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Neil Johnston and Gary Rose

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  1. Post update

    That is all from us on this fine Friday, but if you crave more live text-based goodness then why not venture over to our French Open and Canadian Grand Prix practice live coverage pages. As for Sportsday, we'll see you on Monday.


  2. Get Involved


    You might remember that earlier on we told you about three-time world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle's column about how puberty affected her as a young gymnast.

    Beth Tweddle

    Some of you have got in touch to offer your own thoughts...

    J Martin 467: I was a very sporty girl and remember many bad puberty experiences: when/whether to start shaving legs/underarms; suddenly having breasts in tight-fitting kit and feeling very self-conscious (and hearing inappropriate comments); learning to anticipate periods so that I was 'prepared'.

    Seasider: Isn't this part of a bigger problem - girls who are sporty/outdoorsy are labelled "tomboys" and belittled? Consider the rubbishing of lady footballers. Also a problem in gymnastics and athletics where powerful or muscular girls are at risk of being considered "fat".

  3. The comeback is on?


    Andy Murray

    The crowd is cheering and Andy Murray is fighting! Is the comeback on? Head on over to our French Open semi-final coverage page to find out.

  4. Pique playing around

    Champions League final

    Gerard Pique was obviously a bit bored during the Barcelona news conference just now...

    Gerard Pique

    He posted the above picture on Instagram, with the caption: Ney talking... Bla bla bla!

    Gerard Pique

    He also grabbed this picture of the assembled media. We can see you Phil McNulty...

  5. Bishop fined by FA


    Teddy Bishop
    Image caption: Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned as to his future conduct by the FA panel.

    Ipswich Town midfielder Teddy Bishop has been fined £3,000 and warned about his future conduct after a breach of Football Association betting rules.

    Betting on football is prohibited for "all those involved in the game" according to the FA's code of conduct.

    Bishop, 18, admitted to multiple breaches of rule E8 in relation to betting and his fine includes any financial gain from the bets laid. The bets that brought about the charge were not on Ipswich matches.

  6. World Cup 'can restore credibility'

    Women's World Cup

    The Women's World Cup can restore football's credibility after a week of scandal at Fifa, say organisers.

    Hosts Canada kick off the event against China on Saturday, four days after Fifa president Sepp Blatter said he would resign amid corruption allegations.

    Canadian Soccer Association's Victor Montagliani says: "Women's football is a pure form of football. It can shine light onto the dark clouds hanging over the game, which has lost some of its moral compass."

  7. 'We want to create danger'



    Here's a bit more from Luis Enrique, plus a lovely arty shot courtesy of the good people at Barcelona: "Allegri is a coach with a proven track record and this year he has won the double.

    "We want to play our game: have the ball, create danger and minimise chances for Juventus."

  8. 'We're very excited'



    Last to speak in today's pre-Champions League final news conferences is Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

    "We're where we want to be - two titles and the chance of a third. We're very excited," he says.

    "Finals have a certain important lement of tension, let's hope it does not affect us."

  9. 'A very special footballer'


    "We are extremely delighted to be welcoming Tom Cleverley to Everton and I can think of many reasons as to why our fans will enjoy Tom representing our football club," says Everton boss Roberto Martinez.

    "The most important one is that he is a perfect fit for what we are trying to build here as he has so much experience of playing in the Premier League and he still has his best years just ahead of him.

    "At the age of 25 and a player who is representing his country, Tom has experienced winning trophies and having big roles in demanding teams. Having worked with him previously, I know the type of character he is and I know that, with the Everton fans' support, we will get a very special footballer joining our already exciting team."

  10. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Tom Cleverley

    Everton will sign Tom Cleverley on a five-year deal when his contract expires at Manchester United on 1 July.

    The 25-year-old England midfielder will become Roberto Martinez's first signing of the summer.

    Cleverley made 38 Premier League appearances last season, 37 of those during a season-long loan for Aston Villa.

  11. Gill not going for Fifa top job


    David Gill has ruled himself out as a candidate for the Fifa presidency, according to Press Association Sport.

    Gill, the 57-year-old British Fifa vice-president, had been viewed as one of the potential successors to Sepp Blatter, who announced this week he would be stepping down.

    However, he has told colleagues at Uefa and the Football Association that he will not stand to be the next leader of the global organisation.

  12. 'The biggest match of my life'

    Champions League final

    Champions League

    Barcelona's news conference previewing Saturday's Champions League final is under way and speaking to the gathered media is Neymar.

    "Gianluigi Buffon is one of the best ever. I'm a big fan - but I would love to score past him tomorrow," he says.

    "It's the most important match of my life. It's been my dream since I was a child. I have dreamt of the moment of scoring a goal in the final but the most important thing is to be champions."

  13. Cricket

    Minnows Jersey set for Twenty20 qualifying challenge

    Jersey are all set to compete in the qualifying tournament for next year's ICC World Twenty20 finals after naming their squad.

    The island nation, population 99,000, not only face joint hosts Ireland, who nearly reached the quarter-finals of the last tournament, but also vastly bigger countries like the USA (population 320m) and Nepal (27m).

    Coach Neil McRae said: "We're a young side which is improving rapidly and we aim to play our top level of cricket in each game and qualify for the second week of the tournament."

  14. One for the oldies


    Champions League

    It is a trip down memory lane over in Germany where a legends match is taking place ahead of Saturday's Champions League final between Barcelona and Juventus.

