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Summary

  1. Henderson signs £100,000-a-week Liverpool contract
  2. No one better to manage Liverpool - Rodgers
  3. Mayweather v Pacquiao tickets to go on sale
  4. Get involved #vitalkit: the sports kit you cannot do without

Live Reporting

By Phil Dawkes and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    Right, that's all from another Sportsday. Join us again from 08:00 BST on Friday when we'll bring you all the breaking sports news.

    There will be eight Premier League news conferences as we build up to the weekend's football, as well as the Champions League and Europa League draws.

    Cheerio for now.

  2. Selby takes on Lawro

    Football

    Mark Selby

    Reigning world snooker champion Mark Selby has taken time out from his title defence at the Crucible to pit his wits against our own Mark Lawrenson.

    Selby, a Leicester City supporter, is Lawro's opponent for this weekend's Premier League predictions.

    Unsurprisingly he believes his beloved Foxes can make it four wins in a row when travel to Burnley on Saturday.

    Read the rest of his and Lawro's predictions here.

  3. England steady the ship

    Cricket

    After losing Alastair Cook and Ian Bell within five runs, England are now moving along slowly but steadily in Grenada, reaching 191-3 against the West Indies.

    The deficit to the Windies is down to 108 in the second Test. Follow our live text commentary here.

  4. Newcastle link disrespectful - McClaren

    Football

    Steve McClaren

    Derby boss Steve McClaren has called the speculation linking him with Newcastle United "disrespectful".

    He says his focus remains on getting Rams, currently fifth in the Championship, promoted to the Premier League.

    The former England boss said: "At the present moment I am the Derby County head coach and will remain so until things change. So, let's get on with the job. My goal is to get in the play-offs and do as well as we can."

    On the reports linking him with St James' Park, McClaren added: "I haven't got a clue if I'm a candidate for the Newcastle job.

  5. Portsmouth approach for Cook

    Football

    BBC Radio Solent sports editor Adam Blackmore on Twitter: "It's our understanding that Portsmouth have made an approach to Chesterfield to speak to their manager Paul Cook about vacant job at Fratton Park."

  6. Daggers boss Burnett extends contract

    Football

    Dagenham & Redbridge manager Wayne Burnett has signed a new two-year deal with the League Two club.

    The 43-year-old's new contract will run until the summer of 2017, which would mark the 10-year anniversary of Dagenham's promotion to the Football League.

  7. Tell us your #vitalkit

    Get Involved

    Inspired by our feature on the history of the sports bra, we asked for details on your treasured pieces of sports kit:

    Martin Long: A black armband I made in memory of my brother is my #vitalkit for playing football. It's a passion we both shared.

    Mark Adamoulas: A sweatband so faded from the sun it looks about 100 years old

    Anna O'Leary: My football thermal shorts

    Do you have a lucky jockstrap, a best pair of boots or an unbeatable bat? If so, then let us know using the hashtag #vitalkit on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  8. Stockholm Marathon U-turn

    Athletics

    Stockholm Marathon organisers never intended to "discriminate" by awarding prize money only to Nordic athletes, according to a race spokesman.

    The decision has now been overturned - the race takes place on 30 May.

    It was hoped the new format would be an incentive for Nordic runners, with the men's event won by an athlete from Africa in each of the past 13 races.

    "We were quite naive, we didn't foresee this kind of criticism," Lorenzo Nesi told BBC's Sportsworld programme.

  9. Bell bowled for one

    Cricket

    It was a short and not very sweet stay for Ian Bell in Grenada - the England batsman has just been bowled for one.

    Once again, the bowler was Shannon Gabriel, who dismissed Alastair Cook just a few minutes ago.

    The tourists are 164-3 in reply to West Indies' 299.

    Joe Root is the new man in. Click here for our live text commentary.

  10. Quartet to miss PGA Championship

    Golf

    Henrik Stenson, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey will all miss next month's PGA Championship at Wentworth, the European Tour have announced.

    The West Course was redesigned by four-time major champion Ernie Els in recent years and the changes have not met with unanimous approval.

    It has never been a happy hunting ground for Stenson, Garcia or Poulter but Casey, who is based in the United States, won the PGA Championship in 2009 and also lifted the World Match Play title at the same venue in 2006.

  11. England lose second wicket

    Cricket

    England skipper Alastair Cook is still awaiting his first Test century since May 2013 after he was bowled by West Indies' Shannon Gabriel for 76.

    The tourists are currently 160-2 in the second Test in Grenada with Ian Bell joining Gary Ballance at the crease. The Windies made 299 in their first knock.

    Follow our live text commentary here.

  12. Meekings 'cannot wait' for cup final

    Football

    Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings has reacted to the news that he is free to play in the Scottish Cup final after his one-game ban was dismissed by an independent panel (see 17:20 entry):

    Josh Meekings tweet
    Josh Meekings tweet
  13. Astana keep their licence

    Cycling

    Some breaking news and the Astana team will be allowed to compete on cycling's elite circuit in 2015 after the International Cycling Union (UCI) backed down from a bid to ban them.

    The UCI asked its licence commission to revoke the Kazakh-based team's World Tour status in February.

    This followed a string of positive doping tests at the team and its development squad last year.

    But Astana and UCI lawyers met on Thursday to agree a deal that sees Astana, who employ 2014 Tour de France winner Vincenzo Nibali, keep its licence.

  14. Hazard most important player - Ivanovic

    Football

    Eden Hazard

    Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic says team-mate Eden Hazard has "made a difference in very game" as the Blues close in on the Premier League title.

    Ivanovic, Hazard and skipper John Terry have started all Premier League games this season and the Serb, 31, believes the Belgian has had "the best season of his career".

    He added: "All season he has got a lot of kickings but he never complains. He's a hard worker on the pitch. He's improved massively from last season and for us he has been the most important player.

    "He's the guy who when you pass him the ball you just have to leave him alone. He will do everything. He's something different."

  15. Win at all costs for Foxes - King

    Football

    Andy King

    Leicester midfielder Andy King says "everyone is so confident" and there is "such a good buzz" at the club after three successive wins gave the Foxes a chance of staying in the Premier League.

    They have moved off the bottom to 18th, below Hull only on goal difference, and travel to new basement club Burnley on Saturday.

    "We don't want to be in the bottom three come the end of the season so it is a win at all costs situation for us at the moment," King told Leicester's website.

    "They're going to be trying to make it hard for us and we know they need the three points as much as us, so it'll be a tough game."

  16. Koeman warns players over transfer talk

    Football

    Ronald Koeman

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has warned his players not to let transfer speculation distract them in the final month of the season.

    Koeman held a team meeting on Thursday following a national newspaper story linking Saints midfielder Victor Wanyama with a summer move to Arsenal.

    Wanyama dismissed the story and Koeman himself said it had no foundation.

    "From Victor's part it is all rubbish and he never said that. I believe that," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent.

  17. Meekings ban dismissed

    Football

    Josh Meekings

    Inverness Calednian Thistle defender Josh Meekings is available to play in the Scottish Cup final after his one-game ban was dismissed.

    Meekings contested the one-game ban 'offered' to him by the Scottish FA's compliance officer for a supposedly deliberate handball to prevent Celtic's Leigh Griffiths scoring in Sunday's semi-final at Hampden.

    Inverness chairman Kenny Cameron said: "The result means that the club can now fully appreciate the achievement of reaching it's first ever Scottish Cup final and focus on preparations for Saturday's game versus Aberdeen."

  18. Oyston denies FA charge

    Football

    Blackpool FC chairman Karl Oyston has denied an FA charge of misconduct relating to a text-message exchange with a club supporter.

    Oyston is accused of five breaches of FA rules, including using abusive and/or insulting words.

  19. England on top in Grenada

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook

    It's been a good morning for England on day three of the second Test against the West Indies, as the tourists have gone to lunch on 145-1.

    Opener Jonathan Trott is the only man to fall so far today, edging leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo to Jermaine Blackwood for 59.

