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Summary

  1. Eight Premier League manager news conferences
  2. Celtic 'Lisbon Lion' Gemmell dies aged 73
  3. British Cycling sorry for 'failings'
  4. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Time for tea

That's all from us today.

But before you get too teary, we're back at the same time tomorrow of course, 8:00 am sharp.

Meanwhile the man below continues his quarter-final clash against Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Dubai Championships.

He's up 6-5 in the first set, so it could be a few hours on that one yet...

Goodbye.

Andy Murray
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Today's birthdays

Before we go, there's just time to wish a happy birthday to....

Former QPR, Spurs, Portsmouth and West Ham manager Harry Redknapp who turns 70 today.

Former England Test captain and current director of England cricket Andrew Stauss who is 40.

Former Europe Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam , who turns 59.

England cricketer Chris Woakes who is celebrating his 28th birthday.

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European Indoor Championships on the BBC

European Indoor Championships: Sister, sister! Meet the twins going for gold in Belgrade

The European Indoor Championships start tomorrow in Belgrade, Serbia and BBC Sport has live coverage on BBC Two, Red Button, Connected TV, the BBC Sport website and app. 

Here's what to look out for tomorrow:

Friday, 3 March

Coverage

08:15-12:00 on BBC Two (08:15-13:00, Connected TV and online)

15:00-19:30 on BBC Two, Connected TV and online

Highlights

Morning: 3,000m heats at 11:15 - Laura Muir - and 60m hurdles heats at 12:20 - Andrew Pozzi

Afternoon: 60m hurdles finals at 18:55 and 19:10 - Andrew Pozzi

More from Sean Dyche

Swansea v Burnley (15:00 GMT Saturday)

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Burnley manager Sean Dyche , in today's earlier news conference, said that there is nothing he can do to stop other managers coveting his players.

Defender Michael Keane has attracted interest from the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Leicester but now striker Andre Gray, who has 18 months left on his contract, is said to have piqued the interest of Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham.

"It's a very different business from 10 years ago. I heard another manager the other day speak completely openly about someone else's player...I couldn't believe what I was hearing.

"I thought if that was on a phone, it would be an illegal approach. The way it is now, it's just people throwing names around willy-nilly about who they want, who they can get, what their contract situation is.

"It's not a private business any more. It's just out there. You have to adapt to it and be flexible within it. It's all you can do."

Fans still sceptical of Fifa

A year on from Gianni Infantino taking over as Fifa president, a new survey shows he has yet to win back the trust of football fans after Sepp Blatter's departure

Only a quarter of fans globally think that Infantino has restored trust in Fifa, according to the study of 25,000 football fans published by Transparency International. It also found:

  • Only a third think Fifa is actively working against corruption in football
  • 53% do not have confidence in Fifa
  • 43% of supporters disapprove of Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup

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British Cycling sorry for 'failings'

The head of British Cycling has apologised for "failings" following accusations of bullying and sexism against top-level cyclists.

Chairman Jonathan Browning said the governing body will be making changes to be more caring to riders.

"Where there are failings we apologise," Browning told BBC sports editor Dan Roan.

He added the organisation would also address concerns raised by MPs at a select committee hearing into doping.

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Murray 3-2 Kohlschreiber*

Dubai Tennis Championships

This one's staying with serve at the moment.

Philipp Kohlschreiber is playing some lovely drop shots as he pushes Murray in these opening exchanges.

But neither player is giving away too much yet.

Kyle Eastmond to miss rest of season

Wasps centre Kyle Eastmond is out for the rest of this season after tearing his Achilles tendon. 

Eastmond, 27, who has six England caps, picked up the injury during Wasps' victory over Gloucester four days ago.

The former rugby league player has undergone surgery and is expected to be sidelined for six months.

Wasps rugby director Dai Young said: "It is obviously really disappointing for Kyle that he will miss the rest of the season.

"I really feel for him, because it came at a time when he was really starting to find his feet in this side and get a good run of games under his belt. 

"The good news is that the operation was as straightforward as it can be with this type of injury, and that Kyle is expected to make a full recovery, hopefully being back ahead of the new season.


