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Summary

  1. Gary Caldwell appointed Wigan manager
  2. Greg Dyke escapes Fifa punishment over £16k watch
  3. Aston Villa take on QPR in Premier League bottom-four clash (19:45 BST)
  4. Alastair Cook hits first England century since 2013 in W Indies warm-up
  5. COMING UP: Tiger Woods news conference (18:00 BST)
  6. GET INVOLVED: Who should be Manager of the Season?

Live Reporting

By James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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  1. That's it folks

    I hope you've enjoyed your sporting updates throughout the day and you can get involved tomorrow at the same time and same place.

    In the meantime you can follow the action between Aston Villa and QPR with our live text commentary by clicking here. Enjoy.

  2. Will it be glory for Rory?

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    World number one Rory McIlroy can do the career grand slam of winning all four of golf's major with victory at the Masters.

    He has been paired with three-time champion Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore for the first two rounds of the tournament.

    He's been speaking to the media and says: "It's a course that is very special, not just to me and the players, but the game.

    "I feel like I have done a lot of good work over the last few days. I am just ready to get going on Thursday."

    Asked about his struggles on par 5's at the Augusta course, he says: "I feel sometimes on par 5's I can be a little aggressive.

    "If I can play them a little bit better then, hopefully, they will help me do better and win."

  3. Henman gets the call

    Tennis

    Tim Henman

    Tim Henman will no doubt be unveiling that trademark fist-pump once again at the news that he has picked up an invite to Andy Murray's wedding.

    According to the Daily Telegraph, Henman is one of the few star names on the guest list for the ceremony this weekend - with the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not making the cut.

    Among the other tennis players who will watch Murray and Kim Sears exchange vows are Murray's Davis Cup team-mate James Ward and Dutch doubles pro Jean-Julien Rojer.

  4. 'French rugby crisis'

    Rugby Union

    Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio believes the success of French clubs in Europe is coming to the detriment of the country's national team.

    French side Clermont thrashed Premiership champions and runaway leaders Northampton Saints 37-5 to reach the European Rugby Champions Cup semi-finals along with fellow Top 14 side Toulon. Saracens are England's only representatives in the last four.

    "I'd argue that what we're seeing is a crisis in French rugby. I see players who are outstanding for their clubs - guys like Wesley Fofana and Maxime Machenaud - not playing well for France," says Dallaglio.

    "There is something going dramatically wrong in French rugby because while they're happy to attract the biggest and best foreign names to their club game, they're doing so at the expense of their national side."

  5. Salford building reputation - Harris

    Rugby League

    Salford Red Devils are beginning to build the reputation of a winning side, says their head coach Iestyn Harris.

    The Super League side were in impressive form as they beat Wigan 24-18 to record their third win in a row, and they now sit third in the table.

    "A reputation is built over a few months and a period of time, it's not built up over three or four games," Harris told BBC Radio Manchester.

    "You've got to start somewhere and I think the players really want to build a reputation of being a consistent team.

  6. Hauraki and Bateman charged

    Rugby League

    Weller Hauraki and John Bateman face bans after they were charged with Grade B striking during their running battle at the AJ Bell Stadium on Easter Monday.

    Salford second-rower Hauraki and Wigan counterpart Bateman were sent off two minutes from time for trading punches after the pair had already been sin-binned for an earlier flare-up.

    The offence carries a suspension of one to two matches, although Hauraki's ban could be longer after he was hit with a Grade C charge by the Rugby Football League's match-review panel following an incident at Huddersfield on Good Friday.

  7. Redknapp: Bottom three can still survive

    Football

    Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp on BBC Radio 5 live: "The three teams that came up, everyone seems to be tipping them to go do down but they could all stay up. It's highly unlikely, but it's not impossible.

    "It's close down there. Sunderland are still bang in it. Hull are still in it. There's six teams bang in trouble. Leicester could still get out and Burnley have been excellent all season. I wouldn't like to choose which three would go."

  8. Redknapp: Pressure on Villa

    Football

    Former QPR manager Harry Redknapp on BBC Radio 5 live ahead of Tuesday's basement battle between Aston Villa and his former club: "Both teams, even at the start of the year, you knew would be in the bottom seven or eight but both have some good players.

    "QPR had a really convincing win over West Brom at the weekend and they're looking strong at the moment.

    "I think they've got a team that's capable of getting out of it. It's going to be tight but I think they've got a big chance tonight at Villa Park.

    "The pressure really is on Villa at home. It's going to be a tense night for them. QPR are going to be full of confidence."

  9. 'I worked my ass off'

    Golf

    Tiger Woods

    Tiger Woods will be playing his first tournament since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open in early February when he takes part in the Masters this week.

    Asked about his efforts to make it to Augusta, he says: "I worked my ass off. That's the easiest way to describe it.

    "People will never understand how much work I have put in. It was sun-up to sun-down."

    Asked about any issues with his back, Woods answers: "A little bit here and there. I had no structural damage. It was just a fact that my muscles got fatigued."

  10. Woods back at 'special' Masters

    Golf

    Tiger Woods might be ranked 111 going into the Masters at Augusta this week but he is dominating the headlines.

    He'll tee off at 18:48 BST on Thursday in a group also including Jamie Donaldson, of Wales, and fellow American Jimmy Walker.

    Woods has been speaking to the media and says: "I'm excited, playing at this level.

    "There's no tournament like this. To come back to a place where I have so many memories and had so many great times at is special."

  11. MacAnthony plans May interviews

    Football

    Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony says he will oversee interviews for a new manager in May.

    After three defeats in five games, Posh - who sacked Darren Ferguson in February - are 10th in League One and struggling to make the play-offs.

    "Nobody has been ruled out and nobody has been guaranteed the job either," said MacAnthony in a statement on the club's website.

    Later in the statement, the Peterborough chairman continued: "I will be travelling to the UK in May to oversee formal interviews, not just with them [the current management team] for the full-time position of manager, but with a shortlist of other candidates."

