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2 April 2013

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    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    A reminder about tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher tonight from 19:00 BST, which comes live from Hull's KC Stadium where we have live commentary on their match with Watford.

    There are also reporters at tonight's other Championship matches; Brighton-Charlton, Middlesbrough-Peterborough and Bolton-Huddersfield plus of course there will be news of the two Champions League quarter-final first-leg matches taking place this evening.

  2. 1356: 

    Many thanks for your thoughts on Paolo Di Canio's appointment as Sunderland manager.

    Chris Parker: "If the board appointed PDC to take all the attention away from an extremely poor Sunderland side, they've done that."

    Stuart Jones: "As an Aston Villa fan, I'm now quite worried PDC will keep Sunderland up. They look like they just lacked motivation & he will sort that."

    Carl Robinson: "Good appointment. Go bold or get relegated anyway."

  3. 1341: 

    Bradford's England Knights scrum-half Luke Gale, 24, yet to play this season following ankle surgery, is back in full training and could make his comeback against his old club London Broncos in Saturday's clash at Adams Park.

  4. 1336: 

    As we know Sunderland are sponsored by Invest in Africa this season and the players wore Nelson Mandela Foundation t-shirts before the defeat against Manchester United on Saturday, which was designated "Nelson Mandela Day" at the club.

    Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory says he met with Sunderland's management today "to discuss the public debates around Sunderland's new coach. Mr. Di Canio participated in the meeting.'' Hatang says the partnership with the club is a commitment to "human rights and anti-racism ... Sunderland reaffirmed its commitment to these values."

  5. 1330: 

    Alan Smith: (not the former Arsenal one, or the former Leeds one, or the ex-Crystal Palace one) "Let's concentrate on football not politics! It's about Sunderland staying up. I'm undecided on PDC but support the lads whatever."

    Mike Yates: "He won promotion for Swindon, so why can't he keep Sunderland up? Wish the media would stop poking in manager's personal lives."

    Sam Robinson: "As a Sunderland fan, I feel its more important to get behind Di Canio & club rather than question his appointment or politics."

  6. 1324: 

    Estonian midfielder Sander Puri could make his first St Mirren start in tomorrow's visit to Kilmarnock, following his late substitute appearance in Sunday's 1-1 draw against Celtic, but long-term absentees Thomas Reilly, David Barron and Darren McGregor remain out of contention.

  7. 1317: 

    A valid point from Peter B: "Bad form @QofS_Official, (Girondins de) Bordeaux doesn't begin with B. If it does, the German clubs don't!"

  8. 1313: 

    Slovak cyclist Peter Sagan has apologised in a video message for pinching the bottom of flower girl Maja Leye while they were on the podium at the Ronde of Flanders classic.

    "I am so sorry and I hope that Maja and anyone else I have offended knows how sorry I am," the 23-year-old said. "I promise to act more respectfully in the future.''

  9. 1308: 

    We have the answers to today's teaser for you. The six teams beginning with 'B' who have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

    Barcelona (did anyone NOT get that?), Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Bordeaux and Borussia Dortmund.

  10. 1257: 

    Some thoughts about the 30-man England Performance Squad announced earlier #bbcsportsday.

    Henry Whelan: "Why on Earth is Bopara still in the EPS? Undoubted talent, but he's had his chances, and he hasn't taken any of them."

    Stuart Elsdon: "No James Taylor in the England squads, interesting."

  11. 1251: 

    Some sad news to report from South Africa, former swimmer Karen Muir, the youngest-ever world record holder in any sport, has died of breast cancer aged 60.

    Her record in the 110-yards event at the 1965 ASA National Junior Championships in Blackpool was recorded at the age of just aged 12 years, 10 months and 25 days. She won 22 South African Championships and three US National Championships, but never competed at the Olympic Games because of the sports boycott imposed on her country in that time.

  12. 1245: 

    New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder has been unable to help police with their investigation into the late-night attack that left him in a medically-induced coma with head injuries for three days because he has no memory of the incident.

    Ryder's manager, Aaron Klee, said it was not known when the 28-year-old left-hander would be discharged from hospital.

