Sportsday - Friday 20 September as it happened

Football preview with Peter Schmeichel and Robbie Fowler ahead of the weekend's Premier League matches.

20 September 2013 Last updated at 20:02 GMT

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    As always, we start things off with the three top stories from our football gossip column:

    Manchester City are set to swoop for Gil Vicente defender Pecks, 20, during the January transfer window after the Portuguese-based Cape Verde player was recommended by one of their scouts. (Metro)

    Manchester United are plotting a £25m January move for Southampton defender Luke Shaw, 18. (Daily Star)

    Everton coach Alan Stubbs has admitted that left-back Leighton Baines, 28, wanted to join Manchester United during the summer. (The Sun)

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    In last night's Europa League action, Swansea won 3-0 at 10-man Valencia, Wigan opened their campaign with a goalless draw at Zulte-Waregem and Jermain Defoe scored twice as Tottenham beat Tromso 3-0.

  4. 0810: 

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes striker Wayne Rooney has rediscovered his best form.

    After the win over Swansea in May - his final home game - Ferguson said United had rejected Rooney's transfer request and Chelsea subsequently had two bids for the forward turned down.

    "Wayne was fantastic [against Bayer Leverkusen]. I'm pleased to see that," he told MUTV. "He's got his energy back, the determination, his purpose to attack. As a director, I'm delighted to see him back to what we always remember him."

  5. 0813: 

    Several newspapers, including the Daily Telegraph, claim Sir Alex Ferguson's praise of Wayne Rooney has paved the way for the striker to end any lingering uncertainty over his future at Manchester United.

  6. 0816: 

    Sweden's Henrik Stenson leads the Tour Championship after carding a first-round six-under 64 in Atlanta.

    The world number six had a run of four birdies on the East Lake course and, after a bogey on the 16th, he birdied the last to lead Adam Scott by one.

    Justin Rose is two under while fellow Englishman Luke Donald is level par.

  7. 0819: 

    Late last night, Nottingham Forest confirmed the signing of midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah on loan from Premier League side Chelsea until 15 January.

    Chalobah, 18, tweeted: "What a long day. Finally at the hotel and pleased to have signed for Nottingham Forest until January. Looking forward to the challenge."

    Robin van Persie

    Today we will bring you the news conferences from Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini and Manchester United's David Moyes ahead of Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium.

    We want to know who you think will win? Who will be key to deciding the outcome and how important will Sunday be to the title race?

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  9. 0823: 

    Oracle Team USA stayed alive in the America's Cup after beating Team New Zealand in race 12 - the only completed race on Thursday.

    Later in the day, Race 13 was postponed until Friday after winds exceeded the 20 knots limit in San Francisco bay.

    The Kiwis lead 8-2 in the 17-race finals series and need to win only one more race to take the trophy.

  10. 0827: 

    Heather Knight wins the Walter Lawrence Women's Award, which is won by the cricketer who makes the highest individual score in a season, after her 157 for England in the Ashes Test match against Australia on 13 August.

  11. 0830: 

    The International Olympic Committee expects Fifa to consult with it over moving the 2022 World Cup as it could clash with the Winter Olympics.

    The 2022 Winter Games take place in January and February, but Fifa could switch the World Cup to those months because of fears over the summer heat in host country Qatar.

    "We are confident that Fifa will discuss the dates with us so as to co-ordinate them and avoid any effect on the Winter Games," said an IOC spokesperson.


    Andrew Priestley: The result of Man City v Man Utd won't decide anything just yet, but it will give us a good indication of what's to come.

    Alan Simon: If Fergie comments on every bit of gossip Moyes' authority is sure to be undermined. Enough! Moyes can speak for himself.

    Tunde Akere: I am backing City to win because the team has started to gel now but United will stretch them. It will be a tough match.

    Let us know your thoughts on Sunday's Manchester derby at #bbcsportsday.

  13. 0835: 

    Angel Rangel says leading Swansea to a 3-0 win at Valencia in the Europa League was "unbelievable".

    Having arrived in Wales from Terrassa FC in 2007, then in the Spanish third-tier, defender Rangel, 30, has risen to the Premier League with the Swans.

    He led them for the first time in injured skipper Ashley Williams' absence and said: "It's unbelievable. I don't think anyone expected what happened on the pitch... and we just showed how good we are."

  14. 0839: 

    Usain Bolt says he would probably only run the 200m if he decides to compete at next year's Commonwealth Games.

    The six-time Olympic champion hopes to participate in Glasgow, but will discuss it with his coach Glen Mills.

    "It's on my to-do list," Bolt, 27, told BBC Radio 5 live. "I really want to do it but I never go against my coach. "It [the 100m and 200m double] probably would be unlikely. I probably would run the 200m if I go because it's my favourite event."

    You can now listen again or download the BBC Radio 5 live special with Usain Bolt via podcast.

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    Vincent Kompany

    Six of the last seven meetings between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium have seen fewer than two goals scored.

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    Team Sky's Sir Bradley Wiggins retains the overall race lead of the Tour of Britain heading today's sixth stage.

    The riders begin in Sidmouth for the 138km route to Hayter on Dartmoor for the first summit finish in the Tour's history.

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    Sheffield United are considering a loan move for Leeds midfielder Ryan Hall, 25, the Sheffield Star is reporting.

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    On the BBC Sport website, former Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen reveals why striker Robin van Persie chose the number 20 shirt when he signed for the club in 2012.

    Van Persie went on to become the Premier League's top scorer last season with 26 goals, including a hat-trick against Aston Villa in the game that sealed United's 20th league title.

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    "Draining, confusing & 60C heat - but I love Singapore" - You can read Lewis Hamilton's latest column on our Formula 1 page.

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    Loan signing Romelu Lukaku is set for his Everton debut at West Ham having been ineligible for last weekend's fixture against parent club Chelsea.

    Fellow striker Arouna Kone is also expected to return to the squad after a knee injury along with midfielder Darron Gibson, who has not featured this season because of a knee injury.

    Midfielder Steven Pienaar (hamstring) is rated 50-50 but centre-back Antolin Alcaraz is still recovering from a similar problem.


    We want you to share your reaction to Swansea City's 3-0 win over 10-man Valencia last night using #bbcsportsday or by commenting on the BBC Sport Facebook page.

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    Gary Neville

    Manchester City defender Micah Richards has been speaking to the club's official website about his Manchester derby memories.

    "The most exciting one was [the final derby at Maine Road in 2002] when Gary Neville gave the ball away to [Shaun] Goater and [Goater] stuck it in the net. It was one of the first derbies I went to because it was hard getting tickets," he said.

    "In [my first derby appearance in] 2006 we were underdogs so getting any sort of result was a bonus. Back then there was less pressure because you almost expected to lose but now things have changed and it's a little bit more interesting."

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    Fulham striker Dimitar Berbatov (hamstring) will have a fitness test ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League west London derby at Chelsea.

    Forward Darren Bent (hamstring) is back in the squad, but Bryan Ruiz (ankle) will miss out. Defenders Aaron Hughes (thigh) and Matthew Briggs (hernia) are still sidelined along with first-choice goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg (shoulder).


    David Morgan: [Swansea's was a] great performance from start to finish, even making allowances for 10 man Valencia for most of game. Swansea bossed them. They were awesome.

    Chima Sikombe: I still cant believe it. Valencia have sold some players but they were excellent against Barca recently.

    Shaun Smith: [Swansea were] very impressive. Michael Laudrup wont be there this time next year, bigger and better things for him

    Was Swansea's 3-0 win over Valencia the most impressive European performance from a British side this week? Please keep your comments coming in to #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

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    From the days when she would pretend to be a boy, even shaving her head, just to get a game, to becoming one of England's elite players, Rachel Yankey speaks to BBC Sport's Jessica Creighton on our football page.

  26. 0925: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce remains short of attacking options ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at home to Everton.

    Andy Carroll (heel) is proving to be a big loss for the misfiring Hammers whilst the game comes too soon for new signing Mladen Petric, who is still striving to improve his fitness.

    Joe Cole (hamstring) and Stewart Downing (leg) are also missing, as is defender George McCartney who has returned to training following a knee injury, while Alou Diarra (knee) is a long-term absentee.

