Sportsday - Friday 24 May as it happened

Football managerial ins and outs, Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler weigh in, plus PGA Championship updates.

24 May 2013 Last updated at 19:07

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    Thank you for joining us today. Sportsday will be back at 0800 BST on Monday.

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  2. 1857: 

    World number two Rory McIlroy and defending champion Luke Donald miss the cut at the PGA Championship in cold, wet conditions at Wentworth.

    Donald, seeking a third successive PGA title, started at six over and dropped three shots in his first three holes before ending on plus six after a 72.

    World number two McIlroy finished five over after a 75 and Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter also failed to qualify.

  3. 1854: 

    EUROPEAN ROUND-UP: Rome rivals Lazio and Roma will face each other in the Coppa Italia final for the first time on Sunday.

    The derby will be held at their shared Stadio Olimpico home as they both look to salvage something from a disappointing season.

  4. 1845: 

    BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read at the Aegeas Bowl: A special day for Lancashire's Andrea Agathangelou who scored his maiden century for the Red Rose.

    The 23 year old South African born batting all rounder only came into the side at the 11th hour due to a freak injury to Simon Katich.

    Katich was hit on the temple with a ball during net practice on day one and was taken to hospital but later given the all clear and discharged.

    That opened the way for Agathangelou, who's been on the books at Old Trafford since 2010 and he's certainly taken his chance.

  5. 1844: 

    Play between Durham and Middlesex was limited to just 18 overs on a badly rain-interrupted third day.

    The game did not resume until after tea when, with Durham on 37-0, Middlesex bowled four overs before more rain.

  6. 1839: 

    Sportsday rounds up the big sporting stories of the day on the BBC News channel and BBC Sport website.

  7. 1837: 

    Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway says reaching the Premier League would have a profound impact on the club's future.

    The Eagles face Watford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday.

  8. 1829: 

    Monday's Championship play-off final not only ensures promotion to the Premier League but is also said to be worth over £100m to the victor.

    For Watford and Crystal Palace, pride and status are at stake at Wembley, but is there any economic benefit for the wider community?

  9. 1820: 

    England coach Stuart Lancaster is relishing the task of ensuring his side are one of the top two in the world by the time of the 2015 World Cup.

    "I said from the outset that was our objective.

    "We want to be in a position come the end of the New Zealand tour (in 2014) and going into the autumn internationals and the Six Nations in 2015 that we are up there with the best.

  10. 1812: 

    Number One seed Serena Williams is in relaxed mood ahead of the French Open, where she unexpectedly lost to Virginie Razzano in the first round a year ago.

    "I've felt this last year, coming back, I've got nothing to lose and wanting to enjoy my career," Williams said. "In the past when I played I was always so stressed out and always wanted to win, win, win.

    "Now I'm definitely having a lot more fun than what I used to have on the court and really enjoying every moment of me walking out there. That definitely makes a big difference."

  11. 1808: 

    There's been some play between Durham and Middlesex at Chester-Le-Street, where the hosts are batting again after dismissing Middlesex for 196 in response to their first innings of 259.

    Graeme Onions took 5-39, and Durham are 88-1 in their second innings.

  12. 1803: 

    Only 25 overs possible on the second day of Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton, but it was enough for Andrea Agathangelou to claim his maiden Championship century as the visitors added 43 to their overnight total before being bowled out for 295.

    The 23-year-old had replaced Simon Katich, who was taken to hospital after being struck on the head in the nets.

    Hampshire reached 7-1 in reply, 288 behind, before play was abandoned


    Aidan Williams: Every manager has his bad job. QPR's was Hughes's. He could be a good fit, needless to say he'll have learnt a lot after QPR.

    The Fulham Ind: Leslie Hughes was awful at Fulham until Danny Murphy took control of the team.

    Toby Toller: Hughes left Fulham claiming they lacked his ambition, then joins QPR and now possibly Stoke? What unusual ambitions he has...

  14. 1749: 

    Leicestershire and Glamorgan have settled for a draw after a rain-affected final day at Grace Road.

    After a delayed start, the hosts resumed on 133-1, still 167 behind the Welsh side's first innings' 442-9.

    Leicestershire reached 182-2 before rain closed in again. Leicestershire get five points, Glamorgan get 10.

  15. 1740: 
    Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer

    The 2009 French Open champion Roger Federer has praised Rafa Nadal for his comeback from injury ahead of this year's French Open.

    "He only came back when he was 100%," says Federer. "I think we get no surprises by Rafa on clay. It's always at the highest of levels.

    "Overall, you know what you're going to get, so you have to play a really good match against him to have a chance."

  16. 1737: 

    The agent of Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke says he could not ignore interest from abroad following his fine season, where the Belgian scored 19 goals.

    "If there is a team, a bigger team playing European football next season, that shows interest to Villa concerning Christian, I would be lying if I said Christian would ignore that," Eris Kismet told Sky Sports News.

  17. 1728: 

    Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway says that promotion to the Premier League would put the club onto a "different planet". All they have to do is get past Watford in the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Monday, which you can hear on BBC Radio 5 live at 1500 BST.

    "We have got a chance of everybody's dream. It is a different planet and off the chart," says Holloway, who piloted Blackpool to the top flight in 2010.

