it is a challenge because lots of matches nobody speaks about. it is all about how unbelievably we played. but this weekend we play wolves and we know that. they have a good spirit, good match plan. it isjust good. in fact, in premier league terms, the most significant moment of the week came on monday when vincent kompany smashed the winning goal against leicester. it might seem a fading memory but it means manchester city have their fate in their own hands. win against brighton and they are champions again. we are in this position because we won a lot of games, 13 in a row. we have to win two more. one more in the premier league. that is what we have to do. we are relaxed, training good, smiling a lot. the key to the date may be
how well brighton play. they are safe from relegation but drew with arsenal last week and proved in the fa cup semifinal against manchester city that they can be difficult. it has become always thinking and doing what you have to do. you have to become crazy for it to happen in the last five or ten minutes but before that you need a plan and follow the plan. that is what we have done all season. the last time the premier league was decided on the final day of the season, sergio aguero snatched it for city in the last seconds. that seems under until this week. —— that seemed unrepeatable until this week. the scottish premiership was decided long ago but the third place is stillupforgrab, with a europa league place at stake and aberdeen moved into position tonight after a win over hearts. aberdeen‘s lewis ferguson scored first, before hearts equalised. but, ten minutes later, a cross from james wilson
was met by greg stewart, who scored the second and final goal of the game. here's a quick look at some of the other stories around today. tranmere have a slender lead after the first leg of their league two play—off semifinal against forest green. goal line technology ruled in ollie banks' strike after forest green had a player sent off. relegated fulham have appointed scott parker as their permanent manager. the former england midfielder stepped—in as caretaker following the sacking of claudio ranieri in february. wales coach warren gatland has agreed a deal to take charge of the british and irish lions on their tour of south africa in 2021. he'll step down as wales coach after the rugby world cup in japan this autumn. scotland's new cricket coach shane burger has lost his first game in charge, after his side were narrowly beaten by afghanistan in a rai—affected match in edinburgh. the afghans are using the game as a warm—up for the world cup which starts at the end of the month.
double olympic champion charlotte dujardin showed—off a new star ride at the windsor international horse show, winning her second title this week in the grounds of the queen's castle. dujardin took the freestyle to music crown on erlen—tanz with a score of 81.9% after winning the grand prix. practise for sunday's fi spanish grand prix was dominated by mercedes again. championship leader, valterri bottas was just quicker than his team mate lewis hamilton. bottas is a point ahead in the drivers' standings after four races. mercedes' performance in barcelona will have worried ferrari whose drivers are still yet to win a grand prix this season and charles leclerc could only manage third quickest ahead of sebastian vettel. the third practise starts tomorrow morning. matt wallace has a one shot lead going into the third round of the british masters golf. the englishman hasn't made a single bogey in his two rounds in southport and leads on 12 under par. ahead of compatriot ross fisher, and sweden's niklas lemke who came close to equalling the european
record for consecutive birdies, but came—up just short with eight in a row. roger federer has been knocked out of the madrid open in the quarterfinal, beaten by dominic thiem who had to come from a set down and save match points to end federer‘s clay—court return. the austrian won it 3—6, 7—6, 6—4 to set—up a meeting with world number one novak djokovic in the semi—finals. rafa nadal will be stefanos tsitsipas in the other semi. it's after the five time champion in the spanish capital beat stan wawrinka in straight sets. meanwhile in the women's event, simona halep is still no course to re—take the world number one spot. -- still —— still on course. she's through to the final in madrid after beating belinda bencic. she'll play kiki bertens in the final and if she wins, halep will be the new world number one. well, this weekend is also
the culmination of european rugby's elite competition — the champions cup. saracens v leinster — two of the best sides in the history of the european cup will go head to head at stjames park tomorrow, chris slegg looks ahead to the game. saracens again are heading off to fight for europe's greatest shiniest crown. having comfortably beating munster in the semis, saracens are back in the champions cup final. now a tougher hurdle, beating the holders and team that knocked them out in the quarterfinals, leinster. we were very well beaten on the day by a better team. 14 months on going into this game in a betterframe of mind, mostly we are good. physically we are good. we have momentum in the competition. the showpiece european final is being held at newcastle united's saint james park. a venue revered by football fans, including the saracens full—back.
st james's park is a brilliant place. the fans love it. it is in the centre of the city. if you talk about the atmosphere there and tell passionate people are, i can't wait to go out there on the friday, have a kickabout, take it all in, to play there will be unbelievable. saracens are taking on opponents who are aiming to become the first side to be european champions five times saracens themselves seek a third triumph in four years. this club and this group will take us higher and higher. we need to make sure we win to do that i think it is a big motivation for us all. with more than 20 internationals between them, few doubt this is between the best two sides in europe. now to find out who is number one. chris slegg, bbc news. well the second tier competition was also decided this evening, and it was also played
at st james park. the challenge up final was an all french affair as clermont auvergne comfortably beat la rochelle to win a record—equalling third title. young french international damian penaud opened the scoring for clermont. his father alain captained brive to become the 1997 european champions. greg laidlaw came on as a replacement and scored a second before wesley fofana made it three tries helping them to a 36—16 victory to take them alongside harlequins as three time winners. it's the last 16 of rugby league's challenge cup this weekend. three teams are already into the quarterfinals. halifax and wakefield will bejoined by hull, who overcame casteford tigers 28—12. they remain on course of a third wembley appearance in four years. olympic sailing champion giles scott says the decision to remove the finn class after next year's games will effectively end his olympic career. it's part of a major shake—up by world sailing who are seeking to improve gender equality and boost
the sport's youth appeal. it's a great shame for the class. it is something i hold quite close. in terms of other boats i would be able to sail, it is pretty limited. the most difficult thing is really not for someone like myself but for the younger guys coming through. it is fair to say that potentially the way it is unfolding has been a bit of a bitter pill to swallow for some. and finally, russia's president vladimir putin has been showing—off his ice hockey moves with belarus's president alexander lu kashanko. they took to the ice in sochi after a culture, education and sport meeting. playing on the same team they beat the other side 16—1. and putin himself, who also has a black belt injudo, scored seven of those goals. he was unsurprisingly the top scorer of the game. that's all from sportsday. we'll have more sport
throughout the weekend. an exciting weekend of sport. but from all of us, it's good night. hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. with me are the deputy editor of the daily express, michael booker, and the author and journalist, yasmin alibhai—brown. she's clearly engrossed in what we are putting in front of her tonight. idid my are putting in front of her tonight. i did my homework. many of tomorrow's front pages are already in. michael is much more sombre. the daily telegraph says that some mps are boosting their expenses by claiming for adult children who are "dependent" upon them.
the paper says the mps are operating within the rules. private woe over the recruitment of more state pupils by oxford and cambridge, that's on the front of the times as private—school parents claim their children are being edged out by "social engineering". the financial times leads on uber‘s underwhelming stock market debut, after shares for the ride—hailing app opened below their offer price. ifind i find that ever so hard to say, right hailing app. the i reports that the conservative party is experiencing a funding crisis with donations drying up as brexit unrest grows. doctors in the us announce plans for a radical gene therapy that could drastically reduce the risk of heart attack, that's according to the guardian. and the mirror has spoken to the ex—wife of thomas markle, the father of the duchess of sussex. we might not dwell on that one. let's start with the daily express. outrage as rape victims warned they faced prosecution. why would rape victims face prosecution? this