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Summary

  1. England striker Danny Welbeck out for nine months
  2. Wales midfielder Joe Ledley suffers broken leg
  3. West Ham to issue life ban to fans who attacked Man Utd's team bus
  4. Tonight: Three Premier League games, four Scottish Premiership matches
  5. Get involved: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Alan Jewell and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

It is time to end Sportsday there. Our live text from tonight's Premier League football will be live on the BBC Sport website from 18:30 BST.

It could be a tough night for Newcastle and Norwich fans tonight, while Sunderland fans may be the ones celebrating.

Sportsday will be back at 08:00 BST tomorrow. Bye for now.

Keegan criticises Newcastle owner

Football

Kevin Keegan
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Kevin Keegan criticises Newcastle owner Mike Ashley with the club on the brink of relegation from the Premier League.

Parker extends contract with Fulham

Football

Scott Parker
Rex Features

Fulham captain Scott Parker signs a one-year contract extension keeping him at Craven Cottage until 2017.

We need to react - Martinez

Sunderland v Everton (Weds, 19:45)

Roberto Martinez
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Everton boss Roberto Martinez says "there is a lot riding on the game for us" when they face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday.

The Toffees are 12th in the table after winning only one of their last nine league matches.

"We need to react and we need to perform in the highest possible level," said the Spaniard, who is facing rumours that his job is under threat.

"It is good that we have a game around the corner but the importance of our performance is as big as you could feel we had in any other day in the season."

Newcastle and Norwich - who need a big favour from Everton - certainly hope so.

BreakingLegendary commentator Cozier dies aged 75

Cricket

Tony Cozier
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West Indian commentator Tony Cozier, "one of the finest writers and broadcasters in cricket", dies after a career spanning 58 years.

Sunderland v Everton (Weds, 19:45 BST)

Football

So will Sunderland get the job done against Everton at the Stadium of Light?

The bad news for Sunderland:

  • They've won only one game in their past 10 Premier League matches against Everton
  • Everton won this season's reverse fixture 6-2, with Arouna Kone scoring a hat-trick.

The good news for Sunderland:  

  • Everton have only won once in nine league games, drawing three and losing five. 
  • The Toffees were really bad at Leicester on Saturday. Really, really bad.  

On this day

Football

1924: Former Newcastle centre-forward Jackie Milburn was born. Milburn was the cousin of future England internationals Bobby and Jack Charlton and represented his country 13 times himself.

He was also a member of three FA Cup-winning sides, scoring twice in the 1951 final and once in 1955 and was Newcastle's record goalscorer with 200 until he was passed by Alan Shearer. Milburn died in October 1988, aged 64.

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'Back stronger'

Football

Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck has tweeted after it was announced that he will be out of action for nine months because of a knee injury.

I will be back stronger! 💪🏾

I will be back stronger! 💪🏾

Destiny in our hands - Allardyce

Football

Sam Allardyce
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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says his side "must take full advantage" of having "our destiny is in our own hands" when they face Everton later.

A win would ensure their survival and relegate Norwich and Newcastle.

"We need a repeat of the performance and support we had against Chelsea, particularly in the second half," he said.

"Don't come to the Stadium of Light with the expectation that it's job done because it isn't."

BreakingEngland striker Welbeck out for nine months

Football

Danny Welbeck has had surgery to his right knee. Full recovery will take approx nine months: arsn.al/1OZcMu

Danny Welbeck has had surgery to his right knee. Full recovery will take approx nine months: arsn.al/1OZcMu

The 25-year-old was injured during Sunday’s match at Manchester City and specialists determined surgery was required after scans and tests revealed significant cartilage damage.

Welbeck will miss the Euro 2016 Championship in the summer and his full recovery is expected to take approximately nine months.    

BreakingGuidolin staying as Swansea City coach

Football

Francesco Guidolin
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Swansea City head coach Francesco Guidolin signs a two-year deal to extend his tenure at Liberty Stadium.

“Francesco fully deserves the chance to continue his good work into the new campaign," says chairman Huw Jenkins. "He was prepared to come into the club at such a difficult time and put himself in a pressure situation with the club fighting for survival.

“He has achieved the goal of securing top-flight football for this club with plenty to spare and has earned the right to start afresh next season.

"It’s going to be another challenge for everyone, but we're looking forward to seeing how far he can take this squad of players over a full season."

She's done it

Tennis

A great performance from Great Britain's Johanna Konta sees her beat world number seven Roberta Vinci 6-0 6-4 in the second round of the Italian Open in Rome.

Johanna Konta
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How they stand at the bottom

Football

It could be a decisive evening at the bottom of the Premier League as Sunderland could secure their safety and relegate both Newcastle and Norwich.

A win for Sam Allardyce's side in their home game against Everton will be enough to keep the Black Cats in the top flight.

Elsewhere, Norwich will be relegated if they fail to beat Watford at home, regardless of the score from the Stadium of Light.

In tonight's other game, Liverpool take on Chelsea.

