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Summary

  1. Tuilagi to miss World Cup for assaulting police officer
  2. Hull suspend Livermore after failing drugs test
  3. Graves denies misleading Pietersen
  4. Gerrard exit not permanent - Rodgers

Live Reporting

By Caroline Chapman

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us for Friday's Sportsday.

We'll be back at 08:00 BST on Monday for another week of sporting goodness.

Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday's Premier League games

Football

As always the BBC Sport website will bring you a blow-by-blow account of the Premier League action this weekend.

Here's what's in store on Saturday (all times BST):

Southampton v Aston Villa12:45

Burnley v Stoke 15:00

QPR v Newcastle15:00

Sunderland v Leicester 15:00

Tottenham v Hull15:00

West Ham v Everton 15:00

Liverpool v Crystal Palace 17:30

Conference play-off final

Bristol Rovers v Grimsby (Sun, 14:00 BST)

Bristol Rovers and Grimsby head to Wembley on Sunday as they bid for a return to the Football League.

Rovers dropped to the Conference last summer after being relegated on goal difference, while Grimsby are looking to escape non-league after a five-year stay.

Read BBC Sport's preview of the game

here.

Bristol Rovers v Grimsby Town
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Van Gerwen tops Premier League table

Darts

Michael van Gerwen
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Michael van Gerwen drew his final group game with Dave Chisnall in Brighton to finish top of the Premier League table.

St Helens-born Chisnall finished a point behind the 26-year-old Dutchman in second place.

World number one Van Gerwen will face defending Premier League champion and fellow countryman Raymond van Barneveld in his semi-final in London on 21 May.

PDC world champion Gary Anderson, who will face Chisnall in the last four, completes the semi-final line-up.

Championship play-off semi-final

Middlesbrough v Brentford (Agg 2-1)

Middlesbrough take a one-goal lead into the second leg of their play-off semi-final against Brentford.

Brentford v Middlesbrough
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Boro won 2-1 at Griffin Park last Friday and are aiming to return to the Premier League for the first time since relegation in 2009.

Brentford will have to beat the Teesside club for the first time since 1964 to reach Wembley.

The Bees are looking for back-to-back promotions but have never gone up through the play-offs.

BBC Sport will have live text commentary of the Championship play-off from 19:00 BST.

The Premiership play-off battle

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers, Exeter Chiefs and Saracens head into the final day of the Premiership season on Saturday battling for two remaining play-off spots.

The three sides are separated by just one point in the league table.

Third-placed Leicester play rivals and table-toppers Northampton Saints, Exeter host Sale Sharks and Saracens face relegated London Welsh.

Bath have already joined Saints in securing a top four berth.

Premiership league table
BBC

Jake Livermore: Hull statement

Football

Hull City have

released a statement after the suspension of midfielder Jake Livermore, who has tested positive for cocaine.

"Following suspension by the FA, the club has subsequently suspended Jake Livermore pending further investigations to be made by the FA and our own internal disciplinary procedures.

"The club is unable to make any further comment during this process."

Livermore, 25, joined Hull from Tottenham for £8m last June and has made 39 appearances for the club this season.

Hales to play in IPL

Cricket

Alex Hales
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Nottinghamshire's England one-day batsman

Alex Hales has confirmed he will play for the Mumbai Indians for the rest of the Indian Premier League season.

Hales, 26, was not picked during the IPL auction in February but will join for the final match of the regular season on 17 May and any knockout matches should Mumbai progress.

He tweeted: "Delighted to have signed. Can't wait to get out amongst it!"

Hales is available for Notts' T20 Blast fixture against Birmingham on Friday.

Stevenage boss Westley could depart

Football

Graham Westley
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Stevenage manager Graham Westley has

hinted he could leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Boro were knocked out of the League Two play-offs following a 3-1 extra-time defeat by Southend on Thursday.

"The chairman and I spoke a couple of weeks ago and it's conceivable I won't get to work with these lads any longer," the 47-year-old told BBC Three Counties Radio.

Friday's T20 Blast

Cricket

BBC Sport's

T20 Blast live text commentary is up and running.

There's eight fixtures on Friday, starting with Durham against Northants and Gloucestershire v Middlesex.

