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Summary

  1. Figo & Van Praag withdraw from Fifa election
  2. Heaton, Vardy, Austin in England squad
  3. Agent says Sterling will not sign Liverpool deal
  4. GET INVOLVED: Top Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

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By Matt Davis

All times stated are UK

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Sportdsday Live

That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

Friday's offering will feature a host of Premier League press conference plus the latest sports news and views.

You can catch it all from 08:00 BST on Friday.

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BBC Radio 5 live

A reminder that this evening on BBC Radio 5 live, there is a special programme from 20:00-21:30 BST on Steven Gerrard's top 10 moments.

There will also be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

Bemand named as England women's coach

Rugby Union

Former England scrum-half Scott Bemand has been appointed

head coach of the England women's team.

Bemand, 36, turned out for Bath, Harlequins and Leicester during his playing career.

England won the World Cup by beating Canada last August but the Rugby Football Union parted company with winning coach Gary Street in January just before the start of the Six Nations.

Norwich fan reported for abusive language by TV viewer

Football

A Norwich City football fan

was reported for "racially abusive" language by a television viewer during the play-off match at Ipswich Town.

The Bolton viewer phoned Suffolk Police alleging that Ipswich player Tyrone Mings had been abused during the 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

Officers scanned footage and arrested a 17-year-old during the match who admitted using non-racist but abusive language. He will not go to the final under a community resolution.

Sheringham sympathy for Allardyce

Football

Sam Allarcyce
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Newly appointed Stevenage manager Teddy Sheringham has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about his decision to leave his role as attacking coach at West Ham alongside manager Sam Allardyce to move to the League Two club.

"If Sam would have asked me 3 or 4 months ago, 'Look I've got a couple of more years here and I want you to stay' then I probably would have said 'oh yeah that's fantastic I'm enjoying my time there, let's do it'," he said

"But things have been uncertain for Sam for the last six months which has left an empty corridor for myself.

"He is still hopeful that something will happen, it happened like that the last time he was out of contract at West Ham, and it happened to Steve Bruce at Birmingham. I don't think it's been any mystery or secret that they have been trying to look for other managers."

Buttler passes half-century

Cricket

At Lord's, the opening day of England's first Test against New Zealand is coming to an end and Jos Buttler has passed his half-century.

You can follow ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

Jake Gledhill: Got to be Captain Fantastic leading the charge for the impossible comeback in Istanbul with the best header I've ever seen.

Daniel Farren: Working in a hotel showing Portugal v England at Euro 2004, remember Gerrard's tireless runs box to box in extra time. Winner!

Kurt Hargreaves: His 2nd goal in the 2006 FA Cup final

Adolf Dlima: Out of the several 700+ in a Liverpool Shirt, the one when he scored against Man U and kissed the camera. #ThanksStevie

You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

Molinari challenges at Wentworth

Golf

Francesco Molinari
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First round action is still continuing at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

Italy's Francesco Molinari leads the way on six under with one hole of his round remaining while Sweden's Robert Karlsson holds the clubhouse lead on five under.

Out on the course, both Luke Donald and Justin Rose are one under after 16.

Sangakkara century in rain-affected draw

Cricket

Northants 309 draw with Surrey 499-6d

(scorecard)

Kumar Sangakkara scored his second Championship century for Surrey as their Division Two match with Northants ended, as expected, in a draw.

Persistent rain during days one and two wrecked any hopes of a positive result.

But the visitors were keen to secure maximum bonus points and did so thanks to Sangakkara (111) and a career-best 140 off 145 balls from Jason Roy.

Glamorgan claim first win

Cricket

Glamorgan 314 & 270; Essex 221 & 274

(scorecard)

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff: "Glamorgan recorded their first Championship win of the season beating Essex by 89 runs despite valiant visitors' resistance on the final afternoon.

"Ryan ten Doeschate was unbeaten on 74 but ran out of partners as Essex were bowled out for 274 just after tea.

"There were three wickets each for Andrew Salter and Michael Hogan."

Figo pulls out of Fifa presidency race

Football

Figo's withdrawal from the race for the Fifa presidency means there are just two candidates remaining - current president Sepp Blatter, who is bidding for a fifth term, and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Football

Luis Figo is dropping out of the election for president of Fifa, saying the 29 May ballot is "not a normal electoral act".

In a statement sent to the Associated Press, the Portugal great and former Fifa world player of the year says that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed "for the delivery of absolute power to one man" - indicating Sepp Blatter.

Figo's announcement came hours after another candidate - Dutch soccer federation president Michael van Praag - also withdrew.

BreakingBREAKING NEWS

Football

Liverpool have announced that winger Jordon Ibe and defender Jon Flanagan have signed contract extensions at the club.

It is understood Ibe, 19, has signed a new five-year deal while Flanagan, 22, has renewed his expiring contract by 12 months.

