Sportsday - Wednesday, 24 April - as it happened

Luis Suarez is banned for 10 matches, Australia's Ashes tour squad, plus snooker & cricket updates.

24 April 2013 Last updated at 19:15

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  1. 1915: 

    That's it from Sportsday for Wednesday, 24 April. There is live text commentary of tonight's Champions League match and Sportsday will be back at 0800 BST on Thursday.

  2. 1913: 

    County Championship Division One - Close of play

    Derbyshire 256

    Nottinghamshire 28-0

    "England paceman Stuart Broad celebrated a four-wicket haul but was frustrated by a typical Shivnarine Chanderpaul rescue act which put Derbyshire back in the match.

    "Broad took four for 57 in five spells while Harry Gurney claimed four for 86 but Chanderpaul's four-hour unbeaten 87 led a fightback that saw Derbyshire recover from 75 for six to 256 all out.

    "Notts were left with 11 overs to face but Ed Cowan and Alex Hales reached stumps with few alarms."

  3. 1910: 

    County Championship Division Two- Close of play

    Kent 216-8

    Lancashire Yet to bat

    BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise:

    "Tight bowling from Lancashire but Kent can be relatively pleased with their progress under difficult circumstances. They were made to fight for every run and after weathering the early barrage looked to be getting away when Brendan Nash and Michael Powell shared a third wicket partnership of 70.

    "But Lancashire struck back removing Nash after he reached his third consecutive championship half century and later Powell who looked in good touch accumulating 57.

    "Sadly, Daniel Bell-Drummond, who many Kent supporters see as an exciting prospect, making his first championship appearance of the season was out cheaply."

  4. 1908: 

    County Championship Division Two- Close of play

    Hampshire 367-7

    Worcestershire Yet to bat

    BBC's Kevan James:

    "Hampshire are in a commanding position after the first day thanks to Jimmy Adams' 17th first class hundred and some average Worcestershire bowling before lunch - Alan Richardson aside.

    "Hampshire lost wickets steadily throughout the afternoon and Adams said afterwards that the perfect day would have to have been four or five wickets down."

  5. 1906: 

    Three British teams lead their classes at the World Cup event in Hyeres after the first day of finals series racing.

    Luke Patience and Joe Glanfield lead the 470, Dylan Fletcher and Alain Sign lead the 49er and 49erFX pair Charlotte Dobson and Mary Rook lead after winning two races.

  6. 1902: 

    Chelsea striker Fernando Torres insists he envisages a long and successful spell at Stamford Bridge.

    The £50m signing from Liverpool said: "I have many things still to give to this club. I have three more years contract so I'm expecting to stay at least three years.

    "I think we have a great squad and a young squad to build on. We are sure that we are a great team and we want to show everyone. I would like to be involved."

  7. 1857: 

    Australian veteran Brett Hodgson will captain the Exiles in the 2013 International Origin Match against England on his home ground in Warrington on 14 June.

    The Exiles' 27-man squad: Louis Anderson, Daryl Millard, Zeb Taia (all Catalan Dragons), Chris Bailey, Antonio Kaufusi (both London Broncos), Michael Dobson, Mickey Paea, Cory Paterson (all Hull KR), David Faiumu (Huddersfield), Blake Green, Pat Richards (both Wigan), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes), Brett Hodgson (capt), Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Trent Waterhouse (all Warrington), Lance Hohaia, Willie Manu, Tony Puletua, Iosia Soliola (all St Helens), Kylie Leuluai, Joel Moon (both Leeds), Heath L'Estrange, Manase Manuokafoa, Jarrod Sammut (all Bradford), Mark O'Meley (Hull), Justin Poore (Wakefield).

  8. 1852: 

    County Championship Division Two- Close of play

    Gloucestershire 192

    Northamptonshire 107-3

    BBC Bristol's Bob Hunt:

    "It was left to Gloucestershire's 18-year-old wicketkeeper Cameron Herring, in his opening first class innings, to see his side to a total that could still be competitive if Gloucestershire were to achieve a couple of early breakthroughs in the morning.

    "Herring figured in stands of 48, with Jack Taylor, and, 33 for the last wicket with Liam Norwell. The Welshman, who top-scored with 43, belied his lack of experience by farming the strike and riling the Northants attack when a total of less than 150 looked on the cards.

    "Herring wintered in Australia, and it showed as he gained in confidence, hitting David Willey for three consecutive fours."

  9. 1847: 

    County Championship Division One - Close of play

    Durham 237

    Yorkshire 57-3

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

    "Yorkshire have closed day one on 57-3, losing captain Andrew Gale, who hadpassed the 5,000-run mark, for 25 on the final delivery of the day.

    "Earlier Durham were all out for 237, with Phil Mustard's 70 keeping the innings together when they had been 112-7. He helped to put on 125 runs, doubling the score with the last three partnerships.

    "That could prove vital in the greater scheme of things here. But I would say after a day of twists and turns its honours even."

  10. 1843: 

    Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark, who became the first Englishman to hit six sixes in one over today, tells BBC Sportsday: "I was playing against spin and it wasn't a massive turner.

    "I thought I'd need to step up and I hit the first few pretty well. So I talked to my team-mate and said 'what do I do here?' but I thought 'I need to carry on'. Hopefully, it turns a few heads."

  11. 1838: 

    Organisers of the 2015 World Cup are planning to give London's Olympic stadium a major role in the tournament, the BBC has learned.

    Rugby sources say the International Rugby Board (IRB) is considering playing five games at the stadium. Major teams are expected to play there to maximise the ground's 60,000 capacity. It was originally thought that the stadium would only stage one or two games.

    BBC London's sports news correspondent Adrian Warner said: "I understand that five games is the figure on the table now.

    "The IRB is expected to confirm the fixtures very soon. Organisers of the tournament, the IRB and Olympic Park officials are all confident and keen to use the ground to maximise ticket revenues."

  12. 1834: 

    County Championship Division One - Close of play

    Surrey 301-7

    Sussex yet to bat

    BBC London's Mark Church:

    "Sussex forced their back into the opening day in the final session as they used the new ball very well.

    "This was after Gary Wilson scored a magnificent century under pressure. The Irishman had to use all his skill and technique under pressure and was partnered by Vikram Solanki who made 51.

    "But Sussex then picked up five wickets after tea as the quick men used the new ball cleverly and Surrey closed a pulsating day on 301-7."

  13. 1830: 

    Professional Football Association chief executive Gordon Taylor hopes a two-pronged approach of a strong sanction and education will curtail Luis Suarez's disciplinary problems.

    "I think there is a twin approach. There is a sanction but also an education to make sure it doesn't happen again," he told Sky Sports News.

    "The deterrent is definitely sending out a strong message but what I would like to re-emphasise is trying to get a player, in this case Luis Suarez, back on track and make sure there is a proper programme of counselling.

    "There is a sports psychologist at Liverpool and clearly you hope there will be a renewed effort to improve matters in the future and we have made our offer of help on that."

  14. 1825: 

    Hong Kong's Marco Fu beats Matthew Stevens, from Wales, 10-7 to reach the second round of the World Championships at the Crucible.

