Sportsday - Tuesday 28 May as it happened

Ashley Cole to captain England, Martinez being cleared for Everton talks and football transfer latest.

28 May 2013 Last updated at 18:00

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  1. 1800: 

    That's all for today's Sportsday. Tune in to BBC Radio 5 live this evening from 1900 BST, when tennis legend Jimmy Connors will be taking your calls and Matt Dawson will look ahead to the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia.

  2. 1754: 

    Alastair Cook backs his tactics after England had to wait late into a rain-hit fifth day to take the final four wickets needed to win the second Test.

    Cook had set New Zealand an impossible total of 468 for victory but almost found his side thwarted by bad weather and light on a gloomy final day.

    "There are lots of different ways of attacking - you don't always have to crowd the bat," he said. "There are many different ways of skinning a cat."

  3. 1749: 

    Double Olympic champion Dame Kelly Holmes believes both squash and climbing deserve places in the shortlist for inclusion in the 2020 Olympics.

    On Wednesday the International Olympic Committee will reveal which of eight bidding sports will be put through to the final voting stage in September.

    Wrestling, squash and karate are amongst the favourites, although up to four sports could be listed in the shortlist. The other contenders are roller sports, wakeboarding, wrestling, wushu and a joint baseball-softball campaign.

  4. 1741: 

    Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has named Stephen Kelly and Sean St Ledger in his defence for Wednesday's friendly against England.

    With Marc Wilson not risked because of a calf strain, Kelly will start at left-back with St Ledger replacing injured Ciaran Clark at centre-half.

  5. 1731: 

    Crawley Town manager Richie Barker and his assistant Taff Williams sign new two-year contracts with the club.

    Barker moved to the Broadfield Stadium last August and guided the Reds to a 10th-placed finish in League One.

  6. 1729: 

    Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock has been offered a new contract and is expected to make a decision by the end of the week, BBC Radio Humberside reports.

    The Australian met with Robins chief executive Mike Smith on Monday evening and was offered a 12-month extension.

    Sandercock, 42, signed a two-year deal to replace Justin Morgan in 2011 after spending two years as Newcastle Knights assistant coach in Australia's NRL.

  7. 1723: 

    Gethin Jenkins will miss the British and Irish Lions' opening match against the Barbarians because of injury.

    The Wales prop, 32, has suffered a recurrence of his long-standing calf problem, ruling him out of the tour warm-up in Hong Kong on Saturday.

  8. 1718: 

    Roy Hodgson has clarified the situation surrounding who will captain England in the friendly against England on Wednesday.

    It initially appeared that Ashley Cole who lead the side out in recognition of him passing 100 caps, but Frank Lampard would remain captain of the side.

    However, it has been confirmed that Cole will be captain.

  9. 1714: 

    The England and Wales Cricket Board suspend Hampshire's Glenn Querl and Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor because of illegal bowling actions.

    Querl and Taylor have both been reported on two separate occasions within a 12-month period and have undergone independent analysis.

  10. 1708: 

    Hodgson also addressed comments he has made in his programme notes, where he has asked England fans to respect the visiting Republic players and spectators.

    England's last meeting with the Republic in Dublin in 1995 was abandoned because of crowd violence.

    "It almost goes without saying, we want fans to show respect to all opponents," said Hodgson. "I was very happy to send out the letter and very happy with everything the FA have done.

    "They have been extremely good so far. In recent years we have been blessed with a very good support and very respectful. I have great respect and faith in our supporters to behave in the way we would like them to behave."

  11. 1704: 

    England manager Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the media before Wednesday's friendly against Republic of Ireland.

    On left-back Ashley Cole, who will lead the side out at Wembley, Hodgson said: "The way he has performed, he has been the most consistent left back in world football. The gesture is very much deserved and I am very happy for him.

    "It's actually his 102nd appearance. Frank and I are happy that he will lead the team out there but Frank still remains the captain of the team."


    This afternoon, we're asking who your club should sign in the summer transfer window.

    James Priest: Would be great if Liverpool signed McManaman, he reminds me of a player with the same name who used to wear red in the 90s.

    Jack Connor: MUFC, MCFC, CFC, AFC and THFC all want a top striker, but in short supply. Falcao and Lewondowski gone, Cavani bidding war?

  13. 1653: 

    New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, speaking after his side's 247-run defeat against England at Headingley: "The gulf between the two teams was exposed in this Test.

    "We certainly had the bowling attack where we knew we could take English wickets and it was a matter of us being able to produce the runs that were required.

    "I think it was a combination between high-class bowling from the England bowlers and also our boys just struggled a touch with the bat to get that high score that was required."

  14. 1647: 

    Chris Taylor, Simon Eastwood and Alan Judge have joined Championship side Blackburn, becoming Gary Bowyer's first three signings as Rovers manager.

    Millwall midfielder Taylor, 26, and Portsmouth goalkeeper Eastwood, 23, have agreed two-year deals. Notts County midfielder Judge, 24, returns to the club with which he began his career on a three-year contract.

  15. 1644: 

    Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Zaka Ashraf was suspended by the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday over what it described as the "polluted" process to elect him to the post.

    The decision came after a petition filed by a former coach of the Pakistan Army team, Ahmed Nadeem, who said the board of governors which elected Ashraf was illegal as it had no representation from Punjab, the country's largest province.

    "Since the election of Ashraf is illegal, we have also asked the court to order fresh elections," Faiz Ahmed, representing Nadeem, told Reuters news agency.

  16. 1641: 

    The Football League is to appoint a chief executive to oversee the management and strategic direction of the organisation, with chairman Greg Clarke moving from an executive to non-executive role.


    James Corcoran: Never mind the manager merry-go-round in the Premier League - poor old Macclesfield Town have had no manager for three months.

  18. 1636: 

    Ashley Cole will lead the England team out for Wednesday's friendly against the Republic of Ireland at Wembley, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed. But Frank Lampard will captain the side for the match.