    Davor Suker (above) has just planted a fine effort in the top corner, before David Trezeguet volleys in at the other end.

    Champions League
  15. Football

    Wales defender Nyatanga signs new Barnsley deal

    Lewin Nyatanga
    Image caption: Lewin Nyatanga has won 34 caps for Wales

    Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga has signed a new two-year deal at the club.

    The 26-year-old Wales international joined the Tykes from Bristol City in July 2013 and has made 57 league appearances for the League One outfit.

    He told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I'm happy here. I know the staff and I know how good they are. We've got great fans and I enjoy living in the area so all of those things combined made my decision pretty straightforward."

  16. Surprise winner at Epsom

    Horse Racing

    The 50-1 outsider, Qualify, springs a surprise to win an incident-packed Oaks at Epsom.

  17. BreakingMason out of England squad, Cleverley called up


    Ryan Mason withdraws from the England squad with a knee injury, meaning he will miss the upcoming games against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia. Tom Cleverley has been called up in his place.

  18. Liverpool freeze ticket prices


    Liverpool have frozen general admission matchday ticket prices for the 2015-16 season.

    The Reds have been working with a ticketing working group made up of Liverpool supporters' organisations. The BBC's Price of Football survey 2014 found Liverpool's cheapest ticket for a home game was £37, compared to the Premier League average of £28.80.

    "We're pleased the club has listened to our concerns about ticket prices," says working group member Bob Humphries.


    Visit the Price of Football calculator to see how much you spend supporting your team.

  19. Advantage Djokovic



    First blood to Novak Djokovic in the French Open semi-final with Andy Murray after winning the first set 6-3. Can Murray hit back in the second? Follow our live text and audio coverage.

  20. Transfer window to SLAM SHUT early


    Newspaper editors and football club secretaries across the country breathe a collective sigh of relief as the Football League confirms the summer transfer window will close at 18:00 BST on 1 September.

    Fax machines (do people actually still use them??) are usually buzzing right up to 23:00 on transfer deadline day, but not this year.

    The time has been changed to allow clubs competing in next season's Champions League - Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United - to get their teams for the tournament to Uefa by their 23:00 deadline.

  21. Owl's that?



    The Korea Football Association tweeted the above photo of the South Korea team in Canada ahead of the Women's World Cup and posing with the tournament's mascot - a Great White Owl called Shueme.

    Why an owl I hear you say? The organisers say "it demonstrates the strength and elegance of the women's game"...

  22. Doubles title for Reid and Kunieda


    Gordon Reid

    Gordon Reid wins his first Grand Slam title by winning the French Open wheelchair doubles with Shingo Kunieda of Japan.

    However, Jordanne Whiley - and her Japanese partner Yui Kamiji - failed to win their sixth consecutive Grand Slam title as they were narrowly beaten in the women's final by the Dutch pair of Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot.

  23. "Avoid heavy challenges"


    Gordon Strachan

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has told his players to avoid heavy tackles in Friday's friendly against Qatar.

    Scotland prepare for next weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier with Ireland by taking on the 2022 World Cup hosts at Easter Road, and Strachan is keen to have a fully-fit squad ahead of the Group D clash.

    "They have to be sensible," he says. "But when you let players go and enjoy a game then you never know."

    The game, which kicks off at 19:45 BST, will be live on BBC Radio Scotland, with live text commentary online.

  24. You do the math(s)!


    Champions League

    Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has just finished speaking to the media to preview Saturday's Champions League final against Barcelona.

    Does he fancy Juve's chances?

    "We've been in seven finals, won two and lost five; Barcelona have won four and lost three. You do your maths."

    I'm not sure that answers the question Massimiliano...

  25. Hamilton fastest in Canada first practice

    Formula 1

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport chief F1 writer

    Lewis Hamilton

    "Lewis Hamilton set the pace as Mercedes dominated the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix.

    "Hamilton, in impressive form throughout, was 0.415 seconds quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

    "Lotus's Romain Grosjean and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg made it a Mercedes-engined top four, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. The four-time world champion, third overall this year behind Hamilton and Rosberg, was 1.6secs off the pace."

    Read Andrew Benson's full report.

  26. Athletics


    Jessica Ennis-Hill withdraws from Sunday's Birmingham Grand Prix as she bides her time before a possible World Championship bid later this year.

    Ennis-Hill, 29, made a successful return to action at the Hypo Meeting in Gotzis last weekend in her first heptathlon since winning Olympic gold at London 2012.

    "I have missed a volume of training over the past few months, since having my baby, due to problems with my Achilles and there is still a lot of work to do," she says. "So we have made the decision for me to take the usual week off post a heptathlon to recover and then to get back into solid training."

  27. 'Blatter hates the English'


    Stop what you're doing and take five minutes to read this astonishing interview with Greg Dyke.

    Sepp Blatter and Greg Dyke

    Some of the things the FA chairman tells the Guardian are too incendiary for us delicate flowers on Sportsday to repeat but here's a flavour of the candid conversation...

    "Blatter hates the English. He hates the FA. And he hates the British media. Blames them for everything," Dyke said.

    "I work on the basis that we have nothing to lose, the English FA. We don't need Fifa's money. We don't want to bid for another event, not while Blatter's there. We can say what we like."

