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  1. Manchester City news conference
  2. Reaction to Leicester's first win after Ranieri exit
  3. Vote: Who should be Foxes manager?
  4. Your Pancake XI
  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 to those of you who stuck with us. Sportsday will be back at 08:00 GMT so please join the team then if you can. Enjoy yourselves. Cheerio now.

5 live Sport


BBC Radio 5 live

Let's bring you some coverage details for that key match in the Championship in Sussex tonight and 5 live Sport with Mark Pougatch from 19:00 GMT comes from the Amex where there is full live commentary on Brighton against Newcastle. Jonathan Pearce will be describing the action, joined by Southend boss Phil Brown. After the match there is a Football Social for you to get your views heard.

Liverpool targets 2022 Games

Commonwealth Games

Liverpool City Council says it would be interested in taking Durban’s place as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games after the South African Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula said earlier that costs may force Durban to lose the Games. 

A Liverpool City Council spokesman said: "Liverpool is interested in hosting the games in 2022. We had heard rumours that Durban might be unable to deliver the Commonwealth Games in 2022 and have already indicated to the Government that we are very willing to host them instead."

First goal facts

Brighton v Newcastle (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

All eyes on the south coast tonight as the top two meet in the Championship. Newcastle are yet to win a league game in which they have conceded the first goal this season, losing six and drawing once, while Brighton have won all 18 Championship matches this term when they have scored the opening goal of the game. So will it be first goal wins tonight? Find out on 5 live.

On this day in ...

2007: Cricketer Darren Gough was unveiled as the new captain of Yorkshire, three years after leaving his home county to join Essex.

Darren Gough
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A Question of Sport


Now, some time ago we asked you who were the other four boxers to be in the BBC Sports Personality top three since birthday boy Barry McGuigan won in 1985. The answers are; Frank Bruno, Joe Calzaghe, Ricky Hatton and Lennox Lewis.

Murray coasts to victory in Dubai


Andy Murray in first-round action in Dubai

Good of Andy Murray to wrap things up before we finish and after a close first set he has won his first round match at the Dubai Championships with Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-4 6-1 in an hour and 18 minutes.

Magpies seek first goal at Amex

Brighton v Newcastle (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

More on tonight's commentary match from the Championship as leaders Brighton take on Newcastle, who are just a point behind.

Brighton's only defeat in their last seven matches against the Magpies in all competitions came in that August 2-0 loss at St. James' Park we mentioned earlier.  

Newcastle have played twice previously at the Amex Stadium, both in the FA Cup, but are yet to score a goal there.

Mclean to miss Six Nations finale

Rugby union

Two women's rugby entries in succession and Katy Mclean will miss the rest of England's 2017 Women's Six Nations campaign after being suspended for three weeks for her red card against Italy. 

Mclean was sent off for a dangerous tackle in England's 29-15 win over Italy at Twickenham Stoop on Saturday and pleaded guilty to the offence which helped the disciplinary panel cut an initial six-week sanction in half.

England have won all three matches to date and have two games remaining, one of which is against the only other unbeaten side, Ireland.

Katy Mclean is sent off
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Teams announced for new women's event

Rugby union

The RFU has announced the 10 clubs that have been offered places, subject to contract, in the new women’s domestic competition starting in September.   

They are; Bristol Ladies, Darlington Mowden Park Sharks, Firwood Waterloo Ladies, Harlequin Ladies, Gloucester-Hartpury Women's RFC, Loughborough Students, Richmond, Saracens Women, Wasps FC Ladies and Worcester Valkyries.

Guardiola aware of results business

Manchester City v Huddersfield (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)

Pep Guardiola was pleased with his his first meeting with Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, but is aware he could suffer the same fate as predecessor Manuel Pellegrini if results go against his team.

"I was really impressed that he knew absolutely everything about us. It was nice to meet him and spend a few hours together," said Guardiola, whose team host Huddersfield tomorrow in an FA Cup replay.

