Sportsday - Monday 8 April as it happened

Full build-up to Monday's Premier League match between Manchester United and Manchester City at Old Trafford.

8 April 2013 Last updated at 18:33

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  1. 0801: 

    Good morning and welcome to the BBC's Sportsday.

    Throughout the day we will bring you the latest news, reaction to the weekend's events and all the build-up to tonight's action.

  2. 0801: 

    In a busy Sunday afternoon of Premier League football, Newcastle snatched a late winner to beat Fulham, while there were late goals as Wigan grabbed a draw at QPR and Tottenham drew at home against Everton.

    Paolo Di Canio's first game in charge of Sunderland ended in a defeat at Chelsea, but there were no goals at Anfield as Liverpool drew with West Ham.

  3. 0802: 

    Of course, there's more Premier League action tonight as Manchester United take on neighbours Manchester City at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson's men will move 18 points clear at the top of the table if they win tonight.

    Wayne Rooney is back in contention for United after a groin injury, although Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans are doubts with respective back and hamstring injuries.

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has no new injury probles to worry about.

  4. 0803: 

    Elsewhere, Great Britain's men's Davis Cup side created a piece of history last night as they fought back from 2-0 down to beat Russia in Coventry.

    It is the first time Britain have won a match after trailing 2-0 since 1930.

  5. 0804: 

    Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania remains in hospital after suffering neck and back injuries in a fall at Hexham.

    The 23-year-old Scot - who steered Auroras Encore to a famous 66-1 success at Aintree on Saturday - fell in the 15:10 St John Lee Handicap Hurdle yesterday.

    Mania, later tweeted: "Thanks so much for all the messages. I'm grand. Staying in hospital to get another scan (today) then should be home."


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini says a failure to sign the players he wanted has cost his side a chance to win the Premier League title and a lengthy Champions League run.

    With that in mind, is he correct? Would Manchester City be top if they had signed Robin van Persie? Which players do they have to sign to be ahead of Manchester United next year?

    We would love to hear your thoughts so let us know on twitter, via #bbcsportsday

  7. 0812: 

    Among the stories from today's gossip column are ...

    Serie A side Inter Milan are planning a move for Manchester City's 29-year-old Argentina striker Carlos Tevez.

    Swansea could make Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas, 25, their first signing in the summer on a free transfer.

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 25, met his match in the form of a robot goalkeeper as part of a bizarre Japanese game show.

  8. 0814: 
    Jimmy White

    The second qualifying round of the World Snooker Championship begins in Sheffield today with 10 matches taking place. Among those in action are six-time World Championship runner-up Jimmy White.

    White, 50, plays China's Tian Pengfei and needs to win three matches to qualify for the main event at the Crucible, which begins on Saturday, 20 April.

    Also in action today are Thailand's James Wattana, Malta's Tony Drago, Scotland's Alan McManus and Northern Ireland's Gerard Greene.

    Belgian Luca Brecel became the youngest player to qualify for the World Championship when he reached the Crucible last year aged 17. But he won't be there this year after losing in the first qualifying round over the weekend.

  9. 0820: 

    The County Championship returns this week and Glamorgan all-rounder Jim Allenby expects his side to be pushing for promotion from Division Two this year.

    "Realistically, if we were not to get promoted, then there's a major problem," Allenby told BBC Radio Wales.

  10. 0827: 

    More build-up ahead of tonight's big game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Manchester City.

    Alan Shearer believes City lost the title when United signed Robin van Persie.

    Alan Hansen thinks Roberto Mancini should have left Manchester City in the summer after failing to sign the players he wanted.

    What do you think? Would Robin van Persie have made Manchester City title contenders? Who do City need to sign in the summer? Who should they get rid of? Let us know, via #bbcsportsday

  11. 0833: 

    Duncan Bown: "City would be top with van Persie, because United would be fourth or fifth without him, and there is nobody else in between."

    Graeme Rayner: "It amazes me how much such an expensively assembled side can rely on one player. #noyayanochance."

    Kumille Govender: "City bought players that weren't needed, lack of consistency is what cost them."

    Keep your thoughts coming. Who should Manchester City buy to re-establish themselves as title contenders? Who do they need to get rid of? #bbcsportsday

  12. 0838: 

    Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell is to step down at Craven Park at the end of the season.

    In the wake of his side's record 84-6 Easter defeat by Super League leaders Wigan, Hudgell no longer believes the current board have the resources to take Rovers to the next step.

    "I can't achieve the ambition I want for the club," he told BBC Radio Humberside.

    "Why should we lump in effectively half a million a year just to stand still?"

  13. 0844: 

    Asked who he feared playing at this year's World Championship later this month, world number four Shaun Murphy said: "Not sure I like the word fearful but got to watch out for Mark Selby this year."

    The World Championship begins on April 20 and will be shown live on the BBC.

  14. 0846: 

    Ulster captain Johann Muller is out for the rest of the season after injuring a bicep in Saturday's Heineken Cup defeat by Saracens at Twickenham.

    The South African lock suffered a torn ligament in the 27-16 loss in the quarter-final encounter.

