Sportsday - Wednesday, 3 April as it happened

Champions League quarter-finals, Grand National build-up and Chelsea, Tottenham and Newcastle news conferences.

3 April 2013 Last updated at 18:50

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  1. 1846: 

    That is it for today's Sportsday live, we will be back at 08:00 BST on Thursday with more breaking news as it happens. However, there is plenty to come tonight with BBC Radio 5 live's packed schedule and also the BBC Sport website is running a live text commentary on tonight's Champions League action which you can follow here.

  2. 1839:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight BBC Radio 5 live presents a two-hour special on the Grand National which takes place this Saturday 6 April. Mark Pougatch presents the special "The National That Never Was" from 19:30 BST.

    Before the at 19:00, Pougatch present the latest sports news including interviews with former Leeds boss Neil Warnock, Amir Khan's brother Haroon who is nearing his professional boxing debut, BBC Tennis Correspondent Jonathan Overend has the latest on Heather Watson and Iain Carter chats with Paul Casey.

  3. 1833: 

    Laura Robson loses 6-4 3-6 6-1 against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard in the Family Circle Cup second round in Charleston.

  4. 1830: 

    If you refresh the page you can catch all the latest sports news on Sportsday Live on the BBC News channel. There will be the latest on Paolo Di Canio, Champions League build-up and more.

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  5. 1826:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight BBC Radio 5 live presents a two-hour special on the Grand National which takes place this Saturday 6 April. Mark Pougatch presents the special "The National That Never Was" from 19:30 BST.

    Before the at 19:00, Pougatch present the latest sports news including interviews with former Leeds boss Neil Warnock, Amir Khan's brother Haroon who is nearing his professional boxing debut, BBC Tennis Correspondent Jonathan Overend has the latest on Heather Watson and Iain Carter chats with Paul Casey.

  6. 1821: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon faces a new touchline ban after the Scottish Football Association instigated disciplinary action over his alleged outburst against St Mirren captain Jim Goodwin.

    Lennon has been accused of misconduct during his team's 1-1 draw at St Mirren Park on Sunday, specifically a "failure to behave in a responsible manner as an occupant of the technical area by repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language".

    The microphones on the live television coverage of the game appeared to pick up Lennon swearing at Goodwin following a tackle near the visiting dugout. Lennon has not been offered a fixed suspension and has seven days to respond to SFA compliance officer Vincent Lunny's notice of complaint with a hearing date pencilled in for 18 April.

  7. 1815: 

    Aintree's redesigned Grand National fences have been welcomed by World Horse Welfare ahead of their full debut on Thursday afternoon. Two horses have died in each of the last two runnings of the famous race.

    But concerns still remain over the size of the 40-runner field for Saturday's big race at the Liverpool track. Roly Owers, chief executive of World Horse Welfare, told the BBC: "They've made the fences more forgiving and we hope that will have an effect of the number of fallers, because that is our real concern with the National.

    "The fatalities are an absolute tragedy but what we do know is that the more fallers there are the more likelihood there is of a serious risk to jockey and horse. So if we can reduce the fallers that will be a big step forward."

  8. 1808: 
    Declan Kidney

    Queensland Reds head coach Ewen McKenzie has confirmed he would be interested in becoming the new Ireland head coach as the field of potential candidates to replace Declan Kidney narrowed.

    Kidney left his post yesterday after the Irish Rugby Football Union decided not to offer him a new deal when his current contract expires on 30 June. Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea today ruled himself out of contention and Saracens chief executive Edward Griffiths said Mark McCall was committed to his club.

    McKenzie has been linked with the Ireland role since announcing he would step down as Queensland Reds head coach at the end of the current Super Rugby season to pursue a job at international level.

  9. 1802: 

    Leading up to the first anniversary of the Hillsborough Disaster since the Hillsborough Independent Review published it's findings, BBC Two will show a documentary tonight describing the impact on the survivors and families of Hillsborough of living under the shadow of a lie for a generation.

    Hillsborough - Never Forgotten airs at 21:00 BST on BBC Two.

  10. 1753: 

    Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has taken advice from his Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon about Benfica ahead of tomorrow's Europa League quarter-final first leg in Lisbon.

