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  1. Tom Cleverley called up for England, Ryan Mason withdraws
  2. Cleverley also agrees five-year contract at Everton
  3. Former All Black Jerry Collins & wife killed in crash
  4. Champions league final build-up
  5. Scotland v Qatar (19:45 BST)
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By Neil Johnston and Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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That is all from us on this fine Friday, but if you crave more live text-based goodness then why not venture over to our

French Open and
Canadian Grand Prix practice live coverage pages. As for Sportsday, we'll see you on Monday.


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You might remember that earlier on we told you about three-time world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle's column about how puberty affected her as a young gymnast.

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Some of you have got in touch to offer your own thoughts...

J Martin 467: I was a very sporty girl and remember many bad puberty experiences: when/whether to start shaving legs/underarms; suddenly having breasts in tight-fitting kit and feeling very self-conscious (and hearing inappropriate comments); learning to anticipate periods so that I was 'prepared'.

Seasider: Isn't this part of a bigger problem - girls who are sporty/outdoorsy are labelled "tomboys" and belittled? Consider the rubbishing of lady footballers. Also a problem in gymnastics and athletics where powerful or muscular girls are at risk of being considered "fat".

The comeback is on?


Andy Murray
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The crowd is cheering and Andy Murray is fighting! Is the comeback on? Head on over to our French Open semi-final

coverage page to find out.

Pique playing around

Champions League final

Gerard Pique was obviously a bit bored during the Barcelona news conference just now...

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique

He posted the above picture on Instagram, with the caption: Ney talking... Bla bla bla!

Gerard Pique
Gerard Pique

He also grabbed this picture of the assembled media. We can see you Phil McNulty...

Bishop fined by FA


Teddy Bishop
Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA panel.

Ipswich Town midfielder

Teddy Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned about his future conduct after a breach of Football Association betting rules.

Betting on football is prohibited for "all those involved in the game" according to the

FA's code of conduct.

Bishop, 18, admitted to multiple breaches of rule E8 in relation to betting and his fine includes any financial gain from the bets laid. The bets that brought about the charge were not on Ipswich matches.

World Cup 'can restore credibility'

Women's World Cup

The Women's World Cup can restore football's credibility after a week of scandal at Fifa, say organisers.

Hosts Canada kick off the event against China on Saturday, four days after Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would resign amid corruption allegations.

Canadian Soccer Association's

Victor Montagliani says: "Women's football is a pure form of football. It can shine light onto the dark clouds hanging over the game, which has lost some of its moral compass."

'We want to create danger'



Here's a bit more from Luis Enrique, plus a lovely arty shot courtesy of the good people at Barcelona: "Allegri is a coach with a proven track record and this year he has won the double.

"We want to play our game: have the ball, create danger and minimise chances for Juventus."

'We're very excited'



Last to speak in today's pre-Champions League final news conferences is Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

"We're where we want to be - two titles and the chance of a third. We're very excited," he says.

"Finals have a certain important lement of tension, let's hope it does not affect us."

'A very special footballer'


"We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom Cleverley to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club," says Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

"The most important one is that he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here as he has so much experience of playing in the Premier League and he still has his best years just ahead of him.

"At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams. Having worked with him previously, I know the type of character he is and I know that, with the Everton fans' support, we will get a very special footballer joining our already exciting team."



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Everton will sign Tom Cleverley on a five-year deal when his contract expires at Manchester United on 1 July.

The 25-year-old England midfielder will become Roberto Martinez's first signing of the summer.

Cleverley made 38 Premier League appearances last season, 37 of those during a season-long loan for Aston Villa.

Gill not going for Fifa top job


David Gill has ruled himself out as a candidate for the Fifa presidency, according to Press Association Sport.

Gill, the 57-year-old British Fifa vice-president, had been viewed as one of the potential successors to Sepp Blatter, who announced this week he would be stepping down.

However, he has told colleagues at Uefa and the Football Association that he will not stand to be the next leader of the global organisation.

'The biggest match of my life'

Champions League final

Champions League
Champions League

Barcelona's news conference previewing Saturday's Champions League final is under way and speaking to the gathered media is Neymar.

"Gianluigi Buffon is one of the best ever. I'm a big fan - but I would love to score past him tomorrow," he says.

"It's the most important match of my life. It's been my dream since I was a child. I have dreamt of the moment of scoring a goal in the final but the most important thing is to be champions."

Murray in trouble


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It is not looking good for Andy Murray, he's now two sets down in his French Open semi-final against Novak Djokovic, who leads 6-3 6-3.

Follow the action via our dedicated live coverage page.


Minnows Jersey set for Twenty20 qualifying challenge

Jersey are all set to compete in the qualifying tournament for next year's ICC World Twenty20 finals

after naming their squad.

