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Matt Davis and Patrick Jennings

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  1. Goodbye

    And that brings Sportsday to a close as well. We'll be back on Monday to help see you through the bank holiday weekend, but until then allow me to point you in the direction of the big stories doing the rounds in our neck of the ether.

    World number one Rory McIlroy misses the cut at the BMW PGA Championship after finishing five over for his two rounds at Wentworth.

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes goalkeeper David De Gea will stay at the club, despite reported interest from Real Madrid.

    And stay tuned for a big story regarding the England cricket team's vacant head coach position - Jason Gillespie has held positive talks with director of the England and Wales Cricket board Andrew Strauss.

  2. New Zealand punish profligate England


    England cricketers

    Day two of England's first Test against New Zealand has been brought to a close. And our report won't make happy reading for the home side after New Zealand dominated to move into a strong position at Lord's.

    Kane Williamson made an unbeaten 92 and Martin Guptill and Tom Latham passed 50 to take the Black Caps to 303-2, only 86 behind.

    England will look to missed opportunities, with debutant Mark Wood having Guptill caught off a no-ball on 24 and Ian Bell dropping Latham on 21.

    The hosts earlier added 35 runs for the loss of three wickets to be bowled out for 389.

  3. Murray to face Arguello in French Open


    We had the draw for the first round at the French Open this afternoon but now the qualifiers have been placed in too.

    Briton Andy Murray is up against Facundo Arguello of Argentina, the world number 139.

    The news for Kyle Edmund, who booked his place in the main draw in the final round of qualifying earlier today, is that he will play Stephane Robert of France.

    Meanwhile, fellow Briton Johanna Konta will play the world number 86 Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic.

  4. Contador loses Giro lead

    Road Cycling

    Giro d'Italia cyclists

    Sacha Modolo was the stage winner but today's 147 km run from Montecchio Maggiore to Jesolo could be crucial in deciding who takes home the Giro d'Italia pink jersey come the race end on 31 May.

    Alberto Contador has lost his overall lead after crashing in the final four kilometres, with Italian Fabian Aru escaping the pile-up to move 19 seconds ahead of the Spaniard.

    And just to add insult to injury, had the incident happened slightly further up the road everyone would have been given the same time - crashes within a certain distance of the finish line are neutralized.

    Contador has never before lost the overall lead at a Grand Tour. But you feel this time he will be back...

  5. Who is your biggest flop?


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mario Balotelli

    Don't forget you can listen to BBC Radio 5 live's alternative end of season awards from 19:00 BST this evening.

    Who's your biggest flop? Manchester United's £59.7m winger Angel Di Maria? Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli? Or maybe you feel Newcastle United's defence would be a better shout?

    Phil Neville, Steven Reid and Jason Burt will be on hand to discuss.

  6. Can Hull beat the drop?


    Hull manager Steve Bruce

    Will there be one final twist in the relegation battle? Hull manager Steve Bruce is certainly hoping so. His side can stay up if they win at home to Manchester United on Sunday, so long as Newcastle don't beat West Ham at St James' Park.

    Here's a clip of what Bruce has had to say today. A "tall order", is how he puts it. Ex-United defender Bruce has never beaten his former club.

  7. Rugby Union

    Rugby Union

    Wasps have strengthened their squad for next season with four new signings.

    Glasgow Warriors centre James Downey, 34, will return to the Ricoh Arena after a spell with the club as injury cover this term.

    Leicester prop Tom Bristow, Leinster centre Brendan Macken and London Scottish scrum-half Jamie Stevenson have also agreed contracts with wasps.

  8. McIlroy misses cut at BMW PGA Championship


    Rory McIlroy

    World number one and defending champion Rory McIlroy misses the cut at the BMW PGA Championship after finishing five over for his two rounds at Wentworth.

    The 26-year-old, who has won two of his last three events in America, had a double bogey six at the 11th as he added a round of 78 to his opening 71.

    Lee Westwood and Ernie Els face a wait to see if one over will make the cut.

    Italian Francesco Molinari retained a two-shot lead after birdies at the last two holes in a 69 took him to 10 under.

  9. 'Middlesborough v Norwich'


    What with Wembley misspelling Middlesbrough on the Teeside club's match tickets for Monday's game with Norwich, this Championship play-off final has got some back story...

  10. Don't put them in the microwave mum!


    Burned football tickets

    And speaking of strange goings on between Norwich fans and their football tickets, allow me to remind you of this story from back in March.

    This time, your tickets are snugly ensconced in an envelope. All you've got to do is grab them from the counter on your way out right?

    Not if your mum hasn't accidentally cooked that is. The charred remains, worth £500, were dished up alongside a roast chicken by Mikey Knight's red-faced mum, with Brighton providing replacements.

  11. When cockapoos strike!


    Freddie the cockapoo

    We've all been there, right? You put your football tickets in a safe place, only for your dog to chew them up and leave you in a cold sweat over missing your team's biggest match in yonks.

    That's exactly what happened to Norwich fan Matt Grimmer, who discovered Freddie the cockapoo had munched part of his tickets for Monday's Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough at Wembley.

    "The barcode which you use to go through the gates at Wembley was totally defaced," he said.

    Norwich City have re-printed the tickets for him and two of his sons. But what about Freddie?

  12. Klopp to say goodbye


    Borussia Dortmund fans

    I don't see why there's any reason to be surprised but Jurgen Klopp's last home game as Borussia Dortmund manager is a sell-out.

    The real question is what kind of a tribute the 80,667-strong crowd can be expected to make as they say goodbye to the floppy-haired maverick, who announced in April that he will be leaving at the end of the season.

    "There will be a special atmosphere and I don't know what will be going on inside me if we win," said Klopp, whose side play Werder Bremen in a 14:30 BST kick-off on Saturday.

  13. Edmund & Konta into French Open first round

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Kyle Edmund

    "Britain's Kyle Edmund and Johanna Konta will make their French Open debuts after securing qualifying victories.

    "Edmund beat Spain's Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 6-1 6-4 in the final round of qualifying at Roland Garros.

    "The 20-year-old from Yorkshire, ranked 121st, also made it through qualifying at the Australian Open in January.

    "British women's number two Konta, 24, joined Heather Watson in the main draw by beating French world number 315 Clothilde de Bernardi 6-2 6-1."

