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  1. Post update

    That's all from Thursday's Sportsday.

    Join us from 08:00 BST on Friday for the build up to the weekend's Premier League fixtures and the Football League play-offs, plus breaking news and the best social media from the world of sport.

  2. Boro 'must put Wembley out of their minds'


    Grant Leadbitter

    Middlesbrough captain Grant Leadbitter says they must forget Wembley and focus on winning Friday's Championship play-off semi-final second-leg against Brentford.

    Boro were relegated from the Premier League in 2009, but with a 2-1 first-leg lead over the Bees they are closer than ever before to a top-flight return.

    "We as players can't get soaked up in that. We must look forward to and prepare for Friday, we don't want it to be our last [game this season]" he told BBC Tees.

  3. Wright wants risk-taking Sussex


    Luke Wright

    Sussex Twenty20 captain Luke Wright is happy for the side to take risks in the T20 Blast as the Hove side look to rediscover their one-day form.

    The 2009 champions have failed to progress from the group stage in the past two years.

    "I really want people to play with freedom and have a good go at it," the 30-year-old told BBC Sussex.

    "I'd rather us take risks than go any other way and that is the message I am trying to give to all the batters."

  4. Brentford 'must be clinical to beat Boro and reach Wembley'


    Brentford defender James Tarkowski says they must be clinical at Middlesbrough on Friday if they are to progress to the Championship play-off final.

    The Bees, who scored 10 more regular season goals than their opponents, travel to Teesside having lost the first leg of their semi-final tie 2-1 at Griffin Park last week.

    "We know we are good enough to go up there and beat them," the 22-year-old told BBC London 94.9. "We have plenty of goals in the team - it is just making sure we take our chances when we get them."

  5. Lawless facing SFA gambling charge


    Partick Thistle's Steven Lawless will face a Scottish FA gambling charge at a hearing on Thursday, 21 May.

    Steven Lawless

    The 24-year-old midfielder is accused of betting on 513 matches between December 2012 and March 2015.

    The SFA notice of complaint stresses there is no evidence of Lawless betting on games involving his own team.

  6. Hereford FC start in Midland league


    Edgar Street

    Hereford FC, the club created following the collapse of Hereford United in December 2014, have been accepted into the ninth tier of English football.

    Hereford United were playing in football's seventh tier when they were wound up with debts of £148,000.

    The new team have now been handed a spot in the Midland Football League for the 2015/16 season.

    Salisbury FC, who formed after the demise of Salisbury City last summer, will play in the ninth-tier Wessex League Premier Division.

  7. Giro d'Italia stage six

    Road Cycling

    Giro d'Italia

    Race leader Alberto Contador was caught up in a crash as German Andre Greipel won stage six of the Giro d'Italia.

    Spaniard Contador, 32, retained the race lead from Astana's Fabio Aru by two seconds, with Team Sky's Richie Porte 20 seconds back.

    But the Tinkoff-Saxo rider did not wear the pink jersey on the podium after suffering an arm injury and will undergo X-rays to assess the severity.

  8. League Two play-off semi-final second legs


    Who will book their place at Wembley for the League Two play-off final?

    Plymouth must overturn a one-goal deficit at Wycombe on Thursday, although their late fight back to only lose 3-2 on Saturday has given them some hope of reaching the final.

    Stevenage v Southend

    In the other semi second leg, Stevenage and Southend are all square, Barry Corr's header earning the Shrimpers a 1-1 draw at Lamex Stadium on Sunday.

    We'll have a live text commentary covering both games from 19:00 BST, plus coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  9. Cech set for Chelsea exit?


    Petr Cech

    Goalkeeper Petr Cech is considering leaving Chelsea in the summer because he does not want to be second choice to Thibaut Courtois for another season.

    A source close to the player confirmed to BBC Sport that the 32-year-old - who has been with the Blues since 2004 - wants first-team football having made only 14 appearances this season.

    "It works with Thibaut. But I think it can work for only one season," Cech told Czech paper Idnes on Tuesday.

    "I don't want another season of this."

  10. Solomons signs Edinburgh deal

    Rugby Union

    Alan Solomons

    Edinburgh head coach Alan Solomons has signed a 12-month extension to his contract, keeping the South African at the club until June 2016.

    Under the 64-year-old, Edinburgh became the first Scottish team to reach a European Challenge Cup final, where they lost to Gloucester.

    However, the club have failed to achieve their target of a top-six finish in the Pro12, sitting eighth in the table.

  11. The Joy of the Rovers


    On 14 May 1995, Livin' Joy were number one in the pop charts, John Major was Prime Minister of Britain and Blackburn Rovers were crowded Premier League champions.

    Alan Shearer

    Twenty years on and BBC Radio 5 Live looks back on the title-winning Rovers team built by chairman Jack Walker and manager Kenny Dalglish.

    Kelly Cates is joined by former players Chris Sutton, Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood for a 90 minute special from 19:30 BST.

  12. McManus to leave Aberdeen


    Declan McManus

    Striker Declan McManus has rejected the offer of a new contract at Aberdeen and joins six senior players who are leaving Pittodrie without new deals.

    McManus was voted named League One player of the year after scoring 23 goals on loan at Greenock Morton.

    Defenders Joe Shaughnessy, Clark Robertson and Craig Murray, plus midfielders Kieran Gibbons, Jamie Masson and Andrew Driver are also leaving.

  13. Notts' Hales linked with IPL move


    Alex Hales

    England and Nottinghamshire batsman Alex Hales is in talks with Indian Premier League side Mumbai Indians about a short-term contract.

    The 26-year-old was not picked during the IPL auction in February but has a clause in his Notts contract allowing him to play in the IPL, and could join the Indians in time for the final match of the regular season on 17 May and any knockout matches should Mumbai progress.

