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Summary

  1. Mason called up for England, Lallana out with groin injury
  2. FA plan to restrict non-EU players
  3. Liverpool's Skrtel charged with violent conduct
  4. Alonso to return for Malaysia GP
  5. El Clasico reaction after Real Madrid lose and Bale is criticised

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By Adam Williams and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all, folks

    The good ship Sportsday has sailed off into the horizon and that is your lot from us tonight.

    Tune into BBC Radio 5 live now for Monday Night Club while we will be back bright and early at 08:00 GMT on Tuesday for more rolling sports news.

    Cheerio.

  2. Thompson targets Swindon swansong

    Football

    Midfielder Louis Thompson is determined to recover from a shoulder injury in time to make a final appearance for hometown club Swindon Town.

    The 20-year-old agreed a move to Norwich in January but was loaned back to Swindon for the remainder of the season.

    However, a dislocated shoulder could prevent him playing for the League One side again this term.

    "Maybe it's me being optimistic but I haven't ruled out playing at the end of the season," he told BBC Wiltshire. "The physio is doing his nut about that a little bit, but I'd like to think I can play at least some part.

    "Even if it's 30 seconds on 3 May, I'll be happy with that."

  3. Microphones for football refs?

    Football

    Rugby

    Rugby Union referee, Nigel Owens, who was widely praised for how he handled England's latest Six Nations match, suggested microphones for referees in football would be beneficial.

    He said it would be a "very interesting" development because it makes players watch their language and fans would be able to hear what football players "call referees".

    Mr Owens said the most important aspect of refereeing sport to a high level is "control" of not only the rules, but the players, by being "authoritative and firm". Listen to Owens' comments on the BBC Radio 5 live website.

  4. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    The battle to finish in the top four

    Ukthrylos: The current Liverpool side may not be good enough to make it through the Champions League qualifying rounds if they finish fourth; it may be best if they set a target of fifth or give it their best to win the FA Cup which also guarantees a Europa League group stage without any early summer matches to play. I can see Arsenal going second and Man Utd/Man City very close for third and fourth.

  5. Monday Night Club

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I'm on the Monday Night Club ️tonight talking how good the last two Manchester United performances have been #blownaway Also Gerrard, refs, Bale, Greg Dyke!"

    The Monday Night Club is on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

  6. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Tottenham's Ryan Mason has been called into the senior England squad for the first time.

    Midfielder Mason, who has featured regularly for Spurs this season, has previously represented England at U19 and U20 level.

    His call-up follows the withdrawal of Adam Lallana through injury.

  7. Phil's crystal ball

    Football

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    "Predictions: Saturday, 4 April: Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool, Everton 1-1 Southampton, Manchester United 3-0 Aston Villa, Chelsea 2-1 Stoke City. Sunday, 5 April: Burnley 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur. Monday, 6 April: Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City

    "Verdict: Arsenal's meeting with Liverpool is the big one here and so tough to call. I expect Arsenal to score against Liverpool and then it is a question of the Gunners being able to keep out Liverpool's flowing attacking football.

    "I do not foresee too many problems for Manchester United or leaders Chelsea, at home to Aston Villa and Stoke City respectively - but Spurs will be tested at Burnley and Manchester City will have to show rather more steel than they exhibited away at Anfield and Turf Moor recently to justify the faith I've put in them."

    How the table will look:

    Football

    Remember, this is all just a bit of fun, but why not have your say on how the remainder of this season will pan outat the bottom of Phil's article.

  8. Post update

    Football

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Football

    "Greg Dyke tells me number of English players in the Champions League this season (23) is 'pathetic'."

  9. Post update

    Football

    Under the new FA proposals [see entry at 18:17 GMT]:

    • A player will have to have been registered with his club from the age of 15 - a drop from the current age of 18 - to qualify as 'home-grown'.
    • The minimum number of home-grown players in a club's first-team squad of 25 will increase from eight to 12, phased over four years from 2016.
    • At least two home-grown players must also be 'club-trained' players - defined as any player, irrespective of nationality, that has been registered for three years at their current club from the age of 15.
    • Only the best non-EU foreign players will be granted permission to play in England, with the process for dealing with appeals to be tightened.
  10. FA plan to restrict non-EU players

    Footbal

    Greg Dyke

    FA chairman Greg Dyke has warned Premier League football is in danger of "having nothing to do with English people" as new proposals to limit the number of non-EU players are outlined by English football's governing body.

    The FA has also revealed plans to toughen the rules on home-grown talent in the latest proposals from its commission, which was set up in 2013 to improve the England team.

    The commission has also proposed changes to work permit rules having highlighted flaws in the system.

    Speaking to the BBC's sports editor Dan Roan, Dyke said: "We don't want to stop the outstanding talent coming here, but there are an awful of bog-standard players as well."

  11. Van's the man for Feyenoord

    Football

    Former Arsenal midfielder Giovanni van Bronckhorst has been confirmed as Feyenoord's new manager, starting in the summer.

    The 40-year-old is currently assistant to Fred Rutten, who will leave the Dutch club at the end of the season. He will sign a two-year contract as Feyenoord manager.

    Here he is stroking a concerned-looking tiger.

    Van Bronkhurst
  12. Southend's Prosser out of hospital

    Football

    Some positive news from Southend United today, as the League Two club club confirm that defender Luke Prosser has left hospital after being knocked unconscious in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Cambridge.

    The 26-year-old was taken off on a stretcher after being hit by Ryan Donaldson's second-half free-kick.

    The club have said he was released from hospital later that day, but is not likely to play in the Shrimpers' next game against Bury.

  13. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Football

    Do you agree with this top-six prediction for the end of the season by BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty?

    Hafijur: I highly doubt 2nd 3rd 4th will finish with that many points. Maybe one or two of the three teams will finish with that many. McNulty only predicted Chelsea to drop 2 points, Arsenal to drop 4 points, Man Utd to drop 5 points Man City to drop 8 points, Liverpool to drop 14 points, Southampton to drop 12 points. No Spurs to on the table. Most likely miles off with the predictions points wise.

