Sportsday Live - Friday 13 April

Sportsday Live featured all the latest sports news, including results and reaction from the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

13 April 2012 Last updated at 19:08

As it happened

  1. 1906: 

    Sportsday Live is going to close down its doors for the weekend but you can follow an important night of Football League action with Paul Fletcher's text commentary right now, the first of many live text commentaries we have for this weekend on the BBC website. Sportsday Live returns on Monday at 0800 BST.

  2. 1858: 

    The Musicians' Union has urged London 2012 organisers to reconsider pre-recording music for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

  3. 1856: 

    Three British athletes qualified for their respective finals in the European Trampoline, Tumbling and DMT Championships in St Petersburg. Amanda Parker and Laura Gallagher were second and sixth respectively to qualify in the women's trampoline, securing Great Britain's qualification for the team final in first place. In the men's competition, James Higgins also reached the final by qualifying in fifth, while the men's team reached the team final after finishing in third place.

  4. 1850: 

    Also from 1900 BST on BBC Radio 5 live there's the latest from Shanghai ahead of Saturday's practice and qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix. And remember, there is full commentary on the Championship clash between Southampton and Reading from 1945 BST.

  5. 1849: 

    Colin Murray will be on a magical mystery tour of Liverpool for an FA Cup 'Kicking Off' special on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 BST - the show will be in a number of secret locations across the city, all to be revealed later.

  6. 1847: 

    Matt Whitfield on Twitter: "Most English players can't step up from Premier League to international level let alone Championship and League One. Lambert & Rhodes' time will come."

  7. 1844: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh on Twitter: "A crowd of 53,461 attended Ladies' Day at Aintree. All of them are sober. Honest."

  8. 1838: 

    And finally, in Division One at the Riverside, where Durham are playing Notts, the visitors lead by 263 at 231-4 in their second innings, after bowling out the home side for 129, Ben Phillips taking 4-33.

  9. 1835: 

    At the close of day two in the Division One match between defending champions Lancashire and Sussex at Aigburth, the visitors compiled 300 in their first innings and then reduced the home side to 85-4, 91 behind.

  10. 1828: 

    At the close of day two in the Division One match between Warwickshire and Somerset at Edgbaston, the visitors are 31 ahead at 127-4 in their second innings. Warwickshire were earlier dismissed for 243.

  11. 1825: 

    Alex Koivio on Twitter: "England's strikers for the Euro's have to be Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck, Holt and Walcott. They are all playing regulary!!"

  12. 1822: 

    Stumps on day two of the Division One match between Middlesex and Surrey at Lord's and the visitors have closed on 161-5 in reply to Middlesex's 256.

  13. 1806: 

    Returning to the earlier debate on potential England strikers for Euro 2012 and Matt Tollerfield on Twitter: "People need to actually watch Lambert, then name an English striker (Rooney aside) that is definitely better than him."

  14. 1748: 

    Rangers administrators Duff and Phelps have confirmed that all three bidders wish to remain in the running to purchase the club, but have requested clarification on the proposed changes to Scottish Premier League rules, which include a 10-point penalty for two seasons for any club that transfers its share in the SPL to a new company.

  15. 1736: 

    Pippa Funnell will not compete at the London Olympics after two of the horses she hoped would help her to secure a place in the five-strong Great Britain team, Redesigned and Billy Shannon, both suffered injuries.

  16. 1733: 

    On Ladies Day at Aintree, it is appropriate that jockey Rachael Green gets a winner as Eleven Fifty Nine (6-1) beats the 3-1 favourite Call Me A Star to win the day's final race, the John Smith Mares' Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race.

  17. 1730: 

    American Jennifer Capriati, who won three Grand Slam titles and the 1992 Olympic gold, has been elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

  18. 1724: 

    Australia coach Mickey Arthur says his team may opt for two specialist spinners for the second Test against the West Indies, which starts on Sunday in Port of Spain. The Australians lead the three-match series after winning an entertaining first match in Barbados by three wickets.

  19. 1712: 

    Jonjo O'Neill is confident Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Synchronised can also win the Grand National. The last horse to win both races in the same season was Golden Miller in 1934. O'Neill said: "He came right in time for the Gold Cup and he just seems really well."

