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  1. Greig Laidlaw out of Six Nations
  2. Manchester City sign Carli Lloyd
  3. Arsenal away to Bayern Munich on Wednesday
  4. When have you won big or lost big?
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes and Kal Sajad

All times stated are UK

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We bid you farewell ...

Right, we’re outta here.

Thank you all for joining us on a day which has seen Scottish rugby star, Greig Laidlaw, ruled out of the Six Nations through injury, the new England cricket captain, Joe Root, speak to the media for the first time and the top women’s footballer, Carli Lloyd, sign for Manchester City.

Remember, from 18:30 GMT there will be a live text and BBC Radio 5 live commentary of Arsenal’s last 16 Champions League tie away to Bayern Munich.

Enjoy your evening. Ciao.

Joe Root's pint-sized England career

We’re nearly done for the day but before we head off I just had to share this with you. Even in an animation, Joe Root can't escape his boy-ish looks. 

England cricket captain Joe Root's pint-sized career

Ding ding ding - round one at Boca

LLLLLETTTTSSS GET READY TO RUMBBLEEEEE ... This is pretty astonishing. Teammates Juan Manuel Insaurralde and Jonathan Silva of Boca Juniors have a scrap in training.

And from role models to something not so inspiring ....

'What greater role models than us?'


Meet the mums who decided not just to watch their daughters at football training but get involved on their own....

FA People's Cup: Football mums show daughters how it's done

There's not long left to sign up for the FA People's Cup - the deadline is Sunday, 19 February - and you can find out how to here.

Happy birthday to...

Desmond Haynes (cricket) - Former West Indies opening batsman, turns 61

Alexander Wurz (motor sport) - Former Formula One driver, celebrates his 43rd birthday. 

Rui Patricio (football) Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper, a Euro 2016 winner with Portugal, is 29.  

Heurelho Gomes (football) - Watford's Brazilian goalkeeper, turns 36 today.

Watford goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes
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Let's take a quick moment to wish some sporting folk a happy birthday ...

Bilic's assistant Nikola Jurcevic has also been fined the same amount for an incident in the same game -  where he was sent to the stands after leaving the technical area to protest against Sofiane Feghouli's strike being disallowed for offside.    

Nikola Jurcevic

Bilic fined £8000

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has been fined £8,000 by the FA after admitting a charge of improper conduct. 

Bilic was sent off after throwing a TV microphone to the ground in reaction to Gareth McAuley's injury-time equaliser during Saturday's 2-2 draw with West Brom.

Slavan Bilic

Neil Robertson out of the Welsh Open

Staying with the Welsh Open, former World Champion Neil Robertson has been knocked out after being beaten 4-3 by Welshman Lee Walker. 

Walker won in style, scoring a break of 130 in the deciding frame. 

Neil Robertson

Another Page in the story ...

We mentioned earlier that 15-year-old snooker player Jackson Page would pocket £3500 should he make it through to the third round of the Welsh Open. Well he's done just that. 

Jackson went to the wire with world number 78 John Astley, but came out on top, winning 4-3 in Cardiff. 

Is he is winning just so he doesn't have to go to school? We know your game, kid.

Jackson Page
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MLB on it's way to London?


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Sadiq Khan
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London mayor Sadiq Khan says discussions are ongoing over bringing baseball to the capital.

Khan held talks with the NY Mets last year and on Wednesday told me. 

"We’ve had really constructive conversations with Major League Baseball. They’re keen to come here. We’re trying to find a time and a venue for them."



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Bayern Munich boss Carlo Ancelotti has spoken of his "respect" for Arsene Wenger and backed the Arsenal manager to deal with recent criticism.

A faltering Premier League title challenge has led to increased speculation about the Frenchman's future, with some Gunners fans calling for him to leave.

Ancelotti believes Wenger should be praised for the job he has done.

"He built a strong identity and a good style of football," said the Italian.

"Wenger has the experience to know that in our job it is normal to be criticised. For this reason he has no problems.

"I have a lot of respect for the job he has done at Arsenal."

I have to tell you, one of our BBC Sport colleagues, namely Magic Mike Henson, spent over a large part of the morning on the phone to various journalists in the UAE trying to find out what "ethical hair" is.... 

The outcome?

We are none-the-wiser.

Unethical hair...

Asamoah Gyan

Former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan is among a group of more than 40 players deemed to have "unethical hair" under United Arab Emirates Football Association (UAEFA) guidelines.

The 31-year-old Ghanaian is on loan at Dubai-based Arabian Gulf League side Al Ahli from Shanghai SIPG.

Some Islamic teachings ban 'Qaza' hairstyles, where only part of the head is shaved.

Individual match referees judge whether players' haircuts are appropriate.

Some match officials in the United Arab Emirates enforce the rules because they are concerned about children copying the styles.

Asamoah Gyan
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That was a busy couple of hours wasn't it.

Just going to let you know what's going on around the rest of the website... 

In her own words...

Carli Lloyd: USA star relishes 'unique opportunity' at Manchester City Women

Lloyd's amazing halfway line goal

And there's a reason why she's won all those awards. 

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We want to hear your thoughts on the best player in the world Carli Lloyd joining the Women's Super League... 

Use #bbcsportsday or text 81111

Sunderland Ladies goalkeeper Rachael Laws is excited.... 

What a signing @CarliLloyd is for @ManCityWomen excited to see what she brings to the WSL! 😊

'One of the best in the world'

Manchester City Women had an incredible season last year, winning the Women’s Super League without losing a single game. They also won the FA WSL Cup. 