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Italian Open latest

Tennis.

What a result this would be for Johanna Konta. The Briton is 6-0 5-3 up in her match against Roberta Vinci, the world number seven.

It is proving to be a dramatic second set with breaks of serve coming in the first four games of the set. But Konta broke Vinci again in the eighth game to move one game away from victory.

On this day

Football

2008: Manchester United secured the Premier League title, their 10th under Sir Alex Ferguson and 17th overall, with a 2-0 win at Wigan.

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'An incredible talent'

Rugby union

Some reaction to the news we brought you earlier this hour - the death of 20-year-old Harlequins forward Seb Adeniran-Olule, who died in a road traffic accident.

A club statement said: "Seb was one of the club’s most promising youngsters and an academy member, who has been involved with the club since the age of 13."

Conor O’Shea, Harlequins director of rugby, added: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Seb’s family and friends at this difficult time.

"Seb was an incredible talent and had already represented England at under age level as well as making his senior debut for Quins at just 20. He will be sorely missed by the whole squad as well as by the wider club.”    

Seb Adeniran-Olule
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Get Involved #bbcsportsday

What sporting rule changes do you love or hate and why?

dbh: Best rule change: introduction of self-pass at restarts (free hit, sideline) in hockey. Game now ridiculously quick/exciting.

Myles: I dislike video replays etc. Yeah, it's annoying when an error costs your team, but those errors all add to the excitement!

sean: Non-interfering in footy. If a defender is looking at you, you're interfering. End of story. Worst rule change ever.

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Magical

Horse Racing

The grey Magical Memory, ridden by Frankie Dettori, justified 5-2 favouritism with a sparkling win at York’s Dante meeting.

Dettori, who won by half a length from Suedois, said afterwards he believed the Charlie Hills-trained winner would go on to claim a Group One prize in the future.

You can check out all the latest horse racing results on the BBC Sport website.

BreakingHarlequins forward dies in road traffic accident

Rugby Union

Harlequins is truly saddened by the passing of one of our most promising Academy members, Seb Adeniran-Olule. quins.co.uk/news/harlequin…

Edwards in 'complete shock' at retirement

Cricket

England retirement difficult to accept - Charlotte Edwards

Charlotte Edwards says the events of the past week have "come as complete shock" and admits the end of her 20-year England career is "difficult to accept".

In an interview with BBC Sport's Joe Wilson, the 36-year-old says England coach Mark Robinson made it clear he wanted a new captain and she was unlikely to feature in forthcoming squads.

READ MORE: Edwards quits after 'honest' talks

Konta 'bagels' Vinci

Tennis

An astonishing first set from Britain's Johanna Konta at the Italian Open as she absolutely blows away world number seven Roberta Vinci 6-0 in just 23 minutes.

Hard to imagine she's ever played better.

Konta off to a flier in Rome

Tennis

Jo Konta
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British women's number one Johanna Konta has made a brilliant start to her Italian Open second-round tie with US Open finalist Roberta Vinci.

Konta, ranked 23, leads 4-0 against the world number number seven.

Kvyat set for Spanish GP

Formula 1

Daniil Kvyat is doing his best to look delighted at being demoted to the Red Bull junior team.

Bless him.

Franz, Daniil and the team are ready to take off! 🇮🇹✈️🇪🇸 #F1 #SpanishGP 🙌🏼😉👍🏼

Franz, Daniil and the team are ready to take off! 🇮🇹✈️🇪🇸 #F1 #SpanishGP 🙌🏼😉👍🏼

Verstappen & Kvyat to face media together

Formula 1

Verstappen and Kvyat will both appear at Thursday's #SpanishGP press conference >> f1.com/ESP-Press-Line…

Verstappen and Kvyat will both appear at Thursday's #SpanishGP press conference >> f1.com/ESP-Press-Line…

After the job swap between Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat that saw the 18-year-old go to Red Bull while Kvyat returned to Toro Rosso, it should be interesting... 

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What sporting rule changes do you love / hate? Why?

Today we are talking about sporting rule changes you love or hate. Here are some more comments.

Theo Spencer: Loads to choose from in F1, but the qualification change earlier this year - the only bit that worked - has to get a mention.

Alastair Thwaite: I've never liked the away goals rule. I don't see any sporting credibility behind it.

Michael O'Sullivan: Having to change your footy shirt if it gets blood on it as blood can't be shown. Most ridiculous rule ever.

Terry Butcher
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Terry Butcher didn't have to change his shirt back in 1989 during England's game against Sweden

Djokovic through in Rome

Tennis

Novak Djokovic
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After falling a break behind in the second set, world number one Novak Djokovic got back on track and eventually overcame 35-year-old Frenchman Stephane Robert 7-5 7-5.  

Wasps make double signing

Rugby Premiership

Wasps have signed Bath hooker Tom Woolstencroft and lock Marcus Garratt from Championship club Cornish Pirates.

Woolstencroft, 21, was a member of the England Under-20 team that won the Junior World Championship in 2014.

