Sportsday - Thursday 18 April as it happened

Sir Chris Hoy confirms he is retiring immediately, county cricket updates and Premier League reaction.

18 April 2013 Last updated at 19:29

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday, from the BBC Sport Centre in Salford Quays.

    We'll hear from injured Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania shortly, we'll have county cricket updates, we're expecting Sir Chris Hoy to announce his retirement in a news conference in Edinburgh around midday and Andy Murray plays Stanislas Wawrinka in round three of the Monte Carlo Masters this afternoon but we begin with a look at some of the top stories on the BBC website this morning.

  2. 0805: 

    Both managers were unhappy after last night's 2-2 draw between West Ham and Manchester United at Upton Park.

    Hammers boss Sam Allardyce said United's second equaliser was offside and claimed: "We had a fabulous win taken away from us" while United manager Sir Alex Ferguson said Andy Carroll's challenge on goalkeeper David de Gea was a red card offence, commenting: "There is not a doubt about that."

  3. 0810: 

    Much has been made of Wayne Rooney's recent form, and former Manchester United striker Michael Owen was a guest on 5 live Sport last night to watch Rooney being substituted at West Ham.

    Asked about Rooney playing in midfield Owen said: "Wayne Rooney was fantastic when he played furthest up front. He loves football so much, he just wants the ball all the time, and sometimes goes deeper and deeper to get it. You don't want to stand up front and wait for everyone to give it to you. He can get frustrated when he does not get the ball."


    There has been an increasing amount of debate recently about the standard of tackling in the Premier League and the combative approach by certain teams.

    Arsene Wenger complained about Everton's "intimidating physical challenges" while counterpart David Moyes responded: "Do you mean when we were a little bit rough with the tackling? Up north we do that quite often, that's actually allowed in football."

    West Ham's Andy Carroll certainly made his presence felt in the Manchester United defence at Upton Park last night so we're asking this morning for your thoughts, whether there is too much physicality or whether it is an integral part of the game. Has the art of clean tackling been lost? Are there too many cards brandished? Are goalkeepers over-protected? Please send in your thoughts using #bbcsportsday.

  5. 0820: 
    West Ham's Andy Carroll challenges Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea

    Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson was in no doubt that West Ham were too physical in last night's 2-2 draw, and also criticised referee Lee Probert. "We know how they play, the ball is in the air most of the time. You've got to defend those things and they're very, very aggressive so you hope there's a strong referee. I'm not so sure we got that."

    Asked about Andy Carroll's challenge on David de Gea he added: "I think it's obvious, I don't think we need to dwell on that, it's an obvious red card but the referee has seen it differently."

  6. 0825: 

    The World Snooker Championship begins at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield on Saturday, and will of course be widely available across the BBC.

    We continue our build-up to the big event with an interview with Chinese number one Ding Junhui, who says the weight of expectation makes him wish he "was an alien".

  7. 0830: 

    Now for some stories from today's BBC Sport gossip column and former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou, 27, says he would be interested in a summer move to Arsenal from his current side Lille. (The Sun)

    Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul is on AC Milan's summer wanted list, with the Italian giants lining up a £12m bid. The 25-year-old, who will miss the rest of the season with a shoulder injury, is under contract until 2017. (Mirror)

    Alex Song is keen on a return to Arsenal after growing frustrated with his role at Barcelona, according to cousin and former Liverpool defender Rigobert. (Metro)

  8. 0835: 

    Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania, who suffered a fall at Hexham the day after his success at Aintree, is expected to return to racing in the Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr on Friday and has been speaking to 5 live this morning.

    "I've been passed fit to ride, so I'll be back to it tomorrow," he says. "It's what we jockeys do, we don't want to be off too long, missing rides and missing winners. It's what we are in the sport for. I don't want to miss my opportunities or miss any nice rides. I'm a little bit sore, but you would expect that from the injuries I have and I will get more physio at the course."

  9. 0845: 

    More from former Manchester United striker Michael Owen, a guest on last night's 5 live Sport, who was asked about the indifferent form of Wayne Rooney and the increasing use of him in midfield.

    "He has not played the lone man role for many years now," Owen says. "He can play in midfield, in behind, he can play anywhere. He is probably not feeling his best at the moment, feeling ousted out of his favourite position."


    We're asking this morning for your thoughts on the state of modern day tackling? Are certain teams too physical? Has the art of clean tackling been lost? Should firm challenges not be punished so often? Are too many cards brandished?

    Please keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday.

    Robert Pastore: "It's a contact sport, as long as tackles aren't malicious or career ending. Footballers are now unbearably soft and delicate!"

    Tom Bodily: "Not enough blood, sweat and tears at highest level. Pampered players/managers don't want precious cargo injured..."

    Aaron Ingram: "It's not too physical it's people like Wenger signing injury prone players look for too much protection."

  11. 0856: 

    More from Grand National-winning jockey Ryan Mania, who returns to the saddle after injury tomorrow.

    Asked about Auroras Encore's quest to become only the second horse after the great Red Rum to win the National and Scottish Grand National in the same year he tells 5 live: "It'll be a great thing for the horse to do; realistically we have got a great chance, he stays the trip and he was second in the race last year so hopefully we could go one better."

  12. 0906: 

    Dundee United will rest full-back Keith Watson for tomorrow night's match with Motherwell. Johnny Russell remains on the sidelines as he recovers from his broken fibula and midfielder Mark Millar is suspended.

  13. 0911: 

    Sergio Garcia and Jose Maria Olazabal are in action at the Spanish Open, which is under way in Valencia. Evergreen Miguel Angel Jimenez, 49, is making his return from a broken leg sustained while skiing.

    Scotsman Craig Lee has birdied two of the first five holes and shares the early lead.

  14. 0914: 

    They are also under way on day two of the first Test in Harare where Zimbabwe are playing Bangladesh.

    The home side have lost Elton Chigumbura in the second over of the day and are 223-5.

  15. 0918: 

    Hillsborough justice campaigner Anne Williams has died at the age of 62.

    Mrs Williams, who had fought for the new inquest into her son Kevin's death in the 1989 tragedy, had been suffering from cancer and made her last public appearance on Monday at the annual Hillsborough memorial service at Liverpool's Anfield stadium.

  16. 0922: 

    Dutch international Ricky van Wolfswinkel's expected move from Sporting Lisbon to Norwich contains a clause that could see the deal collapse if the Canaries are relegated.


