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Summary

  1. Spurs, Man Utd & Man City news conferences
  2. Berahino served eight-week suspension
  3. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday
  4. Golf: Tiger Woods withdraws from Dubai Desert Classic
  5. Six Nations starts on Saturday

Live Reporting

By Libby Dawes

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good evening...

That's all from us this evening. 

Have a great evening and enjoy the Six Nations openers this weekend... 

Behave yourselves, you lot.

I know what you're like. 

Speaking of which....

Tennis

Canada v Great Britain in the Davis Cup is live on BBC Red Button,Connected TV and online tonight from 20:00 GMT. 

The Davis Cup must change...

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Dan Evans
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The absence of Andy Murray and Milos Raonic may not prevent a dramatic weekend from unfolding in snowy Ottawa, but after the thrills of the Australian Open, the Davis Cup is struggling to make its voice heard as it returns for another year.  

Great Britain start clear favourites to reach the quarter-finals for the fourth year in a row. While Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund are both ranked in the world's top 50, Canada are unable to field any singles players in the top 100. And they are not alone.

AFCON Final: Egypt v Cameroon

Sunday, 19:00 GMT - Commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

AFCON Final: Egypt v Cameroon
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Egypt will attempt to win the fourth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations in which they have competed when they face Cameroon in Sunday's final.

The Pharaohs, among the tournament favourites from the outset in Gabon, were victorious in 2006, 2008 and 2010 before failing to qualify for the next three editions in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Underdogs Cameroon have upset the odds to reach the final, beating much-fancied Ghana in the last four.

The game is a repeat of the 2008 final.

Cameroon's squad includes two British-based players, Hearts midfielder Arnaud Djoum and Clinton N'Jie, although the latter is on loan at Marseille from Tottenham.

..............Steven Gerrard!

Lampard v Gerrard

Steven Gerrard
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We had a huge number of votes for this and it was a closely fought battle but the eventual winner was Liverpool's Stevie G.

Vote result
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The results are in....

Lampard and Gerrard
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Ask a blue and they will tell you Lampard is a Chelsea legend, ask a red and they will say Gerrard lives on forever in Liverpool folklore.

They were arguably two of their generation's best midfielders, the trajectories of their careers and similar playing styles meaning they were forever compared.

After both brought an end to trophy-laden careers, BBC Sport looked to tackle the debate on who was better one last time - and gave you the chance to cast your vote.

And the winner is............

Berahino says he is 'fully focused'

Football

'We deserved to win every game we've drawn'

Jose Mourinho says his team have "deserved to win" every game they have drawn this season, after their stalemate at home to Hull gave them their ninth draw of the season - a Premier League high alongside Middlesbrough.  

Don't just watch the Superbowl - get involved!

#getinspired

It's the biggest event in the American sporting calendar and Superbowl 51 will be live on BBC One on Sunday night (kick-off 23:30 GMT, for all you night-owls).

But did you know there are more than 200 American football clubs in the UK?

Watch our top tips from former New York Giants team-mates Osi Umenyiora and Jason Bell (above), find out more ways to get involved and then check out this interactive map to find a club near you and get playing!

Parliament to have 'no confidence' debate

Football

Parliament to have 'no confidence' debate
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Parliament is to debate a motion of no confidence in the governance of the Football Association on 9 February.

The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee will address whether the FA can "comply fully with its duties".

Whether the FA's structure makes reform impossible will also be examined and the government may be called on to intervene in the matter.

The motion comes after five former FA executives said the governing body had failed to "self-reform".

Challenging cancer

#WeCanICan

Another thing that's happening this weekend is World Cancer Day on Saturday. 

We've had some inspiring stories of people who have battled the disease while remaining active - like dancer Amy Uprichard from Northern Ireland, who is determined to show other cancer sufferers that "you can just fight it and achieve your dreams while doing it".

Rebecca Griffiths from Huntingdon also inspired so many people as she fought bowel cancer and completed numerous running events with Team Bex, but sadly lost her battle on 1 July 2016.

Beating cancer inspired Will Bayley to table tennis success.

And how about oncologist (a cancer doctor) Lucy Gossage who has gone from dabbling in triathlon in her spare time to becoming one of the world's leading Ironman athletes.

