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Summary

  1. AP McCoy finishes fourth in final Cheltenham Festival outing
  2. Novice Coneygree wins Gold Cup
  3. Chelsea will win Premier League, says Jose Mourinho
  4. Harry Kane secures back-to-back player of the month awards
  5. GET INVOLVED: Who will finish top four? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodnight

    Well that was a busy one.

    We've brought you 13 Premier League manager news conferences today - including some classic outpourings from Jose Mourinho - AP McCoy's final Cheltenham outing and news of a Gold Cup victory for Coneygree.

    England ended their dismal World Cup campaign with an underwhelming win over Afghanistan, Nico Rosberg topped the practice sessions at the opening grand prix of the year, and a Norwich fan's mum roasted his tickets.

    We really have it all covered.

    Just to mark your card for some live action coming up in the wee smalls. From 02:30 GMT there will be live text coverage of third practice and qualifying from the Australian Grand Prix. We'll hopefully see some of you then.

    Sportsday is back with you on Monday. Have a good weekend.

  2. "Get busy living, or get busy dying' - I got busy living."

    Rugby Union

    Matt Hampson

    Ten years ago on Sunday, Matt Hampson, a standout prop for the Tigers' development squad and England youth international, was left paralysed from the neck down when a scrum collapsed in a training session with the England Under-21 squad.

    Hampson, aged just 20 at the time of his accident, spent 17 months in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and now can only breathe with the help of a ventilator.

    A decade later, he's been speaking to BBC Sport about his life and charity work.

  3. Sauber, Van der Garde court battle to resume

    Formula 1

    In just a few hours from now the legal battle between Sauber and Giedo Van der Garde will resume in a Melbourne courtroom.

    The two parties are expected back at the Victoria Supreme Court at 09:30 local time on Saturday (22:30 GMT Friday).

    Giedo Van der Garde

    Sauber's team principal Kaltenborn was told this week that she will be in contempt of court - and face a prison sentence - if she failed to allow Van der Garde to drive in Melbourne.

    Friday's practice sessions at Albert Park came and went without Van der Garde - who claims he had a contract to drive for the team in 2015 - taking to the track.

    We'll watch for any further developments with interest.

  4. Mayweather & Pacquiao agree to drug testing

    Boxing

    Flloyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

    Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug testing prior to their 2 May fight in Las Vegas.

    The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) announced on Friday that both fighters will have to make themselves available for random urine and blood tests and provide the agency with an itinerary of their travels.

    "It's a strong statement of the importance of clean and safe competition to have these two fighters voluntarily agree to have a Wada-level anti-doping program implemented for this fight," said Usada chief executive Travis Tygart.

  5. Carlisle sign Owls midfielder Corry

    Football

    Carlisle United have signed Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Paul Corry on a one-month loan deal.

    The 24-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has played just once for the Owls this season.

  6. Majid Haq still has Scotland future - Mommsen

    Cricket

    Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has backed bowler Majid Haq to return to the international side despite being sent home from the World Cup.

    Haq was banished from the squad after sending a controversial tweet in light of his omission from the team for the 148-run defeat by Sri Lanka in Hobart.

    "I've no doubt he'll learn from it and he'll definitely be back," said Mommsen. "It's vital we keep hold of Maj, he still has a very important role to play for us in the future."

  7. Crewe sign Ikpeazu on loan

    Football

    Crewe Alexandra have agreed a deal to sign Watford striker Uche Ikpeazu on loan for a third time. Ikpeazu, 20, will return to Gresty Road until the end of the campaign, after spells last term and earlier this season.

  8. 'Let's make history' - Scott

    Rugby Union

    Centre Matt Scott has called on Scotland to shake off their tag as "gallant losers" and make history by beating England at Twickenham on Saturday.

    It is 32 years since Scotland last won at the home of English rugby and Scott said: "It does have an effect, for me personally it's a massive opportunity to make history.

    Scotland

    "The history is hard to ignore. People talk about that team that won in 1983 and personally I use it as a great motivation."

  9. Crolla cleared to return to boxing

    Boxing

    Anthony Crolla says he has been told he can resume his boxing career after his skull was fractured when he confronted burglars near his home in Manchester.

    Crolla

    The 28-year-old suffered the injuries in December when he was in training to face WBA champion Richard Abril from Cuba in January.

    His trainer Joe Gallagher said he was "lucky to be alive" after the attack.

    "There's no permanent damage from December and I'll be fine to box on," Crolla said on Twitter.

  10. Listen again: Coneygree wins Gold Cup

    Horse Racing

    We brought you the news earlier that Coneygree has become the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1974.

    Nico de Boinville guided the 7-1 chance to the front early on and then held off the challenge of Djakadam and Road To Riches in the closing stages.

    Nico de Boinville celebrates on Coneygree

    Retiring 19-time champion AP McCoy finished ninth on Carlingford Lough.

    You can hear John Hunt describe the closing stages of the race in this clip from 5 live.

  11. Premiership award for Exeter's Slade

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs fly-half Henry Slade has been named Premiership Player of the Month for February.

    The 21-year-old scored 57 points in February, including a career-high 27 in the win over Harlequins, as Exeter moved to third place after three wins.

    "Every time Henry Slade touches the ball something happens," said former England international Austin Healey.

  12. Team Sky duo stay in hunt at Paris-Nice

    Cycling

    Team Sky's Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas remain in contention for the week-long Paris-Nice title after Friday's fifth stage was won by Davide Cimolai (Lampre) in a bunch sprint.

    Poland's Michal Kwiatkoswki (Etixx-QuickStep) retained the race leader's yellow jersey after the 192.5-kilometre stage from St Etienne to Rasteau.

    But the world champion's advantage is sure to come under attack this weekend from Porte and Thomas, who are one and three seconds behind respectively. Welshman Thomas is likely to support the Australian's bid for overall victory.

    Kwiatkoswki may need to gain some time in Saturday's sixth stage from Vence to Nice as Porte is expected to be strong in Sunday's concluding 9.5km time-trial up Col d'Eze.

  13. Oldham sign Sadler & Woodland on loan

    Football

    League One side Oldham Athletic have signed Rotherham full-back Mat Sadler and Bolton midfielder Luke Woodland on one-month loan deals.

    Both players are available for Oldham's game against Barnsley on Saturday.

  14. Bale caught in Real Madrid crossfire

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale is under heavy fire in Spain today, unwittingly finding himself the biggest victim in the fall-out from Real Madrid's recent loss of form.

    Los Blancos' 4-3 home defeat by Schalke on Tuesday, which nearly knocked them out of the Champions League, was seen as the final straw and has led to an ugly power struggle between club president Florentino Perez and the country's most influential sports newspaper, Marca.

    And Bale is, harshly, being placed right in the middle of the battle.

    Spanish football writer Andy West has the full story here.

  15. Russia plans anti-racism conference

    Football

    Russia is planning an international anti-racism summit this year to try and get on top of the problem before hosting the 2018 World Cup.

    The conference is a response to a report which detailed more than 200 cases of discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian football over two seasons, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian media.

  16. Two-year extension for Amalfitano

    Football

    Morgan Amalfitano

    Morgan Amalfitano has become the latest West Ham player to sign a new contract - penning a two-year extension.

    The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day.

    Amalfitano, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at West Brom from Marseille, initially signed a one-year deal but his form has seen him rewarded with a new deal, following in the recent footsteps of Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid.

  17. McCoy bids farewell to Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    "Cheltenham Festival: End of an era. On to Aintree."

