Sportsday - Friday 3 May as it happened

Premier League build-up, England recall Ravi Bopara to one-day squad for Champions Trophy, plus latest snooker.

7 May 2013 Last updated at 07:04

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  1. 0800: 

    Good morning from the BBC Sport Centre for another day of Sportsday Live. It is another busy day in the world of sport but, first of all, a look at our top stories.

  2. 0803: 

    Chelsea are into the Europa League final after a 5-2 aggregate win over FC Basel at Stamford Bridge. Fernando Torres, Victor Moses and David Luiz were on target for Rafa Benitez's side.

    They will face Portuguese giants Benfica in the final in Amsterdam on 15 May.

  3. 0805: 

    Rory McIlroy fires a five-under 67 to be among a seven-way tie for the lead in the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow. McIlroy birdied the 18th in his first event since he finished tied 25th at the Masters last month.

  4. 0808: 

    Birmingham City owner Carson Yeung fails in his bid to have his money-laundering case thrown out of a Hong Kong court on Friday after the judge rejected his arguments that he would not receive a fair trial.

  5. 0812: 

    Calvin Zola's double gave Burton Albion a one-goal lead to take into the second leg of their League Two play-off semi-final against Bradford. In Thursday's other semi-final first leg, Northampton beat Cheltenham 1-0.


    After their win over FC Basel on Thursday night, Chelsea are into the Europa League final against Benfica on 15 May in Amsterdam. BBC Sport's Phil McNulty asks whether it is time for interim boss Rafa Benitez to get some credit for the job he has done at Stamford Bridge.

    Give us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  7. 0824: 

    Now a look at some stories from Friday's BBC Sport gossip column. Manchester United want Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp, 45, to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson when the 71-year-old manager finally leaves Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror) Turkish side Galatasaray are thought to be preparing a £12m offer for Arsenal forwards Lukas Podolski, 27, or Gervinho, 25. (Daily Express) Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has agreed to quit the Bernabeu and join Chelsea, with the announcement likely to happen on 1 July. (The Sun)

  8. 0831: 

    England will name their final 15-man squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy at 10:30 BST.

    They are already without Kevin Pietersen (knee) while wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter is out for six weeks with a fractured thumb and selectors will have to decide whether to recall Graeme Swann, who is coming back to fitness after an elbow injury.

  9. 0835: 
    Sir Bradley Wiggins

    Now that spring has sprung and the cycling season is stepping up the pace, Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins has decided to go for a new look. Ahead of the Giro d'Italia, which starts on Saturday, Wiggo has opted for a shorter haircut and gone are his famous sideburns. Maybe it makes him more aerodynamic!

  10. 0842: 

    Coming up at 1000 BST, Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump resume their World Snooker Championship semi-final match at the The Crucible. The pair are tied at 4-4 after Thursday's opening session.

    At 1400 BST, Ricky Walden will hope to build on his 6-2 lead over Barry Hawkins in the second semi-final.

    Both matches will be live on the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two.


    Interim Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez's achievement in getting the Blues to the Europa League final is keeping you busy.

    Keely McDonagh: "I am not a Chelsea fan but they are our only English representatives in Europe now. Respect that!"

    fqiren: "Look, the cup has not been won yet. Neither has Chelsea confirmed a top 4 finish yet. Let's judge Rafa come 19th May. Not now."

    Benjamin: "Rafa has done a great job since his clear the air interview, the fans got off his back and let him get on with it."

    Continue to send us your views via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  12. 0858: 

    Mercedes say they will make a Formula 1 car available for Robert Kubica to try once he recovers sufficiently to be able to drive one. The Pole, whose right arm was partially severed in a rally accident in 2011, has driven Mercedes' F1 simulator.

  13. 0905: 

    After his controversial appointment as Southampton manager earlier this year, Mauricio Pochettino has settled into the role at St Mary's and, as the Saints celebrate staying in the Premier League for next season, BBC Sport's Ben Smith meets the former Argentina international.

  14. 0906: 

    Swansea's Spanish defender Chico Flores is an injury doubt for his side's clash with Manchester City after suffering bruising to his arm in training. Winger Roland Lamah is out with a hamstring injury.

  15. 0910: 

    Former Chelsea player Frank Sinclair tells BBC Radio 5 live that reaching the Europa League final is a great achievement for Blues interim boss Rafa Benitez, but that his stay at Stamford Bridge was always going to be short.

    "I think it was pretty clear the job that Benitez was asked to do," he says. "He came in to do it and obviously didn't realise what the fans' reaction was going to be to that.

    "But I think all along everybody at the football club has known that Benitez has got the job until the end of the season and it was a bit of a makeweight to try and sort something out until we got someone else. Regarding what we would have won this season - I think he was never staying anyway.

    "He's been very thick-skinned and he's really done the job with dignity, which you've got to give him credit for, and he's obviously got the best out of the players recently and turned the season around."

  16. 0917: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury concerns as he welcomes former club Newcastle to Upton Park on Saturday.

    James Tomkins (calf) and George McCartney (knee) are again likely to miss out for the Hammers, with Mark Noble and Joe Cole pushing for starting places after improving their match fitness from the bench in recent weeks.

  17. 0923: 

    Olympic bronze medallist Lutalo Muhammad will make his return to competitive taekwondo at the Spanish Open in Alicante on Saturday. The 21-year-old has had a series of niggling injuries since defeating Armenia's Arman Yeremyan 9-3 to finish third at London 2012.

  18. 0933: 

    Here are the latest stories from BBC Monitoring:

    After failing to reach the Champions League final, following their defeat by Bayern Munich, the Barcelona team are described as "insufficient". Full story: Marca

    German chancellor Angela Merkel has taken to Facebook to talk about the Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. "I'm glad, because one thing is for sure: Germany wins," she wrote. Full story: Tuttosport

  19. 0935: 

    Newcastle full-back Mathieu Debuchy will miss Saturday's trip to West Ham through suspension after being sent off against Liverpool last weekend.

