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  1. Man Utd's Lingard set for £100K a week
  2. Five Premier League news conferences
  3. Grand National final 40 named - also meeting starts
  4. France v GB Davis Cup draw
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By Mike Henson & Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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That is that for Sportsday today.

It's Premier League news conferences galore on Friday.

Plus we'll have a review of the first-round action from the Masters and we will again bring you live coverage from Aintree.

See you then.

On this day

In 1896 the first modern Olympic games got underway in Athens. A total of 241 athletes from 14 countries competed. 

The opening ceremony of the first modern Olympic games
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Double W's wins at Aintree

Double W's (8-1), ridden by Brian Hughes for trainer Malcolm Jefferson, won the Red Rum Chase at Aintree.

Meanwhile jockey Katie Walsh - who is due to ride Wonderful Charm in the Grand National on Saturday - has been taken to hospital with an arm injury after a fall in the Foxhunters' Chase.


1 Double W's 8-1

2 Theinval 15-2

3 Bun Doran 6-1 fav

Full Aintree results

Murray on the mend

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World number one Andy Murray is continuing his recovery having withdrawn from the Miami Open with an elbow injury.

The 29-year-old Briton will also miss Great Britain's Davis Cup tie against France this weekend but has, ironically, been putting himself through the paces at the academy of the country's leading coach, Patrick Mouratoglou.

Here he is out in the fresh clay-coated air with Greek 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Start of the Arsenal charge?

Arsenal 3-0 West Ham


It was a good night for Theo Walcott and his Arsenal team-mates as they recorded a 3-0 win over West Ham to move back into fifth position in the Premier League.

Lingard set for £100K-a-week deal

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Jesse Lingard

England midfielder Jesse Lingard is close to agreeing a new long-term contract with Manchester United.

The 24-year-old has been in talks with United for a number of weeks over a deal that could net him £100,000-a-week.

It is not thought negotiations have been completed but no hitches are anticipated.

Lingard joined United as an eight-year-old.

After spells on loan at Leicester, Birmingham and Brighton he was given his first-team debut by Louis van Gaal against Swansea, in the opening game of the 2014-15 season.

Lingard has now made 70 appearances and won four England caps.

He holds the rare distinction of scoring in three successive games for his club at Wembley.

After netting the winner in last season's FA Cup final at Wembley, Lingard also scored against Leicester in the Community Shield and Southampton as United won the EFL Cup in February.

'The English riders are pushier than us!'


Elena McGorum prepares for the Youth Tour of Scotland
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Meet the teenage girls from Peebles taking on the Youth Tour of Scotland , the biggest youth stage race in the UK, which starts tomorrow.

Young riders from across the country, plus Ireland and the Isle of Man, will compete over four days on the road in Perthshire, with individual and team prizes up for grabs.

Read Elena and Anna's story (and Mum's!), here.

"I think I'll be less stressed in GB"


Miguel Francis

Miguel Francis says he is more likely to fulfil his potential after switching allegiance from Antigua and Barbuda to Great Britain.

The 22-year-old, who ran the seventh fastest 200m of 2016, is eligible for Britain as he was born in Montserrat, an Overseas Territory without its own Olympic team.

"I think I'll be less stressed when in a better environment, where people look after you better," he told BBC Sport.

"I do think I will perform better."

Hamilton in China

Formula 1

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Lewis Hamilton is ready. Are you?

The Mercedes kingpin will be in first practice in China from 02:55 tomorrow morning.

There will be live text and 5 live sports extra coverage of that, but first a bit of a preview on 5 live at 20:00 BST tonight.

Dineur wins at Aintree

The 16-1 shot Dineur has won the Foxhunters Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree.

Last year's runner-up, ridden by James King for trainer Mickey Bowen,  saw off the challenge of Balnaslow with a gallant run from veteran 15-year-old Big Fella Thanks in third.


1 Dineur 16-1

2 Balnaslow 7-1

3 Big Fella Thanks 40-1

Full Aintree results

Warrington sign England union player

You see, it happens the other way too.

Warrington have completed the signing of rugby union wing Taylor Prell after he scored four tries in a trial match for the club's reserves.

The 20-year-old winger -  a member of England Under-18s' European Championship-winning team - has joined from union Championship club Yorkshire Carnegie on a two-year contract. 

Masters pay tribute to Palmer


Player, Palmer, Payne, Nicklaus
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Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player helped pay tribute to Arnold Palmer as they continued their role as honorary starters of the Masters.

The pair are usually joined by Palmer - who died in September - in hitting the first shots on the opening hole.