    Read Phil's piece and have your say via #bbcsportsday

  14. Can Falcao find his form?

    Football

    Radamel Falcao

    Footballers across the globe are jetting off to meet their international team-mates ahead of the upcoming games. Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao has just touched down in Bahrain to meet up with his Colombia team-mates ahead of playing two games in the Middle East.

    "I feel I need to support him because I understand how hard it is for him and the difficult moment he is experiencing," says Colombia coach Jose Pekerman. "I want to work with him again and help him restore his confidence."

  15. How the title will be won...possibly

    Football

    Football

    Chelsea have won the Premier League!

    That's the headline you will be reading in May, according to our chief football writer Phil McNulty. Have a read of his piece about how he sees the title race unfolding.

    Do you agree? Let us know your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

    Premier League
  16. Skrtel charged by the FA

    Football

    In explaining Martin Skrtel's charge, the FA said in a statement: "In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite officials will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other.

    "They will then advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time.

    "For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous."

  17. BreakingSkrtel charged by the FA

    Football

    Martin Skrtel

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is charged by the Football Association with violent conduct.

    Skrtel appeared to stand on De Gea's leg in the final seconds of Sunday's game with Manchester United, which the Red Devils won 2-1.

  18. Six Nations shortlist

    Rugby Union

    Jonathan Joseph

    England have the biggest representation on a 12-strong shortlist for this season's Six Nations player of the tournament.

    Centre Jonathan Joseph, fly-half George Ford, scrum-half Ben Youngs and number eight Billy Vunipola all feature among the group.

    Champions Ireland have three players on the list - captain Paul O'Connell, centre Robbie Henshaw and scrum-half Conor Murray.

    Welshmen Alun Wyn Jones and Dan Biggar are included alongside Scots Stuart Hogg and Jonny Gray, and Italy captain Sergio Parisse.

  19. Never too old

    Football

    Emile Heskey may be 37 but he's still able to do a job at Championship level and is a shining example for other strikers, according to Bolton manager Neil Lennon.

    Lennon thought the ex-England international stood out in Bolton's 1-1 draw with Wigan on Saturday, telling BBC Radio Manchester: "Heskey is showing everyone how to play centre-forward and he's 37. That is why he has been at the top for so long.

    "Our play, apart from Heskey, going forward was not great. We looked very light."

  20. Hull deny FA charge

    Football

    It is a busy day at Football Association towers as Hull City deny, and appeal against, an FA charge of failing to control their players during the Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday 14 March.

    The appeal will be heard by an independent regulatory commission.

  21. BreakingMcAuley red card transferred to Dawson

    Football

    The FA confirms that West Brom have been successful in a claim against mistaken identity for Gareth McAuley's red card on Saturday.

    Referee Neil Swarbrick admitted he sent off the wrong man at the Etihad Stadium after Craig Dawson had fouled City striker Wilfried Bony.

    "The standard one match suspension is now transferred to Craig Dawson, with immediate effect," the FA says in a statement.

  22. McNair hoping for international debut

    Football

    Paddy McNair

    Paddy McNair hopes he can realise his ambition of playing for Northern Ireland in Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Hampden Park.

    The Manchester United defender, 19, is expected to make his debut in the game.

    "It would be a dream come true if that happens. It would be a very proud day for me and my family," says McNair.

  23. Skrtel to be charged by FA

    Football

    Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will be charged by the Football Association for the incident with Manchester United's David De Gea at Anfield yesterday.

    It is expected Skrtel will be charged with breach of rule E3 - violent conduct.

    Skrtel appeared to stand on De Gea's leg in the final seconds of the game, which United won 2-1. Referee Martin Atkinson was due to send in his report this morning, with the FA free to act if the official confirmed he had not seen the incident.

    As yet, the FA have made no comment on the matter.

  24. Stateside Sergio

    Football

    Sergio Aguero in Washington

    Premier League players get spread far and wide across the globe during international break and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has tweeted a picture of him taking in the sights of Washington DC.

    Aguero is with the Argentina squad ahead of their friendly against El Salvador on Saturday which is being played at the greatly named FedExField in Landover, Maryland.

    That's the home of the Washington Redskins in case you were wondering.

  25. Messi makes me cry - Herrera

    Football

    Lionel Messi's performances can be mesmerising to watch but for Ander Herrera, they almost move him to tears.

    Speaking to El Pais, the Manchester United midfielder said: "The last time I cried? I almost cried watching Messi against Man City. He's so good!

    "But anyway, I get emotional very easily. But hey, I get excited easily and not only with the major teams. I'm a classic man and I was delighted when we played vs Yeovil Town in front of 8,000 standing people yelling at me: "Who are you?""

  26. Back to the Premier League for Bale?

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Iwan Roberts believes Gareth Bale should look to move back to the Premier League if he continues to receive criticism.

    On Monday, Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that it was obvious Real president Florentino Perez had "paid 100m euros for someone worth 20m euros" whilst fellow publication AS refused to rate the Real Madrid forward's performance in Sunday's El Clasico.

    Former Wales international Roberts says: "He is still a young lad and if he is still getting the stick he has been getting over the last four or five months now, come to somewhere people appreciate you."

  27. Familiar face set to face Wales

    Football

    Former Swansea City striker Itay Shechter has been named in Israel's squad for Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Wales.

    Charlton defender Tal Ben Haim, Celtic's Nir Bitton and Beram Kayal of Brighton have also been included in coach Eli Guttman's 25-man squad.

    Israel top the group having won all three of their games so far.

    Wales are a point behind in second with two wins and two draws from their four games.

  28. Sturridge doubt for England?

    Football

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Daniel Sturridge

    "Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is being assessed by England medical staff at St George's Park today, having picked up a hip injury.

    "Unlike his injured club team-mate Adam Lallana, the striker did report for training with the national team today but is now considered a doubt for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Lithuania on Friday.

