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  1. Goodnight

    The time has come for Sportsday to pull down the shutters for another day. It's been a pleasure, as always, and we look forward to seeing you again tomorrow. Until then, enjoy your evening. Goodnight.

  2. Wenger tips Iwobi for big future



    Alex Iwobi

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is convinced he has "something special" in Alex Iwobi, after the Nigerian teenager scored his second Premier League goal for the club in Saturday's 4-0 win against Watford.

    "These people (the fans) have seen many good players over the years and they know straight away when a player has something special, so they acknowledge that," Wenger told the club's website.

    "You cannot cheat people. They've seen how quickly he's improved and how well he's played. It's surprising how quickly he's integrated into our game."

  3. The new Messi?


    Patrick Roberts

    How do you put pressure on a young player?

    Compare him to Lionel Messi.

    Here's Celtic assistant manager John Collins, speaking about Patrick Roberts who is on loan from Manchester City: "I don't like comparing him to the best player in the world, which in my opinion is Messi.

    "But you can see where people get the resemblances. He is left-footed. He likes to take people on and if he ends up half as good as Messi then he has done well. 

    That has got to be his target, to try to emulate what Lionel Messi does week-in, week-out, which is score goals, create chances."

  4. St Pauli reveal 'Bee' team



    German second division club St Pauli are creating a buzz in the Bundesliga with plans for their own homemade honey generated by two hives at their Millerntor Stadium.

    The Hamburg-based outfit has even set up a webcam at their ground in the St Pauli district to keep an eye on their blooming bee colony.

    The honey made will be named Ewaldbienenhonig in honour of club coach Ewald Lienen. "We're happy to play a part in the ecological diversity of the district and we'd be happy if fans and residents (around the ground) let their window boxes bloom in a bee-friendly way," said the club in a statement.

  5. Euro 2016 organisers simulate terror exercise



    French emergency services held a security exercise simulating a chemical attack at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne on Monday ahead of Euro 2016.

    The stadium will hold three group-stage matches and one last-16 tie in the tournament that starts on 10 June.

  6. Matthew takes time to recover


    Three-time world champion Nick Matthew will take a break from competition to resolve a long-term ankle injury, but he hopes to be fit in time for the PSA World Series Finals in Dubai which begin on 24 May.

  7. I need to start praying - Allardyce


    Sam Allardyce

    Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce says his relegation-threatened side may need some divine intervention after their goalless draw with West Brom.

    The Black Cats had 22 shots - their most in a league game this season - but only six on target as they failed to score for the 10th time this campaign.

    "I need to go back to church and start praying," Allardyce told BBC Newcastle.

    "I can't ever imagine in my long career dominating a game for so long, creating so many chances and not winning it."

  8. Time to open up Six Nations?

    Chris Jones

    BBC Sport

    The outgoing chairman of World Rugby has called for a change to the structure of the Six Nations.

    Bernard Lapasset, who will leave his post next month, says the likes of Georgia and Romania need to be given a chance to play in Europe's premier international competition.

    "We need to change the format of the Six Nations championship," Lapasset told Le Figaro.

    "If it wants to look to the future, this competition should open. With a promotion and relegation system, either direct or via a play-off.

    "We must give hopes for these teams there."

    The Six Nations format has been the same since 2000, when Italy joined England, Ireland, France, Scotland and Wales.

  9. Waqar let down by 'faulty system'


    Earlier, we brought you the news that Pakistan coach Waqar Younis has stepped down following a disappointing World T20 campaign.

    Writing in The News, his former bowling partner Wasim Akram offered some sympathy: "What we have here is the best lot that was available in Pakistan. They are the cream. The problem is that most of them aren't world class and for that I blame our system, which is extremely faulty."

  10. Conte no shrinking violet


    Pat Nevin

    Former Chelsea winger on Antonio Conte appointment at Chelsea

    “Antonio Conte was a very very strong midfield player, he could go and mix it with the best of them so he isn’t going to be any shrinking violet.