  12. Rallying cry

    Football

    Peterborough United chairman Darragh MacAnthony has been a busy man - he has posted a mammoth 1.065-word open letter to supporters on the club website.

    Given the downbeat nature of the letter it comes as a slight surprise to learn that Posh, who parted company with manager Darren Ferguson in February, are 10th in League One and still in with a chance of making the play-offs.

    "I don't do excuses, never have, never will and I don't do meaningless apologies so I wouldn't insult any posh fans intelligence's by starting now," wrote MacAnthony, pictured below with former boss Ferguson and a floodlight.

    Ferguson
  13. Stanley not 'bargain shop' - Coleman

    Football

    Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman has said his League Two club are not going to be a "bargain shop" if other sides target their best players.

    Coleman was speaking after Stanley's 3-1 over Carlisle on Monday where midfielder Josh Windass, 21, impressed.

    "We're definitely going to get away from the fact that people bargain shop at Accrington," Coleman, whose side are 17th, told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "We're not going to be Aldi anymore that is for sure."

  14. GET INVOLVED

    #bbcsportsday

    We're asking who deserves to be named Manager of the Season?

    Let us know via the usual channels: on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page, or text us on 81111.

    Here's a selection of what you've been saying...

    Jonathan Warren: Gary Monk should be MOTY. Swans well placed despite losing Vorm, Davies, DeGuzman, Michu in Aug and top scorer Bony in Jan.

    Abdullah Ibrahim: The MoTY in my opinion would be Sean Dyche if he can keep Burnley up. If successful he would have completed Mission Impossible.

    Kit Marsden: No mention of Norwich's Alex Neil for Manager Of The Season?! Shameful.

  15. Tour de force

    Football

    Ronaldo

    Cristiano Ronaldo is clearly not feeling too tired after scoring five goals - including an eight-minute hat-trick - in Real Madrid's 9-1 trouncing of Granada at the weekend.

    "Exercise all you can! It's good for your body and your mind!" tweeted the Portuguese winger, before presumably heading out for a ride on this bike rather than just standing next to it sticking up his thumbs.

  16. 'Tough place'

    Football

    Wigan are second-from-bottom of the Championship and eight points from safety with five games left.

    "We are in a really tough place at the moment," says new Wigan manager Gary Caldwell.

    "But we will approach the next five games with only one thing in mind, to win. After that, we will assess where we are and move on."

  17. Caldwell keen to take Wigan chance

    Football

    New Wigan boss Gary Caldwell played 111 matches for the club between 2010 and 2014 but has not played since last May because of a persistent hip injury.

    The 32-year-old has combined his playing career with the development of his coaching for the past few seasons.

    "I've made no secret of the fact that I wanted to move into management when the time was right," he says.

    "I didn't expect that to come along as quickly as this but, in football, you need to take opportunities when they arise and I am honoured and excited in equal measures to take charge at the Latics, where I have shared such incredible memories over the past five years."

  18. Wigan appoint Caldwell as new boss

    Football

    Gary Caldwell has been appointed as the new manager of Wigan Athletic.

    The Championship strugglers sacked Malky Mackay on Monday and have moved quickly to replace him.

    "Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce that club captain Gary Caldwell has been appointed as the new manager of the club on a permanent contract," read a club statement.

  19. Masters groupings

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy has been paired with Phil Mickelson and Ryan Moore in group 16 at 10:41 local time at Augusta.

    Other notable threesomes for the opening round of the Masters on Thursday include:

    Group 9: Miguel Jimenez, Lee Westwood and Anirban Lahiri.

    Group 10: Bubba Watson, Justin Rose and Gunn Yang.

    Group 11: Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson and Antonio Murdaca.

  20. Masters groupings

    Golf

    Tuesday's Augusta Chronicle front page

    There's plenty of excitement over the appearance of Tiger Woods and he will tee off in group 32 along with Jamie Donaldson, of Wales, and American Jimmy Walker.

  21. Masters groupings

    Golf

    The threesomes for Thursday's first round of the Masters are being announced and Darren Clarke is in group five along with Vijay Singh and Russell Henley.

    Ian Poulter is with Keegan Bradley and Patrick Reed in group 8.

  22. Catalans suffer Duport blow

    Rugby League

    Vincent Duport

    Catalans Dragons have suffered a blow after winger Vincent Duport was ruled out for the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

    The France international suffered a ruptured tendon in the Dragons' 33-22 defeat at Hull FC on 20 March and requires surgery.

    "The news is a hugely disappointing blow for the player and the whole team," said Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous.

    "Vincent already came back from big injuries in the past and I'm sure he will bounce back stronger."

  23. Roma punished for offensive banners

    Football

    Italian side Roma have been ordered to close part of their stadium at their next home game after fans displayed banners insulting the mother of a Napoli fan who died following clashes between rival supporters last year.

    Serie A's disciplinary tribunal said the banners were "by their content provocatively insulting to the mother of a supporter of the opposing team, who died in dramatic circumstances".

    The mother of the Napoli fan has spearheaded a campaign against soccer violence since her son's death.

  24. Westbrook gives car to single mum

    Basketball

    Russell Westbrook gives his car away

    Here's a story to warm the cockles of your heart. Oklahoma City Thunder basketball star Russell Westbrook has given away a car that he won to a young single mother.

    Westbrook was awarded the car after being named the best player at this season's All Star Game, but the guard decided he didn't need it.

    So instead he bequeathed it to Kerstin Gonzales, who has two young sons and had been receiving assitance from social services.

    Westbrook said: "Today was a good stepping stone to show her everything is going to be all right."

  25. Diarra signs new Charlton contract

    Football

    Charlton Athletic midfielder Alou Diarra has signed a new contract with the Championship club.

    The 33-year-old former France international will now remain at The Valley until the summer of 2016, with the option of an extra year.

    Diarra has scored one goal in six appearances since joining the Addicks on a short-term deal in February.

  26. GET INVOLVED

    #bbcsportsday

    We're asking who deserves to be named Manager of the Season?

