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Summary

  1. Lions squad: Warburton confirmed as captain; only two Scots included
  2. Your thoughts on the Lions squad: #bbcsportsday
  3. Serena Williams 'is 20 weeks pregnant'
  4. Monte Carlo: Andy Murray wins; Nadal beats Edmund
  5. Man Utd v Anderlecht (Thu): Rooney might play

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By Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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Farewell

So that is that. 

It's been quite a busy Sportsday - and what about those reports about Serena Williams?

Join us again at 08:00 BST on Thursday.

On this day...

Football

In 2010 former Chelsea striker Adrian Mutu was banned from football for nine months for failing an anti-doping test while playing for Fiorentina.

Adrian Mutu
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Happy Birthday

Maria Sharapova (tennis) - Russian who won Wimbledon in 2004, the 2006 US Open, the 2008 Australian Open and 2012 French Open, born 1987, turns 30.

Dame Kelly Holmes (athletics) - Olympic champion at 800 metres and 1500m at the 2004 Athens Games, born 1970, is 47 today.

Sue Barker (tennis) - British player who won the 1976 French Open, now a broadcaster, born 1956, is 61.

BBC Commentator Sue Barker
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Happy Birthday

Joe Hart (football) - The Manchester City and England goalkeeper who is on loan at Torino, born 1987, is 30 today.

Trevor Francis (football) - The first one million footballer in Britain after moving to Nottingham Forest from Birmingham in 1979, also a former manager of QPR, Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham and Crystal Palace, born 1954, is 63 today.

Gabriel Heinze (football) - The former Manchester United, Real Madrid and Argentina defender, born 1978, is celebrating his 39th birthday.

Rivaldo (football) - Former Brazil, Barcelona and Milan playmaker and 1999 Fifa World Player of the Year, born 1972, is 45 today.  

Rivaldo at Barcelona
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Sir Chris Hughton?

Brighton promotion: Chris Hughton says he didn't expect Seagulls to be in this position

After last season's heartache, the Seagulls have quickly rediscovered their love for football culminating in sealing promotion to the top flight for the first time in 34 years.

Manager Hughton previously helped Newcastle to promotion back in 2010.

Serena Williams 'is 20 weeks pregnant!'

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The 23-time Grand Slam singles champion appears to have just made a huge announcement.

So does that rule her out of the French Open and Wimbledon?

Her fiance is Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.

BBC Sport app users click here to see the tweet

Nadal overcomes Edmund's challenge

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It looked like the Monte Carlo Masters last-32 match would finish in quick time after multiple Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal waltzed through his first set against Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-0. However, the young Brit battled back to win the second 7-5.

Sadly for "Eds" having broken the world number seven in the final set, the Spaniard hit back to take the decider 6-3, and victory.

Essex and Durham differ on new city-based T20

Essex players with their backs to the camera
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Essex have become the second county to announce their intention to stand against a new city-based Twenty20 competition, planned for 2020. 

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

Essex follow Middlesex in their refusal to support the change. 

But Durham chairman Sir Ian Botham said his county were fully committed in their support for the new tournament. 

He said: "It's financially very sensible to do it and if we prepare properly and come up with the right formula throughout the summer - just look at the success of the Big Bash in Australia and the IPL - then it's proven that the format has great benefit." 

Meanwhile, Essex chairman John Faragher said the County Championship, one-day and T20 competitions "must be protected".

'They’re the number one team for a reason'

Lions squad named

Here's more from England international Ben Te'o, who is asked by BBC Hereford and Worcester about the challenge of returning to his native New Zealand with the Lions this summer.

"It’s not really any challenge in terms of going back to New Zealand," says the 30-year-old, who was born in Auckland. "The challenge is the task of playing the All Blacks. I respect them as a team, I’ve never played against them, but they’re the number one team for a reason. 

"That’s exciting and it’s going to be a tough task, but I’m looking forward to going into camp, mixing with some new guys and world-class players and coaches.”    

Ben Te'o
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Nadal edges ahead

Tennis

Watching Kyle Edmund is certainly a rollercoaster ride this afternoon and the 22-year-old Briton has lost serve again. It's 4-3 to Nadal now, the Spaniard serving.

Answers to Wednesday's quiz (see 16:16)

1 2005-06

2 40

3 Surrey

4 Bridlington

5 Four.

Edmund hits back...again

Tennis

What a fight Kyle Edmund is putting up against the clay court maestro Rafael Nadal. Three break points and he sealed the game to love with the most majestic of forehands down the line. All square at 3-3 in the deciding set. Gripping stuff.

Kyle Edmund
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More sporting honours from The Royal Family

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Aside from Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill the other Great Briton to receive 'top honours' was British equestrian legend SIR Lee Pearson, who was knighted.

Fellow rider Sophie Christiansen was made a CBE and cyclist Jody Cundy became an OBE.

Nadal makes the break

Tennis

Oh Kyle Edmund. He had a break point for a 3-1 lead against the legendary Rafael Nadal but he has just lost his serve and now trails the Spaniard 3-2 in the deciding set in their Monte Carlo Masters second-round match.

