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Summary

  1. Q & A with guest editor Rachel Yankey
  2. International Women's Day
  3. Arsenal slump to 10-2 aggregate Bayern defeat
  4. Wenger 'revolted' by referee
  5. Man City v Stoke City (20:00 GMT)
  6. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's it from us. Thanks for joining me on Sportsday today. 

It's was brilliant hearing from Rachel Yankey about her experience of being a legend of her sport. 

I'm sorry we didn't get to answer more of your questions! 

Hopefully it won't be the last Q&A we get to do... 

Why not let us know who you would be interested in putting a question to? 

Happy International Women's Day to you all. 

Damage has been done to Team Sky

Cycling

Some great analysis from BBC sports editor Dan Roan on the Team Sky situation.

He reckons 'permanent damage to the team's reputation has been done' following the inquiry and parliamentary hearing into a 'mystery package' that was delivered to the during the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine in France.

Yesterday, Team Sky admitted "mistakes were made" around the delivery of a medical package to Wiggins but deny breaking anti-doping rules.

Roan says Team Sky's admission is 'an attempt to finally get a grip of a crisis that was seemed to be spiralling out of control.' 

Wiggins & Brailsford
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Rehab, women in sport and proving #thisgirlcan

International Women's Day

Isobel Pooley
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British high jumper Isobel Pooley was deprived of her chance to compete at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by injury.

BBC Sport caught up with the 24-year-old former British record holder to find out about the recovery process - and talk about why #thisgirlcan on International Women's Day.

"It's amazing to feel empowered as a female athlete. In terms of participation, my sport of athletics is pretty gender-equal, although sadly there are some massive differences between how women's sport and men's sport are treated".  

Read her full column here. 

International Women's Day 2017

England and Liverpool defender Casey Stoney has tweeted this picture of her twins at the top of a climbing frame - cute. 

But it's the sentiment that will move you... 

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If not, you are dead inside.

If you have a heart of ice, prepare for it to melt.... 

Shout out to the inspirational women in sport

#bbcsportsday

Paula Radcliffe
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John Morganundefined As a marathon runner, its got to be Paula Radcliffe. I firmly believe her world record is the equivalent to a male running sub 2hrs. 

Sunderland commit to cheaper matchday tickets next season...

Football

Sunderland
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Despite the very real threat of relegation, Sunderland have become the latest Premier League side to commit to some of the cheapest ticket prices in football at the Stadium of Light next year.

Fans aged under the age of 16 can buy a season card for just £50 in 2017-18. 

Ticket prices have been a common fan grievance since the annual BBC Price of Football study began in 2011, revealing the cost of a day out at the match at over 200 football league clubs.

Other clubs who offer cut-priced tickets for fans include: 

  • Arsenal  subsidise tickets for their own away fans by £4.
  • Under-eights are given free entry at  Bournemouth  with a £7.50 membership.
  • Burnley  offer free season tickets to under-10s with a full-paying adult in the Family Stand.
  • Everton  offer £95 season tickets to under-11s.
  • Stoke City  offer free season tickets to City7 (seven-year-old) members when bought with an adult.
  • Sunderland  offer child season tickets for £25.
  • Watford  offer under-16s season tickets for £30 and discounted season tickets to fans who live more than 75 miles away from the stadium.

Haye wants Bellew rematch

Boxing

Former heavyweight world champion David Haye has ruled out retiring from the sport and is targeting a rematch with Tony Bellew.

Haye, 36, had  surgery  on an Achilles injury sustained in Saturday's  11th-round defeat  by Bellew in London.

He suffered the injury in the sixth round of the fight, but says a two-and-a-half-hour operation "went well".

"I live to fight another day and I will fight another day," Haye told Sky Sports.

"...it is only fair to the fans to rematch against the guy who beat me. If that does not happen, then I will find a way to challenge for the heavyweight title."  

