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  1. Leicester City v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)
  2. Reaction to Man Utd's EFL Cup win
  3. Six Nations: Jones says Italy tactic 'wasn't rugby'
  4. Your gamesmanship stories - and sporting mix-ups
  5. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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And that's where we leave you for today, many thanks for staying with us.

Tom Rostance is limbering up and will be unveiling his Leicester-Liverpool live text from 18:45 GMT and we're back on Tuesday from 08:00 GMT with another Sportsday.

Enjoy yourselves until then - and indeed after then. Cheerio now.

Vardy seeks repeat

Leicester v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Jamie Vardy scores against Liverpool last term
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More on tonight's 5 live commentary from the King Power Stadium and what a goal Jamie Vardy scored in the corresponding fixture last season, when Leicester won 2-0 and remained at the top of the table. That remains Leicester's only victory in their last nine Premier League meetings with Liverpool and they have lost six of those games.

This term Vardy has scored only five league goals, but his Champions League effort against Sevilla ended a nine-match barren streak. However, the 30-year-old former Fleetwood forward has scored in just one of his last 18 Premier League games.

Commentary tonight

Leicester v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

So a reminder that tonight's 5 live Sport with Kelly Cates from 19:00 GMT features live commentary of tonight's big Premier League match at the King Power between struggling champions Leicester and Jurgen Klopp's mercurial Liverpool.

Alistair Bruce-Ball is your commentator, with summaries from former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage.

I once tee'd off in the wrong direction and drove a golf ball straight through the clubhouse window. I do remember thinking it was odd having to clear the car park to reach the green

Sam, Keyworth, Nottinghamshire

Your sporting mix-ups

You've almost matched the Oscars with your mix-ups. Almost. Here's the last batch.

Ian Edwards: Graham Poll issuing three yellow cards to the same player.

Here's what happened, back in 2006.

          Josip Simunic of Croatia is shown a yellow card byGraham Poll during the 2006 World Cup Germany 2006 Group
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Paul Thompson:  After taking a surprise lead we wasted time kicking the ball on to the A1M and letting them fetch it. Only one ball!

Tim Stubbs:  How about a penalty taken three times, saved twice, then scored. Horrendous mix-up Millwall v Peterboro' 13/4/09. Posh lost 2-0.


A Question of Sport Teaser

You didn't think we'd forget to give you the answer to our teaser did you?

Question: There have been seven Brazilians to score 15 or more Premier League goals. Oscar is one - name the other six.

ANSWER: Coutinho, Juninho, Firmino, Ramires, Gilberto Silva and Willian.

Listen: O’Shea - Italy were just ‘playing to the laws’

Rugby Union

We'll be wrapping up soon, but  no harm in reflecting on one of the weekend's big stories.

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea says his side were just 'playing to the laws' against England at Twickenham.

Italy head coach Conor O'Shea says his side were just 'playing to the laws'

Carbery confirms Leinster contract

Rugby union

Ireland fly-half Joey Carbery has signed his first senior contract with Leinster. The New Zealand-born 21-year-old made his debut when Ireland claimed their maiden winover the All Blacks with November's 40-29 triumph in Chicago. 

Joey Carbery
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In other rugby news, South Africa scrum-half Cobus Reinach will join Northampton Saints from Super Rugby outfit the Sharks at the end of the season. The 27-year-old has won nine Springbok caps and has spent his entire career at the Durban-based Sharks.  

On this day


1990: Cambridge became the first Fourth Division side for 14 years to reach the quarter-finals of the FA Cup after beating Bristol City.

Dion Dublin
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British pair claim fourth place


Britain's Jess Varley and Myles Pillage recorded a creditable fourth in the Mixed Relay at World Cup 1 in Los Angeles.

Plymouth’s Pillage and Fotheringhay’s Varley began with a rapid time of 1:59.60 in the pool, one of just two teams to dip under the two minute barrier.     

The second quickest laser-run of the day saw them move up three places but they finished 14 seconds off the bronze medal.      

Palace coach covered in graffiti


Crystal Palace's team coach was vandalised before Saturday's 1-0 win over Middlesbrough, with the club's name and colours sprayed on to it.