"He is so happy because he sees all the games and he sees the effort, he demands it. He knows we give absolutely everything and we fight until the end. It was nice because it is important for us to know the president. I had good relations with almost all my owners in Barcelona and Bayern Munich. 

"But they know, we know, all the managers and owners know, that we are here because of the results. If the results are not good we are going to be replaced by another. I replaced another manager." 

Pep Guardiola

Murray moves ahead


A fine forehand from Andy Murray seals the opening set 6-4 in 46 minutes of his opening round match against Malek Jaziri at the Dubai Championships.

Your Pancake XI

Just to complete the Pancake XI, we need a club name, manager, owner, and ground. How about..

Name: Blackburn Shrovers

Manager: John Toss-hack

Owner: Alan Sugar

Ground: The Dripping Pan (Lewes FC)

Pancake XI

All square in Dubai


Still nothing between them in Dubai, world number one Andy Murray locked at 4-4 in his first meeting with Malek Jaziri of Tunisia.

Your Pancake XI

Thanks for all the  Shrove Tuesday suggestions - we've put together your Pancake XI.

GK - Tim Flours (Flowers). DEF - Aaron Crepeswell (Cresswell), Flip Senderos (Philippe), Michael Duberries (Duberry), Sugary Neville (Gary)

MID - Chris Waffle (Waddle), Eggar Davids (Edgar), Aaron Lemon (Lennon)

ATT - Gabriel Batterstuta (Batistuta), Jiff Hurst (Geoff), Dwight Yolk (Yorke)

Pancake XI

Your Pancake XI

We're nearly there with the Shrove Tuesday special - your Pancake XI.

Here's a final thought before we announce the line-up.

Tom Morris: Crepe Guardiola would make a decent boss. He's got good pan management skills.

Murray fights back after losing serve


World number one Andy Murray loses his serve to Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, the world number 51, but breaks back immediately and it is 2-2 in the first set in at the Dubai Championships.

Wolves report £5.8m profit


Wolves have reported a pre-tax profit of £5.8m for 2015-16, their final season under former owner Steve Morgan.

Home attendances fell by 10% in the club's second season back in the Championship, as they slipped from the previous year's seventh to 14th.

But  the sale of Benik Afobe to Bournemouth  for a reported fee of £10m helped Wolves achieved a profit.

The figures cover the year up to 31 May 2016, prior to  Morgan's sale of the club to the Fosun Group.

          Steve Morgan was in charge of Wolves for nine years before selling
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Steve Morgan was in charge of Wolves for nine years before selling

Sochi to stay as F1 venue

Formula 1

The contract for the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi has been extended by four years to 2025.

The first Russian Grand Prix was held in Sochi in 2014 and this year's race is due to take place on 30 April.

Big two set for Championship showdown

Brighton v Newcastle (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)

BBC Radio 5 live

Let's look ahead to tonight's big match between the top two teams in the Championship as Brighton take on Newcastle, with a one point advantage over the Magpies. 

Newcastle won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in August after goals from Jamaal Lascelles and Jonjo Shelvey, with Brighton's Sam Baldock sent off soon after the break for two yellow cards.

The Seagulls have the best home record in the division this term, having lost just once at the Amex, while Newcastle have the best away record, with 11 wins from their 16 games on the road.

There is live commentary in 5 live Sport tonight from 19:00 GMT.

Newcastle v Brighton
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Evans brushes aside Brown


Britain's Dan Evans moved safely into round two at the Dubai Championships with a 6-2 6-3 win over world number 81 Dustin Brown of Germany.

Andy Murray is due on Centre Court against Malek Jaziri of Tunisia, the world number 51.

Andy Murray
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Rangers board 'poor' - Ferguson


Former Rangers midfielder Derek Ferguson has hit out at the Ibrox board, with under-20s coach Graeme Murty remaining in caretaker charge following  Mark Warburton's departure  on 10 February.

