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All the latest sports stories, including questions over the Bahrain GP, snooker qualifiers, the best unsung goalkeeping heroes plus more.

11 April 2012 Last updated at 19:00

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  1. 1900: 

    That's all from Sportsday for today, join us from 0800 on Thursday for all the news as it happens.

  2. 1854: 

    Carlos Tevez starts a Manchester City game for the first time since 10 September, Nigel De Jong comes in for Yaya Toure in midfield as City host West Brom. Keep up to date with all the events in the Premier League with our live text commentary while Radio 5 live will be around the grounds with former Aston Villa manager David O'Leary, ex Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie and Joe Royle who managed both Everton and Man City.

  3. 1847: 

    Former world number two VeraZvonareva is in danger of missing the Olympics in July and August unless her form improves, according to Russian tennis chief ShamilTarpishchev. "If she doesn't show her best at the French Open (in May), she won't be able to make our Olympic team. She must have a good claycourt season in order to stay in the top 10 and qualify for London, " said Tarpishchev.

  4. 1837: 

    Warrington forward Garreth Carvell has been handed a two-match ban after being found guilty of kicking out in a tackle during his side's 46-12 Super League win over Widnes last week. The England prop was also fined \u00a3300 by the the Rugby Football League's disciplinary committee in Leeds.

  5. 1828: 

    Rochdale manager John Coleman has said he will accept responsibility if the club are relegated to League Two. Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester he said: "We're not down yet, but if we go down, it will be my team that goes down."

  6. 1819: 

    Chelsea will face an MLS All-Star team when they travel to America this summer. The match will be played at Philadelphia Union's PPL Park on July 25. It will be the second time Chelsea have played an All-Star team after a similar match in 2006.

  7. 1811: 

    Exeter lock Peter Short has confirmed his immediate retirement from rugby due to injury. The 32-year-old, who joined the club from their Aviva Premiership rivals Bath last summer, made just seven appearances this season. He is the second player to announce their retirement today, following Wales and Dragons hooker Lloyd Burns earlier decision.

  8. 1803: 

    According to reports former FIFA President Joao Havelange has left the intensive care unit at the Brazilian hospital where he has been hospitalised for more than three weeks because of an infection on his right ankle. The Samaritano Hospital said in a statement that the 95-year-old Havelange has been transferred to a semi-intensive unit after his condition improved for the second straight day.

  9. 1755: 

    Australia need 192 to win the first Test after they bowled out West Indiesfor 148 before lunch on in Bridgetown, Barbados. Ryan Harris finished with figures of three for 31. Rain has currently stopped play.

  10. 1745: 

    Nick Skelton, individual bronze medallist at the European Showjumping Championships in Madrid last September, will spearhead Britain's challenge for the FEI Nations Cup. Ben Maher, Peter Charles and Scott Brash make up the rest of the British team.

  11. 1735: 

    Heather Watson has admitted that the Olympics is top of her priority list for 2012, ahead even of Wimbledon. She said: "This year my main goal and what I'm really focusing on is playing at the Olympics, because being here in London is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I want to take that."

  12. 1727: 

    Opta Sports on Twitter: Only one manager has ever taken fewer points from his 1st 7 PL games at a club than Terry Connor: Mick McCarthy (Sunderland, 0pts). Mentor"

  13. 1720: 

    Seventeen-year-old Zoe Smith has finished fourth at the European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey. The Londoner set a four kilogram personal best total and attained the Olympic 'A' standard for London 2012. If Smith can lift that mark again at the British Championships in May, she will assure herself of a place at this summer's Games.

  14. 1710: 

    It seems plenty of you have seen some unlikely goalkeeping heroics, in light of Brad Jones' appearance for Liverpool.

    JohnCooperCat on Twitter: "Goalkeeping heroics - don't know I'd anyone has mentioned Niall Quinn scored for Man City then saved a pen vs Derby."

    Colin Tonkin on Twitter: "Crawley left back Ian Payne in 2003, saving a Steve Claridge pen at Weymouth and won 1-0, went on to get promoted."

    James Amos on Twitter: "Steve Simonsen for Stoke in a 1-0 win at Spurs in 09. He found out he was playing 20 mins before kickoff and then was awesome!"

    Richard Foster on Twitter: "It has to big Jags (Phil Jagielka) for when he donned the gloves and went in for Sheffield United v Arsenal, made a cracking save to deny RVP."

