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Summary

  1. Celtic could be Scottish Premiership champions if Aberdeen lose at Dundee (19:45 BST)
  2. Man Utd's Smalling & Jones have 'long-term' injuries
  3. Ireland did not protect McCarthy, says Everton boss Koeman
  4. Tottenham given Wembley deadline extension
  5. Taylor desperately sorry for Coleman tackle - Bruce
  6. Get Involved: Your player of the year - #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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Time to go...

...but a big weekend of sport is nearly upon us.

There will be live text commentary of Dundee v Aberdeen later with Celtic to be crowned Scottish Premiership champions if the Dons are beaten.

Tomorrow the Merseyside derby is the lunchtime focus before Chelsea aim to strengthen their grip on the Premier League title against Crystal Palace.

Johanna Konta will aim to win the biggest title of her career in the Miami Open tomorrow while rugby union's European Champions Cup reaches the quarter-final stage.

This is the best place to follow it all. Sportsday will be back from 08:00 BST to look back on everything. Thanks for keeping us company and we'll see you then. Cheerio.

GB's medal-winning autistic figure skater

#GetInspired

As the World Figure Skating Championships continue in Helsinki, meet  Calum Titmus from Peterborough, a 21-year-old with severe autism, who has won more than 30 medals in international competition in figure skating and speed skating.

He recently won silver at the 2017 Special Olympics in Austria - thanks to his own determination and a lot of parental sacrifice. Here's Calum's story...

Calum Titmus: How he defied autism to become a skating star

The World Figure Skating Championships continue today, with live coverage of the ladies free programme on the BBC Sport website now.

And if you want to try figure skating yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

Johnson plans to attend Robins game

Football

Gary Johnson
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Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson hopes to be in the stands for Saturday's game against Morecambe, as his recovery from triple-heart-bypass surgery continues. 

The 61-year-old had the operation on 16 March and has missed two of the League Two club's matches while recuperating. 

"I'm pretty sure I'll be well enough to go to the game and not feel stressed," he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

South coast derby sees sides level on points

Southampton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 17:30 BST)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

Nathan Redmond
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Bournemouth's recent upturn in form has eased fears of being drawn into the relegation scrap and means they go into this game level on points with Southampton.

Eddie Howe's team could win three in a row for the first time in just over a year and, if they did, it would be a first ever win away to Saints.

Interestingly, Bournemouth's three-match unbeaten run has coincided with Jack Wilshere dropping out of the starting line-up, costing him  his England squad place.

Meanwhile, two more Southampton players, Nathan Redmond (above) and James Ward-Prowse, made their debuts for the Three Lions in the recent international break.

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Sunderland keen to end sorry run

Watford v Sunderland (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Bottom club Sunderland badly need a victory of course, but the last three league matches between these sides at Vicarage Road have ended in draws.

They will be pleased to know Watford have only won two of their previous 13 league matches and kept just one clean sheet in their last 18, but the Black Cats themselves have failed to score in six of their last seven and could go five consecutive top-flight matches without a goal for the first time since February 1982.

Ten-goal thriller or drab goalless stalemate? Or somewhere in between? We'll find out tomorrow afternoon.

Sunderland v Watford
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'West Brom often raise their game against high-profile opponents'

Man Utd v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Conor McNamara

BBC MOTD commentator

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones
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Chris Smalling and Phil Jones both have "long-term" injuries picked up while with England

'April', wrote TS Eliot, 'is the cruellest month'. Jose Mourinho knows exactly what he meant.

Mourinho starts April beset by injuries and suspensions. His debut campaign at Manchester United may well be defined by the nine games they play in this month.

West Brom  beat Arsenal  last time out and often raise their game against high-profile opponents. They have defeated Manchester United in each of the last three seasons.

United start this weekend in fifth position, four points behind Liverpool, but with two games in hand.

The fourth month of the year could well determine whether Mourinho gets among the top four places this season.