  20. 1708: 

    Jacob Watfa on twitter: "I guarantee if Carroll had scored 13 pl goals this season he'd be a sure fire pick for England, so why shouldn't Holt go?" #bbcsportsday

    Joshua Diamond on twitter: "First on the plane to euros has to be Alex Oxlade-Chamberlein, he changes every game and won't be phased by the big occasion." #bbcsportsday

    Rob Graham on twitter: "Don't get all these people going for #Lambert for the Euros, he's a lower league striker simply feeding off a very good team." #bbcsportsday

  21. 1701: 

    There is joy for Harry Haynes at Aintree as he triumphs on board the top weight Attaglance (14-1) to win the John Smith's Daily Mirror Punters Club Handicap Hurdle. Haynes rides According to Pete in Saturday's Grand National.

  22. 1700: 

    A few lines from the Championship. Burnley defender Michael Duff, the Clarets' longest-serving outfield player, has agreed a new one-year deal with the club running until June 2013.

    Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman says the club have offered an improved contract to Nathaniel Clyne. The 21-year-old defender's current deal expires in the summer.

  23. 1655: 

    Peter Kirkbride and Natasha Perdue strengthen their claims for a place at London 2012 by registering the Olympic qualifying B standard at the European Weightlifting Championships in Turkey.

  24. 1651: 

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres on playing Spurs in FA Cup semi-final at Wembley: "If you like football, you want to play at Wembley. I had the chance with Spain, but obviously they're not very good memories from that day as we lost, so hopefully on Sunday it will be better."

  25. 1647: 

    British cyclist Geraint Thomas on twitter: "Good start in Italy... No bike. No electric. No water.."

  26. 1641: 

    Villarreal says striker Giuseppe Rossi has re-injured his right knee and will need six months to recover, ending his hopes of playing for Italy at Euro 2012.

  27. 1636: 

    Tom Daley and Pete Waterfield fail to take advantage of a second-string China team as they miss the medals in the platform synchro on the opening day of the World Series event in Moscow.

  28. 1634: 

    Let's get some updates at tea from the county cricket grounds:

    Surrey v Middlesex

    BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand: "Surrey's openers produced an outstanding display to defy the early season conditions and help their side to 109-1 at tea. The only one to fall was rather a gift as Jacques Rudolph danced down the track to spinner Ollie Rayner and was stumped."

    Lancashire v Sussex

    "Good fight back by Lancashire since lunch, with Luke Procter, Glen Chapple and Simon Kerrigan gettings two wickets apiece. But still a strong position for Sussex after the tail wagged."

    Durham v Notts

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Am I still watching the same game? After the craziness of the first day and a session in which 20 wickets fell, suddenly we're in the doldrums. Notts are 124-3 - a lead of 156."

    Warwickshire v Somerset

    BBC Radio WM's Mike Taylor: "Warwickshire still have plenty of work to do to force home their advantage - Somerset trail by only 60 - but the exploratory over of spin for Jeetan Patel caused havoc, suggesting that he might get a spell sooner rather than later after the interval."

  29. 1622: 

    Lovcen (8-1) gets the better of the favourite Fingal Bay to win the Sefton Novices' Hurdle at Aintree for jockey Robert Thornton and trainer Alan King.

  30. 1615: 

    Get your shouts in for who England should take to Euro 2012 in the striker department.

    Ben Johnson on twitter: "Top 5 English PL goalscorers: Rooney (22), Holt (13), Defoe (10), Sturridge (10), Graham (10). All should go to Euros!" #bbcsportsday

    Dominic O'Caollai on twitter: "Does no-one else realise that as many goals as he may have scored, Rooney has had an appalling season?? He's been useless!" #bbcsportsday

    Philip Harries on twitter: "Rickie Lambert has been awesome all season and is definitely England material." #bbcsportsday

  31. 1603: 

    Ferrari technical director Pat Fry: "We've a few small upgrades that should improve it a fair amount, but then this [Chinese] track suits us less favourably than the last one [in Malaysia] really. So I expect the gaps are going to be similar. We have a lot of work to do to catch the others, particularly in qualifying."

  32. 1600: 

    So what did Chelsea carteaker manager Roberto di Matteo make of Tottenham winger Gareth Bale's claim that Spurs have a "better team" than the Blues? "We respect his opinion and we'll see on Sunday. Obviously, I don't agree with him."

  33. 1552: 

    Crewe striker AJ Leitch-Smith, 22, has signed a new one-year contract, with the option of a further 12 months, with the League Two club.

  34. 1549: 

    Chance du Roy (16-1) finished second to Always Waining with Fistral Beach (22-1) third and the gutsy mare Aimigayle (12-1) fourth. It gives Welsh trainer Bowen his first win since January.

  35. 1549: 

    Always Waining jockey Tom O'Brien: "Absolutely amazing, [Always Waining] just gives everyone who rides him a great spin around here. He hears the crowd and just takes off."

