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  1. FA Cup & Scottish Cup final news
  2. Ginola has quadruple heart bypass
  3. Fall-out from Muirfield golf row

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By Shamoon Hafez and Frank Keogh

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Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio


Well, it's been a blast. We've pitched in to the golf row, divvied up the Football League revamp, and hummed along to some classic FA Cup songs.

Now it's time for the weekend. We'll see you all again when Sportsday returns on Monday with reaction to the action.

Lawro's FA Cup lowdown

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Mark Lawrenson

BBC Football Expert

Wilfried Zaha
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I see Manchester United dominating possession in Saturday's FA Cup final and Crystal Palace will have to play at a high tempo to disrupt them and cause them any problems.

Palace have played on the break all season, because they have quick forwards who can be their match-winners.

But United's patient approach will not see them committing many men forward, and opportunities for Alan Pardew's side to counter-attack will be few and far between.

Read the full piece here

“We’re going to destroy them!” – Young Palace fan

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)


Ben Shires heads to Selhurst Park to get young fans' predictions on Crystal Palace's FA Cup Final against Manchester United at Wembley. Featuring a special app-EAR-rance from a certain MOTD presenter.

Head here to watch the video

The rise of Rashford

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Marcus Rashford
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Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has enjoyed  an astonishing rise as he has gone from obscurity to an FA Cup final and a place in Roy Hodgson's provisional England squad for Euro 2016.

But it hasn't all been plain sailing for the 18-year-old.

"He had a little period, around 14 and 15, when he struggled because he grew quickly.  It happens to a lot of players during growth and development. His legs were growing very long and he lost co-ordination," said Paul McGuinness, who was a coach within United's academy for 24 years until his departure in February.

"While it was happening he was frustrated because he couldn't do the things he normally would. He was a little bit sulky and a little bit moody because of it.

Read the full piece

Man in the middle

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Mark Clattenburg
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Mark Clattenburg will referee the FA Cup final between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.

The 41-year-old from County Durham was in charge of the 2012 League Cup final at Wembley when Liverpool won against Cardiff City on penalties.Clattenburg also took charge of the 2012 Olympic men's final when Mexico beat favourites Brazil at Wembley.

"It's an honour and a massive achievement," said Clattenburg, who will also oversee games at Euro 2016.

"These days you get told what games you're doing by text, but when you see a call coming in from the FA referees' department you know it's important."

FA Cup classic matches

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)


Excited about the FA Cup final on Satuday and got a few hours to kill?

Watch a selection of short highlights of classic FA Cup matches from the BBC Sport archive.

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Arsenal close on £30m midfielder


David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Arsenal are close to completing the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach captain Granit Xhaka.

The clubs have reached an agreement on a deal reported to be worth £30m for the Switzerland central midfielder.

Xhaka, 23, has flown to London to finalise personal terms and undergo a medical, which is set to take place this weekend.

His arrival will bolster a midfield that has been depleted by the departures of Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and - possibly - Mathieu Flamini.

FA Cup 'important for Man Utd players'

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal believes winning the FA Cup will be more memorable for his players than qualifying for the Champions League.

The Red Devils failed to secure their place in Europe's elite club competition after finishing fifth in the Premier League.

However, they have the chance to finish the season with a trophy when they play Crystal Palace at Wembley on Saturday.

"Qualification is not a title. A title is the FA Cup," said Van Gaal.

Read the full piece

Palace win 'good for English coaches'

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew wants to win the FA Cup to improve the reputation of English managers.

Manchester United - managed by Dutchman Louis van Gaal - are favourites for Saturday's final against Pardew's side.

If Palace win then Pardew, who is set to sign a new contract, would be only the third English manager to lift the trophy in the Premier League era.

"It will not just be good for me and the club to win it but good for English coaches," said Pardew.

360-degree views of Wembley

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

What's it like to experience a big match at Wembley Stadium?   

Watch a 360-degree behind the scenes video produced at the home of English football.

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Father and son Wembley experience

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Rob and Jakob

Manchester United and Crystal Palace meet in the FA Cup Final this weekend - just as they did back in 1990. 

Reliving that incredible 3-3 draw are father and son duo Rob and Jakob – huge United fans from Manchester.

Head here to watch the video

Why the FA Cup has its own seat

Football - FA Cup final

It's all about lifting the trophy for Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Wembley on Saturday.

But there's a fascinating story behind who looks after the trophy.

Have a listen here to a piece on the Cup minder from the BBC World Service.

Manchester United's Eric Cantona with the FA Cup in 1994

Long road to Wembley

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Football fans

Two Black Country football fans are off to the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday after watching every round of the competition.

Stu Wilkinson and Tom Lynn, from Bilston, started by watching Gornal Athletic v Bromsgrove Sporting in August, and have followed the winning team since.

They have been to all 14 rounds, including two replays, and visited 12 different grounds to watch 15 teams in action.

