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  1. Roberto Martinez "excited" by investment at Everton
  2. N'Golo Kante to miss two games for Leicester
  3. England full-back Mike Brown escapes citing
  4. Richard Kilty won't defend world title
  5. GET INVOLVED: Longest sporting waits #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Well, another Sportsday is over.

We've heard from some big Premier League guns today, Claudio Ranieri and Guus Hiddink among those speaking to the media.

It's more of the same tomorrow, with Manuel Pellegrini, Arsene Wenger and - if he can stand up long enough - Louis van Gaal among those holding press conferences.

It goes without saying we will have them all for you.

See you tomorrow at 08:00 GMT, that's all for now...

On this day

2012: The Gary Speed Memorial Match took place at the Cardiff City Stadium, ending Wales 0-1 Costa Rica. Arsenal's Joel Campbell got the goal on an emotional night of football.

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Brady to play till 42?

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The New England Patriots and quarterback Tom Brady has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season - when he will be 42.

According to ESPN, Brady's salary-cap charge for 2016 was scheduled to be a team-high $15 million and the extension would lower that number.

Brady, who turns 39 in August, has two years left on his existing contract, paying him $9 million in 2016 and $10 million in 2017.

The four-time Super Bowl champion has always maintained he could play well into his 40s.

Ooh la la...


Here’s one for the football hipsters (and for the curious). If you are very much pro-Europe – in a footballing, not political, sense of course – then head over to BBC Radio 5 live from 21:00 GMT tonight.

Mark Chapman is presenting the European Football Show, with topics of discussion likely to include Cristiano Ronaldo and his seemingly-disparaging comments about his not-so-famous team-mates (link:, the race for the Bundesliga golden boot and whether Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri should be catching Chelsea’s eye.

Ooh la la! Don’t miss it.

Conte 'preparing' for Chelsea


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Fox Sports (via the Daily Express) reports that former England manager Fabio Capello claims fellow Italian Antonio Conte, who is expected to be named Chelsea manager, is already "preparing" for the Stamford Bridge job.

Valencia appeal fails


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Valencia have failed to overturn a controversial decision to disallow a goal in a Champions League Under-19 penalty shootout against Chelsea.

The Spanish side protested to Uefa after the referee ruled Alberto Gil's penalty had hit the post when it had in fact rebounded from inside the goal.

Valencia boss Gary Neville called it "scandalous" while Chelsea said the ball"clearly crossed the line".

On Monday, Valencia said their appeal had been dismissed.

Lofty ambitions


And if you want to see the kind of thing Hunt does, check this out. If you're scared of heights, it's best to look away now.

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Wowzers. Makes sitting in an office all day look quite dull really...

Hunt leads the way


Great Britain's Gary Hunt claimed victory in the first FINA high diving World Cup of the year.

The 31-year-old world champion led throughout the event in Abu Dhabi and finished with a score of 639.30, 60 points clear of his nearest rival, Jonathan Paredes of Mexico.

Hunt's compatriot Blake Aldridge came fifth with a score of 558.45.

Main man


Want an idea of why losing N'Golo Kante to injury is such a big blow for Leicester? This may give you an idea.

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111 - N'Golo Kanté has made more tackles (111) and interceptions (111) than any other Premier League player in 2015-16. Hamstrung.

Celtic to appeal


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Celtic will appeal against the red card shown to Dedryck Boyata in the draw at Hamilton Academical despite manager Ronny Deila having criticised the defender.

After Friday's game at New Douglas Park, the Norwegian had said he agreed with referee Craig Thomson's decision.

But Deila has changed his mind after reviewing television footage.

"I have seen it many times and, when you've seen it from all angles, it's the wrong decision," Deila said.

Setback at the double


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Canada's Davis Cup hopes have received a double blow after world number 13 Milos Raonic and top doubles player Daniel Nestor pulled out of next weekend's first-round tie against France.

Raonic withdrew from the world-group tie - which starts on Friday - as he is still recovering from an adductor tear suffered at the Australian Open.

Nestor, the number 12 ranked doubles player, ruled himself out due to a last-minute family matter.

Seven up?


6 - @SpursOfficial have won their last 6 league games - they haven't won 7 in a row since May 1967. Opportunity.

6 - @SpursOfficial have won their last 6 league games - they haven't won 7 in a row since May 1967. Opportunity.

Lorenzo Insigne

Napoli striker Lorenzo Insigne is robbed at gunpoint and then asked by the thief to dedicate a goal to him, his agent says.

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New blood


23 - Louis van Gaal has handed 23 players their Premier League debut as Man Utd manager, including three in the game yesterday. Fledglings.

United in for Robertson?


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Daily Star: Manchester United are weighing up a move for Hull left-back Andrew Robertson but Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham have also been watching the 21-year-old Scotland international.