Instead Palmer's widow Kit was accompanied to the first tee by Augusta National chairman Billy Payne, who paid tribute to the four-time Masters champion. 

"For the first time in decades someone is obviously missing. The unbearable sadness about that is surpassed only by the level of affection," said Payne.

Coverage of the first round.

Conte dismisses Italy return rumours


Antonio Conte
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Antonio Conte has reiterated his desire to remain at Chelsea despite persistent rumours of him returning to Italy.

The 47-year-old former Juventus and Italy head coach has been linked with a move to Inter Milan.

Conte, who signed a three-year deal last year, told Sky Sport Italia: "Now we are fighting hard.

"We're trying to finish this season by achieving something great and unexpected. Then we will certainly try to build something great together." 

Hornets news conference coming up

Tottenham v Watford (Sat, 12:30 BST)


Watford boss Walter Mazzarri will be speaking soon - our final pre-match Premier League news conference of the day.

Will his side make it three wins on the spin... against Spurs... at White Hart Lane?

You never know...

OK, maybe you do.

Buveur D'Air wins Aintree Hurdle

Champion hurdler Buveur D'Air completes a Cheltenham-Aintree double with victory in the Aintree Hurdle.

It was a repeat of the Cheltenham result as the Nicky Henderson-trained horse beat runner-up My Tent Or Yours.

Barry Geraghty was on board the 4-9 favourite this time having missed last month's Festival through injury.

Full Aintree results

'We scraped ourselves off the floor'

Jane Williams, the mother of winning jockey Lizzie Kelly, has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live after her daughter won the Betway Bowl at Aintree on Tea For Two.

"I spent three-quarters of the race in the car park trying to hide," said Jane, wife of Nick Williams.

"We had such disappointment at Cheltenham [in the Gold Cup]. It's hard when you expect a big run, to come crashing down at the second.

"We scraped ourselves off the floor that day. The horse has been doing a lot of dressage and has been very well."

Lizzie Kelly

And from the football world...

Well done Lizzie Kelly much deserved

Although the Southampton striker is also an owner.

Kelly triumphs at Aintree

Andrew Thornton

National Hunt jockey on BBC Radio 5 live

"What a performance to win by a neck in a Grade One race like this."

Lizzie Kelly won the Betway Bowl on 10-1 shot Tea For Two, from Cue Card.

Redemption for Kelly at Aintree

John Hunt

BBC Radio 5 live horse racing commentator

"What redemption this is for Tea For Two and Lizzie Kelly who came down in the Gold Cup. What an amazing Aintree story again."

Kelly triumphs with Tea For Two

Lizzie Kelly makes up for her Cheltenham Gold Cup heartbreak with victory in the Betfair Bowl on Tea For Two from Cue Card.

Kelly was unshipped from her mount at the second fence at Cheltenham when she was the first woman to ride in the race for 33 years.

But she gained redemption here with a narrow success from the popular Cue Card.


1 Tea For Two 10-1

2 Cue Card 2-1

Full Aintree results

Wrighty 'jealous' of Spurs

Swansea 1-3 Tottenham

Amazing Spurs comeback reduces Wright to 'tears'

Arsenal legend Ian Wright admits he is "jealous" of Tottenham's resilience, after Spurs made an incredible comeback by scoring three late goals to beat Swansea 3-1.  

Bilic: 'It's not a time for individuals'

West Ham v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

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Slaven Bilic
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Here's more from Hammers boss Slaven Bilic: "We're not a team of 11. We're that plus 60,000 and the other seven and all the staff. It's not a time for individuals. We're a team."

Now that is a rallying call.

"We've got the belief. If you've got belief, you can win the confidence back. We believe we can win on Saturday."

England Women to play Swiss

Fara Williams

England will travel to Switzerland in June before this summer’s Uefa Euro 2017.

The match takes place in Biel on Saturday, 10 June at 17:15 BST.

The last time the two sides met was at the 2012 Cyprus Cup, when England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Fara Williams on the occasion of her 100th cap.

Williams said: "This game will be really good preparation for us ahead of the Euros. Switzerland are an excellent team and it’s important that we are testing ourselves against the best sides before the tournament.

"We learnt a lot at the SheBelieves Cup last month. We know we are capable of beating the best but also what areas we’ve got to work on if we want to be successful this summer."

Still at Anfield Jeff?

Liverpool 2-2 Bournemouth

11pm still at Anfield what an incredible point tonight so proud of the boys and our supporters success on and off the field a special night

Luckily for Liverpool Manchester City lost at Chelsea, but their hopes of keeping pace with second-placed Tottenham were scuppered by Joshua King's late strike.

