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Summary

  1. Wales boss Coleman 'desperate' to reach World Cup
  2. World Cup qualifier: Rep of Ireland v Wales (19:45 GMT)
  3. Middlesbrough's Gibson replaces Smalling in England squad
  4. Tottenham's Alli banned for three European matches
  5. Get Involved: How did sport change your life? #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Ellie Thomason and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    That's your lot from us today.

    Join us here at 18:30 GMT for live text and radio commentary of Republic of Ireland v Wales in their World Cup qualifier.

    We'll be back on Monday for more rolling news and debate on Sportsday.

    Bye for now.

  2. Gibson's England call-up an 'unbelievable honour'

    England v Lithuania (Sun, 17:00 BST)

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  3. 'Why Wales dare not lose'

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Ian Brown

    BBC football commentator

    They are not keen on the phrase "must-win game" and the Welsh team are right not to see it in such stark terms.

    A point would keep the pot boiling. But - here's the key point - Wales dare not lose. Defeat would leave them seven points adrift of Ireland with the easier home games in Cardiff already played.

    So Wales need to take advantage of Irish injuries and suspensions. Three of the back four who played in the win in Austria are unavailable to Martin O'Neill while Wales should be at full strength for the first time since that famous Euro 2016. night in Lille when Belgium were beaten 3-1

    Full commentary is on 5 live Sport from 19:00 GMT.

  4. A wigged wizard, a 'strike' & managerial sackings

    #PeoplesCup

    Here's a flavour of what happened during the first round of the FA People's Cup.....

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    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Top 10 magic moments

    .....and you'll be able to follow all the action from the semi-finals of the FA People's Cup this weekend with our live text commentaries on Saturday and Sunday (10:00-18:00 both days). 

  5. Get Involved - how did sport change your life?

    #bbcsportsday

    Inspired by  Claressa Shields' story,   we asked how sport changed your life. Tweet #bbcsportsday, text 81111 or head to the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Luke Ennew: Sport is my life. When my dad had a heart attack last year cricket kept me going. His first game back I scored my first 100. 

    Mungo George: Squash gives me those endorphins that writing a dissertation could never do 

  6. Match facts

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    • Wales have not won against the Republic of Ireland in their past six games, with their most recent victory a 1-0 friendly win in February 1992.
    • Of the 13 previous meetings between the sides, both have won five each with three draws.
    • Only two matches between Wales and the Republic of Ireland have ended goalless.
  7. Ireland match not 'do or die' for Wales

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Wales boss Chris Coleman is reluctant to declare Friday's World Cup qualifier in Dublin a "must-win" match for his team.

    "People will look at this and say it's do or die but I don't see that," he said.

    "All I see is a huge challenge, a great game for us. We've always wanted to be involved in games like this, when the pressure is on for all the right reasons, which means we're competing at the right end as opposed to halfway into it and competing for nothing, competing for pride. That's not the case."

    Chris Coleman
  8. Try these at home

    #GetInspired

    We've got live coverage of the British Gymnastics championships this Sunday  - so why not get yourself warmed up by trying three exercises suggested by Max Whitlock? 

    Max Whitlock shows you three exercises to try at home
  9. Post update

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Wales fans in Dublin

    Plenty of happy faces amongst the Welsh support in Dublin. Will that still be the case later?

    Wales fans in Dublin
  10. Post update

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Hats and scarves for Ireland-Wales

    This time last week it was St Patrick's Day. Will there be more celebrating for those in green in Dublin tonight?

  11. England U19s qualify for Euros

    Football

    England Under-19s have qualified for this summer's European Championships in Georgia with a game to spare.

    A brace from Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold plus a goal from Arsenal's Chris Willock saw England beat Spain 3-0 at St George's Park.

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  12. Red all over

    Rep of Ireland v Wales (Fri, 19:45 GMT)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Radio 5 live in Dublin

    Wales

    It couldn't get any redder in Dublin City centre. The place is bouncing as the Welsh look to unleash the dragon on the boys in green tonight.

    You can't get a ticket for love nor money for this game - it sold out in record time such is its importance in World Cup qualifying Group D.

    Republic of Ireland have four points on Wales, who can't afford to drop further behind Martin O'Neill's men if they want to achieve their hopes of World Cup qualification.

    No new injury concerns for Chris Coleman before this crucial night as thousands of Welsh fans take advantage of the sunshine and Guinness before heading down to the Aviva Stadium.

    Listen to build-up and commentary on BBC Radio 5 live from 19:00 GMT.

    Wales
  13. To all you mums out there

    #GetInspired

    With Mother's Day coming up on Sunday, let Ironman athlete Jon Alexander tell you the story of his mum, Sue, and how she has always been his inspiration....

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    Video caption: Ironman is now his mum's biggest fan

    You can find out how to get into triathlon with our Get Inspired guide.