  14. The Alternative Football Awards


    BBC Radio 5 live

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

    As Louis van Gaal demonstrated oh so well the other night, end of season awards should be a time for celebration, a light-hearted look back among friends.

    Following in the spirit of the Manchester United manager, who grabbed the microphone and imposed his own brilliant comic genius on proceedings, BBC Radio 5 live has put together its alternative end of season awards.

    The Rant of the Season category includes masterpieces from Steve Evans and Ian Holloway, while Mark Lawrenson also pops up to take on an "absolute tube" of a Barcelona fan.

    Check out the nominations in full over here, and we'll feature a few more of the prizes up for grabs before 19:00 BST, when the awards will be discussed on air.

  15. Promotion can help Swindon keep stars


    Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper believes beating Preston in the League One play-off final at Wembley on Sunday will give the club a "real opportunity" to keep their star players for next season.

    Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo has been linked with a move in the summer, while goalkeeper Wes Foderingham and top-scorer Andy Williams will be out of contract at the end of the season.

    "For them and their careers, everything changes. Either they stay with us and get better contracts or they move on to bigger and better things. If they do go there and get that result, everybody wins," Cooper told BBC Points West.

  16. Andy Murray - a challenger in Paris?


    Andy Murray

    Can Andy Murray challenge for the French Open title this year?

    The Briton seems to think so - he reckons he's playing the best clay-court tennis of his career as he heads into the tournament in Paris.

    Murray, 28, won his first title on the surface in Munich earlier this month before beating 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal in the Madrid Open final.

    "It's probably the best I have played on clay, for sure," said the Scot, who's twice been a semi-finalist at Roland Garros.

    "I feel like I'm moving well. I feel a lot freer on the court and my body feels good."

  17. Challenge Cup quarter-finals on BBC TV

    Rugby League

    Leeds Rhinos

    Two of the four Challenge Cup quarter-finals are to be broadcast live on BBC TV.

    On Saturday, June 27 you can watch Warrington Wolvesv Leigh Centurions on BBC One (15:00 BST kick-off), and on Sunday, June 28 BBC Two will bring you the 16:00 start between St Helens and Widnes Vikings.

    Those matches follow Hull Kingston Rovers' tie against Catalans Dragons on the Thursday, and Hull FC's Friday night match with Leeds Rhinos.



    Nigel Pearson

    Now that I've got your attention, take a look at this story about... free beer.

    Leicester City's owners will dip into their pockets and buy the first round during Sunday's final game of the season against QPR.

    After the Foxes's remarkably secured their Premier League status, vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said the club wanted to "say thank you to our fans for their incredible support".

    "It's been key in the team securing another season in the top flight."

  19. Bantams release Halliday and Urwin


    Let's make it a double of Bradford City news for you - although this one's a long way from the magic of the cup. The League One club is releasing midfielder Andrew Halliday and goalkeeper Matt Urwin.

    Halliday, 23, scored in their FA Cup fourth round victory against Chelsea, while Urwin, 21, played in just one Capital Cup game after joining in August.

  20. The results are in...

    What surprised you most this season?

    Bradford Chelsea players

    It was absolute mayhem in our office, I can tell you that much. The moment Bradford beat Chelsea 4-2 at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup is a worthy winner of our vote on the most surprising moments of the season.

    Second up was Bournemouth's promotion to the Premier League, with Leicester's survival in the top flight a very close third.

    Thanks for taking part. Voting is now closed and the results in full are at the top of this page.

  21. Get involved


    In honour of Eurovision, we are asking which singer or band reminds you most of your football club?

    Lee freeman: Just for Newcastle - The only way is up! (Yazz) or Down Down (Status Quo) .... depending on Sunday's results!

    Get involved using Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  22. Van Gaal news conference


    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    "As expected, Louis van Gaal was not quite as entertaining at the Aon Training Complex this afternoon as he was at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening.

    Louis van Gaal

    "However, something he said in his memorable audience to fans at the player of the year dinner struck a chord today.

    "During the week, Van Gaal said some of his players are facing a 'rough' summer.

    "Now Van Gaal has revealed discussions have started over his plans for the summer, which will continue beyond Sunday's last Premier League game at Hull and into the Bank Holiday Monday.

    "No-one knows for certain how many players have an uncertain future.

    "But Radamel Falcao's loan period is drawing to an end. Goalkeepers Ben Amos is out of contract this summer, as is Tom Cleverley.

    "And of those who have another year or more remaining, defenders Rafael da Silva and Jonny Evans, goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, Robin van Persie, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, Javier Hernandez and James Wilson all have uncertain futures."

  23. Mark Hughes press conference


    Stoke manager Mark Hughes has been speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool's visit to the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

    Hughes has led the club to two consecutive top 10 finishes and with the Potters set to finish ninth in the table is seemingly gearing up for a busy summer in the transfer market...

    "The quality of the players offered to us has been higher than at any other point in recent times," he says. "That is encouraging because Stoke is now viewed in a different light. We are now viewed as a top-10 side, who consistently finish in the top half.

    "We are acknowledged as a good option for the representatives of decent players, which shows the progress of the club."

  24. Neville - Liverpool risk becoming "provincial club"


    Gary Neville

    The last thing Liverpool fans need right now is an ex-Manchester United man telling them where it's all gone wrong.

    But nonetheless Gary Neville's opinion in the Daily Telegraph makes for interesting reading.

    Neville questions whether 20-year-old forward Raheem Sterling is wrong in wanting to leave Liverpool, who are in "danger of becoming a provincial club" as they have failed to "realise the commercial value of their brand on a worldwide basis".

  25. PGA Championship


    It is safe to say that Rory McIlroy's defence of his title at Wentworth is not going to plan.

    Rory McIlroy

    The world number one looks set to miss the cut of +1 as he is currently +4 after 13. His round has included four bogeys and a double bogey on the 11th hole.

    Italy's Francesco Molinari is the clubhouse leader at -10. England's James Morrison is third on -7.

    Full leaderboard.

  26. Van Gaal news conference


    Earlier today Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger suggested his side had shown enough in their excellent finish to this season to suggest they might be challenging for the league title next year.

    Do we think Manchester United will be good enough? Was 'saxophone lady' the moment United won the 2015-16 Premier League?

