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Summary

  1. 13 Premier League news conferences
  2. Championship play-offs: Middlesbrough v Brentford
  3. Andy Murray v Milos Raonic (from 19:00 BST)
  4. Lewis Hamilton fastest in second practice for Spain GP

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By Caroline Chapman and Shamoon Hafez

All times stated are UK

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And that is it for another edition of Sportsday. We have live text commentary of the race to the Premier League, as Brentford take on Middlesbrough, and you can also listen to the match on BBC Radio 5 live from 20:00 BST.

Back on Monday, see you then.

Ancelotti confident ban will be lifted

Football

Real Madrid
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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti is confident

the suspension on football will be lifted and teams will be able to see out the season.

The Spanish football federation announced matches in the country will stop on 16 May in a dispute with the government, including over TV rights.

That would see the final two rounds of La Liga games suspended indefinitely.

"I truly believe it is going to be resolved over the coming days," Ancelotti said.

Rangers must relish play-offs

Football

Manager Stuart McCall is urging his Rangers players to rise to the occasion when their play-off campaign opens away to Queen of the South on Saturday.

Rangers take on Queens over two legs, with the winners going on to face Hibernian for a place in the final against the team finishing second bottom of the Premiership.

"I'm confident this group of players can put in a good performance and progress," said McCall.

"If you fear failure, you will freeze. The message is go and relish the opportunity to get out of this league

Nadal reaches Madrid semi-finals

Tennis

Rafael Nadal
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Rafael Nadal remained on course for a third successive Madrid Masters title after a 6-3 6-4 victory over 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

The Spanish third seed was all over the Bulgarian's serve in the opening set, taking three out of 11 break points.

Nadal, 28, was broken early in the second, but broke back in the sixth game and was too strong for Dimitrov when he served to stay in the match.

The world number four will play the winner of John Isner and Tomas Berdych.

Britain's Andy Murray faces Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday at 19:00 BST.

Edwards extends Burton Albion deal

Football

Burton Albion defender Phil Edwards has signed a new one-year contract.

The 29-year-old was a key figure as the Brewers

won the League Two title this season, playing 50 games in all competitions and scoring six goals.

Edwards joined in June 2013 and has been a regular since, missing just one league game last term.

Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said: "He was absolutely magnificent last year. He is part of the future of the club and his contract is well deserved."

On this day

Boxing

Sonny Liston
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In 1932, former world heavyweight champion Sonny Liston was born.

The American first won the crown in 1962 by knocking out Floyd Patterson before losing it to Cassius Clay in 1964. He was then beaten by the same opponent - by then fighting as Muhammad Ali - the following year. He died in 1970.

McDermott loses press-up bet

Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is coaching children at Leeds Grammar School and is unimpressed by their skills during a passing drill.

The former Great Britain international sets a challenge to complete fifty passes as an incentive, but he loses the bet and ends up doing fifty press-ups.

Watch the video here

In the Super League tonight, Salford take on Huddersfield and Wigan face Castleford

Shearer 'taken aback' by Coloccini letter

Football

Alan Shearer
PA

Alan Shearer says he was "taken aback" by relegation-threatened Newcastle's captain Fabricio Coloccini writing a letter to fans asking for their support.

The club's all-time record goalscorer told BBC's Football Focus that he was "disappointed" and "surprised" by the move, which followed two days of talks between players, management and ownership.

Newcastle's Premier League future is under threat after a run of eight successive defeats, with fans boycotting matches and both owner Mike Ashley and manager John Carver under severe pressure.

Read in full what the former Newcastle striker had to say

Derby keen to re-sign Bent & Ince

Football

Derby County are eager to keep Darren Bent and Tom Ince for next season.

Ex-England striker Bent, 31, whose contract with Aston Villa runs out this summer, and
Hull City winger Ince, 23, impressed on loan despite Derby failing to earn a Championship play-off place.

Head coach Steve McClaren told

BBC Radio Derby: "Tom is a Hull player, but we would love him. And, after scoring the goals he has, there will be quite a few clubs after Darren. But we would like him as well."

Spicy Super League action tonight

Rugby League

Salford Red Devils take on Huddersfield Giants in the Super League tonight, with a spicy affair set to take place at the AJ Bell Stadium.

