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By Alan Jewell, Jamie Strickland and Adam Williams

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Right, that's another edition of Sportsday wrapped up in a neat little package.

    It's been emotional as always.

    As if you didn't know, there's loads of sport in the pipeline this weekend - football, Six Nations rugby, golf, World Cup cricket, Indian Wells tennis, you name it - and you can keep up with it all across the BBC.

    Thanks for your company today. Bye for now.

  2. Barry to miss out for Everton

    QPR v Everton (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Gareth Barry is out of the Everton team to face QPR at Loftus Road on Sunday.

    Barry started the 5-2 Europa League defeat to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night but he has one more game to serve on his two-match domestic suspension after picking up 10 yellow cards this season.

    Roberto Martinez remains without Kevin Mirallas (knock), Bryan Oviedo (hamstring), Tony Hibbert and Steven Pienaar (both knee) but reported no new injuries from the trip to Ukraine and Aiden McGeady (knee) will be in the squad along with Aaron Lennon, who was cup-tied in the Europa League.

    Provisional squad: Howard, Robles, Griffiths, Stones, Alcaraz, Jagielka, Browning, Coleman, Baines, Garbutt, Besic, McCarthy, Lennon, Barkley, Gibson, Osman, Atsu, McGeady, Naismith, Lukaku, Kone.

  3. Blatter: Football can 'stabilise' Ukraine

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter has delivered a warning against a boycott of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    Ukraine's president has called for a boycott in protest at alleged Russian military involvement with pro-Moscow separatists.

    "The World Cup in Russia will be able to stabilise all this situation that is in this region of Europe," said Blatter. "The message is leave sports alone. Boycotting a World Cup or any sporting event has never brought any solutions to nobody."

  4. Di Maria back for Man Utd

    Football

    Angel di Maria

    Angel di Maria is available for Sunday's match at Liverpool having served a one-match suspension for his dismissal against Arsenal.

    Robin van Persie is still out with an ankle problem and Jonny Evans is suspended.

    Left-back Luke Shaw (hamstring) and centre-half Marcos Rojo (groin) are doubts.

    Provisional squad: De Gea, Lindegaard, Valdes, Shaw, Blackett, Rojo, Smalling, Jones, McNair, Rafael, Pereira, Young, Blind, Fellaini, Herrera, Valencia, Di Maria, Januzaj, Mata, Falcao, Rooney, Wilson.

  5. McCoy yet to confirm National ride

    Horse Racing

    Champion jockey AP McCoy is still in two minds over which horse to ride for owner JP McManus in his final Grand National at Aintree on 11 April.

    McCoy, who will be crowned champion for the 20th time when the National Hunt season ends next month, has been earmarked for the Jonjo O'Neill-trained favourite Shuthefrontdoor.

    "I think I'm riding Shutthefrontdoor," the retiring McCoy, 40, told BBC Sport.

    "But Cause Of Causes won at Cheltenham, so he has a good chance now."

  6. Coloccini suspended for stretched Magpies

    Newcastle United v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini will sit out Saturday's Premier League match with Arsenal after failing in his red card appeal.

    The Argentina international was sent off for a challenge on Aaron Lennon during Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Everton and will be suspended for three games, joining striker Papiss Cisse on the sidelines as he serves the second stage of his seven-match ban.

    In addition, head coach John Carver will have to contend with a crippling injury list which will deprive him of the services of defenders Steven Taylor (Achilles), Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara (both knee), and midfielders Cheick Tiote (also knee), Mehdi Abeid (thigh), Siem de Jong (collapsed lung) and Rolando Aarons (thigh).

    Provisional squad: Krul, Elliot, Janmaat, Williamson, R.Taylor, Satka, Sterry, Anita, Colback, Sissoko, Gouffran, Cabella, Ameobi, Obertan, Gutierrez, Kemen, Riviere, Perez, Armstrong.

  7. Schedule favours England - Gatland

    Rugby Union

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland says the fact England are in action last on Saturday puts them in the "box seat" to win the Six Nations title.

    Gatland's side are in action first against Italy in Rome at 12:30 GMT.

    Warren Gatland

    They need a big win to overhaul their inferior points-difference compared with title rivals Ireland and England.

    "England... are definitely going to know what they need to do to win the Championship, so that puts them in the box seat," said Gatland.

  8. Walters to play despite facial injury

    Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke striker Jon Walters could feature in match against Crystal Palace despite suffering a fractured cheekbone last weekend.

    Walters had an operation to repair the damage and could play wearing a protective mask but he will be assessed first.

    Forward Victor Moses (leg) is unlikely to face his former club while defenders Erik Pieters (thigh) and Philipp Wollscheid (groin) will undergo fitness tests.

    Provisional squad: Begovic, Butland, Wilson, Bardsley, Shawcross, Pieters, Wollscheid, Cameron, Whelan, Adam, Nzonzi, Sidwell, Teixeira, Ireland, Crouch, Moses, Arnautovic, Diouf, Walters, Shenton.

  9. Gutierrez feels "born again"

    Football

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez says he feels "born again" following his return to Premier League action after overcoming testicular cancer.

    In an interview with Football Focus, the Argentine, 31, revealed the shock of his diagnosis last year and the subsequent support from his team-mates.

    Read more and watch a clip of the interview.

  10. Elia back for Saints

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Southampton are able to welcome back Eljero Elia for this weekend's match against Burnley.

    The Dutch winger has recovered from the ankle injury which saw him miss last weekend's 1-1 draw at Chelsea.

    Graziano Pelle started that match from the bench and will be vying for a start on Saturday. Jay Rodriguez (knee) and Emmanuel Mayuka (groin) remain absent, but Ronald Koeman has no fresh injury concerns.

    Provisional squad: Forster, K Davis, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Bertrand, Targett, Gardos, Yoshida, Alderweireld, Fonte, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Elia, Tadic, Mane, Djuricic, S Davis, Long, Seager, Pelle.

  11. Fernandez back for Swans

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

    Central defender Federico Fernandez is available for Swansea's visit to Aston Villa after missing Monday night's 1-0 home defeat to Liverpool.

    Fernandez returned home to Argentina for what manager Garry Monk described as "family reasons" and was replaced by Jordi Amat.

    Fernandez has trained this week and is set to resume his partnership with skipper Ashley Williams.

    Provisional squad: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Williams, Taylor, Cork, Ki, Shelvey, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Gomis, Tremmel, Rangel, Amat, Fulton, Carroll, Britton, Montero, Dyer, Emnes, Oliveira, Grimes, King.

  12. McIlroy five off Bay Hill pace after 66

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    Rory McIlroy charged up the leaderboard after a second-round 66 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but was still five shots behind leader Morgan Hoffmann.

    McIlroy's first sub-70 round on this year's PGA Tour included a run of five straight birdies on his back nine.

    First-round leader Hoffmann added a 65 to his opening six-under 66 which left him on 13 under and three ahead of defending champion Matt Every.