  15. 1820:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveATHLETICS

    On BBC Radio 5 live at 1930 BST tonight, The Record Fakers looks back at the 30th anniversary of the first World Athletics Championships in Helsinki, which was dominated by the athletes of East Germany - many of whom, it has since emerged, were the product of a state-sponsored doping regime.

  16. 1815: 

    Chelsea interim manager and former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez declined to comment on Luiz Suarez's 10-match ban for biting Blues defender Branislav Ivanovic.

    Ahead of the Europa League semi-final against FC Basel, he said: "We know it was wrong and after the decision it's not something we can say too much (about).

    "I'm here to play against Basel, concentrate on the Europa League and try to achieve our targets.

    "We said we will not talk about that. We will talk about Basel."

  17. 1810: 

    Australia's Neil Robertson leads Robert Milkins, of England, 5-4 in their first round match at the end of the afternoon session at the World Championship at the Crucible.

  18. 1805: 

    More of your opinions on Luis Suarez's 10-game ban on #bbcsportsday

    Phil Robins: "As an LFC fan I can say Richard Pedder (1746) definitely doesn't speak for me. Wrong of Suarez to bite him but 10 games is far too much."

    Jake Waring: "The FA don't have it in for Suarez. Suarez has it in for himself."

    Baqir Chohan: "Not a fan of Suarez, a 6 match ban would have sufficed perhaps the FA taking into account a possible appeal."

    Paul Ahearne: "Thought he'd get 5, glad he got 10, off to Bayern Munch'em for next season?"

  19. 1800: 

    An abandoned armoury in New York is set to be turned into the world's largest sports complex for ice skating and hockey.

    The $275m Kingsbridge National Ice Center in the Bronx will have nine indoor rinks open all year, including one with 5,000 seats for major events.

  20. 1756: 

    Rory McIlroy will have the choice of representing Great Britain or Ireland at the 2016 Olympics if he wants to, despite comments from the R&A implying he may only be eligible for Ireland.

  21. 1751: 

    After last night's extraordinary game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, there is another Germany v Spain clash in the Champions League. We will have live text commentary of Borussia Dortmund against Real Madrid with updates on the Conference play-off semi-final first leg between Grimsby and Newport.

  22. 1746:  
    BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL

    Liverpool Supporters Club chairman Richard Pedder tells BBC Radio 5 live that striker Luis Suarez deserves his 10-match ban.

    "I don't think it's a shock, I think he deserves everything he gets. There's mixed reaction, some people think he should have got more, some less. We should be shocked by what he did on the pitch," he said.

    "The club have said they won't let him go. It's down to the club to tell him 'this is your last chance'. He won't leave the club [this summer].

    "They shouldn't have said anything and just accepted the ban. With them releasing a statement, it's going to go on and on again and we want it closed. We haven't had enough [of Suarez] but we're concerned. Nobody is bigger than the club."

  23. 1741: 

    England batsman Kevin Pietersen is ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy with a knee injury.

    An MRI scan showed some improvement in the bruising to the bone that occurred in the build-up to the Test Series against New Zealand in February.

    But Pietersen will not recover sufficiently in time for the one-day series against New Zealand beginning on 31 May and the ICC Champions Trophy which follows.

  24. 1737: 

    Blackburn Rovers caretaker manager Gary Bowyer wants his players to remain focused now they are one win away from Championship safety.

    "We've got to stay calm, positive and stick together to try and get over the line on Saturday," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "Psychologically this will help us with the confidence going into the game."

  25. 1733: 

    British Judo Association performance director Nigel Donohue is confident of a good performance at the European Championships, despite missing Great Britain's two London 2012 medallists.

    "British players are starting to be consistent performers at international level," he said.

    "It is a major championship and on their day our guys can perform and hopefully get the results they desire."

  26. 1728: 

    A victory parade for Manchester United's 20th league title will not overshadow any celebrations rivals Manchester City hold if they win the FA Cup, a council chief has said.

    Pat Karney said City have not made any decisions about a parade because their trophy is yet to be won.

    "Forget some of the traditions, forget some of the dates. We have two world class clubs, let's celebrate that," he said.

  27. 1723: 

    More on Luis Suarez's 10-game ban on #bbcsportsday

    Max Wilds: "FA mistreating Suarez once again."

    Ryan Turner: "In hindsight, It would've been more beneficial for Suarez to admit to it to the ref when he did it. Would only have been 3."

    Sam Unwins: "Suarez is a repeat offender, 10 games seems fair."

    Marcel Bassnett: "Vinny jones & Roy Keane are lucky they don't play anymore! They'd be suspended 27 of the 38 games the way the FA are going!"

  28. 1717: 

    Team Sky announce their squad for next month's Giro d'Italia and Sir Bradley Wiggins is the only British rider in the team.

    The rest of the team is Italians Dario Cataldo and Salvatore Puccio, Colombians Sergio Henao and Rigoberto Uran, Kanstantsin Siutsou, from Belarus, Germany's Christian Knees, Spain's Xabier Zandio and Danny Pate, from the United States.

  29. 1712: 

    Team Sky's Chris Froome retains his six-second lead after two days of the Tour de Romandie in Switzerland. Belgium's Gianni Meersman won the 176km second stage from Saint-Maurice to Renens.

  30. 1708: 

    County Championship Division Two - Tea

    Durham 234-9

    Yorkshire yet to bat

    BBC's Martin Emmerson:

    "Durham's tail has thwarted the Yorkshire attack and more than doubled the home side's score for the final three wickets.

    It was a late tea here because Yorkshire took an additional eight overs to try to end the innings with Durham down to the last pair. They will resume with Phil Mustard on 67 and Chris Rushworth on 7. Mustard has helped add 136 to the total, with partnerships of 41 with Callum Thorp, 44 with Graham Onions and 37 with Rushworth.

    Listen to live commentary

  31. 1704: 

    Germany's Andre Greipel wins stage four of the Cycling Tour of Turkey. Eritrean Natnael Berhane, who won the mountainous third stage, leads the tour overall - 10 seconds ahead of Belgium's Kevin Seeldraeyers.

  32. 1657: 

    For the first time in 23 years, a player from Celtic or Rangers will not be winning the PFA Scotland player of the year award.

    Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths, Motherwell marksman Michael Higdon, Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn and Birmingham City-bound Inverness Caledonian Thistle midfielder Andrew Shinnie have been nominated by their fellow professionals.

  33. 1654: 

    Rafael Nadal begins his bid for an eighth successive Barcelona Open title with a 6-4 6-2 win over Argentina's Carlos Berlocq, after top seed David Ferrer earlier lost to Russian Dmitry Tursunov.

    Nadal has now won 35 consecutive matches in Barcelona and he will play Benoit Paire or Pablo Andujar in the last 16.

  34. 1653: 

    Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark becomes the first Englishman to hit six sixes in an over in professional cricket.

    The 22-year-old became only the fifth player to achieve the feat playing for the Lancashire second XI in a game against Yorkshire.

