Sportsday - Friday 13 September as it happened

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13 September 2013 Last updated at 18:02 GMT

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  1. 1856: 
    SPORTSDAY

    That is all for Sportsday this week. We'll back once again on Monday morning, when we will bring you all the reaction to the weekend's football. For now, goodbye.

  2. 1850: 
    FOOTBALL

    Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes believes Partick Thistle are a welcome addition to the Scottish Premiership this season but will be looking to end the Jags' good run of form at Firhill on Saturday.

    Alan Archibald's men are in fourth place with eight points from five games and go into the match on the back of a 2-1 win over St Mirren in Paisley in their last outing before the international break. Thistle's form has been no surprise to the Dons boss who watched them regularly as they battled their way to the Scottish First Division title last season.

    "I watched a lot of them when they were in the First Division last season and thought that they had a lot of players capable of playing in the top league," says McInnes.

  3. 1843: 
    CRICKET

    England duo Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann have been made available for Nottinghamshire's Yorkshire Bank 40 final against Glamorgan.

    The pair were among the senior players rested for England's NatWest Series against Australia following a punishing summer schedule that has seen them play a full role in helping the national team retain the Ashes.

    However, Nottinghamshire confirmed in a statement that they will be able to call upon bowling all-rounder Broad and off-spinner Swann at Lord's on 21 September.

  4. 1839: 
    FOOTBALL

    BBC Sport published its annual Price of Football study this week - and found that average ticket prices across English football's top four divisions have fallen by up to 2.4%.

    The annual study - the biggest in British football - included the prices of 164 clubs across 10 divisions.

    But how does the price of football in Britain compare to the other leading countries in Europe? Our football experts in Germany, Spain and France have found out, check them out on the BBC Sport website.

  5. 1833: 
    GOLF

    Japan's Mika Miyazato claimed a one-shot lead after the delayed first round of the Evian Championship, the inaugural fifth major of the season on the LPGA Tour.

    The first day's play was washed out by torrential rain on Thursday, with only 15 players making it out onto the course before subsequently having their scores wiped out.

    Conditions were far better on Friday and Miyazato took advantage with a round containing seven birdies and just one bogey to finish ahead of five-time major winner Se Ri Pak, Germany's Sandra Gal and Norway's Suzann Pettersen.

  6. 1828: 
    GREAT NORTH RUN

    Mo Farah promises "a great show" when he takes on Ethiopian legends Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie in Sunday's Great North Run.

    The trio, who have 12 world titles and seven Olympic golds between them, will compete over the half marathon course between Newcastle and South Shields.

    "I've got the track speed but it all depends on how the race goes," says Farah, now focusing on marathons. "The most important thing is not about time, it's putting on a great show."

    The Great North Run gets under way at 0930 and is live on Live on BBC TV, BBC Sport website, mobiles, tablets and Connected TVs.

  7. 1826: 
    FOOTBALL

    Mark Hughes pits his in-form Stoke side against former team Manchester City on Saturday insisting he bears no grudge against the club who ruthlessly dumped him nearly four years ago.

    The Potters boss was sacked by City's current hierarchy in December 2009 despite a respectable record at the Etihad Stadium, to be replaced by a higher-profile manager in Roberto Mancini.

    "I enjoyed my time at Manchester City," he says. "Yes, it was difficult as it was a big time of change for the club, but I think I can look back upon my time there and be pleased with what we achieved."

  8. 1821: 
    ON THIS DAY - 2007
    McLaren

    McLaren were fined £49.2m and stripped of their points in the constructors' championship as a result of a Formula 1 spy scandal. However, the World Motor Sport Council opted not to dock the points from their drivers, Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

  9. 1816: 
    MANCHESTER UNITED TEAM NEWS

    New signing Marouane Fellaini is named in the Manchester United squad for the first time ahead of tomorrow's Premier League clash with Crystal Palace.

    The £27.5m man widens David Moyes' midfield options, although the Red Devils are likely to be without Wayne Rooney (head), Phil Jones (ankle) and Rafael (hamstring).

    United are looking to extend a run of 12 years unbeaten on home soil against newly promoted teams, although they also need to find the net after successive games without a goal prior to the international break.

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    Hamza Hussain: Looking forward to see Fellaini and have been for two weeks. He's man united's answer to Yaya Toure.

    Rian Hoskins: Ozil is the star attraction but will be interesting to see where Fellaini plays and how Sessegnon will perform at West Brom.

  11. 1809: 
    CRICKET

    Australia pace bowler Mitchell Johnson warns England to expect another ferocious assault in Saturday's fourth one-day international in Cardiff.

    Johnson was not selected for the recent Ashes series which England won 3-0, but he has returned for the five limited overs matches and has already made quite an impact - he bounced out Jonathan Trott at Old Trafford and then dismissed Kevin Pietersen the same way at Edgbaston.

    "I have that confidence and belief in my bowling," Johnson says. "Whoever I'm up against, I'm confident I can get them out and intimidate them - that's what I'll be doing here and in every game going forward."

  12. 1806: 
    CYCLING

    Chris Horner regained the overall lead of the Vuelta a Espana from Vincenzo Nibali after a tight stage 19 which was won by Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez for the Katusha team.

    American Horner, who had moved within three seconds of Nibali on Thursday, finished in fifth place which proved enough for him to take a three-second lead into Saturday's penultimate stage.

  13. 1802: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Close

    Sussex (292 a/o) 48-2 Yorkshire (326 a/o) 48-2

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "An interesting final day awaits after a truncated day at Hove. Things didn't go to plan for Yorkshire when they lost their last six wickets for 83 runs which gave them a lead of 34 when it probably should have been much more.

    "Kane Williamson failed to add to his overnight 80 as debut spinner Ashar Zaidi finished with 4-57. However, the wickets of Wells and Yardy before bad light ended play early, keeps Yorkshire's victory hopes alive, especially with a good weather forecast now for Saturday."

  14. 1753: 
    GOLF

    Daily Telegraph's golf correspondent James Corrigan: "Lee Westwood's decided to play on at the BMW Championship despite feeling sick though pain with back injury yesterday. Hope he's doing the right thing."

    Former world number one Westwood slumped to a nine-over-par 80 in the opening round.

  15. 1750: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gillingham manager Martin Allen makes Chris Whelpdale, Charlie Lee, Antonio German and Steven Gregory available for transfer.

    The Gills, who won the League Two title last term, are yet to win this season.

    "I need to make changes, to add players and the group needs to be freshened up," Allen tells BBC Radio Kent. "I've also told all the others that after Sunday's game [against Coventry], I'll have a view to making potential further changes."

  16. 1744: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Close

    Kent (107 a/o) 113-4 Essex (276 a/o)

    From BBC Radio Kent's Peter Guise: "Kent made a better fist of batting second time around, as is often the case when following on, and a combination of that and the weather is likely to save the game for Kent despite the best efforts of Monty Panesar who took two wickets in two balls including a rare golden duck for Brendan Nash. He still has two matches to get the 49 runs he needs for 1,000 runs in the championship this summer.

