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By Neil Johnston and Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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Well folks, that's another edition of Sportsday consigned to the annals.

We'll do it all over again from 08:00 BST tomorrow, when we'll have all your morning gossip and back pages.

In the mean time, keep striving to ask the big questions in life, much like Cardiff City defender Matt Kennedy has done this evening. Goodnight.

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BBC Radio 5 live

Let us point you towards some sporting listening this evening, because there's plenty of it.

Get the latest discussion from the world of athletics, with 5 live Track and Field from 19:30 BST, and after that at 21:00 BST, it's a women's cycling special on BeSpoke.

Both are on BBC Radio 5 live and

you can listen here.


on 5 live Sports Extra, there's full rugby league commentary of Widnes Vikings v Hull FC from 19:30 BST.

Poutine and baking

Formula 1

Nico Rosberg
Nico Rosberg

Daniel Ricciardo gets some poutine and Nico Rosberg is in a giant oven.

It's time for some F1 gossip.

If you've never tried poutine, get yourself n the next plane to Montreal and guzzle some down. Chips, cheese and gravy - what's not to love?

'Working hard on reforms'


Ever had one of those days where you've just been locked in the office all day working on Fifa reforms and somebody keeps trying to take your photo? No, me neither.

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West Indies v Australia


West Indies
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The first Test between the West Indies and Australia very much hangs in the balance.

The Windies, who only mustered 148 in their first innings, have so far

restricted the tourists to 208-8, with Devendra Bishoo taking six wickets for 68 runs.

It's only the second day - expect a winner in this one.

FAI claim Fifa paid them £3.6m


Here is more on

the claims that Fifa paid the Football Association of Ireland to stop legal action over Thierry Henry's handball in Ireland's World Cup play-off defeat by France in 2009.

FAI chief executive John Delaney said the association believed it had a legal case against Fifa.

A fee was then agreed to drop the claim, Delaney said, after Ireland missed the 2010 finals in South Africa.

The fee was believed to be 5 million euros (£3.6m).

'I can't believe it'


Lucie Safarova
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Serena Williams will now face Lucie Safarova in the French Open final.

Safarova describes reaching her first Rolland Garros final as a "dream come true" after

defeating Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5. The Czech 28-year-old adds: "I still can't believe it.

"I started a little slowly but I tried to keep up the level and started to play really aggressive because that was only the way to win. It's unbelievable."


'I am ill'

Serena Williams had looked unwell for most of this match, but she's pulled it out of the bag by winning 10 consecutive games.

Serena Williams

It's an emotional finish to the semi-final for her and her opponent Timea Bacsinszky.

"I don't know how I did it. If I was going to lose, I didn't want to lose without a fight I just tried to find some energy form somewhere. I hope I will get better before Saturday. I am ill," says Serena.

Get all the reaction from our rolling

live text commentary.



Serena Williams beats Timea Bacsinszky 4-6 6-3 6-0 to reach French Open final.

It's the Conference Jim, but not as we know it


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From today, forget everything you knew. The world has changed.

The Conference, the top division of non-league, has now officially been renamed the National League.

And the Conference South and Conference North I hear you ask? Well, they will be the National League South and National League North, of course.

The name change, announced in April, is effective as of today.


Horse racing

Sergio Aguero
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A horse named after that famous bit of commentary came fourth on its debut today.

Aguerooo is named for Martin Tyler's exquisitely timed commentary when striker

Sergio Aguero secured the Premier League title for Manchester City in 2012.

He was outside the top three in the 4.10 at Lingfield, in a race sponsored by Crystal Palace FC, oddly.

Serena fights back


Piers Newbery

BBC Sport at Roland Garros

"Serena breaks, 2-0 in the decider. A robust selection of opinions out there regarding this match."

The opinions of which Piers speak are based around whether Serena Williams is putting on the histrionics around her apparent illness.

Regardless, she has recovered from a set down to level up, and is now a break up in the decider.

It's getting interesting.

Follow our live text right here.

No Turin back now


Nicolo De Marchi
Nicolo De Marchi

How far would you walk to see your side in the Champions League final?

If you're Nicolo De Marchi,

the answer is 683 miles.

De Marchi made a promise to Juve on Twitter that he would walk from Turin to Berlin should the Old Lay beat Real Madrid in the semi-final. They did - and he's doing it. Well done, sir.

Juventus face Barcelona in Germany on Saturday.

Southampton's Schneiderlin ponders future


Morgan Schneiderlin
Morgan Schneiderlin

"Thinking about what the future holds," writes Morgan Schneiderlin on Instagram.

