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Summary

  1. Leicester boss Pearson refuses to discuss sacking confusion
  2. Nine Premier League manager news conferences
  3. Six Nations news conferences
  4. England beat West Indies in warm-up match
  5. Have your say on the day's sports news via #bbcsportsday

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By Jamie Lillywhite and Jamie Strickland

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Hampden pitch to be replaced ahead of final

Football

Hampden Park pitch
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The much-criticised Hampden pitch will be ripped up and replaced before next month's Scottish League Cup final.

The surface was described as "shocking" by

Celtic captain Scott Brown after it cut up badly during his side's semi-final win over Rangers on 1 February. But it cannot be repaired and will have to be replaced in time for Celtic's final clash with Dundee United on 15 March.

The turf was recently laid after the stadium was converted back into a football ground following its temporary status as an athletics venue during the Commonwealth Games.

De Bruyne fined over outburst

Football

Kevin De Bruyne
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Wolfsburg former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has been fined 20,000 euros by the German football federation for a foul-mouthed outburst at a ball boy in a Bundesliga game at Eintracht Frankfurt last week.

The Belgium international demanded the ball for a quick throw-in in an expletive-laden order picked up by stadium microphones.

De Bruyne has apologised to the ball boy.

Batsman Cooper joins Somerset

Cricket

Somerset have signed Australian batsman Tom Cooper for the 2015 county season.

The 28-year-old plays state cricket for South Australia, but has also appeared in 23 one-day internationals and 15 Twenty20 games for the Netherlands.

"He is a highly regarded batsman with a really good track record in all forms of the game and will be a great addition to our squad," director of cricket Matthew Maynard

told the Somerset website.

Cavendish unlikely to make Rio - Sutton

Cycling

British cycling chief Shane Sutton believes time has probably run out for Mark Cavendish to return to the track for the 2016 Olympics.

Cavendish was considering competing in the omnium in Rio but opportunities are running out for the 29-year-old - who has largely focused on road racing in recent years - to acquire the necessary qualification points.

Mark Cavendish
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"I would say Cav is a no. We would have opened the door to Cav, of course," said Sutton. "He can do anything technically, he has been world champion on the track and the greatest road sprinter of all time.

"But unfortunately I think it is the end of the road for Cav. I think he has made his decision not to entertain it."

5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 GMT features the Monday Night Club, as John Motson, Steve Claridge and journalist Amy Lawrence discuss the latest football issues, and there will be an interview with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, now in charge at Real Sociedad.

From 21:00 GMT there will be an edition of Tuffers and Vaughan, which will announce the Greatest ODI XI, that Sportsday viewers have been voting for recently. Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles and former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie will assess cricketing matters ahead of the World Cup starting on Saturday.

Fabregas to return for Chelsea

Football

Cesc Fabregas
Reuters

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is likely to be back for the Premier League home game with Everton on Wednesday after missing two matches with a hamstring problem.

"I think he plays on Wednesday because on Saturday it was a decision to protect him," manager Jose Mourinho

told Chelsea's website.

Figo among four candidates approved for Fifa presidential election

Football

Figo
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Portugal great Luis Figo is one four candidates approved by Fifa for this year's presidential election.

Fifa's election oversight panel validated the proposed candidacies of four-term president Sepp Blatter, Fifa vice-president Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan, Michael van Praag of the Netherlands, and former Real Madrid and Barcelona star Figo.

The election will be held on 29 May, with voting by 209 Fifa member federations at their congress in Zurich.

A Fifa statement said: "Each of them underwent an integrity check by the investigatory chamber of the independent ethics committee."

Barnsley extend Pearson loan spell

Football

Manchester United midfielder Ben Pearson

has extended his loan spell at Barnsley for a further month until 8 March.

"It's no secret that we are big admirers of him and I'm sure there are many other clubs that are the same," assistant manager Chris Hutchings told BBC Radio Sheffield.

Rugby runaways

Rugby Union

Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo played for the Uganda Sevens team
Matthew Horwood
Benon Kizza and Philip Pariyo played for the Uganda Sevens team

BBC Wales: Two Ugandan rugby players who disappeared after coming to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year are playing for a small Cardiff team.

