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Summary

  1. Jose Mourinho against Ballon d'Or - is he right? #bbcsportsday
  2. Rory McIlroy chasing career Grand Slam at The Masters in Augusta
  3. Racing over at day one of Grand National meeting in Aintree
  4. AP McCoy wins Doombar Aintre Hurdle on Jezki (see 15:36)
  5. Reanne Evans bidding to become first woman in World Snooker Championship
  6. Ken Doherty leads Evans 5-4 in qualifier (play resumes at 19:00 BST)

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings and Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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For me though, that is it for the evening.

I'm off home to turn the radio on and get my tablet fired up.

Cheerio.

BBC coverage

There is plenty to keep you entertained across BBC Sport this evening.

You can listen to England women v China on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra from 19:15 GMT and follow the Masters on BBC Radio 5 Live and on our live text commentary online.

There is also a Grand Nation preview and a Chinese Grand Prix preview on BBC Radio 5 live.

Enjoy.

Curbishley fits Fulham 'perfectly'

Football

Fulham manager Kit Symons says Alan Curbishley has been

"a massive help" since joining the Whites last month.

Former Charlton boss Curbishley, 57, rejoined the Championship strugglers last month in an advisory capacity.

"He has got a real assuredness and calmness about him. He fits in perfectly with what we want to do," Symons told

BBC London 94.9.

"My staff are young, diligent and hard-working. We haven't got experience and Curbs has got that in abundance."

Ford confident in Bath style

Rugby Union

Mike Ford believes Bath's style of play

will see them compete for trophies.

With last weekend's quarter-final defeat by Leinster ending their Champions Cup hopes, Bath are now looking towards a first Premiership title since 1996.

Ford believes his side, who are third in the table, can take heart from their performance against Leinster, telling BBC Radio Bristol: "We were playing all the attacking rugby and, in the long run, to compete for trophies we need to play like that.

"After not playing particularly well with ball in hand, we could have won."

BBC coverage

Jacqui Oatley

BBC Radio 5 live

"The @England v China women's match will not be shown on TV or online tonight but commentary from 7.15pm on @BBC5LSX."

Hughes the winner?

Horse Racing

Horse Racing
Aintree

Racing for day one is over at Aintree. Plenty more action to come over the next couple of days.

Unhappy Magpies

Football

Newcastle United fans are not happy.

Some supporters have begun a campaign calling on fans to boycott the Tottenham home game and take part in protests against owner Mike Ashley.

You can read the full story here.

Burgess to start in back row

Rugby Union

Sam Burgess
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Sam Burgess will start in the back row for Bath for the first time since switching from rugby league to union.

The 26-year-old has played all of his 11 previous first-team games for Bath in the centres but will start at blindside flanker against Newcastle.

Burgess played in the back row on his Bath A-team debut, a position which Ford believes to be the best long-term option for him.

Branco charged

Football

The FA: Swindon Town defender Raphael Rossi Branco has been charged with violent conduct following unseen incident.

Anyone who watched his questionable attempt to stop Bristol City's Aden Flint in Tuesday's 3-0 defeat will not be surprised by this news.

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Fifa should scrap the Ballon d'Or because he thinks football is becoming too much about the individual. We are asking for your thoughts.

Jack Sanders: I think Mourinho is right as individuals that don't score but help out defensively never get the recognition goal scorers do.

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Tigers talking to McCaffrey & Betham

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers chief executive Simon Cohen has said

the club are close to sealing deals for London Welsh back-rower Lachlan McCaffrey and Waratahs winger Peter Betham.

Betham, 26, has won two caps for Australia, while McCaffrey, 25, is an ex-Wallabies Under-20 international.

Cohen said Tigers were "not a million miles" from completing the deals.

He also admitted there was a "real possibility" flanker Robert Barbieri will leave at the end of the season.

'We can still do it'

Football

Sergio Aguero
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Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero insists they can still win the Premier League - despite being nine points behind leaders Chelsea.

