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Summary

  1. Minute's silence before all EFL games this weekend
  2. 'Everton agree deal for land to build £300m stadium'
  3. West Brom's Olsson leaves after nine years
  4. State of Sport: British Cycling prized medals 'at any cost'
  5. Formula 1: Hamilton makes Ferrari title favourites
  6. Get Involved: Great sporting farewells - #bbcsportsday

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By Ellie Thomason and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

We're done for another Sportsday but, rest assured, we'll be back to do it all again from 08:00 GMT tomorrow.

We'll be building up to nine World Cup qualifiers, including Republic of Ireland v Wales in Dublin.

For now, though, cheerio.

Kane challenges Morgan

Football

Lord Sugar is trying to raise money for Comic Relief whilst winding up friend and Arsenal fan Piers Morgan by getting him to wear a Spurs shirt.

Harry Kane has joined in the fun, but it looks like Morgan has had the last laugh for now.

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St Etienne fined for fans' actions at Old Trafford

Football

St Etienne have been fined 50,000 euros (£43,000) by Uefa following the behaviour of their fans at last month's Europa League tie with Manchester United. 

The charges related to the setting off of a firework and throwing of objects in the first leg of the last-32 tie at Old Trafford. 

United won the match 3-0 thanks to a hat-trick from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with Jose Mourinho's side then wrapping up a 4-0 aggregate victory.

St Etienne fans at Old Trafford
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F1 2017 will soon be go, go, go

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel
EPA

We're just hours away from the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season, with the first practice session for the Australian Grand Prix beginning at 01:00 GMT.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton says Ferrari are favourites going into the Albert Park race after impressing in pre-season testing.

Our chief F1 writer Andrew Benson has his own thoughts on what might happen and the key issues.

You can read them here.

The NHL players left 'broken' by big hits

Ice Hockey

Dale Purinton says ice hockey needs to change, so players are not left "broken".

Former NHL player Dale Purinton is calling for the league to change their contact rules so players are not left "physically and mentally broken" at the end of their careers.

Purinton has joined forces with 125 former players who are suing the NFL because they feel the league didn't do enough to protect them.

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Robbie Savage
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Martyn Gee: Robbie Savage's last game for Derby? Strips to his underpants. DCFC legend

Alex Potts:  Freddie Flintoff 's brilliant direct hit to run out Ricky Ponting and help win the 2009 Ashes in his last Test match.

They love each other really

Spain v Israel (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique
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Spain defender and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says he gets on just fine with Barcelona centre-back Gerard Pique, despite some recent bickering between the pair.

They have exchanged barbs through social media and television interviews recently because of their club rivalry, but Ramos says all is sweetness and light within Spain's national team as they prepare to face Israel in a World Cup qualifier on Friday. 

"I am not going to deny we are used to throwing small stones at each other, but it's never done with any kind of malice. It's all in the spirit of sport. It's all done in good health," Ramos said.

"It's all part of the rivalry that exists between Barcelona and Real Madrid, and that's not going to change. But it doesn't mean I won't go give him a hug when I see him here."

Ah, bless.

Definitely a bad idea

Cricket

Whoever would have thought that playing cricket on 23 March in the United Kingdom might prove problematic?

No play at Taunton for Glamorgan's opening day of pre-season against Somerset. The two-day friendly fixture ends tomorrow.

Boo us if we're rubbish - McGhee

Scotland v Slovenia (Sun, 19:45 GMT)

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Mark McGhee and Gordon Strachan
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Assistant manager Mark McGhee has urged fans to turn up for Scotland's World Cup qualifier against Slovenia - but says they will be entitled to boo a poor performance.

Wednesday's friendly against Canada at Easter Road only attracted 9,158 and the crowd for Sunday is expected to be well short of Hampden's capacity.

"I would only implore supporters to, at worst, come along and if we're rubbish, boo us," said McGhee.

"You never know, we might be decent and they might have something to cheer."

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Matthew Le Tissier
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19th May 2001: Le Tissier coming on from the bench to score the winner, with a sumptuous volley, in the last minute in Southampton's last match at The Dell vs Arsenal. The place went totally bonkers!

