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Summary

  1. Arsenal v Sunderland (19:45 BST)
  2. Rosler confirmed as Leeds manager
  3. Kane in and Shaw out of England's Euro Under-21 squad
  4. Gillespie to hold Strauss talks
  5. Hamilton signs new three-year Mercedes deal
  6. Get involved #bbcsportsday

Live Reporting

By Steve Canavan and Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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So that is that for Sportsday today. But there is live text commentary over on

BBC Football as relegation-threatened Sunderland look to take away at least a point from Arsenal which would guarantee their Premier League safety.

Rangers and Hibs meet in play-offs

Scottish Premiership play-off

There's a hugely important match in Scotland this evening, with Rangers welcoming Hibs to Ibrox for the first leg of the Scottish Premiership play-off semi-final.

The winners of the two-legged tie between the teams who finished second and third in the Scottish Championship will then face Motherwell - who are 11th in the top flight - over two legs to determine which of the three will play in the Premiership next season.

'We're better now'

Cricket

Captain Brendon McCullum says New Zealand were once "overpaid prima donnas" - but feels England should fear the much-changed side they face when the two-Test series begins on Thursday.

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New Zealand lost 2-0 on their last tour of England in 2013, when they were ranked eighth in the Test standings.

But the Black Caps have won four of their past six series to rise to third, two places ahead of England.

"We're a better team than 2013,"

said McCullum. "We've grown up a lot."

Comeback man Crolla

Boxing

Good news for Anthony Crolla fans - he is back in training.

Crolla suffered a fractured skull and broken ankle when he was struck by a concrete slab after chasing burglars he had spotted leaving a neighbours' home.

His trainer Joe Gallagher posted on

Twitter: "Great to see @ant_crolla back in action sparring today. Good eight rounds done with Scott Quigg."

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Crolla, 28, will fight for the WBA world lightweight title against Colombian Darleys Perez in Manchester on 18 July.

KP talks

Cricket

Kevin Pietersen has - as you'd possibly expect him to - passed comment on Paul Farbrace's announcement that the England job would be

too good to turn down.

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"He might be the only one who will want a team that's not allowed to be at full strength," Pietersen wrote on

BreatheSport.

Farbrace is in temporary charge of England, and will oversee the two-Test series against New Zealand.

Big offer to De Gea

Football

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Manchester United will offer goalkeeper David De Gea a new contract worth up to £250,000 a week to convince the 24-year-old to commit to the club amid interest from Real Madrid, according to

The Sun.

Cech to replace De Gea?

Football

Daily Telegraph: Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 32, has emerged as a possible replacement for De Gea should the Spaniard leave Manchester United.

Mourinho ponders Falcao move

Football gossip

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Daily Mail: Premier League champions Chelsea are considering taking Radamel Falcao, 29, on a season-long loan in 2015-16. The striker is currently on a season-long loan at Manchester United from Monaco but has only scored four times.

'Three more years'

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton on Instagram on his new deal with Mercedes: "Just signed my new deal, 3 more years. A huge thank you to Mercedes for their support over these last 17 years. This will take us to 20 years together. I am so grateful for their belief in me. To this team, I am incredibly proud to drive for you all and I hope this shows you that the commitment is reciprocated. I will not give up on you. We have a long way to go, let's keep killin it. Thank you for all you do and for helping me be the best I can be. Now let's race!!! #MonacoGP"

Chelsea to lose two and gain Sterling?

Football gossip

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Chelsea are prepared to sell winger Juan Cuadrado, 26, and attacking midfielder Oscar, 23, to raise funds for a rival bid for Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling, reports the

Daily Star.

'PSG cannot afford Pogba'

Football

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Manchester Evening News: Paul Pogba's former agent has claimed that Paris St Germain cannot afford the expected £44m asking price for the French international. And that could leave the competition for the Juventus star's signature this summer as a two-way tussle between Manchester City and Real Madrid.

Stalemate at Ageas Bowl

Cricket

BBC Radio Solent's Kevan James at Southampton:

Hampshire 413 & 185-5 dec, Middlesex 362

"Hampshire comfortably saw out the fourth day as the Middlesex pace trio of Steven Finn, Toby Roland-Jones and James Harris failed to get any life out of a pitch grew increasingly slow.

"Middlesex's last-wicket partnership of 75 between Roland-Jones and Finn the day before did not help the game. It got them too close to the home side's first innings total, so Hampshire could not push on with the bat second time around, and have enough overs left to have a second go with the ball."

Lancashire secure victory

Cricket

Lancashire 368 & 203-5 dec beat Leicestershire 249 & 78 by 244 runs

Lancashire extended their lead at the top of Division Two after a comprehensive victory over Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Chasing 323 from 59 overs, the home side were bowled out for 78 thanks largely to Tom Bailey's maiden five-wicket haul.

