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  1. FA Cup news conferences including Chelsea & Man City
  2. Arsene Wenger to decide on future in March or April
  3. Will manage next season 'whether at Arsenal or elsewhere'
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Live Reporting

By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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And that's where we leave you for today - and this week - on Sportsday. The Welsh Open continues and can be found from this link, with Judd Trump 3-1 up on Barry Hawkins in their best-of-nine-frame quarter-final. Football Focus is at 12:00 GMT tomorrow, with highlights of the fifth round at 22:30 GMT. Enjoy your weekend, cheerio now.

Football on 5 live


BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher and Jermaine Jenas from 19:00 GMT features the Friday Night Social as they are joined by legendary manager Harry Redknapp from the Bournemouth studio and veteran commentator John Motson to preview the FA Cup weekend and other football issues.

There are three successive commentaries from the fifth round tomorrow, Burnley-Lincoln at 12:30 GMT, Huddersfield-Manchester City at 15:00 GMT and Wolves against Chelsea at 17:30 GMT.

Farah on Wenger

Well. we've heard from pretty much everyone else.

So here's Arsenal fan (and Olympic champion) Mo Farah on Arsene Wenger:

"Yes, we would like to do better but what he's done for Arsenal as a club has been incredible over the years," he tells BBC World Service's Ed Harry.

"I wouldn't want him to go in my opinion. I would like to see what he can do for the club more.  But obviously the result a couple of days ago wasn't good.  But he knows what he's doing."

And his thoughts on Sutton United away on Monday evening? 

"Let's put it away, let's give them a proper beating," he said.

Mo Farah

Lambert seeks competitive edge

Wolves v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Wolves boss Paul Lambert urges his side to respond from the midweek home defeat against Wigan when they host Chelsea. "The Wigan game was probably the most disappointing game I've had since I've been here, every other game we've been right on the front foot and we have to get back to that. Even against Newcastle (another 1-0 defeat) I thought we were the better side but we were trying to go about our football and be competitive."

Fairytale success for amputee Disney

Captain Guy Disney, who rides with a prosthetic leg, steered Rathlin Rose to an emotional success in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown on Friday afternoon.

Disney lost his lower right leg after being injured when his vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade while he was serving in Afghanistan in July 2009.

The David Pipe-trained Rathlin Rose was the 13-8 favourite to provide Disney with his first success at a professional racecurse and he claimed the extended three-mile contest confined to military amateur riders by four and a half lengths from Ardkilly Witness.

Disney, who was third in the race on Ballyallia Man in 2015, said: "To ride a winner here is very, very special. I've been phenomenally lucky, I've been amazingly well looked after since I got injured, people have had it far worse than I have. Some don't make it back." 

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Lambert salutes 'breath of fresh air' Conte

Wolves v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

Antonio Conte

Wolves boss Paul Lambert with more thoughts on how his side will approach the teatime Cup tie with Antonio Conte's Premier League leaders Chelsea.

"We have to play our way and don't change, we might lose games but we'll be more exciting to watch and we have to take Chelsea out of their comfort zone, we have to match their intensity," he says.

"Chelsea have a great manager, who was a great player himself, he knows the emotions on a football pitch, the feelings players go through and their players will handle it. He has been a breath of fresh air for Chelsea.

"We're going to have to punch above our weight and they're going to have an off day."

Belarus editor eats his own words

Ice Hockey

A sports editor in Belarus has kept a promise to eat his own newspaper after incorrectly claiming his local ice hockey team Dinamo Minsk would not make it to the play-offs in the Kontinental Hockey League 

Vyacheslav Fedorenkov, who writes for the major Belarusian sports paper Pressball, arrived at Minsk Arena's press centre with a copy of the paper and a bowl of soup to make it more palatable, but ran out of soup so could only consume half of the pages.

The act impressed the team's coach Craig Woodcroft, however, and he said: "I will remember his deed every time I enter this room." 

