Sportsday Live - Thursday 12 April

Sportsday Live featured all the sports news of the day, including Big Buck's winning again, Doni and Ivanovic losing FA appeals.

12 April 2012 Last updated at 21:46

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  1. 2000: 
    SPORTSDAY

    And that's where we must leave things for today. Many thanks for joining us, don't forget to do so again tomorrow from 0800 BST.

  2. 1952: 
    GET INVOLVED- Football

    David Taylor on Twitter: "Spurs to get a big win at Wembley and then push on to top 4. We can but dream!"

  3. 1947: 
    GET INVOLVED- Football

    Hamish Maingay on Twitter: "Liverpool chairman says Dalglish has board's full support: oh o, you know what happens when they say that.."

  4. 1923: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Record crowd of 30,340 for day one of the Grand National meeting at Aintree - sell-out 53,000 due on Friday and 70,000 Saturday."

  5. 1922: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Fred Slemeck on Twitter: "Never thought James May would become such a presence on the BBC Sport website, 1st the Boat Race 2nd the National and now footy predictions?"

  6. 1904: 
    CRICKET

    Durham closed day one of their Division One Championship match with Notts at the Riverside on 55-3, after England seamer Graham Onions took 4-42 in helping to dismiss the visitors for 161.

  7. 1900: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Please keep sending your views in on the latest sporting issues, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  8. 1843: 
    CRICKET

    Sussex closed day one of the Division One match with Lancashire on 137-3, having bowled out the defending champions for a mere 124 at Aigburth.

  9. 1840: 
    TENNIS

    Third seed Jelena Jankovic beat unseeded Russian Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-1 in the second round of the Danish Open in Copenhagen.

  10. 1823: 
    CRICKET

    It's also the close on day one at Northampton where Kent have reached 127-3 in reply to the home team's 132 all out, also in Division Two.

  11. 1815: 
    CRICKET

    Stumps on day one at the Rose Bowl, where Gloucestershire reached 195-4 after 60 overs in their Division Two Championship match against Hampshire.

  12. 1807: 
    SPORTSDAY

    A reminder that at 1830 you can watch a full round-up of all today's sports news in Sportsday right here on the BBC Sport website and on the BBC News Channel. Coming up this evening with Olly Foster: Kenny Dalglish on the Liverpool departure of Damien Comolli, and Steven Gerrard and Tim Cahill look ahead to the FA Cup semi-final. Alan Shearer says the FA need to appoint Harry Redknapp quickly, Jake Humphrey reports from Shanghai about the Bahrain GP and Joe Wilson reviews the opening day's racing at Aintree.

  13. 1758: 
    CRICKET

    West Indies have brought off-spinner Shane Shillingford into their squad for the second Test against Australia, which begins in Port-of-Spain on Sunday. The Windies are 1-0 down in the three-match series after losing an entertaining opening match by three wickets in Barbados.

  14. 1752: 
    HORSE RACING

    So day one of the Grand National Festival has come to a close after a cracking day in the Aintree sunshine. But, of course, it is the main event on Saturday which provides the iconic memories. Grand National commentary legend Sir Peter O'Sullevan has relived some Aintree classics, including Red Rum's final victory in 1977 and the non-race in 1997 following a bomb threat.

  15. 1750: 
    FOOTBALL

    Tottenham's 17-year-old academy player, Oliver Modeste, has been discharged from hospital after being in an intensive care unit following a fall last month.

  16. 1748: 
    GET INVOLVED- Football

    James Ward on Twitter: in reaction to news that Bransilav Ivanovic's appeal against a three-match suspension was rejected, ruling him out of Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Spurs. "Roberto Di Matteo will hopefully favour Paulo Ferreira over Jose Bosingwa in Ivanovic's absence, if not, a second trophy-less year could be on the cards!"

  17. 1744: 
    HORSE RACING

    More from BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght at Aintree: "#GN2012: Cape Tribulation a 2nd #CheltFest winner to follow up at Aintree (5-25) #bbcracing"

  18. 1740: 
    CRICKET

    More remarkable feats from the IPL and South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel struck 28 in an over from Virat Kohli as defending champions Chennai Super Kings recorded a final-ball victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had amassed 205-8, with West Indian Chris Gayle making 68. With 43 still required off the last two overs, Morkel (28) turned the game around in the 19th over with three sixes and two fours, leaving Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to complete a five-wicket win.