    "Sturridge's potential absence could pave the way for Tottenham's Harry Kane to make his debut at Wembley."

  29. Quids in?

    Horse racing

    Back to the future

    Do you remember the film Back to the Future 2? In it, a character called Biff takes a copy of Grays Sports Almanac 1950 to 2000 and gives it to his younger self in 1955, who makes a fortune gambling with it.

    If you could go back in time armed not with a book of sporting statistics but the knowledge that AP McCoy would be the top jockey for two decades, what could you win?

    If you'd gone back to 2000 and decided to put £1 on him to win every race he rode in, would you be rolling in the winnings? Bad news I'm afraid, you'd have lost £1,743.63. Read why in our BBC Magazine article.

    Horse racing
  30. Warrington's Evans out for four months

    Rugby League

    Warrington Wolves prop Ben Evans has been ruled out for four months after having surgery on a ruptured hamstring. The 22-year-old Wales international was injured in Wolves' 32-24 loss at Super League leaders St Helens on Thursday.

  31. Extra World Cup qualifying spot for Europe?

    Football

    Uefa general secretary Gianni Infantino wants European nations to be granted an extra qualifying spot for the Fifa World Cup in 2018.

    Thirteen European countries competed at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and Infantino wants a 14th in 2018, in addition to Russia, who qualify automatically as hosts.

    "If you look at it objectively, 19 of the top 32 ranked associations are European," he said. "The winners of the last three World Cups were three European teams, so I think it's absolutely objective and fair."

  32. Emenike asks to be subbed

    Football

    Football

    Watch the video of Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike asking to be substituted in the 1-0 victory over Besiktas after he received abuse from his own fans.

    The Nigeria international reacted angrily to jeers after losing the ball and took his shirt off, storming off the pitch, only be to be talked back on by his coaching staff.

    He was replaced at half-time.

  33. Wembley no place for losers - Smith

    Football

    Walsall manager Dean Smith

    Walsall manager Dean Smith says he was disappointed the Saddlers did not give their fans more to shout about in Sunday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy final defeat by Bristol City.

    The Saddlers' first-ever appearance at Wembley ended in a 2-0 loss.

    "I'm proud of all the supporters," Smith told BBC WM 95.6. "They got behind us in their droves. We just wanted to give them more to shout about.

    "The build-up is superb, but Wembley is no place to be on the losing team. We were very down on the coach on the way home but we've just got to pick ourselves up now for the rest of the season."

  34. Lukaku out for Belgium

    Football

    Romelu Lukaku

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has withdrawn from Belgium's upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Cyprus and Israel.

    The 21-year-old limped off during Everton's 2-1 win at QPR on Sunday after reporting a problem with his right hamstring.

    Belgium will play Cyprus in Brussels on Saturday before travelling to Jerusalem to take on Israel next Tuesday.

    Manager Marc Wilmots confirmed Lukaku had reported for duty but wouldn't be featuring.

  35. Clarke dreaming of history

    Golf

    Darren Clarke

    Darren Clarke admits the timing of his appointment as European Ryder Cup captain could not be better.

    The Northern Irishman will attempt to lead Europe to a historic fourth successive victory at Hazeltine, United States in 2016.

    His good friend Davis Love will lead the American team for the second time.

    "If I could have chosen where and when, then it would have been America and now," said the 46-year-old.

  36. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    A few more of your reactions to Jeremy Guscott's teams of the Six Nations here:

    Rugby

    Alex Simms: Surely Vunipola gets in ahead of Parisse, Healy, as much as I love him, is a crazy selection and I'd have Webb in for Youngs.

    Rugbai: Halfpenny, North, Joseph, Henshaw, Huget, Sexton, Youngs, Marler, Baldwin, Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Warburton, Parisse.

    Muhammad Raja: Halfpenny, North, Joseph, Henshaw, Huget, Sexton, Youngs, Marler, Baldwin, Cole, Alun Wyn Jones, O'Connell, O'Mahony, Warburton, Parisse.

  37. Three out of Republic squad

    Football

    Jeff Hendrick

    In case you hadn't noticed, it's the start of international week and not a great start to preparations for the Republic of Ireland.

    Jeff Hendrick, Anthony Pilkington and David McGoldrick are out of the Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland on Sunday.

    Derby midfielder Hendrick, who started in the Republic's qualifier defeat by Scotland in November, has a hip injury.

    Cardiff's Pilkington has a hamstring problem with Ipswich striker McGoldrick missing because of a thigh injury.

    Jonathan Walters, Aiden McGeady, Robbie Brady and Glenn Whelan remain in the squad despite recent injury concerns.

  38. Monye calls time

    Rugby Union

    Ugo Monye

    Some breaking news from rugby union and former England and Lions wing Ugo Monye has announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old won 14 caps for England and played two Tests for the Lions in 2009, scoring a crucial try in the third Test victory against South Africa at Ellis Park.

    Monye has played over 200 times for his club Harlequins, winning the Premiership title in 2012.

  39. Swanny's World Cup tips

    Cricket

    Graeme Swann's World Cup predictions

    Staying with cricket and former England spinner and Test Match Special pundit Graeme Swann has given his predictions ahead of the Cricket World Cup semi-finals.

    New Zealand face South Africa on Tuesday before Australia take on India on Thursday.

    Find out who Swanny's tipping to reach Sunday's final in Melbourne.

  40. Gayle signs for Somerset

    Cricket

    Chris Gayle

    Chris Gayle appears to have broken the Somerset website with news of his T20 Blast signing, but here's some more info for you in the meantime.

    He will arrive on either 22 or 29 May, depending on how far his Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise progress in the Indian Premier League.

    The big-hitting Jamaican, 35, has made 13 centuries in Twenty20 cricket.

    "Signing a world-class player of the quality of Chris Gayle is tremendously exciting for the club," said director of cricket Matthew Maynard.