    "If it is achieved then it might mean a new ground, which is the vision of the owners."

  18. 1725: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon has revealed that he tried to stop striker Kris Commons from retiring from international football.

    "I tried to talk him out of it, obviously. I think he has a lot to offer still but I respect his decision.

    "I mean, it is great for me and Celtic that we have a player who won't be travelling with his country and who will be fresh to play for his club but at 29 he still has plenty to offer."

  19. 1721: 

    Italy's Francesco Molinari leads the PGA Championship at Wentworth by one stroke. His six-under total for two rounds leads a clutch of players that includes England's Mark Foster and Scotland's Marc Warren. The cut is expected to be at three-over par.

  20. 1712: 

    Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller says last year's Champions League final defeat to Chelsea on home soil has provided the perfect motivation for Saturday night's meeting with Borussia Dortmund.

    "Last year's final won't have a negative impact - only a positive one, because we're motivated. I don't feel quite as nervous as I did in the last two finals; it's a normal Champions League match."

  21. 1707: 

    Maria Sharapova is looking forward to defending her French Open title at Roland Garros after being drawn against Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei.

    The Russian defeated Sara Errani in last year's final and says she can cope with the added pressure of being defending champion.

    "It's very meaningful to come back as a defending champion - it means you've done something pretty good and you're trying to defend it," the 26-year-old said.

    "There's always a bit of pressure in everything that you do. Obviously it wouldn't be fun without that type of feeling."


    ComeOn!: Stoke don't have the players to do a 'Swansea' next year & play nice football. Hughes would get the best out of current squad.

    Tony Gee: With Pulis gone thought Stoke would go down next yr. With Hughes coming I changed my mind. Now I think they'll be down by Xmas.

    Tim Little: As a Stoke fan I can see us in a relegation battle with Hughes at the helm.

    What do you think? Get in touch at #bbcsportsday

  23. 1659: 

    Great Manchester Run on Twitter: "Two of the greatest distance athletes the world has ever seen [Olympic champions Haile Gebrselassie and Tirunesh Dibaba] arrive for the Bupa Great Manchester Run!" The 10K race takes place on Sunday as part of the Great CityGames Manchester and will be broadcast across the BBC.

  24. 1653: 

    Rangers have confirmed the signing of Dundee United striker Jon Daly. The Irishman will sign a two-year contract for the Irn-Bru Third Division champions on September 1, when their transfer embargo expires.

  25. 1650: 

    Cricket Ireland chief Warren Deutrom believes it is important that "the doors remain open" for countries to return to touring Pakistan. The country has not hosted international cricket since the 2009 gun attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore, which killed eight people and injured six players. Deutrom said: "What we are saying at Cricket Ireland is that we are willing to contemplate any invitation."

  26. 1645: 

    Hibernian have been dealt a major blow ahead of this weekend's Scottish Cup final with the news that captain James McPake has been ruled out of the match against Celtic with a back injury.

  27. 1634: 

    Ahead of the start to the French Open, reigning men's champion Rafael Nadal says he's not given any thought to potentially meeting Novak Djokovic in the tournament's semi-finals. The Spaniard plays Germany's Daniel Brands in round one and is seeking his eighth French Open title after capturing a record seventh last year.

    "To talk about numbers, talk about history, you have to analyse when somebody finishes his career, not in the middle," says Nadal. "I would like to be remembered as a good guy and a good player. Last year was important for me to win the seventh, but to play Rolland Garros is a special feeling. I feel emotional when I am here."

  28. 1623: 
    Zinedine Zidane and Michael Ballack

    BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury in London: "Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane and former Bayern Munich midfielder Michael Ballack have given their predictions for Saturday's Champions League final.

    "If I have to make a bet then I reckon Bayern are the favourites. They are strong mentally while it's the first time in a while for Dortmund. I reckon 3-0," said Ballack.

    Zidane added: "I do think the same as Michael. Bayern are favourites. Dortmund is very new in recent years but doesn't mean they're not good. I reckon there will be a one-goal difference in favour of Bayern."


    Ian Hoddart: Anyone apart from David May shocked that backroom staff are being cleared out? Happens whenever a new manager comes in.

    Cameron Laws: Disappointed that Eric Steele has left MUFC - the work he's done with De Gea has been unreal.

    Let us know what you think via #bbcsportsday

  30. 1610: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright: "Bury's board have met boss Kevin Blackwell and "support him 100% in his vision of returning Bury to position it deserves."

  31. 1603: 

    The first day's play has been abandoned for in the second Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley because of persistent rain.

  32. 1601: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway in London: "Manchester United's chief executive David Gill has told BBC Sport he's confident Wayne Rooney will still be a Manchester United player next season. Gill was speaking at Uefa's Congress in London after being elected to the confederation's executive committee.

    He will officially stand down as chief executive at the end of this month and while he believes the issue is for "David Moyes and the new team to handle" he said that "every bit of work" was being done to speak to the player and his representatives.

