Manchester City star Raheem Sterling revealed he voted for Tottenham striker Harry Kane to receive the PFA Player of the Year award, not Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk.

Sterling and Liverpool defender Van Dijk are the frontrunners for the award ahead of the PFA ceremony in London on Sunday.

Van Dijk said he voted for Sterling – who has scored 17 Premier League goals and tallied nine assists for reigning champions City this season.

However, Sterling did not return the favour, instead opting for England team-mate Kane, who did not make the six-man shortlist.

"It's nice to be recognised on that front but, to be honest, if we don't win the Premier League, I don't really want to be in contention," said Sterling.

"What I want to do is win the Premier League, win the FA Cup, then think about stuff like that, even though the awards are before that. Without that, it doesn't mean much to me, really.

"I voted for Harry Kane. My vote for him is because he scores so many goals every year, he does so much for the team, gives so much for his team.

"There was a lot of talk about Virgil van Dijk. I knew he would have a lot of the votes, so I looked at someone I thought being around him in the national team, how he puts in his work, his work ethic, how he looks after himself.

"He's always there, especially coming back from injury, as a professional I looked at him and that's my reason for voting for him, seeing him on a day-to-day with the national team."

Sterling's City team-mates Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva are also in the running for the award, as well as Liverpool forward Sadio Mane and Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said it is "highly unlikely" that DeMarcus Cousins will return in the NBA playoffs.

Warriors center Cousins tore his left quadriceps muscle last week and started his rehabilitation program on Tuesday.

Two-time defending champions the Warriors, however, are still expecting to be without Cousins for the remainder of their three-peat quest.

"It was good to see him, and obviously we've been gone the last week or so," said Kerr, whose team lead the Los Angeles Clippers 3-1 in the Western Conference first-round series.

"It's good for everyone to see him and vice versa. We'll see what happens in a few weeks once we have a better sense of his healing and his ability to maybe get on the court.

"Who knows? But at this point, I'd say it's highly unlikely [he returns in the playoffs]."

Cousins suffered the injury when he fell chasing down a loose ball on a fast break in the first quarter of Golden State's Game-2 loss to the Clippers.

He was helped back to the locker room and was ruled out shortly after.

"You're probably looking at a couple months' recovery, so it's unlikely," Kerr said shortly after Cousins' injury. "But [the Warriors' sports medicine staff has] told me that there are occasions where that injury heals faster. So, we're leaving the door open, obviously."

The four-time All-Star made his first career playoff appearance in Game 1 of the series, scoring nine points and grabbing nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action.

Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3million deal with the Warriors in July and missed the team's first 45 games as he continued to recover from a torn Achilles.

"More than anything, I'm just crushed for DeMarcus," Kerr said last week. "He's been waiting his whole career for this. Then, the second game, he goes down after putting all that work in to recover from the Achilles. And he's had a great season for us. He's really come along the last month or so. I just feel bad for him."

Cousins finished the regular season averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game.

The Warriors will face the Clippers in Game 5 at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Shane Long's record for the fastest goal in Premier League history will not be broken anytime soon.

Long's record-breaking goal after just seven seconds helped Southampton to a 1-1 draw at Watford on Tuesday as Hasenhuttl's men moved further clear of the relegation zone.

Ledley King's 10-second record – which had stood since 2000 – was shattered by Long when the Republic of Ireland international closed down Craig Cathcart's attempted clearance and powered through to clip over Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster.

Long revelled in the record post-match, saying: "The manager said to make a quick start and put them under pressure. It's a nice record to have."

And Hasenhuttl heaped praise on Long, telling reporters: "It was fantastic I think. It was a very good signal after the game on Saturday where I was really not happy about the first half where we were not aggressive enough.

"I think they listened very well, especially Shane Long. He was so quick and so quick attacking. After the ball win that is one thing but to score also is another thing.

"I think he has a little bit the image that he doesn't score so much but in the last four games three goals. It's amazing and an amazing performance he shows in the moment. I am absolutely happy with him."

