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  1. Build-up to Man Utd's Europa League semi-final tie (20:05 BST)
  2. Nine Premier League news conferences
  3. Champions League review
  4. Star Wars XI: #bbcsportsday

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By Shamoon Hafez

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We'll be live here from 18:45 BST for Manchester United's Europa League semi-final against Celta Vigo.

You can also listen on BBC Radio 5 live with full commentary and build-up from 19:00 BST.

We'll be back for more Sportsday from 08:00 BST tomorrow. See you then.

Mourinho on Celta

Celta Vigo v Man Utd (20:05 BST)

Manchester United

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"It's a difficult game for us," said United manager Jose Mourinho.

"Because of their situation in La Liga, a comfortable situation, they managed to think just about the Europa League, to rest players, to be in the maximum condition."

'The identity is about a lot of possession'

Celta Vigo v Man Utd (20:05 BST)


Celta Vigo boss Eduardo Berizzo said his side need to be "faithful to who they are" if they are to overcome United across the two legs.

"My team has a strong identity and the players believe in it," said the former Argentina defender.

"The identity is about a lot of possession, a lot of pressure and a desire to win the ball back quickly when we lose it."

Man Utd's heavy schedule


Simon Stone

BBC Sport

Manchester United play the 58th game of their season tonight when they take on Celta Vigo in the Europa League.

If all goes to plan for Jose Mourinho's side, they will end the campaign having completed 64 fixtures, which is a lot, but would be two fewer than 2008-09, when they had 66 games, including the European Super Cup and World Club Cup.

Sir Alex Ferguson used 36 players to get through that marathon. Four of them - Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, John O'Shea and Carlos Tevez - played 50 times or more. Eleven made five or fewer appearances.

This term, Mourinho has so far used 28 players, of which only Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford could play 50 times. Three players have made five or fewer appearances.

Benitez charged by FA


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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been charged by the FA with misconduct for comments he made about the referee, prior to Newcastle United’s game against Preston North End on 24 April.

"It is alleged his comments were improper and/or brought the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3(1)," said an FA statement.

He has until 18:00 BST on Tuesday 9 May to respond to the charge.

Who are Celta Vigo?

Celta Vigo v Man Utd (20:05 BST)


So you want to know a little bit more about Manchester United's Europa League semi-final opponents Celta Vigo?

Check out Spanish football writer Andy West piece. Here's a little taster:

Based in the small city of Vigo (population 200,000) in the wet and windy region of Galicia in the north-west of Spain, close to the Portuguese border, Celta are by no means one of the traditional powerhouses of Spanish football.

The club spent much of its existence bouncing between Spain's top two divisions before an outbreak of success in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when players such as Alexander Mostovoi, Valery Karpin and future Chelsea star Claude Makelele inspired a strong few seasons including a fourth-placed finish in La Liga in 2003.

Team news

Celta Vigo v Man Utd (20:05 BST)

Manchester United

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Manchester United have been boosted by the return of several injured players on the eve of their Europa League semi-final first leg at Celta Vigo.

Defender Eric Bailly trained on Wednesday despite limping out of Sunday's draw with Swansea City.

Chris Smalling and Phil Jones took part having missed nine games with a knee injury and broken toe respectively.

Midfielder Paul Pogba returns from muscle fatigue, while Juan Mata could start after undergoing groin surgery.

Joshua is the biggest name in world boxing - Tyson


Mike Tyson
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Mike Tyson says Anthony Joshua's win over Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley has made him the biggest name in world boxing. 

"I had actually picked Klitschko to win as I thought this was just some jumped-up young guy from England.

"But man he fought well. Klitschko is 41 and no one has ever done that to him.

"I love that he goes out there to hurt his opponent, too. That's what boxing is all about - but most fighters just don't have that hunger." 

Grosjean replaces Button on drivers' body

Formula 1

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Romain Grosjean
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Frenchman Romain Grosjean has replaced Jenson Button as a director of the Grand Prix Drivers' Association.