  27. 0928: 

    Australia back James O'Connor has been stood down from the Wallabies squad ahead of Rugby Championship games against South Africa and Argentina.

    It follows an alleged incident at Perth Airport last weekend when 23-year-old O'Connor was reportedly prevented from boarding a flight to Bali in the early hours of the morning.

    "We're not getting the right type of behaviour from him," coach Ewan McKenzie said. "From a behavioural perspective it's not acceptable. He's let himself down at the weekend so we've stood him down and we'll move forward without him. It's pretty clear he won't be taking part in the tour."

  28. 0931: 

    Tyson Fury has called David Haye "a mug" and "a stepping stone" ahead of their heavyweight encounter at Manchester Arena on 28 September.

    Unbeaten Fury also insisted he would knock his rival out between rounds seven and nine.

    "Whatever he brings to the table I can overcome - I'm younger, fitter, bigger, stronger," Fury, 25, told BBC Sport. "I look at David Haye as a mug, a stepping stone to a fight against Wladimir Klitschko."

  29. 0935: 

    Southampton left-back Luke Shaw is fit for the Barclays Premier League trip to Liverpool.

    The teenager limped off in last weekend's 0-0 draw with West Ham, but Mauricio Pochettino has revealed he has overcome that knock.

    Fellow left-back Danny Fox remains a doubt with an ankle complaint and Tadanari Lee may also miss out.

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    David de Gea

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea tells the club's official website that David Moyes' side's 4-2 Champions League win over Bayer Leverkusen was the perfect warm-up for Sunday's Manchester derby.

    He said: "The victory has boosted our confidence for Sunday. It was important to kick off with a win; we made a good start and got the three points, which gives us peace of mind.

    "We've since had a few days to prepare for City and we're looking forward to the match."


    Rameez Akbar: Fellaini's calming presence and Kagawa's assists would be important. Then there is Robin van Persie who can conjure up anything, anytime.

    George Price: City vs United - the battle for this season's fourth spot. This is London's year.

    Do you agree? Let us know your view on Sunday's Manchester derby at #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

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    Ruan Pienaar looks set to leave Ulster at the end of the season to join Heineken Cup champions Toulon.

    Reports in the French newspaper L'Equipe indicate that the versatile Springbok has agreed a two-year deal.

    Ulster and Toulon have both declined to comment on the speculation surrounding the South African scrum-half, whose contract expires in June 2014.

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    Crystal Palace will be without the suspended Kagisho Dikgacoi for their Barclays Premier League clash with Swansea on Sunday.

    The midfielder was sent off in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Manchester United and the Eagles have decided against launching an appeal but manager Ian Holloway has welcomed Jerome Thomas back to training following an ankle injury, with Yannick Bolasie also nearing a return from his hamstring problem.

    Jonny Williams and Jack Hunt (both ankle) and Joel Ward (calf) will miss out with captain Paddy McCarthy (groin) and striker Glenn Murray (knee) also absent.

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    England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland have all told Uefa they want to stage European Championship matches in 2020.

    Uefa has confirmed that 32 member associations have stated their interest in hosting games after deciding the tournament would be shared amongst 13 cities across Europe.

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    Ryan Day has spoken of his shock at discovering he was unwittingly involved in a fixed match against Stephen Lee at the 2009 World Championship.

    Lee was found guilty of fixing seven games in 2008 and 2009, including his 10-4 first-round defeat by Day at the Crucible. Welshman Day, 33, was first visited by investigators several years ago.

    "I wasn't aware at all, not a single clue during the match, that anything was amiss," said the world number 27.

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    England want to host games in London, while Scotland have chosen Glasgow, Wales have opted for Cardiff and the Republic of Ireland has picked Dublin.

    The candidates have the right to change their initial host city selection, but must submit their final choices by 25 April, 2014. Uefa will decide on 25 September, 2014 which 13 cities will host games.

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    The full list of countries wanting to host matches at Euro 2020 is: Armenia (Yerevan), Azerbaijan (Baku), Belarus (Minsk), Belgium (Brussels), Bulgaria (Sofia), Croatia (Zagreb), Czech Republic (Prague), Denmark (Copenhagen), England (London), Finland (Helsinki), France (Lyon), Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (Skopje), Germany (Munich), Greece (Athens), Hungary (Budapest), Israel (Jerusalem), Italy (Rome and Milan), Kazakhstan (Astana), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Poland (Warsaw and Chorzow), Portugal (Lisbon and Porto), Republic of Ireland (Dublin), Romania (Bucharest), Russia (Saint Petersburg), Scotland (Glasgow), Serbia (Belgrade), Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia), Sweden (Solna), Switzerland (Basel), Turkey (Istanbul), Ukraine (Kyiv and Donetsk) and Wales (Cardiff).

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    Hull will be forced into changes for their Barclays Premier League visit to Newcastle, with two of their ever-present players missing.

    Captain Robert Koren has broken a bone in his right foot and faces up to eight weeks out and left-back Maynor Figueroa has been granted compassionate leave due to a family problem.

    Stephen Quinn and George Boyd are eyeing Koren's spot in midfield, Liam Rosenior is expected to replace Figueroa in the absence of Paul McShane (hamstring) and striker Yannick Sagbo is back from suspension.

  39. 1003: 

    McLaren want Fernando Alonso to join them for next season and have made the Ferrari driver their prime target.

    The Spaniard is unsettled at Ferrari and McLaren hope to persuade him that a return to the team for whom he drove in 2007 would be his best option.

    Asked if he wanted the double world champion, McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh told BBC Sport: "Yes - any team would. He's the best driver. I don't know his contractual situation. I assume he's under contract."

  40. 1008: 
    Marouane Fellaini

    Ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, new Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has won five times against Manchester City in the Premier League. With six wins, Sunderland are the only team he has beaten on more occasions.

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    Sheffield Wednesday sign veteran midfielder Stephen McPhail on a short-term deal until January.

    The 33-year-old was released by Cardiff in the summer and has been training with the Owls.

  42. 1015: 

    Pastor Maldonado is eager to cement his future with Williams as he firmly believes in the potential of the currently fallen team.

    A single point from the first 12 races of a season represents the worst start to a full campaign in the marque's illustrious history stretching back over 35 years.

    Maldonado said: "There are a lot of rumours around. To be honest, I'm already fully involved in next year's car with Williams and I would like to stay because the team is looking good."

  43. 1021: 

    On the prospect of London hosting Euro 2020 matches, FA general secretary Alex Horne said: "Uefa's 'EURO for Europe' in 2020 promises to be a fitting way to recognise 60 years of the UEFA European Championship.

    "We would be delighted for London and Wembley Stadium to be chosen to host either of the two packages available and we look forward to working with Uefa on the forthcoming selection process."

    "It would be great to see England playing in front of their home fans here in London as part of a Euro finals tournament but many countries have also put themselves forward as hosts and we expect this to be a very competitive bidding process."

  44. 1025: 

    West Brom forward Stephane Sessegnon could make his debut against former club Sunderland after finally receiving a work permit.

    The Benin international missed last weekend's draw at Fulham due to an issue with his papers, but has now been cleared to get his Albion career under way when his old side come to The Hawthorns this weekend.

    Strikers Shane Long (knee) and Matej Vydra (hamstring) remain doubtful for the match, while Steven Reid, Zoltan Gera and George Thorne are still working their way back to fitness.

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    Phil McNulty, BBC Sport on TwitterFOOTBALL

    "Nine years since the death of Brian Clough. A good day in this modern era to look back at his brilliant achievements in complete wonder."

  46. 1031: 

    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is likely to call on Ciaran Clark to fill the defensive void left by Jores Okore's cruciate ligament injury when he takes his side to Norwich.

    The Scot suffered a major blow when the 21-year-old was ruled out for nine months after being injured in last week's defeat by Newcastle.

    Clark and Nathan Baker are the candidates to step in - with Clark boasting slightly more experience. Lambert has other unspecified niggles to contend with, while Charles N'Zogbia is unavailable with a long-term injury.

  47. 1036: 

    Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he is unconcerned by his side's failure to score from open play in the Premier League so far this season.