Hasenhuttl added: "It's not so easy [for the record to be broken]. The only chance is to shoot from the middle line. That is the only chance to beat this record because much faster is not possible I think."

Watford managed to secure a share of the points thanks to Andre Gray's late strike at Vicarage Road.

Gray popped up in the 90th minute to salvage a point for Watford, who leapfrogged Everton into seventh position in the Premier League.

"We conceded in the last games two similar goals. But if we speak about players like Ben Foster and Craig Cathcart, they are players who are always very concentrated. It's something, in my opinion, that sometimes happens and you never know exactly why," Javi Gracia said.

"I'm sure in the next game these players and the rest of the team will be very focused and trying to avoid these mistakes, but it sometimes happens and we try to do better and avoid these mistakes in the next games."

The NFL is like any other business — it falls into patterns, makes mistakes and has to start over.

Every year, the draft comes around and guys start to shoot up boards when they run a freakish 40-yard dash or put up 40 reps on the bench press.

Evaluators in the NFL are just like us, they fall for window-dressing and pick based on recency bias rather than trusting what their eyes saw on the football field months before the combine.

So, who are the players this year who pundits are saying should go high but probably should not?

Here are five overrated prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft:


Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock is big (6-4, 227 pounds), has a huge arm, has tons of collegiate starts (46) and has had very good success in a conference known for its defense in the SEC (99 touchdowns, 39 interceptions).

Here is the thing though — and this really, really matters — he is not accurate. Just really not at all. In four years, basically all starting, at Missouri, he never completed more than 62.9 per cent of his passes in a season and only eclipsed the 60-per cent mark once. He did that despite having favourable offenses to do it in, good talent around him and, honestly, a weaker division to exploit.

The SEC East has had very good teams in recent years, but it also has Tennessee, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, and Kentucky were not particularly good until recently. Lock is soaring up boards now that teams are seeing him in shorts and a t-shirt and he is throwing against air. Could he be really good? Absolutely. He has all the tools to do so. But the fact is the NFL does not get easier. It gets more difficult and Lock's accuracy probably will not improve in a tougher environment with more complex defenses.


Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

Again, there is a lot to like about Lawrence: he has wonderful size, he moves very well for his girth (342 pounds and a 5.05 40-yard dash) and he anchored one of the best defensive lines in the country. But even though he is predicted to go in the first round by just about everyone, the consensus around draft circles is he probably should not.

One AFC general manager told Bleacher Report: "It's nothing against the kid, but teams should know better than to draft a nose tackle early. He's Vita Vea. He's Danny Shelton. These guys are never worth the early pick."

The Draft Network's Jon Ledyard echoed the same sentiment: "In short, Lawrence is a good run-stuffing prospect with enough upside and athleticism to not be a complete dud on passing downs, which would be awesome in the middle of day two/early Round three portions of the draft. The problem is he's been getting top-10 hype for two years now, and there is just no way he belongs in the Round one discussion."

Now, Lawrence appears to be slipping down boards slightly as he is getting looked at more in the 15-30 range rather than top 10 at this point. Still, today's game is about getting pressure up the middle with defensive tackles and that's just not Lawrence's game, and to spend a first-round pick on a run stuffer might not be prudent.


Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Campbell's stock took a big jump this year when he came out and ran a 4.31 40-yard dash at the combine.

That is all well and good and has some teams now considering him as a day two prospect, and if Al Davis were alive he would probably go in the top 10. But his issue was never his speed. His issue has always been whether he could catch. And spoiler alert, he is not Michael Thomas.

Campbell has had big problems with drops in his career and had he not had those issues at Ohio State, there is a good chance the Buckeyes would not have had to come back against Penn State this year. That game got Dwayne Haskins rattled and probably is a spot many scouts will point to demonstrate why they have some questions about the Ohio State QB. But we digress.

The point is, Campbell has questions about both his hands and his route-running as the Buckeyes did not run a traditional route tree under Urban Meyer. If he gets up into the early second round, that will probably be too high of a selection and one that was made because a team fell in love with what they saw on the stopwatch rather than what they perceived on tape.


Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Jones is the classic case of quarterbacks being drafted before they should be, and he will be, mark our words. Assuming Kyler Murray goes number one — which honestly may be a pretty big assumption — quarterbacks will start to come off the board quickly like they always do. If Murray goes first, we could very well see Jones go off the board at number 15 to the Washington Redskins and that is just too high.

While Gil Brandt compared Jones to Peyton Manning, which might be a bit of an overstatement, the Hall of Famer did give an exact evaluation of who Jones is — he is a big guy (6-5), who does not have great arm strength and features pretty darn good mobility. Those are all great traits, but unless Jones falls to the perfect spot, it may not matter.

Jones is a developmental player who has a good amount of starts (36), but not a ton of passes thrown and kind of flew under the radar so he did not have a ton of pressure on him. If a team take him high, they will have to start him pretty soon and that is not the best recipe for him. Now, if he gets drafted by the New England Patriots at the end of the first round that is another story, but if he goes in the top 20 or even the top 15, he could have a rough go of it.


Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

This one is more of a question mark than it is a pure overrated statement. Again, Gary is a guy who checks all the boxes: He is 6-5, 283 pounds as a defensive end, he is crazy fast for that size running a 4.58 40-yard dash and shows flashes of dominance off the edge at Michigan.

But with guys like that, stats do matter a touch. Like with Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat, while people may not have known him when he ran a 4.40 40-yard dash, it is easy to match up that speed with his production as he tallied 23.5 sacks with the Bulldogs in his career and 22.5 in his last two years there. His measurements match his production. With Gary, that really is not the case.

Gary tallied 9.5 sacks in three years at Michigan. He is a physical freak, how does that happen? Now, he was surrounded by gobs of talent with the Wolverines so that could have held down his numbers, but he could not tally more than 6.5 sacks in a season with his talent? That might be a red flag. We will see if his talent turns into production in the pros, but like with Lock, the NFL does not get easier. So, Gary might not all of a sudden become a sack artist the team that take him expect him to be.

The NFL Draft is nearly here, and to say a number of teams have a lot riding on their impending decisions would be an understatement.

Here are five teams with the most to gain or lose in the aftermath of the 2019 NFL Draft:



The Arizona Cardinals hold the number one pick, and the biggest story leading up to the draft is centred around dual-sport star Kyler Murray.

The former Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner was selected ninth overall by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 MLB Draft but opted to pursue a career in football instead.

Given that the Cardinals already have Josh Rosen, who was picked 10th overall in 2018, there has been speculation over whether Arizona will draft a top-10 quarterback for the second straight year.

The Cardinals finished last season with a league-worst 3-13 record and missed the playoffs for the third straight year. They have not had a winning season since 2015 when they went 13-3 and won the NFC West under Carson Palmer, who retired at the end of 2017 and left a void Rosen just could not fill in 14 lacklustre games as a rookie.



The Oakland Raiders have four of the first 35 picks, followed by four selections in rounds four through seven (Numbers 106, 140, 218 and 235).

However, head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock are reportedly on their own in making final decisions on the team's draft prospects after sending their scouts home over feelings of distrust. Considering how they acquired the picks in the first place — remember Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper? — the Raiders are bound to do something reckless.

While Gruden and Mayock have reiterated their support for Derek Carr, it is not out of the question for the Raiders to pull a surprise quarterback pick early, among other questionable moves.



Things are a mess in New York, but the Giants have a chance to turn things around and start the season fresh on a positive note.

The New York Giants have two picks in the first round at number six and 17, and it might make the most sense for the team to take a potential successor to Eli Manning with the latter selection. But general manager Dave Gettleman has his own way of doing things, which is evident by his willingness to trade Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns and his unapologetic approach to the event.

New York have reportedly met with multiple quarterbacks, including Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, Missouri's Drew Lock and Murray, and Manning expressed confidence the Giants will draft a player at that position. He was inconsistent last season as the Giants missed the playoffs for a second successive year and his contract is set to expire after next season.



Speaking of quarterbacks, the New England Patriots have to be thinking about Tom Brady's impending retirement and who will take his place under center when he decides to call it quits.

