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Summary

  1. 'Combating Doping in Sport' hearing updates
  2. Guardiola makes Hart wait on Man City future
  3. Man City host Huddersfield in FA Cup replay
  4. Hodgson the 'right man' for Leicester
  5. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Alex Bysouth, Elizabeth Hudson and Amy Lofthouse

All times stated are UK

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Right, just a reminder of how you can follow tonight's football with us.

Manchester City versus Huddersfield in the FA Cup fifth-round replay will be live on BBC One from 19:30 GMT - you can listen in on BBC Radio 5 live or follow the liver text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

England Women's team are also in action in the SheBelieves Cup. They face France tonight, which you can catch online or via the BBC Red Button from 21:00.

Manchester City v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT)

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy is likely to be available after a back problem for Wednesday's FA Cup replay.

Vincent Kompany remains unavailable but is close to a return to fitness.

Huddersfield will again be without midfielder Aaron Mooy, who is ineligible against his parent club.

Sean Scannell and Harry Bunn are both back in training and could feature but Nahki Wells is a doubt with an ankle problem, while Christopher Schindler and Kasey Palmer are injured.

Manchester City v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT)

We've not got the teams for you yet, but how about a quick look at who could be in and who could be out of tonight's clash at the Etihad?

Bryant to captain British team at Euro Indoors

Athletics

Commonwealth Games decathlon silver medallist Ashley Bryant will captain the British team at this weekend's European Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia.

The 25-year-old will lead a 32-strong team featuring the likes of Laura Muir, who is aiming to become double European Champion in the 1500m and 3000m, defending European champion Richard Kilty and world number one Andrew Pozzi.

However, heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who was due to compete in the long jump, has withdrawn from the event.

"It is a real step up from being World Junior captain back in 2010," said Bryant. "I’ve personally had a great indoor season so far and to be given this role is the icing on the cake."

Ashley Bryant
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England Women set for Cup opener

Football

England women coach Mark Sampson says his team must "find a way to get over the line" as they prepare to face France in their SheBelieves Cup opener on Wednesday - a game which will be shown from 21:00 GMT on the BBC Sport website and the Red Button.

England face the world's top-three teams at the event, with USA and Germany their other opponents. Last year they failed to win at the tournament against the same trio.

"We're fed up playing well against the top sides and failing," Sampson said.

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Stewart backs Terriers

Manchester City v Huddersfield (19:45 GMT)

Ahead of tonight's FA Cup fifth round replay against Manchester City at Ethiad Stadium, Huddersfield Town fan Sir Patrick Stewart narrates the inspirational poem Thinking, by Walter D. Wintle.

You can watch live coverage of Manchester City v Huddersfield on BBC One and on this website on Wednesday at 19:30 GMT.

FA Cup: Sir Patrick Stewart previews Manchester City v Huddersfield Town

As far as celebrity fans go, Sir Patrick Stewart has to be up there.

He'll no doubt be watching tonight as his beloved Huddersfield take on Manchester City in the FA Cup fifth-round replay.

Murray into Dubai last eight

Tennis

We said earlier that Andy Murray has taken the opening set of his match at the Dubai International and he is safely into the quarter-finals of the event.

The Scot only dropped two games on his way to a 6-2 6-0 victory over Spain's Gullermo Garcia-Lopez.

Murray took just one hour 12 minutes to complete the straight-sets win.

Andy Murray
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Little grabs winner for Scots

Football

Kim Little celebrated her 120th Scotland cap with the decisive goal as her side started the Cyprus Cup with a 3-2 victory over New Zealand. 

Jane Ross and Erin Cuthbert were also on target for the Scots who will also face South Korea and Austria before rounding off the tournament against opponents who are yet to be decided.

Kim Little
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Manchester derby - take two

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Remember the Manchester derby that never was in Beijing last summer?

Well, discussions about having another go at arranging the first derby to be played outside England are well down the track.

The International Champions Cup are not due to confirm their fixtures for July until later this month and it is understood nothing has yet been signed.

But City v United is likely to be their stand-out fixture, with the game due to be played on the west coast

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Simon Stone
The proposed Manchester derby in Beijing on 25 July was scrapped after heavy rain left the pitch at the Birds Nest stadium unplayable

Evans loses out in Dubai

Tennis

While we've been concentrating on cycling, the world of sport has been continuing - and there is mixed news for Britain's top two players at the Dubai International event.

Dan Evans is out after losing to French fourth seed Gael Monfils

The British number two, who is at a career-high ranking of 43, hit back impressively after losing the first set but was unable to maintain the momentum as fourth seed Monfils triumphed 6-4 3-6 6-1.

Andy Murray has taken the opening set of his match against Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2.

