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Summary

  1. The FA charges Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse for spitting
  2. Man Utd's Evans pleads innocence, Newcastle's Cisse apologises
  3. Sunderland boss Poyet charged with improper conduct
  4. GET INVOLVED: Come up with your sport-related book titles

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By James Gheerbrant and Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's all folks

    And so another action-packed day comes to an end.

    There's been plenty going on, from Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans being charged with spitting by the Football Association. to Sunderland boss Gus Poyet charged for improper conduct, via Southampton's players getting their skates on.

    Gus Poyet

    Hope you enjoyed it. What's that? You did. Excellent, in that case let's do it all again from 08:00 GMT on Friday. See you then.

  2. Build-up to the Euros

    Athletics

    Will the multi-talented multi-eventer Katarina Johnson-Thompson win her maiden senior major championship title? Can Britain's 800m world leader Jenny Meadows finally enjoy the European spotlight?

    Jenny Meadows

    British Athletics has refused to set a medal target for this weekend's European Championships in Prague. Their best medal haul in the competition was 10 in 2005, so can they scale those heights in the city of 100 spires?

    BBC Sport pundits Steve Cram, Paula Radcliffe, Denise Lewis and Colin Jackson give their verdicts on the team's chances in the Czech Republic.

    Read their thoughts here.

  3. Murray double act unlikely

    Tennis

    Andy Murray reveals that it is "unlikely" he'll play with brother Jamie during Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against United States, which starts in Glasgow tomorrow.

    It was thought the two might team up for the doubles against the the Bryan twins on Saturday.

    Murray brothers

    But Dom Inglot was listed as Jamie's partner in the draw, and Murray said: "Jamie and i obviously played a bunch when we were younger together.

    "We haven't played so much recently, but obviously it's an advantage that I know his game well and he knows mine well.

    "However, I would say it's unlikely I would play the doubles on Saturday. Dom has had some big wins over the Bryans this year,

    "But if I'm required then it would be nice to play with either Jamie or Dom."

  4. Broad shoulders

    Ronald Koeman

    Remember that Southampton trip to Switzerland we mentioned a few minutes ago?

    Even the gaffer's had a bash at ice-hockey.

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: Fantastic experience! Shattered.

  5. Don't all rush at once

    Cricket

    Why would you captain Pakistan?

    Spot-fixing, banned bowlers and never playing at home -read this cracking article, with Misbah-ul-Haq discussing the curious life of a Pakistan skipper.

    NB - it's not a job you'd apply for with any great confidence of it being a long-term post; there have been five incumbents in past four years.

  6. Fancy dress?

    Twitter

    Southampton have embarked on a three-day break to Switzerland and Nathaniel Clyne seems to be enjoying it, tweeting this pic.

    Just to be clear the lads aren't auditioning for the next Star wars movie, but playing ice hockey. With that top four challenge still going strong, hope no one gets injured.

  7. Dundee United's Ciftci clear to play

    Football

    Dundee United striker Nadir Ciftci is cleared to play in his side's Scottish Cup quarter-final against Celtic after winning his appeal against a two-match ban.

    Ciftci, 23, was offered the punishment following a clash with Inverness defender Gary Warren.

    But United's decision to challenge the ban paid off when the violent conduct charge was not proven in front of a Scottish Football Association judicial panel.

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  9. Tony Pulis news conference

    Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Tony Pulis

    West Brom manager Tony Pulis goes on to give a serious answer about his goalkeeping selection for Saturday's tie.

    But he still gives no public assurance to Ben Foster, who has kept 12 clean sheets this season, about his place.

    "Boaz Myhill has had an injury with a finger, which we have to take into account," he says.

    "With the number of clean sheets he has kept, Ben has been absolutely fantastic.

    "Everybody makes mistakes. Goalkeepers get highlighted, like referees, because it can cost you games."

  10. Tony Pulis news conference

    Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis is refusing to reveal whether England goalkeeper Ben Foster's place is under threat for Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa.

    Foster's error led to Villa striker Christian Benteke netting the winner in his side's 2-1 win against the Baggies last weekend.

    "I'll be telling the goalkeepers first before I tell you!" jokes the Welshman.

  11. Extent of sexist abuse revealed

    Football

    If you aren't able to follow Dan Roan's advice (see below), then here is the jist of BBC Sport's report on sexist abuse in football.

    The Football Association is calling on fans to report sexist abuse at games after being shown disturbing scenes of women officials and staff being subjected to obscene chants.

    Footage obtained by the BBC shows Chelsea's female medic Dr Eva Carneiro and a female assistant referee suffering taunts during matches.

    FA board member Heather Rabbatts described the abuse as "horrible".

    She said it should not be tolerated, adding: "We are absolutely encouraging people to report incidents like this."

  12. Post update

    Dan Roan

    BBC sports editor

    Urge you to watch Natalie Pirks' report on BBC News at 6 revealing footage of some of the abuse women in football are subject to.

  13. Fearless Johnson-Thompson eyes indoor title

    Athletics

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson

    Heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson hopes a fearless attitude will help her win a first major title this week.

    The Liverpudlian, 22, will compete in the pentathlon for the first time since 2012 at the European Indoor Championships in Prague on Friday.

    And the Briton has said the foot injury that prevented her from competing at last summer's European Championships and Commonwealth Games has changed her.

    "I'm not afraid to compete any more," she said. "I'm riled and raring to go."

  14. Bolton sign midfielder Coke on loan

    Football

    After Bolton midfielder Zach Clough was ruled out for the rest of the season with a dislocated shoulder, Wanderers have acted quickly to replace him.

    The Trotters sign Giles Coke on loan for the rest of the season from Sheffield Wednesday.

    The 28-year-old has scored once in 16 games for the Owls this season.

  15. Post update

    BBC tennis commentator David Law: Cracking hour of Davis Cup preview at 21:00 BST on BBC Radio 5 live. Agassi. Courier. Murray. Then BBC TV, radio, online live tomorrow.

  16. FA charge Cisse and Evans

    Football

    The FA charge Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans

    The Football Association also provides some clarification about the reasons behind both players being charged for spitting.

    "In Premier League matches, if an incident has not been seen by the match officials, a three-man panel of former elite referees will be asked by The FA to review the footage independently of each other and advise what, if any action, they believe the match referee should have taken had it been witnessed at the time," says the FA statement.

    "For an FA charge to follow, all three panel members must agree it is a sending-off offence. In this instance, the decision by the panel was unanimous in respect of both players."

