David Beckham retires - Thursday 16 May as it happened

Reaction from around the world to David Beckham's retirement, plus all the latest breaking sports news.

16 May 2013 Last updated at 21:04 GMT

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    David Beckham

    That is it for another day of Sportsday. Thank you once again for all your contributions following David Beckham's retirement from football. Join us again on Friday at 0800 BST as we build up to a huge weekend of sport.

  2. 2151:  

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon on #joyofbecks: "I have very good memories of the years he spent here. He was vey professional with impeccable behaviour."

  3. 2143:  

    Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal on #joyofbecks: "I met him a few times in Madrid, he's amazing. Every time I saw him play it was impossible to play against him. He's a big professional and a fantastic guy and I wish him all the best. He's a great example of a true sportsman."

  4. 2138:  

    'From Greece to Goldenballs' - if you head to the BBC Radio 5 Live website you can listen to highlights of David Beckham's career on and off the pitch.

  5. 2132:  

    Former executive director of the FA David Davies on #joyofbecks: "That English football could produce this superstar on and off the pitch was fantastic. He carried himself very well. Overwhelmingly on balance having David Beckham was positive for the England team."

  6. 2124: 

    We like our stats here at BBC Sport so here is a few quirky David Beckham related numbers that we think you'll find interesting:

    4 - The number of teams with which he has won league titles: Manchester United, Real Madrid, Los Angeles Galaxy and Paris St-Germain.

    5 - He is just the fifth player in World Cup history to score twice from a direct free-kick; the other four were Pele, Roberto Rivelino, Teofilo Cubillas and Bernard Genghini.

    23 - His shirt number at Real Madrid and at the Los Angeles Galaxy in admiration for basketball player Michael Jordan, who also wore the number.

    115 - record number of England caps for an outfield player. 10 short of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record.

  7. 2115:  
    David Beckham

    Former England team-mate Alan Shearer on #joyofbecks: "You have to have character as a footballer, when you have your downs you have to show how strong a character you are and he did that."

  8. 2109: 

    Adam Upsall: Being there to watch him score in his 3rd WC in Germany. Will never forget it, will never forget his impact on England.

    Adrian Allen: Only England player to applaud our fans after NI beat England in 2005. Classy guy. Respected him ever since.

    Raakin: ‏Beckham's retired! Fave moment, him just being an absolute legend in every game, shame he didn't end career at United.

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  9. 2103:  

    Former England winger Chris Waddle on #joyofbecks: "People will be talking about him (Beckham) how great, how great, how great. I would say how good, how good, how good. I wouldn't say he was a great."

    "He's made the most of what he's got. He's got terrific image and he used it well. He was a great crosser of the ball, but he never had a trick. He wasn't particularly quick, but he was very good at set pieces. He created chances and made goals. He was fantastic for clubs, he said the right things, he sold shirts and he put money in the till for clubs everywhere he went."

  10. 2056: 

    BBC Midlands Today: Coventry City Football Club is to be put up for sale tomorrow [17 May]. Tonight CCFC Ltd's administrator met with fans and members of the Sky Blues Trust to explain the progress he has made on the future of the club. CCFC administrator says he is "still unclear as to who owns the all-important Football League Golden Share".

  11. 2051:  

    Former Wimbledon goalkeeper Neil Sullivan who was between the posts for David Beckham's halfway line goal in 1995 on the #joyofbecks: "He just picked it up and hit it. I just realised it was going beyond me and it dropped beyond the crosssbar and that was it. The whole Manchester United team at the time were special but I didn't expect anything like that.

    "He's had a phenomenal career and he's a superstar on and off the pitch. I made that boy but I think he would have done alright without me."

  12. 2043:  

    David Beckham's former youth team manager at Manchester United Eric Harrison on #joyofbecks: "You saw that he had talent. He was destined for the first team from a very young age. It didn't surprise me when he did so well and I'm very proud of him."

  13. 2034:  

    'The joy of Becks' - tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live for a look back at the career of David Beckham following the announcement of his retirement.

    GET INVOLVED and tweet us your favourite Beckham memories via the hashtag #joyofbecks

  14. 2027: 

    Wales and Scarlets hooker Ken Owens has been ruled out of the two-Test tour to Japan due to injury.

    The 26-year-old suffered a blow to the neck which affected a nerve in his arm during the Scarlets' RaboDirect PRO12 semi-final defeat to Ulster last week and will not recover in time to take part in the tour.

  15. 2021: 

    Brighton & Hove Albion manager Gus Poyet and his assistant Mauricio Taricco have been suspended with immediate effect and informed to stay away from the club.

    BBC Sport's Ben Smith reports the club are conducting an internal investigation into whether Poyet may have breached his contract by making a series of comments in the wake of this week's play-off defeat by Crystal Palace.

    It is understood that once the board had learned that Poyet had told his players that he could offer no guarantees about his future at the club, they took the decision to suspend him with immediate effect.

  16. 2017: 

    Sven-Goran Eriksson says David Beckham will be remembered as the "world's biggest sports personality" after the player announced his retirement on Thursday.

    Beckham was Eriksson's captain throughout his tenure as England manager from 2001 to 2006.

    The Swede said: "He's a fantastic footballer, fantastic man and probably the world's biggest sports personality.

  17. 2009: 

    Simple facts most eloquently state the case for David Beckham's status among the leading footballing figures of the age, says BBC Sport's chief football reporter Phil McNulty.

  18. 2001:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveCOMING UP
    David Beckham

    'The joy of Becks' - tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live from 2030 BST for a look back at the career of David Beckham following the announcement of his retirement.

    GET INVOLVED and tweet us your favourite Beckham memories via the hashtag #joyofbecks

  19. 1954: 

    BBC Sport has taken a look back at the highs and lows of David Beckham's international career following his decision to retire from professional football.

  20. 1946: 

    The Sun newspaper is reporting via their Twitter feed that Brighton & Hove Albion manager manager Gus Poyet has been "suspended" by the club.

  21. 1934: 

    Jack Newland: The biggest icon in world football has retired. Still feel he has even more to offer the game.

    Maccy: Can't believe Beckham has retired, thought had at least another year in him, shame he didn't end it at United.

    Stu Lewis: Great player and always seemed like a decent human being. Half-way line goal v Wimbledon was unforgettable.

    GET INVOLVED and tweet us via the hashtag #joyofbecks

  22. 1929: 

    Former British tennis number one Tim Henman on David Beckham: "We're a similar age and he was someone I always enjoyed watching. It's not an easy thing to do to retire especially when the sport takes up so much of your life. It's been good for him to go out at the top of his career and and at the top of his game."

  23. 1921: 

    Writing In La Repubblica, Enrico Franceschini strikes a wisftul note: "Football is losing its last superstar. Perhaps the only one, because there are plenty of champions, but only one David Beckham.

    "Ciao, Becks. Or rather, see you soon, outside the stadium, where he will continue to be the richest footballer - oops, ex-footballer - in the world."

  24. 1916: 

    Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says David Beckham was a "very, very good" international captain: "I rank him very, very highly," adds the Swede. "I never had any doubts about picking him. The English media criticised him… whatever."

  25. 1908: 

    Jose Mourinho says he will find it difficult to go to Old Trafford without Sir Alex Ferguson in the Manchester United dugout.

    "He is unique and probably Manchester United are a unique club because they gave the manager the conditions to do the job he did," Mourinho tells The Offside Rule podcast.

    "We will all miss him and for me it will be difficult to go to Old Trafford, especially for the first time, to play against Manchester United without such a figure in the opposite dugout."

