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  1. Sportdsday Live

    That's it for Sportsday Live for Thursday.

    Friday's offering will feature a host of Premier League press conference plus the latest sports news and views.

    You can catch it all from 08:00 BST on Friday.

  2. Coming up

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder that this evening on BBC Radio 5 live, there is a special programme from 20:00-21:30 BST on Steven Gerrard's top 10 moments.

    There will also be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

  3. Bemand named as England women's coach

    Rugby Union

    Former England scrum-half Scott Bemand has been appointed head coach of the England women's team.

    Bemand, 36, turned out for Bath, Harlequins and Leicester during his playing career.

    England won the World Cup by beating Canada last August but the Rugby Football Union parted company with winning coach Gary Street in January just before the start of the Six Nations.

  4. Norwich fan reported for abusive language by TV viewer


    A Norwich City football fan was reported for "racially abusive" language by a television viewer during the play-off match at Ipswich Town.

    The Bolton viewer phoned Suffolk Police alleging that Ipswich player Tyrone Mings had been abused during the 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

    Officers scanned footage and arrested a 17-year-old during the match who admitted using non-racist but abusive language. He will not go to the final under a community resolution.

  5. Sheringham sympathy for Allardyce


    Sam Allarcyce

    Newly appointed Stevenage manager Teddy Sheringham has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 live about his decision to leave his role as attacking coach at West Ham alongside manager Sam Allardyce to move to the League Two club.

    "If Sam would have asked me 3 or 4 months ago, 'Look I've got a couple of more years here and I want you to stay' then I probably would have said 'oh yeah that's fantastic I'm enjoying my time there, let's do it'," he said

    "But things have been uncertain for Sam for the last six months which has left an empty corridor for myself.

    "He is still hopeful that something will happen, it happened like that the last time he was out of contract at West Ham, and it happened to Steve Bruce at Birmingham. I don't think it's been any mystery or secret that they have been trying to look for other managers."

  6. Buttler passes half-century


    At Lord's, the opening day of England's first Test against New Zealand is coming to an end and Jos Buttler has passed his half-century.

    You can follow ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  7. Get involved

    Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

    Jake Gledhill: Got to be Captain Fantastic leading the charge for the impossible comeback in Istanbul with the best header I've ever seen.

    Daniel Farren: Working in a hotel showing Portugal v England at Euro 2004, remember Gerrard's tireless runs box to box in extra time. Winner!

    Kurt Hargreaves: His 2nd goal in the 2006 FA Cup final

    Adolf Dlima: Out of the several 700+ in a Liverpool Shirt, the one when he scored against Man U and kissed the camera. #ThanksStevie

    You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

  8. Molinari challenges at Wentworth


    Francesco Molinari

    First round action is still continuing at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

    Italy's Francesco Molinari leads the way on six under with one hole of his round remaining while Sweden's Robert Karlsson holds the clubhouse lead on five under.

    Out on the course, both Luke Donald and Justin Rose are one under after 16.

  9. Sangakkara century in rain-affected draw


    Northants 309 draw with Surrey 499-6d (scorecard)

    Kumar Sangakkara scored his second Championship century for Surrey as their Division Two match with Northants ended, as expected, in a draw.

    Persistent rain during days one and two wrecked any hopes of a positive result.

    But the visitors were keen to secure maximum bonus points and did so thanks to Sangakkara (111) and a career-best 140 off 145 balls from Jason Roy.

  10. Glamorgan claim first win


    Glamorgan 314 & 270; Essex 221 & 274 (scorecard)

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff: "Glamorgan recorded their first Championship win of the season beating Essex by 89 runs despite valiant visitors' resistance on the final afternoon.

    "Ryan ten Doeschate was unbeaten on 74 but ran out of partners as Essex were bowled out for 274 just after tea.

    "There were three wickets each for Andrew Salter and Michael Hogan."

  11. Figo pulls out of Fifa presidency race


    Figo's withdrawal from the race for the Fifa presidency means there are just two candidates remaining - current president Sepp Blatter, who is bidding for a fifth term, and Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan.

  12. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Luis Figo is dropping out of the election for president of Fifa, saying the 29 May ballot is "not a normal electoral act".

    In a statement sent to the Associated Press, the Portugal great and former Fifa world player of the year says that he refuses to go along with an election process that is designed "for the delivery of absolute power to one man" - indicating Sepp Blatter.

    Figo's announcement came hours after another candidate - Dutch soccer federation president Michael van Praag - also withdrew.

  13. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Liverpool have announced that winger Jordon Ibe and defender Jon Flanagan have signed contract extensions at the club.

    It is understood Ibe, 19, has signed a new five-year deal while Flanagan, 22, has renewed his expiring contract by 12 months.

  14. Cowan-Dickie selection delights Dawe

    Rugby Union

    Luke Cowan-Dickie

    Former England international Graham Dawe has hailed hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie as a "special player" following the 21-year-old's inclusion in the 50-man England training squad for the World Cup.

    Cowan-Dickie is one of four uncapped players in the squad, along with Exeter clubmate Henry Slade, rugby league convert Sam Burgess and Saracens forward Maro Itoje.

    "He's a special player, so let's hope he goes well," Dawe told BBC Radio Cornwall. "Being a Cornishman as well - for anybody this far west it's great news to get into the England squad."

