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Matt Davis and Alex Bysouth

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  1. Until next time...

    Right, that's it from us for today.

    Go and grab some tea, but make sure you're back for 18:30 BST when our live text commentary build-up to tonight's Champions League semi-final begins.

    Monaco host Juventus in the first leg, with kick-off at 19:45.

    As for us, we'll see you tomorrow.

  2. Three's the magic number for Monaco

    Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    • Juventus, alongside Real Madrid, are the only unbeaten team in this season's Champions League (W7 D3) and have not conceded a goal for 531 minutes, the longest current run in the competition.
    • Monaco have won 71% of their home games in the Champions League (22 out of 31). Among clubs to have hosted at least 30 games, only Real Madrid (76.5%), Barcelona (72.1%) and Bayern Munich (71.3%) have a better win ratio.
    • The Ligue 1 leaders have scored exactly three goals in each of their four Champions League knockout games this season. They are the first team in the competition's history to find the net at least three times in four consecutive knockout games.
  3. United to visit Norway


    Manchester United will head to Norway this summer for a pre-season clash with Valerenga.

    Jose Mourinho's men will also visit the United States ahead of the 2017-18 campaign, with friendlies scheduled against LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona. 

    United's tour will continue in Scandinavia on 30 July as they take on Norwegian side Valerenga, who are managed by former Celtic boss Ronny Deila, at the 28,000-seater Ullevaal Stadium in Oslo. 

  4. Alonso at the Brickyard

    Formula 1

    More on Fernando Alonso, who was handed his first taste of the Indianapolis 500 after he made his debut in a private test at the famous Brickyard on Wednesday. 

    The double world champion flew straight from Russia to America after his fourth retirement in as many grands prix of his desperately disappointing start to the new Formula 1 season. 

    Alonso, who will miss the Monaco Grand Prix later this month to participate in the 500-mile race, took to the Indianapolis Speedway shortly before 11am local time, and completed a number of stints in clear conditions. 

    The 35-year-old, racing for the Honda-powered Andretti team branded in McLaren orange, reached average speeds in excess of a 215mph at the 2.5-mile oval circuit. 

  5. Fabregas to leave Chelsea?


    Liverpool are ready to compete with Manchester United to sign Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas should the 29-year-old decide to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, says the Daily Star.

    But the London Evening Standard says if the Premier League leaders decide to sell Fabregas, the Spain international will reject a move to AC Milan because he has little interest in playing in Italy.  

  6. Post update

    McLaren Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso is skipping the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indy 500, and he's out on track...

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  7. Post update

    There's another game in Europe tonight, too.

    Ajax host Lyon in what should be an intriguing Europa League semi-final first leg, with kick-off at 17:45 BST.

    Manchester United, of course, are in the other semi-final and face Celta Vigo tomorrow.

  8. The stats...

    Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    • This is the second time these sides have met in a Champions League semi-final. Juventus secured their passage to the final with a 6-4 aggregate victory 19 years ago, before losing to Real Madrid in the final.
    • Monaco have reached the Champions League semis for the fourth time after 1993-94, 1997-98 and 2003-04. No other French league team have made the last four more than once.
    • After failing to reach the last four of the Champions League from 2003-04 to 2013-14, Juventus have now made the semis for the second time in three seasons.
    • The Turin club have reached the final in five of their six previous Champions League semis.
  9. 'Dybala can become one of Juve's best ever'

    Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)

    Paulo Dybala

    Juventus have an in-form forward of their own, so what does Marco Di Vaio make of Paulo Dybala?

    "He is a top player, he has adapted to Juventus very quickly and he’s showing his qualities in the most important games as he did against Barcelona and as he surely will do against Monaco," he said. 

    "I am sure he will become one of the best strikers in the history of Juventus. He didn’t seem to bother about the price tag on his head."

  10. Cafu to the Hammers?


    West Ham United want to sign Brazilian winger Jonathan Cafu, 25, who has a release clause of £10.2m in his contract with Bulgarian side Ludogorets Razgrad, writes the Daily Express.

  11. Johnson set to return



    World number one Dustin Johnson is set to make his first competitive appearance since being forced to withdraw from the Masters last month. 

    Johnson, who was the pre-tournament favourite after winning his previous three events, suffered a back injury in what he termed a "freak accident" at his rented house in Augusta on the eve of the year's first major. 

    The US Open champion slipped on a small set of stairs as he went to move his car and landed heavily on his back and left elbow. 

    He was able to complete a warm-up on the range ahead of the first round under the watchful eye of coach Butch Harmon and looked set to compete, only to suddenly leave the first tee and head back into the clubhouse. 

    The 32-year-old returns to action at this week's Wells Fargo Championship and told the Golf Channel: "I'm good to go. I haven't practiced much the last few weeks, obviously I had to rest and it was sore for a while - a lot longer than I thought it would be." 

  12. Middlesbrough charged by the FA

    Middlesbrough have been charged for misconduct by the Football Association, following Sunday's 2-2 draw against Manchester City.

    It is alleged that in or around the 66th minute, the club failed to ensure that its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

    The incident happened after City were awarded a penalty by referee Kevin Friend.

    The club have until 18:00 BST on 5 May to respond to the charge. 

  13. 'Mbappe is new Henry'

    Monaco v Juventus (19:45 BST)


    Is Monaco's Kylian Mbappe the 'new Thierry Henry'? Former former Juventus, Monaco and Italy striker Marco Di Vaio says he might just live up to the hype...

    "Yes, but he has different characteristics," he told BBC World Service. "Henry was a technically more complete and gifted player, while Mbappe is physically very strong and always knows where the goal is. 

    "He is still very young and he can get to the same level as Henry, but at present he just has to work hard. Having said that, my first impressions are very positive.    

    "I have been impressed as everybody has. He is a Champions League debutant and he played very well and scoring goals in the most decisive games; that has surprised me, he’s doing great things and he is showing he’s worth playing in the biggest clubs. 

    "Having said that, I hope he doesn’t have such a big impact against Juventus in the semi-final, as it would be important for the Italian football as a whole if Juventus reach the final."

  14. Ronaldo wanted to be 'best on the planet’


    Cristiano Ronaldo told former team-mates he wanted to be the world’s best footballer, says Phil Neville, who played with the Real Madrid forward at Manchester United.

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    Video caption: Phil Neville reveals what Cristiano Ronaldo told his Manchester United teammates aged 18.
  15. Important to discuss record changes - Coe


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    Video caption: Athletics record changes must be discussed - Lord Coe

    IAAF president Lord Coe says it is "important to discuss" the proposed changes to world records in athletics with athletes themselves.

  16. On this day...


    In 1952, Newcastle beat Arsenal to become the first team in the 20th century to win the FA Cup in successive seasons.

    Newcastle - FA Cup winners
  17. Gunner is a drummer

    Petr Cech's other hobby, apart from being a footballer is to play the drums, but it looks like he got a bit carried away with himself on this occasion...

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