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  1. Build-up to England v Lithuania in Euro qualifying (19:45 GMT)
  2. Mark Hughes signs new contract at Stoke until 2018
  3. Debbie Jevans resigns as 2015 Rugby World Cup chief executive
  4. Premier League to share £1bn of record TV rights deal
  5. Geraint Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke - a prestigious cobbled race
  6. Lewis Hamilton's plans for Malaysian GP 'heavily compromised'
  7. GET INVOLVED: Your thoughts ahead of England v Lithuania #bbcsportsday

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By James Gheerbrant and Patrick Jennings

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And on that note we will leave you - but you can join our live text commentary page for full coverage of England's European Championship qualifier at home to Lithuania from 18:30 GMT.

And we'll be joining you bright and early on Monday morning for another Sportsday too of course.

Until then, be seeing you.

Rugby v Football: Who wins?

Per Mertesacker

Ever wondered what would happen if Rugby players swapped their egg-shaped ball for a round one? And footballers vice- versa?

That's exactly what the squads of Arsenal and Saracens

have been up to in this video. Look out for Per Mertesacker claiming all the high balls he can get his hands on. I'd say there's a future there...

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Harry, south London: Harry Kane's rise will see the fall of Danny Welbeck. Welbeck is not good enough to play out wide compared to other squad members, and now he has three or four strikers that will be ahead of him (Rooney, Sturridge, Kane and soon to be Danny Ings).

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Wales can cope with hostile atmosphere - Coleman

Wales manager Chris Coleman says his side can cope with a hostile atmosphere and opposition "play-acting" when they face Israel on Saturday.

A sell-out crowd is expected at the Sammy Ofer Stadium as Group B leaders Israel host Wales in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier.

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"What we have to put up with is a bit of play-acting, simulation," he said.

"Our lads are looking forward to the atmosphere. Most of our players playing at the top level are used to that pressure, used to playing good players, international players week in, week out."

Bristol Academy boss calls for calm


Manager Dave Edmondson

has called for calm following Bristol Academy's FA Cup exit and heavy Champions League loss.

The Vixens travel to Frankfurt for the second leg of their Champion League quarter-final on Sunday, having been

beaten 5-0 by the Germans last week.

Three days after that defeat, Bristol suffered a 2-1 extra-time loss to Women's Super League Two side Everton in the fifth round of FA Women's Cup.

"We've spoken about not panicking after the first two games," Edmondson said.

Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke

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Here's some more from Geraint Thomas, whose successful breakaway at the E3 Harelbeke saw him become the first ever Briton to win the cobbled 'semi-classic' one-day race earlier today.

"It was hard out there, I can't quite believe it,"

he told the Team Sky website.

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"This six-week period we're in from Paris-Nice to Paris-Roubaix is my big focus of the season. The way Paris-Nice finished was disappointing, but I felt good again at Milan-San Remo and to get the win now is really special."



Peter Ratcliffe: Former

Aussie coach stating that KP should not return to an England team convinces me that he should. Form over coming months should be only factor that decides whether KP returns for England. I hope he gets a 1000 runs in May.

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"I'll probably be chucking someone in the Thames"


Here's some news for fans of the silver screen, WBA super-middleweight champion Carl Froch is to begin an acting career while he considers his future in boxing.

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"I'll probably be chucking someone in the River Thames," said Froch, who will make his screen debut in a film called 'Once Upon a Time In London'.

The Nottingham fighter has consulted actors such as Samuel L Jackson for tips and said he will play a "tough guy or a villain" in the movie.

Prop Bailey released by Hull KR

Rugby League

Hull KR

release Ryan Bailey because of personal reasons after just one appearance for the club.

Bailey, 30, joined the club on a two-year deal in October after 14 years with Leeds Rhinos.

The former England international struggled with Achilles and hamstring injuries and his one appearance came in their defeat by Wakefield last month.

The club said they had released Bailey to allow him to "focus on matters off the field".

Wales should take a point - Hartson


Former national team striker John Hartson says Wales' focus should be on avoiding defeat in their Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel on Saturday.

Chris Coleman's side are a point behind Israel, who have won all three of their qualifiers to lead Group B.

"I would take a point," ex-Arsenal striker

Hartson told BBC Wales Sport.

"I don't think it's a bad result coming to Israel and they are in a fantastic moment of their own, top of the group. That's not me being negative that's me showing Israel a lot of respect."

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Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney

Mark Rainey: Taking my seven-year-old son to his first proper football match tonight at Wembley. Goals would be a bonus but excited anyway.

Chris, Brighton: Danny Wellbeck is a great asset to England but he will have to step aside tonight. Harry Kane to start and score.

William Triffitt: I'd love to see Kane, Welbeck, Theo Walcott, The Ox and Raheem Sterling in the same team!

