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Saj Chowdhury and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

  1. Get Involved

    Tweet us at #bbcfootball

    So, you've had a few minutes to digest the fixtures. What's your reaction?

    Has your club got an easy start? A horrible run in? An unpleasant trip to the back of beyond on Boxing Day?

    Let us know via #bbcfootball, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook

  2. BreakingLeeds assistant suspended


    What is this all about from Elland Road...??

    BBC Radio Leeds on Twitter: We understand Leeds United assistant Steve Thompson has been suspended today. No reason given for why yet.

    More on that when we get it.

  3. Holders England draw Dutch


    England and Netherlands will replay their 2014 final after being placed in the same group for the Uefa European Under-17 Championship in Bulgaria.

    The 16-team tournament starts in May.

    • Group A (6, 9, 12 May): Bulgaria (hosts), Croatia, Spain, Austria
    • Group B (6, 9, 12 May): Czech Republic, Slovenia, Belgium, Germany
    • Group C (7, 10, 13 May): Greece, Russia, Scotland, France
    • Group D (7, 10, 13 May): Republic of Ireland, Netherlands, Italy, England (holders)
  4. China Open latest


    Under way in the afternoon session at the China Open in Beijing. It is a repeat of the 2011 World Championship final as John Higgins takes on Judd Trump. Defending champions Ding Junhui plays Mark Williams.

    In the morning's matches, former world champions Shaun Murphy and Mark Selby both advances to the quarter-finals.

  5. Henriques signs for Surrey


    Surrey sign Australia all-rounder Moises Henriques for this summer's T20 Blast.

    Henriques, 28, will join Surrey immediately after the Indian Premier League season concludes at the end of next month and will be with them throughout their Blast campaign and also as overseas cover for Kumar Sangakkara - depending on the veteran Sri Lanka batsman's Test commitments in the second half of the summer.

  6. Teenage swimming sensation focussed on Brazil


    Quote Message: Ever since London finished my goal was Rio, this four years, step-by-step we're working towards that from Swimmer Ruta Meilutyte
    Swimmer Ruta Meilutyte
    Ruta Meilutyte

    Olympic 100m breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte says she is solely focused on defending her title in Rio de Janeiro.

    The 18-year-old from Lithuania, who trains and lives in Plymouth, surprised the swimming world when she won gold as a 15-year-old in London.

    But she has gone on to win the world title and break the world record in both the 50m and 100m breaststroke.

    Click here to read in full what she had to say

  7. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Amit Patel: People saying playing for Liverpool is the stuff of dreams forget that he is a Londoner so whilst it may be their dream..

    Jason Harrison: Sterling should stay at Liverpool to develop as a top player. A move to a big club at this stage could ruin he's career

    Sudan koirala: Sterling getting stick for being honest..Everyone knows Liverpool ain't winning anything in near future..Its not about money

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  8. Starting soon


    We will have all the best quotes from the Tottenham and Manchester City news conferences coming up.

  9. Blues own worst enemy?


    Birmingham Ladies goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer

    Birmingham City goalkeeper Rebecca Spencer says they only have themselves to blame for their winless start to the Women's Super League season.

    The 24-year-old accepted the blame for Asisat Oshoala's opening goal in Liverpool's 2-1 win on Wednesday.

    "We're our own worst enemy," Spencer told BBC WM 95.6.

    "The first goal was probably my fault, I was trying to counter at the end of the first half and should have managed the game better."

  10. New deal for Henry

    BBC WM Sport 95.6 via Twitter:

    Quote Message: #walsallfc Rico Henry signs new #saddlers contract until 2017
  11. Arsene or Aristotle?


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and Aristotle

    This is fun. Think you know your beautiful game from the good life? Well, find out by playing our quiz to see if you can tell the difference between The Professor Arsene Wenger and the philosopher Aristotle.

    Click here to play

    You'll be surprised at the results.