    Lennon's men played the Portuguese side in the group stages of the Champions League earlier this season, drawing 0-0 at Parkhead and losing 2-1 away.

    Pardew said: "We have good contacts regarding this team. I know this city quite well and I have some contacts here who know Benfica well. There is also Neil Lennon who we have been in contact with. I think it is important to get as much information as you can - as I'm sure Benfica have done with us."

  11. 1747: 

    Brighton fans have released a report sent to the Football Association detailing incidents of homophobic abuse from rival supporters.

    The Seagulls are regularly the subject of taunts which relate to the city's large gay community. In the dossier, compiled by the Brighton and Hove Albion Supporters' Club in conjunction with the Gay Football Supporters' Network, it is claimed Brighton have been victims of homophobic taunts from the fans of 72 per cent of their opposition this season.

    There has been abuse in 70 per cent of the club's away games, and 57 per cent of their total matches.

  12. 1740: 

    Leeds have confirmed forward Ryan Bailey will not play again this month after being given a four-match suspension by the Rugby Football League.

    The 29-year-old was sent off during his side's 27-12 win against the Catalan Dragons on Monday.

    Bailey was dismissed by referee Ben Thaler for a 48th-minute late shot on Thomas Bosc, having already been put on report for another late hit. The latter offence was ranked as a Grade C one when Bailey was charged yesterday, and an early guilty plea this morning saw him given a two-match ban.

  13. 1732: 

    Durham Miners' Association have responded to Paolo Di Canio's statement that he does not support fascism.

    Dave Hopper, the general secretary of the DMA, told BBC Sport: "We think this is the solution to the problem.

    "It takes a brave man to put forward what he is given the past few days. We hope its sincere. If it is then we can put to bed our issue and let Paolo di Canio get on with what he's been brought here to do.

    "The football club have come around and we hope there's some cognisance of people's feeling in future before making appointments."

  14. 1725: 

    Team Sky's Sergio Henao claimed a thrilling win on stage three of the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco to take the overall lead.

    The Colombian caught his compatriot Carlos Betancur and Katusha's Giampaolo Caruso in the final kilometre of the steep climb into Trapagaran.

    Henao and Betancur touched elbows as they raced for the line on the 21 per cent gradient, but it was the Team Sky man who took the spoils. Henao also took over at the head of the general classification. He leads Nairo Quintana (Movistar) by eight seconds with his Sky team-mate Ritchie Porte two seconds further back in third.


    So ahead of tonight's Champions League quarter-finals, who do you think any of the teams playing this evening go all the way in this year's competition? Can Real Madrid, who face Galatasaray tonight, win their 10th European Cup? Could the Turkish side with Didier Drogba win it? Could Malaga or Dortmund cause a surprise? Let us us know what you think via Twitter using #bbcsportsday

  16. 1712: 

    Rugby League World Cup organisers have today reported ticket sales in excess of 40,000 for the tournament's November final.

    RLWC2013 released a statement in the wake of Old Trafford being withdrawn as a venue for the the rugby union equivalent in 2015, saying that Manchester United's home ground remained the place for the 30 November showpiece.

  17. 1659: 

    The Scottish Football Association offers Rangers defender Chris Hegarty a two-match ban for allegedly stamping on an opponent during his team's goalless draw at Montrose.

    He has until tomorrow to respond to the Scottish Football Association notice of complaint, and a hearing will be held the following Thursday if Rangers opt to challenge the punishment.

  18. 1651: 

    Marcel Kittel beats Britain's Mark Cavendish by less than a wheel in a sprint finish to win the Schelde Prize for the second year in a row.

  19. 1642: 
    Heather Watson

    British number one Heather Watson is ordered to rest and recover by doctors after being diagnosed with glandular fever.

    "I had to do some blood tests after Miami and the results have shown that I have traces of Glandular Fever (mono) in my system," Watson says. "There is no prescription for this other than complete rest, but the good news is that the doctors have told me I am at the tail-end of the fever."

  20. 1635: 

    An Independent Regulatory Commission hearing rejects Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell's appeal against a red card he picked up for a late tackle during his side's 3-2 win against QPR on Monday.