  35. 1651: 

    More on Luis Suarez's 10-game ban on #bbcsportsday

    Mark Heads: "10 is harsh but fair - he is a persistent offender. This doesn't say worse than racism but says this is too many times."

    Daniel Woodley: "The FA must be applauded for putting their foot down and acting straight away. 10 matches is fair. He is a repeat offender."

  36. 1643: 

    Bayern Munich say that Germany international midfielder Toni Kroos underwent a knee operation on Monday.

    Kroos had "a piece of cartilage" from the player's left knee.

  37. 1638: 

    Wasps announce the signing of back-row forward Ed Jackson from London Welsh.

  38. 1633: 

    BBC Football analyst and ex-Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson on Radio 5 live:

    "I think they will appeal and might get it to eight. He's now becoming a constant offender. There's probably a sheet of A4 paper with all his offences over his career.

    "He needs to learn quickly. It's distracting for everyone. Even if it gets reduced to eight, that's 20% of the season. Liverpool are going to have to make a decision on his future.

    "He and Ivanovic had a few niggles before the incident but nothing really seriously untoward. Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard said maybe he needs some help - he obviously does. At the moment it's to the detriment of the football club. You wonder what he will do next.

    "It [him leaving Liverpool] is a possibility. But any business where you have an asset worth £30m or £40m, nobody is going to sack him."

  39. 1632: 

    County Championship Division Two - Tea

    Hampshire 258-3

    Worcestershire yet to bat

    BBC's Kevan James:

    "Jimmy Adams has once more been a picture of concentration in reaching his 17th career first class hundred.

    "One wonders why Moeen Ali hasn't bowled more (9-0-26-2). A better bowling display by Worcestershire this session but already it may be too late."

    Listen to live commentary

  40. 1627: 

    County Championship Division Two - Tea

    Lancashire yet to bat

    Kent 141-4

    BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at Old Trafford

    "Kent's batsmen had the better of the afternoon session, withstanding more bowling pressure. They took what opportunities arose to push the score along at an increasing rate based on Brendan Nash's third half century in consecutive county championship innings.

    "He was out just before tea to give Lancashire's bowlers further encouragement.

    "Kent supporters will be delighted to see the appearance at the crease of Daniel Bell-Drummond on whom many pin hopes of a bright summer with the bat. He may have to curb his attacking instincts though.

    "Tight, absorbing contest this, which could yet go either way, neither side have the upper hand."

    Listen to live commentary

  41. 1617: 

    County Championship Division One - Tea

    Derbyshire 197-8

    Nottinghamshire yet to bat

    BBC's Dave Bracegirdle:

    "A splendid seventh-wicket partnership of 96 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Jonathan Clare prevented Derbyshire from a complete collapse at the County Ground.

    "Coming together at 75-6 they blunted the Notts attack for 90 minutes until Stuart Broad claimed his fourth wicket of the innings by removing Clare for a hard-earned 49.

    "At tea, the home side have scored 197-8, with Chanderpaul undefeated on 63 and Tony Palladino on nine."

    Listen to live commentary

  42. 1614: 

    Latest scores from the World Championship in Sheffield:

    Matthew Stevens 4-8 Marco Fu

    Neil Robertson 3-1 Robert Milkins

    Watch both matches on the BBC Sport website. There is also coverage on BBC Two right now.


    More on the Luis Suarez 10-game ban from #bbcsportsday

    Tom Sleeman: "Right decision. At the end of the day its about stamping down on these kind of things. Finally good from the FA!"

    David Williams: "So does the FA view biting as being worse than racism? I know it's violent conduct and I'm not condoning either...six matches."

  44. 1609: 

    BBC sports editor David Bond:

    "The Football Association has often been criticised for being too slow and too soft on big disciplinary decisions.

    "It can be accused of neither today. The 10-match ban for Luis Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic was harsher than most people expected and sends a really firm message that persistent offenders like the Uruguayan will be punished unless they set a better example.

    "Liverpool must now decide whether to appeal. Given how valuable he is to the club, they surely will."

  45. 1609: 

    County Championship Division One

    Surrey 181-3

    Sussex yet to bat

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms:

    "Advantage Surrey at The Oval where the home side recovered from the loss of Rory Burns in the first over after lunch to reach tea on 181-2.

    "Gary Wilson 78no and Vikram Solanki have so far added 118 for the third wicket in just 30 overs.

    "Solanki has looked imperious, his 51 not out has contained eight sumptuous boundaries and his cover driving in particular has been a purist's delight.

    "Sussex have stuck to their task on a beautiful batting wicket offering little help to the bowlers, but Surrey look set for a large first innings total."

    Listen to live commentary

  46. 1604: 

    County Championship Division Two - Tea

    Gloucestershire 192

    Northamptonshire yet to bat

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton:

    "Northants complete maximum bowling points, but were made to work as 18-year-old Cameron Herring, on his home debut, led a brief rearguard. The wicketkeeper from Abergavenny made 43 and his competitive, feisty display visibly got up the noses of the Northants players - helping the home side recover from 90-6.

    "Northants will look to get 100 on the board and keep as many wickets in hand before close tonight. Peters a key man with two sixties to his name this season already."

    Listen to live commentary

  47. 1557: 

    BBC Match of the Day presenter and former England striker Gary Lineker: "10 game ban for Luis Suarez. Very strong punishment. Vital now that @FA are consistently strong on all issues eg racism, abusing refs etc

    "Also this ridiculous 'if the ref saw it they can't punish retrospectively nonsense' has to be addressed!"

  48. 1554: 

    Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum says he is "appalled" after 11 horses trained at his Godolphin stables were found to have traces of anabolic steroids.

    "I was appalled and angered to learn that one of our stables in Newmarket has violated Godolphin's ethical standards and the rules of British racing.

    "I have been involved in British horse racing for 30 years and have deep respect for its traditions and rules. I built my country based on the same solid principles. There can be no excuse for any deliberate violation.

    "We will be locking down the Moulton Paddocks stables with immediate effect, and I have instructed that I want a full round of blood samples, and dope testing done on every single horse on that premises."


    More from #bbcsportsday on the 10-game ban for Liverpool's Luis Suarez.

    Lewis Powell: "FA have done right!!! Put foot down!!! Shameful what he did!! But 10 enough!! Apparently biting is worse then racism!!"

    Chris Hazelhurst: "So Callum Mcmanaman gets NOTHING for nearly breaking someone's leg yet for this Suarez gets a 10 game ban. FA ARE A JOKE!"

  50. 1542: 

    Briton Audley Harrison is convinced he can still win a world title.

    Harrison takes on hard-hitting unbeaten American Deontay Wilder in Sheffield on Saturday.

    "Beating him would put me back in the top 10, eligible to fight for world titles, which is my goal," said the 41-year-old.

  51. 1538: 

    More Liverpool news: Captain Steven Gerrard is "likely" to require surgery on a shoulder injury this summer, according to first-team coach Mike Marsh.


    More reaction on #bbcsportsday to the FA's decision to ban Luis Suarez.

    Andrew Priestley: "Suarez gets a longer ban for biting than he got for being found guilty of racially abusing a fellow human being. Flawed logic."