    World number one McIlroy shares fourth spot with New Zealand's Danny Lee.

  13. Ward should feature for Clarets

    Southampton v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Defender Stephen Ward is expected to be fit for Burnley's trip to Southampton after missing training with a niggle this week.

    Midfielder Matt Taylor requires another run out with the under-21s before he is deemed fit enough to return after an Achilles operation.

    Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee) remain long-term absentees.

    Provisional squad: Heaton, Gilks, Trippier, Mee, Keane, Shackell, Duff, Arfield, Boyd, Jones, Wallace, Kightly, Barnes, Vokes, Ings, Sordell, Reid, Jutkiewicz, Ward.

  14. Palace wait on wingers

    Stoke v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Crystal Palace will hand late fitness checks to wingers Jason Puncheon and Wilfried Zaha ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke.

    Puncheon (dead leg) and Zaha (hip) both suffered knocks during last weekend's 3-1 win over QPR.

    Skipper Mile Jedinak is still suspended and striker Marouane Chamakh remains sidelined by a hamstring injury.

    Provisional squad: Speroni, Delaney, Kelly, Dann, Ward, McArthur, Gayle, Zaha, Ledley, Bolasie, Puncheon, Gray, Hennessey, N'Diaye, Souare, Hangeland, Boateng, Mariappa, Ameobi, Sanogo, Murray.

  15. Arsenal goalkeeper loaned to Millers

    Football

    Rotherham have made their second loan signing of the day by bringing in Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 22-year-old Argentine has made six appearances for the Gunners this season, including Champions League games against Anderlecht and Borussia Dortmund.

  16. German Grand Prix dropped from 2015 calendar

    Formula 1

    This year's German Grand Prix has been withdrawn from the calendar after F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone failed to reach an agreement with the race promoters.

    Hockenheim, which hosted the 2014 race and is supposed to alternate each year with the Nurburgring, had been due to stage the event again this year after the Nurburgring deal fell through.

    German Grand Prix

    However, Hockenheim's owner told a German newspaper this week that the circuit would not be ready in time to stage the race on the weekend of 17-19 July.

    The FIA has now confirmed the race will not be on the calendar, meaning there will only be 19 races this season.

  17. Pele's a fan of Kane

    Football

    Pele has been chatting about Harry Kane.

    No, really.

    The three-time World Cup winner believes the Tottenham striker, who has just earned a call-up to the England squad after a breakthrough season, can have a big impact.

    "I think he is an excellent player - he could be a good one for the English team," Pele said. "What is important is the team work, I think. You cannot win games with individual players. Always it was like that.

    "Tell him never think he can be the best. Always he has something to learn. That is my advice."

    Pele
    Image caption: Pele on Blue Peter. Just because.
  18. Millers sign Charlton defender

    Football

    Rotherham United have signed Charlton Athletic defender Lawrie Wilson on loan until the end of the season.

    Wilson, 27, has made 27 appearances for the Addicks this season, but has not featured in their last three games.

    The former Stevenage player could make his debut for the struggling Millers in Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday.

  19. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    On the early exit of English clubs from European competition:

    "The world is changing, it's not the same world as 20 years ago. Twenty years ago the English Premier League was up here, had a lot of money, a lot of players came to the Premier League because you are paying well and the Premier League is a high standard.

    Louis van Gaal

    "But the other countries are developing themselves also - but they also have a winter break while we have to play four or five matches in two weeks and they have a break of two weeks.

    "Then you have to play those after how many matches you have already played. How many matches have Bayern Munich played in the meantime, for example? That's the difference. They are much fresher than players of Arsenal or Chelsea. That, in my opinion, is the difference because players need rest."

  20. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal adds that he was delighted by his side's performance in the 3-0 win over Tottenham, but they will need to be better still to win against Liverpool at Anfield.

    "I think we played very good in the first half - it was also good to have an evolution that is very positive," he said.

    "[But] it says nothing when you lose the next match. Liverpool is not a ground where Manchester United have won a lot.

    "When we have won at Liverpool, that will have shown we have improved further."

  21. Flournoy expects fired-up Riders

    Basketball

    Newcastle Eagles player-coach Fab Flournoy says Sunday's BBL Trophy final is a chance for Leicester Riders to make a "statement" against his side.

    Eagles have won 19 trophies under Flournoy's stewardship and have already won the BBL Cup during a 14-game unbeaten run this season.

    Riders are on a similarly good run and have lost just twice since November - on both occasions to the Eagles.

    "They probably feel they've been in our shadow all season," Flournoy said.

  22. Bradford City ban fans after Reading FA Cup games

    Football

    Bradford City have banned three fans after a series of incidents in their FA Cup quarter-final ties with Reading.

    They have also reiterated that the fan who is alleged to have abused Royals winger Garath McCleary in Monday's replay will face a life ban if found guilty.

    A fifth fan is facing a five-year exclusion for attempting to take pyrotechnics into the Madejski Stadium.

  23. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    More from Louis van Gaal on Sunday's match between fourth-placed Manchester United and Liverpool, two points behind in fifth.

    "I want to win against them again. It's very important," said the United boss.

    "I think every player knows the importance of this game. We are in a very crucial stage and cannot lose."

  24. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Liverpool v Man Utd (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has prepared his players for Sunday's match against Liverpool by acting as referee in training.

    The Dutchman wants his players to keep their emotions in check after Chris Smalling was sent off against Manchester City and Angel Di Maria was dismissed versus Arsenal.

    Van Gaal said he referred a training game in a way that would prepare them for the Anfield atmosphere.

  25. Rosicky back for Gunners

    Newcastle United v Arsenal (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Midfielder Tomas Rosicky is expected to be back in the Arsenal squad for Saturday's trip to Newcastle after illness.

    The Gunners have reported no fresh injury concerns following the midweek Champions League tie in Monaco, but manager Arsene Wenger will assess the fatigue levels of his players before deciding on any changes.

    Club captain Mikel Arteta (ankle), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring), Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Mathieu Debuchy (ankle) all continue their rehabilitation.

    Provisional Squad: Ospina, Monreal, Koscielny, Mertesacker, Bellerin, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck, Giroud, Szczesny, Walcott, Ramsey, Chambers, Gibbs, Gabriel, Flamini, Rosicky.

  26. New contract for Carrick

    Football

    Michael Carrick

    Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension that will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2016.

    Carrick, 33, has made 376 appearances in his United career and scored 23 goals, having joined the club in 2006.

    United boss Louis van Gaal described Carrick as my "second captain".

  27. No fresh concerns for Leicester

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Leicester have no new injury worries as they continue their battle for survival at Tottenham.

    Dean Hammond (calf) and Anthony Knockaert are the only players out for boss Nigel Pearson. Hammond is back in training but not yet match fit and Knockaert is in France to be with his ill father while Mark Schwarzer could keep fit-again Kasper Schmeichel on the bench.