    Captain Alastair Cook (67) and Gary Ballance (7) will be at the crease when play resumes with England 156 behind West Indies' first-innings total of 299.

  20. Maloney returns to boxing

    Boxing

    Kellie Maloney

    Kellie Maloney is returning to boxing as a promoter, less than a year after announcing she was undergoing gender reassignment.

    As Frank, Maloney was one of British boxing's most high-profile promoters and led Lennox Lewis to the world heavyweight crown.

    And after unveiling two new charges in London on Thursday, Maloney thanked the boxing fraternity for its support.

    "It's like starting all over but with 30 years of knowledge," she said.

  21. Hamilton and Vettel grilled

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are used to do everything quickly. So answering quick-fire questions with BBC Sport's Lee McKenzie at the Bahrain Grand Prix didn't prove any problem. However, the answers were revealing, including that a toy given to Hamilton's dog Roscoe by Vettel might have actually cost him a race.

  22. Garry Monk press conference

    Newcastle United v Swansea City, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Garry Monk says he is looking forward to the Premier League game at St James' Park on Saturday.

    "We've done well there in recent years, and it's a great place to play your football. The pitch is great and the crowd are great, but it is a tough place to go," he said.

    "Newcastle will want to bounce back from recent results. They are a really talented side with good attacking players, so we will be aware of that.

    "They have strength in wide areas and are a very mobile team, but we will prepare to try and exploit their weaknesses."

  23. Garry Monk press conference

    Newcastle United v Swansea City, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Swansea City boss Garry Monk wants his side to get "back on track" when they travel to St James' Park to face Newcastle on Saturday.

    They lost to Leicester last weekend but a win for the eighth-placed Swans would see them break their Premier League points record of 47.

    "We were disappointed last week with our performance," said Monk. "Every time we've had a setback this season, we've come back strong. Hopefully we can show that again on Saturday.

    "We need to start well and get some momentum in the game, which will hopefully affect them."

  24. West Indies v England latest

    Cricket

    England have lost their first wicket with Jonathan Trott out caught at close gully by Jermaine Blackwood off the leg spin of Devendra Bishoo. Gary Ballance is the new man and he has just got off the mark with a four. Alastair Cook is still there on 64 and England are 137-1 in reply to the home side's 299 all out.

    You can follow the match via our live text commentary or on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  25. Sean Dyche press conference

    Burnley v Leicester, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche is well aware of the importance of his side's relegation tussle with Leicester this weekend. However, he is determined to keep everything in perspective. Here is what he had to say at his press conference earlier.

    "I am used to it [pressure]. It is there for all to know about, but I try to know where it lives in life.

    "It is football. I disagree with Bill Shankly. It is not more important than life or death, in my opinion. It is very important in my life, very important in the players' lives, very important in supporters' lives. But people have different things that go on their lives that overshadow football matches."

  26. Nadal beaten in Barcelona

    Tennis

    Rafael Nadal

    A shock at the Barcelona Open as eight-time champion Rafael Nadal is knocked out by Fabio Fognini 6-4 7-6 (8-6).

    The Spaniard converted only three of 18 break points in the two-hour match, while Italian Fognini took four of eight.

    It has not been a great start to the clay-court season for Nadal, who lost in the semi-finals of Monte Carlo last week to world number one Novak Djokovic.

    The 28-year-old is seeking his 10th French Open title at Roland Garros when the second Grand Slam of the season starts in Paris next month.

  27. Lloris could return for Spurs

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Hugo Lloris

    Mauricio Pochettino has reported that Hugo Lloris has a chance of returning to action at Southampton on Saturday. The goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in Spurs' 4-3 win against Leicester City in March.

    "We have one more training session and we'll assess Hugo again tomorrow, but he's close ," said Pochettino, who also confirmed that Kyle Walker was still sidelined with a foot injury.

  28. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    West Brom v Liverpool, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Brendan Rodgers

    More from Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who was asked earlier whether he still expected to be the Reds' manager next season.

    He replied: "Very much so, yes. I don't think there's anyone better. That's the reality of how I see it. Three months ago I was a tactical genius, performing to a good level. We lost a couple of games, some important games, and now you're not so good.

    Asked about Jurgen Klopp being linked with your job, he said: "It's something that happens all the time if you lose a couple of games. We've had former managers liked here with the job before and that will continue for however long I'm here - whether you're doing good, bad or indifferent."

  29. Lightning strikes for Russell

    Ice Hockey

    Ice hockey news now and Great Britain coach Pete Russell has agreed a contract to takeover as the head coach of English Premier League side MK Lightning.

    Russell will continue with his role in charge of the national team after leading them to silver at last week's World Championships in Eindhoven.

  30. West Indies v England latest

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott

    Openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott have both passed 50 as England reach 119-0 in Grenada. West Indies' lead is now 180.

  31. World Championship latest

    Snooker

    Judd Trump is through to round two of the Snooker World Championship after a 10-6 win over Stuart Carrington. A break of 109 in the final frame won it for the Juddernaut.

    There is one second round match currently taking place, in which it is Mark Selby (Eng) 3-4 Anthony McGill (Sco).

    Later, from 19:00 BST, Shaun Murphy (Eng) will continue his first-round match with Robin Hull (Fin), with the score 7-2 and the second-round encounter between Ding Junhui (Chn) and John Higgins (Sco) will get under way.

    You can the snooker watch live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, Connected TV, online, tablets, mobiles and the BBC Sport app.

  32. Pearce backing for Rugby League

    Rugby League

    Rugby League deserves a higher profile across the whole country, rather than just in its north-west heartland, says former England U21 football manager Stuart Pearce.

    The former Nottingham Forest defender, who won 78 caps for England, became interested in rugby league after meeting Warrington boss Tony Smith on a coaching course, and is full of praise for the sport.

    "It's a wonderful sport, full of action," Pearce told BBC Sport. "It's very physical with a great deal of talent intermingled in all of that, but enjoys almost no profile in the south of England more to the pity.

  33. 'I promise I'll try to keep us up'

    Football

    Cheltenham Town

    Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson has used an unusual technique to try to motivate his players in their battle to avoid relegation from League Two.

    Johnson asked his team to sign a sheet of paper promising "to do all I can" to keep their team in the Football League. The former Bristol City manager isn't the first to think outside the box when trying to get the best out of his side.

    Read more about Johnson's method and other memorable motivational ideas in football here.

  34. Tell us about your #vitalkit

    Get Involved

    Ryan Ten Doeschate wears his jockstrap on his head

    Following on from the aforementioned feature on the history of the sports bra, we would like to know what are your treasured pieces of sports kit? Do you have a lucky jockstrap, a best pair of boots or an unbeatable bat? If so, then let us know using the hashtag #vitalkit on Twitter or via text on 81111.

  35. The story of the sports bra

    Bounce: History of the sports bra

    Want to know how two jock straps sewn together led to a revolutionary piece of sports kit that has since become indispensable to women athletes? If the answer to that question is yes than you can find all you want in a feature written by our very own Aimee Lewis on the subject of the sports bra.

    Later this evening, at 20:00 BST to be precise, BBC Radio 5 live will be airing a special... 'Bounce: The story of the sports bra'.

  36. West Indies v England

    Cricket

    Alastair Cook (right) and Jonathan Trott (left) run between the wickets

    It has been a low-key opening to day three of the second Test between West Indies and England in Grenada. England have moved to 95-0, with openers Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott both in the 40s.

    You can follow the match via our live text commentary or on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  37. Country life helps Hawkins

    Snooker

    Barry Hawkins says the picturesque serenity of the Derbyshire countryside has helped him relax and find his best form at the World Snooker championship at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre.

    The world number five was the 2013 runner-up and he proved it was no fluke by reaching the final four at last year's World Championship.

    "If you are going to be here for a week or two you want to be as comfortable as possible." he told BBC Sport. "I stumbled across it a couple of years ago online and as long as I am playing at the Crucible I will always try to stay there."