    AP McCoy
  18. No winning farewell for McCoy in eponymous race

    Horse Racing

    AP McCoy

    AP McCoy finishes fourth on Ned Buntline in the race named in his honour - which was also the final race of this year's Cheltenham Festival.

    The AP McCoy Grand Annual Chase was instead won by 16-1 shot Next Sensation.

    McCoy said: "It's amazing, but I feel a bit guilty as Next Sensation won the race.

    "It's a very emotional thing. It's very special, and something I really appreciate. This is something I'm really going to miss."

  19. 'Falcao's days at United look numbered'

    Football

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport at Carrington

    "Listening to Louis van Gaal at Carrington this afternoon, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Radamel Falcao's days as a Manchester United player are numbered.

    "Though Van Gaal praised Falcao's attitude, he also highlighted the fact some players who do well in one country find it difficult to replicate that form in another.

    Radamel Falcao and Louis van Gaal

    "Even more pointedly, when asked if he thought the Colombian could show the form that persuaded Monaco to pay Atletico Madrid £50m for him in the summer of 2013, Van Gaal swerved a direct answer.

    "Instead, he pointed out the competition Falcao faces and that Wayne Rooney is now scoring goals.

    "Falcao's loan is due to expire in 10 games' time, after which United must decide whether to pay £43.2m for him."

  20. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Some top four comments from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Dave Swanwick: I'm a Man Utd fan, and would love to see them back in the Champions League, but this is my top four... 1) Chelsea 2) Man City 3) Arsenal 4) Liverpool. Breaks my heart to say that, but Man Utd need to sort themselves out first in my eyes. But I have been wrong before.

    Colin John Rudd: It's not quite that simple and never is. Liverpool on form should win, chances are they will dominate and then Man Utd will pinch it on the break a bit like Chelsea did last year. That said, I think Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League! Expect an erroneous refereeing decision to decide it though!

    Joseph Merrington: No one seems to mention Liverpool have to go to Arsenal the week after. They have to beat United and Arsenal. Lose either and any work they do will be undone. Even if they beat United and draw at Arsenal the fact United have to only beat Villa to leap frog them again puts more pressure on Liverpool. United fourth.

  21. One last Cheltenham ride for McCoy

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    "The 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy leaving weighing room for final ride at Cheltenham Festival."

    AP McCoy
  22. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal admits he was "very disappointed" after the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal - but says it hasn't dented confidence.

    "I am very pleased with the reaction from the players this week and I hope we can show that against Spurs," he said.

    Van Gaal

    "It is the first of the 10 matches we have to play in the rat-race. It is not easy to play Tottenham because I like Tottenham, I like also the process in Tottenham because you can see that a lot of experienced players are not playing and a lot of youngsters are playing.

    "In spite of that they are also very close and are playing attacking football."

  23. Bradstock team's delight at Coneygree victory

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    Coneygree jockey Nico de Boinville with trainer Mark Bradstock

    "Coneygree was something of a fairytale Cheltenham Gold Cup winner for the Bradstock training team.

    "The horse was bred by the late Lord Oaksey, the father of Sara Bradstock - wife of trainer Mark, and his assistant, at their small Oxfordshire stables.

    "She said: 'That was cool, wasn't it? He is wonderful. Dad's not here but he is here in spirit. I can't believe it. I have been saying to people 'when we win the Gold Cup' in the same breath that I say 'when we win the lottery' - it's that amazing.'"

  24. Men who bristle

    Rugby Union

    There's something reassuring about a big bushy beard. It looks all snug, the kind of place a small animal could curl up and hibernate during the cold winter months.

    And so, ahead of the penultimate weekend of Six Nations action, we on BBC Sport would like to celebrate the finest whiskers in international rugby union.

    This is Scotland prop Geoff Cross's quite magnificent facial hair, so big it can apparently be seen from four miles away.

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    But this is just the start. To see the rest, click on here.

    NB: Not suitable for those with a fear of substantial facial hair.

  25. Want to hear what Geoffrey Boycott thinks of England?

    Cricket

    Of course you do.

    In this video, the former England batsman and BBC TMS pundit considers a range of topics tabled by BBC Sport's Twitter followers.

    England defeated Afghanistan in their final World Cup fixture earlier today but exit the tournament having lost four of their six Pool A matches.

    Geoffrey Boycott
  26. Umpires lose age discrimination case

    Cricket

    Former umpires Peter Willey and George Sharp have lost an age discrimination case against the England and Wales Cricket Board.

    The pair were forced into retirement having reached the ECB's maximum age of 65, leading to claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.

    Peter Willey and George Sharp

    But an employment tribunal, heard by Judge Wade in London last month, issued a written judgement to the parties on Friday in the governing body's favour.

    The ECB issued a statement that read: "We welcome today's decision, which recognises our current retirement policy for umpires is firmly based on sound legal principles and not discriminatory on grounds of age."

  27. 'I buried my head in the sand'

    Football

    More from David Duckenfield at the Hillsborough inquests, who a short time ago made a long speech to relatives of the 96 victims.

    "To the families, I say this. It has now dawned on me what it means to you and I'm dreadfully sorry," he said. "When the independent panel report was published, I couldn't bear the word Hillsborough and could not bear to think about it.

    "I hoped it would go away but then, two years ago, I had to force myself to look at matters and could only do so with help of doctors.

    "It's fair to say I buried my head in the sand. I'm now very much older, very much wiser, and I've decided to tell the whole truth.

    "It is now I have thought very seriously about the families. For the first time, I've seen what it means for a mother to lose a loved one."

  28. Duckenfield: Hillsborough 'buck stops with me'

    Football

    The police match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told a jury "ultimately, the buck stops with me".

    David Duckenfield said he had taken advice from colleagues but had not done "the easiest thing" and blamed others for his mistakes.

    David Duckenfield
    Image caption: David Duckenfield was in charge when a crush developed in terraced pens on 15 April 1989

    The former chief superintendent was in charge when a crush developed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. On Thursday he denied his account of events was the beginning of a cover-up.

    But Mr Duckenfield agreed he was incompetent and his "mistakes" and "oversight" had contributed to the deaths of 96 fans.

    Read the full story here.

  29. Rhodes to nowhere

    Football gossip

    Rhodes

    Middlesbrough have given up their chase of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, reports the Northern Echo.

  30. Spurs get stadium go-ahead

    Football

    Tottenham have finally been given the go-ahead to build their new stadium after a small local firm admitted defeat in its objections to the £400m scheme.

    The Archway Sheet Metal Works had a legal challenge to a compulsory purchase order rejected last month but could have appealed.

    The firm has now decided not to do so, it announced on Friday, adding in a statement: "We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis."

    Spurs have relocated more than 70 local businesses from the site, which is adjacent to the White Hart Lane home they have occupied since 1899.

  31. Get involved

    Jimmy McB: Cannot wait for this match this weekend. Me (Chelsea) against my mother (Southampton fan). Who said it was mother's day?

    Loser has to cook tea?

  32. Video nasty for England

    Cricket

    BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts and figures from the 2015 Cricket World Cup as Martin Guptill's sixth ODI century (105 from 100 balls) helps New Zealand to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in Hamilton.

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    The result means the Black Caps now go into next week's quarter-finals having won eight consecutive ODIs, including all six Pool A matches.

    Elsewhere in the group, England's World Cup campaign ends with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan via the Duckworth-Lewis method after a rain-affected match in Sydney.