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Don't expect a goalfest - Greer


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Brighton defender Gordon Greer says fans should not expect Scotland to run riot when they play Gibraltar in Euro 2016 qualifying on Sunday.

Greer said: "These players are no mugs and for me it is all about winning the game and moving on.

"It will be a difficult game and difficult to break them down and we are preparing as best we can."

Porte takes lead in Catalonia


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Team Sky's Australian rider Richie Porte moves into the overall leader at the Tour of Catalonia after Alejandro Valverde won Friday's fifth stage in Spain.

Porte now has a five-second advantage over Italian Domenico Pozzovivo, while Spaniard Alberto Contador is seven seconds behind in third, with two final stages to come across the weekend.

Scudamore defends PL clubs


Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore

defends top-flight clubs from criticism that they do not make enough of a financial contribution to English football as a whole.

Clubs have agreed to share at least £1bn of their record £5.136bn UK live TV rights deal with lower league sides and the grassroots game.

Scudamore told BBC Sport: "This is £50m a club they've promised. It is an awful lot of money for a club.

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"There was quite a reaction to the £5bn announcement, quite a lot of negative reaction, which is very interesting given that it's a measure of the Premier League's popularity and success.

"So the clubs thought, right, let's make an early commitment and a big, strong, bold commitment. They are doing an enormous amount in this space and they don't get credit."

'New Zealand won't be daunted'


New Zealand pace bowler Tim Southee says his side are not be daunted by the prospect facing trans-Tasman rivals Australia in front of 100,000 fans in Sunday's World Cup final in Melbourne.

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"We're not too worried about the size of the ground," Southee said.

"We're seen as the little brothers from across the ditch. We respect Australia, they're a quality side and they're not number one in the world for no reason.

"But I'm sure we've gained a bit of respect for the brand of cricket we've played over the last couple of years."

Swift takes Settimana lead


And continuing the theme of British cycling success, Team Sky's Ben Swift has won stage two of Settimana Coppi e Bartali on Friday to take the race lead.

He now holds an overall lead of 41 seconds over Croatian Matija Kvasina.

Thomas wins E3 Harelbeke


Geraint Thomas
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Brilliant news for fans of British cycling as Geraint Thomas becomes the first British winner of the E3 Harelbeke in Belgium - an important race in cycling's cobbled classic mini-season.

Team Sky rider Thomas finished third in the same event last year, won by Slovakian Peter Sagan, but claimed victory this year, finishing 25 seconds ahead of Zdenek Stybar of the Czech Republic.

Matteo Trentin of Italy finished quickest in the bunch sprint for third, 38 seconds behind Thomas.

Fulham fined £20k for Leeds incident



have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after they admitted a charge of failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The charge, which was issued on Monday, related to an incident during the defeat by Leeds on 18 March.

Left-back Kostas Stafylidis was sent off for Fulham early in the second half as they

lost 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Fulham are 20th in the Championship, eight points clear of the drop zone.

I'm putting legal career on hold - Aluko


Eniola Aluko
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England striker Eniola Aluko says she's putting her career as a trainee solicitor on hold to focus on football.

Writing in

her exclusive BBC Sport column, Aluko says: "Now I'm qualified, my plan is to put law on the backburner and give football my full attention. It coincides nicely with what is the biggest year of my football career."

Aluko is hoping to represent England in the Women's World Cup in Canada later this year.



Jon Evans: To say Kevin Pietersen returning would be detrimental is to say our cricket would get worse... I very much doubt that would be the case.

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Mark Brayford: I was Mark Hughes' biggest critic. I didn't want him at all. But he's proved me wrong and I'm chuffed we've got him until 2018.

Steve Ashfield: Terrible opponent for Anthony Joshua. Gavern has lost last two fights and lost to Sprott who Joshua beat inside a round.

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Afternoon round-up

Top stories: Stoke City manager

Mark Hughes signs new contract until 2018.

as chief executive of England Rugby 2015.

A Kevin Pietersen return

could tear England apart, according to Australia's most successful coach John Buchanan.

Unbeaten English heavyweight

Anthony Joshua will return from injury to face American Jason Gavern on 4 April.

Top feature: How

F1 and the FA are working together at St George's Park.

Top video: Lewis Hamilton

sets pace at Malaysian Grand Prix.

Jevans resigns from England Rugby 2015

Rugby Union

Debbie Jevans resigns as chief executive of England Rugby 2015 due to personal reasons.

In a statement, the organisation in charge of coordinating England's hosting of the 2015 World Cup said Stephen Brown would become new managing director, working alongside chairman Andy Cosslett to "oversee the final stages of successful delivery of the tournament".

In the statement, Jevans added: "This is the right decision for me to make at this time. I am immensely proud of the team and all that we have achieved in the time that I have been chief executive.