You can also listen to ball-by-ball commentary on BBC local radio stations via the BBC Sport website - commentaries are available on desktop, tablet and mobile devices.

Wozniacki and Watson set for Eastbourne

Tennis

Caroline Wozniacki
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World number five Caroline Wozniacki and British number one Heather Watson will play at the

Aegon International in Eastbourne next month.

Watson, who turns 23 on Tuesday, was beaten in the semi-finals last year, while Dane Wozniacki, 24, won the tournament in 2009.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will also appear at the tournament in Sussex, which runs from 20-27 June.

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Livermore suspended after drugs test

Jake Livermore
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Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore has been suspended by Hull City after testing positive for cocaine.

We're expecting to hear more from the club shortly.

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Favourite footballing hairstyles

After Joey Barton mocked Steven Gerrard for only ever having one haircut, we are asking for your favourite footballing barnets.

Send in your choices via Twitter on

#BBCSportsday .

Rob Cobban: Ibrahimovic's man-bun. Ol' man Djibril Cisse. And Roy Keane's beard at Villa was something terrifying.

Mrwriterman: Two words. Carlos Valderrama. Best. Hair. Ever. Not just in the football world either.

We wouldn't disagree. See below.

Carlos Valderrama
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T20 champions Bears face tricky opener

Cricket

Luke Wright
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The T20 Blast season gets underway at 17:30 BST with 16 teams in action this evening.

Reigning champions Birmingham Bears face a tough start with a trip to Nottinghamshire - who are still looking to get their hands on the trophy for the first time.

Read more about what to expect in the 2015 T20 Blast

here.

Listen to live commentary of the T20 Blast on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and follow text commentary on the BBC Sport website every Friday night.

Djokovic into Italian Open semi-finals

Tennis

Top seed Novak Djokovic has beaten Japan's Kei Nishikori to reach the semi-finals of the Italian Open in Rome.

The world number one came through 6-3 3-6 6-1 against the fifth seed.

Serb Djokovic will now meet Spain's David Ferrer in the semis.

Hull suspend Livermore

Football

Jake Livermore
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More on the developing story involving

Hull City midfielder Jake Livermore.

The 25-year-old has been suspended by the Premier League club - but no official reason has been given.

He joined Hull for £8m last June and has made 39 appearances for the club this season.

Livermore has one England cap from a friendly against Italy in August 2012.

Dnipro charged by UEFA

Football

UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings following the Europa League semi-final between Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk and Napoli on Thursday night in Kiev.

UEFA have charged Dnipro's fans with racist behaviour, setting off and throwing fireworks, invading the field and crowd disturbances.

In another charge, UEFA says there was "insufficient organization" inside the stadium because stairways were blocked.

The charge of racist behaviour refers to a banner.

The case will be heard by UEFA on Thursday 21 May.

The Ukrainian side won the tie

2-1 on aggregate to reach the final.

Italian Open latest

Tennis

Kei Nishikori has taken the second set 6-3 against Novak Djokovic in the Italian Open quarter-finals.

The pair are now into the third-set decider in Rome.

You can follow the action here.

Tuilagi to miss World Cup

Rugby Union

Dan Roan

BBC sports editor

"Tuilagi lunacy appears blow for England. But can't help feel they're better off without him. Would probably have been injured/banned anyway.

"At his best, Tuilagi unstoppable and partnership with Joseph could have been formidable. But at least England now know where they stand."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Luke Shaw and Louis van Gaal
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"As sure as night follows day, the end of any season will be greeted by mass withdrawals from

England's youth teams.

"Gareth Southgate is taking his Under-21 squad to the Czech Republic for the European Championships this summer.

"It is widely accepted players will benefit from the tournament experience. Clubs have other priorities though.

"Louis van Gaal - who this time last year was an international manager - has seen how the rigours of a first season with Manchester United have affected Luke Shaw.

"So, despite the full-back being 19 and not a regular with the senior England squad, he wants Shaw to rest rather than continue his season.

"It is unlikely to be the last of those calls that are made before Southgate and his players get ready to leave."

Louis van Gaal news conference

Manchester United v Arsenal (Sun 16:00 BST)

Don't look now, Gareth Southgate.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says he doesn't want full-back Luke Shaw to play for Southgate's England team at the European Under-21 Championship this summer.

