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  1. PFA awards nominations - Alli not included in main list
  2. Premier League news conferences
  3. Jenson Button looks set to replace Fernando Alonso for Monaco GP
  4. Track Cycling World Championships updates
  5. World Snooker Championship draw
  6. GET INVOLVED: #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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Happy Easter!

From happy birthday to have a happy Easter.

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Happy b'day Rudi

A legend turns 5️⃣7️⃣ today. Have a great day, Rudi Völler! #DieMannschaft @bayer04_en

A legend turns 5️⃣7️⃣ today. Have a great day, Rudi Völler! #DieMannschaft @bayer04_en

Voller won the 1993 Champions League with Marseille and the 1990 World Cup with Germany.

ICYMI: Crucible draw

Highlights: Selby wins second world title

Defending champion Mark Selby will face Fergal O'Brien in the first round of the World Championship at the Crucible.

Selby, 33, lifted the trophy for the second time last year with victory over China's Ding Junhui, who comes up against fellow countryman Zhou Yuelong.

Five-time winner Ronnie O'Sullivan faces Gary Wilson, world number two Judd Trump plays Rory McLeod and Shaun Murphy meets 17-year-old Yan Bingtao.

Selby begins his campaign on Saturday, 15 April at 10:00 BST.

On this day

In 2003 Paula Radcliffe set a new women's world record and became the first woman to run under two hours 16 minutes in the London Marathon.

Paula Radcliffe crosses the finish line in the 2003 London Marathon
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ICYMI: GB's Latham claims world scratch bronze

Latham snatches world scratch bronze

Britain's Chris Latham wins bronze in the men's scratch race at the Track World Championships in Hong Kong, after Poland's Adrian Teklinski claims gold with a daring long-range attack.  

Fuchs looking ahead

ICYMI: Button set to replace Alonso for Monaco

Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso
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Britain's Jenson Button looks set to replace Fernando Alonso at McLaren for the Monaco Grand Prix in May.

Alonso will miss Monaco to race in the Indianapolis 500, with full support from McLaren and engine partner Honda.

McLaren executive director Zak Brown says two-time champion Alonso's replacement is "not in place".

But there is no other serious option than Button, 37, who is contracted to McLaren as a reserve driver and will race barring unexpected circumstances.

Get Involved - Your alternative player of the year nominations


Matthew Birch: Wanyama. Massive for Spurs this season. Defoe and Gylfi also unlucky not to be on the shortlist.

On this day

In 1980 Seve Ballesteros became the youngest winner of the Masters at the age of 23 years and four days.

Seve Ballesteros
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Dele deserved main award nomination - Pochettino

Think a lot of you will agree with this today...

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says Dele Alli "deserved" to be nominated for the main PFA award, as he puts in a "great performance" every week. 

The England midfielder has been nominated for the young player award.  

Dele Alli deserved main PFA award nomination - Mauricio Pochettino

Swansea in relegation battle with Hull

Swansea City

Swansea manager Paul Clement believes his side are in a two-team battle with with Hull City to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Swans are 18th, a place and two points behind Hull, and Clement feels one of the two clubs will go down.

Asked whether he sees it as a straight fight between the Swans and Hull, Clement said: "As we sit here and speak about it, yes.

"But I don't know what the situation will be in three or four games."

Get Involved - Your alternative player of the year nominations


Liam Rooney:  Idrissa Gueye for player of the year he beats kante in terms of stats in nearly every department and he went to AFCON

Choose your Premier League team of the year

The shortlists for the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year were revealed on Thursday.

It generated plenty of debate - particularly around Tottenham's Dele Alli missing out on the senior nomination.

No you can add the debate by choosing your Premier League team of the year and sharing it.

Choose your team here.

Griezmann should stay at Atletico - Torres

Antoine Griezmann has "the world in his hands" at Atletico Madrid and does not need to leave the La Liga side to become a legend, says Fernando Torres.

The France forward has been strongly linked with Manchester United.

Ex-Liverpool striker Torres told BBC Football Focus he faced a similar juncture before a £50m move to Chelsea in 2011, but insists the 26-year-old can realise his potential at Atletico.

"Where are you going to go to improve what you have in Atletico?" he said.

"Not many places in the world. I hope he can stay with us forever."

Antoine Griezmann
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Augusta is home from home for Garcia

This is apt for the news Masters champion...