    Hales has scored 532 County Championship runs for Notts this season, at an average of 66.50.

  14. Chelsea sign Brazilian Nathan


    In other Chelsea-related news....


    The Premier League champions have announced they have agreed a deal with Atletico Paranaense for Brazilian teenager Nathan.

    The 19-year-old attacking midfielder, full name Nathan Allan de Souza, will join the Blues on 1 July.

    Nathan said: 'I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and I hope I will be able to learn a lot and develop my game.'

    He has represented Brazil at youth level and scored five goals in five games at the Under-17 World Cup in 2013.

  15. Schurrle's surprise from Mourinho


    How many of you can say you've received a text from Jose Mourinho, telling you you've got a Premier League winner's medal to collect?

    No, nor us.

    But it happened to former Chelsea winger Andre Schurrle.

    Read more about Schurrle's surprise here, from BBC World Service's Football programme.

    Andre Schurrle and Jose Mourinho
  16. Larsson backs Sunderland to survive


    Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson

    Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson says they can "handle the pressure" of staying in the Premier League.

    The Black Cats won their past two games against Southampton and Everton to lift themselves out of the relegation zone with three games to go.

    However fellow battlers Leicester at home are up next before trips to Arsenal and champions Chelsea.

    "We're up for the fight," Larsson told BBC Newcastle. "The game can't be much bigger than what they've been over the last two. We weren't expected to get much but we got six points from those games."

  17. The Replacement Bus Final


    We love a good moan about transport in Britain.

    And now the League One play-off final is being dubbed "The Replacement Bus Final".

    Wembley Park station

    Swindon Town and Preston North End fans will (attempt to) travel to watch their teams compete for a place in the Championship at Wembley on Sunday, 24 May.

    But planned bank holiday engineering work means there will be no trains from Swindon to London while services from Preston will be disrupted by work on the West Coast line operated by Virgin Trains.

    Worth adding that Virgin are sponsors of North End....

  18. Football

    Barker confident of Championship ability

    Shaun Barker
    Image caption: Shaun Barker has missed three entire campaigns after suffering an injury against Nottingham Forest

    Ex-Derby County captain Shaun Barker says it is "frustrating" to have been released by the club but is confident he can still play in the Championship.

    The 32-year-old defender has not played a first-team game in over three years after dislocating his knee and rupturing ligaments in March 2012.

    "I feel I can do it in this division," Barker told BBC East Midlands Today.

    "It's an exciting time. There will be big changes and I am looking forward to playing first-team football next season."

  19. O'Driscoll to be face of 2023 Rugby World Cup bid

    Rugby Union

    Brian O'Driscoll

    Brian O'Driscoll will be the face of Ireland's bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

    The former Ireland captain and world's most capped player has been named as bid ambassador, which will see him undertake a largely lobbying role.

    France, Italy and South Africa are also in the running to stage the tournament and countries have until the middle of next month to express an interest.

  20. Dyche 'will move Burnley forward'

    Burnley v Stoke (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Sean Dyche

    Sean Dyche has been discussing his future as Burnley manager following their relegation back to the Championship.

    Dyche told the media before Saturday's game with Stoke: "My story is not bigger than the club's.

    "I am the manager and a custodian of the football club and it will move forward and I will move forward with it.

    "We are planning in the summer and beyond that into next season."

  21. Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan


    We have a bit of an update on the state of Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan.

    Zimbabwe Cricket spokesman Lovemore Banda has said: "At this time the tour has not been suspended. The executive and board of Zimbabwe Cricket are still in discussions,"

    Zimbabwe are due to be the first test-playing nation to tour Pakistan since a 2009 gun attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

  22. Redfearn future remains unclear


    Newly returned Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino

    Newly returned Leeds United chairman Massimo Cellino says he will take his time before deciding whether to retain Neil Redfearn as head coach.

    Cellino returned to the club last week after his Football League ban for being found guilty of tax evasion ended.

    And in a news conference where he took a 10-minute break to smoke, he said: "Is Neil the best coach for the club next season? I am asking myself this everyday.

    "People say to me that this is a sleeping giant. I think it is awake but it not fit yet. Once it is fit it can go back to where it belongs."

  23. Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan in doubt


    There are conflicting reports regarding Zimbabwe's tour of Pakistan.

    Reuters are reporting that the decision to abandon the tour has been put on hold by the Zimbabwe Cricket Board.

    Earlier there had been an announcement that the Zimbabwe had pulled out of the tour following the advice of the country's sports regulatory body.

    The team are due to arrive on 19 May to play two T20 games and three one-day internationals.

  24. Spurs squad latest

    Tottenham v Hull (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Team news from Tottenham as they prepare to face Hull on Saturday.

    Danny Rose is fit but Vlad Chiriches is suspended and Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt through illness.

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

  25. Great Britain 1-1 Argentina


    Great Britain men's hockey team have drawn the first of a two-test series against Argentina at Bisham Abbey.

    Ashley Jackson's late penalty corner rescued a draw for Bobby Crutchley's side after a Lucas Vila strike gave the visitors the lead.

    The second test takes places on Friday at 11:00 BST.

  26. Aston Villa fined £200k by FA


    Aston Villa fans

    Aston Villa have been fined £200,000 after admitting spectator misconduct in relation to their FA Cup sixth round tie against West Bromwich Albion on 7 March.

    The charges related to a pitch invasion at Villa Park following the home side's 2-0 win.

    The Premier League club have also received a severe warning from the Football Association.

    Villa have since progressed to the FA Cup final at Wembley and play Arsenal on 30 May.

  27. Carlisle banned from driving


    Clarke Carlisle

    Former Burnley defender Clarke Carlisle has been banned from driving for three years after he admitted drinking and driving.

