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Summary

  1. Liverpool refuse to rule out Sturridge
  2. Villa owner Lerner backs boss Lambert
  3. Stoney "devastated" by loss of England captaincy
  4. Everton v Crystal Palace (19:45 BST)
  5. Man City v Sunderland (19:45 BST)
  6. County cricket latest
  7. GET INVOLVED: #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That concludes today's Sportsday Live. You can keep up to date with all tonight's football as Manchester City attempt to keep the pressure on Chelsea and Liverpool above them and Everton try and regain fourth spot from Arsenal on BBC Sport's live text commentary.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will have live commentary on the Womens' Super League curtain-raiser between Notts County and Arsenal.

    Goodbye for now.

  2. Snooker

    Former world champion Peter Ebdon trails Robin Hull 5-4 ahead of this evening's resumption of play in the World Championship qualifiers.

    Elsewhere at Pond's Forge Jamie Burnett leads Ben Woollaston 5-4 while Martin Gould is 6-3 to the good against Liang Wengbo.

  3. Football

    Daniel Sturridge

    Premier League leaders Liverpool say Daniel Sturridge may yet be fit to play Norwich on Sunday despite the striker limping off in the 66th minute of the 3-2 win over Manchester City.

    The club say that "a small hamstring strain was detected following a scan" and that Sturridge "will undergo a treatment programme in order to try and be available for the trip to Carrow Road".

  4. Get Involved

    As we reach the 20-year anniversary of Brian Lara's world-record knock of 375, you have been giving us your thoughts on the greatest Test innings of all time.

    Henry Oliver: Matt Prior's 110 to save the series against New Zealand last year. It was a gritty and attractive innings combined.

    David Cook: Mark Butcher's 173* for Eng vs Aus 2001 at Headingley. Saved Eng from a potential whitewash vs formidable bowlers

    Akshit: Brian Lara's 277 against Australia at SCG .. One of the most brilliant inning of modern cricket

  5. Division One: Somerset v Yorkshire

    Day Four: Yorkshire lead by 72

    BBC Radio Bristol’s Anthony Gibson at Taunton

    "Somerset's weakened bowling attack claimed three Yorkshire wickets in the afternoon session as this match meandered towards its conclusion.

    "Alex Lees was the first to go, edging Craig Meschede to Craig Kieswetter for 47. Then Adam Lyth, who'd laboured for 145 balls over his 54, top-edged the very occasional medium pace of James Hildreth, to be caught by substitute Josh Davey at mid-wicket, before Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale was well taken down the leg side by Kieswetter off the equally occasional off-spin of Alviro Petersen.

    "Only 57 runs were scored in the two hours, as the Yorkshire batsmen failed to assert themselves, and failed also to provide much entertainment for the faithful few spectators, dozing in the afternoon sunshine."

    You can listen to live local commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  6. Horse Racing

    Frankie Dettori won the Nell Gwyn Stakes on 7-2 favourite Sandiva on day one of Newmarket's Craven meeting.

    Dettori guided the 7-2 favourite, trained by Richard Fahey, to a half-length success from Euro Charline for his new employers, the Qatar-based Al Shaqab Racing.

    The three-time champion jockey performed a flying dismount after victory on the filly, who was cut to 16-1 from 25s by bookmakers for the 1,000 Guineas back at Newmarket on 4 May.

    You can check out all the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  7. Cricket

    Brian Lara

    We're marking 20 years since Brian Lara broke the world record for the first time, scoring 375 against England in Antigua to surpass the previous record of 365 not out set by his compatriot Sir Garfield Sobers.

    England fast bowler Angus Fraser recalls the moment the record was smashed: "The whole place was rocking. There were people climbing over the fences and running onto the field doing cartwheels and headstands. As a fielder, you take your cap off because you know it's a good souvenir and you don't want somebody to run past you and nick it off your head!"

    You can read more of Fraser's recollections, as well as six other players involved in the historic match, on the BBC Sport website.

  8. Division One: Northants v Durham

    Day Four: Northants 125-5, 319 required to beat Durham

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Northampton

    "The dismissal of Andrew Hall to the last ball before tea surely means that Northants will put the shutters up with 32 overs left in the game and only 5 wickets left standing.

