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  1. Champion Hurdle: 1st - Buveur D'Air (5-1), 2nd - My Tent or Yours, 3rd - Petit Mouchoir
  2. Tully East wins the Novices' Handicap Chase - the last race of day one at the Cheltenham Festival
  3. Lukaku rejects new Everton contract
  4. FA charges Man Utd with failing to control players
  5. Champions League: Leicester v Sevilla build-up

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By Luke Reddy, Michael Emons and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Good evening

Right then, that is your lot from us on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

Make sure you look out for the BBC Radio 5 live sports extra podcast later, to catch up on all the big talking points. 

Until tomorrow!

Novices' Handicap Chase


1. Tully East (8-1)

2. Gold Present (14-1)

3. Two Taffs (7-1)

4. Powersbomb (22-1)

Lukaku rejects Everton deal


Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer

Romelu Lukaku has shocked Everton by turning down the most lucrative contract offer in the club's history.

Everton were confident up until the last 48 hours that the 23-year-old Belgian striker would sign a new five-year deal believed to be worth around £140,000-a-week.

Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, even went public on negotiations claiming his client was "99.9%" certain to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

It has now emerged, however, that Lukaku has informed Everton he currently has no desire to extend a contract which still has two years to run.

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea, from whom he joined Everton for £28m in 2014.

Everton may still hope to persuade Lukaku to stay, but if not will demand a few in excess of £60m for the striker who has scored 19 goals this season.

Novices' Handicap Chase

Horse Racing

We are now under way in the final race of the day from Cheltenham - we'll bring you more on Edwulf as it comes in.

Edwulf badly injured

Horse Racing

Derek Thompson

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra reporter at Cheltenham

Edwulf is off the track and they are throwing buckets of water over him. Half an hour ago I was worried, but now I am hopeful.

Novices' Handicap Chase delayed

Horse Racing

Edwulf is now off the track but it is not quite clear what his condition is.

It is obviously a serious injury, but BBC Radio 5 live sports extra colleagues in Cheltenham are still waiting to be updated. 

In the meantime, the delayed Novices' Handicap Chase (17:30) looks like it should be getting under way soon.

Novices' Handicap Chase delayed

Horse Racing

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Bit of a delay to the start of the 17:30 GMT Novices' Handicap Chase - the final race of the day. 

That's because of an injury suffered by Edwulf in the previous race, the National Hunt Chase.

John Inverdale is reporting on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that the JP McManus horse may have to be put down.

Meet Guy Disney


Meet Guy Disney, the jump jockey who last month became the first amputee to win a professional race in Britain - the Royal Artillery Cup at Sandown.

Guy lost the lower half of his right leg when his patrol was attacked by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2009 and then had to battle - and design his own equipment - in order to be awarded his racing licence in 2014.

Check out our special Get Inspired guides if you want to get involved in disability sports or horse racing.

'Buveur D’Air takes crown in fine style'

Horse Racing

Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent at Cheltenham

Though the last two champions - Annie Power and Faugheen - weren’t present because of injury, and their fans are sure to have a view on how they’d have fared against Buveur D’Air, you have to say the new champ took the crown in fine style.

Taking over the lead as he headed towards the last hurdle, the only six-year-old really asserted, with a three-time runner-up four-and-a-half lengths away in second.

Trainer Nicky Henderson is superb with these top hurdlers, and he enjoyed a memorable day with Altior taking the Arkle Trophy, though how big a battle he’d have had if Charbel – who fell in the lead at the second last – stood up we’ll never know. 

Buveur D'Air

Cheltenham catch-up

Horse Racing

BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

One more race to come from Cheltenham for the day:  

17:30:  Novices' Handicap Chase.

There's commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - at the top of the page if you're not near a radio. 

But tune in right now and you'll hear a nice little summary of all the day's big talking points. 

No worries if you've missed the start, you can always download it all as a podcast from the BBC Radio 5 live website later.

Henson to join Newport

Rugby Union

Wales' double Grand Slam winner Gavin Henson is to join Newport Gwent Dragons from Bristol in the summer on a two-year contract.

Henson, 35, won the last of his 33 Wales caps against England in 2011 and also played one Test for the British and Irish Lions in 2005.

"This is a hugely important signing and exactly what we need," said Dragons head coach, Kingsley Jones.

