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Patrick Jennings and Alan Jewell

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  1. Goodbye

    Right, that's all from us after another busy Sportsday. We'll be back for more of the same on Friday at 08:00 BST. Join us then.

    I'd suggest you spend the rest of your evening following our live text commentary of day four of the first Test between West Indies and England here.

    Cheerio for now.

  2. Get involved - PFA awards shortlist


    We asked for your thoughts on the PFA awards shortlists, in which Tottenham's Harry Kane is one of four players who could win both the Player and Young Player of the Year prize.

    Manchester United keeper David De Gea, Chelsea forward Eden Hazard and Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho could also win the awards.

    George: Poor Charlie Austin, two goals shy of top & single-handedly kept QPR from being an absolute embarrassment - not on the shortlist.

    Ram Rimal: Hazard and Kane. Hazard is a complete player and Kane has good prospect.

    Blue Soldier: Hazard is too old to be in the young POTY nominee's list. Lack of young talent?

  3. Neville wants netball 'stardom' for Superleague


    Manchester Thunder coach Tracey Neville hopes the Superleague can one day emulate the "stardom" of football.

    Reigning champions Thunder will host Hertfordshire Mavericks in the play-off semi-finals on Saturday in front of an expected club record 4,000-strong crowd.

    And Neville, the sister of ex-Manchester United duo Phil and Gary, wants the sport to continue to grow.

    "We need to migrate that stardom image associated with other sports," said the 38-year-old interim England coach.

  4. GB stun South Korea

    Ice Hockey

    Great Britain have come from two goals down to defeat favourites South Korea in the World Championships in Eindhoven.

    The result makes it three wins out of three for GB, who have already beaten Croatia and Estonia.

    Goals from Nottingham Panthers forward Robert Farmer cut the deficit in the second period, before Ben O'Connor equalised on the power play. O'Connor then won the game with an outrageous penalty shot to leave GB top of Division 1B knowing two more wins will guarantee gold.

    Britain are competing in the third tier of the tournament and are now in pole position to achieve promotion.

  5. Get involved - PFA awards shortlist


    We want your thoughts on the PFA awards shortlists, which have been announced today. Tweet #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

    Jerry Clark: Is it just a big club/small club thing? Forster, Austin, Clyne, Sigurdsson, Berahino, Ings.

    E Shipley: DDG by a mile! But silly to be included in both categories (all 4 who are, not just DDG). He's worthy of both though.

    Mister Bibby: Take out Sterling for a start! Doesn't deserve to be on there. #harrykane & #DeGea are the winners for me

    Mr Blue Guy: Hazard has to win player of the year

  6. Ballance out but England pile on runs


    Gary Ballance

    Gary Ballance's fine innings is finally over after he fell to Sulieman Benn for 122 but England's lead is now almost 400 as West Indies toil in the first Test in Antigua.

    Jos Buttler has made 32 from 37 balls and has just been joined at the crease by Chris Jordan with England on 290-6.

    Follow our live text commentary here.

  7. Get involved - PFA awards shortlists


    Burnley defender Steven Reid: Congrats to @EniAlu on her @PFA awards nomination. Good work.

    Christian: Kane, no doubt about it!

    Chris Woodman: PFA Player of the Year - surely @D_DeGea for his emergence as a top quality stopper. Struggled for a season, proven himself.

    Robbie: Coutinho has had a few good games. He's scored about 4 really good goals and that's it. He shouldn't be a nominee.

    We want to hear your thoughts. Tweet #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

  8. Bennett undergoes shoulder surgery

    Rugby Union

    Mark Bennett

    Scotland and Glasgow centre Mark Bennett won't play again this season after shoulder surgery. He will now start a period of rehabilitation in the hope of being fit for the World Cup, which starts in September.

    He joins Scotland's two other leading centres - Alex Dunbar and Matt Scott - on the sidelines.

  9. Get involved - PFA awards shortlist


    So, is it going to be a clean sweep for Spurs striker Harry Kane? Or could Chelsea's Diego Costa or Eden Hazard deny the 21-year-old after the PFA awards shortlists were announced?

    We want to hear your thoughts. Tweet #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

    Daniel Jenkins: No Aguero on the PFA shortlist? That's ridiculous.

    Asabigi: Alexis Sanchez for PFA PotY.

  10. Ton up for Ballance


    Gary Ballance

    England batsman Gary Ballance has reached his fourth Test century as England continue to build a formidable lead against West Indies in Antigua.

    Ben Stokes fell a short time ago for 35, but the tourists are 267-5 and now lead by 371 with over a day and a half remaining. The Windies' batters can expect to face an awkward evening session later.

  11. Tigers suffer Ayerza injury blow

    Rugby Union

    Marcos Ayerza

    Leicester Tigers could be without Marcos Ayerza for up to six weeks after the prop suffered a hamstring injury.

    The 32-year-old has made 144 Premiership appearances since arriving at Welford Road in 2006.

    Leicester have three more league games left, but are not playing this weekend because they are already out of the European Champions Cup.

    Tigers boss Richard Cockerill said he was "hopeful" Ayerza would be back for the final game of the season.

  12. Djokovic eases through


    Novak Djokovic

    No alarms for world number one Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo as he enjoys a straightforward 6-4 6-0 victory over Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer to reach the last eight.

    Earlier Rafael Nadal beat John Isner in three sets but defending champion Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer were knocked out.

  13. Get involved - PFA awards shortlists


    We want to hear your thoughts on the PFA awards shortlists. Tweet #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

    Hollyyy: As a Chelsea fan, Courtois & Hazard- both played a such huge part in our league position...

    Alex: Obvious omission but Terry surely over Costa or even Coutinho for Player of Year?

    James McGuigan: PotY - David De Gea, YPotY - Harry Kane. Deserved winners.

