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Summary

  1. Rafael Benitez is new Newcastle head coach
  2. Steve McClaren sacked after nine months
  3. Man Utd condemn Hillsborough chants
  4. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Elizabeth Hudson and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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  1. Sportsday Live

    That's it for Sportsday Live for a busy Friday which has seen a Premier League managerial sacking and appointment.

    A reminder that the live sporting action gets underway this evening on television when Reading host Crystal Palace in the FA Cup quarter-finals live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live.

    There will also be live coverage of Saturday's game between Everton and Chelsea on BBC One from 17:20 GMT.

    There is also plenty of rugby union action with England v Wales live on BBC Radio 5 Live on Saturday.

    Keep up to date with everything that is going on via the BBC Sport website and have a good weekend.

  2. IAAF identifies 'critical care' countries

    Athletics

    IAAF president Sebastian Coe says the sport's governing body has identified five countries that are in critical care regarding their drug-testing systems.

    "Ethiopia and Morocco - as a matter of urgency - need a robust testing programme put in place," Coe said. 

    "Kenya, Ukraine and Belarus need to get compliant by the end of the year." 

    He added that the countries face no immediate sanctions and none of them is in any immediate danger of being banned from athletics or missing the Olympics. 

    Sebastian Coe
  3. FA Cup preview

    Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

    Jason Puncheon returns for Crystal Palace after six games out with a hamstring injury, while goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey is also fit again.

    However, Connor Wickham has been ruled out of the next two games and Marouane Chamakh has suffered a knee injury.

    Manager Alan Pardew returns to the club he left in 2003 in order to join West Ham and is not expecting a great reception

    "I've never had a great reception but that's pretty understandable, the way I left," he says. "I had a great period of my career there but I didn't leave in the best circumstances, but I've seen [Reading chairman] John Madejski and the board and shook hands and put it behind us." 

    Jason Puncheon
  4. FA Cup preview

    Reading v Crystal Palace (Friday, 19:55 GMT)

    Reading will have Paul McShane and Hal Robson-Kanu back from injury for Friday night's FA Cup quarter-final against Crystal Palace, which is live on BBC One and BBC Radio 5 live. 

    But their Cup top scorer Matej Vydra is doubtful with a hamstring problem while the Royals will be without cup-tied pair George Evans and Yann Kermorgant.

    Reading manager Brian McDermott: "It would be fantastic to be able to walk out at Wembley, and that's what it's about.

    "The FA Cup means an awful lot to this football club - to the fans, the players and the owners."

    Paul McShane
  5. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Your reaction to Rafael Benitez replacing Steve McClaren at Newcastle

    Shaman Snoot: Shrewd move by Newcastle. Benitez will get a reaction. If they stay up good chance of trophies, then Ashley can sell.

    Freddie Phipps: Fantastic appointment of Benitez! I doubt he will keep us up. Club too much of a mess. What an achievement if he does though!

    James Price: Newcastle are a club with a flawed business/system structure; destined to fail regardless of who is at the helm.

  6. Pele to auction off memorabilia

    Football

    If you have some spare cash, Brazil legend Pele is auctioning off 2,000 items of memorabilia from his career, reports the Daily Mirror.

    Items include his one-of-a-kind replica Jules Rimet trophy which commemorated his third World Cup win and one of his famous No.10 Brazil shirts, which was worn between 1970 and 1971.

    All of the items will go up for auction across three days by Julien's Auctions in London, between 7-9 June.

    Some of the proceeds will go to a children's hospital in Brazil.

    Pele
  7. Chelsea news conference

    Everton v Chelsea (Saturday, 17:30 GMT)

    Chelsea interim boss Guus Hiddink has "concerns" about Eden Hazard's fitness and form but says the midfielder wants to play in Saturday's FA Cup quarter-final at Everton. 

    Hazard was booed as he was substituted with a hip and groin problem during Wednesday night's Champions League exit to Paris St Germain, when his half-time shirt swap with Angel Di Maria angered fans. His father later claimed that he has had the injury for up to four months but has had to play on,

    "His father made a fair judgement. He is not absent of injury," Hiddink said. "What is an injury? You can have an injury where you cannot play, or where you can play when you are not fully fit.

    Eden Hazard

    "I have my concerns about him as well: whether he should play, when he's not top, top fit, an hour at full intensity or another part of the game [as a substitute]. We're trying to help him. 

     "He will be available [against Everton]. He's desperate to participate in a team performance."

  8. Changes to Aston Villa's board

    Football

  9. Rugby Union

    Ireland v Italy (Saturday 13:30 GMT)

    Connacht prop Finlay Bealham is in line for his Ireland debut after Cian Healy was ruled out of Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy through injury. 

    The uncapped Bealham steps onto the bench in place of Leinster front-rower Healy as Ireland chase their first win of the tournament at the fourth time of asking. 

  10. Duo found guilty of breaching racing Rules

    Horse racing

    Trainer Jim Best and jockey Paul John have both been found guilty of breaching the Rules regarding the running and riding of two horses in December of last year. 

