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Summary

  1. Harry Kane receives first England call-up
  2. Catch up on 11 Premier League news conferences
  3. Kevin Pietersen speaks to incoming ECB chairman
  4. Parling recalled to England XV for Six Nations decider
  5. GET INVOLVED: Heroic sporting displays? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Peep, peep, peep! That's it - Sportsday is all over. Now we suggest head over here to follow Dynamo Kiev v Everton in the Europa League last-16. You won't be disappointed - it is a cracker!

    Sportsday will return at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all the reaction to Everton's progression/exit*.

    * Delete as appropriate in about two hours...

  2. Football

    Afraid we're into injury-time for today's Sportsday. But before the final whistle goes, the last word goes to England new-boy Harry Kane following his maiden call-up.

    "It was a very proud moment, it's an honour to be called up to the senior side and something I'd always dreamed of as a kid," he tells the Spurs official website.

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    Josh Sloane: The England squad looks good from an attacking perspective. Good depth in midfield and up front, but centre-back is still a weak area.

  4. Eagles for England?

    Football

    Crystal Palace players can follow the example of Harry Kane and earn a place in the England squad, says Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

    Palace's English stars Scott Dann, Joel Ward and Wilfried Zaha have all impressed since Pardew took over in January.

    "Our boys are fighting for their status. You need to gain your status, and to be fair to Harry Kane he has done that really fast," says Pardew.

    "Let's hope we can produce someone of that ilk because he is a really good example to every young player up and down the country."

  5. Beckford almost quit with ear infection

    Football

    Jermaine Beckford says he considered retiring from football because of the problems caused by an ear infection.

    The 31-year-old striker, who is currently on loan at Preston from Bolton, has scored four goals in his five outings since returning to the team following a month-long absence.

    "I couldn't move," Beckford tells BBC Radio Lancashire. "I was laying down in bed and any time I tried to sit up I would pretty much lose consciousness and pass out. I would get dizzy, throw up, that sort of thing - it was brutal, a really, really tough time.

    "After the third week I'd seen no improvement at all and I thought to myself 'well after three weeks nothing has got better - I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to call it a day soon'.

    "I think the first time I sat up was maybe about 24 or 25 days into it."

  6. Vonn equals World Cup record

    Skiing

    Lindsey Vonn equals Swedish legend Ingemar Stenmark's record of 19 World Cup titles.

    The American won Thursday's super-G race to match Stenmark's mark, a day after winning a record-equalling seventh downhill title.

  7. Over 70,000 to watch JPT final

    Football

    Nope, none of those three fixtures (see below) are anticipated to attract Britain's largest football crowd this weekend.

    The answer? Bristol City v Walsall. That's right, Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final is expected to be watched by about 72,000 at Wembley.

    Only the huge Spanish clash between Barcelona and Real Madrid is expected to host a bigger crowd. Let's hope the standard of League One football is of similar quality...

  8. Attendance poser

    Football

    On your way home from work? Here's a little teaser to entertain you. Which fixture will attract will the highest attendance in British football this weekend?

    Could it be Liverpool v Manchester United? How about Newcastle v Arsenal? Or Celtic v Dundee United perhaps?

  9. Kick-off

    Dynamo Kiev 0-0 Everton

    The Dynamo Kiev fans are certainly providing plenty of vocal support for their side. The noise is deafening in the Ukrainian capital!

    Everton are defending a 2-1 first-leg lead remember - head over here to read about every kick and tackle in the Olympic Stadium.

  10. France 'pleased' to host Women's World Cup

    Football

    France legend Michel Platini hails the decision to award the 2019 Women's World Cup to his home nation.

    "Everyone in France will be very pleased I am sure - and women's football is growing very strongly in the country," he says.

  11. Platini backs 2022 World Cup final date

    Football

    Holding the 2022 World Cup final on 18 December is a "good date", according to Uefa president Michel Platini.

    "Perhaps 23 December would be too late if you are trying to get all the fans back on 24 December. But 18 December is fine for Uefa - we can accommodate any changes to the Champions League," says former Juventus and France star Platini.

  12. Hollywood star fighting for Leeds success

    Football

    Hollywood star Russell Crowe says he wants "nothing but success" for Leeds United after admitting he would consider buying the Yorkshire club.

    Boyhood Whites fan Crowe, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Simon Mayo ahead of the release of his latest film The Water Diviner, says he is "getting a little impatient" about the club's plight.

    "I have learnt a lot in nine years - it would give me nothing but pleasure to see that white army marching on together, getting back in the Premier League and being where they should be."

    Listen to what the Gladiator star says about his beloved team.

  13. 'Keeping it simple'

    Cricket

    Keeping things simple is one of the keys to India's continuing World Cup success, according to captain MS Dhoni.

    India made it seven successive wins in this tournament, and 11th overall in World Cups, courtesy of a 109-run quarter-final victory over Bangladesh.

    MS Dhoni (second from left) and Indian players celebrate during the quarter-final with Bangladesh

    "One of the most difficult things to do is to keep it simple," said Dhoni.

    "We are good thinkers and overthinking can actually kill you, especially in an environment like this where there's already so much pressure."

  14. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    Match of the Day presenter

    Qatar 2022 World Cup final will be played on December 18th. Blatter will still be president of FIFA and present the trophy dressed as Santa.

  15. Brown writes off Southend's top-three chances

    Football

    Southend United manager Phil Brown writes off his side's chances of winning automatic promotion from League Two this season.

    The Shrimpers lie fifth and are six points adrift of third spot with nine games left after Wednesday's 2-1 loss at leaders Burton.

    "If there's any pressure on these players, I'm taking it off them by saying we've got no chance of automatic promotion," Brown told BBC Essex. "We were playing for automatic promotion before the game and at half-time. I think that's gone now."

  16. Saints eye Odegaard

    Football gossip

    The Sun: Southampton want Real Madrid's Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard, 16, on loan next season. Odegaard is currently playing for Real's B side.

  17. Countdown to kick-off

    Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

    Everton make four changes from the side which played Newcastle at the weekend for their Europa League last-16 return leg at Dynamo Kiev.

    Aaron Lennon is cup-tied and is replaced by Christian Atsu, while Gareth Barry, Ross Barkley and Steven Naismith all start.

    Everton: Howard; Coleman, Jagielka, Alcaraz, Baines; Barry, McCarthy, Naismith, Atsu, Barkley, Lukaku.

    Follow the action live with our colleague Tom Rostance.

  18. Hull's Jelavic faces six weeks out

    Football

    Nikica Jelavic has scored eight Premier League goals for Hull this season

    Hull City's hopes of Premier League survival have taken a hit - as top scorer Nikica Jelavic is ruled out for up to six weeks.

    The Croatia international, 31, needed surgery on a long-standing knee injury.

    The Tigers sit three points above the relegation zone with nine matches remaining.

  19. France to host 2019 Women's World Cup

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter announces that France will host the 2019 Women's World Cup.

    Blatter made the announcement followed a unanimous decision taken by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich today.

    The French bid saw off competition from South Korea.

  20. British pair out of World Champs

    Figure Skating

    Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland
    Image caption: Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes teamed up in 2005

    British pair Penny Coomes and Nick Buckland withdraw from the upcoming ISU World Figure Skating Championships due to illness.

    Coomes is recovering after spending a few days in an American hospital with illness.

    The unlucky pair also withdrew from the European Figure Skating Championships in January because Buckland was ill.

  21. Top referee quits snooker

    Snooker

    Referee Michaela Tabb

    Snooker's highest profile female referee Michaela Tabb leaves her position on the World Snooker circuit.

    Tabb, 47, became the first woman to officiate a world final in 2009 before refereeing another in 2012.

    "We would like to take the opportunity to thank Michaela for her contribution over the last 14 years and wish her all the best with her future refereeing endeavours," says a World Snooker statement.

  22. "All I want for Christmas is...a World Cup final"

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "BBC Sport has learned Fifa have confirmed the final of the 2022 World Cup final will be held on 18 December that year.

    "Understand Fifa confirmed that date at their executive committee meeting today.