Strauss out of Six Nations

Rugby union

Scotland number eight Josh Strauss has been ruled out of the rest of the Six Nations campaign through injury.  

Robins bring in the Goat


Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater, 46, has been appointed manager of Northern League Premier Division side Ilkeston.

Akpan ban is sufficient - Coyle

Blackburn v Manchester United (Sunday, 16:15 GMT)

Blackburn boss Owen Coyle, preparing for Sunday's big Cup tie with Manchester United at Ewood Park says Hope Akpan should not face further punishment following his dismissal against Sheffield Wednesday.

Akpan was dismissed for pushing referee Scott Duncan and has since been charged with violent conduct by the FA. 

"Hope Akpan did not shove the referee," Coyle insists. "If you look he has his hands outstretched and is saying he scored a perfectly good goal. We accept that you cannot touch the referee and a three-match ban is fair enough but to add to that in my opinion would be wrong.

Hope Akpan
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On this day

Jean-Claude Killy
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1968:Jean-Claude Killy of France, one of the greatest skiers of all time, won his third gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Grenoble. Victorious in the downhill, the giant slalom and the slalom, he equalled Toni Sailer's record of winning three gold medals at one Games.

'Many different pathways'

Burnley v Lincoln (Saturday, 12:30 GMT)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is full of praise for 38-year-old counterpart Danny Cowley and younger brother Nicky, who were still working as PE teachers in Rayleigh while manager and assistant at Braintree last year before being recruited by the Imps in the close season, 

"They've come out of teaching and done a good job in non-league. They've gone in full-time at Lincoln and are making a good show of it," Dyche said. 

"There are many different pathways into football, there's always the debate on managers' backgrounds, who's played and who hasn't, at different levels, but I don't think there's an exact pathway. 

"It can be helpful if you've played as you have an inside view, particularly when dealing with players, knowing what they're going through, but it's not an absolute prerequisite, which is why football people can go into other businesses and be a success. There are many different ways of being a leader or manager." 

Lambert wants 'uncomfortable game' for Chelsea

Wolves v Chelsea (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Paul Lambert
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Wolves boss Paul Lambert has clearly been assessing the league table as he prepares his side to host Premier League leaders Chelsea in the teatime kick-off tomorrow. "I don't know if they come any tougher than this," he says. 

"Regardless of who Chelsea play, they're international players, they've got a great manager and they've been absolutely brilliant. We've earned the right to have a go at them, nobody expected us to beat Stoke or Liverpool but we'll go with no fear and nothing to lose and do everything we can to try and make it an uncomfortable game for them."

Bobsleigh is back


The racers can reach speeds over 100kph, and Britain's Mica McNeill and Mica Moore are seventh fastest after first heat. You can watch heat two now to see how they fare.

Check it out over here.


Trump v Hawkins


No it's not a political one. Play has begun in the second quarter-final at the Welsh Open and you can watch Judd Trump against World Grand Prix winner Barry Hawkins in the battle of the left-handers on BBC Two Wales and on this link.

Uefa probe Saint Etienne fans after Europa League tie


Disciplinary proceedings have been opened by Uefa against Saint Etienne following the Europa League Round of 32 match against Manchester United at Old Trafford last night.

The French side's supporters are accused of the setting off of a firework, throwing objects and improper conduct. However, a Uefa panel will not meet to deal with the case until 23 March. 

Saint Etienne fans

Donaldson breezes through


Scotland's Scott Donaldson, 22, is through to the last four at the Welsh Open after a 5-0 win over China's Zhou Yuelong in the first quarter-final.

A Question of Sport


Earlier we asked you to name the four FA Cup winners since 1990 who are no longer in this year's competition. The answers are; Everton, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Wigan Athletic.

Cool runnings and teenage snooker

Sport quiz of the week

Cool Runnings
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The bobsleigh world champs are here, do you remember cool runnings? How old is snooker's latest young star? Test yourself with this week's BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's quiz here.

