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Summary

  1. AP McCoy finishes fourth in final Cheltenham Festival outing
  2. Novice Coneygree wins Gold Cup
  3. Chelsea will win Premier League, says Jose Mourinho
  4. Harry Kane secures back-to-back player of the month awards
  5. GET INVOLVED: Who will finish top four? #bbcsportsday

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By Steve Canavan and Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Thanks and goodnight

Well that was a busy one.

We've brought you 13 Premier League manager news conferences today - including some classic outpourings from Jose Mourinho - AP McCoy's final Cheltenham outing and news of a Gold Cup victory for Coneygree.

England ended their dismal World Cup campaign with an underwhelming win over Afghanistan, Nico Rosberg topped the practice sessions at the opening grand prix of the year, and a Norwich fan's mum roasted his tickets.

We really have it all covered.

Just to mark your card for some live action coming up in the wee smalls. From 02:30 GMT there will be live text coverage of third practice and qualifying from the Australian Grand Prix. We'll hopefully see some of you then.

Sportsday is back with you on Monday. Have a good weekend.

"Get busy living, or get busy dying' - I got busy living."

Rugby Union

Matt Hampson
BBC

Ten years ago on Sunday, Matt Hampson, a standout prop for the Tigers' development squad and England youth international, was left paralysed from the neck down when a scrum collapsed in a training session with the England Under-21 squad.

Hampson, aged just 20 at the time of his accident, spent 17 months in Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and now can only breathe with the help of a ventilator.

A decade later, he's been speaking to BBC Sport about his life and charity work.

Sauber, Van der Garde court battle to resume

Formula 1

In just a few hours from now the legal battle between Sauber and Giedo Van der Garde will resume in a Melbourne courtroom.

The two parties are expected back at the Victoria Supreme Court at 09:30 local time on Saturday (22:30 GMT Friday).

Giedo Van der Garde
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Sauber's team principal Kaltenborn was told this week that she will be in contempt of court - and face a prison sentence - if she

failed to allow Van der Garde to drive in Melbourne.

Friday's practice sessions at Albert Park came and went without Van der Garde - who claims he had a contract to drive for the team in 2015 - taking to the track.

We'll watch for any further developments with interest.

Mayweather & Pacquiao agree to drug testing

Boxing

Flloyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao
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Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have agreed to undergo Olympic-style random drug testing prior to their 2 May fight in Las Vegas.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) announced on Friday that both fighters will have to make themselves available for random urine and blood tests and provide the agency with an itinerary of their travels.

"It's a strong statement of the importance of clean and safe competition to have these two fighters voluntarily agree to have a Wada-level anti-doping program implemented for this fight," said Usada chief executive Travis Tygart.

Carlisle sign Owls midfielder Corry

Football

Carlisle United have signed Sheffield Wednesday midfielder

Paul Corry on a one-month loan deal.

The 24-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has played just once for the Owls this season.

Majid Haq still has Scotland future - Mommsen

Cricket

Scotland captain Preston Mommsen has backed bowler Majid Haq to return to the international side despite being sent home from the World Cup.

Haq was banished from the squad after sending a controversial tweet in light of his omission from the team for the 148-run defeat by Sri Lanka in Hobart.

"I've no doubt he'll learn from it and he'll definitely be back,"

said Mommsen. "It's vital we keep hold of Maj, he still has a very important role to play for us in the future."

Crewe sign Ikpeazu on loan

Football

Crewe Alexandra have agreed a deal to sign Watford striker

Uche Ikpeazu on loan for a third time. Ikpeazu, 20, will return to Gresty Road until the end of the campaign, after spells last term and earlier this season.

'Let's make history' - Scott

Rugby Union

Centre Matt Scott has called on Scotland to shake off their tag as "gallant losers" and make history by beating England at Twickenham on Saturday.

It is 32 years since Scotland last won at the home of English rugby and Scott said: "It does have an effect, for me personally it's a massive opportunity to make history.

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"The history is hard to ignore. People talk about that team that won in 1983 and personally I use it as a great motivation."

Crolla cleared to return to boxing

Boxing

Anthony Crolla says he has been told he can

resume his boxing career after his skull was fractured when he confronted burglars near his home in Manchester.

Crolla
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The 28-year-old suffered the injuries in December when he was in training to face WBA champion Richard Abril from Cuba in January.

His trainer Joe Gallagher said he was "lucky to be alive" after the attack.

"There's no permanent damage from December and I'll be fine to box on," Crolla

said on Twitter.

Listen again: Coneygree wins Gold Cup

Horse Racing

We brought you the news earlier that Coneygree has become the first novice to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup since 1974.

Nico de Boinville guided the 7-1 chance to the front early on and then held off the challenge of Djakadam and Road To Riches in the closing stages.

