(tu chilly across eastern as today. chilly across eastern parts of the country and a chilly nights to take is into monday. a cold breeze on monday once again. a few showers here and there. next week, predominantly dry, some very frosty nights as well. good evening, this is bbc news the headlines at half past seven. at least 43 have died in syria, after a huge car bomb exploded on the outskirts of aleppo. thousands of people from two besieged, government—held towns were waiting to be transported under the terms of an evacuation deal. north korea warns the us not to take provocative action in the region, saying it is "ready to hit back with nuclear attacks". the comments came as north korea marks the 105th anniversary of the birth of its founding president, kim il—sung. everton bans sun journalists from its stadium and training ground following a column by kelvin mackenzie regarding midfielder ross barkley.
delegates at the nut conference vote in favour of a ballot on strike action in england, because of concerns about funding cuts. more throughout the evening on the bbc news channel. coming up now it's sportsday. good evening, spurs reduce the gap with chelsea as bournemouth get thumped 4—0 at white hart lane. stoke city with a win, and valtteri bottas claims pole position for the first time in his career to deny team—mate lewis hamilton pole position on the grid in bahrain. and britain's cyclists add to the medal
tally at the world track cycling championships in hong kong and defending champion mark selby makes a blistering start to this year's snicko world championship. good evening, lots of neutral fans would like to see the race to win the premier league title go to the final few matches. spurs have done their bit to make sure it does. they beat bournemouth 4—0 in the day's early kick—off to move to just four points behind league leaders chelsea who don't play until tomorrow. david ornstein reports. it is at this point of the season that spurs usually see their hopes dashed at this year it could be different,
where once the gap the top looked insurmountable it's a glimmer of light. that light shone even brighter when moussa dembele put them ahead against bournemouth. in the recent absence of harry kane through injury son heung—min proved an able deputy. reunited they combined for spurs to make it two. spurs have turned white hart lane into something of a fortress, no premier league team has a better home record and kane as he showed again is one of the main reasons why. that's 25 goals in all competitions. and goals could prove crucial if tottenham put chelsea all the way. the gloss was provided by vincentjanssen, the importance of this win all too clear to the manager, mauricio pochettino. david ornstein, bbc news. i'm so happy and proud of the players, how they should their belief, in the manner that they play, it's fantastic, now ourjob is done, now we're waiting for the result tomorrow. we felt to try to
stop them would have potentially left gaps in defence and midfield, we tried to be compact and limit their opportunities. i'm disappointed with the goals we conceded because the two corners, it was our own doing, the second, we had good possessions so disappointing in that regard. that was the first game of the day, with more on that and the other six matches james is nowjoined by our football reporter nick hatton. thank you. another spurs win, they couldn't do much more to keep the pressure on chelsea. closing the gap to four points. the 12th consecutive win for spurs and the form of harry kane, away one month with his injury, he came off the bench against watford last week and started today, and two minutes into the second half got his 20th premier league goal of the
season, the fourth season in a row he's done that, he joins thierry henry, alan shearer and ruud van nistelrooy in that hall of fame. four points between them and chelsea who go to old trafford tomorrow, not easy because manchester united are unbeaten mac in 15 at home. and a good win for manchester city. not many smiles for pep guardiola but perhaps he can be forgiven for having pressing matters on his mind, a victory would move them to third place, serious business. they still have most of the top teams yet to play and they may yet have their say on with a finish. dusan tadic could and should have made his mark but wasn't the only one struggling to find his aim, david silva with the best chance of the first half, manchester city aiming frustratingly wide. jesus navas was on target
after the break but it wasn't enough to beat fraser forster. however from the corner city finally found a way through. after a frustrating season really if for captain vincent kompany really if for captain vincent kompa ny was clear for really if for captain vincent kompany was clear for all to see. having found the net once city were in no mood to stop there. a second put the result beyond doubt. sergio aguilera added a third, manchester city now up into third, finally a smile. and a mild, bbc news. right at the bottom of the table if sunderland had to have a chance of staying up they needed to win. ready disappointing at the stadium of light for sunderland, west ham scoring after minutes, sunderland scoring after minutes, sunderland scoring the first goal in 701 minutes, that is how bad they've been, two minutes into the second halfjames
