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tv   Sportsday  BBC News  April 18, 2021 7:45pm-8:00pm BST

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hello and welcome to sportsday — i'm chetan pathak, coming up, more on the news 12 major european clubs, including the �*big six' from england, have reportedly signed up to a breakaway european super league. also on the programme... lewis hamilton recovers to finish second — as max verstappen wins an eventful emilia romagna grand prix in italy. ruthless rangers condemn celtic to their first trophyless season in ten years — as they knock them out
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of the scottish cup at ibrox. agony for fulham and their fight for survival — as arsenal score in stoppage time to deny them all three points at the emirates. and also coming up the tiny fraction of a difference that saw britain's tom pidcock denied the biggest win of his career. first, senior uefa figures are said to be furious tonight that 12 major european clubs, including the �*big six' from england, have signed up to a breakaway european super league. it's reported the plans will be announced tonight. arsenal, chelsea, liverpool, manchester city, man united and tottenham are believed to be part of the group as well as well as atletico madrid, barcelona and real madrid and ac
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milan, inter milan and juventus. today's development�*s come 2a hours before uefa's set to confirm plans for a new look champions league. here's ourfootball reporter simon stone... this is why the uefa president is absolutely furious, because it was only at meetings on friday between the clubs and uefa it was agreed that this new format of 36 teams, each club playing ten group matches, put into one long table rather than the groups of four that we have at the groups of four that we have at the moment, then this controversial wild cards that is going to be offered to teams with the highest coefficient, that don't qualify for the champions league through their league position domestically. this is all going to be ratified tomorrow, thanks to agreements that were made on friday, which they thought put to bed any talk about the super league. clearly she was
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way out with that. it will be interesting to see what happens this evening and over the next days and weeks about this major story for european football. in the last couple of hours, the sports minister nigel huddleston — who's at today's fa cup semifinal at wembley — has been asked for his thoughts on the prospect of a breakaway european super league: iam i am laser focused i am laserfocused on i am laser focused on the government is laser focused on what is best for the fans and english football. i am not convinced that what has been announced would be put up i have not seen the full details yet but i'm pretty sceptical about it. i don't think i would necessarily create the opportunities or the level playing field we would like to see in football. it seems a bit of a closed shop idea. i am sceptical at the moment, but i will wait to see the details. fans are back at wembley this evening with 4,000 in attendance well, 4,000 fans are back at wembley for that semifinal between leicester and southampton as part of the governments pilot scheme.
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they're into the second half and leicester have taken the lead through kelechi iheanacho. you can hear live commentary now on bbc radio 5 live. chelsea await the winners in next month's final. having won a remarkable four trebles in a row, celtic are going to end this season with nothing in their trophy cabinet after rangers knocked them out in the last 16 of the scottish cup at ibrox. it's just over five years since celtic last lost in this competition, but they were behind on ten minutes thanks to steven davis�* brilliant early goal. rangers were two up well before half time, with and an own goal from celtic�*sjonjoe kenny doubling their lead. celtic�*s misery was compounded as allan mcgregor saved 0dsonne edouard's penalty withjust over ten minutes to go. rangers have now won four of the last five old firm derbies and are on course for a league and cup double. they'll play stjohnstone next. and hibs are also through to the quarter finals after they won 4—0 at league 2 stranraer. this free kick from kevin nisbet put them 2 up. and then a brace
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from martin boyle wrapped up a convincing win. they'll face motherwell in the last eight. next, to the women's fa cup where — arsenal thrashed gillingham10—0 in the fourth round this afternoon whilst west ham went one better with an 11—0 win over chichester and selsey in the day's early game birmingham beat coventry 5—1... claudia walker on her 50th appearance for the club scoring twice. it was only 3—1 after 90 minutes but sarah maylett scored twice in injury time to wrap up a convincing victory for carla ward's side. all the days other results are on the bbc sport website... next, a big blow for fulham's already slim chances of surviving in the premier league this season. they looked like they were going to leave arsenal with all three points this afternoon, only for the win to cruelly slip away in the dying seconds. lydia campbell was watching:
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with fulham needing a minor miracle to stay up, the emirates would have been the last place they wanted to visit. they have never beaten arsenal away from home, and if martinelli had got this right 30 seconds in, you wouldn't expect that to change. when you are scrapping at the bottom, you need all the luck you can get. danny thought he had taken the lead, only for it to be just offside in the and from a toenail offside to a toenail foul, giving away a penalty for this challenge. josh stepped up and fulham were in the lead, giving them a glimmer of hope in this relegation dogfight. football is a cruel old game, and six minutes into injury time, arsenal were pulled level and fulham pushed closer to the drop. fulham do move a point closer to fourth from bottom burnley tonight — the gap is six points — after burnley were beaten 3—i at manchester united.
