Sportsday - Thursday, 4 April as it happened

Grand National meeting is under way, Lance Armstrong pulls out of swimming event and the best and worst football kits.

4 April 2013 Last updated at 17:57 GMT

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  1. 1845: 

    That is it for Sportsday on Thursday. Remember you can follow live text commentary of Newcastle, Chelsea and Tottenham's Europa League action tonight, otherwise we will see you at 0800 BST tomorrow.

  2. 1833: 

    Rory McIlroy is one under with three holes to play at the Texas Open. He is three shots off the lead currently held by Jordan Spieth, Padraig Harrington and veteran Lee Janzen.


    More of your first football shirts...

    Ben Lovett: "Newcastle 'denim' away shirt, designed to look good with jeans."

    Alfie: "My first football kit was an AC Milan Paolo Maldini home kit."

    Darren Anderson: "My first football kit was the Melchester Rovers red kit from the Roy of the Rovers comic strip!

  4. 1815: 

    Regional Rugby Wales reject an invitation from the Welsh Rugby Union to discuss the central contracting of players.

    The WRU invited RRW - who represent the Ospreys, Scarlets, Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues - to hold talks over the issue after releasing a critical statement on Sunday, sparked by George North's proposed move to Northampton.

    A RRW statement says: "Central contracts for individual players is a knee-jerk reaction - it will not help nurture the whole game in Wales including community rugby and the important role that our clubs play in helping develop young talent for Wales."

  5. 1805: 

    West Ham defender Guy Demel hopes on-loan forward Andy Carroll will remain at the club next season.

    He says: "Andy is a really good player and beyond that he is a really good man."

  6. 1804: 

    Andy Murray has been announced as the first client of a new partnership between his management company and Indian doubles star Mahesh Bhupathi's GloboSport.

    The venture, called XIX GloboSport, will help Murray, who is managed by Simon Fuller, develop his off-court interests, particularly in Asia and the Middle East.

    Murray says: "I believe a mix of Simon's experience and Mahesh's understanding of the sport will create the perfect team for my off-court interests and will allow me to continue to dedicate myself and focus on my goals on the court."

  7. 1754: 

    St Mirren striker Esmael Goncalves accepts a two-match ban after he was accused of diving to win his side a penalty in Sunday's Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash with Celtic.

  8. 1745: 

    Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor confirms he has agreed to join the Caribbean Premier League as an overseas 'franchise player'.

    Australian greats Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist have already signed up, while Darren Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels have been confirmed as the domestic franchise players.

  9. 1744: 

    New Reading manager Nigel Adkins says he will have nothing to prove when he faces Southampton on Saturday.

    The 47-year-old was sacked as Saints boss in January despite leading the club to successive promotions.

    "We don't need to prove a point, we all move on, I'm Reading manager now and we look forward to the next game," Adkins tells BBC Radio Berkshire.

  10. 1732: 

    Bobby Patten, who was due to compete against Lance Armstrong, on BBC Radio 5 live: "I was looking forward to racing against Lance Armstrong as he's a competitor. If he pushes me to something I have not done before I'm winning. But people were divided."

  11. 1724: 

    Coventry confirm they will appeal against their 10 point deduction. A statement says: "Coventry City Football Club (Holdings) Ltd has submitted an appeal to the Football League to have the 10 points deducted last week reinstated.

    "The points were deducted following the administration of CCFC Ltd. The club will keep supporters informed of the progress of the appeal."


    We are asking you about your first football kit at #bbcsportsday

    Joshua Proffitt: "I think my first kit was the green goalkeeper Liverpool kit from 01/02 season with Dudek on the back."

    Michael Mackay: "My first shirt was a Saudi Arabia shirt bought home by my Dad after the first gulf war. Was superb!"

    Gary Phillips: "The invisible United kit."

  13. 1716: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke admits he needs to understand Twitter better following the Peter Odemwingie saga.

    The Nigerian has recently been critical of the club on the social networking website.

    Clarke says: "Everyone has to be open-minded about Twitter, although it's not a concept I'm comfortable with. I don't understand the attraction of faceless media.

    "I try to sort things out face-to-face with people and I can understand the tone of questions better when they come from someone in the same room.

    "Social media, including emailing, is impersonal but I have to try to understand it better.

    "A lot of people obviously love it. I've got kids who use it."

