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Summary

  1. Watson knocked out of Prague Open
  2. Newcastle in a mess - Shearer
  3. Murphy & Trump through to last eight
  4. Mourinho criticises Fabregas PFA omission
  5. GET INVOLVED: Your freak sporting injuries #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Phil Dawkes

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and good night

    That is it from Sportsday for today. There is football and snooker live on the BBC this evening. You can follow the World Championship snooker on BBC Two and online and the Championship game between Bournemouth and Bolton via our live text commentary, BBC Radio 5 Live or local radio.

    We will be back tomorrow with another Sportsday at 08:00 BST. Goodbye.

  2. Bournemouth v Bolton

    Football

    Bournemouth host Bolton tonight, looking to all but seal their promotion to the Premier League with a win. Here are the starting XIs...

    Bournemouth starting XI: Boruc, Smith, Elphick, Cook, Daniels, Ritchie, Surman, Arter, Pugh, Kermorgant, Wilson.

    Bolton starting XI: Bogdan, Moxey, Ream, Dervite, Feeney, Walker, Bannan, Danns, M Davies, Heskey, Le Fondre.

  3. Barca debut at last for Vermaelen

    Football

    Thomas Vermaelen

    Barcelona centre-back Thomas Vermaelen is available to make his debut after a season of injury.

    The £15m summer signing from Arsenal suffered a leg muscle injury during the World Cup for Belgium and then had surgery in December. He returned to training in March and was declared fully fit on Sunday although boss Luis Enrique did not say if he might face Getafe on Tuesday.

  4. Tough draw for McIlroy

    Golf

    Rory McIlroy

    Top seed and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy has been handed a tough draw for the new-look WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco after being grouped with Billy Horschel, Brandt Snedeker and Jason Dufner.

    Horschel was the 2014 FedEx Cup Champion, Snedeker won the Fed Ex Cup in 2012, and Dufner won the 2013 PGA Championship.

  5. County Championship

    Cricket

    Latest scores in the County Championship (day two):

    Division One: Durham 339 v Sussex 335 & 104-3, Hampshire 167-4 v Nottinghamshire 371, Somerset 408 v Middlesex 292-5, Yorkshire 128-3 v Warwickshire 435.

    Division Two: Gloucestershire 275 v Derbyshire 511-8, Lancashire 444 v Kent 214-7, Leicestershire 305 v Northants 251 & 95-2, Surrey 340 v Essex 266-2.

    For more information, check out our cricket pages.

  6. Republic of Ireland to face Northern Ireland

    Football

    Damien Delaney is sandwiched between Josh McQuoid (left) and Warren Feeney (right) in a match between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2011

    The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will meet in a behind-closed-doors training match at the Aviva Stadium on 4 June ahead of crucial Euro 2016 qualifiers.

    The two countries last met at the same ground in the 2011 Carling Nations Cup, with the Republic running out emphatic 5-0 victors.

    Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland can move to the top of Group F with victory over Romania at Windsor Park on 13 June, while Martin O'Neill's Republic face a crunch Group D clash with Scotland in Dublin on the same day.

  7. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Mohammed Randeree: While I was replacing the bails, the bowler took a warm-up bowl. The batsman ran to hit it and got me round the head instead.

    Paul Stock: I ran into the school gym, jumped & headed the ball my mates had been throwing around......it was a medicine ball.

    Boycey: Went for an overhead kick during PE at school. Missed the ball, but somehow hit my hand on my knee = broken wrist

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  8. Carney return 'a boost'

    Football

    Forward Karen Carney's return from injury has lifted spirits of winless Women's Super League side Birmingham City, says defender Kerys Harrop.

    Carney, 27, who was the top-flight's leading scorer in 2014, made her first appearance this term as a substitute in Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Chelsea. Birmingham are second-from-bottom with just two points from four games.

    "It's a massive confidence boost - Caz is a massive player in the team," England defender Harrop told BBC Sport.

  9. Bournemouth v Bolton

    Football

    Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe

    There is one Championship fixture tonight and it promises to be a belter, especially if you are a Bournemouth fan. If the Cherries beat Bolton they are all-but promoted to the Premier League. We will have a live text commentary on this game from 19:00 BST onwards. You will be able to find that on our front and football page. You can also follow on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio.

  10. 'We're not boring' - Terry

    Football

    John Terry has dismissed talk of Chelsea being dull.

    Arsenal fans sang "boring, boring Chelsea" during Sunday's goalless draw at the Emirates Stadium.

    Terry

    But Terry said: "We are definitely not boring and if we do go on to win it, nobody's going to remember those performances when perhaps it's not been that exciting.

    "Possession and tippy-tappy football's great - but if you are not winning games, you're not going to win the league."

  11. Haskins' title bid set for Bristol

    Boxing

    Lee Haskins will fight Japanese boxer Ryosuke Iwasa for the Interim IBF bantamweight world title in his hometown of Bristol on 13 June.

    The 31-year-old European champion will take on Iwasa because reigning IBF champion Randy Caballero is unable to defend his crown after sustaining an ankle injury.

  12. Report Russia online

    Athletics

    The World Anti-Doping Agency has set up an online site for whistleblowers to report information about doping in Russia.

    WADA set up a three-person independent commission in December to investigate allegations made in a German television documentary of widespread doping and cover-ups in Russia, particularly in track and field.

    On its website, WADA is now "encouraging you to contact us, in confidence, to share information related to the allegations or any other doping suspicions or concerns."

    The agency attaches a secure online form for users to send in their information. The notice is also included in Russian.

  13. Johnson Cheltenham's 'first choice'

    Football

    Gary Johnson

    Relegated Cheltenham Town would like to keep Gary Johnson on as their manager next season, says chairman Paul Baker.

    The Robins dropped back down to the Conference after a 16-year stay in the Football League following defeat by Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

    "There's a lot of support out there for Gary," Baker told BBC Radio 5 live's Non-League Football Show. "We've got on very well with him, we've been impressed with him and he's my, and the board's, first choice."

  14. Women's Super League

    Football

    Katie Chapman

    Watch a round-up of the best of the action from week four of the Women's Super League One.

    Chelsea captain Katie Chapman scored the only goal of the game, as the league leaders secured their fourth win from four with a comfortable 1-0 victory over Birmingham City at Solihull Moors.

    Elsewhere, Arsenal convincingly beat Sunderland 4-1, Notts County inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Bristol Academy and Liverpool won 2-1 at home against Manchester City.

  15. World Championship

    Snooker

    There is more World Championship snooker action to come tonight, from 19:00 BST. Here is the current state of play in the evening's two second-round matches:

    Allister Carter (Eng) 5-11 Neil Robertson (Aus), Matthew Stevens (Wal) 4-12 Ronnie O'Sullivan

    And here are the matches taking place on Tuesday:

    10:00 BST: Anthony McGill (Sco)v Shaun Murphy (Eng), Ding Junhui (Chn) v Judd Trump (Eng)

    14:30 BST: Barry Hawkins (Eng)v Ali Carter (Eng)/ Neil Robertson (Aus), Stuart Bingham (Eng) v Matthew Stevens (Wal)/ Ronnie O'Sullivan (Eng)

    19:00 BST: Anthony McGill (Sco) v Shaun Murphy (Eng), Ding Junhui (Chn) v Judd Trump (Eng)

  16. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Ashley World: Waiting to bat when playing cricket, caught my hands in a deckchair as I sat down. Broke both hands and 4 fingers.

    Philip Goymer: Dipping for the line at school sports day, dipped too far and kneed myself in the face. Split my eyebrow, first ever stitches!

    exiledtaff: broke my arm at the rugby club dinner falling off a table when singing. Waited to following day to go to hospital!

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  17. Aldershot name new manager

    Football

    Conference club Aldershot Town have named former Dundee and Alloa Athletic boss Barry Smith as their new manager.

    Defender Chris Barker, who had been in caretaker charge since Andy Scott was sacked in January, will stay at the club as player-assistant boss.

    Smith, 41, left Alloa last month and told the Aldershot website: "Ultimately, we want to take the club back to the Football League."

  18. Hull prop facing ban

    Rugby League

    Mickey Paea

    Hull FC prop Mickey Paea faces a ban after he was charged with two grade B offences of raising his knees in a tackle during the home defeat by Huddersfield on Friday night.