  14. PFA shortlists announced


    Eniola Aluko

    Here are the shortlists for the PFA's women's awards...

    Women's Players' Player of the Year:

    Eniola Aluko, Chelsea; Lucy Bronze, Manchester City; Jess Clarke, Notts County; Karen Carney, Birmingham City; Kelly Smith, Arsenal; Ji So-Yun, Chelsea.

    Women's Young Player of the Year:

    Freda Ayisi, Birmingham City; Hannah Blundell, Chelsea; Aoife Mannion; Birmingham City; Nikita Parris, Manchester City; Leah Williamson, Arsenal.

    For both the men's and women's award shortlists, tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

  15. PFA shortlists announced


    Eden Hazard of Chelsea

    The Professional Footballers' Association have announced the shortlists for their end-of-season awards, which take place on 26 April in London.

    For the men, there is little difference between the main and young player awards - David de Gea, Philippe Coutinho, Eden Hazard and Harry Kane are nominated in both categories.

    Men's PFA Players' Player of the Year:

    Diego Costa, Chelsea; David de Gea, Manchester United; Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool; Eden Hazard, Chelsea; Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal.

    Men's PFA Young Player of the Year:

    Thibaut Courtois, Chelsea; Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool; David de Gea, Manchester United; Eden Hazard, Chelsea; Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur; Raheem Sterling, Liverpool.

    What do you think? Tweet your thoughts to #bbcsportsday or visit our Facebook page.

  16. England build lead in Antigua


    England have extended their lead to 328 after reaching 224-4 at lunch on day four of the first Test against West Indies in Antigua.

    Joe Root was the only man to fall in the morning session, being bowled by Jason Holder for 59.

    Gary Ballance (92) and Ben Stokes (33) are the not out batsmen.

  17. Hamilton 'very relaxed' about Mercedes discussions

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    More Formula 1 for you and Lewis Hamilton has said in his BBC column that he is "very relaxed" about the discussions that took place within Mercedes following Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

    Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg accused the Briton of backing him up into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in Shanghai.

    "We did discuss Nico's opinion within the team after the race, but it would not be right to reveal what took place in a private meeting," Hamilton said.

    "What I can say is that I feel very relaxed about it. Naturally, we are all competitors. So when it's so close and you don't win, it can be hard to deal with."

    Read Hamilton's column here.

  18. 'I'd take down Mayweather in 30 seconds'

    Ultimate Fighting Championship

    Conor McGregor

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter Conor McGregor claims he would take down Floyd Mayweather in 30 seconds if the pair ever fought.

    McGregor told Esquire magazine: "I don't look at a man who's expert in one area as a specialist, I look at him as a rookie in 10 other areas.

    "It would take me less than 30 seconds to wrap around him like a boa constrictor and strangle him."

    McGregor, who is making quite a name for himself in the world of UFC also went on to explain that he doesn't believe in death.

    Now, I was going to call him up on wearing sunglasses indoors, but on second thoughts, we're good.

  19. Wallace & Reid could return for Clarets


    Burnley manager Sean Dyche

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche has revealed winger Ross Wallace and defender Steven Reid could face Everton in the Premier League on Saturday.

    The experienced pair missed the home visits of Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal with knocks.

    Dyche, whose side are second from bottom, said: "We've got big six games coming and we want everyone available and they just about are, so other than the long-term injuries, we're more or less back to a full squad."

  20. Somalia target 2019 Cup of Nations


    Football in Somalia

    Somalia's FA president Adbi Qani hopes his country can compete in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and end an absence that stretches back to 1974.

    Political unrest, a lack of funding and poor infrastructure has meant Somalia have only entered that one time, and along with Eritrea they will not take part in qualifiers for the 2017 edition.

    But Qani believes that with a new national stadium scheduled for completion later this year, the country might be ready to enter again before the end of this decade.

  21. Chelsea's ever-present (almost) champions


    Chelsea players

    As the Premier League season reaches its climax, Chelsea have the chance to strengthen their position at the top of the table when they take on Manchester United this Saturday.

    The key to their success this season could be put down to consistency.

    John Terry,Eden Hazard and Branislav Ivanovic have played every minute of every game and Jose Mourinho has used just 22 players in the Premier League - the fewest in the top flight.

    It's a different story for United manager Louis van Gaal, who has used 32 players this term - more than any other side.

  22. Young players must stay - Redfearn


    Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt

    Leeds head coach Neil Redfearn has warned the club about the danger of selling their talented young players.

    Full-back Sam Byram, 21, and midfielders Alex Mowatt, 20, and Lewis Cook, 18, have all been linked with moves away from Elland Road.

    The Championship team faces an uncertain summer with Redfearn unsure if he will still be in charge next season and long term questions over the club's ownership.

    "It'd be a disaster to sell the young lads," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  23. Sweden unhappy with Eugene award


    Saj Chowdhury

    BBC Sport

    Sweden athletics

    "The decision to hand US city Eugene the 2021 World Athletics Championships was 'unfair', according to the Swedish Athletics Association.

    "It claims the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) was aware of its desire to host the championships in Gothenburg.

    "The IAAF bypassed the usual bidding procedure to name Eugene as hosts.

    "'This is not fair play - we were taken by surprise,' said Swedish athletics' general secretary Anders Albertsson.

    "The IAAF has been contacted for a response to the claims."

  24. Kaymer & Donald join Irish Open field


    Martin Kaymer

    US Open champion Martin Kaymer and former world number one Luke Donald are the latest big names to confirm entries for next month's Irish Open.

    Kaymer and Donald will join a Royal County Down field which includes current world number one Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Ernie Els, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood.

  25. England's Woakes unsure on return date


    Chris Woakes

    Warwickshire all-rounder Chris Woakes is on the mend after the foot injury which caused him to miss England's current tour to the Caribbean, but is still unsure about his return date.

