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Summary

  1. Joe Root named 80th England Test captain
  2. Ben Stokes appointed vice-captain
  3. Get involved: How can Joe Root improve England? #bbcsportsday
  4. Leicester boss Ranieri threatens changes after latest defeat
  5. Bournemouth v Man City (20:00 GMT) - City hope to close gap on leaders Chelsea to eight points

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Bye for now

Right, with the wise words of Steve Bruce ringing in our ears it's time to stick a fork in this edition of Sportsday and move on with our lives.

Speaking of lives, there's a text-based one coming up later as we bring you all the action from the Premier League match between Bournemouth and Man City.

Join m'coll Gary Rose for all the build up to that one from 18:45 GMT.

'The big problem is we don't score enough'

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Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce admits that his struggling Championship team are suffering chiefly from a chronic shortage of goals.

Villa have scored just four times in a winless eight-game run since Boxing Day which has seen them plummet from play-off hopefuls to relegation worriers, seven points clear of danger in 16th.

"We've got to improve in what we do with the ball," Bruce told BBC WM.

"But the big problem is we don't score enough. That is our big Achilles heel."

Read more.

Success for Fishlock

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Jess Fishlock (right) celebrates Melbourne's victory over the weekend

Wales international Jess Fishlock says winning a consecutive Women's League title with Melbourne City this weekend was a "one of a kind" experience.

The midfielder scored the first of Melbourne's two goals against Perth in the grand final as Melbourne became the first side to retain the title.

Fishlock took over as the team's head coach last month.

"It's very mentally and physically draining, but it's equally very rewarding," she told BBC Wales Sport.

Read more.

Tigers players get new deals

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Leicester Tigers give new deals to Mike Fitzgerald, Greg Bateman, Brendon O'Connor and Jono Kitto.

Fitzgerald was last season's player of the year as Tigers made the Premiership and Champions Cup semi-finals.

"It's been a great experience playing in the Premiership and in Europe for Leicester," said the 29-year-old.

Full story.

Oxford's Eastwood signs new deal

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Oxford United goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has agreed a two-year contract extension with the League One club.

Eastwood, 27, rejoined the U's in June after being released by Blackburn Rovers and has made 42 appearances in all competitions this season.

On this day...

Football

In 2012, Wolves announced they had sacked manager Mick McCarthy.

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Bournemouth v Man City (20:00 GMT)

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Eddie Howe's Bournemouth have conceded 16 Premier League goals in 2017, four more than any other side.

Can they seal the leak against City?

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Teaser answer

A Question of Sport Teaser

We asked earlier: Since Joe Root's debut which three other 'Rs' have also made their England Test debuts? 

They are Boyd Rankin, Adil Rashid & Sam Robson.

Accrington sign Portuguese winger

Erico Sousa
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League Two side Accrington Stanley sign winger Erico Sousa on a free transfer until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old former Portugal Under-19 international was most recently playing in non-league with Northern Premier League side Tadcaster Albion.

He spent one season at Barnsley but did not feature and also played in the Slovenian top flight for NK Celje.

On this day...

Football

In 1999, Arsenal offered to replay their FA Cup third-round clash against Sheffield United after a controversial Marc Overmars goal had decided the original tie.

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Bournemouth v Man City (20:00 GMT)

It's a big game down on the south coast tonight, where the hosts will hope to arrest their alarming slide down the table and the visitors will be out to cut Chelsea's lead at the top to eight points. 

You can follow the game on Radio 5 live and via the BBC Sport website, with our live text commentary running from 18:45 GMT.

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Get Involved - Root is new England skipper

#bbcsportsday

Heavy lies the crown of English cricket. Go well Joe #bbcsportsday

Making your best player captain rarely works, most dip in form. Root should have been left to focus on batting. ECB mistake. #bbcsportsday

Stevens: 'We've all got to come together as a team'

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Portsmouth defender Enda Stevens believes it is "now or never" for his side's push towards the automatic promotion places in League Two.

Pompey returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory against Accrington on Saturday, to stay in the play-offs.

"We're always talking about the run of games ahead," Stevens told BBC Radio Solent. "We've all got to come together as a team, and as a club, and push on."

