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Summary

  1. England name squad for New Zealand Test
  2. Aston Villa fined £200,000 for pitch invasion
  3. Andy Murray and Serena Williams pull out of Italian Open
  4. Tottenham keeper Brad Friedel, 43, to retire
  5. Chelsea sign Brazilian midfielder Nathan

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By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Thursday's Sportsday.

Join us from 08:00 BST on Friday for the build up to the weekend's Premier League fixtures and the Football League play-offs, plus breaking news and the best social media from the world of sport.

Boro 'must put Wembley out of their minds'

Football

Grant Leadbitter
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Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter says they must forget Wembley and focus on winning Friday's Championship play-off semi-final second-leg against Brentford.

Boro were relegated from the Premier League in 2009, but with a 2-1 first-leg lead over the Bees they are closer than ever before to a top-flight return.

"We as players can't get soaked up in that. We must look forward to and prepare for Friday, we don't want it to be our last [game this season]" he told BBC Tees.

Wright wants risk-taking Sussex

Cricket

Luke Wright
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Sussex Twenty20 captain Luke Wright is happy for the side to take risks in the T20 Blast as the Hove side look to rediscover their one-day form.

The 2009 champions have failed to progress from the group stage in the past two years.

"I really want people to play with freedom and have a good go at it," the 30-year-old told

BBC Sussex.

"I'd rather us take risks than go any other way and that is the message I am trying to give to all the batters."

Brentford 'must be clinical to beat Boro and reach Wembley'

Football

Brentford defender James Tarkowski says they must be clinical at Middlesbrough on Friday if they are to progress to the Championship play-off final.

The Bees, who scored 10 more regular season goals than their opponents, travel to Teesside having lost the first leg of their semi-final tie

2-1 at Griffin Park last week.

"We know we are good enough to go up there and beat them," the 22-year-old told

BBC London 94.9. "We have plenty of goals in the team - it is just making sure we take our chances when we get them."

Lawless facing SFA gambling charge

Football

Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless will face a Scottish FA gambling charge at a hearing on Thursday, 21 May.

Steven Lawless
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The 24-year-old midfielder is accused of betting on 513 matches between December 2012 and March 2015.

The SFA notice of complaint stresses there is no evidence of Lawless betting on games involving his own team.

Hereford FC start in Midland league

Football

Edgar Street
Empics

Hereford FC, the club created following the collapse of Hereford United in December 2014, have been accepted into the

ninth tier of English football.

Hereford United were playing in football's seventh tier when they were wound up with debts of £148,000.

The new team have now been handed a spot in the Midland Football League for the 2015/16 season.

Salisbury FC, who formed after the demise of Salisbury City last summer, will play in the ninth-tier Wessex League Premier Division.

Giro d'Italia stage six

Road Cycling

Giro d'Italia
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Race leader Alberto Contador was caught up in a crash as German Andre Greipel won stage six of the Giro d'Italia.

Spaniard Contador, 32, retained the race lead from Astana's Fabio Aru by two seconds, with Team Sky's Richie Porte 20 seconds back.

But the Tinkoff-Saxo rider did not wear the pink jersey on the podium after suffering an arm injury and will undergo X-rays to assess the severity.

League Two play-off semi-final second legs

Football

Who will book their place at Wembley for the League Two play-off final?

Plymouth must overturn a one-goal deficit at Wycombe on Thursday, although their late fight back to only lose 3-2 on Saturday has given them some hope of reaching the final.

Stevenage v Southend
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In the other semi second leg, Stevenage and Southend are all square, Barry Corr's header earning the Shrimpers a 1-1 draw at Lamex Stadium on Sunday.

We'll have a live text commentary covering both games from 19:00 BST, plus coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

Cech set for Chelsea exit?

Football

Petr Cech
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Goalkeeper Petr Cech is considering leaving Chelsea in the summer because he does not want to be second choice to Thibaut Courtois for another season.

A source close to the player confirmed to

BBC Sport that the 32-year-old - who has been with the Blues since 2004 - wants first-team football having made only 14 appearances this season.

"It works with Thibaut. But I think it can work for only one season," Cech told Czech paper Idnes on Tuesday.

"I don't want another season of this."

Solomons signs Edinburgh deal

Rugby Union

Alan Solomons
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Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has

signed a 12-month extension to his contract, keeping the South African at the club until June 2016.