  19. 1629: 

    World ladies' champion Reanne Evans defeated Thailand's Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 5-4 to qualify for the final stages of the Wuxi Classic in China.

    Evans produced a superb comeback from 3-0 and 4-3 down to register her first win in a full ranking event.

    "It's definitely the best result of my career so far. Hopefully this will show other women what can be done in snooker," said 27-year-old Evans.

    She faces Neil Robertson, who scored a 147 break against Mohammed Khairy.

  20. 1622: 

    England spinner Graeme Swann thanked elbow surgeon Shawn O'Driscoll for "saving" his career after a Test-best match haul.

    The off-spinner's second-innings figures of 6-90 at Headingley saw him finish with a match haul of 10-132, which led England to a 247-run win over New Zealand and a 2-0 series win.

    He told Sky Sports: "The elbow feels great, I'm very thankful to the surgeon Shawn O'Driscoll - he probably saved my career, good man."

  21. 1619: 

    Arsenal have announced that 19-year-old midfielder Kyle Ebecilio will sign for Dutch side FC Twente on a permanent deal this summer.


    This afternoon, we're asking who your club should sign in the summer transfer window.

    Danny P: "I think Villa should sign Lescott and Huddlestone to give us the experience and leadership we currently lack."

    Aidan Williams: "Henrik Mkhitaryan has been linked with Liverpool. Seems a top top player, would love to see him in the shirt."

    David Cann: "Spurs need another striker and Everton are also short on back-up midfielders. Interesting to see if anyone will go for McManaman."

  23. 1612: 

    It's a big day for would-be Olympians tomorrow, as the IOC decides which sport or sports will be considered for the games in 2020. Wrestling will battle to get its place back, while karate, roller sports, softball/baseball, sport climbing, squash, wakeboarding and wushu are all vying to be included.

    Whichever sport gets picked will go through to a final vote in September, and up on the BBC Sport Facebook page we want to know which one you think should be included.

  24. 1608: 

    Ireland's acting head coach Les Kiss has welcomed Rory Best's call-up by the British and Irish Lions, but claimed he should have been in the original squad.

    "It's something that all of us in this island thought was deserved in the first place, but that's the way it happens in selection sometimes," Kiss said.

    "We're extremely happy for what Rory's got, it's great reward for everything he's done over the last four years. He's been immense for Ulster and Ireland. I do know that he's the type of player Australia will hate to play against and if he gets his chance he'll take it."

  25. 1605: 

    The England and Wales Cricket Board have given suspensions to Hampshire's Glenn Querl and Gloucestershire's Jack Taylor because of suspected illegal bowling actions.

  26. 1559: 

    Barnsley's Tom Kennedy has signed a new two-year deal at the Championship club.

    The defender, 27, initially joined the Tykes in September 2012 on non-contract terms and later signed a permanent deal until the end of the season. He played only four times under former manager Keith Hill but was a regular after David Flitcroft took over as boss last term.


    This afternoon, we're asking who your club should sign in the summer transfer window.

    Joe Bailey: Shaun Maloney would be a great addition to many Premier League clubs like Everton, or even a newly promoted side.

    George Newton: Spurs should sign a new centre forward, I'd love to see Benteke at WHL next season!

    Super Reds: I want Liverpool to sign Christian Eriksen, Asmir Begovic and Christian Tello. Those are my main signings. Top four for Liverpool.

  28. 1545: 

    Carlisle United captain Paul Thirlwell has signed a new contract to stay at the club until the summer of 2014. The 34-year-old initially joined the Cumbrians on loan from Derby in September 2006, before making the move permanent in January 2007.

    "He plays a vital role in the team and in the squad and we are delighted that he will be staying with us next season," said manager Greg Abbott.

    Defender Danny Livesy has also agreed a 12-month contract extension.

  29. 1542: 

    AFC Wimbledon have signed former QPR, Northampton Town and Rotherham midfielder Chris Arthur from Havant & Waterlooville.

    "We have watched Chris a lot during the last season and though he is not a high profile signing, I am sure that Wimbledon's fans will be excited by his talents," said manager Neal Ardley. "He has got unbelievable pace, a great left foot and he can also fill in at left-back. I think we can develop Chris and turn him into a very good player."

  30. 1539: 

    England have beaten New Zealand by 247 runs in the second Test at Headingley to complete a 2-0 series win. Follow our dedicated live text commentary for all the reaction.

  31. 1534: 

    Uefa say that Saturday's Champions League final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund was aired in more than 200 countries to an estimated global audience of 150m.

  32. 1531: 

    Toulon winger Alexis Palisson will miss France's tour of New Zealand next month after injuring his left hand, reports AFP.

    He will be replaced in the 35-strong French tour party by Marc Andreu of Castres.

  33. 1529: 

    Jermaine Easter is set to sign a one-year contract with Millwall. The 31-year-old scored one goal in nine appearances for the Lions after joining on loan from Crystal Palace in March.

    "When I was on loan myself and Kenny Jackett agreed everything and I was expecting to be playing for him next season," the striker said. "However, I've been in the game long enough to know how football works, so I will now be looking to do well under the new manager."


    This afternoon, we're asking who your club should sign in the summer, plus we are getting your reaction to Roberto Martinez's Wigan exit.

    D. Freeman: I think Palace should nab some of their academy graduates back from Wigan - Ben Watson prime example, maybe a shock bid for Moses.

    Jack Reynolds: Would love Everton to sign Kone, get Tim Cahill back and sign Lukaku on loan.

    Armchair Geezer: Everton under Moyes epitomised good football on a budget. Name me a better candidate than Martinez to succeed him?

  35. 1520: 

    BBC Scotland's Jim Spence reports: "Derby County are the Championship club who have made an offer for Dundee Utd striker Johnny Russell."