    "It was, however, Sam Northeast, who provided the anchor role with a half century for the second consecutive match that may yet prove decisive in Kent salvaging a draw from this game."

  17. 1740: 
    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes says Wayne Rooney has had the stitches from his head injury removed, adding that his recovery is going well.

    Rooney suffered the cut via the boot of Manchester United team-mate Phil Jones, forcing him out of England's World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.

    "Wayne is in great physical shape, but has a cut in the middle of his forehead that could split and the skin is very thin," says Moyes. "The stitches are out, it has knitted well."

  18. 1736: 
    GOLF

    Former European footballer of the year Andriy Shevchenko's professional golf debut ends with the ex-Chelsea striker missing the cut, 40 strokes off the lead.

    Shevchenko shot rounds of 84 and 86 at the Kharkov Superior Cup in his native Ukraine to end 26 over par.

    The former AC Milan and Dynamo Kiev forward, 36, retired from football following Euro 2012.

  19. 1731: 
    TENNIS

    Serbia took a 1-0 lead over Canada in their Davis Cup semi-final after Novak Djokovic beat Vasek Pospisil 6-2 6-0 6-4 in the opening singles rubber on Friday.

    Roared on by a partisan home crowd in the Belgrade Arena, world number one Djokovic strolled to victory in one hour and 44 minutes to put 2010 winners Serbia in the driving seat.

    The 26-year old from Belgrade looked a little weary in the first three games after a long-haul flight from New York following his US Open final defeat by second-ranked Rafael Nadal, but it was one-way traffic once he found his feet on the indoor red clay surface.

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    GET INVOLVED

    Hollokunesin: Won't it be too much if i was expecting nothing less than a treble from eto'o on his debut?

    Dave Williams: Ozil for me, predict a goal and an assist what a player! He is composed, has vision and is the best no.10 in the world.

    Aaron Cole: Awaiting the full debut of Erik Lamela with much anticipation - predicting greatness for Bale's successor under AVB's tutelage.

    Who are you expecting to most make their mark on their Premier League debut this weekend and why? Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  21. 1717: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Close
    Lancashire

    Lancashire (453-7 a/o) Leicestershire 60-3

    Lancashire and Leicestershire were frustrated by the weather as only 40 overs were possible during the third day of their LV County Championship match at Emirates Old Trafford, in which the hosts can achieve promotion and win the Division Two title.

    When the rain arrived at 1400 BST, Leicestershire were 60 for three from 22 overs in reply to the Red Rose county's 453 for seven declared in their first innings, which brought them five batting bonus points.

    If Lancashire win this match, they will achieve their two main goals for 2013 no matter what Essex do in their match against Kent at Canterbury. Should they draw, they will have to hope Essex fail to secure victory to achieve that goal here.

  22. 1714: 
    FOOTBALL

    Scotland will take on the United States in a Hampden friendly on Friday, 15 November.

    The fixture will be the last at the National Stadium before it is closed for redevelopment ahead of the Commonwealth Games, which are being staged in Glasgow next summer.

  23. 1711: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ian Holloway hopes David Moyes will be a great success at Manchester United - but only once Crystal Palace have taken points off them this weekend.

    After 26 years at the helm, Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down as United boss at the end of last season.

    "It is the end of a legend," Holloway says. "Ferguson has left a legacy behind him. But David is a fantastic manager and he has decided that is what he wanted to do."

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    Fabrizio Ravenlli

    Charlie Hirst: BBC Sportsday asking for best league debuts. Fabrizio Ravanelli scored a hatrick for Middlesbrough v Liverpool in 1996. He was in my fantasy team!

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    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

    Sussex (292 a/o) 23-1 Yorkshire (326 a/o)

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "Yorkshire will be disappointed by losing their final six wickets for 83 runs following the late resumption.

    "Kane Williamson failed to add to his overnight 80 and the visitors then lost wickets regularly so their overall lead of 34 was far less than what they would have hoped for. Left-armer Ashar Zaidi took four for 57 on his first class debut and the tireless Steve Magoffin commendable figures of 37-18-59-2."

  26. 1650: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Close

    Somerset (260 a/o) Surrey (195 a/o) 97-4

    BBC Radio London's Mark Church: "Somerset will be happy with their progress in the 29 overs possible today. Surrey starting the day 13-0 and trailing by 52 found themselves in trouble when Lewis Gregory dismissed Dominic Sibley for 12 and Hashim Amla for a pair.

    "An excellent third wicket stand of 63 between Vikram Solanki and Rory Burns took surrey into the lead but Peter Trego then got rid of Solanki for 36 and had Burns caught by James Hildreth at first slip for 40. And after Burns departed the heavens opened and no further play was possible.

    "Surrey know they will have to bat very well on the final morning as Somerset will be hunting quick wicket. If Surrey can get through the first hour and push on the pressure will switch to Somerset chasing on the final day. One thing is for certain...it will be tense."

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    PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUTS- Most memorable
    Manchester United

    Ruud van Nistelrooy certainly announced his arrival in the Premier League with an impressive debut performance for Manchester United. The Dutch striker scored twice as United came from behind to beat Fulham back in 2001. Van Nistelrooy went on to score 150 goals in just 219 appearances for the club.

    With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Willian and Samuel Eto'o set to make their Premier League debuts this weekend, who do you think will immediately make their mark? Let us know #bbcsportsday

  28. 1639: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Jeremy Guscott fought many battles with Leicester during his years in the centres for Bath, so he knows just how strong the rivalry is between the two clubs.

    This weekend's match is the centenary of the first meeting between the two sides, and with Leicester arriving as champions there is no doubt which club is in the ascendancy at the moment.

    During Guscott's time at The Rec it was the West country club that ruled the roost - and he believes they are potentially on the cusp of a revival.

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    AJPS: Willian for me. Lot of hype around this guy as well as interest from a number of big clubs. Time to deliver on the big stage.

    Russell Reynolds: Not sure how Tottenham will line up with all their new signings, but it makes for an exciting season. Eriksen is class.

    ifechi: Eto and Ozil both are great players but I think Ozil will make more impact because he is young.

  30. 1637: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from David Moyes on the signing of Marouane Fellaini: "Very pleased. He never let us down at Everton. Experienced in Premier League and can play different positions. He is effective in different areas of field. If he keeps improving as he has done, we could have a really top player on our hands.

    "Central midfield was an area of the field we had to strengthen. He can play further on as well. Every time I watch Belgium, Felli is the best player."

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    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes: "Marouane Fellaini's presence is very noticeable for many reasons, including his size. But you can't overlook his technical ability."

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    FOOTBALL

    David Moyes, speaking at the Manchester United news conference: "We didn't want to give up on Leighton Baines so we kept the deals together and only split it [for Fellaini] at the last minute."

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    FOOTBALL
    David Moyes

    Marouane Fellaini: "Sometimes I thought there was no chance [of the move to Manchester United happening] but in the end I was so happy to join United. I came here to win trophies. For me it's a dream to join the biggest club in the world."

  34. 1615: 
    PREMIER LEAGUE DEBUTS- Most memorable

    The likes of Mesut Ozil and Samuel Eto'o make their Premier League debuts this weekend We look at some of the most memorable from over the years.