  26. 1859: 

    BBC Nottingham's Mark Church at Nottinghamshire v Surrey: "A tough day for the Surrey batsmen but the visitors still have a chance in this game. Thanks to some excellent bowling from the Nottinghamshire pacemen Surrey found themselves 47-5 at lunch. But Gary Wilson (49) and Gareth Batty (41) fought really hard as Surrey eventually made 207.

    "That meant a lead of 67 for Nottinghamshire and just before the close the home side lost Alex Hales when he was bowled by Stuart Meaker. Nottinghamshire hold the initiative but Surrey are no no means out of the game."

  27. 1854: 

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Northants v Leicestershire: "Even stevens at the half-way stage, with Leicestershire's batsmen showing admirable control as they chase down Northamptonshire's decent but not impossible total of 355.

    "Smith played correctly but as ever Copeland is the main danger for the home side to overcome. What doesn't help them is that Northants could be without David Willey who only bowled two overs after a hamstring problem."

  28. 1854: 

    On its website, China National Radio describes David Beckham with a Chinese term that translates as "the man with whom 10,000 people fell in love".

  29. 1850: 

    Team Sky boss Dave Brailsford says that he will assess Sir Bradley Wiggins on Friday morning ahead of stage 13 of the Giro d'Italia after confirming the British rider has developed a severe cold and chest infection.

    "He's fit enough, it's not about fitness its about sickness - they are two very different things.

    "If you're sick you're sick, there's not a lot you can do about it. Once you are sick it's a health issue. Yes (if health permits he will carry on). "

  30. 1845: 

    Former Manchester United team-mate Andrei Kanchelskis on David Beckham: "Every player retires at some time. Sometimes they retire early, sometimes later. He played excellent for United and for England. In my opinion he was an excellent player.

    "Maybe it was not the right decision to move from United - different football and different mentality. For me it was a bad decision.

    "He is a big name off the pitch, he is fashionable, maybe he will work as a model! He is a nice personality, a nice football player and I am very pleased I played alongside him. I wish him all the best."

  31. 1839:  

    'The joy of Becks' - tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live from 2030 BST for a look back at the career of David Beckham following the announcement of his retirement.

  32. 1833: 

    Sportsday rounds up the big sporting stories of the day, including all the reaction to David Beckham's retirement, England v New Zealand cricket and the England squad announcement on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website

  33. 1831: 

    Manchester City have confirmed that Patrick Vieira is their new Head of the Elite Development Squad, a position he will take up on 1 June, following two years in the role as City's Football Development Executive.

  34. 1829: 
    David Beckham

    We love a bit of retro here at BBC Sport so head to the website to watch as David Beckham announced himself to the football world by scoring from the halfway line for Manchester United against Wimbledon in 1996.

  35. 1822: 

    Poker-Vagabond: Look up 'legend' in the dictionary and you'll see David Beckham's face staring back at you.

    Steve Gibbs: Cheerio Becks. A legend on the pitch and a credit to the game. Would've loved him at Spurs in his prime.

    Harsh Madan: Beckham is the only reason why I fell in love with Man Utd and football.

    GET INVOLVED and give us your opinions on David Beckham's retirement via the hashtag #beckhamretires

  36. 1815: 

    The 18-time champion jump jockey AP McCoy makes a winning return to action at Ludlow on Thursday evening after a month out with broken ribs.

    McCoy won the novices' handicap hurdle, his first race back, on odds-on favourite Church Field, trained by Jonjo O'Neill.

  37. 1812: 

    British Olympic Association chair Lord Coe congratulates David Beckham on his career: "It is impossible to think about the success of the London 2012 Games and not reflect upon the extraordinary commitment made by David Beckham.

    "At every stage of the London 2012 journey - from the bid phase, to planning for the Games, to the torch relay and the unforgettable summer of sport in 2012, David was a constant source of support and inspiration.

    "His impact across football - and all of sport - will be felt for generations to come."

  38. 1805: 

    Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson says David Beckham's dramatic winner against Greece is his personal highlight of the midfielder's career. "David had missed many free-kicks during that game but was mentally very strong to take it when it was almost overtime, and he scored," he says.

  39. 1756: 

    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker on the BBC News channel: "I think it is important for someone like David Beckham who is respected that he continues to play a part in the game.

    "It will be interesting where he goes. Will he want to go into the sport to coach? Go on TV? He's a genuine superstar around the world so could do anything, so he certainly has plenty to offer for the game. By and large it's been a glittering career."

  40. 1749: 

    USA Today has praise for David Beckham's time at LA Galaxy: "They're dropping like flies these soccer-world stars.

    "Just last week, Manchester United's highly decorated manager and homespun talisman Sir Alex Ferguson called it quits after a quarter of a century of 11-man dominance.

    "Now, David Beckham - perhaps the starriest, most-endorsed, most dapper of them all - is retiring, too.

    "When he moved to LA, the European soccer establishment rolled its eyes, but he made a success of it, silencing the Doubting Thomases!".

  41. 1741: 

    If you missed it earlier, former England captain David Beckham is to retire from football at the end of this season after an illustrious 20-year career.

    Follow all the #Beckhamretires reaction on the BBC Sport website, Facebook and Twitter via your desktop, mobile, tablet or app.

  42. 1735: 
    David Beckham

    David Beckham has won 57.5% of his 534 top-flight matches played, scoring 95 goals in the process. He has still got two games remaining for Paris St-Germain so that could yet increase.

  43. 1727: 

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter on Twitter: David Beckham, one of the most iconic figures in global football is retiring from playing. It's the end of a chapter of an amazing story. David grew up as a football-loving child & achieved his dreams, and unquestionably inspired millions of boys & girls to try & do the same. Whatever he chooses to do next I'm sure he'll approach with the same dedication & good grace he displayed the last 21 years. Good Luck!

  44. 1720: 

    David Beckham on Sky Sports: "It is every athlete's dream to go out on top form or winning a trophy; it doesn't happen very often. I have been very lucky - winning the league with Manchester United, then at Real Madrid, at LA Galaxy and now PSG.

    "I want people to see me as a hardworking footballer. Someone who when he steps on the pitch, gives everything he's got. That's how I look back on my career and that is how I hope people have seen me."

  45. 1714:  

    Former England team-mate Darius Vassell: "I wasn't expecting David Beckham's retirement - there was talk of a new contract at PSG. But he's got to be thankful for the career he has had and the ground he covered. It's a good time to call it a day. He's a great role model for young players to look up to."

  46. 1709: 

    Former Manchester United and England team-mate Gary Neville on Sky Sports: "You look at what Beckham has done in the longevity of his career and he just wants to be remembered as someone who gave his all - and that's what he did. He has probably been the most influential player in football during his career."

  47. 1703: 

    David Beckham on Sky Sports: "I just feel I've been really lucky in my career. I just feel it's the right time. It's every footballer's dream to go out on the top and it doesn't happen often. I achieved everything with my clubs and my international career and I'm very proud of that."

  48. 1700: 

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton at Northants v Leicestershire: "Northamptonshire will be rather disappointed to have reached only 355 all out - with the final three wickets removed in the space of three overs. So much for Northants' vaunted lower order. But the highlight was Andrew Hall's century - full of typically powerful strokes but very watchful on a pitch offering variable bounce. Leicestershire will need to bat well in the 21 overs they will have to face tonight."

    You can hear live commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Nav Cheema: Football just won't be the same without Sir Alex, Scholesy and now Becks.