    Including last term, Saints have not scored from open play for 393 minutes but Pochettino says it not an issue as his side head to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Saturday.

    "I'm not worried about it," Pochettino told BBC Radio Solent. "My main concern is that the team keeps growing and the players keep understanding each other."

  48. 1042: 
    Sergio Aguero and David Silva

    As they prepare for Sunday's derby at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City have scored in each of their last 52 Barclays Premier League home games.

    The all-time record for the competition is 66 set by Manchester United last season.


    We want to hear your thoughts ahead of Sunday's match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium.

    Who will win and who will be the key men? Let us know at #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  50. 1046: 

    Kilmarnock sign Algerian central defender Ismael Bouzid until the end of the season.

    The 30-year-old former Hearts player was offered a deal, along with ex-Rugby Park winger David Silva, following successful trials.

  51. 1050: 

    Eli Walker is happy to be back in action after the most frustrating six months of his life.

    The Ospreys wing, 20, was tipped to win his first cap for Wales after being included in the squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship.

    But a back injury which required surgery meant he missed the tournament and Wales' summer tour of Japan.

    "It was frustrating. It would have been great to get a cap with my mates but all I can do is get my head down, play rugby and hopefully another chance will come."


    Patrick: Rooney will do the damage. he's in top form. Let's not forget, City haven't found their feet under Pellegrini.

    Antony Gray: The idea that either Manchester United or City will drop points again this weekend in incredible. What a season this could be.

    Jimmy Cook: Fellaini was fantastic mid-week, tipping him to boss the midfield in the derby on Sunday.

    Get in touch with your views and predictions for the Manchester derby at #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  53. 1057: 

    England defender Alex Scott says the side have a "point to prove" when they face Belarus on Saturday after their disappointing Euro 2013 campaign.

    The World Cup qualifier will be England's first match since the sacking of former manager Hope Powell.

    England went out in the group stages at Euro 2013, but Scott said: "We are a really good team; what people saw over the summer just wasn't us."

    Powell's former assistant Brent Hills will take charge of the side.

  54. 1103: 

    Newcastle will be without central defender Steven Taylor for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Hull.

    Taylor, who returned to the bench after a three-match ban for last weekend's 2-1 victory at Aston Villa, has damaged a hamstring in training and could miss the next three games.

    Striker Shola Ameobi is also out with a knock picked up on international duty with Nigeria, while midfielder Jonas Gutierrez continues to work his way back from a hamstring problem.

  55. 1107: 

    Ex-England bowler Simon Jones believes Glamorgan can shake off the tag of underdogs to beat Nottinghamshire in the YB40 final at Lord's on Saturday.

    The 2005 Ashes winner is confident as he prepares to play the final 40-over game of his career. Jones, 34, is retiring from all first-class and List A cricket at the end of the 2013 season.

    "This is our year, I feel. I'm really confident the way the changing room is," said Jones.

  56. 1111: 
    Glen Johnson

    Did you know there have only been 78 goals in the Premier League this season, an average of 1.95 per game, which is the lowest in Premier League history after four completed rounds of matches?

    In contrast, there have been 3.29 goals per game in the Bundesliga, 3.05 in La Liga and 3.03 in Serie A. Is it too early in the season to speculate on the reasons for this or do you think the Premier League is no longer the most exciting league in the world?

    Tell us what you think at #bbcsportsday or on our Facebook page.

  57. 1116: 

    West Ham manager Sam Allardyce tells the London Evening Standard he attempted to sign Jermain Defoe, Loic Remy, Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba, Marko Arnautovic (who joined Stoke), and two Juventus players this summer.

  58. 1121: 

    Defender John O'Shea will return to the Sunderland squad for tomorrow's Barclays Premier League trip to West Brom.

    The Republic of Ireland international sat out last weekend's 3-1 home defeat by Arsenal after being sent off at Crystal Palace, but is included in a squad which could also feature midfielder Lee Cattermole, the man he has replaced as skipper, following his recovery from an ankle problem.

    They will be joined by Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini, who has shaken off the tight hamstring which forced him to miss the clash with the Gunners, but defender Wes Brown, who was included among the substitutes last Saturday, is absent due to a calf problem.


    Karlosb: Three quarters of teams could win the league and you can't say that about Italy, Spain or Germany. There are no easy wins anymore.

    Mo Farooq: The pace of the Premier League and competition for top four places in England is unbeatable.

    Oluwaseyi Diyaolu: It is still the most exciting league in the world. Managers are using safety approach first to prevent being sacked.

    Get involved and tweet us via #bbcsportsday

  60. 1125: 

    Sheffield United sign Leeds winger Ryan Hall on a one-month loan deal.

    The 25-year-old agreed a permanent deal with the Elland Road club in December last year after initially joining on loan from Southend. Hall could make his debut for the Blades against Preston on Saturday.

    "Ryan is a good attacking option to add to the squad; he offers us something a little different," boss David Weir told the club website.

  61. 1130: 

    Today's Question of Sport teaser: "With the Singapore GP on Sunday who are the five different winners of a Formula 1 GP this season?"

    We'll bring you the answer at 1400 BST.

  62. 1134: 

    Surrey release veteran all-rounder Zander de Bruyn with immediate effect.

    The Brown Caps signed the 38-year-old Johannesburg-born player from Somerset in 2010, but he has now left the club by mutual consent.

  63. 1137: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger calls on Fifa to "stand up" for its decision to award Qatar the 2022 World Cup in the summer months, but accepted concerns over safety of supporters was the "main worry" of hosting the tournament in such extreme heat conditions.

    "Fifa has to stand up for that. I don't know all the projects that were submitted to Fifa. They decided at the time of the vote that it would be Qatar and that they know as well we know that the World Cup is in the summer. It's in the rules of Fifa," he said.

    "They voted for Qatar and they have to stand up for them now and make sure it is done in decent conditions."

  64. 1140: 

    Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read tells BBC East Midlands Today he welcomes the return of England pair Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad for Saturday's YB40 final against Glamorgan.

  65. 1145: 

    Midfielder Mikel Arteta could return to the Arsenal squad for the first time this season after a thigh injury for Sunday's Barclays Premier League game against Stoke at the Emirates Stadium.

    Santi Cazorla (ankle) remains sidelined, so record signing Mesut Ozil is set for his home debut.

    Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky (thigh) is also still out, along with France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo (back), German forward Lukas Podolski (hamstring) and longer-term absentees Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Abou Diaby (both knee).

  66. 1149: 

    Colchester boss Joe Dunne warns midfielder Alex Gilbey to not chase the money after the youngster rejected a new deal.

    Gilbey, 18, is out of contract in the summer and was offered a deal that pays more when he plays more games.

    "All the other guys have signed it," Dunne told BBC Essex. "There's 10-a-penny players who have gone to other clubs and aren't playing and they're ending up not even in League One."

  67. 1154: 

    London Irish announce the loan signing of second-row Ian Nimmo.

    The 6ft 7in forward, who weighs almost 19st, will provide cover for George Skivington and Kieran Low.

    The 28-year-old has recently played for the Newport Gwent Dragons, having previously spent time with the Cornish Pirates in the Championship.

  68. 1158: 

    A group of British footballers facing match-fixing charges say they fear attack by associates of the alleged ringleader of a betting syndicate.

    Malaysia-born Segaran Gsubramaniam, 45, appeared in an Australian court on Friday alongside Southern Stars players Reiss Noel, Joe Woolley, David Obaze, Nick McKoy and coach Zia Younan.

    Detective acting senior sergeant Scott Poynder said the players told police they were concerned for their safety and had barricaded their Melbourne hotel room following their arrests.


    Adil: The quality and entertainment of the Premier League makes it more exciting than other leagues. Seventy five per cent of games are end to end.

    Matthew Sewell: The Premier League is becoming less and less exciting as it's slowly losing its world class attacking players. Not too many around now.

    James Whitson: The Premier League has never been best in the world just the best marketed. Don't believe the hype.

    Send your predictions for this weekend's Manchester derby using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  70. 1203: 

    Aberdeen goalkeeper Jamie Langfield dismisses criticism of their pre-match routine against Partick Thistle by declaring it an "Aberdeen bosie" rather than a huddle.