  17. FA charge Cisse and Evans

    Football

    The news of the FA charge comes hours after Papiss Cisse apologised for his reaction in the incident during Wednesday's 1-1 draw.

    Evans, meanwhile, denied that he spat at the Senegal striker.

    The incidents were not seen by the match officials at St James' Park but were caught by television cameras.

    Both players have until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

  18. BreakingFA charge Cisse and Evans

    Football

    The FA charge Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans

    More breaking news from the incident between Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

    The Football Association announces that both players have been charged for spitting.

    "The charges are in relation to an alleged breach of FA Rule E1[a] in that in or around the 38th minute of the game the two players spat at each other," says the governing body's statement.

  19. Van Gaal gives out 'a steely glare'

    Manchester United news conference

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "After starting today's press conference with an apology for being late and offering an assessment of the spitting row that has engulfed the club and triggered statements from both Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans, Louis van Gaal took exception to being asked about his relationship with assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

    "First Van Gaal said his relationship was 'very bad' and wanted the rumours to continue. Then he said he was irritated at being asked the question.

    "Finally he widened his targets to headlines which suggested he thought something when, in his opinion, he was merely answering loaded questions, such as United lacking a 20-goal a season striker - something he did not feel anyone could deny because no-one has done it yet.

    "The Dutchman tends to fix his targets with a steely glare - and is not quick to avert his gaze. All very odd."

  20. No rift with Giggs - LVG

    Manchester United news conference

    Man Utd

    Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is known for giving prickly answers to the media - and today has been no exception.

    It is fair to say the Dutchman is not happy with suggestions that he does not see eye-to-eye with assistant boss Ryan Giggs.

    Van Gaal playfully grabbed Giggs' cheek in the immediate aftermath of Ashley Young's late winner at Newcastle last night - but the Welshman looked less than impressed.

    "I am very irritated at this question because everyone can see we have a very good relationship," says Van Gaal.

    "We work very hard together. Not only with Ryan but with all the staff and the players. It is a way of suggesting things. I am very irritated. I take my measures against the media. I am not pleased."

  21. Glos name Harvey new assistant coach

    Cricket

    Former Australia and Gloucestershire all-rounder Ian Harvey has been named as the county's assistant head coach.

    Harvey, who also played for Derbyshire, Northants, Hampshire and Yorkshire, won six limited-overs trophies with Glos.

    He played 73 one-day internationals for Australia, scoring 715 runs at an average of 17.87 and taking 85 wickets.

    "It's a really exciting time," he told the club website. "Over the next few seasons we've got the opportunity to be pushing for trophies and promotion."

  22. Adcocks into last eight of 'Wimbledon'

    Badminton

    Adcocks

    Commonwealth gold medallists Chris and Gabby Adcock are through to the quarter-finals of the All England Badminton Championships in Birmingham.

    The married couple beat Indonesian duo Kevin Sukamuljo and Greysia Polii 21-12, 21-18 earlier this afternoon.

    They will now face defending champions and former world champions Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir - also from Indonesia - in Friday's quarter-finals.

    No British players have won the event dubbed 'the Wimbledon of the badminton world' since Athens silver medallists Nathan Robertson and Gail Emms took the title in 2005.

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  24. Evening headlines

    About to leave work or university? Had a hectic day and not seen anything sport related? Here's your bite sized catch-up of the best content on the BBC Sport website.

    Top story: Papiss Cisse apologises for his part in the incident between him and Manchester United defender Jonny Evan, who denies spitting at the Newcastle striker.

    Top video: Eddie Jordan looks ahead to how the new F1 season may shape up - from the top of a mountain.

    Top feature: Fernando Alonso's crash - chief F1 writer Andrew Benson analyses the unanswered questions.

  25. Football League extends Cellino ban

    Football

    Cellino

    Former Leeds United president Massimo Cellino is banned from returning to the Championship club until the end of the current season.

    The Italian businessman, 58, was disqualified by the Football League in January from running the Yorkshire club until 10 April.

    Now that has been extended after Cellino decided not to contest a misconduct charge by the Football League after failing to provide court documents relating to his tax conviction last year.

    "The club and Mr Cellino have decided in the interests of the club, its players and supporters not to contest this charge," says a joint statement released by Leeds and the Football League.

  26. McCoy reveals top 10 horses

    Horse Racing

    AP McCoy

    Legendary jockey AP McCoy, who retires at the end of this season, has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live's Mark Pougatch about his favourite horses of all time.

    In the interview, to be broadcast on 5 live at 20:00 GMT this evening, McCoy also opens up about the rides he looks back on with regret, and his fierce rivalry with fellow champion-jockey Ruby Walsh.

    You can listen to a sneak preview here.

  27. Manchester United news conference

    Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    More from Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal, who has been facing the media ahead of his side's clash with Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday.

    Van Gaal has been talking about the spitting incident involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse in last night's match against Newcastle.

    He says: "It is like I said after the match. He was not aware he was spitting. When he was spitting on the ground it was something natural from a human being I think.

    "It was not his intention - as I said already - I cannot imagine Jonny Evans could do that. He has said that also. I believe him. For me the matter is done."

  28. Manchester United news conference

    Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been speaking to the media before his side's FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday.

    He says: "I want to achieve the goals we've set. That goal is to reach the top four, and a trophy would be fantastic."

  29. Manchester United news conference

    Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    Louis van Gaal

    Right, time to bring you some quotes from Louis van Gaal's news conference before Manchester United's match against Arsenal on Monday.

    The Dutchman talks about the importance of Manchester United's winning run.

    He says: "When you win, it has a good influence on the next game. After the defeat at Swansea we won two games, so we have a good feeling.

    "We're in a rat race in the Premier League and whoever wins on Monday will have good momentum for the league games."

  30. Roy Keane set for court date

    Football

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane must appear in court over an alleged road-rage row with a taxi driver.

    Keane, 43, has been summonsed to go before Trafford Magistrates' Court after police received a report he had behaved aggressively in the incident in January.

    It is alleged the ex-Republic of Ireland international had a row with cabbie Fateh Kerar, 44, near traffic lights on Ashley Road in Altrincham on 30 January.

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  32. Female officials share their experiences

    International Women's Day

    "Hostility lit a fire under me."

    Those are the words of Michaela Tabb - the first woman to referee a World Snooker Championship final - on her response to the reaction of some of her male counterparts.

    Ronnie O'Sullivan and Michaela Tabb
    Image caption: Tabb warned Ronnie O'Sullivan (left) for making an obscene gesture with his snooker cue in 2013

    BBC Sport is paying tribute to pioneering women in sport in the run-up to International Women's Day on 8 March.

