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By Steve Canavan and Neil Johnston

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That's it from Tuesday's edition of Sportsday. Thanks for your company and all your contributions. We're back on Wednesday from 08:00 BST sharp. Until then...

Bristol to use play-off 'hurt'

Rugby Union

Charlie Amesbury
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Bristol will use the "hurt" of last season's Championship play-off final loss when they play Worcester on Wednesday,

says wing Charlie Amesbury.

Andy Robinson's side, who were pipped to promotion by London Welsh 12 months ago, face Warriors in this year's play-off final first leg at Ashton Gate.

"There's a lot of hurt there that we can fall back on and memories that we don't want to repeat," Amesbury told BBC Points West. "That will provide some propulsion for us going into the final.

"It meant we missed out on another year in the Premiership which, as professional rugby players, is where we all want to be."

Jenkins expects Monk to sign 'quickly'


Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins says he expects his manager Garry Monk to sign a new contract "very quickly".

"I think we'll find a solution very quickly, we've got a good relationship with Garry and we'll find some way of working things out that he is rewarded in the right way," Jenkins tells BBC Wales.

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Monk signed a

three-year contract last summer.

Peters hits fifty for Northants before rain


Northants 107-2

Just 28 overs were bowled between Northants and Surrey on a

second rain-affected day at Wantage Road. After the opening day was washed out, play eventually started at 14:00 BST.

Northants lost two early wickets as Surrey debutant Luke Fletcher (1-37) trapped Kyle Coetzer lbw before Tom Curran (1-38) forced Alex Wakely to edge to second slip.

However Stephen Peters made 64 not out as the hosts reached 107-2 before a hailstorm brought an early close.

Wilkin hit with ban

Rugby League

St Helens captain Jon Wilkin will miss his club's trip to Hull on Friday after being handed a one-match ban. Wilkin admitted a grade B offence of recklessly striking York winger Adam Dent with his arm during Saints' 46-6 Challenge Cup sixth-round win.

Kent pair earn lead at Bristol


Gloucestershire 193, Kent 223-9

Matt Coles and Calum Haggett shared a

record eighth-wicket stand against Gloucestershire as Kent strengthened their position on day two of their County Championship match at Bristol.

Coles hit an aggressive 66 and Haggett made a career-best 54 as they put on 119 in to help Kent recover from 98-7.

Paceman Liam Norwell (3-38) bowled well again, with Daniel Bell-Drummond's 26 the best score among Kent's top order. Haggett fell to David Payne (3-36) shortly before rain ended play with Kent on 223-9, 30 runs ahead.

Will Sterling pick up a reward?


Ben Smith

BBC Sport


"Beautiful evening on Merseyside. Liverpool player awards tonight. Never know, Raheem Sterling might even win an award...

French surprise

Rugby Union

France head coach Philippe Saint-Andre has omitted Clermont Auvergne fly-half Camille Lopez and Racing Metro wing Teddy Thomas from a 36-man World Cup training squad.

Lopez and Thomas were both involved during the Six Nations campaign this season, but they have failed to make Saint-Andre's initial World Cup selection.

Crossing the line


BBC Radio 4

'No guy ever wants to get out to a girl', says Kate Cross, who has been talking about her blossoming cricketing career.

Cross, part of the England women's team; also plays for Heywood men's team in Lancashire - the first woman to play in the men's Central Lancashire League - and took 8 for 47 in a recent match.

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Speaking to the Today Programme on

BBC Radio 4, she said: "I've always benefitted from playing boy's cricket. As a bowler you've got a lot less room for error when you're bowling at blokes.

"No guy ever wants to get out to a girl. I think that will always be the case, but to be fair I think I've been quite well received."

Exeter say goodbye to Mumm

Rugby Union

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter has paid tribute to departing captain Dean Mumm, who has played his last game before returning to Australia.

The 31-year-old lock is

re-joining New South Wales Waratahs after three years in England.

"I'm delighted personally that I've got to know a man of his quality," Baxter told

BBC Radio Devon. "I can't speak highly enough of Dean."

Sheringham for Stevenage?


Teddy Sheringham
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Former Manchester United, Tottenham and England forward Teddy Sheringham has been given permission by West Ham to speak to Stevenage, according to Press Association Sport.

The League Two club have declined to comment on the reports, but Graham Westley's contract as manager expires imminently and he has not received an offer of an extension.

Sheringham, 49, is attacking coach at West Ham.

Mercedes disagree

Formula 1

Mercedes have

rejected claims by Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone that the current turbo hybrid engines have no relevance to road cars.

Ecclestone, 84, has long opposed the engines because they are quieter and more expensive than the previous V8s.

F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and Mercedes F1 engine boss Andy Cowell
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He told F1 Racing magazine that the engines "have nothing to do with cars; they will never be used in cars".

But Mercedes F1 engine boss Andy Cowell said road cars would soon be using "exactly the same" technology.