    Watch the video of the stats from the New Zealand and England games here.

  33. Kiev not keen

    Football gossip

    London Evening Standard: Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev want to keep 24-year-old defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who is being linked with a move to Arsenal.

  34. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    More questions on Falcao for Louis van Gaal to answer - and answer them he does.

    'Why has he not been the same player as when he was in Madrid?', the United manager is asked. "We are looking for the solution," says Van Gaal.

    "Sometimes players can give fantastic performances in one country but not in another. It would not be the first time and it won't be the last."

    'Can he recapture his form?' another journalist asks. "At a club like Man United it is more difficult," the boss says. "He has competitors. He knows Wayne Rooney is playing there and scoring."

  35. Rangers director quits over tweet controversy

    Football

    A Rangers director has resigned amid controversy over a tweet which showed a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

    Chris Graham was appointed as a non-executive director at Ibrox on Tuesday.

    It later emerged the image was sent from his Twitter account to radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

    Read the full story here.

  36. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Some material from the Manchester United press conference is filtering through and it seems as though Louis van Gaal has spent much of it talking about Radamel Falcao.

    United

    The highly-paid striker played for United's under-21 side this week.

    "I have read it was a humiliation," said van Gaal, when asked about it. "I do not think so. It is a professional attitude of the manager, the management, also the club and especially from the player.

    "It is not only Falcao. Valdes and Rafael have also played.

    "He has not reacted how the media say he has reacted."

    A typically frank Van Gaal then went on to say Falcao "didn't play very well".

  37. Alderweireld wants Southampton stay

    Football

    Southampton's on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld says he would like to remain at the club after his spell from Atletico Madrid at St Mary's ends.

    The 26-year-old Belgium international has made 16 Premier League starts since joining on a season-long deal from the La Liga side in September.

    "If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here," Alderweireld told BBC Radio Solent.

  38. TV date for Rams fans

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  39. 'It's unbelievable'

    Horse Racing

    Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Nico de Boinville has been talking after his success in the big race.

    "Words can't describe it without using expletives, but it's unbelievable. I knew I had a lot of horse left.

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    "It's the best feeling ever, I'm lost for words. The weather gods were looking down on us and the ground was ideal.

    "I must thank the owners and the Bradstocks for keeping the faith in me. These horses only come once in a lifetime."

    De Boinville's Coneygree (7-1) became the first novice to strike for 41 years in only his fourth race over fences, taking the plaudits ahead of Djakadam (10-1) and Road To Riches (8-1).

  40. John Carver news conference

    Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Papiss Cisse, banned for seven games for that spitting incident with Man United's Jonny Evans, is not defended by his manager.

    Carver admitted the Senegal striker had no choice but to take responsibility for his actions.

    Cisse

    He said: "The fact that Papiss owned up to it straight away, I wasn't going to sit here and defend him. I sat with him and I said, 'Listen, I can't defend you on this, you've done wrong and have to accept whatever punishment you get'.

    "There's no place in the game for it. When you've played the game, it's one of the lowest forms of anything you can do on the pitch. A lot of players would have acted differently. He was provoked, and retaliating in the same manner is just as bad."

  41. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Who will finish top four along with Chelsea and Man City?

    Rizpey: Southampton and Spurs have a easy run in. Arsenal third, Spurs fourth, Liverpool fifth, Saints sixth, Man United seventh. Yes big call I know.

    Porphyro: Arsenal, Liverpool. Will be disappointing if the dreadful Man United make it.

    Tom Croft: Liverpool and Arsenal for top four. United aren't good enough, Spurs and Saints just short but improving massively.

    The debate continues at #'bbcsportsday

  42. 'Is this one of Delia's?'

    Football

    Here's a tale sure to catch the attention of Norwich's joint majority shareholder and culinary queen Delia Smith.

    A Canaries fan was left steaming when his mother accidentally cooked 16 tickets he had bought for an upcoming match at Brighton.

    Mikey Knight's mother put a roast-in-the-bag chicken on top of the envelope containing the tickets, where it stayed until she took the bird from the oven to check its progress 40 minutes later.

    The charred remains, worth £500, were dished up by his red-faced mum when he arrived for supper. Brighton and Hove Albion has agreed to provide him with replacements.

    Delia Smith
    Image caption: "...then simply peel away the tickets from the underside of the bird after about 90 minutes..."
  43. Coneygree strikes gold

    Horse racing

    Coneygree has won the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the first novice to win the race since the 1970s.

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    The 7-1 shot, ridden by Nico de Boinville, held off Ruby Walsh on Djakadamin in a thrilling finish, with Road To Riches third.

    Tony McCoy, making his final Gold Cup appearance, finished down the field on Carlingford Lough.

  44. Top dog

    Harry Kane on Twitter, after being named Premier League player of the month for February - the second successive month he's won the award.

    Kane
  45. Gold Cup klaxon

    Horse Racing

    Just to say the Gold Cup is off imminently.

    Toddle over to this page for more.

  46. Serena back at Indian Wells after 14 years

    Tennis

    While we're on the tennis, there is an interesting Serena Williams story on the BBC website, the world number one talking about how she never believed she would return to Indian Wells after suffering crowd abuse at the tournament as a teenager.

    The 33-year-old this week ends her 14-year boycott of the BNP Paribas Open in California.

    Serena Williams is congratulated by father Richard and sister Venus (left) after winning the 2001 final at Indian Wells

    Her father accused fans of racial abuse after the then-19-year-old was booed and heckled in the 2001 final (pictured here congratulating Serena after she won that final).

    "I just felt like it was the right time for me to come back here and try to be the best that I can be," Williams said in an interview with Time magazine.

  47. Watson in action later today

    Tennis

    Heather Watson

    Heather Watson plays her second-round match against the Italian Camila Giorgi in Indian Wells this evening (18:00 GMT).

    The British number one is aiming to reach the third round of the event for the first time in her career.

    She beat German Julia Goerges 6-4 5-7 6-3 in her opening match at the tournament.

  48. 'Extra RFU funding is not enough'

    Rugby Union

    The Rugby Football Union's funding boost for Championship clubs is "nowhere near enough", says Plymouth chief operating officer James Coulton.

    The RFU has understood to rise to more than £500,000, from next season.

    Plymouth Albion, who argue second-tier clubs still need more money if they are to survive.

    "It goes some way to bridging the gap, but nowhere near enough," Coulton said.

  49. No regrets, says Eoin Morgan

    Cricket

    Captain Eoin Morgan insisted he would leave the World Cup with "no regrets" despite England's failure to qualify out of their group.

    England won just two of their six games at the tournament and only avoided their worst-ever World Cup with a rain-affected nine-wicket success over Afghanistan in Sydney on Friday.

    "There are no regrets," Morgan said. "Absolutely not. We've given it everything and certainly I have.

    "The personnel we have are the right personnel. We haven't clicked. We haven't had guys in form."

    Eoin Morgan
  50. Victory for Martello Tower

    Horse racing

    Martello Tower wins the Albert Bartlett Novices' Hurdle at Cheltenham, just edging ahead of Milsean, who led for most of the race.

    No More Heroes also came up strong to finish in third.

    Don't forget the Gold Cup, featuring AP McCoy on Carlingford Lough, gets under way at 15:20 GMT.

    You can keep across that race by clicking through to our dedicated live text page.

  51. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Pochettino is targeting a third successive win for Tottenham at Old Trafford on Sunday.