Nico de Boinville celebrates on Coneygree
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Retiring 19-time champion AP McCoy finished ninth on Carlingford Lough.

You can hear John Hunt describe the closing stages of the race in this clip from 5 live.

Premiership award for Exeter's Slade

Rugby Union

Exeter Chiefs fly-half Henry Slade has been named

Premiership Player of the Month for February.

The 21-year-old scored 57 points in February, including a career-high 27 in the win over Harlequins, as Exeter moved to third place after three wins.

"Every time Henry Slade touches the ball something happens," said former England international Austin Healey.

Team Sky duo stay in hunt at Paris-Nice

Cycling

Team Sky's Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas remain in contention for the week-long Paris-Nice title after Friday's fifth stage was won by Davide Cimolai (Lampre) in a bunch sprint.

Poland's Michal Kwiatkoswki (Etixx-QuickStep) retained the race leader's yellow jersey after the 192.5-kilometre stage from St Etienne to Rasteau.

But the world champion's advantage is sure to come under attack this weekend from Porte and Thomas, who are one and three seconds behind respectively. Welshman Thomas is likely to support the Australian's bid for overall victory.

Kwiatkoswki may need to gain some time in Saturday's sixth stage from Vence to Nice as Porte is expected to be strong in Sunday's concluding 9.5km time-trial up Col d'Eze.

Oldham sign Sadler & Woodland on loan

Football

League One side Oldham Athletic have signed Rotherham full-back Mat Sadler and Bolton midfielder Luke Woodland

on one-month loan deals.

Both players are available for Oldham's game against Barnsley on Saturday.

Bale caught in Real Madrid crossfire

Football

Gareth Bale
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Gareth Bale is under heavy fire in Spain today, unwittingly finding himself the biggest victim in the fall-out from Real Madrid's recent loss of form.

Los Blancos' 4-3 home defeat by Schalke on Tuesday, which nearly knocked them out of the Champions League, was seen as the final straw and has led to an ugly power struggle between club president Florentino Perez and the country's most influential sports newspaper, Marca.

And Bale is, harshly, being placed right in the middle of the battle.

Spanish football writer Andy West has the full story here.

Russia plans anti-racism conference

Football

Russia is planning an international anti-racism summit this year to try and get on top of the problem before hosting the 2018 World Cup.

The conference is a response to a report which detailed more than 200 cases of discriminatory behaviour linked to Russian football over two seasons, the country's sports minister Vitaly Mutko told Russian media.

Two-year extension for Amalfitano

Football

Morgan Amalfitano
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Morgan Amalfitano has become the latest West Ham player to sign a new contract - penning a two-year extension.

The 29-year-old has been a first-team regular at Upton Park since joining the Hammers from Marseille on transfer deadline day.

Amalfitano, who spent the 2013/14 season on loan at West Brom from Marseille, initially signed a one-year deal but his form has seen him rewarded with a new deal, following in the recent footsteps of Mark Noble, James Tomkins and Winston Reid.

McCoy bids farewell to Cheltenham

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

BBC Sport

"Cheltenham Festival: End of an era. On to Aintree."

AP McCoy
Keogh

No winning farewell for McCoy in eponymous race

Horse Racing

AP McCoy
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AP McCoy finishes fourth on Ned Buntline in the race named in his honour - which was also the final race of this year's Cheltenham Festival.

The AP McCoy Grand Annual Chase was instead won by 16-1 shot Next Sensation.

McCoy said: "It's amazing, but I feel a bit guilty as Next Sensation won the race.

"It's a very emotional thing. It's very special, and something I really appreciate. This is something I'm really going to miss."

'Falcao's days at United look numbered'

Football

Simon Stone

BBC Sport at Carrington

"Listening to Louis van Gaal at Carrington this afternoon, it is difficult to escape the conclusion that Radamel Falcao's days as a Manchester United player are numbered.

"Though Van Gaal praised Falcao's attitude, he also highlighted the fact some players who do well in one country find it difficult to replicate that form in another.

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"Even more pointedly, when asked if he thought the Colombian could show the form that persuaded Monaco to pay Atletico Madrid £50m for him in the summer of 2013, Van Gaal swerved a direct answer.

"Instead, he pointed out the competition Falcao faces and that Wayne Rooney is now scoring goals.

"Falcao's loan is due to expire in 10 games' time, after which United must decide whether to pay £43.2m for him."

Get involved - top four

#bbcsportsday

Some top four comments from the BBC Sport Facebook page.

Dave Swanwick: I'm a Man Utd fan, and would love to see them back in the Champions League, but this is my top four... 1) Chelsea 2) Man City 3) Arsenal 4) Liverpool. Breaks my heart to say that, but Man Utd need to sort themselves out first in my eyes. But I have been wrong before.