  15. Gilbert wins Giro stage


    Belgian Philippe Gilbert of the BMC team timed a solo attack to perfection on Monte Berico to win Thursday's rain-hit 12th stage of the Giro d'Italia.

    Race leader Alberto Contador finished second three seconds adrift on the uphill finish to the 190km ride between Imola and Vicenza, with main rival Richie Porte from Team Sky a further three seconds behind.

  16. Broady loses out in qualifying


    After earlier wins for Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta, Naomi Broady's qualification bid at the French Open is over after she was thrashed 6-1 6-1 by Australia's Anastasia Rodionova.

  17. England v New Zealand


    Joe Root

    Joe Root has fallen two runs short of his century at Lord's as he edges Matt Henry to Latham.

    Still that is a vital innings for the Yorkshire batsman who came to the crease at 29-3 and steadied the innings with his knock of 98 from 161 balls.

    England 255-6. Moeen Ali is the next man in to join Jos Buttler who is on 26.

  18. Test your cricket knowledge


    Which New Zealand player only has seven toes? Who has the number of the beast? Who hit their first ever ball in Test cricket for six?

    Have a go at our quiz on England and New Zealand players. The average score seems to be ten out of 15, though some England batsmen scored in single figures.

  19. Get involved

    Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

    Steve Gerrard

    Brian Bates: Stevie G's best moments over 700 of them. Every time he pulled on a Liverpool shirt

    Joe Mahon: Tough choice between, red card in under a minute,back pass to Henry, saying let's not this slip, then slipping, or crying with Suarez on TV.

    Peter Jga Burns: When he single-handedly won a European Cup and stopped one of the best ever teams assembled, Cafu, Maldini, Seedorf, Pirlo, Crespo, Shevchenko, Gattuso, Inzaghi.... at the moment in time he was in the top five footballers in the world.

    Let us know your top Steven Gerrard moments by using #bbcfootball on Twitter or the Match of the Day page on Facebook.

    You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

  20. Essex fight on against Glamorgan


    Glamorgan 314 & 270, Essex 221 & 254-7 (scorecard)

    BBC Radio Wales Sport's Nick Webb at Cardiff: "Essex are battling hard against the odds, chasing a stiff target of 364 to beat Glamorgan.

    "Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate has led the way with a stubborn 57 not out, while Kishen Velani chipped in with 31 and 17-year-old Callum Taylor made 22 before losing a feisty battle with Graham Wagg.

    "Glamorgan remain favourites for victory, but don't count Essex out yet."

  21. Denly ton seals Kent victory


    Kent 235 & 243-2 beat Gloucestershire 193 & 282 by eight wickets (scorecard)

    Joe Denly and Sam Northeast shared an unbroken partnership of 208 at Bristol as Kent secured their first Championship victory of the summer.

    Opener Denly struck three sixes and 15 fours in his 117, while acting captain Northeast finished unbeaten on 88.

    Paceman Craig Miles and Liam Norwell claimed a wicket each for Gloucestershire, who had won their two previous games, and now have a combined total of 47 for the season.

  22. PGA Championship


    Sweden's Robert Karlsson is the clubhouse leader at Wentworth on five under.

    Robert Karlsson

    There are currently six players tied for second on four under including England's Chris Wood.

    World number one Rory McIlroy is four shots off the lead on one under.

    Latest leaderboard.

  23. England coach may not start before Ashes - Strauss


    Andrew Strauss

    Meanwhile, cricket director Andrew Strauss says the new England coach may not be in place before the Ashes start in July.

    Strauss is set to hold talks with Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie over succeeding Peter Moores, who was sacked in May.

    "There is a ticking clock ahead of the Ashes, but we won't rush it," Strauss told Test Match Special. "In an ideal world we'll have someone in place before that, but not if it's not the right man."

  24. England v New Zealand


    It's tea at Lord's and England are 219-5 with Joe Root unbeaten on 80 and Jos Buttler on 13.

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  25. British duo win in qualifying


    British pair Kyle Edmund and Jo Konta are just one win away from a place in the French Open main draw.

    Edmund beat Romania's Victor Hanescu, a former quarter-finalist, 6-1 6-2 while Konta was a 7-6 6-3 winner over Elizaveta Kulichkova of Russia, who is ranked 34 places above her.

  26. Get involved

    Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

    Thank You Steven: The day he turned down a move to Chelsea in 2005.

    Jamie Moryoussef: His first derby when he celebrated making a goal line clearance

    Let us know your top Steven Gerrard moments by using #bbcfootball on Twitter or the Match of the Day page on Facebook.

    You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

  27. Yorke interested in Sunderland job


    Former Manchester United and Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke says he would be interested in starting his managerial career at the Stadium of Light.

    Yorke, 43, who completes his coaching qualifications this year, says he would be interested in the Sunderland job if manager Dick Advocaat leaves at the end of the season.

    "I feel that one day given the chance the opportunity may come along at Sunderland it would be a team of great interest to me because I feel I've got unfinished business there, " he said, speaking to Kicca.

    "I see myself as an aspiring, new, young manager coming through the ranks once I've finished my qualifications this year I will certainly be looking at it with one eye."

  28. Wolves sign Portsmouth's Wallace


    Jed Wallace

    Championship side Wolves have made their first summer signing, bringing in Portsmouth midfielder Jed Wallace for an undisclosed fee.

    The 21-year-old had been linked with several clubs after scoring 17 times in 50 appearances in 2014-15.

