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  1. Forward Depay agrees to join Man Utd from PSV
  2. Newcastle's Carver - 'I'm best coach in Premier League'
  3. Aston Villa subject of takeover bid
  4. Ex-England striker Jimmy Greaves out of intensive care

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By Caroline Chapman and Luke Reddy

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And that will do us for today, the full-time whistle is blown.

On Friday you can expect a dozen Premier League news conferences, more golf, more from the Madrid Open tennis, Formula One hype, social media gold, debates, votes, you name it.

See you from 08:00 BST and thanks for all your interactions today.

The Players Championship


A final Sportsday update from the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass and we have an outright leader in Hideki Matsuyama on five under.

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The Japanese player has five top five finishes this season already and holds a stroke advantage at the top of the leaderboard.

Rory McIlroy is three under, two shots off the lead, with Ian Poulter one further back.

Arsenal's Welbeck frustration


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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not know when striker Danny Welbeck will be back in contention, but hopes midfielder Aaron Ramsey can be fit to tackle Swansea on Monday night.

"Welbeck is doing better, but he is still not in training, he has missed now more than a week," says Wenger of his striker who has a knee complaint. "There is no major damage, but we have to see how it progresses over the next two or three days.

"From the Hull match we had Ramsey who took a big kick, he is getting slowly better. He could be back in training soon."

Clarke and Cassidy let go by Wolves



have released Leon Clarke, 15 months after re-signing him for a second spell at Molineux.

The Championship club have also let fellow striker Jake Cassidy go.

But a one-year option has been taken up on striker Liam McAlinden and the club are still reported to be undergoing talks with keeper Tomasz Kuszczak and defender Sam Ricketts.

North End with questions to answer



BBC Sport will be running a live League One play-off text tonight so you can stay across the first legs of those nerve-jangling ties.

Preston have to recover from defeat over the weekend which cost them an automatic place as they travel to Chesterfield.

"We know an opportunity was taken away from us at the weekend because we didn't do what we needed to do," said North End boss Simon Grayson. "Football has a way of kicking you where it hurts and it is about how you respond to things."

Our League One live text will also feature the other tie - Sheffield United v Swindon - and starts at 19:00 BST.

Schoolboy on the bench for Warriors

Rugby Union

Worcester Warriors will have a 17-year-old schoolboy on the bench for Friday night's Championship play-off semi-final second leg against London Scottish at Sixways.

Jamie Shillcock, who attends Warwick School, has been called up as Warriors will be without first-choice number Charlie Mulchrone (ankle injury) and Jonny Arr (suspended).

Thirds choice JB Bruzulier will start but, if England Under-19 Academies player Shillcock has to come on, he will become the youngest player to play in a Championship play-off match, at 17 years and 280 days old.

Shillcock was informed of his inclusion by Warwick School Director of Rugby Mark Nasey during a lesson. "I was sitting in the classroom when Mr Nasey came to see me," he said. "He told me Warriors had called me in to train with the squad ahead of Friday's match."

Blatter rivals to meet for talks


Richard Conway

BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

Michael Van Praag, Prince Ali of Jordan and Luis Figo

"The three rival Fifa presidential candidates to Sepp Blatter are to meet in Switzerland on Monday for talks.

"Dutch FA chief Michael Van Praag, the former Portuguese international Luis Figo and Fifa executive committee member Prince Ali of Jordan will hold discussions in Nyon about a joint strategy ahead of the May 29th poll.

"Despite taking place in the town where the European confederation Uefa are based, which is opposed to Blatter's candidacy, BBC Sport understands the talks will not be held at their headquarters.

"There has been increasing speculation in recent weeks that one or even two candidates could choose to drop out and offer support to the person they feel best able to challenge Sepp Blatter."

Karabardak wins gold in Slovenia

Table Tennis

Swansea's Paul Karabardak has won gold as the GB Para table tennis team claimed five medals from the singles events at the Slovenia Open.

Karabardak won the men's class 6 event while there were silvers for Will Bayley (class 7) and Rob Davies (class 1), as well as bronzes for Jane Campbell (women's class 3) and Kim Daybell (men's class 10).

Koepka's disaster


Spare a thought for American Brooks Koepka at the Players Championship.

On the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass - famous for its island green - he just took seven shots to complete a par three and with his head in a mess, followed up with an eight on the par four 18th.

