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It's goodbye from him, and goodbye from me. 

That's all from today's Sportsday but the live reporting does not stop as there will be coverage of this evening's FA Cup replay between Peterborough and West Brom. Stay tuned. 

Cavendish loses lead after Tour of Qatar stage three

Mark Cavendish slipped 26 seconds behind leader and Dimension Data team-mate Edvald Boasson Hagen after the third stage of the Tour of Qatar.

The 30-year-old Briton, who won the race in 2013, led by five seconds after stage two but was only seventh quickest in Wednesday's time trial.

Norway's Boasson Hagen finished in 13 minutes 26.98 seconds to win the stage by 25 seconds and take the lead.

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Grix faces lengthy lay-off

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Huddersfield Giants full-back Scott Grix will be out for up to five months with a shoulder injury, head coach Paul Anderson has confirmed.

Grix also missed part of the 2014 season and Anderson said: "He has had previous history with surgery on that shoulder and it will be a longer rehabilitation programme."

Skipper Danny Brough (dead leg) and Eorl Crabtree (groin) will also be out for a number of weeks. 

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18:30 GMT FA Cup fourth round replay: Peterborough v West Brom

19:30 GMT Copa del Rey second leg: Valencia v Barcelona

Don't forget, there will be live television coverage from the Peterborough v West Brom match from 19:30 GMT on BBC One and also live radio commentary of the game on BBC Radio 5 live.

FA Cup team news

Peterborough v West Brom (19:45 GMT)

Peterborough duo Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos are banned, while Jack Baldwin is doubtful with a back injury. Gabriel Zakuani is available after a long-term hamstring problem but lacks fitness, while Tom Nichols and Adil Nabi are both ineligible.

West Brom will assess Gareth McAuley, Craig Dawson and Jonas Olsson, who all suffered injuries against Newcastle, while Jonny Evans is a major doubt. 

Chris Brunt, Callum McManaman and James Morrison remain out. Recent signings Alex Pritchard and Sandro are ineligible.

There will be live coverage from the FA Cup fourth-round replay on BBC One from 19:30 GMT and live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

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Football and sunshine

It is a glorious winter's day across much of Britain and there's blue skies in Peterborough where the groundstaff are preparing for this evening's FA Cup replay. 


A city celebrates in style

Here are some pictures of Denver Broncos' victory parade after they beat Carolina Panthers to win Super Bowl 50. 

The celebrations kicked off at 10am and included musical performances from Funkiphino, 3OH!3, Big Head Todd and The Monsters. Exactly. 

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Biggar 'working around the clock'

Wales fly-half Dan Biggar remains on the road to recovery ahead of Wales' Six Nations clash against Scotland this weekend.

Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde says Biggar is "working with the medics around the clock" in an attempt to regain full fitness.

"Dan is out of a (surgical) boot, and he is working with the medics around the clock to give himself every chance," McBryde said. "I don't think he is going to be training today, but he might be able to tomorrow."

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Hamilton on the red carpet in New York

"I'm sorry that good-looking people like us made you throw up and feel bad about yourself."

We've already posted a picture of F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton with Yoda. Now it's time to show the ubiquitous F1 driver with Ben Stiller at the premier of Zoolander 2. 

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Question of Sport teaser

The wait is over. We can reveal the answers to today's Question of Sport teaser. 

Earlier, the Question of Sport gang asked: Liam Dawson could become the 5th 'D' to play an international T20 match for England, who are the other four?

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Jamie Dalrymple, Steven Davies, Joe Denly and Jade Dernbach


Could Michael Carrick be on his way back to the north east? The Times (subscription required) reports that Newcastle are keen to sign the 34-year-old Manchester United midfielder in the summer on a free transfer. 

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The strangest sacking of the season?

Derby County's decision to sack head coach Paul Clement on Monday, with the club just five points off top spot in the Championship, came as a huge shock.

But amid increasing rumblings of discontent after a seven-game winless league run, is it as big a surprise as it initially seemed? Were there signs suggesting all was not well at the the iPro Stadium?

BBC Sport looks at some of the factors behind the decision to get rid of the former Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain coach after just 33 games in charge.

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I wish we had kept...

Rich Blagden: Paul Buckle. Got Torquay promoted in 2009, L2 playoffs in 2011, then joined Bristol Rovers. He and we have been in freefall since.