    Let us know via the usual channels: on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page, or text us on 81111.

    Here's a selection of what you've been saying...

    Harry Partridge: As it stands MOTS 1 Wenger. 2 Koeman. 3 Pardew. 4 Monk. 5 Mourinho. Allardyce & Hughes to overtake Jose if CFC don't win title.

    David Simmonds: Im a Chelsea fan and I would give it to Ronald Koeman. He has done an amazing job rebuilding a team people picked for the drop

    Kieran Patrickson: Manager of year has to go to Eddie Howe.

  27. Macedonia sack coach Gjurovski

    Football

    Bosko Gjurovski

    Macedonia have sacked coach Bosko Gjurovski after a poor start to Euro 2016 qualifying which has seen them pick up just three points from five matches.

    No truth to the rumours that he was dismissed over that unforgivable mustard jacket...

  28. Cureton hopes to extend Daggers stay

    Football

    Jamie Cureton

    Veteran Dagenham & Redbridge striker Jamie Cureton is eager to be offered a new contract and prolong his career.

    The 39-year-old scored a hat-trick against AFC Wimbledon on Monday to take his tally to 18 goals this season.

    "The season has gone very well. I'm more than happy to give it another shot next year if someone will have me," he told BBC London 94.9.

    "I've thoroughly enjoyed working under Wayne Burnett and playing for Dagenham. Hopefully something can be sorted out."

  29. Liverpool announce ticket price freeze

    Football

    Liverpool will freeze adult season tickets prices for next season and reduce junior season tickets by 10%.

    The announcement comes on the back of two league defeats after which Reds boss Brendan Rodgers admitted his side's chances of Champions League qualification were virtually over.

    "The club had planned to slightly increase season ticket prices in line with inflation but after discussing the club's wider ticketing strategy with the Supporters' Committee ticketing working group we decided to freeze prices," said Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre.

  30. Notts County appoint Moniz

    Football

    A bit more on Notts County confirming former Hamburg boss Ricardo Moniz as their new manager.

    The Dutchman, 50, last month has signed a three-year contract and Dave Kevan will be Moniz's assistant, with strength and conditioning coach Mike Edwards and goalkeeping coach Kevin Pilkington remaining in their posts.

    And chairman Ray Trew says: "Ricardo has a fantastic reputation, not only for the style of football he plays, but also his ability to spot and nurture young talent.

    "In Ricardo we have found that because, having spoken to him at length, his footballing philosophy is one of structured attacking play, which I hope is something that our fans will buy in to."

  31. Bowyer defends Rodgers

    Football

    Gary Bowyer and Brendan Rodgers

    Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer has jumped to the defence of his under-fire Liverpool counterpart Brendan Rodgers as the two sides prepare to face off in an FA Cup quarter-final tomorrow night.

    Rodgers has come in for criticism after Liverpool suffered successive defeats in the Premier League to derail their top-four challenge.

    But Bowyer said: "I think it's ridiculous that after losing two games, the team that was hailed prior to those two games as being the best in the Premier League then comes in for that.

    "Brendan Rodgers has done an unbelievable job, he doesn't need me telling him. But that's just the world we live in now - it's crazy."

  32. Ballance's bad run continues

    Cricket

    Gary Ballance

    England batsman Gary Ballance's poor run of form has continued with a low score in England's warm-up match in the West Indies.

    Ballance has been dismissed for just 16 in the match against a St Kitts and Nevis XI.

    That means Ballance has scored just 52 runs in his last five England innings, after a disappointing World Cup. England are now 202-3, replying to 59.

  33. Bedene beats Gonzalez in Morocco

    Tennis

    Aljaz Bedene, who switched allegiance from Slovenia to Britain last month, has won his match against Maximo Gonzalez at the ATP Tour event in Casablanca.

    The new British number two took just under two hours to win 6-3 3-6 6-3 against his Argentine opponent.

  34. Ligue 1 strugglers Reims sack coach Vasseur

    Football

    Jean-Luc Vasseur

    Struggling Ligue 1 club Reims have sacked coach Jean-Luc Vasseur.

    He has been replaced by his assistant Olivier Guegan.

    Reims are currently 16th in Ligue 1, just three points above the drop zone.

  35. Alonso pleased with progress

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says he is happy with the team's progress after his difficult start to the campaign.

    The Spaniard blamed a "steering problem" for the pre-season crash that led to him missing the first race of the calendar in Australia.

    Alonso, 33, retired from the subsequent Malaysian GP but says he is looking forward to Sunday's race in China.

    "That sort of progress really gives the whole team belief and confidence in the path we're taking," said Alonso. "The steps we took between Australia and Malaysia were extremely impressive."

  36. Moniz to take charge at Notts County

    Football

    Ricardo Moniz

    Notts County are set to appoint Ricardo Moniz as their new manager.

    The Dutchman had ruled himself out of the running for the role last week due to "family reasons" but appears to have had a change of heart.

    Notts County have been without a permanent manager since the departure of Shaun Derry on 23 March, with Paul Hart and Mick Halsall taking caretaker charge of their recent games.

    Moniz has previously managed Red Bull Salzburg and worked as a skills coach at Tottenham.

  37. GET INVOLVED

    #bbcsportsday

    We're asking who deserves to be named Manager of the Season?

    Let us know via the usual channels: on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page, or text us on 81111.

    Here's a selection of what you've been saying...

    Rob Buckett: Despite my very bias opinion, has to be Koeman - to be where Saints are this year with the 'meltdown' last summer is remarkable.

    Peter Ratcliffe: Pardew not in the frame for MofTY. League winner should be MofTY. Honourable mention to Koeman for defying the pundits.

    Ryan Taylor: Ronald Koeman surely! Tipped for relegation and have been in top 7 all season!

  38. Bedene v Gonzalez

    Tennis

    New British number two Aljaz Bedene's match against Maximo Gonzalez at the Casablanca ATP Tour event is into a deciding set.