    Paea used up his early-guilty plea earlier in the season to contest a similar charge and will therefore appear before an independent disciplinary tribunal on Tuesday.

  19. Hull set to reject Salford request

    Rugby League

    Hull FC are set to formally reject Salford's request to postpone Friday's Super League fixture, BBC Radio Humberside understands.

    The Red Devils made the approach because of an "unprecedented injury crisis", with 16 potential absentees.

    Without permission from the Rugby Football League or Hull, postponement would be open to penalties.

  20. Hatton on Mayweather v Pacquiao

    Boxing

    Ricky Hatton (right) fighting Floyd Mayweather in 2007

    British boxing legend Ricky Hatton has fought - and lost to - both Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand. That puts him in a unique position to judge the 'super-fight' between the two in Las Vegas on Saturday. He has been giving his insights into the fight to our man Ben Dirs. Here is a snippet of what he had to say...

    "It's got a clash of styles and a clash of personalities - good guy versus bad guy... We'll still be talking about this fight in 30 or 40 years' time, just like we're still talking about the Ali-Frazier or Hagler-Hearns fights. Just as a boxing fan I'm excited. But the fact I boxed both of them makes me a keener observer than most."

  21. Fiver for a Cup Final ticket

    Football

    Inverness players celebrate reaching the Scottish Cup final

    Scottish Cup final tickets will be £5 for a significant number of Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Falkirk fans.

    That concession is available to under-16s, students and senior citizens for the showpiece at Hampden on 30 May.

    Adult ticket prices will range from £15 to £30 and a family of four will be able to attend the match from £60.

    "I'd like to thank both clubs for their positive contributions to the plans," said Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan.

  22. 'Ringers' cost non-league side dear

    Football

    A struggling non-league team from Shropshire have had their only win of the season wiped out for fielding four ineligible players.

    Telford club Denso FC, who finished bottom of Division Two of the Mercian Regional League, beat AFC Broseley Reserves 3-2 back in February.

    But it has since emerged four of their players were unregistered, one of whom was suspended. Denso suffered some eye-watering defeats this season, losing games 39-0, 28-0 and 23-0.

  23. Are Chelsea boring?

    Football

    George Graham

    George Graham's Arsenal were often criticised for being boring back in the 1980s and 1990s. They won quite a few trophies, though. George is probably the perfect man, then, to discuss if Jose Mourinho's title-chasing Chelsea are dull. The 70-year-old will be on BBC Radio 5 Live soon.

  24. Gossip update

    Football

    Football gossip stops for no man. Here are some of the stories that have been hitting websites throughout the day...

    Memphis Depay

    PSV striker Memphis Depay, 21, says he has not spoken to Manchester United about a summer switch to Old Trafford.(Daily Star)

    Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, has reportedly agreed personal terms with Italian side Inter as they seek to complete a £5.7m transfer deal for him this summer. (Metro)

    Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, 26, is set to end his two-year stay at White Hart Lane by returning to former club Corinthians this summer.(Daily Mirror)

  25. West Brom chairman sets take-over deadline

    Football

    Pat Murphy

    BBC Midlands football correspondent

    Jeremy Peace

    "West Brom's chairman Jeremy Peace has set a deadline of 31 May to all possible buyers of the club. If there is no serious intent, then he'll call a halt to any negotiations.

    "I understand there's serious interest from at least five quarters - from China, the Far East and the USA - and that two of the consortiums involved have already started due diligence. This could take as little as three weeks, so the chairman's deadline could be met.

    "Mr Peace is looking for around £150m, which many experts feel is over-optimistic. Those interested are looking at a bid of around £110m."

  26. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Big Brenny: Went to chest a ball down from a thrown-in and slightly misjudged the height. Was on the deck for 10 minutes before they subbed me.

    Ant Dunn: Playing Sunday league, ran off to celebrate scoring and promptly twisted my ankle in a rabbit hole.

    Guy Janaway: Broke my little toe in an indoors game of "round-the-world" table tennis. Caught it on a bookshelf.

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  27. Wakefield fined

    Rugby League

    Wakefield have been fined £1,000 after two smoke canister devices were thrown from the away end during their fixture at Castleford on the opening weekend of Super League XX.

    The Rugby Football League found the Wildcats to be in breach of its rules and handed the club a fine which has been suspended until the end of the 2015 season.

    Wakefield chairman Michael Carter said: "Obviously I am annoyed that we have been fined due to the actions of mindless idiots. They are not welcome at any of our games."

  28. Bournemouth v Bolton

    Football

    Eddie Howe

    Watford sealed promotion to the Premier League at the weekend and Bournemouth can all-but join them if they beat Bolton tonight at Goldsands Stadium. With a vastly superior goal difference over third-placed Middlesbrough, a win will take the Cherries three points clear in second with just one game to play. You can follow that game on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC local radio. There'll also have a live text commentary on this very site, hosted by Mr Andy Cryer.

  29. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Anuruddha Higgoda: Long jump. Landed on my right hand whilst wearing spikes on my first attempt. Severe cuts and bleeding. Got second place though.

    Ben Fykin: Split my head open and needed four stitches. while celebrating a goal Playing Fifa 2000. Jumped straight into the door frame.

    David Wignall: First time I played golf age nine, I stood too close to my friend and got hit in the chin by a driver. First stitches that day too!

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  30. Bjorkman stay could be permanent

    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent on Radio 5 live sports extra

    On Jonas Bjorkman's extension as Andy Murray's coach:

    "Bjorkman's final commitments with Swedish TV's version of Strictly allowed him only limited training time with Murray in Barcelona last week, but they will get more time together in Munich as the world number three gets his clay court season underway.

    "I'm told there is "no reason" why the arrangement shouldn't become more permanent, and it is possible that both Bjorkman and Mauresmo will be on duty at next month's French Open.

    "Mauresmo's long term future has to remain in doubt - simply because it's very hard for her to know if she will be able to commit to 25 weeks a year on tour once she becomes a mother."

  31. Get Inspired

    London Marathon pictures

    London Marathon

    Gizmo: Good luck Colleen! Running 4 @WLCentre supports disabled children & Adults #LondonMarathon#getinspired @HaatchiHD

  32. Guptill hundred boosts Derbyshire

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol:

    Gloucestershire 275, Derbyshire 270-4

    "Martin Guptill scored 106 in the afternoon session as yet again Gloucestershire spilled chances.

    "Guptill himself was put down by Geraint Jones at slip, a routine chance, which will haunt the home side as the New Zealander finished on 123 at tea.

    "Matt Taylor picked up two wickets, but Derbyshire are just five runs short of an innings lead, and look like they are heading towards a big total."

    Listen to the commentary here

  33. Guidetti faces anxious wait

    Football

    Celtic striker John Guidetti will discover on Thursday if he is to be punished for singing an allegedly "offensive" song about the demise of Old Firm rivals Rangers.

    Celtic

    The on-loan Manchester City hitman had been due to appear before the Scottish Football Association's disciplinary panel on April 9 but that hearing was postponed.

    However, the SFA has confirmed the 22-year-old's case will now be heard this Thursday.

    Guidetti was issued with a notice of complaint last month after repeating an allegedly offensive song on a Dutch TV show last month.

  34. 'Nadal still French favourite' - Federer

    Tennis

    Roger Federer says he still believes Rafael Nadal is the favourite to win next month's French Open, despite the Spanish star's troubled start to the clay court season.

    Nadal failed to get past the third round at last week's Barcelona Open.

    getty

    But 17-time Grand Slam winner Federer said: "Rafa for me is still the favourite at the French Open, alongside Djokovic, who has been playing so well.

    "Even though Rafa's form is not as good as in previous years, I still believe when the French Open rolls around he is going to be very difficult to beat."

    The tournament at Roland Garros starts on 19 May.

  35. Jarvis cuts through Kent top-order

    Cricket

    Lancashire 444, Kent 129-4

    Lancashire fast bowler Kyle Jarvis bowled an impressive spell of 8-2-20-3 as Kent struggled to keep out the seamer in the afternoon session at Old Trafford

    Openers Daniel Bell-Drummond and Joe Denly shared an opening stand of 62, before the pair both departed to Jarvis for only 28.

    Kent captain Rob Key could only muster five as the away side collapsed to 85-3, before Jordan Clark clinched his maiden first-class wicket as he had Brenda Nash caught behind for 16 to leave Kent wobbling as they chased down the home side's big first innings total.