  15. 1659: 

    Wasps have announced the signing of veteran Wales fly-half Stephen Jones from the start of next season. Jones - who's won a record 104 caps for Wales and also toured twice with the British Lions - is joining from Llanelli Scarlets. He is one of four new signings announced today by Wasps, who urgently need investment if they are to avoid going into administration.


    Jimmy White on Twitter: "Doing the drive from home to Sheffield for my 1st match tomorrow in the world championship qualifiers against Liu Chang play 10 + 7."

  17. 1654: 

    Snooker chief Barry Hearn says the sport's World Championships are "the greatest sporting event on the calendar in this country".


    Lewis McCarthy on Twitter: "Loads of sport on today but can only focus on the FA Cup - still has its magic! Especially when it comes to derbys at Wembley!"

  19. 1631: 

    Bradford fans have called on the club's directors to provide more clarity over the Bulls' financial meltdown. BullBuilder, a supporters' trust, threw their weight behind the club's initial quest for survival but are now demanding more information on the crisis and assurances that the club will not find themselves in a similar situation in the near future.

  20. 1624: 

    Vera Zvonareva is named in Russia's Fed Cup team for the World Group semi-final against Serbia on 21-22 April. Maria Kirilenko, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina (78) are the four other squad members for the last-four clash in Moscow.

  21. 1620: 

    Commonwealth bronze medallist Zoe Smith is competing in the European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey and, after the 'snatch' phase, stands in fourth position in the -58kg final. Smith who has competed in the -63kg division since her success in 2010, needed to lose five kilograms to compete in this competition, in a category which it is believed she will have a greater chance of London 2012 success.

  22. 1617: 

    Manchester City has been fined 30,000 euros by Uefa for returning to the field late for the second half of their Europa League match in March.


    J Moore on Twitter: "TV is integral to the game. Ref standards, & tech to support them, must improve. Hodgson view more irrelevant than wrong."

  24. 1605: 

    Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps have confirmed they have been forced to delay the announcement of a preferred bidder for the Ibrox club due to proposed changes to Scottish Premier League rules.

  25. 1603: 

    WorldTour leader Tom Boonen has pulled out of Sunday's Amstel Gold Race with a foot infection. The Belgian won four major cycling races over the past month to take a big lead in the overall standings but was only considered an outsider for the race in the southern Netherlands, which is geared more to climbers. Boonen complained of aches and pains over much of his body after winning Sunday's grueling Paris-Roubaix cobblestone classic.

  26. 1557: 

    Blackburn have successfully appealed the three-match ban given to AnthonyModeste after his sending-off at West Brom on Saturday. The suspension has been reduced to one match, which means it was served by him missing last night's 3-2 defeat by Liverpool.

  27. 1552: 

    Heather Watson reveals her main goal this summer will be success at the Olympics rather than Wimbledon, explaining: "It's just that Wimbledon will be held next year and the year after and so on. Of course I'm going to go in there giving it 100%, but this Olympics, London 2012, when is the next time it's going to be here?"

  28. 1537: 

    Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel makes clear he is ready to race in Bahrain next week should the sport's decision makers stick to plans to hold the grand prix despite mounting protests and doubts over the race going ahead Vettel told Reuters: "The latest comment was that we are going to Bahrain to race there I think." He adds that, if that remained the case, "then I think it is safe enough to go and we should go there and race and not worry about something that is not our own business."

  29. 1530: 

    Great Britain's Paul Goodison insists competing on home waters this summer has not yet brought any added pressure to his quest for another Olympic gold medal. The 34-year-old won the men's Laser class in Beijing and will represent Team GB at Weymouth Bay and Portland Harbour. He says: "I have not really noticed any more pressure for these Games and I have not put any added pressure on myself, but I think that is because I am putting so much pressure on myself already."

  30. 1527: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan discusses manager Roberto MartinezonSky Sports. Asked if he will stick with Martinez if the club is relegated, Whelan says: "I will stick with Roberto Martinez for as long as I can. I've predicted that Roberto will go to a big club in Europe or the UK. He's a very high-quality manager, he's a gentleman, he's 100% honest and I have great admiration for him."


    Mike on Twitter: "Flawed logic from Hodgson. Being the best refs in Europe doesn't mean they're allowed to get basic things wrong."