  29. Leo swaps Exiles - for Exiles

    Rugby Union

    London Irish's Samoa international lock Dan Leohas agreed to join relegated London Welsh for next season.

    The 32-year-old is the Oxford-based club's 13th confirmed signing for the 2015-16 campaign.

  30. Liverpool cancel Sterling meeting


    More now on Raheem Sterling and Liverpool say they cancelled a planned meeting with the winger in response to his agent's comments today.

    Aidy Ward reportedly said the England forward, 20, will not sign a new deal even if offered "£900,000 a week".

    The club believe there would be no point in having a meeting when the player's representative is quoted as saying a new deal would not be signed regardless of the figure.

  31. Treve ready for seasonal return

    Horse Racing

    Treve and jockey Thierry Jarnet after winning the 2014 Arc

    Dual Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe heroine Treve is "spot on" ahead of her return to action next Friday at Saint-Cloud.

    Criquette Head-Maarek's superstar is due to make her comeback in the Group Three Prix Corrida and will attempt to win a third Arc at the end of the season, something no horse in history has ever done.

    You can check out all the latest horse racing results on the BBC Sport website.

  32. England v New Zealand


    Ben Stokes

    Agony for Ben Stokes who has fallen eight runs short of his century. He is bowled for 92 by Mark Craig.

    Jos Buttler next man in.

    England 191-5 (Root 65, Buttler 0)

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  33. Vardy in England squad


    Jamie Vardy's Leicester teammates have paid tribute to the striker after his call-up to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

    Paul Konchesky posted on Instagram:Well done to my pal Jamie Vardy on your England call up! Fully deserved and a great honour to play for your country!! Nice one pal.

    Kasper Schmeichel tweeted: Massive congratulations to Jamie Vardy on England call-up! About time too. So deserved. Defenders and GK's nightmare!

  34. Hamilton quickest in second practice

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has finished fastest in a rain-affected second practice for the Monaco Grand Prix in a time of 1:17.192.

    Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was second (1:17.932) and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel third. (1:18.295)

    Full leaderboard.

  35. Benitez to Madrid


    Away from the Raheem Sterling saga, former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is being linked a move to Real Madrid.

    The Daily Mail report that the Napoli manager is a shock candidate to replace Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu.

    Read more stories like this in our Gossip Column.

  36. Liverpool cancel Sterling meeting


    Liverpool have cancelled a meeting with Raheem Sterling and his representatives which had been due to take place on Friday.

    Sterling's agent Aidy Ward has said today that the winger will not sign a new contract at Liverpool even if he is offered "£900,000 a week" by the club.

  37. "I can improve" - McIlroy


    Defending champion Rory McIlroy says there is "room for improvement" after he shot a first round one-under par 71 at the PGA Championship.

    Rory McIlroy

    The world number one is four shots behind clubhouse leader Sweden's Robert Karlsson at Wentworth.

    " I didn't feel like any aspect of my game was really off today. But at the same time, I didn't do anything that good, either.

    "There's definitely room for improvement over the next few days."

    Latest leaderboard.

  38. Partick Thistle winger banned for betting


    Partick Thistle winger Steven Lawless has been handed an immediate two-match ban for breaching Scottish Football Association rules on betting.

    Lawless was found in breach of the SFA's zero-tolerance rules by betting on 513 games between December 2012 and 3 March this year, although there was no evidence to suggest he was involved in any of the games.

    The 24-year-old was handed a six-match ban in total, but four games are suspended until the end of next season.

  39. Get Involved

    Gerrard moments - #bbcfootball

    Let us know your top Steven Gerrard moments by using #bbcfootball on Twitter or the Match of the Day page on Facebook.

    You can listen to a BBC Radio 5 live special programme on Gerrard's top 10 moments from 20:00 to 21:30 BST. There will be a live text commentary on the BBC Sport website alongside the show.

  40. Football

    Gerrard's top 10 moments

    Steve Gerrard

    Tonight on BBC Radio 5 live there will be a special programme looking at the big moments of Steven Gerrard's Liverpool career as the 34-year-old prepares to leave English football behind and move to America.

    From the high of Istanbul to the low of his costly slip, 10 of his biggest moments will be remembered and discussed, with key figures such as Xabi Alonso and Didi Hamann contributing.

    The programme will run from 19:30-21:00 BST and be presented by Mike Ingham, who will be joined by actress and Liverpool fan Sue Johnston, Times football editor Tony Evans and the Telegraph's Henry Winter.

    There will also be a special live text commentary on the BBC website running alongside the programme.

  41. England v New Zealand


    Ben Stokes has now reached his 50 with a four off Southee. England 137-4 (Root 57, Stokes 51)

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  42. Sheringham becomes Stevenage boss


    League Two side Stevenage have confirmed former England striker Teddy Sheringham as their new manager.

  43. England v New Zealand


    Into the afternoon session at Lord's and that's a 50 for Joe Root. England are 119-4 (Root 50, Stokes 41).

    A reminder that you can follow the latest via text commentary on the BBC Sport website while there is ball-by-ball commentary on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra.

  44. Harrington pulls out of PGA Chamionship


    Padraig Harrington

    After Stephen Gallacher pulled out of the PGA Championship before the start of the opening round, we have news of another withdrawal at Wentworth.

    Three-time major champion Padraig Harrington's round lasted just two holes before being forced to withdraw with a shoulder injury, meaning the Irishman is a doubt for next week's Irish Open.