Benon Kizza and Philip Pariya claimed asylum and were housed near St Peter's Rugby Club in Roath.

Van Gaal granted charge deadline extension

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Louis van Gaal
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"Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been granted a 24-hour extension to the deadline to respond to a Football Association disrepute charge.

"This is regarded as normal procedure by the FA. He now has until 18:00 GMT on Tuesday to respond.

"On Friday, Van Gaal said he intended to

contest the charge, which relates to comments he made after the FA Cup fourth-round tie at Cambridge on 23 January."

Oystons sue web forum

Football

Blackpool's owners

are suing a web forum for libel in the latest of a series of actions against fans making derogatory comments online.

Owen and Karl Oyston are seeking £150,000 damages from the Back Henry Street website.

Papers were served on Thursday over six alleged defamatory comments which were made in 2014.

One-match ban for Smith

Rugby League

Matty Smith
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England scrum-half Matty Smith will miss Wigan's home match against Huddersfield on Friday after being charged with kicking an opponent.

Smith was sin-binned by referee James Child for kicking out at Widnes full-back Rhys Hanbury after substitute Chris Dean had scored a late Vikings' try that enabled his side to snatch a 22-22 draw from the opening game of the Super League season last Thursday.

Smith, who missed only two matches last season, was charged by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel with a grade B offence, which carries a ban of one to two games.

Egypt stops football

Football

Egypt's cabinet has suspended the country's national soccer league "until further notice" after 22 fans were killed in clashes with police and a stampede outside a Cairo stadium.

The Cabinet announced the move after riot police clashed with hundreds of soccer fans and fired tear gas to clear a narrow corridor leading to the stadium, setting off a stampede.

Egypt last suspended the league in 2012 after 74 fans were killed in rioting at a match in Port Said.

Prince Ali critical of 'doctored' Fifa report

Football

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan has reacted strongly to suggestions a Fifa report into corruption was "doctored" in favour of president Sepp Blatter last year.

German magazine Der Spiegel alleged on Saturday that Fifa officials altered references to Blatter in a draft presented by investigator Mark Pieth at the conclusion of his report.

Prince Ali
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Prince Ali, a Fifa vice-president and executive committee member who is one of three men standing, with Uefa support, against Blatter in this year's presidential elections, said: "Media reports over the weekend are a reminder of why we need Michael Garcia's report into FIFA's World Cup bidding process to be published in full.

"There does appear to be evidence of interference in the drafting of the so-called independent Pieth report by Fifa. This is deeply worrying and suggests something is not right at the heart of FIFA governance."

Everton's Pennington stays with Coventry

Football

Coventry have extended the youth loan of defender Matthew Pennington from Everton until the end of the season, subject to FA and Football League approval.

McCoy wins again

Horse Racing

AP McCoy
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AP McCoy was among the winners again on Monday - 48 hours after announcing his intention to retire.

The 19-times champion scored on his opening ride at Catterick, the 2-1 favourite Dewala in the 3.10 handicap hurdle. He was unplaced on his second ride, Red Devil Boys, half an hour later.

McCoy had flown in from Dublin after winning the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown for the first time on Sunday, aboard Carlingford Lough.

Calmer approach paying off - Simpson

Derby coach Paul Simpson has told

BBC Radio Derby that manager Steve McClaren's ability to stay calm has "definitely" helped their cause.

"When we arrived I realised that Steve has turned over a new leaf and very rarely swears," he said. "We have realised that when you swear at people, it doesn't get the reaction you want."

5 live Sport

BBC Radio 5 live

Tonight's 5 live Sport with Mark Chapman from 19:00 GMT features the Monday Night Club, as John Motson, Steve Claridge and journalist Amy Lawrence discuss the latest football issues, and there will be an interview with former Everton and Manchester United boss David Moyes, now in charge at Real Sociedad.

From 21:00 GMT there will be an edition of Tuffers and Vaughan, which will announce the Greatest ODI XI, that Sportsday viewers have been voting for recently. Michael Vaughan, Ashley Giles and former Australia bowler Jason Gillespie will assess cricketing matters ahead of the World Cup starting on Saturday.

Carver warns 'disrespectful' Cabella

Football

Remy Cabella
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Newcastle manager John Carver has told Remy Cabella not to be "disrespectful" to his team-mates following his angry reaction to being substituted.