  19. 1735: 
    GET INVOLVED- Football

    Stuartrood on Twitter: "Both LFC and CFC players will be a BIG miss and will cost them a place in the final."

  20. 1732: 
    CRICKET

    Former England all-rounder Dimitri Mascarenhas claimed a maiden five-wicket haul in the Indian Premier League, capturing 5-25 for Kings XI Punjab against Pune Warriors, the best IPL figures by a member of his side.

  21. 1727: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaght with a collection of news stories from around the racing world. "Sir Henry Cecil on Frankel gallops 'injury': '[It] looks superficial but he will be kept monitored over the next few days.' #Folkestone official on abandonment after race 2: 'When the rains came down it was just dangerous in the end.' Cloudy Bay jockey Richard Harding banned for 4 days for #whip offence." You can follow Cornelius on Twitter.

  22. 1723: 
    SNOOKER

    Crowd favourite Jimmy White trails Liu Chuang of China 5-4 in the fourth qualifying round of the World Championships. The match is the best of 19 frames.

  23. 1719: 
    FOOTBALL

    Also tonight on BBC Radio 5 live Mark Clemmit meets the family and friends of the 44-year-old former footballer Gary Parkinson who has had locked-in syndrome since suffering a stroke in September 2010. You can listen to the special programme from 1900 BST.

  24. 1719: 
    GET INVOLVED- Football

    James Harris on Twitter: "Ivanovic a big miss, with Bosingwa unable to defend, Bale set to tear him apart."

  25. 1659: 
    OLYMPICS

    Also today on Olympic Thursday you can read about sprinter Delano Williams defending his decision to compete in the Great Britain trials, which he says is because his native Turks and Caicos Islands are not eligible for London 2012. Read about it on the BBC website and you can also hear him being interviewed on BBC Radio 5 live tonight from 2130 BST

  26. 1653: 
    OLYMPICS

    Today is of course is Olympic Thursday on the BBC and a chance to tell you more about the content you can find with us. It's not just the men with the oars who have to fight for their places representing British Rowing at London 2012. Even the coxes, who steer and control the crew, have to justify their selection. And GB cox Phelan Hill? He thinks that position should be his. "I've done the hard work for the last three years and then a couple of other people want to jump in for the last six months and enjoy the fact it's a home Olympics. I've been in the boat for the last three years, they haven't." Read the full story on the BBC website

  27. 1641: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Ivanovic will miss Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Spurs. How do you think that will affect Chelsea? Please send in your thoughts on the latest sporting issues to us, via Twitter with the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  28. 1638: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool goalkeeper Alexander Doni and Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic have appeals against suspensions dismissed by the Football Association. Their bans remain the same length, Ivanovic three matches, Doni one game.

  29. 1631: 
    HORSE RACING

    Live coverage of all the action from Aintree has finished for the day on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website. But it will return at 1345 BST on Friday for Ladies' Day.

  30. 1627: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner says Damien Comolli's departure will not have any impact on Kenny Dalglish's position as Reds manager. "We've got great confidence in Kenny," Werner told the club's official website. "We feel the team is going to make strides in the future and he enjoys our full support."

  31. 1624: 
    OLYMPIC THURSDAY

    Sprinter Delano Williams has defended his decision to try out for Great Britain, because his native Turks and Caicos Islands are not eligible for London 2012."Yes, there is a lot of criticism going round but I am not focusing on that," said the 100m and 200m athlete.

  32. 1619: 
    HORSE RACING

    Edgardo Sol gives Paul Nicholls and Ruby Walsh their second win of the day at Aintree with victory in the Red Rum Handicap. The 9-2 favourite travelled well and once he took control two from home he looked strong.

  33. 1614: 
    GET INVOLVED

    James Hunter on Twitter:\u200f "Disagree with Shearer. The FA have waited this long, so they might as well wait till the end of the season to avoid disruption."

    Ramiz Essack on Twitter: "England should appoint a coach by tomorrow. There's less than two months until the Euros they need to build team spirit!"

  34. 1611: 
    FOOTBALL

    Italian league leaders Juventus have been fined 30,000 euros (\u00a325,000) and warned about the future conduct of their fans after they made racist chants during Wednesday's 2-1 home win against Serie A rivals Lazio. Juve were forced to play a game behind closed doors three years ago after then-Inter Milan player Mario Balotelli was racially abused.