"The board have been poor, in my opinion," Ferguson said. "The punters are asking, 'What's going on here?' The chance to finish second looks like it's disappeared, while the Scottish Cup also appears to be an outside bet. 

"That is down to the board because they should have brought someone in who would have given the place a lift. Alex McLeish would have ticked those boxes for me. The fans need something now, though, because it's been hell for them over the last few years with what the club has been dragged through."

Stroll spins off in Spain

Formula 1

Teenager Lance Stroll's Formula One testing debut lasted just 12 laps as he crashed out in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. 

Stroll, who was 18 in October, will become the second youngest driver in the sport's history at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix next month, but he had a disappointing start in Spain after he lost control of his Williams at turn nine and span into the gravel. 

Lance Stroll

Your Pancake XI

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James Hardy: Gabriel Batter-stuta up front

Callum Court: If you like your savoury flavours how about Jaap Ham and cheese?

Matt Harby: Matt Le Tossier has to be in there.

Paul Thame: Eggert Jonsson has to be somewhere and Sugary Neville could manage the side

The team is coming together nicely.

Taylor 'shot across room' by new defibrillator


Former England batsman James Taylor has been talking about the internal defibrillator he had surgically fitted last year to help combat the irregular heartbeat that forced him to retire last year.

"It kicked in with a real force, there was a lot of voltage going through my body, it shot me a few yards across the room," he told BBC Sport's Joe Wilson.

"That was scary, that's probably why I have the anxieties I've got now...I'm scared of exerting myself in some way because I know the feeling of when it does go off."

James Taylor
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Pep surprised at Ranieri axe


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City were on their warm weather training stint in Abu Dhabi when the axe fell on Claudio Ranieri's time at Leicester.

City boss Pep Guardiola said he was surprised at Ranieri's departure, so soon after he had presided over the most astonishing title triumph in English football history.

He does expect the Italian to get work soon - and he feels Ranieri's value to Leicester was evidenced in last night's 3-1 win over Liverpool.

"Yesterday was outstanding," said Guardiola. "First game without Ranieri they played like last season. 

"In 50 years' time people will talk about what Leicester achieved.  

"He will find a new job immediately and will do well."

Curran "giddy" at England call-up


More from Surrey's Tom Curran, called into the England squad for the one-day tour in the West Indies.

The 21-year-old has taken 10 wickets in the Lions’ two four-day matches against Sri Lanka A at an average of less than 19.

"It’s all pretty surreal right now," he said before leaving the Lions hotel near Dambulla this morning. "But I’m giddy, I can’t wait to get out there."

The first of three one-day internationals with West Indies begins on Friday and can be heard on  BBC Radio 5 live sports extra,  BBC Radio 4 Long Wave and via the BBC Sport website and app from 13:15 GMT.

Your Pancake XI

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Former Chelsea and Southampton player Ken Monkou used to own a pancake shop, so to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, BBC World Service Sportsworld presenter Lee James challenged him to see who can flip the most pancakes in 10 seconds. You can see the results below.

Meanwhile, we need a left-back for our Pancake XI - let us know by using #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Who can flip the most pancakes, a former Premier League footballer or a BBC presenter?

Kompany's continued absence

Man City v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT, Wednesday)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at the Etihad Campus

It really has been a terrible season for Vincent Kompany.

The Manchester City captain has played just twice since the end of October, and one of those appearances lasted just 37 minutes before he needed to be replaced.

He was expected to play against Huddersfield 10 days ago, and when he didn't, manager Pep Guardiola said he would be fit for the replay.

But he isn't. And when Guardiola was asked today when Kompany would be fit, all we got was a vague "soon".

The Belgian's City future must surely be in serious doubt come the summer.

Curran called up by England


England have added Surrey seamer Tom Curran to their touring party in the West Indies as cover for Jake Ball, who sustained a knee injury in yesterday's warm-up victory against the President's XI.

It is a first call to the senior squad for Curran, 21, who has been impressing for the Lions this winter.