    Woakes suffered a metatarsal stress reaction, ruling him out of England's final World Cup game with Afghanistan.

    He was expected to be available when England take on New Zealand in a two-match home Test series in May.

    "It's hard to put a timeframe on when I'll make my comeback," said Woakes.

  26. Root goes in Antigua


    Joe Root

    England have lost their first wicket of day four after Joe Root was bowled by West Indies' Jason Holder for 59.

    Ben Stokes has come to the crease with the tourists 167-4, leading by 271.

    Follow our live text commentary of the first Test here.

  27. Monk on West Ham speculation


    Garry Monk

    Swansea City manager Garry Monk has distanced himself from reports linking him to West Ham.

    Monk has been touted as a potential successor to current Hammers boss Sam Allardyce, whose contract expires at the end of the season.

    "West Ham have a fantastic manager in place," said Monk.

    "For them to be looking elsewhere - if they are - I think they've already got the manager there who's had a fantastic season.

    "I look at that type of speculation as a compliment to the way myself and the team have worked this season, showing we're progressing and going in the right direction."

  28. Latest racing results

    Horse Racing

    Many clouds

    Is it a week already since the Grand National? Whether you've spent it floating on the back of a glorious win or nursing your frustration at what might have been, time stops for no man.

    Check out latest horse racing results including meetings at Cheltenham and Newmarket.

  29. Nadal through in three sets


    Rafael Nadal at the Monte Carlo Open

    Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka exited earlier in the day but king of clay Rafael Nadal has managed to avoid a similar fate in the Monte Carlo Open.

    The nine-time French Open champion beat USA's John Isner 7-6 (8-6) 4-6 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

    World number one Novak Djokovic will be on court shortly.

  30. Koeman gives Clyne deadline to sign


    Nathaniel Clyne, Ashley Young

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says Nathaniel Clyne's future needs to be sorted before the end of the season.

    The 24-year-old, who joined from Crystal Palace in July 2012, is under contract until the summer of 2016.

    The England defender has been linked to a number of clubs and recently said he believed the Champions League was the "next step" in his progression.

    "We are talking to Clyne and his agent. We can't wait until the end of the season," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent.

  31. A message for the Bristol Rovers boss


    Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke says he will have someone at Barnet's game against Kidderminster on Saturday to keep him updated with text messages while the Pirates play Dover.

    Push alerts

    Second-placed Rovers trail leaders Barnet by one point with two to play as they seek promotion from the Conference.

    Darrell, if you're reading, we can save yourself and Rovers the expense. Simply sign up for the goal alerts service offered via the BBC Sport app.

    All you need to know is here.

  32. World Championship

    Ice Hockey

    Seth Bennett, BBC Sport in Eindhoven

    Ice hockey fans

    "The teams are out on the ice here ahead of what is potentially a gold medal game. South Korea coach Jimmy Paek, who used to play for the Nottingham Panthers, told me he is nervous because he knows Great Britain will play with energy and passion. Both sides are warming up ahead of the face-off at 1600 BST."

  33. Fitzpatrick retires on medical advice

    Rugby Union

    Declan Fitzpatrick

    Ulster and Ireland prop Declan Fitzpatrick has retired at the age of 31 on medical advice.

    The decision is a consequence of the concussions he has suffered in recent seasons.

    Fitzpatrick played 98 times for Ulster and won seven caps with Ireland, three of which were against New Zealand.

    Ulster said Fitzpatrick had been referred to a leading neurologist who recommended it would be in his best long-term interests to stop playing.

  34. Murphy in confident mood


    Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport in Sheffield

    Shaun Murphy

    "Spoke to Masters champion Shaun Murphy after the draw who said he is in 'a confident mood' ahead of the World Championship. It has been 10 years since the Sale man came through qualifying to become world champion.

    "Asked if he should have won more world titles since then, he said: 'I should have beaten Mark Selby in 2007 but lost in the semi-final after being so far ahead, that was a missed chance. I didn't really feature in the final against John Higgins in 2009.

    "'However, it is a venue I feel happy in and love to play snooker at the Crucible. It would be unbelievable to win the world title again. When you talk about multiple world champions, you are in the same breath as Stephen Hendry, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Steve Davis. To be in that group would be fantastic."

  35. Klopp departure 'like Ferguson leaving Man Utd'


    Jurgen Klopp

    Former Borussia Dortmund striker Karlheinz Riedle has compared Jurgen Klopp's planned departure from the German club to Sir Alex Ferguson leaving Manchester United.

    Riedle, who also played for Liverpool, told BBC Sportsworld he was "surprised" by the announcement on Wednesday that Klopp would leave at the end of the season.

    He said: "There is an intense relationship between him and the club. Maybe you could compare it to Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson when he left."

  36. West Indies v England

    Eng 126-3

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root and Gary Ballance

    "I hope I'm not going to do a Michael Vaughan and jinx Joe Root. His batting looks better and better every time I see him play. He's really maturing and starting to look like the real deal. The England batting order needs a leader and Joe Root can do it."

    If you don't know what Swann's referring to, it's worth checking out possibly the worst ever case of the commentator's curse, over here.

    And of course you can follow all the action as it unfolds in our separate live text commentary.

  37. FC United release stadium video


    FC United of Manchester have a released a video of their new ground, which officially opens with a friendly against Benfica next month.

    The leaders of the Evo-Stik Premier League are celebrating their 10th anniversary by moving to their first purpose-built stadium at Broadhurst Park in Moston, which will have a 5,000-capacity.

    The video can be viewed here.

  38. Get involved: Your sport government


    Roy Hodgson

    With three weeks to go before election day, today we're asking you: Which sporting figures would make it into your cabinet?

    Andy Howell: Roy Hodgson as Foreign Secretary? He's worked everywhere.