  41. Can Bale get back to his best?

    Marca

    Gareth Bale's performance for Real Madrid in Sunday's Clasico with Barcelona has led to mixed views about his contribution in the Spanish media. Marca did not even give him a rating.

    "Whichever angle you choose to look at it from, Bale is going through a sticky patch," writes Sam Marsden in the Daily Mirror.

    "Perhaps the shadow cast by Cristiano Ronaldo is too big for him; perhaps the unwanted headlines are getting in his head; or perhaps the demands of the fans are weighing him down.

    "Madrid are now four points back from Barca in the title race, out of the Copa del Rey and only scraped through against Schalke 04 in the Champions League earlier this month. For their sake, and for his own, Bale needs to start living up to the expectation that comes with being the world's most expensive footballer."

  42. Gayle force Somerset

    Cricket

    Chris Gayle

    Somerset have signed West Indies opener Chris Gayle to play up to six matches in this summer's T20 Blast competition.

    Four of those matches will be at Taunton - one of the smallest grounds on the county circuit.

    Could be a few glaziers doing a roaring trade come the summer.

  43. Rangers agree £1.5m loans

    Football

    Rangers agree loans totalling £1.5m from shareholders Douglas Park, George Letham and George Taylor.

    The Glasgow club decided against utilising a second £5m loan agreed with fellow shareholder Mike Ashley's Sports Direct retail company. The Newcastle United owner loaned an initial £5m to the club in January.

  44. FA looking at Skrtel incident

    Football

    Martin Skrtel

    The Football Association is to review an incident involving Liverpool's Martin Skrtel towards the end of their 2-1 defeat by Manchester United.

    The Slovakian defender, 30, appeared to tread on United goalkeeper David De Gea during injury time at Anfield.

    The FA says it is "looking at the incident", which prompted angry exchanges between the two players.

  45. No Baggies appeal over McAuley red

    Football

    Gareth McAuley

    West Brom have decided not to appeal against the red card they received in Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

    Following referee Neil Swarbrick's admission that he sent off the wrong man at the Etihad Stadium, the FA will switch the card from Gareth McAuley to Craig Dawson.

    It means Dawson will serve an automatic one-match suspension and miss the Premier League encounter with QPR at the Hawthorns on 4 April.

  46. Nico steps it up

    Formula 1

    Nico Rosberg

    He might be playing second fiddle to Lewis Hamilton on the track at the moment, but Nico Rosberg is certainly leading the way when it comes to climbing the stairs of tall buildings.

    His preparations for the Malaysia Grand Prix have included climbing 2,170 steps inside one of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

    Read more about that and all the latest news on and off the grid in today's Formula 1 Gossip column.

  47. Celtic fined by Uefa

    Football

    Celtic are fined £5,860 for 'improper conduct of the team' and £3,600 for the setting off of fireworks during the Europa League game against Inter Milan in Italy, Uefa announces.

  48. Played: 18 Won: 18

    Rugby Union

    Nabil Hassan

    BBC Sport

    United Services Portsmouth

    In a season where London Welsh forgot how to win, here's a tale of a side that seemingly has forgotten how to lose.

    United Services Portsmouth RFC have just sealed promotion from London & South East Hampshire One with the record - Played: 18 Won: 18.

    The squad drawn from the navy, army and civilians are the only side in English senior rugby to boast such a record and will take their place next season in London Three South West.

  49. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Rugby

    Henry Ashman: I feel like England's forwards are a little hard done by, but I'm struggling to think of who to put in, best as an eight though.

    Fion McGuire: Clearly Guscott is a big fan of Fifa-esque teams of the tournament. Very, very strange team selection. Healy, Parisse, Mas??

    Dominic O'Leary: How on earth did Cian Healy make Guscott's team of the tournament having only started one game? Also Webb over Youngs for me.

    Do you agree with Jeremy Guscott's Six Nations team of the tournament? Have your say via #bbcsportsday

  50. McLaren confirm Alonso set to return

    Formula 1

    McLaren confirm that subject to a successful final FIA medical assessment this Thursday, Fernando Alonso will return to the cockpit for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

    The Spaniard suffered concussion in a pre-season testing crash and was not fit enough to race at the season-opener in Australia.

  51. Costa to have scans

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa will undergo tests in London today to assess whether he can remain in the Spain squad for their upcoming internationals against Ukraine and Holland.

    Costa limped off with a hamstring injury in the second half of Chelsea's 3-2 win at Hull on Sunday.

    The Spanish football federation (RFEF) said in a statement: "Costa will undergo tests on Monday in London and the results will be available to Spain's medical staff for their evaluation."

  52. Bristol City 'my best move' - Little

    Football

    Full-back Mark Little says joining Bristol City was the best decision he has ever made after scoring one of their goals in Sunday's 2-0 win over Walsall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at Wembley.

    "When I woke up in the morning I was hoping to lift the trophy again. To get man of the match and score as well is a dream come true," said Little, a member of Peterborough's Trophy-winning side last season.

    City are also 10 points clear at the top of League One and he added: "We just need to finish the job off and then I can go on my holidays and look back at what an amazing season it's been."

  53. Because he is worth it

    Football

    Luis Suarez

    He may have cost a cool £75m, but Luis Enrique believes Luis Suarez is worth every penny.

    The ex-Liverpool strike drilled in the winner as Barcelona beat title rivals Real Madrid 2-1 in Sunday's El Clasico.

    "That is why we paid what we did for Suarez," says Barcelona coach Enrique. "I'm glad that we have a player who can be decisive. We have been happy with him since he arrived for his commitment and qualities he gives the team."

  54. Wycombe extend two loan deals

    Football

    League Two promotion chasers Wycombe Wanderers have extended the loans of Brentford pair Sam Saunders and Nico Yennaris until the end of the season.

    Midfielder Saunders, 31, and defender Yennaris, 21, have played five games each since joining in February.

  55. Ex-Hammer Collison vows to return

    Football

    Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison is determined to return to football and has not given up on his international career with Wales.

