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Summary

  1. Liverpool fans plan ticket price protest
  2. Hull City v Liverpool (19:45 BST)
  3. O'Sullivan in quarter-final action
  4. Taylor to captain England ODI team
  5. GET INVOLVED: What is a fair away ticket price? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and good night

That is all from Sportsday for this evening. We will leave you with the football and snooker. Enjoy.

We will return tomorrow for another busy day of rolling sports news from 08:00 BST. Thank you and good night.

Live football this evening

Football

We have three football live text commentaries for you this evening (yes, three). Take your pick of whichever you fancy following from the below list...

Hull v Liverpool in the Premier League (19:45 BST)

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund in the German Cup (19:45 BST)

Barcelona v Getafe in La Liga (19:00 BST)

Coming up...

Sport coming up this evening on the BBC...

BBC Two: World Championship Snooker (18:30-19:55 BST)

BBC Radio 5 Live: 5 Live Sport including Hull v Liverpool (19:00-22:00), Mayweather v Pacquiao Preview (22:00-22:30 BST)

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra: Rotherham v Reading (19:40-21:45 BST)

Here is a little teaser for the big fight in Las Vegas on Saturday...

The ring at the MGM Grand
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Steve Bruce quotes

Hull v Liverpool (19:45 BST)

Steve Bruce
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Hull boss Steve Bruce has had this to say about

tonight's game with Liverpool: "You hope your home form can stack up and since Christmas it has. We've given ourselves a great chance but we're still right in the thick of it.

"When you play against a big team, you've got to defend well. We did that against pace against Palace, so let's hope for more of the same. I'm quietly confident, starting with Liverpool, we can get enough points at home to keep us up," he added.

Brendan Rodgers quotes

Hull v Liverpool (19:45 BST)

Brendan Rodgers
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Liverpool travel to Hull this evening for

a game that is key to both clubs in their respective battles to qualify for the Champions League and avoid relegation.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has had this to say: "Manchester United have a clear advantage [seven points having played a game more] but we can only affect that by winning our games. We need to do that starting at Hull. Man United play West Brom at the weekend and we've seen how difficult it is to play against Tony Pulis' team.

"We can only focus on ourselves. Last year showed that lots of changes can take place in the final five matches. We have a tough game away at Hull but the idea is to get the victory and apply as much pressure as we can to the teams above," he stressed.

The rise and fall of Gretna

Football fairytales

Derry City players celebrate at the end of the UEFA Cup qualification match between Gretna and Derry City
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The Scottish town of Gretna has become synonymous as a location for couples to run off to get married. Between 2005 and 2008 it was also worth heading there to witness one of the most remarkable rises (and falls) in football history. Gretna were only elected to the Scottish Football League in 2002 but Brooks Mileson's financial input helped them win the Division One, Two and Three titles in successive seasons and reach the

2006 Scottish Cup final as a third-tier club (resulting in qualification for the Uefa Cup) from 2005 to 2007.

Poor form on the pitch and dire a dire financial situation off it meant Gretna's debut season in the Scottish premier League was one to forget. Administration (resulting in a points deduction), mass redundancies and relegation followed. They were then shunted down to the third tier due to the financial situation. They

resigned from the Scottish league in June 2008.

Lawrie's fighting talk

Golf

Former Open champion Paul Lawrie believes

he still has what it takes to get back to the top in golf.

The 46-year-old has struggled with injury in the past two years and has dropped to 334 in the latest rankings.

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"I've still got the desire, I still want to win," he told BBC Scotland. "I feel I can get back in the top 50, I don't see why not."

Praise for Monk job

Football

Former Swansea City manager Kenny Jackett believes the club are

back on track under current boss Garry Monk.

Wolves head coach Jackett signed Monk as a player for Swansea from Barnsley in 2004.

Garry Monk
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Monk replaced Michael Laudrup in February 2014 and after securing Premier League safety last season are currently eighth in the table.