The island nation, population 99,000, not only face joint hosts Ireland, who nearly reached the quarter-finals of the last tournament, but also vastly bigger countries like the USA (population 320m) and Nepal (27m).

Coach Neil McRae said: "We're a young side which is improving rapidly and we aim to play our top level of cricket in each game and qualify for the second week of the tournament."

One for the oldies


Champions League
Champions League

It is a trip down memory lane over in Germany where a legends match is taking place ahead of Saturday's Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus.

Davor Suker (above) has just planted a fine effort in the top corner, before David Trezeguet volleys in at the other end.

Champions League
Champions League


Wales defender Nyatanga signs new Barnsley deal

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Lewin Nyatanga has won 34 caps for Wales

Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga has signed a new two-year deal at the club.

The 26-year-old Wales international

joined the Tykes from Bristol City in July 2013 and has made 57 league appearances for the League One outfit.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I'm happy here. I know the staff and I know how good they are. We've got great fans and I enjoy living in the area so all of those things combined made my decision pretty straightforward."

Surprise winner at Epsom

Horse Racing

The 50-1 outsider, Qualify, springs a surprise to win an incident-packed Oaks at Epsom.

BreakingMason out of England squad, Cleverley called up


Ryan Mason withdraws from the England squad with a knee injury, meaning he will miss the upcoming games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. Tom Cleverley has been called up in his place.

Liverpool freeze ticket prices


Liverpool have frozen general admission matchday ticket prices for the 2015-16 season.

The Reds have been working with a ticketing working group made up of Liverpool supporters' organisations. The BBC's Price of Football survey 2014 found Liverpool's cheapest ticket for a home game was £37, compared to the Premier League average of £28.80.

"We're pleased the club has listened to our concerns about ticket prices," says working group member Bob Humphries.


Visit the Price of Football calculator to see how much you spend supporting your team.

Advantage Djokovic



First blood to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-final with Andy Murray after winning the first set 6-3. Can Murray hit back in the second?

Follow our live text and audio coverage.

Transfer window to SLAM SHUT early


Newspaper editors and football club secretaries across the country breathe a collective sigh of relief as the Football League confirms the summer transfer window will close at 18:00 BST on 1 September.

Fax machines (do people actually still use them??) are usually buzzing right up to 23:00 on transfer deadline day, but not this year.

The time has been changed to allow clubs competing in next season's Champions League - Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - to get their teams for the tournament to Uefa by their 23:00 deadline.

Owl's that?


Korea Football Association


Korea Football Association tweeted the above photo of the South Korea team in Canada ahead of the Women's World Cup and posing with the tournament's mascot - a Great White Owl called Shueme.

Why an owl I hear you say? The organisers say "it demonstrates the strength and elegance of the women's game"...

Doubles title for Reid and Kunieda


Gordon Reid
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Gordon Reid wins his first Grand Slam title by winning the French Open wheelchair doubles with Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

However, Jordanne Whiley - and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji - failed to win their sixth consecutive Grand Slam title as they were narrowly beaten in the women's final by the Dutch pair of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

"Avoid heavy challenges"


Gordon Strachan

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has told his players to avoid heavy tackles in Friday's friendly against Qatar.

Scotland prepare for next weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier with Ireland by taking on the 2022 World Cup hosts at Easter Road, and Strachan is keen to have a fully-fit squad ahead of the Group D clash.

"They have to be sensible," he says. "But when you let players go and enjoy a game then you never know."

The game, which kicks off at 19:45 BST, will be live on BBC Radio Scotland, with live text commentary online.

You do the math(s)!


Champions League
Champions League

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has just finished speaking to the media to preview Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona.

Does he fancy Juve's chances?

"We've been in seven finals, won two and lost five; Barcelona have won four and lost three. You do your maths."

I'm not sure that answers the question Massimiliano...

Hamilton fastest in Canada first practice

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

BBC Sport chief F1 writer

Lewis Hamilton
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"Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Mercedes dominated the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix.

"Hamilton, in impressive form throughout, was 0.415 seconds quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

"Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg made it a Mercedes-engined top four, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion, third overall this year behind Hamilton and Rosberg, was 1.6secs off the pace."

Read Andrew Benson's full report.



Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from Sunday's Birmingham Grand Prix as she bides her time before a possible World Championship bid later this year.

Ennis-Hill, 29, made a

successful return to action at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis last weekend in her first heptathlon since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

"I have missed a volume of training over the past few months, since having my baby, due to problems with my Achilles and there is still a lot of work to do," she says. "So we have made the decision for me to take the usual week off post a heptathlon to recover and then to get back into solid training."

'Blatter hates the English'


Stop what you're doing and take five minutes to read

this astonishing interview with Greg Dyke.