  36. 1546: 

    Always Waining makes it a treble of wins in the Topham Chase over the Grand National fences to create history at the Aintree track. Tom O'Brien's mount, trained by Peter Bowen, went off at 11-1.

  37. 1544: 

    Stephen Hendry, 43, on having to qualify for the World Championship: "I don't think I'll enjoy it. To have to qualify for the Crucible, where I've won seven world titles and had a great career, is not going to be enjoyable." Chinese cueman Yu Delu stands in his way.

  38. 1538: 

    Would you take a striker from the Championship to Euro 2012?

    Adam Priestley on twitter: "Steve Bull was selected by England in Div 3! With the lack of strikers, I'd take [Rickie] Lambert, he'll be premiership soon anyway." #bbcsportsday

    John Golson on twitter: "How can anyone question Rooneys temperament? Hasn't been booked let alone sent off in PL ALL this season. DEFINITE pick." #bbcsportsday

    Nick Neill on twitter: "Everyone needs to stop bashing Walcott. He has more goals this season than Silva and more career goals than Lennon and Bale." #bbcsportsday

  39. 1523: 

    Nicolas Anelka has lost his first match as player-coach of Shanghai Shenhua, 1-0 at home to Tianjin Teda. The final whistle was greeted with boos. The defeat leaves Shanghai in the bottom five of the CSL with four points from six matches.

  40. 1518: 

    Graham Lindsay on twitter: "FYI Jordan Rhodes has chosen Scotland and Junior Hoilett is Canadian." #bbcsportsday (regarding 1501)

  41. 1513: 

    The Queen Mother Champion Chase winner Finian's Rainbow adds the Melling Chase to his list of honours with an impressive display at Aintree. Barry Geraghty's mount, who went off at 13-8, took the lead two from home and jumped and travelled well with Wishfull Thinking in second.

  42. 1508: 

    Omega Pharma-Quick Step, the team of time-trial cycling world champion Tony Martin, says he will not need surgery after fracturing his shoulder blade, upper arm and facial bones when he was hit by a car during a training ride this week.

  43. 1507: 

    Sia Soliola signs a three-year contract extension with St Helens. The 25-year-old, who has made 43 appearances for the club, has agreed a deal that will keep him at Langtree Park until the end of the 2015 season.

  44. 1501: 

    Norwich's Grant Holt is getting a lot of love as a surprise striker choice for England at Euro 2012. Who else deserves a chance?

    Ash Dolan on twitter: "The fact that Grant Holt isn't talked about more is criminal. On form alone he should go, stats better than words!" #bbcsportsday

    JK on twitter: "Why is Rooney a definite pick? His temperament needs serious thought! For me, it's Crouch, DeFoe, Bent and Holt for his power!" #bbcsportsday

    Chris Whyman on twitter: "Junior Hoilett should go. Suspect when he moves to a big club in the summer the England mgr will suddenly deem him good enough." #bbcsportsday

  45. 1454: 

    Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has given his pre-match news conference another miss. It's the 45th he has avoided since taking over at the Bernabeu in 2010. His assistant, Aitor Karanka, said: "Mourinho will speak when he has to speak."

  46. 1445: 

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh on twitter: "Silviniaco Conti provides third win of Aintree meeting for trainer Paul Nicholls and jockey Ruby Walsh."

  47. 1437: 

    Ruby Walsh guides Silviniaco Conti to a comfortable win in the John Smith's Mildmay Novices' Chase at Aintree. The 7-4 favourite finishes well clear of Champion Court.

  48. 1432: 

    Everyone has got plenty to say on who England should take to Euro 2012 as a surprise striker selection. Who do you think?

    Dave Bradley on twitter: "Take Crouch over Carroll all day long! Defoe has been top draw when he's played...I'm almost more concerned about our wingers!" #bbcsportsday

    Kieran Jones on twitter: "With Rooney banned why not take him & 4 other strikers? Never understand why so many defenders go! Just take the injury risk!" #bbcsportsday

    Barrie Taylor on twitter: "England should worry about finding a manager first before worrying about which strikers to take!"

  49. 1426: 

    Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp ahead of FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday: "This is a great opportunity for us to go all the way this year. On our day we can beat Chelsea. We can beat anyone."

  50. 1419: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says striker Mario Balotelli must change his attitude to stay at the club. Mancini said: "If he wants to stay he should change his mind. I spoke with Mario a lot of times about this."

  51. 1408: 

    Let's go round some of the country cricket grounds for some lunch updates:

    Surrey v Middlesex: Surrey will be delighted to have made it to lunch without the loss of a wicket, but it was Middlesex's last-wicket stand that dominated the morning. Having been reduced to 129-7, their total of 256 marks a more than respectable first-innings performance. Dawid Malan was the last to go but it was his 88 that held things together for Middlesex.