Shakespeare seeks to re-write history books

Leicester v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Leicester have allayed fear of relegation under new boss Craig Shakespeare and have moved up to 15th, six points and six places behind Saturday's opponents at the King Power Stadium, Stoke. 

BBC commentator Steve Wilson will be at the match and he says: "With Craig Shakespeare bidding to become the first British manager to win his first four Premier League games, Leicester suddenly look to be only a couple of victories away from safety.

"How they would love to have those points chalked up before tackling Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

"Stoke are having another very creditable season; ninth place again at the moment - the position in which they have finished each of the last three seasons."

Stoke v Leicester
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'Opportunity knocks for Hull'

Hull City v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Martin Fisher

Match of the Day commentator

Marco Silva
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Hull City, 18th in the table, have never suffered relegation directly after promotion to the Premier League. If they're to avoid that outcome in May it's clear their escape route centres on continued home success.

Since becoming head coach, Marco Silva has taken 10 points from a possible 12 at the KCOM Stadium. However, Hull have lost 12 of their last 13 on the road.

Fellow strugglers Middlesbrough are in town on Wednesday, but first the visit of a badly out-of-form West Ham side who have lost three games in a row and haven't won since 4 February.

Treading water in mid-table, the Hammers are hampered by an ever-lengthening injury list and are leaking far too many goals... opportunity knocks for Marco's men.

Burnley 'a different proposition at home'

Burnley v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator

Burnley celebrate
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Spurs have never had as many points at this stage of a Premier League season but they know they have to keep on winning.

It was an important psychological step for them to get over the line  last time out against Southampton  without Harry Kane. Dele Alli, who has 11 goals in his last 12 league games, looks ready to assume more responsibility.

A glance at Burnley's hugely impressive home record will remind Spurs of the task ahead at Turf Moor.

Sean Dyche's team will be delighted to be back in Lancashire, having played their last four games on the road, and second-placed Tottenham are only too aware that they are a different proposition at home.

Burton's Turner given ban for racial abuse

Football

Burton defender Ben Turner has been given a five-match ban by the Football Association for racially abusing Brentford midfielder Nico Yennaris. 

The incident happened in the Championship match on 10 December at Griffin Park. 

Turner (below) was one of four players booked in the same injury-time incident in  the game at Griffin Park,  which also involved his own team-mate Jon McLaughlin and Brentford's Yennaris and Romaine Sawyers.

An independent FA commission fined Turner £8,000 and said he must attend an education course.

Ben Turner
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Back in the last century...

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Kevin Keegan
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The world was quite a different place when Everton last won at Anfield in 1999:

  • Kevin Keegan was England manager
  • Tony Blair was UK Prime Minister
  • Bill Clinton was US president
  • Twitter, Facebook and YouTube did not exist
  • In fact, mobile phones did not exist*

*not strictly true

How the internet used to look

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Everton's last Anfield win was so long ago that this website (born in summer 2000) did not exist. You can read the BBC News match report  here.

In truth, though, this was an era when Ceefax still reigned supreme.

BBC News match report
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It's been a while since Everton's last Anfield win...

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Kevin Campbell scores against Liverpool in 1999
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Evertonians have had a long old wait for a win at Anfield, last beating Liverpool in front of the Kop in 1999.

Kevin Campbell got the only goal while three players were sent off with Toffees striker Francis Jeffers and Reds keeper Sander Westerveld dismissed for some proper handbags.

Defender Steve Staunton ended up in goal as Liverpool had already made three substitutions and made a superb save from Abel Xavier. 

A 19-year-old midfielder called Steven Gerrard was also red-carded late on for a wild challenge on Campbell (below).

Steven Gerrard sent off in 1999
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'A derby that should deliver'

Liverpool v Everton (Saturday, 12:30 BST)

Guy Mowbray

Match of the Day commentator

Sadio Mane scores v Everton
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Does form go out of the window for derbies? With both teams in fine fettle before the break, let's hope not.

