tv Sport Today BBC News March 29, 2017 1:45am-2:01am BST
and roger federer beats roberto bautista agut to make the quarter—finals of the miami masters. hello and welcome to the programme. lots to get through. we start with the news that argentina have been beaten 2—0 away to bolivia in their south american world cup qualifier, dropping them into the play off position. it all comes on the back of what was a bad day when their star player and captain lionel messi was banned for four international matches for abusing an assistant referee. the incident took place during argentina's 1—0 win over chile on friday, when the barcelona forward was caught on camera swearing at the official after flagging him for a fou, but the ban was put in place just hours before the match which was played in la paz. messi has also been fined just over $10,000 and will miss the next three matches after this one, although both messi and the argentine football federation can appeal against the ban. elsewhere, group leaders brazil have just kicked
against paraguay in sao paulo where a win would taken them nine points clear. colombia have moved second after winning 2—0 in ecuador while south american champions chile won 3—1 against bottom team venezuela, in santiago, moving them fourth and into the final qualification spot. and rounding off the action, peru host uruguay. there are three fixtures in the central american qualifiers on match day four, with leaders mexico currently playing trinidad and tobago in port of spain. mexico are leading 1—0, with only a couple of minutes remaining in that match. second placed costa rica may feel like they dropped points, drawing 1—1 with honduras, while the usa who sit in the qualification place travel to panama later as bruce arena looks to build on his first victory last saturday against honduras since taking over from the sacked jurgen klinsmann at
the end of last year. china's hopes of making it to the 2018 world cup in russia have been dealt a big blow after a 1—0 defeat to iran. 0ur football reporterjohn bennett has all the details of that match and the other asia qualifiers. this was a first competitive defeat since marcelo was appointed in november and it means china's world cup dreams are almost certainly over. 0nly cup dreams are almost certainly over. only one goal in front of 100,000 people. that leaves them second from bottom with only three games to go. it ran on the other hand are having a dream qualifying campaign. they haven't conceded a goal in seven games and need just one win in their final matches to make it to russia in 2018. meanwhile, japan are edging closer toa meanwhile, japan are edging closer to a sixth successive world cup. the leicester city striker celebrated his 50th international goal. they brushed aside thailand's 4—0. it is
japan's third straight win. thailand can no longer qualify. it was a vital win for australia in sydney. they beat the united arab emirates 2—0 to get their qualifying campaign back on track. australia aimed fora campaign back on track. australia aimed for a fourth successive world cup appearance. it was drama after the match, as the uae coach resigned at the press conference. and after losing to china last week, south korea are back to winning ways after beating syria 1—0. they scored after beating syria 1—0. they scored after just four minutes. after beating syria 1—0. they scored afterjust four minutes. that leaves them second in group a. all getting very nerve racking for the teams involved as the count down to russia continues. the next qualification games are in tune. in the late game, saudi arabia kept pace with japan and only trail on goal difference at the top of group b after their 1—0 win over iraq, in jeddah, thanks
to yahya al—shehri's wonderful left footed strike. there were also a host of international friendlies on tuesday. disappointment for cristiano ronaldo who looked on course for a triumphant return to his home town of funchal on the madeira islands, scoring the first against sweden who then came from two down to win 3—2 with an own goal in stoppage time deciding it. spain scored twice in the last 15 minutes to beat france in paris while, despite going ahead in their first match since head coach danny blind's sacking, the netherlands lost at home to italy, while iceland beat the republic of ireland in dublin. in the home side's 15 match unbeaten run at the aviva stadium, russia came from 3—1 down in sochi to draw 3—3 with belgium. the european club association says europe's top clubs are unhappy with the expansion of the world cup. fifa voted injanuary to increase the size of the tournament from 32 teams to 48 from 2026, but it's a decision which hasn't pleased everyone. the eca chairman karl—heinz rummenigge says he fears player
burnout with the amount of players that would feature in an extended season. i believe it is quite clear that fifa knows that we are unhappy with the fact that they increased the number of participants in the world cup by 50% and that is quite clear, that this is a fact, and we believe the way of the position, making and transparency, was not acceptable from our point of view. i believe that regarding our players, they publicly played too many games. —— probably play. we have to reduce their stress and i believe it's a point now that arrived where these organisations have to think a bit more about foot all and not just about finance and politics.
