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Summary

  1. Injured Jones out of England squad
  2. Podolski to captain Germany against England
  3. Schweinsteiger leaves Man Utd to join Chicago Fire
  4. Favourite Minella Rocco out of Grand National
  5. Esports 'to generate more than £1bn in global revenue by 2020'
  6. Get Involved: Your gaming memories - #bbcsportsday

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By Tom Rostance and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye from us

And that's the end of Sportsday for another Tuesday.

England manager Gareth Southgate will be facing the media in Germany at around 18:30 GMT, there are five games in Leagues One and Two this evening and a full National League programme too.

Enjoy and see you all tomorrow! 

Goodbye

Right, that's us done for the day. Thanks for keeping us company - we'll be back at 08:00 GMT tomorrow with all the build-up to Germany v England and Scotland v Canada. Until then...

On this day in...

2002: West Brom were awarded three points and a 3-0 win over Sheffield United by the Football Association after the league match between the two was abandoned when the Blades were reduced to six men. Patrick Suffo (below) was sent off for head-butting Derek McInnes.

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Another Messi milestone

Football

Amazing. There was me thinking that Lionel Messi seemed to be having a fairly quiet season. Just the 41 goals by late March...

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This looks absolutely magnificent. Also feels like Alan Partridge should do the commentary.

Striker
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Paris only interested in 2024 Olympics

Olympic Games

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Paris is only interested in hosting the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics, and not the 2028 Games, says the co-chair of the city's bidding committee.

There have been  suggestions that the International Olympic Committee may award both the 2024 and 2028 Games in September.

Paris and Los Angeles are the two cities still in contention to be the host in 2024.

"2024 is now or never for us," co-chair Tony Estanguet told BBC Sport.

"We believe we have the strongest offer but it is only available for 2024. We can't host the Games in 2028 because we don't have the project available for 2028."

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This isn't the kind of game we asked for but it's a classic nonetheless - basically cricket in Subbuteo form.

Just don't come back to us and say 'what's Subbuteo?' 

Test Match game
David Williams

Coventry to leave the Ricoh?

Football

Coventry City chairman Tim Fisher says the relegation-threatened League One club are still planning to leave the Ricoh Arena - and share Coventry Rugby's Butts Park Arena.

He told a Sky Blue Trust supporters' meeting on Monday night that Coventry RFC chairman Jon Sharp has now agreed in principle to the move.

The Butts Park Arena is currently home to three teams, Coventry RFC, semi-professional rugby league side Coventry Bears and non-league side Coventry United, who play in the Midland Football League Premier Division, having been formed in 2013 by disillusioned Sky Blues fans, in reaction to the move to Northampton.  

"We weren't able to close a land deal on our own stadium - full stop," Fisher told the meeting.

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Klopp surprised with Woodburn call-up

Football

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he was surprised Wales boss Chris Coleman did not contact him ahead of calling up teenager Ben Woodburn.

The 17-year-old was  named in the senior squad  for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

But his club boss has been left perplexed he was not consulted and believes the call-up has come too early.

"Actually, I was surprised about this," said Klopp.

Ben Woodburn: Jurgen Klopp plans press protection for 17-year-old

Klopp added: "I don't know exactly how normal it is here.

"This should not be a criticism, but usually when you call up a player, a 17-year-old player, I thought it would be possible to call me.

"I'm not sure if he knows him well. He didn't play in the team so far for Coleman I think."

If Top Gear did the Olympics

Ever heard of car curling? The first tournament was held in Russia at the weekend - with four teams of 10 people each pushed small Russian-made cars towards a target painted on an ice rink.  

A load of ice and clapped out cars? Car curling!

Taylor learns of opponent

Boxing

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Katie Taylor will continue her push towards a world-title shot by facing former IBF super-featherweight challenger Milena Koleva in Manchester on Saturday.

London 2012 gold-medalist Taylor, 30, has fought three times as a professional since November, stopping Italy's Monica Gentili earlier in March.

Bulgaria's Koleva, 31, was stopped for the first time in her career when contesting the IBF title in January.

"She has been in with some of the best girls in the world and always pushed them very hard," said Taylor.

“I headed back to the US the day after the last fight and got straight back into training and sparring for this one. I definitely feel like I’ve made some adjustments and improvements again in the last few weeks.”

South complete whitewash of North

Cricket

Leg-spinner Mason Crane took four wickets for one run in 10 balls as the South completed a 3-0 whitewash of the North in the one-day series in Abu Dhabi.

Chasing 229 to win in, Ben Duckett (37) got the North off to a fast start while Liam Livingstone top-scored with 50 as they moved to 146-2.

Hampshire's Crane, 20, removed Sam Hain (44), Joe Clarke for a golden duck, Jack Leaning (1) and finally Lancashire all-rounder Livingstone as the North slipped to 157-6.

They were eventually bowled out for 208 in the final over.

The game was delayed by almost four hours by steady morning rain which meant the match was reduced to 40 overs per side.