#WeCanICan World Cancer Day campaign
World Cancer Day

Are you playing a sport on Saturday? 

You can can get involved and recognise all things relating to cancer - those fighting it, those helping others with the disease and those seeking to eradicate it - by grabbing your equipment and writing #WeCanICan on it. Share it on social media with your message of support.

Tokyo 2020 venue to vote on women ban

The venue for the golf tournaments at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will hold a board meeting next week to consider ending its ban on women becoming full members, local media have reported. 

It comes after calls to shift the tournament from the private Kasumigaseki Country Club in Saitama province because of the rule, which allows women to play Monday to Saturday but bars them from becoming full members and from playing on Sundays.

The Tokyo Olympic organising committee sent a letter to the club on Thursday appealing for it to reconsider the policy. 

Golfers at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Kawagoe, Saitama
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Women can have muscles and still be beautiful - Simone Biles

Gymnastics

BBC World Service

Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles believes "strong is beautiful" and it is important for young women to have role models they can aspire to.

The 19-year-old gymnast says she wouldn't have won her four gold medals if it hadn't been for the physique she has.

*gets down the gym*

It's not too late for me is it...?

The Six Nations is all about proximity apparently...

Tom Shanklin and David Flatman ask the question.... why does everyone hate the English?

Six Nations 2017: Tom Shanklin and David Flatman preview the tournament

I tried to sign Kante twice - Wenger

Football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he tried to buy Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante twice, saying the reason he did not join the Gunners "is quite obvious when you look where he has gone".  

Boothroyd confirmed as England U21 boss

Football

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Former Watford and Coventry boss Aidy Boothroyd has been confirmed as manager of the England Under-21 team.

The Under-20 boss replaces Gareth Southgate, who vacated the role to become England manager after the departure of Sam Allardyce.

Boothroyd, 45, took charge for the U21 side's final two Euro 2017 qualifiers and secured qualification for this summer's finals in Poland.

"I've been at the FA three years; this is the logical next step," he said.

"I believe I am here on merit because I've worked in all four divisions and I've got an understanding of speaking to a League Two manager or a Premier League manager and the problems they have."

Basketball on the BBC

Glasgow Rocks v Leicester Riders (19:30 GMT)

British Basketball returns to BBC Sport this evening with a top of the table clash as Glasgow Rocks welcome Leicester Riders to the Emirates Arena.

Glasgow start the game in third place in the BBL table but host a Leicester side in excellent form without a defeat in their last five games and currently sitting top of the table.

Coverage is live from 19:30 GMT across the BBC Sport website, app and selected Connected TV's. To watch online click here and to learn more about the BBC's coverage of the BBL and WBBL click here.

Glasgow Rocks v Leicester Riders
BBC Sport

Leeds chairman Cellino has ban reduced

Football

Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino's 18-month ban from football has been reduced to a year after a successful appeal against the decision.

The Italian was given the suspension in December for breaching the Football Association's agent rules over the sale of Ross McCormack to Fulham in 2014.

Cellino, 60, and the club were also both fined £250,000, but his fine has now been reduced to £100,000 and the club's to £200,000. His ban will begin on 18 February.

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'Rugby is a great sport for women'

#getinspired

It's not only the men's Six Nations that kicks off this weekend. The women's equivalent gets under way, too, with Scotland hosting Ireland this evening,followed tomorrow by Wales v Italy and - arguably the pick of the ties - England v France at Twickenham

The women's game is really taking off across the UK, so watch England full-back Danielle Waterman explain her love of rugby and the different versions you can play - and if you're inspired to pick up the oval ball yourself, check out our Get Inspired guide.

England Women v France Women kicks off at 19:35 GMT on Saturday, with live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus highlights of all three matches on BBC Two at 22:45 GMT.

Koeman happy to still have Kone at Everton

Everton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been talking about striker Arouna Kone, who saw a move to Crystal Palace fall through at the end of the transfer window. The 33-year-old has not started a Premier League match this season.

Koeman said: "Everybody knows there was some interest, but no deal. I don't know why. There was interest from different clubs, Crystal Palace was one of them, but there was no deal and he is still an Everton player until the end of the season.