  15. 0847: 

    Viv Powers: "Mancini's excuses are sounding lame. Just not good enough. Expect him to be sacked in the summer & replaced by Mourinho."

    James King: "How can Mancini expect to chuck 150 mill at the squad every year? His team just haven't turned up on too many occasions."

    Marcel: "Mancini can't develop a player, he just buys one! If he can't improve the players he's got, why is he manager?"

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday

  16. 0901: 

    Manchester United's Carrington training ground is to be renamed the AON training complex as part of a ground-breaking naming rights agreement worth around £15m a season.

    The eight-year deal, which starts in July, gives the American insurance giant the right to display its logo on training kit for friendly and competitive domestic fixtures.

    Have a look at David Bond's blog, which asks what will Manchester United sell next?

  17. 0904: 

    Northern Ireland's Mark Allen has warned that snooker's revamped tour could lead to the loss of half its professional players next season.

    Asia is an increasingly important market for the sport, with five of next season's 11 ranking events set to be played in China and one in India.

    "There will be far more players who can't afford to play, because so many people won't be able to fork out for expenses," said Allen.

  18. 0909: 

    Alexander Harris: "RVP chose United because of their history and reputation. Mancini's spent enough over the last few years!"

    Dale: "To say MUFC rely on van Persie is ridiculous!! How many games has he not scored in recently and they still keep winning...?"

    Michael Baldwin: "City's new training ground should be producing talent in 5-10 years. They need a strong core to bring these players through."

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday

  19. 0919: 

    Jonny Wilkinson is relishing a return to Twickenham after guiding Toulon into the Heineken Cup semi-finals.

    Jonny Wilkinson

    The 2003 World Cup-winner landed six penalties and a last-gasp drop-goal as Toulon beat Leicester 21-15 to set up a last-four encounter with Saracens on Sunday, 28 April.

    Wilkinson said: "It's a great victory for the club - it was a big occasion and this is a first for Toulon. It's great to be back at Twickenham but it's the occasion that counts."

  20. 0926: 

    Listen to BBC Radio 5 live's commentary of stunning victories by James Ward and Dan Evans that helped seal Great Britain's 3-2 win over Russia in the Davis Cup on Sunday.

    It was the first time in more than 70 years that Britain had won a match after trailing 2-0.

  21. 0934: 

    Niklas Lanwehr: "The players City wanted to buy chose other clubs for a reason - City is no team, just a collection of high-wage players."

    Jamie Patterson: "I don't know how Mancini can say United are lucky to be where they are, it's simple, City haven't turned up this season."

    Niall Dean Harris: "Mancini is a hypocrite, says United aren't better than his team, yet states he needed four big signings to the retain title."

    Zackary White: "The difference is the manager! How many times has Sir Alex been tested? And he always throws the knockout punch!"

    Tell us what you think? Would Manchester United still be so far clear if they didn't have Robin van Persie? Who do Man City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal or Liverpool need to sign to be realistic title challengers? Do Manchester United need to buy any more players? If so, who?

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday

  22. 0940: 

    Ex-England batsman Matthew Maynard says he needs some time away from cricket, to deal with the death of his son Tom.

    Maynard has turned down an offer to continue coaching South African side Nashua Titans.

    He said: "I need to get myself sorted out so I'm just going to take a break away from cricket and see what happens."

    Surrey batsman Tom Maynard died last summer, aged 23.

  23. 0951: 

    George Morris: "Where's the youth backbone to this City side? Welbeck, Cleverley & Jones have been the bedrock for United's title charge."

    Edwin Kwakofi: "City did miss out on Van persie but it was their failure to sign Eden Hazard which ultimately cost them the title."

    John Crouch: "Chelsea have the team to challenge, they just need a manager and some stability."

    Dean McNamara: "Utd need a couple of players, a defensive midfielder is one. But they should bust the bank for Bale, he would suit Utd perfectly."

    Get involved via #bbcsportsday

  24. 1005: 

    Bury captain Steven Schumacher has been ruled out for the season. He'll have surgery to repair a double hernia injury.

  25. 1013: 

    Scottish side St Mirren announce they will not support the plans to restructure the Scottish league system.

    A statement from the club says: "The concept of playing 22 games prior to breaking into three leagues of eight, including the middle eight losing their points gained in the first series of games, is not a system we see as taking the game forward in the long term.

    "Other countries have tried this system and have since rejected such a set up.

    "We also feel this is not fair to fans who buy into their club by way of a season ticket, who are then unsure of what they are purchasing."

  26. 1015: 

    Some interesting Manchester United v Manchester City stats for you.

    • City's 6-1 win in last season's corresponding fixture was United's heaviest Premier League defeat, and the first time they had conceded six at Old Trafford since 1930.

    • This is the 165th Manchester derby in all competitions. Manchester United lead by 69 wins to City's 45, with 50 draws.

    • Sir Alex Ferguson and Roberto Mancini have met 11 times as managers. Ferguson has won six to Mancini's four.