    Here, Tabb, Ireland's top female rugby referee Helen O'Reilly and former football referee Janie Frampton share their experiences.

  33. Forest post £22.9m loss for 2013-14

    Football

    Nottingham Forest announce they recorded a £22.9m loss last season, an increase of almost £6m on the previous year.

    Forest's failure to meet the Financial Fair Play regulations of losing no more than £8m during the 2013-14 campaign resulted in the club being placed under a transfer embargo in December.

    The embargo could be lifted in June, but only if the Reds comply with FFP rules - they will need to prove they have stayed within an operating loss of no more than £3m, with a maximum of £3m of shareholder investment for the 2014-15 season.

  34. Petrov is 'well and raring to go'

    Football

    Stiliyan Petrov

    Earlier we told you that former Aston Villa skipper Stiliyan Petrov is returning to the club as part of Tim Sherwood's backroom staff.

    The 35-year-old Bulgarian played for Villa from 2006 to 2012, when he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia. Petrov is in remission but he was forced to retire in May 2013.

    "I don't want him to be a mascot here," Sherwood says. "I want him to contribute and he certainly can contribute.

    "He knows the boys and he's well respected among the group. I think it's important to have as many people who know the fabric of the football club here. He's well and he's raring to go.

  35. Bolton pair ruled out for season

    Football

    Zach Clough

    Bolton Wanderers have confirmed the injuries suffered by defender Kevin McNaughton and in-form striker Zach Clough (pictured) in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with Reading will keep them out for the rest of the season.

    Teenager Clough dislocated his shoulder, while McNaughton suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg.

    In addition, centre-back David Wheater will miss the next eight weeks with a hamstring injury.

  36. Osasuna ex-president probed over missing funds

    Football

    The former president of Spanish football club Osasuna has been arrested following an investigation into the disappearance of at least 2.4m euros (£1.74m) from the club's accounts.

    Archanco was president of Osasuna until the end of last season when the club were relegated from the top flight.

  37. The masters...at the Masters

    Golf

    Golf

    Three-time Masters winner Gary Player: I am looking forward to hitting the honorary tee shot at The Masters with Jack Nicklaus and Arnie Palmer just a few weeks away.

    Just the 34 Major wins between these three fellas...

  38. Wycombe lose McClure appeal

    Football

    Matt McClure

    Wycombe's appeal against the red card shown to Matt McClure, just 70 seconds after he came on as a substitute against Tranmere, has been rejected.

    The 23-year-old was sent off for leading with an elbow in an aerial challenge after being sent on in the 67th minute of Tuesday's game.

    He will now serve a three-match suspension.

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  40. Italy to bid for 2023 World Cup

    Rugby Union

    Italy national rugby union team

    Italy has announced its intention to bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

    "The growth of rugby in Italy in recent years, our experience of hosting Six Nations games as well as the November Tests are fundamental to our bid," said Italian Rugby Federation president Alfredo Gavazzi.

    Ireland are so far the only nation to formally bid to host the 2023 tournament.

  41. 'He's the Usain Bolt of horses'

    Horse Racing

    Trainer Gary Moore has likened chaser Sire De Grugy to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt.

    Sire De Grugy won at Chepstow recently after recovering from a hip injury and is being prepared to defend his Queen Mother Champion Chase crown at the Cheltenham Festival.

    "If he was a human, he would be Usain Bolt - he's big, strong and just very talented," Cisswood-based Moore told BBC Sussex.

  42. Louis van Gaal news conference - coming up

    Man Utd v Arsenal (Monday, 19:45 GMT)

    Van Gaal

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone at Carrington: "Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal shortly to address the media ahead of the FA Cup sixth round tie of the round.

    "Something tells me, even after statements from both Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse, Monday's meeting with Arsenal at Old Trafford will not be top of the agenda."

  43. Cisse apologises for Evans incident

    Football

    More from Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse, who admits he should not have reacted in the clash with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans.

    In his statement, he adds: "I reacted to something I found very unpleasant. Sometimes it is hard not to react, particularly in the heat of the moment. I have always tried hard to be positive a role model, especially for our young fans, and yesterday I let you down.

    "I hope children out there playing football for their clubs and schools this weekend will know better than to retaliate when they are angry. Perhaps when they see the problem it now causes me and my team they will be able to learn from my mistake, not copy it."

    Evans has also released a statement today, denying spitting at Cisse.

  44. Cisse apologises for Evans incident

    Football

    Papiss Cisse remonstrates with Jonny Evans

    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse apologises for his part in the spitting incident with Manchester United defender Jonny Evans last night.

    The Senegal international appeared to spit at Evans before squaring up to his Red Devils opponent.

    In a statement released by the club, he says: "I have apologies to make to a lot of people today. Firstly to my teammates and to our supporters, secondly to Jonny Evans, and thirdly to every football fan who saw the incident between myself and Jonny."

  45. City's Milner targets winning finish

    Football

    Milner

    Perhaps only the most positive of Manchester City fans believe they can overhaul leaders Chelsea's five-point advantage to regain the Premier League title.

    But City midfielder James Milner, who netted the second in last night's 2-0 home win against Leicester City, is still confident. He reckons they must win their final 10 matches - and believes they can do so.

    "We know what is in front of us now. The remaining games, we have to win, and we are more than capable of doing that. We have done it before," says the England man.

  46. Axed Sauber driver in legal bid

    Formula 1

    A former test driver sacked by F1 team Sauber is taking legal action against the team.

    Dutchman Giedo van der Garde claims Sauber reneged on a deal to give him a 2015 race seat.

    Swede Marcus Ericsson and Brazilian Felipe Nasr have been signed as Sauber's race drivers for the season, while Italian Raffaele Marciello has been named as Sauber's reserve.

  47. Warburton and Biggar fit for Wales

    Rugby Union

    Wales captain Sam Warburton and fly-half Dan Biggar have been passed fit for the Six Nations match against Ireland in Cardiff on 14 March.

    The pair were hurt last weekend in the 20-13 win over France in Paris.

    Flanker Warburton had a bruised knee while Biggar took a blow to his hip, but both have returned to training this week.

    "They'll be fit and available for selection," confirms Wales assistant coach Rob Howley.

  48. Kluivert poised for Curacao job

    Football

    Patrick Kluivert (right), alongside Louis Van Gaal

    Former Barcelona and Newcastle striker Patrick Kluivert is poised to be named the new coach of Caribbean island Curacao, according to local media.