    We're asking this morning if you think some teams are too physical. What are your thoughts on the state of modern day tackling? Keep them coming in please to #bbcsportsday.

    Tom Harrison: "No, the more physical the better. We don't want to end up like the Spanish. We need more physical teams and players."

    Steven Robinson: "I think some teams use physicality as a tactic to stop teams playing and break down the flow of the game... No harm in that..."

    Oladele Tosin: "The level of protection for keepers should be maintained."

  18. 0935: 

    BBC Sport's Frank Keogh:

    "Classic clues will be in evidence again today on the second day of Newmarket's opening meeting of the Flat racing season.

    "Hot Snap is 5-1 joint favourite for the 1000 Guineas on 5 May, with Just The Judge, after winning the Nell Gwyn Stakes for trainer Sir Henry Cecil as the fillies took centre stage on Wednesday.

    "It is the turn of the colts on Thursday with Richard Hannon responsible for half the field as four potential 2000 Guineas contenders line up in the Craven Stakes (1605 BST). Hannon saddles favourite Toronado and Havana Gold with opposition coming fron Dundonell and Tawhid.

    "You can follow details of the latest going, non-runners and results on the BBC Sport website."

  19. 0945: 

    London Irish prop Max Lahiff, 23, who qualifies to play for Australia through his father, will join Melbourne Rebels on a two-year contract at the end of this season.

  20. 0950: 

    Staying with union and Newcastle have signed Saracens and England Saxons flanker Andy Saull, 24, on a two-year deal.

  21. 0956: 
    Steven Fletcher

    Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, 26, has had surgery on the ankle injury which ended his season and hopes to be available for the start of the new campaign in August.


    Are some teams adopting too physical an approach? Please keep your views coming in to #bbcsportsday

    Mark Norris: "If I attacked someone in the way that Andy Carroll assaulted David de Gea I would be arrested. He's a thug, nothing more."

    Ian Osborne: "If SAF actually watched the game we played ball on ground a lot last night and Carroll was pushed in the back as he left the ground."

    Fabious: "There are isolated rough tackles here and there and the rest are exaggerated by coaches when their teams fail to win."

  23. 1005: 

    Sweden's Joakim Lagergren is the early leader at the Spanish Open in Valencia, reaching the turn in four-under-par.

    Paul Casey, now ranked a lowly 144th, is two under after six and Sergio Garcia one under after eight holes.

  24. 1012: 

    Now for news from around the globe courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring and China's Guan Tianlang, who amazed the sporting world when he made the cut at the Masters aged just 14, will see his record as the European Tour's youngest player is going to be broken by a boy aged only 12.

    "In two weeks, Ye Wocheng, a precocious pre-teen from the country's south, will lower Guan's record to scarcely believable territory when he tees off at the Volvo China Open," the South China Morning Post reports.

  25. 1021: 

    In Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, 30, says Barcelona and Real Madrid have both tried to lure him away from the Bavarian club in recent years.

    Bayern will face Barcelona in the semi-final of the Champions League next week.

  26. 1025: 

    And finally, in Spanish newspaper Marca, Spain coach Vincente del Bosque says goalkeeper Iker Casillas has found himself in an "uncomfortable situation" in failing to regain his place in Real Madrid's starting line-up since injuring his hand.

    "I don't think they would have questioned [Peter] Shilton in England in the same situation or other players who have been legends in their national teams," he said.

  27. 1031: 

    The World Snooker Championship begins in Sheffield on Saturday with comprehensive coverage across TV, red button and via the BBC Sport App from the Crucible Theatre.

    Hazel Irvine presents live coverage of every day of the tournament, and, new for this year, she will be joined by the well-established BBC Sport presenter Jason Mohammad, with analysis from Steve Davis, John Parrott, Stephen Hendry, Ken Doherty, Terry Griffiths, Dennis Taylor, Willie Thorne and John Virgo.

    For television viewers, BBC Two and BBC Two HD will be the home of the Championship, which runs until 6 May, apart from Saturday afternoon play which will be screened on BBC One and BBC One HD.


    Are some teams too physical? Are some too soft? Has the art of tackling been lost? Are too many cards being shown? Please keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday

    James Hunter: "A crunching but well-timed tackle used to be just as exciting as a goal. Football is worse now for this loss of physicality."

    Benjamin Cook: "No it's just some teams can't hack the physicality of 'harder tackling' teams. The game is too soft in my eyes."

    Alex Waddams: "If players didn't fall over at the slightest touch, refs would be able to better determine a challenge that is too physical."

  29. 1039:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOUNTY CRICKET

    It's day two of the latest round of Championship matches and Derbyshire will resume on 205-9 against Middlesex after a slow first day to their Division One match at Lord's.

    Somerset start day two against Surrey at The Oval on 344-8 thanks to some day one heroics from overseas player Alvrio Petersen. The South Africa opener enjoyed a superb debut as he hit 167, with 19 fours and one six. Live commentary of that match will resume on 5 live sports extra at 10:55 BST.

    Warwickshire will hope for some runs from their late order as they resume against Durham on 299-7. Captain Jim Troughton made 84 under the Edgbaston floodlights on day one for the county champions, hitting 12 fours.

  30. 1045: 

    We'll be hearing from Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy, who is expected to confirm his retirement at a news conference just after 1200 BST, and former British Olympian Rob Hayles has been talking to 5 live this morning.

    "I think it's been a big, big decision to come to and a big thought process has gone behind everything he has done and this will have been no different," said Hales.

    "It's no real big surprise to me. For a lot of people, it would have been great to have seen him on his own Velodrome next year at the Commonwealth Games. But Chris is someone who is all or nothing. He would have wanted to have performed to his best."

  31. 1050: 

    Hearts defenders Andy Webster and Darren Barr are passed fit for Saturday's visit to Kilmarnock.

  32. 1052: 

    We'll have updates on Andy Murray's match with Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Masters later, but sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is already safely through, the Frenchman beating Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-3 6-0 in round three.

  33. 1055: 

    Paris St-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti was critical of his players and himself after their French Cup quarter-final defeat on penalties against Evian.

    "There was no concentration, no character, too much self-importance," the Italian said. "The season is not finished but tonight is a disaster. I am sorry. It is my responsibility."