    "Rob Newton is 22 not out but has seen the wicket tumble at the other end, with England hopeful Graham Onions striking for the two wickets of Coetzer and Spriegel - the second a beauty which knocked out the off stump.

    "He is bound to have an impact after tea, though another Durham player with England aspirations Scott Borthwick has failed to take a wicket with his legpsin. However, the champions scent blood."

  9. Tennis

    There were few upsets in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters in Monaco with top seed Rafael Nadal advancing to the last 16 with a straight sets win over Teymuraz Gabashvili and Stanislas Wawarinka seeing off Marin Cilic in similar style.

  10. Post update

    BBC Radio Notttingham's Robin Chipperfield: Mick Newell confirms to BBC Radio Nottingham that he had interview with ECB this morning about becoming coach of England team

  11. Lara's 375

    Brian Lara

    We're marking 20 years since Brian Lara broke the world record for the first time, scoring 375 against England in Antigua to surpass the previous record of 365 not out set by his compatriot Sir Garfield Sobers.

    West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who was playing in his debut series back in 1994, recalls: "It was the most exciting thing I have ever witnessed. The moment was so big for everyone who was around. Once he scored the boundary to break the record, it was difficult to get near him to celebrate with him but he came to me and then we went off to meet Sir Garry [Sobers]."

  12. Post update

    As we look back 20 years on from Brian Lara's world-record 375 against England, your nominations for the greatest Test innings have been coming in on Twitter, via #bbcsportsday, and text, on 81111.

    David Oakley:Kevin Pietersen's counter attacking knock of 149 against South Africa. The bowlers didn't know where to bowl. Classic fireworks.

    Rasanga: Mahela Jayawardena 374 at SSC one of the biggest grounds in Asia against an SA attack with Steyn, Ntini, Nel & Boje

    Andy Watson: Ricky Ponting, Old Trafford 2005 day 5. Dug in when needed. Saved the test. Disliked him but what a knock.

  13. Post update

    Bayern Munich playmaker Toni Kroos will stay at the German champions for the next season at least according to his agent.

    Manchester United are reportedly ready to offer Kroos a contract worth £260,000-a-week as manager David Moyes rebuilds his squad over the summer.

    But they will have to turn their attentions to other targets says Volker Struth.

    "There is no official contract offer and there is no need for United to submit one, because Toni will play at FC Bayern until at least 2015," he told German daily Bild.

  14. Football

    Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner gives his backing to manager Paul Lambert after the suspension of the Scot's assistants Ian Culverhouse and Gary Karsa earlier this week.

    "Our manager has been faced with some unexpected issues that could have very easily set the club back," said Lerner.

    "In watching him handle matters, along with our chief executive Paul Faulkner, I've seen total loyalty and commitment to Aston Villa."

    Club legend Gordon Cowans and goalkeeper Shay Given have been temporarily promoted to assist Lambert.

  15. LATEST GOSSIP

    Croatia under-21 international Mario Pasalic signs a pre-contract agreement to join Chelsea this summer according to the Daily Mirror.

    The 19-year-old attacker has scored 11 goals in 25 appearances for Hadjuk Split in his domestic top-flight this season.

    "Mario will be in London at the end of May for a medical examination and then will know more about his future," his agent Ivica Loncar told 24sata.

    "There are several interested clubs from Italy, Germany and Spain, and it is possible that the first two weeks of preparation activity will be with Chelsea. But the decision is Jose Mourinho's."

  16. Cricket

    To coincide with the 20-year-anniversary of West Indian legend Brian Lara's record-breaking innings of 375 against England, we are asking you for your memories of great Test knocks.

    Might Michael Atherton's defiant 185 in the fading light to earn England a draw against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1995 feature in your considerations?

    #bbcsportsday on Twitter or 81111 on text is the way to get in touch.

  17. Rugby Union

    New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter says that England are genuine contenders for his country's 2011 Rugby World Cup crown when the 2015 tournament gets under way in England.

    "In every World Cup I've been involved in, the host nation is always a team to look out for," he said "The way they are building, they will definitely be there and thereabouts."

    England will tour New Zealand in June for a three-Test series, with Carter set to return to the sport shortly after. The 32-year-old has been on a six-month sabbatical.