    "I've been given three years to achieve that," Van Gaal says. "But of course I want to do so as soon as possible.

    "We could have won it also this year, I believe. We had a very bad start and because of that, we were behind Manchester City and Chelsea."

  27. Van Gaal news conference


    Victor Valdes

    One former Manchester United goalkeeper has suggested the club already have the "perfect" replacement should David De Gea leave.

    But what does manager Louis van Gaal think? Is Victor Valdes good enough to step up from the bench?

    "First we have to see if De Gea is leaving," says the Dutchman. "After that we shall talk about the other things. That he (Valdes) is good enough to be a Manchester United goalkeeper, of course that is the case. Otherwise he wouldn't be here."

  28. Van Gaal news conference


    Manchester United could relegate Steve Bruce's Hull City when they play on Sunday. That result would keep Newcastle in the Premier League.

    Van Gaal said: "I know he (Bruce) is a Manchester United child but we have to be fair to Newcastle. We took six points off Newcastle, we have to take six from Hull."

    Bruce won three Premier League titles as a United played in the 1990s.

  29. Van Gaal news conference


    What about David De Gea? The Manchester United keeper won the club's Player of the Year award on Wednesday night, but has been strongly linked with a summer move to Real Madrid. Will he stay at Old Trafford?

    "I believe still that David De Gea will stay," says Louis van Gaal. "I want to play him in the match against Hull City because I have to put my strongest team."

    De Gea might not be fit though, the United boss adds. "David has trained today for the first time. He still has a problem so we have to wait and see."

  30. Van Gaal news conference


    "Hello, hello, pay attention to the manager!"

    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal stole the show at the club's player of the year awards evening on Tuesday with his speech.

    Speaking today van Gaal said: "I tell the story in my own words, with passion. I love the fans because they show their belief in me."

  31. Van Gaal news conference


    An intriguing story doing the rounds this week was Luke Shaw's omission from the England Under-21s, with manager Gareth Southgate reported to have been ordered not to reveal why the Manchester United left-back was left out. Southgate only said Shaw, who suffered concussion in United's last game, was injured.

    "I have read I am the winner," United boss Louis van Gaal said. "The winner is Luke Shaw. Maybe it was too fast the step from Southampton to Manchester United. We have to protect him. He can develop himself into a great talent.

    "Roy Hodgson, Gareth Southgate and Manchester United will benefit from that."

  32. Van Gaal news conference


    Manchester United could relegate Hull City if they beat Steve Bruce's side on Sunday.

    Manager Louis Van Gaal said: "We have the same approach as ever. We have to give our utmost best. We have to do that for the honesty of the league. I have to play my strongest team."

  33. Van Gaal news conference


    Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed striker Wayne Rooney will be fit for the trip to Hull but goalkeeper David De Gea remains a doubt.

    Rooney has recovered from a dead leg while De Gea suffered a hamstring injury in the draw against Arsenal.

    Wayne Rooney

    "Rooney is available. He is captain, so he shall play.

    "De Gea has trained today but only with our goalkeeper trainer. He still has a little problem so I want to wait a day longer because I want him to play against Hull City."

  34. Football

    Fancy yourself as a football mystic?

    You don't win anything with kids?

    The youngsters are lagging behind in the BBC Sport Predictor Game which has allowed fans to predict the Premier League results in the final month of the season.

    While the 45 to 54-year-olds top the table, those aged 13 to 15 are relegation candidates.

    Make your predictions for Sunday's Premier League fixtures here.

  35. England v New Zealand


    Tea at Lord's where New Zealand are 173-2 (Taylor 7, Williamson 11). They trail England by 216 runs.

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

  36. Get involved


    In honour of Eurovision, we are asking which singer or band reminds you most of your football club?

    Simon Saunders: Man United=Oasis. Were big in the 90's and had a great Line up, now they've broken up and can't stand each other.

    Colin Davies: What's another year (Johnny Logan) My team Liverpool's reaction, to waiting for a PL title.

    Image caption: Eurovision winners Lordi. We think the Arsenal defence are a big improvement

    Paul: Lordi = the Arsenal back line of Adams,Bould,Winterburn etc

    Get involved using Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  37. Pakistan play first home match in six years


    Pakistani bowler Anwar Ali delivers the ball to Zimbabwe batsman Hamilton Masakadza during the first International T20 cricket match at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore

    Huge moment in Pakistan cricket as the team are play their first home match in six years.

    A crowd of 27,000 are watching the action in the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore as Pakistan play Zimbabwe in a Twenty20 match.

    Zimbabwe are the first test-playing team to visit this country since gunmen attacked the Sri Lanka team outside the stadium in 2009.

    Security has been ramped up at the stadium for the match.

    Security at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
  38. England v New Zealand


    Two quick wickets at Lord's where both New Zealand openers have gone.

    Moeen Ali trapped Tom Latham (59) lbw before Gary Ballance took a good catch at cover to dismiss Martin Guptill (70) off the bowling of Stuart Broad.

    New Zealand now 148-2.

  39. Burnley's Heaton on England call-up


    Juliette Ferrington's tweet

    Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 29, has been called up to Roy Hodgson's England squad for the first time, for matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.

  40. Steve Bruce news conference


    And more from manager Steve Bruce as his Hull side face a must-win match against Manchester United to stay in the Premier League.

    "I was pleased about our performance against Tottenham, it wasn't quite good enough but we played to our best. The one that upsets me is the los to Burnley. Things would be a damn sight rosier today if we had won that.

    "The one thing we have to do against Manchester United is take our chances. We have badly missed Nikica Jelavic. We have missed him badly and the points when he is in the team shows what could have and might have happened."

    Jelavic had knee surgery in March.

  41. Steve Bruce news conference


    More from Hull manager Steve Bruce: "There have not been many highs this season. We are in the bottom three, but hopefully the highs are still to come.

    "If we produce a performance like we did against Liverpool we will give ourselves a chance."

  42. Get involved


    Edurne Garcia and David De Gea

    Oh Vienna! The eyes and ears of Europe will fall on Austria this weekend for the Eurovision Song Contest live across the BBC.

    David De Gea's girlfriend Edurne Garcia is representing Spain on Saturday with her entry Amanecer' (Break Of Day).

    Manchester United fans should probably not read into the opening lines of her song too much as it begins: "He left without knowing." The goalkeeper will be "making his mind up" about his future soon.