"Garry's sorted them out a little bit now and got them back on track I feel," Jackett said.

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Matt Farnham: When is the Premier League going to stop the escalating prices? Oh they wont because they don't care. Its all about the money.

Marcel: The only option is for all the fans to stop going to the stadiums for a month or so. Let the clubs bleed & see what they'll do.

Max Baggins-Craig: Away ticket cost: £12 adult, £8 concession, £5 child, and £25 family (4 people); regardless of team - sounds fair to me...

Benteke focused on only Villa

Football

Christian Benteke's agent says there has no been interest in his client and that the in-form Belgium striker is only focused on his Aston Villa career.

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Benteke has been in sparkling form since Tim Sherwood became Villa manager in February, scoring nine goals in his last eight appearances after managing only three until then for previous boss Paul Lambert.

That form has led to speculation that Liverpool and Manchester United might make a bid for the frontman.

But Benteke's agent Eris Kismet told Sky Sports News: "At the moment, there is no interest. Every player and staff member is concentrated on avoiding relegation, anything else is just a distraction."

Fleetwood in Uzbekistan link-up

Football

Here's an interesting one...

Fleetwood Town, who have enjoyed a momentous Bournemouth-style rise of their own (going from North West Counties to League One in a decade), have announced a "partnership" with Uzbekistan Premier League side Lokomotiv Tashkent.

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The deal, which will see the clubs co-operate in commercial activities, reports the

Blackpool Gazette, could see Uzbek players visiting the UK to train with Fleetwood - and vice versa.

Fleetwood are expected to travel to Tashkent on a pre-season tour next summer.

From amateurs to treble winners

Football fairytales

Following Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League we have been looking at other football fairytales...

Cosmin Moti is congratulated by his team-mates
EPA

Based in the Bulgarian north-eastern city of Razgrad, Ludogorets were

only founded 13 years ago and, until 2010, were playing as amateurs in the third tier of Bulgarian football. In 2010, their spectacular ascent began with promotion to the professional second division, after which they were bought by pharmaceutical multi-millionaire Kiril Domuschiev, who had business interests in the city.

A squad overhaul and two successive promotions set them up for the truly remarkable - winning the league, Cup and Supercup to become only the second team in world football - after Estonia's FC Levadia Tallinn - to win a domestic treble at the first attempt.

Two further league titles have followed along with their debut in the group stages of the Champions League, courtesy of an

amazing penalty shoot-out win over Steaua Bucharest, which saw defender Cosmin Moti save two spot-kicks after keeper Vladislav Stoyanov was sent off in the final minute of extra time.

Punchestown - Champion Chase

Horse Racing

Willie Mullins horse Felix Yonger, ridden by Danny Mullins has won the feature race, the Champions Chase, at Punchestown. The 5-1 shout chased down Baily Green (40-1) on the final stretch to claim a narrow victory.

All of today's results can be found on our horse racing pages.

Yodelling at the snooker

Snooker

Here is something you don't see hear every day. A Norwegian snooker fan has entertained the Crucible Theatre crowd with some

yodelling before Tuesday's afternoon session at the World Snooker Championship.

Bjorn, who is a professional yodeller, approached announcer Rob Walker and asked if he could entertain the crowd before play began.

Watch the World Snooker Championship live on the BBC.

Well done lads

Former England spinner Graeme Swann on

Twitter:

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World Championship latest

Snooker

Stuart Bingham has upped his game in his World Championship snooker quarter-final with Ronnie O'Sullivan. Bingham has taken the last three frames to

lead 5-3 after the afternoon session.

On the other table, it is Barry Hawkins 3-3 Neil Robertson.

You can follow the snooker online.

Near liquidation to Premier League

Football

BBC Radio 5 live

Administrator Gerald Krasner was

about five minutes from putting Bournemouth into liquidation six years ago before current chairman Jeff Mostyn came forward in a press conference with the funds to save the club. Now, the Cherries are in the Premier League. Krasner has just been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live and had this to say...