  13. 1243: 

    More of your views on whether Paolo Di Canio is the right man for the Sunderland job. Keep them coming in please, to #bbcsportsday.

    St Philips Church: "DiCanio - what's the fuss? When was the last time a BBC reporter asked SAF what his deeply held views are? Orwell was right."

    Viv Powers: "Ellis Short claims PDC is box office!! Brad Pitt is box office but you wouldn't appoint him would you? Misguided."

    Afzal Hussain: "The media are trying to provoke Di Canio to get a reaction out of him as he's always been a bit of a loose cannon."

  14. 1236: 

    Paris St Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says he is an admirer of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, but the French club have not made an approach for the England striker.

    "He is a great player, he is one of the best strikers in the world," Al-Khelaifi told Sky Sports News. "I think everybody would like to have him but, if you want to talk about the fact, we didn't approach him."

  15. 1231: 

    Meanwhile the new Sunderland boss announces his backroom staff at the Stadium of Light; first-team coach Fabrizio Piccareta, goalkeeping coach Domenico Doardo, fitness coach Claudio Donatelli and physiotherapist/masseur Giulio Viscardi, all of whom were with him at Swindon.

    Sunderland also confirm that Steve Walford, Steve Guppy, Jim Henry and Seamus McDonagh have left the club.

  16. 1228: 

    A spokesman for Invest in Africa, Sunderland's shirt sponsors, says Paolo Di Canio's appointment "is a football-related matter and under the remit of the club".

    The shirt sponsorship deal is only for a year and runs until the end of the current season, although there is an option to extend it for 2013-14.

  17. 1217:  
    BBC Radio 5 live5 LIVE SPORT

    It's also another busy night of Championship action and you can follow all the developments in 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher from 1900 BST.

    There will commentary from Hull v Watford with Darren, John Murray and Robbie Savage, and we have reporters at Brighton-Charlton, Middlesbrough-Peterborough and Bolton-Huddersfield.

  18. 1200: 

    Borussia Dortmund's Marcel Schmelzer and Jakub Blaszczykowski will travel to Malaga for Wednesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg but it is up to team doctors to rule if they are fit to play, says sports director Michael Zorc.

    Defender Schmelzer will need to wear a facemask after breaking his nose in the league on Saturday, while midfielder Blaszczykowski is nursing a groin injury.

  19. 1153: 

    Scottish fans vote against league reconstruction proposals of leagues comprising 12, 12 and 18 teams, after a survey commissioned by the Scottish Football Association revealed the vast majority of supporters want a bigger top flight.

    Around 7,000 fans were polled for the first-ever Scottish National Football Survey, with 87% claiming they want to see a top division made up of more teams than the Scottish Premier League's current 12 members.

  20. 1145: 

    We're asking if Paolo Di Canio is the right appointment at Sunderland. Keep your thoughts coming in please to #bbcsportsday.

    Jon Chowthee: "He is unproven at the highest level, but then again so was Pep Guardiola once upon a time."

    Doyin Ogunbiyi: "If anyone has a problem surely it should be with Sunderland board not PDC. Whatever his views, they appointed him."

    Ingrid Vermeir: "If you're serious about making football an open and tolerant sport, there are other (bigger) fish to fry."

  21. 1138: 

    Japanese amateur Hideki Matsuyama, the 21-year-old who finished tied 27th to win the low amateur title at the 2011 Masters tournament and tied 54th at Augusta 12 months later, will make his professional debut at this month's Token Homemate Cup, a Japan Golf Tour event.

  22. 1130: 

    Attention returns to the Champions League tonight, with two high-profile quarter-final first legs: Bayern Munich against Juventus and David Beckham's Paris St-Germain against the mighty Barcelona. We'll have live text commentary for you starting later this afternoon.

    BBC Sport examines why there are no English quarter-finalists.

  23. 1122: 

    Here's today's teaser for you from @QofS_Official. Who are the six teams beginning with 'B' that have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League?

  24. 1115: 

    England and Wales Cricket Board national selector Geoff Miller gives his thoughts on the performance squad: "The players included in this squad reflect the progress they have made with senior England teams and the England Lions over the last 12 months.