  36. 1518: 
    Romain Grosjean

    Lotus expect Romain Grosjean to come good despite the Frenchman picking up a 10 place grid penalty for next week's Canadian Grand Prix after crashing out of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix.

    "We will sit down with him and go through the weekend," said team principal Eric Boullier. "It's always the same story, especially in Monaco. He had the pace, we could see it. It's even more frustrating because of that."

  37. 1514: 

    Valencia coach Ernesto Valverde says he will decide whether to extend his six-month contract or leave the club after the final round of La Liga matches this weekend.

    Valencia are in pole position to secure fourth place and a Champions League play-off place, as they hold a two-point advantage over fifth-placed Real Sociedad ahead of their season-ending trip to play Sevilla on Saturday.

    "I spoke this morning with Amadeo Salvo (who is set to be the club's new president) and we agreed that due to the importance of Saturday we would put off Wednesday's meeting until after the game," Valverde said.

  38. 1510: 

    Captain Manuel Almunia believes youthful inexperience of the big occasion was the reason behind Watford's performance in Monday's Championship play-off final defeat to Crystal Palace.

    "We have a young side and they have to get used to these kind of games, mentally you have to be prepared to be in front of 80,000 people," the former Arsenal goalkeeper said. "It's not easy because it's the first time for many players and Palace have very experienced players."

  39. 1505: 

    Former Everton winger Ronny Goodlass believes the Toffees and Roberto Martinez will be a perfect fit, if Martinez is appointed as successor to David Moyes at Goodison Park.

    "Roberto's decided he wants to take the next step up in his own career and I think there's no better place to come than Everton," Goodlass told BBC Radio Merseyside. "If he is going to speak to Everton, I hope [chairman] Bill Kenwright can get it sorted as soon as possible. It will give him more time to look at the present squad and also get some new faces in."


    Mark: "Think Gus Poyet would be a good fit at Wigan, with someone who knows the club like Arjan de Zeeuw joining him."

    Jake Silver: "I want to see Palace sign a big centre-forward and maybe a few players to make a difference of the bench."

    Who do you want your club to sign? Tweet us, using #bbcsportsday

  41. 1456: 

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has told Sky Sports News that any club appointing Roberto Martinez will have to pay a £2m compensation fee.

  42. 1454: 

    Heather Watson's first-round match against Stefanie Voegele in the French Open has been cancelled for the day because of rain.

  43. 1448: 

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews is confident his side can impress during the Champions Trophy tournament in England, which begins on 6 June.

    "It's not even a concern when it comes to a tournament like this because they've been here, they've done it, and I have the confidence in them," Mathews said, on his arrival in the UK.

  44. 1446: 

    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery in Paris: "It's been a frustrating day so far, and the prospects of seeing both Elena Baltacha and Heather Watson today look very slim. Grigor Dimitrov and Sam Stosur will be happy to have made it through before the second wave of rain, but they now face a busy afternoon as the only available players for the media to grill."

  45. 1444:  

    Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, speaking about the departure of Roberto Martinez on BBC Radio 5 live: "I did tell Roberto before I spoke to him this morning that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright had rung me on Friday and asked for permission to speak to him.

    "He is a must for Everton, he is a fabulous manager. In my mind he is tailor-made for Everton. I am sure Bill will be very interested in him."

  46. 1440: 

    The covers are being removed at Headingley and play will resume at 1500 BST - weather permitting. England need two more wickets to wrap up a 2-0 series win against New Zealand.

  47. 1434: 
    Gary Caldwell

    Wigan defender Gary Caldwell, speaking to Sky Sports News just before it was announced that Roberto Martinez will be leaving the club: "I think every player hopes the manager stays.

    "I don't think it's just Dave Whelan, I think every player has a good relationship with the manager. He is someone who has come to the club and stamped his authority on how he wants to play.

    "Every player enjoys that and I think we have had great success with that."

  48. 1431: 

    AC Milan have announced on Twitter they will take part in the Audi Cup in Munich, along with Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Sao Paolo between 31 July and 1 August.


    BBC Sport's Piers Newbery in Paris: "Rain stops play at Roland Garros and optimistic talk of seeing Baltacha and Watson today halts abruptly. Dimitrov and Stosur through before rain."

  50. 1427: 

    The opening day of the County Championship Division Two game between Worcestershire and Essex at New Road has been abandoned because of rain.


    Jamie Foster: I can see Graeme Jones as the next man in charge at Wigan. Whelan likes to promote from within.

    fqiren: Tony Pulis to lead Wigan out of the Championship with a contrasting style of football.

    David Whalley: Thanks Roberto, what a ride. FA Cup win will never be forgotten. What a very attractive option the Wigan job is for someone.

  52. 1419: 

    New Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer, speaking at his first news conference since being given the job permanently: "We've got to bring stability to the football club by winning football matches.

    "We are looking upwards and are very confident about the future of the club. We'll be looking to add to the squad. I know what is required because of the time I've spent here."

  53. 1415: 

    Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has told the Press Association that outgoing manager Roberto Martinez will be speaking to Everton.

    "Roberto wants to move on," Whelan said. "We will let him go but he's on a 12-month rolling contract so if he moves someone will have to buy him out of his final year.

    "Everton rang me and I said they have permission to talk to him."

  54. 1410: 

    Our #QSTeaser was: Since 2000, who are the eight players whose surnames begin with M have scored in a Champions League final?

    The answers to today's teaser are: Paolo Maldini, Mario Mandzukic, Steve McManaman, Gaizka Mendieta, Lionel Messi, Diego Milito, Fernando Morientes and Thomas Muller.

  55. 1406: 

    Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund sign Greece defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 24, from Werder Bremen after allowing fellow centre-back Felipe Santana, 27, to leave for Schalke 04.

