for now, the team and coach are focusing on 3 champions knockout tie with ajax. they lead 2—1 from the first leg but with form that has seen them slip to third in la liga, there is speculation a vacancy might come up here. there is one former real madrid manager now waiting for an opportunity. the future, for now, is uncertain. defending champions celtic will face their old firm rival rangers or aberdeen in the scottish cup semifinals as the draw was made this evening. before that championship side partick thistle made a spirited comeback to force a quarterfinal replay against hearts. captain christophe berra headed the premiership side hearts into an early lead, but partick, who are bottom of scotland's second tier, salvaged the tie thanks to a second—half christie elliott equaliser. the winner of the replay will face inverness calendonian thistle in the last four.
were disappointed. we should've won the game, and i should have taken my chances also. that's what happens. but we will go again, but were disappointed. scotland have bounced back from defeat in their opening match at the algarve cup with a 4—1 win over iceland. lizzie arnot scored the first of her two goals after 15 minutes. chelsea striker erin cuthbert added a second with kim little getting scotland's third. iceland did manage to pull one back, but a run of four straight defeats was definitely ended as arnot made it 4—1 late on. the win means scotland finish second in group a and make it to a playoff game on wednesday. the team talk was about putting players under pressure today, and we said to them, "we expect you to win the game because, in the world cup, you need to win one game if you want to get out of the group," so we put them under pressure, which we don't usually do,
and they responded brilliantly. we worked on attacking play at training. there are five or six key things, and i think i saw all of them today. sheffield united missed the chance to move into championship‘s automatic promotion places, after they were held to a goalless draw by sheffield wednesday in the steel city derby. play was briefly stopped early on when a bottle and a coin were thrown at united's jack o'connell. there weren't many chances, but wednesday's sam hutchinson might have won it in the second half, only to fire straight at dean henderson in the blades‘ goal. some other stories making the headlines today... alexis sanchez could be out for 6—8 weeks with knee ligament damage picked up in manchester united's victory over southampton on saturday. ole gunnar skojkaer could be without up to ten players for wednesday 5 champions league tie with paris saint—germain. ronnie o'sullivan is through to the quarterfinals of the players championship after a hard fought victory against barry hawkins.
the rocket won by six frames to four in preston to set up a last eight meeting againstjohn higgins or mark selby. and in the netball super league, saracens mavericks made it three wins in a row with a 64—16 victory over severn stars. it makes it their sixth win of the season. england's women's cricketers completely outclassed india, to win their first t20 match in guwa hati. tammy beaumont top—scored with 62, as they set their hosts a victory target of 161. linsey smith took two wickets in two balls early in the india innings and they could only manage 119—6, england winning by 41 runs. after losing the one—day series, england will have the opportunity to seal the t20 series in the second game on thursday. i thought at half time we were maybe 10—15 short,
but the way our bowlers came out and bowled and particularly bowled well on that wicket. it is a great team performance, everyone stuck their hands up for what has been a challenging 48 hours. the great britain rugby league team is back. it was announced today that they will play new zealand, tonga, and papua new guinea in a southern hemisphere tour later this year, 13 years after their last tour. it will be team dominated by english players, with rfl rugby director kevin sinfield ruling out token selection to ensure all home nations are represented. everybody is saying, go, go, go, and he goes! there is a real appetite from everybody involved in the sport, to bring great britain back. it means so much. if you look at the iconic players over the history of the sport, there have been some real legends.
he has got some space, he is going for the corner. he is in! what a magnificent try. do you look to include in that squad welsh players for example, to make it feel more great britain? it is important we take that out of it. we would love to have a spread of every nation, for every nation to be represented, but i think it is surely important we don't devalue the shirt and represent those who have been before us in the right way, and represent the jersey in the right way and show the respect it deserves and that has to be through a selection policy that is the best possible player, irrespective of which nation he comes from. players who might qualify through heritage art jackson hastings or blair austen, with a be considered? yes, as the honest answer.
i think everybody who qualifies will be considered. we are really keen for this tour to be a success and we will take the best possible player in each position and as long as they qualify, they will be considered. the funeral of england world cup winner gordon banks, who died last month aged 81, has taken place in stoke. thousands lined the streets to say goodbye and pay their final respects. the bbc‘s sports editor dan roan was there. for one final time, they'd come to honour the greatest goalkeeper this club, this country has ever had. fitting that the final journey of gordon banks began here at stoke city, where he went from legendary player to life president. the funeral procession pausing at the statue — which, since his death last month, has become a focal point for fans‘ tributes.
some of the game's most famous faces, both past and present, among the mourners here at stoke minster, including team—mates from england's iconic 1966 world cup winning side. describe what kind of man gordon banks was. well, he was a superstar on the field, but the beauty about him was, off the field, he was an ordinary guy. he was down to earth and we were very fortunate in ‘66 to have some superstar players, like banksy who off the field werejust ordinary guys. in a poignant tribute, banks‘ coffin was then carried into the service by goalkeepers from the teams he graced. we remember gordon as someone who gave so much to this city, this nation, and the world. as well as being in goal for england's finest hour, banks will be remembered for that save, one of the greatest the game has seen, miraculously denying pele the 1970 world cup.