    "We believe we can win," he said. "You never think before a game that it is possible to lose. You are always focusing on getting the three points and are never thinking about losing.

    "Our pressure is inside us, in the group. We want to win every game. Maybe Manchester United has history, but our mentality is to compete and try to win the game. Man United is not my problem."

  52. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    The Everton fans were a frustrated bunch during the first half-hour of last night's win over Dynamo as their team laboured to get into the game, but Martinez's men improved as the contest wore on.

    "On Sunday, we want the high tempo and bravery from the final 60 minutes last night," Martinez said.

    "We know when we have our crowd going we get the benefit from it."

    Naismith scores
  53. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman hopes Chelsea will not take their Champions League frustrations out on the Saints when the teams meet on Sunday.

    Koeman's side are four points adrift of the top four in the Premier League and the Dutchman is not sure it's an ideal time to meet the Blues after their PSG defeat.

    Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman

    "I don't know when it is a good time to face them - it's always a difficult time. They're very disappointed after Wednesday," Koeman said. "Maybe now there's a bit of pressure as they fight for the title.

    "I know Jose very well - he's a good friend, a great coach and a very successful manager."

  54. Roberto Martinez news conference

    Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez reported a clean bill of health following last night's 2-1 victory over Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League.

    "We didn't pick up any knocks or bruises last night. John Stones should be available after a stomach bug," said Martinez, whose side hosts Newcastle on Sunday.

    "Bryan Oviedo is probably three weeks away from being fully fit. Leighton Baines will have a late fitness test."

  55. McCririck wants five-day festival

    Horse racing

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    "Racing broadcaster John McCririck told me earlier he would like to see the Cheltenham Festival extended from four to five days.

    "The meeting expanded from three days (Tuesday to Thursday) to four in 2005 and has been enjoying record crowds this week.

    "'I'm advocating five from Wednesday with a Sunday finale,' said the 75-year-old former bookmaker.

    "'People say the quality would be diluted, but the place would be packed. The 1,000 Guineas is about the only big Sunday race we have in the UK.'"

  56. New deal for World Cup winner Low

    Football

    Joachim Low

    Joachim Low has extended his contract as coach of world champions Germany until the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    The 55-year-old's previous contract took him through to Euro 2016, but he said the chance to extend the deal could not be turned down.

    "I said yes with my heart and my head," Loew said. "We feel incredibly good working together and we have shared goals. We were crowned world champions and we want to experience that feeling again."

  57. Double your money

    Football gossip

    Saints

    Daily Express: Southampton have offered midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 25, and defender Nathaniel Clyne, 23, new contracts that would double their pay.

  58. Celtic: No comment over Brown pictures

    Football

    Celtic are making no comment over a newspaper report that appears to show captain Scott Brown apparently drunk in Edinburgh days before a cup final.

    The Sun published pictures of the Scotland captain slumped on the pavement on Wednesday night.

    Celtic captain Scott Brown

    Brown, 29, had the day off on Thursday and was back training on Friday morning.

    Celtic play Dundee United in Sunday's Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park.

  59. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Mauricio Pochettino next and the Spurs boss is asked why British teams have struggled so badly in Europe this season.

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    "The more difficult time for us is Christmas when the other European leagues have a break and when we arrive in February/March it's very difficult for the English team," he said.

    "The number of games we play is more than the European teams - I think this is the key, the teams in the other leagues arrive more fresh than the English teams... our competition is more tough... the Premier League is the most competitive league."

  60. Gus Poyet news conference

    Sunderland v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Poyet says his players need to perform with composure tomorrow.

    "We need to be a little more calm and believe in the team, and we need to start well and get the Stadium of Light on its feet," he said.

    The boss adds: "We have the same squad as last week other than Lee Cattermole. Billy Jones is back but he was there last week."

    Alverez

    He also pinpoints attacking midfielder Ricardo Alvarez as a key man for his team.

    "He is very important," said Poyet. "He knows that and he's very happy about it, so let's see what he can do tomorrow."

  61. Gus Poyet news conference

    Sunderland v Aston Villa (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Gus Poyet has taken his seat. In fact here's the proof.

    Gus Poyet

    The Sunderland boss is asked about opponents Aston Villa and says: "The two games they have won are derbies so they're totally different - they are unique games.

    "I played with [Villa boss] Tim Sherwood and he has a strong footballing character. He's a winner and what you see is what you get with him and his teams."

  62. Peace reigns at Cheltenman

    Horse racing

    We have our first winner of a soggy final day at the Cheltenham Festival.

    The 2-1 favourite Peace and Co, ridden by Barry Geraghty, has won the Triumph Hurdle. AP McCoy's mount, Hargam, was third.

    Top Notch came home in second place, making it a 1-2-3 for trainer Nicky Henderson.

  63. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Who will join Chelsea and Man City in the Premier league's top four this season?

    Max Baggins-Craig: My predictions: Chelsea, City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Saints, Spurs (Europa, League Cup runners up), Swansea, Hammers, Stoke.

    Aashish: It is hard to disagree with Mr Savage's top-four selection, given his analysis of the run-in with the teams and their respective schedules. So Arsenal third, and Liverpool fourth.

    MyChemicalGaming: Look at Spurs' run-in. If they perform against Man Utd and Southampton; they will get fourth easy. Third will be Arsenal.

    Rikki Burns: Better than the race for fourth spot is the battle for 10th place between Newcastle and West Ham.

    Would that be a touch of sarcasm Mr Burns?

  64. John Carver news conference

    Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    A little team news ahead of the Magpies clash with Everton.

    "Remy Cabella and Rob Elliot are back in the squad following injury. They are raring to go," says Carver.

    "Massadio Haidara had an injection in his knee and it hasn't settled down so he won't be fit for the weekend."

  65. John Carver news conference

    Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Like Alan Pardew earlier, John Carver is another manager trying to shift the onus on to the opponents.

    Carver

    "Everton have 12 or 14 extra games than us and it's draining from a physical and injury point of view," the Magpies boss said.

    "All the pressure is on them on Sunday. There is none on us and we have to go there and express ourselves."

  66. Hull youngster rewarded for hat-trick of hat-tricks

    Football

    Hull City striker Jonathon Margetts has been rewarded for scoring a hat-trick in each of his last three matches by being offered a first shot at league football with Cambridge United.

    The 21-year-old heads to the League Two side on a deal until the end of the season having scored 14 goals in just 13 games for the Under-21s this season.

    He hit trebles in reserve games with Mansfield, Hartlepool and Scunthorpe prior to sealing his move to the Abbey Stadium.

  67. Post update

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    The scene at Cheltenham, and the weather doesn't look too hot...

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  68. Alan Pardew news conference

    Crystal Palace v QPR (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    A classic case of trying to shift the pressure on to Palace's Saturday opponents now from Pardew.

    "The game is more important for QPR, it's probably a must-win," he says. "We have to pick up points when we can and we'll be OK.

    "My team is very focused, they're terrific to work with and have had a good week's work ahead of a local derby.

    "We want to get our stadium rocking and we need wins to do that."

  69. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Burnley v Man City (Saturday 17:30 GMT)

    Pellegrini's agent this week raised the prospect of his client joining Napoli at the end of the season amid speculation the Chilean's position at City is under threat.

    "My future is very easy," Pellegrini said. "I have a contract here until June 2016 and I will finish my contract here. And if I can extend my contract I will. When I sign a contract I always try to finish it.

    "If I'm not happy, maybe you try to finish before, but I'm very happy."

