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Summary

  1. 12 Premier League news conferences
  2. Fury to face Klitschko on July 9 - reports
  3. GET INVOLVED #mygrandnationalhorse

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By Shamoon Hafez and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's it for another edition of Sportsday, returning again on Monday at 08:00 BST.

Stay across the website for Masters golf action and there is Premier League football to look forward to on Saturday.

Until then.

Mick McCarthy, a player's mum & a sweary voicemail

Football

Ainsley Maitland-Niles
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Great tale this from the Sun, who are reporting that the mother of Arsenal youngster Ainsley Maitland-Niles left Mick McCarthy a "poisonous sweary voicemail" after the Ipswich boss refused the young loanee permission to attend an England kit launch. 

Tremendous.

Kane is quality - Martial

Football

Anthony Martial
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Manchester United striker Anthony Martial believes Harry Kane has underlined his talent this season and added that Tottenham Hotspur's firepower is why they are second in the Premier League.

Spurs front man Kane is the division's top goalscorer with 22 strikes, while Martial has eight in his debut season.

"Kane is a top player and he's also still only young," Martial told MUTV. "He had a great season last year and he's underlined just how good he is this time around. He's a quality player who is very entertaining to watch."

Leigh unveil new 'Roman' kit

Rugby League

Leigh summer kit
@LeighCenturions

Let's face it, walking down the street wearing the full kit of your favourite sports team has never been a good look. Until now.

Leigh Centurions, leaders of rugby league's Championship, have unveiled this glorious ensemble for their 'Summer Bash' fixture against Bradford Bulls on 28 May.

The design plays on the Roman connotations of the team's name.

Exit rumours untrue - Mancini

Football

Roberto Mancini
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Inter head coach Roberto Mancini claims rumours linking him with a move away from the club are not true.

Reports in England and Italy this week have suggested the 51-year-old is ready to walk away from San Siro before the final year of his contract in order to take up a role elsewhere. 

"I've had no offers from abroad and everything that's been written and said is untrue," said former Manchester City boss Mancini.

Hanbury agrees new Vikings deal

Rugby League

Rhys Hanbury
Rex Features

Australian full-back Rhys Hanbury has signed a new three-year contract with Widnes Vikings.

The 30-year-old's new deal will run to the end of the 2019 season and he said: "I get on with the coaching staff and everybody at the club and wouldn't want to leave."

Hanbury is the leading points scorer in Super League this season.

Lukaku perfect for Man Utd

Football

Romelu Lukaku
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Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Everton striker Romelu Lukaku would fit in well at Old Trafford.

Lukaku, 22, has scored 25 goals in all competitions this season and recently suggested he could leave Goodison Park in the summer to test himself in the Champions League.

"It's clear that he's among the players who are capable of going to play with the top clubs -- whether it's at Manchester United, who are definitely looking for a striker, or with a club in Spain," Saha told Belgian broadcaster RTBF.  

Man Utd news conference

Tottenham v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Louis van Gaal
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"If Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is a man whose job is under threat, he certainly didn't seem it as he faced the media, saying instead Sunday's opponents Tottenham are the ones under pressure as they they chase Leicester at the top. 

"The Dutchman won't rush captain Wayne Rooney back into the team, and will instead play for the club's under-21s against Middlesbrough on Monday. 

"Van Gaal also heaped praised on Spurs for their teamwork, and leaders Leicester's players for the way they have taken responsibility this season - something he would clearly like more of from his team. 

"The only time he was slightly annoyed was by questions about the possibility of a role as technical director with the Dutch FA, which he swatted away."

Shock at Aintree

Horse Racing

The 10-1 shot God's Own won the Melling Chase at Aintree after hot favourite Vautour fell.

"Confidence is high but I know racing better than anyone," said jockey Paddy Brennan after victory.

Trainer Tom George added: "You have to feel for Vautour but we were able to take advantage."

Friday night lights

England v Belgium (19:55 BST)

Time to rest up as we have a huge game tonight v Belgium. Hopefully cap off an amazing week with a win tonight ⚽️

Time to rest up as we have a huge game tonight v Belgium. Hopefully cap off an amazing week with a win tonight ⚽️

You can watch Alex and her team-mates in the Women's European Championship qualification match live on BBC 2 from 19:30 BST.

Should Scotland's qualifier with Slovenia be of more interest, you can follow that on BBC ALBA.

Also on Friday, Northern Ireland host the Czech Republic.

Man Utd news conference

Tottenham v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Louis van Gaal and Mauricio Pochettino
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Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Mauricio Pochettino deserves credit for making a team out of individual players at Sunday's opponents Tottenham.