  18. Lara's 375

    Sir Gary Sobers and Brian Lara

    It's 20 years ago this week that West Indian Brian Lara broke the world record for the first time - hitting 375 against England in Antigua. BBC Sport's Marc Higginson has spoken to players from both sides for a feature to be published this afternoon.

    Angus Fraser, who was part of the England bowling attack, recalls: "We realised the record was on quite early because of the nonchalant way he went from 100 to 150 to 200.

    "Once he got to about 250, you begin to wonder where it was all going to end. By that stage you have tried all your tactics and your variety, it has not really got you anywhere and it begins to boil down to if he will make a mistake."

  19. Cricket

    Division Two: Essex v Derbyshire

    Day 4: Essex 94 & 425 beat Derbyshire 154 & 312 by 53 runs

    BBC Radio Derby's Iain O'Brien at Chelmsford: "A target of 366 was always going to be a tough chase for Derbyshire, and with 199 still to get heading into day four, and Essex needing just the five wickets, it was even tougher.

    "Derbyshire eventually succumbed to Essex by 53 runs as lunch was delayed by 14 minutes.

    "Tim Groenewald blazed his way in vain to a 35-ball 52 before Monty Panesar had him stumped, although not before Groenewald dispatched the left-arm England spinner for four sixes and two fours.

    "Two of the sixes resulted in a replacement ball being needed; one into the River Can and another lost in the car park."

  20. Snooker

    Owen Phillips, BBC Sport at Ponds Forge, Sheffield

    "Peter Ebdon is never a man in a hurry and his match against Robin Hull already seems destined to be a late one. Ebdon, the 2002 world champion, is level at 3-3 but it's painfully slow progress. One for the purists is probably the kindest way to describe it.

    "One man who is clearly in a rush to get his place booked for the Crucible is China's Xiao Guodong. He leads his fellow countryman Li Yan 8-1 after the first session of a very one-sided contest.

    "In the other derby match-up of the day - this one an all Gloucester affair between Robert Milkins and Michael Wasley - it's much tighter. Milkins is 5-4 ahead at the break."

  21. Boxing

    Dereck Chisora intends to send Tyson Fury to "the naughty corner" when he faces the fellow Briton in the WBO heavyweight championship eliminator fight in July.

    The full story will appear on BBC's Boxing page.

  22. Winter Paralympics

    The International Paralympic Committee has announced that IPC Alpine Skiing is looking to introduce a new para-snowboard discipline for the 2014-2015 season and make changes to snowboard cross so that racers will go head-to-head with each other.

  23. Cricket

    Division Two: Worcestershire v Kent

    Day 4: Worcestershire 224 & 270 beat Kent 229 & 140 by 125 runs

    BBC Worcester's Dave Bradley at New Road: "This was a major confidence booster for Worcestershire's young side, who all contributed to the win over a much more experienced Kent side.

    "The turning point of the game came after lunch on the third day with Worcestershire struggling on 113-5, but positive batting from Ben Cox and Ross Whitely, with the tail wagging, left Kent a massive total on the last day.

    "With the bounce of the wicket getting ever lower, Worcestershire's bowlers kept up a relentless line and length, and 12 Kent batsmen went lbw in the game.

    "Charlie Morris bowled as fine spell on the last morning to rip through the Kent lower order, as he and his colleagues got the benefit of the old and simple adage of bowling straight, they bowled 147 overs in the game without a no-ball or a wide."

    You can listen to live commentary from BBC Hereford and Worcester and BBC Radio Kent on this website.

  24. Cricket

    Division One: Somerset v Yorkshire

    Day 4: Yorkshire 450 & 93-0, Somerset 553

    BBC Radio Bristol's Anthony Gibson at Taunton: "Whatever slim hopes Somerset might have had of putting the Yorkshire batting under pressure evaporated when Alfonso Thomas joined Craig Overton in the treatment room, leaving Alex Lees and Adam Lyth to make serene progress against a threadbare attack as they took to score to 93 without loss at lunch.

    "A draw looks inevitable. Somerset took their first innings lead to 103 before Craig Overton was lbw to the persevering Steve Patterson, leaving Craig Meschede unbeaten on 59. As with his fellow all-rounder, Lewis Gregory, one could discern the influence of Somerset's new batting coach, Dave Houghton, in Meschede's much improved technique and approach."