  21. 1626: 

    Swedish curler Anette Norberg, who won gold at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, retires at the age of 46.


    Kevin Cameron: "I really feel for Di Canio. This story has come out of the woodwork even though he's been in management for a while."

  23. 1610: 

    The statement from Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio continues: "I have clearly stated that I do not wish to speak about matters other than football, however, I have been deeply hurt by the attacks on the football club.

    "This is a historic, proud and ethical club and to read and hear some of the vicious and personal accusations is painful. I am an honest man, my values and principles come from my family and my upbringing."

  24. 1603: 

    Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio distances himself from any reports that he is a fascist.

    "I am not political, I do not affiliate myself to any organisation, I am not a racist and I do not support the ideology of fascism. I respect everyone," he tells the Sunderland website.


    David Kirumba: "Chelsea realised what the lost when it was too late... If Mourinho went back it would be a rare second chance for the club."

  26. 1541: 
    Lionel Messi

    Lionel Messi could return to action in time for Barcelona's Champions League quarter-final second leg against Paris St-Germain on 10 April.

    The Argentine forward, 25, was substituted at half-time with a hamstring injury during Tuesday's first-leg 2-2 draw in Paris.

    However, Messi said on his official Facebook page: "I will return soon. Thankfully it was not so serious."

  27. 1532: 

    The Dean of Durham writes an open letter to new Sunderland head coach Paolo Di Canio calling on the Italian to publicly renounce fascism or risk being associated with "toxic far-right tendencies".

  28. 1523: 

    Read about how Toulon's English stars like Jonny Wilkinson are aiming to bring down Leicester in the Heineken Cup on the BBC Sport website now.


    We are asking for your reaction to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's claims that Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge.

    Mark Sawyer: "Maybe a move back to Chelsea would be what Mourinho needs to rekindle his love of the game."

    Hishaam Habib: "I think Manchester City looks like a very likely destination for Mourinho. Chelsea is a step back for him."

    David Villar: "Mourinho returning to Chelsea could mean the PL has that missing spark again."

    Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  30. 1506: 

    Manager Billy Reid leaves Hamilton Academical by mutual consent after almost eight years in charge.

    The 49-year-old departs New Douglas Park with the club sitting seventh in Division One, six points above the relegation play-off zone.

  31. 1455: 

    England bowler Tim Bresnan confirms he will make a return to action in a fortnight's time following an injury-enforced lay-off.

    The 28-year-old could play in a three-day friendly with rivals Lancashire, starting on 16 April, after recovering from elbow surgery.

    "That's what we are targeting, myself and the England physio and medical team. It would be wise to go into a friendly first up, just in case," he says.

  32. 1446: 
    Norman Hunter

    The Leeds job would be "perfect" for an experienced candidate like Owen Coyle or Brian McDermott, says Norman Hunter.

    "I do not think it is a job for a young man," Hunter, who played for Leeds from 1962 to 1976, tells BBC Sport.

  33. 1438: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon faces disciplinary action from the Scottish Football Association over the "repeated use of offensive, insulting and abusive language" during the 1-1 draw at St Mirren.

  34. 1428: 

    Leeds Rhinos' preparations for Sunday's match with Warrington Wolves are disrupted by the theft of information on the club's training programmes.

    The data went missing when thieves stole conditioning coach Richard Hunwick's laptop on Tuesday night.

    "The impact will be significant," he says. "There were three memory sticks in the bag with a lot of back-up data that we analyse and use to dictate how we train.

    Jose Mourinho

    We are asking for your reaction to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's claims that Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge.

    Dan Keen: "Mourinho needs to take a break from the game before moving to another club, seems to have lost his love for the game."

    Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  36. 1407: 

    We have the answers to today's teaser for you. The five bowlers to take over 20 Test wickets in 2013 are:

    Dale Steyn, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Vernon Philander and Rangana Herath.

  37. 1400: 

    Sandro and Younes Kaboul (both knee) remain sidelined for Tottenham's first-leg Europa League quarter-final tie with Basle tomorrow night, along with striker Jermain Defoe who will miss at least two games, but goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is available after recovering from the knee problem that ruled him out of the weekend victory over Swansea.

