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Summary

  1. Jonas Gutierrez suing former club Newcastle for £2m
  2. Indian Wells CEO resigns after 'sexist' comments
  3. International football build-up
  4. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Right, that's all from us today, thanks for reading. 

Make sure you keep across the cricket, and Sportsday will be back tomorrow morning of course, from 08:00 GMT. 

Until then. 

'Terror attacks serve as Euro reminder'

Football

Terror attacks in Belgium are a reminder of the "very high level of security" needed at Euro 2016 this summer, says France's interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve.

At least 31 people were killed by Tuesday's explosions at Brussels airport and a city metro station.

Cazeneuve said: "The events in Brussels remind us of the very high level of security which is necessary to ensure Euro 2016 is successful.

"Euro 2016 should be a celebration but collective security is an obligation for everyone alongside the government."

Follow the latest on the Brussels attacks with BBC News

The scene in Brussels
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Pakistan need 58 to win

Cricket

Earlier on it appears I might have inadvertently jinxed Pakistan and Sharjeel Khan - just after I wrote about how well he was doing, he was gone. Bowled having made a very entertaining 47 from 25 balls. 

Now, chasing New Zealand's target of 181, Sharjeel's side are 123-4. With just over five overs left they need to score 58 more...

Follow live text, radio commentary and in-play highlights all in the same place, over here.

Bouhanni claims second Volta stage

Cycling

"I wasn't in an ideal position but I made a real effort to get into position with 1.5km to go," Bouhanni said. 

"My team-mates did really well to launch me. I'm hoping to get a third win after the mountains."

Gianni Meersman finished second on the 178km run from Mataro to Olot, with Philippe Gilbert in third. 

Tomorrow's stage is where it starts to get really interesting though - out towards the Pyrenees, north from Girona. Will Froomey stretch his legs?

Bouhanni claims second Volta stage

Cycling

Nacer Bouhanni claims his second successive stage win at the Volta a Catalunya and preserves his overall lead.

Ben Swift, who finished just behind Frenchman Bouhanni in Monday's opener, retains second position overall. 

Swift's fellow Britons Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas are also racing for Team Sky at the seven-day event in northern Spain.

Bouhani
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Bentaleb out for six weeks

Football

Tottenham midfielder Nabil Bentaleb is ruled out for six weeks after undergoing knee surgery. 

The 21-year-old has made 11 appearances for Spurs this season in all competitions, scoring once and providing one assist.

Bentaleb
Reuters

Allen relishes Manic experience

Football

Earlier on (12:42 GMT) we told you that Manic Street Preachers are set to release the official anthem for Wales' appearance at Euro 2016.

The song is called Together Stronger (C'mon Wales) and Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen loved the experience.

"That was brilliant," says Allen. "I'm a big fan of the Manics and their music so to get the chance to meet them and be part of the song with them was incredible really.

"I think it's a sign of how much all this has meant to everyone in Wales."

Joe Allen
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What's for dinner/tea/lunch?

Brilliant rice&peas and jerk chicken in Nagpur 😋👌🏿

Brilliant rice&peas and jerk chicken in Nagpur 😋👌🏿

Bit of plaintain on the side as well Chris? Sorry, Universe Boss?

I've had two lunches today but that's made me hungry...

Pakistan need 116 to win

Cricket

Sharjeel Khan is a man possessed. He'll be happy swatting the ball long into this Chandigarh evening.

Pakistan have made a very impressive start to their innings against New Zealand - zipping  along to 61-0 after just five overs. Khan is on 47 from 24 balls as they chase The Black Caps' 180-5...

Follow live text, radio commentary and in-play highlights all in the same place, over here.

Sharjeel
Reuters

Bolton vice-chairman resigns

Football

Bolton Wanderers vice-chairman Brett Warburton has resigned following the recent takeover of the club.

Dean Holdsworth's Sports Shield consortium and Ken Anderson's Inner Circle bought the club from Eddie Davies earlier this month.

Trevor Birch and Terry Robinson have also left the club, who are bottom of the Championship, having helped facilitate the sale.