  45. Froch could fight Golovkin - Hearn


    Carl Froch

    Britain's Carl Froch could fight middleweight king Gennady Golovkin rather than retire, according to Froch's promoter Eddie Hearn.

    Froch was recently stripped of his WBA super-middleweight belt and was thought to be close to ending his career.

    But Hearn said the 37-year-old is tempted by the prospect of one last big-money fight at Wembley Stadium.

  46. Lauda supports new Hamilton deal

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes team director Niki Lauda says world champion Lewis Hamilton deserves all the money he earns from his new three-year contract which could be worth up to £27m a year.

    "The world champions like Vettel, Alonso and Lewis all deserve roughly the same," says the Austrian three-time world champion.

    "They work for the money and they earn it. When you see how they drive and what they achieve, how Lewis has been driving, it is really something."

  47. Surrey collect batting points


    Northants 309, Surrey 264-4 (Scorecard)

    Surrey earned two batting bonus points during the morning for the loss of in-form Steven Davies, as the match wore on towards an inevitable draw.

    Davies was caught off Steven Crook for 44, ending a partnership of 94 with Kumar Sangakkara and causing his Championship average for the season to plummet to 116.75.

    Sangakkara has a century in his sights on 75 not out at lunch, with Jason Roy unbeaten on 42.

  48. Glamorgan close in on first win


    Glamorgan 314 & 270 v Essex 221 & 158-5 (Scorecard)

    BBC Essex's Nick Gledhill at Cardiff: "Glamorgan remain favourites to win despite a spirited performance from Essex on a pitch offering variable bounce.

    "Dan Lawrence and nightwatchman Jamie Porter took their overnight partnership to 69 before Andrew Salter dismissed Lawrence for a promising 43 and had James Foster caught off his own bowling for nine.

    "Previously wicketless Michael Hogan then bowled Porter for a career-best 34 leaving Ryan ten Doeschate and Kishen Velani to resume with Essex needing a further 206."

  49. Kent on course to beat Glos


    Gloucestershire 193 & 282 v Kent 235 & 85-2 (Scorecard)

    Kent are on course for their first Championship win of the season. The last wicket off Matt Taylor fell early doors for Gloucestershire, leaving the visitors needing 241 for victory.

    And despite Daniel Bell-Drummond being caught by Chris Dent off Craig Miles for just three and Brendan Nash falling for 25, Joe Denly and Sam Northeast are leading the charge home.

  50. Football's controversial moves


    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling is set to ask for a move away from the Reds but could the 20-year-old do the unthinkable and break a footballing taboo by moving to Manchester United.

    With the last player to move between the clubs Phil Chisnall more than 50 years ago, BBC Sport takes a look at other surprise moves between fierce rivals.

  51. Get involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Here's the final batch of your survival stories. Thanks for all your contributions.

    Scott Antony Baker: My team had to win 2 out of the final 3 games to survive this season, we won the first 2, celebrated of course!

    Kenneth Barr: Palace staving off relegation both years they were in relegation. Then they avoided liquidation.

    Rob Dennis: Wycombe staying up on the final day on the season twice. 13/14 and 1999/2000. Now we're off to Wembley!

  52. Lunch


    It's lunch at Lord's where after a terrible start, England have recovered to 113-4 (Root 49*, Stokes 36*)

    Joe Root

    It has been a morning session of two halves, the first dominated by New Zealand, who took four cheap wickets.

    England hit back in the second with a partnership from Root and Stokes that is 83 runs strong.

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  53. Xavi to leave Barcelona



    Xavi has announced he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and join Qatari side Al Sadd.

    The 35-year-old has won 23 trophies in 17 seasons at the Nou Camp including three Champions Leagues and eight La Liga titles.

    The Spanish midfielder has also won the World Cup and two European Championships.

  54. Football

    No laughing matter for Hazard

    Eden Hazard

    Ouch! Chelsea striker Eden Hazard won't be able to pick up his Football Writers' Association player of the year award tonight - and is a doubt for the final match of the season. This from the association:

    "Footballer of the Year Eden Hazard has had emergency dental surgery and will be unable to collect his award in person tonight.

    "Hazard tried to delay the surgery but had to have three wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday and is still in considerable pain.

    "Previous winner Gianfranco Zola will pay tribute to Hazard and Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck will deliver a message from the player. Hazard will almost certainly miss Chelsea's final game against Sunderland - the first Premier League game he will have missed this season."

  55. Action continues at Wentworth


    Rory McIlroy

    We now have a four-way tie at the top of the leaderboard at the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

    Spanish pair Jorge Campillo and Miguel Angel Jimenez and England's Chris Wood are all in the clubhouse on four under while Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts is also on four under with two holes of his round left to play.

    Defending champion and world number one Rory McIlroy has moved onto one under with one to play.

  56. Hodgson names England squad


    Among the absentees for Hodgson are goalkeepers Ben Foster and Fraser Forster, who both have long-term knee injuries, while injuries have also ruled out Spurs defender Kyle Walker, Manchester United pair Luke Shaw and Michael Carrick and Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

    There was also no recall for in-form Manchester United winger Ashley Young, who last played for his country in 2013.

    Strikers Harry Kane (Spurs), Saido Berahino (West Brom) and Danny Ings (Burnley) were all named on Wednesday in the Under 21 squad for the European Championship.