    Leeds

    An 18-year-old Alan Smith made his Premier League debut for Leeds back in the 1998-99 season and it was certainly a memorable one as the teenage striker scored with his first touch against Liverpool. Leeds went on to claim a comfortable 3-1 victory against the Reds at Anfield.

  35. 1608: 
    FOOTBALL

    Brighton sign Cardiff's Craig Conway on a three-month loan.

    Albion boss Oscar Garcia has moved for the Scotland winger after learning that Andrea Orlandi will be out for two months with a knee injury.

    And Conway will be eligible up to and including the Championship game at Middlesbrough on 14 December.

  36. 1558: 
    FORMULA 1

    Kimi Raikkonen is adamant it will be business as usual for the rest of the season with Lotus, despite the Finn returning to Ferrari from next season.

    Raikkonen first still has to negotiate the final seven races of this campaign with Lotus, although does not foresee any issues - with the exception of annoying questions about his impending move.

    Asked as to how his decision would affect him for the remainder of the year, Raikkonen says: "Hopefully it means I won't be asked so much where I'm driving next year - but maybe it means more questions! For my racing this season it doesn't make any difference. I'll keep pushing at every race to get the best result I can."

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    TheMightyWarbler: James McCarthy for Everton. The price tag, the potential and also the pressure of being at a big club.

    Ryan Thomas: Samuel Eto'o! Banged in goals in the top European leagues and think he'll do the business this year.

    Oyelakin Oludare: Definitely Ozil. He is the best Premier League signing this season and also the best Arsenal signing in recent years.

  38. 1553: 
    EUROPEAN FOOTBALL

    Want to know what the state of play is across Europe ahead of this weekend's games? Check out our European football preview on the BBC Sport website.

  39. 1550: 
    CELTIC TEAM NEWS

    Celtic summer signing Steven Mouyokolo will be out of action for six months after suffering a complete rupture of an Achilles tendon.

    The 26-year-old defender returned to France where he has had surgery on the injury he picked up at training on Monday, and the first match he will miss is Saturday's Scottish Premiership clash with Hearts at Tynecastle.

    New striker Teemu Pukki goes into the squad but Neil Lennon's other new signing, Israel midfielder Nir Biton, will join up with the Hoops next week for a Champions League clash with AC Milan at San Siro, while James Forrest is out after his sciatica problem flared up again.

  40. 1545: 
    FOOTBALL

    Notts County complete the double loan signing of Canada striker Marcus Haber from Stevenage and Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish.

    Huber, 24, scored seven goals in 46 appearances last season, but was transfer listed in May and has joined on a three-month emergency loan. Villa's Grealish, 18, has moved to the League One side on a youth loan deal until January.

    Both players are available for County's game against MK Dons on Saturday.

  41. 1540: 
    FOOTBALL

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers defends striker Daniel Sturridge, saying there is no club-versus-country conflict.

    Sturridge, August's Premier League player of the month after scoring in the Reds' first three matches, missed both England's World Cup qualifiers with a thigh strain.

    "He was obviously disappointed to miss out on the England games. He wanted to play for England and I felt sorry for him," says Rodgers.

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    We want to know which players you are looking forward to seeing make their debuts for their new Premier League clubs this weekend, and who will be the most successful. Tweet #bbcsportsday

    Sam Cavanagh: Excited to see Ozil playing in the Premier League, I think he's a class above most players.

    Russell Reynolds: Interested to see how Fellaini fits into United's line-up and whether Kagawa gets some playing time. Underutilised.

    Agustine Pimentel: Eriksen debut should be incredible. He is fast, agile and amazing vision. Liverpool lost out on this.

  43. 1530: 
    FOOTBALL
    Dennis Bergkamp

    Manager Arsene Wenger feels club-record signing Mesut Ozil could have as big an impact as Dennis Bergkamp did when he joined Arsenal.

    The arrival of Holland forward Bergkamp from Inter Milan in 1995 heralded Arsenal's rise to becoming the dominant force in the English game, and Wenger accepts there are similarities between the two deals and what they mean for the club.

    "It is comparable because they are similar players in the same department and they are big names who come from big teams," Wenger tells Arsenal Player.

  44. 1524: 
    ATHLETICS

    European Indoor pole vault champion Holly Bleasdale plans to make her return to international competition at the World Indoor Championships in Poland next March.

    The 21-year-old suffered Achilles and back injuries that forced her to withdraw from the European Under-23 Championships in Tampere in July before admitting defeat and pulling out of the World Championships in Moscow.

    Having endured the pain of watching the worlds on her sofa, Bleasdale is well on the road to recovery.

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    Zak: We never hear other nations/continents complain when the World Cup is hosted in very cold conditions in Europe. Qatar all the way 2022.

    Trends: How could people be so ignorant. If it's going to be hot in summer then play in winter. Don't Arab people deserve any sporting events?

    Stuart Adams: Won't they just play the games at midnight when it's much cooler, and we in the UK are all set for the pubs?

  46. 1520: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Tea

    Derbyshire 298 a/o Durham 239-4

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "Durham are 239 for four at tea and could conceivably have got there with only two wickets down. They were 10 overs away from tea when Derbyshire managed to get their first wicket of the day.

    Scott Borthwick was on 89, having passed 1,000 first class runs for the season - for the first time - earlier in the day, when he was caught by Tim Groenewald at mid on after mis-timing a drive from a Shivnarine Chanderpaul full toss.

    That ended a partnership of 159 for the third wicket with Will Smith, who also departed in the over before tea for 81, caught by Tom Knight in the slips while trying to rock out of the road of a short delivery from Mark Footitt.

  47. 1514: 
    LIVERPOOL TEAM NEWS

    In-form Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is likely be fit to face Swansea on Monday despite missing two England matches with a thigh problem.

    New signings Mamadou Sakho and Victor Moses are set for their first involvement in the squad after signing late in the transfer window.

    Right-back Glen Johnson is sidelined for four to five weeks with an ankle injury so Andre Wisdom is set to deputise.

  48. 1512: 
    MOTOGP

    Championship leader Marc Marquez continued his superb form by ending Friday's practice session for the San Marino Grand Prix on top.

    The 20-year-old - who has won five times this season to lead the standings by 30 points - pipped Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa by 0.33 seconds. Valentino Rossi was third on his Yamaha ahead of Jorge Lorenzo, with British rider Cal Crutchlow only 10th.

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    Marouane Fellaini

    Marouane Fellaini will give his first news conference as a Manchester United player at 1600 BST. The midfielder is one of several players making their debuts for their new teams this weekend. Samuel Eto'o will play a part for Chelsea, Mesut Ozil is line for a first appearance in an Arsenal shirt while Christian Eriksen should feature for Tottenham.

    Which player do you expect to make the headlines with an impressive performance on their debut? The same question for supporters of Championship sides and clubs further down the ladder who have made signings since the loan window opened. Who are you looking forward to seeing make their first appearance for your club?

    Let us know, #bbcsportsday

  50. 1501: 
    FOOTBALL

    Serie A side Sampdoria say they have caught a member of the Genoa coaching staff "spying" on their preparations for this weekend's derby between the two teams.