Froch needs Vegas


Britain's Carl Froch would regret retiring from boxing without fighting in Las Vegas, according to his fellow former world champion Ricky Hatton.

Froch, who was stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt, is expected to announce his future plans this week.

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The 37-year-old was due to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in March but injured his elbow in training.

"The greatest achievement for a British boxer is to see their name up in lights in Vegas,"

Hatton told BBC Sport.

Past and present Villa


Jermaine Jenas

BBC Sport's former Aston Villa midfielder

Jermaine Jenas: Had a good chat with Christian Benteke today back at Villa's training ground.

Coming up

BBC Radio 5 live

BBC Radio 5 live has a

special programme looking at the issue of sudden cardiac death and how it poses a threat to young people involved in sport at 20:30 BST.

It includes interviews with people who have lost relatives to the condition as well as specialists at the forefront of research in the UK.

Keighley Cougars rugby league player Danny Jones, 29,

died after suffering a suspected cardiac arrest during a game earlier this month.

Belgian footballers Tim Nicot and Gregory Mertens

died of cardiac arrest recently.

Venus arrives in Paris

French Open

Venus Williams
Venus Williams

"I have arrived,"

writes Venus Williams on Instagram after the 15th seed touches down in Paris ahead of the French Open, which starts on Sunday.

Fixture change upsets Hull KR

Rugby League

Hull KR chief executive Mike Smith says

l the Rugby Football League's decision to move his side's home game against Castleford is "a joke".

They were originally scheduled to take on the Tigers on Sunday, 7 June but the game has been brought forward to 5 June, because Castleford have another game on the following Thursday.

"Now that we have progressed through to the Challenge Cup quarter-finals, we will also have to arrange a midweek fixture against Salford Red Devils. Will the RFL be able to accommodate both clubs the way they have with Castleford? I don't think so," added Smith.

Fresh investment for Carlisle


League Two Carlisle United

release a statement saying they have received "a prospective new investment offer from a second party which has expressed a genuine and firm interest in taking the club forward on a fresh financial basis".

Perfect replacement


Manchester United already have the

"perfect" replacement for David De Gea should the Spanish goalkeeper leave for Real Madrid, according to former Red Devils keeper Raimond van der Gouw.

United signed Victor Valdes, 33, in January - and Van der Gouw said he "has what it takes to stay at the top".

David D Gea & Victor Valdes
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De Gea, 24, is out of contract next summer and has yet to sign a new deal.

Boss Louis van Gaal believes interest from Real would make it "difficult for De Gea to decide".

McIlroy on his retirement plans


Rory McIlroy and Dan Roan

World number one Rory McIlroy tells BBC sports editor Dan Roan he plans to quit golf when he is 40.

The 26-year-old Northern Irishman says: "Twenty five years at this game should be enough to help me achieve what I want to. If there comes a time when I feel I can't win or give it my best I'd very happily hang up the sticks and do something else."

Watch the full interview on the BBC Sport website.

Rosler has Leeds talks


Uwe Rosler
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Former Wigan and Brentford manager Uwe Rosler has had discussions about the head coach's job at Leeds United.

Neil Redfearn is the current boss at Elland Road but the expectation is his contract to carry on as the head coach will not be renewed when it expires on 30 June.

Rosler, 46, has been out of work since being sacked by Wigan on 13 November. He had previously taken the Latics to the Championship play-offs and an FA Cup semi-final.

Orient 'need English experience'


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Pete Norton

Former Leyton Orient defender Matt Lockwood has urged O's owner Francesco Becchetti to appoint a manager who has

experience in England.

Orient sacked Italian boss Fabio Liverani last week, following their relegation from League One.

"I'd love for the owner to stick with a British-based manager," Lockwood, 38, told BBC London 94.9.

"Orient could be a great club but the owners need to employ people who know England and the lower leagues."

McIlroy plans to quit at 40


Rory McIlroy

World number one Rory McIlroy tells BBC Sport he plans to quit golf when he is 40.

In a wide-ranging interview, McIlroy also reveals that he is learning from the 'phenomenon' Tiger Woods, how a shortened format could improve golf participation and how he handled his Masters disappointment.

Read the full interview with BBC Sport editor Dan Roan here.

Dillon signs Dundee Utd deal


Captain Sean Dillon has

signed a two-year contract extension to tie him to Dundee United until May 2017.

The Irish defender moved to Tannadice from Shelbourne in January 2007 and has made close to 300 appearances.

"This club is a massive part of my life and the Dundee area is my family home," said the 31-year-old Dubliner.

'I want to be best of my generation'


Rory McIlroy
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Golf world number one Rory McIlroy says he wants to be "the best player of my generation".

The Northern Irishman, 26, won his third tournament of the year on Sunday, recording a seven-stroke

victory at the Wells Fargo Classic on the PGA Tour.

In an ominous warning to his rivals, McIlroy pledged to get even better.

He tells

BBC sports editor Dan Roan: "I think I'm pretty close to playing my best golf. I'm definitely able to feel more equipped to win now."