Tom Curran
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Your Pancake XI

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Shandy, Preston: Eggar Davids

Steven Warner:  Garry Flipcroft

Heather Oxley: Sami Flippia

Paul Leonard: Only one person to play striker in #PancakeXI 'Jif Hurst'

Rooney return would be 'euphoric' - Walsh


Wayne Rooney

We heard earlier from Ronald Koeman and Everton director of football Steve Walsh agrees with the manager that Wayne Rooney would be welcomed back at the club.

Former Toffees striker Rooney has been linked with the Chinese Super League but says he will remain at Manchester United, where he is contracted until 2019. 

Walsh told Sky Sports: "Wayne Rooney is one of the greatest players that has ever played the game in England and for us not to be interested would be wrong.

"He started his career here and if the opportunity arose that he could come back and it sat well with everyone it is something we would consider. I think the whole thing would be euphoric. I think we could sell a lot of shirts, that's for sure." 

Getting shirty


Craig David, perhaps still rankled by that Bo Selecta kestrel parody, did not spare on the characters at the Southampton shop. He went for his full name on the back of the shirt to watch his team at Wembley last weekend, when they were beaten by Manchester United. 

BBC Three has put together a collection of celebrities in unlikely football attire, including Mike Tyson in a Peterborough shirt and Michael Jackson in the stripes of Exeter City.

There is also Beyonce in a USA shirt, so that must be a reason to have a look here.

Craig David

Your Pancake XI

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Paul Breese: Mix-u batter-lainen 

Jack Phillips:  Michael Duberries

Amar: Aaron Lemon

Steven Hedley: Chris Waffle 

Valcke appeal

More on the news that former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke is to appeal against his 10-year ban from football.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it could take several months to reach a verdict.

Valcke was fired in January 2016 after being implicated in irregular World Cup ticket and broadcast rights sales, plus expenses abuses including personal use of private flights.

Jerome Valcke
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BreakingValcke appeals against ban

Former Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his 10-year ban from football, Cas has announced.

Your Pancake XI

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Some great suggestions coming in for Shrove Tuesday and a Pancake XI. Keep them coming...

Jamie Willsher:  Dwight Yolk

Ryan: Flip Senderos - probably on the bench though. 

Pete Hughes: Surely Hernan Crepeso as the prolific pancake striker?

Tom: Pancake XI Coach - John Toss-hack? GK - Definitely Tim Flours

City break

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City flew straight out to Abu Dhabi following last week's 5-3 Champions League defeat of Monaco.

Pep Guardiola was keen to get some warm weather training into his squad, in addition to meeting the club's hierarchy.

I imagine the weather was rather better than this morning in Manchester, which experienced a couple of late winter snow showers.

Guardiola is due to face the media ahead of the FA Cup replay with Huddersfield at 13:30 GMT.

Manchester City

Manchester City news conference

Man City v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT, Wednesday)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester City will be aiming to reach their 10th quarter-final in nine seasons of the Sheikh Mansour era when they play Huddersfield in their FA Cup fifth round replay tomorrow.

It is a measure of the progress City have made since the takeover that in the preceding 117 years – admittedly punctuated by two World Wars and with the League Cup and European football only in existence for a portion of it – City’s quarter-final tally was 36.

It would be City’s fourth FA Cup quarter-final in nine years. They have reached the last eight of the League Cup on the same number of occasions and one appearance each in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and Europa League since 2008.

Doctor to miss cycling hearing

A doctor who received a mystery package on behalf of Team Sky, Dr Richard Freeman, is to miss an MPs' hearing  into allegations of doping on Wednesday.

Former British Cycling coach Simon Cope - who couriered the package for Sir Bradley Wiggins - and UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) chief Nicole Sapstead are set to give evidence.

Cope delivered the package on the last day of the  2011 Criterium du Dauphine,  which Wiggins went on to win.

The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has been by told by Team Sky chief Sir Dave Brailsford the package contained a legal decongestant.

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