  56. 1402: 

    Alberto Emon is leaving his job as manager of Ligue 1 club AC Ajaccio after refusing to renew his contract. Emon, who replaced Alex Dupont in January, helped the club stay in the top flight as they finished two points above the relegation zone.

  57. 1358: 

    Former England and Liverpool striker Michael Owen gives his reaction to Martinez's resignation as manager of Wigan.

    He said on Twitter: So it emerges Everton made an approach for Martinez last week. Great appointment if and when it happens but won't be easy succeeding Moyes.


    Kento: Martinez is an FA Cup winning manager & he deserves to be managing a team in the top flight. Wigan should approach Gus Poyet.

    Michael Thompson: Martinez made right decision. Hope he gets Everton job to show his abilities in the top half. He will inherit a better squad.

    Josh Simpkin: Gutted to see Martinez go, he's left a legacy as a player and a manager too, it's now imperative we find the right man again.

    Tweet your thoughts about Roberto Martinez's resignation as Wigan manager to #bbcsportsday

  59. 1347: 
    Roberto Martinez Roberto Martinez has resigned as manager of Wigan

    Wigan owner Dave Whelan tells BBC Sport he has accepted Roberto Martinez's resignation.

    He said: "He wanted permission to move so I've given that. He has 12 months left on his contract, so whoever comes in for him must pay the remainder of his contract.

    "He feels he's not the man to lead us into the Premier League. I've got to accept what he feels. He loves Wigan and the fans. We have to move on now and want applications for the job."


    Wigan will start life in the Championship without Roberto Martinez as manager after he resigned on Tuesday.

    Who could replace him at the Latics? Has he made the right decision? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  61. 1341: 

    Wigan Athletic confirm manager Roberto Martinez will leave the club this summer after the club accepted his resignation.

    The Spaniard, whose side won the FA Cup but were relegated from the Premier League, informed chairman Dave Whelan of his wishes earlier today.

    Martinez has been strongly linked with a move to Everton this summer, after David Moyes was appointed Manchester United boss.

  62. 1341: 

    While Roberto Martinez is being linked to the vacant managerial position at Everton, Mark Hughes is a front-runner for the job at Stoke City.

    Stoke are expecting to appoint a new manager before the end of the week, having spoken to former Manchester City boss Hughes.

  63. 1336: 

    Football correspondent for the Wigan Evening Post, Paul Kendrick, is also reporting Roberto Martinez has left Wigan, tweeting: Breaking news: Roberto has resigned.

  64. 1329: 

    Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will leave the club, according to Sky Sports News.

  65. 1326: 

    Aston Villa will today begin talks with Andreas Weimann and his agent in a bid to persuade the young striker to sign a new contract, reports the Metro.

    The 21-year-old forward, who has been with the club for six years, scored 12 times in all competitions.

    "There is a meeting planned and we hope we can come to a successful conclusion," said his representative Robert Groener.

    "Andi will stay in the Premier League but at which club I do not know at this moment. There are offers but we will first meet Villa and listen to them."

  66. 1321: 

    Hull City's new signing George Boyd joined initially on loan in February and was available on a free transfer after his contract expired at the end of the season.

    The 27-year-old Scottish made a big impact upon his arrival at the KC Stadium, scoring four goals in five games in March to win the Championship player of the month award.

    He did not score again as Hull stumbled slightly before sealing second place on the final day of the season, but ended the campaign with 11 goals - seven of which came for Peterborough.

    Nottingham Forest fans will watch his progress with interest after their club pulled out of a deal to sign the midfielder in January after an "inconclusive eye test".

  67. 1316: 
    Milos Krasic Fenerbahce winger Milos Krasic is reported to have offers from the Premier League

    Fenerbahce winger Milos Krasic has offers from the Premier League - with Sunderland rumoured to be among interested parties, according to Talksport.

    Krasic moved to the Turkish club for just under £7million last season and he scored once in 27 league appearances.

    The Serb's agent Dejan Joksimovic said: "Milos needs to play, he's not getting that chance at Fenerbahce.

    "Krasic has had offers from the Premier League and we will be considering a move."

  68. 1308: 

    Play is under way on the third day of the French Open at Roland Garros after rain delayed the scheduled 1000 BST start.

    French 13th seed Marion Bartoli is first up on Court Philippe Chatrier, taking on Olga Govortsova of Belarus. After that match has concluded, world number one Novak Djokovic will take on Belgian David Goffin.

    Former British number one Elena Baltacha takes on New Zealand's Marina Erakovic third on Court Three with British number two Heather Watson's first-round match against Switzerland's Stefanie Voegele following straight afterwards.

    Live radio coverage of both Baltacha and Watson's matches will be available on the BBC Sport website.

    See the schedule of play here

    Follow the live scores here

  69. 1304: 

    Hull confirm the permanent signing of George Boyd from Peterborough on a two-year deal following his loan spell with the club.


    Dan Elvy: Spurs signing a prolific forward like David Villa would make the difference and a sign of intent to the likes of Bale, Lloris, etc.

    Matthew Jones: Cheltenham need a striker and, while I doubt we can afford them, I'd like to see Cureton and Akinfenwa, both out of contract.

    Simon Shutt: Liverpool need a few players, McManaman - Wigan, Ince - Blackpool - Benteke from Villa and an experienced defender like Lescott.

    Ben King: Chelsea Fan. I would like to see us sign Edinson Cavani. Very physical, he would suit the Premier League a lot and hope Lukaku stays.

    Who do want your club to sign this summer? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  71. 1254: 

    Play gets under way on the third day of the French Open after a rain delay of almost three hours at Roland Garros.

    Top seed Novak Djokovic was due to begin his campaign on Court Philippe Chatrier against Belgium's David Goffin.

    Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli was starting proceedings on the main show court against Olga Govortsova of Belarus.

  72. 1246: 

    Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville believes Sir Alex Ferguson has left new manager David Moyes one of the four great teams of his 26-year tenure at Old Trafford.

