Sportsday 21 May as it happened

Tony Pulis leaves Stoke, golf's belly putter ruling reaction, Jose Mourinho to leave Real Madrid, Ian Bell fit for England.

22 May 2013 Last updated at 06:20

As it happened

  1. 1849: 

    That is it from Sportsday for today, but we'll be back with all the breaking news stories from 0700 BST on Wednesday.

  2. 1847: 

    Glamorgan have closed the first day against Leicestershire at Grace Road on 256-5, Marcus North top-scoring with 68.


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies banning the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Dorian Smith: Enforce the existing obstruction law in football, no more "shielding" or "shepherding" the ball out by obstructing an opponent.

    Dave Clarke: Rather than making them play rugby for rolling around in agony, make them do one round in the UFC.

  4. 1830: 

    Australia A batsman Joe Burns says he would be "silly" to contemplate playing full international cricket before he proves himself with Leicestershire.

    The promising 23-year-old has been tipped for a possible late call-up for this summer's Ashes.

    "If you are making runs anywhere selectors will take notice. If you are playing well there will be opportunities but first and foremost you have to make sure you are making runs, getting your head down and putting in performances."

  5. 1824: 

    There are just 50 days until the start of the Ashes on 10 July at Trent Bridge, and we have 50 facts on Test cricket's most enduring rivalry for your perusal.

    Here's the first: 50 - the age of Australia's Bert Ironmonger when he played his last Ashes Test in 1933 - but there are 49 other nuggets on England v Australia for you to take a look at.

  6. 1814: 

    West Ham have signed Romania captain Razvan Rat on a one-year deal.

    Rat, a 31-year-old left back, will join the Hammers when his current contract with Shakhtar Donetsk expires on 1 July.


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies banning the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Jamie Corson: Why not try playing on and allowing treatment for injured players in football, as in rugby. Maybe less players will stay down?

    SkepticITS: Changing women's Grand Slam tennis to best of 5 sets would end the prize money debate, and promote gender equality.

    Chris Ashford: Slow play should be tackled before the anchored putters. I know which annoys most people more.

  8. 1806: 

    Liverpool and West Ham have agreed a fee for striker Andy Carroll but the player has yet to decide if he wants to join the London club permanently.

    Negotiations have taken place in the past week with West Ham now willing to match Liverpool's asking price - the fee is likely to be in the region of £15m.

    It is understood Newcastle's interest in their former striker has cooled for now, but Carroll has still to make up his mind about whether to make his loan move permanent ahead of World Cup year.

  9. 1750: 
    Jessica Ennis

    Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis will begin her preparations for August's World Championships in Edinburgh next month.

    Coach Tony Minichello says that Ennis will compete in three events in Edinburgh, before competing in a full heptathlon in Tallinn, Estonia, at the end of June.

    "The World Championships is the main target for the season so everything before then is looking towards peaking for Moscow," says Minichiello.

  10. 1744: 

    West Ham's Carlton Cole looks to be leaving the club after making an announcement on his official Twitter account.

    "Life is filled with ups & downs today is a down but I'll be back! Carlton Cole/CFC as I have been called has left the building.

    "I want to thank the West Ham fans for their support especially the 1's who made the away games feel like a home 1"

  11. 1735: 

    Audley Harrison has reversed his recent decision to retire from boxing.

    The Olympic gold medallist announced he was quitting the ring on 1 May, but the recent birth of his son has made the 41-year-old change his mind.

    "When I made the tough decision to walk away from boxing, I knew it was not going to be easy. As the days past, I knew I would not be able to live with the decision. I wrestled with it for a few weeks, and spoke to everyone from the Boxing Board, to Lennox Lewis, David Haye, my dad, wife and many others…ultimately seeing my son born crystallized my decision," says Harrison.

  12. 1721: 

    England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles maintains the England and Wales Cricket Board are right to set "big targets" over the next three years, including winning both the 2015 World Cup and Ashes series.

    "It is a big target. We all know we have not won a 50-over world competition, but your targets should be big - they would not be challenging if they weren't," said the former Warwickshire and England left-arm spinner.

    "Everyone has done fantastic things over the last few years (for England) and now we just need to build on that. We have a squad of players who are quite possibly capable of winning that World Cup."


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies ban the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Nathaniel Kidner: I know it's late, but reckon they should get rid of away goals in extra time... Baffles me how they should count.

    DeathApeDisco: Rush keepers in the Champions League knock-out stages.

    Andrew Avramenko: When footballers fall over 'in agony' they should be made to play a game of rugby.

  14. 1707: 

    BBC Sport's Jacqui Oatley hosts a new football series which looks at the biggest issues in the women's game. In episode one, there's a look ahead to the Women's FA Cup final between Bristol Academy and Arsenal, as well as the season so far in the Women's Super League. You can watch it on iPlayer.