    You can listen to live commentary from BBC Bristol, BBC Somerset and BBC Radio Leeds on the BBC Sport website.

  25. Football

    Crawley Town defender Paul Connolly is banned for five matches by the Football Association for confronting a supporter who threw the ball at him from the stands during an League One match last week.

  26. Football

    What do you think of the report that states on average Manchester City's players earn the most in global sport? Do Premier League players earn too much?

    Tweet us at #bbcsportsday

    Kieran Moran: Football should be about passion and dedication, not money and greed.

    Andy Ryan: A salary cap similar to that in rugby should be imposed which would also serve to level the playing field. It is atrocious that Steve Bruce goes in print stating his club will never win the Premier League. What's the point of 20 teams in a league if only 4 have a chance?

  27. Football

    Damien Duff will end his five-year association with Fulham this summer, with the winger contemplating a move to Australia or the United States before returning home to Ireland.

    "I'm up at the end of the season," the 35-year-old told the Irish Times.

    "The club haven't spoken to me and I haven't spoken to the club but we don't need to speak: I'll be leaving Fulham. I've had a great time here but that's football."

  28. Cricket

    Division One: Middlesex v Notts

    Day 4: Middlesex 439-9 & 52-0, Notts 326 & 224

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Lord's: "Middlesex are closing in on victory after another strong session at Lord's.

    "Tim Murtagh claimed five wickets in the Nottinghamshire second innings before Steven Finn wrapped up the visitors' batting with his ninth wicket of the match.

    "Set 112 to win, Middlesex seamlessly reached 52 without loss at the interval."

    You can listen to live commentary from BBC London 94.9 and BBC Radio Nottingham on the BBC Sport website.

  29. Cricket

    Division One: Durham v Northants

    Day 4: Northants 378 & 27-0, Durham 452 & 244

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Northampton: "An intriguing afternoon lies ahead as Northants have been set a target of 319 to win in 69 overs.

    "Thoughts of a Durham declaration never emerged because they were all out for 244 in their second innings as James Middlebrook took 5-62 and Andrew Hall 3-57.

    "Michael Richardson top-scored for Durham but was only able to add another six runs to his overnight score when he was dismissed for 59. Durham's last five wickets were only worth 55 runs.

    "At lunch Northants are 27-0 after six overs."

    You can listen to live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  30. Horse Racing

    The new Flat racing season steps up a gear this afternoon with the start of the two-day Craven meeting at Newmarket.

    A sunny day is forecast on the Rowley Mile, where Frankie Dettori rides 7-2 favourite Sandiva for trainer Richard Fahey in the Nell Gwyn Stakes (16:05 BST).

    Toormore, a leading 2,000 Guineas hope trained by Richard Hannon, leads the contenders in the meeting's big race, the Craven Stakes on Thursday.

    You can follow all the latest going, non-runners and results on the BBC Sport website.

  31. Tennis

    Roger Federer

    Fourth seed Roger Federer advances to the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters courtesy of a straightforward 6-1 6-2 win over Czech Radek Stepanek.

    Also into the last 16 are Fabio Fognini, who starred in Italy's recent Davis Cup win over Great Britain, and Canadian world number 10 Milos Raonic.

  32. Snooker

    Owen Phillips, BBC Sport at Ponds Forge, Sheffield

    "Ponds Forge certainly lacks the glamour of many of the tournaments on the tour but the lure of the Crucible and the World Championship provides the ideal focus no matter what the surroundings.

    "Ben Woollaston is just one of the 16 men looking to earn his place via the final qualifying round today and the Leicester man looked in relaxed mood as he mingled with the public in the foyer area just before his match against Jamie Burnett.

    "Michael White and Robert Milkins are also in action in the eight games that will play to a conclusion this evening, while five men will be looking to secure Crucible debuts and join the only new face to book his spot thus far - Dott's conqueror Kyren Wilson."

  33. Athletics

    Former world champion and Olympic silver medallist Steve Cramjoins British Athletics' endurance programme.

    The 53-year-old will work under head of endurance Barry Fudge, alongside marathon world record-holder Paula Radcliffe, who was named a 'key advisor' in December, and Mo Farah's coach and three-time New York winner Alberto Salazar who is engaged in a consultancy capacity.