    Patrick Gardiner: Beckham you were a absolute hero all the way through my child hood true legend of the game

    Jacob Gracey: Must admit I thought he would return to the prem again to finish his career...but what a career!!!!

    Giles Ursell: Fair play Becks - Graced the beautiful game and represented The 3 Lions impeccably. A true footballing legend!!!

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #beckhamretires

  50. 1651: 

    Look back at the career of David Beckham in pictures as the PSG and former England, Manchester United, Real Madrid, LA Galaxy and AC Milan player announces his retirement.


    Mark Hughes: Beckham, Scholes, Sir Alex, Carragher... Don't even think about it Gerrard.

    Pratik Luitel: When I think David Beckham I think Greece, Argentina x2, Wimbledon, Spurs 3-5 comeback, Real Madrid, 115 England caps.

    Darren Purdy: David Beckham, one of the best, probably will go on to be a decent manager some day.

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #beckhamretires

  52. 1644: 

    Britain's Mark Cavendish claims his 100th professional victory with a brilliant sprint finish to win a rain-hit stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia, as Sir Bradley Wiggins' victory hopes took a blow.

  53. 1642: 

    BBC Radio Derby's Charles Collins at Derbyshire v Sussex: "A gritty century partnership from Mike Yardy and Chris Jordan has seen Sussex take the upper hand in this match. Coming together at 109-5, the pair added 103 before the tea break intervened.

    "Chasing Derbyshire's first innings of 223, Sussex are 212 for five."

    There is live commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  54. 1636:  

    Former England team-mate Darius Vassell: "He always used to say he wished he had my pace. But I told him: 'When you can pass the ball like you do, there's not much else you need'."

  55. 1634: 

    BBC London's Kevin Hand at Somerset v Middlesex: "Middlesex wrapped up the Somerset first innings at tea on day two for 152 as Tim Murtagh claimed four wickets. It was well short of the 198 follow-on target and the visitors have asked their hosts to bat again.Middlesex bowled well but Somerset will surely bat better second time around."

    You can hear live commentary on the BBC Sport website.


    Mark Ren: I wonder how many players have as much pride for their team these days as Becks. He always gave 100% in an England shirt.

    John Wayte: Cannot believe Beckham has retired. I had hoped that this day would never come!

    Adam Mazrani: Beckham's relationship with the public an interesting one. Rock bottom in 98 and 06, now a national treasure.

    Pete: Personally, I thought Beckham had at least one more season in him. Sad to see such a legend leave the pitch

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #beckhamretires

  57. 1624: 

    Of his former team-mate for club and country, Gary Neville adds: "David was different - he was a crosser of the ball, a passer of the ball, he was a joy to play with... He has probably been the most influential player out of England in transforming football. The impact he has had is enormous."

  58. 1622: 

    Former England and Manchester Gary Neville on David Beckham's retirement: "I think he just feels like it's the right time. It's been a huge week really in terms of retirements. You think of last week with Paul Scholes and Sir Alex Ferguson - huge figures in English football over this last 20 years.

    "It just feels as though he's taken it as far as he can, he wants to come back home... he's now got to the end of the road, he's finishing on a high at Paris St-Germain.

    "It does feel like it's the end of an era, the end of a generation."


    Liam Anderson: David Beckham's performance against Spurs in United's 5-3 win in 2001 stands out for me!

    Luke Hamand: That free kick that Beckham scored at Old Trafford against Greece still gives me shivers.

    Matty Barnes: Thanks for the memories DB, young players should watch the 2002 game against Greece to see how a real pro puts the effort in.

    Continue to give us your view on Beckham's decision to retire via Twitter using the hashtag #BeckhamRetires

  60. 1617: 

    Sir Bradley Wiggins is struggling for pace in Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia and may not even finish the race as he suffers with a chest infection. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  61. 1614: 

    BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle at Nottinghamshire v Surrey: "Despite a stand of 81 for the seventh wicket between Gary Wilson and Gareth Batty, Surrey are still facing a first innings deficit as they reach tea on 156-7, 118 adrift.

    "The Nottinghamshire bowlers have shared the wickets around, with five of them claiming at least one dismissal and with the second new ball in sight they will be hoping to be batting again before close of play."

    You can hear full commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  62. 1608: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson tells Sky Sports News that he hopes David Beckham remains involved in the game.

    "David is a man of many talents and a lot of people now will be wanting him for different jobs and roles, some of which could take him away from us in football.

    "But I'm rather hoping we'll be able to keep him in football because we can really benefit from his experience, we can really benefit from his charisma and we certainly benefit from the magnificent past he has had as a football player."

    Dan Walker, BBC SportBECKHAM RETIRES

    Worth remembering that Mr Beckham is the only Englishman to win a trophy in four different countries.


    Tyler Berryman: Absolutely gutted, genuinely thought he might wear the England jersey one more time, top player.

    Nathan Wilson: I think his off field profile somewhat took away from his on field ability and achievements.

    Julie Loughran: Magnificent player and a match winner! The best crosser in the world. Thank you David Beckham!

    Continue to give us your view on Beckham's decision to retire via Twitter using the hashtag #BeckhamRetires


    Beckham's former club AC Milan: Good luck David/In bocca al lupo David!

  66. 1559: 

    David Beckham has two more games to go before the end of the French season - at home to Brest on Saturday before his career ends on Sunday 26 May at Lorient's Stade du Mustoir, which has a capacity of just 18,500.

  67. 1555:  

    Coming up at 2030 on BBC Radio 5 live there will be a special programme about David Beckham's career - The Joy of Becks: A 5 live Sport Special

  68. 1551: 

    Former England manager Steve McClaren is the latest to pay tribute to David Beckham. He tells Sky Sports News: "He was a great player. He made the very most of his talents through sheer hard work and professionalism and always doing extra work on the training field.

    "He inspired his team-mates through his performances. He was a winner, he's won so many things in his career and that was infectious on his team-mates.

    "And he was an inspiring personality to young players with his behaviour and professionalism on and off the field. But ultimately he was a leader and people followed him."

  69. 1549: 

    Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson on David Beckham's worldwide fame: "A fantastic football player, a fantastic man, probably the biggest sports personality in the world. If you talk about David Beckham, all over the world they know who that it is. I don't think there is any other football player more popular than him. I remember all the matches with England and all the travelling - airports, hotels - and it was all about Beckham all the time.

    "I rank him very, very highly. I never had any doubts about picking him."

  70. 1548: 

    There are just over 30km remaining in today's 12th Stage of the Giro d'Italia and conditions are still dreadful out on the road. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website.

  71. 1545: 

    FA chairman David Bernstein pays tribute to David Beckham: "In the week following Sir Alex Ferguson retiring, which came as a bit of a shock, now we have the iconic David Beckham coming out of the game.

    "When you look at his playing and work for England, no-one would ever accuse him of being unpatriotic and not giving everything for his country. He is a real loss to the game and I am sure the FA will want to embrace him and to get him closely associated with the organisation.

    "I would personally wish him every luck and success."

  72. 1544: 

    BBC Sport's Simon Austin has spoken to ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson about his former skipper David Beckham: "He was extremely professional in everything he was doing, and his right foot was not bad! He had many qualities and that is why he's David Beckham."


    Simon Frankcom: Will never forget Beckham's halfway line goal or free kick against Greece, hero and legend.

    Alex Bonynge: Beckham retiring, gutted provided some amazing moments for England fans over the year.

    Sartika: Thanks for everything you gave to Real Madrid, Beckham!