    Provisional squad: Schmeichel, Schwarzer, Hamer, Simpson, Huth, De Laet, Morgan, Wasilewski, Upson, Konchesky, Mahrez, Schlupp, Drinkwater, James, Albrighton, King, Cambiasso, Nugent, Kramaric, Ulloa, Vardy.

  28. Martinez on English clubs in Europe

    Football

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has had more to say on the disadvantages he believes English clubs face in European competition.

    He added: "We need to understand that our league is the best in world football. And when I say the best it's because if you are at 70% in a game, you're going to lose it. That's how competitive it is. It doesn't matter about position in the table and I don't think the other leagues have that.

    "The top teams that are normally involved in Europe can cruise through games and that makes it a lot easier to plan a group of fixtures in a two-to-three-week period. That is a big difference and that affects English clubs.

    "It's not by coincidence. Some of the clubs in the Champions League have been unfortunate, there have been small margins but those small margins could easily be the demands that you face domestically. It's something that clearly hasn't been working in our favour."

  29. Saracens CEO Griffiths leaves club

    Rugby Union

    Saracens have announced chief executive Edward Griffiths will leave the club at the end of the season to pursue "new opportunities".

    Griffiths has been at Saracens for seven years.

    Saracens chairman Nigel Wray said: "After seven years as CEO Edward is moving on. He has created and leaves an outstanding and beautiful new permanent home for Saracens, and a team of people with a real caring and community focus and we will build upon this legacy."

  30. No winter break does not help English clubs - Martinez

    Football

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says the lack of a winter break in English football does not help Premier League clubs in European competition.

    The Toffees were England's last representatives in Europe but were dumped out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, going down 5-2 in Ukraine to lose 6-4 on aggregate.

    Martinez said: "I think there are aspects there that make it very, very difficult for an English club to have success in Europe.

    "If you look at the top leagues in Europe most of those have got a little break in the winter. I'm not saying that's the difference but it can make a big difference in a squad that is playing domestically two cup competitions, when others are playing one cup competition."

  31. Laugher wins in Dubai

    Diving

    Britain's Jack Laugher has become the first non-Chinese winner of a World Series event in 2015 by claiming 3m springboard gold in Dubai.

    He is Britain's first individual 3m springboard champion and the second to win a World Series gold after Tom Daley, who has two 10m platform titles.

    The 20-year-old led from the first dive and scored 564.35 across his six dives to beat China's Chong He and Yuan Cao.

  32. Get involved

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    Danny Charity: Andy Murray, Wimbledon 2013 final. Absolute perfection.

    Daniel Gallagher: When Boro came back from 3-0 down twice in a row in the Uefa cup, goosebumps!

    Tim Cawte: Taking my son to see #CFC win the European Cup

    Tim Cawte Champions League final
  33. Cook scores 35 for MCC

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook

    England Test captain Alastair Cook top-scored with 35 for MCC in his first innings of 2015 in the Emirates Airline T20 in Dubai.

    Cook played fluently at the top of the order in the semi-final against three-time winners and defending champions Sussex, with six fours and a six from just 26 balls, before he was caught at long on by Luke Wells off left-arm seamer Chris Liddle.

    Chasing 165 for victory, MCC finished on 146 for nine, before Yorkshire beat Sussex in the final of the competition.

    Cook will play for the MCC again in a four-day match against county champions Yorkshire, starting in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

  34. Liverpool news conference

    Brendan Rodgers

    The Reds boss has been talking about Steven Gerrard's importance to the team despite his impending departure to Los Angeles Galaxy this summer.

    Gerrard returned to the squad after a seven-match injury absence in Monday's win over Swansea and there has been some debate over Liverpool's effectiveness with Gerrard in the side.

    "I think it has been really unfair on the boy," said Rodgers. "People were trying to write him off when he was not even back fit. He is now available but I can tell you now - and it may not be the story you want - but he is a guy committed to the team.

    "He is like any other player, of course he'd like to play, but his support for guys like Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, that are in the team has been fantastic and his support to me as a captain has been incredible."

  35. Scotland to start at '100mph' - O'Connell

    Rugby Union

    Ireland captain Paul O'Connell

    Captain Paul O'Connell has warned Ireland to beware of Scotland's "nothing to lose" approach in battling against the Wooden Spoon in Saturday's Six Nations finale.

    O'Connell expects Scotland to start at "100 miles an hour" in the Murrayfield clash at 14:30 GMT (live on BBC One and on the BBC Sport website)

    Ireland can still retain their Six Nations title and are in a three-way fight for the championship with England and Wales.

    Read who the BBC pundits think will win here.

  36. Roberto Martinez news conference

    QPR v Everton (16:00 GMT on Sunday)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says his side has "nine finals" remaining as they seek to maintain their Premier League status.

    The Toffees, who were knocked out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, are currently 14th, six points above the relegation zone.

    "We see these nine games as nine finals," said Martinez, who claimed their European campaign had been a "huge, huge positive", despite the 5-2 hammering in Kiev.

  37. Liverpool keeper Ward joins Shrimps

    Football

    Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has joined League Two side Morecambe on loan for a month.

    The Wales Under-21 international moved to Anfield from Wrexham but is yet to make an appearance for the Reds.

    Ward, 21, who has been on the bench for the Premier League side 19 times, will become the Shrimps' sixth goalkeeper of the season if he makes an appearance.

    "Danny is a highly regarded goalkeeper and we look forward to working with him," said boss Jim Bentley.

  38. Gutierrez feels 'alive again' after cancer treatment

    Football

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has told Football Focus about his emotional return to the club following treatment for testicular cancer.

    Gutierrez was on the bench against Aston Villa in February and came on as a substitute at home to Manchester United.

    The Argentine also explains his new tattoo, which features the lyrics to Eminem's No Love.

    Football Focus is on BBC One at 11.30 GMT on Saturday, but you can watch a clip of the interview here.

  39. Simmons quits Ireland for West Indies

    Cricket

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons

    Ireland coach Phil Simmons has quit and will take charge of his native West Indies after the conclusion of the current World Cup.

    He will lead the Windies in the upcoming Test series against England.

    A Cricket Ireland statement confirmed the Trinidadian's departure after eight years in the role.

    "It was a very difficult decision to leave, but I couldn't turn down the opportunity to coach my home team," said Simmons, 51.

    The developing story is here.

  40. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Hughes is hoping that current number one Asmir Begovic will follow Butland's example and agree a new contract at Stoke.

    He said: "We will sit down and speak to Asmir in the summer. He wants to focus on the games first, and rightly so. We are comfortable with that.

    "I know Asmir is happy here and is pleased with our progression. We hope they will be good discussions with him.

    "We have re-contracted Jack and our intentions are to also re-contract Asmir too. We are trying to look after business in the correct way."

  41. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    The Stoke boss is happy that goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a new contract, and believes the club are strong between the sticks.

    "Jack Butland is one of the top young keepers in the country, and we are delighted that he is staying here with us.