Mason Crane
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What names here. According to Wikipedia, Miles Behind was usually the slowest driver! Love it.

Revs
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Wilmots new Elephants boss

Football

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Former Belgium manager Marc Wilmots has been appointed Ivory Coast manager.

Wilmots was Belgium coach at both World Cup 2014 and Euro 2016, but was sacked after losing to Wales in the quarter finals.

Ivory Coast sacked Michel Dussuyer after the Cup of Nations but lead Africa World Cup qualifying zone Group C with four points from two games.

'No reason why England can't win World Cup'

Cricket

England's record wicket-taker James Anderson says it's unlikely he'll return to the one-day squad, although he would be keen on a recall.

Anderson is returning to full fitness after a shoulder injury and last played an ODI two years ago, at the 2015 World Cup.

He told BBC Sport's Inzamam Rashid: "I am not far off full fitness and 100%.

"The England one-day team is a really exciting team to watch at the moment, they have a real opportunity to go on and win tournaments in the future."

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Anderson believes that England could win the World Cup in 2019.    

He added: "Is there a place for me in the team? I’d like to think so but if I’m being brutally honest, with the way the team has progressed in the last 18 months, probably not. The way they play, and have improved, it has been brilliant to watch.

"There is a serious chance of winning the Champions Trophy this summer in English conditions, and I don’t see why we can’t go on and win the World Cup in a few years’ time."

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My first reaction on seeing this was 'that can't be real'.

Turns out, it is! This game actually did happen. Amazing stuff.

Here's the incident that inspired it.

Peter Shilton's handball Maradona
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Drinkhall, Pitchford and Walker in England squad

Table tennis

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Rio Olympians Paul Drinkhall (above), Liam Pitchford and Sam Walker have all been included in England’s squad for the World Championships.

The trio won team bronze at the 2016 World Championships but the focus this year is on individual events.

Completing the squad for the event in Dusseldorf, which begins on 29 May, is David McBeath. All four will play singles and doubles.

England’s top two women, Kelly Sibley and Tin-Tin Ho, are unavailable for selection, so no women’s squad will go to Germany.

Judy Murray lends support to badminton

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          Judy Murray and Commonwealth badminton silver medallist Kirsty Gilmour at Peak Leisure Centre, Stirling
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Judy Murray has been unveiled as an ambassador for the 2017 Badminton World Championships in Glasgow , which will be staged from 21-27 August.

Badminton Scotland made the announcement at the latest Big Hit Festival - part of the Glasgow 2017 legacy programme, which aims to introduce 30,000 more youngsters to badminton. 

"I played badminton when I was young and got to junior international level," she said. "I'm thrilled the World Championships is coming to Glasgow." 

"I don't play anymore but I'm a huge fan and love to watch it, so it's great to have the chance to promote the event and the sport."

You can watch live coverage of the World Championships on the BBC Sport website. 

North in trouble against the South

Cricket

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Getting into the top 40

Grand National

The Grand National is just 18 days away now, and the scrabble for a starting place in the world's most famous race is at full steam ahead.

Just 40 horses can make the race, so there will be plenty of disappointed people - and animals - to come.


          Grand National: 79 entries remain after 16 scratched from 8 April race @AintreeRaces

Max 40 run

Grand National: 79 entries remain after 16 scratched from 8 April race @AintreeRaces Max 40 run

Aintree
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Our man Frank is at Aintree today - and it looks splendid
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Albion Rovers match off

Football

Albion Rovers' Scottish League One meeting with East Fife on Wednesday has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Huddlestone appeal rejected

Football

Tom Huddlestone
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Who, me?

Earlier on, we brought you news that Hull City had appealed against Tom Huddlestone's red card in the 4-0 defeat at Everton on Saturday.

To no-one's great surprise, that appeal was rejected.

Huddlestone had been dismissed for a challenge on Toffees midfielder Idrissa Gueye.

He will now serve a three-game ban, missing Premier League games against West Ham (1 April), Middlesbrough (5 April) and Manchester City (8 April). 

England 'in transition'

Germany v England (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

Joachin Low
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Germany coach Joachim Low was kind enough to call England "a team in transition" earlier.

The two sides meet in Dortmund on Wednesday night, just a year after Jamie Vardy inspired a comeback to win in Berlin.

"Well, what you can really see is that England are a team in transit, as it were," the Germany head coach said.

"Their coach has promised for them to play a more modern football, more possession-orientated. I watched a re-run of the game against Spain and that was a really strong performance."

Happy birthday, Ronaldinho

Football

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Having fun during the Rio carnival last month

We mentioned him in the list of birthdays earlier but it's worth picking out Ronaldinho, who is 37 today.

It's easy to overlook him now but before Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi's ascendancy, the Brazilian was the man of mid-noughties football.

Blessed with dazzlingly fast feet, his feints, step-overs and shoulder-drops bamboozled opponents for club and country.

And, of course, there was that free-kick against England in the 2002 World Cup quarter-final  that is still giving David Seaman nightmares.