  12. Rain, rain, go away...



    BBC Wales Sport ‏on Twitter: DELAYED START: Glamorgan's opening first-class game against Cardiff MCCU is held up by weather.

  13. Jones unsure on future


    Kenwyne Jones
    Quote Message: Whatever is to take place in the summer is going to happen on its own. That's somewhat out of my hands. from Kenwyne Jones Cardiff City forward
    Kenwyne JonesCardiff City forward

    Cardiff City striker Kenwyne Jones admits he does not know where his long-term future lies following his "surprising" loan move to Bournemouth.

    Jones has joined the promotion-chasing Cherries until the end of the season.

    The 30-year-old is Cardiff's top scorer this term but is the latest to leave as manager Russell Slade cuts costs.

  14. Moore to miss Grand National

    Horse Racing

    Jamie Moore

    Some horse racing news. Jockey Jamie Moore has broken his leg in a fall at Towcester and will miss the Grand National on 11 April.

    Moore was due to ride 33/1 shot Al Co, last season's Scottish National winner, at Aintree for trainer Peter Bowen.

    He is the sixth leading rider to be ruled out of the 2015 National, joining the injured Mark Walsh, Davy Russell, Barry Geraghty and Jason Maguire, plus suspended Bryan Cooper.

    "I'm not in any pain, just gutted to miss Aintree, that hurts," said Moore.

  15. Get Involved on BBC Sport's Facebook page

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

    Scott Jones: If Chelsea offered him £50k a week he'd move. He wants to be at a club that wins things rather than kidding themselves year after year that they're going to win everything and end up potless!

    Matt Martin: Unfortunately for him he's going to have to perform better than he has or else he won't even get what he was offered by Liverpool in the summer let alone any other big club. Blatantly doesn't want to be at the club money or not.

    Sean Paul Wilkinson: The boy doesn't know how Lucky he is, playing for Liverpool is the stuff of dreams. BR has developed him into a potential star, but he's not the finished article, he has yet to win a major honour. Definitely not worth 180k per week.

  16. Rain, rain, go away


    Somerset Cricket on Twitter: UPDATE: No play before lunch here at Taunton Vale after an inspection from umpires Wharf and Blackwell

    Somerset's ground under covers


    Barcelona are looking to sign coveted midfielder Paul Pogba once their Fifa-imposed transfer embargo has been lifted next year, according to Juventus director Pavel Nedved.

    "We know that Barca and other big clubs want him," Nedved said in an interview to El Mundo Deportivo newspaper. "But Pogba has a contract with us.

  18. Wear-Tyne derby preparations


    It's the big north-east derby on Sunday at 16:00 BST, diven't ya knaa!

    Dick Advocaat

    Sunderland: Advocaat takes to the training pitch as preparations are well underway for the Wear-Tyne derby

  19. Boat Club rescued


    Rowers rescued

    The Oxford University's Women's Boat Club were rescued from the River Thames by the RNLI on Wednesday - just over a week before the Boat Race.

    Chiswick RNLI Lifeboat crew members came to the aid of the rowers when their craft was overcome by choppy conditions while training for the University Boat Race.

    The Oxford crew and their cox were boarded onto the Chiswick lifeboat and returned to Putney.

  20. Post update

    Quote Message: Nice to be back with the lads and preparing for the weekend! from Carl Jenkinson West Ham's on-loan full-back
    Carl JenkinsonWest Ham's on-loan full-back

    Jenkinson helped England's Under-21 team to a 3-2 win over Germany last week.

  21. On this day


    1926: Sir Jack Brabham, the Australian three-time Formula One world champion and the only driver in the sport's history to win the championship in a car of his own construction, was born. He died on 19 May 2014, aged 88.

    1977: Red Rum won his record third Grand National, winning by 25 lengths from Churchtown Boy. Charlotte Brew, on Barony Fort, became the first woman to take part in the race.

    1993: Jonathan Davies kicked a record 10 goals as Great Britain's rugby league team set a new Test best victory of 72-6, against France at Swinton.

