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Summary

  1. 12 Premier League news conferences
  2. Origi's season is not over - Klopp
  3. Villa relegation lies at my feet - Lerner
  4. GET INVOLVED Favourite commentary moments #bbcsportsday

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By James Gheerbrant and Richard Winton

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye

That's it from Sportsday for another week. Check back here on Monday morning at 08:00 BST. Until then, farewell.

Sport quiz of the week

A Question of Sport's weekly quiz
BBC

A bit of fun for you to end the week. It's BBC Sport and A Question of Sport's weekly quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world of sport in the past week?

Have a go here if you think you're hard enough.

It's now or never - Ranieri

Football

Dan Roan

BBC Sports editor

Claudio Ranieri
AFP

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri believes it is "now or never" for the Foxes to win the Premier League title.  

Leicester have already secured a top-three finish and Champions League football next season, and Ranieri says his focus is now on winning the title.

"We achieved the Champions League - a great achievement for everyone but now we try to win the title with all our strength, all our heart, our soul, everything.  

"It is this year or never more."

'Do your homework'

Young Commentator of the Year

Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

One of the main keys to commentary is the preparation. Quite simply if you've done your homework in advance you will enjoy the game much more. And that should come across in your voice. 

All commentators do their own prep work. This is for a two good reasons: Firstly the process of doing the prep is when the information sticks in your brain. Secondly you have to trust your notes. If you've done them yourself and know for sure all the facts are correct, that confidence will come across in your delivery. There is nothing worse than a commentator who sounds uncertain. 

Enjoy it. Commentators sit in the best seats in the stadium and get to meet the players and managers before and after the game. It's always worth reminding yourself every now and again what a privileged position it is.

Carter opens slender lead

Snooker

Ali Carter is closing in on a place in the World Championship quarter-finals at the Crucible.

The Englishman has opened up a 7-5 lead over veteran Scot Alan McManus after 12 frames.

You can watch the latest action by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

Woods pays tribute to Prince

Golf

I was lucky to have met and witnessed the most talented entertainer in history. Rest in peace my brotha.

I was lucky to have met and witnessed the most talented entertainer in history. Rest in peace my brotha.

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Nigel Smith: What would be the one sporting moment in history that you wished you had commentated on?

Easy to pick from a long list of great sporting occasions, but I would choose an event on a knife edge. Particularly an occasion with a turn of fortune. 

As a commentator it's a great feeling to move through the gears as the pace of an event changes. So I'd probably go for the Rumble In The Jungle. To commentate on the moment Ali springs out of his rope-a-dope tactic and begins landing punches on Foreman would have been unbelievable. 

Everton v Man Utd: All you need to know

Football

Everton v Man Utd: All you need to know for the FA Cup semi-final

BBC Sport takes a closer look at two of the FA Cup's most successful teams, Everton and Manchester United, before their semi-final at Wembley on Saturday.

Smith back on his feet

Cycling

Better news for British Paralympian David Smith, who underwent nine hours of life-saving surgery on a tumour just 8mm from his spine in March.

Although the operation was a success, the 37-year-old had been left temporarily paralysed on one side and was unable to use his left arm and leg.

Best birthday present I could have wished for, I managed to walk and my mum arrived to see this. 🏃🏻🏃🏻🏃🏻

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Steve Hermon: How long do you spend prepping for a game & what app do you use to create those videos?

We usually say that each game takes "a day's work" to prep. 8-10 hours. 

I won't sit for a whole day doing research, though. You'd become a zombie. It's best to stretch it out over a few days, doing two or three-hour stints here and there. Hanging around airports, trains, sitting in cars are when I'm most productive. 

In terms of videos. I film everything on my phone. iMovie is the basic video editor, but it is a much more powerful application than most people realise. Play around with the settings and you can unleash lots of tricks. 

For social media videos my advice is to focus on speed and getting it out there quickly, rather than making a Steven Spielberg production. This is not the time to be a perfectionist. 

Familiar face

Cricket

Hampshire fast bowler Fidel Edwards has just posted this on Instagram as he starts his rehab from a broken leg reportedly suffered playing football in the warm-up on the final morning of the County Championship match against Yorkshire.

"My first visit to the doctor and look who I ran, sorry I meant "wheeled", into - Southampton manager Ronald Koeman."

Fidel Edwards
Instagram
World Snooker Championship: Anthony McGill climbs on table
Anthony McGill climbs on to the snooker table and pretends to prepare a shot in his second-round match against Marco Fu at the Crucible Theatre.

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Arsenal (Sun, 14:05 BST)

More from Sam Allardyce ahead of Sunday's clash with Arsenal.