  35. 1607: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Bilaal Mayet on Twitter:\u200f "I can only wonder what Benitez would have done with \u00a3100m...maybe Llorente? Mata?"

    Steven Johnson \u200fon Twitter: "Looks like cost-cutting at Liverpool. Clearly freeing up more cash for Dalglish to waste on overpriced average players."

  36. 1603: 
    HORSE RACING

    Cloudy Lane trainer Donald McCain on BBC Two after the favourite's three-length win in the Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree: "We weren't really happy with him at the start of this week, his blood wasn't right - we weren't going to run him. But we sorted him out and it's great to see him win."

  37. 1558:  
    Dan Roan, BBC Sport

    "Liverpool's Head of Sports Science and Medicine - Australian Peter Brukner has also left the club."

  38. 1551: 
    HORSE RACING

    Cloudy Lane, the 4-1 joint favourite, ridden by Richard Harding and trained by Donald McCain, wins the Fox Hunters' Chase at Aintree - the race over the Grand National fences for amateur riders.

  39. 1546: 
    GET INVOLVED

    England striking legend Alan Shearer tells BBC Sport he thinks the Football Association must name Fabio Capello's successor immediately and not dwell on the appointment any longer. Do you agree? Will waiting any longer harm England's Euro 2012 preparations? Or do the FA need to take their time to get the right man? Get involved in the debate by using the #bbcsportsday hashtag on Twitter.

  40. 1540: 
    HORSE RACING

    Sir Henry Cecil says his star unbeaten colt Frankel picked up a "superficial" injury when working in Newmarket earlier on Thursday. He was due to make his seasonal reappearance in next month's Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on 19 May. Cecil said "He is such an extravagant mover that he hit himself. At this stage the injury looks superficial but he will be kept monitored over the next few days."

  41. 1537: 
    TENNIS

    British number two Anne Keothavong has been beaten by second seed Angelique Kerber in the second round of the Copenhagen Open. She took the first set but Germany's Kerber, currently ranked 16 in the world, fought back to win 4-6 6-3 6-3.

  42. 1527: 
    FOOTBALL

    Winger Michael Kightly admits there are a "million and one reasons" why rock-bottom Wolves are facing Premier League relegation. But he added: "I just hope most of lads stay together if go down and try and get Wolves back up."

  43. 1519: 
    FORMULA ONE

    McLaren driver Jenson Button is unsure whether his job at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix has been made easier by team-mate Lewis Hamilton's grid penalty. A cautious Button said: "You'd say it should make life easier for me, but does it? I don't know. We have to wait and see. In a way it does, but then it also throws it up in the air a lot more. It's a strange one."

  44. 1522: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght at Aintree: "Great moment as Sir Alex Ferguson appears on big screen and is booed by the Scouse crowd. Big grin from the Manchester United manager." You can follow Cornelius on Twitter.

  45. 1516: 
    HORSE RACING

    Irish challenger Follow The Plan (50-1) wins the Betfair Bowl at Aintree ahead of Burton Port. The favourite Riverside Theatre was pulled up seven fences from home.

  46. 1507: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea defender Gary Cahill wants to banish memories of his Wembley nightmare by helping the Blues beat Tottenham to reach the FA Cup final this weekend. The centre-back was part of a Bolton team hammered 5-0 by Stoke in last year's semi-final. "That game is not a fond memory, it's something that hurt at the time and still hurts me now," he told the Football Association's official website. "But now I have a chance to put that right on Sunday."

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    Alistair Anderson on Twitter:\u200f "Re 1433. If Balotelli is average after scoring more than 10 goals in Serie A and Premier League four seasons in a row, I'll have a squad full please."

    Imran Jan \u200fon Twitter: "Re Zak. 17 goals this season is pretty decent for a 21-year-old. He has lots of potential just needs to keep his head down."

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    GET INVOLVED

    Tony Gilmour on Twitter:\u200f "Well done Big Bucks, he's not had the hardest races, but definitely one of a kind. Well done to the Nicholls team!"

