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  1. Burnley midfielder Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months
  2. Several men arrested as West Ham & Newcastle raided in tax fraud investigation
  3. Sunderland boss David Moyes charged by FA
  4. Tonight: Arsenal v Leicester, Middlesbrough v Sunderland (both 19:45 BST); Crystal Palace v Tottenham (20:00 BST)
  5. Cricket: Surrey & England all-rounder Ansari, 25, retires
  6. Tennis: Murray through in Barcelona Open after Tomic withdraws, Konta in Porsche Grand Prix action later
  7. World Snooker Championship updates
  8. Get involved: Early sporting retirements #bbcsportsday

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By Ellie Thomason and Michael Emons

All times stated are UK

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That's all from us tonight, but there's still plenty to come.

We'll have a live text commentary of Maria Sharapova's comeback after her 15-month drugs ban starting in around 30 minutes. She faces Roberta Vinci in the first round of the Stuttgart Open. Follow that one here.

Then, at around 18:30 BST our Premier League live text. You can follow Arsenal v Leicester, Middlesbrough v Sunderland and Crystal Palace v Tottenham here.

BBC Radio 5 live will have commentary of Palace v Spurs from 19:45 BST.

We'll be back for more Sportsday from 08:00 BST tomorrow morning.

See you then.

Team news

Crystal Palace v Tottenham (20:00 BST)

Crystal Palace face an injury crisis in defence after James Tomkins suffered a serious ankle injury in the win at Liverpool that could end his season. Fellow centre-back Scott Dann remains sidelined after missing three weeks with a knee ligament problem.

There are no new injury concerns for Tottenham, who have left-back Danny Rose back in training following nearly three months out with ligament damage. Back-up goalkeeper Michel Vorm is recovering from a knee injury and could return in May.

There is live commentary of this match on BBC Radio 5 live.

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Team news

Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

Middlesbrough will be without forward Gaston Ramirez, who is banned after being sent off in the 4-0 defeat by Bournemouth. Midfielders Marten de Roon and Grant Leadbitter are in contention following respective ankle and hamstring problems, but goalkeeper Victor Valdes is sidelined.

Sunderland striker Duncan Watmore may need a second knee operation after suffering discomfort on returning to light training after five months out. Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is suspended but right-back Billy Jones should be fit to return.

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O'Sullivan out of World Championship


He saved himself in the last frame, but Ronnie O'Sullivan is now out of the World Snooker Championship.

The five-time world champion has been beaten 13-10 by China's Ding Junhui, who goes on to play Mark Selby in the semi-finals in a repeat of last year's final, which Selby won.

Ding Junhui

Team news

Arsenal v Leicester City (19:45 BST)

Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could feature despite being on crutches immediately after Sunday's FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City at Wembley. He took a kick to the foot but Arsene Wenger said it was just a "precautionary" measure.

Leicester captain Wes Morgan is out with a hamstring injury while defensive midfielder Nampalys Mendy's season is over following an ankle operation. Centre-half Robert Huth is back after a Champions League ban, but striker Islam Slimani remains sidelined with a groin injury.

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There are three Premier League matches tonight, so time for some team news.

O'Sullivan hanging on... just


It looked all over for Ronnie O'Sullivan.

He was 63-0 down facing a quarter-final exit at the hands of Ding Junhui before the Chinese player missed a potentially match-winning red, before O'Sullivan kept his hopes alive with a 73 clearance to win the frame on the black ball.

He still trails 12-10, with the first to 13 facing reigning world champion Mark Selby in the semi-finals.

Watch the conclusion to a thrilling match now on BBC Two.

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On this day


1924: The FA Cup final between Newcastle and Aston Villa at Wembley was the first time the game had been an all-ticket affair.

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Can Tottenham bounce back from Wembley misery?

Crystal Palace v Tottenham (20:00 BST)

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Match of the Day commentator

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It will be fascinating to see what impact Spurs' semi-final defeat to title rivals Chelsea will have on the remainder of their Premier League campaign.

To play so well and still lose at Wembley would have been a very bitter pill to swallow.

So a trip to Selhurst Park is the first litmus test - hardly the ideal pick-me-up.

Sam Allardyce speculated after winning at Anfield on Sunday that his Palace team would be top of a form table. He's close, but over the last two months Palace's points haul of 19 would put them second, two points short of - guess who - Spurs!

Nevertheless Palace's results have been sensational and have all but ensured a fifth successive top-flight season for the first time.