He says: "We have a very good dressing room, the new players have been welcomed in and there is a remarkable team spirit.

"Arsenal have got many players from an attacking point of view who are exceptionally good. We can't worry about what other teams do, it's our responsibility to win as many games as we can, starting on Sunday." 

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Andrew Dalton: What’s your best advice to break into national commentary?

Practice. Practice. Practice. 

You hope that one day you'll get your big break. Should that day come, don't be raw and unsure of yourself. Practice by yourself. For hours and hours and hours. 

Go through the motions. Practice your breathing. My advice to any kids who want to be a commentator is: record yourself doing commentaries at home or in the back row of a stand at your local team. I assure you the 50th commentary you do will sound a million times better than the first one did.

#QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Name the 7 teams currently outside the Premier League to have reached an FA Cup Semi Final since 2010?

Answers to today's #QSTeaser from @QuestionofSport Bolton W, Hull City, Millwall, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield United and Wigan Ath

Sunderland news conference

Sunderland v Arsenal (Sun, 14:05 BST)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been facing the media ahead of the Black Cats' game against Arsenal. Here's what he has to say.

"We finally put the perfect result together at Norwich at a crucial time.

"Hopefully we can try and get some more points out of a game that will be very difficult. Out of possession the most important thing is to fight, battle and scrap for a clean sheet."

Sam Allardyce
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Midterm lays down Derby marker

Horse racing

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

Midterm
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Odds-on favourite Midterm, ridden by Ryan Moore for trainer Sir Michael Stoute, has won the Classic Trial at Sandown.

The 8-11 shot defeated 12-1 chance Algometer by one-and-a-half lengths, with the remaining four rivals well beaten. Well-bred Midterm is a son of 2001 Derby winner Galileo and multiple Group One victor Midday.

After the Sandown win, Midterm’s odds for the Derby at Epsom in June were cut by some bookmakers from 8-1 to 6-1 second favourite, behind 4-1 market leader US Army Ranger.

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Robert: Peter Martin on James McFadden's goal for Scotland v France is pure elation. "They've been suckered".

Anife Faria: AB deVillers is amazing, he scored a century in 31 balls, it once took me 34 balls to get off the mark - Sunil Gavaskar

Ian Spink: "The greatest comeback since Lazarus!" screamed by Ali Brownlee at Boro v Steaua Bucharest.

On this day

Football

He was given the dream job, Manchester United manager, but two years ago David Moyes ill-fated reign ended as the Reds sacked him after just 10 months in charge. 

David Moyes
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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

BEBrodders: Why did you announce your retirement when everyone knew it was a ploy to get the UFC to back down?

I'm contractually obliged to say that I did it "for the cheese". Whatever that means. 

The morning after any Conor McGregor fight, my timeline is full of messages for him. Most are very complimentary.  

Which Premier League club paid the most to agents?

Football

The FA has just released this interesting data, documenting how much each English club paid to agents between 1 October 2015 and 1 February 2016.

Manchester United lashed out the most in the top flight...

graphic
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Unusual betting alert as Australian Open

Tennis

Russell Fuller

BBC tennis correspondent

Glasnost: Tennis Integrity Unit releases first quarterly bulletin which shows 48 alerts of unusual betting activity in the first three months of 2016.

One alert came at the Australian Open, and another on the WTA Tour. All others came at Challenger or ITF level.  

In February, BBC Sport reported that tennis accounted for nearly three-quarters of all suspicious betting identified by a leading sports gambling watchdog in 2015.

London Marathon weather forecast

Athletics

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Pope Lorenzo: how did you get into sports journalism? What was the first game you commentated?

I was very lucky to commentate on the FA Cup final as my first ever commentary. 

It was for a national radio station in Ireland which had never done commentary on English football before, so they didn't have a commentator. Someone else was lined up, but they pulled out during the week building up to Wembley. I had been doing reports for them and got promoted. I had just turned 20 the month before. It was a classic place of right place at the right time. But then you've got to take that chance.

Eye of the tiger

Football

It's Earth Day, let's take care of our planet, everyone is responsible 🌍 #earthday #savetheplanet #wwf

It's Earth Day, let's take care of our planet, everyone is responsible 🌍 #earthday #savetheplanet #wwf

Surely the feted Juventus midfielder isn't suggesting he's moving to Hull, is he?

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Ilesy: What is the best game you have ever commentated on?

Brazil v France 2006 World Cup. Zidane turned on the party pieces and virtually beat a very good Brazil team on his own. 

I remember pinching myself at one stage to believe I was really there and lucky enough to be commentating on it. 