He also praised Leicester's players for the way they take responsibility, but refused to confirm whether he was approached by the Dutch FA about a role as technical director.

Man Utd news conference

Tottenham v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Louis van Gaal
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Wayne Rooney needs to play for Manchester United's under-21s before he can return to the first team, according to manager Louis van Gaal. 

The Dutchman confirmed the England captain has trained with the squad two times as he returns from a knee injury.

Man Utd news conference

Tottenham v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Team news update from the Red Devils boss...

Louis van Gaal tells #MUTV Ashley Young and Phil Jones are back in contention, while Adnan Januzaj will miss the Spurs game through injury.

Get Involved - name your horse

#mygrandnationalhorse

Moss Bridger: Neigh-mar as the favourite and Robert Hoof as an outsider...  

Man Utd news conference

Tottenham v Manchester United (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Bill Rice

BBC Radio Manchester

Man Utd
BBC Sport

Manchester United may be more accustomed to fighting for the title than battling for a European place, but Louis van Gaal’s side could still have a major say in the title race. They still have leaders Leicester to face, and this weekend go to second placed Tottenham who could be 10 points behind the Foxes by Sunday’s kick-off. 

United have performed better against sides in the top half of the table this season - losing only once in nine games against teams in the top seven - and have more points against those top sides than anyone else.

The question for Louis van Gaal is can they continue that against a Spurs side who can ill afford any more slip ups?

Training, Glasgow Warriors style...

Rugby union

Friday's session, a walk up a hill in Loch Lomond. All the best to the @GlasgowWarriors boys tonight. #WarriorNation

Friday's session, a walk up a hill in Loch Lomond. All the best to the @GlasgowWarriors boys tonight. #WarriorNation

On this day

The Masters

1990: Nick Faldo won a play-off for the Masters title, beating American Raymond Floyd at the second extra hole.

Follow today's Masters coverage here from 13:00 BST.

Nick Faldo wins the 1990 Masters
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Royal seal of approval

Football

BBC Leicester Sport

In the week that Prince William said he's "dying" to see Leicester City win the title, Claudio Ranieri has invited him to visit the club. Of course he has...

Duke of Cambridge said this week he's "dying" to see Leicester City win the title.
Interview: Paul Paton
Paul Paton says no player wants relegation on their CV as Dundee United bid to beat the Premiership drop.

Your Premier League player of the year

Vote result

Riyad Mahrez
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The votes have been counted and the top three in reverse order are:

3) Dimitri Payet (West Ham) 10%

2) Jamie Vardy (Leicester) 19%

and the winner is...

1) Riyad Mahrez (Leicester) with a huge 37% of the votes.

Thanks for taking part.

Three down, four to go

Grand National meeting

Aintree
Reuters

We've had three races so far at Aintree, including the Alder Hey Handicap, the Top Novices' Hurdle and the Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase.

Head here to see all the results

Vautour the one to watch

Grand National meeting

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Vautour
Getty Images

There's little doubt about who is the main equine attraction is on Ladies' Day - it's Vautour.

A winner at the last three Cheltenham Festivals, the horse's career form figures read 22/1111/11211-121 [that means he's in good nick, apparently]. 

Vautour, the mount of Ruby Walsh for trainer Willie Mullins, is hot favourite in the Melling Chase over two-and-a-half miles at 15:25 BST.

Consider this your five-minute warning...

Stoke news conference

Liverpool v Stoke (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Liverpool v Stoke
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Liverpool go into the game on the back of a trip to Germany, when they faced Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League.

"Liverpool are a good side with top quality players so we know it will be difficult. We will go there though, and be confident," said Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

"Possibly the fact that they have played in Germany on Thursday may affect them, but usually it is when you play in Europe and then come back home and travel to play away from home. I think that has a greater impact."

Stoke news conference

Liverpool v Stoke (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Jakob Haugaard
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A season ending injury to number one goalkeeper Jack Butland gave Danish 23-year-old Jakob Haugaard a debut against Swansea.

"Jakob did well last weekend, and will play again on Sunday," said boss Mark Hughes.

"His general work was good and he wasn't at fault for the goals. Shay Given got a game under his belt for the under-21s last week too, so we are in good shape."

Stoke news conference

Liverpool v Stoke (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes gives an injury update on the squad ahead of their Premier League match against Liverpool on Sunday.

"Ryan Shawcross is training, Marc Wilson worked with the group too, which is progress for him. He isn't ready to play though," he said. 

"Glenn Whelan did some work with the group today following his back issue but Marko Arnautovic is a doubt with a slight problem."

Stoke news conference

Liverpool v Stoke (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Mark Hughes is in position for the penultimate Premier League news conference of the day...