The Trotters had a winding-up petition closed at the High Court on Monday after they paid their tax bill.

Bolton Wanderers vice-chairman Brett Warburton
Rex Features

Are you ready for the new season?

Football

BBC Radio 5 Live

And if you tune in to BBC Radio 5 live at 20:30 GMT this evening you'll hear Caroline Barker and former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis sharing their thoughts on the season ahead.

Are you ready for the new season?

Football

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Who's going to be the 'new Leicester'? Can Liverpool Ladies bounce back from last year's disappointment? Or will champions Chelsea be too strong again?

The new Women’s Super League season gets under way on Wednesday, so head over here for everything you need to know. 

And here's another reminder - the first of 16 live commentaries across the season on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra starts tomorrow at 18:15 GMT with Manchester City v Notts County.

Chelsea players celebrate
FA

Bertrand misses England training

Football

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

Ryan Bertrand is the only absentee from England training.

The Southampton defender is being assessed but his complaint/injury is unspecified.

England are preparing for international friendlies against Germany on Saturday and the Netherlands on Tuesday.

Ryan Bertrand
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Mikel set for China move?

Football gossip

According to the Evening Standard, Chelsea midfielder Jon Obi Mikel will consider leaving Chelsea for the China this summer.

They say the Blues would consider offering the 28-year-old an extension on his current deal, which expires in 2017, but more lucrative offers from the Far East may prove too tempting...

Jon Obi Mikel
Reuters

Newcastle say they did contact Gutierrez during treatment

Jonas Gutierrez discrimination case against Newcastle

Gary Smee

BBC Sport at the Employment Tribunal Court in Birmingham

Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is suing his former club over the way he claims he was treated when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Newcastle insist they did send Gutierrez emails and try and contact him and his mother to see how he was during treatment in 2014

Gutierrez says Pardew later apologised for the way he treated him and Gutierrez understood it was owner Mike Ashley who wanted to let him go

Burgess cleared of serious injury

Rugby League

England forward Sam Burgess has been released from hospital after being cleared of serious injury during South Sydney's loss to St George Illawarra.

Burgess, 27, spent two nights in hospital after Sunday's clash of heads with fellow Englishman Mike Cooper.

He lay prone on the pitch for several minutes, while receiving medical care, before being taken off on a stretcher.

MRI and CT scans showed no damage to the vertebrae or spinal cord and Burgess is expected to recover fully.

Burgess
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Say goodybe to Fifa rage

Football

Is defence the key? Playing against different opponents with different styles? Is it a mental thing? Or should you just play with Real Madrid? 

If you've ever launched a game controller across the room in a Fifa rage, this is for you...   

Watch here as some top Fifa pros at the Interactive World Cup in New York share some tips on raising your game.

Fifa pros
BBC

No contact from Newcastle during treatment - Gutierrez

Football

Gary Smee

BBC Sport at the Employment Tribunal Court in Birmingham

Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is suing his former club over the way he claims he was treated when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Gutierrez says he wanted to continue playing under Pardew because he loved the club and the fans

Gutierrez says he did not receive a phone call from Pardew or club directors to see how he was coping during chemotherapy treatment

Newcastle go back to school

Football

BBC Newcastle

What kind of an effect has Rafael Benitez had at Newcastle since replacing Steve McClaren? 

To find out, BBC Newcastle has been speaking with midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, who's said it feels like he is "going to school again" with Rafa around.

"You're always being watched - you feel like you're on trial if you like," Shelvey said.

"Everyone's looking to impress and being a lot busier than normal."

Shelvey
Reuters

'The butterflies started coming'

Football

Some quotes from Scunthorpe United's new manager Graham Alexander, who joined the club as a player in 1991 and made 159 league appearances for the Iron.

“Just coming up the motorway there, the butterflies started coming as soon as I could see the floodlights coming into view," said the former Preston and Fleetwood boss.

"I realised it was 28 years since I made that first drive as a 16-year-old and I feel as excited as I did then. It’s fantastic to be back."

Scunthorpe are 13th in League One but only six points off the play-offs.