  14. 1712: 

    Neil Redfearn rules out taking the Leeds manager's job full time: "I was asked by [CEO] Shaun Harvey after the Derby game on Monday if I'd step up again and it's very much a game-by-game situation.

    "I'm an employee of the club and I'm here to help. It's a needs-must situation and I will take care of things until the new man comes in. I'm not putting myself forward for the job, but I'm prepared to put my head above the parapet and help out."

  15. 1707: 

    BBC Midlands Today Sports Editor Nick Clitheroe: "Coventry City say they will appeal against being deducted 10 points by the Football League."

  16. 1702: 

    Adkins added: "We had a fantastic journey there and that can never be taken away. We were with the players for two and a half years and we were very successful in that spell and we played some good football."

  17. 1702: 

    Reading boss Nigel Adkins will invite Mauricio Pochettino, the Argentine who replaced him as manager of Southampton, for a drink after Saturday's Premier League game at the Madejski Stadium. "Situations happen in life and in football. I had a fantastic relationship with the supporters and everyone at Southampton but that has now gone."

  18. 1655: 

    Manchester City confirm that midfielder Yaya Toure has signed a new four-year contact at the club. "This is where I want to be," said Toure. "When I first arrived at City every time I went to sleep I would dream about us winning something; now it is about us being the best team in whatever competition we take part in."

  19. 1652: 

    Liverpool confirm they will hold a minute's silence before Sunday's game against West Ham as a mark of respect for the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster. The match at Anfield is the final home game before the 24th anniversary of the tragedy, which will be the first since the Hillsborough Independent Review published its findings.

  20. 1644: 

    Tomas Berdych is the latest player to pull out of the Davis Cup. The Czech number one will miss the tie with Kazakhstan after injuring his shoulder during the quarter-final defeat to Richard Gasquet in Miami last week. This leaves Radek Stepanek, who has only just returned after neck surgery himself, as their top player.

  21. 1637: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton is confident his team will be playing in the Premier League next season despite winning just one of their last 14 league matches. "We are very conscious of the stats", he said. "We know we need to be creating and scoring more goals. That takes pressure off everybody.

    "But I am confident of being in the Premier League next season, that is our goal. Going into this stage of the season you want a good spirit and we have certainly got that here. There is nothing wrong with the determination."

  22. 1628: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Aintree: "Sad news. Battlefront, mount of Katie Walsh in Fox Hunters Chase, Aintree, was pulled up at fence 11, collapsed + died shortly afterwards. The 11-year-old was owned by Helen Walsh, trained by her husband Ted and ridden by daughter Katie."

  23. 1617: 

    Hampshire Cricket: "Good news... players are back out playing after our snow flurry. We are batting after @surreycricket made 99-0."


    Nick Mackay: "Asked for Celtic top for my 6th birthday and mum and dad got the Ireland top because it was cheaper. Thought I wouldn't notice ."

    Kyle McGrath: "2000/01 Chelsea home kit. Dad refused to shell out for Hasselbaink, So had to settle for some lad called Zola on the back."

    Charne Rochford: "Still have my tangerine/graphite kit. Still looks beautiful - the height of 90's footie couture."

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  25. 1600: 

    Chris Wright admits his call-up to England's provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy came as a surprise. The Warwickshire bowler said: "I missed the call, called back and it was Geoff Miller. I didn't really know what it was about because they named a 30-man squad (the England Performance Squad) a couple of days previous, but it's great to be thought of. I'm delighted."

  26. 1553: 

    Lance Armstrong decides not to swim in the Masters South Central Zone Swimming Championships at the University of Texas this weekend after swimming's international governing body raised objections. Fina wrote a letter to US Masters Swimming requesting not to accept the entry of Armstrong into the competition. Armstrong had entered the event's three longest races: the 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyles.

  27. 1543: 

    From 30 April, if a bowler breaks the stumps at the non-striker's end during a delivery, umpires will call it a no-ball in all international cricket.

    ICC general manager cricket Geoff Allardice said: "The recent interpretation used in international matches to call 'dead ball' when a bowler breaks the wicket during a delivery has not adequately dealt with this situation.''


    Richmond_Red: "England Umbro 1986 timeless design still looks good now, no messing about with fancy stuff."

    Dan Redman: "The Manchester United 98/99 kit with the strange sleeve pattern and annoying zip! Beckham on the back."