  14. England name 24-woman squad for UAE training camp

    Cricket

    England squad:  Heather Knight (Berkshire, captain), Anya Shrubsole (Somerset, vice-captain) , Tammy Beaumont (Kent), Katherine Brunt (Yorkshire), Kate Cross (Lancashire), Georgia Elwiss (Sussex), Tash Farrant (Kent), Jenny Gunn (Warwickshire), Alexandra Hartley (Lancashire), Danielle Hazell (Yorkshire), Amy Jones (Warwickshire), Beth Langston (Yorkshire), Laura Marsh (Kent), Natalie Sciver (Surrey), Fran Wilson (Middlesex), Lauren Winfield (Yorkshire), Danielle Wyatt (Sussex), Georgia Adams (Sussex), Hollie Armitage (Yorkshire), Alice Davidson-Richards (Kent), Sophie Ecclestone (Lancashire), Evelyn Jones (Lancashire), Emma Lamb (Lancashire), Linsey Smith (Berkshire).  

    Heather Knight
  15. Man City fined by Uefa

    Football

    After accepting an FA charge earlier, there is more disciplinary trouble for Manchester City.

    They have been fined 18,000 euros (approx £15,580) by Uefa after fans invaded the pitch in their Champions League last-16 home leg against Monaco on 21 February.

    The fine also related to the throwing of objects and the late kick-off.

  16. Tonight's other World Cup qualifiers

    Football

    Diego Costa

    Wales will be hoping Serbia , who are currently second in Group D, slip up away at Georgia , who are yet to win one of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers. 

    A win for Austria against bottom-of-the-group Moldova could see them overtake Wales if they fail to beat Republic of Ireland.

    In Group G, Spain and Italy are level on points at the top, but Spain have the better goal difference. Spain host  Israel  in El Molinon, whilst Italy host Albania in Palermo. Liechtenstein  are home to fellow strugglers Macedonia , with both sides yet to pick up a point in this qualifying campaign.

    Ukraine will overtake Croatia at the top of Group I with a win against the current leaders tonight. At the other end of the table, bottom side Kosovo travel to Iceland , whilst Turkey host Finland.

  17. A fighting machine

    Linares v Crolla, Saturday, 22:00 GMT, Radio 5 live

    Luke Reddy

    BBC Sport boxing reporter

    Linares

    Don't fall for the cliche that the away fighter may crumble in the face of a hot British atmosphere in this one.

    Jorge Linares has had 44 fights and 40 of them have been away from his Venezuelan homeland. This is a man happy to travel and mix it in equal measure.

    I recall British coach Rob McCracken once describe Carl Froch as a "fighting machine". Seeing Linares take blows and throw them back almost instantly in his first meeting with Anthony Crolla certainly gave him a machine-like look. A right handful, hence his history of winning world titles.

  18. Head-to-head respect

    Linares v Crolla, Saturday, 22:00 GMT, Radio 5 live

    Linares v Crolla fight record

    Around 20,000 fans are expected at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night when Anthony Crolla tries to win his WBA lightweight title back from the man who took it - Jorge Linares.

    It's been a build-up of mutual respect, there are no WWE-style insults on offer.

    "Winning it back on Saturday would, without doubt, be the highlight of my career," said Crolla.

    "There's a lot of people out there who think there's no way I can beat Jorge Linares. It's their opinion and Jorge is a great fighter but I'll prove an awful lot of people wrong."

    You can listen to Linares v Crolla on 5 live from 22:00 GMT on Saturday.

  19. Kearney and Heaslip both have surgery

    Rugby union

    Jamie Heaslip and Rob Kearney

    Ireland's Rob Kearney and Jamie Heaslip have had their hopes of British and Irish Lions selection placed in doubt after undergoing minor surgery.

    Number eight Heaslip (above, right) has completed a back procedure while full-back Kearney has had surgery on a knee injury.

    Neither player was able to take part in the final match of the Six Nations against England last Saturday and face several weeks out of action.

    "Jamie just had a procedure done on his back. He had disc issues. Obviously they come on quite quickly," head coach Leo Cullen said. "It rules him out of the next number of weeks.

    "Rob had an issue with his knee. It happened early during training in the week of the England game.

    "That's probably four to six weeks. We'll see how he comes through that."

    Both players have been involved in the last two Lions tours.

  20. World champion training

    Linares v Crolla, Saturday, 22:00 GMT, Radio 5 live

    Ever wondered what a typical Anthony Crolla training week looks like?

    It the run up to tomorrow night's world-title shot against Jorge Linares it's been something like this:

    Anthony Crolla

    Monday AM:  Punching session  PM:  Swimming intervals

    Tuesday AM:  Pads, followed by strength and conditioning  PM:  Yoga

    Wednesday AM:  Punching session  PM:  Swimming intervals

    Thursday AM:  Pads, followed by strength and conditioning  PM:  Yoga

    Friday AM:  Sparring, followed by weights  PM:  Chiropractor and massage

    Saturday AM:  Yoga  Sunday:  Rest

    You can listen to Linares v Crolla on 5 live from 22:00 GMT on Saturday.