Santa Cruz is not coming... to town

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Carl Frampton's hopes of Belfast hosting a third fight against Leo Santa Cruz are dealt a blow after comments from the world featherweight champion.

Santa Cruz regained the title last month after winning the rematch with Frampton, who wants a trilogy fight in his home city.

Jose Santa Cruz, the father and trainer of the Mexican, has advised his son not to take on Frampton in Belfast.

"If he says no, I wouldn't go there. I do what he tells me," said Santa Cruz.

Eastman blow for The U's

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Colchester United defender Tom Eastman could be out for the rest of the season after damaging ankle ligaments.

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Dyer out for season

Nathan Dyer has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a ruptured achilles tendon. 🤕 socsi.in/oHFkd

Nathan Dyer
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The 29-year-old has had an injury-hit season. 

He was out for two months between August and November with an ankle injury and is now out for the season with an Achilles problem he suffered in the seventh minute of his side's 2-0 win over Leicester at the weekend.

'Ban children under 10 heading footballs in Wales'

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Under 10s should be banned from heading footballs, former Wales striker Iwan Roberts has said.

A study by the University of Stirling suggested it caused instant, short term changes to the brain.

Mr Roberts said the Football Association of Wales (FAW) could be brave and make this "correct decision".

What is a drugs test like for a player?

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You might have seen our story that at least 39% of players who played in the English Football League last season were not drugs tested by UK Anti-Doping (Ukad), according to official figures.

Here, Cheltenham Town striker Amari Morgan-Smith speaks to BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the experience of being drugs tested.

Have a listen

Tom Arscott: Sale winger did leak team information

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Sacked Sale Sharks winger Tom Arscott is found guilty of passing on confidential team information to Bristol by the Rugby Football Union.

Follow the developing story.

Last to first: Watch Aerni win World combined gold

Mother's pride

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has just posted this on his Instagram.

Will special son-mother handshakes catch on?

Root out the answer

A Question of Sport Teaser

Since Joe Root's debut which three other 'Rs' have also made their England Test debuts?

Answer coming up soon....

'I just thought I'd have a cheeky sip'

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Usually a player would perhaps celebrate his team's success with a drink after the game - but not Corby Town defender Jason Lee.

He drank from a fan's pint glass as he celebrated Ben Milnes' only goal in a 1-0 win over Mickleover Sports.

After the goal was scored we all went off to celebrate with Ben, but a fan had spilled his pint, and another fan had thrown his pint up in the air. Everyone was celebrating, everyone was drenched, but I didn't want the spilled pint to go to waste so I just thought I'd have a cheeky sip.

Jason Lee speaking to BBC Sport

Read more here.

'I'll have the number seven please'

What a journey this man has been on! From boy to England Test captain. #YourYorkshire

What a journey this man has been on! From boy to England Test captain. #YourYorkshire

New England captain Joe Root's appearance has changed a little - bar the side-parting.

Which of those haircuts would you ask for?

#bbcsportsday

Spurt and Aerni: Swiss skier stuns field to win gold

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Swiss racer Luca Aerni stunned the field by producing a superb slalom to win gold in the men's alpine combined at the World Ski Championships on Monday.

The 23-year-old scraped into the slalom after finishing 30th in the opening downhill.

But a remarkable slalom saw him finish with a combined time of two minutes 26.33 seconds - just 0.01 faster than defending champion Marcel Hirscher, who was 28th after the downhill.

Aerni had previously never managed a podium finish at a major event.

Another Swiss, Mauro Caviezel, took bronze.

Root is new England Test captain

Former Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie praises the announcement of the new England captain

One captain to another

Hardly a surprise, but massive congrats @root66

And here's a straight bat of a reaction from the England Women's skipper.

Snooks klaxon

As if the skiing wasn't enough, we've now got live snooker for you on this grey Monday in February.

Truly, the gigantic wheel of sport never stops turning. 

The snooks in question is the Welsh Open first round, our coverage kicking off with the meeting between Stuart Bingham and Matthew Stevens, followed by John Higgins v Sam Baird.

Indulge your love of the green baize here

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Is Root the right man for England?