    2002: Jockey Tony McCoy broke Sir Gordon Richards' 55-year record for winners in a season when he recorded his 270th win of the campaign at Warwick.

    2003: Wimbledon received final approval from the Football League for their temporary move to the National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes.

    2009: Sven-Goran Eriksson was sacked as coach of the Mexico national team.

  22. Brown signs new Exeter deal

    Rugby Union

    Exeter Chiefs prop Alex Brown has agreed a new contract to keep him at Sandy Park until 2017.

    The 25-year-old has made 50 appearances since signing for the club from Doncaster in 2012.

    Exeter have also signed Nottingham hooker Shaun Malton on a two-year deal from next season.

    England-qualified Malton, 25, is a former South Africa youth international, joined Nottingham from London Irish in 2012.

  23. Dack on Newport


    BBC Wales Sport: Newport County manager Jimmy Dack says he is involved in planning for next season, but his own future remains uncertain

  24. Pizza or salad?



    We all love a pizza, and some of us prefer a donner kebab to a salad, but what are the right things to eat to win at football?

    Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic reveals what is on his plate on match day in this BBC iWonder guide.

  25. McIlroy's Masters meltdown


    Rory McIlroy

    As Rory McIlroy aims to complete a career grand slam with a green jacket on 12 April, he has spoken about his Masters meltdown four years ago.

    The Northern Irishman led by four shots going into the last day at Augusta, but dropped six in three holes and ended up carding an 80.

    He described his final-round collapse at the 2011 tournament as the "most important day" of his career.

    "I learned so much about myself and what I needed to do the next time I got into that position," he said.

    Read the full piece here

  26. BreakingKellock to retire

    Rugby Union

    Glasgow Warriors captain Al Kellock will retire from rugby at the end of the season.

    Kellock, 33, who has been the Warriors captain for the past nine seasons, has played 154 games for the club and captained the team for the 150th time in the 34-34 draw with Leinster in Dublin on Friday.

  27. Get Involved: Questions for Murray Walker

    BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry: "And it's "gogogo!" Send me your #Murray q's and I'll tweet his finest answers #f1rewinds. "

    New to the BBC's F1 coverage for the 2015 season, Formula 1 Rewind takes a look back on some of the most classic races in history. It will be broadcast on BBC Two, 15:00-16:00 GMT on Friday 17 April.

  28. Moeen to join England squad


    Moeen Ali of England

    Moeen Ali is planning to join England for the latter stages of their Test tour of the West Indies, as his side injury continues to improve.

    The all-rounder hurt himself during England's failed World Cup campaign, and was therefore not available when the selectors chose the Caribbean squad.

    "I'm hoping to play that game against Yorkshire, prove my fitness and fly immediately afterwards," he told Cricinfo.

  29. County cricket alerts


    Want to get your county's results as they happen or know when a key wicket has fallen? You can now get automated alerts through the BBC Sport app, with alerts also available for football clubs, international teams and Formula 1.

    Click here to find out all about it.

  30. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Jay: Sterling is just doing to Liverpool what English football clubs are doing to their fans - pricing them out. Fair play I say

    Mark: I doubt Sterling will be the only player stalling over a new contract after that mega money TV deal for Premier League clubs

    James Elton: Has anyone considered that Sterling is holding out for Champions League football. I think he'll go when Liverpool finish 5th!

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  31. Football

    BBC Solent Sport: Eastleigh FC manager Richard Hill has been handed a two-match touchline ban by the FA, in relation to two incidents at Grimsby on 21 March

  32. Latest football podcast


    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Have you managed to listen to BBC Radio 5 live football podcast yet?

    Top journalists Henry Winter, Sam Wallace & Neil Ashton scan over the latest developments regarding Raheem Sterling saga. They also discuss a host of other football issues. Shove on those headphones!


    Comolli for Owls?

    Interesting line from Sheffield Wednesday...

