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By Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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    This picture is not great, but the video is something else. 

  2. What are the National prospects?

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Many Clouds

    Many Clouds is about 8-1 favourite ahead of 10-1 chance The Last Samuri and 12-1 shot Silviniaco Conti.

    Coverage of the race, over 30 fences and nearly four-and-a-half miles, is expected to be followed by 600 million people worldwide.

    Organisers have put back the time of the race by an hour to 17:15 BST in an effort to further increase the audience.

  3. Grand National field announced

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    Last year’s winner Many Cloudsheads the field for Saturday’s Grand National after the final line-up of 40 runners was confirmed.

    The 2014 winner Pineau De Re was among those to miss the cut for the famous Aintree race. Lower-rated horses are balloted out, with The Romford Pele occupying the number 40 slot.

    There were no withdrawals at the final declaration stage on Thursday.

  4. Joshua calls the tune


    Anthony Joshua

    Anthony Joshua will soon face the media ahead of his IBF world heavyweight title fight against American Charles Martin on Saturday.

    In the meantime, do you fancy finding out what his walk-on music will be and how he came to chose it? Well have a look at this...

  5. Where there's a will...

    Borussia Dortmund v Liverpool (20:05 BST)

    Conor McNamara

    BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    About to go live on BBC TV in Dortmund. No expense spared on my tripod. As long as the bin collection here doesn't take place in the next few minutes, I should be fine...

  6. Arsenal in contract talks with Iwobi

    West Ham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Alex Iwobi

    Gunners boss Arsene Wenger also says the club is in discussions to extend Alex Iwobi's contract. The 19-year-old midfielder has scored twice on his first two Premier League starts and has three years left on his current deal at the end of the season. 

    "He is a real Arsenal person because he has been here since the age of eight," Wenger said. "We want to keep him here longer. He has had a good impact."

  7. Get Involved - worst dives


    Alberto Gilardino

    Several shouts for Alberto Gilardino, who attempted to win a penalty for AC Milan at Celtic Park in 2007 by collapsing several yards after bursting clear of defender Mark Wilson.

    The likes of Tom Brandon, Curtis, Rob Adamson, Florian Licka and David Docherty all suggested that beauty.

  8. 'Title race not over'

    West Ham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Arsene Wenger has not given up on the title with his team 11 points behind Premier League leaders Leicester, and four points behind Tottenham, with a game in hand on both teams. 

    He said: "As long as it is mathematically possible, there is a strong chance. Every game is tight."

  9. Wenger plays down Wilshere incident

    West Ham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Jack Wilshere

    Arsene Wenger has backed Jack Wilshere after the Arsenal midfielder was pictured on a night out following his return from a long-term injury. 

    Wenger, via Press Association reporter Matt McGeehan, said: "There was no training session the next day. I had a day off. You can accept players go out. I've spoken to him. It looks to be taken out of proportion a little bit. These are matters we like to keep internal."

    The manager also said that Wilshere will continue his comeback in the under-21s on Friday. 

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  11. Happy birthday

    Christian Fuchs

    So who is celebrating on Thursday? Here they are, and if you have forgot to send their card in the post, a quick message on social media will still get there on time.

    Dennis Amiss (73) - former England opening batsman and ex-Warwickshire chief executive

    Franck Ribery (33) - Bayern Munich and former France winger.

    Suzann Pettersen (35) - two-time major winner from Norway.

    Jon Stead (33) - Notts County's former England Under-21 striker.

    Christian Fuchs (30) - Leicester and Austria full-back.

    Franco Di Santo (27) - Schalke's former Wigan striker.

  12. Arsenal news conference

    West Ham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has arrived and begins with an roll call...

    Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey is available for selection again, as is Mathieu Flamini. He says Tomas Rosicky is ready to play for the under-21s. 

    On Jack Wilshere, Wenger adds: "Let's not rush him. He will play for the under-21s on Friday but I'm cautious."

  13. Everton news conference

    Watford v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez

    Roberto Martinez was also asked about the comments of defender Leighton Baines, who attributed Everton's recent poor run to a lack of chemistry and teamwork.

    “It is very disappointing when you see a misinterpretation of a player’s words, and clearly this has taken out of context,” Martinez said, before acknowledging the England international’s own culpability…

    “I’ve had a chat with him and he knows he has to take responsibility for leaving those words open. He has put himself in a position where he has given the wrong words."

  14. Everton news conference

    Watford v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton have slipped to 12th after losing four of their last five Premier League matches and manager Roberto Martinez concedes that their impending FA Cup semi-final with either Manchester United or West Ham has distracted his side.

    “We need to forget about the semi-final,” he said. “When you reach a real high then it’s difficult to reach the same level. We are going to be obsessed with the games we have ahead. 

    "We know the quality we have. Clearly the disappointment is there because the standards are so high. We feel we can perform against anyone.”

    An odd thing to say after three consecutive defeats, no?

  15. Coquelin enjoying Elneny partnership


    Mohamed Elneny

    While we're waiting for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, midfielder Francis Coquelin has hailed the signing of Mohamed Elneny, believing the pair are forming a formidable midfield partnership after the Egyptian international's January move to the Gunners. 

    "It's going well, he's a great addition to the squad," Coquelin said. "He's settled really quickly, because don't forget he's only been here for two months. We are getting stronger each game, and if it can carry on this way it will be a good partnership."

  16. 'Sanchez in frame to replace Zlatan at PSG'

    Football Gossip

    Time for some football gossip. How would a sticker book swapsie deal suit you if this turns out to be true, Arsenal fans?

    Paris Saint-Germain have identified Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 27, as a possible replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (AS - in Spanish)

    The Swedish striker's contract runs out at the end of the season. Read the rest of Thursday's football gossip here.

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Alexis Sanchez
  17. Wales slip in world rankings


    Gareth Bale

    Plenty of movement for the home nations in April's Fifa rankings...

    Wales drop seven places to 24th, two ahead of Northern Ireland, who move up two places.

    Scotland are up five to 40th but England slip a spot to 10th.

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    If you've not seen Marcelo's reaction to a coming together with Wolfsburg's Maximilian Arnold yet, you can see it by following the link below. 

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    We're asking for your worst ever dives after Marcelo's theatrics against Wolfsburg in the Champions League last night. 

  20. Arsenal news conference

    West Ham v Arsenal (Sat, 12:45 BST)


    Arsene Wenger is expected any time now. Stick with us for the best of it...