    "It's not his ambition to sit here and be an understudy - he wants to get in the team and he is continuing to get better.

    "We are fortunate to have a top level group of keepers. Asmir Begovic is one of the best in the league and at the moment is ahead of Jack. They all push each other though, Thomas Sorensen included, and as a player you need that. Competition is good in any area of the side."

  42. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Hughes is expecting a positive response from his side after last weekend's 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

    "More often than not, when the guys perform below their standards they bounce back in style. We want the same response and we expect that," said Hughes.

    On his opposing manager on Saturday, he said: "Alan Pardew has done a superb job. He seems happier now, and I think that projects itself on to his team. They are a good side.

    "They are arguably more dangerous away from home because of the pace and the threats that they have."

  43. Mark Hughes news conference

    Stoke City v Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke City boss Mark Hughes is next up to hold court. He has plenty of injury worries with four or five players fighting to be fit to face Crystal Palace.

    "Victor Moses is our main doubt. He is still struggling and hasn't trained a great deal this week. We will see how he is tomorrow morning.

    "Jon Walters has had an operation and has a mask to protect him. The decision in terms of how he feels will be with Jon.

    "If he is ready then that will be good news, but he is honest enough to tell us if he is struggling."

  44. Berahino 'honoured' at U21 call-up

    Football

    Tom Ince may have no desire to play for England Under-21s but West Brom striker Saido Berahino is happy to be in Gareth Southgate's squad.

    Berahino tweeted: "Always honoured to get picked for England U21, can't wait to meet up with the lads on Sunday."

  45. Hutton back for Villa

    Aston Villa v Swansea City (Saturday, 15:00GMT)

    Alan Hutton will return to the Aston Villa squad for the visit of Swansea after completing his ban but Tim Sherwood remains without skipper Ron Vlaar.

    The captain remains sidelined with a calf problem and is out along with Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson (both calf), Nathan Baker (knee) and Aly Cissokho (groin).

    Libor Kozak is training with the first team after recovering from a broken leg but is not match fit although Jack Grealish is back from suspension.

    Provisional squad: Guzan, Given, Hutton, Lowton, Bacuna, Okore, Clark, Kinsella, Delph, Westwood, Sanchez, Grealish, Gil, Sinclair, Cleverley, Benteke, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Hepburn-Murphy.

  46. Your happiest sporting moment

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    David J Calleja: Australia's John Aloisi scoring the winning penalty against Uruguay to put the Socceroos in the 2006 World Cup.

    Neil Addington: Europe coming from behind to beat the USA in their own back yard!! #MiracleatMedinah!!

    Dan Green: Seeing club captain @GraemeMurty scoring a penalty in 2005-06 giving Reading the title & record 106pts.

    Odoma Thompson Michael: Has to be Nigeria winning football gold medal at the Atlanta '96 Olympics defeating Argentina 3-2.

  47. Roberto Martinez news conference

    QPR v Everton (16:00 GMT on Sunday)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez is now facing the media.

    There must be virtually no positives to take from Thursday's night 5-2 thrashing at the hands of Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League but he can at least report that no fresh injuries were sustained in Ukraine.

    Bryan Oviedo, Steven Pienaar and Tony Hibbert remain out, while Gareth Barry misses out at Loftus Road through suspension.

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  49. Johnson 'can be picked', says Advocaat

    Football

    Adam Johnson "can be picked" against West Ham this weekend, according to new Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat.

    The Dutchman, 67, said that "every player who trains has an opportunity to start against West Ham".

    Adam Johnson

    Johnson was suspended by the club after he was arrested on suspicion of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl.

    Defender John O'Shea (knock) and Sebastian Larsson (ankle) are doubts, while fellow midfielder Lee Cattermole completes a two-match ban.

    Provisional squad: Pantilimon, Mannone, Reveillere, Van Aanholt, Jones, O'Shea, Brown, Vergini, Coates, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Johnson, Larsson, Alvarez, Gomez, Agnew, Honeyman, Fletcher, Defoe, Wickham, Graham.

  50. Liverpool news conference

    Brendan Rodgers

    Rodgers and Sterling

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said the impasse over Raheem Sterling's contract negotiations will not be solved anytime soon.

    "It has been made clear by Raheem's representative he wants to concentrate on his football and see what can be resolved in the summer," said Rodgers.

    "I am sure it will be resolved and the concentration for Raheem is now on his football and it is clear the terms of when those talks will begin again."

  51. England 'need cricket manager' - Vaughan

    Cricket

    Former captain Michael Vaughan believes England need a "cricket manager" and says he is "always open to a conversation" about taking charge in the future.

    Vaughan was answering Twitter questions from BBC Sport users via #askvaughan.

    The ex-Yorkshire batsman, who captained England from 2003-2008, discusses the current England management set-up, the ongoing Kevin Pietersen debate and Yorkshire's greatest opening batsman.

    Watch the Q&A here.

  52. West Brom team news

    Man City v West Brom (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Midfielder Chris Brunt is banned for West Brom after accepting a Football Association charge for verbally abusing a match official.

    Claudio Yacob is also suspended as he serves the final game of a ban following his red card in the FA Cup defeat at Aston Villa.

    Ben Foster is out for at least a month with a knee injury suffered in the 1-0 win against Stoke last week, Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino continue to carry knocks but Victor Anichebe could return from a groin injury.

    Provisional squad: Myhill, Rose, Pocognoli, Wisdom, Gamboa, Lescott, McAuley, Dawson, Olsson, Baird, Gardner, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Morrison, Mulumbu, Berahino, Ideye, Anichebe.

  53. MCC game good for Cook - Gillespie

    Cricket

    England Test captain Alastair Cook will benefit from batting for the MCC in the county season curtain-raiser, according to Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie.

    Cook was left out of England's squad for the Cricket World Cup, but will lead the team in the forthcoming Test series in the West Indies.

    "It's win-win for everyone. Our bowlers get to bowl at one of the best in the world and he gets meaningful practice," Gillespie told BBC Radio Leeds.

    "He's got massive challenges ahead and there's a lot of Test cricket to be played, so the more preparation he can get then the better for himself and the England team."

  54. Hernandez set to return to Hull line-up

    Hull City v Chelsea (Sunday, 16:00GMT)

    Record signing Abel Hernandez is set to return to Hull's starting line-up for Sunday's Premier League clash with Chelsea after the Tigers lost Nikica Jelavic for six weeks.

    Mohamed Diame, Liam Rosenior, James Chester and Robbie Brady are all unlikely to be risked despite returning to training.

    Tom Huddlestone is suspended after his sending-off against Leicester last week.

    Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Davies, Dawson, McShane, Robertson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Livermore, Meyler, Quinn, Hernandez, Aluko, Ramirez, N'Doye.

  55. French pack a 'real test' - Rowntree

    Rugby Union

    England play France this weekend with both teams in the hunt to win the Six Nations title on the final weekend.

