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Summary

  1. 18:00 GMT: FC Rostov v Man Utd
  2. Wenger: Fans' opinion a factor in my decision
  3. Reaction after Barcelona stun PSG 6-1
  4. Vote: Greatest sporting comebacks
  5. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

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That's it for Thursday. You can follow updates from FC Rostov v Manchester United right here from about 17:00 GMT with the match kicking off an hour later.

We can't promise it will be as exciting as last night, but you never know...

Windy in Russia

FC Rostov v Manchester United (18:00 GMT, Thur)

Aside from a tricky pitch, Manchester United will also have to deal with windy conditions at Russian side FC Rostov for their Europa League match later.

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#MyBarcaMoment

Jim Jiber:#MyBarcaMoment  was watching in an Irish ski bar in Niederau, Austria. Lads on next table gave up and left with five minutes to go!

Josh Jones: Was once a set and 5-1 down in our tennis club's championship semi-finals. Stormed back to win 4-6 7-5 [10-8] - comeback.

Teams are in

FC Rostov v Manchester United (18:00 GMT, Thur)

Manchester United have named a fairly strong-looking side for their Europa League match in Russia later.

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Olympic Stadium investigation

A company has been appointed to oversee the investigation into a £50m increase in the cost of converting West Ham's London Stadium.

In 2015, former London mayor Boris Johnson said the change from an Olympics arena to a football stadium would cost £272m, a figure which has now risen to £323m.

The investigation ordered by current mayor Sadiq Khan will look into inherited issues including the cost of moving the retractable seating.  

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Shorter Davis Cup matches likely

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Davis Cup matches are very likely to be played over three sets, rather than five, in future - and ties could last just two days (from three).

The International Tennis Federation's board of directors has unanimously endorsed a "package of comprehensive reforms" for both the Davis Cup and Fed Cup at a meeting in Indian Wells.

Happy birthday...

Bill Beaumont (rugby union) - former England captain, turns 65. 

Youri Djorkaeff (football) - World Cup winner with France in 1998 and former Bolton forward, is 49.

Martin Johnson (rugby union) - former England captain who led the team to victory in the 2003 World Cup. Stood down as national team coach after the 2011 World Cup, celebrates his 46th birthday. 

Juan Sebastian Veron (football) - former Manchester United, Chelsea and Argentina midfielder, turns 42.

Clint Dempsey (football) - United States' former Fulham and Tottenham forward, currently with the Seattle Sounders, is 34. 

Daley Blind (football) - Manchester United and Holland defender, celebrates his 27th birthday. 

Martin Johnson
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On this day...

Athletics

On this day in 2014 , Katarina Johnson-Thompson claimed long jump silver , while Great Britain ended the World Indoor Championships in Poland with six medals.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
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On this day...

Athletics

On this day, in 2008, Great Britain's Phillips Idowu won gold in the triple jump at the World Indoor Championships in Valencia.

Phillips Idowu
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On this day...

Football

On this day, in 2005 , Liverpool, who went on to win the competition, reached the Champions League quarter-finals after a 3-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen, going through 6-2 on aggregate.

Steven Gerrard with the Champions League trophy
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Road To Riches misses Gold Cup

Road To Riches has been ruled out of the Cheltenham Festival with a setback and might not run again this season.

Noel Meade's stable stalwart finished third to Coneygree in the Gold Cup in 2015 and third to Vautour in the Ryanair Chase last season.

Click here for all the latest racing results and racecards.

A doctor, vet, dietician and therapist walk into a wind-tunnel...

#GetInspired

Meet 'Not For The Ordinary', the women's formation skydiving team , preparing for the UK championships with indoor sessions at a wind turbine in an old research facility in Bedfordshire.

If you want to give indoor skydiving a try, there are numerous wind-tunnel facilities around the UK.

Or if you want to find out about other activities guaranteed to raise your adrenaline levels, check out our Get Inspired guide to Adventure Sports.

Caixinha cleared for Rangers job

Pedro Caixinha has been cleared to take over as Rangers manager by his current club.

Qatari side Al Gharafa announced on their Twitter account that they had given the Portuguese coach permission to join Rangers.

Read more on this story here.

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"The match will go ahead as scheduled"

FC Rostov v Manchester United (18:00 GMT, Thur)

Jose Mourinho
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has criticised the pitch for his side's Europa League match against Russian side FC Rostov on Thursday.

Rostov, fifth in the Russian Premier League, play at the Olimp-2 which was built in 1930 and has a capacity of just over 15,000.

Ahead of the last-16, first leg tie, Mourinho said: "It's hard for me to believe we are going to play on that field - if you can call it a field.

"I don't know which team to play."