    BBC Sheffield sports editor Andy Giddings on Twitter: The club decline to comment on newspaper reports suggesting they are to appoint Damien Comolli as director of football.

  34. Get Involved

    Gillingham manager Justin Edinburgh

    Gillingham FC on Twitter: Manager Justin Edinburgh delivering his pre match press conference this morning, talking to BBC Radio Kent Sport

  35. Everton news conference


    QPR manager Chris Ramsey

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey has been quite strong on the lack of black managers in English football.

    Director of football at the club, Les Ferdinand recently said thatcovert racism was rife and preventing ethnic minorities from gettng top jobs in football.

    Ramsey said he agreed with Ferdinand.

    "We're still at this stage in the game we are highlighting I'm still the only black Premier League manager," he said. "It's not the norm to have ethnic minority managers in this position."

  36. Everton news conference


    A last bit from Roberto Martinez, who was asked if the club will sign Barcelona wonderkid Gerard Deulofeu, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Everton last season.

    The Spaniard is currently on loan at Sevilla, but will be sold by the Catalan giants in the summer.

    "He is a phenomenal footballer who enjoyed his time at Goodison Park. I can't really comment on whether we would be interested."

  37. Get Involved via BBC Sport Facebook page

    Ronnie Hutchison: Over rated, offload him now and cash in. Watch him spend more time warming the bench for his next club and hopefully Rodgers will use the cash sensibly to invest.

    David Shenston: He wants to move to a bigger club where they win trophies. That's why he wants out at Liverpool.

    Harry James Peter: I say let him go for the highest amount we can and sign a quality winger in place of him. He's not performing as well as he used to.

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  38. Everton news conference


    Everton boss Roberto Martinez was asked if the club is already looking to next season?

    "It would be a big mistake. There are 24 points still to play for and we want to fight to get as high as possible in the table. We have five home games and three away games and we want to make the most of that home advantage.

    "We have won our last two games, which have given us confidence and belief, and we want to continue that momentum."

  39. Everton news conference


    Roberto Martinez has also talked about Ross Barkley's impressive impact for England.

    "He is used to having to deal with extremes. When he is playing well he's called the best footballer in England, but when he has a bad game, it changes. What is true is that he has an incredible level of maturity," said the Spaniard.

    "He's learned a lot having come through a serious injury (knee) and it doesn't surprise me that he made a good impact coming off the bench in both England's games. "I think he is a better player for that experience of the injury.

    "Ross is one who takes responsibility in big moments of games and has developed that physicality as well. There are not many footballers in Europe with the same level of ability."

  40. 'Barkley the best, on his day'

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez

    BBC Sport's Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: Roberto Martinez on Ross Barkley: "When he plays well, he is probably the best footballer that England could have."

  41. Everton news conference


    Roberto Martinez has been speaking ahead of Saturday's match against Southampton.

    "I will be surprised if they don't qualify for Europe and finish in the top five or six," said Martinez, on the Saints, who are currently sixth.

    "Manager Ronald Koeman has done exceptionally well. They are physically strong and well organised. Defensively they have the best record in the league and there are reasons for that. Their foreign players have done really well and that's a reflection of the way they enjoy working in that environment. It tells you a lot."

  42. 'Last call for the West Indies'


    England cricketers waiting to fly to West Indies

    England Cricket on Twitter:Alastair Cook & Peter Moores have completed their pre #WIvEng press conference. The lads now wait for their flight

  43. Race for Premier League


    Championship managers

    It is not just all about the Premier League, but the race to get there from the Championship too and the 2014-15 promotion chase is tighter than it has ever been.

    But which three teams will be celebrating promotion to the top-flight in May? BBC Sport looks at the form, facts and prospects of all eight Premier League hopefuls.

  44. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    Leslie Rogers: Sterling has made it patently clear by this interview that it is INDEED about the money.