    In a tongue-in-cheek statement on their website, Sampdoria said Genoa's youth team goalkeeper coach Luca De Pra was hiding "like Rambo" under a tree, wearing camouflage gear and hiking boots.

    "That the derby was a question of nerves, of tactics and of strategy, we know well. But that it could become a matter of espionage, this, frankly, we would never have expected," the club said, adding that De Pra had been released unharmed "to return to his own base."

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    Tim norton: I lived in Qatar for 10 years. Doubt anybody could walk from a car park to the stadium in summer. Play at night?

    Sean Ridge: Why allow Qatar to bid for a SUMMER World Cup if the temperatures are going to be too hot there in June, makes no sense.

    Phill Palmer: I was in Abu Dhabi in June and couldn't walk in the sun and it was a killer playing golf at night. Just not feasible to do it.

  52. 1452: 
    SWANSEA TEAM NEWS

    Swansea manager Michael Laudrup has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from for Monday's Premier League meeting with Liverpool.

    Full-back Neil Taylor is the only definite absentee as the Wales international remains on the sidelines with a thigh injury.

    Deadline-day signing Alvaro Vazquez could be handed the chance to make his Swansea debut in attack, while midfielder Jonjo Shelvey has overcome the thigh problem that kept him out of England Under-21 action.

  53. 1449: 
    FOOTBALL

    Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy tells BBC Radio Suffolk that it is 'his understanding' Martin O'Neill will be the new manager of the Republic of Ireland.

    "Martin O'Neill has the job as far as I am aware. Absolutely nailed on, shoo-in for it," he says.

    "He is out of work and he is a very good manager. So it is my understanding he has the job and so good luck to him."

  54. 1445: 
    TENNIS

    Britain's Dan Evans is beaten 6-3 6-2 6-3 by Croatia's Ivan Dodig to leave their Davis Cup tie level at 1-1 with three rubbers remaining.

  55. 1439: 
    FERGIE TIME
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Tickets for an evening with the legendary former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson sold out in just seven minutes, reports the Manchester Evening News.

    Following the 24 October release of his memoirs Sir Alex is to go on a five-date tour. It kicks off across the water from Old Trafford at the Lowry Theatre on 28 October where he will be interviewed by BBC Sport anchor Dan Walker.

    Tickets for the 1,740-seat venue went on sale this morning at 1000 and had gone by 1007.

  56. 1433: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Premiership clubs are contracted to play in the Heineken Cup until the end of the 2014-15 season, according to the former chief of English rugby.

    Elite English and French clubs have announced they will play in a new tournament next season. But former Rugby Football Union chairman Martyn Thomas told Radio Wales that English clubs are tied in to the existing tournament for another year.

    "There's a contractual obligation there that the RFU can enforce," he claims.

  57. 1431: 
    CHELSEA TEAM NEWS

    Samuel Eto'o is set to make his debut for Chelsea against Everton at Goodison Park.

    The 32-year-old former Cameroon international striker, who signed from Anzhi Makhachkala in the summer transfer window, is likely to start from the bench and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says: "He will be selected and when you are selected as a striker you play - you start or finish the game.

    "It is the area where I make more changes during the match," adds the Portuguese, who reported no injury problems with Chelsea players returning from the international break.

  58. 1425: 
    FOOTBALL

    Bristol City defender James Wilson joins Cheltenham Town on an initial month's loan.

    The 24-year-old defender moves to Whaddon Road in time to face League Two leaders Oxford United on Saturday.

  59. 1423: 
    FOOTBALL

    Kaka will start for AC Milan at Torino on Saturday after returning to the club from Real Madrid, Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri says.

    "I believe that he will start the match," Allegri tells Milan Channel. "He's really excited ahead of his debut. He has the desire and the quality to do for Milan what did in the past."

  60. 1421: 
    FOOTBALL

    Andy Johnson could be set for a return to Crystal Palace in January, reports the London Evening Standard.

    Palace were unsuccessful in their attempt to re-sign the former England international on transfer deadline day but will try again in the new year.

    "We will have to see what happens," says club chairman Steve Parish.

  61. 1415: 
    FOOTBALL

    Rangers boss Ally McCoist insists he will have no problem selecting Ian Black again despite seeing him suspended for breaching betting rules.

    Black was fined £7,500 and handed a 10-game ban - seven of which have been suspended for a year - after admitting betting his own team would not win on three occasions and gambling on 10 other matches involving his then club.

    "The decision has been made and he's been punished," said McCoist. "Now we just move on."

  62. 1406: 
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY
    Shane Warne

    Australian cricketer Shane Warne celebrates his 44th birthday today. Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game, Warne made headlines on the field and off it. After making his test debut in 1992, he finished second-best to Muttiah Muralitharan in the Test wickets stakes.

  63.  
    GET INVOLVED

    David Ingham: Did FIFA not know about the summer temperature in Qatar BEFORE the awarded them the WC? Are they that incompetent?

    Stanislas Kuderski: Not sure if playing in an air conditioned stadiums is a good idea. What about the health of our boys?

    Sohail Sheikh: FIFA shouldn't have accepted their bid if they didn't like the conditions, they were the same then too #bbcsportsday

  64. 1354: 
    FOOTBALL

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says new signing Samuel Eto'o will play at some stage against Everton on Saturday.

    ''He will be selected and when selected as a striker you play, start the game," says Mourinho.

    "He will play his first minutes for Chelsea. He has natural appetite for goals and gives experience to a team from midfield to attack everyone is very, very young.''

  65. 1345: 
    FULHAM TEAM NEWS

    Darren Bent will miss Fulham's Premier League home meeting with West Brom due to a tight hamstring.

    The striker, on loan from Aston Villa, made his Fulham debut in the club's 1-0 defeat at Newcastle and manager Martin Jol is hopeful he will be back in training next week.

    Defenders Matthew Briggs (hip) and Aaron Hughes (thigh) have also joined goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (shoulder) on the sidelines but Kieran Richardson returns to the squad following a hamstring problem. Deadline day signing Elsad Zverotic is fit and available for selection after completing his move from Young Boys.

  66. 1340: 
    ARSENAL TEAM NEWS

    Record signing Mesut Ozil could make his Arsenal debut in the Premier League clash at Sunderland.

    Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky (thigh) is out following injury on international duty, as is France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo (back), but England duo Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere are expected to feature along with Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

    Defender Thomas Vermaelen (back) has returned to full training and could be included in the squad, although Wednesday's Champions League match against Marseille is a more likely return date. Midfielder Mikel Arteta (thigh) continues his rehabilitation while forward Lukas Podolski (hamstring) is a longer-term absentee as are midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).

  67. 1337: 
    WEST HAM TEAM NEWS

    West Ham will be without Andy Carroll for Sunday's Premier League match at Southampton after the England forward suffered a foot injury on his comeback from an Achilles problem.

    New signing Mladen Petric is not yet match fit, so Mali frontman Modibo Maiga is set to continue to lead the attack.