Ben Rinnes: I'd take Martin O'Neill back at Celtic in a second. A domestic treble, UEFA Cup final and thumping that team from Ibrox 6-2!

Jordan Bain: Sticking to a Derby point of view, I wish we'd kept Brian Clough. That way we may have had a few European Cups ourselves!

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England Under-19s thrash Namibia


It has been a good day for England Under-19s. A very good day indeed.

Watch highlights as they beat Namibia by 203 runs to claim fifth place at the World Cup in India, with Jack Burnham making 109.

Gough hoping to become voice of Rangers

Former Ibrox captain Richard Gough has put himself forward for election for the board of the Rangers First supporters' group. 

Gough, who acts as a "global ambassador" of Rangers, is among 23 candidates for a seat on the five-strong board of the shareholding group, which owns a 3.5% stake in the club and has more than 14,000 contributors. 

He has backed proposals to merge Rangers First with several other fans' groups to form a unified Rangers Support organisation that will work closely with the club.

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'Chelsea must reach finals'


Chelsea must reach the final of the Champions League or the FA Cup to save their season, says goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea face Paris St-Germain on 16 February before their fifth-round FA Cup tie with Manchester City.

"We play against two great sides and we have to try to win those games," said the Blues number one. "The only way to save our season is to reach the final in one or both of them."

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'An extremely difficult decision'


More from Hartlepool United, who have announced that manager Ronnie Moore has "left the club by mutual consent".

“This is an extremely difficult decision but one we feel is right for the football club,” said chairman Gary Coxall, whose side are 22nd in League Two.

“Ronnie has worked tirelessly to bring success to the Club during his time at The Vic and we thank him sincerely for those efforts and wish him well for the future.”

Moore had been in charge since December 2014 and led them to a remarkable survival in League Two during the second half of last season.


Scotland striker Steven Fletcher says he would be open to a permanent move to Marseille, according to the Daily Record. 

The on-loan Sunderland player is out of contract with the Premier league strugglers in June and hasn't been offered a new deal by the Black Cats.


First Welsh female player signs professional contract

Wales flanker Sian Williams has been awarded Elite Athlete Status by Royal Air Force to play rugby professionally, making her the first full-time professional Welsh female rugby player.

The 25-year-old, who has won 20 caps for Wales and played for the Newport Gwent Dragons and Worcester, will now be released by the RAF to play full time for Wales for at least the the next two years.

Read Williams' column by clicking here. 

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I wish we had kept...

Alex Cook: Tony Pulis at Crystal Palace. Kept us in the Premier League and moulded us into an organised and tough side to beat. Had he not clashed with the board over players he wanted to sign, last season could have been a lot different for Palace.

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Ejike Nnadi: I think Newcastle United should have kept Alan Pardew he is a top manager. Looking at his work rate now at Crystal Palace we miss him, should have kept us going. 

Keiran Ohare: We will never have a better coach at my team (Arsenal) than Arsene I'm savouring every day with him and will be truly gutted the day he goes!  

Ice cold in... Abertawe

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has revealed he spent two days with ice on his face after suffering concussion against West Brom. 

The 27-year-old South Korean international was carried off on a stretcher during last week's 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns following a clash of heads with Albion's Stephane Sessegnon.

"I felt really dizzy after the game and had a big headache for a few days, but I feel good now," Ki told the club's official website. "I had a few days of rest and I had ice on my face for two days, but now I'm back in training and ready to play this weekend."


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I wish we had kept...

Kevin Wheatley: Roy Keane at Sunderland. Thought he was going to be with us for years.  

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Ross Clarke: Harry Redknapp at Portsmouth as he guided us to a lot of success and we were relegated from the Prem when he left. 

Grant Ledger: David O'leary at Leeds. Top manager was best team in Europe at one point during his time.

Split loyalties?

Who'd have thought a simple picture would have caused such a flippin' stir

England and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney posted a picture of his sons Kai and Klay in the kitchen on Pancake Day - but his eldest son was wearing an Aston Villa shirt. Is Rooney's son, like Prince William, a Villa fan? 