  57. Hodgson on Southgate


    Hodgson on Gareth Southgate's under-21 squad: "I gave him my word that he would get first choice and then when he was happy with his squad, I would organise mine.

    "There is no conflict whatsoever, that is not to say that he does not have players that I would like to have with me."

  58. Hodgson on Grealish


    Aston Villa's Jack Grealish

    Roy Hodgson on Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish: "I think it is important we leave the decision on whether he will represent England or the Republic of Ireland to him.

    "He is a talented player and has been on the radar for a period of time in terms of the under-age set-up and I've now seen him break into the Aston Villa first team and Tim Sherwood put his faith in him.

    "He could play for either country but it has to be his decision and his alone and we must respect it and shouldn't put undue influence on him. If he decides to play for us we will be very happy."

  59. Hodgson on Vardy


    England manager Roy Hodgson on Leicester striker Jamie Vardy: "I had watched him at Fleetwood and know he had the pace and desire to run in behind players, which is always an interesting quality for coaches and have seen his performances in the latter part of the season with Leicester.

    "He is another player, alongside Austin that will be nice to get to know him better,"

    Jamie Vardy

    Striker Jamie Vardy has scored four Premier League goals for Leicester this season as he helped the Foxes avoid relegation.

  60. Hodgson on Austin


    Charlie Austin

    Roy Hodgson on QPR striker Charlie Austin: "We have always had our eye on Austin but up to this point we have had the full quota of forward players. But we now have space there because of the injury to Sturridge and we don't have Kane, Ings or Berahino on this occasion.

    "He will get an opportunity to show us what he can do in training and in matches, though I can't promise him a game. I am pleased to welcome him into the fold. I have heard good things about him and know he is a good player."

    Austin has scored 17 Premier League goals for relegated-QPR this season.

  61. Roy Hodgson on Raheem Sterling


    "I'm always available for players. Raheem has been with us a long while and if he wanted to talk to me, that's fine.

    "As far as I am concerned a contract situation is between the player and the club and it is club business and I won't be poking my nose into club business. I'd expect him to do the job he has always done for us."

  62. Roy Hodgson on his England squad


    Roy Hodgson

    "I'm pleased Gareth (Southgate, Under-21 manager) has had his presser and cleared up doubts about who is available

    "This is a strong squad and I'm pleased to welcome the three newcomers who get the chance because of the Under-21s and it gives them the opportunity to have a chance to see what they can do.

    "They've had good seasons with their clubs in difficult circumstances. I hope we don't lose too many more players and I am counting on all being available."

  63. Hodgson names England squad


    So what about the newcomers to the England squad?...

    Heaton, 29, has previous international experience for England having featured throughout the youth ranks from Under-16s to Under-21s.

    Austin, 25, has been in good goal-scoring form for QPR while 28-year-old Vardy helped the Foxes escape relegation this season.

  64. Hodgson names England squad


    England squad

    The England squad in full:

    Goalkeepers: Robert Green (Queens Park Rangers), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

    Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United)

    Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)

    Forwards: Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

  65. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    England manager Roy Hodgson has named three newcomers in his squad for the friendly against the Republic of Ireland and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia next month.

    QPR striker Charlie Austin, Leicester's Jamie Vardy and Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton are all included.

  66. Get involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Tell us your tales of your team's great escape. And while we're at it...are players right to celebrate when missing relegation, or should they be embarrassed to be in that position in the first place?

    Liam Hanson: HARTLEPOOL UNITED. Relegation bound 10 points adrift, Ronnie Moore came in and Saved us.. Cheltenham and tranmere relegated instead

    Jamie Buckton: We were 1-0 down to Bayern Munich in the champions league final and scored 2 in added time to win the champions league... That's my great escape. None of this small time relegation rubbish!

    Christine Aslan: Fulham 07/08 Man City Away, relegated at half time, 2-0 down. Second half Kamara scored twice. Then the great escape with Roy began. Last game of the season, just needed to win. Beautiful sunny day. Bullard/Murphy 76 minutes, banged one in! Survival so sweet!

    Let us know your stories using #ourgreatescape on Twitter or by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. You can even forecast who will go down with our fab Predictor Game.

  67. Coming up


    Coming up at around 12:30 BST, we'll be hearing from England manager Roy Hodgson as he names his squad for the upcoming friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Sunday 7 June and the Euro 2016 qualifier away to Slovenia seven days later.

    We are expecting some new faces in the squad with plenty of chat around QPR's uncapped striker Charlie Austin who has scored 17 goals for his club this season.

  68. Grosjean given grid penalty

    Formula 1

    Romain Grosjean

    Frenchman Romain Grosjean has been given a five-place grid penalty for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix after Lotus changed his gearbox following the Spanish race earlier this month.

    Grosjean finished eighth in Spain, but drove the final part of the race without fourth gear.

  69. Campillo leads at Wentworth


    Jorge Campillo

    Away from England's misery at Lord's and to the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

    Spain's Jorge Campillo has the clubhouse lead on four under, thanks to an eagle at the 18th, while England's Chris Wood is on the same total with one hole to play as well as Nicolas Colsaerts after 12 holes.

    Rory McIlroy is on level par after 13 holes of his round.

  70. England v New Zealand


    England collapsing at Lord's.

    Bell is the next man to go, bowled by Henry. The England batsman looked disconsolate as he trudged off.

    Stokes next man in with Root. England 30-4.