The win was Lancashire's seventh in their last 10 Championship games against Leicestershire, who are still searching for their first Championship victory since 2012.

St James' sit-in

Football

Newcastle United fans are

planning to occupy St James' Park after the game against West Ham as protest against owner Mike Ashley.

The Magpies could be relegated from the top flight depending on results and a section of supporters plan a sit-in to get owner Mike Ashley to sell the club.

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The AshleyOut.com group said they "will continue to occupy the ground" after the final whistle whatever the result.

They want other fans to join them in a protest cleared by Northumbria Police.

Reid wins in Turkey

Golf

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England's Melissa Reid led from start to finish to secure her fifth Ladies European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open on Wednesday.

Reid carded a closing 73 at Carya Golf Club in Belek to finish 11 under par, four shots ahead of France's Gwladys Nocera.

"When you win you want to win properly and to lead every single day has been nice. I've not been in that position before, so to win in that way does make it extra special," said Reid.

FA uphold Chelsea claim

Football

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had his three-match ban reduced to just one after his sending off against West Brom when he kicked the ball against Chris Brunt's head during a break in play.

A statement from Chelsea read: "The standard sanction would have been a three-match suspension.

"However, following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing earlier today, the club's claim that a three-match suspension is excessive was successful.

"Fabregas will therefore now only miss our final game of the season against Sunderland on Sunday and will be available for selection from the start of the 2015/16 campaign."

United eye Dutch keeper

Football

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The Mirror: Manchester United are also considering Ajax and Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 26, as a possible replacement for De Gea.

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Lee Parkinson: I liked Rosler as a player and I liked what he did at Brentford FC as manager, so I'm optimistic.

Signing in

Football

One for fans of Hartlepool...

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Fabregas ban reduced

Football

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas is sent off at West Brom
EPA

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has had his suspension reduced to one match following his red card against West Brom on Monday evening, the Football Association has announced.

St Helens coach fined

Rugby League

St Helens coach Keiron Cunningham has been fined £500 by the Rugby Football League for publicly criticising a referee.

Cunningham berated the performance of James Child after his side's 33-26 Super League defeat by Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday, 9 May.

Half the fine has been suspended until the end of the season and Cunningham, who has 14 days to appeal, was warned over his future conduct.

Happy Birthday

Football

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One birthday we forgot earlier on was that of former Cameroon striker Roger Milla. Today

Milla turns 63 and is doubtless still playing football and gyrating at corner flags for a team somewhere...

Boro sell out

Football

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Emotional win for Walkden

Taekwondo

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Bianca Walkden has dedicated her World Championship gold medal to her late grandfather, who passed away moments before her final on Sunday.

The 23-year-old had spoken to Pasqual Discala before her semi-final earlier that day and he was aware that she had reached the heavyweight final, but the 74-year-old Italian lost his year-long battle with illness soon afterwards.

"I told him I'd win for him, so there was a bit of pressure to be honest," she tells BBC Sport.

Watch: Uwe Rosler news conference

Football

If you want more from the news conference at which Uwe Rosler was introduced as Leeds United manager, who can

watch the whole event here thanks to our colleagues at BBC Radio Leeds.

'A big, big thank you'

Jimmy Greaves update

An update on the health of Jimmy Greaves, 75, who suffered a severe stroke at the start of the month.

"Jimmy is improving still. Its a long hard road ahead but there is room for cautious optimism," read a statement posted on Greaves'

official Facebook page.

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"Jim and the whole family want me to convey how much it means to all of us, that there have been hundreds of cards and gifts and flowers and many many thousands of messages of goodwill on social media.

"We would like to thank Tottenham Hotspur for a fabulous bouquet and their heartfelt messages and all the famous footballers of all eras and all the media people Jim has worked with down the years for all their love and offers of help.

"From the bottom of the hearts of all concerned, and especially from Jimmy, a big, big thank you to you all."

Glamorgan build towards declaration

Cricket

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb:

Glamorgan 314 & 228-8, Essex 221

"Glamorgan wrested control of the match back from Essex as they recovered from 38-4 just after lunch to lead by 321 runs at tea.

"Mark Wallace led the way with an attacking knock of 79, his highest innings of the season, and shared a stand of 98 with Graham Wagg (43).

In a marathon afternoon session, 200 runs came as the game turned in favour of the batsmen."

Do you know more than the experts?

Football

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Arsenal v Sunderland (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Football

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Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat: "For this club it is crucial to stay up, so everybody knows what they have to do for the next couple of years."