The Birmingham Mail writes: "Despite his dad being a world famous favourite of the Old Trafford title chasers, Kai is pictured wearing the claret and blue of relegation-threatened Villa. Now if you can just persuade your dad to do likewise please!"



The Daily Mirror reports that Granit Xhaka has issued a "come-and-get-me plea" to incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola by saying he will struggle to say no to a summer move to the Etihad.

The 23-year-old midfielder, currently with Borussia Monchengladbach, has been tipped for a summer move, with both Liverpool and Arsenal recently interested.

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Leicester deserve title - Eriksson

Former England and Leicester manager Sven Goran Eriksson says "all football fans are hoping" the Foxes win the Premier League title and admits their rapid rise has surprised him.

(We're assuming he means all football fans other than Spurs, Manchester City, Arsenal supporters...)

"The spirit they have is incredible and the pace they have when they start to counter attack is incredible," he told Sportsworld. "It's not one or two players, it's the whole team."

There's only one team Sven Goran Eriksson thinks should win this year's Premier League:

Farah to race in Birmingham

The Olympics will soon be upon us, which is why it is wise to start making plans now.  

Mo Farah has just announced he will compete at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on 5 June as he gears up for the defence of his two Olympic titles in Rio. 

The Olympic and world champion over 5,000m and 10,000m has not confirmed over what distance he will race at the Alexander Stadium. 

Farah said: "The Birmingham Diamond League will be my first big European track race of 2016."

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Arsenal shareholder spends £500m on Texan ranch

Arsenal fans have long complained about the club's lack of spending.

But the Gunners' largest shareholder, Stan Kroenke, knows how to splash the cash - a cool £500m on a Texas ranch. 

The property is spread over six counties and Kroenke, who is worth about £5bn, now owns more than 865,000 acres of land in the United States - an area three times the size of Los Angeles, or four-and-a-half times the size of New York - or about 432,000 football pitches. 

Stan Kroenke's new Texas ranch spans 510,527 acres

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I wish we had kept...

David Mills: Howard Kendall after we won the league 87. Who knows what we would have achieved with him had he stayed prior to the euro ban being lifted. I also wish Bobby Robson had stayed as England manager to oversee the 1994 World Cup campaign  

Thomas Frost: George Burley or Joe Royle at Ipswich. It was attacking football without having much money to spend. Mick McCarthy has little cash to spend but its boring football.  

Elliot Leaver: Carlo Ancelotti. The Double and 103 league goals in his first season, three Manager of the Months and 2nd place in his second. Oh, and the most entertaining eyebrow in football.    

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Scotland won't be intimidated by Wales

Jonny Gray insists Scotland will not freeze amid the frenzied atmosphere in Cardiff during Saturday's Six Nations clash. 

"The boys always talk about the atmosphere there and you can see from the TV pictures how special a place is," said the 21-year-old.  

"You can hear from the national anthems how passionate the Welsh fans are so we can expect to face that again on Saturday. But that's not something we worry about. We will just be going down to focus on ourselves and our game plan."

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'A wonderful servant to British boxing'


Promoter Eddie Hearn has paid tribute to Kevin Mitchell, who has announced his retirement from boxing today.

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working with Kevin Mitchell over the past few years,” said Hearn.

"Kevin is one the biggest and brightest characters in the gym and has already played a huge part in the education and motivation of some of our younger fighters.

"He has a wonderful boxing brain and he can go on to be a great coach if that’s the path he wishes to take. He has been a wonderful servant to British boxing and I’m sure all fight fans will join me in wishing him the best and happiness in his retirement.”

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Mitchell retires from boxing


Three-time world title challenger Kevin Mitchell has announced his retirement from boxing.

Mitchell, 31, won 39 of his 43 fights and held the British and Commonwealth titles at super-featherweight, before moving to lightweight where he landed a trio of World title shots.

However, he was unsuccessful on each occasion.

“I’ve been fighting for 22 years, it is a long time to be putting your body through all you have to do to get right for a fight and my body has said ‘enough is enough'," said Mitchell.

Wednesday's Gossip


Busquets to Manchester City, who's next to head to China, and who does Sir Alex think is the best manager in England?  Read all the latest gossip here.

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I wish we had kept...

Scott Martin: Mark Hughes at Rovers. He got to semi finals and Europe more than once. Built a very decent side. I'd even have kept Big Sam, we'd still be watching Premier League football if that was the case.