    Get involved using #mysportgovernment on Twitter or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - but please don't forget to include your name and location.

  39. Monte Carlo Masters


    Rafael Nadal

    Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka have already been dumped out of the Monte Carlo Masters and it's turning into a close run thing for Rafael Nadal in his match against John Isner.

    The Spaniard's just been brought back to level pegging at 1-1, having edged the first set on a tie break.

    All to play for in the third round in Monaco then, where world number one Novak Djokovic will also be out on court.

  40. West Indies v England


    Gary Ballance and Joe Root

    A reminder that you can follow England's exploits in Antigua as day four of their first Test against West Indies continues.

    England are leading by 220 runs as they resume their second innings and you can see how they get on here.

  41. Irish FA advised to demolish Windsor Park stand


    Windsor Park West Stand

    The Irish Football Association has been advised to demolish the damaged West Stand at Windsor Park in a preliminary structural report, BBC Northern Ireland understands.

    The stadium has been closed since cracks were discovered in the stand following Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualifier victory against Finland.

    The venue is scheduled to host a qualifier against Romania on 13 June.

    The IFA told the BBC it is studying the findings of the preliminary report.

  42. 'Reading need the perfect game'


    Steve Clarke

    It's not all Premier League this weekend though. Oh no.

    Reading manager Steve Clarke says his side must "play the perfect game" if they are to beat Arsenal in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

    The Royals take on the holders of the competition and Clarke is aware of the difficult task his side face.

    However, he believes the Championship club can cause an upset and reach their first ever FA Cup final.

    "We have to play well, the perfect game with no mistakes and have to find a way to score a goal," Clarke told the BBC.

    "In football anything is possible, it's 11 versus 11. If we can play to our maximum then we have a chance to go through."

  43. Ideye doubtful for West Brom


    Tony Pulis

    We've also got West Brom manager Tony Pulis, who's preparing his side for a trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    Brown Ideye is doubtful for this weekend's game due to a knee injury he picked up in training this week.

    The Nigerian striker will undergo a late fitness test ahead of the trip to Selhurst Park.

    "Browny has got a little bit of a knock so we're not sure if he will be fit to start or not," Pulis said. "We're hoping that he will be."

  44. Premier League news conferences


    Jay Rodriguez

    Nigel Pearson and Ronald Koeman have returned to whence they came but we'll be hearing from Swansea manager Garry Monk and Burnley boss Sean Dyche later this afternoon as well.

    Interesting words from Koeman on Jay Rodriguez. The Dutchman said he wouldn't be rushed back, and rightly so. A real shame Rodriguez has been out for so long, just after breaking into the England team.

    Next season then for Jay?

  45. Seven games until safety?


    Back to Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We've got to make sure our run-in is what we want it to be. Our performances must be what we expect of ourselves.

    "Other results only matter if you do your own job. If we can apply pressure by improving our own chances, all well and good."

  46. Saints for the Champions League?


    And can Southampton make top four?

    Koeman says: "If we win all [remaining games], it'll be a good chance to finish fourth - but that will be difficult. At the moment, we have to focus on fifth, sixth and seventh places in the table."

  47. Stoke the league's strong boys


    More from Southampton manager Ronald Koeman, this time on Stoke, their opponents on Saturday: "This season they've brought in some good technical players. If you mention only direct play, it's not respectful.

    "It's a strong team - maybe the strongest in the league."

    We assume the Dutchman is talking physical prowess here...

  48. Jay Rodriguez close to training return?


    Jay Rodriguez

    Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is also out before the press.

    He's been talking first about Jay Rodrdiguez, who he hopes to have back in training next week.

    The 25-year-old ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in April last year, and suffered a setback in his recovery before Christmas.

  49. Belief and courage


    More from Leicester manager Nigel Pearson: "We've had some bad luck, but the belief of the group has kept us going. It takes courage to keep standards high.

    "The atmosphere at our last home game was fantastic. Fans have a part to play, but we have to give them something to believe in."

    Leicester are bottom of the Premier League table, three points from safety, but won both of their last two matches, against West Ham and West Brom.

  50. Nearly full house for Leicester


    Nigel Pearson

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has emerged to address the media.

    First a bit of team news - he says he'll have "almost the entire first team squad available" for Saturday's' home match with Swansea.

    Only Zoumana Bakayogo and Conrad Logan are out.

  51. Tigers winger Carney sidelined

    Rugby League

    Justin Carney

    Castleford Tigers winger Justin Carney is facing up to eight weeks out after dislocating his elbow.

    The 26-year-old Australian suffered the injury in the 25-4 win over Hull KR last week.

    He is currently the joint second highest try-scorer in Super League this season, having touched down nine times in 10 appearances.

    "Justin needs an operation and will be out for six to eight weeks," coach Daryl Powell told the club website.

  52. United's owners 'aren't ogres'


    Glazer family

    Manchester United's controversial American owners are not "ogres" but a "down to earth close-knit family", according to the man responsible for managing their public image during their takeover of the club 10 years ago.

    The Glazers, led by their late billionaire businessman father Malcolm, bought United for £790m in a leveraged deal in May 2005, which immediately put the club into £660m of debt.

    A decade on, with the club worth £1.8bn and debt halved to £380.5m, Tehsin Nayani has detailed his six-year relationship with the secretive family, who have not given an extensive interview in almost 10 years, in his book 'The Glazer Gatekeeper'.

  53. Robson hoping to play at Roland Garros


    Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent:

    Laura Robson

    Britain's Laura Robson is hoping to make her return to Grand Slam tennis at next month's French Open.

    The 21-year-old - who had wrist surgery this time last year - has not played since the 2014 Australian Open, but has used her protected ranking to gain direct entry into Roland Garros.

