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Summary

  1. Manchester United news conference (17:30 BST)
  2. Real Madrid face Atletico in Champions League semi-final second leg (19:45 BST)
  3. Southampton host Arsenal in Premier League (19:45 BST)
  4. Rugby World Cup 2019 pool draw reaction
  5. England get France and Argentina, Ireland to play Scotland, Wales face Australia
  6. Get involved - #bbcsportsday

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By Louise Gwilliam

All times stated are UK

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Right, well that's it from me.

Thanks for all your contributions today - we've had some truly ridiculous, hilarious and head-scratching entries for our birthday fives get involved.

Shakespeare as a playmaker, the 'enigmatic' Kirsten Dunst up top, Shakin Stevens in goal and John Cleese teaming up with Glenn Hoddle have been some of the best.

And if you're after some real football - head on over to our live pages for Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid and Southampton v Arsenal now.

Goodbye.

Birthday fives

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Jerzy Dudek
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Daniel Law (23 March): Jerzy Dudek, Mo Farah, Chris Hoy, Joe Calzaghe and Fernando Hierro. Power and stamina in perfect harmony.

Aditya Kumar (5 December): Anthony Martial, Luciano Vietto, Ross Barkley, Stephen Dobbie, Gareth MacAuley & Eddie "the eagle" Edwards.

Eddie in goal surely?

Anonymous (11 October): Rashiki (WWE) GK - obviously, Seamus Coleman - DEF, Sebastian Rode - MID, Bobby Charlton - AM, Rodney Marsh - up front.  

Controversial. No place for rugby league legend James Lowes there I see. Guess he can call the shots from the bench.

Premature celebrations

Giro d'Italia 2017

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Anyone remember Liverpool's 49ft bus adorned with 'Champions of Europe' in 2007? 

The bus was kitted out rather too early and had to be sent to the scrap heap when AC Milan ran out 2-1 winners in the final.

In the Giro d'Italia today Fernando Gaviria won stage five, but only after another rider celebrated 'winning' the stage with 6km to go.

Luka Pibernik punched the air as he crossed the finish line - but the route looped back for another lap in Messina.

He only appeared to realise his mistake after the peloton swept past. 

Read the full result here.

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Natalie Imbruglia
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Daniel Woods (12 July): Josiah Wedgwood (as GK), Luke Shaw, Mousa Dembele (Spurs), James Rodriguez and Christian Vieri.. unbeatable!

Jason P (8 August): The Edge, Dustin Hoffman, Chris Eubank, Roger Federer and Nigel Mansell. All legends in their own right... oh and then LVG as coach.  

SJN (4 Feb): Dan Quayle in Net, Brian Horton & Oscar De La Hoya safety at back, Alice Cooper roaming mid with Natalie Imbruglia up top!

We've had a lot of decent entries today, I'm torn...

Bartra back in training

Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra has returned to full training, a month after being injured in a bomb attack on the German club's team bus.  

The 26-year-old Spain international had surgery on his right hand and wrist following the blast, which happened ahead of a Champions League quarter-final tie against Monaco on 11 April.

He completed a first training session back with his team-mates on Wednesday.

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I'll be ticking through the rest of today's best sporting stories before tonight's football double-header.

Atletico Madrid face Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals, while Southampton take on Arsenal in the Premier League.

And of course, I'll be taking a look at more of your birthday fives.

If you missed it earlier, we're asking - who would make your 5-a-side team of people born on your birthday?

Manchester United v Celta Vigo

Manchester United news conference

That's everything from Old Trafford.

Jose Mourinho defended his decision to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League, saying it was 'not a gamble'.

And Wayne Rooney said Manchester United must focus on lifting the Europa League trophy as his side look to get back into the Champions League.

Manchester United face Celta Vigo in the Europa League semi-final tomorrow night at 20:05 BST.

We'll bring you live text and radio commentary of that one on the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live.

'I have not thrown my toys'

Wayne Rooney news conference

Asked about his future at Manchester United, 31-year-old Rooney said: 

"I've been at this club 13 years. I want to play football here.

"The more I can play, the better for me and the more I feel I can help the team.

"I have not thrown my toys out of the pram. This club will be successful under Jose Mourinho."  