    "A Fifa taskforce agreed last month to switch the tournament from summer to winter."

  23. Thursday's headlines

    The 5 o'clock sports news

    Big Ben

    As Big Ben bongs out five loud chimes, it is the perfect time to recap on the day's headlines. Our BBC News colleague Huw Edwards would be proud...

    Top story: Tottenham striker Harry Kane earns a first senior England call-up after 26 goals in 42 games this season.

    Top video: Andy Murray welcomes the 15-year ban handed to US tennis player Wayne Odesnik for a doping violation.

    Top feature: 'I love football, but this is me making a difference' - why Bristol Academy captain Grace McCatty is swapping the Champions League for volunteer work in Zambia.

    Top Tweet: England new-boy Harry Kane celebrates his promotion to the Three Lions senior squad...

    Harry Kane
  24. 'Six Nations timings are wrong'

    Rugby Union

    Wales assistant coach Rob Howley says Six Nations tournament organisers should "probably" ensure all final-day games kick off at the same time.

    Italy host contenders Wales on Saturday in a 12:30 GMT kick-off. Ireland then take on Scotland followed by England versus France at Twickenham.

    Howley says the Six Nations should follow the Premier League model of simultaneous final day starts.

    "Probably, that might and should be the case in the Six Nations," said Howley.

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    Imagine being the England manager, with almost 60m people telling you what you should be doing. And Roy Hodgson's latest squad selection has provoked plenty of debate....

    Shawn Skellon: Shaw over Bertrand, really? A constant injured sub over a consistent performer in the best defence in the Prem - joke.

  26. Countdown to kick-off

    Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

    Some early Everton team news from the Ukrainian capital, ahead of the teamsheets being handed in shortly.

    England defender John Stones and Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady return to the Toffees' squad for the second leg.

    McGeady is back after missing nine games with a knee injury, while Stones has missed two following a stomach bug.

    However, Belgium forward Kevin Mirallas is out with a knock from the first leg.

    Tony Hibbert, Bryan Oviedo and Steven Pienaar are still absent as Everton, while cup-tied Aaron Lennon cannot play.

  27. Countdown to kick-off

    Dynamo Kiev v Everton (16:00 GMT)

    What can you do in 90 minutes? Play a football match, of course. Complete a long and arduous commute home perhaps.

    Whatever you're doing, that's the amount of time you have got until tonight's Europa League action kicks off.

    Everton - AKA England's last man standing - take on last-16 opponents Dynamo Kiev in the Ukrainian capital shortly, boasting a 2-1 lead from the first leg.

    After Chelsea, Man City and Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League, can the Toffees keep the Premier League's continental reputation sweet?

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    Daniel Benn: Re Welbeck inclusion. He has scored goals in this England campaign and is coming back from injury. Would be unfair to drop him.

  29. Sherwood delighted for Kane

    Football

    Tottenham wanted to get rid of England new boy Harry Kane in January 2014, only for Tim Sherwood to step in and keep him at White Hart Lane - reckons the ex-Spurs boss.

    Sherwood, now in charge of Aston Villa, says the 21-year-old deserves his call-up to Roy Hodgson's squad after scoring 26 goals this season.

    "It is great that I resisted the temptation to let him move on in January 2014," claims Sherwood.

    "There were people at the club who wanted to bring in another striker and sacrifice Harry Kane - but I wouldn't allow it.

    "It took him time to win over the fans - they love him now and rightly so. I'm delighted for Harry."

  30. Neville to lead England at World Cup

    Netball

    Tracey Neville is named England netball head coach on an interim basis, replacing the outgoing Anna Mayes.

    The 38-year-old former international will lead the squad at this summer's World Cup in Sydney.

    Neville, the sister of former England footballers Gary and Phil, will also remain in charge of Superleague champions Manchester Thunder until the end of the season.

  31. PSG defender banned after ref outburst

    Football

    Perhaps the more interesting PSG-related news is that full-back Serge Aurier has been banned for three Uefa matches - for abusing referee Bjorn Kuipers in an online video.

    The Ivory Coast international used some, erm, choice language in a video posted on his Facebook page about the Dutch official, who sent off Zlatan Ibrahimovic against Chelsea.

    Aurier later apologised. Profusely. But that hasn't cut the mustard with Uefa, who have dished out a hefty punishment.

  32. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Stefan Berta: Michael Schumacher won F1 Belgian GP from 16th on the grid back in 1995: Masterclass!

    Schumacher

    Adam Dodson: Cal Crutchlow coming sixth in British MotoGP in '12 starting at the back of the grid after breaking his ankle the day before.

    Barry Booth: Eleven guys all living within a 30-mile radius of Celtic Park, went to Lisbon and came back Lions!

    More nominations to #bbcsportsday

  33. Ibrahimovic suspended

    Football

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Uefa has confirmed Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be suspended for Paris St-Germain's Champions League quarter-final first leg.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho had led the calls for Ibrahimovic's controversial red card in PSG's last-16 win at Stamford Bridge to be overturned.

    Uefa had already confirmed Ibrahimovic's red card could not be overturned, and today said the suspension would stand.

  34. Injury blow for Robinson

    Football

    Bad news for QPR and Huddersfield fans. Rangers' England Under-21 full-back Jack Robinson, who has spent the season on loan at Huddersfield, is ruled out for up to a year with a serious knee injury.

    Robinson picked up the injury in the final minute of Town's Championship fixture at Birmingham on Saturday.

    The 21-year-old had an initial scan on Monday before seeing a specialist earlier today which confirmed he has suffered a cartilage injury in his right knee.

  35. Williams marches on

    Tennis

    Serena Williams reaches the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, beating Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets.

    Top seed Williams saw off the challenge from the Swiss 7-5 6-3 to extend her winning streak to 15 matches.

    Serena Williams

    The American is playing at Indian Wells for the first time since ending her 14-year boycott of the event.

    Third seed Simona Halep rallied to beat 12th seed Carla Suarez Navarro, 5-7 6-1 6-1 and will face Williams in the semi-finals. The Romanian is the most recent player to beat Williams last autumn at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

  36. Get involved

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    Imagine being the England manager, with almost 60m people telling you what you should be doing. And Roy Hodgson's latest squad selection has provoked plenty of debate. Here are a few of your Twitterings...

    NKBevo: Is Aaron Cresswell seriously not worthy of International recognition? Been quality so far this season.

    Matt Borucki: Club is clearly weighted higher than form in England's selection process. Until that changes, they will continue to fail.

    Steven Baxter: Charlie Austin, Berahino and Danny Ings should be in the squad over Welbeck favouritism from Roy rather than picking on form.

  37. Lundstram on the move

    BBC Radio Humberside: Scunthorpe United have signed Everton midfielder John Lundstram on a month's loan

  38. Alan Pardew news conference

    Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    A few more titbits from Pardew in a news conference that is short and sweet,

    "We know we still have a lot of work to do between now and the end of the season. We will be pushing for three points in every match," he said.

    Asked about individual players at the club, Pardew responds: "Wilfried Zaha and Yannick Bolasie are both working so hard to add other aspects to their game, they have a great relationship on and off the pitch.

    "Damien Delaney, Scott Dann and Julian Speroni are all leaders, I've been surprised by everyone here. They are a pleasure to work with."

  39. Alan Pardew news conference

    Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Off to Selhurst Park now and Alan Pardew is the latest manager to talk.

    Pardew seems to be having a great time at Palace, the club rising to 12th in the table since his arrival.

    Pardew

    They are eight points clear of the drop-zone and go into Saturday's game at Stoke on the back of a 3-1 home win over QPR

    "Seven days is a long time in football though," says Pardew, warning against over-confidence ahead of the game. "Stoke have had a great season and we know they will be ready for us.

    "We're just concentrating on our game. We've got all our fans going up there and we know they'll back us all the way."

  40. Nigel Pearson news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester must start "making an impact" if they are to avoid an instant return to the Championship, says Foxes boss Nigel Pearson.

    The Premier League's bottom club, who travel to Tottenham this weekend, are seven points adrift of safety after last week's draw against 10-man Hull.