O'Sullivan makes 'absolutely incredible' 146 break


Ronnie O'Sullivan makes an "incredible" break of 146, the highest of the tournament so far

Ronnie O'Sullivan makes an "absolutely incredible" break of 146, the highest of the World Championship so far in his quarter-final match with Ding Junhui.

More than pride at stake in Tees-Wear derby

Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

Steve Bower

Match of the Day commentator

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Pride would always be top of the list when Teesside meets Wearside, but given the current predicaments of both Middlesbrough and Sunderland, it takes on even greater significance in this fixture.

Both need the greatest of great escapes to stay in the Premier League, but even going down fighting is looking less and less likely.

Middlesbrough have struggled for goals and still haven't won in 2017. Their win at the Stadium of Light back in August must seem like a distant memory.

Meanwhile, Sunderland's over-reliance on Jermain Defoe was always going to catch up with them, and he's now gone eight games without a goal.

A derby win for either would - at least in the short term - lift some rock-bottom spirits.

Can Leicester stop the rot against Arsenal?

Arsenal v Leicester City (19:45 BST)

Simon Brotherton

Match of the Day commentator

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I love that picture of Arsene Wenger celebrating at the weekend as his team beat Manchester City at Wembley - an intense release of joy and relief and a rare moment for him to truly enjoy in a turbulent campaign.

Wenger's reorganised defensive strategy seems to be working and a rejuvenated Arsenal will be put to the test both here and in the North London derby at the weekend.

Leicester haven't won any of the last 20 league meetings against the Gunners but have won five of the last seven league matches under Craig Shakespeare, and are more than capable of making a game of this encounter.

Vettel says Ferrari changes were crucial


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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel says the changes made during a winless season last year have been crucial to the team's strong start to 2017.

Read more F1 gossip here.

Ibrahimovic's fitness is priority - Mourinho

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:00 BST)

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's fitness is more important than resolving his Manchester United future, says boss Jose Mourinho.

"I just want the difficult surgery to go, for him to recover from the injury and prepare for the next step," said Mourinho.

"I think the next step will be something that he really wants, which is what I was saying before the injury in the period of doubt about his future."

Managers look ahead to 'big' Tees-Wear derby

Middlesbrough v Sunderland (19:45 BST)

Tees-Wear derby win 'can be start' of survival

Before the Tees-Wear derby, Middlesbrough boss Steve Agnew feels his side's recent form has been a "massive disappointment" while Sunderland manager David Moyes thinks a win can be the "first part" of survival.

Sunderland are bottom of the Premier League, with Middlesbrough one place above them in the table.

Follow text commentary of Middlesbrough v Sunderland on this website from 19:00 BST.

O'Sullivan makes 146 break


Ronnie O'Sullivan potted 13 reds and 12 blacks and was on course for a maximum 147 break before he opted to play for the pink on his way to a 146 clearance.

O'Sullivan is still on course for a £10,000 prize for the highest break of the tournament, but missed out on a £5,000 bonus that he would have got for a 147.

He is still 11-9 behind China's Ding Junhui, with the first to 13 moving into the semi-finals.

Watch live coverage on BBC Two and this website.


The O'Sullivan comeback is on


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It's two out of two for Ronnie O'Sullivan. He's taken the first two frames of the afternoon session to move within two of Ding Junhui, who leads 10-8.

Remember you can watch their quarter-final clash here.

On this day


2008: Tottenham signed Croatia midfielder Luka Modric from Dinamo Zagreb for a deal worth around £16.5million.

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Name the star draft picks

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Do you know your Tom Bradys from your Cam Newtons?

The NFL Draft 2017 is taking place this week in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the Cleveland Browns set to walk away with the number one Draft pick after winning just one game last season.

You may recall that the highly-rated Ezekiel Elliott and Jared Goff were chosen in the first round of picks last year. But, can you remember how some of the NFL's star names fared in the years before then when they came up to be drafted? Try our quiz.

Can Man Utd's threadbare squad see them through?

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thur, 20:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

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Manchester United are within touching distance of the Premier League's top four, but their 55-game season has stretched their squad to its limits.

With top goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic and defender Marcos Rojo ruled out with knee ligament injuries, the world's most expensive player Paul Pogba will also miss tomorrow's Manchester derby against City. The £89m signing hobbled off just before the end of Sunday's win at Burnley and was spotted limping afterwards. 

Pogba' absence makes Jose Mourinho's task more difficult against his old foe Pep Guardiola but he refused to accept that finishing above the former Barcelona boss would give him any satisfaction, instead citing Champions League football is the aim. 

