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  1. Man Utd: Van Gaal 'believes' De Gea will stay
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By Matt Davis and Patrick Jennings

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And that brings Sportsday to a close as well. We'll be back on Monday to help see you through the bank holiday weekend, but until then allow me to point you in the direction of the big stories doing the rounds in our neck of the ether.

World number one

Rory McIlroy misses the cut at the BMW PGA Championship after finishing five over for his two rounds at Wentworth.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes goalkeeper

David De Gea will stay at the club, despite reported interest from Real Madrid.

And stay tuned for a big story regarding the England cricket team's vacant head coach position - Jason Gillespie has held positive talks with director of the England and Wales Cricket board Andrew Strauss.

New Zealand punish profligate England


England cricketers
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Day two of England's first Test against New Zealand has been brought to a close. And

our report won't make happy reading for the home side after New Zealand dominated to move into a strong position at Lord's.

Kane Williamson made an unbeaten 92 and Martin Guptill and Tom Latham passed 50 to take the Black Caps to 303-2, only 86 behind.

England will look to missed opportunities, with debutant Mark Wood having Guptill caught off a no-ball on 24 and Ian Bell dropping Latham on 21.

The hosts earlier added 35 runs for the loss of three wickets to be bowled out for 389.

Murray to face Arguello in French Open


We had the draw for the first round at the French Open this afternoon but now the qualifiers have been placed in too.

Briton Andy Murray is up against Facundo Arguello of Argentina, the world number 139.

The news for Kyle Edmund, who

booked his place in the main draw in the final round of qualifying earlier today, is that he will play Stephane Robert of France.

Meanwhile, fellow Briton Johanna Konta will play the world number 86 Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic.

Contador loses Giro lead

Road Cycling

Giro d'Italia cyclists

Sacha Modolo was the stage winner but today's 147 km run from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo could be crucial in deciding who takes home the Giro d'Italia pink jersey come the race end on 31 May.

Alberto Contador has lost his overall lead after crashing in the final four kilometres, with Italian Fabian Aru escaping the pile-up to move 19 seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

And just to add insult to injury, had the incident happened slightly further up the road everyone would have been given the same time - crashes within a certain distance of the finish line are neutralized.

Contador has never before lost the overall lead at a Grand Tour. But you feel this time he will be back...

Who is your biggest flop?


BBC Radio 5 live

Mario Balotelli

Don't forget you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's

alternative end of season awards from 19:00 BST this evening.

Who's your biggest flop? Manchester United's £59.7m winger Angel Di Maria? Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli? Or maybe you feel Newcastle United's defence would be a better shout?

Phil Neville, Steven Reid and Jason Burt will be on hand to discuss.

Can Hull beat the drop?


Hull manager Steve Bruce
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Will there be one final twist in the relegation battle? Hull manager Steve Bruce is certainly hoping so. His side can stay up if they win at home to Manchester United on Sunday, so long as Newcastle don't beat West Ham at St James' Park.

Here's a clip of what Bruce has had to say today.

A "tall order", is how he puts it. Ex-United defender Bruce has never beaten his former club.

Rugby Union

Rugby Union

Wasps have

strengthened their squad for next season with four new signings.

Glasgow Warriors centre James Downey, 34, will return to the Ricoh Arena after a spell with the club as injury cover this term.

Leicester prop Tom Bristow, Leinster centre Brendan Macken and London Scottish scrum-half Jamie Stevenson have also agreed contracts with wasps.

McIlroy misses cut at BMW PGA Championship


Rory McIlroy

World number one and defending champion Rory McIlroy misses the cut at the BMW PGA Championship after finishing five over for his two rounds at Wentworth.

The 26-year-old, who has won two of his last three events in America, had a double bogey six at the 11th as he added a round of 78 to his opening 71.

Lee Westwood and Ernie Els face a wait to see if one over will make the cut.

Italian Francesco Molinari retained a two-shot lead after birdies at the last two holes in a 69 took him to 10 under.

'Middlesborough v Norwich'


What with Wembley

misspelling Middlesbrough on the Teeside club's match tickets for Monday's game with Norwich, this Championship play-off final has got some back story...

Don't put them in the microwave mum!