    Give us your opinion on Beckham's retirement via Twitter, using the hashtag #BeckhamRetires

  74. 1540: 

    The Football Association says that racist or discriminatory abuse by players will carry a minimum five-match ban from next season.

    Those found guilty of offences will also have to attend educational programmes.

    FA chairman David Bernstein said: "Importantly, today's agreement encompasses all elements of discrimination, not just racial abuse."


    Ross William Gibson: A great footballer. A great man. A great ambassador. A great credit to GREAT Britain.

    Matt Judge: I'm genuinely gutted that Becks is retiring at the end of the season. National icon and sporting hero #sirdavid

    Joseph Whiteaker: David Beckham you will be missed! Come back and coach at United with Scholes, Giggs and the Neville brothers!

    To have your say go to Twitter and use the hashtag #BeckhamRetires

  76. 1532: 

    To follow the latest from day one of the first Test between England and New Zealand at Lord's, go to the BBC Sport website where Sam Sheringham will keep you up to date.

    England are currently 112-2.

    Gary Lineker, BBC SportBECKHAM RETIRES

    "David Beckham has retired. A wonderful player, global superstar and a magnificent ambassador for England and football."

  78. 1528: 

    Beckham facts

    Age: 38

    115 international caps (a record for an outfield player)

    Captained England 58 times

    Won the Champions League, six Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Manchester United

    Won the La Liga title with Real Madrid

    Won 2011 and 2012 MLS Cup with LA Galaxy

    Signed for Paris St-Germain in January and won Ligue 1 title

  79. 1523: 

    Former Manchester United and England defender Phil Neville: David Beckham - what an unbelievable career. Four titles in four countries, over 100 caps for England and the best ambassador this country has had!


    Daniel Woodley: David Beckham will be sorely missed. A fantastic professional, man and father. My footballing hero retires a winner.

    Sadek Hussain: Fitting to announce retirement soon after the manager that made him the #legend he is today!

    Tom Birtles: The man, the hero, the legend. David Beckham has retired from football. Truly the end of an era. #GiveThatManAKnighthood

    Have your say via Twitter using the hashtag #BeckhamRetires

  81. 1515:  

    Former Manchester United winger Lee Sharpe: "David Beckham's had a remarkable career. Whatever he goes on to do now he will be huge - he's an unbelievable bloke."

  82. 1514: 

    David Beckham pays tribute to those closest to him as he announces his retirement: "I wouldn't have achieved what I have done today without my family. I'm grateful for my parents' sacrifice, which made me realise my dreams. I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period. I also want to thank Simon Fuller and his team for their continued support."

  83. 1511: 

    David Beckham on his international career which saw him win 115 caps: "To this day, one of my proudest achievements is captaining my country. I knew every time I wore the Three Lions shirt, I was not only following in a long line of great players, I was also representing every fan that cared passionately about their country.

    "I'm honoured to represent England both on and off the pitch. I want to thank all my team-mates, the great managers that I had the pleasure of learning from. I also want to thank the fans who have all supported me and given me the strength to succeed.''

  84. 1509: 

    David Beckham: "If you had told me as a young boy I would have played for and won trophies with my boyhood club Manchester United, proudly captained and played for my country over one hundred times and lined up for some of the biggest clubs in the world, I would have told you it was a fantasy. I'm fortunate to have realised those dreams."

  85. 1508: 

    Oliver Silvester: David Beckham - the most famous footballer in the world; a global ambassador and all round nice chap. He will be missed.

    Sium Ghebru: Ferguson, Scholes, Phil Neville and Beckham all gone this season. The only Fledgling left is Giggsy.

    Have your say on David Beckham's retirement via Twitter using the hashtag #beckhamretires

  86. 1502: 

    David Beckham on his retirement: "I'm thankful to PSG for giving me the opportunity to continue but I feel now is the right time to finish my career, playing at the highest level."

  87. 1459: 

    David Beckham announces his retirement from professional football at the end of the season.

  88. 1455: 

    Thursday's practice session at the North West 200 was disrupted by wet conditions on the Triangle circuit. Rain and hail showers resulted in slow times and there was little change in the qualifying standings from Tuesday's drier session.

  89. 1451: 

    The Daily Mail reports that David Beckham is set to announce his retirement from football. Beckham, 38, joined Paris St Germain in the January transfer window and had reportedly been offered a one-year deal to stay in France.

  90. 1448: 

    The Daily Mirror reports that Manchester City could be set to sign Sevilla star Jesus Navas.

    Reports say that the City sporting director Txiki Begiristain has been in contact with representatives of the 27-year-old winger who has been capped 23 times for Spain.

    The player, who has had treatment for severe agoraphobia has a contract until 2015 and a €35m (£29.5m) automatic release clause.

  91. 1442: 

    Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini takes training as normal, amid growing speculation that he is set to sign a two-year deal with Manchester City.

    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin reports that although the Chilean is not saying anything to either the local or international media, it is believed that the Spanish club are resigned to losing him.

  92. 1438: 

    France coach Didier Deschamps recalls Manchester City's Samir Nasri to a 23-strong squad for friendly away matches against Uruguay on 5 June and Brazil four days later.

    The 25-year-old has not played for Les Bleus since the 2012 European Championships, at the end of which he was suspended for three matches for disciplinary breaches.

  93. 1433: 

    Top Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien is seeking an unprecedented fifth consecutive Epsom Derby trial winner within a week with Indian Chief in the Dante Stakes at York (1445 BST).

    O'Brien has already sent out winners of the Chester Vase (Ruler of the World), Dee Stakes (Magician), Lingfield Derby Trial (Nevis) and Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial (Battle of Marengo).

    You can follow all the results from York and elsewhere on the BBC Sport website.

  94. 1430: 

    World number one Novak Djokovic eases into the Rome Masters quarter-finals with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.

    Djokovic, who won in Rome 2008 and 2011, will next face Czech sixth seed Tomas Berdych following his 7-5 6-2 win over South Africa's Kevin Anderson.

  95. 1426: 

    Xavi claims his Spanish international team-mate Iker Casillas "does not deserve" the way he has been treated by Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho. Goalkeeper Casillas, Real's captain, was dropped in December and has spent much of this season on the bench.

    "In September, they were touting him for the Ballon d'Or. Now it's like he's dead wood," Xavi said of his friend.

  96. 1424: 

    Conditions on Stage 12 of the Giro d'Italia which covers 134km from Longarone to Treviso are still less than ideal with the rain teaming down. You can follow the latest thrill and spills on the BBC Sport website.

  97. 1417: 

    Jockey Frankie Dettori has told Channel 4 News that his professional woes were a key factor in his "moment of weakness" which led to taking cocaine, resulting in a six-month ban.

    "Up until about two years ago I was having the best time of my life...and then for some reason things have changed. We had a new trainer, new way of doing things and I didn't know whether I was in or out," he said.

    "My first seventeen years of my riding career [at] Godolphin, I was always the number one pick. All of a sudden I saw myself being the fourth in the biggest race in the world, and it started from there and it was never an explanation why and what, you know. I had to accept it for unknown reasons," he said.

    Dettori also says that he feels like Lance Armstrong having been drug tested 15 times in the last two months.

  98. 1412: 

    England have lost another wicket on the opening day of the first Test against New Zealand at Lord's with Alastair Cook departing for 32 just after lunch off the bowling of Trent Boult to leave the home side on 67-2. You can follow the latest on the BBC Sport website

  99. 1410: 

    Paralympic swimming champion Natalie Jones has announced her retirement from the sport. The 28-year-old made her Games debut in Sydney and has won two golds and two bronzes over her Paralympic career, as well as World and European medals.