Everton's upturn goes back to December's  derby . Beaten only once since losing at home to Liverpool in the last seconds, they've narrowed the gap on their rivals from 16 points on 1 January to six on 1 April.

Might a win across the park for the first time this century even prompt thoughts of pipping the Reds (and two other reds) to a top-four finish?

It might, although Liverpool's performances under Jurgen Klopp in the biggest games means that remains a far-flung thought for now.

Anfield expects. The match SHOULD deliver.

Palace seek to repeat Stamford Bridge shock

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Let's have a look at some of the weekend's big matches in more detail and leaders Chelsea take their 10-point advantage into a home match against Crystal Palace, who are 16th, four points clear of 18th placed Hull.

The Eagles won on their last trip to Chelsea, in August 2015, but that is their only top-flight victory at Stamford Bridge, although recent meetings have been close, with six of the last seven meetings settled by single-goal margins . 

Crystal Palace win at Chelsea in 2015
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Celtic's coronation could happen tonight

Dundee v Aberdeen (19:45 BST)

Celtic celebrate
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A reminder that, without kicking a ball, Celtic could be crowned Scottish Premiership champions tonight if Aberdeen lose at Dundee (19:45 BST).

The Dons are 25 points behind Celtic with nine matches remaining so will be doing well to catch them.

Aberdeen have won the last five meetings with Dundee, conceding just once.

'Tension running very, very high' at Arsenal

Football

Former Arsenal and England women's striker Kelly Smith is now coaching at the club and told BBC Radio 5 live's Friday Sports Panel  the uncertainty over Arsene Wenger's future is causing problems.

She says of the atmosphere at London Colney: "To be honest it’s quite hard being around the training ground especially at this time because the tension is very running very, very high just with the pure fact that no one knows whether he is going or staying and I think by him keeping quiet it’s not helping the whole situation."

Arsene Wenger
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Get Involved - who's your player of the year?

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You can read 15 BBC pundits choose their player of the year here   and we want to hear your selections. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the  Match of the Day Facebook page. 

POTY - Has to be Kante, two men in one and allows a team to be built perfectly around him. Sanchez would be in my top six instead of Zlatan - the only Arsenal player who cares and tries.

David in Kent

When tackles go wrong...

#PeoplesCup

Just how did those legs end up there? Find out with our top 10 magic moments from last weekend's FA People's Cup semi-finals.

For more FA People's Cup action, watch our semi-final highlights programme,  available on the iPlayer from 06:00 BST on Saturday morning, 1 April, and on the Red Button at 13:50 BST and repeated throughout the weekend.

'Woodgate a fantastic appointment'

Swansea City v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Caretaker boss Steve Agnew is delighted to welcome back Jonathan Woodgate to Middlesbrough as first-team coach.

"I’ve known Jonathan a number of years and he’s a proper football guy," he says.

"I couldn’t believe how excited he was in terms of the coaching work - he can’t get enough of it. I’m sure he’ll prove to be a fantastic appointment. We’ve got a nice balance so I’ve been pleased."

Joe Jordan and Paul Jenkins are the other new additions to Agnew's staff.

Jonathan Woodgate
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BreakingSpurs given extension over stadium decision

Football

Tottenham confirm the reports we brought to you yesterday that they have been given until the end of April to decide whether they will play at White Hart Lane or Wembley next season.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is seeking "greater certainty" over the new stadium being completed in time for the 2018-19 season.

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'Ben's a Boro boy first'

Swansea City v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Middlesbrough's caretaker boss Steve Agnew has shed some light on the moment his captain Ben Gibson got his first senior England call-up.

"Ben came up with a big smile on his face," he says. 

"If there’s anyone [who] deserves it it's Ben. He’s a top-class professional and very consistent all season for us. 

"I think Ben can go as far as he wants to, he’s driven, and I’m sure in the future he’ll get further international recognition. But his first thought is Middlesbrough Football Club, he’s a Middlesbrough boy."