Got him!

Cricket

New Zealand big-hitter Martin Guptill is out! A big wicket for Pakistan in their World Twenty20 in Chandigarh.

The damage may have been done already though - Guptill made 80 to bring the Black Caps to 127-3. Pakistan are yet to bat. About five overs to go.

Follow live text, radio commentary and in-play highlights all in the same place, over here.

Guptill
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New boss for Scunthorpe

Football

The Iron have appointed Graham Alexander as their new first team manager. More details to follow.

The Iron have appointed Graham Alexander as their new first team manager. More details to follow.

Alexander signs a three-and-a-half year contract and will take charge for the first time at Barnsley on Good Friday.

Ozil dismisses Arsenal rumours

Football transfer gossip

There have been reports in newspapers recently, especially Spanish ones, saying Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil will leave the Gunners if boss Arsene Wenger remains in charge.

Well Ozil has just gone on to Twitter to tweet...

Have seen the media reports today. Arsène Wenger was a big reason for me joining Arsenal – this hasn’t changed! #Respect #AFC

Dowie back in business

Football

Are you old enough to remember Iain Dowie in his playing years? You know the fella, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham?

What about when he was a manager - most recently with QPR in 2008?

Well according to the Coventry Telegraph, Dowie - 59 caps for Northern Ireland - is now working as a regional sales manager for a surveyors...

Ian Dowie
PA
"Having experienced the excitement of playing international football and managing at a high level, Iain is equally excited to be joining..."

Managing the universe boss

Rugby Union

BBC Radio 5 Live

Eddie Jones
Getty Images

How do you manage a man who calls himself the 'universe boss'?

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones is certainly a big fan of West Indies slogger Chris Gayle, telling BBC Radio 5 live: "In any one team you can have one outlier who's a bit different and has more flexibility because of his unique talent. 

"If you have Chris Gayle and [former England cricketer] Kevin Pietersen in the same team, though, you might have a few problems."

Jones had some interesting thoughts on "outliers" in teams, but would he been drawn on whose his is (or might be in future)? Take a wild guess..

Chris Gayle
AP
Hang on, aren't we all supposed to be bowing down to you?

Fancy a game in, erm, Mexico?

Cricket

BBC World Service

Stumped

Nope, nor us... But that's what 'Backpacking Batter' Timothy Abraham is up to. He's been visiting a Mexico City cricket pitch that leaves bowlers struggling because of its high altitude.

Ben Owen, Chairman of the Mexican Cricket Association, admits "after about an over and a half, most quick bowlers are waiting for the end of their turn".

Another pitch in Cancun is labelled as "pure jungle" by the city's cricket captain, who explains players are met with "multi-coloured snakes and dangerous things you wouldn't go near" when the ball goes over the boundary.

Have a listen over here.

Gutierrez shocked at Newcastle exit

Jonas Gutierrez discrimination case against Newcastle

Gary Smee

BBC Sport at the Employment Tribunal Court in Birmingham

Ex-Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez is suing his former club over the way he claims he was treated when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Gutierrez insists Pardew did not want to let him go because of poor form but because he thought the cancer would make him a liability

We'll be hearing from Pardew at some point during this tribunal...possibly later this week...tribunal could last up to 10 days

Gutierrez says he can't understand why Pardew wanted to let him go when he had been a first team regular

Coleman bans Wags from Wales's Euro camp

Football

Wives, girlfriends and family members will be banned from Wales' team hotel during the early stages of their Euro 2016 campaign, says boss Chris Coleman.

The rule also applies to Coleman so Sky Sports presenter Charlotte Coleman will also not be allowed into their camp.

"There will be no family, no girlfriends, no wives in our hotel in the first period of the group stage," said Coleman.

"We have three games in 10 days and there's no time."

Chris Coleman
Rex Features

'Fifa reaffirms commitment to safety and security'

Football

At least 31 people have been killed and many more people have been injured in terror attacks at Brussels international airport and at a city metro station.

European football's governing body Fifa has issued the following statement concerning the European Championships, which will be held in France in June and July.