  49. 1454: 
    CRICKET

    Batsman Kevin Pietersen says he would like to see more of his England team-mates play alongside him in the Indian Premier League. Pietersen, who will line up for Delhi Daredevils in this year's competition, and Eoin Morgan are the only two England regulars participating, with the World Twenty20 champions largely overlooked by the nine franchises at February's auction. "I'd love to see more English players be picked up" said Pietersen. "I see some of the games being played at the moment and I just think: "Man, up here would have been lot better if the Andersons, Bresnans and Boparas were involved in the IPL'."

  50. 1446: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght at Aintree: "Anniversary Hurdle won by Grumeti, turns tables on Countrywide Flame. Good result for 4-year-old hurdlers as Cheltenham Festival principals repeat at Aintree albeit in slightly different order." You can follow Cornelius on Twitter.

  51. 1443: 
    FOOTBALL

    Leeds United manager Neil Warnock says he has offered to make skipper Robert Snodgrass "the highest paid player at the club" in a bid to warn off Premier League suitors. The Scotland winger, reportedly subject of a \u00a33.5m bid from Norwich last year, is under contract at Elland Road until summer 2013.

  52. 1433: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Zak Millington \u200f "If Balotelli wasn't this mad eccentric everyone loves, no-one would care about him. He's a very average footballer."

  53. 1431: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Aintree: "Big Buck's record 17 wins in stats: Miles covered: 48\u00bdm. Aggregate winning distance: 68\u00bd lengths. Rivals beaten: 130." You can follow Frank on Twitter for all the latest from the Grand National Festival.

  54. 1429: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Widnes have announced hooker Scott Moore has left the Super League club by mutual agreement with immediate effect. In a statement on their official website, the club said: "We will not be making any further comment on this matter." The 24-year-old was suspended by Widnes in February for a breach of club discipline.

  55. 1422: 
    FORMULA ONE

    Red Bull's Mark Webber has expressed some misgivings about the prospect of racing in Bahrain, which is set to host race four of the new season next weekend despite continuing civil unrest. However, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso remained silent when asked in a press conference for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix if he was happy to go to the Middle East.

  56. 1417: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Jonny Slater \u200f "Brave of Farrell to say no to England, obviously learnt from Martin Johnson's mistake and wants experience!"

  57. 1414: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh at Aintree: "Brilliant Big Buck's races to record 17th straight win as he claims Liverpool Hurdle at Aintree for the fourth consecutive year." You can follow Frank on Twitter for all the latest from the Grand National Festival.

  58. 1407: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    The odds-on favourite Big Buck's, ridden by Ruby Walsh, makes it a record 17 consecutive win over hurdles, beating Sir Ken's mark, thanks to his victory in the Liverpool Hurdle on the opening day of the Grand National festival at Aintree.

  59. 1406: 
    FOOTBALL

    Italy's World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi says Manchester City striker and countryman Mario Balotelli still needs to mature. But Lippi, who led Italy to their triumph in Germany in 2006, said: "He could play in any club in the world, because of his ability he'll be in much demand."

  60. 1402: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Manchester City winger Dennis Tueart on BBC Radio 5 live talking about Blues boss Roberto Mancini:"The balance of the side looks terrific and I still think he'll be in a job at the end of the season."

  61. 1358: 
    HORSE RACING

    We are moments away from the first race of the 2012 Grand National Festival at Aintree. The Liverpool Hurdle kicks off the three-day event at 1400 BST and you can watch live coverage, presented by Clare Balding, on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  62. 1353: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wasps back-row forward John Hart has been forced to retire with a shoulder injury, the Premiership club has announced. Hart, who made 165 first team appearances and captained Wasps 38 times, said: "I had hoped I would be able to carry on to the end of the season. I am really disappointed to bow out this way."

  63. 1349: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike \u200f "Liverpool just can't bring themselves round to sacking Dalglish, which is really what they should have done instead."

    Raj Mohandas on Twitter: "Redknapp was right about Comolli the whole time, shame it took us \u00a3112.8m to see it."

  64. 1345: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Ulster prop John Afoa has been banned from playing for four weeks for a dangerous "tip" tackle on Munster full-back Felix Jones in last Sunday's Heineken Cup quarter-final. Afoa will miss Ulster's sem-final against Edinburgh later this month.