    Left-back Massadio Haidara is sidelined by a hamstring injury, while keeper Tim Krul, full-back Davide Santon and midfielder Sylvain Marveaux are all still out. However, skipper Fabricio Coloccini could return from a long-term back problem.


    Steve Howes: "Rafa abused the fans, disrespects the legends, picks poor teams, we should not be worrying about CL qualification."

    Shane Grant: "We're in the final but Rafa hasn't done anything special. He has made some horrible errors where it matters.....the league."

    Adam Richards: "Rafa has done well, but didn't get the moaning about being the 'interim' manager. He knew what he was getting himself in to."

    Continue to send us your views on Rafa Benitez via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  21. 0948: 

    Athens Paralympian Joanne Pitt has died. The 34-year-old para-dressage rider was being treated for a rare lung condition. She had won the Grade II title at British Dressage's winter championships last month. Pitt also competed at European and World Championships for GB.

  22. 0952: 

    Division One: SUSSEX v WARWICKSHIRE (day three): England batsman Jonathan Trott fell four runs short of a century on Thursday as Warwickshire were dismissed for 453 in their first innings against Sussex. England team-mate Monty Panesar took 2-112 in 41 overs. Sussex will resume day three 324 behind on 129-1 with Luke Wells unbeaten on 76.

    You can hear full commentary of the game via the BBC Sport website.

  23. 0955: 

    The Spanish football league says it is investigating a La Liga game between Levante and Deportivo La Coruna on 13 April for a possible case of match-fixing. Deportivo won the game 4-0.

    Levante have issued a statement on their website saying it will "help and collaborate with any investigation".

  24. 0958: 

    Division One: MIDDLESEX v SURREY (day two): Rory Burns led the way for Surrey yesterday in their local derby with Middlesex at Lord's. The opener made 114 as the visitors closed on 267-4. England's Steven Finn took 1-58, getting rid of Arun Harinath for 61.

    Live commentary is available via the BBC Sport website.

  25. 1004: 


    Leicestershire v Gloucestershire (day four)

    Gloucestershire need another 172 runs to beat Leicestershire with all 10 wickets remaining going into the final day at Grace Road. Yesterday, they closed on 16-0 after the hosts were dismissed for 217 in the second innings with Will Gidman taking 4-39.

    Glamorgan v Lancashire (day three)

    Relegated Lancashire are in trouble going into day three at Colwyn Bay. The visitors are 15 runs behind Glamorgan and will resume this morning on 104-4 in their second innings. Simon Katich is unbeaten on 28 with nightwatchman James Anderson yet to score. The England fast bowler had earlier taken 3-63 as Glamorgan were all out for 242.

    Kent v Northants (day three)

    Kent will begin day three on 6-0 in their second innings, trailing Northants by 26 runs. Yesterday, the visitors were dismissed for 303 with opener Stephen Peters making 106 and Charlie Shreck took 4-80 for Kent.

    A reminder that commentary of all games is available via the BBC Sport website.

  26. 1008: 
    Danny Welbeck

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirms that striker Danny Welbeck will miss Sunday's Premier League game with Chelsea with a knee injury. Paul Scholes is set to return, the 38-year-old having been out since January with a knee injury.

  27. 1012: 

    Action resumes in the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield with Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump level at 4-4. You can watch live coverage via the BBC Sport website and on BBC Two.

  28. 1016: 

    Former player Andy Waller is named as Zimbabwe's new cricket coach, taking over from Englishman Alan Butcher who departed after the recent tour to West Indies.

    Waller, 53, played two Tests for Zimbabwe against England in 1996 and 39 one-day internationals, including competing at three World Cups.

  29. 1026: 

    Australia's Brett Rumford and Thailand's Kiradech Aphibarnrat share the lead at the China Open as the second round draws to a close. The pair are on nine under, one ahead of Robert-Jan Derksen of the Netherlands, who is in the clubhouse and Finland's Mikko Illonen, who has five holes left to play.

    Ye Wo-cheng, who aged just 12 became the youngest player in Tour history on Thursday, shot his second consecutive round of 79 and is on 14 over.

  30. 1031: 

    Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan are both recalled to the England squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy and the ODI series against New Zealand. Graeme Swann is included after recovering from an elbow injury.

  31. 1033: 

    England squad in full: Alastair Cook, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes.

  32. 1037: 

    Beijing Olympic team pursuit gold medallist Paul Manning is named as the new endurance coach of the GB men's track cycling team.

    Manning had held a similar role with the women's squad, who won gold in London. Chris Newton, who was coach of the men's endurance academy, takes Manning's spot as coach of women's track endurance squad.


    How good a job is Rafa Benitez doing at Chelsea? You have plenty of views:

    Captain EO: "I've never seen a club so ungrateful, Rafa is actually DOING his job and very well at that. He should be upgraded to permanent."

    Fisayo Dairo: "Much respect to Rafa for his blunt interview after the Boro game. It was a risk but paid off, giving him some breathing space."

    Danny Needham: "Chelsea fans need to get over themselves. Rafa has done a good job for them.CFC had nothing before Abramovich just 10 years ago."

    You can join the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  34. 1045: 

    Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson admits that his old adversary Rafa Benitez has done a good job since taking over as Chelsea interim manager in November. United face the Europa League finalists on Sunday

    "He is very concerned about his CV. He refers to it quite a lot," said Ferguson. "But you can't dispute the fact he has done a good job in the last few weeks.

    "The key to it is that the fans have settled down a little bit. They have left him alone. He has got on with managing his job.

    "It can't be easy, listening to pressure from the fans all the time. They have eased up. It has allowed him to relax and they have produced some good results."