    Sean Clohessy: "How can people contest the 10-game ban? Dutch FA gave him 7, so it's just 3 more for a repeat offence. It's fair."

  53. 1528: 

    Here is the full Football Association statement regarding its decision to ban Luis Suarez for 10 matches.

    "Luis Suarez has been suspended for a total of 10 matches after an Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled on a charge of violent conduct.

    "A three-person Independent Regulatory Commission today upheld The FA's claim that a suspension of three matches was clearly insufficient and the player will serve a further seven first-team matches in addition to the standard three. The suspension begins with immediate effect.

    "This follows an incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday's fixture at Anfield (21 April 2013).

    "The Liverpool forward had accepted a charge of violent conduct but had denied The FA's claim that the standard three-match sanction was insufficient for the offence.

    "The incident was not seen by the match officials and has therefore been retrospectively reviewed.

    "Suarez has until midday on Friday 26 April to appeal the additional suspension, above the standard three matches."


    We have already had several tweets on #bbcsportsday in reaction to Luis Suarez's 10-game ban.

    David Silverman: "So are the FA saying that biting is worse than racism and deserves a longer ban?"

    Josh Coleman: "Can't compare this to his racism ban. He's a repeat offender & this is his 2nd biting ban. Had to be more than his previous."

  55. 1518: 

    Edinburgh sign Worcester Warriors' Tonga forward Aleki Lutui on a two-year deal.


    So, Liverpool's Luis Suarez has received a 10-game ban from the Football Association, which means he will miss the rest of this season and a chunk of the start of the 2013-14 campaign.

    Do you think the FA's punishment fits the crime? Let us know at #bbcsportsday

  57. 1510: 

    Top seed David Ferrer's clay-court campaign suffers a surprise blow with a 7-5 3-6 6-1 loss to Russian Dmitry Tursunov in his opening match at the Barcelona Open.

    Fellow Spaniard and seven-time defending champion Rafael Nadal will hope to do better against Argentina's Carlos Berlocq. Follow the latest score here.

  58. 1504: 

    Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre has reacted to the Football Association's decision to ban forward Luis Suarez for 10 matches for violent conduct following an incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic on Sunday.

    "Both the club and player are shocked and disappointed at the severity of today's Independent Regulatory Commission decision," said Ayre.

    "We await the written reasons tomorrow before making any further comment."


    Liverpool's Luis Suarez is banned for 10 matches by the Football Association for violent conduct following an incident with Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic in Sunday's fixture at Anfield.

  60. 1455: 

    The Football Association's verdict on the punishment to be handed to Liverpool's Luis Suarez for violent conduct will be announced at 1500 BST.

    Stay here to find out the FA's decision.

  61. 1452: 

    Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon has returned to training today having not played since hobbling off with a knee injury in the 2-2 draw against Basle.

    Fifth-placed Spurs face relegation strugglers Wigan on Saturday.

  62. 1446: 

    Edinburgh confirm that four out-of-contract players will not be offered new deals at the end of the season.

    Centre James King, former Lion Andy Titterell and wing pair Mike Penn and Sep Visser are leaving Murrayfield.

  63. 1441: 

    Former England captain Alec Stewart says Australia's call-up of 35-year-old batsman Chris Rogers was a "clever and well thought through selection".

    Read his latest column on the BBC Cricket index.


    The tweets on Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over Barcelona in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final keep coming in at #bbcsportsday.

    Stuart Latarche: "Man U losing to City 6-1 was not the end of them so why should Barca be losing 4-0 be any different? They'll be back."

    Olumide Adebayo: "Barca has always been beatable away (ask Chelsea) interesting though that chelsea beat both teams on the way to glory."

  65. 1429: 

    British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland says the newly-appointed assistant coach Neil Jenkins's tactical nous when it came to kicking was crucial in the decision to bring him into the set-up.

    "The tour to Australia will be one hell of a challenge and we need to ensure that our approach in all aspects of the game is first-rate," said Gatland.

    "Tactical kicking, when to kick, how to kick, and of course converting points through penalties and conversions is crucial to on-field success.

    "Neil brings extensive knowledge to the squad in this area, and the players can only benefit from this."

  66. 1422: 

    Record try-scorer Bryan Habana is one of six senior internationals not to have been awarded a South Africa contract.

    Habana, who has 47 tries in 83 Tests, and the other five players would have been awarded national contracts for 2013 if not for their decisions to move to Europe or Japan, according to the South African Rugby Union.

    "We've kept as many of our top players in South Africa as we could by awarding them national contracts, despite the powerful lure of the pound, euro and yen,'' said Saru chief Jourie Roux.

  67. 1416: 

    The BBC tracked down the 52-year-old IT consultant in India whose Twitter account was bombarded with messages because he shares the same initials as Manchester United striker Robin van Persie.

    You can read what he has to say on the BBC News site.

  68. 1408: 

    There are more Crucible first-round matches today.

    Former finalist Matthew Stevens will look to recover from a 6-3 deficit against Hong Kong's Marco Fu, while 2010 world champion Neil Robertson of Australia begins his campaign against Robert Milikins.

    The action starts at 1430 BST and UK users can watch the action on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  69. 1400: 

    We asked you: 'Which six players scored a Test century for Australia in the 2009 Ashes series?'

    The answer is Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Michael Hussey, Simon Katich, Marcus North and Ricky Ponting.

  70. 1400: 

    Former British and Irish Lions player Neil Jenkins has been appointed as the Lions assistant coach for the tour to Australia this summer.

    "As a player I was lucky enough to tour Australia with the Lions in 2001, it is a great country and they are one of the top teams in world rugby," he says. "Like 1997 it was a terrific series but unfortunately we lost 2-1. I have clear ideas of what I would like to contribute and I cannot wait to get out onto the training pitch and get started."

  71. 1353: 

    Mako Vunipola can offer the British and Irish Lions a unique option at loose-head prop, according to his Saracens boss Mark McCall.

    "Mako is very, very special. Everybody knows he is special," McCall tells BBC East Sport. "As a ball carrier, a decision maker, a defender and someone who can get over the ball, I haven't seen a loose-head prop like that before."

  72. 1349: 

    Crewe Alexandra will line up against Walsall this weekend with their starting XI having all come through the club's famous academy.

    "It's a little piece of history," Crewe manager Steve Davis tells BBC Midlands Sport. "It's the first time this club has ever played an entire team of academy lads."


    Let us know your thoughts on Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over Barcelona using #bbcsportsday

    Jack Woods: "A couple of early goals at the Nou Camp for Barca and it's game on, can see them giving it a real go in front of the home fans."

    Garett Switzer: "Tito thinks an 80% messi is better than a 100% cesc, but failed to recognize a 50% messi wasn't better than anybody."

    Joey Oliver James: "Bayern have been a sleeping giant in the UCL for years now. Last night they woke up and will be wide awake for years to come."

    Neil Howells: "Barca lose one game and everyone saying thats the end of them. Crazy. Bit premature I think."