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Victory for Tiger Roll

National Hunt Chase

Man Utd charged by FA


The charge relates to how some United players reacted following Ander Herrera's red card in the 35th minute at Stamford Bridge. 

Several players surrounded referee Michael Oliver following the Spaniard's dismissal for a second yellow card.

The FA says United have until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

BreakingMan Utd charged by FA


The Football Association charges Manchester United with failing to control their players in Monday's 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Chelsea.

Following Monday's @EmiratesFACup tie at @ChelseaFC, @ManUtd have been charged for failing to control their players:


National Hunt Chase

Lisa O'Neil storms over the line on 16-1 shot Tiger Roll.

Missed Approach (50-1) was second, Haymount (33-1) third,  Arpege D'alene (12-1) fourth.

Brazilian goalkeeper controversy


Bruno Fernandes

Goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes, who was sent to prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and feeding her to his dogs, has signed for Brazilian second division club Boa Esporte.

Fernandes, known in Brazil as Bruno, was  sentenced to 22 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Eliza Samudio.

The former Flamengo player was released last month on a legal technicality.

"I am very happy for the opportunity I have been given," said Bruno at a news conference.

National Hunt Chase

Horse Racing

Twenty-five fences ahead as the field gets going in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. 

The race is named in honour of JT McNamara,  a much-admired jockey who sadly died last year, aged 41.

Applause from Cheltenham crowd in memory of jockey JT McNamara ahead of race named in his honour #JT

CWG 2022 in Manchester?

BBC North West Tonight

Manchester City Council has told BBC North West Tonight it is ready to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games if asked.  

Manchester hosted the games in 2002 and already has venues such as the Velodrome, home to British Cycling, the Aquatics Centre and the Etihad Stadium.

On Monday, the city of Durban in South Africa said it could not fulfill its commitment to stage the Games.

Still to come from Cheltenham...

Horse Racing

Coming up: There's two more races. 

16:50 - National Hunt Chase

17:30: Novices' Handicap Chase

Time for a radio switcheroo

Horse Racing

The BBC Radio 5 live coverage has now switched to BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra. Simple solution though, just click 'live' at the top of this page for all you need.

There's gold on the airwaves, from the pundits to the happy punters. Though, we hope this gent's wife wasn't listening.

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'Can Leicester win the Champions League?'

Leicester City v Sevilla (19:45 GMT)

Craig Shakespeare, who is now Leicester's manager until the end of the season, was asked if his side, who trail Sevilla 2-1 before tonight's second leg in the Champions League last 16, could win the whole competition?

"Why not? was Shakespeare's reply. "We are in it, we have to try to be competitive in every game.

"For me there is no free game in football, you have to try to win every game you go in to and show that determination and competitiveness and we need to show that in abundance tomorrow night.

"We know the importance of getting that goal. It is going to be a huge task but hopefully with the crowd - and we make a good atmosphere here - we can go through."

Remember, you can listen live on BBC Radio 5 live tonight.

Craig Shakespeare
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'Incredibly tough'

Leicester City v Sevilla (19:45 GMT)

Leicester aim for last eight of Champions League

Leicester City v Sevilla (19:45 GMT)

Leicester are aiming to overturn a 2-1 deficit after the first leg when they play Sevilla in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie tonight.

French midfielder Nampalys Mendy will be missing for Leicester after he suffered a knee injury during training.

The second leg represents the Foxes' first home knockout game in Europe's premier club competition. They were outplayed in the first leg in Spain but were given hope thanks to Jamie Vardy's second-half goal.

There will be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live.

Jamie Vardy
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Two races left but we are heading out into the wider sporting world for a while...

Good day? Or one to forget?

Cheltenham Festival

The race course, home to emotions of contrast at every turn...

Happy race goers

For some, it all gets a bit much...

A sad race goer

'Race of the day'

Mares' Hurdle

Andrew Thornton

National Hunt jockey at Cheltenham

It was all guns blazing. Limini and Ruby just got it wrong at the last briefly but I don't think it made a massive difference. For me, that was the race of the day.

Winning trainer Gordon Elliot: "This was our Gold Cup. This was always the plan. Brian gave her a peach of a ride. I can't believe it, today was our Gold Cup. Everything was right, ground, trip, everything."