Ben Gibson
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Middlesbrough news conference

Swansea City v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Goodness knows Middlesbrough need a break. Propping up the table with Sunderland is some heavy lifting week after week.

Boss Steve Agnew is optimistic for the Swansea match on Sunday though: "When a result is positive, it changes so quickly, I’ve experienced that before. 

"It’s a challenge for us. It’s a big game, but each one is in the Premier League. "We’re not looking any further than Sunday. I’m confident and positive."

Middlesbrough are second-bottom on 22 points, five behind Swansea in 17th.

Lukaku claims Player of the Month

Football

The final Premier League award for March is the Player award and it goes to Everton's in-demand striker Romelu Lukaku, who scored four league goals in the month.

Romelu Lukaku
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Konta 'relieved' to reach Miami final

Tennis

Johanna Konta says she feels "relief", after defeating seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams 6-4 7-5 to become the first British woman to reach the Miami Open final.

The 25-year-old will take on Caroline Wozniacki for the title from 18:00 BST on Saturday.

'We've all been working hard'

Swansea City v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 13:30 BST)

Steve Agnew is happy enough with his Middlesbrough players after the international break.

He says: "It’s been good. We have had the majority of the group which is helpful. The players have been terrific and we’ve all been working hard.

"Obviously, we didn’t get the result we wanted against Manchester United but looking back there were so many positives from the game."

Steve Agnew
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Townsend run earns Goal of the Month accolade

Football

The Goal of the Month award has also been handed out and it has gone to Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend for his long run and finish against West Brom at The Hawthorns on 4 March.

Andros Townsend
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'Leicester not safe yet'

Leicester v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Despite winning their past four matches, three of them in the Premier League, Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare says his side are not yet safe from relegation.

The Foxes are 15th, six points above 18th-placed Hull.

“There's a lot of twists and turns to come. Form and confidence can turn very quickly," he says.

“We have to make sure Premier League survival is there for us.”

On potential summer transfers, he adds “I've got no problem talking about recruitment but my contract is only until the end of the season.”  

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Drinkwater 'fine' for Stoke

Leicester v Stoke (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

More from Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare who says midfielder Nampalys Mendy is "struggling for Saturday and possibly Tuesday", in addition to the back problem that will keep Wes Morgan out against Stoke.

He adds: "Otherwise we have a clean bill of health. Shinji (Okazaki) is back. He was the last one back. He's come in with a clean bill of health."

On Danny Drinkwater, he says: "He's fine. He got a few rest days which he needed. Danny's is more of a hip problem. I'm pleased he was able to rest."

Howe scoops Manager award

Football

My mum is not keen on Sam Allardyce because "he's always chewing" but she likes Eddie Howe very much and the Bournemouth boss has just been named Manager of the Month. The Cherries were in a spot of bother a while back but went unbeaten in March, holding Manchester United and beating West Ham and Swansea - and are now 11th.

Eddie Howe
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No European matches has boosted Chelsea - Allardyce

Chelsea v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

I know we said we'd had the last one from Sam Allardyce but here's a nice little observation ahead of tomorrow's trip to Stamford Bridge.

"I'm not taking anything away from Antonio Conte and his team," Allardyce insists - and here comes the inevitable but. "But by not being in Europe, the same players have been fitter longer and he has had better time in training to get his points across." 

'The most dangerous time to face them'

Arsenal v Manchester City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Pep Guardiola is asked for his thoughts on Arsenal, who have dropped to sixth in the league and are seven points behind his side, although with a game in hand. 

"Arsene and the Arsenal players are so professional," the Spaniard insists. "They want to win every game. When you lose a lot it is the most dangerous moment to face them. I would prefer to face Arsenal after a lot of wins."  