  33. 1553: 
    Mike Phelan

    Former Manchester United defender David May on Mike Phelan's departure from the club: "I'm shocked because Mick's been a fantastic servant at the club as a player also as a coach and as a guy. He's a fantastic guy to have around, I'm sure it'll be a shock to quite a few of the players because he was very well regarded there and I'm sure the lads will miss him."

  34. 1547: 

    Bury Football club confirm that the takeover of the club is complete, the current board have all resigned and a new board is set to be appointed.

  35. 1538: 

    More now on Andros Townsend being charged by the FA with breaching betting regulations. The FA said in a statement: "The FA has announced it has charged Andros Townsend in relation to alleged breaches of its rules governing misconduct and betting.

    "The Tottenham Hotspur player has been charged with breaches of Rule E8 (b) in relation to a number of betting offences. The player has until 3 June to respond to the charges."

  36. 1534: 

    Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward added: "I'd like to thank Eric and Mick for the enormous contributions they have made to the success of Manchester United in their time here. Their professionalism, ability and diligence have been a credit to them.

    "They are top class football men and everyone here wishes them well for long and successful careers in the game."

  37. 1533: 

    Following news that Michael Phelan and Eric Steele will leave Manchester United, incoming boss David Moyes said: "I would like to put on record the club's thanks for everything Mike and Eric have done. I will be looking to appoint my own members of coaching staff at some point in the future, however, I'd like to take this opportunity to give them both our best wishes for their future careers."

  38. 1528: 

    Manchester United have confirmed the departure of assistant manager Michael Phelan and goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

  39. 1521: 

    Meanwhile, Southampton left-back Luke Shaw has also withdrawn from the Under-21 squad through injury. The previously uncapped Shaw has been replaced by Liverpool full-back Jack Robinson.

  40. 1519: 
    Andros Townsend

    Tottenham player Andros Townsend has been charged with breaching betting regulations, the Football Association has announced. Townsend, who has been on loan at QPR this season, has withdrawn from the England Under-21 squad and will be replaced by Birmingham City's Nathan Redmond.

  41. 1510: 

    An early tea has been taken at 15:10 BST in the second Test between England and New Zealand at Headingley. There has been no play because of persistent showers and the wicket and square are still under cover.

  42. 1504: 

    Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany missed his side's final two games of the season - against Reading and Norwich - with more calf trouble, caretaker manager Brian Kidd has revealed. Kompany had the same problem earlier in the season, but played the first half of City's first post-season friendly against Chelsea in St Louis on Thursday.


    Ben Morgan: Hughes would be good at Stoke. Doesn't need money to get best out of players. Money ruined him at QPR whilst unlucky at Manchester City.

    Thomas Goodchild: Hughes plays the same terrible football as Pulis does. Shame Stoke won't be changing their image.

    Martin Griffin: Did Stoke not see what happened to QPR this season when Hughes was left with money? Big big mistake by the Potters.

    What do you think of Mark Hughes potentially joining Stoke? Let us know via #bbcsportsday

  44. 1446: 

    Fifa is set to follow England's lead and bring in a mandatory five-match ban for players found guilty of racism plus points deductions for clubs where fans are serial offenders. It is not as stringent as the 10-match sanction for European competitions agreed by Uefa's congress, but rules punishing racist abuse by fans will be stricter and include points deductions.

  45. 1440: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway at Uefa congress in London: "Uefa's Michel Platini hopes 'many national associations will follow suit' in adopting a 10-game ban in its anti-racism sanctions."

  46. 1432: 

    After Francesco Molinari set the clubhouse lead on six under on a miserable day at Wentworth, Ian Poulter is on his way out after carding a second consecutive 76 to finish eight over. Lee Westwood and Ernie Els - playing alongside Molinari - are only three off the lead on three under after rounds of 71 and 69 respectively.

  47. 1427: 

    Following the news that Gibraltar will be a Uefa member country, Uefa president Michel Platini confirmed that they would be kept apart from Spain in qualifying for Euro 2016. He said: "Gibraltar will not play qualifying matches with Spain - we also have this situation with Armenia and Azerbaijan."

  48. 1419: 

    Former Zenit St Petersburg captain Anatoliy Tymoshchuk is poised to rejoin the Russian club on a free transfer next season after spending four years at Bayern Munich. "I don't see any problem of Tymoshchuk coming back," Zenit's Italian coach Luciano Spalletti told the club's website.

  49. 1409: 

    Luke Donald, the PGA Championship winner in 2011 and 2012, is almost certain to miss the cut after returning a level-par 72 for a six-over total of 150 at Wentworth on Friday. He said: "Even for England this is pretty unseasonal and it made the course play tougher. The bottom line, though, is I didn't play very well. I was nine-over for the first 21 holes and that is pretty terrible golf really."

  50. 1359: 

    Midfielder Nicky Law agrees a three-year contract with Rangers with effect from 1 September.

    The Ibrox club are currently subject to an embargo on registering players that expires on 31 August.

    The 25-year-old Englishman has spent the last two seasons with Motherwell, for whom he scored 13 times in 86 appearances and twice qualified for the Europa League qualifiers.

  51. 1357: 

    MK Dons manager Karl Robinson is set to remain with the League One side after ruling himself out of the running for the Sheffield United vacancy.

    BBC Radio Sheffield understands he has chosen to honour his MK contract, which has 18 months remaining.