    Ryan_lfc_giants: Sterling isn't worth that. Coutinho agreed a 70k contract weeks ago and is better player. Club can't afford to set a precedent.

    Jay G: We would all love to further our careers and achieve more, not sure why Sterling should be criticised for doing the same.

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  45. The key Sterling questions


    Raheem Sterling graphic

    Will he or won't he sign a new deal? Just how good is he? And if he leaves Liverpool, where could he go? BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty attempts to answer all these questions about Raheem Sterling, after the forward revealed there will not be any contract talks with his club until the summer.

    Click here to read the piece

  46. Arsenal news conference


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Looking at the Premier League table, Arsenal are seven points behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand. The Gunners have eight games left to play. Odds on a Blues collapse? No, we didn't think so.

    Arsene Wenger was asked the inevitable question about his team's chances of winning the title.

    "What is mathematically possible you have to try to achieve but that's not all down to us. We can only master our own performances," he said.

  47. Arsenal news conference


    As Arsene said, they can only win their matches and hope that Chelsea slip up.

    The Gunners face Liverpool, who suffered a blip in their bid to win a Champions League spot with a pre-international break defeat by Manchester United.

    He added: "I have a big respect for Liverpool, but I am focused on the game and producing the performances we have done recently."

    And on Reds captain Steven Gerrard, who will be facing the Gunners in the league for the last time before his retirement.

    "When Liverpool were in trouble everyone looked towards him and nine times out of 10 he got them out of it."

  48. Get Involved

    Dave Ellis: Sterling - 150 grand for a player who's only a couple of clicks up from Aaron Lennon.

    Jon Evans: I think Sterling is waiting to see if Liverpool make top 4. I think he's an honest enough guy

    Shanmugaraja CK: Walcott stalled on contract, he is still.. same way as Sterling. But no-one says he is greedy. Unfair on Sterling

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via  #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  49. Arsenal news conference


    Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck

    Danny Welbeck suffered a knee injury during England's 4-0 win over Lithuania, but the ex-Manchester United man might be ready to return to action.

    "He's an important player who scores goals and contributes to the team. Technically he has matured," says boss Arsene Wenger.

  50. Arsenal news conference


    The Gunners also state that attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is back in training, but won't be available while forward Danny Welbeck could return for Saturday's match.

  51. Arsenal News Conference


    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta

    Here is some team news from manager Arsene Wenger's news conference ahead of Saturday's match against Liverpool.

    "Midfielders Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and full-back Mathieu Debuchy are all back in training but not ready yet," say the Gunners.

  52. Everton and Arsenal coming up


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger have rocked up to the mic.

    Toffees host Southampton on Saturday, while the Gunners have the small matter of Liverpool in the early kick off. There are six points separating third-place Arsenal and the Reds.

  53. Get involved #bbcsportsday

    William Swayne: I like Sterling, but his performances this season haven't justified the deal he wants. I'd sell him and keep Jordon Ibe.

    Hamza: Straight out of a greedy footballer's handbook: "I dont care about money, its all about winning trophies"

    CJ: Sterling isn't worth it. He is so overrated. He doesn't have much to offer. He will ultimately be sold on for very little.

    We asked what you think about the Raheem Sterling interview. Give us your thoughts via  #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page & via Google+

  54. '540-degree flying flip'

    Horse Racing

    Did you catch the clip of jockey Lewis Ferguson's spectacular fall at Wincanton? He should look to make the GB gymnastics team for Rio.

    Anyway, BBC Sport's racing expert Frank Keogh says:

    "Ferguson was back riding on Thursday, 14 hours after emerging unscathed.

    "Ferguson and his horse Merrion Square were unhurt despite what the Washington Post called the rider's "540-degree flying flip."

    "The jockey said he felt 'fine' and was riding out at the stables of eight-time champion trainer Paul Nicholls on Thursday morning."

    Made of tough stuff.

  55. England cricket news conference


    Kevin Pietersen

    More from England head coach Peter Moores:

    "For me Kevin's not on this trip, so I don't need to focus on Kevin at all.