Under the 64-year-old, Edinburgh became the first Scottish team to reach a European Challenge Cup final, where they lost to Gloucester.

However, the club have failed to achieve their target of a top-six finish in the Pro12, sitting eighth in the table.

The Joy of the Rovers

Football

On 14 May 1995, Livin' Joy were number one in the pop charts, John Major was Prime Minister of Britain and Blackburn Rovers were crowded Premier League champions.

Alan Shearer
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Twenty years on and BBC Radio 5 Live looks back on the title-winning Rovers team built by chairman Jack Walker and manager Kenny Dalglish.

Kelly Cates is joined by former players Chris Sutton, Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood for a 90 minute special from 19:30 BST.

McManus to leave Aberdeen

Football

Declan McManus
SNS Group

Striker Declan McManus has rejected the offer of a new contract at Aberdeen and joins six senior players who are leaving Pittodrie without new deals.

McManus was voted named League One player of the year after scoring 23 goals on loan at Greenock Morton.

Defenders Joe Shaughnessy, Clark Robertson and Craig Murray, plus midfielders Kieran Gibbons, Jamie Masson and Andrew Driver are also leaving.

Notts' Hales linked with IPL move

Cricket

Alex Hales
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England and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales is in talks with Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians about a short-term contract.

The 26-year-old was

not picked during the IPL auction in February but has a clause in his Notts contract allowing him to play in the IPL, and could join the Indians in time for the final match of the regular season on 17 May and any knockout matches should Mumbai progress.

Hales has scored 532 County Championship runs for Notts this season, at an average of 66.50.

Chelsea sign Brazilian Nathan

Football

In other Chelsea-related news....

Nathan
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The Premier League champions have announced they have agreed a deal with Atletico Paranaense for

Brazilian teenager Nathan.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder, full name Nathan Allan de Souza, will join the Blues on 1 July.

Nathan said: 'I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game.'

He has represented Brazil at youth level and scored five goals in five games at the Under-17 World Cup in 2013.

Schurrle's surprise from Mourinho

Football

How many of you can say you've received a text from Jose Mourinho, telling you you've got a Premier League winner's medal to collect?

No, nor us.

But it happened to former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle.

Read more about

Schurrle's surprise here, from BBC World Service's Football programme.

Andre Schurrle and Jose Mourinho
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Larsson backs Sunderland to survive

Football

Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson
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Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson says they can "handle the pressure" of staying in the Premier League.

The Black Cats won their past two games against Southampton and Everton to lift themselves out of the relegation zone with three games to go.

However fellow battlers Leicester at home are up next before trips to Arsenal and champions Chelsea.

"We're up for the fight,"

Larsson told BBC Newcastle. "The game can't be much bigger than what they've been over the last two. We weren't expected to get much but we got six points from those games."

The Replacement Bus Final

Football

We love a good moan about transport in Britain.

And now the League One play-off final is being dubbed "The Replacement Bus Final".

Wembley Park station
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Swindon Town and Preston North End fans will (attempt to) travel to watch their teams compete for a place in the Championship at Wembley on Sunday, 24 May.

But planned bank holiday engineering work means there will be no trains from Swindon to London while services from Preston will be disrupted by work on the West Coast line operated by Virgin Trains.

Worth adding that Virgin are sponsors of North End....

Football

Barker confident of Championship ability

Shaun Barker
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Shaun Barker has missed three entire campaigns after suffering an injury against Nottingham Forest

Ex-Derby County captain Shaun Barker says it is "frustrating" to have been released by the club but is confident he can still play in the Championship.

The 32-year-old defender has not played a first-team game in over three years after dislocating his knee and rupturing ligaments in March 2012.

"I feel I can do it in this division,"

Barker told BBC East Midlands Today.

"It's an exciting time. There will be big changes and I am looking forward to playing first-team football next season."

O'Driscoll to be face of 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

Rugby Union

Brian O'Driscoll
AFP

Brian O'Driscoll will be the face of

Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

The former Ireland captain and world's most capped player has been named as bid ambassador, which will see him undertake a largely lobbying role.

France, Italy and South Africa are also in the running to stage the tournament and countries have until the middle of next month to express an interest.

Dyche 'will move Burnley forward'

Burnley v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Sean Dyche
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Sean Dyche has been discussing his future as Burnley manager following their relegation back to the Championship.