  34. 1058: 

    Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni scored his 112th goal when he converted a penalty in Sao Paulo's 2-0 win over Atletico Minerio in the Libertadores Cup on Wednesday.

    The 40-year-old Brazilian, whose goals have mainly come from penalties and free-kicks, has made more than 1,000 appearances for Sao Paolo. He also has 16 caps for his country but never scored for the national side.


    Are some teams too physical? Are some too soft? More of your thoughts on the state of modern-day tackling. Please keep them coming in to #bbcsportsday

    Allen Green: "Lesser players have always hacked talent. Best response is Ronaldo. Just rides the challenges and does damage with the ball."

    Carol Allan: "Premier League football is just thuggery on the pitch the art of football is lost let alone the art of tackling! young children watch the games on TV and copy everything they see on the pitch it needs to stop."

    David Hodson: "A good clean tackle winning the ball is great to see. What we don't want is the awful two footed and feet off the ground lunges."

  36. 1110: 

    Play has begun in County Championship matches around the country. Somerset's Alfonso Thomas hits successive fours off the bowling of Surrey's Stuart Meaker in the counties' meeting at The Kia Oval. The visitors are 354-8 in their first innings.

    You can get live commentary of that match on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with commentary of many of the day's other matches on BBC local radio. Live scores are also available on the BBC Sport website.

  37. 1116: 

    London Irish sign Nottingham forwards Matt Parr and Nic Prouse on two-year deals. Prop Parr, 29, has previous Premiership experience from spells with Leicester, Sale and Saracens while 32-year-old lock Rouse has made more than 160 appearances for Nottingham.

    "We are delighted to have these two players on board for the next few seasons," Irish rugby director Brian Smith said.

  38. 1121: 

    Zimbabwe make their way to 285-6 at lunch on the second day of their first Test against Bangladesh with Brendan Taylor unbeaten on 135.

    Live score updates are available on the BBC Sport website.

  39. 1129: 

    Rafael Nadal breaks serve in the first set of his third-round meeting with Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber to take a 3-2 lead. The Spaniard, seven times a winner of the French Open, will play either Florian Mayer or Grigor Dimitrov should he win through to the next round.

    Live score updates are available on the tournament's official website.


    After Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's complaints over West Ham striker Andy Carroll's challenge on goalkeeper David de Gea last night, your thoughts about the levels of physicality in modern football are coming in on #bbcsportsday.

    Vinay MP: "All those in favour of physicality and Andy Carroll rugby tackle, it's all fine until it happens to the team you support."

    FootballUncut: "For the past 30 years clubs have chosen weight and height over skill. It's no surprise these crush skill when they are allowed."

    Ricky Lee Everett: "Carroll should have seen Red; anyone who actually watches Stoke will know that they cross the line on regular basis - thugs

  41. 1143: 

    There will be an increased police presence at the London Marathon on Sunday in light of the Boston Marathon bombings, the home secretary has said.

    Theresa May told MPs that "some adjustments to policing" had been made after three people were killed in explosions near the Boston finish line.

    More than 35,000 runners are due to take part.

  42. 1146: 

    Today's Question of Sport teaser ties in with Sir Chris Hoy's press conference at midday today.

    The #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official is which five cyclists have partnered Chris Hoy to his Team Sprint medals at the Olympics?

    Best guesses to #QSTeaser please, before the answers are revealed at 1400 BST.

  43. 1149: 

    Rochdale manager Keith Hill signs a new three-year contract at Spotland. Hill returned to the League Two club in January after a spell in charge of Barnsley and has steered Dale away from relegation trouble.

  44. 1154: 

    Saracens sign prolific try-scorer Tim Streather from Championship club Nottingham.

    The 24-year-old centre will join Saracens for the start of next season, the Premiership leaders announced today.

    "We have been watching Tim for some time and he has proved himself as one of the most impressive centres in the Championship," Saracens rugby director Mark McCall said.

  45. 1156: 

    Six-times Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy is about to begin his news conference at Murrayfield. The 37-year-old is expected to announce his retirement from the sport.

  46. 1159: 

    British cycling legend Sir Chris Hoy announces retirement.

  47. 1201: 

    Sir Chris Hoy: "I am officially announcing my retirement. It was not a decision I took easily or lightly, but I know it's the right decision. Nothing would give me more pleasure than going to Glasgow, but I don't want to be there for the numbers.

    "Being objective, I got every last drop out in London. Now it's time for younger riders to experience what it is like to compete in front of a home crowd."

  48. 1203: 

    Sir Chris Hoy: "I will be there at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to open it and soak up the experience.

    "I have been in the sport for 19 years and witnessed how the sport has changed out of all recognition. It has gone from a minority sport to a major sport and to have been part of the journey is a massive honour."

  49. 1205: 

    Sir Chris Hoy: "Who knows what I'm going to do in the future; immediately the first thing is to step back and let it all sink in. I'm an ambassador for Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, working with Unicef and various other charities.

    "I'm announcing my retirement from international cycling - I've got every last ounce of energy and effort out of my body."

  50. 1206: 

    Sir Chris Hoy: "It is a hard time - it is one moment at the end of your career when you say 'enough is enough'. There is always a temptation to go on - I'm not frightened of losing - but it is the time to say I can't go on.

    "I didn't realise quite how much London took out of me. To go on for another year would be one year too far. I don't want to turn up to wave to fans and get a tracksuit.

    "I wanted to get a medal for Scotland and because I didn't think I could do that I wanted someone else to take my place."

  51. 1212: 

    Sir Chris Hoy: "It's tough to pick one special moment of my career - so I'm going to pick two. Athens - stepping onto the podium, hearing my name read out and then hearing 'Olympic champion' after it.

    "To me that was what my career was all about. I thought nothing could compare to that but in London, to end my career with my sixth gold medal in the nature of the keirin, was a really special moment.

    "But I could go on all day - fortunate I've got so many great memories and I've had so much fun. I still feel the same. I'm going to cycle for the rest of my life and encourage others to take up the sport."

  52. 1223: 

    British Cycling's president, Brian Cookson, pays tribute to the "unparalleled impact" Sir Chris Hoy's success has had on cycling.

    "The impact that Sir Chris Hoy has had on our sport since he won his first gold medal in Athens in 2004 is unparalleled," said Cookson.

