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Summary

  1. Updates from Andy Murray's Dubai Championships semi-final
  2. Build-up to the weekend's Premier League fixures
  3. David Haye and Tony Bellew weigh-in before Saturday's heavyweight bout
  4. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Louise Gwilliam and Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us on Sportsday.

It's been a busy one, and the action's only just getting started!

So there's only one thing left to say (sing)

Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it's WEEKEND time.

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Live rugby union

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Two Premiership rugby games for you to enjoy this evening:

Leicester v Exeter (19:45 GMT)

Sale Sharks v Northampton (20:15 GMT)

England internationals Tom Youngs and Tom Croft both start for Leicester.

Kai Horstmann, who signed a new one-year contract with Exeter on Thursday, starts for Exeter, who are second in the Premiership.

Meanwhile, at the AJ Bell Stadium, Sale centre Johnny Leota replaces Will Addison after he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a foot injury. 

And Northampton make one change from their win over Worcester, with James Craig replacing lock Christian Day.  

Doyle out of 400m

European Indoor Athletics Championships

Great Britain's Eilidh Doyle looked in a commanding position in her 400m semi-final in Belgrade, but was run out of it in the home straight and failed to progress to Saturday's final.

Zuzana Hejnova won the race and Malgorzata Holub took the second automatic qualifying spot.

Doyle said: "I don't know what was going on. I was tightening up and trying to get the line as quickly as possible.

"I knew I had to go out hard and win that break, but to not even make the final is heartbreaking.

"The relay is now my chance to go out there and get a medal with the team."

BBL plays of the week

Basketball

10 great plays from this week's British Basketball

Here are the best plays from this week's British Basketball League action, including Brandon Boggs' dramatic buzzer-beater for Bristol Flyers.  

And there's more action this evening.

You can watch Cheshire Phoenix take on Leeds Force on the BBC Sport website & app, live from 19:30 GMT.

*Murray 4-4 Pouille

Dubai Championships

Things aren't going quite as smoothly for Andy Murray in the semi-finals of the Dubai Championships.

Having got off to a cracker and been 3-0 up, he then lost four games in a row.

But wait, he's broken back to make it 4-4.

Live Super League

Rugby League

Castleford are killing it in Superleague. Just watching last nights game.

And we've got two more games for you this evening.

  • St Helens v Wakefield Trinity - BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Leeds (20:00 GMT)
  • Wigan Warriors v Leigh Centurions - BBC Radio Manchester (20:00 GMT)

You can choose your commentary here.

No boys allowed

Football

Graham Alexander doesn't mince his words.

The Scunthorpe manager has called out winger Hakeeb Adelakun about his attitude.

The 20-year-old has made 18 appearances this season, but has not been involved in their last five matches.

"I need players who compete and train well everyday. Hakeeb isn't doing that," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

"He's the same age as Dele Alli and that's where we are. Hakeeb is not a boy. He needs to realise his abilities and direct them the right way."

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McDonald also through to 1500m final

European Indoor Athletics Championships

Great Britain's Sarah McDonald also progressed to Saturday's 1500m final with a gutsy run in Belgrade.

McDonald had to work hard down the home straight and finished well to take second place on the line.

The British 1500m champion said 'It was very pushy. I didn't know I'd made it until I looked up at screen.

"I knew I was in great shape and you always have to have the idea that it's possible."

New guidance to benefit Muslim swimmers

Swimming

New swimwear guidance that will enable more people, including Muslim women, to compete has been introduced by the Amateur Swimming Association.

The governing body has relaxed a rule banning swimwear covering the whole body, allowing those who wear full body suits for religious beliefs or medical conditions to swim at English events.

The Muslim Women's Sport Foundation said it was "extremely pleased".

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Latest from Dubai

Andy Murray 3-2 Lucas Pouille

Britain's Andy Murray had taken a 3-1 lead against seventh seed Lucas Pouille in the Dubai Championships semi-finals, but the Frenchman has just broken back.

