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  1. Goodbye

    And that will be that for Tuesday. Tune into our Champions League live text commentary for coverage of Jose Mourinho's press conference ahead of Chelsea's Wednesday's meeting with Paris St-Germain, he is in front of the media at 19:00 GMT.

    Our live team will bring you all the latest from tonight's Champions League and Championship action as well as any strong football lines.

    Thank you for your company today, please come back tomorrow where we have lots more from Cheltenham and build-up to another big night of European football.

  2. Townend ends day one in form

    Horse Racing

    Ruby Walsh may well have been the headline-making jockey of the day at Cheltenham with two wins but Paul Townend finished the day strong and has two himself.

    He won aboard Glens Melody to take advantage of Walsh's fall at the last aboard Annie Power in the Mares' Hurdle and also scooped the Novices' Handicap Chase - the days final race - on Irish Cavalier.

    For a full look at the results from day one at Cheltenham where there was drama aplenty, check out our results page.

  3. Pryce an 'unbelievable' tryscorer

    Rugby League

    Hull FC half-back Leon Pryce has a try-scoring record that would be the envy of any player, according to former Great Britain boss Brian Noble.

    The 33-year-old's two tries in the Black and Whites' defeat by Leeds last week took his career tally to 200.

    "It is unbelievable for any player of any era and any time," Noble told BBC's Super League Show.

    "Two hundred tries, that is a fair achievement. I think I played about 900 games and scored about three."

  4. Falcao starts for Man Utd U21s


    Radamel Falcao

    Manchester United have just announced their team for tonight's under-21 match against Tottenham and there is a very expensive name on the teamsheet.

    Radamel Falcao, who was an unused substitute against Arsenal in the FA Cup on Monday night, will join James Wilson up front.

    The Colombian earns a reported £260,000 a week and it is unclear if his loan deal will be extended at the end of the season.

  5. England welcome injured players back

    Rugby Union

    England forwards coach Graham Rowntree has no qualms with putting Courtney Lawes straight back into the side for this Saturday's Six Nations match with Scotland.

    The Northampton lock hasn't featured for England yet in the Championship because of an ankle problem, but is set to return to the starting XV at the expense of George Kruis or Dave Attwood.

    "We work closely with his club and we've seen how much he's done in training," Rowntree told BBC 5 live. "These days you don't throw people in too early, so I'm quite happy and given his performances [for Northampton] I'm happy with how he is playing."

    The Leicester second-row Geoff Parling is also set for a return to the match-day squad and Rowntree also confirmed Mike Brown and Luther Burrell are fit to play after completing training on Tuesday.

  6. FC Porto v FC Basel (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


    FC Basel manager Paulo Sousa says his side have improved since their 1-1 first-leg draw with Porto as they grow into their game following a winter break in Switzerland.

    The Swiss champions have only ever reached the quarter-finals of the European Cup once - in 1973-74.

    "This feels amazing," says Sousa. "It's something really special to compete at this level and we are happy to be here, competing against the best - we are confident and positive. Any time we can relieve the pressure posed by Porto we can create difficulties. That might be when our goal appears."

    Basel had played just two competitive matches in two months before the first leg.

  7. Get your live text fix


    BBC Sport will start a live text commentary on tonight's Champions League fixtures at 18:30 GMT.

    FC Porto v Basel looks intriguingly poised, while Real Madrid would be on the end of a major shock if they relinquish a two-goal first-leg lead at home against Schalke.

  8. FC Porto v FC Basel (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Porto celebrate
  9. Thomas strong as Wiggins struggles


    Team Sky's Geraint Thomas remains 10th in the overall standings of the Paris-Nice after German Andre Greipel sprinted to victory on the second stage.

    Greipel, assisted by Lotto-Soudal team-mate Greg Henderson, reeled in leaders Thomas, Germany's Tony Martin and Dutchman Lars Boom on stage two as a cluster of riders finished with the same time at the front of the pack.

    Welshman Thomas remains 13 seconds behind overall leader Michal Kwiatkowski, of Poland, but team-mate and former Tour de France champion Bradley Wiggins slipped back to 42 seconds off the pace.

  10. Watch the F1 preview show

    Formula 1

    Got a buzz for Formula 1 ahead of the start of the season at Australia's Albert Park this week?

    Australia Grand Prix graphic with stats including 184,762 bottles of beer sold there last time

    Well tonight you can watch the F1 preview show with Suzi Perry and David Coulthard on BBC Red Button, BBC Sport website & app from 22:00 GMT.

    They will discuss Hamilton v Rosberg - round two, Ferrari's fortunes in 2015 - Can Vettel bounce back? And what have we learned from testing?

  11. Junior success for GB


    Seonaid McIntosh won Great Britain's first junior medal in 35 years at shooting's European 10m Championships, taking silver in the air rifle.

    The 18-year-old, whose sister Jen is a multiple Commonwealth medallist, also set a new British under-21 record at the event in the Netherlands.

    "I'm really happy. But I'm slightly disappointed at the same time because I was so close to gold," said McIntosh.

    "I'm sure the experience will help me for major competitions going forward."

    Both McIntosh sisters represented Scotland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

  12. Real Madrid v Schalke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Real Madrid have won their last 10 Champions League matches in a row, equalling a record set by Bayern Munich. Victory over Schalke would set a new record in the tournament.

  13. Real Madrid v Schalke (Tuesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says he will not change his team despite the below-par recent form of forwards Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale.

    Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo celebrate

    "Without doubt I have confidence in them," says Ancelotti. "There has been a general dip from the team, not just them.

    "I would have to drop Karim because he hasn't scored in a few games. I would have to drop Cristiano. I don't think Bale is happy with how he is playing but he understands that he has to improve."

    Real lead Schalke 2-0 on aggregate ahead of their last-16 second-leg meeting.

  14. Chelsea v Paris St-Germain (Wednesday, 19:45 GMT)


    Gary Cahill and Zlatan Ibrahimovic

    Former Manchester City and Paris St-Germain playmaker Ali Benarbia is convinced the French champions will knock Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

    "I saw how Zlatan Ibrahimovic won all the duels against Gary Cahill and John Terry in the first game," says Benarbia. "I've seen other Chelsea matches and every time Cahill and Terry are stronger than all other strikers in physical duels - but Ibrahimovic won all the balls and the headers.

    "Zlatan isn't the key man for PSG in every game but in this game at Stamford Bridge he will make himself the key man."