Burned football tickets
Mikey knight

And speaking of strange goings on between Norwich fans and their football tickets, allow me to remind you of this story from back in March.

This time, your tickets are snugly ensconced in an envelope. All you've got to do is grab them from the counter on your way out right?

Not if your mum hasn't accidentally cooked that is.

The charred remains, worth £500, were dished up alongside a roast chicken by Mikey Knight's red-faced mum, with Brighton providing replacements.

When cockapoos strike!


Freddie the cockapoo
Matt Grimmer

We've all been there, right? You put your football tickets in a safe place, only for your

dog to chew them up and leave you in a cold sweat over missing your team's biggest match in yonks.

That's exactly what happened to Norwich fan Matt Grimmer, who discovered Freddie the cockapoo had munched part of his tickets for Monday's Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough at Wembley.

"The barcode which you use to go through the gates at Wembley was totally defaced," he said.

Norwich City have re-printed the tickets for him and two of his sons. But what about Freddie?

Klopp to say goodbye


Borussia Dortmund fans

I don't see why there's any reason to be surprised but Jurgen Klopp's last home game as Borussia Dortmund manager is a sell-out.

The real question is what kind of a tribute the 80,667-strong crowd can be expected to make as they say goodbye to the floppy-haired maverick, who announced in April that he will be leaving at the end of the season.

"There will be a special atmosphere and I don't know what will be going on inside me if we win," said Klopp, whose side play Werder Bremen in a 14:30 BST kick-off on Saturday.

Edmund & Konta into French Open first round

Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

Kyle Edmund
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"Britain's Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta will make their French Open debuts after

securing qualifying victories.

"Edmund beat Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1 6-4 in the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros.

"The 20-year-old from Yorkshire, ranked 121st, also made it through qualifying at the Australian Open in January.

"British women's number two Konta, 24, joined Heather Watson in the main draw by beating French world number 315 Clothilde de Bernardi 6-2 6-1."

The Alternative Football Awards


BBC Radio 5 live

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
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As Louis van Gaal demonstrated oh so well the other night, end of season awards should be a time for celebration, a light-hearted look back among friends.

Following in the spirit of the Manchester United manager, who grabbed the microphone and

imposed his own brilliant comic genius on proceedings, BBC Radio 5 live has put together its alternative end of season awards.

The Rant of the Season category includes masterpieces from Steve Evans and Ian Holloway, while Mark Lawrenson also pops up to take on an "absolute tube" of a Barcelona fan.

Check out the

nominations in full over here, and we'll feature a few more of the prizes up for grabs before 19:00 BST, when the awards will be discussed on air.

Promotion can help Swindon keep stars


Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper believes beating Preston in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Sunday will give the club a "real opportunity" to keep their star players for next season.

Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo has been linked with a move in the summer, while goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and top-scorer Andy Williams will be out of contract at the end of the season.

"For them and their careers, everything changes. Either they stay with us and get better contracts or they move on to bigger and better things. If they do go there and get that result, everybody wins," Cooper told

BBC Points West.

Andy Murray - a challenger in Paris?


Andy Murray
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Can Andy Murray challenge for the French Open title this year?

The Briton seems to think so - he reckons he's playing the

best clay-court tennis of his career as he heads into the tournament in Paris.

Murray, 28, won his first title on the surface in Munich earlier this month before beating 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open final.

"It's probably the best I have played on clay, for sure," said the Scot, who's twice been a semi-finalist at Roland Garros.

"I feel like I'm moving well. I feel a lot freer on the court and my body feels good."

Challenge Cup quarter-finals on BBC TV

Rugby League

Leeds Rhinos

Two of the four Challenge Cup quarter-finals are to be broadcast live on BBC TV.

On Saturday, June 27 you can watch Warrington Wolvesv Leigh Centurions on BBC One (15:00 BST kick-off), and on Sunday, June 28 BBC Two will bring you the 16:00 start between St Helens and Widnes Vikings.

Those matches follow Hull Kingston Rovers' tie against Catalans Dragons on the Thursday, and Hull FC's Friday night match with Leeds Rhinos.



Nigel Pearson
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Now that I've got your attention, take a look at this story about... free beer.

