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Summary

  1. Andy Carroll set to miss the rest of the season
  2. Van Gaal 'not worried' by Scholes criticism
  3. Cricket World Cup starts at 22:00 GMT
  4. Harry Kane set for England call after Roy Hodgson praise
  5. GET INVOLVED: What are you most looking forward to this sporting weekend?

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Right then, the clock strikes seven and that means it is time for us to bring the curtain down on Friday's Sportsday. Hop on over to our live coverage of England women's friendly against USA, while tune into BBC Radio 5 live for the Weekend Football Preview.

    Cheerio.

  2. Hull making a move

    Golf

    English teenager Charley Hull has moved into joint second place after the second round of the RACV Ladies Masters on Queensland's Gold Coast.

    Australian Rebecca Artis leads on nine under after a round of 66, with Hull and Choi Eun-woo three shots behind.

    Charley Hull

    Hull, 18, was in a group warned for slow play but made up the time and finished with a birdie to shoot her second three-under round of 70.

    England's Holly Clyburn, 24, dropped one place to fourth after scoring 71.

  3. England v USA

    Football

    England

    BBC reporter Robyn Cowen: "Stadium MK for England v USA its live on BBC Sport website with me & Sue Smith."

    Our coverage starts online from 19:00 GMT.

  4. Where will you be spending Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Crawley Town

    Caitlin: My boyfriend is taking me to my first Plymouth Argyle game at Home Park for Valentine's Day :)

    Jack Cooper: Currently in the middle of a 26 hour journey to watch Barcelona - happy Valentine's Day singletons!

    Peter Woodward: Taking the better half to watch the Mighty Crawley Town tomorrow! Could be a depressing day!

  5. How far would you go to see your team?

    Football

    Lancashire Evening Post

    What lengths would you go to to see your team play?

    Michael Jackson, a die-hard Preston fan who lives in South Africa said he would "sell a kidney", "ride a giraffe" and "swim from Cape Town to the River Ribble" if someone could help him get tickets for Monday's FA Cup tie with Manchester United.

    However, after the Lancashire Evening Post highlighted his plight, the FA has come forward and offered Jackson the tickets.

    "I really can't believe it. I am completely overwhelmed," he said. "I never thought that anything like this would happen, I feel very honoured and privileged. I am thrilled, I am excited and I am a proud Prestonian. I have fallen in love with Preston all over again."

  6. FA Cup ball numbers

    Football

    The numbers are shrinking as the FA Cup enters the business end of the tournament. Sixteen teams will battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals this weekend. Here are the ball numbers for Monday's last-eight draw:

    1. Crystal Palace or Liverpool

    2. Arsenal or Middlesbrough

    3. Aston Villa or Leicester City

    4. West Bromwich Albion or West Ham

    5. Bradford City or Sunderland

    6. Blackburn Rovers or Stoke City

    7. Derby County or Reading

    8. Preston North End or Manchester United

  7. How will you be spending Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Snooker

    Anthony Brammer: Booked a table for me and the Mrs. I really enjoy snooker. Just hope the Mrs does too.

    I see what you did there Anthony.

  8. Spot the Ball

    Spot the Ball

    It is the FA Cup fifth round this weekend and as a special treat, the fine people of Match of the Day kickabout have picked out their favourite FA Cup goals so far this season.

    There is a twist! They've hidden the ball, so can you guess where it is? Head on over to the MOTD kickabout page to have a go.

    I got two, by the way. Rubbish.

  9. Salford had no composure - Harris

    Rugby League

    Salford Red Devils head coach Iestyn Harris said his side lacked any composure during their 52-6 Super League defeat against champions St Helens.

    "It's just not good enough from us," Harris told BBC Radio Manchester. "I'm disappointed not only for losing the game but also the fans who have come out in their numbers."

    "There was a lot of hype around the club and this game that we were going to start to compete against these top teams, and every time there is hype we seem to fold a little bit."

  10. Surrey re-sign Mahmood for T20

    Cricket

    Surrey re-sign former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood to play in the 2015 T20 Blast.

    The 39-year-old, who is the fifth-highest ever wicket taker in T20 competition, played for Surrey between 2002 and 2007 and had one-day spells at the Oval in 2013 and 2014.

  11. How will you be spending Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Mr Spike T: Driving to West Brom away & back in time for dinner with my wife.

    Louise: celebrating Valentine's Day today then off to match tomorrow @Swfc time to show off the ring

  12. Gabbidon's Chicago role

    Football

    Cardiff City defender and coach Danny Gabbidon played for American MLS side Chicago Fire in a friendly against Queens Park Rangers, on Thursday.

    The Welsh international, 35, had permission from the Bluebirds to take part in the 1-0 victory for the American outfit.

    Danny Gabbidon, Cardiff City

    Gabbidon has played just twice for the Championship side this season.

    His current Cardiff deal is due to expire in the summer and a move to the US could help extend his career.

  13. Dzeko blames World Cup

    Football

    Edin Dzeko believes his injury problems this year might be due to his involvement in last summer's World Cup.

    The Manchester City striker has picked up two calf strains that have disrupted his season.

    Dzeko

    "It could be that I had too many games with not enough rest in between," Dzeko told Manchester City's website. "I played many games for City and then had the World Cup soon after so that could have been the problem."

    The Bosnian striker has featured in the last five matches and says he is hoping to find his best form in the final third of the season.

  14. Scotland's Murray joins Bristol

    Football

    Scotland midfielder Christie Murray has become the fifth new signing for Bristol Academy's 2015 campaign.

    The 24-year-old, who has 29 caps for her country, spent last season with Women's Super League rivals Arsenal.

  15. 'Decisions against MK' claims boss

    Football

    Love is not in the air around MK Dons boss Karl Robinson, who has gone on a rant over how the more successful his side become, the more they suffer from poor refereeing.

    The Dons missed two chances to go top of League One in the last week.

    In a list of grievances with referees, Robinson claimed his side:

    • Were denied a goal with an offside decision against Will Grigg in a 2-0 win over Barnsley on 24 January
    • Were not given enough free-kicks in a 5-0 win over Crewe on 31 January
    • Were denied a penalty for handball in the 0-0 draw against leaders Bristol City on 7 February
    • Lost to a goal that had a handball in the build up in the 2-1 defeat by Bradford on 9 February

    Someone may be getting a ticking off soon.

  16. Aguero and Villa partnership?

    Football

    David Villa

    Sergio Aguero and David Villa. Imagine those two in the same side!

    Villa plays for New York City FC, and scored the club's first goal in a friendly against St Mirren this week at the Etihad Campus.

  17. Nasri attacks Deschamps

    Football

    Samir Nasri has lashed out at Didier Deschamps for not "behaving like a man" when omitted the Manchester City playmaker from the 2014 French World Cup squad.

