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  1. Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was the "victim of an unprovoked attack", says his lawyer
  2. Ex-England captain Tony Adams to manage La Liga strugglers Granada until the end of the season
  3. Premier League: Sunderland 0-3 Man Utd, Everton 4-2 Leicester; Premiership: Aberdeen 0-3 Rangers
  4. Get involved: Strange sporting heckles... #bbcsportsday

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Tony Sheehan: West ham v Blackburn around 1998. Tim Flowers played a blinder and the West Ham fan next to me yelled "Timmy, you're blossoming"

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Andy White: Stafford Rangers fans to the handful of Weymouth fans 'Did you come in a dingy?'

Polite sporting heckles

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You're just a beard with legs " a comment aimed at Joe Ledley. Don't know why but it made me laugh. ... A lot

Nick in Warwickshire?

Are you sure Nick...? You don't seem sure. 

Few more of your polite sporting heckles before we go...

Inspired to try golf yourself?


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Were you inspired by Sergio Garcia at the Masters and fancy giving it a go yourself?

It's never too late to pick up a set of clubs - in fact, it's a perfect retirement hobby... 

Take a look at the Get Inspired guide to find out how you can give it a go.

Well, it's nearly the end of the day here on Sportsday. 

Before we go, we will leave this here to give you a nice fuzzy feeling while we wrap things up... 

Masters 2017: Sergio Garcia receives Masters green jacket

Wire's Westwood charged with striking

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Warrington back-rower Ben Westwood could be banned for up to five matches after he was charged with striking in  Friday's Super League win over Leeds.

The 35-year-old's challenge on Leeds Rhinos player Liam Sutcliffe was given a Grade D ranking in terms of the severity of the incident.

Westwood does not have the option of an early guilty plea, as he has submitted one previously in the past 12 months. His case will be reviewed at Tuesday's hearing by an independent panel.


Daniel DWit: Not that polite, but quite timely as I remember a chant for Jermaine Easter being "You're not as good as Christmas!"

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I went to watch Yeovil v Crystal Palace in the League Cup a few seasons ago. I believe it was Mark Hudson at centre back for Palace. He received the ball and an old guy a few rows back shouted. "Oi number 6, your not very good" which must be one of the most polite heckles ever

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'There's still a lot to fight for' - Wenger

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:  "We came out of a very difficult period and what we have shown is that we are united and focused and determined to do things right again.

"That was questioned for a while and I think we gave the right response. We have to show that focus now until the end of the season. There's still a lot to fight for."

'You've got to be very brave' - Allardyce

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce on the battle to stay up:  "I can see it going right to the wire, in the end it will be about who can hold their nerve and that is the big key to success when the pressure is on you at this level.

"When the bell starts ringing you know the time is running out. You've got to be very brave and stand up and be counted in those situations if you want to survive and be in the Premier League next year."

Sam Allardyce and Arsene Wenger
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Shall we hear from the managers? 

Here you go...   

Remember this?

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

This happened last time Arsenal played Crystal Palace...

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Oliver Giroud's spectacular 'scorpion kick' helped Arsenal to a 2-0 win in January

What will happen tonight? There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website later on with live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live with the game starting at 20:00 BST.

So, about this evening's Premier League tie tonight... 

We've heard some team news but what happened last time Arsenal and Crystal Palace met? 

BreakingGrimsby Town sack Bignot


League Two club Grimsby Town have sacked manager Marcus Bignot after five months in charge. 

You can follow this story here. 

Some breaking League Two news now... 


Mike Keys: West Ham v Arsenal - Robert Pires led off the pitch by medics holding his right hand - I politely enquired if he'd chipped a nail...

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Stamford Bridge on Jose's last visit singing in unison: 'You're not special anymore!' Quality...

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Man Utd fans may not like this one.... 

Current Reading owners admit 'club is too costly'


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Reading's minority owner has admitted the club has become "too expensive for them to run" as a Chinese consortium moves closer to a potential takeover.

"We just couldn't afford it comfortably anymore," Lady Sasima Srivikorn, who heads the Championship club's Thai owners, told  BBC Radio Berkshire.

Chinese brother and sister Dai Yongge and Dai Xiu Li are in talks to buy a 75% stake in the Royals.

The EFL has conditionally approved  a "change of control" from the pair.

Meanwhile, The  Daily Telegraph  have reported that the club could be denied entry into the Premier League next season if they secure promotion because of concerns over the proposed Chinese takeover of the club. 