    Best and his former conditional rider John faced the British Horseracing Authority's disciplinary panel over the performances of Echo Brava at Plumpton on 14 December and Missile Man at Towcester on 17 December. 

    Best has been found guilty of failing in his "duty to secure the best possible placing" on two occasions as well as "conduct prejudicial to horseracing in Great Britain" while John has been found guilty of two counts of failing to run a horse on its merits. 

    A decision on penalties will be made later.

    Jim Best
  11. 99 Meldonium cases this year - Wada

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has told Associated Press that there have been 99 positive tests this year for Meldonium, the drug found in Maria Sharapova's sample at the Australian Open. 

    WADA spokesman Ben Nichols said that since the drug was banned on 1 January, "there have been 99 adverse analytical findings for Meldonium recorded."

    Nichols did not provide details of who has tested positive. Seven of the 16 confirmed cases came from Russian athletes, including Sharapova. 

  12. Question of Sport teaser

    Rugby union

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  13. World T20: Bangladesh v Ireland

    Cricket

    Bangladesh v Ireland

    Ireland need to beat Bangladesh to have any hope of getting into the super 10 stage of the World T20, follow in-play highlights and live text coverage to see if they can do it. Right here

    The game has been reduced to 12 overs per side after some earlier rain and Ireland have opted to field first after winning the toss.

  14. Get Involved #bbcsportsday

    Rafael Benitez replaces Steve McClaren at Newcastle

    Loveof Football: Hope the Newcastle fans realise they have got a great manager and will stick with him through thick and thin. Welcome back Rafa.

    Carlito East: Benitez at Newcastle. How much experience has he got in a relegation battle? Pearson or Redknapp a better option maybe.

    Mounir El-J: Poor Rafa starts the season with Ronaldo & Real Madrid and ends it with Mitrovic & Newcastle.

    Tweet us your reaction to today's big news, via #bbcsportsday or write on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  15. Head question Wada stance

    Tennis

    Racquet manufacturer Head has questioned the decision to ban the use of meldonium as they continue to stand by Maria Sharapova.

    Sharapova tested positive for the drug which the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) added to their list of banned substances on 1 January.

    Head wants Wada to scientifically prove why the drug should be banned and believe the drug should not be prohibited but instead come with a dosage limit.

    Maria Sharapova
  16. Arsene Wenger news conference

    Arsenal v Watford (Sunday, 13:30 GMT)

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been asked about the situation at Newcastle, where Rafael Benitez has replaced Steve McClaren as boss.

    "It is a sad sign for Steve McClaren, but Rafael Benitez is a top-class manager," says Wenger, who has also given an update on the condition of injured midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

    "At the moment his clinical signs are quite positive," adds Wenger. "You would say (he is out for) four weeks and that is a bit worse than I originally thought. When a player usually gets injured he stops dead, so I thought it was just a precaution."

    Aaron Ramsey
    Image caption: Aaron Ramsey went off with a thigh injury during Arsenal's FA Cup fifth-round replay win over Hull on Tuesday
  17. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes believes Rafa Benitez can make an impact at Newcastle as they try to get away from the relegation zone but it is unchartered territory for the Spaniard.

    "He's got a great CV but it's another string to his bow as he's not been involved in a relegation struggle before," he said.

    But Hughes hopes that the confidence surrounding his own side can help them build on last week's draw against Chelsea.

    "Tomorrow's game is likely to attract our highest league attendance," the Welshman added. "That tells you how everybody is feeling here at the moment."

    Stoke celebrate against Chelsea
  18. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Southampton (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Stoke City manager Mark Hughes was asked about the managerial upheaval at Newcastle, which has seen Steve McClaren sacked and Rafa Benitez taking over, when he faced the media on Friday afternoon ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Southampton.

    "It's disappointing when someone leaves their job. The time he had there was close to the average for a Premier League manager, which is crazy," says the Welshman, who has been in his role since 2013. 

    "Thankfully we have longevity here and I think we are reaping the benefits of it."

    Of the current crop of Premier League managers, only Arsene Wenger (Arsenal) and Eddie Howe (Bournemouth) have been in their roles longer.

    Mark Hughes
  19. Bairstow backs England for World T20 success

    Cricket

    England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow

    Jonny Bairstow believes England have the players and the skills to win the World T20 in India.

    Test wicket-keeper Bairstow, 26, currently in New York to watch the first-ever overseas Premiership rugby union match, feels his limited-overs team-mates have "every chance".

    "If you look at the side, the talent we've got, there's match-winners all the way through," he told BBC Sport.

    "It's going to be a tough challenge on the sub-continent pitches, but there's no reason why we can't put those skills together after performing so well in the UAE against Pakistan."  

  20. Russia Olympic decision to be discussed in May

    Olympic Games

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    "Russian IAAF council member Mikhail Butov tells BBC Sport his country will be given more time before a decision on their participation at Rio Olympics is made.

    "He says a special meeting of the IAAF Council is to be called "in two months" where the matter will be discussed again."