Head coach Nick Cushing thinks the signing of Carli Lloyd will boost the side: "Carli has had an incredible career and is recognised as one of the best in the world. 

"There is much we can learn from her that will help us to improve as a team. We are all looking forward to working with her over the coming months."  

What all the fuss is about...

Carli Lloyd: Manchester City Women sign USA captain for WSL Spring Series

'I really can’t wait to pull on my City shirt'

Carli Lloyd
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Lloyd and the rest of the USA soccer team met President Obama after winning the World Cup in 2015.

Carli Lloyd: “I’m incredibly excited to be joining Manchester City, a club which is leading the development of women’s football both on and off the pitch.

“Having played in the US throughout my career, the chance to fulfil a long held ambition to test myself in a new footballing environment, as well as playing in the Champions League, is something I am relishing.

“With the challenge of the Spring Series and the FA Women’s Cup ahead of us too, I really can’t wait to pull on my City shirt in front of our fans and make them proud."

Carli Lloyd’s list of achievements is as impressive as any footballer, ever. She’s not only the FIFA World Player of the Year, but a World Cup winner and a double Olympic Champion.

She will turn out for City in the 2017 Spring Series, FA Women’s Cup and UEFA Women’s Champions League campaign. 

Carli Lloyd
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BreakingMan City Women sign FIFA Player of the Year

Manchester City Women have secured the signature of arguably the biggest star in the game - USA captain Carli Lloyd.

Carli Lloyd
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MORE breaking news for you! 

And it concerns Manchester City.....

I hope he washed his hands before answering the phone...

Joe Root also told Sky Sports how he found out that he had been offered the captaincy:

"Funny story.

"On Sunday afternoon I took Alfie for a nappy change and got a nice call from Straussy saying this is that one call in your life when you get offered the England captaincy." 

'It's been a special couple of days'

Joe Root speaking to Sky Sports: "It feels amazing, it's been a special couple of days. Lovely to be able to come and do this at Headingley. 

"I think as a young kid you always aspire to be England Captain - it's the pinnacle of the Test arena. But more recently it's not something I set goals on happening, hopefully it's been a natural progression into this role and I am excited by all the challenges that are coming to me." 

Hold up - there's more from Joe Root...

Laidlaw out - your reaction

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Anon on text (naughty): 

Losing Laidlaw is a huge blow for Scotland. If they now loose Strauss as well then there are serious problems. Jonny Gray to step up as Scotland's youngest captain of the last 50 years?  

Laidlaw out - your reaction


Niall McKenzie: Price and Pyrgos more than capable replacements. Pyrgos has similar style, Price is electric. Plenty kickers in squad too.

Laidlaw out - your reaction


Laura Eke: Unfortunately I think Scotland's Six Nations hopes are over. Such a good kicker and a huge part of the team!

Rugby Union

If you are just joining us, a reminder that Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw is out of the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury. 

Thoughts on this Scotland fans? 

Use #bbcsportsday or text 81111...

Manchester United news conference continued...

Europa League: Manchester United v Saint-Etienne (Thu, 20:05 GMT)

Mourinho has also said he is thinks Manchester United "will be in trouble" in April and May if they continue to progress in the Europa League and the FA Cup. 

Mourinho is worried about fixture congestion towards the end of the season.

United, who host Saint-Etienne in the Europa League on Thursday, are at Championship Blackburn in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Sunday.

"We cannot choose competitions. We play competitions to win," said Mourinho.

United are sixth in the Premier League, two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal with 13 matches remaining.

Their next top-flight game is at home to Bournemouth on 4 March, by which time Mourinho could have secured his first major trophy as United boss.

His side face Southampton in the EFL Cup final at Wembley on 26 February.

"FA Cup, League Cup... it's really hard for us and if we progress in competitions in April and May we will be in trouble," added Mourinho.

Manchester United news conference

Europa League: Manchester United v Saint-Etienne (Thu, 20:05 GMT)

Jose Mourinho
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The Manchester United manager has been chatting to the press and MUTV, the club's in-house channel and has brought us some team news... 

He says Marcos Rojo will beavailable but Michael Carrick & Wayne Rooney will be rested for Thursday's Europa League tie with Saint-Etienne. 

Phil Jones is also still recovering from the injury he sustained against Hull earlier in the month. 

Apparently they are all just muscular injuries - nothing more. 

Jose says he will play the same back four that faced Watford - Valencia, Bailly, Smalling and Blind. 

More in a bit... 

Moving on!

Quotes from Jose Mourinho next... 

That's all from Joe Root for now but we may have a little more later as he speaks to the wider press... 

We were special and got him early just for you... 

'I'll do things my way'

More from Joe Root: "It would be silly not to take advice from Alastair and the other senior players, but I will want to do things my way as well. You shouldn't be scared of asking for help, but I would also like to think I can put my stamp on it.

"I've got plenty of time to think about it with only one-day cricket coming up. I like to think I'll be instinctive, I want us to always to look to win and be a tough side to play against. Talking about it now wouldn't be right, we have to get to the start of the summer and show everybody what we're about."

Mixed feelings for Root

Joe Root, speaking to Jonathan Agnew: "It was an easy decision to make as soon as I got the call. I'm so excited about what's to come. It's been an amazing few days. 

"There were mixed feelings when Alastair Cook resigned. It was nice for him to get the opportunity to make that decision on his own, to come to something that he is comfortable with. He did a fantastic job and achieved some brilliant things as England captain."

Joe Root
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