Dan Evans
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Doping in sport inquiry - key points

Cycling

Nicole Sapstead, UK Anti-Doping Agency's chief executive:

  • Ukad received one account that package contained Fluimucil  
  • Not able to ascertain medical records to confirm or refute
  • Says that the lack of medical records have caused a problem
  • Dr Freeman "wore two hats", for Team Sky and British Cycling
  • No evidence of any sort of cover up or tampering, "that is an incredibly serious allegation" 

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

That's it from the hearing. Here is what you may have missed.. 

Former British Cycling coach Simon Cope:

  • Cope says Shane Sutton asked him to bring a package out  
  • Package was sealed, left on a desk in the British Cycling office in a jiffy bag 
  • Note saying 'for Richard Freeman', former Team Sky doctor
  • Says he did not ask what was in the package  
  • Cope says he would not question integrity of British Cycling
  • Adds that he has "never seen" doping in British Cycling   

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead:  "This investigation has taken over 1,000 man hours.

"What it has highlighted to me is gone are the days when all we did was testing and getting a positive outcome to blood or urine tests.

"Investigations themselves are becoming more common than they were before and when you look at the resources this has taken at the detriment of other investigations at UKAD. I do not think the resources we have at the moment are sustainable

"I would like my budget to be doubled. That would enable me to cover a greater breath and depth within sport.

"As this has shown, we need more investigative manpower."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead:  "Team Sky did have a policy of keeping records, just not everyone was adhering to it.

"I would expect for a professional road cycling team that was founded on the premise of exhibiting that racing could be conducted cleanly, not to have records that would be able to demonstrate any infers to the contrary."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead confirmed that Ukad had spoken to Sir Bradley Wiggins over the matter.

"His recollection was that he was treated with Fluimucil the evening of 12 June (the final day of the Criterium Dauphine). 

"He does not know what was in the package but he was treated with Fluimucil that evening. 

Our records indicate the fluimucil for Team Sky and British Cycling came from two outlets, one in Germany, one in Switzerland."

She added that it was administered by a nebuliser.

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead says that British Cycling have a record of a theft for Dr Freeman's laptop in Greece in the summer of 2014 but she is unsure whether the theft was reported to the police.

"We believe it was," she says. "We are working with Interpol to try and obtain confirmation it was reported. It was reported to British Cycling. We are unable to ascertain that Team Sky was informed as much."

"It's very difficult at any given time to see what is being prescribed when Dr Freeman is acting on behalf of British Cycling or Team Sky."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead says that UK Anti-Doping's investigation is not concluded yet.

"We have no evidence that there has been any sort of cover up or tampering, that is an incredibly serious allegation," she says.

"At this time we have no evidence to pursue such a charge against anyone."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead says that from records Ukad have seen relating to Triamcinolone, more product was ordered than was needed to administered the TUEs (Thereputic Use Exemptions) which Dr Freeman administered to Sir Bradley Wiggins.

"Yes. Specifically in relation to Bradley Wiggins there was far more than," she says.

"I can't speculate about how it used and whether it is used in or out of competition. My understanding is Triamcinolone is considered, not a serious product, but you don't treat conditions with it lightly. 

"For that reason you would either think there was an excessive amount of it for one person or quite a few people had a similar problem.

"It's difficult because of a lack of records to see what duration these orders were lasting for."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Nicole Sapstead, Chief Executive, UK Anti-Doping:  "Dr Freeman wore two hats. He wore the hat as employee within British Cycling but he was also employed by Team Sky as the Team Sky doctor. 

"We have seen invoices and records that indicate when he was ordering medical products he was wearing one of those two hats. 

"When those medicine and products were delivered they were all delivered primarily to the Manchester Velodrome. They were kept in one area and there was no segregation of the products that were designated for British Cycling, as opposed to Team Sky. 

"Neither, from what we have obtained, do we have any clear records of what was going in and out of that medical supply and how those various products were being administered."

Nicole Sapstead
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Doping in sport inquiry

Road Cycling

Nicole Sapstead says that the lack of medical records have caused a problem for her organisation.

"In the first instance we have met with a degree of resistance, I understand why with doctor-patient confidentiality, but it has caused a delay to our efforts and we have had to find various routes around wanting to access individuals' record.

"It is my understanding doctors are expected to keep as contemporaneous as possible records of treatments they are giving to their patients."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Nicole Sapstead says that there are no records of any treatment during the course of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine

"Our inquiries have established Dr Freeman kept medical records on a laptop," she explains. "He was meant to, according to Team Sky policy and a policy that other doctors followed, to upload the medical records onto a Dropbox that all doctors had access to. 