Cabella, 24, threw a water bottle after he was replaced during Newcastle's 1-1 draw at home to Stoke on Sunday.

Carver said: "All I said to Remy was 'don't be disrespectful to the guy who's going on'. It's great to see someone react to being taken off the pitch, but there's a way to do that. Gabriel Obertan was going on, and don't be disrespectful. It could be the other way round in the future."

A pinch of nutmeg for Vertonghen's friend

Football

Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen demonstrates his close control - and delight - when nutmegging his friend in an impromptu indoor game,

captured on Instagram.

Missives from the mailbag

#bbcsportsday

From #bbc sportsday Ian Gray writes: "We all know that any contract for Sterling will just be ensuring a buyout clause for when Real Madrid take him, just like with Suarez."

Changes to wild cards for Britons at Wimbledon

Tennis

Wimbledon
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Being ranked in the world's top 250 will no longer be enough to earn British players a wild card into Wimbledon.

The Lawn Tennis Association advises the All England Club each year on which players should receive wild cards into the tournament, and its policy had been to put forward singles players with a ranking of 250 or higher.

But the LTA said of the revised approach: "It will enable us to give consideration to attributes in addition to rankings when nominating those players who have the best chance of performing well in The Championships, such as attitude, professionalism, game development and recent form."

Swansea news conference

Garry Monk

Bafetimbi Gomis
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Swansea City manager Garry Monk believes striker Bafetimbi Gomis is "trying too hard" but expects him to thrive once he breaks his goal drought.

"He's probably trying too hard. Once he gets that first goal he will fly," said Monk. "Every striker needs it. Bafe's working well and I'm sure that goal will come soon.

"Bafe's a quality striker. He's got all the attributes to do well."

Australian Paralympian reaches National Championships

Athletics

Evan O'Hanlon
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Paralympic champion Evan O'Hanlon has qualified for the men's able-bodied 100m event at the Australian National Championships in Brisbane next month.

The 26-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, has won 100m and 200m gold at every major international event from the Beijing Paralympic Games onwards, amassing five Paralympic and seven world titles.

And he clocked 10.80 seconds, just short of his world record of 10.79 to beat the qualifying time of 10.84 for the event from 26-29 March.

Amateur player Sutton suspended

Snooker

Amateur player John Sutton has been charged with breaching snooker's betting rules and suspended from competition after an inquiry into his 6-0 defeat by Jamie Burnett last year.

Irishman Sutton was beaten in an International Championships qualifier in Barnsley in September 2014. An investigation began after suspicious betting patterns were reported on the match. There is no suggestion Scotsman Burnett was involved in any wrongdoing.

A date has yet to be set for the hearing. Sutton is not a World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) member, but was bound by its rules after accepting an invitation to play.

Missives from the mailbag

#bbcsportsday

From #bbcsportsday Robin Laing writes: "So Dundee United will play Celtic three weeks in a row, in three different competitions, during March. Funny old world."

Six Nations analysis

Rugby Union

Staying with the Six Nations, and Scrum V presenter Ross Harries asks

on the BBC website if, after losing to England, Wales must make radical changes for Sunday's match against Scotland.

Lions quartet back for Ireland

Rugby Union

Sean O'Brien
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Ireland could have four British & Irish Lions back for Saturday's Six Nations clash with France in Dublin, with flanker Sean O'Brien also back in contention after suffering a hamstring injury in the warm-up before the Italy match in Rome last weekend.

Jonathan Sexton, Jamie Heaslip, Rory Best, Cian Healy and O'Brien could all come into an Ireland side which was less than convincing in claiming an opening 26-3 win over Italy.

O'Brien was a late withdrawal from the starting XV, but a MRI scan on Sunday night confirmed the forward suffered only a minor hamstring strain and he is poised to train on Tuesday.

Walsall will make me better - Hiwula

Football

On-loan striker Jordy Hiwula believes his spell at League One Walsall will help him develop into a better player.

The 20-year-old,

on a one-month deal from Manchester City, scored on his Saddlers debut in their 2-0 win at Doncaster on Saturday.