    Bedene won the first 6-3 but his Argentine opponent claimed the second by the same score.

  39. Cook hits century in Windies warm-up

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook bats

    England are back up and running in their warm-up match against a St Kitts and Nevis XI, and Alastair Cook has just brought up a century.

    It's Cook's first ton for England since an Ashes warm-up in Hobart in November 2013.

    Cook promptly retired out to give other batsmen a chance of some time in the middle.

  40. Frampton criticises £1.5m TV offer

    Boxing

    Carl Frampton (left) and Scott Quigg

    World champion Carl Frampton (pictured left) has criticised the promoters of Scott Quigg (pictured right) for a televised offer to fight.

    WBA champion Quigg and promoter Eddie Hearn appeared on Sky on Tuesday with a £1.5m cheque, which they promised Frampton if he would take the bout.

    But representatives of the Belfast fighter say there have already been "several attempts" to meet Hearn.

    "It is frustrating they have deviated from negotiations with this TV offer," said 28-year-old Frampton.

  41. Bedene v Gonzalez

    Tennis

    Aljaz Bedene, who switched allegiance from Slovenia to Britain last month, has won the first set 6-3 in his match against Maximo Gonzalez at the Casablanca ATP tour event.

    But he is trailing 3-1 in the second set after being broken in the fourth game.

  42. PSG suffer double injury blow

    Football

    Thiago Motta and David Luiz

    Paris Saint-Germain will be without two key players for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Barcelona next week.

    Defender David Luiz has been ruled out for four weeks and midfielder Thiago Motta for ten days after the pair sustained injuries in the weekend Ligue 1 match against Marseille.

  43. Skiverton upset with Yeovil players

    Football

    Yeovil Town acting manager Terry Skiverton says some of the players who lost 4-0 to Fleetwood on Monday will never play for the League One team again.

    The Glovers are 13 points from safety with five matches remaining and are almost certain to suffer a second consecutive relegation.

    "This was last chance saloon," Skiverton told BBC Spotlight. "The doors have finally swung and now there are a few people in that team that will not be able to get back into the doors of Yeovil Town."

  44. Torpedo hit by ban

    Football

    Torpedo Moscow fans

    Russian Premier League side Torpedo Moscow will play two home games in an empty stadium in what is their fourth racism-related punishment this season.

    The Russian Football Union said Torpedo fans displayed a Nazi symbol during Sunday's 3-1 win at Arsenal Tula.

    The punishment will take place in May, as Torpedo's next two home games are already set to be behind closed doors.

    That follows an incident in which fans abused Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk with monkey chants.

  45. We let ourselves down - Ipswich's Varney

    Football

    Luke Varney

    Ipswich striker Luke Varney says Town's players "let themselves down" in Monday's 2-1 loss at Huddersfield.

    Varney's first goal for the club could not prevent a defeat that left Ipswich eighth in the Championship, three points outside the play-off places with five games left.

    "We didn't do ourselves justice," the 32-year-old told BBC Radio Suffolk. "We knew we needed to do a lot more and we've let ourselves down."

  46. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Time to change tack on today's Get Involved topic.

    After last night's impressive victory for Crystal Palace, Eagles manager Alan Pardew has been praised to the rafters in many quarters.

    But does he deserve to be named Manager of the Season? Should Jose Mourinho or Garry Monk get the nod? Or is there a more deserving candidate elsewhere?

    Let us know via the usual channels: on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page, or text us on 81111.

  47. Bedene v Gonzalez

    Tennis

    New British number two Aljaz Bedene's match against Argentine Maximo Gonzalez has started.

    Bedene, who switched allegiance from Slovenia to Britain last month, survived a break point in the third game and leads 2-1 with the match going to serve.

  48. Enrique support for Neymar

    Football

    Neymar

    Barcelona coach Luis Enrique has backed misfiring forward Neymar, who has not scored for the club in La Liga since 15 February.

    "I am not worried at all," says Enrique, whose side play Almeria at home on Wednesday. "We are talking about an outstanding player, a top player.

    "And from what I see in training I am sure his scoring streak will soon return and he will be back on top form.

    "Now he is helping us in a less spectacular way, less visible for you, but he gives the team a lot of things that I consider important."

  49. 'Burning desire'

    Cricket

    Monty Panesar

    Can he get back into the England team? No, not Kevin Pietersen but Essex spinner Monty Panesar.

    The 32-year-old has not played for England since December 2013, with his last appearance coming in a defeat against Australia in Melbourne.

    "I still want to get back in the England team," he tells Sky Sports. "I feel there is more cricket ahead of me than behind.

    "I feel if I put in some hard work, and some strong performances - particularly early in the season - then you never know. The desire is still there."

  50. Bedene set for Gonzalez test

    Tennis

    New British number two Aljaz Bedene is set to take to the court imminently to play Maximo Gonzalez in round one of the Casablanca tour event.

    Slovenian-born Bedene, 25, has been a UK resident since 2008 and switched allegiance last month.

  51. Dyke returns £16,000 watch

    Football

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke

    Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has returned a £16,000 watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).

    The commemorative gifts were handed out by one of the CBF's sponsors to various people at the 2014 World Cup, including 28 members of Fifa's executive committee.

    "Mr Greg Dyke has returned the CBF Parmigiani watch," read a Fifa statement.

    "As a consequence, the adjudicatory chamber of the Fifa Ethics Committee has decided to close the proceedings in respect of a possible breach of the Fifa code of ethics."

  52. Africa support for Blatter

    Football

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter (left) and CAF president Issa Hayatou

    The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Issa Hayatou, has called for the organisation's 54 members to vote for Sepp Blatter in the Fifa presidential election in May.

    Blatter is the current incumbent and is going for a fifth term in his role but faces competition from Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, Dutch Football Association President Michael van Praag and former Portugal international Luis Figo.

    "His action in favour of Africa speaks for him. To us, he is still the man of the situation," Cameroonian Hayatou said at the start of CAF's two-day general assembly in Cairo.