  34. Snooker

    Owen Phillips, BBC Sport at Ponds Forge, Sheffield

    Peter Ebdon

    "The final day of the final round of qualifying for the World Championship is under way and Peter Ebdon is the biggest name striving to avoid joining the lengthy list of former world champions to miss out on reaching the Crucible this year.

    "A day of shocks on Tuesday saw former world champions Graeme Dott and Mark Williams both beaten. Six-time winner Steve Davis and six-time runner-up Jimmy White have both already fallen.

    "Ebdon is aiming to make snooker's showpiece event for the 23rd consecutive season and is already 2-1 ahead. But he faces a tough test in the race to 10 against Finland's Robin Hull - a man who has been in excellent form this season."

  35. Cricket

    In Division Two, England captain Alastair Cook's 181 and three wickets for left-arm paceman Tymal Mills have put Essex on the brink of victory over Derbyshire at Chelmsford. The visitors are 167-5, still needing 134 more for victory and with West Indies batsman Shiv Chanderpaul dismissed for 52.

    A result also looks likely at Bristol where Gloucestershire are 308-9 in their second innings, a lead of 190 over Hampshire. And at New Road, Kent are in trouble, requiring another 172 to beat Worcestershire with five wickets left on 94-5.

    You can get live commentary on all the County Championship matches on the BBC Sport website.

  36. Cricket

    The first result from the day's County Championship matches is in with Sussex, powered by an Ed Joyce century, beating Warwickshire by seven wickets.

    Elsewhere in Division One Middlesex will also be hoping to push for victory over Nottinghamshire at Lord's, where the visitors are 223-9 in their second innings, a lead of 110. Paceman Steven Finn has continued his impressive start to the season in his push for an England recall by taking 3-82.

    Draws currently appear the likely results at both Taunton and Northampton. At Taunton, Somerset have posted 553 in reply to Yorkshire's 450, with the visitors 36-0 in their second innings, while at Northampton, champions Durham are 221-6 in their second innings, a lead of 295.

  37. Football

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini defends his decision to include Vincent Kompany in the 3-2 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday.

    The Belgian defender was at least partially at fault for all Liverpool's goals and only played after passing a late fitness test following a training-ground injury scare.

    "He started the game because he is the captain," said the Chilean, ahead of City's home game with Sunderland.

    "He made all the proof before the game, he said he was OK, and the doctor said that, so I don't regret that."

  38. Football

    Derby celebrate against Leeds

    Nikhil Vaswani: As a Liverpool fan Aston Villa at home is our bogey team, always seem to drop points to them

    David Chuka: As a Chelsea fan, our bogey teams are Aston Villa and/or West Brom. On paper, it should be 3 pts. In reality, not so

    Gregory P: Derby County are currently on a 10 match winning streak against Leeds. Enough said.

  39. Football

    Liverpool celebrate against Bristol Academy

    A recent report stated that Manchester City pay their players an average of £5.3m per year in wages. In contrast, the top earners in the FA Women's Super League, which begins on Wednesday, earn a tiny fraction of that.

    According to the Football Association, the annual income for these players is between £30,000 and £50,000.

    WSL club wages cannot be more than 40% of each club's operational costs.

  40. Football

    Sir Alex Ferguson is to auction off a vintage wine collection with an estimated value of £3m.

    The former Manchester United manager collected 5,000 bottles to "distract from the intensity and pressure" of Old Trafford.

    The cellar spans every year of Ferguson's career with United from 1986 until he retired in 2013.

    "You have to have outside interests to distract you from the intensity and the pressure you come under as a football manager," said Ferguson.

    "And all of a sudden, two or three years ago, when I'm going through the portfolio, we realise this has got to be an amazing amount of wine. I retired last year, and I thought this was a good time to sell it."

  41. Football

    The FA Women's Super League begins today with Notts County hosting Arsenal live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and Birmingham facing Everton.

    Champions Liverpool will begin their title defence against Mancheter City on Thursday and manager Matt Beard has said that they are expecting a tough campaign.

    "It will be tough, the most competitive season yet," he told BBC Sport.

    "We just want to stay in touch with the top teams and we are looking forward to the challenge."

  42. Get Involved

    Your nominations for your sides' bogey teams are coming in on Twitter.