"The story is true [about the club being five minutes from doom before Mostyn came forward]. Every word of it. I remember vividly. The club did not have enough money and as I stood up to talk to the press, Jeff got out his chequebook and started waving it at the room and saved them from extinction. I think every neutral fan will have a smile on his face, believing the dream can happen. All credit to the new owner and to Eddie Howe."

Doing a mate a favour

Football

Norwich boss Alex Neil is set to do former club Hamilton a favour this summer by sending a batch of his best youngsters north on loan.

Neil quit Scotland in January to take over at Carrow Road, leaving best friend Martin Canning to take over the reins at New Douglas Park.

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Neil - who hopes to lead Norwich to the Premier League through the play-offs - said: "I would have absolutely no issue about sending some of our young lads up there to get first-team football if I felt they could do a job for Hamilton.

"It's certainly something that is a possibility for next year and I'm sure Martin and I will sit down and talk about it at some stage."

Wolves 'will fight to the end'

Football

Richard Stearman
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Wolves will fight for a play-off place until the very last moment,

says defender Richard Stearman.

Kenny Jackett's men, eighth in the Championship, are two points outside the play-off places and must win their final game at home against Millwall to stand any chance of going up.

"We've made it interesting going into the last game," Stearman told BBC WM. "We're going to continue to fight and we're in with a chance, so we're happy with that."

Wrexham get their man

Football

Gary Mills
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Gary Mills has

left Gateshead to become the new manager of Wrexham.

The Dragons sacked their previous boss Kevin Wilkin in March.

Mills, 53, took over Gateshead in September 2013. He led the club to third in the Conference in 2013-14 and lost the play-off final 2-1 to Cambridge United.

Bale winning fitness battle

Juventus v Real Madrid (Tuesday 5 May, 19:45 BST)

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Real Madrid's Gareth Bale is on course to play in next week's

Champions League semi-final first leg against Juventus.

The forward, 25, has been out for 10 days with a calf injury but is expected to resume full training this week. The Welshman hopes to play a part in Saturday's La Liga match at Sevilla.

"Gareth is doing work on his own and will do the same tomorrow," Real coach Carlo Ancelotti said on Tuesday. "If all goes well, then he will begin to train with the team again on Thursday."

We will have a live text commentary on that game on Tuesday from 19:00 BST.

German Cup live

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Arjen Robben
AFP

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben could return after five weeks out injured for Tuesday's

German Cup semi-final against Borussia Dortmund.

Winger Robben (stomach) and defender Mehdi Benatia (groin), will be assessed before the game for Bayern, rested players for Saturday's 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin, which sealed their third consecutive Bundesliga title.

GET INVOLVED: Ticket prices

#bbcsportsday

Paul Hansen: Bayern Munich SEASON ticket £109! Nuff said.

BenPharoah: I agree with the protest but it should be aimed at all clubs. L'pool charged newcastle fans £45 for restricted view recently.

Big Brenny: If you own a club and the ground is full every week, why would you consider lowering the ticket prices? Answer, you wouldn't.

Bruce on Liverpool protest

Hull v Liverpool (19:45 BST)

We've heard the views of Brendan Rodgers on tonight's £50 away ticket price for Hull City v Liverpool. Hull boss Steve Bruce has also expressed sympathy with those Liverpool fans feeling hard done by.

"I feel sorry for the supporters of big clubs who have to dig deep every week and I hope when the new TV money comes into play the Premier League can remember football does belong to supporters," said Bruce.

Steve Bruce
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"I know how difficult it is for people here at our club to find the money to bring their two kids to a football match and we have to make sure with all the money washing around we give something back to the fans.

"We have to remember the average man in the street because they are the lifeblood of football and I think if the Premier League set certain rules we would all have to abide by them."

Gossip update

Football

Here is a little update on our

gossip column with some stories that have hit the sports sections of websites during the day...