  15. 1703: 

    The International Cycling Union (the UCI) says it will ask French officials to open a disciplinary case against cyclist Sylvain Georges, 28, after his backup sample also tested positive for a banned stimulant.

  16. 1657: 

    Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado is hopeful his Monaco expertise will allow him to score the Williams team's first points of the season in this weekend's race. Read about that and more in today's F1 gossip column.

  17. 1652: 

    Brian Davis booked a place in the Open Championship at Muirfield in July after finishing joint fourth in the American leg of International Final Qualifying.

    However, former Masters champion Trevor Immelman missed out as did former US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who has played in 26 successive Opens.

  18. 1647: 

    The British Horseracing Authority says there is no reason to strip St Leger winner Encke of his trophies despite the Godolphin doping scandal. Encke is one of seven horses formerly trained by Mahmood Al Zarooni to have tested positive for anabolic steroids.

    "There is absolutely no evidence at all that he [Encke] was gaining benefit from prohibited substances in the St Leger," said the BHA. The colt passed a drugs test after winning the St Leger last September.

  19. 1642: 

    Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis will open her 2013 season at Edinburgh's Meadowbank Sports Centre on 8 June.

    Ennis, 27, will make her first outdoor appearance since winning heptathlon gold at London 2012 in the UK Women's Athletic League Premier Division meet. She will compete in hurdles, javelin and long jump for the Trafford club.

  20. 1637:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveGOLF

    BBC Radio 5 Live Golf, which starts at 1930 BST tonight, comes live from backstage at the European Tour Player of the Year awards. BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter will be joined live by some of European golf's leading players.

  21. 1632: 

    Midfielder Florent Malouda, 32, is relieved his Chelsea nightmare is finally over and admits he can't wait to resurrect his career at another club next season, reports London's Evening Standard.

    Malouda, whose contract expired at the end of the season, failed to secure a transfer last summer and didn't make one appearance for the first team.

    He said: "I had a problem to sort out with certain people. It's done. Now, I'm free. I'm going to be able to play again next season. I've been preparing all season long.

  22. 1627: 

    Durham chief executive David Harker has said around 5,500 extra seats will be in place in time for August's Ashes Test match against Australia.

    The Emirates International Cricket Ground will be expanded using money loaned by the County Council and North East Local Enterprise Partnership.

    "It'll be in place certainly for the Ashes," Harker told BBC Newcastle. "[The money] enabled us to push forward with a deal to secure some seating which had been used at the Olympics."

  23. 1622: 

    Former England international David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn has joined the junior academy of Queens Park Rangers.


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies ban the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Richard Woods: The Europa League to be a competition in its own right not a reward for failure in the CL.

    Damian Campbell: Football managers should have challenges which they can use if they disagree with a referees decision, similar to NFL.

    RJ: FA Cup winner takes 4th place into the Champions League. Will give the competition the respect it deserves with huge incentive.

  25. 1615: 

    Wigan goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi is to undergo surgery tomorrow after suffering a reoccurrence of a shoulder complaint. The Oman international has been used sparingly during the Premier League run-in as the Latics were relegated to the Championship.

  26. 1611: 
    Benat Intxausti

    Benat Intxausti wins stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia. Vincenzo Nibali, Cadel Evans and Rigoberto Uran, who are in the top three in the general classification, came home only 13 seconds back. Follow live text commentary for all the reaction.

  27. 1607: 

    New York City Football Club will play at a temporary home in 2015 while efforts to find and build a new stadium are completed.

    Discussions are already under way with the City of New York about the possibility of constructing a new stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens.

  28. 1602: 

    Manchester City and the New York Yankees have formed an agreement to purchase an expansion franchise in Major League Soccer, the Premier League has club announced. The team known as New York City Football Club will join MLS in 2015.

  29. 1558: 

    Birmingham City have signed striker Lee Novak from Blues boss Lee Clark's former club Huddersfield Town on a three-year contract.

  30. 1553: 

    Ahead of this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, legendary commentator Murray Walker remembers one of the all time classics on the streets of Monte Carlo.

    "There have been exciting grands prix, dramatic grands prix and amazing grands prix. But if you were to pick the craziest, you would have to go for Monaco 1982," he said.

  31. 1550: 

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has thanked whoever left excrement in their dressing room prior to their play-off semi-final at Brighton for giving him the easiest team talk of his career.

    He said: "I have to thank that person for doing me the biggest favour. I didn't have to gee the players up at all, in fact I had to calm them down."