Quiz time

1. In what season were Sunderland last relegated from the Premier League?

2. This year's World Championship in snooker marks what anniversary of being it held at the Crucible Theatre?

3. Scott Borthwick and Mark Stoneman swapped Durham for which other cricket county this year?

4. Where does the 2017 Tour de Yorkshire start?

5. How many runs would a batter score if they were to hit a grand slam in baseball? 

Answers before we close at 17:00 BST.

Remember this guy?

#GetInspired

Ben Smith ran an incredible sequence of 401 consecutive marathons

Ben Smith has had a busy couple of years.

In 2015 he started the 401 project - to run a marathon every day for 401 days - which he completed in October, 2016.

His achievement earned him the Helen Rollason award at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year show.

Ben will be the special guest of Darren Campbell and Mark Chapman in Radio 5 live's Get Inspired running special at 21:00 BST tonight ahead of the London Marathon on Sunday.

They will also hear from Prince Harry - about how exercise helped him through mental health issues - and be joined by Dawn Nisbet, whose photograph of her finishing a parkrun went viral on social media.

Arise Dame...

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"Just your average Wednesday... what a fantastic day!"

The words of former Olympic and three-time world heptathlon champion Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill who received her damehood from none other than the Duke of Cambridge, who might well have been a bit nervous too.

Read more here.

Ennis-Hill receives Damehood from Prince William

Ex-world champ Robertson on top

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Over at the Crucible, 2010 world champion Neil Robertson is 3-0 up against Thailand's Noppon Saengkham.

Meanwhile, 2006 world champion Graeme Dott (pictured) leads two-time finalist Ali Carter 7-5.

Follow the coverage here.

Edmund levels with Nadal

Tennis

Britain's Kyle Edmund has levelled his match with clay court supremo Rafael Nadal. He lost the first set 6-0 in 28 minutes but has taken it to a decider by winning the second 7-5. 

Southee bolsters Middlesex Blast campaign

Cricket

Staying with fast bowlers and New Zealand's Tim Southee is to join Middlesex for this season’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

The 28-year-old will link up with compatriot Brendon McCullum as Middlesex’s second overseas signing.

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Pattinson handed ECB reprimand

Cricket

Like many an Australian fast bowler, James Pattinson is a competitive fellow, but he has been reprimanded for excessive appealing. 

The 26-year-old was reported by umpires Peter Hartley and Alex Wharf during Nottinghamshire's Specsavers County Championship match against Durham last month.

An ECB statement read: "This penalty will remain on his record for a period of two years and the accumulation of nine or more penalty points in any two-year period will result in an automatic suspension."

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'Proud and relieved'

Lions squad named

Here's some reaction from the New Zealand-born Worcester Warriors man Ben Te'o on his selection to tour the country of his birth with the Lions this summer.

He tells BBC Hereford and Worcester: "In the last few days I heard a lot of chat and build-up, and started to hear my name mentioned, and I started to get really nervous. They streamed the announcement into the team meeting (at Worcester), luckily I got picked and the guys are excited for me.

"I wish there hadn’t been any rumours, because it got me thinking. A few weeks ago, it wasn’t really on my mind, but when start mentioning it, it started ticking over in my head. I was really proud and relieved when the announcement came."

Ben Te'o
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'Everyone I know thinks I'm mad'

Football

Harry Redknapp has three matches remaining this term to keep 20th placed Birmingham clear of the relegation zone, the first of which is against rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. "We need a win and a point," he says. "All I can do is instill a bit of confidence. 

"But this is a club that should be pushing to get into the Premier League. The owners are ambitious."

Asked whether it is a no lose situation for him at St Andrews, Redknapp adds: "It’s a big lose for me. I’d hate it if it doesn’t work out. My wife thinks I’m mad. Everyone I know thinks I’m mad but I’m here."   

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Nadal bounces back against Edmund

Nadal has broken straight back against Edmund. He trails 4-3 now and is about to unleash the big, swerving left-handed serve. 

North heading south

Massive thanks for all the messages. Honoured to be selected for @lionsofficial tour! 👊🏼

Edmund rallies in Monte Carlo

Tennis

Thankfully it's closer in the second set at the Monte Carlo Masters, in fact Britain's Kyle Edmund has just broken to take a 4-2 lead, having lost the first set 6-0 in 28 minutes.

'A big blow'

Football

Reaction to that Wilshere injury news from Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, is he suggesting that's it for the on-loan Arsenal man at the Cherries, having previously hinted at a permanent deal for the 25-year-old midfielder?

"It is a big blow to lose Jack," Howe says.

"He has made a huge contribution to our season, both on and off the pitch. We wish him a quick recovery and thank him for his effort and professionalism while he was with us."

BreakingWilshere broken leg confirmed

Football

Bournemouth confirm that on-loan Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is out for the rest of the season after suffering a hairline fracture of his left fibula in the 4-0 defeat at Tottenham last weekend.