  27. 1024: 

    Jake Waring: "How can people claim RVP has single-handedly won United the title? If anyone has it's Michael Carrick."

    Nigel Smith: "That's a shocking statement for Mancini to make. What's he going to do spend another £150m? I pity for the MCFC youth team.

    James Hallworth: "Would have been much cheaper a year ago but United NEED to sign Dembele. He'd run the show in midfield."

  28. 1031: 

    Newcastle sign former Scotland scrum-half Mike Blair on a two-year contract. Blair moved to Brive last summer after a decade with Edinburgh, but will leave the French club to return to Britain.

  29. 1037: 

    The power of the fourth official came into question during Birmingham's 1-1 draw with Millwall. The referee appeared to over-rule his assistant by awarding Millwall a goal before changing his mind after the fourth official intervened and disallowing Richard Chaplow's effort.

    Professional Game Match Officials spokesman Phil Doward says: "It is quite a regular occurrence. Fourth officials have had enhanced powers since 2010 and can have an input in decisions as long as they are not using any technical aids."

  30. 1047: 

    Today's @QofS_Official #QSTeaser: Who are the last five players to score a brace in the Manchester derby in the Premier League? #bbcsportsday

    We'll give you the answer at around 14:00 BST today.

  31. 1053: 

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Allan McNish says that events at the Malaysian Grand Prix show Mercedes are favouring Lewis Hamilton over team-mate Nico Rosberg in their challenge for the world title.

  32. 1059: 

    Steffan Rhys Morris: Winning the league 15 points clear is not "lucky" Mr Mancini. But winning the league in the 94th minute vs QPR is!!

    Ayo Maureece: "This Manchester derby is not as significant as other derbies in last three years. More or less a 'game of pride'."

    Ben Davison: City have 3 great players in Kompany, Yaya Toure and Aguero. Without them they are an average at best team.

  33. 1110: 

    Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck says that beating Manchester City is a "motivation" for his team after they were pipped to the title by neighbours last season.

    "It's a huge motivation, but that motivation has been there all season," Welbeck told United Review.

    "To be 15 points ahead is a big margin but we won't get complacent. Our mentality is always the same for every match - to win. That won't change."

  34. 1113: 

    Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel on Twitter: "@SwimmingHobbit: @Pschmeichel1 how did it feel lining up against united for the first time?" Worst ever feeling

    "#mufc to win 2-1 #derbyday #No20"

  35. 1123: 

    Former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli tells the club website that the goal he scored in the 6-1 win over Manchester United last season is one of his career highlights.

    "The goal I scored at Old Trafford was a great moment in my career, like the goal I scored for Italy against Germany in the last Euros," he said.

    "As soon as I arrived at City, everyone talked to me about the derby as the game to win and the Old Trafford as the stadium to conquer. I understood that - and did it.

    "I am sure [manager] Roberto Mancini will find the right way to win the derby. I really hope City win."

  36. 1125: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "Spectacular Cheltenham and Aintree winner Sprinter Sacre is among 17 entries for Champion Chase at Punchestown in Ireland on 23 April.

    "Trainer Nicky Henderson says Long Run and Riverside Theatre intended runners in Punchestown Gold Cup, 24 April. Could face Sir Des Champs. Other entries inc Chicago Grey, Seabass, Sizing Europe, Pandorama, First Lieutenant, Teafothree, Kauto Stone, Q D La Roque."

  37. 1131: 

    Force India are confident the wheelnut problems which hampered them in Malaysia will not be repeated in China this weekend.

    Drivers Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil both retired in Sepang because of the problem.

    "We were confident of bringing both cars home in the points until the wheelnut issue let us down," said team boss Vijay Mallya.

    "We've had three weeks to understand what went wrong and have worked hard fix the root cause of the problem."

  38. 1139: 

    Russia will waive visa fees for all athletes and officials participating at this year's World Athletics Championships in Moscow, organisers say.

    "The principal decision on free visas has already been made, we just need to take care of some formalities and get all the signatures in place," Alexander Palinsky, who is overseeing preparations for the 10-18 August championships.

  39. 1143: 

    Check out the BBC Sport club-by-club guide ahead of the new county season on the BBC Cricket page.

  40. 1145: 

    Daniel Woodley: "Amazing how Mancini says Utd have been lucky this season when City won the title in the 94th minute last season. That's lucky #bbcsportsday"

    Kem Barr: "Robin van Persie has scored 1 goal in United's last 7 league games, all 7 they have won. Ridiculous to say he's carried us! #bbcsportsday"

  41. 1151: 

    A former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, Norway's Steffen Kjaergaard, will escape sanctions despite having admitted doping, the country's anti-doping agency announced on Monday.

    Kjaergaard, who competed in the 2000 and 2001 Tour de France on Armstrong's US Postal Service team, admitted in October last year that he took the banned drug erythropoetin (EPO).

    But the Norwegian anti-doping agency said in a statement that the Scandinavian rider would escape punishment as the time limit for bringing a prosecution had lapsed.

  42. 1155: 

    Scotland's Martin Laird jumps from 117th in the world rankings to 56th following his victory in the Texas Open on Sunday.