  53. Taylor and Nosworthy want Pompey stay

    Football

    Portsmouth pair Ryan Taylor and Nyron Nosworthy say they want to be at the club next season.

    Forward Taylor, 26, is out of contract in the summer while defender Nosworthy, 34, is on loan from Blackpool.

    Asked after their 2-1 win over Plymouth if he hoped for a new contract, Taylor told BBC Radio Solent: "Definitely.

    "You only have to look at the result and the fans were loving it, 16,000 fans. It's unknown in League Two, why would I want to play anywhere else?"

  54. Baggies for sale

    Football

    The Hawthorns

    BBC Radio 5 live's Pat Murphy: "West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace will only sell the club if a deal can be done early in the summer - otherwise any talks will be put on hold for at least another year.

    "Groups from China and the USA are believed to be interested in buying the club, with Peace asking for £150m.

    "Peace is keen that the process does not drag on, so that the club can plan properly in the summer transfer window.

    "Manager Tony Pulis is expected to be part of any new structure."

  55. Palace talks ongoing, says Parish

    Football

    Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has no immediate plans to sell the Premier League club, but says talks are ongoing with an interested party.

    The Eagles were linked with a takeover by American billionaire Josh Harris late last year.

    Parish says they only need investment in order to improve Selhurst Park.

    "The only reason for us to get money in is to improve the infrastructure. There is no rush and we are in a good place. If it happens, it happens," Parish told BBC London 94.9.

  56. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Today we're asking you for your opinion on this season's title race: is it done and dusted, or could Chelsea still be caught? Here's a selection of what you've been saying...

    Jordan Rollinson: If Chelsea win their game in hand, they could get a draw in the last 7 matches and still win the title.

    Daniel Farren: Mathematically nothing's set in stone, the unexpected could yet happen. United's next 2 games could change it all.

    Isle of Bass: With Costa out it could hamper Chelsea, theirs to lose. Top four will finish with said teams but the final order will be interesting.

  57. Cavani to replace Van Persie at Man Utd?

    Latest gossip

    Edinson Cavani

    Could Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani replace Robin van Persie at Manchester United this season?

    That's the scenario being reported by the Daily Mirror, who say that Louis van Gaal is ready to listen to offers for his fellow Dutchman.

    Cavani has scored eight goals in 28 appearances for PSG this season.

  58. Bale doubtful with foot injury

    Football

    Gareth Bale

    Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale has a foot problem and could miss Wednesday's La Liga game at Rayo Vallecano.

    If the Wales international is out it could mean James Rodriguez and Isco starting rather than just one of them.

    "We have had a problem with Bale, who has a knock on the left foot," says Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    "Both [James and Isco] could play because they have played together many times. It is not a debate about Isco or James but a debate about a squad in very good shape."

  59. Happy Birthday

    Let's dish out a few Happy Birthday messages, shall we. So today's recipients are:

    Dennis Amiss

    Dennis Amiss - the former England opening batsman and ex-Warwickshire chief executive is 72.

    Franck Ribery - the Bayern Munich and former France winger is 32.

    Suzann Pettersen - the two-time major winner in golf from Norway is 34.

  60. On this day

    Protester disrupts Boat Race

    The Oxford crew look on as protester Trenton Oldfield disrupts the Boat Race

    Today we take to you back to 2012, when on this day, 7 April, the Boat Race was dramatically halted when a protester swam between the crews.

    The race was subsequently restarted and won by Cambridge. Protester Trenton Oldfield was later jailed for six months for causing a public nuisance.

    This year's Boat Race takes place on Saturday. The women's race starts at 1650 BST and the men's at 1750 BST, and you can follow both live across the BBC.

  61. Poulter tries Bahamas plan

    Golf

    Ian Poulter

    If all else fails take a trip to the Bahamas. That is part of the strategy English golfer Ian Poulter has employed in his preparations in order to try to win this week's Masters.

    "I think I've tried it several ways to try and prepare for this week, none of which have worked," says the 39-year-old.

    "I've had two weeks off. I've played in the run-in. I've been here previous years early to prepare. I've tried all sorts of things.

    "One thing I haven't tried before was go to the Bahamas for a nice week off before a solid week of practice. So we'll give that one a try this year."

  62. Kompany hopes for derby pick up

    Football

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City's defeat at Crystal Palace on Monday meant a fourth successive defeat on their travels as they dropped from second to fourth in the Premier League.

    They face a trip to rivals Manchester United on Sunday and City skipper Vincent Kompany believes the game could help his side rediscover their form.

    "A derby is a derby. It doesn't matter what place you are in the league, it's a derby. If anything, it's a good moment to go into a derby," Kompany told the Daily Mirror.

    "I guess the momentum is a little bit with our neighbours at the moment, but it's the perfect place for us to go and try to rectify what we've had here [at Palace]."

  63. Latics put on free coach travel

    Football

    Wigan's attempts to get as many fans to attend the relegation battle at Fulham on Friday has seen the club offer free coach travel to and from the game to supporters buying tickets.

    The Latics, who sacked manager Malky Mackay on Monday, are 23rd in the Championship and eight points behind the 21st-placed Cottagers having played a game more.

    "We have a huge five games ahead of us and we will keep fighting to stay in this division, starting on Friday," says Wigan chairman David Sharpe. "We need the supporters to come to London and back the team.

    "This is when we need to stick together as a football club, on and off the field, starting on Friday."

  64. 12 o'clock digest

    Top news:

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says he is "not concerned" about his job after losing against Crystal Palace to fall nine points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    Swansea defender Kyle Naughton is ruled out for the season with an ankle injury.

    Tiger Woods believes he is ready to win another Major ahead of the Masters at Augusta.

    Top feature:

    End of the affair: a caddie prepares for his 53rd and final Masters.

    Top video:

    Manuel Pellegrini says the referee made mistakes in Manchester City's loss to Crystal Palace.

    British Olympic boxer Natasha Jonas explains her decision to retire.

