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In Summary:

  • 1053 - Barbarians squad named
  • 0936 - Mancini: Balotelli will stay
  • 0800 - Van Persie awaits talks

1114 FOOTBALL: Scotland squad in full for the friendly against USA on 26 May: Barry Bannan (Aston Villa), Phil Bardsley (Sunderland), Christophe Berra (Wolves), Scott Brown (Celtic), Craig Bryson (Derby), Gary Caldwell (Wigan), Don Cowie (Cardiff), Matt Gilks (Blackpool), David Goodwillie (Blackburn), Craig Gordon (Sunderland), Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton), Shaun Maloney (Wigan), Russell Martin (Norwich), James McArthur (Wigan), Allan McGregor (Rangers), Kenny Miller (Cardiff), Charlie Mulgrew (Celtic), Matt Phillips (Blackpool), Johnny Russell (Dundee Utd), Lee Wallace (Rangers), Andy Webster (Hearts), Steven Whittaker (Rangers).

1109 ATHLETICS: Former sprint champion Donovan Bailey has been charged with drunken driving, acording to Associated Press. The agency reports that the 1996 Olympic champion from Canada has been charged with having a blood-alcohol level of more than 80 milligrams while driving in Toronto.Bailey won 100m gold at the Atlanta Olympics, running a world record of 9.84 seconds.

1057 FOOTBALL: Arsene Wenger sets his current squad the target of emulating the heroics of Arsenal's 'Invincibles' side. Wenger's class of 2003-04 has been voted the greatest team of the era as part of the Premier League's celebrations of the last 20 seasons. The Arsenal manager says: "My target is to get back to that, to get back to that level."

1053 RUGBY UNION:Barbarians' squad for their fixtures against England, Ireland and Wales is named.

Backs: Nacewa (Leinster), Muliaina (NTT Docomo), Balshaw (Biarritz), Heymans (Bayonne), Williams (Ospreys), Sackey (Stade Francais), Tagicakibau (London Irish), Fuimaono-Sapolu (Gloucester), Tindall (Gloucester), Traille (Biarritz), Contepomi (Stade Francais), Donald (Bath), Jones (Scarlets), Lawson (Gloucester), Fillol (Stade Francais).

Forwards: Brits (Saracens), August (Biarritz), Smit (Saracens), De Malmanche (Stade Francais), Afoa (Ulster), Jones (Ospreys), Botha (Munster), Tialata (Bayonne), Thion (Biarritz), O'Driscoll (Munster), Van Zyl (Stade Francais), Taele (Biarritz), Lakafia (Biarritz), Burban (Stade Francais), Qera (Gloucester), Beattie (Glasgow), Wannenburg (Ulster), Leguizamon (Lyon).

CRICKET: England's Graeme Swann on Twitter:external-link "I am delighted that Jimmy Anderson won England player of the year. A much-deserved boost for slow medium swingers everywhere."

GET INVOLVED: Dan Graves on Twitter:external-link "If my Grandad was alive, he would vote for John Charles! Don't know much about him, but I'll trust his judgement!!"

1040 FOOTBALL: Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, son of Manchester United manager Sir Alex and a former United player, has been speaking to BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Discussing Manchester City's title win, he says: "It's the most gutted I've ever been after a game of football. I didn't speak for an hour, which didn't please my kids and wife. I just had a horrible feeling that they would do it City, even after 92 minutes. The third goal goes in and I can't repeat what I said."

On Gary Neville's appointment to the England coaching staff, he adds: "It's a good appointment. He's a good lad Gary. Because he's so passionate about Man United, he's not that well liked. But I think, since he's gone on the television, he's more popular now than he's ever been. He'll have the respect of the players."

1033 FOOTBALL: Dundee United forward Johnny Russell earns his first call-up to the Scotland squad for their international friendly against the USA on 26 May. Wigan's Shaun Maloney earns a recall to the squad.

1031 RUGBY LEAGUE: St Helens hooker James Roby sets his sights on the Magic Weekend and an early opportunity to exact revenge for his side's derby defeat by Wigan in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Roby says: "We want our revenge and this means turning them over at Manchester. Wigan are our arch rivals and it is always a massively important game for us and the fans so I can't wait to face them again."

1023 RUGBY UNION: Sticking with the Welsh theme, Newport Gwent Dragonsexternal-link announce the signings of Wales internationals Tom Prydie and Dan Evans.

GET INVOLVED: A Welsh legend gets the nod from one of our readers as we ask for all-time British footballing greats. Who else should be mentioned? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

Gareth Owen on Twitter:external-link "John Charles should be in everyone's team, twice!"

1021 RUGBY UNION: Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley says the Grand Slam champions must start beating Southern Hemisphere, away, to prove their credentials. Howley says: "While we have achieved Triple Crowns and Grand Slams, you can only look at the record books and history to see how many times a national side has beaten a major southern hemisphere team away from home." Wales face the Barbarians on 2 June before three Tests against Australia and a clash against ACT Brumbies.

1007 FOOTBALL: Former Bayern Munich captain Stefan Effenberg challenges Bastian Schweinsteiger to prove his leadership qualities in Saturday's Champions League final against Chelsea. Effenberg tells Bild newspaper: "There is a lot of hope resting on his shoulders and he cannot buy any more time - he has got to work now. Sooner or later, he has got to be there to lead this team."