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0le gunnar solksjaer�*s side are now ten points clear of leicester in third, and eight behind the leaders manchester city. craig templeton reports: black is the new red at old trafford, after players said the colours of the banners meant they couldn't focus on their team—mates. little excuse for dean henderson to do this inside 20 seconds. an offside call saving his blushes. this goal showing him how it was done and leaving marcus rashford scratching his head. electric pace down the wing, fernandes with the dummy, united in the lead. it would last two minutes, as an equaliser came that burnley probably deserved. how did that happen? burnley might have been asking the same question after greenwood hit this. more about
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relief and celebration. a third was added in added time. this i'd never make it look easy, but that's now five wins in a row, and have they got their sights on more? birmingham city have moved nine points clear of the championship drop zone, after scoring a late winner away to fellow strugglers rotherham. it was still 0—0 going into the 88th minute but then birmingham captain harlee dean popped up to score the only goal of the game. rotherham stay third from bottom — four points behind derbyjust above them, although they do have two games in hand. coventry beat barnsley 2—0 to also move nine points clear of the drop zone. and today's emilia romagna grand prix in italy which was full of drama, with a huge crash involving valterri bottas and george russell.... whilst lewis hamilton had to fight back to finish second and keep hold of his place at the top
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of the standings. it was his rival max verstappen who took the chequered flag, as lando norris finished a well deserved third. adam wild reports: arriving in the sunshine, heading out in the rain. imola in the springtime — who knows what to expect? it's lights out and away we go... well, reigning champion lewis hamilton at the front felt familiar enough, but behind him, the looming threat of red bull. that wouldn't stay behind him for long. hamilton against max verstappen — it may be the story of the season, playing out here behind the spray. keep an eye on that weather, though. the rain was slowly going. the chaos coming at pace. a rare mistake from lewis hamilton took him into the gravel. he would make it back out eventually, unlike his team—mate, valtteri bottas, colliding with george russell's williams. bad enough to stop the race. some time, then, for recriminations... radio: what was he doing? honestly! ..and some reflection. but with the dust settled, the track cleared. hamilton, incredibly,
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raced back to second. verstappen, though, wouldn't be caught. a race from which no one knew what to expect ultimately had it all. adam wild, bbc news. next to rugby union, bath have kept alive their hopes of a top—four premiership finish after a nail biting win over leicester tigers... they had been trailing 20 points to 14 with just three minutes to go, but will muir got over the line to score a try, with ben spencer's conversion sealing a late win. tom pidcock was denied the biggest win of his fledgling cycling career by the tiniest of margins at the amstel gold race in the netherlands. the 21—year—old is in his first season of road racing with ineos grenadiers. he made his move withjust under eight miles to go and with the finish in sight battled it out with wout van aert for the victory. it was so close it took several minutes for officials to award the win to the belgian. the netherlands�* marianne vos won the women's race. meanwhile, mark cavendish ended the tour of turkey in style
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by winning the final stage. the briton wearing blue on the left of your screen had enough energy left to pip belgium's jasper philipsen to claim his fourth stage win of the race. spain'sjose manuel diaz was the overall winner. reigning masters champion yan bingtao is through to the second round of the world snooker championship in sheffield. resuming his match at 4—1; against martin gould, yan took control of the morning session to come through 10 frames to 6. elsewhere, the former semi finalist david gilbert is through after a 10—4 win against fellow englishman chris wakelin. the four times championjohn higgins trails tee—an pengfei by four frames to three after the first session of their first round match. they'll play to a finish tomorrow afternoon. that's all from sportsday.
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with 20 minutes to go it looks like leicester will play chelsea in the fa cup final. for me and the team, thatis fa cup final. for me and the team, that is all for now. thanks for watching and good night. some areas today have been basking in warm april sunshine, but not everywhere. a weak weather front across scotland and northern ireland, producing more cloud than england and wales. a little bit of patchy rain. in england and wales, there has been plenty of sunshine. another dry day. this weather system sitting to our west, overnight it will take the rain away from scotland and northern ireland before bringing it back in later on monday and into tuesday. 0vernight, despite the cloud, it will become mainly dry. parts of eastern scotland will
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turn clearer, but england and wales, plenty of clear skies. some low cloud, mist and fog in parts of eastern england, but when it is clear, a chance of frost going into the morning. with cloud, temperature is well above freezing. that will be north—west scotland tomorrow. some rain into the western isles, perhaps into the far north—west of the mainland and western counties of northern ireland. the best of sunshine in northern ireland will be on eastern counties. england and wales, low cloud and mist and fog clears away from eastern parts. plenty of sunshine and the chance of an isolated shower in south—east england. and it will feel warm in that sunshine. as we go monday into tuesday, outbreaks of rain start further east into scotland, through northern ireland. mainly dry in england and wales. some low cloud, mist and fog pushing into parts of eastern england, generally those temperatures are higher into tuesday morning. so just an isolated frost then on tuesday we nudge this area
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of cloud, and it has to be said, not very much rain, very slowly away from scotland and northern ireland with clear skies following on behind. more cloud than in recent days and the slight chance of picking up a shower, but still feeling warm. turning colour and include where they're pushing into northern scotland. as this weather front works its way southwards, barely any rain going into wednesday, another area of high pressure coming into settle things down once again. somewhat cooler air introduced, these are your temperatures later in the week... not far away from average but still the chance of a touch of frost in places overnight. if you are looking for some rain, you're going to be disappointed, much of the week ahead is dry.
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this is bbc news. iam martine i am martine croxall. the headlines at 8pm: millions enjoy the first weekend since england's lockdown was eased,— but concerns as health officials confirm 77 cases of the indian variant across the uk. the organisation representing nhs trusts in england says it will take five years for some hospitals to catch up with the backlog caused by the pandemic. two russians suspected of carrying out the salisbury nerve agent poisonings are now accused — over a czech arms depot explosion in 2014. the czechs, for example, in the past until quite recently have been quite reticent about basically picking a fight with moscow. and it's quite interesting how the czechs have pivoted and they're being very, very robust in their response. the government says it will examine any recommendation made by the inquiry into the lobbying row involving david cameron.
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