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  71. England v New Zealand


    Jonathan Agnew at Lord's

    BBC Test Match Special

    "NZ well on top. Ball nipping, Cook bounced out. 25/3"

  72. England v New Zealand


    And another one.

    Big trouble now for England as Cook is the next man out for 16. The captain tries to pull a short ball and is caught by Watling off the bowling of Henry.

    England 25-3. Bell and Root, the men in the middle, with some work to do to repair the damage.

  73. England v New Zealand



    Gary Ballance caught

    England in a bit of trouble here at Lord's as Gary Ballance goes for 1 taken at third slip with an excellent diving catch by Southee, off the bowling of Trent Boult.

    England 25-2.

    There is ball-by-ball coverage on Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  74. Klein loses in French Open qualifying


    Brydan Klein

    Britain's Brydan Klein has lost in the second round of French Open qualifying as he was beaten 6-3 6-1 by Argentina's Facundo Arguello.

    The Australia-born 25-year-old, ranked 195, has never reached the main draw at Roland Garros and struggled to find his rhythm against 139-ranked Arguello, who is a clay-court specialist and dominated throughout.

    "It was disappointing but I'm playing a player close to the top 100 who has grown up on clay courts in Argentina," Klein said.

    "I tried to mix it up but I wasn't completely feeling the ball. I just didn't find the corners or angles enough to give myself a decent chance."

  75. Get involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Tell us your tales of your team's great escape. And while we're at it...are players right to celebrate when missing relegation, or should they be embarrassed to be in that position in the first place?

    Markus Frise: Was Steve McQueen ashamed he had to jump a fence with motorbike? No! Celebrate obviously.

    Euan Maclean: Of course they should celebrate! Not every club has the money and investment as others do.

    Eli ja'zeera: Players are right to celebrate safety from relegation. Not all teams can go for the title- at least not in the same season.

    Let us know your stories using #ourgreatescape on Twitter or by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. You can even forecast who will go down with our fab Predictor Game.

  76. England v New Zealand


    There's been a wicket at Lord's and it's debutant Adam Lyth who has gone for 7.

    The Yorkshire batsman is caught behind off the bowling of Tim Southee.

    England are 22-1 after New Zealand won the toss and put them into bat.

    Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  77. Sterling's agent defends client


    Raheem Sterling

    Raheem Sterling's agent has said the winger won't sign for Liverpool for any amount reports the London Evening Standard.

    The player's representative Aidy Ward has also spoken out against Liverpool and the club's former players who have criticised his client for turning down £100,000-a-week deal to stay at Anfield.

    "I don't care about the PR of the club and the club situation. I don't care.

    "He is definitely not signing. He's not signing for £700, £800, £900 thousand a week. He is not signing.

    "My job is to make sure I do the best with them (my clients). If people say I am bad at my job, or they are badly advised it does not matter."

  78. Compton aims to sway selectors


    Nick Compton

    As the first Test gets under way at Lord's, Middlesex batsman Nick Compton is determined to convince England's selectors to give him a recall.

    The 31-year-old, who won the last of his nine Test caps against New Zealand two years ago, scored his first Championship century of the summer in the county's draw with Hampshire.

    He told BBC London 94.9: "The fire still burns bright. I feel I am the right man for the job and want to prove to the selectors and everyone else out there that I can do a great job this summer."

  79. On this day

    Look away now John Terry.

    John Terry

    It is seven years since Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties to win the Champions League but 21 May 2008 isn't a date Terry will look back fondly on.

    The Chelsea captain slipped taking the penalty that would have won the cup but his shot struck the post. The shoot-out went to sudden death where Edwin Van der Sar saved Nicolas Anelka's penalty to win it for United for the third time in their history.

  80. Beard stays this time, says Welsh


    Preston midfielder John Welsh has vowed not to tempt fate by shaving his beard off before the League One play-off final against Swindon.

    Last season, the 31-year-old shaved his beard before their two-leg semi-final against Rotherham, which they lost 4-2 on aggregate.

    "I shaved it last year against Rotherham and obviously what happened, happened," he said. "It's bugging me now really, it's doing my head in at the minute, but it's got to stay until we get promoted."

  81. PGA Championship latest


    Rory McIlroy

    An inconsistent start for defending champion Rory McIlroy at the PGA Championship.

    The world number one is level through the front nine, having scored two birdies and two bogeys this morning at Wentworth.

    England's Chris Wood leads the field at -5 after 14.

    You can find all the scores on the BBC Sport website.

  82. O'Connor to leave Leinster role

    Rugby Union

    Matt O'Connor

    Matt O'Connor is leaving his post as Leinster coach by "mutual agreement" after a disappointing campaign.

    The 44-year-old Australian replaced Joe Schmidt in the job two years ago and won the Pro12 title in 2014.

    However, Leinster finished outside the Pro12 play-off positions this season and forwards coach Leo Cullen will take temporary charge of the team.

  83. Hamilton fastest in Monaco

    Formula 1

    Lewis Hamilton in Monaco

    Fresh from signing a new deal with Mercedes, Britain's Lewis Hamilton is fastest in the first practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix with a time of one minute 18.750 seconds.

    However, the standout performer was Max Verstappen who, in his first foray on the Monaco circuit, clocked the second fastest time, just 0.149 off Hamilton's benchmark.