    But what we want to know - for a bit of Friday fun - is which singer or band from any era reminds you most of your club?

    Get involved using Twitter via #bbcsportsday or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  43. Advocaat to decide on Sunderland future


    Sunderland head coach Dick Advocaat has revealed that the club have made him an offer to extend his stay with the Premier League club and he will give his answer next Thursday.

  44. England v New Zealand


    100 up for New Zealand at Lord's with the loss of no wickets. Martin Guptill has reached his half century with Tom Latham on 41.

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

  45. Steve Bruce news conference


    Hull manager Steve Bruce believes West Ham will not ease off when they face Newcastle. Hull need West Ham to draw or beat Newcastle to give them any chance of staying up.

    Steve Bruce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce reportedly gave his players five days off this week.

    "It is his (Sam's) prerogative, it can work for you and against you. What he does with his team is his business and I know it is the same for whoever they play that he wants to win the game. No game is ever a certainty in this league," said Bruce.

  46. Steve Bruce news conference


    Hull manager Steve Bruce has been speaking ahead of Manchester United's visit to the KC Stadium, a match the Tigers have to win to stand any chance of staying up. They will also need West Ham to get a draw or beat Newcastle to send John Carver's side down.

    "We are up against it but we have still got a chance and have to believe we have a chance.

    "First of all we have to beat Manchester United which is never easy. But there have been some strange results this season and we hope we can pull it off and get favour from elsewhere."

  47. The Friday Sports Panel

    Track Cycling

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Joanna Rowsell

    Olympic gold medallist Joanna Rowsell says she would like to go into coaching once she retires.

    "When you've done a sport at a high level for a lot of years, you gain so much knowledge that you can never really learn from a book," the 26-year-old told BBC Radio 5 live's Friday Sports Panel. "I would like to pass that down in some way."

    Still plenty more gold to win yet though surely Jo?

  48. Mauricio Pochettino news conference


    Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has also been speaking to the media ahead of his side's last game of the season against Everton on Sunday.

    Here he is on Harry Kane's call-up to the England U21 squad. Is there ill-feeling over the 21-year-old spending his summer away from the sofa? Seemingly not.

    "We need to back the FA and back the U21s," Pochettino said. "We hope they come back with the trophy and Harry scores a lot of goals. We then need to provide a good rest for him before the start of next season so he starts in a very good condition."

  49. Football

    Man Utd news conference (15:30 BST)

    Louis van Gaal

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone: "No matter what Louis van Gaal says today I suspect it won't be as good as Tuesday's performance.

    "LVG's speech at the Manchester United player of the year awards dinner is destined to go down in Old Trafford folklore.

    "Against that backdrop a - for United - dead rubber trip to Hull seems a bit mundane.

    "We may find out a bit more on the precise reason for Luke Shaw's omission from England's European Under-21 squad though."

  50. England new boy Vardy 'fears nothing'


    Jamie Vardy

    Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, one of the new names in the England squad announced by Roy Hodgson yesterday, will embrace the challenge of being part of the England squad.

    That's the view of Andy Mangan, his former strike partner at Fleetwood Town.

    The pair combined to lift Fleetwood into the Football League in 2012, and Mangan has followed Vardy's progress closely since the latter moved to Leicester three years ago.

    Mangan, who now plays for Shrewsbury, told BBC Radio Leicester: "He can be playing against John Terry, which he has, and he doesn't care. He just goes out and plays his football. He fears nothing."

  51. Nigel Pearson news conference


    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is up in front of the cameras now.

    The first question is on Foxes forward Jamie Vardy, who was called up to the England squad on Thursday.

    Pearson says it's "reflective of his form and a remarkable rise".

    Vardy, 28, was playing non-league football with Fleetwood in the 2011-12 campaign.

  52. Pardew news conference


    Alan Pardew's manager of the year? "Mourinho. Garry Monk's done a great job, so has Ronald Koeman and... So have I!"

    Well it's a bit late now Chelsea's Jose Mourinho has won it, but worth a try from the Palace boss?

  53. Pardew news conference


    Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni has signed a new one-year contract at Selhurst Park.

    "He's an icon here," says manager Pardew. "His testimonial is on Tuesday, so he's not starting on Sunday."

    What about any transfer dealings Alan? "Over the 18 games since I've been here, we're sixth in the table, with the team we have."

    Most likely not such a busy summer in south London then.

  54. Pardew news conference


    Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini, Jose Mourinho, they've surely all been asked about whether they'd like to sign Raheem Sterling this summer. And of course, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will be up before the press later today too.

    But what about Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew? "I can categorically tell you that we're not in for Sterling!", he says. "We're quite happy with Wilf and Bolasie."

    That's put that one to bed then.

  55. Pringle and Morgan set to leave Millers


    Ben Pringle

    Midfielder Ben Pringle and captain Craig Morgan are set to leave Rotherham United after turning down contract offers.

    Pringle, 25, made 43 appearances in 2014-15 while defender Morgan, 29, appeared 38 times.

    The pair were offered new deals at the end of the season but boss Steve Evans confirmed the pair have opted to leave the Championship club.

  56. Bostock up for award in Belgium


    John Bostock

    Former Tottenham midfielder John Bostock is one of 10 players to be nominated for the Belgian second division's Player of the Year award.

    Bostock, 23, moved to Belgium in 2013, joining Royal Antwerp before signing up with OH Leuven in 2014.

    The full shortlist is over here if you fancy working on your Dutch.

  57. Football

    Phil Neville on Frank Lampard

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Frank Lampard

    Frank Lampard may not have had that one-club man charisma that carried Steven Gerrard through his final days at Liverpool because he spent his last season at Manchester City.

    This should in no way lessen his huge impact and Phil Neville says: "When I first started playing and seeing Frank play for West Ham, I thought he was good, then when he moved to Chelsea I think it was the best thing for him because his father was a legend at West Ham and he tended to be knocked down as his father's son at West Ham.

    "He probably never got the recognition his talent deserved. Maybe like your son leaving home, he moved to Chelsea and all of a sudden he was free and he matured. I saw a more professional Frank Lampard.

    "Frank is a superb goalscorer. You could play against him and he was impossible to mark with his intelligence and timing of his runs. He's shown at Manchester City this season that he has still got that."