"Of course we can still win it," he told the

Manchester Evening News. "In football, anything can happen. As soon as you think something is certain then everything changes.

"We have seen it so many times before and we'll see it again.

"We only focus on ourselves, try to win every game we play and keep pressure on Chelsea."

Lack of goals bothering Saints' Fonte

Football

Southampton captain Jose Fonte admits his failure in front of goal this season has been

playing on his mind.

Fonte, 31, has not scored this season and was last found the net against Hull City on 11 February 2014.

And the Portugal defender says he hopes to end his drought before the end of the season.

"It's something that has been bothering me to be honest and possibly I've been putting too much pressure on myself," Fonte told

BBC Radio Solent.

Cash woes

Football

One for the older generation here.

Rotor Volgograd, one of Russia's leading clubs in the 1990s and who famously beat Manchester United in the Uefa Cup 20 years ago, have been wound up after going bankrupt.

Sad news.

Sweepstake kit

Horse Racing

Got your scissors? Your form guide? And of course 40 friends? Good.

You are well primed to take full advantage of our Grand National sweepstake kit, which you can

access here.

Makes a band of horses racing each other a little bit more interesting doesn't it? Unless you lose of course.

Monk to hold Michu talks

Football

Swansea City manager Garry Monk will

hold talks on the future of forward Michu, currently on a season-long loan at Napoli, at the end of the campaign.

Michu
Getty Images

Michu, 29, joined Italian club Napoli in July but injuries have limited him to just five appearances so far.

The Spain international has a year left on his Swansea contract, and Monk hopes to resolve his future.

"I'll just let him worry about his football and, at the end of the season, we'll sit down and see where we go forward from there." said Monk.

Get involved: Scrap the Ballon d'Or?

#bbcsportsday

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Fifa should scrap the Ballon d'Or because he thinks football is becoming too much about the individual. We are asking for your thoughts.

Paul Sharma: Currently it's sparking great rivalry between Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi and I don't mind watching that!

Jerald Tan: My main gripe with the Ballon d'Or is that it is too focused on attacking players. Hardly any defenders or keepers have won it.

Michal Koziol: Greece played as a team at Euro 2004, but were not entertaining. People watch football for entertainment, which players provide.

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Early days

Golf

Rory McIlory
BBC

The Masters is under way, with Charley Hoffman taking an early lead.

LEADERBOARD:-4 Hoffman (US) -3 Henley (US), Rose (Eng) -2 Simpson (US), Haas (US), Casey (Eng), -1 T Watson (US), Woodland (US), Villegas (Col), Streelman (US), Poulter (Eng), B Watson (US), Reed (US), Bradley (US), Stricker (US), Matsuyama (Jap), Schwartzel (SA), Mickelson (US)

Listen to the all action via BBC Radio 5 live or online and follow

BBC Sport's live text commentary.

Wickham looking up in survival bid

Football

Connor Wickham says Sunderland are

hunting down the clubs above them in the Premier League table, rather than worrying about the form of those below.

Connor Wickham
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The Wearsiders, who beat local rivals Newcastle 1-0 on Sunday, are three points and three places clear of Queens Park Rangers in 18th.

West Bromwich Albion, a place above the Black Cats, are four points ahead and there is a six-point gap to Newcastle.

"We're looking at who we can catch," forward Wickham told BBC Newcastle. "We're not looking down, we're looking at who we can suck in and put in the fight instead of ourselves."

What is it about penalties and England?

Football

England Twitter profile
@England/Twitter

Yet more penalty drama for England women's under-19 side! Leah Williamson, whose spot-kick was disallowed on Saturday (see 16:22) scores one this afternoon to put her side 2-1 up on Switzerland.

They need to win that one ahead of the restart of their game against Norway this evening.

Did we mention that one begins in the 96th-minute? With, yep you guessed it, a penalty?

Get involved

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Fifa should scrap the Ballon d'Or because he thinks football is becoming too much about the individual. We are asking for your thoughts.