    Samir Nasri

    That exclusion prompted Nasri to immediately retire from international soccer.

    Asked what he would tell Deschamps if he was in front of him, Nasri told L'Equipe's TV channel: "I would tell him ... that he should have behaved like a man, take responsibility for his choices by telling me '...you're not coming (to the World Cup), you're not happy, too bad'.

    "At least we would have had a man-to-man conversation."

  18. When Gary met Ryan

    Football Focus

    Lineker

    Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs is hoping they can win the FA Cup after insisting it's been "too long."

    The Reds have not lifted the trophy for over a decade, their last victory coming in 2004, allowing Arsenal to catch them as joint-most winners sharing 11.

    Speaking to Gary Lineker for Football Focus, Giggs goes on to say he expects a tough test away from home as United travel to Preston on Monday for the fifth round of the FA Cup.

    Watch Football Focus on Saturday 14 February, 12:10 GMT on BBC One and the BBC Sport website.

  19. Jimenez leads the way

    Golf

    Miguel Angel Jimenez leads the inaugural True Thailand Classic by a shot after Friday's second round.

    Jimenez

    Despite struggling with illness, the veteran Spaniard carded a six-under-par 66 to go with his 67 on Thursday, leaving him a stroke ahead of Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    "I have a heavy cold and I'm very bunged up and slept terribly last night so I'm very happy with my round," he said.

    England's Tom Lewis is three shots off the lead on eight under after a 67, with compatriot Matthew Baldwin and Northern Ireland's Michael Hoey - the overnight leader - tied alongside him on the same score.

  20. Emotional return for Derby skipper

    Football

    "Today the man I love is taking a monumental step in his recovery. I can't put into words how I feel.

    "It's been a long bumpy road but fingers crossed we've arrived."

    Shaun Barker

    If we may so bold, may we point you in the direction of this rather lovely article on the BBC Sport website.

    The words above are those of Rebecca Barker, wife of Derby County club captain Shaun, who - after two-and-a-half years out injured - made an emotional return the other night, playing 45 minutes for the the club's under-21s.

    The full story is here and well worth reading.

  21. Queuing around the block

    Football

    BBC North West Tonight's Richard Askam tweets this photo of Preston fans trying to buy tickets for Monday's FA Cup fifth round visit of Manchester United. "They're queuing round the block," reports Richard.

    Twitter
  22. 'Thanks Tony' - Ideye

    Football

    Brown Ideye believes Tony Pulis has helped pull his West Brom career back from the brink.

    The striker - the Baggies' £10m record signing - was on the verge of leaving the club on transfer deadline day.

    Ideye

    But a £3.75m move to Qatari club Al-Gharafa fell through and Ideye has now scored twice in his last two games.

    "The way Tony wants me to play suits my game. He likes strikers to work hard even if you don't score," said the frontman. "Confidence comes with scoring."

  23. Clarke's Ryder Cup aim

    Golf

    Northern Irishman Darren Clarke has admitted he would love to lead Europe at next year's Ryder Cup - but says he would also be more than happy to serve as a vice-captain again if the decision goes against him.

    Darren Clarke

    A successor to Paul McGinley could be announced next Wednesday. Clarke and Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez lead the chase for the coveted role.

    "I would love to do it, but Miguel would love to as well. It's up to those guys (the selection panel) to decide," said Clarke.

    "It's not up to me, it's out of my control so I'm just getting on with my game."

  24. Key figure at QPR departs

    Football

    QPR have accepted the resignation of chief executive officer Philip Beard.

    After three-and-a-half years at Loftus Road, Beard will depart next month.

    QPR chairman Tony Fernandes told QPR's website: "In the short term we will continue to liaise with Phil regarding our long-term projects, ensuring a smooth transitional period prior to making a new appointment.

    "I have high regard for Phil and he will always be welcome back at Loftus Road in the future."

  25. 'England can win' - Pietersen

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen believes his former England team mates can win the World Cup, but only if they play with freedom.

    Since reaching the final of the 1992 World Cup, where they lost to Pakistan, England's form at the tournament is the worst of the frontline cricketing nations.

    Kevin Pietersen

    "I really do believe they have an outside chance of winning this World Cup," Pietersen told the Daily Telegraph. "They can play with freedom because nobody really expects them to win and this should be reflected in positivity throughout their batting.

    "England have struggled in World Cups for 20 years because we have played directly after an Ashes and have been mentally shot. There are no excuses this time."

  26. Right man can keep Villa up - Spink

    Football

    Aston Villa's former European Cup winning goalkeeper Nigel Spink has told BBC WM that the current squad is good enough to stay in the Premier League - if they get the right man in charge.

    Paul Lambert

    Following this week's departure of Paul Lambert (pictured), Spink said: "The fans just want a little bit of hope. We needed a new direction and it was the right thing to do, as I'd just got a feeling that he was bullet proof towards the end.

    "I was interested in Darren Bent's comments that he thinks the current playing squad is decent. It just needs someone to come in and get more out of them.

    "To be relegated would be a nightmare. Premier League status is paramount. But they've got enough time. They need to act quickly and money should be no object to getting the right man."

  27. Terpstra wins in Qatar

    Road Cycling

    Dutch rider Niki Terpstra claimed his second straight Tour of Qatar title after the sixth and final stage won by Ireland's Sam Bennett.

    Etixx rider Terpstra, who had been leading since winning the third stage time-trial, finished six seconds ahead of Poland's Maciej Bodnar, with Norway's Alexander Kristoff, winner of three stages, third.

    Team Sky's Ian Stannard was fourth and Luke Rowe seventh, while Sir Bradley Wiggins was 78th overall in his first major outing of the season.

  28. GB clinch series

    Hockey

    Great Britain clinched the three-match Test series against Spain with a 2-0 victory in Valencia.

    First international goals for Lily Owsley of University of Birmingham and East Grinstead's Sophie Bray gave Britain a second win plus a draw.

    Lily Owsley

    Coach Danny Kerry said: "It's great to only concede one goal in 180 minutes of hockey. Spain had very few chances and we generated good opportunities.

    "I believe their world ranking of 15 doesn't reflect their current status."

  29. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Preston v Man United (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    More from Van Gaal on Paul Scholes' criticism: "All the players are used to that, they are not professionals for the first time.

    "Maybe some players it does affect but normally it does not affect the players, me neither. When the performance is bad it is bad, when it is good it is good.

    "I am disappointed we played in that way [against Burnley] and I said that, but we have another match to show we are still in our process and positive and when you see the results they are not bad I don't think."

  30. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Preston v Man United (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    Van Gaal tells reporters that Robin van Persie is carrying a knock and is doubtful for Monday's game.