    "If we can get into the latter stages - when we have four out of five matches at home - in contact with the teams above us, then we can be relatively positive," says Pearson. "But we have got to make some sort of impact.

    "Last weekend's result was disappointing but we go again. There are 10 matches left but there is still belief in our camp that we can do something."

  41. Post update

    Max Baggins-Craig: West Brom's 5-5 draw against United 2012-13, a great game indeed, the Baggies deserved to win purely on determination alone.

    Tony Crane: ‏Every Paralympics GB athlete.

    Roger Smith: Stevie G v West Ham FA Cup Final 2006, and Maradona all of Mexico '86.

    Well, apart from that handball Roger, obviously (yes, we are still better 29 years on).

    getty

    More heroic sporting displays to #bbcsportsday

  42. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Finally, Koeman is asked if he has any tips for fellow Dutchman Dick Advocaat, who will take charge of Sunderland for the first time on Saturday, away at West Ham.

    getty

    "The intensity of the game is so high, but he will soon learn that and he doesn't need advice because he is more experienced than I am," said Koeman. "He has been at Glasgow Rangers and he will know himself how he has to handle things until the end of the season.

    "His situation is totally different to mine. We had a pre-season and he doesn't have that, just two days of preparation.

    "It is not always the best thing to sack the coach but sometimes it is - look at the situation at Aston Villa. They are now more offensive and are scoring goals and so maybe that was a good decision."

  43. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton's chances of making the top four have faded in recent weeks, but they still have an outside chance of making it. In sixth at the moment, on 50 points along with seventh-placed Tottenham, Koeman's team are six points behind fourth-placed Man United.

    "I think if we win another five or six games (out of the remaining nine), then we have a good possibility of making it," says the boss.

    "We will fight for the highest position we can get to in the table.

    "We are now eight points above eighth-place, which gives us a comfortable situation, but we still want to win games and finish higher than we are now.

    "But that is very difficult because it is not easy to finish above the big clubs in the table. But we still have the possibility and while we have that we have to believe in ourselves."

  44. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Koeman is asked if it's getting to tricky to beat the teams who are coming to the St Mary's Stadium and playing for a draw.

    "Teams are sitting and maybe Saturday is a good game for us to show what we've learned about that," said Koeman.

    "Opponents coming with maybe a bit more of a defensive mentality ... you need to be patient, to have the right movement at the right time.

    "We had some weeks when the players weren't in the most confident way. But the win against Crystal Palace at home and for sure the draw against Chelsea means the confidence is back. But that's just talking - we need to show it on Saturday."

  45. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Next up on the seemingly never-ending list of Premier League managers talking to the media is Ronald Koeman.

    We don't know Koeman personally - he doesn't hang around much in Salford. But he always seems a very nice fella, very placid and talkative, the kind of chap you'd want as an uncle.

    Koeman

    And he's in a good-natured mood once again today as he talks about Saturday's home game with Burnley.

    "It's a difficult game," said the Dutchman. "They have had some great results.

    "But the way we played against Chelsea in the first half will give us confidence."

    Koeman's Southampton, in case you've forgotten, drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge at the weekend

  46. World Cup boycott dismissed

    Football

    Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko has been talking to the BBC's Richard Conway at Fifa's HQ in Zurich.

    He rejects calls for a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, made by President Poroshenko of Ukraine earlier this week.

    "Most important is the reaction of the world's sport community and its very negative ideas of boycotting sports events," said Mutko.

    "These boycotts never have any results, with the exception that athletes preparing half of their life do not have an opportunity to perform.

    "Sport should be beyond politics."

  47. Tevez on target

    Football

    Man City might have crashed out of Europe but Juventus had no problems, thanks to a Blues old boy.

    Carlos Tevez struck twice and created another as Juve eased past Borussia Dortmund and into the Champions League quarter-finals.

    Tevez

    The Juve striker smashed in from 30 yards early on, giving his side a 3-1 aggregate lead and a key away goal.

    The home side pressed but created little and Tevez squared for Alvaro Morata to finish after half-time.

    It left Dortmund needing four in the final 20 minutes but Tevez compounded their misery, firing in from 18 yards.

    Full report here.

  48. Get involved - heroic displays

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    Matt: Jonas Gutierrez returning against Manchester United after beating testicular cancer! What an inspiration!

    Newcastle

    Fantastic choice Matt.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday

  49. Jackett confirms Swindon interest in Ricketts

    Football

    Wolves and Swindon have been in dialogue about a loan move for Sam Ricketts, Wanderers head coach Kenny Jackett has confirmed, although Jackett says a deal is not imminent.

    The Wales defender, 33, will remain with Wolves for Friday's Championship home game with Derby County in an added coaching role that he has taken on with the Championship club over the last few weeks.

    "The two clubs are talking," Jackett told BBC Sport. "Swindon have made an enquiry but they haven't got a game for two weeks now.

    "Their next game is not until after the international break, so Sam will be with us in a coaching capacity."

  50. De Girolamo set for Cobblers

    Football

    Sheffield United have recalled forward Diego De Girolamo from his loan spell at York City and he is expected to join Northampton Town.

    Italy Under-20 international De Girolamo, 19, was set to remain with the Minstermen until the end of the campaign.

    Meanwhile, York have recalled defender Dave Winfield from his loan spell at AFC Wimbledon.

  51. Get involved - heroic displays

    DickieDann: Geoff Hurst at the 1966 World Cup ... plus referee Gottfried Dienst and linesman Tofiq Bahramov for the third goal.

    Hurst

    Tom Duncan: Watford scoring in the 97th minute after Leicester missed a pen (never a pen) to reach Wembley. Unbelievable, DEENEEEEEEEY!

    Keiran Lee Kendrick: Has to be Ramires V Barcelona Champions League semi-final, quality chipped goal to get us back into it with 10 men.

    More to #bbcsportsday

  52. Full England Under-21s squad

    Football

    Here is the full squad named by Gareth Southgate for the friendlies against Czech Republic and Germany. Both of England's opponents have also qualified for this summer's European Championships.

    Goalkeepers: Marcus Bettinelli (Fulham), Jonathan Bond (Watford), Jack Butland (Stoke City).

    Defenders: Calum Chambers (Arsenal), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Garbutt (Everton), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Carl Jenkinson (West Ham United - loan from Arsenal), Michael Keane (Burnley), Liam Moore (Brentford - loan from Leicester City), John Stones (Everton), Matt Targett (Southampton).

    Midfielders: Tom Carroll (Swansea City - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Chalobah (Reading - loan from Chelsea), Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton & Hove Albion), Will Hughes (Derby County), Jesse Lingard (Derby County - loan from Manchester United), Alex Pritchard (Brentford - loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Redmond (Norwich City), James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

    Forwards: Patrick Bamford (Middlesbrough - loan from Chelsea), Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion), Danny Ings (Burnley), Callum Wilson (AFC Bournemouth).

  53. Chambers, Stones & Berahino in Under 21s

    Football

    England Under-21s boss Gareth Southgate names a 24-man squad for this month's games against Czech Republic and Germany.

    Full internationals Calum Chambers and John Stones, along with forward Saido Berahino, return after missing out on places in Roy Hodgson's senior squad.

  54. Injury blow for Pompey's Whatmough

    Football

    Portsmouth manager Andy Awford says Jack Whatmough, 18, is "likely" to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury suffered the injury in the 2-2 draw with Cheltenham.

    "He's had his scan, there is ligament damage which we suspected," manager Andy Awford told BBC Radio Solent. "He will certainly be out for a little while."

    When asked if he would be absent for the remainder of the season, Awford replied: "It's likely."

  55. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Aston Villa v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    If Swansea find a gap in the Aston Villa defence this weekend then it is might be because it is lacking 'Roncrete'....

    Villa skipper Ron Vlaar - nicknamed Roncrete - is struggling to be fit as he continues to shake off knee injury, says boss Tim Sherwood.

    The Dutch international, who has only played twice since New Year's Day, helped fourth-bottom Villa beat Leicester and Stoke, but missed last weekend's superb 4-0 win at relegation rivals Sunderland through suspension.