Wee Brenny Rodgers: He has a point. Ronaldo is the most selfish player in history and cries when people don't pass to him, pathetic.

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England to restart with penalty in 96th minute

Football

England women's U19 team are denied a penalty
FATV

If you haven't seen it already, watch the bizarre event that's got everybody talking today, as German referee Marija Kurtes disallows England defender Leah Williamson's spot-kick for encroachment... and awards a free-kick to Norway.

England were trailing 2-1 in the key under-19 women's match on Saturday, but will

now restart in the 96th minute - with a retaken penalty.

Carberry takes victory

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Aintree

"Ladies' Day 24 hours early as Nina Carberry, riding On The Fringe, wins the Fox Hunters' Chase over Grand National fences."

Non-league Norton to fold over rent dispute

Football

Norton United, who reached the FA Cup first round for their first time in their 26-year history earlier this season,

are to fold at the end of the campaign.

The eighth-tier club are opting to fold as they cannot afford to pay rent of up to £20,000 a season on their ground in Smallthorne, in the northern outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent.

Norton left the Norton Cricket Club & Miners Welfare Institute in December after a dispute with the ground owners and have since been sharing at Lyme Valley Stadium, home of Newcastle Town.

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Jose Mourinho
AFP

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes the Ballon d'Or should be scrapped.

The Portuguese tells

the Daily Telegraph the focus of football is turning from teams to individuals.

He said: "We are always looking at the individual performance, the individual stat, the player that runs more. Because you run 11km in a game and I run nine you did a better job than I did? Maybe not! Maybe my 9km were more important than your 11."

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King gets Peters' help ahead of return

Road Cycling

Great Britain's Olympic track champion Dani King

received help from psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters as she attempted to get over a horror crash that left her fearing for her career.

King suffered eight broken ribs and a collapsed lung in November while on a regular training route in south Wales. She was in intensive care for two days and in hospital for a further eight.

"I've spoken to Steve Peters, who has helped me overcome the fear," the 24-year-old told BBC Radio Solent. "I'm really looking forward to racing now - I feel really ready."

AP McCoy rides home with Jezki

Horse Racing

Jezki
PA

Here's a look at that fall for Ruby Walsh on Arctic Fire that let AP McCoy ride home to victory on Jezki in the Doombar Aintree Hurdle.

Yet another win for McCoy, who is making his last appearance at the Grand National meeting.

Rory's out at Augusta

Golf

A reminder that you can follow all the action from Augusta, where the Masters is already under way, in our live text commentary

over here.

Rory McIlroy
BBC

Rory McIlroy, seeking a career grand slam, has just come out for his first round and has smacked the ball straight down the middle.

AP McCoy rides home with Jezki

Horse Racing

AP McCoy rides his first winner of his final Grand National meeting with Jezki, winning the Doombar Aintree Hurdle at 3/1 in a dramatic finish.

Three horses were in contention coming to the last where Ruby Walsh suffered a crashing fall on Arctic Fire.

That stopped the momentum of 2012 Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby and allowed McCoy to race clear and win by 13 lengths.

McCoy said: "This festival is fantastic and it's great to win a race like this.

"I will miss riding a horse like this but hopefully this time next year I will be out of re-hab and be able to come and enjoy myself!"

'I thank Spurs for firing me' - Sherwood

Football

Tim Sherwood has been talking about his old club Tottenham Hotspur today, as he prepares to take his Aston Villa side to White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon.

Tim Sherwood
Reuters

"I was pleased with what I did [at Spurs] but I respect the decision made by [chairman] Daniel Levy and his board, they've been good for me. They only made that decision based on what they believe is best for the football club.

"I haven't got to agree with it. I just move on. I thank them for not being there now as it's the reason I am at this fantastic football club. It's all about what I can give to the side at Aston Villa at the weekend."