Sullivan apologises to Man Utd

Football

Watch how Man Utd players reacted to coach attack

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan has apologised to Manchester United after their team bus was damaged before Tuesday's game at Upton Park.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live a few minutes after the incident, Sullivan said there had been no attack on the coach.

But he backtracked in a message posted on the West Ham website on Wednesday.

He said he had been "unaware of the damage that had occurred" at the time and vowed to "track down" the culprits.

Murray wins at Italian Open

Tennis

Job done for Andy Murray, breaking Mikhail Kukshkin for the second time in the second set to seal a 6-3 6-3 victory.

He will play Roberto Bautista Agut or Jeremy Chardy in round three of the Italian Open.

Murray on brink of win

Tennis

Andy Murray is close to winning through to the third round of the Italian Open in Rome.

The world number three leads Mikhail Kukshkin 6-3 5-3.

World number one Novak Djokovic has run into a bit of trouble against 35-year-old Frenchman Stephane Robert.

Djokovic won the first set 7-5 but is a break down at 4-3 in the second. 

Andy Murray
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Club docked points, chairman quits SPFL board in protest

Football

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson has resigned from his position on the SPFL board with immediate effect - after his side were docked three points for including two unregistered players in their matchday squad against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

A statement from Dundee United says: "While acknowledging the club’s error and accepting a breach of rules occurred, the chairman feels the gravity of the punishment is wholly disproportionate for what was a simple honest, human error.

"Our travelling fans are the ones who have been punished the most here and the club will examine ways to make this up to them."

Follow County Championship coverage

Cricket

Don't forget you can follow the final day of the latest County Championship fixtures on our live page, which offers text and radio commentary.

Many matches are affected by rain but Lancashire are chasing victory against Hampshire.

It can all be found here.

5 live's Football Daily

Football

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Would you like a comprehensive recap of the evening's football. Something to listen to while you go through the day's emails? Or even just an excuse to put your headphones in and stare in to space?

Excellent, well 5 live have put together their brilliant podcast for your listening pleasure.

Jonathan Overend and Sir Trevor Brooking bring you reaction as West Ham beat Manchester United 3-2 in a thrilling farewell to Upton Park.  

Follow this link right here.

Murray on course for win

Tennis

It's looking good for Andy Murray at the Italian Open as he has taken the first set 6-3 against Mikhail Kukshkin.

The world number three has also just broken for 2-1 in the second.

World number one Novak Djokovic has taken the first set 7-5 against Frenchman Stephane Robert.

BreakingDundee United docked three points

Football

Just when you thought the season couldn't get any worse for already-relegated Dundee United, they now have the embarrassment of having three points taken off their total.

The Scottish Premiership club have been charged after including two unregistered players - Jamie Robson and Alistair Coote - in their matchday squad for Friday's game against Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

Robson was an unused substitute and Coote came off the bench in the 76th minute during Dundee United's 3-2 win.

The club have also been fined £30,000, although part of this fine is suspended.

Get Involved #bbcsportsday

What sporting rule changes do you love / hate? And why?

Following on from the snooker, we're asking what sporting rule changes do you love or hate? Here are some more of your comments...

Daniel Goodyear: The super sub rule in cricket was a horrendous idea - surprisingly it even lasted six months!

Ian M: Stop giving a red card for a direct goalscoring opportunity offence in the penalty area. A penalty creates an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

Steve Smitherman: Football. Good change - the pass back rule. Bad changes - yellow card for taking shirt off and making injured players leave pitch.

Tweet us using #bbcsportsday.

'A huge slap in the face'

Snooker

We mentioned earlier about World Snooker's decision to make the Snooker Shoot Out - a tournament where every match only lasts one frame - a ranking event.

Former world champion Neil Robertson is the latest to rip the idea to pieces.

Absolutely nuts. A huge slap in the face to any player who has actually won a proper ranking event twitter.com/worldsnooker1/…

Wilder's Charlton move off after talks

Football

Chris Wilder
Rex Features

Northampton Town fans can stop panicking as manager Chris Wilder's move to Charlton Athletic is off following talks with the Addicks.

Charlton were given permission to speak to Wilder and assistant Alan Knill on Monday, after the pair led the Cobblers to the League Two title this season.  

Chasing Olympic place 'stressful' - Watson

Tennis

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport

British number two Heather Watson has admitted her pursuit of an Olympic place is "stressful".

Watson, who lost 6-4 6-2 to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in round two of the Italian Open, is currently 55th in the world rankings and needs to be inside the top 56 on 6 June to qualify for the Olympics.

"I couldn’t be more borderline, which is quite stressful," she told BBC Sport. "But it’s my main goal, it’s all I’m really thinking about.

"I’m thinking 'if I win this match, then I’ll have this many points'. I shouldn’t do that too much but it is motivating me at the same time."

Heather Watson
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Andy Murray update

Tennis

We are at 3-3 in the first set in the second-round Italian Open match between Andy Murray and Mikhail Kukshkin.