    "Chris has always been a fantastic role model - his professionalism, passion for the sport and his determination to succeed at the highest level is central to the Great Britain cycling team ethos."

  53. 1227: 

    Sir Chris Hoy says he will concentrate on campaigning to bring the 2018 Youth Olympics to Glasgow in his immediate future and his role as an ambassador to the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

    He will also have an advisory role at the Scottish Rugby Union as well as working with charities such as Unicef and the Scotland Association of Mental Health and launching his own range of bicycles.

    "I'm looking forward to spending time with my wife Sara and putting something else in my life ahead of cycling," he added.

    "People say cycling is a sacrifice, it's not a sacrifice, you choose to do it. But every decision in your life is based around the sport."

  54. 1228: 

    Sir Chris Hoy on claims that he is Great Britain's greatest ever Olympian: "To describe the greatest is subjective. To me, in my subjective opinion, Sir Steve Redgrave is the greatest in British history. At the start of my career I never dreamt I would have one gold medal, never mind six."

    Sir Chris Hoy
  55. 1231: 

    Sir Chris Hoy on the prospect of taking part in Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games: "I don't see it as a pressure of expectation taking part in Glasgow.

    "We have so many talented athletes and in a way it is good the whole team have a share of the limelight.

    "I have had my time in the sun. It is time to let other athletes have their share. I wanted to be there as much as anybody, but I want to win, not turn up as a shadow of myself when someone could come in and it could be the start of their career."

  56. 1235: 

    Sir David Brailsford, performance director at Great Britain Cycling, says that Sir Chris Hoy "embodies all of the Olympic values" after the 37-year-old's retirement.

    "I can't speak highly enough of Chris and his career. I will never forget his Kilo in Athens - it was one of the most epic Olympic moments that I've ever experienced, the tension in the build-up was unreal," he said.

    "Chris' application, athleticism and dedication are second to none and I've said it many times but he is a true Olympic champion who embodies all of the Olympic values."

  57. 1242: 

    Mark Cavendish, who competed alongside Sir Chris Hoy in the 2008 Olympics and has since won 23 stages of the Tour de France on the road, tells BBC Sport that Sir Chris Hoy has been the perfect figurehead to drive cycling forward in Britain.

    "It is easy to see sportspeople with a 'good guy image' but it is not an image with him. He is actually one of the nicest guys you will meet, whether he is riding a bike or off the bike," says Cavendish.

    "I could not have hoped for a better face to represent my sport through these growing years. I could not have hoped for someone else to spearhead that than him.''

  58. 1245: 

    World number two tennis player Andy Murray says that Sir Chris Hoy will go down as "one of the greatest sportsmen that Scotland ever had".

    "He has great longevity, which obviously shows that he is extremely professional and very hard-working," adds the US Open champion.

  59. 1253: 

    Jason Kenny, who won selection for the individual sprint ahead of Sir Chris Hoy for London 2012, praises his former team-mate's commitment.

    "He has always been there as far as I am concerned; all of the years I have been involved in the sport, he has been there are the very top level," said Kenny.

  60. 1300: 

    British number one Andy Murray suffers a break of serve in the early stages of his third-round match against Stanislas Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Masters, slipping 2-1 behind with the Swiss to serve next.

    Earlier today Rafael Nadal eased aside Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-4 to advance to a fourth-round meeting with Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

    Live score updates are available via the tournament's official website.

  61. 1306: 

    Leicester fly-half Toby Flood says that he loves playing at Welford Road after reports linked him with a possible move to France.

    Toulon, Stade Francais and Toulouse are all said to be interested in the 27-year-old who will be in the final year of his contract with the Tigers next season.

    "I love it here. In some regards it is nice to been linked with France but nothing has been said," Flood told BBC Radio Leicester.

    "There is always speculation but I am enjoying my time here and for me there is only one club in England you want to be at and it is this one."


    Your Twitter tributes to Sir Chris Hoy are coming in on #bbcsportsday in the wake of the 37-year-old's retirement from international cycling.

    Oliver Styles: "No matter what sports you follow, there is no doubt about it. Sir Chris Hoy is the perfect sporting idol."

    Perks of being Chris: "Its been a pleasure to watch Sir Chris Hoy cycle, while there be anyone better?"

  63. 1318: 

    Andy Murray loses the first set of his third-round meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka in just 27 minutes at the Monte Carlo Masters, folding 6-1 to the Swiss.

    Wawrinka then serves out to love for a 1-0 lead in the second set.

    Live scores are available via the tournament's official website.

  64. 1322: 
    CRICKET- Middlesex v Derbyshire

    Kevin Hand reports from Lord's: "An entertaining 50 partnership for the 10th wicket saw Derbyshire to 231 all out this morning. However, Middlesex will take note that the partnership probably proved the score is below par on this pitch as they reached 62-1 at lunch with Joe Denly, in particular, looking in ominous form."

  65. 1324: 
    CRICKET- Surrey v Somerset

    Mark Church reports from The Kia Oval: "A very good morning for Somerset and work for Surrey to do this afternoon. After Somerset were all out for 384, Jade Dernbach finishing with 5-57, Peter Trego took the big wicket of Graeme Smith when he had the Surrey captain caught at slip for two. And on the stroke of lunch Alfonso Thomas dismissed Arun Harinath for five as Surrey went to the break on 30-2."

  66. 1332: 

    Elsewhere in the County Championship action, Durham's reply to Warwickshire's first-innings total of 354 is off to a poor start. The visitors are 5-3 with Mark Stoneman and William Smith both out for ducks at the top of the order.

    Lunch is being taken around the country. You can check on all the latest on the BBC Sport website's live scores page, with commentary on matches available via BBC local radio.

  67. 1336: 

    The second set of British number one Andy Murray's Monte Carlo Masters meeting with Stanislas Wawrinka remains on serve at 3-2 to the Swiss.

    Murray lost the opening set 6-1 in 27 minutes.

    Live scores are available via the tournament's official website.

  68. 1339: 
    CRICKET- Northamptonshire v Essex

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Despite early wickets, including Newton off the first ball, Northants are in complete control of this game. David Willey - said to be on England's radar for the future - and Steven Crook have hit the Essex attack to all parts of the County ground. By no means agricultural, the pair have put on a hundred for the ninth wicket giving the home side a scarcely believable lead of 97. Just Graham Napier from the bowlers can hold his head up high."