The Cherries chairman was clearly delighted.

Defi Du Seuil completes double

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Defi Du Seuil competes a Cheltenham-Aintree double with victory in the Doom Bar Anniversary Hurdle.

The 4-11 favourite, ridden by Barry Geraghty, was a class above the rest of the field and finished clear of Divin Bere and Bedrock.

Full Aintree results

Barry Geraghty on Defi Du Seuil

Burnley team news latest

Middlesbrough v Burnley (15:00 BST)


Clarets boss Sean Dyche says that Belgian midfielder Steven Defour did not train on Thursday - because he has an injury - and will be assessed before Saturday's match against Middlesbrough.

Aintree action continues

Horse racing

Next up at Aintree is the Doom Bar Anniversary Four-Year-Old Hurdle (14:20 BST).

Cheltenham winner Defi Du Seuil, who was victorious in the Triumph Hurdle, is odds-on to make it a double.

He will be ridden by Barry Geraghy who is back in action after missing Cheltenham through injury.

West Ham team news

West Ham v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

West Ham United

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic says striker Andy Carroll felt a groin twinge at half time in the match against Arsenal "but it wasn't major". 

Midfielder Michail Antonio felt sick on Wednesday but is feeling better.

Chelsea edge closer to title

Chelsea 2-1 Man City


Great performance from the boys last night big win against a strong City side! The lads showed great character 👊🏿 #CFC

The Blues remain seven points ahead of Tottenham. So close to being 10 points clear...

Bilic under pressure?

West Ham v Swansea (Sat, 15:00 BST)

          Slaven is here to speak to the press ahead of Saturday's clash with @SwansOfficial 🗣


Slaven is here to speak to the press ahead of Saturday's clash with @SwansOfficial 🗣 #COYI

It's now five defeats on the trot. He's had the 'dreaded vote of confidence'.

Win or bust against the Swans?

Aintree off to a flyer

Nigel Twiston-Davies , trainer of winner Flying Angel, on BBC Radio 5 live: "He was so unlucky at Cheltenham and has showed what a good horse he is."

The winning trainer and jockey Noel Fehily will team up in the Grand National on Saturday with Blaklion.

You can listen to updates on BBC Radio 5 live  and check out the latest results and racecards here.

Flying Angel wins at Aintree
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John Hunt

BBC Radio 5 live horse racing commentator

"What a storming start to the Grand National meeting."

Jesus back in training


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A sorrir eu pretendo levar a vida 😁

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is back in training after fracturing a metatarsal against Bournemouth in February.

The 19-year-old Brazil international could return before the end of the season according to manager Pep Guardiola.

Flying Angel takes Aintree opener

Horse racing

Victory in the Manifesto Novices Chase goes to the 5-1 chance Flying Angel, ridden by Noel Fehily and trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies who pulls away from Cloudy Dream on the run-in.

The favourite Top Notch struggled to impose himself on the race and was well beaten.

Aintree set to get under way

Horse racing


The opening race of the Aintree Grand National meeting is set to go off at 13:45.

You can follow the action from the first day of the three-day meeting on BBC Radio 5 Live.

The opening race is the Manifesto Novices Chase, named in honour of the 1897 and 1899 Grand National winner.

Noah on the mic


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We are not quite sure what is going on here, but France Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah seems to have taken the microphone hostage at the official dinner ahead of the Davis Cup quarter-final against Great Britain.

He's always been a cool cat.

Yannick Noach
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Hartley admits to 'frustrating' 18 months

Rugby union

Dylan Hartley
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England captain Dylan Hartley admits that it has been a "frustrating" year and a half on the club front despite back-to-back Six Nations titles with his international side.

The 31-year-old made his first Premiership appearance in five months in the Saints'  36-31 defeat by Leicester  on 25 March.

"I've had a frustrating 18 months I suppose,"  Hartley told BBC Radio Northampton.

"I haven't played as much rugby for Saints as I'd have liked, but playing against Leicester was a great feeling."

Berahino foundation 'failed to pass on donations'


Saido berahino
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Saido Berahino's foundation failed to pass on funds raised for Wateraid at a 2015 event claims the charity.

WaterAid says it "has not received any money" from a dinner the Stoke City striker hosted in Mayfair in May 2015.

The Charity Commission is "deciding if there are regulatory issues to assess".

The new agent of ex-West Brom striker Berahino declined to comment. However, BBC Sport understands the dealings with WaterAid were arranged by the 23-year-old's previous representatives.