  38. 1352: 

    Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree will miss his first game of the season at Castleford on Saturday after accepting a one-match ban.

    The England international was charged with a grade B dangerous throw in his side's 21-20 Good Friday defeat at Salford.

  39. 1345: 

    Sauber team boss Monisha Kaltenborn says Esteban Gutierrez will not need long to prove that he deserves his Formula 1 place on merit and does not deserve the 'pay driver' label, reports Autosport.

  40. 1337: 

    Striker Jermain Defoe has been ruled out of Tottenham's next two games with a muscle injury, reports the Daily Mirror. "It's a big blow," said Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.

    "It's on the same muscle that he had a small tear last month. It's on the other side now and it's a big miss as he represents a lot for us and he will be a big miss."

  41. 1330: 

    London Wasps sign wing and prolific Championship try-scorer Josh Bassett from Bedford. England Under-20 international Bassett was the Championship's top finisher last season with 14 tries.

  42. 1325: 

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will miss this weekend's La Liga match at home to Real Mallorca with a right hamstring injury and will then return to action depending on the speed of his recovery, the club said after tests today.

  43. 1320: 

    Interim boss Alan Hunte believes the next coach of Salford City Reds will inherit a role at what could be one of the strongest clubs in Super League.

    Owner Dr Marwan Koukash has decided on a successor to Phil Veivers, but has not yet revealed his identity. Salford currently lie second from bottom after 10 matches of the season.

    But Hunte told BBC Radio Manchester: "There's not a club in the country that could be stronger - that could have better players, better kids and better facilities."


    We are asking for your reaction to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's claims that Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge. Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Sam Pearce: "Mourinho and Di Canio in the Prem together next season? The interviews will be better than the football."

    Nick Oddie: "If José returned to Chelsea he would inherit a squad with far more potential than in 04. He could end the Manchester dominance."

    Kasapo Chisakula: "Mourinho's return to Chelsea will be a sign that the boss listens to the people."

  45. 1312: 

    Former QPR forward Rodney Marsh says it took guts for Christopher Samba to apologise for his performance in Monday's defeat by Fulham.

    Samba, who reportedly earns £100,000 a week, took to Twitter to say sorry but then told fans to "get over" the fact he is well paid.

    "My first impression was he's got a lot of guts to apologise," said Marsh.

    But James Wright of fans' group QPR1st says Samba is not in "a position" to dismiss concerns about his wages.

  46. 1305: 
    Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez

    A spokesperson for Manny Pacquiao says negotiations are ongoing for a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in December.

    Singapore, Macau and Dubai are possible venues for the Filipino's next outing. The 34-year-old is running for re-election as a congressman in next month's Philippines mid-terms.

  47. 1300: 

    Former seven-weight world champion Manny Pacquiao plans to fight again in September, but not in the United States because of tax reasons.

  48. 1253: 

    Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson will miss the remaining seven Championship games this season after suffering serious respiratory complications following a back operation last week.

    The former England international developed a pulmonary embolism, which will rule him out for the next six months.

  49. 1244: 

    Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams believes the pre-conceived ideas of Formula 1 being a male-dominated world are now disappearing.

    "Formula 1 may be perceived as being male dominated, but those perceptions are being broken down now," she told the Radio 4 Today programme.

    "Sauber has a female team principal, and now I've been put in this position, I think those traditional pre-conceptions of Formula 1 are breaking down a bit more."

  50. 1236: 

    Premier League clubs have been asked to overhaul ticket pricing policy for away supporters with influential fan groups demanding significant reductions in time for next season, reports London's Evening Standard.

    Supporters Direct, a group promoting the value of supporter action at clubs across Europe, have written to Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore to request that their ideas are included on the agenda for the governing body's shareholders' meeting on April 11.


    Ben Young: "Re 1217. Seems a bit harsh from L'Equipe to only give Becks a 3, I thought he worked hard and deserved at least a 5 or 6."

  52. 1226: 

    Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has ruled himself out of contention to replace Declan Kidney as the new Ireland head coach. "I am contracted to Harlequins until the end of the 2013-14 season," he told London's Evening Standard. "I will be honouring that commitment and, hopefully, continuing beyond it."

