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Summary

  1. Monaco host Juventus in Champions League semi-final
  2. Black players in Italy 'should strike', says Crooks
  3. Aaron Lennon detained under Mental Health Act
  4. No Norwich contact with Michael O'Neill
  5. Your sporting reinventions - #bbcsportsday

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By Matt Davis and Alex Bysouth

All times stated are UK

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Until next time...

Right, that's it from us for today.

Go and grab some tea, but make sure you're back for 18:30 BST when our live text commentary build-up to tonight's Champions League semi-final begins.

Monaco host Juventus in the first leg, with kick-off at 19:45.

As for us, we'll see you tomorrow.

Three's the magic number for Monaco

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

  • Juventus, alongside Real Madrid, are the only unbeaten team in this season's Champions League (W7 D3) and have not conceded a goal for 531 minutes, the longest current run in the competition.
  • Monaco have won 71% of their home games in the Champions League (22 out of 31). Among clubs to have hosted at least 30 games, only Real Madrid (76.5%), Barcelona (72.1%) and Bayern Munich (71.3%) have a better win ratio.
  • The Ligue 1 leaders have scored exactly three goals in each of their four Champions League knockout games this season. They are the first team in the competition's history to find the net at least three times in four consecutive knockout games.

United to visit Norway

Football

Manchester United will head to Norway this summer for a pre-season clash with Valerenga.

Jose Mourinho's men will also visit the United States ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, with friendlies scheduled against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

United's tour will continue in Scandinavia on 30 July as they take on Norwegian side Valerenga, who are managed by former Celtic boss Ronny Deila, at the 28,000-seater Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. 

Alonso at the Brickyard

Formula 1

More on Fernando Alonso, who was handed his first taste of the Indianapolis 500 after he made his debut in a private test at the famous Brickyard on Wednesday. 

The double world champion flew straight from Russia to America after his fourth retirement in as many grands prix of his desperately disappointing start to the new Formula 1 season. 

Alonso, who will miss the Monaco Grand Prix later this month to participate in the 500-mile race, took to the Indianapolis Speedway shortly before 11am local time, and completed a number of stints in clear conditions. 

The 35-year-old, racing for the Honda-powered Andretti team branded in McLaren orange, reached average speeds in excess of a 215mph at the 2.5-mile oval circuit. 

Fabregas to leave Chelsea?

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Liverpool are ready to compete with Manchester United to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas should the 29-year-old decide to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, says the Daily Star.

But the London Evening Standard says if the Premier League leaders decide to sell Fabregas, the Spain international will reject a move to AC Milan because he has little interest in playing in Italy.  

McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso is skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indy 500, and he's out on track...

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Grab a cuppa, have a listen...

There's another game in Europe tonight, too.

Ajax host Lyon in what should be an intriguing Europa League semi-final first leg, with kick-off at 17:45 BST.

Manchester United, of course, are in the other semi-final and face Celta Vigo tomorrow.

The stats...

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

  • This is the second time these sides have met in a Champions League semi-final. Juventus secured their passage to the final with a 6-4 aggregate victory 19 years ago, before losing to Real Madrid in the final.
  • Monaco have reached the Champions League semis for the fourth time after 1993-94, 1997-98 and 2003-04. No other French league team have made the last four more than once.
  • After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003-04 to 2013-14, Juventus have now made the semis for the second time in three seasons.
  • The Turin club have reached the final in five of their six previous Champions League semis.

'Dybala can become one of Juve's best ever'

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

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Juventus have an in-form forward of their own, so what does Marco Di Vaio make of Paulo Dybala?

"He is a top player, he has adapted to Juventus very quickly and he’s showing his qualities in the most important games as he did against Barcelona and as he surely will do against Monaco," he said. 

"I am sure he will become one of the best strikers in the history of Juventus. He didn’t seem to bother about the price tag on his head."

Cafu to the Hammers?

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West Ham United want to sign Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu, 25, who has a release clause of £10.2m in his contract with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, writes the Daily Express.

Johnson set to return

Golf

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World number one Dustin Johnson is set to make his first competitive appearance since being forced to withdraw from the Masters last month. 

Johnson, who was the pre-tournament favourite after winning his previous three events, suffered a back injury in what he termed a "freak accident" at his rented house in Augusta on the eve of the year's first major. 

The US Open champion slipped on a small set of stairs as he went to move his car and landed heavily on his back and left elbow. 

He was able to complete a warm-up on the range ahead of the first round under the watchful eye of coach Butch Harmon and looked set to compete, only to suddenly leave the first tee and head back into the clubhouse. 