    The Dons won 3-0 at Firhill but some fans were unimpressed with the team's coming-together before the game, likening it to the huddle made famous by Celtic.

    Langfield said: "It has caused some upset but we do not like to call it the huddle. We like to call it the Aberdeen bosie, as I have seen on Twitter. It's not a huddle, it was a bosie.

    "We were a young team on Saturday and it was something the older boys and manager had discussed just to get the young boys up. And it worked."

  71. 1208: 
    David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini

    Manchester City v Manchester United

    Wayne Rooney has now either scored or assisted 40 goals in his last 44 Premier League games.

    Since the start of 2012-13, no side have kept more clean sheets in the Premier League than Manchester City (21).

    Six of these clean sheets have come in Manchester City's last eight Premier League games.

    Robin van Persie has hit more shots off target than any other Premier League player this season (10).

    Yaya Toure has made 347 passes this season, 30 more than any other player in the division and 65 more than United's leading passer Michael Carrick (282).

  72. 1215: 

    David Marshall is set to return to the Cardiff starting line-up for Sunday's meeting with Tottenham.

    The Scotland keeper missed the draw at Hull after picking up a hip injury on international duty, but he is back to full fitness, along with Craig Bellamy.

    But striker Andreas Cornelius remains on the sidelines with the ankle injury he suffered at Accrington in the Capital One Cup.

  73. 1219: 
    David Moyes

    The only previous meeting between Manuel Pellegrini and David Moyes saw Pellegrini's Villarreal overcome Moyes' Everton in controversial circumstances in a Champions League qualifier in 2005.

    Both men will be in charge for the first time in Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

  74. 1224: 

    Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is expected to return to face Southampton after missing Monday's draw at Swansea with a side strain.

    Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is out for several weeks after undergoing a shoulder operation, so the likes of Iago Aspas and Raheem Sterling will be pushing for a recall.

    The match marks the completion of striker Luis Suarez's 10-game ban, which was carried over from last season.

  75. 1229: 

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger maintains club-record signing Mesut Ozil has shown no signs of wanting to leave Real Madrid for an easier life at the Emirates Stadium.

    Wenger said: "He is 24, he has over 50 caps for Germany and when you play for Germany you are under a lot of pressure. He won the championship with Real Madrid and that is a club where there is a lot of pressure, but I could not detect that.

    "Ozil has integrated well and been well accepted."

  76. 1234: 

    We'll bring you all the quotes from Jose Mourinho's Chelsea news conference at 1300 BST, ahead of their match against Fulham on Saturday.

  77. 1241: 
    Daniel Sturridge

    Liverpool v Southampton

    Daniel Sturridge is the first player in Liverpool's Premier League history to score in the team's opening four games of the season.

    Southampton have won four of the last six Premier League games against Liverpool, but the Reds have won the last two at Anfield by a 1-0 scoreline.

    In the last five Premier League meetings between Saints and Liverpool, the Merseysiders have scored three goals, all between the 43rd and 45th minutes.

    Southampton have allowed only nine shots on target by the opposition this season - fewer than any other side - while Liverpool have conceded the second most (22).

  78. 1242: 

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in first practice for the Singapore Grand Prix at Marina Bay. The 2008 world champion finished 0.365 seconds clear of Red Bull's Mark Webber with championship leader Sebastian Vettel third.

  79. 1246: 

    Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash on Twitter: "Thanks Hull for keeping Salford's place in the top 8 warm !!!. Last night is further confirmation we and Widnes will be above you."

  80. 1253: 
    Jose Mourinho

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho will be speaking to the media within the next few minutes ahead of his side's clash against Fulham.

    Follow all the news as it breaks here on Sportsday and send us your comments via #bbcsportsday

  81. 1255: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I can guess that I have to agree with some criticism and opinions - that's obvious. I will agree with some but not others."

  82. 1302: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I don't like the way Chelsea were playing the last couple of years; the club doesn't like it and we want to change. We want to play a different style. The past is history - even my past. I'm here like I've just arrived.

    "People were asking if I wanted Didier [Drogba] here but that's history and we need to change. I agree we must have better results and we are not the kind of club who will wait three to five years for that to happen. We want them to play in a certain way now."

  83. 1306: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I think that scrutiny is normal. I am not surprised by opinions and critics and everything else. I am not surprised and I am not worried. I did not read many, but I agreed with some and disagreed with others. I have a job to do. I know the steps I have to take; when you want to build something different, the players are adapted and comfortable - it is more difficult.

    "It is more normal for a manager to arrive at a club, buy a couple of players but stay in the same direction. If you want to do something different and the results are not good, there will be question marks. If someone expects me to play against Fulham with nine players behind the ball and wait for them to make a mistake and win 1-0, then I will not go home happy."

  84. 1307: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I don't know how long it will take. Tomorrow maybe we win 3-0 and everything is perfect or maybe we will lose for the first time at home at Chelsea in four years and 200 matches, and it is a big story.

    "We have a lot to do. The work I have to do does not sell papers - big defeats and big victories do - but the only thing I can do is to have belief in my players and wait for the results to come."

  85. 1309: 

    Jose Mourinho: ""We lost one match in the Premier League. All the other five contenders except Liverpool have lost a match and in the Europa League we lost a match, but we have not been relegated to the Europa League.

    "We lost nothing. You like to compare things but we didn't finish third in the Champions League, we did not get relegated to the Europa League and we did not finish third in the Premier League.

    "You have to wait. If you have to choose I would start badly and finish well, not start well and finish badly. I agree ideally you start well, continue well and finish well."

  86. 1313: 
    Fernando Torres

    Jose Mourinho: "I'm worried because I lost and I don't want to lose, but again this is the way it happens sometimes. For me there is no crisis - it's just two bad results.

    "The things I did in the past mean nothing. The way I work is that the pitch picks, and what the players do in the last match and last training session... that's the way I make the decisions. Some players say 'this is where I play, don't touch me' and for some positions I need more information to see if they are the best players.

    "I'm not going to tell you if Fernando [Torres] will start. Some will travel, some will not."

  87. 1314: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I think that Romelu Lukaku is good at Everton if he is going to play every game. That is good for his confidence and good for his future at Chelsea. I don't think our strikers lack confidence. Lukaku cannot be recalled in January."

  88. 1315: 

    Jose Mourinho: "I think Fulham have a very good, experienced manager and team. They know everything about the Premier League and derbies. They are a great example of experience at this level and they know how to play. They are a difficult opponent."

  89. 1317: 

    It has been another tense morning of cricket at Edgbaston. Surrey have picked up two of the eight wickets they needed when they arrived at the ground this morning to keep their hopes of avoiding the drop alive.

    Laurie Evans had looked in prime form, but on 34 he cut Stuart Meaker straight to Rory Burns at cover. Tim Linley then bowled Rikki Clarke for 17 but Ateeq Javid has played very well and is 52 not out.

    Surrey need six more wickets, while Warwickshire require a further 145 runs. One thing is for sure - it will not be dull.

  90. 1318: 
    Scott Parker

    Jose Mourinho: "Fulham have very good players who know everything about the Premier League and derbies... a midfield of Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell - that is a perfect example.

    "They have good players in attack, in the centre and out wide. It will be a difficult match for us. We need points, they need points and between the two needs is that it is local derby. I think it will be a proper Premier League match."

  91. 1321: 

    With title hopes now ended, Yorkshire are hoping to clinch the second spot by not losing to Middlesex.

    Garry Balance produced a fine 90 as the Tykes were bowled out for 194 in their second innings. Young Tom Helm showed his impressive pedigree by taking three wickets. Middlesex have been set to 277 to win from 75 overs. Sam Robson has already departed for three and at lunch the visitors are 25-1, requiring a further 252 to win from 67 overs.

  92. 1326: 

    Inter Milan owner Massimo Moratti denies he has reached an agreement to sell a stake worth almost £300m in the Italian club to an Indonesian tycoon.

    Moratti has been in talks for several months with Erick Thohir, part owner of Major League Soccer club DC United and NBA team the Philadelphia 76ers.

    It had been reported the pair had agreed a preliminary, non-legally binding deal.

