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Steve Canavan and Michael Emons

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  1. It's a wrap

    Right then, that's us done and dusted.

    Don't forget you can follow the England-West Indies World Twenty20 here, and make a note that live text commentary of Barca v Arsenal starts later.

    Have a fine evening, Sportsday is back at 08:00 GMT sharp on Thursday.

    Over and out.

  2. Bale doubt



    Wales could be without Gareth Bale for their Euro 2016 warm up clash in the Ukraine,later this month.

    Manager Chris Coleman will, on Friday, name his squad to take on Northern Ireland, at the Cardiff City Stadium on March 24 - and the trip to Ukraine four days later.

    Bale, Wales' top goalscorer in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, is poised to b included in the squad.

    But the Football Association of Wales are aware Bale's partner Emma Rees Jones is expecting the couple's second child over Easter.

  3. Not pleasant reading for Arsenal fans

    Barcelona v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Only one team has beaten Barcelona by at least two clear goals at the Nou Camp in the Champions League in the last 12 seasons; Bayern Munich in May 2013 (3-0).  

  4. Sale hope to sign Charnley


    Josh Charnley

    Sale Sharks are in talks to sign winger Josh Charnley from Wigan Warriors in a cross-code move.

    The 24-year-old is out of contract at the end of the Super League season and BBC Radio Manchester reports that negotiations have been going on for some time.

  5. Good finishing from 12 yards



    A vaguely interesting stat for you, depending on your definition of interesting, obviously.

  6. England v West Indies latest

    World Twenty20

  7. Bodes well?

    Barcelona v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

  8. Goal fest

    Barcelona v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    Lionel Messi and Mesut Ozil
  9. No England call-up for Rashford



    Marcus Rashford will not be fast-tracked into Roy Hodgson's squad - instead the Manchester United teenager will spend the international break with England's Under-20s.

    The teenager has now started six successive United matches, leading to talk of a late place in the Euro 2016 squad. However, that talk is likely to be extinguished by today's announcement that the teenager will be with the under-20s instead of the senior squad during the upcoming international break.

    Rashford has been named in Keith Downing's 20-man squad to face Canada in a friendly at Doncaster's Keepmoat Stadium on 27 March.

  10. First case of motorised doping heard


    Femke van den Driessche

    Disciplinary proceedings over the first case of motorised doping in cycling have taken place at the headquarters of the UCI in Switzerland.

    Belgian rider Femke van denDriessche allegedly used a bike containing a motor at January's Cyclo-cross World Championships in Belgium.

    The 19-year-old has since retired from cyclo-cross and says she will not contest the UCI independent disciplinary.

    A statement from cycling's world governing body read: "A decision will be rendered and announced in due course and until then, the UCI will not be making any further comment."

  11. Too close

    Formula 1


    Formula 1 is dangerous and most drivers at some point in their career will come close to the darkness. Too close.

    "It was pretty serious. It was particularly bad for my parents, who were told there was a chance I would not pull through."

    British driver Jolyon Palmer is telling BBC Sport about just such an experience. And, at the time of writing, he has not even made his debut in the sport that lost driver Jules Bianchi less than a year ago.

    Palmer, now 25, was in a coma after crashing a quad bike at the age of 16. He lost a kidney, punctured a lung, suffered liver damage and lost a lot of blood. "I was in a bad way," he said.

    Read the rest of this terrific feature by BBC Sport's Gary Rose right here.

  12. More apologies over urine incident...


    James Collins

    James Collins has become the latest player to apologise after appearing on the front page of today's Sun newspaper, appearing to urinate into a glass at the Cheltenham Festival, then pouring the contents off the balcony.

    The striker, on loan at League Two table-toppers Northampton Town from Shrewsbury, has released a statement, which says: “I cannot apologise enough for my actions and the pictures from my visit to Cheltenham Races yesterday.

    "I have completely let myself, my family, the fans, and the two clubs that I represent down and I am sorry to everyone involved."

    Northampton Town add: "We can confirm that following an internal investigation and discussions with parent club Shrewsbury Town, on loan striker James Collins has been fined the maximum allowable two weeks wages and warned of his future conduct."

    Cheltenham's Samir Carruthers earlier apologised for his part in the incident.

    The moral here, kids, is always use a toilet.

  13. Glenfarclas Chase

    Cheltenham Festival


    1 Any Currency (Aidan Coleman) 11-1

    2 Josies Orders (Ms N Carberry) 15-8 Fav

    3 Bless The Wings (Mr J J Codd) 33-1

    16 ran

    Also: 9-1 Quantitativeeasing 4th

  14. Boxing bouts cancelled


    Nick Hope

    BBC Sport, Olympic Sport reporter

    "No visa? No entry...

    "The World Series of Boxing (WSB) match between the British Lionhearts and Morocco Atlas Lions - scheduled to take place on Thursday - has been cancelled.

    "The decision was taken after the Moroccan team were denied visas to enter the UK, by the Home Office.

    "Organisers hope a new date and venue can be found, but will offer full refunds to all who had purchased tickets to this week's event which was due to be held at York Hall, London."

  15. Watch: West Indies' Gayle hits four and six


    Danger for England. Chris Gayle is getting going. And in some style, as usual.

    England made 182-6 in their 20 overs in their World T20 opener against the West Indies.

    Follow in-play highlights and live text commentary here.

  16. 'Special motivation' for Sanchez

    Barcelona v Arsenal (19:45 GMT)

    A game against your former team is always a special moment and Barcelona boss Luis Enrique is worried about a fired up Alexis Sanchez.

    “There will be a special motivation for him," said Enrique.

    "The fact he played here can be a stimulus for him. He was here three seasons here and is an important player for Arsenal. 

    "He is physical, quick, attacks the space very well – I think his time here improved him as a player.”  

    Alexis Sanchez
  17. Ready to return

    Rugby League

    Rugby League

    Leeds captain Danny McGuire is set to return for the Super League champions against St Helens on Friday.

    The veteran half-back has led the Rhinos only once in Super League since inheriting the captain's armband from Kevin Sinfield after sustaining a knee injury in the opening game against Warrington.

  18. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:05 GMT)

    Ooo, a bit of a dig from Ander Herrera.

    "The pitch is bigger here," he says, referring to Old Trafford. "The grass is better."

    If that's designed to hurt the Liverpool lads ... then it probably won't.

    "We always have the desire to win," adds Herrera. "Liverpool are in very good form. But we want to win, always, to fight."

    Louis van Gaal seems pretty happy with that, for as they're leaving the press conference he says 'well done son' to Ander.

    Ah, lovely to see. All over here.

  19. Louis van Gaal news conference

    Man Utd v Liverpool (Thurs, 20:05 GMT)


    More from United gaffer Louis van Gaal, who says: "We are not thinking about conceding goals - only scoring them."

    Just as well really, given his team are already two goals behind.

    Midfielder Ander Herrera chips in. "We should have played much better at Anfield but when you have a game like that you have to think about the next challenge," he says.

    "We learnt a lot from that game. Tomorrow night will be completely different. I think we are ready."