  15. Positive EPO test for French rider


    French cyclist Lloyd Mondory is provisionally suspended after testing positive for EPO.

    The 32-year rider, who has no major race wins in his 11-year career with the Ag2r-La Mondiale team, faces a disciplinary hearing, possibly heard by the governing body's new anti-doping tribunal.

    The news comes less than two days after an independent report stated

  16. Kilty cherishes Linford influence


    World and European indoor 60m champion Richard Kilty says the guidance of coach Linford Christie has given him the belief to perform in elite events.

    Kilty added the European gold to his 2014 World title in Prague on Sunday and told BBC Tees that the former 100m Olympic champion had "definitely had a big impact on my confidence".

    The 25-year-old continued: "He's a massive inspiration, gets me in physically great shape and it fills you with confidence having a man like Linford with his attitude, his confidence rubs off on you."

  17. Mullins hails greatest achievement

    Horse Racing

    Willie Mullins

    Champion Hurdle winning trainer Willie Mullins says saddling the first three home in Tuesday's prestigious Cheltenham race is his biggest achievement in the sport.

    The Irish trainer, who began his career in 1988, saw Faugheen, Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly fill the places in the showpiece event on day one of the annual meeting.

    "I imagine training the first three in the Champion Hurdle is my biggest achievement in training," says Mullins, 58.

    "To get two or three horses there in the right condition is good for anyone and we had the luck in running."

    Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins
  18. Ciftci charged over Brown kick


    Nadir Ciftci

    Dundee United's Nadir Ciftci is facing a two-match suspension after being accused of kicking Celtic's Scott Brown on the head during Sunday's 1-1 draw.

    The Turk was issued a notice of complaint by the Scottish FA compliance officer for violent conduct during the Scottish Cup quarter-final.

    Striker Ciftci has until Wednesday to respond to the complaint.

    He is already suspended for Sunday's Scottish League Cup final between the clubs.

  19. Alonso hope as Magnussen prepares

    Formula 1

    Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen

    McLaren driver Fernando Alonso is desperate to be fit to race in the second World Championship meeting of the season in Malaysia on 27 March.

    The Spaniard will miss the weekend's season opener in Australia after suffering injuries in a crash in testing, so Kevin Magnussen will take his seat.

    "I would like to thank everybody for their kind wishes and support and I'll be giving everything to be back in the cockpit for Malaysia," says Alonso. "I wish Kevin all the best for this weekend in Australia, and I know the car is in his safe hands!"

    Magnussen says: "Of course, we aren't expecting to win here, but my focus is on setting up the car for race conditions and pushing our progress forward."

    A reminder that at 22:00 GMT this evening, you'll be able to tune in to a 2015 Formula 1 Season Preview, featuring Suzi Perry, David Coulthard et al, on the Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

  20. Yarnold pondering 2018 defence


    Lizzy Yarnold

    Olympic Skeleton Champion Lizzy Yarnold, says she is yet to decide if she will compete at the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea.

    The 26-year-old took gold at Sochi 2014 and became world champion in Germany last week but after previously saying she will compete at the next Winter Games, now says she must consider some rest.

    "I would love to go to the Winter Games and defend my title," says Yarnold. "No-one has ever defended their gold medal and it would be an amazing achievement.

    "It is a goal of mine. But I need to give myself enough rest and then I can come back stronger. I'll have two seasons of trying different things, different techniques and technology. The Olympic season is when we get really serious."

  21. Warburton's honour

    Rugby Union

    Wales head coach Warren Gatland named an unchanged side for his sides' meeting with Ireland in Saturday, including Sam Warburton who will captain his country for a record 34th time.

    "Saturday is a fantastic achievement and honour for Sam," says head coach Warren Gatland.

    "He has developed into the role fantastically and is a modern day professional. He is a role model that will continue to get better."

    Sam Warburton
  22. Meyler feels the Power

    Horse Racing

    Twitter has been awash with footballers discussing the Cheltenham Festival and Hull City's David Meyler is the latest to declare his frustration with Annie Power:

    David Meyler Twitter

    Annie Power fell at the last and would have completed four wins from four for the trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.

  23. Bath captain extends contract

    Rugby Union

    Stuart Hooper

    Lock Stuart Hooper has extended his stay with Aviva Premiership play-off contenders Bath into next season.

    Current club captain Hooper, 33, joined Bath in 2008 and has made more than 170 first team appearances.

    The club's head coach Mike Ford describes Hooper as "the best captain I've ever worked with."

  24. Power falls at last as Melody wins

    Horse Racing

    Ruby Walsh falls from Annie Power

    What drama at Cheltenham.

    Annie Power has it won... the fourth win of the day for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh but no... at the final fence, when a few lengths clear, the favourite falls.

    Bookmakers all over the country rejoice, they escape a major sting and Glens Melody goes on to take it.

    Cheltenham history beckoned there for Walsh and Mullins but the trainer can draw some comfort as Glens Melody is another of his horses. Ruby Walsh runs up the course to find his fallen mount.

    Some say a Walsh-Mullins quadruple would have cost bookies an estimated £100m. It is still a horrid day for them but just not quite as horrid.

  25. The 'Fab Four' to hurt bookies

    Horse Racing

    A bookmaker pays out money

    Horses are out on the course for the Mares' Hurdle and an Annie Power win will complete a 'Fab Four' for Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh on day one. Let me just draw your attention to this paragraph in BBC Sport's Frank Keogh's Champion Hurdle report:

    "Some firms claimed there could be a £100m payout industry-wide if the four favourites all came in, with punters backing the Walsh-Mullins combination in accumulators."


  26. Bowyer dismisses Rhodes exit talk


    Jordan Rhodes

    Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has dismissed suggestions that striker Jordan Rhodes could leave.

    The 25-year-old Scotland international has been linked with a loan move to Championship rivals Derby and Norwich after he did not start in the 0-0 FA Cup quarter-final draw at Liverpool.

    "It's simple. We've got 11 league games left and a cup quarter final with a potential visit to Wembley," Bowyer told BBC Radio Lancashire.

    "Why we would want to be letting any of our players go a this stage is beyond me."

  27. Here comes the banker

    Horse Racing

    Worryingly for bookmakers, Willie Mullins's son Patrick has just told BBC Radio 5 live that Annie Power was their "banker" before the day began.

    The seven-year-old will be under the ride of Ruby Walsh in the next race at 16:00 GMT.