Colin John Rudd: It's not quite that simple and never is. Liverpool on form should win, chances are they will dominate and then Man Utd will pinch it on the break a bit like Chelsea did last year. That said, I think Liverpool will qualify for the Champions League! Expect an erroneous refereeing decision to decide it though!

Joseph Merrington: No one seems to mention Liverpool have to go to Arsenal the week after. They have to beat United and Arsenal. Lose either and any work they do will be undone. Even if they beat United and draw at Arsenal the fact United have to only beat Villa to leap frog them again puts more pressure on Liverpool. United fourth.

One last Cheltenham ride for McCoy

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

BBC Sport

"The 19-time champion jockey AP McCoy leaving weighing room for final ride at Cheltenham Festival."

AP McCoy
Frank Keogh

Louis van Gaal news conference

Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Louis van Gaal admits he was "very disappointed" after the FA Cup defeat to Arsenal - but says it hasn't dented confidence.

"I am very pleased with the reaction from the players this week and I hope we can show that against Spurs," he said.

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"It is the first of the 10 matches we have to play in the rat-race. It is not easy to play Tottenham because I like Tottenham, I like also the process in Tottenham because you can see that a lot of experienced players are not playing and a lot of youngsters are playing.

"In spite of that they are also very close and are playing attacking football."

Bradstock team's delight at Coneygree victory

Horse Racing

Frank Keogh at Cheltenham

BBC Sport

Coneygree jockey Nico de Boinville with trainer Mark Bradstock
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"Coneygree was something of a fairytale Cheltenham Gold Cup winner for the Bradstock training team.

"The horse was bred by the late Lord Oaksey, the father of Sara Bradstock - wife of trainer Mark, and his assistant, at their small Oxfordshire stables.

"She said: 'That was cool, wasn't it? He is wonderful. Dad's not here but he is here in spirit. I can't believe it. I have been saying to people 'when we win the Gold Cup' in the same breath that I say 'when we win the lottery' - it's that amazing.'"

Men who bristle

Rugby Union

There's something reassuring about a big bushy beard. It looks all snug, the kind of place a small animal could curl up and hibernate during the cold winter months.

And so, ahead of the penultimate weekend of Six Nations action, we on BBC Sport would like to celebrate the finest whiskers in international rugby union.

This is Scotland prop Geoff Cross's quite magnificent facial hair, so big it can apparently be seen from four miles away.

getty
BBC Sport

But this is just the start. To see the rest,

click on here.

NB: Not suitable for those with a fear of substantial facial hair.

Want to hear what Geoffrey Boycott thinks of England?

Cricket

Of course you do.

In this video, the former England batsman and BBC TMS pundit considers a range of topics tabled by BBC Sport's Twitter followers.

England defeated Afghanistan in their final World Cup fixture earlier today but exit the tournament having lost four of their six Pool A matches.

Geoffrey Boycott
BBC

Umpires lose age discrimination case

Cricket

Former umpires Peter Willey and George Sharp have lost an age discrimination case against the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The pair were forced into retirement having reached the ECB's maximum age of 65, leading to claims for unfair dismissal and age discrimination.

Peter Willey and George Sharp
PA

But an employment tribunal, heard by Judge Wade in London last month, issued a written judgement to the parties on Friday in the governing body's favour.

The ECB issued a statement that read: "We welcome today's decision, which recognises our current retirement policy for umpires is firmly based on sound legal principles and not discriminatory on grounds of age."

'I buried my head in the sand'

Football

More from David Duckenfield at the Hillsborough inquests, who a short time ago made a long speech to relatives of the 96 victims.

"To the families, I say this. It has now dawned on me what it means to you and I'm dreadfully sorry," he said. "When the independent panel report was published, I couldn't bear the word Hillsborough and could not bear to think about it.

"I hoped it would go away but then, two years ago, I had to force myself to look at matters and could only do so with help of doctors.

"It's fair to say I buried my head in the sand. I'm now very much older, very much wiser, and I've decided to tell the whole truth.

"It is now I have thought very seriously about the families. For the first time, I've seen what it means for a mother to lose a loved one."

Duckenfield: Hillsborough 'buck stops with me'

Football

The police match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told a jury "ultimately, the buck stops with me".

David Duckenfield said he had taken advice from colleagues but had not done "the easiest thing" and blamed others for his mistakes.

David Duckenfield
Reuters
David Duckenfield was in charge when a crush developed in terraced pens on 15 April 1989

The former chief superintendent was in charge when a crush developed during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final. On Thursday he denied his account of events was the beginning of a cover-up.

But Mr Duckenfield agreed he was incompetent and his "mistakes" and "oversight" had contributed to the deaths of 96 fans.