British sweep aside Romania

Ice hockey

Great Britain’s mens ice hockey team have beated Romania 6-1 to set up a promotion deciding gold medal game against Ukraine on Saturday.

It was a fourth straight win for Pete Russell’s side, which means they are now one win away from returning the second tier of world ice hockey.

'More England coaches need to go abroad'

Rugby union

BBC Radio 5 Live

England coach Eddie Jones would encourage English coaches to work overseas

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Danny Estreich: Any tips to improve commentary or any phrases which are very effective? I'm commentating on uni varsity, advice appreciated.

Variety of words is very important. It can't be always a *great* pass, *great* shot, *great* goal. Nerd admission: When I was young I used to read a thesaurus on the train on the way to games. It was not a great way to attract girls. 

bbc-coverageWorld Snooker Championship

Reminder that you can watch live coverage from both tables of the World Snooker Championship right here, right now. 

Steve has the right idea, dual-screening the action in the bath, laughing in the face of the insurance nightmare that is accidental water damage.

This is how I live now. #bbcsnooker

This is how I live now. #bbcsnooker

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Jeremy Nash: Jonathan Overend describing Bond villain Djokavic at conclusion of Murray 's Wimbledon final win.

Jonny Harding: 'Alexander the Great was 32 when he conquered the world, Eric Bristow is just 28' - Sid Waddell.

Alex Ingram: "There's nothing wrong with the car except that it's on fire" - Murray Walker

'I draw club crests as a challenge'

Young Commentator of the Year

Nick Barnes

BBC Newcastle's Sunderland commentator

Notes
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Every commentator has their preferred method of making notes for matches. Mine has developed over the years and now I have found a system that works for me on a match day with all the information at my fingertips. 

I hand write the opposition as that helps when it comes to retention of the information and I use my notebooks as a valuable archive. This season I decided to hand-draw the club crests too, mainly as a challenge to myself but also because it makes my match notebooks more personal and unique.

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Conor McNamara

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

Bee Elle Double-You: Do you believe in "The Commentators Curse" or is it just nonsense?

The commentators' curse is both real and very scary. As soon as you praise an individual player he is GUARANTEED to pass the ball straight out of play, or score an own goal. 

The very moment you say that a player has been quiet, he'll instantaneously bang one into the top corner. 

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Right, we've been overwhelmed with questions... and with answers to them. 

Now that the majority of the news conferences are done, we'll spend the next couple of hours on them. Don't go away...

@BBCSport @ConorMcNamaraIE any grounds that you've never visited but want to?

Not been to Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires. #BucketList #bbcsportsday twitter.com/rob295/status/…

Aston Villa news conference

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

Aston Villa
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Caretaker boss Eric Black spares a thought for the long-suffering Villa fans...

"It’s not been a fantastic week under the circumstances after the relegation. We are looking for brighter days ahead," he said.

"The supporters have been through their hardest season in recent history. The numbers that have turned up have been astonishing."   

Aston Villa news conference

Aston Villa v Southampton (Sat, 15.00 BST)

Pat Murphy

BBC Midlands football reporter

Eric Black
Getty Images

Caretaker manager Eric Black says Danish defender Jores Okore hasn't been involved over the past fortnight after refusing to be on the bench for the Bournemouth game.

"He told me he didn’t want to be on the bench," said Black. "I found that strange."  

After meeting Black the following Monday, the 23-year-old said he didn't want to be considered for the first team. He will now train with the Under 21s for the rest of the campaign.

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.@BBCSport Slight bias, but this from the WWC was pretty good commentary! bbc.in/1BI0OQi #bbcsportsday

.@BBCSport Slight bias, but this from the WWC was pretty good commentary! bbc.in/1BI0OQi #bbcsportsday

Biased? I wonder why...

Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

BBC Merseyside Sport

Jurgen Klopp says defender Kolo Toure does have a future at Liverpool.

He says: "He is part of my future plans but it depends what the future is for you. A big part of Kolo's future is at Liverpool."

He also reveals that striker Christian Benteke "feels good" but has not returned to training yet.

On this day

Football

Three years ago Luis Suarez enjoyed a slice of Branislav Ivanovic and was charged with violent conduct by The FA. It resulted in a 10-game ban. 

Branislav Ivanovic and Luis Suarez
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Liverpool news conference

Liverpool v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

BBC Merseyside Sport

Jurgen Klopp encourages the Liverpool fans to give former Reds boss Rafael Benitez a warm reception.

"If anyone wants to celebrate Istanbul when seeing Rafa Benitez, you're more than welcome," he says. "That's how I'd welcome an old friend."