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Good afternoon.

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Russia says it will expel

23 British diplomats.

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The move is one of the measures

in response to Britain's decision

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to throw out the same number

of Russian officials

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following the nerve agent

attack in Salisbury.

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In the last hour, Theresa May says

Russia's response doesn't change

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the facts of what happened.

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Our correspondent, Sarah Rainsford,

is live in Moscow now.

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That's right, we have heard more

strong language from Theresa May

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today describing the poisoning in

Salisbury is an act of Russian

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aggression. That is not how it looks

to officials here in Moscow, who

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have been accusing the UK of Risse

phobia, and also saying that Russia

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is innocent, insisting on Russia's

innocence and saying the UK is

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guilty itself of an act of

provocation. -- guilty of

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Russophobia.

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Moscow took its time to respond.

Three days after the expulsion of

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Russian diplomats, the British

ambassador here was summoned to the

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Foreign Ministry. The meeting lasted

just minutes as officials handed

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over a list of names and informed

Britain of the additional measures

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Russia was taking. The ambassador

emerged to underline why relations

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with Russia have plummeted to this

new low.

We will always do what is

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necessary to defend ourselves, our

allies, and our values against an

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attack of this sort, which is an

attack not only on the United

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Kingdom, but upon the international

rules-based system upon which all

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countries, including Russia, depend

for their safety and security.

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The Russian sanctions

were then made public.

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The decision to expel 23 British

diplomats was expected,

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after Britain expelled 23 Russians

from the embassy in London.

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Shutting down the British Consulate

in Russia's second city

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of St Petersburg, though,

is an extra step.

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And the British Council,

which fosters cultural

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and educational ties

with the Russian people, will now be

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forced to end all activity here.

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Targeting the British Council will

affect Russian citizens, though, not

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their government. It helps stage

British cultural events here, and

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promotes language learning. Its work

was restricted, though, a decade ago

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after the last crisis over the

poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko.

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Now Sergei Skripal, another former

Russian spy, has been poisoned, this

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time by a nerve agent. Theresa May

has blamed Russia directly.

The

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attempted assassination of two

people on British soil, for which

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there is no alternative conclusion

other than that the Russian state

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was culpable. It is Russia that is

in flagrant breach of international

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law and the chemical weapons

Convention.

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The response by the Foreign Ministry

here in Moscow is robust,

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and it does go beyond the measures

announced in the UK.

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But given the mood and the language

here in recent days,

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Moscow might have gone even further.

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Officials here called the poisoning

in Salisbury a provocation.

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And they say comments linking

Vladimir Putin directly to attempted

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murder are unforgivable.

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But this row could yet escalate.

Moscow will continue to deny

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everything, and officials here

warned they are ready to impose

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further sanctions and match any

moves made by the UK. Sarah

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Raynsford, BBC News, Moscow.

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STUDIO:

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Well, our Diplomatic Correspondent,

James Robbins, is with me now.

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James, what's likely to happen next?

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Theresa May has made clear that

Britain's response to this Russian

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action, any action that Britain

might take in retaliation, will only

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be decided after a meeting of the

National Security Council next week.

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The council normally meets on

Tuesday. It could be changed, but

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that's normal. We will wait to see

what they decide. On one level, this

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is a tit-for-tat expulsion of 23,

the same number as was expelled from

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London. On the other hand, it has

gone further with the consulate

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closure in Saint Petersburg. Perhaps

most important of all in some

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respects, the closure of British

Council operations in Russia. That

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is the scientific, cultural and

educational soft power department,

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if you like, agency. It teaches

thousands upon thousands of Russians

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English through its classes. It has

a lot of outreach and is seen as a

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real way of spreading Britain's idea

of democratic values across Russia.

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That's quite a serious blow. I think

because of those extra moves, we

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will have to wait and see whether

Britain things it has to go a little

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bit further in its action.

James

Robbins, thank you very much indeed.

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Police have launched a murder

investigation after two women

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were shot and killed at a house

in East Sussex.

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Officers responded to reports

of a shooting at an address

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in St Leonards-on-Sea last night.

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Two other women - including

one who is pregnant -

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were taken to hospital

suffering from shock.

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A 35-year-old man has been arrested

on suspicion of murder.

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Forecasters say snow

could cause further

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problems across swathes

of the UK this weekend.

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Amber weather warnings have

been issued in parts

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of England and Wales.

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More than 70 flights have been

cancelled at Heathrow.

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Live now to our correspondent

Sarah Walton, who's at Ainley Top

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in West Yorkshire.

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Battling the wind there, Sarah!

Yes,

that's right. The snow has been

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falling in flurries throughout the

morning. Another little one is

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starting now. It's lying on high

ground in places like here in West

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Yorkshire. We are being warned this

is just the beginning and conditions

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will get worse through the

afternoon, tonight and into tomorrow

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morning. Those Amber weather

warnings mean that many places will

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get about three centimetres of snow,

but there could be 10-15 centimetres

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over the hills, and that will come

with strong winds. We are feeling

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that a bit right now, but gusts of

70 mph predicted later and that

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could cause problems. Blizzard

conditions and even some drifting

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snow. Highways England warning

drivers to take extra care and leave

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yourself extra time if you are

heading out on a journey. West

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Yorkshire Police here asking drivers

to avoid roads over the Pennines and

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high ground, we have already seen

closures and gritters out across the

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county. We told the cold snap will

not last as long as three weeks ago.