  65. 1343: 
    FOOTBALL

    Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says his recent run of sparkling form is down to playing without fear. The 23-year-old, who scored his 11th goal of the season in Wednesday night's 3-0 victory at Wolves, told the Gunners' official website: "Now I am just going into games and enjoying myself, not being scared of anything. The manager always tells me not to be afraid going into tackles. I am a totally different Theo Walcott now."

  66. 1337: 
    OLYMPIC THURSDAY

    It's Olympic Thursday on BBC Sport and that means we've got plenty of interesting stories for your consumption. It's not just the men with the oars who have to fight for their places representing British Rowing at London 2012. Even the coxes, who steer and control the crew, have to justify their selection. GB cox Phelan Hill thinks that position should be his: "I've done the hard work for the last three years and then a couple of other people want to jump in for the last six months and enjoy the fact it's a home Olympics. I've been in the boat for the last three years, they haven't."

  67. 1330: 
    CRICKET

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Durham's home County Championship clash with Nottinghamshire, who are 31-2 at lunch on day one: "This looks like being a good toss to win. Notts lost two quick wickets in the 15 overs possible before lunch, which was slightly later than usual because of rain. Neil Edwards was lbw to Callum Thorp for seven in the 8th over and Alex Hales was caught at second slip off the bowling of Graham Onions eight balls later for 5."

  68. 1327: 
    GOLF

    South African Charl Schwartzel is making the early running at the Malaysian Open after an opening-round 64. India's Jeev Milkha Singh shot a seven-under-par 65 to keep in close pursuit of the 2011 US Masters champion.

  69. 1322: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Adam Vowles \u200f "Liverpool have nothing to lose with the appeal, if Doni gets an extra match ban it won't matter as Reina will be back by then."

    Alim Shariff on Twitter: "No harm in Liverpool appealing Doni's red. Best case - win and Doni plays. Worst case - fail, longer ban but Reina will be back. Win-win."

    Kenny Lane \u200fon Twitter: "It doesnt matter if they get punished for frivolous, as Reina will be back by then. Nothing to lose by appealing."

  70. 1315: 
    HORSE RACING

    Excitement for the Grand National always goes up a notch in the office when somebody decides to set up a work sweepstake [well it does at BBC Sport]. So we've decided to make it very simple for you to have a flutter and a bit of fun. Simply download our kit, put the horses' names into a hat, pop your stake in a bucket and then pick the winner - hopefully.

  71. 1309: 
    CYCLING

    Time-trial world champion Tony Martin is "stable" in hospital after he was hit by a car during a training ride, according to his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team. The 26-year-old German, who beat Britain's Bradley Wiggins in September's World Championships, was taken to a Swiss hospital after losing consciousness.

  72. 1303: 
    CRICKET

    Today's County Championship action is well under way with Durham hosting Nottinghamshire in Division One. BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham have put Notts into bat in Chester-le-Street. After a rain delay play started at 12.15pm. No Steve Harmison or Paul Collingwood for Durham. Samit Patel returns for Notts who've chosen Andrew Carter over Steven Mullaney." Impressive start for the home side, with Notts flailing at 22-2 after 10 overs. We have joint commentary available from Martin and BBC Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle.

  73. 1254: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew Fitzgerald on Twitter: "Don't be surprised to see Kenny go upstairs in summer and a certain Spaniard take back the job he should never have lost..."

    Rick Duerden \u200fon Twitter: "Comolli was sacked by Spurs - three years later his signings come good. Maybe in three years' time we'll be praising his signings again?"

    Anth Courtney \u200fon Twitter: "Liverpool are kidding themselves appealing Doni's red card. Isn't there some punishment for frivolous appeals?"

  74. 1249: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport's Clare Balding gives her top tips ahead of the opening day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree: "Selections - 2.30 Hinterland e/w. 3.05 What A Friend. 3.40 Cloudy Lane & Silver Adonis. 4.15 Free World e/w." You can follow Clare on Twitter.

  75. 1244: 
    GOLF

    Forme Open champion Louis Oosthuizen shrugged off the disappointment of his Masters play-off defeat to Bubba Watson to make a strong start at the Malaysian Open. The South African showed no signs of a mental hangover as he shot six birdies and an eagle in an opening-round 66.

  76. 1233: 
    BOXING

    Lamont Peterson labels Amir Khan a one-dimensional fighter ahead of their May rematch. "He'll do what he always does, he always fights the same," Peterson told BBC Sport. ""His strategy [in the first fight] was to hit and move and I didn't allow him to do it. It won't be any different this time. He'll hit and move and I'll stay close and smother him."