  32. 1507: 

    Former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone and Flavia Pennetta will lead Italy in the Fed Cup semi-finals against defending champions Czech Republic. Italy captain Corrado Barazzutti had already picked Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.

  33. 1500: 

    Scottish Premier League clubs are considering increasing the penalty for administration from 10 points to 15 or a third of the club's SPL points in a preceding season - and other measures.

  34. 1457: 

    Discussing the Chelsea manager's job, Gianfranco Zola tells Gazzetta dello Sport: "Chelsea? I'd be a hypocrite if I said that I wouldn't want the job, but I don't think there are the right conditions in place for that. As a Chelsea fan I always want the team to be in the best possible hands, as they are right now with Roberto Di Matteo."

  35. 1442: 

    British tennis chief Roger Draper insists he will take recent criticism on the chin after claiming the Lawn Tennis Association is "an easy target" for people to "have a bit of a pop at".

  36. 1440: 

    Great Britain have named an unchanged team for this month's Fed Cup tie against Sweden. Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Laura Robson will again form the GB side for the World Group II play-off in Boras on 21-22 April. The same players beat the Netherlands, Israel and Portugal in the round-robin matches of the Euro/Africa Zone Group I competition and Austria in the promotion play-off.

  37. 1439: 

    Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair is to leave Edinburgh at the end of the season in search of a new challenge, the Heineken Cup semi-finalists have announced.

  38. 1436: 

    West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has defended the standard of refereeing in the Barclays Premier League and described the officials as "probably the best in Europe". Several managers, including QPR's Mark Hughes and Wigan's Roberto Martinez, have voiced criticism of the quality of refereeing. But Hodgson said referees are not being helped by having every decision scrutinised "100 times" in what he described as "trial by television". Hodgson said: "I think the referee standard is probably the best in Europe. We've got no complaints at all."

  39. 1430: 

    All supporters have been banned from a League Two match between Gillingham and Swindon Town following a row over policing costs. Medway Council said that a prohibition notice had been issued for the game on 21 April because of "serious concerns" over public order at the Priestfield ground. Kent Police said the provision of appropriate numbers of officers in the stadium was "essential".

  40. 1418: 

    Bradford will not be appealing against their \u00a39,000 fine imposed by the Football Association for failing to control their players. The Yorkshire club were also warned as to their future conduct by an FA disciplinary panel following the post-match fight at the end of the home defeat by Crawley last month, when referee Iain Williamson sent off a total of five players in the dressing rooms.

  41. 1403: 

    Ross County manager Derek Adams adds: "Eighteen years since the club moved from the Highland League into the Scottish Third Division, they've progressed well, won the third division, the second division and now moved on to winning the first division. They've also progressed and been in the Scottish Cup Final so it's a truly marvellous journey that this football club is on."

  42. 1402: 

    Ross County manager Derek Adams has been talking to BBC Radio 5 live about his side's promotion to the Scottish Premier League for the first time in their history. He said: "It doesn't get much better, I was at the game last night, Dundee drew and to win the championship is a magnificent feeling for all the players, staff and the supporters of Ross County Football Club."

  43. 1353: 

    Despite sitting 18 places ahead of Wigan Athletic, Manchester United winger Ashley Young is taking nothing for granted. "Wigan is a tough place to go to - they're desperate for points and will want to win in front of their own fans," he told his club's website. "We've got to be on our toes and be ready for a tough game."

  44. 1348: 

    England cricketer Tim Bresnan is feeling the effects of the earthquake that hit Indonesia today. He said: "Just sat around reception in the Maldives with a life jacket on waiting for the tsunami to hit. Not ideal the day before my wedding." You can follow the Yorkshireman on Twitter.

  45. 1343: 

    Ronnie MacDonaldannounces he has stepped down as chairman of Hamilton and resigned as a director with immediate effect.

  46. 1333: 

    Manchester United winger Antonio Valencia returns to Wigan Athletic tonight, and former manager Steve Bruce reveals the major role he played in sending the Ecuadorian to the league leaders. "Real Madrid wanted him and so did Bayern Munich, but Wigan chairman Dave Whelan and I wanted him to go to Old Trafford," the ex-United centre-back told the Manchester Evening News. "That was always going to happen if we had our way!"

  47. 1326: 

    Wales captain Sam Warburton is sending out his best wishes to Lloyd Burns after the hooker was forced to retire. He said: "Terrible news, great player and guy. Hope recovery goes well." You can follow Warburton on Twitter.