    Heather Watson also appears on the entry list along with world number three Andy Murray and Alijaz Bedene - who became a British citizen at the start of the month.

  54. Grass grows - live!


    Brondby Stadium

    Here at Sportsday, we pride ourselves on bringing you all the latest sports news, as it happens, and we are about to break new ground. Literally.

    Danish Super League side Brondby are live-steaming the re-laying of part of their pitch on their official website.

    Here's the link, although, as we write, not much is happening.

  55. Get involved: Your sport government


    Kakha Kaladze

    With three weeks to go before election day, today we're asking you: Which sporting figures would make it into your cabinet?

    Matthew Fouhani: Treasurer - Wenger; Justice - Jean-Marc Bosman; Defence - Maldini; Business, innovation and skill - Juan Manuel Fangio.

    Jack Lyon: Chief of the health and safety executive - Steven Gerrard. Preventing slips, trips and falls everywhere.

    Adam Taylor: Kakha Kaladze once of AC Milan is Georgia's deputy PM. Probably qualifies him.

    Get involved using #mysportgovernment on Twitter or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    You can also text us on 81111 in the UK only - but please don't forget to include your name and location.

  56. Redknapp would consider 'right offer'


    Harry Redknapp

    Former QPR boss Harry Redknapp says he would consider another managerial job if the right offer came his way.

    The 68-year-old handed in his resignation at Loftus Road in February, citing knee problems, although he later claimed "people with their own agendas" had a hand in his departure.

    "It is difficult to know whether you want to go back in again, but if the right offer came along for the right job then I would consider it, because I do love the game and certainly do miss it," Redknapp told Press Association Sport.

    "It has got to be something which I really wanted to do. It would not be a case of the money. I had an offer earlier this week to go and work abroad where the money was incredible, a mind-blowing offer, but at the moment it did not interest me."

  57. Sidebottom facing spell on sidelines


    Ryan Sidebottom

    Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom could be out for "several weeks", according to director of cricket Martyn Moxon.

    The 37-year-old seamer injured his calf in the county champions' opening victory against Worcestershire.

    Meanwhile, Moxon is confident that batsman Aaron Finch will be fit to join up with the county in May.

    The Australian suffered a hamstring injury playing for Mumbai Indians against Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday and is set to miss the whole IPL campaign.

  58. Hearts-Rangers date changed again


    Hearts v Rangers

    The final round of Scottish Championship fixtures will now all kick-off simultaneously at 12:15 BST on Saturday, 2 May.

    Champions Hearts' home game against second-placed Rangers had been moved to Sunday, 3 May by the Scottish Professional Football League.

    But both Hibernian, who are third, and Hearts believed this jeopardised "sporting integrity", as Rangers could know the result they needed to secure a league placing.

  59. Monfils knocks out Federer


    Gael Monfils

    Not a good day for the Swiss at the Monte Carlo Open. Defending champion Stan Wawrinka lost earlier and now Roger Federer has been beaten.

    Frenchman Monfils took care of the world number two, triumphing 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

    He'll face Wawrinka's conqueror, Grigor Dimitrov, in the last eight.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are also in action on Thursday.

  60. Ex-Gaelic coach to motivate Saracens

    Rugby Union

    Jim McGuinness steered Donegal to the 2014 All-Ireland football final

    Saracens have tapped into the world of Gaelic football for motivation ahead of Saturday's Champions Cup semi-final against Clermont Auvergne.

    Former Donegal manager Jim McGuinness - now a sports psychologist at Scottish football club Celtic - has been in camp this week speaking to the players.

    "There were some parallels in his story and ours," Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "We can draw some inspiration from the journey that he went on with his team."

  61. Watson four back in China


    Bubba Watson

    Deposed Masters champion Bubba Watson had to settle for an opening-day two-under 70 to sit four shots off Huang Wen-yi's first-round lead at the Shenzhen International.

    Watson, who finished 38th at Augusta National, was struggling on one over after 13 holes but three successive birdies got him back under par.

    The American's 70 leaves him in joint 17th place in China, with home hope Huang setting the early running.

  62. Anderson was a timid lad - Irani


    James Anderson

    With England fast bowler James Anderson closing in on breaking Sir Ian Botham's wicket-taking record, former team-mate Ronnie Irani has recalled the "timid" teenager he met in 2002.

    Speaking to BBC Radio 2, Irani said: "He's the best we've ever had. If Darren Gough had stayed fully fit he would have broken all records, and there's Bob Willis, who was exceptional, but Jimmy is the best no doubt about it.

    "I remember Jamie Redknapp saying he was the David Beckham of cricket, but he was a timid lad in the dressing room. He was good at everything - football, cricket, golf, there was nothing he couldn't do. "

    The fourth day of the first Test between England and West Indies begins at 15:00 BST with live text commentary on this website.

  63. Fenerbahce to return after gun attack


    Fenerbahce team bus

    Fenerbahce will play on Thursday after almost a two-week absence following the gun attack on their team bus, which led to the suspension of Turkey's SuperLig.

    The club, who have agreed to face Mersin in the cup after receiving security assurances from the government, had initially stated they would not play until the crime was solved.

    Turkish football chiefs claimed the 4 April attack was "terrorist" related.

  64. FA Cup aura still present - Cleverley


    Tom Cleverley of Aston Villa

    The staging of FA Cup semi-finals at Wembley remains controversial but Aston Villa midfielder Tom Cleverley is in favour.

    Cleverley, on loan from Manchester United, says he is "massively excited" about facing Liverpool at the national stadium on Sunday.

    "It's great that the semi-final is at Wembley because it gives fans a good day out and hopefully we can give our supporters two days there," he told Aston Villa's website.

    "The aura is very much still there with the FA Cup, undoubtedly. It has that magic, that history, that tradition, that aura. It's a huge competition."