  28. The 1-2-3

    Horse Racing

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent at the Cheltenham Festival

    "To have three runners is pretty amazing. To have the first second and third when you have three in the race, in this era, when it is so theoretically competitive, is an astonishing achievement. Someone just asked me is it so good that Willie Mullins is so dominant?

    "I guess it's one for a discussion on the weekend. If it were someone people didn't like it may be different but people like Willie Mullins, he's not arrogant and he has been walking around today in a cool, calm state."

  29. Moyes spots a talent


    Geronimo Rulli

    Spanish football writer Andy West tweets: The Moyes effect: Real Sociedad goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli, promoted into first team by David Moyes, has been named in senior Argentina squad.

    Rulli, 22, has played 14 times for Sociedad this season.

  30. Mullins-Walsh magic

    Horse Racing

    Ruby Walsh

    That makes it three wins on the day for the trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh, a ninth win from nine races for Faugheen and if you think their assault on day one of Cheltenham is over, you are very much mistaken. They have the much fancied Annie Power to come. The 'Fab Four' dream lives on.

    Jockey Andrew Thornton speaks to BBC Radio 5 live about Walsh: "It's a complete team effort. He knows he has to deliver but you can see the confidence he is riding the horses with, it transmits through the hands into the horse."

  31. Black Cats unconcerned by drop fear


    Connor Wickham

    Sunderland's players have not considered the prospect of relegation from the Premier League this season, according to striker Connor Wickham.

    They have won one of the past 11 league games and are only four points above the drop zone with 10 games to play.

    "None of the lads are thinking about getting dragged into the same battle as last year," Wickham told BBC Newcastle.

    "We've got the players in the dressing room, the mentality and the manager and staff to push us on. We should be better than being in that relegation battle."

  32. Faugheen wins Champion Hurdle

    Horse Racing

    Trainer Willie Mullins has now notched three wins from three races on day one of the Cheltenham Festival.

    All trhee have started favourites, meaning bookmakers have had a tough afternoon to say the least.

    "Ruby (Walsh) said he was going to win it and make the running," Mullins tells BBC Radio 5 live. "He rode a great race from the front, settled the pace, kicked when he wanted and put it to bed."

  33. Post update

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham

    On Twitter: "Faugheen. Machine. Ruby Tuesday. Bookies bashed.

    "Full house in the Cheltenham bingo

    "I've never heard a noise like it."

  34. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Horse Racing


    Faugheen justifies favouritism to win the Champion Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival as Ruby Walsh makes it three wins from three rides today.

    It is an incredible 1-2-3 finish for trainer Willie Mullins, as Arctic Fire and Hurricane Fly make up the places.

    Champion Hurdle result: 1 Faugheen (4-5 fav); 2 Arctic Fire (20-1); 3 Hurricane Fly (8-1)

  35. Champion Hurdle

    Horse Racing

    Hurricane Fly is one of the Irish threats in the Champion Hurdle and has won this prestigious race before.

    Paul Townend is in the saddle for a horse which has brought the Cheltenham house down in the past but surely a win in the opening day feature for AP McCoy will lift decibel levels like nothing else. The champ is aboard Jezki.

  36. The big one awaits...

    Horse Racing

    The horses are parading at Cheltenham ahead of the feature race of day one - the Champion Hurdle.

    The trainer-jockey combination of Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh delivered wins in the opening two races of the day and they saddle the favourite here - Faugheen.

    The seven-year-old won the Novices' Hurdle here a year ago and has claimed victories in his three starts since.

  37. Contador extends contract


    Alberto Contador

    Spain's Alberto Contador has extended his contract with Tinkoff-Saxo and will ride for one more year before retiring, the team says.

    Contador won the Tour de France in 2007 and 2009, but was stripped of the 2010 title after testing positive for clenbuterol.

    He has previously said he will retire at the end of 2016.

  38. Sousa talks down Monk success


    Former Swansea manager Paulo Sousa has responded to criticism from current boss Garry Monk by stating any success at the club owes to the board and not whoever is in charge of the team.

    In his autobiography, Monk described a season under Sousa as a "wasted" one, before the Portuguese - now Basel manager - left in 2010 to join Leicester City.

    "Look, he's a person I want to succeed, like everyone. But unfortunately he said things about me and I don't appreciate people talking about somebody when they don't have the courage to say it up front," Sousa tells the Daily Mail.

    "He is well integrated in the club, but the key for success at Swansea is the leadership of (Huw) Jenkins and the support of the board members, not one manager."

  39. First British winner at Cheltenham Festival

    Horse Racing

    Barry Geraghty lands a 32nd winner at the Cheltenham Festival aboard the The Druids Nephew, a first win at Cheltenham in the training career of Neil Mullholland.

    It is also the first British winner of the week.

    The big race of the day comes next, the Champion Hurdle.

    Grade 3 Handicap chase: 1 The Druids Nephew (8-1); 2 Grand Jesture (25-1); 3 Gallant Oscar (9-1); 4 Indian Castle (9-1).

  40. Ujah makes amends...with carrots


    Now then, you may remember that yesterday on Sportsday, we brought you the story of Hennes the goat - the official mascot of Bundesliga team FC Cologne. Hennes hit the headlines at the weekend after being grabbed by the overzealous striker Anthony Ujah to be an unwilling participant in one of his goal celebrations. Ujah later apologised for the rough treatment.

    Anthony Ujah (right) and Hennes VIII the goat

    Now, the contrite Nigerian international has taken his apology one step further. Today happens to be Hennes's birthday, and Ujah has been to visit him to smooth things over with a bunch of carrots. Isn't that nice?

    Anthony Ujah feeds Hennes the goat
  41. Saracens to sign South African forward

    Rugby Union

    Saracens have agreed the signing of South African back-row forward Michael Rhodes from Super 15 side Stormers.

    The 27-year-old, who can play at flanker or lock, will join Sarries at the beginning of next season.

    "Michael was one of the stand-out performers for the Stormers and Western Province last year," said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.

  42. Herrera not Van Gaal's signing - Carragher


    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has tweeted his sympathy for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera, who he believes was not signed by Louis van Gaal.

    Herrera, formerly of Athletic Bilbao, was a target for former United boss David Moyes but moved to Old Trafford five weeks after Van Gaal was named manager.

    Following United's 2-1 FA Cup defeat by Arsenal Carragher tweeted: "Feel for Herrera not set the world a light but definitely a club signing rather than a Van Gaal one."