  74. 1344: 

    "Eyebrows may have been raised over the call-up of batsman Chris Rogers at the age of 35, but to my mind it is a clever and well thought through selection."

    Ex-England captain & Test Match Special summariser Alec Stewart's thoughts on Australia's Ashes squad are available to read on the BBC Sport website.

  75. 1341: 

    Stephen Maguire says he could not watch Dechawat Poomjaeng's antics during their World Championship match.

    The Thai underdog won 10-9 and applauded his own shots, willed Maguire's to go awry, and spilt a bottle of water mid-frame.

    "I was afraid to look at him in the end. Crazy things were happening out there," the Scot says. "I just had to switch off. I don't think he's the full shilling. I've never seen him before but there's definitely something missing.

    "He seems like a really nice boy and very genuine."

  76. 1333: 

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms: "Honours even at The Oval at lunch, where Surrey, having won the toss, have battled to 58-1 in 33 overs.

    "Graham Smith continued his disappointing start to the new season, scoring just three before he was caught behind by Ben Brown from a James Anyon delivery that bounced and lifted from just short of a length.

    "Sussex have bowled well this morning without luck, although Rory Burns 32no has looked in good form following his century here against Somerset last week.

    "England keeper Matt Prior is making his first Championship appearance of the season, although Ben Brown has retained the gloves with Prior spending the morning at first slip."

  77. 1324: 

    Derbyshire reach lunch on 69-4 against neighbours Nottinghamshire on day one of their County Championship match.

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle: "The barometer of a good insertion is always three wickets in the first session. Notts achieved that - and more - as they reduced Derbyshire to 69-4 at lunch.

    "Stuart Broad blew away any lingering cobwebs by taking 3-33 in 12 pacy overs during his first bowl of the summer.

    "Andre Adams collected the other wicket to fall but then limped from the field, potentially leaving Notts a man light for the remainder of the match.

    "Shivnarine Chanderpaul managed to hang around until the interval and will be the home side's biggest hope of reaching a competitive total."


    The views on Bayern Munich beating Barcelona are still flowing in using #bbcsportsday

    Alex Capp: "Barca need more height in there team because Pique, Busquets and Puyol who is injured are just not enough."

    Keith O'Shaughnessy: "Barca were outplayed, outsmarted and outclassed, Bayern are the team to beat, can see more Bayern goals in 2nd leg."

    Alastair Temple: "Barca had no teeth, never looked like scoring... almost as if their players were just waiting for Messi to do something."

  79. 1318: 

    Gloucestershire score 70 for the loss of five wickets in their match against Northants.

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northants' seam attack took advantage of helpful conditions - and Gloucestershire's decision to bat first - to continue where they left off against Essex. Willey and Copeland's impressive new ball spell set the tone. Crook, though slow to settle, found his line and chipped in with two more wickets.

    "With Klinger, Gidman and Marshall gone - the New Zealander to the final ball before lunch - Northants will aim to be batting by tea on day one after bowling first for the third successive game."

  80. 1317: 

    Surrey are facing Sussex in a local derby in their County Championship match and are 58-1 at lunch.

    BBC London's Mark Church: "Surrey have had to work very hard on the opening morning in the face of some good Sussex bowling. Arun Harinath was ruled out just before the toss when he was struck on the hand in the nets and Jason Roy was summoned from the 2nd XI game in Derby.

    "Graeme Smith won the toss, batted and then got a brute of a delivery from Jimmy Anyon as he was caught behind for 3. Rory Burns and Gary Wilson have had to play with great skill and discipline and have guided the home side safely to lunch with Wilson 21* and Burns unbeaten on 32. And Roy arrived from Derby just as lunch was served."

  81. 1315: 

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read: "Excellent stuff by Lancashire this morning, James Anderson leading the attack. He bowled superbly alongside Chapple and Hogg. Unlucky not to have more reward."

  82. 1312: 

    Kent score 53-1 before lunch in their County Championship opening day with Lancashire.

    BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise: "Superb bowling from Lancashire on the opening morning, excellent weathering of the Anderson storm from the Kent batsmen makes it difficult to determine who has been on top. Yes, the Red Rose bowlers have been accurate and economical, but with just the one success, perhaps the hop county's batsmen have held sway.

    "Some may have questioned James Tredwell's decision to bat when winning the toss but, thus far, it seems it may have been a canny choice, waiting for the calm after the storm.

    "Rob Key punished the few poorer deliveries that there were and goes to his luncheon break on a solid 29."

  83. 1309: 

    Durham reach 72-2 by lunch on the opening day of their County Championship clash with Yorkshire.

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Will Smith and Dale Benkenstein have steered Durham to lunch and have staged a bit of a rescue act as well. They were 8-2 when the two came together at the end of the third over following the loss of Keaton Jennings and Mark Stoneman.

    "Jennings got his second first-baller in a row, losing his off stump to Tim Bresnan's first delivery of the day. Stoneman then edged Ryan Sidebottom to the slips to disappear for 6. Smith and Benkenstein survived some hairy moments to reach 29 and 30 respectively, with Durham 72-2."

  84. 1307: 

    Hampshire are 127-1 against Worcestershire at lunch on day one.

    BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James: "Hampshire have benefitted from some inconsistent Worcestershire bowling, Alan Richardson apart. Too many balls have been on the short side allowing Adams (53*) and Carberry (62) to benefit."


    Here is a fresh batch of comments on Bayern Munich's 4-0 demolition of Barcelona. Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday

    James Aubrey: "As ever, people over react. It's either Bayern are fantastic or Barcelona are done with. The truth lies somewhere in between."

    Nick Rumley: "Yesterday's defeat for Barca shows that no team is unbeatable, Bayern did their research and it paid off immensely."

    David Smart: "As good as Bayern were last night, let's not forget that the score should be 2-0 leaving it all to play for at the Nou Camp."

  86. 1300: 

    Over-excited Manchester United fans hoping to congratulate hat-trick hero Robin van Persie have inadvertently bombarded a 52-year-old IT consultant in India with Twitter messages.

    BBC News Magazine's Vanessa Barford looks at the mix-up.

  87. 1259: 

    China's Ding Junhui joins Judd Trump in the second round of the World Championship in Sheffield thanks to his 10-5 win over Alan McManus of Scotland.

  88. 1256: 

    Exeter Chiefs hooker Neil Clark is to join French club Oyonnax on a two-year contract at the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old has made 187 appearances for Exeter in two spells.


    Charlie Neale: "Bayern very much dominant..Barca needed miracles/records and away goals to be here, Bayern dominate as a team, not one person."

    Phil Triggs: "When the blistering #barca attack fails, it highlights the defensive vulnerability in the team, #bayern exploited to the full!"

    Oli Wainwright: "If Bayern begin to dominate European football as expected, will we see Messi seek out a new challenge?"

  90. 1241: 

    Judd Trump says of his 10-5 win over Dominic Dale in the World Championship first round: "It was good. I felt really comfortable out there, relaxed and with no pressure. I think it showed in how I played.

    "If I play like I did today I'll have a good chance. I know a lot of people are saying that anyone can win it, but in my opinion there's only three or four who can.