    The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample to police on 20 December.

    He also admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

    Carlisle was also ordered to carry out 150 hours' unpaid work and must pay £145 in costs and charges.

  28. Zimbabwe pull out of Pakistan tour


    Zimbabwe have pulled out of their planned tour of Pakistan following the advice of the country's sports regulatory body.

    The team were due to arrive on 19 May to play two T20 games and three one-day internationals.

  29. Ronald Koeman news conference

    Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    James Ward-Prowse will return to the Southampton side for the visit of the Aston Villa following suspension.

    Manager Ronald Koeman also confirmed the rest of the squad will be the same as last weekend's trip defeat by Leicester City.

    Ronald Koeman

    Koeman added that he is hopeful Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez may be in line to feature at Manchester City on the final day of the season.

    "Morgan is back in training, not with the group but he was on the pitch. He's still out but maybe next week, we have to wait," said the Dutchman.

    "Jay is close. He's doing all the exercises with the team this week. If we can put him on the bench in the last game it will be a great achievement for Jay for what he did in coming back."

  30. American Streb leads at Quail Hollow


    Padraig Harrington

    Ireland's Padraig Harrington has just dropped a shot at the turn on round one at Quail Hollow as a strong field lines up for the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship.

    The 43-year-old, already a winner on Tour this season, is one under through nine holes, three shots adrift of American leader Robert Streb.

    Phil Mickelson is also one under having made a double-bogey on his ninth hole of the day. Rory McIlroy is set to tee off at 18:20 BST.

    You can follow the full leaderboard here.

  31. Hales in talks with Mumbai Indians


    Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have confirmed batsman Alex Hales is in negotiations over a prospective short-term stint with IPL side the Mumbai Indians.

    The club said: "A deal has not yet been signed and Hales will be available for selection for the NatWest T20 Blast opener against Birmingham Bears tomorrow.

    "The terms of Hales' contract at Trent Bridge include the right to accept an offer from the IPL."

    Hales was not named in the England squad for the first test against New Zealand. The batsman has scored 532 in the County Championship this year with an average of 66.

  32. Golden Horn wins Dante Stakes

    Horse Racing

    Golden Horn racing at Newmarket

    Golden Horn beat stablemate Jack Hobbs to win the Dante Stakes - giving trainer John Gosden a 1-2 at York.

    Elm Park, trained by Andrew Balding, came in third.

  33. Lyth set to open for England


    England national selector James Whitaker has given his thought on the England squad announcement.

    On Adam Lyth: "He has waited patiently for an opportunity with England having performed consistently for Yorkshire and England Lions in the last year.

    "He fully deserves his chance to cement a place in the side at the top of the order."

    On Mark Wood: "Mark has also impressed and his pace and style of bowling ensure the coach and captain have options in the bowling attack. "

    On expectations for the series: "There were some positive signs during the recent Test tour and it is key that this group of players learns from the instances when the opposition was put under pressure and we were in a position to press for victory but couldn't quite manage it.

    "New Zealand are a very talented side and I expect a very competitive series between the two teams to start what will be an incredibly exciting summer of cricket."

  34. Uncapped Lyth and Wood called up


    Adam Lyth

    England have called up uncapped duo Adam Lyth and David Wood for the first test against New Zealand on 21 May at Lord's.

    Yorkshire batsman Lyth is set to open the batting alongside England captain Alastair Cook.

    The 27-year-old was selected on his first senior England tour last month but did not feature in the drawn three Test series against West Indies.

    Durham pace bowler Mark Wood, made his ODI debut against Ireland last week.

  35. Blackpool earn a draw from abandoned game


    Blackpool fans

    The Football League have decided Blackpool's abandoned game with Huddersfield on the final day of the Championship season will be recorded as 0-0.

    The match at Bloomfield Road was abandoned after 48 minutes - without a goal being scored - following a pitch invasion by protesting home fans.

    Hundreds of supporters came on to the field, forcing referee Mick Russell to take the players off the pitch and eventually call the game off.

    The Football League have also charged Blackpool with failing to fulfil a fixture and the matter will be heard by a Football Disciplinary Commission in due course.

  36. England squad announced


    England have announced their squad to play New Zealand in the first test starting on 21 May at Lord's.

    The team in full: Alastair Cook, Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Gary Ballance, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood.

  37. James injury blow for Foxes


    More on the injury to Leicester's Matty James....

    Matty James

    The midfielder is set to be out for between six to nine months with a knee injury.

    James was taken off on a stretcher during Saturday's 2-0 win over Southampton and scans have shown he has ruptured anterior ligaments.

    The 23-year-old will now miss the final two games in their Premier League relegation battle, where they sit three points above 18th.

    He had played in five of their six victories during their last seven matches, which have helped the club climb out of the Premier League relegation zone.

  38. Nigel Pearson news conference

    Sunderland v Leicester (Sat 15:00)

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson has revealed midfielder Matty James will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a knee injury. Scans have confirmed he has a rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament.

    Pearson said: "Knee injuries are never nice to deal with. He's a very popular member of the squad and we wish him a speedy recovery."

    Elsewhere Andy King has returned to training.

  39. Wolff's call from Sir Stirling Moss

    Formula 1

    Susie Wolff

    Williams test driver Susie Wolff tells The Clare Balding Show how she received a call from Sir Stirling Moss after he said women do not have the mental skills to race competitively in Formula 1.

    Former driver Moss, 85, told BBC Radio 5 live in April: "I think they have the strength, but I don't know if they've got the mental aptitude to race hard, wheel-to-wheel."

    The 32-year-old Scot says Moss told her: "I meant what I said, I just didn't mean you."