    Listen to the commentary here

  36. Durham eke out slender lead

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

    "Durham ended up with a tiny lead of four runs over Sussex following a spirited ninth wicket stand of 116 between Usman Arshad (35) and John Hastings (72).

    "It ended four deliveries after the introduction of the new ball when Arshad drove Steve Magoffin to Ajmal Shahzad at mid-off.

    "With his last partner out in the middle Hastings then got a thick edge to Magoffin in his next over and was caught at third man.

    "Durham had been in a pickle after losing three wickets in four balls for no runs while on 222, but reached 339 all out, with tea taken immediately afterwards."

    Listen to commentary here

  37. Adams rallies for Hampshire

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at The Ageas Bowl:

    Nottinghamshire 371, Hampshire 102-2

    "Jimmy Adams led the Hampshire fightback on the second afternoon of their match against Notts at the Ageas Bowl.

    Adams

    "The home skipper survived one confident lbw appeal to bat through the session to reach tea on an unbeaten 57.

    "Adams reached his second 50 of the summer from 124 deliveries, with nine fours.

    "Luke Wood took the only wicket to fall since lunch, having Michael Carberry taken low down at second slip by Samit Patel for 30.

    "Nottinghamshire's problems mounted with an injury to Jake Ball, which forced the bowler to gingerly leave the action midway through an over."

    Listen to the commentary here.

  38. Browne closes on Oval century

    Cricket

    BBC Essex's Paul Newton at The Oval:

    "Having lost their last four wickets without adding a single run, Surrey had to wait till the 41st over to break an Essex opening partnership of 155.

    "Gareth Batty, who took eight wickets in an innings at Chelmsford last year, eventually trapped Jaik Mickleburgh lbw for 61.

    "Nick Browne, meanwhile, continued in the vein that saw him post three centuries in the last six matches of 2014 with a combination of sound defence and sparkling drives.

    "He reached tea 15 shy of a fourth career hundred, in partnership with 17-year-old Daniel Lawrence, with Essex 162-1 in reply to Surrey's 340 all out."

    Listen to the commentary here

  39. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Neil Tostevin: Fell off my bed reaching for the tv remote on the floor resulting in a carpal fracture in my wrist #bbcsportsday

    Krishan Korpal: Ran into a 5-a-side crossbar when I was younger-broken nose & 2 black eyes. Sends shivers down my spine thinking about it now

    Steven F Galloway: Playing snooker I moved my score along too eagerly and received a huge wooden splinter under my fingernail, removed at A+E.

  40. Northants hit back at Grace Road

    Cricket

    Northants have fought back well on the second day of their Championship Division Two game against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    They restricted the home side to a first-innings lead of 54 by bowling them out for 305, with Olly Stone and Azharullah each taking three wickets.

    Angus Robson top-scored with 75, and Ben Raine and Clin McKay both made 47 in an eighth-wicket stand of 87, and tea was taken at the end of the innings.

    Listen to the match commentary here

  41. Watson out in Prague

    Tennis

    Bad news for Heather Watson.

    After launching a sterling comeback from a set and 3-2 down, the Brit has just squandered the chance to beat Slovenian Polona Hercog at the Prague Open, losing a topsy-turvy third set tie-break 7-5.

    Watson

    Watson, who had won the second set 6-3, led the tie-break 3-0 and 5-3. But she couldn't quite see things through and eventually lost 7-5 to exit the event at the first round stage.

  42. Slow play = no play

    Zach Johnson plays out of bunker

    Now then, apart from the fear of bunkers, what one thing would get you playing more golf.

    That was the question posed by the R&A to more than 50,00 golfers around the world in a pace of play survey.

    It revealed that while 70% of golfers are largely happy with the duration of their rounds, 60% of golfers would enjoy golf more if they played in less time.

    In fact, among the 25-44 year-old age bracket, 21% said that golf would need to take as much as one-and-a-half hours less for them to play more often.

    So, we'd like to know, what one thing would you change about your sport? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

  43. Rain interrupts play at Taunton

    Cricket

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Taunton:

    Somerset 408, Middlesex 196-2

    "An early tea was taken at Taunton as rain stopped play with Middlesex 194-2.

    "Opener Nick Gubbins is still going strong on 90 while the key wicket, and visiting captain Adam Voges, has 65.

    "The ball has not passed the bat as often today as it did even through Somerset's record partnership against Middlesex but the hosts will still hope to replicate the collapse that saw such a swift end to their innings."

    The rain is only light and should clear for an extended evening session.

  44. Going to the wire

    Tennis

    It's tense in Prague where Heather Watson and Slovenian Polona Hercog have just begun a winner-takes-all tie-break.

    After losing the opening set 7-5, Watson levelled things 6-3.

    It's 6-6 in the third and deciding set, the tie-break is under way...

  45. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Zimbabwe to tour Pakistan

    The Zimbabwe Cricket Board have confirmed they will play 3 ODIs and 2 T20's in Pakistan in May. They will be the first toplevel international matches played in Pakistan since the attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in 2009.

  46. Millers face biggest game - Evans

    Football

    Steve Evans

    Tuesday's game against Reading will be the biggest in Rotherham's recent history, according to boss Steve Evans.

    If the Millers win at the New York Stadium they will be secure their place in the Championship, while Millwall and Wigan will be condemned to League One.

    Rotherham were deducted three points last week for fielding an ineligible player in the win over Brighton.

    "This is the biggest game the stadium has hosted in its short lifetime," Evans told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  47. Trump triumphs

    Snooker

    Judd Trump

    We're getting closer to knowing the full line-up for the quarter-finals of the World Snooker championship. The latest man to make it through is Judd Trump, who defeated Marco Fu 13-8 to set up a repeat of the 2011 semi-final against China's Ding Junhui.

  48. Rose on the rise

    Golf

    Justin Rose's rich vein of form over the last few weeks has been reflected in his position in golf's latest world rankings.

    Rose

    The Englishman, who finished second at the Masters and birdied the last two holes to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday, is up to sixth from ninth.

    Rory McIlroy remains top dog, ahead of Masters winner, 21-year-old Jordan Spieth.

  49. Hull won't play ball

    BBC Humberside Sport on Twitter: Hull FC are set to formally reject Salford's request to postpone Friday's game at the KC Stadium due to the Red Devils' injuries.

  50. Ferguson hangs with Ancelotti

    Football

    Former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson says he "would love" to return to management in time for pre-season.

    And the 43-year-old son of ex- Manchester United boss, Sir Alex, has been mixing with some of the great and good of the game in readiness for his comeback.

    Darren Ferguson

    "I've been to watch both Real and Bayern Munich train to learn some new techniques and that was brilliant," Ferguson told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

    "[I spent] three days in Madrid with [Real boss] Carlo Ancelotti and [assistant] Paul Clement. They were going through a tricky time and how Ancelotti dealt with it was interesting. They were very welcoming and I appreciated them looking after me."

  51. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren, we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Robert Procter: Team huddle before hockey match, banging hockey sticks, mine flew up and gave a fellow player a black eye. He needed ice so I got put in the starting line-up!

    Dharmendra Ponala: Hit by cricket ball while playing football from adjacent pitch. 15 years later had to recap the decoloured tooth for wedding.

    Jack Willows: Got run over by a bike and broke my foot. A motorbike you mean? Nope, just a pedal bike.

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  52. Cavendish remains in charge

    Road Cycling

    Mark Cavendish won the second stage of the Tour of Turkey at Antalya on Monday, retaining the overall lead he took after Sunday's opening run.

    Cavendish

    The British speedster covered the 180 kilometres from Alanya in 4 hours 21 minutes and 32 seconds, once again relying on his finishing skills to edge a sprint finish.

    Cavendish, who won four stages in last year's tour, leads the overall standings from Italian pair Sacha Modolo and Nicola Ruffoni.

  53. Watson struggling

    Tennis

    It's not looking good for Heather Watson in Prague.

    She lost the first set 7-5 to Slovenian Polona Hercog, and hit back to win the next 6-3. But she trails 4-1 in the decider so could be heading out of the competition in the first round.

  54. Milan players going nowhere

    Football

    And another slightly odd story emanating from Italy ... AC Milan's players have been told they have to stay at their training ground indefinitely following Saturday's 2-1 Serie A loss at Udinese.