  53. 1217: 

    Midfielder David Beckham "lacked impact" in Paris Saint-Germain's 2-2 draw with Barcelona and received a paltry rating of just 3/10 from French newspaper L'Equipe, reports the Daily Telegraph.

  54. 1212: 

    England have recorded their fourth victory from four games in 2013 with a 53-42 win over Jamaica in the first of a three-Test series in Kingston. The success comes on the back of the 3-0 whitewash over Australia in January.

  55. 1205: 

    BBC MotoGP presenter Matt Roberts, commentator Steve Parrish and pit lane reporter Azi Farni believe Honda's Dani Pedrosa is the man to beat for this year's title.

    "Dani was the form rider in the second half of the championship last year and Honda have a great package," said Roberts. Read more of their thoughts ahead of the season on the MotoGP pages.

  56. 1155: 

    Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake will miss the rest of the season with a broken leg, reports the Express and Star. The 27-year-old, who is the club's top scorer this season with 15 goals, clashed with Birmingham defender Paul Robinson in Monday's 3-2 win at St Andrew's.

  57. 1150: 

    England Saxons forward Matt Garvey will join Bath Rugby from London Irish next season. Garvey, 25, joined the Exiles in 2009, playing 82 games and scoring four tries.


    BBC Sport's Dan Roan: "Tevez also handed fresh 6 month disqualification starting from today. Fine of £1000 for driving without insurance."


    BBC Sport's Dan Roan: "Breaking: Carlos Tevez handed community order with a period of unpaid work for 250 hours for driving while disqualified..."

  60. 1140: 

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports that the defence in the Carlos Tevez case say it's "highly unlikely" the Manchester City striker would repeat such offences as the "whole episode... has been completely alien to him and very frightening" and "he has full understanding of seriousness of this". They recommend a sentence of unpaid work.

  61. 1131: 

    Mark Webber is in talks with Porsche's Le Mans outfit, Kimi Raikkonen is on Red Bull's radar for 2014 and Red Bull are claiming a new pit stop world record of 2.05 seconds. More on those stories in today's F1 gossip column.

  62. 1122: 

    Former England striker Emile Heskey, 35, has signed a new contract with A-League side Newcastle Jets which will keep him in Australia until 2014.


    We are asking for your reaction to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba's claims that Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge. Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Ethan Wynn: "Definitely agree Mourinho should be back at Chelsea. Us fans would love it and so would the players."

    Tope Olutola: "Mourinho will only leave Real Madrid for Chelsea or to any other club if he wins the Champions league with them."

    James Foster: "Mourinho brings success, however my concern would be massive spending on stars when the club are trying to re-build."

  64. 1115: 

    Here's today's teaser for you from @QofS_Official. Who are the five bowlers to take over 20 Test wickets in 2013?

    The next edition of the show airs tonight at 2235 BST on BBC One with Kelly Sotherton, Michael Vaughan, Austin Healey and Mark Selby sat alongside team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell.

  65. 1110: 

    BBC Sport's Dan Roan reports that the magistrate in the Carlos Tevez case said the Manchester City striker "had served a significant proportion of his disqualification. We'll be looking at a starting point of a community penalty".

  66. 1105: 

    Champion chaser Sprinter Sacre will face six rivals, including Flemenstar, Cue Card and Finian's Rainbow, in the Melling Chase at Aintree's Grand National meeting on Friday.

    Sprinter Sacre, who has been called jump racing's Frankel because of his scintillating eight-race unbeaten run over fences, is likely to start odds-on favourite.

  67. 1059: 

    South Africa include uncapped trio Rilee Rossouw, Henry Davids and Chris Morris in a provisional 30-man squad for the Champions Trophy in June.

    Batsman JP Duminy is also in the squad despite rupturing an Achilles tendon on tour in Australia in November.

  68. 1054: 

    The Scottish Premier League (SPL) confirms it is pursuing costs for the investigation into undisclosed payments to Rangers players.

    Oldco Rangers were issued with a £250,000 fine in February after being found guilty of breaching SPL rules relating to payments issued through their Employee Benefit Trust scheme from 2000 to 2011.

