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  1. Nichols Canyon wins Stayers' Hurdle - third victory of day for Ruby Walsh & Willie Mullins
  2. Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
  3. Defoe, Rashford and Barkley named in England squad
  4. Middlesbrough sack manager Karanka
  5. Eight Premier League news conferences
  6. Get involved: Reaction to Karanka sacking & English Champions League woes #bbcsportsday

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By Saj Chowdhury and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye for now

And with that win, we bring this page to a close for the day.

Join us for coverage of the Gold Cup on Friday. 

First British winner of the day!

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

A win for jockey Gina Andrews, and a first British winner of the day. It's a 40-1 shot!

BreakingDomesday Book takes it!

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

1. Domesday Book 40-1

2. Pendra 16-1

3. Premier Bond 9-1

4. Potters Legend 10-1

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Squoateur is a faller, three to jump.

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Domesday Book now into the lead with five to jump...

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Lessons in Milan still at the front with a circuit to go. Balbir du Mathan also up there. 

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Southfield Royale is a faller, with Venitien de Mai also brought down. Hadrian's Approach falls at the next fence. 

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Lessons in Milan leads, with Pendra also up at the front.

Horse Racing

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

That was a tricky start to the race, the starter had them waiting for a long time at the tape. Southfield Royale among the leaders in these very early stages.

They're off

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

For the seventh and final time today, we are under way at Cheltenham! Will it be a clean sweep of Irish winners?

'It was a once in a lifetime experience'

School Report News Day 2017

BBC School Report

By Chloe, Jessica, Holly and Erika (St Cuthbert's Catholic High School)

After the four students from Wyvern Academy did their sports bulletin on BBC News, they were interviewed by us.

Jonathan, a Year 11 student, was one of the presenters at 1330 GMT along with Joshua, also Year 11. Whilst they were on air, Ryan and Peter, Year 10 students, helped produce the bulletin.

Jonathan told us afterwards that it was a once in a lifetime experience. 

“I felt nervous as it was going out to millions of people, not like the one at our school,” he said. “But it was less nerve racking with Joshua being there too.”

Students from St Cuthbert's and Wyvern Academy
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Runners and riders

17:30 Amateur Riders' Handicap Chase

And here's the full list of starters in the last race of the day...

1.       Pendra

2.       Mall Dini

3.       Forgotten Gold

4.       La Vaticane

5.       Doctor Harper

6.       Local Show

7.       Southfield Royale

8.       Unioniste

9.       Hadrian’s Approach

10.   Potters Legend

11.   Potters Cross

12.   Lamb or Cod

13.   Premier Bond

14.   Domesday Book

15.   What’s Happening

16.   Another Hero

17.   Sugar Baron

18.   Venitien de Mai

19.   Lessons in Milan

20.   Squouateur

21.   Kilfinichen Bay

22.   Balbir du Mathan

23.   Father Edward

24.   Alvarado

Could the 'Green Sweep' happen?

17:30 Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Cheltenham

Ireland have enjoyed six winners in a day at the Cheltenham Festival before, but never seven. 

The stats are technically against them - with just four of the 24 runners in the concluding Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase (17:30 GMT) trained across the Irish Sea.

But they include the two favourites...

The Irish contenders, and current odds, are:

  • Squouateur 9-2
  • Mall Dini 6-1
  • Venitien De Mai 28-1
  • Balbir Du Mathan 50-1

Sheff Weds boss fined

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal has admitted an improper conduct charge and fined £2,000 by the Football Association.

The Portuguese was sent to the stands in his side's  defeat by Aston Villa  on Saturday after complaining about defender Vincent Sasso's red card.

'Karanka lost the dressing room'

BBC Tees Sport journalist Rob Law on the sacking of Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka: "Karanka will always be remembered as the manager who got Boro promotion back to the Premier League after seven years in the wilderness.

However in the end it seems Karanka had lost the dressing room, as well as large section of the supporters, and this time the rifts were too big to mend.

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Rochdale's Thompson diagnosed with cancer

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Rochdale midfielder Joe Thompson has been diagnosed with cancer for the second time.  

The 28-year-old  overcame  nodular sclerosing Hodgkin lymphoma in 2014, while at Tranmere, after a six-month course of chemotherapy.