  32. 1543:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCYCLING

    BBC Radio 5 live cycling commentator Simon Brotherton: "There's 18.6km to go in stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia and they're just reaching the final climb of the day. All the leading riders are at the front, including pink jersey leader Vincenzo Nibali and Rigoberto Uran."

    You can follow live text commentary of stage 16 on the cycling pages.

  33. 1538: 

    Ex-Stoke City goalkeeper Steve Simonsen speaking about the news Tony Pulis is set to leave the cluvb on BBC Radio 5 live: "I'm very surprised. It's a huge call from the chairman to relieve Tony Pulis of his duties. He's done a fantastic job there, particularly in his second spell.

    "Stoke were a mid-table struggling Championship outfit and he's turned them into a mid-table Premier League side who have experience in Europe and a Cup final under their belt. My feeling is it's a huge shock."

  34. 1532: 

    Notts County have appointed former Rangers, Birmingham City and Scotland assistant manager Andy Watson as their new first-team coach.

  35. 1527: 

    McLaren say they have "probably" diverted fewer resources from this year to 2014 and 2015 than originally planned in a bid to salvage their current car.

    The team have been off the pace in the opening five races and are sixth in the constructors' standings, 102 points behind leaders Red Bull.

    McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh said: "It's probably less resources than we planned because we've got to try harder with this year's car."

  36. 1519: 

    1946: Manchester United legend George Best was born in Belfast.

    1990: Wembley staged its first game since being converted to an all-seater stadium as Uruguay beat England in a friendly.

    2012: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho signed a new contract to tie him to the club until 2016.


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies ban the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Dan Hayes: Winner of Europa League straight into Champions League group stages.

    Sayn Rainbow: If a player requires treatment he has to leave the pitch; a sub should replace him for the length of time required.

    Oli Parkes: Need to get rid of yellow cards for taking off shirts during a celebration.

  38. 1512: 

    Borussia Dortmund supporters will be prevented from unfurling a mosaic of the Champions League trophy at Wembley before Saturday's final against Bayern Munich due to health and safety fears, reports the Guardian.

  39. 1505: 

    Arsenal are considering alternative centre-forward options, including Real Madrid's Gonzalo Higuain, as Fiorentina continue to hold firm over their £30m valuation of Stevan Jovetic, reports London's Evening Standard.

  40. 1500: 

    Tony Pulis was appointed Potters boss for a second time in 2006, and two years later he guided the club to the top flight after a 23-year absence. Stoke finished 13th in 2012-13 to secure a sixth Premier League campaign.

  41. 1454: 

    Manager Tony Pulis spent 333 games in charge at Stoke, winning 122 for a 37% win-rate. The 55-year-old drew 98 and lost 113.

  42. 1448: 

    Tony Pulis is to leave Stoke City after seven years in charge following talks with chairman Peter Coates this morning. The 55-year-old's departure is expected to be confirmed later today after Pulis was told the club felt the time was right to part ways after seven years under his leadership.

  43. 1443: 

    Anzhi Makhachkala striker Samuel Eto'o has told Sport Express that he wants to play for Anzhi until the end of his career. "I am happy here and do not want to go anywhere," he said.

  44. 1436: 

    Australian fast bowler Ellyse Perry has been included in a 15-player squad for the Women's Ashes series in England in August. The 22-year-old recently had surgery on an ankle injury and then contracted an infection which made her a doubt for the series.

    The squad contains 10 of the 11 players who won the World Cup final for Australia in February. For the first time the Ashes will be contested over all formats of the game.


    In light of golf's two ruling bodies ban the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

    Joseph Davis: Get rid of the away goals rule. It encourages home teams to be defensive, and is an arbitrary way of deciding a game.

    Charlie Byron-Grange: An end to penalty shoot outs, one player from each team taken off every five minutes, golden goal after 30 minutes.

    Mike: The match clock stopping for stoppage and games ending at 90:00. But it'd never be permitted by Manchester United.

  46. 1431: 

    Professional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor says the union is looking into Sunderland's disciplinary measures against several players.

    Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio said last week he had fined seven players and has threatened to get rid of players who have stepped out of line.

    Taylor said Di Canio could not be "a law unto himself". He added: "It's our job to assess the situation and see if it is acceptable or if the players can appeal."

  47. 1426: 

    A row between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods does not seem any closer to being settled after both players turned down the chance to end the dispute.

    The spat occurred at The Players Championship earlier this month when Garcia accused Woods of gamesmanship.

    Woods offered a resounding "no" when he was asked at the AT&T National Championship whether he planned to call Garcia to clear the air. And Garcia said: "I did nothing wrong and don't have anything to say to him."

  48. 1422: 

    The Stoke Sentinel reports that Tony Pulis looks set to leave Stoke City after a meeting with chairman Peter Coates this morning.