Phil Bailey: While delighted with Ronald Koeman, I was always hugely disappointed at the way Saints treated Nigel Adkins. I am convinced he would have developed into a great Premier League manager if we had given him a bit more time.

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Johnson admits child sex charge


Sunderland footballer Adam Johnson has pleaded guilty to one count of sexual activity with a child, but denied two other charges.

Appearing at Bradford Crown Court, the 28-year-old admitted one count of sexual activity with a child and one count of grooming.

The winger, who has played 12 times for England, denies two charges of sexual activity with a girl aged under 16.

Mr Johnson, from Castle Eden, County Durham, was arrested in March 2015.

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Prime Minister to look at football ticket prices


Ticket prices in England is a cause for debate at the moment. And the debate has gone right to the top.

In Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, David Cameron was asked by Labour MP Clive Efford, the Shadow Minister for Sport, if he would act to give fans a place in club boardrooms so their voices are heard on important issues like ticket prices.

Cameron responded: “I will look very carefully at the suggestion the honourable gentleman makes.

"I think there is a problem here where some teams and some clubs put up prices very rapidly every year, even though so much of the money for football actually comes through the sponsorship and the equipment and other sources.”

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Losing run 'will benefit Bath'


Bath head coach Mike Ford insists their six-match losing run will make them a "stronger and better organised team".

Last season's Premiership finalists are currently ninth in the table, just six points above bottom-placed Newcastle.

"We believe in what we are doing, we believe in our vision, believe in the way we coach and play," Ford told BBC Points West.

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Ex-Gunner Diaby to return to action


John Bennett

BBC World Service

"Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby will make his long-awaited comeback tomorrow. Marseille have confirmed that he’ll play in the French Cup against Terlissac.

"Diaby’s promising career has been hampered by a number of serious injuries and he hasn’t played since September 2014.

"It’ll be his first Marseille appearance after joining on a free transfer in the summer.

"Marseille boss Michel said: "He won’t disappoint. He is motivated by the idea of playing in this match.”

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I wish we had kept...

Damien Lincoln: Holloway at Blackpool. Led us to the Premier League, the only person in the world that can work with the Oystons and get results. He fitted perfectly with the club. He saw past the wage cap, pathetic transfer budgets, washing own kits, training facilities of a Sunday League team and just got on with it and got results. Got incredible performances from average players. Legend.    

Darren Dudley Holland: Martin O'Neill at Aston Villa. I thought he was a breath of fresh air and most importantly got the best out of the players he had.  

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Introducing: Super League Show 2

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Rugby league fans rejoice.

The Super League Show's little brother brings an alternative look at the first round of the 2016 season.

Barca take pity on Neville


Leading 7-0 from the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final, Barcelona have decided to take pity on Valencia boss Gary Neville.

Barca have rested Luis Suarez, Neymar, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique, while Lionel Messi has undergone treatment on kidney stones, for the second leg.

Neville is fighting for his job after suffering what Valencia sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch described as one of the worst results in the club's history in the first-leg.

"I've got full belief in myself and full belief in the players," said Neville.

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Tennis ball protest halts Dortmund match


How about this for a bizarre reason to stop play.

Watch Dortmund fans interrupt their German Cup quarter-final at Stuttgart by throwing tennis balls on to the pitch, in protest against ticket prices.

Ticket price rises will mean 'tourist fans'

Stadiums will be filled with "tourists" waving "half and half scarves and taking selfies" if ticket prices rise further, warned Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke.  

The FSF is meeting fans' groups to discuss further action, including a potential mass walkout across a weekend of Premier League fixtures.

Clarke said his organisation wants to make sure top-flight clubs "really do deliver some sort of a package" to help bring down the price of tickets.


Wales to play Ibrahimovic's Sweden


Wales will travel to Sweden for their final pre-Euro 2016 friendly before heading to France.

The game will take place at Stockholm's 50,000-capacity Friends Arena on Sunday, June 5 - six days before Wales start their European Championship campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux.

It will pit together two of the greatest names in world football in the shape of Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wales forward Gareth Bale. 

Manor announce Wehrlein signing

Manor have announced the signing of Pascal Wehrlein for the upcoming Formula 1 season. 