  93. 1332: 
    Vincent Kompany

    Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has been holding his news conference ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

    He said: "Vincent Kompany has worked normally the whole week and has no problem for this weekend. I think it is important to win the Champions League match. I think for us to start with a win is key to confidence from the players.

    "I don't need to be here to realise how important this match is - working and living here, I know it's a special game.

    "Football in England is important and the most important thing is that the fans enjoy the game and I'm sure we're going to have a good match.

    "It's not my duty to analyse Manchester United. David Moyes is a very good manager but I don't want to analyse Manchester United. It's impossible not to be under a lot of pressure taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, but I think that is a good way to work. It's very important to win it and we must win it."

    Coming up: We will have all the latest from David Moyes' news conference.

  94. 1337: 

    Castleford Tigers complete the signing of London Broncos centre Michael Channing after a loan spell.

    The 21-year-old joined the Tigers on loan until the end of the season in July and played four times for Daryl Powell's side, scoring three tries.

    Powell told the club website: "Michael has fitted into the club seamlessly as both a player and a person.

    "He is a young centre with a lot of potential who will continue to thrive in our culture."

  95. 1341: 

    Leicester City are poised to sign former Blackpool striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher on a one-year contract.

    The 32-year-old spent six years with the Seasiders, but was a free agent after failing to agree a new deal at Bloomfield Road in the summer.

    Taylor-Fletcher has also played for Hull City, Leyton Orient, Dagenham & Redbridge, Lincoln City and Huddersfield Town.

    He is not expected to face his former team on Saturday.

  96. 1352: 

    Answers to today's Question of Sport teaser were:

    Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

  97. 1354: 

    UK Athletics (UKA) confirms that lead endurance coach Terrence Mahon is leaving his post after less than a year to return to the United States.

    The news follows an announcement earlier this month in which it was confirmed endurance coach John Nuttall is also leaving UKA for a new role in Qatar.

    Mahon, who was appointed at the end of October 2012, said: "I wish everyone at British athletics the best in the run-up to 2016 and will follow GB athletes' progress in future."

  98. 1401: 
    Ian Holloway

    Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway reveals that watching Swansea during a spell of unemployment changed his views on how to play football.

    The Eagles welcome Michael Laudrup's side to Selhurst Park on Sunday looking to secure back-to-back home wins in the Premier League.

    Swansea will go in to the game on the back of a famous 3-0 Europa League win in Valencia with the likes of Wilfried Bony and Michu continuing to impress.

    "Swansea have changed how I see the whole of football," he said. "When I was sacked by Leicester I went to watch four or five of their games and what they did made me realise how beautiful the game is and how passing and moving can make you a better defensive unit."


    Michael Coffer: Goals don't necessarily make games exciting. In the Spanish league Barca and Real thrash teams, which to my mind is boring.

    George Craven: The quality in Spain and Germany is too concentrated at the top. So much quality dispersed in Premier League makes no game easy for any team.

    Sean Patrick: I can tell you with certainty who will win the German league and the top two of the Spanish. The English? No idea who will win.

    Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  100. 1411: 

    David Moyes: "I've experienced derby games in Glasgow and Merseyside, but every derby in every big city is important to the team you support and I understand how important it is to the Manchester United supporters.

    "Everyone realises the passion there between the supporters and the commitment the players are required to show."

  101. 1413: 

    David Moyes: "We had to find some form early because we've had the hardest start of the top clubs in the Premier League, so we had to make sure we had a decent points total and we still have.

    "We've got City to play but after that we've played two or three of our big rivals and they will still have each other to play."

  102. 1415: 

    David Moyes: "[Wayne Rooney] trained really hard and I know people might not have believed me, but he was in great shape when he damaged his hamstring the day before we went to Thailand. We thought it was going to be OK and he kept himself working really hard.

    "I was really impressed with his conditioning in pre-season and he's getting the fruits of that. He's shown everyone what he can do."

    Asked if it was too soon to discuss a new contract for Rooney, Moyes added: "We go step by step and to see him score another two at the weekend would be another step forward. He's played really well and I'm asking him to step up and keep getting better."

  103. 1423: 
    Francesco Totti

    Francesco Totti signs a new contract that will keep him at Roma until just before his 40th birthday.

    The Roma captain, 36, who has been at the Serie A club since childhood and has played over 500 league games for them, has signed a contract until 2016.

    "It's what I and the club wanted. I thank them for giving me another chance to wear the shirt of the only team I've ever supported and ever loved," the forward said.

  104. 1429: 

    Manchester City midfielder David Silva could return in Sunday's derby against Manchester United in the Premier League after two games out with a thigh injury.

    Right-back Micah Richards (hamstring) is back in training after missing the start of the season and could be in contention but left-back Gael Clichy is not yet ready to feature.

    Captain Vincent Kompany came through his comeback unscathed in midweek but fellow-centre back Martin Demichelis (knee) is a long-term casualty.

  105. 1433: 
    Tyson Fury and David Haye

    British heavyweight Tyson Fury says he is the "best heavyweight on the planet" and will beat former world champion David Haye in their 28 September fight at the Manchester Arena.

    "Younger, fitter, stronger and bigger" than Haye is Fury's assessment of his talents, although admitting the fight to be a "big test".

    Fury sees the fight as a "stepping stone" to a possible world title fight against Wladimir Klitschko, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.

  106. 1438: 

    Second practice for Formula 1's only night race - the Singapore Grand Prix - has started around the streets of Marina Bay. You can follow live text and audio commentary on the F1 pages right now.

  107. 1441: 

    Simon Yates wins stage six of the Tour of Britain, with Bradley Wiggins holding on to the yellow jersey with two stages remaining.


    Ross Andrews: It's never has been the most exciting league in the world. No one outside England thinks it has been.

    Sean Patrick: I can tell you with certainty who will win the German league and the top two of the Spanish. The English? No idea who will win.

    Michael Coffer: Goals don't necessarily make games exciting. In the Spanish league Barca and Real thrash teams, which to my mind is boring.

    Send your predictions for this weekend's Manchester derby using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  109. 1453: 

    David Moyes: "[Antonio Valencia[ has done very well. We got his squad number changed for him and psychologically that can make a difference to a player .

    "He scored a great goal [in the 4-2 win over Leverkusen] and I said to him today he should be getting seven or eight goals. He looked at me and sort of squinted so hopefully he knows what I mean! I think he only got one or two last year. He's started well."

    BBC Radio 5 liveGET INVOLVED

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker will have former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler and ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel joining him for 5 live Sport from 19:00 BST tonight talking all things football, the big Manchester derby this weekend and a look back at all this week's Champions League and Europa League action. Fowler will also be one of the guests in the studio, for his Match of the Day debut, on Saturday night at 22:30 BST on BBC One.

    So what we want to know this afternoon is Schmeichel the best goalkeeper of all time?

    Send us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  111. 1459: 

    Birmingham have recalled teenage defender Amari'i Bell from his loan at Conference Premier leaders Nuneaton Town

    The promising 19-year-old left-back has played a prominent role in Boro's nine-match unbeaten run, with eight starts.

    Bell, who signed his first professional deal at Blues in July 2012, penned a new one-year contract, with the option of a further year, in May. He joined Nuneaton on a half-season loan to run until January 2014.

  112. 1505: 

    Irish Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor may abandon a planned defence of her title in 2016 to turn professional after enduring a "terrible year" which she said saw women's boxing take a step backwards.

    Taylor, a sporting icon in her country, became one of the faces of the London Games last year by playing the lead role in a stunningly successful Olympic debut for women's boxing, one that firmly left the men in the shade.

    "This year has been a terrible year for me," Taylor, who last year turned down a number of professional contracts, told the Irish Independent.

    "With the European championships (in July), it was just a fight in a little tent in front of 100 people; it was really badly organised... For an Olympic medallist to be fighting in front of that kind of crowd, it was just disappointing. It looked like women's boxing was taking a step backwards."

  113. 1508: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: Opener Luis Reece continues his great form for Lancashire. Now eight fifties in last nine Championship innings.

  114. 1512: 

    Boss Ally McCoist expects to find out in the next couple of days if Marius Zaliukas will become Rangers' latest recruit.

    The former Hearts skipper was offered a deal earlier this week and has returned to his native Lithuania to consider the offer.