Sepp Blatter and Greg Dyke
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Some of the things the FA chairman tells the Guardian are too incendiary for us delicate flowers on Sportsday to repeat but here's a flavour of the candid conversation...

"Blatter hates the English. He hates the FA. And he hates the British media. Blames them for everything," Dyke said.

"I work on the basis that we have nothing to lose, the English FA. We don't need Fifa's money. We don't want to bid for another event, not while Blatter's there. We can say what we like."

'Athletics is in the gutter'


Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell

tells BBC Sport athletics is "in the gutter"
following allegations that coach Alberto Salazar and American long distance runner Galen Rupp violated anti-doping rules.

Both Salazar and Rupp both deny the allegations, made in a BBC Panorama programme.

Murray under way


Andy Murray's French Open semi-final with top seed Novak Djokovic has started. Can he reach his first French Open final?

Click here for live text commentary.

"Barca are favourites"

Juventus v Barcelona (Sat, 19:45 BST)

Champions League
Champions League

The first of the Champions League news conferences is under way ahead of Saturday's final between Barcelona and Juventus. Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says it is a "very nice surprise" for the Italian team to be in the final.

"We thought it would take two or three years to reach the Champions League final," he adds.

"After the first five or 10 minutes we'll see the real teams - and what they've done to deserve to be in the final. Barcelona are favourites, but we have a chance."

Beach or Champions League final?


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Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is speaking now in the pre-Champions League final news conference, and he talks about how he disappointed his son by getting to the final.

He explains: "When I left home this morning my son said 'Where are you going?' 'I'm going to Berlin.' 'That's tough, I wanted to go to the beach.'"

Bonucci's team-mate Gianluigi Buffon also has some family-related concerns to deal with.

"I have a son who likes Messi and another likes Neymar; they won't know what to wish for," he jokes.

Get involved


Right Said Fred
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To mark BBC Music Day, we're asking what songs are on your pre-match playlist and why?

Dennis Abbott: The Only One I Know by The Charlatans.

Ashlae: Taylor Swift's Bad Blood, Fifth Harmony's Worth It, Tove Lo's Talking Body, Ellie Goulding's Burn.

Aaron: Right Said Fred - Deeply Dippy. If that doesn't get you pumped nothing will.

Really, Aaron? I was always more of an "I'm Too Sexy" man myself...

Epsom meeting

Horse racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Epsom

Jockey Silvestre de Sousa notched up a 79-1 double as Gratzie won the Investec Mile at the Derby meeting.

The four-year-old filly, a 7-1 shot, is trained by former England and Southampton striker Mick Channon.

De Sousa does not have a ride in the feature race, the Oaks, which is due off at 16:30 BST. You can follow commentary of the fillies' Classic on

BBC Radio 5 live.

Cavs downed in NBA Finals


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LeBron James shot a personal best 44 points but it was not enough to prevent Cleveland from losing 108-100 to Golden State in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

The Warriors came back from a 14-point deficit to secure the win in overtime, although James could have won it for the Cavaliers in the last seconds of regulation time, but missed a long jumper.

"I got to where I wanted to get, I've made them before," James said. "It's a make or miss league, and we had our chances."

Wawrinka reaches French Open final


Stan Wawrinka
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Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4 to reach the French Open final for the first time. The 30-year-old will face the winners of the other semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray which begins in the next few minutes.

Click here to follow live text commentary.

Question of Sport teaser

Champions League final

We asked you to name the six South Americans who have scored in a Champions League final since 2005.

The answer? Juliano Belletti (Barcelona), Hernan Crespo (AC Milan), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Diego Milito (Inter Milan).

Countdown to kick-off

Women's World Cup

Womens World Cup

As Women's World Cup hosts, nothing less than winning the tournament will count as a success for Canada. That is easier said than done, though, having only got out of the group stage at a World Cup once before.

They take on tournament regulars China, ranked 16th in the world, in Saturday's opener and will also play debutants Netherlands and New Zealand, who have yet to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup.

Read more about the Women's World Cup in our tournament preview.

Soldado on a crest of a wave


Roberto Soldado

We've had pictures of Wayne Rooney and his family in the Bahamas, Chris Smalling swimming with turtles and now Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado posts a snap from his holidays on

Twitter. He doesn't look as though he's having a bad time either.

'Terrible, dangerous'


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Middlesex and England one-day captain Eoin Morgan

describes the current county schedule as "terrible".

Middlesex are midway through a two-week spell of Championship and T20 cricket, with just two rest days in between.

"The schedule at the moment is terrible and doesn't benefit anybody," Morgan tells BBC London 94.9. "It could get to a point, if it continues like this, where it becomes dangerous. Travelling and playing is a recipe for disaster."