Jack Wilshere
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Lions reaction on Facebook

Rugby union

BBC Sport Scotland's Tom English and Andy Burke chat to Stuart Hogg to get his reaction to being called up to the British Lions squad. Join in by sending us your questions.

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Moriarty's birthday surprise

British and Irish Lions squad announcement

Wales flanker Ross Moriarty was 23 yesterday - and got a birthday surprise with a call-up to the British and Irish Lions squad a day later. 

Moriarty enjoyed a fine Six Nations campaign despite Wales' three defeats, keeping usual first-choice number eight Taulupe Faletau out of the team. 

The Gloucester player was rewarded with a place in Warren Gatland's 41-man Lions squad to tour New Zealand. 

"This is Christmas and birthday all wrapped up in one," said Moriarty. 

"I don't think it's sunk in properly yet - I was pretty emotional after that. It was a surprise with so many big names in that squad.

"The list was getting longer and longer and my doubt was setting in, I just couldn't believe it. 

"I listened to it on my phone at the same time as everyone else. I was sitting in a restaurant trying to eat my food."

Ross Moriarty
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Nadal races through first set

Tennis

A tough start for Britain's Kyle Edmund against clay court supremo Rafael Nadal in the Monte Carlo Masters second round. He has just lost the first set 6-0 in 28 minutes. Is there a danger of the double bagel? stay tuned. 

'Not a team I've seen much of'

Football

He is usually good for a quip and here is one from news Blues boss Harry Redknapp: "Birmingham are not a team I’ve seen much of. In fact nothing of. They’re not on TV very much." 

Asked about how he has been spending his time recently the 70-year-old adds: "I've been coaching some under-10s. I love football. If I’m wanted, I’ll always pop up somewhere." 

'It's a big club'

Football

Now then, let's hear from Harry Redknapp as the new Birmingham boss (still feels odd writing that) gives his first news conference.

"I haven't signed a contract," he says. "It wasn't a money deal. It was a challenge to get me back in doing something I enjoy.

"It's a big club, a challenge, a big challenge. I'm looking forward to it."

Harry's first match in charge is the small matter of the Birmingham derby at Steve Bruce's Aston Villa on Sunday at high noon.  

Harry Redknapp
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Your views on the Lions squad

#bbcsportsday

Huw Braithwaite: Gatland doesn't pick the squad by himself - Launchbury isn't in because of English coaches opinions on Kruis etc.

James Arney: Dylan Hartley has been hard done by. Much better than Owens in the Six Nations and a proven leader

Farah doctor to face MPs

Alberto Salazar (left)
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Alberto Salazar (left) has been under investigation since claims of doping and unethical practices were made in a 2015 BBC documentary

The doctor who treated Mo Farah with a controversial infusion is set to give evidence to MPs on Wednesday.

The infusion of the legal supplement L-carnitine, given to Farah before the 2014 London Marathon, is being looked at by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) to determine whether rules were broken.

Dr Robin Chakraverty carried out the treatment on the instruction of Farah's American coach Alberto Salazar.

He will appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee at 14:30 BST.

Read more here.

'Rooney could be on the bench'

Man Utd v Anderlecht (Thu, 20:05 BST)

Manchester United

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BBC Radio Manchester's Bill Rice: 

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says French forward Anthony Martial needs to deliver what he wants from a United player if he wants to play more for the Reds.

He also said, in the pre-match news conference, how forward Marcus Rashford is a player he trusted to play even during his long time without a Premier League goal.

Mourinho also admitted he really doesn't know if qualifying for the Champions League will decide if Zlatan Ibrahimovic stays at the club next season, but refused to be drawn on if ending his career by winning the Europa League in Stockholm would be the perfect finish for the Swedish striker. He said it would be "beautiful" but "no more than that", and the "perfect finale to the season for the team".

Mourinho also says Wayne Rooney will be on the bench for the Europa League quarter-final second leg against Anderlecht if he had a positive training session on Wednesday.

He also says keeper Sergio Romero will start.

England skipper Hartley on his Lions exclusion

Congrats to all selected, especially @George_North @Courtney_Lawes . Head down, keep grafting, work to be done in Argentina #firgun

Man Utd team news

Man Utd v Anderlecht (Thu, 20:05 BST)

Manchester United

United manager Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling remain unavailable, but Wayne Rooney (ankle) could be on the bench.  

Murray happy to negotiate opening hurdle

Tennis

Andy Murray survives some technical faults with the headset to give his response to victory over Gilles Muller, his first ATP Tour match since sustaining that elbow injury in March.

Murray was 2-0 and 4-2 down in the first set and said: "I haven't been in the best rhythm on serve because I only started serving at full speed four or five days ago. I knew it would take a bit of time but I wasn't expecting to start serving like that.It was a tricky first match, he is not a typical clay court player." 

Asked about his next challenge against world number 24 Albert Ramos-Vinolas, another left-hander, Murray added: "He's always a tough guy, I've practised with him quite a bit and he competes hard and doesn't give anything away."