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Summary

  1. Weekend football build-up
  2. Runners prepare for London Marathon
  3. Get involved: after Samuels' salute, your best #sportingbanter
  4. Barcelona draw Bayern Munich, Juventus v Real Madrid in Champions League semis
  5. Johnson free to play for Sunderland

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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Thanks for your company and enjoy your weekend.

Premier League football, the London Marathon and Test Match cricket - plenty to look forward to.

Tonight's sport on BBC

There are a number of BBC local radio commentaries on tonight's sport.

If you want to listen to Bath v London Irish in the Aviva Premiership you can do so on

BBC Radio Bristol from 19:45 BST.

Sticking with rugby union and the Pro12 match between Edinburgh v Zebre is on

BBC Radio Alba from 19:35.

Switching codes to rugby league and we have commentaries on each of tonight's three matches:

Hull FC v Huddersfield,
Leeds v Warrington and
St Helens v Widnes (all 20:00 BST).

Van Gerwen secures play-off spot

Darts

Michael van Gerwen
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While the Premier League football season builds to its crescendo, so too does the darts version, with Michael van Gerwen becoming the

first player to confirm his place in next month's play-offs by thrashing James Wade 7-0 in Cardiff.

The Dutchman, who turns 26 on Saturday, lost his second match on Thursday evening 7-5 to reigning PDC world champion Gary Anderson but was already guaranteed a top-four spot.

The other seven competitors can still qualify for the play-offs, with three rounds of fixtures remaining.

The first of many?

Football

A big moment for Indian football...

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian footballer to play for a top-tier European club after the goalkeeper made his debut for Stabek FC in a Norwegian Cup tie against Runar on Wednesday.

It wasn't a bad debut either as his side thrashed Stabek 6-0.

India, a country of 1.3 billion people, rank 147 in the FIFA rankings.

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Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

Alex Jeffs

What's the best game of football you've ever been to?

"The best game I have ever been to - and I'm taking in the game, the occasion, its impact and its surroundings into consideration here - is Brazil 1 Germany 7 in the World Cup semi-final in Belo Horizonte. It is a game I will remember being at for the rest of my life - a real "I was there" moment.

"To see the expectations of a nation wiped out by five German goals in the first 29 minutes and to see supporters young and old in tears even before the end of the first half was something I never thought I would see.

"You were in a country that regards itself as football's spiritual home and whenever Brazil's World Cup history is mentioned, that game will be in there."

Brazil are stunned in the World Cup against Germany
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Captain Marvel backs a United title push

Football

Bryan Robson
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Former Man Utd captain Bryan Robson believes Louis van Gaal needs to sign 'two or three' players if he is to win the Premier League.

"We've proved this season that we are not far away as far as the Premier League is concerned," he said. "Yes we are a good number of points behind Chelsea,"

he told the Manchester Evening News.

"If we bring two or three real top class players into the squad it will mean the lads can go and be successful."

New deal for Raine

Cricket

Leicestershire all-rounder Ben Raine

has signed a new contract that will keep him at the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.

The 23-year-old former Durham player's previous deal had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign.

Diving success

Diving

Great Britain's Tonia Couch and Sarah Barrow secured bronze on day one of diving's World Series in Kazan, Russia.

The pair finished with a score of 312.54 points from five dives in the 10m platform synchro women's event.

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Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

@Mark_1878 What do Everton & Roberto Martinez need to do to be in the mix for fourth on a consistent basis?

"Perform a whole lot better than this season for a start - and that includes the manager as well as the players.

"Martinez, first of all, has to take the lessons of this season into next season but one obvious answer is to somehow find the major investment needed so that Everton have the financial capacity to buy the players they need to be consistent challengers for the top four.

"Chairman Bill Kenwright insists he has been looking for that investment for years now - but so far major investors have not been attracted to Everton. A big problem."

Roberto Martinez
PA

Classic Hamilton

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Formula 1 world champion

Lewis Hamilton on Twitter: Had a blast at Monza today in these classics with the great, Sir Stirling Moss!

