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By Phil Dawkes and Steve Canavan

All times stated are UK

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Night all

Right, time for us to dash for coming right up is live text commentary of tonight's big game - Bayern Munich v Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final.

Bayern are 3-0 down from the first leg at the Nou Camp and face a giant task if they're to turn things around.

Whatever the outcome, it should be a cracking contest between two of the finest sides in Europe.

Enjoy - and we'll see you for another edition of Sportsday tomorrow from 08:00.


So, as a busy Sportsday nears its end, here's what has been making the headlines:

Cricket: Kevin Pietersen will

not play for England this summer after director of cricket Andrew Strauss said there was a "massive trust issue" between the two.

Football: Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has told Gareth Bale's agent to

"stay quiet" after he suggested the forward's team-mates did not pass to him enough.

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Tennis: Andy Murray will look to

extend his clay-court winning streak at the Italian Open after confirming he will play in the tournament on Wednesday.

Football: Chelsea's Eden Hazard has been voted the

Football Writers' Association player of the year, adding to the PFA award he won in April.

'Bloodgate' scandal player to retire

Rugby Union

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Rugby union news now and Harlequins winger Tom Williams will

retire from playing at the end of the season and join the club's academy coaching staff.

Williams served a four-month ban in 2009 for his part in the 'Bloodgate' scandal in which he used a fake blood capsule to allow Nick Evans to come back onto the field.

The 31-year-old has scored 65 tries in 214 appearances since making his senior debut for Quins in 2004.

"It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that my playing time with Harlequins is over," he said.

Formula 1

Coul column

"The Spanish Grand Prix was not exactly the most exciting Formula 1 race there has ever been, and that has inevitably revived the debate about whether F1 needs some form of surgery to recover some magic.

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"This is a hot topic in F1 - the teams are meeting this week for the latest discussions over whether to change the rules for 2017 to make the cars more exciting and spectacular."

So starts the latest BBC column by former F1 driver David Coulthard.

It's good stuff - you'll find the full thing


Kevin Pietersen - England or not?

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Last set of comments on KP.

Alex Younger: You all say omitting Pietersen means we are going to lose vs Aus. Decision has been made, let's focus on the group we have.

Karen Lynch: Pietersen was naive to think he could walk back into the side after all the dirt he dished in his book.

Andrew Lamb: What will be said if Leics CCC build a decent lead, then skittle Surrey (including KP)?

Indeed Andrew. On that bombshell, thanks for joining in today - your efforts are very much appreciated.

Football gossip

Borini's Italian job?

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Daily Mail: Serie A side Lazio are considering a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini. The Reds wanted £12m for the 24-year-old but may accept less.


Raining cash

The Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao super-fight shattered the previous record for total pay-per-view buys and now ranks as the highest-grossing pay-per-view of all time.

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According to TopRank and HBO, initial reports indicate that the event generated more than 4.4 million US buys and more than $400 million in domestic pay-per-view revenue alone.

With additional revenue from the live gate at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, international television distribution, sponsorships, closed circuit and merchandise sales, the event is expected to generate in excess of $500 million in gross worldwide receipts.


O's still training after season's end


This is a bit like finishing a day's work but, just as you're about to nip to the pub, being ordered back to the office for another shift.

Shaun Batt tweet

What are we on about? Well, according to our colleagues atBBC London 94.9, Leyton Orient's players are still having to report for training - despite ending their campaign on 3 May.

The O's were relegated from League One after finishing the season with a seven-game winless run.

"Season's finished, there's no more games, yet were in training Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs till the 24th May," Orient forward Shaun Batt tweeted.

The east London club have declined to comment.


Game on

Not long to go till tonight's big game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

And we can guarantee those sick to the back teeth of all-things Kevin Pietersen, that there will be absolutely no mention of him during the live text commentary on the BBC Sport website ... well, not unless there's a hell of a surprise in the team selection.