    Wolff is joined by former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash and snooker world champion Stuart Bingham on the Clare Balding Show on Friday, 15 May at 22:00 BST on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

  40. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood has been speaking ahead of his side's trip to St Mary's in Saturday's lunchtime kick-off.

    On staying up: "We're confident. I'm glad we've got ourselves in a position where we have a chance of retaining our Premier League status.

    "The fans have been great since I came in. We needed them then and we're going to need them now. We're still fighting to stay in the division.

    "The concentration is on staying in the division and then trying to lift some silverware at the end of May. We'll then come back at the start of July and have a good pre-season.

    On playing Southampton: "It is a very important game. We need the points and we know it will be a very difficult game down there."

    On injuries: "Nathan Baker has returned to training and Libor Kozak is out with a back injury."

  41. Former Wales prop Yapp retires

    Rugby Union

    John Yapp

    Wasps and former Wales prop John Yapp has announced his retirement from rugby after suffering a back injury.

    The 32-year-old made 13 appearances for Premiership side Wasps after signing from Edinburgh in July 2014.

    Yapp also won 21 Test caps for Wales, and was part of the squad that won a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2005.

  42. Serena Williams pulls out of Italian Open


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    The world number one Serena Williams has joined Andy Murray in pulling out of the Italian Open.

    Williams has an injury to her right elbow which is affecting her serve - but she doesn't think it will be an issue at this month's French Open.

  43. Mauricio Pochettino news conference

    Tottenham v Hull (Sat 15:00 BST)

    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been speaking in the build up to Spurs' home match against Hull on Saturday.

    On the retiring Brad Friedel, Pochettino said he hadn't ruled out the 43-year-old making an appearance in Spur's last two games, calling him a "top man" who is a "pleasure to work with".

    On Hull: "It's always difficult to play against a team that plays to survive in the Premier League, but for us we need to feel it's important like them, we're playing for fifth or sixth.

    "You play for survival, you play for a place in the Europa League, you need to be motivated in the same way."

    On where Spurs have fallen short this season: "We need to be more consistent next season, we haven't kept our level of performance and for that we've not achieved the top four. We are sixth because we score a lot of goals but we are there because we concede a lot of goals - we need to find the right balance. We need to improve a lot our defensive situation."

  44. "I'm extremely tired" - Murray


    Andy Murray

    Britain's Andy Murray has tweeted to explain why he pulled out of the Italian Open today ahead of his third-round match with David Goffin.

    "Sorry to everyone for withdrawing from the event today," said Murray, who came into the Italian Open after back-to-back tournament victories in Munich and Madrid, where he defeated Rafael Nadal in the final.

    "I always feel bad after making decisions like this but my body is extremely tired and fatigued right now having played 10 matches in the last 12 days.

    "I wanted to try to compete in the event but after warming up today I didn't feel able to compete. I hope next year I can come back to Rome and do better."

  45. Friedel's final fling?

    It's nearly time to say goodbye to goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

    Brad Friedel stats

    The 43-year-old USA and Tottenham stopper has announced he will end his career this season.

    If the American plays in either of Spurs' last two league games he will become the oldest player in Premier League history.

    Will Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino give him one final foray?

    We'll be hearing from Pochettino very soon, as he previews Saturday's game with Hull.

  46. Fringe benefits - Joey Barton on Steven Gerrard

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has offered his own unique tribute to Steven Gerrard on Twitter.

    "Lots of praise and admiration flying about for Steven Gerrard today and rightly so. A phenomenal career at his boyhood club.

    "He's achieved so much. One of his biggest achievement in my eyes, which often goes under the radar, is having the same haircut for so long."

  47. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport at Melwood

    "Last but not least cake for Gerrard and a round of applause. 'I'm off...'"

    Steven Gerrard

    Save us some, Steven.

  48. Tim Sherwood news conference

    Southampton v Aston Villa (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Meanwhile in the Midlands, Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood is giving his pre-match views on his side's Premier League game against Southampton on Saturday.

    Tim Sherwood

    We'll bring you the best snippets of his news conference when we get them.

  49. John Carver news conference

    QPR v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    We leave Steven Gerrard's news conference to join Newcastle boss John Carver, as he previews Saturday's game against relegated QPR.

    John Carver

    Carver on injuries: "Siem de Jong and Adam Armstrong aren't available for Saturday. Gaby Obertan comes back into a squad of 21 which will travel.

    On fighting relegation: "The spirit has been good and upbeat but we are not taking our eye off the ball. There is a huge job ahead of us.

    On QPR: "There are one or two characters in the QPR team with a point to prove. They will want to finish the season on a high. Chris Ramsey is a good guy and a good coach. Hopefully he will get the QPR job next season. He deserves it."

  50. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    More from departing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard:

    On the fans: "The supporters have been incredible since day one. I've had cruel lows and incredible highs. Their support has never changed in 17 years. That will be the most emotional goodbye."

    Steven Gerrard

    On a future role at Liverpool: "If there's a role I consider myself good enough for, then I'd like to come back. I do feel I can contribute in the future. "

    His biggest influences: "I owe an awful lot to Gerard Houllier. He was a father figure and I won three trophies under him. He gave me the captaincy at 23 and it was a brave thing to do. I owe an awful lot to him.

    "I wish I'd met him Brendan Rodgers earlier in my career. I know I'd be talking about trophies now."

  51. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard on his last match at Anfield: "I don't know how emotional it will be. I don't know what it's going to be like. I've been dreading it because I'm going to miss it so much.

    "The plan is to try and keep it together and avoid the tears.

    "If someone had said when I was going to the academy at eight years old that you're going to play 708 games and win the trophies, along with the highs and lows, I'd have taken that."

  52. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Steven Gerrard

    Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard on his final home game at Anfield: "I want to play every minute possible. It's what I intend to do.