  35. 1048: 

    Bournemouth's record league appearance holder Steve Fletcher calls time on his 24-year playing career. The 40-year-old striker has scored 121 goals in 728 appearances in a Cherries career spanning 18 seasons.

  36. 1053: 

    Former Leeds and Aston Villa manager David O'Leary is awarded £3.3m in his claim against Dubai-based club Al Ahli FC. O'Leary was dismissed in 2010, one year into a three-year deal with the club claiming he had abandoned his job.

    However, Fifa has awarded O'Leary, who was also backed by the League Managers' Association, the full sum due under his contract.

    "It has taken a long time to deal with this matter but I am pleased that all issues have now been finalised," said O'Leary. "I hope my case provides reassurance to all managers and coaches working all over the world that there is a formal system in place that provides employment protection."

  37. 1056: 

    The opening two frames of the morning session are shared between Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump and it is now 5-5 in their World Championship semi-final. Full coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC Two television.

  38. 1059: 

    Here is today's teaser from @QofS_Official: Name the five teams since 2000 to win both Division One and Division Two of cricket's County Championship.

    The answer will come later.

  39. 1101: 

    Wigan are forced into a defensive change for their Premier League trip to West Brom with Maynor Figueroa ruled out for the rest of the season with a groin injury.

    Paraguay centre-back Antolin Alcaraz (hamstring) is close to fitness but unlikely to return this weekend, meaning Ronnie Stam could come in at the back.

    Midfielder Ben Watson, out since last November with a broken leg but on the bench last week, could figure while defender Roman Golobart and midfielder Fraser Fyvie are in contention after knocks.

  40. 1105: 

    Rangers manager Ally McCoist confirms his interest in Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark, who has scored an impressive 37 goals for the Scottish Second Division champions this season.

    "I've spoken to Nicky's agent and I've spoken to his father, who I know reasonably well, just to let them know that we have an interest in talking to Nicky and meeting up with him and seeing if there is a possibility of him coming to the club," said McCoist.

  41. 1118: 
    Scott Sinclair

    Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says Scott Sinclair may have to leave the club this summer after making just three starts less than one year into a four-year contract.

    "This situation is difficult because I didn't give him a lot of chance to play and I think it's also difficult for him to show," Mancini told a news conference in Manchester on Friday.

    "A young player like Scott deserves to play, so for him it was a really difficult here. He is young and has good quality, but here was difficult for him and I think that it's better if we can have another solution. I can understand his frustration in this moment because he didn't play a lot of games."

  42. 1120: 

    British Olympian Mary King describes this year's Badminton Horse Trials entry as the best she can remember. King, who has competed in six successive Olympic Games and is chasing a first Badminton title since 2000, launched her quest for the £65,000 top prize on Friday with a dressage score of 47.3 on her London 2012 horse Imperial Cavalier.

    The 51-year-old was among the early starters in an 84-strong field highlighted by the triple challenge of reigning Olympic champion Michael Jung, world number one Andrew Nicholson and leading British hope William Fox-Pitt.

  43. 1126: 

    League One club Coventry have started looking for a new ground to play their home games next season. The club remain at loggerheads with ACL, the owners of the 32,000-capacity Ricoh Arena, over unpaid rent.

    "The fact is that we are being locked out of the Ricoh Arena," chief executive Tim Fisher said. "It is with great regret that we now have no alternative but to consider other arrangements for next season and we would be failing the club, its supporters and its staff if we did not start making such plans now."

  44. 1131: 

    Britain's Olympic track champion and Team Sky cyclist Geraint Thomas, in his latest BBC Sport column, on Sir Bradley Wiggins's chances of winning the Giro d'Italia, which starts on Saturday, and the Tour de France: "All he will be thinking about when he is racing the Giro is the Giro.

    "He has to concentrate on that and he knows he has to be at his best for the final week of that race, when there is a lot of climbing. Then, whatever happens there, he has 33 days between the end of the Giro and the start of the Tour on 29 June.

    "Physically, his rest and recovery time then will be crucial. But he cannot just switch off as he would do normally - he will need to keep himself in top condition and remain on the ball."

  45. 1137: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan and Judd Trump are locked at 6-6 in their best-of-33 World Championship semi-final while Ricky Walden leads Barry Hawkins 6-2 in a match that resumes at 1430 BST. Full coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC Two television.


    Your thoughts on Rafael Benitez at Chelsea and the England squad for next month's ICC Champions Trophy and the ODI series against New Zealand:

    Daniel Wright: Why should Chelsea fans be grateful for a manager that they don't want? He isn't doing it for them, just to geta job after."

    Beanie: "As a CFC fan, I'm one of the few who thinks Rafa has done an outstanding job. Two cup s-f, a final and currently 3rd."

    Ralph Brooker: "Most of the England cricket squad have had excellent starts to the season for their counties."

    You can join the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  47. 1148: 

    Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is passed fit for Saturday's Premier League game at Swansea. The England international suffered a back injury in last Saturday's victory over West Ham.

    City otherwise have no injury or suspensions with striker Sergio Aguero and midfielders David Silva and James Milner having returned from hamstring problems against the Hammers.

  48. 1202: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho on speculation over his future tells a news conference: "When I decide my future my wife and kids would be the first to know. Then the president and general director. I haven't decided to leave. The relationship with the fans is perfect."

  49. 1207: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan edges 7-6 ahead against Judd Trump in the best-of-33 World Championship semi-final. Full coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  50. 1213: 

    Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp on speculation that Real Madrid's former Chelsea boss Joe Mourinho could be heading back to the Premier League: "I think he is a fantastic manager and brightens up the Premier League.

    "Rafael Benitez has done a great job at Chelsea, I went there last night and saw them and he has done himself no harm with the job he has done there.

    "But it is common knowledge that the Chelsea fans want to see Mourinho back and I think the players probably would. He is a character and a great manager - you look at his record and it is fantastic."