It's now 3-2 in the first set.

Muir into 1500m final

European Indoor Athletics Championships

Two races, one day. No problem for a Scot in scintillating form.

Following an easy qualification in the 3000m heats this morning, Great Britain's Laura Muir won her 1500m heat to progress to Sunday's final, just four and a half hours later.

The 23-year-old was made to work slightly harder in her second race of the day but eased out the competition in the home straight.

She'll contest that final at 18:45 GMT Saturday, before taking on the 3000m final at 15:30 GMT on Sunday.

Muir said: "There was no point wasting energy this morning. I looked at the times and did just enough to qualify.

"Hopefully my legs will be ok tomorrow. You want to get to the final first, so I'm just glad I got that out of the way."

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Paul Nutter:  Rowan Atkinson playing Jose Mourinho?

So good. So, so good. 

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No more Championship play-offs

Rugby Union

Here's more on the story that automatic promotion to the Premiership will be introduced in 2018 after the Rugby Football Union decided to scrap the Championship play-offs.

The winners of England's second-tier competition will be promoted if they satisfy 'minimum standard criteria' to play in the top-flight.

Promotion this term will again be decided via the four-team play-offs.

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Takingthepitt:  Walter Mazzarri and Al Pacino?

INCREDIBLE!

Walter Mazzarri and Al Pacino
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Pozzi into final

European Indoor Athletics Championships

Great Britain's Andrew Pozzi is safely through to this evening's 60m hurdles final in Belgrade, clocking 7.52 seconds in his semi-final.

GB's David King placed sixth in his heat in a time of 7.70s, missing out on a spot in the final.

And David Omoregie came third in his semi-final in a time of 7.71, which wasn't good enough to qualify as a fastest loser.

It's job done for @andrew_pozzi - he clocks 7.52 to book his spot in tonight's final 🙌 #belgrade2017

Scott ruled out of England duty

#SheBelievesCup

England defender Alex Scott has been ruled out of the rest of the SheBelieves Cup through injury.  

Scott picked up a calf injury during the match against France on Wednesday, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for England after Wendie Renard’s 95th-minute winner.

Boss Mark Sampson has chosen not to call up a replacement.

England face the hosts and World Cup holders USA on Saturday

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Mo Farah's coach 'may have broken rules' - report

Athletics

Further details of a secret report by doping authorities into Mo Farah's coach Alberto Salazar suggest he broke rules over banned steroid testosterone.

Salazar has been under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) since a  BBC Panorama programme  in 2015.

The leaked interim report states the American has thus far failed to provide "acceptable justification for possessing testosterone" at his Nike Oregon Project running camp.

Salazar strongly  denies breaking rules  and the 58-year-old claims he is being "persecuted".

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Get involved

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You have flooded us with ideas for the best sporting films - and we love you for it.

But NEW DEBATE AHOY - which movie star would play which Premier League manager?

Jurgen Klopp had to answer that question for Football Focus this week, and his choices are brilliant. See it tomorrow at 12:00 on BBC One.

Now we want yours. Give us your ideas via #bbcsportsday

Murray back in action

Dubai Championships semi-final

He only finished his quarter-final in the early hours of the morning and now world number one Andy Murray is back out on court to try and book a place in the final of the Dubai Championships.

Murray, who is playing in his first tournament since going out of the Australian Open, is up against seventh seed Lucas Pouille in the semis. 

We'll bring you updates right here. 

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A new message from Sweden's footballers

Football

The names have disappeared off the shirts of the Sweden women's football team.

Instead, the players are sporting inspirational messages. 

BBC Radio 1's Newsbeat will tell you why .

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No more words

Haye v Bellew (Saturday)

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What to make of that weigh in? 

An event for sure, excitement in the air, posturing aplenty and a definite sense that the words have run their course. Tony Bellew tried to intimidate but couldn't rise David Haye and now Bellew must worry about the mountain he has to climb. 