Brady turns 42 in August, yet has remained insistent he will play into his mid-40s. Still, the Patriots have to anticipate his decision and allow time for his successor to learn from him, like they did with long-time backup Jimmy Garoppolo before he was traded to the San Francisco 49ers.

Then again, New England have other needs that require addressing sooner, specifically at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski. The Super Bowl champions could also use a defensive end and eventually a receiver considering Julian Edelman is 32 and newcomer Demaryius Thomas is 31.



The Washington Redskins are another team in search of a long-term quarterback solution following the departure of Kirk Cousins and Alex Smith's horrific leg injury.

The Redskins still have Smith under contract even though he will not play in 2019 and traded for Case Keenum as insurance, but Washington are reportedly open to the idea of taking a quarterback with their 15th overall pick.

However, there is competition in the picks ahead of Washington. With only four potential first-round quarterbacks up for grabs, the Redskins could be prompted to move up the board by opening the door to prospective trades.

This might not be the flashiest of NFL drafts, but a bunch of teams can get a whole lot better at spots of need in the first round.

While there are not a lot of great quarterbacks — some pundits are saying none would go among the top three taken last year — there are offensive linemen and interior defenders galore this season.

Those names will not incite riots in football towns, but they will make teams better where they need to be.

Here are five great fits in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:


Oakland Raiders, Number four: Josh Allen, OLB/DE Kentucky

Allen might just be the best player in this draft. He has got good size (6-5, 262) and even better production (31.5 sacks, 17 in 2019).

The Raiders are completely without pass-rushing talent (ahem…Khalil Mack) tallying just 13 sacks as a team in 2018, which was 17 less than any other roster in the NFL.

Allen both fits a need — and if he is on the board at number four — he will likely be the best talent available. It is a win-win.


Detroit Lions, Number eight: Jonah Williams, OT/OG Alabama

Matthew Stafford is the sixth-highest paid quarterback in the NFL, but he is getting protected like he is expendable (40 sacks in 2018, 47 in 2017, 37 in 2016). His contract has two more years before a potential opt-out, and the Lions better protect him if they want to keep him.

Williams would do just that, whether it is at guard or tackle. He is physically gifted and highly productive as well, earning third-team All-American honours in 2017 and first team in 2018.

This is the man to protect Stafford.


Denver Broncos, Number 10: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State

John Elway loves his big pocket quarterbacks and Haskins is just that.

The Ohio State quarterback struggles to move a bit, especially when he gets pressured up the middle, but no QB likes pressure up the middle, so that is not too big of a deal.

Joe Flacco has three years left on his deal through 2021, but Haskins could be great insurance if the veteran gets hurt or simply does not produce. The Broncos need a quarterback of the future and Haskins would be exactly what Elway would want.


Carolina Panthers, Number 16: Brian Burns, OLB/DE Florida State

For a team with a defensive coach who really bases much of their identity off toughness and stopping opponents' offenses, the Panthers struggled making opposing quarterbacks uncomfortable last season.

Carolina tallied just 35 sacks on the year, which was 27th in the NFL, and they need some help with the pass rush off the edge. And with the move to a more hybrid system which needs some versatility, Brian Burns would give it just that.

Burns can play outside linebacker or defensive end and would give the Panthers a pass rusher they can likely rely on early.


Indianapolis Colts, Number 26: Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

This is where both a prisoner-of-the-moment situation could come into play as well as drafting for need when a team probably should not. The Colts will probably be incredibly tempted to take D.K. Metcalf in this situation but it is just too high. He is stiff in his route-running and is not the quickest guy in the world. Add that to his injury history and this is simply too soon to take him.

Brown, on the other hand, gives Andrew Luck another reliable weapon that not even he can out-throw, and in Frank Reich's offense he would be a good fit as well. Add that to the fact he is valued in the late first round rather than the early second, and he is a perfect fit for Indy.

Unai Emery insisted Shkodran Mustafi is good enough to play for Arsenal, despite the centre-back coming under fire for his performances.