  65. Palace play party poopers again

    Football

    Dwight Gayle celebrates scoring against Liverpool

    Is Selhurst Park becoming the graveyard of wannabe champions? It certainly feels that way.

    Manchester City may have lost to Palace last night, but they are not the first team to see their title aspirations go up in smoke against the Eagles.

    Liverpool were level on points with Manchester City with two games to go when they met Palace last season, but they squandered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 and leave their title dreams in tatters.

  66. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    This morning we're asking you to weigh in on the status of this season's title race: all over, or still alive? Here are a few of your responses...

    Gregory P: At no point this season has the premier league title race been a match for the Championship promotion race.

    Jay: I might be deluded but with Costa out for a few of weeks,teams can get something against Chelsea if they can keep Hazard quiet.

    Steve Howes: Title race has been over for a while, CFC only lost 2 all season, and only deluded LFC fans think they can get 4th.

  67. Davison gets England call

    Football

    Gemma Davison

    Chelsea forward Gemma Davison has been called up to the England Women's squad for Thursday's match against China.

    The game at Manchester City's Academy Stadium will be England's last home match before they travel to Canada for the Fifa Women's World Cup in May.

    Davison, who has scored three goals in Chelsea's first two FA Women's Super League (WSL) games this season, last featured for England in the 2014 Cyprus Cup. She won the FA WSL title last season with Liverpool before moving to Chelsea.

  68. Ex-SA striker Henyekane killed in car crash

    Football

    Richard Henyekane

    Former South Africa striker Richard Henyekane has died in a car accident at the age of 31.

    The news was confirmed by his club, Free State Stars, who play in South Africa's Premier Soccer League.

    Henyekane won nine caps for South Africa between 2009 and 2013.

    Last year, South African runner and former 800-metre world champion Mbulaeni Mulaudzi was also killed in a road accident.

  69. Struggling Sergio, magic Murray

    Football

    Sergio Aguero

    A key factor in Manchester City's recent slump has been the patchy form of usually talismanic striker Sergio Aguero.

    Aguero has scored 17 goals this season, just two short of Diego Costa and Harry Kane in the top-scorer standings. But the Argentinian has not scored for 556 minutes as City have lost seven of their last 14 games.

    Contrast that with the deadly form of Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray, who helped to inflict defeat on City last night.

    Murray stabbed home his fifth goal of a season in which he has played just 446 minutes, meaning he has the best minutes-per-goal ratio of any striker in the Premier League, narrowly ahead of Papiss Cisse and Olivier Giroud.

  70. 'Significant strides'

    Athletics

    Usain Bolt

    Speed king Usain Bolt has stepped up his preparations for the World Championships in Beijing during August as he bids for a third 100m gold and a fourth 200m gold.

    "I want to run really fast this season so I'm working on it," says the Jamaican. "I'm happy with where I'm at. I'm doing a lot of work leading up to this first run in Brazil [in April] - that's the focus and that's what we're working towards."

    But is he scared of American Justin Gatlin, who dominated last year's Diamond League, running 9.77 seconds and 19.68 secs in the 100m and 200m?

    "We take all competitors with a level of seriousness," says his coach Glen Mills. "But the truth of the matter is Usain at his best doesn't have much to worry about."

  71. Walker 'to make Forest role his own'

    Football

    Tyler Walker can follow in his father's footsteps and become a Nottingham Forest regular for years, says Reds manager Dougie Freedman.

    The 18-year-old, son of Forest legend Des, scored his first senior goal as his side earned a point at Championship promotion hopefuls Brentford on Monday.

    Freedman told BBC Radio Nottingham: "He is an exciting prospect.

    "I believe he can play for the club for a very long time and make the striker's role his in the very near future."

  72. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    This morning we're asking you to weigh in on the status of this season's title race: all over, or still alive? Here are a few of your responses...

    Wee Brenny Rodgers: Chelsea need to drop at least 10 points in 8 games. They've only dropped 20 from 30. Not going to happen, it's all over.

    Kirruban Krishnarajah: Personally I feel like Man Utd are still in the race, whether there still in it come May depends on the next two games: City and Chelsea.

    Rizpey: Chelsea have a bad record against QPR so if they lose this weekend, title race blown open. Chelsea still have United and Arsenal.

    Keep your thoughts coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page and via text to 81111.

  73. Bedene backed by Rusedski

    Tennis

    Bedene

    Greg Rusedski has backed Aljaz Bedene's bid to overturn an International Tennis Federation ruling and become eligible to represent Great Britain in the Davis Cup.

    Slovenia-born Bedene secured a British passport last month but cannot represent his new nation in the competition having played twice for Slovenia in 2010 and 2011.

    Rusedski, who moved from Canada to represent Great Britain in 1995, said: "Every time you get another player in the top 100 it helps push and drive other players. If the ITF do change their ruling and allow him to become available then it will be a good thing for the game in this country."

    Bedene, 26, could make his home debut as a British player at the new AEGON Manchester Trophy, a grass-court Challenger event which starts on 31 May.

  74. Pardew eying top-ten finish

    Football

    Alan Pardew

    Last night's Premier League match may have brought doom and gloom for Manchester City, but it's only fair that we devote some attention to Crystal Palace after a terrific performance.

    The Eagles are only three points behind tenth-placed Stoke, and manager Alan Pardew believes his side can finish in the top half.

    "You've got to set goals and adjust them to how you perform and we're performing really well," he said.

    Some are even tipping Pardew himself for Manager of the Season after a campaign in which he took Newcastle into the top 10 and has revitalised Palace's fortunes.

    BBC Radio 5 live's David Pleat called Pardew "a great credit to the coaching fraternity in this country".

  75. Hurdles champion Xiang retires

    Athletics

    Liu Xiang

    More on that news that Liu Xiang has retired.

    The Chinese athlete announced the decision on his microblog, calling it sad and painful, but saying he had no other choice after years of nagging injuries.