Arsenal fans' poll condemns Wenger

Football

It is fairly obvious that fans are unhappy with a league position of sixth, 19 points behind leaders Chelsea, but a poll carried out by The Arsenal Supporters Trust has revealed that 78% of the 1,000 members canvassed have lost faith in under-fire boss Arsene Wenger.

Arsenal fans
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City trio fit for Emirates trip

Arsenal v Man City (Sunday, 16:00 BST)

Pep Guardiola
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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola gives the most brusque "no!" of the day when asked if it is easier to play Arsenal in the middle of their current malaise.   

He confirms that Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Pablo Zabaleta are all fit to face the Gunners. 

Marco Silva news conference

Hull v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Hull boss Marco Silva confirms that Abel Hernandez made it through his international duties with Uruguay scratch-free as well as Norwegian midfielder Marcus Henriksen. Brazilian playmaker Evandro is also in the mix after injury.

"If we win tomorrow we will go into the next game with more confidence, but our only focus right now is on facing West Ham," he says.

Hull are third-bottom, three points behind Swansea in 17th.

Contrite Jose

Man Utd v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

It was a contrite Jose Mourinho who faced the media at Manchester United's Carrington training ground this afternoon.

The United manager had something to get off his chest, and it was nothing to do with the injuries and suspensions that leave him without five senior players for tomorrow's game with West Brom.

Bastian Schweinsteiger joined Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire earlier this week, ending a tortuous season, in which he was exiled from United's first-team squad and forced to train on his own for three months.

As recently as two weeks ago, Schweinsteiger had to train with the United kids after making only four appearances all season.

But Mourinho now regrets his treatment of the World Cup winner - and told him so before Schweinsteiger and his wife, the former tennis player Ana Ivanovic, headed to the United States for their new adventure.

'Important to have captain Dawson back'

Hull v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Next up at the Hull conference, it's the boss, and Marco Silva is pleased to have captain Michael Dawson back in training after a seven-week injury lay-off.

"It’s good news. He started training with us on Wednesday, and it is important to have our captain back."

Marco Silva
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Jones and Smalling out 'long-term' but Rooney fit

Man Utd v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Jose Mourinho has confirmed England duo Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have 'long-term' injuries - but Wayne Rooney is fit for tomorrow's game against West Brom.

Jones suffered a toe injury in a training ground collision with Smalling prior to England's defeat in Germany last week.

Smalling played against Germany but then got injured prior to the World Cup qualifier with Lithuania.

He was pictured in Manchester earlier this week with a brace around his knee.

In addition to Jones and Smalling, Paul Pogba has not recovered from a hamstring injury whilst Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ander Herrera are suspended.

Mourinho regrets how he treated Schweinsteiger

Man Utd v West Brom (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Bastian Schweinsteiger
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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he did not treat Bastian Schweinsteiger correctly earlier in the season, presumably referring to the period when he made the Germany World Cup winner train with the under-23 squad.

Mourinho said: "He is one of the players that I feel sorry because of something I did to him. Not about him as a player or whether I would have bought him or not. It is as a professional, and as a human being. 

"Last thing I told him, 'I was not right with you once, now I have to be right to you'. When he asked me to leave I had to say yes. I feel sorry for the first period. He knows that. I will miss a good guy. Good influence in training. We probably need him but I had to let him go."

What would he have done differently? 

"I would let him be in the squad. At the time we had too many players. Many in doubtful situation. We still had Schneiderlin and Depay. Huge squad. 

"I regret. No problem for me to admit it. I told him."

'Losing Huddlestone is a blow'

Hull v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Hull's Curtis Davies has been speaking before tomorrow's "crucial" match against West Ham. 

He's lamenting the loss of midfielder Tom Huddlestone, saying: "He's been our best player of late. Its frustrating, but we have to get on with it.

"Whoever comes in to replace him will want to do just as a good a job and will no doubt give their all to help the team.

"Right now it's all about getting points on the board. Back-to-back wins would be massive."

Tom Huddlestone
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Huddlestone was sent off against Everton 10 days ago