'Big chance tomorrow night'

Wayne Rooney news conference

Next up - Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney

On his side playing in the Europa League, Rooney said:

"It is a long, hard competition - an opportunity to win a trophy and it is a big chance for us tomorrow night.

"It is important to be back in Champions League. Realistically this will be difficult through the league."

'We're focusing on ourselves'

Jose Mourinho news conference

Jose Mourinho on Manchester United's Champions League hopes:

"If we don't qualify for the CL, it's because we're not good enough for the CL."

"We have just to focus on where we are and nobody has more motivation than I have to try and win tomorrow."  

'We will fight hard'

Jose Mourinho news conference

Jose Mourinho says it will be "very important" for Manchester United to reach the Europa League final.

"To be in it would be very important to fight for the only trophy the club has never won before," he said.

"We will do tomorrow what we have done since the start of the season which is to fight hard."

Paul Pogba transfer subject of Fifa inquiry

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Background on that Paul Pogba story in case you haven't heard.

The 24-year-old's world-record transfer from Juventus to Manchester United last year is now the subject of a Fifa inquiry.  

Football's world governing body has written to the Premier League club "to seek clarification on the deal".  

A book published in Germany this week - The Football Leaks: The Dirty Business of Football - and reproduced in media reports, includes what it says is a breakdown of the Pogba fee and alleges his agent Mino Raiola earned £41m from the deal.  

'Not a gamble'

Jose Mourinho news conference

But after a short delay, the boss is up.

When asked if it is a gamble to prioritise the Europa League over the Premier League, Jose Mourinho said: 

"The situation is simple - 17 matches in seven weeks with 16 players is impossible. It was not a gamble, it was a simple decision. A decision based on common sense.

"Since the moment we lost players and lost initially four of them in one week - Smalling, Jones, Rojo and Zlatan - in that moment and after that we lost boys who could be a good alternative. 

"When we lost these players in a period of seven matches in seven weeks it was the impossible job. It was not a gamble but a consequence of the situation we are in."

Funeral service held for Ugo Ehiogu

Ugo Ehiogu: Football world remembers 'inspirational' player

The funeral of former England defender Ugo Ehiogu took place in London this afternoon. 

The 44-year-old, who was Tottenham's Under-23s coach, died in hospital last month after suffering a cardiac arrest at the club's training ground.

England manager Gareth Southgate, who played with Ehiogu at Aston Villa and Middlesbrough, was among the mourners at St Michael's Church, Highgate.

He gave a heartfelt speech recalling his memories of his team-mate.  

Villa team-mate and best man at his wedding, Dwight Yorke, helped carry his coffin into the church and said the service was an "amazing occasion".  

Saints sign prop Van Wyk

Rugby Union

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Northampton Saints have signed prop Francois van Wyk for the 2017-18 season from Super Rugby side Western Force.

The loose-head has featured 12 times for Force in Super Rugby, having joined them from Western Province in 2014.

"He's a strong scrummager and still relatively young for a front row forward," Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder told the club website.

In case you missed it...

Rugby World Cup 2019

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Have England managed to find themselves in another group of death?

Earlier today the draw took place for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

England were drawn with France and Argentina in a tough Pool C for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Scotland and Ireland are together in Pool A, alongside the hosts.

And Wales will face Australia in a repeat of the 2015 tournament, where both sides beat hosts England to qualify from the group stage, while Georgia join them in Pool D.

Reigning world champions New Zealand will take on South Africa and Italy in Pool B.

We'll get back to your birthday fives in just a minute - we've had so many entries we just can't cope.

But for now lets continue with a round-up of today's sporting news.

Man Utd's cake walk?

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BBC Sport at Old Trafford

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I couldn't resist?

This was actually provided by Uefa for the media ahead of the Manchester United press conference for tomorrow's Europa League semi-final second-leg with Celta Vigo at Old Trafford.

United lead 1-0 from last week's first-leg. The winner to play Ajax or Lyon in the final in Sweden.

Now that's something to get your teeth into.

But back to the real sporting agenda.

Here's the latest from the Manchester United news conference.

No sign of Jose Mourinho or Wayne Rooney yet, but there's plenty to keep the press occupied...