  28. 'Athletics is in the gutter'


    Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell tells BBC Sport athletics is "in the gutter" following allegations that coach Alberto Salazar and American long distance runner Galen Rupp violated anti-doping rules.

    Both Salazar and Rupp both deny the allegations, made in a BBC Panorama programme.

  29. Murray under way


    Andy Murray's French Open semi-final with top seed Novak Djokovic has started. Can he reach his first French Open final?

    Click here for live text commentary.

  30. "Barca are favourites"

    Juventus v Barcelona (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Champions League

    The first of the Champions League news conferences is under way ahead of Saturday's final between Barcelona and Juventus. Juve goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon says it is a "very nice surprise" for the Italian team to be in the final.

    "We thought it would take two or three years to reach the Champions League final," he adds.

    "After the first five or 10 minutes we'll see the real teams - and what they've done to deserve to be in the final. Barcelona are favourites, but we have a chance."

  31. Beach or Champions League final?



    Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci is speaking now in the pre-Champions League final news conference, and he talks about how he disappointed his son by getting to the final.

    He explains: "When I left home this morning my son said 'Where are you going?' 'I'm going to Berlin.' 'That's tough, I wanted to go to the beach.'"

    Bonucci's team-mate Gianluigi Buffon also has some family-related concerns to deal with.

    "I have a son who likes Messi and another likes Neymar; they won't know what to wish for," he jokes.

  32. Get involved


    Right Said Fred

    To mark BBC Music Day, we're asking what songs are on your pre-match playlist and why?

    Dennis Abbott: The Only One I Know by The Charlatans.

    Ashlae: Taylor Swift's Bad Blood, Fifth Harmony's Worth It, Tove Lo's Talking Body, Ellie Goulding's Burn.

    Aaron: Right Said Fred - Deeply Dippy. If that doesn't get you pumped nothing will.

    Really, Aaron? I was always more of an "I'm Too Sexy" man myself...

  33. Epsom meeting

    Horse racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Epsom

    Jockey Silvestre de Sousa notched up a 79-1 double as Gratzie won the Investec Mile at the Derby meeting.

    The four-year-old filly, a 7-1 shot, is trained by former England and Southampton striker Mick Channon.

    De Sousa does not have a ride in the feature race, the Oaks, which is due off at 16:30 BST. You can follow commentary of the fillies' Classic on BBC Radio 5 live.

  34. Cavs downed in NBA Finals



    LeBron James shot a personal best 44 points but it was not enough to prevent Cleveland from losing 108-100 to Golden State in the opening game of the NBA Finals on Thursday.

    The Warriors came back from a 14-point deficit to secure the win in overtime, although James could have won it for the Cavaliers in the last seconds of regulation time, but missed a long jumper.

    "I got to where I wanted to get, I've made them before," James said. "It's a make or miss league, and we had our chances."

  35. Wawrinka reaches French Open final


    Stan Wawrinka

    Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3 6-7 7-6 6-4 to reach the French Open final for the first time. The 30-year-old will face the winners of the other semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray which begins in the next few minutes.

    Click here to follow live text commentary.

  36. Question of Sport teaser

    Champions League final

    We asked you to name the six South Americans who have scored in a Champions League final since 2005.

    The answer? Juliano Belletti (Barcelona), Hernan Crespo (AC Milan), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Lionel Messi (Barcelona) and Diego Milito (Inter Milan).

  37. Countdown to kick-off

    Women's World Cup

    Womens World Cup

    As Women's World Cup hosts, nothing less than winning the tournament will count as a success for Canada. That is easier said than done, though, having only got out of the group stage at a World Cup once before.

    They take on tournament regulars China, ranked 16th in the world, in Saturday's opener and will also play debutants Netherlands and New Zealand, who have yet to reach the knockout stages of a World Cup.

    Read more about the Women's World Cup in our tournament preview.

  38. Soldado on a crest of a wave


    Roberto Soldado

    We've had pictures of Wayne Rooney and his family in the Bahamas, Chris Smalling swimming with turtles and now Tottenham forward Roberto Soldado posts a snap from his holidays on Twitter. He doesn't look as though he's having a bad time either.

  39. 'Terrible, dangerous'



    Middlesex and England one-day captain Eoin Morgan describes the current county schedule as "terrible".

    Middlesex are midway through a two-week spell of Championship and T20 cricket, with just two rest days in between.

    "The schedule at the moment is terrible and doesn't benefit anybody," Morgan tells BBC London 94.9. "It could get to a point, if it continues like this, where it becomes dangerous. Travelling and playing is a recipe for disaster."

  40. Barca's casual arrival

    Barcelona v Juventus (Saturday, 19:45 BST)

    Champions League

    No, they're not modelling for a catalogue. Barcelona players are travelling like it is 1989 with double denim the order of the day as they set foot in Germany ahead of Saturday's Champions League final.

    There were several Argentina flags in the crowd upon their arrival, with Lionel Messi set to become the first player to score in three Champions League finals.

    "It's a Champions League final - it's a long way to get to here and we know that it won't be easy to lift the title again," says Messi, who has won the Champions League with Barcelona in 2006, 2009 and 2011.

  41. England's Alex Scott meets BBC Radio 1's Monki

    Women's World Cup

    Radio 1's DJ Monki helps England defender Alex Scottpick out some tunes for the dressing room before the 2015 Women's World Cup in Canada.