    The 26-year-old is without a club after struggling with a knee injury, and has not played a game since May.

    "I've decided to take a bit of time out to make sure I've recovered from injuries," he told BBC Sport. "I'm going to wait until pre-season and try and get back into it at the start of next year."

  56. Six Nations draws record-breaking TV audience for BBC

    Rugby Union

    Six Nations

    Saturday's Six Nations decider saw a record-breaking peak audience of 9.63 million watch England v France, as the championship went down to the wire.

    A peak of 4.1m watched Italy v Wales, while 5.1m tuned in for Scotland v Ireland and the BBC Sport website recorded its highest ever traffic on the day, with 8.22m unique UK browsers.

    Barbara Slater, Director BBC Sport, said: "It's what the BBC is all about, bringing these great moments that unite the nation, making them available to everyone wherever they are."

  57. Drogba doppelganger

    Football

    Garth's Team of the Week

    Who reminds Garth Crooks of Didier Drogba?

    Plus, whose form should make his manager "take his fingers out of his ears"?

    Find out the answer to those questions and also who made Garth's team of the week.

  58. Booed striker demands to be substituted

    Football

    Emmanuel Emenike

    Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike demanded to be substituted after being booed by his own fans during their 1-0 home win over rivals Besiktas.

    The Nigeria international reacted angrily to jeers after losing the ball and took his shirt off, storming off the pitch, only be to be talked back on by his coaching staff. He was replaced at half-time.

  59. Dominant City keep up the pressure

    Football

    Manchester City

    Manchester City were in dominant form as they kept up the pressure on Chelsea with a 3-0 win against West Brom. They had 43 shots on goal and finished with 78% of the possession.

  60. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    More tales from your #sportingconfessions here:

    James Murray: crawled back onto the pitch in extra time after getting cramp in a cup game to delay a corner being taken...

    Guy Owen: the opponent caught my shoulder, they went on the attack, so I went down holding my face so play stopped.

    Scott Dalton: District school final, scored a worldy to put us 1 up then got sent off for 2 bookings, I cried, we lost 2-1.

    Keep yours coming in to the BBC Sport Facebook page, on text to 81111 (UK only) or via #sportingconfessions

  61. Balotelli thanks Liverpool fans

    Football

    Balotelli

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has thanked fans who restrained him as he reacted to a challenge by Manchester United's Chris Smalling on Sunday.

    Writing on his official Facebook page, Balotelli says: "Besides all efforts the game didn't go our way. But one thing was real clear: I wasn't alone on the pitch."

  62. Torquay players 'earn £375 per week'

    Football

    Torquay United's players earn an average weekly wage of £375, according to manager Chris Hargreaves.

    That is £104 below the most recent national average of £479, a figure published by the Office of National Statistics in March 2014.

    "I'm giving a reason why sometimes we might not be up there with the big boys," Hargreaves, whose side are 15th in the Conference, told BBC Radio Devon.

    "The average wage on Saturday was £375. You are not going to win a league on that unless you over-achieve miraculously."

  63. Bottas 'fit' for Malaysia

    Formula 1

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas confirms he intends to race in this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

    The Finn was declared unfit for the season opener in Australia after injuring his back, but said in a statement: "After such a frustrating Sunday in Australia, I have taken the necessary measures to make sure I arrive in Malaysia fit to race and ready to bring the results home."

  64. Lallana third withdrawal

    Football

    Adam Lallana

    Back to the breaking news we brought you about Adam Lallana now and the Liverpool midfielder is the third injury withdrawal from the England squad to face Lithuania and Italy.

    It follows injuries to Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.

    QPR goalkeeper Rob Green and Jack Butland of Stoke City have been called up to replace Forster. Tottenham left-back Danny Rose was brought in to replace Shaw.

  65. Chelsea trio France bound?

    Football

    Chelsea

    Chelsea's three Brazil internationals Oscar, Filipe Luis and Willian look to be on their way to meet up with their international team-mates ahead of Thursday's friendly with France.

    Sunglasses inside Willian? Behave.

  66. Howe welcomes 'psychological boost'

    Football

    Eddie Howe

    Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe hopes Saturday's 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough, which took the Cherries top of the Championship, will give his side a "psychological boost" in the race for promotion.

    With seven games left, Howe's side hold a one-point lead over Watford and Boro.

    "Psychologically it gives us a boost knowing we've beaten one of the best sides in the division," Howe told BBC Radio Solent. "It should serve us well hopefully in the remaining games."

  67. 'Maybe eight referees are needed'

    Football

    Rafael Benitez

    There was a career first for Rafael Benitez on Sunday, the ex-Liverpool and Chelsea boss was sent off for the first time as a manager.

    Benitez was sent to the stands late on as his Napoli side drew 1-1 with 10-man Atalanta.

    Unhappy with what he felt was a foul in the build up to Atalanta's goal, as Mauricio Pinilla stole the ball off Paulo Henrique, rounded the goalkeeper and scored, Benitez said: "Maybe six referees are not enough it should be better to have eight indeed, some decisions could not be explained otherwise.

    "After having managed more than 600 matches, I have never being shown a yellow card, If I get angry there is a fair reason. Tonight's match result was influenced by an event that cannot be considered a fair football decision."

  68. Keep your cool Henrik....

    Golf

    Henrik Stenson

    A golf story to bring you from overnight now and a frustrated Henrik Stenson blamed rules officials for his poor putting as Matt Every retained the Arnold Palmer Invitational title by one shot.

    Sweden's Stenson was a shot ahead with four holes to play, but paid for three-putting at the 15th and 16th after being put "on the clock" by officials.

    Every, of the United States, birdied the final hole, at which Stenson only managed par as he finished second.

    "It's busy enough trying to close out a golf tournament and to play the finishing holes without being on the clock," Stenson said.

    "I did not see the reason for that really."