  43. 1200: 

    Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will host the 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final on Saturday 29 June.

    The event is the seventh and final event of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix and takes place three weeks before the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in France.

    A total of 144 athletes will compete across 18 events with the likes of London gold medallists Jonnie Peacock and Hannah Cockroft set to take part.

  44. 1206: 

    Femi Longe: "Sir Alex has been the difference. It's Mancini who's cost City the title by not managing his players properly. He should leave."

    James Turner: "Last season City had the fewest injuries, this year we have had our spine Kompany, Yaya and Aguero out at important times!"

  45. 1210: 

    Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania is still in hospital awaiting an MRI scan, but is hopeful of being released today, says agent Bruce Jeffrey.

  46. 1214: 

    Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney on being pipped to the title by Manchester City on the final day of the season.

    "To lose the league in the last second [last season] was a bad feeling," said Rooney.

    "But when you're at a club like United, you have to be full of motivation and desire to win every year.

    "That comes from the manager and all the players are aware of that. The club and the players have to be full of that desire and that's why the club has been so successful."

  47. 1219: 

    Fraser Whitfield: "City supporters blaming injuries for season failure? Utd had constant injuries to key players last year & lost on goal difference."

    Ryan Paul Richardson: "Mancini wasted money on Javi Garcia, Sinclair + Rodwell, they wasnt needed. He just signed them for the sake of it."

  48. 1223: 

    Six-time Crucible runner-up Jimmy White is currently 3-2 up against China's Tian Pengfei in the World Snooker Championship qualifiers. First to 10 wins.

    If White defeats Tian then he will have to negotiate two more rounds of qualifying before the televised stages.

  49. 1229: 

    Manchester City will review the position of manager Roberto Mancini at the end of the season, reports The Guardian.

  50. 1233: 

    Here are some more stats ahead of Monday's big derby between Manchester United and Manchester City.

    Manchester United have scored the most goals (27) in the opening half-hour of league matches this season, while Manchester City have scored the most goals (28) in the final half-hour of games.

    Of the 26 goals Manchester City have let in so far this season, nine (35%) of them have been scored from outside the area, which is the highest percentage in the division. Just one of the 31 goals conceded by Manchester United in the league this season has come from outside the box.

    Manchester United have kept six clean sheets in a row in the Premier League, and have not conceded for 627 minutes in the top flight.

  51. 1241: 

    Younes Kaboul looks set to make his return from injury in Tottenham's Under-21 match against West Ham on Monday night.

    The 27-year-old defender has not played since the opening day of the season when he aggravated a knee problem.

  52. 1244: 

    Nathan Church: "Mancini himself is the reason for cities demise not a lack of signings. Poor handling of players and media.

    Micky: "Too many draws cost city the league."

  53. 1248: 

    Full-backs Micah Richards and Maicon start for Manchester City in their Under-21 match against Bolton.

  54. 1254: 

    Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke, her spokesman has said.

    For the latest go to the BBC News website.

  55. 1258: 

    Britain's Cal Crutchlow says he was frustrated after missing out on a podium finish in the opening race of the MotoGP World Championship at Qatar.

    "After the way I had been performing in practice and qualifying, finishing fifth is a little bit frustrating," said the Briton.

  56. 1305: 

    Jochez: "Roberto Mancini should define his team's play pattern, identify potential signings that suits him & discard misfits in his current team."

    Matty Burns: "Can only see both United and City to play with the reins off tonight resulting in a high scoring thriller."

  57. 1311: 

    Reigning Masters champion Bubba Watson says he is determined not to be a one-major wonder.

    "I sought out Graeme McDowell, (Rory) McIlroy, asked Tiger (Woods), asked some big-name players that have won (like) Charl Schwartzel. I asked, how do you deal with it, because the first three months to the first six months, your sponsors, media, you get more attention," said the American.

    "You've got more fans and so you get away from the game of golf. Golf is the last thing on anybody's mind but you still have to keep executing."

    The Masters starts on Thursday. BBC TV, Radio and Online will provide comprehensive coverage of the first gold major of the year.

  58. 1317: 

    Uganda sack national team manager Bobby Williamson, with the Cranes bottom of their World Cup qualification pool at the halfway stage.

  59. 1324: 

    Pakistan skiers qualify for the Winter Olympics for only the second time.

    Mir Nawaz, Mohammad Karim and Mohammad Abbas attained the desired results in Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) events held last month in Italy, Turkey and Lebanon.

  60. 1331: 

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville on the club's charge to the title:

    "No-one should be surprised by our response - the manager's been doing it for most of his 26 years in charge. The response of Sir Alex [Ferguson] and his players to adversity is always top class.

    "If you check the newspaper archives from the last day of last season, all the reports spoke of Manchester City's domination, and how they were going to win the championship for the next four years. If I read 'power shift' once, then I must have read it a thousand times in the space of a week last May."

  61. 1332: 

    Yus: "Roberto Mancini's comments are a clear example of how things at City work. They like to buy their silverware."