  69. 1342: 
    CRICKET- Leicestershire v Kent

    BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at Grace Road: "Another windy day in Leicester, with Kent players hunched against the wind, searching for early Leicestershire wickets to capitalise on their batting from yesterday. Alas, for Kent, they have just the one wicket to show for their efforts, which fell to Calum Haggett who is impressing with both bat and bowl on his debut.

    "Leicestershire will enjoy their lunch on 96-1 having seen off a Kent opening attack that produced four maiden overs at the start of the day. Former Kent gloveman Niall O'Brien haunted his former team mates with 51 not out."

  70. 1347: 

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "It took Durham an hour to get the final three Warwickshire wickets in the morning session and it took The Bears about five minutes to get the first three Durham wickets.

    "Warwickshire were all out for 345, missing out on a fourth batting point by five runs, while Durham, who had looked for a long time like they would miss out on a final bowling point, got there with 3.3 overs to spare.

    "But their reply to that large score was disastrous. Mark Stoneman was given out for a seventh ball duck, before Will Smith was also caught behind off the bowling of Keith Barker without scoring.

    "Dale Benkenstein went for five, edging Chris Wright behind shortly after and Durham will resume on 5 for 3!"

  71. 1350: 

    Andy Murray is knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters after suffering a 6-1 6-2 third round defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka.

    The British number one succumbed in 58 minutes.

  72. 1352: 

    Glamorgan v Worcestershire

    Just 12.5 overs were possible at the SWALEC Stadium as rain interrupted Glamorgan's match against Worcestershire.

    In that time, the home team progressed to 36 for one in response to 123 all out, Will Bragg falling to Gareth Andrew for 17.

  73. 1355: 

    Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn says the club will stay at their current Brisbane Road ground should they be unsuccessful in their bid to groundshare at the Olympic Stadium.

    Hearn is also giving away 1,500 free season tickets to youngsters and students in a bid to create a new generation of Orient supporters.

    He said: "I'm proud to announce this initiative that I hope will be the dawning of a new era for this football club."

  74. 1400: 

    Today's Question of Sport teaser from @QofS_Official asked which five cyclists have partnered Chris Hoy to his Team Sprint medals at the Olympics?

    The answers are… Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny, Craig MacLean, Jason Queally and Jamie Staff.

  75. 1406: 

    Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul is out of the Champions Trophy with a right knee injury.

    Gul complained of pain in his right knee after the third one-day international against South Africa last month and did not participate in the last two ODIs against the Proteas.

  76. 1411: 

    Zimbabwe make their way to 337-8 at lunch on the second day of their first Test against Bangladesh. Brendan Taylor was finally beaten with his score at 171.

    Live score updates are available on the BBC Sport website.

  77. 1415: 

    Olympic champion Tiki Gelana admits it has been a struggle to force the shocking images of the Boston bombings from her mind ahead of this Sunday's London Marathon.

    Gelana says: "As a human being you feel sorry for the people affected because of what happened. You think about it now and then.

    "But I am here to run, I am an athlete. You come to London and London is a big marathon to win. Even with what happened in Boston, you come here to win. To win in London would mean a lot."

  78. 1421: 

    Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton pays tribute to Chris Hoy, saying: "He has been an incredible ambassador for cycling, not only nationally but also globally. A huge inspiration throughout my career.

    "He always showed unquestionable work ethic in training, a dedicated and fair sportsman, an ideal role model @chrishoy #sportinglegend

  79. 1423: 

    There has already been one shock at the Monte Carlo Open with Andy Murray going out to Stanislas Wawrinka. Can Juan Monaco pull off another by beating Novak Djokovic? They are on court now and Monaco leads 2-1 in a first set that is going with serve.

  80. 1425: 

    Here is one for you stattos out there. Brendan Taylor's 171 against Bangladesh was the highest Test score by a Zimbabwean captain.

  81. 1433: 
    Kevin Pietersen

    Andrew Flintoff believes Kevin Pietersen may consider his England future early next year.

    He tells Sky Sports News: "There are 10 Tests against Australia in the next few months, I expect England to win and expect Kevin to be part of that.

    "But I would be quite interested to see if Kevin tries to play Test cricket after that. We'll see what happens after that, if he is lured away to play IPL and Twenty20 cricket around the world.

    "I've got a sneaking suspicion he'll be looking at those 10 Tests and then consider his future."


    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson's complaints over West Ham striker Andy Carroll's challenge on goalkeeper David de Gea has got people talking about the levels of physicality in modern football.

    Simon Kimbrell: "Just watched the Carroll challenge, if Evra doesnt turtle and tip him up he probably wouldnt have touched DeGea."

    Conor McMeekin: "Keepers are too protected, when a ball in the air goes near a keeper it's a free kick. It's a contact sport after all."

  83. 1444: 
    Jenson Button

    Jenson Button is bullish about his McLaren team's hopes of recovery following an uninspiring start to the 2013 Formula One season.

    "We are improving at every race now and all of the new ideas are suiting the car," he said.

    "And we finished fifth in the last race, which was a decent result for us - we beat some very quick cars to do that and at least one driver from all the top teams."


    Chris Hoy has retired today and there is plenty of goodwill out there for the Scot. Give us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday

    Stacy Phillips: "Chris Hoy. What a man. What an athlete. Proud to have just stood next to his golden postbox. True legend."

    Harmeet: "Thank you, Sir Chris Hoy, on giving us inspiration and fond memories of your wonderful career!"

    Nigel Smith: "Sir Chris you rank up there with Sir Steve as God like figures to me, giants of the Olympics, epic performers, gladiators."

  85. 1452: 

    Why don't Asians play rugby? The British Asian Rugby Association says rugby scouts should be targeting the increasing number of Asian children at grammar and private schools.

    The BBC's Asian Network has spoken to former England and Featherstone Rovers player Ikram Butt to get his view. The programme is broadcast today at 1700 BST.

  86. 1457: 

    Chelsea captain John Terry wants to put the record straight about claims he is unable to play more than once a week due to the injury.

    He says: "I don't know where that arose from. I'm fit, I'm training every day and have been for the last three months.

    "I'm available but, at the same time, if the manager chooses not to pick me and decides to go with the others, there is not a problem because I'm Chelsea through and through and I want nothing more than to get Champions League football."