Birthday boy Bunting seeks Van Gerwen upset

Darts

Stephen Bunting
Getty Images

Stephen Bunting hopes to celebrate his 30th birthday today with victory over world number one Michael van Gerwen in the Premier League this evening.

After avoiding elimination last week at the end of the first phase of fixtures, Bunting is now seeking a top-four finish in the group stage, which would see him qualify for the play-offs next month.

"Every point could be massive over the next few weeks and I want to push towards the top four,"

said the former BDO world champion from St Helens.

"This is my debut [season] and it was always going to be nervous, but hopefully I can push into the top four now. I'll be trying my best and we'll see how the next weeks progress."

14-year-old fan designs Reading kit

Football

Reading will play Blackburn Rovers on Saturday

wearing a one-off kit designed by 14-year-old fan Ryan Duval.

Duval designed the kit as part of a school project and captain Jem Karacan suggested his drawings be turned into reality after visiting the school.

"It's brilliant to see this come to fruition," said Royals striker Simon Cox.

Mathews seeks talks as Abril pulls out

Boxing

Derry Mathews' camp are

in talks with the WBA and Richar Abril's representatives after the Cuban pulled out of a defence against Mathews, 31.

Derry Matthews
Getty Images

The fight was set to take place on 18 April but Abril, 32, has withdrawn, reportedly with illness.

It is the second time the World Lightweight Champion has called off a defence against Liverpool's Mathews.

Croatia to appeal crowd ban

Football

The football association of Croatia says it will appeal against a Uefa decision ordering Croatia to play their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Italy behind closed doors in June after crowd trouble last month.

Ivan Rakitic of Croatia
Getty Images

Uefa made the decision after fans set off and threw missiles during a Group H match against Norway at Stadion Maksimir in Zagreb on 28 March.

Football association president and former Arsenal striker Davor Suker said: "For us, the game with Norway was a step forward. Only six firecrackers went off, but it obviously wasn't enough.

"We have to find the culprits and punish them. We already have footage to identify them. We know what Uefa's next moves will be - deduction of points and a ban from major international tournaments."

Rotherham recall defender Wood

Football

Rotherham United

recall defender Richard Wood from his loan spell at League One strugglers Crawley Town. Wood, 29, scored three goals in 10 games for the Red Devils after joining them on loan in February.

Silviniaco Conti wins Betfred Bowl

Horse Racing

Dual King George winner Silviniaco Conti repeats his 2014 victory in the Grade One Betfred Bowl Chase at Aintree.

The Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old made amends for a disappointing run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to win by a head as 7/4 favourite.

Winning jockey Noel Fehily said: "He's some little horse on his day. His jumping was electric."

AP McCoy, who is competing at his last Grand National meeting, finished third on Holywell.

The Masters

Golf

BBC
BBC

Don't forget the Masters is in full swing and you can follow all the action on

BBC Sport's live text commentary.

Saints ponder new 'keeper

Football

More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, who has been addressing the media today.

The Dutchman confirms the Saints are assessing whether they will need to recruit a new goalkeeper, with Fraser Forster out injured having undergone knee surgery. Kelvin Davis played in the club's most recent match, a 1-0 defeat by Everton.

Koeman also said that Steven Davis and Florin Gardos will return to the squad for Saturday's game against Hull, but Filip Djuricic is out with an ankle injury.

Pearson eyeing a run

Football

Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson talking before Saturday's trip to West Brom:

"We've not had the winning feeling often enough, but we have games left vs teams we can affect. They'll see it the same way.

"Players have been positive all season. People will have written us off, but there's a lot of football to be played.

"We believe we can start a run, but we have to go and do it."

Freedman to sign new Forest deal

Football

Manager Dougie Freedman says he has shaken hands with Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi on a

new deal with the Championship club and expects to sign it before the weekend.

The 40-year-old, who succeeded Stuart Pearce in February, told BBC Radio Nottingham: "There's no problem from my end at all, it's just getting something in black and white.

"But there has been a handshake so I don't see anything that will stop us going forward."