    Matt Janes: "It was a hand me down from my brother, Wolves home kit with "Bull" on the back."

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  29. 1524: 

    Leon Smith added: "When I started thinking more when we got here about the court speed, the environment and also the match-ups against the Russians, it was my gut feeling that Dan had a slight edge over Jamie in these situations."

    "Coupled with the fact that what Dan did last year in Davis Cup, when he really rose to the challenge and put in excellent performances against Slovakia and Belgium, is still fairly fresh in the memory."

  30. 1521: 

    Great Britain Davis Cup captain Leon Smith reveals that his decision to replace Jamie Baker with Dan Evans for this weekend's tie with Russia was made purely for tennis reasons. "It was a really tough decision. I think all the players are pretty evenly balanced obviously outside Andy [Murray]," he said.

  31. 1513: 

    Zarkander (11-2) lands a superb victory in the Aintree Hurdle for Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls in a thrilling finish. Wearing blinkers for the first time, he holds off the challenge of The New One (11-4 fav) and Thousand Stars (10-1).

  32. 1506: 

    France number two Richard Gasquet withdraws from the French Davis Cup team to face Argentina in a quarter-final in Buenos Aires this weekend. He has been suffering with a blister on his foot and will be replaced in the singles by Gilles Simon.

  33. 1458: 

    Trainer Mouse Morris on First Lieutenant, winner of the Betfred Bowl at Aintree: "He hasn't run a bad race all year and deserves a win. He's a good old-fashioned chaser. He is getting a bit more mature and loved the drying conditions."

  34. 1450: 

    Joey Barton is summoned by the French soccer federation's Ethics Committee after the Olympique Marseille midfielder called Paris St Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva an "overweight ladyboy" on Twitter. Committee president Laurent Davenas said: "Joey Barton has been summoned by the Ethics Committee and will be heard on 15 April."

  35. 1442: 

    First Lieutenant (7-2) strikes late to overcome Menorah and win the Betfred Bowl at Aintree. The pair were battling for the lead from two fences from home but the Irish challenger, trained by Mouse Morris on his 62nd birthday and ridden by Bryan Cooper, was the stronger on the run-in. The winner is owned by Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary. Silviniaco Conti is third for Ruby Walsh and Paul Nicholls.


    Josh Cliff: "Derby kit, EDS sponsor, a goalkeeper shirt with 'Poom' on the back, probably wouldn't even fit on my pinky now! 1998?"

    Liam McCloud: "#myfirstfootballkit had Irwin on the back because I was too small to have Kanchelskis on it"

    Tom Parker: "Rangers home kit when I was a toddler. Dad only got it because it was reduced."

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  37. 1422: 

    The answers to the #QSTeaser are… Royal Athlete, Lord Gyllene, Bindaree, Amberleigh House, Numbersixvalverde, Comply or Die and Mon Mome. Congratulations to those of you who got the right answer.

  38. 1412: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "Trainer Alan King wins Aintree opener for fourth time in seven years."

  39. 1405: 

    The filly L'Unique wins the day's first race, the Juvenile Hurdle, on the opening day of the Aintree Grand National meeting. The 10-1 shot, ridden by Wayne Hutchinson and trained by Alan King, finishes ahead of Runswick Royal.

  40. 1400: 

    Salford sign Wales international prop Jacob Emmitt from Castleford, with Reds forward Ryan Boyle joining the Tigers in a swap deal.

  41. 1355: 

    FC Twente goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov claims Fulham are one of a number of interested parties looking to snap him up, reports the Daily Express.

  42. 1348: 

    Saturday's Grand National at Aintree simply wouldn't be the same without a sweepstake.

    As well as having a flutter on your favourite horse, give yourself a second chance by pooling together 40 work colleagues, or a combination of family and friends, and having a lucky dip. You can find the sweepstake kit on the Horse Racing pages.

  43. 1340: 

    England beat Jamaica 50-45, their fifth win in succession, to secure the series. Their third and final game takes place on Sunday.


    Andy Bob: "Christmas 1994. Got the full #lufc away kit; Green & Blue stripes. Lot of fond memories of that kit..."

    Stuart Donald: "Rangers away kit for 95/96 number 8 and 'Gazza' on the back as my shoulders were too small for Gascoigne."