    "It was getting to the point where my mind was saying: yes, let's do this and my body was saying no," she admitted.

  100. 1407: 

    Earlier, we asked: Since 2010, which four England batsmen have scored a century in the first home Test of the season?

    The answer is: Ian Bell, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Jonathan Trott.

  101. 1400: 

    Former British Olympic Association chief executive Andy Hunt is appointed special adviser to the Board of Commonwealth Games England.

    "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as a special adviser to the Board of Commonwealth Games England," says Hunt.

    "Glasgow 2014 is now less than 15 months away and it is a superb opportunity for England's athletes to excel at another 'home' Games in the UK."

  102. 1355: 

    Northamptonshire v Surrey

    BBC Northampton's Chris Egerton: "Northamptonshire's morning with the returning Rob Newton showing rare solidity in the top order.

    "He crashed a four through cover and a six over midwicket in the very first over of the day, setting the tone. Since then, he and Andrew Hall have completed half centuries in an unbroken stand, ruthlessly punishing any bad balls from the Leicestershire attack.

    "The visitors haven't shown the same consistency as Wednesday on a pitch offering less help than it might and 400 is now the target for the Division Two leaders. Weather much improved - who needs Lord's?"

  103. 1352: 

    Glamorgan v Essex

    BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill at the Swalec Stadium: "A morning session that went rather better for Essex than they might have feared. Resuming at a precarious 10 for 2 they moved to 85 for 3 at lunch on day two in reply to Glamorgan's 231.

    "Ravinder Bopara on 30 looks determined to play a long innings in a bid to regain form. He has so far added 60 for the fourth wicket with Mark Pettini, who resumes on 28.

    "Jaik Mickleburgh went early to the outstanding Michael Hogan who has lunch figures of 3 for 11 in 12 overs."

  104. 1349: 

    Warwickshire v Yorkshire

    BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin: "Yorkshire's morning at Edgbaston though Warwickshire fought back just before lunch. Irish paceman Boyd Rankin was left out of the attack until the 32nd over of the innings and then struck twice to remove Adam Lyth for 43 and Joe Sayers for 24.

    "Up to then Warwickshire hadn't bowled badly, but the Yorkshire opening batsmen dug in to give their team a valuable start and leave them already just 42 runs behind the home side's first innings score.

    "And further encouragement for the Tykes comes in the form of bowler Tim Bresnan, who joins up with the team after being left out of the England starting 11 at Lords. Bresnan will take over from Richard Pyrah."

  105. 1347: 

    Nottinghamshire v Surrey

    Nottinghamshire enjoy the better of the second morning against Surrey by reducing the visitors to 47-5 at lunch, a deficit of 227.

    Luke Fletcher claimed two of the wickets during an explosive opening burst, Harry Gurney removed Rory Burns and Paul Franks chipped in with the other two.

    Earlier, Jade Dernbach had ended the Notts first innings on 274, getting his third wicket, that of Gurney lbw for six.

  106. 1345: 

    Somerset v Middlesex

    Middlesex claimed three wickets, including Marcus Trescothick and Alviro Petersen in successive deliveries to Tim Murtagh, just before lunch to move into a strong position against Somerset on day two at Taunton.

    Somerset are 52-3 replying to the visitors' 347 which was topped up by some useful runs from Murtagh batting at 11. The damp pitch is slow but if the quicks put the ball on a good length then the generous covering of grass is offering plenty of assistance.


    David Stone: That's a good England team, would have liked Hodgson to put in another central midfielder though, Gareth Barry?

    Jonathan Hart: Rickie Lambert the leading English goalscorer gets overlooked again for Danny Welbeck who has scored two goals, that makes sense.

    Assoc Football: Alex McCarthy only experimental pick, in a position where he will not get game time, expected Roy to pick a less conservative squad."

  108. 1338: 
    England boss Roy Hodgson

    Roy Hodgson on Wayne Rooney: "He has played pretty regularly. If you tot up his games played for the season, he will nudging 50 so I am not concerned about his playing time. His situation at Manchester United doesn't really impact his England commitments. There is no doubting his commitment to England and I am sure I will be dealing with a highly motivated player."

  109. 1337: 

    Roy Hodgson on his captain for the matches with Steven Gerrard absent through injury: "I will also speak to Ashley Cole. Most players who earn 100 caps are given the captaincy, but last time I spoke to Ashley he wanted to stay in the shadows. But I will speak to him again."

  110. 1334: 

    Roy Hodgson on his captain for the matches with Steven Gerrard absent through injury: "We haven't named the captains before because we have usually have Steven Gerrard available. But Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney are captains-elect."

  111. 1331: 

    England boss Roy Hodgson says McCarthy's inclusion does not necessarily mean he will win his first cap against Republic of Ireland or Brazil: "These games are more preparation games than friendly games, they are important for us to prepare.

    "I'm more interested in these matches to give players, who I think will be important for the qualifiers in September and October, chance to play. I don't want to have a situation where I'm using 18 players and players playing for just 10 or 15 minute cameos."

  112. 1329: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson on Alex McCarthy's call-up: "Jack Butland, who came with us to the Euros, we have not had a lot of chances to use him in the last few months because the under-21s are preparing for the important tournament in Israel. We have had a very good look at Fraser Foster and, having seen Alex McCarthy and read reports, it will be a good chance to have a look at him. He deserves it because he has been playing well."

  113. 1319: 

    England squad to play Republic of Ireland and Brazil:

    Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, Alex McCarthy; Defenders Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Joleon Lescott, Kyle Walker; Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Frank Lampard, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott; Forwards: Andy Carroll, Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck

  114. 1316: 

    England lose Nick Compton as they labour to 56 for one at lunch after winning the toss on the opening day of the first test against New Zealand at Lord's.

    Alastair Cook reached the interval on 30 not out with Jonathan Trott on four after Compton had fallen for 16, slicing a catch to Tim Southee in the covers off spinner Bruce Martin.

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on 5 live sports extra and follow the action via our live text commentary.

  115. 1311: 

    Schalke defender Christoph Metzelder confirms he is to retire at the end of the season.

    The 32-year-old former Germany international will hang up his boots after Saturday's trip to Freiburg.

    "I am just being honest with myself and I feel that I am no longer physically able to play consistently at this level," he says. "And after 13 years the fire inside me, which is necessary for this job, has burnt out."

  116. 1302: 

    BBC Sport's Chris McLaughlin in Malaga: "A group of Malaga fans gathered outside the club's training ground waiting for the manager Manuel Pellegrini. One tells me: 'We are desperate for him to stay. He is the best thing to have happened to our club. We know he is going to England though.'"

  117. 1255: 
    Chelsea's Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard signs a one-year extension to his Chelsea contract.

    'I'm absolutely delighted," says Lampard. "Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We've been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.

    'I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he's done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived. The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted. I couldn't be happier."

  118. 1243: 

    Nick Compton falls for 16 as England lose their first wicket in the opening Test of the summer against New Zealand at Lord's.

    England are now 43-1 and you can listen to Test Match Special commentary on 5 live sports extra and follow the action via our live text commentary.

  119. 1238: 

    Leeds Rhinos are dealt a double injury blow ahead of their Super League clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie on Monday night with the news that centre Carl Ablett and prop Jamie Peacock have both been ruled out for up to eight weeks.

    Ablett suffered a hand injury in the Challenge Cup loss at Huddersfield on Saturday while Peacock has injured his knee.

  120. 1237: 

    Today's Question of Sport Teaser from @QofS_Official: Since 2010 which four England batsmen have scored a century in the first home Test of the season?