  48. 1320: 

    Liverpool are recalling goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from his loan spell at Hull City, the Championship outfit have announced. The move follows the suspensions picked up by Pepe Reina and Alexander Doni.

  49. 1315: 

    The Manchester United Supporters' Trust are demanding the club's owners reduce season ticket prices for next season. "Given the lack of squad investment while huge revenues are coming in and the Glazers' constantly dipping into the club's bank account, it is long overdue that the loyal supporters received a cut in their ticket prices," MUST chief executive Duncan Drasdo said.

  50. 1303: 

    Barcelona president Sandro Rosell confirms defender Eric Abidal is recovering in hospital following his liver transplant operation. "Today could be a great one all round, because we know that Abidal and his cousin (Gerard, the donor) are recovering well after the operation," he said. "I can't say anything more than this because the family have specifically asked us not to say any more."

  51. 1257: 

    The Munich prosecutor's office announces that Bayern Munich defender Breno has been charged with arson after an investigation reveals he started the fire that burned down his rented villa last year. "Following the investigation... the Munich prosecutor's office assumes the accused intentionally set the house on fire shortly after 0005 (local time) at night."

  52. 1247: 

    McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton is meeting the great and good in Shanghai ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. Here he is with NBA legend Yao Ming. Follow Hamilton on Twitter.

  53. 1241: 

    West Bromwich Albion will need to be alert in the second half of tonight's game against Manchester City, according to statisticians Opta Sports. "70% - Man City have scored the highest percentage of goals in the second half of home games of any side in the top flight (70%). Oranges." Follow them on Twitter.

  54. 1234: 

    Marussia F1 driver Timo Glock is looking forward to gettng back to action in this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. He said: "It's nice to have had a break as it gave us some time to go through the vast amount of data we got in a short space of time." You can follow the team on Twitter.

  55. 1224: 

    Your suggestions about the unlikely goalkeepers that have become crowd favourites at your clubs continue to come in on Twitter after Brad Jones's league debut for Liverpool as a substitute against Blackburn:

    Daniel Hykin tweets: Carlo Cudicini got his chance for Chelsea v Reading when Cech got injured, only to get knocked out later in the match! Hero."

    Jamie Syko tweets: "Pegguy Arphexad for Leicester in the League Cup, Martin O'Neill brought him on purely to save penalties in the shootout."

    Carl tweets: "Arni Guatur Arason for Manchester City. We were 3-0 down at half-time against Tottenham Hotspur, Joey Barton got sent off, and we won 4-3. Arason's double save, WOW!"

    Get in touch and get involved, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  56. 1216: 

    Ian Payne presents BBC Radio 5 live Sport from 1900 BST - it's an 'Around the Grounds' night with updates and analysis on the four Premier League matches being played tonight. Joining Ian in the studio will be former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary, ex-Liverpool defender Gary Gillespie and Joe Royle, who managed both Everton and Manchester City.

  57. 1210: 

    Olympique Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis claims he was the victim of racial abuse from GFCO Ajaccio fans during their 4-0 French Cup semi-final victory. "After my goal, I put my hands behind my ears because I had heard monkey noises during the game," Gomis, who was booked for the gesture after completing the scoring, told L'Equipe. "I even had a banana thrown at me."

  58. 1203: 

    Steve Davis is currently three frames to one down against Ben Woolaston in their World Snooker Championship qualifier.

  59. 1151: 

    Yuvraj Singh vows to play cricket for India again upon returning to the country after undergoing cancer treatment in the United States. "I want to see the Team India logo on my cap again," he said. "It will be a big achievement if I can play for India again."

  60. 1145: 

    Wales hooker Lloyd Burns announces his retirement from rugby. The Dragons player missed the Six Nations with a neck injury.

  61. 1140: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon reveals star Israeli midfielder Beram Kayal is back in training after a lengthy injury absence. "First day back since Saturday. Lots of smiles around the place. Beram Kayal and Mohamed Bangura back in light training so the week is getting even better." You can follow Lennon on Twitter.

  62. 1134: 

    Bradford Bulls half-back Jarrod Sammut is to be sidelined for two months with ruptured knee ligaments. "Jarrod has been tremendous for us and there is no doubt he will be a big loss for the next couple of months," football manager Stuart Duffy said.