    "My focus is to support Alastair [Cook] as I always would and the 16 players on this tour. At the end of that summer (last year) we'd gone through a tough summer, and started to play the sort of attacking cricket people like, and we like.

    "That's our focus at the moment. From my point of view Kevin isn't on the radar. He can't be in my or Cooky's focus at all."

  56. 'Pietersen not on radar'


    The England duo of captain Alastair Cook and Peter Moores have spoken.

    So you might have read that Kevin Pietersen is looking for a return to playing for England.

    Here's what England head coach Peter Moores said moments ago:

    "He is not on the radar," Moores said when asked about Pietersen.

  57. Get involved at #bbcsportsday

    Simon Wilson: #lfc should cash in on Sterling. Losing Luis Suarez was a punch to kidneys, losing sterling is a nettle sting

  58. ''Sterling needs advice'


    Raheem Sterling

    Ex-Liverpool defender John Scales believes Raheem Sterling's stalling over signing a new Reds contract is over money.

    The BBC's Natalie Pirks spoke to the winger who confirmed he turned down a new £100,000-a-week deal.

    Scales told BBC Radio 5 live that, "it is about money, contract talks always are, but its not solely about money".

    The former defender questioned advice Sterling is receiving from his advisor and says he needs to get advice from as many people as possible.

  59. Cook news conference


    England captain Alistair Cook

    I think the England skipper Alastair Cook and head coach Peter Moores are probably getting a cuppa before their pre-tour news conference. It was scheduled for about 08:00 BST.

    Stay here for the latest.

  60. Ex-England bosses call for change


    Kevin Keegan

    And let's just stay with the England national team just that little bit longer.

    This from the Daily Telegraph:

    Five former England managers warn that England's chances of winning the World Cup again will be damaged if the national game does not quickly unify behind Football Association Greg Dyke's proposed new reforms.

    Glenn Hoddle, Kevin Keegan, Sven Goran Eriksson, Graham Taylor and Steve McClaren have signed a joint letter to Dyke in which they advocate the swift implementation of new proposals that will increase club opportunities for young English players.

    "Failure to do so risks England falling further behind the leading football nations and will only make it harder to end the long wait to win the World Cup," the managers write.

    What do you think of that? Tweet us at #bbcsportsday

  61. Football

    Today's Gossip Column

    Have you had your fill of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling? Read more in today's gossip column.

    Mirror back page: April 2 2015
  62. Kane for U21 Euros?


    Harry Kane

    We did wave farewell to international week, but before it walks off into the sunset let's call it back for just a few more moments.

    Apparently, England coach Roy Hodgson says that Tottenham's Harry Kane - who judging by the nationwide fawning is closing in on a knighthood - wants to play in the U21 Euros this summer.

    Hodgson said: "Harry wants to go with the Under-21s. He wants to finish the job that he has done."

    Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has suggested that that Kane, 21, might benefit from resting this summer.

    Read the full story here.

  63. England cricket news conference


    England cricket captain Alastair Cook

    But... but... before all that England captain Alastair Cook (remember him?) and head coach Peter Moores are about to hold a news conference before the squad head off to their three-Test tour of the West Indies.

    Stay here for the latest.

  64. The Premier League is back


    Sergio Aguero

    Hello. We have waved farewell to the international break, so it is back to business in the British football leagues.

    A lot of our focus will be on the Premier League fixtures this Easter weekend. There are 12 news conferences coming up. That's right, 12.

    Order of play (all times BST):

    09:00 Arsenal, Everton

    09:45 QPR

    12:30 Spurs

    12:45 Man City

    13:00 West Ham

    14:00 Liverpool, Palace, Leicester, Southampton, Swansea

    15:30 Stoke

  65. This is a test of the VIVO live text commentary system

    Posts will appear here throughout April 2 as part of a test of the new VIVO text commentary system for sport.