  69. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    A few tales here from the BBC Sport Facebook page of your #sportingconfessions

    Tim MacNamara: Totally hacked down a highly skilled winger in a very muddy kickabout because he was far too good for me. A Uni mate, who went on to be Paul Smith from that band Maximo Park. I ended up in hospital, he ended up loaded. Kids - tackle fair.......

    Paul Smith

    James Ouslem: I once drank all the opponents' keepers' drink even though he only said I could have a swig.

    Ciaran Byrne: Pushed the goalkeeper over at a corner once, my team-mate then headed it in and we won 4-3.

  70. Referees need to get fitter - Shearer

    Football

    West Brom

    Premier League referees must get fitter to help reduce the likelihood of mistakes, says Alan Shearer.

    The former England captain's comments come in the wake of a weekend of high-profile refereeing errors. Neil Swarbrick sent off West Brom's Gareth McAuley instead of Craig Dawson, and Richard Clark sent off Fulham's Cauley Woodrow but then called him back and instead dismissed Shaun Hutchinson.

    "They could be fitter but they need all the help they can get," says Shearer.

  71. Sharp suits but no smiles

    Football

    Mamadou Sakho

    ...over in the home dressing room, Liverpool may have lost, but at least the players looked sharp...

  72. United's delight at Anfield win

    Football

    David De Gea

    There were selfies galore in the away dressing room at Anfield on Sunday as Manchester United players celebrated their win...

  73. Adam Lallana out of England squad

    Football

    Adam Lallana

    A bit more on that breaking news about Adam Lallana for you.

    The midfielder's groin injury flared up in the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday and he will miss the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania on Friday and England's friendly in Italy four days later.

    Roy Hodgson's squad was expected to meet up this lunchtime and it is understood Lallana will not be with them.

  74. Lallana out of England squad

    Football

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has pulled out of England squad to face Lithuania and Italy, Press Association understands.

    More to follow.

  75. Maths of the Day

    Maths of the Day

    Like sport? Like maths? Then have a go at BBC Radio 5 live's Maths of the Day quiz.

  76. Carlisle admits drink-driving charge

    Football

    Clarke Carlisle

    Former Leeds footballer Clarke Carlisle has pleaded guilty to a drink-driving offence.

    The 35-year-old appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London earlier.

    The former Professional Footballers' Association chairman, who also played for Burnley and QPR, admitted failing to provide a sample on 20 December.

    He also pleaded guilty to a charge of driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence on the same date, when police officers spotted a Mercedes travelling in an "erratic" manner.

  77. Arsenal to play Chelsea in FA Women's Cup

    Football

    More on that FA Women's Cup quarter-final draw, where holders Arsenal have been paired with fellow Women's Super League One side Chelsea.

    Elsewhere, Notts County host WSL 2 side Aston Villa and Birmingham City travel to Manchester City.

    Charlton Athletic, the only third-tier side left in the draw, face the winner of Tuesday's fifth-round tie between WSL 2 side Everton and Bristol Academy.

    The quarter-finals will be played on Sunday, 12 April, with the final at Wembley on 1 August.

  78. Sheridan critical of Argyle fans

    Football

    Plymouth boss John Sheridan has angrily criticised a section of the club's supporters who booed the team off at half-time during their 0-0 with Newport County.

    Argyle have only won once in six matches, but are just one point outside the League Two play-off places.

    "They're paying my wages, I do know that and I really appreciate that. They can boo me or have a go at me, but leave the players alone, because they're the ones who are going to get us anywhere, if we're going to get anywhere," he told BBC Radio Devon.

  79. Oyston charged with misconduct

    Football

    Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association in relation to comments made in a text message exchange.

    "It is alleged that the misconduct constituted five breaches of FA rules, and that during the text message exchange, Mr Oyston used abusive and/or insulting words towards a supporter of Blackpool FC," the FA says in a statement.

  80. FA Women's Cup draw

    Football

    The draw for the quarter-finals of the FA Women's Cup has taken place this morning.

    Here's the line-up for the last eight:

    Notts County v Aston Villa

    Manchester City v Birmingham City

    Everton v Bristol Academy/Charlton Athletic

    Arsenal v Chelsea

    Ties will take place on Sunday, 12 April.

  81. Dier out of England friendly

    Football

    Eric Dier

    Tottenham defender Eric Dier is ruled out of the England Under-21 international against Czech Republic on Friday because of injury.

    Dier suffered a black eye in Spurs' 4-3 win over Leicester on Saturday. Middlesbrough's on-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson are also out because of injury.

    Fulham striker Cauley Woodrow has been called up to the squad.

  82. Derry leaves Notts County

    Football

    League One side Notts County have parted company with manager Shaun Derry.

    His assistant Greg Abbott also leaves the Meadow Lane club who are on the brink of the relegation zone.

  83. 'One of the best goals of my career'

    Football

    Juan Mata

    Was Juan Mata's second goal for Manchester United against Liverpool on Sunday THE goal of the season?

    The perfectly executed bicycle kick was a stunning piece of skill, just how did he do it? Mata tries to explain in his latest blog: "Many of you are asking me about the second goal and the truth is I don't know very well how to explain it.

    "It's something you just don't think… It's more a resource you use when you understand it's better to shoot the ball as it comes rather than trying to control it and keep the play. Angel's pass invited to do so. It's one of the best goals of my career for sure, among other things because it happened in such a massive game. And it helped us win."

  84. Skipper Mumm to leave Chiefs

    Rugby Union

    Dean Mumm

    Some Premiership rugby union news for you and Exeter captain Dean Mumm is to leave the club at the end of the season to return to the New South Wales Waratahs.

    The 31-year-old second row, who won 33 caps for Australia, is likely to be replaced as captain by England lock Geoff Parling, who joins the Chiefs next season.

    "We're absolutely delighted that Dean will be coming back to the Waratahs," chief executive Greg Harris told the club website. "To have a player of his experience and reputation will be a great asset for the team.

  85. Twitter reacts to Gerrard sending off

    Football

    Gerrard

    Steven Gerrard's sending off after being on the pitch for just 38 seconds on Sunday unsurprisingly resulted in a whole host of memes making their way on to social media.