    "If that certain amount of players play well, then one of them is going to win it."

  91. 1239: 

    Hampshire are 104-0 in their County Championship match against Worcestershire. Michael Carberry has scored 58 runs and captain James Adams 38.

    Live commentary on this and all the other championship games is available on the BBC Sport website.

  92. 1236: 

    MotoGP rider Colin Edwards invites BBC Sport into his Texas home.

    The two-time world superbike champion reflects on his success and says he has no intention of retiring just yet.

    You can view the video on the BBC Sport website.


    Sarhan Hassan: "I wonder how barca would fare against the current united squad? Would it be as one sided as the finals in '09 and '10?"

    Ray Bellwhiff: "4 years ago Barca dished out the exact same beating to Bayern they received last night. Bayern recovered quickly from that..."

    Soccer Amz: "How are people over looking Barca's injury problems? Messi, Puyol & Masch not fit. Also Bayern's 3rd goal was a foul on Alba."

    Let us know your thoughts on Bayern Munich's 4-0 hammering of Barcelona using #bbcsportsday

  94. 1225: 

    The US government is seeking more than £78m in damages after filing a lawsuit over the Lance Armstrong affair.

    The banned American cyclist, 41, is accused of violating his contract with his former team and is said to have been "unjustly enriched" while cheating to win the Tour de France.

  95. 1213: 

    Former Wales striker Ian Rush says he never thought he would see the day that there were two Welsh teams in the Premier League.

    Next season Cardiff and Swansea will play in the top flight and Rush says: "I never anticipated a day when we would have two Welsh sides in the top league and from a club perspective it has been one of the best years ever.

    "I know what people are saying about Cardiff going straight back down. It was the same with Swansea. But that didn't happen and now they are in Europe, which is terrific."


    Give us your thoughts on Bayern Munich's win over Barcelona using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

    Alechi: "I don't think the "tiki taka" style is on the wane, but the Barcelona players are. 6/7 years at the top is a long time."

    Steven Jerjian: "Barca still dominate possession, but lost the edge in attack, and been poor in most of the big games. Too reliant on Messi."

    Edward Lane: "Bayern hammering signals sea-change in European football for Germany, shame Dortmund will be stripped of its stars this summer."

  97. 1203: 

    Judd Trump beats Dominic Dale 10-5 in the World Championship first round in Sheffield. Alan McManus trails Ding Junhui 8-5, with that game available to view online for UK users.

  98. 1201: 

    Leicester Tigers hooker George Chuter is to be honoured with a testimonial next year in what will be his 14th season at Welford Road.

    Chuter, 36, was told he may have to leave the club this summer, but he signed a new one-year deal following Jimmy Stevens' move to London Irish.

    "I'm really excited about next year," he tells BBC Radio Leicester. "I'd got it in my head that I was leaving and to then find out that I was actually staying was a relief in some ways and it was quite a strange situation.

    "I'm very pleased to be staying. I do hold a special place in my heart for the club."

  99. 1151: 
    Matt Slater, BBC SportHORSE RACING

    The Telegraph's Matt cartoon said it all this morning - one official says to the other: "We had our suspicions when one of their horses won the Tour de France."

    News that a quarter of the horses drug-tested at the famous Godolphin stables were on steroids, is racing's Lance Armstrong moment. The seriousness of the situation is reflected in the multiple breaches of racing's rules that Al Zarooni has been charged with, including a catch-all charge of "conduct prejudicial to horse-racing", and the speed with which governing body has reacted.

    Two years ago the trainer Howard Johnson was given a four-year ban for doping one horse. Al Zarooni should prepare himself for something considerably longer.

  100. 1147: 

    "At the Sydney Mint this morning, there was an overwhelming sense that Australian Test cricket is still in recession."

    Ahead of the upcoming Ashes series on British soil, Sydney correspondent Nick Bryant assesses Australia's ageing squad.


    Let us know your opinions on whether Bayern Munich's win over Barcelona represents a shift in power in club football - or whether you think Barca can come back from 4-0 down in the second leg, using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

    Xtro: "World football is catching up on Barcelona. Bayern plays accurate attacking football with great individual skills."

    Alex Le May: "Bayern showing the efficiency and reliability of a German car, no danger of a breakdown it will be a tough final for anyone."

    Josh Hobbs: "The irony is that once Pep takes over, Bayern will be transformed from everything that won them the game last night."

  102. 1137: 

    BBC cricket reporter Kevin Howells: "Anderson, Broad and Bresnan in Championship action. Every ball of every game on BBC online. And keep an eye on David Willey at Northants."

    Commentary of today's six games are available on the BBC Sport website, with scorecards on each game available too.

  103. 1134: 

    Arsenal are currently working out the logistics of providing newly crowned champions Manchester United with the traditional guard of honour when the teams meet each other at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.


    Your views still flowing in on last night's game between Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Ping us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday.

    Graeme Anderson: "Barca lack strength in depth. Bayern already showing their intention to dominate European football by signing Mario Götze."

    Nick Mackay: "Last night put this daft "myth" that Barca are the best team EVER to bed. Pace, power and end product from Bayern -epic."

    Fabious: "Bayern were better all round and proved size does matter in football. Barca needs to get defenders, proper defenders."

  105. 1132: 

    Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan thinks letting two of their players join Australian clubs could actually benefit the Warriors in the long term.

    Lee Mossop and Gareth Hock will join Parramatta Eels at the end of the year for "significant six-figure transfer fees".

    "We are confident that if we allow our players to go to the NRL they will come back much stronger players," Lenagan says. "And at least 50% of them will come back to Wigan."

  106. 1122: 

    Ali Carter says his World Championship second-round opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan is "probably fresher" than anyone else in the draw.

    O'Sullivan has played only one competitive match since beating Carter to win his fourth world title last May.

    "I am not buying into the fact he has not played a competitive match because he is probably fresher than all of us put together," says 34-year-old Carter. "Rest assured he has been practising very hard for this tournament."


    Let us know your thoughts on Bayern's hammering of Barcelona via #bbcsportsday.

    Benjamin: "Again we won't know whether Guardiola is a good manager or just wins with extraordinary teams. He saw this coming with Bayern."

    Matt: "I don't know if anybody saw the pitch?! it was like a soggy marsh land. I am very interested to see the second leg!!"

    Kyle Flynn: "Barcelona aren't completely finished. Still a top team. Will come back with some additions. Bayern best at the moment."

  108. 1118: 

    Ex-Wales scrum-half Robert Jones believes Tavis Knoyle had to leave Scarlets for Gloucester to re-ignite his international career.

    "Tavis needs to play regular rugby and if the opportunity is in Gloucester then... most people will wish him well," says Jones. "I think we have a lot of players of a similar standing, maybe not quite ready for international rugby at the moment in terms of regular international rugby, but all good enough to get there in the future."

  109. 1117: 

    Newcastle striker Papiss Cisse has been telling BBC Late Kick Off in the North East and Cumbria about how he is helping people in his native Senegal through his charitable foundation.

    "I'm not a star, I'm just a man that plays football," he says.