  49. 1416: 

    In light of golf's two ruling bodies ban the anchoring of putters from 2016, we're asking what's the one rule change you'd make in sport? Tweet us using the #rulechange hashtag.

  50. 1412: 

    Stage 16 of the Giro d'Italia is up and running, with live text commentary available on our cycling pages. Racing resumes after a rest day, with a 238km route from Valloire to Ivrea. Astana's Vincenzo Nibali holds the leader's pink jersey.

  51. 1405: 

    Lotus owner Gerard Lopez is convinced Kimi Raikkonen will remain with the team for next season.

    Lopez told Press Association Sport: "We know we want Kimi to drive for us next year, but then we also know Kimi's character well, which means you can't force him to do anything.

    "I know he's happy, and at this stage if he had to choose (which team to drive for next season) I know where he would be. I know we're giving him what he needs, and as long as we keep on doing that then he'll stay with us."

  52. 1357: 

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says he would be willing to discuss a deal with Manchester City that would see strikers Edin Dzeko and Edinson Cavani move in opposite directions.

    According to Agence France-Presse, De Laurentiis told a public meeting in Naples: "I have said to (sporting director Riccardo) Bigon: 'Go and see City to negotiate a bit for Dzeko and see what they are prepared to do for Cavani."

    De Laurentiis denied suggestions that he has been in contact with Chelsea's interim manager Rafael Benitez about a move to southern Italy.

  53. 1352: 

    Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to stick with their distinctive style of play, despite failing to win this season's Champions League. "We can't lose our heads. We can't change our style of play," said Messi.

    "We've been playing our brand of football for years and managers and teams have studied it. We have to stay calm and focus on next year."

  54. 1342: 

    Edgar Davids has agreed to remain with Barnet despite the club's relegation from the Football League. The 1994-95 Champions League winner will continue as head coach.

    "It is a measure of the man that he wants to stay to finish the job he started," said Barnet chairman Tony Kleanthous. Barnet will play in the Conference Premier next season.


    ali-avfc-elkady: #bestfans are based on noise in the ground - not average attendance.

    Andy Gordon: Surely this has something to do with stadium size? So you cant judge the #bestfans purely on attendance. Passion isn't measurable.

    Micky: #bestfans to me are those who respect every player's decision and also their clubs.

    Which qualities make the best fans in football? Keep your thoughts coming to #bestfans

  56. 1326: 
    Bradley Davies

    Cardiff Blues lock Bradley Davies is to captain Wales on their two-Test tour of Japan.

    Davies has not played for his country since been knocked out by a punch from New Zealand hooker Andrew Hore during the autumn Tests, with a subsequent ankle injury ruling him out of Wales' successful Six Nations title defence.

    There are nine uncapped players in the 27-man squad including Ospreys centre Dafydd Howells and Blues fly-half Rhys Patchell. Both hookers in the party, Scarlets' Emyr Phillips and Scott Baldwin of the Ospreys, are also uncapped. Wales will face Japan in Osaka on 8 June and again in Tokyo on 15 June.

  57. 1312: 

    Glamorgan have reached 67-2 at lunch on the first day of their County Championship game against Leicestershire at Leicester. Ben Wright is unbeaten on 27 while Marcus North is 19 not out. There is live commentary on the game from BBC Radio Leicester.

  58. 1304: 

    The ban on anchored strokes will come into effect from 1 January, 2016.

    USGA president Glen D. Nager said: "Having considered all of the input that we received, both before and after the proposed rule was announced, our best judgment is that Rule 14-1b is necessary to preserve one of the important traditions and challenges of the game - that the player freely swing the entire club.

    "The new rule upholds the essential nature of the traditional method of stroke and eliminates the possible advantage that anchoring provides, ensuring that players of all skill levels face the same challenge inherent in the game of golf."


    Mark: Any fans that stay with their team no matter what and pay those incredibly overpriced season tickets because they love their club.

    Alex Young: It's not all about numbers. You will find the #bestfans in the lower leagues where it is the club that matters not the division.

    Gareth McNorton: "It's not all about being noisy, you've got to be loyal and respectful."

    Which qualities make the best fans in football? Keep your thoughts coming to #bestfans

  60. 1253: 

    Real Sociedad coach Philippe Montanier has told the La Liga club he does not want to extend his contract beyond the end of this season, amid reports the Frenchman is poised to join Stade Rennes.

  61. 1251: 

    Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal and Ancient, on the ban of anchoring of putters said: "We took a great deal of time to consider this issue and received a variety of contributions from individuals and organisations at all levels of the game.

    "The report published today gives a comprehensive account of the reasons for taking the decision to adopt the new Rule and addresses the concerns that have been raised.

