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Summary

  1. Fifa announces proposed split for 48-team World Cup
  2. Man City women v Fortuna Hjorring in Champions League QF from 19:00 GMT
  3. Fifa open disciplinary proceedings against Wales' Taylor
  4. Arsenal boss Wenger says his future is 'not sorted completely'
  5. Wenger expects Sanchez and Ozil to stay
  6. Tottenham boss Pochettino says he wouldn't manage Barcelona
  7. Get Involved: Your top four & bottom three #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's all from us for today. Don't forget we'll have live radio and text commentary of Manchester City women's Champions League quarter-final second leg from 19:00 BST.

We'll be back from 08:00 tomorrow with a plethora - yes, a plethora - of Premier League news conferences. 

Do join us then. For now, cheerio.

Ronaldo statue 'a matter of taste'

Football

Ronaldo statue
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The sculptor behind a statue of Cristiano Ronaldo that left looks, well, a little odd, has said his work is just "a matter of taste".

Emanuel Santos said the bust, unveiled on the Portuguese island of Madeira, was "not as simple as it seems" to create.

The unveiling of the statue led many on social media to question the work's resemblance to the Real Madrid forward.

It was revealed at a ceremony to name the island's airport after him.

"It is impossible to please the Greeks and Trojans. Neither did Jesus please everyone," Santos said.

Quite.

'Time right' for cricket at the Olympics

Cricket

West Indies
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West Indies beat England in the final of last year's World T20

The "time is right" for cricket to apply for a place at the Olympics, according to International Cricket Council chief Dave Richardson.

Cricket has not been played at the summer Games since Great Britain beat France to win gold in 1900.

But the ICC believes an Olympic Twenty20 tournament is the key to growing the game.

"We've come to the conclusion that the overall benefit to the game, in terms of globalising and growing it, outweighs any negatives," said Richardson. 

"We need to make a decision by July so we can make an application in time for September, when, as I understand it, the (International Olympic Committee) will consider new sports for 2024."

Walters' encounter with Speedo Mick

Football

You may already be familiar with Speedo Mick, who attends Everton games in his, er, Speedos, and raises a lot of money for charity. 

Well, Speedo Mick is coming towards the end of a walk from Buckingham Palace to Anfield, raising money for Charlie’s Chance Foundation, a charity set up to help young children receive lifesaving treatment.   

Stoke City striker Jonathan Walters was driving when he saw Mick earlier so pulled over for a photo and a donation. 

Good work all around.

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'Not Man City's style to sit back and defend'

Man City v Fortuna Hjorring (19:00 BST)

Jo Currie

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This is a fantastic opportunity for Manchester City to become the first English team to reach the semi-finals of the Women's Champions League since Birmingham City Ladies in 2014.

Having scored an away goal in the first leg 1-0 victory, City would have to concede at least two goals tonight to be knocked out, something they haven't done at home in two and a half years.

Manager Nick Cushing says it's not their style to sit back and defend their lead, so you can expect them to come out fighting against the Danish champions.

A semi-final place against last year's Champions League winners Lyon awaits City, should they reach the last four.

Man City v Fortuna Hjorring
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Lloyd expecting 'extremely difficult game'

Man City v Fortuna Hjorring (19:00 BST)

American midfielder Carli Lloyd, the Fifa world player of the year who signed for Manchester City on a short-term deal in February, scored the winner at Fortuna and Cushing is expecting the Danes "to come for us" on Thursday evening.

He added: "It is going to be an extremely difficult game. Fortuna have got nothing to lose.

"They have some exceptionally good players, but so have we. If we put in a 10-out-of-10 performance, with and without the ball, we'll get through."

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Fifa announces proposed split for 48-team World Cup

Football

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Uefa has achieved its stated aim of 16 slots. Its president, Aleksander Ceferin, made it clear that would be his demand in return for supporting an expanded tournament.

Ratification will be straightforward given the heads of the confederations have carved this up between them.

The play-off tournament is a new idea. It may sound the death knell for the Confederations Cup given that Fifa has described the new tournament as a test event. 

Fifa is keen to expand the Club World Cup as a summer tournament and moving the qualifying tournament to November may create the necessary space in an already packed schedule.

There are significant issues still to be resolved in qualification processes, though. CONMEBOL (South America) has been granted six slots. Given there are only 10 countries in the confederation, questions have been raised over how to make qualification an attractive proposition to broadcasters, etc, given the ease with which some countries will make their way to the finals.