    Robin van Persie

    He will "wait and see" over Phil Jones and Daley Blind ahead of facing Preston, but says Michael Carrick has had a minor setback.

  31. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Preston v Man United (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal says he's "not worried" by Paul Scholes' criticism of his team, reports BBC Sport's Andy Swiss.

    Scholes said in a newspaper column that some of United's recent football had been "miserable".

    Louis van Gaal

    Van Gaal said Scholes' comments were "not so interesting" and that "it's not a problem... .he is one of the fans - and they can criticise."

    Van Gaal said Scholes' comments didn't affect him or his players.

  32. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Adrian wins red card appeal

    The FA confirm that Adrian has had his ban lifted after wrongful dismissal appeal.

    The West Ham keeper was dismissed in the game against Southampton on Wednesday for denying a goal scoring opportunity.

    "His one-match suspension has been withdrawn with immediate effect," the FA says in a statement.

    However, West Ham have been charged for failing to ensure that their players conducted themselves in the game.

  33. Gus Poyet press conference

    Bradford v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 GMT)

    Gus Poyet appears more worried about the pitch than Bradford's team ahead of the fifth round FA Cup tie at Valley Parade.

    Gus Poyet

    "I'd have liked a better pitch," said the Sunderland manager.

    "We need to be very clever because we have got used to nice beautiful pitches and now we have to go back a few years on this pitch - that will be the biggest challenge."

    Poyet added: "It will be a unique game, totally different to anything else this season. We won't know where the ball will bounce.

    "But I don't want to become all about the pitch. It's about how we adapt and how we pay in difficult and different conditions."

  34. Pearson on relationships

    Football

    It is Valentine's Day tomorrow and Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has been talking about relationships.

    Reports emerged on Sunday saying that he had been sacked, but the club later said that was not the case.

    "Relationships, you always have to work at relationships. Whether they are good, bad or indifferent," explains Pearson.

    "What goes on in the confines of the four walls we are operating in stays there. I don't have a great deal of control over what goes on outside the club, but I will be working very hard to make sure we prepare for this game as best we can, baring in mind the speculation."

  35. History is made

    Horse Racing

    Amputee soldier Captain Guy Disney has become the first jockey with an artificial leg to ride over fences in a race in Britain.

    The 32-year-old, who was injured in Afghanistan, finished third on 11-2 chance Ballyallia Man at Sandown.

    Disney lost his right leg from the knee down when on duty for the Light Dragoons.

    He rode the horse for trainer Tom George in the Royal Artillery Gold Cup (15:05 GMT), which was won by favourite Cowards Close.

  36. Murray loses in Rotterdam

    Tennis

    Andy Murray

    An out-of-sorts Andy Murray suffered a shock defeat against Gilles Simon in the quarter-final of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

    The British number one and world number four lost 6-4 6-2 to the Frenchman, 15 places below him in the rankings. Top seed Murray, 27, lost his serve in the opening game and slipped up again in the fifth to concede the first set.

  37. Aston Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Leicester (Sunday, 12:30 GMT)

    Still nothing yet from the Manchester United news conference, so to keep things ticking over how about some words from Aston Villa caretaker boss Scott Marshall?

    "The immediate thing for me was to take training this morning," he says. "We have come in this morning and not changed anything in particular, we got the lads out and preparing for the game on Sunday, as we have been doing.

    "The job was to get on the field and get on with things."

  38. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Muigai Moses: Waiting for LVG on #bbcsportsday really anxious to hear if he will respond to Paul Scholes on Man Utd style of play.

  39. Fancy playing in the FA Cup?

    #getinspired

    Get Inspired

    Have you ever dreamed of playing in the FA Cup?

    BBC Get Inspired have teamed up with the Football Association and the country's leading small-sided football providers to launch the FA People's Cup, a free knockout competition which will give up to 14,000 teams and more than 100,000 players the chance to play in their version of the FA Cup.

    From Sunday League regulars to folk who have only kicked a ball in their back yard, the tournament offers everyone the opportunity to follow in the path of legends on the road to Cup glory.

    Fancy it? Then head to the BBC Get Inspired page to register and check terms and conditions. Hurry, though because this is the final week of registration.

  40. Don't expect a big win - Farrell

    Rugby Union

    A last few words from England's Andy Farrell, about Saturday's Six Nations opponents Italy.

    "They will try to put us under pressure like they have done on two of the last three occasions," Farrell says. "We'd love to put 30/50 points on everyone. It's not the reality of international football. You have to deal with the moments as they arise.

    "The game simple. If we start thinking about points difference it's ridiculous, we'll trip ourselves up and we'll end up either losing the game or not getting the points we want."

  41. Karanka keeps emotions in check

    Football

    Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka says he will not allow himself to get excited until his promotion goal is achieved.

    The Teesside club are top of the Championship and face Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round this weekend.

    "The day I think everything is done is the day I make a big mistake, so I have to stay calm," the Spaniard tells BBC Tees.

  42. Pape gets Palace clearance

    Football

    Crystal Palace defender Pape Souare has received his work permit and is cleared to play in his side's FA Cup fifth round tie with Liverpool this weekend.

    The 24-year-old was signed from Lille in January while he was away at the African Nations Cup and has been waiting for international clearance to make his Palace debut.

  43. Robshaw top captain - Farrell

    Rugby Union

    More from Andy Farrell's interview with the BBC, and he has lavished praise on captain Chris Robshaw.

    "Chris is a great leader who leads by example," says the England backs coach. "But to be able to do that he's got to have support behind him and he's very comfortable that he's got the correct support."

  44. Aston Villa news conference

    Aston Villa v Leicester (Sunday, 12:30 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    Scott Marshall is taking the Aston Villa news conference after the club parted company with Paul Lambert earlier this week.

    Nice seats...

  45. Leyton Orient subject of Italian reality show

    Football

    Leyton Orient

    They are not giants of European football, so it might come as a surprise to some that Leyton Orient are the subject of a reality TV show in Italy, with a playing contract up for grabs.

    Orient's owner, Francesco Becchetti, said the programme will help the club find new players and boost its profile, but with the team experiencing its worst season for a decade, some fans are unconvinced.

    BBC London sports reporter Chris Slegg spoke to Mr Becchetti, Tom Davies from the Leyton Orient Fans' Trust and Orient fan Jim Nichols.

  46. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Carroll out for the season

    Andy Carroll is set to miss the rest of the season.

    West Ham confirms the striker will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon.

    "The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night's 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton," a West Ham statement says. "The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season."

  47. Yellow cards or red roses on Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Penguin

    Lauren Sasha: Footy & house repairs on Valentine's day, but single & have always despised Valentine's day, so just another Saturday, really.

