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By Emlyn Begley

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Doping in Sport

UK Anti-Doping chief Nicole Sapstead says the lack of investment in tackling drugs cheats is fast becoming a crisis.

She was speaking after a BBC survey found more than a third (35%) of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8% said they had taken steroids.

Half believe performance enhancing substance use is "widespread" among those who play sport competitively.

State of Sport: Can UKAD do more to tackle doping?

On This Day


2006: Jamaica's Asafa Powell races clear to win the men's 100m gold at Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Asafa Powell

Missing Brady jersey recovered

He lost his shirt. And now he has it back again.

The jersey worn by New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in last month's Super Bowl has been recovered after apparently being stolen, the NFL has said in a statement.

Brady's jersey had gone missing during the celebrations after the 39-year-old collected his fourth Super Bowl MVP award, having helped the Patriots rally from a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

That sparked an investigation involving the FBI and other law enforcement agencies, who have recovered the jersey as well as the one worn by Brady in New England's Super Bowl XLIX victory over Seattle in 2015.

Tom Brady

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Rashida:  Everyone might as well start using enhancement drugs, only way it'll become a level playing field. We cannot cure this plague. 

Sagna ruled out of France matches

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna will miss France's games against Luxembourg and Spain with a thigh injury.

He is replaced in the squad by Lyon right-back Christophe Jallet. 

Bacary Sagna
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On This Day


2016: Local striker Marcus Rashford became the youngest scorer in the history of the Manchester derby, at the age of 18 years and 141 days, after netting the winner for United in their 1-0 victory over City at the Etihad Stadium. 

Marcus Rashford
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Ledson unsure of play-offs/World Cup clash

Oxford and England Under-20 midfielder Ryan Ledson says he is unsure if he will be able to play if the U's qualify for the play-offs.

The Under-20 World Cup starts in South Korea on the same day as the League One play-off final.

The 19-year-old is the EFL Young Player of the Month for February, having made 28 appearances for United since joining from Everton in the summer.  

"We'll have to just wait and see what happens," he told BBC Sport. 

"If we do get to the play-offs and the World Cup overlaps, then me, the club and the FA will have a decision to make and it will be in their hands."  

Ryan Ledson

On This Day


2013: Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of England's final Test against New Zealand - and all cricket - for six to eight weeks with a knee injury. Pietersen eventually made his competitive return over three months later in Surrey's County Championship match against Yorkshire.

Kevin Pietersen

'Scottish football has become middle class'

Former Scotland international Andy McLaren says football has become "middle class" and that he would have been "priced out of football" if he was growing up now.

The 43-year-old former Dundee United winger told BBC Sport: "It's an absolute disgrace that kids are being priced out of football in this country.

"It's meant to be our national sport. It's meant to be all-inclusive. At the moment it's not.

"I grew up in Castlemilk, a housing estate on the south side of Glasgow. Up until I was 15, I thought that was the way everybody grew up."

Read more here. 

Andy McLaren

Farah doctor summoned to face MPs

The doctor who gave Sir Mo Farah an infusion of a controversial supplement before his London Marathon debut has been summoned to give evidence to MPs.

A leaked report from the United States Anti-Doping Agency revealed the four-time Olympic champion received an infusion of L-Carnitine, administered by Dr Robin Chakraverty on the instruction of Farah's American coach Alberto Salazar, before the race in 2014.

Chakraverty is the former UK Athletics doctor who now works with the England football team.

A spokesman confirmed that he had been summoned to appear before the Culture, Media and Sport committee on Wednesday, 19 April as part of its ongoing probe into doping in sport.

Happy Birthday

Dave Beasant (football) - the former Wimbledon and Chelsea goalkeeper turns 58 today (born in 1959).

Nicky Boje (cricket) - the former Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire and South Africa spinner turns 44 today (born in 1973). 

Fernando Torres (football) - the ex-Liverpool and Chelsea striker, who is now back at his boyhood club Atletico Madrid in Spain, turns 33 today (born in 1984). 