    Players slept at the Milanello after the game and although they were allowed home after an extra training session on Sunday, they had to be back for dinner.

    Milan coach Filippo Inzaghi and Marco Van Ginkel

    The club said the 'ritiro' - confining players to headquarters - could last until the end of the season.

    "The attitude during the game was wrong," explained coach Filippo Inzaghi. "There are very few excuses and the only thing to do now is to roll up our sleeves and do well in the last six matches, because we're Milan and our dignity is involved."

    AC Milan, who are reportedly in takeover talks, are 10th in the Serie A table and set to miss out on European qualification.

  55. Crowd trouble in Italy

    Football

    Torino supporters react after a firework explodes

    Bad times in Italian football. Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri says "only a madman" would bring children to games after trouble in the Turin derby.

    Torino fans were injured when a paper banger exploded during Sunday's Serie A game, a surprise 2-1 win for the hosts. Before the match, hundreds of Torino fans threw objects including bottles, eggs and stones at the Juve team bus.

    Allegri said: "In Italy we are still behind. Until the responsible parties take measures this is how it will be. We need to improve to bring people back to the stadium and kids first of all, given that only a madman would bring them along."

  56. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren (which you can read about here), we asked for your own freak sporting injuries..

    Matthew Clifton: I accidentally ripped my big toenail off playing a computer game. Still gonna play football though, just bandaged up!

    Dale Clark: Playing football, ran into a team mate, broke collarbone.

    James Gane: During a round of golf, at third tee, swung and dislocated my kneecap. Reconstructive surgery required. Friends never did find the ball.

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  57. Ground swap

    Rugby League

    Wigan have moved their Challenge Cup sixth-round tie against Hull KR to Leigh Sports Village due to scheduled pitch maintenance at the DW Stadium.

    Wigan, who have won the Challenge Cup 19 times, take on Rovers on 15 May at 20:05 BST.

  58. Watson fights back

    Football

    Better news for Heather Watson in Prague.

    After losing the first set 7-5 to Slovenian Polona Hercog and trailing 3-2 in the second, Watson has hit back in the nick of time - winning four games in a row to take the set 6-3 and level matters.

    getty

    However, don't get too excited just yet - she's just been broken at the start of the third, deciding set and trails 2-0.

  59. Headlines at 3

    Here's a round-up of what's happened so far in the sporting world today.

    Football: Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge may not play again this season due to hip and thigh problems.

    Snooker: Shaun Murphy is into the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship after beating Joe Perry 13-5.

    Murphy

    Rugby League: Salford Red Devils have requested the postponement of Friday's Super League game with Hull because of an "unprecedented injury crisis".

    Formula One: Williams say they are not worried, despite announcing a loss of £42.5m in 2014.

  60. Boyce unsure over Latics future

    Football

    Wigan captain Emmerson Boyce is unsure if he will be at the club next season.

    Boyce

    The Latics defender, 35, is the longest-serving player in the squad, but his future could depend on what division Gary Caldwell's side are in.

    Wigan will be relegated to League One on Tuesday if Rotherham avoid defeat in their game against Reading.

    "I don't know (about next year). You've got to ask the chairman, ask the manager to see what my future holds," Boyce told BBC Radio Manchester.

  61. Watson v Hercog latest

    Tennis

    Heather Watson

    Heather Watson has lost the first set of her Prague Open first-round match with Slovenian Polona Hercog. Watson went down 7-5. In the second set, Hercog leads 3-2.

  62. Real better than United - Hernandez

    Football

    Manchester United's Javier Hernandez says his loan club Real Madrid are the "best team in the world".

    The 26-year-old, on a season-long loan, has scored three goals in his last two games - taking advantage of injuries to Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

    Getty

    He said: "I am a Madrid player. I'm not sure if that'll be for a long time so I want to make the most of the minutes I am with the best team in the world."

    Real have an option to buy the striker at the end of the loan deal.

  63. Murphy advances

    Snooker

    Shaun Murphy is into the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield. after easing past Joe Perry 13-5.

    Shaun Murphy

    The 2005 winner was 12-5 ahead overnight and made a break of 68 to progress to face Anthony McGill in the next round on Tuesday (10:00 BST).

    Judd Trump needs just one more frame against Marco Fu to go through, leading 12-7 for the right to play Ding Junhui.

  64. Get Involved - freak injuries

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren (which you can read about on our site), we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Josh Jones: On a bike ride, reached a fork: sister went right, brother left. I go straight into the substantial bed of nettles & thorns!

    Alex Corps: Was told to do some gymnastics to prevent injury when in goal. Landed badly in the first session, and tore my rotator cuff.

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  65. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Leicester fans

    It has not always been plain sailing for Nigel Pearson with the Leicester fans this season, but he is winning them over now. And he has paid tribute to the role they have played in helping the Foxes drag themselves out of the bottom three...

    "Throughout the season our fans have remained positive, but in the last few games in particular, they have inspired us."

  66. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Jeffrey Schlupp (right) of Leicester City celebrates with teammate David Nugent

    Nigel Pearson says that striker David Nugent and full-back Jeffrey Schlupp will be assessed to ascertain their availability for Leicester's game with Chelsea on Wednesday and then and Newcastle on Saturday.

  67. Steve Bruce press conference

    Hull v Liverpool (Tue, 19:45 BST)

    Meanwhile, in Hull, Steve Bruce is addressing the media ahead of Tuesday's important game with Liverpool. Bruce has just told reporters that his side have no fresh injury worries following Saturday's 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and that Mo Diame and Andrew Robertson could return to the Tigers' squad.

  68. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Leicester's recent run of results means they are out of the bottom three for the first time since the end of November. Nigel Pearson has one clear message for his players, though: no complacency...

    "There is still a lot of football to be played. Every game now has something riding on it. There's lots left to do," said the Foxes boss.

    "The only thing that matters is that we're out on the bottom three after 38 games. To do that we have to remain focused."

  69. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Nigel Pearson and his Leicester players are riding on the crest of a wave at the moment - one that may well wash them to Premier League safety. They face a major hurdle, though, in their quest to make five wins in a row with Chelsea heading to the King Power on Wednesday.

    Pearson clearly shares something in common with his Chelsea opposite number Jose Mourinho, who has fended off accusations his side are boring by pointing to the points they have next to their name. Pearson has just had this to say to the media: "Results are more important than performances. It's been very satisfying to get four wins and it gives us a realistic chance."

  70. Loadsa money

    Rugby Union

    Wasps flags

    Wasps say they are on course to become the richest rugby club in the world after announcing their latest financial initiative.

    On Monday they will become the first sports club to launch a retail bond listed on the London Stock Exchange, which is expected to raise up to £35m.

    That means Wasps are set to pass French giants Toulouse in terms of revenue.

    "We expect to be in that position either at end of this season or next season," said Wasps' David Armstrong.

  71. Warriors to play Hull KR in Leigh

    Rugby League

    Leigh Sports Village

    Wigan Warriors have moved their Challenge Cup sixth round tie against Hull KR to Leigh Sports Village because of work on the pitch at the DW Stadium.

    The Super League side, who share the ground with Wigan Athletic, play the Robins on Friday, 15 May at 20:05 BST.

    But work is scheduled to begin that week and finish in early July.

    "Unfortunately the condition of the pitch deteriorated rapidly in February and requires major renovation," said Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan.

  72. World Championship live

    Snooker

    The Snooker World Championship is back up and running (or potting). On table one, it is Joe Perry (Eng) 5-12 Shaun Murphy (Eng), while next door, Marco Fu (HK) trails Judd Trump (Eng) 10-7. To follow the action, head on over to our coverage page and follow the instructions.

  73. Essex wrap up Surrey innings

    Cricket

    BBC London 94.9's Mark Church at The Oval:

    "Very much the visitors morning as Surrey lost their last four wickets without adding a run.

    "Steven Davies (81) and Gary Wilson (46) took Surrey past 300, but after they both departed Surrey first innings came to an abrupt end. Graham Napier did the damage whipping out Wilson, Curran and Dunn as Surrey were all out for 340.

    "Despite the ball swinging, Jaik Mickleburgh and Nick Browne looked solid as they guided Essex to the lunch break with the scoreboard reading 29-0."