    Diana Brewerton-Wills: Scraping off wallpaper with radio 5 live on in the background.

    Mark Hall: Thinking of a place to eat that has a tv with a sports channel in the room.....sneaky.

    I'm not feeling the romance from you lot at all, so here's a picture of a penguin carrying a Valentine's Day card to make up for it...

  48. Manchester United news conference

    Football

    Power Point

    A reminder that the Manchester United news conference takes place at around 15:00 GMT, and we will have all the quotes here in Sportsday.

    If Louis van Gaal doesn't drag in a flip chart or make a power point presentation on his team's tactics, I'll be disappointed.

  49. Forest striker Assombalonga out for a year

    Football

    Nottingham Forest striker Britt Assombalonga has been ruled out for a year following knee surgery.

    The striker, who is Forest's top scorer this season with 15 goals, sustained the injury while shooting in Wednesday's game against Wigan Athletic.

  50. 'Work to be done' - Farrell

    Rugby Union

    England backs coach Andy Farrell has been speaking to the BBC ahead of the Six Nations meeting with Italy on Saturday.

    Andy Farrell

    England are aiming to follow up their win over Wales with another victory against Italy.

    Asked if the coaching staff have had to keep the players feet on the ground since the Cardiff win, Farrell said: "Not really. These guys are top class international players and they know what a Test week is all about."

    And besides, says Farrell, there are improvements to be made. "The start wasn't great against Wales but it is pleasing that we came through that and handled it very well... which shows how far we've come as a team maturity wise, how we dealt with that poor start and got back on script."

  51. Murtagh backs 'stand-out' Morgan

    Cricket

    Middlesex and Ireland seam bowler Tim Murtagh has backed county team-mate Eoin Morgan to make a big impact when he captains England at the Cricket World Cup.

    "He's a player for the big occasion. I'd always back him to score runs in a World Cup game than a warm-up game when there's no-one watching. He's their stand-out player," the 33-year-old says.

    Murtagh has been forced to miss the tournament in Australia and New Zealand after undergoing surgery on his foot.

    "It's massively disappointing. It's something I've waited my whole career for, it's probably my one chance at a World Cup," he adds.

  52. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Alan Pardew

    Millen on the threat Liverpool pose: "They play a different formation now but the last two times that they've come here they've had tough games.

    "This is going to be a tough game, they've got a threat going forward but it's the beauty of the cup tomorrow."

    This match has history in FA Cup terms, the teams famously meeting in 1990 when Palace pulled off a major shock by beating Liverpool 4-3 ... a certain A Pardew with the winner in extra time.

    "We want to have another day like that tomorrow," added Millen. "I remember the game cheering Palace on, and I'll be doing the same again."

  53. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    "The confidence has come back since Alan (Pardew) has come in. This is the strongest squad I've known here," says Millen.

    The assistant boss then talks about who is available, and who isn't, for the visit of Liverpool.

    James McArthur (thigh) and Shola Ameobi (fitness) are 'struggling', but Pape Souare's work permit has been sorted.

    Millen also says that Wayne Hennessey is in contention for a starting spot.

  54. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    And back at Palace, the man himself has arrived - Keith Millen striding in like he's a veteran of these media gatherings ... as indeed he is, given how many times he's been in temporary charge of the Eagles.

    Keith Millen

    He begins with an injury update, not about any players but the boss

    "Alan Pardew has lost his voice," says Millen. "He took training today and hopefully he'll be alright for tomorrow's game."

  55. Poyet meets the press

    Bradford v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 GMT)

    Sunderland

    Sunderland: "Gus Poyet is currently attending his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie."

  56. Crystal Palace news conference

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Any Crystal Palace fans expecting nuggets of wisdom from manager Alan Pardew this afternoon will be disappointed.

    The Eagles boss is feeling unwell, the club has announced, and assistant manager Keith Millen will take the pre-match press conference.

  57. Murphy loves 'fat' Ronaldo

    Football

    Ronaldo

    It's Valentine's Day tomorrow, and one man all loved up is Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy.

    The 31-year-old Republic of Ireland international has 19 goal this season, and admits former Brazil striker Ronaldo was a huge idol of his.

    "I used to love the fat Ronaldo. I absolutely loved him - his skill, pace, finishing," said Murphy.

    "I used to try and copy him in the street. But as you grow up you see other types of strikers - like Ruud van Nistelrooy who was an absolute poacher. Thierry Henry is another. But the main one I watched was the fat Ronaldo."

  58. Cricket World Cup is hours away...

    Cricket World Cup

    The Cricket World Cup is almost upon us and this is what has been going on in Australia and New Zealand on Friday in the build-up to the tournament...

    England

    ...England have been training at the MCG ahead of their opener against Australia on Saturday...

    Cricket

    ...Australia players have been posing for some fancy profile shots...

    Cricket

    ...and some sort of giant, puppet cricketer thing popped up at the tournament's opening event...

    Listen to ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 21:45 GMT as New Zealand get the tournament up and running against Sri Lanka.

  59. Phil Parkinson news conference

    Bradford v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 GMT)

    Don't expect Bradford to sit back and try and catch Sunderland on the counter.

    "We'll try and get forward at every opportunity," says Parkinson.

    "The players have been delighted with the response from the people of the city, and we're very much looking forward to the occasion."

    Defoe

    Finally, on Sunderland, the Bradford boss has no doubt who the dangerman is.

    "I've seen two of their last three games, Jermain Defoe is the jewel in their crown, his movement is exceptional," says Parkinson.

  60. Phil Parkinson news conference

    Bradford v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 GMT)

    Parkinson begins by saying the Sunderland game feels like a 'bonus match'.

    "Nobody expected us to beat Chelsea, but we're going to give everything in the game," said the Bantams boss.

    Phil Parkinson

    "We've got to take confidence from the Chelsea victory, the lads have been in confident mood in training.

    "Our professionalism has been spot on. Physically we're in good shape and there are no major injury concerns."

  61. Phil Parkinson news conference

    Bradford v Sunderland (Sunday, 14:30 GMT)

    Bet it's not normally like this at a Bradford City news conference. But today it is.

    Phil Parkinson, boss of the League One club (pictured second left), is the centre of attention as he talks about Sunday's fifth round clash with Sunderland, with Bradford attempting to claim another Premier League scalp after their sensational win over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Bradford City FC

    There's even a special guest at the press conference, whom I daresay you recognise...

    FA Cup
  62. Osvaldo heads to Argentina

    Football

    Southampton and Italy striker Dani Osvaldo joins Boca Juniorson loan until the end of June.

    The 29-year-old joined from Roma for £15m in 2013, but played just 13 games before being suspended after a training ground fight with Jose Fonte.