"We started off thinking 'lets go to some football games' and see where it takes us," said Stu. "We didn't expect to make it to the final but are chuffed to bits that we have."

Read the full piece

Tribute to Tony Cozier


On a more poignant note, cricket lost one of its finest commentators earlier this month, with the death of Tony Cozier.

The Test Match Special team have been paying tribute. It's well worth a listen.

PODCAST: Our very emotional tribute to the voice of Caribbean cricket and @bbctms legend Tony Cozier #bbccricket…

Making a splash

European Swimming Championsips

That Friday feeling is kicking in here at BBC Sport headquarters as we relish a weekend of top action including the FA Cup final and an intriguing Test match.

We'll also be taking you back to the Olympic Park in London as the European Swimming Championships continues.

Who better to introduce things than a two-time Olympic gold medal winner?..

Tonight we are on the Red Button from 6pm. Full straight coverage of all the swimming, interviews, medal ceremonies at the European champs


Aisle be there...

We at Sportsday love nothing better than the magic of the Cup AND a dose of Friday nuptials to warm up our weekends. We're really just a couple of cuddly old romantics.

So, Andrew and Jenni, do I think we can use your tweet? I do.

FA Cup final eve. Big match tomorrow, even bigger match today! #MatchOfTheDay #MOTD #bbcsportsday

FA Cup final eve. Big match tomorrow, even bigger match today! #MatchOfTheDay #MOTD #bbcsportsday

Over at the Test...


Follow live radio and text commentary of the first Test between England and Sri Lanka at Headingley right here.

140 runs 3 catches Quite a Test for Jonny Bairstow so far... Sri Lanka 28-3 #ENGvSL

140 runs 3 catches Quite a Test for Jonny Bairstow so far... Sri Lanka 28-3 #ENGvSL

FA Cup on the BBC

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Wayne Rooney
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Crystal Palace and Manchester United meet in the FA Cup final in a 17:30 BST kick-off at Wembley on Saturday - and the BBC has a whole day of programming dedicated to the event.  

FA Cup specials on Football Focus, A Question of Sport and Pointless all feature.

Head here to see a rundown of the programmes

'Running benefits my Crohn's disease'


Meet Amanda Scott, who has Crohn's disease, and will be one of the thousands taking part in Sunday's Great Manchester Run.....

You can follow the action on BBC TV and also via our live text commentary. 

You can get involved and send us your Great Manchester Run stories and messages by using the hashtag #GetInspired on social media

Ian Wright - My greatest moment

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Ian Wright
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Crystal Palace will play Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and if it's anything like their 3-3 encounter in 1990 at the same stage then we're in for a treat. 

Ex-Palace striker Ian Wright came on as a substitute and scored in that game 26 years ago and described it as "the greatest moment" of his life.

"I felt I was welling up - this is the greatest moment of my life, easily," he recalled. 

"Four years out of playing Sunday football I was playing at Wembley, against Manchester United and I'd come off the bench and scored." 

Hear more from Ian Wright here.

Who said it?

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Louis van Gaal and Alan Pardew
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Can you spot which quote belongs to Louis van Gaal and which was said by Alan Pardew?

Head here to take the quiz

Top FA Cup tunes

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

John Barnes

Chas & Dave, Hot Stuff Arsenal, Status Quo and the unforgettable rapping talents of Liverpool's John Barnes. 

Listen to the FA Cup's most memorable songs

'Man Utd will soon be fighting for titles'

FA Cup final: Crystal Palace v Man Utd (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Juan Mata
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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has no doubt the team will be lifting trophies within the next 12 months because of its winning mentality.

The Red Devils have not won major silverware since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

However, United - who finished fifth in the Premier League - could end the season with a trophy by beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Saturday.

"This club is going to be fighting for titles," Mata told BBC Sport.

Read the full piece

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Taylor Swift can't wait for the FA Cup final and neither can we!

Sportsday is now ramping up the excitement for Saturday's FA Cup final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United at Wembley.

Quizzes, features, player interviews and analysis, we've got all that covered over the next couple of hours.


Happy Birthday

20 May

Happy Birthday to all of you, here's a select few from the world of sport who share their birthday with you.

  • Petr Cech - Arsenal and Czech Republic goalkeeper, born 1982, is 34.

  • Iker Casillas (soccer) - Porto and Spain goalkeeper, born 1981, is 35.

  • Chris Froome (cycling) -  British winner of the Tour de France in 2013 and 2015, born 1985, is 31.

  • Dexter Blackstock (soccer) - Nottingham Forest's former Southampton and QPR striker, born 1986, is 30.

Petr Cech
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Super League tackles Geordie phrases

Rugby League

Watch Super League players prepare for Magic Weekend in Newcastle by trying to get their tongues around some local Geordie phrases.