to tennis and number one seed stan wawrinka is out of the miami masters. he was dispatched in the fourth round by german teenager alexander zverev, two sets to one. wawrinka's fellow swiss roger federer fared better. he saw off roberto bautista agut as he bids for a third miami masters title. the numberfour seed needed two tie—breaks to get past the spaniard and make the quarter—finals. in form federer has already won the australian open and indian wells masters titles this year. rafael nadal is also through after beating nicolas mahut. the number five seed beat the frenchman 6—4, 7—6 in a tightly fought contest and will face the american jack sock in the last eight. the spaniard has won 1a grand slam titles but never the miami masters. japan's second seed kei nishikori is through to the quarter—finals, surviving a second set scare against argentina's federico delbonis. nishikori eventually won 6—3, 4—6, 6—3 and next he'll play the unseeded italian fabio fognini. 0n the wta tour, karolina pliskova
is the first player into the semi—finals of the miami 0pen. of croatia, winning in straight sets 6—3, 6—4. pliskova has won two out of four tournaments this season, triumphing in brisbane and doha. to cricket and india have completed a 2—1 series victory over australia after winning the fourth and deciding test in dharamsala by eight wickets. despite missing the match with a shoulder injury, the indian skipper virat kohli says he no longer considers australian cricketers as friends. the hosts needed 106 in their second innings to win and reached their target for the loss of two wickets in the first session on day four to reclaim the border—gavaskar trophy. india are still unbeaten at home since 2012 and kohli, who remarked on his friendship with some australian players before the series, said things had changed during the bitter contest. it has changed, for sure. i thought
that was the case, but it has changed for sure. you know, as i said in the heat of the battle, yes, you want to be competitive, but i've been proven wrong. the thing i said before the first test, that has certainly changed and you won't hear me say that ever again. while rain has thwarted new zealand's attempt to level their series against south africa, the third test in hamilton was abandoned without a ball being bowled on the final day, with the hosts needing five wickets to win the match and the proteas still needing 95 runs to make the black caps bat again meaning south africa win the series 1—0. the oakland raiders nfl franchise have released a video of their planned new stadium following the announcement that they're to move from california to las vegas in the state of nevada. the raiders will start playing games in the new $1.7 billion stadium in vegas sometime in 2019, or the following year, but will continue to play at the oakland coliseum until the move. they secured financing from major us banks, and an additional $750 million will come from public funds via a visitor's tax on las vegas hotel rooms.
and talking of las vegas, here's a must see from there. front flips are usually reserved for gymnastics or trampolining, but... a monster truck driver became the first in the sport's history to pull off a front flip at the monsterjam world finals. lee 0'donnell, nicknamed the mad scientist, completed it much to the delight and surprise of the crowd. have a look at this again! goodness gracious! like me riding a bike as a child. that's all we've got time for. bye for now. hello there. the next few days are looking more unsettled, more cloud and outbreaks
of rain across the country. but at least one thing is for sure, things remaining on the mild side. we'll maintain south or south—westerly winds. mild overnight too, a lot of cloud around. most of the rain across northern and western areas. the odd heavier burst over higher ground. to start wednesday morning, quite mild in the south — 10—11, as opposed to 6—8 in the north. a rather cloudy and damp start for wednesday. most of the rain continuing to affect north and western parts as we head through the day and in the afternoon many central, southern and eastern areas staying dry altogether. perhaps some brightness around. i suspect quite a damp afternoon for much of scotland and northern ireland, especially northwest england. heavy bursts of rain likely across higher grounds. mist and murk, temperatures in the low teens. quite breezy too, especially around irish sea coasts.
some wet weather into wales. the south—west and to the midlands eastwards, quite dry. given the brightness, 16—17, but remaining cloudy for most of us. we import some warm air across central, southern and eastern parts on thursday from the near continent, so we could be looking at the warmest day of the year so far on thursday afternoon, especially given some brightness in the south—east. 20, 21, maybe up to 22 degrees. but the weather for thursday across northern and western areas will maintain this cloudy, damp theme. outbreaks of rain at times. quite breezy too, with lighter winds further east. a little bit cooler generally on friday. still quite warm across the south—east and west. looking at 12—15 degrees. a band of pretty heavy rain spreading north and eastwards because of that weather front. that will clear away into the weekend and it looks like we have a ridge of high pressure building in for sunday.
before we reach that point, it could be quite showery on saturday. april showers — some could be quite heavy, maybe some hail and thunder mixed in. some sunshine around too and note temperatures are a bit lower again across the board. sunday, dry, with the high pressure exerting its force across much of the uk. high pressure across the north—west corner, also breezy. to sum up the weekend, plenty of showers around on saturday. some sunny spells in between, fine on sunday and nights will be quite chilly. a warm welcome to bbc news, broadcasting to our viewers in north america and around the globe. i'm reged ahmad. our top stories. brexit begins. britain's prime minister signs the letter kick—starting the uk's departure from the european union. president trump scraps us plans to combat climate change. critics say it threatens the paris agreement and puts the planet at risk. deepening concerns for civilians in western mosul. we report on the thousands of people