Mustafi was at fault for two of Crystal Palace's goals in Arsenal's shock 3-2 Premier League defeat at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

The 27-year-old has split opinion since joining from LaLiga side Valencia in a reported £35million transfer in 2016, but Emery has no doubt about the German's quality, citing his man-of-the-match showing in the 1-0 win at Watford on April 15.

"I want to protect the players," Arsenal boss Emery said ahead of Wednesday's trip to Wolves. "Mustafi is a very good player, a very good centre-back. He has the habit of doing a tackle and going to ground, using his anticipation against the opposition.

"He can win one [tackle], win two, win three, win four - but if he loses one he is the picture and if we concede a goal he is the big picture. I have spoken to him: 'you are young, you can improve and you need to work hard because you have a big quality for a centre-back'.

"For example, against Watford, he was the best of all the players, he won all the balls in the air with his head and that is a very good statistic for him. On Sunday against Christian Benteke it is more difficult to win every ball in the air but it was 50-50."

Emery has switched between a three and four-man defence during his first season in North London, and the Spaniard believes it suits Mustafi playing alongside two other central defenders.

"When we use three centre backs, we protect them more," Emery said. "You can anticipate, and you can lose one [tackle] but we have two who are covering. When we have only two, if you lose the anticipation, there is only one behind. That is happening a lot with Mustafi, but I want him to not do the tackle on the ground every time.

"You have to be clever in your mind about what is the moment to go [to ground] and what is not the moment, but that is part of the process."

Mustafi let Wilfried Zaha get the wrong side of him for Palace's second goal, but Emery has absolved him of any blame.

"He is young, he is improving and Sunday he is in the big picture because of the second goal. But it's not his mistake. The mistake was tactical because we need to protect him with two centre-backs against Zaha. I protect him because I believe in him."

Arsenal are fifth and a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

Manchester City star Raheem Sterling believes far more can still be done to put an end to racism in football.

The England international has repeatedly spoken out about the issue following a rise in incidents of racial abuse throughout the sport.

Sterling has already called for harsher punishments to be handed out for clubs whose fans are found guilty of targeting players because of the colour of their skin, insisting the current sanctions in place are not enough to stop some people.

But the 24-year-old only expects things to change should the relevant equality and inclusion organisations, such as Kick It Out, receive sufficient backing.

"It's not any disrespect to Kick It Out but the campaigns, with the t-shirts and stuff, I feel it shows people what you're trying to say but what is actually being put in place? We need to help people like Kick It Out push it a bit more," he told Sky Sports.

"The other day the Premier League suggested to post this blackout thing. Again, it was just like 'Ok, it goes on social media. Then people see it. But what does that do? What does that actually do? What is the outcome of that?'

"Is it a campaign for three days and it blows over or are we going to do something that says, 'this is what we're doing and from now on. This is how it's going to go'.

"That's what we, every player who has been in this situation, would like. I don't think these social media posts, these t-shirts are doing anything. It's not going to change anything.

"It needs to be at first within football - because that's where I am and I can't say about in everyday walks of life - to help people in our environment. And for people that have been suffering these things to have something that they know when they go on the football field that no one will dare to even chat one word at them. That's what I'm aiming for."

Sterling, who has enjoyed another incredible campaign on the pitch with 17 Premier League goals and nine assists, hopes the next generation of footballers can avoid the same type of abuse received by himself and his team-mates.

"No one really says anything. No one expresses their feelings, and I think that's wrong," he said. "But, at the same time, no one really wants any backlash or if any of it went wrong. 

"But when I wanted to say something it was purely just to get people on the outside to understand what it's really like for some of these players. I probably had it lightly because I haven't had that many experiences growing up. It was more, as I keep explaining, when I came up north.

"But speaking to players like Fabian [Delph], growing up in Leeds, Bradford, and then telling me about some of their experiences, it's crazy to know some of this stuff happens here to 15, 16-year-old kids.

"We have an opportunity and a chance to make something that's not just now but that, in 10 years' time, players know when they get on a football field that stuff like that can't happen. That's what we need to put in place. Something that makes people think more than twice."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United have to prove they can be consistent if they are to compete with Liverpool and Manchester City for the Premier League title next season.