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Trailing 3-0 from the first leg of the semi-final, Bayern still believe they can pull off one of football's great Champions League comebacks, with frontman Thomas Muller saying "we all know it's a mammoth task, but we haven't given up on it".

Striker Robert Lewandowski added: "We have to give everything we've got. We've shown often enough what we're capable of here in Munich. It's not over yet and we'll battle to the end."

Barcelona, meanwhile, are chasing a club-record 48th win of the season in all competitions.

All we can say is good luck Bayern - you're going to need it.


Bring on Europe

Manager Garry Monk says he is "not scared" of Swansea City qualifying for the Europa League next season.

The Swans are within a point of seventh-placed Southampton after their 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates - and finishing the season seventh could earn qualification to Europe's second tier tournament if the Gunners beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final.

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"I don't think we're scared about going in to that," said Monk, whose team lost in the last 32 in 2013-14. "We had a great experience last season in that, we really enjoyed it.

"I know people talk about how it can affect your league form and we'll have to deal with it if we're in there."


Calling it a day ... probably

Dick Advocaat says that Sunderland will be his last job in football management.

But, the little tease. he has refused to say whether or not he will stay with the Black Cats next season.

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"This is my last job," Advocaat told the

Sunderland Echo. "I have had a great career and have won a lot of prizes and I am really enjoying what I am doing now. Hopefully we stay up."

Advocaat joked that his wife would divorce him if he stayed in football much longer.

Rugby League

Don't squabble - it could cost you

Now, everybody, this is why we should never argue. Especially on a sports field. In the middle of a match.

Widnes' Aaron Heremaia could barely believe his luck when he was able to score unopposed during Viking's 38-24 victory over Leeds Rhinos.

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Two Leeds players got involved in an on-pitch argument with their opponents - leaving Heremaia a clear run for the try.

You can see the

video here - it's unreal.


Gratitude over tribute

The father of a Belgian footballer who died following a cardiac arrest has thanked his club for staging a tribute to the 23-year-old.

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Over 2,000 people attended a service for Tim Nicot at Wilrijk-Beerschot's stadium on Monday, many laying flowers and signing a book of condolence.

"This is overwhelming," said Alain Nicot. "Tim was incredibly proud that he played for this club."

Nicot was playing in a tournament in Hemiksem when he collapsed on Saturday.

Rugby League

Saints blow

St Helens will be without their influential scrum-half Luke Walsh for at least a month after he underwent minor ankle surgery.

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The Australian playmaker, who turns 28 today, suffered the injury during Saints' 33-26 Super League defeat by Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday and has already had the surgery.

Walsh, in his second season in Super League, was only five weeks into his comeback from an eight-month lay-off with a broken leg and ankle injury.

Middlesex beat Sussex to stay top


Middlesex 269 & 209 beat Sussex 192 & 207 by 79 runs

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Middlesex remain top of Division One of the County Championship after beating Sussex by 79 runs at Hove.

Steven Finn and Neil Dexter both took four wickets for Middlesex, as the hosts failed to capitalise on a position of promise at 91-1 chasing 287 to win.

Kevin Pietersen - England or not?

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Darren Lewis: Whether you pick KP isn't the key issue here. It's fact that Graves said one thing and now ECB has done another! Trust?!

CharlieB-Sutton: No trust? KP has done everything the ECB has asked yet Strauss has the audacity to claim it is a trust issue.

Harry G Henderson: Seems like England cricket is taking a leaf out of Newcastle FC's management book. Mismanagement everywhere.

Alan Taylor: Picking KP would've been win-win for Strauss. If he failed? We tried. Succeed? England win again.


The main man's back

Defending champion Novak Djokovic returned to action after a three-week break today and, you will not be too shocked to learn, beat Spain's Nicolas Almagro at the Italian Open.

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The world number one, who missed last week's Madrid Open to rest, beat Almagro 6-1 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in Rome.

He will next face another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut.