That my friends, is how you go

from two under to six over in two holes.

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Americans Rickie Fowler, Troy Merritt and Ben Martin are joined by Hideki Matsuyama in the lead on four under.

Agent says Brady subject of 'sting'

American Football

Tom Brady
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Tom Brady's agent says a report that claims the New England Patriots star knew of a scheme to under-inflate balls in an NFL game contains

"tragic flaws".

Don Yee says the Wells Report, which was commissioned by the NFL, omitted key facts.

The report said Brady was "at least generally aware" of a scheme to deflate balls in a 45-7 win over Indianapolis,

Yee accused the NFL of a "sting" operation and said the report "omitted nearly all" of Brady's testimony. "Its omission of key facts and lines of inquiry suggest the investigators reached a conclusion first, and then determined so-called facts later," said Yee.

Adams not involved with Villa bid


As we told you earlier today, Aston Villa are subject

to a takeover bid and there have been reports emerging that Tony Adams is involved with the group looking to take charge.

BBC Radio 5 live Midlands football reporter Pat Murphy: "Paul Smith, not Tony Adams, is the brains behind this bid for Aston Villa. I understand Adams had a chat with Smith some time ago about the football issues involved in possibly bidding for Aston Villa Football club but at no stage has a role been promised for him if the bid is successful. There is no danger of Tim Sherwood being threatened.

"Smith is the one putting money together from city investors. I understand he is going for a bid for £150m."

Rochdale sign striker McDermott


League One side Rochdale have made striker Donal McDermott

their first signing ahead of next season, on a one-year deal following a trial.

The 25-year-old started his career at Manchester City and has had spells at Bournemouth, Huddersfield, Scunthorpe and Irish side Dundalk.

He was most recently been playing non-league football with Salford City and Ramsbottom United.

"There's a special, special talent there," said Dale boss Keith Hill. "He wants to put into practice the losses of the last two or three years where he's not really made the most of his ability."

We go again - Mawson


Wycombe defender

Alfie Mawson says all the pressure is on Plymouth Argyle going into Saturday's League Two play-off semi-final first leg at Home Park.

Wanderers missed out on automatic promotion on the final day to Bury, finishing fourth as Argyle got seventh.

"The pressure isn't on us, it's on our opponents. It's ridiculous to think that 84 points would have got us up [automatically] in any of the last 19 or 20 seasons," he told BBC Three Counties Radio. "But we go again and I think the lads are very optimistic, we'll attack it with nothing held back."

Players Championship - Clarke withdraws


It all got a bit too much for Darren Clarke at the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight on Sunday morning and the Players Championship has gone the same way.

The Northern Irishman has withdrawn from the event after 11 holes, he was 10 over par.

Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke
Lee Westwood

Punch yourself fit


Former Everton defender John Heitinga has been summoning his inner Floyd Mayweather as he ups his fitness level for Hertha Berlin.

"Staying fit for Hertha BSC during extra boxing lessons," he

writes on Instagram.

John Heitinga
John Heitinga

Nadal breezes through


Rafa Nadal races into the last eight of the Madrid Open, brushing aside unseeded Italian Simone Bolelli 6-2 6-2.

The Spaniard now faces 10th seed Gregor Dimitrov.

Nadal is chasing a third-straight success in the Madrid Open and with number one seed Novak Djokovic not taking part in order to rest, and Roger Federer eliminated, looks well placed.

By Royal appointment

Horse Racing

The Queen unveiled a special portrait of her mare Estimate during a visit to Newmarket this week.

The Queen
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Her Majesty toured the National Stud and admired the picture of her with the 2013 Ascot Gold Cup winner which will be on display in the Jockey Club Rooms.

Players Championship latest


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The Players Championship has a new leader - Rickie Fowler on six under.

The American is yet to drop a shot and leads Bo Van Pelt by a stroke.

Ian Poulter continues to go well on three under, Rory McIlroy has had a birdie, eagle and par in his round and is two under par. You can see a

full leaderboard here.


Join the debate on #thegreatest

The Tea in Team: Since Newcastle's John Carver confirmed that he's the Premier League's best coach I thought I should announce that I am twitter's best tweeter.

Thanks for that, it made us laugh. For those of you just joining us, check out the

video on our homepage of Carver stating he still believes he is the best coach in the Premier League.