  43. Get Involved

    Today, we're asking you if coaches like Peter Moores and Louis van Gaal should pay the price for not challenging for trophies, or be given time to get things right. Here are a few of your thoughts...

    Aamir Mir: Time is key if (re)building a team on a tight budget. However, clubs that invest heavily need an immediate return.

    Arasa: You can't perform if you aren't given enough time. LVG will achieve something Moyes couldn't, Europa League. Credit to him.

    Paul Cummings: Managers should be given 2 seasons. First to instil philosophy, then sacked or not depending on success of second season.

    Keep them coming in on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, or via theBBC Sport Facebook page.

  44. Manor announce Merhi as second driver

    Formula 1

    Roberto Merhi

    Petrolheads, listen up. Here's a bit of Formula 1 news that you may have missed this morning.

    Manor Marussia have announced Spaniard Roberto Merhi as their second driver, joining Briton Will Stevens. The 23-year-old will line up on the grid for the Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

    Speaking of which...if you're craving your Formula 1 fix before the season proper gets under way, we've got just the thing for you. At 22:00 GMT this evening, you'll be able to tune in to a 2015 Formula 1 Season Preview, featuring Suzi Perry, David Coulthard et al, on the Red Button and on this very website.

  45. Sexton fit for Wales clash

    Rugby Union

    Jonny Sexton

    Ireland fly-half Johnny Sexton has been passed fit for this Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff.

    Assistant coach Richie Murphy confirmed that Sexton trained fully on Tuesday, after recovering from hamstring trouble.

    Murphy added that Ireland now have "a full deck to pick from" with Jamie Heaslip, Sean O'Brien and Jared Payne all cleared to face Wales this weekend.

  46. Walsh lands double

    Horse Racing

    Un De Sceaux wins the Racing Post Arkle and guess who trains the winner and who is on board? Yes, it's the same combination as race one, Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh.

    Racing Post Arkle: 1 Un De Sceaux (4-6 fav); 2 God's Own (33-1); 3 Josses Hill (12-1).

  47. Guardiola aware of failure


    Pep Guardiola

    Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says he is fully aware of the bleak response failure to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League will provide.

    The German champions drew their first-leg meeting with Shakhtar Donetsk 0-0 in Ukraine, with the return set for Wednesday.

    "I know what will happen if we do not make it to the next round of the Champions League. Bayern is a big club," Guardiola tells reporters. "I am a young coach but I know what to expect. "I know in what kind of situation we are in. I know it will be a major problem if we do not reach the quarter-finals."

  48. Fab four still on

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    Ruby Walsh wins

    "How many times have we used the phrase 'Ruby Tuesday' at Cheltenham and here we are again.

    "A wall of noise greeted 2-1 favourite Douvan's surge up the hill under jockey Ruby Walsh to win the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle by four-and-a-half lengths.

    "It gave the Festival's all-time leading jockey his 42nd winner at the meeting and retains the prospect of a 'Fab Four' of winning favourites for Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins - with Un De Sceaux, Faugheen and Annie Power to come."

  49. Blues 'unaffected' by BIHL changes


    Birmingham City say boardroom changes at its parent company will have no impact on the "day to day running" of the club.

    Two people, including former Blues chairman Peter Pannu, have been removed from the board of Birmingham International Holdings, while seven others have resigned and two have been suspended.

    BIHL has been in receivership since last month but a club statement said: "Ernst & Young...stated last month after its appointment that it is 'business as usual' at St. Andrew's. The club can assure supporters and staff that this still very much the case."

  50. Button sees progress

    Formula 1

    McLaren driver Jenson Button says he has seen "definitive progress" in the manufacturer's MP4-30 car ahead of the season opener in Australia this weekend.

    The Briton, a three-time winner in Australia says: "Although we would of course have liked to cover more miles in Jerez and Barcelona, I can definitely see a difference in the car from the first day to the last. The team's commitment to development and improvement, both in Woking and in Japan, is astonishing, and despite some tricky days in testing, we are seeing definitive progress."

  51. PSG are in the building


    Paris St-Germain arrive in London ahead of their Champions League last-16 second-let meeting with Chelsea on Wednesday.

    Paris St-Germain arrive

    The French champions check into a Kensington hotel and enter the Stamford Bridge meeting level at 1-1 on Wednesday but only won one of their group games away from home.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will speak to the media at 19:00 GMT today.

  52. Players chase winnings

    Horse Racing

    A number of the Premier League's finest are glued to the racing today with Hull City's David Meyler and Leicester City's Chris Wood tweeting prolifically all morning.

    It would appear Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has bagged an early winner as the pairing of trainer Willie Mullins and jockey Ruby Walsh combine to win on favourite Douvan in the opener.

    Joey Barton Twitter
  53. Walsh strikes on favourite

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    "From about two furlongs out, you could not hear the racecourse commentator at Cheltenham as crowd roared 2-1 favourite Douvan to victory. Chants of 'Ruby, Ruby, Ruby' from packed Cheltenham stands as Ruby Walsh rides Douvan to victory for trainer Willie Mullins. Irish 1-2-3."

    Result from Cheltenham Supreme Novices' Hurdle: 1 Douvan (2-1 Fav); 2 Shaneshill (9-1); 3 Sizing John (25-1).

  54. Blatter birthday but Ali gets support


    Sepp Blatter

    Bahrain and Brunei have thrown their support behind a bid by Jordan's Prince Ali bin al-Hussein to oust incumbent Sepp Blatter as president of world football's ruling body Fifa.

    Four candidates are standing for the top job in world soccer at the May 29 election, including Blatter who celebrates his 79th birthday today.

    The other two are Michael van Praag, president of the Dutch governing body KNVB, and former Portugal winger Luis Figo.

  55. Wigan to grow their own - Sharpe


    New Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe says the club will prioritise developing its academy and wants deeper research done on potential signings.

    The 23-year-old, who succeeded his grandfather Dave Whelan, says the clubs ultimate goal is to return to the Premier League.

    "We will also continue to prioritise plans to build a first class academy and training ground, where the club can start developing its own players to feature at first team level more regularly," says Sharpe.

    "We also need to create a modern and robust player recruitment process, where every targeted player is researched, statistically measured, and watched in different conditions to ensure we have a complete picture of the player and the person we are planning to sign."

  56. And they're off

    Horse Racing

    The first race of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival is underway...

    Full commentary is now available on BBC Radio 5 live.