Leicester City's owners will dip into their pockets and

buy the first round during Sunday's final game of the season against QPR.

After the Foxes's remarkably secured their Premier League status, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said the club wanted to "say thank you to our fans for their incredible support".

"It's been key in the team securing another season in the top flight."

Bantams release Halliday and Urwin


Let's make it a double of Bradford City news for you - although this one's a long way from the magic of the cup. The

League One club is releasing midfielder Andrew Halliday and goalkeeper Matt Urwin.

Halliday, 23, scored in their FA Cup fourth round victory against Chelsea, while Urwin, 21, played in just one Capital Cup game after joining in August.

The results are in...

What surprised you most this season?

Bradford Chelsea players
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It was absolute mayhem in our office, I can tell you that much. The moment

Bradford beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup is a worthy winner of our vote on the most surprising moments of the season.

Second up was Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League, with Leicester's survival in the top flight a very close third.

Thanks for taking part. Voting is now closed and the results in full are at the top of this page.

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Lee freeman: Just for Newcastle - The only way is up! (Yazz) or Down Down (Status Quo) .... depending on Sunday's results!

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Van Gaal news conference


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

"As expected, Louis van Gaal was not quite as entertaining at the Aon Training Complex this afternoon as he was at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

Louis van Gaal
Manchester United

"However, something he said in his memorable audience to fans at the player of the year dinner struck a chord today.

"During the week, Van Gaal said some of his players are facing a 'rough' summer.

"Now Van Gaal has revealed discussions have started over his plans for the summer, which will continue beyond Sunday's last Premier League game at Hull and into the Bank Holiday Monday.

"No-one knows for certain how many players have an uncertain future.

"But Radamel Falcao's loan period is drawing to an end. Goalkeepers Ben Amos is out of contract this summer, as is Tom Cleverley.

"And of those who have another year or more remaining, defenders Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans, goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, Robin van Persie, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson all have uncertain futures."

Mark Hughes press conference


Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

Hughes has led the club to two consecutive top 10 finishes and with the Potters set to finish ninth in the table is seemingly gearing up for a busy summer in the transfer market...

"The quality of the players offered to us has been higher than at any other point in recent times," he says. "That is encouraging because Stoke is now viewed in a different light. We are now viewed as a top-10 side, who consistently finish in the top half.

"We are acknowledged as a good option for the representatives of decent players, which shows the progress of the club."

Neville - Liverpool risk becoming "provincial club"


Gary Neville

The last thing Liverpool fans need right now is an ex-Manchester United man telling them where it's all gone wrong.

But nonetheless Gary Neville's opinion in the

Daily Telegraph makes for interesting reading.

Neville questions whether 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling is wrong in wanting to leave Liverpool, who are in "danger of becoming a provincial club" as they have failed to "realise the commercial value of their brand on a worldwide basis".

PGA Championship


It is safe to say that Rory McIlroy's defence of his title at Wentworth is not going to plan.

Rory McIlroy
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The world number one looks set to miss the cut of +1 as he is currently +4 after 13. His round has included four bogeys and a double bogey on the 11th hole.

Italy's Francesco Molinari is the clubhouse leader at -10. England's James Morrison is third on -7.

Full leaderboard.

Van Gaal news conference


Earlier today Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested his side had shown enough in their excellent finish to this season to suggest they might be challenging for the league title next year.

Do we think Manchester United will be good enough? Was

'saxophone lady' the moment United won the 2015-16 Premier League?

"I've been given three years to achieve that," Van Gaal says. "But of course I want to do so as soon as possible.

"We could have won it also this year, I believe. We had a very bad start and because of that, we were behind Manchester City and Chelsea."

Van Gaal news conference


Victor Valdes

One former Manchester United goalkeeper has suggested the club already have the

"perfect" replacement should David De Gea leave.

But what does manager Louis van Gaal think? Is Victor Valdes good enough to step up from the bench?

"First we have to see if De Gea is leaving," says the Dutchman. "After that we shall talk about the other things. That he (Valdes) is good enough to be a Manchester United goalkeeper, of course that is the case. Otherwise he wouldn't be here."