"Everything is in place to ensure that this is the best Rugby World Cup ever, and I am confident my team will deliver an exceptional tournament."


Carl Frampton Q&A

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Earlier, we asked you to send in your questions for Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton. Here are the final few answers from the IBF World Super Bantamweight champion.

Rich Brady asked: Who do you think is going to come out on top in the Pacquiao v Mayweather fight?

Carl says: Mayweather in a close points decision because he just finds a way to steal rounds.

Jordan Singleton asked: What is your favourite fight and who is your favourite fighter of all-time?

Carl says: Favourite fight - Evander Holyfield v Dwight Qawi. Two big guys showing so much heart and skill. You don't see that at that weight. Favourite fighter - don't really have one, it changes all the time. At the moment, Roberto Duran.

Mark Calladine asked: Do you have ambitions of going up the weights?

Carl says: Yeah, I've a few more fights at super bantamweight but that's the ambition.

Our thanks to Carl Frampton. He will be appearing on Football Focus this weekend - you can catch the whole interview on BBC One at 12:10 GMT on Saturday.

West Brom's vintage kit for 'Astle day'


West Brom players in vintage kit
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The Premier League on Twitter: "West Brom will wear a special kit in tribute to club legend Jeff Astle on #AstleDay."

West Brom's players will wear a replica of their 1968 FA Cup final kit at home to Leicester on 11 April.

The kit will be part of

'Astle Day', where family of the former West Brom striker will launch a foundation to help sufferers and research of the brain condition which caused his death in 2002.

Marquez on top in Qatar

Moto GP

Marc Marquez

The final practice session ahead of this weekend's season-opening MotoGP race in Qatar has just come to a close and there's no prizes for guessing who finished fastest.

Spaniard Marc Marquez led the session with Dani Pedrosa second, Andrea Dovizioso third and Briton Cal Crutchlow in fourth.

With qualifying to begin tomorrow, the question is,

can anyone stop Marquez?

The only way is Boston...


Jake Hall
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For Jake Hall it is.

Hall, a star of scripted reality television show "The Only Way Is Essex", has

joined Conference North side Boston United.

The 24-year-old had a spell with the club last season but turned down the chance to stay longer because of commuting and work commitments.

"I loved playing for Boston," he told BBC Radio Lincolnshire. "I had the most amazing time but the commuting was a bit too much for training and game days. I would have loved to have stayed."

Pietersen return 'could tear England apart'


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Bringing back Kevin Pietersen

could "tear apart the fabric" of the England team, according to former Australia coach John Buchanan.

Pietersen was sacked in February last year but has joined Surrey in a bid to win back his England place after incoming English cricket chief Colin Graves said selectors "could not ignore" him.

However, Buchanan believes Pietersen should remain in the cold. "A decision was made for good reasons," he said. "Leadership is about sticking by that decision."

Buchanan was speaking on Stumped. You can listen to the full programme on the BBC World Service at 00.30 GMT on Saturday, 28 March or download the podcast.

Juve's Marchisio suffers ligament injury


Claudio Marchisio
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A blow for Juventus and Italy as midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffers a knee ligament injury in the warm-up of a training session with the national team. The 29-year-old is expected to be ruled out for several months.

"He immediately underwent an MRI scan which revealed a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament," Italy doctor Enrico Castellacci said.

Juventus, chasing a fourth successive Serie A title, are 14 points clear of second-placed Roma in the Italian table. Italy play away to Bulgaria in a European Championship qualifier in Sofia on Saturday, a 19:45 GMT kick-off.

Luton to pay living wage


League Two side Luton Town have become the first Football League club to commit to

paying every employee the living wage.

Premier League club Chelsea are the only other fully professional English team to receive accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation.

The living wage is based on the amount needed to cover the basic costs of living and is currently £7.85 an hour, and £9.15 an hour in London.

On Thursday, Premier League clubs agreed to commit to paying their full-time staff the living wage by the start of the 2016-17 season.

Koukash confirms interest in Titans

Rugby League

Marwan Koukash

Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash

confirms his interest in buying a share in Australian National Rugby League side Gold Coast Titans.

The Titans were placed in voluntary administration in February and their licence handed over to the NRL.

"I'm interested in the NRL and the Gold Coast Titans are owned by the league," Koukash told BBC Radio Manchester. "When the NRL decides to offload it, I want to be in with a chance of owning that club."

Koukash has often spoken of his desire to own a club in the NRL and

suggested the possibility of setting up an England-based franchise earlier this year.

Crash ends Cancellara's spring campaign


Fabian Cancellara
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Fabian Cancellara's spring campaign looks to be over after the Swiss cyclist broke two vertebrae in a crash at the E3-Harelbeke in Belgium.