    "I want to say goodbye to everyone at Anfield, but want to be involved against Stoke.

    "I feel a bit sorry for my team-mates. I didn't want to take the attention away from my team-mates.

    "This weekend, it's only normal the attention falls on me but I'm sorry for that."

  53. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Steven Gerrard has arrived at his news conference before his final home game for Liverpool.

    "I'm good. Looking forward to it. I want to win and finish on a high at Anfield," he said.

    "There's no getting away from it. It will be emotional. I'm proud of what I've achieved and all the great memories.

    "I dreamed of playing for this club as a boy and now I'm 708 appearances down the line."

  54. Steven Gerrard news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    The Steven Gerrard farewell tour is en route to its final stop.

    A packed-out Melwood press room awaits the arrival of the Liverpool captain for his news conference before his final home game for the club.

    Nice to see some of the guys have made an effort by wearing a suit.

    Steven Gerrard news conference
  55. "Pietersen deserves a chance"


    Some final thoughts from England batsman Ian Bell who has been speaking to the media today about a certain Kevin Pietersen.

    Bell believes Pietersen deserves the chance to be considered for England in the future.

    "If he keeps scoring runs maybe there's a position in time, " said Bell. "Everyone deserves that opportunity with a long summer ahead."

  56. Murray pulls out of Italian Open


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent

    "Andy Murray has just announced that he is pulling out of the Rome Masters due to 'fatigue'.

    "He was due to play David Goffin in the third round later this afternoon."

  57. Brendan Rodgers news conference

    Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    In around 20 minutes, we'll hopefully be hearing from Steven Gerrard in Liverpool's weekly news conference.

    Meanwhile, Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been taking training at Melwood today and took time to have a chat with some eager young fans who climbed over the fence to take a look.

    Brandan Rodgers at Liverpool's Melwood
  58. "Pietersen would make any side stronger"


    More from Ian Bell on you know who.

    Bell admitted Kevin Pietersen "would make any side stronger", and said "I'm sure he'll be frustrated".

    But he added: "I don't know where you fit him in right now.

    "The only slot now that looks to be free is the opening slot, so it would be an interesting selection change to get Kevin back in."

  59. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    Gareth Bale: should he stay or should he go from Real Madrid?

    Get involved on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCSportsday or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

    Sam Shinar: "Would love to see Bale at Arsenal, he loves his distant shots which is something Arsenal are missing.

    Karel Deprez: Wasn't Bale once thinking about a career in sprinting?

    Big Brenny: "His barnet is hindering him. Can't head the ball properly with an alice band on. Why have longer hair in a hotter climate too?"

    People really don't like Bale's barnet today.....

  60. Bell "trusted" Pietersen


    Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell

    Batsman Ian Bell has had his say on the Kevin Pietersen saga.

    When asked by BBC Sport's Simon Mann if he trusted Pietersen when he played with him for England, Bell said:

    "We all did. We had a good team that won a lot of cricket together and you don't do that without trust, without looking after each other and playing well.

    "I enjoyed some great partnerships with Kevin in the middle order."

    In case you've been AWOL for the past few days, you can read all about the background to the Pietersen story here.

  61. "Man Utd expected to compete for all trophies next season"


    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has said he expects the club to be competing for trophies in all competitions next season.

    Juan Mata

    Woodward made his comments in a statement that accompanied the release of United's third quarter results to 31 March 2015.

    Overall revenue for the quarter was down 17.7% year-on-year as a result of the club not being in the Champions League.

    But commercial revenues were up 11.7% for the quarter at £47.8 million.

    Woodward said: "We are pleased with the team's performance in Louis van Gaal's first season as manager and are well positioned to achieve a top four finish in the Premier League and to return to European football next year."

  62. Friedel tributes


    Brad Friedel

    After a 20-year career, goalkeeper Brad Friedel is hanging up his gloves at the end of the season, aged 44.

    His former clubs have been paying tribute to him on Twitter.

    Aston Villa: "FAB FRIEDEL: Best wishes for the future to our former No.1 @friedel_b who is retiring at the end of the season. #AVFC."

    Blackburn Rovers: "Brad Friedel has announced his retirement from football. The keeper made 356 appearances, scoring 1 goal for Rovers."

    Is there anything better than a goalkeeper scoring?


    De Bruyne to move back to the Premier League?

    Kevin De Bruyne

    Wolfsburg's ex-Chelsea midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 23, is moving closer to a Premier League return, with Manchester City considering a £35m move. More stories like this in today's gossip column.

  64. Froch set to decide on future


    Carl Froch has told BBC Sport he will make a decision on his future early next week.

    Carl Froch

    The 37-year-old British fighter was recently stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt for not defending his title.

    He has not fought since defeating George Groves at Wembley nearly a year ago, and a clash with Julio Chavez Jr in Las Vegas in March fell through because of an elbow injury.

    "I've got meetings in the next few days and I'll make a decision early next week," he said.

  65. The curious case of the broken hand


    Luis Reece

    Lancashire opening batsman Luis Reece has been left with a broken hand following an unexplained dressing room incident after their defeat by Gloucestershire.

    Reece has had two ducks already this season and averages just 8.57 runs.

    The 24-year-old left-hander managed scores of 16 and two as the Red Rose lost for the first time this season against Glos.

    When asked what had happened, Lancashire's cricket director Ashley Giles said: "I'm not quite sure yet. I'll have to look into that situation and I can let you know when the time's right. I need to speak to him, get to the bottom of it and see where we go."

  66. Football

    Brad Friedel retires

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    " Top goalkeeper - always felt Liverpool wasted him."

  67. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    What next for Gareth Bale? Should he Bale out of Madrid?