Parish wants more fans to buy Speroni tickets


Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni
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Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has described advance ticket sales for goalkeeper Julian Speroni's testimonial as "disappointing".

Speroni marks over a decade's service to Palace when Dundee - the Argentine's former club - visit Selhurst Park on 26 May.

"It is a fantastic achievement by Jules and I'm a little bit disappointed with the ticket sales for his testimonial," Parish tells the

South London Press.

"It's going to be a great night - I don't think it would kill a few people to get off their backside and show their support." Tickets are £20 for adults and £5 for over-65s and U16s.

Coming up


BBC sports editor Dan Roan has been chatting to world number one golfer Rory McIlroy. His exclusive interview will appear on the BBC Sport website at 17:00 BST.

Feast of football


The BBC has announced it will devote a

whole day of programming to the 2015 FA Cup final, reviving the tradition of all-day coverage of the Wembley showpiece.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger lifts the FA Cup

The match on Saturday 30 May sees defending champions Arsenal take on Aston Villa live on BBC One.

Highlights of the TV build-up to the big game include special editions of Saturday Kitchen and TOTP 2.

There will also be special content on Radio 5 live and the BBC Sport website.

View the full timetable of events here.

King cleared for Rangers role


Dave King is now free to be appointed chairman of Rangers after the Scottish FA announced he has met their fit and proper criteria.

The South Africa-based businessman took control in March but there were doubts about his exact role due to his convictions for breaches of the income tax laws in South Africa and his involvement on the Ibrox club's board under Craig Whyte's stewardship.

Puncture proves costly for Porte

Road Cycling

A late punctureproved costly for Team Sky's Richie Porte as Nicola Boem (Bardiani-CSF) won stage 10 of the Giro d'Italia.

Boem was part of the breakaway which held off the charging peloton in the finale of the 200-kilometres route from Civitanova Marche to Forli.

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) enjoyed an uneventful day to retain the overall leader's pink jersey.

Lifestyle advice for football managers

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AJPS: Leave that driver side window closed as you leave the training ground on transfer deadline day. No good will come of it...

Chris: Don't forget the birthdays of your players. They may be rich playboys but it's an excuse for cake!

Big Brenny: Blame all your failings on someone else. Wenger's done it for nigh on 20 years and he's still got a job, it must work.

Peters starts well against Surrey


BBC London 94.9's Mark Church at Northampton:

Northants 107-2 v Surrey

"Play finally got underway at 14:00 BST after the game's first four sessions were lost to the weather and loan signing Luke Fletcher claimed his first wicket for Surrey when he trapped Kyle Coetzer lbw for three.

"Stephen Peters has looked like he is playing a different game to everyone else and the runs have flowed off his bat. Tom Curran picked up Alex Wakely for eight, but Peters is still there at tea on 64 not out alongside Rob Newton, who is unbeaten on 28."

Compton hits century for Middlesex


Nick Compton
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BBC London 94.9's Kevin Hand at the Ageas Bowl:

Hampshire 413, Middlesex 258-6

"Middlesex's defiance and has seen them to the verge of avoiding the follow-on at tea.

"Former England opener Nick Compton has led the way with his first century since returning from Somerset and he remains unbeaten on 111 with his team just six runs short of the follow on target.

"Whether the visitors will look to push on at a greater scoring rate after the interval remains to be seen as only 156 runs have been added in the two sessions so far today."

Sign of the times

Rugby Union


Heard the one about the international rugby player who celebrated a try by whipping a pen out of his sock and signing the ball on the pitch?

Kenyan Collins Injera celebrated his 200th try on the World Rugby Sevens Series tour by doing just that.

Watch here.

Gresley, Mickleover, Benfica...



Burton Albion have announced their pre-season fixture schedule and the League Two champions will

host Portuguese giants Benfica in a friendly on 21 July.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink's side will prepare for the visit of a club that played in this season's Champions League with trips to non-league sides Gresley Rovers and Mickleover Sports.

Benfica clinched their 34th domestic league title last weekend.

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JasonW: Don't forget to look both ways before crossing the road to get to your Ferrari...

RelocatedWolf: Buy a tin hat and invest in anything that may thicken your skin.

Hard luck lads


Zidane jnr's heroics haven't pleased everyone though...


Zidane saves three penalties


Luca Zidane, son of Zinedine, saved three penalties and missed one of his own - a Panenka, no less - as France squeezed past Belgium in a shootout at the European Under-17 Championships.

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The sides drew 1-1 in Bulgaria but the French prevailed to set up a final meeting with either Germany or Russia.

England, meanwhile, beat Spain on penalties to win a play-off and qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Chile later this year.

Kent lower order resists


BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt at Bristol:

Gloucestershire 193, Kent 183-7

"Gloucestershire have let Kent off the hook in the afternoon session.

"They picked up two wickets in the first two overs, and when Billings was caught behind Kent were 98 for 7.

"But Coles and Hagett have put together 85 for the eighth wicket, and are now well within sight of the home side's 193."

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