    "All of the players named in the EPS squad have been involved with one or more of the England squads during the winter, with the exception of Chris Tremlett, who has been going through a rehabilitation process."

  25. 1105: 

    England announce their 30-man performance squad for the 2013 international season:

    A Cook (Test & one-day captain), Stuart Broad (Twenty20 captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Nick Compton, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, James Harris, Craig Kieswetter, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Chris Tremlett, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.

  26. 1101: 

    We are awaiting Fifa's decision on which company will be awarded the contract to provide goal-line technology for the World Cup. An announcement is expected later in the day.

  27. 1055: 

    Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale believes his side are still in a strong position to clinch a play-offs place despite two defeats over the Easter weekend.

    "We've had two terribly disappointing days, but there's no point crying over it," he told BBC Radio Devon.

  28. 1051: 

    Former England captain David Beckham says he has not given up hope of playing for his country in the future.

    The Paris St-Germain midfielder told CNN: "I'm almost 38 so the chances are very slight, but you never know."

  29. 1047: 

    More of your views on Sunderland's appointment of Paolo Di Canio. Keep them coming using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Zackary White: "Still waiting for Sunderland to announce it as an April fools and for O'Neill to waltz back in!"

    Lynn Marsh: "Di Canio should just do what he's there to do and keep his unpalatable politics to himself."

    Lurez Naidoo: "Di Canio will strike fear into the Sunderland players. I think that is what they need to avoid relegation."

    Oli Russell: "Di Canio is like Balotelli, he says one thing and the media blow it out of proportion. He is here to run SAFC not the country."

  30. 1042: 

    Paris St-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the club are interested in Wayne Rooney, but denies making a formal approach.

    "I think everyone would like to have him but if you want to talk about the fact, we didn't approach him," he told Sky Sports News.

  31. 1037: 

    Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand on the FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Chelsea: "Gutted about the result yesterday. Real FA Cup atmosphere, our fans were unreal. Just disappointed we couldn't send ya home happy."

  32. 1032: 

    You can now watch Paolo Di Canio's response to questions about whether he is a fascist during his first news conference as Sunderland head coach.

    The Italian says he is "not in the House of Parliament" and "will only talk about football".

  33. 1027: 

    Cardiff City manager Malky Mackay praises the quality and spirit in his squad after Monday's 3-0 win over Blackburn restored their seven-point lead at the top of the Championship.

    "It's about the squad we've got this year in terms of there being more quality to the squad rather than some of the youngsters who were having to come off the bench last year," he said.

  34. 1022: 

    Liverpool will play a match in Thailand this summer as part of their next pre-season tour, the club announce.

    The Reds, who last visited the country in 2009, will play as yet unnamed opposition in Bangkok's National Stadium on 28 July.

    Manager Brendan Rodgers said: "The players who went on the last tour to Thailand are really excited about going back."

  35. 1018: 

    Racing goes ahead at Exeter this afternoon after the track passes a precautionary inspection at 1000 BST following overnight frost. The first race is at 1410 BST.

  36. 1013: 

    Hannah Smith: "Di Canio appointment is risky, not for political reasons but because he lacks experience. League 2 is very different to the PL."

    Jez Johnson: "I'm disgusted at this media witch hunt of Di Canio, which other manager discusses their politics?"

    Jason Parry: "Paolo Di Canio is like a jar of marmite. You'll either love him or hate him for me he is good watching material."

    Jon-Paul Quinn: "As a neutral I think the way PDC's being treated by the media is a joke, should be embracing his passion & talent"

    Let us know your views on Sunderland's appointment of Paolo Di Canio using the hashtag #BBCsportsday.

  37. 1007: 

    New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio refuses to answer questions on his alleged fascist political views.

    "I do not have to answer any more questions for one reason, it was a very, very good statement from the club, very, very clear words came out from it," he said.

    "I do not want to talk about any more politics. If I am not wrong, I am not in the House of Parliament, I am not a political person.

    "I want to talk about only football. Yesterday, those were the last words I will talk about this situation."

