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  1. Premier League news conferences
  2. Sheff Utd want to sign Ched Evans
  3. Build-up to Newcastle v Preston - Magpies could seal promotion
  4. Kante & Alli win PFA awards
  5. Jones leaves Hartlepool
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That is that for Sportsday.

Make sure you tune into BBC Radio 5 live later for Newcastle v Preston North End in the Championship. A win for the Magpies would see them return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

We will be back on Tuesday at 08:00 BST.

Magpies could seal promotion

Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

Excited again☺️Come on boys lets get back to where we belong 🙏🏾 #Nufc ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚪️

On this day...


In 1992 Tottenham's Gary Lineker received the Football Writers' Player of the Year award for the second time. He first won it in 1986, while at Everton.

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In 2013 Liverpool forward Luis Suarez was given a 10-game ban by the Football Association after biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

Luis Suarez biting into the arm of Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic
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Magpies are winless in three league games

Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

Match facts

  • Newcastle have won each of their last five league games against Preston; their longest winning run against the Lilywhites.
  • Preston are winless in five league visits to face Newcastle, losing four of those games (D1).
  • The Magpies have lost two of their last 31 home league games played on Mondays (W17 D12).
  • Preston winger Aiden McGeady has scored five goals from outside the box in the Championship this season, more than any other player.
  • Newcastle are winless in three league games (D1 L2) - they haven't gone four without a victory since Rafael Benitez's first four games in charge last April.
  • Preston have conceded exactly three goals in each of their last three league games (L3) - prior to this, they'd conceded three goals in just three of their last 58 games.

'Newcastle's squad is not strong enough for the Premier League'

Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

Newcastle United

Former Newcastle winger Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 live: It's not easy to drop to the Championship - every game has been very difficult for them, as Aston Villa discovered. Newcastle have been up there all season - they are a Premier League side support-wise. It's important they get a result against Preston. This squad is not strong enough to compete in the Premier League.

Sotherton set for Olympic bronze

Kelly Sotherton (left)
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Kelly Sotherton (left) with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

Briton Kelly Sotherton is set to be given a third Olympic gold medal after Russian Olympic heptathlete Tatiana Chernova was stripped of her 2008 Beijing Games bronze medal on Monday after she tested positive to banned substances in re-tests of her sample.

Chernova initially finished fourth in Beijing but was upgraded to bronze after Ukraine's Liudmyla Blonska tested positive in 2008.  

Sotherton, originally fifth, is now in line to be promoted to the bronze medal position. 

'Taking the plunge and seeing what they can do'


It wasn't just the 26.2-mile races going on in London yesterday.

The London Mini Marathon was the starting point for the likes of Sir Mo Farah and David Weir.

Great Britain long jumper Jazmin Sawyers reports on what went on......

Sawyers reports on Mini London Marathon

BreakingBlades in for Evans

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Sheffield United are attempting to re-sign striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield.

BBC Radio Sheffield understands a fee in the region of £500,000 has been agreed between the clubs.

Evans last played for the Blades in 2012 before a rape conviction saw him serve two and a half years in prison.

That conviction was subsequently quashed, and following a re-trial last October Evans was found not guilty.

The 28-year-old is due to undergo a medical with the League One Champions later this week.

Grayson expects Preston to test Magpies

Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

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Waddle on Newcastle - coming up

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Former Newcastle United winger Chris Waddle will talk about Newcastle’s potential promotion to the Premier League at about 16:15 BST.

Van Dijk on the mend


He's been out with an ankle injury since February but Virgil van Dijk has stepped up his rehab as demonstrated in this Instagram vid.

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Reports this week suggested that the 25-year-old defender is a Chelsea transfer target.

No to Nastase?

Ilie Nastase

Having endeared himself to the Great Britain Fed Cup team (he didn't), The Times is reporting that Ilie Nastase will not be invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon this year.

This follows the Romania captain's suspension by the International Tennis Federation over the incident that left Johanna Konta in tears on Saturday.

In Konta's Fed Cup match against Sorana Cirstea, Nastase was sent off after swearing at the umpire and abusing Konta and her captain Anne Keothavong.

He was later banned from the tie and escorted away from the venue in Constanta on the Black Sea coast.

Pocognoli shock at ex team-mate death

R.I.P Frantisek 🙏🏻. Can't believe... 😞

R.I.P Frantisek 🙏🏻. Can't believe... 😞

Czech footballer Frantisek Rajtoral has died at the age of 31 in an apparent suicide.

Rajtoral played 14 times for his country and was part of the squad that reached the Euro 2012 quarter-finals.