    Chris Graley: "Was the fabled Arsenal bruised banana full kit (standard protocol as an 8 y/o) from '91. I obviously had taste as a kid!"

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  45. 1330: 

    Joey Barton is still a key member of the Marseille team despite having been reprimanded for his abuse of Paris Saint-Germain's Thiago Silva, according to the club's manager.

    "Barton holds an important place in the team," manager Elie Baup said. "I make decisions in the game - for example, that he [Barton] did not start against Nice [last weekend]. That is my responsibility. Beyond that, it does not concern me."

  46. 1325: 

    Formula 1 teams are set to hold an extra pre-season test in 2014 to allow more track running for the new 1.6-litre turbocharged V6 engines, reports Autosport.

  47. 1319: 

    QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he would reject any future offer to manage England after claiming he lost out on the opportunity because of his "crazy" contract at Tottenham, according to London's Evening Standard.

    "I wouldn't take it [the England job] now, no, not now, not in the future," said Redknapp. "That was my time, really, if I was going to get it. Last year, there were a lot of things that went against me surrounding that massive contractual clause."


    Graeme Donaldson: "Scotland's Italia 90 strip, shorts and socks included. Not hopeful on there being a Russia 2018 version."

    Andrew Buchanan: "Scotland away 95/6 awful pink blue splash across the front. Tried to do a swap at Euro96 with Swiss guys. Not a chance!"

    Charles Crook: "Silver and dark blue #NUFC away strip from the 2002-03 season. Quite a nice shirt, even if they only wore it twice."

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  49. 1312: 

    Warrington's Mike Cooper believes Sunday's meeting with champions Leeds has the potential to be the best match of the Super League season to date. The Wolves met the Rhinos in both domestic finals in 2012.

    "Sunday night will probably be one of the best games, if not the best, of the season so far," forward Cooper, 24, told BBC Radio Merseyside. "The two teams from the Grand Final last year will be going at it again and we're really looking forward to it."

  50. 1305: 

    Former Southampton and England striker James Beattie believes Saints forward Rickie Lambert deserves an international call-up. Lambert, 31, is the leading English goalscorer in the Premier League but is yet to win a cap.

    "He would be in my squad," Beattie told BBC Late Kick Off South. "They say strikers reach their prime when they hit 30. He's just turned 31, he's very good at holding the ball up, links the play, brings others into the game and I for one will be championing him."

  51. 1259: 

    More from the Pistorius family statement: "We can confirm that we did have a meeting with Oscar yesterday where various family members and his trainer were present. We all encouraged him to get back onto the track to help stabilise him emotionally.

    "Oscar has been out running on a number of isolated occasions in the days following the relaxation of his bail conditions, but each time has been very difficult and he has "struggled immensely" with the decision to even leave the house.

    "As a family however we encourage him to start exercising as we believe it is a vital step in helping him deal with the trauma."

  52. 1255: 

    The Pistorius family have released a statement in response to reports Oscar Pistorius is back in training.

    "Oscar is not back on any official training programme. This may change in future, but this will be a decision taken by Oscar, and Oscar alone. At this point Oscar is still in an extremely traumatised state and has made it clear to all of us that he is not able or willing to even contemplate this issue at this stage."

  53. 1249: 

    Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas admits he is wary of Swiss side Basel because of their superior European experience.

    Villas-Boas' side host the Swiss Super League champions in their Europa League quarter-final first leg tonight. Basel played in the Champions League in the two seasons before this one, reaching the round of 32 in 2011-12.

    "Obviously they have recent European experience that we don't have," Villas-Boas said of a side who have beaten Manchester United and Bayern Munich.

    David Beckham

    Naeem: "#myfirstfootballkit was the Manchester United Sharp top with number 7 and Beckham on it."


    Callum Conroy: "#myfirstfootballkit Arsenal's home dreamcast shirt in 2000 with none other then the king Thierry Henry."

    Jocelyn Kirby: "#myfirstfootballkit Chelsea's yellow away kit with socks and shorts for the 00/01 season, thrown away by my mum few years back #CFC #Tears."

    Chris Mitchell: "#myfirstfootballkit was the Ipswich strip first season back in the premier league in 2000... took an army to get it off me!"