    The Curacao Chronicle reports that Kluivert, whose mother hails from Curacao, is due to be unveiled on the island today.

    38-year-old Kluivert was assistant to Louis van Gaal with the Dutch national team until Van Gaal's move to Manchester United. He was also linked with the Ross County manager's job - a role that ultimately went to Jim McIntyre.

  49. BBC launch

    Formula 1

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose in London: "After a busy day of interviews, David Coulthard, Allan McNish and Ben Edwards sat down with Suzi Perry to preview the new season.

    "The quartet discussed plenty of issues ahead of the 2015 campaign, including who could be this year's champion, how pre-season testing went and Fernando Alonso's crash in testing that means he will miss the Australian GP.

    "You can watch the show on BBC Red Button next Tuesday at 22:00 GMT and it will be available on BBC iPlayer."

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    Josh: Lord of the Danny Ings.

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  51. I did not spit at Cisse - Evans

    Football

    Jonny Evans

    Manchester United defender Jonny Evans insists he did not spit at Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse when they clashed in last night's Premier League match.

    Evans says: "I am shocked to have seen the media coverage from last night's match. I would like to make it clear that I did not spit at Papiss Cisse.

    "I was totally unaware of any spitting incident and had assumed that the issue at the time was with the challenge and his attempted retaliation to the tackle from the floor.

    Jonny Evans

    "It is not in my character or in my nature to spit at anybody nor is it something I have ever done or would ever do. It is certainly not something that I did last night."

  52. Petrov to return to Villa

    Football

    Stiliyan Petrov

    Stiliyan Petrov will return to former club Aston Villa to work with the first team, head coach Tim Sherwood has just announced.

    Petrov played for Villa from 2006 to 2012, when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. The illness is now in remission.

    We'll bring you more news from that Villa news conference in due course.

  53. Coutinho and Oscar in Brazil squad

    Football

    Philippe Coutinho

    Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho and Chelsea's Oscar are among five English-based players in the latest Brazil squad, ahead of the Selecao's upcoming friendlies against France and Chile.

    Chelsea duo Filipe Luis and Willian and Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho are also included, alongside the likes of Neymar and Thiago Silva.

    The match against Chile takes place on 29 March at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.

  54. Smith 'proud' of Wolves milestone

    Rugby League

    Tommy Smith (left), alongside Adrian Morley

    Warrington's Tony Smith is "proud" of his record as the longest-serving head coach in the Super League era, as he enters a seventh year in charge.

    The former Leeds and Huddersfield boss took over on 5 March 2009, initially combining the role with being in charge of the England team.

    "We've created a terrific culture here where we're trying to improve as a club on and off the field, and I think we've made some great inroads in that over the years," he said.

  55. Guessing games over Davis Cup doubles

    Tennis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    "Mind games are well and truly under way at the Emirates Arena as the identity of Great Britain's doubles team for Saturday has everyone guessing.

    "Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot have been nominated to face the Bryan brothers but that can change up to an hour before play. Andy Murray insists it is 'unlikely' he will be drafted in, while the Bryans appear keener to face their fellow siblings.

    "'I'm sure the fans want to see the Murrays versus the Bryans, the marquee match-up,' said Mike Bryan. 'Dom Inglot has the hot hand, he's played us well in the last couple of matches, so we're prepared for him.'"

  56. Rotherham bring in defender Lafferty

    Football

    Daniel Lafferty

    Rotherham United have signed Burnley defender Daniel Lafferty on an emergency loan deal.

    The 25-year-old Northern Ireland international has played twice for the Clarets this season.

    The former Derry City man could make his debut for the Millers in Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield.

  57. Dickson takes England snub 'on chin'

    Rugby Union

    Northampton Saints scrum-half Lee Dickson believes he is in the thoughts of England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

    The 29-year-old has not featured in this year's Six Nations, and the last of his 18 Test caps came last summer.

    "I spoke to the England staff a couple of times. They're happy with how I'm playing - they think I'm playing very well," he told BBC Radio Northampton.

    "For reasons that they have, they've gone for Ben Youngs and Richard Wigglesworth. I have to take that on the chin and adapt and react to that."

  58. Australia's Siddle joins Lancashire

    Cricket

    Lancashire sign Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle as their overseas player for the new season.

    The 30-year-old will be with the Red Rose county from the beginning of the season until the end of July.

    Siddle, who was with Nottinghamshire last year, has taken 192 wickets in 56 Tests and played every match in the two Ashes series in 2013-14.

  59. BBC launch

    Formula 1

    BBC F1

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose in London: "The countdown to the 2015 Formula 1 season continues with the BBC F1 launch in London today.

    "The BBC TV team of Suzi Perry, David Coulthard, Ben Edwards, Lee McKenzie and Tom Clarkson are all in attendance, as are 5 live's James Allen, Allan McNish Jennie Gow and Jack Nicholls.

    "Plenty of buzz and excitement among them about the season ahead, with most expecting the tussle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to dominate the title battle once again."

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    Adam Peacock: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Steve Stone.

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  61. Wing Lewington 'on England's radar'

    Rugby Union

    London Irish winger Alex Lewington has caught the attention of England head coach Stuart Lancaster, according to Exiles interim boss Glenn Delaney.

    The 23-year-old has scored two hat-tricks this season and is joint-second in the list of Premiership try scorers, with eight scores for the Exiles.

    "He's certainly grabbing the attention of Stuart Lancaster, which is right - he's on great form," Delaney told BBC Radio Berkshire. "Alex has got a huge amount of talent. He's improving and learning a lot."

  62. FA Cup news conference

    Aston Villa v West Brom (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Right that's about everything from Bradford boss Phil Parkinson. The next manager to face the pre-FA Cup quarter-final media? Aston Villa's Tim Sherwood. He has pulled up a chair to speak to BBC Sport's very own Football Focus. We'll tell you what he has to say in the next hour or so...

    Tim Sherwood
  63. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    And Phil Parkinson adds the money generated for Bradford's club coffers by the Reading match is not a priority for him.

    "It's more than being about finances at this stage, it's about the prestige and the chance of getting to the semi-final of the FA Cup," adds the Bantams boss.

  64. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Bradford City must seize the advantage of being handed a home tie in the FA Cup quarter-finals, insists manager Phil Parkinson.

    "We wanted the home draw and we've got that, we can't argue with the opportunity presented to us at the weekend," he says.