  63. 1128: 

    England's Rob Milkins registers a maximum 147 in frame three of his World Snooker Championship qualifier against China's Xiao Guodong.

  64. 1118:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport

    On Twitter: "Bahrain Invitational pro-celeb golf event featuring Casey, Montgomerie, Henman, Gullit, to go ahead as planned this weekend, organisers tell me."

  65. 1113: 

    Turkmenistan president Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov has ordered an ice hockey league to be set up in the desert nation where temperatures can soar as high as 50C, according to state newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan.

  66. 1106: 

    Catalan sports daily El Mundo Deportivo says Barcelona left-back Eric Abidal is recovering in intensive care after a liver transplant operation which finished at midnight on Tuesday.

  67. 1100: 

    In light of the four Premier League games taking place later today, be aware that Match of the Day will broadcast on BBC One from 2245 BST. Colin Murray and guests will look at Manchester City hosting West Brom and rivals Manchester United making the short trip to Wigan. Wolves also take on Arsenal while QPR play host to Swansea. There will be updates from around the grounds during the matches on BBC Radio 5 live, while this BBC Sport website will carry live text commentary throughout the games.

  68. 1055: 

    Aston Villa's stand-in captain Gabriel Agbonlahor says he is not thinking about having the job full-time - because he wants a swift return for Stiliyan Petrov, who is receiving treatment for acute leukaemia. The 25-year-old told the club's website: "My biggest wish is that Stiliyan will come back and lead the us again."

  69. 1046: 

    In the World Championship qualifiers in Sheffield,Steve Davis, the 54-year-old playing his 34th consecutive season on the tour, is a frame down to Ben Wollaston. The 'Sheriff of Pottingham', Anthony Hamilton (of Nottingham), is 1-0 up against Anthony McGill. The experienced James Wattana is a frame down to Gerard Greene.

  70. 1040: 

    Plenty of chatter on Twitter about the unlikely goalkeepers that have become crowd favourites at your clubs. All this in light of Brad Jones's league debut for Liverpool as a substitute against Blackburn:

    Pollen Studio tweets: "Paul Robinson came in for injured Nigel Martyn for Leeds and played a blinder. Leeds make it to the Champions League semis!"

    James Conroy tweets: "Hilario for Chelsea against Barcelona. That man was described as a good "kicker" by Jose. Awful keeper since, but had an amazing night."

    Darryl McCrossan tweets: "Steve Harper of Newcastle warmed the bench for years. Shay Given left and he finally took his chance - we barely noticed Shay had gone."

    Hugh Brechin tweets: "John O'Shea going in goals for Man United against Spurs and winning a one-on-one with Robbie Keane was pretty funny!"

    Yes, your suggestion of an outfielder player who was forced to go between the sticks is just as valid as a professional glovesman. Get in touch and get involved, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  71. 1033: 

    Crawley Town have been fined \u00a318,000 and Bradford City \u00a39,000 by the Football Association for their part in a post-match brawl in their League Two match on 27 March.

  72. 1026: 

    More on BBC Sport learning that number of Formula 1 teams expect the Bahrain Grand Prix to be called off amid security concerns caused by civil unrest. The teams are due to meet Bernie Ecclestone in China over the coming days. On Tuesday the President and CEO of Formula 1 said that no teams had expressed concerns to him, but suggested the race's contract may not be renewed.

  73. 1020: 

    More from BBC reporter Ben Smith on Liverpool's shortage of goalkeepers: "Liverpool will be prevented from signing a goalkeeper on emergency loan before Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Everton. Manager Kenny Dalglish hinted he might explore an emergency deal with Pepe Reina and reserve goalkeeper Doni suspended, but it has emerged the Premier League will reject the request with their regulations only allowing a move because of injury, rather than suspension. Brad Jones, the third-choice goalkeeper, now looks certain to make his first domestic start for Liverpool at Wembley with either Danny Ward, 18, or Tyrell Belford, 17, likely to be named as substitute - neither have any first team experience."

  74. 1017: 

    World Road Race champion Mark Cavendish has tweeted about his painful Wednesday: "Just had my wisdom tooth removed. With the size of this baby, I reckon I'm going to bankrupt the tooth fairy."