Van Gaal news conference


Manchester United could relegate Steve Bruce's Hull City when they play on Sunday. That result would keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

Van Gaal said: "I know he (Bruce) is a Manchester United child but we have to be fair to Newcastle. We took six points off Newcastle, we have to take six from Hull."

Bruce won three Premier League titles as a United played in the 1990s.

Van Gaal news conference


What about David De Gea? The Manchester United keeper won the club's Player of the Year award on Wednesday night, but has been strongly linked with a summer move to Real Madrid. Will he stay at Old Trafford?

"I believe still that David De Gea will stay," says Louis van Gaal. "I want to play him in the match against Hull City because I have to put my strongest team."

De Gea might not be fit though, the United boss adds. "David has trained today for the first time. He still has a problem so we have to wait and see."

Van Gaal news conference


"Hello, hello, pay attention to the manager!"

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal stole the show at the club's player of the year awards evening on Tuesday with

his speech.

Speaking today van Gaal said: "I tell the story in my own words, with passion. I love the fans because they show their belief in me."

Van Gaal news conference


An intriguing story doing the rounds this week was Luke Shaw's omission from the England Under-21s, with manager Gareth Southgate reported to

have been ordered not to reveal why the Manchester United left-back was left out. Southgate only said Shaw, who suffered concussion in United's last game, was injured.

"I have read I am the winner," United boss Louis van Gaal said. "The winner is Luke Shaw. Maybe it was too fast the step from Southampton to Manchester United. We have to protect him. He can develop himself into a great talent.

"Roy Hodgson, Gareth Southgate and Manchester United will benefit from that."

Van Gaal news conference


Manchester United could relegate Hull City if they beat Steve Bruce's side on Sunday.

Manager Louis Van Gaal said: "We have the same approach as ever. We have to give our utmost best. We have to do that for the honesty of the league. I have to play my strongest team."

Van Gaal news conference


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed striker Wayne Rooney will be fit for the trip to Hull but goalkeeper David De Gea remains a doubt.

Rooney has recovered from a dead leg while De Gea suffered a hamstring injury in the draw against Arsenal.

Wayne Rooney

"Rooney is available. He is captain, so he shall play.

"De Gea has trained today but only with our goalkeeper trainer. He still has a little problem so I want to wait a day longer because I want him to play against Hull City."


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You don't win anything with kids?

The youngsters are lagging behind in the

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While the 45 to 54-year-olds top the table, those aged 13 to 15 are relegation candidates.

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England v New Zealand


Tea at Lord's where New Zealand are 173-2 (Taylor 7, Williamson 11). They trail England by 216 runs.

Test Match Special has ball-by-ball commentary on

Radio 5 live sports extra and there is
live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

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Simon Saunders: Man United=Oasis. Were big in the 90's and had a great Line up, now they've broken up and can't stand each other.

Colin Davies: What's another year (Johnny Logan) My team Liverpool's reaction, to waiting for a PL title.

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Pakistan play first home match in six years


Pakistani bowler Anwar Ali delivers the ball to Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza during the first International T20 cricket match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore

Huge moment in Pakistan cricket as the team are play their first home match in six years.

A crowd of 27,000 are watching the action in the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore as Pakistan play Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 match.

Zimbabwe are the first test-playing team to visit this country since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team outside the stadium in 2009.

Security has been ramped up at the stadium for the match.

Security at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore

England v New Zealand


Two quick wickets at Lord's where both New Zealand openers have gone.

Moeen Ali trapped Tom Latham (59) lbw before Gary Ballance took a good catch at cover to dismiss Martin Guptill (70) off the bowling of Stuart Broad.

New Zealand now 148-2.

Burnley's Heaton on England call-up


Juliette Ferrington's tweet
Juliette Ferrington

Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, has been called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the first time, for matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

Steve Bruce news conference


And more from manager Steve Bruce as his Hull side face a must-win match against Manchester United to stay in the Premier League.

"I was pleased about our performance against Tottenham, it wasn't quite good enough but we played to our best. The one that upsets me is the los to Burnley. Things would be a damn sight rosier today if we had won that.

"The one thing we have to do against Manchester United is take our chances. We have badly missed Nikica Jelavic. We have missed him badly and the points when he is in the team shows what could have and might have happened."

Jelavic had knee surgery in March.