Contrary to speculation, the coach had not been provided for Boro to use for their visit to Selhurst Park.

The Eagles used another bus to travel to the Premier League game.

A club spokesman said: "The team bus was covered in graffiti overnight on Friday ahead of the game on Saturday. Police have been informed."

Crystal Palace coach
Jack Willis

No refunds for England v Italy

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Fans will not be given refunds for their England v Italy Six Nations tickets despite England coach Eddie Jones suggesting they might seek compensation.

Jones said an unexpected Italy tactic “wasn’t rugby” as they frustrated the Six Nations champions before finally losing 36-15 at Twickenham on Sunday.

 Italy chose not to engage in rucks and led 10-5 at half-time.

 "If you paid for your ticket, ask for your money back,” said Jones.

However, it is understood refunds will not be issued. The Rugby Football Union declined to say whether there had been any requests along those lines.

England v Italy

Murray beaten by Evans in Dubai doubles


Andy Murray lost out to fellow Briton Dan Evans in the first round of the Dubai Championships. However, it was not a shock in the singles it was a doubles contest as Murray and Serbian partner Nenad Zimonjic were beaten 6-1 7-6 (7-2) by Evans and Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in an hour and 12 minutes. 

World number one Murray's quest for the singles title begins tomorrow against Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, ranked 51, the first time the pair have met in a competitive match.

Andy Murray in Dubai
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Everton legend Young dies aged 80


Sad news from Goodison that Everton's former Scotland international striker Alex Young, who also played for Hearts, Glentoran and Stockport, has died at the age of 80. Young scored 89 goals in 275 appearances for the Toffees.

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Your sporting mix-ups

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Playing in a Sunday cricket match a few years back and the game went down to the last ball. Ball is bowled wide(ish) outside off stump, the non-striker runs but the striking batsman refuses the single as the ball went through to me keeping. I've rolled the ball down the other end to the bowler who has taken the bails off. We find the umpire (old chap, nice fella) has signalled a wide as he enjoyed the game so much that he "thought the match deserved to end as a tie". What he didn't realise was that they needed one to win, not one to tie. As the wide had been given prior to the bails being removed it meant we lost the game; however the result didn't affect league positions (we were rock bottom) and it makes for a good story!


Triggs-Hodge stands down


Triple Olympic rowing champion Andy Triggs-Hodge has announced his retirement from international competition at the age of 37.

He was part of the Great Britain crews that won gold in the coxless fours in Beijing and London before helping the men's eight to victory in Rio last summer. 

In addition, Triggs-Hodge won four world titles between 2005 and 2014, and the coxless fours title at the European Championships in Belgrade two years ago. 

Andrew Triggs-Hodge
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Leicester's losing streak

Leicester v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Some worrying statistics for Leicester fans ahead of tonight's 5 live commentary match with fifth-placed Liverpool, the most disturbing of which is 21 points from 25 games, which leaves them in the relegation zone.

The Premier League champions are the only team in the top five European leagues not to have scored a league goal in 2017 and have kept just two clean sheets in their last 22 games in all competitions, with none in their last 10.

Leicester concede at Chelsea
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Your gamesmanship tales

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Luke:  Under 14s - My team was bottom of the league and we had to play the second place team but the ref didn't turn up so the opposition's manager officiated the game. Miraculously we were 1-0 up through the whole match, so naturally the ref added eight minutes of extra time and blew the whistle when his team equalised

Anon: In youth indoor cricket when a batman scored 25 he retired and came back in last. We deliberately dropped their last batsman three times to stop the opener coming back in. 

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England announce warm-up double

Women's football

England Women will play a double-header in April in their last home matches before this summer’s Uefa Women’s Euro 2017.

The Lionesses will take on Italy at Port Vale’s Vale Park on Friday 7 April and Austria at MK Dons’ Stadium MK on Monday 10 April. 

          Our #Lionesses are coming to @OfficialPVFC and @MKDonsFC! 

Tickets now on sale:

Our #Lionesses are coming to @OfficialPVFC and @MKDonsFC! Tickets now on sale:

'Successful on Mars or the moon'


A straight bat from Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola regarding his star striker's future.

Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals in his debut season for Manchester United, has the option of a second term at Old Trafford but Railoa told Talksport: "I never speak about contract details with the press - I think that's something between the player, the club and myself.  "I don't disclude anything. Anything can happen and we will see what happens." Asked about the 35-year-old Swede's achievements in his first season in England Raiola adds: "Knowing how he is and what kind of person and man he is on and off the field, he can do it anywhere. He's the only player in the world who can be successful on Mars or the moon." 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Your sporting mix-ups

Louis Kendall : I took my missus' lunchbox from the fridge instead of my own. Silly me, good job we both had a ham sandwich.

Erm, we're not sure how sporting that is. Unless it was west ham, of course. Ahem.

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In the hole


Rickie Fowler's putting statistics from the Honda Classic might go some way to explaining why he won the tournament by four shots. The American made a remarkable 57 putts out of 57 from inside seven feet during the week. Great work with the flat stick.

Rickie Fowler

Your sporting mix-ups


Remember Yorkshire Steve from 13:13 GMT. Of course you do. Here's his answer on how THAT U13 cup final turned out after the ref did not realise it was a draw...

Steve says

Yes we had extra time. Then penalties. We ALL counted them VERY carefully.

Who won? Cleveland Juniors (probably!)  

Villa announce massive losses


Few can have expected Aston Villa's financial figures to be rosy but the club recorded a painful loss of over £81m for the last financial year, according to their latest accounts. 

Figures for the 2015-16 period show that with an operating loss of £81.3m the deficit more than trebled, up from £26.6m, before Villa were relegated from the Premier League in April last year.

Hopes of an immediate return this term quickly floundered and Villa are currently 17th in the second tier.

Villa Park
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Ball breaks down in tour match


Injury concerns for England and Nottinghamshire fast bowler Jake Ball, with a reported right leg injury ahead of the one-day series with West Indies beginning on Friday.

          England bowler @JakeBall breaks down in his 3rd over of warm-up game with a leg injury. Awaiting news. #bbccricket

England bowler @JakeBall breaks down in his 3rd over of warm-up game with a leg injury. Awaiting news. #bbccricket

Foxes bid to escape relegation zone

Leicester v Liverpool (Monday, 20:00 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Premier League

More on tonight's big match in the Premier League, with commentary on BBC Radio 5 live remember, as struggling Leicester host Liverpool under acting boss Craig Shakespeare, hoping to avoid a series of unwanted records.

The Foxes won this fixture 2-0 last season with Jamie Vardy scoring twice, but those dizzy heights seem a distant memory given their current predicament in the relegation zone only two points above bottom side Sunderland.

Leicester have lost their last five league games - the only previous reigning top-flight champions to lose six in a row was Everton in 1928-29. 

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Botham confident of Durham bouncing back


Let's hear from Sir Ian Botham on his reasons for accepting the role of chairman at one of his former clubs, Durham, who were relegated in 2016  and handed various points penalties, after seeking financial help from the England and Wales Cricket Board.  

"I'm part of the community here, I regard it as home, I live just down the road, I was lucky enough to be here when Durham got their first-class status so this is a new era," the legendary all-rounder said.

"I genuinely believe we will be back, if not this season, if we have a bit of luck with the weather and the fixtures, but it certainly won't take us much longer than that."

Your gamesmanship tales

Ray: Played in a match when the ref didn't turn up so we reffed a half each. Last minute of the second half, we're 2-1 up. They break through, we stop to appeal for offside then our keeper fouls in the area and they appeal for a penalty.

We all look at the 'ref' who decides the best thing to do is blow full time.

Christian Evans: Playing football in school in PE, teacher says "if you go down in the box I'll give you a penalty". Got a yellow card.

Which brings us neatly to...

Watch: Eddie Jones - England v Italy ‘wasn’t rugby’

Rugby Union

In case you missed it, here's another chance to hear from England head coach Eddie Jones, who said the match they played against Italy 'wasn't rugby'. Italy employed an unusual tactic at the breakdown to disrupt the game.

England head coach Eddie Jones says their match against Italy 'wasn't rugby'.

'Too early' to rule on changes

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

England v Italy
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World Rugby says it's "too early to speculate" whether there will be changes to the laws after Italy's tactics against England at Twickenham on Sunday.