  57. Day One about to start

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    "Crowd of 55,000 ready for the Cheltenham Roar that greets opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13:30 GMT."

    Cheltenham stands

    Willie Mullins trained Douvan starts as favourite for the opener. AP McCoy - for whom this is the first race of his final Cheltenham Festival - is on board Jollyallan.

    His trainer Harry Fry says having McCoy on one of his "best runners" is "fantastic". "He is one of our strongest fancies of the week," Fry tells Channel 4.

  58. Cookson fearful of youth doping


    The head of world cycling Brian Cookson admits he is alarmed by the prospect of doping within the youth ranks of the sport, as outlined by a Cycling Independent Reform Commission report.

    Youth cycling was described as being "particularly vulnerable" to the practice and UCI president Cookson said the prospect causes him "real concern."

    "Now frankly if people are supplying youth riders with doping products and procedures that's nothing short of child abuse," says Cookson. "People should be ashamed of themselves and they should be subject to criminal proceedings; that's a disgrace if that's happening and I want to look into that with a bit more seriousness."

  59. Cheltenham going

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    "The famous Cheltenham hill: The going remains Good to Soft, Good in places. It is dry & sunny."

    Cheltenham racecourse

    The first race is just over 10 minutes away. Tune into BBC Radio 5 live for commentary and reaction.

  60. England face key learning curve - Robinson

    Rugby Union

    World Cup winner Jason Robinson believes England's current crop of players are "open to criticism" after their Six Nations defeat to Ireland.

    Stuart Lancaster's side lost 19-9 to the tournament leaders in their last outing and face Scotland on Saturday.

    "England still have quite a bit of work to do," Robinson tells BBC World Service. "We saw them play against Ireland and we all knew what was coming. We knew the game they have, the kicks Sexton would use, and we didn't pressurise it.

    "Part of me would say that England are not that far off, but you can't just look towards the World Cup. This Six Nations is still a learning curve for England. We always expect them to be there all the time and when they're not, they're open for criticism."

  61. Champions League look ahead


    Opta Franz

    Another clean sheet tonight would see Real comfortably reach the last eight of the Champions League as they hold a 2-0 first-leg lead over Schalke ahead of their Bernabeu meeting.

    Elsewhere on Tuesday, Porto and Basel meet after the first leg ended 1-1.

    The BBC Sport website will run a live-text commentary to take in all of Tuesday's Champions League action.


    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday

    Today we have been reacting to news of Ian Holloway's sacking, Peter Moores under pressure and questions asked of Louis van Gaal by asking you if managers should be given more time or do bad results require swift action?

    JackDixon29: I think all managers and coaches should be given two terms. You can't replace legends in a season. It's not feasible or possible.

    VisionEconomic1: Van Gaal is bluffing, if he stays longer Giggs will leave and then the ties will be cut. Keep it in the family.

    Kawwan: If you give Van Gaal time he will make something brilliant again of Manchester United.

    Drew Cairney: Yes of course. How can u get any consistency or progress if you keep sacking the managers. Sometimes u need to look at the players.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  63. Centurion gets private hospitality


    One of Britain's oldest football supporters has been rewarded for her loyalty with a corporate box at the match.

    Kitty Thorne

    Bristol Rovers fanatic Kitty Thorne is 100 and started watching her beloved club in 1954, so she has attended over 1500 games.

    She says her love of Rovers keeps her alive along with "strong coffee and corned beef sandwiches", both of which she can now consume in the comfort of a private box until the end of the season.

    "I love coming here," says Kitty. "It's what I look forward to. I'll keep coming to games as long as I can. "The first game I went to had me hooked. I fell in love with the noise and the atmosphere. The whole experience was amazing."

  64. Injured Inniss returns to Palace


    On-loan Port Vale defender Ryan Inniss has returned to parent club Crystal Palace for treatment on an ankle injury suffered in Saturday's win at Coventry.

    The 19-year-old sustained ligament damage after a high challenge from Sky Blues striker Marcus Tudgay.

    Inniss made five appearances for the Valiants since joining in February, but is not expected to be able return to the club this season.

  65. Farewell Champ

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    AP McCoy

    Irish trainer Tony Martin has paid a warm tribute to retiring 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy, who is riding at the Cheltenham Festival for the last time this week.

    "What he's done over the last 20 years is phenomenal. What a man, it will never be equalled," Martin told me. "He's been a total ambassador for the sport - his hunger, dedication and drive, just unbelievable."

    And he joked: "A lot of the other jockeys will be delighted to see him go."

  66. England defeats sculpture to fetch £600k


    Maurizio Cattelan artwork

    So you're looking to invest in a piece of modern art. You want something imposing, with a hefty price tag to match, but also something that brings back painful memories every time you look at it.

    Well, this could be the artwork for you. Italian Maurizio Cattelan has produced a large granite sculpture which has a succession of the England football team's defeats carved into it.

    It starts with a 2-1 defeat by Scotland and ends with a 2-1 loss to Romania at the 1998 World Cup. In the catalogue notes, Cattelan said: "I guess it's a piece which talks about pride, missed opportunities and death."

    The artwork is expected to fetch - wait for it - an eye-watering £600,000 when it goes under the hammer at Sotheby's later today.

  67. McCarthy joins Bolton


    Paddy McCarthy

    Bolton Wanderers have signed Crystal Palace defender Paddy McCarthy on loan until the end of the season.

    The 31-year-old played 11 games for Sheffield United during a loan spell earlier this season.

  68. Boxing world mourns Vastine


    Alexis Vastine

    Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine was one of three French sports stars killed in the tragic helicopter crash in Argentina.

    Today the world of boxing has been paying tribute to the 28-year-old.

    Amir Khan tweeted: "I'm very sad to hear of the passing of Alexis Vastine. I had the pleasure of competing against him in the amateurs and would like to send my deepest condolences to all his family and friends during this difficult time."

    Bradley Saunders, who lost to Vastine at the 2008 Olympics, told the BBC: "He was a great fighter and a really nice person. We spurred each other on so I'm shocked to have heard what's happened to him."

  69. Potters captain hopes to return


    Stoke City captain Ryan Shawcross hopes to return from a six-week injury lay-off when his side take on West Brom this Saturday.

    "I'm training again now and all being well I will step it up a bit over the next couple of days. I would love to be available on Saturday," says Shawcross, who is recovering from a back injury.

    "I suppose it will all depend upon how I react to training and what the manager and the medical team think about it - they will have the final say."