"He did not do that for one reason or another. In 2014 we had been informed his laptop had been stolen while he was on holiday in Greece and that's why we've not been able to access those records."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Sapstead: "We have received one account of what was in the package, that was that the package contained Fluimucil - not a prohibited substance and used for treatment of build up of mucus, common in endurance sports.

"No one has any recognition of what was put in the package.

"We have asked for inventories and medical records to confirm that, but have not been able to ascertain that because there are no records."

Doping in sport inquiry

Road Cycling

Next up to face the committee is UK Anti-Doping boss Nicole Sapstead.

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is questioned as to whether he was put in a difficult position by British Cycling and whether his reputation has been damaged.

"Potentially, yes," he says. "I have told you all I know. Any job I was asked to do, I would do it.

"My role was not full-time so I was trying to secure a job so any little job I was asked to do, I would do."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope said that he had never seen what was described as 'dodgy' substances given to an athlete but that he had heard gossip during his career.

However, he insisted that there was no cheating in British Cycling.

"I've never heard anything at all," he said. "No rumours, no gossip. Team Sky and British Cycling have zero tolerance. I totally believe that is their philosophy.  

"In the sport in general I would believe there are some people that cheat, yes. I say that in general sport. I believe there is people in cycling who do cheat. I'm not saying British Cycling, I'm saying cycling as a whole.

"There's been systematic doping within the Soviet Union, hasn't there? That's come out. I would say individual riders potentially would take the risk because there is financial gain. As for British Cycling, I've never seen it."

Simon Cope
BBC Sport

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

More from Cope: "If something is being made up for you to be given to the doctor you assume the doctor has ordered it. Shane Sutton did not say it was for the doctor. He said can you pick it up and give it to Richard Freeman. He was the doctor at British Cycling."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked what would sometimes be in packages which are transported? 

"It could be licences, every rider needs a licence," he says.

"If a guy in the street gave me a package I think I would be suspicious. But this is our national governing body, I had no reason to be suspicious at all.

"I don't know whether it was normal practice, I was just asked to take the package and didn't know what was in it.

"i didn't think it was anything to worry about. I trusted my colleagues."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked if Dr Freeman gave him the the impression that he knew what was in the package? 

"I just gave it to him and I assume he said thank you like most common, decent people would. 

"I didn't think it was anything untoward, anything secret, anything underhand. it was just like me handing a bit of paper like you guys have been handing paper around now."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope denies that his failure to ask what was in the package was not because of a culture of fear.

"I just didn't ask. You might think I'm stupid or whatever," he says.

"I had a role in 2010 that was a full-time role. I suddenly moved into a role that I could see down the line and that did happen, I was made redundant. I was doing everything possible to keep people happy. What would you do?"

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked whether he was questioned at airport check-in about whether he packed the bag himself and whether he may have misled the check-in staff.

"I can't remember if I'm honest but probably yes and I said yes," he says.

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked whether he should have asked questions about the contents of the package.

"I would probably have asked what was in the package, but at the time I didn't think it was untoward," he says.

"The other day I drove down to Spain with 40 boxes in the car. I presumed they were helmets. We do travel from A, B and C with a lot of stuff."  

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope: "It is normal in our world [bringing back bikes]. If you understand the sport we are in people do unusual thing, like flying detergent out to a race because one rider is allergic to it."

He also confirms that he gave the package to the doctor.

Simon Cope
BBC

Cope also says that when he gave the package to the doctor, that was the last he saw of it.

He also said that he didn't ask what was in the package.

"No. Why would i ask if there was anything untoward. Its a national governing body, why would I question the integrity of our governing body? I didn't ask."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked, given his experience as a former cyclist and ex-British Cycling employee, if he was the most over-qualified delivery boy in history.

"I was asked to go out in logistical role and that's it," he says. The boss asked me to go and do something. I don't question my boss."

He is also asked what could he undertake in three hours?

"That was for them to decide. I needed to bring Shane back to the airport. I delivered the package to the doctor, helped sort a few bikes here and there. I was under the impression I had to bring some bikes back but that never happened."

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope says that the package, which was sealed, was left on a desk in the British Cycling office in a little jiffy bag with a little Post-it note saying for Simon for Richard Freeman [former Team Sky doctor]

Doping in sport inquiry

Cycling

Cope is asked how the message to deliver the package got to him and why it was him who delivered the package.

"I couldn't remember at the time, but since it, after reading everything, it would have been Shane Sutton who asked me the bring a package out," he tells the committee.

"It could have been via a phone call or a text message.

"I was a gap filler. It could be deliver a package or could you take a bike to someone, could you do this, do that. 

"If you're paying someone a salary you want to get your pound of flesh."