  38. 1001: 

    BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan: "Paolo Di Canio outside Sunderland's academy this morning."

    Dan Roan
  39. 0957: 

    BBC Monitoring reports that German newspaper Die Welt says "the fight against right-wing extremism in the sport has suffered a major setback" with Paolo Di Canio's appointment as Sunderland manager and urges fans to boycott the club.

    Meanwhile a Facebook page in protest at Di Canio's appointment has earned 3,317 'likes' since its launch on Sunday.

  40. 0952: 

    Warrington forward James Laithwaite is ruled out for the next six weeks after he broke an ankle playing on a dual registration with Championship club Swinton in their 38-18 defeat at Featherstone on Monday.

  41. 0947: 

    Nigel Smith: "Fair play to Sunderland they knew they could be going down and did something about it, I wish my Newcastle had done the same."

    Alistair Anderson: "I'm confused - why all this 'outrage' now with Di Canio? No one interested when he started at Swindon. Media double standards."

    Hugh Smith: "I think we'll get some real idea of PDC ability. #safc are currently safe. Miracles are not needed. Just a steady hand."

    Jamie Cogle: "Was unsure about Di Canio at first, but now I am very excited. He has got the passion to turn this around for us!"

    Let us know your views on Sunderland's appointment of Paolo Di Canio using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  42. 0942: 

    Let us know your opinion on Sunderland's decision to appoint Paolo Di Canio and if you think the Italian is the right man to keep the Black Cats in the Premier League? Tweet us your views using the hashtag #BBCsportsday.

  43. 0937: 

    Jockey Katie Walsh defends the Grand National over cruelty claims and believes the horses in the sport are treated well despite recent deaths.

    The 28-year-old, who finished third on Seabass last year to become the highest-placed female jockey in the race's history, told the Radio Times: "These horses are so well looked after. Better than some children, to be honest with you."

  44. 0932: 

    German strugglers Hoffenheim sack coach Marco Kurz and manager Andreas Mueller as they prepare for the possibility of life in the second division next season. Former reserves coach Markus Gisdol is put in charge.

  45. 0926:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Nicky Campbell on BBC Radio 5 live is asking the question on Your Call: Is Paolo Di Canio an asset to British football or an embarrassment?

  46. 0921: 

    BBC football pundit Garth Crooks picks his team of the week following Monday's games. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech makes the XI after his fantastic save against Manchester United.

  47. 0916: 

    Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer urges his players to remain calm after they slipped firmly into the Championship relegation battle.

    "We can't get excited if we pick up a couple of wins because it's going to go right to the wire," he said. "We've just got to remain calm and positive, and keep going."

  48. 0910: 

    The Champions League is back tonight. There is no British involvement but we will bring you live coverage of the quarter-finals Bayern Munich v Juventus and Paris St-Germain v Barcelona along with updates from the four games in the Championship.

  49. 0905: 

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw becomes only the second pitcher in major league history to hit a home run and pitch a shutout on the opening day in a 4-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants.

    "It was a shock. I never hit one like that before," he said. "I thought I better swing at the first pitch since I struck out the first two times."

  50. 0900: 

    Worcester chairman and backer Cecil Duckworth says the prospect of a full-blown, top-flight Anglo-Welsh league is "worth looking at seriously".

    "I don't know how the rest of us [Aviva Premiership clubs] would respond, but I know that it has been considered in the past," he said.

    "But the idea that Cardiff or the Ospreys or the other two regions coming up here to Worcester, I'm sure would be very well received."

  51. 0855: 

    BBC sports news correspondent Dan Roan: "Stormy Di Canio press conference ends with manager angrily dismissing 'ridiculous & pathetic' controversy over his appointment & refusing to clarify whether he remains a fascist. I asked him several times to do so, but he referred to his statement yesterday."

  52. 0848: 

    Paolo Di Canio on replacing Martin O'Neill at Sunderland: "I am sorry for him (Martin) because it could happen to me one day. I will only concentrate and do my job properly for the club."

  53. 0844: 

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio on media interest: "I was prepared for the interest, not because it is Paolo Di Canio but because of the change at the club."