Our very own Stephan Shemilt has been assessing the appointment of Joe Root as England Test captain.

In his feature, he says that while Root's elevation was an "expected coronation", that does not guarantee that the "crown will sit right".

Man, he's good. 

He also asks why Root is the man for the job, what type of leader he might be, and how being skipper will affect his batting. 

James rooting for Root

Altogether now... Rooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooot! Well played Captain @root66 🏏

There have also been congratulations from outside sport - this from the Radio 1 presenter.

Wyatt backs Root

ROOOOOOOT! Congrats Joe! Exciting times ahead 👍🏼 @root66 👏🏽 twitter.com/englandcricket…

England Women's cricketer Danielle Wyatt gives her backing to the new skipper of the men's team.

'It was quite bizarre'

Finn Russell's fluffed conversion attempt in Sunday's defeat by France was probably down to nerves, according to former Scotland forward Doddie Weir.

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Happy birthday to...

Pierluigi Collina (football) - Italian former referee who oversaw the 2002 World Cup final, born 1960.

Jamie Murray (tennis) - Scottish doubles specialist and brother of Andy, winner of the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon in 2007 and men's doubles at the Australian Open and US Open in 2016, born 1986.

Mamadou Sakho (football) - Liverpool and France defender, currently on loan at Crystal Palace, born 1990.

Memphis Depay (football) - Former Manchester United winger, now at Lyon, born 1994.

Pierluigi Collina
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Dortmund to close iconic stand for weekend game

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The south stand at Dortmund's 80,000-seater Signal Iduna Park, known as the 'Gelbe Wand' (Yellow Wall), holds 25,000 supporters

Borussia Dortmund will close their iconic south stand for this weekend's home Bundesliga match with Wolfsburg, having accepted the German FA's sanctions after hooligans attacked visiting fans a week ago. 

The closure comes after some of their supporters threw stones and bottles at visiting RB Leipzig fans, including families with children, before a Bundesliga match on 4 February.  

Dortmund had until noon (11:00 GMT) on Monday to accept the punishment handed out by the DFB last Friday to close the stand and fine the club 100,000 euros.  

"After weighing up the arguments, Borussia Dortmund has decided to accept the DFB's penalty and the drastic punishment of closing the entire south stand for the Wolfsburg match," a club statement read. 

"We are also currently preparing measures and sanctions against the perpetrators as a consequence of the incidents and will present the results in the coming weeks."   

Police made 28 arrests, four officers were injured and 10 Leipzig supporters were hospitalised for treatment due to the violence before kick-off. 

Fernandez to 'sign new deal'

Federico Fernandez
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Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez says he is set to sign a new contract at the Welsh club.

The Argentina centre-half was one of three Swans players the club received offers for in January according to chairman Huw Jenkins.

But Fernandez, who played a big part as Paul Clement's men beat Leicester to ease their Premier League relegation woes, said he was pleased to stay.

"Probably in the next week I will sign a new contract," said Fernandez.  

NI to play NZ

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Northern Ireland will take on New Zealand in a friendly encounter at Windsor Park on 2 June.

The Belfast game will be used as preparation for a 2018 World Cup qualifier away against Azerbaijan eight days later.

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Six Nations: Guscott's verdict on England, Wales, Scotland & Ireland

Jeremy Guscott

Former England centre

"Two Test matches of ferocious intensity and one well short of that.

"After England and Wales served up a thriller that justified the build-up in Cardiff - capped off with a dramatic late match-winning score from the visitors' Elliot Daly - France out-muscled a spirited Scotland in Paris on Sunday.

"Saturday's first fixture - Ireland's 63-10 steam-rollering of Italy - was the sort of confidence-booster that Joe Schmidt's side needed after an opening-weekend defeat by Scotland, but far sterner tests will follow.

"With a fortnight's break before the next round, there is plenty to ponder. And it is still all up for grabs."

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Pacquiao asks social media to pick opponent

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WBO world welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao asks his Twitter followers to pick the opponent for his next title defence.

The four options are British pair Amir Khan and Kell Brook, Australia's Jeff Horn and American Terence Crawford.

Pacquiao said the fight for the belt he won in November will be in the United Arab Emirates.