The governing body says it is possible that instead of an amendment, there could be a "law application clarification", which would be designed to stop Italy doing what they did, without drastically changing the laws.

England coach Eddie Jones said an unexpected Italy tactic "wasn't rugby" as they frustrated the Six Nations champions before finally losing 36-15.

Italy led 10-5 at half-time as they chose not to compete at the breakdown, allowing them to step into the England line without going offside.

Magpies leave out Gayle

Brighton v Newcastle (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Dwight Gayle
Rex Features

A huge match in the Championship on Tuesday as the top two sides, Brighton and Newcastle, lock horns at the Amex. Magpies boss Rafa Benitez tells our colleagues at BBC Newcastle that striker Dwight Gayle will not be in the squad. "He has been training but still hasn't enough confidence (in hamstring) so he will not be part of the team," the Spaniard says.

"Brighton is important for the message you can send across but still I have the feeling April will be the crucial month." 

There will be commentary of the big game in 5 live Sport.

Danny Mills - Ranieri sacking 'probably the right decision'


England field first in tour match


Meanwhile the senior one-day team are in the Caribbean ahead of a three-match ODI series beginning on Friday, all live on BBC radio, and they have left out opener Jason Roy against the President's XI - who have chosen to bat - as a precaution because of a finger injury, so Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings will open the innings.

          Presidents Xi win toss & bat v @englandcricket. Here are the teams #bbccricket

          Presidents Xi win toss & bat v @englandcricket. Here are the teams #bbccricket

Presidents Xi win toss & bat v @englandcricket. Here are the teams #bbccricket

Lions beaten despite Livingstone landmark


Lancashire's Liam Livingstone joined Kevin Pietersen as only the second batsman in the 35-year history of England B, England A and England Lions cricket to score a century in each innings of a first-class match, ending unbeaten on 140 to follow his 105 in the first innings, but the Lions lost by three wickets to Sri Lanka, leaving the series tied at 1-1.

The Lions were dismissed for 284, leaving the Sri Lankans needing only 90 for victory in the evening session, but the hosts made havy weather of it as Tom Curran provoked some early wobbles with three wickets in his new-ball spell.    

A five-match one-day series starts in Dambulla on Friday.    

Liam Livingstone

Your sporting mix-ups

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This from Yorkshire Steve

Running the line in U13 cup final. Great game. Ref blows whistle and we jog to middle. Ref shakes hand and says great game.  

Starts to walk off. "What about extra time we say?"

"It was 5-3," he says. 

"No 4-4," we say.

Sheepishly looks round to see two managers doing team talks with teams. "Oh - I must have written one of them down wrong!" 

Which is all very well, but we need more detail. Did you have extra-time? What was the final score???

We're loving your sporting mix-ups and have a brilliant one coming up. Stay with us...

Tweets of the week

From pretzels to pies, our colleagues at BBC Three have been looking at some of the tweets of the week.

The collection features the latest twist at Sutton United, whose reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw resigned last week after the controversy over his pie eating in the second half of their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal.

Check out all the top tweets here.

First, the pretzel...

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Then the pie...

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Dier backs Dele to handle intimidation


Dele Alli

England international Eric Dier says his Tottenham teammate Dele Alli is learning to cope with attempts to rile him by opposing sides.

Alli was sent off in the 2-2 draw with Gent last week but responded with a goal as Spurs beat Stoke 4-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday. 

"He is very young and that (tackle against Gent) won't be the last mistake he makes," close friend Dier says. 

"He will make more mistakes and the most important thing is he learns from them and reacts in the right way, and he does. He was very disappointed after what happened on Thursday and there has been a lot of attention on him. 

"But he is very young and of course he is going to make a mistake. I don't think it fazes him, he played his game and scored a goal, and everyone will forget about what happened on Thursday." 

Your gamesmanship tales

Stephen: Was umpiring for my team once and there was a really annoying, arrogant bowler. He appealed for an LBW which was hitting the middle stump. I said: "Not out". At the end of the over he asked me which stump it was missing. I replied: "All of them or I would have given it out". 

Tom, Kent:  My mate doesn't appreciate my drop shot serve when we play tennis.

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