The 32-year-old returns to action at this week's Wells Fargo Championship and told the Golf Channel: "I'm good to go. I haven't practiced much the last few weeks, obviously I had to rest and it was sore for a while - a lot longer than I thought it would be." 

Middlesbrough charged by the FA

Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct by the Football Association, following Sunday's 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

The incident happened after City were awarded a penalty by referee Kevin Friend.

The club have until 18:00 BST on 5 May to respond to the charge. 

'Mbappe is new Henry'

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

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Is Monaco's Kylian Mbappe the 'new Thierry Henry'? Former former Juventus, Monaco and Italy striker Marco Di Vaio says he might just live up to the hype...

"Yes, but he has different characteristics," he told BBC World Service. "Henry was a technically more complete and gifted player, while Mbappe is physically very strong and always knows where the goal is. 

"He is still very young and he can get to the same level as Henry, but at present he just has to work hard. Having said that, my first impressions are very positive.    

"I have been impressed as everybody has. He is a Champions League debutant and he played very well and scoring goals in the most decisive games; that has surprised me, he’s doing great things and he is showing he’s worth playing in the biggest clubs. 

"Having said that, I hope he doesn’t have such a big impact against Juventus in the semi-final, as it would be important for the Italian football as a whole if Juventus reach the final."

Ronaldo wanted to be 'best on the planet’

Football

Cristiano Ronaldo told former team-mates he wanted to be the world’s best footballer, says Phil Neville, who played with the Real Madrid forward at Manchester United.

Listen below or use this link.

Phil Neville reveals what Cristiano Ronaldo told his Manchester United teammates aged 18.

United head to Spain

Celta Vigo v Man Utd (Thurs, 20:05 BST)

Important to discuss record changes - Coe

Athletics

Athletics record changes must be discussed - Lord Coe

IAAF president Lord Coe says it is "important to discuss" the proposed changes to world records in athletics with athletes themselves.

On this day...

Football

In 1952, Newcastle beat Arsenal to become the first team in the 20th century to win the FA Cup in successive seasons.

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Gunner is a drummer

Petr Cech's other hobby, apart from being a footballer is to play the drums, but it looks like he got a bit carried away with himself on this occasion...

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Right time to call time for Totti?

Football

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Will it be the right decision if Totti hangs up his boots at the end of the season?

He has made 15 substitutes' appearances this campaign and came on in Sunday's 3-1 defeat to local rivals Lazio in the Rome derby, which left Roma nine points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus with four games remaining. 

He scored his 307th goal for Roma in a Coppa Italia game against Cesena in February. 

Lennon 'expected to make full recovery'

Football

Understand Aaron Lennon condition a recent occurrence, not a long-term mental health issue. Expected to make full recovery in the short term

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We've done our maths and Totti has played under 16 managers at Roma in his 24 years.

F1 set for streets of London?

Formula 1

Formula 1 cars could take to the streets of London later this summer after the sport's new owners held talks with Westminster City Council over a demonstration run ahead of the British Grand Prix, says Press Association Sport.

The proposed event, which could see Britain's triple world champion Lewis Hamilton speed past Big Ben, Trafalgar Square and the Houses of Parliament, would take place four days before the Silverstone race on 12 July. 

The demonstration would be the first of its sort in the capital in more than a decade, and will renew hope that a Formula One race could yet be staged in London. 

A new law was passed last month allowing motorsports to take place on public roads across England for the first time. 

We call this collection "Totti, the first decade..."

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It wasn't me

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Totti made his senior debut for Roma as a 16-year-old on 28 March 1993 in a 2-0 win.

Number one that week in the UK was Shaggy with Oh Carolina.

What a tune and we have just discovered was the first single one of our colleagues bought.

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Opening up myself for ridicule here, but I'm sure there was an advert that involved Totti passing to Emile Heskey a fair few years back?

"Totti, to Emile Heskey..."

Totti totting them up

Football

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Totti's current contract runs until the end of the season, when it is reported he will bring down the curtain on a career which has seen him play senior football for just one club. 

He has won two Serie A titles, as well as the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa on two occasions each during his 24 years with Roma. 

Appearing for his country at all levels from under-15, Totti scored nine goals in 58 senior appearances for Italy before his retirement from international football in 2006 after winning the World Cup. 

Or is he?

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At the weekend, Totti hinted that this would not be his last season.

Following the 3-1 derby defeat to Lazio, the 40-year-old seemed to contradict reports his contract would expire in June.

"Somebody else may be saying that, but not me," he said.

Photographers covering the game also revealed Totti told them 'Relax, it's not my last derby' as they surrounded him for farewell pictures.