Mark Hughes joins us for today's pre-Liverpool press conference #SCFC

Mark Hughes joins us for today's pre-Liverpool press conference #SCFC

Uefa trouble for Liverpool

Football

Liverpool
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Uefa has opened disciplinary proceedings against Liverpool after fireworks were set off by their fans during Thursday's Europa League quarter final first-leg against Borussia Dortmund. The German hosts have also been cited after stairways were blocked at the Westfalenstadion.

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Leicester (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Sam Allardyce
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And what do Sunderland need to stay in the Premier League?

Who better than manager Sam Allardyce to provide the answers.

"I'm looking for a bit of good fortune, to be honest," said Big Sam.

"We need to have the attitude of can we be more clinical in front of goal, first and foremost, and keep up the clean sheets."  

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Leicester City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Sunderland, in 18th place in the Premier League, four points off safety, can put a spanner in the works for leaders Leicester when the sides meet on Sunday.

"It's astounding that so many people come to the stadium every game to support us and have stayed with us all the way," said boss Sam Allardyce.  

"The players and I really do appreciate it and we will do our best to bring them some joy."  

Get Involved - name your horse

#mygrandnationalhorse

Adam Costandi: David Hasselhoof - enough said.

Tom: Clippity Klopp

John Bunyan: Flora, because she is my horse and the best (although some compare her to a carthorse).

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Leicester City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

Sunderland
BBC Sport

Waiting for Sam Allardyce ahead of Sunderland's media call. With Leicester having had five 1-0's in their last six games, has Claudio Ranieri become the new Big Sam?

'Say cheese...'

Football

Mentioning Claudio Ranieri's Premier League manager of the month award has reminded us of this picture, taken earlier this week when Motherwell boss Mark McGhee picked up the Scottish equivalent...   

"Right Mark, you're the Scottish Premiership manager of the month so just smile for the camera... No, not like that... Ach, never mind."

Mark McGhee
SNS

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Bournemouth (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Gabriel Agbonlahor
Reuters

Gabriel Agbonlahor has been asked to attend the Villa training ground later on Friday to be examined by the club doctor after the player rang in this morning saying he was suffering from a virus.

Agbonlahor has not been included in the squad. It's the second successive weekend that he will miss a Villa match. Last Saturday we was left out after it was revealed he had been seen in Dubai, smoking a shisha pipe over the Easter weekend.

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Bournemouth (15:00 BST)

Aston Villa
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Now we rattle on to Villa...

They will be relegated this Saturday if they lose to the Cherries and Norwich avoid defeat at Crystal Palace. A draw coupled with the Canaries winning would also see them go down.

The early team news is that Libor Kozak, Ciaran Clark, Adama Traore and Jack Grealish are all fit, but Gabriel Agbonlahor is out with a virus. More on that in a moment...

Strike a pose

Horse racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport at Aintree

This group of racegoers from Manchester have two reasons to celebrate at Aintree racecourse on Ladies' Day at the Grand National meeting.

Louise Shaw and Cheryl Ogden, pictured far right, are spending their first day at the races to mark their 30th birthdays.

"It's nice just soaking up the atmosphere," said Louise, while pal Cheryl said they were hoping to "have a few drinks and a few winners".

Ladies' Day
BBC Sport

Listen to action from Aintree

Grand National weekend

Action from Aintree? Yes please. We've got live radio commentary of today's races in this page here. Friday means Ladies Day, with the main event taking place on Saturday.

And a reminder that if golf is more your bag, the Masters is whirring into life here.

Grand National
BBC

Get Involved - your horse names

#mygrandnationalhorse

Jon Murray: Please tell me I'm not the only one saying all these horse names in the voice of John Hunt entering the final furlong?

Every single one, Jon. If only to make sure they are clean...

Sing when you're winning

Football

BBC Leicester Sport

Leicester
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Want to hear a gospel choir sing Leicester City chants? Of course you do...

Leicester City news conference

Sunderland v Leicester City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Having confirmed that he has no injury concerns – and that Jeff Schlupp is back in his squad - Claudio Ranieri was asked about his manager of the month award and the impending PFA prizes, for which several of his players are in contention.

"I'm very pleased but the team's doing well. I’d put all of my 11 players [in the PFA team of the year]. They have allowed the fans to dream. A lot of children come to our training ground. It's amazing. That's good."

Leicester City news conference

Sunderland v Leicester City (Sun, 13:30 BST)

BBC Leicester Sport

Claudio Ranieri
Getty Images

Claudio Ranieri has arrived and, having shaken everyone’s hand, has finally sat down.

So, Claudio, how many more wins do Leicester need to win the title? "I don't know. The others can will all their matches. I think the Europa is done. We are fighting for the Champions League now."