  52. 1355: 

    Assistant coach Iestyn Thomas has left the Newport Gwent Dragons.

    The former Wales and Scarlets prop joined the Dragons as scrum coach after he retired as a player in July 2012.

    "It's been a pleasure working with Iestyn this season, his ability to pass on his knowledge and experience of front row play will be sorely missed on the training field," said director of rugby Robert Beale.

  53. 1353: 

    Manchester United's outgoing chief executive David Gill is elected unopposed to the Uefa executive committee.

    Portugal's Fernando Gomes withdrew from the election at Uefa's Congress in London.

    That left eight candidates for eight seats and Gill and seven others were elected by acclamation for a four-year term.


    Nick Marsh: Mark Hughes nearly got Wales into Euro 2004, got Blackburn and Fulham into Europe. Better on a smaller budget, good for Stoke.

    John Gray: Am I the only one who would be happy for Hughes over at Stoke. He will surely take them down, never to grace the PL again.

  55. 1345: 

    Gibraltar has been accepted as a full member membership of Uefa, European football's governing body.

    Their application was approved on a majority vote at the organisation's congress in London, with no votes against and no abstentions.

    Gibraltar will be allowed to enter qualifying for the 2016 European Championship.

  56. 1343: 

    Sergio Garcia, on the reaction he has received at the PGA Championship following his involvement in the racism controversy with Tiger Woods: "The reaction from fans here has been amazing, yesterday the walk on to the first tee was amazing.

    "I've been very fortunate in my career not only here but the US to have a great relationship with the supporters, and from my fellow players.

    "I haven't been able to speak get hold of him directly but we've talked to Tiger's manager and we will try a couple more times and hopefully soon I will be able to talk to him face to face."

  57. 1340: 

    Mikkel Kessler on Sky Sports: "I'm happy. The last time I was in England I had to throw my pants away, so I wanted to be certain to make a good weight.

    "I've been working on my technical skills for two years. That's why I have been stopping my opponents so fast.

    "I like Carl because he wants to fight, but I want to fight too. I'm ready for 12 rounds. I've done everything right, I know I'm going to win."

  58. 1336: 

    Joseph Mills will complete a permanent move to Championship club Burnley on 1 July after relegated Reading chose to release the 23-year-old full-back.

    Mills, who spent the 2012-13 season on loan at Turf Moor, has agreed to sign a two-year contract with the Clarets.

  59. 1333: 

    At the PGA Championship at Wentworth, Italian Francesco Molinari has shot a four under 68 to take the clubhouse lead.

    Molinari joins overnight leader James Kingston, who tees off at 1440 BST, on six under, while Scotland's Marc Warren is also six under with four to play.

  60. 1329: 

    Official confirmation of those weights, with both men under the 12 stone limit. Kessler is 11 stone, 12 pounds and 7 ounces; Froch 11 stone, 13 pounds and 9 ounces.

  61. 1326: 

    Carl Froch on Sky Sports: "There was a few words said, words between warriors. We talked about the first fight and what to expect tomorrow. I'm turning up in the best possible shape but I know what I need to bring tomorrow.

    "He shouldn't be too brave, he's in for shock. I'm absolutely sparking and I can't wait.

    "I don't crack under pressure. This is what I do and I'm relishing the occasion."

  62. 1324: 

    Froch next, he's nearer the limit, but clear. The pair meet on the podium and, though there's some talking, they end with a handshake.

  63. 1322: 

    Kessler is in under the 168 lbs limit, at 11 stone, 12 lbs.

  64. 1321: 

    Denmark's Kessler up first...

  65. 1320: 

    Britain's Carl Froch is about to weigh-in ahead of his IBF super-middleweight title fight against Mikkel Kessler on Saturday. MC Michael Buffer is just going through the introductions.


    Chris Parker: Mark Hughes perfect example of good players not always making good managers, money thrown at him everywhere and does nothing.

    Brennan Joyce: I cannot put into words at how silly and backwards a decision this is by Stoke. Where do they see Hughes taking them?

  67. 1308: 

    Relegated Reading announce that Noel Hunt, Ian Harte, Nicky Shorey, Simon Church and Jay Tabb have not been offered new deals at the club.

    "Every one of those five players will be fondly remembered for their professionalism, diligence and service," said a Reading statement.

    Keepers Stuart Taylor and Jonathan Henly, midfielder Lawson D'Ath and defenders Nick Arnold, Shane Griffin, Matt Partridge are in talks to stay.

    Alex Pearce also looks set to leave.

  68. 1302: 

    London Broncos chief executive Gus Mackay warns the Rugby Football League must be cautious over the proposed restructuring of the game, and that London must retain a representative in Super League.

    Super League and Championship clubs are set to vote on three new options for league competition, which were unveiled by the RFL earlier this month as part of their policy review.

    "We need to make sure whatever decision is taken is the right one for the longevity of the game," Mackay told BBC London 94.9.


    Seanie: Why are fans are so opposed to Mark Hughes as manager? Poor season at QPR but had done fairly well everywhere before that .

    Chyke Oh: Stoke City contact Mark Hughes? Are they tired of the Premiership?