"His role is difficult, he has not been involved in a lot of games this season and had some physical issues but I like him. All the front players are good in fitness but if we get injuries maybe we need him and he needs to wait for the opportunity.

"It is difficult for him at the moment but in football things change very quickly. I'm happy he is still here and maybe we still need Arouna."

Arouna Kone
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Outta this worldddd!

American Football

The Super Bowl is the most watched annual sporting event in the world and - reporting from Houston for BBC World Service - Caroline Barker has been asking two astronauts on the International Space Station, Peggy Whitson and Shane Kimbrough, just how they will celebrate. 

Two astronauts from the International Space Station demonstrate how they will celebrate

England v Wales.....

Mixed martial arts

While on the subject of Swansea... (slightly different matter...)

Brett Johns will take on England's Ian Entwistle at UFC London in March, the Welshman's second bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Johns, 24, made a winning start in the UFC with a unanimous decision win over South Korea's Kwan Ho Kwak in November.

Entwistle has fought three times in the UFC, winning once.

UFC London will be at the O2 Arena on 18 March.

Swansea news conference

Man City v Swansea (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

Our friends at BBC Wales have been at the Swansea news conference today where boss Paul Clement has been speaking about Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola as he prepares to take his side to the Etihad Stadium.  

Watch below:

Swansea boss Paul Clement has no doubt Pep Guardiola will be a hit at Man City

Rafa committed to Newcastle job

Football

Rafael Benitez
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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has reassured supporters he will remain at St James' Park to maintain the bid for an immediate Premier League return.

There were reports on Thursday that the Spaniard's future at Newcastle was uncertain, amid the disappointment of a quiet transfer window. 

"I will not leave, I will not quit," Benitez told BBC Newcastle.

"I want to get promoted with this team and to do well. I will put all my effort into that.

"I say thank you to the fans, I will continue giving everything to ensure the players, staff and fans are pushing in the same direction."

Champs & goals: Sport quiz of the week

Sport Quiz

Women's six nations captains
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Who are the reigning women's six nations champs? Who is in the 100 goal club with Crouchy? Test yourself with this week's BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's quiz here.

'We have enough numbers to compete'

Everton v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been talking to the media and he is asked about his side's business in the transfer window, which saw them sign 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman from Charlton and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United.

"I'm very satisfied," said Koeman. "We have enough numbers to compete and have competition.

"I see a difference. I see a stronger team and spirit. It is changing and that is good. At the moment it is positive."   

Morgan Schneiderlin and Ademola Lookman
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Morgan Schneiderlin (left) and Ademola Lookman were signed by Everton in January

Post-lunch teaser...

Today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport F Lampard is one of 9 England players to have won 50 caps and played for Chelsea. Name the other 8.

Man City news conference

Man City v Swansea (Sun. 13:30 GMT)

Bravo
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Guardiola says he has been really impressed with Swansea in recent weeks. 

"I am trying to find ways we can attack them and I can’t find it! It’s so complicated. 

"They are in a good moment. They won at Anfield and against Southampton - both good teams. It will be really, really tough". 

So Pep - Who starts in goal on Sunday? 

"I still I can't decide. In the big clubs, you have good goalkeepers and I have it so I will decide on what I see. One of Claudio Bravo's biggest qualities is his strong personality. If not, he could not have won the Copa Americas and played for Barcelona."

So there you go - clear as mud. 

Manchester City news conference

Man City v Swansea (Sun, 13:30 GMT)

Gabriel Jesus
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Pep Guardiola says 19-year-old Gabriel Jesus has settled into his new surrounding very quickly having transferred from from Palmeiras for £27m in the summer. (He spent the rest of 2016 with his Brazilian club - helping them to win their domestic title). 

"He takes English lessons every single day and that means a lot to me" says the City boss.

"The three games he played he showed a lot of things. Desire, helping us in our high pressing, his intensity, his movement.   In Brazil, Gabriel played on the left side. Both can play together. Gabriel is a fighter. That’s why he can help us a lot".

Man Utd news conference

Leicester City v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Leicester's Premier League form this season is a far cry from their title winning performances of 2016.

Mourinho puts things into perpective for the press, saying  it was "amazing but nobody expected them to be champion again. 