  110. 1115: 

    Superlatives litter today's German press coverage of Bayern Munich's humbling of Barcelona at the Allianz Arena last night, BBC Monitoring reports. Many praise the players for putting aside the distraction of an arrest warrant issued against club president Uli Hoeness over charges of tax evasion, to almost guarantee their place in this year's Champions League final.

    Die Welt says the Bavarians "dismantled" the Catalans in what it called "one of the greatest Champions League performances".

    Tabloid Das Bild calls next week's return leg at the Nou Camp "a mere formality" and singles out Thomas Mueller as the "superstar" of the evening while asking "Messi who?"

    Suddeutsche Zeitung says corners seem to hold a significant place in Bayern's recent Champions league history. Nearly a year after Didier Drogba broke Bayern hearts by equalising from Chelsea's only corner of the 2012 Champions League final, two of last night's goals came originated at the corner flag.

  111. 1114: 

    In light of Luis Suarez's bite on Branislav Ivanovic, BBC Sport has been looking back at some of the most famous football controversies in World Cups.

    From the infamous 'Battle of Santiago' in 1962 to Zinedine Zidane's unforgettable head butt in 2006, you can view the video on the BBC Sport website.

  112. 1111: 

    Team principal Stefano Domenicali urges Ferrari to be "perfect" for the rest of the season.

    Their title bid has been hit by problems in two of the first four races, leaving Fernando Alonso 30 points off the lead but Domenicali says: "We believe in our ability to fight to the end and this time we have been from the start, which has not been the case for a while.

    "At the same time, we must be perfect in every area."

  113. 1109: 

    Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is close to agreeing a deal to move to Ryan Nelsen's Toronto FC.

    BBC Radio Manchester has learned that Bolton are willing to allow the 36-year-old striker to leave before the end of the season.

  114. 1105: 

    The best of 19-frame World Championship first-round matches continue in Sheffield, Judd Trump leads Dominic Dale 9-4 and Alan McManus trails Ding Junhui 7-4.

    Both games are available to watch on the BBC Sport website for UK users.


    What do you think Bayern's demolition of Barcelona means for European football? Let us know via #bbcsportsday.

    Chris Simmonds: "Tiki-taka is great but you've got to have an end product. Bayern played great & still scored. Possession doesn't bring prizes."

    Oladele Tosin: "Bayern only qualified to quarter-final with away goal rules. Not a dominant force yet. Just that Barca were poor."

    Chris Buchanan: "Bayern look so good now, can you imagine what they'll be like under Guardiola, with the addition of Gotze and a few more....."

  116. 1100: 

    Here's today's Question of Sport teaser - which six players scored a Test century for Australia in the 2009 Ashes series?

    Let us know your guesses on Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Answer to come at 14:00 BST.

  117. 1058: 

    Bradford expect to be without goalkicking winger Jamie Foster, 22, for three months as he requires surgery after rupturing a pectoral muscle during Sunday's Challenge Cup win at Rochdale.

  118. 1056: 

    Judd Trump leads Dominic Dale 8-4 and requires only two more frames to reach round two of the World Championship. UK users can watch the match live on the BBC website or Ding Junhui against Alan McManus, which is currently 7-4 to Ding.

  119. 1054: 

    Norwich defender Ryan Bennett is charged by the Football Association with misconduct following comments he made on Twitter.

  120. 1052: 

    Portsmouth name Guy Whittingham as their permanent manager. The former Pompey striker, 48, took over as caretaker boss at Fratton Park in November after Michael Appleton quit for Blackpool and the team has lost only two of the last 10 matches.

  121. 1045: 

    Barcelona maestro Lionel Messi says of the 4-0 defeat in the Champions League semi-final first-leg against Bayern Munich last night: "They were better than us, they were much stronger. They were superior in everything."

    Messi "felt good" but adds: "The comeback is very complicated. Bayern are a very good team, but we'll try."

  122. 1039: 

    The best of 19-frame World Championship first-round matches continue in Sheffield, Dominic Dale takes the opening frame to trail 7-4 against Judd Trump and Alan McManus reduces his deficit against Ding Junhui to 7-3.


    Are Bayern the dominant force in European football and are Barca on the wane? Keep your thoughts coming in please, to #bbcsportsday.

    Robson Parker: "Messi was cancelled out by Bayern's defence. Bayern played the match more tactically and diverse than Barca did."

    Adam in Delaware: "They gave Barca their biggest loss in a decade. They bought Gotze and Pep. Bayern are sending a message to the world."

    Ezzy Mbaeri: Barcelona's dominance is definitely on the wane, they need a new tactics and fresh legs especially in the back...

  124. 1037: 

    Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni will face a British Horseracing Authority Disciplinary Panel hearing in London tomorrow charged with possible breaches of the Rules of Racing, after banned substances were found in 11 of his horses.

  125. 1032: 

    More from Australia fast bowler James Pattinson, selected for his first Ashes tour, who tells 5 live of facing England: "They have had a few changes as well like us. They still have Alastair Cook as the backbone of their batting and their bowling is quite good.

    "They are having their own battles within their own team, trying to find the right people for the right job, as we are. I would love to say we will win 5-0, from being Australian, but I think it's all about going over there and backing ourselves. We've got a strong group, with good character and it makes us even more hungry to bounce back and prove those people who are doubting us wrong and really take it to the Poms."

  126. 1028: 

    Former Australia captain Steve Waugh insists they can regain the Ashes this summer despite a squad featuring only five players who have appeared in away Test against England. "We've got the bowlers to take 20 wickets," he says.

    "We can beat any team in the world and we proved that, almost, last year when we nearly beat South Africa, who are the number one team. So we're not that far away. It's a matter of the top six getting some consistency, getting some confidence. England have themselves been very inconsistent over the past 12, 18 months."

  127. 1022: 

    The Bolton News report that veteran striker Kevin Davies, 36, has been given permission to leave Bolton before his current deal expires in June, and he is expected to join Toronto in Canada on a season-long deal.

  128. 1020: 

    The Scottish Rugby Union confirms the national team's autumn programme will consist of three Tests against Japan, South Africa and Australia in November.

  129. 1018: 

    So play has begun at the World Championship and UK users can watch the table one match between Judd Trump against Dominic Dale or switch to Ding Junhui against Alan McManus on table two.

  130. 1013: 

    Former England captain Alec Stewart describes Australia's inclusion of 35-year-old Middlesex captain Chris Rogers, who has scored 19,107 runs in 233 first-class matches at an average of 50.01 but played only one Test, as "a clever and well thought through pick".


    Will Bayern Munich be the dominant force in European football in the next few years and are Barca on the wane? Please keep your thoughts coming in to #bbcsportsday

    May's Very Own: "Bayern has always been a dominating force, it's just that Bundesliga has been over shadowed by La Liga and the Premier League!"

    Jeremy Cooper: "It's a fool's game to try and predict what happens in football. Much more fun to just wait and see."

    Jerry: "Teams are obviously becoming "immune" to tiki taka eg Chelsea and now Bayern Munich."