Cancellara, who won the Tour of Flanders in 2010, 2013 and 2014 and Paris-Roubaix in 2006, 2010 and 2013, now appears highly likely to miss both races.


Carl Frampton Q&A

Earlier, we asked you to send in your questions for Northern Irish boxer Carl Frampton. Here's a few more responses from the IBF World Super Bantamweight champion.

John Connolly asked: An Irish sporting hero retired this week, Henry Shefflin. Who is your greatest sporting hero from a code outside boxing?

Carl replied: "David Healy. Everything he did in a Northern Ireland shirt was unreal."

David Healy
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Daire Walsh asked: You have had some amazing nights in Belfast. Is there any chance of you coming down and fighting in Dublin ?

Carl replied: "We've spoken about Dublin so yeah that may happen in the future."

Carl Frampton will be appearing on Football Focus this weekend - you can catch the whole interview on BBC One at 12:10 GMT on Saturday.

The FA's plan for more homegrown players


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The Football Association on Twitter: "Find out how the FA plans to boost the number of
home-grown players at the top level."

Earlier this week, the FA 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.

No special plan for Bale - Israel coach


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Real Madrid star Gareth Bale will be key to Wales's hopes of victory, but Israel coach Avi Guttman says his best plan to deal with the forward has fallen through.

"We contacted Cristiano [Ronaldo to ask] exactly how to do it, how to stop Bale," Guttman said at his press conference, leaving everyone not quite sure whether he was joking.

"But he didn't answer the call and it is not about one man."

He then added, perhaps more seriously: ""We're going to play the game as one unit not to give him space. This is our plan."

Israel v Wales in numbers


Wales face Israel in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday as they continue their bid to reach the finals of a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup (where they made it to the quarter-finals by the way).

Chris Coleman's side are a point behind Group B leaders Israel, who they face in Haifa in a 17:00 GMT kick-off.

BBC Wales Sport have compiled a

preview of the key stats ahead of the game, and here's a little taster.

Ashley Williams


Carl Frampton Q&A

Earlier we asked you to send in your questions for boxing world champion Carl Frampton. Here is a selection of his responses:

Deane Harrison asked: Styles make fights so who do you consider the more dangerous opponent; Scott Quigg or Kid Galahad?

Carl says: I think Quigg is more dangerous because he can punch harder. But I also think he'd be more vulnerable than Galahad.

Commonwealth boxing gold medallist Paddy Barnes asked: Who wins in their prime, Frampton or McGuigan?

Carl says: I can't answer that yet as I feel I haven't reached my prime....but I'd still beat you when I'm past it ;-)

Carl Frampton will be appearing on Football Focus this weekend - you can catch the whole interview on BBC One at 12:10 GMT on Saturday.

Wambach just wants the World Cup


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She may be the most prolific international goalscorer of all time (an incredible 178 goals) but United States striker Abby Wambach, 34, says she would happily swap it all.

"I would trade all individual awards I've won in my career for a World Cup Championship, for a chance to win a World Cup. This will be my last,"

she told Sportsworld on the BBC World Service.

You can listen to that interview in full this Sunday from 18:00 BST.

Hull fined for failing to control players


Sticking with the theme of football clubs doing things they shouldn't, Hull have been fined £30,000 by the Football Association for failing to control their players against Leicester on March 14.

City initially denied the charge but were on Friday found guilty of "failing to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion".

The incident was brought about by the reaction of a number of Hull players after Alex Bruce was booked by referee Jon Moss following a tackle on Riyad Mahrez.

Dynamo punished over racism at Everton game


Uefa has ordered Dynamo Kiev to play its Europa League quarterfinal against Fiorentina with a partially closed stadium as punishment for fan racism against Everton.

Two sections of the Olimpiisky Stadium will be shut for the first leg against Fiorentina next month, after Uefa ruled there was "racist behavior" during the 5-2 home win over Everton last week.

Dynamo was also fined 15,000 euros (£11,000) because of fans setting off fireworks.


Carl Frampton Q&A

Carl Frampton
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Earlier we asked you to send in your questions for boxing world champion Carl Frampton. Here is a selection of his responses:

Scott asked: What would you rather see? Scott Quigg lying KO'd in the middle of the ring or Crusaders win the league?

Carl says: That's a hard one, but easy as the Crues will win the league and I'll knock Quigg out too!

Jamie Savin asked: If you could pick your next few fights who would they be against?

Carl says: I'd love to fight [Scott] Quigg obviously, Rigo [Guillermo Rigondeaux] and Leo Santa Cruz.

Karl B asked: Who has been your biggest inspiration and why?

Carl says: My biggest inspiration is my family. They motivate me every day in the gym and it's the reason why I do what I do. It's all for them.

Carl Frampton will be appearing on Football Focus this weekend - you can catch the whole interview on BBC One at 12:10 GMT on Saturday.