    Send your answers to #qsteaser.


    Sahd Ahmed: Roberto Di Matteo pulled Chelsea out of the gutter last season and still got sacked, his achievements far greater than Rafael Benitez.

    Sean Turner: Benitez a class act who has acted with dignity at Chelsea! A great movie could be made about this man's life in football.

    Aidan Williams: The main thing Rafa has done is consistency. Chelsea have a brilliant squad, just extremely prone to unexplainable mess ups.

    Where will Rafael Benitez go after winning the Europa League and how will he be remembered by Chelsea fans? Let us know using the hashtag #bbcsportsday.

  122. 1226: 

    Simon Davies could be set to leave Fulham in the summer as boss Martin Jol hinted he will not be offering the midfielder fresh terms, reports the Fulham Chronicle.

    "The thing with Simon is as long as I was here he was never fully-fit for more than two or three weeks, and that's a problem," says Jol. "When he was fit he was a wonderful player but if he's not fit we've got a problem, so we've got to sit down with him and talk about it."

  123. 1222: 

    Leinster will be without Brian O'Driscoll for their European Challenge Cup final against Stade Francais in Dublin on Friday night. The centre has failed to recover from the back injury he sustained last weekend. Jamie Heaslip captains the Leinster side.

  124. 1218: 

    American multi-millionaire Preston Haskell IV tables a bid to buy Coventry as well as half the Ricoh Arena, according to local media reports.

    The property tycoon made public his interest in the financially stricken club two months ago, with former City vice-chairman Gary Hoffman and suspended life president Joe Elliott at the forefront of the consortium.

    The trio have been watching events unfold at Coventry and have made their move ahead of Thursday's anticipated announcement by Paul Appleton, who is the joint-administrator for Coventry City Football Club Limited, into his findings.

  125. 1209: 

    Just over an hour gone in the first England v New Zealand Test at Lord's, with the hosts 37-0. Alistair Cook is 19 not out, with Nick Compton 13 not out.

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on 5 live sports extra and follow the action via our live text commentary.

  126. 1204: 

    Rangers confirm they have received a request to hold an extraordinary general meeting designed to oust chairman Malcolm Murray.

    Reports emerged on Wednesday night that Rangers had been issued with a letter from shareholders asking for a vote to remove Murray and fellow director Philip Cartmell.

    The proposed resolution would put James Easdale and Chris Morgan on the board if voted through. The club issued a statement to the London Stock Exchange on Thursday morning confirming that they were considering the request.

  127. 1158: 
    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio threatens to reduce his players' holidays should they not perform "with dignity" in their final game on Sunday.

    "I told them we can win, draw or lose with dignity, respecting the club's name and the fans. But if not, I will reduce their holiday," says Di Canio.

    He also reveals he has fined seven players for breaches of discipline.

  128. 1151: 

    Sir Alex Ferguson pays tribute to retiring Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher: "He's absolutely a player I admire. He's the epitome of a loyal, dedicated player. I loved him," reads a quote from the Manchester United manager on the official Liverpool Twitter feed.

  129. 1148: 

    Swansea are preparing to step up their interest in Romelu Lukaku as West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke insists he will not promise first-team football to any new strikers, reports the Express & Star.

    "I don't make promises to players," says Clarke. "When I speak to any player face to face I just give an honest opinion and I expect them to give an honest opinion back."

  130. 1142:  
    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match SpecialCRICKET- England 10-0 New Zealand

    "A steady start by everyone. New Zealand have bowled pretty well - beating the edge of Compton and Cook having a waft or two. We're just getting into the game..."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on 5 live sports extra and follow the action via our live text commentary.


    Femi Longe: Rafa managed a thin squad well - probably better than Di Matteo would - but wouldn't Di Matteo have managed to get to 2nd place?

    MWR: As the saying goes 'don't know what you've got till its gone', Rafa receives the credit he deserves as he's walking out the door.

    George Tickton: Wonder if these so called Chelsea fans would of been so thankful to Rafa if they had lost last night? Doubtful.

  132. 1134: 

    Champion jump jockey AP McCoy will return with rides on two odds-on favourites at Ludlow on Thursday evening after nearly a month out with broken ribs, reports BBC Sport's Frank Keogh.

    The champion rides the Jonjo O'Neill-trained Church Field in a novices' handicap hurdle (1805 BST) and My Wigwam Or Yours for Nicky Henderson in the concluding Bumper race (2045).

    McCoy, 39, was officially crowned champion jockey for the 18th successive year on 27 April. Jason Maguire has pledged to fight McCoy for the 2013-14 title and has built a 15-winner lead in his absence.

  133. 1130: 

    Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she is keen to claim her third Olympic gold but may quit if she does not achieve her targets at this year's Moscow world championships.

    Isinbayeva, the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic champion who finished third at last year's London Games, says that "everything will depend" on her performance on home soil in August.

    "About my retirement, it is going to be a difficult decision, and you know it is difficult to say right now what I am going to do after the world championships in Moscow. It will depend on my performance there," she says.

  134. 1121: 

    Barnsley striker Jason Scotland signs a new one-year deal with the Championship club.

    The 34-year-old joined the Reds in January on a short-term contract. He scored six goals in 20 games to help David Flitcroft's side retain their Championship status on the final day.

  135. 1117: 

    Brighton manager Gus Poyet, Bolton boss Dougie Freedman and Charlton manager Chris Powell are nominated for the Championship manager of the month award for April.

    Poyet guided the Seagulls into the play-offs with an undefeated run of three wins and three draws, although they lost out on a place in the final to Crystal Palace, while Bolton won four, drew one and lost one of their last six games under Freedman. Powell, meanwhile, took Charlton to safety with a run of three wins and three draws.

    The shortlisted players for the Championship player of the month for April are James Vaughan (Huddersfield), Chris Eagles (Bolton) and Chris Solly (Charlton).

  136. 1108: 

    Blackburn Rovers inform Belgian side Genk they will not be taking up the option to sign Greg Sandomierski after lining up a deal for Portsmouth keeper Simon Eastwood, reports the Lancashire Telegraph.

    Sandomierski spent the season on loan at Ewood Park and Genk had been keen to find out whether Rovers wanted to sign the Pole on a permanent basis. Rovers had first option to sign Sandomierski as part of the original loan deal but it is understood they have now informed the club that they have decided not to pursue a move, after agreeing terms to sign Eastwood from Portsmouth.

  137. 1059: 

    Widnes give captain Jon Clarke a new contract which will see him remain at the club until at least 2014. The 34-year-old hooker is in his 17th season of Super League, having begun his professional career with Wigan in 1997, and also had spells with London Broncos and Warrington before joining the Vikings ahead of their return to the top flight two years ago.

  138. 1054: 

    Malaga say they may be in a position to say something regarding speculation surrounding their manager Manuel Pellegrini next week, BBC Sport understands. Pellegrini, who has been linked with the vacant managerial post at Manchester City, took Thursday's training session as normal but did not speak to the media.

  139. 1049: 

    Champions League finalists Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are proof that clubs do not have to spend beyond their means to achieve success, according to Uefa president Michel Platini.

    The head of European football's governing body said the German sides, who meet at Wembley stadium on 25 May, were an example for other clubs to follow.

    "You don't have to make losses and shortfalls to be in the Champions League final. It's the proof that you can have a clean, virtuous, moral game that everyone wants," said Platini.