  54. 0841: 

    QPR defender Christopher Samba on Twitter: "Giving away 2 more tickets with players lounge as a sorry for yesterday [sic] game, just retweet to enter, meet u also in person and hand u my shirt."

  55. 0839: 

    Former World Player of the Year Zinedine Zidane says Tottenham's Gareth Bale has impressed him more than any other player in Europe this season.

    He told Sky Sports: "This year the player who's impressed me most is not actually playing in the Champions League. He's playing in 'the other cup' and that's Bale.

    "He's unique. He makes things look easy, his pace is frightening, his acceleration is unbelievable because of his ability to go through the gears in very little space."

  56. 0834: 

    New Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio: "The press like to call me the mad Italian, but I would confidently bet everything I have on Sunderland remaining in the top flight!"

  57. 0831: 

    Today's meeting at Exeter is subject to a 1000 BST track inspection because of frost. An eight-race card is scheduled to start at 1410 BST.

  58. 0828: 

    BBC Sports News reporter Richard Conway: "Di Canio: accusations over fascism are 'ridiculous and pathetic situation that doesn't represent Paolo Di Canio'."

  59. 0825: 

    Paolo Di Canio on Sunderland's survival hopes: "With my energy I'm sure we can get something from the next seven games. I hope my ways will give the team more confidence on the pitch."

  60. 0824: 

    JT McNamara, the Irish jockey paralysed after a fall at Cheltenham, was planning to retire from racing this summer, the BBC has learned.

    Trainer Barry Potts, who was the jockey's best man at his wedding, said: "He was going to give up the riding after Punchestown apparently, unfortunately this happened."

  61. 0819: 

    Paolo Di Canio on being offered the Sunderland job: "'When I got the call from (chairman) Ellis Short, I felt fire in my belly. I would have swam to Sunderland to take the job."

  62. 0815: 

    Paolo Di Canio's news conference at Sunderland starts and we will bring you updates on Sportsday as soon as they arrive.

  63. 0813: 

    QPR defender Chris Samba tells fans to "get over" his wages after apologising for his error-strewn display in the damaging loss to Fulham.

    "Fed up with the money tweets, get over it," the Republic of Congo international tweeted. "Tell me what is a £100k [per week] performance? I am sorry I let the side down, really upset with my first half performance."

  64. 0807: 

    The latest from today's football gossip column:

    Martin O'Neill could be offered the Leeds job in the wake of Neil Warnock's Elland Road exit. (Daily Telegraph)

    Turkish international striker Burak Yilmaz, 27, could leave Galatasaray for £10m this summer and has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool. (Daily Express)

    Swansea's Dutch goalkeeper Michel Vorm, 29, is a surprise target for Spanish giants Barcelona. (Daily Star)

  65. 0802: 

    BBC Sports News reporter Richard Conway: "Sunderland press office reiterates that it will be 'football-related questions only' to Paolo Di Canio this morning."

  66. 0759: 

    While Sunderland are bringing in Paolo Di Canio to maintain their Premier League status, Queens Park Rangers are facing a huge battle to survive after Monday's 3-2 defeat at Fulham.

    Rangers boss Harry Redknapp said: "We gave away the most terrible goals I've ever seen since I've been managing a football team."

  67. 0755: 

    Championship side Leeds United are looking for a new manager after Neil Warnock parted company with the Championship club.

    The 64-year-old left his job after Leeds' 2-1 defeat by Derby on Monday, which left them well adrift of the play-offs and just five points clear of the relegation zone.

    Academy manager Neil Redfearn takes charge until Warnock's successor is appointed.

  68. 0750: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday. There is an early start at the Stadium of Light where new manager Paolo Di Canio is facing the media for the first time and we will you updates from news conference, which is due to start at 0800 BST live.

    The club has said claims the Italian has racist or fascist sympathies are insulting to the "integrity of the club" as a storm builds over his appointment.

    Ex-foreign secretary David Miliband resigned from the board of Sunderland because of Di Canio's "past political statements" and the Durham Miners' Association have since asked the club to return the Wearmouth Miners' Banner.

    But the former Swindon boss said his appointment had been turned into a "political circus".

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