    Durham v Notts: For the second week in a row Nottinghamshire's seamers have compensated for deficiencies in the batting by picking up the last seven Durham first-innings wickets for only 74. Ben Phillips, under-used last season, and Andy Carter took three apiece to turn the game around. Ben Stokes's 33 is the top score in the match after two completed innings - surely someone can post a decent individual effort or will the ball continue to dominate throughout?

    Hampshire v Gloucestershire: Frustrating morning for Hampshire as they would have wanted to bowl Gloucs out by now on a greenish wicket. Pick of the Hampshire bowlers is David Balcombe with five wickets. He looks the most likely to run through the batting line-up.

    Lancashire v Sussex: Tough morning for Lancashire with just the one breakthrough. Great captaincy by Glen Chapple to make Luke Proctor his first bowling change to dismiss Ed Joyce. Smart catch by Stephen Moore. Michael Yardy has been superb but has been dropped in the slips twice.

    Warwickshire v Somerset: Warwickshire's lead of 72 is useful in a low-scoring game but not as imposing as they would have hoped for before the start. The pitch still shows few signs of serious devilment. The new regulation delaying lunch if nine wickets are down has been enforced for the first time at Edgbaston.

  52. 1405: 

    The 7-4 favourite Darlan, ridden by Tony McCoy, edges out his Nicky Henderson-trained stablemate Captain Conan to win the Tangle Teaser Top Novices' Hurdle - the opening race on day two of the Grand National meeting at Aintree.

  53. 1402: 

    Who should England take to Euro 2012 as a surprise striker selection? You're all still at it on Twitter:

    Joe Abbott tweets: "At worst Peter Crouch is a good decoy in the box. As for him only scoring past the 'weaker' teams, isn't that where we struggle?"

    Bryan Mycock tweets: "Why take second-rate players? We need give youth a chance, like Germany did. Rooney, Welbeck, Sturridge and Carroll for me."

    Imran Jan tweets: "Why would anyone in their right mind take Carroll? Has to be Sturridge, Bent, Rooney and Defoe. Welbeck is dreadful..."

    Keep 'em coming! The way to chip in is via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  54. 1355: 

    In light of a number of controversial refereeing decisions in the Premier League, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has backed the introduction of technology to aid officials. "Video will help the referees", he claimed. "It will give them more credit, more authority and less mistakes. We have to accept we have the most conservative approach to the game than any other sport. It can be a strength but on the refereeing side I think it is a weakness."

  55. 1353: 

    BBC Sport's cricket reporter Alison Mitchell tweets: "MCC Head of Cricket John Stephenson admits to me on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra that the Lord's outfield won't be at its best for the South Africa Test following Olympic Archery. Lord's outfield will be re-laid at end of the season at expense of Locog following the archery, but until then..."

  56. 1348: 

    Clare Balding starts the day's racing off on BBC Two: "Yesterday we had a crowd of over 30,000, a new record. Today, Ladies' Day, it is spectacular popular. We could get as many as 50,000, and they come in early to enjoy all the entertainment. Ladies get flip-flops, and other race-day essentials."

  57. 1346: 

    BBC Two's Aintree coverage has just started, and if you refresh this screen you will be able to enjoy the very latest from Liverpool. The first race goes at 1400 BST.

  58. 1342: 

    Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin feels that the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni is lacking when it comes to leading the side in Test cricket. "He has always been a very good captain in ODIs and Twenty20s," said Azharuddin. "But in Test cricket, he lacks a bit of intelligence."

  59. 1339: 

    BBC Sport's reporter Matt Slater has tweeted: "Never mind what Amnesty International says. For the latest on Bahrain follow Ruud Gullit and Paul Casey - they're there to play golf."

  60. 1334: 

    BBC Sport reporter Juliette Ferrington is at Wigan Athletic's press conference ahead of the Latics' game away at Arsenal on Monday. She tweets quotes from Roberto Martinez: "I would say early February was when we really clicked as a group. I think we stopped fearing about our position in the table and we started on concentrating on what we could do on the pitch."

  61. 1330: 

    The human rights body Amnesty International has commented on the continuing furore surrounding the Bahrain Grand Prix: "Holding the Grand Prix in Bahrain in 2012 risks being interpreted by the government of Bahrain as symbolizing a return to business as usual," it stated. "The international community must not turn a blind eye to the ongoing human rights crisis in the country."