The defender joined Turkish top-flight club Gaziantepspor in 2016, having spent seven years with Viktoria Plzen, where he won the Czech league twice.

The Czech Football Association expressed its "deepest condolences to all his relatives".

Brighton's on-loan defender Sebastien Pocognoli played with Rajtoral when they were both at German club Hannover.

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Alonso at Indy 500 is no joke

Fernando Alonso was in America at the weekend to check out an Indycar race ahead of his participation in the Indy 500 next month.

It appears he made McLaren CEO Zak Brown carry his bags...

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Ready for an adorable message from Serena Williams? Here it goes...

My Dearest Baby, You gave me the strength I didn’t know I had.

You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players box next year.

But most importantly, I am so happy to share being number one in the world with you.... once again today. On@alexisohanian bday. 

From the world's oldest number one to the world's youngest number one. 

Your Mommy

Ballance marches on


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Gary Ballance reaches 150 off 336 balls as Yorkshire stretch their lead to over 100 against Hampshire in the County Championship.

Hampshire have been in the field since just before 4.00pm on Saturday.

All the latest from the County Championship here.

Hearn quits as honorary president

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Barry Hearn has quit as Leyton Orient's honorary life president in protest at the club's failure to meet last month's payroll. 

Hearn's announcement follows calls by the League Two club's players and staff for the game's authorities to intervene "without delay" as chairman Francesco Becchetti and his directors appear to be in hiding. 

The O's are in turmoil on and off the field as relegation from the Football League was confirmed on Saturday and former owner Hearn has severed all ties with the London club. 

"Not leaving a sinking ship. More leaving an owner who doesn't play by my rules," Hearn wrote on Twitter.

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Selby & Hawkins through


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Defending champion Mark Selby beat Xiao Guodong 13-6 to reach the World Championship quarter-finals. The world number one, who led 10-6 overnight, rattled off breaks of 101, 73 and 60 to see off his Chinese foe.

England's Selby told BBC Sport: "To win the first frame and get settled - and to do it with a century - was great."

Barry Hawkins, runner-up in 2013, was also a 13-6 winner, beating former champion Graeme Dott to secure his place in the last eight.

Keep up to date with all the latest from the World Championship here.

Evans triumphs on clay

Russell Fuller

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Dan Evans has won his first ever clay court match on the ATP Tour.

He beat Thiago Monteiro of Brazil 7-2 in a deciding set tiebreak in Barcelona. His only two previous wins on the surface at tour level came in Davis Cup dead rubbers.

In the second round, Evans will play Mischa Zverev, who beat Andy Murray at this year's Australian Open.

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Celtic need 'two quality signings'

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign two "quality" players to make an impact in Europe next season.

Rodgers can land a domestic treble if Celtic win the Scottish Cup final next month and the manager is already planning for the summer.

"We don't need many but if we can bring in a couple of players of quality, we want to make a mark on Europe next season," Rodgers told Talksport.

"That would be progress for us and just keep the momentum going with the club."

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Olympiakos could miss out on title


Have Olympiakos celebrated being crowned champions of Greece too early?

The Piraeus club won the Greek league for a 44th time on Sunday and their players celebrated on the pitch after the final whistle. 

A hearing on Tuesday will decide what punishment the club will receive over crowd trouble after a Greek Cup semi-final first leg defeat by AEK Athens.

Olympiakos are six points clear of PAOK with one match left, but they could still get a six-point deduction.

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Grimsby fans hit with inflatable ban

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Grimsby Town fans have been banned from taking inflatables into their match this weekend at Barnet after they took hundreds to the same fixture two years ago.

"Please note that we have been informed by Barnet that inflatables will not be allowed into the ground on the day of the fixture," said a statement on Grimsby's website.

Two years ago Grimsby fans threw dozens of beach balls and blow up footballs onto the pitch at Barnet when both teams were in the Conference.

One fan was later found guilty of assaulting a football steward with an inflatable shark.

From non-League to Championship?


Lincoln City are capable of emulating Burton Albion's run from non-league to the Championship, according to managing director Kevin Cooke.

The Imps won the National League title on Saturday, eight years after Burton began their ascent up the Football League.

"I think it's realistic [to reach the Championship]," Cooke told BBC Radio Lincolnshire.

"I don't see why we can't do that, as long as you put good foundations down."

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Promotion party?

Newcastle v Preston (19:45 BST)

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Newcastle United are "in the driving seat" to secure an immediate return to the Premier League but they "must do their job" against Preston North End, says boss Rafa Benitez.

Saturday's defeats in the Championship for Reading and Huddersfield mean the Magpies will be promoted if they win later.