  65. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We've been asking you come up with pun-tastic sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Toddenham Hotspur: The Robert Green Mile.

    Stephen Allan: A few more: For Poom the Bell Tolls; Cygan with the Wind; Milner Floss.

    Mungo Chubb: Catch Me If You Emre Can.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  66. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Bradford

    Promotion-chasing League One side Bradford have already beaten Premier League leaders Chelsea and Sunderland on the way to the last eight.

    So Championship strugglers Reading should be a piece of cake, right? Of course not, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson.

    "Reading have a lot of players with Premier League and international experience, we're just looking forward to testing ourselves," he says.

    "We don't fear Reading but we definitely respect them. There is an air of confidence amongst the team and as individuals.'"

  67. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Phil Parkinson

    The Valley Parade pitch should not be a problem for either Bradford or Reading in Saturday's quarter-final tie, says Bantams boss Phil Parkinson.

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet labelled the pitch as "one of the worst in the country" after his side's defeat there in the last 16.

    "Reading's pitch isn't in great condition either, they'll be used to playing on a heavy pitch. But the weather up here in Yorkshire is good," says Parkinson.

  68. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Saturday's quarter-final tie promises to be a special occasion for Bradford City - and particularly their manager.

    Bantams boss Phil Parkinson is a Reading legend, having played over 400 times for the Royals and being named as one of the finest central midfielders in the club's history.

    "For me personally, it will be a special day. It's a game of real importance and I'm really looking forward to it," he says.

    "'I was very honoured to be part of the club that moved from Elm Park to the Madejski Stadium and part of the development."

  69. FA Cup news conference

    Bradford City v Reading (Saturday, 12:45 GMT)

    Talking of the famous old competition, it is time to find out what another quarter-final manager has got to say for himself. Next up in front of the media is Bradford City gaffer Phil Parkinson...

  70. The maths behind the FA Cup

    Football

    "It's an astounding figure and something that will definitely help sustain the club for seasons to come."

    The words of Warrington Town chairman Toby Macormac when his Northern Premier Division One club reached the FA Cup second round earlier this season.

    FA Cup

    But exactly how much do Warrington, and other clubs right across the English football pyramid, earn from FA Cup runs?

    Let Football Focus presenter Dan Walker tell you in this super-duper interactive BBC iWonder guide. A wonderful to pass some time on your lunch...

  71. Get involved

    via text on 81111

    We've been asking you come up with pun-tastic sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Scott, Birkenhead: Luke Shawshank Redemption.

    Jacob Basey: The Schweinsteiger Who Came to Tea.

    Ian: Shakespeare's 'The Taming of Capoue'

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  72. Barca's Busquets faces El Clasico fitness race

    Football

    Sergio Busquets

    If there is one match that a Barcelona player does not want to miss it is El Clasico.

    But that fate might fall on Barca midfielder Sergio Busquets. The Spain international is battling to be fit for the home La Liga match against Real Madrid later this month.

    What is for certain is that Busquets will miss Sunday's top-flight clash with Rayo Vallecano after limping out of last night's Cop del Rey win at Villarreal.

  73. Kohli warned over journalist incident

    Cricket

    Virat Kohli

    India batsman Virat Kohli has been a naughty boy.

    He's been warned about his future conduct by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after getting into an altercation with a journalist during nets practice for India's next match against West Indies.

    Apparently it was a case of mistaken identity, with Kohli wrongly believing the journo in question was the author of an article which had upset him.

  74. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We've been asking you come up with pun-tastic sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Peter Rawlings: Jurassic Park Ji-Sung.

    Josh Butler: Catcher in the Cabaye.

    Chris Dales: Much Adu about Freddy.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  75. Gutierrez joy at first-team return

    Football

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Jonas Gutierrez has described his first-team return for Newcastle United after being given the all-clear from testicular cancer in November as like "a new debut".

    Argentina international Gutierrez made his first Magpies appearance since April 2014 as a substitute against Manchester United on Wednesday.

    "It was really emotional and really exciting," Gutierrez told BBC Newcastle. "I was so emotional when I put my feet on the pitch. I've travelled a long way to get to this point and I really enjoyed it.

    "I thank the fans for their support and also my team-mates. It was a great moment for me."

  76. Murray to launch GB's Davis Cup bid

    Tennis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    Davis Cup

    "The draw has been made and the tie will begin at 13:00 GMT on Friday with Andy Murray v Donald Young, followed by John Isner v James Ward.

    "The doubles nominations see Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot in line to face the Bryan brothers, although that can change up to an hour before the match and there is every chance that Andy Murray could yet feature on Saturday.

    "It will all be live on BBC TV, radio and online."

  77. Back-flip celebration stays - LuaLua

    Football

    Kazenga LuaLua celebrates a goal

    Brighton & Hove Albion winger Kazenga LuaLua says he will not stop his back-flip goal celebration despite the club's concerns after a knee injury that kept him out for 10 weeks.

    The 24-year-old scored for the first time in more than three months in Tuesday's win over Derby County.

    "I know the staff don't like it when I do a back flip. But I don't think anyone can stop me - it is how I celebrate," he told BBC Radio Sussex.

  78. Ireland announce England friendly details

    Football

    England's summer friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin will kick-off at 13:00 GMT on Sunday 7 June, announce the Football Association of Ireland.

    The two nations will meet at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the European Championship qualifiers later that month.

    Following discussions with The FA and the Garda, English fans have also been allocated 3,000 tickets for the fixture.

    England have not played in the Republic since 1995, when a friendly had to be abandoned because of rioting fans at Lansdowne Road.

  79. Get involved

    via text on 81111

    We've been asking you come up with pun-tastic sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Richard Fletcher: (Harry) Kane and (Very) Abel by literary giant Jeffrey Archer.

    Andy: The Wickham Man.

    Anon, via text: 50 Shades O'Shea. Incidentally, my fantasy football team name.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  80. Halilhodzic named Japan coach

    Football

    Vahid Halilhodzic

    News of an international managerial appointment to bring you - Japan have appointed former Algeria manager Vahid Halilhodzic as their new boss.

    Previous coach Javier Aguirre was fired after Japan flopped at the Asian Cup in January and he was beset by allegations of match-fixing dating back to a previous tenure in Spain.

    Bosnian Halilhodzic has also managed Paris Saint Germain, Dinamo Zagreb and Ivory Coast in a nomadic career.

  81. The midday headlines

    About to tuck into your lunch? Had a hectic day and not seen anything sport related? Here's your bite sized catch-up of the best content on the BBC Sport website.

