Messi tax fraud trial to start in Spain

The trial of Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi on tax fraud charges is due to start in Spain. Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his financial affairs, are accused of defrauding Spain of more than €4m (£3m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. The authorities allege that the two used tax havens in Belize

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'Unstoppable' – the making of Kane

5 live Sport Special: The Making of Harry Kane Date: Tuesday 31 May Time: 19:30 BST Station: BBC Radio 5 live. Listen here The leading scorer in the last Premier League season, leading England’s line this month in the European Championships. At 22 years old, just two years after his first Premier League start, Tottenham

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Wales to decide on Ledley for Euros

The selection of midfielder Joe Ledley will be manager Chris Coleman’s biggest decision as he names Wales’ final 23-man squad for Euro 2016 on Tuesday. Ledley, 29, has resumed light training after breaking his leg on 7 May. Wales begin their campaign against Slovakia on 11 June, before facing England five days later. They will

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Payet hits late winner for France

West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet scored a sublime 90th-minute winner to earn Euro 2016 hosts France a 3-2 friendly win over Cameroon in Nantes on Monday. Didier Deschamps’ side went ahead after 20 minutes through Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi before Vincent Aboubakar levelled. Paul Pogba’s cross allowed Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud to restore France’s lead

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Akinfenwa released after Play-Off final

Iconic AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa revealed he has been released by the club – seconds after helping them win the League Two Play-Off final at Wembley. Akinfenwa – nicknamed ‘The Beast’ – asked managers to “hit me up on whatsapp” in his post-match interview. The 34-year-old scored a 101st minute injury-time penalty in a

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AFC Wimbledon 2-0 Plymouth Argyle

AFC Wimbledon were promoted into the third tier for the first time in their history after beating Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off final. Lyle Taylor turned in Callum Kennedy’s cross for his 23rd goal of the season. And substitute Adebayo Akinfenwa netted a penalty in the 11th minute of injury time after a

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Scotland let manager down – McArthur

Scotland midfielder James McArthur felt the players let manager Gordon Strachan down as they lost 1-0 to Italy in Malta. Graziano Pelle scored the only goal, but a combination of Italian profligacy and David Marshall brilliance ensured the damage was not worse. “Everyone’s let the manager and the fans down,” McArthur told BBC Scotland. “There’s

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'Gary will be in the lads' minds'

Pre-Euro 2016 friendly: Sweden v Wales Date: Sunday, 5 June Venue: Friends Arena, Stockholm Kick-off: 15:00 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary. Watch: Wales: The Road to the Euros documentary on Wednesday, BBC One Wales, 19:30 BST “I know

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Kidnapped Mexico footballer Pulido freed

International football player Alan Pulido has been rescued in north-east Mexico hours after his kidnapping, officials say. Pulido, 25, appeared with a bandaged hand and told reporters he was “very well”. Officials said the rescue operation was carried out on Sunday night, without giving more details. The striker plays for the Greek team Olympiakos and

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Italy 1-0 Scotland

Scotland were comfortably beaten by Italy, with the only saving grace that the margin of defeat could have been greater. Southampton’s Graziano Pelle scored the only goal of the match, which Italy dominated from start to finish. Scotland offered little as an attacking force and struggled to keep possession on an unforgiving surface in Malta.

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