    Zaliukas - who left the Jambos in the summer - impressed the manager while training with the Light Blues and McCoist should know in the next 48 hours or so whether or not he has landed the defender.

    He said: "Marius has gone back home. We have put an offer to him and we would be very hopeful of speaking to him in the next couple of days to see whether or not he will take that offer up."

  115. 1517: 

    Wolves goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has extended his loan deal at Yeovil for another month until 26 October.

  116. 1523: 

    AFC Wimbledon's chief executive believes the club will achieve their target of returning to Merton.

    The Dons have submitted a proposal to redevelop Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium which is on the same road as their old Plough Lane home.

    Erik Samuelson told BBC London 94.9: "I'm notorious for being extremely cautious and careful about what I say.

    "This is the best chance we have got of going home. Personally I believe it is going to happen."


    Mark Twain: Yaya is a different class to Fellaini. He'll be the difference in 1 v 0 win to Man City (from non-supporter of either team).

    David Adewumi: Fellaini v Toure, Rooney v Aguero, Van Persie v Dzeko, Vidic v Kompany and most importantly Hart vs De Gea.

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday.

  118. 1528: 

    Stoke manager Mark Hughes has played down reports that Trinidad striker Kenwyne Jones, 28, has been offered a contract extension beyond this season.

    Hughes told the Stoke Sentinel: "It's early days yet but obviously I'm aware of his contract situation. It's important we just concentrate on winning football matches at this time.

    "Contract talks will happen when they need to."

    Peter Schmeichel

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 19:00 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  120. 1535: 

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon says that their best hope of progressing to the last 16 of the Champions League is to play runners-up to Barcelona, who he 'would hope' end up clear winners of group H.

    Barcelona defeated Ajax 4-0 midweek, while the Scottish Champions lost 2-0 in Milan .


    Rian Hoskins: Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper in the last 30 years. He achieved honours for club and country so it's between him, Yashin, Banks and Zoff.

    Mark McSherry: From a Liverpool fan in my opinion he was the best of all time. Absolutely hated him.

    Chris McQuire: Schmeichel was always first name on Manchester United's best all time XI. Winning Euros with lesser Denmark team sets him apart from Casillas and co.

    Do you agree? Let us know at #bbcsportsday.

  122. 1542: 

    Nottingham Forest's latest signing Nathaniel Chalobah tells BBC East Midlands Today that his loan move is the best thing for him as it gives him a fresh challenge and the chance of regular football.

    The 18-year-old Chelsea midfielder, who has joined until January, had a successful loan stint with Watford last season.

    Chalobah says he needed regular football again this season and feels it is best he gains experience from playing in a new environment under a new manager.

  123. 1547: 

    England captain Kevin Sinfield has won the inaugural Rhino Top Gun award after ending the regular Super League season with the highest goal-kicking percentage.

    Sinfield kicked 94 goals from 107 attempts for Leeds in the 27 rounds, an 87.85 per cent success rate which put him ahead of Bradford's Jamie Foster on 84.81 per cent, with Huddersfield captain Danny Brough third on 84.10 per cent.

    "It's an honour to pick up this award but all the credit has to go to my team-mates as without their efforts I wouldn't be in a position to score those goals," Sinfield said.


    Tom: The best I have ever seen is Buffon but the one who is known to be the best is Lev Yashin.

    Mark Pearce: THAT save v Rapid Vienna in 96. One of those 'where were you then' moments. I remember it vividly. Incredible.

    Mark Twain: The best goalkeeper by miles Ray Clemence! Schmeichel etc, pale in comparison. three European cups & countless other honours is testament.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 19:00 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  125. 1555: 

    British Cycling has confirmed the elite men and women riders who will represent Great Britain at the forthcoming UCI Road World Championships, taking place in Toscana, Italy, from 22-29 September 2013.

    Men's elite road race: Mark Cavendish, Steve Cummings, Josh Edmondson, Chris Froome, Ian Stannard, Geraint Thomas, Jon Tiernan Locke, Bradley Wiggins.

    Men's elite time trial: Alex Dowsett, Bradley Wiggins.

    Women's elite road race: Lizzie Armitstead, Katie Colclough, Nikki Harris, Lucy Garner.

  126. 1559: 

    Surrey suffer relegation back to Division Two of the County Championship after the failure of their bold declaration gamble at Edgbaston.

    Needing to win to stand any hope of staying up, Surrey captain Gareth Batty struck a deal with Warwickshire stand-in skipper Varun Chopra.

    Asked to chase 281 to win in four sessions, the Bears got home in some comfort after resuming on 55-2, Ateeq Javid (119) and Chris Woakes (79) saw them to a six-wicket win on 281-4.

  127. 1604: 

    Colchester have signed QPR defender Jamie Sendles-White on an initial 28-day youth loan.

    The 19-year-old bolsters Colchester boss Joe Dunne's options at centre-half, with Josh Thompson injured and Daniel Pappoe suspended.


    Mike Connolly: Neville Southall in the mid 1980s was the best in the world. May have been equalled, never bettered.

    Peter Collins: Lev Yashin. He redefined goalkeeping. That puts him above others.

    Gareth Sweet: Schmeichel is the only keeper of the Premier League era with no flaws in his game. Definitely the best in the last 20 years.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  129. 1610: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel tops second practice for the Singapore Grand Prix. The reigning world champion beat team-mate Mark Webber by 0.6 seconds, with Mercedes' Nico Rosberg a further second behind.

    Britain's Lewis Hamilton, who finished fastest in the first session, was fourth.

  130. 1616: 

    Great Britain academy rider Simon Yates sprinted to a superb victory on stage six of the Tour of Britain as Sir Bradley Wiggins maintained his lead.

    Yates, 21, left the pack trailing to win the 138km stage from Sidmouth to Haytor - the first summit finish in the history of the race.

    "I'm ecstatic," he said. "It's one of my best victories. With the company there, you can't get much better."

  131. 1623: 

    David Moyes looks set to plunge Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand into their third match in a week when Manchester United visit Manchester City.

    The pair have not operated in tandem three times in such quick succession since 2010 but Moyes seems certain to stick with them, having already done so for the victories over Crystal Palace and Bayer Leverkusen.

    Rafael (hamstring), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Phil Jones (ankle) all missed the midweek Champions League win, while Nani is available after suspension.


    Alan Simon: Pat Jennings was the best keeper ever and the best player I ever saw, week in, week out. If only he'd been English!

    Henry Taylor-Gill: Schmeichel not in my top ten: [Lev] Yashin, [Gordon] Banks, [Dino] Zoff, [Gianluigi] Buffon, [Oliver] Kahn, [Peter] Shilton, [Sepp] Maier, [Bert] Trautmann, [Angelo] Peruzzi and [Iker] Casillas ahead of him.

    Gary Stockbridge: A lot of people forget about Euro 92. Something Schmeichel has on his record, an international tournament win with a lesser team.

    Get involved at #bbcsportsday. Was Schmeichel the greatest goalkeeper of all time?

  133. 1629: 

    BBC Sport's Phil Cartwright on Twitter: "Lancashire are Division Two champions!"

  134. 1638: 
    Aaron Ramsay

    Aaron Ramsey's excellent start to the season is the product of his "obsession" with improvement, according to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger.

    Midfielder Ramsey, 22, has overcome a broken leg - suffered at Sunday's opponents Stoke in 2010 - and poor form to become a key man for the Gunners.

    "He has a great spirit and he has an obsession - he wants always to be better," said Wenger.

    The Wales international has scored six goals in seven club games this season.

  135. 1643: 

    David Sales and James Middlebrook hit centuries as Northants claimed maximum batting points against Kent to leave themselves on the brink of promotion.

    With so much time lost to rain, the game ended in an inevitable draw when Northants declared on 431-5.

    But they only need five points from next week's game against Worcestershire to go up to Division One.


    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 19:00 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Do you think he is?

    Send us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  137. 1654: 

    Lancashire won the Division Two title as a draw with Gloucestershire proved enough to secure the silverware.

    Northants could only draw with Kent and so Lancashire, who were promoted last week, could not be caught at the top.