    Darren Maguire: Stick to Spain. I'd like to see him at United but from a neutral perspective he shouldn't run away after one bad season.

    Dale Swift: He won the Champions League in his first season, give it another year at least once you leave Madrid you are not going back.

    Mohamed Khalaf: You don't know what you have until you lose it. Real Madrid will learn that the hard way should bale decide to return home.

    Give us your views on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCSportsday. or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  68. Friedel hangs up his gloves


    Brad Friedel

    Tottenham have confirmed goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire from the game at the end of the season.

    The USA international turns 44 on Monday.

    "There really is nothing like it but my 44th birthday is here so I think it is a good time to call it a day," he said on Twitter.

  69. BreakingBREAKING NEWS

    Spanish court suspends player's strike

    Spain's national court has suspended the player's strike in La Liga meaning Barcelona could clinch the title if they beat defending champions Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

    The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) had suspended the end of the season, with the players' union (AFE) agreeing to strike, in a row over TV rights, putting the final two league games and the Copa del Rey final in doubt.

    The Spanish Cup final will now go ahead on 30 May, with Barca playing Athletic Bilbao at the Nou Camp.

  70. Road Cycling

    Sagan beats Cavendish on fourth stage of Tour of California

    Mark Cavendish
    Image caption: Chin up Mark at least you have the green jersey

    Peter Sagan has outsprinted Mark Cavendish to win the fourth stage of the Tour of California in Avila Beach and close the gap on overall leader Toms Skujins.

    Isle of Man rider Cavendish finished third behind Wouter Wippert and retains the points jersey, on 40, by a single point over Sagan.

  71. FA to develop British Asian players


    Neil Taylor playing for Swansea

    The Football Association has published its first ever plan on how to tackle the lack of British Asians in football.

    Only eight homegrown Asian players had professional deals across England's top four divisions in 2013.

    And following consultation forums across the country, the FA says it will now provide more support to grassroots clubs developing Asian players.

    Click here to watch Chetan Pathak's report for BBC Sport.

  72. Football

    The League Two keeper with shades of Schmeichel

    Peter Schmeichel and Daniel Bentley

    Southend goalkeeper Daniel Bentley is preparing for tonight's League Two play-off semi-final second leg with Stevenage, as the Football League's young player of the month.

    The 21-year-old, who has kept a record 12 consecutive home clean sheets, became a keeper rather than left-back partly down to the fact he was a Peter Schmeichel fan.

    "I loved Peter Schmeichel at the time and it almost became a no-brainer," he told BBC Sport. "When I was in goal everything felt natural and like I was in the right place on the pitch."

    His boss Phil Brown, says: "I watched him on the training ground and everything about him was almost Schmeichel-esque."

  73. Tennis

    Andy Murray v David Goffin (14:00 BST)

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Can Andy Murray make it 11 matches unbeaten on clay? He takes on Belgian David Goffin in the last 16 of the Italian Open. The Briton beat Rafael Nadal on clay for the first time on Sunday to claim his second title in a week.

    Listen to the match live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra with commentary from Russell Fuller from 14:00 BST.

  74. Rugby Union

    Cueto ready for goodbye... sort of

    Mark Cueto
    Image caption: Mark Cueto won a special merit trophy at the Rugby Players' Association awards

    Former England and Lions winger Mark Cueto plays his final ever game this weekend for his only club, Sale Sharks, against Exeter.

    He has been talking to BBC Sport about his mixed emotions - and looking back on his try-filled career.

    "My mood changes daily, from thinking I'm in a good place, to panicking about finishing," he said.

    "I'm not comparing my final game to getting married, but you just don't know - I think I'm prepared and ready."

  75. Hola de Karanka!


    Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has written a letter to students at Acklam Grange School wishing them good luck in their Spanish exams.

    And to make them practice a little bit harder, he's written it in his native language.

    Aitor Karanka

    If you're not fluent yourself, here's a rough translation:

    "Dear class 11b1,

    "I would like to wish you all the best of luck for your next Spanish exams.

    "Learning another language can be very difficult at times, but the advantage of being able to communicate with other people from different parts of the world can be very beneficial.

    "This is especially true in football but also applies to many other career options. I hope that all of you have enjoyed learning Spanish and that all of you get the results that you are expecting."

  76. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey has also discussed the future of striker Charlie Austin who has scored 17 league goals this season and has been linked with a £10m transfer to Southampton.

    "He has been a good professional this year and showed his worth and we would like to keep him.

    "The remaining couple of weeks will tell us what people think he is worth or what he is worth to the club to keep him or let him go."

  77. #BBCSportsday

    Get Involved

    Has Gareth Bale gone from hero to zero at Real Madrid? Should he stay in Spain or come home to the Premier League?

    Ferg: "Cut his hair and join Man United."

    Rao Waqas: "Sign for Leyton Orient."

    Stuart Smith: "He should quit football and open a store selling essentials to farms. #BalesBales."

    Is it really the final straw for Bale? Give us your views on Twitter via the hashtag #BBCSportsday. or on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  78. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Robert Green

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey has also been speaking about the future of goalkeeper Robert Green, who has been linked with a move to Chelsea.

    "I'm not aware of any interest in Robert Green. He's been world class for us - and I don't use that term lightly."

    England international Green still has a year left to run on his deal at Rangers, who have already been relegated back to the Championship.

  79. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    More from QPR manager Chris Ramsey as his relegated side prepare for their penultimate game in the Premier League.

    "We won't be letting Newcastle off this weekend," he said. "We'll pick our strongest possible side. We have pride ourselves.

    "We owe it to the supporters to put on a positive performance. We need to give everything in our final two games."

  80. Get Involved

    What should Bale do next?