    More of your views on the retirement of Sir Chris Hoy. Tell us what you think using #bbcsportsday

    Andy Horton: "What an absolute legend, I could only dream of having quads that big."

  88. 1508: 

    Looks like we could have another upset on our hands at the Monte Carlo Open. World number 20 Juan Monaco is beating Novak Djokovic having taken the first set 6-4.

  89. 1512: 

    Barcelona get a huge boost as Lionel Messi returns to training ahead of next week's Champions League semi-final first-leg at Bayern Munich.

    Messsi has struggled with a right thigh injury that limited his appearance in the quarter-final to an inspirational second-half cameo during the second leg elimination of PSG.


    Andy Carroll's clattering of Manchester United keeper David De Gea has opened up a debate about whether football has lost it physical edge. Tell us your views on #bbcsportsday

    Dean McNamara: "If Carroll's jump was in centre circle, Red? Inconsistent decisions between those in box and in main field of play = annoying!"

  91. 1522: 

    Assistant boss David Platt fears Manchester City's tough battles in the Premier League and the FA Cup are catching up with them.

    In the last two weeks the Blues have beaten United in the league and Chelsea in the cup before creeping past Wigan 1-0 last night.

    Platt said: "We are probably feeling the effects of the two big games we have had, mentally more than anything, what it takes out of you.

    "We saw on the pitch we couldn't get anything going. There was a lack of energy about us. Maybe we were mentally tired."

  92. 1526: 

    Castleford caretaker coach Danny Orr is confident Rangi Chase will maintain his focus despite the uncertainty over his future.

    Chase looks certain to return to St George Illawarra but will play against Leeds in the Challenge Cup tomorrow.

    "Could it be his last game? Potentially yeah," Orr said. "I honestly have no idea.

    "All I know is that Rangi is 100% committed to the club and he'll be playing tomorrow night."

  93. 1530: 
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray wants to use his shock exit at the Monte Carlo Masters as motivation to improve his play on clay courts.

    The Scot suffered a 6-1 6-2 third round defeat to Stanislas Wawrinka.

    He says: "It's disappointing, no one wants to lose matches like that. Hopefully I can use it as motivation to improve because I really need to do a lot of work.

    "I need to work really hard over the next two weeks to get ready for Madrid."


    Alex Timperley: "It's not like Carroll deliberately ended someone's career (Keane) Or Kicked a supporter (Cantona). What's all the fuss about?"

    Eli Stone: "Was at the game in the MUFC end behind the goal where it took place, never a red card and debatable if it was a foul at all."

  95. 1539:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't miss 'Ronnie's Return' a 5 live Sport snooker special from 19:30 - an exclusive interview with the four-time world champion ahead of his comeback at the Crucible this weekend.

    You'll also hear from six-time World Championship runner up Jimmy White and English artist Damien Hirst, a close friend of O'Sullivan's.

    That's Ronnie's Return from tonight on 5 live Sport.

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Following their show on Ronnie O'Sullivan, Radio 5 live will be building up to the Bahrain Grand Prix. Listen in for all the F1 news from 2130.

  97. 1542: 

    Novak Djokovic is fighting back in the Monte Carlo Masters. He has taken the second set 6-2 to level his third round match against world number 20 Juan Monaco at one set all.

  98. 1548: 

    Bradley Wiggins moves up from fourth to third overall in the Giro del Trentino after finishing the third stage in the main pack, one minute 23 seconds behind stage winner Ivan Santaromita of the BMC squad

    The Tour de France winner is three minutes 48 seconds behind overall leader Maxime Bouet.

  99. 1550: 
    CRICKET - Durham v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson reports: "A brief hailstorm brought about a very early tea here - at 3.10pm. But from Durham's perspective that's probably just as well, with Warwickshire in control. Durham are struggling on 69-6, in response to Warwickshire's first innings score of 345.

    Only Ben Stokes, who made 33 and Paul Collingwood, who has 22, have managed to reach double figures. Keith Barker has done most of the damage on his return from injury with 3 for 15.

    Last week Durham were all out for 116 against Somerset - their lowest score in a championship match against them. Their lowest score against Warwickshire is 102. But will it be by the end of today?"

  100. 1552: 
    CRICKET - Surrey v Somerset

    Mark Church reports from The Kia Oval: "Off for a thunderstorm of biblical proportions with Surrey 66-2. Vikram Solanki on his Surrey debut looked excellent and is 19 not out and Rory Burns is 36 not out and we are hopeful of perhaps some more cricket today."

  101. 1600: 

    Dani Pedrosa plans to put behind him the disappointment of finishing fourth in the first race of the season in Qatar by stepping up his performance in round two of the MotoGP World Championship in Texas this weekend.

    The Spaniard says: "Qatar was not the start we expected, but I know what the issue was so it's clear for the next race."

  102. 1608: 

    In the other Division One fixture, Middlesex were reduced to 91 for four in reply to Derbyshire's 231, with Sam Robson 36 not out in a game that is currently delayed by rain.

  103. 1612: 

    In Division Two, Australian Marcus North is 40 not out in Glamorgan's total of 133 for four having bowled our Worcestershire for 123.

    Leicester are 187 for four and struggling to match Kent's first innings total of 406.

    And Essex are 12 without loss in their second innings trailing Northamptonshire by 204 runs.

  104. 1615: 

    Novak Djokovic battles back to beat Juan Monaco 4-6 6-2 6-2 in the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters.

  105. 1620: 

    Norwich manager Chris Hughton denies there is a relegation clause which would allow Ricky van Wolfswinkel to wriggle out of joining the Canaries in the summer.

    Wolfswinkel agent Louis Laros was reported as saying the £8.5m move from Sporting Lisbon was dependent on Norwich staying in the Premier League.

    But Hughton says: "Any talk of a relegation clause in the contract is not fact. The facts are that he has signed for Norwich City and I expect to see him on the first of July."

    With five games remaining, Norwich are 14th on 35 points, just four points above 18th-placed Wigan who have a game in hand.

  106. 1622: 

    The Richard Hannon trained Toronado, ridden by Richard Hughes, comfortably wins the Craven Stakes at Newmarket, beating Havana Gold, also trained by the Hannon team.

    Toronado, who was an odds-on favourite, is now being targeted at next month's 2000 Guineas for which he's second in the betting behind Dawn Approach.