    We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  56. 1242: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson also says striker Wayne Rooney and full-back Rafael are back in training after missing Monday's FA Cup defeat at Chelsea. He is hopeful they will be fit for Monday's league game against Manchester City.

    Jonny Evans and Nemanja Vidic remain doubts after picking up knocks at Sunderland, but Ferguson is hopeful they will resume training this weekend.

  57. 1236: 

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has backed striker Robin van Persie to starting scoring again. The Dutchman has scored only once in his past 12 outings for United.

    "He doesn't need a rest that's for sure, he's a strong lad with great physique," said Ferguson. "The goals will come, all strikers have dry spells and you hope it ends quickly, it's part of being a striker."

  58. 1230: 

    BBC MotoGP commentator Steve Parrish believes four riders can win the title this season ahead of the opening race in Qatar on Sunday.

    In his first column of the year, Parrish said: "Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo are the two hot favourites who start a bit ahead of the rest but both of their team-mates (Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi) are set to be in with a shout as well.

    "It promises to be a real battle throughout the season and I just hope that they all stay fit, don't break a collarbone or a wrist somewhere and let's see the best man win."

  59. 1220: 

    Team Sky name an eight-man squad for Sunday's 111th edition of Paris-Roubaix.

    Britain's Geraint Thomas features along with Bernhard Eisel, Edvald Boasson Hagen, Mathew Hayman, Salvatore Puccio, Gabriel Rasch, Luke Rowe and Ian Stannard.

  60. 1210: 

    The EU is studying allegations that some top football clubs, including Real Madrid, have received state aid in violation of EU competition rules.

  61. 1155: 

    Blackburn Rovers managing director Derek Shaw is told to stay away from Ewood Park during an investigation into the compensation owed to former manager Henning Berg.

    On Wednesday Shaw received notice of the disciplinary inquiry in a letter. Berg, who was sacked in late December, says he is owed approximately £2m and has taken his claim to the High Court.

    Global advisor Shebby Singh will fly to India on Thursday for meetings with owners Venky's to discuss the matter.


    Mrs_AFC: "#myfirstfootballkit was obviously an arsenal one, it was the 88/89 home season shirt. And I now have the retro version too :)"

    Alexandra Lowit: "#myfirstfootballkit My 10th birthday present was Spurs's '96/97 purple away kit - had it on when I met Teddy Sheringham in '96."

    Thomas Carter: "#myfirstfootballkit not a kit as such but had the 1992/93 Sheffield United shell suit. First proper shirt was 1993/1994 away."

    Robbie Savage

    Robbie Savage has tweeted a picture of himself wearing his first football kit. We're marking Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester by showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. What's your favourite? Tweet us using #myfirstfootballkit.

  64. 1145: 

    It's time for today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official: Since 1990, 7 horses have won the Grand National whose names end in the letter E. Who are they?

  65. 1135: 

    Dan Evans played in both of Britain's Davis Cup ties last year, winning both his matches against Slovakia to secure victory. The 22-year-old joins up with James Ward, with Andy Murray making himself unavailable for the tie which starts tomorrow in Coventry. The winner will go forward to a World Group play-off in September.

  66. 1130: 

    Dan Evans replaces Jamie Baker in the Great Britain Davis Cup team to face Russia this weekend.

  67. 1125: 

    Champion jockey AP McCoy takes centre stage on the opening day of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

    He will be on board Oscar Whisky for the first time as the eight-year-old seeks a third successive victory in the Aintree Hurdle at 15:05 BST.

    We will have updates in Sportsday live plus live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and all the latest news on the horse racing pages.

  68. 1115: 

    Force India will have to compromise either its late-2013 performance or next year's car according to Paul di Resta, as he does not think his team can sustain dual development programmes.

    El-Hadji Diouf

    ME: "I had a black Liverpool shirt with 'Diouf' on it - probably the most disappointing time of my football supporting life..."

    To mark Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester, the BBC is showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. Which is your favourite? Let us know and upload your own photos of your early replica kits by using #myfirstfootballkit.

  70. 1108: 

    England's ICC Champions Trophy provisional 30-man squad: Alastair Cook (captain) (Essex), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Tim Bresnan (Yorkshire), Danny Briggs (Hampshire), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jos Buttler (Somerset), Varun Chopra (Warwickshire), Rikki Clarke (Warwickshire), Jade Dernbach (Surrey).