  70. Alan Pardew news conference

    Crystal Palace v QPR (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Alan Pardew is next up and he arrives with some team news.

    "Yaya Sanogo is available but Marouane Chamakh is not," he tells the media.

    The manager will also have striker Glenn Murray back after suspension.

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    Pardew is next asked about keeper Julian Speroni, at fault for a couple of goals of late.

    As you'd expect, the boss is supportive of his player. "He has been brilliant for this football club and a few have gone in off him recently but he's been great apart from that," Pardew says.

  71. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Burnley v Man City (Saturday 17:30 GMT)

    And continuing the theme of the last post... Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini is talking to journalists, and the first question is about that alleged half-time bust-up at Liverpool last time out.

    Pellegrini

    "Inside the dressing room we didn't have any problem," says Pellegrini, though he doesn't seem entirely comfortable talking about it.

    "There was no bust up, and it is not important to talk about something that happened 20 years ago."

    Asked what the spirit inside the camp is like, he gives a one-word answer: "Normal".

  72. No fight, says Fernandinho

    Football

    Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has denied that he had a half-time fight with skipper Vincent Kompany during the recent Premier League defeat at Liverpool, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    getty

    The paper reports that instead it was simply "a conversation".

    "I have seen a few things about this, and people are creating and telling stories, even though it didn't happen that way," said the midfielder

  73. Get involved - England cricket

    #bbcsportsday

    England beat Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup today. Here are some of the messages you've been sending...

    Glenn: England's batting line-up should've been... Hales, Ali, Taylor, Bell, Root, Morgan, Butler, Woakes, Broad, Tredwell, Anderson.

    Steve Handicott: Knighthood for Peter Moores?

    Ian Lamerton: Wow! How bad must Afghanistan be?

    We'll leave that there I think.

  74. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Oscar statue

    Jose continues to be a tad prickly with the media…

    "The nature of a journalist's job is to go with the wind. If the wind blows one way, you go that way. If it blows another, you go the other way.

    "I'm not like that with my players. I trust them whether we win or we lose. I support my players. We win together and we lose together."

    A final line from the Blues boss: "The future now is to try in the Premier League and if we finish the season winning the PL and the League Cup, then that is a brilliant season."

    And with that, he's gone.

    Award-winning stuff from the Portuguese. He could have only topped that performance by swirling a cape over his shoulders and scattering bystanders with a cane as he left the room.

  75. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Another question about his players surrounding the referee is too much for Jose to bear it seems.

    Get ready for a long reply, in which he accuses Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher - pundits very critical of his team on Sky - of "envy".

    Carragher

    "One by one in the tunnel after the PSG game, I shook the hands of not just their players but the coaches and everyone else from PSG. I told them they deserved to win and good luck for the future.

    "This is the way we behave after a defeat. I am not like the way people sometimes like to describe me.

    "The world is a bit strange, maybe because of diets and the quality of the products we are eating, I think memories are getting shorter. Because when Carragher and Souness speak about it, it is because they are having a problem for sure.

    "Carragher stopped playing two years ago and it seems he's forgotten everything on the pitch. Mr Souness has also forgotten, though he stopped playing a long time ago. He also forgets that I know so much about him, because he left Benfica as coach.

    "But I prefer to laugh and to say the envy is the biggest thing that the shadows do to the man."

    That's told them then.

  76. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Asked about the spotlight on his team after claims they tried to pressurise the referee into dismissing PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic in midweek, he said:

    "If my players surround the referee, we are charged. We have to pay a fine and if we do that, the players pay the fine. At this moment we have eight months of competition, we have been charged once and we paid for that. It's as simple as that.

    "Go to the Premier League and see how many teams are charged. The only thing I know is Chelsea were charged once. It is my responsibility to train the players and help them cope with the pressure.

    "The people that were out of the Champions League on Wednesday are the same people that won the League Cup and the same people that are going to win the Premier League. It is the same people."

  77. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    After further questioning from a persistent journalist over the Champions League exit:

    "Why are you so pessimistic in life? It is more difficult to succeed. Maybe you are a guy with great potential and you don't move on because you are a pessimist. Believe in yourself, be positive.

    "We have 11 matches to play, We have an advantage of five points with a match in hand. We cannot promise we will win every game but we are optimistic.

    "You look very pessimistic. You have to enjoy life in a different way. So move on with your questions man."

    That told him...

  78. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Chelsea v Southampton (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Jose Mourinho

    Jose Mourinho is in one of his moods today and doesn't want to share details of the inquest into Chelsea's Champions League exit with the assembled media.

    "I reflect on the game with the players, but not with you," he told the media above the loud clatter of what sounds likes dozens and dozens of cameras.

    "I had a meeting with the players, I am working for the future. I don't have to share that with you."

    Did the players react well to that meeting?

    "Everybody spoke. It was very interactive. It was good. But I don't share that with you."

  79. Clyburn closes in on lead at Mission Hills

    Golf

    England's Holly Clyburn carded a second-round 65 to move within a shot of the lead in the World Ladies Championship at Mission Hills.

    Clyburn carded nine birdies and one bogey on the Blackstone Course to finish eight under par, one behind defending champion Inbee Park of South Korea who had a second successive 69.

    Wales' Becky Morgan, who held a share of the lead with Park overnight, could only manage a one-over-par 74 to drop back into a three-way share of fourth place on three under.

  80. Button wants to avoid last row of Melbourne grid

    Formula 1

    We brought you the news earlier that Manor Marussia may have to skip Sunday's season-opening due to computer problems.

    Their woes could well make an already bleak situation worse for McLaren-Honda, who had a troubled pre-season and looked off the pace in today's practice sessions.

    Fernando Alonso

    McLaren's Jenson Button was 3.69 seconds slower than Nico Rosberg's pace-setting Mercedes, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen suffered a crash early in FP2.

    "I'm hoping it won't be last row of the grid," Button said when asked about his predictions for qualifying. "Hopefully 20 cars will run."

  81. When will AP McCoy ride his last race?

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    AP McCoy

    "My clear understanding is retiring 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy intends to ride in the Grand National at Aintree on 11 April, regardless of whether he wins the Cheltenham Gold Cup on Carlingford Lough.

    "If the 40-year-old Northern Irishman was to somehow win the National again - he triumphed on Don't Push It in 2010 - McCoy may well consider that is the best stage to end his career.

    "Should he not win (he has been linked with the ride on Shutthefrontdoor at Aintree) then the most likely farewell date is 25 April at Sandown, on the final day of the British jump racing season.

    "However, there remains an outside chance he might have one last fleeting appearance at Ireland's jump racing showpiece, the five-day Punchestown Festival, which starts on 28 April."

  82. Brunt requests personal hearing

    West Brom's Chris Brunt has requested a personal hearing after being charged by the Football Association for allegedly verbally abusing a match official.

    The midfielder is alleged to have used abusive and/or insulting words and/or behaviour in the tunnel after Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup quarter final defeat to Aston Villa.

    A club statement said Brunt remains available for selection for tomorrow's Premier League match against Stoke.

    Chris Brunt
  83. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Who will join Man City and Chelsea in the top four?

    Donna: I so hope Mr Savage is proved wrong and has to eat his words! United to finish in top four for sure.

    Kofi Quansah: United will finish third, Arsenal a close fourth, edging Liverpool out on goal difference.

    Jon Evans: When will we get the end of season table calculator? Always a bit of fun when you accidentally relegate your own team.

    Patience Jon, patience.