  56. Get involved

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    Francis The 2nd: Very disappointed that Ashley Young did not make the cut. Roy need to be sure he can be consistent perhaps.

    Alex Le May: Have to question why Ryan Bertrand is not in squad, more clean sheets, more goals and more tackles than Shaw or Gibbs.

    Rich: Spurs fan here - Walker gave one of the worst right-back displays ever on Sunday. What about Trippier, Jenkinson? Clearly the CLUB not player.

  57. Manor Marussia 'can overcome issues'

    Formula 1

    President and sporting director Graeme Lowdon is confident Manor Marussia will overcome technical difficulties which forced them off the grid in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    "We'll be in a much better position by the time we get to Kuala Lumpur," Lowdon told BBC Look North.

    "They were reasonably small problems but when you're up against immoveable time scales they're very visible. No-one will let us race on Monday when everyone else races on the Sunday."

  58. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Aston Villa v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Aston Villa

    The camera lenses are focused on Villa boss Tim Sherwood, who is talking to the media ahead of his team's home Premier League match against Swansea.

    We will tell you exactly what he has to say as soon as we hear it.

  59. Irish name XV to face Scotland

    Rugby Union

    Cian Healy

    Six Nations title hopefuls Ireland make two changes to their starting XV for their trip to Scotland on Saturday.

    Left wing Luke Fitzgerald replaces Simon Zebo, while Cian Healy comes in for Jack McGrath at loose-head prop.

    Ireland are locked on six points with England and Wales at the top of the table, while France can also make a late grab for the silverware.

    Confused? Read what each team needs to do.

  60. Fifa presidential candidates want TV debate

    Football

    Luis Figo

    Turns out David Cameron is not the only leader being called out by his main rival for trying to avoid a televised election debate.

    While Ed Miliband continues to have a pop at the Prime Minister, Fifa president Sepp Blatter is coming under fire from two of the men wanting his job.

    Former Portugal and Real Madrid winger Luis Figo says the candidates "owe the debate to the fans", while Prince Ali of Jordan believes the election campaign is "an opportunity for an open and mature debate" about Fifa's future direction.

  61. Get involved

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    Paddy Emmerson: Austin should have been in England squad ahead of Kane. But Hodgson influenced by media again. Both should be in before Welbeck.

    Alphabetbands: That there are three left backs in the England squad and none of them is Ryan Bertrand is frankly baffling.

    Aaron Wright: I feel like England managers are scared of players from smaller teams. Where are Ings, Austin, Berahino, Heaton?

  62. Anderson set for Scotland homecoming

    Darts

    Gary Anderson

    Gary Anderson can expects a hero's welcome in Glasgow this evening, as he plays in his native Scotland for the first time since winning the PDC World Championship in January.

    Anderson faces Belgium's Kim Huybrechts in round seven of the Premier League, with more than 10,000 spectators expected to watch the 44-year-old in action.

    "There's extra pressure because you want to win in your home country and people don't realise how much is on your shoulders," said Anderson.

    "I'll enjoy it a lot better if I can get the win, or at least a draw."

  63. City to make De Bruyne move?

    Football gossip

    Manchester City have asked Wolfsburg about the availability of former Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, reports the London Evening Standard.

    The Belgium international has been instrumental in second-placed Wolfsburg's pursuit of German leaders Bayern Munich, scoring nine goals and setting up plenty more.

  64. England know the score - Nowell

    Rugby Union

    England

    England's players will be keeping a close eye on the television before the Six Nations decider against France, says wing Jack Nowell.

    Title rivals Wales and Ireland play earlier on Saturday, against Italy and Scotland respectively, leaving England fully aware of what they have to do against the French at Twickenham.

    "It is going to be an important weekend, we have to focus on getting the win first and then go from there," Nowell tells Sky Sports News. "We will sit down half an hour before kick off and see what is happening.

    "We are creating chances out there, making line breaks and the big thing this week is finishing them off."

  65. Injury break helped Nowell

    Rugby Union

    England wing Jack Nowell believes missing last summer's tour to New Zealand to have knee surgery has been one of the key reasons behind his sparkling Six Nations form.

    Nowell, who has gained more metres than any other Red Rose player, will start Saturday's crunch Six Nations clash against France at Twickenham.

    "I needed the time off to focus on the injury - and I'm feeling a lot more confident this year," the Exeter Chief man tells Sky Sports News.

  66. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    You are reacting in your droves to the latest England squad. Here are some of your Twitter thoughts...

    Richard Phillips: I'm very glad I'm not in Roy's shoes to be honest. Picking out Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck and Kane is tough...

    Joseph Whiteaker: Andros Townsend makes the squad but Ashley Young doesn't!?

    A H Damani: How have Shaw and Jones made England squad? Rose is in form! So much for picking in-form players.

  67. England call-up a huge honour - Kane

    Football

    Twitter
  68. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Finally, some cheery news to end proceedings at Newcastle.

    "Siem de Jong went outside for the first time today and did a little work-out and that was nice to see," reports Carver.

    De Jong

    De Jong, the 25-year-old Dutch international striker who joined Newcastle from Ajax in the summer, suffered a serious thigh injury in September and hasn't featured since.

  69. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Quite a downbeat news conference going on at Newcastle, though given the club has only two wins in its last 11 outings, that's hardly surprising.

    "We are a small group and it's a difficult time but the only way you get through it is by sticking together and smiling," says Carver.

    Asked about Arsenal and the threat the Gunners pose, he adds: "They are a good footballing side who like to play, so we have to be patient. But we have one or two things up our sleeve."

  70. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    John Carver

    "I've had big challenges in the past and this is one of the biggest. It's my job to prepare the team to bounce back from Everton," says Carver, whose team were easily beaten, 3-0, at Goodison Park last weekend.

    Asked if he may play a few youngsters against Arsenal, given the injury problems, the manager replies: "Saturday is not the environment for young lads, especially against an in-form Arsenal side. It's not the right time for them."

  71. John Carver news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    To the north-east next on what is turning out to be one heck of a busy day, and Magpies gaffer John Carver is speaking to the media.

    Judging by his first comments, picking a team for Saturday's match with Arsenal could be tricky.

    "I only have 13 fit senior players, plus two goalkeepers, for the game," says Carver, possibly not words Newcastle fans were hoping to hear.

  72. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Peterwari Soberekon: Atlanta 96 - Nigeria v Brazil. That Kanu 94th minute goal erupted Nigeria. Even the dead heard the noise.

    John McEnerney: The British Lions in '97. Heroes one and all, coaches too... "This is your Everest boys".

    getty

    Ross McKenzie: David Healy's heroics against Spain in 2006. Hat-trick hero!

    More to #bbcsportsday

  73. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    More on Harry Kane's call-up from Pochettino.

    "We feel proud for him, so do his team-mates. He is a special player for Tottenham having come through the academy," says the boss.

    "It's big news and always important for players when the national team calls you up. It's a great feeling."

  74. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Pochettino is in the building and it is no surprise that the first question is on the news that Harry Kane is in the England squad.

    Straight reply from Mauricio: "We're happy and Harry is obviously happy. It's very good news for us and it's good news too that Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend are included too."

  75. Curbishley can help Fulham - Symons

    Football

    Fulham manager Kit Symons says the addition of Alan Curbishley to his backroom staff will benefit the club in their Championship relegation battle.

    Former Charlton boss Curbishley, 57, rejoined the Whites as a consultant earlier this month, after a spell as technical director last season under former boss Rene Meulensteen.

    "He will be a sounding board to help me and the staff in every way he can. He hasn't got a magic wand but I will be tapping into him at every opportunity," Symons tells BBC Radio 5 live.

  76. Get involved - heroic display

    #bbcsportsday

    Jean-Paul Breyer: Doesn't a Free-Kick in the 93rd minute of a Euro qualifying match against Greece remind you of a great England hero?

    Beckham

    No idea what you mean Jean-Paul.

    Keep the coming to #bbcsportsday

  77. 'They are really good' - Kompany on Barca

    Football

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany accepts the club still remain a long way short of fulfilling their European dreams.