    Osvaldo joined Juventus on loan in the wake of the incident and had another loan spell in Serie A with Inter Milan this season.

  63. Boycott's Morgan criticism is wrong - Vaughan

    Cricket

    Michael Vaughan

    Former England skipper Michael Vaughan says Geoffrey Boycott is wrong to pick fault with England's World Cup captain Eoin Morgan in the way he has.

    Boycott said Morgan was not "as good as he thinks he is" and "not so clever" against top-class bowling.

    Pace bowler James Anderson has come out and defended Morgan, saying he is "a world-class player".

  64. Cricket World Cup

    Cricket

    Cricket World Cup

    The Cricket World Cup starts later today and in the build-up we will be taking a look at the numbers behind the teams. First up, England.

  65. Blackpool fan apologises to club owners

    Football

    It's certainly never dull at Blackpool Football Club.

    A season when the team has been bottom of the Championship since pretty much day one, has also been notable for events off the pitch - with the owners, the Oyston family, taking legal action against various fans for comments made on social media.

    Today fan Tim Fielding, a director of a personal injuries law firm, has apologised to Blackpool FC's owner Owen Oyston and chairman Karl Oyston after being sued for defamation by the Oystons.

    Mr Fielding posted his apology on Facebook, saying he withdrew his allegations "unreservedly".

  66. Lee out of Scotland clash

    Six Nations

    Wales prop Samson Lee has been ruled out of Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Scotland, the Welsh Rugby Union announces.

  67. Chelsea nothing special - Nasri

    Football

    Samir Nasri

    Samir Nasri has a cheeky dig at Manchester City's title rivals Chelsea in today's Manchester Evening News, saying Jose Mourinho's side are "nothing special".

    "I'm a big fan of Mourinho, but I am not impressed with his team, not at all," says City midfielder Nasri. "When I have seen some of their games, I don't think they are that fantastic - they are just strong, and have a good striker up front."

    "For me they are not special at all, and I think they are going to make some mistakes."

  68. Kane king of the stats

    Football

    Stats

    Roy Hodgson has hinted at an England call-up for Harry Kane and the striker's stats show why. He has scored considerably more goals than fellow forwards Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney this season. His last goal was two days ago, compared to 13 for Sturridge, who has been injured for the much of the season, and 49 for Rooney, who has been playing more in midfield.

  69. Edwards leads in style

    Cricket

    Some cricket news from overnight, and it's good news too, with England's women beating New Zealand by 90 runs in their second one-day international in the ICC Women's Championship in Mount Maunganui.

    Captain Charlotte Edwards top-scored with 65 in a total of 194 all out with four balls left of their 50 overs.

    Charlotte Edwards

    New Zealand lost wickets regularly and were 104 all out with Anya Shrubsole taking four for 36.

    The tourists lost the first match by 67 runs on Wednesday, making Sunday's match at the same venue a decider.

  70. Lampard's touching tribute

    Football

    Frank Lampard

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes hails the "class" of Frank Lampard after the Manchester City midfielder swapped shirts with Potters teenager Oliver Shenton this week.

    Shenton, 17, made his Premier League debut as a late substitute in Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Manchester City at the Britannia Stadium only two days after his mother's funeral. City midfielder Lampard, who lost his own mother in 2008, sought out fellow midfielder Shenton after the game to have a chat and trade shirts.

    "That is a great touch," says Hughes. "Obviously Frank has lost close family members as well and maybe that resonated with Frank. I think that shows his class."

  71. Hendry won't return ... yet

    Snooker

    Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry will not be returning to the professional tour in order to try and qualify for this year's tournament - but has not ruled out doing so in the future.

    The Scot was offered a wildcard to qualify for this year's Crucible showpiece.

    Hendry

    Hendry is not planning on using his this time around, though.

    "I'm not playing the World Championship this season, definitely not, but I think I will definitely play a tournament again in my lifetime," Hendry told Talksport.

  72. Massey to take a break

    Football

    Sian Massey, the English football referee, is to take a break from front-line action to give birth to her first child.

    Massey

    The Premier League assistant referee, who has been absent with a thigh injury this season, is set to give birth in August.

    The 29-year-old will continue to attend briefings and meetings in order to stay up to date with the latest developments in the game with a view to returning to the fold in due course.

  73. Post update

    BBC Oxford Sport: League Two club Oxford United sign midfielder Kemar Roofe on a one-month loan from West Brom.

  74. Scotland make two changes

    Rugby Union

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter has made two changes to his line-up for Sunday's Six Nations meeting with Wales.

    Scotland head coach Vern Cotter

    Sean Lamont replaces the injured Tommy Seymour on the wing.

    And tight-head prop Geoff Cross comes in for Euan Murray, who does not play on Sundays for religious reasons.

    "There's a huge amount of determination in this group to improve," said Cotter, whose side opened the championship with a 15-8 defeat by France in Paris.

  75. Lambert did have money to spend

    Football

    Sacked Aston Villa boss Paul Lambertwas given money to spend but produced a team that was not "fun to watch", claims club director General Charles Krulak.

    Krulak, 72, also described suggestions that American owner Randy Lerner had not invested in the squad as "hogwash".

    Paul Lambert

    Lambert was dismissed on Wednesday after Villa slipped into the Premier League relegation zone.

    "Paul was just not bringing the team together," Krulak told the Sun. "There was this intensely strong feeling, not least from the players and fans, that Villa should be doing a lot better."

  76. La Liga concerns over English TV money

    Football

    Barcelona and Real Madrid's top players could move to England in the wake of the Premier League's new television rights deal, La Liga president Javier Tebas has warned Spain's leading clubs.

    Sky and BT Sport have paid a record £5.136bn for live Premier League TV rights for three seasons from 2016-17.

    Tebas said Real Madrid and Barcelona's superstars could now leave Spain.

    "Well yes I think so. We have a serious problem, and we won't be the best league in a year," Tebas said.

  77. How are you spending Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Balti Pie
    Image caption: A romantic meal for two?

    Marcus Lovatt: Me and my dad are very worried Charlton fans, while my mum, brother and sister will be in the Brentford end

    Scott: I said to my wife it was either a meal for Valentine's Day or tickets to Bradford vs Sunderland- She picked the footy! #bestwifeever

    You could maybe share a romantic balti pie, Scott. Best of both worlds?

  78. Gray leaves Port after training once

    Football

    Conference side Southport have cancelled the loan agreement to sign Accrington striker James Gray after just one training session.

    The 22-year-old Northern Ireland Under-21 international had agreed a move until the end of the season.

    "After shaking hands on it, James contacted me raising doubts about the move," said Southport boss Paul Carden. "Therefore it is best James stays at Accrington where he's not playing."

