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Summary

  1. Liverpool's Lallana out for up to a month
  2. Messi banned for four international matches
  3. England Women's Euro 2017 squad to be announced next week
  4. Cricket: New T20 tournament will be a success - Vaughan
  5. Tennis: Murray out of GB's Davis Cup quarter-final
  6. Get involved: What do you think of new T20 plans? #bbcsportsday

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Kohli's friendships with Aussies over

Cricket

India captain Virat Kohli says his friendships with Australia players are over after their heated Test series.

India  won the final match  of the four-Test series to secure a 2-1 victory.

Prior to the first Test in Pune, Kohli spoke warmly of the tourists' players, saying he was "really good friends with all these guys off the field".

But asked after Tuesday's eight-wicket win in Dharamsala if that was still the case, he said: "No, it has changed. You won't hear me say that ever again."

During the series, Kohli said  Australia captain Steve Smith "crossed the line"  by trying to get help from his dressing room with the decision review system.

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"Steve, just so we're clear. I'm not your friend anymore."

Overton takes hat-trick but Middlesex closing on win

Cricket

It's a tight one in Abu Dhabi - Middlesex are 276-7 and need another 28 to beat the MCC in the Champion County game.

Somerset's Craig Overton took a hat-trick to reduce Middlesex to 242-7 but John Simpson (73 not out) and Harry Podmore (7) have put on 34 so far.

Listen to the climax here.  

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Last couple of bits of cricket news before we leave you for today...

Syria defeated by South Korea

World Cup qualifying

Syria defeated by South Korea
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Syria's hopes of reaching their first World Cup took a blow after they lost their latest qualifier in South Korea.

1-0 victory  over Uzbekistan on Thursday had given them a chance of at least advancing to a play-off stage.

That match was played in Malaysia, where Syria's home games are being held due to the ongoing civil war in the Middle Eastern country.

But the 1-0 loss in Seoul on Tuesday leaves them four points adrift of the third-place finish they need.

Elsewhere, in the World Cup qualifiers... 

BreakingLallana out for a up to a month

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

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Confirmation of the news we brought you at 16:35... 

Liverpool's Adam Lallana faces a spell on the sidelines after sustaining a thigh injury from a kick taken during England's win against Lithuania at Wembley on Sunday.

The first match he'll miss is Saturday's Merseyside derby against Everton at Anfield.

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Alright, just a quick one from another Premier League face and his cute niece... 

Belgium line-up to face Russia in friendly

Russia v Belgium (Tuesday, 17:00 BST)

Plenty of Premier League faces in this Belgian line-up this afternoon... 


          Line-up ! 🇷🇺🆚🇧🇪
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#rusbel #roadtorussia

Line-up ! 🇷🇺🆚🇧🇪 📺📱@sporza & @RTBFsport #rusbel #roadtorussia

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Liverpool's Lallana 'out for a month'

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

No confirmation from Liverpool as yet but Paul Joyce of The Times reports that Liverpool midfielder  Adam Lallana is out for a month with a thigh injury picked up playing for England.

Lallana played the full game in Sunday's World Cup qualifying win over Lithuania at Wembley and 66 minutes of last Wednesday's friendly in Germany.

Adam Lallana out for a month with thigh injury sustained playing for England

France a 'team with many talents' - Diego Costa

France v Spain (Tuesday, 20:00 BST)

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France's national team coach Didier Deschamps has said he sees 'details' of France great Thierry Henry in 18-year-old striker  Kylian Mbappe's game. The Monaco striker is expected to start this evening against Spain having earned his first international cap in Saturday's 3-1 win over Luxembourg.

Chelsea star Diego Costa is a doubt for the match in Paris, having left Sunday's Spain training session early due to an ankle injury. 

Costa told football programme Telefoot, France are a "team with many talents, which makes them dangerous.''