"What Leicester did is one of the big things in the world of football. Total respect for what they did. Next season will be much better for them. It will be a tough game for us but it will also be difficult for them". 

Manchester United news conference

Leicester City v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 GMT)

Jose Mourinho
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Last week, Jose Mourinho said Manchester United had to win against Hull - buuuut they drew. 

So what about now? Do they NEED to win against Leicester City when they face them on Sunday?

"We are in the same position we were before. We didn't get the three points we wanted. It's as simple as that" he says.

"It was a bad result but we are in the same position - we will try to win the next one". 

BBC Sport's Simon Stone then asks Mourinho if the summer's transfer window will be busier if they don't finish in the top four at the end of the season or will the big names be less likely to be lured to Old Trafford. 

"We are speaking about transfer window that opens in the summer," he says. 

"I have nothing to tell you. I repeat what I said, of course I know what I want. I will work with my players. I know them better now. I think I know what we need. I am very realistic. I know the impossible targets. I don't like my club to participate in impossible deals. It is a waste of time. it is a gift to an agent to have a club like Man Utd interested in their player". 

Leicester news conference

Leicester City v Manchester United (16:00 GMT, Sunday)

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri admitted the club had missed out on signing Middlesbrough forward Gaston Ramirez.

The Premier League champions were unsuccessful in trying to tie up a deal for the Uruguay international on deadline day.

CR: “We take Ndidi and Wague, we also wanted Gaston Ramirez but it wasn’t possible.”

Claudio Ranieri on transfers: “We were looking at everything. We make a good market.”

Gaston Ramirez
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Leicester news conference

Leicester City v Manchester United (16:00 GMT, Sunday)

It seems striker Leonardo Ulloa and Leicester City have kissed and made up...

Ahead of Transfer Deadline Day, he vowed never to play for the club again and felt "betrayed" by Foxes manager Claudio Ranieri. This came after he handed in a transfer request but the club reportedly rejected a bid from Sunderland.

Boss Claudio Ranieri said Ulloa - sidelined with a thigh injury - has resumed light training.

“He’s a good professional. When he’s ready he’ll have the chance to play.”

CR on Ulloa: “The situation is normal. We didn’t want to sell him. Of course he’s frustrated.”

Leonardo Ulloa
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Leicester news conference

Leicester City v Manchester United (16:00 GMT, Sunday)

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is trying to stay upbeat despite the champions languishing in 16th place, just two points above the relegation zone. They face Manchester United on Sunday.

"They are trying to fight for the title and Champions League next season. We know this but we are positive ahead of a difficult match," he said.

Leicester will be without Algeria international striker Islam Slimani, who returned from the African Nations Cup with a groin injury. 

CR: “Now we are not in a good position but it is important to believe, stay together and fight to the end.” #LeiMnu

Chelsea news conference

Chelsea v Arsenal (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

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Antonio Conte won't be facing Arsene Wenger this weekend as the Arsenal manger is still under his touchline ban. He says he "always prefers to be in the technical area."

Conte praises Chelsea's all-time-leading-goal-scorer Frank Lampard following his retirement this week, with the boss saying "It is a pity when a great player decides to stop, for sure for Chelsea he is a legend. It is important Lampard takes time to decide what is best for him now."

And with that, Conte moves onto Arsenal's form ahead of tomorrow's match, saying they are "in good form" and were "unlucky to not win against Watford on Tuesday." 

Man Utd keeper Pereira sidelined

Remember we told you at 12:02 that Manchester United have recalled youth goalkeeper Dean Henderson from his loan spell at Grimsby?

Of course you do...

We're now told this is because of an injury to Joel Pereira, but as he's the third-choice stopper at Old Trafford, reckon they'll probably be able to cope...

Joel Pereira
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Chelsea news conference

Chelsea v Arsenal (Sat, 12:30 GMT)

Antonio Conte
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It's news conference OVERLOAD today...

Chelsea's Antonio Conte is up now and reports all the squad are available for the Arsenal game on Saturday. 

Having taken a point against Liverpool on Tuesday, the Chelsea boss says they must move on and focus on the next match - however he says that "September's defeat away against Arsenal is always on my mind, and I hope it is on the mind of his players too".