  69. 1048: 

    Seam bowler Andrew Miller is awarded a one-year contract by Sussex after impressing on pre-season trips to South Africa and Dubai.

    Manager Mark Robinson said: "We've been impressed by his attitude, commitment and the repeatability of his action."

  70. 1043: 

    BBC Sport's Francis Keogh: "Trainer Philip Hobbs says Grand National hope Quinz (50-1) to miss Saturday's Aintree race because of 'moderate scope' (horse not 100%)."

  71. 1037: 

    Fifa announces that goal-line technology will be used at the 2013 Confederations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil - the BBC Sport website has a video demonstration of how the system will work.

  72. 1032: 

    Former Cardiff chief executive Gareth Davies condemns the ongoing row between the Welsh Rugby Union and Wales' four regions.

    "It makes us look like a bunch of school children squabbling in the school yard,"said Davies.

    The WRU and regional bosses disagree over the possible sale of Scarlets wing George North to Northampton and a range of other issues.

  73. 1026: 

    New Zealand's Jesse Ryder is released from a Christchurch hospital to return to his home in Wellington less than a week after an assault that initially left him with critical injuries and in an induced coma, reports the Associated Press.

    The 28-year-old has told police that he has no recollection of being attacked outside a bar.

  74. 1022: 

    BBC Monitoring reports that Barcelona midfielder Eric Abidal, 33, is to become an "international relations" ambassador for the club when he ends his playing career, according to Spanish newspaper Marca. Club vice-president Carles Vilarrubi called the Frenchman an "icon" of Barcelona's "implicit values".

    Meanwhile, Lionel Messi may be out for three weeks with the hamstring injury he picked up in last night's 2-2 draw wit Paris St Germain, while Javier Mascherano is expected to be sidelined for six weeks, El Pais reports.

  75. 1017: 

    Leeds caretaker manager Neil Redfearn will be assisted by former captain Richard Naylor.

    "We've worked really well together this year and I've really enjoyed working with him. He's one of two or three former players I've been looking to get involved in terms of coaching," Redfearn told the club's website.

    "Richard knows how I work and understands how I work, and this will do him good."

  76. 1012: 

    Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez pleads guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance on 7 March, 2013, at Macclesfield Magistrates Court.

  77. 1010: 

    England record their fourth victory from four games in 2013 with a 53-42 win over Jamaica in the first of a three-Test series in Kingston.

    Head coach Anna Mayes said: "We know that Jamaica will come back twice as hard, but if we stick to our plan, we will be fine."

  78. 1006: 

    Venetia Williams pays tribute to Mon Mome after announcing the retirement of her 2009 Grand National winner at the age of 13.

    "He's been an amazing horse to train and gave me the best day of my career when winning the Grand National," she told the Racing Post.

    Jockey Liam Treadwell, who was the first 100-1 winner in 42 years, added: "He was a brilliant horse to ride, a real gentleman, and I owe him a lot."

  79. 1000: 

    Sheffield Wednesday striker Steve Howard is confident the Owls can retain their Championship status.

    The 36-year-old, who joined from Hartlepool last week and made his debut in Monday's 1-1 draw with Bristol City, said: "Without a shadow of a doubt, we'll be fine if we keep playing the way we have the last two games."


    We are asking on your reactions to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba claims that Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge. Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #BBCsportsday.

    Nick Young: "Can't see Mourinho taking the Chelsea job this summer. Why would he want to work for a Europa League club?"

    Edwin Kwakofi: "Jose is the right man for the Chelsea job. 5 trophies in 3 years for the club kinda speaks for itself."

    Steven Walsh: "Mourinho leaving the Bernabeu for Stamford Bridge would seem like failure. However, if he gets sacked- who knows?"

    Sule Sheikh Umoru: "Mourinho & Chelsea are perfectly tailored for each other: they both cherish the temporary stuff."

  81. 0950: 

    Real Madrid are the subject of a European Commission investigation following allegations they have received illegal state aid, reports the Independent.

    It is alleged that Real and Madrid City Council agreed a favourable deal for land around the Bernabeu Stadium, which is to be redeveloped into a lucrative new shopping mall and hotel complex.