"When you are not playing for Man Utd you cannot play for other teams," said Van Gaal, before Sunday's Premier League game with Arsenal.

"He needs the rest because he has over-crossed the line. He is 19. We have to protect him. I hope that the coach of the Under-21 understands that."

Tuilagi to miss World Cup

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Manu knows and accepts his responsibilities and has received a significant punishment in being excluded from the England squad and the club will also take internal disciplinary action.

"While we do not in any way condone his actions in this case, Manu is a young man who has grown up in the public eye and he is a good professional in a top-level environment.

"He always gives his time very generously to supporters, particularly young ones, wherever he goes, and fully understands the role that the fans have played in his career.

"We will continue to work closely with him on his return to full fitness and look forward to his return to the field in due course."

Tuilagi to miss World Cup

Rugby Union

This is not the first time that England centre Manu Tuilagi has been in trouble.

May 2011: Tuilagi is banned for five weeks for punching Northampton and England teammate Chris Ashton.

October 2011: He is cautioned by New Zealand police after jumping off a ferry in Auckland. The RFU disciplined and fined the player.

September 2013: The Leicester player was forced to apologise for playing a prank on Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to No. 10 Downing Street with the British and Irish Lions squad.

Livermore suspended by Hull City

Football

Jake Livermore
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Hull City have suspended midfielder Jake Livermore.

The Premier League club have yet to confirm the reasons behind their decision.

"I deeply regret my actions" - Tuilagi

Rugby Union

Manu Tuilagi said: "I take full responsibility for my actions and unreservedly apologise to all those involved in the incident, Leicester Tigers and England.

"It is something I deeply regret and I totally accept the sentence given by the court. The club and Stuart have been very supportive and I understand their sanctions too.

Tuilagi to miss World Cup

Rugby Union

England head coach Stuart Lancaster: "As role models and ambassadors for the game, the highest standards of behaviour are expected from every England player both on and off the field.

"Having spoken to Manu, he understands and accepts both the seriousness of the offences to which he has pleaded guilty and the consequences of his behaviour to his club, country and the game as a whole.

"England will continue to liaise with Leicester Tigers and have every confidence that the club will continue to support Manu in the right way."

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Manu Tuilagi to miss World Cup

Manu Tuilagi
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More now on the breaking Manu Tuilagi story:

A joint statement from the RFU and Leicester says: "England Rugby and Leicester Tigers have taken action against Manu Tuilagi following his conviction on three charges of assault and one of criminal damage.

"Tuilagi pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates this week and was ordered to pay the court a total of £6,205 in fines, compensation, charges and costs.

"England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has spoken to Tuilagi and informed him that, in the light of his conduct and subsequent conviction, he will not be considered for selection for England's Elite Playing Squads until January 2016."

Italian Open latest

Tennis

Top seed Novak Djokovic has taken the first set 6-3 against Japan's Kei Nishikori in the Italian Open quarter-finals.

The winner of the match will meet Spain's David Ferrer in the semis.

You can follow

live scores here.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Manu Tuilagi fined for assaulting police officer

England centre Manu Tuilagi has been fined £5,500 for two counts of assaulting a police officer, assault by beating, and causing criminal damage, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Full statements from RFU and Leicester due at 4pm.

Rooney out of Arsenal match

Manchester United v Arsenal (Sun 16:00 BST)

Louis van Gaal has confirmed Luke Shaw and captain Wayne Rooney are both unavailable for Manchester United's match against Arsenal at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Rooney suffered a dead leg during the Red's 2-1 victory over Crystal Palace while Shaw took a blow to his face during the first half at Selhurst Park.

Robin van Persie is fit to face his former club after the Dutchman missed the trip to south London due to a virus. Angel Di Maria is also available after recovering from injury, as well as his Argentinian teammate Marcos Rojo.

Get involved #bbcsportsday

Favourite footballing hairstyles

Taribo West
Bongarts
Ladies and gentleman...Taribo West

We are asking for your favourite footballing hairstyles and a popular choice has been Taribo West's green dreadlocks.

Edd Scicluna, Adam Taylor, Ian Rowbottom, VictorOfficial and Chris Spina all suggested the former Nigerian defender. He sported his vivid locks at the 1998 World Cup in France and a much shorter version at the 2002 tournament.