    Steven Finn (Middlesex), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), James Harris (Middlesex), Craig Kieswetter (Somerset), Stuart Meaker (Surrey), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Graham Onions (Durham), Samit Patel (Nottinghamshire), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Graeme Swann (Nottinghamshire), James Taylor (Nottinghamshire), James Tredwell (Kent), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Chris Wright (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

  71. 1103: 

    England name four uncapped players in their 30-man provisional squad for this year's ICC Champions Trophy, which takes place in June.

    Seamers James Harris, a new signing for Middlesex, and Warwickshire's Chris Wright have been included. Also in are Yorkshire batsman Gary Ballance and Warwickshire opener Varun Chopra.

    The extended selection will be cut to 15 by 5 May.

  72. 1052: 

    Stoke City striker Cameron Jerome says the club can stave off relegation even if they lose Saturday's Premier League match with 18th-placed Aston Villa.

    Tony Pulis' side have won just one of their last 12 top-flight games and lie just four points above the bottom three.

    "It's not do or die for us though, not at all, but we do understand the need of getting a win under our belts to give us a bit more breathing space," Jerome, 26, said.

  73. 1045: 

    Cory Aston, 18, will follow in his father's footsteps on Sunday when he makes his Sheffield Eagles debut in the Tetley's Challenge Cup third-round tie against Leigh East at the Don Valley Stadium.

    His father Mark Aston, who is now the Eagles' head coach, won the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match in the Eagles' shock Challenge Cup final win over Wigan in 1996.

    "There is a lot of pressure and the spotlight will be on him, with my history at the club and me being head coach, but he's worked hard and fully deserves his spot," Mark Aston said.

  74. 1041: 

    Jordan Henderson, 22, says he is staying behind for extra training in a bid to seal a starting spot at Liverpool.

    "A lot of players do extra training. I tend to work on my finishing. I think it's important as a midfielder to contribute goals," he told the club's official website.


    Jacob Henderson: "Manchester United's home kit 02-04. Remember watching them beat Millwall 3-0 in the FA Cup final wearing it."

    Neil Maidment: "I surely own the only such one of these yellow Liverpool kits - a 1996 monstrosity but I LOVE IT!"

    To mark Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester, the BBC is showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. Which is your favourite? Let us know and upload your own photos of your early replica kits by using #myfirstfootballkit.

  76. 1025: 

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh at Aintree: "Top weight Imperial Commander, winner of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup, heads a maximum field of 40 announced for the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

    "Four horses were taken out of the race at the final declaration stage - Pearlysteps, Backstage, Cloudy Lane and Gullible Gordon.

    "The last two horses to make the race are number 39 Soll and 40 Viking Blond. There are two possible reserves - Pentiffic and Mortimers Cross."

  77. 1020: 

    Ebbsfleet's 634-mile round trip to Barrow for a Blue Square Bet Premier match took almost 24 hours after they were held up by a baked bean spillage.

    Wednesday's relegation clash, which ended 1-1, kicked off 90 minutes late as the Ebbsfleet coach was delayed on the M6.

    Manager Liam Daish said he only got home at 08:30 BST on Thursday. "I'm not full of beans at the moment - it was unbelievable," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

  78. 1015: 

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh at Aintree: "Backstage will miss the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday after trainer Gordon Elliott reported the horse was not 100%.

    "The horse was number 41 on the list of entries, with the final field of 40 set to be announced this morning."

  79. 1010: 

    Former Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown says he should not have returned to the game so soon following the death of his team-mate and friend Tom Maynard.

    Maynard, 23, died after being struck by a London Underground train last June.

    "I had a first real setback, a real-life experience that I didn't know how to deal with - there was no way I should have been on a cricket field but I wanted to try it and see what I can do," Hamilton-Brown, 25, said,

  80. 1005: 

    Australia fast bowler James Pattinson, 22, will undergo abdominal surgery on Friday and may be a doubt for June's Champions Trophy in England.

    "James Pattinson will be having surgery tomorrow (Friday) for a non-cricket related medical condition in his lower abdominal region that has been troubling him during the latter part of the recently concluded tour of India," Cricket Australia chief medical officer Justin Paoloni said.

  81. 1003: 

    BBC Monitoring report that Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 21, who is currently on loan at Werder Bremen, is expected to leave the German side in the summer.