The French midfielder has been linked with a move away from Southampton, although he could just be considering whether to go with steak and chips or paella for tea.

The men who chose Russia and Qatar


Ever wonder what happened to the men who voted for the corruption-plagued 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids?

Well, the Telegraph have

produced this splendid infographic to fill you in.

Pendleton set for jockey debut

Horse Racing

Victoria Pendleton

From the seat to the saddle.

Double Olympic cycling gold medallist Victoria Pendleton will begin her career as an amateur jockey on 2 July.

The 34-year-old started training in March and will make her debut in the George Frewer Charity Race at Newbury.

"The first time I sat on a race horse and didn't fall off was a relief, the first time I cantered on the gallops was exhilarating and the first time I jumped in the riding school and schooled over brush fences were hugely satisfying and exciting steps for me," she said.

Oyston's FA charges


Karl Oyston

Here's a bit more on Blackpool chairman

Karl Oyston admitting to five FA charges.

It is alleged the 47-year-old referred to supporter Stephen Smith as a "retard" in a text message exchange when the fan criticised him.

The FA asked Oyston for his observations in January and issued a formal charge in March.

Oyston admitted to five breaches of FA Rule E3 and a hearing has been scheduled for Tuesday.

Wasilewski signs new Leicester deal


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Leicester City defender Marcin Wasilewski has signed a new 12-month deal with the option of a further year.

Wasilewski, 34,

joined in the summer of 2013 and played 28 games last season to help the Foxes avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Oyston admits FA charges


Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston has admitted five Football Association charges.

An FA statement reads: "The charges arise from a text message exchange where Mr Oyston used abusive and/or insulting words towards a supporter of Blackpool FC, which were aggravated by a reference to disability."

Oyston will face an FA hearing on 9 June.

Serena recovering


Serena Williams
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Serena Williams is a set down to Timea Bacsinszky in their French Open semi-final.

Top seed Williams looked to be unwell in that first set. But it's going to serve in the second.

Keep across it with our live text.

When Frankie met Vinnie

Horse Racing

Frankie Dettori

Did you ever hear the one about Vinnie Jones dangling Frankie Dettori by his ankles off a balcony?

Watch a sneak preview of the Clare Balding Show, which is on Friday 5 June at 2200 on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

Blatter starts 'reform' talks


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Departing Fifa president Sepp Blatter has released a statement. It's pretty straightforward considering the events of the last week.

Blatter today had a meeting with Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of the audit and compliance committee, to discuss Fifa reforms.

"I want a comprehensive programme of reform and I am very aware that only the Fifa Congress can pass these reforms. Furthermore, the Executive Committee has a particular duty to share the responsibility of driving this process," said Blatter.

Dowie holds no grudges


Natasha Dowie
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Liverpool and England striker Natasha Dowie says she has no hard feelings about being left out of the England squad for the Women's World Cup, which starts in Canada this weekend.

Coach Mark Samson chose to leave out the 26-year-old former Women's Super League golden boot winner, who has scored five goals in 14 appearances for England.

"I'm not bitter about it because deep down I felt that I've given everything I possibly could have," she said.

Lunch - Aus 153-6


Brad Haddin
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Australia managed to creep to lunch without losing any more wickets after limping to 126-6.

They go in for a few sandwiches

on 153-6, but the plaudits go to West Indies bowler Devendra Bishoo, who has taken four wickets.

The Windies made 148 all out in their first innings of the first Test, which is now in the second day.

Thanks Ancelotti


Clement (right) and Carlo Ancelotti
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Paul Clement says Carlo Ancelotti gave him the belief to step out into the world of management.

The new Derby County head coach worked as Ancelotti's assistant manager for the past six years.

"He is a great man who gave me a lot of belief I could do this job," Clement, 43, said at his first news conference.

Serena struggling


Serena Williams

Not so perfect at the moment. Serena Williams is having a wobble at Rolland Garros. The number one seed is a break down in her French Open semi-final with Timea Bacsinszky.

Follow our live text here.

England fighting fit for World Cup


England manager Mark Sampson
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England manager Mark Sampson says he expects

all of his players to be fit for England's first match of the Women's World Cup.

Sampson named a number of players who were recovering from injuries when he announced his squad last month.

England start their campaign against France on 9 June - with all of their matches live on the the BBC.

"We're in a great place in terms of the physical condition of the players, building towards that game," Sampson told BBC Radio 5 live.

Fifa paid Irish $5m - Delaney


Thierry Henry
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Some astonishing revelations have been made by John Delaney, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI).