what a save! but, for all his footballing achievements, banks was also a family man. we shared gordon banks, a great goalkeeper, with the world, but gordon banks, the great dad, grandad, great grandad and all around amazing man, was ours. dad made our world a happy, wonderful, magical place. # i did what i had to do... to the sound of frank sinatra's my way, a moving service then came to an end. undeniably english football's safest pair of hands banks‘s sporting immortality is just as secure. dan roan, bbc news, stoke. that's all from sportsday. coming up in a moment, the papers.
hello, this is bbc news. we'll be taking a look at tomorrow mornings papers in a moment. with me are political strategist, jo tanner, and economics commentator at new statesman, grace blakeley. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. there's really only one story tomorrow, the rising levels in knife crime after the two senseless deaths. also the debate on how to battle this, let's start with the metro, leading with strong words from the former police chief. he calls for the 20,000 police who have been cut in the last decade to be replaced to help solve the crisis.
the daily telegraph has the same top story there, publishing a plea from the chair of the west midlands police federation. stop and search powers to be increased across the uk. the daily mail has the life stories of the to teenagers who passed away. the eyelids on the story with saja javed's call for an emergency in knife crisis summit. the guardian carries a picture of the prodigy‘s lead singer, who died. theresa may's comments regarding police cuts having nothing to do with the rise in knife violence. the financial times has a different story on its front page, about the prime minister revealing theresa may has moved to protect the isle of man from new financial transparency rules, angering both campaigners and john bercow, the house of commons speaker. the times's top story is
it's only investigation, schools are asking parents to donate hundreds of pounds a year to help support repairs. staff salaries will provide books for pupils. there's only one place to start, and that is the rising levels of knife crime. grace, daily mail, life democrat knife crime crisis, how many more will die? 27 teams stabbed in one year, all of those pictures are those who have died this year? yes, and when you look at the paper itself, it says this is the true cost of austerity. and i think that is quite right. you don't get these kinds of massive increases in levels of crime that aren't linked to a bigger structural systematic factors. you look at all the evidence that suggests it is inequality that drives up violent crime, it is intended to be a law that as we get
more affluent, knife crime goes down. you see that inverted in the uk in recent years. rising levels of inequality and cuts to vital youth services, as well as things like rising exclusions from academies that were able to do these things. you have kids with nowhere to go, so it is the perfect storm of government policy interacting with really a ny government policy interacting with really any equal economic models of. having those pictures there, the faces there, they aren'tjust statistics for most people, but they will see these faces and realise this is a crime wave that is just getting worse and worse. although statistically actually, it is relatively rare. but in relation to the figures that we've had over the last few years, it is now creeping up. and there's a sense i think that if we do put faces to the names so
people can see this, then there may be greater public pressure to get something done? definitely, and i think in the case ofjodi chesney over the weekend has moved a lot of people. the pictures of the 17—year—old girl who was a very keen girl scout, pictures shown of her at numberten girl scout, pictures shown of her at number ten would make her realise —— make people realise that these are all kids involved in gangs,... and mainly black, which they are. but regarding the numbers, one of the things the daily mail goes into inside his over the past 12 months, 27 under nineteens have been stabbed, and 285 knife killings in all, the highest since the second world war. so there is a sense that this is growing, in terms of visibility, the cases are becoming more worrying. but the bigger issue that i think, looking at the papers that i think, looking at the papers that are out tomorrow, nobody quite knows what to do. there is a genuine
sense of panic amongst the government and for some opposition mps that they don't know what the answer is. one of the biggest problems is the debate now turning to it all being about police numbers, but the reality is these children should not be carrying knives in the first place. they are making the wrong decision. there is something going on far further back that children are making such decisions. only a couple months back, i heard a phone in on one of the london radio stations where a 40—year—old man said he would go into london with a knife because he was worried about children having knives, and the idea that he might get attacked. i worked on this issue with borisjohnson in the run—up to the 2008 election, and this was the battle in london, ken livingstone versus borisjohnson. battle in london, ken livingstone versus boris johnson. first, battle in london, ken livingstone versus borisjohnson. first, iwant to go to the front of the metro, because it says knife crime cops in the dark ages. this is a format police commissioner, lord bernard
hogan howe, who says you need a knife * to obligate this issue, someone knife * to obligate this issue, someone who can look at all these issues —— knife tsar. someone who can see the bigger picture, and bring all the threads together to try to deal with this. you were about to start with your analysis as about to start with your analysis as a result of having worked with boris johnson on knife crime back in 2008. i think this is really interesting, just go into what the level of knife crime was then, and what happened when borisjohnson crime was then, and what happened when boris johnson became crime was then, and what happened when borisjohnson became mayor? crime was then, and what happened when boris johnson became mayor? the issue was that in the run—up to boris becoming the mayor, the numbers were not where they are now. we ended up with that campaign, there was a huge focus on knife crime, and we toured all 32 london boroughs endlessly. and one of the biggest issues was what was happening with young people at that time, what were they doing? there