    The tournament begins on Saturday 6 June as the hosts take on China in Edmonton, with England's campaign kicking off on 9 June against France.

    Scott met up with Monki as part of BBC Music Day on Friday 5 June, which will be a nationwide celebration of everything we love about music.

    Women's World Cup
  42. Everton close to Cleverley deal


    Everton are edging closer to completing the signing of out-of-contract Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley. Press Association Sport reports talks between the player and club are at an advanced stage but the deal has not yet been completed.

    Cleverley, 25, spent last season on loan at FA Cup finalists Aston Villa after a deadline-day move to Everton last summer collapsed.

  43. Canadian Grand Prix practice

    Formula 1

    Formula 1

    Canadian Grand Prix practice is under way right now and you can watch it on BBC Two and online, as well as follow live text commentary.

  44. Monaco, music and Canada

    Lewis Hamilton column

    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has penned his latest BBC Sport column, the first after a wrong team call cost him victory at the Monaco Grand Prix.

    Hamilton pitted late on during a safety-car period, a move that elevated Nico Rosberg into the race lead and allowed him to take victory.

    "In lots of ways it was positive," says Hamilton.

    Why? Read more in his BBC Sport column.

  45. Third set to Wawrinka


    Stan Wawrinka

    Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka takes the third set to lead 2-1 against France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the French Open semi-final.

    Click here to follow live text commentary of this match and the one that follows between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.

  46. Football

    Coffee spill 'nearly scuppers transfer deal'

    Harry Pell
    Image caption: Harry Pell's previous clubs include Bristol Rovers, Hereford, AFC Wimbledon and Eastleigh

    Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has joked he nearly did not sign new midfielder Harry Pell after he spilled coffee over his carpet. Pell, 23, became the non-League club's fifth signing of the summer on Thursday.

    The player himself revealed: "His wife put on a lovely spread and I managed to spill coffee all over their cream rug." And Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucester: "I nearly didn't sign him because of that, coffee all over my brand new carpet. However he apologised nicely and I let him off."

  47. 12 point penalty for administration


    Championship, League One and League Two clubs that fall into administration from next season will suffer an immediate 12 point penalty instead of the current 10, Football League clubs have agreed at their annual meeting.

  48. Sorokin queries England's 'dignity'

    World Cup 2018

    Richard Conway

    BBC Radio 5 live sports news correspondent

    Alexei Sorokin

    Russia World Cup 2018 chief Alexei Sorokin has been speaking to BBC HARDtalk...

    On rumours about how Russia won the vote: "We're close to being exhausted about having to repeatedly stress that our bid was clean."

    On England hosting the finals if there was a revote: "England were our rivals but we won and so I think some people should learn how to lose with dignity."

  49. Sowing the seeds


    Newcastle United

    Things have been pretty tough off at the pitch at Newcastle United lately. And they look a bit of a mess on it right now. Close season work on the playing surface at St James Park is in full flow. Will the new manager, yet to be appointed, be able to sow the seeds of success?

  50. Djokovic v Murray

    French Open

    Novak Djokovic

    Ahead of Novak Djokovic's last-four meeting with Andy Murray, it's worth a little look at this fascinating piece that suggests that a childhood of skiing is the reason for the Serb's prowess on the court.

    Don't forget you can follow our live text commentary of the first semi-final between Stanislas Wawrinka and Jo -Wilfried Tsonga here. It's one set all at the moment.

  51. Williams lies low in Paris

    French Open

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Serena Williams will not practise at Roland Garros today, and will do no pre-final media. Her final against Lucie Safarova is scheduled for 14:00 BST on Saturday.

    Williams fought back to beat Timea Bacsinszky in the semi-finals but has felt unwell throughout the tournament.

  52. Craig Kieswetter retires


    Craig Kieswetter tweeted a picture of his injuries in July
    Image caption: Kieswetter tweeted a picture of his injuries in July

    Lancashire coach Ashley Giles: Sad news to see an extremely gifted Craig Kieswetter forced into retirement at such a young age. Go well mate.

    South Africa and Lancashire batsman Alviro Petersen: Many congratulations on a fabulous career... Sad it had to end this way. Some bowlers are very very happy now.

    Former Pakistan and Somerset all-rounder Yasir Arafat: Gutted to hear that Craig Kieswetter has had to retire. Undoubtedly one of the most destructive keeper/batsmen on his day. Big loss for England.

    Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Keiswetter, 27, has been forced to retire because of an eye injury.

  53. Question of Sport teaser

    Champions League final

    Today's Question of Sport teaser is...

    Name the six South Americans who have scored in a Champions League final since 2005?

    And, no, penalty shootouts don't count...

  54. Messi - great on paper


    This is almost more beautiful than the goal itself...

    Lionel Messi

    New York-based artist Case Jernigan has created an animation of Lionel Messi's stunning Copa del Rey final effort for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao.

    Will the 'Little Magician' light up Berlin's Olympic Stadium in Saturday's Champions League final against Juventus?

  55. Henderson wants Sterling to stay


    Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson hopes his Reds team-mate Raheem Sterling commits his future to the Anfield club soon.

    Sterling has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Manchester City, but Henderson says: "He's getting a lot of criticism because of the contract situation, but he's first-class as a person, all the lads love him whether it's with England or Liverpool."