Charlie, Winchester

England fans' chanting 'inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing'

Football

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke has described the behaviour of some England fans in last night's friendly in Germany as "inappropriate, disrespectful and disappointing". 

Some booed the German national anthem, while songs referencing the First and Second World Wars were also heard from the England section in Dortmund.  

Clarke added: "The FA has consistently urged supporters to show respect and not to chant songs that could be regarded as insulting to others. Individuals who engage in such behaviour do not represent the overwhelming majority of England fans.

"We are working with the England Supporters Travel Club and speaking with the Football Supporters' Federation to come together to address this issue."

Happy National Puppy Day

Football

We've been waiting all day for this.

FINALLY we can put a #NationalPuppyDay entry into Sportsday courtesy of Bayern Munich.

Here's Munich and Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer on a walk with his pooch.

Enjoy.

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Scotland reach play-offs at Worlds

Curling

Eve Muirhead
AP

Scotland secured their place in the World Women's Curling Championship play-offs with two wins on Thursday.

Eve Muirhead's rink followed a 7-2 success against Germany with a tense 7-6 triumph over Czech Republic.

With seven wins from 11 matches, Scotland clinched fourth spot in the round-robin, behind unbeaten Canada, Russia and Sweden.

The Scots will meet Sweden next, with the winners playing the losers of the Canada v Russia match in the semi-final.

The winners of Canada-Russia progress directly to Sunday's final.

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Brian O'Driscoll
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Toniwater: Brian O'Driscoll's final Test for Ireland winning the 2014 6N's in Paris where he announced himself to the world in 2000! Legend! 

David Stephen Parker: Last game at Highbury. Arsenal 4 Wigan 2. Henry hat-trick, Bergkamp's last match, Arsenal overtook Spurs for 4th. Fitting end. 

Simon Richardson: Zinedine Zidane playing spellbinding football to get France to the 2006 World Cup final before throwing it away in a bizarre moment of madness. 

Sakho unlikely to return this season

Football

Diafra Sakho
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It's bad news for West Ham as the club confirm striker Diafra Sakho is unlikely to play again this season because of the  back injury  he suffered in November.

He has only played twice all season, having also missed the start of the season with a back problem.

BreakingPortsmouth and ex-Disney CEO to hold talks

Football

Breaking news
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Portsmouth are to enter into exclusive discussions with former Walt Disney chief executive Michael Eisner about a potential takeover of the club.

Reports of Eisner, 75, and his Tornante Investment Group's interest in the League Two club emerged on Monday.

A 70-day period of negotiation and due diligence has begun.

Swansea's Clement a revelation - Martinez

Football

Swansea City: Boss Paul Clement a revelation, says Roberto Martinez

Belgium national team manager Roberto Martinez believes his former club Swansea City will avoid relegation from the Premier League thanks to the impact of new manager Paul Clement.

British Swimming to investigate bullying claims by Paralympians

Swimming

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

British Swimming
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British Swimming is conducting an investigation after multiple bullying claims were made by Paralympians about a coach, the BBC has learned.

The sport's governing body began an internal review after several Para-swimmers made complaints.

The complainants are understood to include Rio 2016 medallists.

Swimming was Paralympics GB's most successful sport in Rio, winning 47 medals - 16 gold - from a potential 147, and setting eight world records.

But it has now emerged the team, which is based at the Manchester Aquatics Centre, has been embroiled in a bullying controversy for the past two months.

British Swimming has appointed investigators to look into the allegations.

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Syria win thanks to stoppage-time penalty

World Cup qualifying

Syria v Uzbekistan
EPA

A stoppage-time penalty has ensured Syria still have decent hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup.

Omar Kharbin converted a bold,  Panenka-style  spot-kick to earn victory over Uzbekistan and make an appearance at Russia 2018 a realistic goal.

Syria, in fourth, move within one point of their opponents in Asian Qualifying Group A. The top two qualify automatically, with the third-place side advancing to a continental play-off.