    "We recognise this has been a divisive issue but after thorough consideration we remain convinced that this is the right decision for golf."

  62. 1242: 

    Golf's governing bodies will ban the anchoring of putters from January 2016, the Royal and Ancient and the United States Golf Association have said in a joint statement.

  63. 1235: 

    Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley has been explaining his decision to have three wildcard selections for next year's match against the United States in Scotland. The nine automatic selections for the 12-man team will come from the top four players in the European order of merit points list and the leading five in the world rankings.

    "Hopefully this will ensure I have the right players to face the examination paper that Gleneagles will set out next September," McGinley said ahead of this week's PGA Championship at Wentworth. "You only need to look at the record books to see we haven't done too badly of late so I didn't see the need to make sweeping changes."

  64. 1230: 

    Roma have vowed to ban any supporters responsible for the racial abuse of AC Milan's former Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli. Roma were fined £42,400 after Balotelli was among three Milan players targeted by fans at the San Siro on 12 May.

    But that proved no deterrent for some supporters in Roma's Serie A home match against Napoli two days ago. Despite both teams donning T-shirts bearing anti-racism slogans before kick-off, several Roma supporters sang abusive songs about Balotelli.

    "What occurred Sunday night is appalling and unacceptable," said a statement on Roma's website.

  65. 1221: 

    MK Dons boss Karl Robinson will discuss his future with his agent this week, amid speculation linking him to the Sheffield United vacancy. Robinson, 32, is the favourite to take up the job at Bramall Lane, where Chris Morgan has been caretaker since Danny Wilson's departure in April.

    Robinson has confirmed to BBC Three Counties Radio that he will meet with his agent in the coming days. It is also understood United would need to pay a six-figure compensation fee to break Robinson from his contract, which runs until 2014.

  66. 1213: 

    Europe captain Paul McGinley announces he will have three wild cards for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles. It is an increase from the two picks his predecessor Jose Maria Olazabal had in 2012.

    McGinley told a news conference on Tuesday he had made the change in order to "give myself a little bit of extra flexibility".


    Which qualities make the #bestfans in football? Dedication despite lack of success? Attendance despite costly tickets? Keep your thoughts coming to #bestfans

    Will: Not a lot to do with attendance in my opinion, all about the atmosphere created.

    Kristian: I'm a Toon fan, and I think Celtic are probably up there as one of the best in Europe. Everybody chants...everybody.

    Adam Barton: From an Arsenal fan, no doubt that it's Liverpool. They are always the loudest."

  68. 1204: 
    Kolo Toure

    Liverpool will move for Manchester City defender Kolo Toure on a free transfer once his contract expires in June. Toure is currently in the United States as part of City's post season tour, but the proposed move to Anfield is likely to progress quickly once he returns.

  69. 1156: 

    Motherwell's out-of-contract striker Michael Higdon says he may have to move on from Fir Park if he is to cash in on the best season of his career. Higdon, 29, scored 26 league goals and was named the PFA Scotland player of the year.

    "I've got to look at every opportunity," said the former Crewe and St Mirren player. "I've got a busy phone right now, it doesn't stop ringing. People filling my head with certain things, which is laughable at times. I've just got to weigh up my options. The age I'm at now, if financially it's the right move, I've got to look to take it."

  70. 1148: 

    Manchester United earned a record £60.8m in Premier League television revenue on their way to a 20th league title, according to figures released by the Premier League. Runners-up Manchester City, which finished 11 points behind United, received £58.1m. Even finishing last was lucrative, with Queens Park Rangers returning to the second tier after earning £39.8m from TV companies.

  71. 1139: 

    News from our colleagues at BBC Monitoring that the owner of former European champions Steaua Bucharest, controversial MP Gigi Becali, has been sentenced to three years in prison, Romanian newspaper Romania Libera has reported.

    In addition, Becali must pay 421,000 dollars in damages to the state over his part in corrupt land deals involving the country's defence ministry.

  72. 1133: 

    The start of the County Championship Division Two game between Leicestershire and Glamorgan has been delayed although the match is due to get underway in the next few minutes. Leicestershire have won the toss and elected to bat.

    Northamptonshire face the Netherlands in a Yorkshire Bank 40 fixture at 1345 BST.


    Richard Lum: Birmingham City fans. Always travel in the thousands, always out-singing the home supporters. Loudest away fans.

    Chris Nation: Yeovil Town for taking half the town's population to Wembley on Sunday.

    Thomas James: Aston Villa fans show the most respect. Clapping in the 19th minute of every game to honour No 19 Stylian Petrov in his battle.