    Oliver Tapper: Yeovil Town's bogey team without a doubt Bournemouth... our league form against them recently: LLLDLLDLLLD

    Dessie Donnelly: As a Forest fan, I will never get over the playoff defeat to Yeovil, hate playing them

    John: As a fan of Burnley, I hate fixtures against Blackburn Rovers because they used to beat us before the match starts.

  43. Football

    Hearts move a step closer to coming out of administration after creditors of a failed Lithuanian bank approved the sale of shares in the club.

    Businesswoman Ann Budge has been awaiting an agreement so she can complete a £2.5m takeover of the Scottish Premiership outfit.

    Hearts can begin exiting administration after 27 April - following of 20-day cooling-off period for the UBIG share deal.

  44. Tennis

    Elena Baltacha

    Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, 18-time Grand Slam champion Martin Navratilova and former British number one Tim Henman will be some of the stars taking part in the Rally for Bally event in honour of Elena Baltacha.

    Former British number one Baltacha announced in March that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer.

    The funds raised by mixed double matches on the finals day at the Aegon Championships at Queen's, the Aegon Classic at Birmingham and Eastbourne will be split between the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and the Elena Baltacha Academy of Tennis.

  45. Rugby Union

    A plan to reintroduce racial quotas into South African top-level sports teams is delayed according to a report in the Afrikaans daily Beeld.

    Fikile Mbalula, the country's sports minister, had backed prosposals that would have meant that 60% of teams' representatives were black.

    However quotas contravene International Rugby Board rules and may not be legal under South Africa's own legal system.

  46. Post update

    You have been nominating your teams' "bogey" opposition have been coming in on Twitter.

    Gofwan Gotau: As a Chelsea fan, I hate playing Everton, even when we win its still stressful to watch, they never make it easy for us

    Harry Birtles: As an Arsenal fan Stoke always out do us. Looks impossible now but would've liked them to get relegated

    LevyOut: Spurs' bogey team is Spurs. Always find a way to make things go wrong internally when we seem on the right path

    Get involved on #bbcsportsday

  47. Formula 1

    Jenson Button says that McLaren have a "point to prove" at the Chinese Grand Prix this weekend after their disappointing showing in Bahrain.

    After Kevin Magnussen's second and Button's third-placed finish in the season-opener in Australia, both drivers retired due to clutch problems at the Sakhir Circuit.

    "I think we head to China with a bit of a point to prove," said Button.

    "We need to get some points on the board and get another race under our belts that demonstrates the pace we feel this year's car has, which won't necessarily be straightforward.

  48. Football

    Manchester City's players are the best paid in world sport according to a survey by Sportingintelligence.

    The City first team receive an average annual wage of £5.337m a year - equivalent to £102,634 a week.

    That is slightly more than their counterparts at the New York Yankees and LA Dodgers baseball teams.

    Manchester United, sixth with an annual annual wage of £4.322m, and Chelsea, ninth with £3.984m, are the other Premier League teams in the top 10 of global sports teams.

    Manchester City are one of 76 clubs being investigated by Uefa over a possible breach of its Financial Fair Play rules. A decision is expected in the coming days.

  49. Post update

    Chelsea v Aston Villa

    Who is your side's bogey team? Your messages on who you are pleased to see the back of each season are coming in on text.

    Ali Farrow: For us Chelsea fans it's Aston Villa. All the weaknesses they have in their team seem to go out the window whenever they play us! Apart from the thrashing we gave then a year ago!

    Dan, Cardiff: For Arsenal it can only be Bolton, they always used to beat us when they were in the Premier League. Our bogey player is Drogba, he loved playing against us.

    Steve: For West Brom it is always Stoke. We've got them last game of the season and I dread us needing to win that game to stay up .

  50. Post update

    Gareth Bale

    With Cristiano Ronaldo ruled out, former Tottenham attacker Gareth Bale will lead the Real Madrid line against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final this evening.

    Spanish football writer Andy West explains the Wales international has to prove that he can deliver when it really matters.

    "Ultimately, these are the games which will seal Bale's fate as a success or failure at the Bernabeu," he writes.

    "As spectacular as his long-range thunderbolt against Elche or his 50-yard run-and-finish against Rayo Vallecano might have been, the Spanish giants did not break the bank to sign him for games like that."

    Kick-off is 20:30 BST.

