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Summary

  1. Debate: Best and worst statues
  2. Get Involved: #bbcsportsday
  3. Spurs' Erik Lamela ruled out for rest of the season
  4. Pakistan ban bowler Irfan for one year
  5. Jo Pavey set for world bronze upgrade

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By Jack Skelton and Frank Keogh

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell

    That's all from Sportsday today folks.

    Many thanks for your belting best and worst statue suggestions. There are some truly bizarre 'tributes' out there.

    I'll leave you once again with this remarkable 'likeness' of Cristiano Ronaldo...

    Cheers!

    Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Best and worst statues

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    Westie: A terra cotta Andy Murray. Apparently.

    While this one is...quite something. Murray was presented with his likeness as a terra cotta warrior during the Shanghai Masters in 2011.

    No idea if it's still standing...perhaps Murray took it home with him?

    Andy Murray
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    Howard Sherridan: The Tom Finney statue in Preston is glorious! 

    This is a fitting tribute to Finney outside Deepdale...

    Tom Finney
  4. Post update

    So that's nearly that for Sportsday today...just to point you in the direction of a couple of things.

    There's more on the breaking news that Spurs' Erik Lamela has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hip injury here.

    And here's a cracking read on the rise of Chelsea star N'Golo Kante ahead of a BBC Radio 5 live special  'Creating N'Golo Kante'  - which you can listen to tonight at 19:30 BST or on catch-up.

    But let's finish with a couple more of your best and worst statues, shall we?

  5. 'Real enthusiasm' for equal opportunities for black managers - Hughton

    Football

    Chris Hughton feels there is a "real enthusiasm for change" to give equal opportunities for black managers in the English game.

    The Brighton boss is one of three black first-team managers employed at one of England's 92 professional clubs.

    He is keen for the change he says he has already seen at grassroots and in academies level to be replicated in first teams at the highest level.

    Read more here.

    Chris Hughton
  6. Lions must go for 'all-out attack' against All Blacks

    Rugby Union

    This week's Rugby Union Weekly podcast is now available, as the team look ahead to the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand this summer.

    Wasps' Kiwi fly-half Jimmy Gopperth says the Lions must adopt an "all-out attack" approach to beat the All Blacks - risky business or the best course of action?

    There are also previews of this weekend's European Champions Cup quarter-finals and an interview with Saracens and England hooker Jamie George .

    Read more here and download the podcast here.

    British and Irish Lions coaching staff
    Image caption: Lions coaching team or unlikely boy band?
  7. Best and worst statues

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    Derek Elmore: The statue of Tony Adams at the Emirates captures him celebrating a goal perfectly, inexplicably wearing Roger Federer's head.

    Is there a hint of the Swiss maestro's features in Adams' statue?

    Tony Adams statue
  8. Lamela out for the season

    Football

    More from Spurs on the injury to Erik Lamela that will keep the Argentina midfielder out until next season:

    "[Erik Lamela] has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation process following the injury in November. 

    "The player has achieve​d a good level of function, however he has been unable to reach the stage required to make a full return to training.

    "Therefore, following ongoing extensive consultation with specialists, surgery has been agreed by all as the best course of action." 

  9. BreakingLamela out for the season

    Football

    In other Spurs news, they've just confirmed midfielder Erik Lamela is out for the rest of the season as he is set to undergo hip surgery...

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  10. Spurs to play at White Hart Lane next season?

    Football

    Tottenham could continue playing at White Hart Lane next season, according to chairman Daniel Levy.

    Spurs are having a new stadium built next to their existing home and had been expected to play at Wembley next season while the project is completed.

    But Levy is seeking "greater certainty" over the delivery of the stadium in time for the 2018-19 campaign.

    Spurs have until Friday to activate an option on Wembley after an application to host 27 games was approved.

    Should Tottenham stay at their current ground next season, they would likely play home games at Wembley the following year before moving into the new 61,000-seater stadium in time for the 2019-20 campaign.

    White Hart Lane
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    Phil Dodsworth: Sir Stanley Matthews' statue has to be one of the best...

    This fine tribute is outside Stoke City's bet365 Stadium.