Cowan-Dickie selection delights Dawe

Rugby Union

Luke Cowan-Dickie
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Former England international Graham Dawe has

hailed hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie as a "special player" following the 21-year-old's inclusion in the 50-man England training squad for the World Cup.

Cowan-Dickie is one of four uncapped players in the squad, along with Exeter clubmate Henry Slade, rugby league convert Sam Burgess and Saracens forward Maro Itoje.

"He's a special player, so let's hope he goes well," Dawe told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Being a Cornishman as well - for anybody this far west it's great news to get into the England squad."

Gilbert wins Giro stage

Cycling

Belgian Philippe Gilbert of the BMC team timed a solo attack to perfection on Monte Berico to win Thursday's rain-hit 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

Race leader Alberto Contador finished second three seconds adrift on the uphill finish to the 190km ride between Imola and Vicenza, with main rival Richie Porte from Team Sky a further three seconds behind.

Broady loses out in qualifying

Tennis

After earlier wins for Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta, Naomi Broady's qualification bid at the French Open is over after she was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Australia's Anastasia Rodionova.

England v New Zealand

Cricket

Joe Root
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Joe Root has fallen two runs short of his century at Lord's as he edges Matt Henry to Latham.

Still that is a vital innings for the Yorkshire batsman who came to the crease at 29-3 and steadied the innings with his knock of 98 from 161 balls.

England 255-6. Moeen Ali is the next man in to join Jos Buttler who is on 26.

Test your cricket knowledge

Cricket

Which New Zealand player only has seven toes? Who has the number of the beast? Who hit their first ever ball in Test cricket for six?

Have a go at our quiz on England and New Zealand players. The average score seems to be ten out of 15, though some England batsmen scored in single figures.

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Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

Steve Gerrard
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Brian Bates: Stevie G's best moments over 700 of them. Every time he pulled on a Liverpool shirt

Joe Mahon: Tough choice between, red card in under a minute,back pass to Henry, saying let's not this slip, then slipping, or crying with Suarez on TV.

Peter Jga Burns: When he single-handedly won a European Cup and stopped one of the best ever teams assembled, Cafu, Maldini, Seedorf, Pirlo, Crespo, Shevchenko, Gattuso, Inzaghi.... at the moment in time he was in the top five footballers in the world.

Let us know your top Steven Gerrard moments by using

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Facebook.

You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

Essex fight on against Glamorgan

Cricket

Glamorgan 314 & 270, Essex 221 & 254-7

(scorecard)

BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff: "Essex are battling hard against the odds, chasing a stiff target of 364 to beat Glamorgan.

"Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has led the way with a stubborn 57 not out, while Kishen Velani chipped in with 31 and 17-year-old Callum Taylor made 22 before losing a feisty battle with Graham Wagg.

"Glamorgan remain favourites for victory, but don't count Essex out yet."

Denly ton seals Kent victory

Cricket

Kent 235 & 243-2 beat Gloucestershire 193 & 282 by eight wickets

(scorecard)

Joe Denly and Sam Northeast shared an unbroken partnership of 208 at Bristol as Kent secured their first Championship victory of the summer.

Opener Denly struck three sixes and 15 fours in his 117, while acting captain Northeast finished unbeaten on 88.

Paceman Craig Miles and Liam Norwell claimed a wicket each for Gloucestershire, who had won their two previous games, and now have a combined total of 47 for the season.

PGA Championship

Golf

Sweden's Robert Karlsson is the clubhouse leader at Wentworth on five under.

Robert Karlsson
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There are currently six players tied for second on four under including England's Chris Wood.

World number one Rory McIlroy is four shots off the lead on one under.

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England coach may not start before Ashes - Strauss

Cricket

Andrew Strauss
PA

Meanwhile, cricket director Andrew Strauss

says the new England coach may not be in place before the Ashes start in July.

Strauss is set to hold talks with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie over succeeding Peter Moores, who was sacked in May.

"There is a ticking clock ahead of the Ashes, but we won't rush it," Strauss told Test Match Special. "In an ideal world we'll have someone in place before that, but not if it's not the right man."

England v New Zealand

Cricket

It's tea at Lord's and England are 219-5 with Joe Root unbeaten on 80 and Jos Buttler on 13.

There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and

live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

British duo win in qualifying

Tennis

British pair Kyle Edmund and Jo Konta are just one win away from a place in the French Open main draw.

Edmund beat Romania's Victor Hanescu, a former quarter-finalist, 6-1 6-2 while Konta was a 7-6 6-3 winner over Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, who is ranked 34 places above her.

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Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

Thank You Steven: The day he turned down a move to Chelsea in 2005.

Jamie Moryoussef: His first derby when he celebrated making a goal line clearance

Let us know your top Steven Gerrard moments by using

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Facebook.