    England coach Graham Rowntree has been chatting about the French pack, describing it as "always a challenge".

    France

    He added: "They're huge men. They're always a real test. You don't get many tougher tests as a forward than playing against a French pack.

    "Last weekend they used their size to their advantage against Italy. They scrummed well against Italy and drove well."

  56. Fifa to announce 2026 World Cup hosts - in two years

    Football

    A Japan fan

    After the last round of World Cup host announcements went so swimmingly, Fifa has marked our cards for the next round of fun and games.

    The hosts for 2026 will be chosen by the Fifa congress in May 2017, secretary general Jerome Valcke said on Friday.

    So, that's something to look forward to...

  57. Januzaj dropped by Belgium

    Football

    Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has dropped Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj for the forthcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

    The 20-year old had featured in every squad, including for last year's World Cup, since deciding to play international football for Belgium last April.

    "I have no doubts at all about his quality, it's just that there's little chance to see him, for him to show that quality," Wilmots said.

  58. Poyet reveals Sunderland disappointment

    Football

    Gus Poyet has broken his silence four days after being relieved of his duties as Sunderland head coach.

    The 47-year-old was sacked on Monday in the wake of a 4-0 home defeat by Aston Villa.

    On the day his successor Dick Advocaat met the media for the first time, Poyet said in a statement: "Certainly I am very disappointed to have left Sunderland, but I am extremely honoured to have served this special club as their manager."

  59. McKinstry named Rwanda manager

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    "Johnny McKinstry, the 29-year-old Northern Irishman, has been appointed manager of Rwanda.

    "McKinstry previously led Sierra Leone into the top 50 of the Fifa world rankings as the youngest manager in international football.

    "His new appointment will see him take charge of not only the Rwanda national Team, but also the U23 and U20 teams; with qualification games this year for AFCON 2017, the 2018 World Cup, as well as the 2016 Olympics."

  60. Butland signs Stoke extension

    Football

    Jack Butland

    Goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a contract extension with Stoke.

    The 22-year-old's new deal runs until the summer of 2019.

    Chief executive Tony Scholes told the club's website: "I'm delighted that Jack has decided to extend his contract with us. He's a player that Mark Hughes holds in very high regard."

  61. Soldado missing for Tottenham

    Tottenham v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Roberto Soldado

    Roberto Soldado is Tottenham's only confirmed absentee for Saturday's Premier League meeting with bottom-club Leicester.

    The Spain striker is suffering with a knee injury but it is unlikely he would have been in Mauricio Pochettino's starting line-up given the form of new England call-up Harry Kane.

    Soldado's absence means Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to be named among the substitutes and Pochettino may yet ring the changes after last weekend's 3-0 defeat at Manchester United.

    Provisional squad: Lloris, Vorm, Friedel, Walker, Rose, Davies, Chiriches, Kaboul, Fazio, Dier, Vertonghen, Bentaleb, Mason, Capoue, Paulinho, Stambouli, Dembele, Lamela, Townsend, Eriksen, Chadli, Adebayor, Kane.

  62. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v West Brom (12:45 GMT)

    On his own future, the Chilean said: "I have been here less than two years. Last year we won the league and a cup. That is not easy. Everyone in England is strong.

    "Every manager, when they have not been winning, is under pressure. It has happened with Liverpool, Arsenal, now me. In Spain the same has happened with Carlo Ancelotti and he has won four titles."

    Asked if he was still enjoying the job, he replied: "Yes. I have just played Barcelona in the Champions League, now we are fighting for the best league in the world. If you do not enjoy it, you should see a doctor."

  63. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v West Brom (12:45 GMT)

    Despite second-placed City trailing Premier League leaders Chelsea by six points - the Londoners also have a game in hand - Pellegrini is not giving up.

    "It is not a disaster. Only Chelsea have been better. We will keep on fighting."

  64. Costa back in Spain squad

    Football

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa has returned to the Spain squad for upcoming matches against Ukraine and the Netherlands.

    The Brazil-born forward was omitted from Vicente del Bosque's squad for the November games against Belarus and Germany because of a hamstring problem.

    Diego Costa

    His Chelsea team-mate Cesc Fabregas has also returned to the squad. David Silva, Santi Cazorla and David De Gea are the other English-based players in the squad.

    Spain squad: Casillas, De Gea, Asenjo; Juanfran, Carvajal, Pique, Bartra, Ramos, Albiol, Alba, Bernat; Suarez, Busquets, San Jose, Silva, Pedro, Fabregas, Cazorla, Iniesta, Koke, Isco; Vitolo, Costa, Morata.

  65. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v West Brom (12:45 GMT)

    Reflecting on their Champions League exit to Barcelona on Wednesday, Pellegrini added: "It is not the end of the project. If we get the penalty anything could happen.

    "We were unlucky both seasons we played against Barca. It doesn't demonstrate whether we have improved or not. If every year you play against Barca and Real Madrid it is hard. The Champions League is the target for every team that wants to be a big team. It is not easy."

  66. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Responding to the recent 'penalty puzzle' article on the club's website:

    "You give so much importance to that article that I read it. It's just a very objective article. It's not an opinion article. It's not something that can lead to discussion. It's just the numbers.

    "I just believe it's an article with numbers and the same way the numbers always tell the truth. No agendas, no intention, just numbers."

  67. Manuel Pellegrini news conference

    Manchester City v West Brom (12:45 GMT)

    Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is facing the media, ahead of Saturday lunchtime's home game against West Brom.

    He brings news that midfielder Yaya Toure will miss out with an Achilles problem, while Aleksanda Kolarov (muscle) and James Milner (knee) are also struggling.

  68. Happiest sporting moment

    Get involved

    Keep them coming... tweet us with #happiestsportingmoment

    Tony Metcalfe: Being present at Scarborough when Yorkshire won County Championship in 2001.

    Lauren-Sophie: England regaining the Ashes in 2005! Best summer of cricket ever.

    Laura: @LeeTrundle10's volley against Carlisle in the Football League Trophy.

    Tommy Roberts: Jonny Wilkinson's drop goal in 2003 to finally end the torture.

  69. Chelsea news conference

    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is the next manager in the media spotlight today.

    His side leads the way in the Premier League by six points with a game in hand following last week's draw with Southampton and Manchester City's defeat at Burnley. Next up is a trip to the KC to play Hull City.

    Jose Mourinho

    "We are in front, the advantage is significant but there is still a long way to go. We are strong and confident," said Mourinho.

    "We have been chased since August so it's normal to know the other teams are behind and they won't let us enjoy an easy ride."

  70. Get involved

    Happiest sporting moment

    A few more of your trips down memory lane from the BBC Sport Facebook page asking for your #happiestsportingmoment in recognition of the International Day of Happiness.

    Jordan Nicholas Street: Didier Drogba rolling in the last penalty in the 2012 Champions League final.

    Josh Hemsley: Leicester beating Man U 5-3, when Vardy went clean through and made it 4-3, it was as if we'd won the Premier League in my house, could probably hear our cheering in Manchester.