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It should be back to normal

temperature is for this time of year

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by Tuesday. But before it gets

better, with those weather it will

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get worse.

You have been warned.

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The former FBI deputy

director, Andrew McCabe,

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has accused the Trump administration

of acting with political malice

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after he was fired just days before

he was due to retire.

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An internal review said that

Mr McCabe leaked information

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and misled investigators -

claims that he has denied.

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President Trump called his sacking

a great day for democracy.

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Our Washington correspondent,

Chris Buckler, reports.

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As deputy director, Andrew McCabe

was heavily involved in some

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of the FBI's most controversial

and politically contentious

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investigations.

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And it's one of those enquiries

that's led to his dismissal.

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In 2016, as Hillary Clinton

was running for president,

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she was being investigated

because of questions about e-mails

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she received on a private server

while she was US Secretary of State.

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Mr McCabe authorised information

to be given to the media.

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Something the Department of Justice

said he was not entitled to do.

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And an internal FBI investigation

found he had not been completely

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honest when asked about it.

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Firing him, the US Attorney General

Jeff Sessions said: "The FBI expects

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every employee to adhere

to the highest standards of honesty,

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integrity and accountability."

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But Andrew McCabe says he's been

sacked for political reasons,

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and he claims that President Trump

brought much of that pressure.

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In a lengthy statement,

he accused the White House

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of declaring war on both the FBI

and the special counsel's

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investigation into allegations

of Russian interference

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in the election two years ago.

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It's less than a year

since his boss - the former FBI

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director James Comey -

was fired by President Trump.

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And Mr McCabe claims

what he witnessed then was another

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reason for his dismissal.

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Andrew McCabe had served more

than 20 years in the FBI.

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But just over 24 hours

before his retirement

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and his 50th birthday,

he's been sacked in the full

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glare of publicity.

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Chris Buckler, BBC News, Washington.

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With all the sport,

here's John Acres at

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the BBC Sport Centre.

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Starting with rugby...

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We've reached the climax of this

year's Six Nations Championship.

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Three matches today,

including a huge game at Twickenham.

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Ireland are looking to complete

the Grand Slam, but England

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have a record to defend.

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Our sports correspondent

Joe Wilson is there.

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And Joe, this is a hard

one to call, isn't it?

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A huge game for both teams for

different reasons.

Absolutely. I

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think so, John. The first thing I

saw when I came in to Twickenham

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this morning was an advert for cold

beer. I think it's very much a hot

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chocolate kind of day. You might be

able to see the pitch markings

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behind me, the lines painted blue,

very unusual to see that, but it's

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in anticipation of more snowfall

here today. Ireland come here

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knowing that whatever happens in

this game they are the Six Nations

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champions and will be paraded around

Twickenham with the trophy. But what

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lies ahead possibly for them is a

rarity, a precious Grand Slam,

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perfect Six Nations. They have only

done that twice ever. They come into

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the game on a record of consecutive

wins, with continuity and

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confidence. In contrast, England

have back-to-back defeats. They have

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picked a team by their own

admission, just to try to win this

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game, recalling players just try to

beat Ireland in the match. Remember,

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just a few weeks ago England were

talking about Eddie Jones being gone

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a long-term contract and building to

the World Cup, continuity, but the

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future for them is just trying to

get through this game. England

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suddenly need the oxygen of victory.

And let's say, before the game

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starts, from both sides.

Everyone is

aware of the significance it has for

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Irish rugby and this group of

players. But, yes, there's nervous

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energy, but it's very exciting. You

want to pick yourself against the

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best teams.

No team is perfect in

the world. Rugby is an imperfect

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game. Every team has a certain area

of weaknesses, and we have to be

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good enough to exploit those areas

of weakness.

The first game of the

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day is already under way. How

Scotland getting along against

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Italy?

Knowing the way Scotland have

played through this Six Nations,

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which is fast and loose, perhaps we

shouldn't be surprised that have

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been tries galore already in Rome.

Two of them for Italy before

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Scotland could respond. Its seven --

it's 17-12 a few minutes ago as they

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approach half-time. Scotland playing

a brave and risky type of rugby, but

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if they can come away with a win

from Italy, and a bonus point

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victory, they will look back on this

Six Nations with some satisfaction.

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Wales are in pole position to finish

second going into their five BM

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kick-off against France. And the

French have some confidence of their

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own after beating the English last

weekend.

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ParalympicsGB are still one short

of their medal target,

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after the penultimate day

of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

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Scott Meenagh finished 14th

in the cross country event and

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James Whitley was

10th in the slalom.

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Britain have won five medals so far,

all in the visually impaired skiing,

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and the three British pairs

will race again tomorrow.

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Tottenham are leading Swansea 2-0

at half-time in the first

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of the day's FA Cup quarterfinals.

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Christian Eriksen put them ahead

after just 11 minutes.

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Erik Lamela doubled their lead

just before half time.

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The odds are definitely stacked

in Tottenham's favour.

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They're unbeaten in their last 15

games against Swansea -

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that's a run going back to 1991.

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That's all the sport for now.

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Back to you.

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The next news on BBC One

is at the later than usual time

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of 7:00pm this evening.

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Goodbye.

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