  79. Hazard needs protection

    Football

    Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard could become "one of the best players in the world" if he gets protection from referees, according to former Blues star Pat Nevin.

    Hazard, 24, who has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at the club, is the most fouled player in the league this season, with opposing players being penalised 74 times.

    Hazard

    "If he's going to last his five-and-a-half years he's got to get a bit more protection than he's getting just now," Nevin told BBC Sport.

    "If he gets that then he could turn out to be one of the best players in the world. If he gets that, then he would be right on the coat-tails of Messi and Ronaldo."

  80. "It's a fact they used long balls"

    Man Utd

    Sam Allardyce successfully wound up Louis van Gaal with his "Manchester United play long ball" comment after the 1-1 draw last weekend, but was it said with tongue firmly in cheek, or was he serious?

    "The first thing I want to say is I have every respect for Louis van Gaal," Allardyce writes in the London Evening Standard. "However, speaking from the experience of years of criticism that teams managed by me always play the long-ball game, I felt it was right after our match against Manchester United to make the comments I did.

    "It was, to a certain extent, tongue in cheek but I believe I was also making a factual point. The fact was I saw United play, for a time against us last weekend, in a way I have never seen them before."

  81. 'We scare big teams'

    Football

    A little more from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who says big teams are becoming scared of his in-form fourth-placed side.

    "Maybe they thought it would be very difficult for Southampton to keep that spirit, but we are fourth in February," Koeman, 51, told BBC Radio Solent.

    "They now take us seriously. They are a little bit afraid now, I think."

    Saints remain in the Champions League qualification places and are just one point behind third-placed Manchester United.

  82. How are you spending Valentine's Day?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    John McEnerney: Watching Ireland v France in the 6Ns live on the Beeb on the balcony in sunny Barcelona! Love it

    Dale Bradley: Valentine's Day? My Valentine IS The FA Cup.

    Andy Pitt: Spending Valentines watching West Brom v West Ham with my Dad, not sure how either of us have got away with it!

  83. 'It's a great feeling' - Koeman

    Football

    Ronald Koeman has been speaking after winning the Premier League manager of the month award for January.

    "It's a great feeling," said the Southampton boss. "It's also a big compliment to the whole team.

    Ronald Koeman

    "It's a reward for the manager, but it's for the rest of the team as well. We are doing this together and we are working hard.

    "The win against Arsenal (2-0, on New Year's Day) gave the players confidence. It was then an unbelievable feeling to win at Old Trafford."

  84. Salford owner 'had enough'

    Rugby League

    Salford Reds owner Marwan Koukash tweeted "I have had enough" after watching his team lose 52-6 to St Helens.

    St Helens celebrate their try against Salford

    Saints scored 10 tries as they cruised to back-to-back wins in defence of their Super League crown.

    The champions arrived at Salford having won the last nine meetings between the clubs, and having weathered an early spell of pressure they eased clear.

  85. Sakho gets out the paint

    Liverpool

    Mamadou Sakho has been busy rebuilding, not the Liverpool defence, but a house in Bootle.

    Liverpool

    The Liverpool defender helped a local charity renovate a house earlier this week for those at risk of homelessness.

    Credit where it is due.

  86. BBC coverage

    Your weekend in sport

    Not that I am in anyway trying to influence your Valentine's Day plans, but this weekend there will be hours and hours of live sport on BBC television and radio.

    First up, there is New Zealand v Sri Lanka on 5 live sports extra from 21:45 GMT tonight, and then England v Australia at 03:15 tomorrow morning.

    A quick nap before FA Cup rewind gets under way on BBC Two, followed by Football Focus on BBC One. BBC Radio 5 live then has full match commentary on West Brom v West Ham from 12:45 GMT - the first of six FA Cup commentaries.

    Sports Extra has commentary on Blackburn v Stoke at 15:00, while Final Score is on for all the 15:00 action on BBC Red Button, before Crystal Palace v Liverpool (17:30 GMT) is on 5 live. You can also watch Six Nations action on BBC One as England play Italy at 14:00, before Ireland host France, also on BBC One.

    Check the full list of BBC coverage on the website.

  87. Mark Hughes news conference

    Blackburn v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    A final word from Mark Hughes before he heads off to take training and it's about the romance of the FA Cup.

    "I've always prioritised cup games," he says, words you don't always hear from a Premier League boss. "We are in three competitions and there are two we can realistically win - the FA Cup and the League Cup.

    "We are taking a sell-out following to Blackburn and we would have taken more if we had been allowed.

    "The fans are obviously excited, so we are giving the fixture the respect it deserves.

    "If we can overcome Blackburn we can start getting excited but first and foremost we have to overcome a good Championship side who will raise their game."

  88. Yellow cards or red roses?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Ashton Gate
    Image caption: Ashton Gate the perfect place for romance?

    We are asking how will you be spending Valentine's Day? Somewhere romantic or watching sport? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

    Daniel Whiteside: "I'm taking @AndrewJohnson91 to watch Blackburn Rovers against Stoke City in the #FACUP #MagicOfTheCup #MatesBeforeDates

    Stacey Smith: "Me & the bf are going to watch Bristol City beat Sheffield United.

    VMC: Weekend to Brighton with the BF, but it's all about the 6 Nations!

  89. Mark Hughes news conference

    Blackburn v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Hughes has an update on Bojan Krkić, following the forward's cruciate knee ligament injury.

    Bojan

    "He had an operation earlier this week which is great news for him, and of course for us. He has a rehabilitation programme to go through now," said the boss.

    Hughes says striker Jonathan Walters could be back for the Blackburn game.

    He adds: "I don't have too many options at the moment to be perfectly honest. Jack Butland will come in and play, and I am more than happy to make that change because he has shown that he is a top class goalkeeper.

    "Hopefully Jon (Walters) is fit, and if so, then he will probably come into the side. Other than that, I don't envisage too many other changes from the team we put out against Manchester City on Wednesday."

  90. Mark Hughes news conference

    Blackburn v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Hughes has arrived at the Britannia and gets straight down to business, talking about returning to Blackburn, the club he used to manage.

    "When I was there we had a chance to beat Chelsea in the semi-final in 2007," said Hughes. "We also got to the semi-final of the League Cup too, but came up against Manchester United.

    Mark Hughes

    "We always seemed to play one of the big big sides at the last four stage which was frustrating.

    "I had a great time at Blackburn and it was a shame to see them slip out of the Premier League. Thankfully now Gary Bowyer looks like he is turning it around and that's great."

  91. Cheltenham boss leaves

    Football

    Cheltenham Town have parted company with manager Paul Buckle.

    "Paul has departed from Cheltenham Town by mutual consent and with immediate effect," read a statement on the club website.

    Paul Buckle

    "Neither party will be making any further statement on this issue"

    Cheltenham are 22nd in League Two, a place and a point above the relegation zone.