    Midfielder Joe Cole (hamstring), Stuart Downing (leg) and George McCartney (knee) remain sidelined, while Alou Diarra (knee) is a long-term absentee.

  68. 1332: 
    FOOTBALL
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Sir Alex Ferguson receives a 10th honorary degree in recognition of his contribution to sport.

    The former Manchester United manager was honoured by University of Glasgow during a visit in which he also toured a pioneering cancer research centre and called for further fundraising to tackle the disease.

    The 71-year-old, who was born in the city's Govan area, won 13 league titles and two Champions League trophies during his 26 years in charge of Manchester United.

  69. 1324: 
    MANCHESTER CITY TEAM NEWS

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Vincent Kompany won't be risked this weekend against Stoke, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League game at Viktoria Plzen.

    Pellegrini confirmed the Belgian could return on Tuesday, but he along with David Silva, Gael Clichy, Micah Richards and Martin Demichelis are all set to miss tomorrow's game at the Britannia Stadium.

    "Kompany is OK but it's a risk for him to play three matches in a week so two or three more days to be one hundred percent," says Pellegrini.

  70.  
    GET INVOLVED

    What do you think about the prospect of a winter World Cup in 2022? Will the promise of air-conditioned stadiums be enough to ensure the tournament can be held in the summer? Tweet #bbcsportsday

    James Bene: Air-conditioned stadiums? Lovely. And what about the training sessions, or doesn't that count? Inept planning by Fifa once more.

    Andrew Priestley: A winter World Cup in 2022 won't just impact that particular season, but the season before and the one after. Too much hassle.

    AntonyMolinari: We're trying to teach the world about energy saving and then talking about open-air, air-conditioned stadiums, hardly green!

  71. 1322: 
    GREAT NORTH RUN

    The Great North Run takes place on Sunday and there will be live coverage on BBC One from 0930-1330 BST.

    If you know somebody competing in the race, send your good luck message to them via the BBC Sport Facebook page or by using #BBCGreatNorthRun

  72. 1318: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Lunch

    Somerset (195 a/o) Surrey (260 a/o) 57-2

    BBC Radio London's Mark Church: "In the hour of play possible before lunch Somerset struck two blows to the Surrey order. Dominic Sibley edged Lewis Gregory to the waiting Marcus Trescothick at slip for 12 and Gregory then took the huge wicket of Hashim Amla without scoring. Rory Burns and Vikram Solanki played well in testing conditions to take Surrey to the interval on 56-2 still trailing by nine runs."

  73. 1314: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Delayed start

    Sussex 292 all out Yorkshire 246-4

    BBC Sussex's Kevin Smith: "It's raining again at Hove so the scheduled 1300 BST start will be put back further, although this should only be a shower. Further frustration for Yorkshire, especially with Durham making good progress in their game."

  74. 1308: 
    COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP- Lunch

    Derbyshire 298 all out Durham 170-2

    BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson: "It's been a good morning for Durham who have reached lunch without losing a wicket on day three against Derbyshire. In that time the partnership between Scott Borthwick and Will Smith has grown to 102.

    "Borthwick has 59 and his 50, the fifth of the season, came in 76 balls. Smith reached his half century two balls before lunch. It took 125 balls and was the second of the season for him."

  75. 1304: 
    FOOTBALL

    Celtic summer signing Steven Mouyokolo will be out for six months with a complete rupture of an Achilles tendon, Hoops boss Neil Lennon confirms.

    Mouyokolo has made two starts since signing for the Scottish champions in July, following his comeback from a cruciate ligament injury.

  76. 1300: 
    ATHLETICS
    Great City Games

    GB star Tiffany Porter is pictured speaking to the BBC's Phil Jones ahead of Saturday's CityGames in Newcastle. You can watch live coverage of the athletics on BBC One from 1300 BST on Saturday.

  77. 1253: 
    CRICKET

    India fast bowler Shantha Sreesanth is banned for life following his part in the Indian Premier League spot-fixing controversy.

    The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) confirmed the sanction against 30-year-old Sreesanth, and his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Ankeet Chavan, after its disciplinary committee held a hearing with the players in New Delhi on Friday.

    Punishments were also meted out for bookie Amit Singh, who is banned from associating with the BCCI for five years, while Siddarth Trivedi was given a year's suspension for his failure to report an approach. The case against Harmeet Singh, who had also been charged with failing to report an approach, was dismissed due to an absence of evidence.

  78. 1252: 
    NORWICH TEAM NEWS

    Striker Gary Hooper came through training this week and could make his debut in the Norwich squad after recovering from a shin problem.

    Defender Ryan Bennett is fit again after needing stitches in a gashed left knee, an injury sustained in the Capital One Cup victory against Bury.

    Manager Chris Hughton reported no problems among the 11 Norwich players who returned from international duty. Midfielder Elliott Bennett, meanwhile, is recovering from surgery on a cruciate ligament injury.

  79. 1249: 
    FOOTBALL

    Watford's hopes of re-signing Nathaniel Chalobah are fading but the club does have alternative loan options in place if the Chelsea midfielder moves elsewhere, the Watford Observer understands.

    The 18-year-old midfielder is thought to be keen on a return to Vicarage Road after becoming a key figure in Watford's promotion push last season, scoring five goals in a total of 42 appearances.

    However, the Observer understands Chelsea are favouring a move to a club willing to pay most, if not all of his wages after he signed a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge this summer, reported to be worth in the region of £30,000 to £35,000 a week.

  80. 1245: 
    RUGBY UNION

    Melrose back Sam Chalmers - the son of former Scotland and British Lions fly-half Craig - has been banned from rugby for two years for doping offences.

    The 19-year-old student has apologised for his actions after being handed the ban following an International Rugby Board hearing during which he admitted using a pill called Pro-SD.

    Chalmers tested positive for methandienone and stanozolol, which are both listed as anabolic androgenic steroids in the list of prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Authority, while on duty with the Scotland Under-20s squad ahead of a Test with Ireland back in May.

  81. 1240: 
    FOOTBALL

    Real boss Carlo Ancelotti said Spurs could have received more than the £85.3m the Spanish club paid for Gareth Bale.

    "We have paid what the market dictated," said the Italian. "I'm sure that there were teams that would have paid more money to Tottenham than us, but the player decided he wanted to come here."

  82. 1232: 
    FOOTBALL

    More from Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti on Gareth Bale: "Bale came here without having a normal pre-season, but his condition is not bad. He will travel tomorrow [Saturday], and he will play. He has no injuries, he is excited and very motivated.

    Gareth Bale

    "He's arrived full of enthusiasm and he is very happy to be at the team he wanted to join. He is a humble player who likes to be with his team-mates. He fits in well with the squad."

  83. 1228: 
    FOOTBALL

    Gareth Bale will play some part for Real Madrid against Villarreal on Saturday, manager Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed.

    Ancelotti refused to confirm whether or not the Wales international will start at El Madrigal, but did say: "Bale will travel to Villarreal and will play.

    "I'm not sure if he will start or come off from the bench." When asked about where he would play, he added: "On the right hand side of attack."

  84.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Thereal3lions: Is this not the perfect opportunity to introduce a "winter break" which everyone has been banging on about for years?