  56. Arabian Queen powers to win

    Horse racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Epsom

    Arabian Queen was a comfortable four-length winner of the opening race at the 2015 Derby meeting.

    The 9-1 chance, ridden by Silvestre de Sousa for trainer David Elsworth, powered clear of her rivals in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes.

    You can follow all the results from the Epsom meeting on the BBC Sport website, while BBC Radio 5 live has commentary on the Oaks at 16:30 BST.

  57. Champions League final

    Juventus v Barcelona (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Juventus fan

    Earlier we told you about about the Juventus fan walking 683 miles so he can watch the Champions League final...for free.

    At the end of Nicolo De Marchi's walk from Turin to Berlin - where his beloved team meet Barcelona on Saturday - awaits a ticket to the prestigious final, provided by the Italian club if he completes the journey.

    His efforts stem from a pledge he made when tweeting the club on their 'if we get to the final' hashtag prior to the Old Lady's semi-final win over Real Madrid.

    Well, he has completed his walk and Juventus have kept their word and handed him his ticket. No wonder he's smiling.

  58. Howarth re-signs for Wakefield

    Rugby League

    Stuart Howarth

    Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have re-signed Stuart Howarth from Hull FC on an 18-month deal.

    The 25-year-old hooker made his Super League debut for the Wildcats in 2012 before leaving to join Salford.

    "He can cover a variety positions and will be a valuable member for the remainder of this season and next season," said Wakefield chairman Michael Carter.

  59. Catch the Canadian Grand Prix on the BBC

    Formula 1


    It is the Canadian Grand Prix this weekend and you can watch it live on the BBC, starting with today's practice. Coverage gets under way at 14:45 BST on BBC Two, and you can also watch online.

  60. Wawrinka v Tsonga - live

    French Open

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has just levelled the first semi-final against Stanislas Wawrinka after taking the second set 7-1 in a tiebreak.

    Follow live coverage of the last-four contest here

  61. Stoke in race to sign Ukraine winger


    FC Dnipro's Yevhen Konoplyanka scores for Dnipro against Tottenham
    Image caption: Yevhen Konoplyanka scored from the penalty spot for Dnipro against Spurs in the Europa League two seasons ago

    More now on the news Stoke City are hoping to sign Ukraine international winger Yevhen Konoplyanka from Europa League finalists Dnipro.

    The Ukrainian club's chief executive Andriy Rusol says several sides are chasing the 25-year-old, who was a Liverpool target in January 2014.

    When asked if the player may join the Potters, Rusol told BBC Radio Stoke: "Maybe. It's internal information. There are a lot of clubs interested in Konoplyanka but now I can't tell you anything about his future."

  62. Preston charged by the FA


    Preston have been charged by the Football Association in relation to crowd incidents at Deepdale on 10 May, when the club played Chesterfield in the League One play-off semi-final.

    Preston have until 15 June to respond to the charge.

  63. Champions League final

    Juventus v Barcelona (Sat, 19:45 BST)

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer in Berlin

    Early flight to Berlin. Slight security delay as man argued the size of his hairspray canister did not breach limit. It wasn't me...

    Champions League final

    Arrived: gloriously hot in Berlin's Olympiastadion. Preparations under way. Just sorting Barcelona's bit.

  64. Twenty20 suits former England batsman Shah


    Owais Shah
    Image caption: Shah joined Hampshire on a match-to-match deal in May 2014

    Hampshire and former England batsman Owais Shah has said he is happy to only play Twenty20 matches.

    The 36-year-old top-scored for Hampshire with 56 runs as they beat his former county Middlesex to go second in their T20 Blast group on Thursday.

    Shah has only played the 20-over format since retiring from four-day cricket in 2013.

    "I'm glad I don't have to play cricket every day of the week any more. I'm loving my life at the moment," Shah told BBC Radio Solent.

  65. Barcelona trio the best of all time?

    Champions League final

  66. Countdown to kick-off

    Women's World Cup

    Womens World Cup

    The Women's World Cup kicks off on Saturday and we will be building up to the tournament with everything you need to know right here in Sportsday.

    First up, England's group - Group F - where they will face Mexico, Colombia and France.

    In the last four years, Les Bleus have been the architects of the Three Lionesses' biggest tournament heartaches, but England defender Alex Scott is not concerned. "I know all eyes are on France," she says. "But these are the games you want to be in, so bring it on."

    Find out more about the Women's World Cup in our preview.

  67. 'I've done my homework'


    Bradley Wiggins

    Sir Bradley Wiggins is backing himself to break the UCI Hour Record on Sunday.

    Wiggins has previously said that he intends to put cycling's iconic hour track record "out of reach" when he rides in London.

    "I'm confident," Wiggins told Sky Sports. "I try not to sound too arrogant about it because I have done my homework with it and I've got a good pedigree of track racing, so I know what I'm capable of.

    "I have also been on the track a lot in the last five weeks and know exactly what I can sustain now for one hour."

  68. Get involved


    BBC Music Day

    With the weekend almost upon us, it's time for a change of pace.

    To coincide with BBC Music Day, we want to know what songs are on your pre-match playlist and why?

    It could be the rousing anthems played at your home stadium or just a tune you hum to yourself as you're getting changed...

    Let us know via #bbcmusicdayworkout

  69. Did you get them correct?

    Footballers as babies

    Premier League

    OK then, we stuck the baby pictures of four Premier League players in a collage earlier and asked if you could tell who they grew up to be (see 11:17 BST entry).