Send us your entries and we'll publish the best ones along with pictures of the colourful crops. Get in touch via #bbcsportsday, text to 81111 (UK) or the

BBC Sport Facebook page.

Jose Mourinho news conference

West Brom v Chelsea (Mon 20:00 BST)

Aside from talking about his impending holidays, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been discussing the future of Petr Cech.

The Blues goalkeeper's agent has said the 32-year-old

has been given permission to talk to other clubs, after being displaced as first choice by Thibaut Courtois.

But Mourinho said: "I don't know that it's absolutely true what the agent is saying.

"I keep saying the same: I want my best players. Petr is one of my best players.

"I want my important players. Petr is one of my important players, so I would like him to stay and that's my position.

"I'm optimistic that he can be here next year."

"Young scruffy dreamer"

Football

Stan Collymore
Stan Collymore
"I'll be England captain one day"

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore has

tweeted this picture of a young Steven Gerrard looking in the background as he had his picture taken at Melwood in 1996.

He said: "Posing for a photo with a youngster, with a young, scruffy dreamer in the background. El Capitan."

Hull will go down - Savage

Football

Hull City banner in support of Steve Bruce
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In his regular

BBC Sport column, Robbie Savage looks at how Hull City manager Steve Bruce will cope with his side's situation at the bottom of the table and says the Tigers' prospects of climbing out of the relegation zone with two games to go look grim.

Tennis

After Federer's cruise on the Rome clay, Novak Djokovic is just getting underway against Kei Nishikori. And respected tennis coach Brad Gilbert can only see one winner. "Djoker vs Special K - after tough match last night for Nole straight sets today," he tweets. Following that, it's another mouth-watering match-up between Rafa Nadal and Stanislas Wawrinka. You can follow

live scores here.

Jimenez gets a round in

Golf

Miguel Angel Jimenez
Golf Channel
Drinks are on Jimenez

How about this for a prize - Spanish veteran golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez has won 288 beers after getting a hole-in-one during the second round of the Open de Espana in Barcelona

The 51-year-old defending champion got his ace on the par-three 8th hole and the Golf Channel posted a picture of the moment on

Instagram.

Now where is the bottle opener?

McLaren 'are not good enough'

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

McLaren car
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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has taken a realistic approach to this year's Formula One championship.

His side are ninth in the table with no points after five races and he's now hoping to finish to match last season's fifth-place finish.

Asked where he saw McLaren by the end of the season

he said: "Maybe it looks stupid, but fighting for the position we finished last year.

"It is not good enough - I want to win and I hope we will win. But I have to say something realistic."

PCA on Pietersen

Cricket

BBC Sport have been in touch with Angus Porter, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers Association about the Pietersen saga.

He said he has had no contact with Pietersen or his advisors, but did issue the following plea in defence of the England players.

"The policy on Pietersen is a matter for the ECB board. The current England players are getting put in a really difficult position every time they are asked for their views. Whatever they say is interpreted to suit the questioner.

"It is nothing to do with the players. Managers manage and the players play. You just hope that the team will be given every support during what will be a very challenging summer ahead."

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Favourite footballing hairstyles

Abel Xavier
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The classic bleached beard and hair look - still not caught on

We are asking what are your favourite footballing hairstyles? While Steven Gerrard found a haircut and stuck to it...for his whole career, others liked to mix it up a bit.

Adam Harris and Steven Todd both tweeted to suggest Everton and Liverpool's former Portuguese defender Abel Xavier's co-ordinated hair and beard combo.

Twovests tweeted: Take your pick from any David James' hairstyle, from Watford through to Bristol City!

Yohannes kiflat tweeted: Red hair of Freddie Ljungberg

Send us your entries and we'll publish the best ones along with pictures of the colourful crops. Get in touch via #bbcsportsday, text to 81111 (UK) or the

BBC Sport Facebook page.

This is England star takes on Lawro

Football

Thomas Turgoose
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This Is England actor Thomas Turgoose is the latest celebrity to do battle with BBC Sport's Mark Lawrenson in the Premier League predictions.

Grimsby Town supporter Turgoose will give his scores on Friday, but you can take on Lawro yourself right now via

this link.