  65. Is this video for real?


    Amir Khan

    Amir Khan demonstrated his incredible hand speed against Devon Alexander in December and has been dazzling with his fists again ahead of his upcoming fight against Chris Algieri in May.

    Halfway through this video, Khan can be seen juggling an empty plastic bottle during training, before providing a fresh approach to recycling by launching it across the gym.

    The Bolton based fighter hopes to secure a fight with Floyd Mayweather at the end of year.

  66. 'Happiest day' of Baldrick's life



    As Blackadder's dogsbody Baldrick, he used to dream of owning his own turnip but actor and Time Team presenter Sir Tony Robinson says Bristol City's promotion-clinching win over Bradford may have been "the happiest day of my life".

    The Robins' 6-0 victory at Bradford City sent the League One leaders up to the Championship with three games to spare.

  67. Wenger confident of Walcott stay


    Theo Walcott

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is confident Theo Walcott will sign a new deal with the Premier League club.

    The 26-year-old has a year remaining on his current contract and has been linked with a move to Liverpool.

    When asked about Walcott's stay at the Emirates, Wenger said: "I am confident because I believe Theo has a great future."

    The forward has been restricted to five starts this term as he continues his recovery from a knee injury, but could be available for Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Reading.

    "He is just coming back from a very, very difficult injury. Every week he is getting better," added Wenger.

  68. FA Trophy winners put up for sale


    North Ferriby United celebrate winning the FA Trophy

    Non-league North Ferriby United have been put up for sale, less than three weeks after winning the FA Trophy.

    The Villagers beat Conference side Wrexham on penalties at Wembley.

    The Conference North club are owned by the daughter of Hull City owner Assem Allam and her husband.

    Eman and Steve Forster, who took over in November 2013, said in a statement: "After two very exciting years as owners we have decided that the time is now right for us to sell the club."

  69. Air just doesn't get much bigger


    Billy Morgan

    British snowboarder Billy Morgan becomes the first person to land a backside 1800 quadruple cork, in Livigno, Italy.

    Watch here and be amazed as Morgan does four off-axis flips and five full rotations - one full flip and half a rotation more than the previous biggest trick, a triple cork 1620 landed by Yuki Kadono at March's US Open Slopestyle event.

    Team GB park and pipe rider Morgan competed in slopestyle at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and is honing new tricks ahead of Pyeongchang in 2018.

  70. Get involved: Your sport government


    Kevin Keegan

    With three weeks to go before election day, this morning we're asking you: Which sporting figures would make it into your cabinet?

    Cpl Humblebucket: The government would need a civil service. This would be headed by Kevin Keegan as *Perm* Secretary...

    Simon Birch: Arsene Wenger for Business Secretary - we'd always run a surplus. Buy small, sell big.

    Andy Bellamy: Defence Secretary: Roy Keane. Treasury Secretary: George Graham. Health Secretary: Lance Armstrong or Raheem Sterling.

    Get involved using #mysportgovernment on Twitter or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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  71. Great Britain v South Korea

    Ice Hockey

    BBC Sport's Seth Bennett in Eindhoven

    IIHF pucks

    "Huge day at the Ice Hockey World Championships for Great Britain. They face pre-tournament favourites South Korea in what could decide the gold medal in the third tier.

    "Both teams are undefeated and GB coach Pete Russell told me his side are underdogs, but they will relish the challenge of causing an upset."

    There is live commentary of the match on the BBC Sport website from 15:40 BST.

  72. World Championship draw


    Shamoon Hafez

    BBC Sport in Sheffield

    Mark Selby

    "The one man who defending champion Mark Selby would have wanted to avoid in the first round is Kurt Maflin. Give the Norway man a chance in amongst the balls and he will score heavily, two maximum 147 breaks gives an idea of what 'The Jester' is up against. Go home early and he won't be laughing.

    "An intriguing tie sees Wales' two-time winner Mark Williams come up against fellow countryman Matthew Stevens. Williams is back in the top 16 after a decent season but faces a tough task of progressing. Stevens, of course, is twice runner-up in the tournament so knows his way around the Crucible Theatre.

    "And a word on Ronnie O'Sullivan. The Rocket will fancy his chances against 32-year-old debutant Craig Steadman. The five-time winner has reached the final on the last three occasions, losing last year to Selby despite being 10-5 in front."

  73. Where next for Klopp?


    Jurgen Klopp has beer poured over him

    Over on their Instagram page meanwhile, Dortmund are looking back to the good times.

  74. Flintoff launches T20 Blast


    David Ornstein

    BBC Sport

    Andrew Flintoff

    "Andrew Flintoff is the star attraction at Edgbaston this morning for the launch of the 2015 T20 Blast. There's still no news on whether 'Freddie' will be representing Lancashire Lightning again - we'll be asking him for an answer to that and more a little later.

    "Flintoff was part of the Lightning team narrowly beaten by Birmingham Bears on this very ground in last year's final. Having returned to the game four years after retiring, Flintoff looked to be guiding his side to victory - only to lose strike for the final over as Lightning were beaten by four runs."

    Selfie sticks? That's just not cricket if you ask me.

  75. Gomis ruled out with hamstring injury


    Bafetimbi Gomis

    Swansea City striker Bafetimbi Gomis has been ruled out for between three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Gomis, 29, limped off during Saturday's 1-1 Premier League draw against Everton.

    The club says the French forward underwent scans which revealed a grade two hamstring strain.

    Gomis has scored just five goals in 29 Premier League appearances for the Swans, but three of those goals have come in his last three matches

  76. Get involved: Your sport government


    With three weeks to go before election day, this morning we're asking you: Which sporting figures would make it into your cabinet?

    Adebayo Akinfenwa

    Trevor Kafoteka: Jose Mourinho as spin doctor.

    Pim Bokhove: Adebayo Akinfenwa would serve as Secretary of State for Defence. Security guaranteed.