  58. Get involved


    Today we're asking for your verdicts on your team's season. Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed? Can you sum up your season in a sentence?

    Dr David: Arsenal rubbish, then good, then tail off into delusion about next season being their season. It won't be.

    Gregory P: Derby County: Walked off a cliff.

    Matthew Cooper: A disappointing anti-climax of a season (Spurs) but plenty of encouraging youthfulness (i.e. Harry Kane).

    Get involved using Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  59. Football

    Neville shock over Gerrard exit

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    More from Phil Neville on Steve Gerrard: "I still can't believe Liverpool have let Gerrard go. If I was another club in the Premier League, I'd wake up the morning after he was gone and think that if I was going to play Liverpool now without Steven Gerrard I'd fancy my chances.

    "With Steven Gerrard in the team, even though you may think he has had his best days, you still think he could come up with something special.

    "We always felt if you stopped Steven Gerrard you stopped Liverpool. That's the way Everton looked at it, the way Manchester United looked at it. He was the one who, if he wasn't scoring, was passing the ball over the top.

    "You couldn't handle Gerrard totally because he had so much power."

    So how do you believe Liverpool can replace Gerrard?

  60. Football

    Gerrard and Lampard

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Steve Gerrard and Frank Lampard

    Phil Neville played with Gerrard and Lampard for England and against them in his club career with Manchester United and Everton.

    And he believes the Premier League will be a poorer place for their departure - and that Liverpool face a monumental task to replace their captain.

    He told BBC Sport: "The Premier League will be a poorer place but in particular Liverpool. I know time moves on and you think you can't survive but I think to replace Steven Gerrard will take three or four players.

    "I think as a goalscoring midfield player, Frank was the best in Premier League history. You can't take that away. In terms of an influence on one club, you'd probably say Gerrard has been the best in the Premier League."

  61. England v New Zealand


    It's lunch at Lord's and New Zealand are 44-0 (Guptill 26, Latham 13) in their reply to England's first innings total of 389.

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

  62. PGA Championship


    Rory McIlroy walking to the tee

    World number one and defending champion Rory McIlroy is just about to begin his second round at Wentworth.

    He is now nine shots behind clubhouse leader Francesco Molinari. The Italian is 10 under after his second round.

    England's James Morrison is three shots of the lead.

    Full leaderboard.

  63. Pellegrini news conference


    More from Manuel Pellegrini ahead of his side's last game of the season at home to Southampton on Sunday. "Second is finished but the season isn't. We must try to win for our fans, to play well and to give a good farewell to the season."

    Any transfer news to report? "We are going to finish the season on Sunday and after that we will see what we need," he adds.

    Not even a word on Raheem Sterling? "Same answer as last week - I don't talk about rumours."

  64. Get involved


    Today we're asking for your verdicts on your team's season. Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed? Can you sum up your season in a sentence?

    Alan Carr: At least Benteke's back on form?

    Shanmugaraja: We've made huge progress this year, NEXT YEAR could be ours! (Arsenal)

    Keogh: All hail King Koeman, chips without mayonnaise is not chips.

    Get involved using Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  65. Pellegrini news conference


    Pellegrini was also asked about Frank Lampard, who's off to join Major League Soccer club New York City.

    The City boss is "very pleased" with what the former Chelsea midfielder has done at Etihad Stadium.

    "Frank is a wonderful, important player here in the Premier League. He is brilliant, a great professional. I am sure he will have an important impact with New York."

  66. Pellegrini news conference


    James Milner

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is speaking to the media this lunchtime. Here he is on the future of James Milner, who's been the subject of transfer speculation with his contract expiring at the end of the season.

    "James must decide what he wants to do," Pellegrini says.

    Any idea of where he might go Manuel? "That just belongs to him. I cant answer you," the Chilean adds. "He asked the club to allow him to take the decision at the end of the season. He will do that in the right moment."

  67. Ghent end 115-year wait for league title


    Ghent celebrate

    It's been 115 years in the making, but Belgian club Ghent have finally won their first league title.

    The Buffalos' 2-0 win over Standard Liege on Thursday clinched the title and secured a place in next season's Champions League. Buffalos? In Belgium?

    The Flemish club have twice finished second in the league, have won three Belgian Cups and reached the quarter-finals of the Uefa Cup in 1992.

  68. Lescott wins WBA Player of the Year


    Joleon Lescott was named West Brom's player of the season yesterday and the centre-back is clearly gracious in victory. 

    Whatever happened at the Baggies' end of season award ceremony though, it could never, ever top Louis van Gaal's sensational address at Manchester United's do. 

    And if you haven't seen it already, are you an ostrich?

  69. Pogba and Evra in France squad


    Paul Pogba

    France manager Didier Deschamps has named his squad for matches with Belgium and Albania. Paul Pogba and Patrice Evra are in it even though they'll miss the first game.

    The Juventus pair will be unavailable for the 7 June fixture with Belgium due to their participation in the Champions League final the previous day.

    France travel to Albania for the second friendly on 13June. And with Karim Benzema out injured, Deschamps has handed 22-year-old Rennes winger Paul-Georges Ntep a first call-up.

  70. Get involved


    Today we're asking for your verdicts on your team's season. Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed? Can you sum up your season in a sentence?

    Benjamin Dyke: 'Europ'in' for a miracle entry to Champions League but end up needing a miracle turnaround to stay in Prem. (Everton)

    Thomas Adam Brooker: Great performances, unjust results, fantastic finish. Leicester's #seasoninasentence.

    Big Brenny: Spurs - Seventh biggest budget in the PL and will be fifth or sixth so over-achieved in that sense but far too many mistakes. 6/10.

    Get involved using Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  71. World Cup tickets on sale next week

    Rugby Union

    Looking to bag a ticket for the Rugby World Cup? Tickets for a further 26 matches go on general sale on 28 May, organisers have announced.

    Around 100,000 tickets will go on sale next week, in addition to the 30,000 tickets currently on general sale, with matches available across all 13 venues and for all 20 teams. Head over to the official website for more info.

  72. Peterborough appoint Robertson


    Peterborough United confirm Dave Robertson as their new manager on a three-year contract.

    The 41-year-old had been in charge as caretaker boss since Darren Ferguson left in February.