Keven Mealamu (rugby union) - the New Zealand hooker turns 38 today (born in 1979).

Paul Merson (football) - the former England and Arsenal midfielder, now a television pundit, turns 49 today (born in 1968). 

Fernando Torres
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Vote results are in: Daly try is your winner

We asked you earlier what you thought the best try of the Six Nations was. The winner by the tiniest of margins (0.2%) was Elliot Daly's winning touchdown for England against Wales. 

Jonathan Joseph v Scotland was in second place.

Guy who was on TOWIE might invest in non-league club

We discussed salt bae earlier (14:29 GMT) and now it's The Only Way is Essex.

The chairman of non-league Billericay Town has confirmed "there is truth" in reports that former TOWIE (that's short for The Only Way is Essex, yeah?) personality (?) Mark Wright is set to invest in the club. 

Dan Groves said the "finer points" of a deal which could see Wright, who played for Rushden & Diamonds as well as his TV work, buy 20% of the Blues are yet to be released. 

The Isthmian League Premier Division club were recently taken over by multi-millionaire Glenn Tamplin.

Mark Wright
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'Southgate is perfect man for the job'

Germany v England (19:45 GMT, Wed)

More from England striker Jermain Defoe: "It feels different coming in as one of the senior lads. You're like a sponge when you come in as a youngster.

"Now you want to try to help the younger lads. Gareth Southgate has always impressed me. He's been there and done it - played in major tournaments.

"He's the perfect man for the job."

'You need to be playing in the Premier League'

Germany v England (19:45 GMT, Wed)

Jermain Defoe

More from England striker Jermain Defoe, 34: "If I do get an opportunity to go to a major tournament, it will be a dream."

He was asked if he would need to be in the Premier League to be in the squad, with Sunderland in relegation trouble.

"You have to be playing at the top level. I missed out on a World Cup when I went to Toronto. You probably need to be playing in the Premier League."

Defoe never gave up on England

Germany v England (19:45 GMT, Wed)

England striker Jermain Defoe has been talking about being back in the squad at the age of 34.

"I'd hoped not," he said when asked if he had thought his international career was over.

"There were times I did think maybe I won't get in. But it didn't stop me from getting my head down and working hard and hope I got a chance to represent my country again.

"I was getting grief from my team-mates for still having the England flag on my boots."

England's new away kit

Paul Brooks: England play in white or red. Euro 96 final vs Germany, crowd wore retro red top not grey. So blue a poor commercial decision too.

England's new away kit

A blue England shirt? Could this be another one that 'looks better with jeans'? Wasn't that the reason for that grey disaster of a shirt some years ago. There was I thinking that the English flag was red and white. Perhaps I made a mistake.


Brazil questioned over Olympic legacy

Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of Brazilian athletes face an uncertain future little more than six months after the jamboree that was Rio 2016.

BBC reporter Wyre Davies has been in Brazil to find out exactly what the legacy has been from last year's Olympics.

"Arenas where medals were won and lost are now little more than warehouses," he says.

"Venues that should have been dismantled and rebuilt as schools elsewhere in the city are untouched. If there is a legacy here, it's not the one those who campaigned for Rio to win the Games had expected."

Read more here and watch the video below.

What has happened to the Rio Olympic venues?

Salt bae and more...

BBC Three have done their review of the weekend's football on social media. Read it here.

It includes a mention of 'salt bae', which even after googling I don't understand. Let's put it in the dab column of things I don't get.

Mr Burns

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Daniel Bradley:  F1 might be heading in the right direction with the new rule changes, but I won't be watching until DRS is gone #fakeracing 

'I am ready to play for England'

Germany v England (19:45 GMT, Wed)

England midfielder James Ward-Prowse: "Gareth Southgate is a very proud and passionate Englishman who wants to see us do well.

"I can't think of anyone better to do the role. 