David Haye
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Shields to make history with top billing

Boxing

Double Olympic champion Claressa Shields, 21, will contest the first women's boxing match to achieve main-event status on premium television in the United States, when she faces Hungary's Szilvia Szabados at Detroit's MGM Grand on 10 March. 

Women's boxing: Claressa Shields will make history topping the bill

Whitlock to take a six month break from competing

Gymnastics

Max Whitlock
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Double Olympic gold medallist Max Whitlock will take a six-month break from gymnastics to be ready for the World Championships in October.

The 24-year-old, who became Britain's first Olympic gymnastics champion at the 2016 Rio Games, will miss the iPro World Cup in London next month.

He will also miss April's European Championships in Romania.

"I know 100% that it's the right decision," said Whitlock, the pommel horse world champion.

"I want to continue to compete at the very highest level aiming towards the Tokyo Olympics in 2020," he added.

Brotherly inspiration...

Rugby Union

Richie Gray
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Scotland lock  Richie Gray  (pictured on the right), says younger brother Jonny (left.... obviously) is an "inspiration" rather than a sibling rival in their burgeoning second row partnership.

Richie, the elder at 27 and taller at 6ft 9in, with 63 caps and a 2013 Lions Test on his CV, has been a mainstay for Scotland since his debut in 2010.

But the progress of 6ft 6in Jonny, 23 next week, of late has seen him earn most plaudits as a potential 2017 Lion.

"Jonny has gone from strength to strength," Richie Gray acknowledged.

"What I said a couple of years ago was about the need to do it consistently, but he's been able to do it week in week out and that's the most impressive thing.

"I've seen him come on as a leader. He's grown and matured and makes me very proud.

"Football saved my life"

A man who was sectioned after trying to kill himself several times says football saved his life.

James Casling worked with QPR Community Trust and spoke publicly about his experience for the first time in Parliament on Tuesday.

He shared his speech on the Victoria Derbyshire Programme.

Man with mental health issues says football saved his life

Vunipola boost for England

Rugby union

A huge boost for England with Billy Vunipola set to start against Scotland in the Six Nations on Saturday , after being confirmed in England's matchday squad.

The powerful number eight made his comeback from a knee injury last weekend, and has been lined up to replace Nathan Hughes in the starting XV.

Scotland are bidding for a first victory at Twickenham since 1983 as they look to end England's 17-match winning run.

Saturday's game (16:00 GMT) is live on BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Radio Scotland, plus live text commentary via the BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app. 

Billy Vunipola
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Ireland unchanged for trip to Wales

Rugby union

Like their opponents, Ireland have named an unchanged starting line-up for Friday's Six Nations game against Wales.

With Jared Payne, 31, missing training on Monday because of an ankle knock, coach Joe Schmidt has opted to retain Garry Ringrose at outside centre.

Payne has returned to Ulster action in the last fortnight after three months out because of a kidney injury.

Rob Kearney remains at full-back after recovering from a groin injury picked up in the  win over France.

Ireland
Gett

Just going to have a look at the latest Six Nations news for the weekend... 

IWD2017: find women's sports and activities near you

#GetInspired

Women exercising
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Rachel Yankey on Facebook Live from earlier...

International Women's Day 2017

Earlier, England and Arsenal legend  Rachel Yankey  was our special guest at BBC Sport towers. 

She answered your questions on Facebook live including why Manchester United don't have a women's team... 

You can watch it again here: 

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IWD2017: England reflect on the SheBelieves Cup journey


          Time to head home after a great 12 days. Lots learnt and plenty to build on ahead of the Euros. #Lionesses 🦁🦁🦁

Time to head home after a great 12 days. Lots learnt and plenty to build on ahead of the Euros. #Lionesses 🦁🦁🦁

....England boss Mark Sampson calls the team a "special group". 

Today I am proud I can speak to my daughter about the special group of women her dad has the pleasure of working with #IWD2017 #Lionesses

Shout out to the inspirational women in sport

#bbcsportsday

Double Olympic champion Joanna Rowsell Shand has given a shout out to the woman who inspires her... 