    Well, here are the answers: (From top left to bottom right) Jack Wilshere, Andros Townsend, Chris Smalling and Jordan Henderson.

  70. Live now

    Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 live

    To mark BBC Music Day, Eleanor Oldroyd is joined on today's show by Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess, long jumper Jazmin Sawyers, former England bowler Graeme Swann and, remarkably, a house band - the Rylands String Quartet.

    Listen live here

  71. Wawrinka takes first set


    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is bidding to become France's first French Open men's champion since Yannick Noah in 1983. But the 30-year-old gets off to a bad to a start at Roland Garros as Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka takes the first set 6-3 in their semi-final.

  72. BreakingFlores named Watford head coach


    Watford confirm the appointment of Quique Sanchez Flores as the newly promoted Premier League side's head coach on a two-year deal.

    The ex-Atletico Madrid boss becomes Watford's fifth manager in a year. The former Real Madrid, Valencia and Spain right-back took charge of Getafe in January, but quit after only 11 games, citing personal reasons.

    Flores's managerial achievements include winning the Europa League and Uefa Super Cup in 2010 with Atletico, and the Portuguese League Cup with Benfica in 2009.

  73. Kinhult sets the pace in Malmo


    Marcus Kinhult

    Teenage amateur Marcus Kinhult proved his opening round was no fluke as he produced another eye-catching performance to set the clubhouse target in the Nordea Masters in his native Sweden.

    Kinhult, 18, carded a five-under-par 67 at PGA Sweden National to share the overnight lead and leave the likes of world number four Henrik Stenson trailing in his wake.

    Click here for the latest scoreboard

  74. They're here...

    Champions League final

    Champions League

    Juventus and Barcelona players have arrived in sunny Berlin ahead of Saturday's Champions League final...

    Champions League

    ...Andrea Pirlo, as ever, looking cool. What a man.

  75. The game that went on, and on, and on



    A new world record for the longest football match has been set at Southampton's ground St Mary's after a 102-hour long charity match.

    The 36 players, from the Testlands Support Project, a Southampton charity, played in an 11-a-side match, starting at 18:30 BST on Sunday and finishing at 00:30 on Friday to break the previous record, of 101 hours set at Stretford High School in 2013.

    The players, who took turns to take breaks to eat, get physiotherapy and sleep, scored over 1,500 goals.

  76. Fifa to confirm Blatter travel plan


    Fifa refuse to say whether Sepp Blatter or secretary-general Jerome Valcke will attend the women's World Cup in Canada. Blatter would normally attend the finals but is remaining in Zurich following Tuesday's announcement that he is to step down as Fifa president.

    Asked if either was attending the women's World Cup, a Fifa spokesperson said via email: "Future travel plans will be confirmed in due course."

    The women's World Cup starts on 6 June.

  77. Wawrinka v Tsonga - live

    French Open

    Wawrinka and Tsonga

    The first men's semi-final has just got underway at Roland Garros, with Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka wearing what appears to be a pair of baggy red-and-white boxer shorts for his meeting with France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

    Follow the match with out live text commentary.

  78. Roy Keane news conference

    Republic of Ireland v England (Sun, 13:00 BST)

    What about former Fifa vice president Jack Warner? You had issues with him when you were at Sunderland in 2008...

    "I've had issues with everybody. If you want to talk about the games, no problem. If you want to talk about the other stuff you are talking to the wrong man."

    Keane labelled Warner "a clown" following a row over Sunderland striker Dwight Yorke.

  79. Roy Keane news conference

    Republic of Ireland v England (Sun, 13:00 BST)

    Have the players been talking about it, Roy?

    "The players have hardly spoken about it. I spoke briefly this morning about it to the staff, but we are focused on the match and that is what I am here to talk about. The focus has to be on the match."

  80. Roy Keane news conference

    Republic of Ireland v England (Sun, 13:00 BST)

    Remember we said Roy was "not in the mood for all that Fifa stuff"? Well, here's how the exchange went...

    What about Fifa, Roy?

    "If you want to ask me about the games coming up and the players we have no problem, but I am not going into the Fifa stuff," Keane said. "I am here to work with the players. We have had a few nice days already, it's crunch time coming up for us so that is the only focus for me."

  81. Champions League final

    Juventus v Barcelona (Saturday, 19:45 BST)

    Dani Alves and Neymar

    Neymar has posted this picture of himself and Barcelona team-mate Dani Alves on their flight to Berlin. Why do they need sunglasses on a plane?

    Maybe Juventus striker Alvaro Morata could tell us, given that's he's wearing them too...

    Alvaro Morata
  82. Epsom Derby

    Horse Racing

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at Epsom


    The two-day Derby meeting gets under way at Epsom later with Ladies' Day where the feature race is the fillies' Classic, the Oaks, at 16:30 BST.

    Conditions are muggy and after showers at the Surrey track the going is officially described as Good, Good to Soft in a few places.

    Clerk of the course Andrew Cooper said about 3mm of rain had fallen this morning but the rest of the day was expected to be largely dry.

  83. Average manager spell is 1.23 years


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

    Want to be a football manger? You might want to think again when you look at the latest statistics released by the League Managers Association.