  70. Milner on the move?


    James Milner

    Alistair Magowan reports: "Following newspaper reports that Manchester City midfielder James Milner is interested in a move abroad, my understanding is that talks were held with Spanish and Italian clubs a number of weeks ago and nothing will be decided before the end of the season when the 29-year-old's contract runs out.

    "Both the midfielder and the Premier League champions are understood to be happy to wait until then and in an ideal world Milner would like to sign another contract with City.

    "But that will largely depend on how central he is to the manager's future plans and the period between now and the end of the season could serve as a gauge to find out where Milner really stands."

  71. Irish raid at Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    Francis Keogh tweets

    Five of the eight runners in the Champion Hurdle at 15:20 GMT come from Ireland including favourite Faugheen.

  72. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Rangers trio suspended

    Rangers announce Derek Llambias, Barry Leach and Sandy Easdale are suspended from their duties pending an investigation.

    Chief executive Llambias and finance director Leach were both voted off the football club's board at Friday's extraordinary general meeting.

    The club now hope to remove all three from their positions as directors of the company.

  73. Cheltenham - Day One

    Horse Racing


    Cheltenham can induce butterflies in the belly of even those who do not following horse racing on a weekly basis so if you have not yet been swept up in the hype, let us tell you what you can expect on day one.

    Our BBC Sport reporter Frank Keogh is on site, we will bring you the latest from all seven races starting with the Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13:30 GMT and the big race comes at 15:20 GMT.

    The Willie Mullins trained Faugheen (pictured) will take some stopping in the Champion Hurdle. Ruby Walsh's mount has a record of eight wins from eight races.

    He will not get it all his own way though with classy operators such as Hurricane Fly and The New One also looking to land the opening day showpiece.


    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday

    Time is so often a luxury not afforded managers in modern day sport, but should they get more of it? As pressure grows on England cricket coach Peter Moores and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, we want to know of you think managers get enough time to succeed?

    Johnny: Peter Moores or whoever coaches England cricket team is on a hiding to nothing. Players need to step up or ship out.

    Eniitan Emmanuel: Yes. Managers deserve more time. However, there must be evidence of progress in the teams' performances if not the results.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  75. No patience at bottom


    Ian Holloway

    Earlier we brought you news of Ian Holloway's sacking at Millwall.

    The club have placed former striker Neil Harris in charge for the rest of the season.

    Holloway's dismissal paints a bleak picture at the bottom of the Championship as 12 of the bottom 13 clubs in the league have now replaced a manager this season.

    Only Rotherham - in 20th place - have stuck by manager Steve Evans.

  76. Ulvestad won't be rushed - Dyche


    Burnley manager Sean Dyche says new Clarets signing Fredrik Ulvestad won't be rushed into first-team action.

    "It's a new challenge for him now, not only on the pitch but off it too in terms of culture.," Dyche said of the Norwegian midfielder.

    "We know how tough the Premier League is, so he will be given time to adjust to that accordingly and continue his development."

  77. I'd have investigators with every team - Brailsford


    Sir Dave Brailsford

    Team Sky boss Sir Dave Brailsford has been talking about the measures he would take to clamp down on doping.

    Speaking on a cycling podcast, he said: "I'd get investigators to live with every team, I'd rotate them so they couldn't be bought off and there was no bias.

    "They'd be at our team meetings, they could have a list of what every rider was taking; they can talk to our doctors. Every prescription we write out. Go in everybody's suitcase. If you've got nothing to hide you've got nothing to fear."

  78. Burnley sign Ulvestad


    Fredrik Ulvestad

    Burnley have signed Norwegian midfielder Fredrik Ulvestad on a three-year deal.

    Ulvestad was a free agent but had previously played at Aalesunds FK, scoring 14 goals in 106 appearances.

    He made his international debut for Norway in August.

  79. Get Involved

    This morning we're asking you if coaches like Peter Moores and Louis van Gaal should be given more time if they don't enjoy immediate success. Here are a selection of your views:

    Daniel Farren: It took Sir Alex Ferguson 3 years to build his United empire, it lasted 22, more than repaying the faith shown in him.

    Charlie Cook: Miracles do not happen overnight, time is a healer and patience is virtue!

    Douglas Suai: Just sack LVG. Appoint a manager from Great Britain (like Sir Alex Ferguson) with low profile, character and give him time and of course money.

  80. Catch every bit of Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    You can follow Sportsday to stay abreast of everything that happens at Cheltenham but BBC Radio 5 live is the ultimate go-to destination for colour, news and atmosphere from the famous course.

    There will be commentary on BBC radio of all 28 races at the four-day Cheltenham Festival. Coverage is on 5 live from 1300 to 1600 GMT every day, before the action switches to 5 live Sports extra until 1730.

    Racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght leads the coverage, former jockey Luke Harvey and Gold Cup-winning jockey Andrew Thornton are part of the team and there are contributions from jockey Lizzie Kelly, jockey-turned trainer Caroline Bailey, plus Peter Scudamore and John Francome.

  81. Punter hope before big off

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    Graeme Atkinson

    "As dawn broke over Cheltenham earlier, expectant punters gathered in the centre of the course to watch leading Irish horses galloping.

    "Joiner Graeme Atkinson, 43, from County Durham, was among them. He has not missed a race at the meeting since 1994.

    "He told me: 'You're always excited on a morning like this. There's no burst bubbles. Nothing's been beaten yet.'"

  82. Wales unchanged for Ireland

    Rugby Union

    Wales team

    Wales have named an unchanged side for their Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday.

    The only two changes from the 23-man squad that beat France come on the replacements bench, with Rob Evans coming in for Paul James and Jake Ball for Bradley Davies.

    Sam Warburton will captain the side for a record 34th time.

  83. Pietersen hopeful on England future


    Kevin Pietersen has been weighing in on English cricket again on social media.

    And the former England batsman is in optimistic mood. He tweeted: "I really do think changes are going to be made and positive things are going to start to happen for the good of English cricket."

    He added: "The encouraging news is that the new boss has the vision to look to open up a window to hopefully give players a better chance [to play in global T20 tournaments like the IPL and Big Bash]."

  84. Knocking Man Utd 'hard' - Welbeck


    Danny Welbeck

    Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck says it was "hard" to score the goal that knocked former club Manchester United out of the FA Cup last night.

    Welbeck grew up in Manchester and came through United's academy.

    "Manchester United is a club that means so much to me," he said. "I'm a fan and it's hard to knock them out.