  107. 1626: 
    Tony Pulis

    Stoke boss Tony Pulis issues a "call to arms" in an attempt to arrest his side's alarming dip in form that has seen them slump into a relegation dogfight.

    He says: "We have got five games, five throws of the dice to get the six points we need.

    "There are 15 points there, so that is what we have got to do and stay focused and positive."

  108. 1631: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez claims his team's past experience of relegation battles counts for little in their latest fight against the drop.

    The FA Cup finalists are third from bottom and sit three points adrift of safety, albeit with a game in hand.

    Martinez says: "We have been in this position before and know what to expect but that doesn't make it easier.

    "It is going to be a really tough ending of the season and for me it is the hardest battle we have had for a few years but we are ready for it."

  109. 1636: 

    Nathan Cleverly vows to punish Robin Krasniqi for naming him the 'Princess of Boxing' when he defends his WBO light-heavyweight title on Saturday.

    Cleverly has withdraw from the pair's last two scheduled bouts, leading Krasniqi to give him a skirt and say: "We did some research in the news about why the fights were postponed and it was 'stomach ache', 'stomach bug', 'stomach upset'."

    Cleverly refused to be drawn into any mind games, saying: "It was a bit of bravado and he was trying to get under my skin, but I didn't fall into his trap. I just kept smiling."

  110. 1642: 

    Patrice Evra is not expecting Manchester United to receive much credit for their dogged determination to grab a point at West Ham last night when they twice came from behind to draw 2-2.

    He says: "Because it is Manchester United people don't give us a lot of credit. They just say: 'Oh, okay, they escaped, they came back.'

    "If it is another team they say what great character they have, what a great team they are.

    "But we have not escaped. This is character. This is personality. It is the reason we are in the position we are. I don't see anyone with more character than this team."

  111. 1648: 

    West Brom boss Steve Clarke wants his players not to coast through to the end of the season.

    The Baggies have lost their last two matches but are still in eighth spot and well clear of a relegation battle.

    Clarke says: "It is important we don't let the season just drift away.

    "We don't want it to just fizzle out. We don't want the last six games to drift."

  112. 1652: 

    Gymnast Rebecca Downie could end her seven-year wait for a major international honour after qualifying with the second highest score for Saturday's European uneven bars final.

    The 21-year old's last individual success was Commonwealth bronze in 2006.

    "It is my highest score of the year and it wasn't what I was expecting so I'm really pleased," Downie tells BBC Sport.

  113. 1655: 
    CRICKET - Durham v Warwickshire

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson reports: "Captain Paul Collingwood and Scott Borthwick are leading a bit of a fightback at Edgbaston. They have taken Durham to 106-6, which means they have avoided a new low score against Warwickshire.

  114. 1700: 

    Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah is refusing to let the bombing of the Boston Marathon put him off running in London on Sunday.

    He tells BBC Radio 5 live: "It's sad news what happened in Boston and my support goes to all the people and families.

    "Those people would want us to carry on and do the best that we can. This is home for me. This is where I grew up and there's no reason not to do this."

  115. 1704: 

    Goalkeeper Artur Boruc has penned a new two-year deal with Southampton, the Premier League club have confirmed.

  116. 1708: 

    British Olympic Association chairman Sebastian Coe pays tribute to Sir Chris Hoy who announced his retirement from cycling today.

    He said: "Throughout his remarkable career, Sir Chris Hoy has exemplified the values that define an Olympic champion.

    "His pursuit of excellence has been tireless. His respect for opponents, and commitment to clean competition, has been unwavering. And his dignity in victory has set an example that generations of Team GB athletes will strive to emulate."

  117. 1715: 

    Everton defender Leighton Baines believes teenage midfielder Ross Barkley has shown he can cope with the big-game pressure and that is why he will become a key player in future.

    The 19-year-old has started two of the last three matches, both away from home, and earned plaudits for his performances.

    "He has an abundance of talent but the manager is trying to pick the moments when to play him," said the England left-back. "Nothing fazes him. He is such a good player and does not get fazed by any occasion."

  118. 1720: 

    Castleford, who are searching for a new head coach, have continued the club's restructuring with the appointment of a new director.

    The Tigers recently established a new commercial team and they say Steve Vause, a Castleford fan for 50 years and managing director of club sponsor CBR Engineering, will be the first of a number of additions to the board.

    Castleford chief executive Steve Gill said: "One of the key aspects that will make this club successful on and off the field is restructuring the board of directors."

  119. 1721: 

    Champion jump jockey AP McCoy is being assessed by the medical team at Cheltenham after taking a heavy fall from Quantitativeeasing in the three mile handicap hurdle at 1620.

  120. 1726: 

    More on AP McCoy's fall at Cheltenham from BBC Sport's Frank Keogh: "McCoy has been taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester with a chest injury."

    Cheltenham Race Course spokesman Andy Clifton said: "He is conscious and can move his arms and legs."

  121. 1731: 
    CRICKET - Northamptonshire v Essex

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton reports at tea: "Northants could be on the verge of the first victory of the season in Division 2. Essex will begin after a rain shower on 26 without loss, a whopping 190 behind. And Northants can thank the bowlers for such a commanding first innings lead. Willey' 76 at a run a ball was sublime, Crook' s 88 not out saw much bludgeoning and no 11 Copeland - who bats at 7 for New South Wales - looked much more than a tail-ender. Essex with two days to survive, are looking to the skies, which are currently blue."

  122. 1733: 
    Neil Lennon

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has had a three-match suspended touchline ban triggered after being found guilty of misconduct during the Premier League game against St Mirren on 31 March, the Scottish Football Association has confirmed.

  123. 1742: 

    Jarkko Nieminen has beaten fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 4-6 7-6 in the Monte Carlo Masters.

  124. 1746: 

    Football League clubs want the Premier League to increase the amount of money it hands down to other divisions.

    On Tuesday it was revealed that sides relegated from the top flight would receive in excess of £60m over four years from next season but some clubs want money paid to the sides not receiving those 'parachute payments' to increase further.

    All 72 Football League clubs met on Wednesday to discuss the proposed level of payments for the next three years.

  125. 1755: 

    Paolo Di Canio does not want to be regarded a hero on Wearside just because he has won one derby for Sunderland. The 44-year-old announced his arrival in style on Sunday when, in just his second game at the helm, he guided the Black Cats to a 3-0 victory over Newcastle at St James' Park, their first on Tyneside for 13 years.