Road Cycling

Decent day at the Giro

BBC Sport's cycling correspondent Matt Slater at the Giro d'Italia: "Flat-out racing from the gun, almost every gambit in the big book of cycling tactics, stunning weather, beautiful scenery, a solo win for a new Italian star and a third different Australian race leader in three days - I think it would be fair to say that it was a decent day at the Giro.

"The scene at the finish was a mixture of joy, surprise and exhaustion.

"The race says goodbye to Liguria now and heads south to Tuscany. It could do with a nice lie-down, it won't get one. Wednesday finishes with a 10% average gradient for 18km. Ouch."

And to finish, a very arty, slightly weird photograph from today's stage, of Team Sky's Richie Porte.

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Jay to stay

Jay Rodriguez has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Southampton that ties him to the Premier League club until 2019.

A ruptured cruciate ligament has kept the 25-year-old striker on the sidelines for more than a year, but several of Saints' top-flight rivals had been linked with a move for Rodriguez, whose current contract only had a year to run.

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Manager Ronald Koeman told the club's website: "It's very good news for the club because there was some speculation about Jay and interest from other big clubs.

"So it is a compliment to the club that we have an agreement with Jay. He is close to being back and that is already good news for everyone."

Football gossip

Liverpool confident

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Liverpool are preparing a move for Burnley's Danny Ings, 22, following the Clarets' relegation from the Premier League - and the striker sees Anfield as his best option, despite offers from a host of other clubs, both in England and abroad, reports the

Liverpool Echo.


Yet more KP

Not bored of Kevin Pietersen yet? Really. You must be mad.

But actually, there's reason not to be, for BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce has written a brilliant feature which sums up the whole saga.

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Here's a sample: "That Pietersen outflanked Strauss on Monday with that extraordinary innings at the Oval made you almost feel sympathetic. A glance at the watch. Five hours to go until the rendez-vous. Kevin's on 50-odd? No problem.

"Four hours. 100. Three hours. 200. Time to polish the shoes. What do you mean, he's scored a triple century?

"It was the equivalent of rehearsing your best break-up line only to get a text from the soon-to-be ex saying that they can't wait to see you, that they love you so much, and that they have been looking at some holiday brochures for the summer after next."

It's great stuff -

you'll find it here.

Kevin Pietersen - England or not?

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Tim Nightingale: Alec Stewart diplomatic about KP but read between the lines and he feels Strauss is wrong and should be accountable in future.

Peter W: KP should play. But focus should be on the boring ECB, boring Strauss (just listen to his commentary!) and boring Cook.

Neil Foot: Can only assume Michael Vaughan was told "no KP" thus not going for the job himself? Hands tied and wouldn't be a yes man.

Keith Andrews: And when we lose the Ashes, Strauss will be there to say 'Its ok Cookey, your job's safe with me at the helm'.


Not taking it personally

A little more on Jack Grealish's decision to reject a call-up to Martin O'Neill's latest Republic of Ireland squad.

O'Neill has admitted he is disappointed but says he did not consider it a snub.

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"I don't take it personally. I think Jack is pretty firm in what he wants to do and that's fine," said O'Neill.

As long as Grealish remains uncapped by Ireland, there is the possibility that Roy Hodgson could persuade him that his international future could lie with England.

Asked about it, O'Neill was not to be drawn on the subject. "I've no idea about that, you'll have to ask Roy," he said.

Football gossip

Red raid

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Liverpool have been scouting Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 23, and are prepared to pay his £21.7m release clause, reports the

Daily Star.

Wood best helps Durham secure win


Durham 163 & 261-4 beat Notts 245 & 178 by six wickets

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Durham beat Nottinghamshire by six wickets to secure their third Championship win of 2015 and continue their good start to the season.

Nightwatchman Mark Wood (66) hit his highest first-class score as he put on 116 for the second wicket with Keaton Jennings (61).

Michael Richardson (51 not out) saw the hosts home as they completed a three-day win, leaving Notts still without a victory in Division One this season.

Kevin Pietersen - England or not?

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Right, there has been no mention of Kevin Pietersen for, ooh, at least 57 seconds now, so let's have a few more of your views on whether or not he should get an England recall (even though it seems he won't).