  51. Post update

    Belgium boss Marc Wilmots extends his contract to lead the Red Devils into the 2018 World Cup.

    The team, led by Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and featuring the likes of Chelsea's Eden Hazard and Aston Villa's Christian Benteke, qualified for this summer's World Cup, the first time they have been at the finals since Japan and South Korea 2002.

  52. Post update

    As Manchester City prepare to take on Sunderland, a team they have beaten just once in their five previous league meetings, we are finding out who your teams' bogey sides are.

    Karthik: Crystal Palace at Selhurst have been Liverpool's bogey team. Need to overcome this if we are to seal the title there

    Sean Ridge: Man. United always seemed to struggle against Blackburn Rovers, quite happy to see them in the FL Championship in recent years

    Max Kellar: For West Ham, it was always Bolton. They just always managed to out-do us, regardless of current form or league position!

    You can give us your thoughts on Twitter via #bbcsportsday, on the BBC Sport Facebook page and on 81111 on text.

  53. LATEST GOSSIP

    Marco Reus

    Manchester United are stepping up their interest in Borussia Dortmund and Germany playmaker Marco Reus according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Mario Gotze, who was the 24-year-old's club and international team-mate until his own move to Bayern Munich, has claimed in the German media that Reus "wanted a move to Manchester United and he hasn't changed."

  54. Rugby League

    Sam Burgess

    A female fan has apologised after hitting England international Sam Burgess with a stick as he was leaving the field while playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their win over Penrith.

    "The fan has unreservedly apologised for causing any harm to the NRL and the Panthers," read a Penrith statement.

    "They have also offered an apology to Sam and the South Sydney club."

    Julie Burgess, mother to the Bath-bound Sam and brothers Luke. George and Tom, tweeted about the incident at the time.

    "Would love to meet the woman (I'm being kind) who hit Sam with a stick as he was leaving the pitch. Sorry Penrith people but that's not OK," she wrote.

  55. Cricket

    Today is also the start of the Indian Premier League with defending champions Mumbai Indians, featuring Sri Lanka's World Twenty20 winning bowler Lasith Malinga, taking on Kolkata Knight Riders at 11:30 BST.

  56. Cricket

    Today is the final day of the current round of County Championship matches with Middlesex, with bowler Steven Finn to the fore, within sight of victory against Nottinghamshire and Sussex on course to beat Warwickshire after Ed Joyce scored centuries in both innings.

    You can follow commentaries on all of today's matches on the BBC Sport website.

  57. Get involved

    Ji Dong Won

    With Manchester City playing Sunderland tonight, a team they have beaten only once in their last five league meetings, we are looking for your own teams' bogey opposition.

    Who always over-performs when they come up against your side? Which name do you dread when you see it looming on the fixture list?

    You can let us know on #bbcsportsday on Twitter, on the BBC Sport Facebook page and on 81111 on text.

  58. Post update

    As usual there is a host of gossip as speculation and rumour about possible summer transfers begins to intensify. He is a selection of the best from our Gossip column.

    Manchester United will offer Toni Kroos £260,000 a week in an effort to prise the 24-year-old midfielder away from Bayern Munich this summer.

    Full story: the Guardian

    Jose Mourinho is confident Chelsea have secured a £50m deal for Diego Costa in the summer, while Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone says he will not stand in the 25-year-old striker's way.

    Full story: Daily Mirror

    Arsenal have turned their attention to Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic, 27, as they look certain to miss out on initial target Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid.

    Full story: Daily Express

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    England and Arsenal Ladies captain Casey Stoney says that losing the international captaincy to Steph Houghton "has been absolutely devastating".

    "New England head coach Mark Sampson has chosen Manchester City defender Steph Houghton as the new captain and I accept and respect the decision," she wrote in her BBC Sport column.

    "Mark said he chose her for the long term, nothing else, and I fully support Steph."

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    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live where we will have all the breaking sports news, mixed with your views, throughout Wednesday.

    Tonight is a another crucial episode in the battle for the Premier League title and the fourth and final Champions League qualifying spot.

    Manchester City, seven points off the top but with two games in hand on leader Liverpool, take on Sunderland, while Everton can regain fourth if they avoid defeat at home to Crystal Palace.

    Both games kick off at 19:45 BST. First let's have a look at the stories making the headlines this morning.