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Summary

  1. Dirk Kuyt, retires from football
  2. Walter Mazzarri to leave Watford at end of the season
  3. Mauricio Pochettino to stay at Spurs next season
  4. Southampton v Man Utd (19:45 BST)
  5. Get involved via #bbcsportsday - rename the Champions League play-off

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By Shamoon Hafez and Matt Davis

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And in a flash, another edition of Sportsday comes to an end.

Stay across the BBC Sport website for Southampton v Man Utd (19:45 BST).

We are back on Thursday for more breaking news and the latest stories.

Until then.

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Juventus chase first part of treble

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Juventus can claim the first title of a possible domestic and European treble when they face Lazio in the Coppa Italia final in Rome on Wednesday.

Juve need a point from their final two matches to secure a sixth consecutive Serie A title, despite having lost 3-1 to closest rivals Roma on Sunday.

They play Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Cardiff on 3 June.

And victory over Lazio, fourth in the league, would secure the Italian Cup for a third successive year.

You can follow our live text of the match on the BBC Sport website tonight.

Push the Boat Out!

Get sailing this spring with taster sessions for all the family

Over 200 sailing venues have already opened their gates to welcome thousands of people for the Royal Yachting Association's annual Push the Boat Out

The nine-day event from 13-21 May offers free or low cost sailing and windsurfing sessions to people of all ages and abilities.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to have a go at a new sport," said Rio 2016 gold medallist Saskia Clark.

You can search for your local session with a special map on the RYA website.

RYA Push the Boat Out sailing taster sessions
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Cornelius Lysaght

BBC horse racing correspondent

The John Gosden trained filly Shutter Speed booked her place in next month's French Oaks with success under jockey Frankie Dettori in the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes at York. The 4-7 favourite beat Vintage Folly by one and quarter lengths.

Meanwhile Gosden has expressed doubts about running his Epsom Derby hope Cracksman in tomorrow's Dante Stakes because of the rain-softened going at York.

Head here to see the full racing results

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Football

It appears 17 May has had mixed fortunes for Arsenal fans in the past...

In 2000 Arsenal were beaten by Galatasaray in a penalty shoot-out in the Uefa Cup final in Copenhagen.

In 2006 the Gunners were beaten 2-1 by Barcelona in the Champions League final in Paris.

In 2014 Arsene Wenger's side won their first trophy in nine years by beating Hull 3-2 at Wembley to claim the FA Cup.

Arsenal celebrate with the FA Cup trophy
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Why is Mazzarri leaving?

Geoff Doyle

BBC Three Counties Radio sport

There have been problems rumbling at Watford all season with Mazzarri in charge and it was just a question of when it would come to a head.

These have included training issues (players undercooked pre-season, overcooked towards the end of the season) causing unrest in the squad and possibly the reason for long-term injuries to five or six current key players.

His relationship with skipper Troy Deeney has appeared strained for most of the season with the influential captain dropped three times in the past two months.

There seems to have been unhappiness within the squad with the tactics, formations and philosophy of the 'old school' boss. It certainly appeared Mazzarri had 'lost' the dressing room weeks ago.

His lack of English has irritated the club, fans, media and players with instructions on the training ground and in games via interpreters.

When the bad run came, Mazzarri had little or no support anywhere around the club. The inevitable has occurred.

Alonso happy with Indy 500 preparations

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

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Fernando Alonso is confident he will be in good shape for qualifying and the race at the Indianapolis 500 after the second day of practice.

Spain's two-time Formula 1 champion spent Tuesday's test learning about his car's behaviour in traffic on the 220mph+ superspeedway.

"We keep experimenting on set-up and on running in traffic," Alonso said.

"We didn't put everything together - it's not time to. But I think we will arrive OK to qualifying and the race."

The 35-year-old McLaren driver, who is missing the Monaco Grand Prix to compete at Indy on 28 May, completed 117 laps on Tuesday and was 24th fastest out of 33 runners with an average speed of 221.029mph.

Send off 'will stay with me forever' - Zabaleta

Send off 'will stay with me forever' - Zabaleta

Departing defender Pablo Zabaleta says the send off given to him by the Manchester City fans after the club's 3-1 Premier League win over west Brom "will stay with me forever".

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Ian Archer: Watford have had more managers than The Sugababes have had band members.