"If we do want to reach our ambitions and goals, we have to play these teams and beat us. I know I am ready [to play for England] and the manager thinks that or he wouldn't have included me."

'We want to be the best team in the world'

James Ward-Prowse

England midfielder James Ward-Prowse is speaking to the media before Wednesday's friendly in Germany.

"I can't wait to draw every ounce of knowledge from the other players," the uncapped Southampton player said.

"It's positive that if you're doing well as a young player, you'll get a chance. 

"Obviously we want to be the best team in the world."

'England should beat Lithuania whoever plays up front'

Alan Shearer

Ex-England striker


I think it tells you where English football is right now that we have got to call up Marcus Rashford - a teenager who has hardly played as centre-forward this season - and Jermain Defoe - a 34-year-old who has been around for years and has not been in the squad since 2013.

England manager Gareth Southgate has named three strikers in his squad for Wednesday's friendly against Germany and Sunday's World Cup qualifier against Lithuania - Jamie Vardy, Rashford and Defoe.

The Lithuania game is the more important one, but it should not make any difference which of them starts it. Whoever plays, we should have enough to beat them.

Read Alan's blog here.

Racing's gatecrasher


We told you earlier about Richard Melia - the Cheltenham intruder who gatecrashed the Gold Cup celebrations on Friday (see entry at 12:21 GMT).

Dave Payn: Re Richard Melia - It may not be doing any harm but isn't 56 a little old for gatecrashing pranks?

Christian Fisher: "Is it Richard Melia or Gerard Depardieu researching a new movie role?"

The man in question is pictured in the blue shirt below.

Cheltenham intruder

Doping in sport

Survey results ' a concern' - sports minister

State of Sport

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch has responded to the BBC survey where 35% of amateur sports people say they personally know someone who has doped, and 8% said they had taken steroids.

"Doping is absolutely unacceptable in any level of sport and these findings from the BBC are a concern," said Crouch.

"It is important that all involved in sport play their part in educating participants about the dangers of doping, both in terms of the damage it does to sport's integrity but also the health risks to individuals as well.

"I think there is still more that sports governing bodies can do on this front, working alongside UK Anti-Doping, to help promote clean sport."


Referee banned for 'unlawfully influencing match results'

Fifa has banned referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey for life "from taking part in any kind of football-related activity".

He was found guilty of "unlawfully influencing match results" in a World Cup qualifier between South Africa and Senegal on 12 November.

The Ghanaian awarded a penalty against Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly for handball, even though it hit his knee. 

The BBC report at the time said: "The hosts took the lead in the 43rd minute after a contentious penalty was awarded for handball."

England to wear navy shirt in Germany

England will wear a new away shirt for the first time in Wednesday's friendly in Germany.

It goes on sale earlier that day.

It is an "all-navy strip, featuring a new light blue crest set against metallic silver," according to the Football Association.

Marcus Rashford

What are your thoughts on the new strip? What are your best and worst ever England kits? Let us know using #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Neuer out of England match

Germany v England (19:45 GMT, Wed)

Germany will be without goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for Wednesday's friendly against England with a calf injury.

The Bayern Munich player will also miss Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Azerbaijan.

Uncapped Paris St-Germain keeper Kevin Trapp is called up.

Manuel Neuer
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Hoolahan to miss Wales match

Republic of Ireland playmaker Wes Hoolahan will miss Friday's World Cup qualifier with Wales in Dublin.

Martin O'Neill said it adds to "the lengthiest list of injuries" during his time as Republic boss.

Robbie Brady is suspended, while Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark and Harry Arter are out injured, with James McCarthy and Daryl Murphy also doubts.  

Wes Hoolahan
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'And I appreciate my wife and my girlfriend. I mean my wife, my wife!'

BBC Three

You've just played for your team Free State Stars and scored two goals against the opposition Ajax Cape Town.

Your display has seen you rewarded with the man of the match award. Of course you're thrilled with this news, so while live on TV you decide to thank some people who helped make this happen.