    First practice leaderboard

  84. Gazza awarded phone-hacking damages


    Paul Gascoigne at the court hearing in March

    Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has been awarded £188,250 in damages from Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) over phone-hacking.

    The pay-out was announced at the High Court in London after a three-week hearing in March to determine the extent of the wrongdoing at the group and what level of compensation was appropriate.

  85. Lyth and Wood to make debut


    The teams are in at Lord's and as expected Yorkshire's Adam Lyth will open the batting with Alastair Cook while Durham bowler Mark Wood also makes his debut.

    England: Cook (c), Lyth, Ballance, Bell, Root, Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Broad, Wood, Anderson

    New Zealand: Latham, Guptill, Williamson, Taylor, McCullum (c), Anderson, Watling, Craig, Southee, Henry, Boult

    The action gets underway at 11:00 BST with ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  86. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)


    New Zealand win the toss and will bowl first at Lord's.

  87. Get involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Can you beat Mike's tale?

    Mike Efc Donnan: I punched a wall at half time 2-0 down at home to Wimbledon aged 14 in 1994. Terrible Mike walker days as an Evertonian then up popped Diamond and Horne to save the day! Everton has left me with a pinky that doesn't straighten broke it in two places.

    Let us know your stories using #ourgreatescape on Twitter or by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. You can even forecast who will go down with our fab Predictor Game.

  88. Hummels set to remain with Dortmund


    Mats Hummels

    Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has turned down an approach from Manchester United and will remain with the Bundesliga club next season, reports German magazine Kicker.

    The 26-year-old says he will fulfil his contract which is due to expire in 2017

    "It was fair enough that Mats gave it some thought, but I have always pointed out that he is firmly part of our plans," said Dortmund's director of sport Michael Zorc.

  89. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)



    "View from the office for the week..." says former England captain Michael Vaughan who has posted this picture of Lord's on Instagram.

    Vaughan will be on Test Match Special which starts at 10:25 BST on Radio 5 live Sports Extra.

  90. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)


    Jonathan Agnew at Lord's

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Debuts for Lyth and Wood. Green pitch but dry. Doubt it is an insertion job"

  91. Van Praag drops out of Fifa presidential race


    Van Praag, who is president of the Dutch Football Federation, says he has switched his support to Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan.

    The election takes place on 29 May with Sepp Blatter, who is tipped to win a fifth term, and former Portugal great Luis Figo still in contention along with Prince Ali.

  92. Get involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Tell us your tales of your team's great escape. And while we're at it...are players right to celebrate when missing relegation, or should they be embarrassed to be in that position in the first place?

    Michael Hinde: Villa this season, when Lambert was there we looked finished

    Andy Lee: Two words from a Carlisle Fan ........ Jimmy Glass

    Steven Cartlidge: It felt good for my team Rotherham United this season docked 3 points and still stay up the millers have a great team sprit love him or hate him Steve Evans gets results

    Let us know your stories using #ourgreatescape on Twitter or by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. You can even forecast who will go down with our fab Predictor Game.

  93. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Dutchman Michael van Praag has withdrawn from the race to become Fifa president.

  94. County Championship prospects


    Away from Lord's there is plenty happening in the County Championship.

    The game could go either way at Cardiff where Essex will begin the final day on 51-2, needing another 313 runs to beat Glamorgan, who are looking for eight wickets to secure their first Championship win of the summer.

    A positive result is also on the cards at Bristol, where Gloucestershire - who are looking for a third successive victory - will resume on 282-9, a lead of 240 over Division Two bottom club Kent.

    Surrey are 155-3 in their first innings at Northampton, replying to the home side's 309 all out, but a draw seems inevitable with so much time lost to rain earlier in the game.

  95. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)



    Lord's looks a picture this morning. Blue skies, the sun is out and there looks to be some grass on that wicket.

    We will bring you all the team news and the coin toss as it happens...

  96. Tennis

    French Open qualifying

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Paris

    "While the likes of Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova are practising on the show courts, the French Open action is underway around the grounds as qualifying continues.

    "Britons James Ward and Liam Broady both lost on a rain-interrupted Wednesday afternoon, but the forecast is much brighter as Brydan Klein, Kyle Edmund, Jo Konta and Naomi Broady play their second-round matches on Thursday.

    "Three wins are required for a place in the tournament proper, alongside Andy Murray, Aljaz Bedene and Heather Watson."

    The main tournament starts on Sunday.

  97. Former All Black joins Sale

    Rugby Union

    Sale Sharks have signed former All Blacks lock Bryn Evans from Biarritz on a two-year deal.

    The 30-year-old, who has two caps, left London Irish three seasons ago to move to France and has been playing in the Pro D2, the division below the Top 14.

    "He's a tough nut and highly recommended by Dan Braid and Michael Paterson," said Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond.

  98. Get Involved

    Survival stories - #ourgreatescape

    Sunderland celebrations

    Sunderland are in wonderland after avoiding the Premier League drop with a 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

    We want to hear about your team's great escape. Tell us your tales and you might make it into BBC Sportsday.

    And while we're at it...are players right to celebrate when missing relegation, or should they be embarrassed to be in that position in the first place?

    Let us know your stories using #ourgreatescape on Twitter or by commenting on the BBC Match of the Day Facebook page. You can even forecast who will go down with our fab Predictor Game.

  99. European back pages


    AS back page

    Spanish news paper AS report that Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs is trying to convince Real Madrid's Gareth Bale to sign for the Reds.