Man City 'expect' to reach Champions League semis

Man City v Fortuna Hjorring (19:00 BST)

Jill Scott
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Manchester City women "expect to win" their Champions League quarter-final against Fortuna Hjorring after  edging the first leg 1-0,  says manager Nick Cushing.

The English League champions host the Danes in Thursday's second leg.

City are making their debut in the competition and are bidding to become the first British side since Birmingham City in 2013-14 to reach the last four.

"At home, if we can do what we've done over the past 20 months, we'll get to the semi-final," said Cushing.

There is live commentary of the game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on this website with kick-off at 19:00 BST.

Fifa announces proposed split for 48-team World Cup

Football

Fifa has announced its proposed slot allocation for the expanded 48-team World Cup with Europe set to receive 16 places - up from 13.

There would also be an automatic place for Oceania and a six-team inter-zonal play-off tournament for two more spots. 

The Fifa Council will make a final decision at its next full meeting in Bahrain in May.

Under the plan for the enlarged tournament in 2026, Europe would get 16 places, Africa nine, Asia eight, South America six, CONCACAF six and Oceania one, totalling 46 teams. 

The host nation would qualify automatically and its slot would be taken from the allocation of its confederation. 

The two remaining places would be decided by a six-team play-off tournament which would take place in the World Cup host nation, possibly in the November before the finals.

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Spurs set to delay decision over next season's home

Football

Tottenham had been expected to confirm whether they would play at White Hart Lane or Wembley next season by the end of this month but the Press Association reports that Spurs will be given permission to delay the decision until the end of April.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has revealed the club are seeking "greater certainty'' that their new 61,000-seater stadium will be ready in time for the 2018-19 campaign, so the Lilywhites could remain at their current ground next season and play home games at Wembley the following year, before moving into the new stadium for the 2019-20 campaign.

Tottenham Hotspur are due to move into their new stadium next year

Sturridge back in training

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Liverpool's England international striker Daniel Sturridge, who has not featured since 4 February because of a virus and then a hip injury, took part in an outdoor session at the club's Melwood training ground on Thursday to raise hopes of him making the squad for the 228th Merseyside derby on Saturday lunchtime.

Jurgen Klopp with Daniel Sturridge
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Konta set for Venus semi-final

Tennis

Johanna Konta
EPA

A reminder if you missed it earlier that British number one Johanna Konta will face Venus Williams for a place in the Miami Open final later.

When I say later, I mean later. We're looking at a start time of about 02:00 BST.

The other semi-final is between Carolina Wozniacki and Karolina Pliskova, which is quite a bit earlier with an 18:00 start-time. 

Roger Federer will be on court after that match - he has a quarter-final in the men's event against 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.

Following Federer will be an intriguing match-up between the never dull Nick Kyrgios and 19-year-old German Alexander Zverev.

Coventry plan Jimmy Hill tribute

Football

Coventry City enjoyed their most famous day at Wembley nearly 30 years ago when they won the FA Cup (with many young and impressionable fans supporting the other team left distraught that day) and the Sky Blues are back at the national stadium on Sunday for the Checkatrade Final against another former top flight side, Oxford United.

The Sky Blues will be honouring one of their legends.

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Get Involved - your top four/bottom three

#bbcsportsday

David Melton: Happy if LFC finish 3rd, worried if 4th as Man U might take their place by winning the Europa League, and I'd be gutted.  

Andy Kershaw: Can't see the table changing much from how it is now.Bottom 3 stays the same, only change up top is Man Utd moving above City. 

Steve Durning: 1) Chelsea 2) Spurs 3) City 4) Utd.  Relegated: The North East 

Thrills and spills of management

Football

Omer Riza today became the fifth man to take charge of Leyton Orient this season and BBC Sport has assessed some of the quickest changing managerial posts, including Watford's record of four permanent bosses in a season and still achieving promotion to the Premier League. Assess the analysis here.

Woodcock urges play over pay

Football

Former England international striker Tony Woodcock, who played for German club Cologne from 1979-82, believes more young English players should play abroad rather than settle for large salaries and reserve team football with Premier League clubs.

"I was with the Borussia Dortmund guys last week and they say the problem is that they would probably want to take some young English players who are not getting a kick in the Premier League," Woodcock said.    