    ADP: "There's only one manager that's really tested Sir Alex Ferguson. Jose Mourinho. Even then Fergie bounced back ."

  62. 1339: 

    In the World Snooker Championship qualifiers, six-time runner-up Jimmy White is 4-4 against China's Tian Pengfei.

  63. 1346: 

    The title race might be over, but there will be pride to play for in Monday's derby clash between Manchester United and Manchester City.

    Keep those tweets coming in at #bbcsportsday

  64. 1354: 

    Here are more stats ahead of Monday's derby:

    Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has managed to score, on average, one goal every 178 minutes in the Premier League this season - not as often as last season, when he averaged a goal every 113 minutes.

    Manchester United have won 27 points from losing positions this season, more than any other side in the Premier League.

  65. 1357: 

    Here's the latest team news for Manchester United v Manchester City:

    United forward Wayne Rooney should return after a two-match absence with a groin strain.

    Rafael has overcome a similar problem, but Nemanja Vidic and Jonny Evans are doubts with respective back and hamstring injuries.

    City have no fresh injury concerns for their trip to Old Trafford.

    Jack Rodwell misses out but should be available for the FA Cup semi-final with Chelsea next weekend.

  66. 1410: 

    Chelsea have announced that they will face a second game in the United States against Manchester City at the end of the season, this time at Yankee Stadium in New York. City and Chelsea first meet in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley and then again at Busch Stadium, home of St Louis Cardinals, on May 23, before a second Stateside friendly at the home of the New York Yankees on May 25.

  67. 1426: 

    Former Manchester City forward Niall Quinn believes tonight's Manchester derby is "set up for Manchester United to underline the dominance they have had all season." He also says embattled Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini needs the result more than any City fan.

  68. 1434: 

    Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville has told United Review that talk of a power shift following Manchester City's title win last season was premature. "In some ways, that final day was as low as it could get for us [barring being the team City beat on the last day to clinch it]," writes Neville. "Conversely, for City, it was almost as good as it could get and you have to ask: was that City's mountain?

    "Reports of [a power shift] misunderstood Manchester United. Here is a manager and players who don't understand phrases like 'power shift'. They just make them more determined to ram such phrases back down people's throats."

  69. 1447: 

    Earlier in the Question of Sport teaser @QofS_official we asked you: who are the last five players to score a brace in the Manchester derby in the Premier League?

    And the answers are: Mario Balotelli, Craig Bellamy, Edin Dzeko, Darren Fletcher, Wayne Rooney

  70. 1500: 

    The draw for the fourth round of the Challenge Cup takes place at 15:30 and will be live on BBC Radio Leeds. The draw, which is taking place at the home of the holders Warrington, sees the 14 Super League teams enter the fray, along with 18 other clubs. The games will take place on the weekend of 19/20/21 April. You can see how Warrington beat Leeds in last year's final on the BBC Sport website.

  71. 1504: 

    Blackburn caretaker manager Gary Bowyer is likely to miss two days' training this week, having been summoned to India for a meeting with club owners Venky's.

    Managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew have also flown out, while global advisor Shebby Singh has been in India since Thursday. All four men met with Venky's chairwoman Anuradha Desai on Monday.

    Bowyer is expected to return to England late on Tuesday afternoon with Blackburn facing a vital game against Derby on Saturday.

  72. 1520: 

    Sunderland midfielder Alfred N'Diaye believes victory in next weekend's Tyne-Wear derby with Newcastle is now imperative in the battle for Premier League survival. "We've not won a game in two months and that's not good," he told the Sunderland Echo. "It's not normal. Now we don't have a choice. We need to win games, against Newcastle and Everton."

  73. 1532: 

    Tony Bellew's rematch with Isaac Chilemba has been added to the undercard of Carl Froch's super-middleweight unification clash with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena on 25 May.

    Bellew and Chilemba fought out a lifeless draw in Liverpool on 30 March in their final eliminator for a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title with both claiming they should have been given the verdict.

  74. 1534: 

    The Football Association will write to Fifa saying it has found no evidence of alleged racist chanting from England fans about Rio and Anton Ferdinand.

    An offensive song is reported to have been aimed at the brothers by supporters of their own country during England's win in San Marino.

    European anti-racism body Fare filed a complaint to Fifa over the issue but, while the FA does not dispute reports that the chanting took place, it has failed to find any proof.

  75. 1539: 

    Flanker Sam Jones has become the latest of Wasps young stars to extend his stay at the club.

    The club have announced a new "long-term" deal for the 21-year-old back-rower, who joins the likes of centre Elliot Daly, wing Christian Wade and England lock Joe Launchbury in committing to the Adams' Park side.

  76. 1541: 

    With the Football Association set to write to Fifa saying it has found no evidence of alleged racist chanting from England fans about Rio and Anton Ferdinand, FA managing director of Club England Adrian Bevington said: "We have gone through all of the video evidence that our security team recorded on the evening of the game.

    "I do want to make clear that while the journalists who have reported this have done so in good faith, they clearly have heard some chanting of a particular nature, and we're not disputing that.

    "But we haven't been able to identify any of that from the recorded evidence that we've gone through."