Read the full story here.

Rhodes to nowhere

Football gossip

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Middlesbrough have given up their chase of Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, 25, reports the

Northern Echo.

Spurs get stadium go-ahead

Football

Tottenham have finally been given the go-ahead to build their new stadium after a small local firm admitted defeat in its objections to the £400m scheme.

The Archway Sheet Metal Works had a legal challenge to a compulsory purchase order rejected last month but could have appealed.

The firm has now decided not to do so, it announced on Friday, adding in a statement: "We have always been willing to negotiate with the club on a reasonable and proper basis."

Spurs have relocated more than 70 local businesses from the site, which is adjacent to the White Hart Lane home they have occupied since 1899.

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Jimmy McB: Cannot wait for this match this weekend. Me (Chelsea) against my mother (Southampton fan). Who said it was mother's day?

Loser has to cook tea?

Video nasty for England

Cricket

BBC Sport looks at some of the key facts and figures from the 2015 Cricket World Cup as Martin Guptill's sixth ODI century (105 from 100 balls) helps New Zealand to beat Bangladesh by three wickets in Hamilton.

getty
BBC Sport

The result means the Black Caps now go into next week's quarter-finals having won eight consecutive ODIs, including all six Pool A matches.

Elsewhere in the group, England's World Cup campaign ends with a nine-wicket victory over Afghanistan via the Duckworth-Lewis method after a rain-affected match in Sydney.

Watch the video of the stats from the

New Zealand and England games here.

Kiev not keen

Football gossip

London Evening Standard: Ukrainian side Dynamo Kiev want to keep 24-year-old defender Aleksandar Dragovic, who is being linked with a move to Arsenal.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

More questions on Falcao for Louis van Gaal to answer - and answer them he does.

'Why has he not been the same player as when he was in Madrid?', the United manager is asked. "We are looking for the solution," says Van Gaal.

"Sometimes players can give fantastic performances in one country but not in another. It would not be the first time and it won't be the last."

'Can he recapture his form?' another journalist asks. "At a club like Man United it is more difficult," the boss says. "He has competitors. He knows Wayne Rooney is playing there and scoring."

Rangers director quits over tweet controversy

Football

A Rangers director has resigned amid controversy over a tweet which showed a sexually explicit cartoon of the prophet Mohammed.

Chris Graham was appointed as a non-executive director at Ibrox on Tuesday.

It later emerged the image was sent from his Twitter account to radical Islamist preacher Anjem Choudary on the day of the Charlie Hebdo attack.

Read the full story here.

Louis van Gaal news conference

Man Utd v Tottenham (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Some material from the Manchester United press conference is filtering through and it seems as though Louis van Gaal has spent much of it talking about Radamel Falcao.

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The highly-paid striker played for United's under-21 side this week.

"I have read it was a humiliation," said van Gaal, when asked about it. "I do not think so. It is a professional attitude of the manager, the management, also the club and especially from the player.

"It is not only Falcao. Valdes and Rafael have also played.

"He has not reacted how the media say he has reacted."

A typically frank Van Gaal then went on to say Falcao "didn't play very well".

Alderweireld wants Southampton stay

Football

Southampton's on-loan defender Toby Alderweireld says he would

like to remain at the club after his spell from Atletico Madrid at St Mary's ends.

The 26-year-old Belgium international has made 16 Premier League starts since joining on

a season-long deal from the La Liga side in September.

"If I could choose then of course I would like to stay here," Alderweireld told

BBC Radio Solent.

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'It's unbelievable'

Horse Racing

Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Nico de Boinville has been talking after his success in the big race.

"Words can't describe it without using expletives, but it's unbelievable. I knew I had a lot of horse left.

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"It's the best feeling ever, I'm lost for words. The weather gods were looking down on us and the ground was ideal.

"I must thank the owners and the Bradstocks for keeping the faith in me. These horses only come once in a lifetime."

De Boinville's Coneygree (7-1) became the first novice to strike for 41 years in only his fourth race over fences, taking the plaudits ahead of Djakadam (10-1) and Road To Riches (8-1).

John Carver news conference

Everton v Newcastle (Sunday 16:00 GMT)

Papiss Cisse, banned for seven games for that spitting incident with Man United's Jonny Evans, is not defended by his manager.

Carver admitted the Senegal striker had no choice but to take responsibility for his actions.

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He said: "The fact that Papiss owned up to it straight away, I wasn't going to sit here and defend him. I sat with him and I said, 'Listen, I can't defend you on this, you've done wrong and have to accept whatever punishment you get'.

"There's no place in the game for it. When you've played the game, it's one of the lowest forms of anything you can do on the pitch. A lot of players would have acted differently. He was provoked, and retaliating in the same manner is just as bad."