Totti to retire at end of season?

Football

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It looks as though Roma striker Francesco Totti will retire from playing at the end of the season, with the news coming from a press conference with the club's new director of football Monchi. 

Monchi says an agreement is in place for the 40-year-old, who has scored 250 goals in more than 600 appearances for the capital club, to take on a new non-playing role. 

"In terms of Totti, I already knew that there was an agreement with the club that this would be his final year as a player, then he'd start as a director," he said.

"Francesco is Roma, I want to be as close to him as possible. I'd love to learn even one per cent of the huge amount that he knows."

BreakingCaretaker boss Brown named Vale manager

Football

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Port Vale have appointed caretaker boss Michael Brown as their full-time manager, despite their relegation to League Two.  

Sunderland & Bournemouth charged

Football

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Both Sunderland and Bournemouth have been charged following their game on Saturday, the Football Association has confirmed.

It is alleged that in or around the 76th minute of the fixture, the clubs failed to ensure that their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Bournemouth won the game 1-0, condemning Sunderland to relegation from the Premier League.

They have until 18:00 BST on 5 May 2017 to respond to the charge.

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John in Teeside: Phil Neville captained England's under 15's cricket team. Decided on football. Might have got further in Euro 2000 if he hadn't.  

Phil Gault: Petr Cech - left wing as a child but the teams GK caught TB and moved into goal. Cech also wanted to play ice hockey instead but his family couldn't afford the equipment.

Some cracking Petr Cech knowledge from Phil...

Villa extends contract at New York City

Reigning MLS most valuable player David Villa has extended his contract at New York City.

Villa has scored 46 goals in 70 games since moving to the Big Apple in 2014.

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Happy Birthday...

Peter Oosterhuis (golf) - One-time golden boy of British golf, Europe's top golfer in the early 1970s, turns 69. 

Allan Wells (athletics) - Won 100 metres gold in the 1980 Moscow Olympics, is 65. 

Kathy Cook (athletics) - Former British sprinter who won 23 medals at major championships, is celebrating her 57th birthday. 

Steve McClaren (football) - Former England and Newcastle manager, turns 56. 

Darren Morgan (snooker) - Wales' former world number eight who made 111 competitive century breaks, is 51. 

Michael Reiziger (football) - Former Middlesbrough, Barcelona and Holland full-back, turns 44. 

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Monaco hopeful on Bakayoko

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

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Monaco hope midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko will be available to play - possibly in a protective mask - despite breaking his nose.

Juventus are almost at full strength, with suspended midfielder Sami Khedira the only definite absentee.

Coach Massimiliano Allegri said his side will need "two great performances" to reach the final, while Monaco boss Jardim said Juve's "winning culture" made them tough opposition.

FA grants Moyes extension

Football

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The FA has granted David Moyes an extension regarding his FA charge in relation to comments made after the game against Burnley on 18 March.

It is alleged the Sunderland manager’s remarks were improper and/or threatening and/or brought the game into disrepute, contrary to FA Rule E3(1).

Initially he had until 18:00 BST today to respond but the FA has given Moyes additional time until next week.

No Wimbledon invite for Nastase

Tennis

Confirmation that former Wimbledon finalist Ilie Nastase will not be invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon this year following his behaviour at last month's Fed Cup tie against Great Britain.

The All England Club indicated last week that it would block Nastase's customary invitation to the Royal Box, and this was confirmed by chairman Philip Brook at the Wimbledon spring press conference on Wednesday. 

Brook said: "What he did, we have to say, his actions were not very good and we condemn them. In terms of an invitation to the Royal Box, he is not going to receive an invitation this year." 

Monaco youngsters 'feel indestructible'

Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

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Monaco's young stars will "feel indestructible" when they face Juventus in the Champions League semi-final, but Juve keeper Gianluigi Buffon says the Italian side's experience will be key.

Buffon, 39, said: "They have youth and the insouciance that comes with it. But I think over the two matches, 180 minutes, experience will play into our hands.

"I remember when I was young having that feeling of being indestructible. Monaco are a daring team - they like to attack and they do it very well.

"Their coach has an attacking philosophy and their players have scored an avalanche of goals this season."

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Emmet Colleran: Tommy Bowe. Gaelic football full forward for Emyvale GAA club to Irish international and Irish lion rugby star

Helles Mammut: Toni Fritsch,called "Wembley Toni",scored Austria's winner vs England 1965, later won the SB twice with the Dallas Cowboys

MJ, Bristol: Outside the box admittedly but Zadok the Priest by Handel started out as coronation music now its Champions League anthem.