  74. Durham struggle against Sussex

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Chester-le-Street:

    "It's been a tough morning for Durham, who have been under pressure from the Sussex bowlers.

    "Ollie Robinson and Matt Hobden were particularly efficient as they restricted the home side to just one boundary during an 11-over period, which also saw Scott Borthwick and Michael Richardson struck on the helmet by Hobden.

    "Borthwick eventually went for 23 and Richardson for 37, the latter to the delivery which brought about lunch with Durham 189-5, still 146 adrift of Sussex's first innings score."

  75. Get involved - freak injuries

    Following the spiked pole injury incident at St Mirren (which you can read about on our site), we asked for your own freak sporting injuries...

    Lemurs

    Matt Sterry: I pulled a butt cheek walking up a bridge to a five-a-side game. Also ruptured knee ligaments while cleaning a lemur enclosure.

    James Burns: Come out of Judo, tripped over a rock and in the process broken my arm, and meaning I missed my Green Belt.

    AJPS: I once placed my hand on one of the hobs of an electic oven, not knowing it was on. No rugby for 2 weeks with those blisters.

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  76. Mixed morning for Hampshire

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at The Ageas Bowl

    Nottinghamshire 371, Hampshire 10-1

    "The home side enjoyed the better of the early exchanges, removing Alex Hales for 141, after restricting the hero of the first day to only an additional five runs.

    "Andre Adams picked up the wicket and also removed Will Gidman, with Gareth Berg quickly skittling out Vernon Philander.

    "From 324-9 Notts staged a fightback due to their last wicket pair of Jake Ball and Sam Wood, who added 47 together.

    "Philander then built on Nottinghamshire's momentum by bowling out Liam Dawson just before the interval."

  77. Dropped catches hurt Gloucestershire

    Cricket

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol:

    Gloucestershire 275, Derbyshire 118-1

    "A tale of a morning of dropped catches. Geraint Jones spilled Ben Slater at first slip with the first ball of the day and Billy Godleman gave two chances in an over.

    "The first flew through Chris Dent and then Liam Norwell seemed to have done everything correctly at long leg but the ball escaped him as he tumbled over.

    "Derbyshire went serenely on to 118-1 with Slater finishing on 51 not out in reply to the home side's 275."

  78. Injury-hit Salford seek postponement

    Rugby League

    Salford Red Devils have requested the postponement of Friday's Super League fixture with Hull FC because of an "unprecedented injury crisis". Salford are currently without four players through suspension and another eight because of injury. Coach Iestyn Harris has admitted he may have to call on his 38-year-old assistant coach Ian Watson to come out of retirement.

  79. Savage stayin' alive

    Robbis Savage in the Match of the Day 2 studio

    Robbie Savage was a day late with his night fever on Sunday as he turned up to film Match of the Day 2 in a pair of John Travolta-style white trousers. Or are they, as he insists, blue? Why not watch his behind-the-scenes video and decide for yourself?

  80. Hungover Williams announce loss

    Formula 1

    Williams Formula One team has announced it made a loss of £42.5m in 2014.

    But it says they expect a significant improvement next year once they are over the lingering 'hangover' of past failure.

    "What we are reporting today is essentially a hangover," chief executive Mike O'Driscoll said.

    The team loss compares to a profit of £11.9m in 2013.

  81. Shopping time

    Arsenal's Jack Wilshere doesn't seem too happy with how he's spending his free time.

    The midfielder tweeted: This is how my day off was spent...now the worst part, putting it all away! #helpme

    Twitter
  82. Gubbins leads the way for Middlesex

    Cricket

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at Taunton:

    Somerset 408, Middlesex 123-2

    "Having lost Sam Robson to the second ball of the day and fellow England hopeful Nick Compton not long after, Middlesex will be relieved to have reached lunch on 123-2.

    "The consensus at the ground is that Somerset probably overachieved in the first innings of 408 on a green pitch that is offering assistance to the bowlers.

    "The visiting skipper Adam Voges is unbeaten on 27 and opener Nick Gubbins has 61 but the former is certainly the prized wicket for the hosts."

  83. Palace eagle attacked

    Football

    Crystal Palace eagle attacked by a crow

    It was a tough weekend for Kayla the Crystal Palace eagle, who got some unwanted attention from a local crow while in flight. However, Kayla does appear to be taking the attack in its stride (or should that be soar?). I reckon in a full-on scrap she could have it.

  84. Get Inspired

    London Marathon pictures

    Children watch the London Marathon

    Magda: They're going to run #LondonMarathon one day #GetInspired

  85. Mayweather v Pacquiao

    Fight week latest

    Floyd Mayweather should retire after Saturday's super-fight against Manny Pacquiao, according to his father.

    Mayweather, 38, has said he will fight one more time after the clash with Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The unbeaten American's fight with Pacquiao is the fifth of a six-fight contract with broadcaster Showtime.

    "I hope he walks away after this fight." said Mayweather Sr. "This is a gambler's game and I don't think Floyd should be gambling too much."

    Meanwhile, imagine ordering two cappuccinos and ending up with this. Almost seems a shame to drink them...

    Fight week coffees
  86. Get involved - freak injuries

    #bbcsportsday

    Now then, remember we told you about the unusual going-ons at St Mirren, where captain Steven Thompson injured a team-mate after throwing a spiked pole at him during a training ground prank gone wrong?

    (If you didn't see it, read the full, slightly mind-boggling story here).

    It got us wondering what is the most unusual sporting injury you have suffered? Have you dropped a cup of coffee on your toe ruling you out of that evening's tennis fixture, or have you strained your calf taking the dog a walk and missed your Sunday League team's Cup Final?

    Let us know now at #bbcsportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  87. Newport target Butcher

    Football

    Terry Butcher

    Former England captain Terry Butcher is understood to be in the frame to be Newport County's next manager.

    Jimmy Dack has been caretaker boss since Justin Edinburgh left for Gillingham in February.

    County have started to talk to potential successors with Butcher, whose managerial CV includes spells with Coventry, Sunderland, Motherwell, Brentford, Sydney, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Hibernian, believed to be in the running.

  88. Anderson - 'It's been emotional'

    Cricket

    Record-breaker James Anderson has described the last two weeks as the "most emotional and satisfying" of his career.

    The 32-year-old picked up his 384th wicket during the first Test against the West Indies to overtake Sir Ian Botham's previous marker - something Anderson labelled as "fairytale stuff".

    Anderson

    He then followed that up with three wickets, two catches and a run-out during Saturday's morning session and England went on to win the second Test by nine wickets.

    "To beat Sir Ian Botham's record and then to follow that by helping us to a brilliant win is almost beyond words," Anderson said in his column in The Sun.

  89. Best marathon outfits

    Dinosaur costume at the London Marathon

    26.2 miles is a long way when you're in Lycra and running shoes. It'll feel even further when you're strapped inside a rocket costume of your own design.

    From dinosaurs to bananas, BBC Sport picks out some of the best fancy dress costumes to grace the 2015 London Marathon and thus pays tribute to a special kind of lunacy.

  90. Radcliffe reflects on "emotional" Marathon

    Paula Radcliffe

    Paula Radcliffe has been telling the BBC this morning that taking part in the London Marathon for the last time competitively was very "emotional" and she "never wanted it to end".

    The 41-year-old was happy with her time of two hours 36 minutes 55 seconds on Sunday and thanked the London crowds who made a "special" atmosphere.

    Radcliffe won the London Marathon in 2002, 2003 and 2005, and her 2003 winning time of 2:15:25 remains the world record.

  91. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Another hack asks Mourinho about John Terry, wondering if the Chelsea boss thinks his skipper is the best centre back of all time.

    "I don't like to compare generations," says Jose. "It is something in football that is unfair.

    "In this generation I think he is the best centre-back. So many caps, so many battles, so many amazing number of matches, and a good goalscorer considering his position. "

  92. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    And a little more on Leicester, who Jose speaks highly of: "I was surprised with their position. For me they are a good team. I played them earlier in the season and I could feel the quality of the team.

    "I am now not surprised they are out of the relegation zone. I will not be surprised if they keep the position. They are playing well.

    "They played Saturday and we played Sunday but we will try to recover the players as best as we can. At this moment we do not have such a big squad to make lots of rotations."