    Sir Stanley Matthews statue
  12. 'Argentina will struggle to qualify without Messi'

    Football

    BBC Radio 5 live

    With Argentina falling out of the automatic qualifying spots and without banned captain Lionel Messi for four matches, the two-time champions face an uphill battle to make the 2018 World Cup.

    That's the view of South American football expert Tim Vickery, as he joins BBC Radio 5 live's Football Daily.

    The podcast also rounds up the rest of the international action and discusses Real Madrid's interest in Chelsea star Eden Hazard .

    Download the podcast here.

    Lionel Messi
  13. O'Sullivan out of China Open

    Ronnie O'Sullivan suffered a shock second round exit at the China Open after losing a final-frame decider to world number 51 Mark Joyce .

    Despite producing two century breaks, the five-time world champion never led and was eventually knocked out 5-4 as Joyce set up a last-16 meeting with home favourite Ding Junhui.

    Joyce made a 137 clearance in the seventh frame to move 4-3 ahead after O'Sullivan shot a break of 132, but the Rocket came back to level at four apiece to set up a decider, which Joyce then took 62-34.

    Ding hit successive centuries of 109 and 127 in the opening two frames on his way to a 5-0 whitewash of Chinese compatriot Zhou Yuelong. 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan
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    Ah yes, this statue of former Southampton player and manager Ted Bates was taken down a week after it was unveiled in 2007 because fans complained it looked nothing like the Saints legend.

    Sam Arthur tweet

    A new statue with a better likeness, made by a different sculptor, was unveiled a year later.  

    Ted Bates
  15. Ibrahimovic hints at United stay

    Football

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic has indicated he could prolong his time with Manchester United.

    The 35-year-old striker has become a fans' favourite at Old Trafford, having so far scored 26 goals in 41 appearances in his debut season after joining on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain. 

    Ibrahimovic, who has the option of another year on his contract, told the Manchester Evening News: "I'm a person when I go into something I put my head 200% and I do what I'm good at.

    "I go in, I go for the kill and I go out. And when I go out, there is no complaints, that's what I do. I never leave a job unfinished."

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  16. Best and worst statues

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    At least that Steve Ovett statue on Brighton beach is in better shape than his previous one in Preston Park, which was cut off at the ankle and stolen in 2007...

    Steve Ovett statue
  17. Best and worst statues

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    Sophie Cook:  I'm sorry but it's got to be the statue of Steve Ovett on Brighton beach - it makes him look like an excited zombie.

    Steve Ovett statue
  18. Home nations seek new sponsors

    Some more on news we brought you earlier that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will all be seeking new main sponsors, with Vauxhall ending a seven-year partnership with the home nations after the 2018 World Cup.

    The car manufacturer has been the leading sponsor for all four nations since 2011, but revealed on Wednesday that the agreements would come to an end next summer.

    There could still be scope for further sponsorships, with the Football Association hopeful of "a lower-level partnership". 

    Vauxhall said in its statement that it had "agreed to explore other opportunities to continue its relationship with the FAs beyond the conclusion of the existing contracts".

    Vauxhall
  19. Ranieri 'more shocked than bitter'

    Football

    Claudio Ranieri  says his sacking by Leicester last month gives him "the sense of surprise more than bitterness."

    The 65-year-old was speaking to inmates at Rebibbia prison in a ceremony to honour regional football coaches in Italy. Because where else would he break his silence?

    However, he also promised to reveal more when he appears on Sky Sports as a pundit for the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Arsenal on 10 April. 

    For now, Ranieri said: "The biggest thing is I'm just a coach who has had the joy of winning a championship with a fantastic adventure and then to experience the sorrow of what happened next.

    “I have been through a lot in my long career, but never anything like this. It was a shock, but in the end these things are part of football."

    Claudio Ranieri
  20. Best and worst statues

    Burnley's Joey Barton is one of many to note that Cristiano Ronaldo's bust perhaps bears more resemblance to former Sunderland and Republic of Ireland striker Niall Quinn.

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    And here is a picture of Niall Quinn from 2006, with Roy Keane, who is looking like a statue of Alan Hansen...

    Niall Quinn with Roy Keane