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Summary

  1. Sepp Blatter says he is not responsible for Fifa scandal
  2. Andy Murray wins, Heather Watson out of French Open
  3. Villa boss Tim Sherwood wants 'to make FA Cup history'
  4. Rafael Benitez confirms he is leaving Napoli
  5. Debate: Who is your cup final hero? #bbcsportsday

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By Shamoon Hafez and James Gheerbrant

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

And with that, we bid you farewell. Join us again tomorrow for Sportsday, as we bring you the latest developments from the Fifa presidential election, plus much more. Until then, goodbye.

Scottish Cup final

Falkirk v Inverness CT (Sat, 15:00 BST)

To whet your appetite for Saturday's showpiece, how about

a look at the best goals on the road to Hampden?

The final will be live on BBC 1 Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland and on the BBC Sport website.

Scottish Cup final

Falkirk v Inverness CT (Sat, 15:00 BST)

If Falkirk boss Peter Houston can lead the Championship side to success, he will become only the third manager to win the Scottish Cup with two different clubs.

The former Scotland assistant manager could emulate Jock Stein and Alex Smith, having guiding Dundee United to victory in 2010.

Houston is already a Falkirk hero, having played for the club in the 80s. "I signed Peter and he ended up a ginger God," former Falkirk manager Alex Totten

tells BBC Scotland's Richard Wilson.

Scottish Cup final

Falkirk v Inverness CT (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Inverness captain Graeme Shinnie could lift the Scottish Cup on Saturday little over four years after fearing his career was over.

The 23-year-old full-back needed a seven-hour operation to remove part of his bowel after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of Crohn's disease but has recovered to become one of the most coveted defenders in Scotland and clinch a summer switch to Aberdeen.

"I lost a lot of weight, I was weak, I couldn't eat because of the pain in my stomach," says Shinnie in

this interview with BBC Scotland's Tom English.

FA Cup finals quiz

Football

How's your knowledge of past FA Cup finals.

Fifteen years since 2000, 15 questions - no cheating, can you get them all?

Click here to do the quiz

Bournemouth sign King

Football

Joshua King
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Bournemouth have signed Blackburn's Norwegian international midfielder Joshua King on a free transfer.

The 23-year-old joins on a three-year deal and becomes the third new signing at Bournemouth this week, following the acquisition of goalkeepers Artur Boruc and Adam Federici.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe told the club's official website: "Josh will bring us a lot of pace. He is a good technical player as well, a good size and somebody who is very good in the air."

Hull's Hernandez gets three-match ban

Football

Abel Hernandez
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Hull city striker Abel Hernandez has been

banned for three games for punching Manchester United's Phil Jones.

The incident occurred in the 0-0 draw with United in the final game of the Premier League season, which confirmed Hull's relegation.

The forward admitted an act of violent conduct and will miss the first three Championship games of next season.

Murray wins through

Tennis

Better news from Court Philippe Chatrier, where Andy Murray has completed a four-set win over Portugal's Joao Sousa..

The number three seed won 6-2 4-6 6-4 6-1 to advance to a third-round meeting with Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

He is now being interviewed on court by former French tour player Fabrice Santoro...who is wearing a kilt. Extraordinary stuff.

Watson out of French Open

Tennis

Heather Watson
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Heather Watson is out of the French Open after losing her second-round match against Sloane Stephens of the USA 6-2 6-4.

A tough day at the office for the Briton, who appeared to be hampered by an arm injury.

Kevin Mitchell: The reformed party boy

Boxing

Kevin Mitchell
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In the build-up to his world title fight against Venezuela's WBC lightweight champion Jorge Linares on Saturday, Kevin Mitchell has been talking to BBC Sport's Ben Dirs about the dark side of boxing and battling demons, in and out of the ring.

Click here to read the full piece.

Fernandez misses out on Copa America

Football

Federico Fernandez
PA

Swansea City defender Federico Fernandez has been left out of Argentina's 23-man squad for next month's Copa America in Chile.

The 26-year-old, a member of Argentina's 2014 World Cup squad, was included in the provisional squad but was one of seven players to be omitted.

Lionel Messi, Carlos Tevez and Premier League stars Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria and Pablo Zabaleta have been included. Tottenham's Erik Lamela, Manchester United's Marcos Rojo and Manchester City's Martin Demichelis also made the cut.

Murray takes third set

Tennis

Normal service is resumed in Paris.

Andy Murray has wrapped up the third set against Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-4 to take a two-sets-to-one lead, and is now just one set away from the third round.

Brook wants to "seek and destroy"

Boxing

Kell Brook
PA

Some great knockabout stuff from Kell Brook at a news conference earlier this afternoon to promote Saturday's IBF welterweight defence against Frankie Gavin in front of an 18,000 crowd at the O2 in London.

Sheffield fighter Brook is "looking to seek and destroy and show everyone that I'm number one in the welterweight division".

He does also acknowledge the talents of Birmingham's Gavin, who said: "This looked like a long shot a year ago but I'd like to thank Kell for the opportunity to fight for his title and I'm ready to win it. On my day I'm up there with the best in the world."