Huddersfield's tribute

Well I will say this only once but, staying with Huddersfield, and it staged the funeral of Gorden Kaye this afternoon, the star of the BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo, who was born in the town.

Gorden Kaye

Guardiola hails Huddersfield

Huddersfield v Manchester City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Pep Guardiola, who says he has not decided whether it will be Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero in goal for City tomorrow, with some positive words on tomorrow's opponents Huddersfield, who are third in the Championship table, five points behind leaders Newcastle.

"Huddersfield  are fighting to go to the Premier League," he says. "I saw the game against Leeds - (a 2-1 home victory) they are a really good team. They ave momentum and are playing with a lot of confidence. The FA Cup is complicated but we’re always fighting." 

Farah on Trump

Sir Mo Farah admits he still has travel fears over his return to America. 

Ahead of Saturday's Birmingham Indoor Grand Prix, the four-time Olympic champion again spoke out about President Donald Trump's controversial executive order.

The Somalia-born Farah had previously said the ban, which prevented those from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the US for 90 days or more, was "deeply troubling" although it was later clarified the exclusion would not apply to him. 

Asked if he had concerns when he returns to the US, Farah - who lives and trains in Portland, Oregon - said: "Yes, I've had issues before. But hopefully it will be fine, I always try and look on the bright side of life."

Mo Farah

Don't let Gary down!


Gary Lineker invites you to take part in the People's Cup

Here's one from our friends at BBC Get Inspired. I dedicate it to someone very close to me who, it is fair to say, is something of a fan of Mr Lineker - and has a life-size cardboard cut-out of him that I carried across the piazza at Media City.

Anyway, Gary would endorse the sentiment that it’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup - as long as you do it by the deadline anyway - and that is at midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Camera action

Winter Sports

Here's the reason for the delay to the giant slalom we told you about earlier. Watch as an air force display gets a little too close to the action and dislodges a camera, which plunges into the snow.

'No doubts' over Aguero

Huddersfield v Manchester City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who admits he does not know if Gabriel Jesus will play again this season, with thoughts on his obvious replacement Sergio Aguero, who scored 11 goals in his first six appearances of the season for City, but has been left out for the last three matches to accommodate the Brazilian teenager. 

"It’s not easy for the player who does not play," the manager admits. "Sergio was more than professional. I don't have any doubts about him. He has to do what he has done since the beginning of his career. Nothing more. 

Sergio Aguero

Why not match these mums?


Six months ago, many of these mums were just watching their kids play.

Now they're getting ready to play in the FA People's Cup....

FA People's Cup 2017: Football mums will show daughters how it's done

It’s not too late to enter this year’s FA People’s Cup – the deadline to sign up is midnight on Sunday. 

Entry is completely FREE, there are categories for everyone AND you can enter either as a team or an individual player. 

Find out all the details here.

Tiernan-Locke retires

Former Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has retired from professional cycling.

The 32-year-old Briton was sacked by Team Sky and banned for two years for a doping violation in 2014, which also led to him being stripped of the 2012 Tour of Britain title.

He returned to racing at national level in 2016 but says he no longer has the "mindset" to race professionally.

"I wouldn't want to be a pro again," he told the Exeter Express and Echo.

Jonathan Tiernan-Locke
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Solanke on his way?

Wolves v Chelsea (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Sounds like Chelsea'a England Under-21 striker Dominic Solanke might be on his way from Stamford Bridge. He has been linked with a move to Liverpool.

Conte says for now Dominic Solanke is a Chelsea player but he does not know about the player's future. He thinks his will is to leave. #CFC

Guardiola unsure over Jesus


Press Association journalist Andy Hampson with news from Pep on the absence of his Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus, who has a broken metatarsal.

Guardiola unsure exactly how long Jesus will be out. "People say between 2-3 months," he says #mcfc

Guardiola unsure exactly how long Jesus will be out. "People say between 2-3 months," he says #mcfc

Conte hails 'warrior' Luiz

Wolves v Chelsea (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has paid tribute to defender David Luiz, who has played on despite a knee niggle.