Giants coach Paul Anderson wants payback after Red Devils man Rangi Chase's tackle left Brett Ferres sidelned for three months with an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Wigan Warriors will be looking to move up to second in the table when they face Castleford Tigers.

Both matches take place at 20:00 BST.

'Bayern have had super season'

Football

Pep Guardiola
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Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola says they have had a "super season" despite their 3-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg defeat by Barcelona.

The Bavarians won the domestic double last season, and have already claimed this year's Bundesliga title.

"If a team chases three titles, wins the league, reaches the German Cup semi-final and the Champions League semi-final then it is a super, super season," he said.

Bayern face Augsburg this weekend.

Middlesex turn to Franklin

Cricket

Former New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin will take over as Middlesex captain for County Championship matches when Adam Voges leaves later this month for Australia's tour to the West Indies.

The 34-year-old will fill the role until the end of August, when Voges or last season's skipper Chris Rogers may be available to return to Lord's, with Eoin Morgan continuing as limited-overs captain.

"James has plenty of experience and I believe his calm, mature and measured persona will make the departure of Adam as seamless as we can possibly make it," managing director Angus Fraser told the club website.

No Flintoff for T20 campaign

Cricket

@BBCLancsCricket on Twitter: Head coach Ashley Giles has told us that Andrew Flintoff will not be returning to the T-20 squad this summer.

Yeovil release 11 players

Football

Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has released 11 players following the club's relegation to League Two.

Captain Joe Edwards, 24, has also decided to leave the Glovers.

Craig Eastmond, Nathan Ralph, Sam Hoskins, Joel Grant, Gozie Ugwu, Kieffer Moore, Seth Twumasi, James Hayter, Alex Smith, Liam Davis and Fergus Bell have all been let go.

The club have made offers to terminate the contracts of AJ Leitch-Smith, James Berrett, Adam Morgan, Artur Krysiak.

Westley's election analogy

Football

Graham Westley
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Hull boss Steve Bruce was at it earlier today and now Stevenage manager Graham Westley has compared the play-offs to the general election.

Boro host Southend on Sunday in the League Two semi-final first leg.

Westley told BBC Three Counties Radio: "Were there favourites going into the general election? Probably. It was pretty neck and neck - or so everyone thought - but there was a resounding victor.

"It's the same scenario in a play-off situation. Four get themselves excited, four clubs hope for the best, one club gets there."

Gerrard made me better - Mourinho

Football

Steven Gerrard
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard made him a "better manager".

Champions Chelsea host the Reds on Sunday in one of the 34-year-old's final matches for the Anfield club, before his move to LA Galaxy.

"My dear enemy, he has made me a better manager because to stop him has been very difficult,"

Mourinho said, adding that he tried to sign him three times.

"I am very sad this is the last time I will face him."

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Promotion to the Premier League - who's going to win the race?

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Andrew Halford: Would love to see Brentford do it simply because they have never played in the top flight just like Bournemouth. However I think the strongest squad in that bunch is Norwich so they're favourites for me.

Paul Pitchley: I'd like to see Brentford as they will be a new challenge, but I personally think Ipswich Town will get it.

Philip Taylor: I hope Boro come up. Would be great to see the three north east teams in the Premier League

That's if Sunderland and Newcastle survive up there....

England coach Moores to leave?

Cricket

James Taylor
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England stand-in captain James Taylor has been asked by BBC Test Match Special about the future of coach Peter Moores, who is reportedly set to lose his job next week.

"I haven't heard anything on that. I haven't heard any echoes of that being the case, the guys are firmly behind that and I know in my brief time with England in the last six months he's been really good with me, really positive, so I haven't heard anything like that. Nobody in the changing room uttered any word of it."

How would you react if your favourite footballer dropped into your school to teach a lesson?

Per Mertesacker
Amy Lawrence Twitter

Football journalist and BBC Sport columnist Amy Lawrence captured this lovely moment, featuring Per Mertesacker, during an Arsenal community day.

She tweeted: "Mertesacker dropped in to AFC in the community to give a German lesson. Look how excited the boy at the front is :)"

Garry Monk news conference

Arsenal v Swansea (Mon, 20:00 BST)

Bafetimbi Gomis
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Better late than never, we've

received word from Swansea and Garry Monk.

Bafetimbi Gomis has recovered from the hamstring injury that caused him to limp off in the 1-1 draw with Everton on 11 April.