Ahead of a derby clash with rivals City at Old Trafford on Wednesday, United are 24 points behind leaders Liverpool, although they have played one match fewer.

Solskjaer's side face a battle for Champions League qualification with United, who have lost six of their past eight games in all competitions, three points behind Chelsea in the race for a top-four finish.

United have not won the Premier League since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 and Solskjaer is uncertain over how competitive the Red Devils can be in 2019-20.

"I don't think we've got the consistency to do that," Solskjaer told reporters when asked if United can fight City and Liverpool for the title next season.

"Over the last 18 games, we're not far away from them but it's doing it over the course of a season. We've done it for half a season now. Let's see. You can never say never.

"You cannot expect things to happen overnight and we know that. It will happen gradually and we have to be realistic enough as a club that we have to take it step by step. 

"That's not changing 10 players now and bringing 10 players in. It's slowly, slowly but surely. It has to be the right quality, right personality, the right standards to get us back to where we want to be."

United fans have been left to weigh up whether they would rather see neighbours City or equally fierce rivals Liverpool be crowned champions.

"It's not about taking something away from others," Solskjaer added. "We have to want to overtake them, and not just because it's City and Liverpool.

"For a supporter, as I am, and as a manager now as well, we know [them well] because they are so close in the vicinity. 

"We want to be the best, we have been the best and it's not nice seeing those two at the top."

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has not given up hope of Christian Eriksen extending his contract despite the midfielder having only 14 months left on his deal.

Eriksen joined Spurs from Ajax in 2013 and has been a regular ever since, becoming one of the Premier League's best playmakers.

He was decisive on Tuesday, scoring a fine late winner as Spurs took charge in the top-four battle with a 1-0 victory over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Spurs and Eriksen have long been in negotiations but do not appear to be getting any closer to an agreement, with some suggesting they could look to offload him at the end of the season to prevent losing him on a free transfer next year.

When asked if he had any updates on the talks, Pochettino told reporters: "I think I was clear a few months ago.

"It is a very special situation. Christian is a special person. I think we are all special, different and we need to understand that.

"The timing for him or for the club to be agreeing something are maybe different to another player. I hope and I wish Christian can be with us in the future, but I think Christian and us, we are so open to talking and we will see what happens.

"I think it is so close to the end of the season, [there is] a lot of time to talk after and I think the most important thing now, not only for him, is for all the players to be focused and try to achieve the things we want.

"We have a lot of big things ahead and we need to be focused only to try and recover, train and compete."

Eriksen has impressed lately and his winner against Brighton capped a strong all-round performance, with Pochettino paying tribute to his technical ability.

"He has an amazing quality," Pochettino added. "He can shoot from outside of the box and have unbelievable shots with his left and right foot.

"Of course, it's about mentality too, but in the end if you don't have the quality then you can shoot 10 times without the goalkeeper and for sure you're not going to score, but with Christian he can shoot and score."

Brighton were agonisingly close to what could have been a pivotal point in their fight against relegation and Chris Hughton accepted it was painful to slip to such a late loss.

"That's very much the feeling," Hughton told reporters when asked if it was a heartbreaking defeat. "We had a little bit of fortune go our away, they hit the post, we defended well.

"The longer it went I thought we would hold out if we had managed the game better at the end. I thought the centre-halves were both excellent.

"It's a pressurised situation but we have put ourselves in it and we have to deal with it. We have an opportunity now at home against Newcastle [United on Saturday]."

Robbie Gould is trying to force a trade from the San Francisco 49ers with negotiations over a long-term deal appearing to have broken down.

The veteran kicker, who went 33 for 34 on field-goal attempts for the 49ers last year, was franchise tagged in February.

However, Gould has cut off negotiations with San Francisco and has told the team he wants to be traded, he told ESPN on Tuesday.

"The bottom line is, I'm unsure if I want to play there anymore," Gould said. "At this point, I have to do what's best for me and my family back home [in Chicago]."