  82. 0945: 

    Australia fast-bowler Jackson Bird wants to play county cricket this summer as he looks to force his way into the Ashes squad.

    The 26-year-old, who was left out of the 20-man list of centrally-contracted players, said: "I would still love to play a part in the Ashes - nothing has changed from that point of view."

  83. 0940: 

    Scotland lose a final-end defeat to USA after victory over Russia at the World Men's Curling Championship in Canada.

    They have now won five and lost two of their round-robin matches and are in a three-way tie behind the host nation.

  84. 0937: 

    Charlton manager Chris Powell says his former team-mate Paolo Di Canio must "live and die" by his reported political views.

    The new Sunderland boss has refused to answer questions from the media about whether he held fascist beliefs, as has been previously reported.

    Powell said: "Some people may say he is not intelligent if he is saying what he said about his views, but he has to live and die by it."

  85. 0932:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    Dennis Hickie also told Radio 5 live that he expects Ireland's Brian O'Discroll to be selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia this summer.

    "I think he'll go on the Lions Tour, I wouldn't see any doubt on him not being picked at all," he said.

    "But as for whether he will be captain or not, it might work out for him because there isn't a clear-cut captain contender. It would be a big call in a very competitive outside centre position, to make him captain."

  86. 0928:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveRUGBY UNION

    Former Ireland winger Denis Hickie believes the Irish Rugby Football Union has a difficult challenge to find the right man to replace Declan Kidney, who was removed as Ireland coach after a five-year reign.

    He told Radio 5 live: "I think they'll go further afield. There's a lot of talk about can they tempt a guy like Conor O'Shea who has done a great job at Harlequins and in English rugby.

    "There are other Irish coaches like Mark McCall who is doing a great job at Saracens. Joe Schmidt, the Leinster coach, would be a big public favourite, with the way that Leinster have played in recent years.

    "It's whether they can tempt a guy like him to commit to Ireland for four or five years, when his family is New Zealand-based. It'll be a big challenge to see who they can get."

  87. 0924: 

    Former England striker Emile Heskey signs a new contract with A-League side Newcastle Jets which will keep him in Australia until 2014.

    "Everyone has made me feel very welcome here and I've really enjoyed my first season playing for the Jets," he told the club's website.


    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba says Jose Mourinho should return to Stamford Bridge. Let us know your thoughts via Twitter using the hashtag #BBCsportsday.

    Kieran Russell: "Mourinho is the only man that can sort out Chelsea. Definitely unfinished business there."

    Alex Taylor: "Mourinho return would only end in tears like Keegan. Don't rule out Hiddink postponing retirement, popular and successful."

    Tracee Henge: "Who should take over at Chelsea? Anyone looking for a temporary position!"

    Lurez Naidoo: "Mourinho turned Chelsea into the force they are today. Chelsea need the stability and tactical genius of him and so does the Premier League."

  89. 0913: 

    It's the third stage of the Tour of the Basque today with a 164.7km ride from Vitoria to Trapagaran. Italy's Francesco Gavazzi leads first-stage winner Simon Gerrans, of Australia. Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador is 13th.

  90. 0908: 

    Two fans groups say Brighton fans have been subjected to homophobic insults by rival supporters in over half of the club's games this season.

    In a joint statement, the Brighton and Hove Supporters Club and the Gay Football Supporters' Network said: "Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters' Club has spent over 15 years trying to get the authorities to take this regular abuse of one club's fans seriously.

    "We would like our fans to be able to go to games with kids or their grandparents and not hear much of the stuff we are subjected to - it's our basic human right."

  91. 0901: 

    Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish goes within one out of recording a rare perfect game in Major League Baseball, retiring the first 26 batters he faced in a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros.

    "I think my team-mates were more disappointed than I was," he said.


    Do you agree with Didier Drogba, is Jose Mourinho the right man to take over at Chelsea? If not, who should be in charge at Stamford Bridge? Let us know your opinions via Twitter using the hashtag #BBCSportsday.

  93. 0852: 

    Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba believes Jose Mourinho could return to Stamford Bridge because he has "unfinished business" with the Blues.