  62. 1327: 

    Former Chelsea and England boss Glenn Hoddle says Blues' manager Roberto di Matteo may have to consider fielding a weakened side for their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley against Tottenham on Sunday. "The biggest problem for Chelsea is the Sunday six o'clock kick off is not very helpful with such a big Champions League tie at [Stamford] Bridge against Barcelona [on Wednesday]," Hoddle explained.

  63. 1323: 

    Former All Blacks head coach Wayne Smith has said he's yet to receive an approach from the Rugby Football Union about an England coaching vacancy, and that he's satisfied running in the Waikato Chiefs. "I'm really happy here at the moment. I'm close to family and enjoying the game," he said. "NZ Rugby Union have been great to me and I'm not desperate to coach overseas, although one day I'd like to be in the Test arena again."

  64. 1318: 

    Northern Irish golfing champion Rory McIlroy, who finish tied 40th at +5 at the Masters, is celebrating reaching a million Twitter followers and has tweeted: "1 million followers! Unbelievable! Thanks to every one of you for your support. Hopefully I can repay you with some great golf this year!"

  65. 1314: 

    Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has hinted that record signing Asamoah Gyan is unlikely to return to Stadium of Light. The Ghanaian record signing is currently with UAE side Al-Ain on a season-long loan and O'Neill said: "You wouldn't really want somebody who is really unwilling to come back to the football club."

  66. 1310: 

    Sussex captain Mike Yardy is unbeaten on 110 and his side are 207-4 in reply to Lancashire's 124 all out in the LV County Championship. It's been tough going for the Red Rose county; Yardy has been dropped twice in the slips.

  67. 1307: 

    With just under 40 minutes to go until BBC Sport's live, unparalleled coverage from Aintree, why not take the time now to download and complete your very own Grand National sweepstake kit? The runners and riders for tomorrow's big race are all set out here, and don't forget to follow BBC Sport pundits Cornelius Lysaght and Frank Keogh who are right among the action.

  68. 1303: 

    The debate is ongoing regarding which leftfield striker selections England should make for their Euro 2012 squad for Ukraine and Poland:

    Scott Boseley tweets: "Jordan Rhodes has already played for Scotland (re 1216) so we can't take him. Rickie Lambert is definitely worth a gamble."

    Christopher Price tweets: "Of course Peter Crouch has to go; he scores goals when we need them, and offers various ways of attacking - especially at set pieces."

    Joel Willis tweets: "Crouch is a proven goalscorer but against smaller teams. Defoe for me fits the style of play and knows where the goal is."

    Thomas Fairbrother tweets: "Daniel Sturridge, Ashley Young and Theo Walcott with Wayne Rooney in behind? Anyone for flair football over long ball...?"

    Get in touch with your thoughts and opinions, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  69. 1254: 

    Former world champion and McLaren racer Lewis Hamilton has tweeted from China: "At my hotel. Fans waited for me as they do here every day. Amazing support. Sheh Sheh to all my Chinese fans!"

  70. 1252: 

    Tottenham have a defensive injury crisis ahead of Sunday's game against Chelsea, according to manager Harry Redknapp. "Younes Kaboul did his knee last week so he is not available," said Redknapp, who has also revealed that Ledley King and Michael Dawson are out of action. Probable defensive pairing Ryan Nelson and William Gallas have a combined age of 68.

  71. 1246: 

    Ahead of a second day's action at Aintree, BBC Sport's Cornelius Lysaghthas just tweeted: "Former champion Flat jockey Pat Eddery is ill and misses the John Smiths Legends Race (Saturday); Graham Thorner to replace him."

    If you want to get involved in BBC Sport's Aintree coverage, use #bbcracing on Twitter.

  72. 1241: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce says he is not sure if his promotion-chasing side are capable of ending their poor run of form at Upton Park, having gone seven home matches without victory, report BBC Radio London 94.9.

  73. 1232: 

    Glamorgan are all out for just 95 in their run-chase of Derbyshire's own lowly score of 130 at Swalec Stadium in the LV County Championship. The top scoring batsman for either side was Ross Whiteley's 28 of 82 balls, while seven Glamorgan batsmen failed to get into double figures.

  74. 1228:  
    Andrew Benson, BBC SportFORMULA 1

    More on the practice sessions in Shanghai, as Andrew Benson reports on Michael Schumacher's storming times: "Schumacher's pace-setting performance came a day after race stewards declared a controversial design feature on the Mercedes legal, following a protest from Lotus. Many believe the design, which boosts the DRS overtaking aid and enhances straight-line speed, will put Mercedes in the fight for pole position on this track, which has one of the longest straights on the calendar."