    "When you're at Manchester United and you've had a manager who has built four great teams - '94, '99, 2008 and you can now argue this one that has won the league - people are always going to compare teams," Neville told

    "The most important thing to say about this team is it's on an upward curve. You've got players like (David) de Gea, Rafael, (Jonny) Evans, (Chris) Smalling, (Phil) Jones, (Tom) Cleverley, (Danny) Welbeck and (Javier) Hernandez to name eight players who are still young and haven't reached anywhere near their peak.

    "This team has still not reached its potential. I'm sure there will be additions to the squad this summer, so you're talking about a team on the up."

  73. 1241: 

    The boss of the GB Olympic boxing team, Derek Mapp, is voted out of his post at an extraordinary general meeting of the British Amateur Boxing Association.

    Chairman of British Amateur Boxing Association, Derek Mapp lost his job when the Amateur Boxing Association of England backed a Scottish resolution to remove him.

    The Welsh Amateur Boxing Association voted against the Amateur Boxing Scotland motion but was defeated 2-1.

    Mapp was a key figure in the creation of the BABA - an umbrella body formed to bring the English, Scottish & Welsh elite boxing programmes under one roof and with one budget - after the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  74. 1240: 

    Hull City could be interested in goalkeepers Kasper Schmeichel or Shay Given, according to the Hull Daily Mail, as they prepare for life back in the Premier League.

  75. 1234: 

    England will have to wait a little longer for victory in the second Test at Headingley against New Zealand as rain again forces the players off the field.

    England need just two wickets to seal a 2-0 series win, but will be keeping an anxious glance on the weather.

  76. 1233: 

    James Rodriguez is looking forward to the chance to link back up with Radamel Falcao at Monaco amid growing speculation the Colombian is close to moving to France from Atletico Madrid.

    Rodriguez, who plays with Falcao for Colombia, recently moved to Monaco for a combined fee of £60m with Joao Moutinho.

    He told Colombian newspaper El Tiempo: "Obviously (it's good). I've already played with him and now we're going to be together again, that's also going to be good.

    "I'm proud to be with a friend, hopefully we can achieve great things."

  77. 1232: 

    England move even closer to victory with another wicket.

    Jonathan Trott catches Tim Southee of Graeme Swann's bowling to leave New Zealand 218-8.

    Listen to commentary of the second Test at Headingley on BBC Test Match Special or via the BBC Sport website.


    Callum Binner: I would like to see Crewe sign Nick Powell back on loan from United! And to sign a tall striker!

    Matt Emms: Aston Villa fan - I'd love us to buy Aaron Cresswell from Ipswich, Luke Murphy from Crewe and Callum McManaman from Wigan.

    Dan ‏Wilkinson: Hull to sign Bent, Figueroa and Boyce to reunite them with Bruce also expect Moyes' first signing at United to be Bale.

    Who do you want your club to sign this summer? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  79. 1219: 

    Northampton flanker Calum Clark and Leicester lock Ed Slater are ruled out of England's tour to Uruguay and Argentina.

    Wasps-bound lock Kearnan Myall has been added the squad, with England now taking 31 players for Sunday's tour match in Montevideo and the two Tests against the Pumas.

    Clark has failed to recover from the ankle injury he suffered in the Saints' Aviva Premiership semi-final win at Saracens.

    Slater suffered a recurrence of a tricep injury during Leicester's Premiership final win against Northampton on Saturday.

  80. 1214: 
    Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid are reported to be ready to keep hold of Cristiano Ronaldo this summer

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says he has no intention of selling Cristiano Ronaldo, reports ESPN.

    The former Manchester United's current deal ends in 2015, but Perez is reported to have told radio show El Larguero that the future Madrid team would be built around him.

    "I do not know if he has an offer from PSG," Perez said. "He told me last summer that he was sad and I told him that we would do everything possible for him to be happy. He had a bad moment but it is over now. Since then, his behaviour has been spectacular - Cristiano has been an example and has not had problems with anyone.

    "He is the best in the world; we want to build the future Madrid around him. I would like him to be the best-paid player in the world."

  81. 1210: 

    Sir Chris Hoy calls for drug cheats to be handed life-time bans during an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live's Victoria Derbyshire.

    He said: "I am a big believer in having meaningful deterrents. If it something serious I think athletes should be banned for life and then they would really think seriously before doing it.

    "If you can just come straight back into a team after a two-year ban; straight back to your salary and being able to earn a living, it is not really much of a deterrent.

    "Especially if the Olympics if your thing. You could test positive in between Olympics, come back and still compete at the Olympic Games."

  82. 1206: 

    England move a step closer to victory with Stuart Broad taking Brendon McCullum's, wicket caught and bowled for one. England need just three wickets for victory.

    Follow the match on Test Match Special or via the BBC website.

  83. 1157: 

    Sir Chris Hoy continued: "Most of the athletes have had to move to facilities which are often outside of Scotland. I had to move to Manchester to go to the Velodrome.

    "You look at Andy Murray and he spent most of his time in Spain and Miami.

    "The first thing you have to do is provide the coaching and infrastructure for the athletes. It is not to say it is impossible. It is just a different challenge."

  84. 1155: 

    Sir Chris Hoy has been talking about a separate Scottish Olympic team if Scotland vote for independence in 2014 on Victoria Derbyshire's show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

    He said: "You look at the results of the Scottish athletes and teams over the years and we have had some fantastic results.

    "But it is not quite as simple as having X-amount of medals last time so we can translate that to this amount next time."

  85. 1154: 

    Former captain Michael Vaughan believes England's decision-making has been "a bit safe and a bit fearful" in the second Test against New Zealand.

    He told BBC Test Match Special: "If they're honest, and they should be, they will look at where they could improve tactically. With strategic aggression they could have won this game already.