    Tom Smith (4-49) and Oliver Newby (4-71) led the way as the hosts were dismissed for 209, with Alex Gidman's 45 the top score for Gloucestershire.

    Luis Reece made 97 in Lancashire's second innings and his dismissal saw the visitors declare on 195-2.

  138. 1702: 

    A fine season for Yorkshire and with this win over Middlesex, the Tykes have clinched second spot behind champions Durham. Set 277 to win, Middlesex struggled once Chris Rogers was out for 65.

    The Yorkshire seamers again came good. Jack Brooks led the way with four wickets and Steve Patterson three as Middlesex were bowled for 196 to give Yorkshire a win by 80 runs.

  139. 1710: 

    Watford complete the signing of young midfielder Josh McEachran on a youth loan from Chelsea.

    The Hornets have secured the 20-year-old's services until 2 January, 2014, with an option to extend the loan until the end of the season.

    He will join up with Gianfranco Zola's squad after tomorrow's away fixture with Barnsley.

  140. 1718: 
    Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool and England footballer Raheem Sterling has been cleared of assaulting his former girlfriend.

    The 18-year-old was accused of attacking 19-year-old model Shana Ann Rose Halliday during an argument after a night out in Manchester.

    Mr Sterling, from Woolton, who denied common assault, walked free from court after the case collapsed.

  141. 1722: 

    Midfielder Charlie Adam has been Stoke's only injury concern ahead of Sunday's Premier League trip to Arsenal.

    The Scotland international needed stitches in a cut after a training ground incident but the Potters expect him to be fit to feature at the Emirates Stadium.

    Midfielder Stephen Ireland and forward Mark Arnautovic, who made their debuts off the bench against Manchester City last week, are pushing for first starts.


    daniel clements: Peter Schmeichel is easily best keeper since advent of Premier League. Unbeatable.

    Andrew Priestley: Peter Schmeichel was worth an extra 10-12 points a season for Manchester United. The Great Dane is the Greatest of All-Time.

    The Beast: Making great saves doesn't make you a great keeper, it's more about presence and leadership as well. Schmeichel for me.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  143. 1736: 

    Hull owner Adam Pearson has apologised to the club's fans for their play-off horror show at Huddersfield and pledged to refund those who made the trip to West Yorkshire.

    Hull shipped 13 tries as part of a 76-18 drubbing which ended their season and raised questions about the future of coach Peter Gentle.

    Pearson is also willing to pay back those who witnessed the mauling, saying: "On behalf of the club, I want to apologise unreservedly for the embarrassing performance that was produced in our play-off fixture last night.

    "As a gesture of good will from the club, every supporter who attended the game will receive the admission price of their ticket as a discount when renewing or buying a season pass for 2014."

  144. 1744: 

    Norwich have no fresh injuries for Saturday's Premier League clash with former boss Paul Lambert's Aston Villa.

    Striker Gary Hooper was an unused substitute at Tottenham and could make his competitive debut following a pre-season shin problem.

    Elliott Bennett is the only definite absentee, the winger, who signed a two-year contract extension this week, is recovering from surgery on a cruciate ligament injury.

  145. 1756: 
    Vincent Kompany

    Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, BBC Sport looks at the four most recent Premier League meetings between the clubs.

    October 23, 2011 - Man Utd 1-6 Man City

    City made an emphatic statement early in what proved to be their title-winning year by registering their biggest win at Old Trafford since 1955. Mario Balotelli - in the headlines after the fire brigade was called to his house to tackle a blaze caused by a firework - struck twice and Sergio Aguero added a third. Darren Fletcher replied but United, down to 10 men after Jonny Evans was sent off, were overrun as Edin Dzeko added two more either side of David Silva's strike late on.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  146. 1803: 

    Italian cyclist Stefano Agostini has tested positive for synthetic steroid Clostebol and been provisionally suspended, the International Cycling Union has announced.

    The 24-year-old, who rides for the Cannondale team, failed an out-of-competition test on 21 August, the UCI said in a statement.

    He will remain provisionally suspended as the Italian Cycling Federation rules whether he has committed an anti-doping offence.

  147. 1811:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOMING UP

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at 1945 BST, we'll have live commentary as Leeds Rhinos and St Helens meet at Headingley for the final spot in the Super League play-off semi-finals. In the two meetings between the teams in 2013, both away sides were victors. Who do you think will win tonight?

    Tweet us your thoughts via #bbcsportsday

  148. 1816: 
    Vincent Kompany rises to head in

    Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, BBC Sport looks at the four most recent Premier League meetings between the clubs.

    April 30, 2012 - Man City 1-0 Man Utd

    Vincent Kompany's previous derby frustration was forgotten as the Belgian headed the goal that put City back in control of the title race on a highly-charged night at the Etihad Stadium. Kompany's header in first-half stoppage time proved enough as City, who had been trailing United by six points with just six games remaining, moved top on goal difference with two to play.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  149. 1821: 

    The world's top two ranked players, Neil Robertson and Mark Selby, were both beaten at the quarter-final stage of the Shanghai Masters.

    Chinese world number 12 Ding Junhui fired a 109 in a 5-2 win over Robertson and will play Barry Hawkins, who fought back from 4-2 down to beat Selby 5-4.

    Michael Holt reached his first ranking semi-final, beating Kyren Wilson 5-1.

    He faces China's Xiao Guodong, who came from 4-2 down to beat Mark Davis 5-4 and also secure a maiden semi-final.

  150. 1830: 
    Manchester United's Wayne Rooney

    Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, BBC Sport looks at the four most recent Premier League meetings between the clubs.

    December 9, 2012 - Man City 2-3 Man Utd

    Robin van Persie's deflected late free-kick handed United a victory that took them six points clear at the top of the Premier League, an advantage that City were unable claw back. City had fought back through Yaya Toure and Pablo Zabaleta after Rooney had swept United into a 2-0 lead, but the fightback proved in vain.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  151. 1831: 

    Watch Sportsday on the BBC News channel live - bringing you all the latest sports news from around the globe.

  152. 1837: 

    Captain Ashley Williams is a doubt for Swansea's Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Sunday due to an ankle injury.

    The Wales defender missed Thursday's stunning Europa League win in Valencia with the problem and manager Michael Laudrup will wait to see if he makes a recovery in time for Sunday's game at Selhurst Park.

    Pablo Hernandez will definitely miss out with his hamstring strain while Neil Taylor is edging closer to a return from his thigh problem.

  153. 1842: 

    Reading have handed ex-Fulham defender Chris Baird a deal until January.

    The 31-year-old was released by Fulham in July, having joined in 2007 as one of a string of Northern Ireland players recruited by then-boss Lawrie Sanchez.

    Also capable of playing in midfield, Baird has moved to the Royals after Jem Karacan suffered a serious knee injury in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Leeds.


    SJ_Chowdhury: Buffon, Oliver Khan, Casillas & Cech for me all world class keepers! Mind you Schmeichel was decent.

    Aaryaman Banerji: Looking through my rose-tinted Arsenal spectacles, I'm going to say Jens Lehmann is the best Premier League keeper ever.

    Él Yaro: Van der Sar was better I think than Schmeichel really, his final season alone at United was unstoppable.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  155. 1850: 

    Left-back Danny Rose is a big doubt for Tottenham's game at Cardiff after he limped off in Thursday night's Europa League clash against Tromso with an ankle injury.

    Defender Younes Kaboul (adductor) and midfielder Mousa Dembele (ankle) also came off against the Norwegians, but manager Andre Villas-Boas is confident both will be fit for the trip to Wales.

    Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Aaron Lennon (foot) are out, winger Nacer Chadli (adductor) is doubtful, but defender Vlad Chiriches could make his debut after finally receiving his work permit.

  156. 1856: 
    Sergio Aguero of Man City scores against Man Utd

    Ahead of this weekend's Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium, BBC Sport looks at the four most recent Premier League meetings between the clubs.

    April 8, 2013 - Man Utd 1-2 Man City

    United were marching towards their 20th Premier League crown but that did not stop City, beaten in the title race, from making another point to their rivals at Old Trafford. Substitute Aguero jinked through the area for a superb individual winner after James Milner's opening strike had been cancelled out by a Kompany own goal.