    Top story: Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is charged with improper conduct by the Football Association following the match against Hull City.

    Top video: Eddie Jordan looks ahead to how the new F1 season may shape up - from the top of a mountain.

    Top feature: Fernando Alonso's crash - chief F1 writer Andrew Benson analyses the unanswered questions.

  82. Cheltenham honour for McCoy

    Horse Racing

    The last race of next week's Cheltenham Festival has been renamed to honour retiring 19-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy.

    The AP McCoy Grand Annual Handicap Chase for the Johnny Henderson Challenge Cup is due off at 17:15 GMT on Gold Cup day, 13 March.

    The new name, made in agreement with the Henderson family, is for 2015 only.

  83. UK fans set to see Rudisha

    Athletics

    David Rudisha

    Here's a treat for British athletics fans. Olympic champion and 800m world record holder David Rudisha confirms he will compete at this summer's Birmingham Grand Prix.

    The Kenyan created one of the defining moments of the London 2012 Olympics, setting a new world record of 1:40.91 when he won the 800m.

    "I love competing in the UK and I can't wait to line up at the Birmingham Grand Prix," he says.

    "I have good memories of winning over 600m in Birmingham last summer and of course setting the world record at the London 2012 Olympics. Hopefully I can repeat that sort of form against what I'm sure will be a very strong field in June."

  84. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    We've been asking you come up with pun-tastic sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Adam Carter: One Flew Over the Leon Best.

    Jack Connor: The Blind in the Willows.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  85. Pietersen sacking unfair - Tremlett

    Cricket

    Chris Tremlett (left) and Kevin Pietersen

    Former England bowler Chris Tremlett has described Kevin Pietersen's sacking by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) as "unfair".

    He also criticised the comments of incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves that Pietersen could yet return to international cricket.

    Tremlett writes in City AM: "Kevin Pietersen's sacking last February was unfair, and it was a shame for English cricket the way it happened, but the timing of Colin Graves seemingly handing him a lifeline has created an unwelcome distraction.

    "It would be good to see Kevin play for England again, because they are crying out for a match-winner."

  86. Rabbitohs make winning start

    Brisbane Broncos 6-36 South Sydney Rabbitohs

    South Sydney players celebrate

    Reigning NRL premiers South Sydney Rabbitohs make a winning start to life without Sam Burgess as they cruise to a 36-6 victory against Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium.

    The Bunnies, who named England forwards George and Thomas Burgess in their squad, ran in five tries from Dylan Walker, John Sutton, Greg Inglis, Luke Keary and Joel Reddy to ensure a miserable homecoming for returning Broncos coach Wayne Bennett after six years away.

    Kangaroos Test back-rower Matt Gillett got Brisbane's sole reply.

  87. GB await Davis Cup draw

    Tennis

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Glasgow

    Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against the United States begins on Friday, and the draw is coming up at 12:00 GMT here in the Scottish city.

    Andy Murray leads the British team and he has been talking about his search for an assistant coach, after early exits in his last two tournaments. "After the Aussie Open I spent the next three or four weeks with no coach, and I feel that's something I need to get sorted.

    "For me, it's better to have someone around so I'll try to make sure I do that for the clay-court season. That's high on my list of priorities."

  88. Grabban injury blow for Norwich

    Football

    Lewis Grabban

    Norwich City's in-form striker Lewis Grabban is set for a spell on the sidelines to have an ankle operation.

    The 27-year-old, who has five goals from his last five Championship games, will undergo the surgery on Thursday.

    It is not known how long he will be out for, but boss of the Championship high-flyers, Alex Neil, is hopeful of a return before the end of the season.

  89. Post update

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill: Been a good week! Important win last night. Thanks for your support.

    The England international followed his tweet with a 'thumbs up' emoji, but unfortunately our editorial system is not equipped to deal with the fun icons. So we'll just have to tell you about it in a long, rambling sentence instead.

  90. Hazard uses his head

    West Ham 0-1 Chelsea

    Eden Hazard

    As footballing weeks go, it is fair to say Chelsea have enjoyed a decent one. On Sunday, the Blues beat London neighbours Tottenham to lift the League Cup and then last night they edged past another rival - West Ham - to maintain their Premier League title challenge.

    Attacking midfielder Eden Hazard used his head to seal the 1-0 win. "I play football to score goals and win titles. I don't score a lot with my head but this one goal was very important," says the Belgium international.

  91. Get involved

    We've been asking you come up with some sporting book titles to mark the occasion of World Book Day...

    Melly Da Epic Pen: Zinedine Zidane: 'The Real Legend'.

    Simon Cooper: 'About Eboue' - don't think I need to say whose autobiography that would be.

    Come on, we can do better than these. Let's have some pun fun. For example, 'Danny Cipriani, champion of the world', or 'James (Milner) and the Giant Peach'.

    Keep them coming on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, text 81111 and via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  92. Brown & Finch extend Sussex deals

    Cricket

    Wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Brown and all-rounder Harry Finch have signed deals with Sussex until the end of 2016.

    Brown, 26, has scored 2,970 runs and taken 177 catches in 67 first-class matches since making his debut in 2007.

    Finch, 20, a Sussex youth academy graduate like Brown before him, who signed his first professional contract in 2013, made his T20 debut last season and also featured in the One-Day Cup.

  93. MLS strike averted

    Football

    LA Galaxy players celebrate winning the MLS Cup last season

    Meanwhile, disaster averted in the US's Major League Soccer: the new season will kick off as scheduled on Friday after the threat of a players' strike was headed off.

    A five-year deal for a new collective bargaining agreement has been reached after four days of negotiations.

    The agreement is a contract to promote the mutual interests of MLS, the players and their union.

  94. Rodriguez returns from doping ban

    Baseball

    Alex Rodriguez hits a single

    A couple of big news stories from across the Pond to bring you now.

    New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, one of baseball's biggest stars, has played his first game in his comeback from a 162-game doping ban.

    The 39-year-old New York Yankees slugger missed the entire 2014 season after he was suspended for taking performance-enhancing drugs.

    He was greeted by cheers and boos as the Yankees faced the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa, Florida.

  95. Senegal appoint Cisse as new coach

    BBC World Service reporter John Bennett: Former Paris St-Germain, Portsmouth and Birmingham midfielder Aliou Cisse has officially been named as Senegal's new manager. Lots of talent to work with.