    Under Robertson, Posh won six of their 15 games, drawing four and losing five as they finished ninth in League One.

  73. Palestine FA complain to Fifa over Israel FA


    The Palestine Football Association (PFA) has complained to Fifa over Israeli authorities holding up a national team player as the squad travelled to Tunisia on Thursday.

    The PFA say Sameh Maraabah was temporarily detained by Israeli authorities crossing between the West Bank and Jordan.

    The PFA has already requested Fifa vote on suspending the Israeli Football Association, who they claim have violated rules relating to racism, players' free movement and where clubs are based. World football's governing body could vote at its next congress on 29 May.

  74. England v New Zealand


    England are all out in their first innings of the first Test at Lord's against New Zealand.

    James Anderson was the last wicket to fall, caught and bowled by Matt Henry for 11. England put on 35 runs this morning for the loss of three wickets.

    Anderson now has the ball in hand as the visitors begin their reply.

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

  75. Ancelotti future at Real Madrid


    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been speaking at a news conference about his future.

    Carlo Ancelotti

    Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has been linked with the Italian's job at the Bernabeu.

    "I haven't talked with the club about my future. The club has told me that we will talk when the season finishes.

    "I'm not upset by the speculations of possible new coaches for Real Madrid, this is normal in the football world"

  76. Football

    Gerrard v Lampard

    Phil McNulty

    BBC chief football writer

    Plenty of debate around the respective merits of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard as the two Premier League greats prepare to leave for Major League Soccer with LA Galaxy and New York City FC respectively.

    Former Manchester United star Phil Neville paid this tribute to Gerrard when he told BBC Sport: "Put him alongside Roy Keane, probably even ahead of Frank Lampard, put him alongside Paul Scholes or a Michael Carrick and you think United probably would have won more European Cups."

    And he added: "If you talk about Liverpool players over the years - and they have had some greats - I have never once thought 'I'd like to put him in a Manchester United shirt'. Gerrard was one - put him in a United midfield next to Scholes or Keane and wow. Utopia."

    So Manchester United fans - and answer honestly - is there another Liverpool player apart from Steven Gerrard that would have liked to have seen in your shirt?

    And of course you did get Michael Owen eventually.

  77. Mourinho news conference


    Eden Hazard

    Jose Mourinho says Eden Hazard has not trained today. The Belgian attacking midfielder (and Player of the Year no less) is recovering after dental surgery. Sure there's quite a few of you out there who know how painful wisdom teeth can be...

    "I wouldn't have allowed it if I knew how big it is," the Chelsea manager says. Will Hazard be another one suited up when the Premier League trophy is paraded at Stamford Bridge on Sunday? Or would he get changed into his kit?

  78. PGA Championship


    To Wentworth now and Italian Francesco Molinari has extended his lead at the PGA Championship to eight under after 15.

    England's James Morrison has produced the performance of the day so far.

    The 30-year-old started one under, but six birdies in his round has taken him to six under after 13.

    World number one Rory McIlroy who is one under, tees off at 13:00 BST.

    Latest leaderboard.

  79. Get involved


    Today we're asking for your verdicts on your team's season. Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed? Can you sum up your season in a sentence?

    Mark Williams: No Suarez, very little Sturridge, hugely inconsistent, thank you Stevie.

    FoxingLucky: LCFC - 10/10 turbulent, great start (LCFC 5 Man U 3) , poor middle, unbelievable fairytale finish.

    Liam Harris: Crystal Palace fan under Warnock 2/10 relegation was a certainty, then in came super Al, since it been an 8/10.

    Get involved using Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  80. Mourinho news conference


    He's been known to throw his medals in the crowd but this time will be different.

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says his Premier League winner's medal will be kept in the family. It's going to his son.

  81. Mourinho news conference


    What about all this speculation about Petr Cech? Chelsea's now number two goalkeeper appears set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Will Sunday be goodbye for him too?

    "I keep saying I would like him to stay," Mourinho says, before adding he has "no preferences in case of where he goes".

    Jose doesn't know whether the Czech keeper will start, but the Blues manager says he will play a part.

  82. England v New Zealand


    The first wickets of the morning have fallen at Lord's on day two of England's first Test against New Zealand.

    Moeen Ali wicket at Lord's

    Moeen Ali has departed for 58, caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult who then gets rid of Stuart Broad for 3.

    England are 368-8 with James Anderson and debutant Mark Wood in the middle.

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

  83. Mourinho news conference


    Sunday is the last day of the Premier League season and therefore Frank Lampard's last game in English football (unless he makes it back across the pond after the MLS season?).

    Chelsea boss Mourinho's described the former Chelsea midfielder as "one of my best players ever, one of my best professionals".

    Lampard is "a Chelsea legend and a legend in the Premier League," he adds. "I hope he can be back to England ASAP because people like him make this country much better."

  84. Mourinho news conference


    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is holding court this morning.

    The Portuguese describes winning the manager of the year award as the "icing on the cake" of the Blues' Premier League-winning season.

    A cliched comment from Mourinho? Not a chance. He adds: "I work for the cake not the icing. Cake is much more important, the Premier League is the cake. It is nice for me and my people."

    What was his favourite moment of the campaign? When the final whistle went at home to Crystal Palace, naturally.

  85. Tennis

    French Open draw

    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Paris

    "There were a few gasps around the room, and not when Andy Murray was drawn against a qualifier. Rafael Nadal's fall to sixth in the seedings had made it possible, but it was still a shock to see the Spaniard potentially facing Novak Djokovic as early as the quarter-finals.

    "It's strange because it didn't happen before but at the end of the day, I have four matches before (the quarter-finals) to arrive at that match," said the nine-time champion.

    "I need to be ready for that first round. I am ready to fight again and we will see."

  86. Gerrard or Lampard? Who was better?

    The votes are in

    Earlier we were asking you to vote on who was the better player, Frank Lampard or Steven Gerrard.

    The results are in (check out the top right of the page) and it's Gerrard who steals it. 55.3% of you rate him higher.

    Voting has now closed.

  87. Roland Garros draw


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Paris

    Britain's Andy Murray will face a qualifier in the first round of the French Open in Paris. The Scot, seeded third, was drawn in the same half as nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and top seed Novak Djokovic, who could meet in the quarter-finals.

    British number two Aljaz Bedene plays Austria's Dominic Thiem in round one.