    "I'll always respect the fans, I had a lovely reception from them and I'm thankful for that."

  85. Walsh and Mullins plan raid

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh

    "Jockey Ruby Walsh and trainer Willie Mullins have been talking tactics this morning ahead of their 'Fab Four' running on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.

    "Douvan (Supreme Novices' Hurdle), Un De Sceaux (Arkle Chase), Faugheen (Champion Hurdle) and Annie Power (Mares Hurdle) are all favourites.

    "Bookies are fearing a windfall for punters on what is already being described as Ruby Tuesday. AP McCoy may be grabbing the headlines but Walsh is the all-time leading Festival jockey."

  86. Qatar should be stripped of World Cup - Zwanziger


    Qatar should be stripped of the 2022 World Cup, outgoing Fifa Executive Committee member Theo Zwanziger has said.

    "The best solution would be not to play in Qatar and to rectify this wrong awarding," he told German radio station Bayern 2.

    Zwanziger, the former president of the German FA, says he believes that could happen, but only if a report could provide evidence of specific breaches of Fifa ethics rules.

  87. Coles rejoins Kent


    Matt Coles

    All-rounder Matt Coles has rejoined former club Kent after being released by Hampshire.

    Coles, who hit the headlines in 2013 when he was sent home from an England Lions tour for disciplinary reasons, began his career at Kent before joining Hampshire in August 2013.

    Kent captain Rob Key said: "Matt is a cricketer with undoubted potential with both bat and ball. It's fantastic that he has returned to the county that brought him up through the youth system."

  88. Ex-Madrid president backs Di Maria


    Angel di Maria

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has spoken exclusively to BBC World Service and defended Manchester United's Angel Di Maria, stating the winger's sending off against Arsenal was out of character.

    Di Maria received two quick-fire bookings in FA Cup defeat to Arsenal on Monday, the second for pulling the shirt of referee Michael Oliver.

    Asked if Di Maria showed such a temper in Spain Calderon says: "No he wasn't like that, I was really surprised to know what he did.

    "He was a really good player with good behaviour here, never anything like this. Maybe he's a bit nervous because up to now his change (to Manchester United) hasn't been the right one.

    "I know him, he's not a player who does things like that and I'm sure he will be regretting it."

  89. Get Involved

    Join the debate on #bbcsportsday

    Louis van Gaal and David MOyes

    As questions are asked of Louis van Gaal over Manchester United's continuing trophy drought, and Peter Moores comes under pressure as England cricket coach, we are asking you if managers should be given more time?

    Ryan Stayner: Don't want United to become another club with a new manager every 12-18 months. Arsenal a hard team to beat, must carry on.

    Jenni Mayne: It's ironic that you were debating if managers should be given time, then Ian Holloway gets sacked after 14 months at Millwall.

    Tweet us on #bbcsportsday.

  90. Man Utd's two years of failure


    These are testing times at Old Trafford. Excluding the Community Shield, the last time Manchester United went two seasons without winning anything was 1987-89 both under the management of Sir Alex Ferguson.

    Danny Welbeck

    In his latest blog, BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty writes: "The sight of Danny Welbeck, the striker Van Gaal let go, striking the decisive blow to send Arsenal into the FA Cup semi-finals while Radamel Falcao was not even summoned from the bench as United's saviour, was heavy in symbolism.

    "Van Gaal's cold explanation of Welbeck's sale to Arsenal for £16m on transfer deadline day in September was that 'he was more a substitute than a line-up player'.

    "On a night that further stalled United's progress under the Dutchman, it was the celebrated Falcao who was the substitute while Welbeck was not merely a line-up player but also Arsenal's match-winner."

  91. All eyes on Cheltenham elite

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    Horses at Cheltenham

    "Horses are parading in front of the racecourse as the sun beats down on a warm spring day and workers arrive for the start of the Cheltenham Festival.

    "About 400 horses, mainly from the UK and Ireland, will compete in a total of 28 races over four days, with £3.95m in prize money up for grabs."

  92. British swimming pays tribute to Muffat


    Camille Muffat and Rebecca Adlington

    More now on that sad story we brought you earlier this morning. Three French sports stars have been killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina, including Olympic swimming champion Camille Muffat.

    Now leading figures from the world of British swimming have been paying tribute to Muffat. Rebecca Adlington, who competed against her in the 400m freestyle event (pictured together on the podium at London 2012), tweeted: "So sad and shocked to wake up to hear the tragic death of Camille Muffat. She was an amazing sportswoman, competitor and lovely person."

    Fellow Olympic swimmer Francesca Halsall tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to hear about the death of Camille Muffat, taken far too young such a lovely person and inspirational athlete."

    British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes said in a statement: "This is such sad news. Camille was a great swimmer who achieved so much and she will be missed by everyone in the swimming world. I have today sent our deepest condolences to the French Swimming President and Camille's family."

  93. Mancini wants Yaya reunion


    Yaya Toure and Roberto Mancini

    Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini is interested in taking Manchester City's Yaya Toure to the San Siro if the Italian club can make a deal within financial fair play rules.

    Mancini, who managed Toure at Manchester City, returned for a second spell at Inter in November of 2014.

    "It's a question mark, we'll have to see what financial fair play brings," he told Gazzetta TV in an interview. "I'm sure we'll do some good business. Yaya Toure? He's played in almost every league, except for Germany and Italy.

    "If, as seems to be the case, he wants to try Serie A we'll look into the possibility, but it won't be easy. He's a player with incredible technical ability. I've not come across many like him."

  94. Get Involved

    Should coaches be given time?

    Right then, time to introduce our Get Involved topic for this morning.

    What with Peter Moores's future as England cricket coach in doubt and Louis Van Gaal very much under the spotlight at Manchester United, we're asking whether coaches should be given time to develop a team, even if they fail at the first hurdle.

    Roy Keane says Van Gaal must be given "two or three years" at Old Trafford, even though his first season looks destined to end trophy-less. But Jonathan Agnew believes that Moores should be replaced as ODI coach.

    So should patience win out, or is it a case of 'the sooner the better' when it comes to underperforming coaches? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter at #bbcsportsday, or via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  95. Holloway sacked by Millwall


    More on that managerial departure. Holloway took over as Millwall boss in January 2014, and led the club to safety last season, finishing 19th.

    This season though has seen the club slip into the relegation places, and Millwall had lost five of their last six matches.