    Gareth Bale

    What a difference a year makes...

    24 May 2014 - Gareth Bale: 'It's a dream come true." He's just scored as Real Madrid beat city rivals Atletico Madrid to win the Champions League.

    14 May 2015 - Gareth Bale: "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger." He's criticised after Real are knocked out of the Champions League by Juventus.

    So what do you think Bale should do next? Stick it out in Spain? Return to Britain? Do something completely different? Have your say using #bbcsportsday.

  81. Chris Ramsey news conference

    QPR v Newcastle (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey has been speaking to the media ahead of his side's final home match against Newcastle.

    Bad eggs

    On the "bad eggs": "There have been some issues but we dealt with them at the time. Unfortunately these things happen in football and our dirty laundry has come out. We have dealt with the situation and will draw a line underneath it and move on."

    Midfielder Joey Barton had said before the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City that "bad eggs" in the dressing room had contributed to the club's relegation. Various newspapers have since reported the names of players believed to be the "bad eggs" referred to.

  82. Rooney turns back time


    Wayne Rooney has gone all nostalgic on Twitter this morning, posting this picture from back in the day.

    "Where it all began. My first ever football team, Copplehouse Boys!" he wrote.

    Can you spot the future Manchester United captain among this lot?

    Wayne Rooney photo
  83. Gerrard bids farewell


    We're going to be hearing more from this man later on, but outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has already been chatting to the BBC's Football Focus about his exit from his boyhood club.

    Steven Gerrard

    Gerrard, 34, plays his last game at Anfield on Saturday, against Crystal Palace, before joining Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in June.

    You can read and watch a preview of Juliette Ferrington's interview here, and the full chat will be broadcast on BBC One and the BBC Sport website from 12:10 BST.

  84. Football

    Hero's welcome for Juventus

    Juventus get welcomed home by fans

    The Juventus team landed back in Turin in the early hours of the morning and were given a hero's welcome from their fans.

  85. Best of the Women's Super League


    Fancy some Thursday goal action?

    Toni Duggan

    Watch a round-up of the best of the action from week six of the Women's Super League, featuring Bristol Academy's Nikki Watts, Chelsea's Eniola Aluko and Man City's Toni Duggan.

    Click here to see the goals.

  86. Sam Allardyce news conference

    West Ham v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, aka Big Sam, has arrived at his news conference ahead of Saturday's game with Everton. Here's a few snippets of what he had to say.

    On his future at West Ham: "It was always going to be at the end of the season when the future was discussed, so there's no news on that."

    On goal-scoring form: "The lack of goals has been the big factor for us in recent weeks and what really brought it home for me was when we had 29 attempts at home to Burnley and only scored a penalty."

    On a possible European place: "Europe affects the smaller teams far more than the bigger teams. When I was there with Bolton we managed to cope admirably."

  87. Bale 'will return stronger'


    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale's gone all defiant on us, vowing to "return stronger" for Real Madrid after receiving criticism from his own fans during their Champions League semi-final defeat by Juventus.

    The 25-year-old Wales forward missed several opportunities as Juve set up a final against Barcelona.

    "There have been some ups and downs but I think I've played well," he said.

    "What doesn't kill me makes me stronger and I'll learn from this season and take it on."

  88. Football

    "Mamma Mia"

    Mundo Deportivo back page

    Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo sums up last night's Champions League result very succinctly. The paper says Real Madrid manager Ancelotti needs a miracle in the league to save what could be a disastrous season if Los Blancos finish trophyless.

  89. Rugby Union

    Jonathan Joseph wins the double

    Bath and England centre Jonathan Joseph won the two main prizes at the Rugby Players' Association awards.

    The 23-year-old, the leading try-scorer in the 2015 Six Nations with four, was been named players' player of the year and England player of the year.

  90. "Fiesta"


    La Gazetta dello Sport backpage

    Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport said Juventus earned a "heroic draw" in the Bernabeu to reach their eight European Cup final.

  91. Noble backs ex-Hammer Tevez

    While we've been waiting for West Ham manager Sam Allardyce to appear at his news conference, Hammers midfielder Mark Noble has been tweeting his allegiances to former team-mate Carlos Tevez.

    Mark Noble Twitter

    Tevez helped Juventus reach first Champions League final for the first time since 2003, with a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid.

  92. Cricket

    GET INVOLVED: #Asktheanalyst

    Simon Hughes

    Got a burning question about English cricket? Let's face it, who hasn't?

    From Kevin Pietersen's exile to England's chances in the Ashes, we will put your best queries to pundit Simon Hughes for a piece on the BBC Sport website over the next few days.

    Don't be shy - feel free to throw him a googly. Use #asktheanalyst.

  93. Football

    "Fiasco of the century"

    Marca back page
    Image caption: "The fiasco of the century"

    Some more reaction to Real Madrid's defeat to Juventus last night in the Champions League semi-final. Spanish newspaper Marca said Madrid wasted a historic opportunity to play Barcelona in what would have been the "mother of all finals."

  94. Roberto Martinez news conference

    West Ham v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Roberto Martinez

    More from Everton manager Roberto Martinez before their penultimate Premier League game of the season against West Ham.

    On young players: "We have been delighted with how our younger players have developed in a difficult season, taking bigger roles early than expected."

    On Steven Gerrard's impending Liverpool exit: "He's a big player of specific generation. Every manager will tell you he has been an influential player."

    On making the cut for the Europa League: "If we were to qualify for the Europa League, I do believe our experiences this season would benefit us."

  95. Football

    Clyne contract "in a good place"

    Contract negotiations with Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne are "in a good place" according to the club's director of football Les Reed.

    "Nathaniel has said he is happy here" said Reed, speaking to the club's YouTube channel. "We are at a very good place at the moment and I'm confident we will have a resolution sooner rather than later."