"The problem is they are earning so much in the Premier League that clubs in Europe are not prepared to pay that. You are stifling your own career because you want the fancy car and huge salary." 

On this day...

Football

Gary Neville during his time as Valencia head coach
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That expression does not convey satisfaction with the world and a year ago today, former England international Gary Neville was sacked by Primera Division club Valencia after spending only four months as their head coach.

Premier League TV games announced

Football

We told you about the London derby but five other matches have been announced for live television coverage in May.

They are:

6 May: Manchester City v Crystal Palace and Swansea v Everton

7 May: Liverpool v Southampton and Arsenal v Manchester United

8 May: Chelsea v Middlesbrough.

Poch positive over injured duo

Burnley v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Mauricio Pochettino
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Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino with injury updates on two key players, who will not play at Turf Moor but may be nearing returns. "Harry Kane has been training for the last few days, he is very positive, we are very positive, but we will see when he is available again. Danny Rose is visiting a specialist today. It is true he is maybe a little bit behind Harry Kane but we are positive too."

Friday date for Hammers v Spurs

Football

West Ham against Tottenham is never a friendly occasion, but this year's fixture will be held on a Friday, 5 May to be precise, at the London Stadium and will be shown live on Sky television.

Houston not a problem for Bradley

Golf

And on the PGA Tour, the Houston Open has begun, with American Keegan Bradley the early leader after birdies at his first three holes. 

Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth and crowd favourite Phil Mickelson are amongst the players competing in the event a week before the season's first major. How about that for a stat below about the water? That's some serious money in lake ball revenue. 

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First golf major of the season under way today

ANA Inspiration

Catriona Matthew says "everyone's upping their game" as the major season begins on Thursday.

Matthew, who won the Women's British Open in 2009, features at the ANA Inspiration at Mission Hills Country Club, Rancho Mirage, California.

The Scot was impressed with the low scoring in the Kia Classic, which was won by Lee Mi-rim on 13 under par - eight shots ahead of Matthew.

"Women's golf is on the up, without a doubt," Matthew told BBC Sport.

"It's definitely picked up a lot in the last 10 years."

Catriona Matthew
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Dyche delighted with Keane impact

Burnley v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche hails new England international Michael Keane, who played in the matches against Germany and Lithuania. "I was very pleased for him because I thought it was a big ask playing in Germany and in a back three," the Burnley boss says. 

Asked about the danger of Keane moving to a bigger club he adds: "It's part and parcel of what it is, players play well, people like them, but we have a number of them here, it's not new ground for us." 

Michael Keane
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Remembering 1997

Golf

A fair few things have happened to Tiger Woods since his first Masters victory 20 years ago. (Sir Nick Faldo still looks much the same though, doesn't he?) As part of 5 live's Masters preview series, Tony Adamson, the station's golf correspondent at the time, recalls that famous week at Augusta National in 1997.

30 years on from 'The Super Fight'

Boxing

The always excellent Mike Costello has been looking back 30 years to one of the most hotly disputed boxing showdowns, between Marvin Hagler and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Sugar Ray got the better of a split decision to take Hagler's WBC middleweight title in Las Vegas.

Costello writes: "In all my time involved in boxing in various guises, no fight of such magnitude has created such debate for so long."

Read more about it in our boxing correspondent's column here. 

Sugar Ray Leonard v Marvin Hagler
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Get Involved - your top four/bottom three

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Top four; Chelsea (by a mile) 2nd Tottenham (edging closer, maybe next season) 3rd Liverpool (last fixtures favourable) 4th Man City. Bottom 3: 18, Crystal Palace 19, Sunderland. 20, Middlesbrough - I think Hull will escape the drop.

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Salty response from Sir Chips

Football

The wonderfully named Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick has been ambushed by reporters this afternoon but it's fair to say he has not given much away. "I don't do press interviews and am not about to start now. I never make press statements," he said in fruity tones. Asked whether Arsene Wenger would remain as manager he added: "I'm not going to answer that." Thanks for the update, Sir Chips.

Sir Chips Keswick
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Defour not far off

Burnley v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Burnley midfielder Steven Defour is close to a return having been out since January with a hamstring injury, manager Sean Dyche says.

Sean Dyche confirms that Steven Defour is close to a return ahead of @SpursOfficial, and Johann Berg Gudmundsson is back in light training.