"He is looking fit and sharp. He will definitely be involved in the squad," said Monk of the French striker.

But fellow forward Nelson Oliviera, on a season-long loan from Benfica, will miss the last three games of the term with an ankle injury.

BBC Sport predictor

Football

Predictor graphic
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Think you know more than Mark Lawrenson? Why not prove it by telling us what the scores will be for all the remaining matches in the Premier League as well as this season's FA Cup final using

our new predictor.

You can see how your guesses fare against other supporters and get feedback from the likes of Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer.

Well, what are you waiting for?

Where next for Pogba?

Football

Paul Pogba
AP

What do the top teams in the Premier League need to do to close the gap on champions Chelsea next season? Who should sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba?

BBC Sport's Robbie Savage runs the rule over these issues in his latest column.

Click here to read it in full.

Wiggins on Desert Island Discs

Cycling

BBC Radio 4

Kirsty Young's castaway this week is four-time Olympic gold medal winning cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins.

The consistently excellent programme will be broadcast on Sunday at 11:16 BST and will be available in podcast form shortly afterwards.

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Who do you reckon is getting promoted from the Championship?

Matthew Hillary: Norwich v Middlesbrough final. Hopefully with Norwich returning to top flight. Hard derby to come, but been strong for last half of season.

Kingdom Zebedee: Norwich. Can definitely beat Ipswich in semi-final. Can beat Brentford. Boro is the only fear I have.

Gavin Vargas: Brentford. Pub on each corner of their ground and makes a joke of Warburton going.

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Wembley to host non-league double

Football

The FA have announced that the non-league FA Trophy and FA Vase finals will both take place on the same day at Wembley in 2016.

It will be the first time ever that the has hosted two FA national competition finals on the same day.

"Having both The FA Trophy and Vase finals on the same day will not only celebrate two great competitions but provide real value for money for fans and neutral supporters," said the FA's director of national game, Kelly Simmons.

On this day

Football

Alan Smith
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Fourteen years ago today, Alan Smith was sent off as Leeds United lost 3-0 in Valencia in the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in Spain.

The shaven-headed Yorkshire lad is now a floppy-haired 34-year-old - and he's just signed a new deal with

Notts County.

Froch stripped of WBA title

Boxing

Carl Froch
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Carl Froch has being stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt for not defending his title and could announce his retirement next week.

The British fighter, who has already given up his IBF belt, has not fought since defeating George Groves at Wembley nearly a year ago.

A clash with Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in March fell through because of the 37-year-old's elbow injury.

"There's no guarantee he'll fight again," said promoter Eddie Hearn.

Dicks transforms West Ham Ladies

Football

Julian Dicks
Mikey Cartwright

How do you take a team from "rock bottom" one year, to a cup final and a top-six finish in the Women's Premier League in the next?

For West Ham Ladies, the answer is bring in a Hammers legend as manager.

Julian Dicks, who had two spells at Upton Park as a player, was appointed as West Ham Ladies boss in June last year, a rare foray into women's football management for an ex-star of the men's top-flight.

And despite losing to Charlton in the London FA Capital Women's Cup final on Wednesday, Dicks' side have made significant progress under his tenure so far.

Read in full how Dicks transformed the side

Giro d'Italia weather watch

Road Cycling

Giro d'Italia
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An "extreme weather conditions protocol" will be tested for the first time during this year's Giro d'Italia after the peloton experienced difficult conditions in recent races.

The 2014 Giro was hindered by snow fall, while high temperatures caused tyres to explode at the Tour of Qatar this year.

The International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Friday: "In case of freezing rain, snow, pollution, strong winds, extreme temperatures or poor visibility, a stage may be cancelled or its course changed for the safety of the riders."

We could do with extreme weather protocol at BBC Sport towers in Salford today.....

Great City Games

Athletics

Great City Games
PA

Greg Rutherford, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Jo Pavey, Haile Gebrselassie and Richard Kilty launch the Great City Games.

"I do feel a little bit like, 'what am I doing?' But it's going to be a really fast race," said Ennis-Hill, who runs for the first time in 22 months.

"I don't feel as much pressure because I feel that I've had my amazing year of being the poster girl [at London 2012] and achieving my dreams."

Manchester city centre will be turned into a giant urban athletics track and you can watch live on Saturday on BBC One, and on the BBC Sport website and app.