been, two minutes into the second half james collins gave west ham the lead. but reno came on as a late substitute for billy jones lead. but reno came on as a late substitute for billyjones and got an injury time goalfor sunderland to make it 2—2. it leaves sunderland nine points from safety. we'll hear from slaven bilic in a moment, let's hear from sunderland manager from slaven bilic in a moment, let's hearfrom sunderland manager david moyes, still not giving up. we need to win the games and today, we had a couple of games at home recently, today we needed to try to take three points, it hasn't been for the want of trying, i thought we had a great chance, at 2—1, but when we got back to 2—2, we did everything we could to see if we could get a winner but it wasn't to be. the players have done well today. disappointed. we conceded a late goal, especially the
way it happened. the way we conceded both of them but i have to say it was a fair result. it is a point, we wanted three of them, we were close to getting three of them but it is disappointing. and it's good. who will go down with sunderland? swa nsea swansea lost today. we thought that paul clement was going to rescue swa nsea paul clement was going to rescue swansea because they have that fantastic win earlier this season but since then five losses in six, etienne capoue's goal made the difference for watford, five defeats in 64 swansea, watford stay tenth, paul clement's swansea just points from safety, a lot of work to do but he's in defiant mood. the supporters have been fantastic. they travelled in their numbers today. they really got behind the team from the first whistle until the last, we are sad for them that we could not get a better result today but we also need them to stick behind us,
because with the three home games back at the liberty stadium that can give us the little advantage that can help us get important results. in the last five games. if anything was going to make them smile it would be the result from stoke city because hull city rivals to swansea at the bottom and they lost 3—1. marcus silver hasn't got an away win since taking over at hull. marko arnautovic gave stoke city the lead, maguire is rising for hull and goals from peter crouch and shaqiri gates took the win. hull three points. the first win in six for stoke. we do have quality, we get a bit loose and things break down at key moments. both in defending and attacking phases.
if we take that out of our play we are a good team, we have shown that over many years since we've come here, we are good when we get the details right and thankfully we did. only our team has the possibility of changing the situation. when i feel we started a game like we start sometimes it is not easy to change this situation. it's impossible, you need to change this situation. crystal palace have a terrible looking ram, they were at home to leicester today and they got one point. the happier of the two teams, both sides going into the game four winds from the last five games, robert hoof and jamie vardy gave leicester city the lead, christian benteke and ca baye leicester city the lead, christian benteke and cabaye the crisis. the
third goal in four games for christian benteke. we will hear from craig shakespeare in a moment and sam allardyce, craig shakespeare in a moment and sam alla rdyce, five craig shakespeare in a moment and sam allardyce, five points clear of the bottom and he thinks they are almost there. the fightback was tremendous. i think today's point feels like a win, 2—0 down, coming back to 2—2, could easily have made it 3—2, trying to force the winner in the end. i think it is a tremendous fightback by the players, something it would not have happened when i first arrived. there is a tinge of disappointment but it is a difficult place to come everton up to fifth after another win. the first time they've won so
many atoms since 1990, philjagielka giving everton the lead, sam vokes with the penalty making it 1—1. lukaku, his ninth game at home for everton, he's flying at the top of the premier league goal—scoring charts. burnley still without an away win in the premier league this season, away win in the premier league this season, we away win in the premier league this season, we will hear from their manager sean dyche in a moment, first, a good day for ross barkley on the pitch after a difficult week for him. i'm really pleased, and difficulties in the beginning that quality, scoring the 2—1 was an important goal in the game. the boy was focused on the football side. and not about all the stuff that came out after last sunday. it is a big compliment for still a young boy by everton. we got punished with a bobbly first one bouncing off everyone, a bobbly second and then a good goal from a top striker in real form.