  132. 1005: 
    Judd Trump

    Judd Trump will attempt to secure his place in round two of the World Championship as he resumes 6-3 up against Welshman Dominic Dale at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

    On the other table Ding Junhui takes a 7-2 lead into the second session of his match against Scot Alan McManus, with 10 frames the target for victory. UK users can choose the match they would like to follow on the BBC website.

  133. 0959: 

    England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson will spearhead Lancashire's attack for the first time this summer in their Championship Division Two game against Kent at Old Trafford.

    Leaders Northants travel to Bristol to face Gloucestershire, who may give a debut to 18-year-old all-rounder Craig Miles, while Hampshire take on Worcestershire, who suffered a 10-wicket thrashing by Glamorgan last week, at the Ageas Bowl.

  134. 0952: 

    There is a new round of Championship matches this morning, three in each division. England's Stuart Broad, Matt Prior and Joe Root begin their build-up towards the Test series against New Zealand by making their first appearances of the summer in Division One.

    Fast bowler Broad plays for Notts at Derbyshire, who are looking to atone for last week's nine-wicket loss to Middlesex, Prior turns out for Sussex at The Oval against Surrey and batsman Root travels with Yorkshire to face Durham, whose coach Geoff Cook is looking for an improved batting effort after they were bowled out for 94 in their 318-run defeat by Warwickshire.

  135. 0944: 

    Barcelona assistant manager Jordi Roura says of last night's 4-0 thrashing by Bayern Munich: "This was a game that we were excited about and the result is awful. We're all sad but this is football. We have to keep on going."

  136. 0941: 

    The Premiership Player of the Season nominations are: Steve Borthwick (Saracens), Danny Care (Harlequins), Akapusi Qera (Gloucester), Julian Salvi (Leicester), Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Tom Youngs (Leicester).

    The winner will be announced at the London Hilton in Park Lane on 9 May.

  137. 0929: 

    More from Australia fast bowler James Pattinson, selected for his first Ashes tour, who tells 5 live: "You don't want to lose 4-0 anywhere and losing to India was pretty disappointing, but hopefully we have learnt a few things over there.

    "We have a good talented bunch of guys and some experienced guys are coming in who can add something to the team, so I think all in all we have a good chance of winning the ashes and that is our main goal."

  138. 0918: 

    British number one Andy Murray responds to the news that Wimbledon is raising prize money by 40% and beginning a major building project that will include putting a roof over Number One Court.

    "If it wasn't official before it is now... @wimbledon is officially the biggest and tennis tournament bar none. Always looking out for the best interests of our sport.... future plans for the club look incredible... As has always been the case @wimbledon continue to lead our sport in the right direction... right from the front... #proudmember."

  139. 0909: 

    At the media conference for the announcement of the Australia Ashes squad, an English reporter asks if this is the weakest team of recent decades.

    Skipper Michael Clarke replies: "I'd like to answer that one. Since I've taken over the captaincy of the Australian cricket team, I think I've heard that every tour. We'll always pay our respects to the English team, they're a very strong team ... but I think with this squad we have the talent, the experience and the youth to go over there and have success.''

  140. 0902: 

    Rangers have confirmed the appointment of Craig Mather, 42, as interim chief executive in a statement to the London Stock Exchange.

    He will hold the position until the Third Division outfit appoint a permanent replacement for Charles Green, who resigned as chief executive with immediate effect last week.

  141. 0856: 

    Australia fast bowler James Pattinson will make his Ashes debut this summer after being named in a 16-man squad.

    Speaking to 5 live this morning about the 4-0 series defeat in India he said: "I think there were a few little issues going on over in India which were unacceptable. They weren't big issues but if we are working to become a better team, then we have to have them all in check and everyone doing the right thing. We've put that behind us now, we will learn from it and hopefully we can use it to our advantage to take on England in the upcoming series."

  142. 0849: 

    Huddersfield centre or winger Luke George, 25, has joined Hull KR on a month's loan and is set to make his debut against Super League champions Leeds on Sunday.


    We're asking this morning if Barcelona are on the wane and if Bayern Munich's efficiency will see them become the dominant force in European football. Keep your thoughts coming in please, to #bbcsportsday.

    Priyojit Deb: "We shouldn't forget how Barça beat them in 2009..history will repeat..fingers crossed."

    James Taylor: "Bayern look the complete team - passion, skill, tireless work rate, pace, togetherness. Wonderful side."

    Seannn: "Barca's dominance is completely over. Still a wonderful team but Real Madrid Bayern Munich & Dortmund have caught up."

  144. 0836: 

    Australia named wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as their vice-captain for the Ashes tour of England and he says: "I know if I am playing at the best of my ability I am the number one in my position.

    "I was surprised when (chairman of selectors) John (Inverarity) called last night. But the bottom line is we have to find a way to bring this squad back together. We are all going over there for one thing, we've got to get the Ashes back. Nothing else matters."

  145. 0830: 

    Now for some items from today's BBC Sport gossip column and Sir Alex Ferguson will build on Manchester United's 20th title triumph with a £50m spending spree this summer.

    Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 28, Atletico Madrid forward Radamel Falcao, 27, and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, 24, are on Ferguson's wanted list. (Daily Mirror)

    But Chelsea believe they have won the race to land Falcao. (Daily Mail)

    Real Madrid are prepared to offer a straight cash deal of £45m or a player-plus-cash deal, which will include either striker Gonzalo Higuain or winger Angel Di Maria, for Tottenham forward Gareth Bale, 23. (Daily Mirror)

  146. 0826: 

    Manchester United will celebrate their 20th Premier League title with an open-top bus parade on Monday 13 May, starting at Old Trafford and ending in the city centre.


    So after that comprehensive defeat by Bayern Munich, we're asking this morning if Barcelona's attractive brand of football is on the decline and whether Bayern's style of play will see them become the dominant force in the European game.

    We would also like your thoughts on the Australia Ashes squad so please send them in using the Twitter hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  148. 0815: 

    Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes hails his team's performance after the 4-0 thrashing of Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final first-leg.

    "We've been playing extraordinary football all season. It was not a really big surprise to me that we scored four goals. We have played to a high level all season," he says.

  149. 0810: 

    Staying with cricket and today marks the 40th birthday of Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar, international cricket's leading run-scorer, who has amassed 15,837 Test and 18,426 one-day runs.

    There have of course been numerous great innings but we have selected six of his finest for you on the BBC website now.

  150. 0805: 
    Australia vice-captain Brad Haddin

    But we start with cricket and Australia have named 35-year-old wicketkeeper Brad Haddin as their vice-captain for the Ashes tour of England. Another 35-year-old, Chris Rogers, who played his only Test in 2008, is recalled and there is no place for Mitchell Johnson.

    Australia Ashes squad: Clarke (captain), Haddin (vice-captain), Bird, Cowan, Faulkner, Harris, Hughes, Khawaja, Lyon, Pattinson, Rogers, Siddle, Starc, Wade, Warner, Watson.

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    Good morning and welcome along to another Sportsday. We'll have the verdict of the FA's investigation into the Luis Suarez controversy and there will be snooker and county cricket updates throughout the day.

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