Faletau misses cut for WRU deal

Rugby Union

Taulupe Faletau
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The Welsh Rugby Union has withdrawn its offer of a national dual contract to Wales'

Taulupe Faletau after he missed a deadline.

The number eight has a year left on his current Newport Gwent Dragons deal.

The British and Irish Lion, 24, said changing his agent had "delayed" signing a dual contract, which would be co-funded by the WRU and the region.

Faletau has been linked with a move to Premiership side Bath, having not been among Welsh players to sign dual contracts between the WRU and regions recently.

Burnley news conference

Hull City v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Sean Dyche
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Burnley manager Sean Dyche needs his side to replicate the ruthlessness Lionel Messi displayed as Barcelona beat Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

The Clarets have managed just one goal in nine matches ahead of their trip to Hull City on Saturday where anything less than a win will se them relegated.

"The quality is there - I believe in the players - it is just the moment of quality, and delivering that at the key moments," says Dyche.

"You know the little fella who has done all right over in Spain? He had a couple of moments like that, when he was prepared to deliver the quality last night."

Two-week bans for Meakes & Moriarty

Rugby Union

Bill Meakes and Ross Moriarty

have both received suspensions after committing offences in Gloucester's European Challenge Cup final win last Friday.

Meakes, 24, was sent off for a high tackle in

the victory over Edinburgh, and has now been banned for two weeks.

Flanker Morarity, 21, has also received a two-week suspension for striking a player in the back with his knee, an offence for which he was sin-binned.

Both will miss Gloucester's final two games of the Premiership season.

Scott unhappy with Blatter comments


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Manchester City and England midfielder Jill Scott describes Fifa president Sepp Blatter's comments that women's football is "limping behind" the men's game as "disappointing."

Blatter, 79, says

he sees himself as a "bit of a godfather" to the women's game but concedes it is hard to find sponsors because of the prominence of men's football.

Scott tells

BBC Radio 5 live's Sports Panel: "I think the men are always are going to be faster and stronger but I think people who have watched women's football can see that technically and tactically we can compete with them.

"We try to get away from the direct comparison so it doesn't help when we're always being compared to the men's because we are never going to come out on top."

Sherwood's Barcelona plan


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Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has cheekily hit back at comments made by the club's former assistant manager Roy Keane.

In his updated autobiography, Keane claims Sherwood was turning up at matches at Villa Park to position himself for the role should the club's former manager Paul Lambert fail.

But Sherwood believes he went to 30 to 40 matches, spanning a number of clubs, and added: "If that's a formula to get work then next time I'm out of a job I'm going to turn up at the Nou Camp or the Bernabeu."


Walker retires from bobsleigh


Britain's Paula Walker, 29, has announced her retirement from bobsleigh.

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Walker won gold at the World Junior Championships in Park City in 2011, becoming the first British woman to achieve the feat, and represented her country at two Winter Olympics, in Vancouver in 2010 and Sochi in 2014.

She is soon to marry fellow British Olympic bobsleigh pilot John Jackson, and became a mother for the first time last year.

Cockerill adds to Tigers staff

Rugby Union

Leicester Tigers
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Leicester Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill has confirmed that Scott Hansen will join the club as a defence coach this summer.

He replaces Phil Blake and is making the switch from New Zealand along with new head coach Aaron Mauger.

Geordan Murphy and Richard Blaze will remain on the coaching staff, and all four have signed three-year deals.

Mauricio Pochettino news conference

Stoke v Tottenham (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

Team news from Tottenham ahead of their Premier League game with Stoke on Saturday.

Mousa Dembele and Andros Townsend are back in contention after thigh and foot injuries respectively.

Kyle Walker (foot) and Ben Davies (shoulder) remain sidelined.

Carver's bold statement


John Carver

Earlier we asked you to vote for your manager of the year and you went for Ronald Koeman.

Since then, Newcastle United's John Carver has said he still believes he is the "best coach in the Premier League."

To watch him make the statement,

click on this link to the video which is on the
BBC Sport home page.

Millwall release 18 after relegation


Alan Dunne
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Long-serving defender Alan Dunne is one of

18 players released by Millwall boss Neil Harris following their relegation from the Championship.

Carlos Edwards, Ricardo Fuller, Danny Shittu and Martyn Woolford are among the 17 other players leaving The Den.