  140. 1043: 

    England won the toss and chose to bat in the first test against New Zealand at Lord's. The hosts have left fast bowler Tim Bresnan out of their 12-man squad, preferring Steven Finn. New Zealand selected spinner Bruce Martin, with seamer Doug Bracewell left out of the side.

    You can follow live over-by-over coverage via the live text commentary.


    Chris Radette: Thanks Rafa B. Didn't want you at first but you've proved us (CFC fans) we were wrong to boo you. Wouldn't mind if you stayed.

    Leon Mark Walters: If Mourinho had slated Chelsea when he left, would the fans not want him back? I think not. Rafa is a top manager.

    Austin Nkem: As a Chelsea fan, I am pleased and thankful for what Benitez has achieved with this squad under very difficult circumstances.

  142. 1038:  
    Sam Sheringham at Lord'sCRICKET- England v New Zealand

    "It was the usual scene on the way in to Lord's this morning, with hampers and champers very much the order of the day among the blazered members queuing at the Grace Gate for the best seats in the pavilion. In amongst them, and standing out a mile off in a 1980s cream cashmere sweater, was former Tottenham and England midfielder Glenn Hoddle."

  143. 1036: 

    Live text commentary of England's first Test with New Zealand is up and running with BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at the controls. Apparently the sun is shining on Lord's.

  144. 1032: 

    Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech questions the Premier League rule which could mean Chelsea have to play Arsenal in an end-of-season play-off.

    If the two London clubs finish the season level on points, goal difference and goals scored, a play-off will be necessary to decide third place and the automatic Champions League qualification spot.

    "I know this is the rule, but we beat them twice over the course of the season - home and away - so a play-off would be really extraordinary," said the Czech.


    Portugeezer70: Just returned from Amsterdam. Great night! Can people stop generalising. Not all CFC fans hate Rafa. Just a vocal minority.

    Vikas: CFC and Rafa fan from the beginning; Thank You Rafa, not easy to rotate a thin squad, let alone win a trophy. Great job!

    Arbie Hambrs: To be fair to CFC fans, Rafa's quotes about the club preceded him - "only one club in England, and that's Liverpool" etc.

  146. 1025: 

    Asked if he would be staying at Southampton if Nicola Cortese left, manager Mauricio Pochettino said: "Of course not, because the person that has put his faith in me in this club and as a manager is Nicola Cortese. Nicola Cortese has basically been the reality at Southampton for the past four years."

  147. 1021: 

    Paris St-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti is set for talks with the club president on Friday as speculation continues to swirl about his future with the French champions.

    PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi said on Monday they had rejected a bid by Real Madrid to hire Ancelotti, whose deal with PSG was automatically extended until June 2014 after the club attained Champions League qualification.

  148. 1017: 

    Brian O'Driscoll signs a one-year contract with Leinster. It was widely thought that the 34-year-old centre would retire after this summer's British and Irish Lions tour of Australia. O'Driscoll has won 125 caps for his country.

    It is likely that his relationship with the new Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt has been a significant factor in his decision.

    Brian O'Driscoll

    Charlie Smith: Benitez to Everton a non-starter. Can pay his wages but not fund his transfer ambitions. Not to mention his allegiance to LFC.

    Sandy Gray: Congratulations to Rafa... Chelsea fans don't deserve him.

    Emma Sanders: Rafa has proven his worth at Chelsea - top manager, top guy! The Chelsea fans didn't deserve him... (I'm an LFC fan though!)

  150. 1011: 
    CRICKET- Division Two preview

    Essex will resume on 10-2 in reply to Glamorgan's 231 after losing Tom Westley and nightwatchman David Masters, who had earlier taken 5-44, just before the close. And at Northampton, Northamptonshire will start day two of their clash with Leicestershire on 91-4 after the first day was badly affected by the weather.

  151. 1010: 
    CRICKET- Division One preview

    Yorkshire will be hoping to tighten their grip on their Division One clash with Warwickshire after skittling the county champions for 128 on day one at Edgbaston. Liam Plunkett produced a reminder of the form that won him nine England Test caps, taking 5-32 before the White Rose closed on 11-0 in reply. At Taunton, Somerset will be looking to continue their fightback after Middlesex slipped from 158-1 to 270-8 at stumps. Jamie Overton and Jack Leach shared seven wickets but Neil Dexter will resume on 73 not out.

    Nottinghamshire were grateful to a half century from Steven Mullaney to get them out of trouble on the opening day against Surrey at Trent Bridge. Stuart Meaker led the visitors' attack with four wickets as Notts slipped to 181-7 but Mullaney helped guide them to 273-9 at the close. Sussex will start day two of their game with Derbyshire on top after reducing the hosts to 158-6 on a rain-hit opening day.

  152. 1001: 

    Manchester City confirm the departure of five more members of Roberto Mancini's backroom staff.

    Mancini was sacked after three-and-a-half years as manager on Monday and his first-team coach David Platt also went the following day.

    Among those also to have left are defensive specialist Angelo Gregucci and reserve-team boss Attilio Lombardo, the former Sampdoria and Crystal Palace player.


    Steven Giddings: "Rafa has silenced his critics. He leaves with his head held high.

    Andrew McFarlane: As a Chelsea fan I can thank Rafa for avoiding collapse, but don't want him long term. He should go out on a high.

    Fahad Khan: Benitez doesn't deserves any credit. Yesterday was won by the sheer grit of Chelsea backbone and Benitez was just a passenger.

  154. 0953: 

    More from Judy Murray on Andy Murray's back injury: "It's something to do with his back and often you pick up niggles when you change surfaces. Each surface brings its own problems and challenges and this back issue has been rumbling for a week or so. It's not so easy on the clay, there is a lot more twisting and turning and he will go and get it checked out because obviously the goal is to be in peak condition for Wimbledon. It's a very tough stretch coming up, with two Slams on two totally different surfaces in the space of about six weeks and he needs to be cautious and I'm sure Wimbledon will be his priority."

  155. 0952: 

    Andy Murray's mum, Judy, says her son is "not great" after he retired from his second-round tie at the Italian Open with a lower back injury.

    "He's still in Rome and he's going to get a scan this morning [Thursday] and that will let him see just what the injury is and what needs to be done from here," Judy Murray told BBC Radio 5 live.

  156. 0948: 

    Andy Murray says he would be "very surprised" to be fit for the French Open. BBC Radio 5 live's Russell Fuller is in Rome for the Italian Open and says: "Missing a Grand Slam that he would struggle to win, even if fully fit, might seem like common sense, but he's a natural competitor who thrives on success at the Slams - which might just make next week's decision a little less straightforward."

  157. 0942: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino confirms he will follow executive chairman Nicola Cortese out of the club should the executive chairman leave.

    The Italian businessman is understood to be considering his position at Saints due to frustrations over the backing he receives.

    Cortese, who has overseen Saints' rise from League One to the top flight, wants the Liebherr trust to underwrite his strategy to consolidate Southampton in the Premier League.


    matthew royce: Rafa deserves plaudits for keeping the team motivated. Other managers at Chelsea have failed due to the team not caring.

    morgan murray: Chelsea fans should be proud of Rafa and the players. It's not been the best season but really you can't forget it.

    Aditya Balaraman: Those fans who booed Rafa from day one must be feeling pretty stupid now. At the end of the day, a class act as a manager.

  159. 0937: 
    Tom Voyce

    Former Wasps and England winger Tom Voyce announces his retirement. During his career, the 32-year-old won two Heineken Cups, three Premiership titles and two EDF trophies and represented his country on nine occasions.

  160. 0933: 

    Statement by the Rajastan Royals after three Indian cricketers are questioned by police over charges of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League: "We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot-fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game."