    The gap between City and the continent's best clubs was illustrated on during the defeat by Barcelona.

    Kompany

    Kompany said: "The reality is they were a better team, there is no shame in admitting that. For me there is a big, big difference.

    "I will just mention Bayern Munich and Barcelona, and then there are the rest of the teams, with Real Madrid probably in between.

    "Ultimately we have always said our goal is to become as good as them, but it will take some time. They are really good."

  78. Cobblers sign Italian striker on loan

    Football

    Northampton Town have signed Sheffield United forward Diego De Girolamo on loan following his recall from York.

    The 19-year-old was set to remain with the Minstermen until the end of the campaign, but will now finish the season with the Cobblers.

  79. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    KeanIN: Roy Keane with a captains goal for Manchester United. Carried us through at Juventus in '99, knowing he'd miss the final.

    Keane

    Murry Ren: Suzuka 2005. Kimi Raikkonen's storming charge from 17th passing Fisichella in the final lap to win the race.

    Oluwasola Oloruntobi: I've watched mission impossible by Tim Cruise but in 2011 Newcastle did a mission possible against Arsenal 4-4.

    And the most heroic display yet...

    Haris Hameed: A mate of mine scored 11 goals and provided nine assists in a street football tournament final. Also kept the goal for a few minutes.

    More, please, to #bbcsportsday

  80. Stuart Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    The experience of Lions lock Geoff Parling and Nick Easter, who starts on the bench, will be critical to England's Six Nations title hopes. Parling starts instead of Dave Attwood, who misses out altogether in favour of veteran forward Easter.

    "It's the experience that Geoff brings - he didn't go on the Lions tour by accident," says Lancaster.

    "He has played many big games, his organisation, his presence and speed around the field is excellent. It was a tight call - but the right call.

    "The bench will all make an impact and will be critical to our hopes. In the three games Nick has played he has done that. He will make a stronger impact from the bench."

  81. Stuart Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    England, who host France on Saturday, are one of FOUR teams who can still win the Six Nations title on the final weekend. And the English lads are feeling exactly how you would think...

    Lancaster

    "We are hugely excited about it," exclaims Lancaster. "The players are chomping at the bit to get going."

    Are you fed up of coming second? "Yep. Next question." That answers that one...

  82. Stuart Lancaster news conference

    Rugby Union

    As soon as one England boss stops talking to the media, another one begins. Luckily you don't need a time travelling machine to whizz from St George's Park to Pennyhill Park for the latest from the England oval-ball camp.

    Here is England head coach Stuart Lancaster on this weekend's dramatic Six Nations finale...

  83. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Andrew Stokoe: Andy Schleck, 2011 tour, attacking with two mountains to go second being the Galibier). Laid everything on the line

    Andy

    Dom Smith: Carlisle Utd. Jimmy Glass.

    Oomar Jaunmohamud: Di Canio..when a player was injured.had an opportunity to score but decided to grab the ball and ask the ref to stop play..

    Keep the coming to #bbcsportsday

  84. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    Hodgson adds: "I am happy with my life and where we are as a team. The memory of the Wold Cup will always live with us but I hope to some extent we are putting it behind us.

    "We'll see about (going to another World Cup). It is a magnificent job being England manager and I'm really pleased to have the chance to do it.

    "My employees seem comfortable with me and that's enough for me. At this stage of my career I don't look any further. I don't want to outstay my welcome, that's for sure, so we'll see what happens."

    Roughly translated that means let me stay longer doesn't it? Time will tell...

  85. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    Finally, some interesting stuff from Hodgson when he asked about life after 2016, when his contract as England boss is due to expire.

    Hodgson

    Does he want to stay longer, a journalist enquires? "What I really want to do is to make certain is that I do the job I'm currently contracted to do to the best of my ability and hope there are no slip-ups.

    "I hope when we go to France - and I believe we will qualify - we will give a good account of ourselves. I don't need to look beyond that at the moment."

  86. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    On Joe Hart's Champions League masterclass against Barcelona: "Joe was outstanding, almost amazing. The number of times they were one on one, and I'm talking about the likes of Neymar and Messi, and Joe spread hismself and stood up very well.

    Hart

    "He made it very difficult for them. His one on one with Messi was really impressive, when Messi went around him and he stayed on his feet.

    "I'm pleased for him but disappointed for his club and for Joe because he is the type of players who will take no pleasure from his own performance if his team have gone out of the competition.

    "We know Joe is an excellent goalkeeper and always have done."

  87. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    On the elimination of English clubs in the Champions League: "No doubt the Premier League and the top clubs won't want to lose the fourth Champions League place, but it is a fact of life that if you want four places then you have to get the points to keep that status.

    "No English team in the last eight is not endemic - that this time we have teams going out is just one of those things.

    "Man City came across a top class Barcelona side, Arsenal played well in the second leg but weren't able to turn tie around after a poor performance in the first leg, the Chelsea and PSG games were incredibly tight and no one would have been surprised if Chelsea went through.

    "So I think there will be other times when our teams go through and we will say we're lucky.

    "The Premier League is a great league and we have great players - that doesn't give you the right to win matches against teams from other countries."

  88. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    On Daniel Sturridge's form since the Liverpool striker's return from injury: "I think Daniel is getting better and better.

    "When you come into the team again after a very long absence it takes a while.

    Sturridge

    "But I thought in the last game in which I watched him play, on Monday against Swansea, there were very good signs that his touch was there and his sharpness is coming back.

    "He has another game between now and the England matches to further improve his fitness, when Liverpool play Man United."

  89. Roy Hodgson news conference

    England squad announcement

    Roy Hodgson explains why there are only two goalkeepers - Joe Hart and Fraser Forster - in the squad.

    "One of the most interesting things, you'll probably think, is the absence of a third goalkeeper," he said.

    "That's because we regard Jack Butland as the keeper in that position but our under 21s have a game on Friday so we would prefer him to stay and play in that game.

    "But he will be our third goalkeeper and will come with us if anything happens to the other two keeper in training or during the first game."

  90. Roy Hodgson news conference

    On the prospect of Harry Kane starting in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania: "I'd be disappointed if there was anyone on this list who I didn't have the confidence or courage to ask to play in that game.

    "When you're there you're good enough but there is competition for places. The first thing is to break into squad and then stay there.

    "We've playing well and it is not as easy as newcomer saying 'I'm here step aside'. The others won't want to step aside."

  91. Roy Hodgson news conference

    Kane selection 'not a surprise'

    On Harry Kane's selection: "I think the whole country is excited about Harry. His rise has been fantastic this season. It would have been a surprise if he wasn't selected. We hope he can establish himself."

  92. Kane receives first England call-up

    Football

    Harry Kane
  93. Post update

    Forme England and Spurs striker Gary Lineker

    Congratulations to Harry Kane on his first England call up. The first of many.

  94. Here's the line-up...

    Football

    The England squad in full for you.

    Goalkeepers

    Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Man City)

    Defenders

    Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Man United), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Man United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)

    Midfielders

    Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Man United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Man City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

    Forwards

    Harry Kane (Tottenham), Wayne Rooney (Man United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

    England last played in November, beating Scotland 3-1 in a friendly.

  95. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Kane in England squad

    Harry Kane has been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for the first time.

    The Tottenham striker is in a 24-man squad to face Lithuania and Italy later in the month.

    Kane

    Kane's Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker makes a return to the squad having made his 10th and most recent appearance in the November 2013 defeat to Germany.

    Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph is also back in the set-up after missing November's games with injury, while Hodgson opts for two keepers after Ben Foster was ruled out.

  96. Scotland XV to face Ireland

    Rugby Union

    Scotland

    Replacements: 16 Fraser Brown, 17 Alasdair Dickinson, 18 Geoff Cross, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Rob Harley, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Greig Tonks, 23 Tim Visser.

  97. Scotland make double change for Irish

    Rugby Union

    Scotland make two changes for their final Six Nations match this weekend - where they could end Ireland's title hopes at Murrayfield.

    Blindside flanker Adam Ashe and prop Ryan Grant are promoted from the bench, with Robert Harley and Alasdair Dickinson instead starting as replacements.