Mourinho also refused to confirm if Ibrahimovic will be at Old Trafford next season after his knee injury, saying it is a waste of time to talk about the Swede's future so soon after the injury. He did say he wants his players to be happy, and wherever Ibrahimovic is next season will be where the forward wants to be.

Konta wins in Stuttgart


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Johanna Konta has beaten Japan's Naomi Osaka 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-1 to progress to the second round of the Stuttgart Open.

That's three wins out of three for the British number one against 19-year-old Osaka, who is ranked 46th in the world.

Griffiths earns GB spot for Worlds


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It's official! After his London Marathon heroics, Josh Griffiths is named in Great Britain's team for this summer's World Championships.

Griffiths, 23, finished 13th overall in two hours 14 minutes 49 seconds, and was the first British man to finish.

He is one of six marathon runners selected by Great Britain for August's competition in London.

'Seems a harsh punishment'

Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker has had his say on Joey Barton's 18-month ban after the Burnley midfielder admitted an FA charge of placing 1,260 bets on matches.

The @FA have banned @Joey7Barton for 18 months for betting on football. Against the rules but '18 months' seems a harsh punishment to me.

I'm now looking forward to @FA clamping down on betting company adverts or sponsorship in football.

O'Sullivan three frames from Ding defeat


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Can Ronnie O'Sullivan pull it out of the bag? He's going to need something special if he's to reach the semi-finals at the Crucible.

Watch his session against Ding Junhui on BBC Two or here.



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This might be our favourite story of the day...

Grimsby Town fans have raised more than £1,000 to pay for a Mariachi band to attend their final away game of the season after Barnet banned inflatables.

The Bees said on Monday "inflatables will not be allowed into the ground"for Saturday's League Two game.

Two years ago Grimsby fans threw dozens of beach balls and blow up footballs onto the pitch at Barnet when both teams were in the Conference.

Mariners fans raised the money for the band on a crowdfunding website.

Konta loses second set


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We're all level in Stuttgart. Japan's Naomi Osaka has taken the second set 6-3 against Johanna Konta to level things up at 1-1.

Pogba out of the Manchester derby

Manchester City v Manchester United (20:00

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says United will be without the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba for the game at Manchester City, after he hobbled off against Burnley, but Antonio Valencia is set to return.

Mourinho wants Zlatan Ibrahimovic to be happy and says his next step should be something he really wants, whether it is staying or leaving the club this summer. Mourinho says he was pleased to see the striker vow to fight on, but says his surgery and recovery is more important right now than whether he signs for another year at Old Trafford.

Mourinho also says finishing above Pep Guardiola and Manchester City means nothing to him if they finish fifth and sixth, as their objective is to play Champions League football.

The showdown that never delivered

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thur, 20:00 BST)

Mark Lawrenson

BBC football expert

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This season was supposed to be a showdown between Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho for the Premier League title, but it has obviously not worked out that way.

They meet again at Etihad Stadium on Thursday, when Guardiola's Manchester City side will go for a repeat of their win over Mourinho's Manchester United in September.

That win put City top of the table, but it is a long time since either Manchester club was in that position.

Read more of Lawro's views on the high stakes of the Manchester derby here.

Silva a doubt, but Aguero will be ready for Manchester derby

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thur, 20:00 BST)

Manchester City

David Silva
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Here's the latest Manchester City team news from Pep Guardiola: 

"David Silva is a real doubt. Gabriel Jesus is ready but his physical condition is not optimal. Sergio Aguero is much better - he will be ready.

"Aguero and Jesus can play together, it depends on the way we want to play. If you play without wingers, more narrow, they can play.

[On Raheem Sterling] "In the last game I decide to put one less attacking player. It’s not a lack of confidence or anything like that."

I need help on gambling addiction - Barton

Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months

Some more from Burnley midfielder Joey Barton on his 18-month ban from football after admitting an FA charge for placing 1,260 bets on matches.

"A ban of 18 months is longer than bans handed to players who played in matches where they bet for their team to lose and – unlike me – had an ability to influence the games," said Barton.

"The only players to be banned for 12 months or longer bet against their own teams and played in the matches in which they placed those bets. Players who did not play in the matches they placed the bets in have never been banned for longer than six months. I feel the ban is excessive in this context.

"I've made mistakes and owned up and tried to learn from them. I intend to do that here. This is one more mess I got into because of my behaviour. This episode has brought home to me that as I had to get help to deal with alcohol abuse, and with anger, now I need to get help for my issues with gambling, and I will do so."

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Mourinho looks to avoid yet another defeat against Guardiola

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thur, 20:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho won't need reminding Pep Guardiola has the better of their head to head record ahead of tomorrow's Manchester derby with City at the Etihad.