    Owen Craig: Steven Gerrard goal vs Olympiakos! Oooohhhh you beautyyyyyy.

    Steven Gerrard
  71. Romanian club to sue referee

    Football

    Relegation-threatened Romanian club Otelul Galati are taking legal action against a referee after his "disastrous performance" in their goalless draw in a domestic league match against CSMS Iasi on Wednesday.

    "Otelul Galati will sue referee Marian Balaci because he influenced the outcome of the game against CSMS Iasi," Otelul, 2011 Romanian champions, said in a statement on Friday.

    "He came here to rob us," Otelul's administrative manager Vlad Rapisca said.

    After seven successive matches without a win, Otelul slumped to 17th place with 15 points from 22 games, nine adrift of safety.

  72. Barton back for R's?

    QPR v Everton (Sunday, 16:00 GMT)

    Joey Barton

    QPR are hoping to have midfielder Joey Barton back in time for Sunday's Premier League match at home to Everton.

    Barton, who has missed his team's last three league games through suspension, sustained a knock in training this week and is doubtful for the encounter at Loftus Road.

    QPR coach Chris Ramsey will make a late decision on Barton, while Mauricio Isla (knee) and Darnell Furlong (calf) are also doubts. Defender Richard Dunne and midfield pair Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin are all sidelined with knee injuries.

    Provisional squad: Green, Furlong, Caulker, Onuoha, Yun, Wright-Phillips, Henry, Sandro, Phillips, Taarabt, Austin, Hill, McCarthy, Kranjcar, Hoilett, Vargas, Zamora, Grego-Cox.

  73. Hammers light at back

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

    West Ham are likely to once again be limited on defensive options for Saturday evening's visit of Premier League strugglers Sunderland.

    Sam Allardyce has confirmed James Tomkins will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery whilst Winston Reid (hamstring) is a major doubt.

    Carl Jenkinson is back in contention having been ineligible against parent club Arsenal last weekend but, whilst Carlton Cole is fit again following a hamstring problem, fellow strikers Andy Carroll (knee) and Enner Valencia (toe) remain sidelined.

    Provisional squad: Adrian, Jaaskelainen, Cresswell, Jenkinson, Reid, Collins, O'Brien, Noble, Poyet, Song, Amalfitano, Kouyate, Nolan, Downing, Jarvis, Nene, Sakho, Cole.

  74. Europa League draw

    Football

    Here's the line-up for the Europa League quarter-finals:

    Sevilla v Zenit St Petersburg

    Dnipro v Club Brugge

    Dynamo Kiev v Fiorentina

    Wolfsburg v Napoli

  75. They had the eclipse in Italy too you know...

    Formula 1

    Not to be outdone by Lotus, Ferrari have also snapped a picture of this morning's solar eclipse, and tweeted simply: "#eclipse over #Maranello"

    Ferarri on Twitter
  76. Europa League draw

    Football

    Gianni Infantino and Jerzy Dudek

    Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino is back again on the stage in Nyon and this time he's been joined by former Liverpool goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek.

    They're getting set to draw the Europa League quarter-finals.

    News of those ties on the way shortly.

  77. Sun smiling down on Lotus

    Formula 1

    The Lotus F1 team tweet: "We couldn't have missed the eclipse here at Enstone! Now back to work to finish preparations for the #MalaysianGP."

    Lotus eclipse
  78. Champions League dates

    Football

    Uefa have been busy jotting some dates down in their diaries and here's how the Champions League quarter-finals will occur.

    First legs

    14 April: Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, Juventus v Monaco

    15 April: Paris St-Germain v Barcelona, Porto v Bayern Munich

    Second legs

    21 April: Barcelona v Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich v Porto

    22 April: Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid, Monaco v Juventus

  79. Blackpool fans set for non-league protest

    Football

    A group of Blackpool supporters plan to protest against the Championship club's owners, the Oyston family, by going to watch AFC Blackpool play Bootle in the North West Counties Premier Division on Saturday.

    'Tangerine Knights' have organised a protest at Bloomfield Road before their match with Leeds, and then want fans to go to the non-league game instead.

    AFC Blackpool play in the ninth tier of English football and manager Stuart Parker, a former Blackpool player, has told BBC Radio Lancashire they are expecting between 400 and 1,000 people to attend their fixture - an increase on their usual attendance of around 35.

  80. Get involved

    Happiest Sporting Moment

    A few of your suggestions from the BBC Sport Facebook page on your happiest sporting moment.

    Jack Connolly: Ryder cup comeback, Ian Poulter finally realising that he's a professional golfer.

    Amanda Lee: Seeing Huddersfield beat Saints in September 2014 when for about 18 hours Castleford could have been top of the Super League table. Obviously that didn't happen but I still get goosebumps thinking how exciting it was.

    Ian Botham

    Geoffrey de Ruytere: BOTHAM!!!!! Sheer heaven.

    I take it you mean for the tache alone, Geoffrey?

  81. Sunderland news conference

    Dick Advocaat

    The new manager has been discussing Sunderland's chances of warding off relegation.

    "In Holland, we can see all the games in England - everything is on television, so I knew the squad, I knew the players, plus the fact that we have a great stadium and great fans.

    "With the support of them, we must do it. I have a good feeling about the squad after the last three days, so why not?"

  82. Fifa reveal club payments for 2018 and 2002 World Cups

    Football

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Fifa has announced that $209m (£142m) will be shared among clubs who release players for the next two World Cups.

    "The deal will begin as of 2018 and will cover both the Russian and Qatar World Cups.

    "A Fifa statement said: 'A total of $209m will be distributed among the clubs releasing players to the participating teams in the 2018 World Cup. The same amount has been agreed for the 22nd edition to be staged in Qatar in 2022.'

    "The pot was $70m for Brazil 2010 and only $40m in South Africa in 2010."

  83. Sunderland news conference

    Dick Advocaat

    We're just getting odd snippets from Dick Advocaat so far. He's not coming across as massively demonstrative as yet. Still, it's early days.

    "In my opinion, it's a good side, a great club - why not?" he said when asked why he had taken on the challenge of replacing the sacked Gus Poyet.

    On relegation, he says: "We are now in a situation where we are playing more or less at the bottom of the league, so something has to change."

    On injuries and team selection: "We still have some injuries, we don't know exactly who will join us. I pick the squad after the final session."

  84. Groundhog day

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid of course met in last year's Champions League final.

    It finished 4-1 to Real after extra time as the club sealed its 10th European Cup.

    Gareth Bale was among the scorers that night at a certain other Stadium of Light in Lisbon.

  85. Derby's Mascarell out for season

    Football

    Derby County midfielder Omar Mascarell is set to miss the rest of the season with a tendon injury in his foot.

    The 22-year-old Spaniard was hurt in training before the 1-1 draw at Norwich City.