    Scotland must win - and hope Italy are battered by Wales - to avoid the Wooden Spoon.

  98. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Some heroic nominations from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Mark Utv-Phillips: Bert Trautmann, 1956 FA Cup final. Keeper who played virtually whole goal game with broken neck before subs allowed. These over pampered, under worked, overrated, overpaid "heroes" of today, take note.

    Trautmann

    Paul Blowers: To win one Grand National is amazing, Red Rum won three, if that's not among the most heroic feats in sport, I don't know what is.

    More to #bbcsportsday

  99. Bristol City's Bryan wins Young Player award

    Football

    Bristol City's Joe Bryan has been named as February's Football League Young Player of the Month.

    The 21-year-old has been a key part in City's rise to the top of League One this season, and on Sunday he will appear for his hometown club in the final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy at Wembley.

    BBC Sport's Caroline Chapman has been to meet Bryan, who is the son of a heart surgeon and "one of a kind", according to manager Steve Cotterill.

  100. Premiership player admits police assault

    A Scottish Premiership footballer has admitted kicking a police officer - his third conviction for police assault.

    Paul McGowan

    Dundee FC midfielder Paul McGowan, 27, was arrested after an incident at a house in his home town of Airdrie in the early hours of 23 November 2014.

    At Airdrie Sheriff Court, he admitted behaving in a threatening manner and assaulting PC Jamie White. Sentence was deferred and his bail continued.

    McGowan was given a community sentence last year for an attack on police.

  101. Post update

    Legendary Australia spinner Shane Warne: Congrats to India and SA for advancing to the semi-finals, I think they will be joined by Australia when they beat Pakistan tomorrow.

    Shane also follows up his Tweet with a 'thumbs up' icon. Unfortunately our editorial system doesn't cater for emojis so we'll just have to tell you about it instead.

  102. England full-back shopped to police - by his club

    Rugby League

    Leeds Rhinos full-back Zak Hardaker was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a student - after his club called the police when they saw CCTV images of the England international on a local newspaper's website.

    "As soon as we were made aware of the pictures that were on the Yorkshire Evening Post website, we actually rang the police ourselves," reveals Rhinos coach Brian McDermott.

    "We made that phone call straight away and then phoned Zak."

    Hardaker, 23, along with club-mate Elliot Minichella, 19, were released without charge after admitting the assault.

    The pair agreed to pay £200 in compensation and write a letter of apology to the victim under a "community resolution".

  103. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Benjy: Sheffield Wednesday v Manchester United, 1991 League Cup Final. What a performance!

    CFC: Every game Petr Cech has played against Lionel Messi. Seven games 0 goals.

    Lewis Jelley: Hull's Dean Windass at Wembley, club hero making history on the big stage!

    More please to #bbcsportsday.

  104. England like Eastenders or Corrie

    Cricket

    England's current situation is a "soap opera", according to former national captain Michael Vaughan.

    The team made an early exit from the World Cup at the pool stage, leading to questions over coach Peter Moores.

    England coach Peter Moores (left) and some England players following defeat by Bangladesh

    Selectors have since been criticized by Alastair Cook for dropping him as one-day captain while also coming under pressure to clarify the international future of ex-player Kevin Pietersen.

    "If any producer is willing, make a movie," Vaughan tells Test Match Special.

  105. Pietersen speak to new ECB chairman

    Cricket

    More from BBC Sport's Pat Murphy on the revelation incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves has spoken to Kevin Pietersen - the day after the ECB said they had no plans to recall the 34-year-old batsman.

    "Graves has confirmed he recently called Pietersen who then requested a meeting when he returned from the World Cup, where he's commentating for BBC Radio," he says.

    "Graves hasn't yet agreed to the meeting but says he'll try to accommodate Pietersen although he'll make no promises to him.

    "Graves stressed it was a confidential phone call and that he can't comment any further until he takes over as ECB chairman on 15 May."

  106. Pietersen speaks to new ECB chairman

    Cricket

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy: "There's a new twist in the Kevin Pietersen saga, with the revelation that incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves has spoken to the player recently.

    "It comes a day after the ECB said they had no plans to re-call Pietersen who was sacked by England last year."

  107. Johnson wants Italy move

    Football gossip

    Johnson

    The Mirror: Liverpool defender Glen Johnson, 30, whose contract expires in the summer, is reportedly interested in joining fellow former England full-back Ashley Cole at Italian side Roma.

  108. Twist in the Pietersen tale

    Cricket

    Ready for another twist in the Kevin Pietersen 'will he, won't he, play for England again' saga? Good. Stand by...

  109. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    George Fisher: Liverpool - Istanbul 2005. The most incredible European Cup final in history, and what a comeback! Truly heroic performance.

    gerrard

    Aidan Billingham: Thierry Henry in the 5-0 win against Inter.

    Ken Gorry: As an Irishman Packie Bonner v England Euro 88 and Paul McGrath v Italy USA 94, so good he even made Phil Babb look good that day.

    More to #bbcsportsday.

  110. Derbyshire sign Rimmington for T20 Blast

    Cricket

    Derbyshire sign specialist Twenty20 fast bowler Nathan Rimmington for the T20 Blast in 2015.

    The 32-year-old plays for Melbourne Renegades in Australia's Big Bash and is one of the leading wicket-takers since the league's inception in 2011.

    Earlier this week, Derbyshire signed veteran Sri Lanka batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who will appear for the county in two spells during the summer.

  111. Cuts in four sports

    Sport England is taking funding away from swimming, rugby league, gymnastics and equestrian sport on the basis that they missed participation targets

    Total amount taken away is £1.53m across the four sports.

    "It has been removed from four governing bodies because they failed to meet targets agreed between them and Sport England in 2013/14," said a spokesman.

    The money, the spokesman added, "will be reinvested in alternative projects to explore new ways of producing better results in those sports".

  112. India cruising

    Cricket

    It doesn't look like the cricket in Melbourne is going to last too much longer.

    India

    Replying to India's 302-6, Bangladesh - who, lest we forget, proved too strong for England the other week - are slowly crumling.

    They're on 178-6 off 41.2 overs and India are looking well on course to make it through to the World Cup semi-finals.

    If you want to catch the closing moments, there is live text commentary here.

  113. Today's headlines

    As Big Ben bongs out the 11 o'clock chimes, it is the perfect time to recap on the day's headlines. Our BBC News colleague Huw Edwards would be proud...

    Top story: Lions lock Geoff Parling is recalled to the England XV for the Six Nations decider against France at Twickenham.

    Top video: Andy Murray welcomes the 15-year ban handed to US tennis player Wayne Odesnik for a doping violation.

    Top feature: Why have no English clubs made it to the Champions League last eight for the second time in three years?

  114. 'I might have been a scaffolder' - Strachan

    BBC News School Report

    So first up to face the school reporters was Scotland manager Gordon Strachan, who talked to pupils at Bearsden Academy in Glasgow earlier.

    Strachan

    The 58-year-old was bang on form and during a Q&A with pupils, revealed that if he hadn't made it in football, he had plans to become a scaffolder.

    Watch the video here.

  115. Get involved - heroic displays

    Buck and Dusty: League legend Alan Prescott leading GB to victory against the Aussies in 1958 playing 77 minutes with a broken arm.

    Paul Rouse: Eddy the Eagle Edwards. plasterer, 90m ski jump. "I'll have some of that," training in his backyard off scaffolding three-metres high.

    The Eagles

    Arsenal4life: Jack Wilshere v Barcelona... 16 years old what a game.

    Daniel Mervyn: David Marshall v Barcelona for Celtic...twice! Young boy thrown in the mix, came out a man.

    Lovely stuff. keep them coming please to #bbcsportsday

  116. Kids quiz international bosses

    BBC News School Report

    School report

    The UK's national football managers are used to facing a grilling from the media - but not schoolchildren.

    But that is exactly what has happened as part of BBC News School Report, which sees more than 1,000 schools, together with 30,000 School Reporters, taking part in today's News Day.