As we reported in  Syria: Football on the frontline  on Wednesday, the Syrians are playing their home fixtures at neutral venues, and Malaysia has been their 'home' since last September.

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Farah and Bolt reunite. Sort of

Athletics

Mo Farah and Usain Bolt are reunited at last. Bolt might be in waxwork form, but the two look like they're having fun hanging out again after some time apart. 


          .@usainbolt Thanks pal..!!! Good seeing you today..!! #london

.@usainbolt Thanks pal..!!! Good seeing you today..!! #london

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Peter Schmeichel
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James Maguire: Big Peter Schmeichel's last game for Man Utd. He went up for a corner against Bayern in the final in '99. The rest is history.

JMB: Robbie Keane scoring in his last game for Ireland.

Lil Rooney Vert: I cried when Paul Scholes retired. Both times

McBride funeral takes place

Ryan McBride's funeral
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The funeral of Derry City captain Ryan McBride has taken place in the city.

The 27-year-old footballer was found dead at home on Sunday, a day after he led his side in  a 4-0 League of Ireland win over Drogheda United.

The cause of death is not yet known but a post-mortem has been carried out.

His funeral was held in Londonderry's St Columba's Church before it hosted Martin McGuinness' funeral. Irish President Michael D Higgins is attending both services.

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'What a feeling'

Football

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James Ward-Prowse is feeling pretty good this morning after his first senior cap for England.

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Carney signs new Chelsea deal

Football

Karen Carney
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England midfielder Karen Carney has signed a new contract with Chelsea Ladies to stay with the Women's Super League One club until 2020.

Carney, who signed from Birmingham in December 2015, scored four goals in 21 appearances last season.

The 29-year-old has won 125 caps for England, and was part of the side which finished third at the 2015 World Cup.

"She's one of the best players in her position in the world," manager Emma Hayes told the club website.

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Gary Lineker
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We know Gary is not facing Manchester United here. Sorry, no pics of the relevant game!

I was there in 1992 for Gary Lineker's last game in English football and saw the whole of Old Trafford rise to applaud him when he scored. It helped that United won 3-1!

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Hogg wins Six Nations player of the year

Rugby union

Stuart Hogg
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Scotland's Stuart Hogg has been voted Six Nations player of the championship for the second year running. 

The 24-year-old Glasgow Warriors full-back received the backing of 29,734 fans, almost 25% of the public vote. 

He scored three tries in the tournament as Scotland picked up three wins for the first time since 2006. 

Ireland flanker CJ Stander came second, with France number eight Louis Picamoles third.

Title-winning England trio Owen Farrell, Maro Itoje and Joe Launchbury were on the 12-man shortlist, along with Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb and hooker Ken Owens.  

When you run out of paper...

Formula 1

One F1 fan is getting quite the collection of drivers' autographs... on her torso.

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'A compelling sign of Everton's fierce new ambition'

Football

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Goodison Park
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This could be the most significant moment in Everton's recent history.  

Goodison Park remains a gloriously atmospheric old arena but even the sentimentalists among Everton's support accept the time has come to move into a new era and new home in line with the ambitions of major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Moshiri, along with manager Ronald Koeman, sees this move as crucial to the plan to shift Everton into Europe's elite group in a modern stadium offering greater profile, greater finances and greater attendances. 

The new stadium has been regarded as the key to a brighter future from the moment billionaire Moshiri arrived at the club in February last year.

It is also a major move on the way to a dream that has been a long time in the making for Everton and their supporters.

Everton were forced to abandon plans to build a new 55,000-capacity stadium at King's Dock in April 2003 after they could not raise around £30m to fund the £155m project and a proposed relocation to a new ground in Kirkby failed amid much acrimony from supporters in 2009.

Now, with the backing of Moshiri's finances, Everton are on course to finally move from Goodison Park to a new home in the city's iconic waterfront in the most compelling piece of evidence yet of the club's fierce new ambition.

Everton 'agree deal for land to build £300m stadium'

Football

Goodison Park
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Goodison Park has been Everton's home since 1892

Everton have agreed a deal to acquire land on which to build a new £300m stadium in Liverpool,  BBC Radio Merseyside understands. 