    Who do you think are the best fans in Britain? Keep your thoughts coming to #bestfans

  74. 1115: 

    Fulham are set to complete the signing of Ghana international Derek Boateng, Press Association Sport is reporting. The 30-year-old is a long-standing target of Martin Jol, who has attempted to bring in the Dnipro midfielder on several occasions before.

    Boateng's transfer had to be put on ice previously due to contract disputes with his Ukrainian club, but Press Association Sport understands a deal is now close to being pushed through.

  75. 1106: 

    Widnes give goal-kicking winger Patrick Ah Van a new two-year contract which will keep him at the Stobart Stadium until the end of the 2015 season. The 25-year-old former Bradford player was the Vikings' leading scorer in his first season with them, with 16 tries and 34 goals, but he is currently sidelined with a knee injury.

  76. 1059: 

    India's Supreme Court dismisses a petition seeking to scrap the remaining matches of the country's lucrative Twenty20 competition amid growing concerns about corruption in sport.

    Former Test bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth and two other players were arrested along with 11 bookmakers on Thursday on suspicion of spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League.


    Who do you think are the best fans in Britain? Keep your thoughts coming in please, to #bestfans.

    Steve Dykes: "Furthest to travel to away games and most away fans usually in league 2 or 1. Got to be #bestfans of #PlymouthArgyle #pafc."

    Ted1867: "#bestfans are of teams like Rochdale. Bury. Oldham. Orient. Brentford. Stay loyal even with far better teams close by."

    David Stone: "Doesn't mean anything, easy to follow a successful team. the #bestfans are the ones in lower leagues who support no matter what."

  78. 1055: 

    China will host the seventh edition of the Royal Trophy when holders Asia take on Europe in the annual team contest at the Dragon Lake Golf Club in Guangzhou from 20-22 December.


    What will be next for Jose Mourinho? Your thoughts please, to #bbcsportsday.

    Nick Ward: "Chelsea expecting immediate results if Mourinho returns, I can't see them winning the league next season!"

    Jonathan Wright: "Jose wont forget how he was treated in the end at Chelsea. I see a turn around, Jose joins Man City as a 'new challenge'."

    James Eade: "It has to be Chelsea. He'll turn them into top contenders again."

  80. 1053: 

    Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis plays down suggestions he wants Rafael Benitez to be the club's new head coach and claimed the delegation that visited England yesterday was hoping to secure an exchange deal with Manchester City for Edinson Cavani.

  81. 1048: 

    Australian Mark Webber hopes an impressive record in Monte Carlo will kick-start his season at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.

    The 36-year-old has won twice in the last three years on the streets of Monte Carlo and also won there in F3000 but this season he is sixth in the standings, 47 points behind Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

    "It probably goes back to my street-racing experience in Adelaide in Formula Ford," Webber says. "As for Monaco, it's still a daunting place, a very challenging venue. I'm not saying you are on holiday there. But when I'm out there, I don't know what makes me feel as comfortable as I do."


    We're also asking for your thoughts on who has the best fans after the release of the 'league table' of average attendances. Please keep them coming in to #bestfans.

    Stephen Sutton: "The #bestfans no matter what happens to them are the Portsmouth Supporters if they are going up or down its always a party."

    Tom Morrison: "Newcastle, with an average home attendance of 50,517 to watch their team finish 16th. #bestfans."

    Gazza SBYC: "Best fans? That's not even a contest. Glasgow Rangers hands down. Over 40,000 @ Scottish 4th tier home game says it all #bestfans."

  83. 1020: 

    More items of news from across Europe again now, courtesy of BBC Monitoring, and L'equipe say PSG have reiterated their "desire" to keep Carlo Ancelotti, who is coveted by Real Madrid.

    Also from the legendary French sports publication L'equipe, PSG are still hoping to sign real Madrid's striker Cristiano Ronaldo.


    What might be next for Jose Mourinho? Your thoughts please, to #bbcsportsday.

    Chris Morris: "Chelsea aren't the only top flight team looking to boost their fortunes with Mourinho, City could lure him with a fresh start."

    justjack: "Mourinho will go back to Chelsea, flop, and then he will no longer be 'the special one.'"

    Michael Langham: "Real has issues as a club. I still believe Mourinho is a class act as shown by his work at Inter and Porto."

  85. 1010: 

    The tension between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods, which escalated at the Players Championship this month when Garcia claimed he had been distracted by crowd noise he felt had been generated by Woods, shows no signs of a peaceful outcome.

    Garcia says: "It wasn't my fault. I am not the one who should go to him. I don't care who he is. We have not spoken and I don't really have any plans to. Obviously he is not going to say sorry, which I can understand coming from him."

  86. 1005: 

    British number two James Ward is handed a wild card for the AEGON Championships at Queen's Club next month.