    AP: Mark Hughes unproven, not achieved nothing as a manager, Stoke will be going backwards hiring him.

  70. 1252: 

    Hartlepool United confirm Colin Cooper as their new manager, with Craig Hignett as his assistant.

  71. 1246: 

    Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford believes he could be among the fastest British sprinters ever if he switched to the 100m.

    "I think I could be one of the fastest sprinters in British history if I trained exclusively for the 100m," Rutherford told BBC Sport.


    Andy Benn: How does Sparky keep attracting PL jobs having done poor or worse every job? Young upcoming managers need a chance!

    Mark Buxton: Stoke shouldn't be too hard on Mark Hughes, Look at AVB at Tottenham.

  73. 1239: 

    Failure to qualify for the Champions League could be a "financial disaster" for clubs, according to AC Milan director Umberto Gandini.

    By finishing fifth, Tottenham missed out on a possible £4.5m from the group stages, with Chelsea receiving a total of £51m for their winning run in 2012.

    "Had we not qualified it would have been a financial disaster," Gandini told BBC Sport.


    Paul Johnson: Mark Hughes to Stoke? Say goodbye to your money and the Premier League, Potters.

    Fahad Khan: Di Matteo, Benitez, Poyet, Martinez all available and Stoke decides to consider the manager who solely took QPR to relegation.

  75. 1230: 

    A Premier League pilot scheme that would allow retrospective action on violent incidents is under discussion.

    A panel of former referees could review serious incidents - whether they were seen by officials at the time or not.

    Proposals would need the approval of the FA's rule-making body, the Football Regulatory Authority.

  76. 1226: 

    Scottish Premier League clubs are ready to welcome First Division teams into a new league set-up for next season.

    SPL proposals for bringing the 12 top-flight sides and the 30 Scottish Football League clubs under the one banner are unlikely to gain approval.

    And the SPL intends to start season 2013-14 rebranded as the 'Scottish Professional Football League'.


    Mark Brayford: Have Stoke contacted Mark Hughes to make sure he stays away from the Club at all costs? Must be better that him!

    Ed McAlone: Mark Hughes to Stoke?! How many more teams is he going to ruin before people realise he's an awful manager

  78. 1221: 

    Justin Tipuric believes he can force his way into the British and Irish Lions Test side despite battling against captain Sam Warburton for the open-side flanker position.

    "It's never nice with the captain in your position but I've had it for the last few years with Wales," he said.

  79. 1213: 

    Oldham manager Lee Johnson is looking for a replacement for winger Lee Croft, who has rejected the offer of a new deal with the League One club.

  80. 1205: 

    Spain squad for European Under-21 Championships:

    Goalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Diego Marino (Villarreal), Joel Robles (Atletico Madrid).

    Defenders: Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Dani Carvajal (Bayer Leverkusen), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Alvaro (Real Zaragoza), Inigo Martínez (Real Sociedad), Marc Muniesa (Barcelona), Martín Montoya (Barcelona), Alberto Moreno (Sevilla).

    Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Barcelona), Ignacio Camacho (Malaga), Sergio Canales (Valencia), Asier Illarramendi (Real Sociedad), Isco (Malaga), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Pablo Sarabia (Getafe).

    Forwards: Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid), Rodrigo (Benfica), Iker Muniain (Athletic Bilbao), Cristian Tello (Barcelona), Alvaro Vazquez (Getafe).

  81. 1204: 

    Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea is included in an experienced Spain squad for June's European Under-21 Championship in Israel.

    The 22-year-old is one of five players named in the 23 who helped Spain lift the trophy in 2011 in Denmark.

    Full internationals Thiago Alcantara, Isco and Iker Muniain will travel rather than take part in the senior team's Confederations Cup campaign.

    Wigan loanee goalkeeper Joel Robles, 22, has also been been selected.

  82. 1201: 

    Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo says that Brazilian striker Leandro Damiao could prove to be too expensive for the French club.

    "Leandro Damiao? We know him very well, but there are financial aspects we cannot ignore. We are following him but it is too expensive so far," Anigo told L'Equipe.

  83. 1158: 

    Stoke confirm midfielder Steven Nzonzi handed in a transfer request but deny it is related to the departure of Tony Pulis.

    "Stoke can confirm the club has rejected a written transfer request from midfielder Steven Nzonzi," said a statement.

    "Contrary to reports the French midfielder tabled his request earlier this week before the departure of Tony Pulis from the Britannia Stadium."


    Shane McMenemy: "At least 5 trophies in 5 years shows a long term goal as opposed to an aim of 3 trophies in your first year."

    Dave Hadfield: "If City win 5 trophies in 2/3 years, does this mean they don't need to win any for the next 2/3?"

    Kwame Amoateng: "If Man City wants 5 trophies in 5 years, they should organise their own cup competitions."

    Is five trophies in five years a fair target for Manchester City? Get in touch #bbcsportsday

  85. 1138: 
    Ashley Williams

    The Daily Mail reports Swansea City captain Ashley Williams is on the verge of joining Arsenal.

    Arsenal are said to have made an initial enquiry for the Wales centre half in January and are expected to renew their interest in the coming weeks, but Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has denied there had been any contact between the clubs yet.