frustrating, but a much better performance on the road, it suggests that we will get there in the end, we have to, of course. what does that mean for the table? starting at the bottom, with swansea and hull both losing and letting some of the teams above getaway, bournemouth slipping down, it looks like it will be three out of those for going down. i think it will be three swansea and hull city. both losing today. a big point for crystal palace after being 2—0 down to leicester city. swansea have a tough run and so have file and i think this will go to the final day of the season. flickr the top, a difficult day for chelsea tomorrow
and manchester united. it could be a turning point, the gap has been closed to four points by tottenham hotspur, a tough match for chelsea away to manchester united tomorrow so away to manchester united tomorrow so perhaps some pressure on chelsea. a big win for spurs season up to second place. nothing much has been decided in the premier league but some other things have been decided around the uk. away from the premier league there has been one promotion spot settled today. sheffield united are back in the championship without even kicking a ball, that's because nearest rivals bolton lost 1—0 to oldham athletic. these were the scenes in the dressing room at the club's training ground as the players celebrated returning to the championship after a six—year absence. i , this will dedicate to all our supporters because they have had a tough six years of being in this division and now we can look forward to the last three games of the
season to the last three games of the season as champions. we want to finish on a high and hopefully have a fantastic summer and look forward to big games next year. there will bea to big games next year. there will be a full fixture list for that division on easter monday. aston villa were beaten 3—1 at home to reading, a result that sees the visitors move up to fourth in the table. in the scottish premiership the title was of course wrapped up by celtic a couple of weeks ago. still plenty of interest though for the teams below them. dundee remain deep in trouble after a 2—0 defeat at home to hamilton. they are 12 points from safety. motherwell beat inverness 4—2, rangers were 2—0 winners over partick and second placed aberdeen were 2—1winners at saintjohnstone. there's been a decision in the championship. hibernian have been promoted. hibernian have taken the championship title with victory over queen of the south.
there was a big game to whet the appetite in italy. the milan derby was a late morning kick—off, and a 97th equaliser by cristian zapata saw ac come back from 2—0 down to draw with city rivals inter. zapata scored with the last kick of the game. the referee, aided by goal line technology, signalled that the ball had crossed the line, prompting wild celebrations among the ac milan players. there was not even time for the game to restart. in formula one, qualifying for the bahrain grand prix has just finished and both mercedes will be on the front row tomorrow, the first time they have had a 1—2 in qualifying this season. it is vallteri bottas who will start on pole rather than team—mate lewis hamilton. it's the first time the firm has qualified in first place, as our reporter reports. formula 1
has a new star, valtteri bottas, brought in to replace outgoing champion nico rosberg is in pole position for this weekend's borini grand prix. nick parrott reports. when valtteri bottasjoined mercedes after world champion nico rosberg retired, few thought he would pose much threat to hamilton. the briton is a triple world champion and household name. the firm had never won a race or claimed pole in his previous four seasons in the sport. it was vettel who was expected to make life difficult for hamilton after the ferrari driver went fastest in the practice on friday but when it mattered he couldn't get close to the mercedes. hamilton seemed in control and on course for pole position after topping the time sheets in the first two sessions of qualifying he set the benchmark in the battle for the top spot. valtteri bottas had only managed third on the grid and the best ever finish third this season but showed he is getting to grips with mercedes beating hamilton byjust two hundredths of a second. and with almost half
a second between him and vettel he could end up posing the greatest threat to hamilton. nick parrott, bbc news. really happy, you know, it is the first pole in my career. it's my fifth season in formula 1 so it took a few races but got it and hopefully it is the first of many. i was losing quite a bit of time, generally my weak point, which is unusual, it's normally a stronger point from me, i work on it for tomorrow but i've found some great pace through the first sector, the second and third were quite good but overrule a little bit down but a great battle, that is how close i think qualifying should always be. 30 eddie bottas understandably delighted and hamilton magnanimous in defeat —— valtteri bottas. i think hamilton will be pleased between laps about the gap between
himself and vettel. on the evidence of what we have seen this weekend mercedes have the edge over ferrari on this bahrain international circuit. that bodes well for hamilton's championship challenge. great britain have picked up their fourth medal of this year's world track cycling championships in hong kong, winning silver in the women's madison. it's the first time women have taken part in the event, with elinor barker and emily nelson finishing behind the gold medallists from belgium. for barker it's a second silver of the championships. you get a general idea of how the race will based on the field, but between us we haven't raced all the girls in the field in this event. it was really fast. not surprised by the belgians being faster than everyone because it is kind of bred into them, like a madison nation, so hats off to them, they are impressive. ryan owens couldn't repeat the achievements in the men's sprint, missing out in the bronze medal race. he was beaten in the first two races by new zealand's ethan mitchell. in snooker.