    Ikram Miah: "David Silva could be a big shine for Man City today having 89 chances including assists in the Premier League yet!"

    Abdullah Faruq: "Mancini's strategy of buying players worked in short term but in the long-term it hasn't. That's difference between him and SAF."

    Ibukunoluwa Adekoya: "I think Mancini talks too much. RVP choosing United ahead of City says it all."

    What are your thoughts ahead of tonight's Manchester derby? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  78. 1548: 

    Graeme McDowell, warming up for the start of the Masters on Thursday, on Twitter: "Played 18 holes yesterday with Brandt Snedeker and some good friends. Course in great shape (as always). The view driving down Magnolia Lane never gets old..."

  79. 1552: 

    Former Manchester City chief executive Garry Cook claims there is "nothing mediocre" about manager Roberto Mancini but the man who appointed the Italian at the Etihad Stadium acknowledges his future must be judged on results.

    Cook said: "I brought Roberto into the football club. Technically, I think he is a very, very strong individual and as a character he surrounds himself with success.

    "One thing about Roberto is there is nothing mediocre about anything he does when it comes to competition. He is a winner."

  80. 1557: 

    Ulster captain Johann Muller has been ruled out for three weeks after injuring a bicep in Saturday's Heineken Cup defeat by Saracens at Twickenham.

    The South African lock suffered the damage to his right arm in the 27-16 defeat in the quarter-final encounter.


    Thulandi Banda: "United will win against City tonight because that is the definition of dominance in a United dictionary."

    Amz: "The £55m paid for Rodwell, Sinclair & Garcia and gained from Johnson & Ade should have gone on a couple of monster signings."

    Tom Whall: "Maybe we should stop wondering where Man City went wrong and admire how United got it right."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  82. 1604: 

    Paris St Germain centre backs Alex and Thiago Silva have been included in Carlo Ancelotti's squad for the Champions League quarter-final return leg at Barcelona on Wednesday despite injury concerns.

    Italy midfielder Thiago Motta, who has only played one game since late January because of a recurring groin injury, was also named for the trip.

  83. 1608: 

    The prospective chairman of Portsmouth believes 'football is on their side' ahead of the court case that will determine the future of the club.

    Iain McInnes is one of the investors backing the Pompey Supporters' Trust. Administrators of the club will this week attempt to force the sale of Fratton Park in order to allow the PST to complete their takeover.

    "Football is on our side and wants us to win this case," McInnes told the BBC's Late Kick Off programme.

  84. 1610: 

    Twins Jamie and Craig Overton have spoken to BBC Points West about their sibling rivalry at Somerset and their hopes for the 2013 season.

    The brothers came through the Taunton club's academy and broke into the senior squad last season.

  85. 1614: 

    Jonathan Sexton could be in line to make his return from a foot injury when Leinster meet Munster in the RaboDirect PRO12 on Saturday.

    The Ireland fly-half has not played since suffering a hamstring injury in the Six Nations defeat against England, with a tendon tear in his left foot further extending his spell on the sidelines.

  86. 1616: 

    Darren Clarke has withdrawn from this weeks Masters. The former Open Champion has a hamstring injury.

  87. 1619: 

    BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts at Augusta: "Early on a muggy morning at Augusta and the 77th Masters week eases into gear. Patrons, as spectators are known, queued in their thousands for the 0800 course opening and then fast-walked (no running, remember) to every corner of the National to bag a favourite spot.

    "It might be only a practice day but it is rammed. Early birds out on the course include champion Bubba Watson and big buddy Rickie Fowler, former winner Tom Watson, Northern Irish amateur Alan Dunbar and 14-year-old Chinese prodigy Tianlang Guan, the youngest ever competitor, with 1984 and 1995 champion Ben Crenshaw.

    "Under the famous Oak Tree in front of the clubhouse a few early media men set up their gear but the hubbub, glad-handing, quote-chasing and constant searching for someone better to talk to has yet to begin in earnest. Highs of 80F expected later, good forecast for next few days until a spot of rain Thursday afternoon."

  88. 1621: 

    The draw for the fourth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup is:

    Wigan v Leigh, Hemel v Wakefield, Hunslet v Catalan Dragons, Rochdale v Bradford, Batley v Huddersfield, Hull v North Wales, Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury, London Broncos v Featherstone, Halifax v Barrow, Widnes v Doncaster, Keighley v Warrington, Leeds v Castleford, University of Gloucestershire v Salford, York v Toulouse, Whitehaven v Workington, Hull KR v St Helens.

    Ties to be played on the weekend of 20-21 April.

  89. 1625: 

    Murray Goodwin and Michael Hogan are likely to make their Glamorgan debuts when the Welsh county start their campaign in Cardiff on Wednesday.

    Both are in the 12-man squad for the LV= Division Two match against Northamptonshire.

  90. 1629: 
    Mario Balotelli

    Manchester City's last visit to Old Trafford saw them record a 6-1 win that took them a major step towards last season's title. Tonight they could fall 18 points behind Manchester United.