  86. 1127: 

    BBC Sport news correspondent Andy Swiss has spoken to Jonnie Peacock, the 100m winner of last year's Paralympics, ahead of his return at this weekend's BT GreatCity Games.

    "[But] it's good, because a year ago, I would never expect that someone who won the Paralympics would be this recognisable, so for me it's just a big relief to see how the sport's progressed," he said. "I think it's getting taken more seriously as sport now, which as athletes we want to see."

    You can read the full interview on the BBC Sport website.

  87. 1121: 

    Giro d'Italia race director Michele Acquarone on the cancellation of stage 19: "It was a tough decision on a big stage on a great finish in a great Giro. It was very hard to say no. But at 9.30am we contacted every mountain pass on the stage and they said 'no, it can't be done for the safety of the riders and the hundreds of workers'. It was better to say no.

    "Tomorrow there is also a change in the route. The San Pellegrino is covered in snow and we're trying to save the finish at Tre Cime."

  88. 1120: 

    Italian daily Tuttosport understands Southampton attacker Gaston Ramirez is a target for Serie A champions Juventus.

    Juventus have tracked Ramirez for two years but missed out to the Premier League side, who signed the Uruguayan for an undisclosed fee last summer.

  89. 1113: 

    England team to play the Barbarians: Backs - Brown, Wade, Joseph, Twelvetrees, Yarde, Burns, Wigglesworth; Forwards - Corbisiero, Webber (capt), Wilson, Launchbury, Attwood, Johnson, Kvesic, Morgan.

  90. 1112: 

    Rob Webber captains England for the first time against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

    The Bath hooker leads a youthful side with 21 year-olds Matt Kvesic and Marland Yarde appearing for the senior side for the first time. England's starting line-up contains nine players aged 24 or under.

    England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We've selected a young and exciting side and this is a great opportunity for these players who have shone in the Premiership this season to step up in front of passionate home crowd at Twickenham Stadium.

    "Rob Webber finished the season strongly with Bath and I know his leadership qualities well. I am sure he'll show the way backed up by the other senior players in the team."

  91. 1107: 

    British number one Laura Robson will play former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the first round of the French Open, while Heather Watson takes on Swiss Stefanie Voegele and Elena Baltacha faces New Zealand's Marina Erakovic.

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery reports: "Robson will fancy her chances against Dane Wozniacki, who has lost her last four matches on clay, while Watson and Baltacha have winnable matches but are both returning from injury."

  92. 1105: 

    Uefa congress confirm that the 2015 Europa League winner will qualify for the following season's Champions League competition.

  93. 1103: 

    Division Two - Hampshire v Lancashire (day 2): Andrea Agathaneglou hopes last man Simon Kerrigan can stick around long enough for him to complete a maiden Championship century for Lancashire on day two of their away match against Hampshire. The Red Rose county ended the opening day on 252-9, with Agathangelou 93 not out.

    Division Two - Worcestershire v Gloucestershire (day 3): Moeen Ali will resume on 122 not out at New Road, with Worcestershire in a strong position on 302-3, leading Gloucestershire by 68 with seven wickets remaining.

    Division Two - Essex v Kent (day 3): Kent look to build a sizeable lead against Essex, having reached 214-5 in reply to the home side's 212 all out, with Darren Stevens unbeaten on 91.

  94. 1056: 

    Former Bayern Munich player and Champions League winner Patrik Andersson believes the German giants are the overwhelming favourites to defeat Borussia Dortmund in Saturday's final.

    The 41-year-old ex-Sweden defender also believes Bayern will be more determined than ever to win their first title in 12 years, having been runners-up in two finals in the previous three years.

    "Bayern are the big favourites," the Swede told BBC Sport. "The mission is still alive for them. The players have been left dissatisfied having lost the previous finals and they will do everything to win this year's title.

    He added: "This Bayern side have been dominating European football even before the arrival of new coach Pep Guardiola. They are one of the top four clubs in the world."

  95. 1051: 

    Real Madrid full back Fabio Coentrao, reportedly a target for Chelsea, claims he was never wanted at the Bernabeu.

    "From the first day I do not think I was wanted here," Coentrao told O Jogo this week.

    "Today it seems that everyone wants me to leave Real Madrid. I do not know what I have done wrong."

    The Portuguese international has been linked with an 18 million euro move to Stamford Bridge.

  96. 1043: 

    Bad news at Headingley, where the toss for the second Test between England and New Zealand is delayed because of rain.

    The day was due to start at 1100 BST but with a minimum of 90 minutes needed to prepare the playing area, pre-lunch play looks increasingly unlikely.

    You can listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, mobiles and app.

  97. 1039: 

    Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio will build a new defence at the Stadium of Light next season with five current defenders on their way out this summer.

    The Shields Gazette reports Maritimo's centre back Valentin Roberge set to arrive on a Bosman deal, while Lazio central defender Modibo Diakite is also on the radar.

    Titus Bramble, Matt Kilgallon, Phil Bardsley and Kader Mangane are expected to leave, while Danny Rose, who spent the season on loan at Sunderland, will return to Tottenham but is wanted on a permanent basis.