    Xiang shot to stardom when he won gold in the 110m hurdles at the Athens Olympics in 2004 in a world-record time.

    But he suffered an Achilles injury at his home games in Beijing, and pulled out in London with a similar problem.

  76. BreakingHurdles champion Xiang retires

    Athletics

    Former Olympic 110m hurdles champion Liu Xiang has announced his retirement from athletics.

    He had not raced for two years.

  77. Olympic boxer Jonas retires

    Boxing

    Natasha Jonas

    Natasha Jonas, the first British women in history to box at the Olympic Games, has announced her retirement from the sport.

    Born in Liverpool, Jonas started boxing to lose weight after her football career was ended by injury and became a five-time national England Boxing champion.

    The high-point of her career came at London 2012 when she made history by becoming the first British women to box at an Olympic Games, though she later lost at the quarter-final stage.

    Announcing her retirement, Jonas said: "When I started boxing I was an overweight, unemployed scally from Toxteth. If you'd have told me then that I would win a world championship medal and compete in front of 10,000 people at the Olympic Games I would never have believed it."

  78. Summer holidays

    Football

    Harry Kane

    If Harry Kane and co at Tottenham were hoping for some rest time after a gruelling Premier League season, they had better think again.

    The club has announced it will tackle a Malaysia XI in a post-season friendly in Kuala Lumpur on May 27 - Tottenham's first visit to Malaysia since 1979.

    Spurs then fly to Australia where they play another friendly against Sydney FC.

    After that there's just time for a few days off before it's back for pre-season training...

  79. Get Involved

    Vote: Will Man City make the top four?

    Sportsday vote graphic

    Four successive away defeats, down to fourth and nine points behind Chelsea, but could it get worse still for Manchester City?

    Manuel Pellegrini's men face Manchester United this weekend, must still play Euro-hopefuls Tottenham & Southampton and are in competition with a Liverpool side desperate to make it into the Champions League.

    So, could City drop out of the top four altogether? Have your say by voting on the right-hand side of this page, or by using the 'vote' tab at the top on your mobile or tablet.

    Full terms & conditions are right here.

  80. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    This morning we're asking you one simple question: is the title race over? Here are some of your thoughts:

    Nicholas Belfitt: If people think Arsenal are in the title race, so are United. Truth is none are, Chelsea have won it.

    Tambuwal: Title race over. Can't see any twists and turns again. The top 4 will finish as it stands: Chelsea 1st, Arsenal 2nd, Manchester United 3rd & Man City 4th.

    Belete Eshetea: If QPR do some damage to Chelsea this weekend, the title race will go down to the wire!

    Keep your thoughts coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, via the BBC Sport Facebook page and via text to 81111.

  81. Naughton ruled out for season

    Football

    Kyle Naughton

    Swansea have suffered an injury blow with the news that defender Kyle Naughton is out for the rest of the season with ankle ligament damage.

    Naughton was carried off in Saturday's 3-1 win over Hull after a tackle from Hull midfielder David Meyler, who was subsequently shown a straight red card.

  82. Players hit out at Blackpool owner

    Football

    Blackpool FC

    Blackpool became the first club from the top four leagues to be relegated at the weekend, completing a miserable few years which has seen them slump from Premier League to League One.

    The club's slide, which many blame on chairman Karl Oyston, has led to several former players - including Charlie Adam - expressing their sadness in the Blackpool Gazette.

    Fresh from scoring his wonder-goal at Chelsea, Adam - who led Pool to the top-flight in 2010 - said: "It's sad to hear of Blackpool's relegation. It's a special club with unbelievable supporters."

    Adam's former midfield partner Keith Southern was more damning. "The club appears to be without leadership, direction, structure and proper investment," he said. "Where does it go from here? Unless things change, it's only going one way and that's down again."

  83. Redknapp fears for Pellegrini future

    Football

    Manuel Pellegrini and Harry Redknapp

    Former Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has told BBC Radio 5 live he fears for Manuel Pellegrini's future at Manchester City.

    "I only met him a couple of times but he's a smashing fella," Redknapp said. "He knows the game. This year hasn't been a great year for them, it looks like they're going to end up with no trophies and that's the name of the game.

    "I hope he gets a chance again next year but I wouldn't like to bet on it."

    As for City's Premier League hopes, Redknapp said: "I certainly think that's the end of the title challenge."

  84. The boy who grew up at Augusta

    Golf

    Carl Jackson and Ben Crenshaw

    As a boy, Carl Jackson would swim and fish in Rae's Creek. He would bring along a frying pan, a stove and some grease and cook the bream where he reeled it in, on the banks of Augusta National's 12th green.

    This week, Jackson will caddie in his 53rd and final Masters. He was 14 when he caddied in his first, in 1961 and he has twice helped Ben Crenhsaw - for whom he has caddied at the course since 1976 - to win it.

    BBC Sport Ben Dirs has interviewed a man with a fascinating life story, who grew up in an era when the views of Clifford Roberts, co-founder of Augusta National, held sway.

    "As long as I'm alive, all the golfers will be white and all the caddies black," Roberts said. He killed himself in 1977, on Augusta's par-three course, two years after Lee Elder became the first black man to play the Masters.

    Read the full feature here.

  85. England dominate in Windies warm-up

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook bats

    In case you missed it last night, the England cricket team have begun their tour of the West Indies with a warm-up against a St Kitts and Nevis XI.

    It hasn't exactly proved the most taxing workout for Alastair Cook's men so far. They skittled the hosts for 59, with Ben Stokes taking three wickets.

    In reply, England cantered to 181-1 at the end of day one, with Jonathan Trott making 72 in his first appearance for England since leaving the last Ashes tour with a stress-related illness, and Cook himself reaching 95 not out.

    We'll bring you updates from the second day when the match resumes this afternoon.

  86. Get Involved

    #bbcsportsday

    As ever, we want to hear from you this morning. Is the title race over? Or is there another twist in the tale? Can Manchester City recover, or is it in-form Arsenal who could take the fight to Chelsea?