  77. 1229: 
    FOOTBALL

    Uefa president Michel Platini accuses "bandits and crooks" for bumping up hotel prices in Ukraine for Euro 2012. "It's annoying to have made a lot of investment and then say to people that they can't come because there are bandits and crooks who want to make a lot of money during this Euro," Platini said on a visit to the host city of Lviv.

  78. 1219: 
    FOOTBALL

    Match of the Day pundit and former England captain Alan Shearer has told the Football Association they must appoint a new manager immediately. "They need a manager in pretty soon - actually now," Shearer tells David Ornstein. "Now the time has come and so be it if they upset one or two people."

  79. 1214: 
    FOOTBALL

    Hidden among the flood of stories about Damien Commoli's exit is the news Liverpool are also appealing against the suspension Alexander Doni picked up for his red card against Blackburn Rovers.

  80. 1210:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    On Twitter: "Will Fenway Sports Group now appoint another director of football or will Dalglish be left to fly solo on Liverpool transfer strategy, despite this season's obvious failings?"

  81. 1159: 
    GET INVOLVED

    The tweets are still coming in on #bbcsportsday as you react to the news director of football Damien Comolli has left Liverpool by mutual consent.

    Adam James Gorbutt tweets: "Can't help but feel Comolli leaving leaves the director of football spot free for someone to move upstairs..."

    Oliver Tootill tweets: "What about Rafa Benitez as director of football? He's crying out for a role in a Premier League club, and after all, he did get us Fernando Torres."

    David Haran tweets: "Sacking Comolli is a move to try and take some of the pressure off Dalglish, bigger changes are needed to improve Liverpool's fortunes."

    Keep sending your tweets in and hashtag us on #bbcsportsday.

  82. 1151: 
    FOOTBALL

    Match of the Day pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson continued on the BBC News channel to explain Comolli's role at the club before his exit: "Generally what Damien Comolli did for Kenny was earmark a lot of players for the club to sign - not just like a left-back like Jose Enrique, he might give him three or four different options and prices. He was basically trying to take the pressure off the manager. Also in terms of looking forward for the football club, some kind of planning, bringing younger talent through which all the major teams are doing at the moment, and also probably dealing with agents which I don't think Kenny will particularly relish doing."

  83. 1145: 
    FOOTBALL

    Match of the Day pundit and former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson has been speaking to the BBC News channel about Comolli's exit. When asked if the Frenchman had been made a scapegoat for the club's season, he replied: "That's what it looks like from the outside, he was involved in all those deals involving Henderson and Downing, Carroll and Adam. I have to say people like Downing, Henderson and Adam have been at best average for Liverpool this year, so it could be the case, yes."

  84. 1139: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Daily Telegraph football correspondent Henry Winter on Twitter: "Still don't understand timing of Comolli exit though. Eve of Wembley etc. Liverpool tradition was to keep distractions away from team focus." Liverpool fans, what do you make of the timing of the announcement Comolli has left the club by mutual consent? Is this bad or good management by Fenway Sports group? Tweet us and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  85. 1131: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport journalist Ben Smith on Twitter: "To say Comolli was entirely at fault for all Liverpool's transfer dealings is unfair. Dalglish was/is all powerful. Comolli paid the price. [Owners] Fenway Sports Group were never given a good explanation as to why last summer's transfer policy at Liverpool contradicted what they initially wanted."

  86. 1124: 
    GET INVOLVED

    The first flood of tweets have come in on #bbcsportsday as you react to the news director of football Damien Comolli has left Liverpool by mutual consent.

    Mark Gidman tweets: "Comolli never managed to unearth the gems like he did at Spurs Bale, Modric, Berba, Boateng. LFC signings known and overpriced."

    Ian Kelly tweets: "Comolli going might stop the rot but it's 100million and 30 odd points too late."

    Richard Miller tweets: "Carroll, Henderson, Adam, Downing - maybe \u00a340m of talent for twice the price. "Mutual consent" I think not..."

    Keep them coming in and tweet and hashtag us on #bbcsportsday.