Nicely summed up Ian.

I'm pretty sure the whole original line-up has changed.

'I have followed my heart'

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Dirk Kuyt, who scored a hat-trick as Feyenoord won their first Dutch title since 1999, will remain at the Dutch club in an off the field role and will focus on gaining a position within Feyenoord’s technical management team.

"Throughout my career I have always followed my heart when taking decisions and that goes for this one too," said Kuyt.

"To me this feels like the right time to retire. I have had two fantastic years here since returning to Feyenoord, with this season’s title as the absolute pinnacle.

"I had the dream of winning trophies and becoming a champion with Feyenoord. All my dreams have come true."

Kuyt retires

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What a way to go out.

Dirk Kuyt has announced his retirement from football, just days after winning the Eredivisie with Feyenoord.

The 36-year-old, who won 104 caps for the Netherlands, also played for Liverpool, Fenerbahce and Utrecht in a 19-year career.

Konta among strong Eastbourne line-up

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British number one Johanna Konta is among seven of the world's top 10 players set to compete at the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

Former winners Dominika Cibulkova, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Svetlana Kuznetsova will join Konta, 26, at the tournament - which runs from 23 June to 1 July.

French Open champion Garbine Muguruza and Karolina Pliskova will also play.

Britain's Kyle Edmund, Aljaz Bedene and Dan Evans take part in the men's event.

Kluivert's a fan

Uefa to return to on pitch trophy presentations

Uefa has decided that trophies at club and international level will be presented to the winning captains on the pitch from this year.

"The pitch is the players' stage and it is only fitting that their achievements are celebrated there," Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said.

"It also makes sense that the officials should come down from the stands to the players - to their arena - and pay tribute to them in presenting the trophy and medals on the playing surface."

Sharapova break her silence on French Open wildcard

Germany announce Confederations Cup squad

Emre Can, Shkodran Mustafi and Leroy Sane the Premier League based player in Germany's Confederations Cup squad.

The World Champions will play at the tournament held in Russia, from 17 June to 2 July 2017, as a prelude to next year's World Cup.

Germany are joined in the tournament by hosts Russia, Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and Cameroon.

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North Korea v Malaysia postponed

Malaysia's 2019 Asian Cup qualifying match against North Korea, scheduled for Pyongyang on 8 June, has been postponed.

Diplomatic relations between the countries soured following a diplomatic row over the murder of the North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's half-brother in Malaysia in February.

"The game will now be re-scheduled for the next best available FIFA matchday which is Thursday, October 5, 2017," the Asian Football Confederation said in a statement.

Leeds offer Taylor new contract

Charlie Taylor
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Championship club Leeds United have offered Charlie Taylor a new two-year deal, despite the left-back's likely move away from Elland Road.

The 23-year-old is out of contract but, amid interest from West Brom, Leeds' contract offer means a transfer fee can be awarded at tribunal.

Ryder Cup countdown

The 2018 tournament will be held at France's Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

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Fury will have to wait for licence

Luke Reddy

BBC Sport boxing reporter

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Tyson Fury's licence to box will not be reinstated until his UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) hearing has been concluded.

Ukad last week postponed a hearing into Fury testing positive for a banned substance in February 2015.

His promoter Frank Warren says it may now take until October to resolve if Ukad do not dismiss the case.

Fury hoped to box in July but the British Boxing Board of Control told BBC Sport he is suspended "until the matter is dealt with by Ukad".

BBBofC general secretary Robert Smith said: "I haven't seen any new dates yet. I presume they are trying to sort them out with legal advisors but until that hearing, his licence is suspended."

Champions League first for Kosovans

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Trepce '89 will next month become the first Kosovan club side to compete in Europe when they play in the Champions League qualifiers on June 27 or 28.

They are one of four Kosovan clubs who have met Uefa's licensing criteria.

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Cricket

In 2013 James Anderson took his 300th Test wicket, against New Zealand at Lord's, becoming the fourth English bowler to reach that landmark.

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Watford Focus+: Mazzarri had passion, but poor communication rendered his job impossible. Too much of a risk to just hope for it to improve.

Pete Wright‏: It felt inevitable. I had nothing against him really, but there was definitely no connection and a real lack of progression.