The Haas driver joins Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and chairman Alexander Wurz in the leading roles after Button stepped down following his decision not to race in 2017.

Grosjean, 31, said: "I am proud to have been elected by my peers."

Full story

Another landmark for Ronaldo



It's not been a bad week for Cristiano Ronaldo.

On Tuesday, he scored the 47th hat-trick of his career as Real Madrid beat rivals Atletico 3-0 in the Champions League

He's now become the first footballer to hit 100 million followers on Instagram.


Only Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Selena Gomez and Instagram's own account have more followers than him. 

Koeman 'dreams' of coaching Barcelona


Ronald Koeman
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Everton boss Ronald Koeman dreams of coaching former club Barcelona, he has told Catalan newspaper Sport.

But the ex-defender, who spent six years at the Spanish club from 1989 to 1995, says he is committed to getting Everton into the Champions League.

Koeman, 54, is in the first season of a three-year contract having arrived from Southampton last summer.

He has been linked with a return to the Nou Camp after Luis Enrique said he was stepping down at the end of the season.

"I feel flattered and I like that they think about me," the Dutchman said.

More here.

Saints appoint new boss

Rugby League

Justin Holbrook
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St Helens have appointed Sydney Roosters assistant Justin Holbrook as their new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract.

Holbrook has also worked at Canterbury, St George and Parramatta and is in charge of the Australia Under-20 side.

Derek Traynor, Jamahl Lolesi and Sean Long have been in charge since club legend Keiron Cunningham left in April.

"The club has a rich and proud history and I am very grateful to have been given the opportunity," Holbrook said.

Read the full piece

Koeman's Barca ambitions are no surprise


Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer


Everton manager Ronald Koeman's assertion that he has the ambition to coach Barcelona will come as a surprise to no-one among the club's supporters or hierarchy.

Koeman, a legendary player at Barcelona as the man who scored the goal that won their first European Cup against Sampdoria at Wembley in 1992, has never hidden his desire to take charge at the Nou Camp one day.

He has also made it clear, however, that Everton is his immediate priority and believes he can move them into contention for the Champions League with the new financial firepower available at Goodison Park under major shareholder Farhad Moshiri.

Koeman, and Everton, will also know that he will not get the offer of his dream job at Barcelona by doing badly at Goodison Park.

If he does realise his long-held ambition, it will be because he has been a success at Everton - so everyone at Goodison Park is perfectly comfortable with Koeman's words about Barcelona.

Inspiring parkrunner takes on her biggest challenge yet...


After completing a 5k run last year, Dawn Nisbet became a viral sensation on social media. 

Dawn was caught on camera celebrating a magnificent personal achievement- finishing a Parkrun. She didn't care she had finished last in the race, the fact that she finished alone was enough. 

A few months on and Dawn is back. But this time she's pushing herself even further and is hoping to complete the Great Manchester 10k on 28 May.

Dawn is determined to prove to herself and others what you can achieve by doing something a bit different and by being a bit brave.

Dawn Nesbitt 10k running

If you've been inspired by Dawn, follow in her footsteps and take on the challenge of a long distance race. Check out the Get Inspired guide on how to get started.

McQueen & McMeeken to make international debuts

England v Samoa (Sat, 10:40 BST on BBC Radio 5 live extra)

Mike McMeeken
Mike McMeeken has been one of the stand-out back-rowers in Super League for table-topping Castleford

Castleford Tigers' Mike McMeeken and Gold Coast Titans' Chris McQueen will make their international debuts for England in Saturday's Test against Samoa in Sydney.

The back-row pair were two of three uncapped players in the squad, with St Helens prop Alex Walmsley missing out.

McQueen, Australia-born to an English father, has previously represented Queensland in State of Origin.

Cronulla's Chris Heighington will make his first appearance since 2011.

Read more here.

Coleraine's triumph over Linfield in 1977 final*

Relive Coleraine's 4-1 win over Linfield in the 1977 Irish Cup final.

Liam Beckett, Dessie Dickson, Frankie Moffatt and Michael Guy scored for the Bannsiders, with Jim Lemon heading Linfield's goal.

