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Summary

  1. Build-up to Germany v England (19:45 GMT)
  2. Ex-Liverpool coach Ronnie Moran dies aged 83
  3. Updates before Scotland v Canada
  4. Latest from golf's WGC Match Play
  5. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday

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By Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Sanchez and Ozil talks on hold

Arsenal

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Contract negotiations with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil have been put on hold until the summer, says Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Chilean forward Sanchez and German midfielder Ozil, both 28, have just over a year left on their deals.

Wenger says  he has made up his mind  about his own future, but is yet to sign the two-year extension on offer.

"At the moment we have not got an agreement," said Wenger when asked about the future of Sanchez.

Read more here.

Brook to fight Spence Jr at Sheff Utd

Kell Brook (left)
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IBF world welterweight champion Kell Brook will defend his title against American Errol Spence Jr at Bramall Lane in Sheffield on Saturday 27 May.

Brook, 30, has not fought since he was defeated by middleweight champion  Gennady Golovkin in September  - his first professional defeat in 37 fights.

Brook claimed the IBF belt beating Shawn Porter in August 2014 and will be aiming for his fourth title defence.

"I'm so excited about this fight and to make history in my city," said Brook.

Read more here.

Watch: On the frontline - Syrian football

Football on the frontline – Syrian Football: The national game

Despite conflict entering a seventh year, the 16-team Syrian Premier League is still going and the international team harbour hopes of making it to the biggest stage of all, the World Cup.

The national team can't play qualifiers in Syria and face a 9,000-mile round-trip to Malaysia to play their "home" games.

Syria have already beaten China away and sit fourth in their World Cup group, five points from an automatic qualifying spot.

As part of the BBC's State of Sport week, we spoke to the team as they prepared for their next qualifier against Uzbekistan in Kuala Lumpur.

Happy Birthday

Armin Hary (athletics) - German who won 100 metres gold at the 1960 Olympics, born 1937.

Paul Schockemohle (equestrian) - German who won three successive European showjumping titles in the 1980s, born 1945.

Jiri Novak (tennis) - former Czech player, born 1975.

Arvind Parmar (tennis) - Former British Davis Cup player, born 1978.

Piotr Trochowski (football) - FC Augsburg and Germany midfielder, born 1984.

BREAKING: England will NOT play All Blacks in 2017

There was speculation that the top two teams in the world - New Zealand and England were set for a showdown in November.

But alas, that won't happen. The All Blacks will play a Barbarians team on 4 November at Twickenham.

It would have been an extra autumn international for England who are already due to play Australia, Argentina and Samoa in November.

Southgate set to play Keane in three-man defence

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

England manager Gareth Southgate
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It seems like Gareth Southgate is set to experiment with three centre-backs with Burnley’s Michael Keane starting alongside Chris Smalling and Gary Cahill. Manchester City's John Stones appears to be set for a start against Lithuania in Sunday's World Cup qualifier at Wembley. 

And good news for West Brom's Jake Livermore, who is expected make his first England appearance since the friendly with Italy in August 2012.

England (expected): Hart; Keane, Smalling Cahill; Walker, Dier, Livermore, Bertrand, Lallana, Alli, Vardy.

Thoughts? #bbcsportsday

Southgate: 'End island mentality'

Gareth Southgate
AFP

England boss Gareth Southgate suggested that the national team setup needs to learn and take advice from successful footballing nations like Germany in order to improve its own framework - which in turn could lead to future success.

The ex-Boro boss said: "We can learn from their mentality. When we've played German teams they just have that belief in the way they play."

More on this story here.

Game faces on

#PeoplesCup

It's the start of the semi-finals stage of the FA People's Cup today with the Higher Education categories taking part before the weekend's action.

Looks like this lot have got (/are trying to get) their game faces on...

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'Caught crying'

Crolla v Linares

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

Anthony Crolla
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Joe Gallagher looks to the ground and shrugs: "Crolla's caught me crying in the changing rooms. That's how it is. You take it personally."

Dealing with defeat as a boxing trainer was just one topic we covered in an interview with Anthony Crolla's trainer. We watched on as Crolla worked out behind closed doors last week and spoke to Gallagher about boxing costing him his marriage, how he picks a fighter to train and when he will call it a day in this all-consuming sport.

To read more and to find out why Gallagher keeps his gym at a desert-like temperature, click here.  

Stats years in the making

Crolla v Linares

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

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This is the stats board which hangs in Gallagher's Gym - where the likes of Anthony Crolla, Liam Smith and Callum Smith train.

While the spotlight may be on trainer Joe Gallagher and Crolla ahead of Saturday's WBA lightweight title shot against Jorge Linares, the journey to the top has been long in the making - Gallagher began coaching in 1993.

BBC Sport were allowed to sit in on Crolla's last big training session, where we spoke at length with Gallagher as his charge sparred, slammed the bags and stretched impressively.

Gallagher says: "When Anthony came to me, people said: 'He won't do anything. He's too nice, can't punch. He might win an English title.' I thought: Really? I'll show you."

Read the full article here.

Southgate: 'A great test for us'

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer in Dortmund

Gareth Soutgate
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It may only be 12 months since England met Germany in a friendly in Berlin - in which Roy Hodgson's side came from two goals down to beat the World Cup holders 3-2 - but anticipation is mounting again here in Dortmund.