Uefa told BBC Sport the pitch "may not be in perfect condition, but has been deemed playable" following a pitch inspection on Wednesday.

Injured Ormerod to miss Worlds

Nick Hope

BBC Sport Olympic sports reporter

British freestyle snowboarder Katie Ormerod has suffered a back fracture in training for the World Championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain.

Ormerod, who became GB's first ever Big Air World Cup winner earlier this year, describes the injury as "nothing too serious" but will now miss the event, although she hopes to return to action before the end of the season.

The 19-year-old is seen as one of Britain's biggest medal hopes for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.

"Pretty gutted I broke my back yesterday... Luckily it's nothing too serious so I'll be back in less than 6 weeks for the end of the season!!"

Katie Ormerod
Katie Ormerod
Katie Ormerod posted this picture on Instagram

Hales hits a century

England opener Alex Hales has marked his return from injury with a century in the third one-day international against the West Indies in Barbados.

The ton brought England to 205-1 off 35 overs. You can follow all the latest on our live page here.

Cricket
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France make four changes for Italy

Rugby Union

Venue:  Stadio Olimpico, Rome 

Date:  Saturday 11 March 

Kick-off:  13:30 GMT  

Brice Dulin
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France coach Guy Noves has made four changes for Saturday's Six Nations match with bottom side Italy in Rome.

Full-back Brice Dulin replaces Scott Spedding while Fabien Sanconnie, 22, will make his debut in place of the injured Charles Ollivon.

Sebastien Vahaamahina has a back injury so Julien Le Devedec comes in, while Virimi Vakatawa is back on the wing.

France are only one place off the bottom having won only one of their first three games,  against Scotland.

Sticking with rugby... 

I have been campaigning for a "bring your dog to work day" at BBC Sport towers for ages but it's against the "BBC's health and safety policy" - pictured below...

Health and safety
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Mary, Mary...

Rugby Union

Chris Jones

BBC Radio 5 live rugby reporter

Owen Farrell
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Eddie Jones was in contrary mood during a bizarre press conference this afternoon.

The Australian gave mixed messages on Owen Farrell - who injured a leg in training today - by saying he was "in doubt" but also "will be alright", and joking Farrell suffered the injury tripping over Jones' dog, who is regularly seen scurrying around England training sessions. 

No, really....

Jones declared Billy Vunipola not ready to start, after naming him among the replacements, while promising England will deliver their best performance of the Six Nations, following three fitful displays so far in the Championship.

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Quick bit of extra information on Owen Farrell from the England camp from 5 live guy, Chris Jones...

Everton news conference

Everton v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton

So what of their next match against Tony Pulis' West Brom, who are just below Everton in the table... 

"It's a big test. West Brom will be tough because they are really strong - defensively very strong. Everyone knows their productivity out of set plays. They have scored 36 goals - 16 out of set plays - 12 out of corners. 

"We need to be at our best and defend the strength of West Brom. 

"Everton have only lost one match at home all season. 

"To play good attractive football was one of the aims after last season. We have had some really strong performances and that's a reason to be confident in difficult moments, defending 1-0 the team is OK and that is really important". 

Everton news conference

Everton v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton

Koeman is asked where they are aiming for at the end of the season. 

Are Everton capable of catching Manchester United or even overtaking Arsenal with troubles they are facing at the moment? 

"No. You and I know they are a strong team. They can struggle for a week or two but really they are strong and they have good players. It will be really tough to catch them but maybe if we can get six points, we can catch them and that would be possible". 

Everton news conference

Everton v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

Everton

Ronald Koeman has got some Everton team news ahead of their Premier League tie with West Brom this weekend... 

"Yannick Bolasie had his surgery yesterday morning. It went well & we are really positive. There's still a long way to go for the boy but he's now working hard to come back as soon as possible. 

"Mo Besic is doing well. He's part of every training session but of course he needs more time. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doing fine and should be fit for the weekend."

And the talks over Romelu Lukaku's new deal? 

"He still has not signed a new deal but it is close. But in football there are no guarantees." 

Bournemouth fined £35,000

Bournemouth

Bournemouth have been fined £35,000 by the FA and warned over their future conduct after accepting a  breach of FA anti-doping rules.

Clubs are required to provide accurate details of training sessions and player whereabouts so they are available for testing at all times.

The Cherries were deemed to have failed to ensure its information was accurate on three occasions.

Manchester City  were also fined £35,000  and given a warning after admitting a similar breach last month.

Get Involved - #MyBarcaMoment

Text 81111

I was playing in my tennis club's club championship's semi finals and I was down a set and 5-1 and came back to win 7-5 6-0 in the last two sets! Lost the final 6-1 6-0 though...