Longest sporting waits


@BBCSport waiting for Liverpool to win the Premier League.

@BBCSport Tottenham to be respected.

@BBCSport the end of all forms of discrimination in sport

'We can move forward'

Formula 1

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Sauber's Marcus Ericsson says the team can take a "step forward" this season despite competition "becoming fiercer".

Swede Ericsson, 25, begins his second season with the team after finishing 18th in the drivers' standings last year with nine points.

"This season I'd like to see us being in contention for points and fighting on a level where speed is decisive," said Ericsson.

"I'm convinced that we're going to take a step forward."

Brits in action


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In addition to the Davis Cup tie in Birmingham - against Japan, starting Friday -  three British women are playing tour events this week.

Johanna Konta and Heather Watson are in Monterrey. Watson plays her first round match against Misaki Doi at 19:00 GMT. Konta is up against Mariana Duque-Marino from about 01:00 on Tuesday.

Naomi Broady, meanwhile, is playing in the main draw in Kuala Lumpur. She starts Tuesday against Klara Koukalova.

Longest sporting waits


#bbcsportsday - Brighton playing top flight football again! Last time was 1983!! This year might be the one....

@BBCSport Walsall FC to break their transfer record. £175,000 in 1979. #bbcsportsday

Bristol City to get to the Prenier League! @bcfctweets @BBCSport @richdinham #bbcsportsday #longestsportingwaits



It might not feel like it on a cold February morning but as former British number two Melanie South reminds us, it's really ot too long till this gets under way again...

120 day countdown #Wimbledon2016 🎾🌱😁

120 day countdown #Wimbledon2016 🎾🌱😁

Answer time


Remember the quiz question we posed earlier? It was this...

Who are the six teams to have taken part in a League Cup Final Penalty Shootout?

Well, we have the answers.

Manchester City, Liverpool, Cardiff City, Manchester Utd, Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City.

Well done if you got it right.

Yaya shuns the spotlight


Proud of our team. This is to all our fans who support us through thick and thin. #LeagueCup #Winners #MCFC

Proud of our team. This is to all our fans who support us through thick and thin. #LeagueCup #Winners #MCFC

However, can you spot the one man not joining in with the celebrations? Did Yaya Toure not realise the pic was being taken or was he just enjoying a quiet moment...?

New sponsors for Championship

County cricket

The England and Wales Cricket Board have reached a four-year agreement with Specsavers to become the new title sponsors of the County Championship. They replace LV=, whose deal came to an end last summer.

Chelsea face trip to Belles

Women's FA Cup

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Women's FA Cup holders Chelsea will begin the defence of their trophy with a fifth-round trip to face Doncaster Rovers Belles on 20 March.

Sporting Club Albion, the lowest-ranked team left in the competition, will travel to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Full draw:

Birmingham City v Arsenal 

Doncaster Belles v Chelsea 

Brighton & Hove Albion v Sporting Club Albion 

Reading v Millwall Lionesses 

Yeovil Town v Sunderland 

Liverpool v Manchester City 

Notts County v Durham

We'll go down by relying on others - Allardyce


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Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce says the Black Cats cannot rely on other teams to get them out of Barclays Premier League relegation trouble.

"If the season finishes now, we are relegated, so you have got to get to 38 points or better, it's as simple as that," Allardyce said. 

"It doesn't matter what anybody else does, you have got to go and do it yourself. We have got to pick up five victories if we can in 11 minimum, and that's 38 points in the hope that 38 points is going to be enough again this year."

Longest sporting waits


@BBCSport Waiting for Ireland to win the World Cup. I'm patient. #bbcsportsday

Ipswich to get out of the championship. 14 years and counting... #bbcsportsday

#bbcsportsday Northern Ireland at a tournament, happened just before I was born, thought id never see it. Roll on the summer #EURO2016

BreakingBrown avoids citing

Rugby Union

Chris Jones

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England full-back Mike Brown will not be cited for his boot to the head of Ireland scrum-half Conor Murray during the Six Nations match at Twickenham on the weekend. 

 He is therefore free to play against Wales a week on Saturday. 

 The officials saw the incident during the match and judged that the contact was accidental, and the citing commissioner has decided no further action is needed.

'I believe I can win'


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Amir Khan insists he wants to show what he is capable of when he takes on WBC middleweight champion Saul Alvarez. Khan, who has not been in the ring since beating Chris Algieri in May last year, is full of confidence heading into the fight in Las Vegas on May 7.

Speaking at a press conference in London, Khan said: "I really promise you're going to see a different Amir Khan in this fight.

"I've been let down so many times in having the biggest fights. There's a lot of big names I've wanted to fight but just couldn't get those fights.

"This is my time now to shine. I want to show the world how good Amir Khan is.