Birthday fives

I'm currently deciding whether to put Dawn French or Bobby Charlton up front.  

And for any of you familiar with rugby league - Bradford Bulls legend Jimmy Lowes is also born on 11 October, so he's the first name on my teamsheet.

Other than that, I'm struggling to compete.

Right, that's it from Shamoon and I... but don't go anywhere, we're turning this into a bumper Sportsday and handing the baton over to Louise Gwilliam to see you through until Jose Mourinho's Manchester United news conference.

She's still mulling over her own Birthday Fives team, but keep yours flooding in...

Birthday fives

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Elvis
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Daniel (20 February): Rihanna, Kurt Cobaine, Gordon Brown, Jimmy Greaves, Peter Osgood 

No Name (8 January): Elvis Presley, David Bowie, Shirley Bassy, Stephen Hawking, David Silva  

Mike (22 May): Katie Price, Sir Laurence Olivier, George Best, Morissey and me.

Morissey fits in this team like, ahem, Hand in Glove...

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Jermaine Jackson has already been part of a successful five in the past...

Andy P (21 Feb): Ivan Campo, David Odonkor, Georgios Samaras, Riyad Mahraz, Pascal Chimbonda in goal!

Matthew Lane: (19 Nov): David Seaman, Laurent Blanc, Chris Eagles, Suso, Steffan Iversen. Not a bad side at all!

Joe Devonport: (11 Dec): Rey Mysterio (WWE), Leighton Baines, Jermaine Jackson (singer), Ben Shephard (TV personality), Javier Saviola.

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FC 25 April have signed a twinkle-toed right winger...

Mike (28 July): Michael Carrick, Mathieu Debuchy, Soulja boy, Justin Lee Collins, Beatrix Potter in goal, coached by Luis Aragones  

Chris (3 September): Julio Cesar (GK), Jerome Boateng, Olof Mellberg, Gareth Southgate - tough to beat. Charlie Sheen for the flair, & Gerard Houllier trying to keep him focussed... 

No Name (25 April): Gilberto (former Spurs and Brazil) at the back, Len Goodman on the right so he can wear number 7, Al Pacino on the left for the fear factor, with Johan Cruyff up front. And I'll put David Moyes in goal, as I wouldn't trust him to be manager! We all know the game plan would be to give Cruyff the ball! 

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Paddy P (17 Jan): Birthday five? Nah, I only need the one: James Earl Jones, AKA Darth Vader, to Force everything into (or away from) the net.

KINGPUSH (5 May): Still looking at the transfer market Benayoun, ChrisBrown..

Alan Hannah (18 Aug): A combo of steel and flair: Jason Steele Esteban Cambiasso Robert Huth Gianni Rivera Ricardo Villa.

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Obama
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"On me head, son..."

Pete F (29 March): Mark Overmars, Rui Costa, Sebastiano Siviglia, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and a confused Mickey Pimentel who thought we meant American Football.

Marcus Baker (21 April): Queen Elizabeth II, James McAvoy, Iggy Pop, Isco and I 

Mitch, Portsmouth (4 August): Marcos Reis in goal, Antonio Valencia 1 at the back and a front 3 of Boa Morte, Chelsea legend Phil Younghusband and Barack Obama. 

Loving these Birthday Fives. Keep them coming.

Whoopi Goldberg playing up front and Harry Enfield keeping Steven Gerrard out of the team have been the standouts so far.

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Adam Wright (7 April): Bodo Illgner in goal, Fuchs in defence, Ribery Midfield, Franco Di Santo up front and Russell Crowe wherever he wants!

Gregory P‏ (Jan 15th): Marc Batra, Eric Dier, Martin Petrov, Josh King and Fernando Forestieri. A force to be reckoned with.

Zombie McNinja (7 Nov): David de Gea, Rio Ferdinand , Luigi Riva , Daniel Ayala, Mark Hateley.

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Martin James (17 Aug): Phil Jagielka, William Gallas, Oyvind Leonhardsen, Thierry Henry and Bobby Murdoch. Unstoppable.

Matthew Davies (14 Feb): Sagna (GK); Keegan; Eriksen, Di Maria; Cavani. Senderos on the bench if you dare...

Will (9 June): Miroslav Klose, Wesley Sneijder, Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Johnny Depp, Natalie Portman.