QPR add Gladwin

Football

Ben Gladwin
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Earlier we brought you news of QPR signing one Swindon midfielder (Massimo Luongo) - now they've only gone and signed another!

The Hoops have also reached a deal to sign 22-year-old Ben Gladwin on a three-year contract.

He told the club's website: "I'm really pleased to be joining the club - and I'm really excited. There was interest from the Premier League but for me, personally, I think this move is a little more realistic at this stage of my career."

Wolfsburg make Junior Malanda tribute

Football

Junior Malanda
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The new Wolfsburg kit

will feature a special tribute to former player Junior Malanda, who died in January.

The German club were stunned when Belgian Malanda was killed in a car accident, aged 20, on 10 January.

Players across Europe paid tribute and the club will now have a green heart with Malanda's squad number - 19 - within it on their home shirt.

The Wolves will wear the shirt in Saturday's German Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.

Watson drops first set

Tennis

Bad news for Britain's Heather Watson. She has lost the first set 6-2 against American Sloane Stephens in her second-round match at the French Open.

You can follow that match, as well as Andy Murray's contest with Joao Sousa, with

our live text commentary and on Radio 5 live sports extra.

Boss Sheridan leaves Plymouth Argyle

Football

John Sheridan
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Some breaking lower-league football news for you. Manager

John Sheridan has left Plymouth Argyle by mutual consent after losing in the League Two play-off semi-final against Wycombe.

The 50-year-old former Chesterfield and Oldham boss had been in charge at Home Park since January 2013.

Bournemouth boss 'local messiah'

Football

Eddie Howe
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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is "the local Messiah", according to Cherries chairman Jeff Mostyn.

Howe was named the League Managers' Association manager of the year earlier this week after steering the Dorset club to the Championship title.

"He's a local boy as well as the local Messiah," Mostyn told BBC South Today.

"His right-hand man Jason Tindall and Simon [Weatherstone], our first-team coach, are disciples following in his footsteps."

Gill explains resignation threat

Football

Britain's Fifa representative David Gill has been explaining his threat to stand down from the governing body's Executive Committee if Sepp Blatter wins the presidential election tomorrow.

"Nobody can tell me what happened yesterday wasn't seismic for the world of football," he said.

"I echo what President Platini said, it's time for a change, we move on and it's the right thing to resign. If you look at the charge sheet that was handed down yesterday it was enormous over many many years."

Murray pegged back

Tennis

Andy Murray
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Expectations of an easy cruise through to round three at the French Open for Andy Murray may have been somewhat optimistic.

The British number three seed has been pegged back in his second-round match against Portugal's Joao Sousa, losing the second set 6-4.

You can follow our dedicated live text of that match here.

No such problems for number one seed Novak Djokovic, who has just taken a two-set lead over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.

Sepp Blatter speech

Football

Sepp Blatter: "The next few months will not be easy. I am sure more bad news will follow.

"Those who are corrupt in football are in a minority, like in society and must be held responsible for their actions. Football cannot be the exception to the rule. There can be no place for corruption of any kind.

"We must respond tomorrow, we have the opportunity to begin the long and difficult road to rebuilding trust. We have lost the trust and we must now earn it back. Solidarity and unity is asked for the game, for the world, for peace. Thank you."

Sepp Blatter
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And with that, he waved on the dancers to begin the ceremony. "Nothing more to see here, ladies and gentlemen..."

Sepp Blatter speech

Fifa Congress

Sepp Blatter: "You will agree with me that these are unprecedented and difficult times for Fifa. The events of yesterday have cast a long shadow over football and over this congress.

"Actions of individuals have proven to bring shame and humiliation on football and demand action and change from us all. We cannot allow the reputation of football and Fifa to be dragged through the mud any longer. It has to stop here.

"I know many people hold me responsible. I cannot monitor everyone all the time. If people want to do wrong, they will also try to hide it."

Sepp Blatter speech

Fifa Congress

Sepp Blatter
Reuters

Sepp Blatter is speaking at the 65th Fifa Congress. He starts by welcoming the Swiss minister of sport and defence, as well as others. It's a slow start. Fireworks to come?

Watch live on the BBC News Channel

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Ahead of Saturday's FA Cup final, a few of you have been in touch to tell us who will win and why?

Bartlomiej Bolczyk: Arsenal. They have better players and they're more experienced team than the Villans.

jibby: Arsenal, because stronger than Villa..simple.

Elliott Dodd: You get the Villa who beat anyone on the day or Vlla who lost to Sunderland. Big game. Big performance.

On this day

Football

Napoli 0-3 Swindon
Swindon Town

In 1970, Swindon beat Napoli 3-0 to win Anglo Italian Cup. The final, in Naples, was abandoned with 11 minutes to play after the home fans apparently hurled rocks, bottles and seats on to the pitch, striking a linesman and several Swindon players before the local constabulary broke out the teargas.

Gooch will always be the best - Cook

Cricket

Alastair Cook and Graham Gooch
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England cricket captain Alastair Cook says he will never surpass the achievements of his mentor Graham Gooch, depsite being just 31 runs short of beating his England run-making record.