  87. 1115: 
    FOOTBALL

    Dalglish continued about the news of Comolli's exit: "He has been really helpful in every transfer target that we've gone for. Everyone who has come into the club since Damien has been here was of my choice. Once I made the choice who I wanted Damien went away and did a fantastic job of bringing them in. It's sad to see anyone leave the football club and he goes with my best wishes."

  88. 1114: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been reacting to the news of Comolli's exit. "I had a fantastic working and personal relationship with Damien since he came here," he said. "It is disappointing but I suppose there is not much in football which comes as a surprise."

  89. 1110: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    The FIA have deemed the DRS wing legal twice in the previous two races, but Lotus F1 has decided to officially protest its legality ahead of the Shanghai race, under article 3.15 of the technical regulations.

  90. 1106: 
    BREAKING NEWS
  91. 1103: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Speaking of the decision to reject the opportunity to join England, Farrell said: "It has been a special privilege for me to be involved in the Saracens coaching staff for the past two-and-half seasons. We have made decent progress during this period but, in truth, as a club, we have barely scratched the surface of our potential. The job isn't anywhere near half done, and I have decided I want to help finish the job."

  92. 1100: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Saracens confirm first team coach Andy Farrell has rejected the opportunity to become a permanent member of Stuart Lancaster's England staff.

  93. 1100: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Liverpool fans, what do you make of the news Damien Comolli has left your club by mutual consent? Will he be missed? Are you happy that the move could solidify manager Kenny Dalglish's position? Is this a good decision by owner John Henry? Tweet us and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  94. 1051: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Speaking on the Liverpool website, Comolli said: "I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work at Liverpool and am happy to move on from the club and back to France for family reasons. I wish the club all the best for the future."

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    BREAKING NEWS

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner added: "The club needs to move forward and we now have a huge game on Saturday. It is important that everyone joins us in supporting the manager and gets behind Kenny and the team and focuses on a strong finish to the season."

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    BREAKING NEWS

    Liverpool's principal owner John Henrysaid of Comolli: "We are grateful for all of Damien's efforts on behalf of Liverpool and wish him all the best for the future."

  97. 1047: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    Liverpool have confirmed that director of football Damien Comolli has left the club by mutual consent.

  98. 1044: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport reporter Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Four Grand National reserves need horses to come out by Friday morning to make final field - Any Currency, Our Island, Abbeybraney, Smoking Aces."

  99. 1037: 
    HORSE RACING

    The confirmation of Synchronised's participation means 16-time champion jockey Tony McCoy is likely to be riding the favourite out of the 40-strong field when the race begins on Saturday. Find out how you can follow the race on the BBC here.

  100. 1033: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC Sport reporter Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Withdrawal of Le Beau Bai + Always Waining means Hello Bud + Neptune Equester are last horses to get in the Grand National at Aintree."

  101. 1031: 
    BREAKING NEWS

    BBC Sport reporter Frank Keogh on Twitter: "Synchronised will head maximum field of 40 for Saturday's Grand National at Aintree. Two horses withdrawn - Le Beau Bai + Always Waining."

  102. 1022: 
    HORSE RACING

    Hello Bud and Neptune Equester have made the final field for the Grand National on Saturday after Le Beau Bai and Always Waining were not confirmed for the race.

  103. 1016: 
    OLYMPIC THURSDAY

    More than 4,500 Olympic gold medals have been won since the modern Games began in 1896. One nation has won almost a quarter of those. You might be able to guess who that is, but which nation is second and third on the all-time list? Where are Great Britain? Explore the changing shape of the medal table with our comprehensive timeline. Check out the Twitter hashtag #olympicthursday to get involved.

  104. 1000: 
    HORSE RACING

    BBC presenter Clare Balding is also discussing the Grand National race and the "unique test" it provides for the horses and jockeys who will take part.

  105. 0958: 
    HORSE RACING

    The field for the Grand National should be announced within the next hour. The big news will be whether favourite Synchronised is ready to take part on Saturday.

  106. 0954: 
    OLYMPIC THURSDAY

    It is Olympic Thursday on the BBC and there are a selection of great stories to check out. Rower Katherine Grainger talks to BBC Sport about the agony of going for an elusive gold at her fourth Olympics after getting silver medals at the previous three Games. Check out the Twitter hashtag #olympicthursday to get involved.

  107. 0950: 
    RUGBY LEAGUE

    Castleford have given a new two-year deal to prop forward Jacob Emmitt. "It's great to be here, I'm really happy it's all done and dusted," the 23-year-old said.

