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London Marathon today

Thousands of runners are preparing to pound the streets in today's London Marathon, with the start of the race only hours away.

Among them is Olympic champion Mo Farah, as he competes in his first full marathon, after running half the course as a 'taster' last year.

Also running will be nine members of parliament, a record in the race's thirty three year history.

Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls is among those competing.

The wheelchair race is the first to get underway- it starts at 0855.

Late fitness checks for Arsenal players

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky
Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky Credit: Adam Davy/Press Association Images

Arsenal face Wigan in the FA Cup semi-finals this evening. Tomas Rosicky, Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlin are all undergoing last minute fitness tests to see if they'll be fit to play.

On paper, The Gunners look the stronger team. However, current FA Cup holders, Wigan caused a major upset in last year 's final by beating Manchester City 1-0.

Arsenal take on FA Cup holders Wigan

Arsenal will meet Championship side and current FA Cup holders Wigan at Wembley today in the semi-finals of the competition.

Although Wigan are a tier below their opponents, they successfully beat Premier League giants Manchester City with a last minute goal in last year's final to claim the trophy.

Arsene Wenger's side go into this match following a damaging 3-0 defeat against Everton last weekend, a result which seriously dented their hopes of winning the Premier League.

As with all other games played this weekend, the match will kick off at seven past the hour out of respect for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough 25 years ago.


Runners prepare for 2014 London Marathon

An assortment of charity fun runners in fancy dress during the photocall at Tower Bridge, London. Credit: PA
The combined walking with the wounded teams who trekked to the south Pole for charity. Credit: PA
Penny Patten (left), Karen Shrimpton (centre), and Sharon Ellis all from Chichester during the photocall. Credit: PA

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Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can play against Chelsea

On-loan Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois can face parent club Chelsea in the Champions League semi-finals, UEFA has said.

It was reported that Chelsea would demand a significant fee from the Spanish side if they were drawn together to allow the 21-year-old to play but the European football body said it expects Courtois to face the London side.

Thibaut Courtois is on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea. Credit: Reuters

"Both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA disciplinary regulations contain clear provisions which strictly forbid any club to exert, or attempt to exert, any influence whatsoever over the players that another club may (or may not) field in a match," a statement read.

"It follows that any provision in a private contract between clubs which might function in such a way as to influence who a club fields in a match is null, void and unenforceable so far as UEFA is concerned.

"Furthermore, any attempt to enforce such a provision would be a clear violation of both the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA disciplinary regulations and would therefore be sanctioned accordingly."

Read: Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Chelsea to face Atletico Madrid in Champions League

Chelsea will face Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The Blues are the last-remaining English side in the competition after beating Paris Saint-Germain on away goals on Tuesday.

Chelsea captain John Terry. Credit: Reuters

Bayern Munich will play Real Madrid in the other tie.

The first legs will be played on April 22-23 and the second legs on April 29-30.

The final of the competition will be held at Benfica's Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon on May 24.

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