          Wishing @eastmond_k A speedy recovery! Things happen for a reason, yet to find out this reason! 🙏🏽

Wishing @eastmond_k A speedy recovery! Things happen for a reason, yet to find out this reason! 🙏🏽

Fraser Brown opens up on depression

Scotland hooker Fraser Brown has spoken about how rugby helped him overcome depression brought about by two years of injury hell.

"Depression is a very real thing, especially when you're a young player and you've been injured a lot. I found it really difficult for a couple of years trying to battle through that.

"I ended up going away. I went back home to my Mum and Dad's farm and went down to one of the clubs in Edinburgh and just enjoyed being around the guys, just having fun and playing rugby again.

"It was a really difficult period of my life but coming through the back of it, I wouldn't be where I am now if I hadn't been through it."

Fraser Brown talks about battling back from depression

Murray 1-0 Kohlschreiber*

Dubai Tennis Championships

The rain has cleared in Dubai and Murray has made a solid start.

He holds his serve to take the first game of the match.

Carrick testimonial

Michael Carrick's testimonial launch was interrupted by this guy. 

We presume he isn't the mysterious manager, but you never know...

Really cool of @Stormzy1 to drop by the testimonial & @_MCFoundation announcement today! Good luck with the album m… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Michael Carrick testimonial

Simon Stone

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Speaking of his testimonial in June, Manchester United midfielder Carrick said he did not organise the game for pre-season as it was too far in advance to know whether he would still be at the club.

On his contract situation, he said: "Right now, there is nothing to report."

He says the testimonial opposition team will be filled with some of the best players he has played against. He has asked everyone from United's 2008 team to play in his side although some are stil professional players and the game on 4 June is the day after the Champions League final.

Carrick says he knows who the manager will be of the United side but is "not saying".

Michael Carrick
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World Book Day - Your top titles

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Nigel Pearson:  Zaha From The Madding Crowd

Charlie: Fifty Shades of Andy Gray

Pete Smith: The Lion King - Alun Wyn Jones

Murray v Kohlschreiber

Dubai Tennis Championships

Andy Murray
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Andy Murray is due up next on court at the Dubai Championships, although the start may be delayed by rain.

He faces Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarter-finals and we'll bring you live updates from that over the next hour or so.

The German has beaten Murray before, back in 2010 at Monte Carlo but the Scottish world number one has four victories against Kohlschreiber under his belt.

Ramsey back in training

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Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey is back in full training with Arsenal after recovering from a calf injury - news which will delight an entire nation.

Ramsey, 26, has not played since he limped off in the  Gunners' 2-1 defeat to Watford  on 31 January.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger earlier confirmed he was back in full training ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Liverpool. 

And with Wales' upcoming World Cup qualifier against Republic of Ireland on 24 March, news of 'Rambo's' return will be music to the ears of manager Chris Coleman.

Watford news conference

Watford v Southampton (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

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'Sad day to be a Barcelona fan'

Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola says he is "sad" to hear current boss Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season, and that the club will miss his "huge personality". 

Luis Enrique: It's a sad day to be a Barcelona fan - Pep Guardiola

Swansea news conference

Swansea v Burnley (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Swansea boss Paul Clement is the next manager up as he discusses Saturday's visit of Burnley.

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World Book Day - Your top titles

#bbcsportdsay or text 81111

Las Vegas:  Herr Hair - Rudi Voller

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Former striker Rudi Voller managed the German side that reached the 2002 World Cup final

Ben Wire:  Gone With the Wind - The Ben Ainslie Story

Dan Nixon : Tom Brady - Patriots Games

Southampton news conference

Watford v Southampton (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Southampton manager Claude Puel has urged his side to put Southampton's 3-2 EFL Cup final defeat by Manchester United behind them.

"Our performance showed the quality we can put on the pitch and what we can do against a great team," he said.

"We need to look forward, not backwards. This is a good game for that."  

Southampton players after their EFL Cup final defeat
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Southampton news conference

Watford v Southampton (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Southampton boss Claude Puel says he has no fresh fitness concerns ahead of Saturday's trip to Watford.

"This game against Watford is very important for us, to move up in the table," he said.