    According to the LMA, the average tenure in the English game is just 1.23 years. For bosses in the Championship, where there were 20 dismissals in the 2014-15 season, the average spell in charge is even lower, at 0.86 years.

    In total there were 47 manager dismissals in the 2014-15 season, the most since the 2001-02 campaign when 53 were sacked.

    Arsene Wenger continues to buck the trend, having managed Arsenal for 18.67 years and 1,065 matches.

  84. Stoke line up Soares & Konoplyanka

    Football gossip

    Yehven Konoplyanka

    The Telegraph are reporting that Stoke have tabled a £3.5m bid for Sporting Lisbon defender Cedric Soares and remain hopeful of signing Ukraine international winger Yehven Konoplyanka on a free from Dnipro.

  85. Get Involved


    Damon Hill

    What sporting controversy would you demand compensation for and how much?

    Terry Trump: Damon Hill after being pushed off by Michael Schumacher in Australia 1994 and losing the chance of going on to win the Formula 1 World Championship.

    Laurence Labibi: Ronald Koeman not getting sent off and conceding a pen against England in '93. Replay the match.

    Chris Lawson: 1984 European Cup semi final - Roma were accused of bribing the ref to beat Dundee United.

  86. French Open - live


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Andy Murray

    "Andy Murray, laughing in the face of the scorching sun, sports a black outfit for his hit with Augustin Gensse (we think)."

    Our live text commentary on the French Open semi-finals is up and running and you can follow the action here.

  87. Fifa payment "a joke"



    The head of German football has called Fifa's payment to Ireland over Thierry Henry's hand-ball as "a joke".

    Fifa paid the Football Association of Ireland 5m euros (£3.6m) to stop legal action after France controversially beat Ireland in a World Cup play-off.

    Wolfgang Niersbach, the president of the German football federation and a Fifa executive committee member, told German television station ZDF: "It is a joke that they paid this money out to stop the Irish taking them in front of court."

  88. TV nightmares


    Peter Crouch tweet

    Surely you could find something else to do, Peter? It's a beautiful morning; go outside...

  89. Roy Keane news conference

    Republic of Ireland v England (Sun, 13:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Roy Keane

    Selfie stick and elastic bands worked, but Roy Keane was "not in the mood for any of that Fifa stuff", despite the 30-40 of us crowded around the barriers trying our best during the 13 minutes we had with him.

    The Republic of Ireland assistant was in good spirits, though, ahead of the game against England on Sunday. When asked if FAI president John Delaney was a distraction after his claims about Fifa's 5m euro payment, Keane replied jokingly: "Isn't he always?!"

    At least my selfie stick worked to save my arm from dropping off.

  90. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Wales international Sam Warburton: What a huge loss. Inspiration to many young players growing up including myself. RIP Jerry Collins and his wife Alana. Best wishes baby Ayla.

    Australia international Kurtley Beale: Very sad news. Notably one of the toughest opponents I had the pleasure playing against. RIP Jerry Collins

    Former Wales international Adam Jones: Unbelievably tragic news to wake up to about Jerry Collins and his wife. Lucky enough to play against and with him. Great bloke and player.

  91. Real Madrid seal first summer signing



    Real Madrid have completed their first summer signing. David de Gea? Nope. They've re-signed midfielder Casemiro from Porto.

    The 23-year-old Brazil international had been on a season-long loan at the Portuguese side from Real, with Porto having the option to buy the player.

    However, Rafael Benitez's side have exercised their option to pay a buy-out clause to keep him at the Bernabeu.

  92. Keeping the style on the pitch...

    Champions League final

    Lionel Messi

    There's no doubting his style on the pitch, but it is certainly questionable off it. Lionel Messi is going full denim for his trip to Berlin today.

    Barcelona take on Juventus in Saturday's Champions League final looking to complete a treble - winning La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League.

  93. Djokovic warming up


    Russell Fuller

    BBC tennis correspondent


    "Novak Djokovic's final practice on a steamy Paris day. Temperatures are in the low 30s but hail bearing storms may arrive late afternoon."

    Andy Murray will attempt to end a two-year losing streak against Novak Djokovic when the pair meet later in the French Open semi-finals. We'll have live text and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary on the match.

  94. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Former New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu tweets: Rest n peace my brother JC n your lovely lady. You will be surely missed. Prayers to your little [girl] may she survive ofa atu Collins family.

    Ofa atu is a Tongan phrase, similar to "love you" in English.

  95. Potential Fifa candidate Chung travels to Europe


    South Korea's former Fifa vice president Chung Mong-joon, a possible candidate to replace Sepp Blatter, is flying to Germany today for talks on the future of world football's crisis-ridden governing body.

    Chung is to meet Uefa president Michel Platini and other international football figures in Berlin for Saturday's Champions League final.

    "This is an extremely difficult time for FIFA," says Chung, a long-time critic of Blatter. "I will speak to Uefa president Michel Platini about the current state of affairs at Fifa and what should be done."

  96. Can you name them?


    Premier League

    A number of Premier League footballers have been tweeting pictures of their younger selves this morning for Unicef, so we've put four of them together for a little brunch-time quiz for you.

    Can you name these four footballers? #bbcsportsday

  97. Roy Keane news conference

    Republic of Ireland v England (Sun, 13:00 BST)

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Waiting for a media huddle with Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane. More often than not, these "briefings" are total and utter madness so I bought a selfie stick yesterday just to stick my recording device on to save my arm from dropping off. I've spent the last few minutes looking for an elastic band to secure it so that it doesn't fall off the stick. If it works it'll be a stroke of genius...