    More please to #bbcsportsday

  84. Chris Ramsey news conference

    Crystal Palace v QPR (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    "We need to pick up some points soon. We are focusing on getting three points and dragging teams closer to us," he said.

    "You know results keep you in a job. I'd accept now keeping QPR up and not keeping my job though."

    On opponents Palace he added: "You'd take a point because an away point is always good but we are going there looking for a win."

    "They have flair players with pace and power. Alan Pardew will have them organised. He got some quick reactions from his players. I'm not surprised at the job he has done."

  85. Oscar Pistorius: Judge rejects murder appeal challenge

    Athletics

    Oscar Pistorius's lawyers have failed to block an appeal by prosecutors against the South African Paralympian's acquittal on murder charges.

    He was cleared of murder last year but was sentenced to five years in jail for the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

    Prosecutors are seeking a murder conviction after he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

    Read the full story here.

  86. Chris Ramsey news conference

    Crystal Palace v QPR (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    QPR boss Chris Ramsey has been speaking ahead of his side's huge game at Crystal Palace tomorrow lunchtime. The west London club are three points from safety with 10 games remaining.

    "I think we are playing well enough to get the points we need," Ramsey said. "We've been in the last two games.

    "All the games are must-win for us. Everyone is fighting. We know we have to win games soon or we will get detached."

    Chris Ramsey
  87. All in a day's work

    Former Hull and Blackpool striker Ben Burgess swapped football to become a teacher - as you can read in this feature.

    He's just tweeted this pic, with the words: Another day as a teacher - Red Nose Day.

    Burgess

    Nice blusher.

  88. Southport sign goalkeeper Usai

    Football

    Southport have signed former Blackburn goalkeeper Seb Usai and released fellow keeper Daniel Lloyd-Weston.

    Usai, 24, has joined the Conference strugglers as a free agent until the end of the season.

  89. 'A big, big challenge' - McCall

    Football

    Stuart McCall says it's "an honour and privilege" to be named as Rangers manager after agreeing to take over at Ibrox until the end of the season.

    McCall replaces caretaker manager Kenny McDowall who left the club on Thursday.

    McCall won six league titles as a player with Rangers

    "Obviously it's a big, big challenge, there's no doubt about that," said the former Motherwell boss.

    "Anybody who has seen the side of late, the last three or four months, will know it's a big challenge, but ultimately it's a massive opportunity."

    McCall has a job on his hands if he is to get Rangers promoted - they are third in the table, five points behind second-place Hibernian and 22 behind league leaders Hearts.

  90. Monthly awards for Kane and Pulis

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named the Premier League player of the month for the second month in succession.

    The 21-year-old scored four goals in February, including both in a 2-1 win over Arsenal. He beat the shortlisted Dame N'Doye, Jonjo Shelvey, Philippe Coutinho, Ben Foster and Mesut Ozil to the award.

    Harry Kane

    West Brom head coach Tony Pulis was named manager of the month.

    Pulis guided the Baggies to a 2-2 draw at Burnley, a 2-0 win over Swansea City, a goalless draw at Sunderland and a 1-0 home win over Southampton in February.

  91. Post update

    Couple of Everton related stats for you from our friends at Opta.

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    Opta
  92. Lukaku is spot on

    Football

    Just realised we haven't yet mentioned Everton, which is unfair given they provided a rare ray of sunshine amongst the gloom of British clubs in Europe.

    The Toffees beat Dynamo Kiev at Goodison last night in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

    Romelu Lukaku scores

    Romelu Lukaku's late penalty sealed a 2-1 win for Everton, who fell behind early on when Oleg Gusev swept the Ukrainian side ahead. Steven Naismith equalised.

    If the Blues can hold their advantage in Ukraine on 19 March, they will set up their first European quarter-final in 30 years ... not a bad achievement given their woeful Premier League campaign.

    Full match report here.

  93. Post update

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    "On-course bookmaker John Hughes has good reason to want his fellow Northern Irishman AP McCoy and Carlingford Lough to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

    Twitter

    "Hughes told me: 'My back garden overlooks Carlingford Lough and I have a picture of it on my phone and I was at Thurles the day McCoy had his first ever winner.'

    "I asked him that day 'Which McCoy are you?' as there are a few McCoys in that part of the world. I guess there's only one McCoy at the moment."

    Hughes lives in the Warren Point area of County Down, Northern Ireland, and has a picture on his phone of Carlingford Lough - a picturesque inlet which splits Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

  94. Victory at last!

    Cricket

    Stop what you're doing, Sit down. Have a sip of coffee. Take a deep breath.

    Are you ready?

    England have won a game at the World Cup!

    Ian Bell

    Set 101 to win in a rain-hit game, Eoin Morgan's men have beaten Afghanistan with ease - losing only Alex Hales en route to a nine-wicket victory - Ian Bell unbeaten on 52.

    Now they can get straight back to their hotel and pack their suitcases for the flight home. Thy are out of the competition of course - their only other win over Scotland.

  95. The mind boggles

    Football/bouncy golf

    Not sure what they're doing in training at West Ham today but Carlton Cole has just tweeted this.

    Twitter

    A new surprise tactic for the Arsenal match perhaps?

  96. Next stop Gloucester

    Rugby Union

    Gloucester have announced Tom Lindsay will join the club from Wasps at the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old hooker has spent the whole of his career at Wasps since joining 11 years ago, making over 100 appearances and going on to achieve international recognition with the England Saxons.

  97. Motoring along

    Cricket

    Quick update from the cricket and England are racing towards the rather paltry target set by Afghanistan at the cricket World Cup.

    Bell

    Requiring 112 to win a rain-disrupted game, England are 77-0 off 12.3 overs. Ian Bell is on 40, Alex Hales 35.

    Live text commentary here.

  98. Get involved - top four

    #bbc sportsday

    Who will join Chelsea and Manchester City in the top four?

    Geoff Naylor: English fans don't want to watch possession football. They want action and passion! Arsenal 3rd, Liverpool 4th. Louis van Gaal sacked.

    Louis van Gaal

    Alassane Ouattara: With United, considering their form, still to face Everton, Liverpool, Chelsea, City and Arsenal, I doubt they will make the top four.

    Aaron Wright: Who really cares they'll all be beaten anyway by the likes of Real, Bayern and Barca.

    Nice cheery note to finish on Aaron...

    Keep 'em coming to #bbcsportsday

  99. Manor Marussia may not race on Sunday - Lowdon

    Manor Marussia sporting director Graeme Lowdon is unsure if the team will be able to compete in Sunday's season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    Despite making it Melbourne just three weeks after exiting administration, the team failed to get Will Stevens or Roberto Merhi on track for the two practice sessions at Albert Park on Friday because of a computer software problem.

    Lowdon

    "There are a lot of issues, none of which are a big surprise when you consider the amount of work required to get the team here in a very short space of time," Lowdon said.

    "We've put our best effort in and we will deal with each problem sequentially and try to get through them as quickly as we can, and try and get running as quickly as we can."

  100. Heskey extends stay

    Football

    Bolton manager Neil Lennon has confirmed they have extended Emile Heskey's contract until the end of the season, and he wants to keep him at the club beyond the summer.

    Heskey

    The 37-year-old striker originally signed a short-term deal until the end of March, but as expected will remain with the Wanderers for the final 10 games of the Championship season.

    Heskey's strike-rate hasn't exactly been prolific - he has one goal in 10 games, scored in his first match, against Blackburn.