Simon, London

Wrong number Anita.....

Text 81111

Yasssmin can u plz playTek weh yourself mr vegas its my sisters 26 birthday she loves this song belive u me mwah x

Anita from Bolton

But happy birthday to your sister...

Get Involved - #MyBarcaMoment

Text 81111

I was in an Irish bar in Barcelona with German, English and many locals. Complete pandemonium at the end. Not sure about the forecasted baby boom as most of the city seemed to be celebrating outside my flat until the early hours!

Will - currently living in Barcelona

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Use #MyBarcaMoment or text 81111

Going to come back to more sports news in a bit but first I want to read more of your Barca moments... 

"I said maybeeeeee...."

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Ronnie's Wonderwall

We all know  Ronnie O'Sullivan  is a bit of a "quirky" character... 

In this bizarre interview with BBC Wales' Gareth Blainey, he gives one word answers and breaks into a pretty off-key rendition of the Oasis' hit Wonderwall following his quarter-final  defeat by Judd Trump in the Players Championship in Llandudno.

Mears and Laugher take silver in Guangzhou

Diving

Chris Mears and Jack Laugher
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Olympic champions Chris Mears and Jack Laugher added another silver medal to their collection at the Fina/NVC Diving World Series in Guangzhou.

The Britons, who also  won silver in Beijing last week,  scored 86.58 for their hardest dive - the front two-and-a-half somersault triple twist piked.

They finished with 92.34 for the front four-and-a-half somersault tucked and a final score of 450.60 points.

China's Cao Yuan and Xie Siyi won gold with a score of 466.02.

Russia's Ilya Zakharov and Evgenii Kuznetsov claimed bronze with 430.86 points.

Just a vote in it!

France's Perrine Laffont claims the gold medal after a tense women's dual moguls final against Kazakhstan's Yulia Galysheva, winning the title by a single vote.

World Championships: Perrine Laffont takes gold by a single vote

Notts County Ladies sign full-back Provan

Football

Shelly Provan
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Notts County Ladies have signed full-back Shelly Provan on a contract until the end of the 2017 Spring Series.

Provan, who can also play as a winger,  left Notts' fellow Women's Super League One club Reading  at the end of the 2016 WSL season.

She said: "I'm very excited to join such an experienced squad."

Manager Rick Passmoor added: "Shelly adds a wealth of knowledge. She gives us a different option on the left-hand side, in an attacking sense as well."

BreakingCharges for ex-coach Bennell

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been charged with four counts of historical child sexual abuse  

Bennell, 63 - a former Crewe Alexandra youth coach who also had links to Manchester City and Stoke City - is accused of  indecently assaulting a boy aged 11 to 12 years between 1981 and 1982. He will appear at South Cheshire Magistrates' Court on 13 March.  

On Monday, it was announced he faced eight charges relating to two boys between 1980 and 1987.

He previously appeared in court in January charged with eight separate offences of sexual assault against a boy aged under 16, between 1981 and 1986. Bennell pleaded not guilty at Chester Crown Court and was remanded in custody until a further hearing on 20 March.

Barry Bennell
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Middlesbrough news conference

FA Cup quarter final: Middlesbrough v Manchester City (Sat, 12:15 GMT)

Karanka says he is still learning as a head coach... 

“I don’t need to hear critics because even when everybody said I was the best, I was my first critic.“I am starting my career and every situation is new – I have to learn, modify and know the things I can improve. Now I have to try and bring the best from my players and I have to give them all my confidence.” 

Aitor Karanka's side have not scored in their past four league games.  

Watch live coverage

Yes, it's the All England Open Badminton Championships.

You can watch the action from Birmingham right here.

Britain's Chris and Gabby Adcock are in action later, against Chinese duo Xu Chen and Du Yue.

Gabby and Chris Adcock
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Middlesbrough news conference

FA Cup quarter final: Middlesbrough v Manchester City (Sat, 12:15 GMT)

Middlesbrough
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Aitor Karanka has been talking to the press ahead of Middlesbrough's FA Cup quarter-final match against Manchester City on Saturday. 

He says it would be a huge deal if the club were to reach the semi-final...

“The club has been in the semi-finals in just a few times in our history so it’s an amazing opportunity for us to go to Wembley.

“The FA Cup is an important competition in this country and we have to be positive. To be in the Premier League and be playing Manchester City in the quarter-final is a positive thing."

Zlatan heading to California?

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, thought to earn around £11m a year at Old Trafford, is wanted by several clubs in the USA, with LA Galaxy seeking to make the Swede the highest paid player in MLS history. 

Other than money, I can't see what the year-round sunshine state would have over the constantly slightly damp Manchester though....  

Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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