  93. Jose Mournho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    At last, someone has remembered there is actually a match taking place involving Chelsea and that's what we're here to talk about.

    "Everybody will travel to Leicester, even the ones who are not able to play," Mourinho tells the media.

    Asked if Diego Costa will feature, he replies: "I don't know about Costa. I have to think if it deserves a gamble or if we wait to be sure.

    Costa

    "If it was a player without an injury history I would play him but I have to think about this because of his injury history. We need five points. After Leicester we still have four matches."

  94. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    Mourinho is glowing in his praise of skipper John Terry, and has a slight dig at past Chelsea managers in the process of talking up his centre half.

    "The two seasons prior to my arrival he was not an important player for Chelsea managers," said Mourinho.

    Terry

    "He was on the bench. They were anticipating his departure. Last season was good for him. This season he is better.

    "I am happy with everything he is doing. For sure, Arsenal was one of his best performances for Chelsea. It was clean."

  95. Fabregas PFA snub strange - Mourinho

    Mourinho was asked whether there should have been even more than six Chelsea players in the PFA team of the season. "Yes" he answered with no hint of a smile. "It should have been all of them."

    Mourinho criticised the selection for featuring too many attacking players and was particularly vexed by the absence of Cesc Fabregas.

    "If you look at that team and for example, Cesc Fabregas and the number of assists he has this season, it is strange that he is not included," he said.

    Cesc Fabregas
  96. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    A very brave journalist has just suggested to Jose that Chelsea are boring.

    Remarkably Mourinho took it calmly, shrugged his shoulders in that trademark slightly disinterested fashion of his, and replied: "I am not sure of that. I met an Arsenal fan this morning who lives next door to me and he congratulates me and said I was spot on in my press conference.

    "If we are boring and if the number of goals is what decides who is good, bad or boring, then we have in the Premier League 18 teams who are more boring than us.

    "Only Man City is a team with more quality than us on this criteria. I don't accept that criteria.

    "If the best team is the one with less defeats we are the best. If the best team is the team that leads, we are the best team."

  97. Jose Mourinho news conference

    Leicester v Chelsea (Wed, 19:45 BST)

    If Eden Hazard wanted glowing praise from his manager for winning the PFA player of the year award, he's going to be disappointed.

    First question to Mourinho: Have you congratulated Eden on his award? Mourinho: No.

    Jose

    However, the Chelsea boss does lighten up a little, going on to say: "It is more important to be a champion. It is nice and he deserves it.

    "I am happy for him and happy for every player that helped him to achieve the level he has achieved this season."

  98. Time for Jose

    Football

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is on his way to face the media.

    Will he be in good spirits after the very handy 0-0 draw at Arsenal, which edged the Blues closer to the Premier League title?

    Possibly ... until someone asks if Chelsea are boring that is.

    We'll bring you the best of what he says.

  99. On this day

    Other sporting anniversaries from this day...

    1908: The Olympics opened at London's White City with a total of 2,036 athletes from 23 nations taking part.

    1989: Peter Scudamore became the first National Hunt jockey to ride 200 winners in a season.

    Scudamore

    1991: Ellery Hanley skippered Wigan to a 13-8 win over St Helens in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley and became the first man in the history of the game to captain his side to victory three years in succession.

    2014: Liverpool's Luis Suarez was named PFA Player of the Year, with Chelsea's Eden Hazard taking the Young Players' award.

  100. On this day

    Given it's the week of one of the most eagerly-awaited fights in recent boxing history (that's Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao, in case you don't get out much), how appropriate that today marks the anniversary of the retirement of one of the greatest ever fighters.

    It was on this day in 1956 that, after 49 consecutive victories, Rocky Marciano hung up his gloves while still undefeated heavyweight champion of the world.

    Marciano

    Now that's called bowing out while on top.

    Tragically Marciano died just 13 years later, when he was killed in a plane crash in Iowa the day before his 46th birthday.

  101. Selfie blow at Wimbledon

    Tennis

    Now brace yourselves - there's some bad news emerging from Wimbledon.

    The All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that selfie sticks are banned at this year's tournament.

    I know, devastating isn't it?

    Tourists taking a selfie

    A spokesman for the club told the Sunday Times the move was brought in partly because of the "nuisance value" but "primarily so it doesn't interfere with spectators' enjoyment".

    Read the full, harrowing story here.

  102. 'Fair result' - Van Gaal

    Football

    Honesty when assessing their team's performance is not always a trait you associate with Premier League managers.

    So fair play Louis van Gaal, who had no complaints with Man United's beating at Everton.

    Van Gaal

    After the Reds lost 3-0, the United boss said: "This was the first match when I saw a team that was more motivated and aggressive than us. It is not good, but we are human beings.

    "We have to see that our opponents will defend more and cope with that as a club. Everton deserved to win - when the result is fair, you can live with it."

  103. Riders and Wolves out of Play-offs

    Basketball

    BBL Championship runners-up Leicester Riders and defending champions Worcester Wolves were knocked out in the opening round of the BBL Play-offs.

    Riders were beaten over two legs by Sheffield Sharks while Wolves were thrashed by London Lions.

    Newcastle Eagles, who finished top of the Championship, progressed at the expense of BBL rookies Bristol Flyers.

    Cheshire Phoenix booked their place in the last four, despite losing the second leg against Glasgow Rocks.

  104. Proud dad Beckham

    David Beckham films son Romeo at the London Marathon

    He may be England's record outfield cap-holder and one of the most recognisable faces on the planet, but David Beckham is also a dad and he was in attendance in London on Sunday to watch (and film) son Romeo in the mini Marathon. Romeo finished in 78th place.

  105. County Championship coverage

    Cricket

    Ian Westwood of Warwickshire bats during day one of the County Championship Division One match between Yorkshire and Warwickshire

    This week's County Championship fixtures are back under way. If you want to keep abreast of what is going on you can do so via our local radio coverage of each match. Simply head over to our coverage page and use the live coverage tab to select your game. Lovely stuff.

  106. Looking tight

    Football

    Now you know how we all complain that football these days is boring, the same old teams win the same old titles?

    Well, that ain't so in Algeria's Ligue 1. Take a gander at this...

    Twitter

    With four games to play, 11 points separate top and bottom, meaning all 16 teams can still win the title - or get relegated.

    The table gets weirder the more you examine it. MC Oran, for instance, are third but have scored less goals than any other side, while Bejaia have lost four of their last five but are still somehow second. The fourth-placed team, meanwhile, have a goal difference of -1.

    As Dizzee Rascal might put it, bonkers.

  107. #moreboringthanchelsea

    Michael Tovey: Baseball... went to a game in LA. The highlight was catching bags of peanuts thrown by snack vendors.

    Paul Sloman: Steve Davis in his heyday.

    Davis

    J Slats: Arsene Wenger's constant moaning, and the fact he 'did no see it'.

  108. 'Only 38,000 to catch'

    Helen Clarke at the start line

    The London Marathon always comes complete with a unique set of stories. This year, one latecomer got her own private start to the race.

    Although, as runner Helen Clarke herself later tweeted to us to explain, she had been waiting to start with a friend who was in a different wave of runners. "I wasn't late!" she said.

    You can catch up on Helen Clarke's own marathon tale courtesy of our video.

  109. Dunn announces Blackburn departure

    Football

    David Dunn has announced he will leave Championship side Blackburn at the end of the season.

    The 35-year-old, who earned his one England cap in 2002, joined Rovers as an eight-year-old and progressed through the youth system.

    After 169 appearances, he joined Birmingham in 2003 for £5.5m but injuries meant just 69 outings.

    He returned to Ewood Park in 2007 and played another 208 games but has made just two starts this season.

  110. The headlines at 11

    The morning so far...

    Football: Daniel Sturridge may miss the rest of the season because of hip and thigh problems.

    Sturridge

    Tennis: Andy Murray's new coach Jonas Bjorkman's contract is extended and he will spend the whole summer with the British number one.

    Football: John Carver says he needs protection from "abusive" Newcastle fans.

  111. Apology for spiked pole through leg prank

    Football

    St Mirren skipper Steven Thompson says is "mortified" after lobbing a spiked pole at team-mate John McGinn's leg during a training-ground prank.