    James Barlow: David Moyes as Chancellor of the Exchequer. He'd do things on a tight budget like he did for Everton.

    Get involved using #mysportgovernment on Twitter or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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  77. Wawrinka beaten in Monte Carlo


    Stan Wawrinka

    Defending champion Stan Wawrinka and his dodgy shorts have been knocked out of the Monte Carlo Open, losing 6-1 6-2 to Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov.

    Roger Federer, beaten by fellow Swiss Wawrinka in last year's final, is in action later, as are world number one Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

  78. Freedman signs two-year Forest deal


    Dougie Freedman

    Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has signed a new two-year deal with the club.

    The 40-year-old, appointed in February after the sacking of Stuart Pearce, agreed a contract with owner Fawaz Al Hasawi last week and told BBC Radio Nottingham following the 3-1 defeat against Watford on Wednesday that the contract was "done".

    "I have signed the contract which he sent me, and I have sent it back," Freedman said. "It's done.

    "I don't see any hiccups. I'm delighted to be the manager of this club. I am so excited. It's a fantastic opportunity."

  79. Ireland open talks with Schmidt

    Rugby Union

    Joe Schmidt

    Ireland rugby bosses open talks with national team coach Joe Schmidt with the aim of extending the New Zealander's contract until the 2019 World Cup.

    Schmidt's current Ireland deal expires at the end of next season.

    The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) know that Schmidt, 49, is likely to be a man in demand after guiding Ireland to back-to-back Six Nations triumphs.

    "We're in discussions with Joe," the IRFU chief executive Philip Browne told the Irish Independent.

  80. Mayweather fight timing is perfect - Pacquiao


    Manny Pacquiao

    Manny Pacquiao says the timing is right for his long-awaited fight with American Floyd Mayweather.

    Welterweights Mayweather, 38, and Pacquiao, 36, are considered two of the best boxers of their generation and the Las Vegas unification bout on 2 May is set to generate £162m ($250m).

    "It's a good thing it is happening now because more people are informed about it than before," Filipino Pacquiao said.

    "What I feel right now is motivation, inspiration and determination. The killer instinct is there, I love it."

    Pacquiao's WBO belt and Mayweather's WBC and WBA welterweight titles will be on the line.

  81. World Championship draw


    World Championsip draw

    The first round gets under way at 10:00 BST on Saturday and you can follow full coverage across BBC Sport.

    Here are the rest of the ties:

    Stuart Bingham v Robbie Williams, Ding Junhui v Mark Davis, Mark Williams v Matthew Stevens

    Mark Allen v Ryan Day, Barry Hawkins v Matt Selt, Ali Carter v Alan McManus

    John Higgins v Robert Milkins, Joe Perry v Zhang Anda, Marco Fu v Jimmy Robertson

  82. World Championship draw


    Steve Davis is asked to pick a winner but he won't be pressed. "Yeah let's have a winner, good idea," he says.

    Here's a few more of the stand-out ties for you:

    Ricky Walden v Graeme Dott

    Mark Selby v Kurt Maflin

    Judd Trump v Stuart Carrington

    Stephen Maguire v Anthony McGill

  83. World Championship draw


    Panic over as World Snooker returns to our YouTube screens, but hilariously just in time to wrap it up.

    We'll have the draw in full for you shortly. Steve Davis is currently going through a round-up, cracking out a few one-liners to break the tension.

  84. World Championship draw


    But the word is still coming through. Here's a few of the stand-out ties so far:

    Ronnie O'Sullivan v Craig Steadman,Neil Robertson v Jamie Jones,Anthony McGill v Shaun Murphy.

  85. World Championship draw


    World Snooker YouTube

    The observant among you will have noticed that the World Snooker website is currently down, and that their YouTube channel doesn't seem to be working either.

    The wonders of modern technology eh?

  86. Roberto Martinez press conference


    Tom Cleverley

    One final line from Everton manager Roberto Martinez's press conference, where he was asked about his interest in Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa.

    Martinez said: "We know the situation with Tom. He is a player I know well having worked with him - and that's it.

    "Tom is a player that is at the moment fighting for something very important for his club and that deserves respect and I wouldn't expect anyone to speak about my players and I would never do that."

  87. World Championship draw


    Crucible Theatre

    The scene is set for this morning's draw for the World Championship first round at Sheffield's iconic Crucible Theatre.

    We'll be brining you coverage from about 10:30 BST and you can also follow the draw live on World Snooker's YouTube channel.

  88. Eugene to host 2021 Worlds


    Eugene athletics stadium

    The American city of Eugene will host the 2021 World Athletics Championships, the IAAF has announced.

    It will be the first time the event has been staged in the United States.

    The IAAF say they awarded their premier competition to Eugene without a bidding process "in response to what was seen as a unique strategic opportunity to host the IAAF World Championships for the first time in the USA".

    Eugene, in Oregon, staged the World Junior Championships last year.

  89. Cook switches from GB to Moldova


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    "Aaron Cook can compete for Moldova after the British Olympic Association (BOA) reluctantly agreed to his request to switch nations.

    "Cook, 24, competed for Team GB at the 2008 Olympics, but was overlooked for London 2012, despite being ranked world number one at the time.

    "His Moldovan citizenship was funded by the country's taekwondo president and billionaire Igor Iuzefovici.

    "We are saddened by Aaron's decision,' said BOA chief executive Bill Sweeney.

    "'Despite the fact that there is no legitimate case for nationality change here, the BOA cannot compel any athlete to represent the United Kingdom against his or her will.'"

  90. 'Hard knocks' Harrison moving on up


    Scott Harrison

    Hartlepool's Scott Harrison is awarded the Football League's Young Player of the Month award for March.