  100. European back pages


    La Gazetta dello Sport back page

    Juventus'Coppa Italia triumph dominates the front of Italian newspaper La Gazetta dello Sport. The Serie A champions are still on course for the treble and face Barcelona in the Champions League final.

  101. European back pages


    Marca front page

    Could Cristiano Ronaldo be on his way out of the Bernabeu? Spanish sports newspaper Marca report that the Portuguese forward is "restless" at Real Madrid.

  102. Cricket

    Countdown to England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)

    There's nothing quite like the first Test of the summer at Lord's...

    Kevin Pietersen

    Kevin Pietersen won't be watching the action, however. He'll be at Wentworth, taking in the BMW PGA golf.

  103. Monaco Grand Prix

    Formula 1

    Practice has got underway at the Monaco Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton looks to get back to winning ways following Mercedes' team-mate Nico Rosberg's win in Barcelona.

    We have live text commentary of the morning's action.

    Formula 1
  104. McClaren's Derby future in doubt


    Derby County head coach Steve McClaren will meet the club's chief executive Sam Rush this morning report BBC Radio Derby.

    There are reports in today's papers suggesting McClaren could leave the club in the next 48 hours.

    The talks follow last week's board meeting in New York, where McClaren's commitment to the club was discussed.

  105. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)


    Led by McCullum, New Zealand are no pushover.

    They are ranked above England at three in the ICC Test rankings and boast dangerous new-ball pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult.

    They have a strong batting line-up with Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, who had such a successful World Cup as the Kiwis reached the final.

    If there is a chink in the armour, is that a number of them have only arrived from the Indian Premier League this week.

  106. England v New Zealand (11:00 BST)


    Alastair Cook and Brendon McCullum

    Ignore the photobombing zebra and focus on the First Test at Lord's today as England entertain New Zealand.

    It is the start of a career-defining summer for Alastair Cook who is under pressure as England captain.

    There has been the ongoing Kevin Pietersen saga, a draw in the West Indies, plus the small matter of the Ashes on the horizon.

    Head coach Peter Moores has gone and the era of Andrew Strauss reign as director of cricket has begun.

    But first comes the formidable challenge of New Zealand, led by Brendon McCullum.

    The action gets underway at 11:00 BST with ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and live text commentary on the BBC Sport website.

  107. Burrow signs new Rhinos deal

    Rugby League

    Leeds Rhinos half-back Rob Burrow has agreed a new two-year deal to run through until 2017.

    The 32-year-old has made 423 appearances for the club and scored over 1,000 points.

    "Leeds is the club where I started my career and this is where I want to finish. There has only been one club for me," he told BBC Radio Leeds.

  108. PGA Championship latest


    Rory McIlroy has just teed off at Wentworth as he looks to defends his PGA Championship crown.

    There are plenty of golfers already out on the course and Spain's Jorge Campillo leads the way at -2 after seven.

    Northern Ireland's Ryer Cup captain Darren Clarke is +1 after two, while South Africa's Ernie Els and France's Victor Dubuisson are both +1 after one.

    We will bring you live updates throughout the day.

    Full leaderboard here.

  109. Gallacher out of PGA Championship


    Stephen Gallacher

    The PGA Championship at Wentworth begins this morning.

    But we have just heard that Stephen Gallacher has pulled out with a wrist injury.

    The 40-year-old Scot had hoped that a cortisone injection would ease the tendonitis that forced him to miss Wednesday's pre-tournament pro-am.

    He will be replaced in the field by 32-year-old Englishman Robert Dinwiddie.

    Gallacher, who made his Ryder Cup debut last year, had recorded two top-five finishes in the past five years at the tournament.

  110. "The Little General's tears"


    Football can reduce grown men to tears and Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat is no different.

    The veteran hard man of management known as "The Little General" sealed Sunderland's survival in the Premier League with a game to spare.

    BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty takes a look at the Advocaat effect since he took over at the Stadium of Light following Gus Poyet's sacking in March.

  111. Sunderland secure Premier League safety


    It was a tense night at the Emirates Stadium as Sunderland secured Premier League safety with a magnificent defensive display to draw with Arsenal.

    All eyes will now be on the KC Stadium and St James Park on Sunday as Hull and Newcastle fight it out to avoid the final relegation spot.

    Hull entertain Manchester United and Newcastle host West Ham.

  112. "Theo or Ox for Cech"


    Sun back page

    Chelsea want Arsenal's Theo Walcott or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in return for Petr Cech according to the Sun.

  113. "Hands Off!"


    Daily Star

    The Daily Star say Liverpool have turned down United's approach for Sterling, insisting the winger is not for sale.

  114. "United move for Sterling"


    Daily Mail back page

    Raheem Sterling is today's top transfer story and the Daily Mail report that Manchester United have made an enquiry for the Liverpool winger.

  115. "Tears of a Dicktator"


    Daily Mirror back page

    Sunderland's great escape dominates the back page of the Daily Mirror, as manager Dick Advocaat was reduced to tears after leading his side to Premier League safety.

  116. Good morning

    It was a good night for Dick Advocaat.

    Dick Advocaat

    Alastair Cook will be hoping for a good day.

    Alastair Cook

    As will world number one Rory McIlroy who starts his defence of the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

    While world champion Lewis Hamilton will hope for a good weekend on the French Riviera when practice for the Monaco Grand Prix gets underway later.

    All this and more, but first the back pages.