"It depends on us," said Benitez. "We have to make sure we do our job. When other teams don't win their games it goes in favour to us."

You can listen to full match commentary on BBC Radio 5 live

'It's great we have a final at the end of the season'

Chelsea v Southampton (Tue, 19:45 BST)


Conte said beating league title rivals Spurs in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final has no bearing on how the table will finish.

He adds: "It's great to know that we have a final to play a week after the championship finishes." 

Chelsea team news

Chelsea v Southampton (Tue, 19:45 BST)


Chelsea have no new injury worries for Tuesday's match against Southampton.

Conte adds: "I have in my mind the starting XI, but tomorrow I want to check the physical condition of every player."

On the Saints, Conte said that their Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini has one of the the best left foots in the world.

What about his right, Antonio?

'Kante is a really good guy'

Chelsea v Southampton (Tue, 19:45 BST)


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte of his midfielder N'Golo Kante winning the PFA Player of the Year award:  "He's working a lot, he's improving as a player and he's a really good guy."

Conte adds that Kante has really improved his passing and especially the way he is moving the ball forwards.

The Italian boss also says thaty defender Gary Cahill is back in training

The Chelsea defender was treated in hospital this week for gastroenteritis and missed Saturday's FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham.

Here's Antonio...

Chelsea v Southampton (Tue, 19:45 BST)


Antonio Conte has arrived for his press conference at Cobham. #CFC

Where's Conte?

Chelsea v Southampton (Tue, 19:45 BST)


He was due to speak at 13:15 BST, but...

Still waiting for Conte, who clearly isn't willing to compromise tactical preparation for media duties. Scandalous #cfc

Kane congratulates team-mate Alli for PFA honour

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Spurs striker Harry Kane was nominated for the main PFA award and the young player award.

'We aren’t safe' - Shakespeare*

Arsenal v Leicester (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Leicester City

Here's more from Craig Shakespeare:

"Yesterday [in their game] I saw the Arsenal players were fighting to win and they thoroughly deserved their victory.

"I’m not sure what they’ll do on Wednesday as they have good depth, but we have to focus on ourselves.

"I’m not sure how many points survival will take. All teams are capable of wind. We don’t know what’s around the corner.

"We aren’t safe. Even if we get there we've to keep trying to win. Competitiveness is vital in football. We need it to the end."

*The Foxes are six points clear of the drop-zone with two games in hand on 18th place Swansea - Shakespeare is being modest!

Foxes team news

Arsenal v Leicester (Wed, 19:45 BST)

Leicester City

Team news courtesy of manager Craig Shakespeare:

"Unfortunately Wes Morgan won’t make it [for Wednesday's game with Arsenal]. I think he just overstretched his hamstring.

"It’s not a full pull but we’re just mindful of it. Islam Slimani has a groin strain [and will miss the game].

"Unfortunately Papy Mendy has had an operation on his ankle. He will be out for the rest of the season I’m afraid."

GB tennis trio to retire

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The GB Paralympics tennis squad posed outside the Houses of Parliament prior to the 2016 Games

Great Britain’s wheelchair tennis team, Jamie Burdekin, Marc McCarroll and David Phillipson - three of the players who represented ParalympicsGB in Rio – are retiring from the elite level of the sport.

Geraint Richards, the Tennis Foundation's head of disability player performance, said: 

"On behalf of the Tennis Foundation, I’d like to thank Jamie, Marc and David for their contributions to wheelchair tennis in Great Britain over the past few years and would like to wish them all the best as they embark on the next exciting chapters of their careers."

'It sums up the running community'


Chorlton Runners' David Wyeth and Swansea Harriers' Matthew Rees - the duo who dramatically completed the London Marathon together - were on BBC Breakfast this morning....

"This stuff happens all over the place," insisted David

If you want to find out how to get into running, read our special Get Inspired guide.

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In 2016 Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge won the men's London Marathon in a course record time (2hrs, 3mins, 5secs), while Jemima Sumgong of Kenya won the women's race (2hrs 22mins, 58secs).

Men's Elite winner Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya
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We want your heroic sporting deeds


Peter Collins: I got concussed early in a cup match and played on. Had a clash of heads in the second half and played on. We still lost.

Like what they said...

Arsenal v Leicester (Wed, 19:45 BST)

We're about to be joined by #lcfc boss Craig Shakespeare for his pre-Arsenal press conference. Updates to follow... #ArsLei

Essex chase big target

Alastair Cook
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Essex trail Middlesex by 368 runs with seven wickets remaining on the final day on their county match... it's not going to happen is it?

Ex-England Test skipper Alastair Cook was out for 37.

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