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Happy birthday to:

Jockey-turned-trainer Jonjo O'Neill who turns 65.

Manchester City and Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo who is 34 today.  

2012 and 2016 US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III who turns 53.

Davis Love III
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Get Involved - Your alternative player of the year nominations


Tom Catton: Wolves' Helder Costa, because, well ask any wolves fan or championship fullback.

Zack Rynhold: Christian Eriksen and Victor Wanyama are two of the most underappreciated players in the league.

Sinfield 'would love' return to Leeds

Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield says he sees himself returning to the club in some capacity in the future.

Sinfield, 36, is the all-time record points scorer for the Rhinos and left after helping them to a domestic treble in the 2015 season.

In August he was appointed rugby director by the Rugby Football League.

"At some stage, I'd like to think I'd go back. I've been associated with the club since I was 13 years old," he told BBC Sport.

Get Involved


We've had the PFA nominations, so how about coming up with alternative nominations for player of the year.

What players haven't been mentioned? They can come from any league or level.

Tweets us the name and reason why to #bbcsportsday.

O'Hara's comeback

Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O'Hara has played his first 90 minutes in almost a year for non-league Billericay Town.

And what a 90 minutes it was.

Billericay came from 2-0 down to beat Tonbridge Angels 8-3 and win the Ryman League Cup final.

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Stoke team news

Stoke v Hull (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Stoke City

Ibrahim Afellay
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Stoke manager Mark Hughes: Jack Butland still has some work to do, so he isn't quite in a position to start games, but he is very very close.

"Joe Allen is out this weekend, but hopefully he will be OK for Swansea. Jon Walters has a slight knee problem, and is doubtful.

"Unfortunately we have lost Ibrahim Afellay for a number of weeks - he has gone back to his surgeon in Barcelona and has had an operation."

Bartra 'back in four weeks'

Marc Bartra
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.@MarcBartra wird voraussichtlich in 4 Wochen zum Team stoßen. "Würde gerne jetzt schon spielen,“ so Tuchel. #bvbsge

That tweet from Dortmund translates as 'Marc Bartra will be fit again in about four weeks' - although that could well be after the end of the season.

The Spanish defender was injured when his side's bus was damaged by explosions in Germany.

The 26-year-old fractured his wrist in the incident, which led to Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first-leg against Monaco being postponed until Wednesday.

Swansea team news

Watford v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Swansea City

Jack Cork lies injured

Swans boss Paul Clement: "Jack Cork isn’t going to be fit and that’s disappointing because he has been a regular. He could be out for two weeks.

"He will be a loss to us, but it is an opportunity for another midfielder. Leon Britton is in contention & Jay Fulton is a possible."

Swansea are 18th in the Premier League and two points shy of safety.

The former Derby boss added: "We can’t focus on anyone else or anything else. We can’t worry about who other teams are playing or what they are doing.

"For us it’s about focusing on the task in hand and that is our game at Watford."

PFA Awards: Choose your Premier League team of the year


The shortlists for the PFA Players' Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year were revealed on Thursday.

It generated plenty of debate - particularly around Tottenham's Dele Alli missing out on the senior nomination.

Here's your chance to add the debate by choosing your Premier League team of the year and sharing it.

Click on the link to have a go.

Koeman on Barkley incident & contract

Everton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)


Ross Barkley
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The topic of midfielder Ross Barkley took up much of the Everton news conference.

First up... the incident involving Barkley in a Liverpool bar last week.

Koeman said: "It's not what you want to read in the press about your players but it could happen to anyone.

"Wrong time, wrong place. It's no problem for me if you have good behaviour. He didn't drink. Maybe that's the reason I live outside town."

Then on Barkley's contract - the player has one year left on his deal:

"I'm not involved in negotiations but I know board is talking to his agent. Everton is the best place for him.

"I spoke to him recently and he mentioned Champions League. I told him I wanted it also.

"It is not necessary to speak about ambition. The club is going in right direction."

What if the PFA shortlist reflected the Fantasy League top six?

