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  1. Champion Hurdle: 1st - Buveur D'Air (5-1), 2nd - My Tent or Yours, 3rd - Petit Mouchoir
  2. Tully East wins the Novices' Handicap Chase - the last race of day one at the Cheltenham Festival
  3. Lukaku rejects new Everton contract
  4. FA charges Man Utd with failing to control players
  5. Champions League: Leicester v Sevilla build-up

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By Luke Reddy, Michael Emons and Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    Right then, that is your lot from us on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

    Make sure you look out for the BBC Radio 5 live sports extra podcast later, to catch up on all the big talking points. 

    Until tomorrow!

  2. Novices' Handicap Chase


    1. Tully East (8-1)

    2. Gold Present (14-1)

    3. Two Taffs (7-1)

    4. Powersbomb (22-1)

  3. Lukaku rejects Everton deal


    Phil McNulty

    BBC Sport chief football writer

    Romelu Lukaku has shocked Everton by turning down the most lucrative contract offer in the club's history.

    Everton were confident up until the last 48 hours that the 23-year-old Belgian striker would sign a new five-year deal believed to be worth around £140,000-a-week.

    Lukaku's agent, Mino Raiola, even went public on negotiations claiming his client was "99.9%" certain to extend his stay at Goodison Park.

    It has now emerged, however, that Lukaku has informed Everton he currently has no desire to extend a contract which still has two years to run.

    Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League and has been linked with a return to former club Chelsea, from whom he joined Everton for £28m in 2014.

    Everton may still hope to persuade Lukaku to stay, but if not will demand a few in excess of £60m for the striker who has scored 19 goals this season.

  4. Novices' Handicap Chase

    Horse Racing

    We are now under way in the final race of the day from Cheltenham - we'll bring you more on Edwulf as it comes in.

  5. Edwulf badly injured

    Horse Racing

    Derek Thompson

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra reporter at Cheltenham

    Edwulf is off the track and they are throwing buckets of water over him. Half an hour ago I was worried, but now I am hopeful.

  6. Novices' Handicap Chase delayed

    Horse Racing

    Edwulf is now off the track but it is not quite clear what his condition is.

    It is obviously a serious injury, but BBC Radio 5 live sports extra colleagues in Cheltenham are still waiting to be updated. 

    In the meantime, the delayed Novices' Handicap Chase (17:30) looks like it should be getting under way soon.

  7. Novices' Handicap Chase delayed

    Horse Racing

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Bit of a delay to the start of the 17:30 GMT Novices' Handicap Chase - the final race of the day. 

    That's because of an injury suffered by Edwulf in the previous race, the National Hunt Chase.

    John Inverdale is reporting on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that the JP McManus horse may have to be put down.

  8. Meet Guy Disney


    Video content

    Video caption: Guy Disney: Former soldier's journey from war to riding winners

    Meet Guy Disney, the jump jockey who last month became the first amputee to win a professional race in Britain - the Royal Artillery Cup at Sandown.

    Guy lost the lower half of his right leg when his patrol was attacked by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2009 and then had to battle - and design his own equipment - in order to be awarded his racing licence in 2014.

    Check out our special Get Inspired guides if you want to get involved in disability sports or horse racing.

  9. 'Buveur D’Air takes crown in fine style'

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent at Cheltenham

    Though the last two champions - Annie Power and Faugheen - weren’t present because of injury, and their fans are sure to have a view on how they’d have fared against Buveur D’Air, you have to say the new champ took the crown in fine style.

    Taking over the lead as he headed towards the last hurdle, the only six-year-old really asserted, with a three-time runner-up four-and-a-half lengths away in second.

    Trainer Nicky Henderson is superb with these top hurdlers, and he enjoyed a memorable day with Altior taking the Arkle Trophy, though how big a battle he’d have had if Charbel – who fell in the lead at the second last – stood up we’ll never know. 

    Buveur D'Air
  10. Cheltenham catch-up

    Horse Racing

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    One more race to come from Cheltenham for the day:  

    17:30:  Novices' Handicap Chase.

    There's commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra - at the top of the page if you're not near a radio. 

    But tune in right now and you'll hear a nice little summary of all the day's big talking points. 

    No worries if you've missed the start, you can always download it all as a podcast from the BBC Radio 5 live website later.

  11. Henson to join Newport

    Rugby Union

    Wales' double Grand Slam winner Gavin Henson is to join Newport Gwent Dragons from Bristol in the summer on a two-year contract.

    Henson, 35, won the last of his 33 Wales caps against England in 2011 and also played one Test for the British and Irish Lions in 2005.

    "This is a hugely important signing and exactly what we need," said Dragons head coach, Kingsley Jones.


    Read the full story.

  12. Man Utd charged by FA


    The charge relates to how some United players reacted following Ander Herrera's red card in the 35th minute at Stamford Bridge. 

    Several players surrounded referee Michael Oliver following the Spaniard's dismissal for a second yellow card.

    The FA says United have until 18:00 GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.

  13. BreakingMan Utd charged by FA


    The Football Association charges Manchester United with failing to control their players in Monday's 1-0 FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Chelsea.

  14. Result

    National Hunt Chase

    Lisa O'Neil storms over the line on 16-1 shot Tiger Roll.

    Missed Approach (50-1) was second, Haymount (33-1) third,  Arpege D'alene (12-1) fourth.

  15. Brazilian goalkeeper controversy


    Bruno Fernandes

    Goalkeeper Bruno Fernandes, who was sent to prison for killing his ex-girlfriend and feeding her to his dogs, has signed for Brazilian second division club Boa Esporte.

    Fernandes, known in Brazil as Bruno, was  sentenced to 22 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Eliza Samudio.

    The former Flamengo player was released last month on a legal technicality.

    "I am very happy for the opportunity I have been given," said Bruno at a news conference.

  16. National Hunt Chase

    Horse Racing

    Twenty-five fences ahead as the field gets going in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. 

    The race is named in honour of JT McNamara,  a much-admired jockey who sadly died last year, aged 41.

  17. CWG 2022 in Manchester?

    BBC North West Tonight

    Manchester City Council has told BBC North West Tonight it is ready to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games if asked.  

    Manchester hosted the games in 2002 and already has venues such as the Velodrome, home to British Cycling, the Aquatics Centre and the Etihad Stadium.

    On Monday, the city of Durban in South Africa said it could not fulfill its commitment to stage the Games.

  18. Still to come from Cheltenham...

    Horse Racing

    Coming up: There's two more races. 

    16:50 - National Hunt Chase

    17:30: Novices' Handicap Chase

  19. Time for a radio switcheroo

    Horse Racing

    The BBC Radio 5 live coverage has now switched to BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra. Simple solution though, just click 'live' at the top of this page for all you need.

    There's gold on the airwaves, from the pundits to the happy punters. Though, we hope this gent's wife wasn't listening.

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