  98. 1032: 

    The day's County Championship matches gets under way at 1100 BST, and we'll have regular updates here in Sportsday Live. You can also enjoy live commentary from BBC Radio by clicking the links down the right-hand side of this page.

    Division One - Durham v Middlesex (day 3):

    Durham will be hoping for a break from the weather as they look to build a potentially match-winning lead against Middlesex at Chester-le-Street. The home side are set to resume on 37-0 after earning a 63-run first-innings lead by dismissing the visitors for 196, with England seamer Graham Onions taking his seasonal tally to 23 wickets with figures of 5-39.

  99. 1022: 

    Joe Lydon is appointed England's new head of international player development, according to the Press Association.

    The former England attack coach will move to Twickenham from his current role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union.

    Lydon will manage the elite structure, which covers the England Saxons, age-grade teams, the Sevens programme and the national women's teams.

  100. 1017: 

    Rangers secure the signing of midfielder Nicky Law from Motherwell on a three-year deal.

    The transfer will take effect from 1 September, when their transfer embargo expires.

    Law's two-year contract at Fir Park is due to expire and he had already told Motherwell he intended to move on.


    Jan Kalinowski: "If 3 trophies in 3 years under Mancini was not enough, how come suddenly 5 out of 5 is ok?"

    Chelsea Draper: "With that kind of money, yes. 5 trophies in 5 years is a very realistic target for City."

    Chris Morris: "City expect too much, as soon as they go 1 year with 0 trophies, manager will be sacked, enter Chelsea, post Mourinho."

    Is it unrealistic for Manchester City officials to want five trophies in five years? Or can it be achieved? Get in touch using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  102. 1009: 

    Liverpool chairman Tom Werner hails the "remarkable progress" shown in Brendan Rodgers' first year in charge at Anfield.

    "I think Brendan has made remarkable progress," Werner told the Liverpool Echo. "He's a great strategist and has shown strong leadership as he has led the team through this season.

    He added: "Obviously there is disappointment that we didn't finish higher in the table but the team has certainly improved as the season has gone on."

  103. 1005: 

    A little bit more information about Danilo Di Luca from BBC Radio 5 live Sport's Simon Clancy: "The Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca of the Vini Fantini team has tested positive for EPO - not the first failed test in his chequered career - after an out of competition test at his home on 29 April.

    "Di Luca was suspended for two years after testing positive twice during the 2009 Giro. He hasn't won a stage of the 2013 Giro although he's continually attacked during the race, albeit without success. He's currently 26th overall."

  104. 1002: 
    Carl Froch (l) and Mikkel Kessler

    Ahead of Carl Froch's IBF super-middleweight fight with Mikkel Kessler on Saturday, BBC Sport's Ben Dirs explores Froch's struggle with respect and acceptance.

    "Carl Froch, in common with most boxers, has never been in Eubank's privileged position of being able to choose between money and glory," writes Dirs. "Lacking Eubank's charisma, domestic rivals and a settled television deal, for Froch glory was a constant necessity: only by fighting the greatest names of his era was he able to attain financial security."

    You can read the full story of Froch's rise to prominence on the BBC Sport website.

  105. 0943: 

    Italian cyclist Danilo Di Luca - who is currently participating in the Giro d'Italia, and won the event in 2007 - tests positive for EPO in an out-of-competition test before the race.

    Di Luca, who has already served a ban for testing positive at the Giro d'Italia in 2009, tested positive for the banned blood booster at the end of April, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.


    After Ferran Soriano, chief executive of Manchester City, said he wants the club to win five trophies in five years, we ask whether that is a realistic aim for the blue half of Manchester.

    Should City be expected to win more than that? Or will there be less than five trophies over the next five years at the Etihad Stadium? Send in your comments to #bbcsportsday

  107. 0932: 

    Manchester United's outgoing chief executive David Gill is set to be elected unopposed to Uefa's executive committee today, reports the Press Association.

    Uefa sources say that one of Gill's rivals, Portugal's Fernando Gomes, is expected to announce he is withdrawing from the election.

    That will open the way for Gill as there would be just eight candidates for eight seats.

  108. 0923: 

    Cardiff City chairman Vincent Tan is considering selling shares in the club, according to Reuters news agency.

    Tan, the Malaysian multi-millionaire businessman, took control of Cardiff in 2010 by buying 36.1% of the club.

    The process to float shares is said to be at an early stage, with the initial plan to list Cardiff on the Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange.

    Tan has promised to spend £25m on players this summer as Cardiff prepare for the Premier League.

  109. 0919: 

    BBC Sport's Richard Conway reports: "Uefa congress continues this morning. Prince William, in his capacity as the president of The FA, is due to attend and will address the delegates.

    "Fifa president Sepp Blatter is here in London too. So it will be the first time since December 2010, when William helped England's bid to host the 2018 World Cup, that he has come face to face with Blatter. England's bid team complained after the vote - which went to Russia - that several Fifa executives had misled them over their voting intentions.

    "Uefa are also expected to rubber-stamp their decision to give the Europa League winners - from 2015 onwards - a place in the following season's Champions League."

  110. 0913: 

    Some players are out on the course already for the second round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth, including Sergio Garcia.