Asked he was nervous, he replied: "No, excited, very excited. But it's better for all of us, the sooner the better we get that point.

"It's good for the club, for everybody at the club, because then they know what they have to do, because there's a lot that has to be done here to do better, let's say it that way."

Arsenal v Sunderland (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Football

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
AP

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: "Sunderland are in search of a point to be safe.

"I expect them to be well organised defensively and to be sound at the back, and to try to use all the counter-attacks they can, all the set-pieces they have, to score goals.

"We have to put a high rhythm into this game and play with a high level of energy to win the game."

Arsenal v Sunderland (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Football

A point for Arsenal should all-but secure a top three spot in the Premier League for the Gunners, while a draw would also secure Sunderland's top-flight status.

So here's a little stat attack before tonight's game:

  • Three of the last six meetings at the Emirates between these sides have ended in goalless draws.
  • Sunderland have only lost one of their last six league games (W3, D2).
  • The Black Cats have been involved in eight 0-0 draws in this season's Premier League - three more than any other side.

Lancashire on course for victory

Cricket

Lancashire 368 & 203-5 dec, Leicestershire 249 & 41-8

Division Two leaders Lancashire are heading for victory after superb new-ball bowling by Tom Bailey and Kyle Jarvis on the final afternoon at Grace Road.

Leicestershire went from 20-0 to 29-7 in the space of seven overs as Bailey took 5-12 and Jarvis 2-10.

Nathan Buck weighed in with the final wicket before tea following Lancashire's earlier declaration, which left the home side a target of 323 from 59 overs.

Hampshire bat on at Southampton

Cricket

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

Hampshire 413 & 146-3, Middlesex 362

"A draw is now the inevitable outcome at Southampton as the hosts have reached tea on 146-3, leading by 197 runs in their second innings.

"Middlesex have toiled all day in an effort to force a collapse that may leave a run chase in the final session but a fifty from former England opener Michael Carberry has been the mainstay of quiet morning and afternoon sessions.

"The pitch has had its moments in the match with some interesting bounce but overall the bat has been heavily on top despite the slow scoring rate."

That's got to smart

Ice Hockey

An ice hockey puck can reach speeds of 100mph or more but that did not stop one Canadian player from deciding to head one into the net.

Chicago Blackhawks centre Andrew Shaw produced a leap even Stoke City's Peter Crouch would be proud of to head home in his side's NHL Western Conference final against Anaheim Ducks.

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The 23-year-old raced away to celebrate but officials ruled the effort out, citing NHL rules which state goals can only be deliberately scored with use of the stick.

"I understand, but I think if anyone can ever pull that off it should still be a goal," Shaw said. "I was just out there using my head."

American broadcaster NBC called the goal "the greatest that never was".

Full story here.

BreakingGillespie to hold Strauss talks

Cricket

Jason Gillespie is set to hold talks with England team director Andrew Strauss in the next 24 hours over the England head coach's position, BBC Sport understands.

The Yorkshire coach has spoken to Strauss on the phone and will now sit down to discuss the role.

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Jono: No matter how England play against New Zealand. If they lose it doesn't mean KP would have made the difference. Ok BBC.

Got it Jono, I shall pass it on to my colleagues.

Scholes in a spot of bother

Golf/football

Tweet from Espn's

Alex Perry: "Here's Paul Scholes in a familiar position at the #BMWPGA. For someone so majestic on the football pitch..."

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Blackpool charged

Football

A little more flesh on the bones about Blackpool, charged by the FA after their final match of the season against Huddersfield was abandoned following a pitch invasion.

An FA statement read: "Blackpool have been charged by The FA in relation to crowd incidents during the second half of their match against Huddersfield Town at Bloomfield Road on 2 May 2015.

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"It is alleged the club failed to ensure that no spectators or unauthorised persons were permitted to encroach onto the pitch area whilst attending this fixture, resulting in its abandonment.

"Blackpool have until 28 May 2015 to respond to the charge."

The Seasiders finished bottom of the Championship and will play League One football next season - four years after being in the Premier League.

Burnley announce departure

Football

Burnley have announced that chief executive Lee Hoos is leaving and will join QPR.

"Mr Hoos, who joined the club in December 2011, is departing for family reasons and will take up a position of CEO at Queens Park Rangers later this summer," said a statement on the Clarets website.

Burnley have been relegated from the Premier League, along with Rangers.

Carlisle consider investment options

Football

Carlisle United have

put investment talks with businessman Andrew Lapping on hold after receiving a new offer from an undisclosed party.

"I'm doing this because it's my club, it's been a huge part of my life and it always will be," Lapping told BBC Radio Cumbria.

"I can't help feeling a bit sore - I think I offered a good option."