He  won the World Cup in 2002,  the Champions League with  Barcelona in 2006  and the Ballon d'Or in 2005.  

Soon after, he started putting on timber and wasn't remotely the same player again.

Two and a half years ago, non-league Basingstoke Town tried to sign him.

We think he's now retired from football, but we're not 100% sure. Anyway, what a player. 

Ronaldinho
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Jones out of England squad

Germany v England, (Weds, 19:45 GMT)

Here's Jones in training earlier today, presumably before he picked up the injury...

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Jones out of England squad

Football

Manchester United defender Phil Jones is out of the England squad after picking up an injury in training today.

Gareth Southgate's side face Germany in Dortmund tomorrow before a World Cup qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday.

An FA statement said: "There are no immediate plans to call up a replacement but, with Gary Cahill suspended for Sunday’s game against Lithuania, Gareth Southgate will assess his options following tomorrow’s match." 

All Stars Cricket open for registration

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The England & Wales Cricket Board has launched a grassroots programme for five- to eight-year-olds, with the aim to get 50,000 more youngsters participating in the game this summer.

All Stars Cricket is an eight-week course that will be introduced in May through local cricket clubs and centres, offering youngsters a first experience of the sport.

You can register your children on the All Stars Cricket website and read more about the campaign here.

Scotland beaten twice at world championships

Curling

Scotland dropped to joint-sixth at the World Women's Curling Championship in Beijing after a defeat in their first of two matches on Tuesday.

Eve Muirhead's rink lost 10-6 to South Korea before their tie against Canada, who have won all six of their matches so far.

On Monday, Scotland beat Denmark 7-2 but then lost 7-3 to Sweden.

Sweden are second in the standings with a record of five wins from six matches and Switzerland are third.

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Who was the last Baggie to play for England?

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

So Jake Livermore starts tonight but we were thinking: Who was the last West Brom player to play for England?

Ben Foster, of course.

OK then, so who was the last outfield player to play for England?

Saido Berahino? No caps.

Kieran Richardson? No caps while technically an Albion player.

Kevin Campbell? No caps.

James Morrison? Scottish.

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It was actually winger Steve Hunt. He won two caps in 1984, before everyone in the current squad was born.

Apart from Jermain Defoe. 

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Brian Lara Cricket was mentioned before but we love this graphic so much, it's going in again...

Brian Lara Cricket
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Jones out of Lions tour

Rugby Union

Scotland and Stormers centre Huw Jones is facing a lengthy injury lay-off after tearing a hamstring  in the Six Nations victory over Italy.

Jones, 23, will have surgery in London and will not be fit to return to training for up to five months.

He will likely miss Scotland's summer tour and the injury ends his hopes of selection for the British and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand.

Jones  will join Glasgow Warriors  next season on a two-year deal.

He played in every match of Scotland's Six Nations campaign, scoring two tries in the defeat by England at Twickenham.

Here's what he can do...

Jones races away to put Scotland ahead

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A timeless classic has to be Denise Lewis Heptathlon on the old BBC Games webpage. Many fond memories at school bashing the keys in IT lessons to beat the world records. Tardis Tennis another favourite... can we still play these?!

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We did mention these earlier today, but, for those of you who missed it (like Amrik), we bring good news...

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Wenger denies receiving PSG contract offer

Football

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied that he has already been offered a contract by French champions Paris St-Germain, the Press Association reports. 

The Frenchman is yet to announce whether he will stay at the Emirates next season but says he has made up his mind over what he is going to do.

Arsenal have lost four of their past five Premier League games, while PSG boss Unai Emery has been under pressure with his side second in Ligue 1.

For a third time, Wenger used a phrase popularised by United States president Donald Trump, telling BeIN Sports: "It is a false rumour, that is what you call 'fake news'. I formally deny it, it is not true." 

Arsenal Wenger and Unai Emery
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World's first Down's syndrome table tennis coach

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On World Down Syndrome Day meet Harry Fairchild, who coaches at Brighton Table Tennis Club and is aiming to become world champion.

Watch his inspiring story and discover how table tennis has transformed the lives of Harry and those closest to him.....

The table tennis coach with Down's Syndrome

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Quiz time

Tennis

A quiz question from Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson...


          A bonus point if you know what part this rooftop pool has played in the life of Andy Murray

A bonus point if you know what part this rooftop pool has played in the life of Andy Murray

The answer... it's where Murray has twice received the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award, including in December.

Sports Personality of the Year 2016

Daniel Lafferty called up by NI

Northern Ireland v Norway (Sun, 19:45 BST)

Sheffield United defender Daniel Lafferty has been called into the Northern Ireland squad for Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Norway.

The 27-year-old left-back made his international debut in 2012 and has won 13 caps.

Lafferty adds to manager Michael O'Neill's defensive options for the Windsor Park match in Belfast.

Northern Ireland lie second in Group C, five points behind Germany with two wins from their four qualifiers.

Daniel Lafferty
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