Harris has decided to offer new deals to Jimmy Abdou and John Marquis.

Muniesa fit to make Potters return


Stoke defender Marc Muniesa

has been passed fit for first team selection after recovering from a torn hamstring.

The 23-year-old Spaniard's last game was February's FA Cup fifth-round loss at Blackburn, but he played an hour for the club's Under-21s this week.

He now hopes to be involved in Saturday's home game against Spurs.

"I was a little bit tired because it's difficult after two and a half months off to play again, but I felt ok," Muniesa told

BBC Radio Stoke.

Blackpool sign Blyth hero


Jarrett Rivers
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Relegated Championship side Blackpool have made Blyth Spartans winger

Jarrett Rivers their first signing for next season for an undisclosed fee.

He scored the winner in the Northern Premier League side's FA Cup second round win over League Two's


The 21-year-old, who worked in his mother's newsagents, had an trial at Oldham in January.


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Paolo Maldini and Steven Gerrard
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Tambuwal: Even without EPL medal Steven Gerrard is up there in the same bracket as Lionel Messi, Maradona, Pelle. A complete footballer.

Ronan McAleenan: Paolo Maldini. Eight Champions League finals, won seven Scudettos, Balon d'or top three twice nine years apart and so much more.

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Fox-Pitt set for Badminton Horse Trials


William Fox-Pitt
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Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt will lead the British field at this weekend's

Badminton Horse Trials.

The world number one will ride Chilli Morning, beginning with the dressage on Friday.

The cross-country event takes place on Saturday and the annual competition ends on Sunday with the showjumping.

Past winners Pippa Funnell, Mary King and Oliver Townend are part of the British contingent.

Horse Racing

Hans Holbein wins Chester Vase

Trainer Aidan O'Brien clocked up a record-equalling sixth Chester Vase win as Hans Holbein justified favouritism in the day's feature race.

Jockey Ryan Moore guided the 7-4 shot to a one-and-three-quarter length victory from Storm The Stars.

Chester results

Hans Holbein, named after a 16th century portrait artist, is into 16-1 in places for next month's Derby at Epsom having been 66-1 earlier in the day.

You can follow all the latest racing results on

the BBC Sport website.

Players Championship latest


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No fireworks from the British challenge in the early holes at the Players Championship, with Ian Poulter best placed on two under.

The Englishman has three birdies and a bogey in four holes to trail leader Cameron Tringale by two strokes.

Graeme McDowell's birdie-birdie start has slipped away and he is now one over par as is Masters champion Jordan Spieth.

Rory McIlroy is steady away - even par through five.

Gatland will consider Roberts for Wales

Rugby Union

Jamie Roberts' expected move to Harlequins will not preclude him from Wales selection,

according to head coach Warren Gatland.

Racing Metro centre Roberts, 28, rejected Cardiff Blues and has agreed to join Quins after the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Gatland has previously stated he would prefer Welsh internationals to play in Wales, but speaking on Thursday he said: "There are exceptions where players have been playing outside of Wales and there are one or two wildcards we could pick."

How well do you know Messi?


Lionel Messi fans
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And while we're talking games, why don't you take a look at our Lionel Messi quiz.

How much do you really know about the Barcelona striker?

Test yourself here.

BBC Sport Predictor


BBC Sport Predictor

We're heading towards the business end of the season, so it's time to get your score predictions in.

BBC Sport's snazzy game allows you to map out the road to Premier League and FA Cup glory by guessing the scores for all the remaining games.

You can even pit your wits against some of our pundits.

Football for a fiver


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Rangers are to charge £5 entry for their

Premiership quarter-final play-off against Queen of the South.

The club say charging that amount will allow them to cover the cost of staging the match, which is up to £80,000.

They had considered giving season-ticket holders free entry on 17 May but were told this was against Scottish Professional Football League rules.

Koeman on Depay


Memphis Depay
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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has given his thoughts on fellow Dutchman

Memphis Depay joining Manchester United for a reported £25m.

"For him it's a fantastic move," said Koeman. "He has had a great season and last season made the step up to be a senior player, not a junior player.

"He still has to develop himself. It will be tough for him because the Premier League is tough in a physical and mental way.

"It's a big step for him. But he's a great talent, a fast player and a very good signing for Manchester United."