    Joris: Facilities will be amazing. Air-conditioned stadiums - cooler than WC '94. Europeans sunbath in the desert sun already.

  85. 1223: 
    TENNIS

    Andy Murray: "I thought the first five or six games were tough. I wanted to make the points long and challenging for him physically. Maybe I was trying to play with too much spin. Once I got the break, I won a few games in a row. I lost my concentration a bit at start of the third but saw it through. It was ok - it could be better."

    Andy Murray

    On Coric: "He was solid - he didn't make many mistakes. The future is very bright for him."

    On his back injury: "My back is a little but sore - the change of surface is difficult, but after a couple more matches I'll have some time to rest, so let's just get the win this weekend."

  86. 1218: 
    TENNIS- DAVIS CUP

    Andy Murray secures a 6-3 6-0 6-3 victory over Borna Coric to allow Britain to move 1-0 ahead in their Davis Cup tie against Croatia.

  87.  

    BBC Radio 5 live's David Law: About 8 years ago a teenage Novak Djokvic took on man mountain Marat Safin. It was very similar to this. Murray a game from victory.

  88. 1209: 
    TENNIS- DAVIS CUP

    Andy Murray has broken Croatia's Borna Coric in the third set of their Davis Cup tie and is serving for a 5-3 lead in what is likely to be the final set as the Briton is already two sets to the good.

    Join Sam Sheringham for live text commentary of that game.

    Andy Murray
  89. 1207: 
    FOOTBALL

    Queens Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp says he would like to sign Tottenham's Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, but admits his chances are slim.

    Striker Adebayor has been told to train with the reserves having fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane, but the former Spurs manager admits it would be difficult to persuade the 29-year-old to drop down to the Championship.

    "He'd be a great loan, that's for sure," says Redknapp. "I don't know what will happen with him.

    "He's a good player but it's up to Tottenham, they have lots of good players. He can't go on loan in the Premier League, he can only go into the Championship but whether he'd want to do that - it would be difficult I think."

  90. 1202: 
    MOTO GP
    Luca Marini

    Valentino Rossi's half-brother will make his grand prix debut this weekend riding in the Moto3 class in Misano, La Gazzetta dello Sport reports.

    Luca Marini told the newspaper that one day he hopes to beat his famous sibling - a nine-time world champion - by winning ten world titles. The 16-year-old will race as a wildcard entry, and says Rossi told him "to relax and work hard to prepare for the race."

  91.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Montana Bramble: How can a team that has never qualified for the World Cup go on to host the World Cup? There are no footballing intentions

    Henry Ashman: Asking why Europe hosts a lot of football is like asking why nations with snowy mountains always host the Winter Olympics.

    James Pinder: It's not the players I worry about, it's the fans, having a beer and dehydrating. It's over 40 degrees thru the night"

  92. 1152: 
    NEWCASTLE TEAM NEWS

    Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has been handed a major boost ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

    Yohan Cabaye could return to the starting line-up after his proposed transfer window move to Arsenal failed to materialise, while loan signing Loic Remy, who made his debut as a substitute in the 1-0 victory over Fulham, could get the nod.

    Central defender Steven Taylor is available after completing his three-match ban, while Cheick Tiote has recovered from a groin injury, but Jonas Gutierrez (knee) and Gabriel Obertan (hamstring) are likely to miss out despite returning to training.

  93. 1142: 
    TENNIS
    Andy Murray

    Britain's Andy Murray wraps up the second set 6-0 but Borna Coric ends Murray's nine-game winning streak by holding to love in the opening game of the third set.

    You can follow live text commentary of the match on the BBC Sport website.

  94. 1138: 
    FOOTBALL
    Patrick Vieira

    Next week sees the start of Uefa's new Youth League, and some famous faces will be on the sidelines overseeing the under-19 teams.

    Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is in charge of Manchester City's youngsters, while ex-Italy international Filippo Inzaghi is coaching the youth team of his former club, AC Milan. Manchester United's side is coached by Nicky Butt, a product of the Old Trafford youth side.

  95. 1135: 
    CRICKET - COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

    Sussex v Yorkshire

    BBC Sport's Kevin Smith: Inspection at Hove at 12 due to wet outfield. Weather brighter but there is further rain approaching on the radar!

  96.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Ryan O'Hanlon: How can world football grow in countries if we don't give them the opportunity? Why should Europe dominate?

    Dave Burrows: They worried about playing football in searing heat so why can't they play the Qatar WC games in the evenings when its cooler?

  97. 1130: 
    CARDIFF TEAM NEWS

    David Marshall is a doubt for Cardiff City's Premier League trip to Hull City.

    The goalkeeper suffered a hip injury while on international duty with Scotland, and manager Malky Mackay will turn to back-up Joe Lewis should Marshall not recover in time to play a part at the KC Stadium.

    Peter Odemwingie could be in line for his Bluebirds debut following his transfer deadline day move from West Brom, and is likely to be named among the substitutes.

  98.  
    ATHLETICS

    Dan Walker: About to chat to Mo Farah for BBC 5 live show tonight. Anything you'd like to ask comrades? #GrillMo

  99. 1127:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Daily Mail tennis correspondent Mike Dickson: "Poor old Coric is starting to look tired and agitated now, flinging his arms in the air. But what a great 45 minutes he played - he went toe to toe with Murray."

  100. 1124: 
    TENNIS- DAVIS CUP

    Andy Murray has twice broken 16-year-old Borna Coric in the second set of the Davis Cup match between Great Britain and Croatia. The tired-looking teenager being pulled around the court by the British number one who leads 3-0.

    You can follow live text commentary of the opening rubber.

  101. 1121: 
    FOOTBALL

    Paolo Di Canio insists Lee Cattermole must abide by his rules if he is to force his way back into first-team contention.

    Cattermole has been handed an olive branch by Di Canio after returning to full training with the rest of the Sunderland squad, although tomorrow's visit of Arsenal will come too soon for him.

    Di Canio tells the Shields Gazette: "I don't have prejudice and now that he's back with us, I treat him like the most important player in the squad. But he has to follow my regime, he has to stay in my circle. If he is going to jump out, he can't stay with me."

  102. 1114: 
    CRICKET - COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

    Leaders Durham will be looking for quick runs on day three of their match at struggling Derbyshire. The visitors resume their first innings on 82-2, still 216 behind.

    Second-placed Yorkshire, 14.5 points behind in the table when the matches started, are just 46 behind Sussex in their match at Hove on 246-4 with New Zealand international Kane Williamson 80 not out.

    Middlesex, third in the table, have a lot of ground to make up on Nottinghamshire, who declared on 430-7 at Lord's. The hosts reached 96-0 in their reply on Thursday night with captain and Australian Test opener Chris Rogers 67 not out. At the other end of the table, the bottom two teams Somerset and Surrey continue their match at Taunton with the hosts on top. Surrey are 13-0 in their second innings but still trail by 52 runs.

  103. 1111: 
    FOOTBALL
    Gareth Bale

    Gareth Bale takes part in a Real Madrid training session on Friday. The Wales international is hoping to make his debut for the La Liga side in the game against Villarreal.