    More of your thoughts on Rafael Benitez at Chelsea:

    Yousuf Ali: "I'm grateful to Rafa and think other fans should be too. Yes we don't like him, but we should give him credit, he's done well."

    Jono: "What happens now if Chelsea don't get Jose? Does that mean the CFC fans will see whoever takes over next as not the right man?"

    Morgan Murray: "Chelsea fans need to look at what he has achieved. Semi final of the FA Cup, final of Europa and probably CL next season."

    You can join the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  52. 1228: 

    Bayern Munich will travel without four key players for Saturday's game with Borussia Dortmund, a dress rehearsal for the Champions League final at Wembley on 25 May.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger, Philipp Lahm, Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are out with knocks sustained in Wednesday's Champions League semi-final win over Barcelona. Bayern have already been crowned Bundesliga champions.

  53. 1232: 
    Danielle Wyatt

    England World Cup player Danielle Wyatt: "Some scumbag has decided to break into my car and nick all my England cricket kit. If you see an idiot walking around in a England helmet and pink kit, please back hand the low life. In North London area by the way. So annoyed. Why would you do that?"

  54. 1240: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan claims his third straight frame to establish a 9-6 lead over Judd Trump in the best-of-33 World Championship semi-final. Full coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  55. 1243: 

    Arsenal will again be without suspended striker Olivier Giroud for Saturday's Premier League trip to relegated Queens Park Rangers. Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski are both pressing for a central attacking role. Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (rib) remains sidelined, while midfielder Abou Diaby (knee) is a long-term absentee.

  56. 1253: 

    Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm responds to reports linking him with Barcelona, Arsenal and Liverpool.

    "Obviously you never know what can happen in football, but I see myself playing here next season," he said. "It is all speculation, but in some ways it is positive because it means people look at you as someone who is doing well."


    Scott Powell: "I suppose Chelsea fans thinks Zola and Wise should still get a run out under Rafa just because they're legends."

    Stephen Hill: "Look at the table and competitions we were in when he took over and look now - in Rafa we rust."

    Vinay MP: "Looking at all these tweets regarding Chelsea manager Rafa makes me wonder how lucky United are to have Sir Alex."

    You can join the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  58. 1305: 

    BBC Sport's Azi Farni in Jerez: "Powers cuts in the circuit today have delayed the start to MotoGP FP2. New schedule to be confirmed."

  59. 1309: 

    Scott Johnson is appointed Director of Rugby for Scottish Rugby.

    Johnson, who coached Scotland to a third place in the 2013 Six Nations Championship, will remain as head coach of the national team until that position is filled and will continue to have involvement with the Scotland team through until the 2015 Rugby World Cup and beyond.

  60. 1315: 

    Ronnie O'Sullivan had the better of the second session of his World Championship semi-final against Judd Trump, opening up a 9-7 lead. Beginning at 4-4, defending champion O'Sullivan and world number three Trump shared the first four frames.

    But, capitalising on Trump's errors, O'Sullivan was able to take three in succession after the interval. However, O'Sullivan himself twice missed the green in the last to keep Trump in the best-of-33 contest. The match resumes at 1900 BST.

  61. 1323: 

    BBC Sport's Peter Guise at Kent 271 & 71-6 v Northamptonshire 303: "Starting the day six runs behind, Kent would have expected to bat long in the best weather of the summer so far. Not to be. Trent Copeland warmed to his task ably supported by Steven Crook. More worries for Kent - Mike Powell, batting down the order through injury, had to retire hurt - and at lunch they are staring a three-day defeat in the face."

  62. 1326: 

    BBC Sport's Adrian Harms at Sussez 218-3 v Warwickshire 453: "Something extraordinary will need to happen to stop this match ending in a tame draw. The pitch is offering little if no help to the bowlers, and scoring runs quickly is proving equally as difficult. For all that Boyd Rankin has taken both wickets to fall with a fiery spell, and might have had a third with Matt Prior perilously close to being dismissed first ball."

  63. 1332: 

    Middlesex v Surrey 338: "Middlesex wrapped up Surrey's first innings with six wickets on the second morning at Lord's. Only 61 runs were added to the visitors' overnight score, but their total is likely to be around par on a track that had been as slow for the bowlers as the batsmen yesterday."

  64. 1337: 

    Doncaster Rovers are looking for a new manager after Brian Flynn, who led the club to promotion to the Championship, "expressed a desire to return back to what he sees as his passion in the development and recruitment of players."

    A Doncaster statement added: "Brian will go down in history following the dramatic end to the season and the club see Brian as the ideal man to lead the development of Doncaster Rovers as a force both at senior and youth level. Doncaster Rovers will now continue the process of seeking to recruit its new manager."


    Let us know your views on the job Rafael Benitez has done at Chelsea:

    Sandie: "Rafa has done okay. Could have been better. But will redeem with silverware and CL place for Jose to take forward - hopefully."

    Adamos Millseus: "Credit to Rafa for his time at Chelsea. We were as good as out of CL before he arrived and cannot blame him for that."

    Emma Sanders: "I'm not normally so blunt, but some Chelsea fans need to get over themselves. Rafa's a great manager & has done well for them."

    You can join the debate via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  66. 1351: 

    Everton captain Phil Neville will not feature in Sunday's Merseyside derby with Liverpool at Anfield, manager David Moyes tells a news conference. However, midfielder Darron Gibson, who has been receiving treatment for a thigh injury, could play.

  67. 1355: 

    Friday's teaser from @QofS_Official was: Name the five teams since 2000 to win both Division One and Division Two of cricket's County Championship.

    The answer? Lancashire, Nottinghamshire, Surrey, Sussex and Warwickshire. Well done to those who got it right.

  68. 1400: 

    Graeme Swann is penalised for "showing serious dissent" during his comeback game for Nottinghamshire against Durham in the County Championship this week. The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that Swann had been found guilty of a level two breach, but escaped a ban.