    He said: "I don't want to be a hero now. I don't want to be a hero when we stay up, I don't want to be a hero next year. It's easy for the fans to call the players, the manager, heroes if they do the right things and an incredible job.

    "Maybe one day of we win something, they can call me hero, but it's not the time now, even if we stay up. It's not the time for a single game."

  126. 1759: 

    Borussia Dortmund captain Sebastian Kehl has agreed to a one-year extension on his current deal that will keep him at the Champions League semi-finalists until the end of next season, the club said on Thursday.

  127. 1806:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSNOOKER

    On BBC Radio 5 live tonight, there is a two-hour snooker special from 1930 BST featuring an exclusive interview with Ronnie O'Sullivan, the four-time World Championship winner, about his life on and off the table. Including interviews with his fellow professionals and other celebrity friends.

    Following that at 2130, there is Formula 1 build-up from Bahrain and at 2200 there is an hour-long boxing show.

  128. 1813: 

    Scotland centre Nick De Luca returns from a seven-week suspension for Edinburgh's penultimate match of the RaboDirect Pro12 season against Treviso.

    De Luca was banned for a tip tackle on Ospreys wing Tom Grabham just after returning from a fractured eye socket in February.

    Interim head coach Stevie Scott said: "It's a massive boost to have Nick back in the team ahead of a very tough match."

  129. 1824: 
    Tom Daley

    Tom Daley will take the first major step towards reclaiming his 10-metre platform world title at the World Series in Edinburgh this weekend.

    Daley will return to senior international competition for the first time since he won Olympic bronze in an epic final at the London Aquatics Centre eight months ago.

  130. 1830: 


    Middlesex (168-6) v Derbyshire (231)

    Surrey (88-4) v Somerset (384)

    Warwickshire (345) v Durham (249-7)


    Glamorgan (221-7) v Worcestershire (123)

    Leicestershire (250-4) v Kent (406)

    Northamptonshire (399) v Essex (183 & 77-1)

  131. 1834: 

    Coming up at 1845 BST is Sportsday Live on the BBC News channel. You can also watch the video on this page on the BBC Sport website. There will be all the latest on Sir Chris Hoy's retirement, County Cricket updates, Formula 1 build-up and more.

  132. 1839: 

    Celtic captain Scott Brown has targeted a return to action in time for next month's Scottish Cup final against Hibernian.

    The 27-year-old has been sidelined since February 12 with an abductor problem which required surgery.

    "I'm still a wee bit from training with the first team but, if everything goes well, hopefully I'll be back for the cup final," he said.

  133. 1845: 

    Former QPR manager Neil Warnock, who suffered relegation from the top flight with Sheffield United on goal difference in 2007, delivers his verdict on the battle to stay up. He has picked Wigan, Reading and QPR. Read why here.

  134. 1849: 

    Rebecca Downie could end a seven-year wait for a major honour after qualifying with the second-best score for the European uneven bars final.

    The 21-year-old's last individual medal was 2006 Commonwealth bronze, but she scored 14.733 to make Saturday's final. But British rising star Gabby Jupp was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury after an awkward beam landing.

    Team-mates Ruby Harrold and Charlie Fellows both qualified for Friday's all-around final in Moscow.

  135. 1851: 

    Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski could be set for another extended spell on the sidelines with a rib injury, manager Arsene Wenger tonight confirmed.

    The Poland keeper had only just returned to the side following fitness problems, ousting countryman Wojciech Szczesny as he delivered a clean sheet in the Champions League away win over Bayern Munich and then also at Swansea.

    However, Fabianski missed the midweek goalless draw against Everton at the Emirates Stadium, and is now set to be monitored "day-by-day" to assess his availability for the crucial run-in as Arsenal look to cement a top-four finish.

  136. 1856: 
    CRICKET - Warwickshire v Durham

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "What a fightback from Durham. The partnership of 153 from Collingwood and Borthwick was a record for a seventh wicket stand by Durham against Warwickshire.

    "And ahead of his 23rd birthday tomorrow Scott Borthwick has weighed in with 101. That's his first century in the Championship and timely too for the diminutive batsman.

    "Durham were 50-6 at tea. Now 264-8 with nine overs remaining tonight. 1915 BST finish likely."

  137. 1901: 

    Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano was rewarded for his commitment to the Spanish Open with a first round of 69 to lie just one shot off the lead in Valencia.

    Fernandez-Castano travelled to El Saler immediately after competing in the Masters at Augusta, where he was disappointed to finish 20th after being in contention for much of the week.

    But his effort was rewarded with a round containing four birdies and just one bogey that was good enough for a share of fourth place behind leaders Felipe Aguilar of Chile, France's Gary Stal and Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen.

  138. 1912:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveSNOOKER

    On BBC Radio 5 live tonight, there is a two-hour snooker special from 1930 BST featuring an exclusive interview with Ronnie O'Sullivan, the four-time World Championship winner, about his life on and off the table. Including interviews with his fellow professionals and other celebrity friends.

    Following that at 2130, there is Formula 1 build-up from Bahrain and at 2200 there is an hour-long boxing show.

    BBC Radio 5 live Sport has begun now with the latest news from today.

  139. 1924: 

    Leyton Orient chairman Barry Hearn has announced the club will give away 1,500 season tickets to teenagers and full-time students next season.

    The initiative aims to attract a new generation of fans after West Ham were named as the Olympic Stadium's tenants.

    "I hope this will be the dawning of a new era," Hearn told the club website. "Orient will always be a real community club that continues to fight our corner despite being the underdog when you look at the threats we face."

  140. 1926: 

    Here are the scores in the County Cricket Championship at the end of day two.


    Middlesex (180-6) v Derbyshire (231)

    Surrey (98-4) v Somerset (384)

    Warwickshire (345 & 6-0) v Durham (284)


    Glamorgan (235-7) v Worcestershire (123)

    Leicestershire (250-5) v Kent (406)

    Northamptonshire (399) v Essex (183 & 94-2)

  141. 1929: 

    That is it for Sportsday today. On BBC Radio 5 live now, there is a two-hour snooker special featuring an exclusive interview with Ronnie O'Sullivan, the four-time World Championship winner, about his life on and off the table. Including interviews with his fellow professionals and other celebrity friends.

    Sportsday returns tomorrow at 0800.

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