  38. Mauricio Pochettino press conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    The Spurs boss dismissed the prospect of goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who could return after missing three matches with a knee injury, seeking a move if Spurs miss out on the top four this term.

    "Hugo wants to play the Champions League here for Tottenham and I think this is a rumour and nothing true," added Pochettino.

    "Hugo is very happy here and wants to reach the Champions League with Tottenham. This is his dream."

  39. World Championship latest

    Snooker

    Judd Trump and Stuart Carrington

    Here is the latest from the Snooker World Championship, which you can watch live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, Connected TV, online, tablets, mobiles and the BBC Sport app.

    13:00 BST

    First round: Judd Trump (Eng) 9-5 Stuart Carrington (Eng), second round: Mark Selby (Eng) 3-2 Anthony McGill (Sco)

    19:00 BST

    First round: Shaun Murphy (Eng) 7-2 Robin Hull (Fin), second round: Ding Junhui (Chn) v John Higgins (Sco)

  40. Mauricio Pochettino press conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Pochettino has admitted missing out on European football could aid sixth-placed Tottenham's bid to qualify for the Champions League next season.

    If Arsenal beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley on 30 May, the seventh-placed team in the Premier League will qualify for the Europa League.

    "If you achieve the Europa League it might not be the dream of the club or the supporters but you need to play it because it is good for the financial side of the club," he said.

    "It's true the experience last season with Liverpool and now with Manchester United, I think it's a clear example that maybe you will have the opportunity to stay closer to reaching the top four if you only are focused on the Premier League and the cups."

  41. Mauricio Pochettino press conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Mauricio Pochettino says he is looking forward to returning to St Mary's with Spurs on Saturday after leaving Southampton last summer but is not expecting a "special reception".

    Recalling his time on the south coast, he said: "We stabilised the club in the Premier League and top 10 and I'm very happy it was good for Southampton because I love the people of Southampton, the players.

    "Koeman has continued to develop the project, or a new project, and it's a fantastic job and he deserves the praise."

    Asked about what reception to expect, he said: "I don't expect nothing special."

  42. Mauricio Pochettino press conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino spoke earlier about Harry Kane's possible selection for England Under-21s in this summer's European Championship and he has warned that his club must be "careful" with their young talent.

    "It's not because Harry Kane, (Ryan) Mason and (Nabil) Bentaleb are good this season, now we need to put all academy players in the first team," he said.

  43. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Chris Ramsey

    Three wins from five games. That's what Chris Ramsey believes his QPR side need to stay up. It is not impossible, but for a team that has won only 7 of their last 33 games it is pretty tough ask. Those five fixtures start with a home game against West Ham...

    "If you win three games you're probably going to stay up," said Ramsey. "We know the enormity of the task ahead but you can only plan and prepare as best you can and what happens, happens."

  44. Delia hopes Meekings can play in final

    Football

    Ronny Deila hopes Inverness Caledonian Thistle defender Josh Meekings is successful in challenging the ban that would rule him out of the Scottish Cup final (see 12:16 entry).

    Meekings is contesting the one-game ban 'offered' to him by the Scottish FA's compliance officer for a supposedly deliberate handball to prevent Celtic's Leigh Griffiths scoring in Sunday's semi-final at Hampden.

    "It doesn't help us if someone gets banned," said Celtic's Norwegian boss. "I don't think he did it on purpose."

  45. Tim Sherwood press conference

    Manchester City v Aston Villa, Saturday, 17:30 BST

    Jack Grealish

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood may be a big fan of midfielder Jack Grealish, but that has not prevented him having a stern word with the young player, who was pictured in the Sun inhaling nitrous oxide.

    "I'm not pleased obviously, I spoke to Jack first thing this morning as he came in, I explained to him his behaviour can't be tolerated by the football club, we can't condone that behaviour. It doesn't matter how young he is, he is now in a responsible position as a professional footballer, he's got to make sure it won't happen again, he's assured me it won't."

  46. PFA Scotland Player of the Year nominees

    Football

    PFA Scotland have announced the Scottish Premiership players who have been shortlisted for their annual awards.

    Player of the Year: Stefan Johansen (Celtic); Virgil van Dijk (Celtic); Adam Rooney (Aberdeen) and Greg Stewart (Dundee).

    Young Player of the Year: Ryan Christie (Inverness Caledonian Thistle); Jason Denayer (Celtic); Sam Nicholson (Hearts) and Jamie Walker (Hearts).

  47. West Indies v England

    Cricket

    The second Test between West Indies and England has just got back under way in Grenada with the tourists 76-0 in response to the home side's first innings score of 299 all out. England skipper Alastair Cook is 38 and fellow opener Jonathan Trott is 32.

    You can follow the match via our live text commentary or on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  48. Mayweather v Pacquiao

    Boxing

    Floyd Mayweather

    Floyd Mayweather has hit back at claims by Manny Pacquiao that God is willing him to inflict the first defeat of the American's career on 2 May. Best let him do the talking...

    "God loves us all. I'm a fighter. I'm a professional prizefighter, that's what I do. I believe in God, I love God. I've been blessed all my life. I don't think God takes sides.

    "Whether you're American, Filipino, African, Dominican, Asian, we're all God's children. I don't think he roots for which of us he wants to win. People are going to root for who they want to root for, it's plain and simple."

  49. Dossena treated 'like a terrorist'

    Football

    Andrea Dossena

    Former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Andrea Dossena has claimed he was treated "like a terrorist" after he was arrested for shoplifting in Harrods.

    Italian Dossena, 33, was detained with his wife, Deborah, and young son, Romeo, at the Knightsbridge department store, but all charges were later dropped.

    Dossena, who is now at Leyton Orient, told Corriere dello Sport they were handcuffed, "as you would do with a terrorist", adding: "I was obviously in disbelief, not only because of that gesture but because I didn't know what was going on - I hadn't realised the mistake we'd made.

    "They asked to see our documents that prove our status as residents of London, and obviously I didn't have them with me - I'd left them at home. So then they took us to the police station, where they held us until 22:30, despite the needs of a two-and-a-half-year-old child. It's absurd to treat a child this way."

  50. Tell us your #tickettales

    Get Involved

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Dave, Essex: Cycling from work before an England match, I got a call at 6pm, still 10 miles to go, saying there is a free ticket. Cycled like hell, showered, out the house, in the car in 10 mins. I got to Wembley, parked up and ran to the gates, in to my seat 30 seconds before kick off....result.

    Anthony, Wirral: Me & my brother spent over £700 each for a 1 night stay to Athens in 2007. Liverpool lost a CL final 2-1 & the hotel was like something out of Fawlty Towers! Finally, our breakfast consisted of coffee, a hard boiled egg & half an apple! We couldn't wait to fly home !

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  51. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Football

    Nigel Pearson

    Cliche alert from Nigel Pearson. The Leicester boss says Saturday's match against Burnley will have a "cup feel" about it. Here is the quote in full from today's press conference...

    We've been in decent form, we have to maintain that. Remaining games will impact those around us, but we must stay focused. There's a lot on the result, possibly a bit of a cup feel to it. Every encounter we've had in recent seasons has been close.

  52. Tell us your #tickettales

    Get Involved

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    James: I didn't have the booking history to buy Villa tickets for the semi final just played. However, as I am a serving soldier, Tickets for Troops contacted me TWO days before the game to let me know they had two tickets left. So I took my 8 year old son to what was our first time to Wembley to watch the greatest Villa game our lives, and I was at Villa v Inter in the 90's. Delph's goal was right in front of us and we haven't stopped cheering/singing/smiling since. Didnt think I would be saying that back in January. UTV.

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  53. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    West Brom v Liverpool, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    More from Brendan Rodgers on his own future, as he prepares to become the first Liverpool boss since the 1950s to complete three seasons in charge without winning a trophy.

    "I don't think there's anyone better (to manage Liverpool). I have a strong relationship with the owners," he says.

    "We will always strive to be the best. The reality is we want to be winners. I'm even more motivated to make sure we progress."

    He confirms that striker Daniel Sturridge will not be available to face West Brom at The Hawthorns.

  54. Nigel Pearson press conference

    Football

    Nigel Pearson

    Nigel Pearson has the rare luxury today of being able to talk to the press as the manager of a Leicester team who have won their last three Premier League matches. On Saturday, they face a huge match against fellow relegation battlers Burnley.

    "There's a lot on the result, possibly a bit of a cup feel to it. Every encounter we've had in recent seasons has been close. We have a few bumps and bruises, but we'll assess Friday. David Nugent (calf) is touch and go, but we've had a relatively fit squad."

  55. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    West Brom v Liverpool, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Asked about outgoing Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp being linked with Liverpool, Rodgers said: "When you are at a club like Liverpool, there will be lots of names mentioned. It goes with being at a big club."

    Following last weekend's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Aston Villa, Rodgers says his team will fight for a top-four finish until the end of the season.

    "If you take the emotion out of last weekend, this is a team who over achieved last season. It had a world-class striker and nearly won title," he adds.

    "We want to finish the season strong and take that momentum into the following season. If other clubs make mistakes then we have to ensure we're ready to take advantage."

  56. Brendan Rodgers press conference

    West Brom v Liverpool, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is next up and he starts by welcoming the new five-year contract for Jordan Henderson (12:01 entry).

    "We're delighted. It's great news for the club and for Jordan that he's going to spend best part of his career here," he says.

    "The likes of Jordan and Raheem [Sterling] are very important players. The club are working very hard behind scenes to sign them up."

  57. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Ronald Koeman is now speaking to the press. He has just had to field the obvious question about interest in his players from other clubs. He responded with the obvious answer...

    "If we are doing well like we are, then there is always interest in players, but they all have contracts for next season."

  58. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

    Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says it is up to Harry Kane to decide if he wants to represent England in this summer's European Under-21 Championship.

    Striker Kane, 21, made his full England debut last month and has indicated he wants to take part in the tournament in the Czech Republic.

    Pochettino said: "We need to talk with the federation (FA) but it's Harry's decision. Harry's a player and if he wants to go, you cannot stop him."

  59. Kenwright tribute to Carter

    Football

    Sir Philip Carter and Bill Kenwright in 2001

    Everton chairman Bill Kenwright on predecessor Sir Philip Carter, who died on Thursday: "Words cannot describe my feelings of loss primarily as a friend but also as an Evertonian.

    "Sir Philip was simply a giant... a great man a great leader and the very best friend and colleague anyone could ask for. I never once met him without calling him Chairman. I never will.

    "That title was his by right. He will always have a major place in our great club's history. To his wondrous Lady Rita and his family we send the deepest of condolences together with our undying love and gratitude for his life."

  60. Sir Philip Carter tributes

    Football

    Former Everton striker Gary Lineker: Saddened to hear that Sir Philip Carter has passed away. Was chairman of Everton when I was there. A football lover and delightful man #RIP

    Ex-Everton midfielder Phil Neville: Sad to here the death of Sir Philip Carter - was a wonderful man who always gave me great support at Everton RIP.

    Former Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall: "Gutted about Sir Phillip Carter, top guy, top chairman. Will be sadly missed, a true gentleman.

  61. Mansfield boss to sign new deal

    Football

    Adam Murray

    Mansfield Town manager Adam Murray has said he expects to sign a new contract with the League Two club.

    Murray, 33, became the youngest boss in the Football League when he was appointed player-manager in December. The Stags are currently 21st in the league, with six losses in their last seven games, but safe from relegation.

    "I've had a couple of chats with the chairman and hopefully it'll be sorted out within the next few days," Murray told BBC Radio Nottingham.

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    Craig from Stoke: Paid a small fortune to watch Stoke in the 2011 FAC Final. Finally managed to get tickets a few days before the day and paid nearly £300 each for them for me and a friend! Came to nearer £400 each with travel etc. Certainly not the result I wanted but well worth it as I never thought I'd ever see Stoke in another Cup Final in my lifetime, having turned down the chance at 9yrs old to be a ball-boy in the '72 League Cup Final!!

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  63. New deal for Henderson

    Football

    Jordan Henderson

    Jordan Henderson has taken to Instagram and Twitter to comment on signing his new long-term deal at Liverpool. Here is what he posted: "Very proud to commit my future to this great club. Looking forward to achieving great things here. Thanks for all your support. #YNWA."

  64. Alan Pardew press conference

    Crystal Palace v Hull, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Finally a tongue-in-cheek reply from Alan Pardew, when he was asked if every player has his price:

    "I'll sell Yannick [Bolasie]! If someone wants to give me £40m, £60m. I'll build a team with that money."

  65. Alan Pardew press conference

    Crystal Palace v Hull, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Asked about the prospect of Joel Ward and Scott Dann playing for England, Alan Pardew says they should be aiming for international recognition.

    "I'm sure [Roy] Hodgson has a good idea of the quality we've got here. Whether he thinks that's better than his current players is up to him."

    Going back to Saturday's game, he warns Steve Bruce's side: "With the players we have, particularly the very fast wide players, Hull's three at the back could be a dangerous set-up.

    Our away form suggests we're a top eight team, our home form a bottom six team."

  66. Tim Sherwood press conference

    Manchester City v Aston Villa, Saturday, 17:30 BST

    Aly Cissokho

    Two more bits of team news from the Aston Villa press conference ahead of Saturday's match at Manchester City. Aly Cissokho is in, Nathan Baker is out (knee). We've no idea who is shaking it all about.

  67. Alan Pardew press conference

    Crystal Palace v Hull, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Alan Pardew dismisses reports linking him with Tim Krul, who he managed at Newcastle United until December.

    "There's been no contact between me and Newcastle, or me and the player. I don't know where that's come from," he said.

    He also suggests valuations of 25-year-old winger Yannick Bolasie in the media are too low.

    "When I hear figures being talked about regarding my players, I think: 'They're not even close,'" he adds.

    "It's easy to address, a manager has to ring me up and I will give them a price."

  68. World Championship

    Snooker

    Stuart Carrington

    BBC Sport coverage of the Snooker World Championship has begun. You can watch it live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, Connected TV, online, tablets, mobiles and the BBC Sport app. Here is the current state of play and what is coming up...

    13:00 BST

    First round: Judd Trump (Eng) 7-3 Stuart Carrington (Eng), second round: Mark Selby (Eng) v Anthony McGill (Sco)

    19:00 BST

    First round: Shaun Murphy (Eng) 7-2 Robin Hull (Fin), second round: Ding Junhui (Chn) v John Higgins (Sco)

  69. Alan Pardew press conference

    Crystal Palace v Hull, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    More from Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, who says Hull will be seeking an "immediate result against us" because they have "a difficult run-in".

    Regarding team news, he says Marouane Chamakh and Fraizer Campbell are training, but won't be available this weekend.

  70. Tim Sherwood press conference

    Manchester City v Aston Villa, Saturday, 17:30 BST

    Philippe Senderos

    Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood has revealed that Philippe Senderos is in his squad to face Manchester City on Saturday. The defender has played just two minutes of football since October because of a recurring calf problem. It is a timely boost for Villa, who will be without fellow centre-back Ciaran Clark for the remainder of the season.

  71. Alan Pardew press conference

    Crystal Palace v Hull, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is now facing the media as his side prepare for their home game against relegation-threatened Hull on Saturday.

    He starts by admitting it is a difficult stage of season for sides like Palace who have little to play for.

    "I think it's difficult for players and teams that have secured safety, which we have, to have motivation.

    "We need desire to win. Hull's desire will be 10 out of 10 and we need to match that.

    "Our pure focus is to win this game. I do want a top 10 finish. I'm very proud of these players and we owe it to the fans."

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    Scott Walker: Paid £120 for FAC final 2008 to watch Pompey win the cup. A mate got them for me 24 hours before kick off. worth every penny.

    Chris Baldwin: I won tickets to Germany vs Ireland and England vs Argentina at 2002 World Cup including all flights, food and beer. Pretty lucky.

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  73. Former Everton chairman dies

    Football

    Former Everton chairman and Football League president Sir Philip Carter has died after a short illness, the Merseyside club has announced.

    Sir Philip, 87, was Everton chairman during their most successful period, as they won two league titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup Winners' Cup between 1984 and 1987.

    He died peacefully at home on Thursday morning.

  74. John Carver press conference

    Newcastle v Swansea, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    St James' Park

    John Carver is well aware of the challenge posed by Garry Monk's Swansea for Saturday's match at St James' Park...

    "Garry Monk has made a very good transition from player to manager and he's taken Swansea on to another level," said Carver. "Swansea will keep the ball so we will have to be patient at times, but I've got to come up with a formula to get three points."

  75. John Carver press conference

    Newcastle v Swansea, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    John Carver

    John Carver's side have been dragged back into relegation danger after last week's 3-1 home loss to Spurs. They are not in full-blown panic just yet, with seven points separating them and the bottom three. But Carver is clearly not underestimating how big a win would be for United on Saturday...

    "We need a win. It's so important for everyone and may just lift that bit of gloom that's over the city at the moment," he said. "The time for talking is over. We have to go out on the pitch and deliver. Actions speak louder than words."

  76. Broad feeling patriotic

    Cricket

    Stuart Broad tweet

    Fast bowler Stuart Broad, who took 4-61 as West Indies were dismissed for 299 in the second Test, is feeling proud to be English as we approach the start of day three in Grenada.

    The tourists have made a good start to their first innings, with Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott reaching 74-0 at he close of day two.

    Don't forget there will be live text commentary on this website when play resumes at 14:45 BST.

  77. John Carver press conference

    Newcastle v Swansea, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Siem de Jong

    John Carver is currently speaking to the media ahead of Newcastle's game with Swansea on Saturday. The manager has confirmed that Jonas Gutierrez and Siem de Jong will be in the squad for the match.

    Gutierrez was left out for the home loss to Tottenham last Sunday for "selection reasons", with rumours suggesting a fall-out between him and Carver.

    De Jong suffered a collapsed lung in February but has played two reserve games recently, with Carver saying in his press conference: "Siem de Jong will be in the squad and be involved. Some of his play in the Under-21s at Aston Villa was excellent."

  78. Kvitova loses on Tour return

    Tennis

    Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova suffered a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) defeat by American Madison Brengle on her return to the WTA Tour in Stuttgart.

    Kvitova, 25, was playing her first WTA match since February following a six-week break for exhaustion, although the Czech did win both matches on Fed Cup duty against France last weekend.

    Brengle is at a career high of 43 as she enjoys her best season to date, and the 25-year-old from Delaware converted her sixth match point for the best win of her career.

  79. Water problems for Chinese team

    Sailing

    Dongfeng Race Team

    Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink...

    The Dongfeng Race Team, the Chinese entrants in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, have suffered a scare in the sixth leg from Brazil to the United States when the onboard electronic machine that converts sea to drinking water failed. The boats do not stock bottled drinking water and the heat in the cabin can sometimes reach 50 degrees Celsius so it was a huge relief to them that they have managed a makeshift repair to get it working again for the time being.

  80. Lukaku scored goals to combat racism

    Football

    Romelu Lukaku

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has spent the morning at a Kick It Out session at a school in Liverpool and tells the Press Association that he scored goals to combat racism as a youngster.

    "I didn't suffer too much but when you hear it for the first time you are like 'Oh my God'. But I just responded by scoring goals. I used it as motivation," he said.

    "I remember one game for Anderlecht under-15s, a parent said something but we ended up winning 7-1 and I scored four, so it doesn't matter."

  81. Anderson injury blow for NZ

    Cricket

    Corey Anderson batting against Australia

    New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson races a race to be fit to feature for his country in next month's series with England.

    All-rounder Anderson, who has 10 Test caps, is to miss the remainder of the Indian Premier League season after suffering a broken finger with Mumbai Indians.

    The Kiwis are already set to arrive in England without several first-choice players, who will miss two tour matches and then fly in from the IPL just in time for the first Test at Lord's.

  82. Juve priced out of Falcao deal

    Football

    Radamel Falcao in action for Manchester United

    Things are going pretty well for Juventus right now. They are into the Champions League semi-finals and chasing a domestic double. However, they have confirmed that they will not be signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao, who is currently on loan at Manchester United. It is all to do with the 29-year-old's wages, apparently, which they describe as "substantial and beyond our means".

    However, the Daily Mail have reported that Juve are interested in Palermo's Paulo Dybala and PSG striker Edinson Cavani, both of whom have been linked with English clubs.

  83. Wolves defender Batth out for season

    Football

    Danny Batth

    Wolves defender Danny Batth will miss the rest of the season after a scan revealed a stress fracture in his foot.

    The 24-year-old, who has captained Wolves for much of the campaign, could be out for up to three months and will not be available for the Championship play-offs if eighth-placed Wolves qualify.

    Batth has started every league game for Wolves since head coach Kenny Jackett took charge in May 2013.

    "Unfortunately injuries do happen, but Danny has had a very good season," Jackett told the club website. "I know how determined Danny will be to come back strongly and how fit he will come back for pre-season."

  84. Greece could be suspended from football

    Football

    Greece could be suspended from international football unless the country's government rescinds proposed new laws.

    The Greek government has put forward a bill which could see sporting events cancelled due to incidents of crowd violence and teams prohibited from playing in European competition.

    World governing body Fifa and European rulers Uefa say that is direct government interference in football.

    "Sadly there will be no other choice than to suspend the Greek Football Federation if this new legislation is passed because football does not allow government interference," Uefa's general secretary Gianni Infantino says.

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    Russell Sergeant: 2014 World Cup SF. GER V BRA. Got a ticket off a tout 15mins before kick off. Five rows back behind the Brazilian goal first half.

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  86. Martinez expects open game with Man Utd

    Football

    Roberto Martinez

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez expects an "open game" when Manchester United visit Goodison Park on Sunday.

    Both sides are in good form with the Blues earning 13 points from their last five games and United taking 12.

    "I do expect Manchester United to come to Goodison and go for the win and that will make for a very open game, Martinez told Everton TV.

    "You look at the level and form Manchester United are in and you can see that they are going to finish the season really strongly, so from that point of view we are really looking to test ourselves against that sort of team. Apart from the defeat they had at the weekend, they are on an incredible run of form."

  87. SFA may open up a can of worms - Lennon

    Football

    Josh Meekings

    Former Celtic manager Neil Lennon says the Scottish Football Association will "open up a can of worms" by banning Inverness Caledonian Thistle's Josh Meekings from the Scottish Cup final.

    Inverness have refused to accept a retrospective one-game ban for Meekings for handling a Leigh Griffiths header in a 3-2 semi-final win over Celtic on Sunday.

    If Thursday's tribunal does not go their way, Meekings will miss the final.

    Fifa referees boss Jim Boyce also says a ban will set a "dangerous precedent".

  88. Henderson will have crucial role - Rodgers

    Football

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers is delighted that "brilliant professional" Jordan Henderson is staying at Liverpool after signing a new contract.

    "He has faced adversity in his time at Liverpool, but his improvement, growth and development is entirely down to his own hunger, commitment and willingness to learn and be better," said Rodgers.

    "The fact he has made such a long-term commitment to Liverpool is a sign of his belief in what we are looking to do here. He will have a crucial role to play as we look to take this side forward.

    "I am very excited about our future and what this group can achieve together; today's announcement is another important positive step forward."

  89. Henderson 'over the moon' at new deal

    Football

    Jordan Henderson says he is "over the moon" to sign a new contract with Liverpool, which will take him up until the end of the 2019-20 season.

    "It's brilliant news for me to commit my future to this football club - I really feel that it's a good time for us to look forward to the future, with the squad we've got, the manager, the size of the club and the fans we've got," he said.

    "I really think, over the next few years, we can challenge and start winning trophies."

  90. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Henderson signs new Liverpool contract

    Jordan Henderson

    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has signed a new five-year contract, the club have announced.

    The 24-year-old England international joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2011 for around £20m.

    With Steven Gerrard leaving at the end of the season for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, Henderson is among the favourites for the captaincy.

    Vice-captain Henderson, whose current contract expires at the end of next season, has scored seven times in 55 games for club and country this campaign.

  91. Overseas rule should be scrapped - Woodward

    Rugby Union

    Sir Clive Woodward

    Sir Clive Woodward says England's "old-fashioned" policy of only selecting domestic-based players should be scrapped.

    The 2003 World Cup-winning coach has congratulated Australia for "seeing sense" and calling up Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell from French club Toulon.

    "Stuart Lancaster must be free to pick his best players, no matter where they ply their trade," he wrote in the Daily Mail.

    "It's wrong to say England are best served by players at English clubs."

  92. Smith to face Ward

    Boxing

    Paul Smith

    Liverpool boxer Paul Smith will fight undefeated WBA super-middleweight champion Andre Ward in Oakland, USA, on 20 June, promoter Eddie Hearn has announced.

    Smith last fought in February, losing on points to Germany's Arthur Abraham in a WBO title bout.

    Ward beat Britain's four-time world champion Carl Froch on points in 2011 but hasn't fought since November 2013.

  93. Gerrard advised me to leave Anfield - Torres

    Football

    Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard

    Former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres has claimed he left Anfield on the advice of club captain Steven Gerrard.

    Torres scored 81 goals in three and a half seasons on Merseyside before joining Chelsea in January 2011 in a £50m move.

    The Spaniard said: "He talked with me a lot and even when it was said I was leaving he said: 'Think about yourself and do what's best for you because you've seen how people are leaving and it's time. You have nothing to prove'.

    "He changed my way of seeing things and showed me that I could get much higher than what I had always thought. I'll never find a team mate like him, I'm sure."

    Torres was speaking during an interview with his friend Carlos Matallanas in Spanish newspaper AS after Matallanas, a former footballer, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a severe neurodegenerative disease.

  94. Hull must win at least two more - Bruce

    Football

    Steve Bruce

    Hull City boss Steve Bruce believes his side need to win at least two of their remaining six games to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

    Hull are currently 17th, above Leicester on goal difference and travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

    "A month ago, there were probably eight teams in trouble but if we're being honest it now looks as though there are five of us," he told Talksport.

    "Of our six remaining games, four are at home but then you're going to throw the 'but' at us. There's no question that it's going to be difficult. However, the way I see it is that we need to win at least two games."

  95. Mayweather v Pacquiao tickets

    Boxing

    A customer checks boxing gloves signed by Manny Pacquiao on sale at a store in Manila

    After much concern, debate and speculation, the official word is that tickets for the highly-anticipated world championship showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on 2 May will be on sale from 20:00 BST tonight.

    Tickets are available for both in-arena and closed circuit viewing and are priced at $7,500 (£5,000), $5,000 (£3,333), $3,500 (£2,333), $2,500 (£1,666) and $1,500 (£1,000). The tickets are limited to four per household, so if you've got a spare 20k lying around you can take the whole family. You'll have to fly there first, of course. And get a hotel. And eat.

    P.s. It's also available on the telly.

  96. Hamilton contract latest - F1 gossip

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    We recommend clicking on our F1 gossip page to see what's happening in the motorsport world.

    Among the entries is Mercedes' non-executive chairman Niki Lauda suggesting championship leader Lewis Hamilton will have a signed a new contract with the team by the time of next race in Spain on 10 May.

  97. Spurs in NFL talks - report

    American Football

    NFL at Wembley

    Tottenham are in talks to host an NFL franchise at their new £400m stadium, according to the London Evening Standard.

    Wembley has hosted 11 NFL regular season games since 2007 and was assumed to be the natural home of any future London-based NFL franchise.

    Spurs hope to kick off the 2018-19 season in a new 61,000-seat ground at White Hart Lane.

    Long-standing American football fans may remember White Hart Lane hosting NFL Europe side London Monarchs in the 1990s - and former striker Clive Allen had a brief spell as their kicker.

    One for Harry Kane to think about?!

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    1999 Champions League final tickets

    Derek Mouncher: CL 1999 behind the net that Teddy, Olé hit, tickets arrived free from friends at the hotel the day before.

    Fiona T O'Malley: Spent £550 to see Arsenal lose CL final vs Barca. My brother couldn't get one off a tout so watched in a bar near the ground.

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  99. Premier League press conferences

    Football

    Alan Pardew of Crystal Palace shares a joke with Yannick Bolasie

    Are Liverpool about to use striker Rickie Lambert as bait to snare Yannick Bolasie from Crystal Palace in the summer? According to the Daily Star they are. You can find out if Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has anything to say about this around 14:00 BST when his pre-match press conference for Saturday's match at West Brom. Of course, by that point, Palace manager Alan Pardew may have already laughed the suggestion out of the room. He speaks to the media at 13:30 BST.

    We'll bring you the best from both press conferences as they happen, along with seven others throughout the afternoon.

  100. Van Gerwen, Chisnall eye play-off spots

    Darts

    Michael van Gerwen

    Michael van Gerwen and Dave Chisnall could secure Premier League play-off places in Cardiff tonight.

    Van Gerwen, the world number one, plays twice this evening, with James Wade and world champion Gary Anderson his two opponents.

    St Helens-born Chisnall takes on defending champion Raymond van Barneveld.

  101. County Championship podcast

    Cricket

    Yorkshire bowler Ryan Sidebottom appeals

    The latest round of County Championship fixtures concluded yesterday, but that doesn't mean you have to go without some chat on England's domestic cricketing scene. Why not have a listen to the Test Match Special County Championship podcast?

    This week, Kevin Howells is joined by Daryl Mitchell, Chris Woakes and Alex Wakely to preview the NatWest T20 Blast and talks to Alec Swann of the Cricketer Magazine, Nick Webb of BBC Wales and Mark Church from BBC London about Kevin Pietersen and the future structure of the County Championship.

  102. Arsene Wenger press conference

    Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday, 16:00 BST

    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's press conference and he was asked about his frosty relationship with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

    The Frenchman decided not to add fuel to the fire.

    "The match is not about the relationship between the managers. It is about watching a good game," he said.

    He also appealed for Gunners' fans not to boo their former favourite Cesc Fabregas when he returns in Chelsea blue on Sunday.

    "I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas when he comes to the Emirates on Sunday to be respected like he deserves," he added.

  103. St George's Crossbar Challenge

    Rugby Union

    Crossbar challenge

    As a special St George's Day treat four of England's finest sportsmen have gathered to take part in a special crossbar challenge. Gary Cahill and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain represent the world of football, along with rugby union duo George Ford and Jack Nowell. I won't ruin surprise of who succeeds and who fails, you'll just have to watch it...

  104. Back to the bench for Chicharito

    Football

    Javier Hernandez

    He was Real Madrid's hero on the pitch last night, with a goal to win the Champions league last eight tie against Atletico Madrid, but Javier Hernandez is likely to be back on the bench once Karim Benzema is fit again, says our Spanish football writer Andy West. Here are some more of Andy's thoughts on Chicharito...

    "Hernandez can revel in his current heroic status for now, but the brutal truth is that when Real are back in Champions League action on 5 or 6 May, the only way he will be on the pitch is if Benzema's injury takes longer to heal than expected."

  105. Bolton's Tierney forced to retire

    Football

    Marc Tierney

    Bolton full-back Marc Tierney has announced his retirement, aged 29, because of an ankle injury.

    Tierney suffered a broken bone and ligament damage during a game against Yeovil in 2013 and has since undergone four operations.

    "It's obviously very disappointing, but I've got some great memories from my time as a player," he said.

  106. Wanyama denies Arsenal reports

    Football

    The Sun reported this morning that Southampton's Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, 23, had told them that he was wanted by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    Wanyama has been on Twitter to completely deny the report.

    Victor Wanyama tweet
    Victor Wanyama tweet
  107. AP's final fixture

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport

    "Retiring jockey AP McCoy tells me he won't know until Friday how many rides he will have at his final fixture - Sandown's 'jump finale' meeting on Saturday.

    "'It could be one ride, it could be five, I don't honestly know,' said the Northern Irishman, who will be crowned champion for the 20th straight year at the meeting.

    "The 40-year-old will definitely ride Mr Mole, for trainer Paul Nicholls, in the AP McCoy Celebration Chase. McCoy is a big Arsenal fan and former Gunners striker Ian Wright is expected to present the jockeys' trophy to him."

  108. Tell us your #tickettales

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Balachandar Ganesh: Won a football quiz during a tech conference's after-party and bagged a ticket for Spain vs Ned final (2010 WC).

    Andy Harris: Got handed tickets to Ricky Hatton's Castillo after-fight party in Las Vegas, just while walking from T&M centre to the strip!

    Chris Rutherford: Found ticket for 2002 Cup Final on street outside Millennium. Waited 45 mins for a claimant, then lone Gooner in CFC section.

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  109. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Leroy Fer

    Chris Ramsey has also provided some injury updates ahead of his side's game with West Ham this Saturday. It appears that defender Rio Ferdinand is still a week or so away from returning, but QPR could have midfielder Leroy Fer back following a medial ligament injury.

    "We've managed to get a lot of the guys who've had minor knocks out there training in the last fortnight," said Ramsey. "Rio Ferdinand is nursing an injury. He could be out for a little while, but could be in contention before the end of season.

    "Leroy Fer is in contention. He's not 100% but we might take a chance on him. We don't want a reoccurring injury though. We're hoping at the very least he will be on the bench for us this weekend. He's a big player for us."

  110. Sam Allardyce press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    The West Ham boss acknowledges that his team have to arrest the slide that has seen them fall from fourth in the Premier League at Christmas to 10th.

    "We've made life far too difficult for ourselves, but we have to continue to make sure we do better than we are at the moment," he said.

    "We've got QPR and Burnley next who are fighting for their lives. We have to match that fight.

    "The focus has to be that we have to try and finish the season on a high. The bad run has come at the back end of the season and you don't want to end the season with that."

  111. Sam Allardyce press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Aaron Creswell

    We have just mentioned the London Evening Standard suggestion that Chelsea are interested in West Ham full-back Aaron Cresswell (see 10:08 entry).

    Big Sam is not impressed.

    "As far as I'm concerned nobody has bid for Aaron Cresswell so it's pure rumours that has to fill the media space.

    "It's for me to make sure that Aaron continues to do what he has done all season, which is perform on a consistent basis.

    "He has to continue to work as hard as he can, not rest on his laurels and build on the impressive year he's had."

  112. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Chris Ramsey is contracted until the end of the season at QPR, which has inevitably left question marks over his future. However,the 52-year-old says his only focus is on helping the club stay up. You would assume the two things are very closely linked.

    "Everyone here is focused on the challenge. My future isn't a priority," he has just told the media. "Survival is in the forefront of our thoughts. I'm fully expecting a blood and thunder London derby. We will be positive and on the front foot and going for the win."

  113. Sam Allardyce press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is next up to face the media and he is a man under pressure as his side have won only two out of their last 16 Premier League games.

    He begins with injury updates.

    "We still have the same injury list as we did last week. Whether we can get [Diafra] Sakho and [James] Tomkins back before the end of the season is touch and go. Guy Demel has picked up a calf injury as well."

  114. Tell us your #tickettales

    Get Involved

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Adam in Leeds: My brother got me a ticket for the final day of the 2005 Ashes at the Oval. Surrey sold them well in advance and obviously didn't expect it to go all the way as all tickets were £10. KP's finest moment! :-)

    Roy: Edgbaston, 1981, Botham 5 for 1, £5.

    Tom Carter: Le Mans last year the guys camping next to us gave us their finish line grandstand seat tickets. Unreal atmosphere!

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  115. Luis return to Atletico?

    Football

    Filipe Luis

    The London Evening Standard report that Atletico Madrid have opened talks with Chelsea over re-signing £16m Brazilian left-back Filipe Luis in the summer.

    They say the La Liga champions want to capitalise on Luis's lack of first-team football at Stamford Bridge to take him back to Vicente Calderon.

    Cesar Azpilicueta has been first choice for most of the campaign and Luis has made just 18 starts in all competitions, seven in the Premier League.

    A possible replacement could be West Ham's Aaron Cresswell.

  116. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Chris Ramsey

    Saturday's game at Loftus Road is between two sides who may well be dispensing with the services of their current managers in the summer. Chris Ramsey's position at QPR remains uncertain, while the speculation about Sam Allardyce leaving West Ham refuses to go away. However, the former has given his full backing to the latter ahead of this weekend's game...

    "I haven't paid much attention to the speculation around Sam's job," said Ramsey. "Whether it's true or false I don't know. I don't see why there would be speculation about his job - he's done a very good job at Upton Park."

    "But Sam will prepare his team as he always does. The speculation about his future will have no impact on the game."

  117. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    As Chris Ramsey has just spoken about, QPR lost their last game to London rivals Chelsea, with Cesc Fabregas settling a tight game with an 88th-minute finish. Chelsea had not registered a single shot on target until then. No wonder Ramsey was frustrated.

    "We've lacked concentration in the final moments," he has just told members of the media at the club's press conference. "That's the difference. But in general our displays have been good."

  118. Chris Ramsey press conference

    QPR v West Ham, Saturday, 15:00 BST

    Chris Ramsey

    The Premier League press conferences are coming thick and fast. This Saturday, 19th-placed QPR take on West Ham at Loftus Road and the Hoops' manager Chris Ramsey is currently talking about that game and more to the media...

    "We were really frustrated at the end of the Chelsea game [which they lost 1-0], so we probably didn't want the two week break [due to the FA Cup semi-finals]," said Ramsey. "The last month of the season - all results will be key. We just want positive results from our games. All we care about is getting above that line by the end of May. That's all that matters."

  119. Arsene Wenger press conference

    Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday, 16:00 BST

    Alexis sanchez

    While Wenger will have Eden Hazard to worry about at the Emirates on Sunday, the Arsenal manager believes his Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez stands comparison with the Belgian midfielder.

    "It's his first season so he will compete very closely with Hazard for player of the year."

  120. Tell us your #tickettales

    Get Involved

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Terry Bleeks: I paid £1100 to watch Broncos get stuffed in the Superbowl 2 years ago! Still an unreal experience.

    Matthew Knowles: Day 5, Oval 05. In work early. Heard boss say to PA there was a spare ticket, 1st come 1st served. #nevermovedsofast.

    Tim Wild: Had tickets for CL Final 'miracle of Istanbul' through ballot on Uefa... decided it was too much hassle to get there!

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  121. Grealish update

    Football

    BBC Sport's Pat Murphy

    "Aston Villa say there's no comment on the Jack Grealish story in the Sun. Tim Sherwood will be holding his regular press conference at 1pm today, so we shall see if the manager makes any comment."

  122. Arsene Wenger press conference

    Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday, 16:00 BST

    The Arsenal boss has spoken about Chelsea midfielder and PFA Player of the Year nominee Eden Hazard, who has been so brilliant for the league leaders in 2014-15.

    "Everybody would agree that he's had a great season. He's found maturity that he didn't have before," said Wenger.

    As for his own team, 10 points behind Chelsea in second, he is disappointed that the end of the season is approaching so fast:

    "There was a turning point last week with Manchester United not beating Chelsea. Now we can get closer to Chelsea on Sunday.

    "We had a disturbed start to the season but since January we have done very well. We could do with 10 more games!"

  123. Arsene Wenger press conference

    Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday, 16:00 BST

    It's fair to say that Arsene Wenger's record against Chelsea teams managed by Jose Mourinho is pretty lamentable - 12 matches, seven defeats and five draws.

    Can Wenger get his first win this Sunday?

    The Frenchman said: "We have been close to beating them a few times. The result on Sunday will just be down to the performance on the day."

    "We have passed many tests recently. We have another test on Sunday against Chelsea that we want to pass."

  124. Arsene Wenger press conference

    Arsenal v Chelsea, Sunday, 16:00 BST

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    We have 12 Premier League press conferences for you today and we'll be bringing you the best bits from all of them.

    First up is Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who begins by running through his team news going into Sunday's home clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

    Per Mertesacker is receiving treatment, while Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and club captain Mikel Arteta remain on the sidelines.

  125. Tell us your #tickettales

    Get Involved

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Rob in Brighton: I remember receiving a call from a friend on Friday evening in 2007 asking me if I fancied going to the FA cup final in the new Wembley. He didn't want any money for it. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.

    Tom W: Champions League final 2005 - £500! Liverpool won possibly the greatest final ever - worth every penny and I'd do it again.

    Mark Davies: Opened email on morning of '99 CL Final that someone had a ticket for me "if you can find a flight". 600 GBP from Heathrow.

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  126. Post update

    Football

    Here are the Premier League press conferences taking place today (all times BST):

    Arsenal (09:00), West Ham (09:30), QPR (09:45), Tottenham (12:30), Newcastle (13:00), Aston Villa (13:00), Burnley (13:30), Crystal Palace (13:30), Liverpool (14:00), Southampton (14:00), Leicester (14:00), Swansea (14:00).

  127. Today at the World Championships

    Snooker

    Judd Trump

    If it's snooker you want, the BBC have it in abundance. The World Championships continue today and you can follow it across a variety of BBC outlets. You can watch it live on BBC TV, HD, Red Button, Connected TV, online, tablets, mobiles and the BBC Sport app. I'd call that thorough. Here is what is going on today...

    13:00 BST

    First round: Judd Trump (Eng) 7-2 Stuart Carrington (Eng)

    Second round: Mark Selby (Eng) v Anthony McGill (Sco)

    19:00 BST

    First round: Shaun Murphy (Eng) 7-2 Robin Hull (Fin)

    Second round: Ding Junhui (Chn) v John Higgins (Sco)

  128. Get Involved

    Send us your #tickettales

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your entry for a defining moment or spent a fortune on getting in to a sporting event...

    Mark in Haydock: My Mum tells the tale of her uncle who had a ticket for the World Cup final in 66 and didn't go because he was giving my mum away on her wedding day!

    Andy Leighton: Scotland vs Brazil, opening match of France '98, €35, from Czech Rep FA through a friend of a friend of a friend....

    Matt Meads: I secured a resold ticket for what turned out to be Super Saturday at the Olympic Stadium, back row, on the finish line - £35!

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  129. Battle at the bottom

    Football

    Jamie Vardy of Leicester City climbs over Jason Shackell of Burnley

    The battle of the bottom of the Premier League will also continue this weekend, with a whole host of clubs desperate for points. Burnley host Leicester on Saturday in just one of the big matches that will shape this season's relegation tussle.

    There are a number of other Premier League press conferences taking place today and we'll be sure to feed the best lines from them straight back to you.

  130. Arsenal press conference

    Football

    Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho

    The Premier League continues to rumble towards its May conclusion this weekend and the undoubted match of the two days is leaders Chelsea's trip to second-placed Arsenal on Sunday. OK, so the title race is pretty much over, but a Gunners win will at least keep it interesting for a little while longer.

    Arsenal will be hosting a press conference ahead of that game later this morning and we will be all over everything Arsene Wenger has to say.

  131. Tell us your #tickettales

    This morning we asked you for your ticket tales - the occasions when you have lucked upon a ticket to a big event, lost your ticket for a defining moment or spent a fortune on entry to a sporting event...

    Kevin: Liverpool v AC Milan, Istanbul. €20.

    Superman: £720 for Olympic Super Saturday. #tickettales Best sporting night EVER!!

    Daniel H: Paid $AU2000 plus flights to London from Sydney for 2011 CL Final at Wembley. Flew home two days later.

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  132. Gossip column

    Football

    Jack Grealish

    For more back page chat why not check out our gossip column, which contains news on Aston Villa's latest star Jack Grealish, Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, Tottenham's Harry Kane and some congratulations for Real Madrid goalscorer Javier Hernandez from his former Manchester United team-mates.

  133. Bayern in for Branislav

    Thursday's Daily Express back page

    Chelsea players are all the rage for Europe's top clubs. The Daily Express suggest that full-back Branislav Ivanovic is wanted by German side Bayern Munich this summer.

  134. Hazard warning for Chelsea

    Thursday's Daily Mirror back page

    It is unsurprising, considering his form, that Eden Hazard has suitors across Europe. Few of them would be able to prise him away from Chelsea, though. Real Madrid on the other hand, seem to fancy their chances, at least according to today's Daily Mirror. In addition, in contrast to the Mail, the Mirror suggest that City could opt for former Liverpool and current Napoli boss Rafa Benitez as their new boss.

  135. Vieira to be new City boss?

    Thursday's Daily Mail

    Some back pages now, and today's Daily Mail suggests that the Manchester City players want former Arsenal midfielder and current City Elite Development Squad coach Patrick Vieira to succeed Manuel Pellegrini as manager.

  136. Byrne forced to retire

    Rugby Union

    Lee Byrne

    A bit of breaking news for you now and former Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back Lee Byrne has been forced to retire with immediate effect as a result of a shoulder injury.

    The 34-year-old had been captain for Newport Gwent Dragons, but hasn't featured since tearing a shoulder muscle against Newcastle last October.

  137. Get involved

    #tickettales

    Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao

    As I've already mentioned, tickets for the Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao fight go on sale today. Well, 1,000 (of the 16,500 capacity at the MGM Grand) do. So hot are the little pieces of card that gain you entry to the fight on 2 May, they are expected to reach a resale of price of £60,000.

    And so, today, we are asking for your own personal ticket tales. We want to know if you have ever paid an extortionate amount for a ticket to a sporting event? Have you ever been given a free ticket to what turned out to be a defining sporting moment? Ever lost a ticket to the big game? Or were you the fool who turned down a ticket to what turned out to be the greatest show on earth?

    Get in touch via #tickettales on Twitter, or text us on 81111.

  138. Broad and Cook the main men

    England 74-0 v WI 299 all out

    Switching our attention to cricket and England have seized the advantage in the second Test against West Indies after a rain-affected second day that saw them dismiss the hosts for 299, then reach 74-0 by stumps in Grenada.

    Stuart Broad was the main man with the ball, taking 4-61 as the hosts slipped from 188-5 overnight. Captain Alastair Cook then scored 37 not out, with Jonathan Trott amassing an unbeaten 32, to give England a solid start and a the openers a much-needed confidence boost.

  139. Keeping it Real

    Real Madrid 1-0 Atletico Madrid (1-0 agg)

    Javier Hernandez celebrates with Cristiano Ronaldo

    It was a night of high drama at the Bernabeu, where Real met Atletico in the latest instalment of the Madrid derby. Diego Simeone's Atletico have had hold over rivals Real this season, but Carlo Ancelotti's men had the last laugh as Javier Hernandez's 88th-minute winner settled the tie and sent the Champions League holders through to the last four of the competition once again.

    Real Madrid have now reached the Champions League semi-finals for the fifth successive season, equalling their club record previously set between 1956 and 1960. And yet Ancelotti's job is now safe. Madness.

    In the other quarter-final, a 0-0 draw in Monaco ensured treble-chasing Juventus went through.

  140. Post update

    Morning all and welcome to Sportsday Live on the day that tickets for one of the most anticipated sporting events of all time, Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao go on sale. However, with only 1,000 available to the general public and an expected resale price of £60,000 you've got little chance of getting your hands on one.

    You don't need a ticket for Sportsday, though. And we'll do our very best to bring you just as much bling, but on a budget. So, just sit back, relax, and let us bring you all the sporting news today has to offer. We'll start with a little glance at the major stories from last night.