  96. Cox injury concern for Royals

    Football

    Reading have won just once in their last six Championship matches but are hoping for some FA Cup respite at quarter-final opponents Bradford City.

    The Royals, who drew 1-1 at Bolton on Tuesday, may be without Republic of Ireland striker Simon Cox.

    Cox is a slight doubt after picking up an ankle knock at the Macron Stadium.

  97. Eddie Jordan makes his predictions

    Formula 1

    Eddie Jordan

    Wondering how the next Formula 1 season will pan out? Well, we can't vouch for the reliability of these predictions, but BBC F1 expert Eddie Jordan has been looking into his crystal ball - from the top of a mountain.

    Watch a parka-clad EJ's predictions in this video.

  98. Ten live races on BBC next season

    Formula 1

    Eddie Jordan, Suzi Perry and David Coulthard

    BBC Sport has announced extensive coverage of the 2015 Formula 1 season, with 10 races live on television and highlights of all others.

    Every race, practice and qualifier will be live on BBC Radio 5 live or sports extra and the BBC Sport website, allowing audiences to "get as close as possible to the starting grid, paddock, pit-lane and track," according to Ben Gallop, the BBC's head of F1.

    And that's not all - this very website will once again host an exclusive column by reigning champion Lewis Hamilton.

    Hamilton told BBC Sport: "I hope it gives some insight into my life, which is pretty different to most people's, and shows just how much work I put into being the best F1 driver I can be."

  99. No concern over Bradford pitch - Clarke

    Football

    Bradford

    Bradford's muddy Valley Parade pitch is hardly going to win any prizes for the 'best playing surface in English football' - but Reading boss Steve Clarke is unconcerned.

    Sunderland boss Gus Poyet labelled the pitch as "one of the worst in the country" after his side's defeat in the last 16.

    However, Clarke says it is "not a concern" and is anticipating a "really good game" on Saturday.

  100. Party pooper Clarke targets Bradford win

    Football

    Steve Clarke

    Reading boss Steve Clarke is clearly in relaxed mood as he faces the media before this weekend's FA Cup quarter-final against Bradford City.

    "Where were you all last week?!" the smiling Scot cheekily asks the packed press room.

    Then it is down to business. Clarke goes on to praise the League One side, hailing their run - in which they have dumped out Premier League leaders Chelsea and Sunderland - as "fantastic".

    "But we're aiming to spoil their party this weekend," he warns.

  101. Get Involved

    Today is World Book Day, so we've been asking you to suggest names for imaginary sporting autobiographies. Here are some of the best so far...

    Alan Simon: When Federer retires, his book could be called 'Roger - and Out'.

    Sulaimon Adelekan: I would name Jay Jay Okocha's autobiography 'The Magic Feet'.

    Patrick Jones: El Hadji Diouf: Spitting Image.

    Keep them coming in via the usual channels - on Twitter at #bbcsportsday or via our BBC Sport Facebook page.

  102. Poyet charged after Bruce spat

    Football

    Gus Poyet and Steve Bruce

    Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is charged by the Football Association after being sent-off during his side's 1-1 draw at Premier League rivals Hull City.

    The Uruguayan angrily kicked over a water bottle before having a touchline scuffle with Hull City counterpart Steve Bruce.

    Bruce has also been "formally reminded of his responsibilities" by the FA.

    It is alleged Poyet's behaviour amounted to improper conduct and he has until 18:00 GMT on 9 March to respond to the charge.

  103. Barca and Athletic set up 'Final of Kings'

    Back pages

    Thursday's Mundo Deportivo back page

    Guess what's making the news in Spain this morning? That's right, more cup action.

    Last night saw the conclusion of the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey, and it was Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao who advanced to the showpiece after sealing victories over Villarreal and Espanyol respectively.

    Sports paper Mundo Deportivo is calling it 'The Final of Kings', with both sides having won the trophy 49 times between them.

  104. Advantage Napoli in Coppa Italia

    Back pages

    Corriere dello Sport back page

    There was also cup action in Italy last night, with Lazio and Napoli contesting the first leg of their semi-final.

    The match finished 1-1, but sports paper Corriere dello Sport reckons Napoli have the upper hand after securing a crucial away goal.

    Miroslav Klose opened the scoring for Lazio in the first half, but Manolo Gabbiadini replied with his fourth goal since joining in the January transfer window.

  105. PSG's giants awaken

    Back pages

    Thursday's L'Equipe back page

    Let's have a quick look at what's making the sporting headlines on the continent this morning.

    In France, L'Equipe leads on last night's French cup win for Paris Saint Germain over Monaco. Edinson Cavani and former Chelsea player David Luiz were on target in the 2-0 victory. The headline reads: 'The giants awaken.'

    With the French rugby union team going through a bad patch, the paper also poses the question: 'Are the foreign players in the Top 14 stronger than Les Bleus?'

  106. Roald the Dahl-ing of the Rhinos

    Rugby league

    Roald Dahl

    To mark World Book Day, Super League side Leeds Rhinos have been asking their players and staff to name their favourite childhood reads.

    And who would have guessed that Roald Dahl was the clear favourite in the Rhinos ' dressing room? Not us.

    Former England captain Jamie Peacock plumped for 'George's Marvellous Medicine', long-serving Rhinos skipper Kevin Sinfield chose 'The BFG', while coach Brian McDermott completed the hat-trick with 'Danny The Champion of the World'.

    Rugby league fans might suggest big, friendly giant Peacock picking 'The BFG' might have been more apt. Well, for his off-field persona at least....

  107. Foxes sign Elliott for T20 Blast

    Cricket

    Leicestershire have signed New Zealand World Cup all-rounder Grant Elliott as their second overseas player for this summer's T20 Blast.

    The 35-year-old has agreed an initial 10-match contract with the Grace Road club, and joins Australian pace bowler Clint Mackay in the squad.

    "I'm really excited to be a Fox this season and make some valuable contributions with both bat and ball," he said. "Leicestershire will have a new look for 2015 and I'm ready to play my part."

  108. Cisse and Evans await 'spitting' fate

    Football

    Papiss Cisse and Jonny Evans

    Like a pair of naughty schoolboys stood outside the headteacher's office, Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse and Manchester United defender Jonny Evans are waiting to find out their fate.

    The Football Association will wait to receive the report of referee Anthony Taylor before deciding what action to take against the pair after they appeared to spit at each other during United's 1-0 win over the Magpies.

    Evans had taken exception to Cisse's challenge close to the halfway line.