    Ahead of Dan Walker's show on BBC Radio 5 live at 1900 BST, we're asking if tonight's guest Peter Schmeichel is the best goalkeeper of all time. Let us know your view at #bbcsportsday.

  157. 1901:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker has former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan joining him for 5 live Sport now talking all things football, the big Manchester derby this weekend and a look back at all this week's Champions League and Europa League action. Fowler will also be one of the guests in the studio, for his Match of the Day debut, on Saturday night at 2230 BST on BBC One.

    Send us your thoughts using #bbcsportsday or via the BBC Sport Facebook page

  158. 1904: 

    Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber both say they are "surprised" after finishing second practice in Singapore a long way ahead of their nearest rivals.

    Vettel was over a second clear of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in third, while Webber, despite hitting the wall on his fastest lap, was sixth tenths off his team-mate and set the fastest time on the medium compound tyres.

    Also giving their thoughts on Fridays' two practice sessions are Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and McLaren's Jenson Button.

  159. 1908:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler on the Manchester derby: "I think we just want to see a good game don't we."

    Ex-Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan: "I think what we don't want is a game about two managers. The supporters obviously want their team to win. There's some quality players on that field."

    To contact Dan Walker in the studio you can text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball

  160. 1910:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Sir Alex Ferguson

    Former Manchester United first team coach René Meulensteen: "When Sir Alex Ferguson started, that first title was important because when you win that first title you have proven you can do it and he's done that now many, many times. The more titles he won the more he got to know the Premiership."

    Mike Phelan: "I think David [Moyes] has his own style, he's not a novice, he's learnt his trade along the way. The players will take David to another level too and I think it will be a good experience for him."

  161. 1918:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Manchester United manager David Moyes plans to take things "step by step" over Wayne Rooney's long-term future.

    Rooney has scored three times in two games ahead of Sunday's Manchester derby, becoming only the fourth player to hit 200 goals for United.

    Mike Phelan on BBC Radio 5 live: "When you've got a player of that calibre why wouldn't you be talking about offering him a new contract? I would think Manchester United wouldn't want to lose a player like him and I'm sure they'll be talks going on behind the scenes."

  162. 1919:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    BBC Sport's Dan Walker has former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler, ex-Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and former Manchester United assistant Mike Phelan joining him for 5 live Sport now talking all things football, the big Manchester derby this weekend and a look back at all this week's Champions League and Europa League action. Fowler will also be one of the guests in the studio, for his Match of the Day debut, on Saturday night at 2230 BST on BBC One.

    To contact Dan Walker in the studio you can text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball

  163. 1922:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Vincent Kompany

    Mike Phelan on City's skipper: "Vincent Kompany has been a mainstay of this new Man City, and United looked at him at one point. We tried to impose ourselves in those negotiations, but he went across the road."


    Will Jarvis: Can never forget the legend Neville Southall, in 1995 there wasn't a better keeper on the planet.

    Russell Reynolds: The Iker Casillas that has barely played a game this year? if he was world's best he'd be an automatic starter, regardless.

    Oliver Michaelson: No mention of Cech? By far the best keeper in the Prem past 10 years. Multiple records broken & single-handedly won us the Champions League.

    To contact Dan Walker in the studio you text 85058 or tweet @bbc5live using #bbcfootball

  165. 1929:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United first team coach René Meulensteen: "I always felt we had a nice atmosphere in the Old Trafford dressing room, but in general once we were in there the job was done, the players were prepared, the tactics were done.

    "Music in the dressing room was acceptable as long as it created a nice atmosphere. No Dutch techno though, we would have been bombed out for that! Rio and Paul Scholes would play one-touch in the dressing room which was unbelievable to watch."

  166. 1934: 

    Accrington Stanley complete the signing of left-back Lee Naylor.

    The former Wolves, Celtic and Cardiff player was a free agent after leaving the Cardiff City Stadium and he has signed a short term contract with the Reds.

  167. 1940:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraCOMING UP

    Coming up on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra at 1945 BST, we'll have live commentary as Leeds Rhinos and St Helens meet at Headingley for the final spot in the Super League play-off semi-finals. In the two meetings between the teams in 2013, both away sides were victors. Who do you think will win tonight?

  168. 1949:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "They've [Manchester City] been a bit weird, but they were solid in midweek in the Champions League.

    "They've spent so much money the last couple of seasons and you can argue they've been OK in the Premier League. But you can't expect to win the Premier League every year and that's when attention turns to Europe."

  169. 1952:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Marouane Fellaini

    Mike Phelan on how Manchester United loooked at recent signing Marouane Fellaini while Phelan was still at the club: "Fellaini had been spoken about, but it was never a case of offering Everton money because they were always knocking offers back."

    He added: "I don't know how far down the road they were about signing Mesut Ozil or even if they were. But Arsenal swooped in at the very end."

  170. 1959:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United and Manchester City goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel: "When it comes to someone as good as Joe Hart, there's a tendency in the media to look at silly little things and making it into a bigger picture but he's a fantastic player."

    Mike Phelan: "I think Hart is in front as far as his experience goes. He's been a regular at Manchester City but I think David de Gea has worked really, really hard saying that he came in not initially as a number one."


    Dave Kelly: Schmeichel re-wrote the goalkeepers handbook. I was a goalkeeper and he's the best I've ever seen.

    Craig Connolly: Andy Goram for Rangers in the mid 90s. Best keeper of all time. Broke the hearts of half of Glasgow numerous times. Legend

    Tony Kibble: Best goalkeeper? Neville Southall, the rest pale into insignificance against his brilliance.

  172. 2017:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan on Jose Mourinho: "He's got it all to do, he has a lot of work on his hands. He wants to restyle things, he knows the competition is a lot greater so the demands are to play a different style, but they are in a transition period."

  173. 2021:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Manchester United coach Mike Phelan on Jose Mourinho not using Juan Mata that much so far this season: "He does not see Mata as a major player in his team, but Mata was an important part of Chelsea.

    "We thought if you could keep him quiet, your job was done. I don't know why he's not getting a game."

  174. 2026:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraRUGBY LEAGUE

    Listen to live commentary as Leeds Rhinos and St Helens meet at Headingley for the final spot in the Super League play-off semi-finals. In the two meetings between the teams in 2013, both away sides were victors. Who do you think will win tonight? Tune in now.

  175. 2030:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler on Spurs' striking options: "I like Jermain Defoe, he's dangerous and he plays on defenders shoulders. He's a bit of an old-school striker.

    "Soldado's record last year was unbelievable, but Defoe is proven in the Premier League and he will get you goals more often than not."


    Just like to remind you that Chelsea hold the record for the most goals scored, the most points, the most wins and the most clean sheets, all under Jose Mourinho, hardly negative football! Richard from Reading

    Come on boys, it's not Rocket Science. Chelsea have had the opportunity to score a hat full of goals in every game so far. But they are not putting them away. They are even missing sitters. That's not the Managers fault. Tony - Chelsea fan

    Raphael Onwe: United have what it takes to sweep unbalanced City off their feet.

    Liam Keith: Did someone really suggest Jens Lehmann as best perm keeper ever? #hilarious

  177. 2044:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE
    Rickie Lambert

    Robbie Fowler on Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: "I really like him. He's had one of those careers where he's started at the bottom and worked his way up - he's scored goals wherever he's been and he's a great forward."

    Mick Phelan: "He's been a breath of fresh air for the Premier League. He's done his time coming through the ranks and deserves his place in the England side."

  178. 2051:  
    BBC Radio 5 liveFOOTBALL ON 5 LIVE

    Robbie Fowler on Liverpool forward Luis Suarez: "I think he's nailed on to play and what a game for him to come back in the Cup. We've seen over the years in this game we'll see both teams go out to try and win. Liverpool will probably play 4-3-3, Daniel Sturridge will start and they'll probably swap sides."

    "It will be tough [for Liverpool to be title contenders]. I was very optimistic at the start and they've been better than what I thought they were going to be. Potentially they have some winnable games coming up too and if they get a good run it will give the players the belief."


    Thanks for joining Sportsday today, don't forget to join us again from 0800 BST on Monday. BBC Radio 5 live Sport continues now as Dan Walker looks ahead to a busy weekend of sport until 2200 BST.

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