The fans get a mention, as does your wife, and of course your girlfriend. Wait, what? Yep that's exactly what happened when Ghanaian footballer Mohammed Anas made this rather interesting acceptance speech.

Read more here.

Time to say goodbye?

BBC Sport looks at the future of Arsene Wenger at Arsenal after his side lost 3-1 away against West Brom - a fourth defeat in five league games.

Arsene Wenger: Everyone's talking about the Arsenal manager's future

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Peter:  I can see Arsene staying at Arsenal, if only in a David Brent-style capacity of refusing to accept he's been replaced 

Ben Rabinovich:  It's nice that Arsenal's management pretended last week that it has a say in Arsene Wenger's future. Quite sweet really. 

Arsenal face Birmingham in Women's FA Cup

Holders Arsenal Ladies have been drawn away to 2012 winners Birmingham City in the Women's FA Cup quarter-finals.

In an all-top-flight last-eight draw, 2015 winners Chelsea were handed a home tie against Sunderland, while league champions Manchester City face a trip to newly-promoted Bristol City.

Meanwhile, Liverpool will host 2015 finalists Notts County.

The ties will be played on Sunday, one week on from the fifth round, in which  Arsenal beat Tottenham 10-0.

Six Nations Remix: Planes, canes & meteorites

An alternative look back at the final round of the 2017 Six Nations, as Ireland are too hot for England, France win in the 100th minute against Wales and Scotland cane Italy.

Arca to fulfil Wembley dream

Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder Julio Arca will achieve his "personal dream" when South Shields face Cleethorpes in the FA Vase final at Wembley on Sunday, 21 May.

Arca, 36, played 317 league games but never made it to the national stadium during his professional career.

However, he scored to help South Shields to a 6-1 aggregate Vase semi-final victory over Coleshill Town.

The Argentine told BBC Newcastle: "Everyone deserves it at the club - the manager, the players and the people behind us who worked really hard to have a quality ground."

Read more here.

Julio Arca

Cheltenham launch gatecrasher inquiry

The intruder (blue shirt) raises his hand after the Gold Cup

Cheltenham Racecourse has launched an investigation after a man gatecrashed the winner's enclosure celebrations for Gold Cup victor Sizing John on Friday.

The intruder, seen leading the horse in, has been named by the Racing Post as Richard Melia, 56, of Colchester, who said: "I know it's a bit naughty but I'm not trying to upset anyone."

Melia admitted he had intruded on other racecourse celebrations  and at other sporting events.

"It's not trying to find fame but just to get people talking about it," he said.

Melia (right) after Aurora's Encore won the Grand National
Melia (right) after Aurora's Encore won the Grand National in 2013

          Melia (yellow tie) alongside Synchronised after 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup win
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Melia (yellow tie) alongside Synchronised after 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup win

'It's like Moyes gave up five months ago'

On 606 last night, Sunderland fan Andrew placed the blame for their poor form this season with David Moyes and his signings this season.

The Black Cats are bottom of the Premier League and seven points adrift of safety.

"After two weeks when he said we're in a relegation battle, it's as if he gave up five months ago," he said.

Listen to the 606 podcast here. 

Sunderland fan Andrew told 606 that he feels his club are doomed under David Moyes.

Orient owner given extra time to pay debts

Leyton Orient owner Francesco Becchetti has been given until 12 June to pay off remaining debts or sell the club at a winding-up hearing at the High Court.

The club were the subject of a winding-up petition brought by Revenue & Customs over unpaid taxes.

Those debts have been paid in full, but money is owed to four other creditors.

Chief executive Alessandro Angelieri gave the court a statement saying Becchetti would invest £1m to pay off remaining debts in eight to 10 weeks.

Mourinho is 'super happy'

Mourinho 'super happy' after win

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is "super happy" after his side beat Middlesbrough 3-1 to move up to fifth in the Premier League.