Christian Eriksen
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PFA men's shortlist: 

Eden Hazard

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Harry Kane

N'Golo Kante

Romelu Lukaku 

Alexis Sanchez

Fantasy League top points scorers (Premier League site):

Alexis Sanchez

Romelu Lukaku

Eden Hazard

Dele Alli

Christian Eriksen

Diego Costa

Burnley team news

Everton v Burnley (Sat, 15:00 BST)


Steven Defour

According to Burnley, winger Johann Berg Gudmundsson - out since the FA Cup fifth round defeat by Lincoln City in February - might need another reserve match before he returns to first-team action. Midfielder Steven Defour (hamstring) will be OK for Saturday's match.

' I have confidence in both Bravo and Caballero'

Southampton v Man City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is asked about his goalkeeper situation, as he continues to switch between Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.

He said: "I like both to be involved, I have confidence in both Bravo and Caballero. We will see.

"The last week I decided on Claudio, Saturday I will decide. Depends on the way the opponent plays, what I see in the training sessions."

Guardiola addresses transfer rumours

Southampton v Crystal Palace (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola is asked abut some transfer rumours doing the rounds.

On Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez he said: "Now is not the time to talk about that."

On Joe Hart, who is on loan at Torino, he added: "At the end of the season we’ll speak. We follow all the players who are on loan."

Latham earns GB's second medal

Track Cycling World Championships

Chris Latham
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Chris Latham speaking on BBC Two:

"I am happy to come away with a medal, finally!

"I wasn't sure that Adrian Teklinski was going to hold on there.

"I was in a decent position most of the time. I followed the Irish rider Felix English and I had a good lead out."

Team news

Southampton v Man City (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Manchester City

First some team news from Pep Guardiola.

He says his squad is at full fitness, with only Bacary Sagna, Gabriel Jesus and   Ilkay Gundogan the long term absentees.

Guardiola said: "After Chelsea, Vincent Kompany had a little problem in the leg and we didn’t want to take risk, but he was able to play 90 mins at a high level."  

Chris Latham wins bronze in scratch race

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And staying with Leicester for a minute...

Danny Simpson met Brazil and Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos as the Foxes trained at Real's ground on Thursday morning, following their Champions League defeat.

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A big breakfast

Crystal Palace v Leicester (Sat, 15:00 BST)

A nice touch by Leicester...

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Middlesex do not back rule change for new Twenty20

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Middlesex have become the first county to refuse to support a rule change that would pave the way for a new city-based Twenty20 competition planned for 2020.

England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) rules need to be altered to allow the removal of the right of all 18 counties to play in the new tournament.

The changes require the support of 31 out of 41 of the ECB's voting members.

"The financial impact on Middlesex is still very uncertain and contains great risks," chairman Mike O'Farrell said.

BreakingAC Milan sold to Chinese investors

Italian Serie A

AC Milan have been sold to Chinese investors Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.

The seven-time European champions have been owned by former three-time Italy prime minister Silvio Berlusconi since 1986.

A joint statement by AC Milan's holding company Fininvest and Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux said: "Today Fininvest has completed the sale of the entire stake owned in AC Milan - equal to 99.93% - to Rossoneri Sport Investment Lux.

"The terms of the agreement are the same disclosed in August and reflect of an aggregate evaluation of AC Milan equal to 740m euros (£628m) which includes the club’s indebtedness, equal to 220m (£187m) as of June 30th 2016. 

Hull team news

Stoke v Hull (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Hull City

Marco Silva

Hull manager Marco Silva: "It is good news that we have Tom Huddlestone available once again. He is an important player for us and gives another option.

"Omar Elabdellaoui remains unavailable for Saturday. We will make a decision on Harry Maguire and Dieumerci Mbokani on Friday."

On his team's predicament (they are 17th) and the match against Stoke:

"We have only taken one away point - against Manchester United - but I think Stoke is a good chance for us. We must believe.

"We need to pick up points away to stay in the Premier League. It's important to do that. We need to show and prove we can do that." 

Newcastle team news

Newcastle v Leeds (Fri, 19:45 BST)

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle (left)
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Here's Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez with some team news on the eve of his side's big Championship clash against Leeds United:

"Defender Ciaran Clark is very close. Striker Dwight Gayle was running a bit. He's close. It's a good result We have to be careful with the injury to striker Gayle. It's not a big issue. He won't play against Leeds or Ipswich though."

"Defender DeAndre Yedlin is back in contention for the game with Leeds."  

Marco Silva
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Marco Silva is also speaking ahead of his side's crucial game against Stoke, so stay tuned.