George Groves, Carl Froch, Darren Barker, Josh Buatsi (seen here asking Michael Buffer for a picture) - just a few names in attendance. Saturday night will be a hot ticket.

The weight advantage and experience at heavyweight will surely prove decisive for David Haye? Of the two men, he has the most to lose. Defeat almost ends his hopes of fighting for a title again. Bellew will of course be able to fall back on his WBC cruiseweight title and the fact few give him a chance.

Let's get it on.

West Indies v England

England 73-2

In the first of three ODIs in Antigua, West Indies have won the toss and have chosen to field first.

And it looks to have been pretty good decision so far.

England are currently 73-2.

Shannon Gabriel has removed both Jason Roy (13) and Joe Root (4).

You can follow our live text and radio commentary here.


          Our top team of local experts - Fazeer Mohammad and Sir Curtly Ambrose on duty in Antigua.

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London Marathon 2017

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Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

'I am not a monster'

Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth (12:30GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Possibly the best line out of an entertaining press conference came at the end.

Mourinho's first Premier League opponents as Manchester United manager were Bournemouth, who they face at Old Trafford tomorrow lunchtime.

I asked Mourinho what United had learned about him in the intervening time.

"That I am not a monster," said Mourinho matter of factly.

"That I am not so bad and arrogant and am not such a difficult person. 

"No-one runs away from me on the training ground. I am better than you think." 

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'Zlatan is fundamental' - Mourinho

Man Utd v AFC Bournemouth (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

And so to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is yet to commit to a second year at Old Trafford despite scoring 26 goals, so far, in his debut season.

It is understood a contract is in place for the 35-year-old to stay.

Mourinho certainly wants him to, judging by this.

"This team has a lot of growing to do," said Mourinho during his media session pre-Bournemouth.

"The next transfer window will bring us to a different level because I will bring in a few players. ZIatan will be fundamental in the second year. I think he will stay." 

Manchester City injury update

Sunderland v Manchester City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

Pep Guardiola also confirmed that he his side have no new injury concerns ahead of their trip to Sunderland on Sunday.

"Hopefully Vincent Kompany will be fit for the last two or three months of the season," he said.

"Aleksandar Kolarov is fit."

'I want Rooney to stay 100%'

Man Utd v Bournemouth (12:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

On Wayne Rooney, Jose Mourinho said the fact he was ready to come on at Wembley when Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his winner in the EFL Cup final on Sunday, was proof the Manchester United captain remains a valued member of his squad.

Mourinho said Rooney would "100%" be at United for the rest of the season, which is fairly obvious now even the Chinese transfer window has closed.

However, after comments from Everton this week suggestion the England forward's former club may offer a summer return to Goodison Park, Mourinho said he '100%' wanted the 31-year-old to stay, although adding it could not be guaranteed because he will not keep unhappy players.

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'Aguero is happy, so are we' - Guardiola

Sunderland v Manchester City (16:00 GMT, Sunday)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola became exasperated with questions regarding his relationship with Sergio Aguero at today's news conference.

"I spoke ten times about this, you know my opinion. I cannot answer at every press conference about Aguero, He is so happy, so are we."

When asked about his team's form he said: "We have had good moments, some not so good. We're in a good moment now but every game will be tough until the end of the season.

"Every game is a game to learn and improve. I know the players better, they know me better. Hopefully next season we are a better team.

"The last two, three months I have only focused on the next game. Thinking about things far away would be a big mistake."

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Sunderland 'doing everything they can'

Sunderland v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

There's never an easy match when you're bottom of the Premier League table, and this week Sunderland have another toughie when they host Man City on Sunday.

"The players are doing everything they can - in training and in games - to stay in the Premier League," said boss David Moyes, whose side are looking to avoid a third consecutive defeat.

"If they keep doing that we'll have a great chance."

"You have to have two or three different game plans because Man City can play in many ways with many different players.

"Against Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur we played well and we have to do that again."  