    Let us know your thoughts ahead of the Manchester derby at #bbcsportsday.

  91. 1631: 

    Ian Poulter on Twitter: "It's that time. Off to Augusta for some fine tuning."

  92. 1633: 

    German football journalist Raphael Honigstein on Twitter: "Mourinho to Chelsea buzz getting louder. Two very different people with CFC connections insist "it's a done deal"."

  93. 1638: 

    Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp believes his players have shown the character needed to overcome Malaga on Tuesday and reach the Champions League semi-finals.

    The German side drew 0-0 in Spain in the first leg last Wednesday before coming from behind to defeat Augsburg 4-2 in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

    "The team passed the character test," said Klopp. "It was important to show that we play football to win."


    Ibhawa: "The difference between Man United and Man City is not all about individual players but as a team. Man City lack a team spirit."

    Zoheb Ahmed: "I think (hope) we go all out and attack to try and forget that 6-1 last season. Here's to Rooney, RvP and Welbeck all starting."

    Ryan Murphy: "You've got to feel for Mancini. Can't imagine being a football manager and only spending £100m a year. Life is not fair."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  95. 1645: 

    British rider Bradley Smith said he was "positive" despite crashing out of his MotoGP debut at the weekend.

    Oxford-born Smith, 22, failed to finish having started from ninth on the grid at the Quatar MotoGP, but still remained upbeat after the race.

    "There were so many positives," he told BBC Sport. "We upped our performance from testing, learned how to ride the bike and upped the pace."

  96. 1649: 

    Wakefield forward Justin Poore will face the Rugby Football League's disciplinary panel in Leeds tomorrow after being charged with punching during his side's 44-24 Super League defeat at Wigan.

    The Australian front rower was sent off after 10 minutes by referee Robert Hicks for hitting Wigan second rower Liam Farrell and was today charged with a grade B offence by the RFL's match-review panel.

  97. 1653: 

    After being forced to pull out of the Masters due to a hamstring problem, Darren Clarke said: "It is with deep regret that I will not be able to play at Augusta this year. Playing in the Masters is one of golf's greatest pleasures and I am very disappointed to be missing out."

  98. 1656: 

    Championship leaders Cardiff City will be without striker Fraizer Campbell for Tuesday's visit of Barnsley.

    The six-goal striker is struggling with a shin problem, while Matt Connolly is a major doubt after limping off early in Saturday's 0-0 draw at Watford with a groin injury.


    Mike Warby: "Winning the title is great, but the thing for tonight should be revenge for the 6-1 game last season."

    Robbie Ellison: "I don't for a minute believe that City have no team spirit. Game v QPR last day of the season. Say no more!"

    Akshay Mistry: "Manchester City lack the unity that United have, the close knit bond which brings the best out of each other."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1701: 

    "Golfers, gardeners, dreamers, insomniacs. Three words to lighten your soul and add a distinctly green tinge to your world this week: the Masters, Augusta."

    Read the thoughts of BBC Sport's Rob Hodgetts ahead of this week's Masters.

  101. 1707: 

    Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, 25, has revealed he could leave the Bernabeu at the end of the season.

    "I am available to the club but I will not say any more. This is not the time," Higuain told Marca. "I can only say that I'm committed to the club and will help the team until the end of the season."

  102. 1710: 

    Ryan Mania's agent Bruce Jeffrey on Twitter: "News regarding grand national winning jockey Ryan Mania, still awaiting MRI scan. Will update when more news regarding Ryan.

  103. 1713: 

    You can check out the Manchester derby in pictures on our football page.


    Freddie Da Costa: "The Grand National, the Manchester derby and the Masters all in one week. Spoilt."

    Alex Williams: "Phil Jones is the main man for United tonight."

    Alan Walker: "RM's statement is ridiculous and depressing. What does that say about the state of British football today and in the future?"

    What do you think? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  105. 1721: 

    Jermaine Jenas insists he will not look to leave QPR even if his team are relegated.

    Jenas, who joined on an 18-month deal from Tottenham in January, told the Evening Standard: "Everybody wants to be in the Premier League, but I am very happy at QPR. The club and fans have taken to me very well and we will cross that bridge if we come to it, but I would love to stay.

    "Everyone at the club has accepted me, taken me after I was not in a great place in my career. QPR probably took a chance on me and it would be very harsh for me to go anywhere else."


    Lawrence Houldsworth: "If ever there's a game for City's team spirit to come out it's today, playing against their arch-rival! They'll be pumped."

    Jon: "Just put my money on a 6-1 united victory. Now that would be sweet after last year's nightmare."

    Mark Brayford: "Pity United can't wrap up the title tonight. Could play the kids at Stoke next week then. It might give us a chance."

  107. 1727: 

    Opta's Duncan Alexander on Twitter: "QPR were in the top-flight relegation zone on the day Thatcher became PM, the day she was ousted and the day she died."

  108. 1733: 

    Real Madrid pair Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso are banned as their team defends a 3-0 lead in their Champions League quarter-final against Galatasaray.

    Boss Jose Mourinho is without them after they received their third bookings of the competition in Real's first-leg win at the Bernabeu.

    Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz is also suspended after picking up his third yellow card in the same match. Yilmaz was booked for diving after a second-half challenge by Ramos.

  109. 1737: 

    Connacht hooker Adrian Flavin will retire from professional rugby at the end of this season.

    The London-born player joined Connacht in 2006 after spending nine seasons at London Irish.

  110. 1740: 

    Former England midfielder Owen Hargreaves says Manchester City will be "difficult to beat" and backs them to win the Manchester derby on Monday.

    City are 15 points behind their neighbours Manchester United with seven games to go, and boss Roberto Mancini has recently said the title race "is over".

    Hargreaves, who played for both clubs during his career, also feels striker Robin van Persie has been "a great addition" to United's squad this season.

  111. 1745: 

    You can check out our latest q and a with Jeremy Guscott, including the winners and losers from the Heineken Cup quarter-finals, the Lions chances of Jonny Wilkinson and Paul O'Connell, whether Christian Wade or James Hook be surprise picks and whether Europe adopt a Super Rugby-style league, on the BBC Rugby page.

  112. 1750: 

    Millwall goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall has said he is interested in making a permanent move to Bristol Rovers after a successful loan spell.

    Mildenhall's deal with Championship Millwall ends in the summer and he confirmed to BBC Radio Bristol he had entered contract talks with Rovers.

    "We're waiting to see what comes back," he confirmed. "I've never been one to give definite answers because football changes from one day to the next.

  113. 1753: 

    Brentford midfielder Jake Reeves has signed a new two-year deal with the League One club.

    The 19-year-old, who has made seven appearances this season, will remain at Griffin Park until the summer of 2015.

    Bees boss Uwe Rösler told the club website: "Jake has come through the youth ranks to be a full member of the first-team squad. There is more to come from him. He is still a very young player and has the potential to be even better."

  114. 1754: 

    Stade Francais scrum half Jerome Fillol has been cited for spitting at Bath's Peter Stringer during their European Challenge Cup quarter-final at the Rec on Saturday.


    Jordan Boateng: "I don't understand why United never get criticised for buying the title. It's what they've done this year with RVP."

    Martin Nieri: "Perhaps you might publish some pro #mcfc comments on your newsfeed."

    Jonathan Ashworth: "City spend £100M every year? Last two years, United have outspent them. City do sell players from time to time."

  116. 1757: 

    From Opta: "The last five meetings between Man City and Man Utd (all comps) have seen 23 goals scored, an average of 4.6 a game."

  117. 1758: 

    Middlesbrough boss Tony Mowbray has defended Jason Steele after his error in Saturday's defeat at Hull. Boro lost the game 1-0 after the 23-year-old keeper failed to keep out Robbie Brady's weak free-kick.

    "For Jason and us obviously the goal's a huge disappointment - he's got his head in his hands," he told BBC Tees.

    "It's a mistake but I won't criticise him when he's been excellent all year. Our lack of goals is more worrying. That's the real problem, not Jason."

  118. 1801:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    From 19:15 BST on BBC Radio 5 live, Mark Chapman presents live from Old Trafford ahead of the Manchester derby. There will be full commentary from 2000 BST.


    James Atkinson: "Many will have eyes on De Gea tonight, but he has improved a heck of a lot since last year, another good display on the cards."

    Sophie Gayter: "Utd looking for revenge after 6-1 loss at OT last season. City playing for pride. Expect a great game with lots of goals. 3-3."

    Luka Morris: "Why is everybody having a dig at mancini? He gets given money by the owners and he spends."

  120. 1809: 

    Birmingham's Alexander Stadium will host the 2013 IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final, which will feature some of the world's best Paralympic athletes.

    The meeting, on Saturday 29 June, will be the seventh and final part of the IPC Athletics Grand Prix series.

  121. 1814: 

    The remaining Clydesdale Bank Premier League fixtures look set to be published tomorrow.

    The SPL had planned to issue them today but they were not in a position to do so this evening amid consultation with the police and their broadcast partners.

  122. 1820: 

    Tony Hibbert is set to feature for Everton Under-21s against Fulham tonight.

    The right-back, 32, has not played since 1 December due to a calf problem that required surgery.


    Dominik Ral: "Forgot United have never spent money to win a league title....."

    Jamie Farr: "I'm not a United fan but why would you criticise them for buying the best player in the country when they had the chance?"

    Doyin Ogunbiyi: "MUFC earned their success and buying power, painfully eg. Barca 94. MCFC, CFC, etc want pain free glory. Do LFC spend big now?"

  124. 1828: 

    Ben Watson came through 45 minutes as he returned from six months out with a broken leg in Wigan under 21s 2-2 draw with Huddersfield.

  125. 1829: 

    British Weightlifting has appointed Peter Rowley as its new non-executive chairman.

  126. 1831:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 live

    From 19:15 BST on BBC Radio 5 live, Mark Chapman presents live from Old Trafford ahead of the Manchester derby. There will be full commentary from 2000 BST.

    You can also follow all of the action on our live text commentary.

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