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Chelsea are monitoring Antoine Griezmann's situation at Atletico Madrid because a buy-out clause of just £43m could leave the Spanish club helpless to stop the 24-year-old midfielder leaving.

(Daily Mail)

Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a transfer swap deal that would see striker Javier Hernandez leave the club in exchange for Dinamo Moscow midfielder Roman Zobnin, 21, and £5.7m.

(Metro)

Tottenham are still in the market to sign Sassuolo's Italian forward Simone Zaza, 23, and have been given fresh hope they can clinch his signature after his agent said they will discuss his future at the end of the season.

(Talksport)

Durham chase victory target

Cricket

BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

Sussex 335 & 265, Durham 339 & 105-2

"The hosts have moved to 105-2 at tea, still needing another 157 to win. Openers Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman put on 80 before Stoneman went lbw to Ajmal Shahzad for 41. Four overs later Jennings edged the same bowler behind when on 38.

"There are still 32 overs to go tonight but Durham don't seem to be in any rush and have to bat if needed.

"Sussex will probably feel 262 will not be enough to defend, but you just never know."

Denly leads Kent recovery

Cricket

Lancashire 444, Kent 252 & 128-2 (f/o)

Joe Denly's half-century led Kent's recovery at Old Trafford despite the visitors losing Daniel Bell-Drummond for only 18.

The 29-year-old shared a 72-run second-wicket partnership with captain Robert Key before the latter was bowled by Peter Siddle for 32.

Kent reached 128-2 at tea and still trail by 64 runs but Denly and Brendan Nash will aim to help the visitors avoid an innings defeat to Lancashire.

Listen to live commentary

here.

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Tom Sargent: If it makes the @LFC fans feel better: @HullCity fans get charged £50 as well. Who's really being ripped off?

Dan Shelbourne: £nough is £nough.

Nathan Taylor: Football wouldn't be what it is today without the fans, so why are they overcharging and making it hard for fans!

Lawrence ton helps Essex to big lead

Cricket

Surrey 340, Essex 610-8 dec

Essex piled up a lead of 270 before declaring at tea following 17-year-old Dan Lawrence's maiden Championship century.

He made 161 before being caught behind off spinner Zafar Ansari, who took 4-149.

Graham Napier then slammed three sixes and nine fours in his 73 off 62 balls in a stand of 116 with Greg Smith (50 not out) as they reached 610-8.

Listen to live commentary

here.

Cricket

Pietersen off the rails...

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen

Heard the one about the cricketing superstar getting lost on a train?

After Surrey's County Championship fixture with Essex on Monday afternoon, Kevin Pietersen left the Kia Oval and tweeted that public transport was a "great way to travel".

But after a series of frantic tweets, the 34-year-old batsman was left "stranded" in Wraysbury, Middlesex and had to be rescued by his wife.

Read more and see those tweets here.

Willey hits out against Leicestershire

Cricket

Northants 251 & 371-8, Leicestershire 305

David Willey celebrated his inclusion in England one-day squad to face Ireland with an unbeaten 66 against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

The left-hander struck 12 fours and shared an eighth-wicket partnership of 97 in 11.5 overs with South African Rory Kleinveldt, who made 56.

The visitors reached tea on 371-8, a lead of 317, with Leicestershire now facing an uphill task to achieve their first Championship win since 2012.

Listen to live commentary

here

Somerset build healthy lead

Cricket

BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand:

Somerset 408 & 211-5, Middlesex 317

"Middlesex fought back hard in the afternoon session to leave Somerset 211-5 at tea on the third day and in danger of another collapse.

"That is however a lead of 302 and the hosts are one more decent partnership away from setting a formidable target.

"The pitch continues to play well, which offers the visitors hope for the eventual chase but first-innings centurion, James Hildreth, remains in their way, unbeaten on 41."