According to Spanish media, coach Julen Lopetegui was looking to rotate his squad anyway, giving starting berths to Alvaro Morata, Iago Aspas and Costa's Chelsea colleague Pedro.

Messi banned for four Argentina matches

Football

With five World Cup qualifiers to come, Lionel Messi has been banned from four of them.

Definitely not good news for Argentina...


          69% - The win percentage of #Argentina in these WC Qualifiers decreases 69% without Lionel Messi. Banned.

69% - The win percentage of #Argentina in these WC Qualifiers decreases 69% without Lionel Messi. Banned.

Grim times for the Dutch

Netherlands v Italy (Tuesday, 19:45 BST)

Netherlands are in a bit of a sorry state as they prepare to host Italy in Amsterdam tonight.

The appropriately named Fred Grim will take charge as interim coach after Danny Blind was sacked following a 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat against Bulgaria on Saturday. 

That loss leaves the Netherlands fourth in Group A at the halfway stage after they failed to qualify for Euro 2016.

Italy are level on 13 points with leaders Spain in Group G.

The Netherlands: The demise of a famous footballing nation

Iceland. Yes, we remember them...

Republic of Ireland v Iceland (19:45 BST)

As for Iceland, they are second in World Cup qualifying Group I, three points behind leaders Croatia.

Last summer they reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. You may remember that - England's footballers, beaten in the last 16, certainly do...

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Last time they met

Republic of Ireland v Iceland (19:45 BST)

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The last time the Republic of Ireland faced Iceland,  Roy Keane scored twice with David Connolly and Mark Kennedy also netting for Mick McCarthy's team in a 4-2 win in September 1997. 

Tonight, manager Martin O'Neill will give some of his fringe players the opportunity to impress in the friendly fixture. 

"There will probably be a few players who will get their first taste of international football", he said. 

"They will have the opportunity to press a claim for future appearances."

Brady to wear the Ireland armband

Republic of Ireland v Iceland (19:45 BST)

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Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady will captain the Republic of Ireland in Dublin tonight as they host Iceland in a friendly.

The Republic's regular skipper Seamus Coleman sustained a  broken leg against Wales  in a World Cup qualifier on Friday and faces a lengthy rehabilitation process.

On Monday, manager Martin O'Neill said Coleman was "still pretty down" about the injury.

"The operation went well and it's just a matter of coming to terms with it," he added.

The 28-year-old Everton full-back has had surgery to pin the tibia and fibula in his right leg.

Moving onto the other international matches this evening...

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Fahim: Sorry what?? Messi got annoyed at a referee (a very normal thing) and he got banned for FOUR games...

Your thoughts on Messi's four-match ban

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Jamie Foyle: The Messi ban is fair, can't abuse the ref's no matter how frustrated you get. 

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Messi banned for four World Cup qualifiers

Football

Incidentally Argentina's Lionel Messi has also been fined 10,000 Swiss Francs for verbally abusing an assistant referee against Chile last Thursday. 

We suspect he'll be more concerned with the four-match ban, though.

A bad omen...

Football

Argentina are winless in their last three matches without Lionel Messi...

Messi banned for four World Cup qualifiers

Football

More on the news that Argentina's Lionel Messi has been banned for four international matches by Fifa for verbally abusing an assistant referee.

It means he misses tonight's World Cup qualifier in Bolivia and, in total, four of Argentina's five remaining qualifiers.

They are third in the South American standings with five games left. Four teams qualify directly with the fifth-placed side going into a play-off against a team from Oceania.

Messi scored the winner in last Thursday's 1-0 victory over Chile in Buenos Aires.

BreakingMessi banned for four Argentina matches

Football

Argentina forward Lionel Messi has been banned for four international matches by Fifa for verbally abusing an assistant referee in last Thursday's World Cup qualifier against Chile.

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Some breaking Lionel Messi news coming up...

St James' legendary tea lady dies

Football

The former tea lady at Newcastle United Kath Cassidy has died at the age of 90. 