England fans are flooding into Germany and this is a fixture manager Gareth Southgate admits has an edge stretching back half a century.

He said: "Unquestionably. It is one of the fixtures that all of our supporters look towards, like when we play Scotland, It is that sort of rivalry.

"There have been some classic matches over a period of 50 years. It is a fixture that everyone looks forward to.

"I guess this is a little bit different when you look at the players they have got missing as well but it's a really exciting game and a great test for us."

Mourinho 'bemoans young footballers' lifestyle'

Football

Jose Mourinho
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has given a damning assessment of young players in the modern game in comments reported by Get French Football, from a France Football interview.

"I had to understand the difference between working with a boy like Frank Lampard, who, at the age of 23 was already a man, who thought football, work, professionalism, and the new boys who at the age of 23 are kids," Mourinho is quoted as saying. 

"Today I call them “boys” not “men”. Because I think that they are brats and that everything that surrounds them does not help them in their life nor in my work. 

"Ten years ago, no player had a mobile phone in the dressing room. That is no longer the case. But you have to go with it, because if you fight that, you are bringing about conflict and you put yourself in the stone age. "

Johnson confident ahead of WGC start

Golf

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World number one Dustin Johnson is feeling confident ahead of the WGC event which begins in Austin later today.

 "I've got a lot of confidence in the game," Johnson. "I feel like I'm controlling my ball very well and I feel I'm starting to drive a little straighter."

Johnson has been placed in a group alongside PGA Championship title holder Jimmy Walker, twice major winner Martin Kaymer and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson.

The action gets under way in a little under an hour.

Burke relishing German re-eductation

Scotland v Canada

Oliver Burke
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Scotland midfielder Oliver Burke has been speaking to BBC Sport about his life at Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig since moving to Germany for £13m in August.

"It took me a long while to get used to it and get me up and running," said Burke when asked about the re-education he has had since leaving England. 

"There are so many little bits in this team. So if you're not doing your job as well as you possibly can then it can cost you in the Bundesliga. That's how tough this league is."  

Burke is in Scotland's squad to face Canada at Easter Road this evening. Kick-off is 19:45 GMT with live BBC Radio Scotland commentary and live text commentary on BBC Sport website.

'It's really important to invest in children - in their development'

#GetInspired

England manager Gareth Southgate managed to take some time out from his preparations for this week's internationals to visit the Burton Albion Community Trust and find out about grassroots football schemes.

Gareth Southgate backs Football Foundation participation schemes

If you want to find out about how to get into football read our Get Inspired guide.

On this day

Football

2006: England's Kelly Sotherton won gold in the heptathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.    

Kelly Sotherton
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Team news

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

Speaking about Sterling's fitness concerns, Southgate said: "I've got to balance what is right for Wednesday and what is right for Sunday as well, so we'll keep monitoring that.

"We are in a position where we haven't been able to get all the players on the field until today and then you've got to see how they come through training.

"It's a little bit later than we'd have liked but that's the nature of it."

Team news

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

Raheem Sterling
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Here is some early team news for you before the 'big' friendly in Dortmund.

Forward Raheem Sterling missed training on Tuesday and is a doubt.

Gary Cahill will captain the Three Lions on Wednesday, while manager Gareth Southgate has decided against calling up a replacement for  injured defender Phil Jones.

Former Arsenal attacker Lukas Podolski will captain Germany as he wins his 130th and final cap.

Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Mario Gomez and  Manuel Neuer  are all injured.

Quiz: Name the German players in the Premier League

Germany v England (19:45 GMT)

With Germany hosting England in an international friendly on Wednesday, we've scoured our picture archive for some of the more obscure German players to feature in the Premier League.

It's not meant to be easy - we think anyone getting more than 70% has either done a reverse image search or has a great career ahead of them in pub quizzes.

Let's get started and see if you know you can accurately tell Stefan Malz from Stefan Schnoor.

Play along by clicking here.

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Ronnie Moran tributes

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Janet Hopper: Remember him talking to me & uncle outside Melwood..it was freezing. he made it all worthwhile for a 9yr old.

Lee Houghton: RIP Ronnie Moran. The beating heart of LFC for years. Oh, to have him let loose on today's over paid prima donnas!! 

Reid's colourful tribute

Ronnie Moran dies

Ronnie Moran (right)
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The tributes to Ronnie Moran have crossed Stanley Park to Goodison Park.

Ex-Everton midfielder Peter Reid tells the club's website: "One of my best memories of him were the derbies, which as we all know, are fiery affairs.

"One year, they beat us at Anfield and as I was walking off the pitch, Ronnie came over to me and said: ‘Hey lad, you played well’. Let’s just say I gave him an Anglo-Saxon response!

"The following year we beat them at Anfield and I couldn’t see Ronnie in the tunnel so I marched straight into the boot room, found him, and said: ‘Unlucky, you played well’.

“I got the same Anglo-Saxon response!"  

Ex-Glamorgan coach Derrick dies

John Derrick
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During his time as coach, John Derrick (left) led Glamorgan to National League victory twice and oversaw their promotion to Division One of the County Championship

Former Glamorgan coach and player John Derrick has died at the age of 54.

He steered the county to two National League titles in 2002 and 2004, as well as promotion in the Championship.

Derrick played over 200 matches for Glamorgan and New Zealand's Northern Districts as a seam bowler and lower-order batsman.

Read more here.