Speaking to Irish broadcaster RTE, he claims that, in 2009, Fifa paid the FAI $5m (£3.25m) in compensation after Thierry Henry's handball goal caused Ireland to lose to France in a World Cup qualification play-off in Paris.

Hornets sign keeper


Goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis
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Newly promoted Watford

announce the signing of Lithuanian goalkeeper Giedrius Arlauskis, 27, who won the Romanian title with Steaua Bucharest in 2014-2015.

Arlauskis has played in the Champions League and Europa League for Steaua, Rubin Kazan and Unirea Urziceni.

He has 18 caps for Lithuania and played against England in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley in March.

From back to front


Rogerio Ceni
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Rogerio Ceni has

become one of the top 10 all-time goalscorers for Brazilian club Sao Paulo - which is not bad for a goalkeeper.

The 42-year-old - a penalty and free-kick expert - scored his 128th goal to beat Santos 3-2 on Wednesday.

Liverpool's Mario Balotelli, Aston Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor and West Ham's Andy Carroll are just three strikers yet to reach 128 goals.

Qatar arrive for Scotland test

Scotland v Qatar (Fri, 19:45 BST)

Qatar have arrived in Edinburgh ahead of their controversial friendly match against Scotland on Friday.

Jose Daniel Carreno

Their Uruguayan coach, Jose Daniel Carreno, says they are here to play a "very tough opponent" and to try and and improve with a view towards qualifying for the next World Cup.

When asked about Qatar's hosting of the 2022 finals, he said he had no idea about the bidding process, or how the bid was won, saying he's just been in the country for six months. But he did say Qatar winning the bid wasn't a huge surprise, because Fifa have been "opening the map" on where they take the tournament.

Cook to make Essex T20 appearance


Alastair Cook
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England captain Alastair Cook will make his first appearance of the summer for the Essex Eagles when he plays in Friday's T20 match against Surrey at the Oval.

The England Test skipper, 30, last represented his county in the short form of the game in May last year. Cook is also due to play for Essex in their next County Championship home match against Derbyshire at Chelmsford starting on 14 June 14.

Verratti to Real?


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Real Madrid have agreed a deal with PSG's 22-year-old midfielder Marco Verratti,

according to Sky Italia.

Although the Spanish club have not arranged a fee with PSG, who are expected to want more than 50m euros (£36.7m).

Picture postcard


Hampshire v Middlesex

What a glorious picture at Hampshire ahead of their T20 match with Middlesex. The visitors are second in the South Group but will be leapfrogged by fourth-placed Hampshire if they lose.

The action starts at 18:30 BST and you can find

live commentary here.

Inzaghi axed by Milan


Filippo Inzaghi
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AC Milan manager Filippo Inzaghi will be sacked this week after just a year in charge.

The Serie A side told BBC Sport that Inzaghi, 41, will "not be in charge of the team next season".

The Rossoneri finished 10th in the league this season as they failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Aussies floundering


Another Australian falls on the second day of the first Test against West Indies.

Devendra Bishoo has his fourth wicket of the innings as Brad Haddin is bowled for eight.

The tourists are 128-6, with the Windies all out for 148 in their first knock.

Your notorious transfers


Gus Poyet
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Why must they leave?! Who left your club for your bitter rivals, and did you forgive them?

Toby Irvine: Mario Götze making the switch from Dortmund to Bayern. Gutting to see the German wonderkid leave the club he joined at 8

Webster's tache: Dowie left Palace to move closer to family in Oldham. Turned up three days later 10 miles East at Charlton

AJPS: Gustavo Poyet to Tottenham from Chelsea really stung, especially as my hamster was named after him

Never name pets after your heroes - they will only let you down.

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No FA interest in World Cup bid


Dan Roan
Dan Roan

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport John Whittingdale

told the House of Commons on Thursday that England would be ready and able to host the Fifa World Cup in 2022 if it is stripped from Qatar.

Safarova books French Open final spot


Lucie Safarova
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Lucie Safarova, 28, of the Czech Republic reaches her first French Open women's singles final after a 7-5 7-5 win over Serbia's Ana Ivanovic. Safarova, seeded 13th, will play the winner of the second semi-final between top seed Serena Williams and Timea Bacsinszky in the final on Saturday.

French Open live text here.

Woods continues to struggle


Tiger Woods
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Tiger Woods has reached the turn at The Memorial Tournament in Ohio and his day is not getting much better. The former world number one is four-over after nine.

Click here for the full leaderboard.