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Get Involved - your favourite sporting films

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Don't worry. We're still talking about sporting films. Here's a few of your miscellaneous entries:  

John McEnerney:  Slaying The Badger - a documentary about the relationship between Hinault & Lemond. Two legends of the sport!

Iain Bagwell: It has to be 'When we were kings' - brilliant Documentary on Ali & Foreman and the infamous Rumble in the Jungle.

GullinExile:  Champions - John Hurt as jockey Bob Champion is incredibly moving. "Maybe I'll get lucky & get killed on the racecourse".

Callum Jewell:  Best sporting film has to be Cinderella Man or the wrestler. Not a big fan of either sport but what amazing films!

'Good acquaintances, not mate mates'

West Brom v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Crystal Palace boss Sam Alardyce says he has known his West Brom dugout opposite Tony Pulis for a long time, and he believes his 'tactical genius' is underrated. 

"Tony and I are good acquaintances," said Big Sam. "I've never been mate mates, but we've known each other a long time & always have a chat when we see each other.  

"Outside of the top boys Tony probably gets more clean sheets than anybody else and now the goal tally has gone up.

"Instead of getting praise for being a tactical genius, he gets criticised for the way he plays when beating the big ones."

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Jose in the mood to talk

Manchester United v Bournemouth (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho took the initiative at today's press conference.

Sensing what was going to be asked as he sat down in front of the media, Mourinho said "Rooney and Shaw".

He then proceeded to talk for four minutes and 20 seconds about the pair, who are both in Manchester United's squad to face Bournemouth tomorrow.

More on Rooney shortly, but after giving his assessment on Shaw, namely he is improving, he told the media there would be no need for photographers to wait outside the Lowry Hotel, where United stay before home games, this evening to see whether the defender would be there.

Hawthorns is a difficult place - Allardyce

West Brom v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Here's Sam Allardyce's thoughts on taking his Crystal Palace team to West Brom on Saturday. 

"Hopefully we can get a result at the Hawthorns, it's a difficult place to play," said Allardyce

"We've got to fight to make sure we get something tomorrow. We've got to try to get a result.

"We need one of those runs before the end of the season. We've got to win two or three on the trot. The quicker we do that the more confident we become."  

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"He lives a lie"

Haye v Bellew

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter in London

Bellew
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Tony Bellew tells BBC Sport's Mike Costello that David Haye has never been in a fight like this.

He pours some doubt on Haye's state of mind, stating the former heavyweight champion "lives a lie."

We will bring you all he had to say shortly.

Each fighter has been given the same security guard all week. The big guards don't leave the side of their alloted man under any circumstance.

I ask Mike Costello if he thinks the beef is genuine and he says he believes it is. "It may have been fabricated early on but they have grown to hate one another," he says.

BreakingThe end of Championship play-offs

Rugby Union

The RFU has announced that the Championship play-off system will be scrapped.

From next season, the winner of the second-tier competition will be automatically promoted to the Premiership - provided they fulfil the criteria. 

'I'm glad it was Andrea'

World Triathlon Series 2017, Abu Dhabi

Britain's Jodie Stimpson said after her second-place finish: "I was the stronger one going up the hill so I was the one trying to put the pressure on each lap.

"But if I was going to lose to a sprint finish though, I am glad it was Andrea today.

"I can't thank my family enough for getting me through the last year."

Andrea Hewitt, who won the race, was engaged to and coached by former French triathlete Laurent Vidal who tragically died of a heart attack in November 2015.

Sturridge & Henderson ruled out

Liverpool v Arsenal (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out midfielder Jordan Henderson and striker Daniel Sturridge for their game with Arsenal at Anfield on Saturday.

"Jordan is too soon for sure, Dejan we will see. He trained yesterday, now we have to see how he reacts on this," said Klopp 

On Sturridge, the German added: "Daniel was ill, really ill. Now he has a strain in the hip muscle, it happened in the rehab session.

"He'll be out of normal training for the next week. He can train, but not in team training."  

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