    Ipswich Town

    Dave Paton: "As a Man City fan, my dad bought me an Ipswich Town kit in 1978 because "it was a better shade of blue!"


    Jay Fretwell: "My first Huddersfield Town shirt (was in colour). As worn by Lillis, Stanton & Brown #sorenipples."

    Dan Lowther: "Leeds Utd away 92/93. Looks like a packet of cheese and onion squares."

    To mark Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester, the BBC is showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. Which is your favourite? Let us know and upload your own photos of your early replica kits by using #myfirstfootballkit.

  84. 0950: 

    BBC Sports's Francis Keogh at Aintree: "More than four hours to the opening race of the Grand National meeting at Aintree and there is plenty of activity at the Liverpool track where racegoers will be greeted by warming sunshine on a cool, dry day.

    "A high-quality card is in prospect from 1400 BST with Cheltenham Gold Cup faller Silviniaco Conti likely to start favourite for the Betfred Bowl (1430 BST) and exciting youngster The New One among the Aintree Hurdle contenders (1505).

    "The Fox Hunters' Chase (1540) for amateur riders will see the first use at the meeting of the redesigned Grand National fences, which now have a core of more forgiving plastic rather than padded wood in an effort to improve safety after concern over equine fatalities."

  85. 0945: 

    BBC 5 live weatherman Simon King expects the weather for the Grand National meeting at Aintree this weekend to be cold and dry.

    "There won't be a great deal of change in the weather each day for the Grand National festival. With overnight temperatures expected to fall just below freezing, there will be some frosty mornings but the frost will clear quite quickly during the morning," he said.

    "It's expected to stay dry right through into the weekend with some decent sunny spells at times and although it might feel quite cold with a brisk north easterly wind, that bitter wind will start to ease and by the time we get to the Grand National itself, with light winds and some sunshine it'll feel quite pleasant."

  86. 0940: 

    Olympique Marseille and Joey Barton apologise to Thiago Silva and Paris St Germain after the English midfielder called the Brazilian an "overweight ladyboy" on the social networking site Twitter.

    "Olympique Marseille officials have asked Joey Barton to end the row between him and the Paris Brazilian defender. The OM midfielder has promised to end right now the publication of any invidious comment against Thiago Silva," the official Olympique Marseille website reported.

  87. 0937: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand condemns a national newspaper for repeating the criticism of Paolo Di Canio he made in his 2007 autobiography,

    In the book, Ferdinand called the newly-appointed Sunderland head coach 'an absolute idiot' for making a fascist salute.

    "Why has a paper brought out a quote from years ago to try and derail Di Canio?? Lazy journalism again. I wish him good luck in the PL. Simple," he tweeted.

  88. 0930: 

    Sheffield Steelers confirm coach Ryan Finnerty, 32, has left the Elite League club.

    "As a club we have taken the decision to move on and not to renew Ryan's deal for next season. We are actively looking for an experienced head coach to come in and run the hockey side of this business," owner Tony Smith said.

  89. 0925: 

    The Ospreys announce a new three-year deal for their Wales international centre Andrew Bishop.

    The 27-year-old, who has won 16 caps for his country, made his Ospreys debut in 2005.

  90. 0922: 

    Pakistan's cricket authorities order English-style pitches to help their batsmen prepare for the Champions Trophy, which takes place in England from 6-23 June.

    "The committee noted that during the South Africa tour batsmen struggled and considering the venue of the Champions Trophy it was decided that special pitches, which are close to the English conditions, would be prepared for the training camp," a news release said.

  91. 0915: 

    Alan Pardew says Newcastle's Europa League quarter-final first-leg tie against Benfica this evening provides "welcome relief" from a "sticky" Premier League season.

    Newcastle are three points above the bottom three in the Premier League, having lost four of their last six league games, including Saturday's 4-0 defeat to Manchester City.

  92. 0910: 

    Former Newcastle United winger David Ginola is not surprised by Marseille midfielder Joey Barton's abuse of PSG defender Thiago Silva on the social networking website Twitter.

    "We know what he is like, he likes to do things like that. I'm not sure it is exactly what you have to do when you are a football player - you rather do things on the football pitch rather than putting messages on Twitter, especially against other players," Ginola told BBC Radio 5 live.


    James Barlow: "The 2006 England World cup kit. Got a nose bleed the first day I wore it, and got stained with blood..."