Dyche told the media before Saturday's game with Stoke: "My story is not bigger than the club's.

"I am the manager and a custodian of the football club and it will move forward and I will move forward with it.

"We are planning in the summer and beyond that into next season."

Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan

Cricket

We have a bit of an update on the state of Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan.

Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda has said: "At this time the tour has not been suspended. The executive and board of Zimbabwe Cricket are still in discussions,"

Zimbabwe are due to be the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan since a 2009 gun attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

Redfearn future remains unclear

Football

Newly returned Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino
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Newly returned Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino says he will take his time before deciding whether to retain Neil Redfearn as head coach.

Cellino returned to the club last week after his Football League ban for being found guilty of tax evasion ended.

And in a news conference where he took a 10-minute break to smoke, he said: "Is Neil the best coach for the club next season? I am asking myself this everyday.

"People say to me that this is a sleeping giant. I think it is awake but it not fit yet. Once it is fit it can go back to where it belongs."

Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan in doubt

Cricket

There are conflicting reports regarding Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan.

Reuters are reporting that the decision to abandon the tour has been put on hold by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

Earlier there had been an announcement that the Zimbabwe had pulled out of the tour following the advice of the country's sports regulatory body.

The team are due to arrive on 19 May to play two T20 games and three one-day internationals.

Spurs squad latest

Tottenham v Hull (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Team news from Tottenham as they prepare to face Hull on Saturday.

Danny Rose is fit but Vlad Chiriches is suspended and Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt through illness.

Ben Davies (shoulder) and Kyle Walker (foot) remain sidelined.

Great Britain 1-1 Argentina

Hockey

Great Britain men's hockey team have drawn the first of a two-test series against Argentina at Bisham Abbey.

Ashley Jackson's late penalty corner rescued a draw for Bobby Crutchley's side after a Lucas Vila strike gave the visitors the lead.

The second test takes places on Friday at 11:00 BST.

Aston Villa fined £200k by FA

Football

Aston Villa fans
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Aston Villa have been fined £200,000 after admitting spectator misconduct in relation to their

FA Cup sixth round tie against West Bromwich Albion on 7 March.

The charges related to a pitch invasion at Villa Park following the home side's 2-0 win.

The Premier League club have also received a severe warning from the Football Association.

Villa have since progressed to the FA Cup final at Wembley and play Arsenal on 30 May.

Carlisle banned from driving

Football

Clarke Carlisle
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Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years after

he admitted drinking and driving.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample to police on 20 December.

He also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Carlisle was also ordered to carry out 150 hours' unpaid work and must pay £145 in costs and charges.

Zimbabwe pull out of Pakistan tour

Cricket

Zimbabwe have pulled out of their planned tour of Pakistan following the advice of the country's sports regulatory body.

The team were due to arrive on 19 May to play two T20 games and three one-day internationals.

Ronald Koeman news conference

Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat, 12:45 BST)

James Ward-Prowse will return to the Southampton side for the visit of the Aston Villa following suspension.

Manager Ronald Koeman also confirmed the rest of the squad will be the same as last weekend's trip defeat by Leicester City.

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Koeman added that he is hopeful Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez may be in line to feature at Manchester City on the final day of the season.

"Morgan is back in training, not with the group but he was on the pitch. He's still out but maybe next week, we have to wait," said the Dutchman.

"Jay is close. He's doing all the exercises with the team this week. If we can put him on the bench in the last game it will be a great achievement for Jay for what he did in coming back."

American Streb leads at Quail Hollow

Golf

Padraig Harrington
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Ireland's Padraig Harrington has just dropped a shot at the turn on round one at Quail Hollow as a strong field lines up for the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship.

The 43-year-old, already a winner on Tour this season, is one under through nine holes, three shots adrift of American leader Robert Streb.

Phil Mickelson is also one under having made a double-bogey on his ninth hole of the day. Rory McIlroy is set to tee off at 18:20 BST.

You can follow the full

leaderboard here.

Hales in talks with Mumbai Indians

Cricket

Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have confirmed batsman Alex Hales is in negotiations over a prospective short-term stint with IPL side the Mumbai Indians.

The club said: "A deal has not yet been signed and Hales will be available for selection for the NatWest T20 Blast opener against Birmingham Bears tomorrow.