  86. We meet again...

    Football

    Tiago celebrates his opening goal for Atletico Madrid

    Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will go head-to-head for the seventh and eighth times this season when they meet in the Champions League quarter-finals.

    It's not been a happy derby for Real fans, who have failed to win any of those encounters this season.

    The most recent was a 4-0 humiliation at the Vicente Calderon for Real.

  87. Champions League draw

    Football

    Well, well, well - what a selection of ties drawn there.

    Just a reminder of the line-up.....

    Paris St-Germain v Barcelona

    Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

    Porto v Bayern Munich

    Juventus v Monaco

    Those ties will take place on 14/15 April and 21/22 April.

  88. Advocaat takes his seat at Sunderland

    Football

    Dick Advocaat is in the seat for his first news conference as Sunderland manager.

    It's a big day for the Black Cats and the excitement is clearly getting to whoever took this rather blurred picture of the Dutchman facing the English press for the first time.

    Dick Advocaat
  89. Champions League draw

    Football

    And finally......

    Juventus v Monaco

  90. Champions League draw

    Football

    Porto v Bayern Munich

  91. Champions League draw

    Football

    Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid

    Not only a derby, but a repeat of last year's final.

  92. Champions League draw

    Football

    Paris St-Germain v Barcelona

  93. Champions League draw

    Football

    Remember, it's an open draw at this stage of the competition, so a real chance Real Madrid and Barcelona could end up going head-to-head.

    The balls are in the pot - here they come....

  94. Champions League draw

    Football

    Gianni Infantino

    Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino is preparing to draw the names out of the hat alongside Borussia Dortmund and Germany legend Karl-Heinz Riedle.

    More formalities here than for Eurovision voting.

  95. Happy birthday... Jesper Olsen!

    Football

    Jesper Olsen

    Hard as it is to believe, this fresh-faced lad is 54 today.

    For those of you too young to recall, Jesper Olsen was an exotic rarity in the 1980s - a footballer in England's top flight from foreign shores. Denmark, to be precise.

    The diminutive winger joined Manchester United from Ajax in 1984 and went on to make 176 appearances for the club, scoring 24 goals and winning the FA Cup in 1985.

    Olsen shares his special day with fellow FA Cup winners Dave Beasant (56), Paul Merson (47) and Fernando Torres (31).

  96. Time for the big draw

    Football

    Over in Nyon, Uefa are preparing to draw the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

    We'll have all the big news from the draw shortly.

  97. Atletico to join Cavani pursuit

    Football

    Edinson Cavani

    Atletico Madrid have confirmed they are eyeing a move for Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani in the summer, according to reports in the Daily Express.

    Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with moves to bring the Uruguay striker to the Premier League.

  98. Meet English football's leading goalscorer

    Football

    Tottenham forward Harry Kane may have been grabbing the headlines for his goalscoring exploits this season.

    But English football's leading scorer will actually be in action this evening when promotion chasers Wolves and Derby meet in the Championship.

    Wolves striker Benik Afobe has scored 27 times in all competitions this season - one more than Kane - with 19 of them coming on loan for MK Dons before his £2m January move to Molineux, and head coach Kenny Jackett is not surprised.

    "If you are a young striker and you go to a new club and you get off to that type of start, it should encourage you and give confidence," said Jackett.

  99. Australia through to semi-finals

    Cricket

    Australia players celebrate

    It's all over in Adelaide where Australia have beaten Pakistan by six wickets in the World Cup quarter-final.

    Shane Watson and Glenn Maxwell powered some big hits into the stands to seal victory with more than 16 overs to spare.

    Get all the post-match reaction in our live text commentary.

  100. Get involved

    #happiestsportingmoment

    A few more suggestions for #happiestsportingmoment to mark International Day of Happiness.

    Chris W: David Platt volley vs Belgium Italia 90 or being in Holte End when Benteke scored 94th min penalty vs West Brom.

    Jonathan Spicer: and Solskjær has won it..... Champions league final 1999.

    Gavin Webber: Wilkinson, drop goal, World Cup winners!

  101. West Brom news conference

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis have been having his say on 18-goal Saido Berahino missing out on a place in the England squad.

    "I haven't spoken to him about it. I haven't got a clue. I think if he gets selected for the Under-21s that's a big honour in itself," said Pulis.

    Tony Pulis and Saido Berahino

    "The lad's been very good lately in his attitude and his approach to everything we have done has been excellent.

    "He's not said anything to me about it. He has been carrying an injury for the past few weeks but has still shown great character."

  102. Bottas on the mend

    Formula 1

    Willliams driver Valtteri Bottas says he is making good progress in his recovery from a back injury that forced him to miss the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

    The Finn was barred from racing in Melbourne on Sunday by F1 doctors after suffering a small tear in an annular disc during qualifying.

    Bottas shared an image of his rehabilitation programme on his Twitter account, and wrote: "Progress is made and every day is a step forward. Can't wait for Malaysia."

    Valtteri Bottas
  103. Murray has 'no issues' with Djokovic

    Tennis

    Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

    On the eve of their first meeting since February's heated Australian Open final, Andy Murray has told BBC Sport that he has "absolutely no issues at all" with Novak Djokovic.

    The pair will face each other in Saturday's semi-finals in Indian Wells, with Murray looking to arrest a run of five consecutive defeats by the world number one.

    Murray's coach Amelie Mauresmo, meanwhile, says she does not think the world number four has developed a mental block in matches against the Serb and that he is in a "good place" heading into their 25th career meeting.

  104. D-Day in the Six Nations

    Rugby Union

    Six Nations trophy

    It's the deciding weekend of Six Nations action and we are set to hear from most of the key figures over the course of the day.

    It should be a three-way fight between England, Ireland and Wales for the title on Saturday, although France still have an outside chance.

    Click here to see who needs what this weekend.

  105. Aussies on course for last eight

    Cricket

    Back to Adelaide and Australia have just lost their fourth wicket but look like they should get the better of Pakistan in their Cricket World Cup quarter-final.

    Steve Smith has fallen lbw to Ehsan Adil for 65 to leave the Aussies 148-4, chasing 214 to win.

    Our live text commentary is here.

  106. Hull City news conference

    Steve Bruce

    Bruce has come out swinging amid the fallout from last weekend's match at Leicester.

    Hull have been charged by the FA with failing to control their players after several surrounded referee Jon Moss after a challenge by Alex Bruce on Riyad Mahrez.

    "None of us want to see it. All of my players were [reacting to] the injustice of the referee and they were trying to protect him," said Bruce.

    Alex Bruce is shown a yellow card at Leicester

    "I've got respect for Mahrez, but the way he rolled around on the pitch… that's what we've got to stamp out on. That's what incenses all of us. He was blatantly trying to get someone sent off. When you are injured, you don't roll around like that because you can't.

    "The Leicester players - and unfortunately it's creeping in everywhere - they wanted to get Alex sent off. For us, we surrounded the referee because it was a perfectly good challenge."