The most decorated female British Olympian ever - the legend - Dame Katherine Grainger. 

If you haven't already listened to her Desert Island Discs, I can thoroughly recommend it. 

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Women's Six Nations: Bonar starts for Scotland against England

Rugby Union

Scotland
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Sarah Bonar will make her first Scotland start in Saturday's Women's Six Nations meeting with England at Twickenham Stoop.

Bonar's inclusion at blindside flanker means Jemma Forsyth moves to number 8. The injured Jade Konkel drops out of the starting line-up.

With Bonar promoted from the bench, Rachael Cook is named among the replacements, as is Abi Evans.

Shade Munro's side  beat Wales 15-14  last month.

Lack of women in LTA leadership roles 'completely wrong' - Judy Murray

Tennis


          Lack of women in LTA leadership roles 'completely wrong' - Judy Murray
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Judy Murray says it is "completely wrong" there are so few women in leadership roles at the  Lawn Tennis Association.

Britain's former Fed Cup captain believes there must be more women at the top of the national governing body if female involvement in tennis in the UK is to grow.

"There probably haven't been anywhere near enough opportunities for women to develop: not just in coaching roles, but throughout the entire organisation," Murray told BBC Sport.

Read more here. 

Get Involved - Shout out to the inspirational women in sport

#bbcsportsday

Tony:  An obvious inspirational sportswoman but Jess Ennis-Hill at London 2012 under the pressure of being the face of the games was immense. 

Jess Ennis-Hill
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'I eat a lot of cake*. Before the Worlds, I'll have a smaller piece'

#GetInspired

British climber Shauna Coxsey explains how she made it to the summit of her sport, becoming the UK's first ever bouldering world champion.

*disclaimer: it took a bit more than eating cake  

If you want to find out more about climbing or give it a try yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

If you watch one thing today, make it this... 

International Women's Day 2017

Team GB's star hockey goalie Maddie Hinch says her mother is her female role model... 


          "All that I am or ever hope to be" #myinpirationalmummy #strong #internationalwomensday #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange 💕

"All that I am or ever hope to be" #myinpirationalmummy #strong #internationalwomensday #IWD2017 #BeBoldForChange 💕

International Women's Day 2017

Football

12 - @klbardsley kept 12 clean sheets in the @FAWSL last season; five more than any other goalkeeper. Safe. #InternationalWomensDay

Get involved - Shout out to the inspirational women in sport

#bbcsportsday

Rachel Snook:  Team Bath netballer, Asha Francis playing goal attack less than 5 months after giving birth, to her second daughter! #inspire

Man City v Stoke head-to-head

Manchester City v Stoke (20:00 GMT)

  • Manchester City have won three of their last four league matches against Stoke, scoring four goals in each victory.
  • Stoke have scored just one goal in their eight Premier League visits to the Etihad Stadium, in a 1-0 win in August 2014.
  • The Potters have lost their other seven Premier League matches away at Manchester City by an aggregate score of 19-0.
  • Manchester City are aiming to do the top-flight double against Stoke for the only third time, after the 1933-34 and 1966-67 seasons.

What the managers say...

Manchester City v Stoke (20:00 GMT)

Mark Hughes
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Stoke City manager Mark Hughes:  "I'm sure we can be an irritant and cause Man City and Chelsea problems in the next two games.

"It may be that we look at shaping up to be a little bit more frustrating.

"I've always backed my teams to go there and have a go because I feel we've got good talent that can test any team in the Premier League.

"But sometimes if you're not quite there and everybody is not quite playing to their maximum you can get caught out. It's just where I see us at the moment."

We've heard from Pep Guardiola ahead of Man City's Premier League game against Stoke later. 

Let's hear from Mark Hughes...