    The defender helped Pools climb from rock bottom of League Two to a point clear of the relegation zone with just three games to go.

    However, the 21-year-old's career has been less than plain sailing - he was caught up in the collapse of Darlington at the age of 16.

    BBC Sport spoke to Harrison to find out more about his 'School of Hard Knocks'...

  91. The commentator's curse


    Alastair Cook

    We've all heard of the commentator's curse but rarely has it had such an immediate impact.

    England test captain Alastair Cook was out straight after being praised by Michael Vaughan on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra's Test Match Special yesterday. You can enjoy here (or not).

    The wicket came during England's second innings of their first Test match against the West Indies, which resumes this afternoon at about 15:00 BST. We'll have a separate live text commentary from about 14:30.

  92. Get involved: Your sport government


    With three weeks to go before election day, this morning we're asking you: Which sporting figures would make it into your cabinet?

    Mike Lawson: I'd want Niki Lauda in my backroom staff as a strategist. He'd also make an excellent whip.

    Wez Blackett: Luis Suarez head of security.

    Long 10: Van Gaal as he makes everyone love him by the end, forgetting his previous errors, making him perfect for re-election.

    Get involved using #mysportgovernment on Twitter or post a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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  93. Talk about tight at the top


    Championship table

    Just two points separate four teams at the top of the Championship. It's the tightest, most exciting, most nerve-racking end to the season in years.

    Last night Watford to move up to third in the table. They're level on points with second-placed Norwich, who beat Leeds on Tuesday, while Middlesbrough are fourth after their win at home to Wolves.

    Bournemouth are still leading the way, but only by one point, with three games to go, and Boro to face Norwich on Friday...

  94. Bradford City fire claims 'nonsense' - ex-judge


    Valley Parade, 1985

    The judge who chaired the inquiry into the Bradford City fire in May 1985, which killed 56 people, has said claims it may have been started deliberately are "nonsense".

    A new book by Martin Fletcher, who lost three generations of his family in the blaze, alleges it was one of at least nine fires at businesses owned or associated with the then chairman Stafford Heginbotham.

    Sir Oliver Popplewell said he stood by his verdict the fire at Valley Parade was an accident.

    Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, he said: "I'm sorry to say what is obviously a very good story, I'm afraid, is nonsense for many reasons.

    "As far as I'm concerned we conducted our inquiries perfectly properly."

  95. Reading v Arsenal (Saturday 17:20 BST)


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger says Reading manager Steve Clarke "has good experience so he knows exactly what will happen".

    "I'm sure he will prepare Reading very well", he adds. "We have learned from Wigan last season. It is always tricky. The urgency level will be high in our team."

    There'll be more news on this weekend's FA Cup fixtures throughout the day. And don't forget you can watch full coverage of Reading v Arsenal from 17:05 BST on BBC One on Saturday.

  96. Reading v Arsenal (Saturday 17:20 BST)


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger also says his side "won't underestimate Championship opposition".

    He adds: "It wouldn't be intelligent to turn up thinking we've won. They have many players who have Premier League experience, good offensive potential and are very efficient."

    Reading are 18th-placed in the Championship table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.

  97. Question marks over England batting - Agnew


    England captain Alastair Cook

    England are in a very good position to claim their first overseas Test win since 2012 but their top order problems are brewing, according to BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

    With a 220-run lead and seven second-innings wickets in hand going into day four, the tourists will be looking to build their advantage quickly when play resumes at 15:00 BST.

    However, Agnew says "there are still question marks hanging over the batting" after captain Alastair Cook and opening partner Jonathan Trott failed in both innings.

    Read Aggers' column here.

  98. Roberto Martinez press conference


    The Everton boss has remained non-committal about the futures of on-loan midfielder Aaron Lennon and defenders Sylvain Distin and Antolin Alcaraz, who are both out of contract this summer.

    He said: "We have a really strong squad in terms of numbers. There will be opportunities to show what they can do in the next six games."

  99. Szczesny starts on Saturday


    Wenger also says Wojciech Szczesny will play against Reading.

    "He will play on Saturday. He had a very good performance at Manchester United."

  100. Goals will come for Walcott - Wenger


    Theo Walcott

    Wenger has been more forthcoming on the form of Theo Walcott though, who "is getting better every week and will have a great goalscoring record in the future".

  101. Wilshere back for Arsenal


    Jack Wilshere

    Wilshere, 23, has had two operations on his left ankle, which he injured against Manchester United in November.

    He is back in the Arsenal squad this weekend. But will he play? You know Arsene Wenger won't be giving his XI out today.

    Gunners fans will be happy to see Wilshere return though.

  102. Roberto Martinez press conference


    Everton boss Roberto Martinez is now facing the media and says striker Romelu Lukaku should be fit to face Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday (15:00 BST kick-off).

    The Belgian has missed the club's last two matches with a hamstring problem.

    "Rom has had two very good days with the group. We expect him to do the same again. If there are no problems, he will play," said Martinez.

    Midfielder Leon Osman could also feature as he recovers from a groin injury.

  103. Arsenal team news


    Arsene Wenger

    Arsene Wenger has emerged. First up it's a bit of team news and confirmation that Mikel Arteta and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are the only absentees from the squad to face Reading in the FA Cup semi-finals this weekend.

    Arsenal have a "big squad" to choose from, he says. So Jack Wilshere is fit.

  104. Is football failing black managers?


    Chris Ramsey

    A recent study claimed that 552 key coaching jobs in English football were occupied by just 19 people from black and ethnic backgrounds.

    John Barnes says black managers don't get many second chances, while Viv Anderson, another former England international, thinks he will be dead before a black man is made boss of the England men's team.

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone spoke to three aspiring coaches, all enrolled on the FA's Coach bursary programme aimed at boosting the number of black and ethnic coaches in the game, to learn about their hopes and ambitions.