    The 26-year-old reached the semi-finals at Queen's in 2011 and tournament director Chris Kermode said: "The head of men's tennis in Britain, Leon Smith, had no hesitation in recommending James for a wild card and we look forward to welcoming him back in June."

  87. 1001: 

    Scotland manager Gordon Strachan on the selection of Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia in Zagreb on 7 June: "Over the last couple of seasons he has decided he wants to improve and get better and he has done that.

    "People can help you on your way to become better but your career is entirely in your own hands. At this moment he is shaping a good career."

  88. 0954: 

    Premier League attendances for 2012-13 show an increase of nearly 4% on the previous season. Find out how your team fares in the fans' league table... and tell us who has the #bestfans home and away?

  89. 0950: 

    Manchester City midfielder Jack Rodwell, unable to command a regular place following a series of injury problems since his £12m move from Everton in August, hopes City's new manager will bring a change in fortunes.

    The 22-year-old, who scored both City's goals in the 3-2 final day defeat by Norwich, said: "I am a great believer in my ability but I've not had the chance to prove it. I am back for one game after 10 games out and it's always hard. You are never match fit and it's hard to produce. It's a fresh start for everyone and we will all be on it."

  90. 0944: 

    England squad for second Test against New Zealand at Headingley, starting on Friday: AN Cook (capt), JM Anderson, JM Bairstow, IR Bell, TT Bresnan, SCJ Broad, NRD Compton, ST Finn, MJ Prior (wkt), JE Root, GP Swann, IJL Trott.

  91. 0940: 

    Barcelona vice-president Carles Vilarrubi tells Catalunya Radio of Jose Mourinho's departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season: "Now I can say it, Mourinho has been a scourge.

    "Seeing him leave is a positive for Spanish football because he had created a negative atmosphere."

  92. 0938: 

    England National Selector Geoff Miller, who has announced an unchanged squad for Friday's second Test with New Zealand at Headingley: "We are aware that there are still areas that we need to improve on and the players and coaches will be working hard ahead of the second Test to ensure we continue to get better as a side.

    "New Zealand showed again that they are a dangerous side and we know we will need to produce another strong performance this week to secure a series victory."


    What do you think the future holds for Jose Mourinho? Your thoughts to #bbcsportsday please.

    Si Hawkes: "Jose going back to Chelsea is crazy. He was treated terribly by Roman, so to go back seems 'weak' for such a strong character."

    Muftawu Nabila: "Mourinho goes back to Chelsea as a changed man, both on and off the pitch."

    Gregg: "Jose Mourinho to Chelsea, Ancelotti to Madrid. Rafa to PSG. Welcome the managerial merry go round."

  94. 0929: 

    Veteran Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, 40, says he wants to continue in the Premier League.

    "I can say now that I haven't had any official offer of a new contract. My contract obviously expires at the end of June and we'll see what happens from there," says the Australian, who joined Fulham in 2008 after 11 years with Middlesbrough.

    "To stay in the Premier League would be great. I think I have done everything I possibly can to show that I am more than capable of playing at this level."

  95. 0918: 

    Hibernian striker Leigh Griffiths is called up to the Scotland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Croatia and there are first call-ups for Celtic winger Tony Watt, Dundee United midfielder Stuart Armstrong, Gordon Greer of Brighton and Aberdeen's Ryan Jack.

  96. 0916: 
    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell is passed fit to take his place in an unchanged England squad for the second Test against New Zealand at Headingley starting on Friday.

  97. 0914: 

    Pepe Reina admits he is flattered to be linked with a return to former club Barcelona but has again insisted he is happy at Liverpool, with whom he is under contract until 2016.

    "I don't know how long I've got left in football, what I do know is I want to enjoy what remains and feel appreciated and at Liverpool I have that," the 31-year-old goalkeeper says.

  98. 0910: 

    More from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce, who says of Jose Mourinho's rumoured return to Chelsea: "He had a very good spell last time, I know it didn't finish so well in the end with Roman Abramovich but obviously they've repaired that damage and he'll come back to ply his talents in the Premier League and it sounds like he's looking forward to coming back to England.

    "So we'll be glad to see him and obviously pit our wits against him again."


    What's next for Jose Mourinho? Keep your thoughts coming in please, to #bbcsportsday.

    Jake Waring: "I think the group of individuals Mourinho would inherit if he does come back are better than the last time."

    James Grech: "Heavy spending has won Mou trophies, except Porto winning CL; it was a refereeing mistake. No lasting dynasty = no Man Utd job."

    Ken Gorry: "Think Mourinho tactics are too well known to have the same impact and wouldn't suit players like Hazard, Mata and Oscar."