"I'm up against a guy who is a great fighter. Alvarez is a dangerous fighter, he's strong. But I really believe I can win this fight."

Eddie Howe news conference

Bournemouth v Southampton (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe says the Cherries face a "key moment" in their season ahead of the games against Southampton tomorrow and Newcastle on Saturday.

Howe: "As I said before, we are in a key moment in our season. At the end of the year this small run could be defining." #afcb #BOUSOU

Howe: "We are in a good position, but we could be better. It's in our hands. It's up to us now to get the job done." #afcb #BOUSOU

Howe: "I felt we dealt with Watford's attacking threat well, the guys will have to do the same against Southampton." #afcb #BOUSOU

Eddie Howe news conference

Bournemouth v Southampton (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Team news from Cherries boss Eddie Howe ahead of the meeting with Southampton tomorrow night: winger Junior Stanislas is a doubt with a thigh injury, while midfielder Max Gradel is still getting back to full fitness after returning from a long injury lay-of against Watford on Saturday.

Howe: "We don't know the results of Junior's scan just yet, so we wil have to wait and see with that one." #afcb #BOUSOU

Howe: "@maxigr04del has looked great since returning, but we have three games this week and will have to manage his fitness." #afcb #BOUSOU

Tony Pulis news conference

Leicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Tony Pulis pays credit to West Brom's opponents tomorrow night, table-topping Leicester:

TP: "We know how tough this game against @LCFC is going to be. They've been exceptional" #WBA

TP: "You can go through Leicester's whole team, they have played exceptionally well" #WBA

Tony Pulis news conference

Leicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

It's a case of 'one in, one out' for West Brom. Chris Brunt jarred his knee against Crystal Palace and faces a period on the sidelines, but Saido Berahino, who returned after a long absence to score against the Eagles, is firmly back in Tony Pulis's thoughts.

TP: "Brunty is going to see a specialist tomorrow so we will wait until then" #WBA

TP: "It was lovely to see Saido score on Saturday. He looked fitter and sharper which was pleasing too" #WBA

TP: "We are hoping in two or three games time, Saido will be back in the type of form he was in last season" #WBA

Coming next

L:eicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

Tony Pulis will speak to the media at approximately 2pm ahead of Albion's trip to @LCFC on Tuesday 🎥📝 #WBA

Tony Pulis will speak to the media at approximately 2pm ahead of Albion's trip to @LCFC on Tuesday 🎥📝 #WBA

Claudio Ranieri news conference

Leicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

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All eyes for the Foxes then are on the West Brom game, and the manager - whose team are two points ahead of Tottenham at the summit - says it is not going to be easy.

"On Saturday West Brom were 3-0 up after 30 minutes. They are a very dangerous team," Ranieri says.

"We know they counter well and are very dangerous at corners. They scored eight or nine goals from set plays. Very dangerous.

"We are focused on West Brom. We know we can win, lose or draw. It’s only important how we fight on the pitch.”

And that's all from Claudio. Bad news on the Kante front and the pressure is on to get three more points tomorrow against a Baggies team in confident mood after a 3-2 win over Palace on Saturday.

Claudio Ranieri news conference

Leicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

It was hard work for Leicester to break down Norwich on Saturday. Ranieri is asked about how his team will cope with teams sitting deep against them.

CR: “We have to be patient and find a solution. The first match against WBA was very difficult and they scored first with Rondon.” #LeiWba

CR: “It was a tough match and this is going to be the same [on Tuesday].” #LeiWba

CR: “Everybody knows us and we have to continue with our football, be intelligent and wait for the right moments.” #LeiWba

Claudio Ranieri news conference

Leicester v West Brom (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

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Claudio has arrived. And he isn't the bearer of good news.

N’Golo Kante, such a crucial player for the Foxes this season, is going to miss games.

"I think we’ll lose for the next two matches. He has a little pain with his hamstring so I give to him some rest," says the boss.

That's a major worry for Leicester fans, he is a key, key man.

CR: “[Against Norwich] We put King on and he plays very well with Drinkwater. I’m very confident in him.” #LeiWba

Loftus-Cheek signs new deal


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Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has signed a new contract which ties him to Stamford Bridge until 2021. 

The 20-year-old has only made 13 appearances for the rBlues, despite making his debut in December 2014.

But now he has penned a fresh contract to stay with his boyhood club, with the England Under-21 international delighted with the deal.

Guus Hiddink news conference

Norwich v Chelsea (Tues, 19:45 GMT)

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Finally, Hiddink explains why he substituted Baba Rahman at half-time at Southampton, after the left back made an error. 

"He was sitting in the dressing room and before I announced it he was down, so that’s why we made a change," says the boss.

"He has to recover but you cannot always wait. We need every one. He did some decent play in the recent games but we like to be critical."

And that's it. The boss is off.