"To be in this position is strange, what I do know he will always be the best," Cook said. "Without his help I would be nowhere near it.

"He's been my hero since I was an 18-year-old who turned up to be on the Essex county staff. If moment happens it will be a special moment."

Fifa Congress

Football

Fifa Congress
Stewart Regan

Scottish FA chief executive Stewart Regan is tweeting almost as much as some of the journalists in Zurich...

"Opening ceremony of the 65th FIFA Congress just about to start. Wonder what Sepp Blatter's opening remarks will be?"

England must build on feel good factor - Cook

Cricket

England captain Alastair Cook says it's important for England to build on the "feel good factor" of their win over New Zealand in the first Test.

"It was a brilliant week and turning up here a few days after it you have that glow of a job well done," Cook said. "But one of the dangers is becoming over-confident and forgetting all the hard work that went into that match.

"We have to carry that feel good factor through. In Test cricket the minute you get ahead of yourself it comes back very quickly."

Cook welcomes Bayliss appointment

Cricket

Trevor Bayliss
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England cricket captain Alastair Cook says he's delighted with the appointment of Trevor Bayliss as the team's new coach.

"It's fantastic news for English cricket," Cook told BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew. His track record is outstanding.

"I've spoken to Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum, who knows him from the IPL, and they only good things to say about him."

Andy Murray v Joao Sousa

French Open second round

Andy Murray has taken the first set against Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-2 in Paris.

To follow the match,

visit our live text commentary.

Women's teams for video game

Football

Steph Houghton
Fifa 16 / Getty

International women's teams will feature in football video game Fifa 2016 for the first time in its history.

England captain Steph Houghton and her team-mates have been included with 11 other women's sides for play in one of several game modes.

Until now only men's teams have featured on the popular EA Sports game which was first released in 1993.

"To be one of the first female players included is something we'll always be able to look back on," said Houghton.

Click here to read the full piece

On this day

Football

Barcelona celebrate
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In 2011, Barcelona won the Champions League by beating Manchester United 3-1 at Wembley.

Luongo joins QPR

Football

Massimo Luongo
Massimo Luongo

Queens Park Rangers have signed Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo for an undisclosed fee.

The Australia international has agreed a three-year deal at Loftus Road and is the Hoops' first signing since their relegation from the Premier League.

The 22-year-old made 34 appearances for Swindon last season, helping them to reach the League One play-off final where they lost to Preston.

"I'm confident he will flourish at QPR," said boss Chris Ramsey.

Houghton in line for England return

Football

Stephanie Houghton
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England captain Stephanie Houghton is set to start her side's final friendly match before the Women's World Cup.

Tournament hosts Canada will be the opponents in Hamilton, Ontario with the game starting at 00:00 BST on 29 May.

Manchester City defender Houghton, 27, has recovered from a knee injury to take her place in the squad.

"I'm confident that by the first game Steph will be physically in a really good place to perform to her maximum," said England boss Mark Sampson.

'Bayliss a fantastic appointment'

Cricket

Eoin Morgan
PA

England and Middlesex limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan tells BBC London that Trevor Bayliss is a "fantastic appointment" as England head coach.

Batsman Morgan has twice played under Australian Bayliss, who was appointed by England on Tuesday, at Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders.

Morgan, 28, is set to return to the Middlesex side for the T20 Blast match against Kent on Thursday following a spell in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Click here to view the full interview

David Gill interview

Fifa presidential election

Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

David Gill interview across BBC soon. "Seismic" events require Blatter to quit and why he'll resign from Fifa if Ali is defeated tomorrow.

We'll bring you the best of that interview as soon as it lands...

The first FA Cup final

Football

FA Cup
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When the first FA Cup final was played in 1872 football's rules had not even been finalised. But what was the story of the day?

Saturday's FA Cup final between Arsenal and Aston Villa at Wembley will be watched by half a billion viewers in more than 120 countries.

But what exactly was the scene at the original final way back in 1872? Tom Rostance, with the help of Matthew Davis, professor of history at De Montfort University, looks at the first final 143 years ago...

Click here to read the full piece

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Tim Sherwood says one of his Aston Villa players can be a hero in Saturday's FA Cup final against Arsenal.

But we want to know who is your cup final hero and why?

It need not be a footballer and it could even be someone from your village, school or work team.

Let us know via #bbcsportsday, text 81111 (UK users only) or post on BBC Sport Facebook.

Hartley given four-week ban

Rugby Union

Dylan Hartley
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England bad boy Dylan Hartley was given a four-week ban for headbutting and will be unavailable for the first game of the World Cup.

The Northampton captain, cited for a clash with Saracens' Jamie George, has already been warned about his behaviour by England coach Stuart Lancaster.

He will now have to serve the sixth suspension of his career with the ban running from 15 August to 21 September.

Hosts England start their World Cup campaign against Fiji on 18 September.

Question of Sport teaser

Boxing

A little earlier on (12:59 BST), we posed today's Question of Sport teaser ahead of Amir Khan's fight with Chris Algieri.

We asked who are the only three men to beat the Bolton fighter in a professional contest?

The answers? Breidis Prescott, Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia.