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By Phil Dawkes and Alan Jewell

All times stated are UK

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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.

Selby takes on Lawro


Mark Selby
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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


England steady the ship


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


Newcastle link disrespectful - McClaren


Steve McClaren
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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.

Portsmouth approach for Cook


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."

Daggers boss Burnett extends contract


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.

Tell us your #vitalkit

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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.

Stockholm Marathon U-turn


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.

Bell bowled for one


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.

Quartet to miss PGA Championship


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.

England lose second wicket


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


Meekings 'cannot wait' for cup final


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
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Josh Meekings tweet

Astana keep their licence


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.

Hazard most important player - Ivanovic


Eden Hazard
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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."

Win at all costs for Foxes - King


Andy King
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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."

Koeman warns players over transfer talk


Ronald Koeman
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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.

Meekings ban dismissed


Josh Meekings
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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."

Oyston denies FA charge


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.

England on top in Grenada


Alastair Cook
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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.

Maloney returns to boxing


Kellie Maloney
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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.

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.

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."

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."

West Indies v England latest


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.

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."

Nadal beaten in Barcelona


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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.

Lloris could return for Spurs

Southampton v Tottenham, Saturday, 12:45 BST

Hugo Lloris
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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.

Brendan Rodgers press conference

West Brom v Liverpool, Saturday, 15:00 BST

Brendan Rodgers
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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."

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.

West Indies v England latest


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

World Championship latest


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.

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.

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


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


Tell us about your #vitalkit

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Ryan Ten Doeschate wears his jockstrap on his head
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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.

The story of the sports bra

Bounce: History of the sports bra
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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'.

West Indies v England


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

Country life helps Hawkins


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."

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."

World Championship latest


Judd Trump and Stuart Carrington
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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)

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."