  108. 0945: 
    FOOTBALL

    Campaign group Kick It Out have criticised Uefa's decison to fine Manchester City more for their late appearance for the second half against Sporting Lisbon last month than previous punishments for other clubs for racial abuse. "This fine does nothing to help UEFA's reputation in relation to how it tackles discrimination in football," a statement said.

  109. 0936: 
    CRICKET

    Jealousy is to blame for the lack of acceptance of the Indian Premier League in England, according to batsman Kevin Pietersen. "It (the IPL) is very much struggling to find acceptance back home," he said. "It saddens me because I have had an amazing time at the IPL, and it's down to a lot of jealousy I think which is sad."

  110. 0929: 
    FOOTBALL

    Mario Balotelli has been linked with a return to Inter Milan following Roberto Mancini's weekend declaration he could be sold in the summer, but club president Massimo Moratti cannot see the move happening. "[We] have not made moves, he's not in our plans, even if we know he's really strong," he said.

  111. 0924: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Viv Powers on Twitter: "Messi is way ahead of Maradona in talent, class & dignity. Messi's skills are sublime & will far oustrip Maradona's achievements."

  112. 0919: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland is to undergo surgery after breaking both heels in an accident while on holiday in New Zealand.

  113. 0904: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Colin Tonkin on Twitter: "Money is on 'On His Own' for Saturday, won a very strong race in Feb at 12s, Ruby Walsh onboard and has been cut to 10s from 25."

  114. 0900: 
    FOOTBALL

    Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka is to help coach, as well as play for, Shanghai Shenhua. "We fired the assistant coaches. Tigana is still the coach of the team," an official told AFP. "Anelka is now on the coaching team."

  115. 0849: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Former Tottenham and Argentina midfielder Ossie Ardiles thinks that Lionel Messi is a better player than Diego Maradona. "I played with Maradona for seven years and he was magnificent," he said. "I thought I would never see another player like that but I have to say Messi is better." What do you think? Is Messi already a better player than the inspirational 1986 World Cup winner? Tweet and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  116. 0843:  
    Dan Roan, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    On Twitter: "I'm told Ecclestone has called a meeting with F1's 12 teams in Shanghai tomorrow to discuss the Bahrain GP - will not include FIA's Todt."

  117. 0835:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    On Twitter: "Five-place grid penalty for Lewis Hamilton in China because of gearbox change. He seems not too down re it. Big upgrade package for McLaren."

  118. 0828: 
    FOOTBALL

    In September 2010, Blackpool youth coach Gary Parkinson suffered a stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. The 44-year-old former player cannot speak or swallow and has little movement. The BBC's Mark Clemmit went to meet the player and his family for a special feature on BBC Radio 5 live, which will be broadcast from 1900 BST.

  119. 0823: 
    SNOOKER

    The qualifiers for the World Championship are continuing today, and the big news overnight is that six-time champion Steve Davis will not be making it through to the tournament. The action begins again this morning at 1000 BST with the standout ties being Jimmy White v Liu Chuang and Alan McManus v David Morris.

  120. 0815: 
    LONDON 2012

    Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade believes athletes should be paid for participating at London 2012. "It's a lot of things you do for the Olympics - a lot of jerseys you sell," he was quoted as saying on espn.com. "We play the whole summer. I do think guys should be compensated."

  121. 0805: 
    GET INVOLVED

    Today marks the start of the Grand National meeting and the Liverpool Hurdle could see Big Buck's make history with a record breaking 17th successive career win. The field for the main event on Saturday will be announced this morning, with favourite Synchronised's participation still not guaranteed. Who is your money on for the Grand National? Any tips you would like to share? Tweet and hashtag us on #bbcsportsday.

  122. 0802: 
    LATEST GOSSIP

    As always, we start with three stories from our transfer gossip column.Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will present his new manager with a list of the world's greatest footballers and let them have their pick of who they want to sign (Daily Mail), Tottenham centre-back Ledley King, 31, is yet to discover if he will be offered a new one-year rolling contract (Daily Express) and Fulham have brought 12 hens to live at their Motspur Park training ground to try to save \u00a35,000 in the annual cost of providing the players with eggs (Daily Mail).

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    Good morning everyone and welcome to Sportsday.

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