    Millwall chairman Berylson added in his statement: "This was a hard decision to take because we very much hoped that Ollie would prove to be the man to take us forward and on to the next level. I would like to thank him for his efforts, and in particular for keeping us in the Championship last May."

  96. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Holloway sacked by Millwall

    Millwall have terminated the contract of manager Ian Holloway.

    The club are currently 23rd in the Championship, eight points from safety. Former Lions striker Neil Harris will take charge until the end of the season.

    Millwall chairman John Berylson said in a statement: "Our view is that the decision to part company at this stage is in the best interests of the football club going forward."

  97. Fekir declares for France

    Back pages

    Tuesday's L'Equipe front page

    Let's have a look at what's making the sports news around Europe now.

    There's a potentially very significant story on the front page of French sports daily L'Equipe. Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir has given the paper an exclusive interview in which he declares his commitment to play international football for France.

    Fekir has been a real star for Lyon this season, scoring 11 goals. He had been waiting to choose between France and Algeria.

  98. Faugheen the machine

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Racing Post front page

    It's the first day of Cheltenham, so let's have a look at this morning's Racing Post.

    They lead on Faugheen, hot favourite for today's Champion Hurdle. The paper reports that bookmakers are fearing a "Mullins meltdown" - trainer Willie Mullins has favourites in four of today's races.

  99. Moores pleads to avoid axe

    Back pages

    Tuesday's The Times back page

    The Times meanwhile leads on England's humiliating Cricket World Cup exit - and reports that coach Peter Moores is fighting to save his job (not for the first time).

    "Moores was clinging to his job last night," the paper's Richard Hobson writes. "Although the reaction of [ECB managing director] Paul Downton was to stand by his man, Moores should not take that as a sign that his job is safe."

  100. Di Maria has 'no excuses'

    Back pages

    Tuesday's Daily Mirror back page

    Let's have our customary round-up of this morning's back pages, beginning with the Mirror.

    They lead on Arsenal's FA Cup win over Manchester United, with Danny Welbeck and red-card villain Angel di Maria getting equal top billing.

    The paper quotes United manager Louis van Gaal as saying: "I think he's touched the referee and that's forbidden in every country, so he has no excuses."

    There's also a mention of Ian Botham's verdict on the England cricket team following their elimination from the World Cup. as you can see, it's fair to say Beefy doesn't pull any punches.

  101. Buzz building at Cheltenham

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Cheltenham Festival

    Cheltenham racecourse

    "A bright sunny start to the day in Cheltenham as the racecourse prepares for an influx of 230,000 punters for its four-day Festival.

    "Anticipation is building for day one of the meeting which sees the crowd give the 'Cheltenham Roar' as the horses set off in the opening Supreme Novices' Hurdle at 13:30 GMT."

    We'll be bringing you updates from Cheltenham throughout the day, as AP McCoy makes his final appearance at the Festival.

  102. India beat Ireland at World Cup


    Shikhar Dhawan

    Now then, news of a breaking Cricket World Cup result to bring you. I'm afraid it's bad news for Ireland, who have fallen to a perhaps expected defeat against unbeaten India.

    Ireland put up a decent score of 259, with Niall O'Brien hitting 75, but India chased down the target with ease, as Shikhar Dhawan cracked his second century of the tournament.

    Ireland would have qualified for the knockout stages had they managed to pull off an upset - instead it looks like their quarter-final dreams will hinge on the result of their final game against Pakistan.

  103. Van Gaal must get time - Keane


    Roy Keane

    Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane says manager Louis Van Gaal must be given "two or three years" to rebuild the club, following the FA Cup defeat by Arsenal.

    Keane said on BBC Match of the Day: "They should have given David Moyes more time but didn't. What are they going to do? Chop and change again? Van Gaal has been in the door two minutes. It takes time. It's literally a rebuilding job.

    "It would be a disaster [if United don't finish in top four]. The big problem with people at the club and ex-players is they keep looking back comparing teams from 10 years ago. They have got to look forward. Focus on the players, focus on the manager... get right behind him. I still think they have enough to get in that top four."

    Don't worry Manchester United fans, we'll be giving you your chance to weigh in on that topic in due course!

  104. French sports stars killed in helicopter crash

    Let's remember those French sports stars who tragically lost their lives in more detail.

    Camille Muffat, 25, won three medals, including gold in the 400m freestyle in the 2012 London Olympics. She retired from competitive swimming in 2014.

    Alexis Vastine, 28, won bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the light-welterweight category. He was narrowly beaten in the quarter-finals of the 2012 Games.

    Florence Arthaud, 57, was a hugely accomplished sailor, winning the 1990 Route du Rhum, the prestigious solo Atlantic race. A serious car accident put her in a coma when she was 17.

  105. French sports stars killed in helicopter crash

    Camille Muffat, Alexis Vastine and Florence Arthaud

    We begin, as ever, with a look at this morning's headlines, and this morning we have some sad news to bring you first of all.

    You may have seen before you went to bed last night news of a helicopter crash in Argentina. This morning the world of French sport is in shock after learning that three of those killed were distinguished French athletes.

    Olympic swimmer Camille Muffat, Olympic boxer Alexis Vastine and yachtswoman Florence Arthaud all died.

    The helicopters were involved in the filming of TV survival show Dropped. Seven other people were also killed.

  106. Post update

    Hello and welcome to Tuesday's Sportsday - bringing you the latest football news as it breaks, plus the other big sports stories making the headlines today.

    We kick off this morning with a look back at last night's crucial FA Cup action - both on the pitch and off it - as defending champions Arsenal defeated Manchester United, and then avoided Liverpool in a intriguing semi-final draw.

    This afternoon, from 13:00 GMT we'll be turning our attention to Cheltenham on the first day of AP McCoy's final Cheltenham Festival before retirement.

    And of course, there's Champions League action to look forward to this evening, with Real Madrid in action - we'll be previewing those matches later on.

    Throughout the day, we'll bring you the latest football news and some lively debate from social media. Ready? Let's begin then.

  107. The sweetest feeling

    Danny Welbeck

    Bagging the winner against your former club. When you've been written off and cut loose by your boyhood team, can there be any better feeling?

    Danny Welbeck certainly celebrated like he meant it last night, and why not? His winner for Arsenal against Manchester United keeps the Gunners in the trophy hunt this season.

    Spare a thought for United manager Louis Van Gaal though - the man who reportedly sanctioned Welbeck's sale. Where does he go from here?