The clubs meet again this Saturday in the 2017 final which is live on BBC1 NI, Radio Ulster and the BBC Sport website.

*Warning: Terrible keeping

'We will if the rumours are true or not'

West Ham v Tottenham (Fri, 20:00 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Kyle Walker

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says Kyle Walker is still focused on the club following speculation the defender is unhappy at White Hart Lane.

Pochettino picked Kieran Trippier instead of Walker for last weekend's north London derby against Arsenal and the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea two weeks ago.

Walker, who is said to be keen on a move to Manchester City, is in the squad to face West Ham on Friday.

Pochettino said: "All 21 players are focused to help achieve the things we want to achieve," "I am so calm. The players are calm. They know what happens inside.

"It's important that the fans know that the players are calm and we will see at the end of the season whether the rumours are true or not."

Asked about Walker's absence against Arsenal and Chelsea, Pochettino said: "For me every game is big. Crystal Palace was big. Swansea was a big game." 

"The rotation between Danny Rose and Ben Davies, or Kyle and Trippier, you can see their performances. 

Sutton: Blackburn are in freefall


Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton insists there’s no more hope for Blackburn.

Listen below or use this link. 

Chris Sutton says he isn't surprised that Blackburn are fighting for survival.

Basketball to allow hijab


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Basketball has changed its rules on headgear in a move that will allow players to wear the hijab during matches.

Previous rules had banned the practice, over what world governing body Fiba said was a safety issue.

The Qatar women's team withdrew from the 2014 Asian Games after being denied permission to wear the hijab - a head covering worn by many Muslim women.

On Thursday, new rules were ratified that will take effect from 1 October.

Read the full piece

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In 2006 Steve McClaren was confirmed as Sven-Goran Eriksson's successor as England manager.

Steve McClaren

'Kone will leave Everton'

Swansea v Everton (Sat, 17:30 BST)


Koeman with the team news: [Midfielder] Morgan Schneiderlin is improving but not fit for the weekend, maybe fit for next Friday.

On Arouna Kone: "He has finished his contract and will leave at end of the season." 

'I will not leave Everton before the end of my contract'

Swansea v Everton (Sat, 17:30 BST)


Koeman on reports on him wanting to manage Barcelona in the future: "It's human for players and managers but that's not changing my contract. Everton is big project and I want to be part of it.

"It is a real compliment to the players what we have achieved this season but we need to make the next step.

"There is no chance I will leave Everton before the end of my contract."

He added: I don't see me being the next manager 

Clement hopes for good Williams welcome

Swansea v Everton (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Swansea City

Swansea boss Paul Clement has been speaking about the club's former captain Ashley Williams.

"He has spoken of very well here for his leadership and character. I hope he gets a good welcome," said Clement.

He added: “We would like to send our very best wishes to Aaron Lennon, and we hope he has a very speedy recovery."

Koeman on Aaron Lennon

Swansea v Everton (Sat, 17:30 BST)


Aaron Lennon
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Everton winger Aaron Lennon, 30, was detained this week under the Mental Health Act by police over concerns for his welfare. 

He is not suffering from a long-standing mental health issue and is expected to make a full recovery in the short term.

His manager Ronald Koeman responded to the reports in Thursday's news conference: "It's between club, player & his family. It's best we keep it inside.

"If we feel some have mental problems or other issues we have enough people working in club to help players with these kind of problems."

Clement expects 'strong' Everton

Swansea v Everton (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Swansea City

Swansea boss Paul Clement says winger Jefferson Montero is likely to miss the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.

Full-back Angel Rangel will return to training next week.

Clement added: “We go into this game with a lot of confidence because we have played really well in recent games.

"I think Everton will be looking to finish the season strong. We are expecting to face a strong team.”  

No offers for Schmeichel

Leicester v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Could goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel leave the club?

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare said: “I do [expect him to be here next season]. He’s in the form of his life. He’s entitled to change his agent.

"He has been very professional. I don’t feel the need [to talk to him].