Kath served beverages to countless home and away players, managers and journalists at St James' Park from1963 until  her retirement in 2015.

Newcastle say they will pay tribute to Kath at Saturday’s match. 


          We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the club's legendary tea lady, our beloved Kath Cassidy. #NUFC

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the club's legendary tea lady, our beloved Kath Cassidy. #NUFC

Kath loyally served the club for half a century and was adored by managers, players and staff alike. She passed away on Monday, aged 90.

Sad news from Newcastle now... 

Woodgate joins Middlesbrough coaching staff

Football

Former Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate has rejoined the club as first-team coach.

He is the latest addition to caretaker manager Steve Agnew's staff after the appointments of Joe Jordan and Paul Jenkins. 

Woodgate retired from playing at the end of last season.

Middlesbrough, 19th in the table, travel to Swansea on Sunday.

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NZ fans to 'adopt a Lion'

Rugby union

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British and Irish Lions supporters travelling to New Zealand later this year are being offered free accommodation by local fans.

The  "Adopt a Lions Fan 2017" Facebook page  has been created because of a lack of affordable lodgings for the estimated 20,000 fans who will make the journey.

The tour, which starts on 3 June and finishes on 7 July, will see the Lions play 10 matches, including three Tests against the All Blacks.

"I really hope friendships will develop out of this, because rugby is a great vehicle for it," said organiser Adam Gilshnan.

'It's Lazarus!' - Super League try of the week

Rugby league

Super League: Albert Kelly scores try of the week for Hull FC

Watch Hull FC's Albert Kelly seemingly get tackled only to get up again and score a try during their  22-20 win away to champions Wigan Warriors.

Messi could be banned from World Cup qualifier

Football

Lionel Messi could be banned from Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Bolivia after Fifa opening a disciplinary case against the Argentina forward. 

Television pictures allegedly showed Messi verbally abusing an assistant referee in last Thursday's 1-0 qualifier win over Chile in which he scored the only goal. 

Argentina are third in the South American standings with five games left. Four teams qualify directly. 

Lionel Messi
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Latest from Abu Dhabi as Middlesex chase win

Cricket

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Listen to live commentary here  with Middlesex chasing victory against the MCC in Abu Dhabi.

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On this day...

Football

2009: David Beckham came on as a second-half substitute for England in their friendly against Slovakia at Wembley, earning his 109th cap and surpassing Bobby Moore's record for an outfield player.

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France missing Gasquet, Tsonga and Monfils

Tennis

We brought you news of the Great Britain Davis Cup team  earlier, which does not feature the injured Andy Murray.

Their quarter-final opponents, France, are also missing key men with Richard Gasquet ruled out by appendicitis, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga focusing on becoming a dad and Gael Monfils injured.

However, Monfils is named as a reserve and could still be drafted into the team between now and next Thursday's draw.

The men selected are world number 16 Lucas Pouille, Gilles Simon, ranked 29, and doubles specialists Nicolas Mahut and Pierre Hugues Herbert.

The tie takes place on an indoor clay court in Rouen from 7-9 April.

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Morecambe fail to pay wages on time

Football

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Players and staff at troubled League Two club Morecambe have their wages paid late for the third time this season.

The Shrimps have had  financial problems  amid uncertainty over the club's ownership, and a  court case  is currently ongoing over a possible takeover by businessman Joseph Cala.  

Current owner Graham Burnard told BBC Radio Lancashire a delay in an international bank transfer caused the late payments.  

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Morecambe wages delayed for third time

Players and staff at League Two side Morecambe have their wages paid late for a third time this season.

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Middlesex chasing victory

Cricket

We could be in for an exciting finish as county champions Middlesex go for victory against the MCC in Abu Dhabi.

Middlesex trailed by 153 after the first innings but bowled out MCC for 151 earlier and have reached 144-3 as they chase 305 to win.

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