    "Everyone should have been catching: try to force the batsman into an error. I just thought it was a bit safe yesterday."

    Play has resumed at Headingley with England needing four wickets to seal a 2-0 win over New Zealand. There is commentary on Test Match Special and via the BBC Sport website.

  86. 1150: 

    Rangers confirm Queen of the South striker Nicky Clark as the club's fourth summer signing.

    The 21-year-old striker has penned a three-year deal and was due to be unveiled at Ibrox at 12.15pm today.

    He joins Dundee United striker Jon Daly, Kilmarnock goalkeeper Cammy Bell and midfielder Nicky Law of Motherwell, who all confirmed moves to the Glasgow side last week.

  87. 1149: 

    Everton defender John Heitinga hints he may be on his way out of the club this summer with no talks over a contract extension planned.

    The centre-back, 29, is entering the final 12 months of the five-year deal he signed when he joined from Atletico Madrid for £6m in 2009.

    "If they want to earn something for me, this is the moment," he told Voetbal International.

    "I have made no arrangement with the club about that. I will just wait and see what happens."

  88. 1142: 

    England are coming back onto the field at Headingley for a delayed start to the final day of the second Test against New Zealand. England need four wickets to win the series 2-0 but, with an eye on the weather, will be keen to seal victory as soon as possible.


    Arthur Fane: Rooney not hugely impressive this season - the thought of combining Van Persie with either Lewandowski or Falcao is scary.

    Sheraj Ob: Spurs - Chicharito or Benteke, United- Ronaldo, Chelsea - Rooney and Lukaku, Man City - Caviani & world class center back.

    Avigat Patel: David Villa to Spurs? Good addition to White Hart Lane and persuades Bale to stay as it shows we are expanding the squad, not trimming!

    What player would you like to see your club sign this summer? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  90. 1134: 
    Hatem Ben Arfa Hatem Ben Arfa is reported to be a target for Monaco

    Newcastle United could face a battle to keep hold of star Hatem Ben Arfa, according to the Sunderland Echo.

    They are reporting the French big-spenders could be prepared to pay £10m for the 26-year-old.

  91. 1130: 

    French big spenders Monaco are expected to add Colombian striker Radamel Falcao to their squad this week, having already signed Porto's midfield duo Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez for a combined £60m.

  92. 1128: 

    Crystal Palace's co-chairman Martin Long suggests the club will attempt to secure the return of Wilfried Zaha next season after he helped them to gain promotion to the Premier League.

    Zaha will join Manchester United for a deal that could be worth £15m in the summer.

    "They might want him to get experience in the Premier League playing for us rather than maybe not playing for them. I don't know, of course," Long told

  93. 1123: 

    The final day of the second Test at Headingley will start at 1145 if there is no more rain. Lunch will still be at 1300.

  94. 1119: 

    Today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official:

    Since 2000, who are the eight players whose surnames begin with M have scored in a Champions League final?

  95. 1117: 

    Sir Chris Hoy talking about retirement on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC Radio 5 Live.

    "The biggest change has been not having a routine.

    "It's exciting. It's fun. It is nice not to feel a sense of having to continually push and drive yourself every morning when you get up and your body is aching and you have to get on with it.

    On not competing at Commonwealth Games in Glasgow 2014, Hoy said.

    "I realised I made it to London in the best shape ever, but only just. But at some point your body waves the white flag and says enough is enough."

  96. 1115: 

    More from BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Headingley as the wait goes on for the final day of the second Test between England and New Zealand.

    "It's drizzling now here at Headingley and the covers have been brought back on to protect the bowlers' run-ups. The England players are out on the field horsing around with an American football, clearly itching to get the job done. The Kiwis, for their part, are skulking around on the boundary edge - hoods up, heads down."

  97. 1113: 

    It is being reported in the Daily Mail this morning that Tottenham have opened talks over a £10m move for Barcelona striker David Villa, 31, and have renewed their interest in 23-year-old Leandro Damiao, a long-term target.

    David Villa David Villa is reported to be a target for Tottenham

    Would Villa be a good capture at White Hart Lane? Tweet


    With Crystal Palace's Premier League promotion through the play-offs bringing the curtain down on the domestic league season, the transfer rumour mills are reaching top gear.

    With uncertainty over the future of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Falcao, Robert Lewandowski and David Villa, strikers could be a hot topic this summer.

    What player would you like to see your club sign? Tweet #bbcsportsday.

  99. 1102: 

    From BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce at Headingley: Official chat from middle: further pitch inspection at 1130. Likely to take at least 45 mins from then. Quick head-count: 31 spectators in.

  100. 1056: 

    Liverpool are set to miss out on Ajax midfielder Christian Eriksen this summer after the beaten Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund made their move, according to the Daily Mail.

    The German club have reportedly put in a £10m offer for the 21-year-old with a fee of around £13m to be agreed between the club.

  101. 1051: 

    There will be an inspection at Headingley at 11:20 BST in the hope that play on the final day of the second test between England and New Zealand can get underway.


    "Only three' of the five winners have survived their first campaign, that's the majority. Not bad odds for Palace."

    Trey: "Considering Palace have never survived in a Premier League season, I do feel like it is a harder task."

    Tony: "On the evidence of yesterday a Zaha-less Palace have no chance of avoiding relegation"

  103. 1045: 

    Ferrari say suspension failure caused Felipe Massa's Monaco Grand Prix crash at the weekend.

    The Brazilian's car first hit the metal guardrail and was then pitched nose first into the energy-absorbing barriers. Massa was put into a neck brace on the spot and taken to hospital for precautionary checks.

    But he is expected to be fit for next week's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

    "The accident was caused by an element of the front left suspension breaking," said a statement on the Ferrari website.