Ollie Tapscott: As an England cricket fan who cares only about on-pitch success, I want to see KP play. But if I was ECB Director, I wouldn't.

Rashid Jamil: A player of KP's class and abilities should not be treated so shabbily. Trust his abilities if not him.

Paul Collins: Don't blame the ECB or Strauss etc. KP cost himself his England chance by those texts and then that book. Traitor.

And next some sage advice...

Joe Cohen: Kevin Prince Boateng sacked yesterday, Kevin Pietersen kept out today - all the Kevin Ps out there, start with that insurance!

Game on

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

"Andy Murray has just announced he will play in the Rome Masters.

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Jeremy Chardy of France will be his second round opponent (Murray got a bye in the first round). They will play tomorrow .. order of play still to be confirmed."

Rugby Union

Mike Brown fitness latest - part two

O'Shea said the fact that Mike Brown had "turned the corner is the news that we have all been waiting for, so it's now just a matter of letting him build up".

"He can have a good off-season, a good pre-season, and be ready for the World Cup and hopefully for us in November. We'll just wish him well on the way to the World Cup," added O'Shea.

Explaining how Brown had been feeling, O'Shea said: "Mike has been suffering with concussion symptoms up to really last week - but towards the tail end of last week he turned the corner ... and has been doing some weights and running with no ill-effects."

Rugby Union

Mike Brown fitness latest

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has spoken to Radio 5 live about the health of England full-back Mike Brown.

The 29-year-old - expected to be one of the standout players in Stuart Lancaster's England side at this year's World Cup - was knocked out playing for England against Italy in February, and hasn't featured for his country and Harlequins since.

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Brown had been experiencing regular headaches, but O'Shea says he is now undergoing light exercise and has been symptom-free for the past week or so.

"He's run now and has suffered no reaction, so it's taken a while but it looks like he has turned the corner and is out the other side, which is good news," O'Shea said.

Road Cycling

Solo star

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Italian Davide Formolo capped a daring solo attack with victory on the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday, when Australian Simon Clarke took over the race lead from Orica team-mate Michael Matthews.

Formolo finished the 150km ride from Chiavari to La Spezia in a time of 3hr 47min 59sec, just 22 seconds ahead of a small group of chasers - including race favourites Alberto Contador and Richie Porte.


'We hope he'll come back'

Asked about Kevin Pietersen's plans for the remainder of the summer, Alec Stewart said: "Kevin will be going to the IPL on Friday, as we always knew would be the case.

"He'll be there for the knockout stages, then he'll come back, and if he still has appetite to score runs for us, then he'll play in our last two games at Surrey.

"We hope he does that."


Graves has cost Pietersen £250,000

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More from former England skipper Alec Stewart on Kevin Pietersen...

"Kevin has given up £250,000 on the back of Colin Grave's comments. He did that to force his way back into the England team," Stewart said. "He brought that book out, which didn't go down well and I can understand that. He believed his career was over.

"Since Colin Graves made those comments six Sundays ago on the Garry Richardson show, and then has had two phonecalls with KP since, saying come and score runs in county cricket and there's a chance... well KP has done that. So that word trust is maybe a two-way thing."


reached an agreement with IPL side Sunrisers Hyderabad to miss their league fixtures in the competition in order to play fro Surrey.

Reaction to Strauss on Pietersen

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From Ciaran in Bath: I think that Pietersen-gate is nothing more than a distracting melodrama. The real issue facing England at the moment is their inability to take the 20 wickets needed to win a test match.

Stevie C: The abuse being hurled at the ECB, Strauss,the Captain and other players by KP supporters is fully indicative of how divisive his mere presence is. Add that to how many ways the Aussies have found to get him out, usually by playing on his ego which he just can't help himself on, and clearly Strauss has taken exactly the right decision.

Sam from Leicester: Forget that KP isn't in the ECB's plans for a minute. Who would he replace? The current number 3, 4, 5 are the first names anybody would put on the team sheet.