    Garcia has been embroiled in a race row with Tiger Woods over the past few days after the Spaniard joked he would ask Woods for dinner to settle a recent spat and serve him fried chicken, which is stereotypically associated with black people in the American deep south.

    European Tour chief executive George O'Grady then apologised for using the racially insensitive word "coloured" in an interview defending Garcia.

    Garcia is currently one-over-par through two holes after his first round level par.

  111. 0901: 

    The draw for the French Open 2013 will take place at 1030 BST, with Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova discovering who they will begin the defence of their singles titles against.

    There will be no Andy Murray in the draw however after he withdrew with a back injury.

  112. 0857: 

    Everton midfielder Leon Osman signs a new one-year extension to tie him to the club until 2015.

    The 32-year-old's existing deal was set to expire next summer and he insists the uncertainty over who will be in charge at Goodison did not affect his decision.

    "We are not quite sure what's going to happen with a manager but I am still delighted to have secured my future here at the Club," he told the club website.

  113. 0848: 

    The 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia has been cancelled because of snow.

    The 139km stage from Ponte di Legno to Val Martello in the Dolomite mountains had already been re-routed on Thursday, given that the stage would take in the highest point of the race at 2,783m.

    And with windchill expected to drop to -20C, organisers have taken no chances.

    Vincenzo Nibali won stage 18 time trail on Thursday to extend his overall lead in the general classification to four minutes and two seconds over second-placed Cadel Evans.

  114. 0841: 
    Christian Benteke

    The day's main transfer news revolves around Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke. The Express reports the 22-year-old has alerted Arsenal after admitting he would be favourable to moving to the Emirates.

    "There is no point in me getting into a tug-of-war with Villa, and I don't think there is any need for one," said Benteke. "If the chance comes up for me to join a club like Arsenal, I am convinced that we can reach a compromise where everybody comes out a winner."

    He added: "If Villa say that I have to stay put, I will find it hard to accept. I don't want to be left with regrets about not getting the most out of my career."

  115. 0832: 

    And here is some of the football gossip from around Europe, put together for us by BBC Monitoring.

    Monaco have signed Porto midfielders Joao Moutinho, 26 and James Rodriguez, 21, for a combined fee of £60m. (A Bola, in Portuguese)

    Arsenal target Serge Aurier, 20, says he will not leave Toulouse "unless something crazy happens". Several French clubs are also believed to be interested in the Ivorian defender. (

    Inter Milan president Massimo Moratti has denied the club has made contact with former Napoli manager Walter Mazzarri. (, in Italian)

  116. 0828: 

    Let's take a quick look at some of the football transfer stories doing the rounds this morning, courtesy of the BBC Sport website's Gossip page.

    Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen, 27, has emerged as a surprise target for Italian side Napoli. (talkSPORT)

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a cut-price move for 25-year-old Celta Vigo forward Iago Aspas. (Daily Express)

    Chelsea are weighing up a move for Galatasaray's 27-year-old striker Burak Yilmaz, who has scored 32 goals this season. (Metro)

  117. 0823: 

    Can England enjoy a good first day at Headingley? You can listen to ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website. There will also be live text commentary on the BBC Sport website, mobiles and app.

  118. 0820: 

    England will look for a final boost ahead of this summer's Ashes series as they aim for a 2-0 series win over New Zealand.

    The second - and final - Test begins today at 1100 BST at Headingley, and England captain Alastair Cook expects a close-fought second Test, despite England's 170-run victory at Lord's.

    Cook said: "If you look at it without the emotive side of last week's game, it was nip and tuck for three days.

    "We had to work very hard in those three days to get ourselves in a position to win the game."

  119. 0814: 

    The fall-out from Sergio Garcia's comments on Tiger Woods continues, with European Tour chief executive George O'Grady apologising for using the racially insensitive word "coloured" in an interview defending Garcia.

    O'Grady described many of Garcia's friends as being "coloured athletes".

    A remorseful O'Grady said: "I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports, for which I unreservedly apologise."

    Garcia will tee off his second round of the PGA Championship at Wentworth at 0825 BST alongside Luke Donald and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Overnight leader James Kingston will begin at 1440 BST.

  120. 0807: 
    Ferran Soriano

    Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano wants the club to win five trophies in the next five years.

    Soriano is overseeing the search for a new manager after the club sacked Roberto Mancini, who was at the Etihad Stadium for three-and-a-half years.

    Manuel Pellegrini is currently favourite to become City's new manager, having confirmed he will leave Malaga this summer.

    "I would say I want to win five trophies in the next five years," said Soriano.

    "That may mean we win no trophies one year and two in another, but on average I want one trophy or title a year."

  121. 0800: 

    Good morning and welcome to Sportsday Live. It has been less than a week since the Premier League season finished but there is already plenty of speculation as to who will go where - Mark Hughes is the latest name to be linked with the Stoke vacancy, while Roberto Martinez has delayed his decision on whether he will remain Wigan manager. Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, meanwhile, has refused to be drawn on his future at Villa Park. We will also bring you the latest news from England's second Test against New Zealand at Headingley, as well as the second day of the PGA Championship at Wentworth. Let's start, though, with a look at the sports headlines in more detail.

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