“Following today’s events in Brussels, Uefa wishes to reaffirm its commitment in placing safety and security at the centre of its organisational plans for Uefa Euro 2016.

“Euro 2016 SAS (safety and security) will monitor the level of risk for the tournament. For over three years now, Euro 2016 SAS has been working with the authorities to guarantee a safe and secure tournament and all measures are being taken to ensure that is the case for all involved.”

European Championship
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Highlights: England earn tense India win

Cricket

Highlights: England earn tense India win

We mentioned earlier that England had earned a tense win over India in the Women's T20 and now you can watch the highlights from that match by clicking on this link.

In the men's competition, New Zealand are currently batting in their match against Pakistan and you can follow live text commentary, with in play highlights, by clicking here.

On this day

Athletics

Kelly Sotherton of Great Britain
Getty Images

England's Kelly Sotherton won gold in the heptathlon at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Question of Sport teaser

Football

Earlier today our Question of Sport teaser was...

Today's @QuestionofSport #QSTeaser @HKane is the 5th Englishman to score 20 @premierleague goals in consecutive seasons, name the other 4?

And the answers are...

The answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport are Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler and Alan Shearer

Benteke 'transfer target for West Ham'

Football Gossip

Sky Sports report that West Ham have identified Liverpool striker Christian Benteke as a priority in the summer transfer window. Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, 22, and Lyon's Alexandre Lacazette, 24, are also said to be on the list.

Head over to the gossip column for more.

Liverpool striker Christian Benteke
Reuters

BreakingBidding process for 2006 World Cup to be investigated

Football

Fifa's ethics committee is investigating the bidding process for the 2006 World Cup, which was held in Germany.

Franz Beckenbauer, who won the World Cup as a player and manager, is also one of six men being investigated by the ethics committee.

WBA champion Browne fails drugs test

Boxing

Lucas Browne
Getty Images

WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne says he is "shocked and devastated" after failing a drugs test.

Australian Browne stopped defending champion Ruslan Chagaev to win the title in Russia earlier this month.

The 36-year-old delivered a positive sample for clenbuterol after the fight, his management company have revealed.

"I would like to assure all fans, the whole of the boxing world and all of Australia that I am not a drug user or a drug cheat," said Browne.

Live soon... New Zealand v Pakistan

World Twenty20

What a match this could be. 

New Zealand, unbeaten so far in the World Twenty20, take on Shahid Afridi's Pakistan, who have won one, lost one.

We have live text commentary plus in-play video highlights right here. Enjoy.

New Zealand v Pakistan
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'Horrified and revolted'

Reaction to the explosions in Brussels

At least 26 people have been killed and many more people have been injured in terror attacks at Brussels international airport and at a city metro station.

Some tweets from Belgium internationals Christian Benteke and Vincent Kompany, following the explosions in Brussels.

For the latest news on that story click here.

Pray for Belgium Pray for the world 🙏🏼 all my toughts are with family and friends of the victims.

1) Horrified and revolted. Innocent people paying the price again. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. #Brussels

2) I wish for Brussels to act with dignity. We are all hurting, yet we must reject hate and its preachers. As hard as it may be. #Brussels

Has the money run out at Newcastle?

Football

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley says he "regrets" buying the club and that its bank account is virtually empty.

The Magpies are second from bottom of the table despite more than £82m being invested in the squad in the past two transfer windows.

When asked how much money was left in the club's bank account, he told the Daily Mirror: "Virtually nothing now. They have emptied it."

Ashley has vowed to stick by the club, even if the Magpies are relegated.

MikeAshley
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Mbokani unhurt in Brussels explosions

Football

Dieumerci Mbokani
Getty Images

Norwich striker Dieumerci Mbokani is "unharmed but shaken" after Tuesday's explosions at Brussels Airport.

Mbokani, 30, was at the airport when the two blasts took place, but Norwich say the DR Congo player is now home.  

At least 26 people have been killed and many more people have been injured in terror attacks at Brussels international airport and at a city metro station.

For the latest news on that story click here.