    An ECB statement said: "During Nottinghamshire's County Championship match against Durham on 29 April-2 May 2013, Swann was reported by umpires Steve Garratt and Peter Willey for a level two breach of the code (showing serious dissent at an umpire's decision by word or action)."

  69. 1403: 

    Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez is named the Premier League's manager of the month for April. The Blues won six of their nine games in April, eliminating Manchester United from the FA Cup in the process.

  70. 1411: 

    Manchester United striker Robin van Persie wins the Premier League award for April after scoring six goals in the month, including a hat-trick in the 3-0 win over Aston Villa that sealed United's 20th domestic title.

  71. 1419: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denies again that he will leave the Emirates to move to Paris St-Germain in the summer.

    The Frenchman has a little over a year remaining on his Gunners contract and this season will mark an eighth successive campaign without a trophy.

    "I respect my contracts," he said."I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job.

    "The only thing I can say is that I do it with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty."


    After taking Chelsea to pole position in the race for third in the Premier League and to the final of the Europa League, how do you rate the job done by Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez? Has the Spaniard enhanced his reputation and record with his stint at Stamford Bridge?

    Mick Fraser: "CFC 3 points behind MUFC when Rafa started. Now 20 points behind & counting. Table doesn't lie. 4 trophies lost on his watch!"

    Football Momager: "Rafa has done well in the circumstances but not one to take the club forward in the future."

    Fola Ola Wale: "I would praise Rafa. After the Spurs match."

  73. 1434: 

    Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho, linked with a return to the Premier League and Chelsea in the summer, defends his record at the Bernabeu since joining in 2010 from Inter Milan.

    "The three Champions League semi-finals, which personally speaking do not leave me satisfied, can't have been easy to achieve because with 18 coaches in 21 years [Real] only got to five semis," he said.

    "That's the poor record of Mourinho: three years and three semi-finals. For me it is a source of pride to have been the Real Madrid coach that ended Barcelona's hegemony in Spain."

  74. 1442: 

    Chelsea defender David Luiz says that he will have no problem putting his affection for former club Benfica behind him when the two teams meet in the Europa League final on 15 May.

    "I have Benfica in my heart because it gave me the opportunity to come to Europe," said the Brazilian.

    "When the game starts I'll forget everything and I want to win."

  75. 1453: 

    Tommy Haas is through to the semi-finals of the BMW Open in Munich after a 6-4 6-1 win over fellow German Florian Mayer.

    Out on court currently Philipp Kohlschreiber leads Viktor Troicki 6-3 1-1 in the second of the event's quarter-finals.

    You can follow the scores live via the tournament's official website.


    Your thoughts on Rafael Benitez's tenure at Chelsea as interim manager are still coming in on #bbcsportsday.

    Jack Cooper: "As a neutral Rafa at Chelsea has been fascinating. Odd that winning a trophy for them feels like the final insult."

    Rohidas Mali: "If Chelsea don't get Jose...Don't worry, there's every chance of Pelligrini or Juup or whoever is famous and successful."

    Dan Nugent: "It seems many Chelsea fans can't remember them being a mediocre mid table team. Seem to think they should win everything."

  77. 1504: 

    World number five Rafael Nadal criticises the decision of a Spanish court to destroy more than 200 blood bags that would identify athletes who used the services of disgraced doping doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

    "The only ones who are benefiting are those who have cheated and it seems unfair that, in a case as serious and damaging as this to the image of sport, those most affected are the Spanish and the sport," said the Spaniard.

    "I personally find it unfair to not give the names of those who have cheated, whether Spanish or not."

  78. 1517: 

    England national selector Geoff Miller says that Ravi Bopara's all-round game has earned him a recall to the squad for the Champions Trophy.

    "He's got all the assets to his game. There's the bowling aspect which has come on very, very well, batting-wise, we know what he's capable of doing, and he's very good in the field as well,'' he said.

  79. 1526: 

    Swiss world number 16 Stanislas Wawrinka is through to the semi-finals of Oeiras Open in Portugal after a 6-4 6-4 win over Portugal's Gastao Elias.

    Fabio Fognini of Italy has won the first set and leads 3-1 in the second of his last-eight meeting with Spain's Pablo Carreno-Busta.


    Michael Tutton: "Surely Chelsea not winning the Europa League would have been poor as they are by far the best team in the tournament."

    Daryl Guy: "Chelsea fans have not forgotten the mediocre days but why on earth would we accept going back to that."

    Josh Mata Legg: "All other fans moaning about how we treat Rafa, concentrate on your own clubs and not ours! Semis of FA Cup = not good enough."

  81. 1540: 

    Kent first innings 271 all out, second innings 135 all out; Northamptonshire first innings 303 all out, second innings 41-0.

    From BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northants should wrap up a third successive Championship victory just after tea in a game which had been tight at the halfway stage. Trent Copeland's line and movement, aided by a little variable bounce, were the difference as Kent were shot out for 135.

    "Backed up the best of the seam attack, Copeland bowled 15 overs this morning unchanged from the Nackington Road End - and worried all the batsmen. Only Jones lasted for long with 57 but this will be Northants' day and their best victory of the season so far."

    You can listen to all of today's County Cricket matches live on the BBC Sport website.

  82. 1547: 

    Barry Hawkins wins the first two frames of the second session of his World Championship semi-final to reduce the deficit to Barry Hawkins to 6-4.

    You can watch the match live on BBC Two or on the BBC Sport website.

  83. 1600: 

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that is a shame that defender Jamie Carragher has opted to retire at the end of the season given the form he is in.

    "Last week in the 6-0 win at Newcastle how he marshalled the defence and how he played - everything about his game is at the top level," said the Reds boss.

    "I can't think of enough words to describe him. His performance level has been incredible.