  75. 1222: 

    Ferrari's early season woes have continued in the second practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso could only muster 10th place, while Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa found it even harder and was 17th quickest in the afternoon. "We definitely lack a bit of performance," Massa admitted. "There's a lot to do if we want to have a good qualifying."

  76. 1216: 

    The debate on Twitter has moved away from focusing purely on Peter Crouch - who do you think could be an outside bet for a striker berth in the England squad for Euro 2012?

    Danny A G Stevens tweets: "A complete gamble, but why not take Huddersfield's Jordan Rhodes as a wildcard? Scored his 37th goal of the season this week."

    Kumail Jaffer tweets: "Danny Graham seems like a gamble which could pay off. 12 goals this season."

    David White tweets: "What about Rickie Lambert of Southampton? Decent goal scoring record: 30 goals this season. Could be a good choice."

    Liam Ashton tweets: "I think its between Crouch, Carroll and Defoe. Defoe hasn't played much this season but when he has he looks sharp so I'd pick him."

    Phil tweets: "We can speculate about England strikers as much as we want but would be useful to get a manager in place first..."

    What do you reckon? Should the new England boss - whoever he will be - cast his net wider than just the Premier League? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  77. 1207: 

    Middlesex are all out for 256 in their first innings of the LV County Championship derby game against Surrey at Lord's. Dawid Malan top scored with 88, while Surrey's England international fast bowler Jade Dernbach returned with 6 for 48 off his 26 overs.

  78. 1203: 

    Ahead of the Vienna City Marathon on Sunday, Paula Radcliffe tweets: "In Vienna. Wasn't sure I would make it, (un)thanks to bronchitis and pleurisy. Excited to race in this beautiful city."

  79. 1158: 

    Retiring Scottish referee Brian Winter has refuted Charlie Richmond's claim that officials need to "suck up to the right people" at the ScottishFootball Association in order to get the top games. Richmond has quit after after being overlooked for Premier League games for much of this season, for which he blamed "people within a position of power at the SFA." Winter told the Press Association: "You need to put the shift in and that also means fulfilling the role of the grade one referee. You have to be a role model for younger referees."

  80. 1155: 

    Former England rugby league international Ikram Butt has been named as an ambassador for the British Asian Trust. The Trust recognised his fundraising efforts on behalf of the Pakistan Recovery Fund following the devastating floods over the past two years. One-time Featherstone Rovers, Leeds, London Broncos, Huddersfield and Hunslet player became the first Muslim to represent England in either code.

  81. 1147: 

    Richard Budgett, who won rowing gold with Sir Steve Redgrave in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, has been named as the International Olympic Committee's new medical and scientific director, according to the Team GB website.

  82. 1144: 

    Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua have clarified the situation regarding striker Nicolas Anelka's coaching role at the club. On Thursday it was reported that the former Chelsea, Bolton and Arsenal forward had become player manager, but team spokesman Ma Yue has commented: "He is now both a player and a coach, but he is not the main coach."

  83. 1134: 

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Saturday's fixture at Norwich will be harder than the Mancunian derby against title rivals United later this month. "United is easy," he said. "We could lose or we could win but it is an easy game. Against United or Chelsea, our concentration will be 100%. Norwich will be really tough because we have only had two days to recover after West Brom."

  84. 1126: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh is at Aintree ahead of the second day's racing and tweets: "Will it be a happy 60th birthday for trainer Jonjo O'Neill? He saddles 2010 winner Albertas Run in Melling Chase, Aintree, on Ladies' Day."

  85. 1123: 

    Scotland's Stephen Gallacher is one of three players tied for fourth in the European Tour Malaysian Open. English opponent Danny Willett is one shot back and safely in the clubhouse after shooting a 69. The Yorkshireman's round was highlighted by an eagle at the par-five fifth.

  86. 1117: 

    Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush, who scored a brace in his side's 3-1 defeat of Everton in the 1986 FA Cup final, says tomorrow's semi between the two rivals should be a great occasion. "It is great for Merseyside and I am looking forward to the rivalry," he says.

  87. 1113: 

    Still raging on Twitter is the debate about whether Peter Crouch, with 22 goals in 42 international appearances, should be part of England's squad for Euro 2012. Some of you feel other target men are preferable options:

    Julian Sykes tweets: "It's a straight choice: Carroll or Crouch. I'd go for Crouch on form to date, and I'm an Liverpool fan!"

    Niel Kenmuir tweets: "Definitely give Gary Hooper a shot. Good English players get punished for choosing to play north of the border."