Mares' hurdle

  1. Apple's Jade (7-2)
  2. Vroum Vroum Mag (11-4)
  3. Limini (6-4 favourite)

A second win of the day for trainer Gordon Elliot. That's how you lay your Cheltenham marker down. A corking finish as they hit the last, all capable, all fighting and none of them went down without a battle. Apple's Jade just found that touch more.

The three horses at the top of the market will fight it out coming to the last...

          Jockey Paul Townend on board Vroum Vroom Mag, Bryan Cooper on board Apple"s Jade, and Ruby Walsh on board Limini during Champion Day of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Mares Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Vroum Vroum Mag goes for trainer Willie Mullins, second favourite at around 11-4 with Apple's Jade at 7-2. The market sees a three-horse race, with some big-priced outsiders.

We're off...  

Tough-to-beat Limini

Cheltenham Festival


How do you follow the Champion Hurdle? With the Mares Hurdle of course.

Limini (pictured) is 13-8 favourite in a 17-strong field. It could provide a first win of the week for jockey Ruby Walsh.

"Limini ticks all the boxes for me," says BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra pundit Andrew Thornton.

McCoy 'honoured' by Cheltenham statue

Horse racing

AP McCoy

Twenty-time champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy says he is "honoured and flattered" to have had a statue built in his honour at Cheltenham.

The bronze figure of the retired jockey, which was crafted by Dublin-based sculptor Paul Ferrier, was unveiled in front of racegoers in the Best Mate Plaza before racing on Tuesday.

The 42-year-old partnered 31 winners at the Festival, which included two victories in the Gold Cup and three Champion Hurdle successes.

'It's rather surreal'

Cheltenham Festival

BBC Radio 5 live

Nicky Henderson, Noel Fehily, JP McManus

Nicky Henderson reacts to being the most successful ever trainer in the Champion Hurdle: "All records are there to be broken. It's the horses and the people that make it. It's rather surreal really. There are names and records, we've broken a few. Of course it's special, it's just fun. When this thing happens it's even better fun.

"He'd won two novice changes and I just knew there was more there. I just know hes a very talentened horse. He's not very flashy at home. You just felt there was unfinished business. 

"It was very open, you could have had any sort of winner. I was happy with the ground, it hasn't dried like people thought it was. I knew it was safe enough and I thought it would suit him."

Question of Sport Teaser - answer

Horse racing

Earlier today our Question of Sport Teaser was...

#QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Since 2000 @Ruby_Walsh has been the top Jockey at #Cheltenham 10 times, which 5 other men have also won it?

And the answers are...

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Mick Fitzgerald, Barry Geraghty, Richard Johnson, Graham Lee & Robert Thornton

Congratulations if you got them all.

Easy does it, easy does it...

Cheltenham Festival

A man carries pints of guiness
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This gent has three drinks. The limit at Cheltenham is now four per purchase. He's done well though in probably buying the perfect number to maximise your reward for manageable carrying strife.

'A second is special'

Cheltenham Festival

Noel Fehily

Winning-jockey Noel Fehily: "Fantastic. To win one was great, to win two is special. I was very happy with him coming down the hill. My worry was if he would travel well enough down the hill. He travelled well and jumped well, a great performance."

The glamour of the Hurdle

Cheltenham Festival

Champion Hurdle
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It's just thrilling when these animals are in full flight, laying on the drama for us. The crowd salute jockey Noel Fehily as he passes the stands aboard the Champion Hurdle winner.

'Icing on the cake'

Horse racing

Andrew Thornton

National Hunt jockey at Cheltenham on BBC Radio 5 live

What a performance. Noel Fehily cool as a cucumber, sat in the middle most of the race, but produced when it mattered.

Buveur D'Air has been transformed this year and it is great to see horses coming back - it is the icing on the cake today. With a mile to go, Noel was happy, travelling strongly and able to put the horse wherever he wanted.

He was full of confidence and knew it would take a very good horse to beat him in the home straight. A great performance from Nicky Henderson to have the first two in the Champion Hurdle.

Yanworth - a heavy favourite - never settled after an eager start. A big result for the bookmakers.

Champion Hurdle result

  1. undefined Buveur D'Air (5-1)
  2. My Tent or Yours (16-1)
  3. undefined Petit Mouchoir (6-1)

That makes Nicky Henderson the most successful ever trainer in this race, a sixth win, following on from success with See You Then (1985, 1986, 1987), Punjabi (2009) and Binocular (2010).