    "It is such a shame because he probably could play on but he has already made his mind up."


    What are your impressions of Rafael Benitez's interim spell in charge of Chelsea with the Spaniard himself admitting that he will likely leave at the end of the season?

    Ollie Johnson: "Abramovich is the cause for Benitez at Chelsea, but as always, it's not his fault in the eyes of Chelsea fans.."

    Ryan Bingham: "Rafael Benitez deserves the Chelsea job. He has performed excellently considering the amount of games Chelsea have played!"

    David Hodgson: "Fans are so horrible to Rafa- all he was doing at Liverpool was doing the best for his club like he is now doing for Chelsea."

  85. 1612: 

    Surrey first innings 338 all out, Middlesex first innings 92-3

    From BBC Radio London's Kevin Hand: "A couple of quick wickets for Surrey before tea swayed the session in their favour as Middlesex reached 92-3.

    "Opener Sam Robson has been in fine form for the hosts and much rests on his shoulders to lay the foundations for the innings."

    You can listen to all of today's County Cricket matches live on the BBC Sport website.

  86. 1617: 

    Ten clubs are ready to quit the Scottish Football League in time for next season, BBC Scotland has learned.

    A letter signed by the 10 clubs is to be sent to the Scottish Premier League ahead of their meeting next week.

    Rangers are not among the clubs involved in the possible breakaway.

    For any breakaway to succeed, SPL clubs would need to approve the plan with an 11-1 majority required.

  87. 1625: 

    Kent first innings 271 all out, second innings 135 all out; Northamptonshire first innings 303 all out, second innings 65-3.

    From BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at Canterbury: "It was not quite as easy for Northants as first thought! Requiring just 104 to win, Kent have fought back taking three wickets to delay what many in the ground have accepted as inevitable. Kent's young prospect Calum Haggett continues to impress with the ball. His future may already be here, but Northants, despite the wobble, are on their way to victory in the sunshine."

    You can listen to all of today's County Cricket matches live on the BBC Sport website.

  88. 1635: 

    Bayern Munich leave Franck Ribery, Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben out of their squad for Saturday's Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund - a dress rehearsal for this month's Champions League final.

    Bayern have already secured the Bundesliga title and come into the match 20 points clear of 2011-12 champions Dortmund.

    "As always, we'll prepare professionally and try to play in Dortmund the way we always play," said manager Jupp Heynckes.

  89. 1646: 

    Warwickshire first innings 453 all out; Sussex first innings 351-6

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms' tea report: "Three wickets in the session for Warwickshire, who are the only side who have any remote possibility of wining this game.

    "The slow wicket is offering no assistance to the bowlers, so credit Warwickshire who have run in hard all day particularly Boyd Rankin, and Chris Woakes.

    "Matt Prior made 42 in 40 balls, but his dismissal dispelled any chance may have had of setting Warwickshire an awkward total to save the game tomorrow."

    You can listen to all of today's County Cricket matches live on the BBC Sport website.


    Your thoughts on Rafael Benitez's time as Chelsea manager are coming in on #bbcsportsday. Has the Spaniard done well in the circumstances or have those Chelsea fans who jeered his appointment been proved right?

    David Hawkins: "Rafa is on course to meet minimum expectations and his record is the same as RDM's. Big woop. Bring back Jose!"

    Justin Crick: "Rafa lost us 3 cups and a chance of title. Europa cup is a peace offering for that. I cannot forgive him for league position."

    Alan Carr: "I'd be miffed too if my team was on course to finish 3 places higher than last season and qualify for the CL......oh wait."

  91. 1703: 

    Brighton executive director Martin Perry says hosting 2015 Rugby World Cup matches will not be disruptive to the team and manager Gus Poyet.

    Two of South Africa's pool games will be played at the Amex Stadium just one month into the 2014-15 football season.

    "It all fits into the football season as the matches will be played in the international break and won't disrupt Gus's plans," he told BBC Sussex. "Gus is pragmatic and knows it's great for the club. He's definitely on side."

  92. 1706: 

    Football Association chairman David Bernstein is set to join the FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination.

  93. 1711: 
    Hull manager Steve Bruce

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce says his side's match against Cardiff on Saturday is like "a play-off final".

    The Tigers could have secured automatic promotion to the Premier League last week but fell to a 2-0 defeat at Barnsley.

    "It's a huge game for everyone concerned and it reminds me of a play-off final. It's a big opportunity," he told BBC Radio Humberside. "In my experience I think they'll come here wanting to spoil our party. We couldn't have asked for a more difficult game but we've got to overcome that."

  94. 1715: 

    Everton's Sylvain Distin, who made a costly error against the Reds in last season's FA Cup semi-final, has mocked Liverpool fans for "begging for a mistake" from the defender in this weekend's Premier League Merseyside derby.

    "My red followers been very quiet this season. I wonder why. Now they beg me for a mistake to make them feel better. I'm feeling sad for them," Distin tweeted.

  95. 1718: 

    Uefa president Michel Platini has revealed his intention to record discussions between officials in European matches as of next season.

    "As of next year I have asked the general secretary (of UEFA) to record conversations between officials in matches involving five officials.

    "I don't believe that nobody saw [Thomas Mueller's foul on Jordi Alba in Bayern Munich's 4-0 win over Barcelona]. It's not possible. Why was nothing said? I want to know."


    Phil Brown is at Hull v Cardiff for BBC Radio 5 live on Saturday. Get your questions to the former Hull boss by 17:50 BST via #bbcfootball

  97. 1722: 

    Colchester have parted company with Matt Heath, but offered new deals to John White and Mark Cousins.

    Defender Heath, 32, has been released after making 91 league appearances for the U's in a five-year spell.

    "Of course I'm disappointed, but it obviously didn't come as a bolt out of the blue because I hadn't been playing," he told the club's website.