  92. Yellow cards or red roses?

    Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Valentine's Day

    Love is in the air, everywhere I look around.

    Or is it?

    It may be Valentine's Day tomorrow but it is also the start of a weekend jam packed with sport. From the FA Cup to the Six Nations and Cricket World Cup, it is all going on.

    What is your cunning plan to ensure you don't miss a thing, while making sure you don't upset the better half? Or will sport come out on top of romance? How have you overcome such a dilemma in the past?

    Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  93. Nothing in Villa link - Lennon

    Football

    Bolton boss Neil Lennon stops short of ruling himself out of the running for managerial vacancies elsewhere.

    According to some reports, he is on a shortlist to become the new Aston Villa boss, but Lennon said is his news conference this morning: "There is nothing in any of the links to other clubs. It's just speculation. It's flattering but there is nothing in it."

  94. West Ham news conference

    West Brom v West Ham (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce cracks on with previewing Saturday's FA Cup tie with West Brom.

    "Kevin Nolan and Mark Noble are back with us," he says. "Andy is missing, Doneil Henry is back and Guy Demel is back in training.

    "Our run in the FA Cup up to now has been very good, it's given us a lot of joy. We'd hope to be in a better position squad-wise, but players will have to get through the games as best we can. We're still producing good performances.

    "The West Brom game is about winning, so we have to go there and try to win."

  95. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Koeman and Kane win awards

    Southampton's Ronald Koeman is named Premier League manager of the month for January.

    Koeman

    Koeman led his team to victories over Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle during an impressive month as the Saints consolidated their top four position.

    Meanwhile, Harry Kane, not surprisingly, is the Premier League's player of the month. The frontman bagged braces against Chelsea and West Brom, displaying the kind of form which will almost certainly earn him a place in Roy Hodgson's next England squad.

  96. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    A final line from Arsene Wenger's chat with the media, and an important one too for Gunners fans.

    Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will be out for two weeks. The Wales midfielder was a substitute for Tuesday night's Premier League defeat of Leicester, but was replaced after only nine minutes due to a hamstring problem.

    "There's no obvious reason why he should have muscular injuries," said Wenger, before adding: "But it's not a major injury. It's a grade one."

    Midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (groin), Mikel Arterta (ankle) and Mathieu Debuchy (shoulder) remain out and will miss the Middlesbrough game.

  97. West Ham news conference

    Ah, he is here now.

    First up, Sam Allardyce talks about Andy Carroll, who suffered a knee injury in Wednesday's draw with Southampton, and it does not look like good news.

    "A full diagnosis on Andy is yet to come and we should have that today but it looks like a few weeks," says Allardyce. "The medial ligament on the inside of his knee has a little tear from a fairly innocuous collision with the defender

    "If we're lucky it could be four to six weeks. It's a big blow for him and us but one we've got to cope with."

  98. West Ham news conference

    Sam Allardyce

    Still waiting for Big Sam to rock up for his morning news conference. The West Ham presser was supposed to start at 9:30 GMT, maybe he is printing off some pamphlets crammed with stats...

  99. Design the FA Cup mascot

    The Fa

    Blue Peter has teamed up with the FA and BBC Sport to give one viewer the chance to design the new FA Cup mascot for this year's FA Cup final.

    The competition is open to 6-15 year-olds, who can enter by drawing their design, giving their mascot a name and writing about how they came up with their idea.

    The winner will get the opportunity to walk out on the pitch at Wembley Stadium with their mascot at the FA Cup final on Saturday, 30 May, and they will also get a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and the BBC Sport studio.

  100. Stoke City news conference

    Blackburn v Stoke, Saturday 15:00 GMT

    Stoke City

    Stoke City: "The cameras are ready for Mark Hughes' pre-Blackburn press conference."

  101. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    A couple of other nuggets from Arsene Wenger's chat with the media.

    First up shisha pipes, and Wenger's reaction to the news that England boss Roy Hodgson has tried one but didn't like it because it left a funny taste in his mouth.

    "I feel sorry for him but some people must love it because they do it," said the boss. "I have never tried it so I can't tell you anything about that."

    On the Premier League TV deal and the huge amount of cash it will generate: "The extra Premier League money will contribute to getting more of the best players to play in England."

    And, finally, before he leaves us, Wenger confirms keeper Wojciech Szczesny will face Middlesbrough. "He is completely ready and determined to play," said the gaffer. And with that, he's gone.

  102. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    "We won't be surprised by them. We don't have the excuse to be surprised as they beat Manchester City," says Arsene Wenger, when asked about FA Cup opponents Middlesbrough.

    "Boro are not afraid to take on the big boys. They are well organised, play good football and they are very creative."

    Middlesbrough, of course, won 2-0 at Manchester City in the fourth round to book this tie at Arsenal.

  103. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Better news about Jack Wilshere though.

    The midfielder is back in 'normal training'. "He's motivated and focused to come back as quick as possible. He needs competition," said Wenger.

    The boss also says Gabriel Paulista - the defender signed from Villarreal for £11.2m - is "very close" to making his debut.

    Gabriel Paulista

    "He has the ability, good pace and he's good in the air," says Wenger. "Some players will play in the FA Cup match who have not played recently, but we will treat this game exactly the same as a Premier League game."

  104. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Middlesbrough (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Arsene Wenger has finally arrived and begins with some bad news about Aaron Ramsey.

    The midfielder, as expected, will miss the Middlesbrough game with his third hamstring injury of the season.

    Aaron Ramsey

    "We haven't found an underlying reason," says Wenger. "There's certainly a medical or biomechanical reason."

    Not sure what that means but it doesn't sound good.

  105. Woods needs a Beatles moment

    Golf

    Troubled Tiger Woods no doubt has advice and opinion spilling out of his ears at the moment, but if he wanted any more, BBC golf commentator Peter Alliss has provided it - saying the former world number one needs a guru to rediscover his magic on the course.

    Woods, 39, is taking an indefinite break from golf, because his game is "unacceptable for tournament play".

    Tiger Woods

    "You never know, he might find a guru somewhere. Tiger might go to India like the Beatles and discover something magical," Alliss told BBC Sport.

    "He'd be a huge miss [if he quits]. He's been a giant in a land of Lilliputians for years."

  106. Friday's back pages

    The Mirror

    Wayne Rooney's best position is through the middle as a striker, says Roy Hodgson in The Mirror - slightly contradicting Rooney's boss at Manchester United, Louis van Gaal. Plus there's also reaction to the news that Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic will not be charged by the FA over an alleged headbutt during the midweek Premier League clash with Everton.

  107. 'I've never hurt anyone' - Costa

    Football

    Diego Costa has had to take a lot of flak about the physical nature of some of his performances this season.