ronnie o'sullivan up against it in his first match of the opening day of the world championjebb at the crucible, you place qualifier gary wilson and at first all went as expected, the five—time world champion scoring the first century break of this you's tournament. ronnie o'sullivan was leading 5—1 but wilson fought back winning three frames ina but wilson fought back winning three frames in a row and now trails by only one frame 5—4, the score to o'sullivan and that much will be concluded tomorrow afternoon. the first to ten frames. one of the matches from this evening, defending champion much is obvious having an easier time against qualifier fergal o'brien, selby won all but one frame in the afternoon session and is doing well in the evening session, he's leading 9—1 against o'brien who is at the table at the moment. the
match has just resumed and will conclude this evening. you can watch the match on bbc two. james o'brien— fergal o'brien hasjust the match on bbc two. james o'brien— fergal o'brien has just taken another frames are now it is mine— two. the comeback starts here! this year marks 40 years of the crucible venue, the world champion is to be crowd in 16 days' time. british players have started well today and have traditionally dominated the event. we've gone from essex debating to find out if that will continue. for almost half a century places like this have helped britain produce a steady stream of words with the champions. but now inspired by the success of ding junhui there's a new superpower on the rise that threatens to sweep away the old guard. the growth in china in the last ten years as i've been coming is staggering. if we don't professionalise the junior and
amateur games in britain we are going to fall way behind. more than 70 million people play cue sports in china every week and this is where the top young snooker players train. in the four years since this academy opened three players have qualified for the main snooker tour, including gambling towel. he beat the world champion mark selby at this you's welsh open. china is doing lots and are streets ahead in terms of development, infrastructure and development. that doesn't make the chinese wrong, it makes them right and it means we have to do something similar if we have the appetite for it. murphy thinks the answer lies in having the feeder to where amateurs could learn their trade before progressing onto a new reduced main tour of 64 players. million pounds would in my opinion sustain a com plete would in my opinion sustain a complete challenge tour of ten events with the winner receives x
and at the end of it some people get and at the end of it some people get a tourcard. and at the end of it some people get a tour card. perception is everything so you never cut the size of the two, because commercially people say, the game is going backwards. whatever the answer, british snooker faces a fight to remain the sport's world superpower. jamie broughton, bbc news. leicester tigers have strengthened their hold on fourth place in rugby union's premiership with a bonus point win over newcastle at welford road. england scrum—half ben youngs scored the crucial fourth try ten minutes from time to ensure his side ran out emphatic winners — 30—3 the final score. leicester are in pole position now to secure the last playoff spot after nearest rivals bath were beaten at worcester. in the pro—12, munster warmed up for next weekend's european champions cup semi—final with saracens, by beating ulster, 22—20 in the pro—12. ulster‘s place in the play—off places was less likely than munster‘s, and they were straight out
of the blocks and with a rory best try, but angus lloyd replied straight away for munster. 10—10 at half—time, both sides then scored a try each before dave o'callahan helped give munster a narrow lead. 22—20 it finished to munster who confirm their play—off place, ulster will also feature. it wasjudgement day for the welsh sides in the pro 12 today, with all four teams in action in back to back matches at the principality stadium in cardiff. first up, cardiff blues beat the ospreys for the first time in seven years. gareth anscombe scored their fifth and final try and kicked 10 points with the boot as well as they won 35—17. cardiff blues move up into 7th in the table, ospreys are hanging on in the top four. newport gwent dragons play scarlets at the principality stadium, there ospreys have moved above as they ran out the winners, williams with their