GET INVOLVED: Here are some views on England past and present. Remember you can listen to The Great British Eleven on Radio 5 live tonight from 1930 BST.

Nathan Spalding on Twitter:external-link "Been disillusioned with whole England set-up for a while. If Holt and Ruddy are omitted, I will leave the elitists to themselves "

Peter Hatch on Twitter:external-link "Best ever for England: Dixie Dean at No 9. 349 goals in 399 games for Everton and the immortal 60 league goals in 1927/28."

0957 BOXING: Great Britain women's flyweight Nicola Adams advances to the quarter finals of the Women's World Boxing Championships in Chinaexternal-link after defeating Venezuela's Karlha Magliocco 20-7. The win means the British fighter is one victory away from qualification for London 2012 but she admits to being under-dog against India's Mery Kom Hmangte in the last eight.

0949 OLYMPICS: Mexican diverCarolina Mendoza is relaxedexternal-link about London 2012, having qualified for the Games while she was still 14. Mendoza, 15, says: "There's my coach telling me I've done something no-one had achieved before and I'm just acting normal, happy and excited. I know I'm the youngest but I'm still a competitor, going for a medal."

0936 FOOTBALL: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini says striker Mario Balotelli is staying at the club. Reports in Italy have suggested Balotelli could head to AC Milan in a swap deal involving Zlatan Ibrahimovic but Mancini tells Gazzetta dello Sport:external-link "Ibra is a great player but I don't think Milan want to sell him. I reiterate: Balotelli will remain at Manchester 101%."

0928 FOOTBALL:Bayer Leverkusenexternal-link will stick with the coaching duo of Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski with the pair signing three-year deals, the Bundesliga club confirms.

0918 FOOTBALL: Brazil's Neymar and Paulo Henrique Ganso will miss the friendly against Denmark after the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF)external-link agreed to release the Santos pair for a club match.

GET INVOLVED: More of your views are coming in about Robin van Persie's future...

Steve Andrade on Twitter:external-link "Robin van Persie has a decision to make - be in a team in which the players love the club or a team where the players love the money."

0903 RUGBY UNION: Australia coach Robbie Deans is wary of the threat Wales will pose in the three-Test series which kicks off on 9 June in Brisbane. Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley yesterday named four uncapped players in a 38-man training squad. Deans says: "They were quite vocal about that at the end of the tournament, saying it was time they beat one of the major Southern Hemisphere nations."

0854 CRICKET: The Indian cricket board is investigating allegations of spot fixing in domestic games after a sting operation by a TV news channel. The Board of Control for Cricket in Indiaexternal-link says it will "not tolerate any violation of regulations and any act of corruption".

GET INVOLVED: You have been reacting to the news about Robin van Persie's imminent contract talks and reported interest from Man City. Join the debate via #bbcsportsdayexternal-link

Daniel Young on Twitter:external-link "£250,000-a-week for Robin van Persie - don't bother. He will never repeat this season again"

James Ash on Twitter:external-link "Van Persie is 28 and at that age he only gets one more big move. I think he will leave Arsenal."

0838 FOOTBALL:Tim Cahill, who has had injury problems, is named in the Australia squad for the first time in nine months - but Brett Emerton will not feature in the World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Japan. Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd, yet to play for his country, is also in the squad.external-link

GET INVOLVED: Viv Powers on Twitter:external-link "British XI - Banks, McGrain, Pearce, Blanchflower, Moore, Best, Souness, Charlton, Giggs, Dalglish, Rush - stacked with class."


Discussing Alex McLeish's sacking, former Aston Villa and Liverpool midfielder Ray Houghton tells BBC Radio 5live: "I don't think the fans took to Alex McLeish, coming from Birmingham, and the Aston Villa squad was not strong enough. It was a really tough ask for him. It will be a tough job for the next manager. You're going to be working in the bargain basement." On Liverpool boss, Kenny Dalglish, he adds: "I think he will have one more year."


Legendary cricket umpire Dickie Bird picks up his OBE from Buckingham Palace this morning. He was awarded it in the New Year Honours list for services to the sport and to charity. After retiring in 1998, he set up the Dickie Bird Foundation which gives grants to under-privileged children. He told BBC Radio 5 live: "I am thrilled and looking forward to my day at the palace."


BBC Sport's David Ornstein reports that striker Robin van Persiewill open talks to determine his Arsenal future at a meeting with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Wednesday.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper John Lukic tells 5live breakfast: "We're living in a world of transient footballers. It's down to him and where his heart is rather than his wallet. If he does go to Man City, or anywhere else, he might not settle."


Tonight from 1930 BST, you can listen on BBC Radio 5 live to The Great British Eleven. Jimmy Armfield, Nigel Worthington and John Hartson will choose their best-ever top 11 players from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and form a select Team GB.

Who do you think should be picked? And, with the England squad being announced tomorrow, who must be included in that squad- or left out?


Good morning and welcome to Sportsday live. Here are the top three stories from this morning's gossip column.

New Premier League champions Manchester City are in pole position to sign Arsenal captain Robin van Persie for £25m, tripling his salary to £250,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)

Luckily for Arsenal, new signing Lukas Podolski claims he can be three strikers rolled into one for the Gunners next season. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United express an interest in Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski, as talks over a new contract break down. The 23-year-old Poland international has scored 30 goals this season. (Metro)

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