On this day...


In 2002 , England captain David Beckham suffered a broken foot during Manchester United's Champions League match against Deportivo La Coruna, sparking fears he would not be fit for the World Cup. However, the midfielder recovered to lead his country out against Sweden in Saitama on June 2.

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The World Cup-winning coach who "never wanted to coach"


Can you name the last English person to win the World Cup? It is not Bobby Moore or Sir Geoff Hurst, but Jill Ellis, the coach of the United States women's national team.

Ellis, who masterminded the USA's success in 2015, leading them to a 5-2 victory over Japan in the final in Canada, is originally from Cowplain near Portsmouth.

Ellis has admitted she did not even want to be a coach, but quit her £25,000 office job and "took a leap of faith" which has now etched her name in the history books.

More of those later... 



Tel N: At a match in the Korean football league, I shouted at Australian Matt McKay, "Your parents are very disappointed in you." 

This chant is now in my head... 

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Andrew Neville: It's got to be Dagenham's goalie Elliot Justham being told he's a rubbish sandwich from a well known supermarket. 

You are sending us your polite heckles you have heard at sporting events - loving them. 


Blackburn 'can't go out with a whimper'


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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray calls on his side not to be relegated from the Championship "with a whimper".

Saturday's  2-0 defeat by Barnsley  was Rovers' third in succession and left them 22nd, four points from safety, with five league matches remaining.

Mowbray, who took over as manager on 22 February, has not seen his side win since 4 March - a run of seven games.

"We know we have to get results in the next two games against teams that are struggling a little bit," he said. Blackburn face crucial games against 19th-placed Nottingham Forest and Bristol City, who are 21st, before finishing the season with games against Wolves, Aston Villa and Brentford.

To the Championship...

Team news

Crystal Palace v Arsenal (20:00 BST)

Crystal Palace may be without up to 11 players through injury but Joe Ledley returns after the birth of his son. James McArthur is doubtful with a back problem, but Scott Dann, Patrick van Aanholt and James Tomkins are out.

Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez will start for Arsenal as Petr Cech and David Ospina miss out with respective calf and back injuries.

Midfielder Francis Coquelin returns after missing the win over West Ham because of personal reasons. Laurent Koscielny misses his second game with an Achilles issue, but he is expected back soon.

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Emiliano Martinez played in Arsenal's 3-0 win over West Ham on Wednesday

Mane set for two months out after surgery


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Liverpool forward Sadio Mane will undergo an operation on a knee injury on Tuesday and is expected to be out for two months, ruling him out for the rest of the season.

He damaged cartilage in his left knee in a collision with Leighton Baines in a  3-1 home win over Everton.

Manager Jurgen Klopp had said Mane, 25, needed surgery, leaving it "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

Liverpool are third in the Premier League and have six games left.

Merseyside Police issues statement on Barkley incident


Everton midfielder Ross Barkley was the "victim of an unprovoked attack" by a  stranger who approached him on Sunday evening.

Merseyside Police has just released a statement. It says: "Merseyside Police is aware of footage online reportedly showing an assault in a bar in Liverpool city centre.

"No report of an assault has been received but officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident."

A quick update on the Barkley story we brought you earlier... 

Loving these polite insults being thrown around at sporting arenas... 

Keep them coming using #bbcsportsday

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Christian Evans: Was at Ashton Gate watching Sheff Wed when one of our fans shouts at their goalkeeper 'your mum doesn't like you!' 

Surrey beat Warwickshire by an innings


          Surrey players celebrate the fall of another Bears wicket at The Oval
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Surrey have won their first match of the season with a convincing victory over Warwickshire at The Oval.

After resuming 41 behind on 322-7, the Bears' hopes of saving the game pretty much rested on Jonathan Trott.

But Tom Curran broke through, trapping Jeetan Patel lbw - and Trott added just 10 to his score before holing out off Mark Footitt for 151.

Chris Wright was then bowled by Curran as Warwickshire were all out for 362 as Surrey won by an innings and one run.

EFL Trophy - devalued or success story?


          Kurt Zouma of Chelsea (left), Coventry collect EFL Trophy at Wembley and small crowd at Charlton
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The EFL Trophy finished a controversial campaign with a crowd of 75,000 at its Wembley final, but what next for the competition?

Find out some of the potential options with our feature here.