  104. 1105: 
    TENNIS
    Andy Murray

    Andy Murray has won the first set against teenager Borna Coric 6-3 in the opening game of the Davis Cup rubber between Britain and Croatia.

  105. 1058: 
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Right then, grab a cup of coffee and pop your thinking caps on. It is Question of Sport Teaser time. Name the five players to score a try in the 2013 6 Nations whose surname begins with an 'H'.

    Tweet your answers to #QSTeaser and we'll reveal the five this afternoon.

  106.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Shyamil Tanna: Firmly against the Qatar WC! It makes no sense to give it to a country with no major footballing history!

    Chef Vortivask: Can't they put roofs on the stadiums and turn the air con up? Watching the football with a beer in the summer is tradition

  107. 1053: 
    FOOTBALL

    Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones is confident he has signed a 'very, very good' player in Roger Johnson, who has joined the Owls on loan from Wolves.

    Roger Johnson

    "I'm not interested in what's been said about him. I know him, he was fantastic for me at Cardiff," he says. "I've given him a stage to get back on track. He'll fight for his place but we've got a very very good player. It's up to him now"

  108. 1047: 
    CRICKET - COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

    Division Two leaders Lancashire, bidding for a victory which will confirm promotion to Division One, have managed to reach 344-4 in their rain-affected match against Leicestershire at Old Trafford. Opener Paul Horton is 150 not out.

    Third-placed Essex's promotion dreams are still very much alive after 16 wickets fell on day two of their match against Kent. Following on in their second innings, the hosts are on 8-0 - still needing 161 to avoid an innings defeat.

    In the mid-table contest at New Road, Worcestershire are 101-2 in their first innings and still need another 178 to avoid following on for the second time this season against Hampshire.

  109. 1041: 
    FOOTBALL

    Matty Fryatt will be allowed to leave Hull City during the emergency loan window as he bids to find regular first-team football in the closing months of 2013, reports the Hull Daily Mail.

    Fryatt has found himself out this season and had been set to leave the KC Stadium on deadline day when given the chance to join Nottingham Forest on loan. The lack of long-term security on offer resulted in Fryatt rejecting a move to the City Ground, but City boss Steve Bruce remains open to the prospect of the striker leaving.

    "We've got six games in 11 weeks so if there's a chance for him to get out playing then I'm not going to stand in his way," says Bruce.

  110. 1037: 
    DEADLINE DAY DEBUTS

    A number of deadline day signings by Premier League clubs will make their debuts for their new clubs this weekend.

    James McCarthy and Gareth Barry are two such players. The midfield pair could start for Everton in Saturday's game against Chelsea, but on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku cannot play against his parent club.

  111. 1036: 
    ATHLETICS- GREAT NORTH RUN
    Mo Farah (far right) with Kenenisa Bekele and Haile Gebrselassie

    Double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah: Just before the press conference!!

  112. 1032: 
    FORMULA 1

    Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher is pleased to see Kimi Raikkonen link up with Fernando Alonso at Ferrari for next season but believes it will be a volatile pairing.

    Kimi Raikkonen

    "Ferrari with Fernando and Kimi, that sounds like an explosive mixture," Schumacher, who won five of his seven Formula One world titles with Ferrari, told German daily Bild.

    "For motor sport fans, it will certainly mean fireworks and for their rivals, a tough pairing to overcome. It will be exciting to watch."

  113. 1026: 
    FOOTBALL
    Liverpool

    Brendan Rodgers and Daniel Sturridge are named the Barclays Premier League manager and player of the month for August.

    Sturridge scored in both of Liverpool's 1-0 victories in August against Stoke City and Aston Villa to secure the accolade for the first time in his career.

    The Reds's two victories earned Rodgers his award for a second time in his managerial career, the first coming when he was in charge of Swansea City in January 2012.

  114.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    UnSimpleSimon: Qatar in autumn ranges from 25c to 35c. A more palatable shift than winter. But...that means a longer transfer window?

    Harry Smith: Feel sorry for Qatar. Can't be easy to hear calls to move the World Cup. Not their fault FIFA selected them as hosts

  115. 1022: 
    FOOTBALL- Loan deal

    Teenage goalkeeper Jordan Pickford re-joins League Two side Burton Albion on loan.

    The 19-year-old had already played three games for the Brewers before returning to Wearside having picked up an injury. Pickford, 19, is available for Albion's home game against Portsmouth on Saturday.

  116. 1017: 
    ATHLETICS- JESSICA ENNIS-HILL

    Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill says she plans to make her competitive comeback during next year's indoor season, before making an attempt to win her first Commonwealth Games title.

    "I hope to do an indoor season and then do a heptathlon and individual events," she told BBC Sport. "The ankle is on the mend.

    "I wasn't ready for the Worlds. I'm now undergoing a rehab programme. It's healing and getting back to full strength.

    "I'm working on getting Achilles right, so I can be right for Commonwealth Games."

  117. 1011: 
    FOOTBALL

    Michael Owen says he has no regrets about the decisions he made during his career but insists Liverpool remains close to his heart.

    The former Reds striker angered many supporters when he walked away from the club in the summer of 2004 to join Real Madrid for £8million. Owen further damaged his standing among Kopites when he signed for Manchester United five years later.

    "If I hadn't have signed for Man United, the other option at that time was Everton and I don't think a lot of Liverpool fans would have been happy if I had gone there either," he tells the Liverpool Echo. "If I had turned down both United and Everton I'd have probably ended up playing in the Championship.

    "I played for Liverpool from the tender age of 11 with Stevie Gerrard. Liverpool is in my blood and I want to see them do well."

  118.  

    Daily Mail's Mike Dickson: Andy Murray warming up v 16y.o Borna Coric. Definitely never seen so many British supporters at an away tie before.

  119. 1007:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveATHLETICS

    Olympic gold-medal winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis is taking your questions with Tony Livesey live now on BBC Radio 5 live. Tweet your questions to BBC Radio 5 live or email victoria@bbc.co.uk. Listen live online via the 5 live website.

  120. 1005: 
    TENNIS- DAVIS CUP

    Andy Murray is about to start Britain's Davis Cup tie against Croatia and if you want to keep up to date with that match, join Sam Sheringham for live text coverage. Murray against Borna Coric is the first match in the World Group play-off between Great Britain and Croatia on the clay courts of Umag.

  121.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Chibuzo C Ejike: Qatar 2022 WC should remain in the summer. Weren't all factors considered before awarding it? They say they can handle it, so be it.

    Chris Richards: Always have my mates over for beers and BBQ to watch England World Cup games, not so appealing if it's in January!!

    Ricky Lee Everett: Should be played in the summer; no one mentioned a winter world cup in the bid so they should just get on with it

  122. 0955: 
    FOOTBALL
    Francesco Totti

    Roma captain Francesco Totti is set to keep playing for the club until he turns 40, according to Corriere dello Sport.

    Totti, who turns 37 in two weeks' time, is said to be on the brink of signing a new three-year-deal that would keep him at the Stadio Olimpico until 2016.