second try. luke donald is about to start his round round in the pga tour event in south carolina. he had an overnight share of the lead on 10 under par alongside canada's graham de laet. on the ladies european tour, wales' lydia hall has dropped to second at the lalla meryam cup in morocco. three bogeys and a double bogey left her a shot behind suzanne pettersen on 5 under par. the kolkata knight riders continued their good start to the ipl season with a 17—run victory over sunrisers hyderabad — wicket keeper robin uthappa weighing in with 68 off 59 balls. england's chris woa kes was the leading wicket taker for the knight riders, his 2—49 including taking this caught & bowled chance to remove moises henriques. the sunrisers never got close to their victory target of 173, they needed 30 off the last over and fell 17 runs short. meanwhile sam billings top—scored for the delhi daredevils, opening the batting.
a useful 55 off 40 balls helped them reach 188—6. eoin morgan made 22 for the kings xi punjab but they only managed 137—9, 51 runs short of what was needed to win. that's all from sportsday. there'll be more sport here on bbc news throughout the evening. goodbye from us, we will see you soon. after cloud on good friday sunshine back for many today, a lovely afternoon across much of the country, a bit of breeze, this is the scene in bedfordshire earlier. a few showers and they continue to be simply the east midlands, and in the north and west of scotland. clear skies for many better then this gathering will bring a slightly different today from most tomorrow.
tonight, reign of northern ireland, increased cloud over scotland, northern england and north and west wales which will keep temperatures down, there will be sunshine in eastern england and towards the south, although there could be a risk of frost, temperatures close to freezing in some spots. tomorrow the forecast is complicated. if your plans depend on the weather, keep them fluid. it depends how far north and how far south as weather system shifts. likely to be a wet start in northern ireland, rain hit and miss in scotland, that slight 70s. if you are out for lunch and easter sunday this looks like it will be fine across the northern half of scotland, less wind compared with today and throughout the day, just one or two showers. dry and brighter to the north and west of northern ireland as well, by one o'clock it looks damp and great across england and wales, and through east england and wales, and through east england and east anglia and the midlands it
will be chilly. rain towards the east and towards the south coast of wales they may get a dry day, with hazy sunshine although quite a breeze. the rain does rich east anglia at some point later on and eventually clears overnight. as we go into easter monday we have high—pressure to the west, low pressure to the east, opening the door to a northerly airflow and it's pretty cold air coming our way as well. a bit more sunshine around on easter monday although a few showers, very chilly when they come through, very wintry across north east scotland and a bit heavy but only for a small portion of the day, most will be dry and out in the breeze in the sunshine, nice enough, into the night is when the temperatures really will drop, a widespread frost to take us into tuesday morning. and the week ahead will be dominated by some frosty nights. there will be rain to the north of scotland, a lot of dry weather, in the far south. bye bye
for now. this is bbc news. the headlines at 8pm. in syria, dozens of people have been killed and many more injured by a suicide car bomb as they waited to be evacuated to safe areas. the blast near aleppo struck a convoy of buses as thousands of people were being moved from two besieged towns. north korea parades what are thought to be the country's first intercontinental ballistic missiles — amid fears it is moving closer to a long—range atomic arsenal. everton football club bans sun journalists from its grounds following a controversial column by kelvin mackenzie about one of its players.