  104. 1039:  
    Sam Sheringham, BBC SportCRICKET

    "A much more optimistic picture here in Leeds. The rain stopped about 30 minutes ago and they are in the process of removing the outer covers. We certainly won't be starting on time because the outfield will need to dry out, but England may yet have time to finish this one off. Spectator-count: seven."

  105. 1030: 

    Of the five teams who have won the last five play-off finals, 37 out of the 55 players who started the play-off final started their club's first game in the Premier League - a retention rate of 67%. West Ham, Swansea and Hull fielded seven play-off starters in their Premier League opener, while Blackpool and Burnley named eight.

  106. 1025: 

    Weather permitting, two County Championship matches should get under way today.

    In Division One, winless Somerset's batting line-up will be bolstered for the Taunton clash with Yorkshire by South Africa Test batsman Dean Elgar making his debut, while Craig Meschede and Gemaal Hussain are set to come into the side. The Tykes, who are without England seamer Tim Bresnan and Liam Plunkett from the side that beat Warwickshire last time out, have lost on their last three visits to Taunton. You can hear commentary of the game on the BBC Sport website from 12:00 BST.

    In Division Two, Worcestershire will be looking to veteran seamer Alan Richardson to continue the form that has seen him take 24 wickets in his last two Championship games - the wins over Kent and Gloucestershire - in their game against Essex at New Road which is due to start at 11:00. The visitors are without Ravi Bopara, who is joining up with England's one-day squad, so left-hander Nick Browne could make his debut. Again, commentary is available via the BBC Sport website.


    Chris Parker: "As a Sunderland fan, I'm quite happy with who got promoted, means there's at least three worse teams in the league than us again."

    Hawk The Seagull: "Palace need to spend loads to stay up, their squad isn't good enough - only going one way for me....and it's not into Europe."

    Mel_Ian: "Palace will go directly back to championship but will collect £160m as they pass go."

    Johnny Battle: "Obviously signings needed but don't change too much, QPR bought too many players with no allegiance to the cluband didn't care."

    Have your say on Crystal Palace's Premier League chances via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  108. 1014: 

    And it is not just in Leeds where the weather is causing problems, the start of play at the French Open has been delayed because of rain at Roland Garros.

  109. 1010: 

    Wales prop Gethin Jenkins will miss the British and Irish Lions' opening match against the Barbarians on Saturday because of injury.

    The 32-year-old has suffered a recurrence of his long-standing calf problem, ruling him out of the tour warm-up in Hong Kong.

  110. 1003: 

    Scotland flanker John Barclay is to miss the national side's tour to South Africa next month through injury. The 26-year-old, who is joining Scarlets from Glasgow Warriors this summer, is to undergo surgery on a shoulder problem later this week.


    Nigel Smith: "I hope Palace do ok, the PL is such a divide its needs a good mix, look at last season, it was very mediocre to say the least."

    Precious Evans: "For Crystal Palace to survive in the Premier League its so simple, just get marquee signings."

    Mark Davis: "Two years ago we survived not existing. You think Premier League survival is harder than that?"

  112. 0955: 

    Of the five clubs to be promoted from the Championship play-off final in the last five seasons, only three - West Ham, Swansea and Hull survived their first campaign. Blackpool and Burnley were relegated.

  113. 0951: 
    Newspaper ad thanking Roberto Mancini

    A group of Manchester City fans have placed an ad in Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport thanking manager Roberto Mancini. The ad was supposed to go into Saturday's paper but was delayed until today. It follows Mancini's ad paying tribute to City fans in the Manchester Evening News last week.


    Alan Simon on Twitter: "Too many London teams in EPL. Spread the joy around. It would be better with Celtic, South Coast team, Yorkshire (Leeds?) etc."

    Will Dinsdale on Twitter: "Especially with the loss of Zaha I can't see where CPFC's premier league quality is in their team. Same fate as Blackpool 2010/11."

    Kai Gardiner on Twitter: "They will get relegated with newly-promoted Hull and Cardiff."

    Have your say on Crystal Palace's survival hopes via Twitter using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  115. 0942: 

    Sunderland confirm the impending departures of Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon.

    The pair will formally leave the club when their contracts expire at the end of next month after the Black Cats decided not to offer either a new deal.

    Manager Paolo Di Canio's retained list does not include loan signings Danny Rose and Kader Mangane, who have returned to their respective clubs, while Ahmed Elmohamady and Ji Dong-won are back on Wearside after temporary spells at Hull and Augsburg respectively.

  116. 0940: 

    The Daily Star reports that Manchester City will face stiff competition from Fenerbahce in the battle to sign Real Madrid defender Pepe. The Portugal star, 30, is one of Manuel Pellegrini's main targets as he prepares to take charge at the Etihad Stadium.

  117. 0927:  
    Piers Newbery, BBC Sport at Roland GarrosTENNIS

    "Weather looking ominous @rolandgarros. Baltacha & Watson scheduled 3rd & 4th, might struggle to get through both."

  118. 0925: 

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup's agent says the Dane has received offers to join other clubs but will stay loyal to the Capital One Cup winners. Laudrup has been linked with Everton to succeed Manchester United-bound David Moyes.


    After Crystal Palace's win in the Championship play-off final against Watford on Monday, they will be facing the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea next season.

    But do Ian Holloway's side have what it takes to make an impact in the Premier League and what do they need to survive life in the top flight?

    Have your say using the hashtag #bbcsportsday

  120. 0914: 

    St Helens sign Penrith Panthers half-back Luke Walsh on a two-year deal from next season.

    The 26-year-old has played 107 games in the NRL for both Newcastle and his current club - scoring 274 points.

    Saints Head Coach Nathan Brown said: "Luke is an exciting addition to the squad. He is a good organiser and possesses a great kicking game too."

  121. 0908: 

    When England and the Republic of Ireland face each other at Wembley on Wednesday, it will mark the first meeting between the two old rivals in 18 years - since a riot forced the abandonment of their friendly match in Dublin.