    Callum Davison tweets: "Grant Holt has got to be in with a shout. He's been in sensational form this season - second highest scoring Englishman..."

    Geoff Kirkland tweets: "Ask Premier League centre-backs who has given them the toughest time this season and I bet Holt would be a popular response!"

    What do you think? Crouch, Carroll, Holt or AN Other? Get in touch, via #bbcsportsday on Twitter.

  88. 1100: 

    BBC football reporter Juliette Ferrington on Twitter: "Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean to check fitness of Bradley Orr and Martin Olsson ahead of the trip to Swansea. Gael Givet available for selection."

  89. 1056: 

    The owners of the Bahrain International Circuit are confident the Bahrain Grand Prix will go off without incident. "The BIC has been clear throughout recent weeks and months the security situation in Bahrain is suitable for the staging of a major sporting event," they said in a statement.

  90. 1051:  
  91. 1047: 

    Tottenham Hotspur centre-back William Gallas is ready to return from injury for this weekend's FA Cup semi-final against former club Chelsea. "I'm fit to play again and I'm coming back to the squad," Gallas told AFP.

  92. 1038: 

    Underdog Ali Adams is not convinced by Audley Harrison's claim that he is primed for a return to form ahead of the duo's heavyweight clash in Essex on 26 May. "I'm getting bored of uncle Audley talking about redemption, clean slates and fresh starts because seriously, how many slates does he want?"

  93. 1031: 

    Bradford Bulls half-back Jarrod Sammut says the help the club has had in raising \u00a3506,000 proves that Rugby League is "the greatest game of all". "We probably would not be in the position we are now without that support. This shows that Rugby League is the greatest game of all and it's a really big family sport," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  94. 1022: 

    Red Bull principal Christian Horner says his team will have extra security for the Bahrain Grand Prix, which takes place next week. He said: "[As] with other races, sometimes extra precautions are taken. We'll do our best to ensure that all our guys and girls are in a secure environment."

  95. 1017: 

    Ex-Arsenal defender Sol Campbell queries the club's ambition and urges them to sign proven quality if they are to challenge for trophies next season. "You've got to ask yourself, where are Arsenal going? Do they want to actually win anything?" he tells BBC Sport's David Ornstein. "You can have players for the future but it is about getting players who can make a difference now."

  96. 1011: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson has been speaking to the press and he has rejected Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini's claim that the title race is already over: "I think he picked the wrong time to say that. There's five games still to go. The twists and turns of the Premier League, it's fascinating."

  97. 1002: 

    The Peter Crouch Euro 2012 debate on Twitter is still no nearer to a conclusion.

    Massive Lad tweets: "Crouch must go to Euros - we need a target man."

    Sam Says tweets: "The problem isn't Crouch himself but the fact he doesn't fit the system we should be trying to play."

    Brucie Bonus tweets: "What about Gary Hooper? Scores for fun. If I was English, I'd rather have the ball fall to him in the 90th minute than Crouch."

    What do you think? Tweet and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  98. 0956: 

    The wife of injured Wales coach Warren Gatland says a decision on whether he will lead the team on the upcoming tour to Australia is still some way from being made. "The coaches are just going to step up and do the job of getting the boys prepared for Australia, and then Warren will see closer to the time whether he can get to Australia or not," Trudy Gatland told the Waikato Times.

  99. 0946: 

    Liverpool winger Stewart Downing says Scousers Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have ensured all their team-mates know the importance of the FA Cup semi-final derby with Everton on Saturday. He told "Obviously Stevie, Carra and Jay Spearing, people like that, have been saying, 'Come on, we have to beat these.' They've been on at us."

  100. 0935: 

    Play has been suspended at the Malaysian Open after a tropical storm erupted. Masters runner-up Louis Oosthuizen currently trails fellow South Africans Otto Hennie and Jbe Kruger by one shot.

  101. 0927:  
    Phil McNulty, BBC SportFOOTBALL

    On Twitter: "Everton - and this might even apply to manager David Moyes - may need to overcome a psychological barrier to beat Liverpool. Not yet convinced Everton really believe they can beat Liverpool in a game like this. What an opportunity to prove they can."

  102. 0921: 

    Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish still has question marks about the fitness of Chris Herd and Stephen Warnock ahead of Sunday's clash with Manchester United. Provisional squad: Given, Guzan, Hutton, Lichaj, Cuellar, Herd, Collins, Baker, Bannan, Clark, Gardner, Warnock, Ireland, N'Zogbia, Agbonlahor, Heskey, Weimann, Marshall, Johnson, Stevens, Delfouneso, Delph, Albrighton.