Bronze's Man City debut 'a big relief'

Football

Lucy Bronze
The FA

Lucy Bronze says it was a

"big relief" to make her first start for Women's Super League One club Manchester City after recovering from a knee injury.

The 23-year-old England defender played her first 90 minutes in Sunday's WSL 1 defeat by Arsenal, after making a cameo appearance against Birmingham City in the FA Cup the week before.

Bronze, who joined City from Liverpool in November, told BBC Sport: "To not be there for the first game was a let down, probably for the fans and for myself.

"I kind of crawled off the pitch at the end, but in terms of my actual knee and the injury, everything's gone to plan."

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Joe Faint
Joe Faint

Joe Faint: Running for @Hambofoundation picked up my number and met Muntai don't think I will catch him.

We want to know your marathon stories, past or present. Tell us about your costumes, your experiences, your reasons for running & where you will be watching it. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111. Please send in any of your pictures if any of your are there this evening picking up your numbers?

Gossip

Football

Niall O'Brien
Niall O'Brien

A bit of gossip for Leicester fans from Ireland and Leicestershire cricketer Niall John O'Brien. He reckons Esteban Cambiasso will become head coach, with Nigel Pearson moving to director of football.

No idea if it is true.

Focus not on Spireites future - Cook

Football

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook wants their focus

to be on the pursuit of a play-off place rather than a rejected approach for him by Portsmouth.

The Spireites, in sixth, occupy the final play-off spot in League One which they will cement with a win over Champions Bristol City on Saturday.

Mangerless Pompey made their enquiry for Cook's services on Thursday.

"It's not about Paul Cook and any club that would be interested in him," Cook, 48, told BBC Radio Sheffield.

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Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

Steve Nicholls

Should football take a leaf out of rugby league regarding the surrounding and attitude towards referees? Players surrounding referees in modern football is akin to school playground stuff.

"Steve, I would be absolutely delighted if football took a leaf out of rugby's book with only the captain allowed to converse with the referee and free-kicks moved 10 yards forward for dissent. Whether that will ever happen is another matter entirely."

Manchester United players remonstrate with the referee
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Gerrard to be honoured

Football

Steven Gerrard
EPA

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be presented with a special merit award by the PFA on Sunday evening in recognition of his 17-year Anfield career.

The midfielder has scored 183 goals in 705 appearances for the Reds and lifted the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup as the club's captain.

Navratilova leaves Radwanska

Tennis

Some breaking tennis news.

Martina Navratilova has decided to end her part time role as the coach of Agnieszka Radwanska.

The nine time Wimbledon champion says she "underestimated the time" needed to do the job justice, and that it became impossible alongside her family and business commitments.

Radwanska is currently ninth in the world, but hasn't enjoyed the best of starts to the season.

Dynamo in trouble

football

Dynamo Moscow face UEFA sanctions for overspending within Financial Fair Play rules.

Uefa says Dynamo's case of failing to break even on football trading has gone to the judging chamber of its panel which monitors club finances.

Champions League draw reaction

Football

Pep
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"Never mind the talents of sizzling superstars Lionel Messi, Arjen Robben, Neymar, Thomas Muller, Luis Suarez and Franck Ribery: only one man will dominate the build-up to Barcelona's Champions League semi-final tie with Bayern Munich."

Find out who BBC Sport's Spanish football expert Andy West is

talking about here.

Leading the London Marathon?

Athletics

Anyone fancy doing

this in Sunday's London Marathon?

A 31-year-old former triathlete overtook the elite field to lead Monday's Boston Marathon - just so his daughters could see him on television.

Starting in the first wave behind the front-runners, Derek Yorek ran the first mile in four minutes 38 seconds, passing eventual winner Lelisa Desisa.

He faded soon after, finishing in 3:04:57, 55 minutes after Desisa.