    Youngsters have been firing the questions at England manager Roy Hodgson, Scotland counterpart Gordon Strachan, Wales boss Chris Coleman and Northern Ireland chief Michael O'Neill.

  117. Thursday's back pages

    Guardian

    Another paper, another mention of Joe Hart. It's a more sombre note in The Guardian though, with City's players pictured trudging off the Nou Camp pitch after their Champions league exit. Elsewhere, there's cricket and news of fresh hope for Kevin Pietersen and his planned England comeback.

  118. Ricketts on the move

    Sam Ricketts

    BBC Wales Sport: Wales defender and Wolves club captain Sam Ricketts is set to sign for League One side Swindon Town on loan until the end of the season

  119. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Earlier this season West Ham fans were filling out the passport renewal forms ahead of some potential European trips next season. But, after a run of one win in 12 Premier League matches, some late summer sun in the Mediterranean appears to be their best bet of a continental jaunt now.

    "We can't feel sorry for ourselves as every team has injuries at some time in the season and it's about overcoming that," says Allardyce, whose side have dropped to 10th.

    "We've had a challenging run of fixtures and we should have taken more points that we did, which would have put us in a fantastic position.

    "The bottom line is playing fantastic is great, but not winning is critical."

  120. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Here's the news all you fantasy football managers out there want to know - the West Ham team news for the visit of Sunderland.

    Adrian

    Spanish goalkeeper Adrian and ex-England striker Carlton Cole are fit, but Ecuador striker Enner Valencia and Kiwi centre-back Winston Reid look set to miss out.

    On-loan full-back Carl Jenkinson also returns after being ineligible to face parent club Arsenal last week.

    "It's good to have a couple of players back in Carlton and Carl, because with our small squad that's very important," says Big Sam. "We will wait until Saturday morning to see what the situation with Winston is."

  121. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    Of course, Sunderland have already appointed Dutch coach Dick Advocaat until the end of the season as they aim to avoid Premier League relegation.

    The Black Cats sacked Gus Poyet this week after the 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa left them one point above the bottom three with nine matches left.

    "They've moved swiftly to make a change and give themselves the best possible chance of getting the points they need," says Allardyce.

    "The players at Sunderland will be hurt that they've let the fans down with a 4-0 defeat last week and I think we'll have a very tough game on Saturday."

  122. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Sunderland (Sat, 17:30 GMT)

    We make it less than five minutes. That's the time it takes for Sam Allardyce to be asked about the chances of him swapping West Ham for Sunderland in the summer.

    Sam Allardyce

    And his response is emphatic. "Pure speculation," snorts the Hammers boss, who played for the Mackems in the early 1980s.

  123. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Sunderland (17:30 GMT)

    Sam Allardyce, chomping on chewing gum as usual, wanders into the media room at West Ham's Chadwell Heath training ground.

    He is about to speak to the assembled press pack ahead of his team's home match against Sunderland, who - ironically - he has been linked with taking charge of in the summer.

    Let's see what Big Sam has to say then...

  124. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Everton (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Finally a bit about Sunday's game, with Ramsey asked whether it's an advantage for Rangers that Everton have a Europa League date in Ukraine tonight (v Dynamo Kiev, 18:00 GMT).

    Ramsey, though, is having none of it. "It doesn't help us, it doesn't give us an advantage because they have a big squad and a quality manager," he says.

    "I don't think about the opposition or what problems they might have (referring to Everton's league form). We are just going to prepare the best we can for the game."

    Fair enough. And with that, off he goes.

  125. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Everton (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    Interesting response from Ramsey when he is asked if QPR striker Charlie Austin should be in Roy Hodgson's England squad (announced today at 12:30 GMT).

    "He has been fantastic this season ... I think he has done more than (Tottenham's) Harry Kane because he is in a team which is struggling," says Ramsey.

    Austin

    "Charlie's work rate is unbelievable and he has the uncoachable thing, which is scoring goals.

    "I'm sure he will be in the reckoning for the squad. We haven't heard anything yet but we hope he will be involved. He's the kind of quality player who will shine wherever he plays."

    Austin ahead of Kane? Discuss.

  126. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Everton (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    "I don't like using the word unlucky," says Ramsey - and at this point we all know what's coming next - "but we have been unlucky in some of the gems we've played. We've performed very well against teams like Arsenal and Tottenham."

    Asked what it will take to stay up, the QPR boss replied: "I'm afraid it's that old cliche, we need to take each game as it comes.

    "You can't think three or four matches ahead. We need to prepare for each game, make sure we don't give away silly goals as we have been doing, and stay together."

  127. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Everton (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

    If ever a manger needed a few good result it is QPR boss Ramsey.

    His side are second bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety, and were spanked 3-1 at Crystal Palace last time.

    Chris Ramsey

    "There were a few things we didn't stick to against Palace, but we're still in it and we believe we can get out of it," says the Rangers boss.

    "The players have got to pick themselves up. We've re-grouped and we have to go again to get where we need to get to.

    "Apart from the Crystal Palace game, the performances have been good regardless of whoever we have put in the team."

  128. France nothing special - Robertson

    Rugby Union

    Unpredictable and nothing special - but with the ability to beat anybody. That's BBC Sport commentator Iain Robertson's verdict on the France side which travel to England on Saturday for the Six Nations climax.

    "France are gloriously unpredictable," he tells BBC Radio 5 live. "They can play badly and be bitterly disappointed, like they have in this Six Nations, then produce one great game at the end.

    "England have to be careful but there's nothing special in the France team."

  129. Easter inclusion 'could be masterstroke'

    Rugby Union

    Nick Easter

    Geoff Parling's return to the England XV, with Nick Easter on the bench, brings vital experience for the Six Nations decider against France, says BBC rugby union commentator Ian Robertson.

    "Geoff Parling has been injured, he came back, proved his fitness and goes back in to the team alongside Courtney Lawes. It is a much stronger second row with more experience," Robertson tells BBC Radio 5 live.

    "The shock is bringing back Nick Easter but when you think about it, it is a brilliant stroke by Stuart Lancaster. He is a real impact player to come on when England might be chasing another 10 points near the end. Because the title will almost certainly go down to points difference."

  130. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    Keep those heroic sporting displays coming.

    Michael Gannon: Packie Bonner, Euro 88 Stuttgart, Ireland 1 England 0 will never forget that day.

    Dan D'Cunha: Derrick Redmond finishing his 400m semi in 1992 with a torn hamstring and his dad by his side.

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    Heart Of The Holte: Nigel Spink for Aston Villa V Bayern Munich, 1982, European Cup Final.

    Send your nomination to #bbcsportsday

  131. Full England XV

    Rugby Union

    Here's the 15 men named by England head coach Stuart Lancaster, who makes just one change from the win over Scotland, to face France.

    Six Nations

    Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes, 19 Nick Easter, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 Danny Cipriani, 23 Billy Twelvetrees.

  132. BreakingParling returns for England

    Rugby Union

    Geoff Parling

    Lions lock Geoff Parling is recalled by England for Saturday's title-defining match against France at Twickenham.

    Parling steps up from the replacement bench to replace Dave Attwood who - in a slightly unexpected move - is dropped from the squad.

    Veteran Harlequins forward Nick Easter returns to cover lock as well as the back row.

  133. Friday's back pages

    The Sun

    More Joe Hart heroics in The Sun, plus the latest from the world of cricket, including some tasty quotes from Alistair Cook and Kevin Pietersen.

  134. Two changes for France

    Rugby Union

    Six Nations - France

    The countdown to a humdinger of a Six Nations finale is on. Four teams. One title. But who will be lifting the Championship this weekend?

    France, who travel to England on Saturday, have an outside chance and they make two enforced changes through injury from their side which beat Italy 29-0 in Rome.

    Jules Plisson comes in for Camille Lopez at fly-half, while Vincent Debaty starts at prop instead of Eddy Ben Arous.

    The England team will be announced in less than 10 minutes....

  135. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Wenger is talking about suffering from fatigue now, after a gruelling week involving the trip to Monaco and a win over West Ham.