Listen to live commentary

here

Gloucestershire on back foot

Cricket

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol:

Gloucestershire 272 & 156-4, Derbyshire 545-9

"Gloucestershire handled the first part of the afternoon session well, with Gareth Roderick and Will Tavare looking secure.

"However, it ended badly for the home side however, with Tavare given out lbw and then Roderick caught from an attempted pull on 75.

"In between, Peter Handscomb was caught behind and the home side remain 114 short of making Derbyshire bat again."

Listen to live commentary

here

All square

Snooker

Hot favourite Ronnie O'Sullivan isn't having things all his own way at the start of his World Snooker Championship quarter-final with Stuart Bingham.

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The pair are locked at 2-2, with the Rocket - who has, so far, kept both shoes on and not made any rude gestures - having to work hard against a very solid-looking Bingham.

On the other table, Australia's Neil Robertson leads Barry Hawkins 2-1.

German Cup live

Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

Jurgen Klopp
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Bayern Munich wrapped up their third consecutive Bundesliga title at the weekend. And they can continue their pursuit of a domestic and European treble with victory over Borussia Dortmund in the

German Cup last four tonight.

The game also represents Jurgen Klopp's last chance to claim some silverware before he leaves the club in the summer. We will have a live text commentary of that game this evening from around 19:00 BST.

GET INVOLVED: What is a fair away ticket price?

#bbcsportsday

Andrew Brookes: £50 is a lot to pay for an away ticket. Think you have to get up there, some people have to pay for hotels. It's not on.

Thomas Carvill: The Football Association should be doing more to curb the vicious financial cycle that will ruin football. £20, no more.

David Broome: Cap ticket prices. Huge TV revenue is only possible now because of the priced out, loyal working class support, in hard times.

'Very attracted to the Premier League'

Football

Claudio Beauvue looks to be on the move after Guingamp's top scorer announced he will leave the club in the summer.

The 27-year-old striker has been linkedwith a move to the Premier League, with Everton and West Ham thought to be interested.

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Speaking to radio station RMC, Beauvue - who has hit 18 goals this season, including five in the Europa League - said: "The deal I had with the club president was that I would leave in the event of a beautiful season.

"The season has been very beautiful, so it is sure that I will be playing my football elsewhere next season ... and it is true though that I am very attracted to the Premier League."

Good place to clean up

Football

Did you know Bournemouth holds the record for the most people to shower simultaneously at a single venue?

Well you do now. Happened in 2011 apparently, when 152 plucky men and women gathered under a giant shower purpose-built specially for the occasion.

152 in the shower
Guinness World Records

It's part of a BBC article called 'Ten Bournemouth facts football fans might not know', to celebrate the club's remarkable rise to the Premier League.

Couple of others... the writer Mary Shelley, best known for her novel Frankenstein, is buried at St Peter's Church in the resort, while Bournemouth is said to be the first place in the UK to have purpose-built beach huts, built in 1909.

Full article

here.

Rankin shines against Yorkshire

Cricket

BBC WM 95.6's Richard Wilford at Headingley:

Warwickshire 435, Yorkshire 303

"Boyd Rankin's ability to find bounce and pace on a slowish, flat wicket has kept Warwickshire with the upper hand.

"A six-wicket haul earned a first innings lead of 132, despite a patient captain's hand of 96 from Andrew Gale for the home side.

"The initiative is now with the Bears to gain a large enough lead to put Yorkshire under pressure on the final day."

Listen to live commentary

here

United line up Barca game

Football

Manchester United will play Barcelona during a four-match tour of the United States this summer.

Louis van Gaal's men will also face Paris St Germain, Club America and San Jose Earthquakes during the pre-season trip.

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The fixtures will be part of the International Champions Cup, a tournament United won last year.

Mexico City-based Club America will be the first opponents at Seattle's CenturyLink Field on 17 July.

The 10-team International Champions Cup, which also features Chelsea, will be decided via a league format with each club playing four matches.