'KP has played last England game' - Stewart

Kevin Pietersen is likely to have played his last ever game for England, according to Alec Stewart, director of cricket at Surrey.

Stewart told Sky Sports News: "I can only speak in good terms about how Kevin has done for us at Surrey. But Andrew Strauss has made that decision and we all have to respect it whether we agree with it or not."

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Stewart described Pietersen's 355 not out for Surrey against Leicestershire as "one of the best innings I have ever seen".

"It was what was riding on his innings - first of all the situation in the game, and then his England career, knowing he had that meeting last night.

"So it was unbelievable batting, and he is probably the only player in world cricket who could do it. He scored almost 300 runs in a day.

"I hope it's not the last first innings we've seen - but I think we've seen him in an England shirt for the last time."

Pujara nears Yorkshire century


BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at Headingley:

Yorkshire 370 & 219-4, Hampshire 227


"Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 92, his highest score for Yorkshire, and added 130 for the fourth wicket with Johnny Bairstow (59) to put the Tykes in complete control with a lead of 362.

"The only question now is when Yorkshire will declare? Will it be well before the close of play, just before, to give Hants a tricky few overs on a slow pitch, or overnight?"


Tudor on KP

Former England international Alex Tudor has just been on BBC Radio 5 Live, discussing Kevin Pietersen, who has been told he will not be selected by the national side this summer because of "trust issues". Here is what Tudor had to say...

"He has done everything the ECB has asked. He has even come back and scored runs. On the day he has the meeting he goes out and scores 326. But I think the decision was made long ago. Kevin is not for them and they are going to move on.

"I have not seen anything on social media from ex-players... they all think it is crazy. I'm slightly old school and grew up in a difficult changing room. We had mavericks but people pulled them up and wouldn't let a situation get far.

"There are players of the generation who played with him before still in the England dressing room but I'm sure if the new guys were asked if they would like Kevin Pietersen in their side they would say yes."

Kent taking control


BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Canterbury:

Kent 357 & 228-5, Glamorgan 281


"Kent reached tea against Glamorgan on 228-5, already an impressive lead of 304 runs, with the visitors facing a big chase on the final day.

"Joe Denly with 66, nightwatchman James Tredwell with 53 and ex-West Indies batsman Brendan Nash with 45 all contributed useful runs.

"Glamorgan again relied on Aussie paceman Michael Hogan to peg back the Kent advance as he claimed three wickets."

Yardy loss a blow to Sussex


BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Hove:

Middlesex 269 & 209, Sussex 192 & 147-6


"Middlesex look to have struck the decisive blow in taking the wicket of Michael Yardy with the last ball before tea on day three, leaving Sussex 147-6 in pursuit of 287.

"Neil Dexter's medium pace has taken four wickets in the session, including that of Yardy, who is the only man in the match so far to reach 50.

"The pitch has behaved better in this innings than at any other stage of the match but even Dexter's pace has found inconsistent bounce from the cracked surface.

"If Middlesex do claim the win, it would be their third victory in their opening four matches."

Openers star for Derbyshire


Derbyshire 343 & 281-3, Northants 324


Derbyshire's openers have given their side an excellent platform against Northants.

Chesney Hughes (104) and Ben Slater (94) put on 205 for the first wicket, and at tea Derbyshire are 281-3 in their second innings, 300 runs ahead.

Durham close in on victory


BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

Notts 245 & 178, Durham 163 & 240-4


"What a difference a day makes. Eighteen wickets fell yesterday, but today calmness prevails and with it Durham are on the verge of another win, their fifth in six matches against Notts.

"At tea they are 240-4 and need another 21 to seal victory.

"The key to the innings was an excellent second-wicket stand of 116 from Keaton Jennings, who made 61, and nightwatchman Mark Wood, who scored a career-best 66.

"Scott Borthwick has also added to the Durham cause with 51, his 25th half century and his fourth this season. Michael Richardson will resume shortly on 46."