He returned to Rochdale, where he began his career in their youth system, from Carlisle at the start of the season.

"I will fight this life hurdle with the same belief, courage and desire as my previous battle,"  said Thompson.

Tizzard calm ahead of Gold Cup

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Cheltenham

A few eyebrows were raised earlier when it was revealed trainer Colin Tizzard would hold a press conference at Cheltenham on Thursday. Was there to be a big announcement?

Don't panic. He was just updating the media on preparations for his contenders for Friday's Gold Cup - Cue Card and Native River.

Cue Card, at 11, is bidding to become the oldest winner for 48 years but the trainer is not worried about the stats.

"I really feel he's got as big a chance as he's ever had. Age hasn't caught up with him yet. We are all proud of him," he told the BBC.

Colin Tizzard
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Ireland's Murray out of England game

Six Nations

Conor Murray
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Injured Conor Murray has been ruled out of Ireland's Six Nations game against England on Saturday while Jared Payne and Iain Henderson come into Joe Schmidt's side.

Scrum-half Murray, who sustained a shoulder injury in the  22-9 defeat by Wales,  is replaced by Kieran Marmion.

With Rob Kearney ruled out by a knee injury, Ulster's Payne will start at full-back in Dublin, in a match that kicks-off at 17:00 GMT.

Payne's Ulster team-mate Henderson replaces Devin Toner in the second row, as the Leinster man drops to the bench.

Ireland are second in the table going into the final weekend of fixtures and can prevent champions England from securing a second consecutive Grand Slam.

Horse Racing

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Confirmation that Barra was second, with Dusky Legend in third.

Horse Racing

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Still no word on who was awarded second and third...

Horse Racing

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Four wins for Ruby Walsh, Four wins for trainer Willie Mullins!

What a Thursday.

BreakingAnother win for Ruby Walsh!

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

1. Let's Dance 11-8 fav

2. Barra 12-1

3. Dusky Legend 20-1

Horse Racing

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

La Bague au Roi is also up at the front, favourite Let's Dance packed in back in the field somewhat. 

Horse Racing

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Toe the Line has pulled up, Airlie Beach an early leader.

They're off!

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

The horses are down to the start, a large field again, 16 runners in this race.

All set? A bit of a false start as Barra is overly keen.

And now they do get under way.

Sixth win for the Irish?

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Cheltenham

There looks a strong possibility of a sixth Irish-trained winner from six races, with Willie Mullins saddling the first and second favourites in the mares' novices' hurdle (16:50 GMT).

Let's Dance is 5-4 favourite, with Airlie Beach at 4-1.

The chance of a so-called 'Green Sweep' may come unstuck in the concluding race (17:30) with a plethora of British runners.

Going behind the scenes at the BBC

School Report News Day 2017

By Chloe, Jessica, Holly and Erika (St Cuthbert's Catholic High School)

We are some of the 16 students from our school in St Helens who came to the BBC in Salford to be part of School Report News Day today.

We met CBBC presenter Katie Thistleton and Blue Peter presenters Radzi and Lindsey.

We learned about interviewing and also got to see behind the scenes at North West Tonight and BBC Sport,

At 13:30, we watched a live broadcast of a BBC Sport bulletin which Tim Hague presented with two Year 11 students from Wyvern Academy in Darlington, Joshua and Jonathan.

It was interesting to see what it is like with the cameras and the autocue and you got a real idea of what it is like to be on television.

Horse Racing

If you're thinking of buying a racehorse - and who isn't? - 5 live Sports Extra has just told us that it costs anywhere between £10,000 and £20,000 a year to keep a thoroughbred in stables.Pocket change! Though of course you can have a syndicate... 

Runners and riders

16:50 Novices' Hurdle

Will we have another Irish winner?

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins are back in action again on Let's Dance.

1.       Airlie Beach

2.       Coillte Lass

3.       Forge Meadow

4.       La Bague au Roi

5.       Let’s Dance

6.       Tahira

7.       Dusky Legend

8.       Asthuria

9.       Awayinthewest

10.   Barra

11.   Groovejet

12.   Montana Belle

13.   On Demand

14.   Toe the Line

15.   Verdana Blue

16.   Titi de Montmartre

Will Neuer be more difficult to beat than Kielty?