Gould has been with San Francisco for two seasons and is 72 of 75 on field-goal attempts and 55 of 59 on extra-point attempts.

The 37-year-old spent the first 11 years of his career with the Chicago Bears before going to the New York Giants for one year prior to landing with San Francisco.

He has made 87.7 per cent of his career field goals and 97.1 per cent of his extra points.

The 49ers signed kicker Jonathan Brown to a two-year deal for depth in March.

Saracens wing David Strettle will retire at the end of the season at the age of 35.

The flyer, capped 14 times by England, announced on Tuesday that his 17-year career is almost over.

Strettle spent four years with Harlequins before moving to Sarries, where he played his part in the London club's first Premiership title triumph in the 2010-11 season.

A successful spell in France with Clermont Auvergne followed and Strettle returned to Saracens last year after three seasons with the Top 14 club.

Strettle will end his playing days next month and could sign off with a European Champions Cup and Premiership double. 

"I spoke to my wife and we decided now is the time to say goodbye to rugby. There are some more adventures for me elsewhere," said Strettle.

"I'm lucky enough to be able to look back, be very proud and privileged to have done some of the things I've done.

"There was a time when I was at Clermont I thought I'd retire so everything from that point has been an unbelievable bonus for me and to come back to Saracens has been incredible."

Anastasija Sevastova inflicted a final-set bagel on fellow Latvian Jelena Ostapenko to move into the second round of the Stuttgart Open, while Lara Arruabarrena upset Carla Suarez Navarro in the Istanbul Cup.

Seventh seed Sevastova came through a topsy-turvy encounter 6-2 4-6 6-0 to move into the second round on Tuesday.

Sevastova broke her compatriot seven times to advance and will face Laura Siegemund in the last 16.

"I don't think it was a nice feeling for us both," world number 13 Sevastova said of facing the 2017 French Open champion. "At the end of the day, you just concentrate on yourself.

"It's Stuttgart, it's the first match, you play like it's any other match - you try. It's hard, but that's the thing that I did."

Sixth seed Kiki Bertens was a 7-5 6-2 winner over Anna-Lena Friedsam, while Daria Kasatkina defeated Elise Mertens 7-6 (10-8) 7-5 on a day that saw Simona Halep withdraw due to a hip injury.

Andrea Petkovic and Greet Minnen also avoided early exits on day two of the tournament. 

Top seed Suarez Navarro fell at the first hurdle in Istanbul, losing 6-4 7-5 in all-Spanish encounter with Arruabarrena.

The 30-year-old was by no means the only seed to bow out, with Katerina Siniakova beaten by Elena Rybakina after Maria Sakkari and Viktoria Kuzmova were also defeated.

Pep Guardiola insisted Manchester City have not been offered Manchester United star Paul Pogba again despite the Frenchman being linked with the Old Trafford exit.

Pogba has endured another erratic season at United, finding himself in and out of the team under Jose Mourinho, before suffering another dip in form recently.

Although consistency continues to elude Pogba, he has managed to score 13 Premier League goals this term and set up another nine.

Pogba was linked with City last season when Guardiola claimed - just before the derby - his agent had offered him to United's rivals, while Real Madrid are said to be circling following the return of Zinedine Zidane as coach.

But, ahead of Wednesday's Manchester derby, Guardiola refused to stoke any pre-match controversy again, insisting City have not been offered the World Cup-winning midfielder once more by agent Mino Raiola.

"No. No, no, definitely not," Guardiola told reporters when asked if Pogba had been made available to him. "He's a player for Man United."

Guardiola is already spoilt for choice in midfield, even with Kevin De Bruyne expected to miss the derby through another knee injury.

Phil Foden impressed against Tottenham last time out, scoring the only goal of the game in just his second Premier League start and he could start against United for the first time in De Bruyne's stead.

"Yes, he [Foden] is ready," Guardiola said of the Stockport-born 18-year-old.

"I don't know the importance to be a Man City fan or if being involved in that is going to help or not, but he is ready, of course.

"He would not be here [if he wasn't ready]. We'll see [if he starts] - I have to dream tonight."

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