    There have been reports that he could be selected to play for Italy at the World Cup next year, despite officially retiring from international duty in 2007. Coach Cesare Prandelli told reporters earlier this week that "everyone can hope" for a place in the squad, regardless of age.

  123. 0952: 
    ON THIS DAY - 1970
    Margaret Court

    Margaret Court of Australia beat Rosemary Casals to win the US Open and become only the second woman after Maureen Connolly to complete the Grand Slam of the four major tennis championships.

  124.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Robbie Sargent: Qatar bid doc explicitly talks about Summer World Cup. Votes were based on this. Vote would have been different if winter

    Richard Fyfe: Giving Qatar the WC wasn't the smartest move but I'd like a Winter WC just to see national teams prioritised over club football

  125. 0939: 
    FOOTBALL- ANDY CARROLL INJURY

    No timescale has been put on Andy Carroll's return after the West Ham striker injured his foot during training this week.

    "It's the same type of injury but in a different area. It is not an Achilles injury, as has been suggested but instead it involves the band of tissue which runs under the foot," Hammers manager Sam Allardyce told West Ham's website.

    "According to the specialist the chance of a recurrence of that type of injury is about four per cent but unfortunately for Andy he was one of the unlucky ones."

  126.  

    BBC Sport's Phil McNulty: "West Ham United can confirm that Andy Carroll has suffered an injury to his plantar fascia.". Need I say more?

  127. 0933: 
    FOOTBALL- REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
    Martin O'Neill

    Martin O'Neill could be handed the opportunity to become the new Republic of Ireland manager within days.

    It is understood the 61-year-old has been earmarked as the Football Association of Ireland's number one target and that a formal approach is imminent.

    The news is hardly unexpected with sources close to the former Sunderland boss having indicated his willingness to talk to the FAI.

  128. 0926: 
    FOOTBALL

    Reading face fierce competition in their bid to land striker Billy Sharp on loan, reports the Reading Post.

    Royals have stepped up their interest in the 27-year-old, who is currently out of favour at Southampton. But there are several other clubs vying for the frontman including Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest.

    Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric says: "Our manager is very keen on Billy but there is a lot of competition. We'll have to see what happens next week."

  129.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    George Craven: If global warming kicks in hard and Qatar get arctic winters, what does Sepp do next?

    Oliver: Blatter is ruining football, the 2022 winter World Cup between january and march will be a disaster, terrible decision!

    dan morgan: if the rugby World Cup can be played during the domestic season then surely it can for the football World Cup

  130. 0920: 
    TENNIS- Davis Cup

    British number one Andy Murray has told BBC Sport that the Davis Cup should become "a mandatory event".

    Andy Murray with Davis Cup team-mates

    "We're told which events to play throughout the whole year," said the Wimbledon champion, who has not played a Davis Cup match for two years.

    "They should make Davis Cup a mandatory event so it isn't up for discussion."

  131. 0910: 
    TENNIS- Davis Cup

    Great Britain begin their Davis Cup World Group play-off rubber against Croatia today. Wimbledon champion Andy Murray is in action, as are James Ward, Daniel Evans and Colin Fleming.

    Murray kicks off against 16-year-old US Open boys' champion Borna Coric at about 10:00 BST.

    Does the Croatian have a chance? "I don't think I can win - Only if he injures himself," says Coric.

  132.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Jess Alice: I live in Qatar, there is already a buzz about 2022 here, country is excited and will be ready! Sort it out Sepp!

    Hemant Pathak: Temp cannot be an excuse to shift as football is considered a global sport. Winter football should go on. Changes can be made.

  133. 0957: 
    JESSICA ENNIS-HILL

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill is in on BBC Breakfast, drumming up support for next year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Those watching BBC One now are reliving the moment Ennis crossed the line in the 800m, arms aloft, the Olympic Stadium rocking... heady days indeed.

    Jessica Ennis-Hill

    "Having had the Olympics it's such a strange feeling. It's been a different season, but I wouldn't change any of it because I had such a great year last year," says Ennis-Hill, who is recovering from an Achilles injury. "It's on the mend. I'm on a rehab programme. I'm hoping it will be better soon."

    Ennis-Hill on Commonwealth Games: "It's so exciting that we've got another great event in our country. It's going to be one of those occasions where hopefully you can be part of some great moments."

  134.  
    GET INVOLVED #bbcsportsday

    Matt Coombe-Boxall: England aren't even guaranteed a place at Qatar 2022 yet. How can our needs be considered when we may not even qualify?

    Damo: I think the Premier League officials should play in 40c plus heat for a month. Wonder at which point would they change it.

    Matt Dudley: I'm thoroughly enjoying the fact that Blatter is probably squirming because of this mess

  135. 0845: 
    QATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

    More from Al-Thawadi, who is Secretary General of the Qatar 2022 Supreme Committee: "[Qatar] is the right place, the Middle East is the right place. We are representing the Middle East, it is a Middle Eastern World Cup, so it is the right place. The Middle East deserves to host a major tournament."

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    AJPS: There are positives to having a winter World Cup: it will only be three and a half years until the next one of course

    Andrew Priestley: The World Cup is the biggest sporting event after the Olympics, yet it's being overshadowed due to its location. Embarrassing.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC SportQATAR 2022 WORLD CUP

    "If FA chairman Greg Dyke has realistic hopes of watching England fulfil his goal of winning the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, then a move to hold the tournament in winter would slightly improve his chances.

    "England's players - whoever they may be then - would be more comfortable if the World Cup was moved away from a time of the year when temperatures can exceed 40C.

    "It is understandable, however, that the Premier League would take an opposing view as the bid was won on the basis of a summer World Cup and with the self-interest of avoiding disruption to their own competition."

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    GET INVOLVED

    You can hear more from Hassan al-Thawadi on BBC Radio 5 live sport from 19:00 BST this evening and on Saturday's Football Focus from 12:15 BST. But, in the meantime, tweet us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday. Should the 2022 World Cup be switched to the winter or move location?

  139. 0825: 
    QATAR CHIEF ON 2022 WORLD CUP

    But international football has not been cast aside into the wilderness until the next batch of World Cup qualifiers. The brouhaha surrounding the Qatar 2022 World Cup continues. The head of Qatar 2022 Hassan al-Thawadi has rejected calls for the tournament to be awarded to another country as concerns rise over high summer temperatures.

    "We've worked very, very hard to ensure we're within the rules of the bidding, within the rules of the hosting agreement," he told BBC Sport.

  140. 0815: 
    Marouane Fellaini

    Good morning fans of sport! There is a weekend of Premier League action ahead of us as the football jamboree continues after the international break and it's as if it has never been away. Today we will pay a visit to West Ham, Manchester City, Fulham, Chelsea, Southampton, Liverpool and Manchester United.

  141. 0800: 

    Arsenal's record signing Mesut Ozil says he can help his new club win the Premier League this season. What will Marouane Fellaini have to say as Manchester United unveil their £27.5m midfielder? There are a number of Premier League news conferences to keep us going throughout the day, ending with the grand unveiling of the tough Belgian at Old Trafford.

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