Sahil Loomba: Best news I've heard this year. Mazzari has never really connected to the supporters and the football has been diabolical!

Mazzarri to leave Watford

Walter Mazzarri graphic win percentage
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In contrast, Quique Sanchez Flores won 31.6% of his Premier League games in charge.

Greatest own goal?

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Matt Price: Maybe Watford should go for Claudio Ranieri. A proven winner and everything = or failing that, Marco Silva.

Alan Willis: When is Glenn Hoddle going to get back into management? Perfect for Watford.

stuart linsley: I don't suppose Watford would fancy taking a punt on proven PL manager David Moyes (asks a hopeful Sunderland fan).

Mazzarri's most recent interview

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Walter Mazzarri spoke to the media after his side's 4-3 defeat against champions Chelsea on Monday.

He said: "I am very proud of my team. We had several players out injured.

"We played very well. Of course we were safe with six games left. I'm looking at the players I've got and who needs to be here next season.

"Congratulations to Antonio Conte because he's a great manager. They have great players. They deserve the title."

Preparing for next season? Forget about it.

Hardest job in football?

Mazzarri to leave Watford

Last three Watford managers:

Slavisa Jokanovic left in June 2015, after leading the Hornets to the Premier League.

Quique Sanchez-Flores left in May 2016, after securing the Hornets safety and leading them to the FA Cup semi-finals.

Walter Mazzarri to leave in May 2017, after consolidating Watford's Premier League status.

The next manager will be their ninth in five years.

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Jonathan Schogger‏: If I am this happy with Mazzarri leaving after one year, I can only guess the joy of Arsenal fans if #wengerout happens.

Crown Jewells: My top choice for Watford manager is Marco Silva, followed by Jokanovic and finally Clement. Silva probably the most likely.

Rory Hill‏: Well I feel less conflicted about the board's decision than I did last season... Return of the Slav?

Slavisa Jokanovic's Fulham were knocked out of the Championship play-offs by Reading on Tuesday.

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Football

In 1990 Sir Alex Ferguson won his first trophy as Manchester United boss as his team beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in an FA Cup final replay at Wembley.

Lee Martin scored the only goal after the first meeting between the sides ended in a 3-3 draw.

Manchester United Football Manager Sir Alex Ferguson
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Nick Barclay: Totally expected. Mazzari never connected with the club or the supporters and certainly never had a plan B.

Thanks but no thanks

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Walter Mazzarri joined Watford in the summer having replaced Quique Sanchez-Flores.

The Italian has won 11 of his 37 games so far and face Manchester City on the final day of the season on Sunday.

Chairman Scott Duxbury said in a statement:

“After the board discussed with Walter Mazzarri the club’s future goals and aspirations, it was decided he will be stepping down from his position as the club’s Head Coach after the final game of the 2016-17 season.

“We thank Walter and his staff for the contribution they have made to Watford Football Club over the past year.”

BreakingMazzarri to leave Watford

Well that escalated quickly.

Watford have released a statement saying manager Walter Mazzarri will step down at the end of the season.

Mazzarri staying or going?

Ian Dennis

BBC Radio 5 live

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The future of Watford Manager Walter Mazzarri is expected to be resolved before the weekend.

A meeting has taken place between the club and the Italian.

The former Inter Milan and Sampdoria boss signed a three-year deal last summer and has led the Hornets safety in the Premier League for a third straight season.

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National Football Museum‏: The potential Champions League Play-off needs a suitably grand name: The (Go Fourth And) Conquer Cup.

Leicester owner to buy Belgian club

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Leicester City owners King Power International have agreed to purchase OH Leuven, the Belgian club says.

The second-tier club, located just east of capital city Brussels, narrowly avoided relegation this season.

'Spurs must improve next season'

Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

Tottenham Hotspur

Mauricio Pochettino says Spurs need to be stronger in "in every area" to challenge for the title next season.

"We were so close again this season, but like last season it was not enough. I am sure next season we will try again to fight. We need to do better, be stronger, improve in every area to try to win."

Pochettino to stay at Spurs

Leicester v Tottenham (Thurs, 19:45 BST)

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Mauricio Pochettino was asked about his future at Spurs and replied: "There is no buy-out clause in my contract, I will stay here next season. There are many rumours, but I am committed with the club, no reason to leave the club. I will be here for pre-season."