is the present, to try and take the best choice for the team, to be focused on the present." 

Football

Bournemouth v Man City, (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

Pep Guardiola is next up ahead of Man City's trip to Bournemouth on Monday.

Esteemed members of the press are gathering! We'll have quotes from Pep's #afcbvcity preview shortly... 👍🏻

Esteemed members of the press are gathering! We'll have quotes from Pep's #afcbvcity preview shortly... 👍🏻

Hazard 'priceless' to Chelsea

Burnley v Chelsea (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Antonio Conte is asked how much Eden Hazard is worth, if Paul Pogba costs £89m: "I am not good with prices but I don't see a problem because we don't want to sell him, so he has no price."

Eden Hazard
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Liverpool injury update

Liverpool v Spurs, (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

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GB to play Croatia in Fed Cup

Overall score: GB 2-0 Turkey

GB will play Croatia in the Fed Cup promotion play-off on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Laura Robson and Jocelyn Rae have taken the first set 6-2 against Turkey's Ayla Aksu and Pemra Ozgen.

👊 @laurarobson5 & @JossRae91 in top form as they breeze through the 1st set 6-2! #BackTheBrits 🇬🇧

👊 @laurarobson5 & @JossRae91 in top form as they breeze through the 1st set 6-2! #BackTheBrits 🇬🇧

'Six teams are very strong'

Burnley v Chelsea (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

Chelsea are 14 points clear of sixth-placed Manchester United but Antonio Conte insists Jose Mourinho's side are not out of contention yet. "There are six teams very strong. Man Utd has a great squad and we must know this. If we think we are very close to winning the title it is a very big mistake."