ODI called off

Cricket

And the ODI between Ireland and England in Malahide has been called off because of the rain. No result.

Race for the Premier League

Football

Championship
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The regular Championship season has ended. Now the real drama begins.

This week, the four teams occupying third to sixth in the final table will embark on the play-offs with one aim: victory at Wembley on Monday 25 May and a slice of the riches and prestige on offer in the Premier League.

BBC Sport looks at the form, facts and prospects of Middlesbrough, Brentford, Ipswich and Norwich.

Click here to read the piece in full and give us your views on who will win the play-offs via
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Who will reach the Premier League via the Championship play-offs? We've been asking for your opinions.

Owen Grundy [Rotherham fan]: Middlesbrough, by far the best team we played all season.

Max Baggins-Craig: Brentford. Deserved after years of determination, passion and pure energy. They deserve it to say the least.

Giannina Caraceni: I can see Ipswich nabbing that PL spot. They've got Freddie Sears, and Norwich have recent PL wounds unhealed.

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Cookey set for 100th England cap

Netball

Pamela Cookey
Empics

Pamela Cookey is set to make her 100th appearance in an England netball dress on Friday night, in the second tri-series game against Trinidad and Tobago.

The 30-year-old made her international debut in 2004 and has since won two Commonwealth Games bronze medals as well as World Cup silver.

England beat Trinidad and Tobago 65-42 on Wednesday and meet them again at the Copper Box in London tonight (17:30 BST) before Monday's series finale in Liverpool.

Manuel Pellegrini news conference

Man City v QPR (Sun, 13:30 BST)

As another summer comes round, the "Yaya Toure is leaving Manchester City" stories start up again.

The Ivorian midfielder's agent mooted the possibility again this week but manager Pellegrini refused to be drawn. "I never answer to the Yaya agent so I won't do it now," the Chilean said.

Recalling the fallout between Toure and the club this time last year over their failure to adequately mark his birthday, Pellegrini joked that they would consider whether to get the player a birthday cake next week. "We will think what is best, it is important to learn from mistakes..." he said.

Yaya Toure
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Mark Hughes news conference

Stoke v Tottenham (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Hughes on targets: "The supporters are probably fed up of me talking about what we can achieve this season, but we do still have a tremendous opportunity of finishing in the top 10 again, and myself and the guys don't want to let this opportunity slip.

"All the way through the season, we have also discussed beating last season's points total, so to be coming into our final three games and still being able to do that is pleasing."

Hughes on Tottenham: "On their day they Spurs are able to go out and cause any team in the league problems. They have a lot of individual talent and they have a good manager, who seems like he has got his players playing the way that he wants them to now."

Hamilton fastest in second practice

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
Reuters

Lewis Hamilton was in a league of his own as he set fastest time in second practice at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The world champion was 0.408 seconds clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, with Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg only third.

Rosberg was a substantial 0.764secs off Hamilton's pace and 0.164secs ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat was fifth ahead of Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen and the improved McLaren of Jenson Button.

Motherwell v Kilmarnock

Scottish Premiership

There's an important game in Lanarkshire on Friday, with

Motherwell needing to beat Kilmarnock if they are to have any hope of escaping the relegation play-off place. Defeat would almost certainly condemn Ian Baraclough's side to a two-legged tie with either Hibernian, Rangers or Queen of the South.

Wolff adamant she has ability to race

Formula 1

Susie Wolff
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Williams test driver Susie Wolff says she has the ability to keep alive her

hopes of becoming the first woman to race in Formula 1 for 40 years.

The 32-year-old had her first outing in practice this year at the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.

She was 0.8 seconds off the pace of team-mate Felipe Massa.

"If I did not think I was capable of racing at this level I would be the first to take myself out of the game," Wolff said. "I 100% believe a woman can compete at this level."

No gong for Jose

Football

You may have just read Jose Mourinho's comments (14:07) on failing to win a manager of the month award this season - despite him leading Chelsea to the Premier League title.

Jose Mourinho
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Turns out he's not had much luck when it comes to individual gongs.

In fact, he's only ever won three manager of the month awards - one fewer than former Newcastle boss Joe Kinnear and the same as one-time Manchester City (!) manager Stuart Pearce.

The Mirror have all the stats here. Poor old Jose. He has no luck, does he?