Bristol make double swoop

Rugby union

Staying with the oval ball and Bristol have announced the signings of wing George Perkins, 21, and lock Ehize Ehizode for next season. Perkins, who helped England win the Six Nations Under-20 title last year, joins from Saracens, while Ehizode, 19, has been recruited from Wasps' academy. 

Garvey signs new contract at Bath

Matt Garvey
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Bath forward Matt Garvey has signed a new contract with the Premiership club.

The 29-year-old has been  out of action since early January  because of a neck injury, which he has had surgery on. 

The length of his new deal has not been disclosed.

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Garvey signs new contract at Bath

Bath forward Matt Garvey signs a new contract with the Premiership club.

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'Tadic should give answers on pitch'

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Dusan Tadic
Reuters

It sounds like Southampton's Serbian striker Dusan Tadic has had a bit of a telling off, having reportedly complained about being repeatedly substituted.

Puel said: "We sorted it internally and he knows it was not a good response.

"It's always better to give the good answer on the pitch."

Van Dijk may be back before the end of the season

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Virgil van Dijk
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Southampton boss Claude Puel spoke at length about club captain Virgil van Dijk, who has been out injured since hurting his ankle against Leicester on 22 January.

Of a possible return for the man he describes as "the best defender in the Premier League", Puel says: "It's a long injury and we will see if he will come back before the end of the season."

Asked if that makes it more likely that Van Dijk will stay after being linked with a move, Puel says "it doesn't change anything - he's an important player for us, he's our captain".

Taylor and Sales join Northants staff

Cricket

James Taylor
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Former England batsman James Taylor has joined Northamptonshire as a coaching consultant, while David Sales has taken a part-time coaching role.

Taylor, 27, retired with a  heart condition  in April 2016 after seven England Tests and 27 one-day games.

Former Northants captain Sales, who scored in excess of 22,000 runs in more than 20 years at the County Ground, will work with the county's batsmen.  

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Taylor and Sales join Northants staff

Ex-England batsman James Taylor joins Northamptonshire as a coaching consultant, while David Sales also joins the staff.

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McAuley stays on with Baggies

Football

Here's the answer to the Gareth McAuley question and it is indeed a new contract for the 37-year-old, a one-year extension.

Poch dismisses Barcelona link

Football

Here's good news for Spurs fans, manager Mauricio Pochettino plays down his meeting with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and the inevitable conclusions jumped to.

"I'm an Espanyol supporter – I think then I don't need to speak too much," the Argentine insists. "It is like one day if (Spurs chairman) Daniel Levy sacks me in a few years, for me it would be impossible to manage Arsenal."

Mauricio Pochettino
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Baggies issue McAuley teaser

Football

West Brom defender Gareth McAuley is the oldest outfield player in the Premier League, a grand old age of 37, which, as someone very close to me proves, is in the prime. So what is this teaser from West Brom all about, Baggies fans? A new contract for the old boy? We shall soon see....

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Gabbiadini to miss Bournemouth game

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Some team news for Southampton before Saturday's south coast derby with Bournemouth and it's not good news for the Saints - Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini is ruled out.

#saintsfc #afcb Manolo Gabbiadini ruled out of Bournemouth game on Saturday, may be available midweek. Charlie Austin a month away says Puel

Take our Merseyside derby quiz

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

On the subject of the Merseyside derby, have a go at our quiz to see which Everton and Liverpool players have gone into the record books and why.

It's right here.

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Everton and Liverpool on 'very, very similar level'

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Premier League Show: Liverpool & Everton on similar level - Tony Bellew

The Merseyside derby starts this weekend's Premier League action with Liverpool hosting Everton at 12:30 BST on Saturday.

The seventh-placed Blues are hoping to move within three points of Liverpool in fourth and Evertonian boxer Tony Bellew says the clubs are at a "very, very similar level" during a round-table discussion on tonight's Premier League Show.

You can also hear the views of former Liverpool defender and BBC pundit Mark Lawrenson, ex-Everton midfielder Peter Reid and the Liverpool Echo's David Prentice from 22:00 BST on BBC Two.

Winter backs Fifa investigation

Football

In response to the news that Fifa is investigating Wales' Neil Taylor's leg-breaking challenge on Republic of Ireland's Seamus Coleman, The Times' chief football writer Henry Winter says it's right that such incidents lead to increased bans...

If FIFA is dishing out four-game bans for diatribes, it's only right to expect tariff for reckless challenges that maim to increase markedly