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Mike Henson, Michael Emons, James Gheerbrant and Caroline Chapman

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  1. Goodbye

    And that is everything for today's Sportsday. We will have a live text commentary from tonight's Europa League football with Manchester United taking on Liverpool at Old Trafford and Tottenham entertaining Borussia Dortmund.

    Sportsday will be back again at 08:00 GMT on Friday, so until then, bye for now.

  2. History repeating itself

    Horse Racing

    Ruby Walsh wins again. That's his 52nd Cheltenham Festival win and his third of the day.

    He triumphs, this time at 8-11, on favourite Limini.

    Good news if you had Dusky Legend to be placed, as it comes second at 50-1.

  3. Manchester United v Liverpool

    Europa League last 16 second leg (20:05 GMT)

    Reasons for United fans to be optimistic...

    Robin van Persie celebrates
  4. Next Race

    Cheltenham Festival

    Time for the next race at Cheltenham, the Trull House Stud Mares Novices Hurdle.

    Press the live coverage tab to listen to the commentary from the team on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  5. You do the maths

    Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund (20:05 GMT)

    The last match against Dortmund was Spurs' 12th against German opposition in European competition. They don't have a bad record against them...

    Maurcio Pochettino
  6. How bad can it be?

    Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund (20:05 GMT)

    Harry Kane
  7. Tonight's team news

    Manchester United v Liverpool (20:05 GMT)

    Winger Ashley Young and full-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will not be risked by Manchester United and midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is not ready to start.

    Liverpool midfielder James Milner returns after missing the first leg through illness but the visitors are still likely to be without defender Martin Skrtel, who has been out with a hamstring injury.

    Liverpool versus Manchester United
    Image caption: In the first leg of the Europa League last-16 tie, Liverpool won 2-0 at Anfield
  8. 'A hint of Champions League'


    You know you're doing well when the local butchers names some food after you...

  9. Mark Hughes news conference

    Watford v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 GMT)

    Ninth-placed Stoke are looking for a sixth away victory of the campaign, while Watford are looking for their first league win since 13th February.

    “We would back ourselves against any side in the division, and we have shown that we can compete with the very best," said Potters boss Mark Hughes.

    “With the games we have got remaining the target is to try and get through them unbeaten. It’s a big ask because we're going to need consistency in our performances and the levels we hit.

    “I like to set goals and targets high and finishing the season unbeaten, over the remaining eight games, would be fantastic.”

    Stoke v Watford
  10. BreakingBlatter files appeal against ban


    Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has filed an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against his six-year ban from football-related activities, CAS has announced. 

  11. Tonight's team news

    Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund (20:05 GMT)

    Tottenham midfielders Mousa Dembele and Christian Eriksen are expected to miss the Europa League last-16 tie against Borussia Dortmund at White Hart Lane.

    Neither player trained on Wednesday because of minor knocks, with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino confirming they were unlikely to play.

    Defender Jan Vertonghen and forward Clinton Njie (both knee) have returned to training but are not yet available.

    Spurs, who are second in the Premier League, trail 3-0 after the first leg.

    Tottenham v Dortmund
  12. Manchester United v Liverpool

    Europa League last 16 second leg (20:05 GMT)

    It would seem that United have the edge in terms of history, but tonight the cards are clearly lying in the favour of Liverpool

    Louis Van Gaal and Jurgen Klopp
  13. Latest result

    Cheltenham Festival

    The Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate

    1 Empire Of Dirt (B J Cooper) 16-1

    2 Tango De Juilley (J W Kennedy) 33-1

    3 Kings Palace (T Scudamore) 11-1

    4 Full Shift (M P Walsh) 7-1

    22 ran

    Also: 11-2 Jt Fav Johns Spirit, Stilletto

  14. Matchday!

    Manchester United v Liverpool (20:05 GMT)

    Liverpool are getting psyched up early for their Europa League last-16 second leg against Manchester United.

    They have mocked up a matchday poster, just in case United have forgotten to get their programme artwork to the printers. 

    United trail 2-0 after the first leg.

  15. The joint-favourite falls

    Cheltenham Festival

    Bad news for those punters who have backed joint-favourite Stilletto in the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate at Cheltenham.

    The horse falls at the third hurdle.

  16. 'Selhurst has been a banana skin for title-chasing teams'

    Crystal Palace v Leicester (Saturday, 15:00 GMT)

    Will Leicester's title charge fall apart at Selhurst Park? Well, they wouldn't be the first to see their title hopes damaged by a defeat away against Crystal Palace, as Liverpool fans probably still remember from two years ago when their side drew 3-3 after leading 3-0.

    "We're playing the perfect team from this year so there won't be one pundit that thinks we can win. That's when Palace play best," says Eagles boss Alan Pardew.

    "Selhurst has been a banana skin for [title-chasing] teams in the recent past.

    "The margins have grown smaller between the big clubs. The league has got stronger outside the top five and nothing would be greater for all the other teams in the Premier League outside the top four or five to see Leicester win it."

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool
  17. Race five coming up

    Cheltenham Festival

    Race five of the third day at the Cheltenham Festival is the Brown Advisory and Merriebelle Stable Plate. And it is under way very soon.

    Click on the live coverage tab to listen to commentary from BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  18. Bournemouth to increase capacity


    Some exciting news for Bournemouth fans, coming from BBC Radio Solent sports presenter Kris Temple...

  19. Commentary switches to BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Cheltenham Festival

  20. I won't be reckless at Cheltenham - Pendleton

    Cheltenham Festival

    Video content

    Video caption: I won't be reckless at Cheltenham - Pendleton

    Victoria Pendleton has won Olympic gold medals in cycling and is now pursuing a career as a jockey and will be riding Pacha Du Polder in the Foxhunter Chase at Cheltenham on Friday.

    However, racing critics feel she does not have enough experience to be involved in such a major race.

    But watch this interview with Pendleton, who insists she will not be careless and deserves to be involved on Friday.