  101. Mark Hughes news conference

    West Brom v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Hughes says skipper Ryan Shawcross - out since 31 January with a back injury - has trained and has not felt "any effects".

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    "He is in my thoughts for the game," says the boss.

    Huighes then reveals on-loan centre back Philipp Wollscheid is a "doubt" for the match - which means Shawcross may well be needed.

    A final few words from the Stoke boss. "Since Boxing Day only two teams have picked up more points than us, so we are in a very good frame of mind," Hughes added.

    "WBA will want to address their previous two defeats, because they were big losses for them against their biggest rivals.

    "But we have a good squad too, and we have players who currently have a good mindset and a winning mentality."

  102. Mark Hughes news conference

    West Brom v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Hughes is still talking about Tony Pulis, thought this time he's a little more complimentary.

    "I think it has worked out well for Tony. He went to Crystal Palace and got a good group of players going. He was outstanding there," said Hughes.

    Hughes Pulis

    "He has done the same again at West Brom. They arguably weren't in quite as dire a situation, but again he has got them going.

    "We are looking forward to the game. We are in good form, we are winning games and we just can't wait to get on the field now."

  103. Friday's back pages

    Daily Star

    The Daily Star says Chelsea are set to open new contract talks with Jose Mourinho despite their exit from Europe.

  104. Mark Hughes news conference

    West Brom v Stoke (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Sparky Hughes has taken his seat at Stoke and is addressing the media.

    And there's a bit of spicy stuff too.

    Mark Hughes

    Take these comments.

    "The way we have progressed since I got the job (and Tony Pulis departed) has been quite exceptional, and the players deserve credit for the way they have embraced the new style," he said.

    "We have a more possession based game now and we control games. As a consequence of that we are a more accomplished team in my opinion."

    Hughes took over from Tony Pulis. Pulis is now manager of West Brom, Saturday's opponents. Whether Pulis will appreciate those observations from Hughes is open to debate...

  105. Friday's back pages

    Mirror

    The Daily Mirror believes Jose Mourinho will make Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane his top summer target in the wake of Chelsea's Champions League exit.

  106. Game (back) on!

    Cricket

    The rain has stopped in Sydney and England's match against Afghanistan is back under way.

    England Afghanistan

    To remind you, Afghanistan were on 11-7 when the heaven's opened and, after a lengthy break in the pavilion, England are batting, chasing a revised target of 101 off 25 overs.

    Should be remarkably straightforward shouldn't it, but this is England we're talking about.

    So far, so good though - it's 32-0 off five overs, with Ian Bell and Alex Hales motoring along nicely.

    Follow live text commentary here.

  107. Friday's back pages

    The Times

    The Times leads on John Terry's admission that he and his Chelsea team-mates will continue to put pressure on referees during matches.

  108. Friday's back pages

    The Sun

    The Sun says Jose Mourinho will be given £75m to spend in the summer, with the Chelsea manager eager to add some steel to his team. There's also more complaining about Chelsea, in very unflattering terms, by Paris St Germain frontman Zlatan Ibrahimovic - sent off, you may recall, in the midweek Champions League match between the club.

  109. All dressed up with nowhere to go

    Formula 1

    Giedo van der Garde's court case against Sauber has been adjourned until Saturday morning.

    Van der Garde, 29, claims the team has failed to honour his race contract for 2015, instead hiring Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson. A court supported Van der Garde's claim earlier this week.

    The Dutchman was spotted in the Sauber garage in race overalls on Friday but did not get in the car, with team skipping first practice and running Nasr and Ericsson in FP2.

    Van der Garde was unable to drive as he is yet to receive his super-licence, but could drive in third practice on Saturday morning if the documents are secured by then.

    Van der Garde
  110. Alves for Anfield?

    Football gossip

    Alves

    Liverpool are hoping to start contract talks with Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 31, who is expected to leave Barcelona when his deal runs out in the summer, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

  111. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Who will join Chelsea and Man City and finish top four in the Premier League?

    Jacob Kunnathoor: Arsenal third, Liverpool fourth, Tottenham fifth, Man United sixth. Louis van Gaal loses job.

    Nitheshsagar: Liverpool third and Arsenal fourth. Because I see hunger in Liverpool side whereas at Man United they expect someone to perform.

    Odoma Michael: I am choosing Liverpool not only because I'm a fan, but clearly the momentum has been with us since the turn of the new year.

    Mwanza Chengo: Arsenal and Liverpool are strong contenders for third and fourth place. Man Utd are still brave outsiders. Can surprise either.

    Keep them coming please to #bbcsportsday

  112. Still no Diame and Chester for Hull

    Steve Bruce news conference

    "There's been reports that Mo Diame would be involved but it's still too early for him unfortunately. We hope that he'll join in in the middle of next week but he's been out now for the best part of four months.

    "James Chester will hopefully will get the go-ahead for next week too, so that will hopefully give the whole squad a boost with them coming back, but this weekend they unfortunately won't be available."

    Mo Diame
  113. Tomkins suffers dislocated shoulder

    Some breaking news out of West Ham, who say central defender James Tomkins has suffered a dislocated shoulder.

    The 25-year-old was taken for hospital treatment and will continued to be assessed by medical staff, the club says in a Twitter statement.

    James Tomkins
  114. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    So to Saturday's game and Wenger is full of praise for opposite number, Hammers manager Sam Allardyce.

    Wenger Allardyce

    "Sam has done extremely well and has a lot of experience. It plays a part in this type of game," says Wenger.

    "The mood has been good since the FA Cup win over United but focused as well. We are all looking forward to the West Ham game."

    One last piece of injury news - and its good news for club captain Mikel Arteta. "He's back in full training today. I think he'll return in three weeks," says the boss.

    And that's it. Arsene leaves for training and the media begin frantically writing up their reports.

  115. Steve Bruce news conference

    Leicester v Hull (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    "Whether you play Leicester or one of the top teams, you know it's going to be difficult.

    "If we can beat Leicester it's going to be difficult for them to catch us with nine-10 games to play, and there's the incentive for us.

    "If we can get to 30 points with nine games to play, psychologically it's a huge number."

    Steve Bruce
  116. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Elsewhere Wenger says Mathieu Flamini is available and young defender Gabriel will return to training on Sunday.

    Wilshere

    But there's not great news on midfielder Jack Wilshere. "It's very difficult to say when he will be back," says the boss. "We have to respect his recovery."

    Given we were told recently that the England man was undergoing routine very minor surgery on his ankle and it was nothing to worry about, that doesn't sound good.

    Wilshere has not played since Arsenal's 2-1 home defeat in November, the photo above showing how he sustained his injury.

  117. Hull City news conference

    Steve Bruce

    The Hull City manager has been talking about his new contract.

    "This season's been difficult at times, we've had big problems with injuries, but with all of it I've enjoyed it. When you commit yourself to a new deal the first thing you think is do you have the energy for it, because the Premier League is demanding.

    "So those things were going through my mind, but I was delighted to commit myself to the club.

    "It's a three-year contract with a year rolling. We've been talking about it for weeks and months really. The big thing was I've enjoyed the last two and a half years."

  118. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    First up from Wenger, some news on the injury to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    The winger - who had just returned from a groin injury - limped out of the FA Cup win over Man United earlier in the week.

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    "It's a hamstring injury," says the boss. He'll be out for three to four weeks. It's frustrating for him but he's played more games this season than before. He's shown his importance."

    Bad news - but given hamstring injuries can sometimes means a longer spell on the sidelines, maybe not a disaster.