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Paul Woodham: Keep an eye out for Scunny Bunny - mascot for Scunthorpe United. Running for PROSTATE CANCER CHARITY.

Nick Fogarty: I'm running for @Kidney_Research to help support their vital work. Feeling nervous though!!

We want to know your marathon stories, past or present. Tell us about your costumes, your experiences, your reasons for running & where you will be watching it. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Please send in any of your pictures if any of your are there this evening picking up your numbers?

Walsall boss Smith plays down Millwall 'rumour'

Football

Walsall boss Dean Smith has shot down speculation linking him to the managerial vacancy at Championship relegation-fighters Millwall.

"As far I'm concerned it's a rumour," Smith told BBC WM's Mike Taylor. "There's always rumours in football linking people with jobs all over the place.

"There's nothing you can do about that. As a football club we've had no contact from Millwall at all."

Smith, whop has been at Bescot since January 2011, is the fourth longest-serving manager in English football.

Wray extends Saracens contract

Rugby Union

Saracens back-row forward Jackson Wray has

signed a new long-term contract with the Premiership club.

The 24-year-old came through the club's academy and has made 108 appearances for the north London side since making his first-team debut in November 2009.

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Phil McNulty

BBC chief football writer

Tommy Williams

Would you rather wear crocs or wear socks and sandles. It's tough.

"Not tough at all Tommy - never, ever, ever, socks and sandles. Ever."

Socks and Sandles
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George Gook: I am running the London Marathon for Great Ormond St for performing a life-saving operation on my sister.

Mohammed: I always wanted to do the London Marathon, now I finally have a chance to do it. So looking forward to it.

We want to know your marathon stories, past or present. Tell us about your costumes, your experiences, your reasons for running & where you will be watching it. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Radcliffe's last marathon

Athletics

Paula Radcliffe
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Remember this?

Paula Radcliffe will be running her last London Marathon on Sunday.

The 41-year-old has won in London three times - and set the women's world record of 2:15.25 in 2003 - she won't be getting anywhere near that.

Get inspired

Athletics

From three siblings honouring a promise to their dying mother, to an overweight runner out to prove she is not Too Fat To Run, the London Marathon is packed full of inspirational stories.

Get Inspired takes a closer look at the experience of six of the 36,000-strong field in

Sunday's race here.

'Bob Marley' warning for Hartlepool fans

Football

Bob Marley
AP

Hartlepool fans set to dress up as Bob Marley for next weekend's match at Carlisle should avoid "blacking up" as it is "likely to cause offence", says

anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

Supporters of the League Two club wear fancy dress to their final away game of the season, donning Smurfs outfits for the trip to Charlton in 2011-12.

Smurfs
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Goodison return for Fellaini

Football

BBC Sport's Simon Stone: "Louis van Gaal is coming to the end of his first full season at Manchester United but it seems the 63-year-old still has a few things to learn about English football.

"Asked to talk about Marouane Fellaini's return to Everton on Sunday, Van Gaal expressed a hope that the midfielder would get a similar reception to the warm one Juan Mata received from Chelsea last weekend. Mata didn't leave Stamford Bridge with any bad blood however.

"Fellaini's move from Everton left the Merseysiders in a rage, not least because his exit was triggered by former boss David Moyes, who returned to Goodison Park for the first transfer of his ill-fated regime. So, while Van Gaal's wish may be straightforward enough, there doesn't appear to be much hope of it being realised."

West Indies v England latest

Cricket

England's first innings is over in Grenada. Jimmy Anderson is the last man out, sauntering to his ground to be run out. Joe Root is not happy about it either, which he demonstrates by chucking his helmet and gloves to the floor before climbing the steps to the changing room. I suspect the bat will have taken some stick behind closed doors.

England made 464, giving them a lead of 165 over the West Indies.

You can follow the West Indies' second innings via our

live text commentary or on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

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Marathon
Reuters

As you all know - or most of you anyway - one of Britain's showpiece sporting events is happening this weekend, as thousands pound the streets in the London Marathon.