    And here is said stroke of genius...

    Juliette Ferrington
  98. Kieswetter retires


    Craig Kieswetter in hospital

    This was Somerset and England keeper Craig Kieswetter after he broke his nose and damaged his eye socket and cheekbone when a ball went through his helmet grille while batting against Northants last July. Kieswetter today announced his retirement from playing.

    Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard says: "This is sad news for all concerned. At his best Craig was one of, if not the most explosive 'keeper-batsman' in the game.

    "He is an extremely gifted cricketer who could win a game on his own. His record speaks for itself and the game will miss him. I would have loved to have worked with him this year but it just wasn't to be."

  99. Elche relegated, Eibar saved?

    Spanish football writer Andy West: "Sad news - Elche relegated from La Liga due to financial irregularities. Should mean a welcome reprieve for Eibar, but that's no way to stay up. Got to feel for Elche's fans, staff and especially players - worked hard all year to stay up and now relegated through no fault of their own.

    "Eibar manager Gaizka Garitano resigned at the end of the season after failing to keep them up. Does that mean he'll now un-resign?!"

  100. Headlines at 11

    Time for a quick recap on the big stories so far on Friday:

    • Former All Black Jerry Collins and his wife are killed in a car crash.
    • Somerset & England keeper Craig Kieswetter retires.
    • Andy Murray prepares for his French Open semi-final with Novak Djokovic.
  101. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Jerry Collins banner

    Former All Blacks captain Sean Fitzpatrick says Jerry Collins "epitomised everything an All Black should be".

    "He was as tough as old boots on the field, very uncompromising but off the field he was the nicest guy you could meet," adds Fitzpatrick. "A loving man and very caring off the field. He is not someone you want to play against.

    "He epitomised everything an All Black should be and will be remembered fondly. They say in the All Black, a good man makes a great All Black and he was a very, very good man."

  102. 'I was freaked out about getting boobs'


    Beth Tweddle

    "I developed quite early, I was about 12, and I remember being quite shy and quite embarrassed because my body had developed and a lot of my team-mates hadn't."

    In our latest column celebrating Women's Sport Week three-time world gymnastics champion Beth Tweddle talks about how puberty affected her as a young gymnast and how she managed to navigate the awkward life stage during her sporting career.

  103. Red hot Murray?


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport


    "It's a drowsy 26C & 61% humidity at Roland Garros this morning, temperature rising..."

    Andy Murray will attempt to end a two-year losing streak against Novak Djokovic when the pair meet later in the French Open semi-finals.

  104. Craig Kieswetter retires


  105. Kieswetter retires


    Somerset says wicketkeeper-batsman Craig Kieswetter has been forced to retire at the age of 27 because "of the horrific eye injury" he suffered last summer.

    Kieswetter says: "I have had a terrific career, with plenty of ups and occasional downs, and I am calling time on my career and walking away with no regrets."

    Craig Kieswetter
  106. BreakingBREAKING NEWS


    Somerset and England wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter retires due to eye injury.

  107. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Jerry Collins

    This is an image of former All Black Jerry Collins playing for Barnstaple seconds against Newton Abbott in 2007. They had asked him to play after learning he was on holiday in Devon.

    Late in the game a Newton Abbott player was injured and Collins - playing several gears below his level - stood over him to see he was all right. Awaiting a stretcher the player asked for a picture with Collins and he obliged.

    Upon returning to the clubhouse Collins asked the Barnstaple team if he could wear their club socks when he played for the Barbarians against South Africa at Twickenham.

  108. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Jerry Collins

    New Zealand rugby player Sonny Bill Williams on Instagram: Tragic news about this great man Jerry Collins on and off the field. RIP Brother

  109. Watford set to appoint Flores


    Quique Sanchez Flores

    Newly-promoted Watford are expected to confirm the appointment of former Atletico Madrid boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their new manager later on Friday.

    The Hornets had been in talks to extend the contract of Slavisa Jokanovic, who had guided the club into the Premier League.

    However, after those negotiations broke down over the Serb's salary demands, Watford moved to secure the services of Sanchez Flores. The 50-year-old Spaniard won La Liga with Real Madrid as a player in 1994-95.

  110. Jerry Collins tributes

    Jerry Collins 1980-2015

    Ospreys pay tribute to their former player Jerry Collins, who has died in a car crash along with his wife Alana Madill.

    It reads: "He was his own man, a true individual, and a giant of the world game, Jerry made a huge impact during his short time in an Ospreys jersey and will be sadly missed by everybody in rugby, his family and friends.

    Jerry Collins
  111. Get involved


    We're asking what sporting controversy would you demand compensation for and how much?

    Stuart Marsden: Frank Lampard's goal against Germany that was ruled not to have crossed the line. Would have been 2-2.

    Johnny McVey: Pedro Mendes' goal for Tottenham against Man United that Roy Carroll fumbled over the line.

    George Farr: Duncan Ferguson's goal for Everton against Villarreal ruled out for a "foul" by Marcus Bent. Would have taken the game to extra time but Everton were out and potentially lost £30-40m by missing out on Champions League group stages.

    That's more like it, George. The incidents are great, but we want you to put a compensation figure on them, too.