The Premier League club and landowners Peel Holdings have reached agreement on the Bramley Moore dock site by the River Mersey. 

It was announced as the preferred site for the club's proposed new stadium in January.

Planning permission would have to be given for any future development. 

Iranian businessman Farhad Moshiri bought a 49.9% stake in Everton in February last year and quickly outlined plans for a move from Goodison Park, which has been the club's home since 1892 and has a capacity of 39,572.

Everton explored building a stadium at Walton Hall Park, a short distance north-east of Goodison, but  those plans were abandoned in May.

Everton also abandoned plans to move to King's Dock in 2003, and Kirkby in 2009.

Goalkeepers' union

Football

Get Involved - A Question of Sport teaser

A Question of Sport Teaser

Today's Question of Sport teaser is in. Reckon you know the answer? Get involved and tweet us via #bbcsportsday

Today's #QSTeaser How many Olympic medals have birthday boys @Mo_Farah @chrishoy @JasonKenny107 & Steve Redgrave won between them? @BBCSport

Want to give birth to an Olympian?

Mo Farah, Chris Hoy, Steve Redgrave, Jason Kenny
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What do Mo Farah, Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Steve Redgrave and Jason Kenny all have in common?

Other than all being ridiculously successful sportsmen, they all share their birthday today. 

There we have it. The secret to being a successful Olympian is clearly being born on 23 March.

McClean 'fully focused' on Wales game

Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill says he is not worried about choosing James McClean after the sudden death of his close friend, Derry City captain Ryan McBride.

O'Neill said: “I don’t have any problems whatsoever. James is an emotional character, always has been. He was devastated having know the lad very well but having gone to the wake he’s fully focused on the game tomorrow.”

James McClean
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O'Neill 'not deterred' from picking McCarthy

Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

More from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill on the chances of James McCarthy being fit for Friday's World Cup qualifier against Wales.

McCarthy trained with the squad this morning and O'Neill told a news conference the Everton midfielder was "improving very quickly".

O'Neill added: "He’s not played for a few weeks but it wouldn’t deter me from picking him if he feels OK. 

"Naturally you would think about how long someone could last having not played, but he’s a pretty fit lad."

James McCarthy
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Wales training a day before Ireland qualifier

Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

Gareth Bale
Reuters

Wales have been training this morning in what looks like quite a chilly Vale Resort in Cardiff.

Chris Coleman's side face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Friday night.

Wales, in third, are four points behind Martin O'Neill's Group D leaders.

Aaron Ramsey
Reuters
Wales training
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Red Bull will be close to the front - Ricciardo

Formula 1

Watch out Ferrari and Mercedes, Daniel Ricciardo is coming for you. 

The Australian feels his Red Bull team are "about half a second off" ahead of the first race of the season.

Formula 1: Daniel Ricciardo feels Red Bull will be 'close to Ferrari & Mercedes'

Man City can 'do something special'

Women's Champions League, Fortuna Hjorring v Manchester City

Demi Stokes
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Manchester City Women have the "opportunity to do something special" in their first Women's Champions League quarter-final against Fortuna Hjorring, says left-back Demi Stokes.

City face the Danish champions away in Thursday's first leg, before the return leg in Manchester on 30 March.

The 2016 English champions have knocked out Zvezda 2005 and Brondby so far in their first European campaign.

"We know they are a good side," England international Stokes told BBC Sport.

The winners will face one of last year's finalists - Wolfsburg or holders Lyon - in the semi-finals in April.

The final will be held in Cardiff on 1 June.

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I left a cricket team owing to lack of game time despite being reasonably good. Captain didn't fancy me. First game for new team against old team, got 6 wickets, including the old captain first baller.

A, Sunderland

Come on, A. Don't be so shy. Who are you and what are the teams? Really rub it in...

Minute's silence before all EFL games

Football

The English Football League has announced a minute's silence will be held before all its matches this weekend as a mark of respect to those who died or were injured in Wednesday's Westminster attack.