  88. Get involved


    Today we're asking for your verdicts on your team's season. Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed? Can you sum up your season in a sentence?

    Chris Lowth: Southampton - relegation to touching distance of Europe from the Dutch genius Koeman!

    Kathryn Bate: 7/10 for Plymouth. Qualified for the play-offs but should have put up more of a fight against Wycombe in the semi-finals.

    Keanemachine: Chelsea won it and no-one cared.

    Get involved using Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  89. European back pages


    AS back page

    Napoli boss Rafa Benitez is favourite to be the next Real Madrid manager according to Spanish newspaper AS.

  90. European back pages


    Marca back page

    Spanish sports newspaper Marca report that Jurgen Klopp and Rafa Benitez are in the running to replace Carlo Ancelotti as Real Madrid manager, but president Florentino Perez is not totally convinced by the pair.

  91. Roland Garros draw


    Piers Newbery

    BBC Sport in Paris

    The women's draw has thrown up the possibility of Serena Williams playing Victoria Azarenka as early as the third round, while Britain's Heather Watson begins against French wild card Mathilde Johansson, with Sloane Stephens or Venus Williams waiting in round two.

    Defending champion Maria Sharapova plays Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in round one. "I just focus on the first round," says Sharapova, poker face firmly on.

  92. Get Involved


    While Premier League managers give news conferences ahead of the season finale, we want your verdicts on your team.

    Would they get a 10 out of 10, or a big fat zero? Have they over-achieved or under-performed?

    Give us your summaries on Twitter via #seasoninasentence or on the Match of the Day Facebook page.

  93. Roland Garros draw


    The draw for the French Open first round is just getting under way. 

    Who will Andy Murray be facing? The Scot's been in fine form on clay of late, beating Rafael Nadal (no less) in the final of the Madrid Open. 

    Piers Newbery is our man in Paris (croissant in hand?) and we'll bring you news of the stand-out ties as we have it.

  94. Speroni extends Crystal Palace stay


    Julian Speroni

    Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni's contract has been extended for a further year until the end of next season.

    The 36-year-old will stay at Selhurst Park following the activation of a clause in his contract agreed by both parties.

    The Argentinean has spent 10 seasons at the club since signing from Dundee in 2004.

    "I've said many times this is my home, I will retire here if I can, " said Speroni.

  95. Rodgers news conference


    We've already heard what Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has had to say this morning. Here's a recap of his thoughts on Raheem Sterling, if you missed it. 

    Our reporter Juliette Ferrington is still there, along with a few intrepid fans...

  96. Norwich are play-off favourites, says Boro skipper Woodgate


    Middlesbrough captain Jonathan Woodgate says his team go into Monday's Championship play-off final at Wembley against Norwich City as underdogs.

    Boro have been out of the top flight since 2009 whereas the Canaries were only relegated last season.

    "They're going to be favourites, let's be honest," he told BBC Tees.

    "Every single one of them played in the Premier League last year, more or less. The onus is on them. The pressure will be on them more because they're bigger players than us in my opinion."

  97. Luiz dismisses virgin reports


    David Luiz

    In more bizarre news, Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz has dismissed reports in the press that he is a virgin.

    The former Chelsea star told BBC's Football Focus: "People are saying things everywhere about whether I'm a virgin or not. I'm not a virgin."

    "Some people in the press don't respect people in life. I can put my head on my pillow and sleep great because I respect everyone."

  98. [Insert explosive action pun here]


    Wembley bomb

    The Football League and Wembley aren't going to let the small matter of an unexploded World War II bomb get in the way of the Playoff finals.

    The bomb, uncovered by builders near Wembley Stadium poses "a genuine risk to life", the Army says.

    Homes and businesses have been evacuated but this weekend's matches are set to go ahead.   

  99. News conferences coming up


    There are still plenty of managers still to face the media today.

    Chelsea (11:15 all times BST), Tottenham (12:30), Manchester City (12:45), Aston Villa (13:00), Burnley (13:15), Hull City (13:30). Leicester (14:00), Sunderland (14:00), Swansea (14:00), Stoke (14:30), Manchester United (15:30).

  100. Drogba on not pulling your punches

    Michelle Obama in the gym

    You would imagine being the First Lady of the United States is pretty full on, but Michelle Obama still finds the time to hit the gym and is encouraging her fellow Americans to do the same. Chelsea striker Didier Drogba is clearly a fan...

  101. Ramsey news conference


    QPR manager Chris Ramsey on summer signings: "The close season is going to be short. Our recruitment drive has to start almost immediately, we will start on Monday.

    "If you wait around, before you know it pre-season will have started and I will not have a squad,"

  102. Ramsey news conference


    Charlie Austin and Chris Ramsey

    QPR manager Chris Ramsey on striker Charlie Austin's England call-up and future at Loftus Road.

    "I think Roy has shown he is not adverse to thinking outside the box and picking players that are in form. Everyone knows what he can do and I am really pleased for Charlie and pleased for what he has achieved.

    "It will be difficult to hold onto him, goal scorers are people everyone wants I hope he stays but it would be naive of me to say he will be here.

    "If he leaves, he won't go with my blessing because I want him to stay. People have a career and journey they are on and ambitions they want to fulfil and Charlie will need to consider those when making his decision."

  103. Wenger news conference


    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger

    Arsenal fans - upset about where you're likely to finish in the Premier League?

    Don't be. Arsene has some words of solace. "The table is not the only marker of progress," he says.

    "The belief is strengthened for a big challenge next year." Next year...

  104. Rodgers news conference


    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers on Raheem Sterling: "He is fit and at this moment in time he is available for selection to face Stoke.

    "My relationship with Raheem has not been affected. Raheem has the opportunity to play for one of the greatest clubs in the word and has done exceptionally well and taken that opportunity.

    "He is a good kid, matured very well over last few years and is a wonderful young football player. There is no problem there."

  105. Allardyce news conference


    Sam Allardyce has had some words of sympathy for Newcastle. His former employers can be relegated on Sunday if Hull beat Manchester United and the Magpies lose or draw to Big Sam's West Ham.

    "Football has plenty of twists and turns," Allardyce says. "I was in a similar situation to Steve Bruce and John Carver at Bolton.

    "We had to win away at Middlesbrough on the final day of the season and thankfully we did."