    From a picture of Gerrard superimposed over Nicholas Cage in a movie poster for "Gone In 60 Seconds" to the above mocked up heat map, there were some real gems to be found on Twitter. Top work.

  86. 5 live Football Daily

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Download the 5 live Football Daily podcast for all the reaction as Manchester United and Chelsea strengthened their grip on their respective positions in the Premier League.

    John Murray and Ian Brown join Jonathan Overend for a look at stories including Steven Gerrard's sending off in United's win at Anfield, Loic Remy's late goal which rescued three points for Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Hull.

  87. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    A few more of your #sportingconfessions have made their way through to us:

    Al Hogg: got sent off attempting to punch a cross.. I "missed" and smacked their striker in the face... It was worth it.

    Mackenzie Taylor: For house football in school, final match at 1-1, I rugby tackled their striker who was through on goal.

    Spade: been on the pitch 3 mins scored a wonder strike with my left foot. Left my keeper for dead #owngoal

    Seem to remember pulling off a similar strike myself for Brentwood School under-14 Bs.

  88. El Clasico reaction

    Football

    Newspapers

    More of a flavour of the Spanish sports pages now and Barcelona-based Sport is unsurprisingly upbeat with Luis Suarez as their cover star.

  89. Men about town...

    Neymar

    How did Barcelona's players celebrate beating Real Madrid in El Clasico on Sunday? By posing for a group photo in quite the eclectic mix of outfits.

    Lionel Messi may be a football genius and possess the otherworldy skills we can only dream of, but it is nice to know that when it comes to style, he ends up dressing like a dad on his way to a parents evening...

  90. El Clasico reaction

    Football

    Marca front page

    A day of big reaction in Spain to Sunday night's El Clasico at the Nou Camp.

    Barcelona edged out Real Madrid 2-1 courtesy of Luis Suarez's second-half winner.

    Sports newspaper Marca shows a dejected Gareth Bale as Barca opened up a four-point advantage over his side.

  91. Marseille's big win

    European newspapers

    Football

    The back page of L'Equipe focuses on Marseille's 4-0 win at Lens in Ligue 1, a result that keeps the former firmly in the hunt for the title.

    Marseille are third, just two points behind leaders Paris St-Germain.

  92. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    A couple of suggestions below of who you would like to see make a sporting confession after Steven Gerrard's red card apology yesterday.

    Thierry Henry handball against Ireland

    Daniel Ingram: I think one we can all agree on is Thierry Henry vs Ireland [for his alleged handball in 2009].

    Ola Tangen: For me, it has to be Lance Armstrong.

    Remember - we're also keen to hear your stories of sporting misdemeanours too.

    Keep them coming in, using #sportingconfessions 81111 on the text (UK only) or through the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  93. 'Referees need technology'

    Football

    Neil Swarbrick, ref of the Man City-West Brom game

    Video technology to help referees cut out clear mistakes should be introduced in English football.

    That's the view of referees' chief Mike Riley whose comments came after referee Neil Swarbrick sent off Gareth McAuley instead of Craig Dawson during West Brom's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

    Swarbrick has apologised for the error.

    Riley was speaking to BBC Radio 5 live's Sportsweek programme. and you can hear his interview in full by downloading the podcast.

  94. Kiwis bring in Henry

    Cricket

    Matt Henry

    Down under now where the Cricket World Cup is down to its last four and much-fancied New Zealand have been forced to bring in Matt Henry to replace injured fast bowler Adam Milne.

    Milne hurt his heel in the Kiwis' weekend quarter-final win over the West Indies in Wellington.

    Scans showed he would be unable to play any further part in the tournament and New Zealand have therefore brought 23-year-old Henry into their squad.

    New Zealand face South Africa in the first semi-final in Auckland on Tuesday.

  95. Louis gets it right

    Football

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

    Alan Shearer analyses how Louis van Gaal got his tactics spot on in the 2-1 win against Liverpool on Sunday.

    The MOTD2 pundit expands on his TV analysis explaining their impressive start was down to their high-intensity pressing game without the ball as much as how well they used it when they did have possession.

  96. Guscott: England and Ireland to make semis

    Rugby Union

    Tries graphic

    Former England international Jeremy Guscott runs the rule over the epic climax to the Six Nations and believes both England and Ireland look well set for the World Cup semi-finals come the autumn.

    Jeremy also analyses how the other home nations will fair later this year.

  97. Missed the epic? Have no fear...

    Rugby Union

    Six Nations catch-up

    You probably had to be stuck under a rock to have not noticed the stunning points-laden finale to the Six Nations on Saturday, where every twist and turn played out over three gripping matches.

    If you were one of those who didn't see the drama unfold - have no fear, the Six Nations catch-up is here.

    Watch it or download now and trust me, you will enjoy.

  98. Halep holds on

    Tennis

    Simona Halep

    In the women's competition at Indian Wells, Simona Halep beat Jelena Jankovic 2-6 7-5 6-4 in an enthralling final.

    Jankovic, 30, looked in control after winning the first set with three breaks of serve and breaking early in set two.

    But world number three Halep, 23, broke the Serb four times in a second set that saw six successive breaks.

    The decider was also dominated by breaks of serve with four in a row but Romanian Halep held at 3-3 and recorded the 18th break of the match to win it.

  99. Novak's half century

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic

    Away from football and in tennis, world number one Novak Djokovic recovered from a second-set battle to beat Roger Federer 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday.

    The Serb had dominated the opening set at Indian Wells but the Swiss rallied in the second set, coming from a break down to win the tie-break.

    Djokovic, 27, seemed rattled both by Federer and the crowd in the decider.

    But he regained his composure to win his 50th career title and his fourth Indian Wells crown.

  100. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    A few early #sportingconfessions have filed through after we asked you to 'fess up to your sporting misdemeanours a la monsieur Steven Gerrard.