  100. 0900: 

    More from European football expert Graham Hunter, a guest on 5 live Breakfast this morning, who says of Jose Mourinho's departure from Real Madrid at the end of the season: "It's an exit strategy and everybody who is smart goes in to a situation with an exit strategy, and because the situation he is in right now was a renewal of contract less than a year ago, until 2016.

    "So for him to be allowed to go and be dismissed in this way is remarkable. He had to manufacture that by besmirching Casillas, Pepe, Ronaldo, by refusing to go up to take his losers medal in the cup final on Friday from the King, the first manager in Real Madrid's entire history not to do so. The list is endless in the ways in which he has portrayed himself and made himself seem more arrogant and far less special."

    Is he going to Chelsea? "The answer is yes"

  101. 0857: 

    Englishman Brian Davis books his place in this year's Open Championship at Muirfield from 18-21 July after finishing in a share of fourth at five under par after 36 holes in the American leg of International Final Qualifying in Plano, Texas.

    Former Masters champion Trevor Immelman missed out, as did former US Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, who still hopes to maintain his run of 26 successive appearances in the Championship.

  102. 0855: 

    A word of warning to put aside the cornflakes for a moment as Brighton formally apologise to Crystal Palace after excrement is found on the floor of the visitors' dressing room prior to last week's Championship play-off semi-final at the Amex, won 2-0 by the Eagles.

    Chief executive Paul Barber says: "We apologised to Crystal Palace as soon as the vandalism in their dressing room was discovered, and again more formally a few days after the match. As a result of what happened, please rest assured we have reviewed our internal procedures to guard against this ever happening again."

  103. 0848: 

    West Ham boss Sam Allardyce expects Jose Mourinho to be Chelsea boss next term and says: "I think that with his spell in Italy and his spell in Spain he will have matured and learnt an awful lot from that time and I suppose when he comes back to Chelsea he'll use that experience and probably try to be better than he was before he left."

  104. 0840:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL
    Jose Mourinho

    European football expert Graham Hunter was a guest on 5 live this morning and says of Jose Mourinho: "Last season he set a goals record, he set a points record, he won the league in daring fashion, he began to behave himself and he was the polar opposite to the petulant, snarling, crying, wailing besmirching brat that he has been over the last month."

  105. 0836: 

    Another rugby line and former Harlequins rugby union chief executive and coach Mark Evans has joined NRL champions Melbourne Storm as their CEO.

  106. 0834: 

    Australian prop forward Taulima Tautai will join Wakefield this week after Parramatta Eels agreed to release the 25-year-old.

  107. 0830: 

    What do you think the future holds for Jose Mourinho? Is it Chelsea and if so can he repeat the success he enjoyed in his first spell? Please send in your thoughts to #bbcsportsday.

    Andrew Priestley: "How to sum up Jose Mourinho? He joins, he's loved, he signs superstars, he wins, he divides the team, he leaves under a cloud."

  108. 0824: 

    Now for a look at some stories from across Europe, courtesy of our friends at BBC Monitoring, and not surprisingly Mr Mourinho makes most of the headlines.

    Spanish sports daily Marca's headline is "Bye-bye Mourinho," El Mundo have "Florentino confirms Mou is leaving," Italian Tuttosport opt for "The Adventure of Jose Mourinho to Real Madrid will end at the end of the current season" and French paper L'equipe say "Mourinho to leave at the end of the season."

  109. 0814: 
    LIONS 2013

    More injury news and Smith's ACT Brumbies team-mate Pat McCabe, who is in contention for a place in the Australia squad to be announced on 11 June, has had a scan on the knee injury he suffered in Saturday's match with New South Wales Waratahs and it has revealed no structural damage to the joint.

  110. 0810: 
    LIONS 2013

    Veteran Australia flanker George Smith, who had hoped to return from international retirement to play against the British and Irish Lions but suffered a medial ligament tear on his left knee last weekend, could yet feature in this summer's series.

    The 32-year-old will be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks and could therefore be fit to play the second of Australia's three Tests against the Lions at Melbourne on 29 June.

  111. 0807: 

    The doping scandal involving Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation widens after seven more racehorses fail tests for anabolic steroids.

  112. 0804: 

    All eyes are on Jose Mourinho after Real Madrid announce he will leave the club at the end of the season after three years in charge.

  113. 0801: 

    Hello and welcome to another Sportsday. We are expecting the England squad for the second Test around 09:30 BST but we begin with a look at our top stories on the BBC website this morning.

Share this story

Gossip logo Today's football gossip

All the latest gossip and intrigue from the football rumour mill.

The BBC Sport app

BBC Sport app

BBC Sport brings you all the breaking news on its free smartphone app for users in the UK