  106. Rodgers news conference


    Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Raheem Sterling: "Raheem has made it clear he wants to speak at the end of the season so for us the concentration is on the last game and I am sure talks will take place over the course of the summer.

    "I have not seen Raheem being unhappy. He is a young boy who has developed incredibly well over the last three seasons and I hope the development continues."

  107. Wenger news conference


    Arsene Wenger's also been asked about the story linking Barcelona with a summer bid for Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey (check out our gossip page here).

    Is the Welshman on his way out of Emirates? "All our players want to stay here at Arsenal this summer," he says. "I have no concerns at all."

  108. Football

    Rodgers news conference

    Raheem Sterling and Brendan Rodgers

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers on Raheem Sterling: "The facts are simple. Raheem has two years left on his deal at Liverpool and I expect him to see the two years through and continue to behave as immaculately has he has done since he came to the club."

  109. Wenger news conference


    Here's some news from the Evening Standard's chief football correspondent...

  110. Allardyce news conference


    Speculation has been growing around Big Sam's future at West Ham.

    "One way or another, my future will be sorted out on Monday," Allardyce says. "We'll all know more then."

  111. Allardyce news conference


    Sam Allardyce

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is also around this morning.

    His side take on Newcastle (former club alert) on Sunday, with the Magpies in relegation trouble...

    "Sunday isn't about Newcastle or to try and send them down," Allardyce says. "We want to finish the season strongly and try and get 50 points.

    "I was at Newcastle seven, eight years ago. We've both moved on since then." Is there really such a thing as an amicable break-up?

  112. Wenger news conference


    More from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman says he "will certainly rest one or two players on Sunday, but the most important thing is to win". Quite right Arsene."

    A little morale boosting victory before the FA Cup final with Aston Villa the next Saturday? Tony Adams storming from centre-back to smash home for 5-0 would do nicely...

  113. Liverpool news conference

    Our reporter Ben Smith is at Melwood where Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will soon be appearing before the press...

  114. Football

    Sunderland in prediction wonderland

    Sunderland fans can not only celebrate maintaining their Premier League status, but also the fact their fans are most knowledgeable when it comes to predicting scores.

    They are currently the top club in the BBC Sport Predictor Game which has allowed fans to predict the results of the final month of the season.

    Hull City and Arsenal fans can hang their heads in shame though - they are at the bottom of our table.

    Make your predictions for Sunday's Premier League fixtures here.

  115. Martinez news conference


    Everton manager Roberto Martinez on final match against Tottenham at Goodison Park: "We will try and give our home fans a little bit of joy that they have given us throughout the season.

    "It will be another sell-out crowd at Goodison . If we can get a good performance it will give us a good feeling going into the summer."

  116. Wenger news conference


    Danny Welbeck

    Arsene has arrived in the building ladies and gentlemen. First up a bit of team news. Danny Welbeck will miss out on Sunday's last game of the season, at home to West Brom.

    Will he make the FA Cup final? And what about Roy Hodgson's squad? "If he is not available for the final then I can't see him being available for England," the Frenchman says.

    Wenger also says Mathieu Debuchy and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out, although they've both returned to training.

  117. Martinez news conference


    Ross Barkley

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has been speaking about midfielder Ross Barkley being included in Roy Hodgson's senior England squad and not in Gareth Southgate's under-21 squad for the European Championship in June:

    "Ross already has experience at a major tournament with the senior squad after playing at the World Cup in Brazil. Ross has not been involved with the under-21s' qualifying and it doesn't make sense to be involved now without having the chemistry with the other players.

    "Gareth Southgate has done a terrific job with the under-21s and I think it is the right decision not to include Ross. Makes sense he is in the senior squad and is able to get a good break after two demanding seasons where he hasn't had time to recover."

  118. Wenger news conference


    Shortly we'll have the latest word from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who'll be addressing the media ahead of his side's game at home to West Brom on Sunday.

    Will the Frenchman be sharing any more thoughts on Raheem Sterling's situation at Liverpool?

  119. Benitez favourite for Real Madrid


    To Europe now and former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has emerged as a leading candidate to become the next Real Madrid manager.

    Current Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is widely expected to leave his post after this weekend's final game of the season against Getafe.

    Talks between the parties are under way, with 55-year-old Benitez's Napoli contract due to expire next month, although no agreement has been reached.

    West Ham have also made contact with the former Liverpool and Chelsea boss.

  120. Austin makes mum cry


    QPR's Charlie Austin says his England call-up reduced his mum to tears.

    Charlie Austin

    The striker was named in Roy Hodgson's squad for the matches against Republic of Ireland and Slovenia after scoring 17 Premier League goals this season.

    "My mum started crying when I told her," Austin told the QPR website. "She was just so pleased and overwhelmed. To be honest, I can't really put into words how I'm feeling, it's not really sunk in yet."

  121. Pulis news conference


    West Brom manager Tony Pulis says he hopes to get striker Saido Berahino back in training as soon as possible following the European Under-21 Championships in June.

    Speaking at his morning news conference, Pulis said: "We'll get Saido back into training as soon as we can after the under-21 Championships. Even if he's not training I want him in and around us."

    Berahino has scored 14 Premier League goals this season.

  122. Latest on Derby & Steve McClaren


    Pat Murphy

    BBC Sport

    "Steve McClaren is not on the brink of being sacked today by Derby County.

    "He had a two-hour meeting last night with the club's chief executive Sam Rush - described as positive and open. But McClaren's rumoured departure was not discussed.

    "I understand it was spelt out to the head coach that there will be tough discussions ahead after Derby's promotion charge faded away - but a parting of the ways or any compensation was not on the agenda.

    "Rush and McClaren have an excellent working relationship and the head coach still has two years left on his contract."

  123. Mourinho and Hazard win awards


    Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard

    It was a clean sweep for Chelsea at the Premier League awards last night.

    Manager Jose Mourinho was named manager of the season after leading the Blues to the Premier League and League Cup double.

    Meanwhile midfielder Eden Hazard was crowned player of the season. It is the third award for the Belgian who has also been named Professional Footballers' Association and Football Writers' Association player of the year.

  124. PGA Championship


    It's an early start at Wentworth where overnight leaderFrancesco Molinari has just teed off.

    Francesco Molinari