"The terms of Hales' contract at Trent Bridge include the right to accept an offer from the IPL."

Hales was not named in the England squad for the first test against New Zealand. The batsman has scored 532 in the County Championship this year with an average of 66.

Golden Horn wins Dante Stakes

Horse Racing

Golden Horn racing at Newmarket
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Golden Horn beat stablemate Jack Hobbs to win the Dante Stakes - giving trainer John Gosden a 1-2 at York.

Elm Park, trained by Andrew Balding, came in third.

Lyth set to open for England

Cricket

England national selector James Whitaker has given his thought on the England squad announcement.

On Adam Lyth: "He has waited patiently for an opportunity with England having performed consistently for Yorkshire and England Lions in the last year.

"He fully deserves his chance to cement a place in the side at the top of the order."

On Mark Wood: "Mark has also impressed and his pace and style of bowling ensure the coach and captain have options in the bowling attack. "

On expectations for the series: "There were some positive signs during the recent Test tour and it is key that this group of players learns from the instances when the opposition was put under pressure and we were in a position to press for victory but couldn't quite manage it.

"New Zealand are a very talented side and I expect a very competitive series between the two teams to start what will be an incredibly exciting summer of cricket."

Uncapped Lyth and Wood called up

Cricket

Adam Lyth
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England have called up uncapped duo Adam Lyth and David Wood for the first test against New Zealand on 21 May at Lord's.

Yorkshire batsman Lyth is set to open the batting alongside England captain Alastair Cook.

The 27-year-old was selected on his first senior England tour last month but did not feature in the drawn three Test series against West Indies.

Durham pace bowler Mark Wood, made his ODI debut against Ireland last week.

Blackpool earn a draw from abandoned game

Football

Blackpool fans
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The Football League have decided Blackpool's abandoned game with Huddersfield on the final day of the Championship season will be recorded as 0-0.

The match at Bloomfield Road was abandoned after 48 minutes - without a goal being scored - following a pitch invasion by protesting home fans.

Hundreds of supporters came on to the field, forcing referee Mick Russell to take the players off the pitch and eventually call the game off.

The Football League have also charged Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission in due course.

England squad announced

Cricket

England have announced their squad to play New Zealand in the first test starting on 21 May at Lord's.

The team in full: Alastair Cook, Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.

James injury blow for Foxes

Football

More on the injury to Leicester's Matty James....

Matty James
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The midfielder is set to be out for between six to nine months with a knee injury.

James was taken off on a stretcher during

Saturday's 2-0 win over Southampton and scans have shown he has ruptured anterior ligaments.

The 23-year-old will now miss the final two games in their Premier League relegation battle, where they sit three points above 18th.

He had played in five of their six victories during their last seven matches, which have helped the club climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

Nigel Pearson news conference

Sunderland v Leicester (Sat 15:00)

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has revealed midfielder Matty James will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a knee injury. Scans have confirmed he has a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament.

Pearson said: "Knee injuries are never nice to deal with. He's a very popular member of the squad and we wish him a speedy recovery."

Elsewhere Andy King has returned to training.

Wolff's call from Sir Stirling Moss

Formula 1

Susie Wolff
BBC

Williams test driver Susie Wolff tells The Clare Balding Show how she received a call from Sir Stirling Moss after he said women do not have the mental skills to race competitively in Formula 1.

Former driver Moss, 85, told BBC Radio 5 live in April: "I think they have the strength, but I don't know if they've got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel."

The 32-year-old Scot says Moss told her: "I meant what I said, I just didn't mean you."

Wolff is joined by former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and snooker world champion Stuart Bingham on the Clare Balding Show on Friday, 15 May at 22:00 BST on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

Tim Sherwood news conference

Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat, 12:45 BST)

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been speaking ahead of his side's trip to St Mary's in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

On staying up: "We're confident. I'm glad we've got ourselves in a position where we have a chance of retaining our Premier League status.

"The fans have been great since I came in. We needed them then and we're going to need them now. We're still fighting to stay in the division.

"The concentration is on staying in the division and then trying to lift some silverware at the end of May. We'll then come back at the start of July and have a good pre-season.

On playing Southampton: "It is a very important game. We need the points and we know it will be a very difficult game down there."

On injuries: "Nathan Baker has returned to training and Libor Kozak is out with a back injury."