“I have no problem with players wanting to progress. Ultimately I think Kasper’s happy here. We have had no offers.”  

Star Wars XI

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Colin Power: Lando Koscielny 

Terry Wong: Mace Windass 

Mee and Keane doubtful

Burnley v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST)


Burnley manager Sean Dyche: "We certainly didn't expect to walk into this league running around the country picking up wins, but it is all about points on the table.

"For me it is about winning games, not the end position. Our job is to go and perform."

Dyche also says Ben Mee and Michael Keane are both doubts.

'I’m a big believer in momentum'

Leicester v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Leicester City

Foxes boss Craig Shakespeare with the team news: "Wes Morgan [hamstring] definitely won’t make it for Watford. He’s progressed but hasn’t had a full training session with the squad yet."

On the rest of the season: "I want to, the players want to and the club want to finish as high as possible in the league. That is the aim.

"I’m a big believer in momentum. The players have to be determined and they have been.

"We’ve got three home games left and the fans have been excellent this season. We want to finish on a high."

'Every game is dangerous'

Hull v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Hull City

Hull boss Marco Silva: "What division Sunderland play in next season is not important. We will respect them, because it will be a really difficult game.

"Every game is dangerous. We need to prepare well for the game and respect our opponents.

"For me nothing changes in my work and how I prepare, but we never lose our focus. All of us have one goal. This is our focus."

Clarets news conference coming up

Burnley v West Brom (Sat, 15:00 BST)

News from this afternoon's press conference with Sean Dyche and James Tarkowski to come...

Cook makes 100 for Essex


Alastair Cook
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Former England captain Alastair Cook has struck and ODI century for Essex against Gloucestershire.

Cook's ton came up in 110 balls, with his side going pretty well at 192-2, with 15 overs remaining.

You can listen to that match here

Foxes boss coming up...

Leicester v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

#lcfc boss Craig Shakespeare has just joined us for his pre-#LeiWat press conference. Updates to follow shortly...

Jockeys face inquiry over Aintree start

Frank Keogh

BBC Sport

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Twenty six jockeys face disciplinary action on Friday after a false start delayed this year's Grand National.

It is thought the riders, including Derek Fox who rode winner One For Arthur,will accept they lined up for the start before the flag was raised.

Penalties could range from cautions to short suspensions.

Aintree stewards referred 31 of the 40 jockeys in the 8 April contest to the British Horseracing Authority, but five have since been cleared.

More here.

Team news

West Ham v Tottenham (Fri, 20:00 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Full-back Danny Rose (knee) is stepping up his training with the first team and is looking to return to full training next week. Centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers (knee) is unlikely to be available for the remainder of this season.  

On this day...


In 2003 Manchester United won their eighth Premier League title in 11 seasons after

Arsenal fell out of contention following a 3-2 defeat by Leeds.

Rio Ferdinand
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Knight suffers foot fracture

Women's cricket

Heather Knight
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England Women’s captain Heather Knight has sustained a small metatarsal stress fracture to her left foot and is expected to be out of action for five to six weeks.

Knight, 26, should be available for selection for England’s Women’s World Cup warm-up fixtures, starting on 19 June against Sri Lanka.

For the first two to three weeks of her recovery, she will wear a boot - designed to support the affected area - and will then spend the next two to three weeks back in light training and building back up to full fitness.

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The Hull midfielder has got time on his hands.

The 27-year-old Republic of Ireland international was ruled out for the remainder of the season when he suffered medial ligament damage in training midway through April.

Just over an hour away...

Hull v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

🎙 | Marco Silva and Oumar Niasse will be previewing Saturday’s #HULSUN clash this afternoon, with the press conferences due to start at 1pm

How long before Bolt gets a belly?

Usain Bolt tells BBC Sport's Steve Cram why he will not go back on his decision once he retires after the London 2017 World Championships and how long his managers think it will be before he develops a 'belly'.

Watch Usain Bolt: The Final Chapter on BBC One, Saturday at 13:15 BST (UK only)