    Scotland Under-21 midfielder McGinn was left with blood pouring from a wound in his thigh after the bizarre incident, which happened when McGinn robbed Thompson (pictured) of possession during a dribbling routine.

    Thompson

    "I'm just mortified by the whole thing," Thompson told the Scottish Sun. "It was a daft prank. It wasn't like I threw the pole out of anger or anything like that. That's not what happened."

    McGinn missed St Mirren's 4-1 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday and is likely to be out of action for another three weeks of action.

  112. #moreboringthanchelsea

    Christian Evans: Finishing second in the Premier League is #moreboringthanchelsea

    Peter Hatch: RU scrums are the most boring thing in sport just now. 3 or 4 attempts to set up and always end up with a penalty.

    Melis: #moreboringthanchelsea John Carver's interviews. Not a Toon fan but if his coaching style is like the way he talks to reporters I sympathise.

  113. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    Sturridge may not play this season

    Here is some more from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Daniel Sturridge: "It has been difficult for Daniel. He's a good lad who wants to play and be working and helping the team. It's just been one of those seasons for him where it has been very unfortunate.

    "We are going to have monitor that day by day and see where he's at.

    "When he's been fit he's been brilliant for the team. We need to get to get him back fit for and consistently playing. But we will see if that's going to be this season or the pre-season."

  114. Watson playing in Prague

    Tennis

    Heather Watson

    Coming up later: Heather Watson plays her first round match at the Prague Open today. She is still hoping that she can be among the 32 seeds for next month's French Open.

    Currently ranked 40, Watson plays her first match (at around 14:00 BST) against Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

  115. Swansea winger has ankle op

    Football

    Bad news for Swansea winger Wayne Routledge - he will miss the rest of the season after undergoing an ankle operation.

    Routledge

    Routledge needed surgery now to cure the long-standing injury in order for him to return in time for pre-season training.

    The 30-year-old missed Swansea's 3-2 Premier League win at Newcastle on Saturday and will sit out the remaining games this season against Stoke, Arsenal, Manchester City and Crystal Palace.

  116. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    Sturridge may not play this season

    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been speaking at a press conference this morning ahead of his side's trip to Hull tomorrow and has revealed that he's unsure if Daniel Sturridge will return from injury before the end of the season.

    "We'll see if he's going to be back this season or pre-season," said Rodgers, who added that it has been "one of those seasons" for the 25-year-old striker.

    Sturridge hasn't been available for selection since Liverpool's FA Cup quarter-final replay win at Blackburn earlier this month.

  117. Mayweather v Pacquiao

    Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn: Fight Week here we go! Can't help having a soft spot for Manny but will his desperation to win open the door for Floyd to expose mistakes?

  118. Fight week begins

    Boxing

    Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

    You may have heard that there is a tiny, little fight happening on Saturday between some blokes called Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao? Well, today being Monday means we are officially at the start of fight week for the huge showdown at the MGM Grand.

    We'll be bringing you plenty of coverage of all that is said and done over the next few days prior to the fight in Las Vegas. And you can rest assured, a lot will be said.

  119. Your marathon pictures

    Paula Radcliffe competes at the London Marathon

    Roughly 37,500 people will be finding it extra hard to get out of bed this morning as a result of their exertions across the 26.2 miles of Sunday's London Marathon. Paula Radcliffe was on BBC Radio 5 Live this morning admitting to still being overwhelmed by the crowd's reaction to her run and more than a little stiff.

    Like every year, it was another colourful affair in the capital. So what we would like is for you to share your best pictures of yesterday's action, via Get Inspired, which will also help convert those of you who watched it on the telly to the cult of running.

    Send your pictures to us via Twitter using the hashtag #getinspired.

  120. Up the Cherries

    Football

    How about this for a newspaper front page?

    It's the Daily Echo in Bournemouth, who are clearly right behind the Cherries push for promotion.

    Daily Echo

    Bournemouth play Bolton tonight. Victory and they will almost certainly be assured of promotion to the Premier League. Dean Court will be bouncing.

  121. 'An embarrassment' - Shearer

    Football

    And while we're talking Newcastle, one of the club's most famous players has voiced his fears about the possibility of relegation.

    Writing in today's The Sun, Alan Shearer said: "Have no doubts about it - Newcastle are now in real danger of going down.

    "I didn't think so until Saturday but after that performance I can't actually say with any certainty that we will get another point this season."

    Shearer defended under-fire boss John Carver, adding: "Why don't the Newcastle players start taking some responsibility? Because right now they are an embarrassment."

  122. 'I need protection' - Carver

    Football

    It's fair to say John Carver isn't having an easy time as Newcastle boss at the moment.

    After a seventh straight defeat on Saturday - beaten 3-2 at home by Swansea - Carver has called for more protection after saying he was "abused" by fans.

    Carver

    "I am not going to stand out there and be abused during the game. The club has to do something about it," he said.

    "I knew it wouldn't be easy. Sometimes it is quite difficult to stand in that technical area and be abused the way I was abused without any protection from the sidelines."

    Newcastle are five points above the Premier League relegation zone with four games to go.

  123. Party time

    Many happy returns to Martin Chivers, a man blasting goals for Tottenham long before Harry Kane was even on the planet.

    Chivers, 69 today, scored 118 goals in 278 games for Spurs between 1968 and 76 and hit 13 goals in 24 England games too.

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    Others from the sporting world celebrating birthdays include former Formula 1 driver Helmut Marko (72), one-time England ruby union prop Jeff Probyn (59), and Crystal Palace defender Martin Kelly (25).

  124. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Make one change to the PFA team...

    L Higgins: PFA's omission of Swansea keeper Łukasz Fabianski, was mind boggling. Far more rounded keeper than De Gea.

    De Gea

    Lance Fuller: Fonte for Cahill. It's rough that only one player from the Saints, who have the best defensive record is in there.

    MJF: If you want Coutinho out because he only has 4 assists then Mignolet has to go in with his 13 clean sheet.

    Emmanuel Ejii: I don't see the point of disputing the TOTY cos fellow pros voted these players.

    Give us a break Emmanuel, we'd have nothing to talk about otherwise...

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsdayor the BBC's Match of the Day Facebook page.

  125. Radcliffe on marathon magic

    It's the morning after the night before for the 37,500 people who ran the London marathon yesterday and if you were one of them, I'd imagine those hammies a feeling a bit tight.

    The headline-grabber on the day was none other than Paula Radcliffe, who ran the 26.2-mile course in two hours 36 minutes 55 seconds, less than three years after surgery on a serious foot injury. And the 41-year-old has been talking to the BBC this morning.

    "I'm still trying to absorb the special memories from yesterday. (The Crowd) was like a wall of noise, emotion and encouragement. It did feel like they enabled me to run much faster yesterday than I thought I was capable of with the preparation that I had but at the same time was actually irrelevant because I just wanted to absorb as much as possible. I didn't think I'd be able to top the experiences of 2002, 03 and 05 but I think yesterday did."

  126. Bigger role for Bjorkman

    Tennis

    Andy Murray's new coach Jonas Bjorkman will spend the whole of the summer with the British number one.

    Bjorkman

    The Swede will be with Murray's team through Wimbledon and until at least the end of the US Open in September as main coach Amelie Mauresmo prepares to have her first child in August.

    Former world number four Bjorkman, 43, links up with Murray, 27, for the first time at this week's BMW Open in Munich.

    The arrangement was initially a five-week trial.

  127. Bayern wrap up title

    Football

    All hail Bayern Munich. The German giants have won their third straight Bundesliga title thanks to Wolfsburg's 1-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach.

    Pep Guardiola's side beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday to put them within sight of the title.

    Bayern

    Wolfsburg had to beat Gladbach to make Bayern wait another week for a 25th Bundesliga title but lost to a Max Kruse goal.

    It's proving a pretty good season for Bayern, who are are still in the Champions League and German Cup semis.

  128. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Make one change to the PFA team...

    John Sofi: Azpilicueta for Bertrand. He has been a tank defensively for the second season running. Kept Ashley Cole out of the starting 11 last year and has done the same thing to Filipe Luis this year but yet again has missed out.

    Austin

    James Walsh: Coutinho out, Austin in for a 4-3-3.

    Owen Johnston: Henderson for Matic.

    James Smith: Swap Coutinho for Fabregas

    And thanks Darren for this one, most helpful...