"Walsall have players from bigger clubs learning their trade here and I felt I would get to learn my trade and get better," Hiwula told

BBC WM 95.6. "I want to play well, score goals and keep my place in the team."

Leicester City news conference

Nigel Pearson

"I've always had a good working relationship with the owners and I'm sure I will moving forward. The bottom line is you are never going to have a situation at any football club where things are entirely going the way you want all the time.

"We are currently bottom, there is speculation and unfortunately sometimes stories like this break. For me, I have to continue to lead the players. In an ideal world I would rather the story would not be out there but it is and I have to deal with that."

Real Madrid track Kane - reports

The

Evening Standard report that Real Madrid, who have already signed Luka Modric and Gareth Bale from Tottenham, have watched Spurs hot-shot Harry Kane three times already this season.

Harry Kane
AP

Leicester City news conference

Nigel Pearson

"I can't see too much mileage in discussing yesterday. What I feel, if I have got things to say I will say it in the appropriate manner to the appropriate people.

"I don't think I have ever been in a position where I speak to openly about what goes on in internal workings."

Di Maria keen on future return to old club - reports

In the

Independent, Angel Di Maria has revealed he intends to move back to Argentina to re-join his former club Rosario Central when he decides to leave Manchester United.

Major changes unlikely - Lancaster

Rugby Union

Stuart Lancaster
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England head coach Stuart Lancaster says he does not anticipate making too many changes to his team for Saturday's Six Nations match with Italy at Twickenham, following last week's opening win over Wales.

Lancaster confirmed that Geoff Parling, Brad Barritt and Kyle Eastmond should all be available for selection. Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood are also on the mend, and may be in contention to face Ireland in Dublin on 1 March..

Manu Tuilagi is "still some way of playing club rugby" but Lancaster has not ruled him out of playing some part in the competition.

Bournemouth v Derby 'not just another game'

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says Tuesday's home game with Derby has extra significance for both sides.

Leaders Bournemouth are level on points with the Rams at the summit of the Championship table, with only goal difference separating the sides. "I can't downplay it and say it's just another game,"

the 37-year-old told BBC Radio Solent.

"We're playing one of our rivals. For us it's about the performance - we want to give the best account of ourselves."

Pearson silent over sacking confusion

Nigel Pearson grapples with James McArthur
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Leicester boss Nigel Pearson, whose team face Arsenal at the Emirates tomorrow, plays a typically straight bat to the constant questions over

speculation he was sacked following Saturday's defeat against Crystal Palace, during which he was involved in a touchline incident with Palace's James McArthur.

"I'm not going to speak about it, we've got a game tomorrow it's important my focus and the focus of the players is what we can do tomorrow night rather than talk about something I'm not prepared to talk about.

"The players have trained this morning and we're looking forward to the game against Arsenal.

"It's always interesting to see more people here than we're used to, which happens when there is speculation or a different type of story."

Dagenham extend Obileye loan stay

Football

Dagenham and Redbridge have extended Charlton defender Ayo Obileye's loan deal until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old

joined the League Two side in November and has played 13 times, contributing two assists.

Former Chelsea youth team product Obileye signed for Charlton from Sheffield Wednesday last summer, having previously been captain of the Owls' development squad.

Liverpool news conference

Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been discussing the progress of contract talks with Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe.

"Raheem has been offered a wonderful deal for a young man who is still developing. Hopefully his representatives can find agreement with the club," Rodgers said. "I know he is happy and you see that in his game.

"He has been granted an opportunity here. We are not a club that is going to give out what a player is not worth at this stage of his career. We want to reward our best talents.

Sterling, Coutinho and Ibe
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"Jordon's very happy, he's shown his worth in his time here, and hopefully that will get done too.

"Generally, not just for Raheem, it is important young players have something to strive for. If they get too much too young it can sabotage their development. If they get sound advice they will see that."

QPR news conference

Chris Ramsey

Chris Ramsey
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QPR caretaker manager Chris Ramsey says he would be delighted if he was offered the job on a full-time basis.

"If you got offered the chance to coach a Premier League team you would jump at the chance," said Ramsey, who is in temporary charge after Harry Redknapp stood down.

"But, more importantly for me, is that QPR avoid relegation regardless of whether I am here or anybody else."