  98. 1726: 

    Brad Drewett, executive chairman and president of the men's ATP Tour since 2012, has died aged 54 from Motor Neurone Disease.

    "Our thoughts are with Brad's family on this extremely sad day for them, the ATP and the entire international tennis community. He will be sorely missed by all," an ATP statement said.


    Corkhill: "The sense of entitlement some Chelsea fans have is sickening."

    Colin Edmunds: "Since when did any team - let alone Chelsea - have the God given right to win everything? Get over yourselves Chelsea fans!!!!"

    Suraj Nair: "No mercy for Rafa! Jose should come back home!"

    You can join the debate about Rafael Benitez via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1732: 

    Mark Cavendish is hoping to take advantage of the Giro d'Italia starting with a sprint.

    "It would be a dream to take the pink jersey in the first stage,'' Cavendish said. "It's just incredible to ride the Giro. It's one of maybe two races I insist on doing each year. I also have a place in Italy, so it's kind of like my home tour.''

  101. 1737: 

    Former manager Jackie McNamara is seeking a bonus payment from Partick Thistle following their First Division title triumph.

    The Firhill club's lawyers received a letter from the 39-year-old's representatives making the claim.

    But the Jags insist McNamara lost any entitlement to a bonus when he left to join Dundee United in January.

  102. 1741: 

    The Godolphin doping scandal may leave innocent people tainted by drug slurs, says Newmarket trainer John Berry.

    Mahmood Al Zarooni, who trained horses for Godolphin in Newmarket, was given an eight-year ban last week for using anabolic steroids on horses.

    A second Newmarket trainer, Gerard Butler, faces a steroids inquiry. "There is a danger all trainers in this town might be tarred with the same brush which would be wrong," said Berry who trains at Beverley House Stables.

  103. 1746: 

    Watford boss Gianfranco Zola believes an entire year's work is at stake in their game against Leeds on Saturday.

    The Hornets will earn promotion to the Premier League if they better Hull's result against champions Cardiff.

    "It's an important game for me - it's one year's work at stake," the Italian told BBC Three Counties Radio. "I want people to be relaxed and play tomorrow as they have done throughout the season with enthusiasm, but willing to risk something."

  104. 1751: 

    Turkey's Asli Cakir Alptekin, who came back from a doping ban to win the women's 1,500 metres under a cloud of suspicion at the 2012 Olympics, faces a lifetime ban after being charged with another anti-doping offence.

    Cakir was charged on the basis of abnormal blood values from her biological passport.

    She was given a two-year ban in 2004 after a positive dope test at the world junior championships and finished ahead of compatriot Gamze Bulut, who had improved her personal best by 18 seconds in the previous year, at the London Games.

  105. 1755: 

    Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo was fastest after the first two practice sessions for Sunday's Grand Prix in Jerez.

    The Spanish rider set a new lap record of one minute 39.562 sec in the afternoon session, and was 0.142sec ahead of compatriot Dani Pedrosa.

    Britain's Cal Crutchlow outpaced Pedrosa in the afternoon session but finished the day in third place.

  106. 1803: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has been charged with breaching his touchline ban while Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels has also been hit with a Scottish Football Association notice of complaint.

    Lennon has been accused of breaking the terms of his three-match suspension by being in the "playing zone" within 15 minutes of the final whistle of Celtic's 3-1 defeat by Motherwell on Sunday.

    Shiels, who has been involved in a public row with Lennon over the PFA Scotland player of the year shortlist, has been accused of breaking two rules over comments he made in a media interview this week.

  107. 1807: 

    BBC Sport is launching a month-long focus on European football this weekend - bringing you live updates and news stories from across the continent.

    On Saturday, we will be providing live text commentary on the Champions League final rehearsal between German sides Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, as well as updates from Real Madrid v Real Valladolid in Spain's La Liga and Marseille v Bastia in France's Ligue 1.

    On Sunday, attention switches to Italy where Juventus can clinch the Serie A title against Palermo. Then it is back to Spain, where we will focus on Barcelona, who could be crowned Spanish champions.


    Dave Bradley: "Chelsea fans saying Rafa lost them four trophies need to get a grip! They were beaten by better teams in every single one."

    Zac Lott: "If you're United, would you like Dalglish as a manager? If you're Liverpool, Ferguson? Rafa insulted us, that's why we hate him."

    Antony Ashton: "I'm getting the impression Chelsea fans are blaming Rafa for their poor CL showing. You were knocked out before RDM was sacked."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  109. 1813: 

    Ireland's Derval O'Rourke could be handed a bronze medal from this year's European Indoor Championships after 60m hurdles winner Turkey's Nevin Yanit was charged with a doping offence.

    The IAAF said on Friday that Yanit and her compatriot London Olympics 1500m gold medal winner Asli Cakir Alptekin were both facing doping charges.

  110. 1815: 

    Australian Trent Copeland produced match figures of 10-113 as Northants eased to a seven-wicket win over Kent.

    The hosts were dismissed for just 135 with Geraint Jones, who made 57 before falling to David Willey, one of only three players to reach double figures.

    Copeland took 5-42 to go with his 5-71 in the first innings. Northants secured their third win of the season to stay top of the table, with skipper Stephen Peters making 37 as they reached their target on 105-3.

  111. 1820: 

    Aldershot have revealed total debts of £1m, with £300,000 owed to football creditors and £700,000 to others.

    Town were relegated from the Football League last weekend and were placed into administration on Thursday.

    Administrator Carl Jackson told BBC Surrey: "The overriding objective is to secure the long-term survival of the club and to satisfy creditors. Administration buys time to discuss the club's restructuring. We will meet with the players and staff shortly."

  112. 1821: 

    Lancashire have sealed an unlikely win over Glamorgan in Colwyn Bay. The home side, set 154 to win, looked to be cruising at 94-2 but they collapsed to 139 all out with Simon Kerrigan taking 5-32 while Lancashire skipper Glen Chapple chipped in with four wickets.