  119. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    And Arsene Wenger is here too. Like buses these Premier League managers.

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  120. Steve Bruce news conference

    Leicester v Hull (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Bruce

    The Bruce is in the building! Hull boss Steve has arrived for his chinwag with the media.

  121. Maguire extends loan

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  122. NZ come out on top

    Cricket

    It is all over at the cricket where New Zealand have beaten Bangladesh.

    If the result was perhaps predictable, the nature of it wasn't - the hosts struggling to surpass Bangladesh's impressive total of 288-7.

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    In the end New Zealand just about got over the line, winning by three wickets with seven balls to spare.

    Man of the match Martin Guptill, who scored 105 in 100 balls for New Zealand, said: We have a lot of belief and the way we are executing our skills is pleasing. We just need to keep that up over the next few weeks."

    Full scorecard here.

  123. Get involved - top four

    #bbcsportsday

    Inspired by Mr Savage, we want to know your thoughts on the race for a top four Premier League finish.

    Is it a race between Arsenal, Man United and Liverpool, to join the seemingly dead-cert top two finishers Chelsea and Man City?

    Or can Tottenham and Southampton get in on the act and muscle their way in?

    Send your thoughts please, backed up by the reasons why, to #bbcsportsday

  124. Race for top four

    Football

    Interesting column from Robbie Savage on the BBC Sport website today.

    The player turned pundit takes an in-depth look at who he thinks will join Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League top four this season.

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    Maybe a touch controversially - but then, hey, that's Robbie for you - he reckons Liverpool will "blow United away" when the side's meet at Anfield next week - and will pip Louis van Gaal's side to a top four finish.

    Read the full article here.

  125. Post update

    Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

    BBC Sport

    "Punters should prepare for wet conditions as 17 runners are set to contest jump racing's showpiece Cheltenham Gold Cup on Friday.

    "Five millimetres of rain overnight means the ground is now officially Good to Soft, with more expected before the big race (15:20 GMT)."

  126. Redpath joins Yorkshire

    Rugby Union

    Yorkshire Carnegie have announced the signing of former Gloucester and Sale coach Bryan Redpath as their new Head Coach on a two year contract.

    Redpath's departure from Sale was announced on Thursday.

  127. The moisturiser man

    Football

    But forget all these unimportant, pithy stories ... here's the big breaking news you've been waiting for.

    Arsenal's Mesut Ozil has revealed he takes a personal grooming kit to every Gunners game, complete with moisturiser. Yes, you did read that correctly.

    Arsenal

    The German midfielder posed for pictures with team-mates Olivier Giroud and Alexis Sanchez as part of an interview with GQ Style magazine.

    "I bring my own grooming kit to the game... moisturiser, gel and shampoo," said Ozil. "I like to take care of myself. I think as a human being you need variety; you can't just do football."

    Quite. Giroud also revealed David Beckham is his 'top man' when it comes to fashion icons. "I love the guy and what he can show in terms of style as well. He's really classy."

    Something for Arsene Wenger to discuss at his news conference this morning? Probably not...

  128. Video games

    Formula 1

    Want to watch Rosberg and Hamilton battle it out in today's practice session in Australia?

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    You will find the video here.

  129. Rosberg edges Hamilton

    Formula 1

    Let's stay on the other side of the planet, where, in Australia, Nico Rosberg pipped team-mate Lewis Hamilton to set the pace in Friday practice as Mercedes dominated at the season-opening Grand Prix.

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    The German was 0.1 seconds quicker than Hamilton and 0.715secs clear of the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in third.

    Vettel's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, ahead of Williams's Valtteri Bottas and Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull.

    McLaren's Jenson Button was 12th, 3.69secs off the pace, while team-mate Kevin Magnussen - replacing Fernando Alonso - crashed and broke the car's suspension against the barriers.

  130. Ouch

    Cricket

    One interesting/amusing note from Martin Guptil's 100 for New Zealand.

    On 99, that most nervous of numbers for any cricketer, Guptil suddenly collapsed to the floor in agony with cramp.

    Guptil

    He needed several minutes of treatment...

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    Before being able to carry on.

    He got his 100 - what a hero! - but added only five more runs before being dismissed.

  131. Game on

    Cricket

    It's a very different scene in a sultry Hamilton, where the weather is perfect ... though New Zealand are not having it all their own way in their final group game against Bangladesh.

    The underdogs scored a very impressive 288-7 off their 50 overs, Mahmudullah Riyad smacking a superb 128 off 123 balls.

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    In reply, the hosts are 208-3 from 38 overs, helped greatly by Martin Guptill's 105 from 100 balls - overshadowing Brendan McCullum, who registered a rare failure - out for just eight.

    NZ should, with 12 overs remaining, should win but you never know.

    We'll keep you posted - there's live text commentary here.

  132. A picture that says it all

    Cricket

    Just to prove what the weather is like in Sydney at the England game, here's a very miserable and damp-looking steward.

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  133. Rain stops play

    Cricket

    England, desperately trying to scrape back a smidgeon of credibility at the Cricket World Cup, are for once not being beaten by their opponents but the weather.

    Rain has stopped play in their final match against Afghanistan.

    It's a dead rubber, with the suitcases of both teams already packed, ready for the journey home as soon as the match ends.

    But the result is crucial for coach Peter Moores, who is under huge pressure after a dismal campaign. One more defeat may cost him his job.

    England

    England were actually - don't faint in shock here - performing well, reducing Afghanistan to 11-7 before the rain came in Sydney with 36.2 overs bowled.

    Full scorecard here - we'll bring you any developments.

  134. Fixture list

    Football

    And in case you're wondering what all these bosses are going to be harping on about, here's a rundown of the weekend's Premier League action.

    Saturday

    Crystal Palace v QPR (12:45 GMT); Arsenal v West Ham, Leicester v Hull, Sunderland v Aston Villa, West Brom v Stoke (15:00), Burnley v Man City (17:30)

    Sunday

    Chelsea v Southampton (13:30 GMT), Everton v Newcastle, Man Utd v Tottenham

    Monday

    Swansea v Liverpool (20:00 GMT)

  135. Managers galore

    Football

    So, as we mentioned, 13 Premier League managers are giving news conferences today, starting with Steve Bruce at Hull in half-an-hour. Here's who is talking when - we'll bring you the best of what they say.

    Steve Bruce (Hull) 08:30 GMT; Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 09:00 GMT; Mark Hughes (Stoke) 09:45.

    Chris Ramsey (QPR) 11:30 GMT; Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) 12:15; Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) 12:30.

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    Manuel Pellegrini (Man City) 12:45 GMT; John Carver (Newcastle) 13:00; Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) 13:00.

    Gus Poyet (Sunderland) 13:30 GMT; Roberto Martinez (Everton) 14:00; Ronald Koeman (Southampton) 14:00; Louis van Gaal (Man Utd) 15:30.

  136. Here we go again

    Crikey, this is going to be a busy Sportsday to say the least.

    Chelsea

    There are more Premier League managers talking to the media than you can shake a stick at - 13 to be exact, including Jose Mourinho, which should be interesting in the wake of Chelsea's Champions League exit.

    But there's loads going on elsewhere in the world of sport too, with England in action against Afghanistan at the Cricket World Cup (if anyone cares...) plus Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg going head-to-head in final practice at the Australian Grand Prix.

    Throw into that reaction the Cheltenham festival and the rest of the breaking sports news as the day goes on ... and, well, wowzers, we'd better get started.