  75. 1014: 

    Williams have announced on their website that 29-year-old Scottish racer Susie Wolff has been appointed as the team's Development Driver. Frank Williams said: "Susie is a talented, successful and highly professional racing driver who competes in one of the world's most fiercely-contested racing series [in DTM]." Bernie Ecclestone added: "If Susie is as quick in a car as she looks good out of a car then she will be a massive asset to any team and on top of that she is very intelligent."

  76. 1010: 

    BBC Sport reporter Ben Smith tweets about Liverpool's keeper crisis: "The Premier League confirm that Liverpool do not have the grounds to apply to sign a goalkeeper on emergency loan before the FA Cup semi-final."

  77. 1007: 

    Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand says he wants to go out on a high as his career nears its end. "I don't think it would be good to finish your career on a loss," 33-year-old Ferdinand told BBC Radio Manchester. "Losses now do my head in, thinking you might not be able to rectify it the season after because you retire or leave."

  78. 0957: 

    A number of Formula 1 teams expect the Bahrain Grand Prix to be called off amid security concerns, BBC Sport has learned.

  79. 0956: 

    At present you're all debating the greatest unlikely goalkeeping heroes in the history of your clubs:

    Mike Everon tweets: "How about Nigel Spink for Aston Villa in the European Cup Final, coming on for Jimmy Rimmer?"

    Joe O'Rourke tweets: "Celtic's unlikely goalkeeper would be David Marshall, for when we beat Barca over 2 legs in 2004. He played a blinder in the Nou Camp for 0-0 draw."

    Zackary White tweets: "Got to be 41-year-old Jens Lehmann stepping up for Arsenal in their 3-1 triumph over Blackpool on 10th April last year! True hero."

    Jonny Jackson tweets: "Alex Manninger filling in for the injured David Seaman in Arsenal's '98 Premier League triumph, keeping six clean sheets in a row."

    What do you think? Join in, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  80. 0949: 

    Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson wants to use the skills and experience of Canadian wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc to help Team GB. "I retired four years ago with a lot of medals and a lot of experience, which I want to share, so when I was asked to consider the role I thought it would be a great opportunity for me," Petitclerc told BBC Sport reporter Elizabeth Hudson.

  81. 0942: 

    Readingmoved level with Southampton at the top of the Championship yesterday in the battle to make it to the Premier League. Three teams desperate to avoid the drop from the top flight Wigan, Wolves and QPR and all three are in action later today. You can keep across Man City v West Brom,Wigan v Man Utd,Wolves v Arsenal and QPR v Swansea on 5 live Sport on BBC Radio 5 live and through live text commentary on this BBC Sport website.

  82. 0935: 

    2010 Open winner Louis Oosthuizen has been speaking about his disappointment at losing the Masters green jacket to Bubba Watson in Sunday's play-off. "I felt like I gave it my all, didn't throw anything away, played the best I probably could have coming down the stretch in a Major and I was outplayed," admitted the 29-year-old South African. "Being that close to the green jacket is tough to get over it immediately but I think time will heal."

  83. 0930: 

    The qualifiers for the World Championships start again in half an hour. Anthony Hamilton, Steve Davis and Robert Milkins are all in action from 1000 BST, with more matches scheduled for 1900 BST.

  84. 0922: 

    Fifa has just released its latest official world rankings. England have dropped a place to seventh behind Spain, Germany, Uruguay, Netherlands, Portugal and Brazil. Wales are up to 41st ahead of Scotland in 48th and ahead of the likes of Ukraine and Iran. Northern Ireland are 100th in the list and have dropped 13 places, behind Antigua and Barbuda, Vietnam and Oman.

  85. 0915: 

    Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara has become the first man to be named simultaneously as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world and one of its five cricketers of the year. The other names on list are Alastair Cook, Tim Bresnan, Alan Richardson and Glen Chapple.

  86. 0906: 

    You're all discussing your club's greatest unlikely goalkeeping hero, in light of Brad Jones's memorable league debut for Liverpool against Blackburn:

    James Holden tweets: "I reckon us Carlisle United fans win goalkeeping hero top trumps. Jimmy Glass."

    Viv Powers tweets: "Has to be Jerzy Dudek for the Champions League final in Istanbul 2005. And then we let him go on a free transfer!"

    Mark Brock tweets: "Unlikely goalkeeping hero? Could only be Les Sealy for Man Utd in the 1990 FA Cup final."