The Reds boss has triumped only four times in their 18 previous meetings, but knows after 23 games unbeaten in the Premier League his side have some momentum heading into Thursday's clash.

While City now only have the top four to play for United are still fighting on two fronts, so Mourinho is hoping Paul Pogba will be available having hobbled off at the end of their win at Burnley, while he is also calling on Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to return from injury as soon as possible to help his patched up defence.

28-goal top scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic won't return this season and is in American to undergo knee surgery, will Mourinho have any further information today on the Swedish striker's future beyond this season?

When we see each other we say ‘hi’

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thur, 20:00 BST)

Manchester City

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Moving on from Sunday's FA Cup semi-final defeat against Arsenal, it's all about the Premier League now for Pep Guardiola, who has played down his personal rivalry with Jose Mourinho.

"It’s over, it’s past. We played to win, we were better, we didn’t win, congratulations to Arsenal," said the Manchester City boss.

"They are good. Good rival, good quality and a long run in the Premier League without defeat.

"Ibra is an excellent player but they have Lingard and Rashford, they are good players as well.  

"Mourinho and I are neighbours. When we see each other we say ‘hi’."

Konta takes the first set


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British number one Johanna Konta wins the tie-break and takes the first set against Japan's Naomi Osaka in Stuttgart.

Konta won the tie-break against the 19-year-old, who is ranked 46th in the world, by 7-6 (7-5).

Selby thrashes Fu to reach semi-finals


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Reigning world champion and current world number one Mark Selby twice hit tournament high breaks to thrash Marco Fu 13-3 and reach the World Championship semi-finals with a session to spare.

Selby's next opponent will be either Ronnie O'Sullivan or Ding Junhui. The Chinese player holds a 10-6 lead, with their final session starting at 14:30 BST.

You can watch live coverage on BBC Two or on this website.

'This is my first season without a trophy'

Manchester City v Manchester United (Thursday, 20:00 BST)

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Manchester City's defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup semi-final means Pep Guardiola will end the season without a trophy for the first time in his managerial career. He's facing the media ahead of Thursday's Manchester derby.

"I have been managing nine years and this is my first without a trophy. It had to happen and it happened," he said.

"It will happen again if I manage a long time. But there are a lot of teams in Europe that won’t win anything this season." 

'A learning curve'


Kyren Wilson, who earlier today lost 13-6 to John Higgins in the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship, has posted this message on Twitter.

Good luck to John a great champion! It's all still a learning curve for me I'll build on this experience and be back at it next year!

I bet on my own team to lose - Barton

Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months

Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has given more information on what he calls an "addiction to gambling".

He has been banned for 18 months after admitting an FA charge for placing 1,260 bets on matches during a 10-year spell, including bets on his side to lose in games he was not participating in.

"Since 2004 I have placed over 15,000 bets across a whole range of sports," said Barton. "Just over 1,200 were placed on football. The average bet was just over £150, many were for only a few pounds.

"Betting is less about how much money I win or lose, and more about whether I can predict the outcome of the game I’m watching. Between 2004 and 2011 I placed a handful of bets on my own team to lose matches.

"On (these) occasions, I was not involved in the matchday squad for any of the games. I did not play. I was not even on the bench. I had no more ability to influence the outcome than had I been betting on darts, snooker, or a cricket match in the West Indies. One thing I can state with absolute certainty – I have never placed a bet against my own team when in a position to influence the game."

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Guangzhou Evergrande investigated over banner


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Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande are facing potential disciplinary action after fans held up a banner criticising the Hong Kong independence movement.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is investigating the incident which happened during Guangzhou's 6-0 Asian Champions League win over Hong Kong champions Eastern.

The banner read: "Annihilate British dogs, extinguish HK independence poison".

Hong Kong is a former British colony.  

Konta takes the lead


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Johanna Konta has just taken a 4-3 lead in the first set of the Stuttgart Open. She's up against Japan's Naomi Osaka in the round of 32.

Elsewhere, Aljaz Bedene has just registered his 14th win in a row. He beat Robin Haase 6-4 6-4 in Budapest and could play Ivo Karlovic next.

Guardiola and Mourinho coming up


Get ready! Pep will be addressing the press ahead of #cityvutd shortly...

Live updates on the way! 🙌

Get ready! Pep will be addressing the press ahead of #cityvutd shortly... Live updates on the way! 🙌

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho will be speaking to the media shortly before Thursday's Manchester derby.

Updates to follow...