    "I suspect if anyone wants to be a prima donna they probably ought to get out now if they possibly can.

    "He’s dealt with top players like Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba so he can deal with all sorts.”

  11. Swansea not safe yet, says Sigurdsson


    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    Gylfi Sigurdsson has played down suggestions Swansea City are already safe from relegation despite securing a point at Stoke.

    Swansea are 10 points clear of the drop zone with six games left, but the Iceland international midfielder says they cannot be complacent.

    "You never know how things will pan out," Sigurdsson said.

    "But at the moment we're not feeling too confident. I think we need a few more points and ideally probably one win would seal it.

    "It's down to us to make sure that we keep on going and try an pick up as many points as we can and make sure by 15 May we are safe."

  12. Listen: Chequered Flag Podcast

    Formula 1

    Plenty of bumps and bashes in Bahrain on Sunday, making for an eventful race in the desert. 

    Some of the minnows showed they can punch above their weight too, not least McLaren reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who finished 10th despite being a last-minute replacement for Fernando Alonso, and debutants Haas F1.

    Listen to all the reaction from Bahrain in 5 live's Chequered Flag Podcast here or via the tweet below.

  13. World T20 team of the tournament


    In case you missed it earlier, four England players have been named in the World T20 team of the tournament. More on that here.

    And the team rankings have been updated here.


  14. The battle we all wanted is brewing

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "This Formula 1 season is revealing its secrets slowly - but there is enough evidence after the first two races that a tight battle is brewing for the world championship.

    "Nico Rosberg is in a strong position after wins in both of the first two grands prix in Australia and Bahrain, thanks to Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton managing to convert both his pole positions into bad getaways that extinguished his victory hopes within seconds of the start of each race.

    "And Ferrari, despite two difficult events, have suggested they will at the very least be able to keep Mercedes on their toes.

    "In many ways, from a neutral's point of view, Rosberg getting a jump on Hamilton at the start of the season is exactly what F1 needed."

  15. Blackwell wakes from coma

    Mike Costello

    BBC boxing correspondent

    "Nick Blackwell's progress will be the cause not so much of celebration but of relief across boxing. His medication was gradually reduced towards the end of last week, and over the weekend he regained consciousness and began talking to family and friends.

    "Long before he was placed in an induced coma the 25-year-old was described as one of the most likeable characters in a sport which thrives on enmity.

    "And in the nine days since he collapsed in the ring at Wembley Arena there's been a deluge of support from world champions and journeymen alike.

    "His condition a reminder of the risks they all take, and the dangers they all face."

  16. Shaw back in training


    Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw made his return to training on Monday for the first time since suffering a double fracture in his leg last September. 

  17. Enrique has "faith" in players


    Barcelona go into the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid on the back of a defeat by arch rivals Real Madrid but manager Luis Enrique does not seem too shaken in the belief he has in his players.

    "They are competitive and totally reliable. They are unique. We will compete to the maximum, for sure," he said."I do not know if we will win or not, but the team is good enough to continue to be the same team we've seen in recent months.""I have great faith in my players and in the path they've taken to win titles for Barça."

    Luis Enrique
  18. We're not afraid - Pique


    Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has been speaking at a news conference in the build up to his side's Champions League quarter-final, first leg against fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid on Tuesday...

  19. On this day

    Horse Racing

    1981: Bob Champion won the Grand National at Aintree on Aldaniti after completing a remarkable recovery from cancer.

    Bob Champion and Aldniti
  20. Clubs will want Wales' Coleman - Hughes

    Mark Hughes

    Stoke boss Mark Hughes says the Football Association of Wales have to "be careful" not to lose manager Chris Coleman after Euro 2016.

    Coleman's contract ends after the tournament, Wales' first major finals since the 1958 World Cup.

    "The Welsh FA have to be careful they don't lose him because he's made a big impression," said Hughes.

    "There are a lot of clubs that will look at him and the work he's done and think that he could a similar job for them.

    "Chris will have a big decision himself whether he thinks he's getting the support that his success deserves so I'm sure the discussions are ongoing."