    "West Ham was a very physical game and we paid for it in the second half of the Monaco game. It's a concern," says Wenger.

    Asked about Newcastle, the gaffer adds: "We have good memories at Newcastle but they're always very tight and difficult games. The crowd is always motivated."

    And that's it, Wenger strides out of the room and off to the training ground.

  136. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Arsenal boss Wenger is asked about the chances of the Gunners winning the Premier League title this season.

    They are seven points behind Chelsea, though Jose Mourinho's men have played a game more.

    "At the moment we are too far away from Chelsea but we have an opportunity every week to get closer," says the boss.

    "We have to continue to improve. We are a better team today than four months ago. We've won 13 of our last 15 games."

  137. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Arsenal crashed out of the Champions League at Monaco, albeit despite a great second-leg display display.

    Arsene Wenger

    Wenger says: "We have to move on. We know why we went out - it's down to a dreadful defensive performance in the first leg.

    "Maybe away goals should count after extra-time. The rule was created in the 1960s and the weight of the away goal is too great today."

  138. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Newcastle v Arsenal (Saturday 15:00 GMT)

    Mr Wenger has arrived and first up is a spot of team news.

    Good news on Tomas Rosicky - he could be fit to face Newcastle.

    Rosicky

    Not so good news, however, about Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy - the pair of them will be out for "at least"

  139. Murray hammers 'cheat'

    Tennis

    After completing victory at Indian Wells, Andy Murray then gave an interview to the BBC during which he was very outspoken about fellow player Wayne Odesnik, who has been banned for 15-years after being caught doping.

    Wayne Odesnik

    The 29-year-old American tested positive for several banned substances, including steroids, in December and January.

    "It is good for tennis that they got him off tour. It is the end of his career and he can't even come on site to events or coach. That is a good thing," said Murray, who also tweeted 'bye bye Wayne ... good riddance'.

    "He is a cheat and it is good for everyone in tennis he is dealt with in the right way."

    Powerful stuff. Full story here.

  140. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    We asked for heroic sporting displays, here's what you're telling us.

    Andrew: Scotland winning 1-0 at France. McFadden scoring that goal. Me and my dad cheered so loud nearly gave my mum a heart attack.

    McFadden

    Rodgers Omond: My hero is without a doubt David de Gea. Has miraculously kept Man United in the race for top four.

    Lewis: Wales heroic defensive display against Ireland last week, a masterclass. The stadium erupted with support when Wales survived.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday.

  141. Murray beats Mannarino ... and Henman

    Tennis

    Away from the football, Andy Murray equalled Tim Henman's Open-era record for career wins by a British man as he advanced to the quarter-finals at Indian Wells.

    Murray

    Murray beat unseeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-3 6-3 in what was the first meeting between the pair.

    The Scot will play Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the last eight.

    Murray said he "wasn't aware" he had equalled Henman's record of 496 career wins, joking: "It's probably one of the few records Tim still had over me."

  142. All hail Messi

    Twitter
  143. More hell for Pell

    Football

    There is no doubting that Manuel Pellegrini is under all sorts of pressure following Man City's defeat in Barcelona.

    There's only one outcome according to BBC footie pundit Robbie Savage, who believes the Blues boss will be sacked at the end of the season after his side's Champions League exit.

    Manuel Pellegrini

    "I think Pellegrini's time will be up," said Savage. "Would Diego Simeone leave Atletico Madrid or Carlo Ancelotti leave Real Madrid? That's the kind of manager I would look at for City."

    Joe Hart though has defended his manager.

    Full story here.

  144. Get involved - heroic displays

    #bbcsportsday

    In tribute to Mr Joe Hart, whose hands must still be stinging this morning, we want you to give us your nominations for most heroic sporting displays.

    It could be a football team, player, tennis star, F1 driver, your mate's performance for the local pub team ... whatever, get in touch and let us know.

    I'll kick it off. Bury's 3-2 win at Chester in September, 1984. What a display, like Brazil at their peak, and I still remember Craig Madden's diving header like it was yesterday - left-wing cross, diving full length, bang, top corner. I've goosebumps just thinking about it...

    Anyway, enough of that - over to you.

    Let us know your choice at #bbcsportsday

  145. Thursday's back pages

    Times

    Our morning round-up of the papers begins with The Times. No prizes for guessing what on the back page - a picture of a flying Joe Hart. The paper suggests City's Champions League exit could spell the end of Manuel Pellegrini's reign ... a subject we'll revisit in a moment.

  146. Grim reading

    Twitter

    A depressing statistic if ever there was one.

  147. Preparing for take-off

    Cricket

    Speaking of Indian batsman Rohit Sharma, here is how he celebrated his century.

    Sharma

    His jumping is clearly almost as good as his cover drives.

  148. India rack up big score

    Cricket

    India v Bangladesh is well under way at the Cricket World Cup in Melbourne.

    India won the toss, decided to bat first in the quarter-final, and it seems a good decision.

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    They scored 302 for 6 off their 50 overs, an innings that included a fine knock from opener Rohit Sharma, who smashed 137 from 126 balls.

    It means Bangladesh have a big task on their hands, but they've started in solid fashion - 20-0 from four over, with Tamim Iqbal on a run-a-ball 17.

    You'll find live text commentary here.

  149. Written from the Hart

    Gary Lineker praises Hart
  150. 'Hart phenomenal' - Messi

    Football

    No matter how much defeat hurts for Man City fans, at least they can take comfort from having a goalkeeper who is making headlines all over the world today.

    Even Lionel Messi called Joe Hart a "phenomenon" after the keeper's wondrous display at the Nou Camp.

    Joe Hart thwarts Messi

    "He saved everything," said Messi. "We had a lot of clear chances but the keeper had a brilliant game. We can only congratulate him."

    Hart made 10 saves, the most in a single Champions League match this season.

  151. Messi magic

    Football

    Now all that's out of the way, let's take a look at what's happened overnight in the sporting world, starting with Manchester City's exit from the Champions league.

    Joe Hart might have been sensational ("the best goalkeeping performance ever ... for nothing", said Robbie Savage on Radio 5 live), but Lionel Messi and co were even better as Barceclona - penalty-scare aside - sauntered into the quarter-finals.

    Messi

    "City have now failed to reach the quarter-finals in each of their four Champions League campaigns," read the BBC's match report. "As the best paid team in world sport, according to a recent study , it seems like a poor return on that investment."

    Full report here.

  152. Selection policy

    Couple more things to look out for today.

    England have an international double-header coming up soon (hosting Lithuania in their next Euro 2016 qualifier on 27 March and facing Italy in a friendly in Turin four days later) and Roy Hodgson is announcing his squad at 12:30 GMT. Expect a call-up for a certain Mr Harry Kane.

    Kane

    Meanwhile, over in the world of rugby union, head coach Stuart Lancaster will, at 09:45 GMT, announce his team to face France in Saturday's crucial final Six Nations game.

    Ooh, what an exciting day it's going to be...

  153. Timetable of events

    Ten Premier League managers are talking to the media throughout the day. We'll bring you the best of what they say - here's who's talking when.

    Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) 09:00 GMT; Chris Ramsey (QPR) 09:15, Sam Allardyce (West Ham) 09:30.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham) 12:30 GMT; John Carver (Newcastle) 13:00 GMT; Sean Dyche (Burnley) 13:15.

    Tim Sherwood (Aston Villa) 13:30 GMT; Garry Monk (Swansea) 14:00, Ronald Koeman (Southampton) 15:00; Alan Pardew (Crystal Palace) 15:30.

  154. And then it was one

    Man City's Champions League exit means only Everton remain in Europe.

    Roberto Martinez's men take on Dynamo Kiev in Ukraine (18:00 GMT), leading 2-1 from the first-leg. Full text commentary right here on the BBC Sport website.

    Martinez

    For everyone else, it means they can fully concentrate on the Premier League. Speaking of which, it's a busy day ahead...

  155. Morning all

    Here's an image which sums up last night.

    Hart

    And another.

    Hart

    Oh, and another.

    Hart

    But that's the end of The Joe Hart Show. Now it's time for Sportsday.