  161. 0925: 

    More from Michael Vaughan: "Tim Bresnan is a big bonus for the team, he offers a little bit of everything. But the real plus is Graeme Swann. They missed him massively, not just on the pitch, they missed his presence in and around the dressing room. He brings a bit of humour, he has a good cricketing brain, so having him back in the dressing room this week will have given everyone a lot of confidence."

  162. 0924: 

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live ahead of England's first Test against New Zealand, which starts at 11:00 BST.

    "It's a big series for England because in New Zealand a few weeks ago they weren't quite at the races," says Vaughan. "They didn't play well enough, they managed to scrape a draw. New Zealand have improved immensely over the last few months, the captain Brendon McCullum is excellent so I would expect a really tight series."


    Dilip Nair: Rafa has done a good job. But surely Di Matteo could have achieved the same if not more if allowed to continue.

    Andrew Neill: I've heard that Everton, Real Madrid, Malaga and, more surprisingly, Newcastle are after Benitez's services this summer.

    R2 D2: Pro Rafa from the very start, I'm gutted he's leaving. Fellow Chelsea fans should be careful what they wish for.

  164. 0918: 

    Rafael Benitez says he is proud of his spell at Chelsea after guiding the Blues to victory in the Europa League.

    "We tried to finish in the top three and got to two finals, winning one of them, and two semi-finals," he said.

    "To be here with a shorter squad, young players, a transitional period and with all the problems we have had, it's good.

    "If people analyse the circumstances they will realise it is not an easy job and still we are lifting a trophy."

  165. 0914: 

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty was at the Amsterdam Arena to witness Chelsea becoming Europa League champions.

    "The man who manoeuvred a squad through a gruelling closing phase of the season - the Europa League final was their 68th game this term - is overdue some respect from Chelsea's fans before he leaves. He should get it but he will not," says McNulty in his blog.

  166. 0909: 

    Chelsea have won 11 major trophies in the Roman Abramovich era. Can you name them all? Look away now if you don't want to read the answer.

    Champions League: 2011-12

    Europa League: 2012-13

    Premier League: 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10

    FA Cup: 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12

    Frank Lampard

    League Cup: 2005-06, 2006-07

  167. 0906: 

    Three Indian cricketers are being questioned by police over charges of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), their team says.

    The players belong to the Rajasthan Royals team and have been identified as S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila by the team boss, Raghu Iyer.

  168. 0901: 

    McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh on Honda becoming his team's engine supplier: "For everyone who works for both companies, the weight of our past achievements lies heavily on our shoulders.

    "But like McLaren, Honda is a company with motor racing in its blood and its the mark of ambition we both share that we want to re-create past glories and take McLaren-Honda back to the top."


    Chinomso Mbamalu V: Rafa has done a great work. I think a job at Man City or Everton will be lovely. Will always want to see him around.

    Tanzynia: One could conclude that CFC's success in winning trophies over the years is despite the change in managers not because of them.

    Andrew Priestley: Fernando Torres is currently a World Cup, European Championship, Champions League and Europa League winner! Let that sink in!

  170. 0851: 

    Spanish football expert Guillem Balague, writing on Sulia, says Chelsea's interim boss Rafael Benitez, and Swansea manager Michael Laudrup, is being considered by Real Madrid, Monaco and PSG.

    "It is interesting to see that Chelsea is getting rid of a manager pursued by other big clubs in Europe," wrote Balague. "The target set by the English club when he signed was a top three position. He added a good cup run to that target. So Benitez delivered what was asked of him and more. The victory in the Europa League doesn't prove that he did a good job - he has impressed players and the board with his dedication and decisions."

  171. 0839: 

    Honda is to return to Formula 1 in 2015 after confirming a partnership with McLaren as engine supplier.

    The Japanese manufacturing giant quit the sport at the end of 2008 at the height of the global financial crisis.

    But with F1 due for a major engine overhaul from next season when turbo-charged 1.6-litre V8 powerplants replace the current 2.4-litre V12 units, Honda has decided the time is right to make a comeback.


    Danny Saunders: Rafa did ok after a difficult start. Top 4 & a trophy not bad is it? Wish him well wherever he goes next.

    Col murf: I wonder if Rafa would go to Everton, I know there's been differences in the past but he could do a real job there!

    Danny Crossland: Happy for Rafa Benitez after the Chelsea fans tried booting him out, maybe a return to Merseyside but on the blue side?

  173. 0833: 

    Wales international Tavis Knoyle is to link up with his former boss Nigel Davies at Gloucester. The club have announced a two-year deal for scrum-half Knoyle, who will move to Kingsholm from the Scarlets.

    "He will add something else to our squad," said Davies. "We've already got two fine scrum-halves in Jimmy Cowan and Dan Robson and Tavis will complement them nicely."

  174. 0827: 

    In other news, Bradford sign forward Jacob Fairbank on a month's loan from Huddersfield and are set to give him his Bulls debut at Salford on Friday. The 23-year-old back rower, who is the nephew of former Bradford and Great Britain forward Karl Fairbank, will bolster the Bulls pack following the loss of Manase Manuokafoa for up to seven weeks with a fractured thumb.


    Andi Brown: Deserved win for Rafa and the players. I think the Chelsea fans deserve nothing from their lack of support this year though.

    Dan Nugent: Feel very happy for Rafa. Hope he gets a fat bonus and a job at Man City.

    fabious: Who cares about display when cup is won? Congrats Chelsea and Rafa. I hope Rafa doesn't follow Mou's failure @Madrid


    Don't forget you can get involved with this morning's discussions by tweeting us using the hashtag #bbcsportsday. Where will Rafael Benitez go after winning the Europa League and how will he be remembered by Chelsea fans?

  177. 0818: 

    Today's football gossip suggests Chelsea are expected to confirm they have agreed terms with Lampard. In other tales, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night to watch Wigan pair Callum McManaman and James McCarthy, while Borussia Dortmund are interested in Aston Villa's Christian Benteke.

  178. 0815: 

    Frank Lampard may have another reason to celebrate as the midfielder says the chances of him signing a new contract with Chelsea next season are "looking good". The 34-year-old's current deal expires at the end of this season. "I really, really hope to be around next year," he told ITV after the 2-1 win in Amsterdam.

  179. 0810: 
    Chelsea Europa League winners

    But the big news is that Chelsea are Europa League champions. Interim manager Rafael Benitez praised goalscorer Fernando Torres for his contribution to the 2-1 victory against Benfica at the Amsterdam Arena. "A lot of people said I was appointed to bring the best from Fernando. He has improved a lot so I am really pleased," said the Spaniard. "He was the difference again."

  180. 0808: 

    The first Test gets under way at 1100 BST and you can listen to ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, BBC Radio 4 LW and the BBC Sport website. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, mobiles and app.

  181. 0804: 

    England host New Zealand at Lord's for the first of a two-Test series. The home side start as favourites despite only drawing the previous series in New Zealand earlier this year. But captain Alastair Cook says England need to improve to beat the tourists. "I don't think there was complacency around, but we didn't play as we could have done, that's the bottom line," said Cook.

  182. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to another edition of Sportsday, live from the BBC Sport Centre. There's plenty to discuss. What a night it was for Chelsea last night as they won the Europa League, but have the Chelsea fans now warmed to Rafael Benitez - and will Frank Lampard earn a new deal with the club? There will be reaction to Chelsea's triumph throughout the day, as well as the latest on Andy Murray's back injury and build-up to England's first Test with New Zealand.

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