An excellent observation from Press Association reporter Liam Blackburn.

It's potentially Germany and Manuel Neuer next if Jermain Defoe is selected for the friendly in Germany on 24 March...

          The last time Jermain Defoe pulled on an England shirt he scored twice past Patrick Kielty at Soccer Aid

The last time Jermain Defoe pulled on an England shirt he scored twice past Patrick Kielty at Soccer Aid

Plenty of England talking points


Ian Dennis

Senior football reporter

Gareth Southgate and Nathan Redmond
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It's an England squad which certainly provides it's fair share of talking points. 

Jermain Defoe warrants his recall and Nathan Redmond (above with Gareth Southgate) is an exciting talent who deserves his chance (a first call-up alongside Southampton team-mate James Ward-Prowse). 

There is genuine surprise by many regarding Jake Livermore's inclusion and many asking questions over the omission of Theo Walcott. 

Southgate is full of praise for Redmond. He's a player he knows well from his under-21 days. A chance to look at him is why Walcott has missed out. He wasn't going to feature in either of the two games against Germany and Lithuania and Southgate is aware of what he can do. 

Livermore is a positional call-up to bolster the defensive midfield area. Danny Drinkwater isn't injured - he will play for Leicester this weekend - but due to his fitness programme probably wouldn't benefit by being with England next week. 

Sixteen of the 26-man squad have fewer than 20 caps. It's skewed by injuries to Rooney, Harry Kane and Jordan Henderson but Southgate talks about the need for patience with young players. 

Southgate on omissions of Rooney, Walcott & Carroll


England boss Gareth Southgate says he has not selected captain Wayne Rooney for his latest squad because of his lack of playing time.

The Manchester United skipper has had a knee problem and has only played once since 1 February.

"I've talked with Wayne. I think there's a chance he's fit for the weekend but also the injury coupled with the fact he's not really had a lot of game time recently and others have in that area of the pitch has sort of determined my decision on that one." Southgate said.

As for two other men left out - Arsenal's Theo Walcott and West Ham's Andy Carroll - Southgate added: "Theo has a really valid claim for being included.

"That's a really tough call on him and one I don't expect him to be chuffed to bits about.

"Andy, I don't think has played enough. It's a bit like Danny Welbeck. Danny is a player I really like but at the moment is a little bit short of match minutes."

Gareth Southgate and Wayne Rooney
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Five down, two to go

Cheltenham Festival

Here's Road To Respect, owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, on the way to victory in the Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase.

What a day for Ireland, winning all five races so far. Can they make it a clean sweep of all seven on day three? Stick with us to find out.

Road to Respect

Walsh and Mullins celebrate treble

Cheltenham Festival

Trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh pose with their trophies after Nichols Canyon came home first in the Stayers' Hurdle. 

The pair came into Thursday without a win to their names at this year's festival but 6-4 favourite Yorkhill won in the Novices' Chase before Un De Sceaux triumphed in thrilling style in the Ryanair Chase.  

          #CheltenhamFestival: trebles for Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh, double owner Graham Wylie #nicholscanyon (3-30)

#CheltenhamFestival: trebles for Willie Mullins/Ruby Walsh, double owner Graham Wylie #nicholscanyon (3-30)

Cheltenham Festival

The Green Sweep is on at #Cheltenham - 5/5 for the Irish with 2 races to go The last British-trained winner was nearly 24 hours ago

Road To Respect easily wins

16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

It's another Irish winner!

1. Road To Respect 14-1

2. Baron Alco 10-1

9. Bouvreuil 10-1

4. Thomas Crapper 7-1 

Two to jump

Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Baron Alco and Road To Respect lead.

Thomas Crapper is third. Yup, Thomas Crapper.  

Seven to jump

16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Baron Alco takes the lead after the water jump. Katachenko is in contention as is Cold March.

Diamond King, with Davy Russell aboard is right at the back - and struggling.

14 to jump

16:10 Brown Advisory & Merriebelle Stable Plate Handicap Chase (Grade 3)

Baron Alco takes the front early on before Cold March takes over at the front.