    What do you reckon? Get in touch and take part, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  87. 0900: 

    Newcastle Falcons have confirmed on their club website that 25-year-old back Jeremy Manning will not play again this season after rupturing ligaments in his right thumb. "It was a very frustrating day yesterday to be told that I would be missing the rest of the season and it has certainly come at the wrong time," said Manning.

  88. 0857: 

    Everton and England midfielder Jack Rodwell has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and the Euros in the summer after suffering a hamstring injury. Rodwell, 23, has played just five times for the Toffees in the last five months and now manager David Moyes has confirmed: "He has pulled his hamstring again in training. I would advise him to concentrate on next season."

  89. 0854: 

    Saturday's Grand National will feature several race modifications. Horses must be at least seven-years-old to compete, the area where horses land after Beecher's Brook has been levelled out and there will be water and fans to cool down the horses after the race for the winner's post, among other alterations. The changes are "designed to increase safety whilst retaining the element of danger which is part of the Aintree spectacle", writes BBC Sport's Joe Wilson.

  90. 0845: 

    Yesterday, Liverpool's third-choice keeper Brad Jones was called into action and promptly saved a penalty as the Reds overcame Blackburn 3-2 at Ewood Park. After the game, the Australian dedicated his team's win to the fans, who he says have backed him over "a difficult 18 months". Jones' five-year-old son Luca passed away in November after fighting leukaemia. "Thanks to the fans for their support," Jones said.

    So, in light of Jones's performance in his first league game for Liverpool, who is your club's unlikely goalkeeping hero? Ex-Manchester United stopper Gary Walsh? Former Fulham and Middlesbrough number two Mark Crossley? Liverpool then Newcastle reserve Mike Hooper?

    Have your say. Get in contact via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  91. 0835: 

    Yesterday, Ross Countysecured promotion to the Scottish Premier League without having to kick a ball, after nearest rivals Dundee drew 1-1 with Queen of the South. The Staggies were as low down as the Highland League in 1994. Manager Derek Adams told BBC Radio Scotland: "To win the championship with five games remaining, there's not many teams that can say that. It's been an excellent effort from my players. They have been outstanding."

  92. 0830: 

    Team GB Olympic hopeful Laura Trott, 19, has been on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast after winning the omnium world title in Melbourne. She explained how she first started cycling: "I was born with a collapsed lung, and the doctors told my mum that I needed to do exercise to regulate my breathing. They suggested that I also go down to Welwyn Garden City where there's outdoor cycling track. That was it. I remember getting on the bike for the first time. It's a bit scary for an eight-year-old, with no gears and no breaks - how am I going to stop?"

  93. 0821: 

    A mixed bag of results for English players at World Series El Gouna International Open in Egypt. James Willstrop and Nick Matthew defeated Saurav Ghosal and Mohd Ali Anwar Reda respectively, but unseeded pair Jonathan Kemp and Adrian Grant are both out.

  94. 0817: 

    BBC athletics commentator Steve Cram says he "does not envy Olympic selectors" as dozens of athletes push for London 2012 selection. Cram recalls in his BBC Sport column: "I was very annoyed at selectors when I wasn't picked for the 1990 Commonwealth Games 1500m in New Zealand towards the end of my career. I got a phone call to say that 1500m newbie Peter Elliott had made the team. It was probably the first time that I hadn't been chosen for an important event and it was my last chance to win a medal at a major event so I felt very aggrieved."

  95. 0813: 

    Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards has revealed how his side losing their grip on the Premier League title has made him "want to cry". He added: "Football is full of emotions. You get angry and happy but I have never wanted to cry before. That's how much it means."

  96. 0810: 

    Bradford Bulls chief executive Ryan Duckett says he's received expressions of interest from a number of potential investors. "We've spoken to a number of parties who have been impressed by what has happened [with our pledge campaign]," Duckett told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast programme. "We will be furthering those conversations and hopefully they will pick up momentum in the next couple of days and weeks."

  97. 0802: 

    We're starting today, as (almost) always, with the latest from the Gossip Column:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is monitoring Fulham's in-form United States strikerClint Dempsey, 29, who has a year left on his contract at Craven Cottage.

    Faltering Tottenham have called a team meeting to try to save their season ahead of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea.

    And Blackpool manager Ian Hollowaywas warned to stop swearing during Monday's 1-1 draw with Barnsley following a complaint from a supporter.

  98. 0800: 

    Another morning, another dose of Sportsday to sate your midweek sporting appetite. Welcome along.

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