  109. Reid excited about Hammers future

    As is the way with the modern world, social media is where we tend to hear from footballers - and West Ham defender Winston Reid is no exception.

    The Kiwi was thought to be leaving the Hammers in the summer but has now committed to a new SIX-and-a-half year deal.

    "Thank you for all the kind messages. I'm very happy to be able to be staying here. The upcoming seasons will be so exciting with everything going on in and around the club, it's a special time for everyone so look forward to being a part of it and staying here #COYI," he tweets.

  110. Football 'held breath' over Gomis

    Back pages

    Thursday's Daily Telegraph back page

    The Daily Telegraph leads on that frightening incident involving Bafetimbi Gomis, calling it 'The moment football held its breath'.

    The paper's Oliver Brown writes: "Worry was etched across the faces of team-mates and opponents alike as he received extended treatment in the centre circle."

    The paper also quotes Swansea manager Garry Monk, who said: "Obviously with the history at this ground over Fabrice Muamba, there was a little bit of panic perhaps. But I think it looked worse than it actually was."

  111. Pundits condemn spitting drama

    Back pages

    Thursday's Daily Star back page

    The prize for the most unsavoury back page image of the day goes to the Daily Star, which leads on the spitting incident involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse.

    The paper quotes TV pundit Steve McManaman, who called the incident "absolutely disgusting", adding: "We talk about bad tackles, but that is worse."

    The Star's back page also carries an arresting image of Bafetimbi Gomis as he was taken from the field following his collapse last night.

  112. Chelsea looking hard to beat

    Back pages

    Thursday's Independent backpage

    Now, I know what you're thinking. What about today's back pages? Well, here they are.

    We begin with the Independent, which leads with a couple of those big results in yesterday's Premier League programme. The paper's Sam Wallace writes: "While Jose Mourinho's Chelsea team are still a long way from securing the club's fifth league championship it is victories like these that make you wonder whether there is anyone who can stop them."

    There is also a picture of Rory McIlroy, who is looking to bounce back after missing the cut at the Honda Classic last week when he tees off at the WGC-Cadillac Championship later today.

  113. GET INVOLVED

    Your sporting autobiographies

    As ever, we want to hear from you today. Weigh in on the sporting issues of the day or, if you'd prefer, we have our own suggested topic.

    With today being World Book Day, we want you to come up with the names of imaginary sporting autobiographies. Forget David Beckham or Kevin Pietersen, if your favourite player had a book out, what would it be called?

    Let us know via all the usual channels: get in touch on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, or via our BBC Sport Facebook page. As ever, we'll be sharing the best suggestions.

  114. Scotland's World Cup dream over

    Cricket

    Richie Berrington reacts as Mahmudullah takes a run

    Scotland's hopes of making it to the next round of the Cricket World Cup are officially over after they suffered a six-wicket defeat by Bangladesh.

    The match had begun promisingly for the Scots, with Kyle Coetzer hitting 156, the highest-ever score by an Associate nation batsman at the tournament, in an imposing total of 318-8.

    But it was the bowling that let Scotland down as Bangladesh cantered to the target with 11 balls remaining.

    That result, not incidentally, means England must beat Bangladesh when the two sides meet on Monday if they are to keep alive their own hopes of reaching the quarter-finals.

  115. Reid commits to West Ham

    Football

    Winston Reid

    Now then, a couple more news lines to bring you up to date with this morning.

    The first of them concerns West Ham defender Winston Reid. You may remember that New Zealand centre-back Reid seemed destined for the exit door, with Arsenal and Manchester United mooted as possible destinations.

    Well you can forget that. Reid is staying put - he's just signed a new six-and-a-half-year deal at Upton Park.

    "It's one of those things that took a bit of time, but we got there in the end," said Reid.

  116. Gomis 'fine' after fainting scare

    Football

    Bafetimbi Gomis is stretchered off

    Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis is apparently 'fine' after fainting during his side's 3-2 league defeat at Tottenham.

    Gomis, who has a history of collapsing, was conscious when he was stretchered off after six minutes.

    Tottenham won the match with goals from Nacer Chadli, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend.

    Gomis said after the game: "I wanted to reassure you concerning my health. It actually looks much more scary than physically dangerous. I am feeling well now."

  117. United leave it late amid spitting spat

    Football

    Jonas Gutierrez competes for the ball

    Manchester United claimed a late win against Newcastle in a match that had most people talking about one thing: an apparent spitting incident between Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse.

    BBC Sport pundits have been weighing in on the altercation and say both players should face a ban.

    Ashley Young pounced on Tim Krul's error to grab the points for United, while there was also a return to first team action for Jonas Gutierrez (pictured), who recently returned from a battle with testicular cancer.

  118. Kompany out in cold as City win

    Football

    Vincent Kompany on the Manchester City bench

    Manchester City maintained their pursuit of the leaders with a 2-0 victory against struggling Leicester.

    David Silva put the hosts ahead on the stroke of half-time before James Milner sealed victory late on.

    Manuel Pellegrini raised a few eyebrows with his selection as he dropped captain Vincent Kompany to the bench, but his side's win keeps Leicester rock bottom, seven points from safety.

  119. Mourinho's men march on

    Football

    Jose Mourinho

    First, a quick refresher on last night's football. Chelsea kept up their five-point lead at the top of the table with a narrow win over West Ham.

    Eden Hazard bagged the only goal of the game as Sam Allardyce's Hammers dropped to 10th.

    Big Sam - whose side now have only one win in their last 11 matches - is still waiting for a first ever win against a Jose Mourinho-led team in the Premier League.

  120. Post update

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday, your place for all the latest news from the world of football, and much more.

    Plenty to look forward to today as we look back on a busy night of Premier League action, and keep an eye on the latest news conferences ahead of this weekend's intriguing FA Cup ties.

    We'll be bringing you the latest updates on the spitting row involving Jonny Evans and Papiss Cisse, and the condition of Bafetimbi Gomis, who collapsed in last night's Spurs-Swansea game.

    We'll also be bringing you news from the Cricket World Cup, where Scotland's dream is over and India are preparing to take on West Indies.

    Ready? Then let's get started.

  121. Business as usual

    Eden Hazard celebrates

    So, it's as you were at the top - and bottom - of the Premier League after an action-packed night of top-flight fixtures.

    Wins for Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal - plus victories for Manchester United and Liverpool - give the top of the table a familiar look this morning.

    Luckily, from the benching of big names to a spat over a spit, there was still plenty of incident and controversy to keep us entertained - and we'll be discussing all of it this morning.