Wehrlein, former reserve driver to Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg at Mercedes, will make his full GP debut in Australia next month. 

The 21-year-old German is the first driver to be confirmed by Manor and leaves Englishman Will Stevens, who competed for the team last season, facing an uncertain future.

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Warnock set for Millers job?



Could Neil Warnock be set for a return to Rotherham United, a club he played for in the late 1960s-early 1970s? Here are a few tweets on the subject... 

Understand #rufc are to interview 3 candidates for the vacant position at the NYS in the next 24-48 hours. All 3 have Champ experience. 1/2

Understand former #sufc boss Neil Warnock IS one of the managers being considered to replace Neil Redfearn. 2/2

Tweddle making progress

There's promising news about Beth Tweddle's progress after neck surgery following a fall during Channel 4's The Jump. 

In a statement, the former gymnast's parents, Ann and Jerry, said their daughter had "walked a few steps while being assisted by the nursing team". 

They added: "She is still very tired from the operation but the medical team are pleased with the progress she is making. 

"At the moment we aren't certain of the timescale for her recovery. We are taking each day as it comes and will update you when there is further news.” 


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I wish we had kept...

Angela Jariwala: Jose Mourinho. He was committed to Chelsea, extremely passionate and was trying to develop our team long-term. Huge loss.

Ewan Campbell: Of course Southampton wanted to keep Pochettino but he didn't want to stay and now will go on to manage someone massive. Real? Barca?

Ira Alif Syabil: Liverpool should have kept Benitez. Won a European Cup & FA Cup. I reckon he would have won us the Premier League if he stayed.

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North to end try drought - Williams

George North has had better seasons. Much better seasons, in fact. But Wales' record try-scorer Shane Williams has backed the winger to overcome his try-scoring struggles.

North has crossed just three times for Northampton Saints this season and said the English Premiership club's style of play is not helping his game.

The 23-year-old has not scored for Wales since September's World Cup warm-up win over Italy, a run of five Tests, but Williams says the tries will come.

"He has not become a poor player. I have been there myself and we probably have not seen the best of George yet anyway," said the former Ospreys man. 

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Clash of the superstars

Gareth Bale versus Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Super. 

Wales will play Sweden in Stockholm in a friendly on 5 June, six days before their opening Euro 2016 game against Slovakia, says the Swedish Football Association. 

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Raymond: I wish Hearts had kept George Burley 2005 10 games unbeaten, sacked by Vladimir Romanov, could have won the league!

Cameron Findlay: Sir Bobby. Jumped the gun big style and wouldn't never have got into such a mess. #nufc

Alex Jeavons: Pepe Mel. Bad situation at WBA with players not suited to his style. Should have had summer to buy/work with players.

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Weirwolf in London

Six-time Paralympic champion David Weir has announced he will compete at this year's London Marathon. 

The Briton will no doubt be determined to break the record of six London wins he currently shares with Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson.

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I wish we had kept...

Jacob Pennington: As a Man Utd fan sacking David Moyes was a big mistake, in him we would have had stability and growth, unlike with Van Gaal.

Sam Baldwin: I wish Nottingham Forest had kept Stuart Pearce, the buzz around the fans when he was manager was unreal #psycho

The Canaries Nest: Lambert at Norwich, who knows how far he could have taken us. The fit was perfect for both club and manager.

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I wish we had kept...

Evan (Flowers) Wynne: Wish West Ham kept Zola. He loved the club and showed so much passion. Didn't have the opportunity to prove himself.

Konstantine Kakooza: I wish Real Madrid had kept Carlo Ancelotti, for at least this season. He'd organised his team so well, players had belief in him.

Paul Seaton: Leeds - Simon Grayson had us in the top 6 got sacked and been downhill ever since.

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A recipe for disaster...

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Bagels must always be approached with caution. A frozen one? Stand back. Stand way, way back. If only Leicester forward Ed Slater knew the rules. 

A frozen bagel, a sharp knife and a hungry rugby player ended in a predictable conclusion, as Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill explains...

"The moral of the story is don't get a really sharp knife and try to cut a frozen bagel," he told BBC Radio Leicester. "The knife slips, slashes your hand and you have 14 stitches and can't play.

"He is a bit disappointed with himself and he won't be making breakfast any more."