Magic Weekend: Super League takes on Newcastle

On this day


2013: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced coach Jose Mourinho would leave Real Madrid at the end of the season. The Portuguese rejoined former club Chelsea on June 3.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
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Duo exit Derby


Conor Sammon
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Stephen Warnock and Conor Sammon have not been offered new deals by Championship side Derby County.

Ex-England, Liverpool and Blackburn left-back Warnock, 34, made 22 appearances for the Rams last season but joined Wigan Athletic on loan in February after Paul Clement was sacked.

Warnock played 11 times for the Latics, helping them win the League One title.

Striker Sammon, 29, spent last season on loan with Sheffield United in League One, scoring six goals in 19 starts.

On this day

Formula 1

2009: The French courts ruled against Ferrari's bid to acquire an injunction against the FIA and its decision to introduce a budget cap into Formula One next season.

A Ferrari car in 2009
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Big hitters back for T20 Blast


Gayle, Afridi, McCullum
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The domestic cricket scene is set to burst into life as the glitz and glamour of the T20 Blast gets under way on Friday.

Following England's run to the World Twenty20 final in India, ticket sales for this year's tournament are up by a third on 2015.

And, with an array of big-hitting international stars including Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Brendon McCullum and Shahid Afridi returning, it is easy to see why interest has been so high.

Read the full piece here

On this day


1996: After playing in more than 650 games and scoring 346 goals for Liverpool, striker Ian Rush left Anfield on a free transfer to join Leeds.

Ian Rush in action for Leeds
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FA Cup songs - a tale of two Pardews

Get Involved - via #bbcsportsday

Alan Pardew in 1990 and 2016

From the highlights of 1990 to the silver fox of 2016 - there's only one Alan Pardew.

A Crystal Palace player 26 years ago, now he's leading the Eagles back to Wembley for Saturday's FA Cup final against Manchester United.

You can watch Pardew sing right here in this montage of top Cup ditties. If you don't nod your head, you might as well give up the game right now.

Get Involved - we want to hear what is your favourite FA Cup tune and why. Make one up if you like. Use #bbcsportsday. We will do the rest, rest assured.

'Cup win not better than promotion'



Rangers manager Mark Warburton says even a Scottish Cup final victory over Hibernian would not better his side's Championship triumph.

The Ibrox side have the opportunity to win their third piece of silverware this season on Saturday, having already won promotion and the Challenge Cup.

"There's nothing more important than achieving promotion," he said. 

You can watch the Scottish Cup final (kick-off 15:00 BST) live on BBC One Scotland on Saturday.

Leicester well equipped to go forward


Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh
Leicester City

More on the news that Leicester City assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh have signed new contracts with the club.

The pair rejoined the club in 2011 under Nigel Pearson and signed the likes of Wes Morgan, Danny Drinkwater, Jamie Vardy, N'Golo Kante and Riyad Mahrez, all who have been crucial in their shock title triumph this season.

“When I arrived at Leicester, I could never have expected to find a group of staff so well equipped to take a club forward," said manager Claudio Ranieri. "Craig and Steve have been very important to this.

BreakingLeicester assistants sign new deals


Premier League champions Leicester City announce assistant managers Craig Shakespeare and Steve Walsh have signed new contracts with the club.

On this day


1992: Barcelona made it third time lucky as they won the European Cup, with Ronald Koeman scoring the only goal against Sampdoria at Wembley. In their previous two appearances in the final, the Catalan side had lost to Benfica in 1961 and Steaua Bucharest in 1986.

Barcelona lift the European Cup
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No split loyalties


La Liga champions Barcelona are looking to win a double in Saturday's Copa del Rey.

So are Europa League winners Sevilla.

Here's what Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, formerly of the Seville parish, now at Barca, had to say...

Rakitic: "If I score I won't celebrate. On Wednesday I celebrated Sevilla winning but on Sunday I want to beat them"

Rakitic: "If I score I won't celebrate. On Wednesday I celebrated Sevilla winning but on Sunday I want to beat them"

On this day


1970: Bobby Charlton scored his 49th and last goal for England, against Colombia in Bogota, in a warm-up game for the World Cup in Mexico. His record was broken by Wayne Rooney in 2015.

England line-up in Mexico
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Get Involved

FA Cup songs - #bbcsportsday

What would life be? Without a song or dance, what are we? So I say thank you for the music. For giving it to me...

From John Barnes and Liverpool to Chas and Dave, enjoy these belters right here.

And use #bbcsportsday to let us know your favourite FA Cup songs, You can even make up your own if you like. It is Friday, after all.



Ginola recovers in hospital

Former France international David Ginola is recovering in hospital after undergoing heart surgery, according to reports in his homeland.

The 49-year-old, who retired in 2002, is reported to have suffered a heart attack on Thursday.

A tweet from his official account read: "Hello world. Never slept better. I'm fine, just need to rest a bit."

Ginola played his club football for Toulon, Paris St-Germain, Newcastle, Tottenham, Aston Villa and Everton.

David Ginola