    "I don't think he's got over Chelsea - they haven't got over him," said the Galatasary striker.

  94. 0848: 

    Chairman of selectors John Inverarity says he is worried about Australia's lack of batting depth ahead of this summer's Ashes series.

    "We do not have the batting depth now that we enjoyed seven or eight and 15 years ago, we just don't," he said.

    "And that's something that cricket in Australia really needs to address and we need to get more batsmen making runs prolifically."

  95. 0845: 

    Australia names 20 centrally contracted players for 2013-14, with David Hussey and Moises Henriques among those omitted.

    The full list is: George Bailey, Michael Clarke, Ed Cowan, Pat Cummins, Xavier Doherty, James Faulkner, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.

  96. 0840: 

    Paris St-Germain's David Beckham says he is relishing being back in the Champions League.

    "I'm enjoying being part of these nights again, they're very special," he said after their 2-2 draw with Barcelona.

  97. 0835:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    While the Premier League has no sides left in the Champions League, Borussia Dortmund join fellow German side Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. But German journalist Raphael Honigstein believes their success reflects the quality of the two sides.

    He told Radio 5 live: "You have to look at the strength of the two sides almost in isolation from the league.

    "Bayern are very strong and came very close in 2010 and 2012 when they were beaten in the final and they look like they could go one further.

    "And Borussia Dortmund are just an outstanding team and they can beat any team on their day as we've seen against Manchester City and Real Madrid.

    "But I think you have to look at teams rather than leagues when you talk about the Champions League."

  98. 0830: 

    There is more Champions league action tonight with Malaga playing Borussia Dortmund in Spain.

    The club are playing their first ever quarter-final and winger Joaquin is hoping to go even further in the competition.

    "You can sense the club's dreams everywhere you go here. This is when great teams express themselves," he said.

  99. 0825: 

    With many of the biggest stars gathering in India for the Indian Premier League, former England captain Alec Stewart takes advantage of a pause in the international calendar to select his World Test XI.

    Ahead of an Ashes summer, two English players make the cut but Stewart names just one Australian in a line-up, which is already prompting plenty of comments.

  100. 0820: 

    Barcelona have concerns about Lionel Messi following their draw with Paris St-Germain in the Champions League last eight.

    The Argentine forward, 25, scored his side's 38th-minute opener before being substituted at half-time with a hamstring injury.

    The club said: "He will undergo further tests on Wednesday to determine the extent of the injury."

  101. 0815: 

    Record-breaking hurdler Big Buck's will have a sixth Grand National Festival victory at Aintree as a target when returning from injury next season.

    The 10-year-old has won his last 18 races, including four World Hurdles at Cheltenham, but was ruled out for this season in December 2012 with a leg injury.

    Owner Andy Stewart told BBC Sport: "His maximum number of runs next season will be two - Cheltenham and Liverpool [Aintree]."

  102. 0811: 

    The Grand National Festival starts tomorrow and 2009 winner Mon Mome has been retired. The 13-year-old, who was a 100-1 winner, will spend his retirement at trainer Venetia Williams' Herefordshire stables.

  103. 0807: 

    The latest from today's football gossip column:

    Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku, 19, wants to go out on loan next season - but it is unlikely to be West Brom with the Belgian keen to join a club in Europe to boost his World Cup prospects.. (Daily Mirror)

    Demba Ba, 27, has said that he would rather win the FA Cup or Europa League with Chelsea than qualify for next season's Champions League. (The Times - subscription only)

    Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester City will battle with Monaco for the signature of Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou, 23. (talkSPORT)

  104. 0803: 

    In the United States, British number two Laura Robson eased into round two of the Family Circle Cup with a 6-2 6-2 victory over Spain's Estrella Cabeza Candela.

  105. 0800: 

    Welcome to today's Sportsday. If you missed Tuesday night's football action, there was plenty of drama in the Champions League with David Beckham's Paris St-Germain rescuing a last-minute draw against Barcelona while Bayern Munich beat Juventus at the Allianz Arena. In the Championshsip, Watford claimed a vital win at promotion rivals Hull while Bolton kept up their hopes of sneaking into the play-offs with a win over Huddersfield, who remain in the bottom three.

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