    Let us know via the usual channels - tweet us at #bbcsportsday, comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page, or text in on 81111.

    We will also be running a vote on Manchester City's Champions League prospects a little later this morning - keep your eyes peeled for that.

  87. Centre of attention

    Back pages

    La Gazetta

    Roberto Mancini finds himself in the headlines in Italy, and not for the right reasons.

    La Gazzetta dello Sport reckon Mancini's Inter - held 1-1 at the weekend by bottom-of-the-table and bankrupt Parma, who are being funded by the Italian league to see out their fixtures - have never been so bad in the era of three points for a win. Sitting 10th in Serie A, they will miss out on qualifying for any European competition next season.

    There is a smidgeon of good news for Mancini though - the paper say his position is "not under scrutiny".

  88. Lively Ligue 1

    Back pages

    Tuesday's L'Equipe front page

    While the Premier League title race looks to be all over, things could scarcely be more different across the Channel.

    France's Ligue 1 looks set for a thrilling conclusion, with Paris St-Germain leading Lyon by just one point, and Marseille still in contention four points further back.

    "Marvellous Ligue 1" is the headline on the front page of French sports daily L'Equipe this morning, and who could disagree?

  89. Burgled at Selhurst Park

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Independent back page

    City's defeat also features on the front page of the Independent Sport, although writer Tom Peck takes a slightly more sympathetic view.

    He writes: "They were dominant. They were irresistible. But in the noise of the South London night, they allowed themselves to be burgled."

    But he adds: "The best teams are always a blend of rapacious youth and wise old heads. City are not."

    There is also an interesting line on Liverpool. The Independent reports that Brendan Rodgers has blamed the club's strikers for their poor run of form.

  90. Beginning of the end for Pellegrini?

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

    I'm afraid there's no let-up in the pronouncements of doom, City fans. The Mirror says "the obituaries can now be written" on City's title challenge.

    Chief football writer John Cross is in doubt: "Defeat at Selhurst Park will surely signal the beginning of the end of Manuel Pellegrini's roller-coaster two year reign at the Etihad," he writes.

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood also features on the back page. He says his team face "the game of their lives" when they take on QPR in the Premier League this evening. We'll be bringing you all the build-up to that later today.

  91. Floored by Puncheon

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Daily Telegraph back page

    It's a similar verdict in the Daily Telegraph. Football correspondent Henry Winter calls it a "disastrous defeat", adding: "The result surely ends any fading dream of keeping their Premier League title and could cost Manuel Pellegrini his job."

    Winter says the manager must bear some of the responsibility for City's malaise. "Why does Pellegrini keep changing his defence, limiting the chance of developing understanding?" he asks.

    The front page of the Sport pull-out also carries an image of Katie Walsh, who yesterday became only the third female rider to win the Irish National.

  92. City's season in tatters

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Daily Express back page

    So what do this morning's papers make of Manchester City's title slip-up? Let's start with the Express.

    The paper says City's title hopes have been left "in tatters".

    "Any prospects of the league trophy were snuffed out - and now Pellegrini's side face a battle to secure second place," football reporter Tony Paskin writes.

  93. I can compete at Masters - Woods

    Golf

    Tiger Woods

    Here's something you don't see every day - a big smile on the face of Tiger Woods.

    This week sees the first major of the year, the Masters at Augusta, and Tiger believes he can challenge for the Green Jacket.

    Woods is ranked 111 in the world after an injury-hit season, but he says he believes his game is "in a spot where I could compete to win a golf tournament".

  94. Pellegrini 'not concerned' about job

    Football

    Manuel Pellegrini

    City manager Manuel Pellegrini is putting a brave face on the defeat.

    The Chilean says he is "not concerned" about his future at the Etihad, despite his predecessor Roberto Mancini losing his job after failing to deliver silverware in 2013.

    "I never have fear about it, I do my work, I'm very happy. The team maybe have a difficult season but never worry about me," he said.

    The pundits are not so sure though. BBC Radio 5 live's Ian Dennis said: "We might as well call Chelsea 'champions elect' now and Pellegrini will be under scrutiny," while the Mail on Sunday's Oliver Holt tweeted: "I find it hard to see hard City sticking with Pellegrini next season."

  95. City slip up

    Football

    Manchester City players leave the field dejectedly

    But first to events at Selhurst Park. Manchester City were expected to keep the pressure on Chelsea with a win over a side who hadn't beaten them since 2001, but goals from Glenn Murray and Jason Puncheon stunned the champions.

    They did manage to reply through a Yaya Toure thunderbolt, but they couldn't find an equaliser as their miserable streak on the road continued.

    It's a potentially defining result in the title race, with City falling nine points behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand. Worse still, Manuel Pellegrini's side have now fallen to fourth in the table, behind Arsenal and fierce rivals Manchester United - a turn of events that would have seemed unthinkable at Christmas.

  96. Good morning

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday. This morning we pick over the smouldering wreckage of Manchester City's title chances after another damaging defeat.

    We'll be asking whether the title race is run, and whether Manuel Pellegrini can survive. And don't worry Palace fans, we'll be giving your boys the attention they deserve too as they close in on the top half of the table.

    Also on today's menu - we'll be bringing you the latest reaction from relegated Blackpool, and Wigan, who sacked manager Malky Mackay yesterday.

    And we'll bring you updates from England's warm-up fixture in the West Indies, and the latest build-up ahead of the Masters at Augusta.

  97. All over?

    Manuel Pellegrini

    No wonder Manuel Pellegrini couldn't watch. Last night saw Manchester City slip to a 2-1 loss at Crystal Palace, a fourth straight away defeat and one that deals a potentially terminal blow to their hopes of retaining the title.

    City are now fourth, nine points off Chelsea's lead. The side expected to provide the sternest challenge for Jose Mourinho's team are ending the season with a whimper rather than a bang.

    Last season saw one of the closest title races on record. This season - with seven games still to go - is it already done and dusted?