You can listen to a

BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

Yorke interested in Sunderland job

Football

Former Manchester United and Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke says he would be interested in starting his managerial career at the Stadium of Light.

Yorke, 43, who completes his coaching qualifications this year, says he would be interested in the Sunderland job if manager Dick Advocaat leaves at the end of the season.

"I feel that one day given the chance the opportunity may come along at Sunderland it would be a team of great interest to me because I feel I've got unfinished business there, " he said,

speaking to Kicca.

"I see myself as an aspiring, new, young manager coming through the ranks once I've finished my qualifications this year I will certainly be looking at it with one eye."

Wolves sign Portsmouth's Wallace

Football

Jed Wallace
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Championship side Wolves have made their first summer signing, bringing in

Portsmouth midfielder Jed Wallace for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old had been linked with several clubs after scoring 17 times in 50 appearances in 2014-15.

Leo swaps Exiles - for Exiles

Rugby Union

London Irish's Samoa international lock Dan Leo

has agreed to join relegated London Welsh for next season.

The 32-year-old is the Oxford-based club's 13th confirmed signing for the 2015-16 campaign.

Liverpool cancel Sterling meeting

Football

More now on Raheem Sterling and Liverpool say they

cancelled a planned meeting with the winger in response to his agent's comments today.

Aidy Ward reportedly said the England forward, 20, will not sign a new deal even if offered "£900,000 a week".

The club believe there would be no point in having a meeting when the player's representative is quoted as saying a new deal would not be signed regardless of the figure.

Treve ready for seasonal return

Horse Racing

Treve and jockey Thierry Jarnet after winning the 2014 Arc
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Dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve is "spot on" ahead of her return to action next Friday at Saint-Cloud.

Criquette Head-Maarek's superstar is due to make her comeback in the Group Three Prix Corrida and will attempt to win a third Arc at the end of the season, something no horse in history has ever done.

You can check out all the latest horse racing results on

the BBC Sport website.

England v New Zealand

Cricket

Ben Stokes
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Agony for Ben Stokes who has fallen eight runs short of his century. He is bowled for 92 by Mark Craig.

Jos Buttler next man in.

England 191-5 (Root 65, Buttler 0)

There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and

live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

Vardy in England squad

Football

Jamie Vardy's Leicester teammates have paid tribute to the striker after his call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Paul Konchesky posted on

Instagram:Well done to my pal Jamie Vardy on your England call up! Fully deserved and a great honour to play for your country!! Nice one pal.

Kasper Schmeichel

tweeted: Massive congratulations to Jamie Vardy on England call-up! About time too. So deserved. Defenders and GK's nightmare!

Hamilton quickest in second practice

Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton
AFP

Lewis Hamilton has finished fastest in a rain-affected second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix in a time of 1:17.192.

Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was second (1:17.932) and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third. (1:18.295)

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Benitez to Madrid

LATEST GOSSIP

Away from the Raheem Sterling saga, former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is being linked a move to Real Madrid.

The

Daily Mail report that the Napoli manager is a shock candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.

Read more stories like this in our

Gossip Column.

Liverpool cancel Sterling meeting

Football

Liverpool have cancelled a meeting with Raheem Sterling and his representatives which had been due to take place on Friday.

Sterling's agent Aidy Ward has said today that the winger

will not sign a new contract at Liverpool even if he is offered "£900,000 a week" by the club.

"I can improve" - McIlroy

Golf

Defending champion Rory McIlroy says there is "room for improvement" after he shot a first round one-under par 71 at the PGA Championship.

Rory McIlroy
AFP

The world number one is four shots behind clubhouse leader Sweden's Robert Karlsson at Wentworth.

" I didn't feel like any aspect of my game was really off today. But at the same time, I didn't do anything that good, either.

"There's definitely room for improvement over the next few days."

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Partick Thistle winger banned for betting

Football

Partick Thistle winger Steven Lawless has been handed an

immediate two-match ban for breaching Scottish Football Association rules on betting.

Lawless was found in breach of the SFA's zero-tolerance rules by betting on 513 games between December 2012 and 3 March this year, although there was no evidence to suggest he was involved in any of the games.

The 24-year-old was handed a six-match ban in total, but four games are suspended until the end of next season.

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Football

Gerrard's top 10 moments

Steve Gerrard
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Tonight on BBC Radio 5 live there will be a special programme looking at the big moments of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career as the 34-year-old prepares to leave English football behind and move to America.

From the high of Istanbul to the low of his costly slip, 10 of his biggest moments will be remembered and discussed, with key figures such as Xabi Alonso and Didi Hamann contributing.

The programme will run from 19:30-21:00 BST and be presented by Mike Ingham, who will be joined by actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston, Times football editor Tony Evans and the Telegraph's Henry Winter.

There will also be a special live text commentary on the BBC website running alongside the programme.