We want to know your marathon stories, past or present. Tell us about your costumes, your experiences, your reasons for running & where you will be watching it. Tweet #bbcsportsday or text 81111.

Marathon
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Cherries to avoid Saturday's results

Football

Adam Smith
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Bournemouth defender Adam Smith says the squad will

avoid their Championship promotion rivals' scores on Saturday as the season draws to a thrilling climax.

The Cherries, who next play Bolton on Monday, need two wins from their final two games to seal promotion. Results at the weekend could mean they need less than six points to go up.

"I won't be watching the TV or football (results) on Saturday," Smith told BBC Radio Solent. "There is no point putting yourself through that."

Selby takes on Lawro

Football

Mark Selby
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World snooker champion Mark Selby takes on BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson in this week's Premier League predictions.

Selby hails from Leicester but has he predicted a win for the Foxes against fellow relegation strugglers Burnley on Saturday? And what are his thoughts on the top-of-the-table clash between Arsenal and Chelsea? You

better watch the video to find out.

Dick Advocaat news conference

Stoke v Sunderland, Saturday, 15:00 BST

Adam Johnson
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Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat will leave it to Adam Johnson to decide if he is mentally ready to play a part in Saturday's Premier League clash with Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Johnson can continue to play for the club after he was charged on Thursday with three offences of sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl and has been included in the squad for Saturday. Advocaat told reporters: "He still has to come in, but in principle if he feels okay, then he will be a member of the squad."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Everton v Manchester United, Sunday, 13:30 BST

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal on his side's defeat to Chelsea: "The result was the only thing that was not going in my way, and of course finishing the chances. That is what counts it football; it is not counting the performance. When you win in sport you can say everything, you can do everything and especially in England you can say anything. I think is not only performance but result that counts, and that I have told."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Everton v Manchester United, Sunday, 13:30 BST

Premier League table
BBC

More from Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal on the battle for a Champions League spot: "I'm always at a club to be a champion, but when we reach our goal, we are happy."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Everton v Manchester United, Sunday, 13:30 BST

Fellaini
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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal talking to the media ahead of Sunday's trip to Everton:

On reports of meeting PSV Eindhoven winger Mempis Depay: "I do not discuss it with the media.

On the reception Marouane Fellaini will receive at former club Everton: "I have spoken with him. Marouane is always dry with his answers. He said 'it is a game'. But it is a special game for him. I hope the fans give him the same reception Juan Mata received at Chelsea."

On Robin van Persie's fitness: "He has to train very hard and play in the second team and show his qualities again."

Tonight's Sport on the BBC

There are a number of BBC local radio commentaries on tonight's sport.

If you want to listen to Bath v London Irish in the Aviva Premiership you can do so on

BBC Radio Bristol from 19:45 BST.

Sticking with rugby union and the Pro12 match between Edinburgh v Zebre is on

BBC Radio Alba from 19:35.

Switching codes to rugby league and we have commentaries on each of tonight's three matches:

Hull FC v Huddersfield,
Leeds v Warrington and
St Helens v Widnes (all 20:00 BST).

Rooting for Joe?

Joe Root
BBC

There is no stopping Joe Root at the moment. The Yorkshireman has reached his 150 in the West Indies and you can follow

live text commentary here.

This weekend's coverage

BBC Radio 5 live

Before we start wading into Louis van Gaal's Manchester United press conference from 16:00 BST, here is a reminder of the sport on offer this weekend from BBC Radio 5 Live.

From 19:00 BST, Caroline Barker will look ahead to the weekend's football with Jermaine Jenas, Sachin Nakrani and John Hartson, along with a preview of the rest of the weekend's sport.

On Saturday, after Danny Baker and Fighting Talk, 5 Live Sport gets under way at 12:00 with build-up leading into Southampton v Tottenham at 12:45, followed by Burnley v Leicester (15:00), Sports Report (17:00) and 606 (18:06).