    Kiran Moodley: "West Ham's 1995 centenary shirt - the claret subtly had bubbles with "100" written in them. Brilliant."

    Luke Haddon: "A Liverpool green with white sash away kit. Soon picked my own team to follow."

  94. 0900: 

    The Russian government loans the local authority in Krasnodar around £192m to ensure that the track is ready for the Russia Grand Prix in October 2014, BBC Monitoring report the Russian news agency Isvestia as saying.

  95. 0855: 

    Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker is set to make his return from a broken thumb to face Warrington in the Super League clash at Headingley on Sunday.

    Hardaker, 21, has missed Leeds' last six matches but had the plaster cast removed on Wednesday.

    "I've had scans on it and it's healed really well," Hardaker told RhinosTV.

  96. 0850: 

    A South African newspaper publishes a photograph of Oscar Pistorius at a running track in his carbon fibre blades.

    The newspaper says the photo was taken on 24 March by a high school student visiting the University of Pretoria, Pistorius' practice facility.

    Pistorius' agent, Peet van Zyl, says Pistorius, 26, was "only having a jog" but is likely return to full training soon.


    Gaz Wild: "First Football top was the infamous grey #MUFC away kit brought before SFC match never to be worn again."

    Mark Davies: "England's Italia 1990 Home Kit. It came in a special kids box!"

    FixatedOn: "Still my favourite kit of all time, Spurs 2nd (91ish), Yellow, Purple flashes on the shoulder..."

  98. 0840: 

    David Ginola backs Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti's decision to select David Beckham in the starting line-up for the Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Barcelona on Tuesday.

    "He has the favour of Ancelotti and if Ancelotti put him in the starting line-up, he is fit, he can play. I don't think he can play for 90 minutes but he can play for 60, 70 minutes. I think he is capable of bringing maturity and experience to the game and to the team and that is what he tried to do against Barcelona," former PSG winger Ginola, 46, told BBC Radio 5 live.

  99. 0835: 

    Trevor Sinclair confirms his friendship with Paolo Di Canio while the pair were team-mates at West Ham and underplays the new Sunderland head coach's previous claims that he is a fascist.

    "Paolo's comments should be taken with a pinch of salt because he's as mad as a hatter. But I feel he should apologise for upsetting so many people with his actions and comments and make it clear once and for all if he is or isn't racist or fascist," Sinclair, 40, said.

    Bobby Moore

    Bobby Moore in the iconic red kit that England wore in the 1966 World Cup final. To mark Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester, the BBC is showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. Which is your favourite? Let us know and upload your own photos of your early replica kits by using #myfirstfootballkit.

  101. 0825: 

    Former England defender Martin Keown believes manager Roy Hodgson should recall David Beckham, 37, to the national squad.

    "Under pressure against Montenegro, England struggled to hold on to the ball. Beckham would be perfect to bring on in a situation like that and keep possession," he told the Daily Mail.

  102. 0820: 

    The latest from today's football gossip column:

    Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 31, has urged Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, 27, to join him at Paris St-Germain. (the Sun)

    Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are weighing up a summer move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, 26. (Daily Telegraph)

    Tottenham have put Aston Villa's £15m goalscorer Christian Benteke, 22, at the top of their wanted list. (Daily Star)

  103. 0815: 

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is scheduled to compete in three events at the US Masters swimming championships this weekend.

    Armstrong, 41, is able to compete as US Masters Swimming events are not subject to USA or World Anti-Doping Agency codes.

  104. 0810: 

    The British Horseracing Authority defends the Grand National, saying the overall safety record of the race has improved.

    "The fatalities of last year do not mean the changes made were inappropriate. People need to give an opportunity for the changes to bed in," BHA director of raceday operations Jamie Stier tells the BBC.


    To mark Saturday's Football Focus show coming from the National Football Museum in Manchester, the BBC is showcasing some of the game's greatest kits. Get involved with @BBCSport on Twitter by telling us about your first football kit or uploading your photos using #myfirstfootballkit.

  106. 0800: 

    Welcome to today's Sportsday. Real Madrid took a huge stride towards the Champions League semi-finals last night by beating Galatasaray 3-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at the Bernabeu.

    In the night's other game, Borussia Dortmund wasted a host of chances as they were held to a goalless draw by Malaga at the Rosaleda.

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