    Costa

    But in a new interview the Chelsea and Spain striker has claimed his challenges are "strong but noble" and that he has never seriously injured an opposition player.

    "Check my records, you'll find I've never caused a bad injury to a player," said Costa, who has just served a three-match ban for a stamp on Liverpool's Emre Can in the League Cup semi-final last month.

    "The bottom line is that sometimes the little things I do on the pitch provoke exaggerated reactions."

  108. Friday's back pages

    The Times

    Roy Hodgson's glowing comments about Harry Kane, virtually promising the Tottenham striker a place in his next England squad, dominate the back page of The Times. Hey, and there's that giant mechanical guy again.

  109. Arsene in the house

    Football

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is set to start his news conference at any moment.

    Arsene Wenger

    The Gunners host Middlesbrough, conquerors of Manchester City, in the FA Cup fifth round at the Emirates on Sunday. We'll bring you the best of what Wenger says.

  110. Friday's back pages

    The Independent

    Captain Eoin Morgan makes the rather bold claim in the Independent that England can win the World Cup. Plus there's a big picture from the tournament's opening ceremony of a giant mechanical cricketer... the kind of thing the people planning the event thought 'what a great idea', and the rest of us think 'that's a bit weird'.

  111. Murray marches on

    Tennis

    Andy Murray continued his good form with victory over Canada's Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

    The top seed was hampered by an ankle problem at the start of the second set but fought back from 5-3 behind to win in straight sets.

    Andy Murray

    Murray, 27, only hit 14 winners to his opponent's 25, but made 17 unforced errors compared to Pospisil's 26.

    The Scot - playing his first tournament since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final last month - now faces eighth seed Gilles Simon of France in the quarter-finals.

  112. Friday's back pages

    Daily Express

    Let's begin our round-up of the morning newspapers, starting with the Daily Express and Samir Nasri's pot-shot at Premier League leaders Chelsea. You're not so special, says Nasri, in comments sure to bring a scowl to Jose Mourinho's face.

  113. England hit back

    Cricket

    It hasn't taken long for the England camp to hit back at Geoffrey Boycott.

    James Anderson and Eoin Morgan

    Pace bowler James Anderson responded: "That's rich coming from him.

    "Eoin Morgan is a world-class player and has been for over 100 games. We know how destructive he is when he's in form.

    "He has been great for us. We're hopeful he can get some form. We've seen him get a hundred on this trip against Australia."

    England's World Cup campaign begins against Australia on Saturday at 03:30 GMT. Live Test Match Special radio and text commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and BBC Sport website, plus desktop, tablets, mobiles and app.

  114. 'Morgan not as good as he thinks he is'

    Cricket

    It's not all footie today you know. The Cricket World Cup begins and the Six Nations continues.

    First, to the cricket and it wouldn't be a big event if Geoffrey Boycott wasn't on hand to give a controversial opinion or two.

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Boycott has described England captain Eoin Morgan's batting as no match for the world's best bowlers, saying "I don't think he's as good as he thinks he is."

    Boycott's full interview was broadcast in BBC Radio 5 live's Cricket World Cup preview programme. It's well worth a listen.

  115. 'United are miserable' - Scholes

    Football

    Could this be something else for Louis van Gaal to get his teeth stuck into at his press conference later today?

    Former United midfielder Paul Scholes, writing in The Independent, has described some of the football his old club are playing as "miserable".

    Paul Scholes

    "Part of being a Manchester United player under Sir Alex Ferguson, perhaps the most important part, was that when you were in possession you had to take risks in order to create goalscoring chances. It was not an option; it was an obligation," Scholes said.

    "United's history was built on attacking football. It does not give me any pleasure to say that at the moment I am struggling to watch Louis van Gaal's team with any great enjoyment.

    "At times, United's football is miserable."

    We await Louis's response with interest.

  116. Hodgson speaks out

    Football

    In a lengthy interview, Roy Hodgson has also been talking about many other things England related, including:

    *Being impressed by Burnley striker Danny Ings and describing him as someone he "needs to keep an eye on".

    Danny ngs

    *Liverpool's 19-year-old winger Jordon Ibe would have to "jump over a lot of young players" before he could be considered for the national team.

    *West Brom striker Saido Berahino's drink driving conviction is not a concern.

    *Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is getting "more and more mature" with each performance.

    Read the full interview here.

  117. Kane very able

    Football

    Given he's scored 23 goals in 35 games this season, it's little surprise that Tottenham striker Harry Kane has caught the eye of Roy Hodgson.

    The England manager has revealed the 21-year-old will almost certainly be in the squad for next month's double-header with Lithuania and Italy.

    Harry Kane

    Hodgson said Kane had "everything you're looking for in a centre forward".

    "Is he worth a place in the squad now? Of course he is," said the England boss.

  118. Fixture list

    Football

    Eight big FA Cup games over the weekend. We'll bring you all the build-up throughout the course of the day. Here's who is trying to make it into the quarter finals, including Bradford, conquerors of Mourinho and Chelsea last time out.

    Saturday, 14 Feb: West Brom v West Ham (12:45 GMT), Blackburn v Stoke, Derby v Reading (15:00), Crystal Palace v Liverpool (17:30).

    Bradford

    Sunday, 15 Feb: Aston Villa v Leicester (12:30 GMT), Bradford v Sunderland (14:30), Arsenal v Middlesbrough (16:00)

    Monday, 16 Feb: Preston v Manchester United (19:45 GMT)

  119. Managing your day

    Last time Louis van Gaal spoke to the media, he did his best impression of a high school science teacher, waving around little bits of paper containing statistics and explaining that Manchester United were not - we repeat, not - a long-ball team.

    Louis van Gaal

    Van Gaal is the last of nine Premier League managers giving news conferences today, before a weekend of FA Cup fifth-round action. Here is who is speaking and when.

    Arsene Wenger, Arsenal 09:00 GMT; Sam Allardyce, West Ham 09:30; Mark Hughes, Stoke 09:45.

    Tony Pulis, West Brom 12:00 GMT; Gus Poyet, Sunderland 13:00; Scott Marshall (probably), Aston Villa 13:30.

    Alan Pardew, Crystal Palace 13:30 GMT; Nigel Pearson, Leicester 14:00; Louis van Gaal, Manchester United 15:30.

  120. Morning

    Want to read the very best bits as numerous Premier League managers hold news conferences? Check.

    All the breaking football news as it happens? Check.

    The build-up to the start of the Cricket World Cup and another weekend of Six Nations action? Check.

    A picture of Arsene Wenger with his arms folded?

    Arsene Wenger

    We can give you it all.

    Welcome to another Sportsday, sit back and enjoy.