Get Involved - Tales of inspiring women in sport

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Tirunesh Dibaba
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I love athletics and have seen most of the greats of the modern era (Bolt, Farah, and so on), but the greatest performance I have ever seen was on a hot evening in Oslo in 2008 where I got a front row seat to witness Tirunesh Dibaba smash the 5000 metres world record, one that still stands today. Truly incredible

Stephen, Maidenhead

Get Involved - Tales of inspiring women in sport

#bbcsportsday or text 81111

If you have a great story you would like to share about inspirational women in sport or if you just want to give a shout out to your female coach/ teacher, use #bbcsportsday or text 81111. 

Get Involved - Tales of inspiring women

#bbcsportsday or text 81111

As it's International Women's Day thought I'd mention an inspirational moment I witnessed about 6 years ago at a local ladies football game. Keeper was making her debut & during a particularly brave save knocked herself out cold on a post. After a minute she woke up & despite protests, insisted on playing on, going on to give a woman of the match performance. Heroic!

Simon, Torbay

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What the managers say...

Manchester City v Stoke (20:00 GMT)

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola:  "It's a pity that the distance between Chelsea [and Manchester City] is so big, but that's true. We started the season with 10 games winning, but our game was not like today.

"I feel we are playing quite well and that's why we are getting results. But now, of course, we are in a position when you arrive in March and April, every game if you win, you stay; if you lose, you are out."

Manchester City v Stoke team news

Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live - Tonight from 20:00 GMT

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola awaits news on whether captain Vincent Kompany will be fit enough to play.

He remains without long-term injury victims Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.

Stoke's Xherdan Shaqiri is available after missing five matches with a calf problem.

However, Marko Arnautovic, Glen Johnson and Bruno Martins Indi are doubtful, while Wilfried Bony is ineligible to play against his parent club.

Which City will win tonight? Here's Lawro's prediction...

Manchester City v Stoke City (20:00 GMT)

Lawro's prediction
BBC Sport

As well as Champions League action, there is a Premier League game on Wednesday night that sees high-flyingManchester City take on mid-table Stoke.

BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is predicting the outcome of all 380 Premier League matches this season, so how does he see this one going?

"I just don't see Stoke causing Manchester City enough problems," says Lawro. "Stoke's defence will be under a lot of pressure, and I do not see them holding out."

Lawro's prediction:  2-0

That scoreline takes Man City up to joint-top in Lawro's League Table (below), using all of his results for the season. The top six are the same as in reality, just in a slightly different order... with Chelsea four points off the summit, not 10 points clear. Using his predictions, it is a much tighter title race.

Lawro's guests for the weekend, when tonight's game was initially scheduled to be played, have also made their predictions.

Sophie Rose  of  CFC Fan TV  is going for 3-1.

And  Adam McKola  and  Stephen Howson  of  Full Time Devils  are going 2-1. They are Manchester United fans, however, so there is a caveat...

"Stoke will go one up, City will pull it back, and Pep Guardiola will have a meltdown in the post-match interview."

Lawro's league table
BBC Sport

A Lawro's prediction for Man City v Stoke? 

Alright, you twisted my arm... 

'The ground is like an old English stadium'

Football

Former Blackburn, Tottenham and Arsenal midfielder David Bentley is one man who knows a bit about Rostov.

Bentley was the first Englishman to play in the Russian Premier League, after he signed for Rostov on a short-term deal in 2012 and playedeight times.

"Fifteen months on from doing my knee on loan at West Ham, I was looking to get away from England," Bentley told Press Association Sport.

"My agent said, 'Look, Rostov, a team in Russia, have come forward’. The chance to be first Englishman to play in Russia was really the thing that excited me - a unique experience.

"It was good in Rostov. The people there were professional and helped me out. Nice people.

"The ground is like an old English stadium. It has got one sort of main stand, one behind the goal and the rest is sort of at lower-tier stadium.

"The new one for the World Cup looks amazing but, yeah, the stadium will be a difficult place for Manchester United.

"They can't underestimate the team for one minute. They have done well, beating Bayern, and no-one really knows them."

David Bentley
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Football

Apparently a Uefa official has told Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho not to worry about injuries caused by the Rostov pitch as his players are protected by insurance.

That's alright then...