  107. Today's back pages

    Guardian back page

    In the Guardian, they lead on Manchester City who could be set for a major overhaul of their squad in the summer, with Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Bacary Sagna among those who may be on their way out.

  108. Shades for Alonso and Reina

    Football

    Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina

    Bayern Munich team-mates Xabi Alonso and Pepe Reina have been very sensible when viewing the solar eclipse.

    We hope you all followed their example. Well done, lads.

  109. Today's back pages

    Daily Mirror back page

    The Daily Mirror suggests that Arsenal forward Theo Walcott could be a target for Liverpool if Raheem Sterling does not agree a new contract at Anfield.

  110. Hull City news conference

    Steve Bruce

    Hull boss Steve Bruce admits Nikica Jelavic could miss the rest of the season after surgery on a troublesome knee injury.

    The Tigers' top scorer is sidelined for at least six weeks, ruling him out to the start of May at the earliest.

    Nikica Jelavic

    "We hope, knowing Jela, he'll do his best to try and play a part, but if we're going to be realistic, it could force him out for the rest of the season," said Bruce.

    "Since the last operation it was pretty evident that it was still troubling him. It came to a head when he couldn't really train again last week.

    "For how brave he is and how tough he is, there's probably only him that could carry on the way he has."

  111. Today's back pages

    Daily Express back page

    The Daily Express leads on Tottenham's Harry Kane and England manager Roy Hodgson's fears that the striker will head for Australia with his club this summer, rather than represent England Under-21s at the European U21 Championship.

  112. Doncaster start with WSL 2 victory

    Football

    Doncaster Rovers Belles are the early leaders of Women's Super League Two after opening their season with a 3-0 win over Durham last night, but coach Glen Harris expects more from his side, who are among the favourites for promotion.

    "The players know, I know, the staff all know we will need to improve on that," said Harris.

    Elsewhere, England striker Fran Kirby scored all four of Reading's goals as they beat Yeovil 4-2, while Oxford overcame Watford 1-0 with a goal from captain Sahara Osborne-Ricketts.

  113. Everton must move on - Lukaku

    Football

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has posted a message on Instagram after his side lost 5-2 to Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night, going out of the Europa League 6-4 on aggregate.

    He wrote: "It's disappointing to lose and to get out of this cup but we need to move on and end strong in the league from now. A big thanks to all the travelling fans and also to the fans at home. God bless you."

    Lukaku scored Everton's goal in Kiev and a cracker it was too, although that will be of little consolation after the Toffees' dreadful defensive display.

  114. #happiestsportingmoment

    Get involved

    Celtic fans

    We want to know your #happiestsportingmoment to mark the International Day of Happiness.

    Marc Livingston: 5-0 down on aggregate? Who cares?! Juventus v Celtic in 2013

    Seán Ó Ciardha: "Aguerooooooooo!!"

    Aston Cassidy: Watching Mo Farah win double gold in the Olympics

    Sharon Schindler: Completing Comrades Marathon

  115. Australia three down

    Cricket

    Australia may still be favourites against Pakistan but they are not having it all their own way in Adelaide.

    In the Cricket World Cup quarter-final, the co-hosts were 74-3 after 15 overs with skipper Michael Clarke the latest man to go.

    Follow our live text commentary here.

  116. Does sport make us happy?

    On the happiness theme, our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce has posed the question: Does sport make us happy?

    His article considers the effect of great Test match cricket moments and a life spent following Rochdale FC, arguably the least successful professional club in the country.

    Tom finds that happiness is a strange thing, found in the most unexpected of places. Read his piece here.

  117. What was your happiest sporting moment?

    Roy Hodgson

    England manager Roy Hodgson was looking pleased on Thursday as he announced his latest squad and so should you - after all, it's the United Nations' International Day of Happiness.

    As ever, we want you to get involved and tell us what sporting moment brought you the most joy, whether it was watching or participating.

    Whether it's World Cups, league titles or getting the winner for your own Sunday league side, we want to hear about them.

    Get in touch via #happiestsportingmoment and send a photo if you've got one.

  118. Fifa permission required for Team GB sides in Rio

    Football

    Some breaking football news this morning and Great Britain's men's and women's football sides will not participate at the 2016 Olympics in Rio without Fifa's permission, BBC Sport has learned.

    Fifa vice-president Jim Boyce says all home nations would have to consent for the British Olympic Association to receive permission.

    The English Football Association wants to enter teams, but has been met with resistance from other home nations, with the Scottish FA and Welsh FA both opposed to the idea.

    Great Britain entered men's and women's sides at the London 2012 Olympics. The developing story is here.

  119. Ashes return would be like being reborn - Pietersen

    Cricket

    Kevin Pietersen

    Another day, another Kevin Pietersen story.

    The batsman says he wants a face-to-face meeting with incoming England cricket chief Colin Graves as he steps up his bid for a comeback in the Ashes.

    Pietersen, who was effectively sacked by the ECB in February 2014, told BBC Test Match Special he had spoken to Graves on the telephone about a possible return.

    He said he would not be "rushing into" any decisions but remained "hungry" to return and that doing so in this summer's Ashes series would be "like being reborn"

  120. Australia chasing 214 to win

    Cricket

    Mitchell Starc and Michael Clarke

    Co-hosts Australia look in a strong position in their Cricket World Cup quarter-final against Pakistan in Adelaide.

    The Aussies bowled out Pakistan for 213 with seamer Josh Hazlewood taking 4-35 and fast bowler Mitchell Starc claiming two wickets.

    In reply, Australia are currently 40-1 in the seventh over. Follow our live text commentary here.

  121. Defence not to blame for Everton exit - Martinez

    Football

    Ross Barkley of Everton

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez is probably not looking forward to his press conference at 14:00 GMT after his side were dumped out of the Europa League by Dynamo Kiev on Thursday night.

    The Toffees lost the second leg 5-2 to exit 6-4 at the last-16 stage, with two poor first-half clearances gifting Dynamo key goals.

    The central defensive partnership of Phil Jagielka and Antolin Alcaraz struggled throughout but the Spaniard did not want to blame them.

    "A couple of times we made defensive mistakes, but there was also some incredible finishing," said Martinez.

  122. Premier League news confererences

    Football

    There is a busy day ahead featuring nine Premier League manager news conferences, with Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal among those to face the media.

    The full schedule is: Hull City (08:30 GMT), West Brom (09:00), Sunderland (11:00), Chelsea (12:30), Manchester City (12:45), Everton (14:00), Liverpool (14:00), Stoke City (14:30) and Manchester United (16:00).

    Needless to say, we'll be following them all.

  123. Good morning

    Solar eclipse

    As millions of people across the UK await the solar eclipse, English football had an eclipse of its own on Thursday as Everton's hammering at the hands of Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League ensures there will be no English club in the last eight of European competition for the first time since 1993.

    Fear not, we are here to cheer you up and keep you abreast of all the breaking sports news. Hello and welcome to another Sportsday.