    Danny Morgan: Tried playing footy under a false name as wasn't signed on, turned out the ref knew my mum and sent me off.

    Liam Stones: I got sent off in under 10 minutes of a cup semi final against the local derby team! Had to grovel after that.

    Christian Evans: In school, PE teacher said to me if I dived he'd give me a penalty, so I went down in the area, then he booked me.

    Keep them coming in, using #sportingconfessions81111 on the text (UK only) or through the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  101. Weakest Premier League ever?

    Football

    MOTD3

    Alan Shearer and Jason Roberts join Mark Chapman on MOTD3 to discuss the talking points from the weekend's action in the Premier League.

    Topics on the agenda this week include the importance of locally-born players to a team, the case of mistaken identity in Saturday's Manchester City v West Brom match, and the panel ask is this the weakest Premier League season ever?

  102. Today's back pages

    Papers

    We round up the review of the morning's back pages with the Daily Express, who choose quite simply: "Sorry".

    Away from Steven Gerrard's swift exit from the field of play, there's also a rugby union story reacting after a weekend of drama in the Six Nations finale.

    England captain Chris Robshaw believes playing in front of home crowds at Twickenham will give his side the vital edge come this autumn's World Cup.

  103. Today's back pages

    Papers

    "I'm So Sorry" is the headline of choice from the Daily Mirror.

    A "Stamp of Madness" is how the newspaper labels the challenge on Ander Herrera by Steven Gerrard - a moment which could cost the Reds in their pursuit of a top four finish.

  104. Today's back pages

    Newspapers

    More of the same in the Daily Star with a close-up picture of the Liverpool captain's stamp on the leg of Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.

    "I'm Sorry!" is the simple headline.

    Don't forget - we want to hear your #sportingconfessions in light of the 34-year-old's swift apology.

  105. Today's back pages

    Newspapers

    Time for a look at the morning's back pages and one man and one theme has dominated the agenda - Steven Gerrard's apology for his 38-second sending off against Manchester United.

    The Sun goes with "Gerro: All My Fault".

    More of the same to follow.

  106. What's the goss?

    Paul Pogba

    Keep across the latest transfer rumour and speculation this Monday morning with the Gossip Column.

    The perennially mentioned Paul Pogba pops up among the rumours, but Juventus reportedly have no need to sell the France midfielder, 22, amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.

    There's that and all the best of social media - including a picture from Marouane Fellaini inside the Manchester United dressing room - to digest too.

  107. QPR drop fears grow

    Football

    Aaron Lennon

    Back home and QPR's dwindling Premier League survival hopes took another knock on Sunday as Everton edged-out a 2-1 victory at Loftus Road.

    Aaron Lennon was the match-winner for the visitors, scoring his first goal for Everton since joining on loan from Tottenham.

    Right-back Seamus Coleman had put the Toffees ahead in the first half and QPR equalised through substitute Eduardo Vargas.

  108. Suarez smiles on El Clasico

    Luis Suarez

    Over in Spain meanwhile and Luis Suarez proved the match-winner for Barcelona as the Catalans beat Real Madrid 2-1 in a lively El Clasico at the Nou Camp last night.

    The Uruguay striker's neat side-foot finish came after Jeremy Mathieu and Cristiano Ronaldo had traded goals in the first half.

    Barcelona now have a four-point lead over Real at the top of La Liga.

  109. Chelsea maintain title charge

    Football

    Loic Remy

    Chelsea sit six points clear at the top of the Premier League this morning, but they had to survive a bit of a scare against a spirited Hull City.

    Loic Remy was a true super sub as he scored with his first touch to give Jose Mourinho's men a 3-2 victory at the KC Stadium.

    Chelsea had raced in to a 2-0 lead after just nine minutes, but Hull fought back with two quick goals to level the game.

    Thibaut Courtois atoned for a first-half goalkeeping error to make three successive reflex saves when the game was level.

  110. Get involved

    #sportingconfessions

    In light of Steven Gerrard's swift apology for his 38-second sending off against Manchester United, we want to hear your sporting confessions.

    The weekend also included another case of mistaken identity as West Brom's Gareth McAuley was sent off by referee Neil Swarbrick instead of his team-mate Craig Dawson.

    Gareth McAuley

    Swarbrick later told a BT Sport reporter at half-time that he had dismissed the wrong player.

    So, we want to hear your #sportingconfessions which can be either personal or from the professional sporting world.

    Who would you like to see apologise for a sporting incident of years gone by? Was there a moment when you made a mishap on the field?

    Tweet via #sportingconfessions, text 81111 (UK only) or leave a message on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  111. Moment of madness

    Football

    Steven Gerrard

    Chief football writer Phil McNulty analyses how "impact substitute" Steven Gerrard had an unintended impact on his final meeting with Manchester United.

    Phil reports on a sun-drenched spring afternoon at Anfield where Gerrard's brief and explosive intervention led to him taking responsibility for a defeat that damages Liverpool's top-four hopes.

  112. Sorry seems to be the hardest word....

    Football

    ...Except when you're Steven Gerrard and your last-ever Premier League appearance against Manchester United lasted just 38 seconds.

    The Liverpool captain, 34, due to join LA Galaxy at the end of the season, came on as a half-time substitute and was sent off for stamping on Manchester United's Ander Herrera.

    Steven Gerrard

    He is now set to miss three games.

    "I need to accept it; the decision was right. I've let down my team-mates and the fans. I take full responsibility," Gerrard told Sky Sports.

  113. Limber up

    Before any sporting activity, it's always important to warm up.......

    Steven Gerrard warms up

    But, once you're out on the field, it's also important to keep your cool......

    Steven Gerrard sent off against Man Utd

    Have no fear Sportsday fans, today's offering of rolling sports news is guaranteed to last longer than 38 seconds. About 10 hours or so most likely.

    Steven Gerrard sent off against Man Utd

    Stay with us - there's plenty of reaction to the weekend's major talking points you'll want to keep right here for.