Who's in the sticks? Heard Johnny Depp loves a Hollywood save...

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It's the FC 3 March fan club...

Ross (20 October FC): Michel Vorm (GK), Mattia De Sciglio, Paul Ifill, Florent Sinama-Pongolle, Ian Rush.

Christian (26 February): Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Emanuel Adebayor, Fernando Torres, Pedro Mendes, Nacho Monreal.

Iain Stanley (3 March): James Doohan (Gk, he can appear out of nowhere), Fatima Whitbread, Alexander Graham Bell (can telegraph a pass), Herschel Walker (American footballer), and Zico. Brian Coz as manager, and Vincent Tan owner... wait... maybe not. 

Yes, Iain. Quality. A lot of thought has gone in to your team.

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Bill Rice (14 August): Giorgio Chiellini Jay-Jay Okocha Ander Herrera Cameron Jerome Magic Johnson or Mila Kunis in net?

Dean Bedford (26 June): Joel Campbell, Samri Nasri, Paolo Maldini, myself and Ariana Grande in goal.

Luke Aaron (18 Nov): Peter Schmeichel, Michael Dawson, Gavin Peacock, Luke Chadwick, Luke Aaron (Bridgend Town u16s Top Scorer 1990/91).

Picking yourselves? That's not on and is now banned.

Nine Africa teams for World Cup

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The Fifa Council has ratified the decision to give Africa nine automatic places when the World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026.

The move was confirmed on Wednesday in Bahrain - the continent currently has five spots at the tournament.

A tenth African country will take part in a six-nation play-off tournament to decide the last two spots.

The Bureau of the Fifa Council made the original proposal of how it planned to allocate the 48 places on 30 March.

Birthday fives

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Andy Riddell (22 April): David Luiz starting play from the back with Van Bommel. Kaka running the show with Dion Dublin banging them in. Obi Mikel is just happy to be in the team in Goal... 

Matt (15 October): Paul Robinson (GK), Didier Deschamps, Glenn Little, Mesut Özil, Andy Cole

Lukas and Sam, St Albans (5 February): Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Tevez, Gheorghe Hagi and Corluka.

Ronaldo in goal?? He won't be happy with that.

Birthday fives

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Tom (19 December): I could even go in goals with Gary Cahill, Ryan Babel, Karim Benzema and Alexis Sanchez in front of me.

Paul Skinback (30 May): Jake The Snake Roberts, Andrey Arshavin, Harry Enfield, Andy Farrell & Keith Lemon. Stevie G on the bench.

Lol, Harry Enfield ahead of Steven Gerrard. Love that.

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Tom Golding (9 Nov): Boaz Myhill, Michael Turner (Norwich), Jobi McAnuff, the late Carl Sagan, Allesandro Del Piero, and Scolari as coach.

BernieR (13 Nov): Kevin Bridges, Gerard Butler, Jimmy Kimmel, Graeme Murty (Rangers coach) and Whoopi Goldberg.

No Name: (FC 3 October): Isaksson (GK), Jackson Martinez, Iheanacho, Claudio Pizarro, Zlatan. Bench: ASAP Rocky.  

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Tom Watson (19 May)‏: Almunia in goal, Ho Chi Minh on the left, Kilroy on the right, Pirlo in the middle, and Forlan up front.

Anon (7 October): Shephard (GK) Sami Hyypia, Gilberto Silva, Jermaine Defoe, Diego Costa. Subs - Sebastian Coates, James McArthur.

Anon: I would back the March 21 birthday side against anyone. Jordi Alba and Koeman in defence, Matthaus and Ronaldinho in midfield and Griezemann up top. Manager in Brian Clough would make it unstoppable.

Remember to put names on texts please.

India's Goswami sets wickets record

Women's cricket

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India's Jhulan Goswami has set a new record for wickets taken in women's one-day international cricket.

The 34-year-old, from Bengal, took her 181st wicket in India's win against South Africa, beating Australian Cathryn Fitzpatrick's total.

Goswami made her international debut in 2002 against England and has played in 10 Tests, 153 ODIs and 60 Twenty20s.

The fast bowler was also named the International Cricket Council's women's cricketer of the year in 2007.