The Brazilian has lingering aggravation after a tackle from Sergio Aguero in December which saw the Manchester City striker sent off.

"He's playing with this little pain in his knee. But he's a warrior," said Conte.

David Luiz

Hirscher completes hat-trick

Winter Sports

Austria's Marcel Hirscher did not let a delay caused by a falling camera knocked off by a low-flying plane unsettle him and the 27-year-old has captured his first giant slalom world championship gold medal. After after two previous silvers in the event, he clocked 1:06.73 in the second run to finish with a combined time of 2:13.31, ahead of compatriot Roland Leitinger (2:13.56).

It adds to Hirscher's 2013 world slalom title and 2015 world title in the super combined.  

Manuel Hirscher
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Watford plan Taylor tribute


Watford have commissioned a statue to honour the club's former manager Graham Taylor at their Vicarage Road stadium.

Ex-England boss Taylor, who took Watford from the fourth division to a second-placed finish in the top flight in five seasons, died last month aged 72.

Graham Taylor with former Watford chairman Elton John

Key questions facing Wenger


And staying on that subject, thanks to those who voted in our Arsene Wenger poll. I don't think it will have any bearing on whether he will remain at the helm, but 55% of you think Monsieur Wenger should say au revoir to the Gunners.

So, what are the key questions that face the Frenchman after 21 years at the north London club?

Our sports news reporter David Ornstein has been taking a look. You can find out more here.

Arsene Wenger

Conte on Wenger

Wolves v Chelsea (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been speaking up for under-fire Arsene Wenger,

The Arsenal manager earlier indicated he would make a decision about his future in March or April.

Conte said: "I have great respect for Arsene Wenger, the man, the manager, he is one of the best in the world. Don't forget the job he has done."  

Antonio Conte and Arsene Wenger
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Guardiola coming up

Huddersfield v Manchester City (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is due for his news conference ahead of the FA Cup visit to Huddersfield. Will he be asked about The Sun's claims of Lionel Messi wanting him back at Barcelona? or whether he has been to the John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield before? We will find out shortly. 

The journalists are ready to go for #pep's presser ahead of #huddvcity! Updates to follow... #mcfc

The journalists are ready to go for #pep's presser ahead of #huddvcity! Updates to follow... #mcfc

Chelsea news conference

Wolves v Chelsea (17:30 GMT, Saturday)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has swerved questions on the future of Diego Costa.

"Now is a time to think about the present. Other matters are for the season's end," he said.

The Blues are reportedly eager to secure new terms for their star striker amid speculation clubs in the Chinese Super League are ready to launch offers for him again this summer.  

Diego Costa

Sri Lanka beat Australia off final ball


Chamara Kapugedera hit a boundary off the final ball of the match to secure a five-wicket victory for Sri Lanka against Australia in the first Twenty20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 

The teams now move to South Geelong, Victoria on Sunday for the second of the three-match series. 

Sri Lanka celebrate victory over Australia

Friday Sports Panel

BBC Radio 5 live

Fancy a lunchtime listen? - then head over to BBC Radio 5 live for the Friday Sports Panel right now.

Guests are:

Steve Brown - Former captain of the GB wheelchair rugby team

Steve Harmison - Ashes-winning former England fast bowler

Goldie Sayers - British javelin record holder

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Southgate sojourn


He's been to see Eddie Jones and the England rugby team, now England manager Gareth Southgate has been picking brains at Chelsea with Antonio Conte

📸Antonio Conte welcomed Gareth Southgate to Cobham yesterday...

📸Antonio Conte welcomed Gareth Southgate to Cobham yesterday...

Ambrose the analyst


Legendary former West Indies fast bowler Curtly Ambrose, who once famously said "Curtly talk to no man," joins the BBC commentary team for the one-day series with England beginning on 3 March.

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