  113. 1824: 

    BBC Sussex's Adrian Harms at Sussex (416-7) v Warwickshire (453) at close of play on Day Three: "The fact that just 17 wickets have fallen in three days tells the story of the game. A low flat wicket has made wicket taking difficult, scoring runs a slow process, and a draw now is almost inevitable

    "For all that the Warwickshire bowlers never gave up, with Rankin, Wright and Woakes running in hard all day. Luke Wells batted well missing out by just four runs on consecutive hundreds, and Ben Brown will hope to complete his first hundred of the season when he resumes 82 not out in the morning."

  114. 1827: 

    From 18:30 BST you will be able to view today's edition of Sportsday Live in the panel at the top of the page.

  115. 1831: 

    Drugs testing out of competition needs "ramping up" after the Godolphin doping scandal, says British Horseracing Authority chief executive Paul Bittar.

    Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni was banned for eight years after 11 horses tested positive for anabolic steroids.

    "People in this country genuinely have a dim view about the use of these types of drugs," Bittar told BBC Sport. "The testing in training programme, does it mean we need to ramp it up a bit? I think it does."

  116. 1834: 

    Telford, who have been relegated from the Blue Square Premier, have appointed former Southport manager Liam Watson as their new boss.

  117. 1837: 

    Disciplined Surrey bowling, led by paceman Jade Dernbach, put them on top on day two against Middlesex at Lord's.

    After skipper Chris Rogers (21) dragged a wide ball from Zander de Bruyn into his stumps, Dernbach took 3-59 as the home side struggled to 161-9 at stumps.

    Neil Dexter and Paul Stirling went to successive balls, but Toby Roland-Jones denied Dernbach a hat-trick. Surrey had earlier been bowled out for 338 as they lost their last five wickets for only 27 runs.

  118. 1839: 

    Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo says he will quit international football after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

    Pirlo, 33, helped the Azzurri win the 2006 World Cup and reach the Euro 2012 final where they were beaten by Spain.

    "The young players need to be given their chance," said the Juventus playmaker, who has won 97 caps. "I will continue at club level for as long as I still have the passion and feel important. Otherwise I would be the first person to retire."

  119. 1840: 

    BBC Sport's Mark Church at Lord's: "Surrey's bowler's combined on the second day to put Middlesex under real pressure. Jade Dernbach was probably the pick with his three wickets but they did a tremendous job as a unit and know they have an opportunity to push home their advantage tomorrow with Middlesex still 28 runs short of avoiding the follow on."


    Michael Wake: "People seem to be forgetting that we finished 4th the year before Abramovich joined us. We weren't a mid table club."

    Jeremy: "I think Rafa's done a good job here. I don't understand some Chelsea supporters. Perhaps they don't understand the meaning."

    Rhys Walters: "Rafa will win the Europa League, make the reign worthwhile for him, and gladly move on. And frankly you couldn't blame him."

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  121. 1844: 

    Mansfield Town defender Lee Beevers is one of 11 players to be offered new contracts with the Blue Square Premier champions.

    Beevers, John Dempster, Ross Dyer, Ben Hutchinson, Anthony Howell, Alan Marriott, Lindon Meikle, Matt Rhead, Lee Stevenson, Ritchie Sutton and Ryan Tafazolli have all been offered deals.

  122. 1846: 

    Barcelona forward Lionel Messi missed training on Friday as he battles to regain fitness for the La Liga leaders' final few matches of the campaign.

  123. 1847: 

    BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise at Canterbury: "Kent succumbed in the sunshine. No real excuses! The batters didn't throw their wickets away on a day made for batting. They did, however, come up across some superb bowling. Defeat inside three days is always hard to take but speaking to BBC Kent at the close of play, vice captain Geraint Jones said: "It was a bit of a blip, we have to chalk it down to one of those days in cricket. We have guys with runs in the dressing room."

    "Most of those who turned up on the best weather day of the year would have had no inkling of how the day would unfold and would have expected Kent to have been in a winning position at close of play. They wouldn't have reckoned on Trent Copeland!"


    Gratt: "Rafa? Home loss to QPR. Numerous leads blown. Baffling substitutions. 0 goals against Swansea over 2 legs. In it for his CV."

    Darren McConville: "Chelsea fans should count themselves lucky to have a manager like Benitez. Especially given their quick-fire sacking history."

    Tom Whittock: "Chelsea fans don't think it's a god given right to win, just want to win as much as possible. Is that what everyone wants?"

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  125. 1853: 

    Swedish soccer club AIK's league match against arch rivals IFK Gothenburg will go ahead on Monday despite the club in mourning after the sudden death of goalkeeper Ivan Turina this week.

  126. 1858: 

    Guy Branston has signed a new one-year deal at Plymouth.

    The 34-year-old centre-back was an ever-present after being signed by boss John Sheridan following his release by League Two rivals Aldershot in January.

    "The gaffer asked me to come in and prove myself, which every footballer has to do, and I think I've done that," Branston told the club website. "This is a huge football club. Why wouldn't I want to be part of it?"

  127. 1858: 

    Sheffield United caretaker boss Chris Morgan believes going into the play-offs as underdogs may suit his team.

    United finished fifth in League One and host Yeovil tonight before travelling to Huish Park on Monday. The Blades came third with 90 points last season, but lost to Huddersfield on penalties in the play-off final.

    "I think there will be lower expectations this year. Maybe that's good that we're not the team finishing third," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.

  128. 1903: 

    And that is it for another day of Sportsday Live. Thank you once again for all your contributions. You can follow live text of Sheffield United v Yeovil on our football page and Colin Murray is joined by Pat Nevin and Perry Groves to preview the weekend sport action on 'Kicking off' on BBC Radio 5 live right now.

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