    Darren Ross: Costa out. Starbucks in.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsdayor the BBC's Match of the Day Facebook page.

  129. Rio's PFA XI

    Football

    Rio Ferdinand has clearly been reading.

    We're asking what changes you would make to the PFA's team and Rio, obviously keen to get in on the act, has just tweeted his 11.

    Twitter
  130. #moreboringthanchelsea

    Now then, it seems football philosopher Jose Mourinho may have given us fuel for a debate this Monday morning. As you are no doubt aware, he bristled at suggestions that Chelsea have been "boring" recently and suggested it was far "more boring" to go 10 years without winning the title, a la Arsenal.

    So, we'd like to know what's the most "boring" thing you've ever seen in sport? It might be a team, a match, or a sport in itself? A player, an athlete, a coach? A ridiculous rule? Send us your entries via the hashtag #moreboringthanchelsea and we'll feature the best on this very page.

    Jose Mourinho
  131. Eight-month ban - ends Friday

    Badminton

    Former world number one Lee Chong Wei has been given a eight-month ban for a doping violation at the badminton world championships last August.

    But the ban is backdated, which means Wei can return to competition in four days time - on May 1.

    Announcing the sanction today, the Badminton World Federation said Lee tested positive for Dexamethasone and that the source was a contaminated food supplement he had been taking.

  132. Heading Down Under

    Football

    Chelsea's title-winners (probably) won't have much time to put their feet up and celebrate success.

    The Blues have announced a friendly against Sydney FC in Australia on June 2.

    Chelsea

    Boss Jose Mourinho said last month that a tour was being planned to celebrate the club's Capital One Cup win.

    It's the start of a busy, jet-setting summer for the Blues, who are also heading to North America for the International Champions Cup. Blimey, they'll be shattered before next season's even begun.

  133. Get involved

    #bbcsportsday

    Make one change to the PFA team - here's what you're telling us.

    Andrew Vickers: Fonte for Cahill is an obvious swap. Been far more consistent and assured without the protection of a Terry or Matic.

    Richard Lavill: Lloris in, De Gea out.

    And on the PFA's Merit Award, given jointly to Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard...

    DeathApeDisco: Gerrard and Lampard. They still pick both together when they should only choose one.

    Keep them coming to #bbcsportsday

  134. 'Best player on the planet'

    Football

    Robbie Savage might not be convinced that Eden Hazard deserved to be the PFA's player of the year (Savage thought Harry Kane should have been given the nod), but fellow BBC pundit Alan Shearer has no doubts.

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    Shearer believes Hazard is a worthy winner and has even tipped the Belgian to become the best player on the planet - bold words indeed.

    "Hazard is only going to get better," said Shearer. "In three or four years, I think we could be talking about the Belgian being the best player in the world - he has the potential to be that good."

  135. Everything's Rosey

    Golf

    And while we're on the golf, take a bow Justin Rose.

    The in-form Englishman birdied the last two holes to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Sunday.

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    It was a seventh PGA Tour title for the 34-year-old, who won by one shot from American Cameron Tringale.

    Rose, the world number nine and runner-up at the Masters recently, posted a 22-under-par total of 266.

    Full story here.

  136. Mickelson missing

    Golf

    Phil Mickelson has withdrawn from this week's WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship in San Francisco for personal reasons.

    Mickelson

    The 44-year-old five-time major winner said he is "disappointed" to miss the knockout event.

    Finland's Mikko Ilonen, who won last year's Volvo World Match Play Championship, is Mickelson's replacement.

    Defending champion Jason Day is ranked seventh for this year's event, which features the world's top 64-ranked players.

  137. Ronnie readies himself

    Snooker

    Ronnie O'Sullivan - with, hopefully, a pair of shoes on - and fellow former champions Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson are in action at the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

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    Play starts at the Crucible at 13:00 BST with Murphy resuming his second round match against Joe Perry 12-4 up and needing only a frame to complete victory, while Judd Trump leads Marco Fu 10-6.

    O'Sullivan, leading Matthew Stevens 12-4, and Robertson (11-5 up on Ali Carter), are in action at 19:00.

  138. Footie happenings

    Right then, what have we got coming up throughout the course of the day, we hear you ask? Well, plenty is the answer.

    Bournemouth face Bolton at 19:45 BST in a match worth an estimated £130m to the club, for that's what the experts reckon promotion to the Premier League is worth these days.

    Bournemouth

    A win tonight and the Cherries - barring a final day defeat coupled with a 17-0 win for Middlesbrough ... so unlikely then - will be able to start counting the cash.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers (10:00 BST). Jose Mourinho (12:00), Hull's Steve Bruce (12:30) and Nigel Pearson at Leicester (14:00) are all giving news conferences. The four clubs are in action over the next couple of nights - it's Hull v Liverpool on Tuesday (19:45) and Leicester-Chelsea on Wednesday (19:45).

    We'll bring you the best of what the managers say.

  139. Savage disagrees

    Football

    But not everyone agrees Hazard should have been the PFA's top man.

    BBC pundit Robbie Savage, for instance, thinks it should have been someone else.

    BBC

    Listen here to what Savage told Mark Chapman on the BBC's Match of the Day 3.

  140. Hazard rules

    Twitter
  141. GET INVOLVED

    As well as the individual awards for Hazard and Kane, the PFA also named its Premier League team of the season last night. Here it is...

    PFA Team of the Year

    So what's the verdict? Too Chelsea heavy? Too Man City light? Not enough players from teams outside the top six? We'd like to know if you could make one substitution to the team, what would it be? Which player would you take out, and who would you bring in? Let us know your one change and why you would make it via #bbcsportsday.

  142. Veteran pair honoured

    Football

    These PFA awards seem to be getting a bit like the Oscars, with a bundle of other awards handed out too.

    Former England midfielders Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard shared the PFA Merit award.

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    "I'm a young boy from a council estate who has worked ever so hard to get to where I am today," said Gerrard, successfully ticking every 'must act humble' box.

    Chelsea midfielder Ji So-Yun took the Women's Player of the Year award, while Arsenal midfielder Leah Williamson won the Women's PFA Young Player of the Year award.

    Full round up here of the all the awards, plus the divisional teams of the year.

  143. Take a bow Harry

    Football

    It isn't just Hazard celebrating today.

    Tottenham striker Harry Kane capped a phenomenal breakthrough season by winning PFA Young Player of the Year.

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    Kane has 30 goals in all competitions for Mauricio Pochettino's side this season and scored on his England debut against Lithuania in March.

    "It is amazing. It is a very proud moment for myself and my family - hopefully the first of many to come," said a beaming Kane.

    "I have got to keep working hard, but to be recognised by your fellow players is something special and it is a night I won't forget."

  144. Hazard top dog

    Football

    So then, let's give Mr Hazard a much deserved moment in the spotlight.

    A few hours after helping Chelsea edge just that little bit closer to the Premier League title, the 24-year-old hot-footed it across London to collect the PFA Player of the Year award.

    Hazard

    After lifting the trophy, Hazard, who has has scored 13 goals and made eight assists in 33 Premier League games, said: "I don't know if I deserve to win but it is good for me.

    "It is better to be voted by the players - they know everything about football."

  145. Monday's back pages

    Daily Express

    Something a little different in the Daily Express, where Louis van Gaal's Man United come under the spotlight - the United boss admitting his team were second best in the defeat at Everton.

  146. Monday's back pages

    The i

    John Terry, generally agreed to have been pretty magnificent at the heart of Chelsea's defence yesterday, leads the celebrations on the back of The i, with the paper - now, here's a surprise - focusing on Mourinho's Arsenal title jibe.

  147. Monday's back pages

    Daily Star

    ...including the Daily Star, which also covers those cheeky remarks from Jose.

  148. Monday's back pages

    The Sun

    You've got to hand it to Jose Mourinho. No one does a pithy put down better. The Chelsea boss's response to being labelled boring by Arsenal fans during yesterday's goalless draw between the sides was: 'Not winning a title for a decade, now that's boring'. Good enough to dominate the back page of The Sun - and most of the other papers too...

  149. Morning

    Congratulations to this man.

    Hazard

    Eden Hazard is the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year, the Chelsea man getting the nod from his fellow professionals at a swanky awards ceremony at London's Grosvenor Hotel last night.

    More on that shortly, but first a look at what's making the headlines...