    Former Republic of Ireland striker David Kelly scored the only goal of the game before crowd trouble forced the match to be abandoned after 27 minutes and resulted in more than 20 injuries and has shared his recollections of the night.

  122. 0902: 
    Sir Chris Hoy

    The six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy will be a guest on the Victoria Derbyshire programme today on BBC Radio 5 live from 1000 BST to talk about life after his recent retirement from the sport.

  123. 0857: 

    Former Watford star Luther Blissett believes the Hornets have a bright future under manager Gianfranco Zola, despite their Championship play-off defeat to Crystal Palace on Monday.

    "We are in a position where we can sign some of these players and I think we will keep the bulk of the squad and add one or more to it as we need it," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

    "I'm not concerned because the squad Gianfranco has put together is very good and next year we will look to get automatic promotion. This season was something we weren't expecting, I think we overachieved this season and it was probably one step too far come the final.

    "It would have been a massive bonus if we had gone up, so we are looking forward to getting things together again and starting afresh when the season kicks off again."

  124. 0850: 

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham in Leeds ahead of the final day of the second Test between England and New Zealand: "Bad news for England cricket fans - the predicted downpour has arrived. Brollies and cagoules are in abundance among the Leeds commuters as they scamper to work. The chances of starting on time look slim to non-existent."

  125. 0847: 

    The New York Times reports that Major League Soccer's only openly gay footballer Robbie Rogers was given a "hearty standing ovation" on his first league appearance with LA Galaxy on Sunday.

  126. 0845: 

    Italian newspaper La Stampa says the agent of Fiorentina's Montenegrin striker Stevan Jovetic will travel to Italy this week to meet representatives from Juventus. Arsenal are interested in signing the 23-year-old, but he is said to prefer to remain in Italy.

  127. 0841: 

    And here are the latest stories from BBC Monitoring.

    Real Madrid president Florentino Perez praised the work of outgoing coach Jose Mourinho in an interview with Spanish radio. He also stressed his hopes of bringing Zinedine Zidane in to play a leading role in the club's future. (El Pais)

  128. 0836: 

    BBC Radio 5 live weatherman Simon King has bad news about the prospect of play at Headingley today: "It's raining and very wet there at the moment and the rain will be moving slowly west as the day goes on. There is a chance of some play from mid-afternoon onwards, but that is the most optimistic view. It could stay damp all day and even if it does dry up it will stay cloudy and there could be a problem with the light."

  129. 0829: 

    Coming up, it is day three of the French Open from Paris and, after the disappointment of Laura Robson losing yesterday, British pair Heather Watson and Elena Baltacha are in action on the same court.

    Watson plays Stefanie Voegele in her first match since having time off for glandular fever in the fourth match on court. Immediately before that, Baltacha plays Marina Erakovic.

    Also in action are world number one Novak Djokovic and Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, and there will be coverage on the BBC Sport website.

  130. 0823: 

    Weather permitting, England will hope to wrap up victory against New Zealand in the second Test at Headingley. England surprisingly did not enforce the follow-on and delayed declaring until the Kiwis needed an improbable 468 to win. The tourists closed day four on 158-6 but with heavy rain expected, they may escape with a draw. There will be commentary on Test Match Special from 10:45 and via the BBC Sport website.

  131. 0821: 

    Coventry City are approached by a new bidder looking to take total control of the League One club, reports BBC Midlands Today.

    The new bid, from a Far East consortium, would reportedly look to take on not only the club, but also the Sky Blues' rented ground at the Ricoh Arena.

    Coventry, currently owned by Sisu, have been in administration since March.

  132. 0815: 

    Former Olympic pole vault champion Sergei Bubka is set to announce his bid for the presidency of the International Olympic Committee later today.

    The six-time world champion joins Germany's Thomas Bach, Singapore's Ng Ser Miang, C.K. Wu of Taiwan, Puerto Rican Richard Carrion and Swiss Denis Oswald in a six-way race for one of the biggest jobs in world sport.

  133. 0812: 

    Japanese rider Yoshinari Matsushita has died in an accident at the Isle of Man TT qualifying session.

    The 43-year-old Tyco Suzuki rider, who first competed in the iconic Manx event in 2009, was only entered into the race earlier in the day.

    He is the 21st rider to die at the races since 2000.

  134. 0810: 

    A reminder of some of the stories you may have missed yesterday:

    After guiding Chelsea to glory in the Europa League, Rafa Benitez has a new job as manager of Napoli. Benitez has signed a two-year deal with the Serie A side, who finished second in the table last season. He replaces Walter Mazzarri, who has moved to Inter Milan.

    "Now that the agreement is confirmed, I can say I am very happy and very satisfied for having committed to a great club with an illustrious heritage like Napoli," he told his official website.

    "I must confess that I am extremely excited because I can share my passion for football with the fans of Napoli; it is proven that they are very, very special."

  135. 0806: 

    Here are some of the stories from Tuesday's football gossip column.

    Tottenham have opened talks over a £10m move for Barcelona striker David Villa, 31, and have renewed their interest in 23-year-old Leandro Damiao, a long-term target.

    Former Wales, Blackburn and Manchester City boss Mark Hughes, 49, is close to sealing his return to management after holding further talks with Stoke City in the past 48 hours. (Daily Telegraph)

    Russian midfielder Andrey Arshavin, 31, who is a free agent after his £90,000-a-week Arsenal contract expired at the end of the season, is a target for former club Zenit St Petersburg. (Daily Mirror)

  136. 0803: 

    There will be a few sore heads around south London today as Crystal Palace come to terms with reaching the Premier League for the first time in eight years after victory in yesterday's Championship play-off final.

    But as BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher explains, the hard work is only just beginning for manager Ian Holloway.

  137. 0800: 

    Hello and welcome to Sportsday Live for Tuesday 28 May from the BBC Sport Centre.

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