    Saints manager Ronald Koeman had given Clyne, a target for Manchester United, a deadline to sort his future out. The England international's deal at St Mary's ends in June 2016.


    Pellegrini to stay at City?

    Manuel Pellegrini
    Image caption: No wonder he's smiling

    Manuel Pellegrini is likely to survive an end-of-season review and remain as Manchester City's manager next season. The Chilean performance will be reviewed by the club's hierarchy. Find more stories like this in our gossip column.

  97. Roberto Martinez news conference

    West Ham v Everton (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been talking about the injury latest on full-back Leighton Baines.

    "We had Leighton's ankle checked. He has had surgery. It was straight-forward. He will be out until the start of pre-season," said Martinez, ahead of his side's trip to West Ham.

    "We have found the solution [to the ankle problem]. His time out will now allow him to be refreshed."

    Baines was taken off after 74 minutes in last weekend's defeat by Sunderland, and that's his season over.

  98. Rugby Union

    Salvi to switch Premiership clubs

    Julian Salvi

    Australian flanker Julian Salvi, 29, will join Exeter Chiefs from Premiership rivals Leicester in the summer.

    "The more detail we went into, the better and better he looked," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter told BBC Devon.

    "Everyone will know him as a defensive player, but in reality we were really pleased with his attacking qualities."

  99. Horse Racing

    Derby hopes contest Dante

    A big crowd is expected at York for day two of the Dante meeting
    Image caption: A big crowd is expected at York for day two of the Dante meeting

    The picture for next month's Derby at Epsom should be an awful lot clearer after the big race at York on Thursday afternoon.

    Four of the top six in the Derby betting are among eight runners in the Dante Stakes (15:15 BST).

    Elm Park, trained by Andrew Balding - the brother of broadcaster Clare - is among the contenders, alongside Jack Hobbs, John F Kennedy and Ol' Man River.

    You can follow commentary of the big race on BBC Radio 5 live, and all the latest racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  100. Football

    Gerrard, Allardyce & QPR

    Will Sam Allardyce be staying at West Ham? Steven Gerrard's last home match and trouble at QPR. This morning's press conferences should throw up a number of talking points and we will have the latest news from the managers as it comes in.

    Everton (9:00 all times BST), West Ham (9:15), QPR (9:45), Tottenham (12:30), Aston Villa (13:00), Liverpool (13:00), Burnley (13:15), Leicester (14:00) and Southampton (14:00)

  101. Athletics

    US stripped of London 2012 Olympic relay medals

    The entire United States 4x100m relay team have been stripped of their London 2012 Olympic silver medals as a consequence of Tyson Gay's drugs ban.

    Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay was suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

    The 32-year-old returned his London 2012 medal when his suspension was announced in May 2014.

    Now the International Olympic Committee has told US Olympic bosses that the whole team must return their medals.

  102. Cricket

    Pietersen to miss IPL with injury

    Kevin Pietersen
    Image caption: Pietersen tweeted a picture of himself boarding a private plane to Dubai after injury ruled him out of the IPL

    Kevin Pietersen will not play in this year's Indian Premier League because of calf and Achilles injuries sustained during a County Championship match where he scored 355 not out.

    The injury comes after the 34-year-old was told he would not be selected for England.

    Pietersen had been due to fly to India on Friday to fulfil his IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad. The former England batsman is expected to be out for two weeks with the injury.

  103. Cricket

    Independent review into Phillip Hughes death

    Some news from this morning now and Cricket Australia has confirmed it will commission an independent review into the death of batsman Phillip Hughes.

    Test player Hughes died in November aged 25, two days after being struck on the top of the neck by a delivery during a domestic match in Sydney.

    The review is aimed at ensuring an accident like Hughes' death does not happen again with Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland calling it "one freak accident too many."

  104. Cricket

    "Pietersen...or me"

    Daily Mirror back page

    The Mirror's lead claims Alastair Cook and ECB backroom staff would have walked out if Pietersen was picked for the test squad.

  105. Cricket

    "England's Cowardly Buffoon"

    The Sun back page

    The Sun takes aim at the ECB over their silence towards the accusations from former batsman Kevin Pietersen that he was misled over his chances of an England recall.

  106. Football

    "I'll be best in the world"

    Daily Star

    New Manchester United signing Memphis Depay dominates the back page of the Daily Star. The Dutch winger claims he can become the best player in the world and emulate another Old Trafford star - Cristiano Ronaldo.

  107. Football

    "Bale blows it"

    Daily Telegraph backpage

    Bale's Bernabeu nightmare is the main story in the Telegraph while former England captain Michael Vaughan says the ECB risks missing out on a top coach because of the way the Kevin Pietersen sacking was handled.

  108. Football

    "Gareth Fail"

    Daily Mail backpage

    The Daily Mail leads on Gareth Bale's performance in last night's Champions League semi-final as Real Madrid crashed out to Juventus. The Welsh winger missed three chances to win the game for Los Blancos as former Madrid striker Alvaro Morata equalised for Juventus to score the crucial goal and give the Old Lady a 3-2 victory on aggregate.

  109. Good morning

    Luis Suarez and Giorgio Chiellini

    Good morning and welcome to Thursday.

    Yesterday was all about Kevin, but Mr Pietersen has left on a jet plane to Dubai. Injured, with no England recall and no IPL. England will attempt to move on without him as they name their squad for the Test series against New Zealand later today.

    There was heartache for Gareth Bale and Real Madrid as the holders were knocked out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage while Juventus reached the final for the first time since 2003 where they will face Barcelona.

    And that means the rematch of the, not Mayweather v Pacquiao but Suarez v Chiellini.

    But first today's back pages...