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Alan Pardew: 'Jonny Evans stripped of West Bromwich Albion captaincy'

Pardew: 'Evans stripped of captaincy'
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West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew admits that he stripped Jonny Evans of the captaincy for the FA Cup defeat to Southampton as a punishment for off-field antics.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has admitted that he wanted to make a "statement" by stripping Jonny Evans of the captaincy for this afternoon's FA Cup tie with Southampton.

Evans, who was heavily linked with a move away from the club in the January window, found himself in the headlines for off-field reasons once again this week when it was revealed that he was one of four senior West Brom players alleged to have stolen a taxi during the club's training camp in Barcelona.

Evans was included in the starting XI for the fifth-round clash with Southampton, alongside fellow culprit Gareth Barry, but Pardew confirmed that he wanted to punish the Northern Irishman in some capacity.

"There was a problem in terms of selection because of the incident to go with my strongest team," Pardew told reporters at his post-match press conference.

"I decided to do that. I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events. I was far from happy over them and made Gareth [McAuley] captain today."

Asked if the punishment would extend beyond Saturday's game, Pardew added: "I'll have to have a look at that this week and see how we go."

West Brom went on to lose the game 2-1 as Southampton progressed into the quarter-finals of the competition.

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· The men's golf reaches its conclusion, with plenty of players still in medal contention. Home favourite Hideki Matsuyama is one shot off Xander Schauffele's lead, while Great Britain's Paul Casey is another shot further back and Tommy Fleetwood is also in the mix (11.30pm-8am)

· Great Britain have already made history in the BMX events in Tokyo, something Charlotte Worthington and Declan Brooks will be looking to add to in the women's (2.10am) and men's (3.10am) freestyle finals

· The final day of swimming action begins with the men's 50m freestyle final. Ben Proud could add to a medal-laden Games in the pool for Team GB so far, although he is up against USA's Caeleb Dressel, who is going for his fourth gold in Tokyo (2.30am)
· From sprint to endurance, Great Britain's second medal hope of the day comes through Daniel Jervis in the men's 1500m freestyle final (2.44am)
· Team GB will again be among the heavy favourites for gold in the last swimming event of the Games - the men's 4x100m medley relay final - having won the mixed event in a world record time on Saturday (3.36am)

· Already guaranteed at least a bronze, Pat McCormack takes part in the men's welterweight semi-final against Ireland's Aidan Walsh with a spot in the gold medal final at stake (4.03am)
· Ben Whittaker is also in the semi-finals of the men's light heavyweight and will be looking to continue Team GB's success in the ring (4.51am)

· There will be a surprise on the top of the men's tennis podium after Novak Djokovic missed out on a medal altogether. Alexander Zverev takes on Karen Khachanov in the second match on Centre Court at the Ariake Tennis Park (7am-2pm)

· Alison Young will be going for gold in the women's laser radial medal race (7.33am)

· Team GB's Max Whitlock will look to defend his 2016 Olympic title in the men's pommel horse final (10.41am)

· The men's high jump final includes GB's Tom Gale, although his chances of a medal look bleak (11.10am)
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