Burnley news conference

Swansea v Burnley (15:00 GMT Saturday)

The latest news conference comes from Burnley and manager Sean Dyche has confirmed two players will miss the trip to Swansea on Saturday.

Steven Defour has been out with a hamstring injury since the end of January and Johann Berg Gudmundsson has failed to shake off a medial knee ligament injury.

Sean Dyche confirms that Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson will both miss Saturday's @premierleague game @SwansOfficial

Michael Carrick testimonial

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Manchester United vice-captain Michael Carrick has been awarded a testimonial to mark his 11 years of service to the club.

Carrick will play for a Manchester United 2008 XI against an All Stars team at Old Trafford on Sunday 4 June.

Confirmed players for the United team include Edwin van der Sar, Gary Neville, Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs

The All-Stars line-up will feature Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Michael Owen.

The money raised will go to charities in Manchester and Carrick's home city Newcastle through the newly-created Michael Carrick Foundation.

Haye v Bellew press conference

The boxers are asked for predictions ahead of their heavyweight bout on Saturday.

David Haye: My gut instinct is I hit him with a vicious barrage of punches. The first one stuns him and the next three or four finish him off. He will get knocked out really quick. My prediction is a spectacular showreel knockout.

Tony Bellew: Just a win. I think we'll get a good hard fight for four or five, maybe six rounds. May the best man win. 

Haye v Bellew press conference

Tony Bellew says he has been left confused by some of David Haye's pre-fight comments in an ill-tempered build-up, but will be ready for him in the ring.

"He says one thing and then says another. I think he forgets what he says," said Bellew.

"I've prepared for the most powerful version of David Haye. All I want to do is win by any means necessary. To me it's not personal."

Haye v Bellew press conference
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Haye v Bellew press conference

David Haye insists he is in good shape to fight Tony Bellew despite speculation he might be carrying an injury.

"I'm fit, as much as any fighter before he goes into the ring," he said.

Haye v Bellew press conference

David Haye and Tony Bellew are exchanging verbal blows before Saturday's heavyweight bout. 

You can follow it via the Metro link on this page, but it comes with a bad language warning.

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Bedene Davis Cup appeal rejected

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Aljaz Bedene's latest attempt to overturn his ban from representing Great Britain in the Davis Cup has been rejected.

An arbitration hearing in London upheld the International Tennis Federation's principle that players should no longer be allowed to play for more than one country.

Bedene became a British citizen in March 2015, but represented Slovenia in three Davis Cup ties before switching nationality.

The ITF rule was introduced with barely three months notice on the 1st January 2015 - after Bedene had lodged his passport application.

World Book Day - Your sporting titles

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PtheP: Easy peasy. Given his shirt number, Craig Kieswetter is nailed on for Catch 22

Pete Smith: The Italian Job - Claudio Ranieri

Ruari Loughran:  The Hunger Games - Luis Suarez

Mark Harris:  Dean Windass The Willows

Hull City injury news

Leicester City v Hull City (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Dieumerci Mbokani
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Hull striker Dieumerci Mbokani is set to miss the next six weeks of the season after suffering a hamstring injury against Burnley last Saturday.

Marco Silva said: "It is never good to lose an important player [Dieumerci Mbokani] in our squad but we need to find other solutions."

Defender Harry Maguire needed lengthy treatment after injuring his knee against Burnley but Silva was positive about his recovery.

"We will see if Harry [Maguire] can play on Saturday, but I am confident that he can," said Silva.

"I'm sure Harry will have a great career and the next step for him is to be in the national team - he has fantastic skills

Silva added: “Evandro will not be available. Lazar [Markovic] has a good chance to be back and [Sam] Clucas returns from his suspension"

Aitor Karanka news conference

Stoke City v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT, Saturday)

Back at Middlesbrough, AitorKaranka was positive about his side's hopes of Premier League survival. They sit one place above the relegation zone.

“I always said it would be tough, and for me, we are in the position I thought we would be," said the Spaniard.

“With the performances and games we have played, we could have 32 points, but we have 22. You have to trust in yourself, and the players trust in themselves – we have to keep working together."

“I think it starts from me as the coach, if I go to the pitch with my heading looking at the floor they will be the same. I trust them, they have showed me what we can do.”

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Hull City news conference

Leicester City v Hull City (15:00 GMT, Saturday 4 March)

Marco Silva
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Hull City boss Marco Silva says he expects a 'difficult game' against Leicester but that his side 'must improve on away form' as they prepare to face the Foxes on Saturday.

"I was not surprised by Leicester because they are a good team with some very good players. 

"You can not forget what they achieved last season and also at home this campaign.

"I saw a team with a big motivation against Liverpool and I expect the same again. For sure we have a difficult game against Leicester but we must improve on our away form"

Defender Andrea Ranocchia, on loan from Inter Milan, also faced the media and said the side have "put a plan together" to limit Foxes striker Jamie Vardy's running on Saturday.

More to come from Middlesbrough, but meantime let's hear what's happening at Hull...

Middlesbrough news conference

Stoke City v Middlesbrough (15:00 GMT Saturday 4 March)

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka  has revealed he has no new injury concerns ahead of Saturday's match against Stoke City.

Calum Chambers is still out with a stress fracture of the foot picked up in January, but Antonio Barragan (hamstring) and George Friend (ankle) are both training with the team.

“It will be a difficult game, but one thing is they [Stoke] are in a comfortable position and we are fighting to stay in this league. We need to show them from the first minute how much we want the three points.

“The best way to approach every game is to forget the last but hopefully we won’t have the same [injury] problems preparing. I am really positive about this game.

“We took a step forward in the games against West Brom and Everton. I said to them [after Crystal Palace] that the only way to survive is working harder every day and keep believing. We will be fighting until the last day.”

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World Book Day - Sporting favourites

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Grumpy Expat: Brilliant Orange: The Neurotic Genius of Dutch Football is a good read, as much about Dutch culture as much as footbal.

Paul Kramer:  Hunter Davies - The Glory Game - the finest book ever written on the behind the scenes machinations of a football club.

Duncan Brown:  Bert Trautmann's autobiography, epic book, about the Third Reich, war, his life and a few pages about football, excellent.

We've heard your favourites. Now let us know your top titles - what would you call a book about a famous sporting face?

Warning for Tokyo 2020

The International Olympic Committee warns it will move the Tokyo 2020 golf event from its current venue if it does not admit women.

The Kasumigaseki Country Club does not allow women to become full members or play on Sundays.

"I respect it's a private club but our position is clear. We will only go to a club that has non-discrimination," said IOC vice-president John Coates.

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World Book Day - your sporting titles

As we're celebrating World Book Day, we want to hear your top titles..

What would you name a book about a famous sporting face?

Here's a couple of starters from Alan Willis:

  • Wuthering Heights - Peter Crouch
  • Great Expectations - Arsene Wenger

Get in touch via #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

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World Book Day - Sporting favourites

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Ryan Keyes:  If there's one sporting recommendation for World Book Day you have to read Back From The Brink by the great Paul McGrath.

Luke Aaron: John Daly -  My Life In and Out of the Rough will be the best £2.69 you ever spend...probably the craziest and best sporting autobiography ever penned.

Tony Sheehan:  An Irrational Hatred of Luton. Brilliant book from the haunted view of a West Ham fan. The ups, the downs and even more downs!

Sprinter Sole Power retired

Multiple Group One-winning sprinter Sole Power has been retired, his trainer Eddie Lynam has announced.

The 10-year-old won 12 of his 65 starts and was placed on a further 14 occasions.

He burst onto the when running out a shock 100-1 winner of the Nunthorpe Stakes at York in 2010.

"He was a great horse, but time waits for no man and he's been retired," said Lynam.

Check out the latest racecards and horse racing results.

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'My intention is to stay' - Aguero

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Despite a string of good performances, including two goals in last night's FA Cup fifth-round replay victory over Huddersfield, there's still something in the air between Sergio Aguero and Manchester City.

The striker has said that the club are yet to speak to him about where his future lies.  

The 28-year-old Argentina forward lost his place to 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus last month, but following the teenager's injury, has found his way back into the starting line-up.

"It is one thing for the club to say it and another to tell me," he said.  

Read more here.