  103. 0910: 

    After an initial burst of support, the Peter Crouch Euro 2012 bandwagon has started to slow down.

    Ryan Langdon on Twitter: "Crouch is useless. All he's got is goals/game against teams like Azerbaijan, not France, Ukraine & Sweden."

    Chris Newton on Twitter: "Cant take Crouch to the Euros! Who has he scored against? All countries who we should beat! His chance has gone!"

    Chris Mullis on Twitter: "Crouchy getting the chat. What about Danny Graham? Stepped up from the Championship and just kept scoring."

    What do you think? Is Crouch not the man for England? Tweet and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  104. 0901: 

    Worcester have snapped up former England lock Dean Schofield from Toulon. "Dean will add more physical presence and power to our pack of forwards. We want to go for a big pack next season," head coach Richard Hill said.

  105. 0854: 

    Friday marks the penultimate day of the Grand National meeting and BBC Sport's Frank Keogh has put together a runners and riders piece for punters to check out. He has gone for 20-1 shot Treacle as his pick for the win.

  106. 0849: 

    West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt and left-back Liam Ridgewell are both likely to be fit for Saturday's home clash with QPR after they missed the 4-0 thrashing by Manchester City. Provisional squad: Foster, Daniels, Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Ridgewell, Shorey, Mulumbu, Scharner, Brunt, Andrews, Thomas, Dorrans, Tchoyi, Cox, Fortune, Long, Odemwingie, Hurst, Roofe, Berahino.

  107. 0841: 

    The chequered flag drops in Shanghai and Michael Schumacher is top of the practice standings ahead of Lewis Hamilton. Fellow Brit Jenson Button finished sixth, with Paul Di Resta two places further back.

  108. 0836: 

    Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury insists a win over Martin Rogan tomorrow will prove he is ready for the Klitschko brothers. Former British heavyweight champ Fury faces local hero and Rogan at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast after being floored in his last fight. The 6ft 9in giant got up to stop Neven Pajkic in the third round in November having also been wobbled by Nicolai Firtha in September. Fury, 23, gave up the British heavyweight title rather than fight Liverpool prospect David Price.

  109. 0831: 

    Your tweets are coming in about Peter Crouch's England hopes, and so far, the Stoke City striker has been receiving a great deal of support.

    Kev Paddock tweets: "Crouch needs to go. Look at our options. Sturridge, Wellbeck, Carroll, Rooney (suspended). Need Crouch or we are coming home early."

    Daniel Towey tweets: "Crouch should be in the England squad. He has an exceptional goals to games ratio, far better than an other England player."

    Viv Powers tweets: "Can't see why Crouch hasn't been an automatic choice for the England squad, offers options that others don't and scores goals."

    What do you think? Is Crouch still an option? If not, who should go instead? Tweet and hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  110. 0825: 

    Merseyside rivals Everton and Liverpool meet at Wembley on Saturday with a place in the FA Cup final up for grabs. Former Liverpool captain Alan Hansen and ex-Everton striker Graeme Sharp have been talking to BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty about the match.

  111. 0820: 

    The media will be hearing from the Premier League managers this morning as they build-up to the weekend's action. How will the Manchester United and Manchester City camps react to the mid-week results? Find out on Sportsday.

  112. 0816: 

    After Big Buck's record-breaking win yesterday, the second day of the Grand National meeting sees Finian's Rainbow aiming to follow up his Queen Mother Champion Chase win in the Melling Chase. Coverage begins on the BBC at 1345 BST.

  113. 0812: 

    Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen has told the BBC his team-mate Peter Crouch deserves to be in the England squad for Euro 2012. Do you think Sorensen is right and the striker should be on the plane to Poland the Ukraine? Or, has the 31-year-old's time passed? Let us know by sending your tweets in, and remember to use the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  114. 0808: 

    Elsewhere in Formula 1, governing body the FIA has confirmed the Bahrain Grand Prixwill go ahead on 22 April. Their decision came after speculation about the event in the Gulf state, in which civil unrest has continued since February 2011.

  115. 0805: 

    Practice is currently on-going in Shanghai for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has just been overtaken by Mercedes's Michael Schumacher at the top of the standings. You can follow live text commentary here.

  116. 0802: 

    As usual, we start with the latest football gossip. Manchester United have made Lille playmaker Eden Hazard their top summer transfer target (Metro), West Bromwich Albion are expected to sell Peter Odemwingie in order to fund a bid for Fulham striker Andy Johnson (Daily Mirror) and Wolfsburg are lining up a \u00a38m move for QPR playmaker Adel Taarabt (the Sun).

  117. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday.

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